SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Breathe Total meltdown today. Yep! I told the girls I'd take them shopping & to lunch and when we we're getting ready they got into a fight. I don't know. It just kind of pushed me over the edge. Seems impossible to have a good day with these girls. <BR> <BR> Moving on & regrouping. We ended up goi... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:11:56 EST Keep Hearing The Good News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. <BR> Romans 10:17 <BR> <BR> Keep Hearing The Good News <BR> <BR> Let me share with you what hearing and... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:05:19 EST GET GOD'S WORD FOR IT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Matthew 4:4 <BR> ...He [Jesus] answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" <BR> <BR> When the devil tempted J... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:13 EST My tastes are changing! It's pretty amazing what happens when you cut the crud out of your diet. I used to drink glass after glass of v8 splash but now I only drink half a glass diluted with water since it's too sweet! I also had one lays baked sour cream and onion chip today and thought I was eating a salt lick- I'm... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:48:11 EST Feeling accomplished Made pork chops sautéed in surgar, soy sauce, pepper, garlic, and onions. Had sides of potatoes and sweet corn for dinner. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:47:32 EST Kansas Weather Last Night Was headed to a friend's house last night like 45 min or so before sundown....and this Shelf cloud was getting closer to me! <img src=""> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:41:29 EST Eating Well & Enough Still trying to figure out this LCHF life. Still haven't gotten low carb yet, but I'm still working on it. Haven't lost any more than the 1st four pounds, but my clothes are looser. I know there's a lot out there, but I'm finding it difficult to lower my carbs & still eat enough & feel satisfied.... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:39:57 EST weight loss calculations let's do some math, it takes 3600 calories to lose a pound. <BR> You ate healthy today, you worked out. You kept your calorie count at your range, (I'm going to use mine to keep this simple). 1200 - You never want to go under that for more than 3 days, you will get sick, your metabolism will shut... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:35:44 EST 29 # gone Hit my 10% goal this week. Have really been working at it this week. Weigh in for my work's health program on Monday. Have a mini class reunion for lunch on Saturday. It will be 39 years since high school & roughly 10% of my class is dead already. Most from accidents, but some from heart disease ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:35:06 EST I LOST MY POTATOS !!! Good morning everyone, I lost 15 pounds of potatos !!!! I do not want them back either!! Okay OKAY You no doubt thought what in tarnation does she mean. !! I lost 15.2 pounds that is 3 five pound bags of potatos !! I peeled those pounds off like peeling a potato ,in the compost pile they go !!!! ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:35:02 EST 31 Days of Eating Clean and 6 lbs Lost I felt like it took forever for the scale to start moving down when I started my clean eating. I thought if I took away the sugar, chips, burgers and fries I would loose 10 lbs in a week or two. My body held on to it, just to make sure it wasn't another fluke; it knows me well lol. But I'm sticki... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:33:25 EST TGIF Have a blessed and prayerful day be blessed and try to enjoy life hugs Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:29:31 EST Gratitude July 28 2016 Number 1: This morning for breakfast I had an omelette that had broccoli and spinach and onions and tomatoes. It was very good. I got veggies early! <BR> <BR> Number 2: We safely made it to Modesto. We saw the Modesto Nuts play the San Jose Giants and the Giants won. I don't mind if these ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:28:13 EST 100 days of exercise day 6 Today I rode the exercise bike for 35 minutes. My back is feeling much better after going to the chiropractor and getting a massage. Hopefully having to work tomorrow night doesn't mess it up too much. I will be on my feet all night which tends to do a number on my back. Oh well at least i will h... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:26:33 EST July 28, 2016 Hope everyone had a terrific Thursday. I had a busy, busy day at camp and the weather was very warm. I am too tired to post much tonight, will give a more detailed report on Friday. Have a great weekend and a fab Friday! Until next time... <em>102</em> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:19:11 EST 1 Mile Outdoors + 4 Miles In The Bathroom = 5 Miles Yup, when Active Annie is in charge , I must get my butt up & get it done by any means necessary. I'm so happy to be in this head space. I will keep pushing, keep at it and keep on keeping on. No stopping, ever ! Final Stats : 10,625 steps / 5.030 miles / strength training with dumbbells & body w... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:17:12 EST How do I handle non-vegan cravings? <img src=""> <BR> I caught myself craving Taco Bell nachos, and I was about to drive to their drive thru. I stopped myself from going through with it. Instead, I went home. I got home, and I was still craving Taco Bell... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:16:10 EST Happy Hour Friday July 29th Today is my mom's 83rd birthday!! So Happy Birthday, Mom!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:51:27 EST Weather It was cooler than yesterday in Oceanside, CA. But the humidity was still high. But tonight the temperature is 70. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:50:33 EST A Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> July 28, 2016 <BR> <BR> Too Feeble to Walk <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Be not afraid to tell Jesus that you love Him; even though it be without feeling, this is the way to oblige Him to help you, and carry you like a little child too feeble to walk.” ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:50:00 EST Day 4 Whole 30 Breakfast: spinach and mushroom omelette. Banana sliced with a splash of almond milk <BR> <BR> Lunch: leftover tuna salad from yesterday. Salad with sliced almonds. Handful of pistachios <BR> <BR> Dinner: Big salad with homemade vinaigrette. 3 oz of rotisserie chicken. Wedge of cantaloupe <... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:44:05 EST Today's Affirmation " Make your important choices in life <BR> based on your values and your long-term objectives <BR> rather than on a need for approval." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:43:35 EST Girls Night Happy Hour Need I say more .... Great for the soul bad for the diet Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:42:19 EST Today I had a rough day today. My epilepsy was kicking my butt. Despite that, I had a nice day shopping with a friend. <BR> Chris finally found work! I'm so excited. We're just waiting for the drug test to come through and he should start work next week or the week after. FInally, a light at the... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:39:59 EST Cancelling Africa Trip The poet Robert Burns wrote: The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. And my trip to Africa is one plan that is now cancelled. <BR> <BR> We were scheduled to leave in 2 weeks, on August 11. Then my traveling companion got very bad news. She has breast cancer. She will have a double mast... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:32:51 EST Day 207 ~ It was a really good day! <img src=""> Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 2,257 Calories burned: 1,140 3. Steps taken: 11,431 4. The number on the scale: 230.4 5. H2O: 88... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:31:40 EST QUOTE & ITALIAN CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE PACKET FOR ONE <BR> "Any healthy choice you make, no matter how small, makes a difference. The more healthy habits you add, the more steps you take toward better health." <BR> — Philip T. Hagen, M.D. <BR> <BR> <BR> ITALIAN CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE PACKETS <BR> From Mayo Clinic <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> 1 skin... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:30:49 EST Finally Woo hoo! I finally budged the scale. I didn't think it would happen. Since May, I have lost 9 lbs. The last 6 lbs have been this month. I just hope it continues. 17 lbs to goal. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:27:13 EST A bit worried... I love to eat. I do it when I'm bored, happy, sad...too much, really. Or some days, when I'm insanely busy, I dont eat such my metabolism sucks and I'm pretty chubby. I'd really like to lose 80lbs overall. On top of this, I started birth control and quit smoking cigarettes 3 days ago,... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:26:37 EST Yoga I love doing about 30 minutes of yoga stretches before bed. It helps me sleep so much better. I hope Friday is wonderful for everyone! Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:26:35 EST One good thing about being sick ... you lose 8 lbs in 2 weeks. <em>40</em> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:25:08 EST My Update I'm long due for an's been 6 month since my last blog... <BR> so... here it update... and I am doing really well! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling good, healthy and happy! I'm driving, exercising, doing my everyday things, doing social things occasionally with friends, and have been ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:18:10 EST Because its a goal Because today is my goal to write a blog post. I am. That's the honest truth without fluff. Going to New York City. I'm going to walk walk walk walk walk. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:15:47 EST Special Blessings-July 29, 2016 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I got the house cleaned first thing this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. After showers, we went down to the coffee shop for a visit and it was a very good one. <BR> <BR> 3. We went and did a little shopping that needed done, tomor... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:13:50 EST Aunt Addie's Album Turkey wraps are just as wonderful reheated! For dinner I roasted some vegetables and found a way to eat celery that's not in soup. Now the rest of the stalks won't be wasted when I only use 3 stalks in a pot of stew. <em>41</em> I should have cut the Brussels sprouts in half, though. L... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:13:45 EST Exercise routine Well, i just signed up to the Spark People Community today. I have started my exercise routine a few weeks ago...but, need a little more help in keeping me motivated into not only losing weight. But, to also maintain and keep my muscle tone. <BR> It feels so good to exercise! It gives me more ene... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:13:07 EST A reminder to keep increasing the level of activity <link><BR>hings-that-happened-when-i-tried-to-wa<BR>lk-20000-steps-a-day/ar-AAhh5wM?li=BBm<BR>kt5R&ocid=spartandhp#page=6 </link> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:06:23 EST Happiness on the horizon I finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up. 😜 I want to be a rock star. No really! I've always loved music but somehow got lost along the way. Distracted I guess? ADHD kicked in when I was young. Could've used that fit the energy. Lol I was always in a singing group: church, schoo... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:08 EST 7/28/16 - Bedtime I went out to the garden and picked a salad; sort of. There was a ripe tomato, another yellow squash, and - surprise, surprise - a cucumber! The cucumber was hiding so I was lucky to find it. <BR> <BR> Since my squash and cucumber plants are pretty much out of control, the garden looks a bit l... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:59:20 EST Back to School As a teacher, I return to school Monday. Prayers and well wishes for staying healthy in the new year--please. It gets so busy, walking one mile is a challenge when I can run 4 easily today. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:57:29 EST 7/28 Blog Do you ever have those days that are just L-O-N-G... <BR> <BR> Today was that day. <BR> It started with teaching summer school. Thank God we only have one more week of that. <BR> <BR> Afterward I immediately had to drive 30 minutes to Holland to take the BOY to the orthodontist. Next in order t... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:55:37 EST Thursday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:54:07 EST People Tuesday standing and waiting at the eye doctors office there was an older lady talking to the man next to us and said "look how skinny I look." He tried to ignore it but she kept insisting and stating how skinny she was compared to my daughter and I. It was nuts. To listen to it over and over. Ho... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:48:09 EST Dogs ;-) 7/28/16 Husky Trio Chronicles <BR> <link><BR>les/?mb=vnnl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=ViralNova%20D<BR>aily%202016-07-28&utm_term=All%20of%20Viralnova </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:46:24 EST Friday Well again I didn't lose any weight but my waist and hip measurements were less. I don't think I'll meet my goal of 65kg next week but it doesn't matter because I have had so many non-scale victories. I'm really amazed that I am okay about it. I can see how much I've learnt from Sparkpeople and h... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:44:12 EST Tired of the same number looking up at me I hate a plateau. It is so easy to go back down a plateau and so hard to climb up off of it. I think I need to make a change. I think my body has become used to the routine so I am going to be adding more elliptical. I think I may go back to my cize dvd in the morning for a little variety. ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:41:15 EST Dog is Home and Doing Well :) Yesterday I did some housework in the early afternoon, namely dishes that have been neglected for various reasons. I didn't get very far till we ran out of hot water but did get a chunk done and that felt good. <BR> <BR> We took my parents' dog to the vet and ended up leaving her there overnight... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:39:10 EST GYM On days I go to the GYM I feel happier and healthier. Getting to the GYM is no problem for me. I just have to work a little harder on my diet, and make sure I get enough sleep every night, then I got it made. Love you all. Thank you for your support and help along the way. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:36:50 EST Amusement park rides these days...YIKES! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While the above isn't the same one I rode today, it's a same version of. Why I thought it would be a good idea to ride though is beyond me?! LOL. Second cousins are in town this week so took tod... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:36:38 EST Out of sorts Wow today has been one of those days! I haven't quite felt up to par. I had a lot of trouble with my oxygen levels getting too low this morning. While I was in my pulmonary rehab session my oxygen dipped to 86 and I had to stop exercising until I got it back to normal. Whenever this happens I usu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:33:19 EST It is about time <img src=""> My weight loss journey begins. My first steps are to get up 30 minutes earlier and walk before work. Second step stop the sodas and drink water. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:29:42 EST Hit the gym with a vengeance It rained today. All doggone day. <BR> I went to get some bloodwork done and to the store for my mom. After I dropped off her things, I came home and thought I'd do some chores. <BR> Ugh, there were these "things" in one of my kitchen cupboards. My DH calls them "millers". They look like li... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:29:28 EST I lost inches!!! I had my measurements taken today and was surprised to see I lost 3 1/2 inches from my waist. Can't wait to get on the scale tomorrow! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:28:37 EST Day 3: The difference between flexibility and procrastination Today was a long, long day and I am exhausted. I didn't have the energy to do my yoga sequences like I had planned to. I also didn't want to tape around the bathroom sink, but I did it anyway and threw another coat of primer on as long as I was in there. This is something I think I'm really going... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:22:47 EST Surgery is successful DH called me midmorning and reported that MIL <BR> was out of surgery and doing well. It seems that <BR> the doctor found it wasn't as extensive a procedure <BR> as DH was led to believe. I would say that both <BR> DH and MIL only latched onto the worst case <BR> scenario and that was what they s... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:20:29 EST Day 2 of pictures. Breakfast <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Incredibly dark, but this one is a chocolate protein shake. <BR> <BR> Lunch.. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:18:58 EST Starting New It has been a time of change family. We bought a house. We moved. I hate moving. But this move comes a new fresh start. Our family is in a sense starting over, creating our home. I want this to be a healthy start for our family. <BR> <BR> We have spent the past month without internet, and I... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:16:40 EST DAY 160 <img src=""> <BR> Woke up at 4 am & on the road by 6:30. Spent a total of 6 hours in the car. Went to Philadelphia for my son's 6 week check up. All is good. He is cleared to ride roller coasters! Time to plan our year... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:12:00 EST Day 714 Today's emotionss. Thanks to so many of my Spark friends to was a little easier than it could have been. I should have made myself leave the house and not be alone with my own thoughts. But I stay home and did nothing except feed myself. <BR> <BR> I've felt relief for getting him to a place that I hope can hel... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:11:18 EST Milestone...sort of! <img src=""> Not a huge one, I didn't lose a chunk of weight or hit all of my nutrition goals today. I did, however, decide that no one can make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin but me. So today this happened...(... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:09:50 EST I love vintage! <img src=""> <BR> Today I came across this menu from Cracker Barrel from 1969, in mint condition. I love vintage so I think this is fantastic! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:05:17 EST Thursday..mixed kind of day Ballet barre was awesome and I even got some time in on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> My hair looks great after my salon visit. My roots are covered. <BR> <BR> The visit to the eye doctor was blurry right eye seems to be a combo of dry eye, needing a new prescription, and my cataract is getti... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:03:08 EST Day 4 <img src=""> When I woke I was surprised by my 2lb weight loss. Making me feel stronger in my choices! Boy does my sunburn hurt from yesterdays swimming. I'm happy, today my friends (that come over every Sat) have deci... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:02:34 EST Thursday Disgusting, hot, humid, rainy day. Going to attempt another ocean open water swim tomorrow, if the weather holds up. Have a good night! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:57:16 EST Plans Changed <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Life is never dull in my space ... I received a text from my partner at 3:30pm saying he had gotten inj... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:51:52 EST A New Start I used to run 4 miles a day, lift weights and do alot of aerobics. I was very different back then. I am now well over-weight and not very active at all. <BR> <BR> I started with my company July 1, 1994 and the constant stress and being on call 24/7, caused me to eat out all the time and my weig... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:51:38 EST Just keeping finding more Every day I found things to love about Sparkle. I am completely hooked. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:50:30 EST (69) Package Arrived <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My daughter is passionate about fashion & retail. She recently started selling leggings online. I was looking around the sight and found this skirt that I really liked. I ordered it Sunday and w... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:50:16 EST Busy day! <img src=""> How I felt when I sat for dinner. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:48:02 EST Quick update Today was my day to deep clean my apartment. I did that this morning, then pedaled and read all afternoon. It was another hot and humid day, so Cooper wasn't really interested in walking much. I did get him out early this morning though. <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:46:45 EST Day 13 Still plugging away. Typically getting 5-7 glasses of water a day. Still tracking. Everything. Left late than I wanted today so didn't get breakfast. Thought I would stop and grab something. I'm at a gas station/convenient store and looking..hard for something breakfasty without being really bad ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:42:03 EST Day 6 Total wipe out, that's all I've got to say :-( Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:34:42 EST July 28 quote "As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears." -- John Locke <BR> <BR> Whether it's many people creating a "path" or just you repeating your actions, a "path" is created. For us, that path is a habit. If we repeat a sequence frequently enough, with regularity, the path... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:33:06 EST 5 pounds gone In less than a week I lost 5 pounds, Now if that is not a motivation to keep going, then I don't know what is! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:31:57 EST Ready to go on hiatus from my doll crafts...and onto sewing some donation dolls. It's been a while since I made and shipped some of my donation dolls. They require some hand sewing and my arthritis won't let me do much at a time. I used to send 40 or 50 dolls at a time, but I'll limit myself to between 10 and 20, however my fingers can handle. <BR> <BR> My last project are... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:18:42 EST Day 370 - Argo Cascades My mom and I went down the Argo Cascades in Ann Arbor, MI tonight. It was so much fun. It takes about 20 or 30 minutes to go through the Cascades from start to finish and then it's about a 10-minute walk back to the beginning to do it all over again. We did it 3 times! Today has been a really gr... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:18:09 EST Back pain So, I have struggled with back pain that ranges from severe to debilitating. I have never complained much because I always thought it was normal. I do not remember a time when I was not in pain. When my hubby and I got together, he could not lay his hand on my back without me almost screaming in ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:10:32 EST Results? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The top photo is from today after a workout, and the bottom photo is from April after a scavenger hunt. Am I crazy, or does this shirt fit differently now? I really don't feel like I've been wor... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:09:21 EST Yay Burned 1113 calories today!!!! Need to burn another 1000 between tomorrow and Saturday for my 3500 burned calories for the week!! This will mean I will have lost another pound!!! Yay!!!! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:07:32 EST I Need To Get In Shape I need to get in shape!!!!! If I was murdered right now, my Chalk Outline would be a circle!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:07:06 EST And so we meet again... I've been busy and not taking good care of myself. I need to exercise, but even going to a physical therapist didn't work well, because my "frankenleg" defies logic, and I ended up doing the same exercises over and over, and finally realized I could just do them at home. When the therapists tri... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:05:44 EST An okay day Went to my mom's today and we went out shopping and then for a sandwich and a coffee at Tim Hortons. We split a chicken salad sandwich as I was having chicken for dinner and didn't want to over do it. I was happy with just a half. <BR> <BR> I walked my moms dog twice today but only for 15 minute... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:02:30 EST Friday Goal My goal for Friday is to make time during my work day for lunch. Some days...well for the last 3 days I've been so busy at work that I've skipped lunch. Then by the time I get home I've so hungry that I end up with a headache. I think I'll pack myself a lunch. I've made some hard boiled eggs, ma... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:59:49 EST Ugh I need a way to add protogen to my diet without adding carbs. Any ideas? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:55:59 EST Fallen Over the past week & a half I've fallen off track. I've given into temptation & gave into sweet my sweet tooth. I could give you a million & one excuses why I gave into temptatio none of them any good. Time to stop making excuses & start making healthy changes. Starting tomorrow morning I'm going... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:54:51 EST Tomorrow I am off tomorrow...I have a doctors appointment in the morning and then getting my oil changed! Looking forward to the extended weekend! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:54:06 EST Moving on So, today was day three of walking. Have gotten at least one hour in each day. Very happy with self for this. Gonna keep moving on. if Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:54:03 EST Wendy's 4 for $4.00 Wendy's Jr Bacon Cheese Burger 4 for $4.00 is with a diet soda is a whopping 860 calories!! But the Crispy Chicken BLT 4 for $4.00 is 960 calories!! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:53:29 EST Day 2 pouch reset Did great today. Feeling happy with a 5 pound weight loss. I start day 3 tomorrow where I can eat actual food. I can't wait. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:52:27 EST Just the begining Just starting this thing after my stay in the hospital had a stint put in my heart so now I'm changing everything I eat and tracking everything I've already lost 6 pounds since I left the hospital so that's a good thing.... GO ME!!! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:45:05 EST Qwestion Am I the only one obsessed with weighing and measuring myself multiple times a day? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:45:03 EST Hate when I cant walk/run Was not able to get my usual time in because i had to rush from my first job to my second. Just have to be careful on calories through the end of my shift. Being an emotional eater is the worst! Doesn't matter the emotion either. Happy, sad, mad, boredom. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:44:09 EST Wow if I'd only followed through Looking at my previous entries - some 9 years old - its sad that I have to admit I am now at my heaviest. And hating it! It's the all or nothing game with me - I'm either all in and eating great then screw up once and it's all out - "quick stuff my face I'm starting a diet Monday!!" <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:43:51 EST Leg cramps Well, they go on. Not every day, But I feel like I am making headway on eliminating things that may cause them. They suck, pure and simple. This is not of the charlie horse variety. While I would not classify charlie horses as pleasant, compared to the cramps I get, they are. So. I keep tracking ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:38:45 EST Selfie <img src=""> <BR> My daughter takes a selfie and she looks like a super model. I take one and look like an old woman taking a picture of herself. Lol! It's good to see some progress. My husband thinks I look great... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:38:24 EST Here I go again Day one on fully tracking Pretty happy with my food choices and meeting the water goal. Had 2 slight hypo episodes after lunch and had to go get food. Got my blood checked and had a bite to eat. Final goal is to get a full 8 hours of sleep! On my way to lose 1st set 15 lbs and then another 15... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:35:43 EST 7/28 Inlet hash brown French toast Quocmole Tortilla Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:35:30 EST Still excited Today was my second day on spark. Didn't want to exercise but I walked for 20 minutes. Thank God for this app because I wanted chocolate cake and realized I would've went over my calorie consumption Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:30:45 EST Story time Ones I was 200 pounds it was the worst feeling ever I was so big then I started using this app and I went down like crazy it was a good feeling also. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:28:24 EST Day 1(day 952) blogging Sean Anderson style I decided I need to be committed to my CB 2500 and under at an entirely different level. I am also determined this is the start of the streak that breaks my 45 days in a row earlier this year. I needed to shift the most important priority from work to my nutrition and comes down to a matter ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:28:03 EST My life Today is cardio workout day. Food is fuel. My aunt is in a rehab home doing great. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:27:06 EST "Another Milestone" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am again to share with everyone about another milestone and I am very happy, <BR> over it so awesome made me cry in front of my hubby and mom and older brother, <BR> they say why are you... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:27:03 EST Accountable I have to get control of my health habits. I quit smoking a year ago this August 3rd. If I can do that, then I should be able to eat responsibly and exercise. I am gonna take it one day at a time. Good luck to all of us. 😃 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:26:53 EST day 257 Long day today with lots of calories burnt. Time to recharge. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:22:13 EST Not the greatest health. I have been dealing with exhaustion and strange hunger for a while now. I finally went to the doctor. We have a sleep study scheduled for August 3rd. However, we did blood work to rule out other possible culprits. <BR> <BR> My HDL (good cholesterol) is a little low, my LDL (bad cholesterol) is ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:19:53 EST Good Night Spark Friends <img src=""> <BR> A Little Laughter To End The Night Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:18:50 EST My Fitbit Flex has died Which Fitbit have you used and why did you like it ... or not? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:18:26 EST Today's progress Today there was a blip upward on the scale following a poor fluid function day yesterday. Not entirely sure what factor(s) led to yesterday's poor fluid function. <BR> -- remaining inflammation associated with infection <BR> -- too much salt in restaurant meal even though no salt requested. It ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:16:50 EST success/ progress even if t the scale doesn't move or actually shows I gained 2 lbs. I am not freaked out.. because women's bodies are wonderfully whacky.. hormones and such play havoc with weight so.. I know those 2~3 little pals that showed up on the scale will disappear in a week and probably take a few extra f... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:15:32 EST 7/28/16 Well, I did a brainy one today. I learned a couple of lessons. First when I go out to work in the yard, make sure I have my keys and my cell phone. Also, outside of riding the tractor to cut grass, I think I might wait to do this when someone else is home. Today, I wanted to get some of the t... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:11:14 EST Chores can burn calories! Though I didn't get any exercise in today. I was busy running errands & kept my pace quick. Then did some yard work & gardening which is always fun. lol My fitbit tells me I didn't do too badly & I kept my eating within my limits, so all is well. ☺ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:09:03 EST Sooo good! So here is my confession, I LOVE to work out. I really do. Tonight was 9 miles and an hour of yoga. I feel like I am in heaven! Yoga was a slow, relaxing hip opening session. A long savasana. Each pose held longer so we could get more stretching from it. The endorphin rush is flowing like a gold... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:03:31 EST FUNNY OF THE DAY 7-28 <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:01:48 EST Exciting things in my future. Our son plans to marry his fiancee May 20,2017. She wants us to meet her grandfather and my husband will pick him up and bring him to the wedding. We plan on doing that this weekend. We are going to Alabama. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I get my lab results from my new primary care doctor. I hope to... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:59:44 EST Amusement Park <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:49:07 EST sooner or later... It's been a while since I have posted a blog entry. My life has been one major roller coaster ride. Both of my parents health has gone completely down hill since their retirement. The life they lived finally caught up with them. Bad diet, no exercise, and not drinking water for years deteriorated... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:47:17 EST July 28, 2016 Well, Jacob is home! This was a picture that the camp sent us <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He's the one in the purple shirt. He had a great time. He's actually been talking about it since they dropped him off! T... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:44:39 EST Thursday - In the eye of the beholder... 07/28/2016 <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:43:05 EST Happy Planner Fitness Journal Overall, my first week back is going pretty well. My body is adjusting well to the healthy foods and water that I am putting in it! Imagine that <em>491</em> <em>551</em> <em>274</em> I'm feeling more positive, less bloated and don't have that too full feeling all the time! <BR> <B... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:42:38 EST Working out I did 2 hours and 15 minutes of exercise today. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:41:00 EST One Step @ A Time - 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have never understood how one day I can wake up and decide - This Is The Day - I'm going to lose 50+ pounds and then I Do It. But why is THAT DAY so difficult to find? 1000 days can pass befor... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:39:41 EST Exercising during my lunch I tried a different mode on the elliptical machine. I was on the aerobics mode. I had to change direction and slide backwards. That was very challenging. I may try it again tomorrow. I had to challenges--exercising during my lunch 😉 and sliding backwards. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:36:14 EST New start, new beginning. I've been having such a tough time with weight lost. A friend told me about spark people and told me have amazing this app is. I'm excited to try a new challenge and a new start. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:36:04 EST Dawg Days, open water swim edition Sparklies! It was a gorgeous day today. We had our staff retreat and were finished early. I swam a little bit, but the harbor has lots of boats and the water was icky, so I didn't stay in very long. But I had the bug, so I went swimming once I made it home. Besides, I was way over calories and I ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:35:23 EST Letting it rain I'm about to get up out of my chair and do a little exercise... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:24:04 EST Only The Best Over the past 20 years, I have made some big changes in my life. And by big, I mean enormous. <BR> <BR> After my divorce, and within recovery, I had to learn how to live life on life's terms. And that isn't an easy thing to learn. It is an ongoing process, with no end in sight. <BR> <BR> I re... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:23:42 EST Day 1 While I'm not new to spark, I am new to this round losing weight and getting healthy. I am tired of the pain, not being healthy, and not being as mobile as I want and need to be. I am getting back into exercising and also trying to eat and drink better. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:22:29 EST We Are All Motivated – Either Positively Or Negatively <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a story of two brothers. One was a drug addict and a drunker who frequently beat up his family. The other one was a very successful businessman who was respected in society and had a wonderful family. <BR> <BR> Some people wanted to find out why two brothers from the s... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:19:04 EST Dinner! <img src=""> Steak, cajun seasoned cauliflower with real bacon pieces, sauteed onion, spinach, and red pepper, broccoli and gluten free garlic toast. YUM! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:17:24 EST Day 3 I'm actually not eating enough but at least I am tracking my calories. Im way under but I'm still getting used to this. Big change for me Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:17:04 EST Do You Have Any Ideas? I get up at 6 am and go out to visit my hubby at his health care center by 8 am. I spend 2 hours there feeding him breakfast and than leave when he is ready to take his morning nap. He is pretty sick and needs all the sleep he can get. I ride the buss there and walk 2 miles to the stops and back ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:02:22 EST Checking things off my list... Here it is almost 5 and I'm about halfway through my list for today. Funny how things that I used to cram in around working full time can now take up my whole day. And I think I'm tired more. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to keep on top of paperwork and not let my desk get back to the cluttered mess it w... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:01:17 EST Jeannies Journey to Freedom <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes you just need to be Silly! Choose to Enjoy the Moment! REALLY enjoy it,the sounds ,the smells,how the wind feels ...All gifts from God!...Blessings! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:59:02 EST 7/28/16 Fitness report today: 6.85 total miles walked and 20 minutes swinging at the playground. <BR> <BR> I have a boatload of pics!! First, from Em's first moments, then from today. <BR> <img src=""> Right after birth <BR>... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:56:14 EST Jacob's and Rebecca's Decision to Get Married Jacob's and Rebecca's Decision to Get Married <BR> <BR> Jacob, age 79, and Rebecca, age 76, are all excited about their decision to get married. <BR> They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding and on the way they pass a drugstore. <BR> Jacob suggests they go in. Jacob addresses the man behi... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:55:20 EST Super Detox Me: Day 1 So today is the first day of my 3-day juice cleanse. My body has been craving fruits and veggies more, and I really don't like most veggies - mushy textures make me nauseous. So I thought a juice cleanse would be a good way to quench some of my cravings and jump start my weight loss all at once. ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:54:38 EST Today wasn't as bad, but... Okay, still off track with my food...couldn't find nutrition info for my breakfast, so I emailed the company and can't track until they reply. Lunch was leftovers with similar problem, and Thursday supper was Dinner Date with Dad, sooooo.... <BR> <BR> Work was another series of meetings, and th... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:50:02 EST Day #3 workout Today I worked out twice. Wnt on the color walk and did my regular workout. Felt pretty good. Legs are sore. Hopefully Im making others on my jogging. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:42:58 EST Breakfast Recipe Under 50 cals. <img src=""> <BR> So just made my breakfast for the next couple days... they are 50 cals. Per muffin. I used: Red peppers,yellow peppers,green peppers,mushrooms,and spinach Cut in small chunks and sautéed w/ coconut ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:42:03 EST First time blog entry. Still getting used to this app. Loving the people and positivity here so much. I've always been scared and nervous with even online people, but you guys are absolutely beautiful and wonderful. I hope to make some friends and lose some weight and enjoy dieting. Parents never told me NO so was obes... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:33:18 EST Day 4 Today when I got up, my fasting sugar was 191...oh those consequences! I ran Shawn to work and then the kids and I went to the track. There is a grassy area that the kids can play with their soccer ball so Chloe said she would do that with them. I got 1 lap in and the next thing I know, Gabriel d... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:31:24 EST Day 4 So far it's been going good. <BR> <BR> Been keeping up with my intake of food. Some mistakes have been made, but hey, things happen. Can't fix unhealthy in a day. I never realized how much calories and such I was eating until I kept track. It is a bit tedious logging everything but have to do it... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:23:46 EST So far Started this new healthy me on Sunday. Starting to get the hang of it. Getting used to drinking alot of water. Today it was easy. Getting things done in all this humidity you want to drink. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:23:23 EST Disappointed My weight loss this week was much lower than I anticipated. But, I have to remember I already lost 46 pounds in six weeks, so my body will hit these "wait a minute, what's going on" moments. Today we worked on texturing some walls, as our renovation continues slowly but surely. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:22:47 EST Day two This is harder than I thought... Tried to eat chicken salad today... Nearly threw up.. found out that even thought this is technically anorexia that I could be denied treatment because I'm not under weight... What a load of bull... Nearly cried because I can't eat enough to be healthy... Feel lik... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:08:53 EST Repeat offenders One of my team captains posted this article (thanks Kellie) that got me thinking. <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1358 </link> <BR> <BR> The article asks us to give thought to a few quality of life measures, namely Energy Level, Stress Level, Sleep Quality and... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:07:14 EST Losing weight Losing weight can be a struggle. Some people are losing track of their weight and well... They give up! They just keep going on. Don't be that person. Being overweight can be a problem. Try to lose weight with these tips: Let a fruit or veggie replace unhealthy carbs for snack. Drink more than 2 ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:05:28 EST Weekend I hope to start the weekend early. noon Friday. Have a little work to do and then there are the issues that pop up. Wife will return home from grandchildren Sunday, which is our 45th anniversary, and I have to clear the house. The yard needs some work and there are a list of things to get done. F... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:53:14 EST 3rd Week Weigh In - It's a Lifestyle <img src=""> <BR> Woke today knowing I had my 3rd week weigh in. I felt I would be successful from the clean eating through the week but I still had the nagging feeling that failure could occur. I have been working thr... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:52:58 EST Cruising down the River . . . on a Saturday afternoon! :-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This weekend is my sister and her husband's 62nd Wedding Anniversary. Their children have booked for their family to take them on a boat cruise and they included me! I'm delighted to go on thi... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:51:21 EST "I can't lose weight" I can't tell you how many times I've seen posts today saying "I can't lose weight" I've even said it and believed it. If I can lose it, anyone CAN. I have lost 80 pounds and am very near goal. <BR> <BR> For me, it took someone getting strict with me. I'm in my 60s and i don't have to listen t... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:49:44 EST Thursday, July 28, 2016 Hello! How are you? I hope well. <BR> <BR> I am having doubts about alot of stuff and think once written down, I will know the answer by myself or by other Sparkpeople members. <BR> <BR> Well, today I accepted a new position. I will be an editor-in-chief soon. It will be hard work. I am no... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:47:58 EST Day 4 It was so hard to find motivation today so I guess the first 3 days were my honeymoon phase. I'm hoping I can wake up alert and ready to go tomorrow. It's my last actual workout of the week. I do cardio and strength training Monday through Friday and an almost 2 mile walk early mornings on weeken... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:34:49 EST Leaves on the Stream exercise <img src=""> It's not an exercise for your body. This one is for your mind. This free 13 minute meditation is good for when you're worried or having compulsive thoughts. It teaches you how to look at your thoughts as o... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:25:39 EST OH CHEEZ! This week I've been logging my food and it's been a game changer. It's not the first time I've logged my food but I've been pretty honest this time. I see where my problem areas are even though I'm eating A LOT healthier. My biggest issue is fats, I seem to have trouble meeting my carb requiremen... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:18:50 EST Like Chocolate <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:18:46 EST Blah Do yall ever just wake up having a blah day? U know, not motivated? Doesn't help that I'm feeling swollen and cranky and hangry either! Yes u heard me hangry! Nothing is satisfied me. I'm still hungry. Yes drinkn in my dayumnnnn water and had coffee and fruit and protein.... Shrugs Sighs Belly gu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:17:15 EST Quote or Saying I don't have a favorite motivational quote or saying. It think it is time that I found one! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:14:08 EST Upset stomach Organic Apple cider vinegar works miracles... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:10:51 EST Tying up loose ends I'm about to be on vacation for two weeks, so this week I've been frantically tying up all the loose ends at work to make sure I can leave with everything done and come back ready to rock n roll. Mostly that means paperwork and emails, but it also means having a conversation with my Supervisor ab... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:06:29 EST Thursday... The thunderstorms that past through our area yesterday helped cool things down, which is much appreciated! We're looking at upper 80's to lower 90's for the next several days, I can handle that!!! <BR> I was going to go out and do some yard work this afternoon, but another storm is slowly passin... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:00:41 EST Learning... Today we went to Piology for lunch and I made an amazing personalized flatbread pizza. Normally I would eat the whole thing, but today I said no and put half in a box to take home. I won't lie, it was hard, but I did it. I'm slowly learning the things I need to do to make this journey work for me... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:58:52 EST Walking and bike riding in the rain today I got a phone call today, at around a quarter to 10 this morning. Can I come into work, they've had 2 people call in sick and we have a new starter. 'Sure' I said, 'give me half an hour or so, I need a shower and I'll be right along'. I got there, discovered new uniform for me, so I have 2 new po... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:56:46 EST Lost Guys, this blog isn't about the usual stuff I post, but is serious. If any of my readers pray, please pray about this. I have gotten to know an elderly couple from my gym for the past few years. We visit about going to the mountains, seeing the wildflowers and where to best see bears, deer and el... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:56:40 EST Healthy BMI or Healthy Body Fat %? <img src=""> <BR> Today's lunch, cheese and bacon broccoli ❤ low carb yummyness! Back to subject: Healthy BMI or Healthy Body Fat? In one corner I am only 6lbs from "healthy" bmi, while on the other my Body Fat % is ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:55:13 EST just sayin' ... you are invited My BFF is absolutely the best. She is supportive, honest, funny, sings made up songs even though .. she can't really sing ... really. We have been friends for 30 years. She knows everything about me and loves me any way. <BR> <BR> We met because of our boys being in kindergarten together. Then s... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:41:48 EST It's gonna be crazy Tomorrow starts tax free weekend in my state. Yay (yeah that's sarcasm haha) I work retail so it's gonna be insane. Plus, payroll is soooo tight because we haven't been making sales. So hopefully we will have some coverage on the front end. We will see. I'm going to hide and work on my stuff unl... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:38:20 EST Accountability Is A Beautiful Thing!! Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> So you know how sometimes you know something but then you have a moment where you realize how true it is. Yep, having that moment now. I KNOW the power of accountability because I've experienced it in the past but what I've realized is that if you don't submit yourself to... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:33:47 EST 7/28 It is official.... I am 50 now.... Yesterday's party was great. Lots of friends gather around my family and me to celebrate and it went so well. I did not have a minute for myself.... it was a very busy day.... hubby took some pictures and I hope to post some as soon as I get them on my computer.... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:29:24 EST blogstreak month 2 day 28 - DD's here! second try to write a blog before midnight after the browser froze the first time. morning run today, maybe i was as fast as the tortoise, maybe not... but 4.5 miles, followed by a walk down to the fjord, no dip - a bit too chilly for my blood. had the pleasure of seeing a piece of swedish mariti... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:26:12 EST Not a good food day for me... I have been working 12-14 hr shifts for the last 9 days. I am tired. Today has not had a food plan. Have eaten too many calories today. I am going to log everything no matter how bad it is and start over again tomorrow. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:25:07 EST Day 64: Thursday Activity Daily Goal: 10,000 steps. <BR> <BR> I'm posting this extra early today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's exercise was walking. Tomorrow I will do a workout. <BR> Goal met for the day. <BR> <BR... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:23:35 EST Good day Did well again today, ate 1400, burned 600. Almost at the 1 month mark and weigh in is Sunday 😄 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:22:46 EST One of those days Ughhhhhh I'm working hard to eat better, exercise and lose weight and instead I'm gaining instead of losing I'm sure it's water weight bc it came on fast but still it sux Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:20:33 EST Deserts I have a horrible sweet tooth but today found banana ice cream and fell in love! The kids and I made both vanilla and chocolate. Kept the recipe super simple. Just frozen bananas slices, vanilla and a 1/4 cup or less of unsweetened vanilla almond milk for creaminess. For the chocolate just subst... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:18:47 EST Just now had chance to lunch~ it has been a busy day with 2 essential meetings this late morning. Customers galore and taking care of counting out the drawers of 2 employees. They were both even thankfully. <BR> I will be happy for 530 because it is when I am off until next Monday at 730am! <BR> <BR> I have already bought t... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:16:35 EST but what CAN I do? Poll <img src=""> <BR> so yesterday everything was hunky-dory I did my good food shopping came home to tv and bam! chocolate attack! it's been a twelve hour craziness from last night through lunch today and frankly I'm ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:11:33 EST You have to just start again... Down 2.2 pounds since Monday. Need to make this journey doable without relying on a tough workout schedule and one that I can be comfortable with. Age is catching up with me! :-) Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:05:13 EST I will conquer my Curly Hair This is my life long challenge.... I bet at least 1/2 of you have this same frustration. The other 1/2 of you.... love to compliment us, on out beautiful hair. <em>304</em> <BR> I do appreciate my full head of thick, curly, wavy hair. I'm not complaining. <BR> <BR> I may have discussed this... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:59:44 EST Get Ready, Set, Go! Not tomorrow, now! Why even wait until tomorrow when you can start your new lifestyle right now? I know, because you have to eat up all the food in the house that you can't have on a diet. You have to go get in all those lasts... but they never really are the last anything are they? Truth! ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:59:20 EST Intuitive Eating... still learning. Soooo, I got this book, Intuitive Eating, on my way to buy another weight loss book. I felt like the first paragraph, well chapter and almost entire book, was written about me. <BR> If you've heard of it, you know it's about getting off the diet track and just learning to eat when you are actual... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:49:24 EST Weigh in day tommorrow Why is it u know that weight gain could be muscle or water weight which it maybe tommorrow especially since I started cycle this morning. I know that it happens every month usually 2 pounds of water weight each month but it still makes me question all my hard work & time this week even though i ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:43:38 EST Day 210: Perfection is Overrated <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I don't have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life. It's a trip more wonderful than I could have imagined." (Kerry Washingto... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:31:52 EST Let's go! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:28:13 EST Day 1 This is my first day logging. New journey for a healthier lifestyle. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:21:35 EST My best advice My best advice is I have learned that things I once thought was healthy is not ! Be careful of health food traps box health food or canned soups . Fresh is better ! The best advice I keep getting the number one component to weight loss besides water intake is fruits and veggies . 9 cups a day har... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:20:24 EST In God's Presence Do you realize that God is next to you in every plan, circumstance, and bend in the road? When the trails are unfamiliar, He is holding your hand. When the skies get dark, His arm is around you. Psalm 31:14-15 (NIV) says, "But I trust in you, Lord;I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:20:23 EST Time for a Credit Check <img src=""> As I've been blogging and trying to be more active on Spark for the last couple of months (for the majority of my weight loss journey, I acted like some sort of cyber-hermit and kept to myself, happily fee... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:12:53 EST My biggest diet tip. People always say ask me if I can give them diet tips. Other than the obvious , which is eat less and move more or never give up would be this- ☆a cooked calorie is rarely the same as a raw calorie. ☆ The difference can make or break your diet. Stay strong peeps! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:10:14 EST Tired of the stuggle Every time I feel like I am on top of the struggle, my inner fat girl takes over. The scale is up three pounds. I can't blame anyone but myself. The last two days of eating have been horrific. I have tracked it all though, so at least there is that. Seriously though, when will this sweet too... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:11 EST New attitude? Slowly, I'm coming around. I've been power-walking 1.5 miles on my lunch hour and for the last 3 days, rode 8 miles on my bike after work. My legs are starting to feel it. Actually, I noticed that my calves are no longer cramping up when I walk and I'm feeling the burn more in my thighs and bu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:02:39 EST Happy Thursday Happy Thursday everyone. I hope everyone is cool today. We are in a heat wave here in Southern California and it is state wide. I'm staying indoors today. What's the weather like where you are? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:02:10 EST Losing weight So far it's been four days since tracking my food and exercise and lost 4 lbs and 4inches. I'm really happy that I can actually have hope now. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:51:15 EST Thursday blog Just read a great article on shoe shopping and finding the perfect pair. The writer told of how she went to many stores and tried on many pairs. <BR> I dont really have that option, in the town nearest me, we have two shoe stores that sell better quality shoes. <BR> I can, and have ordered onlin... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:46:22 EST Heat and Humidity!! I took flowers out to put on Mom and Dad's graves. I got out of the car and walk up there! <BR> The flowers were not very secure so I went back to the car and got the duct tape and My little red tool box. I went back and fixed them where they were more secure. By the time I got back to the car... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:38:30 EST Walk Ready for my 2.5 mile walk but the weather isn't 😤 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:29:20 EST Walk Ready for my 2.5 mile walk but the weather isn't 😤 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:29:07 EST Brain Scan <img src=""> I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance,... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:19:52 EST Brain Scan <img src=""> I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance,... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:19:28 EST Brain Scan <img src=""> I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance,... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:19:13 EST Slow & Steady Wins The Race <img src=""> I started my Eating Right on June 13, 2016. I've Lost 15 Pounds as of today July 28, 2016. Just for the Record I'm having a Blast, just not Eating right BUT Working out as well... I am looking Forward to a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:18:54 EST Brain Scan I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance, I was fine and I went to Registration at our hospital. That's my big excitement for Tuesday... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:18:12 EST Brain Scan I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance, I was fine and I went to Registration at our hospital. That's my big excitement for Tuesday... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:17:12 EST Good recipes and work outs 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐ðŸ<BR>’ðŸ’ðŸ’ðŸ’ðŸ’¡I need good work out to get into and to keep going with it and recipes I can eat without hating cause naturally I don't like salad or veggies but if you have recipes that could change that I would much like that💡💐💐💐💐ð... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:17:02 EST First pounds lost Weighed in at one and half weeks of this diet. Lost foir pounds. Im pretty excited to see that. And i have to say its motivation to get through this. Here is hoping I stick with it. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:13:20 EST Stress Rain money and car trouble omg I can't get a break Breath cliff it will b OK tomarrow will b better Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:11:16 EST Seven Lonely Days Makes One Lonely Week! (One Week Til Babs!) Anybody remember that old country song? Back when I was a kid, my parents collected their Lucky Strike cigarette packs, and sent away for a free "Greatest Hits" album. Of course even back in the 60's, they were OLD songs, but I listened to that album so much, I knew almost every song by heart. "S... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:10:46 EST Live life Living is harder some days than others. Breathing air is harder depending on humidity and air quality. Now that is something to think about. With all the junk in the air that the rain brought in. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:08:10 EST Spoke too soon Well last night was stressful. My ex texted me at a quarter to midnight basically hinting that he was going to commit suicide. He didn't, I messaged him this morning and he's fine. I think that's put all hope of being friends immediately to rest, simply because he has been quite emotionally manip... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:07:11 EST Goal So im 18 and way over wait and was getting depressed about it and when ever I thought about trying to fix it by excersize or eat healthy i would just think what's the point i can't do it (i hace bad depression where I have to take medicine to try to not be) after months of taking to my mom about ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:07:02 EST Beautiful cloudy day It is cloudy and a little cooler today. Going to go for a short walk I think. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:00:56 EST Day 1176 S/B Gym Day. Still not 100%- keeping up on my cardio anyway. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:59:03 EST Read this, Believe this! <img src=""> It was hard for me to get out of the house today with being so hot here. I lost the argument with myself because the gym is air conditioned. No excuse. Lol actually it was a win I feel good. I hope you get... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:56:07 EST Feeling down I'm starting to lose motivation. It's so hard to keep up with the goal when everyone around is literally in your ear saying you can't do it or trying to tempt you with ice cream and or pies Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:52:04 EST 5 months of Progress...and feeling GREAT!!! I didn't forget about my journey. I promised here it is, 5 months of progress. I started the beginning of March, taking first pictures end of March. A reminder of my goals: <BR> 1. Beat diabetes <BR> 2. Not sweat the number on the scale, but the fat vs. muscle on the body. <BR> 3. G... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:48:00 EST Change <img src=""> <BR> What are you doing today to make the change you want to see? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:42:04 EST Highs and Lows I hardly slept at all last night.... couldn't GET to sleep, couldn't STAY asleep... <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I didn't want to get up either! <BR> <BR> And I CERTAINLY didn't want to get up to go swim laps either! <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I did. I told myself that I didn't have to go far... ju... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:28:40 EST Off today I am doing my cheat meal today on ww diet and ate my 35 weekly points! So i will have to be strict until next Thurs. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:27:55 EST Kitchen smelling good/yummy Oh, it is so nice to be home, and getting back to normal. Went to town this morning to replenish all the stuff hubby deleted while I was gone. He was out of Frosted Flakes, Pepsi, Doritos, and milk, my word I am surprised he survived, but he did go to the store once to get himself so more milk ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:20:51 EST What holds you back from being who you want to be? For me, its always wanting to make everyone happy. Not really doing things myself. Internally, spiritually I am struggling. My kids are soon to start their own true lives. I love my job yet so much changes. My relationship just hasn't move forward. He's divorce as I just found out was finalized a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:18:24 EST Tripped up So, my family came down for the week to visit. I haven't been exercising, just swimming with the kids and family activities. My "diet" has been non existent. I feel so fatigued, so fatigued that i actually want to get back on track already. I feel so blah. My family leaves early tomorrow morning ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:18:21 EST Setting goals hmm, I seem to be able to set goals but have a hard time breaking them down to be achievable Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:17:32 EST 4/10 of A Pound To Go So I weighed in at 115.4 this morning. With a goal of 115, I only have 4/10-lb left to lose. I changed my Community Post "Ticker" to Maintenance instead of Pounds-Remaining-Until-Goal. I am happy, and sort of surprised. And also, a bit frightened. I have been so focused on my weight over the last... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:17:10 EST Kind of a fail day <img src=""> I said it was 'kind of' a fail day. I didn't make my 10,000/12,000 steps, since I worked from 8:30am-11:00pm. I also went roughly 800-1,000 calories over my goal range. BUT, I'm happy with the work I put... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:12:27 EST What would you wish for? <img src=""> <BR> Look at all these Magic Wands at Harry Potter World! There is a unique wand for each character! What would you wish for??? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:03:32 EST Make Thursday Great... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just a note to encourage you, keep focused today, remember, take baby steps, go... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:01:58 EST Here is help for those who don't understand the Southern Lingo.. Well Shucks.. Ya'll Know I am from the South.. So I want to share a little rendition of a few things that can help you out if you get stuck in the mud or need to communicate while on Vacation... Lets see what I go .. <BR> <BR> Bill Engvall - Here's Your Sign <BR> <link> </li... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:01:16 EST Birthday "week" getting slammed with temptation...EVERY WHERE!! I'm really doing my best but yeesh!! There is food everywhere...the guilty party? MY FAMILY! MY FRIENDS!! AAAH!! On Monday I did very well with my awesome morning run and had a very nice sensible breakfast. <BR> <BR> Then, my brother shows up with fast food and Baskin robbins ice cream!!! <em... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:57:31 EST My No-Go Zone I guess everyone on Maintenance has a No-Go Zone. At least I do. My "GOAL" when I was losing my weight was 125, so that is what I consider right for me. I'd like to get down to 120 sometime to gauge whether that weight feels more energetic than 125, but truly I'm happy and busy at 125. Now I'... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:55:36 EST Bible Verse for Today.. <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:54:33 EST Starting over again Last year I was so happy, I was progressing do well, down to 170. I was doing really well until I had a supervisor harassing me. I gained weight again, and entered that revolving cycle. It's discouraging to start again but I am determined to hit my goals this time. My biggest problem is... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:53:58 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:53:51 EST Planning to Succeed Today, I'm planning to succeed. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:53:49 EST Stay strong It's easier to stay on track when I'm working at home it's so hard I have controlled my eating today mostly but I had a small bowl of choc ice cream now I just want to nap. I feel so guilty but I will not give up I am keeping a journal of what I ate and how I feel about it I hope it helps. This i... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:51:38 EST FAIL I've been off my diet for 2 or 3 weeks. I can't seem to get back on track. My face and stomach are bloated and fat again!! After one week off my diet, my scale said I gained SEVEN pounds! That's a pound a day, that doesn't seem possible, but I suppose it could be. <BR> <BR> I keep coming up with... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:51:06 EST Just starting out) I just started yesterday can't wait to starts seeing improvement on my weight and body! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:50:22 EST Hay Fever & Injury Update My Hay Fever is getting better had the peak of it on Tuesday nite but still dealing with my temp going up and down faster more than normal. My ears are still closed afraid to blow my nose to clear out my nose but also to worsen my ear closures. My voice on the other had taken the toll for the wor... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:47:03 EST Whoops! Didn't mean to order that! Accidental cheat meal last night. Thought I was ordering grilled shrimp (the menu didn't specify, nor did I), but it came out breaded and fried. I said screw it. Ha. PROBABLY not the best decision, but I didn't want the hassle since I hadn't specified in the first place. Plus it's that time... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:46:10 EST Blogging Boy do I hate blogging but when I started this journey I promised myself I would give it 110 % which means earning my points everyday, tracking everything, supporting members and blogging. Everything I have read says it helps keep you on track and I believe that's probably true otherwise would t... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:46:05 EST Losing it Having a hard time with losing weight. I work out and started eating healthy again. And no changes. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:39:08 EST Heading to my Goal!!! Hi I'm starting with 133 pounds my goal is 120 pounds to weeks of exercise and my program . Heading there!!! #Godismystrenght. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:38:38 EST Thursday afternoon An actual normal day for the first time this month. We went to the library book sale at 8 am, then on to haircuts, then to doctor's office to drop off handicap placard form for him to sign, then it will get mailed back to me, then I can go to SOS office and get one. <BR> I feel shaky today, so ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:38:27 EST Day one - getting on track....again Well not too long ago, I reintroduced myself to Spark. I had a lot of change in my life as I shared and was ready to jump in and begin taking care of me! Well things went really well for a couple of months, and them once again everything else starting replacing what I needed to do for me. This ti... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:58 EST Slowly Improving I've gotten a lot of the schoolwork done, Being able to use the notes makes a HUGE difference! There are still a few things that I haven't been able to find, but I'm going to go down to campus and see a tutor. I don't really feel up to the drive, but I've got to do what I've got to do. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:43 EST Still going <img src=""> <BR> Haven't been on for awhile but i still continue my goals.. New job but im down 24 pounds .... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:32 EST Hello...(sorry, not Adele) I don't know if any of the people I shared with are still on SparkPeople, but I have been an on again/off again participant for about 5 years, I think. Two years ago, I adopted a rescue dog, Stella who did not understand the concept of being tied out to do her doggy thing. I had to do something b... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:31 EST Fitness Dose anyone else use weight in the pool ? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:36:27 EST in grocery store - some nutrition questions I was looking at labels - <BR> <BR> Whole grain flour and oat grain flour having protein in various products. <BR> <BR> i understand soy, whey protein but never knew there is protein in whole grain products which are from whole grain. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:35:36 EST Alone time Alone time is one of those things that I just need. Unfortunately, I am in a season of my life where I don't get very much of it. I'm a mom, wife and teacher. While summer break is nice, my husband works from home and often doesn't have very much work to do. Although he is innocent with his i... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:34:49 EST Friday eve I don't know if I'm happy about the upcoming weekend or not. The weather has been so tough lately. We have a show to do at the Bayonne Renaissance Faire on Saturday. I'm excited to see many old friends there but worried about the heat and sun. I haven't been coping very well with heat lately. I'... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:34:20 EST Make It A Good One! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Something about Sunflowers make me feel cheerful as if it will be a good day. Wishing all my SP friends a fun filled day! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:30:04 EST Frustrated with Myself Hi all, <BR> <BR> I had a night of bad choices. I'm getting back to eating healthy today. I haven't been able to walk due to a really bad heat rash. I feel like when ever I start being healthier, something in the beginning always throws a huge wrench into the new healthy habits. But, this ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:29:38 EST More wildflowers - 7-28-16 Jeff Hall shared his wildflower photos from a hike in the high country. I've always loved the brightness of Indian paintbrush. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And he found a beautiful patch of Indian paintbrush and... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:27:39 EST Bye-bye, my own apartment! Hello, living together! I'm still in the process of packing up my apartment to move in with Lee. I haven't made as much progress as I'd have liked last night but tonight will be hopefully a massive push, and my step mom is coming to help me and that should be good. <BR> <BR> I think I, and probably Lee too, are both a ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:19:37 EST Blog #1 I'm really excited in taking this new journey of mine. Becoming healthy and starting fresh is something I've longed for. My moods have been much more happier. Third day of exercising but second day of getting ok track eating right. Have a lot of support from family and friends. I believe I can re... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:17:38 EST My hello world post I need to learn how to close keypad on phon Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:16:57 EST Thursday! Went to exercise class this morning, had lunch and took DH for his haircut. Our SIL had the scope surgery of his knee this morning and is back home, they had to repair a tear and they also scraped out some of the arthritis, he'll be off work for a couple of weeks and hopefully this will be the la... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:16:57 EST Starting my Journey So here is a little back history. In 2013 my family and I had a hard year. In a 4 month span we lost several important family members, 2 of which were my father and my Grandfather (his dad) they died 33 days apart. It seemed no sooner had we finished arrangements for 1 then we were at it again... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:16:50 EST Winged <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:15:39 EST July 28th We were a little worried after visiting MIL last night as she seemed to be very confused again. We told the staff who were going to keep an eye on her. Anyway she was a bit better this morning when wevisited again although they will monitor the situation. They reckon she should be going home tom... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:15:26 EST Music Room <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:14:39 EST Day 6 😎😎 Today has been a rollercoaster of emotions. My aunts first reaction was B you look very tired.. i feel very tired and ran down. Today i didn't log food or do any exercise. Its the of the month when mother nature decides to mess up your emotions.. however tomorrow is weigh day and finally last day... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:14:34 EST Lower Brule/Fort Thompson Dam Color Run 2016 <img src=""> <BR> Had an awesome time. Missed a few hours of work but it was all worth it. Even got my mother to walk 1 lap. Full of that powder stuff they throw at us. Walked 1.8 miles. When they make exercising fun!... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:13:02 EST Enjoy each day! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:10:13 EST B22: side effects of weightloss I am finding that I don't need as much sleep as before since losing 45 pounds and starting to exercise. I keep waking up an hour early and I can't fall back asleep. This morning I put it to good use and walked the dog for 45 minutes. Another side effect is I feel antsy when I sit too long and n... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:09:18 EST 7/28 Good Afternoon! <BR> <BR> I'm checking in late today, I had to run to a doctors appointment this morning. So, let's get to it. <BR> <BR> 1. Bringing in new treats: I had none of this again! I almost bought a chocolate while buying my afternoon snack. Almost. I thought about how I'd have to come... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:08:49 EST 112 degrees Farenheit predicted today! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:07:28 EST THANK YOU So many wonderful replies, and comments, to my latest blogs. Thank you all. Admit, I'm not always out there, but am so grateful that there are those of you who are!! <BR> <BR> Just spent two hours in the garden and came back in to realize didn't have my fitbit on. All those lovely calories ne... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:07:20 EST Finished my baking today I made my challah for the next few weeks. I adapted a buttery dinner roll recipe, using 70% whole wheat and olive oil instead of the white flour and butter. Hubby asked me to portion them into 200gr loaves so we can control our carbs for Shabbat. This sessions challot came out fluffy and beautifu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:07:17 EST I don't know what to title this All I can say is that for the first time I am achieving my goal. Being the authentic me. The woman who always wanted to eat healthily. Who wanted to walk and exercise and feel good physically. And emotionally. And spiritually. <BR> <BR> And today it is good. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:06:45 EST Pokemon go the new weight loss program? I've lost 4 lbs playing Pokemon go. The extra walking sets me up for 8 glasses of water a day or more. The creators are onto something. This game let's you have fun and exercise all at once and you can turn it into a family thing like we did. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:04:23 EST Weight loss so far <img src=""> <BR> Process so far the picture on the right was before i lost weight and the left is after 31 pounds lost. Not even close to be at my goal weight but i am trying hard. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:58:26 EST Bipolar Disorder and Weight Loss I found this great article on weight loss and bipolar disorder. What she has to say is spot on to what I have experienced. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-weight-bipolar-meds#comment-15081 </link> <BR> <BR> What I have experienced is that when I was first put on G... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:55:58 EST Day 11 Really tired today. I did less time on the track today (3mi) instead of increasing and no planks. Maybe I will have some energy tonight and get those in. My calorie intake is staying around 1000 a day which is good, but I am taking in more fat that I had realized. Not so good. Everyone have an... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:53:09 EST National Refreshment Day 28 July 2016 <BR> NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY - ah, hot summer days, cool drinks (iced tea for me). National Refreshment Day was submitted by Traveler Beer Company in May 2015. Pick your poison but drink responsibly. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:47:21 EST Supporting the Arts So - I had a few years out with 5 surgeries and life was...what they call HARD! to put it lightly. (Now that is a SHORT SHORT version of a LONG LONG STORY) <BR> <BR> I was depressed, not use to my body and I just didn't FEEL like doing anything. <BR> <BR> BUT THEN - A LIGHT at the END OF A LON... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:47:13 EST Post baby weight loss So I'm 4 weeks postpartum and looking to start an exercise routine to go along with trying to eat better my goal weight is 135 my current weight is 150. 15 lbs doesn't seem like much but it's a long road with a newborn and not much time for anything. We'll see how it goes Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:46:55 EST Today is a good day make the most of it Today is a good day make the most of it Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:46:00 EST Days 9-11 - Not good I am forgetting I need to focus - I am forgetting to blog here Monday and Tuesday I hit Krav for a total of 5 hours. Wednesday I got out and ran some - not far or fast - but it is a beginning. <BR> <BR> Eating good - but not too much movement on the <em>192</em> this week. I am okay with that. Need to ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:45:59 EST Some Numbers Don't Matter I had a moment of clarity this morning on my bike ride. I had allowed my ipod battery to die and was left with either don't ride or use the time to think. I thought! So I was thinking about numbers. The scale to be exact and how it truly doesn't matter anymore. I know that must seem sacrilegious ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:45:59 EST I'm fed up with computers!!!!! I got my main computer back yesterday. I turned on with no problem yesterday, but this morning, exactly the same thing as before went wrong, it won't turn on again. <em>46</em> . <BR> <BR> So back to the laptop, which has issues of it's own. I hope I can find patience somewhere, because I'... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:44:26 EST My weigh in today vs my last recorded weigh in. My last weigh in was 233.? lbs but I was gaining weight after that I just didn't record it.The last time I was on the scale was Monday and it said that I weighed 237.? lbs. I got on the scale this morning and it read 234.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure but if I only eat 1 meal a day I will lose we... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:41:01 EST Another busy day Getting ready for kids to start school. Next week yeah Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:40:22 EST Changes I'm starting day four and I really can't believe I can feel a change already. In just three days my core is stronger. Yesterday I thought for sure I wasn't going to be able to move today because I added some more to my routine. I'm doing good. Moving around just fine, a little sore but that's nor... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:39:00 EST Rest Day I take Thursday as a rest day. I do not work out at all so I get to sleep in until almost 7 am! After 2 a days for 3 days in a row my body needs rest. Amazing how much I am working out and don't feel sore typically. did a tough work out Sat that left me sore so I took Sunday off which I do not ty... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:37:36 EST Tracking Everything and FitBit 10K steps I love using the Fitbit, the more I walk the more calories I get to use! Tracking for me is definitely the key. After lunch i'm usually around 700-850 calories, which gives me plenty of calories for dinner and even a glass of wine or 2. <BR> <BR> Small portions work great; I love the Sargento p... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:36:25 EST Week 8 Iam so excited....down 15 lbs Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:34:29 EST Lose weight Yes another day of success lose 1.5lbs. I'm down 193.5 I have 17lbs to and I'm doing good now I just have tone my stomach up Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:33:54 EST Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt Do one thing every day that scares you. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:33:04 EST Caffeine, Shingles, Food Tracking, Misc. Well, okay. I've been done with caffeine for a few months now. Even though I had only one small mug of coffee each morning, I am a caffeine-sensitive soul. While dealing with the nerve pain from Shingles over the past months, I decided (again for the millionth time) to give it the ole heave-ho... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:30:34 EST Testing 1,2,3, Testing I have been thinking about this for awhile now and so I am putting out a few feelers sort to speak. If you don't know me well, you may not know that I am a writer. I could use a dozen or more blog sites to do this, but I am comfortable here with all of you. So I am going to be doing some sample w... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:29:44 EST Day 154 I wanted to post something on day 150 feeling it was a pretty momentous day. But things have been so hectic here, hectic and flat out crazy that I didn't get to. But I think in the end I am glad. Nothing really happened that day to write about. Yesterday, and today, however I met my July goal of ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:27:49 EST Day 210: Yipee! One of my travel vaccines was covered by insurance - the most expensive one! I just got back from getting my anti-meningitis vaccine at Walgreens (for an upcoming trip to Africa.) They ran it through my insurance (who previously told me it wasn't covered because it was for travel) and it turns out it is covered. So I just saved $139! That was the most expensive one we nee... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:26:50 EST Veggies for the win! and planning for a work trip Okay, adding in more veggies for the win! And a fruit or two. I usually have 1 fruit a day and veggies at every meal, however, I'm trying to make at least half the plate veggies not just for me, but the whole family! <BR> <BR> I'm about to leave on a 2 week work trip to Barrow, AK.. produce th... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:20:56 EST Day 8 - Week 2 Begins I made a nice BIG salad last night of arugula, oil & balsamic, pear slices, parmesan and pecans. It was filling enough for dinner. I had a slice of raw spelt GF bread that's a little sweet as well that I toasted with a bit of butter. And I had the other 1/2 of a fruit tart that I saved from the o... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:20:10 EST Worry is usually just a waste of time Each time someone I love has died I've gained about 5lbs. Usually its just from sitting around and eating from nerves/stress. I was purposing that this time as a dear friend started to fail that I wouldn't eat from stress, I would just live in the moment and not fret about the past/future. It was... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:19:18 EST Blessings, July 28, 2016 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Lunch with DH. <BR> <BR> 2. Sunshine. <BR> <BR> 3. A job I love. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. <BR> <BR> Have a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:17:41 EST For later I've been exploring SparkPeople a little bit more and I'm really interested in trying some if the workouts and challenges. I'm not ready for it right now though. I'm going through some health issues and live in a desert area with no central air. Right now I do most of my workouts at the gym, mu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:17:06 EST the same 4.... I was pretty excited this morning when I finally pried my tired body from bed this morning and to the bathroom.... -4 pounds.....yayyyy now...this is the same 4 pounds that has bounced me from the 280's to the 290's so many times over the past months...year....ect.... <BR> <BR> I'm here to say I... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:15:58 EST Real Appeal So I mentioned yesterday about a program I was participating in through my insurance. Since I work for a state agency, our insurance information can be changed once annually prior to the fiscal year. I received my reminder packet in the mail, which also informs you of new changes or options with ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:13:56 EST