SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Blessings, August 29, 2015 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Starting over. <BR> <BR> 2. I am happy and content with my life. <BR> <BR> 3. Books. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:50:49 EST My 'shadow' is lookin' SEXY this morning...LMAO! (pics) Another amazing hike this morning...sooo very enjoyable. I couldn't of asked for better temperatures. <BR> <BR> I plan and map out my extended hikes so that in the event I get lost or fall down and bust my ass, someone can come drag me back home, LOL <BR> <BR> Today's hike was a 3 mile 'loop'..... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:50:38 EST Day 1. I've started "Day 1" so many times before, but day 1 is going to be no more. I want to make it a daily priority to work out and eat healthy, for the long run!! I'm ready to be healthy!! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:49:00 EST Why Bother? I took the advice of a Sparkbuddy and treated Friday like "just another day" versus that mentality of "I was SO good all week I'm going to GO NUTS" day. Oh don't pretend you haven't done the same thing. I'm just saying it out loud, if you will. <BR> <BR> Today I was super excited to see the scal... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:47:22 EST need to look up a route to walk Saturday morning pilates and I didn't go. <BR> <BR> So, what else to do? <BR> <BR> I was gifted with a book on walks in my town, and I need to look one up and walk it. It's pretty weather outside. Will let you know how I fare. <BR> <BR> Best to you! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:47:05 EST Been Away Well, it's been over a year since I've posted here. A lot had changed, I guess... I have a membership to my gym at work (I work at a a university and it has a rec center), and I also have my local gym membership. Still together, it's $50 a month, which makes it not too bad. That has been a blessi... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:43:06 EST Long time to be out of it Long time-no entry. Not even thinking about Sparking. DB having carpal tunnel surgery (both hands, one at a time) and work going crazy has left me zero time to do anything. Yesterday work was a 12 hour day; I started at 5:30am and left at 5:30pm with no lunch, no breaks. All because one committee... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:42:18 EST A house divided I have done my best to just keep silent on most issues, but I'm tired of what I hear and read around me today. I believe that as a people and as a news media we have pushed for more and more racism. We have stopped calling people people. Every one must now be introduced as a black man or a white ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:40:30 EST Working it out <img src=""> I just finished 40 minutes of WATP Walk Off Fat Fast and it about kicked my butt. I can really tell that I had been lax getting my exercise in. It was a little too fast towards the beginning for my short... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:37:57 EST Dreary in and out/apology Saturday again, and a very dreary one here. Just misty out there, and only in the low 60's. We managed to get 3 1/2 inches of rain the last couple of days, usually we get very little rain in August, crops are suppose to be winding down and getting ripe for harvest, but this year they are as gre... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:35:55 EST Strange and Funny I'm floored by all the comments on me being named motivator. ME MOTIVATOR????? Ok what's up doc? I have not been here on my Spark page in so long to even update it. I went to satellite internet (and by the way not impressed with it). I also broke down and bought a new computer as my old one allow... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:22:41 EST Fun Fashion Show yesterday <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a wond... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:15:55 EST Fall is on its way School has started and so have the foot ball games. Soon we will have the fall harvest of apples in the stores and markets. I love to make apple pies for my husband as apple is his favorite. I have two little 6 inch pans I bake his pies in and it makes just the right size pie for him. I miss... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:15:42 EST Be Grateful Be grateful for where you are now. "It doesn't take as much faith to believe that everything happens for a reason as it does to embrace the belief that I am who and where I am now, today, for a reason - even if I don't know what that reason is and even if I don't particularly like who or where I... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:15:33 EST Down 8 pounds since start! Thanks guys. I am still going, I will give a longer post soon. Just a note to say I am at 262!!! (261.9) So 8 pounds gone <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:13:38 EST I AM!!!! This week while I was at work i had noticed that I had been tired and kinda worn down ( 2 jobs will contribute, lol) well I noticed my surroundings and the people I work with and it HIT ME!!!!, the life suckers I work with have made me feel bad about who I am( so much to explain there) and then I... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:12:03 EST Common Health Issues Owners Often Overlook <link><BR>visible-health-issues-you-might-not-re<BR>alize-your-pet-has?WT.mc_id=Email;News<BR>Letter;Petwire;Aug-26;Article2 </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:09:32 EST Not gonna let stress get me down! Long and short of it, yesterday was a tough day. However, not gonna let stress get me down! Eating a healthy breakfast, getting outside, even though it is gloomy, for a brisk walk, and then cleaning out the clutter and having a garage sale! Extra few bucks in my pocket! This day will rock!! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:05:16 EST Beck Pink Reboot: Day 3, Eat Sitting Down This is a KEY KEY skill. <BR> <BR> I know it. <BR> <BR> And for me, maybe the one that is most often MIA. <BR> <BR> I know that I need to "do it anyway", even if I don't like using a diet skill. <BR> <BR> I know that I should give myself credit every time I DO eat sitting down. <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:03:37 EST Finally got some sleep! After having a rough week with only about 5 hours (interrupted) of sleep each night my doctor and I came up with a plan that alternates meds for sleep and I actually got 8 solid hours last night! I am a bit groggy this morning, but this is way better than only getting 5 hours of interrupted slee... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:01:40 EST Instant and unexpected feedback <img src=""> I had gotten to the point on an airplane that I had to suck in my gut just to get the seatbelt fastened. The tray would not drop down in front of me without resting on my belly. These are the things that g... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:01:12 EST SPOILER... "The Savior knows the difficulties of the way and can guide us through whatever sorrows and disappointments may come." <BR> —Carole M. Stephens Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:54:20 EST Starting My Day off Right! So my AMAZING Husband decided to take us out to eat for supper last night! We went to Texas Roadhouse! I did eat some of the Blooming Onion but for my main meal ordered Grilled Chicken, Caesar Salad and steamed veggies! I shouldn't have had the blooming onion and believe me it didn't sit well bec... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:53:51 EST Meals & Stress I stayed on track during the day yesterday but made some poor food choices while out for dinner with my husband. I had half a Croque Monsieur sandwhich, a side salad and a third of my husband's mushroom lasagna. I also had a mocha with a twix style chocolate pretzel for dessert. <BR> <BR> I'm fe... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:53:45 EST 3 compliments I like to help others <BR> I pray for a lot of people <BR> I'm dedicated to weight loss Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:52:57 EST Chap 4 beck advantages <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896968 </link> <BR> <BR> I revisited my advantages a couple of months ago after reading a blog from beck blue and created the blog linked above. <BR> This advice and reflection really helped when I was making a decisi... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:51:03 EST Beck 5, Day 2: A Tale of 2 Diets Day 2 says to pick two diets and honestly this confused me a bit since we're all about not using the word 'diet' nowadays and into more of 'life changes'. 'Diet' has gotten a bad rap over its connotation of restriction, but basically means the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community hab... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:45:54 EST BINGE Last night, I binged. I wasn't hungry. I know I made the choice. This morning I'm trying to figure myself out. <BR> <BR> I need comforting while my life is up in the air. There is no one to comfort me, so I know I have to comfort myself. Sometimes though, I am not enough. Food has comforted me i... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:45:38 EST Weird Noises a Quiet House Makes I know you like them here. However... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ises-our-house-makes-a-parable/ </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:45:31 EST Sugar craving challenge day 3 Didn't do so good on the quiz. This week I am gonna read an article about sugar every morning. Also read some blogs I am gonn think about what I am eating instead of just putting it in my mouth Get rid of obvious sugar like candy bars And start walking again. Got to get rid of this sugar... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:39:21 EST Back to the Beginning When chaos, confusion, difficulty show up in our lives, we must go back to the beginning. Not to the beginning of the problem, but the beginning of life; before life got messed up, go to be hard, got to be more than we could handle. We must go back to the beginning, before we got into trouble, go... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:34:22 EST First Notch in My New Belt I bought a new belt for my work uniform a few weeks ago. Yesterday, I made a notch in it! <BR> What a great feeling! <BR> <BR> The last belt I had, I started at the fourth of its five notches. I made three more notches before retiring it and buying a new, smaller one. I started the new one at t... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:33:47 EST Gone Hunting Will be gone for an entire week to go hunting with family. <BR> <BR> We're bringing a lot of healthy choice lunches and SpecialK snacks to keep the calories down while we're out there, hopefully the sodium won't kill us! <BR> <BR> I'm going to still write down everything I eat and drink so I c... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:32:25 EST Started a Couple of Challenges! 21-day Sweets and 30-day Plateau Busting. I'm so bummed about spin points or lack thereof that I am letting myself lose sight of the larger, or perhaps I should say smaller, goal. So I will try to do better. Blaming everything on the weather and spin points is counter-productive. <BR> <BR> This ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:32:10 EST WHATTA WEEK! FUGETTABOUT IT! So this week I've had an upper respiratory problem, not done but two days of cleaning, had a death in the family, been inundated with rescue squad stuff, now all I want to do is sleep but NOPE my Granddaughter is in the ER, MY Mom is on her way to work in my yard, and today is My cleaning day. ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:31:41 EST Love this Vince Lombardi quote!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:31:27 EST Happy Scales for Real! WW scales showed lowest weight ever! 3.8 pounds down! That makes up for last week's gain + more! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:31:21 EST You Can Choose How God Will Bless Your Life BY RICK WARREN — AUGUST 29, 2015 You Can Choose How God Will Bless Your Life <BR> BY RICK WARREN — AUGUST 29, 2015 <BR> <BR> 08-29-15-Lasting-Legacy-You-Can-Choose-How<BR>-God-Will-Bless-Your-Life_mini <BR> “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:29:51 EST August 29, 2015 (Saturday) I have one Zumba class this morning, and then I am back at the house to get out of here again to go to the race track. I probably won't have time to get online, so I want to Thank You for your comments on yesterday's blog and wish you all a GREAT WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> HUGS to ALL, <BR> Pam Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:27:09 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 2: Any Diet Will Do! I love that Dr. Beck stresses that any diet will do! She stresses that the goal of every diet – no matter how fantastical – is to reduce the number of calories you consume. This is so important to remember, because it is not the diet fad that determines your success. It is your own ability... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:25:17 EST Weigh in day! I was so excited today to weigh in. I had a great week with lots of encouragement. After months of no progress, I lost 2 lbs this week. It represents lots of hard work but it was well worth it. My only hope is it doesn't come back. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:23:01 EST Blog #35(Month 1) Fitbit stats for month of August Blog for Aug 29th: <BR> <BR> Work today hope it goes good. Will keep you posted. Walking to work and walking home from work. <BR> Blood sugars: <BR> The last couple of days my blood sugars have been high because my insulin pen got cracked somehow and didnt hold the insulin very well so it mad... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:21:46 EST The only expectations you should live up to, are the ones you expect for yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only expectations you should live up to, are the ones you expect for yourself. You are the key to this journey to change the way you look at food. <BR> <BR> I see this here, every day…... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:17:28 EST Confession Time Well I haven't blogged in a while, I haven't followed my diet in a while either. I did so so well during spring and the beginning of the summer but then I caught myself thinking multiple times I just want to enjoy my summer. I didn't want to worry about this and that, and how many calories were i... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:15:24 EST Thanks! Wow! So much encouragement! This is going to be a great resource to me on this journey. <BR> <BR> I bought some 400 calorie or below easy meals when I bought groceries and I think, supplemented with fresh fruits and veggies, I can make a lot of better choices at lunch. <BR> <BR> Supper (ya'll p... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:14:40 EST I'd rather have a root canal! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago while eating a salad for lunch, an old crown of mine fell out. (I blame the salad, LOL. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich would NEVER do that to me!) I went to the... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:14:35 EST 8/29 bad eating evening I was doing so well. So. Well. And then last night happened. I did well with dinner, italian sausage and veggies. But then. Sigh. I had the bright idea that I wanted to make ice cream. yep. make it. And then I ate it. A lot of it. So. So. Bad. <BR> <BR> I feel a little gross this morning. But I... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:12:56 EST Clean eating So about 3 weeks ago I cleaned out my cabinets. Got rid of all the processed food that I had in my cabinets. Things like crackers, donuts, chips, bread, macaroni and cheese. The pre ready rice and everything that I have not cooked myself I got rid of. My 14 year is also on the band wagon which he... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:11:34 EST Great reminder! Spiritual progress!!! God is with you, and He'll help you make spiritual progress--strengthening and encouraging you to keep on keeping on during rough times. It's easy to quit, but it takes faith to press on to victory. -Joyce Meyer on Victory <BR> <BR> I needed this great reminder today, after a long, long week at ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:11:13 EST You have to ......Aug. 29th <img src=""> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:07:53 EST week 3 closing I cannot say how much I've truly have lost due to mother nature but I know I have. My struggles for the week have been staying full and working out 30 minutes a day. My legs were hurting so it bacame hard. I still did it though. Here's to another week (: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:01:47 EST Some of my goals! I have decided to post some goals that I want to work on to get healthier any anything that I need help figuring out: 1. Portion control - I've never thought about how much I eat before , so now that I want to get healthy I need to figure out what a actual portion is! 2. Salt intake- I was ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:01:31 EST beck reboot chapter 6 - choose a diet this one is a no brainer for me; we have been following a plant-based (mostly) vegan diet for years, mainly fuhrman's "eat to live" but with mcdougall, engine two, forks over knives all thrown in. and we do eat fish a couple of times a month. since both DH and i are in maintenance, no backup is n... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:00:05 EST Saturday Up late doing laundry and fought to sleep last night but I managed to get it in. Computer is running slow. Going down to treadmill shortly and going to try for a good dog walk. Going to a yearly cookout around 5. It will be a great day. Hope yours is also. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:59:16 EST Self-Compassion (Days 25 - 29) August is almost over. I’m glad I’ve spent the month writing a little about self-compassion. I feel like I didn’t get very far, but at least I got started. <BR> <BR> My therapist wants me to write the next time I’m feeling really good. It will serve as a reminder, something to savor, ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:58:20 EST Beck Trek - Day 2 Pick two My first pick will be South Beach. Works for me and I enjoy the foods. <BR> Second will be using Spark People's Tracker and calorie recommendations. <BR> I am good about writing down what I eat in a journal, but not so good about keeping track of calories/fat/sodium, et cetera. So if I fell the... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:43:31 EST Pesky Fitness I am a food and lazy addict. I think the saying is that the first thing you have to do is admit you have a problem before you can fix it. Well - there's two of my problems. <BR> <BR> First - I love food. And I don't like to track what I eat. I love processed food because it is so easy to eat... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:39:59 EST Update on DS He did go to school both Thursday and Friday, and seems to be doing fine now. I was concerned when the fever/vomiting persisted past 48 hours, and did take him to the dr, but the dr didn't seem concerned about it. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:38:33 EST Happy Saturday <img src=""> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:35:37 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Luke 10:20 (WEB) <BR> Nevertheless, don’t rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, <BR> but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” <BR> <BR> Promise #241: You can cel... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:33:53 EST increasing my calories I do an app called youfood, I love it, Its a picture based app for food and exercise although I still count calories here being able to LOOK at your day really helps. <BR> I have picked up on a pattern by looking at my days, first it was I do good all week then blow it on the weekend. So I reigne... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:28:31 EST This will brighten your day 1178 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:28:08 EST When Change is S-L-O-W One of the biggest things I have come to the realization of is -- I am not going to ever be *done*. I remember back in the day, I would get grand delusions of working toward a goal and once I reached it, I would be done. This just isn't the case. It isn't. <BR> <BR> Every morning, I wake up a... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:18:47 EST These Boots Are Made For Walking In honor of the blackout we had yesterday morning for a good section of Albuquerque - including the hospital! - I was going to blog The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. When I looked at the lyrics, tho, they were really bleak. So, I picked this song for it's bouncy tune. Lee Hazelwood wrote... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:13:57 EST Another Day Thanking God for another day. <BR> <BR> I pray everyone is having a good day. I am still on this journey one moment at a time. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:10:00 EST Six week plateau I know what is wrong, I have read all about what to do to fix it, I am having a hard time making myself follow-through. <BR> <BR> All kinds or reasons and excuses, biggest obstacle has been huge overtime hours at work and increased stress. I'm still tracking every day, but my exercise has falle... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:04:17 EST 8/29/2015 Hi, <BR> It's been awhile and I've fallen off the wagon big time. I had blood work done and besides just being fat my triglyceride level is high. I need to lose weight, stat. I will stop blaming the stress in my life on my bad eating habits and start taking care of me. Learned that even diet ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:03:19 EST The Golden Rule Practice Golden-Rule 1 of Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:01:03 EST A short motivational pep talk! <img src=""> <BR> ..even a 10 minute workout is better than nothing---- <BR> Studies do show that the people who live longer, are the ones who were active--- <BR> We all do know this---- <BR> And some of my best though... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:53:50 EST My body keeps trying to kill me I got a call about a week or so after my LEEP. I didn't mention it because I figured it was bad news seeing as when I left they basically said see you in January for the follow-up PAP. It was. They found a small amount of Cancer. The next step will be a hysterectomy. Fortunately they will leave m... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:52:40 EST I ate "like a Viking" Thursday morning we drove to TN for one our regular visits to MIL in her nursing home. This is always stressful – the 4 hour drive plus the days in the home itself. However, this time it was less stressful than the atmosphere in our town where the reporters were killed the day before. As I ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:52:05 EST WoooHoooo! It's 4am on a Saturday morning....said no one ever! LMAO I'm working on finding my 'wooohooo' as I type this..with the help of Mr. Coffee. <BR> I'm getting myself revved up for a 3+ mile hike across the desert boonies. <BR> <BR> *mental post it note* <BR> Make sure to go pee BEFORE leaving house! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:45:41 EST More Herbs, Less Salt Day More Herbs, Less Salt Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always August 29th <BR> <BR> More Herbs, Less Salt Day promotes use of healthy herbs over salts. <BR> <BR> Late August is a very ap... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:44:49 EST Good morning.. it's Saturday !!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new that stop by to visit .. <BR> <BR> It's Saturday ... that's a YAY .. but I've been up since 2:30ish or so with IBS problems .. that's a "oh crap" .. ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:43:19 EST A Good Change I decided to get up early and start my day at the gym. Good choice. For several weeks now, I've packed my bag the night before, ate breakfast, selected some good reading material for the half hour on the elliptical machine, and then taken off running! I've lost weight. This week I lost four p... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:39:10 EST Good morning <img src=""> Have a great day everyone! New day fresh start Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:37:53 EST Day 44 - Advocare 24 Day Challenge Day #15 WEIGHT: 146.2 <BR> DIGESTIVE TRACT: I still don't feel bloated, which is awesome, but I'm not going as consistently as I was during the cleanse. It makes me wonder if I would have been smart to continue to drink the Fiber Drink even after the cleanse? Something to think about on my next order... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:35:08 EST Motivation I have been sticking to workouts and walking and doing good at eating healthy but scale hasn't moved. That discouraging but I have to keep it all up this week and the weight will come off in time. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:30:45 EST Beck summary and status at the end of 8th month I joined SP in June 2011, reached my goal weight in 3 months, maintained successfully and lived happily ever after... except that I still had a tendency to emotional overeating which really bothered me at times. <BR> <BR> I read many success stories of Beck readers, and noticed that in maintenan... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:23:30 EST Beck Trek - day 2 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to pick two diets. My health has determined what diets I picked. Diabetes is telling me to eat low carb - carbs spike my bs and I need to keep it as even as possible. I've seen up close what diabetes does to a person and I will not allow that to h... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:21:57 EST 08-29-2015-JOKE OF THE DAY When my boss told me this is the fifth time I'm late, I smiled and thought to myself, it's Friday! <BR> <BR> (I know today is Saturday! Please pretend I posted this joke yesterday!) Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:19:17 EST Cheating Myself For the past few months, I've been seeing gains on the scale instead of losses. I'm up 10 pounds from where I was last summer. I've chosen to over indulge in foods that I know aren't good for me. Breads and chips are a weakness of mine. Simple truth: I can track, exercise, weigh and measure my ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:18:09 EST Two week streak! I came back to Sparkpeople after our summer vacation, 2 weeks ago, and I'm building some good habits: <BR> 1. Sparkpeople: logging my food and exercise <BR> 2. Gym, 6 days per week. It doesn't matter what I do there--Just Go! <BR> 3. Morning walks--1/2 hour unless it's pouring (1/2 hour of yoga o... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:16:04 EST Saturday's Silly <img src=""> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:14:52 EST 8/29/2015 Quote “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” <BR> <BR> <BR> ― Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> <BR> "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." <BR> <BR> <BR> – Mark Twain <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:13:02 EST Day 241 <em>192</em> Today I weighed in at: 253 Yes, I'm going to own it. I did that badly this week. But it's my own fault for letting myself get off the wagon. I will not do that again! All that progress, just to be back here again. Not good! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I did not do as good with my wa... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:12:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 29, 2015 August 29, 2015 DECEIVED <BR> <BR> Most of us have been deceived by someone. We may have been lied to. We may have been betrayed. It hurts. It causes anger. It puts distance between people. The root of deception is Satan. We all can easily be deceived by sin believing it is okay to do something ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:10:13 EST Stress & Anxiety Update I guess my mind and body finally said enough was enough. I did go to my Doctor's and talked to him. Seems all I am doing is crying all the time. He put me on two medications for stress and anxiety. I am out of work for two weeks and go back to him next week. He wanted me to get a hold of a counse... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:57:49 EST Computer Time :( I like to try to get as many points as I can accumulate doing everything I can on the SP page, but it doesn't seem to burn as many calories as actually walking or biking. <em>234</em> I guess I am going to have to go out and do some actual exercise <em>24</em> I'l do some bikin today and tak... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:57:39 EST Saturday, August 29 Coming to another month end and it's now two months of working till 10 PM Monday through Friday. Last night, I worked with a customer from 5:59 PM to 10:15 PM on a login issue - actually a remote desktop connection issue. I will check her AD account security groups on Monday with a colleague and ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:54:09 EST f f Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:35:18 EST Memoirs of a Skinny Girl Trapped. Well things are looking doctor finally prescribed me some weight loss medication...I really hope this will let me finally lose this weight that I have been trying to lose for a year now. Only bad thing..he also wants me to get checked out...I have had enourmous weight gain..for example i... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:28:32 EST Encouragement We all need encouragement and it comes in many forms. People today seem to criticize instead of positive reinforcement. I just want to take a moment to let all you sparkers know that you are amazing people. Worthy of praise. Just being able to log on everyday is worthy of being told "Good Job". S... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:26:38 EST Meet the challenge head on! Last night someone challenged a statement that I made. After working very hard during the first week of school, I did not want to meet a challenge. I did not even want to think. I just wanted to mindlessly watch the Red Sox play baseball. I needed to veg out, but I also HAD TO take the time t... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:11:20 EST Beck Trek Day 2 Pick a diet. Then pick another for a back up plan just in case the first stops working, becomes unsustainable. Day two’s assignment. <BR> <BR> I picked Mediterranean Plan for number. It is nutritious. It is sustainable for life. It happens to meet my eating preferences. And like The Be... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:05:30 EST My Fitbit Steps for 29 Aug 15 <img src=""> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:54:42 EST My weakness. My enemy. There is 1 thing that will make me fall. 1 thing that make feel to roll up in ball stuff myself fool of chocolates. And that 1 thing is a clothes shop. My husband decided to surprise me and took me to buy some clothes for tonight party. When I see pretty clothes not in my numbers I feel bad. Whe... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:44:13 EST Steps I've just reviewed my Fitbit data while having a sit-down after our morning walk, and flicking through the graphs, I found the one showing me my average daily step counts by month. <BR> <BR> I got my Fitbit at the end of June and August is drawing to a close now, so I have 3 months of data. <BR>... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:43:08 EST AND THEN IT IS WINTER AND THEN IT IS WINTER <BR> <BR> You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. <BR> <BR> It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. <BR> <BR> Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I won... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:25:33 EST On a Break We are between challenges, and I'm taking a bit of a break. I think I needed a break; I was feeling burned out. <BR> <BR> I've gained a few pounds in a very short time. I know it's temporary. I'll get back on track with losing as soon as I get my head back in the game. I don't feel bad abou... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:39:15 EST August 29, Numbers 14 We look again at this familiar story of the spies that went into Canaan. I could understand how a person that has never seen God do miracles would have trouble believing, but these people have seen so much and still don't believe. The more I study the scriptures the more I see the same basic qu... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:26:47 EST Been busy It's been a busy you can tell I haven't had a chance to blog and do other spark activities. Oh well. Happy sparking everyone! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:25:43 EST Quote for the Day The day that each person willingly accepts himself or herself for who he or she is and acknowledges the uniqueness of God's framing process marks the beginning of a journey to seeing the handiwork of God in each life. <BR> <BR> Ravi Zacharias on Life Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:19:39 EST "One More Time" You Do It... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a fantastic Friday and Weekend ahead. Let's keep pushing on together, 1 step and 1 day at a time. <BR> <BR> Let today be the day God flows through us showing others that w... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:17:30 EST Bible Verse for Today Acts 17:28 <BR> <BR> For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring. <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:11:07 EST August- the 58th countdown - day 14 153lb 10t 13lb. <BR> <BR> I had a good night last night with friends, out in our garden. The food and drink went down well with all concerned. I think they were impressed me not falling over with all the pints of 'stout' I had! ... reason being .. it was diet coke ha ha. The lemon cheesecake t... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:07:36 EST My long long day... I have no idea why I'm letting you all know about my day. I just need to keep blogging. <BR> <BR> Went to the dentist at 9:00 to have those bits of bones pulled out of my gums. Ow! It was worse than if I had a tooth pulled. Afterwards I came home and took a nap until 1:30 since I had only ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:39:08 EST Perfect day.................. for getting out in the garden! <BR> Sunny but slightly chilly so I'll be keeping on the move LOL <BR> <BR> Bank holiday here this weekend and on Friday I could already see the holiday makers packing in on the beach, a couple of years ago it was US visiting- now we enjoy the view daily. <BR> I be... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:18:29 EST DAILY QUOTE The most important gifts you can give are your love, time , and attention . <BR> Slow down , take time to smile & enjoy loved ones ... life goes by way too fast . Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:13:44 EST Project Restart- Day 10 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak <img src=""> <BR> Day 10 of my 10-minute fitness streak! <BR> <BR> Today I was able to have my iron an hour before each meal. That went really well! It was somewhat tense here today, though, because the neighbors acro... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:08:07 EST A Happy Day! I went to the doctor for a tetanus shot today and I am: <BR> <img src=""> The weight on the scale even with heavy jeans and tennis shoes was 138.8 <BR> <BR> I am happy that my blood pressure was an amazing 112/70! <BR... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:00:46 EST Day 1... So here I am, starting again! I'm 35 and have been overweight my whole life. It's time for a change!! I stumbled across SP last night, looks like a friendly place so worth a shot. I need support and motivation which I'm hoping to find here. Please add me and we can encourage and support each othe... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:53:47 EST Friday wrap up With the start of the new school year there are always changes that can be a bit disruptive. As I teach music, my schedule never stays the same from year to year. We recently had one of our teachers resign this past week. The subject that person taught is one that I am endorsed in and have taug... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:51:58 EST I am grateful for, 8/28 1. my babies, because they are my darlings. <BR> 2. hitting the hole first thing, because it was a good hit. <BR> 3. surprise visits, because they answer questions. <BR> 4. response, because it helps with decisions. <BR> 5. getting halfway through, because that's even closer. <BR> 6. high protein... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:43:21 EST Sweet failure The family and I spent the evening getting nothing done. We packed the car with all our fishing gear, picked up the younger after soccer and fed her a rushed dinner, then picked up the older from college, and raced to the bait shop - which was closed. The second was closed as well. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:34:25 EST Day 77 - Counting my Blessings Well I called the Neurologist again on Friday, and asked if she was not available, isn't there someone else I could speak to? I was told her assistant; however, she was not at her desk at the time. Did I want to leave a message? I said yes, and gave her my information. That was at about 10:30... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:12:28 EST FIVE MORE POUNDS Another great weight loss this week. I lost another five pounds this week for a total of 14 since school started. I had a nice evening. I met a bunch of friends at the art museum for a free event. It was a comedy focused event. It was a beautiful night and I had a great bike ride with my friend ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:09:15 EST Day #1 It is right now almost 2 am, August 29, 2015. I found myself looking up pictures of weight loss on my phone. I can't help but keep asking myself why. Why don't I look like that? Why can't I stick to any routine? Why can't I just exercise and eat healthy? Why am I still gaining weight? Why can't ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:55:04 EST 8/28 wishing you all a restful night..... sweet dreams Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:52:48 EST 10:30pm Good day today. My bff is in town and we shopped till we LITERALLY dropped. Enjoyed dinner with friends. ..every Friday night! Life is too short to say NO to making lasting memories. Hope all My spark buddies had a terrific day as well! Plus my scale said YES! I managed to make it to my program... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:42:10 EST Daily Positives At the group home we have a practice called a daily positive. It is a daily note from a member of the staff to each child in our care that tells them something positive from their day that we appreciated, or that we noticed, or something we just genuinely like about our time with them. At the end... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:35:06 EST Today's Inspiration " Self-confidence is the first requisite <BR> to great undertakings." <BR> <BR> - Samuel Johnson Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:34:39 EST What Is Wrong With Me? I do really good one day and the next day I can't stay on track. I try to eat good. Every day I start off with the best of intentions. By the end of the day, I'm completely over my calories. I'm getting fed up with myself Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:23:22 EST And again . . . For someone with as much awareness as I showed in my last couple of posts, I sure do fall back into old habits. Huh. And well. Well well. <BR> <BR> My last two loved and lovely and tiring and wonderful kids are now 17 and 18. Unimaginable, and really quite fabulous. We are becoming the frie... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:14:51 EST Saturday Be blessed and send love to all hugs Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:13:42 EST SparkCoach Assignment Today's assignment is to post things I "love" about my body. Hm... <BR> <BR> Seems like that's no very modest. However immediately am really appreciating changes, such as my hips getting smaller, my tummy looking more and more normal, having curves, skinnier face and neck. Kind of like taking of... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:12:54 EST Keeping on Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> There's been so much going on this past month, I'm exhausted and feeling pretty beaten down. <BR> <BR> We suffered two losses of family friends, one of them my father's childhood friend, the other my grandmother's friend. People who were always a constant in my father's ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:09:30 EST Hi folks! And bye folks! I have been on Spark for around 5 years now, on and off, returning and leaving, throwing in a few posts and then disappearing again. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> I have found another forum that I feel suits my needs better and after this many years and so many attempts on Spark I am afraid the wond... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:08:47 EST "Find 10" Challenge (F10C) Day 1 I am in need of a little extra prodding to get my dose of exercise each day, a sort of booster shot, so I just signed up for the this (seemingly) new program. At least I think it is new, only 162 other people participating. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:08:02 EST Gratitude August 28 2015 This morning I crushed the tip of the ring finger of my right hand while trying to close the garage door from the outside. I broke the top part and exposed the nail bed. This makes it a compound fracture. This is not something I am grateful for. It is, however, necessary for you to understand... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:07:36 EST Day 272 - Rock the Casbah One of the great things about SP is that it gives you the tools to learn to enjoy exercise in its many forms. By granting points for every 5 minutes of fitness activity, plus a lot of great resources (articles, videos, exercise charts) to show you that exercise really can be just about anything t... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:01:19 EST A Little Pep Talk! I am having a Fat Day! Which is ridiculous because I've lost 17 lbs. I am not fat! I hate that word! But today I feel it! :( When I look in the mirror sometimes I still see myself from 4 months ago when I started. My new driver's license came today. I compared it with the old one and it's... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:54:05 EST Trader Joe's Haul - Part Two Getting into the real part of my haul, as most of the frozen items I buy are treats, and do not make up the majority of my diet, the exception being frozen fruit, as I have smoothies several times a week. <img src=""... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:50:44 EST Fit 40's <img src=""> I feel better than I have in years! This app and the wonderful friends I have made here have been a huge support! I have heard from many people that the 40's are the best years of our lives! I want to make... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:48:05 EST My Fun Fitness Friday Included... Some jogging, HIIT, 50 squats, some dumbbell action & yoga/stretching. I feel real good about my current efforts even though I'm not at my usual 15,000 steps per day goal ( yet ). Once again I waved at Jackie and went on about my way but I needed to make a stop which caused me not to finish my se... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:43:11 EST August 28, 2015 (Friday) Thank you all for responding to my last blog. It was very short, and this one will be short too because I am 'rushing' as usual to get it all logged in. <BR> <BR> My son's team won their game tonight. I did not go because it was too far away. I do plan to go to next Friday's game. It is righ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:32:27 EST No Title All in all I had a great day. I put in a workout despite my muscles already being sore from the day before. Half way into my workout I noticed that my muscle soreness was easing up! Heck yeah!! Definitely gonna do that again. Feel the burn, love the burn. Lol Now, I have no idea how I'm going t... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:30:36 EST tgif <img src=""> <BR> glad i made it through this first week of the school kitchenand ate good foods and exercised daily even though I was tired and feeling lazy from the heat.I hurt today and about to go to bed.Have a ni... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:29:30 EST Gazebos and Back Yard Ideas Gazebos and Back Yard Ideas <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This white Gazebo is Georgeoussssssss!!!! its me <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:25:08 EST Trader Joe's Haul <img src=""> It's that time again! Time for my quarterly-ish trip to Trader Joe's. I was hoping, despite my "it's too early for pumpkin," rants I've been having that they would already have some of their pumpkin items,... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:24:57 EST One day... <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:08:52 EST August 29, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> The doctor was right and the meds are making me sleep. Normally, I am a person who hates naps, but right now, I am glad as soon as I start feeling drowsy. Jim cleaned the house and did laundry today, in addition to taking care of meals... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:05:51 EST Day Five The day started out good. I lost a pound since starting. I ate a smart breakfast. I did my abs workout. I had three glasses of water. However, I fell into my bad habit again. I grabbed lunch with my husband and went off my plan. It wasn't too bad. But then, we were deciding dinner. I again didn'... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:03:41 EST Advantages or Reasons to Lose Weight 1. Stop the weight gain and frustration that goes with it. <BR> 2. Looking good in my clothes. <BR> 3. Not having to buy new clothes because I can't fit into what I already own. <BR> 4. Feeling good. <BR> 5. Energy. <BR> 6. Being happy with myself. <BR> 7. Feeling in control. <BR> 8. Getti... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:02:57 EST August 28, 2015: Yoga Week 1, Day 3 I procrastinated this morning so I didn't get to workout until evening--but I'm super proud of myself because I then did the 35 minutes yoga workout and followed it immediately with 45 minutes on the Gazelle...15 minutes longer than I was on the Gazelle yesterday. <BR> <BR> I've decided that I'l... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:57:51 EST Feeling Better Those tablets did their job. Isn't it marvelous how many medical breakthroughs have come in the last 20 years?!! Yesterday and Today I was able to resume my usual activity. I am still not quite up to par energy-wise and have to rest more often, but the cold symptoms are almost gone. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:56:13 EST Spam Alert In Crazy Town . . Day 18 0f 375 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:52:39 EST Round and round and round it goes I'm not quite sure where to begin here. I have been stressed for several years now. Sometimes, it's not too bad. Many times, I get stressed to the point that I shut down and get depressed. Most of the time, it's because I have so much to do, that I don't know what to do, so I end up doing nothing... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:49:55 EST I feel too old to learn computer language. I had hoped to be in the eye Dr for 30 minutes but it was over 2 hours. <BR> <BR> Our GD had read two thick books and she was tired. We were planning a ride but we were all wanting to just get back home. <BR> <BR> I decided to get the house cleaned up because the yard and outdoors has been our ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:48:31 EST 240/365 I'm super beat today. I can barely keep my eyes open writting this blog. Day was good, under on calories, no gym. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:45:59 EST Played tennis today As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to learn how to play tennis. I remember a word connected to it called Wimbeldon I believe. I remember a player named Billie Jean King. I also remember a rival she had that was a small man that looked like Mike Myers from SNL. I used to watch tv i... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:38:55 EST Day 12 - I wasn't feeling it Its Day 12 and I am finally remembering how hard it is to stay on my juicing, smoothie, and fruit and veggie fast. Today, the juice didn't taste good and I finally made myself some soup in my Vitamix which included spinach, avocado, carrots, orange bell pepper, and vegetable broth. I topped it ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:38:40 EST It RAINED!!! Next up WIND!!! I'm so happy that it rained! It still tried to pretend to be summer out in the middle of the day, but morning and evening started to feel like fall. <BR> <BR> On top of that, we get a high wind warning! That's kind of like a Christmas gift for those of us who love storms. The wind isn't sup... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:35:46 EST For My Son I originally set out to work on toning my body for my upcoming wedding next summer however after today's yearly doctor visit for my children, I am now focusing my efforts on helping my son. <BR> Born into a family of overweight ancestors, my son has taken on just about the same weight gain as I ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:34:56 EST Moms and daughters My heart broke a little today because of a random, unexpected conversation with a 7 year old girl. I had a meeting off site today at work that finished early so I reached the park where I do my jogging/walking a little ahead of the afterwork crowd and had the jogging trail pretty much to myself. ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:23:51 EST Visit with friend. Today I got to visit with a lifelong friend whom I haven't seem since our 10 year class reunion in 1979. <BR> Our 50th class reunion is just 4 years away. Carolyn and I each grew up on farms on opposite sides of a hill. Growing up we would meet each other at the top of that hill and either go ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:22:35 EST Going down <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The <em>192</em> is moving the direction I want it to. I'm down 2 pounds! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:18:53 EST good night friends <img src=""> Hi had a bad day today ate a healthy breakfast it was oatmeal then tomato soup for lunch but then I binged and purged Not sure why I did but got back on track and ate a dinner at hu hot. Lots of veggies it... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:17:06 EST Day-70 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going on day-89 and no pain this morning for a change...keep moving. <BR> <BR> I Dranked my water for the day and night and almost time for bed Lol. <BR> <BR> I done my bed exercised 2x a day ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:12:44 EST The Adventures of Wanda Smitty: Chapter 41 - Frustration Who disguised as an accountant at a great Midwestern distributor seeks to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home! <BR> <BR> Friday was a busy day and went by quickly. One of Wanda's co-workers was having problems doing a reconciliation. Wanda and the other office worker were ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:12:11 EST Great day! Today was our last field trip friday of the summer. We had the best trip to the zoo I have ever had with my toddlers. The kids were thrilled to ride the train and see all the big kitties! I even got in 12 sets of stairs in! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:10:11 EST 8/28/15 - Bedtime Went out to dinner with my friend Mary and her husband. It's Mary's birthday! <BR> <BR> The weather was quite lovely today, and just right for my walk to and from the fitness center. <BR> <BR> I found a huge tomato in the garden, and I gave it to Mary. It's a Cherokee Purple. Gosh darn. I s... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:07:54 EST Day 240: The Other Side of Paula (facts) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself." (Michel de Montaigne) <BR> <BR> I thought for today’s blog I’d talk about my personality because I can be a hard perso... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:05:33 EST Day 50 Found my spark I have the fridge going with running water and hoping the ice cube maker kicks in. Dishwasher is going but no sink. Cupboards are up but no doors. Have to do that and the island which is about a lot more cabinets. Also doing repairs although minor on the condo on Saturday and Sunday. Doing a chec... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:00:54 EST Friday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:00:07 EST Thousands of Reasons If every morning, <BR> <BR> You can find a reason to say, <BR> <BR> "Yes, it's going to be a beautiful day." <BR> <BR> And every day, you find a reason to say, <BR> <BR> "Yes, it is a beautiful day." <BR> <BR> And every night, you find a reason to say, <BR> <BR> "Yes, it was a beautiful day... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:57:49 EST Day 2: Choose two (Beck) “Once I accept the fact that I have to follow a healthy eating plan for life, dieting will be easier.” <BR> <BR> Task 2: Pick Two Reasonable Diets <BR> <BR> My primary plan or current plan is Weight Watchers. I started this in July. I am going to continue it as I have been, along with Beck... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:57:34 EST Friday Had a fair day at work today, no one threatened to fire me or kill me. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:56:35 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5 - Week 1 Just stopping in quickly...gone all day across state again! We will be home-bodies for quite a while now we are both beat! But I will do my two catch-up blogs tomorrow Chapter 5 and Day 1 separately tomorrow. <BR> <BR> We have not only been gone an unusually long period of days but I am still... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:55:58 EST Day 108 Today was weight in day. I came in at 131 lbs. <BR> <BR> I woke up about 7:30 am. <BR> <BR> Food <BR> <BR> I had 0 cups of coffee. <BR> <BR> I had 4 cups of tea. <BR> <BR> I had 10 cups of water. <BR> <BR> I had fiber tablets. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: fruit & grain cereal bar <BR> <BR> Lun... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:49:33 EST feeling redeemed The past few days I haven't been able to reach my step goal. I didn't eve get halfway to my goal. Today I made my goal and surpassed it by 300 steps. I'm feeling so happy at the moment. I am going to savor and go to bed. Tomorrow is another day that I must hit my step goal. Night! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:45:51 EST Life Happens... So much has happened since I have last been active on Sparkpeople (2+ years). I had a son who is 14 months old and am now expecting again( <em>2</em> ). My weight loss and goals were on track until I became pregnant with my little boy, and then I let my pregnancy gain get out of control. I ha... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:44:36 EST A GOOD EVENING WITH HUBBY Well Hubby came home and wanted t of take me out for our anniversary which was on the 24th. We went to about 4 places and could not get in. We ended up at a local Italian restaurant that we like and they had a table we like. So we shared a salad and a medium pizza and came home with over half o... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:44:10 EST Friday Today was our off day from work. This morning we walked 2.6 miles. Then I did my strength training exercises on the bowflex. Then I mowed the lawn, front and back while my husband trimmed the trees and edge the lawn. After we finished, we went to breakfast. Then we went to Costco and Smart ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:35:35 EST DAY 7 PROCEEDING WELL.....HAVING A CHILL DAY.... My day 7 is proceeding very well...I am totally on track and just loving it..... <BR> Am having a chill day today however have got a lot of computer work done that had kinda slid behind.... <BR> My saturday is half over...ugh...time flys..... <BR> <BR> trust you are all doing well... <BR> Blessi... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:29:58 EST I Learn Something New Everyday! Week 3, Day 2 and I continue to learn as a I go. Here's what I have learned in the last week and a half. <BR> <BR> 1) Resting is not as easy as it sounds. I Week 1 I did great with the cross-training days but not so much with the resting day. I wanted to run I actually had to hold myself bac... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:23:47 EST Ready for the weekend I'm ready for the weekend. Don't even know why. LOL. Last night I got very little sleep, so hoping tonight will be better. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:23:30 EST SPOILER... "When was the last time I chose to be happy rather than demanding to be “right”?" <BR> —Linda K. Burton Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:20:34 EST Colorado adventure part 1 Still recovering from my wonderful fun filled vacation as always the time went way to fast. <BR> Once I arrived I left Spokane at 1:25 PM the flight crew thought we would arrive early in Denver. <BR> The flight got bumpy the last 40 minutes. Even picked up the cabin early and told us t... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:18:24 EST Call in the Reinforcements! I met my weight loss goal long ago, and for quite a while have had no trouble maintaining. <em>248</em> Then my wonderful state started talking about a big tax hike on tobacco. Yes, I'm a smoker and have been for nearly 25 years. The possible tax hike was going to be hefty so I promised my kid... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:16:44 EST A return to yesterday I have a little more time tonight so I can fill in some <BR> of the blanks from yesterday. <BR> DH has been working to get all of his certifications <BR> done early this year and he has just one left to go. <BR> It went online today so he should finish on Monday. <BR> Last night we had rain comin... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:13:36 EST 8/28/15 Boy what a difference a day makes! As dead as work has been the last two days, it is the opposite spectrum tonight. We started production today on 2nd shift. And of course after being down for almost two full days, some things didn't want to start up! I have run my butt off tonight. And stil... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:08:24 EST diet is the key I am shocked how many calories I consume! It's one of those eye opening moments. My little frame needs far less and more protein! Big awareness moment. Even though I am still down from my high, I need to revamp the diet in a serious way. More protein, less carbs. I think I can do this! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:04:57 EST tgif? still trying every day to stick to my food plan. I'm following Metabolic Reasearch Center's diet. still failing every evening to not cheat. then I beat myself up. start over the next morning. I weigh myself every morning and every evening. I'm afraid that if I don't I'll really go over board. I'v... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:03:27 EST 8/28/2015 Quotes “I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.” <BR> <BR> <BR> ― Morgan Freeman <BR> <BR> <BR> "I have al... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:03:25 EST My Response to "Is Dating Making You Fat" Only if you allow it to....I gained 20 pounds between courtship and marriage, then another 40 pounds between years 1-10 of marriage. Now we are reversing it. My husband has lost about 50 pounds in the past year and I've lost 30. Love is not blind, though we chose to close our eyes to the truth be... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:58:14 EST only a few steps today in 110° weather <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:57:06 EST My home grown vegies in our salad tonight!!! Guys I am sooooooooooooooooo excited!!! The dinner salad we ate tonight actually included my own home grown tomatoes & one bell pepper - that has somehow survived the deer attack. The tomatoes were kind of puny, but the bell pepper was actually nice sized.... <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:52:51 EST Day 34 - Smart Pizza I am so proud of myself for my accomplishments today. Check it out: <BR> <BR> 1. I ate super healthy all day because I knew my husband and I were going to do something special for dinner. Unfortunately, I started feeling sick during the day. I must have caught my daughter's cold. She was co... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:50:44 EST Week 3 post op Well, I made it through my first week back to work. Not a bad week; but being the end of summer, the kids are getting on each other's nerves, and therefore my nerves. So happy that school begins next week. <BR> <BR> Plus, it's hard to explain to a 3 year old that you really can't play with him, ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:40:53 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse Aug 28: Daily Inspiration: Too much of a good thing can actually diminish the joy and make it a burden. Lord, help me avoid excess and keep my life simpler and freer. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:33:56 EST What Went - Friday 1. I have pink eye. <BR> <BR> 2. I don't know if it is related but I am really really tired today. Today has been a take-it-one-step-at-a-time day. I have gotten some stuff done but I've ssat around a lot too. <BR> <BR> 3. I got Rocky's paw #3 done. One more to go. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:33:36 EST Good News/Bad News Well, I went to my internal medicine doctor today. My A1C is 5.9, so she took me off of my diabetic medication <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> However, my pulse will not go above 60 and when I try to walk/exercise I get more dizzy and my pulse rise, but quickly drops down to the 40's med.... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:33:01 EST Days 224, 225 and 226...I think...And Beck... Sorry I've been missing in action the last few days. We've been preparing for our son's, daughter in law's and granddaughter's visit. They made it here late last night, safely, thank goodness, and we've spent all day together today. Well, myself, my DD, my son, and wife and daughter, anyway. ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:31:32 EST Got on the Scale... <em>192</em> We left on August 20th to go to South Carolina for a week. So I weighed myself on the 19th. We got back yesterday, so this morning I weighed in. I not only did not gain, but I was a pound LESS! I am so encouraged and motivated to stay the course and remain FREE from food addic... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:28:15 EST Beck Reboot: Day One - Record the Advantages of Losing Weight <em>249</em> is here! <BR> <BR> Okay, I have my Advantage Response Cards on a ring. I printed them out on colored paper and used colored pencils to draw designs on many of them. They're on my desk in my office so that I see them first thing in the morning when I go in to weigh. That is my "rem... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:25:11 EST Beck Reboot: Chapter 2, Pick Two Reasonable Diets Beck asks us to pick two diets. Because of my anti-psoriasis food plan I'm probably not a good model of eating for you, but I do want to commit and explain what I'm going to do. <BR> <BR> There are advantages to having 2 very different diets, for example, one calorie counting and one meal plan o... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:24:26 EST Things That Make You Go... Whaa-aat? So I stepped on the scale this morning, all happy because I lost inches everywhere. And that rarely happens for me. Usually, I'll lose in my waist, but not my hips. Or my hips get a turn on the Reduction Ride, but the waist stays put. I figured, I lost EVERYWHERE! This scale is going to have... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:21:29 EST WHIRLWIND TWO DAYS! My hubs and I left yesterday afternoon on a spur of the moment out of town trip for business. I called our VIP host at the Peppermill Casino Resort and booked a room for the night. Hubs & I played a few penny slot machines... we took $100 each..... I came home with over $600 and he came home wi... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:19:27 EST Beck Reboot Day Four: Ready! Fire! Aim! NOT! I bet almost every one of us can relate to being so eager to hit our target that we impatiently jump to "fire!" at our target before we take aim. I know I can. The first time I read the Beck Diet Solution, reading was pretty much all I did. I thought I could cherry pick the points that were relev... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:14:12 EST Beck Day 5 ARCs - I want to lose weight... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> To bring out my inner "tiger", held captive by extra pounds. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:08:52 EST Shortest Beck Blog Ever Did my Advantages Response Card and added only one item from my previous set (which I will share later) and that was: Will be able to run faster. Spark on, Sparklers! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:08:44 EST Day 378 Today was a challenge... I did go into town to give my dad the bottom pieces of his Hurrycane that broke. Because of course he can't order them off the internet. I was reminded that I had to come to town on Sun. because the boys and their families will be here. Not looking forward to being the old weird aunt to everyo... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:07:43 EST Thoughts from spark coach What's one thing you are really good at? <BR> <BR> I am really good at dental hygiene which is fortunate since that is my profession lol. I made the top score on the NATIONAL board exam for my year. I was also in high demand at my last office (not currently working). <BR> <BR> I actually try to... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:07:41 EST Thoughts from spark coach What's one thing you are really good at? <BR> <BR> I am really good at dental hygiene which is fortunate since that is my profession lol. I made the top score on the NATIONAL board exam for my year. I was also in high demand at my last office (not currently working). <BR> <BR> I actually try to... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:07:41 EST Hurricane Party at my house! Supplies are in. Checked on neighbors. Full tank of gas. Lots of wine & healthy snacks. <BR> Looks like we'll get the 'dirty side' of the storm..... Wind & Rain. The Brits are schedule to leave for London on Monday at 9PM. <BR> <em>246</em> <em>665</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:03:32 EST Ch 6 Day 2 Beck Ch 6 Read your ARC. Investigate and chose 2 diets to follow. <BR> <BR> I use the SP tracker for a counting system. I will keep a close watch on my macros by tracking on SP. It ends up being low fat and low carb most of the time. <BR> <BR> I chose is the original WW from 35 years ago as my back... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:02:48 EST Saturday Would really like to go down to see ZJUSKA, as she s home with her mum but because we are both not 100% we cannot travel that far in a short time, but I have told her mum to enjoy her time with her. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:00:39 EST Friday's Fabulous Feastings .. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No bkfst..BAD IBS REALLLLY BAAAD IBS !!!! <BR> <BR> 845...stick of string cheese <BR> (still fussy belly) <BR> <BR> 1100..hard baked egg with hummus <BR> (actually starting to be able to eat ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:58:33 EST DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY!!!! <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:56:39 EST Friday...the end of a long week the morning classes was great and then I picked up a friend visiting from Florida for lunch. We had a nice visit, <BR> <BR> I took a walk this evening before dinner and had a nice light dinner. I have made the decision to lose one pound a week. If I correct my food intake, this should be doable ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:53:30 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 5 - Day 1 Advantages Responses (these are modified a little from my first time through the book) <BR> <BR> 1. Look and feel better <BR> 2. Improve self confidence <BR> 3. Won't feel like a failure <BR> 4. Better health <BR> 5. Live longer <BR> 6. Less back pain <BR> 7. Keep up with my grandkids/more energ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:51:16 EST Wake up call; Day 4 of Whole 30 I don't even know if my dear Sparkfriends from FIVE years ago are still here, but if you are, hello and I MISS our interactions! <BR> <BR> Why is it SO hard for me to find my spark again! I lost 63 pounds and kept it off for a good 18 months. I was walking 5 miles a day. But then one little c... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:49:56 EST Trying new foods So I ordered these pasta/rice substitutes online. I just wanted to try them out. Yesterday I tried the Miracle Noodle Fettuccine. I left them in the boiling water just a little long, which meant they were the tiniest bit slimy, but I added cheese and vegetables and really enjoyed it overall. ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:47:58 EST 8/28/15 9.7 total miles walked today, several walks, one of them was really big! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:47:42 EST More Improvement, More Normalcy One of the first things I did today was post on my non-SP blog. I am really enjoying this process. I got five likes, and at least 3 comments over the course of the day, plus at least one more follower of my blog. I'm excited! I'm a HIT! And I will continue because I enjoy this and it is giving me... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:47:10 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 2 Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 2 <BR> <BR> Diets – plural because I need a back up plan. Because no one diet is perfect, I have chosen to count calories and work for high fiber, low fat and sodium, little to no sugar. My second choice is Eat To Live, a low fat vegan diet. Both will emphasize... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:46:52 EST Beck Pink Reboot: Day 2, Pick Two Reasonable Diets OK, this is easy for me. <BR> <BR> Beck says there are two types of diets: the set eating plan and the counting system. <BR> <BR> But in fact I have a pretty set eating plan (I eat the same stuff day after day)AND I count too. So I combine the two approaches. <BR> <BR> What do I eat? <BR>... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:44:56 EST Friday! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:43:01 EST Friday! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:42:52 EST Ahhhhh ... me time <img src=""> I had forgotten what it felt like to set aside time for myself. Today I did just that. I did 10 minutes on the treadmill. I did 10 minutes on the elliptical. Then I gave myself fifteen quiet minutes of... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:39:09 EST Vacation In Wisconsin.... I won't be online for over a week. I'll be back again on Monday September 7th. <BR> I am going to Wisconsin to see the new grandbaby and to help out while my daughter gets the other two ready for "back to school". I'm sure my daughter and my son in law both need some sleep so it's Grammy to the... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:37:39 EST 💗 this quote. <img src=""> Such amazing words of wisdom. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:30:11 EST Pain is gone -- Yay!!! Tuesday's episode was a new experience for me! <BR> <BR> From the doctor's description of the condition I was diagnosed with: Calcific cystic tendinitis, it seems I had a classic case of the worst kind!!! <BR> The pain hit me so hard, and so quickly I was lost for words to describe it. If there... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:24:33 EST Accountable Curious. Lately, I've been seeing (here on SP) and hearing (out and about in the world) over and over again the phrase of people holding other people accountable. It intrigues me, as I suspect people have a range of ideas what this means and what "holding accountable" might look like. Have you... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:23:59 EST Fighting to survive <img src="">I feel like there is this quiet inner battle going on inside of me. So after I find out yesterday that I lost 2 lb what did I do? I snacked on junk food and for dinner had 3 slices of pizza. Did not eat 1 f... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:17:25 EST why am I not surprised? Gee today my "boss" had me work on a vehicle that was clearly one I should not have as I am allergic to dogs. I told him about it and he acted like he played DUMB even though he should know BETTER. He has been told in the past but its too easy for him to play games than look after the well being ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:14:57 EST Friday= bad eating habits Usually the case, it is again today, Friday mad me not watch my fjord our drink inside. Dinner with hubby usually equals beers. Today was no different. I did however walk about an hour shopping Shi that wad good. Currently watching harry potter and relaxing. Tomorrow mired errands , dentist and c... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:14:26 EST We still need radio Well we are in Dearborn Michigan. I am struggling to keep up with the World Championships of athletics and I'm having to listen to it on the radio broadcast from the IAAF site. I also have an 'on the go' version of my cable subscription at home so I can watch it on my tablet using that applicatio... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:13:54 EST "WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS"--A MOVIE REVIEW PLUS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is going to be a review of two films, the first being the movie I saw on the screen called “We Are Your Friends” and the movie I was making in my head called “Wes & Zac, Where From He... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:13:36 EST A gift from the recycling gods... Last night ended really quite well. Dh and I had a drink while we relaxed here at home. Afterward I laid on the couch and he sat in his chair and we talked for a couple of hours about everything and nothing. Finally sometime around 2 am, I got on the futon to go to sleep and he went to bed as ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:11:19 EST It's Friday! Some of you might have noticed I haven't been blogging for the last two days. Wednesday my brain just wouldn't spit out anything to put down and Thursday I was too busy and frustrated/aggravated to try to put anything in here. I'm not a whole lot better today but I'm listening to the band Alaba... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:59:15 EST Level 1 Day 5 Done. Feel great. Woohoo Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:58:18 EST Intermittent Fasting - just a little info Just thought I'd post a link here about Intermittent Fasting, in case anyone was curious or wondered what the heck I was talking about in my earlier blogs... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>archive/2014/06/14/intermittent-fastin<BR>g-longevity.aspx </link> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:54:18 EST Home Sweet Home I do love to travel. It was great so spend a week with the little ones. <BR> <BR> It is oh so nice to be back in my own bed again! Drinking our clear, clean water. (sorry but that Dallas/Fort Worth water stinks! Literally! It also taste moldy. Yuck!) Sitting in silence and telling DH to just g... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:54:07 EST Day 3 My third day on spark people and I have realized that, at the age of 30, I probably have high cholesterol (not for the first time) and have lost a lot of fitness since leaving the Army. I'm working out every other day until I get in better shape and can safely work out every day. I have been suc... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:47:27 EST FOOD SNIPERS! I mean really? Everyday there has been a birthday, a potluck or just a family members unhealthy food craving that I'm left to pick up. I've : locked myself in the room to work on a vision board Walked past the break room Offered my own healthy alternatives Eaten out at Chipotle Ordered a kids me... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:45:59 EST 8/28 Binge Journal My first binge free day!!!!! <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:45:14 EST 8/28 Sweet Tooth Journal Did pretty well overall today only had a serving of twix fun size. <em>30</em> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:44:39 EST 10 Things I've Learned From Running I am stronger than I ever would have thought. <BR> <BR> I can make huge amounts of progress in less time than I could have imagined. <BR> <BR> I should take more deep breaths. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I need to slow down to get to the finish line. <BR> <BR> Sweating feels good! <BR> <BR> Sticking... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:43:00 EST Good news, with a bit of a caveat Danny's MRI shows no new tumor growth! That is the good news, and such a huge, huge relief. :-) We had to go in for chemo today, and I asked Dr. Whiteway first thing about the MRI. She said she had looked at it, and there was nothing big nor obvious, but that she isn't an expert and could easi... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:39:31 EST Health So i felt incredibly humbled today <BR> <BR> I attended my 1st "body attack" class at the gym <BR> <BR> The class is meant for all fitness levels <BR> <BR> And the room was diverse <BR> <BR> But it was pretty clear that i had the worst fitness level <BR> <BR> I could not complete basic fitn... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:35:10 EST Hello My name is Tara. I am morbidly obese. I have chosen to stick to loosing weight no matter what life throws at me. I am currently frustrated due to loosing then gaining weight. When I was younger I took a laxative with every other meal. Now if I take one it feels like lightening in my stomach. Too ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:34:46 EST Gratitude, Day 11 Today I am so very grateful that: <BR> <BR> 1) Doing my errands this morning was easy and productive. <BR> 2) Following a Paleo diet is turning out to be much easier than I anticipated. <BR> 3) It's Friday! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed weekend, all! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:34:44 EST Great Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a nice surprise when my DD called and wanted to play golf today. I guess I would have to say she is my favorite person to play with. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I played 18 holes yesterday... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:34:08 EST Friday appointment I was up very early to go to my cardiology sonogram this morning. All went very well. I should hear from my cardiologist this week. Exercises are still going very well. Calories remain below 1300. WEight is steady. Keeping focused for success. HOpe all have a great weekend. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:32:29 EST MAX IS SWEET AND LOVING NOW THAT HE IS FEELING BETTER. Hi everyone. Love what Nicole, the vet tech, said about Max when I spoke with her today. He continues to do well. I was assured they do take him out of the cage and hold him and let him walk around a little to stretch his legs a couple times a day. That made me feel so much better. Nicole said s... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:29:59 EST Day 125 - Sorting Out My Emotions Today's Weight: ??? <BR> <BR> I'm baaaaaack!!! It felt sooooo good to be Jazzercising this afternoon, and I feel like a brand new person, really truly. I know it sounds absurd and ridiculous that something so small can change my entire outlook, but it really does. Can one be addicted to exercise... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:28:57 EST Day 97 - Daily Stats and Cardio Streak Good Afternoon Seals, <BR> <BR> Grandma Dawn -- Hope you feel better <em>527</em> . <BR> <BR> The heat is to much, I'm so glad yesterday was my off day so I only had to do my minimum which was fine with me. <BR> <BR> Here are my stats for yesterday: <BR> <BR> Day 97 of BLC28: 08/27/15 (Thu... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:26:57 EST Okay Sydney Its almost 9am Saturday morning here in Sydney! It has been great here so far and we went out for dinner last night and we came in after and about 2 hours later I went to sleep. Its been a bit to adjust to the change for me. I guess we all have one international trip where the time change is hard... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:17:18 EST Quotes for the day 08/28/15 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:09:02 EST (6) The Journey of a Thousand Miles... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've always liked this quote. All we have to do is begin. <BR> No change will happen unless we begin and get that ball rolling. <BR> <BR> 6 days into my daily yoga streak and doing great! <BR> ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:06:00 EST Hand In Hand... I really believe there are no coincidences in life. Everything usually happens for a reason. A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about how getting rid of clutter in your home will create a much better environment for your weight loss journey. And the next day I was hired to help re-design or upda... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:03:52 EST Sunshine and warmth returns Today the sun has been shining brightly all day. It has warmed up onto the 70's as opposed to the 60's we had last week. The weather is still ideal in my books because any day with sunshine is ideal. <BR> <BR> Summer is still here although you can just see the hint of autumn in some of the trees... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:56:53 EST day 28 Last bootcamp for this month's challenge done. Also did strength training workout As well as ti chi like workout that was super relaxing I think I will start Jessica Smith's 15 day challenge next for some variety. I will start Sep 1st and plan to run through it twice for my Sept challenge.🍁 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:55:26 EST Cats ;-) 8/28 Erik the Red, Rodent Control Officer, retires <BR> <link><BR>-red-retires </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cute story. See the museum's website for more info on their mascots... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:47:36 EST AUGUST 28, 2015 The Healing Power of Kindness by KENISHA BETHEA Kenisha Bethea <BR> <BR> AUGUST 28, 2015 <BR> <BR> The Healing Power of Kindness <BR> KENISHA BETHEA <BR> <BR> "On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." For I have not come to cal... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:43:08 EST Swollen Feet It's been very humid and I've had very painful, swollen feet. Been resting but still trying to move around. Not happy today. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:33:41 EST Where I Live <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:33:24 EST Friday's Words to Ponder 08/28/2015 <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:28:53 EST Illness vs. Habits Ugh, illness! It ruins my best efforts and distracts me completely from pretty much everything. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track now, but for five days I was in bad shape. I had a severe inner ear infection which caused labyrinthitis in my left ear. It felt like I was on a never-ending whirly-ride a... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:28:34 EST E-CIG ... Your Body Immediately After Vaping an E-Cigarette Your Body Immediately After Vaping an E-Cigarette <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> FOUND this article on <BR> <link><BR>nic-cigarettes-are-95-percent-less-har<BR>mful-12... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:27:07 EST losing it ( the weight) Week #2. Going good so far. My weigh in for weightwatchers is next week. Wish me luck!!!. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:25:32 EST Day at Home Alone Fri <BR> 28 Aug 15 <BR> This morning I watered my flowers. Danny watered them a couple of days ago, but I think they still needed more water and I won't water again until at least Monday so I gave the garden a little extra. Then I got outside and did a little hooping. I didn't do too much thou... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:24:28 EST Prayer Is Powerful! Where would we be without it? <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:23:42 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5 - Day 1 ARCs <img src=""> <BR> Here goes........ <BR> <BR> 1. I'll be more attractive to others ... and perhaps meet Mr. Wonderful. <BR> <BR> 2. I'll wear my smaller size 8s & 10s ... and recycle the size 12 & 14s. <BR> <BR> 3. ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:22:44 EST Day 26 Good News!! Man. I seriously have no idea how I lost days. Last I was on here was 3 days ago. Even tho I ate carefully and was conscious of what I ate I didn't log it. So on to the good news. 1st small good news, I have Sunday off this week!! Woop a day off from both jobs!! 2nd good news, I have another in... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:19:11 EST Bike riding in the evening sun Before I got to ride my bike, I practiced some guitar, decided to teach myself Toccata and Fugue (as you do), not that I haven't plenty to get on with. I need some scales practice this week as they have been neglected for a week. I do love a bit of Toccata though. Who doesn't. I thought that it w... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:05:50 EST New menu items So I've been doing ok on my diet, making better choices to eat. My husband is a manager at Papa Ginos. He has been doing good and hasn't been bringing food home. Until yesterday. Apparrently, they have a new menu item, a cinnamon swirl pizza. Let me just tell you its good. I only ate one small pi... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:40 EST Beck Day 5 First of all I want to thank everyone for telling me what a good job I did for not eating the sticky bun yesterday. It really made me feel good. <BR> I only wish that today I didn't eat that donut. I really was mad at myself and it just goes to prove the point of I didn't work my resistance mu... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:01:07 EST Friday!!!! Well I made it to Friday. I probably wont blog everyday. Only when I feel the need to. I am keeping a food diary. I remember when i lost 53 pounds in 2008 I was doing that. I would highly recommend that!! Feeling good today! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:58:42 EST Photo Shoot, Photography Contest, Budweiser Clydesdale's in Town Sun <BR> 23 Aug <BR> * Our Photo Club was asked to shoot pics for them for a Half-Mile Run on a local trail by Partnership for Pathways. I am filling in for the Vice President, so I worked on the plans for that. <BR> * I've also decided to enter the Photography Contest at the Fair this year. ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:58:27 EST Day 26 - Support <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's my big problem. I'm sitting here blogging about support, when the person that should be my main support (hubby) thinks I'm at the gym. <BR> <BR> It happened innocently enough. I oversl... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:57:55 EST Friday, 8/28/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's what I'm trying to do today.... slow down. <BR> <BR> I did make a choice that allowed that a bit for today.... did not go to the homeschool "back to school" party. For me it was because... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:48:34 EST Where is the other me? Went walking with three 70+ yrs friends. Logged 4.15 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes. I am exhausted. Where's the me who used to run 4 in 40? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:45:48 EST So much life, not enough hours! And a new diet you ever just stop, or rather in this case are forced to stop, and just breath. Look around at your life, and go.... "What the ..... how the..... Did I really survive these last few months?!" <BR> <BR> Mostly all positive, for once. I know right? Chrys positive!! I've been doing a lot of stuf... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:42:25 EST Mel Tillis Concert! Second Time Fri <BR> 20 Aug 15 <BR> I think I'll hoop today and then get dressed and head to town and return my earphones. It looks like I'm going to have to spend a little more money on them if I want a good pair with good stereo and volume control. I've bought 2 pair and don't like either of them. I can... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:37:39 EST Thomas Edison quote "When you exhaust all possibilities, remember this: <BR> you haven't." - Thomas Edison Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:29:11 EST Leave the past behind "Don't dwell on the past today, or ever... Our eyes are placed in front because it's more important to look ahead than to look back." <BR> <BR> These statements I am quoting from the Coaching Center on the SparkPeople phone app. I thought about this for a while today. I joined Spark People in ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:26:13 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: Dieting -Thick and Tired of It All Hello you wonderful Sparkies! It's finally Friday that day of the week so many of us wait so (im)patiently for to arrive! It's time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose of all those little cares and worries, and whatever else has been constantly nagging for our attention all week!... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:26:09 EST Continued Plans for Arkansas Trip Tue <BR> 18 Aug 15 <BR> I watered my flowers Tuesday morning. We let Aaron walk around again out there while I was watering. He really enjoyed it. He played in the spray of the water hose a little. I didn't soak him or anything, but he got some residual spray from it. He loved it. <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:19:42 EST BOOK CLUB I go to a book club once a month and last night was the night. I got 30 minutes of WATP's in, grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, cooked some zucchini pasta, rode 30 minutes to book club, 30 minutes back, and another 30 minutes of WATP's. I made a nice snack. I took some frozen bananas, a little... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:19:38 EST I WILL!!!! <img src=""> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:09:24 EST Today is hard. Today is a hard day. <BR> I had dreams all morning after being up with Auri that I was pregnant. Dreamed about positive HPTs. Dreamed that I was trying to make sure it was real and that I wasn't dreaming and that I was convinced it was real. Had a negative test after I finally woke up. Honestly f... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:08:02 EST Bike Ride and Plans to Go to Arkansas Mon <BR> 17 Aug 15 <BR> Lisa and I rode bikes 10.66 miles today. It was a little hotter than Thursday, but still tolerable. Then we came back to her house and got in her pool. We did some pool workout exercises she showed me. I showered at her house and then she did and then we went to eat at... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:07:25 EST The challenges of tortilla chips and a lifestyle change so, it's 5 pm and i'm at 1287 calories. we walked to the taqueria and i had chips, salsa, fish tacos and guacamole. Water to drink, per usual. <BR> <BR> i eat probably one tortilla when I have the tacos because I am aware I've indulged in the chips. they serve the tacos in two corn tortillas. I... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:05:33 EST September! <img src=""> It's working now after a refresher on what used to work. Now, I'm down just a touch over 11 pounds. My first goal is 2 pounds away. There's always a method to my goals. I aim for one pound under a even ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:02:59 EST M2D15 & D16: Ups and downs D15 was an up - got to test saddle. It fit Galen (wasn't really an issue) - and it fit me (the big worry). As I told my trainer - if i'm not thinking about the saddle - ti works. I've had some in the past where I'm constantly adjusting my seat or just very conscious of the saddle. Not yesterday. ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:55:39 EST Friday-I think!! Mowing and such and party!! We had to go to WalMart this morning so I got My walking in in there! Then I came home and picked up and loaded limbs from the winds last week. I unloaded them at the burn hole. Then (Yes You guessed it) I mowed for 3.5 hours. I need to finish Sparking and then get ready to go to the Surpris... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:39:40 EST Happy Day! Happy Moment! Enjoying it! Right now I can honestly tell you that I am completely content with my life and happy! I don't know how long this feeling is going to last but I am enjoying every single moment right now! <BR> <BR> When you suffer from depression, you do get moments of complete joy! And you eventually learn how... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:26:44 EST Ultrasound of liver scheduled for Thursday I know it often takes a little time in between when a doctor orders a test, and that test is actually scheduled, but after a week went by and I still had not heard from the hospital after my doctor ordered the ultrasound of my liver, I called the cancer center yesterday morning and left a message... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:24:37 EST Highs and Lows! This week has been quite the rollercoaster! My last post was such an exciting one, sharing new motivations for my journey. Today has been quite a low point, but I am going to start with yesterday. <BR> <BR> I am overjoyed to be telling you that I passed my driving test yesterday! <em>244</em> ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:11:35 EST For my *Sparky* Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:09:16 EST waiting all day? <img src=""> <BR> It's officially Friday Night starting NOW! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:06:52 EST Cartilage. Just Cartilage...They think Hello all. 147.3 this AM, earned 8 WW activity points yesterday and ate some of them. Not surprised by the gain, I deliberately ate more. To deal with stress. <BR> <BR> So, I went off to the ultrasound this AM and that went fine, not issues, very unintrusive. My doctor called a few hours lat... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:06:03 EST Healthy living - is it for you? Who else is benefiting from your get healthy plan? Is the dog getting walked more? Is your family eating better? Are you feeling more confident or healthier? <BR> <BR> I have considered these questions for myself and the answer is a resounding yes on all accounts! My sisters dog helps me get out... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:03:50 EST little things are adding up! So apparently I didn't realize it before when I pushe'd mowing the grass off on someone else. But yesterday day in woke up for the first time in a long time with a huge amount of energy. So I started out detailing my muchly over needed van, then decided to push mow our yard and weed it myself i... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:56:08 EST Week 2 wrap up Good news - 4 more pounds down this week! I really upped my walking, too, so I’m ramping up my endurance. <BR> <BR> Total: 12 pounds lost in 14 days. <BR> <BR> Bad news – I’m starting to really feel the struggle for the first time this week. Cravings are popping up more often and my ene... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:54:32 EST My reason Five why's I saw this on the blog section and wanted to jot down my reasons. That way I can look back and see why I am doing this when I don't feel like continuing. I started at 140 and want to get back down to my healthy weight of 115 1st reason: First reason is because when I was at 115 I felt... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:52:33 EST Spark coach When it comes to exercise I am really good at walking but could become better at strengthening my core😜 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:45:44 EST