SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Thursday... :( It should be any other Thursday and I should be okay. I am okay in a way. I am strong and I know this. I can put on the big tough strong face and go through the house doing what I do, holding everything together, but in my heart, I am crying a little. However, I am also grateful that Rob has ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:50:10 EST Thursday... :( It should be any other Thursday and I should be okay. I am okay in a way. I am strong and I know this. I can put on the big tough strong face and go through the house doing what I do, holding everything together, but in my heart, I am crying a little. However, I am also grateful that Rob has ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:50:07 EST My Family.... I love my family and want us to be healthy and happy. I have to do this for me first. The more i get discipline the easier to lead by example no more excuses. <BR> Heres to Jerry, Kenya,Dougie and Treshawnda. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:49:50 EST I don't need to count my blessings. They surround me! As the bubbling, gurgling tar-like funk starts to recede, I can now see remnants of my true self underneath (phew). And I am able to better reflect on the shiny gems set throughout last week's Mayo Clinic trip, not just the pain and the tears. <BR> <BR> To kick things off, the flight attendants ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:49:00 EST Hike Cancelled :( My friend's car is getting fixed because she needs it to drive to Vermont tomorrow so she had to cancel our hike. I'm so bummed! I mean, we'll go next week, but I had a REALLY rough day today and it would have been nice to see her and go somewhere new and exciting. Instead I'm going to do a longe... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:48:31 EST Back to the Basics I recently set a goal to lose 25 pounds by the end of the year. To date, I've lost 5 pounds. I have 13 pounds to lose to return to what I weighed a year ago. A 25 pound weight loss will put me 10 pounds over my goal weight and a BMI under 25. <BR> <BR> I spent some time reading old blogs and an... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:47:54 EST Back again, I deleted all my other blog entries, because I want to start afresh. No reminders of my previous failures. Today is a brand new start! <em>521</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:46:02 EST The Incredible Edible Egg <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I learned a lot from a page in the latest edition of Prevention Magazine. No - not one of their articles. But rather from - an advertisement ! It was titled, "A Half-Dozen Reasons Why You Can't BEAT EGGS" <BR> <BR... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:09 EST Starting up again... I am trying again to lose weight....had some major issues come up, and I just could not balance it all.....things have settled now (and we're all healthy again - yay), so back to it...... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:40:05 EST Dopey Training Week 3 New post- recap of how training went last week! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>370</em> <em>45</em> <em>550</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:31:44 EST Nature is the best motivation I got out on my 1st walk today very early. What a motivation. It is making my day. The smells the peace and the beauty. <BR> I have almost 300 steps today already so hyped I am! <BR> It is going to get warm today and I am not into the heat to I will do the treadmill for the other 20 minutes... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:31:08 EST Nutritionist appointment Going tomorrow.....hopefully there will be some discussion on how to eat is to hoping Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:30:01 EST Europe Trip! Hey guys! So last night my parents helped I me book a 12 day trip in London, Paris, and Rome! I'm so excited! I leave in 27 days! Now here's my problem. I am not very fit yet and I would like to be somewhat before I leave for my trip. Any tips you have for me. I am not very good at running, my po... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:27:39 EST When the going gets tough... Well, this is the moment I've expected and dreaded...when the scale stops going in the right direction. I joined SparkPeople around the end of April and have lost about 8 pounds since then. I know that may not seem like a lot, but for me it is! It's been YEARS since I have been able to lose more ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:24:27 EST Time to Ramp Up the Exercise Routine I have had a pretty consistent exercise routine that I thought was really healthy (I was very proud of myself <em>211</em> ). I practiced yoga four time per week attending classes that are 75 minutes long, with active vinyasa flow for at least 60 minutes each class. Last week I added Barre... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:23:30 EST Happiness is a little jolt of motivation... The next fitness tracker to come out provides you with all the motivation you might need... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on-a-fitness-tracker-that-zaps-you-whe<BR>n-you-92557054124.html </link> <BR> <BR> Ummm... it could be a fad, but it could work. SOME days, I ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:21:31 EST Weekly Review Ok so today is my blog day. I know this is good for me to blog but not that I always want to . seems like when I come here to blog I am a little depressed lately. I think it has to do with my weight <em>15</em> and I am not smoking <em>270</em> or losing <em>9</em> . I have not smoked in ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:21:07 EST Thursday's Quote “I've learned that it doesn't matter how your husband squeezes the toothpaste, the important thing is how he squeezes you.” <BR> ¯ H. Jackson Brown Jr. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:14:26 EST Day 204- Ranting and venting with a positive attitude? Today a lot of things snowballed into a giant stress ball of annoying, BUT I refuse to let it get me down. This week has been so nice and I've felt so much stronger. I don't want negativity to get me down! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:12:09 EST True Beauty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> He hath shewed thee, O Man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:06:21 EST A new day It is another day. My life feels stressful, however it's been full of allergies I never knew I had that's been making slowly deteriating my health. I caught it in time before it got too bad, but it cost me a good job which is hard to come by these days. The stress is caused from my allergies (g... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:03:06 EST Seeing sunlight through the clouds I haven't written a blog in over 3 months. When things are though, I struggle with finding upbeat words. Same goes with nutrition and fitness, I lose all motivation and self-discipline. So the last few months have been filled with on track and off track moments. <BR> <BR> To share a little about... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:35 EST Climbing Hurdles a Bit at a Time I said in my last blog that I had some hurdles ahead. I just passed 2 of them--had a great time with my friends at The Creation Museum and then went to Newport, KY to walk part of the purple People Bridge and go for dinner at Buckhead's right by LA Fitness. It's a reasonable steakhouse-plus right... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:13 EST Whats important? I think the greatest thing you have is the 24 hours you have in front of you. <BR> The past is gone, the future is distant. today you can succeed. Set a goal you can achieve within the next 24 hours Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:58:49 EST Keeping Active My mom was diagnosed with diabetes last month, and she has started following a Dr. supervised weight loss program. I decided to help her get some exercise by getting her to go for walks with me. Of course it helps me too. She has never really exercised in her whole life, so I have to be patient. ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:57:15 EST 30 Day Tricep Dips Challenge: Day 2 (pic) Completed 10 Tricep Dips today @ home <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a pic taken today of my tricep (and lack of definition). I will have my husband take a better pic this evening. Just in case you're wondering what's up with the white patch on my arm...I have Vitiligo. <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:56:01 EST Fruit and Veg Check In Plus How I Incorporate Them Into My Meals It's been a while since I've posted a blog entry, so here I go! I often get asked how I eat so much produce throughout the day, so I thought I would also include how I add them into meals and snacks. The challenges I've had with weight loss have been more about knowing when to stop eating (I t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:54:49 EST Day 205 Today is day 205 in the year. Which means there are only 160 days left in the year. it is going by so very fast. So what am I doing lately. Not blogging! I just don't have much to say right now. I am still fighting the good fight, and still losing. But I am still incredibly tired, and I ca... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:49 EST Work and positivity! Sometimes I just to stop at think to myself "Life is so crazy..." But crazy in a good way. Crazy good in all the places it should be. <BR> <BR> I'm 28. (Well, actually 27 and a month away from 28. Every year when my brother's birthday comes in May I start to associate myself with my coming age... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:50:54 EST grasping & grasped at... by memories & roots "Without an understanding of the reasons why we hold on to the very behaviors that keep us from getting where we so desperately want to go, sustained change will be incredibly difficult..." -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health & Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> not a lot to add right now, just wanted to save... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:47:22 EST My walking I walk on my breaks and my lunch at work now. When I get home I am not so tried now. I have got my 14 year daughter try salad and new thing now. I just have to get her to go on her Sparkteen page and do the program like I am. I think it will work for her. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:46:27 EST Vacation... :) Yesterday started my first day of vacation. <em>104</em> Get to enjoy a few days off from work. <BR> <BR> How did I start my vacation?? With an early morning workout! <em>211</em> It was a Rest Day from PiYo so I did a Buti Yoga workout instead. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:43:33 EST Feeling down.. The past few days I just feel so down, out of control. Not really with my eating <BR> but life.. <BR> Money issues are knocking at my door again... I think its just a temp situation but <BR> I have issues with not being in control.. I know this and its easier said than done. <BR> <BR> It has p... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:43:18 EST The little things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How true is the picture above. Little things are really big things later on. <BR> <BR> Each day when I walk, I am amazed at the beauty around me. The woods are ever changing with new life and new growth. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:42:39 EST Wednesday, Positive Focus, Day 84 Although I started my day out with high anxiety, as the day went on, I managed to relax enough to do some stuff with my daughter. Fortunately it was just her some and not both kids or I probably wouldn't have been able to relax as well. We even managed to get the laundry done, only 4 loads this w... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:42:04 EST Freely available knowledge, vanity, and employability. GRATITUDES: <BR> <BR> 1) The interwebs - <BR> I'm grateful for the internet. Sometimes I forget how different it is now that anything I want to know is at my fingertips. Yesterday, I spent nearly the whole day just surfing the web. If done to often, that sort of behavior is counter-productive, b... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:39 EST 07/27/24/14 = Day 9 = 317.8 = lost 15.2 lbs in 9 days WOW! 4 days until surgery 7/24/14 = Day 9 = 317.8 = lost 15.2 lbs in 9 days WOW! 4 days until surgery <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> 07/15/14 = 333 lbs <BR> <em>129</em> 07/16/14 = HIGH protein, Low carb diet began. <B... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:39:04 EST My NSV <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went shopping last night for shirts cuz most of my shirts I love have holes lol and this is an xl 16/18 in women's. No longer a plus size! Not 1x or 2x! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:38:49 EST Do you make it up when you blow it? I do. I admit it. I know everything on here says don't, but I do anyway. Sure, I follow the rules. I tell myself it's okay and I should just forget about it and just keep on normally without beating myself up. But I find that I use it for motivation to do much better the next day. <BR> <BR> Kee... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:38:25 EST A POWERFUL CHANGE After constantly seeing pictures of my nieces running 5ks, half marathons and now triatholons, I decided I wanted to try and get into some of the action. At 60 I have embarked on a Couch to 5k, and while it is kicking my butt it is also doing some positive things here. I am committed to run a 5... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:38:17 EST Have you been "Pinned" lately??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin: it should make you jump up and do something. <BR> - unknown <BR> <BR> My poison sumac is acting like a needle. Yes, I still have it but it is getting better slowly. T... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:37:11 EST Family Time Part 2 Last night I ran with the boys down by the beach, there is a beautiful path that runs along A1A. We did our 3+ miles of run walk combo. Then we headed for the beach. I had packed sandwiches so we ate, then went down and hit the water and the sand. I did a little bit of actual swimming and m... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:36:55 EST Before And During (pic included) I was looking through my "before" pictures folder on Monday. It's kind of hard to believe how far I've really come in the past few years. I showed my daughter my picture and she said "you look way different now!" She couldn't believe it was me in the before pic. I told her "That's what mama used ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:36:17 EST 4 Reasons Why a -4 lb. Weight Loss in 4 Years Hasn't Made Me Quit. 1. Because I refuse to give up. Once I start something worthwhile I will finish it. <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Because I have enough self-respect to know that I am worth it. <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Because each time I try a new approach, I do get results. I am healthier than I've ever ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:34:34 EST Quick & Easy Dinner Today was a great day. What a difference being chemically balanced makes! I woke up and made the beds, did some laundry, did some dishes, put out a paint project for Banana. I had even energy throughout the day and motivation to eat well. <BR> <BR> We had a really great, quick & easy dinner ton... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:33:52 EST Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes I don't blog much but today I feel the need to put this in writing so I can always have it handy whenever I need to remind myself of this morning's events. <BR> <BR> I had planned to go to McD's for breakfast this morning so I figured the calories into my daily alottment. Normally I get 2 sausa... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:30:12 EST Gastric Sleeve - 3 weeks post op My weight starts with a 2!! Woohoo! 299.8, but it has been consistent now for a few days. I've been averaging about 3-4 lbs per week weight loss since surgery, and the 50 lb mark is coming up. I can fit into all my smaller jeans that I have not worn in years. I was in a size 24, and these are a 2... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:28:41 EST New to the Site today! Today is July 24 and I started the Ideal Protein diet on June 18 and have lost a total of 13.8 lbs. I have learned alot so far about making the right choices when reaching for something to eat. Mindless eating was a bigger issue than I though. I think it all comes down to preparation. Being prepa... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:27:40 EST Thursday Well, I've been icing my knee twice a day and it's definitely improving, thank goodness, though not all the way there yet. So frustrating, but as long as it gets better I guess that's what matters. As I told Paul, I wish I knew exactly what I did, so I could avoid doing it again! <BR> <BR> We'... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:21:51 EST One month Today is one month. One month of recovery and healthy eating. <BR> I'm sitting here today..I know I should be happy and overjoyed. So <BR> why I am stressed, lonely, and worried? <BR> Recovering from 22 years of an eating issue has been so hard. There <BR> have been so many days I was so close t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:20:34 EST Box of chocolates I asked my neighbor to stop by because I needed her help with something and to my surprise she brought me a big box of chocolates! <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> I thought maybe she understood I had invited her for an afternoon coffee so decided to open the box to share with her. She stop... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:02 EST Halfway there! I am finally at a halfway point in my journey. Excited?... OH HECK, YES!! <BR> I have been working harder than I ever have to get this weight off. It's true what they say about harder to get off the older you get. But that's ok with me. Getting this weight off isn't a race, it's a change in my l... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:18:18 EST Exercising the Mind go further and push past the pain! <BR> <BR> That is my challenge for the next 60 days! I realize that I don't challenge myself the way I used to. I used to push past the pain and keep going until my body (not my mind) told me that I can not continue an exercise. <BR> <BR> To be honest, ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:17:47 EST Day 111: Goodbye scale I have been giving too much power to my scale. So I am deciding to weigh in at the end of the month and depending on how that goes. Only weighing in Once a month. <BR> <BR> It can be both distracting and discouraging weighing yourself weekly and if you become a bit obsessed like me daily. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:15:11 EST Success Quote - 7/24/14 I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use to be anything else. <BR> <BR> - Winston Churchill Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:15:01 EST Working through the challenges. This week is getting away from me in a big way. <BR> <BR> I can't believe it is Thursday already! Tuesday was a bust with everything going haywire. Wednesday, I had so many errands to run after work, and I didn't get home until after 7pm. By then, I was absolutely famished and I accidentally ate... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:13:16 EST CRASH and BURN! YIKES! Two days back into Spark and I crash and burn. Fall off the wagon or whatever euphemism you choose to describe what most consider an epic failure. <BR> For me food is my drug, my addiction, and when I am stressed, upset, anxious and even bored at times, I crave food. Not just any food, but real... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:12:48 EST Inflammation Fighting Red Palm Oil Inflammation Fighting Red Palm Oil <BR> <link><BR>palm-oil-healthy-fat-that-rivals-cocon<BR>ut-oil/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:12:21 EST Hope not! So far I feel okay and no flu! had breakfast and ready to shower to greet the day. Sis is quiet this morning, she got some medicine last nite to feel better. Hope it works for her, she has an allergy to most pain meds and what have you so illnesses is never easy on her. Will keep you good people... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:09:21 EST What I have learned about the Sam's Club peaches, necturens, plums About the recall of Sam's clubs peaches. The recall is nationally. A bacteria, Listeria, rhymes with wisteria. It is worse than e-coli, (usually found in hotdogs, etc. not fully cooked). Hard on people with diabetes & over 65. Hits & damages nerves, flu symptoms may take up to 2 months to show up... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:06:39 EST A Cacaphony of Entertainment Choices I like food that has a wide variety of flavors. There was a movie a while back that Barbra Streisand directed, produced and starred in called, "The Mirror has Two Faces." <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I'm one of the few people that LOV... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:06:07 EST I haven't been doing so well, but I haven't given up There comes a time after trying and failing and trying and failing, that you look at yourself and decide "Do I give up and just be content in what I am or do I keep trying?" I had that moment and I know that I am not happy here. I can't be happy here. I won't be able to live the life I want or be... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:03:22 EST ON THE ROAD AGAIN My next stop on trip is Baltimore. I am heading there shortly and will be staying with my friend Kristina. She is looking forward to my visit and wants to of a lot of biking. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:50 EST Thursday! Ooops missed Wed. some how! Got a good walk in yesterday morning, it was a just right day for a great walk, comfortable with a nice breeze. Just got date bread out of the oven for the coffee hour tomorrow. Tonight is the free concert, this time my GD and her family might join us. Yeah, Monday, GD... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:48 EST Holiday time! Have to leave you folks for a couple of weeks. Going on a mini vacation. <BR> Starting to look forward to it since I haven't been anywhere for quite a while. It's going to be someting different -- my dear late husband and I used to drive to our destination. But since he's gone now -- I do not f... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:55:35 EST What a week Last Friday we dealt with my dad being gone 1 year. Somehow I think 4th of July was harder, since it was our holiday together. Monday night my 2nd cousin Gabby messaged and me told me her Grampa died (my uncle, died 1 yr and 2 days after my dad). Been kinda stressed over that, I am in no shape t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:54:39 EST July 24th Went out for lunch with a friend I've not seen for a while. Not only was it lovely to catch up it also helped get through another afternoon with Mum. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:52:00 EST Need to change Having spent several weeks behind my computer screen, and doing little else. I hate deadlines! I felt in need of a revamp. so for the last week I've spent time reviewing my exercise program, clearing out my wardrobe and inventing some new recipes. <BR> I feel so much better now - phew that's a r... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:48:35 EST Walking is a terrifc exercise, for the mind and body!!! I can't believe how fun life is when I move more!! I have spent so much of my life sitting, I never really seemed to enjoy movement! Now at 53, I am still young enough, and healthy enough to be able to take those long walks outside and I love it!! I have set the goal of walking a whole hour. ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:48:24 EST Getting Back in the Habit....I Hope! About 2 years ago, I began to seriously use this site and focus on weight loss. The program worked great for me! But, after a year of use, I pretty much slacked off. I have kept many of the principles in mind, but haven't tracked any of my nutrition or fitness since the summer of 2012. <BR> <BR... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:47:33 EST Be Unstoppable Among others, I have the "Be Unstoppable" slide scrolling through my goal board. Today that one really speaks to me. I can do this, you can do this, we all can! <BR> <BR> This morning I did not feel so hot...but I got up for my walk anyway. I promised myself I could go slower if I needed to.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:47:18 EST Thursday... Just back from a root canal. It was a piece of cake. <BR> Love this saying by F. Scott Fitzgerald..."I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again." Have a lovely day. <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:46:39 EST Why am I so tired? I have been totally exhausted this week. Maybe I'm not sleeping well at night or something...I'm getting about 8 hours a night, which is better than usual (which is 7-7.5). I've increased my exercise but I don't feel tired after that...just when I wake up and then in the early afternoon. Yesterda... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:42:55 EST post op week 3 Lost only 1.2 pounds last week. kind of bummed, but I have to look at the big picture. Ive lost 37.4 total and 15.4 pounds since surgery. So I've decided to run a marathon. This is a HUGE goal. I'm scared. I watch Extreme Weight Loss and I see those people conquer great obstacles every week. I ca... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:42:44 EST Good news and bad news I prefer good news so that's what I will share first . . . <BR> <BR> 1) I finished school and received my Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science May 15. I knew I was maintaining a 4.0 (and worked hard to get and keep it) but what I didn't realize until I received my transcript was that along with t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:41:26 EST Thursday <BR> The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. <BR> <BR> Confucius <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:41:18 EST I forgot what an Inspiration Sparkpeople is to Me Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've had a rough year but I am finally moving forward. I was really thrown off with the ACL tear and then months of not exercising finally caught up with me. I was up in weight and still unable to work out properly. Every time I went into the gym, I would work out too hard... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:40:47 EST Martin Luther King Jr. quote "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't <BR> see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King Jr. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:35 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well last week I didn't post my blog for the previous weeks blessings...though don't get me was a week full of blessings....and trials...and more blessings. Which brings us to the current week...and the blessings and trials and yes, more blessings still abound. Here is a highlight of m... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:20 EST Another 2 lbs. lighter -- total is now 6 lbs. Keeping on keeping on! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:34:16 EST Fat-Slapping! I'm not ballsy enough to put up a before/current picture yet. While perusing weight loss blogs I read one where the woman had her picture stolen and a new caption put on it, and there's no way I would've taken it as well as she did (and she didn't take it that well, herself). <BR> <BR> BUT! <BR>... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:33:55 EST What Went Well 7-23-14 Number 1: I went on a bike ride. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to bed a a reasonable hour. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I bought myself a new book. The book was okay, but at least I am doing better at taking care of me. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I watched cartoons with my kids. Dragon Tales, Voltron, and m... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:33:51 EST Always changing... So the hubby and i have been talking about doing a juice detox and reboot after watching "Fat Sick And Nearly Dead" on Netflix. We have been back n forth up n down about diets and plans and everything else people go through and do in a half added attempt to lose weight. but this one seems ideal t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:31:55 EST Eating .. OMG ... Eating !!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning .. <BR> <BR> This was me yesterday .. Closet eater, Public eater, Bathroom eater, Grocery eater, Driving eater, Working eater .. You name it .. I was that kind of eater yesterday ... <BR> <BR> Do I know... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:31:46 EST Win Today, Win Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Focus on one day at a time, rather than obsessing over the weight I have to lose, or mistakes I made in the past. <BR> <BR> I can win today by tracking my foods, portion control (no second helpings), dessert only on... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:26 EST A Grocery Shopping Adventure This morning I had to do the grocery shopping for myself and my two kids (age 14 and 24). It is not a task I really enjoy because of all the temptations that seemingly try to attack me from their perches on the various shelves throughout the store. So, I decided that this shopping trip was goin... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:29:36 EST Today's Inspirational Quote Simple and TRUE: <BR> <BR> “Eating healthy nutritious food is the simple and right solution to get rid of excess body weight effortlessly and become slim and healthy forever.” <BR> &#8213; Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny woman <BR> <BR> Be truly blessed today! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:28:45 EST Stupidity I thought that I needed to get back with my ex husband. Don't get me wrong I love him to pieces. But come on I had no idea that his whole disability check was out the door as soon as it came in. Four little bills that he has to pay. So here I am losing my car as I struggle to pay the rent and uti... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:28:33 EST Get Outside and Try Something New! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and kids surprised me with this white water rafting adventure on my 49th birthday! It was scary and it was thrilling! <BR> <BR> Now I look forward to all kinds of new outdoors fun with them each year! <BR>... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:28:32 EST Interesting Article Variety is the spice of life, so we probably should think about the importance of spicing up our life with variety. A study of people in Okinawa, where people tend to remain hale, hearty, alert, and productive into very old age, shows one area where their diet differs from Americans is the varie... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:27:45 EST Gym, Drug Test, Anniversary Made it to the gym last night and I was able to do 140 reps on most of the weight machines that I used. I did arms and legs and was able to increase the weight a little bit on each machine, I'd say by about 5-10 pounds more! I can tell I'm starting to get stronger but need to make sure I start go... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:31 EST When there's a new day . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:11 EST Progress: 3 Month Evaluation The university that I work at received a health grant this year to allow 100 faculty & staff an opportunity to get healthy by offering free services. To qualify, you either needed to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high fasting glucose levels or a BMI above 27. I was one of the "luc... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:41 EST 7/24 Drink a glass of water. Focus on my breath. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:21:51 EST Challenges I sat down today to work on my mid-year review for work and realized that I am bored. I need a new challenge. I am not sure where that challenge will come from at work, but I also need to challenge myself on a personal level. Work is work, but my life outside of work is who I truly am. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:17:28 EST Days 380-382 on the Journey!! Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Sorry about my lack of a blog but I haven't really had the energy for it. Anyway things were actually going quite good until yesterday when I broke my 4 day streak of staying within my calorie range. It was only one day though and in its midst I can recognize that 4 days ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:16:53 EST summer over already? I am beginning to think summer is over already. The summer heat came in the beginning of July... then in a blink of an eye, just as some of the locals were starting to complain( darn them) mother nature seemed to listen to them... the clouds rolled in, days cooled off and the rains started to fal... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:14:21 EST Animal Ads ;-) 7/24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:11:35 EST Thursday, July 24 1. Had a great session with my trainer today. She mentioned how much stronger I am than when I started. She is right, I am much more capable of doing the exercises she sets up for us. Feels great. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie count yesterday by 87 calories yesterday. Considering this an... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:09:22 EST No Walking. Ok I really need the scale to move downward, like seriously! All week it's been pretty much the same. I did not walk today on my treadmill. I do not plan to. Maybe I am just looking for an excuse NOT to, but I found when I added in the walking, the scale stalled. <BR> <BR> Frankly my first g... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:18 EST It's Thursday, I Think The past week has been a blur. Pain Med and Muscle Relaxer are to blame. They knock me out so all I do is sleep. At least I am pain fvree right? Physical Therapy begins tomorrow morning. Oh boy! Hopefully it will help and I can wen myself off this little devil soon. <BR> <BR> Got to see the gran... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:53 EST Nutritionist Was Spot On! Nothing is off-limits, those are the main words the nutritionist spoke to me. <BR> Now that is after she found out what I am eating and drinking. It does not mean that I can start drinking sodas or alcohol again or eating fried foods. It means that I have a sweet tooth and if I want dessert, I ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:21 EST Feeling Hopeful The dentist's office has been my second home for over 2 months now. I've had severe toothaches in two separate teeth since May. One on the top and the other, directly below it on the bottom. I've seen two dentists and an endodontist so far. <BR> <BR> After I first went in for fillings, some of... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:03 EST Comming Down from the Mountain Top Thursday morning finds me remaining at 233 lbs. after getting down to a recent record low of 231.6 lbs a few days ago. Frankly I am surprised. 2 great days of in-control eating not yielding any lost weight. Maybe not being able to exercise has hurt me but I wasn't doing any huge things before... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:04:14 EST Busy Busy Egad the last couple of weeks have flown by. Lets see, after my successful step entry, I have yet to hit it again. At least I think so. I haven't linked my Spark up to my computer for a couple of weeks and I do not have the dongle here to do it now, so who knows. <BR> <BR> One thing I do know is... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:03:41 EST Thursday! Week is passing quickly. In fact, I started to entitle this entry Wednesday but that just isn't so. LOL. I am so happy that last evening I was able to make a home cooked dinner for our sweet lil family of two- just honey and me! When I cook at home, I can make luscious meals and they will n... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:01:35 EST Step two may be an issue for me :( overeater annom. 12 steps Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok so i've had an issue with God for some time. I'm going to try to explain this the best I can without sounding totally crazy :) <BR> <BR> I do believe there is a God, in fact for many years I dis... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:58:59 EST Second Week...finale Well...not good news today. This week I didn't make any progress. I was not feeling well, went to the doctor yesterday and got some meds, so hopefully I'll be feeling better in the next day or so. <BR> Tomorrow we are headed to the beach for a last minute getaway before school starts back up ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:56:38 EST Looking for a spark buddy/buddies I am a 50 year old English born again Christian lady, married, no kids, wanting to lose at least 62 pounds to get down to a healthy weight. I am going on holiday Saturday and will be starting to count calories and walk for exercise when I get back on Sunday 3rd August. Please sparkmail me if yo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:53:41 EST Still trying... OK. I tracked every bite. <BR> I did not do 15 minutes on my elliptical as planned. <BR> But, I was there for my sister when she needed to talk, <BR> I did get to go somewhere with my awesome husband, <BR> I did go to bible study, <BR> I did get to take one daughter to a special playdate, <BR... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:51:33 EST SPOILER... "There is no age barrier when it comes to Christlike service. … As we look beyond our differences in age, culture, and circumstance to nurture and serve one another, we will be filled with the pure love of Christ and the inspiration which leads us to know when and whom to serve." <BR> —Bonnie L. ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:29 EST Help me decide!! I have been thing about discontinuing going to weight watchers meetings. We had meetings in our area until spring time, but they discontinued them from our area. Now we have teo travel over 50 miles to have a weight watchers meeting. And I hate having to travel that far to a meeting. Weight w... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:49:45 EST Just thinking... On my journey I'm trying to figure out how and want keeps me in the cycle of ups and downs and today a person at work brought in a box of donuts and was offering them out and people were eating and socializing over them and I knew that was part of the problem. When you cant or don't precipitate i... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:47:30 EST Starting again Starting again! I have many reasons to get in shape. Starting with the Spark coach program today. When I lose weight, I will get rid of my too big clothing. It will never need them again! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:47:25 EST Blast Cleaning Going on the same thread as my Blast Shopping, I do Blast Cleaning: I get all my supplies out and together. Put on my favorite music that I can dance to. I start at one end of a room and dance my way thru the dusting, wiping, sweeper running until that room is done and go to the next room. I ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:46:51 EST Quote of the Day “The Paradoxical Commandments <BR> <BR> People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. <BR> Love them anyway. <BR> <BR> If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. <BR> Do good anyway. <BR> <BR> If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:44:26 EST I FEEL SO LAZY!!!!!!!!!!!! So I found out this morning that my amazing ultramarathon swimmer step-sister will be doing a SOLO 34 mile swim next Wednesday. She has already completed the Triple Crown of open water swims. This will be her longest solo swim, and quite possibly a record breaker. <BR> <BR> <link>m.cdapress.c... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:43:55 EST Blast Shopping I was asked to blog about this, so this is a start: We all have busy days where we find it hard to get in some cardio time. I do what I call Blast Shopping, I get my exercise done combined with my shopping. I have my list in my mind that I need to pick up, I know exactly where they are. So I ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:43:27 EST day 79 prime and odd I believe foods are medicines. <BR> i believe fats are crucial to health. <BR> i believe my body has the ability to heal and be well. <BR> <BR> today is day 79. it is prime. slightly odd. and my birthday. which makes it spectacular. <BR> <BR> today is day 5 of no dairy and no scale. also prime ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:47 EST Day Four An ongoing fight with my husband has me in a bad mood. UGH!!!! But...I didn't stop at Sonic for a Breakfast Burrito. Score one for me. I had a hardboiled egg and a tea for breakfast. Not enough and should have gone to the cafeteria for oatmeal, but better than a Sonic Breakfast, right? I br... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:40:59 EST Hebrews 4:9-10 (WEB) <BR> 9 There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. <BR> 10 For he who has entered into his rest <BR> has himself also rested from his works, as God did from his. <BR> <BR> Promise #205: If you enter into My rest, you will find rest from all your striving.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:39:28 EST What happened to me??? And in loving memory of Walter.. So, I've been struggling these past few months. Obviously. What with the house remodeling and antibiotic and ugh. <BR> <BR> We put Walter down. The vet said he would deteriorate pretty quickly. He might recover but once we saw the signs of internal bleeding, we knew. He was vomiting and not hims... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:34:34 EST Day 20 - half-off special Lifewalk has it ‘right’ when she says basically that if you are cooking at home, you can be aware of what serving amounts you are dishing out, “but away from home is more difficult.” So this Chapter's challenge is to take half of what you would normally eat. The example Linda Spangler gives is la... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:34:11 EST it's the little things that make it a big journey! On Tuesday night I was putting up veggies cans in the pantry and as I was finishing up, the biggest and heaviest can slipped from my hand and fell on my big toe! It just had to be the biggest one though, and boy was it painful! I think I felt like crying lol. It was throbbing all night long, but ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:32:19 EST Day Two <em>248</em> I got up and went for a walk. I do much better when I go for a walk first thing. Then I know it is done and if the day happens to get hot, I know I have already walked. Today was 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:31:59 EST Day 1 & 2 of a gallon of water So, for whatever reason, I decided to start drinking a gallon of water daily. I guess it's because I keep hearing that a gallon of water is key to weight loss, better skin, makes you feel better, sleep better, etc., and I haven't been extremely conscious about my daily water intake, which means... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:29:18 EST New Day Well I turned yesterday around by walking 2.5 miles last night and only eating a roast beef sammie at the fair with half the bun and sharing a small size fresh chips. <BR> <BR> So anyhow today is a new day and I am ready to tackle it! Going to stay positive and make better choices for me. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:28:28 EST Hot Thursday Another hot one, I know I shouldn't be complaining after the winter we have and if I could walk, I'd be at the beach in the sand and water, but ....not going there... next week, this cast is coming off and I will have to have a rush course (safely) in summer, before it is gone. <BR> <BR> Niece c... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:27:36 EST Here we go........ I'm on a stress busting challenge and I'm not sure how I'm gonna de-stress with a 4 yr old running around giving me the most stress of anything in my life. I'm 52 yrs. old and don't have any business raising a 4 yr old especially when her mother is gonna come back and mess up what I've tried to ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:23:01 EST It's Officially On!!! Today is my Official no more BS day. As many of you know, a number of things can get in your way when working towards your goals. I had set a date to officially stop everything that would and is hindering me from getting to my weight loss goal. I have been a yo-yoer for so long and every time tha... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:21:12 EST It's not about....July 24th <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:21:06 EST almost ready to go camping Hope we get some nice weather, not a lot of rain, would be great if there was none but with the way it's been lately that is to much to ask for. It has been more like spring then summer, I miss the sun, the heat. So tired of dreary cloudy sky. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:20:28 EST almost ready to go camping Hope we get some nice weather, not a lot of rain, would be great if there was none but with the way it's been lately that is to much to ask for. It has been more like spring then summer, I miss the sun, the heat. So tired of dreary cloudy sky. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:20:25 EST Down 1 pound! Down one full pound this week! <BR> <BR> I gotta say I'm disappointed, and I know exactly why. Its because I weighed more frequently than once a week, and I saw that Saturday I was 1.2 pounds lower than where I am today (official weigh in day). But since weight fluctuates day to day, I reall... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:19:56 EST 54 - Beck day 5 Yesterday was a wonderful day. Although we were basically just running "errands", we spent the whole day together and it was wonderful! We had breakfast at a little bar before our first meeting and I had a mushroom omelette with hash-browns, no toast, and water. My quick on-the-road lunch wasn'... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:17:36 EST Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes! I saw this on a Community Thread this morning. Talk about someone slapping me upside my head! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's like the definition of INSANITY: <BR> <BR> Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecti... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:14:10 EST Focus On What You Want Your Life To Look Like It's a continual balancing act of syncing up mind and body to keep all the hard work managed so far and also ensure future work! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What do you want your life to look like and what are doing to help yourself ac... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:10:51 EST Verse of the Day Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. <BR> Psalm 112:5 NIV <BR> Read more at<BR>Z8xB.99 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:06:10 EST Figuring this thing out/ Dogs <em>387</em> still figuring this thing out. But at least everything is here, I just have to find it. Where things use to pop up on the top, they are now on the bottom and sometimes pages are beside each other, but have gotten on how to move things around. <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> have bee... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:05:50 EST Camp Week While our children are enjoying their camp, the teenagers returned home yesterday afternoon. Several of them went back to our encampment to encourage and support the camp pastor for the children's camp, which is our own Josh Admire, our interim youth minister. <BR> <BR> On a more serious note, ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:05:14 EST Blessings, July 24, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Books and libraries. <BR> <BR> 2. Fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> 3. Summer vacation. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. Have a great day! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:02:40 EST Trying to get back on track I have seriously gotten off the healthy track. I have redeveloped some very bad eating habits and my exercise has been nearly nonexistent. As of today, I am going to start eating healthier and get back to exercising on a regular basis. I know that with regular exercise and eating well, I feel gre... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:45 EST Weather causes problems This humid weather we are having and then the rather hot and humid days are causing havoc with everything. <BR> <BR> For one this the bus service is up the creak without a paddle as buses are breaking down due to being over heated. So if you have an appointment to get to you have to plan a head ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:09 EST For My Dad. Here's the link for My Blog Entry I wrote for my Dad the other Month. As I'm putting up all my Entries on Sparkpeople, I wanted to put this one up too. Since there are no pictures or anything else, I also included the text for this post. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:59:47 EST Inspirational Quote for Today “Someday is not a day of the week.” ~Unknown <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:59:41 EST Fun time with dear friends Last night we went to dear friends house for dinner. Our friend likes to make home made pizza. They have both also gone gluten free recently after reading the book Wheat Belly. Our friends were having GI problems so they read the book and decided to try going gluten free. Well they were ple... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:58:28 EST What Successful Weight Loss People Do Right <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's no surprise. People who really do lose the weight they need to lose, people who really do transform their lives, they all have one thing in common. They are consistent. Whatever we do consistently in our lives...b... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:58:18 EST Make Today Count! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After all, before ya know it, it'll be Halloween. <BR> <BR> What would YOU be able to accomplish in 100 days if you really set your mind to it? <BR> <BR> Instead of wishin' & hoping - - - let's make it happen! <BR... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:57:47 EST P90X DAY 92-93: Plyo and Back/Biceps. From 5/20/14 - 5/21/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-92-93-plyo-and-backbiceps.<BR>html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:57:23 EST P90X DAY 91: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps and 8 Plyo Pushups. From 5/19/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-91-chestshoulderstriceps-a<BR>nd-8.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:55:44 EST Confused on how much I should be eating Well am ever so confused.... <BR> Last week I had a medical appointment. am not going to say I found it a positive experience but I am taking some suggestions that came up while we spoke. <BR> #1 I purchased a fitbit. This is basically a pedometer that has online tracking. She said10 000 step... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:55:17 EST Can You See God? I love the message from Max this morning. It is a delightful story about his daughter. I think you will enjoy it. Can you see God in you? <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> Look Inside Yourself (By Max Lucado/from <BR> <BR> When my daughter Jenna was six years old, I discov... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:54:55 EST P90X DAYS 88-90: Yoga and a lot of Nothing. From 5/16/14 - 5/17/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-days-88-90-yoga-and-lot-of-not<BR>hing.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:52:14 EST Change In reading a member board post this morning the subject was about making changes......the topic of the discussion was <BR> "Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes" <BR> <BR> So, I decided to go to the web site and find the meaning of the word change. I stopped at the twelfth ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:51:35 EST P90X DAY 87: Arms/Shoulders and Diamonds of Bronze. From 5/15/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-87-armsshoulders-and-diamo<BR>nds.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:49:49 EST Goals So I have the goal to be able to jog for two miles without stopping to walk or rest. I have been working on this since may and I feel like I should be able to do it already but I'm not there yet. This morning I did better than I ever have so far I am playing a game with myself it's called connect... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:48:15 EST Sense and Sensibility A few years ago, my husband bought me a popcorn maker for my birthday. It looks like this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I love it! And we used it quite a bit until about a month ago when the kettle stopped heating. Luckily, my husband has a fri... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:47:10 EST Leftovers is a dirty word... As part of the super plate, don't waste your food generation, do you find that leftovers still has a negative connotation for you? Like some poor child in the world is still hungry because you didn't consume all 5 cups of pasta slathered with alfredo that the nice Italian guy just plopped in fron... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:45:08 EST I can do this, right? I followed up a GREAT C25k session (I nailed two intervals of just over half a mile a piece!!! Half a mile!!!!!) with a crappy step on the scale. I know that I have identified the areas that I think are causing me problems, and it's been all of like 24 hours; I'm just so annoyed with myself for ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:42:53 EST 30-Day Shred: Level 1, Day 3 I'm going to do my best to post a blog entry for every day of 30-Day Shred. Hopefully that will help me keep it up. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I didn't get my walk in because work was hectic. I did do about 10 minutes of yoga. Unfortunately, the video we picked was just too much for my husband's back ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:38:18 EST Never say, "Never." Let's see.... how long does it take to lose 100 lbs?... by now I should have have done it three times over...sigh...if I really intend to do ANY part of the Appalachian Trail next year in honor of my 60th birthday, I'd better start NOW!!!!!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:37:34 EST The Better Sleep Challenge - Sleep Journal, Night Three Thursday, July 24, 2014 <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you wake up today? <BR> 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> 3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> 4. What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> 5. Did you exerci... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:37:29 EST Happiness and dysfunction Looking back, I've come to realize my family was very dysfunctional. After hours and hours of therapy, I found that many truths were not necessarily normal or true. There wasn't a lot of love, so I didn't learn how to love. There was plenty of anger, so I learned how to be an angry person. Pa... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:36:08 EST Friendly fire <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am trying to work with my arms rather than treat them as something to subdue, like they are a bad part of me and have to be whipped into shape. The above dieting cartoon reminds me of how we get separated from our b... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:31:10 EST Smile <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Great Grand Daughter----- Vivica----- Babies like to smile! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:29:55 EST Day 966- Day 18 of Whole30...When Life Happened Don't Worry! I didn't ruin my Whole30! <BR> <BR> But I did have a moment of panic this morning. About 15 seconds after turning on the stove to heat up my pan for my scrambled eggs this morning, I heard a loud boom and my house went dark. I turned around to my dad sitting at the kitchen table and... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:27:38 EST I DID IT AGAIN - I ran 3.5 MILES - Where did that even come from? They say Go Big or Go Home. Well I am going Big, and I love to be at home, because it seems otherwise, I am always working. So here's to getting up and out the door no matter what. <BR> Yesterday was 4 hours at my client's house without A.C. I knew I was shredding pounds there. Once I got home a... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:26:38 EST Thursday's Motivation "You can't do it all yourself. Don't be afraid to rely on others to help you accomplish your goals." <BR> <BR> Oprah Winfrey Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:24:57 EST Pick My Winning Photo! <img src=""> <BR> These are some of the selfies I took to make as profile pics on some of my pages. <BR> I would like for you to vote on the one you like the best, please help me decide........ <BR> 1. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:57 EST Day 3 of Physical Therapy! Yay! I am beginning to enjoy Life Abundantly again! Feels good to be in the gym! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, summer class is almost done and my last class starts in the fall! Graduation Day I will be dancing across the stage...boot free! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:31 EST Advice Needed I am looking for some advice, and I am hoping that someone will be able to help me out. <BR> <BR> The time has come to buy my dress for my sister's wedding... this is what it will look like: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am at a crossroa... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:21:45 EST Thursday, July 24th <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:18:50 EST I am committed to having a great day. I am committed to being positive today. I am committed to accepting that I alone am responsible for my choices today. I am going to enjoy the sunshine, the fabulous place I work, and the wonderful people I choose to have in my life. I am going to make a point to smile all day! I am going to h... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:20 EST Reminder Don't be your own worst critic. Wipe away those negative thoughts, and be kind to yourself! — Denise Austin <BR> <BR> Our "self talk" conversations should be similar to what we would say to a friend or loved one! If we are constantly saying BAD things to and about ourselves and then expecting p... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:09:47 EST have not abandoned you all . been a long run .but i can see the light . I n May i fell into our tub . could not get out . after much pulling and pushing made it out . did not break any bones . just hurt . shoulder . so i waited . in june went to Florida with my daughter . we go every other year . it was our year . our year to see movies and eat out and just plain sho... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:08:33 EST Walk This Way Spark featured an article called "9 Ways To Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day" which I found interesting and motivation. <BR> <BR> With all of the health issues I have had so far this year I have felt that I was taking one step forward and two back. After my last surgery I was at the lowest weight th... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:06:21 EST 7/24/14 <em>304</em> for all the support <BR> <BR> have a good day Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:06:16 EST Resting..... Tuesday evening I got in an amazing Insanity workout. <BR> <BR> I did Max Interval Plyo <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was another very sweaty workout. This one is full of jumps and really tests your upper body strength. <BR> <BR> <im... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:04:40 EST Cumulative Aspartame Consumption Taking January 1, 1984 as an approximate start date (which is roughly on or about when Equal and Diet Coke with Aspartame hit the market): 30 years, 6 months, 24 days, or 1,594 weeks. <BR> Averaging approximately 18 12 oz. cans of Diet Coke a week (a high rough estimate, but I think this would ad... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:02:41 EST 14 Years Sober Today! :) I wish I had documented my sobriety journey. What a fool I was not to. It could've helped me today with my sweets addiction. <BR> <BR> I remember the first year though, I spend a lot of time in the library, reading up on sobriety and autobiographies of people who were sharing their sobriety jour... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:01:13 EST LIFE... “Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn't have the time to sit around and talk about you. What's important to me is not others' opinions of me, but what's impo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:34 EST SO... Yesterday wasn't bad, sales wise, but it really could have been better. I'm not going to complain, though. Any day I don't go in the hole is a good one in my book. <BR> <BR> Some interesting things happened yesterday with work. At our second market, it is new, so there are people still being nas... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:51:06 EST it's thursday i feel a bit tired today. that is okay. school will be done tomorrow. then i will be off to spend some time with my daughter. i am so glad my good friend is in my life. he has been there for me through all of the challenges i faced and the ones i am now facing. all of the birds are doing well and... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:50:25 EST This will brighten your day 776 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:48:11 EST Compassion How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these. <BR> ~George Washington Carver <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:47:13 EST Sometimes it works, sometimes it's an "Epic Fail" Have you ever seen "Epic Fails" on YouTube? My husband and stepson love watching them. They are a lot like America's Funniest Home Videos. Lots of people falling or getting hit in the genitals. I am not immune to schadenfreude, but it has to be spontaneous and "live" for me to enjoy it for the m... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:46:29 EST Streak On! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like this much of the time. I'm off to save my own day. <BR> <BR> <BR> At closer inspection this is what I'm actually doing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:46:28 EST How much exercise is REALLY needed to lose weight Apparently the people who do all these studies have done some more and determined that 30 minutes five times a week will not usually do it for most of us. Here is the SP article that explains the new guidelines. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=how_much_exercise_you_... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:46:19 EST Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (Lou Malnati's) I had to go to Chicago for business for the past two days. And, yes. I did have some deep dish pizza. I tried to get the nutritional information here on Spark, and alarms started going off saying "Don't do it! Don't do it! Why not add some Outback Fries while you are at it!" Actually, the onl... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:45:48 EST My Salad Life #25 My last 'official' salad day, 25 salads later. We leave for the airport and our holiday in 2 hours - very excited! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My last salad was a version of a Greek salad (different to the one I had earlier in my salad challenge in that it also had avocado and black olives i... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:44:28 EST Way off track, but... But I'm sprinting towards the path that works. It's summer with teens at home lots of reasons to be in the kitchen. It's July in Texas, lots of reasons to stay inside. I even used "it's Saturday" as an excuse for eating whatever I wanted. I can give up or I can learn from my experience and keep ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:41:46 EST The Thing About Yesterday... I did well yesterday. 10,000 steps. Check. Food Goal. Check. <BR> General well being = Cheerful and friendly. <BR> <BR> I helped my friend move. I read an article that said to be emotionally healthy we should help others more. After 4 hours of shlepping boxes I really didn't feel very posi... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:41:19 EST Success is a Relative Term <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This hit me the other day in a hard core way. Success is a relative term. Honestly. In the past, I always felt successful when I had losses on the scale. Now I truly realize that success means so much more. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:40:41 EST JUST HEARD..................UNHAPPY FACE Just got a call from Jackie and her puchase of 3, Hill Ave has fallen through (the bungalow around the corner to us that she and Steve were hoping to buy). <BR> Apparently because they wanted to rent it out the finance company needed more collateral......wait for it.............. <BR> <BR> £25,0... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:37:25 EST July 24th, 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My today photo. The adorable little girl behind me is my granddaughter Jaida! <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Hello and good morning Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Since I am doing a lot more exercise now, I am trying... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:36:50 EST Drum roll please! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That was todays Sparkcoach motivation. And I have to say. They are right. I haven't done this new Restricted diet perfectly but I still am seeing results. <BR> <BR> Todays measurements showed improvement in almos... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:36:24 EST Picture Project Now that I have actually begun to straighten out the pictures that I have, I found that it has been easier than I thought it would be. Such is many of the projects that I put off - this just re-affirms that I need to just plunge head-first into projects that I am putting off. Sometimes I believe... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:34:14 EST Week Twenty-Nine Weigh-In Day This morning I weighed in at 179.4 lb, down 1 lb from last week and 37.6 lb since January 2. <BR> <BR> It is very good to see the 170s again! <BR> <BR> Now for the tough part: I am going on vacation, starting Saturday, for one week. I will be going somewhere with no exercise equipment or inter... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:32:20 EST Quote for the day 07/24/14 "An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." <BR> Henry David Thoreau Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:30:14 EST Yesterday was a difficult day I haven't blogged about this, but I think it's time, mostly to get the thoughts out for me. <BR> <BR> My best friend is very ill. She has Frontaltemporal Lobe Dementia. She was 53 years old when she was first diagnosed. It is breaking my heart to watch. <BR> <BR> Karen was my first friend whe... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:29:54 EST Day 669: Hello <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:29:12 EST 40 lbs of fat down. I weighed yesterday and I have lost a total of 23 pounds in a month. That is GREAT! if i should say so myself. The better thing is I have lost 40 pounds of fat that is 11.6% of my fat down in a month. <BR> It may seem odd to loose 17 more pounds of fat than total, but I have added 17 pounds of l... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:26:10 EST Day 10: Motivated High hopes today for the future. Work is still absolute hell but I need to take account for my own life, my own health, and my own happiness. I have an appointment to join a local gym today. This is the only year since I've moved to Wisconsin that I haven't been a member of a gym. Time to get... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:23:25 EST Day 9 of 100 Day 9 of 100 of No Pop <BR> Day 9 of 100 of No Fast Food <BR> Day 9 of 100 of No Candy <BR> Day 9 of 100 of Exercise (45 minutes of lawn mowing (push mower)) <BR> <BR> Thoughts for Today: <BR> Eight boxes of files carried up from the basement, coffee made, computers turned on and music playing. ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:16:40 EST Day 4: Notes From Day 3 Wednesday Morning 8:00 AM <BR> I didn’t want to go to the gym today. When I got out of bed everything hurt. Maybe today would be a good day to just rest. I didn’t. Somehow I put myself into the car and pointed it toward the gym. After 45 minutes of various cardio exercise I was glad I came. I f... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:15:15 EST Crazy week I get to work early and the entire network is down! Phones, everything! <BR> <BR> I did take some time to research the Whole 30 program and I am seriously considering it. Oops! Boss is coming and he looks mad. Lol Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:11:57 EST Poll: What Changes Have You Made To Succeed To Get Healthier? I was sitting this morning reviewing how different my life is as far as changes I've made to succeed at the weight loss I've lost. <BR> But first I want to review how I physically and mentally feel. I think this is the most important part of these changes I have made. The weight loss was a side ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:10:16 EST Goal 1 I will loss 5 pounds by Sept 1, 2014. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:09:37 EST Count down to Germany We are on our final few days in Holland. It has been delightful but fraught at times too been at a summer school where we had to face up to a few demons. I thought I'd join the team Weight for God how appropriate is that given what the Summer School was about. It wasn't about weight but the po... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:09:33 EST Any Advice? To Sell or Not? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a busy week planned but a few things got postponed, which gave me a day I desperately wanted to spend at the studio. I have several things people have requested me to make, and I have been eager to get them made. ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:08:49 EST And My Point Is... From time to time, I fall into the, "what's the point," mindset. For example, last week when I saw the scale actually GO UP, or the painfully slow rate at which I'm losing weight, or the fact that my knees are still not feeling great, I start to wonder, just why am I making this effort? Maybe ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:06:12 EST Possibly Stolen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since moving I have noticed that there are quite a few pawn shops around here. I started thinking about going to one and getting money for a couple of pieces of jewelry that a couple of my ex's gave to me. I told mom t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:05:14 EST Weight Loss Plus Waking up excited to tackle the challenge of working out with and around my children. What shall we do today? Walk to the playground, swim for a few hours at the pool, and/or have a clean the house dance party? <BR> I LOVE "lazy" days with no official plans :) Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:05:14 EST My biggest accomplishment Putting myself through college and completing my doctorate has been one of my biggest accomplishments. Being married to a wonderful and loving man for 33 years and raising a smart, independent son are my other a complishments. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:05:07 EST Today's quote <BR> <BR> Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming. <BR> <BR> ~Alice Walker <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:01:03 EST Keep Your Honey In The Moon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> People use the phrase "the Honeymoon is over" .... But does it have to end? <BR> Getting married is kind of like getting something shiny new ........ But one thing for sure ........ whether it's a new car, a new tech... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:59:20 EST Oy! This is nuts. The scale is creeping up and that is not good! I haven't been that great lately so I shouldn't be so surprised but oy! I need to get my act together. I need to stick to plan and get moving and just do it. I feel like I am constantly saying that but I need to really follow through. I can tell ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:56:57 EST up 6 pounds It's been a while since I've checked in - I've been busy and then lately my internet connection has been on the fritz. Thankfully, I have a friend with computer skills so he was able to get it up and going again. <BR> <BR> The visit with my son & family was wonderful. My granddaughter's first ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:56:42 EST Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow I am still attempting to keep at least a small portion of my program intact during mom's illness. Each day has had its hurdles. Relatives and friends are of course calling, there are arrangements to be made that need my attention plus a constant flow of staff coming through. After a point yest... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:52:40 EST Back Again... My last blog post was in October of 2013 - Announcing my pregnancy. Although I had hopes of being super healthy during the pregnancy, I gave up pretty quickly on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> My baby girl arrived on 5/23 after a month of bed rest and a 2 week hospital stay. Everyone is doing great, and... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:52:23 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 7/24 Thu <BR> The Sabbath Day was given as a shadow of Jesus Christ. It pictures the rest His people find in a relationship with Him. When the real thing has come, there is no more need for the shadow. Those who are saved have entered into the Lord’s rest... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:50:48 EST Day 6 Get your 5 a day Planning on having a smoothie with spinach and fruit <BR> Did you get your 5 today? <BR> <BR> I know I shouldn't step on the scale but i've become exicted to see the number go down down down. <BR> <BR> I am .5 away from my next goal <BR> Take care sparkies <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:49:42 EST Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes I haven't been as active here lately and for good reason--I've had a lot going on, almost all of which is really positive. Just wanted to write a quick blog to let everyone know what's been going on. <BR> <BR> The reason why I've had multiple trips to Germany is that my husband and I are planni... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:48:37 EST Use Your Dashboard to Bake Cookies? Think it Over Thursday I never heard of this before until clicking on a GF newsletter I receive. I don't know if I will try this or not, but the author, Sarah Menanix, gives very good directions. Those who live in really 'hot' climates and own a car may enjoy this 'solar baking' idea. <BR> <BR> Think it over. Here ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:48:14 EST Thge Fitbit Rocks The fitbit has proven to be a good tool. First it keeps me from going over, because at the end of the day I know right where my calorie burn is. Ir also motivates me to begin to walk more. I walk about 5000 steps a day, half of what I need to do. Most of this is due to working in an office. ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:45:54 EST Whoopie Pie Wednesday Another beautiful whoopie pie Wednesday has come and gone. <BR> I started the day at 2:45 with coffee outside on the deck with the big guy. Ate my first meal of the day at 3:30 - steel cut oats, wild blueberries, cinnamon, chia seeds, toasted walnuts, two egg whites. At work I made 8 gallons veg... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:45:19 EST Actonsi <BR> Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. <BR> <BR> Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:43:04 EST Success is a Lifestyle - Not a Result I took this number 5 from Marc and Angel's post today (if you want to read the rest of the great tips see this link <link><BR>hings-you-need-to-remind-yourself-of-w<BR>hen-you-wake-up/#more-766 </link> <BR> <BR> Success is a lifestyle, not a result. – We al... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:35:53 EST Day 2 and 3 Doing well, blood sugar still not wnl. Today I am feeling better then yesterday. <BR> Not much to say right now. <BR> Praying for my daughter who is having fainting spells. Please pray with me. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:35:45 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/24/2014 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/24//2014 <BR> Mark 2:23-28 <BR> THE SCANDAL OVER THE SABBATH, Lesson 14c <BR> <BR> v. 27-28 JESUS AND THE ILLUMINATION <BR> <BR> These next two verses give us a lot of insight into the Sabbath, the reasons for its observance and the place it holds ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:35:31 EST Egg White Omelette . . . with low fat feta and a double handful of spinach and some salsa on the side: that's a go-to breakfast that never gets old. <BR> <BR> I use my handy microwave omelette pan. It folds. A quick spray of olive oil Pam. One minute for the egg whites alone (I use the carton type). Stir a bit, th... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:34:55 EST Weigh In uggggggggggggggh <BR> but I have to and deception is fat waiting to happen so I stepped on the ain't broke! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:34:23 EST Update/Today's Goals Time of month is really getting to me this morning. I'd forgotten how bad my TOM could get! I have plans to go see a puppet show with my girls at the Library tomorrow, so I hope it gets better by then! <BR> <BR> I FINALLY got that couch pillow sewed up yesterday! I've been meaning to do that for... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:30:19 EST The comedy of a recording scale... <em>193</em> I probably blogged about it when I got the Withings Healthmate scale back last September, I think it was, when my old less fancy scale finally gave up the ghost. <BR> <BR> This one interacts with web sites, synchs with automatically, etc. You can set up profiles f... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:29:51 EST Tired Thursday DS' team had the 1st game vs Bermuda. They lost 4 - 0. His number is 10 and I learned that the Big Dogs wear 10. It was amazing to see him so animated and giving instructions on the field. He's nothing like that at home. There was good support for the team. The next game is Friday. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:27:37 EST When tough tries to overtake. There are some days when pain overcomes our efforts, draining one of energy and stamina. Attempting to remain on track and positive can become strenuous with much effort. Then one begins to feel alone and fights the thoughts that come gushing in. That is when I turn to God in prayer asking for mo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:21:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 24, 2014 July 24, 2014 UNDERSTAND THEN TEACH <BR> <BR> The best way to remember something is to learn it and then immediately teach it to someone else or at least tell them about it. When we seek first to understand and then to be understood, as Steven Covey says, we will create the opportunity to learn ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:13:35 EST Keep on keeping on While I haven't met a lot of the goals I have set for myself yet, I have been at this for 85 days and I am still trying to better myself! I keep telling myself it's a lifestyle change and I will continue and keep the gains I have made for myself and keep reminding myself of where I want to go nex... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:13:02 EST my gratitude-words of encouragement.7.24.14 I am grateful for my life today <BR> I am grateful for my HP <BR> I am grateful for program <BR> I am grateful for Scotty <BR> I am grateful for Phil <BR> I am grateful for James <BR> I am grateful for Jon and Heidi <BR> <BR> <BR> " Life gives answers in three ways; it says yes and gives whatev... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:12:57 EST Good morning <BR> <BR> My name is Greg I am a grateful recovering COE, I was abstinent yesterday <BR> <BR> Plan of Action <BR> <BR> Submit Meal Plan <BR> Call Phil <BR> Pray before/after meals <BR> Text Phil before/after meals <BR> Make 2 outreach calls <BR> Attend 9:45 phone meeting, be of se... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:06:51 EST FOCUS The rest of your life begins right now. Ready, set, go! <BR> <BR> <BR> Success is not final, failure is not fatal. <BR> It is the courage to continue that counts. <BR> - Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> Fall seven times, stand up eight. <BR> - Japanese Proverb <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:01:51 EST ....morn..... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:00:46 EST Altering yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So...what are you doing to alter yourself? Not just here in SP, but life in general? Have you made bad choices you wish you could take back? That's literally impossible, but you can make better choices in the momen... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:55:31 EST My Journey since last year <img src=""> I had no choice but to put them on and keep them on even though the elastic did break a few times, but I pulled myself back up. DH has had 3 strokes since November the last one a blood clot burst in the back of his head that aff... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:51:02 EST Gratitude Lord, <BR> <BR> Just a humble and simple thank You. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Be blessed, <BR> <BR> - Nancy Jean - <BR> GA Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:41:47 EST day 69 happy 15 yrs Happy 15 yrs to this man right here. We have defiantly had our ups downs all around, but with God's love Grace and guidance we are still here together. <BR> <BR> <img src="">then <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:41:31 EST Oh my! <img src=""> <BR> True eh??? ---- <BR> This is the day the propane truck will pull in here and fill the enormous tank--- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'll have to keep you posted, but, it will... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:40:41 EST One step at a time The plan is to keep moving forward and not look back at any bumps in the road. <BR> <BR> Each positive move will help me gain confidence that I can overcome setbacks. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:39:44 EST La Jolla #3 On Saturday we went to one of my favorite places....La Jolla beach. It is also a favorite of others and many weddings are performed here. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture looking towards the town of La Jolla. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:38:53 EST Thursday, July 24 Well, I went to the airport yesterday so I can see the exhibit. It's a nice exhibit. Small space which is why they only allowed 50 2D and 50 3D pieces. My painting is either at the beginning or the end of the exhibit space -- depending how one starts. My painting is on a wall by itself and th... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:30:24 EST A Small Victory Over the weekend, I accepted an invitation to join a team challenge. It was exciting to realize that by joining SparkPeople and becoming an active part of a team, I was on a journey to improve so many aspects of my life. Then The Gang showed up: You’ll Fail, Let’s Quit, This Won’t Work, Why Try... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:22:23 EST TAKE THE RISK-CHANGE CHANGE IS THE ONE CONSTANT IN LIFE- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:18:45 EST Thursday's Thought "As we advance in life, it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties, the inmost strength of the heart is developed." <BR> <BR> <BR> Vincent Van Gogh Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:16:44 EST Almost Friday :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:13:50 EST 7/24/2014 10 minute method-Day 5 <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:05:27 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/24/2014 THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">BLESSED is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalm 41:... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:04:11 EST A good case for movement and exercise I came across this video and it really tells us that if we can do some <BR> form of exercise, the health benefits are enormous. <BR> Healthy body and healthy mind is what we should all aspire to. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>risingly-simple-way-to-heal-lower-back<B... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:00:12 EST Daily Inspirational Message As you begin to nourish creativity in one area of your life, it begins to flourish in other areas. <BR> <BR> The Woman's Book of Creativity (The Business of Life by C. Diane Ealy, PhD) Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:56:20 EST Journaling- I'm finally doing it! I am so uncomfortable in my body- I'm now trying journaling. I know that my overeating is not all about "gee that tastes so good!". I have decided to explore other issues that cause me to have fork in mouth disease. <BR> Started back to the gym- guess what, the walls did not come falling down, p... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:51:19 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A good friend knows all your best stories, a best friend has lived them with you. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:49:27 EST Choice, Chance, Change It all starts with making a choice. <BR> Decide what has to change. <BR> Take the chance! <BR> Put forth the effort to become something better! <BR> Change will come based on our decisions and our effort to commit to them. <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:47:36 EST Soul Searcher Question <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:44:00 EST Day 46: It's A Lifestyle Change One of the most irritating things that I have come across on my healthy lifestyle journey is the food watchers. You know the people who like to comment about whether or not you can eat that. I know that some may mean well, but others do it just to make you feel bad and so they can gloat about y... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:32:52 EST The point If food and exercise become your life, you end up missing the whole point why most of us are doing it.To live a better life. <BR> <BR> This happen to me....Thinking about meals, exercising, ect. was getting in the way of playing with my two yr old.He was acting poor and we were both unhappy. So... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:27:21 EST Thursday......... Still hangin' in there - made fairly good food choices - rest of day was fairly unremarkable - but the "hump" of a day was pretty much successfully climbed! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:26:27 EST MAKING PROGRESS I FEEL I HAVE MADE PROGRESS WITH MY HAND SURGERY AND PRAY THING WILL BE OK WHEN I GO BACK TO WORK TUESDAY. DO I FEEL TODAY I AM READY NO BUT I DO HAVE 4 MORE DAYS! <BR> ALSO FEEL I AM MAKING BABY STEPS WITH MY MIND SET I WILL TAKE IT ONCE BACK TO WORK IS THE HARD PART THERE FOR THAT AS WELL. TO M... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:25:00 EST Finding my green thumb This is the year of returning to what I used to do. <BR> Grow stuff. <BR> Here is my one and only eggplant. I'm disappointed in the plant but my harvest of one will be well prepared. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Watching the red pepper turn red. <... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:23:41 EST present rule...keep up the momentum Back to the closets...whew...what a job! No modeling yesterday as the DGD's had leave at noon. We worked through the second coset to sort into piles: keep, try on and discard. <BR> <BR> Then we went back to the kitchen to redo and dispose...two more bags of trash and one of recycling containers.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:20:21 EST Excellent!!! " If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second , quit doing less -than - excellent work." Thomas Watson <BR> <BR> If you want to be excellent you have to ask your self some hard questions . For instance How can I work harder, smarter or faster.? How can I get m... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:19:08 EST Depression & weight loss. Sometimes, when a chemical imbalance is a large part of the problem, it's like swimming against an strong current when you're tired. Maybe you'll make it a few feet but then you end up right back where you were. <BR> <BR> And it's not your fault. You're doing all the right things - eating healt... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:16:40 EST Pregnancy & Baby Instructions THESE ARE MEANT TO BE FUNNY, I'M NOT ADVOCATING ANYTHING BY POSTING THESE <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:10:35 EST Changing my Eating Lifestyle to Whole, Plant-based Food For the past couple of years, I have spent the majority of my time living in hotels because I travel full-time for my job. When it comes to eating, I previously relied on going out to eat and buying food for the hotel room from convenience stores. However, that gets expensive and is usually unh... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:08:52 EST Day 37- Weight is stuck I am surprised every week that my scales is not moving. Some days I am very surprised that is has not gone up even! The reno week for example...myself and hubby ate out every evening and I did not spare the calories and I am still the same. This week, I have been not too bad,,,and the scales is t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:56:43 EST Psalm 142 We can tell God anything. <link> </link> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:25:13 EST Yesterday's gone but today is another day! Okay yesterday was a day where I hit the limits in all but my calorie count. I knew it was going to be close because of our "splruge" dinner. But today is another day and I am ready to rock! My Ninja mixer gets here sometime today and I may be asking my son-in-law to run me to the store so I can ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:19:26 EST Cheese tends to calm my nerves "Cheese tends to calm my nerves," a quote from the Golden Girls when Rose tries to offer her blind date, Isaac Newton some cheese. Isaac says cheese helps calm him. <BR> <BR> Mozarella cheese is my new go-to hunger pang filler. Part-skim mozarella cheese. I also like eating it with some round sl... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:13:36 EST Paris! My husband planned a surprise holiday for us - a long weekend in Paris! Oo-la-la!! <BR> <BR> I love Paris and have not been there since I was 19, so to be back as an adult was just fabulous. It's a city that to me is simply a place of dreams. I love the way people walk, talk, dress, and, just be... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:09:41 EST Shorts & T The weather is just gorgeous here at the moment - hot and summery every day (it won't last, it never does in the UK!). <BR> <BR> I'm on 2 days off work - it's ages since I got 2 days off together because we've been so busy at work! But what a treat it is!!! To swan about all day just in my sh... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:06:12 EST Peace . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Such great advice. <BR> <BR> Avoid the noise today as much as you can. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:05:40 EST 11 weeks to go. Last week I weighed 138.4lb this week I weigh 137.4lb, leaving 4.4lb to goal. <BR> <BR> This week was the last week of BLC25 and we now have a break until 17th September – that is 8 weeks!!!! BLC25 was very successful for me – this round I lost 5.6lb, I am faster and stronger than ever. Some ot... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:05:38 EST Coordinating food and exercise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The best way to predict the future is to create it." <BR> -- Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my next appointment for the nutritionist. I am anxious to see how she reviews my food diary. I know that I have not b... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:53:35 EST Let's Focus... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Thursday ahead, today let’s focus on looking after ourselves, let’s be the man and or woman God has called us to be, let’s focus on becoming healthy... <BR> <BR> When we become healthy we look... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:51:58 EST NOW IS THE TIME <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:43:36 EST Juice Fast: Day 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stage: 4 <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge: 31 Day Flat Abs Challenge <BR> <link><BR>index=12&list=PLe5P3ayTEj7Z7CJqzdZHgX7<BR>pR... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:42:29 EST Quote for the Day The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. <BR> <BR> Chuck Swindoll on Choices <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:31:49 EST Bible Verse for the Day Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Romans 15:7 NKJV <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:28:12 EST Thursday 24th July 268 calorie breakfast: <BR> <BR> 4 whole-grain rice cakes 116c <BR> 16g low-fat butter 50c <BR> 15g Dukan Nutella 36c <BR> 1 low-fat sugar-free strawberry yoghurt 66c <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 541c mid-morning... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:28:05 EST THURSDAY DONE & DUSTED My thursday is almost aver... <BR> it has been an awesome day with the 3 monthly regional Pastors day...was stoked that my hubby was able to attend.... <BR> <BR> Was out walking this morning by just after 8am and walked 6k in 57 mins.....stoked..... <BR> <BR> Saturday is a 7k walk....ysy... <BR... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:24:50 EST 504 Days!!! So, where have I been for the last two years you may ask? <BR> <BR> And my answer would be, “Oh you know, just gaining back every ounce of weight that I ever painstakingly lost.” <BR> <BR> That's not entirely true. I'm still about 25lbs lighter that my original starting weight, but still, I hav... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:07:22 EST So Close, Yet So Far Away! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since starting my "new plan" that I mentioned in my last blog, I have been weighing daily. I know I have talked many times about needing to break my daily weighing habit, because it typically makes me crazy! I let the ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:07:16 EST 3 weeks not exercising - no weight gain but major loss of running condition Before my exams I pretty much able to run a 5 k three times a week. I was already starting to train for speed and once a week I went on longer runs. But exams were killing me. I tried to go for smaller runs but I just couldn't fit it in, there was always something. <BR> <BR> So this week I wen... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:59:58 EST 43 To do or not to do Yesterday I read the "Fighting the urge" e-book by dr Amy Johnson <BR> <link><BR>2013/12/Fighting-the-Urge_Dr-Amy-Johns<BR>on.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> and afterwards went to an AA lunch meeting. Dr Johnson says that compulsive eating is neither an incurable a... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:52:09 EST WHOOP'S !! FORGOT TO BLOG YESTERDAY. THIS WAS MY DAY FOR ME TO PAY BILL'S, GO <em>341</em> SHOPPING, PICK UP MY MED'S ETC. I <em>311</em> ED, <em>418</em> PLUS THE MENTIONED AND DIDN'T FINISH TILL ABOUT 3:30 PM. BUT ALL IS <em>250</em> . ON FRIDAY WHERE I LIVE IN SENIOR APT.'S THERE WILL BE 5 OF ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:51:47 EST We have a festival to go to......................... This weekend seeing the annual Gorleston Cliff Top Festival. <BR> This is our first opportunity to see it- John and Vicki sent us pics of it last year and it looked a blast. <BR> Please let the sun continue to shine this weekend so it all goes well. <link> </link> <BR>... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:50:04 EST Fits with FitBit So, Tuesday night I picked up a FitBit Zip and the Aria WiFi scale. Took the Zip to work, works flawlessly! Good to see my initial calculations for distance were close to spot on, and wound up walking over 11,000 steps today. Over 5 miles! <BR> <BR> The scale, however, was the bane of my existen... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:42:59 EST B E L I E V E <em>334</em> " Believe in your ability to reach your goals and follow through without hesitation. " <em>381</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:41:01 EST B E L I E V E <em>334</em> " Believe in your ability to reach your goals and follow through without hesitation. " <em>381</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:38:01 EST Something to read each morning? 5# <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Get some fresh air today. walk or jog or run or just potter in the garden and connect with Mother Nature Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:37:57 EST DAILY QUOTE God may not get us out of a situation , but He will give us the strength to get through it . <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:13:20 EST Cousin's Day Cousin's Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 24th <BR> <BR> Cousin's Day honors your Aunt and Uncle's kids. They are those great kids who are likely close to your age, and endure the countless family get togethers with you. I... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:53:07 EST