SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Gabby Update Little Gabby is 5 months old now, and she is growing into a fine little girl. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Unfortunately, the ultrasound last week shows that the ventricles in her brain are not removing enough of the fluid... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:18:59 EST Answer Your Cat's Questions Day January 22, 2017 <BR> Answer Your Cat's Questions Day (emotions <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY ( I call these blondies <BR> <img src=" Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:15:20 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=1/22/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Seek the LORD, and His s... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:07:34 EST 1-22-17 Sunday The pain has got worse. Plus pretty sure I have a hernia now. As Ive said before due to the pregnancies I have recti distasis and its basically ab separation. Ive been trying to heal on my own and do exercises and tens unit therapy but now I just throw in the towel. Hernia is what I was trying to... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:56:04 EST Resolution Run 2017 <img src=""> Can I cry now ?? This sure was and is very painful 😖 Jan 22, 2017 - My very first 34k well actually it was almost 37k!! I don't know what to say! I'm not sure if I'm ready to walk a marathon after this! ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:44:55 EST Under eating Yesterday I took a break from the gym after day 9 I believe. Instead I did pilates for 30 minutes and cleaned for 3 hours(much needed). Feeling not so sore today which is a plus. Going to hit the gym tomorrow. Been under on my calories in the 600 calorie range for a few days which is not good. On... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:35:11 EST January 22, Ezra 8, Getting started in the right way. <BR> I think this chapter is a bit out of sequence, Ezra remembers what happened when they first journeyed to Jerusalem. Two or three items, depending on how you look at them. Ezra realizes soon after they get started that there are no levites with them. How can one rebuild the temple and hold ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:31:52 EST Up At 3am And Feeling Stressed I know why this is happening but all of my techniques have failed to work this morning at 3am! So I will ride it out the best way I can and take a nap later. Fear is a funny thing and often times not real rational, especially when you are tired. I think I will use distraction and see if I rela... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:14:24 EST 5lbs lost Eating well the past 5 days . I cut out sweets and naughty treats . Im eating salads and fruit for snacks and weighed my self this morning 5 i have lost . Super proud of myself ! Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:09:02 EST B-L-E-S-S-I-N-G-S- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Blessed Sunday and Cheering you on for a Fantastic Week ahead... <BR> <BR> Let's Spread some Spark & be a Blessing to Someone Today! <BR> <BR> B-... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:58:45 EST Sign of the times 18# <img src=""> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:52:33 EST Sunday Beach Walk with Friends <img src=""> Today I met with good friends and we went for a beach walk (it's sunny summer on this side of the world). We set ourselves a 1 month challenge: Everyday ... 1. Log Calories 2.'move' a minimum of 1km (w... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:45:18 EST Consistency I strive to be more consistent.. Be open to my family about trying to be healthier and lose weight. Include them in my plan. Be proud of working to lose weight and not ashamed of being overweight. I worry about being policed by my children and husband. I should not give into fear of being... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:39:55 EST Quote for Sunday The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don't cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don't turn up the TV and pretend they aren't there. Instead, stand still, whisper his name, and listen. He is nearer than you think. <BR> <B... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:39:54 EST Bible Verse for Sunday For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall alwa... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:39:08 EST Consistency I strive to be more consistent. I think I need to talk with my kids and husband and explain that I need to abstain from sweet treats for a few weeks. I don't eat junk food but do need to avoid Foods/drinks that are high in sugar. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:33:28 EST Animals ;-) 1/21/17 Female Pride Leader <BR> <link><BR>=21765 </link> <BR> <BR> Trouble loading again. Tried a few times tonight. Lost the whole blog. Couldn't get page returned displaying finished blog. Hope it works this time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:16:13 EST Flowers and birds and stuff Another windy day, horizontal rain, and in some parts of the country, snow! Not usual summer weather. We bought some plants for our garden and soon they will be in the ground. A most I have been unusual growing season. The wonderful pohutakawa flowers have mostly blown away, which is sad for the... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:10:55 EST Interested or Committed? Are you just interested or are you committed to getting healthy? Until I started reading this book and delving into all they whys and wherefores I had never really questioned how bad do I want this. I mean Yes I really do need to do this if I want to get better. But is that really commitment? Jus... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:08:57 EST Rough few days I've had a few rough days, health-wise. Kept having some really bad palpitations for a few days, together with severe pain, bowel issues and probably random fever spikes. I just really felt like crap. <BR> <BR> I'm still feeling very beaten up, like I'm bruised all over, but I've started moving ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:54:51 EST SUNDAY OVER FOR ME....INTERNET ISSUES STILL NOT FIXED Our internet service provider will be over me by the time they fix the issues they have caused.....I am almost done with their service and seriously considering not having internet at all....Not sure hubby would accept that but I have had them.... <BR> <BR> Bubba is back to normal...I have him a... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:48:14 EST not the start I was hoping for... I can't believe how quickly this month has flown by. I haven't been moving at all and I'm feeling it. About two weeks ago my cousin's husband passed away at 45, no warning. He wasn't feeling well she went out with the kids came home and he was gone. This has shaken me to the core, but clearly the... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:32:32 EST SELTZER 100% DR APPROVED!! I hate drinking plain or regular water... I am a soda head soooo I drink only Seltzer with a packet or 2 or the Real lemon and a tiny squirt of Monk fruit sweetener, its NOT an artificial sweetener check it out, Safeway caries the squeeze bottle of the liquid, you only need a tiny bit, tastes jus... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:08:58 EST Absence/Abstinence makes the cravings grow stronger I'm on a new (to me) medicine. I can't have calcium or soy for 4 hours after taking it upon rising. This means no milk in my espresso. No vegetarian sausage (I'm veg). No egg. No cheese. No english muffin. And various other things. So, it's weird. There are VERY few things I can have for breakfas... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:48:11 EST Spin the wheel Every day I spin the wheel. I'm always hopeful and then once again 1or2! You would think at least once in the past year I would get more than a 4! But no! And yet I still go on! Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:47:01 EST January 21st - Letting Go Of Limiting Illusions "I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely, miserable, racked with sorrow, but still through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." <BR> -- Agatha Christie <BR> <BR> Like the book mentions I have been going through life trapped beli... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:33:03 EST *humour* piece about the love of coffee. <link><BR>husband/ </link> <BR> <BR> I woke at 5 today after an illness disturbed night of lack of sleep... a quiet coffee has perked me up enough hopefully to deal with a toddler I hear stirring through the monitor. <BR> <BR> Being ill as a parent is a wh... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:32:40 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 3 blog Our blog assignment for week 3 of the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges is to write about one goal we really want to focus on and why. <BR> <BR> At first I thought it is difficult to pick only one goal that I want to focus on, but then I realized I was being to specific. My one goal I really want... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:28:53 EST Day 384 ~ Visited Mom today! <img src=""> Today's Sparkpeople - January 21, 2017 I got to visit my mom for a little while this evening. She seems to be happy that she is at home. She actually seemed relieved that she was there. I am planning on g... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:21:18 EST Today's Inspiration " Footprints in the sands of time... <BR> Where have you been ? <BR> Where are you going ? " <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:20:04 EST I fell out of bed this morning (Saturday).... I was wearing a blindfold to keep the air from my CPAP out of my eyes and my alarm went off and I didn't realize my bed had moved further away from the nightstand. Eventually I reached my alarm but just I got it I landed on the floor falling quite hard on my right knee and right elbow and hand. ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:18:52 EST My ups and downs I committed to blogging more and I have been doing really well with this goal. I promised to post my ups and downs and today I had a down. I stayed in my calorie range but went way over on my fat. Who knew prime rib had 32 grams of fat for a nice cut? <BR> I have been doing really well with ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:18:36 EST I fell out of bed this morning (Saturday).... I was wearing a blindfold to keep the air from my CPAP out of my eyes and my alarm went off and I didn't realize my bed had moved further away from the nightstand. Eventually I reached my alarm but just I got it I landed on the floor falling quite hard on my right knee and right elbow and hand. ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:15:42 EST coming back <img src=""> <BR> i have had a lot of things hapoen and i stopped logging or talking to other ppl. i even stopped using my fitbit....well im back at it lets see if i can keep it up this doesnt help that i don... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:05:00 EST Bunco! Tonight was Bunco. DH decided that he wanted to go out to dinner before Bunco. No problem. We left the house about 5:30. Unfortunately, we made it back to the house around 7:00...Bunco was supposed to start at 7:00 across town. Oops!! The good news is that I had the tables and chairs so the... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:04:41 EST Crazzzy night!!! Work was intense and crazy tonight as busy as it was i did not eat one fry tater tot or dessert!!!!! I wanted to though. Instead i had a healthy chicken and veg stir fry... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:58:08 EST The Essence of Life and The Joy of Savoring it Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Saturday January 21, 2017. I'm sitting home, making a plan, feeling confident that this time will be different. This certainty is because I've given myself permission to stop putting pressure on myself to lose weight. I've given myself permission ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:58:06 EST Working hard at this! I am seeing small changes and it is motivating. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:57:41 EST This app it great Getting fit. And having fun :) Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:47:25 EST Carbs are not the enemy You can eat these good carbs and still reach your fitness goals! <img src=""> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:44:17 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> This pic reminded me that my body is changing even if the scale don't. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:41:41 EST Adventures in Housekeeping! Amazing (to Me) Finds It's been far too long since I've gone through all the closets and all the cabinets and all the drawers and all the book shelves.... <BR> <BR> And it will still be a while before it gets done! <BR> <BR> But like all (unpleasant, but necessary) tasks, a little bit done at a time will still move ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:39:37 EST A March, support and extra calories Wow! What a day it was...started early and now just winding down. It was a good day, especially after a very down day for me yesterday. <BR> <BR> What I'm happy about is that I got to be around a bunch of people feeling the way I was. Sad, angry and scared about what the is in the future for ou... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:37:44 EST As Close As I've Come So Far <img src=""> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:34:49 EST I Know I Said Happier Blogs.... I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer....or a Negative Nancy.....but for me, the weekends are so difficult. During the week, I'm busy and may only feel sad at night, but on the weekends, it's like I'm sad all day. I admit, I shed a few tears today. And I was lying there, feeling sorry for myself,... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:33:39 EST Positivity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You know, this is one I really thought about for a while and decided to share it. We are in times that are conflicted and divided. Some people have had it hard all their lives and don't have a b... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:30:46 EST GG2 <img src=""> Love this. Intention + the plan + action = goal Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:29:09 EST St Vicent De Paul quote Growth of Community <BR> That was the beginning . . .it was not then, what it is now, there is reason to think that it is not now what it will be later on when God brings it to the state on which he has decided. You should not think that communities come into existence all at once. [The founders]... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:28:40 EST Weather For once we did not receive rain when it had been forcasted. The next rain will be today. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:25:07 EST Saturday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:23:41 EST My grandson <img src="">I'm so happy I'm so happy. One of my daycare parents is going to the same place my grandson Silas lives. I jokingly said I should come, she said definitely that would be awesome I thought about it and ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:15:38 EST 1/21/17 - Bedtime It was bright and sunny with the temperatures in the 50's! <BR> <BR> Wherever I went, my kitties followed me. Who said cats are not affectionate? <BR> <BR> When I got to the fitness studio, I realized I had left my water bottle in the car. Since I had to dash out to get it, one of the ladies ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:14:26 EST Doing good Weighted in today down to 152 super excited Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:12:53 EST Super Saturday Workout! <img src=""> Today biggest tracked workout day yet on my fitbit! 3 hour workout and all those steps and stairs and miles omg! Haha I can't move anymore-but worth it :) Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:11:56 EST I'm Still Pushing! Today my husband and I drove to the snow. We couldn't go all the way up the mountain because we didn't have chains. We pulled off on the side of the road to take pictures and play in the snow. There were a lot of cars on each side of the highway until the highway patrol came and asked everyone... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:11:22 EST Special Blessings-January 22, 2017 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I shared a nice relaxing day here at home. <BR> <BR> 2. I sat down and paid the bills for the next month. <BR> <BR> 3. We got our Echo today and after Jamie got home from his second job, he helped set it up. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:11:14 EST Rain <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes standing in the rain can be a great stress reliever. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:08:55 EST I'm back Hello fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm back after a long absence. Managed to maintain my weight at the moment at about 88kgs. Got up to around 93kgs at one stage. The last time I was on here regularly I got down to around 82kgs. <BR> <BR> We are all on the one journey to lose weight and ma... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:06:23 EST Gratitude January 21 2017 Number 1: Today I am grateful for cough medicine. Everyone is using it. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I am grateful for ducks in the creek. They make me smile. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am grateful for Netflix so I can watch tv while everyone coughs. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:03:21 EST One Day At A Time First week of Sparkpeople, even though I have been here before. When I first started dating my husband, I was 132 lbs at 5'11. 26 years later, I am up to 232. Being 50 years old, and having given birth to 2 children, I know the odds are that I will not be that small again. My goal is to feel ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:02:54 EST Shell Im counting all of my calories and staying in range of everything but my nutrition chart says I mostly intake fat and carbs. Im eating veggies, fish, shrimp, steak, pork loin and lots of salad and minimal low carb lowfat snacks. Whats wrong?! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:54:46 EST Day 3 So, Day 2 and 3 was not quite as good as Day 1. I was not able to exercise as much as I have planned. With fibromyalgia, there are days that are great, days that are good, days that are not so good and days that are just plain not good. Basically, I rate them from 4 (great) to 1 (not good). T... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:54:24 EST Day 1 Today I started my journey of taking back my life. I did ok overall. I did a lot of searching & reading online & on this site and I've gathered it's best to put in place some smaller more achievable goals. Since I do have 150+ lbs to lose & that number scares me, I mean I have to lose a whole p... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:53:56 EST Saturday fun Walked with intention today and fitbit was not tracking heart rate.Wife and I ate with friends and then attended a "Three Dog Night" concert. Great music from 60's and 70's and some of their new music. Fun times! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:51:40 EST New here and need info Is there a way to track weight on this app? Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:51:34 EST So It's time to get real... I haven't done anything here on Sparkspeople for a long time.....and it shows! All the weight I had lost is all back again and then some. <BR> <BR> I quit smoking, which is huge for me. I smoked over a pack a day. Not only can I not afford it anymore, but physically I can't do this to mysel... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:49:37 EST Weigh in Did OK on my weigh in today! Even with all the turmoil just a little watching saved me from back peddling. Only a couple additional pounds gone, but I'll take it! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:44:07 EST Daily Step Blog #2 <img src=""> <BR> Almost there ! I'm going to see if I can beat this goal before midnight tonight. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:40:04 EST Day 15- I miss you I miss your smiling face <BR> I miss your encouraging words <BR> I miss your energy <BR> I miss knowing I could always count on you <BR> I miss your strength <BR> <BR> But your light shines on in all of those you touched and because of your light tomorrow <BR> <BR> I will Smile <BR> I will b... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:37:40 EST Day 0 on weight lose journey <img src=""> <BR> Today I bought the stuff for my weight lose drink and found this site. Tomorrow I will also start the diet and workout in full force(only because so late tonight)! I weighed myself today and I was 274... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:37:02 EST Saturday... Super busy day...been on the go all day...about to relax on the couch!! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:35:56 EST Water This is the 2nd time this topic has been up for blog from sparkcoach. I drink water throughout the day. I bring a water bottle to work and if I forget it I fill a cup up and use that. If I don't drink enough water I get thirsty-how about that. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:30:01 EST Great day I had a great day today. Went with kids to an arcade park. We played miniature golf among other things. It was 47° and sunny here today. So it was beautiful and warmer than it has been. I got in lots of exercise and I did end up eating on the lower calorie side of things. We had lots of fun wi... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:29:17 EST Day 387 - Happy Saturday! 3 Things I'm Thankful For: <BR> <BR> 1. Workout with the hubs this morning <BR> 2. Facetime with the nephew this afternoon <BR> 3. Dreaming about the future Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:26:49 EST Guard What Enters Your Heart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> ...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:25:09 EST Making my ass great again! I fell off the wagon and gained a few pounds...but inauguration day has me motivated to make my ass great again again! Today even tho I was in a lot of pain I exercised, and then I ate 1200 calories for the day. It wasn't that hard. I hate winter. Winter makes me fat. I like to stay warm and eat.... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:18:55 EST A great time with the GC I had a wonderful time with the GC, watching movies, <BR> playing games and keeping them entertained. I did all <BR> of DD's laundry, washed, folded and put away. She was <BR> thrilled to come home and find everything set to rights. <BR> But now, the not greatest news. Our oldest son's GF, <BR> w... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:15:03 EST 🍕 Pizza Night 🍕 <img src=""> <BR> For those nights when its easy to just say, "Let's order pizza," I've figured out a solution. Lean Cuisine makes a delicious, and filling, Deep-dish mushroom and spinach pizza. This is my personal fav... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:14:10 EST I Thought the Beast had been Tamed :( For a few weeks I felt like going sugar-free had tamed the hunger monster within who wants to eat ALL.THE.FOOD. Cravings were under control and I was eating within my ww points range most days. I felt like I was really onto something. Well...The beast is back! Nothing has satisfied me today and ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:11:50 EST 1/21/17 <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:11:32 EST Yucky Weather = Yucky Mood I did run into town to get my mom her little grocery list. You couldn't really see more than 30 ft. in front of you. We have such a bad fog today and drizzle to go with it. So I did not drive over to the fabric store I just brought my moody self home and fiddled around the house. Didn't reall... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:09:58 EST Lazy saturdays in the rain Ever since I started back on my weight loss journey I have been working over time to do things right. I am slowly adding more exercise to my weeks, but as much as I love the rain to be stuck in the house all day long unable to run free was miserable. So I walked. I walked and jogged in and out of... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:09:12 EST Stationary bike <img src=""> <BR> Went this evening and got this, wish me luck. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:08:46 EST Gods day Send out love today and wish everyone has many blessings hugs Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:08:12 EST Loss, by accident I do not deserve my loss this week. I ate terribly all week. For whatever reason, I was fiending for Hostess Cherry Pies like crazy. Those suckers have so much sugar! They have so many calories!! And they taste awesome. So I'm going to move forward from here and be grateful that I'm still i... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:08:10 EST Day at the zoo I walked over 3 miles at the zoo today and my fitbit tracker did not give me one minute of activity. <em>39</em> Guess it was considered more of a stroll. I use my fitbit to calculate my fitness minutes. What a bummer. Had to do the treadmill tonight just to get 25 minutes on the books. A... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:07:13 EST Jn 21 Quote "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -- Confucius <BR> <BR> A mantra to remember as I continue on my road to better health and well-being. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:07:05 EST Starting over again I am disappointed in myself. I have been doing really good and today I gave into eating stuff I shouldn't be eating. I had spent half of the day at work and instead of eating healthy I joined in on the pizza eating cause it was easier. Tomorrow starting over again. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:06:13 EST Success I has been a very long day. We didn't get home from the tournament and to bed until after 11:00 last night. Then it was up at 5:00 to get to this mornings competition on time. We ate all meals out today and I still managed to stay within calorie range. It was a beautiful spring-like day, so w... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:04:55 EST Saturday in between the rainy on-slaught! So I did clean! It was a workout. Window washing. Dusting. Vacuum. Furniture moving! Topped it all off with a very nice evening church service. Intimate, think many folks cleaning up, or went out skiing. Somehow things will all work the way it is supposed to be. With that, I'll call it a night!🌇 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:04:28 EST Bayau is going to get to go visit one of her friends. I want to go to a friend's wedding in the near future. My sister offered to dog-sit Bayau when we were at her house last year. <BR> <BR> I will need to take Bayau there and get her used to the collar they have from dogs they had, but have died. She will have to learn the boundaries of their ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:02:41 EST I had a nice surprise today. I read my own blog because I never saw it last year. WooHoo! I was sparking and there was an illustration like stairs on the page. <BR> I did not pay much attention I was so busy getting my Sparking done. <BR> DH and I were in the house all day, he has a cold and I did not want to go out with my hand in my sling so we both wanted to watch some TV . <BR> W... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:59:53 EST Accomplished a lot today Went to bed shortly after midnight last night, and woke up at 3:53 am. Went to the washroom, got back in bed and tossed and turned until 4:50. Ended up getting out of bed and did some sparking, made some breakfast, <BR> <BR> Made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish, and then sat on ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:57:34 EST Today 19 days since mom passed Today was food overindulgence day. I'm OK with that. Tomorrow, I'll be back on track. I lost 1.4 pounds over the week. I'm starting to gain back my appetite. Sharing at the table with Dad, Brother and sister in law was a great therapy session. Driving home, I realized I will spend Mother's Day ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:54:42 EST I attended my first Spin class today! I attended my first Spin class ever today. It was very emotionally and physically challenging, but I finished it. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:53:32 EST Happy Saturday! What did everyone do for fun today? I helped women love who they are today. I truly have a fablous job. Tommorrw the weather is suppose to be horrible so, I guess it will be a long boring day off. Rather be working. Was hoping to do a meet up worth some friends at Epcot but by the look of ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:49:28 EST Sunday The pain is high up towards the shoulder my Daughter thinks its his asthma and the pain is worse when he is walking he loses breath and that is when he gets the pain then it goes dow his arm. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:46:58 EST Day 387: TRUST & TRAUMA You Spark People keep my Spark glowing as a flame and I thank you!! Now sing that to the tune of ZZTop"s Thank You! Hee. It just popped into my head! <BR> <BR> Trust. Yesterday with speaking about self we have to learn to trust ourselves. We have to trust the program or process. We reall... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:43:19 EST Fitness My workouts are going GREAT, today I did stairs in the morning and tonight was a workout app. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:42:34 EST Sabbath As a Sabbath observer I always have the hardest time to stick with plan on it. I have a harder time planning ahead and following through. I have let this lead to my downfall in the past, yet today I let it be a day and back on tract as the sabbath ends. <BR> <BR> Healthier way to live! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:41:45 EST Can't wait yo lose another 20 lbs I weighted in and lost 3 more lbs, so I'm starting to lose weight faster, I have lost 20 lbs since I joined and I eat everything, and by everything I mean everything, pizza, cake, pasta, fruits, veggies and I work out 6 days per week. Nothing is off limits, I try to stay within my calorie range, ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:41:31 EST Nana's Day- 1/21/2017 I have very busy today. Managed to get some exercise in. The temperature here today was up in the upper 50's. I Found out Friday I have Rare Benign Chronic Inflammatory Disease of the Small Intestine, and Colon. I have to be on a high Fiber Diet. Every one Have a Splendid Evening. Night all!! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:40:37 EST Can't figure out my pedometer!! Could someone PLEASE explain to me how to program my pedometer? Try as I may, I just can't figure it out!!!!! I'm OLD!! JUST ORDERED CHINESE because the recipes here have MORE CALORIES!! WTH??? Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:39:52 EST A good day Chores got done, ran some errands, and even got a nap..sort of... <BR> <BR> We went to the local Beekeepers' dinner.We had a nice time and Steve won two prizes. <BR> <BR> Bedtime now, good night! <em>213</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:38:31 EST Want this year to be my year!!! I really want this year to be my year to accomplish my goals. I don't want to keep saying I'll start this day, month, or next year. I want to lose 51 pounds by my birthday at the end of September. Even when I see and feel progress; then I slip. <em>39</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:38:22 EST Cravings I use to be a Coke drinker, I haven't had one in two weeks, I had a sip of a Coke I had in the house and it was the most disgusting thing I ever drank. So I think I finely bet the habit I've had for at lest 30 years. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:29:37 EST While the world is melting I feel guilty for enjoying this milder winter, especially today in the high 50s. I know it means the earth is in trouble. It felt so good to feel the sun on my bare skin while i was running, though. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:28:57 EST Week 258...MB 42 Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Last week 72.1 kgs (158.62 Lbs) <BR> This week 72.2 kgs (158.84 lbs) <BR> Increase of 0.1 kgs (0.22 lbs) <BR> <BR> This week we have had warm temps and humidity. The week just rolled away - it is nice to be peaceful and not look for things to worry about, to appreci... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:26:53 EST Still snowing - 1-21-17 Still snowing here in Steamboat. Larry Pierce went out and got a photo of these two snow-covered tractors. That will eventually help identify which of the snow-bumps has the tractors under them! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:23:25 EST Let the trail runs begin! Well....sorta <BR> <BR> Today my husband wanted to come with me on a hike. I was pretty excited about this so I didn't bother pointing out to him that while the snow is gone from where we live it will still be on the trails. More fun as a surprise right? <BR> <BR> I did take him out to the lake... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:23:04 EST Love not hate <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:22:25 EST Feelings and thoughts before weigh in tomorrow Ok. Since last week I had a semi-hard time with weigh in because it wasn't what I had hoped for... I decided to blog on here tonight, the night before weigh in tomorrow morning, and post how I've been feeling this week before weigh in so, that I can gauge how I'm feeling about the week without fo... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:22:10 EST The Law of Marginal Utility (Cookie Happiness) This morning I went to the snack shop at work to pick up their tips and ring them into my cash drawer. They were baking cookies. Fresh cookies... right from the oven... they had 2 of my favorite kind... I bought one. It was so warm and gooie with goodness that I had to go back and get a spoon.... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:21:46 EST Doing good So great full that God is keeping me on this path to change my eating habits and body Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:19:35 EST Supplements Seems like all of the articles I read, cited fish oil, as the must have supplement. Have had actual Dr.s say they are a waste of money and not to use. My eyes are chronicly dry and the internet says to take 2, 2x's a week then back to 1, 1x. A day. Went to eye Dr and she said warm washcloth. D... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:18:52 EST Restarted I'm going back to school soon and will miss lazy days but I hope to be more constant with exercising... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:16:31 EST Weight loss Today I weighed myself and this week I lost 4lbs. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:15:23 EST Weekend work Working 12 days straight. Tomorrow is day seven and I'm so tired tonight. Going to bed early and using today as my rest day for exercise. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:13:29 EST Day 21 - Love Love is love is love is love. I was so inspired by all the marches today. Happy to see so many standing up for themselves and for others. I am so proud of my friends and family. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:12:18 EST Saturday Today we had really bad weather! I also realized that I lost a pound the other day & blogged the wrong weight! As hard as I've worked to lose it I want to make sure I enter it correctly!!! 166!!! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:12:03 EST ..and my husband's handiwork as well! ...he finished making 2 single beds today (he mostly does only bunk beds since no little girls apparently have only one doll any more)... <BR> <BR> I had already finished sewing one of the bedding sets. <BR> <BR> We put this online on a few local sales groups and it sold within 10 minutes. <BR... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:10:18 EST January 21, 2017 I wasn't able to blog last night because I was having weird computer issues. It booted up fine this morning though. Go figure. <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> I had to take Matthew to small group practice then came home and managed to get a few loads of laundry done before I had to head back to Greenfiel... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:06:12 EST jokes and Week 3 Blog for Aspire to Inspire For week 3 of the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges blog we are to write about goal. What is one goal that you really want to focus on and why? <BR> I want to get healthier. <BR> Why do I want to get healthier? <BR> 1. my dad die at 46 of a heart attack. <BR> 2 I want to live to see my great nie... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:04:49 EST 1/21/17 Well I am not the youngster I used to be. The job I was working on last night lasted until 12:30 a.m. and our system went down. So we broke off and decided to regroup at 6:30 this morning, the software we needed was still down and was until about 9:00 a.m. We finished up around 11:00 a.m. I g... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:02:11 EST Finally under 170 lbs! What feels like for so long to be more than 170 lbs and now I'm just under it makes it a huge accomplishment. I've been floating on air today because of it. <BR> <BR> Because I did get under 170 lbs. today I decided to reward myself with a mandoline. I've been wanting one of these for a long ti... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:52:21 EST operation done! Heart has gone from <em>51</em> to <em>26</em> in just one day!! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:51:08 EST Great Day Took a nice long walk with a bunch of friends. Came home tired and happy. This is an amazing community I live in. Great people. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:49:55 EST Norwegian Language Classes Our 5% Challenge is traveling to Lofoten Islands, Norway this week. That is very exciting for me for two reasons. First, this is the area where my Grandmother (my father's mother) grew up. She came to America when she was only 18 years old traveling with an uncle but without any other family m... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:47:12 EST Day 547 - Better Day Today was a little bit better. My husband and daughter and I helped clean the church this morning. I finally put away all of the Christmas stuff. Now we just have to carry out our very dry Christmas tree. I'm working on a 2016 yearbook. I always do them through Shutterfly. I'm running a little l... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:46:35 EST Losing weight is a walk in the park <img src=""> <BR> I didn't want to go to the park this morning. I wanted to crawl back into bed. I wanted to have hot chocolate and bacon and eggs and pancakes for breakfast. I wanted to play on the Internet. But, in... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:45:04 EST Active Recovery Day... plus lunch I didn't notice yesterday after my 15 mile run on the treadmill, but I gave myself a blister on my heel. I only realized it this morning when I went to put my boots on. So, I am going to take it easy on the running for a few days. But my boots that I wear for walking (as opposed to the sneake... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:40:35 EST Persistence <img src=""> <BR> Keep on keeping on Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:39:30 EST Favor for Your Future - Joel & Victoria Today's Scripture"...his favor lasts a lifetime..."(Psalm 30:5, NIV) <BR> <BR> Did you know that God has already released good things into your future? His favor covers your lifetime! When God laid out the plan for your life, He lined up the right people, the right circumstances and the right br... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:36:48 EST Day1 So far so good and lemon water ain't bad , actually like it Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:35:53 EST 206.8 Day 0 missed by not much too lazy yesterday 4 beers who know why? Close but no cigar with exercise. Lost momentum! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:34:45 EST Feeling bad Well today we celebrated my granddaughters 2nd birthday with a party at chuck e cheese. Needless to say I've been 16 days with soda caffeine or any sweets. Well I done good and only ate 1 piece of pizza but may granddaughter cried Cuz maw maw wasn't gonna eat a piece of her birthday cake. I felt... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:32:35 EST Must. Have. Sleep. So, I started my day by working the concession stand at my school's BB tournament. It was great. Also, I passed up pizza, which is huge for me. I was still a little tired from many nights of not sleeping when I came home. I had a million things to do, but ended up taking a 3 hour nap. It felt r... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:32:01 EST Meh I guess I will write a quick blog... feeling super disconnected from the healthy lifestyle and spark! I started eating bad last Saturday and here we are a week later! Why is unhealthy food so addictive??? The only thing about today is that I manged to track all my food.. and whoa .... way over... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:31:42 EST Fitbit Got my new fitbit today! I bought a charge2, upgraded from my flex. It's a lot bigger but liking what it can do so far! I like the heart rate monitor for when I'm exercising. Wasn't able to get to the gym today so testing it out tomorrow! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:28:26 EST Eggbeaters Frittata I did another experimental recipe for my lean and green. A spinach frittata made with eggbeaters. That's the leanest protein on the list and I get 2 cups of the stuff. I added spinach and tomatoes and a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese on top. It wasn't a total miss but it wasn't turkey meatb... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:25:54 EST #20byeaster Trying to do the #20byeaster and it seems tougher than I thought it would. I really appreciate the goals that SP has but this is the first one I'm trying to achieve. I've just lost weight with SP by counting calories and eating right but it was during some warmer months and this winter it just se... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:25:10 EST Saturday January 21, 2017 Good evening! It was a busy day....speech competition, basketball games and grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> I have decided this week, beginning tomorrow, will be NO EXCUSE week. I have PLENTY of time to get prepared for the week ahead between today and tomorrow. Tomorrow we have nothing going o... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:21:16 EST 21/365 - fun day Got up super early to start laundry. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed a few hours with a good friend for her birthday. <BR> <BR> Had a nice evening at home. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is work and I have to do some food prep. I have to sit down tomorrow and do some serious thinking about my prep plan for the week. ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:20:05 EST Mommy tummy I have had my mommy tummy for 7 years now and I can't get rid of it....I can lose weight but the tummy stays... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:14:55 EST Pictures <img src=""> <BR> I can't get rid of my mommy fat... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:12:55 EST Day 21 I'm at day 21 soda free. I can't believe I have made it this far. Next goal is to do away with sweets right now I really don't crave them or want them. After sweets it will be bread and crackers. One step at a time i can do this scared of weigh in tomorrow Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:08:17 EST 1-21-17 Walked a Mile I was looking at one of those virtual weight loss models online. The kind that shows a virtual image of roughly what you look like at your current weight next to a rough idea of what you'll look like at your goal weight. Obviously, every one carries their weight differently, so it's not perfect, ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:06:28 EST Was doing so good I have been doing good with logging food and exercising. I'm now getting sick. My son was sick last week and he decided to share with me. Darn it. I'm glad he is doing better. I hope I get over this quickly. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:05:33 EST A new beginning For Christmas my dear husband bought me 15 hours with a personal trainer!!! Today was my first appointment where she took measurements (not good numbers, let me tell you), asked me about my eating habits (not always good), also asked probing questions about what my workdays are like - all so she... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:01:26 EST Day two <img src=""> <BR> Well today is second day of recording what i eat. I did a bad job of recording lol. I did great yesterday. This is something that i always need to carry my phone for. I can quickly scan the bar code (... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:57:41 EST Craving change I am on the verge of ending my three-week lifestyle decision for change. I am proud to say that I have been sticking to my exercise routine and eating with purpose, not to calm the cravings. I took inventory of what I am on this journey to accomplish and I am working on identifying my triggers th... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:55:17 EST Gotta hand it to those Brits. <BR> <BR> In a train from London to Manchester, an American was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment. <BR> <BR> "The trouble with you English is that you are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. You think your stiff upper lip makes you above the rest... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:54:36 EST Weight loss So two weeks ago is was 255 today I got on the scale and I'm 237. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:49:05 EST me and Amy at the mall <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:48:01 EST Kick Sugar To The Curb This past Monday I had a medical procedure that basically put me out of commission for the week. (Well, the meds did anyway and the last pain pill I took was Tuesday night...I DO NOT LIKE PAIN MEDS!!!) Anywho, during my downtime I began to watch a lot of health documentaries, mainly sugar documen... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:44:37 EST 1/21/17: Gaining space Dear diary, <BR> <BR> So this week I started to destroy my room. Actually, maybe "destroy" isn't the word to use. But by the time I'm done with it, it is going to look quite different from where it is now. <BR> <BR> I had an old TV that has been only gathering space for years and years. I di... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:42:13 EST Commitment & Determination pay off! The last 8 weeks of working out consistently have been great! I am done letting life's challenges interfere with how we want our life to look. In the past I would get so busy that I would always put my needs on the back burner. I love working out (mostly strength training) but have pushed it aw... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:37:34 EST Question I just bought a digital scale to weigh my food. The question I have is should I weigh stuff like chicken before I bake it of after I bake it. I'm not for certain which way I should do it. I will greatly appreciate your help :) Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:35:48 EST Week 1 Hi there <BR> <BR> It has been a week and I think it has been a good week. Tomorrow I will weigh myself, but I know before I weigh myself that my results are not what the scale has to say. Oh trust me if the numbers are good I'll be in heaven. But I know success comes in other ways - how we f... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:31:59 EST I have now lost four pounds since January 1st! Hi everyone, My weigh-in days are now on Friday; so far my progress is as follows: <BR> <BR> WK00 WT: 179.0; WK LOSS: 0.0; TL LOSS: 00.0; TO GOAL: 39.0; BMI: 30.7 <BR> WK01 WT: 178.2; WK LOSS: 0.8; TL LOSS: 00.8; TO GOAL: 38.0; BMI: 30.6 <BR> WK02 WT: 176.5; WK LOSS: 1.7; TL LOSS: 02.5; TO GOA... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:28:23 EST Choices Had a light bulb moment yesterday when reading about behaviors. <BR> You can't control other peoples bad behavior, attitude or a bad situation. How ever you can control how you choose to react to it. <BR> It really hit home last night when my daughter came home from work. As usual I was trying ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:27:31 EST WAY TO GO WILDCATS on your 17th win. 17th win today against S. Carolina 69-85. Maybe the UCONN girls will win their 93rd game tomorrow. <BR> <em>299</em> <em>299</em> <em>299</em> <em>299</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:22:02 EST Day 21: Yep You Bet I Went <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." (Helen Keller) <BR> <BR> I had a totally different blog going up today, but what's going on t... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:21:47 EST Day two Second day of not feeling great. I will say that I have slept over nine hours. Three hours of that was a nap this afternoon. I'm thinking it is the antibotics taking me down. I just don't like all this still time. I did get up and get my 11K steps. It took all I had but I am not ready to give tha... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:21:33 EST Today/Exercising I wasn't in the mood to do cardio today as I decides to take a day off. At lunch I was cutting up some veggies to mix in my tuna when my mom comes along and says, "I'm so proud of you even though you haven't exercised today. You are doing real good " I said, "Thank you. I don't feel like doing ca... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:20:50 EST Day 22 of reboot Today was not what I had hoped. I woke up feeling like I had the flu complete with body aches. The worst of it passed early enough that I was able to get out and walk and run my errands but still feel weak. I ate a bit today but not all fruit and veg as I had hoped to do. The sushi I bought last... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:18:58 EST saturday just feel off today but have to much to do so i can not crawl up and stay in bed <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:17:50 EST 10,000 steps + <img src=""> Stepping for American people everywhere. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:16:59 EST Accountability - January 21, 2017 Ok, my voice needs to have a talking to! it is not behaving and I am letting it not behave. I had a great healthy breakfast, took my son to his hockey and then I came back home. I chose to make my lunch vs eating out with my family. I don't know what happened I ended up eating 2 cookies - why... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:16:34 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 21-22: Daily inspiration: Give thanks for not only all that you have, but all that you are. Lord, may I recognize the goodness within me and know that I am lovable even with my shortcomings. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be stro... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:16:04 EST Day 7: Journey to self love Today was tough but I pushed through. At my future sister in laws dress fitting, I had a real tough moment. I hate dress fittings. I usually wear size 12 to 14 and I am well aware that with some bridesmaids dresses you have to get a bigger size, sometimes two dress sizes up. Today when the dres... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:15:31 EST Be the Light <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:14:18 EST Whole30--Day 6 I can see a problem developing already. <em>101</em> On a workday, I have no trouble sticking to the meals. But on my days off, it has been a problem. So I have to address that one right away. I am going to fill in my lunches for my days off, as well as my workdays, and just stick to the plan.... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:13:56 EST First Weekend.. So Far I've lost.. I began my heathier eating health overhaul on the morning of the 17th if this month. Tonight its the 21st so in only 4.5 days of healthy eating I've lost 4.2 lbs. Eating a low fat, low/healthy carb, Low/Natural Sugars, High Protein foods & Tons of Seltzer with lemon & a lil monk fruit sweetener.... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:10:33 EST Finishing up week 3 of January 2017 <img src=""> <BR> So every day wasn't "perfect"... but each day was filled with blessings! I've had a lot on my plate this week. I've reached Saturday with a sense of accomplishment. It's enough. <BR> I'm tending to co... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:10:09 EST Wonder Ellfin checking in!!!!! I have had a wonderful fitness day! Dh and I walked twice and I walked once by Myself! I got 10,441 steps today plus My Body weight workout! I hope Your day was marvelous too!! <BR> Luv y'all!! ((HUGS)) Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:09:32 EST Sat - Every second counts when you're moving! 01/21/2017 <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:05:22 EST Accountability 19 & 20, 2017 These two days were very crazy long! Thursday went really well. We are having some work done in our room so it was just making a few decisions about some changes. I made some good decisions about my food and knocked that voice down a few times. I had to deal with the kids and their hockey prac... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:03:35 EST Menopause Never count on calorie counting, tracking ur exercise on loosing weight, it isn't going to work. I've researched it, talked to my dr. And until I have my hysterectomy, I'm not going to loose weight, but I may gain more. Just an insight of what I'm dealing with. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:00:47 EST Hit 300 ! This is the first month doing this and hit 300 points today. Eating habits have changed and have lost 2 lbs. Really enjoy this app. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:56:13 EST Saturday Accountability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 2 <BR> My meals are logged and on track. <BR> No diet soda. <em>224</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:54:03 EST Looking up- Even though I had the wrong date for the business mixer, it ended up being a decent day. Had a sale, which was better than the past week. One of the new designs sold in a sweatshirt. That's always good for my ego. And I have an order for a small rug. I'm going to be working on that shortly after ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:49:37 EST 2017 - (Week 3) My journey towards 1000 miles ... Hello SparkWorld <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 3 is coming to a close ... it has been a long week at work and home life was a bit chaotic too. Despite the craziness I did fairly well on my weekly goals! I still haven't stepped on the scale and that is okay. When the time is right a... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:43:18 EST The pics These are the pics of the raw food cake I made for my husband's birthday. <BR> It is an orange and blueberry cake. <BR> My family's verdict was that it was delicious but probably better served frozen as it was liquefying in the heat. <BR> It is good to step out of one's comfort zone and try somet... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:42:06 EST Trying to be Healthy and Sick as a Dog Well, I was sick almost immediately after Christmas with a stomach bug. Actually, truth be told, I think it was that stomach bug that was my first three pounds. Not intentional, but....I'll take it. So about three or four days ago I had a sore throat, which I attirbuted to being stuffy and sle... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:41:55 EST Young Woman Painting <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:41:26 EST RELAXING Sitting here with some windows open enjoying the storm Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:37:53 EST Eating mindfully <img src=""> <BR> Eating mindfully really works, you just savor every lil bite, tasting all of the flavors while you slowly enjoy your meal... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:37:31 EST Started eat healthy I have had enough of getting sick and having no energy. 4 days ago I started eating healthier. I already feel the difference. I work a lot, and have a horse. I've had more energy, so I ride an extra day. It was fantastic! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:33:27 EST Day 21 of 100: 10k Steps a Day Today... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I met my step goal. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:32:21 EST Motivation <img src=""> Need a little motivation? Remember this! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:31:42 EST WANTING SOMETHING MORE I had a really nice 'goodie' yesterday; a low cal low fat low carb berry cheesecake sorta goodie. And it tasted wonderful and was quite satisfying. But today, I want to 'gorge'. I haven't, but I want to. <BR> I had a really good and filling cabbage soup for lunch, it's not like I am hungry. I... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:30:57 EST OK. Really. I need to do this. Discipline. <BR> <BR> That's my word for 2017. Not that I've been very good at working on it. So, I need to begin really focusing on it. <BR> <BR> If I looked back at my blogs, I would see an awful lot of entries saying, "This is it," or "I'm starting again," or "OK. Really. I need to do this."... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:30:23 EST If its to be, its up to me!! I was at a customer's last nite and they sold inspirational signs. I hadn't thought about this phase in a long time. It was one of my mantras in the past - over 10 years ago! So I think my guardian angel put that sign before me to remind me - I can only walk this journey myself. I have to mak... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:30:18 EST Bonus blog - the training update of the week As y'all know, a week ago today, I took my second tumble on the trail, bashing my chin and biting my lip as I landed. I'd been posting daily selfies showing the healing... here's one from today, showing off a new toy that came in the mail earlier in the week but I waited to open until today: <BR... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:29:54 EST Ran/walked 4 miles today and had faster splits I was only supposed to run 30 minutes according to my marathon running plan, but I ended up going 60 minutes because I felt so incredibly good. My splits were also almost a minute faster than the past 2 weeks have been. It was weird because when I weighed myself this morning, I was actually a who... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:29:28 EST Starting to get in shape again bad knees and all Lost 8lb so far Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:23:43 EST Ten pounds down! Today makes ten pounds down and the longest I have consistently tracked my food. The success of eating healthy is really motivating! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:22:18 EST Day 21: Week 3 Weigh-In Another gain, this time, four pounds. <BR> <BR> I am determined not to give up, but I gotta tell ya, this really sucks. I know that I'm still making progress, I know that I'm still down 5 pounds in three weeks, I know all these things... But that doesn't keep me from feeling lousy today. <BR> ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:18:44 EST Very tired More family over and been busy all day. I will be glad to go to church and praise God tomorrow a day of rest. How is my spark friend doing🙏 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:18:18 EST A Super Saturday Today was truly and awesome day. I was up early (7:30) and by 9:00 am I was out the door for a power walk/run. I did 5 miles in 67 minutes and felt so good when I got home. Most of the time I was power walking as I find I am having so issues with my hips and running. <BR> During my jaunt, I was ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:13:18 EST Road to recovery I've had 5 major spine rebuilding surgeries. I went paralyzed for a year, went through a bunch of radiation. I do have to get chemo the rest of my life, because my giant cell carcinoma disease has no cure. One out of a million people get it. Lucky me. But I'm still more positive than most people ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:06:35 EST just sayin’ … make a decision … and follow through Sorry I have been a bit busy ... exciting mamm, eating the house down, migraine from hell, fever blister the size of Texas, pity party, biopsy and now celebrating!!!!!!!! Whew!!! <BR> <BR> Finally … 5 years cancer FREEEEEE and counting. <BR> <BR> Of course I gained weight while ... not focused... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:02:03 EST Trip to the Zoo Today was a very active day for me and felt great! I started my day with water fitness for an hour and then brought home breakfast as a treat. My munchkins requested to go see the animals, so we had a spontaneous trip to the zoo. Such a great time and kept me active in more than one way. Truly a ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:59:42 EST Feel like I'm starving!! Omg! I have just started the diet and exercise program...I am starving!!! What are your favorite foods?? Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:57:55 EST Struggling.... Awful cravings and urges for food!!! <BR> <BR> UGH!! <BR> <BR> Gotta resist... find something else to do.. *crossing fingers* Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:55:37 EST Been a while!! January 21,2017 Been awhile since I have blogged here... been a rough few weeks since our flooding here in the house... still am in limbo not knowing what is happening... they are waiting for the insurance to okay the claim... I really don't like living in upheaval and that is what it has been for almost a mont... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:44:44 EST 21-day new member challenge I know one of the challenges was to enter a blog on day six, but I decided to wait until the end of the challenge to write mine. I enjoyed starting my journey with SparkPeople with this challenge. I learned a lot about the site and what tools are available. It also taught me some things about mys... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:41:47 EST Not Missing Out I love donair pizza, but i was over joyed to find a recipe for low fat donair meatballs. I served four diced up (which is the same portion size of a small hamburger patty) on a bed of lettuce, six cherry tomatoes dices, 1/4 onion diced, 1/4 green pepper and made a salad instead. The home made don... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:40:04 EST Shocked At Results!! All week I battled to get moving and to drink water. All week I felt like a bottomless pit and thought there's NO WAY I lost any weight!! For every calorie I burned, it felt like I ate 2 more. I know for a fact that I ate way more last week than I have eaten since Christmas. So I was quite sh... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:38:23 EST Good day <img src=""> <BR> Well got my walk in and my food intake on track. Was having a real good day until now... I can't win for losing. Putting all my house cleaning off until tomorrow. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:36:25 EST Good day <img src=""> <BR> Well got my walk in and my food intake on track. Was having a real good day until now... I can't win for losing. Putting all my house cleaning off until tomorrow. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:35:50 EST Move forward <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:33:32 EST Sick Crazy shaking, hurting, coughing my lungs out. Dang, even my teeth and jaw hurt and my head wants to explode. <BR> I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it isn't a train. :-)) <em>527</em> <BR> No exercise <BR> <BR> May you meet with and unexpected smile today,. <em>30</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:31:27 EST Note to Self <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are those who should borrow this little Minion. <BR> <BR> Pray for World Peace. <em>459</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:30:08 EST Back to Tracking & some Relaxed activity I am trying to get back into my daily tracking, using a meal plan (Mom's diet was very restricted), & adding back foods that I couldn't cook or use the last three months. I injured my knee while I was away shoveling snow. The doctor said to stay off it and try not to go up and down my stairs, bu... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:24:18 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I slept in and then took Miss Lilo to the beach to play. There's usually a lot of ice on the lake at this time of year but none in sight today. The weather has been so strange this year, I miss ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:18:19 EST Starting today! Well, I am starting a better me journey. I want to eat healthier, increase my energy, find new hobbies, meet new people, and have an all around great year. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:17:57 EST I'm Still Here! It has been over five weeks and I am still stuck at 200 pounds. There are several reasons for this, the biggest being that I have not been eating as well as I would like. First there was Christmas and a plethora of key lime pie. By the time I hit January I was just getting back on the wagon when.... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:13:17 EST 30 Minutes on the Bike I did 30 minutes on my stationary bike. I did a pretty slow easy 30 minutes. I have to work my way up to a harder workout, but I did it. <BR> The weather here in Pittsburgh is beautiful, highs in te 60's. It's crazy because it just makes you long for spring and summer and then when it comes ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:07:12 EST January 21 2017 Been s great day. Hubby and I played basketball with the kids got a hr and went swimming for an hr. We ended our fun with a good lunch from subway Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:03:19 EST 2017-01-21 Just thinking,,, which can be dangerous territory.. Just thinking,,, which can be dangerous territory.. <BR> <BR> Read somewhere recently that to lose weight you must be on your healthy life-style path 90% of the time... that means 9 out of 10 days... <BR> <BR> we have days when we know we consumed more than we should have, moved less than we p... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:02:28 EST Day trip... What a glorious was supposed to be mostly cloudy but instead it was blue skies and sunshine for our day trip to Gent and it is late January so it was cooool, but 20,000 steps helps keep a girl warm. Had breakfast at the hotel before we left...yogurt lots of fresh fruit a sm... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:57:06 EST Hi Hello. I am new here Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:55:51 EST small steps!!!! <img src=""> <BR> met 10,000 steps each day this week! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:55:16 EST Saturday 1-21-17 <img src=""> <BR> Walk / Run Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:55:09 EST Saturday. Day 6 of week 3 of the cycling challenge for January I was tucked up in bed at 11 last night but couldn't get comfy with my back, so I got up and took a painkiller as sleep has been hard to come by of late. <BR> My sciatica has been playing up - it's the weather, I reckon. The sciatica took over from a sore shoulder, which was bad for 2 or 3 days, ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:53:19 EST Why Am I Sick? Are you currently at rock bottom, lacking energy, suffering from fibromyalgia, allergies, headaches, insomnia, mood swings, digestive disorders, depression, insomnia, dry skin/hair, muscle and joint pains etc. <em>527</em> If so, I have a book for you to read. We can change our own lives, ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:51:55 EST "God Bless Grandma and Goodbye Grandpa!" "God Bless Grandma and Goodbye Grandpa!" <BR> <BR> A father put his 3 year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers which ended by saying, "God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma and good-bye Grandpa." <BR> The father asked, "Why did you say good-bye Grandpa... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:49:57 EST Allergy and Cold season <img src=""> I have been under the weather since December 24th. Chest and sinus congestion , weakness. Hopefully, I get better so I can work out again consistently. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:49:21 EST Herbal Tea For Blood Pressure? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mostly every mornin' I sit down to the computer to say hi to my family on Facebook. I usually tell them the weather and what I have planned for my day. My day is not exciting but it is just a w... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:43:52 EST Saturday Treadmill and cleaned up yard for exercise today. Grocery shopped. In a bit we will be playing Risk, King of Thrones Edition. Hope you are having a lovely day. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:43:44 EST Where's the stress? SparkCoach asked about stress or anxiety associated with my weight loss journey. My stress levels have been pretty high lately but mostly because of my mom falling, her moving into an assisted care facility and having to get everything out of her house so quickly. <BR> This adds stress to my he... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:43:29 EST Ahhhh Feeling better today. Did laundry, cleaned, dusted, time to stretch out and exercise.... that is a good day! Time to chat with a cousin, my Dad and my sister. Sunshine today. Ahhhhhh what a great day! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:32:36 EST NO SUGAR ---6 DAYS Going out to eat a steak dinner tonight----may go over my calories a bit.......but I won't have any sugar!! <em>205</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:26:53 EST A Miracle <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> "Know that you yourself are a miracle." <BR> ~ Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:25:40 EST Calling Out My Grazing/Mindless Eating <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1/2 Braeburn apple, 10 carrot slices <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be hones... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:23:28 EST No energy today I don't know why I have no energy today. Maybe it will kick in later, but the thought of working out is tedious right now to me. Hopefully I can fix my attitude by the time it's time to workout. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:22:31 EST Diet Manifesto 2017 The New Year has me once declaring a war on my weight! I must make a change because not feeling good, muscles aching, feet hurting are a daily event. If you factor in the scare I had from the doctor last fall whereby I either get my cholesterol down or go on meds in 6 months and you have yourse... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:22:26 EST When I thought I was getting better... I wasn't. Things took a turn for the worse until Thursday night it became impossible to lie down without constant coughing. Went to Emerg in the morning and was diagnosed with pneaumonia. So now I'm on antibiotics for 10 days. At this point the week is a write off. While the only exercise I've ha... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:19:05 EST Sunshine Saturday - Smile! S M I L E - It's such a little word but can go such a long way. It is one of the most powerful words in any language. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Smiling makes you feel better about yourself, even if you don't ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:18:34 EST Making a Commitment Making short and realistic commitments each week can help stay on track. <BR> Since my life is super busy, my schedule changes constantly and I have to set shorter timeframes and alter goals regularly. <em>381</em> <BR> This week I am committing to exercising for at least 1 hour for 5/7 days.... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:17:36 EST Note to self No more kettle bell workouts when I am already having pain in my back. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:17:19 EST Dinner <img src=""> Swiss Chard & Great Northern Bean Mash with Fresh Lemon Juice Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:07:00 EST My chart <img src=""> <BR> It's looking better, stated out with fat at 53 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:05:49 EST Still going strong Since I started changing my eating habits my body seems very happy. I am a diabetic. I have have gone from diabetic highs to some of my best numbers in years. Taking less medication and shots I will fight to continue. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:05:02 EST ready for a change ready to change my habits and be a healthier me. two little girls that I want to be a stronger and healthier woman for. joined today...set my trying to work in the changes without giving up Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:04:29 EST Rain and "Stoup" The pacific NW is thawing out from the big freeze. But now the rain comes.... So tonight, it'll be soup/stew or "Stoup" (thanks to Rachel Ray). Lots of veggies, lots of broth, lots of beans, lots of meat. Crock pot tomorrow, tonight its the 12 quart stockpot. Ultimate weapons: cauliflower purée (... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:03:05 EST Jan. 21 and more news. I was determined that 2017 would be different than 2016. I would be healthier and have nothing but positive and happy around me. I just knew by this time, I would be over the car accident of December 13. I found out that was not the case big-time. I am still having pain in my right chest and... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:56:09 EST Here I go again So this is my new start. I just had my 58 birthday, January 4th. You KNOW what I have been thinking?????? Well this might sound a bit morbid, but I don't want to die fat. I don't want all the caskets to be to small. I don't want my family to go through that.And we don't believe in creamation. And... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:54:48 EST Flying HIGH! Today is an awesome day. I’m through with all things medical for a while. I gave platelets this morning at the Blood Bank and I asked for a SMALLER sized T-shirt, which I’m wearing now and it FITS! They always ask my weight. It used to be such a bummer, but now I practically sing it out! I’m ov... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:48:39 EST Update to Bad Side Effect Well, sad to say my constipation issue is still going. I really thought by adding more fiber to my diet, this problem would ease itself out. But, here I am, still not able to take care of business. Per my doctor's instructions, I drank a bottle of Magnesium Citrate this afternoon and am awaiti... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:41:21 EST My new favorite vegetable So today I made Chicken "Noodle" Soup with spaghetti squash. Oh my!!! I didn't know how yummy spaghetti squash was until today. It is soooo good and it goes really well in the chicken noodle soup that I made. As you know from my previous blogs, I am trying to cut out carbs and sugar. Well, with t... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:38:46 EST Puppets <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:33:09 EST Walking between storms Well it's been raining on and off on our bay. So we took the big dogs for almost a mile and a half walk. The dogs live to run on the side of my husband's electric wheelchair, while I try to keep up with them. So freeing😅 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:32:19 EST Saturday In The Park.... Beautiful Day in New England 58 and Sunny. My Husband and I got out for a 3.4 Mile walk. <em>342</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:30:03 EST Ode to Change! Wow! Can't believe how long its been since I've been on here. Emotionally, I still go up & down with my weight, esp with big changes. Seattle took me by surprise. It's beautiful here, but boy was I not prepared for the winter grays. A body just needs the sun to thrive! People shut down here in w... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:17:09 EST Beautiful It's so pretty outside that I took two walks outside today Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:14:52 EST Better Choices. My teen has been bugging me to get Buffalo Wild Wings. I decided to order online so I could check out nutritional info and figure out my best plan of action rather than be tempted by the takeout menu when I arrived hungry. At first glance, there was absolutely nothing on that menu that looked app... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:01:05 EST Take Charge Do you think you or a loved one is too young to worry about having a stroke? A new study reports that stroke is increasingly becoming a concern for the middle-aged, while actually declining in incidence among older adults. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke study, published in Neurology, a... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:58:14 EST It's Okay to press the reset button a few long as you never pull the plug!!!!! many times have you had to press the reset button in your life! Probably more times than you can count. Sometimes you can get discourage but know that you have not failed! <BR> <BR> Reset is not a bad thing. Sometimes in life our cup becomes full, sometimes to the point that it begin... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:53:40 EST It's okay to press the reset button a few long as you don't pull the plug!!!! many times have you had to press the reset button in your life! Probably more times than you can count. Sometimes you can get discourage but know that you have not failed! <BR> <BR> Reset is not a bad thing. Sometimes in life our cup becomes full, sometimes to the point that it begin... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:50:44 EST Mistakes of Using an Air Fryer Air fryer is a kitchen appliance that uses less oil to cook food. But if you use it in the wrong way, all your effort can go in vain, Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:50:40 EST Been out lately. I've not been checking in as I should be so Im back again to step up my game. At least I've lost another 20 pounds since then, but I know I can do better. So here's to refocusing on my goals and changing my weaknesses. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:48:48 EST Wtf At work. Trying to not eat food at work because i work in a kitchen. And its a long 10hr day. Its so freakin hard. Dear lord. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:44:21 EST Running in the Rain Took off for my run today. It was a foggy, muggy & gray day. It was 61 degrees. About 3 miles out it started to drizzle, no big deal. I got to my intended turn back point but felt so good I decided to go on to an uncharted distance. Then about 4.5 miles it started to rain. I went to the next cor... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:28:38 EST Sat Good afternoon sparkers. Its a nice day here in south Texas. Still not feeling,good enough to workout maybe tomorrow. I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy day. Now drink a glass of water and lets get moving. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:27:53 EST The joys of restaurant management... <img src=""> I walk. As much as I can. Most the time that is at least five times a week. For those who read my stuff, you know I am a restaurant manager. For those who have worked the industry, you know what that ca... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:27:33 EST Thanks for your prayers Thanks for your prayers and concern for Debbie. She slept better last night. Still struggling with the hacky cough. However, she was able to get some sleep last night. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:24:46 EST Surgery date/new computer I received my letter yesterday for when I go for surgey. It is February 15th. Getting nervous. I am having a full knee replacement done. Has anyone had one and if so how long for recovery? <BR> <BR> I bought a new laptop today. My old one keeps shutting off and now it will hardly turn on. ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:22:53 EST Day 4 Spark Coach - Personal Challenge <img src=""> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:14:07 EST Balance This is not about the balance in our lives, though I get we all need it. <BR> <BR> this is about Chisel Balance. <BR> I had a video to put up, but can't figure out how to do it. Let's just say, it's candid. And it's not pretty. But, I wanted to post it to show people of all statures, that it'... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:12:45 EST Gained! What I Lost on SP, (the first time) - - <BR> <BR> * A Limiting Negative Attitude <BR> <BR> * A Soul-Crushing Fear of Failure <BR> <BR> * A Trunk full of Excuses <BR> <BR> * A "What's the Use" Passivity <BR> <BR> * Ignorant Apathy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What I Gained - - <BR> <BR> * A ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:12:01 EST Keeping on I got sick this week but I walked with my sister on Thursday. We also have a plan to go to the gym on Sunday. Last time I really enjoyed it! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:06:08 EST Lucy Lou <img src=""> This is how Lucy sleeps most often. She's so funny! Can you imagine sleeping this way? Today we got our passports done, what a nightmare and so glad it is over with! Doing some laundry and my Bible stud... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:00:32 EST January 21: Taking The Weekend Off I'm not exercising this weekend. I will check in with Camo, but other than that I'm disconnecting this weekend. PMS is on the verge of showing up & I feel like I got hit by a bus. I will make sure to hit my water goals & Fitbit step goals, but other than that I plan on being a couch potato. <BR>... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:00:22 EST Sad Day This is a sad day as my son's mother-in-law died a few days ago and another wonderful woman also passed away. Today is a day of viewings and funerals. One of my grandchildren's teacher passed away also, makes for a lot of heartache. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:58:53 EST First scale day Today is the first time getting in the scale after starting with spark. It was a very small loss, but it was a loss. Steps in the right direction! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:56:30 EST January 21st Had a lovely day up with my Mum, brother & SIL. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:51:18 EST quick quick blog day Did all therapy exercises , increased weights from 3 to 5 lbs. Had Egg benefit for breakfast, lunch 2 homemade by me saurkraut pierogies with litle smokies and green beans. Off to church maybe more later . Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:47:08 EST Day 1352 Gym Day. Did 5 of 6 exercises. Feeling good. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:43:22 EST Maybe Today Since being back from vacation at the start of the year I haven't been able to find a groove. I think maybe today I made a good start. Woke up and had a great breakfast followed by a 5.5 mile walk with a friend. It felt so good to get outside. The temp was perfect too considering it's the mid... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:42:17 EST Foggy mornings <img src=""> Do you know as I ride along (my husband is driving) this fog reminds me of how foggy my head can be in the morning when I don't exercise. When I don't exercise I feel lethargic and I'm unhappy. All of th... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:42:05 EST Doing great!!! I started dieting on Monday and I already feel better! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:40:30 EST why weight loss was not my main goal on Spark until 2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you have been reading my page or my blogs this past week you will know that I have dealt with more than a few health issues, including 15 surgeries/procedures in the last 12 years; 8 of which... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:39:13 EST Ice Cream I ate ice cream. It was so good. 5 cups. My reward. My issue. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:35:16 EST Final Results of the 2016 Fall 5% Weight Loss Challenge! If you would like to know more about the 5% Weight Loss Challenge, here is a link to the FAQ Blog <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=59<BR>44437 </link> <BR> <BR> Thank Everyone for your patience! May looking at this visual with all those ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:24:20 EST Need help Can't do much exercise but could use some advice as to what I can do with little walking and no heavy lifting Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:23:22 EST Jan 21 - I am so inspired by this man and glad I voted for him twice. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I am so proud of my Michigan cousin who rode a bus (like thousands and thousands of others) to be able to be a part of history today. This is a march FOR.....and they have no part of any vi... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:21:30 EST Call to Action I wanted to march today. I actually wanted to go on the DC March. I feel very strongly about human rights, especially now. So why didn't I? <BR> <BR> The truth: Because I didn't think I could physically march. Because I was afraid I couldn't even stand long enough in one place. My body is... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:21:23 EST Skipped breakfast. I just moved on to lunch. Haven't skipped a meal in a while. My lunch is big enough to maintain me until dinner. Had plenty of water this morning. Had to jump out of bed and just go. Luckily I'm a fast dresser. The weird thing is I wasn't that hungry this morning. Ah well planning dinner. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:21:02 EST Weekend <img src=""> <BR> Its beautiful here in Los Angeles, California. Rain stopped. Got my 🚶 in. Enjoy your weekend. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:14:16 EST Here's what 4 lbs looks like <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought it would be interesting to log my weight loss in pictures. This is a picture of 4 lbs of butter. That's my weight loss for the past 2 weeks. I'm happy with myself for sticking it out. ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:10:45 EST Hard! i saw the following on Spark People this morning and i thought I would share my thought <BR> <BR> Losing weight is Hard <BR> Maintaining weight is Hard <BR> Being overweight is Hard <BR> Choose your Hard <BR> <BR> I've done all Three! <BR> <BR> Being fat is Hard! It's uncomfortable. Its co... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:07:37 EST For "RainPuddle" Have you ever done a 'book cake"... this one is a bible-cake with a wedding scripture written with frosting, for someone's wedding. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:06:54 EST Reality <img src=""> <BR> Me and my 21 year old niece Michelle have both been getting back into shape. Once I seen she was making progress by just cutting out stuff I enrolled in her "Michelle's a Bitch Boot Camp" day 1 I weig... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:06:22 EST More... I have said this before and I will happily say it again...and again. A huge part of the journey in getting healthy is to live in a home environment that you are proud to show off. It should be a reflection of your beautiful spirit, your personality and your vision. If it is filled with clutter an... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:05:38 EST Saturday, 1/21/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A very quiet day here and I'm going to enjoy days like this when the come my way. After breakfast Maegann had asked for a Roasted Reindeer Steamer from Moxie so once she had a good breakf... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:04:23 EST "Born to die" ... not exactly encouraging thing to hear well, I can check off one thing of my bucket list of things to do: I created a map in ifit for a run in Key Largo. I created a 6.2 miler at the end. I must admit it was a boring run except at the end. *-* <BR> <BR> A few things about today's run: <BR> 1. It was supposed to be a cross-training or... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:01:30 EST Review of Blue Apron's Seared Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Kale Okay, so in my last blog, I told you how I had just received my first Blue Apron box with three meals (2 servings each). Well, today I made my first meal from the box. It was the Seared Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Kale. The recipe card gives you everything you need to know, except nutrition ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:58:46 EST