SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs The Bathroom Scales is Finally My Friend! So many times, when I am waffling or not giving this new lifestyle change 100% of my efforts, any thoughts I have about the scale are downright unpleasant. I dread getting on it, I dread looking at that number that will probably not have moved, and I dread thinking about the next time I am going ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:55:38 EST Spark Activity Tracker Well I got my spark activity tracker yesterday and I must say it truly motivates me. Today, for example, I actually went out this morning and took the dog for a walk around the neighborhood! I haven't done this in a long time. I usually just sit behind my computer and find excuses not to get mo... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:55:38 EST Naturally Suspicious? Are you naturally suspicious? Seeing conspiracies where there are none? Calculating the odds of a worst case scenario? Assessing risks? I really didn't think I was... <BR> <BR> Until today... <BR> <BR> I had just sat down at the steering wheel in my car in the Target parking lot, when I glanced... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:53:57 EST I've reached my max weight... And I refuse to gain another pound. It feels so silly to be typing this blog entry because I've said it over and over and over again before... "THIS is the end of my rope - I'm finally going to stick with it and get back in shape once and for all!" But every time I've said it before, I've eventually given in and given up. <BR> <B... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:52:58 EST i did it again You guys, why do I do this!!?? <BR> I had an unexpected break last night at class so I was thinking "hey let's go catch up with my sp friend feed".. <BR> <BR> To be honest I've befriended most of you that I talk to on here on facebook and for some reason I thought that was enough. Nope, not e... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:52:35 EST Are 5K and 10K runners really "fake athletes"? I've really struggling the past few weeks with fitness, weight, and people. I guess it started when I went to a "Ladies Night" event with a new friend of mine. One of the women who did a presentation is a fitness "dr." who apparently works with high level athletes for a variety of sports. Her... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:50:34 EST Hi! Happy Easter to All! I had my surgery last Fri. They were great with me. Anesthetics make me sick, but they worked it out. I has the bursa in my hip cleaned out and the band released. Walking with a walker is a work-out. I can weight bear now. My whole thigh is bruised. <BR> Are any of you having problems eating ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:49:58 EST Revised exercise routine A change in my work schedule beginning next week has forced me to change my well functioning exercise routine. The work change may be a good thing, so I'm choosing to see it as an opportunity to fine-tune my routine for even better results. Since my gym is an hour from home, near my workplace, ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:49:11 EST I beg to differ- I am very happy to say that my computer is still working. <BR> I am not a very computer savvy person. I use mine not as a tool, like some people, who manage to use their computers for every single thing they do, but more as a distraction device and a fill the hours with pointless surfing (shoppi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:46:01 EST All in His Hands Okay, well I have an update on our possible adoption match sooner than expected. Apparently, all our prayer warrior friends did their job. God answered and we are thankful. <BR> <BR> I got a message from our social worker today that we are no longer being considered for placement for the kid... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:44:58 EST WELL GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS My work season is over and it took a toll on me this year. I did make money to put away for my bills for the rest of the year. That is the good news. <BR> <BR> Now the bad....well I was working 8 to 15 hours a day, depending on all the things going on each day. I only had one day a week off t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:43:30 EST What if?: 258. I keep telling myself, almost obsessively: It's the little things. It's the little things. Damnit, it's the little things girl!! <BR> <BR> I didn't snack in the evening last night. I didn't get a sugary caffeinated drink before work this morning even though I'm absolutely exhausted and have been... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:40:20 EST Thankful Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can't believe it's Thurs already. Boy has this week flown by! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Re, previous blog, I did measure my stride length this morning! ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:38:03 EST Daily- April 23- Uh oh... 2 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:37:26 EST today's plan Running 2.8 miles to the store tonight - I'll cross paths with the running group as they run out of the store. I'll do a 45-minute circuit training class and then a 45 minute yoga class, then get a ride back to the house with my boyfriend, who will have been patiently waiting for my yoga class to... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:34:31 EST Learning... For over a month I have been off track, and not even checking in. I'm disappointed in myself, but all the articles I read today have convinced me to forgive myself, and turn over a new leaf and get back on track. Today. <BR> When I signed up for SparkCoach, I just followed along with the directi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:32:29 EST 1GT #39 #40 Yesterday's 1 Good Thing was eating lightly <BR> <BR> I spent the day in the office yesterday, and only had a sandwich lunch, and small snack at mid afternoon. Someone brought in chocolate cakes - but I didn't touch them - didnt' want to <BR> <BR> Today's 1 Good Thing was walking barefoot on th... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:27:36 EST Renewed At Last The familiar ache of my muscles is coming back and a regained energy is here. My stress levels are down and I can have a normal conversation with my kids without getting upset. So many things are getting better. Yes with my husband, but also with my dogs! They love me taking walks with them and n... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:22:03 EST Yep, more fundraising!! YAY Well, picked up a 1/4 keg and wing party from a bar near the playground, and a $25 certificate to a popular restaurant, was turned down by only 1 business. <BR> <BR> What's frustrating is the fact that this playground had been there for 21 years, and is touted as the largest accessible in the wo... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:21:07 EST What a beautiful day..... It feels great to be in this giddy of a mood; not sure why I am but I am! I don't really care why, I DO care that I am! Maybe cause it's I lost a bit of weight when I stepped on the scale this morning, even though it isn't my weigh in day, or it could be because the sun is shining and the birds... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:19:51 EST Results of Month 3 on LCHF It has now been 3 months since I made the change to eating Low Carb, High Fat. I haven't always been good at keeping it low carb and definitely still have trouble with the high fat part but I can't deny that it has given me some pretty satisfying results. <BR> <BR> I've lost 10lbs this past mon... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:19:15 EST Sparks I know that I spend a lot of time on this site. I actually enjoy reading articles and blogs and even looking at the spark pages of other members. Not only do I enjoy it, I use it as a means to keep my mind occupied so I don't reach for that extra snack. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday we had cable p... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:19:07 EST Diabetes well, I was having a doctor's checkup for another reason on March 13, 2014 and KABOOM they found diabetes <BR> <BR> My life has changed including the diet and increased exercise. Thank goodness I had been counting things and I had lost almost 60 pounds. <BR> <BR> still, even though I have a dia... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:14:15 EST Thursday I have been in a bit of a slump the last couple of days. Since last Friday, and I have had a hard time pulling out of it. I told myself and several message boards that I had lost my motivation, and then I read an article on motivation, and that isn't something I should tell myself according to ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:13:21 EST OMG! I'm Thinking Again! Crazy my mind! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> It's wash day, bedclothes and a lot of running/workout clothes! Go figure. I do a lot of thinking on these days. Huh? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> I'm looking for race running shorts alternatives...and I t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:11:50 EST Day 44 v5.0 So I am happy to say that I survived a bug-free eating day yesterday! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> But you know I was super diligently staring down my food! LOL <BR> <BR> I was definitely having a hungry girl episode all day though which is always kind of interesting to me because I had worked o... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:11:24 EST Hard Day Wednesday I had a great start to the week and went for a run last night. Of course now I remember why I do buy some things when I go shopping. I went to the store to stock up on sandwich makings for next week and I spotted some sour cream and onion triscuts. I happen to love all things sour cream and onion... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:10:55 EST April 24 Workout It is funny to me now that I consider a simple mile walk as a warm up <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now, if you saw my blog from yesterday, you saw this picture: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:06:39 EST Finishline...More Than a Line on the Pavement While watching coverage of the Boston Marathon on Monday and seeing Meb cross the finishline as the first American man to win the race since 1983, it brought tears to my eyes. For this to happen at the 2014 Boston after the tragedy that happened last year, this finish was huge! It represented hea... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:03:24 EST All runners and walkers use caution....... For nearly 2 years I have walked and ran the same road with no problems started out no different then I meet a German shepherd and a pit bull: together about 300 pounds of viciousness, they were not wanting petting! So no matter how familiar and comfortable we feel on a path or ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:51 EST Sync your Fitbit more places I have seen the question about what apps does fitbit sync to a lot lately so thought I would share this! <BR> <BR> For example: Sync a Fitbit One, Ultra or Zip tracker to Steps with Balance Rewards presented by Walgreens to earn points for your activity. <BR> <link> ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:43 EST Weekly Weigh in.... Today I only lost a half a pound, My doctor was happy said over a holiday most people gain and I did not so I should celebrate the win.. Well I don't like candy (yuck) And I worked on Easter sooo. What really happened is my Carb Addiction. I love Bread, Pasta any thing starchy gets me every time.... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:40 EST Morning <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Well I joined BLC25 Challenge and I have a feeling it will do wonders and push me when I need to be. I was picked to be apart of the Fabulous Feisty Foxes. Feisty that I can be!!! Here is what we are *below* <BR> <BR> FABULOUS FEISTY FOXES <BR> <BR> W... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:57:58 EST DAY THREE - South Beach Phase One <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Two full days down, and 5 lbs of bloat/water weight gone. I keep saying I am not going to get on the scale, but then... <BR> <BR> The first two days are done. I'm now in Day Three, and so far so good - though it's n... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:56:31 EST Continuing the Journey As you start to get older you realize that you will be on this journey for the remainder of your life. My goal is to just keep moving forward. I will continue my exercises, my healthy eating habits and attending my routine doctor's appointments. I must not get lazy in this journey. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:51:41 EST Doing better! Hi all....guess I'm doing better because I'm not stressing out about it. I' lost some weight this week. I eat but just alittle at a time. I try to make better choices. I do eat what I want if it's a holiday just don't overdo it. <BR> It's been beautiful here this week. My daughter decided to move... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:51:19 EST Indecisive Success Gym. Pinterest. Insanity. Les Mills Combat. So many possibilities and choices! <BR> <BR> Today was a whirlwind of trying to decide what I wanted to do for a workout. I thought about going to the gym, but just really couldn't get excited about packing my bag up and getting there. <BR> <BR> I di... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:50:51 EST Indecisive Success Gym. Pinterest. Insanity. Les Mills Combat. So many possibilities and choices! <BR> <BR> Today was a whirlwind of trying to decide what I wanted to do for a workout. I thought about going to the gym, but just really couldn't get excited about packing my bag up and getting there. <BR> <BR> I di... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:50:51 EST Anything Is Possible If You Just Believe When losing weight we become obsessed with numbers whether it be the size of the clothes we're wearing, the weight on the scale, body fat percentages, measurements, and bmi numbers. I was victim of this. I became addicted to the scale and the numbers reflecting back at me that I began to weigh in... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:49:22 EST Temptation Advertisements On SparkPeople <em>230</em> For the past three or four days the advertisements popping up on the top and sides of my Spark People web page have been advertisements for Deluxe M&M Cookies. I'm not sure if the website controls the advertisements or not but I think it's pretty crazy that they would advertise co... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:48:45 EST Mud Run in June Well I did it, I'm registered for a 5k women's Mud Run in June!! This has been on my imaginary bucket list for a couple years now. SO I AM DOING IT!! <em>104</em> <BR> Let the training begin. <em>332</em> <em>182</em> <em>320</em> <em>362</em> <BR> I am going to do it all! I wi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:46:24 EST Coming into the home stretch! 35 weeks today! I had an ultrasound yesterday (up to two a week on top of my weekly dr. appointment)! Baby Declan is doing great! Here are the comparisons of my last three ultrasounds: <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, he was estimated at 3 lbs. 11 oz. putting him in the 10% growth rate. They thought the... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:45:57 EST ABC's for the Tigers - BLC 25 <em>532</em> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> Yes, I love friendly competition. I want to be pushed and I want to push myself as well to be better, each and every step. <BR> <BR> <em>532</em> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:45:34 EST UPDATE: I feel UH- MAYYYY-ZING! Hi!! <BR> <BR> I have been going to LA fitness for a little over a month now. I decided to use some of my income tax return to get myself a personal trainer. Now once a week I HAVE to go to the gym and do strength training for 30 minutes then 20 minutes of cardio afterwards. <BR> The unexpected... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:44:55 EST Girlfriends and wealth I have a new relationship. It's complicated, and it's long distance. I've reconnected with my college sweetheart, Mel, almost 40 years after the fact. I'm in Oregon, she lives in Texas. We've not seen each other yet, but will here shortly when she comes up from Texas to visit me and other friends... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:39:55 EST Hope <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:37:49 EST The Cravings..... Oh the Cravings..... Yesterday was pretty rough. A new doughnut shop opened right across the parking lot from where I work. Everyone went to get them and was talking about it all day. To add to how bad that sucked my boss bought everyone pizza for lunch as a Thank You..... I don't know if I can describe how easy it ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:36:56 EST end date Do i have an end date? No I didn't until today. November 28, 2014. I have 65 lbs to drop divided by 2 lbs per week equals that date. Wow that's allot longer then I wanted it to take and is almost enough to make me say screw it. I guess that's pretty much why i never set a end date I was happy jus... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:36:46 EST April Goals Check-In 2 April Goals Recap: <BR> **Cut out weekday drinking! <BR> ** Go to abs class at the gym on Mondays <BR> ** Keep up with intermittent fasting on weekdays <BR> ** Exercise outside at least 2 days per week <BR> ** Track food and exercise every day <BR> <BR> I've been doing really well with my goals... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:36:01 EST Meal out We had a meal out yesterday of fish chips and mushy peas which was lovely, we usually go to a cafe run by Mencap and some of the services users serve in the cafe. <BR> We then went to see Dial M for Murder which was very good. <BR> I hope that you understand that it is just a slight blip in my ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:34:42 EST day 24 (11)... I think the couple days I walked 2x should count for more days! Oh well, goal is 50% and i'm at 11/24... that's pretty close. <BR> today was a good walk, even knocked a minute of the time we've been doing this week! I'm definitely winded though... what a difference 22 lbs makes. That's what i've... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:33:40 EST 5 down, 25 to go. Off to a strong start, I think, but the first five are easy, right? I'm not hungry all the time anymore, and I'm generally adapting to this new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Only downside is, I'm super cranky. I'm usually the most laid back person ever, but these days, little things are setting me off. ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:29:22 EST Update on Sister and My Social Security I am finally receiving my benefits through Social Security, Thank God. Things have been very tight and it has not been easy having to rely on other people. I have always been a very independent person and it is difficult giving up some of that independence. For my peace of mind and health, I have... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:28:55 EST Almost Friday Really dragging today, it's going to be hard to stick to my one-coffee-a-day rule! I had already been working on it because when I drink a lot of caffeine it really seems to affect my complexion - plus, a lot of coffee just isn't good for you. But the bad dentist report last week just confirmed... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:26:35 EST Hey There Hello Everybody <BR> I guess if I don't post something I will lose my blog entry again.. My sister used to post every day even the food she ate till almost the day she left us for a better place. I miss her every day.. As sick as she was she was always there for me.. <BR> My life is, I guess as... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:24:07 EST Potassium and Spark Information Last week I had lab work done, and my potassium levels were dangerously high. That is not good. It can cause all sorts of problems. <BR> <BR> I didn't know much about potassium, other than it is necessary for the body. <BR> <BR> So I looked it up on Spark, and read about it. It was a very ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:21:07 EST Tofu Tacos Yummmm <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-and-black-bean-tacos </link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:16:53 EST Law of Thermodynamics Ok, so 2011 I was pregnant 9 mos. and I gained 30 lbs in pregnancy weight. Then 2012 I lost all my pregnancy weight and even lost an extra 20 lbs! Then I stopped paying attention in 2013 and by the end of the year gained 25 lbs... sigh. I want to be out of the "obese" category by the end of 2014,... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:15:34 EST Just a few numbers - Pleease! Okay I have always been a pretty honest person in my lifetime. I try to stay within a good moral code of conduct and not do anything that would injure myself, another or an animal. I'm pretty perceptive to other peoples needs and do my best to help when I can. All this said, I must profess the... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:13:20 EST #Truth <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:12:50 EST Catching up Hi all, <BR> I've been meaning to write a catching up post for the last week and a half, and just haven't found the time. That's the story of my life right now - no time for anything! <BR> <BR> Okay, so update on me/my life: <BR> <BR> * Work has been busy, busy, busy. I like staying busy at wor... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:05:57 EST Motivational Thursday No matter what you do.... <BR> <BR> JUST <BR> <BR> KEEP <BR> <BR> SWIMMING!!! <BR> <BR> You hear me???? <BR> <BR> DON'T <BR> <BR> EVER <BR> <BR> GIVE <BR> <BR> UP!!! <BR> <BR> (((((HUGGS))))) <BR> <BR> Alona <BR> aka "LaLa" <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:05:19 EST and so it goes.. im still here. <BR> <BR> so last time i was here, it was 4/2... at least, last time i was here blogging. <BR> <BR> the days leading up to the 10th were rough--husband's sister and her family were coming down on their way south for the night. that meant that i cleaned entire house top to bottom.... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:04:44 EST Always look on the bright side of life... I'm not really a Monty Python fan but this song seems appropriate for what I 'm feeling today. When I checked out of the hospital with Big Baby G a few weeks ago I weighed 208. Which was disheartening. During my 6 week checkup the nurse weighed me and immediately set the scale at 200. She had mov... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:03:41 EST Please....DON'T... “Don't ever give up. <BR> Don't ever give in. <BR> Don't ever stop trying. <BR> Don't ever sell out. <BR> And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment, <BR> pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off. <BR> But never, eve... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:02:42 EST so 179 was definitely a fluke I wrote a month ago that I was at 179, but 2 days later I was almost 7lbs up from that. no idea why, I had cut everything out of my diet, such as dairy and soda. I know that with nursing weight loss becomes a little bit more complicated. I have added dairy and a small amount of good carbs back in... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:02:16 EST My goals It's hard to not get impatient when I can see progress, it makes me want it more! <BR> In reply to the lovely liz's comment on my previous blog.. This is my life now! <BR> I'm not dieting now.. Well I wouldn't class myself as dieting. I calorie count, keep within my recommended, eat healthy foods... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:00:17 EST Time Flies So easy when there are other things to do, people to see, and other stuff to keep one busy on the puter but not Spark <BR> <BR> I've started water aerobics and even slowly working up my ability to swim laps--tough when you haven't on over 30 years and now asthmatic but goal is to be in pool at l... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:56:43 EST Stuck? Denial? I have been stuck. I have been feeling lazy. My favorite thoughts have been "I don't want to" or "I will do it later". At first I thought, like everything else, this too will pass. <BR> <BR> Guess what? It hasn't. I am stuck. Wait - no I am not stuck. I am backsliding. <BR> <BR> So I h... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:56:23 EST Getting the Garden ready I had the day off from work Tues. so I was able to get my flower bed and garden ready for planting. There is something about working with the soil on a warm day that is so invigorating! It's hard to wait for the warmer nights so we are able to do some planting. Besides being able to work in th... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:54:53 EST BLC 25 Kicks Off Next Week I was up at 4 a.m. today to eat a healthy breakfast and put in 30 minutes on the elliptical. Getting up a half hour earlier than yesterday helped out quite a bit to make sure I got to work on time. <BR> <BR> I had a rough time this month tracking food, so this week, I printed off some hard copy ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:54:28 EST A plan for zig-zagging calories to accelerate fat loss, you could do the following: <BR> - create a larger deficit of 25-30% for the low days - create a 10% deficit on the high days. <BR> <BR> 30% is a large reduction, but as long as you raise <BR> your calories every fourth day, your metabolism won’t be affected. If loss of ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:51:52 EST Well four days off plan I'm not thrilled with myself. I'm pretty sure I've undone some of the good. I just kept giving myself permission with every bite. I have to say it wasn't worth it. I feel bloated and swollen and my stomach isn't feeling so hot this morning. I'm sure a lot of the stomach upset is the new medicatio... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:51:09 EST When is a week not a week? When it's part of a workout challenge that may require a week's challenge list to be repeated into another week. Felt a bit dizzy today, so just did the Functional exercises and had the planned rest day from cardio today instead of at the end of the week. Am repeating week 4's challenge list as I... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:47:44 EST beware what you ask for Back when I was young and stupid, there were a lot of things I thought about my appearance and weight. Like many young women, thought I was fat - of course, what I was, was out of shape, untoned, no muscles. I was also shy and introverted making me invisible. and I was taller than average, and... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:47:03 EST Success Quote - 4/24/14 One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. <BR> <BR> - Jack Penn Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:46:58 EST NEEDS A PLAN Well, did any of you have a Get Day yesterday? I have to admit, I didn't. Just couldn't with it. It was so windy here, I had trouble even opening the door. With just one good arm, it's hard to turn the latch and hold the door at the some time. Of course, it was a yoyo day for Merlin, he wante... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:44:49 EST Games I Play <BR> Just because something is healthy and relatively good for you doesn't mean you can eat a ton of it. I talked about nutrition with my trainer. At night I overate on nuts (a couple of cups) plus some granola (don't know the calorie count). My trainer figured that the nuts alone added 800 cal... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:44:06 EST Day 4 - Boundaries, not diets So for today I finally started writing a diary again. Today we're supposed to write down the narrow road (what we do daily to lose weight) and wider road (plan for special occasions, etc) and I came up with quite a list. I even wrote how I imagined maintenance. Much more lenient, of course, but s... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:43:57 EST Thursday morning UP early and getting work done outside today in 79 degree bright sunshiny weather. Calories remain below 1500/day. Weight is constant. Exercises going well. Trivia IS STILL AT 97% for the month. We had breakfast on the front porch where neighbors joined us. Looks like a great day. Have a w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:41:45 EST Drink V8 Green Juice if you wish to meet your Inner Swearing Sailor! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While visiting my mom last weekend I was missing my juice. So I purchased a bottle of v8 simply green juice, no fruit in it at all to off set the green veggies or the lovely spirilina pond scum floating in it. To say i... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:40:56 EST Oops... I did not write that recipe! Ok, so I liked a recipe, I printed it out and I will try it tomorrow morning, but I did not write it! The problem is that I pressed on the "get my spark points" because I thought since I like it, I'll go ahead and press it. I only press it when I really have read an article or really like somethi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:40:56 EST Feels so nice to be back and some new thoughts <img src=""> <BR> Source Self Magazine on Pinterest <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Source Self Magazine on Pinterest <BR> <BR> I went walking again today. I could definitely feel that I g... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:39:16 EST Upcoming vacation Well tomorrow is my last day here at Nationwide. I've decided that I'm going to take some time off since I've been saving money to do so since the beginning of the year. I need some time to relax. This is also the last week of my MOD and I'll be starting another one on Sunday. The week or so I'll... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:37:43 EST A blog from long ago It really does help me to go back and read old blogs or posts when I was truly on track with my weight so here's one I found today. <BR> <BR> This is an old blog written while I was at goal.. <BR> I woke up this morning and looked out at the beautiful sunny day. I got up and went to the kitchen ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:36:20 EST WOW HE IS A STAR Hello all my lovely SP friends <BR> <BR> just came across this young boy, probably my friends from the States will know him already. <BR> Wow he can sing <BR> <BR><BR>JW8 <BR> <BR> His name is Camren Sherman or also seen some clips where he is called ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:36:10 EST Impatience Healthy habits and care take so much time! When things are really bad, I focus only on the health care and I'm so desperate that I would take any time needed for it. But as I start to feel better, I want to get done quickly (or not do it at all) and jump into all the things I haven't been able ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:35:15 EST Lemons?????? Not for Me! I do not care for lemonade - so life had just better not throw lemons at me - I just throw them right back! I guess I just don't see the point. Where I find joy when things are not going my way - is in realizing that it can only get better. Certainly I have those really blue days...especially... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:35:06 EST Oh What a Feeling!!! I just have to add on to my blog from yesterday! It felt so great to get that workout in "after" work! <BR> <BR> The kids noticed that I was in a much better mood. I was happier, they were happier. We had supper made and finished, dishes washed, dried and put away, homework was completed, and... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:32:22 EST Weird thing to be excited about... My oven died. The repairman came out and said it would cost $404 to replace the control board. So needless to say, I'll be getting a new oven. I'm so darn excited about it. I'm getting what I want not what my husband suggests. We went to Home Depot last night and he goes to the bottom of the... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:51 EST Better sleep, better awake! I feel so good right now: motivated, well-rested, energetic. All that with just 10 pounds down. <BR> This is so right. <BR> Now, my first "reward" goal: Go from the 3X that I wear to a 2X. <BR> <BR> I KNOW I can do this!!! <em>9</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:51 EST Tracking Another day of working the health program. Tracking my nutrition has been much more of a benefit than I had anticipated. It helps me see when and where I am lacking in protein. This is a great thing because I really like fruit and will fill up on that and not much else if left to my own devices. ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:33 EST 4/24/2014 0 dessert <BR> 0 beer <BR> Running - 8.6 miles (1:17:12) <BR> Burpees - 10 <BR> Weight: 130.6 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:29:44 EST Day 2: Working On My Commitment <img src=""> <BR> Today is day 2 of my ten day goal. I am happy first to announce I did walk on my treadmill at 10 Am and I have written down on a board I hang in my kitchen what I am going to eat. <BR> Today, I walked 17 minutes. My goal tom... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:29:38 EST Everything and Nothing I'm feeling like everything is crashing in on me. <BR> <BR> Since the house is getting some much needed updating I haven't been able to go workout or cook meals. <BR> I can't reach my scale so I'm not sure how bad the damage is, but I know there is damage. <BR> I've been having constant headach... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:28:49 EST Clean eating vs. Orthorexia In 2003 I had a spell of orthorexia, where I was eating a very restrictive diet that steered around the "bad" foods from several diets. Since then, the phrase "clean eating" has given me the willies. But due to a research paper I wrote this term, I've come to the conclusion that there are subst... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:28:26 EST Pattern cutting day. I am making 2 children's dresses for Mother's Day and an adult dress for Mother's Day. I love sewing for my children and my grandchildren, but the worst thing about sewing is cutting out the pattern and cutting out the material. Once that is done it takes me 3 days to finish one product all the w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:28:07 EST Danger Ahead Most people look at "the Holidays" as their most dangerous times for food temptations. While I agree those cookies, cakes and cheeseballs can be very tempting I have a season that is so much worse for me. My husband and I spent almost 4 years in Athens Greece about 25 years ago (seems like yester... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:26:38 EST Almost...not quite (stress) This is the biggest reason why I derail: stress. <BR> <BR> I had an exam yesterday in statistics. Although I knew about it a week in advance, I didn't prepare well enough for it due to numerous other things. It's that time of the semester, when all of the largest projects will be due, with paper... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:26:23 EST frustrated Last night at Bible study I felt like I was being attacked for my decision to have surgery on my feet. More than one person opened their mouth. I will not names since it is not a Christian thing to do. But I know from the conversation that people don't know the amount of pain I deal with compared... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:23:22 EST Jungle ABC's of Me A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? Definitely! :-) <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Oldie; Former BLC team(s)? Mochas! :-) <BR> C is for CHILDREN...Yes! lots! <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...Sweets :-( <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? Night owl, want to be am early bi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:20:54 EST My journey down thus far... My journey to get my health and weight in order has been a slow one to say the least. I "re-started" for the umpteenth time to finally get my weight and health in order on 12/26/13. We are just shy of 4 months time, and I can honestly say, that this is the longest I have kept pushing myself. in... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:19:51 EST Wednesday, why I take the pictures I started taking these pictures in January. I know that I like to read blogs with pictures better than some long windy blog that's all text. This is also helping me keep my portions in control. They weren't for a while and I just can't keep on plugging my food into the tracker day in and day out.... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:16:53 EST TED Talks. Very short entry here. Wanted to share this TED talks with all of you. I think I might actually work on doing the five things he lists here to see how it improves my mood. <BR> <BR> 3 Gratitudes (listing three things in the day I'm thankful for) <BR> Journaling good things <BR> Exercise (for... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:15:06 EST other people Handsome has lowered his insulin intake 6 units. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:14:11 EST 20 Minutes without Walking! (Day 60 of 100) I got up an hour early to get to the gym before my husband left for work. I warmed up on the treadmill for 5 minutes having a little issue with my foot. Twice I stopped to retie my shoe. Finally, my foot felt 'normal' & I was ready to run. <BR> <BR> I usually do a run/walk, and I think there is ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:12:56 EST AAAHHHHH THEY FIT! So last night I woke up to go to work and realized that I did not put my work clothes in the dryer before I laid down for my nap that evening. I looked through my closet and eyeballed a few pair of my "hopefuls" and decided to bring out a pair to try on and they fit!! I couldn't believe it. T... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:12:43 EST HUNGRY, So HUNGRY. MUST EAT now ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Spark journey is teaching me so much. So often I hear people saying they are HUNGRY, so very hungry. While I don't doubt their hunger and am not making light of the hunger pains, I am finally learnin... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:11:33 EST For you Type 2 diabetics who don't seem to follow the typical patterns of Type 2.... Consider that you might not be a Type 2 at all. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Type 2 in 2000. I was 37 years old and about 40 pounds overweight. After a bit of research, I refused medications and created my own regimen. <BR> <BR> I walked 3 to 5 miles a day and ate fewer than 25 grams of car... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:09:55 EST BLC 25 Begins! ABC's for the Tigers <em>247</em> <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND - Does competition give you an extra push? Competition against others as a team makes me excited, but person competition doesn’t really give me a drive unless it’s against myself and bad habits. <BR> <BR> B is for BLC ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:09:54 EST Wanting to Get Away From It All!! Today I want to leave, I want to settle somewhere that is less confusing and more dependable. I am a dependable person, I am reliable, why can I not find people that are more like minded. They say it's how you make it, but it's more to it than that! Takes two to tango! I want recognition, I want ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:08:04 EST Can't say tracking my food is fun... I wish i didn't, but I have a hard time tracking every little thing I eat. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it is because I want to cheat and have more calories than I actually do, or if it's the act of entering them in. I suppose it is probably a combination. <BR> <BR> I'm sure it will get easier ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:06:37 EST Fill your life with service to others. Many of us have felt the burden of poor choices, and each of you can feel the elevating power of the Lord’s forgiveness, mercy, and strength Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:05:42 EST Reporting in on Mini-Challenge Yesterday's mini-challenge was to add an extra walk for a noon break. I was aiming for 1-2 miles and trying to boost my speed to at least 17 minute miles. I had one "partner in crime", Tanya602 who joined the challenge. I could just FEEL her energy pouring through her words <em>311</em> ! T... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:04:09 EST I LOVE YOU! <BR> I think I'm a pretty loving person... the people I love know it. I am a fighter for the people in my life that matter, I don't just talk the talk, I walk the walk. I never really understood the phrase you have to love yourself before anyone else will. I think I do now. <BR> I found thi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:02:35 EST Knee So I went to the dr. She checked out my knee along with many other things. The good news is that thanks to me taking several days off from the gym, there was no pain or swelling. She moved it around and it wasn't catching on anything. The only real way to see is to go get an MRI. She's not making... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:42 EST I hit my goal... Its been four years since the weight started to come off. Four very long years with lots of ups and downs that sometimes didn't feel like it was worth it. But it was because this morning I officially hit 100 pounds gone. That's huge. Almost like I just lost a whole person. I tried to take a pictu... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:40 EST Family It's hard to believe today, 36 years ago my one & only baby boy was born. I can't believe it's been that long ago. It seems like it was just yesterday I was pregnant & couldn't wait until I wasn't anymore after all I was 3 weeks overdue. Then before I knew it, I had the beautiful little baby b... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:21 EST Encouraged by a blog I just read a blog (don't recall the writer) about how they discovered the difference between "screwing up and quitting." As I read her blog, all the times she shared that she gave up spoke to my own inconsistencies. I have quit Sparkpeople so many times, that I have lost track of all my nicks. <... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:55:15 EST Changes New changes are coming to my life and my family. <BR> It's funny how change is both scary and wonderful. <BR> I pray that I'm able to maintain my healthy lifestyle throughout these changes! <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:53:46 EST Thursday! Still on the cool side this morning, we may see a low 60 today, on the cloudy side right now. I am hoping my knee behaves it self so I can get a nice walk in with Margaret this afternoon. Tomorrow is coffee hour and exercise class right after, I told Maria I'd make the coffee for her so she would... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:53:15 EST The Backyard Animals Last time I wrote I talked about the Cranes and how the baby had grown. Now the baby is so big I sometimes confuse it for one of it's parents. It's baby brown fluff is now almost grey and it is getting a red tufted head. The Mother Crane built a new nest and has laded 2 more eggs. The first ba... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:52:56 EST "I'm More Excited to Be Married than to Get Married" So last night I was still feeling a little down because we're still missing so many reply cards from Kyle's side of the family. If you haven't noticed already, I'm a total control/planning freak. When things aren't going my way, I get all out of sorts and nervous and silently panic! Eek! It's def... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:51:38 EST For All My Sparkfriends :) <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:46:42 EST Losing weight and getting healthy I am so excited and happy, I am losing inches and fitting into clothes I haven't worn in years. I found a product that helps me to change the way to eat in an all natural and healthy way!!! <em>244</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:46:38 EST I've shattered my goals! AGAIN!!! Yep that's right I've shattered my goals again! For the last 3 months I've done nothing but EAT my way to a 15 pound weight gain. My birthday cake was just the start then everything else became fair game! I feel so bloated and sick all the time! I can't seem to stop myself! Every time I look in t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:43:27 EST Week 9: Down 1 lb (total loss = 20 lbs!!) Finally hit my 2nd mini goal! <BR> <BR> I am going to buy me a pair of nice workout shoes. I have worn through the ones that I currently have and need a good pair. If anyone has suggestions, I am open to ideas. I am mostly walking the pavement right now. I need good support and want somethin... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:42:59 EST Yay! Now I can get back on track Taking today and tomorrow off after finishing a major project. Doing sexy things like catching up on the housework. The good news is even after 3 weeks of a crappy schedule I was still getting my freggies and staying mostly on my meal planning. The only thing that really suffered was my exerc... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:42:58 EST Daily Draw 4-24-2014 Today's card is the King of Swords. <BR> <BR> It's funny how the deck sometimes pulls my thoughts right out of my head. I was just thinking "I have to go into the store today...but I don't WANNAaaaa" It's not even about actual working, I really want to do that. I want to go inventory my stuff ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:39:37 EST Virtual Pics- Before and After Needed a little motivation today- here is a virtual model of myself (notice the fancy new short hair!) with my current, mid-way and ultimate goal weights. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:38:59 EST NEW TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT Slim-Fast 3-2-1 <BR> This team is for anyone who is interested in using Slim-Fast products at any point in their weight loss or maintenance journey. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:38:23 EST Catching Up Yowza! This week has been nuts! Sheesh! I can hardly believe it is Thursday! Seems like since Sunday it has been a whirlwind! Things have been going great, still tracking my calories and working out. <BR> <BR> I am at a bit of a standstill with the workouts. I have shifted away from the NR... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:37:52 EST Jungle ABC's of ME (BLC25) Yay, BLC25 is about to start and I am again with the Tenacious Jungle Tigers. <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND <BR> Yes, I can do with the extra push just to see what is out there and that it's possible. <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> B is for BLC rounds <BR> Second round with Ten... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:36:48 EST Willpower ... do not desert me !!! It's been a busy day . Got home tired and anxious to get dinner going . Had such a craving for a glass of red wine to slow down and relax . Did some pep talk and made a cup of hot tea instead . Did it work ? Sure did . And I feel proud to not have given in . Now I can enjoy the wine over the week... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:35:45 EST Thursday's Motivation "The past is history. The future, a mystery. The here and now is a gift. That is why it's called the present." <BR> <BR> Author Unknown Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:33:20 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:33:01 EST Wednesday I took care of a bunch of things around the house last night. I took the trash to the curb, did all the remaining dishes, and made beef jerky for the DR event this weekend. After that, I played a lot of SWToR, did some general clean up around the bedroom, and got in the latest episode of The Orig... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:32:36 EST Bible Verse for the Day knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:31:54 EST Living in the state of Perpetual Hunger... I've been trying to focus on what is the "background noise" for my life, if you will. What are things that are always there that tend to make me feel like I'm on the verge of being upset and need something in my mouth to calm me down. I realized about 4:30 this morning what the biggest culprit is... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:31:43 EST Are We “Treating” Our Pets to Death? <link><BR>e-we-treating-our-pets-to-death?WT.mc_<BR>id=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire;Apr-23;Article2 </link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:31:29 EST Good Morning & Cheering You On.... Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Thursday Sparking and cheering you on your journey. I encourage you to keep focused today, press ahead to meet those goals that are before you. You can do it 1 step at a time, <em>381</em> together! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:30:49 EST It's STILL All About Time Part of my issue is that I'm here, writing this, and not working on a client's marketing plan :) But, one thing I am realizing is that with the kind of work I do, my brain needs breaks, and when I don't provide those breaks, I end up losing focus and something simple takes hours and hours, and th... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:29:35 EST The day has gone to pot I started out very well this morning and got a lot done. I haven't done any exercise yet though because I was distracted by taking in a couple of deliveries. My DD has posted me two new dance exercise DVD's for my birthday tomorrow which arrived today! I somehow think she means me to carry on... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:29:35 EST Always moving forward and Rewards Thank you for the comments on yesterday's blog- yes, I need to focus on the small, positive changes and keep moving forward! <BR> <BR> On that note, I realize I don't really have rewards prepared for my weight-loss goals. I mean, the biggest reward is losing the weight and feeling healthier. But... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:29:12 EST my progress for the month! Or the lack there of!! I am not drinking as much as I should, I am not tracking like I should and I am not exercising like I not losing weight wow like I should be surprised..if I do the same thing but expect different results makes me a fool or something!! I am determined to make m... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:28:51 EST Weeding my garden, my garden of life to allow the flowers to flourish Hang in there, just another step. <BR> <BR> DAY #48: Diets do not work, but lifestyle changes do. Getting healthier day-by-day, one foot in front of the other. Hash tag: #Offtoabetterandhealthierme <BR> <BR> Boy, what an experience this has been so far. From learning what to eat or should I... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:23:25 EST Finally making some progress So I finally have been making progress lately. I also started taking adderall again and feel like it's helping me to focus and not be so off track with daily tasks. I weighed in last week and had a loss as well as this week. I hovered around 160 for a few weeks but I feel like I'm really losing ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:21:52 EST Day 874- Surviving this Wedding Weekend Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> This weekend, I'm in my friend and future bridesmaid's wedding. This involves the rehearsal dinner Friday night, the wedding all day Saturday and a champagne brunch on Sunday! <BR> <BR> While I love celebrations, I wish so many of them didn't revolve around food. Ever... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:20:04 EST Day 23 - 6 a.m. - baby steps = small victories Yesterday at 6 a.m I was supposed to get up and go for a walk/run. Instead, I got up and went to the bathroom and crawled back into bed. Today I was all dressed in my workout clothes because I wore them to bed and I actually got up! It was raining cats and dogs, but instead of going back to be... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:17:42 EST I made it through day two, too! Yesterday I expressed my anxiety with hitting up the pool for the first time in a long while AND the first time as a fairly pregnant lady. But, guess what? I did it! <BR> <BR> I admittedly had to talk myself into it and evaluate what I would do otherwise, but made it there. It was a shock to ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:17:33 EST Whatupwitdat? Gaining weight despite exercising and eating clean Even though i did 240 minutes of cardio and ate at the bottom of my recommended range this week, I gained 2.5 lbs! <em>46</em> <BR> Whatupwitdat? <BR> <BR> Has anyone else ever had this experience? <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:17:08 EST Day 283 Joined a Gym I feel like a fraud....283 days since i joined <BR> The passed 6 months I have been away from <BR> this site more than here. And sure enough <BR> I have struggled with my weight during this <BR> time. <BR> <BR> I went into a huge depression a few weeks after <BR> my Dad died. I am one of th... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:16:03 EST Prayer Request Please pray for the Curtis family today. Jon is a former student of mine during my days in collegiate ministry. He and his wife and their young daughter live in the Philippines. Their newborn daughter, Shiloh, lost her fight for life yesterday at the age of almost three months. It has been a long... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:15:47 EST Psalm 40:1 (WEB) <BR> I waited patiently for Yahweh. <BR> He turned to me, and heard my cry. <BR> <BR> Promise #114: Wait patiently for Me and I will hear your cry. <BR> <BR> It was King David who wrote this psalm. He was a man who knew a lot about learning to be patient in the midst of extre... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:15:38 EST 4.24.2014: Day 4 Day 4 of No Candy <BR> <BR> Day 114 of No Pop <BR> Day 114 of No Fast Food <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> After doing three BodyPump Classes (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), my body decided it needed a day off. So, I'm not going to the gym or lifting weights. I'm just concentrating on getting 6,00... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:15:38 EST Day 5 I woke up in the wee hours with cramps in both legs and as I lay there trying to stretch my legs out my first thoughts were.."I don't want to do this **** no more" <em>46</em> <BR> I lay in my bed last night thinking about QUITTING to the point where I actually visualized myself calling my fr... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:14:18 EST Week Sixteen Weigh-In Oh man, I'm so tired. I want to go back to bed, but I've been up more than an hour at this point, so I can't really justify that. I'm just glad I don't have to do a major workout today...just some walking and my new core routine. <BR> <BR> I am down just 0.8 pounds this week, but after last week... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:12:04 EST Public Humiliation and List I keep starting to unpack and then end up jamming everything back into boxes because I can't finish before I have company or have to go to work or something. <BR> I also don't have anything like bookcases, dressers, shelving, etc anything like that. So I have a list. <BR> 1. Pack up winter cloth... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:11:01 EST The Promises We Make to Ourselves pt. 2 What if we break our promises? from Chris Powell's book "Choose More, Lose more for life" copyright 2013 <BR> <BR> "...the outcomeof breaking a promise to yourself is devastating. When you promise yourself that you'll lose weight and then break that promise you might think at first, 'oh well, ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:08:53 EST why food is such a huge apart of my life When I was young I always said I would never be fat like most of my family members. when I was fifteen I would eat two big macs with double fries. I was over weight and never had an energy. when we would run at school I was last or next to last out of my class. As a child though I road my bike ev... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:08:45 EST Building A New Me I read a quote that said, 'change' is not about fighting the old, but to focus on building the new. I thought about that for a moment and it made sense. I can't change old habits but I can create new ones. I can't undo the damage I've already done, but I can make better choices that will chang... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:08:44 EST Set Backs and Jumps Forward As a pastry chef at a family bakery, holidays are the busiest times for me. The three big ones are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. I got so swamped with work (my feet hurt sooooo bad by Saturday evening!) that I completely fell off the healthy eating wagon. It wasn't so bad; I only gained 2 ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:06:50 EST Running in the dark With cold and rain, and a thesis due, my training has slipped a bit. I've tried to push myself back into it as the 5k is Sunday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's run I didn't get to until 9 PM, very late for me. But I did it. Cold, dark, windy, aching legs, but I showed up and did it. Lots of stretching ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:06:42 EST Blessed Are Those Who . . . Blessed are those who go around in circles for they shall be known as big wheels. <BR> <BR> Blessed are those who rain on our parades for without them we wouldn't enjoy the sunshine. <BR> <BR> Blessed are those who think up poor excuses because it makes ours sound so much better. <BR> <BR> Ble... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:06:35 EST Fried egg on burgers We were in Chicago for a few days babysitting for our Grandsons. They were both in school on Monday so we decided to have lunch at Kuma's Corner (which has been on Diners, Drive In and Dives). We decided to try their signature burger: the Kuma Burger. They do offer a smaller burger as a lunch spe... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:05:16 EST retail therapy Last week I went out in an all black outfit that had a pop of color with a blue necklace. I LOVE wearing black. It makes me feel like a sophisticated fashionista! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That being said, sometime... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:04:00 EST SMART Goals Coach Nicole suggested I write down and share my goals, so I'll do that here and now. <BR> <BR> I will weigh 142#s at the end of June, 2014. <BR> I will take each of my dogs on training walks every day that I am home. <BR> I will take 10,000 steps every day. <BR> I will plan my meals, using Spa... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:02:49 EST SparkJourney: Reset and Remotivate So, I haven't tracked my calories for the last three days. I know I've been going way over my goal, but I've also been really active with my kitchen remodel (and so busy). Anyways, I reset my SparkStreak this morning and began tracking calories again. I haven't weighed in to see if my lapse ha... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:00:46 EST DING OUT FOR LIFE It is dining out for life tonight and my friends and I have a traditon of dressing up like clowns and going out to some of the areas supporting the night. I was not sure if I am going to dress up or not, but I will be with the crew regardless. It is a fun night, but I am going to be tired tomor... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:55:28 EST Jokes 4/24 On another pc for a few days. So no pics. Jokes instead. Enjoy <BR> <BR> <BR> Virus Alert <BR> News of a new email virus: <BR> I thought you would want to know about this e-mail virus. <BR> Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee <BR> cannot take care of this one. <BR> It appea... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:54:43 EST Week 6- halfway to 41 yrs of stubbornness A repeat but this is my favorite version of this song- "I Wont Give Up" Jason Mraz <link> </link> <BR> <BR> One of my greatest challenges is still probably one of my best assets, I'm stubborn. Don't give me odds or percentages for success. If there's a halfa halfa chance... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:53:51 EST Nothing Is Gonna Stop Me Now I guess the biggest achievement I have made during the past 11 days is consistency and gaining a sense of achievement , something I lost in 2005 when my son passed away and in 2013 after receiving divorce papers after 22 1/2 years of marriage. My grandmother was my role model, she always had the... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:53:37 EST Conserving today...Plugging in to the Holy Spirit :) It's been a tiring week after such a busy weekend and while I am recovered physically my emotional energy is still recovering. I am not burned out but I am dragging by the end of each day and feeling it this last full work day of the week. As it happens I am working only half a day :) which is ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:52:20 EST Need a pet? Get one from thin air! Once again - it won't work to link, but you can copy/paste and it will work that way. So I am just putting it in that way, rather than the link feature. He is really something to see. Not, long, but amazing. And I'm not even into magic! <BR> <BR> <BR> yTt... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:50:58 EST The girls are recovering (This post is about my chest, just in case you don't really want to know more about that.) <BR> <BR> Something good about where I'm maintaining is that my chest is starting to resemble my chest again. I was still nursing a toddler when I reached my goal weight, and things were in flux. About 7... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:50:58 EST 13 out of 300 Weight training/pilates/walking Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:49:07 EST Allergies are AWFUL! (73) Well, I hate spring. At least the first part of spring always messes with me. My eyes are swollen and allergy meds only do so much. 11 month out of the year, claritin works fine if I need it, but right now, I'm hovering right around "miserable." Good news is that I'm still crafting. Bad news is t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:43:37 EST Dialogue with the Wind Me: Yo, dog, you blew the shopping cart into my truck door. <BR> <BR> Wind: Lighten up, dude! It's not the first scratch on that door, and didn't the other come from the dethatcher hanging on your garage wall?! And, BTW, doesn't your daughter refer to your truck as the "Pavement Princess"?! <BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:42:08 EST i did something that felt pretty good. so I checked in at the weekly weigh in. and I actually put in my weight. I am down 21 pounds and even though I am still really big, my weight loss is a big accomplishment to me. so I put in my weight. I did it. because I am 5 pounds to being in the "40s" and I haven't been that low in a long time... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:41:28 EST New way of living. Eating healthy and exercising will help me reap the benefits we all are looking for. Changing my mind set is the key to me taking the weight off and keeping it off. Don't get me wrong I love all the wrong foods to, but to help me stay healthy I have to realize that bad food will never love me b... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:39:24 EST "Aging is a privilege." "Not everyone gets to do it."- Cameron Diaz <em>204</em> <em>88</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:38:58 EST Verse of the Day For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:34:24 EST Imperfections You may not be perfect, but you can always choose to give your best effort. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:30:16 EST Quickie Just wanted to get a quick blog in this morning before work. I leave soon, so this will be short and sweet. I've been logging all calories in and burned and have been attempting to get as much water in as possible. I have lost ten pounds since the first week of March and I feel a glimmer of hope ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:30:11 EST Say No to Popcorn!! LOL. Last night my fiancé was taunting me with popcorn. Not just any popcorn, movie theatre popcorn....mmmmmmm. <BR> <BR> The catch was that I actually had to go out and get it. See we will go to the movie theatre, buy popcorn, and leave without purchasing a movie ticket or seeing a Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:30:03 EST Am exercising in the morning at home.... Hi Spark Friends, I am exercising in the morning at has been cold outside and I enjoy the privacy of the indoor morning workouts.....I want to be more consistent at Sparking here......I love Spark and my Spark friendships I have made....I hope you all are doing well and getting your ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:30:01 EST Thursday Musings <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:29:04 EST Okay, here goes. Day 2 of logging in. Day 1 of tracking every bite, every sip, every exercise. <BR> <BR> Everything else must fall away. This is the most important thing in my life right now. I have to do this like it's my job, or it won't get done. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:27:38 EST Challenge needed and stuff So I am looking for a good challenge. A challenge that will push me to work out, to watch what I eat and push my limits. I really want to lose 20 pounds in two months and right now I have only lost 5 so I have a way to go. Don't get me wrong that is only 25% of my total goal of 80 pounds but I... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:27:28 EST 36 Days to the dress- and little energy. Have I mentioned that getting up at 4:20 am SUCKS???? It really does. But there is no other time so it is what it is. <BR> <BR> Today was a huge struggle to get out the door for the gym, but I did it. Granted I did 30 min of cardio and then - YOGA. I was just too tired to do weights and I am s... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:26:43 EST another day Well yesterday despite having champagne and malteasers I a managed to keep up my calories for the day - a great choice well no ! However I did stop eating when I felt full and realise that the alcohol with dinner is a big contributer to me then wanting to eat chocolate <BR> <BR> Have gone out ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:25:23 EST The Jazz Concert We arrived in plenty of time so we waited until the doors <BR> opened and found seats in the center of the hall, and not <BR> so close to the man running the sound equipment as he <BR> was a big burly guy and could have blocked any shots <BR> I planned to take. <BR> Enter the band members, see DS... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:25:05 EST Some April funnies. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:24:08 EST my dad so my dad has been going to lots of doctor appointments here lately and hasn't been telling any of us what it was all about... <BR> <BR> he already has very high blood pressure that he takes medicine for on a daily basis and it was scaring me...well come to find out he is now diabetic. <BR> <BR... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:23:01 EST My plan was to sleep in...... I woke up to yelling...."find some socks, get your shoes, I'm going to be late, I have a test, go tell mom to fix your hair, no, you cannot have a snack you eat breakfast at school" UGH!! This is the sound of my home everyday at 7:30am. My fiance does not know what it means to be quiet and ask po... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:25 EST Pig in a Blanket Day Pig in a Blanket Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always April 24th <BR> <BR> Pig in a Blanket Day is a day to eat a sausage wrapped in a pancake. Why? Because that's what "Pig in a Blanket" is. <BR> <BR> Somebody, somewhere d... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:16:49 EST OMG If I had a brain, it would be lonely. I was suppose to go for a breath test today. They give you a diet to follow starting two days before the diet. According to the diet I could have hamburger but no noodles. I decided since I lost 2 pounds, which my Mom noticed right away and gave me hell for, I decided to go to McDonalds. <em>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:16:15 EST This Is Your Brain on Food: The Link Between Eating Well and Mental Health <img src=""> <BR> One of the things I enjoy most about SP is the all-around (holistic) approach to health and wellness. There are resources for healthy eating, exercise, emotional health and spiritual health. All of these are tied together a... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:15:33 EST Is There An Elephant In The Room? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Silly as it may sound, if someone were to holler out, "Is there an elephant in the room?" ........ Let someone ELSE wave their hand ... <em>524</em> and say, "I'm over here!" <BR> <BR> Imagination. It's a big wo... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:13:00 EST Birthday Reflections on a Year of Change I can hardly ever find time to blog anymore! I wanted to write something yesterday, which was my actual birthday, but spent all my computer time reading all the birthday greetings on facebook. Today I'm awake half an hour before my alarm went off, though, so I decided the FIRST thing I'd do is bl... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:11:47 EST Breaking old habits and creating new ones!! I still find myself wanting to fall back into my old habits even when healthy options are available. Example, for breakfast I have been having boiled eggs & coffee, which I boil in advance so there is no guess work in the morning. Problem is I still have a desire to stop and get some fast food.... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:10:34 EST Dieting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:08:52 EST Being the best me!!!! First and formost I want to get back to eating healthier and getting to my goal weight of 150 pounds. My short term goal for now is to get back into a true size 16. I found out that I felt better, had more energy, and was motivated to help others reach their goals along this wonderful journey. I ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:05:53 EST Wavering priorities <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Ugh! <BR> <BR> I am *trying* to make weight loss my #1 goal, my job. <BR> <BR> It's not really working at the moment. I feel hormonal, and I have two friends goin... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:05:42 EST The Land that Made me Me <link><BR>Q </link> <link><BR>Q </link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:03:40 EST 24 Day Challenge - Day 4 I guess after starting strong, my body told me this morning that it needed a day off from exercising - completely missed my alarm (either that, or the sound of the pouring rain kept me in bed...). I did wake up at about 5:45, but that wouldn't have given me enough time to drive to the gym, get a... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:02:38 EST Lightbulb moment... this body was built by half and half I love coffee. Like, REALLY love coffee. I can drink a pot all by myself during the course of a morning, and lord help those around me should I not have access to my morning "fix". <BR> <BR> This food tracker is amazing and scary. I quickly became horrified and realized just how much half an... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:02:24 EST Right Where I Should Be <img src=""> <BR> The message from the Universe today was a great one... <BR> Helene, you are exactly as you now are - with your every mannerism, challenge, and trait; skill, talent, and strength - because before this life began, at the hei... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:01:42 EST 24 24 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:01:07 EST win-win I did not get to the gym last night due to my schedule and having to do a webinar. After the webinar it was about 7:30pm, so I got my girls up and we took a walk. We did a mile and a half at a good speed because we ran and walked( they are 5 & 8yrs old). They made it home, got their baths and ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:14 EST Adult Onset Food Allergies Just a short blog today that's actually a call for advice. The past two days I've been dealing with what seems to be an allergic reaction. I've got a mild, hive-like rash around my stomach and sides that's splotchy and tender to the touch, feels almost like a punch to the gut. I've eaten quite a ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:56:52 EST Daily Workout Updates- Day 1: 4/23 I think I'm going to start logging what I do for exercise each day on here for accountability purposes. At the moment I'm doing 3 body weight exercise challenges (legs, arms, core) and aiming for 30 minutes of continuous exercise 3-5 times/week. I was really lazy last week and got behind on my ch... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:56:43 EST Thursday Gusty winds and really cold. Well done, April. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:54:45 EST Jungle ABC's of ME It that time again... getting ready for another round of the BLC. This time I have been place with the Tenacious Jungle Tigers and I am ready to be a tiger and ROAR! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> Yes and no. It gives me a pu... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:54:28 EST Breathe in Breath Out - Singing Polly Wolly Doodle All the Day The other day I took my first walk since I injured my Achilles tendon. Since its spring break, my kiddo joined me. Ya know what? I made great time and it didn’t hurt so I am pretty excited. 1.5 miles and 20 minutes <BR> <BR> I noticed a few things on this walk: <BR> 1. When I am walking wit... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:53:07 EST Starting over again Here we go again. I am starting over again and need to change my way of thinking. Need to have postive thinking to get positive results. For years now I have been playing on this diet roller coaster and I am tired of it. I need to focus on getting healthy as I have 4 great kids and 1 awesome ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:52:17 EST Renovating Fifi Well Sparkadees, I bought the frock. <BR> I had such a great day yesterday. I wore my other black frock to work with tights, I hardly ever get my legs out, and with shoes that were uncomfortably tight before and now fit me really well. I looked great, actually. And I ummed and aahed at lunch tim... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:50:30 EST Forming Healthy Lifestyle Habits Those who join Spark People likely join because they looking to change some of their habits in order to reach a goal, such as loosing weight. Some habits work for some people while other habits may work for others. You have to search for and pick out healthy habits, that are enough in line with ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:48:05 EST Sunshine I love the sunshine and warm weather, just need to get out there more Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:47:59 EST Sunshine I love the sunshine and warm weather, just need to get out there more Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:47:59 EST A lovely memory I had 1 child, 7 miscarriages and gave up on having another child when I was 40. I sold all my baby things at a garage sale and 11 months later Ryan was born. He's 13 now. About this time of year in NC we have black swallow tail caterpillars crawling everywhere. It brings back a memory of w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:46:38 EST Keep pushing!!! <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:46:16 EST Announcement Find out why I'm crazy... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>04/23/runners-be-crazy/ </link> <BR> <BR> hint: <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <em>522</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:46:10 EST How much do you share? Last night I confessed to my husband what it has been like in my head since finding out how heavy I had gotten. <BR> <BR> I shared my conflict of wanting to love my body as motivation to take care of it, when I am struggling with how much I loathe myself right now. My thoughts circle back to... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:44:45 EST ~REGRETS~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~ LIFE LESSONs LEARNed ~ <BR> <BR> .... Over the years... I have come to understand... <BR> that Regrets can be very useful tools..... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:42:16 EST Life goes on, No changes, still plug on through. I will be heading down town again to the court house, just more crap they make you dance through. I'll be so happy the end of next month when I hopefully can say I can put all this behind me now and move on. Stop to mourn, and move forward with my life. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:42:00 EST Window shopping for my new wardrobe for Fall 2014. So by Fall 2014 I will weight about 125-145 lbs, so of course I will need new clothes...yay! So right now I am creating a wish list of all of the outfits I would like to purchase (in rough estimates of the sizes I think I will be). Just a good incentive to keep on track with my weight loss goal... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:40:16 EST The Four Agreements...#2 of 4 2. DON'T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY <BR> Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering. <BR> Have a terrific Thursday! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:39:48 EST You are allowed <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:39:37 EST Cheeseburger cupcakes <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I must admit that I enjoyed the creative part of making the cheeseburger looking cupcakes yesterday....It tapped into my creative side. The cupcakes... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:37:08 EST Positive Thought For The Day~April 24, 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday not go so well? It's over with so learn from it and move forward! Today is a brand new day, a new beginning and all you have to do is your best. Stick to the plan, stay positive, get some exercise in and s... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:36:49 EST My Dad is a Cool Guy Years ago, 38 to be exact, I joined an outdoor adventure club in my area to meet boys my age who shared my interests. Was I in for a surprise when I attended my first was all old men! Well, they were probably in their 40s but to a 16-year-old, they seemed ancient! <BR> <BR> Althou... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:34:35 EST Thursday's Thought =) <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:34:18 EST Test failed, moving on So last night we had homemade Hawaiian pizza for dinner. I forgot to cut the pizza sauce with carrot soup and used pillsbury pizza crust. Fail! So, maybe sometime down the road I'll test again with a tomato-free marinara I found and cauliflower crust, but for now the homemade pizza is out. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:33:35 EST Are YOU happy with YOUR journey? (pics) Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark for 3+ years and I'm only now really concentrating on weight loss. Yep, what I just wrote is so true. I know I went through the motions before but never have I believed in myself like I do now. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> So, what has changed? To be hone... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:33:15 EST WOW how about an update folks!!! So i say life isnt bad, i mean my family hasnt disappesared in a plan crash or drown'd on a ferry trip, so i know god is still watching out for me but i got good and some bad, so here it goes...first <BR> THE BAD <BR> 1- im loosing my home- its coming down to med bills or mortgage, guess what won... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:32:25 EST Key West~day two...Mallory Square sunset and lots of pics! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The architecture in Key West is most extraordinary! These buildings are the typical cracker style with some Spanish influences from the ancestors that settled the region way back when. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:23:22 EST It is thursday! Hello, It's 5 am, and here I am almost awake. the dr have changed my meds again and are working on getting my sugar numbers where they say they need to be. I hope they find the correct combination soon. my weight is staying pretty much the same about 177. so far this year I have shed 10 lbs. (Be... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:17:26 EST Words to live by I have been telling my co-workers this lately. We are unsure of our companies future and after being with them almost 27 years that is not a good feeling, but I have been thinking this thought to try and keep myself as positive as I can. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:16:57 EST 4/24/14 have a good day Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:16:39 EST Rainy Day Rainy day. It is my day off and it looks like I will be concentrating on doing indoor activities. There are plenty of things I need to get done. There were a lot of things I was ignoring studying for my boards. Maybe I will have time to set up our new sewing machine. I bought one that can do trad... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:16:10 EST Thursday nice and chilly this morning (28) i love it! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:13:28 EST Blessings, April 24, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I had a great first day back at school. <BR> <BR> 2. I was able to quickly problem solve a situation at work. <BR> <BR> 3. I feel stronger. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:12:23 EST Day 172 - I won!!!!! Victory is mine!!! <BR> <BR> My motivation for today is my victory from yesterday!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday work was a mine field and I was working until 6! Usually on those days I am kinda hungry as the hour gets closer to 6 and I have been known to seek out snacks!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I wa... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:12:22 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 4/24 Thu <BR> The phrase “took them all away,” is tragic. People were going about their daily business when the flood came and they were taken out of this life into a “Christ-less eternity” in an instant! They were wiped out with no hope and no more cha... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:10:55 EST Day 44...morning post Good Morning world! It's a beautiful raining morning this morning. LOVE listening to the rain fall. We had a thunder storm last night just as I was turning the lights out. Opened the window to hear it and slept like a baby! Wore my fitbit and I slept 7 hours 2 minutes woke up 1 time for 3 mi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:06:40 EST Long track meets Let me start out by saying I love that my kids are active. There are so many kids these days that just sit in front of the tv all day or their video games and never exercise. Lots of them shoving in junk food while they do it. While my kids do the same occasionally, it's not a daily thing. My... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:05:21 EST Reminder to myself! At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live. ;0) <BR> <BR> Love this reminder!!! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:03:18 EST Thursday April 24, 2013 Suns out today The sun is out again today, and making everything just a bit cheerful. I'm up and getting stuff ready to go getting dressed in shifts. It's suppose to be a lot warmer today which is good because I have a lot of errands to do after class. I need to do grocery shopping which is not one of my ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:02:08 EST A1C Went to doctors yesterday and A1C is down to 7.1 <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> BP also good. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:00:26 EST Here we are again Well today is a good rainy day here in MN. I really want sunshine. I have the Food Shelf to work this morning and then home for a healthy lunch. I try to plan my day food right away in the A.M. then I don't think about food all day. I hope to get some exercise in this day too. . Have a great day... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:59:19 EST Alphabet of Happiness....April 24th I got this from a very dear friend on sparkpeople...FITNESSFREAK10. An Alphabet worth remembering! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ALPHABETS OF HAPPINESS <BR> <BR> <BR> Alphabets: <BR> A – ACCEPT <BR> Accept others for who they are and for the choices they’ve made even if you have difficulty underst... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:54:56 EST Cat Man Do Part 48 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:54:55 EST Tired... I try not to complain about being tired but today I am tired. I got 7 hours of sleep. I normally get that much sleep sometimes a little more. <BR> <BR> I think it seems from being outside last night in the cold and wind for 3 hours at a softball game. I couldn't get warm once I got home las... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:52:20 EST New Things to Share :) Non-scale victory!!!! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I am so excited that I can fit a belt I purchased more than 5 years ago! Never thought I'd see the day that I could wear it. My last belt I work I was on the 2nd notch from the end...and the belt was huge. I used that as an indicator of my inches... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:51:40 EST Film life vs. real life 2200--calories <BR> 45 min. elliptical <BR> raked and planted grass seed <BR> 2 smokes <BR> <BR> <BR> i watched August: Osage County yesterday. I thought it would be upsetting, but instead I felt grateful that the family I created doesn't have the need to hurt each other because of our own pai... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:50:39 EST Day 49 - Running & Pedometer misadventures. EXERCISE •I went for a run today, it was my first run in months and oh lord I regret ever stopping ! I ran for 15 mins and felt like I was gonna throw up, I must admit that it wasn't very clever of me to go at midday when the sun is at it's highest, it was very very hot and I even started to get ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:50:29 EST still here lost a day or two. wasn't feeling well. <BR> <BR> still not up to par but not giving up entirely. just taking it easy Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:48:13 EST 14 minute video - The Calorie Myth - Thoughts? "What if everything you thought you knew about weight loss was wrong? <BR> <BR> When it comes to most things in life, we welcome research and progress. From the convenience of our smartphones to the technology in our hospitals, scientific advancement allows us to live better. <BR> <BR> So why a... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:46:37 EST Letting go of stuff...physical and mental Do you have a time letting go of stuff? I am doing a bit of sorting at home. Last night, I gave away a lamp that I love as there is no place for it anymore. There are stacks of books. I won't talk about the yarn, the knitting bags, or some of the little things. It is not only the physical ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:44:38 EST Going clothes shopping make me feel... Anxious Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:43:25 EST My day 3 streak of biking and walking YO,Yo! <BR> <BR> Spring has sprung my way. I've gone on 3 bike rides and walked 60 min a day for 3 days in a row. Rain is in the forecast but that only means finding the right clothes to get out there anyway! I feel GOOD! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:42:47 EST Why Must I Be-e A-a Senior In Lo-o-ove? For some time now, the home phone at my fiance's house in Pucallpa, Peru has been on the fritz - I just could not get through. A couple of times, we used Levi's brother Victor's house phone, but he said he didn't like to - they'd always "interrogate" him afterwards, plus there'd be the tv, the ki... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:41:41 EST Thought, Afterthought, Post Script, Rethinking? I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Or, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Or, out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. <BR> <BR> A thought put into action is a deed done. An afterthought comes after the deed is done and knowing the thought acted upon was not the r... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:41:29 EST Home again I had the tumor removed from my kidney early Tuesday morning and returned home Wednesday early afternoon. <BR> All is well. I have a feeling of stiffness in my abdomen, but have no pain. <BR> <BR> This robotic surgery is amazing. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:40:19 EST My Secret... Well hello SPark friends, <BR> It's been a while since I've blogged. <BR> I've had some wild success in my weight loss journey since January '14 and thought I'd tell you about it. <BR> <BR> First, NEVER give up! <BR> Second, each day is a new day, if you get off track or even derailed one day, j... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:38:42 EST 04/24/2014 Thursday Where I live finally got some much needed rain so I was happy to see it as APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS. <em>244</em> <em>257</em> <em>214</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:33:20 EST Maple Flowers The huge old red maple tree just off my third floor deck is flowering. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The leaves when they open will be green -- until October when that same deep crimson reappears. <BR> <BR> I do love spring. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:25:35 EST thursday--flexing old (very old) brain muscles good morning everybody! yesterday was a good day. got dinner (tuna salad and cauliflower potato salad) made early, rubbed down a pork shoulder to bake today (I now know ONE way to make pork shoulder--fortunately rob really likes it) did a gentle run and worked in the yard. then I did something... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:19:40 EST ....hi.... ...hello Thursday! <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:14:39 EST Thursday 4-24-2014 Assortment <em>410</em> <em>408</em> Today is my 21st Anniversary! <em>337</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> An American walks into an Irish pub and says, "I'll give anyone $100 if they can drink 10 Guinness's in 10 minutes." <BR> <BR> Most people just ignore the absurd bet and go back to t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:13:15 EST Excuses! There is no room for them! In my responding to another member this morning, I was prompted write on this topic, or should I say, road block. See, when it all comes down to it, the only thing standing between what we want, and achieving it, is a big old pile of excuses! (A four letter word would also be a suitable substitut... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:08:50 EST Day 578: Hope <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday Spark Friends <BR> <BR> <BR> Go Dawgs, Go!!!! <em>338</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:08:13 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=4/24/2014 THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">O give thanks unto the God of Heaven: for His mercy {endureth} for ever. Psalm 136:26 {{KJVB}}... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:58:41 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/24/2014 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/24/2014 <BR> Matthew 24:36-41 <BR> WARNING: A TSUNAMI IS COMING, Lesson 53C <BR> <BR> v. 39-41 JESUS MENTIONS A CATASTROPHE <BR> <BR> The phrase “took them all away,” is tragic. People were going about their daily business when the flood came a... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:58:05 EST "Hold On To Your Dream" So, I've been a little down lately as the scale hasn't moved down since November. Yesterday, I was on my stationary bike listening to my musical inspiration Rick Springfield, when that song came on. It seemed to speak to me as it talked about not coming this far (50+ lbs. gone) to give up now, ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:55:44 EST OK . . still a little slow in making this a habit again. <BR> <BR> Not much to report though. Still trying to overcome the block. <BR> <BR> But will do it soon! <BR> <BR> But vacation first! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:53:47 EST Be a Pirate! <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I had my piano lesson---- <BR> It went well----In fact...I enjoyed it very much! <BR> This is the music teacher that promotes ""powders and pills"" for weight loss- <BR> It's a pyramid scheme---She makes money on o... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:52:34 EST Feeling a little stronger Yesterday I took two steps forward again. I totally resisted the office candy dish and took a 10 minute walk. <BR> For the past week or so I've been eating several pieces of candy each day at work just because it's there. I even bought a bag of root beer barrels to add! I just thought a piece o... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:52:28 EST Daily Burn Day 2 Today was my second day using daily burn, and I still love it and think it is something that anybody can stick to. I feel really great, not only because I worked out but because I worked out 2 days in a row. Now that's what I call a mile stone. If I can make it a week I'm golden. <BR> <BR> Toda... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:50:36 EST maybe this why I've always looked up and smiled <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:49:16 EST Thursday's Thought "Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person." <BR> <BR> <BR> Albert Einstein Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:41:56 EST Why it is difficulit to exercise at our house: This was a day I was really motivated to do sit ups and push ups. I tried the push ups with this same result. My daughter then tried to do the sit ups to see if our puppy would repeat it...she did and I got to video it. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:39:44 EST DAY 24 APRIL CHALLENGE ! Boy yesterday was a tough day with dh in the house sick and neither one of us cared if we ate or not . I took a nerve pill after we got back from wal-mart because i wasn't coping with him being sick the last 3 days well and thought it would help . Layed down at 1 for a nap read awhile and dogs we... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:33:47 EST What to do? I have a love/hate relationship with food like just about everyone else. My biggest problem though is breakfast. I'm eating it but almost feel pressured to do it. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital last month I felt obligated to eat breakfast because I didn't want to waste their food. Aft... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:32:45 EST mentor Stephanie keeps me from eating too much at work. Reminds me to eat healthy. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:30:49 EST What mobility issues? This morning, at 4:00, I discovered that just because I was limited in my walking, yesterday, I let something pretty bogus happen: No exercise!! There are plenty of chair exercises that I could have done and should have! So today, what have I to limit me, again? Foot Drop is still not great, so n... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:28:55 EST President Obama <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks to Sparking, I was walking and President Obama came within six feet of me, but too fast and the car windows were too dark, so I didn't see him, but the front people did. "I saw him. I saw him!" It was great fun ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:28:42 EST BLC25 - ABCs of Me A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> <BR> I can definitely be competitive in the right circumstances. The person I am most competitive with is myself. I am also the hardest on myself when I don't live up to my expectations. <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds..... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:25:13 EST PB2 - WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! For those of you that haven't heard yet.... PB2 is THE DEAL! Oh my I absolutely the last one on the planet to learn of this amazing and yummy powder. Yes...PB2 is a peanut butter powder that has under 2 grams of fat but can totally turn your life and day around with two shakes of... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:21:48 EST Kitty Cafe and Chocolate Museum We had a great day - played with the cats at the Purrfect Cat Cafe. Headed to the state museum but got pulled into the Chocolate Museum, and had a few samples of dark chocolate. <BR> <BR> How can you go wrong with a day like that? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/a-pu... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:17:20 EST Having fun in the backyard;-) Just had to share yesterday's fun! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:16:18 EST I am a Light <img src=""> <BR> <BR> None of us ever truly know the impact we make on the world and others while we’re in it. You may feel like a bit player in a big production, someone whose part could be filled by just about anyone. You’re wrong. You ma... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:13:42 EST Thursday, April 24 Another slow day at work yesterday. Thank goodness that I was working from home. I made baked tilapia with a side spinach salad for dinner. I watched Survivor and hubby watched baseball. <BR> <BR> Today, I work in the Tysons Corner office so I better start getting ready for the drive out ther... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:08:45 EST Fare thee Good morning <BR> <BR> My name is Greg I am a grateful recovering COE, I was abstinent yesterday <BR> <BR> I did ok with my food yesterday, however my mood was foul. It was one of those days where my mom breathing was irritating to me, I am not sure why. <BR> <BR> I wonder if it has something... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:03:33 EST First Blog in many years Hello! I am Julie. this is my 1st Spark people blog. I have a blog thru Gmail that I have neglected for a few years now, and I hesitated to start this one for the same reason. I have always felt like I really have nothing to contribute until a couple high school friends asked me how I knew th... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:01:49 EST April 24th Didn't get time to blog yesterday because we had to take our smallest cat to the vet as she's been sneezing & got a runny eye. The Vet was everso nice with Abbi & checked her out thoroughly. We left 15 minutes later with 2 different medications & £60 lighter. Wish I could lose pounds of weight as... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:58:51 EST Inspiration I got up this morning and exercised first thing. I met Jamoke on you tube and got some great inspiration. Went on to start walking away the pounds, but only made it halfway through. Can't believe how out of shape I've become! Some exercise is better than none. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:52:52 EST Recieving from Giving I have received so much from giving to the AMC as an Information Volunteer and Naturalist. <BR> Working at the Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center during Spring Skiing is a prime example! <BR> 1. I gained knowledge. I had to study maps, figure out where the crevasses are opening up, in order to keep... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:52:12 EST On This Day In History... Apr 24, 1800: <BR> Library of Congress Established <BR> <BR> ~~"President John Adams approves legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress," thus establishing the Library of Congress. The first books, ordered from London, arrived in 1801 ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:47:43 EST