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  • An At-Home Retreat Experience

    5/30/2020 11:01:26 AM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    In my part-time job, my boss asked me to put together an at-home retreat experience on YouTube. That request stretched me a bit beyond my comfort zone--working with a different social media platform. I share so much on SP, I thought I would share this, too. It is a Christo-centered retreat and so... Read more

  • A mild spring day

    5/30/2020 11:01:07 AM, by MOMMY445

    There's a chance of rain this afternoon here today. That's okay with me and my daughter. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I will be going for a walk in a while. After lunch, I will be doing some dancing. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • FRIDAY

    5/29/2020 10:53:58 PM, by JOANN25

    To start out with I had a hard time getting to sleep last night. Finally I made it but was up and down for awhile before I went sound asleep and it was time to get up. The best part of the day was making our recording to take the place of the Sunday service. We start our soft comeback on Jun... Read more

  • Working Methodically Is Mindfulness

    5/29/2020 2:39:37 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    This moment is a break from my outside tasks. The day is so beautiful with a lovely breeze. There are about 24 crepe myrtles on the property that need their spring haircut. This can't be done with just a quick whack, but the branches need to be trimmed individually. You can almost feel the plant... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    5/29/2020 12:21:23 PM, by MOMMY445

    A not as hot and humid day here today. There's a chance of rain this afternoon. I just came back from a short walk and I feel great. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Stay safe and take care!... Read more

  • THURSDAY THOUGHTS

    5/28/2020 11:55:47 PM, by JOANN25

    I was moody today as I had no vehicle and had to depend on someone else. The upside of this problem is that my son has his truck back and tomorrow I can go and come as I wish. 224 I did my cleanup at the church. I am getting rid of files that I can not use in order to open up some space. ... Read more

  • Back at it!

    5/28/2020 2:49:53 PM, by SWIBBIES

    Stop, start, stop, start.... That’s what it’s been like for a few years now. So frustrating...my over 50 body is telling me I can’t keep doing this. It’s getting more difficult to lose once gained. Sooo..I was really sick in February and lost 10 pounds. After I felt better that weight loss su... Read more

  • A warm day

    5/28/2020 9:58:35 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. There will be scattered showers here today. I am okay with that and so is my daughter. I'll be doing some dancing after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Stay safe and take care!... Read more

  • WEDNESDAY ...

    5/27/2020 11:45:17 PM, by JOANN25

    Got up by 8 but fell back asleep after breakfast. It was one of those sleepy 102 days for me. I have been stuck home this week while my son uses my 433 while his was in the shop. Still didn't get it out of shop but my friends are picking me up so I can go to church and practice with her then st... Read more

  • Did you know that ticks are a type of spider?

    5/27/2020 2:57:31 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    There are things I wish I didn't know and that is one of them. This year the eight-footed blood suckers are everywhere. Billy (a beagle) seems to have the knack of finding everyone of them. I love living in the country but God is reminding me that even paradise has a cost. The tick repellen... Read more

  • Another very warm day here today

    5/27/2020 11:01:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter and I are keeping cool and well hydrated today. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be doing some yoga this afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • A very warm day

    5/26/2020 9:31:06 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's going to be a very warm and humid day here today. My daughter and I are keeping cool and well hydrated. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I will be doing some yoga this morning and some dancing after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • MONDAY IMAGINATION

    5/26/2020 1:00:36 AM, by JOANN25

    Planned my meals for the week last night. Made a trip to the grocery store and got items needed this afternoon plus new curtains for the room I just did, new phones to cover all rooms in the house. I cooked this morning for the day. The only thing that changed was that my son wanted some jalepen... Read more

  • Last Time to Start Over...

    5/25/2020 2:27:27 PM, by NANCY32

    I started over again but this time I am focused on different reasons for getting healthy. I am close to 50 and have diabetes and heart disease in my family. I was feeling sluggish and unhealthy. I want to feel better, and I want to WANT to do more every day. Life is not a guarantee and time is l... Read more

  • Sunny day

    5/25/2020 8:56:56 AM, by MOMMY445

    A beautiful sunny day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be doing some dancing after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe! For those who celebrate memorial day, happy memorial Day!... Read more

  • SUNDAY STARTS THE WEEK OFF RIGHT

    5/25/2020 1:00:56 AM, by JOANN25

    I had a busy day but took time to worship with our church during it's recorded service. It was an inspiration to me to listen to it when not having to think about what came next. Our pastor did a good job. 288 The rest of the day was spent cleaning rooms. I completed 1 room and was real... Read more

  • Looking at the Whole Picture

    5/24/2020 11:26:43 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    As I ended my day and started tracking my calories, the totals began mounting and when all the numbers were put in, I was quite a bit over. Not my best day in that area. But then I looked at the rest of the week, and several times I was way under. Those days I didn't get on my case. So, the less... Read more

  • A sunny day

    5/24/2020 12:54:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    A beautiful sunny day here today 🌞. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I will be going for a walk after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • SATURDAY SATISFACTION

    5/23/2020 11:15:27 PM, by JOANN25

    I relaxed more today as I had really hurt myself yesterday by working so hard yesterday. I didn't stop altogether but finished cleaning the room, prepared bags to go outside and more burning. Didn't quite make 5,000 but was pretty close. Knees not hurting as bad so think I just needed a day to ... Read more

  • FRIDAY THOUGHTS

    5/22/2020 11:08:17 PM, by JOANN25

    Friday is here but I had a very busy day planned. I burned about 5 cages of papers, put about 5 bags or more in the garbage, moved things to the storage room, finished the room I was clearing out, cleaned my room, moved furniture, etc (more to do in there); cleaned the kitchen and wiped down the k... Read more

  • Beautiful sunshine 🌞

    5/22/2020 1:26:48 PM, by MOMMY445

    Another sunny day here today 🌞. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm heading out for a walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Thursday Thoughts

    5/21/2020 11:39:26 PM, by JOANN25

    I went to the church and played for the taping of the service for this Sunday. They are always fun to do and we gain as much as anyone while doing this. 288 I am still having knee problems so only did 5005 steps. Better than yesterday though. 311 Hope to do 10000 before the end of the... Read more

  • Thursday and the Clouds Keep Rolling In

    5/21/2020 3:22:20 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    Yesterday's blog helped get me focused on how I want to be--positive and grateful. Today I faced the challenges anew and found energy in helping people around me. I helped get some cottages ready for visitors, visited an elderly friend, and did my own housework. Posting on FB brought me in co... Read more

  • Sunny day

    5/21/2020 11:24:17 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Serious Gratitude and Serious Self-Care

    5/20/2020 6:10:11 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    With the stress of Covid-19 and the interminable grey, cloudy, damp and cold temperatures, I have to work hard not be depressed. To a certain extent, not counting the brain's chemical imbalance that is a big factor in depression, the way I think and act contributes to my depression, Medicati... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    5/20/2020 10:13:46 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be doing a Leslie Sansone workout in the afternoon today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Nice spring day

    5/19/2020 9:54:59 AM, by MOMMY445

    A mild spring day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be doing some dancing after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • MONDAY

    5/18/2020 11:45:16 PM, by JOANN25

    Monday started out with going to the church to work. I worked until about 12, ran some errands and went back home. I made 4,000 steps today. Will work hard to get over that tomorrow. Worked on the house, the computer room, laundry etc. Always something to do. Tuesday will be a... Read more

  • Monday Morning Starter

    5/18/2020 10:54:09 AM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    This morning has begun with greater mindfulness. I love starting my day not rushing, preparing a healthy protein-filled breakfast and eating it slowly, taking care of my kiddos (Billie and Charlie), going over my SP pages and will soon head out for a walk. Doing a gratefulness litany of all that... Read more

  • A rainy day

    5/18/2020 9:19:29 AM, by MOMMY445

    It'll be a rainy day here today. That's okay with me and my daughter. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be doing some yoga this morning. After lunch, I'll be doing some dancing. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • The New Reality

    5/18/2020 1:40:26 AM, by SUSEEE

    I reached my goal weight 38 days ago. I am trying to approach this new phase logically, objectively, eagerly. I figured I would just make one change at a time as I transitioned into maintenance. I reset my ticker and nutrition goals. Since I am no longer trying to lose weight, it made sense that... Read more

  • A great day

    5/17/2020 9:16:43 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. I'll be going for a walk in about an hour. After lunch, I'll be doing some dancing. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Sunny Day

    5/16/2020 12:43:26 PM, by MOMMY445

    A mild and sunny day here today 🌞. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Friday was Frustrating

    5/15/2020 8:41:03 PM, by JOANN25

    I woke up a little late which was ok, but my knee was hurting and I couldn't stay on it long at a time. I did what I could and will try to do more toward the end of the day. I had trouble staying awake and slept off and on throughout the day. (Another frustration point) I made steak fin... Read more

  • A rainy day

    5/15/2020 10:17:00 AM, by MOMMY445

    It'll be a rainy day here today. My daughter and I are doing well. She says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be doing a Kathy Smith exercise video after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • A BUSY WEDNESDAY

    5/14/2020 1:04:36 AM, by JOANN25

    I worked at the church in the AM getting a mailing out to the choir. 195 The church is planning a startup on June 14th. We are getting ready to go if the virus doesn't change our plans. I went home about 11:30 and cooked dinner ... delicious potatoes with green beans. I went a little o... Read more

  • A new day

    5/14/2020 12:22:56 AM, by MOMMY445

    I will be going for a walk after breakfast today. My daughter is doing well. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day 🌞

    5/13/2020 11:19:18 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Colder weather and hunger

    5/12/2020 7:08:10 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    I wonder if there has been a study about cold spring weather and the desire to eat. If my weight returns, it will probably happen on grey, dreary days, cold days. This is one of them. I kept within the calories (barely) and find myself just wanting to sleep. I did get out and bought some plants.... Read more

  • A windy day

    5/12/2020 5:09:39 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I got in a yoga workout this morning and some dancing this afternoon. I feel great! Have a wonderful day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • A TRANSFORMATION FROM THE WEEKEND

    5/12/2020 12:31:07 AM, by JOANN25

    I had so much pain over the weekend (knee and back) I did not make near as many steps as I should have. TODAY ... I got up this morning feeling good, walked with no pain, did not use a cane and made 11,029 steps. 311 This included walking, housecleaning (at church and at home) piano music, e... Read more

  • Happy Monday

    5/11/2020 10:31:45 AM, by MOMMY445

    I had a great mother's Day yesterday. Thanks for all of the well wishes. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I completed a Denise Austin workout this morning and I feel great! After lunch, I'll be doing some dancing. Have a great day, everyone! Take ... Read more

  • Happy mother's Day

    5/10/2020 8:48:54 AM, by MOMMY445

    Happy mother's Day to all of the moms and grandmas in the world! My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Stay safe and take care.... Read more

  • Windy day

    5/9/2020 10:53:36 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's a windy and cold day here today. It's been snowing on and off this morning here. my daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I just finished an online dance workout and I feel great! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • IT'S FRIDAY ALREADY

    5/9/2020 12:09:53 AM, by JOANN25

    This week has gone fast. When I looked at the date this morning, it was hard to believe that it was actually Friday. 30 I have been at the house except for about 30 minutes when I ran an errand for my son. Got the part he was waiting for so he was a "happy camper". 575 I did as mu... Read more

  • It's Friday

    5/8/2020 12:22:59 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I did some dancing this morning. I will be going for a walk in the afternoon. I'm feeling pretty good 😊. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Seeing Changes

    5/7/2020 10:24:09 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    Yesterday, I changed my starting weight. I felt down that the scale was not moving faster. Then I thought about the weight I have lost over the past several years. By putting the scale at my highest weight, the pounds loss is so much more significant. It was to celebrate about what has been acco... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    5/7/2020 8:31:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. I'll be doing some dancing after lunch today. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • A windy sunny day 🌞

    5/6/2020 11:13:44 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I got in a yoga workout this morning and I feel great. I will be going for a walk after lunch. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • TUESDAY THOUGHTS

    5/5/2020 11:49:08 PM, by JOANN25

    I have been busy today with church work, errands, SP posts, and home chores. My steps came to almost 7000. I am really going to try for the 10,000 tomorrow. I have had a relaxed evening; watched a little tv with my son, then came in the computer room to post as I didn't get a chance this ... Read more

  • Mindfulness -- Day Two

    5/5/2020 10:12:31 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    This is the hardest practice that I think I have tried to do. Years ago I was very much into meditation, and I can recall that I was able to practice mindfulness during that time. The two practices went hand-in-hand. I am taking my last bite and realize that eating was completely thoughtles... Read more

  • Bright sunny day 🌞

    5/5/2020 9:53:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    Another sunny day here today 🌞. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've done some yoga this morning and I feel good. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • REST DAY

    5/4/2020 10:55:29 PM, by JOANN25

    I took a day of rest today to give my knee and back a break. I have really been pushing over the weekend. I made 3943 steps today just walking to do things around the house. I'll try to push for more steps tomorrow. Just needed the break today. The Shooting Stars are on a virtual tr... Read more

  • A cloudy day

    5/4/2020 10:36:06 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going to be doing some dancing after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Mindfulness -- Morning One

    5/4/2020 8:52:29 AM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    My engines are revving to go and mindfulness went out the door. I just swallowed a banana and peanut butter without a moment's thought. I am sitting here chuckling about how my fervor of last night dissipated with my dreams. I still have my coffee and two other meals to attempt focusing again. ... Read more

  • I MADE PROGRESS TODAY ...

    5/4/2020 12:33:45 AM, by JOANN25

    I walked some this morning and early afternoon. The majority of my steps was toward evening with continuous walking with breaks in between...11,153 total. I couldn't believe it but I did it. Hope I can do this tomorrow as well but I have to work at the church in the A.M. 311 I had houseke... Read more

  • Mindfulness

    5/3/2020 10:45:24 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    Sometimes I am almost weirded out when something I am working on is the day's subject on Sparkpeople. Before checking out the video for today, I was processing with a friend and she reminded me of eating more mindfully. It seems like everything I do--including thinking--is fast. I eat fast. I tal... Read more

  • Beautiful sunshine

    5/3/2020 9:38:13 AM, by MOMMY445

    A sunny and warm day here today 🌞. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I will be going for a walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Air Conditioning or No Air Conditioning

    5/2/2020 4:36:48 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    Every spring when it starts warming up, I try to avoid turning on the air conditioning as long as possible. As a child, air conditioning didn't exist. That is hard to believe. Taking 10hour rides to go on vacation in August with all the windows down, the heat was overwhelming and four kids packed... Read more

  • Sunny Saturday

    5/2/2020 10:45:40 AM, by MOMMY445

    The sun is shining brightly here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a short walk and I feel great. Have a good day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • BACK TO EARTH

    5/1/2020 9:11:15 PM, by JOANN25

    My Knee was hurting pretty bad so was not able to stay on my feet too long. 234 I did walk some 311 play the organ some 335 Do some work around the house 542 cook a casserole for supper 481 Very low of energy with the heat. I will try to see the Dr. next week and see what she can do ab... Read more

  • It's Friday

    5/1/2020 11:23:54 AM, by MOMMY445

    A very windy day here today. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I had a good walk outside this morning. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Grace Built on Grace

    4/30/2020 10:40:26 PM, by GAILMARYFRANCES

    The blog was supposed to be on All or Nothing thinking but I decided to change the blog to grace built on grace. I am so grateful that each step forward builds to the next step forward. This applies to eating, exercising, to do lists, and being faithful to friends. Grace does build on g... Read more