SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971434 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e33ba7b-9962-4996-9aac-77a2525436ad.jpg"> This is the upteenth time I am trying to loose weight and it will be the 100000000th time I have restarted this journey. I do so well for 2 weeks or sometimes 2 months...but then idk what happens. I loos... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:11:39 EST Getting there is half the battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971433 Got a call today which makes me nervous. I have to have hernia surgery next Monday. The surgery is fine but it's me afterwards. It used to be if something tragic happened I'd fall off the band wagon and end up back where I was at. I'm in new territory I've list 120 some pounds now and almost ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:11:02 EST A successful grocery shopping trip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971432 At my successful grocery shopping trip on Sunday, I bought whole wheat bread, colby cheese, lunchmeat ham, beef, eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber, canned red beets, can of zuchinni (a nice shelf option) and I think a couple of other things. A head of lettuce. Apples. <BR> <BR> My rule f... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:06:11 EST Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971431 I'm so glad that's all over. <BR> <BR> On New Year's Eve, my cell phone fell out of my pocket outside of a local liquor store. I didn't realize it until hours later, and by the time I went back to look it was gone. The store was closed the next day, and I went back January 2nd and it had never b... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:05:41 EST 5 minutes to blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971429 5 minutes left to my lunch break. <BR> <BR> Found out I have arthritis in my lower spine, and it blew me out a little. I went through physical therapy a few years back for sciatica, and everything healed. Now I appear to be stuck with this back pain. I know things could be a whole lot worse, an... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:01:05 EST 8/3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971427 Wow! I am so wishy washy to this getting healthy thing. I find that I am all for it for a few hours, and then, blaaah! Maybe its because I am focusing on too many things at once. Well anyways. Today, I am feeling great! Usually by this time in the day I have taken some pain meds or something, but... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:58:01 EST try try again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971425 I ended up moving everything in the living room yesterday. <BR> Kitchen is back in the drawing stage. <BR> 4 big pieces of furniture and an 8x10 rug. I rearranged it ALL. <BR> LIKE 7 different ways. It's hard when the tv is such a big part of <BR> the living room and your lizard has to stay by ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:57:11 EST Best laid plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971424 Last night I received a blast e-mail from my gym telling me that the pools will be closed for maintenance from August 19th through the 28th. I just started back. I changed my work hours so that I could go to the pool each morning. Now, before it can become a habit, I was sidelined. <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:56:45 EST Checking in with my Spark Friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971423 I wanted to check in and let you know what is going on. I am having severe shortness of breath this summer. I am not sure if it is my COPD or my dysfunctional vocal cords. I try walking to the store that is less than a block away but must stop at least 4 or 5 times before I arrive there or get... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:53:55 EST Digging Bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971422 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/329f74fc-5487-4c9b-9b63-2efb9572481f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Digging a hole to plant a tree can be challenging especially when you encounter impacted sandstone. Using a pointed shovel does little as would a post hole digger and of course using dynamite w... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:53:24 EST 100 pounds lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971421 I got on the scale this Saturday and found I lost 100 pounds. Okay, not all at once. I had gasteric sleeve surgery November 19, 2014 and as of August 1rst I'm down 100 pounds!!! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:51:42 EST August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971420 Historically, August has been a good month for me. Prior to my most recent history, it is also when I started on another fitness journey, and I am reminidng myself it is time to do it again. I went from August to April --- from a couch potato without any idea how to get going, to walking daily an... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:48:08 EST 2 Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971419 At the time, I left this journey, I was trying to make my way back to it. I then found out I was pregnant with my second child. But I'm going to be honest and say that my motivation had slipped even before that point. <BR> <BR> Since then, I have had my son and he is nearing his second birthday.... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:47:43 EST My BEFORE picture (*WARNING* may cause temporary blindness*) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971418 Let's try this again shall we... <em>334</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> On June 1st, 2015, I weighed in at 275 lbs. This is my 'before' picture... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acbbae67-7b04-4066-8d9c-576dbf48ec70.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (below is the part of my entry that S... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:46:39 EST Blog Entry # 24 Walking and Miles and Active Minutes Update for this month so far :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971416 Hey everyone hope your all doing good. I am good. I work tonight and then the rest of the week so good hours and money :D Plus my boyfriend is home from work today cause of holiday so spending time with him :D Gotta enjoy every moment you give to spend with the ones you love. <BR> <BR> I went ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:38:23 EST Where Did the Weekend Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971413 Pardon me, but has anyone seen my weekend? It seems to have gone by too fast! <BR> <BR> It was a great weekend. PIzza by the pool on Friday evening at my brother's house. My daughters and granddaughter were there. That was fun. Saturday I went shopping with my daughters for school clothes f... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:34:34 EST I am NOT a morning person! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971412 During the school year I am usually forced to wake up early. Ok 7 a.m. That's pretty early but really, during the school year my idea of "sleeping in" is not having to wake up to an alarm but I end up waking up at 8a.m. anyway. :-P During the summer waking up that early gets hard because I love ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:34:01 EST Ya! My doctor's secretaries................ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971411 have worked their magic! <BR> I have an appt AT LAST for the Neurology Outpatient's clinic on August 20th at 3.30 - a good time ...........won't have to get up at the crack of dawn (although I usual am but it'd be hard to get DH to get a wiggle on!!). <BR> <BR> Am grateful to Jo, Gina and Gemma ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:33:11 EST Monday August 3, 2015 journal log entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971410 Weather: Gorgeous outside in the morning. Clear blue skies, and lots of sunshine, but really humid and hazy. Temp about 80 degrees. <BR> <BR> Sunday's log: <BR> <BR> Sunday was an interesting day. I was up early and worked on the computer. Got some reading done, and some housework don... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:32:11 EST Keep on Tracking & Discover New Foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971409 The SP app has helped me tremendously! I know I need to track my foods and exercise and now it is easier. TY SP!!! <BR> <BR> Many new veggies have come my way but so have healthy grains. New choices for me has helped my hunger pangs vanish. My daughter cooked up some mixed veggies and tossed ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:31:34 EST Feelin' better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971408 Yesterday, I was feeling yucky, but today I feel great! Walked for awhile this morning and came home to find my 2 teenaged daughters still sawing logs. Lots to do today...laundry and make a meal for the meal co-op that I participate in. Well, no rest for the wicked, so, I'd better get up off the ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:27:30 EST UP DATE:2015} DETOX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971407 DETOX DRINK RECIPE <BR> <BR> 1 GRAPEFRUIT <BR> 1 LIME <BR> 2 TABLESPOONS LEMON <BR> 4- CUPS WATER <BR> 1/4 TEASPOON POWER GINGER <BR> 1/4 TEASPOON CINNAMON <BR> 2 TABLESPOON APPLE CIDER VINEGAR <BR> 2-3 TABLESPOON COCONUT <BR> <BR> MIX IN BLENDER DRINK COLD. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:24:40 EST Day 13, morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971406 Up to 188.1 this morning. :( Well, it was bound to happen eventually -- you go up and down if you weigh yourself every day, and so far I'd surprisingly either stayed constant or lost weight each day. So eventually there was bound to be a day when I increased weight a bit. And there will be mor... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:24:10 EST My New House Rules (for the Kids...the cat gets an exemption) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971405 Oh boy. I have been alone in my home since yesterday afternoon, when I sent the kids to a hotel for two nights so I didn't flog them, and completely lose my cool. It feels like I am on a vacation, to be alone in my own home. <BR> <BR> My daughter, Mary Fran, her boyfriend, Tanner, and the ca... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:16:16 EST Making It Matter Is My Motivation Monday, Yup !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971403 Happy Monday !!! I'm feeling good if that's not obvious especially when I begin my day in prayer & my week with exercise. I went out @ 5:50 a.m., I saw Jackie on my way into Smart n' Final but when I exited the store , she was long gone so I did a session of HIIT , marching & walking which put me... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:15:06 EST 180.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971402 Goodness, my sweat pants add of lot of weight. So, I averaged it to 180.0 Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:14:23 EST NOT MY BURDEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971400 Life keeps throwing things at me that really shouldn't be mine. So tired of this I didn't sign up for it. People lie, scam scheme. I am put in a position where I know what is right but that creates such a hornets nest of domino effects that I don't want to deal with. These should not fall on my s... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:06:00 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971399 I am not going to weigh myself until 8/31/2015 since this month is going to be super crazy for me. I am going to focus on my food and exercise. <BR> <BR> I am starting another whole 30 on 09/01/2015. I am hoping to actually make it the whole 30 days this time. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday Everyone! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:05:07 EST Full moon - 8-3-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971398 I just found this photo from Gail Hanley of our recent full moon rising over the mountain - spectacular! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/082afbbc-8151-4d96-99f3-7e96c95f874b.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:57:47 EST Getting in those steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971396 My Fitbit has been very happy with me the past few days. Thursday I got 10,525; Friday 17,233; Saturday 14,559; and yesterday 9,998 (wish I would've looked before I went to bed so I could do 2 more steps!) My goal for the challenge at work is 10K/day. I've really been struggling to make that g... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:57:19 EST Ahh!! Welcome august http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971395 I am so glad it's august. The last month of summer. Almost the beginning of my favorite season - autumn I am still moving forward. It is still a struggle trying to figure out why my mom doesn't seem to care about me. I am still going to therapy which is helping a lot. I am figuring out slowl... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:55:19 EST Stuck at another plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971394 But that is OK for now. This plateau is 180-181. The last one was 186-188. The one before that was 164-166, I miss THAT plateau! <BR> What's really hard is that all but two or three pairs of pants are too small. I don't want to buy new ones in a bigger size - to replace the ones I donated six... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:53:58 EST I can't believe its been 2 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971393 It has been 2 years since my last blog. I can't believe it has been that long! <BR> In the last 2 years I basically gained back every pound I had lost. I was back up to 210lbs and miserable. <BR> Then about 3 months ago, something changed in me. I can't really put my finger on what but I knew ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:53:29 EST Day 5 - Time to get serious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971392 So I gave myself this weekend to adjust to the idea of this whole health challenge. I've decided to call it a health challenge instead of a weight loss challenge, because that is really the most important aspect of all this. Weight loss is just one way to measure the improvement in my health. <... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:52:51 EST Fit Club! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971391 A friend of mine kept talking about all these "meetups" she was going on...playing trivia, cooking classes, knitting circles, ect (she's single and child-free....what the heck did I do with all my time when I was single and child-free? Lol!). I finally joined the site, and immediately found a fit... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:48:05 EST My Mom would have been 99 years old this Wednesday ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971390 My Mom passed away to Heaven, on Saturday Aug. 1st. 2015. My Mother wasn't doing very good since falling last year when she broke her back. She recuperated from that, but may have had a small stroke, as she had a hard time speaking since then.. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, she will be buried by my Dad i... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:47:15 EST Morning everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971389 Woke a bit late this morning...(10:00!)..but hopped up..praised the Lord that I did! ..and am carrying on with my day! Laundry is ready to go in the dryer and I'm ready to head out the door for a walk! The weather is a bit awful here in the northeast..a bit sticky and hot and my water will be goi... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:46:46 EST Day 3: Funny Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971388 Life can be full of funny things. For me, most recently, I have found that the funny things are the forgotten things in my desire for a healthier lifestyle. Like what? Well, fresh food is delicious, filling and doesn't make me feel like a marshmallow. Water, though I still cannot stand the taste,... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:46:44 EST August feels like a good time for a challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971385 So....progress. I'm definitely making strides forward, but not in the way I expected. Since mid-June, I've gained 6 lbs. That seems like a total failure on a weight loss program, right? <BR> <BR> Well, not exactly. <BR> <BR> I'm right in the middle of training for a half marathon. I'm ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:44:42 EST Planning ahead helped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971384 Planning ahead saved the day today. I packed a healthy brown bag lunch and breakfast for work last night before I went to bed. I must have been tired because I woke up late. Usually I would hit fast food on the way to work and Starbucks, but because everything was ready to go I was able to avoid... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:41:26 EST Day 810 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971383 Rest Day. Feeling good. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:38:47 EST Good News - Worth Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971382 I don't know that I have posted any updates concerning my Pastor who was involved in a motorcycle accident on June 7th. I am happy to say that he has finally transferred from the hospital to a rehab where he is now working very diligently to learn all the things that he has to learn after a leg ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:38:46 EST DANCE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971381 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b41140f3-ae18-48bc-80b9-02892216df83.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ready for another magnificent day of hard work and fierce dancing at Mira Betz's NM Retreat. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:38:06 EST Smile :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971380 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43292d64-4120-46a4-850b-5921d08d15a6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0396e370-895f-46dc-bc31-63c74c29372e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eaa08a00-41e6-4bca-acf8-f5896d2b6b80.jpg">... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:38:00 EST 100 Day of Weight loss by Linda Spangle (Day 1 & 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971379 "Your Past does not Determine Your Future." <BR> <BR> " I use to be that way, but now I'm Different." <BR> <BR> Day 1 (make up a new ending) <BR> Make a list of any fears or negative behaviors, read each one out load and then say " I used to be that way, but now I'm different." <BR> <BR> Day... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:37:41 EST The Magic Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971378 Between the hours 3 and 4 in the afternoon, you should consume a snack that is high in protein and fiber. By doing this you will keep your blood sugar level, preventing your body from producing insulin. Insulin is the thing that causes your body to gain that extra tyre around your middle! In add... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:35:12 EST My Wise Pastor Reminded Me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971377 for those who missed it, I suggest reading my previous blog. <BR> <BR> Nothing has changed at SparkPeople since I wrote that blog. I posted my feelings on the comment thread with the picture on SparkPeople's FaceBook page. I decided, obviously, that my commitment to my BLC Resolute Renegades me... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:34:10 EST Recovery and Routines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971376 Before I start, I wanted to say thank you so much for all your kind comments on my last blog and on my statuses this past week! It really meant a lot to me to have so many people paying attention and cheering me on. I really appreciate it! <BR> <BR> I was sick starting on Wednesday and I'm only ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:33:43 EST Flirting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971374 I have been flirting with food all weekend. If I were married, I'd say I would be getting ready to have an affair. <BR> <BR> Seems like it started Thursday night; but I quickly went to bed so I could not be near the kitchen or munch in front of the TV. Same thing Friday night. Through most ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:30:50 EST Where was I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971372 No really, where was I? I appear to have missed blogging for three days. Kind of a lost weekend....Let us recap. <BR> <BR> Friday, 147.1 pounds, earned 5WW activity points. I certainly did my workout, my cleaning, and so on. Ate on plan. <BR> <BR> Ah now, I am remembering. I weighed in at ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:23:48 EST VACAY is over, feeling groovy yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971371 Well back to the grind of semi-retirement. Housework to be done, yard to be tended, and bills to pay. Oh and gotta stay on track with health goals. Did ok on the VACAY with diet etc, working out not so much but that's that. Now time to get back into the grove, feeling groovy. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:21:53 EST Downsized (or more realistic) Triathlon goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971369 The Sprint Triathlon relay at Dorney was a load of fun. Louis Spence did the warm up and had us in fits at the start. My daughter Nat came out of the lake in 19th place out of 90 - really impressive. I hammered round on the bike leg, against ferocious winds, and did a respectable 2hours 15mins. W... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:19:37 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971368 trying to catch up on some things around the office after being gone for a few days. hope your Monday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:18:36 EST Changing focus to adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971367 I've been living in Spain now since September 2, 2014, so it's just about a year now. To now I've been very focused on setting up my life here - the paperwork, my apartment, finding my Spanish family, getting to know where things are in my neighbourhood and also spending a lot of time and energy... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:18:35 EST tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971366 feeling tired today overdid the stair therapy exercise so feeling sore & my ar is hurting also it is raining heavily bit too much for the time of the year Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:16:52 EST Get up and try again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971365 this is one not my many times of restarting this journey. I just recently moved to a new city with my husband. We have a walking path right next to our home. And I have decided. With this convenience. I will lose weight. I will try to eat healthier and cook home meals. My main problem is the ice ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:16:06 EST Coming to after big changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971364 I keep thinking the big steps and transitions are dying down, and we're getting there. But this last week was a big one. <BR> <BR> I took the bar exam. It was a two-day ordeal, shrouded with anxiety and pressure. The exam consists of a day of essays and a day of multiple choice. You must pass th... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:16:05 EST No middle of the road (at the moment) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971363 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1544ebcc-ca03-48f6-a64e-6d5d772bc1eb.jpg"> <BR> Moderation is key and middle of the road stuff doesn't cut it when a specific food is trigger- I state this as fact based on experience..... Now this morning I wrote up a grocery list. I guarantee ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:14:18 EST Amazing weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971362 I had a really amazing weekend. Friday night my husband came home and we decided to go downtown for a festival that was going on. We wandered around downtown for about three and a half hours at our own pace, taking breaks when we needed to, etc. We went out to eat and I got a salad with no dressi... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:13:28 EST Grand Re-re-re starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971361 I'm back to where I started my journey. I don't consider it a bad thing. Not when I ballooned up to nearly 250 lbs! Today I weighed in at 227.2 😄 I haven't been doing a whole lot to get this way either. In the last (almost) 3 months I have lost nearly 20 lbs. It's a combination of lots of lit... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:12:22 EST Starting Week 10 (August 2nd ~ August 8th) Weekly Goals & New 'Planks' Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971359 It was a good week as far as diet and exercise goes.. <BR> I lost another 2 lbs this past week YAH! <BR> <BR> I’m very much enjoying the foods that I eat and honestly, the days of eating bread, pasta’s, potatoes, sugar-loaded desserts and candy, junk foods, and pretty much all processed food... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:10:30 EST Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971358 I had another disappointing, but not entirely unexpected, weigh-in today. After a month of working on improving my habits I have only lost .8 lbs. It is really discouraging. <BR> <BR> I have been working on my list of 6 things that I was doing last year when I was successfully losing weight. I h... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:08:26 EST Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971357 I weighed myself this morning and, somehow, managed to gain 4 of the 5 lbs I lost. <BR> <BR> I noticed that my cheek bones are more prominent and that my chest doesn't look as "bulky". I have also noticed that my quadriceps are more noticeable during spin classes. I need to keep these changes i... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:08:02 EST PS: Tigger kitty two/2 & mice zero/0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971356 I forgot to mention that this fine morning on the farm I was greated by 2 dead mice offerings on the back porch by Tigger kitty. Todays farm offering was a bit gruesome, one was headless & both had had intestine spillage... Apparently Tigger does not like mice guts or or their livers. <BR> <... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:06:36 EST Pics of Springs my Feral Kitty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971355 I opened the kitchen windows and started to sing a song...one i just make up as i go along and all of a sudden i hear this meowing coming from the woods. I'd know that voice of his anywhere. It of course was Springs coming to eat breakfast and he always announces where he is to me and he just t... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:05:14 EST A Little Pep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971354 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a52ac734-5d77-413c-9de9-425ba22d5a6d.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:05:07 EST what the hell is wrong with me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971353 Dear God, I am frustrated with myself. Why do I want this so bad, yet I fail to hold myself accountable. My binging habits have cost me quite a few things in life. I have come to a point where now I am $150 short on rent due to $280 worth of binge foods. Of course no one knew because I used my ch... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:03:16 EST Blah, I feel sick. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971351 I went to Nebraska this past weekend for my niece's baptism, and while I had fun with her and the rest of the family, I ate horribly. Last night and this morning, I'm just feeling nauseous. I'm not sure if it's the food I had or something else. I'm hoping it will just go away, especially before I... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:01:32 EST Starting Weeks 1 ~ 9 (June 1st - August 1st) My Progress So Far.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971350 It has been my experience over the years that my body quickly adapts to any new changes to my diet that I make, so when I started this 'low-carb' journey and new way of eating, I wanted to make sure that my body's metabolism didn't get too 'comfy' with my new dietary & exercise changes. <BR> <BR... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:01:01 EST August 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971349 Pete is looking worse today as the bruising is starting to come out more & his lip is twice the size it should be. We've been to the opticians this morning as one of his lenses was completely smashed hence the gash above his eye. The new lens will take quite a while to be ready, luckily he'd stil... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:00:18 EST How Depression Affects Your Brain Structure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971347 I know a lot of us deal with depression This may be a very long read but well worth it! <BR> <BR> By Dr. Mercola <BR> <BR> That depression can take a toll on your physical health is pretty well-recognized. Recent research has also found that it can actually cause changes in your brain. <BR>... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:00:02 EST New Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971346 I've written about the excitement of getting back to running, and the excitement of Natalie's donation of over 12" of beautiful hair to cancer survivors, and the excitement of my new grand-dog. Did I tell you they named him Sebastian Luke Dreyer? I said with those initials we should call him Sala... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:59:50 EST Totally Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971345 I'm absolutely, totally discouraged. Eating healthy. Gym everyday but Sunday. One day cardio. Next day to fit fix at Goodlife. Nothing - no results - still size 12 (should be a healthy 6) and hating the look of my body Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:59:09 EST MOTHER NATURE HAS DIFFERENT PLANS. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971344 Well, it's raining very hard here and it is causing problems all over Zephyrhills, and many counties around us. Wide spread flooding is happening and the response time for the electric company was an hour or more when the police requested assistance at a traffic light that was out. We are hoping... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:59:01 EST Even though its Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971341 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/357b77fc-a523-4a5e-bbe4-8295ab53a232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Spark Friends ! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:56:53 EST Heavy digging today ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971340 Well heading out today to do some more "heavy digging" hoping that I can get 10 more feet of the big trench filled w/dirt. So happy that we are having cool mornings; it was awful trying to fill the trench when its hot; and this will be so much easier that man handling 80# bags of cement, that we ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:54:48 EST It's been awhile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971338 I love working out was always the friend that got others motivated to push harder. After having a son I started to notice I put me last. got back on track decided to have another child. stopped my workouts thru my pregnancy and then realized how much harder it was to pick them back up. My 2nd... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:53:25 EST Back in the 190s, and the Biggest Loser redux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971337 Well, I’ve gotten back into the 190s. <BR> <BR> Not that I can say I am especially surprised, I’ve been eating and drinking with wild abandon for about a month now. I blamed stress; I am starting a new job in a week but for weeks I didn’t know if I would get it or not. My background chec... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:53:16 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971336 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aae99a07-ef8f-4a4e-8df0-b26745ef805b.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:53:08 EST Really?! Ok, changing goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971334 As most of you know, we just got home from a five day vacation in the upper peninsula of Michigan where my husband is from. I ate Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream everyday and yes, even a large on some days. Pasties and pizza once. So I didn't deny myself by any means. <BR> <BR> I did a LOT of ex... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:52:38 EST FUNNY INTERESTING FACTS and NUMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971332 INTERESTING FACTS and NUMBERS <BR> <BR> (A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is <BR> 700,000. <BR> <BR> (B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians <BR> per year are 120,000. <BR> <BR> (C) Accidental deaths per physician <BR> is 0.171 <BR> <BR> Statistics courte... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:49:40 EST new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971331 I didn't do so bad at the balloon fest with food... Saturday i didn't work out my normal work out.. We hiked a beautiful gorge in the area... Sunday i was too lazy to do anything so we took our son to two parks and a sprinkler park he had a good time... Unfortunately now he is sick and puked so i... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:47:45 EST Over eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971330 I did not stay in my calorie range this weekend. I did great on Saturday until it was time for the band picnic. It was at dinner time. I had 2 plates of crap. Then I took home some left overs and had 4 brownies and hot dogs. Why? <BR> <BR> Sunday was the same. I ate a lot of hot dogs aga... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:43:50 EST Yep..This Was My Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971329 My Workouts... 434 minutes this week! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fdf85e8a-9d4f-4071-a73c-7c477baf46fa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Foods... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52005e0b-547d-45be-af47-dbb4aae14795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Scale... down 1.4 lbs <BR> ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:39:14 EST Happy Monday Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971328 So today I'm super excited. I didn't loose any weight but yet after along week last week at the county fair with our animals I am proud to say I didn't gain any weight at all. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:32:39 EST Day 7: confession... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971327 It was rough today. I did okay. I worked out first thing in the morning and then the day went okay. Had lunch far to late and almost over ate but I left things on the plate. I have a confession though. I am a bit greedy with food. I have this urge to clean my plate and it's not always a go... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:31:17 EST Where did the time go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971326 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c7a0427-adff-4b10-9222-b4bc437b9f81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How did it get to be August already? <BR> <BR> In looking at my SparkPage, I realized that I had not blogged in 4 months, summer is almost over, and time to stop procrastinating has come. The ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:30:45 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971324 thanks everyone for the prayers and comments on my rant <BR> <BR> RIght now I am 49 hours no food but having water and coffee. The guys got drunk starting in the afternoon and passed out forgetting I do not drive the truck. I wanted something hot and spicy and got offered things like popcorn... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:27:29 EST Deciding on my effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971323 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a9ba876-f574-4d26-88a8-ff3bb7657a57.jpg"> So a few of things. First: I have become seriously annoyed at my computer and how long it takes to log on to Spark people. I recently upgraded my phone and have been able to download the app. Thus me blo... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:26:12 EST Please Slow Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971322 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcb66147-087d-48ef-80ae-466ef6d51a8e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you may know I am spending this summer slowing down and refocusing on what I am doing with my life. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I struggle. Like for instance showing my horses. I have done that fo... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:25:17 EST Welcome to Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971321 WOW the weekend went fast and I didn't do a whole lot. Went to Curves early this morning. Then went to the store. This was tricky as we had a storm go through which took out power in that area. Had to go through stop lights praying everyone was paying attention. I got home safe (thank you Lord).... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:24:51 EST Viruses and Building a Strong Immune System http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971320 I heard pharmacist Ben Fuchs on a radio show and was impressed by his vast knowledge and focus on natural remedies. Quite a departure for a pharma guy! <BR> <BR> He has a daily blog and I'm excerpted a couple of paragraphs from his recent blog about viruses. I've been on a mission to build my ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:24:08 EST Is my family and friends making me fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971319 I read this article this week. I would have to say yes to some degree. My husband is over weight. He says he wants to loose weight but hasn't really put any effort into the process. My husband eats two candy bars on the way home from work. The king size candy bars. I actually have stopped going t... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:22:40 EST Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971317 Hello, everyone. This has been a beautiful summer but I just cant wait until autumn! It is so much easier for me to get outside and walk without all this heat. Anyone else excited for Fall? <em>220</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:21:29 EST I Can Resist Temptation Until It Shows Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971314 I've been off soda for weeks. Then someone offered me a cold Coke on a hot day and I drank it. I've been off sugar for a long time. Then it was my son's birthday this week and my friend bought him a cake and cut me a piece and I ate it (but not the frosting). The point is, I'm beginning to realiz... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:19:31 EST Before Breakfast Journal For Sunday, August 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971313 One of the groups on Sparkpeople that I belong to posted a link to a worksheet about journaling your thoughts and feelings before bed. But I prefer to journal in the morning about the previous day, so here's yesterday's journal entry: <BR> <BR> I thought that this difficult week that I had would... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:16:21 EST Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971311 <em>30</em> <BR> Had an awesome workout in my stepdaughter's pool last night. Unfortunately, she lives about 45 min. away and our work schedules don't coincide to get there at least once a week. <BR> But anyway, Sarina, my granddaughter Dakota and I had a great time in the pool. I managed to ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:13:45 EST Motivate Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15a5129f-956e-44c2-b236-74c28098c0d8.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:11:30 EST Run #248 Back to the work out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971308 I've barely gotten a lick of exercise in the last two weeks because I have been so down and exhausted I was not in the mental frame of mind. I just wanted to sit home and drink and eat cake and not care. In the back of my head I knew I did care, but I couldn't make my self do anything about it. I... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:08:55 EST Teachers Make Too Much Money? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971307 This is an oldie, but goodie. I'm going to repeat the original, then update it! <BR> <BR> Who's ever heard someone else complain that teachers just make too much money? One wise sage said that a teacher should be paid babysitting wages. If each family paid $3.00 an hour for 5 hours, that wou... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:07:57 EST DAY #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971306 So day 2 hasn't started off as good ad day 1 my fasting blood sugar was a lil high and I slept threw my alarm hopefully the rest of the day goes much better Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:05:55 EST Day 18 - Eating and drinking my emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971304 Old habits die hard.... <BR> <BR> In the past, dropping my children off to my ex has been tough, but I've been ready for the break. I've looked forward to no responsbility and being able to just do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Something has changed though, and this time has been much ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:58:37 EST Apartment Layout Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971302 I have been spending a decent amount of time preparing to move, thinking of where furniture would go, and how to decorate. I have created a 3D model of the apartment with multiple design iterations of furniture. <BR> <BR> I have determined what I would like for the bathroom, dining room/office,... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:56:52 EST I am good at http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971301 cooking. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:55:19 EST Good Times.....Aug. 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971299 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/adfcf9c6-93bb-4068-aecd-e5b2055f02c1.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:51:48 EST Good morning sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971298 Yes, I am talking to all of you! I know sometimes we get so wrapped up in the daily weight/eating struggle. However, I want to wish all of my friends a "Good Morning Sunshine". You are the reason I still have hope. You're my inspiration!! <em>67</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:51:31 EST Never Again: Cecil's Murder Should Mark an End to Trophy Hunting in Zimbabwe Forever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971297 <link>theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/<BR>clickToGive/ars/petition/remember-ceci<BR>l/?origin=EPGA_080215_remember-cecil_m<BR>&utm_source=email&utm_medium=arsbuyers<BR>&utm_campaign=remember-cecil&utm_term=<BR>20150802&utm_content=_m&oidp=0x2216f9f544128fcec0a80a44 </link> <BR> <BR> THIS ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:50:28 EST 14 days in.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971296 After 14 days in lost 4 pounds. Mixed feelings are so strong. I'm delighted I'm seeing progress with some changes I have made. It has taking me a few months to get going again. Although there has been some some success, I am still mad at myself for not sticking to the vow I made myself. The wa... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:48:38 EST It is time!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971295 I cannot remember a time where I was not big. I have been big since a little girl. I do remember all the mean and hurtfully word that other kids would say about me. I wish that there was something like this when I was growing up. I think I have tried every diet out there. I would lost some we... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:48:18 EST when things calm down and you have time to feel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971294 As you know, if you've read me last week, this Saturday was my final exam for my calculus class. I had promised myself I would do nothing this weekend appart from the exam. To finally relax and sleep after months of sleep deprivation, studies, grief and all... <BR> <BR> I had my last class on ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:43:51 EST 8/3/2015 Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971292 “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” <BR> <BR> <BR> ― Marcus Aurelius <BR> <BR> <BR> "When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:43:14 EST Monday, Monday, what will you bring? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971289 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9346ac15-346c-4b69-b4b6-993c6cb40987.jpg"> I thought this was my dieting completely. LOL <BR> <BR> Monday, Monday, here we go again. A nice bright sunny, calm day here, so far, and only 70. Will take this, and not very humid. Will try to get ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:41:53 EST Blessings, August 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971288 My goal is to list three blessings everyday. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Doing my rountins and starting routines for my children. <BR> <BR> 2. All grocery shopping for this week is finished and everything is put away. <BR> <BR> 3. I feel ready for another school yea... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:39:40 EST feel like a flooded motor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971287 Going to try again, you wait for the gas in the motor to settle, then try again. I have hope this motor will turn over. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:39:35 EST Wasting Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971286 Successful Living <BR> <BR> A speaker told us one day that people who can't manage their time also have difficulty handling their money. We have even heard that "time is money." <BR> <BR> Without becoming misers or scrooges, we have a responsibility to use time wisely - other people's time as w... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:36:40 EST Starting August 2015- weight training update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971285 I've been saying *ALL YEAR* I wanted to start weight training. It's been 4 workouts over two weeks & I'm doing it!!! My classmate made me a kettle bell workout and it takes me about 25 minutes to do 3 sets of 7 exercises. I'm feeling sore & my muscles so I'm doing it right! I'm planning to ke... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:35:32 EST I think I walk faster than I run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971284 How crazy is that?? <BR> <BR> Anyway... <BR> <BR> I'm officially 1/3 done with my half-marathon training! Super-excited about that! I ran five miles yesterday (only walked the teensiest part of it, and that was after the four-mile mark), and I get to up all my mileages this week: four miles ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:35:13 EST Out of Sight, Out of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971283 Well I managed to avoid the caramels yesterday, so I've decided to up the game today and make my goal to avoid all junk food completely (cookies, cake, ice cream, candy, etc). Like most people, this one is an ongoing battle for me. I know all the tricks...don't buy bad food, never grocery shop ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:33:34 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971281 100 Minutes treadmill, volunteering at hospital and watching my 2 grandchildren today. Have a lovely day. :) Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:32:37 EST one step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971280 today is my birthday...i have decided to make changes for me...that it is ok to do that, despite all of the traumas in my past and present...today's change was to make sparkpeople my homepage, instead of the msn news page...i need to have something positive be the first thing i see in the morning... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:27:25 EST The Farm Alarm ..newest addition to the cottage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971279 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ca63e07-ead5-4011-91d8-c0511b31dcc9.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f68a475-3d5f-499c-929c-30895a3f34c6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> good morning dear friends .. trust your world is perfect today .. Happy Holiday Monday Dear Canadian fo... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:27:21 EST First week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971277 Ok, so today I'm actually on the last day of my first week! I haven't felt hungry, I haven't felt deprived and I've had no major sugar cravings. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The week has been about moderation, to hold back and not go out too hard and try to change too much. I realised from o... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:22:43 EST HOME AGAIN. HOME AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971276 I drove back from Chicago yesterday. I offered to drive back a new friend I met. She was going to take the Megabus but was much appreciative of the more comfortable, quicker car. It was good to have someone to talk to so I wouldn't get drowsy. I tried to watch a little tv but fell asleep. I ha... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:22:18 EST Why Wait to Celebrate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971274 Today is my 5th Sparkeversary - I had a goal to get to 165 but I got to 171.2. Am I disappointed? Not very. <BR> <BR> I think goals are important and keep us focused. If I hadn't set the goal I might not have lost a few more inches and a couple more pounds. I over came a 6 wk plateau to get whe... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:15:30 EST August 2 Accountability & Triathlon Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971273 2nd Place in my Division! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78c52be9-f92d-4c5e-a704-737fc7f7813f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Sunday, 8/2 -- <BR> <em>4</em> Eat 200 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 2,543, burned 2,691. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:14:49 EST Today I Am Healthier Than Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971272 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4646228f-7269-42be-b4e5-f2535df7152e.png"> <BR> And tomorrow I Will Be Healthier Even More <BR> So this was the next in line for my positive affirmation images. There are twenty total. I'm going to use it even though the weekend was rather quite th... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:12:28 EST Aug. 3-9 Workout Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971271 Monday - Core Challenge, Kickin It With Keaira, Spine & Pelvis Stabilization <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Core Challenge, 5 Miles, BHT, Metabolic 1 <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Core Challenge, 6 MIles, Cardio Sculpt, Shoulder Stabilization <BR> <BR> Thursday - Core Challenge, 5 Miles, Supreme Stretch, Metabol... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:09:12 EST Got a Spiralizer - zucchini pasta for dinner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971270 After much research, I invested in a $25 Spiralizer. I tried the box cutter method and while it is perfectly workable for zucchini, I could see that it would be difficult to use for harder veggies - carrots, parsnips, etc. <BR> <BR> I spent hours last night collecting yummy recipes for veggie... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:03:56 EST Is it Hunger or Just a Desire to Eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971269 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41e60620-ca1e-46eb-995a-1189f00573ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another pound gained. I've got to quit gaining, or I'll be up 50 in a year. Even though I'm depressed about the lay off, I need to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I tracked my breakfast. Just do one h... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:03:02 EST We took 8 boxes of stuff to DS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971268 Good Morning; I never know what happens to my DH. He wanted to get the stuff out of the garage, but got so fussy on the way up to DS house and back. I think he did not want to go but he had told DS that we were bringing the stuff up. 75 miles one way. <BR> I drove on the way back but he was s... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:02:29 EST Severe Thunderstorms last night. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971267 <em>54</em> <em>257</em> <em>259</em> We had some pretty bad thunderstorms last night. When the lightning flashed too close, I shut down my computer and went to the front room. I rented some good movies on Saturday. Dear John, Promised Land (that was rated R and I didn't know it), Mig... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:02:14 EST Week 51-52 Weigh-ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971266 Weight lost for 2 weeks: -1.8 <BR> Total loss: -73.3 <BR> Weekly average: -1.41 <BR> <BR> <BR> Not my best work, but considering I got engaged and had all sorts of festivities, it could be worse. I've been really struggling with consistency this summer. I haven't had two consecutive weeks of ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:01:13 EST Day 3 of 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971265 so on Saturday august 1st I started a new workout and diet plan. Im working out for 30 days straight with my mom and friend and then on the 30th we will do our final workout and then weigh and measure! Im also actually meal prepping for the first time ever and so far so good! Its been a hard 3 da... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:00:54 EST Day 36 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971264 Early morning today. Baby boy woke up at 6am. Went down for a nap not too long after, but every single time I laid down, he'd start fussing again. He finally did go to sleep, and then DD woke up lol. Thankfully she was content watching some cartoons with a granola bar so I laid back down. Almost ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:00:15 EST August is here ALREADY?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971263 Sheesh -- where as this summer gone?!! I can't believe that August is upon us. August has always been a busy month for us so wee! Here we go! This summer has been ANYTHING but uneventful for me. All four kids at home is a challenge at times. It has been fun, but challenging. We have been s... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:59:19 EST Walk in the Fog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971261 This morning I had a great walk. There is something special about walking in the fog. We had a cold front go through last night and it is very foggy this morning. It gives the area a mysterious air about it. Sometimes you notice things that you do not otherwise see or pay attention to. <BR>... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:58:00 EST When a Response Becomes a Blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971260 As I have ventured into the world of Spark, I often ponder where this journey will lead me. Thankfully I don't know, yet I will happily learn what is to come. This is highly personal for me, just as it is for others. I am a social media misfit by choice; I post no pics, have never tweeted, friend... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:56:23 EST Big Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971259 We spent quite a bit of time on the beach yesterday (blissful) but in the late afternoon Ontario was swept by fierce storms. Solid sheets of rain, greenish sky. Mini-tornadoes, really, with power interruptions (very brief at our place) and tree-snapping twisters: huge chunk of towering hemlock ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:56:19 EST It works! It REALLY works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971258 So after hitting an all-time high scale-wise a few weeks ago, I had my "Come To Jesus" moment. I knew that completing workouts wasn't the problem, my lack of meal planning and awareness was. So last week I planned and prepped breakfast and lunch for the week and went about our normal workout rout... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:54:32 EST Mommy and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971256 Four generations together at last <BR> <em>212</em> <em>220</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09f3f33f-8269-4c1f-b16d-de5d45c780fc.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:48:36 EST Motivational Thought For The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971254 I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. - Jimmy Dean Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:42:38 EST 8/3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971253 Quotes from Mark Twain <BR> <BR> Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. <BR> <BR> The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. <BR> <BR> You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. <BR> <BR> Forgiveness is the ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:42:06 EST Good morning, good August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971252 Hello friends. It's been a while, I know. I'm not going to lie, I haven't been doing great. I never do when I stop blogging. I have managed not to go back over 200 and I suppose that's something to be happy about. But you know what? This is a new month and I'm going to buckle down and try t... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:41:27 EST This will brighten your day 1151 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971251 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55c97568-3942-4b19-9a5d-8794b69d3422.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d98505a-8717-4579-87c6-215593ce75d7.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ae88cf5-9e89-4cce-ab6e-ef6b38e616ca.jpg"> <BR> <img ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:40:44 EST Getting rid of stress, regrets and fears step by step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971250 1.Stay present in your body throughout the day so you know the moment you feel some anxiety, stress or any other feeling other than peace. Move toward the feeling rather than trying to avoid it: no judgments, no escaping into your head, no turning to substance or process addictions, no making som... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:35:14 EST Lina dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971249 I dream of Lina every night and day, <BR> Of the songs we would sing, and the words we would say. <BR> I dream of giggles and silly games <BR> And learning all of her babies' names. <BR> Dreaming if Lina is the best part of my day- <BR> I'll see her soon, and then we will play! <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:35:04 EST National Watermelon Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971248 National Watermelon Day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3daff8a-a524-41e2-b2c6-9107891e7111.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always on August 3rd <BR> <BR> This big fruit deserves it's own big day. So, we give pause to celebrate watermelons on National Waterme... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:34:58 EST Disney Princess 13.1 Training - Week 9 Review + Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971247 What a busy week! So much to go over and so little time. <BR> <BR> Mon, 7/27 - 6.4 mi, 11:03 min/mi avg overall <BR> Tue, 7/28 - 2.7 mi, 10:00 min/mi avg <BR> Wed, 7/29 - REST <BR> Thu, 7/30 - REST <BR> Fri, 7/31 - 3 mi, 9:41 min/mi avg (PR, Best 2mi, 18:54) <BR> Sat, 8/1 - REST <BR> Sun, 8/2 - ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:34:29 EST happy monday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971246 I am about to go hit the gym, it's Monday and it's time to do some house work, laundry dishes....the list just keeps going but first i am going to take care of me. I always put the exercising off for all the chore errands and house work today it is all about me first the rest of the stuff can wai... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:33:10 EST Name Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971245 Last week I changed my Spark name from KABMPH to KELLYFIT123. I was never happy with my original Spark name -- it's just my initials and my degree, some of the most boring things associated with me. I'm not the most original-thinking person on this planet so KELLYFIT123 it is. <em>30</em> At l... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:32:47 EST Got 3mins for a pep talk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971244 I stumbled across Kid President videos again this morning - you have to find his pep talk! <BR> <BR> Start your road to AWESOME! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:27:20 EST First Day of School and Other Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971243 Today is the first day of school here. I officially have an 11th grader and another in Pre-K. I love this time of year as it is the promise of another year filled with growth, success and "light bulb" moments. My little girl is quite excited and was literally shaking with excitement. My son is mo... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:27:16 EST Body, feelings and environment scan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971241 I was reviewing my goal board check-in a while ago, and realized that my personal goal of doing a body, feelings and environment scan at least once a day before eating is something I have been neglecting to do. <BR> <BR> So for today, I will work on getting that habit going. If nothing else, it... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:25:29 EST Lee Iacocca http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971240 “You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance. ~ Lee Iacocca <BR> <BR> <BR> This is so true and a great reminder to myself... How bad do I want this... what ever "this" is! <BR> <BR> Blessings... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:23:10 EST Where did the weekend go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971239 I realized in the past two weeks I have gotten close to or over 20,000 steps a day. Even on my long work days because Bella goes with me to work and I have to walk her. Then I have walked or run each day for my mileage club. Yes my body is a little tired today and I am wondering where the week... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:19:22 EST 08-03-2015-JOKE OF THE DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971238 What do you do if a idiot throws a grenade at you? -- Pull the pin and throw it back at him! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:17:03 EST companion meal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971237 Yesterday all of my diet rules went out the window. <BR> A friend sent me a text early saying that her father has passed away that morning and she wanted my roommate and I to come over and share a meal and watch something lighthearted. Of course we agreed. I even offered to fix a meal for her. ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:17:00 EST Day 3 of 12 for August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971235 I joined the Y a few days ago. My goal for the next 3 months is to simply earn my health plan and corporate wellness program membership fee incentives. If I go 12x a month, I will receive $40 back - making my membership $26/mo or a maximum of $2.16 a visit. That is so affordable I can't use my bu... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:07:43 EST monday--ran away from home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971234 good morning! hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Friday the "wander walkerton" event went off fairly well. I don't think the attendance was very good--but I had about 25 people come out here--from what they told me there weren't a whole lot of people taking part in town. that's a shame--when... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:07:01 EST First week of August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971233 I can't believe this is the first week of August 2015 already! Time is going way too fast & some days I don't seem to accomplish much. My lower back has sharp shooting pains so I need to go to the chiropractor. I still got done exercising!! Have a wonderful day!! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:06:35 EST A Place I've Never Been http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971232 When I was downsized from my long time position at work seven years ago, a new phase of life started. I had never been a stay-at-home person. I had no habits associated with spending days at home. I determined to start the journey as I meant to go on, with healthy habits. I ate well. I exercised.... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:04:01 EST My 5 minutes on Sparkpeople today! From TUT --notes from the UNIVERSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971231 What if you were to see your every action and inaction in this life so far, <BR> <BR> CHRISTINE, your every strength and weakness, your every hope and fear, <BR> <BR> <BR> as proof of your divinity? <em>526</em> <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:01:45 EST Lost too much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971230 And so I begin again Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:00:58 EST Monday Quote for staring the week.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971229 "Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions" <em>334</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:56:16 EST And Monday -- you show your ugly face again .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971228 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/084a4bfd-7bb0-4cb5-8b4f-e4b6fb140d6b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BRING IT ON !!!! (once I wake up and have my coffee .. lol) ... <BR> <BR> I had a WONDERFUL Sunday .. I met hubby up at our area casino, because he was staying there overnight .. (but it was i... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:54:45 EST Quick Monday morning blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971227 Lots more to be said about comparison over the years and inventing my own age groups for competition... along with the "I have to make the call" about going to AG Nationals. That call has to be made by Wednesday to cancel reservations or to take the trip! But not enough time to process that int... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:54:37 EST Today I believe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971225 Today I believe in me. I believe I can accomplish anything I choose to believe I can. So I believe I can live healthy. Today I believe I will lose weight. Today I believe I am amazing already. Today I believe I am strong enough already and only getting stronger. ... Today I believe in me...... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:53:53 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971224 Completed 2 days of being sugar and binge free. <BR> <BR> It is not easy though - I am dealing with withdrawal symptoms I think; feeling sluggish and sleepy and irritable. Could that really be after just 2 days of eating (lots of) sugar after having abstained for 24 days? <BR> I don't know but... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:53:13 EST Day 55 I am so proud of myself but oh so tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971223 I am doing good with work. I have been working a ton of hours and I am happy with this I really am. But what I think I am the happiest with is the fact that I am wore out but I am not feeling dead or hurting to badly. My feet hurt but nothing like they normally would. I am so happy I have lost s... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:53:02 EST 215 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971222 <em>192</em> Today's weight is 251.0, it looks like that pound is going to stay off! Yay! Almost out of the 250's, hooray! <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Did 40 minutes cardio and am about to do strength training and then once the kids are done eating we will do yoga together. Didn't do 10 minutes o... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:50:57 EST Each Time Will Be a Little Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971220 Not to forget - every day another surrender, a thousand surrenders. I am not sure I will ever be exactly the consistent slow and steady type who just stops eating certain kinds of foods - there will always be birthday parties like yesterday, with cake and ice cream, and times I want to each pizz... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:50:38 EST just stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971218 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b412283f-3a16-4e63-9f4a-76fe2639773f.JPG"> <BR> Yesterday I pulled weeds--cut grass-----for hours----- <BR> When I finally crawled inside, I hurt everywhere---'specially my feet--- <BR> It made me think that maybe winter won't be so bad-----no weed... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:49:22 EST Love Yourself So Much You'd Do Anything For You... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971216 One of the hardest things in the world can be to love yourself because it sounds like such a selfish and conceited idea but it's not. <BR> <BR> This great and loving thing you're doing for yourself, this becoming the healthiest you can be is a form of loving yourself, even if you don't think you... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:36:15 EST Monday Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971215 'Cause I need some! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/340bcb08-dc63-4203-8ae0-beb7f16815f6.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/904bc988-bdc9-4178-a4fc-7f70a611c82c.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:33:43 EST Quote of the Day: August 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971214 "I can see why some people become "beach bunnies": you don't have to think about things or even talk when you're on the beach. You just sit here and feel good about being alive." <BR> ― Jennifer Allison, Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:28:36 EST The Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971213 As I lay here in bed contemplating getting up I dread seeing the scale. I am sure it will be higher. The weekends without their routine are always my hardest. We did tons of yard work including mowing, shoveling top soil and two tons of gravel. I feel the "exercise" in my back. I drank gallons of... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:27:42 EST Got sick over the weekend - How does it affect my weigh in tomorrow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971212 I've been sick since Saturday morning. I still had to get some errands done this weekend but boy did it really make me not able to do much of anything. <BR> <BR> It's disappointing that I got sick now. I just joined a new company last week and I was at the end of my second week of fitness and h... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:27:26 EST Blog #40 Three things I am most scared of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971211 1. Stroke or heart attack. 2. Cancer, 3. Alzheimer's. I know that this life is fragile. I pray that God watches over me . I say to myself His eyes are always on me. So today I block out these fears and I rest in the love of my Father. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:27:09 EST 7 out of 10 ain't bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971209 I have been working out for 10 days today. I had a couple of hick ups in the road, but I think I can make it. I have been eating my right amounts so far so let's see if the weight will full off? I do about 30 minute worth of work out a day. Sometime I feel like I could do more, but that brings me... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:19:34 EST Junk in the Trunk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971208 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a549417-0b0a-45a1-93df-adf09ca28f14.jpg"> I have learned that some of our weight lies within the colon. Over time, just like drains, our colon becomes overcrowded. Waste becomes stuck within our colon walls and occasionally needs assistance remov... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:18:28 EST Party for DH. More fun than a barrel of monkeys and leaving one of us in real stiches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971207 I hosted our kids and DH's siblings for an afternoon to spend time with him in fun and frolic. Why sit an stare at him in the hospital mourning the loss of time when you could rib him without guilt? Get it out now. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I ordered subs (hoagies for you PA and DEL people), cut... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:10:14 EST Day 2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971206 Yesterday was the day of commitment as I have fully recovered from surgery and received a bill of good health from Dr. O, I decided to kick butt in the gym and streamline my diet. Last night, I had cravings, but pushed through by drinking lemon water. Weigh in down by .8. Now 158 pounds. Today... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:06:24 EST God doesn't make junk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971205 You are a custom designed. One of a kind,original Masterpiece. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:05:55 EST Monday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971204 We had a very loud, crash, boom bang thunder and lightning storm last evening,,all evening!! The raindrops were so huge we thought it was hail. IT hit the deck and roof so hard, it LOOKED like hail! We could not see our neighbors house,,30 feet away. <BR> We needed it so much, we are dry here... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:03:15 EST Fun at Grandma's house. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971203 We just returned from an adventure to Grandma's house. My eating wasn't great - there was a lot of sugar - but everyone had a nice visit! Here are some pictures of Rocky and I and the kids. I think you will be able to see we had a fun time! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 07:01:59 EST Cize Test Group with Modifiers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971202 I'm still practicing and I will get better I am still accepting applications for Cize Test Group. Dance program by ShaunT 5 people starting August 10, 2015. It is really a great program. I can teach you the modifiers as well. <BR> Requirements are 1. Two Left Feet <BR> ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:57:08 EST Monday, August 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971200 I have been walking the rail trail and even earned my first sneakers badge on my fitbit for walking 10,000 steps on Saturday night. I have been walking with Andy and it is very nice. Unfortunately we have been going to A&W afterwards for ice cream and I probably should stop that! I regret the ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:54:01 EST fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971196 Starting out fresh today not giving up its going to be a good day Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:38:05 EST Welcome To My Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971194 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2dd947b1-0a2f-47ee-bf5d-d74e1385f26f.jpg">.....Welcome to my kitchen. I love to spend time here on the weekends, giving my sweet hubby a break as he is the main cook during the busy work week..... Here are a couple of yummy things I made. <img... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:37:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971193 August 3, 2015 OUR WORDS <BR> <BR> So many times the things that are said are taken the wrong way. So many people get upset about what was said for the wrong reasons. That is why communication is so important. When we take time to clarify what has been said rather than assume it was meant a cert... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:17:15 EST Tough week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971191 Been a really hard week my father in law is very sick with copd and emphysema. Hes in hospice. Im asking for positive thoughts, prayers affirmations anything to help him create some HOPE. He has his 5 kids and grand children and of course my husband who is going threw this like a trooper. Thankyo... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:11:55 EST Letting my RN licence go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971190 I'm 62 and haven't worked in 20 years. I worked hard for my licence, but I don't use it, never plan on working again, so have decided to let it go. The past is over and I'm in a new chapter. I tore up the application when it came a few days ago. <BR> Surgery this morning and I all ready got ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:11:15 EST Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971189 So I did not log the 6 miles we did on Saturday then on Sunday. I couldn't find the tracker was heart broken. Finally after retracing things I did. I found it . It was on my other shoes I mow lawn with. I just got me a new pair of shoes usually only have one pair so this was the first time I used... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:00:40 EST Treasures Within - Joel & Victoria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971188 Today’s Scripture:“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels...”(2 Corinthians 4:7, NKJV) <BR> <BR> <BR> You have treasures deep inside of you! As a believer in Jesus, the greatest treasure of all is within you—the Spirit of God. You carry the most valuable treasure in the universe ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:57:59 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AMD MORE=8/3/2015/THIS IS GOD BLOG NOT MINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971186 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0907e39-d550-4d91-ba22-57a1c4c4135c.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af47a5b8-3997-4005-b8fc-b33c53d0e50c.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38b0771a-918b-4657-a18c-6cb6099cd46e.jpg">For He shall give His a... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:48:44 EST Monday's Silly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971184 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45d79553-1c3d-4030-a1ad-148a4d94e401.jpg"> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:42:35 EST Working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971183 My food intake has always been bad but it's worse when I don't work out. I went to a cook out yesterday and my BFF told me I look like I'm gaining weight. I usually say yes and you are fat but this time I knew what he was saying was true and that it came from a softer place. (Not his belly) I kno... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:35:08 EST Monday morning Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971182 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebe88207-c993-451c-80cf-279a375d1e1c.png"> <BR> <BR> Today I'm down 11 lbs. A first, I definitely beat myself up a bit. It took me over a month and a half to loose 4 lbs? I know I'm capable of doing better. But I stopped myself. I know I made quit... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:29:41 EST My resolution not to drink sodas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971181 I just saw an article on the interwebs about how soda should not be inside our bodies. Basically, all that mix of chemicals should belong in a factory to clean metal parts, or in a janitors closet to clean bathrooms. <BR> <BR> I have never been a big fan of sodas, but after reading that post, it... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:23:18 EST Day 3 of Total Body Sculpting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971180 Doing the bodyweight burn today! Cleaning some more and getting ready for school next week! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:12:50 EST Interesting times...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971179 Quite the weekend! Several leads received on Friday, phone changeover/Windows 10 changeover.........oh, my! <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Taking on another volunteer role this morning - and as a result of updating my LinkedIn profile to account for these ongoing activities..........got ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 05:10:28 EST f http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971178 f Mon, 3 Aug 2015 04:58:19 EST Buddies Are Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971176 My daughter and her husband were loosing weight drinking smoothies and asked me if I would try it. So,while on my vacation visiting them, I tried it out. I lost 6 pounds in 1 week. So, they bought me a Nutri Ninja for my birthday. I lost so much weight that I caught up with them. Now we are in c... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 04:11:59 EST Gaining Strength... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971175 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e4808f9-0ad8-497f-a6b3-205602485f79.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SP Comments... <BR> <BR> Sometimes, you have to hit rock-bottom to gain the strength to make a change. If you hit that moment, don't despair--it's just the beginning of a better life! Take one ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 04:01:01 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971174 Hubby did go back to work today and his blood sugars were not bad but not good either as they were 12.2 so they might come down as the week progresses'. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 04:00:06 EST Old school energy drink . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971173 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4937932-28e2-4f98-b178-c9da200c5405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <em>106</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 03:57:47 EST August 3, 1 Corinthians 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971172 Paul makes a case that according to The Law, the priests and temple servants would receive a portion of offerings to support themselves and their families. The church should operate in similar fashion. We are a bit different though, we no longer bring grain and meat offerings. I like Paul's att... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 03:52:25 EST Quote for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971171 We have ample evidence that the Lord is able to guide. The promises cover every imaginable situation. All we need to do is to take the hand he stretches out. <BR> <BR> Elisabeth Elliot Mon, 3 Aug 2015 03:43:45 EST Bible Verse for Today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971169 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” <BR> <BR> 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV Mon, 3 Aug 2015 03:34:25 EST here we go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971166 I sound like a broken record! I keep failing... What on earth is wrong with me.... Starting weight 14st! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:52:53 EST Doing it "Right" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971165 Recently I shared about my diagnoses of pre diabetes, and how my doctor had me research different weight loss meds, and my struggle to decide whether I should take them. Several people felt I should avoid them, as I might be prone to regaining the weight after I got off medication, because I had... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:51:21 EST American Style Lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971163 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ece1a2e-275c-4f9b-80df-cfad920ce53e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Summer vacation will officially start in only three days! <BR> <BR> I am actually done teaching classes, just hanging out at the school and doing research and helping out in open campus events.... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:50:52 EST Crazy Week (week 2 recap) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971162 Remember last week when I was all like "I'm taking a vacation for this week. I can do all I need to next week."? Well it really came back to bite me. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This is a short recap. It's already Monday morning. I'm having my morning coffee and in about an hour I leave for my ca... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:25:20 EST Sunday summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971160 I spent the day recharging and resting up for the busy week ahead. I got my walk in this evening and it was still warm enough for me to walk with a tank top. This coming week is the final week of camp and we will have some children who have some challenging behaviors. It will make for an inter... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:20:48 EST Fitness Tests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971157 Each month now, since May, I've been doing the fitness tests and recording all if my measurements. I lost more inches, improved on all of my fitness test scores, and am seeing other non scale victories, so I'm really pleased how things are going overall. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:09:16 EST National Watermelon Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971156 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f18583c0-4fc8-4f96-905e-86a89751c526.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is National Watermelon Day! Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit that has become a staple at family picnics and cookouts. Watermelons are 92% water? No wonder they’re so refreshing! ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:06:49 EST I'd love to be a full time artist.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971155 In the middle of journaling the other day, trying to develop an idea for an art contest I'd like to enter, I started to think about how nice it would be to do art full time. To be an Artist to the truest sense of the word. But like most endeavors I set out, my debilitating doubt in myself sets in... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:06:26 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971153 " The enlightened give thanks for <BR> what most people take for granted." <BR> <BR> - Michael Beckwith Mon, 3 Aug 2015 02:04:28 EST August Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971151 My kitty Gandalf died. She was 17 years old and we tried to save her but it was too late. <BR> <BR> My son is going to Law school. I am worried about him. He is the one that is bipolar and by the way he is up still too and it is 2 AM. He will be in an entirely new city with an entirely new routi... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:53:48 EST Promises, promises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971150 New me resolutions: <BR> <BR> No more scales, no more diets. <BR> <BR> Details to come. <BR> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:45:33 EST Have to figure out moods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971149 So Missy slept over at her girlfriends last night, and I stayed up WAYYYYYY too late, which meant I slept in WAYYYYYY to long. I still can't figure out how to make myself just have motivation....it seems like a big battle everyday. I know a lot of it is dealing with issues that have happened ov... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:43:42 EST Dieter's Devotional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971148 John 14:27 <BR> 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.' <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we feel let down, when everyone on our team seems to be losing weight at a faster pace than we are. W... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:38:34 EST Watuppa 10k Trail Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971147 WATUPPA 10k TRAIL RUN <BR> 8/2/2015 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/534bb579-305b-417f-8fa6-3c6859776911.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, when I realized that I would not be running the 10 mile race I had considered, I looked for a 10k race to run as that would be lon... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:30:55 EST Never Gonna Let You Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971145 Never Gonna Let You Down, by Colbie Caillat, is an anthem from me to myself. <BR> <BR> https://youtu.be/oJVv5kjOJhU <BR> <BR> The video interprets the song as a tribute to adopted pets, which are great, but I came to this song thanks to my return last week to Zumba at the Y. The instructor uses... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:20:17 EST Day 32 - Tackling Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971144 For the month of August, I'm going to do my best to get control of what, how, when, and where I eat. <BR> <BR> I know I have the fitness down. I'm consistent. I'm getting stronger. I know I'm going to keep going. <BR> <BR> Food is another story. I've been mostly tracking my consumption (eyeba... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:19:57 EST Today is the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971143 Today I decided to take charge of my weight. No more excuses. I choose to be healthy and happy. Today I decided I am going to make the investment in me by replacing my junk food with healthy food. Today I actually made the effort to drink water instead of soda and I made the choice to walk a mil... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:17:17 EST High Intensity........not for everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971142 Day 23 of the Balance Life Challenge invites me to consider HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)..... well, I'm not one for sweating or working out hard anyway.... I like running, or walking, or swimming, or yoga, or maybe a bit of stretching, toning, light weights - that kind of thing. I've ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:16:39 EST Here I am yet again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971141 I had been doing so well. I had lost weight, then got my knee replacements, all was good. I was walking, because I could now, then my ankles started playing up…walking got less and less. Well now about a year down the track I have gained the weight I had lost before my surgery. It had taken... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:13:20 EST I am grateful for, 8/1&8/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971140 1. my babies, because they take things at face value. <BR> 2. visitors, because it's ok to have witnesses. <BR> 3. another driver, because it was nice. <BR> 4. getting off the beach, because it's always better than i think. <BR> 5. not catching fish, because i didn't have the inclination to do an... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:09:15 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971139 Today my husband and I walked 2 miles and then went to church. After church, we went by my mom's house and then to a couple of stores. Then I had to come home and cook my husband some greens and baked chicken. I'm not eating either one. After I got through cooking I ran in place to get my 5 ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:07:58 EST Moving On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971138 Yesterday was a better day, probably not perfect but I certainly made a few decisions food wise that I am quite pleased with. <BR> <BR> I think I need to be a little kinder to myself and I need to remember that I have steadily if slowly reduced my weight and waistline. ( Still aiming to get it b... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:07:30 EST Gratitude August 2 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971136 Number 1: I saw a DUCK! For the first time in many weeks there was a duck at the creek this morning. He was standing in the weeds right by the edge. Happy duck day! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Strawberries in the house. Oh so many strawberries. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The prep for my husband's proce... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:05:38 EST What Went - Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971135 Ended up sleeping 12 hours between last night's 8 hours and today's 4. And I can't wait until bedtime. But I hope I can actually sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> Started one new med today. Will start another new one tomorrow. These are just sort of "let's see if they work" OTC meds that the docto... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:02:17 EST Dat 63 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971134 Finally got a cool day. Now I will try and do my 5 mil e walk because it is supposed to be cooler all week. I have been looking through the SP exercise videos and picking ones to do. <em>311</em> <em>34</em> <em>357</em> I want August to be my month to finally start loosening weight b... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 01:02:03 EST new weeding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971132 was at my new house this weekend. did some weeding and swimming. and chasing nieces. i will have to work on my stamina so i can keep up with all the opportunities in my life. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:55:21 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971131 " A thankful heart is the greatest virtue." <BR> <BR> - Cicero Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:54:52 EST Snooze Year Resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20cddf5e-da93-40e8-a67f-7ccc0f8baa37.gif"> <BR> <BR> Ring a bell? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:54:48 EST Been a minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971129 Haven't blogged in a while. Having some ups and down. Trying to work it out. Gained a little but not out of control. Got to get my focus back. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:54:34 EST Back From Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971128 Hey Everyone, I am back from vacation and back to exercising! <BR> Can't wait to lose a few pounds, get healthier and feel better! <BR> Very excited to continue this exercise plan with my exercise partner. (Who also happens to be my sister. ) Thank you everyone for all the support and encouragem... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:53:03 EST Berry picking day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971127 Today was a disjointed day. I made cookies in the morning for dinner tonight, and finished up de-boneing the turkey for soup. My neighbor came over to help me cut some dead branches out of a maple tree, while he was up there he also cut a huge middle dead section out of the tree, that is still ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:44:21 EST Gratitudes: wind, a good movie, a digital gauge, a husband that can deal with a hot flash. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971125 1) Last night, the weather forecast called for a hot humid day today, but it was wrong. With the exception of a couple of late-afternoon hours, the day was lovely. I think it's because there was a wind / breeze that kept the atmosphere moving and dry. (I was able to work on the deck again, which ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:39:37 EST Day 12, night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971124 Today was alright! Not the total best it could possibly be, but also thoroughly passable. 1890 cal of food (and I did get in a little exercise), 96 oz water. And no alcohol, there's been plenty enough of that this weekend. Today was just food and water and a few caffeinated drinks. Not bad! I ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:36:22 EST One score down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971123 This week the hub and I will mark our 20th anniversary. We're not big on celebrations - we don't do gifts, but we usually will have dinner out with the kids. The kids have decided we are going to our favorite Chinese restaurant, and I am already looking forward to the steamed whole fish, which ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:31:57 EST 28 day bootcamp challenge- day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971121 Today was day 2 of the challenge for me. i am trying to get back to a rythm that will work for me, where i actually do exercise, and don't just plan on doing it in the morning, and end up going to bed not having done anything. <BR> So, today, I got up and quietly went into the guest bedroom to do... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:25:14 EST Just Stop!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971120 I missed blogging yesterday because I did 94 minutes of water aerobics and then I climbed onto a float and listened to a book. I'm afraid I was wearing an older bathing suit that is getting just a bit too big and it moves around a lot.... So, some parts of my rear end were not covered and got b... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:22:31 EST Special Blessings-August 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971119 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Friday was Jamie's birthday. We took him out to dinner and by the end of the evening, he was no longer shook up from the semi side-swiping him. <BR> <BR> 2. Saturday, we drove to Louisville to help move the things that Jamie had a... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:18:34 EST this is harder than I thought it would be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971117 I have gastroparesis. I know this. I understand it's hard to loose weight. I understand I cannot loose weight like everyone else, nor can I eat like everyone else. I am finding put more and more I didn't know thanks to a new group I joined on here. Example: eating thinks that help with hea... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:14:59 EST Wacky Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971115 This app has become so unwieldly in the past few days. I am having all kinds of difficulty entering my meals. I used LoseIt again because my attempts to log in here vanish. I will continue to log in and try again tomorrow but I am seriously losing patience with the app. I do not find the full ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:12:46 EST Today reminded me of what's important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971113 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc3062d6-ba1f-44a8-b95d-71d4a8148b0a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been a while since my Fitbit screen showed all green! I got a lot done today (yesterday, technically, as it's after midnight!), which I am super grateful for. Despite a serious allergy atta... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:08:16 EST 20lbs to lose to start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971112 Hi there! I'm new. Looking to get support. Just trying to get the hang of things with the calorie counting and exercise info. It's kind of fun if you make it fun. I found I was starving myself. Had no idea, ate all the wrong foods but now enjoying all the new recipes! I was literally stuck a... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:00:45 EST Quenched! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971111 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/278f45f7-ee0a-4005-9e28-20100cc74335.jpg"> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:59:13 EST Day 352 Success at the sewing machine today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971110 All the pieces of the quilt for 1 grand daughter are together. Just have to clip the frays because it's called a rag quilt. It is really going to be a warm quilt. <BR> <BR> That was a major success for me. I also did some crochet. But not much else. I played a computer game with some frien... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:58:37 EST Weigh-In -- 2Aug15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971109 Hello, I'm back!! <BR> <BR> The family reunion went quite well, even without my sister, the drill sergeant, running it. A cousin's wife took over that part. Lots of familiar faces, some unfamiliar ones, too. Just about had all the names and faces put together and placed in the family tree by the... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:58:10 EST Fat Shaming and "Sparker" attacks.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971108 I am NOT a happy camper right now. <BR> <BR> I think everyone here on Spark can relate to this when I say that there is at least one person that is on your spark page who's struggle resonates with your own. <BR> <BR> Maybe you started at the same place <BR> have the same goals <BR> share a sen... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:57:24 EST MY 3RD ANNIVERSARY WITH SPARKPEOPLE !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971107 <em>244</em> <em>198</em> WHEW, THOUGHT I'D NEVER MAKE UIT. MY DAUGHTER, HUBBY & GRANDCHILDREN BOUGHT ME AN ABSCURVER PRO AND WOW DOES IT WORK ON ABS. ALSO TRYING TO EDIT MY SPARK PAGE FOR THIRD ANN & LOST MY 70 LBS. EMOTICON. ANYBODY OUT THERE THAT CAN HELP. <em>213</em> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:56:48 EST The state of things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971106 As I begin this blog, I feel a certain sense of déjà vu. I have been very inconsistent in my weight loss journey through the years, and have written a few "I'm back" blogs, but at the same time I feel very different this time. <BR> <BR> I am a pre-nursing student, and I had just started cours... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:55:49 EST New Every Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971105 Thanks to a special teammate, I decided to look to each morning as a completely new day, regardless of my mess-ups the day before! God's mercies are new each morning! <BR> Here is my outlook for this week! <BR> <BR> Besides my 7 daily goals I listed in my last blog, I made an excel worksheet of... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:49:04 EST Ready to get serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971104 i have been a member on sparkpeople for years and lost a few pounds.. But I kept giving up😔. I think I'm at the point now where I'm ready to get radical... Determined and won't put up with failing again. I would love to get some support to keep me Goin. 😄😃😀 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:43:38 EST I'M ON AN EXERCISE ROLL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971103 Good evening. My day has improved dramatically since this morning when I first got up. First of all, I awoke with a nasty sinus headache. Next, I had to call the music director at church and tell her I wouldn't be there today due to my headache. I really missed playing this morning. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:40:53 EST New week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971102 Have a wonderful and blessed day hugs Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:37:24 EST Nature Walk - home and Birding Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971101 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd149011-00db-45d9-9ffa-38eef0188be1.JPG"> <BR> <BR> A very - very hot day - but I needed to go walk - so instead of walking down the block to Frontera Audubon where I normally walk I decided to drive to Estero National Birding Center. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:34:51 EST The GC and the goats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971099 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef71bd97-f81a-4698-878d-b76c1a0ef494.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/178843e0-a79a-420a-b9c1-db5858ba9104.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/904f27a7-6681-48df-9396-fd7b00acc921.JPG"> <BR> <img ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:28:46 EST I love Sundays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971098 I have always loved my Sundays because I regard them as family days. On Sundays, it is the day when one or two or all of my kids decide to pay a visit to us. <BR> <BR> Today my two sons came to visit and it was such an enjoyable day. They stayed for dinner so we had a full afternoon and part of ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:28:33 EST Day-96 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971097 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/486ac61e-5582-4728-a04c-f6e50b8acf74.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Going on day-63 and doing ok today for now . <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> we had a wonderful day today with family <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I Dranked my limit of water <em>91</em> <em>274</e... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:27:53 EST 214/365 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971096 Went clothes shopping today, not because I needed too, but there were sales on. And who can pass up a sale and I had a 40% coupon. It was fun and I tried on a lot of different things. Lots of rejects, the sales girl probably hated us. I found that my top half is smaller than my bottom half which... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:26:58 EST DAY #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971095 So I finished my first day of my weight loss plan. I feel great I tracked all my food and activity and I have kept my blood sugar in control all day this has been a great first day for me. Now I'm sure I'm not the only one out there that's starts diets and workout plans and don't follow through w... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:21:31 EST 8/2/15 - Bedtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971094 After being out for over five hours, the electricity is back up. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> When the wind and hail hit, my car was inside the garage. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today was muggy and miserable. Now that I've bathed, I feel human again. My bath has also done wonders for my mood... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:21:26 EST Plexus Slim #3 & Loving it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971092 I am sold on this product. Steady burn of energy, curbs sugar cravings & my mood is good all day. Fatigue is gone. Maybe I have found the missing key.... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:13:51 EST Be You Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971091 I don't know how many of you guys have that one friend that you've seen go from one size to an extreme opposite. And inside you tell yourself man I want to be like that. I want to be like her. Well that friend to me is Laura. Laura had reached I think I believe a size 16 to 18 and clothing and no... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:13:25 EST day #28 of 100 ~ Creating an Energetic Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971090 Hello, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since I didn't want to give any of my friends a cold, I wore a little medical face mask today when I went to visit friends. It sure was nice to get out and socialize. The down side was that I was tempted with lots(!) of junk food after several days of barel... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:12:35 EST Day 98 - Nutrition tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971089 Okay, so it's not a blogging streak.... sigh. BUT, it is a check in and fill out the nutrition tracker streak!!!! 98 days. In 2 days time I will celebrate 100 continuous days of counting my calories. And, I have almost reached my first goal weight.... 1 lb. to go. THEN. I will decide on my next g... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:12:05 EST Wise Tina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fe8a561-943a-4cc1-b51f-54c9f6f4c200.jpg"> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:04:48 EST Sunday night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971087 It has been a week..we are still grieving but holding our own. We took a ride to East Point Lighthouse on the Delaware Bay and to the fishing village of Fortescue. I find being near water is healing for my spirit and my soul. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7f487b7-5198-4b... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:04:29 EST Awesome Day, Awesome Choices! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971086 Today was a great day! I thought I would be home all day but we decided to go to the River for the day! WE took lots of snacks but I also packed grapes and cheese, Almonds and cashews for me and broasted chicken for lunch! I am so proud of myself as normally I would have eaten cookies, granola ba... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:01:49 EST #100DaysOfGoodDecisions Days 81-100(1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971085 I completed my 100 days on Friday! Well. Actually Thursday. But I didn't realize that until yesterday. My bad. I will get to that shortly. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24c128df-bb54-4820-abe8-d4a252733707.jpg"> <BR> Day #81: run day in Franklin before work. Got 3 mi... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:00:43 EST Day 1 No Food Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971084 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57b0d947-47c2-4755-851c-633d8c5979d4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was my first day not tracking anything on my food tracker. I had a breakfast of eggs with chopped peppers and turkey bacon. For lunch I kinda snacked on some veggies. While I was grocery s... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:00:25 EST Yard work at our house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971082 Mowed at our house and knocked down our outdoor pole lamp. Will try to right it another day. Not too bad a day. <BR> Hope yours was a good one. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/888d8a4d-e69b-4c54-9a69-be770f4e88eb.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bc48dcb-a2a... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:55:24 EST Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971081 This blog is going to be super short. I had a wonderful weekend and I am exhausted. I need to blog my August goals and put together a blog for the weekend but they are both going to have to wait for another day. <BR> <BR> Today was weigh in day. I expected the number to be much higher since I sp... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:55:11 EST Home again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971079 We made it home in record time, 12 1/2 hours. We were quite happy with six of us and the dog packed into my Mazda. We all fit four years ago when I bought it. Darn kids have to grow up! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I ended the trip home by taking two hours to deep clean the car inside and out. Be... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:52:41 EST Sunday, 8/2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971078 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebe4f249-ac44-4ca0-8a0b-6fdea3539cf2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a different weekend as Tim worked 12 hour shifts. Yesterday the kids and I had several errands to run, a lawn to mow, Isaac's physical therapy and playgroup (swimming). I did f... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:49:36 EST August Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971077 I will lose at least 8 lbs before August is over. I will do it by eating reasonably, drinking absurd amounts of water, and possibly even resorting to exercise. I will be 240 or below by September! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:49:12 EST Busy Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971076 After last night's no AC debacle (which was, thankfully, resolved by 10 pm!), I didn't sleep too well and was tired this morning. However, I got my hiney on the treadmill for my run (I didn't get it done on Thursday with the crazy day I had) with the intent to do my normal time run and see how f... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:43:41 EST Day 214: I’m Back Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971075 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60dc9d9a-b53f-4031-9cac-57d195ab371e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time." (Anna Freud) <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon I was watching “Laura” on T... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:39:37 EST Yesterday: Worst birthday to date!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971073 Yesterday was my birthday and it was absolutely horrible! <BR> <BR> I woke up, hung out with the hubby (still good) fired up the Ipad and received an email saying they sent my new credit card to Maryland and please activate when I receive it. I live in Minnesota and have never even VISITED Ma... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:38:05 EST Losing weight in Bangkok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971072 So apparently the trick to losing weight is living in Bangkok! Since I moved here in June my clothes have been getting bigger and bigger until the other day my skirt actually fell down while I was walking. Luckily I had a long shirt on and caught my skirt before it hit the ground, but talk about ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:37:39 EST The Adventures of Wanda Smitty: Chapter 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971071 Who disguised as an accountant for a great Midwestern distributor seeks to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home. <BR> <BR> Wanda was excited to go to the movies with family as part of a birthday celebration for several family members. Everyone had been enjoying the summer a... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:33:54 EST Day #27 of 100 ~ Creating an Energetic Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971070 Saturday, August 01, 2015 <BR> <BR> Hello, Sparkers, <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 3 of cold...feeling a little better, but still contagious (and tired of being cooped up on nice summer days). I am still in better spirits than I usually am on sick days, so something is working. :-) <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:30:32 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971068 My goals for July (I started back up the end of June) was to walk at least 9,000 steps a day and loose weight. I did meet those goals and have realized I can actually get a lot more steps than 9,000 a day. I also did loose weight, I lost 6 pounds. <BR> <BR> My August Goals are: <BR> <BR> -get... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:30:07 EST Creating a New Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971067 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40a415d1-c3ff-4284-b398-9f98e33c2c63.png"> <BR> <BR> My challenge this month is not to eat candy. Wow! I am on day 2 and this is harder than I thought. Anyways I am reading about positive thinking so I decided I want to add something positive t... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:29:48 EST Bad Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971066 The weekend went by way to fast! I got in some awesome girl time on Saturday with plenty of exercise walking every mall in town two or three times! With this being said, I also had some more wake-up calls. First, I am so proud to announce that I am down to a "normal" 3x and am able to shop at ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:25:36 EST Days 52-65: Back to Blogging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971065 I haven't blogged for awhile due to work piling up, family/boyfriend obligations, packing for school and a ton of other things. Sadly, I haven't been eating right or really exercising all that much due to stress. I'm not even sure how much I weigh because I've packed my scale for school. My boyfr... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:22:41 EST Missing Person In Crazy Town . . Day 296 of 662 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971064 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39e8e84e-eda6-4fc9-8368-60f10baa361c.jpg"> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:19:23 EST 8/2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971063 I think I need to start listening to my body more. I had big plans for the weekend, and most didn't get done. I ran into a snag on the digital frame. I have a 64Gb flash drive that I connected to it, and either the USB port is bad or the flash drive is bigger than it can handle. I don't have ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:14:46 EST Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971061 Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself. <BR> <BR> Robin S. Sharma <BR> <BR> I don't know about everyone else, but I am a to-do list kind of person. I haven't been log... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:11:18 EST sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971060 It's been hot here.i live near the beach so I've been taking my walks on it since it's nicer than the city.No cars to worry about .Today I went for 2hrs&45 MINS.Almost 3 hrs.Alot of people were on it.I go back to work in 3 weeks.Hope it's not this hot.I work in a high school cafeteria. <BR> I we... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:10:01 EST Routine Sunday Run and Running Goal Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971059 Today's run went as planned. I made no attempt to get up early this morning. In fact, I rolled back over to go to sleep again and wait for the alarm clock to go off at 6. This was a deliberate decision, as I've come to understand that when I'm recovering from injury getting enough sleep is eve... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:03:49 EST Day 34: Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971058 Supposed to be doing lower body with cardio bursts today. Didn't. One reason - bit of pain in the butt, literally, and lower back. Other reason - need to clean house from top to bottom. Folks are visiting and it's been a while... Cleaning is not on my priority list at the moment, but had to move ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:00:19 EST I'm not a quitter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971057 So I took the weekend off. I've already said why I've needed to. I'm not happy with myself for doing so. In fact, every day this weekend, from Friday...the day I took off work...to today, I got out of bed and dressed in my workout clothes with the intent to get a workout in right away. Never ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:59:46 EST christian devotional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971054 John 14:18 <BR> 'I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.' <BR> <BR> Joan was such a great friend. Almost every day she would stop by to see how things were going. Joan had been there herself. She had battled her weight for years. It was comforting to have someone around who had mad... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:53:24 EST 8/2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971053 Today's mileage: 8.22 miles <BR> <BR> We had some good services at church today. So thankful for the evangelists this evening! They were absolutely amazing! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:50:45 EST