SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Day 102 of 365 - Dealing with Crises & Staying Positive! <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday ended up being a snow day so my daughter was home all day alone. While she didn't message me too much - I thought she was ok. As we drove home in the snowy conditions she kept saying she had... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:36:13 EST a little bit of MJ <BR> a true showman, much missed. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:11:49 EST Non scale victories NSVs for the win! I've been noticing that if I need to pick something up, squatting is starting to be easier than bending over. Which is good, seeing how we we're designed to squat down. My sports bra straps aren't digging in as much as they were! I'm having an easier time picking my kids u... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:52:54 EST I can actually do this:) After years of trying to loose weight ineffectively, I feel positive that I can do this. I started focusing on what I eat and tracking on 17 October. By 21 November I had lost 7 kg's which I was trilled about. The great thing is that I didn't feel deprived. <BR> <BR> I went on holiday on the 23 ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:46:15 EST Wed 13 dec 59,1kgs Fluffy up to his old tricks again. He climbed through the tube and came out with the bag in his mouth. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:41:28 EST Bathing <img src=""> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:39:27 EST #metoo "I know as a man, I will not talk to women or work with them anymore. I'm afraid that they'll accuse me of doing something, political correctness has taken over." <BR> <BR> "As a man, you have no rights, these femifeminists have taken man hating to a whole new level." <BR> <BR> "Seriously, so ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:13:49 EST Daily Inspiration " Let today be a day to soar - <BR> soar your spirits, soar your joy, <BR> soar your belief in yourself. <BR> Let all aspects of your life soar." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:09:53 EST For me I use to make post and it would bother me that hardly anyone would respond or at all. I'm now ok with that. I'm going to make post for me to keep track. So two years ago I went from 189.7 to 150. In just a few months. I felt great. I was eating better too. I am now back up to 174. Not feeling gr... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:47:43 EST 12-12-17 Had a busy day today. Took the car over for the emission inspection. Next to nobody was there, so we were done fast. Passed as usual. Then I paid the annual car registration. I don't usually get it done this early, so I'm happy. Paid my part of the phone bill, which was overdue. So I went to one ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:31:33 EST Yep <img src=""> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:22:20 EST Sad news Had some sad news daughter's friend's husband away their youngest is 11 & a good friend of my granddaughter the 2 boys are older but still in High School & my husband's friend also passed away so am feeling sad but now I have to get out of here & exercise cant let up on activity due to being unha... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:12:07 EST Day 708 ~ Had a tooth extracted today! Today's Sparkpeople - December 12, 2017 Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 1,778 3. Calories over/under: -252 4. Calories burned: 811 5. Steps taken: 8,034 6. The number on the scale: 234.6 lbs 7. Minutes of Exercise: 0 minu... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:10:42 EST Calorie chop chop Cut calories well back today to try and get the scales to move. Ok a little silly I know but I had a goal to loose 5lb my Christmas and it just haven't happened... Im sure its just muscle swapped for fat because I've dropped a dress size. Felt great training today after an easy day. Picked up the... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:02:22 EST Daily Affirmation for Tuesday , December 12 , 2017 " I Never " Need To ". <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:57:29 EST Catechism in a Year 570. What is meditation? <BR> <BR> Meditation is a prayerful reflection that begins above all in the Word of God in the Bible. Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion and desire in order to deepen our faith, convert our heart and fortify our will to follow Christ. It is a first step tow... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:29:43 EST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12: ANOTHER PARK Today, I woke up sad and in pain. Sad because 18 years ago, my beloved Mom died. In pain, because I drank a horrible artificial hot chocolate on Sunday that caused me a diverticultis flare. On Monday, I took strong painkillers, but today I didn't. I woke up late and had to drop my husband at his ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:28:03 EST HAPPY HANUKKAH ;-) 12/12/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Putter The Hanukkah Dog <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Cat Getting ready for Hanukkah <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:16:01 EST Weather We had another great day in the 70s while back east it will have lows in the teens. The temperature is 63 outside. Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:10:39 EST Special Blessings-December 13, 2017 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. This being Jim's auction day, I started a new book. <BR> <BR> 2. I wrapped Christmas gifts today and now it looks like there is a big dent in it. <BR> <BR> 3. I had phone calls from my friends, Karen, Linda and June today. <BR> ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:06:34 EST Tuesday, 12/12/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kept the day quiet once again and had no trouble staying inside rather than moving stuff from the garage in 25 degrees and 90% humidity. Pretty easy decision! LOL Will be easier tomorro... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:56:24 EST day off i have the next 2 days off. tomorrow is sleep in and do some extra exercise, cleaning and final decorating. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:54:04 EST Tuesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:59 EST Keep Moving Forward: Waking Up To A Clean Kitchen Is A Gift! I woke up to a clean kitchen! My husband baked cookies last night and washed and dried all of the dishes he used before going to bed. He cleaned the counters and swept the floor as well. I see that as waking up to a gift <em>144</em> . <BR> <BR> My exercise for the day consisted of consistent... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:56 EST Nope..nope ...nope.... Computer can dern wll grow new programs cause not getting the old ones to transfer.. <BR> But by the time I had spent hours trying to achieve that...DH had moved on to a jigsaw <BR> puzzle and lost any interest. Later he signed on and swore that he knew no one and got mail <BR> from no one he ev... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:48:11 EST Hopefully my tooth won't have to be pulled. Well, it's been hurting since Saturday. Sunday was the worst. Unfortunately, it hasn't gotten completely well. My face is swollen, and I have a fever. <BR> <BR> So the appointment is for Thursday afternoon. And we get 5 inches of s**w tomorrow. Blech. <BR> So much fun. <BR> Between headaches an... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:28:49 EST WOO HOO I took my last 4 required exams today and passed them. <BR> <BR> Tonight in class I was helping the new people complete their requirements. We have a good group this year. I feel good about them. They ask intelligent questions. As I told them my rule was you can ask questions all you need ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:24:16 EST Mission Accomplished My beloved dentist (who is another female Aggie, and whose children grew up with mine) capped the tooth today that had to be root canaled yesterday.... what a wondrous development that it all could be done so easily and efficiently! <BR> <BR> And I had a Christmas luncheon to attend, which went ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:24:13 EST Bright Lines here I come January 1st 2018 I start Bright Lines Eating. I listened to the book, purchased the book, a few cook books and I'm getting my head straight to make this happen one-day-at-a-time. I can't take them two at a time. This is how I lost significant weight before, and it will work again. Hi, I'm Virgini... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:22:19 EST Happy Hanukkah! Wishing all who celebrate a wonderful Hanukkah! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:20:11 EST #245 Less then 13 days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What do you want for Christmas? Then comes what do you need from Christmas? Love? Kindness? Friendship? Maybe the following will help you with you thoughts. <BR> <BR> . . . GIFT OF FRIENDSHI... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:14:26 EST Mixed reviews <img src=""> Ate a crap ton of food today and quite frankly enjoyed it. Not unhealthy food. Just a little too much. That said I’m usually under on my calories. One thing I am proud of is the fact that I didn’t give ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:09:50 EST 12/12/17 - Bedtime I had an interesting conversation with my boss, and he shared information about the staff that I'm definitely keeping to myself. I was concerned about whether he had immediate plans for retirement, and he does not. I want to continue working for a couple more years, but only if he sticks around... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:09:35 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - a recipe just about everywhere you look these days, you read that the hottest trend for 2018 is plant-based food - or at least adding more plants to your diet (as in... what you eat, not losing weight). <BR> <BR> we've been plant-based for close to 10 years now, and i enjoy the creativity of finding reci... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:07:11 EST I'm finding it hard to be in control when I'm sad. This is always a very hard time of the year for me. I know I could have gone to visit my kids for the holidays but all those people at the airports are so hard to deal with when your older and slower than they all are. So I am looking forward to going the end of Jan. for one of the birthdays. ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:05:55 EST Therapy I saw a therapist today about my eating and some other related issues. It was very productive. I highly recommend it. We talked about my health, the history of my relationship with food, and my struggles with my weight. We talked about what I had done in the past, and I began to see that ther... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:55:42 EST Did You Hear Me Laughing This Afternoon??? I received a letter from the Hospital where I go for my yearly Mammogram a few days ago. I didn't get a Mammogram in 2017 because it would have had to be in December (Insurance) and I don't see the surgeon for my post-op appointment for my Cervical Surgery until December 19th. I want to get the... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:53:26 EST Still Taking Blood-Sugar Tests I have been given a clean bill of health by my General Practitioner and Diabetic Doctor for two weeks now. But I still have a healthy fear that it may arise its ugly head within me again, so I still take blood tests 4 times a day. I want to see how I react to certain times eaten at various times.... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:48:40 EST To those who celebrate Hanukkah Let the Menorah candles shine bright in your life. Be reminded of the big miracle that Hanukkah represents. Best Wishes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:48:31 EST Tuesday's thought First fix your health, then you can get everything else you want. If there's no health, it's hard to achieve all the other things. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:46:28 EST MONDAY, DECEMBER 11TH: TELETUBBIE WALK On Monday, it was cold and breezy. I had a long flannel shirt and two hoodies on, so I looked like a Teletubbie. I decided to take a selfie with a vintage pose (looking to my thoughts) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:35:40 EST Day one down Making it through the first milestone, no matter how big or small, always seems to be the hardest part. Since a few (10...) pounds crept back on after I lost about 25 several years ago, I've finally gotten sick and tired of half-heartedly trying to lose them. Today was my first day signing back i... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:30:10 EST Tuesday Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:25:00 EST Rant Time Okay so I went to the doc for the blood and ultrasound results. Everything is just fine. My thyroid is fine. No cysts in the ovaries. Kidney and liver functions are swell. And I was sitting there feeling a little bit down everytime she was listing how normal each of my organs were doing. I was ac... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:23:33 EST My Mouth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I'm sorry!" was my mantra today. Tomorrow will be better. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please pray for Peace. <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:06:01 EST DECEMBER MELT AWAY, DAY 12!! My Mommy Tuesday’s Tinsel: The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.~Stephen R. Covey <BR> <BR> Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:57:51 EST Day 346: Did You Know I Would Do It? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed into the future." (Iyanla Vanzant) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> Its been a busy couple of days here. First o... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:57:02 EST Better Day For Both Of Us I had a better day. In fact, I was able to stop coughing enough that I felt I could go to my GD's musical concert at school. I made it through with only a few coughs. I am not contagious any longer, I have just been coughing so much it's too difficult to be around people in public. Plus, I had so... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:44:25 EST blog 11 I was introduced..... to tapping! Don't laugh! I learned that tapping your foot as you sit or bouncing your knee burns more calories that just sitting still! I even tap my finger on my book as I read! Sitting at the computer? get those ankles moving! <em>334</em> , I guess what I am trying to say you are doing... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:42:12 EST 5% Challenge - Winter 2018 My heart is heavy, and every time I start to think about this, I get upset. <BR> <BR> The OverAll Leaders wanted to increase the membership for the 5% Challenge, so added some extra teams. <BR> All teams for the Challenge must have at least 5 Team Leaders - not an easy task, believe me. So many ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:32:15 EST 12/12/17 Tuesday First day back to work. Not all that bad. Busy as before. <BR> <BR> Made coffee before I went to bed last night, packed my food for the day and was on time, LOL. <BR> <BR> ALL my steps in (and then some), ALL my exercise in, time for meditation, a cup of tee and early to bed. <BR> <BR> Stuck... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:31:52 EST December 12, 2017 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> It was a pretty calm day. I had to go practice with the HS Choir and then make a stop at the grocery store. I needed to get milk and get an extra snack for Jacob for his band and choir parties today. I dropped the snack off at the middle school and finally got home and h... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:30:49 EST 12-12-17 Week 4, Day 24 (Day 155) #6w2NY <img src=""> <BR><BR>our-chicken/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:27:27 EST Why Do That ? <img src=""> I must be the crankiest gym rat you might ever encounter. At the hotel today, in a small space equipped with four decent cardio machines and a puny weight bench, I embarked on my first workout since we arr... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:44:39 EST Wow! Need to get a grip - NOW! Today was a serious struggle nutrition-wise and I am very sorry to admit that I failed completely. I ate almost twice what my maximum calorie range should be -- and I still feel hungry. <BR> <BR> I know it's those damned steriods the ENT is insisting I take to improve the healing process from th... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:41:26 EST Frosted Fitness Fun Biggest Loser Winter Challenge SparkPage Contest Winners <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To kick off the Frosted Fitness Fun Biggest Loser Winter challenge, members decorate their SparkPages to reflect their challenge team. <BR> <BR> There are so many GREAT SparkPages, it is hard ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:38:51 EST Funerals are tough Grandma died and we went to her funeral this weekend. With little time to prepare, measure, or have my tools in general, it was a rough 3 days. I made sure 2 meals had fruits or veggies and packed fruits for snacks. We will see what weigh in this week looks like. It was a good rough practice for ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:16:42 EST Keep Moving <img src=""> <BR> A little bit of movement goes a long way go run, dance, laugh, and break a sweet sweat. Love it don't forget to stretch and eat up on on a power food having a banana oat meal and yogurt smoothie Ready... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:16:34 EST Sleep journal – 12-12-17 I took a chewable melatonin. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:28pm. I fell asleep at 11pmish and woke up at 5amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 6amish. I woke up around 8amish but then l couldn’t fall back asle... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:15:13 EST journey to becoming a badass day 283 Its Tuesday December 12, 2017. I continued painting an outdoor winter scene. I read chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the second configuration of The Lost World. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. I kept my commitment to get extra movement aside from my tracked exercise. I ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:12:43 EST Doc and Puppy! I saw the Doc today. He gave Me some meds to clear up the nose stuff I have had all summer. I did not talk with Him about the weight. I will work on that Myself. Doc brings His new puppy to work. She is a French Bull dog. Her name is Josie. She is precious. I took the dogs to the vet for ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:10:57 EST Day 7 - a solid week down👍 <img src=""> Today has been a long day! Another night of broken sleep and a day filled with almost non stop anxiety ... Crazy anxiety over nothing and everything all at once ... Plus a full days work almost made me dec... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:10:14 EST Day 1 Ugh feels like the first day of school. Anxiety.... I have a goal now this is the first step to achieving it. I'm actually excited about this. Thanks to my daughter for suggesting this app and encouragement. I can! I will! 🤗 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:07:25 EST Love life be an example help others <img src=""> <BR> Always try to remember that only yourself can control what we want out of our goals in life at work at home our health our family and the first most important the one up above always fight till the en... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:06:59 EST To Keto or to NOT Keto........ As of today I am starting week 4 of limiting my carb intake to under 50g a day and being more conscious of where hidden carbs lurk. I have been amazed that there are carbs in things like brussel sprouts, onions, green peppers, etc. I realize there are "good" options as opposed to "bad" options.... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:44:39 EST Happy Birthday to me If I'm coming across as self-promoting, please forgive me. I'm sincerely happy to be celebrating another birthday. I've had a lovely year and God and the Universe has continued to bless me. I welcomed 3 new grandchildren into my life/our lives, I got a new job, I traveled out West to fulfill a... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:29:34 EST Tuesday brings sanity and legitimate excuses I was in a great deal of pain today. I elevated my leg, massaged the areas around the swelling, took ibuprofen, and went to the nurse. I was still going to go to the fitness center. The nurse is concerned about my leg and while she said that at this point, it is okay to wait until my appointment,... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:06:47 EST Almost down 15 pounds now Hi All, Still doing renovations on the house and have lost almost 15 pounds in total! Painting and sanding and filling really burns the calories folks! I'll post some pics once it is all done Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:05:35 EST Oh, my, it is cold outside. Well, we have been below freezing for a couple of days - and looks like the cold has moved and settled in!! <BR> <BR> But, it was warm at Up With DoNuts this morning when Elaine and i met for our Bible study. I am so addicted to their maple bars. <BR> <BR> Then was off to BiMart - had a luck... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:55:39 EST Happy 1st Night! Shalom! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just had a tizzy about how many candles I have, but I have more than enough for all 8 nights! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>499</em> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:51:38 EST I will find out tomorrow about my bill from the VA. I sent the VA a secure message yesterday and today I got a message back with a number to call about a bill that has remained unpaid since September 12. I called and the number would ring and ring and sometimes disconnect because the phone rang for so long. <BR> <BR> I did speak to a woman and... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:50:31 EST Another Nutty--or is it naughty?--Bit of news... There is a strong possibility that I'll lose my internet connection this coming Friday, and I've no clue how long before I'll be able to post again if that happens... <BR> It's been incredibly busy this year with the holidays, too, so I haven't had as much time to post as I'd like. Those people o... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:43:20 EST Weight loss advice from me to myself About 6 years ago, I completely changed the way I lived my life and put health and fitness right at the center. My main goal at the time was weight loss, but in the process went through a huge transformation. All of the healthy habits became just part of who I am. I even changed careers and now t... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:42:07 EST Whata ya thunk 12/12/17 We cannot choose our external circumstances, <BR> but we can always choose how to respond to them. <BR> - Epictetus Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:35:55 EST Positive Stress: Gabriel #7 [Thanks to _LINDA for noticing an omission (mine) from the Jon Gabriel non-diet nutrition plan: probiotics. He DOES recommend them . . . gotta say, I'm not so keen on buying supplements. Stood and looked at 'em at my grocery store pharmacy and walked away. I would like to think I can get high ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:35:40 EST Motivational Moment I was off work yesterday so I decided to clean my basement and get rid of items I no longer use that have piled up. <BR> I now have donations to drop off to help someone in need and a clean basement to work out in simce winter is upon us. <BR> Just worked up a good sweat. I'm ready to go take ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:34:04 EST Dance! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All blessings to you and yours throughout this festival of lights. <BR> <BR> May we remember that it is always a miracle to find the light we need most in the darkness. <BR> <BR> May we be so... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:22:08 EST There and Back Again. I finally made it over to the Town Hall again today. The pavements were still rather icy but the boots I was wearing have a pretty good grip. Problem is they have very hard soles and really hurt the corn on the ball of my right foot. Better than slipping over though. Would you believe, they w... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:19:32 EST Over 2,000 calories in one "meal?!" Oh my god. Seriously?! How could I do this to myself?? I knew the totals would be high but wow, I was not expecting it to be THAT much. <BR> <BR> Adding this to my wall of shame. At least this is not my life 100% of the time anymore. <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> <em>39</em> <em>15</em> <BR> ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:19:29 EST December 12: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Fun member submissions Happy Tuesday, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> * Today is Day 19 of 41 = 46% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) <BR> * Today is Day 304 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment a... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:08:31 EST Tuesday December 12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So disappointed. Have had to make adjustments after the last GI bleed in meals, and have gained back 5 of the 20 lbs that I had managed to lose. However, will think of it as a temporary setback... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:03:19 EST Day 346: Last High School Visit Did our last high school visit this morning! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Lordy, this has been a process. Long story short, the only high school we're guaranteed to get into is our home high school, which is within walking distance of our house so super convenient. However, it's 2,300... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:03:13 EST Setting things up Now for a GREAT 2018 Jan 1 2018 is going to be the start of an amazing year to succeed in all areas of my life! I am starting fresh here to track my progress and hopefully encourage others that it is never to late for a fresh start. New goals and rediscovery of old dreams can come true....let's get ready and determin... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:39:36 EST Happy Holidays Happy Holidays Texan Style <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> one of my neighbors has this in front of his property... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:34:24 EST Kameleon quilt challenge In the summer I went to the Philadelphia Mancuso quilt show and fell in love with a quilt I saw. I came home and googled the quilt and found the pattern sold by the designer living in Norway. I ordered the pattern and began my journey to make this quilt. <BR> <BR> <link> </... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:03:24 EST Cold outside but warming up inside!! <img src=""> <BR> Woke up to snow!!! I love it!!! As much poo as I give my kids for all this technology rotting their brains I sure do use it. I've found popsugar workouts on YouTube. They're amazing. I hurt so good af... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:01:28 EST TERRIFIC TUESDAY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is Tuesday, a second work day of the week and here it is try something new Tuesday. Every time I do this I try some food item and see if it is something I like. I never considered mysel... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:51:16 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for December 12 and 13; Praying the Scriptures Daily Inspiration: To be truly successful, put your heart and soul into even the smallest of your tasks. Lord, help me live my life in different ways and by different means, but always with enthusiasm and commitment. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I am like a tree that is always green... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:47:19 EST Happy Hanukkah 2017! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:42:36 EST My life <img src=""> My cardio workout today. My weight is 230.1 now I’m working on it Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:41:09 EST Recommitment Over the past few months I’ve let my weight slip. I’ve gained about 10-12 pounds and it’s really bumming me out. I decided to come back on sparkpeople because of all the great tracking tools, but then remembered the amazing community. Last time around I had huge success in reaching my goals. ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:37:52 EST Day 1674 S/B Gym Day. Feel like crap. Went to doctor. Not the flu or strep. On antibiotics to be safe. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:29:57 EST When Life Hands You Lemons... ...Make lemon water! Yummy, cool and refreshing and no sugar added! (hehe) So today starts no sugar for me and what do I do? Make my coffee with sugar. I can't toss it and have more, we are down to nickels and pennies when it comes to food budget and money (don't worry, only a few more days of th... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:26:20 EST Are we doing this AGAIN? It's been quite a while, and things have certainly changed. I moved from a house in Utah to an apartment in SoCal. My twins are 3 1/2 years old. My husband got a St Bernard, so we've got 2 dogs, 2 kids, 2 adults, and a cat (emotional support animal) in a 1,060 sq ft 2-bedroom apartment. Can't do ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:24:31 EST National Ding-A-Ling Day December 12, 2017 <BR> NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY - a day to call old friends & acquaintances you may have lost touch with. BTW - a “ding-a-ling” is someone that hears bells in their head. (I don’t think my tinnitus counts) <BR> <img src=" Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:23:13 EST Right now I feel ________________. Patriotic [re-building my military shadow box]. <em>232</em> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:19:46 EST I Think She Can! <img src="">She could be here this weekend. Or it might be the weekend of the 23rd. I'm hoping my 19 year old baby girl gets here this weekend! But it depends on whether she can get a doctor's appointment to get the se... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:13:29 EST Day 101 of 365 - No Stopping Now <img src=""> <BR> The weight is definitely not coming off as fast this time but I'm determined to keep going until I reach my goal. No alcohol for 365 days and January 1st I start round 2 of Body Beast!! <BR> <BR> Det... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:44:33 EST 12/12 - 299 12/12 - great looking date, for sure. <BR> <BR> My gym membership expired today, so I renewed it. I guess that's a small but meaningful "renewal" of my commitment to get through my demons and get fit. (Also, I'm grandfathered in at such a cheap rate, even if I changed gyms, I'd still pay for th... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:34:02 EST I gave up for an evening, and it was not the right choice. Obviously. I don't know why I did it. I mean, there are reasons, but they're just excuses. One of the biggest excuses was my teeth. They're really messed up, and the pain has gotten a lot worse over the last couple of days. And vodka is the only thing I've found that really helps with that. The thought of l... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:21:31 EST New beginnings... I am not new to SparkPeople, I’ve been here before. I had huge success the first time going from ~230 down to ~185, but I have been unkind to myself and have ballooned up to ~260. A lot has happened and been going on since 2009, but it’s time again to work on myself. I made a few large decisio... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:19:32 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...December 12 Life isn't <BR> about <BR> finding <BR> yourself; <BR> it's about <BR> discovering <BR> who God <BR> created <BR> you to be. <BR> ~Veggie tales <BR> <BR> I actually went to college with the creators of veggie tales. Yep they went to St. Paul Bible College which is now Crown College. Guess what... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:15:09 EST 12/12/17 I am nervous about tonight. I am leaving my comfort zone, joining this retreat team with people I don't know. I wish I was busier at work, where I didn't keep thinking about it. Some co-workers went to a place called fuzzy tacos for lunch and I asked them to bring me two beef brisket tacos. ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:10:56 EST Repeat After Me... <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:07:56 EST Nearing the 1 year mark I'm nearing the 1 year mark of my weight-loss journey. In this time, I've lost between 40-42 pounds depending on the day. I thought I would be farther than this by now, but I am still very happy with my results. <BR> <BR> My family doctor wants me to lose another almost 24 pounds. *My* first goa... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:07:14 EST The First Steps My goal of 123 pounds lost starts today. I hope I can do this. Wish me luck y'all. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:06:13 EST It's elfing COLD out there. I had another gig this week -- this time it was as one of Santa's elves. One would think that people who work at the north pole might have warmer clothes. . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yours truly in the m... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:54:44 EST Sue's early New Year's Resolutions <BR> I love to wait until the New Year. Gives me permission to do whatever I want for "one last time" before the big New Year's Proclamation of 2018 (or 2008 or 1998.... it's always the same, lose weight and become more organized). This year I am doing something different. I am starting RIGHT ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:53:18 EST Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Uh no, that would be end of June! I think I could relate to most Holiday songs if they came on the radio late June, if/when my job slowed down and preferably on the way driving to the beach for a vacation. Yes, I'm dreaming of a...saaandy VACA...just like the one we had last year. For me THAT is the most wonderful time of the yea... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:46:41 EST A weight loss I am not happy about One day last week I was thrilled to report on one of my challeges I weighed in at 157.5 (headed to that pre-fertiliy treatment # in 1986). Well, in the last week I did go under that number, I am now at 152.8, not a loss rate SP would reccomend at my body werght. This is not due to my new careful ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:45:38 EST 12/12/2017 There was an article recently shared "100 Amazing Reasons to Start Losing Weight Today". <link><BR>g.asp?post=100_amazing_reasons_to_star<BR>t_losing_weight_today&utm_source=spark<BR>people&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=w<BR>eekly-spark&utm_content=T1-2 </lin... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:43:47 EST I Am Not Making This Up! And here I sit in my itty bitty cottage with an extra large puppy sleeping soundly next to me; I cannot help but hear the words over and over, “Be careful what you pray for.” <BR> <BR> Dear God, Goddesses, and all the others above; I would love to have a large dog in my home some day. Amen. <BR... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:30:35 EST 😒 Omg just ate 2 grill chesse sandwich i do love chesse so i had to work on not loving chesse so much😪so i wrote this to let everyone know my bad thing today lol Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:16:38 EST OH MAN Snowman - 12-12-17 Shannon Lukens caught one of our neighbors' Christmas displays - the OH MAN Snowman: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You may not be able to tell from the photo, but the snowman sometimes has rotating colored lights ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:14:40 EST Brrr. It's 70 outside but freezing inside. So I'm bundled up in a sweater and blankets while I'm having a healthy lunch. It's tempting to load up on comfort foods and cocoa, but I won't. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:09:22 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR TUESDAY O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. O give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever. <BR> <BR> Were there no God, we would be in this glorious wor... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:06:17 EST Day 4 of medical food. Well the Doc was right by day 3 she said in her pamphlet we'd want to kill her but to hang on and not quit she was right I feel pretty good right now. The medical food is pretty tasty It took awhile to get used to basically a liquid diet. I went to work today wasn't sure if I was going to flatlin... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:02:30 EST December 2017 Tried the vegan thing for four months. Was always hungry. Also, gained 7 lbs. The rice, bread, and pasta was killing me. Did discover some new things I will add to my food list. But I am back to whole foods, fruits-veges-meat, nothing processed and feel better (more satisfied) immediately. Mi... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:56:17 EST Spoiler...Christmas "Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. It is peace because we have found peace in the Savior’s teachings. It i... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:55:01 EST Daily diary <img src=""> <BR> I starting this daily blog .to keep me motivated and hold me accountable . I praying and hoping to look back at myself in 9 months and say yeahhh I lost that weight . Not hell here I go again Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:35:22 EST Blogmas: I hate the rough days Yesterday morning I was so close to going to the drive-thru to binge. I'm not sure how I managed to avoid it, to be honest. I remember I just said no and part of me was really angry at myself for not caving. Some days are great and full of motivation and then other days just suck. The whole day I... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:34:47 EST CATCHING UP ON NEWS IN THIS BLOG Good afternoon everyone. I can't believe I haven't written since November 18th. The basket auction on the 19th went very well for my church . My basket <img src=""> went for $40.00. And this picture I colored <img src=... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:23:43 EST Precision Nutrition On Sunday, I received a message from Teresa, a friend and my former personal trainer. She wanted me to test out an online coaching program for her. I said sure! I would love to test the program with her. She knows what a hard time I am having losing weight with all the stressors in my life. ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:23:40 EST Tuesdays Tickle <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:22:46 EST New Year's Resolutions!!! My favorite time of year is upon favorite time of year is almost upon us. It is almost time for NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS. I admit, I love making new year's resolutions. I also admit I'm not very good at following them. I've learned in the past, that the "This is the year I lose ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:18:13 EST DIARY OF AN EMOTION EATER: DAY 40-41 Back dated entry for yesterday. It was a busy busy day. I went to my first physio appointment for my bummed knee and found out that the injury is fixable. The next few months will be spent building up the strength in my glutes and hips in order to take the weight off of smaller muscles in my knee... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:07:11 EST Snow day...again. We had another snow day today. The novelty has worn off a bit but I did get a bit of extra work done. At this stage, it’s more worrying that we could be getting behind with some of the GCSE work, plus I know that some of the girls had speaking and listening exams this week in their various langu... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:01:00 EST December 12th You can tell the boys are not used to being in the bungalow so much, they keep trying to help me write the Christmas cards in between demolishing the blinds. Hope this snow goes away soon! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:18 EST Day 102 - 325 to take off. Another beautiful Big Sky day here in Montana. Think I will head out for a walk today for exercise. Had fun last evening but drank too much and ate too much. I also hate that I can't log my food because I don't know the ingredients. I did stay away from the Red Velvet Cupcakes though. Feeling pro... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:52:36 EST Inside the Spirit... "With the passage of time and increased maturity, our excitement regarding Christmas may change. But our reason for celebrating grows deeper and more meaningful as our focus shifts from gifts to Christ."--Charles Stanley <BR> <img src=" Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:44:37 EST 2 oz and Non-Scale Victories So, I lost 2oz this week. Actually on weigh in day, I had gained a little weight but I had reason to believe it was one of those inflammation and blasting upswings, so I weighed again today. 2 oz lost. I was brought a little down by it. I haven't exceeded my call range at all. In fact, I've been ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:40:49 EST MIGHT AS WELL WRITE MY GOALS DOWN SOMEWHERE ***GETTING THERE GOALS *** <BR> GET UNDER 300 LBS <em>248</em> <BR> FIT IN MY OLD FANNY PACK <em>248</em> <BR> GET TO 285-290 BY 12/21/17 <em>192</em> <BR> FIT IN A SIZE 46 <BR> GET TO 260*** <BR> FIT IN A SIZE 44 <BR> 1 CHIN UP <BR> BENCH PRESS MY BODY WEIGHT 1RM <BR> GET TO 240 <BR> GE... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:39:37 EST Tuesday morning coffee <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sure that is how, if, Finn could have his way with Christmas, but right now he is really mad at me, cause he jumped up on one of my good accent chairs here in the living room and I picked u... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:38:36 EST The storm isn't stopping me.... This morning I got up to do my regular routine on Tuesday. I did my class pre workout from 5:45-6:45. Then I prepared to dress for the elements. Feeling a bit dubious, I put on an EXTRA layer to head out in minus 6 temps on a windy & deep snow day. We were blessed with plenty of white stuff overn... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:38:24 EST mini challenges vs. new year resolutions <img src=""> <BR> I plan on 21, 28 & 30-day challenges sparkpeople offers at Challenge Central during 2018. <BR> I like short term mini challenges instead of year long resolutions. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>593</em... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:30:54 EST it's tuesday i am making great progress in both of my online courses. in one of them, i am doing really well. in the other one, i am doing good. i know i can do even better. one of my online courses deals with math lessons. that is not one of my favourite subjects, i have to admit. math is one of the courses ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:27:51 EST It's my Birthday One thing I have found out with time. The older ya get the least your birthday matters. Every day has it's celebrations. Glad this year I am still struggling with maintenance and not weight loss. Everyone have a great day. Merry Christmas Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:23:00 EST 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifesty... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:22:50 EST Tuesday i am the chauffeur today. Olivia and i are staying in town while Debbie takes Josh and Savannah to Washington D.C. today. Of course, Olivia has school, so she cannot go. <BR> <BR> hope your Tuesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:16:27 EST Yep still snuffles Yes I seem to still have it but am continuing to treat. No fever, no nausea, some headache from sinus pressure. Otherwise I did get my three miles yesterday and am planning to get my walk in at Lunch today. I have my food and so far am sticking with my fast till noon each day. I am reading ab... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:09:12 EST Today's observations Yesterday was a real low day, I'll spare everyone the depressing details. <BR> Though today had a rough emotional start, I knew I had a long day ahead. <BR> Driving through town I felt like a zombie barely existing in this reality. I didn't even care that the tears feel from my face. when you t... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:08:14 EST Injured and got off track, but getting back now! I've never had a back injury or back problems before. For the past few months, I've been noticing that my lower back is getting kind of stiff and sore. I figured it was probably a combination of sitting at my office job and a weak core. That's one of the reasons why I started doing barre' clas... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:07:58 EST I heard you could use a laugh today! So.... Ray still wants his Hot Cocoa! <BR> .... but don't put any chocolate in it <em>40</em> <BR> Oh the joys of being a caregiver <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> ** <BR> I only wish you could have seen my face <em>40</em> when he said, "hot cocoa but don't put any chocolate in it." <BR> <B... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:04:51 EST Gotta Have A Plan Overall Goals: Get HEALTHY and LOSE 100 pounds <BR> <BR> Health Issues to Counter: PCOS, Diabetic, possible Hashimoto's low thyroid (runs in family), possible IBS (also runs in family) <BR> <BR> Food Allergies/Sensitivities to keep in mind: artificial sweeteners, zucchini, soy <BR> <BR> Meal P... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:42:14 EST Today! Good Morning Spark Nation, <BR> <BR> Well, computer issues settled once again...or until? Grateful I'm 'retentive' in some things and I'd saved the email that 'rescued' me last time I had this issue. Fix took a few minutes and back to normal. <BR> <BR> Here's to everyone having a great week a... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:39:56 EST 2017 OMG 2018 COMING !!!!!! hey sparkers hope all are doing well had great workout this morning 2018 coming we gonna knock it out of the ball park with all the energy that we have the world is ours what do you all think are you with me on the journey we going to rock it out we are not scared we are awesome tell me what you ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:39:23 EST Won Another 25 Points Today, I spun the wheel, won 25 points so I got a free spin and won 500 more points. Lucky me. Now if I could just lose weight, I would be so happy. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:35:11 EST December 12, 2017 We have a winter wonderland outside today. This is our first accumulation this year. I was enjoying it with no snow but this is Canada after all. <BR> <BR> I took hubby to fix a few things a friend needs done in her home. This will be the last for the year unless one of his customers has an eme... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:33:33 EST Four (4) Sizes Smaller! <em>593</em> <em>591</em> <em>357</em> <em>591</em> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:24:11 EST on my way So I upgraded to walking at least 3 miles in the morning now, sometimes it's mid morning when it gets warm enough to get out there. Mostly though I got onto the routine to wwalk between 9 and 10 a.m. <BR> .. and these guys watch me every morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:21:58 EST Thursday activities It is another cool 50 degree start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. WE are still praying for the young girl next door who is in the hospital still recovering from her ailment. I am still struggling with right ear problems too. We have to pick up our youngest grandson after schoo... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:17:36 EST 12/12/17 Inspire <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "When you start helping yourself, you start the process of becoming your own inspiration. How inspiring are you with yourself? If you're not, why?" Ron W. Rathbun <BR> <BR> On July 20th, 19... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:13:56 EST bjk1961 - 12/12/17 <img src=""> <BR> 12/12/17 - Ugh! Taking a rest for my respiratory infections helped pack on the pounds. I'd like to be at 170; my doctor says 180; I usually hover around 175. 181 is not my happy place. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:13:49 EST Dec 12, 2017 Been a very tough year. Many changes managed to pack the pounds (18) back on that I had already lost. Starting over took some added effort. Finally figured out I had my calorie count set way to low and I just couldnt stick with it. I have raised the calorie count and given myself nearly a year to... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:12:04 EST Word of the Day: Wanderjahr Word of the Day: Wanderjahr [vahn-duh r-yahr] <BR><BR>200.mp3 <BR> noun, plural Wanderjahre [vahn-duh r-yah-ruh] (Show IPA). German. <BR> 1. a year or period of travel, especially following one's schooling and before practicing a profession. <BR> 2. (for... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:09:58 EST Today’s Affirmation <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:06:48 EST Good Tuesday Morning.... Was 32 degrees when I got up this morning (Cleveland, OH) and it is currently 21 degrees at 11 a.m. Brrrrrrrr...... It is going to be a long cold winter. Walked on the treadmill for 85 minutes. Baby is finally napping now as it took me an hour to get her down. I should clean something but not... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:06:17 EST Cha Cha Cha Changes <img src=""> No weight loss but I have to wear a belt with my jeans again and can easily pull them off now without unbuttoning them so wahoo to that!!! Hopefully weight changes will come soon. I have ramped it up wi... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:05:33 EST Three days later And I'm still here! Haven't quit or gotten bored yet. I don't use the food or fitness trackers on here because they just eat up so much time, so most days I don't have much of a reason to log on. That obviously explains my loooong intervals of inactivity on this site, but I think it also cont... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:03:05 EST My Do Over It’s so cool seeing my weight go down. After some research, spark has an Vitamin that makes me a bigger believer I have a thyroid issue. Anyhow with the weight going down I cannot help to feel like this is me second chance. Before I said no to all foods. I think it’s be good to work them in from ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:59:34 EST I should be doing better <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:52:47 EST SMILE! <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:44:48 EST Had to take a short break from my exercise... The end of November caught a cold with congestion so didn't really feel good, but now pretty much over it. I knew it was time to get back to my workouts at the gym. When I am awaken in the night with the beginning of a Sciatica leg cramp. I was able to calm the thing before it really took hold of... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:41:42 EST Tuesday- I'm waiting on the work crew to install the new gas meter at the house. I'm not sure who decided winter was a good time to do this, but I think they're idiots. <BR> <BR> I had to take the day off school, because I'm not allowed to relight my own pilot lights?! And I don't want to be without heat... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:32:37 EST 5 ways to not "fall off the wagon" this holiday season <em>524</em> T <BR> <BR> he holiday season is upon us and, if you are like most people, you associate this time of year with weight gain. <img src=""> I’ve been reading several studies and although it has been shown... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:30:08 EST Acceleration through Stalling I'm starting to enjoy and appreciate this plateau. Though it's frustrating (for both, my trainer and I) that my weight seems to have stalled, despite our efforts, I recognize that my body shape is changing. More muscle is being built (because, if there's anything I'm good at, it's just pushing he... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:26:57 EST Feeling drained I am feeling so tired this morning. I had almost 9 hours of sleep last night that I feel like I had less than half of that. I am not usually this tired in the morning. Not since I started using my CPAP machine at the beginning of the year. I hope that the doctor finds something in the blood work ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:26:03 EST My journey <img src=""> <BR> Stay warm!! ❤❄ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:22:57 EST Design - 12-12-2017 <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:16:17 EST Internet.. Stupid internet again. Going to see about switching. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:15:08 EST 2 new goals for this year Not making a whole lot of goals for the year... but I know of 2 worth aiming for. <BR> <BR> 1) I found a video on Youtube from Bob Harper. Being a long term fan of the show, I wanted to try it out. It's really hard. My first goal is to be able to do the entire video. Let me tell you, it's going ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:11:31 EST If it's Tuesday... It's been a long, eventful time. <BR> <BR> I'm knitting an Irish cardigan for Elizabeth for her first Christmas. Saturday, while starting the second sleeve, I discovered I'd miscounted the placement of the increases on the first sleeve so that it ended up sixteen rows short!. So as soon as I fin... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:07:14 EST Singers Abound Getting ready for a week full of Singers in the Studio. My last week until time off to revamp the studio and take a vacation. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:06:26 EST Commitment #16 Today I commit to eating the food on my food plan, and not deviating from that plan. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:04:12 EST Week 1 Starting Weight: 376lbs <BR> <BR> Well I was going to restart with Spark on January 1st but there's no time like the present right?...I started Spark a few years ago and lost 50lbs but then i gained 36 back, got discouraged, and quit being an active member. The only thing I did manage to continu... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:02:50 EST Yeah! my A1C is down to normal <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> My A1C is back down to normal!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:27 EST Spark Coach Challenge Today's Coach Challenge was to come up with a motivational statement that encourages/inspires you. Took me a few minutes to come up with one, but I managed. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Each step I take is success." Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:59:08 EST Yep Finally, have a schedule in place and have almost finished my workout space that while I had stopped my spouse took over :) <BR> did a 20- minute work out last night that gave some really good alternatives if you were not at the expert level found a few others I will be trying as well. Reorgani... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:57:44 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> Oh Yeah? <em>334</em> Exception to the rule? 10-Commandments? <BR> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:55:34 EST Beautiful day ahead!! <img src=""> Today will be a beautiful day!! The sun is shining in spite of there being snow. Praise God for life!! Be blessed friends!! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:53:27 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge We've got guests coming; there are a few last preparations I have to make besides all the grocery shopping and food cooking! There's a fancy wedding to attend -- and a fancy dress to buy and wedding gift to buy. The tree isn't up, but the Xmas decoration-boxes are out of storage awaiting my atte... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:48:50 EST Today is a new day Yeah. So I went home after work and consumed a slice of pizza, 2 cookies, and some pepperoni. WTH?? Okay. So that wasn’t great. On the other hand I did prep my food for work today and made scrambled eggs and a green smoothie with bone broth protein powder. That was good. I do find that if I’m ho... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:44:56 EST Haunted Places In Wisconsin! <link><BR>nted-places-wisconsin/ </link> <BR> <BR> How many do you know Jeff? <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:25:06 EST Start change with a change of mind Quote: “Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> This saying is so in line with what I learned reading the Beck Diet Solution, which is basically about how to change one's thinking. Judith S. Beck puts i... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:15:46 EST Tuesday morning DD went to PT an is running errands. I am trying to hunt and peck on this keyboard, get things done. NOw I have phone calls to make because my heallth insurance stopped paying for some Rx's because they said that Medicare will start January 1, so that is cancelled out for me now! WHAT? <BR> I... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:14:25 EST Help me! I need help. I've let myself go, put on a ton of weight and my health is just awful. I have edema, occasional HBP, unresolved (and unexplained) itching none stop for 8 months, I'm scratching myself raw. Trying to figure that out has led to anemia and then iron transfusions. Then colonoscopy and u... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:02:17 EST My biggest supporter My biggest supporter is my husband. He has lost about 80 pounds, and he wants me to get healther with him. He is also my biggest motivater, like living with my coach all the time. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:01:22 EST Go for it! DIY Gifts, Self Care <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What do you want to do? Accomplish? What's on your Bucket List? <BR> <BR> Mine this year was to become a REFIT® instructor. I decided to go for it and went through the training and I met my goa... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:58:21 EST Attitude improvement So I took my age into account. I am 38, my attitude is out of whack and I have no patience. PMS is worse than ever. I looked online and it could be my hormones adjusting. I looked for natural relief from symptoms. I need to find ways to relax mentally, possibly doing some meditation. I also... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:55:18 EST So Motivating..... This message really moved me.....thank you ! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:47:49 EST And so it starts... <img src=""> <BR> This is what I saw today, after opening my front curtains. <em>40</em> <BR> We got almost a foot of the white stuff overnight. At least it's pretty to look at. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:45:13 EST I wish I were a mechanic! <img src=""> <BR> Lord love a Duck-being an adult certainly isn't easy--and not for the faint of heart! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was Hi... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:27:25 EST Day 346..Reality Check Woke up had a fantastic workout, was a kind of quiet day at work, nothing to stressful, but sometimes that makes it tough to stay motivated... ran to shoprite to pick up a few misc things I needed, ibuprofen being the main thing and don't ya know walked out of there without it.. but I did get the... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:24:21 EST 12/12/17 workout Swimming: 200 free warm up 10x100 free, build 2xfree (100 kick, 100 pull, 100 left arm, 100 right arm, 100 swim) 2x500 free (50 easy, 50 hard) 200 free (25 easy, 25 hard) 200 free cool down Total: 3600yd Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:21:11 EST Happy Tuesday .. Made it through Monday .. Happy happy happy !!! :) have a great one!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:08:12 EST Two weeks ago Two weeks ago, I went grocery shopping. It was not a lot of things, just a few things which came up to weighing not more than 2 kilos at most. As I was carrying that stuff home, my arms and back were hurting and I was thinking about how I hate those 2 kilos that I was carrying. Suddenly, it dawne... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:01:17 EST Happy Tuesday to all Getting snow right now. Everyone have safe travels. My muscles are sore today, I must have went out it pretty strong last 2 days. Oh well take 2 Aleve and go on. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:39 EST Have a great day.....Dec. 12th <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:59:39 EST Back to tracking with less baggage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since the summer, I have been using food groups through the food pyramid to track my food, which is just to ballpark calories and nutrition. This is because I've been focused on working through... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:59:27 EST Exercise Blog Day 31 Today I did Bipasha Basu's aerobic dance workout again. It's a rest day today for my challenge but it suggested doing a qi gong for relaxation. For more than half of the routine I was like what the heck am I doing. Towards the end it was good and kinda relaxing. Walked for an hour and 40 mins at... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:57:07 EST Tuesday December 12, 2017...negative thoughts Good morning all.....SO..... <BR> <BR> yesterday I did NOT have a diet coke <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> yesterday I journaled and stayed within my calorie range <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> yesterday I finally drank my goal of 3 liters of water <BR> <BR>... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:52:48 EST Baby it's cold outside.. Lord it's cold here, this isn't why I live in Fl, I hate cold, but even here mother nature is in control, fortunately we don't get the white stuff <em>244</em> Off to get kids to school then going to wash that grey right out of my hair and send it's on it's way. <em>211</em> do a few chores,... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:48:51 EST Competing with myself In 2011, I exercised 12275 minutes. Last year, I got serious again, and in 2016, I exercised 12406 minutes. My goal this year has been 12960 minutes; however, October was a low month for exercise, and I had to make up some minutes in November. I'm at 12030 minutes for the year today. 930 more mi... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:46:17 EST Tuesday I'm going to get some house decorating done today! <BR> Hope everyone has a great Tuesday. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:35:32 EST 12/12/17 Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann Quote of the Day <BR> Syllables govern the world. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith. <BR> Thomas Carlyle <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> I think about my work every minute of the day. <... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:27:18 EST Help How and where do you log new weights? Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:11:12 EST Packing My sister flies out Friday. We then head to Florida to pick up a ship. I need this break....we will celebrate our 43rd Anniversary! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:07:11 EST Day 16 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I've been avoiding my blog a bit because, well, I didn't do so hot the end of last week into the weekend. And I was bummed. I did well for the most part but there was usually one meal where I did spectacularly poorly. I weighed myself Sunday morning and saw the highest nu... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:02:57 EST Hello! Hello! Hello! Hello sprakpeople! <BR> <BR> My name is Mila and Im new here. My main reason of creating this page is to find likeminded people and losse 15 kg! :) Also I want to make my body more fit and curvy. And what are your goals? <BR> <BR> Hope we can help wach other. <BR> <BR> I like running and excer... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:20 EST Week in Review Tracking: <BR> Did stairs at work: 5 Days <BR> Blogged: 1 Day <BR> Tracked Food: 7 Days <BR> Walked 10 Minutes: 7 Days <BR> <BR> Other: <BR> One Concert <BR> One snow day (no concert) <BR> Put tree and other decorations up at house <BR> Eating much worse - but better into the new week Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:57:42 EST Consistency -- #22 Re 12/11 <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> 1555 Calories <BR> Easily staying under goal of 2000 max when I do not eat trigger foods and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Feeling better overall but still feel very sore in legs. <BR> Need to figure out how to get over that. All I can... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:53:37 EST Monday Tuesday Busy day at work and busy evening but everything went well for the first time in a long time I came in under calorie budget. Looking forward to easier day today after swim and leaving work early to help middle child with her homework because oldest has an afterschool activity Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:32:35 EST I Matter. All my life I've taken care of other people, my family, some friends. Even in the work I did was centred around taking care of others. I put everyone first, ahead of me - their needs more important than mine. <BR> <BR> Today I am standing up and owning the truth that I count, I matter too. <B... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:30:08 EST 12-12-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY What kind of car does Mickey Mouse's wife drive? A minnie van! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:24:31 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (It's a memory of an old Christmas card) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's an old Christmas card in an old dusty trunk <BR> And it brings back sweet mem'... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:23:05 EST "Instant new YOU just $29.99" I wonder why we seem to think we can change a lifetime of bad habits instantly. Where did we get the all or nothing mentality when it comes to getting healthy? I guess that is why all the diet ads push for near instant results. Yes we can do anything for a short period of time but real sustainabl... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:22:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 FINANCIAL HELP <BR> <BR> Many of us believe we don’t have the means to financially help someone. We struggle payday to payday ourselves and sometimes wonder when our money is going to run out. We, ourselves, may believe we are the ones who need financial help. That could be tru... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:20:08 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=12/12/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">O God, [ELOHIM] [Thou ar... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:15:29 EST What do I need more of in my life? I just want to be heard. I just want people to listen to everything that I have to say. I donot want you to agree with everything I say but just give me a chance to express my self. I always feel like people do not want to listen to me when I talk. They usually complain that I should talk more be... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:04:10 EST AWESOME! For obvious reasons........ <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR><BR>lake-creates-viral-berry-mashup-braspb<BR>erry-t119820 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:56:15 EST what I am grateful for this season Good Morning; I am grateful for my health and flexibility of spirit. this is not the Christmas so far that I have planned. I had to think how I could turn this around to be something I could call Christmas spirit. My DS and my DIL are here with their baby. they are two stubborn people and tha... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:49:14 EST What do I want out of my life? How I can make sure I get it? Hello again. <BR> <BR> What do I want out of my life..... <BR> Well all I can think of in this moment is a clean house and happy peaceful life where I am happy , just genuinely wholeheartedly happy. Which would mean being happy with myself, accepting the way I am, being able to love myself uncon... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:46:24 EST TUESDAY THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That little voice in your head <BR> that says go buy shoes, <BR> THAT'S THE ONE TO LISTEN TO. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:40:46 EST The First and Second Snow Storms <img src=""> <BR> The fist snow is a magical time. The world is covered in white, glistening diamonds. There's a hushed quietness that comes with this soft blanket. I feel like a playful child again as I shovel the... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:25:06 EST 50 Reasons More 1. Love. I have always been a hopeless romantic, and I know now that what I want the most in my life is a loving relationship. Feeling butterflies when you think of someone. Having someone to wrap yourself around on the couch. Acting annoyed but loving that he is there to annoy you. Someone to co... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:13:47 EST Week 16, 37lbs gone :-) Hello lovely Sparklies. Well, the weight continues to come off steadily, at a pound or so a week, which is fantastic, I'm really happy with it, especially as I haven't been able to exercise due to a bad shoulder and bursitis in my hip (old croc that I am!) <BR> <BR> I took my blood pressure thi... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:12:40 EST Keep Waiting–God is at Work - Max Lucado I’m convinced the Sabbath was created for frantic souls like me, people who need a weekly reminder that the world will not stop if I do. In one of the most dramatic examples of waiting in the Bible, Daniel prays for people who’d been oppressed for seventy years. He abstained from food and drink f... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:02:31 EST December 12, Haggai 2. The coming glory of God's temple To understand some of this you need to know the stories of Ezra and Nehemiah. when they took the people back to Jerusalem, the people living in the area resisted their efforts and tried to stop them from rebuilding. In this distraction God gives encouragement. Although in the context I believe th... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:50:10 EST Constant temptation in this worl <img src=""> <BR> As I try seriously to keep my focus on weight loss and regaining as much health, I am finding so very much to cause a down fall. In the past, I have had a attitude that was the essence of failure. I... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:27:18 EST Feast of Chanukah or Hanukkah <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When is Chanukah? December 12, 2017, December 2, 2018, December 12, 2019; December 10, 2020 <BR> <BR> Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, (also called Chanuka and Hanukkah) celebrates victory fr... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:18:52 EST Lost in translation... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Or how about this one? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:08:10 EST Yule Log done! <img src=""> <BR> My Dad gave me a beautiful mossy Y shaped branch of apple wood (which will smell wonderful!) in the summer so its been drying out since. Decorated with lovely holly, short lengths of ribbons which ti... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:06:41 EST Left alone outside another belter of a song from Anastasia <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:38:46 EST Tuesday's Tickles .....courtesy of spark pal AKELAZ, Sonia I went to the art museum and saw a Van Gogh painting. Underneath was written: 'Loaned anonymously'. <BR> So I went to the front desk and said "I'd like my Van Gogh back now please" <BR> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:23:08 EST Thank you Thanks SP who lifted me up when the challenge got me down this morning. What an incredible group of people you are. Truly amazing. I'm blessed to have found this site. Took my older teen boys to see 'The Disaster Artist'. It was so tragically funny my cheeks hurts from smiling so much. Haven't ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:21:06 EST Tues 12 dec 59,3kgs Fluffy playing Hide and Seek <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> a 3-cheese panini <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Indoor bike <BR> 4... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:04:05 EST Aerobic Energy System. <img src=""> <BR> You begin to burn fat 30 minutes after exercise. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:54:13 EST Way Off Track I am way off track. I have not been sticking to my food program. My mindset has been, 'well, just one last one...' I can't do that, or I'll have one last of everything! I gained, again. Last month I gained 7 pounds, this month.... I can't remember what I weighed before, only the amount gained, so... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:07:11 EST First day Was an weird day here in my world. Was sunny and nice out but I only slept 5 hrs . Ate basically everything on my meal plan. Introduced myself to kiwi and loved the fruit. But I did cheat bit was bit hungry and ate 4 cups of popcorn while my lunch was cooking in oven. Was bit bummed that startin... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:57:20 EST Resetting away from home. <img src=""> <BR> Was still struggling & not getting enough sleep for what seemed like four weeks before leaving on vaccation Saturday morning. Sunday I decided to sleep most of day. Mainly because I needed too. It... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:28:17 EST 12-11-17 Went to see the doctor to see if I qualify for foot clinic. I qualify. My feet didn't register the slight pricking the doctor did. Most likely due to the MS. My blood pressure is a little high, not outrageously so, but elevated. The next time I go in, I will have the thingy on my cheek removed, w... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:23:49 EST Staying fit So much to do to stay fir & healthy but there is no other way to go because otherwise how will I survive in this world? Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:22:35 EST Consequences <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:20:22 EST Monday Well Sunday turned out to be pretty busy. We drove back to my parents to pick up the kids. We got home and had lunch and then our new dog arrived, because who doesn't adopt a dog the same time they move?. <img src="">.... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:15:15 EST Day 708 ~ Resting my foot tonight! Today's Sparkpeople - December 11, 2017 Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 1,936 3. Calories over/under: -94 4. Calories burned: 933 5. Steps taken: 9,273 6. The number on the scale: 234.4 lbs 7. Minutes of Exercise: 0 minut... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:04:01 EST A good day I had a good day ate pretty good. Got some house cleaning done. Burned some calories. It bothered my breathing but I got it done. I found some exercises that I can do laying down and some low impact ones that I can do. So I hope it works. I just need to loose my tummy fat. Wish me luck. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:45:00 EST Catechism in a Year 567. What times are more suitable for prayer? <BR> <BR> Any time is suitable for prayer but the Church proposes to the faithful certain rhythms of praying intended to nourish continual prayer: morning and evening prayer, prayer before and after meals, the Liturgy of the Hours, Sunday Eucharist, ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:36:45 EST Sparking <img src="">Well to rotate a picture here on spark, I must blog it. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:36:33 EST The Voice Of The Comforter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> But the Helper, the Holy Spirit… <BR> John 14:26 <BR> <BR> The Voice Of The Comforter <BR> <BR> Have you ever mistaken voices of criticism of yourself for the voice of... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:17:54 EST Monday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:12:04 EST Weather Fire in the San Diego area is almost totally out, but not up the way. It was in low 80s here when it is cold back east. It is 67 outside. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:09:55 EST Special Blessings-December 12, 2017 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I went out to breakfast this morning at IHOP. <BR> <BR> 2. After IHOP, I had a little shopping to do, so we got it out of the way. <BR> <BR> 3. We got the beds changed and I did 3 loads of laundry this afternoon while J... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:03:39 EST Keep Moving Forward: Accomplishing Little! A long day of accomplishing little but a full homeschooling day none the less when taking into account the hours spent. Some days are like that. <BR> <BR> D10 did writing with me and then she worked independently on vocabulary, math, and reading. She read The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine w... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:57:31 EST Dogs ;-) 12/11/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Santa Claus and husky dogs in Lapland <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Makes sense - they[re sled dogs. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:48:57 EST Do not will be easy... Or maybe it was just my day...or me?? <BR> Started out trying to transfer data from old computer to new..and by old I mean OLD... <BR> Did all I could..except stand on my head and scream.. but thought about that! <BR> <img src=" Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:37:12 EST why I dont like photos of myself Over a period of 20+ years there was a marked deterioration in my appearance and physical makeup. <BR> Compared to my old pictures, I am quite frankly revolted by how I look in photos these days. <BR> This is not as strong when I see my reflection. <BR> I have a much better internal feeling abo... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:25:17 EST PT starts I know it will help but it certainly has made things sore right now. For months the IT Band on my right leg has been tight but it was gradually getting better as I worked on it with foam rolling. But then my knee/foot went totally wonky when I was driving. Happened twice in one weekend but at dif... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:25:07 EST WHEN <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A good quote from Spark People. <BR> It certainly applies to my life. <BR> When...... then I will..... . <BR> <BR> Perfect conditions need to be in place before perfect results, right? WRONG. ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:23:02 EST A picture of success <BR> I wanted to get out for a run this morning, by 4:00 I finally got to fit it in. Heading down to one of our local lakes I turned to Jeff <BR> <BR> "Sun doesn't set till 6 or so right?" <BR> "Or in 10 minutes, one or the other." <BR> <BR> When I got to the lakeside the sun was setting and I... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:21:01 EST Fiber Fights Colon Cancer More research reinforces the benefits of a fiber-rich diet when it comes to colon cancer. The study (JAMA Oncology, Nov. 2, 2017) looked at the fiber consumption of 1,575 men and women who had been treated for colon or rectal cancer that had not spread beyond the colon. The data showed that for... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:13:36 EST LONG DAY Well got up early and we headed out. Hubby had a 9 am appointment for his yearly physical. We finished with that and then headed across town to our financial advisor. We like to see him to see how everything is going near the end of the year. All there is looking up with the better economy th... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:02:52 EST Determination started my day I don't even know where to start this story. About 10 months ago after my dad died. I bought a very inexpensive embroidery machine and then I came into some money and bought a really good one. It was the really good one that broke yesterday. So this morning I took it back to the store and wen... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:01:12 EST 12/11/17 - Bedtime We got some snow. Although it wasn't that much, it was wet, so I dragged out my boots. They're clunky, but they keep my feet dry. <BR> <BR> I only had to shovel my driveway, because my neighbor had already finished the sidewalk. He's a good guy. <BR> <BR> It was garbage day, and the lids wer... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:56:24 EST Just a little something to start off the Christmas Season… 🎅🏻 Just a little something to start off the Christmas Season… 🎅🏻 <BR> <BR> <BR> When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure. <BR> <BR> Then Mrs. Claus told Sant... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:50:47 EST Monday....why can't every weekend be a three day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Taught two Zumba classes...tired now..good night!!! <em>102</em> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:46:03 EST Day 15 - Monday Trying to get things done before vacation so it's crazy busy here. Did spend a great evening with my sister and her husband...have a great week y'all. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:45:24 EST Starting Over - Day 34 & 35 (weigh in #5) I guess I forgot to post yesterday! Oops! Day 34 It was an ok day. Church and then some relaxing. I got 2 miles in since I was sick on Thursday! Ate on plan and was in a pretty good mood all day! — Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:40:45 EST Not the greatest but still a work in progress.... Have you ever felt like you focused on the frosting in life instead of the cake? I have been really learning what matters and what doesn't. I posted that I am feeling FOCUSED on my SparkPage. This is true more than ever. I am the Administrator of two Sparkteams and felt I haven't appropriately gi... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:35:42 EST The stars aligned! Every year we have an extended family Xmas party early in the month. This year my sister was hosting it and we planned to have it on Saturday night. <BR> <BR> I got a call from my daughter-in-laws mother that she would be in Victoria (visiting from Ottawa) Perfect! I arranged to meet her for lu... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:26:24 EST Wedding Bells Rang! On 11/22/2017, my sweetie of almost 15 years and I tied the knot! I'm living proof you can decide to have a small, intimate wedding - and have it stay small and intimate! We invited family and a small group of friends who are and have been invested in our lives and relationship. All our family me... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:26:20 EST thought for Monday If you make a mistake, apologize. <BR> If you are happy, show it. <BR> If you are stuck, ask for help. <BR> If you love someone, tell them, now. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:05:12 EST #244 Closing in on Christmas Sunday, I couldn't move so that left everything for me to clear up after throwing things in a table and ignoring the mail for a few days. So most things finally put away. Now it's time to think about Christmas; writing my note, sending my cards, directing the choir, getting family gifts in the ma... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:05:10 EST Trying low impact exercise I found out I need knee surgery a week ago. I put it off until after the holidays. However working out today I hurt my knee. SOO surgery might not wait Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:01:02 EST Sick and gaining rapidly Grrrrr is how I feel about this. Of course no one can stop themselves from catching the crap going around unless they hibernate. Hmmm nah, can't do that <BR> <BR> I had already been gaining but now?? I had worked so hard to make my 5% of losing 10 lbs in 8 weeks <BR> <BR> Yes, once I can ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:53:37 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for December 11 and 12; Praying the Scriptures Daily Inspiration: If you look for happiness outside of yourself you will never find it. Lord, help me turn inward and realize that the source of my happiness has been there all along. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: So exercise yourself spiritually and practice being a better Christia... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:53:31 EST Stock photos I came across two stock photos yesterday that hit me like a ton of bricks. Both of them showed just a small part of a fit woman, but they had very different effects on me. One of them made me smile, motivated me, made me excited to lose weight and get in shape. The other made me frustrated and a ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:52:33 EST December 11, 2017 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> It was a pretty good day other than just feeling a little blah. I had a decent amount of time to just take it easy. Of course I did get 6 loads of laundry done, so I wasn't totally lazy. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight was Jacob's MS Winter concert. It makes this mom ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:48:30 EST My garden <img src=""> <BR> Photo of my garden . there are more photos on my page Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:48:07 EST Mistakes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please pray for Peace. <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:47:40 EST Hubby's man cave <img src=""> <BR> I posted on the community feed photos yesterday but some of my friends could not see it Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:46:09 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - miniblog take IV back to the miniblog. but it was a full day - enough sleep, for a change. enough exercise - video in the night, 15,000 step goal met. <BR> <BR> most important accomplishment - the paperwork for claire the border collie to be allowed to enter hawaii has been sent. just a little over three weeks a... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:45:36 EST Back tomorrow Finally starting to feel better. The flu kicked my butt. I will start back at the gym and tracking my food tomorrow. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:43:24 EST Here I go again 12/11/17 <BR> Well today was a little crazy but when my friend took me out for lunch I ordered an appetizer instead of a lunch entrée...I also had her go to the mall and walk around a bit afterwards to get some kind of steps in today!!! Small changes BIG rewards!!!! <BR> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:40:36 EST It's Always Something! In the spirit of "When it rains, it pours", I am adopting (for a short while anyway) a "resistance is futile" attitude.... that Less Than Ideal circumstances happen to everybody, and I might as well roll with the punches, and not waste any more time and energy bemoaning my situation. <BR> <BR> A... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:38:24 EST 12/11/17 Was my work from home day and I had a pleasant day. Spent time getting ready for the Mission Retreat I am on that starts tomorrow night! I am looking forward to it. It is a bit out of my comfort zone as I only know one person on the team. I am hoping that by taking on this retreat it will he... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:31:19 EST WOO-HOO!!!!!!!! The furnace is Done!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more phone calls and no more appointments until they come out to do maintenance! It's calibrated correctly, it's running, and it's quiet! Wow! <BR> <BR> My tooth is okay. It's better. Not perfect yet, but better. <BR> <BR> I took a long nap today. Long for me is over 20 minutes. It was almo... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:29:22 EST Diet plan - dec 15 thru Jan 4 <img src=""> MRT Tests 150 Foods and chemicals and these hit the highest. Mint is the most reactive followed by a food coloring. I need to change my toothpaste. Because nitrates naturally occur in veggies like spinach... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:25:39 EST Travel Day I was out of town today and spent too much time in the car so I did not get to exercise as much as I would of liked. I may be going out of town again tomorrow. I really do miss the gym when I don't go. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:21:16 EST Day 345: Christmas Blessings (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:09:58 EST Christmas bath time Today I got really lucky. Last night my flight into Newark from London was delayed over an hour due to weather. Not really surprising this time of year. The first snowfall always seems to catch the airports with their pants down. But getting into Newark late meant that I missed my connecting flig... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:08:52 EST Over 17,000 Steps.....Yeah Baby I walked with Leslie Sansone, Lumowell & my Husband. Completed a full body workout as well. Feeling accomplished on this make it matter every moment Monday ! I'm officially in full beast mode !!! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:53:57 EST Cocktail Avocados??? <img src=""> Yes, there is such a thing! News to me and I bet a lot of other avocado lovers. <BR> <BR> Recently read in an article that Marks & Spencer stores in Britain are selling 'cocktail avocados'. Apparently th... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:53:28 EST 2 Pounds Down I am happy to report that I have lost my 2 first two pounds! I started spark people 16 days ago. That’s roughly a pound a week, which is my goal. Baby steps is really the way to go for me. I did this by changing my eating ha it’s only. I think tomorrow I am going to start adding a work out. My ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:42:51 EST What is an oscopy? Lol. So tomorrow is the endoscopy and colonoscopy. My daughter said mom what is an oscopy? She cant get out the first part. Told her they were taking a camera in her backsides to look and see whats wrong. She said uh uh no one looking at my butt. LOL. The life of an autistic kid. <BR> <BR... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:41:59 EST Sleep journal – 12-11-17 I took a chewable melatonin. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:28pm. I fell asleep at 11:20pmish and woke up at 2:50amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 4amish. I woke up around 8amish but then l couldn’t fall bac... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:35:30 EST Help For some reason I am eating to be eating. Please pray for me. May God So Richley Bless You Amen! Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:25:46 EST Thought of the Day <img src=""> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:20:53 EST Toy ride count & Doc appoint! There were at least 236 motorcycles. Someone said all together with motorcycle, cars, trucks and such there 300. I have a Doc appointment tomorrow. It is My 6 month checkup. I hope He has some awesome help for My weight, mood and headaches!! Mr. Clyde has a Doc appointment tomorrow. It is H... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:10:17 EST journey to becoming a badass day 282 Its Monday December 11, 2017. I continued painting an outdoor winter scene. I read chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the second configuration of The Lost World. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. I kept my commitment to get extra movement aside from my tracked exercise. ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:09:22 EST Turning my depression into positive energy. I have been getting bills for my trips to the hospital. Today, I had intended to go to the hospital and talk to someone. I ended up calling people instead. My phone would go dead in the middle of a conversation, so I left a voice mail for them to call me and went about doing my laundry. Hubby... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:05:44 EST