SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs First Things First <img src=""> <BR> I learned from the best! I remember seeing my Dad get up early and stretch out before going to work on his bike. After he retired, he got up early and went for a run, and in his later years, he got ... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 05:16:51 EST no excuses I am important. My health and fitness are critical to living well and completing tasks. <BR> No excuses....I want to be fit, and healthy and vigorous. The choices I make today impact my tomorrow. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 05:07:55 EST 8 THINGS TO REMEMBER <img src=""> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:45:44 EST Thought for today 10/15 <BR> <BR> I know you’ve been doubting your progress, regretting your choices, putting yourself down. Please Remember that you are doing just fine. Remind yourself right now that no matter what it looks like, you are doing the best you can. Always encourage, support and believe in yourself. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:37:51 EST back to the 60's again <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=RDUMz8XRGxZdY&index=4 </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 03:32:31 EST It's all in your perspective After a recent colonoscopy Dr. found stage 3 cancer in my brother in laws colon. They had to cancel plans to vacation with us next week because he is having surgery to remove part of his colon. My sister said that he had a meltdown of sorts yesterday after coming home and finding a plumbing iss... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 02:49:13 EST Week 3: HOME CHEF | Meal Kits <em>102</em> 1:00 a.m. in the Midwest. <BR> <BR> I’m working on calming my not so friendly back. I just hooked myself to my TENS UNIT. <BR> So sick of hearing the expert pain doctors on the news shows. Every time I hear an interview about chronic pain, Grandparents are blamed for causing ... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 02:31:46 EST Day 289: Halloween Q & A <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween." (Author unknown) <BR> <BR> Happy Holiday Spooktacular! <BR> <BR> Let’s have a Halloween Q... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 02:19:58 EST Day 24 of making changes (October 15 2019) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another day is coming to a close / another day of making changes to my lifestyle / another day to think of things I am grateful for. <BR> <BR> For those who read my last blog re being frustrate... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:50:06 EST IF ANYOF YOU LACK-GOD'S BLOG-10/16/19 <img src=""> <BR> Blessed (be) he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. Psalm 118:26 (KJV) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,And the wor... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:47:25 EST 10-15-19 I finished the book reviews. It takes so long to do that these days. But then, it feels like it takes me forever to get anything done. It gets annoying. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:39:35 EST Food/weight management skills CAN be developed. More skilled now than I was! It shows. I had my yearly physical today. Weight is down. Cholesterol is down, and it turns out I'm not in too bad a shape for a fifty year old woman. My old 250 lb. self would not have thought it possible. 176 feels pretty good. Goal weight will feel even better. There was a time I wouldn't have dar... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:09:52 EST Dictionary Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When celebrated : Always October 16th <BR> <BR> Dictionary Day is in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758. <BR... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:01:57 EST Thank you today saw dad and then church then hospital .. Got Miss Wanda straighten out ,, she wasnt on morphine drip and adavan and got her on it .. then was told since I am not family and I can not put her in hospice care but comforted care UGH .. Father Walter came up it... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:37:57 EST Kindly. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy and share the love of friendship. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:33:48 EST Weather It was another nice day in the mid 70s. It is 67 outside and 71 inside. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:18:03 EST Have A Laugh A giggle or two is good for you. <BR> <BR> Not only does it make you feel better, there's no downside. <BR> <BR> One study found that after people laughed out loud at funny videos, their immune systems worked better. <BR> <BR> But we aren't sure yet if that means less illness in the long run. ... Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:55 EST Fitness <img src=""> Had my second session with my trainer. Last week was water. Today was land. Learning many techniques. Did better than expected. Really need to work on my balance. This trainer is a woman close to my age. I... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:56:36 EST T T Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:50:33 EST Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, October 15, 2019 " I am a Bold and Courageous Warrior." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:45:38 EST My Quilting Hobby / Stressbuster So the other day I told my challenge group about going to a little quilting retreat/workshop with an internationally known free motion quilter and a couple of the ladies asked me to share some of my quilting. So this won't be as much of a blog as it is just a sharing of some of my projects. But i... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:33:36 EST What a Day I Had! Have you ever felt like running away from home? I did, just today! <BR> <BR> The day started well enough, and I enjoyed a great Bible study, and then went to get a flu shot, which was fast, painless, and FREE, and then managed to find the perfect wedding present I was looking for, and a pair of ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:15:32 EST 71st Weekend Fasting Cycle The prior weekend I was out of town on a job assignment. I didn't fast due to social eating, but I had 5 days of OMAD. I still managed to gain weigh because of the all-you-can-eat restaurant buffet food. LOL <BR> <BR> For last weekend, 10/12-10/13 and Monday until dinner, the fast was about 69 h... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:00:30 EST Ice cream NSV I posted this on the community feed but I wanted to record it here so I can look back when I need a NSV. <BR> <BR> Today is TMobile Tuesday, and they gave away a $2 gift card to BR. I checked the nutrition information on the flavor I wanted before I went in - if it was going to take me above my ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:58:16 EST Goals & Gratitude 10/15/19 I have been way too tired to blog the last couple of days. I fell into a deep sleep upon going to bed both last night and the night before. I'm hoping that my sleep schedule is getting better. I think I am sleeping better overall. <BR> <BR> I did a sleep study last night. It's the kind that you ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:55:14 EST Kicking Insomnia to the Curb! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day is quickly closing, but honestly it feels like it should be much further into the week than Tuesday. <BR> <em>102</em> A solid night of sleep & a morning nap. <BR> <em>341... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:49:06 EST Curses <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:30:40 EST 10/15/19 Well My best friend had talked about chaffles last week. I told her I would try them this past weekend and forgot. So I got the bug to experiment today. So I Made Chaffles! I made a pumpkin spice one, a italian one, and a lemon ginger one. All turned out pretty impressive! I gotta say I am ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:15:07 EST October 15th~Always be flexible That is true of all of matter what our plans there is the chance it won't go as you thought! <BR> I went thru plan A,B,C today and finally settled for plan D...which was Rest the Knee! <BR> Guess I did a bit more than it was happy with yesterday, kept me up half the night and then was not ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:10:01 EST October 15, 2019 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> I am ready to crash. It has been a long day. A mostly good day, just long. <BR> <BR> I had a normal morning at home - workout, get boys up and out the door, shower, breakfast, wash dishes and make the bed. I did throw in a load of laundry. <BR> <BR> I got caught up on ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:05:44 EST DINNER Well I found a recipe for a potato corn bacon chowder on line. I read all the info on it and directions. Then I saw another one a little different and then a third. I ended up with potatoes, corn, bacon and cheese chowder for dinner. I just combined the three with what I had in the pantry and... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:01:44 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR WEDNESDAY THE SEEKER <BR> <BR> I (Jesus) will deliver you (Paul) from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you. <BR> Acts 26:17 <BR> <BR> Much theological ink has been used through the ages in an attempt to answer this question: Does man seek God or does God seek man? I... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:55:36 EST how many times Today after water fit class I asked the teacher if she remembered when she use to tell us 'every movement counts' and she said yes and I told her I think that all the time. She seemed pleased. Yes every movement does count. I recently read a blog that Beth Donovan (~INDYGIRL) wrote talking abo... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:49:42 EST Tuesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:37:51 EST It’s only Tuesday My daughter had her check up today. It went well overall and she had to get four shots but didn’t shed a tear. Such a tough kid. However we had to talk to her doctor about some jerky involuntary movements we’ve been seeing and she’s worried it’s from seizures. So we do a video EEG on Thursday. <... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:30:18 EST Working hard I have been working hard to change all my bad habits, and it’s slowly getting there. I stopped smoking over 3 months ago. I gave up sugary drinks and try my best to drink more water (work in progress) and I go to the gym a few times a week despite my horrible anxiety. And have been rewarded wi... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:16:34 EST 15th of October Good Morning! Started my day with Bible study. Showered, dressed and makeup then a treat for myself went and got a Mani and Pedi. Came home and pushed myself and got 8 glasses of water drunk before the end of the day. I tracked every bite I ate today a challenge, but we motivation I made it happe... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:14:25 EST Wandering aimlessly I did get to the fabric store for ideas about the challenge. Then I went to the big Walmart but they only had one monitor and I don't need a 32" curved one for $279. So off I went to pick up the prize from the 3rd section I finished in the MN shop hop. It's a wonderful coaster set with quilt d... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:02:07 EST Day 15 Fell off the wagon yesterday. I ordered a milkshake from Wendy’s. I didn’t blog yesterday - guilty conscience. I’m back on track today. I satisfying the sweet craving by eating grapes. My car is drying out & the smell is disappearing. One of the dogs was listless and she went to the vet t... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:01:51 EST Not my best day... Not sure why, but my energy level has been shot all day. I got to bed at a decent hour last night, but my fanny's been dragging all day. I've accomplished somewhere between diddly and squat. Realistically, the high-fat lunch probably didn't help. But i did get SOME exercise in and I can at least ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:41:00 EST Tuesday Made it through the last day of Tax filing! WooHoo!!! <BR> Hope everyone has had a great day! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:34:35 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>213</em> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:27:17 EST A Way I Am Choosing to Make a Difference One of our blog choices for this week's Aspire & Inspire's October Buddy Support Group Challenge, is on the topic of National Make A Difference Day. National Make A Difference Day is an annual community service event which is held on the fourth Saturday in October. Millions of people have united... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:26:58 EST Water Fully hydrated on water Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:26:39 EST Blood sugar readings Had a good number today. 2 in a row. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:26:02 EST Once Upon a Time Once Upon a Time, 2011-2018, ABC <BR> <BR> So, here’s Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison),living her life as a bail-bonds-person. Some strange little kid (Henry) tracks her down, says he is her son (she had given up a male baby in the past). He’s also been adopted by the Mayor, Regina, who is/was the ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:22:00 EST Good Day. It's been a good day taday. We got the computer desk moved and put the bookshelf where I wanted it. I haven't started on my poems yet. I'm gonna have ta stop and do them soon. I'm not sure what ta write. <BR> I think I have somethang ta write and then it's gone. This has been the hardest c... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:21:46 EST Let's do this!! I appreciate the support! We all need to support each other!! For Me it is to hard to do by Myself. I am working on it. I want backing by My Doc. We shall see! We can do this!! <BR> Luv U!! ((HUGS)) Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:20:31 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 15 and 16 Daily Inspiration: Many of life's hassles are mere tests of our strength. Lord, help me remember that patience can often diffuse a situation quicker than a snap response. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: To worry about tomorrow is to be unhappy today. —Proverb <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Diminish dou... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:03:01 EST Update I finally went for my long overdue manicure and pedicure today at 2:30pm. Also, hubby is doing a little bit better now. October 21 will be two months after his bladder removed. Doctor said normally 3 months recovery period but with Diabetes it will take longer. Praise God he is finally feelin... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:56:45 EST One of the many beautiful things about Autumn..... <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:33:53 EST Mondays on Tuesday are the WORST!! Today was a long rough day! It started out okay, but deteriorated rapidly. One student came in looking fine but suddenly was curled up on the floor with her eyes closed. She is one who NEVER sleeps in class. She was acting strange and we took her to the nurse who agreed she looked sick despite no... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:33:07 EST 10/15/19 Since last August, when my dear friend Fr. Terry died, who was my spiritual companion, I have been missing something. Our bi-weekly calls used to provide so much help to my spiritual well-being in ways I never imagined. This past weekend I ran into another priest friend, Fr. John, who I hadn't ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:31:59 EST Nap Time? <img src=""> Is it nap time? lawrd <BR> <BR> 5:30 pm and I am sleepy <em>102</em> .. can you believe it? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I think waking up and out of bed at 4am is taking its toll lollllllllllllll ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:30:15 EST Day 173 Almost all green on my Versa just might miss active minutes but achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 15K steps for today. Versa battery is at 39% so will charge it a little later tonight. Change in plan for tomorrow will see where I'm at time wise after I get done with my Chest and 5 min... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:23:44 EST I'm back Granted you may not have noticed I've been away but I'm back anyhow.  Overall I had a positive weekend.  Managed to meet up with a fellow Sparker and wife from the USA side of the pond on Saturday en route to 'home'.  Given the communication curve balls that were thrown in our direction it was qu... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:21:44 EST 5% Challenge Day 11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was an almost perfect autumn morning! The sun was shining, the breeze was very light, and the temperature was mild. I kept thinking of the slogan "I run because I can." Actually I alternat... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:17:37 EST 5% Challenge Day 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wish I could walk faster and harder, but I naturally slow to my comfort pace because of my leg length discrepancy. (My custom orthotic only makes up part of the difference; a higher lift won'... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:12:06 EST This site layout kinda sucks I've been on here for 21 days and I finally discovered how to add a blog entry. I think the surfeit of ads makes it really hard for me to focus on what I'm actually looking for. I don't think the site's design is outdated, merely CONFUSING AF. <BR> <BR> I've done site specific blogs before, most... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:04:24 EST Adventures at the DMV You know those videos of airline staff who wake you up with humor in their safety announcements that we've (most of us) heard hundreds of times? I encountered a lovely lady at the DMV today who was doing much the same. Done in a kindly manner, and with much patience for the elderly gent who nee... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:02:34 EST 2019 Goals Treadmill and tgym. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:59:26 EST Wonderful Woman Wednesday Wisdom When was the last time you thought about your many "hidden" qualities? We rarely take the time to sit and think about how wonderful we actually are - because some people would claim that's egotistical, narcissistic, or maybe even selfish. It doesn't hurt, now and then, to look within in your qu... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:55:21 EST Crazy Day Crazy day at work. Doing two jobs at once. Can be a little stressful when someone is on vacation. I will not let it get to me. <em>24</em> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:27:21 EST Fall Y'all Fall Y'all <BR> Fall has arrived, even thought it don't seem very much life it. The weather is so warm, but that doesn't stop one from sewing up their favorite Fall items. Love making these fabric pumpkins. I made several to give as gifts to friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:09:10 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> I'm tired today, but I'm trying to stay strong and positive. I hope everyone is gaving a good day. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:57:27 EST Resting Up - 10-15-19 Jeff Welton found this bull elk resting up a couple weeks ago, before rifle season started.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't think Jeff is telling anyone where he saw him, either! Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:32:03 EST Foster care home My daughter is able to be a part of one without moving in. A wonderful cmh case manager realizes the void for socialization for these special needs individuals since transitions centers were closed by the state. A foster care home has opened their home for parties and social gatherings and today... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:13:21 EST Sea Day Water water everywhere! Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:00:48 EST Day 288: Halloween Decorating <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person. (... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:48:44 EST Run! I started running again yesterday. Yup. Logged my first official run in a C25K program! It was extremely humbling to have to start from square one again but afterwards I felt strong, and... accomplished. Two things I have not felt physically (or mentally!) in a couple of years. I forgot how much ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:48:26 EST Necrophobic Told Alexa to play 'my favorites', and it started playing a randomized mix of my most played songs. Apparently, I've listened to the Slayer album "Reign in Blood" a time or three, as both Angel of Death and the blog entry titular song came up within the past 45 minutes. This tune did did me think... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:40:34 EST Muscle Weighs More Than Fat <img src=""> <BR> Just a friendly reminder... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:40:26 EST Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> New at this yet again. My baby boy will be 3 months old in a couple of days and I'm so tired of my clothes still not fitting. I'm starting slow. Today we went on a walk :) tomorrows weather is suppose... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:25:04 EST What Will It Be? This morning my personal devotions was a story and scriptures on leaving a legacy and what would we want ours to be. I've chosen mine. Just something we need to think about. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img s... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:18:02 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:11:10 EST All's well! My surgery went well yesterday and I'm resting at home today. Many thanks to everyone for their well wishes and good thoughts! Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:59:58 EST Day 5 of 28 Just did the workout of day 5 - chair cardio. Pretty easy. Good, because I am rather tired. Went to the city center after work to get birthday invitation cards for my daughter. Afterwards I had piano lessons. Now back home the workout and SP. <BR> Need a shower, then I will have to write some inv... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:27:30 EST SMILE OF THE DAY <BR> A 6th-grade teacher posed the following problem to one of her arithmetic classes: <BR> “A wealthy man dies and leaves ten million dollars. <BR> One-fifth is to go to his wife, one-fifth is to go to his son, one-sixth to his butler, and the rest to charity. <BR> Now, what does each get?” <BR... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:22:06 EST Special Blessings-October 15, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> Today is my husband, Jim's, 71st birthday. This is the 47th birthday that we have spent together and I treasure all of them. God blessed me so much when he brought the two of us together. I treasure each and every moment with him. He... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:20:24 EST Cooler weather Loving the rain and cooler weather! Fall is in the air in GA!😊💃💕 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:05:09 EST Taking care of me! <img src="">Lately I have been a much needed path of self discovery both emotionally and physically. I am trying to re-teach my self that it is OK to take care of me before anyone else. Its hard. I am not even sure whe... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:49:09 EST Renewed Strength for Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing you a day filled with God's Blessings and Strength. God Loves you and He stands with you every step of the way. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to Wait on the Lord, as you d... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:25:18 EST Tuesday and going to keep busy. Another nice fall day here, but is cloudy, and not so warm as yesterday. Hubby left a few minutes ago to help his brother combine beans. He loves it, and I am so glad that his brother still needs his help. But he does love being retired, actually almost to much. Me, as soon as my soap is done ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:24:16 EST Quote for Today Faith is a sounder guide than reason. <BR> Reason can go only so far, but faith has no limits. <BR> <BR> Blaise Pascal Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:23:56 EST Bible Verse for Today But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 40:31 NKJV Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:23:16 EST Tuesday It's a beautiful day here in the Mid-Atlantic, but we are being told that some cool rainy weather is on our way. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:19:42 EST 16 Days Til Halloween & Pondering a Depth Year <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am not doing well diet wise, so I'm resigned to the fact I will not reach my goal (that I absolutely could have reached had I been better committed) by Halloween. So... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:13:46 EST Advertisers Run Amok, Sparkpeople Abandons Users of Free Service I know it's a long shot that Chris Downie or any of his employees will ever see this blog entry. But sometimes it's better to shout into the void than to stay quiet. This is one of those times. <BR> I'm sad to say that I'm being forced to leave SparkPeople and have to find a new app/site/communit... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:10:11 EST Wine & Paint After all the business, I'm planning to unwind at a Wine & Paint party tonight. <BR> It feels good having the afternoon to chillax and look forward to this evenings plans. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:57:45 EST 15th October <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>edia/810489/october_2019.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> "Do something to overcome an obstacle you're facing" <BR> <BR> Obstacle: a thing that blocks one's w... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:40:24 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 74 of Doing the New: Honoring Dad 'It's hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember"~Unknown <BR> <BR> Today would have been my Dad's 90th birthday. I want to share 2 quick fun stories about my dad. One about today which would have been his 90th birthday and then why I picked the 'new' I picked today in honor of my d... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:28:40 EST Enough! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> well, today Tuesday, 10/15/19 = I decided to seriously get my act together... <BR> <BR> <img src=... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:28:26 EST INSPIRING This story is a wonderful example of how life can turn out well, even when we think otherwise. <BR> <BR> This was shared to me by a friend of mine. <BR> <BR> Mike was getting ready to graduate from West Point in 1964, one week to go and the administration decided to give one last dose of inspir... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:59:26 EST Tuesday October 15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cool, rainy, fall day here today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But the bright part of today is that we have... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:57:42 EST Black seed Oil- revisiting Ok, so I did a biog entry about Black seed Oil about a month ago. I wanted to revisit it because I am on my second bottle of Maju Black seed oil, I have tried Amazing Herbs brand and could not tolerate that brand. And the Amazing herb brand is very strong while the Maju brand is a little milder, ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:56:06 EST Black seed Oil- revisiting Ok, so I did a biog entry about Black seed Oil about a month ago. I wanted to revise it because I am on my second bottle of Maju Black seed oil, I have tried Amazing Herbs brand and could not tolerate that brand. And the Amazing herb brand is very strong while the Maju brand is a little milder, e... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:55:44 EST Is It Real? Like many, I have struggled with my weight for years. It always seemed to be a one step forward, two steps back kind of thing. So I would lose a few pounds only to gain them back. Get excited, then disappointed. It never lasted. Why try. <BR> <BR> Part of my problem is that I have no one to exer... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:54:40 EST The Road to a New Way of Being So I've been on SPARKPEOPLE 6 days now. I'm learning a lot and getting motivated. I'm making some adjustments to my diet. To be honest, I haven't started the whole exercise thing yet. I am a little nervous about it. I am in terrible shape! Walking just a little leaves me winded. Of course,... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:48:51 EST The Vanishing Hitchhiker Legend in North Carolina: The Ghost of the Jamestown Bridge <link><BR>-in-the-old-north-state/the-vanishing-<BR>hitchhiker-legend-in-north-carolina-th<BR>e-ghost-of-the-jamestown-bridge-edc7cf6cd8a7 </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:43:29 EST Getting Started It's always so difficult to get things moving again after coasting for a while. <BR> <BR> I am restarting the plan I was on in the RV and lost 54 pounds before I allowed myself to be derailed. I also was heavy into SP and doing my Co-Leader activities. I have stepped away from so much that help... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:30:10 EST Ready for a new week! I had a couple of slip ups over the weekend. I can tell the holiday season is creeping in. We ended up with Apple Pie at our house, which was so good that it made me go back for seconds. (Yes, the pie made me do it.) <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was filled of good intention... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:27:39 EST Busy Day..That is a good thing I think I have found the secret to helping my depression..just stay active and busy..I have been sleeping better, longer to. Making good food choices and getting exercise in everyday. <BR> This is the first autumn that i can remember that my mood did not plummet..(So far anyway). <BR> At first I ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:24:29 EST The Theme Continues That 20 minutes of walking that we should strive for everyday? The significance of how one walks those minutes is very important when it comes to speed, no matter what age. As this article from the BBC reveals, young children whose brains are still developing and who walk slowly will tend to ha... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:24:02 EST Slow go It's been. a slow go Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:08:38 EST Do it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Balance Workout <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:08:18 EST End of Week 15 - Blah! I did well for most of the week, but blew it Sat, Sun, and Thanksgiving Monday. I shouldn't say I blew it. I just ate/drank more than I planned, but I didn't go crazy. Anyhow, the scale wasn't kind to me this morning and I didn't lose any weight over the course of the week :( I feel like I waste... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:44:46 EST 10/15/19 Empower <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I will not feel deprived when I turn down junk food. I will feel empowered that I made the healthy and right choice." <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:43:57 EST How Much Weight Can You Lose Before Halloween? emoticon emoticon <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 202 <BR> <BR> September <BR> 9 199 <BR> 16 <BR> 23 <BR> 30 <BR> <BR> <BR> emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon <BR> <BR> October <BR> 7 <BR> 14 197 <BR> 21 <BR> 28 <BR> <BR> Weight lost Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:36:44 EST My 40th Birthday today. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A big present I chose for myself is a replacement engagement ring. This is an Art Deco ring from the 1920`s we found on an independent antique jewellers. I just love it. So different. <BR> (the... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:29:10 EST Tuesday Treadmill 80 minutes at 4.8 and 40 minute dog walk. Up since 4:20 and I have not stopped. I even picked up walnuts from the yard. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:10:45 EST I Finally Did It, Didn't I!?! What the what? Did what? <BR> Got a big fat E for EXERCISE! <BR> <BR> Yes, I actually had to start somewhere...and my old behavior, was to go great gangbusters, right from the start, then be in traction for a week...nursing my wounds. <BR> <BR> Not this time, nope! This time, I'm starting out ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:49:14 EST back to normal days Now that federal workers have had their October Monday holiday, maybe we can get back to normal activity. Too bad our fearless leaders in D C are not capable. We are up early to make sure the trash and recycle were all on the street for pickup day as we got a lot of rain late yesterday. It is... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:48:16 EST What is Physiatry? So Spark friends, Yesterday I had my appointment at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Physiatry. I really didn't know what to expect. My primary care DR referred to the physiatrists as good detectives so I was hoping to get some answers. A little history. My hip and leg started hurting Dec... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:45:01 EST Hard Work I saw this quote on the CF this morning and it spoke to me, because I can relate to being a learner. I love to learn! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I’m no stranger to hard work, I will put in the time it takes to get t... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:41:19 EST 2019 HEY SPARKERS WORKING ON MOM NURSING HOME SHE IN HOSPITAL hey sparkers hope all are doing ok went to gym this morning feeling better exercise help with my stress so yep working on my mom nursing home her apartment all that is in plan will be better for all of us she will be about 20 miles from me so i will see her about three times month she not in any ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:35:11 EST Daily Highlight 227 - If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me. Highlight - <BR> I love blogs that make me think. <BR> ~INDYGIRL's blog - The STRUGGLE is REAL asked a lot of questions and provided some insight. <BR> <link><BR>ublic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6<BR>625590 </link> <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> The Insigh... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:34:18 EST I got a good amount of sleep <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:28:28 EST Day 3. How did I miss it. Somehow I forgot to exercise yesterday.... going right now to get my minutes in. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:13:36 EST Tuesday... Got in a good workout finally...I didn't overdo anything...just some basic cardio and light strength training...gotta get back in the swing of things.. <BR> <BR> I am really trying to stay focused but it does get hard for me when I have so much going on...but I am learning to say "no" to things ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:03:59 EST 212.4 Hit the gym , 1 beer really sliding- first time to the gym since earlier in the summer. Injured hip and am scheduled for a replacement in November. Been slipping up biking irregularly and not hiking-- walking much at all since there is pain involved and a limp develops quickly. Had a good day making and eating ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:58:12 EST 10/15/19 I know not age, nor weariness nor defeat. Rose Kennedy Quote of the Day <BR> The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. <BR> Henry Kissinger <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love is too young to know what conscience is. <BR> William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. <BR... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:54:45 EST Choose Joy - Joel and Victoria "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it..." (Psalm 118:24, ESV) <BR> <BR> Did you make up your mind to be happy this morning? It's important to be on the offensive when it comes to your happiness. If you don't set the tone early in the day, the enemy will start ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:52:56 EST Beginner's exercise struggles I've just started back on spark after a loooong hiatus and break from a structured nutrition and exercise plan. I get joint flare ups(after breaking an ankle awhile ago) after intense exercise which is why I've sort of stayed away from a rigorous daily schedule. Over the past couple of days I've ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:49:26 EST I am trying the Mediterranean diet <img src=""> <BR> Great diet, my doctor recommends it Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:41:32 EST My mid week check-in The finding something to do with my hands instead of eating at night has worked so far. I never did clean my room or find my embroidery but I have been reading at night. Also, if the cravings get real bad I find a shower really helps. I think it's the ambient noise. It's not been easy as people h... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:14:51 EST Tuesday's Laugh - New Machine Went to the gym and there's a new machine. <BR> <BR> I used it for an hour and felt sick. <BR> <BR> Its good though, it does everything. <BR> <BR> Kit Kats, Mars bars, Snickers, etc... <BR> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:13:41 EST Fresh Start - Day 9 Let's start off with pics from the past few days!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:08:20 EST Tuesday's Tickle <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:06:56 EST Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 15 Prompt: "Turn something you would normally throw away into something you want to keep". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:04:45 EST A&I Blog, Week 2 <BR> Option 1: Do you prefer the shorter days and longer nights or do you long for warmer, longer days again? <BR> <BR> This week, this one of our options for the blog assignment. With Fall here, shorter days, colder days are just around the corner. That's the time of the year I dread...when... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:04:31 EST Busier than I thought, but happily busy! There is so much more to my life than what I enter here and it seems to go by in a flash! <BR> <BR> I neglected to mention my son in law was in a coast to coast cancer cure bike ride in September. His leg was Indianapolis to Pittsburgh, a distance of about 250 miles. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:03:40 EST Truly on Tuesday I plan to blog every Tuesday to keep track of myself. Right now, I’m thinking of two quotes. <BR> <BR> The only reason to look back is to see how far you’ve come. <BR> <BR> And <BR> <BR> Don’t look back- you’re not going that way. <BR> <BR> It’s hard after having successfully lost weight to f... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:01:12 EST Transformation Tuesday! Good Morning! 🍂🙃😁 <BR> Welcome to TRANSFORMATION Tuesday! <BR> Each and every day we make large and small choices that transform our lives...many of them so routine that we don't consider their effects. <BR> Today's challenge...stop and think about what you are doing and why you are doing it. ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:59:24 EST Weigh-In #21 Had a really nice weekend with Fritzy and then went out with Wyatt last night and things are finally starting to improve in all areas. Bloat is going down now and getting back on track and hopefully mine and Fritzy's living situation will sort itself out soon. Feeling more optimistic anyway and e... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:57:27 EST Creating a Routine Framework <img src=""> <BR> I find weekdays easier sometimes because I have a set routine Monday through Friday. I spend most of my day on campus, so I am limited to whatever food I bring with me (no room in the budget for expen... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:56:46 EST Posture and Breathing These are two things I need to do better. Not the worst posture, but needs improvement. Shallow breathing needs to become healthier, deeper breaths. Will be working on both. <BR> <BR> Have a good day, friends. <BR> <BR> "You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:55:39 EST Common Sense.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Boggles the mind sometimes.... <em>20</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh... that reminds... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:54:53 EST Lead me not into Temptation <img src=""> <BR> We all face temptations every day. Just like the photo above. <BR> Recently I won a contest in which part of the prize was 10 pints of ice cream. Today is the day I go pick up the ten pints. <BR> T... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:49:44 EST Day 23 Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Casey and I got in our challenge walk this morning. I am almost back to feeling normal. Results of my colonoscopy were better than the previous 2 times; no polyps. They did recommend high fiber ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:49:12 EST Verbal Assault Late spring of this year I was verbally assaulted while I was out for my walk. I feel so guilty about it and find it very hard to acknowledge how real the damage feels. Physically there was no harm done so I kept telling myself it wasn't really an assault. But emotionally it was devastating. ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:48:56 EST Stress/FODMAP FODMAP- I had a turkey dinner yesterday and by the time I left the table I was suffering with distention and bloating. I need to reset this week and try to make some progress in figuring out what other foods are giving me trouble. <BR> <BR> STRESS- I have listed work as a big stress in my life.... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:44:30 EST tuesday prepping bakery. went from easy week to not so easy. oh well. business is good, right? <BR> <BR> after that have to clean some, then lucy walk then just going to sit and knit and decompress till the start of things tomorrow again. someday i'll get a day off!! <BR> <BR> oh..and i have 3 bushels ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:44:16 EST Grouch <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Grouch Day <BR> Irritable. Cranky. Pessimistic. Miserable. These are just a few of the adjectives that can be used to describe a grouch, which one dictionary lists as "a sulky, complain... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:43:53 EST Diet tip of the day <img src=""> <BR> Lol Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:40:28 EST visit with DS went great good Morning - DS came with DGD- no wife. We had a wonderful visit. My son was calm and was having nice conversation. What I got from him, that he is going to continue to work on him. Wife will not go to couple counseling - she is working on herself w/o counseling. So who knows and who even ca... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:37:50 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:37:04 EST Time to hand over the torch? <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday was Thanksgiving--Himself and I hosted it-- <BR> It took us 2 days to prepare this meal-- 13 people---with 3 different families bringing parts of the meal-- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:30:36 EST Monday Tuesday Easy evening worked at food bank. Not feeling well today Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:24:13 EST Where Does Disappointment Come From? Undoubtedly, we have all felt a sense of disappointment at some time, specifically things pertaining to health and fitness. <BR> <BR> But what was the reason? Was it a failed expectation-in which we disappointed another or was it ourselves? <BR> <BR> What standard are we striving to live up to... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:23:19 EST Drawing Closer to God. Drawing Closer to God. October 15 2019 <BR> <BR> <BR> “ I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and very situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:13:12 EST Day notes Intervals 30sec fast 1min recovery Listening to uncle like and soca Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:12:04 EST A group is on a museum tour. During a museum tour the guide explains: “Here you can see the beautiful statue of Athena.” <BR> <BR> “Excuse me,” a visitor interjects. “Who is that man behind her? Is he her husband?” <BR> <BR> “No,” answers the guide. “Athena wasn’t married. She was the goddess of wisdom.” Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:56:30 EST 293 Until Aug 3= UPDATE AFTER ENDURANCE RIDE Counting Down Day=298 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Grace, Grace and more Grace, where do I start? This little mare was so ready for this ride, it is safe to say that all year we had worked up to this point. While Grace is ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:43:52 EST The storm has passed Hello folks.. I'm baaaack.. Yesterday I was miserable. My sinuses hurt, I wanted to rip my eyeballs out of my head because they were so itchy, my hormones were so out of whack.. yup the perfect ugly storm. <BR> <BR> I was off kilter all day.. I had a lot of stress a work, juggling a few major p... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:43:28 EST Responsive Proactivity and Intuitive Eating! OK then . . . lots of syllables in THAT header. <BR> <BR> But yesterday at the golf course I was thinking about how Michael Neill's concept of "responsive proactivity" works in the context of my intuitive eating experiment. <BR> <BR> The golf course was beautiful -- really crisp and cool, inte... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:40:59 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 10-15-2019 <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:48:26 EST Power Outage For some dumb reason the Southern California Edison Company has decided to turn our power off today, so they can do maintenance. How many times in one season does an electric company really need to do maintenance? Well let's just say that I ain't looking forward to work today. <BR> <BR> I am u... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:46:05 EST Last night <img src=""> <BR> It was an absolutely amazing event. "Date night" with my son. He absolutely loved it as much as I did. I did well with my nutrition yesterday to top it off. Picture of Hiromi performing. She's so a... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:43:40 EST Happy Tuesday Let's get out there and get 'er done! <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:33:09 EST If it’s Tuesday... We have our protest group downtown every Tuesday... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:20:38 EST Never Give Up People of mediocre ability sometimes Achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to....George Allen Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:08:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 15, 2019 October 15, 2019 THINKING ABOUT OTHERS <BR> <BR> People are going to disappoint us. It just happens. We are human. We can’t change them but we can change what we expect of them. We can change our attitudes about them. There is a saying about not allowing anyone to steal our joy. That is so true.... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:55:36 EST Tuesday Funny <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:50:18 EST "Leave the world as you found it." That was my understanding of a native American philosophy I came across many years ago. I thought it might be a nice credo for life. <BR> <BR> Then, tonight I was reading a woman's depiction of the story of Jonah and the Whale. It seems Jonah turned away from doing the right thing, and was swall... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:47:52 EST The greatest challenge we face is being true to God’s Word. Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 19:7). <BR> <BR> Jesus said: “Go, tell that fox, behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day shall be perfected.’ Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day f... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:47:32 EST Lunch guests Lunch guests today, great company talked for hours Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:46:41 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it." Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:13:42 EST Wondering and Wandering <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes I wonder as I wander through the woods, why is this world such a diverse and beautiful place... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:11:42 EST LIFE IS TOO SHORT <img src=""> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 04:44:22 EST The New Monday is Tuesday? Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in Canada with most businesses being closed so we could celebrate our blessings. It seems that I have been thinking all along that yesterday was Sunday and today is Monday but no no no. Today that I thought was Monday is Tuesday! <BR> <BR> So how about that! The n... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 04:42:58 EST Keep rising above failure ANother great share <BR> <BR> People want you to fail because it will make them feel better about never doing anything. Humans are weird like that. <BR> So, are you scared that they’ll be right? Are you afraid you’ll fail? Well, what’s the worst thing can happen? Whatever it is, it’s likely not ... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 04:23:12 EST Spiderman's other occupation... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> We're back!!! I hope you all have been well. <BR> <BR> I will have a few vacation pics for you tomorrow & the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smil... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 04:22:16 EST HERE I GO! WHY CAN I ENCOURAGE OTHERS BUT NOT MYSELF? I think that writing a blog is something that will be good for me. Not sure if anyone will be interested in reading it, but it is good for me to get the feelings out! <BR> I struggled today with going out to lunch with good friends. It is not that I didn’t want to see them, but I did not feel o... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 04:04:19 EST something completely different <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 03:53:28 EST Changes needed 10/15/19 I am still struggling with my body wanting more calories - about 400 to 500 a day - ever since the cooler weather (& colder nights ) have hit. I have tried eating more vegetables which usually helps but a couple days there was junk food too. So I need to make some changes. 1. I need to cook... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 03:38:22 EST Cats ;-) 10/14/2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Happiest Kitten Ever! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img s... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 02:00:59 EST TERRIFIC TUESDAY MAMADEE's Log: SP - Day 4926 <BR> <BR> So after singing "Monday, Monday" in my head, and out loud at times, all day yesterday, the music is still playing for me! <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Remember... <BR> <BR> "Yesterday" by The Beatles? <BR> <BR> or maybe today calls for something more like... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:58:39 EST 10-14-19 I started on my book reviews. I let them pile up. I may finish tomorrow. I have five of them to do. I keep promising myself that I would do them as I finish a book, but it doesn't happen. This bunch contains Magdalena Mountain, a non-fiction mashup, Wild Game - My Mother, Her Lover and Me, a curr... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:40:04 EST Mon 10/14 busy day Today was a very busy day. First, I got up earlier than usual to do my last load of laundry. I got that hung out on the line to dry. Hubby and I ate a quick breakfast. Then around 10:45 we picked the laundry (most were dry), and then headed to Lihue. First stop: Ko Bakery for our free scone and c... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:27:43 EST JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY!-GOD'S BLOG-15-/19 <img src=""> <BR> This is the day (which) the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (KJV) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,For all that (is) in the world, th... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:24:06 EST White Cane Safety Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : October 15th <BR> <BR> White Cane Safety Day celebrates and recognizes the achievements of the blind and visually impaired, and their independence. That independence is r... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:21:04 EST All massages are not created equal. Ok this one had to be my third weirdest massage. I like the table better than the chair massage for comfort, but boy the chair is a safer bet. I’ve always been more modest, and with my extra weight, I’m even more so. ill not go into detail, I just felt very exposed. Back to the chair next time, o... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:13:05 EST A Little Lopsided There are still three weeks til we fly out west and I have a routine. If it’s only for a couple of weeks I can put it all together in a day or two. The usual laundry, dusting and clearing up , but we will be gone til January and with no one here to check on taps, or mail we have to hire someone... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:49:25 EST MONDAY, MONDAY MAMADEE's Log: SP - Day 4925 <BR> (My apologies in advance - can't get this song out of my head today) <BR> <BR> "Bah-da bah-da-da-da <BR> Bah-da bah-da-da-da <BR> Bah-da bah-da-da-da" <BR> <BR> Welcome to Monday! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:41:20 EST Today UGH PRayers needed my 101 homebound Wanda I went in this morning thought she passed away but she was hanging off the recliner chair and her foot was inbetween the chair.. she was all cut up bleeding bruised .. cleaned her up gave her juice and off I went to church when she settle down .. I went... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:29:07 EST Thanksgiving Day Happy Thanksgiving day to my fellow Canadians. <BR> Sis cooked a turkey last weekend because a couple of her kids were able to come home then. I wasn't feeling well so I did not join them. <BR> <BR> So today we had "our" Thanksgiving. Sis and BIL picked me up just before noon and we went to o... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:24:08 EST Weather It was in the mid 70s today. It is 66 outside and 69 inside. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:19:03 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR TUESDAY HEAVEN AND EARTH <BR> <BR> But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to the innumerable company of Angels. <BR> Hebrews 12:22 <BR> <BR> In his 1933 novel Lost horizon, British author James Hilton introduced the world to "Shangri-La," a kind of... Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:09:56 EST Day 206 Here is Charleston in his new coat and hat. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:54:38 EST PURDY day, successful day (includes pics I live in Maine) and how I did with my goals today When I woke up today I ate than immediately did some stretching exercises and 10 mins of core exercises. The stretching was to help the AWESOME A team (a part of the 5% Challenge) and the 10 mins core work was to help the Invincible Indigo team (a part of the Biggest Lose Challenge) <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:27:07 EST Amazing What a Difference Rest Makes! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I actually slept a full six hours last night! I did momentarily know when Maegann came in and got Auggie, but drifted right back off. I did catch another couple of hours once Isaac was o... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:25:41 EST Discombobulated When I'm missing things and especially the computer I really feel odd!! I did lots of little things around the house and fiddled around in the sewing room. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we've been asked to use as little water as possible because they are doing some kind of work on the sewer lines in to... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:46:00 EST 10/14/19 thankful I'm so thankful to have data again on my phone. I really realized how much I depended on this support group. I'm so thankful for all of you. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:41:01 EST Weekend fun <img src=""> <BR> My grandson always puts a smile on my face. He's so sweet. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:37:44 EST Why Alton is America's Most Haunted Small Town <link><BR>etail/36/why-alton-is-americas-most-ha<BR>unted-small-town </link> <BR> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:27:56 EST Look On The Bright Side <BR> When you think good thoughts, your body's defenses work better. <BR> <BR> Want to stay in your "Happy Place?" Savor the things you enjoy. Look for a silver lining- - - - <BR> even in tough times- - - - and try not to dwell on the bad stuff. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:24:11 EST The Voice The Voice, 2011 - present, NBC <BR> One of many talent discovery shows on TV. The twist to this one is the blind auditions, with the 4 judges (all well known singers), facing away from the contestants. They can whip around & try to get the contestant on their team. If more than one judge spins, ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:20:43 EST One more week Made it through last week, and I am so excited I lost 3 lbs this past week I was hoping so hard for 3, I usually lose a steady 2#’s most weeks sometimes none, but I was sure hoping for this loss I’m down 32 pounds! I still have a journey to go but I’m getting there. I’m beginning to feel so much ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:19:45 EST October 14th~Yard Work We are having some pleasant days..warm enough to work outside but not too hot! I know it is a respite till the cold hits us again so I am trying to get done what I can. <BR> Today was the dog yard,,needed done desperately! Now done! Then got some of the fence down around my little garden . Tom... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:10:46 EST Monday <img src=""> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:02:44 EST Good Day I had an excellent day with the various commitments running smoothly. <BR> Considering they were in 3 different parts of town, not having traffic challenges, allowed me to be early for one and on time for the others. <BR> After the cancer support meeting, we all had delicious meals to take home ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:46:06 EST More Bibliophilia <img src=""> Wasn’t it Walt Disney who said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> So many books, so little time!... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:32:31 EST 14th of October Enjoy Columbus Day! Ate within my calorie range and drank my 8 glasses of water. Did 35 minutes of exercise and ended the day with joy in my heart and happiness in my home. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:28:57 EST National Make a Difference Day For the Aspire & Inspire's October Buddy Support Group Challenge, we are asked to write a blog each week and we get to choose from 2 different topics or blogging about something else that we want to blog about. One of the blog topics was about National Make A Difference Day. National Make A Dif... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:16:38 EST Use it or loose it <img src=""> <BR> Kept the pace today now for a movie with my honey Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:13:16 EST Entry 1 I have officially made it past the two week mark! I am feeling super positive about this lifestyle change. I'm feeling physically better also, and have a doctor's appointment scheduled tomorrow to see where I am. I have a long way to go, but feeling better is a big motivator to keep me going.... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:05:13 EST Upcoming Move Friday 4 days until we move. Having trouble staying on program these days. Had 39 carbs today. Ate ritz crackers and cheese for lunch. Otherwise carbs came from tomatoes, broccoli and turnip greens. SP counts carbs in eggs. 2 eggs and a tomato were breakfast. DH sitting here eating banana Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:52:45 EST October 14, 2019 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> Not that my mood is the greatest.... <BR> <BR> It's been kind of a crazy day. The morning started normal - workout, fix boys' lunches, get the boys up, fed and out the door. I ended up getting a text from the choir teacher asking if I could come in at 9:20 for AMS rehear... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:52:28 EST Freezer to the Rescue! Or How I Stopped Naan from Taking over My Life. The last couple of weeks I have been indulging my love of Indian food. Using the Spark recipe database it's been super easy. I love the texture of the daal (lentil) dishes and the spice combinations really make eating healthy a pleasure. I even made a Brussel sprout recipe with Indian flair. <BR... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:50:48 EST Whazat? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Poultry scientists created a transgendered breed of chicken. They call it a “Himalayan”. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:50:01 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>104</em> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:37:34 EST Grandkids Baby sat grandson last night. We went out for lunch. My son also joined us. We had a good time. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:37:02 EST Blood sugar readings Super number today. At some poker mix as a snack after a light dinner. Was definitely surprised at this number. I had about a 80 point difference between yesterday and today. Wow. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:35:39 EST Busy Taday was a busy day for us. I can't believe I woke up at 8:30 this mornin' and got up ready ta start the day. We had breakfast then I worked on my tablet a while. <BR> Then Jessie and I went and clean our bedroom. I can't believe how messy it was. There were clothes all over the floor. We... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:33:58 EST Thanksgiving Monday in Canada October 14th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:20:17 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 14 and 15 Daily Inspiration: It is very humbling to realize that often what burdens us the most would be very missed if it were taken away. Lord, I will take the time to appreciate my life. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work. —Sir John Lubbock <BR> <BR> A Ti... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:06:53 EST holiday? Yes, today is a holiday but I forgot because my son had school today. In the past they didn't have school. So I go to the post office to mail my older son sugar free cough drops that he had asked for in his letter dated 9-26 but I didn't get until 10-11. I'll have to go back tomorrow. But tha... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:06:04 EST NSVs Today was our monthly Garden Club meeting. This event includes a meeting portion, followed by a luncheon, and then, finally a guest speaker. I have belonged to this club for 4 years now and I can tell you those luncheons have been a real bear for me. I have set my intentions again and again an... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:04:45 EST Busy time Spent the weekend with my 4 yr old grandson. Saturday we went to see my oldest granddaughter play soccer. Went lunch with daughter and granddaughters. Went shopping. And spent the afternoon bringing in the plants before the frost. Went to dinner for tacos. His favorite. Sunday we went to breakfas... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:01:06 EST The Person Who Keeps Starting Over I am the person who keeps starting over. Over and over and over. And I will have to keep starting over until I get there. <BR> <BR> I used to have other addictive habits that were hard to break. I had to grow out of them and work my way out of them and try and try and things had to change. I ke... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:53:51 EST 2019 Goals Nice day, started on treadmill and tgym. Later worked in garden. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:50:09 EST Day 172 All green on my Versa, achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 15K steps for today. Got in a great Legs Circuit and 10 min air bike. After a gym rest day tomorrow it's a double workout on Wednesday then after another gym rest day on Thursday it's a double workout on Friday. Macros were good... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:18:38 EST Meatless Monday Mini Challenge It took work to achieve this, not gonna lie! LOL 101% hmmmm <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SusanM came to my aide with low calorie/high protein suggestions, all of which are in my “menu mind” for this week. <BR>... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:11:27 EST Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadian Sparkers Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:09:29 EST Doc Visit!! I saw the Heart Doc last Thursday. He put Me on more cholesterol meds. He told Me to drop some weight and get in better shape. I know He is right! I made an appointment with My regular Doc. I want Him to know what is up. I know I can do this. I have done it before. But this time I think I... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:05:18 EST Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 14 Prompt: "Create a Venn diagram, chart or graph that explains something humorous." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> [Kevin Smith + Jason Mewes = Jay & Silent Bob!] <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:48:19 EST Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 13 Prompt: "After a meal, use whatever is leftover on your plate to create a face. Can you make a face that expresses a specific emotion?" <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:46:05 EST Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 12 Prompt: "Create a hat or hair accessory. Bonus: Get a photo of yourself wearing it in public!" <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:44:05 EST Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 11 Prompt: "Make a poem using only words found in the subject lines from the first 8 emails you recieve today." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Edit: The Poem: <BR> <BR> Heck! <BR> Who's Having fun? <BR> Embrace your ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:41:11 EST Helping Mom Remember Almost 2 mo. ago Mom had to be rushed to the ER blood sugar and blood pressure sky high. Mouth drooping. Eye drooping and could hardly walk. They were not sure if she had a relapse of Bells Palsy or a stroke. I personally think she had a small stroke. <BR> She's better now, eye still droops and s... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:18:09 EST Day two! We took my mother-in-law out for lunch today. Proud to say I planned ahead what to order at Cracker Barrel and Stayed with the plan. No extra! Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:18:09 EST Monday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:01:53 EST Day 287: Juggling the Thing Called Life Well, I managed to catch up on some sleep this weekend after all the late nights/early mornings last week. Jamie went to his girlfriend's Homecoming dance on Friday night (she goes to the same school as his best friend), and didn't text us to pick him up till 11pm...we were dying, trying to stay... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:48:41 EST Keeping It Simple After a Few Weeks I posted back in August about Keeping it Simple. I had just started a challenge with my RV Enthusiasts group and was doing well. <BR> <BR> Then life happened, and I just did not plan well at all. It's not that I was going over calorie range all the time, but I was eating out or on the go too... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:33:53 EST Monday's Laugh - Sounds Like A Squirrel A Sunday School teacher wanted to use squirrels as an example of a diligent work ethic and being prepared. She started the lesson by saying, "I'm going to describe something, and I want you to raise your hand when you know what it is." The children were excited to show her what they knew and lean... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:32:51 EST Motivational Monday Musings Do you know what an affirmation is? Do you use affirmations to help you navigate through your daily life? The use of affirmations in our life can be a powerful tool to help keep our attitude where it needs to be, to motivate us, to move us in a straighter line toward our goals, and overall lead... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:30:44 EST First Day!!! <img src=""> Hi, My name is Christina many of my friends call me Chrissy. I was a member of SparkPeople mini mini years ago and had great success. As with most people, you fall off the wagon. I tried my fitness p... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:52:14 EST Logging calories This is my first week back and I’ve started with logging my daily foods. It’s not as annoying as I thought it would be! I’m also noticing that I’m a little carb heavy and need to switch that up and add in more protein. I’m mostly focusing on plant based meals so it is a little harder to increase ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:44:25 EST Special Blessings-October 14, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Linda, Karen, and I went out to breakfast this morning. This was wonderful because with LInda now living in Fl., this doesn't happen weekly like it use to. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim and I both had Dr. appointments this afternoon and both a... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:32:13 EST Monday interesting day of Chaplain training. now it's on to an area meeting of churches this evening. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:28:47 EST Seeing double/Duck poop No clue why that Harry Potter themed entry yesterday ended up showing up twice. I swear I just did it once. Another spark gremlin, I suppose. <BR> <BR> For whatever it's worth, my vision is doing fine. Well, fine enough. The fact that I'm in my mid 40s and need to squint to read on occasion, or ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:23:17 EST 14th October <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>edia/810489/october_2019.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> "Set hopeful but realistic goals for the week" <BR> <BR> My realistic goal is to go back to work on ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:58:59 EST A perfect day at Coco Cay The title about sums it up. Poolside and beaching! Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:52:06 EST Day birds and night blossoms! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It doesn't happen all the time but after a very windy rain overnight the birds come out to have brunch! Maybe it is the wind that stirs up the worms and crabs but they come out in large numbers.... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:48:58 EST It's a long and winding road <img src=""> <BR> This made me laugh. That's not how it works. <BR> <BR> In the beginning we decide we need to get thinner or healthier, and we try to find a nutrition plan that would give us the results we want as... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:26:16 EST Setting New Goals! Hurray! I met my first 10% goal (last Friday ). 🙏🏽 My next mini goals are 5lbs increments until I meet my final goal of 140 pounds , which is a long way off but I am determined but most importantly committed. Thanks for you continual support. 1st 5 lbs off by 11/18/19 2nd 5 lbs off by 12/9/1... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:23:35 EST Recuperating after a wonderful Saturday. I had the best day on Saturday! It was wonderful to see my faire family! Hugs and kisses, laughter, a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony, more hugs and lots of catching up. I love them dearly. My heart was filled to near bursting. Not to mention, it was the most gorgeous weather. <BR> <BR> Oh! I a... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:18:29 EST SMILE OF THE DAY <BR> A child comes home from his first day at school. <BR> <BR> His mother asks, "Well, what did you learn today?" <BR> <BR> The kid replies, "Not enough. They want me to come back tomorrow." Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:13:32 EST CrossFit Open! 20.1 = week 1 So, I signed up for the Open, which is a badass competition. I am nowhere near the fitness level of the super fit people who normally sign up. It's ok, though! I had to do 10 sets of 8 power cleans + 10 burpees (with bar jump). I was able to do 5 sets + 8 power cleans and 5 burpees. It was craz... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:12:17 EST Re-focus and re-evaluate goals! No more excuses! I can't remember the last time I was below 300 pounds. I know it had to be in high school. I recently hit that big milestone and it felt amazing. I felt like I accomplished so much and this sense of relief came over me because I think I had myself convinced I'd never really be able to lose weight... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:09:17 EST Oct 14, taking a bite out of the elephant Always loved the saying/riddle: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I've been tackling my work load that way and I am seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. I did the hardest projects first and now I'm working the easy ones. I'm going to meet this week's deadline, one step at a t... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:55:13 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 73 of Doing the New : Big book of fun <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun." ~Randy Pausch <BR> <BR> Day 73 <BR> <BR> It hit me one day that I own nothing that is Disney related except for a Minnie Mouse bank ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:39:25 EST Day 4 of 28 Today was Coach Nicole's no crunch abs workout - pretty hard. <BR> Did also a walking workout (30 minutes) outside. <BR> <BR> Today my husband cooked - had spaghetti with tuna. He is also trying to lose weight Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:33:40 EST 10.14.19 Well today I decided to stay home because I was feeling rough (stomach) and I needed to catch up on some cleaning and laundry from DBF week. I finally got some relief, but my weight is still not budging. I had a theory it could be from the salt intake from this week. I did pretty okay with my cal... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:24:30 EST Setting New Goals! Hurray! I met my first 10% goal (last Friday ). 🙏🏽 My next mini goals are 5lbs increments until I meet my final goal of 140 pounds , which is a long way off but I am determined but most importantly committed. Thanks for you continual support. 1st 5 lbs off by 11/18/19 2nd 5 lbs off by 12/9/1... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:22:14 EST Kind Words <img src=""> <BR> Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless! Now, let's spread some kindness everywhere we go. Peace and blessings! Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:07:24 EST An Abundance. It's hard to believe it's Fall while we in the Bay Area are still enjoying warm, sunny days - although the evenings are beginning to feel a little crisp once the sun goes down. But the trees are starting to shed their summer leaves and the glow of autumn is melting through the windows. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:03:02 EST Monday, Monday Monday, Monday, what will you be <BR> slept well but still tired, for me. <BR> A very nice day and need to get more fresh air. <BR> While it is actually very sunny and fair. <BR> <BR> Yes a very nice day. Did start out at 25 but warming up pretty nice and suppose to get up in the high 50's. ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:58:39 EST The View from Marabou - 10-14-19 Marabou Ranch is a development just outside Steamboat, surrounded by nearly 2000 acres of ranch land and open space, with a true working ranch at the heart of it. Jeff Hall caught the changing colors at the base of Sleeping Giant from Marabou: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:41:05 EST Glad it is Monday The weekend was good as far as everything in it BUT my nutrition was off as usual. I am glad Monday is here, makes me think new start for the week. Sometimes it is new start every day as for my nutrition. I mean it is anyway even if yesterday was ok. This is one thing that is always a work point ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:28:22 EST Monday.... Hope you have a great day.... <BR> <BR> Back to work and the back to the fitness grind...I will be working out this evening at home...I am actually looking forward to it...gotta end 2019 on a good note!!! <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:26:01 EST Daily Affirmation for Monday, October 14, 2019 " Bless EVERYTHING That Has Occurred To Bring Me To This Instant." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:19:45 EST Word of the Day: exoteric Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 14, 2019 is: <BR> <BR> exoteric • \ek-suh-TAIR-ik\ • adjective <BR> 1 a : suitable to be imparted to the public <BR> <BR> b : belonging to the outer or less initiate circle <BR> <BR> 2 : relating to the outside : external <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR>... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:18:22 EST 5% challenge: Goals for this Week Gonna try to set little goals every week, so I don't freak myself out with just looking at a huge goal for the end. Usually huge goals look impossible with me telling myself..its to hard or that will take "forever" and will have me giving up before I get anywhere close to goal. <BR> <BR> <img s... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:17:45 EST My To-do List I will face today with an open mind. <BR> <BR> Today I speak with kindness. <BR> <BR> I will lead with love. <BR> <BR> I will be gentle with me. <BR> <BR> I will act with intention <BR> <BR> I choose to do no harm. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:58:34 EST Turned the stress around--lost 2 pounds! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stress is the main driver of weight gain for me. But I did as thought and fasted for 24 hrs on Monday and over 18 on Tuesday. That, along with visiting and talking my frustrations with a friend... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:57:28 EST Thanksgiving Day Poem I'm Thankful for You <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is the appointed time <BR> for focusing on the good in our lives. <BR> In each of our days, <BR> we can find small blessings, <BR> but too often we overlook them, <BR> choosing instead to spend our time <BR> paying attention to problems. ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:47:30 EST Weekly Goals My goals for this week: <BR> <BR> Make good food choices <BR> Track my food on SP <BR> Drink at least 64 oz of water <BR> Stay active by walking every morning at least 5,000 steps or close to it. <BR> Strength train 3 days this week after walking <BR> Walk inside during tv time <BR> My step goa... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:46:18 EST October 14 2019 Back to work and back to work on my diet and exercise. I admit I was awful this past weekend. I had a three day weekend. And I took full advantage. Now a new mind set and ready to take on another week Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:38:25 EST Setting Small Goals So I have decided to set myself a small goal or set of goals. I want to do this instead of focusing on the bigger picture of obtaining a health weight, which can be daunting. So my first goal is to lose 10% of my current weight. So I currently weight 241 lb. <BR> <BR> 1st goal weight is: 216.9 ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:37:40 EST Happy Thanksgiving From A Canadian It is Thanksgiving weekend for Canadians. I had my children and grandchildren for a 1:30 PM meal and it was FANTASTIC. Nope - no calorie counting. No judging what to eat or not to eat. I simply enjoyed my delicious meal and the wonderful feeling of having both of my kids here with me. <BR> ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:37:14 EST Day Two of the workshop Sorry I did not post yesterday which was the real Day Two of the workshop. By the time we got the room cleaned up and I drove home I was wiped out. I did manage one episode of The Crown and some knitting but really not much more than emptying the car. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:36:09 EST Food and the Double-Edge Sword (Original MFP Posting 07/17/19) We live in a very strange society these days, particularly the United States. (I live in the US, so I'll restrict my focus to this limited area that I know.) <BR> <BR> On one hand, our society idolizes the thin. Slender actresses, skinny models and ever decreases sizes (What does 00 even mean) a... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:33:59 EST Day 71: My Monday motivation photo NSV! Short check in Monday today. I'm getting ready to head out to get more healthy snacks at the store and meals. Last week my daughter and I ate a ton of watermelon, maybe that helped with the scale drop? Well, I'm getting more if I can lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:29:55 EST The Greatness of His Power - Joel and Victoria ...and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power." (Ephesians 1:19, NKJV) <BR> <BR> Paul prayed that we would understand the exceeding greatness of God’s power for those who believe. Notice the power is only activated when we... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:20:00 EST WEIGH IN My last weigh in was July 26th, when I got weighed at the ER. At that time I was 242lbs. That meant I had gained 13lbs since giving up the scale the first of June. Well, today while at the store, I decided to weigh ( they have a scale at the front of the store for people that don't have a home sc... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:19:26 EST Canadan Thanksgiving <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is our Canadian Thanksgiving... so I am wishing all my Canadian Friend's a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving, let's give God thanks together for His abundant blessings He has bestowed upon us.. <BR> <BR> From my Hom... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:16:06 EST Quote for Today Thankfulness to God is a recognition that God in His goodness and faithfulness has provided for us and cared for us, both physically and spiritually. It is a recognition that we are totally dependent upon Him; that all that we are and have comes from God. <BR> <BR> Jerry Bridges on a Thankfulne... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:12:53 EST Bible Verse for Today Psalm 34 (NRSV) <BR> <BR> I will bless the LORD at all times; <BR> his praise shall continually be in my mouth. <BR> <BR> 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; <BR> let the humble hear and be glad. <BR> <BR> 3 O magnify the LORD with me, <BR> and let us exalt his name together. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:11:46 EST 2019 MOM IN HOSPITAL NOW GOT TO GO TO MEDICARE OFFICE SO SHE CAN GET LONG TERM CARE hey sparkers hope all doing ok mom in hospital now more work got to go to medicare office and clean out her house please all pray for mei am going back to gym in the morning i have to to keep my body going enjoy your day love and hugs and blessings to all of you <em>247</em> <em>594</em> <... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:55:21 EST 47.4lbs down 😜🔥🙏🙌 <img src=""> <BR> I am ecstatic I just got on the scale this morning and as of now I've lost 47.4 pounds that is amazing I feel so excited and inspired and motivated. I hope you're having a productive day and seeing bi... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:51:48 EST NAKING PROGRESS Well, I have three more chapters to study and then take all the assessments and the final for this point of study. Then t here is a lot of mandatory things that we need to take before we are working. I hope to get this behind me so I can get on the next part as it is more interne than this part... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:48:41 EST New Job I got a new job! <BR> <BR> My first day was on October 1st, and I am a Fullfillment Associate at the Target Store. Which means I collect items ordered online from within the store, pack and ship the shopping itmes to the people who order online. So far, so good. It’s actually quite fun and I’m... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:47:33 EST Finding myself again... There was once a time in my life when I knew exactly who I was, what I wanted for myself, what I expected of myself and others, and though I knew not where I was going I knew I could go wherever I wanted in life. I felt healthy, strong and secure with where I'd been and the lessons I'd learned. I... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:43:53 EST Daily Highlight 226 - Happy Thanksgiving Highlight - <BR> You never know what is going to spark you. <BR> STILLSPARKLEIGH posted this on the Community Goal Feed. <BR> <link><BR>community-goal-feed-detail.asp?post=58<BR>7591#comments587591-bottom </link> <BR> You Might Be A Spark Person IF..... Wha... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:31:39 EST I'm Back, Bitchachos! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 2 1/2 years ago I was on here regularly, tracking food, tracking workouts, tracking all of the crap going on in my life. The relationship I was in was very emotionally and verbally abusive and I spiraled out of control. Thankfully, I've been out of that rela... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:31:00 EST 2020 Vision - Clarity, Peace and Bliss There are 79 days to the New Year and I'm planning on finishing this year strong! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> From Robin Sharma's Daily affirmation this morning... Too many people stay stuck in their past. We all have a sto... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:13:32 EST Trauma and being "too much" Last night I was kept awake by an abnormally large number of mosquitos in my room. I have no idea how we got to have so many but they're constant biting kept me up. My cat also thought it would be fun to scratch at the door all night so I did not get much sleep. I woke up exhausted nearly 3 hours... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:05:28 EST Manic Monday! <img src=""> <BR> It's time to get a great start on a new week! Here is my daily plan: <BR> <BR> Wake: I got up at 5 am. This gives me 3.5 hours before I have to leave the house. <BR> <BR> Morning Tasks: I crushed my... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:02:58 EST Better than I was I've fallen victim to myself way too often comparing myself to the progress of others. I'd give up way too quickly if I didn't see immediate results. I'm learning to enjoy my slow progress because it it still progress. I'm eating better, I'm trying to work out 7 days a week but at least 5 days ev... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:02:00 EST Monday Columbus Day Holiday It seems as if this is the forgotten holiday except for federal workers who look for Monday holidays off from work. All the schools are closed here in the South. It is going to be a rainy few days. My wife is off to her GP appointment. Hope all goes well there. I completed the final destruct... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:56:42 EST Walking Full Circle This amazing story was in the Halifax paper this morning, how wonderful that these two people connected and were able to share their "walking across Canada" experiences. <BR> <link><BR>ws/canada/whitehorse-dentist-richard-z<BR>ier-vogel-visits-pei-on-the-road... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:54:45 EST Time is precious How will we spend today? What choices will we make? Do we believe they matter? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are born, we grow, experience life, then die. 2 dashes on a headstone: birth and death. What we do i... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:47:29 EST Mercy me What an awesome concert so I am sharing some of the lyrics in the song “even if” Someone who can write a song with what I have said so many times. You know God can - but chooses not to. I am Just writing the lines that means the most to me personally. “ I know your able and I know you can but eve... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:47:04 EST Day 2 of the 28 day Bootcamp Workout Challenge This morning I slept in. The first time in a long time that I have been able to do this. Last night we had friends and family in for dinner, turkey and all the trimmings plus carrot cake for dessert. I enjoyed myself and really didn't over indulge. I maybe shouldn't have had 3 glasses of wine... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:44:04 EST WELCOMING LOW CARB KETO TIPS Hi, I am successfully doing my thang with losing weight. But my best friend is attempting to start keto. I have been helping her as I know and using sited sources. But It is always an amazing help to hear first hand tips from people who have tried and know the best things. SO! I welcome any ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:43:55 EST m got the grocery shoppnig and workouts done early. bakery is full and set for tomorrows prep work. i'm up to 2 weddings totalling over 300 servings, a birthday, and a bride wants a cake to taste and take home to her fiancee. <BR> <BR> my folks are coming for the afternoon..still looking at house... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:26:40 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:21:41 EST 10/14/19 Alive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive." Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:19:48 EST Probably doing the start of the week wrong but..... Yes, I am starting the week with an overage of calories for the day, several hundred calories. I have it all mapped out and it's planned, on my tracker. I should correct the title of the blog but I think it works. I am not doing it wrong at least in my mind. This might not work for everyone. I... Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:13:31 EST