SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Struggling, but I'm back... Hello, my friends. I've been away for a while. <BR> <BR> I've been experiencing a mystery illness/condition with a great deal of abdominal pain, fever, weakness, and other odd symptoms. At first, because of where the pain was located, I thought it was a gynecological issue. Spent weeks getting i... Sun, 29 May 2016 15:23:08 EST Grow anyway <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:21:03 EST Never Say Never <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:20:39 EST Day 0: Prep Day Finished prepping my meals for this week! It only took a couple of hours which isn't too bad considering I just cooked a crazy amount of chicken and vegetables. In the past I've generally only prepped meals for the weekdays but since I'm trying to keep it going over the weekends, I went ahead and... Sun, 29 May 2016 15:20:24 EST Urinary Problem and Vitamins and Health Food I forgot to update everyone on my other problem I had with my bladder infections. I am in the last week of this coffee and kugel thing the urinary specialist recommended. It is not working the burning sensation is coming back and I still have some accidents. On top of that I find it very hard to ... Sun, 29 May 2016 15:19:49 EST STRETCHY'S BLOG <img src=""> My new zen garden. :) Sun, 29 May 2016 15:19:38 EST Day 1 First time I weighed myself in a year. Approaching 300 lbs. Terrified. My husband and I want to start a family. I need to get healthy. I feel like I have gone too far down this unhealthy path to get back on track. I guess I will have to take it one day at a time. I don't know if anybody wi... Sun, 29 May 2016 15:19:26 EST Becoming healthy is the goal <img src=""> <BR> This is my new motivation. Sun, 29 May 2016 15:18:05 EST Bump in the road😕 Was doing so well for over 3 months. Only 2oz shy of -35lbs. But then.....I couldn't sleep, was aching in every joint and was alone after midnight! Then it happened. The bag of Cheetos I bought for my Granddaughter jumped off the fridge & into my mouth! Half a bag! 😨 Back to the drawing board.... Sun, 29 May 2016 15:08:04 EST Sunday the holiday weekend will begin after evening worship for us. hope you've been enjoying your weekend thus far. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 29 May 2016 15:03:54 EST Memorial Day I just want to say thanks to the veterans, those we lost and those we have still serving our country. If it wasn't for you we feel unsafe in our homeland. Have a great holiday to all of you, and to your family!! 🇺🇸 Sun, 29 May 2016 15:01:54 EST Take time to appreciate <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. <BR> <BR> Do you appreciate every single day? Do you appreciate all you have done to make your li... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:57:40 EST Proof of Gratitude leading to Happiness I just watched a video on Daily Spark about the science of happiness. There is scientific proof that expressing gratitude will make you happier. In their experiment, they had people through a questionnaire, reveal how happy they were. The questions were set up so that they didn't know what they w... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:49:36 EST Beck Check - Week 4 Beck Blue's Foundation Strategies Checklist <BR> <BR> 1. Create an advantages list to motivate yourself every day. Advantages list is created. Did not review at all this week. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit down, eat slowly, and enjoy every bite. Every meal eaten was eaten slowly and sitting down. Eatin... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:49:14 EST Hello from day 2 - fantastic!! Well it is kind of day 1 and kind of day 2. But hello, nonetheless! <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I freaked about my all time high - I started right away back! I immediately got in the mindset for losing. Usually when I start a plan, I eat whatever I want the day or so before. Having a party to ... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:46:00 EST Memorial Weekend Thank you to.all the Soldiers tht are on this site for your service to.our Country. Sun, 29 May 2016 14:43:25 EST Extreme Heat Advisory from the CDC I post something every year from the CDC on the heat on my FB page. I have been in the emergency room at least four times since moving to Northern California eighteen years ago with either heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Once you have experienced one of these events you are more prone to be affe... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:40:40 EST One month update This is my "second time around" on sparkpeople. I can't remember why I let it go before, but I did and I let my body go as well. I gained about 40 pounds and was horribly out of shape. High cholesterol and vitamin d deficiency caused me to feel constantly sick and painful. I finally went to the d... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:38:59 EST My babies <img src=""> <BR> 18 and 14 grown up so fast I must get healthy to enjoy seeing them both as adults Sun, 29 May 2016 14:37:38 EST Starting again Trying to stop this roller coaster of weight loss and gain. Hopefully this app will be the one that really helps. Sun, 29 May 2016 14:30:24 EST Don't shoot the messenger! The scale! The scale! Ugh! It has been making me crazy right now! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm at the beginning of the second plateau I've hit on this journey to a healthier me. The first one was fairl... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:26:16 EST Happy Memorial Day Happy Memorial Day, All! I know that the true meaning of Memorial Day can get lost in BBQs and swimming pools but I just wanted to say to all of those who have served our country -- Thank You! Sun, 29 May 2016 14:23:14 EST Moving Past Unspoken "Can't" Messages I have not been setting myself up to the success I hoped for, though I was never outwardly saying "I can't do this." I was saying things that left the Can't as an undertone and it took a good friend, the best of friends, to say, "Bro, you really want me to help you with this?" At first I was conf... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:17:33 EST 60 on the horizon In 7.5 weeks I will be 60. I've never been upset about getting older but this time I'm not thrilled. I can't seem to lose the weight I gained after shoulder surgery last year and I'm having ankle surgery at the end of this year. I really, really want to be in better shape before this surgery that... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:08:17 EST Uggg I'm really struggling with staying on my eating plan. I like the food. I like the way I feel when I follow the plan. But I can't seem to walk away from the "fun" foods, especially when we're eating out or at special events. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty much ok without sugar but bready foods and dairy a... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:07:58 EST Easy Sunday I have walked at least 6000 steps the last several days of this week, usually more. I will start tomorrow to set a goal of 7000. <BR> <BR> I have tracked all my food. Yes, even when I ate 4 ice cream bars in a matter of hours. So, it keeps saying that I am still under my calorie goal, like every... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:05:02 EST Speaking of breakthroughs: 141 I am honestly not sure when I have ever weighed this little. I think freshman year of college. Maybe high school senior year. I was 135 for most of high school and quite a willowy little lass. That was over half a lifetime ago--I'm in my mid 40s. So I'm having a strange and exhilarating moment ri... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:03:43 EST Last Week My sentiments about last week: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Sun, 29 May 2016 14:02:41 EST trying again Do i give it another go? I keep telling myself i can't give up. but i get so tired of trying and failing but what will one more time hurt! <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 May 2016 14:01:29 EST Sunday 80 Minutes treadmill (2 1/2 miles of it running), church and then lunch with DH and two granddaughters. Going for a dog walk in this 80+ weather. Have a lovely Sunday. Sun, 29 May 2016 13:59:45 EST Choosing joy... Kind of My hubby left today on a two week business trip to India. Super bummed that he'll be gone so long. Im going to spend some evening and weekend making progress on organizing the garage. That will make him happy to see when he comes home :-) Sun, 29 May 2016 13:55:54 EST Learn EFT in Free Webinar by my Life Coach Nicola Vitkovich 5/30/2016 7 pm Pacific time Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I received news on Thursday that a co-worker committed suicide. When I told my life coach, she offered to teach some of my co-workers and I how to do EFT tapping to release some of the strong emotions we were experiencing. She is doing this on Monday, May 30, 2016. Anyone ... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:55:31 EST Beware the evenings I really did well eating the right way yesterday until dinner came. My major weakness, hot bread and real butter attacked. I had made a pan of cornbread to eat with homemade beef veggie soup. It was to die for. All of the salt brought on swollen ring fingers and half a pound on the scales. So far... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:55:13 EST Day 1116 Rest Day. Feeling good. Sun, 29 May 2016 13:51:53 EST Shedding!!!! <img src=""> <BR> Eliminate it and now Embrace the good assigned to you for your journey! #StayingtheCourse Sun, 29 May 2016 13:50:10 EST Lazy (but tasty) breakfast this morning <img src=""> <BR> 2 cups Cheerios, a full pack of freeze-dried strawberries from Aldi, stevia sweetener and loads of coffee from the French press with unsweetened vanilla almond milk added to both cereal and coffee. Sun, 29 May 2016 13:49:28 EST winding down Ahhhh, end of school and the subsequent shenanigans. All done. Now, to start the pace in life my family as a whole enjoys much more. Sure, there will be camps and other shenanigans but it's still much slower and most importantly, all of our own choices. LOVE love love summertime! <BR> <BR> So, w... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:48:12 EST 207.2 ate well yesterday, but three beers Got up later and got out late! Sun, 29 May 2016 13:47:53 EST Day 34 <img src=""> <BR> Had an amazing day! Sun, 29 May 2016 13:46:58 EST Memorial day Hoping to up my exercise this week. Running AND strength training. I need the extra muscle to Rev up my metabolism. Sun, 29 May 2016 13:45:52 EST Determination Determination. Is the key if you walk in ypur house just keep busy you can lose weight and continuing keep it off just eat little bit at time Sun, 29 May 2016 13:45:45 EST Wonderlust: Tonto National Park I know it's supposed to wanderlust, but in the beauty of this can I not be struck by wonder?! Gig at the middle school is done for Summer and friends had a weekend off before starting their college internships~so here we are, camping in Tonto National Park! <BR> Our camp <BR> <im... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:45:38 EST Been awhile I guess having a cold has a plus side. I'm down 2 pounds but i don't credit it all to being sick because I haven't weighed in since the first week of May. Just sucks I haven't been able to work out in a few days because my body aches. For the entire month of May I haven't had snack cravings late ... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:43:17 EST It's Sunday Cleaning house, doing laundry. Perparing food for the week. Kids out of school . Sun, 29 May 2016 13:32:17 EST Losing that extra person I am carrying over twice my ideal body weight. That is like carrying an extra person on my back every where I go. And I am tired of it. So I joined a gym a couple of weeks ago and am starting to track my eating again. Today is a rest day. Five days of exercise last week if you count dog walks. ... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:31:12 EST 5/29: Accountability and Daily Goal Day 4, Daily Goal: 10,000 steps. <BR> <BR> A personal milestone for me today! I did all 5 miles! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 29 May 2016 13:25:19 EST Fine tuning to get out of this rut. The last five days hae been a little disheartening, but I'm trying to take it in stride. <BR> <BR> Per the SparkPeople Fitness page, I changed my caloric intake to better match the level of fitness I was doing. I had originally been doing between 1300-1700 calories, but got the red font warning ... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:22:29 EST 5/29 Today is raining and I am so grateful for that. We have decided is not worth heading out to finish the garden work we started yesterday.... the rain won't help with the stone wall and the digging out. We changed plans and I am heading out for some shopping with my daughter. So happy she is joinin... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:21:56 EST Memorial Day Weekend Hi guys! So I worked every day last week and I got the entire weekend off...I chose to REST! My Chloe went to my dad's for the weekend and my sister, Katie, will be dropping her back off here in a little bit. My sister, Amy, and her family, picked up my oldest boy, Noah, on Friday night and took ... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:15:34 EST Cravings Today I have been craving sugar a lot today. I think this is really strange because I didn't crave it at all yesterday. I even had a hard time eating all of my allotted calories yesterday! I had a lot of activity, but I didn't eat much at all. I'm trying to do more activity today because I'm worried th... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:13:51 EST Need to make better choices consistently. I look at my food intake daily in the evening. I do well during the day but at night I am at my sister's. She means well but her choices for evening meals and snacks are not always healthy. She cooks more in the winter but during the summer she lives on snacky foods. Cheese sticks, cookies, puddi... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:12:53 EST Recap of Weekly Goals Here's how the week went: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday, I got to my swim lesson; Instructor Steven had a trainee instructor and let him take the lead. We practiced breathing more than any actual swimming, but I ... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:12:03 EST Get back to where you once belonged Had a little setback this week as I was out celebrating something that took 11 years to happen. Gained two but still at the last weight I entered on it's like it never happened. Drinking much water today; I have one more day of alcohol and then I'm done and can focus on making my @ss g... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:10:55 EST Let the Uproar Begin AND: poking fun at me, for sure! ARrrgh now James Fell says the whole low carb high fat thing is bogus and will cause more problems... and the "back to the drawing board" is just eat fewer calories! (Duh!) <BR> <BR> I have wondered, being as it is so hard to stay in Keto. I am thinking the balance should be more in the middle f... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:06:14 EST down 3 lb its a start in right directio. I have been drinking water instead of soda, even though its diet soda it seems to be a problem. I also have been working in the yard slow and steady because I am really big and it is difficult to do but the more I do it the easier it becomes. I need to get my family on board with this new eatin... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:01:40 EST Boy am I sore All that cleaning and dog shaving I am sore Sun, 29 May 2016 12:55:59 EST New Toy There are so many new cooking options coming on the market these days. It makes eating options so much easier and more healthy. <BR> <BR> My latest toy is a ceramic pan. I've wanted one for a while. <BR> <BR> I have been doing a lot of stir-frying in a non-stick pan but always use about a t... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:43:13 EST And Yet Again I haven't done a thing for about a week in a half now, mainly because I was sick and did not see the point in writing about not eating and sleeping all day. I was a complete and utter baby though. Hate being sick. <BR> <BR> So as far as exercise, if I can count uncontrollable shakes and constan... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:42:19 EST Sometimes Weight Loss is Grumpy. And Smelly. For those who want to watch the video, here is the link: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Video blog is about 3 minutes long. <BR> <BR> If you can't, or don't want to watch the video, here's a written summary: <BR> <BR> LiveDaily asked where we are going on the Girlfriend Tr... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:39:48 EST Jogging <img src=""> <BR> Started this journey 3 months ago with no desire to exercise as part of my weight loss plan. I simply hate exercise. In high school I was never overweight yet was often last place or close to it in th... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:36:04 EST Day 310 - Perspective <img src=""> <BR> "A horse lover looks at a golf course and thinks, 'what a waste of land'. A golfer looks at a horse pasture and thinks, 'what a waste of land'." It's all about perspective. Sun, 29 May 2016 12:35:50 EST 194.4 So, I've lost a bit of weight. I'm down to 194.4. Although, I'm doing something probably not recommended. I'm trying to eat a bit of food and keep my protein intake correct. But, I've been taking spinach and putting it in the blender with a little peach snapple. So, it's a combo of juicing and sm... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:35:49 EST May is almost over It has been a long and hard year so far, I think I will get through it , school is out for students and teachers June 17th , then I will get some quiet time to clean a very large elementary school , I have decided to join a aqua fit class at the Gym , I will put the days I go in my calendar lik... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:34:25 EST I am not a Blogger I'm not a Blogger or outspoken. Most people ask me what I think and I generally don't voice my opinions. I pretty much keep my thoughts to myself but just thought I'd share a few things I've learned in the last couple of months. <BR> <BR> I used to just dabble on Sparkpeople. I'd check in and be... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:31:56 EST A Sad, Surrendered Dog With Health Issues Shows A Dramatic Change Once She’s In A Happy Foster Home <link><BR>e-bestfriends-foster/?utm_medium=fk&ut<BR>m_source=fk-c4m&utm_term=20160529&utm_<BR>campaign=ars-honey-foster&utm_content=blog-link </link> <BR> <BR> YOUR GOING TO LOVE THIS VIDEO <em>247</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 12:26:29 EST My life now I went to the doctor May 26th and the doctor was so well please as I was and I have lost another 16 lbs sense I have seen him last. I'm so happy but I wont see him again so I am hoping for another 20 more pounds gone! I am getting into clothes I have not even worn and the jeans that I do have are... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:22:43 EST I DID IT!! I ACTUALLY RAN!! I'm very proud of myself right now! I've been wanting to run on my treadmill but have been afraid to. I think I was afraid of falling off or, I don't know. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. <BR> <BR> I did a 5 minute warm up and cool down of a brisk walk, then did 60 secon... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:21:07 EST Lost 2lbs yay!!! <img src=""> <BR> I got this app a week ago, I've been tracking my foods, exercise and water ect. And I've lost 2lbs. Awesome, I didn't realize by posting what I was eating would make it easier. Just wow. Sun, 29 May 2016 12:18:30 EST #Kindness A little bit of kindness goes a long way when fighting any and all battles. Even in the battle of the bulge. I understand being honest. I see no reason to be rude about it. We are here to support, help, and motivate one another not make them feel like they are being verbally attacked. Be kind. Be... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:12:48 EST Memorial day I don't need a special day of the year to miss my husband or my mother.. 15years and feel bad that he missed out on all the fun times with our 3children and 7 grandchildren.The grandkids didn't get to know how wonderful he was. I try to tell them stories of his and how he would have loved them. Sun, 29 May 2016 12:11:42 EST Trying to find motivation I am trying to get my motivation. It's been difficult. I know what to do but just hard to take that first step. I want to be healthy. I can only take one day at a time. This weekend has been a struggle because I have been at a friends house and a couple of things I have eaten are not on my plan.... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:09:16 EST Rollin...again... It's Sunday morning and I am working...I usually work weekends. Who am I kidding...I work every day. I am greatful for it, it means I can feed my children and keep a roof over our heads. I am reading posts and blogs in between tasks. I am impressed by how much everyone wants to do well and be suc... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:07:11 EST Day 1 again..... I just turned 19 and honestly been sick of being the funny big guy. I reached my all time high of 296 lbs and wanted change, so I started insanity. In 1 and half months I lost 34 pounds, but recently have been busy and was able to maintain my current weight. Now though as my time has freed up I p... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:05:14 EST Twenty five down, but holy-moly there's still 75 to go! After 5 months, I've finally shed 25 pounds. Talk about slow and steady. I knew it would be hard, but damn-- averaging only 5 pounds a month after completely changing the way I eat--means this journey is a true test of my resilience and determination. I'm happy to see and feel the loss, it's b... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:03:45 EST Dancing... and a rant. So, yesterday was... intense. I went to a farmer's market. Yay arugula and pesto hummus!!! I took the dog(s) for a walk. I saw X-men Apocalypse (enjoyed it!) ate pub food, and went out dancing late into the night. Lots of exercise. Lots of calories. So I was very surprised to see the scale this ... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:02:52 EST It's a Journey <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 12:02:25 EST Down but not out Well I am frustrated with myself. I didn't lose anything last week. I ate way too many of the wrong kinds of carbs. It was my own fault. Our fridge broke Sunday and we had to wait until Wednesday for the new one to arrive. So I was buying meals daily because the small wine fridge we were usi... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:58:35 EST Meeting with my peeps! Sunday morning-the pilots and knitters group meet! Some of the knitters are pilots and the non-knitting pilots are also mechanics. One is in process of taking apart and putting together his plane for the annual check of everything. He hopes to have it back together by next week. It is always grea... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:56:16 EST My Dearly-Departed Cousin's Birthday & New Things for Her Memorial Garden I just returned with some embellishments to the little memorial garden I've set aside over these years in memory of my dear cousin who was like a sister to me. She's been gone six years now, and although far from my first loss in life, she was the proverbial straw that has changed me in many way... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:55:45 EST Cake... Yesterday I was at my uncle's birthday party. There were lots of family there from out of town and it was great to see them. I am very proud of myself because I had one small piece of angel food cake no frosting and about a quarter of a cup of vanilla ice cream and I was satisfied. Before I would... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:53:12 EST Knew it was coming, but still… <img src=""> We all know plateaus happen, and having been down this road before I know my body stalls out at this weight… and it takes time and persistence to break through it, BUT JUST BECAUSE I KNOW IT DOESN'T MEAN... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:51:35 EST A Medical Mystery This blog isn't necessarily weight loss-related, but I needed an outlet and SparkPeople came to mind. I have been overweight all of my adult life. Over the past few years, I had some shoulder pain off and on, and generally a feeling of fullness in my abdomen much of the time. I related this to ov... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:50:54 EST 7 Motivations to Lose Weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. Who has money to buy a whole new set of clothes because nothing in your closet fits? I'm all for shopping but not every week because I keep gaining weight and nothing fits me comfortably. <B... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:50:21 EST 5/29/16 Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for? Robert Browning Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> The price of greatness is responsibility. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Art is like a border of flowe... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:48:57 EST Weighed in...7 lbs Lost in One Week! So, I have completed a week on the Extreme Transformation plan. I did not weigh in daily like I usually do...I waited the full week and weighed in this morning. 7 lbs lost!!! What! That's a pound a day! I'll take it! Yep, definitely staying on this plan! <BR> <BR> Today is reset e... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:42:08 EST Keto Diet Has anyone ever tried this diet? So far I am in love Sun, 29 May 2016 11:41:33 EST Alaskan cruise <img src=""> This was taken in Skagway. I don't know why I can't post more than 1 photo from my phone! :-/ Sun, 29 May 2016 11:40:31 EST One day closer <img src=""> <BR> Take each day step by step. You can do this! Sun, 29 May 2016 11:40:30 EST La Tour Eiffel ~~ <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 11:37:35 EST Long month <img src=""> <BR> May didn't turn out like I expected at all. It's my birthday month, and the weekend of my birthday, we had plans in place to go to Florida to attend my cousins wedding. All that changed because my hus... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:36:15 EST This App This app so far looks really easy to use and is very helpful Sun, 29 May 2016 11:35:16 EST Day 3 So yesterday I think I did pretty well, I have eaten eggs and we're drinking cranberry juice and three cups of water. I am still working with the water, because for some reason I do not think I can drink 8 glasses a water of day. I will try though and l skipped lunched and for dinner my boyfriend... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:33:02 EST Not Feeling Good Today wasn't a good day for me. I did 30 minutes of cardio, but then I started to feel sick. <em>24</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 11:32:48 EST Doing What Should Have Been Done Before....I'm Asking For Help. Hello, everyone in the SparkWorld. :) My name is Tracy, and after many many false starts....I'm trying to be healthy for the first time in a very long time. <BR> <BR> I've been overweight for over 25 years. I haven't been under 200 lbs since my daughter was 3 years old. She is now 21, so that i... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:28:53 EST Sunday Today I just started with some yoga routines to start another week im finding that if I work out in the morning I feel good for the rest of my day Sun, 29 May 2016 11:27:36 EST Sunday WORD Never complain about what you permit.............Let NO man take your joy from you.....don't be afraid of change within your problem. <em>296</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 11:27:26 EST Reboot Day 7 Again at the top of my range but still good. Tonight is going to probably be my over day ,we're having steak with all the fixings. Sun, 29 May 2016 11:25:59 EST You know all the things.....May 29th <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 11:25:41 EST DAY 1 Not sure if this is realistic, but I thought I ought to try. I am so desperate. I hate myself so much. so repulsed by my body. so frustrated with my character defects, envy of my business partner, she suddenly got so skinny. and i got so fat. i am so disgusting. i need help. i need strength an at... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:23:04 EST Sunday Hi! Hoping you are well. I am well but so very tired today. Ridiculously so, I need to get back on my iron supplement. I am terrible with my anemia, as soon as I feel less tired I tend to forget my iron pills. Then I get a stupid tired day and am reminded. It's strange because I never forget a... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:22:32 EST I'm Back! <img src=""> <BR> Well, for 5 months I have exercised, eaten well and I have lost 30 pounds, but I still have 30 more to lose. I plateau'd a month and a half ago, but decided to just allow my body to do that for the ti... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:20:47 EST Just the beginning Got my app yesterday. .......been cooking today for the holiday. Its gonna be rough! Going to enjoy ......and add walking the dogs later! Sun, 29 May 2016 11:17:13 EST Just a little inspiration <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 11:12:59 EST Breakfast... Morning!!!...did you all have breakfast???...remember that's the key to start your day, the motor for you body, if you don't eat breakfast your body gonna start accumulating fat and we don't want that!!! Sun, 29 May 2016 11:08:34 EST Power of Positive Love it here!! Sun, 29 May 2016 11:08:16 EST Morning run This morning I went for a run in the warm sunshine. I went quite fast (for me) and was tired and happy when I got back. Whatever the day throws at me, I'm going to be ok. Sun, 29 May 2016 11:07:08 EST Where have all my old friends gone? Day 22 The Spark World and my gym have several things in common. <BR> As I analyze and synthesize what I've learned during this project I've noticed several similarities. <BR> <BR> Some people are regulars in the fitness classes - something for everyone. <BR> Some sparkers are active on teams - quite ... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:06:49 EST Gardening Today I will work in my garden again. Its starting to look a lot better and I didn't go to the greenhouse and buy a lot of expensive plants. I really just needed to thin out what I already have. I might add a splash of color in a couple places. I have had one cup of coffee so will get some breakf... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:05:40 EST A new day a new week a new beginning Well goal is to have lost my april2017..thus my name april 2017 So I figure I better get busy 10 months will fly by Need to form new habits And check in daily seems impossible but clearly it can be done all of you and your testimonies. .are proof But it takes work ..on my p... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:03:43 EST To Start Again Originally the title to this article was "Where to Start?". After a couple of sentences, I somehow lost it so thus the new title. <BR> <BR> As most emotional eaters, I have many subjects to talk about. But today I have decided to discuss my lack of technology abilities. I have an iphone, ipad... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:57:23 EST Day 140 and Tired Today is day 140 and work was rough. I'm feeling kind of tired and worn out but I still managed to get my work out in and now I think it is time to hit the hay. Happy sparking! Sun, 29 May 2016 10:56:18 EST Daily blog: 5-29-16 It's going to be another hot one today. What's up with this weather! It was snowing at the beginning of May, and yesterday it was 88 degrees (in western New York!)! Give me a little time to acclimate, nature. Sheesh. Hubs and I went for our bike ride this morning while it was still cool. It ... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:55:06 EST Laughing at Myself Today I read a blog fro a dear SP who had been missing from Spark for a while due to a lot of difficult things going on in her life. Instead of moaning about that, she posted a hysterical blog about her attempt to exercise given her circumstances. It made me laugh out loud. I realized I need t... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:52:24 EST Sleep makes such a difference for me Well, it's been a month in which I wasn't achieving my goals. I was feeling exhaustion from my medications literally from wake-up until sleep. I was having a hard time getting into routine and felt like I was running myself ragged. I would be completely wiped out by 4 PM. <BR> <BR> Now that my d... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:51:00 EST May 29, 2016 And.....I crashed. It is interesting me to read that I started out well...and I did. <BR> Late afternoon kills me. That old saying - if you keep doing what you have always done - you will get what you have always gotten - pertains. I must change my eating choices when I am hungry - especiall... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:50:11 EST Baffling Weight Fluctuations! At this point, I'm not sure what's going on! My weight has jumped up and down 9 pounds day by day this week. I have been sticking to the plan pretty carefully although I am toward the high side (calorie wise) because I have been doing the Fiber Challenge but am staying well within my limits. I... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:49:35 EST Week 56 - Keeping on Track I'm on a roll. I've been exercising consistently and I've been keeping my calories within a range that's comfortable. I've been getting results. And not just on the scale. <BR> <BR> I feel like I can do this. I've been able to focus on some of my hobbies that I just haven't had the energy to... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:46:05 EST First Week of Tracked Weight Loss I weighed myself this morning and I am pleased. I lost 4.2 pounds this week. And it wasn't hard. I did have to think about what I put in my mouth and I did have to document each morsel I devoured but I was not deprived. I are whatever I wanted in controlled amounts. I had pie and peanut butter a... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:45:34 EST A little motivation <img src=""> <BR> :-) Sun, 29 May 2016 10:43:27 EST Memorial Day <img src=""> <BR> I want to thank you all who have and are serving this country, may EVERYONE have a safe weekend with family and friends. Eat healthy (I know for me it's hard) and have fun. Sun, 29 May 2016 10:40:01 EST Happy Sunday --- Have a wonderful day .. I'm going to .. this is a "down day" for this weekend !! : <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:36:37 EST Almost a new month Alright let us recap this month. Found a second job. Got fired from the first job. Found another job start oreintation on tuesday. Started yoga. I am loving it I plan to acutally stick with it this time. Finally broke the 64 oz water hurdle. I am now drinking almost a gallon a day. I am walki... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:35:24 EST therapy exercise feel uncomfortable doing the exercises the therapist does as I may do them the wrong way & injure myself by doing it wrong have to be careful Sun, 29 May 2016 10:32:40 EST just sayin' ... you have a choice I am in a funk today. I decided to by honest and document what the scale really says for weigh-in Sunday ... 205.5 ... that's a 5 pound gain!!!! I have a low thyroid and seasonal water retention especially when I am in humid environments and St Louis is killing me. My hands and feet are sooooo sw... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:29:41 EST The start up... <img src=""> <BR> Allergies and bronchitis running things this morning. Burning eyes, slight headache and coughing couldn't do anything before taking a breathing treatment. We are not even gonna talking about air quali... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:29:24 EST Hello it's me I've been a little lost the past week or so. Have had to take care of my fiancee due to health issues, pack up an entire household again, my son graduated, planning his open house, have a wedding to perform in 2 weeks, plus getting ready for my own wedding. Thought maybe I was doing really good a... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:29:19 EST Time to Re-commit. As time goes on I lose my focus. I seem to forget the basics and get sidetracked. So Its time to think about what I am doing and how to break through the mind set that is keeping me from getting to the long term goal! <BR> Today I am giving this some thought and will blog later my plan. Sun, 29 May 2016 10:28:46 EST Just saying Thank You. Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend, and if you are one who has to work, Thank You. And if you were or are a protector of our country, Thank You. If you are a health care personal, Thank you. Just remember why we have these 3 day off. <BR> <BR> Sunday, and it was S3 birthday, my baby... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:27:50 EST Today is wonderful!! Today is a wonderful day!! I feel blessed by the best!! Down 2 more pounds!! Glory!! Have a wonderful day!!! Sun, 29 May 2016 10:25:22 EST Blessings, May 29, 2016 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Beautiful weather. <BR> <BR> 2. The pool is open. <BR> <BR> 3 Still walking. Almost to my goal, just another 30 days. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Fee... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:24:26 EST Determine Hi weight 181 now 177.3 Sun, 29 May 2016 10:23:48 EST Giving THANKS! <img src=""> <BR> To All the Veterans and families of Veterans I feel that THANK YOU and so much More should be done... we will be FOREVERMORE grateful!!! THANK You!!! Sun, 29 May 2016 10:22:27 EST 3 things I did for my health today 1. I plan my meals the day before <BR> 2. I will be walking home from church today <BR> 3. After dinner today, I will close the kitchen down Sun, 29 May 2016 10:14:07 EST First bike ride of the season! We had to get up early in order to "try" to beat the heat. It was going to be the hottest day of the year but the first day when we could actually get a bike ride in without the weather being wet! <BR> <BR> DH packed up the bikes, all the needed equipment (helmets, gloves, water bottles, etc)... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:12:41 EST Memorial Day This is my dad. He was a WWII vet. He served in that horrific war, got a purple heart when he lost an arm. Of course, he was lucky because he came back. He married my mom, had two children and earned a living helping others. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 87. I miss him every day. <BR... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:11:23 EST Failure: not a popular concept . . . Loved reading the responses to yesterday's blog, thank you all!! <BR> <BR> And I totally get that wallowing in failure is not helpful. (Hope that's not what I communicated). <BR> <BR> But: I do think that many of us can become discouraged because we can look at our own lives from the inside (... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:10:28 EST Sunday laugh....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:08:45 EST Crunching Numbers and What it Means to Me--Accountability Check I have to admit that I have been very discouraged as of late. To me, it seemed as though I was getting nowhere. I'd been back with Sparkpeople for a little over a month and had only lost 10 pounds. The last few weeks have been very slow-going. I haven't lost much at all, and I am struggling to ke... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:08:35 EST Sunday's Thought <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:06:38 EST Sunday, May 29, 2016 My self esteem has been quite low recently. I've gained a lot of weight, or maybe I haven't, but I feel extremely out of touch with my body. When I see a picture of myself, it doesn't feel like me. I don't feel like it looks like me. And to deal with the reality that it IS me... it's been tou... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:05:01 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Matthew 5:8 (WEB) <BR> Blessed are the pure in heart, <BR> for they shall see God. <BR> <BR> Promise #149: Those who are pure in heart will see My face. <BR> <BR> In the Old Testament, a pers... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:00:28 EST 21 day break the sugar habit Noticed a craving for sweets about an hour after dinner clean up. Sun, 29 May 2016 09:58:12 EST Today! A new week and we continue on our journey...Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 09:53:57 EST New Orleans Cemeteries! It's a gorgeous morning here in the Big Easy and hubby and I are getting ready to head out for a two hour walking tour of New Orleans cemeteries! I'm ready to learn some real history! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 May 2016 09:52:24 EST Happy Sunday Happy Sunday everyone and enjoy your wonderful day with family and friends.Be kind to one another. Sun, 29 May 2016 09:50:49 EST Stop it, self. Stop. It. <img src=""> <BR> You can’t live a full life if you don’t accept the good with the bad. Take control of your mind. Meditate. Read. Write. Examine. Discuss. Tame your stress Fight boredom Learn something from... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:49:21 EST Start My starting weight is 337 lbs. My goal weight is 113 lbs. According to Sparkpeople, I should reach my goal around July 22, 2018. Sun, 29 May 2016 09:47:43 EST More Helpful Attitude Thanks to SparkFriends Thanks, SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> After I read your comments on my blog yesterday, I decided that it is okay if I get nervous before time trials and races. The problem I suspect is that I have thought getting nervous was not okay, was really silly. <BR> <BR> When I was employed I always got nerv... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:46:27 EST Happy Sunday <img src=""> Happy Sunday Sun, 29 May 2016 09:45:28 EST Listen up, I have something important to say. I would like to tell you about the reasons behind May Mania. <BR> <BR> It began with grief, frustration and anger. <BR> <BR> But you need some background to understand that. <BR> <BR> Let's begin with Sasha's older brother, my first child, Andrew. <BR> <BR> Andrew moved to the Pacific Nor... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:45:05 EST When you wind up at swinger hotel in Vegas with your mother in law & 14 yr old son...... <img src=""> Yesterday was fantastic! Walked over 11k miles. Went to breakfast in the morning. Stayed on track. Went to paramount pictures studio for a tour of how movies and shows are made. Walked on the set of Dr. ... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:35:40 EST Sunday - Being MINDFUL in all I do 05/29/2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Be mindful of your self-talk. It's a conversation with the Universe."~David James Lees Sun, 29 May 2016 09:35:23 EST Relief I feel like I can breathe a little easier today. We made it to NY and we have settled in. I have so much to do in the next month but I am going to enjoy spending time with friends and family, I have been gone so long. I get summers off because I am a teacher, so I have income for the next few ... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:32:33 EST Stronger Than You Know <BR> Often we get anxiety for no reason as we are almost always stronger and more capable than we believe ourselves to be. <BR> <BR> <BR> Our capacity to cope successfully with life's challenges far outstrips our capacity to feel nervousness. Yet in the weeks, days, and hours leading up to an ... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:31:24 EST Weather is crumby today but Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> I'm greatful today for sleeping well last night and feeling even better today when I woke up. I am about to make a pot of coffee headed to be iced-coffee for the day. Breakfast is also on list of thi... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:31:09 EST Tough Love I'm looking forward to a time when my blog posts will be about constant forward motion. Does that ever happen? Or is it always two steps forward and one step back? <BR> Whatever....I have lost patience with myself for giving up and giving in...The inner food demon seems to be infinitely creative... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:19:46 EST Breakthrough <img src=""> <BR> I had a neat breakthrough last night. We were watching YouTube, that UK reality show Secret Eaters. It's a cool show. Obese British people who insist they have no idea why they're not losing weight as... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:13:10 EST Moving in the right direction Some days junk is just not appealing. That's a big thing to say! I say it because although a treat sounded good this morning, it just didn't taste as I imagined. I steered clear the kids donuts other than a little nibble (no I didn't log it...prob should) and made myself some coffee. I am out of ... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:11:01 EST STRAIGHT TALK #18 I have a shocking announcement to make to you get out of things what you put into them (not always immediately but most assuredly you will eventually). Today I weighed in for the first official weigh in since I lost my job, my daughter graduated, and my son decided to spend the summer l... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:10:06 EST Doing something different My cousin visited 2 weeks ago & she's into this healthy lifestyle, she told me she runs & rump rope at the same time I was puzzled so this morning I got up & ran & jump roped at the same time it is so much better than standing in one place & you burn more calorie what's ironic we have the same na... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:08:31 EST 32 Years Thursday was our thirty-second anniversary. I served in the Navy for 30 years and had several honors. My greatest honor is that I've held my lady's affectiin this long. So, I gave as one of my SP goals to be healthy so I can spend quality time with her and our children. Sun, 29 May 2016 09:04:24 EST Today's Agenda Start week 3 of Deltoid Specialization Program. <BR> <BR> Delts, Back, & Traps are given a going over. Low weights High Volume. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers & remember our fallen hero's. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:33 EST May 29 2016 Well I'm back to take another shot at this. every week on Sunday I try to get back on track it doesn't always work but one of these times it will stick. I'm up 3 pounds from my goal weight and the wedding that I'm in is June 11. I know if I put my mind to it I can get there again. Sun, 29 May 2016 08:58:36 EST I love my Fitbit! Yesterday I had to go to the condo to do a job that paid staff was supposed to do but took half a day off. Yes, it's a management company policy that I didn't know about, but a lot of residents would be without pool passes for the opening of the pool, and a hot one at that. I couldn't leave my ... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:57:14 EST Day 6 I didn't put anything on here yesterday. I was at the lake all day. Let's say I'm defiantly out of shape but will be in shape by end of summer that's for sure. Back on track today. Sun, 29 May 2016 08:52:14 EST R&R Today Yesterday I spent the day playing with my brother's stepdaughter. We went to the park. played on the swings and she climbed the equipment. Then we came back and played kickball and catch and then I was teaching her how to use a hula hoop and jump rope. After awhile it got hot so I setup the s... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:51:54 EST My momma and how she was doing yesterday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I got up to the hospital to see mom, she was bright-eyed <em>40</em> and bushy tailed. <em>219</em> You could not tell that she had coded the night before. It was the most ... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:51:42 EST Sunday's The past week has been pretty dark. I was reading about weaning leading to ppd but thankfully I have an appt this coming Wednesday to speak to my OBGYN. I've had zero motivation and pretty much woke up looking forward to go back to sleep at night. This morning I feel pretty good, however. I was... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:50:04 EST This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it! Up early getting in a brisk 🚶 and interval 🏃. Going to give God all the glory for his strength to made it through. Hope everyone has a blessed Sunday! Sun, 29 May 2016 08:44:16 EST Summer Challenge Time to kick off the summer challenge. This round I will be doing two programs: The Biggest Loser & BLC. My goal is to get down 8 to 10 lbs. More would be great. I have about 20 to get where I want to be. I will be doing my kettlebell routine of mainly hard style swings. Twice a week I do snatch.... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:42:36 EST Sunday...... The rest of the weekend will be plan-free (especially with the forecast for tomorrow) - I had a potential "solo plan" going, but that will need to be put on hold (I *will* make sure I do that at some point, though........even though it's not a long-distance thing (and I do NOT like my local area)... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:40:18 EST Day 3 - God and Me Happy Sabbath! This journey is about surrendering to God, my weaknesses. My choices show that being lord of my life is definitely not working. <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 08:36:40 EST The Five Most Common Regrets There was an article in the yahoo features that spoke of the five most common regrets people had at the end of life. I must say I did pretty well with all of them and perhaps that is why I feel content, and comfortable in my own skin. One, however, is something I've only done in part. It's a p... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:35:27 EST Sunday I and down 12.5 lbs since February...I've gone up and down a few times but I'm not giving up. I have 49.5 lbs to go...I know I can do it. My goal is 10000 plus steps a day...recording my food is second nature...and I take one meal and one day at a's going to a good week...God Bless Our... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:27:47 EST Sunday The funny thing about SparkPeople (for me) is that the more I'm on it and engage in the activities, the better I do. I started getting more serious about losing weight on May 1st. I've got a 30 day log-in streak going and logging my food. But I haven't lost weight as consistently as I'd hoped. <... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:26:12 EST Dancing in the park. We had an event in my town yesterday where there was a DJ. The music started with a zumba instructor leading 3 songs...after that I was so energized and wanted to keep going, so I did. Macarena, Locomotion, Time Warp, YMCA, how easy it is to continue dancing with songs that include motions. I ... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:25:51 EST Holiday weekend Spending the weekend with friends Sun, 29 May 2016 08:21:46 EST My nights <img src=""> My nights to work... is the wicked that I need to work. All night ranig all over the place trying to reach all the paciente. I wish I know how much calories I used all night. I feel like i can't do any exe... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:15:05 EST Thank you and updates Thank you all so much for your hugs and prayers. John is still in the hospital but doing better. Yesterday afternoon he was moved to a regular room. The blood results showed elevations so they did an ultra sound on his stomach last night. They are still monitoring his heart, vitals, etc. He had ... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:14:00 EST SPOILER...Faith "As we make Christ the center of our lives, our fears will be replaced by the courage of our convictions." <BR> —Thomas S. Monson Sun, 29 May 2016 08:12:59 EST The Beach Had a Wonderful time out at the beach family and friends some swim time in (2hours)and some sun. Sun, 29 May 2016 08:12:34 EST So far good weekend Not going over my 1200 calories Sun, 29 May 2016 08:12:24 EST Sunday Bless the Lord all my soul and all that is within me Bless his Holy name. Sun, 29 May 2016 08:09:46 EST Happy Sunday Had great evening. My husband remembered our anniversary, I got a gift and went to dinner. He also liked my gift too. Sun, 29 May 2016 08:06:54 EST Recumbent Bike Yesterday, I finally made it back up to what I consider a full workout on my recumbent bike. <BR> <BR> After being laid up for 14 days and not being allowed to work out, the bike was the hardest thing to build back up to. I got back into walking fairly quickly, but the recumbent bike took a lit... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:06:09 EST Just be a carrier... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This little guy knows how to have fun... <BR> "Disney" was all about spreading happiness. ... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:05:53 EST Fitbit <img src=""> <BR> This week was not a good week for getting my steps in. I usually do very well I lacked motivation all week. I need to pick it up and crush all my goal this week. If anyone has a fitbit let me know yo... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:04:08 EST Calories update A <BR> 210c anchovies <BR> 645c almond flakes <BR> 613c ground almonds <BR> <BR> <BR> B <BR> 170c (minced) beef <BR> 89c banana <BR> 350c ground barley <BR> 390c biscotte <BR> 394c 41% butter <BR> 157c 15% butter <BR> 587c garlic butter <BR> 535c Bahlsen vanilla shortcake biscuits ... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:37 EST Recipes update protein cakes - Day 1 <BR> quiche - Day 1 <BR> Bechamel sauce - Day 1 <BR> lasagne - Day 1 <BR> salad - Day 3 <BR> <BR> mint and almond-crusted trout - Day 2 <BR> garlic sauteed courgettes - Day 2 <BR> cashew parmesan quinoa - Day 2 <BR> coleslaw - Day 2 <BR> <BR> fraisier - Day 3 <BR... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:07 EST Sunday It rained all night, humid, raggy, wet air again. DD grilled yesterday, but I never left the house. A/C only kicked in a few times, but it was well-received. I am so glad I do not camp in my tent anymore... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:53:06 EST Beck Check Week 4 Really? Week four? A month? Already? <BR> <BR> This was the best week of four for me. And it was not just "progress, not perfection" either. I mean close to Beck perfect. <BR> <BR> I read my reasons to lose weight every day several times a day and I added a new one. I am going to a weddin... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:42:15 EST Food got the better of me I had a craving for lunch out yesterday and i surrendered. I chose a salad but then i had to have ice cream. I somehow made the massive amount of calories work. Reminder to self: lets not do that again today ok? Sun, 29 May 2016 07:38:32 EST Planning for Action Gotta get my head on straight and start focusing on what I want to accomplish this week. I have felt like a ship drifting along without a captain, lately. Fortunately, you fellow Sparkies have kept me anchored.THANK YOU! <BR> <em>340</em> <em>148</em> <em>52</em> <BR> Sun, 29 May 2016 07:37:12 EST Don't Give Up! <img src=""> <BR> You Can Do It!!! Sun, 29 May 2016 07:35:54 EST rain! The nieces and nephews are out running in the rain, beloved has gone a bicycle ride and the baby is sleeping. We will get Mum later today and have a nice day together making happy memories. Sun, 29 May 2016 07:35:01 EST Day 37 It's hard for me to sit still now. It's the energy I've gained so far by losing just some of the weight - and I've got so far to go! I sat for too many years, wondering how to make my life better. I mean, I had the information I needed - but I didn't know how to implement it, to make it work for ... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:32:43 EST Clean basement I've been enjoying sitting by the window in our basement from time to time, looking out at our backyard or up at the towering sweetgum tree in our neighbor's yard. <BR> <BR> <em>434</em> <BR> <BR> We have one mostly finished room in our basement. It is home to our 2 cats (we corral them ... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:25:18 EST Sunglasses Are Important! As summer approaches we get daily reminders to apply sunscreen. While you may think about sunscreen for your skin, remember the sunscreen for your eyes: sunglasses that block out the dangerous rays (Ultraviolet or UV rays). <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> This article has good information on how to pi... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:22:11 EST Sunday Blessings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Wishing you a Blessed Sunday, may you be filled with God's Amazing Love & Abundant Blessings Today and Always.... <BR> <BR> I encourage you today to put your hand in... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:19:58 EST i i Sun, 29 May 2016 07:14:48 EST Quote for Sunday <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 07:14:31 EST 2 Weeks It will be 2 weeks today that I was discharged from the hospital. In the past 2 weeks, I have not been very active, which is not a huge change for me. <BR> <BR> The improvements that are: <BR> <BR> * I am not gasping for air after short bouts of activity. <BR> <BR> *I am not sweating prof... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:13:00 EST Bible Verse for Sunday But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. <BR> <BR> Psalm 103:17-18 NKJV Sun, 29 May 2016 07:03:32 EST This Will Brighten Your Day 1353 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Sun, 29 May 2016 07:01:55 EST 5-29-2016-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 06:52:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 29, 2016 May 29, 2016 AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME <BR> <BR> When we have the right relationship with God, the Holy Spirit will move through us at the right time encouraging us to take action. It may be to help someone. It may be to volunteer in a ministry. It may be to speak out about something. Whatever the ... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:49:07 EST Sat Sun Still working on recovery/sleep. Got most of garden planted yesterday, need to plant a few seeds. Church and outside play today, then zoo tomorrow. Sun, 29 May 2016 06:45:29 EST Countdown to Calmness. Another challenge completed. I gave myself 30 days to accept my fate and not fight it. <BR> <BR> It's been tough and though sometimes I am not the brightest of bulbs; I've seen the light. Displays of temper, crying fits, throwing things or slamming doors (the last two my favorites) will not change the present. <BR> What wi... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:45:22 EST Trying again <img src=""> <BR> Month 5 week 22 day 149: well got the deck power washed but rained for the rest of the day so only did that and laundry of course. So wood is wet. Afraid I will have to wait may be tomorrow paintin... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:40:24 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=5/29/2016=THIS IS GOD'S BLOGS NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Psalm 50:3-5 {{KJB}}Our ... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:37:50 EST LET'S NOT EAT SUGAR ! WELL, O K, MY SWEET TOOTH IS STILL WITH ME. I HAVE DECIDED TO EMBRACE THIS SIDE OF MY EATING PLAN AND NOT ERADICATE IT. LIKE A VARIETY OF SPICES CAN MAKE OUR EATING JOURNEY AN EXQUISITE EXPERIENCE, I BELIEVE THAT MY SWEET/OR SALTY TOOTH CAN ALSO MAKE MY FOOD PLAN A CREATIVE PART OF MY LIFE. <BR> ... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:34:14 EST God Bless America Thank you to the brave men and women who protect our freedoms.... <BR> <BR> God Bless the families who have lost loved ones so we can be free... <BR> <BR> Have a safe week end <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:31:07 EST Spring Cleaning Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. <BR> Psalm 51:7 NLT <BR> <BR> Traditionally the time when the snow melts and the daffodils bloom is when we turn our thoughts toward spring cleaning around the house, right? <BR> <BR> When we look within our... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:26:41 EST May 28, 2016 Was a work day, lots of walking in...but barely stayed within calories....just had a couple bad choices for food. 12 hr shifts are hard and stressful....I think they are going to be my biggest challenge to over come! Today is another work day...lets getting it done!! Sun, 29 May 2016 06:02:58 EST May Mania Day 29 Only three days left in May Mania. Here's what happened on Day 28: <BR> <BR> Steps: 11,482 <BR> Flights of stairs climbed: 18 <BR> Strength training: Upper Body <BR> <BR> Plus we spent three hours at a birthday party and I ate nothing except raw veggies and drank nothing except water! <BR> <B... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:59:53 EST Summer Strong •Day 35/56 <img src=""> Summer Strong •Day 35/56: Total Body Hammer (05/28/16) #gavemyall #mevsme Sun, 29 May 2016 05:51:25 EST Day 505/Day 32 of 100 <em>102</em> I think I'm finally as caught up on sleep as I can get. I'm still super tired, but woke up to my alarm no problem, and was happy to get out of the weird dream I was in. Super weird. One of those that mixes dreams stuff with reality and completely had me freaked out. More than happy... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:50:09 EST Broken Last night I broke my diet & ate a doughnut it didn't even taste good to me but I ate it out pure emotional distres. The whole night started out normal until my son's father called that's when he'll erupted My son's father said he don't want anything to with our son. I think to myself our son is ... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:45:17 EST Day 35: 135.9lbs No more batteries. Fluffy's been up playing since 5! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 70g (x232c) home-made lemon cheesecake (162c), 100g (x28c) strawberries (28c), 5g (x237c) spray cream (11c), sprinkes (weighe... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:41:28 EST Chapter 22, Day 8 Cookout at DS2's today. My danger zone is always the appetizer hour. I am forewarned, have plan in hand, and must execute it if I am to effectively manage this food event. <BR> <BR> It rained hard last evening.....the plants love the rain water. It will be beautiful, sunny, & hot today. <BR> ... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:40:46 EST Weight LOSS I have lost 2.8 lb since i started SP 17 days ago. I should have lost more, but my period may have gotten in the way. I must learn how not to let it get in the way :) <BR> <BR> I really have my eye on the ball and I am continuously excited. <BR> <BR> I love this site and the support. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:34:49 EST Beck check #4 This was a great week. <BR> <BR> Eating was good - proper portions, all eaten sitting, paying attention. <BR> Exercise as usual - 4 runs, 3 walks, yoga every day. <BR> Last night we visited friends, they cooked wonderful mexican food, I did not plan what I will eat but ate reasonably. <BR> Did m... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:33:09 EST This was me for MANY years. Not Anymore! <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 05:17:01 EST A bigger purpose It’s not all about me. It’s about the role that I need to play in this world. God has a purpose that I need to fulfill here on this Earth. I am my happiest and healthiest when I am fulfilling that purpose. My plan is to find God’s plan and live it out. <BR> Sometimes when life gets confusing ... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:16:09 EST Quote of the Day: May 29, 2016 "I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery - air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.” - Sylvia Plath Sun, 29 May 2016 05:14:31 EST Sunday We have a potluck supper tonight-always a major temptation. I'm going to be careful. Sun, 29 May 2016 05:14:22 EST May 29, II Samuel 16:1-14 May 29, II Samuel 16:1-14 <BR> <BR> More intrigue and plotting, Ziba brings gifts to David and a message that Saul's last survivor Mephibosheth, is plotting to retake the crown. There is no confirming evidence of this but simply on this man's word David makes a rash decision, we should not base... Sun, 29 May 2016 04:55:16 EST That's it... THROW OUT the dishes............. That's it THROW OUT the dishes! .............. problem solved * <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> it is 2:00 am and I wanted to eat and I went into my kitchen to make a salad and low and behold the sink was ful... Sun, 29 May 2016 04:48:51 EST Reviewing my Mellow-ometer! (Long blog - grab a coffee/tea/water!) <BR> <BR> As it gets close to the end of May (already?! yes, I know!) I have been kind of reviewing, in my head, how the mellowing project has gone. <BR> <BR> I do feel more mellow. How that feels for me is: less stressed, more relaxed, not 'down'. I've... Sun, 29 May 2016 04:42:55 EST New found worth. I have felt so down and alone for so long now that i forgot what it was like to be a part of something. Sparkpeople has been an eye opener for me. I realise how many people there are who struggle like me to not only eat right and exercise but fit in with others and feel normal. I have a lot of fr... Sun, 29 May 2016 04:42:14 EST Week Four done! I just realised I didn't make a week three update! <BR> <BR> So the end of May is upon us and I'm reflecting on what changes I've made and how well I've stuck to "I MAY try and loose weight in May" <BR> <BR> I have lost a total of 3.2 kgs this month - that's.. actually something awesome! <BR> ... Sun, 29 May 2016 04:12:23 EST Saturday This morning we were supposed to get out early for our drive to the Grand Canyon South Rim. Well, that didn't happen. We got out kind of late. We ate breakfast at Mc Donald's, then went to get gas. One of our tires needed air and my husband didn't want to pay the gas station a dollar for air,... Sun, 29 May 2016 03:55:33 EST About Me Hi my name is Miranda. I am 21. I live in Kentucky, and love to hunt. I also love to crochet and I enjoy crafts from scrapbooking to other needle work like cross stitch, latch hook and knitting. I play mmorpg and games like Minecraft. My media apps are : Instagram - Deathmaidene Twitter - Death... Sun, 29 May 2016 03:55:05 EST Sunday Went to lunch today with the family for my Birthday it was great a wonderful afternoon 4 of my grandchildren were there to I thought it was great that they took there time to spend a couple of hours with me. one of them was working so she could not attend but she said she would try but she didn't... Sun, 29 May 2016 03:09:17 EST National Hole In My Bucket Day (a day early) May 29, 2016 <BR> NATIONAL PAPERCLIP DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL COQ AU VIN DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May 30, 2016 ... Sun, 29 May 2016 02:57:24 EST ISN'T AGEING GREAT? 11# <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 02:52:11 EST Honor those... <img src=""> <BR> ...who have served and are serving! Sun, 29 May 2016 02:50:32 EST Legs hurt <img src=""> <BR> Walked 8 plus miles today. I am so tired. Sun, 29 May 2016 02:43:21 EST Sunday is Fun day Anyone like that song? About Sunday being fun day and not another manic Monday? Haha, anyways I love Sundays and can't wait for service today at church! Kids are always in a great mood on Sunday and it barely takes any effort to get them ready to go for today. I hope I wake back up early enough t... Sun, 29 May 2016 02:40:20 EST May 28, 2016 (Saturday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for responding to my last blog. The rain on Thursday and Friday caused the races to be canceled. Today was warm and sunny most of the day, but it rained so hard the past couple of days that the track, pit, and parking lot were all too wet and muddy. I was OK... Sun, 29 May 2016 02:39:45 EST Surgery went well! I just got home today. I have been staying at my sisters until I could get around by myself. My doctor seemed pretty confident and thought everything looked good but we have to wait for the final results until June 8th. So lets hope that is good news too. <BR> I want to wish everyone a Happy a... Sun, 29 May 2016 02:17:03 EST Memorial Day wkend! <img src=""> I have been nonstop busy this month! Good busy, filled with fun wonderful fun, friends & food. Not complaining, just tired, tired of being on the run, feeling full, being "on" Tomm I am going to just putz... Sun, 29 May 2016 02:14:00 EST Determined I am so tired of looking and feeling the way I do. I feel disgusting. Going to be eating healthy and try and work out at least once a day. Sun, 29 May 2016 01:51:25 EST Sunday Today is the last full day of vacation. Been running and swimming, so I feel pretty good. School work is complete, so I get to relax today. Have a great day! Sun, 29 May 2016 01:39:57 EST Day 148 ~ Friendships <img src=""> What I am doing to record my journey... 1. To blog everyday and include: 2. How many calories I consumed: 1858 3. How much I weigh: 231.6 4. How many steps I took: 12,872 5. How much water: 80 oz. 6. How... Sun, 29 May 2016 01:34:39 EST Day #320 Today we had warm temps and sunshine, which I was not expecting. I had already planned to spend some time with my 18 y/o daughter. She's been so busy with school, work and her boyfriend, that we haven't had much time together. so, we went shopping! I cannot believe it, but we were at the mall... Sun, 29 May 2016 01:31:47 EST Gods Day Be blessed send out love light joy and happiness prayers and blessings hugs Sun, 29 May 2016 01:29:45 EST Gods Day Be blessed send out love light joy and happiness prayers and blessings hugs Sun, 29 May 2016 01:29:43 EST Fat free banana bread <img src=""> <BR> Was at my mom's house and found this little gem on the counter. Sorry about the shine! Sun, 29 May 2016 01:29:16 EST Learn About Composting Day Learn About Composting Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always May 29 <BR> <BR> Learn About Composting Day is a great opportunity to "Go Green" and help the environment. Composting is easy... Sun, 29 May 2016 01:07:22 EST Today's Inspiration " Be Thankful. Be Content." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Sun, 29 May 2016 01:03:32 EST On the treadmill - day 3 <img src=""> <BR> Got all my steps today, just didn't have my phone. Moving down the hall. :/ So many trips back and forth. Night y'all Sun, 29 May 2016 01:02:44 EST Summer Strong •Day 34/56 <img src=""> Summer Strong •Day 34/56: Chisel Endurance (05/28/16) #feeltheburn #endurance Sun, 29 May 2016 01:02:39 EST Gratitude May 28 2016 Number 1: I survived the day. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I watched baseball. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I ate bagels. My diet coach would not (isn't) happy but golly they tasted good. <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 May 2016 01:01:45 EST Steps day 2 <img src=""> <BR> Trying to get 10K a day Sun, 29 May 2016 01:00:33 EST The Beginning of a Busy week While many of you are getting started on the Memorial Day weekend, I am preparing for the busiest week so far. I am walking in the parade on Monday (yay exercise points) I'm supporting those who have fsllen, honoring my oldest daughter who is second our country in the Army, and advertising someth... Sun, 29 May 2016 01:00:22 EST Steps <img src=""> <BR> Day 1, after my mile + walk Sun, 29 May 2016 00:59:30 EST Getting my sexy back... <img src=""> <BR> Day one and day two. Posting to keep myself accountable. Sun, 29 May 2016 00:58:14 EST Day 2 on holiday Had really good day yesterday. Did 5000 steps and also played rounders and tennis on the beach in the sunshine. Didn't overeat either. Wales is beautiful. Going to a castle today that's doing a knights re-enactment. I even did my workout DVD and ab challenge! Sun, 29 May 2016 00:55:28 EST Saturday Today we went to a workshop on "weeds" and how to get rid of them. It was very interesting. We also went to the community market, got some beans, had lunch at the Deli and Bread, and then went to Costco. Doing laundry now, but it's in the dryer cause it's raining! <BR> <BR> Last night we attende... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:53:24 EST Presidential Campaign I wonder what Trump is going to do next and which of his campaign policy is he going to change. When is he going to actual state how he is going to do what he proposes. Sun, 29 May 2016 00:50:40 EST Okay so.... I was supposed to have my day off but it never happened instead I worked out even more. But I feel good. So everyday but one for the past 11 days I burned more than 300 calories a day. Problem, always hungry. I drink more water than I should so I know it's not thirst, what should I do. I always w... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:41:18 EST Ironic <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 00:35:01 EST Is tired I think I have been in my craft room a few weeks or a month.. the room was so pack with Yarn, paints and needlework.. the boxes and bags was all over the place.. last week I found some floor today I found a lot more .. re arranging a lot but gave a lot of wonder... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:32:48 EST CUCUMBER FETA SALAD & ISRAELI COUSCOUS SALAD WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES CUCUMBER FETA SALAD <BR> From Two Peas and their Pod <BR> yield: SERVES 2-3 <BR> INGREDIENTS: <BR> 1 English cucumber, sliced <BR> 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced <BR> 1 tablespoon white vinegar <BR> 1/2 teaspoon sugar <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill <BR> 1/4 cup fe... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:30:39 EST Special Blessings-May 29, 2016 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim cooked breakfast for us this morning. This man can cook one great breakfast. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim worked on the bathroom all afternoon and got some major prep work done before the plumbing is put in, which hopefully will be Thurs.... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:30:25 EST Words to Ponder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 29 May 2016 00:24:01 EST FUN DAY I did not get out of bed until after noon. I relaxed a little, spoke to my cousin on the phone, and rode my bike to a going away party. I went to a nice restaurant's patio for my friends Lee and Rob's going away party. They are moving to Denver next week. There were a lot of great people and it... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:21:33 EST Bad day... Didn't do much towards my gym session because I wanted to sleep in...ate junk food today too!! I'm not beating myself up about it...but I'll avoid the scale tomorrow! Gym in the morning! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Sun, 29 May 2016 00:16:11 EST I Finally WEIGH -IN When I started working for a healthier lifestyle. I promise myself, I would not weigh myself on any regular schedule. Watching my weight off and on all my life I never could get passed the disappointment of not losing weight when I had been really really trying. Weight Watcher was the worst, cl... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:06:33 EST Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania Day 20 <BR> Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) 15 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> I am so tired. I hope my blog makes sense. <BR> <BR> We tried the pool filter this morning, but it kept tripping the breaker. We tried it again tonight and it worked fine. <BR> <BR> We got up early t... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:03:14 EST Does one change on being able to motivate one self? When I first changed Sparks I did so because I was running out of steam to keep losing. The scale had gone from 288 down to 256 and would NOT move. I had joined WW online, but I didn't much of it.. I was paying for a service, I wasn't finding encouraging (my PERSONAL Experience, I KNOW it's a ... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:48 EST Zumba and a graduation party Another nice full day! <BR> <BR> Pictures to follow! <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:59:40 EST Saturday - Memorial Day Weekend... I did not get to sleep as fast as I wanted to last night but I did sleep well. Weighed in, tracked my food, drank lots of water & finished my "get the deck furniture out & clean it" project. It was hot out & I felt like I was exercising. <BR> <BR> JANEY Sat, 28 May 2016 23:59:29 EST Asthma... now what Had a hard time catching my breath while walking outside. I thought I was just ridiculously out of shape. Nope, turns out I have asthma. Diagnosed for the first time at age 42. Sat, 28 May 2016 23:58:45 EST Day 14 "BAVADA <BR> Sauté the onions and peppers then add in ground turkey and set aside , bake the potato in the oven then fill potato with 4 ounces of ground turkey and top with one oz of cheese" <BR> <BR> I tried something similar! Green onions and the tomatoes, diced, and cooked with cooked ground ... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:58:26 EST pushing myself So after my awesome progress this past month, I decided to start training for my first 5K. I know, I my body was like "whaaat?" and my knees was like, "WTF is wrong with you?". I get it. I plan on losing more weight before expecting to make it but I figure I'd at least start trying and begin plan... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:53:18 EST Early to Bed, Early to Rise Tomorrow I will be on a new path to better health and hopefully I will be well rested. <BR> <BR> I sort of hate spending time writing about my diet and exercise and weight struggles but if writing helps then I will write. <BR> <BR> Not happy about my weight, fitness or dress size today, but c... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:48:22 EST Walked a different trail today My DH and I went to a different trail today. He is an avid birdwatcher and wanted to see one of our local eagle's nests. <BR> The trail we walked was a bit hilly for me but I still walked a mile there. Today was hot and humid, more than 90 degrees. I keep thinking I'd rather walk in the mornin... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:48:10 EST Walkimg Going to climb the fire tower tomarrow Sat, 28 May 2016 23:47:48 EST Day 10 I am doing well with tracking my food intake, keeping my calories within the limits, but exercise is more of a challenge. During the week I went to the pool. After returning from Houston Wednesday, I went to the current pool and walked for 30 minutes both Thursday and Friday. It is almost like a... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:47:00 EST Happy Saturday Happy Saturday everyone and enjoy your evening with love ones Sat, 28 May 2016 23:46:42 EST GREAT DAY AT MARKET Hubby and I just hung out this morning not rushing. We got to the market about 9 and we had good traffic and people were actually spending money. The only problem was we spent almost as much as we made. A guy was across from us that had cleansers for jewelry and metals which we can always use.... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:43:23 EST Focus of the day Resting from our 17 mile walk in the hills. <BR> Tracking food. Sat, 28 May 2016 23:43:07 EST Relax <img src=""> After an incredibly busy day, Mike forced me to relax. Dinner made for me, glass of wine handed to me, shoulders massaged. Win! Win! Sat, 28 May 2016 23:41:59 EST See The Real Jesus <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> News about Him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to Him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon-possessed or ... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:41:21 EST Wonderful dance recital Since it was so wet and soggy today, I opted to do <BR> as much laundry as I could, do chores early, fill <BR> Molly with gas and meet DH to eat lunch. <BR> The recital hall was filled and we had seats in the <BR> second row. All of the dance students did fantastic. <BR> I had to wear boots to ge... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:37:52 EST vacation bad diet off the tracks <img src=""> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:37:49 EST Memorial Day Weekend Hope everyone has a Great Weekend! Sat, 28 May 2016 23:36:22 EST Bad day I had a pretty intense chat with my husband this morning. I've been fighting depression for a while now and it reared its ugly head today. I hate how all my problems seem to make a complete circle back to my weight. <BR> <BR> He asked me," when was the last time I felt completely happy". My answ... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:33:54 EST Saturday, 5/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have already decided that I am only giving 2 hours to paid work and then the time is mine for sparking and cross-stitch. I finally got to my desk about 2 today and spent about ... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:33:52 EST Allergies and your weight gain Ok i want to share this with you for the benefit of those who have this problem and might not know about it. Allergies are making me retain water, gain weight and have constipation. How I know? My food diary in this application. Never mind the maple syrup. Im allergic to it and thats why i loose... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:32:09 EST Upping my Spark Life I have found a need to up my Spark Life. To that end, I activated the Spark Coach today. Having trouble getting up and down and beginning to feel my body ache some days and not others, this is no condition for me to continue. I added our Coach, quit caffeine and am learning about my situationa... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:30:39 EST 5/28/16 - Bedtime My wonderful neighbored mowed my front lawn. <BR> <BR> Planted more tomatoes and some green peppers. By the end of the holiday weekend, my vegetable garden should be complete. <BR> <BR> I tried a bottle of Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat beer, and I liked it a lot. <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams everyon... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:28:33 EST Day 653 Do you always agree with your pedometer? I usually don't question the steps because I know how hard I work on those. But some days it seems to tell me I used up way more calories than I thought I did or it tells me I slept more hours than I know I did. I guess as long as I'm still it thinks I'm sleeping? I don't know, just asking. ... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:28:30 EST gratefulness blog 4 I am proud of myself today because I listened intently and gave support to my daughter. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am grateful <BR> For the time i had with my grandson <BR> For breakfast/lunch with my son <BR> For Sparkfriends <BR> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:27:24 EST New weight <img src=""> <BR> I am now 160 I have lost 18 pounds. I feel a lot better about my self. Its easier to choose healthy food and I have come to love water! I recently bought a new bathing suit and yes its a two piece gra... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:27:13 EST 3/100 Today was a good day. I felt happier and more like I could conquer the world. To be honest I didn't eat very well in terms of health, but it was my cousin's baby shower. I'm so excited for the birth of the child, not that I am an aunt or anything. I also kicked back and spent some time with my mo... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:22:00 EST May 28th Picture Blog Today has been a good day. I'm really tired. I worked another 6 hours today. Good exercise but phew, I am tired. Movie night at church tonight. Great movie but a real tear jerker. That makes me tired too. My food is good today. I feel good about life. Sarah & the baby went home from the hospital ... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:20:01 EST Day 147: Happy Anniversary to me! Today my husband and I celebrated our 39th Anniversary. I made French toast with cinnamon, vanilla, egg beaters, and a touch of milk on 45 calorie whole wheat bread and Maple Farms Sugar-Free syrup. Total was only 258 calories for 3 pieces of toast. In anticipation of our dinner out, I had only f... Sat, 28 May 2016 23:17:26 EST