SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Healthier Lab Results I went for a checkup with my doctor yesterday. She was very excited about my weight loss and my cholesterol had come down 50 points. My liver functions are looking better and kidney functions are perfect. I stopped taking my blood pressure medicine. But then she started wondering if maybe my ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:54:51 EST Why do we need stuff when we got legs? I get the basic cable from my internet -tv-phone provider..yep still have a land line..DH just could not figure out the cell you have to have their phone to get their internet and it is one of the best internets in our area..Got ya and won't turn ya loose!! <BR> <BR> rev... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:53:18 EST Really My Friday!! I slept a little later this morning. Went for breakfast. I rested for about an hour. Then I mowed for 4 hours. I got My bird feeders fixed. We went for supper. In awhile We are going back into town to see the fireworks. I think I will rest until then! Enjoy Your evening!! Luv Y'all!! ((... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:47:15 EST It's Me! ;o) I decided to switch out my Spark Page picture to a new one of me. Change is good. I think it is nice to see the face who i'm communicating with on this website. So here I am! On to other news; I lost a pound this week. I am at 130.5 and have lost 36 pounds total since February. I am a newbie on m... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:36:06 EST Hot weather to continue Just saw the extended forecast for the 16 days.... <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>67</em> and unfortunately, no rain in sight at all. At least the weather is supposed to cool off just a bit, high 80's and 90's will seem a reprieve after the 100+. Am praying for all of us as weather pattern... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:34:45 EST Let The Sun Shine What a great day it turned out to be today! I spent a lot of time in the yard and it felt good. Amazing how being out doors can give you can a good feeling! Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:25:42 EST Thank you to all Spark Friends I want to thank everyone for your kind and supportive messages regarding the passing of my baby great-granddaughter on Wednesday evening. <BR> Today was tedious and heart wrenching as we finalized arrangements for Monday's funeral. <BR> I won't be back on line now for a while and I ask that anyo... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:21:56 EST Dribs & Drabbles <img src=""> Alas- a pretty good week. I've been Sparkin' it up a full month now and already I've picked up the good habit of drinking plenty of water. Lol- just joking. It's far from a habit, and certainly not a yearn... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:15:14 EST Friday, 7/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been productive and filled with fitness minutes! Here's the list: <BR> <BR> *school with Maegann <BR> *cleaned bathrooms <BR> *cleaned floors <BR> *4 loads of laundry <BR> *gro... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:14:37 EST Goal Weight Range Identified! I had my phone density and body composition assessed today. They calculate what is my lean weight versus what is fat weight. Assuming my lean weight stays constant, I now have a goal weight range. The high-end of my normal range is 34% fat with the low-end being 22% based on my age of 51. That m... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:10:57 EST Day 216 - Heading to the Oaks Our lake has three lobes, or arms, with Mount Konocti and a peninsula called "The Gooseneck" (where we live) dividing the lake. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We live in Clearlake Park, and tonight we are headed to... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:06:59 EST A good disagreement! Facebook, love it or hate it, but it does bring about some "good stuff" and in my case a "good disagreement." I won't get into any particulars here, as it is pretty controversial, but the conversation has been quite surprising. I really like how people can have completely opposite opinions of the... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:55:21 EST Feeling Good Was not going to, but I walked my 1.33 miles this morning and continued throughout the day. That made me feel good because I did it. Eating has not been all that. I have a cook-out tomorrow and I will make better choices. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:55:03 EST Tools SparkPeople’s Tracking Tools – Nutrition, Fitness, Weight, and SparkActivityTracker - have been instrumental tools supporting my efforts to improve my health, fitness and well-being. Use them! You’ll be glad you did! <BR> <BR> Being that I have an affinity for numbers, I have not share... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:52:39 EST Day 69 - The Best Salad Ever! Today's Weight: 152.4lbs <BR> <BR> I was watching America's Test Kitchen yesterday afternoon, and they were interviewing the chef of a Greek restaurant. I haven't eaten much Greek food in my life, but I've always wanted to try it - somehow I just never have and I wasn't even really sure what Gre... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:52:35 EST Day 142 - Joined a Gym!!!! Okay so this is going to sound like an absurd thing to some, but this morning, I took a new picture so now I have day 1 Vs Day 142 - and after I took the picture I thought to myself , "I think I'm skinny enough to join a Gym!" <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:44:40 EST Holiday for some Today is a holiday for a lot of people since the 4th falls on a Saturday this year. My oldest daughter and I were both privileged enough to get today off. My hubby and youngest...not so much but at least we are all off tomorrow. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> We plan to visit a dear friend who is... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:38:43 EST The 48th Day Managed to get in a C25K session before rain set in! Supposed to be on and off rain/thunderstorms this weekend - just hoping tomorrow night is clear; going to see the band Barenaked Ladies and the concert venue is outdoors! Plus would kinda not be cool if fireworks got rained out. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:28:42 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for July 3: Daily inspiration: Don't spend a lot of time second guessing yourself because often times our first choice is the best choice and, if it isn't, we are free to choose again. Lord, guide me through all of my decisions and help me to be flexible enough to change my mind when necessary. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:06:16 EST Feline Friday =^..^= <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:03:58 EST Great Day Today... July 4th Holiday Tomorrow!! I've had a great day staying home. Read on two books. Sorted some papers in my home office. Made a macaroni salad to take to a July 4th party tomorrow, fixed corn on the cob for supper. I've really been enjoying the corn on the cob here in America. All that was grown in Africa where I worked was ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:03:12 EST WISE AND WONDERFUL QUOTES FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN, OUR GREATEST PRESIDENT "Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be." <BR> "And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." <BR> "To be a success today shows that a friend who believed in you and you didn't have the heart to let him down." <BR> "We can co... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:03:05 EST The groomer in the groove Another no riding day today. <BR> It started off with one dog walk and ended up with 2 and a groom, plus fixing the car and making the printer work with my windows laptop. New drivers required, stupid thing. <BR> I haven't done much grooming lately, by choice I should add. It messes with my guita... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:02:08 EST Grateful for the Plot Twists Thank you, all my friends, for your support & kindness. I've bounced back from yesterday's whining. I've done my research & it matches what I 'heard' the cardiologist say. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:00:24 EST Back In The Water Today! This morning, I loaded my gym bag into the car, packed lots of water and off I went to the Y's pool. Much to my initial distress, the water classes were all cancelled until next Monday. This actually turned out to be a real blessing. I secured my belongings in a locker and went out to the pool ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:52:00 EST Friday's Healthy "Please Do..." Picture Quote of the Day 07/03/2015 <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:49:08 EST And it's been a while... Its been a while since I have been truly on a path to wellness and fitnness... Now that I have time to go back and reflect on all of last year, I'm a bit disappointed in myself. I have since gained 30 lbs. I miss my healthier body. I was so much more confident. I feel I have to fake my confi... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:45:46 EST My computer is down for the count Had to take my computer in for a checkup. Initial evaluation shows possible clean up with possible hard drive issue. Thank goodness I have Spark People on my phone. I won't be able to complete some of the tasks that are only available on the computer app so some of my streaks will be ruined. Such... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:44:11 EST Saturday I am feeling worse to day but there are still things that have to be done pleased there is no work today. I am going to rest most od today but hubby does not cook so will still have to get the meals. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:43:40 EST A Slamming Door I feel like I am allowing a bad moment in my life to define me and I don't know how to bounce back. For the past six months I have been trying to bring myself back from a devastating emotional moment in my life. <BR> I have tried seclusion, exercise, self examination, dating sites, diet, immer... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:43:34 EST CY SAYS...... Just eat more possum <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy 4th of July! Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:17:10 EST Around Day 5# Turn I've stayed within my calorie range all week. <BR> I'm proud of that. <BR> I know I shouldn't but...I'm weighing in daily. <BR> Today the scale slowed down and it should have as it's been moving pretty fast. 8 lbs in 5 days. <BR> As long as you stay within your calorie range...a plaque will only ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:13:59 EST Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried chicken patties dog food <link><BR>ll/stella-chewys-stop-sale-order-recall/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS IS RIDICULOUS, I JUST PUT A RECALL ON HERE YESTERDAY <em>42</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:06:31 EST 122lbs smaller and healthier :) Hi everyone <BR> After a year I have lost 122 lbs with the help of surgery . <BR> I am so happy and still don't recognise myself sometimes. <BR> It was not as easy as some people think . It's pretty easy to gain weight again . <BR> I wanted to lose a little more weight but it seems that my bod... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:00:52 EST Busy Day After spending about six hours working on the reception hall last night and another six or so today, we are finally done. <BR> <BR> Now it's time to get ready for rehearsal. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:00:39 EST 07/03/15 Couch to 5K report on my progress 07/03/15 Couch to 5K report on my progress, yeh!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> = if this is you (I know its ME) ....... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> THEN DO THE OPPOSITE <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:00:23 EST Wapato Park Tacoma, WA This park has come a long way from the scary place that it used to be. It is a pretty and oval path around a small body of water. <BR> <BR> It is accessible for wheelchair and stroller with a nice shady playground and approximately 30-40% shade coverage. The "do not feed the wildlife" policy ha... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:49:52 EST It Bears Repeating - Anne Lamott & Everything She Knows I got the biggest kick when I read the following article on that SUNHOME had shared. Writer Anne Lamott made her personal list of "everything she knows." <BR> <link><BR>_shares_all_that_she_knows_everyone_is<BR>_screwed_up_broken_clingy_and_scared/... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:47:31 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life! - Happy Fourth of July Happy Fourth of July Weekend! Time to let loose and let go of the things that have preoccupied our thoughts and our time this past week, and get into the spirit and let our freedom ring! <BR> <BR> Here are a few funnies to help get you going in that direction: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:45:45 EST July 2015 Month's Goals Okay...officially half of the year is done. But half of the year remains. I will refrain from setting goals for the rest of the year...I'm mostly not very consistent on the follow through. So, here goes: <BR> 1. get better at follow through <BR> 2. plan week (including meals) ahead of time <BR... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:42:15 EST Almost time for the 4-year update... But I'm not ready for an anniversary post yet! <BR> <BR> I had to stop by my original health journey home and share: <link><BR>taken-by=tinyfitnesshtx </link> <BR> <BR> You never know where your journey will take you. I have done so many things in the pa... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:36:37 EST Portland Ave Park Tacoma, WA The first walk was at 10 am on Wednesday in Portland Ave Park just down the street from my house. At a reasonable pace for a mom pushing a stroller we did two miles in one hour. <BR> <BR> It has decent path except where the fireworks stand is. In the past I exited the park and walked up the side... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:33:39 EST 7/1 PAWSE <em>387</em> I lost 1.5 lbs this week! I was a bit worried about what that number would be because I was at the upper end of my calorie range each day and I skipped my workout on Sunday, but I am ECSTATIC with 1.5! I've been trying to reach that elusive number for weeks and it finally happened.... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:31:41 EST Friday still feeling pretty good. <BR> <BR> Have a couple of issues that are keeping me out of the water right now, but am trying to keep active in other ways. <BR> <BR> Saw the Dr on Tuesday, and he changed my meds, and I have slept better for the past two nights. <BR> <BR> My back is feeling some b... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:21:45 EST 362 Days to Go! Holy Crap! Just realized I have less than a year to accomplish declutting my life! UGH! I have a LOT to do! <BR> <BR> The week is winding down.... I worked and went to the second job... Got home and was outside for just a few minutes and was getting ate up by mosquitoes! It was then I dec... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:15:27 EST Protein And Fats These are the areas that I always lack in. I have never really liked peanut butter but realize that it would be a good food to kill both birds. So I now take 2 tablespoons of reduced fat peanut butter add a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips and eat with celery sticks. Gives me a small taste of swe... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:07:10 EST Cinnamon Rolls Hello Sparkfamily, If you have not had brunch yet, may I suggest this...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dough <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 package fast rise yeast (or 2 ¼ tsp) <BR> 2 tbsp sugar... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:06:56 EST Using the Time Wisely This morning I drove to Costco to get new tires for the Ford. The guy said it might take up to 2 hours, so I walked down the street to the IHOP and had breakfast. Then after breakfast, I took another walk, eventually hitting the walking path near the creek that runs behind the Costco. Got the cal... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:58:31 EST Hypothyroidism is back! I'm down to 215 lbs. I had a doctor visit this past week. My blood results showed that my thyroid levels are out of wack again so my doctor has started me on medication and I'll see my endocrinologist next week and he can take over from there. <BR> <BR> I'm done with the first month of Chalean ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:58:22 EST A couple of good days! Yesterday morning, my friend Angel came over and she took me to Meijer for a few groceries. I had not planned to shop this week, and I was stocked up enough on things to be able to get by without shopping, and with my busy week, I just didn't want to make the extra bus trip this week, but since s... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:38:59 EST Friday 7/3/15 So far it's been a great day off work. I've gotten my husband's cake made for his party tomorrow, a grape salad made, the kitchen cleaned up, and I was able to get the hanging sleeve halfway attached to a king-size quilt. I also got started on cutting out another baby quilt, just in case I need o... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:35:24 EST I Live! Kinda. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Meh. <BR> <BR> Blahhhhhhhhhhh. <BR> <BR> That's pretty much what I felt like for a couple of weeks. Seemed like EVERYTHING that could go wrong WAS going wrong. My "Angel of MURPHY" was workin' some serious overtime. Simmer down there, Murph. Tuck in the pinions, you overgrow... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:30:28 EST Dogs + ;-) 7/3 Nice collection of rescued dogs.. <BR> <link><BR>14326 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:17:08 EST June results and July Goals Goodness…June came and went by in a blink! <BR> <BR> I met with my Vocational Counselor to discuss next steps after work-rehab and my next steps would be to get a Doctor’s permission note to go back to work… I won’t be going for my checkup until mid- August… and then only after that I... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:12:02 EST Whole Foods vs Paleo? I think its really frustrating to try to figure out "how to eat healthy". Seriously everybody has the answer. I was vegetarian for quite some time and gained weight (yes, even with eating whole foods/lots of protein etc). I thought I would go to Paleo but the reality is .... its a constant strugg... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:08:13 EST Summer breezes in the treeses... Now that the sun has returned… <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and all a green, green at 54F, we decided to have breakfast on our veggie deck… <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:06:01 EST Bike Tour & HM Bike Tour - 185km - I finished!!! The bike tour went good. It took me wayyyyy longer to finish on both days, but I wouldn't have changed it for a second. I stayed back with a teammate who was on a mountain bike (and nervous), which caused her to go slower than my hybrid & the rest of the teams r... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:53:49 EST July 3, 2015 It's been a couple of years since I have written on my blog -- I have a spark page "GwynLee's accountability" page. <BR> <BR> Since my last blog entry, I was laid off my job -- that was February 2014. I have worked some temp work, but most recently I have worked with a Minneapolis social se... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:50:40 EST An 'Apache' Blessing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Indeed ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Note: the above is actually a work of fiction taken from the 1950 m... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:48:02 EST day 87 For a while now, I had been using water flavors in order to make it easier to get my daily water quota in. After reading up on it, I decided to just drink plain water. I used to rail and complain about others when they tried to make things like weight loss easier. I'd say stuff about how folks... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:43:09 EST Day 14: Met One of My Goals-Woohoo! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've always had a very hard time meeting goals. I always make them, but never really follow through with them. In this past week, I've struggled greatly with staying on the wagon of weight loss ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:41:56 EST 25 AWESOME TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!! <BR> <BR> 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> 3. When you wake up in the morning, Pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today. <BR> <BR> 4. Eat more... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:32:18 EST Love changes everything <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:28:10 EST Day 3 of 30 minute/day fitness for July! I got on the elliptical machine- the 30 minutes sorta dragged out but I worked it. Had some music going- definitely need to update my music! <BR> <BR> Will probably rely on early morning elliptical workouts a lot, because it's right here in my house and if I get it done first- then I can keep... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:27:40 EST July 3 A VERY busy day at work. I actually had to stay and sit down just to cool off long enough to drive home. I was so hot I could hardly see ! <BR> <BR> Others were doing the same. People want you to hop to, be on the move constantly, regardless of how hot or frazzled you are and look! <BR> <B... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:20:42 EST Challenges Today is the last day of a step challenge that I'm participating in. So far (at 2:00 pm) I've hiked 7.8 miles and have 19,526 steps on my FitBit! The day is still young. Who knows how many steps I'll take this afternoon and tonight. I'm currently in 2nd place in the challenge which is where I... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:14:29 EST family fun Well I'm spending the day with the family. We r going to see fire works and run around for a while. I'll be chacing a 2yrold for the rest of the day so I'll be getting my work out with out trying. We will be having pizza for dinner but I'm going to see if they. Have salad where we r going if they... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:13:42 EST Happy 4th! and mental battles woohoo! 4th of July is almost here! It will be pretty busy so I doubt I'll be able to blog tomorrow so Happy 4th in advance!! My son is super excited! I will be getting glow sticks for him to have while watching the fireworks. My daughter is now old enough to know what they are and she is excited... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 14:03:35 EST Climbing back on the wagon! My eating is so out of control -again - so time to get back on that wagon. <BR> 1. eat healthy. <BR> 2. allow one treat per day. <BR> 3. try to walk more - as pain etc allows. <BR> 4. try to drink more fluids. <BR> 5. food diary. <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:56:06 EST Gratitude for Thursday: going out with a friend to a little dive bar. I got a good, productive start on yesterday, but then a friend called, asking me to go out with her for the afternoon/evening even though it was short notice. I was running on 3.5 hours of sleep, so I should have said no, but something in her voice told me it was important. I met her over in the ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:48:38 EST Things I am learning as I recover from surgery Recently I underwent foot surgery to fix a long needed problem of a bunion. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, except that it had now affected the other toes and was beginning to hurt more and more. I spoke to a Dr. and a date was set ( Fri June 26th) With the date set I worked to get help car... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:42:26 EST Exercise? I won't be doing anything except kegels and hand weights for a while. <BR> <BR> I overdid it at work Wednesday (according to the doc I saw yesterday). Walked almost 9,000 steps (with the cane, of course). He says I exacerbated the arthritis. <BR> <BR> The knee...and whole leg...hurt worse aft... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:41:45 EST Up 10 pounds - It happens I am up 10 pounds and instead of being mad at myself, I am recognizing the problem and taking care of it. What am I doing? <BR> <BR> I am going back to basics. <BR> 1. Measuring my food to ensure accurate portions. <BR> 2. Tracking every single morsel of food I put in my mouth so I know exac... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:41:28 EST tired tired in a good way went out enjoyed met friends so very happy Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:39:54 EST stepping on scale as reward <img src=""> <BR> <BR> wow last night I had to glue myself down to stay home... all I wanted to do was go out and buy a big tub of ******** (something I really wanted to eat ALL of) <BR> <BR> But instead I did my e... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:38:11 EST Stay Out of the Sun Day Stay Out of the Sun Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : July 3rd <BR> <BR> Stay Out of the Sun Day encourages us stay cool in the shade, and to give our skin a rest from the hot, damaging r... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:36:00 EST Control is empowering. I've gradually put 32 pounds back on from my initial weight loss in 2012. I hate doing this to myself - all the hard work I put in and now I'm as obese as ever and starting to feel very sluggish again. I walked 6 miles today, have had three glasses of water, tracked my breakfast and spent time ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:31:34 EST Here we go again During my normal daily check of my email and SparkPeople entries, I read an article about how to change your diet. That got me thinking about how I've changed my diet enough to lose 16 pounds. It's taken 4-5 months to lose but it took me a long time to put it on so it won't disappear in a heartb... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:30:12 EST Kidney Aches Went to bed early last night with the worst stomach ache and my right kidney aching terribly (like its swollen). Is this too much water? I feel better today but I feel sick as a dog. Not too much nausea so I'm back at work. This just sucks. Not a good day. Positive note: I've been standing the wh... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:27:01 EST Part Two I went MIA for a little bit, but I'm back to finish that last post. I like to eat. Who doesn't, right? But really, food + me = disgustingly happy. The kind of happy that we see in movies and think "who actually is THAT happy"- that's me when I'm eating delicious foods. That makes it awfully h... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:19:46 EST back at it. This past year I gained 30 pounds. Stress, new meds, bad diet, zero exercise. I have all the excuses. However I'm ready to get back at it! I've used SP before and.lost 45lbs. Reading through my old blog posts actually motivated the heck out of me. I did it before, why can't I do it again? :) Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:16:58 EST Nutrisystem is here! Starting on Monday My Nutrisystem shipment arrived! I'm going to dive into sorting and getting things organized so I can start things off on the right foot on Monday morning. <BR> <BR> I was a little discouraged to see that I didn't have the Fast 5 meal shakes in this shipment. Fast 5 is a jumpstart program that N... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:16:38 EST On the road again Well I slacked plain and simple. I was down to 40lbs lost and just couldnt find my motivation. I regained about 12 lbs. With my wedding coming and a dress I would like to fit into I realize dit was time to get back on track . so far I've lost 5 of the 12 lbs that I've regained and am trying t... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:15:39 EST I can't help it <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:13:08 EST Still gaining. Back to basics <img src=""> Since my surgeries have kept me down for 10 months now, and still keeping me down & blue, I have gained back 36 pounds. It sickens me because I worked so hard for that 60-pound loss. But here's the reali... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:12:58 EST Quote of the day 07/03/15 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:12:57 EST Woman's Fitbit Info Leads to Her Arrest I read that a woman has been charged with false alarms to public safety, false reports to law enforcement, and tampering with evidence, based on the info from her Fitbit. <BR> <BR> This woman claimed to have been sleeping at her boss's house when she was awakened, dragged from her bed, and raped... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:05:11 EST Day 779 Rest Day. Feeling good. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:04:39 EST Happy Fourth of July I was very happy to see all the Canadian flags in the past few days. Lots of people wore red and white. Today I hope to see some American flags. I'll be walking to mid town today for my cardio. I am pretty sure there will be some flying in my neighbourhood. Both my husband's and my car sport the... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:04:37 EST Ordered new glasses! So, life goes along. I did not follow plan yesterday, and am weighing in at 150.3 today. As all my fellow-bingers know, a lot of this is temporary. I did walk close to 7 miles and earned 7 WW activity points through fitbit tracking. <BR> <BR> After my time at the Apple sore, which was success... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:01:56 EST W4D3-Lesson learned the hard way W4D3 was rough. It had been a week since my last run and I could definitely feel it. My legs were way tighter than usual and I added a full minute to my mile time :-( So now I'm trying to decide if I should try W4D3 one more time or go on to W5D1. Part of me doesn't want to move on because W5 sca... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:01:39 EST Days 22-23 of the Sizzlin' Summer Challenge!! Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> So today is day 6 of my 1 week staying within my calorie range challenge! <em>244</em> I only have 1 more day to go and I'll be able to say "I did it!!" When (notice "when" not "if" <em>30</em> ) I finish my challenge I think I'll keep going to see how long of a st... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:01:30 EST I have released 6pounds since May 1, the day I refocused my goals. My B'Day goal was 10#, it's Mon I am thrilled! Down another 1/2 #, total of 6# since I REFOCUSED <em>40</em> May 1! <em>252</em> We can do it, I AM DOING IT! <em>252</em> I REALLY wanted to be down another 4#, by my B'Day, <em>383</em> Monday, but being so close to goal, I KNOW it is harder to achieve. <em>198</em>... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:01:29 EST Friday, July 3, 2015 I am happy. I have the day off today because of the 4th of July. I just mowed the grass for 35 minutes and I have been using my fitbit flex again and will use it for another walk later today. I've only been doing 20 minutes but it is a start. <BR> <BR> My mom went away for the day it is nice ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:59:28 EST Never done a blog before... Hi out there! My name is Laura Richmond, and I am not new to SparkPeople, but I am diving in again, and really planning on using some tools that I didn't in the past...keeping my measurements, blogging, posting on team boards, etc. If it's out there and it'll help, why not take advantage of it,... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:54:14 EST Geez, you guys! I love this community- thank you to those who commented on my last post. Such support! <BR> <BR> So my official weigh-in day was this morning. <BR> <BR> On Monday this week I was 191.8. This scared the bejeezus out of me- back in the 190s! And climbing! Eek! <BR> <BR> That got me motivated an... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:51:40 EST This isn't how I remember college!!? <img src=""> This isn't how I remember college haha!! The campus tour went well, every ounce of their place calls my daughter's name, she's going to love it.. Now to find housing and a job.. Do any of my spark friends ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:43:13 EST Music on the Green - 7-3-15 Folks were out enjoying Music on the Green at Yampa River Botanic Park. There is a large grassed area where the music happens, but many folks choose to sit in the shade by the nearby pond. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:43:11 EST it's friday the weekend is here! hurray! my daughter says hi! all the birds say cheep,cheep! i am taking it easy today. have a wonderful day,everyone and a great weekend! happy fourth of july to all who celebrate it! Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:39:29 EST SPOILER...Family My assurance to you is that, with the Lord’s help and with repentant hearts, we can catch a glimpse in this life of the kind of life we want to have forever. Heavenly Father loves us. He wants us back with Him. The Savior, through the power of His Atonement, makes possible the change in our hea... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:38:48 EST Independence Well, five days with no scale and this is the first morning I haven't wanted to weigh in. Perhaps I am finally breaking free of the auto pilot that I have been on and the embedded belief that my self-image is based on a number on a scale. It is especially fitting during this holiday celebrating ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:38:06 EST From Flat to All That Jamie Eason is at it again! She has a 12 week program called From Flat to All That.  For details, check out her blog <link><BR>best-of-jamie-eason.html?clickid=wcnwB<BR>1zLUU0uXRq2SbTnDTa3UkXxbxzgEx2g2Y0&irp<BR>id=85920 </link> or her Facebook page. <BR> ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:36:37 EST The scale is not my friend Ok I need to vent just a little bit. I stepped on the scale this morning and I gained 3 lbs not a happy camper. Yes I did get discouraged but that is not going to stop me from achieving my goal. So now I must make a few more changes with my eating habits. Smaller portions my grand child has some ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:31:21 EST I thought yesterday was Friday? I actually did. I knew it was Thursday, but I kept acting like it was Friday. Probably due to the holiday. Work is pretty quiet. <BR> <BR> I said yesterday that I would walk every day instead of trying to run. Oddly, I want to cheat on that. I find myself thinking about running as soon as I... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:27:21 EST Quick Vent - Scale vs. Measurements I have a spreadsheet drawn up with projections of 2 pounds per week until October, when I will be starting skiing as a new hobby. (Yes, I'm type A.) I began this process on May 5th, and I had thought that I'd be able to drop about 8 pounds per month at MAX, but thought I could conservatively coun... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:26:34 EST my epiphany I learned something first hand yesterday in Zumba class ( apart from new moves). I mean, I've heard it all the time, but to hear it from a person that I consider fit, and healthy, and I would even say perfect in society standards, it's very different. I learned that we all struggle with body ima... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:23:51 EST lost weight, but went up 2 cup sizes??? I have needed new bras for awhile now. They were too big, but also just plain old. So now that I am only 3 pounds away from my goal, I decided to go shopping. <BR> <BR> For years I bought the same bras in a 36C. Then about 4 years ago I moved up to a 38 C. Since losing weight they naturally... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:20:02 EST Quarantined for 4th of July We went to a bbq last Saturday and one of my boyfriend's friend brought his kids. His daughter had been sick the night before with a high fever and a rash on her hand. When he told me this I immediately wanted to ask him why he thought it would be a good idea to bring her to a bbq. I noticed litt... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:18:05 EST 161.8 Yes!! I am making this work! 161.8 how very excited I am to see this number. Almost at goal, after 5 years. I lost and gained and lost and gained ... and now lost. Slowly and steadily it has come off. I am so relieved that I truly was able to dig deeper into myself and find the personal value th... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:13:45 EST It's not a set back, it's a challenge. It's true when they say weight loss and fitness is all in the mind. It's the attitude we go in with when faced with the need for change. <BR> <BR> I'm no stranger to weight loss. Most of my teen years were spent bordering on obesity and I slipped over that line several times before coming down ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:10:45 EST Back from Vacation Got back from an amazing vacation in Hawaii two days ago. I am having a really hard time adjusting, slight time difference and a lack of motivation and excitement at being back. <BR> <BR> The vacation was beautiful. I got to do something I've always wanted to do -- A SURF LESSON! It was exh... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:09:14 EST Celebrating Independence Day Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, a group of beleaguered men collectively came to the realization that there was nowhere left to run away and start over, and the only alternative remaining to them, if they wanted to retain any dignity at all as human beings, was to stand up and fight, whatev... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:06:01 EST SALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/3/2015=THIS IS GOD' BLOG NOT MINE=HAD TO PUT IN NEW FLOORS HAD TO TAKE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">For Thou, Lord, {art} go... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:04:38 EST How often do you give 100% in your workouts? My answer to this question is "almost never." Perhaps my idea of 100% is different from what SparkCoach has in mind, but I'm afraid to give a true 100% because I'm afraid I'll be too tired to work for 40 hours a week on my feet if I work out too hard. I also have a problem with my legs where they... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:02:40 EST My latest inspiration I recently bought a copy of "Younger Next Year for Women" by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge MD. I'd read the original book several years ago on the recommendation of my trainer, and I loved Lodge's description of the biology of exercise, growth, and decay. The book focuses on quality of lif... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 12:02:03 EST Friday twenty minutes Since it is the observed Holiday at work, and I already had two vacation days, I'm well rested. Slept in after getting up to take the thyroid pill... until the sunlight woke me. Fitbit reports that I got in excess of 7 hours three times this week, and nearly seven (6:50) on yet a fourth night. ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:59:54 EST I think that pound found me again! That pound I lost is back! I had a stressful week. My daughter gave birth to a beautiful little girl then had some post pregnancy problems and ended up in the hospital for a few days. I ended up eating at restaurants, which is so hard to eat healthy when someone else prepares the food. No control... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:57:51 EST Great news about the Deer in new york. Update #5 July 1, 2015 <BR> <BR> WOO-HOO!!! Madison County Supreme Court Justice Don Cerio signed the Order to Show Cause and Temporary Restraining Order!!! The girls are safe for now!!! Still going to be long uphill battle, I fear, but at least we won the temporary stay order. <BR> <BR> Thank ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:44:39 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 36:7 (WEB) <BR> How precious is your loving kindness, God! <BR> The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings. <BR> <BR> Promise #184: All of mankind can find prote... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:38:34 EST I Need This Picture! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the reality check I need - picture taken June 27th says it all. I will put on the same outfit at the end of the Summer 5% Challenge in August. My goal to be 11.4 pounds lighter in 8 wee... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:37:50 EST Getting It Together Yesterday I had to push myself through my last 2,000 steps but I'm proud of me for doing it, the old me would've said forget it. Today I have lots of prep work to do for my 4th of July cooking tomorrow. I have some of my steps done and so much more to do today that I'm super confident I'll reach ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:33:00 EST Supporting A Healthy Cause and Getting Involved The other morning I had finished my run and was getting ready to work in the yard when I saw several bicyclists ride by. I ran towards the road so I could get a better look. There was a blue tent set up on the trail road just east of our house. I hopped in my car and drove over to find out wha... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:31:16 EST I NEED to establish a routine My routines fizzle in about ten days. It's hard to establish them when you don't have regular job hours. Thanks to FlyLady, Julie Morgenstern, and Time Management classes I know what I should be doing. But someone has other plans for me... <BR> <BR> For example, I am back at school. (I quit my ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:30:56 EST SP Daily Community Task Describe how I'm feeling in one sentence: <BR> <BR> Fantastically, wonderfully invigorated by my choice to embrace my health whole-heartedly and own the decisions I make in the process! Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:29:59 EST Accepting Myself <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:29:34 EST Day 6 208.2 this morning. WOOT :D It's not quite where I was before, but at least the vacation weight is coming off. Hoping that next Friday I'll be back at my lowest weight and beyond :) <BR> <BR> Wish I could say that sleep was better last night but it was worse... SO much worse. Baby boy was pretty... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:24:09 EST Happy 4th Hallmark just started their Christmas in July. Really? They could not wait until after July 4? <BR> <BR> Today my son works from 8-2. We need to go at 4 and get his pre race pack for tomorrow. Tomorrow he runs in the Freedom 5 tomorrow. (5 K) Then I will be getting my exercise as I walk t... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:23:30 EST What July Fourth Means to Me ...Ronald Reagan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every 4th of July I make it a point to read this. <BR> <BR> What July Fourth Means to Me <BR> ...Ronald Reagan <BR> <BR> Editor’s note: When he was president, Ronald Reagan wrote the follow... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:18:56 EST Climbing the step ladder Getting back onto the healthy eating wagon is no small feat this time. Yesterday, I managed to track my breakfast. It’s been a long time since I tracked my food! But I didn’t get completely back on track. Once again, I dove into the candy basket at work like a horse to a trough. Sigh. I... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:17:10 EST Day 24 I am ready to lose are YOU? So today on Sparks I saw a video that lite a firer under my tail. It was of a mother and daughter team. they changed their life style for 100 days. They hit the gym and worked out for 100 days the mom lost 42 lbs. and the daughter lost 32 lbs. And that was in 100 days. Boy that got me going. I ca... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:16:25 EST Let's Keep Going... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a successful Friday and Weekend ahead, we can together 1 step and 1 day at a time... Let's Pull Together and Press On... <BR> <BR> Remember, Co... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:15:50 EST Relentless day 184, Rest, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No heavy workouts for the next two days. Enjoying the company of friends. We haven't seen for several months. But don't fret; I won't let my equipment get rusty or taken over by spiders. <im... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:15:00 EST Celebrating the 4th Typically I celebrate the 4th with a major focus on food. However, this holiday marks the end of the first week to my new commitment to watching how many calories I consume. The efforts have been worth it this week and I don't want to sabotage my progress. I appreciate the prayers and support a... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:13:23 EST Jude Jude 1 The Message (MSG) <BR> <BR> 1-2 I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:10:41 EST Bible Verse for Today.. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. <BR> <BR> 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV <BR> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:09:47 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:08:49 EST Trying not to panick - I was just sitting here - enjoying a lazy morning off and then it dawned on me - I have exactly 3 months until my niece's wedding. <em>39</em> so much for being in Onederland by then. I will be very lucky if I can just get back to under 240. <BR> <BR> Focus - Determination - Sweat - Tracking... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:07:36 EST July 2 Accountability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I will weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 7/01/15 - 145.8 <BR> 7/03/15 - 145.8 <BR> 7/31/15 goal 145 <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Thursday, ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:06:05 EST On the Road Again I'm traveling for the 4th of July holiday. My life is rich and full in so many ways yet I'm still reaching, revising, redefining and striving daily for a better & healthier me. My body is changing again and as my body changes so does my mind. Growing stronger in so many ways. I'm loving life. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:01:58 EST Starting over Well this week I have started over because my son has diabetes and he has to really watch his carbs. we are doing the diabetic diet together and walking together. I am walking between 2.9 miles and 3.4 miles a day. I am so hoping I can start losing again. If not I really don't know what to do nex... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:01:31 EST 3 compliments i exercise every day <BR> I make Sparkrecipes for my for my family <BR> I am determined to loose weight. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:57:12 EST day 2 Yesterday, I went to Greenfield Village, so I got a lot of walking in which was good. But I ate about 4 rolls. I did manage to stay in my calorie range. But I felt awful at the time. I am trying to remember how I feel when I eat something I shouldn't. But right then, I can come up with a lot of ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:55:49 EST "Funnest" Morning Natalie, my 8 year old granddaughter, rode her bike with me this morning over 6 miles on Fort Frazier Trail. It took us a little over an hour, so no speed records here, but she did great. She was ready to go home at that point, though, and we did! I think it is SO COOL to have a granddaughter as ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:55:28 EST It Worked! My weight had been pretty much at a standstill since May 1st. I did a lot of research which lead me to the same endpoint, to significantly up my calorie intake for 1-3 days. Sounds scary that is exactly what I thought. I did it for one day and it worked! My calorie range is 1200-1550 I usual... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:51:53 EST Week Nine Week 9: 6/26 to /2, 2015 <BR> <BR> Weigh In Wednesday: 162.8lbs (-1) <BR> <BR> Nutrition: I was tracking as much as possible and trying to create the -500cals differential through nutrition this week more than through exercise. It should be other way round this week, God's grace. <BR> <BR> F... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:47:48 EST Funnies for Friday 07/03/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:43:52 EST The impulse to give up This last week has been a mixed bag. <BR> <BR> Eating ok, not stellar, but ok. <BR> <BR> Exercise decent. No big workouts but lots of extra movement throughout the day. <BR> <BR> So I was dismayed to have a 3 lb gain at weigh in this morning. <BR> <BR> The 'why do I bother?" thoughts start t... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:42:52 EST Healthy Distractions Healthy distractions from eating: <BR> 1. Exercise. (Move it! Move it!) <BR> 2. Craft/ Do something creative. <BR> 3. Get outdoors. <BR> 4. Plan a fun event/activity. <BR> 5. Write. <BR> 6. Listen to music/podcast. <BR> 7. Read. <BR> 8. Try something new. <BR> 9. Complete something undone. <BR> 1... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:31:48 EST James, July 2, 2015, 12:15pm, Thursday, R.I.P. At 12:15pm, after lunch my husband of 37 years died peacefully at the Circle of Life Hospice House, after only 4 days there. I was with him all the time, and the night before he was restless and kept sitting on the side of his bed, so I sat next to him and held him. I'm glad we had our final mom... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:29:32 EST Holy lessons learnt Good morning FloridaSun and thanks for the info doll .. <BR> <BR> You got this .. as long as we make a 100% effort to take better care of our dear bods .. the rest will take care of itself .. <BR> I have a booze problem .. not a food problem a booze problem .. <BR> I eat well and balanced as l... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:27:05 EST July 3, 2015 It's very dreary here in Virginia this morning. More rain expected. Lots of campers pulled into the park yesterday. I hope they get some good weather while they're here. I'm off work today but I'm having trouble getting going this morning. I guess I threw my rhythm off by getting too much sl... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:18:12 EST Don't Quit! When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, <BR> When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, <BR> When the funds are low and the debts are high, <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit- <BR> Rest if you must, but don't you quit. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:13:16 EST Day 55: Waiting on Mom Today is a much needed rest day in the Bodyweight Blast Bootcamp Challenge. We were asked to do some stretches this morning and I'm still gonna get some cardio in this afternoon but no strength training exercises. I'm sore from the last 2 days but it felt good to stretch it out this morning. <BR>... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:12:44 EST Finally Friday! Yeah, it's Friday! And I have today off! Tomorrow is Independance Day! Which always reminds me of the Will Smith movie! This week started out blah, got worse, and has slowly gotten better! Even though I ate cookies, and McDonalds this week, I'm still doing pretty good overall for the week! I g... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:11:37 EST What Happened?!? You know how you miss a day of tracking? Maybe the first day is because you were too busy or away from home, the next day maybe you ate poorly and instead of holding yourself accountable you skip tracking, then the next day what ever it is that distracts you happens ANNNNNND VOILA, a habit is bo... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:10:28 EST Indications of Success SparkCoach is keeping me busy blogging. Today, I'm to write about non-scale indications that I am succeeding. <BR> <BR> 1. I feel fantastic - so much better than that defeated person who began SparkPeople just a little over two months ago. <BR> 2. My blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cho... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:04:05 EST colorful ice <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:04:01 EST Goal for the Week I need to bleach the mildew off the outside of the house. This is probably my least favorite chore. I'll be happy when it's done. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:03:14 EST Sense of Closure Yesterday I went and saw the location of a severe motorcycle accident that claimed the life of my Pastor's wife and landed my Pastor in ICU three and a half weeks ago. I don't know why, but visiting the site helped me to let go of some of the questions that I had concerning the accident. There ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:03:10 EST Happy 4th! Like many folks - I have a long weekend due to the holiday - and I'm looking forward to using it to get some yard, garden & house to-do list projects done. I think this will end up being a fair-bit of my "work-out" this weekend too. Don't worry though - I won't be slacking off! I'm going to pul... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:01:58 EST Like a derailed train For the past 2-3 weeks now I feel like my eating habits and schedules are a trainwreck. Everything completely derailed. It's all over the place. <BR> <BR> I haven't even been grocery shopping in those last weeks. Maybe a couple times just to buy some things to be eaten for supper. But my usual s... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:00:17 EST New day Well after the really crap day of everything going wrong I have woken in a very positive attitude. I have cleaned the fridge out sorted the cupboard out and even written a meal plan for the next 7 days Done my shopping on line to click and collect tomorrow so not even going in the store all the... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:50:43 EST C25K - Week 1 Complete! Yesterday was a horrible day at work! I did not want to go to the gym or do anything afterwards. We had a nice supper and took it easy. Then at 9:30 I got it together and we headed to the gym. I did my Day 3, so week 1 is now complete! I am scheduled to begin week 2 on Sunday. It is longer ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:47:51 EST 7-3-15 Rainy Day Today is a rainy day so we will exercise inside (recumbent bike) and then go out for a movie this afternoon. Happy to be staying at the lower weight this week. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:46:44 EST 4 days RAW eating yields 3.5 pound loss..whoop da! Wetland creature visit with pics. <em>104</em> I'm SO excited that I've held to my RAW eating detox diet for 4 days! <BR> <BR> I can't say I LOVED it...but I sure like my friendly scale at the moment. I know that I'll have to modify it to be about 80% raw with some hot foods added in. Anything above 118 degrees is technica... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:45:49 EST Friday jabber Woo Hoo, the weekend is just about here, not that it makes me any difference. Have absolutely nothing planned, just another day. I guess I am getting old, I just don't care to get out among the people. They are having a big shindid over in SL for the 4th, parades, venders in the parks, and al... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:45:29 EST First Week of July It is amazing how quickly time is flying by. I'm doing everything I can to grab hold of each day and squeeze every bit of love and joy and zest for living out of it! <BR> <BR> Quick update, because I'm supposed to be writing for dollars instead of here :) I have SIX articles due for one client ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:40:57 EST Hap[y birthday America It is very confusing when holidays come around as to when it is officially celebrated. I wish the government would keep their grubby paws out of it. We did jut fine celebrating this holiday on the fourth for hundreds of years. I saw some businesses closed early on Thursday to celebrate the hol... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:39:49 EST Hard time lifting my dog--ugh! Whew, hello 3 day weekend! It got off to a bit of a rough start around here--my dog, Jimmy, broke a toenail, which can apparently be quite a big deal for dogs. He spent a few hours at the vet, and when I picked him up he was *very* heavily sedated. Moving him around (he couldn't walk so well) was... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:39:21 EST Love ...where is it ? I am so frustrated. I lost a ton of weight and still working on it! But, although I am spiritually and mentally ready for love I haven't found the MAN I need and want. What's up with that. <BR> <BR> I accepted my physical and spiritual and financial responsibilities : in many ways I am living t... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:37:03 EST Mountain WiIdflowers - Running and Bike Riding in Paradise Part 1: Water, Water Everywhere, that Cause the Flowers to Bloom <BR> <BR> "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." Alphonse Karr <BR> <BR> I rarely put quotes in my blogs. However, I like this quote from Alphonse Karr because of the ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:36:10 EST Goals for July "The most important thing about having goals is having one." Geoffrey F. Abert <BR> <BR> My goals for July are pretty basic but working on these will definitely help me get to the weight I want to be. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Goals for July: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay within ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:35:22 EST Garlic, Zucchini chips and Sun!!!! Yesterday was interesting and nice. I got up early but sinuses were acting up so I took a benadryl and laid down, When I got up Melissa and Lilly were here. Then we get a phone call a friend, her family and John's granddaughter Tatty were coming over. I had already cut up the garlic and it was i... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:29:21 EST Transitional time We have an interview with the medical director and social worker of the Highlands at Wyomissing soon. I am eager for that interview and approach it with joy. I really need to move and avoid steps, snow shoveling and more about the house. <BR> <BR> If all goes well, then I meet with the designe... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:26:27 EST 104 Years Old & 7,500 Pounds The fluke girl on the left is 104 years old and weighs around 7,500 pounds, but she's gettin' her fitness in. If that's not inspiration, I don't know what is! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:25:55 EST Goodbye 160s I'm back into 150 territory. Now to keep losing and never see 160 on the scale again. Ever. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:25:40 EST ~ ~ "Happy 4th of July" weekend, to all my American friends! ~ ~ <BR> From my country Canada <em>636</em> to your country, U.S.A <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> ~ ~ "Happy 4th of July" dear friends! ~ ~ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:22:27 EST My BIG day is here!! One of my very favorite days of the year is TODAY! <em>244</em> It's my hubby's birthday, <em>383</em> our BFFs birthday <em>383</em> and our anniversary #13! <em>384</em> It is amazing how time flies! Sometimes it feels like we just got married and other times it seems like we've ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:21:14 EST The same people ! We are still on summer holiday and on Wednesday my parents turned in the keys for there old home and are officially moved. And we can enjoy the last few days of our holiday without helping packing and carrying boxes. <BR> <BR> I have not been to the gym much during this week and carrying boxe... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:18:29 EST MOVED PRAISE GOD :) Good Morning , <BR> I want to wish all of you Happy 4th of July ,, I want to thank all who prayed for the lady we helped she is Moved Praise God ,,, and so happy nobody should have to live like she is ,, This is the USA ,, However I hear many live homeless it hurts me ,, :( I am glad we can help ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:18:08 EST Sparkfulness! I try to be positive and the best part is how positive uplifting I get from it! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sparkfriends! (and I am sure you will recognize your contribution to this blog) When I think I am down, I take a second look, I go back to my own blogs and there is support that highlight ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:16:15 EST The Path Less Traveled Thought for the day from Go Kaleo: <BR> <BR> "The allure of polarized thoughts is strong. We like that feeling of absolute certainty, it can seem comforting. That's probably one reason for the popularity of extreme fad diets with rigid rules that demonize lots of foods, and punishing exercise pr... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:13:40 EST And the week comes to a climax ........ AND I AM ON V A C A T I O N !!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY !!!!! :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:09:40 EST Celebrate Independence Day! but keep this in mind <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:04:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 3, 2015 July 3, 2015 BECAUSE OF FAITH <BR> <BR> Anyone who exercises knows when we just exercise once we aren’t going to see many results. However, when we consistently exercise we begin to see changes in our body over time. Most habits are the same. In order to create a good habit, we need to practic... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:03:09 EST 2 years of Maintenance- how does it feel? I have been on SP for 3 years and in maintenance for 2 of those years. Losing weight was challenging. I was determined that I could do it, but there are bumps in the roads. I kept at it though, I pushed through the plateaus knowing that even if I was not losing weight during those weeks, I was st... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:57:33 EST Frozen pie This has to be quick... but I am working on learning to love. It means... wearing my heart on my sleeve and really being present. From the Course in weight loss... asking angels to be in my home, in my conversations, in my head... all the time. It is all about love. I had pie last night... fr... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:53:36 EST Howdy, y'all!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was elated to get to sleep in this morning. Yay!!! <BR> <BR> I hope all of you have a fun & safe 4th of July weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> B... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:49:53 EST Spark Coach Today I am at the spot on Spark Coach where they have their clients write in a blog. I like writing, but I don't feel like a writer so most of my writing gets tucked away somewhere private usually. BUT, with that said, today, I want to write about how insane my week has been. <BR> <BR> We are ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:48:10 EST Motivational Thought For The Day Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. - Lou Holtz Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:47:36 EST Deer At Work This morning while pouring my morning coffee I noticed a deer hard at work. It was weed eating for me. Hope it's back later because there's more weeds and brush. <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:46:38 EST On My Way Yes, I am on my way to a healthier me. I am working very hard to stay committed to exercise and tracking food/water intake. This journey has truly been a roller coaster ride, but I am determined to make it to my long term goal. <BR> <BR> With my Spark Friends by my side, I know I can make it ~ ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:46:19 EST Are you commited to fit? Over the last month lots of changes have taken place, a major one being one my professional life. I love what I do and serving my clients at the best of my ability is very important to me. <BR> <BR> Because of these two reasons I launched my own brand, Kyra Williams Fitness, to serve you and I a... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:39:57 EST Day 184 <em>27</em> Rainy, rainy... there is a lake in my backyard, it must have rained all night! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Last night we did an experiment to see if possibly a liquid diet would work for getting rid of my pain and nausea I've been getting when eating due to my gallbladder. It worked. I... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:36:22 EST July Step Goals Last month, I ended up with an average of about 5500 step per day. There were a couple of very slow weeks in there as work was uber-busy and I wasn't making time for any walking. I made up for it with lots of walking in DC, but in the future I need to make time even on the busiest of days. 10 min... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:35:37 EST Happy Friday Happy Friday to everyone. Have a fun and safe weekend. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:34:03 EST Happy Friday Happy Friday to everyone. Have a fun and safe weekend. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:34:03 EST HAPPY FOURTH of JULY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wish YOU and everyone a 'safe' and 'fun-filled' day ! <BR> <BR> Have fun, BUT, in view with all that's going on, BE ON YOUR GUARD ! <BR> <BR> GOD BLESS US ALL ! <BR> <BR> Hugs, Janet <em>2... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:30:30 EST 9 Days in the Pacific Northwest. We did 7 Volksmaches with the bi-annual AVA Walking Convention. We also did tourist stuff like visiting the space needle/chihuly garden of glass; driving HWY 101, and visiting a town with wood carvings on nearly every street corner. We had great weather and no mishaps at the airports (DFW or SE... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:30:09 EST Friday Funny!! <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:28:45 EST Join Me In The Birthday Fun! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep! Another year snuck up on me--But what could be better! A Birthday on Friday and the day off!! ........ <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:18:48 EST Blessings, July 3, 2015 My goal is to list three blessings everyday. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I have a schedule of small projects ready for next week. <BR> <BR> 2. We are all getting new glasses. <BR> <BR> 3. Summer school paycheck is stretching further than I thought it could. <BR> <... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:17:58 EST This will brighten your day 1120 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:16:27 EST feeling it Yesterday, I blogged how I felt like a spring chicken - up and out and more. On reflection it might have been the "over the hump day feeling". However, the peace I inhaled that morning held me in good stead for what I would endure at work. I went out and did it again this morning. But as one ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:15:30 EST Outside my Kitchen Window Today Took this video this morning. Baby fawn finally showed up. We have baby turkeys also, but didn't get them in this video. (Give it a minute to finish uploading) Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:14:17 EST 20LBS UP!!!!!!!! In 2 yrs Okay since I have gone wheat-free or wheat-less I have GAINED!!! <BR> <BR> Could I be wrong? I know I need to track my food. I am trying to move more, but after being with the kids I am so tired. <BR> <BR> I am about to ask my husband for a bike, but is a bike the right way to go? What kind... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:07:45 EST 7/3/2015 Good morning! I think I went a little crazy at the farmers market because I spent $76.00 on nothing but fruit and vegetables lol Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:06:16 EST I Did It You thought I bought a bike didn't you? LOL <BR> <BR> I broke down and purchased a sleek solar powered scale. It is scary standing on the glass plate, is it going to break, this is going to take some getting used to. After the initial powering up (50 minutes) - it gets a little sun icon to sh... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:04:10 EST Enough With Trying to be Perfect Passing along a quote from blog I like alot, Marc and Angel Hack Life: <BR> <BR> "The quest for perfection always ends in devastation. Thinking you have to do things perfectly is like strapping an extra 500 pounds to your back – it absolutely crushes you. Perfection is correlated with depres... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:02:17 EST Strength.....July 3rd <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:59:00 EST 7/3/15 thank you for the support on my rant yesterday some times you just have to do that I guess <BR> <BR> I hope you all have some great plans to do some fun things over the weekend for many people it will be a long weekend and that will be nice for them. Regardless of what you do have a safe time ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:55:31 EST Walking Going to go to Walmart to check out some new walking DVDs!!! Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:52:21 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Live <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:47:41 EST Friday's Update Oh, a rough start already to this DH is not rational today...he is refusing to take his medications...he thinks that they are causing his problems! The Dr did stop three of them as they maybe causing the problems with his kidneys or the combination of them, but he has a number of other ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:47:35 EST 07-03-2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Statue of Liberty is among America's most famous national monuments. Here are some little-known facts about the icon: <BR> <BR> •The city of Boston put in a bid for it. <BR> <BR> •Its ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:45:57 EST Day 18 - Weigh in & Reflection 1 week into using Spark and 18 days abstaining from fast food and I have lost.... 0 Yes, that's right. Nothing. Although it is a little discouraging, I have other things to be proud of: 1. Abstaining from fast food for 18 days. I used to barely go 3 or 4 days without the golden arches. 2. I ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:41:31 EST Against "pigging " out! <img src=""> <BR> --and it's a Holiday weekend--in the U.S.---- <BR> --which doesn't mean it's a vacation from healthy eating---exercising the ol' body--- <BR> Some days stuff goes all wrong----Yesterday was a day lik... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:38:58 EST July Goals I have two goals for July. One, I will get all new base numbers - weight, measurements, body fat etc.... Two, I will increase my short walks to 1 1/2 miles and to add at least one day of hill work to my workouts. Actually, that will be fun, because it basically means going with my husband on hi... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:37:02 EST Did you also know?? The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent. <BR> <BR> Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines. <BR> <BR> The military salute is a motion that evolved from medi... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:36:16 EST Stand Up! Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You'll find they haven't half the strength you think they have. ~ Norman Vincent Peale Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:35:18 EST 90 days...incredible... Today is my 90 day!!! 90 days so much has happened. I have tracked all my food, exercise and weight...and so many big life choices have been made...but I've stayed on track! Amazing... While moving I had found an old journal from 2010. I had tracked a weight loss of 11 pounds.... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:08:40 EST Family for the Fourth We have 60 % rain tomorrow but the family is coming with 25+ people. We are ready. I have some food prep to do today but the shopping should all be done. We have two pop up tents to put up tomorrow and will set out the extra tables and chairs that were washed last weekend. Life is good. I am ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:07:49 EST Happy 4th if July Hope everyone has a great Healthy 4th of July :) Fri, 3 Jul 2015 07:06:20 EST Weight I have had a scare regarding my health. I was diagnosed with Diabetes type 2 and high blood pressure in April. My diabetes is under control but my blood pressure is mostly. It was scary high and almost at the point of causing a stroke. I want to live longer to see my son graduate from high school... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:58:48 EST I matter too So, the summer season starts with end of school parties, house guests, invitations- all blessings but also challenges as to how I will maintain my weight loss goals. In the past, I would put everyone's interest before my own. I would buy and make food based on everyone else's desires and prefer... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:57:01 EST Day 2 well, I already failed at the blog every day in July goal. Haha. Yesterday was a travel day and getting out of the city took forever so we got In late and I just crashed. Whoops. I did ok. I got in over an hour of walking with the puppy. Eating went reasonably. The only bad thing was a bag of ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:56:57 EST JUST WHAT IS "INDEPENDENCE"? <BR> What does Independence truly mean? <BR> <BR> Independence: freedom from outside control or support : the state of being independent, <BR> <BR> or the time when a country or region gains political freedom from outside control. <BR> <BR> SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO TH... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:56:27 EST JET LAG I don't usually get jet lag but I have it now. I set the alarm for 8am to go to a spa, turned off alarm and got up at 1230pm! I am going to shower and head out shortly. Maybe spa tomorrow or Sunday. 😞 Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:54:10 EST Outrageous! Have you heard the news? Bubble wrap is dead. The Sealed Air Corporation (first made in 1957) have taken away the pop and instead the air will shift around in columns of bubbles--that you can't pop. Welcome to the dystopian future. <BR> <BR> Fun fact: I kept a piece of the stuff in my desk at w... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:54:04 EST Busy day ahead! Breakfast of champions! <img src=""> <BR> First, I'm going to exercise with my "zumba buddy," then go help my husband at his shop. It is physical, hot work, so I decided to have a yummy carbohydrate style breakfast. Scottish-style oats, ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:53:39 EST Holiday Weekend I have the day off - and I have the day all to myself! <em>244</em> <BR> I started my day with my strength training workout. My plan for the rest of today is to get groceries, take a bike ride of about 1 hour, clean the house, update my financial stuff, take a walk, visit a friend this after... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:52:07 EST July 3, Romans 4 It's all about faith, no matter what you believe it's still about faith. We're told that Abraham had faith in the promise of God for the messiah that was to come. All of the Old Testament saints had that same faith. Today we take it on faith that Jesus died for our sins and that God will raise... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:50:22 EST LOUSY week! Very little meaningful contact this week - no hope to be had here....... <BR> <BR> I HATE summer - and HATE "holidays" - seems nothing can get done when needed during this time of the year - and there's NO VALID REASON for things to shutdown! <BR> <BR> I DON'T CARE about anyone's time off - WHA... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:49:23 EST Daily Quote Fill your life with experiences , not things , Have stories. To tell, not stuff to show. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:47:56 EST Yep I did it!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you read my last blog What to do? What to do? You may remember after a meeting at work my 40 hour work week was dropped to 32. For me this is a loss of 465.28 a month. My co-worker Alex a... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:22:54 EST home again! I came home yesterday and was nauseated the whole day! I don't know if it was the medicine or the pain. I know I overdid on moving! I tried to do too much. I realize that I need to allow my husband to help more and not be super girl! <BR> <BR> I got a cpm machine to exercise my leg and I begi... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:22:20 EST Quote of the Day - July 3, 2015 "The heartbreak of losing fades over time, however, the burden of quitting last forever." <BR> - Sarah van Waterschoot Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:19:30 EST Crazy busy, but good Yesterday, I didn't expect to work, so I was lounging in bed trying to decide if I was ready to get up when my phone rang. It was the department manager for my PTA job asking if I could come in to work. I told him that I would shower and be right in. So, I got my first day seeing patients on m... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:02:05 EST Friday, July 3 I arrived at the office around 7 AM EST yesterday. I left around 4 PM and when I got home (4:30 PM) I continued to work. I had two conference calls. One at 5:30 PM and the other at 6 PM which finished around 7 PM. So, I found out in the 6 PM conference call that we are supposed to be working tomo... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:57:49 EST I ALMOST FOUND MYSELF FLAKING Didn't I just blog saying I don't want to be a flake and I'm flaking. Well I tracked my food on Monday and I eat too much. And then the rest of the week, not so good. No tracking no nothing. I realized I need to actually come on here daily like before. And there's no excuse, we got a laptop, desk... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:57:07 EST f f Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:54:30 EST Mamma is still watching In my mind's eye, I always see my 93 year-young mother watching and waiting for me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am now my mother's mother, caring for her and listening intently to her stories, and there are moments that I... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:46:08 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:46:00 EST FRIDAY OVER....OFF TO BYES.... My Friday is over and I am off to byes......going to take my book with me.... <BR> <BR> Cafe went well today and I am so loooking forward to joining my daughter in it... <BR> Called in tonight as she was closing and she just looks so at home there.... <BR> <BR> Chilly to byes to ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:45:50 EST Your Going To Love This - The Older Ladies Anthem! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Make sure your speakers are on & click the link. <BR> <link><BR>HeUE-CM </link> <BR> <BR> Some people say they can't watch videos on YouTube so I added... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:31:47 EST 207.4 a psychologist should not do plumbing I did the bike group again yesterday! 19.5 miles someone told me. It was a great ride. <BR> I was comfortable for most of it. Bonnie a friend of my wife's accompanied us and we shared a ride. I found out a guy in the group is 81. He leads a 20 mile or so group on Tuesday nights. A new role ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:30:30 EST time too pick my drunken self up again. oohhh what a ride, i had a friend staying for a few days, we had a couple drinks the first night, we had a few more the next day, and before you know it i had spent 5 days completely wasted and eating junk food, he went home, and i continued compulsively drinking..... and drinking.... and drinkin... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:26:39 EST AND SO IT BEGINS... Ok it had to happen at one point and it happened this morning. Yesterday I ate very little - toast for breakfast, soup for lunch and a few raw nuts for dinner. Went to bed starving. woke up in the night starving and woke up in the morning again starving. in addition did bicycle and there were be... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:22:55 EST July 3rd Blogging early this morning because I'm going shopping in a short while to hopefully get a new skirt & a couple of tops. <BR> <BR> Oh & yes <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I DID IT ! Another 2lbs lost so I've now l... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 04:01:03 EST Feelingtude list, 7/2 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they keep me going. <BR> 2. i am grateful for all-star casts, because they make movies more fun. <BR> 3. i am grateful for being thought of, because it is heart warming. <BR> 4. i am grateful for naps, because they are healing. <BR> 5. i am grateful for wal... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:36:06 EST The evolution of FAT I’m not going to sugar coat it, because I would probably eat that too…I am fat. Morbidly obese to be exact.To say that is not self-hate. Every bite I shoveled into my mouth, that was self-hate. I hated myself so badly it was overflowing the waistband of my jeans. To move forward, I feel like... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:34:36 EST Taking Back my life one step at a time <img src=""> Yes exactly what the title says I am gonna take back my life one step at a time whether I like it or not. Because I dont want to re-write it here is my post that I posted to a site that i am a member at ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:30:43 EST Walking on water for July day 3 163lb 11st 9lb BMI 34,29 <BR> <BR> I just have to keep the Thursday chill out day! I fell so much better and ready for the madness that is my Friday routine! The weather helps! so nice here today, you can't help but feel happy! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Today is really non-stop, so will be my s... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:30:26 EST Scorchio :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm off for a walk along the beach this morning before it gets unbearably hot. <BR> I was helping DH lift the remaining plasterboards/ etc into the loft yesterday and I must have twi... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:29:43 EST I Bought A String Bikini! <img src=""> <BR> Ha! It felt good. I felt really liberated to be buying this at the store. Red and black, with an elastic string that looked pretty sturdy. Not the tying string on the bottom, that was elastic on both ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:16:29 EST Wednesday and Thursday wrap ups This week has been busy, getting ready for the day camp that I will be working at for the next 5 weeks. Wednesday was spent going over procedures and different ways to keep the kiddos busy and having fun throughout the week. Thursday was moving day, as we had to get all the camp supplies out of... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:10:45 EST TGIF Hope everyone keeps our Vets and soldiers in mind and be greatful for all they have done doe us send light love joy and many blessings to all Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:08:38 EST Day 1 Thanks to Bobbi for introducing me to Sparkpeople! What a fun site! I love how colorful and motivating it is, and all the resources available. There is still so much to explore on here. I plan on being here for a long time, since I have at least 180 pounds to lose. I'm starting out at 320.2,... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:05:18 EST Friday Motivation <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 02:56:13 EST Day 99... not in a row though I have skipped days blogging lately. But this is day 99. So keep on keeping on. <BR> My motivation is still here. But this week has been screwy, I am so busy but I don't feel like I am getting much done... kind of like spinning my wheels. Next week I am going to be really busy, so if I don't blo... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 02:35:50 EST Joke of the Week. Joe's wife bought a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed <BR> to make her look years younger. After a lengthy time sitting before <BR> the mirror applying the "miracle" products, she asked, <BR> "Darling, honestly, what age would you say I am?" <BR> <BR> Looking at here carefully, Joe sai... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 02:35:06 EST Groundhog Day I've been an eventful few months. IBS kicked my rear, I lost my job, I renewed my freelance business, I started volunteering at my local queer community center, I made new friends, lost others, lost a relationship, strengthened another. <BR> <BR> I started a new Camp Nano project. Or rather, I ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 02:31:45 EST what do you drink instead of pop drinking pepsi is a huge addiction to me and i will (would) drink 3-4 cans a day. today is the first day in a looooong time i went without one. any other soda addicts out there? what do you drink instead. trying to cut out sugar so juice is a no go I guess water is my new BFF ;) Fri, 3 Jul 2015 02:12:25 EST Make a Salad Meal <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> \o/ \o/ Praising & thanking our Creator, my Heavenly Father, for His most wonderful provision of fresh vegetables & frui... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:42:58 EST happy with changes... So far, so good. I'm happy with the dietary and lifestyle changes I have made so far. I do have room for improvement, but I'm dropping pounds, so I'm going to hold on to those additional changes until the loss stalls. That way I'm prom have a game plan for busting thru any stalls which might ari... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:36:54 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY-"UNDER GOD" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday Blessed Ones! <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Such JOY I had writing this poem! THIS Nation EXCITES my heart! I'm SO glad the Lord made me a part of t... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:28:36 EST Experience and hope It might not be me but it is a fact that since I asked for sharing on that morning phone meeting there has been sharing evey morning... it can be a coincidence but even so – I have not been "punished" for speaking up and it changed as I wished for, so I will continue to try to be more me. <BR> ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:21:50 EST Gratitude July 2 2015 Number 1: I am assuming that no news is good news from my daughter at camp. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Older son took the placement tests at the local community college. He did fine. He was signed up for a computer class and trig. He had the math covered because he took the ACT and did well. Bu... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:17:23 EST 2015 Katy Trail, Mokane to Marthasville (51 miles) Today we took our time getting started. Had a nice breakfast, loaded the gear on the truck and hit the trail about 7. This section is partially shaded and passes some lovely bluffs. There are wonderful sections along the river and flood plains. Today is a poker run, we draw a card at each res... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:10:19 EST Devotional for Dieters, with Dan Dick Matthew 10:22 <BR> 'And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.' <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Christ has a powerful lesson for those who choose to diet. Dieting makes us different, and it is never easy to be different. Being Christians mad... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:09:20 EST July 2 - Day 2 of SparkPeople's Bodyweight Blast Boot Camp Let's see - Tuesday: 1.5 miles, 34 min (treadmill... yuck) <BR> Wed - totally slacked. Sigh. <BR> Thursday: did day 1 and day 2 of the Boot Camp! <BR> Strength training exercises for both days and 60 min walking (3.25 miles) on sand/rough terrain. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can get everything put aw... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:08:33 EST July Record of Gym Visits for September Discount on Dues My goal: 12 times at the gym for 20$ discount on my membership. <BR> <BR> 07/01 1 of 12 Walk <BR> 07/02 2 of 12 Zumba + Bodypump Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:05:12 EST relationship with food It's been a while since I've blogged so I thought I'd check in. <BR> <BR> Well, first off I am struggling a bit with the food part. I cut down my calories to about 1300-1400 for most of this week, but based on my activity level that's not enough (and I'm hungry CONSTANTLYYY). But if I keep my f... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:55:39 EST Thursday Tidbits I really don't have much to say but one of my July goals is to blog everyday so here it is. <BR> <BR> I had the day off today so I puttered around the house in the morning, doing some heavy laundry and getting some to things crossed off of my list. <BR> <BR> In the afternoon, I did lay down for... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:44:38 EST A QUESTION why is it so hot? <BR> I need a pool in my living room Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:33:30 EST Moving moving moving! This has been an incredibly busy and active week. Between deep cleaning the house, moving boxes into my new classroom, and my regular exercise, I'm pretty darn tired. I'm definitely feeling yesterday's bodyweight challenge workout. And I'm not seeing the weight go down the way I want, but I kn... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:30:55 EST Day 215 - Long Walk to Freedom I just finished watching the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and boy, did it get me thinking. <BR> <BR> We here in the USA don't always realize what it takes to achieve freedom when it has been deprived from you for so long. Nelson Mandela and his fellow black South Africans endured tremend... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:30:14 EST trying to keep busy! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Deer and her two fawns in my backyard. I took this earlier today! <BR> I have been off of work since June 24th. Summer school starts up Monday! I have been taking TONS of photos while I've been... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:25:55 EST July 2nd 2015 Well today was a good day. I started out my morning by working out which felt tiring but always good overall. I prepared vegetables for both my breakfast and lunch and then eat two Turkey and Ham Sandwiches for Dinner. It felt good working out and i made sure to drink 12 cups of water. I am look... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:23:09 EST Special Blessings-July 3, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I woke up feeling much better today than I did for the past two days. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim and I cleaned the house, with him doing all of the heavy cleaning. <BR> <BR> 3. After we finished cleaning, Jim and I went to the coffee shop.... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:22:38 EST It is exhausting to do nothing! I really like to keep busy..and I never am at a shortage of things to do. <BR> Then I tend to over do it and get tired..or sore or both.. <BR> A day of rest is a good thing...they say.... so I took the day off. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:09:11 EST Five Years Ago Today... My dear cousin (in black top) departed. Doesn't seem possible it could be that long. I've missed her so much. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy 4th. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:09:00 EST We're Melting!! So, today is the real day I was supposed to come back to work. Walked the pups this morning, but Spartacus, the little weasel, started limping about a mile out. No stickers in his foot, so I think it might have been an ant bite. Toted him 2 miles. back to the house. Walked myself over to Walgreen... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:08:23 EST Disappointing Day I ate 2528 calories today. That's 138 over my range. I am beyond disappointed with myself. Way more bummed than I should be. I think that's partially because I made a very bad fast food choice early in the day, and later, a new recipe backfired. We had Whataburger for breakfast. I was in a lot o... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:08:14 EST The worst place to behave I took the day off yesterday to take our younger kid and her friend to an amusement park. 1.5 hour drive each way, and 11.5 hours in the park, acting as sherpa part of the time and being mercifully ditched so I could sit quietly with some work and pleasure reading the rest of the time. The kid ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:03:01 EST Thursday Today was our day off from work. We walked 2 miles this morning then came home and mowed the lawn. It took a little longer because I had to mow in the back yard too. My husband edged and trimmed the trees. Then we showered and went to a couple of stores. My hand still hurts a little from my f... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:59:08 EST Gotta have it! I've developed some pretty unhealthy habits related to food. I use it for comfort. I turn to it when I'm angry, and when I start I have a hard time stopping. And sugar and salt, don't get me started - no really - don't get me started. <BR> <BR> It's odd. When I was younger, it wasn't like this.... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:58:58 EST Magical Day This morning there was a really low tide at 7:41 am. I intended to be down to the hard sand by then, but my day off mellowness only got me out the door by that time. It was so beautiful! Blue sky, almost no wind, the surf, sand, rocks, marine life... best of all, I could get past the point int... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:58:56 EST Something new and practical. I learned how to make these great back scrubbers out of cotton! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:53:57 EST Day 321 I can't find my hole to climb into. Thank you all for the kind encouraging words and hugs. I need them. Last night and most of today even a cat asking for a pet feels like more than I can handle. <BR> <BR> I do go to yoga this morning and waited in town for my nephew to come for lunch but as soon as possible I came home. <BR... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:52:18 EST The Old Bod Is Not What It Used to Be Someone sent me an inquiry about my back via SparkMail, also claiming that my Profile was private. My profile is not private -- nothing is private. However, if your profile is private, and this user's profile was!, then you can't access mine. <BR> <BR> Here what I wrote: <BR> <BR> * I have had ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:50:39 EST WBBC Days 2-4 So, playing a little catch up since I have been to tired to log on before going to bed! Today is day 4 of WBBC and the second workout with the group. I really enjoyed tonight's workout, sweated a ton, and worked with other people that are motivated to make big changes. Not very sore now but wi... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:50:08 EST Bit of a false start but back at it. June was very much up and down, mentally, emotionally, physically and on the scale. In the end my weight was up 2 pounds overall, but I got my spark people account up and I am tracking whenever the internet works. I am getting more exercise. And most of all I just feel better about the whole thin... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:42:33 EST 7/2/15 - Bedtime I wore a jacket to work today and was glad to have it. When I got up this morning, it was 55 degrees. <BR> <BR> I finally pulled out a calculator and determined that working only two days a week will not create a hardship. I'm going to be OK. <BR> <BR> For the holiday, the office closed early... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:34:16 EST Baby Smiles I got to go to a four year old's birthday party today and had a wonderful time... <BR> <BR> Was privileged to hold two different smily babies, one 8 months old and one 6 months old... <BR> <BR> You know, I can't think of anything as adorable as a smiling baby..... they just reel you in and wrap... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:33:24 EST 183/365 My second day off was great. Went to my bodypump class, it was packed so I ended up in the middle of the room rather then against the wall like I prefer. It only matters during the lunge track because I have a tendency to lose my balance and when I am beside the wall I can just reach out. One ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:32:23 EST Had a Good Day... I had a good day today. I got a lot accomplished and some important things off my to do list. My eating was borderline, but I was busy and did some snacking. I am already into my July goals; although I want write them down until after the holiday. I did manage to get in weight training today.... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:31:12 EST Day 4: Day off I struggled today. Dog hurt himself and I hate that I can't help him feel better (tonite he is doing better). Have had a problem with UPS/NewEgg and a lost order. It all just added up to anxiety attack... I had planned on lifting after breakfast, but it was just too much. So I retreated to my hap... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:27:46 EST Thursday: Can It Be Thursday Again Already? <em>39</em> I was absolutely "drained" yesterday, and then I went to work today, and it was a very long day. So as it stands at the moment, I am a bit tired and my energy is sapped. <BR> <BR> I think that a flap for DM is worth a try. The LTAC she is in is expert in wound care and has recognit... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:25:31 EST Sincerity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was having a hard time coming up with a blog today. But it is part of the program for me so I dug a little deeper. Part of my problem is I have this potential mermaid using up some of my th... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:22:49 EST