SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs The secret life of a sneaky exerciser... For a coulpe of days I have been obsessed with swimming... the reson being a challenge through "swimtag" this bracelet my local swimming arena has introduced that registers how fast I swim, how long, hog many armstokes per pool lenght, burned calories and more. What made me obsess was a local cha... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:14:18 EST Just another journal~ It's only been a week since I've joined a gym, and I've already gone 5 times. I'm going again tomorrow, and then the next day, I'm going to be walking with my older sister for 7 miles. (She's in the army and they're doing a friends/family walk) I just performed in marching band, and I had a perso... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:58:31 EST Relaxed Friday Just one of those days I thought I was busy doing things and poof the day is almost over and can not really point to anything done. Do you ever have days like that. <BR> I have been working on labeling folders in my Picasa photo program. I had just been uploading for the last few weeks and ever... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:52:14 EST Bible verse of the day Acts 2:46 <BR> So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, <BR> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:51:55 EST Day 17 I am now more than 2 weeks in and have become more aware of some of my patterns. My goal for this week, beginning right now, is to hold myself or eat accountable by logging each meal BEFORE I consume it as to not avoid the fact that I am over eating. I have not lost anything since my last wei... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:47:15 EST Gratitude August 26 2016 Number 1: Today when I went for my walk to catch Pokemon (and get steps) my younger son and I met a man in a suit eagerly exclaiming that he was looking for a Seel. It turns out that he had driven to our local park just to caught this hard to find Pokemon. We pointed him in the correct direct... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:47:09 EST I Had A Successful Friday Well considering how tired I was I actually managed to keep it together and stick to my guns and I am so glad I did. I now have my first green square on my No S Diet calendar and I have now posted on that site my first daily check in Success (I am Loubie69 there). I also started to read the Gretc... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:35:47 EST Glad I waited <img src=""> <BR> I had to make potato salad today and go shopping to get it done. (I make the best, so they say.) I had my mom sample it for dinner. After making her dinner and the husband lunch (He had potato salad ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:30:32 EST So many changes... I haven't been on here in a couple of years, and it's kind of cool to see how different my life is now from 2012-2014 (when I was really active on here). I used this blog space as a sort of journal, and there's a lot of cringe-y entries but I'm also glad to have this little archive... <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:30:27 EST love <img src=""> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:26:10 EST Day 237 ~ Love the Sunsets <img src=""> Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 1,611 Calories burned: 963 3. Steps taken: 10,832+ (not done for the night) 4. The number on th... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:25:24 EST Body Shaming <img src=""> I have mentioned in previous blogs, I was a university student and I dropped out because of the economy and found a job working in a woman's clothing store. I meet so many wonderful women of all shapes, ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:24:07 EST CHILLED ITALIAN SHRIMP AND TORTELLINI SALAD CHILLED ITALIAN SHRIMP AND TORTELLINI SALAD <BR> From <BR> 8 Smart Points 366 calories <BR> PREP TIME: 20 minutes <BR> This delicious, light shrimp and tortellini salad can be served as a side or main dish, perfect for summer potlucks or pool parties, or anytime you need pasta sa... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:17:10 EST Start! Start Date: August 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 333 lbs <BR> <BR> Goal Weight: 113 lbs <BR> <BR> Lbs to Lose: 220 lbs <BR> <BR> Goal Date: October 5, 2018 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:15:46 EST Getting there I lost 9 pounds. Yea me. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:04:15 EST Achieving what you set out to do Amazing feeling when you set out to do something and you achieve it.. this month i wanted to run 100km in a month and have just calculated that i have run 130km...... and theirs still a couple of days left in the month so maybe get to 140 or higher...... <BR> <BR> "Achieving your goals makes you... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:59:20 EST Great workout Great workout today! Blasted a bodyweight exercise and it was awesome Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:58:57 EST NO Quitting for Me! If I quit now, <BR> <BR> I will be right back to where I started. <BR> <BR> And when I started, <BR> <BR> I desperately wanted to be where I am now! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:47:21 EST A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> August 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> Yours Are... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the earth, yours are the feet by which He i... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:45:53 EST Made it through the first day! I was lucky today that there was so much vacuuming, mopping, grocery hauling, etc to do that I got a lot of excercise cause my mom showed up with, not just cookies, but 3 kinds f cookies! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I lov... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:36:56 EST Almost at the end of the road <img src=""> The month of #100miles1month is almost up! While I'm happy I've gotten this far I'm still exhausted for sure lol!! But I've come to the conclusion I like sweating. It takes 21 days to build a habit. I th... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:35:43 EST To Crunch or Not To Crunch, That Is the Question This was in a daily Spark: <BR> "According to Men's Health a few years ago, it takes 22,000 crunches to lose a pound of fat from your midsection," <BR> <BR> That statement just froze me in my tracks.... do you have any idea how long it would take me to do 22,000 crunches? <BR> <BR> Fortunately... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:34:36 EST Change takes time We didn't gain weight overnight and we won't change our eating habits overnight either. It takes time, determination, hard work, motivation, commitments. To change You have to want it bad enough that you'll do anything to reach your goals. Have a sparkly day my SparkPeople! Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:15:40 EST Weather We had another nice day in Oceanside, CA. Yesterday, the weather was below normal and could have also been today. Our weather has been cooler than last summer so far. I sure do hope that it continues like this through September. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:12:33 EST Friday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:12:09 EST Still in a lot of pain Called Dr. on Wed and talked to his nurse about my pain. He put me on something for the pain if this doesn't work I will be going back in to see him again. I am not happy about that at all. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:10:49 EST August 26 2016 Friday Melanie's First Football Game with friends <img src=""> Didn't do squat today but play Big Fish PC games. Melanie went to the football game and out to eat with friends right after school. This is the first time she has gone out with friends to a game where sh... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:08:33 EST Special Blessings-August 27, 2016 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I have worked hard for the past few days, so had nothing of consequence to do today. For that reason, I got to spend my morning relaxing. <BR> <BR> 2. We went to the grocery store this afternoon and got the rest of our groceries f... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:05:01 EST Finals and Another Eventful Doctor's Appointment! Well starting off I had an 8-10 page research paper due this week. I did great actually 203 out of a possible 210 so I'm sure I'm getting an A in Psychology of Personality! Yay! <BR> <BR> Thursday I had another of the weekly doctor's appointments for Benjamin. My doctor measured my belly and at... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:04:29 EST A Better, Busy Day I mowed the lawn today, and started my work day tired but happy I was working. I think I did okay at work. I sure hope so. At suppertime, I made rice for another night and heated leftovers. I'm still working with the dogs and puppy mill nutcase was much better today. I think prayers must be worki... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:54 EST continue on I am far into my weight loss journey. Happily I am down about 30 lbs. I say about because Im sure everyone knows how those scales act. Especially if I get on it about 5 or more times in one minute. LOL. Anyway I am pleased with the way things are going. Will continue on. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:59:37 EST Boiled eggs and chocolate chip cookies? What in the world do these two foods have in common? For me, they represent the struggle I have when responding to stress. Here is my story. <BR> <BR> It's been 5 days since I got back from vacation and re-affirmed my commitment to overcoming my weight challenge. I feel good with the small ch... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:58:37 EST Tomorrow the contractor to fix the floor that the plumber neglected to close the pipe. We did not notice for a long time and when we got to the basement there was a lot of water to wipe up. <BR> Called the plumber and his boss came out to fix it. <BR> Now the floor has to be fixed and then we have to fix the floor. Have to redo the sink and counters too. <BR> They called today an... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:51:18 EST Slacking I want to get back to exercising and tracking! I think I had too much fun over the summer that going back to work has not been easy. Well. I need to focus Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:42:44 EST Hot weather again Seems like the temperature is going up not down for the next season, it was in the high 80's today, I really don't do well in hot weather. I started the day with chores, still fussing with one of the calves, he had diarrhea when I got him and it hasn't really resolved regardless of putting him o... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:40:46 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for August 26: Daily inspiration: Take care of your own emotional and spiritual needs first and it will become natural to reach out lovingly to others. Lord, I depend on Your help in every situation. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are alr... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:40:18 EST Saturday Not feeling to good today I think I am in for the flu hope not but I was alright yesterday now aches and sore throat. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:37:39 EST A month 2 days <img src=""> <BR> Today went well and I took care of myself! I forgot my multi again and making sure I stick to getting the amount of food I need I feel good! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:35:28 EST Day 399 - Anxiety My anxiety reared its ugly head again today. Too much to do and not enough time to do it in. The huge farewell party for my step-son is tomorrow at my parent's house. My mom was freaking a little today about whether there would be enough food and how many people we thought were coming. I'm esti... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:26:09 EST 8/26/16 - Bedtime This evening I saw a hummingbird in the neighbor's yard. Larry takes three parts water and one part sugar, cooks it until the sugar dissolves, and puts the mixture in a red hummingbird feeder. I didn't realize how tiny the birds are. <BR> <BR> Typically, I only work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:23:02 EST The Unexpected Gift I write regularly (or try to write regularly) on a WordPress blog that I have made into my own creative outlet over the years... Today, I feel my post there is screaming at me to share here. So, here it is.... <BR> <BR> I was given a beautiful gift today by an unknowing individual. Actually, I w... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:19:42 EST One of those days Today is/was Friday all day. Did a lot of little things all day busy busy busy yet feels like I got nothing done. I did get a new pair of shoes. Life is good. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:12:12 EST Saturday Swam lots today to try and rid anxiety trying to be strong to do my brothers home and packing it up and trying to do the best I can enjoy your day hugs Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:12:02 EST Cleaning up messes It is a shame when people are so quick to push <BR> mistakes off onto others just so they can come <BR> out on top. One of our farmers is making a big <BR> stink for his mistake in reporting his acres in <BR> two different agencies incorrectly. Now he and <BR> his wife want us to "just fix it". I... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:09:19 EST They showed my crimson, gold and lavender.... Title does really have much to do with today - except I have Pippin Lyrics on my mind all day. (Started since a friend posted some sunrise pictures with part of the song Morning Glow <BR> <BR> Do Each Day <BR> Track Water - have at least 8 glasses - yes <BR> Salad with at least one meal a day... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:01:35 EST Attainable goals I have improved greatly on all my behaviors and changes in the first recorded week of my new one year health plan. Getting up earlier, getting out of the house, avoiding negative influences, eating less, adding exercise. Doing well! Dropping inches from waistline and abdomen, tightening stomach m... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:00:51 EST It's Too Damned Hot, or: Spark Solution Day 5 Look, I am originally from Iowa, where summer is basically all humidity and 80-90 degree weather for months. Seattle should be a piece of cake after that nonsense. <BR> <BR> But today temps were in the 90s, and even though I got to work from home (the HVAC at work is broken, making it even more ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:00:25 EST It doesn't matter? I can't say I don't think of it. I wanna weigh myself just to see how far I've gone, but I'm not. This isn't a journey of the lowest number. This is a journey of health and happiness. I'm surrendering my weight loss over to God. I can't do this without Him, so I'm doing it His way now. The scale ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:57:43 EST Mixed Bag Friday Loads of little annoyances today....Dana though is still hanging in there, Nice lunch with two of my Zumba ladies They made an off day a bit better. <BR> <BR> More tomorrow sweet dreams.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:55:36 EST Searching for style I have decided to return to yoga. <em>403</em> I loved yoga but, when I began this job my hours didn't allow me to continue taking my yoga class. I have found a yoga class that I can attend. <em>30</em> I really miss being able to take yoga (haven't been in several years). <BR> <BR> Now, ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:52:45 EST Doing the Thing You Think You Can't Do, or: Spark Solution Day 4 Yesterday I was so sure I was going to fall off the wagon. I was exhausted, overheated, and just not ready to do what looked like more intensive strength training. Even with the bonus of being able to do the exercises at home without anyone else around (usually a helpful thing for me when I'm fee... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:52:20 EST Problems Made my first ever chiropractor visit today. He was able to get my back lined up again but it still hurts. Ice helps a little and have been alternating tylenol and Advil. No long walks in the near future. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:49:36 EST DOG DAYS OF REFLECTION DAY 239!! Whew! I had a busy day today. I ended up with a nice blister on my lip. The doctor used what I presume was liquid nitrogen to freeze the cancer spot on my lip. It burns and blisters. But, it is not huge and people barely notice. <BR> <BR> It doesn't really hurt, but it is weird feeling. I keep... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:44:40 EST Fitness Goal Huh, today I'm supposed to post about a long term fitness goal. My first thought was running a 5k and then my next thought was what if my body can't take it anymore? I believe that I physically will be able to but I'm worried about my knees. If running again truly is my long term goal I'd better ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:42:13 EST Kids home My break 1 week kids free home is over miss my kids when grandma is on duty. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:39:51 EST Great workout 👍 <img src=""> Did 4 miles today. Feeling great #tens Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:38:33 EST I am back I am back! I never have time to read or focus on my weight or apply what I read. now I am going to make the time to read, make time for myself and my health I am going to take a more aggressive approach to make the time and get clear of all distractions. it will be hard but I have ignored myself... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:36:08 EST A Little Humor <img src=""> <BR> Just a little something to make you smile. ;) Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:30:30 EST Kale chips & more greens! Heeeello, it's been awhile since I last blogged. <BR> <BR> Life has been filled with great things, and some not so well things. But thought and during it all I'm blessed! <BR> Well today I made some kale chips and tried 3 different seasinings: backyard BBQ grill, Bacon & Chives, and Sea Salt. ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:28:27 EST A Full Friday It was a full day today once I got up which was not until 11:00 am. <BR> <BR> I had insomnia so badly last night that after tossing and turning until 3:30 I finally got up and stayed up until 5:30. I was able to finally get to sleep then thus sleeping away half the day. <BR> I had to rush as I h... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:23:29 EST In Vietnam??? <img src=""> <BR> I just moved from Texas and am feeling right at home! Who would know? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:20:35 EST NATIONAL DAY OF SEPT...... <link><BR>-at-a-glance/ </link> <BR> <BR> Day 1 <BR> National Chicken Boy Day <BR> National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day <BR> <BR> Day 2 <BR> National Blueberry Popsicle Day <BR> National V-J Day <BR> National Lazy Mom’s Day – First Friday in September <BR> N... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:17:21 EST TGIF! It feels so good that it is Friday. The weekend is coming up. Yay! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:12:07 EST Adult beverages Lots of stress equals many nights I've given in to having an adult beverage or two. 3 of 6 nights :( I'm sure this played a huge role in my not making much progress this week. Also, we had a fridge full of junk we couldn't just throw away. On the positive side... I ate WAY more salad this week th... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:11:24 EST new bed so far i like it, my hubby stull wants to make adjustments but i am good. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:10:44 EST A great ending to a long week Very happy the week is over! Loved the way it ended. 12 pounds down as of this morning and 3 shirts that fit now! Woohoo! And as I was leaving this afternoon one of my co-workers asked if I was losing weight...she could see it in my face! It certainly gives me the impetus to keep pushing myself. ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:09:22 EST # Motivation How do each of you stay motivated? At first for me it was weight loss but now I'm not loosing much and trying to stay motivated. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:05:45 EST 2pds down Today I weighed in...I'm 2 PDS down in 5 days...I'm happy.. This tracker really helps u make better choices...tonight I still have 330 calories to eat...because I made good choices all day...I'm not even hungry... I'm going to just enjoy some sleep... Gn world Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:01:15 EST Coffee in Style <img src=""> <BR> I went to a mug painting class tonight. Now I can have my coffee and other low calorie hot drinks in style. My eating plan is easier when I enjoy coffees and teas. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:54:29 EST ahhhhhhh ok bad week. company. work adjustments. today was first day normal but I didn't prep. got meals for next three days prepped not. frick lost almost a week. somebody kick me Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:52:34 EST Bad day Bad day and did not get to exercise. Everything that could go wrong today did. One of my superiors wanted to just argue with me. He was very rude and disrespectful. He emailed me and cc'd 3 people. I replied and put him in his place. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:49:53 EST Cooking on the fly <img src=""> <BR> I whipped this up real quick after a 1500m open swim workout. I estimated this at 641cals but that is a high estimate. I'll post more details later. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:48:03 EST What a FUN trip I've been gone over 2 weeks having a lot of fun. Bella, D GD decided to move back to WI. She missed her folks and her dad is pretty sick. I spent a few days with my daughter, she then took me to my son's house. She stayed the weekend so that was fun. Mike had to go out of town for work 3 days so ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:47:28 EST Good day Today is Friday, August 26. I kept Clyde busy from time Autum dropped him off at home until after 11. During this time, he only had 1 small meltdown. We went home to eat lunch and he was so tired, he did not want to cooperate but no major disagreements. <BR> <BR> Food wise: today was not good... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:38:37 EST Unbelievable! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were teenagers when we 'had to' get married, as we used to say. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I was embarrassed by it all for years but I am over that! <BR> I am 64 years old and today is o... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:36:36 EST Nike loves flowers <img src=""> <BR> Happy National Dog Day! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:35:50 EST Happy Hour Friday August 26th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are in honor of National Dog Day <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:34:06 EST August 26 Quote "Don't be afraid of failure, be afraid of not trying in the first place." -- Marie Forleo <BR> <BR> Failure can only occur if you try. The only way you can succeed, too, is to try. Sitting back and relaxing doesn't give you chances of any sort. So to make the most of your life and its journey... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:33:12 EST A Journey to a Healthier Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> To introduce myself...and I will apologize right off because I know this will be lengthy. <BR> <BR> I'm a 54 year old grandmother of 2 and have been obes... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:33:00 EST Healthy Cooking I need to eat gluten-free and at first found it very frustrating and very expensive. I have learned to take an ordinary recipe and turn it into a glut-free recipe. Often it takes several times to get the best way to get it acceptable. I really enjoy this process. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:30:33 EST First Entry Complete I'm proud of myself that I didn't go over my calories today, which is shocking because I usually do. Now I just need to make it to bed without going over 😩 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:24:18 EST Progress so far... I am now on Day 6 of the 21 Day New Member Challenge, and have been sticking to my goals of tracking all of my food and exercise... Well, all my food, at least. I haven't been exercising so much. I have stayed under my calorie goals all week, which is a wonderful accomplishment for me :) <BR> <B... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:21:20 EST Finding Super Woman... Tonight, for a short time, I felt like Superwoman! I needed to hit my Fitbit goal for the day. I decided to jog and see if I could do a mile. I ended up jogging for about 1.75 miles!! Then, continued to jog up and down my yard until I hit the goal! I don't remember the last time in my life ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:18:56 EST Finally I think I'm over the hump and losing weight again Think I'm over the hump and losing weight again... I'm so happy... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:14:30 EST Dogs - National Dog Day ;-) 8/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> My childhood best buddy was Willie - a chocolate doxie. <BR> <BR> Funny dogs <BR> <link><BR>=21497 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:10:58 EST Amen End of a long and tiring week! Can't wait to spend some quality time with my family! Keep motivated and moving forward #Goals Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:07:31 EST Need Medication <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:03:50 EST Hey hey hey Hey hey hey Friday night. I love it. Thank you Jesus. Now just 3 more hours. 👍🏿🎊😳 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:57:01 EST Proud of Myself I was supposed to do movie night with my neighbor tonight, but she and I were both so tired from work we were worried we'd fall asleep. Neither did we want to be home alone, and we still wanted to do something together. I had not moved much during the day since I was on calls and at the computer... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:55:23 EST Pause Have you ever tried diligently to lose weight and found yourself gaining weight instead? The more you counted calories, exercised, or restricted what you ate the more weight you gained only to end up frustrated and feeling like quitting? I’ve been noticing this a lot with people on diets. Whil... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:52:55 EST Accountability <img src=""> <BR> Hello my name is Matthew I'm from the Pacific Northwest 41 years old I weigh 327 # and I'm 5-9 . I used SparkPeople about 5 years ago and was fairly successful. I lost 85 pounds. I am a father of t... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:52:47 EST Getting it in <img src=""> <BR> I'm exhausted. .. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:52:18 EST How did I get here? 47 yo female, 230#, 5'6". How did I get here? I had so many plans. I had and have ideas on how life should go. Old story I read about raising special needs child. Mom plans a trip to Australia (like everyone else) but when the plane lands they say "Welcome to Italy". !! I don't know the language ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:44:16 EST A Beachy Day! We're worn out.... walking on the beach this morning....a short road trip....Port Orange to New Smyrna Beach to Deland and back. Deland is adorable.... a little college town and a nice little (not Starbucks) coffee shop. We ended with dinner a local Thai restaurant. <BR> <BR> We're going to sl... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:34:54 EST How Did This Happen??????? Forty eight years ago today, I was in my college roommate's wedding. We had lived together our last two years of college, had been Sorority sisters for three years, and have remained very good friends all this time. She and her husband live about 50 miles Southwest of us. Our children are also... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:32:19 EST Dinner <img src=""> Asain salad. So good !!! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:31:41 EST Spreadsheets and our finances. I completed putting the month of April 2016 onto a spreadsheet today. We keep our receipts and I compare them to the entries in the check register. My husband writes with his left hand and I have trouble telling his 3's from his 8's, his zeros and once I get caught up, I plan on doing our finan... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:29:45 EST Always be vigilant Every where I go there is candy. There are chips. There is pizza. There are submarine sandwiches from the local deli. ICED CREAM! <BR> I dropped in to the dollar store to pick up a couple things and the whole time I was there I kept reminding myself that I don't need a pre-packaged brownie cooked... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:29:44 EST Another Surprise! Each Thursday, my home golf course has a Captain's Choice tournament . The teams are drawn out in four man teams by one of the staff. We then assemble, all at one time, while the teams are called out and teams are assigned the hole where they start. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, August 25, when the own... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:29:30 EST Training mcm So in the morning I'm doing 15 miles. Was a little stresses today about it cause I have never ran 15 miles before but God was good, he let me know that it was only 1.9 miles more the the half marathons I have been doing. Looking at it that was the stress went bye bye. I will let you all know how ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:22:14 EST I'm Back Hey guys, I know I haven't been posting or anything lately but don't worry, I didn't give up. I just had to take a break from tracking and exercising all the time. I've still been making healthy choices and I've even lost a little more weight. But today, I decided to get back into it, because sch... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:21:25 EST August 26, 2016 I had a pretty good day. No major issues with the boys before they got on the bus this morning, and that's always a good thing. A little bit of bickering, but no screaming. I got the dishes washed and the bed made before heading out the door for Des Moines. I started at Kohls with the items that ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:18:47 EST Shabbat Shalom! <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:15:19 EST Still in the Same Hotel, Hitting a few Hiccups Well, Tuesday and Wednesday we spent about 12 hours at the house each day. Tuesday wasn't as strenuous physically and we ate out twice. However, Wednesday I ended up at the house on my own most of the day while my parents went to get a trailer. They had complications because apparently most of th... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:14:23 EST Weekends approaching So days 3 and 4 of the 30DS Went off without a hitch. Probably should have done it for day 5 as well but I didn't. Oh well. Days done and it is what it is. <BR> The weekends coming though and that means work. I work as a weekend double at a local nursing home. Two days of running up and down hal... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:13:17 EST 8/26/16 6.95 total miles today (treadmill workout this morning, 1 walk with the kids, and a family walk this evening), 15 minutes lower body strength training, and 5 minutes yoga. Today's treadmill workout was awesome! I walked .275, jogged a whole mile, then walked another .225 to complete it at 1.5 m... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:11:03 EST Day 239: Woof! Woof National Dog Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It’s National Dog Day! I thought in honor of that day I would post some of my favorite Bella pictures including some snow. You all know how much she loves the snow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:07:31 EST Bring it on! The challenge looms: dinner is at an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant. I have my self-imposed limit of 700 calories left for the day. I think I have this. I've eaten at this place before, so I am familiar with the offerings. Over the last couple of years, I have managed to get more control ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:54:09 EST FELL OFF MY CHAIR I have never considered myself graceful, but today I really embarrassed myself. I went to sit down at a chair and literally slid off it. It is one of those cheap plastic ones, but still... Of course I fell on my right side which is where I have all of my problems. My thigh hurts a little and I ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:50:09 EST Goals <img src=""> <BR> Side I was not gonna start back walking tool next week, because I been slipping this week due to classes starting back up. # but I had to go get it in today # trying to reach my goals. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:46:05 EST Just One Mixed Drink <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After 10 days alcohol-free, my two sons and my DIL, walked down to the beach with me. They played POKEMON. They said my neighborhood is really good for the game as we have an ice cream parlor... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:43:37 EST Finally reached our destination After 3 days of driving we finally arrived in Oklahoma. Stayed on track as far as calories but not a lot of activity. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:33:39 EST I seem not to be making much progress This month has been more challenging in terms of losing more weight. I know I should start exercising but I always seem to have an excuse everytime I think about it. I know being busy, tired, and not having enough time are lousy excuses. Any tips you could share? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:30:12 EST Day 93 Daily Goal: 10,000 Steps. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I went to Target to buy a few tops and some groceries, I did a lot of walking there. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also took a walk around the neighborhood.... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:23:15 EST Baconator I miss bacon cheeseburgers omg Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:19:48 EST Weekly Menu Plan & Lots of Pictures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been all over the place with my emotions this past week. I'm happy and proud that I have had a great week, that I have built up my stamina a little bit with exercise and have been under co... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:18:19 EST I choose Joy I choose to invite God to be the Lord of all my circumstances ,I refuse to be cynical , I refuse to see people less than human beings we are all created by God ! lets see problems as an opportunity to God work ! <em>67</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:18:04 EST 24 hours no fever no chills may be on the mend Right now I have a headache and I am tired. Its been a busier day than I expected but that frees up tomorrow. I did some things good for me... Thursday got a pedicure and went to lunch with a work associate. Today slept late, got my hair done, and got a massage. We had a real nice dinner of c... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:15:36 EST This and that So, I did get on the schedule for the exterminator next Thursday. He is coming at 8am, so I need to be up and out early that morning. I have a list of tasks to prep my apartment, like emptying all my cupboards, etc. I guess I will be doing that on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I have my ultrasound at ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:14:36 EST Friday, 8/26/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will admit I don't always have this one tackled. Work in progress! <BR> <BR> Today was another quiet one. <BR> **dropped Maegann off <BR> **grocery shopping <BR> **Subway for breakfast... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:12:42 EST Jello legs Just finished The Firm The Wave Speed Slimming Sculpt and I'm pretty sure my legs are now made of jello. Yay. haha I'm going to be quadzilla by the time I finish this rotation lol <BR> <BR> I'm drinking my post workout vanilla milkshake. YUM I'm talking Quest protein powder not an actual milksh... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:10:49 EST Day 3 - Again Day 3 on Beachbody, loving the workouts and my shakeology tried all three flavors now and they are all great. The dance routines really get me moving which is exactly what I need to hold my interest. <BR> <BR> Glad it is Friday looking forward to a fun filled weekend and hopefully getting my ca... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:07:08 EST I'm back and happy about it... It's been a couple months since I've been on my spark page... the reason is because I had decided to return to my WW. Account..... <BR> I think my common sense just struck me today, because I decided to cancel that account and return here..... <em>224</em> because now that I think abo... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:53:00 EST Sudden New Change I was laid off today. I can't get really upset about it, although I am in shock and shed some tears. <BR> You see, I have been working really hard long hours. I am working on my business and 25 hours at work each week, plus maintaining my house. There doesn't seem to be enough time for eating ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:46:24 EST Sick I have been sick and unable to do my normal workout l,I was up to 90 minutes to 2 hours a day and this chest cold I can only do 30 before I start coughing. Really sucks because my energy level is also going down. I need to get better soon. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:46:16 EST My life In my life I'm a glass half full kinda guy! We can take on almost everything together! Thank you for your support! FOOD IS FUEL Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:45:10 EST deep breathing and destructive rumination Week 3, Day 4. <BR> <BR> I've got some events in my life that I tend to rethink in a destructive fashion. I'll go over them in my mind, reviewing what the people involved said or did, pondering how they could be so dishonest/bad, and imagining things that I could have said or done in response. ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:42:03 EST Refocus On the 17th I completed my short-term goal -- the 8-week Running for Weight Loss program (an app I downloaded). I was so excited and so pumped! I had struggled a little around weeks 5 & 6 and had to repeat a few workouts, but the last couple of weeks went really well. It was definitely testing my... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:31:37 EST beef quinoa mini meatballs with spiced pomegranate sauce and mashed cauliflower || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the dinner table || <BR> <BR> I make these alllllll the time. <BR> HIGHLY RECOMMEND. <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:26:38 EST Trying to delete Trying to delete this post. I don't see how Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:22:45 EST 100 days of exercise day 35 Today I was good and rode the bike for 40 minutes before I went to work. I am now more then a third of the way through this challenge. It was been good for me because there have been a few days that I would not have exercised with out this challenge. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:21:01 EST Excuses for Not Checking in My check in for the past week has been sporatic. I have been physically sick, throwing up blood and my food, to the point that I been throwing up bile because there is nothing left inside of me. Therefore, I felt that since me eating and exercising has been limited, that it would not pay to have ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:19:11 EST awwwwww My niece loves her new job, my nephew is doing well away at school, the garden is still doing well... without any additional raccoon encounters! Made some salsa the other day, yum! Didn't end up going to the concert as her friend went instead, kinda glad, I was sooooooooo tired. Farmer's market t... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:14:37 EST Update, thinking about BLC starting pretty quick here! What name would I like people to call me? kayah~ <BR> <BR> What is your weight loss goal for this round? none, maintenance~ <BR> <BR> What is your height? 5"6 1/2 & 115 pounds as of today~ <BR> <BR> List 1 or more NSV (Non Scale Victories) you want to accomplish during BLC32: <BR> Tone and st... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:13:18 EST Feeling Tired and Lazy Have you ever felt too tired to cook, so I end up eating whatever I can find that is easy to make? Unfortunately, I do this too often. I have a real problem with planning meals, so a lot of nights I end up with just eggs and toast for dinner. Since I have been keeping track now since joining s... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:11:38 EST long time posting Been so busy lately. We had a lot of rain last week up to 8 inches in one day...flooding and all but water went down rather quickly. It pretty well wiped out our garden so it has been bush hogged. <BR> <img src=""> <B... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:08:34 EST Light Day Woke up feeling kinda sluggish so I just did an hour long walk. Not pushing it today, but hopefully back to the grind tomorrow. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:02:42 EST Wow it hot What to do when it's way to hot Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:01:50 EST Friday, 26/08/16 Today didn't exactly go to plan... From my failure at lunch to make good choices.. To drinking several pints in the evening... And picking on cake and some stuffed cabbage rolls... Yeah... Went well over 3k calories... Well I should exercise a hell of a lot tomorrow so I can justify all this deba... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:59:48 EST Final Friday of August I started out the day doing my exercises and getting ready for the funeral mass for our neighbor who passed away just before her 75th birthday rather suddenly. It was a beautiful service in my parish. Father John did a remarkable job. We then proceeded to Niceville for a wonderful lunch on th... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:57:16 EST Late night snacking I used to struggle with wanting to eat chocolate late at night. I starting eating nuts in place of the chocolate and after a while I gradually stopped. Now I find myself not wanting to eat after 8pm. What tricks do you use to curve your late night cravings?? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:57:15 EST Back in the Swing! Last week I worked really hard to lose almost 5 lbs after my weight wouldn't budge for almost two months....This week I've been so hungry stressed and pressed for time I gained most of it back. Although I have to say, it's been ages since I've enjoyed a cheeseburger and fries so it was totally my... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:54:37 EST blogstreak month 3 day 26 - 25,000 stockholm steps gorgeous summer day in stockholm. we spent the day walking - morning, afternoon, and evening. the morning walk was bridge to bridge on either side of the channel that leads out from the inland lakes to the sea, about 4 miles total, stopping to take photos along the way. we returned so i could fin... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:51:17 EST Weight loss brain... Day 2 and I must admit that day 1 (yesterday) left me feeling very welcome here. As a transplanted Weight Watcher of more than 5 years and having THAT community swept under the rug, I have been feeling a bit out of sorts. I have used my blogging and the other aspects of the weight loss communit... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:51:10 EST Out of Irons I have wind in my sails again. Thank goodness. This was a summer that I mostly spent 'in irons' as they say. I made no progress with my weight loss - and just hung around the same high number on the scale --stalled. <BR> <BR> Now, though, the wind has picked up, and I have been heading again... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:49:03 EST August 25 2016 Been a pretty good day. Did some shopping with the kids. When we got home I was outside playing with them at the park and went for a walk. Now I'm just board wanna do somthing but don't know what. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:47:52 EST Diet Saboteurs! Hmm! Sometimes I think I'm my biggest saboteur! When there is a "Morning Tea" at work I think, what if people say "try this, I made it" or "try this it's yummy", as a people pleaser I think that I should. Becky (Spark Dietitian) gives some sage advice that we should have a plan of what to say. I'... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:45:27 EST "SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU"--A MOVIE FOR ROMANTICS--REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Southside With You” is a movie only for romantics and/or a date night movie and I being in the former category loved it for many reasons starting with it has been awhile since Holl... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:41:55 EST Woo hoo I have been dreading weighing myself because I don't feel like I'm making progress. This past week I dropped my calorie intake to see if I could make progress. So I weighed in...I lost 3 pounds! So happy to finally see progress! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:41:09 EST Hike <img src=""> <BR> Awesome hike... 🍁🍃🌳 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:40:22 EST Lunch downsize! <img src=""> <BR> So just looked at my lunch 4pm...I have been using this same container for a couple of's used to being stuffed with leftovers that would amount to 2 servings of food...only for just 1 me. N... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:33:26 EST I can do this! I reached my highest weight in recent months: 169.2 lbs. This is a sign that I need to do something different. Now is the time to take care of myself in the form of eating clean and exercising daily. This is the age old formula to treat my body better; weight loss will be the side effect of a ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:27:24 EST Rainy day walking!!! Well we went on our walk and it started to drizzle, no problem it wasn't hard so we kept walking then it got harder so we stopped at our community grocery store and they have a covered patio so we sat for a few minutes till the rain stopped, started walking again and it started to rain hard again... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:26:41 EST Bad My husband brought home donuts........ I ate 2! <em>4</em> <em>28</em> <em>198</em> <em>42</em> <em>15</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:25:48 EST I keep getting an error problem anybody else have issues Keeps saying error Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:21:40 EST Drop It! It feels like fall is here and we haven't even had our Indian summer. The wind is blowing and if I went outside and looked south, I could see the thick gray fog covering most of the town next to me and onward towards San Francisco. It must be another miserable day in the city, cold and wet and bl... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:12:31 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy and Life - Off to College Happy Friday! It's finally Friday, and a busy one for many of you with parents taking kids back to college, or there for the first time. Many of my friends have grandchildren that are entering that right of passage to "higher education", or should I call it what we all know to be the truth, "pa... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:07:58 EST 19,000 steps during a beautiful day, here in Cornwall We have new wristband rules. Plain orange wristbands with nothing written on them are for disabled riders and their carers. Orange bands with a date on are campers, small orange wristbands for small children have their height written on to save us measuring all the time and also have their parent... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:01:12 EST Harley!!!!! DH did buy a Harley last night. He went and brought home on a trailer today. He will have to take a written test and a driving test and then they will put motorcycle on His regular driver license. We both already have helmets. The installer did get Direct TV set up at Our home. Tomorrow the ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:55:14 EST Resilient as a Weed!!! So it has been a little while since I posted another blog. Interesting fact I have always wanted to learn to juggle! I mean I try to juggle life every day. Why not 3 or 5 objects right!? Plus it looks super cool! So let's talk about a weed. They're near impossible to get rid of forever. Aft... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:52:21 EST Dinner ony 214 cal 😊 <img src=""> Chicken tacos on romaine,mmmm Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:50:39 EST Witnessing poor health, part II In reading my blog about my uncle and hearing from some others who have witnessed unhealthy behaviors of loved ones, I pondered a bit more. <BR> <BR> First thing, my Spark Friend LIVEDAILY (Karen) is right...sometimes, you can do all the right things, take care of yourself, eat right, exercise,... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:45:38 EST Friday 3 mile run this morning. It's so hot and humid out! Have a great day! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:43:28 EST Better news about my knee injury. I actually injured the MCL -- Medial Collateral Ligament. Much less complicated than an ACL tear would've been. <BR> <BR> Still on Prednisone and anti-inflammatory meds. Don't need other pains meds. I'm wearing a compression sleeve and a knee brace. <BR> <BR> I've rested all week. Not gone ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:42:23 EST HAPPY FRIDAY <img src=""> <BR> Milam(my Sweet thing)& I will be leaving soon to head to church for a fundraising concert put on by the victim of her failed kidneys! She needs a transplant, has no insurance so is literally singing f... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:40:36 EST Process I am on a journey that feels mor4e like a roller coaster, I have been trying to loose weight for two years on WW, but it is to easy to cheat and not really know what I was eating as far a nutrients. So I came here to Sparkpeople and have found a great nutrition sight that gives me pointers on whe... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:38:27 EST Friday thoughts My left knee is giving me grief today. I've had trouble with it for years but since yesterday it's hurt worse than usual I've asked for pain medicine twice. Not a pattern I want to get into, but it was the only way I could sleep. <BR> <BR> I finished my navy blue shawl and now I'm working on a l... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:37:20 EST Healthy foods are not a license to overeat I had a moment this week and actually caught a snippet of the inner dialog which I usually miss, it happens so fast. In this case it was going back for seconds at dinner. My DS had made taco salad. He put out my special small plate, which was a nice gesture of respect. I started to object at that... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:35:34 EST Weekend!! I hope everyone has a great weekend! Can't believe only one week left of August. <BR> Make it count <em>311</em> <em>30</em> <em>67</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:27:35 EST A run makes me feel better <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, feeling lonely and underappreciated drug me down for a bit last night and this morning. <BR> <BR> BUT, okay, I ranted, I got it out of my system. Then, I went for a run. <BR> I stayed acti... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:22:38 EST dueling hummus and assorted veggies || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> happy snakin || <BR> <BR> STILL trying to get rid of this hummus...... <BR> must learn to make 1/2 batches.... <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:14:50 EST Didn't get as far as I thought I would. Thanks to my phone acting up, I was a little slower than planned. Tomorrow, I'm not even going to listen to music, or if I do, just let it buffer itself out. I did hear the birds and crickets that I wouldn't have heard otherwise. That is the bad thing about prepaid. I was hoping to get closer... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:00:46 EST 26th August Friday Day off exercises still did house work! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:53:32 EST Happy National Dog Day! <img src=""> <BR> Hey all. Here are the dogs saying, let's all celebrate, of course, they say that every day. Dogs are such a joy to have around, most of the time! Also, weighed in at 204 this morning, that's 3 lbs do... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:53:13 EST Stress eating. I like to eat healthy food. I like to do exercises. Even I like to take some supplements. But I have 1 problem. Stress eating. Every time i get mad, sad and angry I go and eat sweeeets yummy delicious sweets. That will make my day even more bad. By the way I have too much problem with my husband.... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:53:00 EST READY TO WORK We are heading for our new home. Hubby will be cutting the grass and I will be taping off the rooms for painting. As soon as the painting is completed we will be able to move furniture into the house and stay there. I am getting e's it ed about this process. It has been a long time coming, bu... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:50:13 EST Super excited I have lost a total of 26 pounds but I didnt initially measure myself. I measured myself on July 26th the first time. I measured for the second time today and this month I lost 10 pounds and 10 inches! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:50:12 EST Honey filled bandage patches work! <BR> <BR> A good friend just told me about this. She was given "bandaids" or patches with honey inside. <BR> <BR> Wow! <BR> <BR> Who wudda thunk it! <BR> <BR> chris <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/1677.full </link> <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:48:02 EST What Have I gotten myself into Part deux Being pretty new to Spark, I decided to join the Summer Challenge, I was a Diamond for the summer, I lost 13 pounds I think, funny about it was I was concerned about making a commitment to the group. I didn't do as much posting and support as I should have. <BR> <BR> Now I signed up for the Fal... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:44:39 EST Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> A good way to live life. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:43:52 EST Keep Going Remember your "why's. It is so easy to find an excuse to not do the necessary steps for each day, eating healthy and exercising, but we have to keep giving ourselves a pep talk. Once you start, don't stop, keep going. Even if you are doing baby steps! I will admit, it took all I had to go exerci... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:41:24 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> This is so true. Everyone is different and healthy Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:40:19 EST Today I've been offline for the past couple of days. Wednesday I was exhausted (right from the minute I woke up) and had to prepare 30+ pizzas for Thursdays Market. I was on my feet enough to get my steps in for my stepbet so that's a plus. But I did notice I did not drink enough water. I really ne... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:39:40 EST Holding steady, considering a push to 163.5 Been a long time since I've been online. I'm having a good life. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I've also been holding my weight steady since April, 4 months, and that's impressive to me. I was looking at the ticker at the bottom of my page, and thinking, huh, 163.5 is not that far away. Maybe I ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:36:05 EST Aug 26 <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:33:47 EST Testing New Waters I joined WW for the third and final time in January of 2011. <BR> I was appalled at photos of myself. I KNEW I needed to do SOMETHING, but it is so easy to say "I can do this myself"... Obviously that was not true as I just kept gaining. <BR> <BR> By chance I overheard people in my office ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:30:23 EST tough was thinking how hard it is to be a woman a successful one at that frustrated by the way we are treated wish we got more respect Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:26:42 EST Day 8 I'm terrified to get on the scale and see if I gained weight back. I feel do guilty about eating the pizza. This is so hard why ant loosing weight be easy? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:21:26 EST Day 7 I am regretting the pizza from last night stomach is killing me. Guess my body isn't used to the greasy foods anymore. I'm done with pizza Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:20:24 EST Getting back on track <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:17:59 EST 1 month and a day <img src=""> <BR> This is late but after that first day of school and not planning my meal right and a hypoglacimic attack, I've done better! I even managed to lose another lb! I want to keep going! The trick for me is... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:16:50 EST Baby steps "Baby steps can be precursors of miracles and lead to monumental change." ~ Aine Belton <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We can certainly take one step today. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:04:53 EST OMG! The full length (and wideth) mirror! So I started pool exercise last week. Needed a new suit and since end of year sales are on,figured it would be a good time to shop. I finally find some in a size that might work so off to the dressing room to try....I sit down and look up and just start to cry. Actually seeing what everyone else... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:56:32 EST Not giving up on dreams If you ever dream about anything you want to do and people tells you that it impossible for one person to do, don't listening to them. Go for it, and if you are not successful , try, try, try again until you get it right. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:52:21 EST strawberry caprese kale salad || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> let's lunch || <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:51:37 EST You are you! Today I wanted to write about something that I have struggled with most of my adult life. That is low self esteem. Self esteem is known by many names such as morale, confidence and believing in yourself. Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and called yourself fat? Or how about stupid? ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:50:59 EST National Dog Day! I have a big, black, hairy dog. He is a newfoundland/lab/retriever mix that I got at a neighboring county's shelter. I really didn't intend to bring him home. I was just going to "look" and thought I would schedule an appointment with my daughter later thinking she would talk me out of it. Wh... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:50:55 EST Day 1721- Reality Check I'm sorry for my absence. I've just been struggling with coming up with anything to write lately. <BR> <BR> I don't feel inspired. Or inspirational. <BR> <BR> I mostly just feel blah. <BR> <BR> I'm upset about how I feel I'm being treated at work. But rather than try to do anything about it,... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:49:55 EST A better me <img src=""> <BR> I looking to get control of my eating habits. 180 lbs Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:45:50 EST 2 Weeks Post Op I am STILL not back to myself. I called the doctor's office this morning because I'm still struggling to eat, and she said that it's totally normal for an adult to take 3-6 weeks before they're really back to normal with what they're able to swallow. I am officially down 10 pounds. To my minimum ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:41:42 EST Day 1205 Rest Day. Feeling good. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:27:58 EST TGIF So far so good today, with the computer, anyway. Me, yesterday I ate way to many creamed cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, bread and butter pickles, apples & muskmelon, and am really paying for it now. Just got home from grocery shopping and it hit, and I have not been able to get very far... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:26:46 EST Catchphrases, Superheroes, and Frame of Mind Many people see themselves rising in falling daily, and even within a day, with the amount of determination they have for change. With a different frame of mind, people even act differently. The actual psychological definition of frame of mind concerns the state and behaviors of a person in react... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:22:09 EST Eight Years of "Sparking", Still Sizzling! This week I reached another milestone at SP - my 8 year Sparkversary! I could have accomplished many things in 8 years: achieved a medical degree; driven over 100,000 miles; had 6 or 7 kids; flown 5 round trips to Mars or accumulated 43,575 spark points (which I did - the spark points that is... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:21:31 EST No Witnesses <img src=""> <BR> So this is how my life was to end...on the floor of a restaurant bathroom, gagging in front of a toilet, all because I swallowed too large a piece of steak...the irony. "47 year old woman found laying... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:18:05 EST Day 6 of 100 Days - Protect your Program (at all Costs) In order to protect myself, I have to let some people know my situation. I am diabetic, and vocal about it; I have food allergies with new ones cropping up all the time, and am vocal about that; there are foods that I just don't like, but keep that one to myself. <BR> Years ago, I heard a comedia... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:18:01 EST Shaken' it up RECAP <BR> <BR> So now you know how I got to this point. If you didn't read my previous blogs I'll recap. <BR> <BR> *Typical 60-70s upbringing with a focus on the four food groups. But things started changing in the food landscape of the eighties. CICO came into vogue. <BR> <BR> *Skinny... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:17:16 EST Feeling optimistic! My husband and I decided to reward yourselves for our weightloss. I have 3 major goals. I'm 9 lbs away from my first goal. That means new workout gear! It's falling off fast. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:17:09 EST Making camp Well, after my blog the other day about micro-adventures, including sleeping outdoors - seems all the votes were against sleeping out, except for One Who Is BDTHOM - who promptly went off and spent the night out on the mountain - in his TENT! <BR> <BR> This prompted me <BR> <em>223</em> ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:17:02 EST Battle Frog 2016! My last Blog highlighted the pride I had in finishing the Cincinnati Battle Frog 2016! And I've got to say - I'm still so very proud. The number of people congratulating me feels amazing. And my crazy bruises? They are now a nice purple yellow color. Funny thing? My bestie (who I usually run with... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:16:32 EST New World -- What?!?! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm just actively searching. <BR> <BR> I've prayed that I only Learn what I am supposed to and that I will use Discernment. This is probably the most sane and understandable video I could sh... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:15:14 EST Broken toe has derailed C25K Wednesday I broke my toe. Kind of a freak thing but basically my little toe was bent way off to the side, cracked a bone in it lengthwise and deep bruised lots of other things in that area. Day 2 I was in a lot of pain and feeling so sad that it would be *forever* before it was healed enough to g... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:13:12 EST . Gave in, a beer with lunch. Definitely paying for that later Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:13:10 EST August 25 Accountability - Friday weigh-in; Adore your body at every weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I will weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 8/01 - 143.2 starting weight <BR> 8/05 - 143.2 <BR> 8/12 - 143.6 <BR> 8/19 - 142.4 <BR> 8/26 - 142.0 <... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:11:49 EST My Fantastic Four <img src=""> <BR> A lot of people ask me for tips and tactics about weight loss, as I seem to have figured out the deep, dark secret, but I'm really no expert on anything. Sure, I went from looking like The Thing to a ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:05:13 EST taking a step back to reflect Writing down smaller goals. <BR> Taking smaller steps. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:05:06 EST Low Carb Crock Pot Recipes - for those who asked :0) <link><BR>recipes </link> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:04:20 EST It's National Dog Day!!! In honor of National Dog Day I am posting some pictures of the dogs I've had over the years. They are all Bedlington Terriers and all were rescues. The first one, Pancho, came right off the streets of NYC. I was never able to find his original owners but he lived with me until he was nearly 17 (... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:59:11 EST I'm all over the place So, on the 23rd, I totally played it safe. Skipped the bread and pasta at the appetizer area (leaving cantaloupe, ceasar salad and a couple of meatballs to eat). It was okay, but, obviously, I would have preferred a lighter dressing for the salad. I was honestly still tummy growling later, so I w... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:58:58 EST Still head-banging from Wednesday night :) It was AMAZING!! KISS was AMAZING!! They cut the opening band off half set bc of a tornado watch and warning but KISS played everything. They were in make up and Rocked the house. <BR> <BR> Walking tonight with hubby and dog for a little exercise. I've cut out Energy drinks, no soda, do like... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:55:33 EST NO ENERGY I still have no energy and I think I know why my calcium level is 7.5 and it's supposed to be over 10 and also my hemoglobin levels are under 10 and they want it to be above 11 and the last time both of those levels were low I was super tired. I have to take a few shots to get my levels up and h... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:52:26 EST smoothies What is a good way to have smoothies for breakfast that has proteins in it because of job i do. I have to have a lot of energy. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:51:55 EST Still Undertall (Missing but NOT Quitting! Hello 5% WL Fall Challenge!) Since my laptop "accident" (see previous blog) I have been somewhat challenged when it comes to posting on all my Spark Teams. I use our "old" laptop and my Kindle Fire for posting when necessary but the old laptop is finicky and the Kindle keyboard is frustrating to use in longer posts. Fortun... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:51:24 EST I think I'm losing It's been a week and a half and I think I'm down 2 pounds, but lets be honest, my weight fluctuates that much on any given day. I'd like to think I'm going down. I'm trying hard. <BR> I'm keeping my calories down, drinking water, exercising a little....I can't do much because of my illness, but... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:51:15 EST Day #195 of my adventures in Spark Land Day #195 here in the Land of Sparks! <BR> <BR> What a morning! In July my internet starting cutting in and out. Well I called and 1st found out I was paying too much for the services I was getting. Then I found out my box was out of date. This morning they came and worked on it. It should s... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:43:49 EST I might be moved by Nov. 1st! This is so scary to me. Because of it, our house has 3 very nervous, anxious people in it right now! I am responsible for the move, of course, so I am anxious. DH is feeling bad because we will be quite far from his family. And DD is stressed because she won't have her Mom and Dad's house to live... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:39:27 EST The 8 Best Habits to Ensure Lasting Weight-Loss Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> We talk a lot about giving up bad habits and starting good ones, but which ones are the most important? Which will have maximum impact on yo... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:37:15 EST Workout Routines. Before Bed Workout 10 squats 20 crunches 40 second plank 15 leg lifts each leg 5 push ups I do this every night before going to sleep. It's not too tiring and its pretty quick Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:36:46 EST Improving myself.... Promise yourself to be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. <BR> <BR> To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. <BR> ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:36:21 EST Long term/ short term goals I set both long term and short term goals. My long term goal is to get down to 135lbs. Right now, I weigh 180.4lbs. My short term goal is to weigh 180lbs by the end of the month. Setting small goals helps me not feel so overwhelmed by all the weight I want to lose. Try doing this yourself. Set a ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:32:25 EST Crossposted from a group! Hello my friends- <BR> <BR> Hope the week went well and the weekend brings joy and happiness! It feels like fall here this week but I do live in Colorado so getting used to the different weather from any other place that i have resided in. It is supposed to warm up this weekend so there is that,... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:29:43 EST Ugh Exercise done for the day, fighting with my husband, why do men feel the need to say such mean hurtful words! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:29:02 EST 1st day Hello is my first day back to working out and watching what I eat...I have MS so it's hard for me but I'm determined to lose 90 pounds. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:27:38 EST Feeling ready Today I feel motivated so I've done most of my workouts in the morning to avoid the heat. After work today I have a lot of clearing to do. I can count all of that lifting and climbing as a workout. This weekend will be filled with chores too. Sunday is rehearsal again. That's another workout s... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:24:21 EST Hebron Fair, CT Sept. 8-11th <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Dock Dogs is my favorite part of this fair. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sorry, this link takes you to a search engine. I don't know why. So click on one of the results of the search engine, please. <BR> <BR> <li... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:19:58 EST The dude sleeping in dad's shed & other inspirational peeps. I'll start by saying we live in "tornado alley." This morning my brother, who lives in Indy, got a call at work from his wife who was screaming on the other end of the phone. He has a huge tree in his back yard that was split in half, one half landed on his house. His grill was upside down in hi... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:19:39 EST it's friday my daughter and i are taking it easy today. it is another really warm day here. we are staying cool and hydrated. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. have a wonderful day,everyone! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:17:18 EST T1D , Stress Oh man, trying to cut back on carbs. Type 1 Diabetic, so I'm counting carbs for insulin doses, and calories for weight loss. Also has stress with elder mother in hospital. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:14:34 EST Day 31: Healthy Lifestyle Streak Still doing pretty good. Lost a bit of my mojo though. Need a new challenge! <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot this past 31 days. And on Tuesday, for the first major time I ate something that wasn't "clean" (okay, not exactly the first time time but there's a point to my blog LOL). <BR> <BR> So I w... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:14:03 EST Lab results are in A little background: The lab study I chose to do is a CardioMetabolic Risk Assessment which is, as I understand it, a comprehensive study that quantifies a person's cardiometabolic risk or, plainly stated, risk for heart attack, stroke and even developing diabetes. Test components summaries ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:13:47 EST Looking for a Spark Friend Hi Adventurers <BR> <BR> Anyone looking for a friendly, positive friend- to e-mail with? As many of you know I am making a life style changes to be more healthy. I would like to support and have support from e-mail buddy(ies). <BR> <BR> Kelly Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:13:08 EST Picture of Miss Shmoo this morning She seems to be doing okay. Of course, she is slightly sedated, the veterinarian told me she would be, and also to update her on Smokey's progress. I am supposed to use it, but also use it as needed (?). She is still limping, so she still needs it. This morning was only her second dose. I am... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:13:03 EST I think I'll try it<BR>ity-ball-exercises Anybody else do this? #fitnissball, #swiss ball #exercise ball Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:11:19 EST how to get back on track -5-10 minutes of exercise/video <BR> - water. <BR> -Walk the dog/Take a walk. <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:08:45 EST Sunny swimming Today finally sun came out went swimming Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:07:28 EST Always proud of you <BR> Well Magical isn't feeling so magical today. I just watched my youngest drive out of the driveway with his things. Hes the one I've had a hard time with each of his steps of independence going to preschool, then off to kindergarten ,then high school, then his drivers license , then gra... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:07:08 EST Need some Motivation Here!! Help, I don't know what's wrong but it just seems I can't get going. Is there something I am missing or not thinking. I got a Tai Chi DVD and have not even unwrapped it yet. I just look at it. I get no SP responses from reaching out. So who is out there that can get an old girl of 64yrs going in ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:04:45 EST Macros in balance! Does anyone else ever want to stop eating because your macros are balanced just right after lunch and you don't want to ruin it? :) Ok, just me then? HA! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:01:25 EST craving sugar :( hard day <BR> need to stay strong! <em>104</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:58:49 EST Fun times, with Ashley, at the Rivah Yesterday, my daughter Ashley and I, took a short jaunt, down the road, to our favorite Summer family spot. Naylor's Beach. <BR> We were both due for some R and R and this was just the ticket. <BR> Bye, bye, stress. <em>253</em> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:54:39 EST Too much exercise? I 've been working out everyday except Sunday since October 2001. Never skipped a week and if something came up where I couldn't workout for a day. I'll double up the next or make it up on Sunday. I listen to my body and not often I'll go lighter than the usual. Not to brag, just sharing. May t... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:50:53 EST Then Sings my soul my Savior be God to thee how great u you are, how great you are. That is my heart's. Cry on this happy day. Hope everyone is having a good day. Wishing us all healthy bodies, and minds and souls. Eat healthy and keep moving. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:50:03 EST Bikes! <img src=""> My boyfriend surprised me with 2 bikes! They're used, but so perfect. I can't wait to ride again. He said he got me 2 so that he can ride with me or if he can't go then a friend can. So sweet! 💕ðŸ™... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:46:33 EST A little pile of thoughts for a Friday.. There are things I'm noticing daily that I've tried to avoid or ignore for as long as I can remember. Too many to list, but something that recurs on a regular basis is this: <BR> <BR> I use food as a band-aid. <BR> <BR> The last three months in my house have been, in a word, stressful. As a m... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:46:21 EST Exercise Routines. Mile walking Pilates belly dancing. FUN! <img src=""> Looking Forward To Mile walking again starting today! I'm Excited! I chose Leslie Sansones 1 Mile Exspress video. I will advance with these videos everyday with time. Adding hand weights and...old favs of ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:45:42 EST 8/26 <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:43:41 EST Day 239: Updating My Spark Page Spending way too much work time playing on my Spark page, LOL! I've been accepting some friend requests lately, but haven't been seeing any new blogs pop up. Well, duh, it finally occurred to me today that adding someone as a sparkfriend doesn't automatically subscribe you to their blog! So I ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:43:24 EST My sweet grand daughter! <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:41:40 EST OPS Messed up yesterday. I have company coming for a visit tomorrow. She will be here 8 days. My mom is also coming. It's gonna be a hard week Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:38:36 EST So it's Friday Another busy day. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:26:11 EST Second week Well still off to a good start with no bumps in the road. Stayed under 1200 calories for 2 weeks now and lost 7.8 pounds. This was the easy part now comes the harder part. Began exercising yesterday so hope that helps continue the weight loss Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:25:24 EST Day 2 After a night with the husband and the kids. Looks like eating right might be a bit harder than I thought. Next shopping trip will avoid all unhealthy foods. Just hard to not munch on the ones in the house now when the family is. Gulp. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:23:32 EST SparkPeople is the way to go Several years ago a friend told me about SparkPeople. I tried it and did very well! Unfortunately, I went back to my old eating habits and gained the weight back and then some. Over the past several years I have tried a few different diet plans like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem. With Weight W... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:23:22 EST Spark Coach Thingie When it comes to exercise, I am really good at staying in bed, and I could improve on getting out of it. <BR> <BR> Heh. <BR> <BR> But let's see, I'm really good at....walking, I guess. I would be good at doing like Zumba and cardio dance classes if I could get my stamina back. And I definitely ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:22:55 EST Post hysto body change I had a hysterectomy 2yrs. Ago an I work out I eat good (life long vegetarian ) an this mid section an extra weight I am fighting . Feels lk an up hill battle. I love being curvy (any one can drive a straight line tken skills to hit the curve) so mk no mistake um not trying to be a twig I just ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:18:35 EST I've been hiding As some of you know, my sister had a medical incident in March which left her with cognitive damage. She is steady improving but through all this, I have taken over managing many aspects of her financial and practical life. It's been intense and exhausting at times and now we are entering an ea... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:18:14 EST Back on my feet Well, after suffering from that nasty intestinal bug for several days, including recovery, seems like I am back on my feet. Literally - I just got in a nice session on my treadmill. I am down several pounds overall, which feels like a reset for me. In a way, it was a cleansing time. My ankle, wh... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:17:16 EST Man, I feel like a women.... I am so emotional today! Everything is giving me the tingly feeling you get when you get a rush of emotion. Gawwww no more reading articles!! Don't even want to scroll through headlines because the news is depressing!! <BR> <BR> My son has been on top of my brain the past few weeks. I can't be... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:15:09 EST TMI - embarrassing post This is TMI and an embarrassing post, but I feel I need to post it for a few reasons: <BR> 1. It is a major motivation for me to get to a healthy body size/weight <BR> 2. Its a reality a lot of people don't talk about with obesity. <BR> <BR> I am finding it more difficult to keep myself clean. B... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:13:03 EST Death glares were given... I bought a smancy-pants ego buster called a Smart Scale to help keep track of my hopeful weight-loss, right? It divulges all your deepest secrets like body fat percentage, bone mass, how many calories your body burns on its own, and pure muscle weight. I shared my embarrassing stats in a previous... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:12:25 EST Last Friday Before School Well it's the last Friday before my little man starts school. It went by way too quick. We all slept in because we got some kind of cold. Not fun and hope it goes by quick. Don't go to doc for colds because they only suggest rest and fluids so to us is a waste of gas unless one of the kids isn't ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:07:38 EST 'Round we go I'm back on the merry-go-round of weight loss goals. I've had a metric TON on my plate this last year and have used it and my totally sedentary job as excuses to bury my head in the sand, but in all honesty I feel horrid. I can't do things I want or need to physically and it feels awful and embar... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:07:35 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:07:04 EST Proverbs 31:9-31 <img src=""> <BR> "Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. " (Proverbs 31:30) Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:06:20 EST Breastfeeding Mama Weight loss has always been hard but omg when you breast feed you are so STARVING ugh. Its only recommended you add an extra 300 a day but Jesus I could easily add 800 if I didn't pay attention. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:56:20 EST The Man in the Glass Don't think you are forgotten.. with each minute that passes you .. You may feel like a King but there is only one King.. and He is the one we need... Choose to follow Him and not the Path off the unbeaten track... Don't take credit for things you have done for Him and know He is the only one th... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:54:45 EST Treated Myself Treated myself today to a haircut and a new colour. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:53:21 EST Reset your mind and your body will follow. I've been maintaining my weight for a year. +/- 5lbs fluctuation but fairly maintained. Until I injured myself in April while playing derby. <BR> <BR> I was not cleared for any exercise for 3 months, then only light for another 2 weeks after that. In that time period, I gained back 25lbs. <BR>... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:48:06 EST My Meal Plan For those that are interested in what I've been doing diet wise, I'm going to list my meal plan for today. Now keep in mind, I have lost 3 pounds this week but this is also tailored to my specific diet needs. I do not eat eggs, shellfish or very much milk. This was also created by a nutritionist ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:47:42 EST Weight Loss For the past 2 months I have been using sparkpeople and must say it has done great for me. I started at a weight of 302 pounds, I put the sparkpeople app on my phone and started keeping track of what I was eating after I changed my diet and started to exercise like walking at the beginning. After... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:45:49 EST Laughing We have a cat named Suzie-Q. She has crazy personalities from this loving, snuggling, body heat absorber who insists on sleeping with us at night to a crazy-eyed maniac running through the house jumping strait up in the air and contorting. She can sound like a elephant running, swipe things off t... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:45:30 EST Feeling better Friday. Weigh in :) Thanks for all the advice everyone. My symptoms are awful but I noticed this has been going on a long time. I always get them and am sick for a while and then I feel fine again. It's frustrating because doctors are always like "um...your healthy?" an then I feel good and forget about it. <BR> <... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:40:38 EST God Can Do Anything But Fail <img src=""> <BR> He's got the whole world in his hands. I am glad he has me. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for the many times you pick me up when I am feeling like this: <BR> <img src=" Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:40:17 EST what i knitted during the olympics I will be making <link><BR>led-teal-vest </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:39:02 EST Poor little Miss Smokey Moo and my day ahead I don't like seeing Smokey all drugged like this. She is in a hazy daze. It makes me sad and anxious. It reminds me of when I was given a prescription in the ER and it was too much and I turned into a zombie on the medication. She does have a bigger appetite, not sure if it's from the painkille... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:38:04 EST Have a great Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:36:42 EST Sticking to it So I have a real problem sticking to my healthy choices. My first reach for comfort these last three has been to soften what comes out of my mouth by stuffing something into it. While sparing my husband and family any castigation after my feelings were hurt, it was not a healthy way for me to... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:34:53 EST Saturday, August 27, 1966 August 27, 1966 <BR> <BR> It was Saturday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). In that special week of August people in US were listening to Summer In The City by The Lovin' Spoonful. In UK With A Girl Like You by Troggs was in the top 5 hits. Alfie, dir... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:34:25 EST I Finally Did It!! I am a very happy camper this morning! I finally hit my 25 lb loss goal this morning. Oh What A Great Feeling! I am not stopping there. I have now moved onto my next goal 18 lbs. I stumbled a few times on this journey and got upset more than once when the scales were not moving each week but I ne... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:32:37 EST Indian feathers <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:29:44 EST Sometimes You Have To Get Crazily Creative Potato chips is my main squeeze. I love those things. If they are in my space, they call my name. <BR> <BR> No matter how often I tell friends and family to please keep them out of my face, they don't seem to get it. They will come over to my house with bags and bags of those little critters th... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:29:14 EST sliced peaches, siggi's mixed berry yogurt, cinnamon and walnuts || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> happy snakin || <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:29:13 EST Friday, 8/26/16 TGIF! I'm allowing myself 15 minutes on Spark this morning before I get into the craziness on my desk, lol. I checked my email and watered all of my plants. Does that sound like stalling? I found a typo (actually not my typo) but the same result. I'll have to go in and fix it on all the docu... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:29:00 EST The first Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, today is the day I start my program. To be honest, I'm not off to the best start. Woke up coughing with a little bit of temperature. I'm a little under the weather. I skipped my morni... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:27:46 EST Been away for some time now I spent last week taking care of two young girls. We went swimming and did some arts and crafts. My diet was off so I ended up gaining weight and this week I was trying to get back on track. Now that I've begun posting again I more confident. I'm ready for Shabbat with my usual foods and activiti... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:26:46 EST Ugh It's been an unpredictable week. Alot of things came up and I spent time away from home and got back late. I ate out 5 times this week! That is an all time record even pre-healthy eating days. I woke up this AM in an awful mood which only got worse when I stepped on the scale. I stayed within my ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:25:29 EST Friday It's Friday already...the time has been flying by so fast <BR> <BR> We went to the Fantastic Caverns this week also to the College of the Ozarks, wow what a great schools...they work to pay for their tuition....they have a farm, gardens and dairy...they have a very nice restaurant there where th... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:23:28 EST On a roll! I’ve reviewed my streaks: in June, July and August, I did (at least) 1000 fitness minutes. It had been a while since I was that consistent in my activities. And it feels great. It feels empowering. I like it. I aim to bike to work 3 times a week and before, I'd wait until Wednesday to start becau... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:21:55 EST Day 2 Here's how I did with my goals yesterday, day 2: <BR> <BR> * stick to food plan - no extra meals or snacks, no overeating - done <em>551</em> <BR> * track calories - done <em>207</em> <BR> * go to bed on time - done <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> * exercise 40-60 minutes per day 6 days a w... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:20:43 EST A bite to eat <img src=""> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:19:00 EST