SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Perplexed I've only been at this for about ten days now last week I exercised 6 days and this week I've exercised everyday so far. Today I actually did 45 min of hip hop abs full body workout in the morning and just got done doing a belly blasting walk which consists of a fast 2 mile boosted walk plus a ta... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:29:17 EST Teapots <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:28:05 EST Day 4 still trying to roar Yesterday was a trying day. I put in 2 hours of exercise. I slept so good! I woke up somewhat late, but I felt I deserved it. I've picked up another challenge, 30 days of push-ups, this in addition to the ab challenge. Walking still has my heart though! I must admit, I'm sleeping better, more imp... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:17:12 EST The day before Friday Good afternoon sparkers still busy at work looking for FRIDAY and the weekend. Had a good workout last,night remind cycling,lemon treadmill,abs,upper body weights. Hoping to get off early enough today to go workout but not looking good. I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy day Now drink a gl... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:16:43 EST Feelin good Im still drinking an ureasonable amount of hot chocolate, but im okay with it (atleast im not eating a full bar of dairy milk a day like before). Ill think ill just have to cut it down day by day. Its all part of the journey yknow. Anyways i hope everyones had a great day and if anyone has any t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:13:55 EST Craving Nomore <img src=""> <BR> Before, i craved for more foods and always looking for anything just to feed my hungry mouth. but now even though I'm hungry...I can wait to have a healthy meal to prepare.I consider this a miracle. ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:51 EST Day 7 Gratitude Today I'm most grateful for being able to do a lunchtime walk in the sunshine! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:58:12 EST Sticking to my goal/plan I have been revisiting my goals from the beginning of the year, as this year is also fast approaching the end, with Christmas only 8 weeks away. The only goal I have really stuck to is keeping my weight below 100kgs, I started this year at 99kgs (217.8 Ibs) . I only have a few kilos to go befor... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:57:49 EST ...Self-Control... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (My study from: Fruit of the Spirit - How to Water God's Word in Your Life & Relationships) <BR> By: Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> The Fruit of Self-Control is The "Super" Fruit. <BR> <BR> All the fr... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:57:28 EST Relax <img src=""> <BR> It is time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Ignore the negative and concentrate in the good things. Like what you have accomplished, not setbacks. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:55:10 EST Wednesday ST 10/19 Still dealing with an injury and avoiding most upper body work. Just started with back squats again this week, haven't done any since mid August. Way off my numbers, but it felt good. <BR> Warmed up on the rower and with walking lunges. <BR> <BR> 10 per leg Poloquin step ups 16" box, slow as pos... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:44:21 EST B37: practicing my willpower My twins were inducted into the National Honor Society today (high school). I made good choices today. Fruit and some cheese but no cake or cookies. I even brought my own lunch so I could control what I put in my mouth. I am really starting to not care about junk food after six months. The mang... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:41:27 EST BUSY PRODUCTIVE DAY!! I took My blood pressure this morning early. It is still very high. I have made good food choices so far today! I have been very busy here at work. I have accomplished a lot. I have some oil & gas property paper work I need to look over for My Sister and I! I hope everyone has had a great T... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:31:01 EST We can do it! <img src=""> <BR> Don't Quit! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:28:07 EST Dancing Dogs This is so funny I had to share it. <BR> I didn't go to the gym today because I was going to spend the day cleaning the house so....... <BR> I put on a music disc in the Boze was a disc that I made myself so I had some guns and roses...zz top and some nickleback.... well I was cleaning an... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:18:26 EST Doing a thing I like I love being out side. It is raining and I love walking in the rain. It clams me down. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:18:15 EST Thumpity Thumpity That how I feel wearing this boot. I feel like a clysdale without the finesse. At least I was able to walk a little more today. I was even able to do 5 minutes on the stairs. The downside is that I can't get my foot into the stirrup on the exercise bike. After work I may take it off so I can ride... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:13:49 EST What I'm doing, how I'm doing... Just a quick check in.. thought I would post about how I'm doing. <BR> I've been really enjoying crossfit 3 times a week, but I have found it is difficult to squeeze in that third workout. So I'll probably only go twice a week. I'm starting my second 6 weeks there (using a groupon) and may consi... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:13:48 EST Day 27 of 30 Day Challenge Eating - completely on programme, really pleaed with this! Ok so sneaking the chocolate and sprinkles off a FAB lolly in the freezer room and binning the rest was silly but only 3 syns so its counted. I also wrote it all down today for a change! <BR> <BR> Exercise - as this week I have started... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:06:28 EST Day 1259 Gym Day. Got a late start. Did 5 sets on the first 3, did 2 on final 2. Feeling good. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:05:27 EST October 20, 2016 Today I am very happy that my GGD's mom let her have the bed we bought for her a few years ago. I wanted her to have it when she went to live with her daddy months ago. <BR> <BR> We are going to go out later with my cousin for supper. I have already planned what I will order. I am working hard t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:04:11 EST Psalm 141: 1-10 A psalm of David. 1. O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help! 2. Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening <BR> offering. 3. Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips. 4. Don't let me drift toward <BR> evil or... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:57:08 EST Warrior in the storm Today I woke up to dark skies, thunder, and a steady falling rain. <BR> Usually I wouldn't like to see the weather this way. <BR> But for today I embrace the dark and gloom, it's like the bad weather knows my mood. <BR> <BR> But, I don't feel dark and I don't feel gloom, I just feel I want to r... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:38:14 EST Caring About Things I just realized that though we may have an unlimited ability to love, we do have a limited ability to care about things. <BR> <BR> At work, I'm all about the details. To me the details is what keeps things in order and functioning properly. I'm the only one who really seems to care about the... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:32:50 EST Help!! My work today had a "food day"! It is SOOO hard to resist all the good food! I just ate a damn chocolate chip cookie and feel guilty! Aaahhh! :) Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:32:49 EST Witchywoman <img src=""> <BR> I'm just starting this and I hope I can do it. I'm 65 yrs so it's a little hard to lose. I don't want to look old and of course I don't act old. I just want to feel good and keep mey health up. I'... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:30:45 EST Life Life is full of highs and lows.Sometimes all you can do is breathe through it.All happy lives have unhappy moments.It's normal.It's life.There are times the hardest survival is in fact surviving yourself. The moments of self doubt, the what-ifs.We all have them at one time or another. Don't let s... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:29:26 EST After the Fall <img src=""> Actually, I tripped over the dog's leash according to my only witness. That was Monday and I have been healing very nicely, but my wonky knee begins to ache after an hour of walking. And stairs are manage... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:26:53 EST SPOILER...Jesus Christ "When we have faith in Christ, we trust the Lord enough to follow His commandments—even when we do not completely understand the reasons for them." <BR> —Dieter F. Uchtdorf Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:25:43 EST This week Woo I am mentally exhausted this week. Trying like hell to stay on track. Today is day 26 I believe. My boss at work is on vacation, well I'm her backup when she's gone. Which really is no big deal, I've been doing it for several years now. Found out my daughter (whose birthday was also yes... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:22:16 EST It is The Layers What Matters If you haven't had the opportunity, I want you to go to FLORIDASUN'S blog from yesterday titled, "The days I create are my favorite days ever! My paint project...DONE!" <BR> I would like you to read and view the transformation she created on an old vintage chest/desk and turned it into a snazzy ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:17:42 EST WHAT A DAY Well I had a full morning. I had to take Coco for her grooming. I went and got a sandwich while she was getting ready. I did my errands before I picked her up. Since we have moved, the trip to the groomer is an hour. So on the way back I was stopped to get on the highway in a construction zo... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:17:14 EST Staycation Haven't done a lot of "working out" but we have hung all the new doors, stained and polyed the new end tables and finished putting in the tile in the 1/2 bath. <em>41</em> <BR> Then with the family visiting from out of state we played tourist and visited some local sites. the next day we wen... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:16:38 EST i can sneeze again Oh yes, to sneeze is divine. I was getting proficient at preventing them: pinching the point of the nose, blowing the nose before the sneeze has time to culminate, pinching the upper lip, scrunching up my face, etc. But to release and purge, ahhhh that's better. It still hurts but it's now just u... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:16:17 EST My journey Day 3 doing fine but craving Rocky Road ice cream.....😕 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:14:00 EST Visualize myself at my goal weight Today's article brought up an interesting view I'd forgotten about. This is not my first rodeo at my heaviest I was 235lbs. I fluctuated around that number for years until I had a gall bladder issue that forced me into eating healthy. Dropped weight in a hurry! Had the gall bladder removed gained... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:12:42 EST Before and after I just read (and looked at) an amazing photographic journey of before and after pictures of extreme weightloss. I know what my body looks like after my small adult has been shed from this frame....and it's not pretty. (Especially during my one of my favorite hobbies). This woman lost twice as muc... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:12:39 EST Today's Inspiration " Do not blame the thistle that you see <BR> no beauty." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:07:18 EST You are made of love <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:02:29 EST it is a friday for me I get to do yard work with Bella. <em>334</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:58:04 EST Don't Quit When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> <BR> And you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in, <BR> <BR> and forget all about being healthy and thin. <BR> <BR> So What! You went over your points a bit, <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:54:20 EST Only One Pound <BR> Hello, do you know me? <BR> <BR> If you don't, you should. I'm a pound of fat, <BR> <BR> And I'm the HAPPIEST pound of fat that you would ever want to meet. <BR> <BR> Want to know why? <BR> <BR> It's because no one ever wants to lose me; <BR> <BR> I'm ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound! ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:52:21 EST October 24th Marks the Start of a Serious New Diet Hello friends! <BR> <BR> I know its been a long long time since I have been active on here. We have recently relocated from central Michigan to the very Southern most part of Michigan. I could probably walk down the block and be in Ohio lol. Chris is starting his very first job as an engineer to... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:50:34 EST AFRAID TO GET ON THE SCALE My normal weigh in day is Wednesday. I could not do it. I am so afraid that I have gained or stayed the same and will get disgusted. I don't think I have eaten as well as I could have, so I am really afraid. I am gong to start eating better this week and I will get on the scale next week.I know t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:46:18 EST Cooking, workouts, and stuff Today I'm cooking all the food. Seriously. I've cooked ground turkey, chicken, breakfast cookies, and some burrito meat/bean filling for the kids. Doesn't sound like a lot but I've been in the kitchen for hours. I much prefer cooking in bulk though and getting it out of the way so we can eat ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:44:15 EST Starting over. I'm not sure how I feel about that, yet... I've been the chubby girl, most of my life. I don't really recall anytime in my life where I wasn't worried about my size or weight. I seemingly went from kids size to adult size 14. So that may not be really what happened - but, some of my childhood seems a bit like a blur. <BR> <BR> During ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:38:48 EST Surprise Calories! I'm counting calories. And doing Nutrisystem part time now. NS breakfasts are super easy. Grab something from the box or the freezer, add in some greek yogurt, and you're done for about 250 calories, tops. But last night we had a fundraiser for my dog rescue at Panera and I got dinner as well as ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:37:20 EST Progress Well, this will be a quick one, have a half hour to get all my computer stuff done and get out and do so more flower bed cleaning. I have all the bulbs dug that I am going to dig, and as I look around I am saddened by how many of these lovely bulbs are just going to freeze and be wasted. But I ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:35:48 EST Change of short term goals Ordered a new swimsuit instead of Polish. The suit I use has started to tear; as others that do water aerobics know 3 or 4 arrested needed every year. <em>334</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:34:05 EST Great work out <img src=""> <BR> Had an awsome work out. Cardio for 35min, circuit work out and stretches for 45min. Staying strong with God's help😊 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:33:37 EST Day 4: 40 days of gratitude So I didn't blog yesterday, and I didn't quite make it to 30 minutes the legal way (I did 18 in the morning, and just added my daily total steps to it at the end of the day), but I am grateful that I at least got that first 18 minutes in. I had been up since 1:45 that morning in anticipation of ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:29:43 EST My birthday gift My birthday is coming up and I just need to change everything . The rest of October will be full of getting yard and house work done. Too much stuff has gone on this year that has kept me from getting things done and focusing on my health and fitness. <BR> <BR> On my birthday I am going to the... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:29:18 EST What's under your feet? <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:28:19 EST The Treat.. I posted this today as a Devotion and someone thought it should be posted as a blog..Sometimes people make take something you say or do wrong.. Best idea it to apologize for it and move on.. Myself I do not look for trouble and I just avoid what ever made me feel bad or uncomfortable.. I wish fo... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:23:55 EST regret <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:21:55 EST No forward progress? I am not losing weight and it's my fault. I've been making bad food and drink choices. I have lots of reasons I could spout off but I know they are just excuses. It's discouraging. <BR> <BR> But then I think about what I have gained (beyond weight). I can ride much farther than I could a couple ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:11:42 EST Missed the Mark I have not been tracking my food the past couple of days. Life has thrown a few wrenches at me and I let it slip because it's one less thing I have to do or worry about. The good thing is, I haven't gone totally crazy. The wrenches have kept me very busy and I haven't had time to eat much so I've... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:59:43 EST I never looked in the mirror <img src=""> <BR> I was not a! I simply did not want to look in the mirror and admit to myself how much I weighed. I started with Sparkpeople in April 2013 (restarted really.) My mother was battling canc... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:51:56 EST Day 454 - Boo at the Zoo <img src=""> <BR> It's a rainy day at the Zoo but we are still having fun trick-or-treating. We've seen the magic show and the puppet show and Elsa and Anna sing. My daughter spent lots of time in the bounce house and ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:50:27 EST Simply beautiful day for a good walk. <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:49:42 EST Off day but still working So its been a off day food wise. But I've tracked my food and I'm going to exercise. Will more than likely be over on calories but you live and learn. I let myself go to long with out eating and just over did it when I eat. Oh well tomorrow is a new day. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:45:52 EST A RE-beginning After a divorce and back to back injuries for the past 5 years and gaining 25 pounds after quitting smoking, I have been in a very deep depression that I've simply not been able to defeat. Until I rescued Raleigh. Today, I believe in love at first sight! When I saw those irresistible, sorrowful b... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:44:42 EST October 19 Accountability - Dad's celebrating his 93rd birthday in heaven <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Wednesday, October 19 - <BR> <em>248</em> Read Proverbs for the day. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 225 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 1,925, burned 2,408. <BR> <... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:44:10 EST Rough day Today was a bad start for me. I literally feel drained and a little sad about my weight loss going so slow Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:44:03 EST Sayonara 60 Pounds! <img src=""> <BR> Okay, my waist literally shrank 3" in less than 24 hours. Bodies are weird. <BR> <BR> Finally lost the 3lbs I gained after surgery, plus one more, so, that means 60lbs lost in total! <BR> Yay! <BR> ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:42:38 EST 1 more day Saturday day is gym day! I am excited!!! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:40:59 EST Trying to get things accomplished Every thing I get done a second thing happened. Then I get upset then I begin to raid the refrigerator and the cabinets Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:39:54 EST Brrrr It's quite chilly here in Iowa today. I guess I better bundle up for my walk. How's the weather in your neck of the woods? Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:38:24 EST Disabilities or Limitations or Issues I am having problems with the whole disability concept. I know I really can't walk well anymore. Actually, I usually forget until I try to stand or move. I told my doctor a few weeks ago that I think and feel I am me until I try and stand. Her response was that I am me. No, this is so not me... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:37:35 EST Praying for the right accountability partner for the Lord's Table course I'll be starting to work through the 60 day Lord's Table course on Monday 24th October. <BR> <BR> I'm going to combine it with the NoS Diet. <BR> <BR> And I'm praying that the Lord will provide the right accountability partner. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:37:14 EST estrangement Being estranged from a child or children is something I never new much off up to a few years ago when it became more and more apparent my children were very distance not only where we in different countries but in different mind sets, as I tried to bridge the gap it only accomplished to reveal th... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:33:24 EST Fall Foliage Hi Sparkers! I just love the fall colors are you doing? I have been making sure to drink my water daily to stay hydrated....very important....I went for a nice walk outside and everything is so fresh and colorful....see you all here Sparking!! <BR> <BR> Hugs, Wend... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:27:45 EST Tracker! So I left the world of Fitbit, it was broken in a car accident. Today I should be getting my vivoactive HR. I am super excited about it. If anyone has one, tell me what you think about it. I really got it for swimming and hopes that I am able to get over my fear of bicycle and crowds and I can us... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:27:42 EST This Dog Went Missing From Home Each Day. But When Her Mom Found Out Why – It’ll Make You Cry This Dog Went Missing From Home Each Day. But When Her Mom Found Out Why – It’ll Make You Cry <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>appeared-yard-mom-discovered-make-cry/<BR>?utm_source=Yahoo_Gemini&utm_medium=CP<BR>C&utm_campaign=Dog_Disappeared_Yard_US_Desktop </link>... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:27:33 EST This Dog Went Missing From Home Each Day. But When Her Mom Found Out Why – It’ll Make You Cry This Dog Went Missing From Home Each Day. But When Her Mom Found Out Why – It’ll Make You Cry <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>appeared-yard-mom-discovered-make-cry/<BR>?utm_source=Yahoo_Gemini&utm_medium=CP<BR>C&utm_campaign=Dog_Disappeared_Yard_US_Desktop </link>... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:27:31 EST Heart-healthy Lifestyle Journey until the Lord calls me home <img src=""> <BR> Today is Thursday and is not a very good day but all in all I am blessed to still be alive I've been trying my hardest all day to try to do some type of work out it is raining and my body is hurting I... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:26:02 EST This is the view today!! <img src=""> <BR> It was cloudy when we left the house by the end of our walk, it started clearing out. This pic is of the United Methodist Church, the blue sky in the background and the leaves colors made it a beautif... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:19:26 EST Happy Thursday to all I hope everyone has a great day and can make good food choices today. Remember we only get o e chance at life. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:15:10 EST Starting Over..... Again A year ago I dropped 85 pounds participating in a Biggest Loser type challenge at a local gym. Then the holidays came.... working retail means long hours, lots of product being processed, and standing on your feet all day I stopped going to the gym. Didn't gain any weight, but didn't lose any eit... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:14:04 EST Iron Deficiency? I have issues with fatigue, but this is a little different and dang! I. Am. So. Tired. I no longer eat red meat. For the most part I eat fish, and that isn't even daily. I'm wondering if I could have some deficiencies going on. Definitely bringing this up to my doc next week. On the positive... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:13:59 EST The Paperwork... drags on. <em>234</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:11:46 EST Day two goals and update on yesterday So proud to say I had no Dr pepper yesterday and I worked out. Those are my main goals for now ditching soda and starting to workout again I'll change and add more steps as I go but I'm so happy I finally began making healthy choices again the workout was tough but I got in 15 minutes. Today I... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:06:56 EST Diabetic help I am new here and a borderline diabetic is there a way I can change the carb in take on my profile to better keep track of my diet. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:04:41 EST The breakfast of champion <img src=""> Here's my breakfast steel cut oatmeal with apples cinnamon ginger and a little bit of vanilla extract it taste just like apple pie it's also good for people who are having cravings for sweets they can have... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:30 EST First one. This is my first blog. I do not know how often I will put up an entry, but I will try to make it a regular habit. I am not sure what I will talk about other than me and what is going on in my life, or what my thoughts are. I guess that is what a blog Is for. <BR> <BR> I started my day out as usu... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:57:11 EST Uncovering a Healthy Lifestyle: Post 1 <img src=""> <BR> Hello All, I'm an archaeologist with Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. My job requires a lot of heavy lifting, wrestling with weighty wheel barrows, and generally spending the day outs... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:50:10 EST Another class down! The payroll test was both better and worse than I thought it would be. I had forgotten one of my source documents, so I missed some points, but it was still ok. I got an 87, which made my day. I have to verify with the instructor if that was 87% or 87 out of 90. <BR> <BR> Either way, I got a sol... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:46:14 EST Raining Raining all day , feeling very tired today Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:45:53 EST Not giving up!! I'm still working on my running with the c25k app!!! Chipping away... slowly getting better. Last night I did wk 5 day 2, just as it said to do except after I jogged the 2nd 5 minute time, I kept jogging through the 5 min cool down and then did my cool down. So that means I jogged for 10 minute... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:45:45 EST #me Most of my adult life I tried to care for and be everything for everyone, which left no time to care for myself. One day I "woke up", and yes, that's what it felt like. I was killing myself. I had eaten myself into type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and poor circulation. I was t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:45:23 EST Those upcoming winter blues I love fall. I mean, I REALLY love fall. I love the leaves changing colors, the crisp temperature outside, the smells and sights of the season, pumpkins and apple cider, bonfires and hayrides and everything in between. <BR> <BR> But, do you know what I don't love about fall....mornings. <BR> <... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:42:15 EST Has Fall Arrived? We've been saying that Fall has arrived for several weeks here in mid-Mo, but today is actually the first day where it actually feels like it. <BR> <BR> Hope you're enjoying your Wednesday. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:40:09 EST Reasons #405 and #406 to dislike being overweight #405 Working up a sweat putting on my pants/socks/shoes in the morning. Grrr.... <BR> <BR> #406 Injuries - I did something to my knee last Friday. I put my left foot on my bike pedal as usual and my knee just said "Nope!" and collapsed. Pain walking, sitting, twisting, moving my foot, just ab... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:36:05 EST Struggles (tw: eating disorder talk) I have gained 10 lbs. It is the first set back I've had since my early plateau. I have been having issues getting my bingeing under control and it's very stressful. The worst part is, I'm working out every day. Working out is nothing, I love to do it. I also love to eat, but bingeing is an a... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:35:55 EST Day 294: Hauling Myself Back Onto the Wagon Okay, enough pity party already...time to get back on the wagon! I got my butt out running today, finally - hadn't run since my "epic fail" on Sunday and I knew if I let it go another day I'd be dangerously close to just giving up on the running altogether. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:28:20 EST October 20, 2016 My day is going a lot better than I did yesterday food wise and staying on track my steps in and work is going very nice. I'm looking forward to having tomorrow off get my house cleaned and spending some time with my boy Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:27:54 EST Goals and Habits I decided that today I will list my goals and my bad habits when it comes to weight loss. It always helps to have written records. I also think I may start journaling my journey. I love to write and writing a book about my life with weight issues seems like a good idea to me. I'll probably post m... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:25:55 EST A book review A year of no sugar? Sounds simple enough right? But no, it was not just the white pure cane sugar one may think of as sugar, but all sweeteners. The plan wasn't well thought out or researched ahead of time and though I applaud her and her family's endeavor it may have been healthier to start with... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:25:03 EST GOOD Quote TODAY!!! <img src=""> <BR> NOTHING IN THIS WORLD CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF PERSISTENCE!! Calvin Coolidge Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:22:53 EST Healthier Today is a slow start to my second day of my living healthier lifestyle. So far I have burned less then what I have taken in. Time to get a better start on my day. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:22:52 EST Quotes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:15:02 EST Beach Bday <img src=""> <BR> I got Spark bday wishes, fb bday shout outs, calls and texts. It was a great Number 44! Started the morning out early on the sand with my boys..They built me a "sandcastle for your birthday,Mama, just... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:11:15 EST Watching The Bible . The newer filming's are great .And non_commercal sites like Netflix are great . Not being bombarded with food commercials. Tracking intakes . Cleaning up diet . Back to basics . Kept simple , getting back in tune with my mind and body . Perhaps will get it tuned up in the process ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:05:32 EST Time <img src=""> <BR> I am worth time it takes daily! <BR> Time to plan food & exercise <BR> Time to prep food <BR> Time to cook <BR> Time to eat & exercise <BR> Time to track food, exercise, water, measurements <BR> Time ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:03:20 EST Back to Basics?? <img src=""> <BR> "Big Mac" salad. Sometimes we just need to go back to basics for no particular reason. Maybe to remind ourselves where we came from or how long we've come. With my salad and new morning coffee creamer... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:59:08 EST This is your life... Live it right... NOW! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:54:08 EST Savoury Pumpkin Pie Ingredients <BR> Serves: 6  <BR> 600g cubed pumpkin, skin removed (about 3cm cubes) <BR> 4 large shallots, sliced into thick rounds <BR> 2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> 2 sprigs fresh thyme <BR> 1 sheet shortcrust pastry <BR> 2 eggs, beaten <BR> 1 tablespoon si... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:53:01 EST Never give up! <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:50:06 EST Almost the Weekend I honestlt can't wait until Saturday. I need a day of sleeping in. I am very happy today, getting lots of exercise and going to eat healthy food today! ☺ Have a Sparktastic day! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:46:46 EST Little changes will grow to be big changes Eating healthy has gotten much easier as time passes. I find myself reaching more for healthy foods than junk food. I still get my cravings though. Yesterday was one of those. I ate well all day, then night came and I had an intense craving for chocolate. I think it's because I didn't incorporate... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:42:53 EST Enjoying a sunny spot A second blog today - because, after my reluctant start to the day - NOT going out ended up being just what I needed. <BR> <BR> You know that saying 'You don't always get what you want; you get what you need?' Well, that's how it felt today. <BR> <BR> The sun shone. My neighbours were out. A... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:38:13 EST Day 23 I can't believe I've made it this long on the medical weight loss program. Doing nothing but drinking shakes for food is difficult. Especially when they don't taste good. I can't believe I've been doing it for 23 days and only had the one incident of sleep-eating in week 2. I don't even know how ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:25:07 EST Nervous, but excited I am nervous about tomorrow. I weighted today and am at the weight they wanted me to schedule my surgery. Of course, that was without clothes. I hope they don't turn me down for 4 pounds of clothing! <BR> <BR> I am so tired of being in pain all the time. I just want to exercise and get this weig... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:24:44 EST Clash of the seasons - 10-20-16 Larry Pierce, a professional photographer here in the valley, perfectly captured the clash of the seasons we're currently experiencing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:24:07 EST zombie cake <link><BR>/uncanny-valley-head-cake.html </link> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:17:48 EST Three compliments about myself 1. Hard working <BR> 2. Kind <BR> 3. Loving Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:14:42 EST Thanks for the welcome! Thank you all for the welcome and encouragement. I am an all or nothing kind of gal, so I have to go cold turkey on the caffeine, or I will NEVER do it. Here's hoping for no headache, and not picking up a charge in the process, because I am not a nice person without caffeine! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:13:48 EST Can't vs. Won't Many times, when people are "dieting,"--whether we call it dieting or making lifestyle changes or something in between--we tell ourselves that there are things that we CAN'T have or CAN'T do; or maybe there are places we CAN'T go, people we CAN'T be around. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:09:58 EST Really happy Good enuf I am. Pretty darn cool feeling. First time in my life - Regardless of: Any issue I might have. Or think I have. Good enuf! 😁 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:08:45 EST Excercise <em>306</em> So, I have struggled with exercise. I never wanted to do it. It was like the world was coming to an end everytime I had to force myself to do it....but then I discovered The Biggest Loser for the Wii. It was life changing for me. It was fun. My husband and I would compete agai... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:03:28 EST She <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:01:55 EST Day 20: #fitlifeonfire challenge Day 20: Feel good music. I love all types of music. It just depends on the day as to what I want to listen to. I like Spotify for listening on the go or at work and for discovering new music. I don't listen to radio much so Spotify is almost like my radio. If I like something, I will go and buy i... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:58:14 EST Best Advice Given <img src=""> <BR> #Determination Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:54:30 EST Day 88 I Do Care! I am Onederful! 100 DWL - When life wears you down you may feel like giving up on your weight loss efforts. It's likely a sign that something else in your life requires your attention, and it is taking your energy and focus. Rather than give up, take care of the real issue, and remind yourself several times a da... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:52:21 EST Doing fine As of today I'm 23lbs down. People at work have started to notice. They ask me how I've done it. They always seem to be so hopeful that I'm going to share some massive secret with them. When I tell them that I've done is healthy eating, watching what I eat and making better choices than I did... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:47:57 EST My morning motivation <img src=""> <BR> You really can't complain when this view is right near your house less than a mile on a nice trail!! It's the little things! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:44:05 EST Hello Again I've be MIA for a while here. I've noticed that since I've been MIA that I feel crappy. I stopped logging food and stopped water exercise and I hate myself for it. <BR> Tomorrow is my birthday and I've told everyone that I'm working on me again and I have to stick to this. So, for my birthday my ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:42:10 EST thank you Thanks to all who leave little notes, reminders, encouragement. <BR> <BR> Am not a joiner, do not follow blogs, do not return the favor. Have tried, but it is just not who I am, for better or worse. I think the good thought, but just don't follow through <BR> <BR> But I do appreciate each and... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:33:14 EST I have "Project" disease My brain is constantly thinking.......... I mean constantly. My mind wants to be working on a project all of the time. That in itself is not a bad thing...... I live in a VERY small house with no garage. So, the major projects I work on have be done in my living room with a drop cloth on the rug.... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:32:06 EST Getting Ready! " <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Failure to plan is planning to fail." <BR> <BR> I have jumped in to new exercise programs/eating programs before - and they never lasted long or went well. One of the things I am doing dif... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:30:35 EST The Holidays Be Trippin' <em>431</em> Halloween be trippin' if it thinks that I will fill my belly up with Sugar Daddies, Laffy Taffy's & Tootsie Rolls, filled to the brim like those plastic Jack-O-Lantern buckets! <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Thanksgiving be trippin' if it thinks that I will partake in the deliciously... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:17:40 EST Plans for the weekend! Going to big D to meet family. Will stay in my program! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:15:02 EST Good morning! <img src=""> <BR> Good morning to all! This is the day that the Lord has made!! Let's all be thankful for the life that He has granted us. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:13:29 EST a mostly rainy day it is supposed to rain on and off all day here today. it is even calling for some rain to start the day tomorrow. although it is not too warm outside over the next few days. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i have just started one of the free online university courses i foun... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:12:53 EST Here we go again! Trying out this new app. Years of weight watchers not working. This is first day. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:12:01 EST Belly dancers for fitness Hi,I wanted to write this blog and use it as a testament that you can lose weight with belly dance and also for people who are interested in belly dance but I've kind of been reserved to try it there will be one blog post every weekendon different things like history my favorite people and belly ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:11:36 EST Belly dancers for fitness Hi,I wanted to write this blog and use it as a testament that you can lose weight with belly dance and also for people who are interested in belly dance but I've kind of been reserved to try it there will be one blog post every weekendon different things like history my favorite people and belly ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:11:12 EST Week 15 This week has been like a plateau week. Things really slowed down this week for me in weight loss and exercise. The nasty weather here in Washington state is not very conducive to our daily walks, so it's time to get creative to kick my metabolism back into gear. yesterday was grocery shopping da... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:07:27 EST Today! After a rough start yesterday, today's start is a "180" from that. The blessings continue and it's up to me to keep it moving forward and get on track and more thought to what I'm doing and eating. Hoping all you Sparkers are "moving it forward to your next goal"... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:05:45 EST A walk through Arles <img src=""> <BR> Van Gogh did much of his great works in Arles. A Beautiful, windy day. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:05:27 EST A walk through Arles <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Van Gogh did much of his great works in Arles. A Beautiful, windy day. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:04:16 EST Could it be that you are perfectly fine, but it's your clothes that are triggering your emotions? Many of us have an idea what the term, “trigger food,” means. It’s a food we generally can’t keep in our house because we may eat all of it. For many of us it’s nut butter. If we have one spoonful, we are having 12 more. It’s a food that may spark an entire binge session then causing us to hav... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:02:45 EST Starting Again <img src=""> <BR> I've always been on the curvey side, but now my curves have curves. I think it's time for a little change. Here's a pic of my belly from this morning. This is typically where I gain excess weight. I'm... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:02:35 EST My resolve! I have resolved to watch what I eat. Not to take salty food! Limit salty soups and snacks. I have also resolved to space out my sips of water, so that I don't drink more than 500ml per day! <BR> <BR> I am determined to be disciplined every single second of everyday! No more will I put on more th... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:02:04 EST LCHF at Burger King So I went to Burger King because I slept through dinner and as a school bus driver I worked through breakfast. I ordered the 2 for 4 sausage egg and cheese sandwiches, with no bread and the sausage on the outside + a med coffee 2 cream no sugar. 5 minutes later they understand the sandwich but gi... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:05 EST feeling positive today!!!👍😉🏆🎉 <img src=""> Yesterday and the day before i was feeling kinda down. Not sure why except i know that the dizziness that i was having were not helping with my mood. I am pretty sure it was due to some kinda strange cold ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:56:52 EST October 20th People have asked about the Gardeners Pie I posted a picture of yesterday. Here's the recipe... <BR> <BR> Parsnips, carrots and spinach take centre-stage in this soothing pie, topped with an irresistible layer of crispy, creamy mash. <BR> ingredients <BR> <BR> 1kg potatoes, peeled and cut i... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:56:25 EST Another Victory I am figuring out how to use this app. 🌞 One year ago I had never owned a cell phone. I was 100 pounds overweight, had turned 60 in June of 2015 and thought my life was over. The news that I was verging on diabetes upset me more than words can express. What had happened to my life? I had not ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:56:18 EST How much? " How much have you lost"? A question I hear, over and again. Yes, I've lost, overall, 61 lbs. Yay me! But! I've lost how much? In the period between June 3 and Sept 3, I lost 26.6 lbs which won me an award for a Tops chapter contest. However, I'm down 20.4 lbs for the year. So I'm a bit of a bac... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:55:56 EST Be grateful for all the obstacles...Oct. 20th <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:52:06 EST so fast So much time has past and it goes so fast. The closer we get to the end of the year the faster it seems to go. Is it really 9 weeks till Christmas?! <BR> <BR> I been working outside using the warm temperatures to get a lot done. I set the last of the flagstone I have and debating if I am going... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:46:36 EST Raking leaves <img src="">my youngest granddaughter and great grandson came for a visit. They wanted to rake leaves. What fun they had. I wish I had as much fun when I rake. I am going to remember that enthusiasm when I go out to ra... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:46:05 EST Asking Questions <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>5... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:45:41 EST Crisp morning Its a nice sunny but crisp morning. I will wait til after coffee to head out for my walk. Hated to get out of my nice warm bed this morning.My granddaughter wanted me to braid her hair before going to school . Naturally I hopped out of bed. Hope everyone eats healthy and gets some good moves in t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:44:34 EST Gym Surfing - Day 522 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, first of all, thanks to everyone that commented on my previous post: "Irrational Fear of Gyms - Day 520" and for all your wonderful tips and advice. <BR> <BR> Some people recommended me t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:42:10 EST Day 11 Rainy day here ....finding it hard these last few days to concentrate on myself,or exercising, or dieting. My mom is going to have open heart surgery, they are going in to put in a pump, from there she awaits a heart. I'm afraid of the risks that come with the surgery, I'm afraid how long it cld ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:41:03 EST Winter Holidays survival: Days 24+25 (Oct 18+19) My goals until January 2, 2017: <BR> <BR> 1) Eat and exercise according to plan <BR> Did good on exercising. I'm doing a 5 day fit program from Fitness Blender and it is challenging to do these workouts 5 days in a row. Today is a workout involving cardio kickboxing. I'm going to exchange for ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:40:57 EST Finally a day to myself! I ate a pint of ice cream Monday and I'm just now starting to feel better. Can't believe how it affected me. The cleaner my system becomes, the side affects of eating processed foods really gets to me! <BR> <BR> I finally got down to 184. Only 1 # more to lose and I've released 10#s for good!... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:39:50 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Psalm 34:7 (WEB) <BR> The angel of Yahweh encamps around those who fear him, <BR> and delivers them. <BR> <BR> Promise #293: My angels will surround all who fear Me. <BR> <BR> There are many ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:37:07 EST On The Lighter Side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:30:45 EST 'THE HUNCHBACK' COMES TO FORT LAUDERDALE FOR HALLOWEEN! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting this evening, October 20, and continuing until November 6, in the Amaturo Theatre, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will be paying a visit wi... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:30:44 EST Thirsty Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Thirsty Thursday friends! <BR> Drink your water, your body will thank you in many ways! <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:29:06 EST DC here we come! Going with my dad on an Honor Flight this Saturday! He is a Korean era vet and I am excited to be going with him this week. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:28:44 EST Tired and Angry I had to work late last night (not unusual) and I'm more tire than usual. I'm also a little sore, and I'm sure it's because I really push when doing laps and water aerobics. On top of that, my husband got an unsettling phone call this morning. A little background - when I met my husband, he wa... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:28:31 EST Treating Myself as a Friend Just reread a letter I wrote to myself earlier in the day. The author was so kind! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:28:17 EST Exhaustion Guys, I am a mess. This week is a huge week for us at work. We have a yearly meeting that involves a lot of behind the scenes work and me + one other person make the whole thing run smoothly...except it was a hot mess for us. The meeting itself went great and we got tons of compliments but it was... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:25:22 EST Workshop today I had a great birthday dinner the main course of which I could not even take a bite of because I was stuffed. I had some stuffed pepper appetizer and caprices salad. Oh ya three small pieces of roll and seasoned oil... I had them box it up and it's in the fridge. <BR> <BR> I got two miles i... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:25:04 EST Gift to Self=gift to others What a tremendous feeling it is to push the past out of the way of one's present. I have been living in cycles for so so long, and my awareness has finally fully come into its own. There have been the little glimpses here and there but now it's become explosive. I"ve been throwing out "air bag... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:22:51 EST 4 Week mark! <img src=""> <BR> Start weight: 225 lb. Today's weight: 211.4 lb. Loss so far: 13.6 lb. in 4 weeks One more week on my initial (5 steps / 5 weeks) plan for improved health. Already formulating another plan. I'll probab... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:22:02 EST My journey I have been heavy all my life and suffered many of the same prejudice many of you have. January 2003 I had gastric bypass at my all time high of 355 pounds. I lost 200 pounds in 9 months and kept that off for several years. Since then I had another baby in 2009 and slowly fell back into old habbi... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:16:51 EST Grad School and Exercise Balance It's been four days since running the Hershey Half. I feel almost at 100% and ready to get back to training. I wanted to do a light jog or weight lifting session earlier this week, but had to hold back as my Achilles Tendon felt like it was pulling/uncomfortable. So, hopefully tonight or tomorrow... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:16:10 EST Halloween 2017 - just had to share <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Booked our first cruise for next year! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty excited -- now to get the rest of the weight off. <BR> <BR> A long term goal will be to have a healthy active cruise! I can dream a... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:14:27 EST Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur [like Bailey's??] with egg nog variation It's as simple as whisking all the ingredients together, pouring into a container with a tight-fitting lid, and letting the flavors meld for at least four hours. Silky-smooth homemade Irish cream, ready to be stirred into a hot cup of coffee or served over ice <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:13:15 EST The YoYo Effect All through my weight loss journey I have struggled with the yo yo effect and plateaus. I started strong and lost the first 15 lbs in 1 month, and then I hit a 2 week plateau. Then I lost 5 lbs a month for the next 3 months, giving my my first 30 lbs off in 4 months. Then I gained a few, trave... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:07:30 EST Early Thursday morning activity It wa a cool 68 degree start to the morning. my wife is getting ready for her exercise class. I updated this laptop and everything seems to be working well. I have to balance the checking accounts now. Tomorrow we have to be up early and at our grandson's school by eight in the morning. I ha... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:07:10 EST No more slacking Don't stop until you're proud! Such a small sentence to pack such a punch, for me anyway! Lately I have been slipping a little, eating too much here and there, a few sweets every once in awhile. Today I'm laying all that down, back on track like I was when I first started. Today I'm holding mys... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:06:30 EST focus of the day courses and more courses Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:05:16 EST Things are Happening! <img src=""> Next week I have two interviews! I'm super excited to stretch outside of my comfort zone and be rife with anticipation...of course the inevitable question then enters my mind: Gosh, what if... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:04:16 EST Weigh in Update 10/20/16 <img src=""> Today!!! That's like 3lbs lost this week!! So happy-progress is kicking in :D (I checked weight twice this week because it was time of month the first weigh in, so figured there would be a change from du... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:02:57 EST I'm a Runner??? There is a new found pride in myself. Something I've never expected to be able to say truthfully. I RUN THREE MILES EVERYDAY! Me! With my bad knees and my asthma!!! 🏃 I never thought I could say that I run everyday and I never would've believed I'd EVER run for 3 miles!!! I guess I'm a r... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:58:12 EST New here I am new here. SO DAY 1 for me. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:55:27 EST Small steps That I made it through the day yesterday while only caving to 60% dark chocolate at 6pm is a sign of success. I fought my brain all day and had the opportunity to eat sugar many times-it is Halloween candy season after all. I miss moderation- its gone when it comes to that sugar thing. My savi... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:53:00 EST exercise fun 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:48:04 EST Some Thoughts Those of you following my blog know I've been having issues with the teacher with whom I work. <BR> <BR> Yesterday she had another meeting with me, basically to make sure I don't mess up her formal observation next week, and to call attention to the fact that I always seem to be trying to eavesd... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:46:20 EST October 20 Enjoyed 50 minutes of water aerobics last night. Going again this evening. Need to get started again with Leslie Sansone too. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:42:46 EST Missing "G" Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my "G" man. My Garfield, my buddy, my confidant. <BR> <BR> Last night I was peeking outside. I had placed more food out since what was placed earlier was gone. And lo and behold th... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:39:05 EST Getting it in <img src=""> <BR> Great walk today hotter than it seems.67 feels like 75. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:37:47 EST Added more ground to our route!! <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday we added more ground to our walk!! We are now walking the last block in the new addition. We decided yesterday to go for it, we were only walking half the area, there was still one more bloc... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:33:30 EST ~THOUGHTfilled~ Thursday <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> TODAY <BR> I AM Choosing <BR> to make it THOUGHTfilled <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> *BLOOMing THO... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:25:41 EST Enjoying the quiet It's 5am all kids still a sleep. Husband off to work .Me sitting here enjoying the quiet and on my sparks app. I have 9 grandbabies 5 and younger. 6 live with me. They keep me active Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:23:29 EST Day 32 I have a plan for the rest of the week. Since I have hit the top of my calorie range or just over for most of the week, I need to stay in the 1300 calorie range for the next few days and do extra exercise. It is imperative that I see 5lbs. gone this week. Four pounds I could write off as water we... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:20:51 EST Adventures in exercising indoors Thankfully yesterday was a rest day, so I wasn't too obsessed over not being able to get all my steps in because of rain and storms. Today however is not a rest day and I'm trying to be back at it full swing but the rain and storms are expected to continue for the next 3 days, ugh. <BR> <BR> An... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:19:53 EST Down 2.5 pounds!! <img src=""> God is good!! I am pleased to be down 2.5 pounds!! I am truly blessed friends. Have a wonderful day ahead!! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:16:01 EST When the Storm is Raging In the eye of the storm <BR> You remain in control <BR> In the middle of the war <BR> You guard my soul <BR> You alone are the anchor <BR> When my sails are torn <BR> Your love surrounds me <BR> In the eye of the storm <BR> <BR> When the storm is raging <BR> And my hope is gone <BR> Even when... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:14:28 EST Thursday -- SO HAPPY today !!! Feel reenergized ... Lots of bricks off my shoulders !! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:13:51 EST 100% Chance of Rain today.... 90 Minutes treadmill and have my two granddaughters until 4 p.m. My daughter-in-law is going to bring my 6 month old grandson Kai to see me at noon. All indoor activities today due to the rain. Have a lovely Thursday. <em>220</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:13:03 EST Day 67 Going strong Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:10:04 EST Stuck!!!!!! My weight !!!!would not go up or down im stuck it has been 2 months!!!! I have tried anddddd tried 😓 work,,, kids,,, family life,,, ... happy it's not going up.. BUTTTT .. Not Happy im Stuck.. any advice would help ..thank you advance😉 have a great day🖒🙄🙄🙄 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:09:23 EST Day 4 of whole 30 Today is my 4th day of doing the whole 30 challenge. Although with this challenge you are not supposed to be tracking calories, I have been tracking all my calories daily! I am finding that I am having trouble usingup all my alloted calories! I het so full with the meals I am eating. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST 10/20/16 Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> A will finds a way. <BR> Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Love can do much, but duty more. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Artists teach critics what to think. Critics repeat what the artis... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:59:18 EST Realization I had two realizations lately. 1) I ran another 10 mile run and felt great at the 11- 12 minute mile range. I have come to accept the slower time because my body doesn't complain and I just feel really good at the end of my runs. Maybe it's also age and the realization that my past activities ar... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:55:57 EST Blessings, October 20, 2016 My goal is to list at least three blessings each day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I can vote. <BR> <BR> 2. I have parent teacher conferences tonight. <BR> <BR> 3. I am loved. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:52:41 EST My sister told Mum they were "dreading this visit" But it went well. We tried to kill hem with kindness. Such a shame when family loves each other but past experiences have changed the dynamics so much visits are dreaded. But it went well. I wish I had family, Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:49:12 EST No Matter What <img src=""> <BR> Thursday's can be difficult to find motivation. But no matter what or how you feel nothing will happen if you don't do the work. So let's go Spark friends and show up and DO it. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:45:32 EST Assignment nr. 4 for week 6: Mirror work Assignment 4 for week 6: Mirror-work <BR> <BR> Use a big mirror in a room with good lighting and a nice temperature. <BR> Do this exercise frequently. Take about 20 minutes time for each session. <BR> <BR> Take into account that your body will not change from day to day. Don't look for spectacu... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:43:12 EST Coyotes howling in my neck of the woods! <img src=""> <BR> This is Beau-the German whose heart skips many a beat--who is on 2 different heart meds, 3X a day--who loves to run, who might live a relatively normal life , if we can get him and his erratic heart, ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:42:22 EST Assignment nr. 3 for week 6: body experience Assignment 3 for week 6: <BR> <BR> Answer the following questions: <BR> * Do you have a realistic idea about your size? Or could it be that you are bigger or smaller than you believe? <BR> * What is your goal with regard to body experience and body image: what would you like to achieve? <BR> * W... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:42:16 EST Assignment nr. 2 for week 6: EDS for body image Assignment 2 for week 6: <BR> Write an EDS (Event Description Scheme) based on this event: "I stand in front of the mirror and look at my body from head to toes". So that is the 'stimulus' or event. <BR> <BR> Write down your thoughts, your feelings, your behavior, and the effects of those behavi... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:41:11 EST Assignment nr. 1 for week 6: Body Image Assignment 1 for week 6: <BR> <BR> Write down the answers to the following questions: <BR> <BR> A. What are the messages, rules or convictions that you remember you got from family and peers? For example: 'People like me better when I am thin', 'Being fat is a sign of laziness'. <BR> Write down... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:40:01 EST Six week training to overcome binge eating - week 6 Body experience & Body image <BR> <BR> "Body image" is the way in which a person experiences and perceives her body. (I am using the words 'her' and 'she' for convenience but this is also valid for men). <BR> It can be part of the following areas: <BR> 1. How you see your body in the mirror <BR>... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:38:54 EST Great <img src=""> <BR> Off work today going to be a great day look what my sister made for me Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:37:19 EST 100 DWL - Day 11 Make Fuel a priority Today's lesson reminds us that we eat for two reasons, to fuel our body and to appreciate flavors. <BR> <BR> For today I need to focus on eating for fueling my body with a minimum of three "fuel stops" and preferably several smaller meals throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Today's exercise will be ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:34:50 EST Assignment nr. 1 for week 5: Write a Chain In the thread for Week 5 on the Six Week Training forum you learned to write an EDS (Event Description Scheme). <BR> <BR> I am sure you have had times when you realized the binge you had was preceeded by a lot more than (just) ONE event. There was a 'chain' of events and feelings and behaviors t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:33:47 EST Week 5: more about the Event Description Scheme It's important to start writing your EDS's. In the training the information about how to write them is given in week 5; in the treatment I followed we started doing them in week 3. And we were obliged to deliver at least one EDS per week: they were looked at and commented on by the cognitive ther... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:32:12 EST Six week training to overcome binge eating - week 5 This week you will learn a very important tool to change your thinking: how to write an EVENT DESCRIPTION SCHEME. <BR> <BR> Now that you keep a food diary, you write down what you eat and so it is clear when you strolled off the path you'd set out for yourself. If you also write down the why of ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:30:20 EST Best day of the week! With the weekend dead-ahead and bulk of the week behind you - I love Thursdays! <BR> Have a great Thursday everyone! <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:29:57 EST Yesterday was bad Okay, so yesterday was bad. I'd taken vacation to meet up with friends. Ate too much, had one glass of wine. But today is a new day. I have yoga tonight, and I've packed my lunch. Back on track. And you know what? I didn't feel so hot after all that yesterday. I was bad, and didn't even parti... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:28:35 EST Non-scale goals Yesterday, in STRONGDAWG's blog, she mentioned one of the perks of her recent weight loss efforts: her wedding and engagement rings have become loose, and she contemplates getting spacers to add to them. Boy, did that trigger memories. Link to her blog, here (go just to see the muscle shot, bt... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:18:04 EST The no fiber week I get a colonoscopy tomorrow at 4pm!!!! <em>40</em> I know. It's ridiculous! The procedure is nothing, it's the "prep" that's horrible. <BR> <BR> Without going into details, because I wouldn't do that to you, I was directed to eat NO fiber this week. My body and mind did not like this. I... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:16:00 EST Mutter, mutter, clutter............ I've got a day off from work. The sun is shining. I lay in bed feeling depressed this morning - didn't get up until gone 8, then had coffee and Sparked in my PJs until almost 10am when I went to have a shower & get dressed. <BR> <BR> Sigh! Everyday I've said "I don't feel like going out". Toda... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:14:34 EST Day 2 Kill Devil Hills Woke up well before the sun and made a pot of coffee. What a relaxing morning, at the beach. <img src=""> <BR> Betsy and I headed out on the deck as the sun was just casting there very beginnings of light on the horizon... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:09:09 EST Food Math It seems like simple math. If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. If you burn more calories than you eat, you lose weight. So, if I want to lose weight, I need to eat less and burn more calories -- a simply formula for success. Oh how I wish that this was all there was to it... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:06:56 EST Thursday Yesterday we made it to Van Horn Texas.... <BR> <BR> It was a good drive, several slow downs and one short stop on the road, the always present road construction..... <BR> <BR> There was not much to see, no even small towns from the highway, the only way to get to where we need to go.... <BR> ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:04:30 EST Happy Birthday, DH! Today is DH's birthday! The older we get, the harder the gifting. I got him a subscription to two different magazines that he likes and gift cards for Home Depot and Red Lobster. He seemed to like them. Tonight, we are celebrating with the family at a barbecue restaurant...should be fun. <BR>... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:01:45 EST Update: Rawr! Hey there lovelies! <BR> I promise I am not ignoring you. I was having phone issues and therefore app issues. I still haven't been able to re-download my app, so I am squinting on my mobile (with my slow internet)trying to write this update. So the whole eating healthy came to a halt when I was g... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:01:22 EST Get to Know Your Customers Day October 20, 2016 <BR> GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL BRANDIED FRUIT DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 20, 2016 October 20, 2016 HARD TIMES <BR> <BR> A bad health report. A lost loved one. A change in jobs. A decrease in income. Hard times happen. We are not immune. However, during hard times we should look to Jesus. We should look to Jesus because He can help us handle our hard times in ways that will r... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:57:36 EST We're Strong <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:50:33 EST Starting over.. We all have to start over at one time or another. Whether it's weight loss, or doing a project, or whatever. The big thing is, you can't finish what you didn't start. So...starting over. Again. Have a great day all!! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:50:22 EST Daily Pledge 10/20/16 Today, I promise to respect my body and my mind. I promise to make healthy choices and to thank God for this day. <BR> <BR> Today, I will exercise, when possible, and be mindful of the benefits exercise brings to my body. <BR> <BR> Today, I promise to be mindful of the food I take into my bod... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:49:24 EST On disappointment... The more loyal you are, the more disappointment you encounter and experience.- <BR> <BR> I would rather be angry with someone than disappointed... anger is easier to let go of, while disappointment means my trust in someone I respect has been shaken and this is much, much harde... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:49:18 EST 10-20-2016-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:48:46 EST Dawg Days, Dawg food edition I mentioned in a comment to SLENDERELLA and I've said it blogs that I eat the same stuff over and over again. Somewhere along the way, I pulled a number out of the air and said I eat the same 15 foods. SLENDERELLA wants to know what they are, so here it goes. I have no idea what the real number i... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:46:57 EST Meditate & Pray Have you taken the time to meditate and pray this morning? Believe it or not, when you set yourself aside from your daily routine to meditate and pray, it allows you to think clearer and you remain more focused throughout your day! <BR> <BR> Positive Quote: <BR> Meditate, engage in daily prayers... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:45:30 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some people will never understand how much I love my animal friends, but that's o.k. ... they do ! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:45:24 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=10/20/2016=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Sing unto the LORD, O ye... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:43:00 EST Help PLEASE I am writing for your help. I have been at the same weight for a month. I go up or down a few tenths but just can't make the scale move down. I am upset, scared, frustrated, and ready to quit. I have increased my exercise to no avail. I feel like I am at the end of a road and have no future.... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:41:27 EST Goals for Today Goals for Today: <BR> <BR> 1. Track all calories <BR> 2. Do Build Legs or go for a walk after work <BR> 3. Taekwon-do class <BR> 4. Drink 4 glasses of water <BR> 5. Stay focused on my goal <BR> <BR> I need to stay focused on my goal. My weight has gotten out of control again and it is not going... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:38:25 EST Wednesday Thursday Indians won the AL DS and are going to the World Series! I hope they win to make it a phenomenal year for Cleveland sports! Work has still been rather quiet not ahead or behind had to call every time with the family and middle child yesterday and tonight is bath night for the kids Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:34:11 EST National Brandied Fruit Day National Brandied Fruit Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always October 20th <BR> <BR> National Brandied Fruit Day celebrates sweet tasting fruit, soaked and marinated in brandy. This is ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:32:08 EST Life September 27th, my life changed forever. One of my closest friends died. She had been sick but her death was unexpected. She was just a few months older than me. She has 3 young kids. My heart literally broke in a thousand pieces. I binged ate, didn't get off the couch, and really didn't care abo... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:29:21 EST beck reboot day 19 - stop fooling yourself i seem to have a problem counting days; yesterday was actually 18, today is 19. maybe i'm fooling myself that i can get through this faster?! <BR> <BR> stop fooling yourself - all those lovely deluding thoughts; it's ok to eat something because... it won't matter, it's just a few calories, it's ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:23:40 EST Is it Friday yet With all this rain work has been boring to say the least. A load here n there but nothing steady. Not much concrete being poured in the rain. I'll just have to catch up on my Spark page Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:08:57 EST Puzzled but content I weighed myself this morning just to see my weight status. I gained 4 pounds since my weigh in Tuesday. I hope my scale was just off--needing a new battery. I actually made better choices yesterday. I know one day of doing right won't get me to heaven, so 1 day of eating correctly won't = perman... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:01:44 EST SP Premium You know, for value for money this was a good thing. It took a little while to get into it but to helps with motivation, wow. <BR> <BR> If you have a spare $30 and of course the time it may be the best thing you have ever done on your journey, that is apart from joining SP <BR> <BR> A short on ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:55:16 EST See His Goodness - Joel & Victoria Today's Scripture: "I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." (Psalm 27:13, NIV) <BR> <BR> David was going through a tough time when he made the declaration in today's verse. Things weren't going his way. But he said in effect, "I'm not worried. ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:54:11 EST Successes and Other Musings Yesterday I weighed myself..... ( I know....after this I will weigh myself weekly. ) I wanted to see if the inexplicable one extra pound had gone away. And yes it had! I struggled all day yesterday with wanting something sweet....a Symphony bar is my favorite. That or some ice where... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:36:45 EST Thursday's Thought "A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people." <BR> <BR> <BR> Fredrick Douglass <BR> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:27:04 EST Finally After about a month of NO progress at all, I have finally lost 4 more pounds bringing my total to 36! That plateau was brutal..... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:26:57 EST Throwback Thursday Halloween Edition <img src=""> <BR> This again is just my instagram post, not a proper blog.... and here are the photos separated so that they are larger. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:26:48 EST ALMOST THE WEEKEND I admit to counting the following day as here and passing over today..tomorrow is FRIDAY so the weekend is almost here. Today is Thursday and I have rushed past it! OH MY what a way to waste time . In our fervor to see the weekend, we do not enjoy the rest as much as we could. We have a populatio... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:24:46 EST October 20, II Kings 22:1-13 Josiah rebuilds the temple Back in II Kings 12 Joash had a chest placed in the temple for offerings to make repairs. It would appear form this text that they hadn't been keeping up. Now Josiah starts the practice again. What i find incredible here is that they found the book of The Law which had been lost. Jewish histori... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:19:41 EST If I don't go to the gym, the scale won't budge That is my realization for today. <BR> <BR> Although I walk up to 8.000 steps everyday. 10.000 or more in my best days. Althought I eat right and even below my budget sometimes (not much mind you): <BR> <BR> The damn scale doesn't budge if I don't run! <BR> <BR> Mind you, I love to run, specia... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:19:26 EST K is for Kicking it up a Notch <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After a full week of walking, eating chocolates, sampling waffles, sightseeing and just having a general good time in Brussels, I am now ready to kick this up a notch. <BR> <BR> After all of t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:17:46 EST The last Kayak ride Every year my friend Yvonne lets me keep my kayak at her lovely lake house. I drop it off in early May and pick it up in late October. Every week I go for a visit and a ride. Usually I have the lake to myself. <BR> I grew up with a summer cottage on a lake, but a much busier lake than Loon Pon... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:17:40 EST Sparking Together... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a great day "Sparking" <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Let's keep on pushing ahead together. <BR> <BR> When we think about skipping a workout or q... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:08:23 EST 10/20/2016 Update Yesterday morning I went to the State appointed Doctor for the physical part for the Disability. I go Nov. 3rd to a State appointed Doctor for the Mental part. Only took 1/2 hr. so John and I stopped at my Mom's for a while. After Mom's we came home and then I went to pick up Lilly from school. W... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:51:52 EST Quote for the Day... <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:46:09 EST Bible Verse for the Day... Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. <BR> <BR> Psalm 51:12 NKJV Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:43:54 EST Wedding anniversary: 20 years and 60 pounds I was browsing my wedding photo album to choose a picture to celebrate our 20th anniversary. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of publishing it on Facebook. <BR> <BR> Then I looked better: I can't do that - everybody will comment how beautiful I was 20 years ago - with 60 pounds less and still no probl... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:21:00 EST The truth about coffee tables . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:07:22 EST Noah and elephants! Well Noah has his work cut out for him, storms headed this way and it looks like the end of the world outside at the moment- so dark. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Guess I'll go to my sanctuary for a workout and then off to g... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:47:26 EST Day 52: Always Learning Being sick really kind of did a number on me but I'm back to good health, at least all seems well. Today was a cooking day. I made a huge batch of chili. It turned out well. The thing I love about making chili is it's filling and I can add what sounds good. In this one I put in 2 chopped oni... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:35:43 EST Food For Thought 6# For those of us who are slightly cantankerouswith a slightly warped sense of humour! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:28:06 EST nightbirds <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:21:02 EST Favorite snack I love fruit loops with marshmallows yummy. Over chips any day. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:51:58 EST Thursday Well the 3,000 Junior Ds's returned to work this morning we returned to our normal place not busy this morning but busy this afternoon, 1 more day then we have a long weekend as we have our Labour day Monday. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:38:32 EST Day 19 of 30 Day Blog Challenge (Day 176) Day 19: Who Is Your Idol? (Explain why.)  I have no idols. I do have many people I respect and admire. Grandpa for showing what it means to be a man and how a man should treat a woman. Mom for showing me what strength in adversity looks like. And my daughter because she shows me what real c... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:20:49 EST Holloween <img src=""> <BR> At least this candy bar is a lot smaller. I drank a quick slim fast b4 the grocery run. Didn't want to misbehave to bad. Didn't get home until 5, still haven't eaten yet. I can never decide what I... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:13:30 EST 2 more days I cannot wait to be done with the antibiotics. I want to get back to the gym. I am thinking about taking up boxing.... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:06:18 EST Movie Review It was half priced movies at the cheap theater, time to binge watch. <BR> <BR> Star Trek Beyond. I love Star Trek. I watched the original series growing up. I really loved how they got back to the basics. Seeing the original crew back in action with the same values, basic good vs evil w... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:58:28 EST It's hard learning to live within our physical limits. My dad is a very active 86 year old. Unfortunately he is almost completely blind and this is a relatively new thing in his life. He has some vision at the very edges of his eyes. It's caused by macular degeneration. He went blind slowly and slowly had to or should have given up certain things lik... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:39:15 EST #43 Started Out Bad! Not bad in the sense of my NEW attitude or weight loss journey (well maybe a little)... here's what happened! <BR> <BR> If you're name doesn't pop up when my phone rings, (which means you're NOT in my contact list) I don't usually answer it. Such was the case yesterday. I was surprised howeve... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:39:07 EST Day 290 ~ I'm so glad to know that this battle is not mine! <img src=""> Because greater is He that is in me than he that is in this world. Also my God is bigger than my problem! :-) Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:35:55 EST God Put Me on Earth... Unfortunately, I do not know the origin of the following picture, but there are some days I feel overwhelmed with all I need to do......Of course, this is not the way things really are, but it is worth a laugh or two....LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:26:14 EST grateful the Small Changes Challenge said to write out three things I am grateful for so here are mine 1. can get out of bed in the morning without any assistance & do everything I need to do <BR> 2. able to walk without any help of canes walker etc though need a helping hand when there are steps with no ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:25:48 EST Daily Communion With The Lord <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the re... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:21:45 EST Do you strength train? Strength training...does it give you images of sweaty, jacked dudes at the gym lifting stacked barbells, looking intimidating and grunting? Well guess what? That's not the reality anymore. Strength training is being done by men and women of all ages, all abilities, and there are so many ways to d... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:14:16 EST Wednesday's Stats..... All fitness walking and some freestyle yielded : 14,040 steps ~ 6.647 miles ~ 860 burned calories ~ side steps ~ planks ~ leg lifts ~ stretching ~ good night :-)) Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:13:40 EST Day 4 Well, I feel much better today. So that was wonderful to feel this morning. I wish my son had gotten the message, he was a grump! Luckily, (I think) he only behaves that way with me. His teacher said he was wonderful today. <BR> Since I was feeling better, I worked out a little bit. I am loving ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:11:00 EST MAGIC MINERAL BROTH Hi, <BR> I think this broth sounds so good and nourishing! Great to have by itself on a cold night and a great base for a soup! You can also control the sodium! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> REBECCA KATZ’S MAGIC MINERAL BROTH <BR> From www.skinny <BR> PREP TIME <BR> 20 mins <BR> COOK TIME <BR... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:02:34 EST Day #250 of my adventures in Spark Land Day 250 here on Spark Villa <BR> <BR> I have IBS. The last professional I saw discovered I had no belly measles she wanted me to travel 90 minutes to a PT. My mom had a rare lung issue and it got worse so was unable to go. After she died, I remember this and looked up exercises for belly. I ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:01:14 EST A Year of Mercy Wisdom Wednesday <BR> October 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> Baptism <BR> <BR> “What happens in Baptism? We become united forever with Jesus, to be born again to a new life.” - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI <BR> <BR> Thank the Lord for the gift of Baptism in your life and call upon its graces for any diffi... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:47:18 EST Really Struggling! I had one really good week of tracking my food and making good choices, then it all fell apart again. I'm really struggling trying to get back on track! Every day I start out thinking I'll be good, but around afternoon I cave. I can't figure out why...I really DO want to keep losing weight, and I... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:45:25 EST Wednesday a day of prayer? Today started off on a bad footing based on me listening to GS's poem without waking wife. All down hill there after. I am allowing the actions of others to bring me down to their level. If I am a person of faith in God and my savior Jesus, I am doing a poor job of living the life. Tomorrow with ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:44:44 EST Kicking Butt (if I do say so myself) <BR> <BR> Two days now on program eating-wise. I feel great. I went to the gym both today and yesterday. Worked on my chest yesterdays. I've always been self-conscious about my chest ever since a friend told me I had "man boobs" a long time ago <em>234</em> . Today w... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:44:43 EST Gratitude October 19 2016 Number 1: okay, lots of news about my broken ankle today. Most noteably... it isn't broken anymore! Today the surgeon took X-rays and he couldn't see the where I broke it four weeks ago. He was very happy. I was even happier. He said my foot looked better at four weeks post surgery than his... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:39:28 EST Keep going!! "You can either throw in tbe towel, or use it to wipe the sweat off your face." Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:33:18 EST Day 61 My biggest accomplishment today is working with students. I love my job! <BR> <BR> All for now....keep sparking Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:28:02 EST Rise and Shine I find it hard to be motivated to get out of bed in the morning. My goal for the next 7 days is to RISE UP in the morning when my alarm goes off (the first time) and excersise. Then prepare to SHINE the rest of the day. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:25:26 EST Starting I am disappointed in myself. I have let fear and excuses hold me back from being healthy and fit for my kids. I want to be a good example for them. So I am hoping this gets me back to where I once was. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:14:52 EST Special Blessings-October 20, 2016 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I was up early this morning, so had plenty of reading time before I got my exercise in. <BR> <BR> 2. Jamie had an interview at Urbana U. for a job as a Student Adviser. He won't have an answer for two or three weeks, but he said t... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:07:25 EST Weather We are going to be driving from Houston, TX to Dallas tomorrow morning early. I hope that it is not raining. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:06:59 EST Water I love water. But for some reason, I don't drink it a lot. I guess I'm going to have to cut back on my Starbucks. Really, that's not that bad. It will be healthier for me, and my wallet will thank me :) My challenge to my self for the next seven days will be to drink my eight glasses of water, if... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:02:25 EST Wednesday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:57:23 EST Finished project pictures. I finally got a picture of the cellarway although it is hard to get it all in in such a narrow space, so this is the left side, still a whole shelf to fill lol: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And the new part, the ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:54:51 EST October 18 Accountability - Being accountable <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Tuesday, October 18 - <BR> <em>248</em> Read Proverbs for the day. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 225 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 1,754, burned 2,395. <BR> <em... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:49:37 EST Happy Birthday, Obie! <img src=""> <BR> Our beautiful boy is 10 years old today. <BR> <BR> His backstory: <BR> On November 13, 2006 I had to have my 16 year old cocker spaniel put to sleep. I was with him until he stopped breathing. I kn... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:49:16 EST Thursday Sending many blessing yo you hugs Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:46:06 EST Accountability Blog Day 2 Food Calories 1043 : Way under but went to work and couldn't eat what they were serving. <BR> Had a garden salad. Have to start packing lunch. <BR> <BR> Exercise : I got on the exercise bike and did 10 minutes on it. Not good. Also did a lot of walking at work. ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:45:57 EST