SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Tzatziki Sauce I LOVE tazatziki sauce!! <BR> <BR> I get the low fat version at Trader Joes and it makes my mouth so happy! <BR> <BR> Today I made a chicken and tomato, tazatziki sauce salad. Pairing it with hummus and carrots and pretzels. <BR> <BR> Totally in love with my lunch right now and they're all he... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:06:04 EST Pro and Prebiotic Foods and Clearing the Path I am blogging to both document and share some links to blogs read this morning. <BR> <BR> Your Guide to the Best Probiotic Foods <BR> <link><BR>oods/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is much like the experience I shared with fermented foods in a previous blog: Foods ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:56:50 EST Today!! <img src=""> Today has been a good day thus far!! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:44:06 EST Working out Today is the start of weightlifting. I did 3 sets of 10 reps with a 2 lb weight Arm curls Front arm raises Side raises Tricep kickbacks Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:41:09 EST Survived My First Week of Whole30 Not much is going on with Precision Nutrition even though it started officially yesterday. I will make an official PN plan post eventually, but no real need to do one now. Not much is happening. <BR> <BR> I'm still working on Whole30 while I wait for PN to get more exciting. This is Day 10. ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:32:24 EST My neck I had spine surgery about four years ago and somehow hurt my neck where the pin is over a week ago. I finally gave in and called my surgeon today. He will see me at the end of this month. I am limited for now, no strength training which I enjoy my weight training but I realize it makes for more p... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:31:49 EST Motivation I need it. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:27:15 EST Elk in the Area - 1-16-19 We've had a number of elk sightings in the area, sometimes just out the window, as Maria Aspen Heilner noticed: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or in a yard up in Tree Haus, as captured by Annette Lawrence: <BR> <... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:25:02 EST Calm before the Storm I go on vacation tomorrow. For the next four days I will be with over a dozen of my favorite people at a quilting/fiber arts retreat. The emails are flying non-stop about the food and beverage items people will be bringing...and none of them are healthy. Sigh...this is going to be hard. <BR>... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:23:36 EST Feeling I'm feeling depressed today Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:23:35 EST One step at a time Made my 4,000 for 3 days in a row. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:22:50 EST Keto I chose the Keto diet as the way to lose weight. I did pretty well until Thanksgiving, at which time two things happened: (i) I fell of the wagon and (ii) the amount of hair that was falling out was increasing. I did a little online research (I know that's only partially accurate, but it's all... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:17:04 EST New Year, Renewed Hope I survived the summer and a busy fall with less than 5 pound gain which is much better than the previous years but still not all that I desire. I'm gaining on my health and clearing parasites which should help the weight loss efforts. So with a New Year I have renewed HOPE! <BR> My health insur... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:03:24 EST Holiday weight I went to the doctor today. 😔Generally. But here is the surprise, I have lost 10 pounds over the holidays.Amd all my numbers are better.😊😎 and was told for the first time keep doing what you are doing. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:58:54 EST Mid January Update Wow its been 2 weeks since I last blogged! I have been so busy yet not. Just kind of stressed about life. While I am currently working, this government shutdown affects my job so its been really stressful not knowing for how much longer I'll have work. We'll leave it at that, but you can imag... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:56:23 EST It. It’s very tricky to describe the condition I have found myself in for the past few weeks. It is not merely sadness. It is an illness, Depression. It isn’t a feeling, but an absence of feelings. You exist without purpose or direction. I am living in a void, without joy, excitement or anticipation,... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:56:17 EST Sunny day .. Sunny today but tomorrow evening is the start of snow. Man, I need to move someplace warmer. Lol have a great day!! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:54:26 EST I'd like some results, please! Today, Facebook showed me what I was doing on this day four years ago. <BR> <BR> Hint: I was NOT watching TV or hiding from the world. Instead, I was out hiking with a couple of friends. With an ankle brace - since I had busted my ankle bouldering/rock climbing less than two weeks prior. <BR... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:54:10 EST 1/16/19 <img src=""> <BR> I just wanted to come and say to all my Sparkfriends that I am still in control of my eating, <BR> habits and doing good and still doing my exercises and drinking my water and haven't, <BR> cheated an... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:50:04 EST A Plan For 2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2019 is starting off where 2018 ended. Husband is still having health problems. Because we are empty nesters and retired, we spend a lot of time together. When he has a health issue, I am all t... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:49:08 EST We can do it We shall succeed Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:45:11 EST SparkCoach Challeng: Pep Talk It was hard to figure out what to write, but once I started, it came more easily. Got a little emotional typing this out: <BR> <BR> You are strong. No one is stronger than you. You stand up for yourself, you push yourself, and you hold yourself to the highest standards. You don’t always have to ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:43:38 EST And then my heart snapped in half like a twig <BR> Today is granddaughter day. They come early and we get to spend a few hours together. We build forts, dance around in our sparkly shoes and make plans for our next trip to Disneyland. I love these days. The twins are 3.5 now and so funny! <BR> <BR> Today though they broke my heart. When m... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:41:02 EST When I finally asked for help... I have been battling depression for years, I didn't know or want to admit that was what it was (I'm not suicidal, so I can't be depressed). I finally gave in and went to the doctor for help, he put me on an anti depressant and is starting me on contrave this week. he is breaking it up into the ge... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:40:50 EST Good Bye 2018 I can say I am glad to see 2018 behind me. I have had so many muscle pains and could not really get a lot of help. I found help for my back and happy to say the injection in May is still holding. Finally found someone to actually listen about the rest and after a lot of test it appears I have ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:40:08 EST It's Working The greatest challenge for me is to change my attitude towards food. I've been a compulsive eater my entire life. Change doesn't come easy. But working the DeL a Meal diet with my Food Mover is working. My eating habits are changing for the better. Not only am I enjoying what I eat, I'm eating ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:39:48 EST No... How many times does one have to say no?? “No”, I said more forcefully than the last time. “Come on, it’s won’t hurt.”  They say, pleading in their voice. “I don’t want to.”  The similar pleading, my voice begging them to drop it.   They don’t drop it though. They say every excuse that I’ve alread... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:39:46 EST Moving Day <em>334</em> <BR> Note to self, being outside, pulling a few weeds, changing some things around, just enjoying what God blesses me with at this time. My mood improves and I smile a lot. I always feel better when I get a little dirt on my hands. Right now it's mud but it works. <BR> Walked over... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:37:49 EST Power Outage In the dead of the night, we lost power. We were both awakened when it went out. Something in the bedroom beeped. It was out for 5 hours. <BR> <BR> Power was restored at 6am. Crews remain in the neighborhood. Lots of them! We have seen at least 12 trucks. <BR> <BR> A bit ago a very stron... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:29:31 EST Jan13->Jan 19 workouts etc. Jan13->60 min HOUSE WORK.BURNED 356 CALORIES.DRANK 6 GLASSES OF WATER.CALORIES ATE 1,000 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jan14->120 min house cleaning.30 min house work.TOTAL 150 MIN.BURNED 886.DRANK 4 GLASSE... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:29:26 EST I know, I know..... I know, I know.... <BR> <BR> I come and then I disappear again... over and over.... but I continue to make healthy choices and am trying to move more. <BR> <BR> So much happened over the last year - I lost my job (laid off) just after my vacation, my husband had a perforated bowel and almost di... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:20:17 EST This morning Coach actually gave me a pep talk this morning. <BR> <BR> I didn't even realize I was cursing myself every time I had to stop and catch my breath. <BR> <BR> It's such a tough balance of being proud of accomplishments and pushing yourself to do more. Like, if I'm not ever disappointed in myse... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:16:24 EST On the road again... For some people, their weight is an afterthought, just a number they don't have to worry about that stays more or less the same, and in a healthy range, without much effort. For some people, they eat what they want and are able to self-regulate so that they are satisfied without over indulging. F... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:10:38 EST Another Trip to the Doctor Went back to the doctor last Monday - and she upped my water pills again. <BR> So today will be staying home and doing laundry - and some baking. <BR> <BR> The swelling in my legs has gone down some, but she wants more. <BR> And my BP is still a bit elevated. Go back in a couple of weeks. <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:04:52 EST 1st Workout of Planet Fitness Today was my first workout at Planet Fitness. <BR> I joined and wanted to step out of my comfort zone and to keep moving to a healthy new me. YES I did this years ago when I joined the Y and did their Y Change. But through the years I slipped back into my little box. I mean I can't keep doing th... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:03:21 EST Crabs on the Plane A lawyer boarded an airplane in New Orleans with a box of frozen crabs and asked the flight attendant to take care of them for him. <BR> <BR> She took the box and promised to put it in the crew’s refrigerator. He advised her that he was holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen,... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:01:45 EST Re-calculation So after some research, and some great info from some Spark-folks - I'm switching up my macros a bit for Keto. I was ending up with just too much protein for my body and fitness level. Now, I'm not doing this because "oh gosh, I didn't lose enough weight" - I'm doing it just because I want to m... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:59:41 EST 011619 - Listening to my body Today I tricked myself into finishing a 3 mile walk with Leslie. I am doing a DVD that had 5 different walks, one for each weekday. Wednesday is a 1 mile walk. Well, I kinda wanted to do I set it up for a 3 miler. I told myself, you can quit after a mile if you want. You do not have to d... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:54:13 EST It has been a while It has been a few months since I have been here, and I let life get in the way. I have lost some weight, but not from anything I did. I was on some medication, but now I see things creeping up again as I am off the medication. I got this. Going to start doing the right things. Logging food, ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:48:52 EST Sugar cravings journal beat the lunch sugar craving with fruit. <BR> caved a bit with the dinner craving with a cocktail at a restaruant. <BR> no breakfast sugar craving Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:41:14 EST Didnt make my appointment. Woke up freezing,bone tired and sick Woke up this morning after an hours sleep, so tired and freezing, Needless to say i gotbup, got dressed and just could not go out tge door at 5a.m to go to my daughters to have her take me to my appointment. I went back to bed. I am feeling a little better now, but still tired and cold. <BR> I ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:26:33 EST Winding Up Week 5 of a Broken Leg: Moving Back Into my Rehabbed Life Well it’s been one terrific week. I gave my ‘sticks,’ aka crutches, for flat foot full weight walking. I have learned that I can do almost everything except do anything quickly—lol. <BR> <BR> Stairs, both feet, no problem. <BR> Bath tub, in and out, albeit carefully. <BR> And, ta da, today w... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:20:07 EST Food for thought <img src=""> <BR> When having a bad day, stop and think about the day as a whole for a moment. You will be surprised to find that something good has happened. You won't see until you take the time because your too foc... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:17:09 EST just starting out I will say I have been on different plans before and exercise routines before and maintained a "decent" shape, but after injuring my knee in 2016, exercise had ceased and I got the mullygrubs and food became my pity friend. Now here I am at a start point of 245 and in less than 2 weeks time than... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:16:53 EST Wordless Wednesday <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:14:35 EST I haven't posted for a while... January 2019 I've been in kind of a weird place and for the first time in a couple of weeks, I'm feeling a little chatty... So be warned - this is wordy! Witty perhaps, but definitely wordy!! <BR> <BR> I did note on January 3rd that I was going to start my 2nd phase of the whole KonMari method and just thr... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:10:52 EST Can't remember my new license plate Do you have a string of words for the letters? HTG <BR> <BR> H... <BR> T... <BR> G... <BR> <BR> Later I will work on remembering the numbers ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> I have been trying by myself for months. Nothing seems right to me. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:10:42 EST Day 16 2019 So I enrolled in a dual college program. This should take some time off my hands. Need to do something for me....for once. <BR> <BR> Making a pot of beef stew today. Man it's cold here in Virginia. Anyone else ready for Spring? Just not hot temps. <BR> <BR> I tell ya you get 2 steps forw... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:06:25 EST My actions for happiness - Jan 12-16 It seems like something always comes up and I forget to post my actions for happiness. So here they are... <BR> <BR> Jan 12 - Ask other people about things they have enjoyed recently <em>590</em> <BR> <BR> My daughter Jessica told me she really enjoyed going to play BINGO with me last week.... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:04:00 EST I'm BACK So, I'm BACK after missing a few days. I didn't track anything, eating wasn't on point and I didn't exercise. What I learned is it's not the end of the world. I'm still here and still have the power to turn that around. Most important is I was living...enjoying time with my spouse, meeting new pe... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:56:46 EST Flight 2019 Hello, welcome aboard Flight #2019. We are prepared to take off into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Positive Vibes are secured and locked in an upright position. All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time. All negativity, hurt and discouragement should be put... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:56:10 EST Anxious Starting this process has made me very anxious! I almost quit on day 2 because I couldn't get something to work properly. So, I took a couple day hiatus and am back. I have to make a conscious decision daily to push forward. And this opening up and letting people in is killing me! Even with i... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:45:53 EST Mediterranean Diet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for ways to tweak my diet. Thinking about going more in the direction of the Mediterranean diet.... less red meat, more fatty fish and healthy oils, way more veggies and fruit... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:40:05 EST Good morning! Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! I woke up earlier today but need to get up just a little earlier for my workouts. I got a very good workout in but could have been better. I just need to wake up one hour earlier to get back into my regular routine. No giving up now! Tomorrow Pharaoh goes back to... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:39:56 EST Birthday Aftermath I'm in a kind of limbo today, not sure if I'm going to try to make it out of the house for a big outing, or stay in and recover knowing Friday will be a big bowling outing. I slept in after waking up at my normal time with a big "NOPE!" reaction to the thought of starting my day. I figured mayb... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:39:54 EST 31.38 workout miles so far This year I'm keeping a running total of the miles I walk, run, and swim during workouts. I'd like to start biking too, maybe later in the year. <BR> <BR> Walk: 30.44 miles <BR> Run: 0 miles <BR> Swim: .94 miles (1650 yards) <BR> Bike: 0 miles Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:33:23 EST A & I W2 -- Letter Writing This week our Blog assignment is this: <BR> The second week of January is Letter Writing Week. Do you write letters to anyone? If you do, who do you write to and how often? If you wanted to write a letter to someone this month, who would it be and why, and what would you write about? <BR> <BR>... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:32:33 EST Many headaches I’m facing a lot of minor and not so minor but not major difficulties. DH seems to be becoming more incapacitated and our old apartment is breaking down and the landlord, our BIL has been unwilling to do what he should. Tomorrow is my last day of teaching this school year, and my son will come to... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:25:14 EST 2019 ME AND HUBBY GOT OUR GLASSES BACK TODAY hey sparkers hope all doing ok had great workout this morning then when hubby came back went and got glasses i like them much smaller i got wire glasses this time fit my face i did good on that transaction so we just chilling now all enjoy your day love to all of you we just going to rest today ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:20:01 EST Trainer Tips to Stay on Track This message showed up in my inbox this morning. It came from one of those “Best of SparkPeople” e-newsletters. The article was titled, “Are You Making These 5 Resolution Mistakes?” <BR> <BR> For now the answer is, NO. Yea me! <BR> <BR> Of course in the past I almost always made some or all of ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:14:11 EST Wednesday, and still muddling thru the bathroom. Well, here it the middle of the week. Only 15 this morning doing chore, so I didn't dally around out there. And hubby already said he was not cutting down another tree, as with the cold and the possibility of a big snowstorm this week, he doesn't want it out there causing a bigger snow bank. S... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:09:15 EST One day at a time I am taking things one day at a time. I am not putting stress to meet goals. I am just working on the day that I am on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:08:42 EST Yesterday's dinner <img src=""> <BR> Two small boneless pork chops, baked sweet potato, steamed asparagus and tomatoes, 3 ounce cup of applesauce, heated blackberries. It was delicious! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:07:15 EST The Journey Continues I did pretty well yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, by the end of work, I had a nasty headache, and I was so hungry that I was ready to face plant in a pizza. <BR> <BR> But I went home, I ate two bowls of soup and a salad, and I started to feel better. <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery s... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:06:28 EST 2nd Workout of the Year I started working out on Monday. Honestly, I am not sure why I waited so long to workout this year, but I was trying to get my water and calories intake under control. After my first workout on Monday, I was having the most challenging time to find the energy to do it again. I really found every ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:05:54 EST Day Three already 7 mile morning ride was freezing. Still struggling to get calories under control but I am logging every intake. I feel like if I can find a good groove things will become automatic. I live in Florida and our weather this time of year can fluctuate drastically. Heat in the morning air conditio... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:02:32 EST Hydroxycut.Yes. I said it <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes. I'm using it. Yes. I know the risks. I'm not using it on a regular basis. Just testing the waters. It works well when I need the energy. I only use about one capsule a day. I have actuall... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:59:58 EST What's 2% <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:57:42 EST 💃 Dancing Yeah 🎶 <img src=""> <BR> I convinced my 17 yr old son to take a west coast swing class with me and it was a BLAST!! Best way to exercise!! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:54:13 EST Day 8 Trudge, trudge, trudge. That is how I feel when I take my walk from my house to the mailbox. It takes 2 minutes-1 minute to mailbox, 1 minute back to house. Walking to mailbox is fine but as soon as I turn to go back to my house my bursitis tightens up and I feel as if I am dragging my left le... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:53:16 EST The 10 Most Important Things to Teach A Puppy <link><BR>7/features/10-Important-Puppy-Lessons_<BR>21488-1.html?ET=wholedogjournal:e32467<BR>0:907308a:&st=email&s=p_TOTW011519 </link> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:53:14 EST No Voice! Oh No... <em>334</em> <em>58</em> So I have been fighting a sore throat for a few days and this morning I woke up without a voice!!! Needless to say I went to work and my students are being so caring because I can't speak. So I wonder - who got the better deal today!! Them or me with them being quie... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:45:15 EST The Bridge Opens <img src=""> <BR> Cruising on the Calypso Queen. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:43:54 EST Still unable to leave the house Still afraid to leave the house. Go to the gym.. Like everyone is looking at me.. Did go to San Francisco to our son. Did lots of walking Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:40:24 EST Setting new goals We signed up for the winter warm up so every Tuesday morning walking a 5k to prepare for the final race March 24. Signed up for one 5k every month to stay committed and competitive. By the end of the month will be cleared to return to normal. Then back to the gym 3 days a week, if nothing else,... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:39:41 EST Cruising Twelve people from Senior Dance are here. There is room for you in the line dance! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:39:20 EST It's a journey.... week two I saw an advertisement recently for a river cruise that retraced much of the journey taken by Lewis and Clark when they explored the Pacific Northwest. It sounded like a wonderful excursion and it made me stop and think… how do we know what route they took and what they experienced along the way?... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:35:28 EST Difference <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:34:37 EST Friends or Acquaintance? Many people get the idea that everyone you talk to is your friend. Friends however are much more then just talking to. I have quite a few acquaintances from previous jobs or through other friends. But it secretly kills me when someone says, "oh just go hang out with your friends!" because When I ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:24:41 EST New Diagnosis New Me <img src=""> Actually I’m a year in from diagnosis but you get the idea. In December 2017 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. A lot of things made sense, but not right away, because I was actually diagnosed with Sile... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:21:53 EST Blame it on the H2O <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:19:51 EST 01/16/19 You're Right <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Whether you think you can or think you can't you're right." Henry Ford <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:16:54 EST Fresh start and where to begin? <img src=""> <BR> With breakfast? My DH takes a lot of photos of my cooking. This was Sunday's breakfast: oats with berries and walnuts. I add hemp seeds and ground flax. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:16:11 EST Day 16 <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:15:08 EST It can't be just me... So, I've been pondering this all morning and I'm still a little confused by it... <BR> <BR> As mentioned in my previous blog entry, the first week was a major learning curve for me. I feel different and I noticed today that my work pants fit differently... it's only a slight difference, but it... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:15:02 EST Work Weight loss Challenge So the girls at work decided to start some weight loss challenge. I am kind of excited about this. I do better when others are on board. They are going by percentage of weight loss, and we are doing this until April. There is $200 in the pot for extra motivation. We even have a graph set up ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:13:32 EST Wednesday thoughts! <em>321</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:13:02 EST Wednesday Reflection 1/16/19 BLC 39 Week 1 Wednesday Reflection 1/16/19 <BR> BLC Round 39 - Week 1 <BR> <BR> 1. Was your weight up, down, or the same and why? Down - I was controlled in eating and drinking more water <BR> <BR> 2. Did you meet your weekly self goal last week? No - often didn't get they extra 12 oz of water in the evening... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:09:47 EST January 16, 2019 I haven't given myself any goal lists the past couple of days beyond the ones on the SparkCoach start page because I had things going on every evening that I knew wouldn't leave time for any extra stuff. I did keep up my habits on those days of making my bed, using my water pik, keeping the house... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:07:18 EST Glare-ice roads Today we have sunshine, but schools and lots of places are closed due to the ice storm. The driveway and street look like there are sheets of glass placed on them. I was going to get a few things done out there today, but forget that! <BR> I would never make it to the mailbox, let alone drive... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:57:12 EST Thinking out loud <img src=""> <BR> I wonder why I continue to be my own worst enemy when it comes to improving my health. I'm not afraid to admit defeat, nor I am I willing to totally give up on myself. So here I go again. And, I'm goi... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:56:40 EST Days 11-20 "put food in it's place" I'm looking forward to this section of the book by Linda Spangle. I'm learning my own personal boundaries. Part of this is knowing how far and how much is enough. In the beginning of this week I began by allowing myself spaghetti. I used to make the whole box for family some didn't like it I'd ha... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:53:29 EST PEP TALK Look at you today! Spending some time on SparkPeople - talking to other people who are focusing on their health and fitness. <BR> <BR> I bet that was an awesome, healthy breakfast. Sip that coffee and know that you're going to have an awesome productive day. <BR> <BR> That bottle of water ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:48:58 EST Ahaaa... now we know... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now we know where those stray socks end up... <em>100</em> <BR> And why it never fits. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:46:54 EST Wednesday hope your Wednesday is going well. today is the slow day before the craziness of another stormy weekend comes our way here in the mid-Atlantic. <BR> <BR> Hope your week goes well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:45:24 EST Breaking the Food Seduction, Chapter 11 Chapter 11: Call in the Reinforcements <BR> <BR> Having support makes it easier to stick with any change of habits you are trying to make. It is good to get together with others and discuss the successes as well as failures. Then have discussions to see if there is anything to do to make things ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:44:05 EST January 16th It's a typical January day today, wet and miserable although looking back at 'My Memories' on facebook, there has been snow on this date for several years. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:43:33 EST Challenge: Re-Engagement A year or so ago I got into an accident. Nothing major, no one got hurt. I was filling out the paperwork and it required the information of passengers. I filled it out with the information of the girl who I was dating at the time (inconveniently my passenger at the time of said accident). <BR>... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:43:08 EST ‘Then and now’ challenge As I write this, everyone I know is participating in that Facebook challenge comparing how they looked 10 years ago to how they look today. So I found my old pics and played along. I was just about to hit SEND when I realized that for a decade I’d been showing only photos that ‘proved’ my life is... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:42:41 EST A Little Whine I woke up this morning close to my scream weight. I have been on a binge of night time dessert eating. I know this weight episode is just that, an episode. I know that the fundamentals of losing weight are always available to me. <BR> <BR> So, I read my list of advantages of losing weight w... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:41:05 EST Six month commitment! So I've committed to working out with a personal trainer 2 x weekly for the next six months! I have a gym membership, but what's the point if you don't know what you're doing and why. I need someone to take me through the process with one to one precision!! He is a great encourager and not t... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:40:26 EST A little help from my friends. I started the Winter 5% Challenge, to lose 5% of my body weight in 8 weeks. Very doable, if you just do it. I started out slowly. Eating on the weekends and trying to make up for it during the week. Three steps forward and two steps back. <BR> <BR> I joined the Walkers, Runners, Joggers, and G... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:38:51 EST Game Plan.. So I made myself a 12 month weight-loss plan. I want to lose 5 pounds a month. I think it's feasible and if I work hard I can do it. I just need to stay motivated. There are so many reasons why I want to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. But the first reason is for me. I have to remem... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:37:40 EST Musings on munchies and wine So, I am looking at my eating styles since I'm getting back on sparkpeople track. <BR> I eat clean most all the time. Last year was a lot of comfort eating because of the stress with losing my daddy and the year before because my parents were both so sick and back and forth with hospital and the... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:36:00 EST Wednesday Exercise complete. Babysitting until 4. It should be a peaceful day. Fingers crossed. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:29:52 EST Week #6 Results Down 2 lbs.! <em>244</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Had a great fitness week, and it's been 6 weeks going strong with the ST 3 x a week. Feeling so proud to say that!! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>85</em> ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:24:34 EST How do we choose our food? At the grocery store, there are so many options to choose from, how do we make that decision? <BR> <BR> When I am selecting a brand of yogurt, I stand at the refrigerator section and read the package to find the per cent of calcium that is contained in each serving for that brand. <BR> I was su... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:24:02 EST weds ok so. i made a coffee cake for the town garage guys and they were absolutely blown away...they said everyone complains noone says the good stuff. and i've found thats true. <BR> <BR> so for my todays blog..i'm putting up a challenge. do something nice for a worker. Maybe the guy at the deli in... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:16:22 EST Sometimes You Just Have to Go For It <img src=""> Level of difficulty: 9.1/10. And that’s just what I did last night—my first 45-minute climb ride—after all, yesterday *was* leg day. LOL! WHOO CHILE! And did this ride work my entire lower body! More of... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:15:55 EST 3 good things YESTERDAY (Tuesday) 1 - It wasn't MONDAY <BR> 2 - My car was fixed. <BR> 3 - Saw a number of old friends at a gathering; hadn't seen some in over 5 years. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:11:53 EST Wednesday counting my blessings 1. I’m far from feeling 100%, but I’m HOME. <BR> 2. Enjoyed my own wonderful bed and pillows and husband in it <BR> 3. I am CLEAN. Wanted to take shower as soon as I got home, but had no energy left. <BR> 4. No chest tube, thanks be to God <BR> 5. No tape, sticky pads, or IV ports. <BR> 6. Not h... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:10:33 EST The Lie I keep telling myself <img src=""> <BR> I will eat alot of food and tell myself that I ate a high sodium diet....yeah right!!!🤣😂😅🤪😬🤓🎅 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:08:24 EST Hi everyone!! Been a little down as I hit a plateau after Christmas, but got on the scale today and was down another 2 lbs!!! OMG, was so excited, almost 20 lbs lost!!! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:08:14 EST Feeling Better Finally feeling better! Hopefully kicking the sickness in the butt. Now have another reason to stay on track. Have a cruise planned and now need to make sure that I fit into my summer clothes. Working on cutting down on the diet cokes too. I know that they are really not good for me. Hope everyon... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:05:38 EST 2 Hour delay After all the snow the kids finally went to school today with a 2 hour delay. Looking for a day a peace and quiet but hubby is off today. Don't know if he will want to do anything when he gets back from doctor. <BR> <BR> I am currently debating on take the dogs for a walk, (it's 22 degrees o... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:05:38 EST Trust <img src=""> When I get on the scale and dont see it go down and I am disappointed but then I reflect back at my days and what I have been eating and my activity and see that my clothes are getting baggie and I TRUST t... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:05:01 EST Drink So this week we were to try to get in legal drink. I have trouble with this. However I found drink mix that taste like AW Root beer, Mt Dew. You had to your water and it taste like a root beer or a Mt Dew. So I got in 496.8 ounces of water this week. <BR> I also have a problem with chocolate. I ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:59:52 EST Health from God’s Perspective – 18 My health goals are in His hands...I believe God has the power to keep me healthy! <BR> <BR> “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14 NKJV). <BR> <BR> We see on many occasions that Jesus was moved with ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:51:19 EST A Reminder to Self-Care! We have all or at least most of us who have flown have heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. This advice is very much a metaphor because it so accurately expresses why self-care is so very important. Ironi... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:49:50 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:49:16 EST Wednesday Day three... paperwork and meetings. Can't wait to get to the real work. Still doing well and getting lots of walking in. Have a great day! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:45:20 EST Positively no turning back! <img src=""> <BR> I understand the above --- <BR> When the internet stops here, it is terrible--I feel a hollow feeling inside of me---a feeling of "panic" too! <BR> When I was a kid, there were no computers-We heard... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:35:45 EST Happy Wednesday ... Hey -- things MAY be swinging my way !!!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:33:36 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:27:32 EST Nothing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> National Nothing Day <BR> First held in 1973, National Nothing Day was thought up by San Francisco Examiner columnist Harold Pullman Coffin, "to provide Americans with one national holiday... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:22:11 EST 01/16/19 = Wt. Ck Update COOKING and Zumba! 01/16/19 = Wt. Ck Update COOKING and Zumba! <BR> <BR> 11/30/18 = 269 lbs, STOP, I am Done!! Age 62 <BR> 12/17/18 = Joined Crunch Fitness Gym <BR> 12/31/18 = 262.8 <BR> 01/01/19 = Jan 1st = New plan began <BR> 01/02/19 = Day 2 = 259.6 <BR> 01/03/19 = Day 3 = 258.2 <BR> 01/04/19 = Day 4 = 25... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:16:31 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~WooHoo WONDERfilled~ ~WEIRDnWILDnWISE Wednesday~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>582</em> <em>414</em> <em>582</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>582</em> <em>414</em> <em>582</em> <BR> <em>414</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing You~ A Wo... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:15:43 EST Today we’re at the orphanage! Volunteering with orphans in Honduras...we are so incredibly blessed. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:13:37 EST to be--(a busy body)---or not to be? Day 2 of the new starter in the car and so far so good!! <BR> Hope I didnt just jinx it. <BR> Hope to hear from the mechanic by tomorrow about the truck, if not, I will have to make a call to see whats up. <BR> Yesterday at the doc I had lost a couple lbs but my bp was up, as it usually is when I... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:59:23 EST A new day is dawning... Went back to my first WW meeting last week, attended my second this past Monday and I reclaimed free lifetime status. It has definitely lit a fire in me again. I lost .6 in my first week, actually less than a week, and I know it's crazy, but I feel leaner already... <BR> <BR> I've been hoveri... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:51:17 EST Week One I was a Sparker a few years ago, and like many, I gained it all back...I have tried out a couple of other "diets" with good initial results, but gained it back again. Sigh..Yo-Yo should be my middle name...I just turned 60 and want to be my best self for a long time! <BR> <BR> So far this week I... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:29:52 EST Waiting <img src=""> We are waiting on the bus to take us to the cruise. It's a one day cruise with friends, Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. I am enjoying a sunrise walk. Just 44 degrees but will warm up. Going to be fun! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:19:11 EST Wednesday's Laugh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is SO me. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:13:41 EST Wednesday AM Been up since 4:30 and already got things accomplished...even walked the dog. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:08:59 EST National Nothing Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always January 16th <BR> <BR> National Nothing Day is quite simply... a day for nothing. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:00:35 EST Happy hump day Have a great Wednesday everyone! <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:58:06 EST Trying again <img src=""> <BR> Week 3 day 1 Weigh in day. Down 11 lbs. But more importantly below 200. Still a ways to go but motivated. Happy Wednesday every one. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:50:10 EST Happy Hump Day Happy Wednesday! I just want everyone to know... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:49:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 16, 2019 January 16, 2019 WHO TO FEAR <BR> <BR> If we want a prosperous life we can do one of two things. We can seek the good things of the world like many do finding mentors who have what we want and do what they do. However, the disappointment will soon come because we find out either we can’t be like... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:46:08 EST Wish me luck Hi, my name is Sandy. I started this program after I had my right total hip replacement, all in all I have had 14 surgeries due to osteoarthritis/ deteriorating disc/ cartridge disease. So I have actually gave up on reading correctly because of everything my body was going through. But this time... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:40:30 EST Moving day approaches DD's long awaited moving day may finally be here. <BR> This should have happened before Christmas but <BR> the government shutdown changed a lot of plans. <BR> The buyers found a new way to finalize their loan <BR> that is not tied in with any federal program. That means <BR> we can get everythin... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:34:28 EST GAINED SOME WEIGHT BACK NEED TO GET BACK TO EATING LESS AND WORKING O <em>23</em> UT MORE Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:29:16 EST Wed. January 16th, 2019...out of all the healthy choices you can make, which is #1? Good morning and Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was full of good choices despite Taco Johns still trying to get my attention in the back ground. That craving will go away. I came home and made tostados topped with refried beans and left over roast, cilantro and hot sauce. They were yummy... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:29:15 EST Where do you lose weight first? Don't you wish you could choose where the weight fell from first? 😂 I always seem to lose it first in my shoulders and collar. I remember last time I lost, I became obsessed with my collar bone. It's so odd to find this, which had been hidden for so long. I just kept touching it. Maybe making s... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:28:02 EST SINS THAT CRUCIFIED OUR LORD <img src=""> For in Thee, O LORD,do I hope: Thou either O OLord my God. Psalm 38:15 (KJB) ....................................<BR>............................. And it shall come to pass in the last days, a with God, I ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:23:42 EST Home life I was anxious about what I was gonna do while at was I gonna stay out of the kitchen? So far, day 2 into my 4 days off and it's been quite easy...Ive been very conscious about what goes in my mouth and writing it down...its helped me to remind myself to grab a fruit versus ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:08:57 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-1-16-2019 <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:03:18 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person's eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him. At these moments something fine and spiritual ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:56:05 EST Grateful for the Kindness What a fierce bunch of protective friends I feel I have here at Spark People. Somebody hurt my feelings?? And you're all rallying around to comfort and console me. <BR> <BR> Thank you!! I cannot say how much I appreciate you!! And yes, with your help I've absolutely "let it go". <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:50:01 EST session 4 as a child i used to do dance and my sister didnt so i had my mother's undivided attention.. she used to take me every week and make my costumes for concerts and take me to exams and competitions... it made me feel good about myself <BR> we talked about my nan and how she never ever made me feel ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:48:36 EST Wednesday Funny. Tom and Matt were best of friends, they played football every single week for nearly 50 years. <BR> <BR> As they were getting older, they had an argument about whether people play football in heaven. <BR> <BR> So they agreed that whoever dies first will come back in a dream and let the other on... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:42:19 EST WEDNESDAY THOUGHT <BR> <BR> Half of doing is believing that you can! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:23:48 EST The junk monster is shrinking I've been here about two and a half weeks now. Last week was tough but this week I've kept to my eating plan. It's taken planning and preparation but is already kind of automatic. The best part is that those afternoon and evening cravings for something not so good (salty, sweet, crunch, whatever)... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:22:37 EST Blessed! <img src=""> <BR> Today, remember that you have God's blessing in your life. You are not half blessed or semi blessed. You have God's full blessing! You have His help and His word. The Spirit of God uses the Word o... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:14:57 EST 15 - still sick - Jan 15 2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Whine...moan...groan...cough...hack. <BR> <BR> I am still sick. Very sick. And now my youngest has it. She announced her illness late last night by crawling into my bed and promptly throwing up... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:13:56 EST something different <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:50:29 EST always remember <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:26:45 EST Leave a Sparkle... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:26:28 EST A call for help... In my last blog, I wrote about how I had a small slip up, but did not let things get too out of hand. Well...I lied (not really, but...). After I wrote that blog, the rest of the day went to crap. I ate way too much and I ate all the wrong foods. I do not want to beat myself up and have one b... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:23:25 EST Tue 1/15 Tai Chi practice We had tai chi practice today. It was our last practice before the formal classes begin next week. The group got bento box lunches from Family Grinds and had a nice gathering of friends. Other than that, we bring in our vacuum on Thursday and get a loaner. Hopefully the repairs won't be so costly... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:05:34 EST Motivation My knees hurt constantly. Even when I am at rest in bed they hurt because of my weight. Here's the rub. Do they hurt enough for me to want change? Yes. Am I willing to put in the effort to change for the better so I lose weight and feel better? No, no I'm not. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:49:44 EST I am grateful for, 1.15.19 1. My babies, because they just want mom. <BR> 2. Going gentle, because it was one of those days. <BR> 3. Getting half of the order in, because at least part of it is coming. <BR> 4. Making it home, because we got more time together. <BR> 5. The kids going to bed without noticing the activity, be... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:38:18 EST New Day & New Strength... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Today is New, with it Comes New Strength, New Thoughts, that gives us the Drive that will get us Moving and Pushing on for the Finishing Line... <BR> <BR> Let’s keep Sparking... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:37:47 EST Quote for Today We have a God who delights in impossibilities. <BR> <BR> Billy Sunday... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:36:36 EST ER Visit Tuesday Evening I went to my Urgent Care clinic because this afternoon my right lung began hurting really bad and just getting worse. They ran blood tests and X-rays and did a couple EKG's everything checked out ok, but the Dr. was very concerned that I may have a blood clot in my lung or developing Pneumonia s... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:36:05 EST Bible Verse for Today I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. <BR> <BR> Psalm 18:1-2 NKJV Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:34:52 EST Daily Affirmation for Wednesday, January 16, 2019 " I Feed All My Troubles to the Cleansing Fire." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:58:40 EST Love this <img src=""> <BR> Love this. So true. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:50:26 EST Hiking up Salmon Creek river on a cold and foggy day. <img src=""> <BR> Getting my steps in today through the snow and ice was fantastic got in over 20,000 step and 70 flights, what a great day it was for me. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:38:03 EST Back at it! Well, it's been a few years. Learning to eat healthy and trying new foods has been wonderful. Alas, over the past couple of years a few pounds have come to say hello again. It was just 5 lbs for awhile (maybe a year), then slowly it became 10 lbs. The clothes started feeling a little snug and f... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:29:21 EST time targets I had to copy and paste this in my blog today so I can check back on what I'm supposed to actually be doing. I keep wanting to re-write the directions instead of follow them. <BR> <BR> Copied Module Summary <BR> <BR> "• Regular eating will require you to eat something approximately every 3 h... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:16:04 EST Back at it <img src=""> I guess my body needed rest. In your head and journal 📓 you just right the exercises you want done down. However as you start to do more and more the body does feel it even if it’s all cardio or 5 push-up... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:10:32 EST 1/16/19 - Today was a good day Today was a great day. Past 2 days I've been killing my workouts! Yey!!!! Was in a bit if a slump for a bit, but I've got my mojo back. I don't want to stop just because This journey is hard and repetitive and cry about it later and then want to start all over again because that's what I've done ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:52:24 EST 1-15-19 Went to Shakespeare and Pizza tonight to finish the play we started last week. I almost missed it. I went out shopping today, something I try to limit to once or twice a month. I'm looking for a set of sheets, acrylic with fuzzy warmth like some of the warmer softer light blankets out there. I fo... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:32:56 EST Okay. Time to move back to Mediterranean Had a moment of realization today: I'm not eating right. Haven't eaten right since before Halloween. Every time I discover this, I realize I have to go back to lean meats and fish, lots of fruits and veggies, nuts, olive oil, low fat dairy, whole grains. Most of this is the core of the Mediterran... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:27:51 EST Cardio Cardio is so much harder than others##! Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:23:55 EST Bad night Slept very badly last night just about 4 hours the therapist will come so will do some strength moves with her & have walked about 20 minutes Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:18:49 EST Facing the problem You can't fix a problem unless you properly identify it and come up with a viable solution. It's time for a change. I took a good hard look at myself, past and present, where I am, and where I need to be. Thinking about what worked before that doesn't work now and why was part of my deep drill... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:58:00 EST Craft Play Day! Spark pal, Improving Me, and our friend, Donna, and I were able to gather for some lovely craft time (and shall we call it "therapy"?), and although I was a terrible guest who managed to resist temptation and didn't scarf down all the delicious snacks that our hostess provided, I considered it a ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:54:52 EST January 2019 Back in 18s. Can’t ignore the stomach issues any more. They are pretty severe. The constant full feeling is just not correct. Pain and inflammation in the joints is not right either. Dry, itchy skin is bad. Lethargy is bad. <BR> Tired of the bad. I’m ready to stop this. Going to the doctor tomor... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:47:13 EST Tuesday Today was a movie day!! I have the AMC A List program and since I was supposed to have the day off from work - I watched my 3 per week movies today. At 1:15 pm - Mary Poppins 4:25 - Aquaman 7:15 - Upside ... OMG that was funny! Got home & watched Manifest on the computer since I don’t have cabl... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:33:57 EST TERRIFIC TUESDAY I had a really good day today. This morning I studied in my new Life Application Bible. I really like it as it has so many study helps in it. <em>296</em> Afterwards, I did errands including post office, grocery store, church to pick up my check and bank. <em>433</em> <BR> <BR> Got ba... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:33:21 EST Strength Training So yesterday I forgot about weights too. I usually do MWF, but this week I will do TTS. Tonight I did four different exercises, one set of 10. <BR> <BR> I had another bad night. I guess moving boxes around, aggravated my back, which made my neuropathy worse than usual. I was up at 5:00 AM taki... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:32:31 EST I Snack While Sparking Not all the time, but often. SP is a trigger. <BR> <BR> Today I walked in the rain and turned the corner to find one of my neighbors with a fire truck, ambulance, and police cars in front of their house. This couple has been dealing with severe chronic illness of hers for a very long time and ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:31:06 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR WEDNESDAY THE MIDNIGHT RIDE <BR> <BR> iI would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. <BR> Psalm 84:10 <BR> <BR> On April 26, 1777, Sybil Ludington, 16, learned the British were about to attack Danbury. Her fathe... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:30:45 EST Dear John............ A young girl on a year's training course in south Africa, recently received a "Dear John" letter from her boyfriend back home. <BR> <BR> It read as follows: <BR> <BR> Dear Mary, <BR> <BR> I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:28:03 EST Day 5 - St. Peregrine Novena Here are the prayers for today: <BR> Day 5 - St. Peregrine Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing. <BR> <BR> Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:19:24 EST Weather It has rained off and on today. It warmed up to low 60s. It is 58 outside and 67 inside. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:08:33 EST Special Blessings-January 16, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I did the laundry first thing this morning. I wanted to read, but knew I had several things to do today, so I just jumped into what really needed done. <BR> <BR> 2. I filled out paperwork for the Optic-Neurologist that I will be s... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:06:17 EST My kids are hilarious Tonight at the dinner table we were discussing my move to my sons tomorrow so I can spend a couple of days with those kids and someone decided to wonder why I always get sick when I visit, The boy goes to preschool, the girl to high school, mom works at the university and my SIL drives a school ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:04:35 EST My kids are hilarious Tonight at the dinner table we were discussing my move to my sons tomorrow so I can spend a couple of days with those kids and someone decided to wonder why I always get sick when I visit, The boy goes to preschool, the girl to high school, mom works at the university and my SIL drives a school ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:04:35 EST Tue Today I was pretty lazy. I took a nap and I watched some tv. I also got a workout in. I did a cardio kickboxing video I streamed on Amazon prime. <BR> <BR> Food was pretty on. A bit over in protein today, but getting much better than I had been. Ketosis here I come. <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:01:34 EST .. Day 15/365 <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:59:05 EST What is easy? I used to think going to the dojo was difficult. <BR> I used to think every class was difficult. <BR> <BR> Then those classes were cancelled the first week in December. <BR> Yes, I often had to change my mind set to get to class. <BR> Yes, I worked hard in class. <BR> <BR> Now I see how easy it... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:58:59 EST Day 15 2019 Encouraging Spark Friends One of the best features of Spark is Spark Friends. It is amazing how many great people there are on Spark and how much positivity there is. I especially found that today catching up on posts. I found so many great takeaways. Some folks use humor and others write with lots of passion but they... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:42:55 EST #639 Wednesday thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I believe this can say it all. Now if I can get focused, we'll be running on all cylinders. Still in neutral and looking to get into 1st gear tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Today we played cards and my p... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:42:35 EST Reality Check Jan 15, 2018 I made my usual resolutins for the New Year, with the usual assumption that I would not meet them. But then one day last week I decided to do some chair exercising (because my DH was downstairs, and I was upstairs and did not want to shake the house). And I did those chair exercis... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:37:10 EST I was fooling myself I’ve been working at losing weight for quite some time and have five years of daily weight recorded. Work out regularly and make my goal of 20,000 steps per day frequently. BMI has not been in the green zone during that time and weight loss is never significant in duration. At the recommendation... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:34:50 EST Calories earned vs calories burned Does anyone know what the average amount of calories burned in one working day without exercise at a desk job Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:34:41 EST 1/15/19 Well I felt a little guilty tonight. I had planned to get the over preheated to throw the enchiladas in tonight for dinner, but didn't make it. So we decided to go out to dinner. I realized I hadn't been out of the house since Thursday evening, so it felt good to get out. We are due to get mo... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:32:10 EST 1/15/19 Love dies only when growth stops. Pearl S. Buck Quote of the Day <BR> Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. <BR> Lucius Annaeus Seneca <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us. <BR> Madame de Stael <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art is the triumph over chaos. <B... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:31:53 EST January 15th The month marches on. Are we doing the same? So many New Years thoughts and intentions do not even make it thru the month. We have a lot of folks on our teams that have been here for a while..but there are new ones that need encouragement and maybe even a nudge to keep focused . Success has to ha... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:25:23 EST "S" is for snow (Jan. 15th) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had plans.....and once again the day had it's own ideas! My plans: meal prep for the day, two quick paid work items and then Bible study lessons. Here's what really happened: <BR> <em>102... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:19:43 EST January 15 - Strength Training & Feeling Kinda Blah WATER: 64 ounces (woohoo!) <BR> FOOD: <BR> <BR> Cinnamon oatmeal <BR> <BR> 5 ounces tuna <BR> Small plate of mac & cheese <BR> <BR> 9 Hershey Kisses <BR> <BR> 8 Thin Mint cookies <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> Strength Training <BR> <BR> 1 round of 20 reps <BR> Floor press with 5 lb DBs <BR> Squa... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:52:28 EST Tuesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:51:53 EST Dr. Appt The dreaded doctor appointment in the morning. I get to get poked and prodded. But I will know where I stand and how good or bad I'm doing. Which it will probably be the latter of the two. Hoping for better. I had a few bad days. Now trying to get straight AGAIN. But at least I caught myself doi... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:51:25 EST Day 15: A Great Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life." (Anonymou... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:48:21 EST Day79 No Weigh <img src=""> Looked at the scale the day and thought, "No WAY!" No way could I have put on another pound. No way was I going to LET myself weigh this amount. At first, I thought maybe the scale was off. But, then I re... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:34:11 EST Harley Update This sweet bundle of a baby girl is definitely my new why for my healthy life journey. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:31:56 EST Happy Wanderer Chapter 2 in New Zealand - lots of beautiful scenery and hiking! <BR> <BR> <BR> After arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, I met my assigned roommate, Sally from New York. We clicked right away. Considering the time changes we’ll went through to get there, we slept fairly well. Breakfast was lot... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:30:28 EST Try it Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Try something new today, be it a new workout or a new food. Change things up. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:25:14 EST Taking out the trash You know how we love to celebrate holidays and special occasions with junk food and lots of sugary deserts? Well today is trash day and all these leftover empty calories are going out. Most of it has been tasted and enjoyed but now it's going out. We have fruits and veggies that will go bad if we... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:19:49 EST Jan 16 frustration building I am helping a friend. She says she wants my advice but then does the complete opposite which frustrates me. Maybe it shouldn't bother me but it is starting to get to me. I don't want to Eat out of frustration. I have to write this down and work it out for myself. This has been my problem for ma... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:14:18 EST Tuesday Musings I just haven't connected. Came out of the chute like a bucking bronco but failed too fast. It's not always as easy to just pick up and start again as people here and everywhere like to think. But I will. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:13:05 EST It has begun I told myself it will be different this time. Making better choices all the time not just some of the time. So today was the first day of all new eating, exercise, and lifestyle routine. I'm going to make this happen for me. I'm tracking my food. Put in a real 30 minute work out today. Only took ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:10:54 EST Act of kindness I was out front talking to a friend who had come over to borrow a snake to take care of her sewer with. While outside a guy walked up and asked if my friend could drive him 30 miles to Russellville. She said sorry I don't pick up Hitch hikers. I called my 18 year old son that was playing with ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:10:21 EST I am on the Mend...just slow going. Update on how I am. Fever finally broke late last night after 2 days. Throat is sore, but I can now do a little talking. Couldn't talk for 2 days. Just if I talk to much I start hacking. Now just dealing with the nasal/sinus congestion, runny nose, squeezing and some coughing. I talked to the Pha... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:06:27 EST Time with a friend I had today planned to visit a friend so knew I would not get my afternoon exercise in. <BR> My friend had a surprise .. we tried out all her gadgets she has to help her with exercise .. <BR> We used her wii board always love that... <BR> --- then she had this board <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:04:33 EST Insanity Comparison Chart/Adversity Good Evening Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I completed my insanity fit test today for the second "official" time -- Day 15. I did marginally better than the first official time. I'm adding the link below for the comparison chart, if you'd like to see it. <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:57:11 EST Points entry Here we go with the points entry: I wish SP allowed you to just enter the steps, etc. from Fitbit. It's difficult to translate. And, I take martial arts. It's aikido, not tai Kwan do or something-it's not generally a high-calorie burning workout. But SP rates it very highly. How do you all handle... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:50:09 EST Busy, "Chillin" in Warmth! Picked up the GK's yesterday after work. They spent the night with me. Such sweeties! <BR> <BR> DH is super under-the-weather. I called the doctor this morning and told him what was going on with him. They scheduled him for an appointment this evening. I got done with the GK's this afternoo... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:41:36 EST Day 15 (personal trainer) <img src=""> <BR> I am 1 of 6 kids. I am the youngest girl. I have 3 older sisters who are as talented as they are gorgeous (and they are gorgeous, 1 of them is an ex model) an older brother who is as smart as the day ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:30:25 EST Steady Progress Nothing difficult or even remarkable going on here. I am Just putting one foot in front of another, finding more new and safe ways to MOVE IT, planning my meals one day at a time and checking the macros, reading the articles and the SP feed. I am being mindful of (and challenging) my negative ‘... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:22:03 EST I Hate Housework Today was rainy so no walking outside. So housework it was... not an option I really wanted to do... was dragging my feet the whole day... Got the vacuum out and tipped the couches to get under and moved the furniture and then swept the tile floor around the rugs. Sassy got her exercise running... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:08:40 EST Tired Tuesday I feel like I haven't blogged in forever - even though it has only been a few days, but they have been LONG. <BR> <BR> Work is very busy and I spend my whole day facilitating meetings and doing what work I can between each one. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow should be calmer - fingers crossed! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:03:21 EST lots to do here I was looking around my page . <BR> <BR> wow I definitely need to change my goals. <BR> my pictures are out of date. <BR> I have a new motorcycle <BR> the kids are older <BR> I have more people living at my house than I have bedrooms. <BR> a small family that's husband/father abandoned <B... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:59:53 EST Tuesday HOME Well, I did make it home by about 6:30 PM. It had taken most of the day to get the medical ducks in a neat row with everything read, reported, prescribed, signed, and signed off. I wasn’t counting on it all coming together but it finally did. I thought I would head for the shower as soon as I g... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:57:28 EST I knew I didn't want to step on that scale. Blog 11, Tuesday January 15th. I had today off, no grandbaby so I decided it's a good day to get in a workout. After my sweetie left for work I went upstairs and changed into my workout clothes. I've been avoiding weighing in because I knew it wasn't going to be good, however I am just startin... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:55:33 EST January 15, 2019 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> It was a crazy day. <BR> <BR> I actually woke up before the alarm, so I went ahead and got up so that I could be ready to start my workout at 5:00. It was a longer one, so I needed to try to be done by the time the boys got up. Well, they ended up having a two-hour dela... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:55:22 EST Bleh..... Had a good day today, but just not feeling a blog post waiting to come out. Imagine that. My family would never believe it, me, with nothing to say to the world. Meh. Maybe later...but wanted to at least log on to keep my streak going. 😝 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:55:22 EST Bugging the coach Would you believe my triathlon coach has also been race director for our local marathon? That he was race director the year that Dave McGillivray came out to be our motivational speaker? That Dave invited him to come to Boston "any time" and he'd get him VIP passes for the marathon finish line?... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:48:39 EST Thankful January 15 Today I am thankful for... <BR> <BR> 1. getting some wiggles out dancing with my students <em>354</em> <BR> 2. hair therapy <em>204</em> Gotta love a trip to the hair salon! <BR> 3. halo oranges <em>474</em> <BR> 4. music <em>335</em> <BR> 5. productive day <em>248</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:46:56 EST It's Tuesday, happy January 15th! I slept almost 6 and a half hours. So good! <BR> <BR> It was a relaxed morning, yoga, walking with Leslie Sansone, and then a light breakfast. I had a scheduled appointment with my friend for a spa treatment.(yes, I am at the age where I don't feel guilty about treating myself to spa treatments)... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:42:22 EST Help using SP Can somebody please tell me how to Reply to comments made on my post. Thank you Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:35:18 EST Starting over <img src=""> <BR> From 2014 to 2016 I lost 120 pounds with first and exercise! I was left with all the skin and never satisfied I became discouraged had a career change that is alot less physical activity and two parti... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:35:10 EST Here we go <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So grateful for the love that floods in as the world falls down. One breath at a time, starshine. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:31:38 EST Hurting My head and neck have been bothering me lately! I have had spine surgery once on my neck I just hope I haven't done something to harm my spine! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:23:43 EST sooo crabby but mostly tired. i was sleepy and started feeling agitated about everything. i think i need to get to bed earlier the next several nights. i really need sleep. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:23:23 EST Went out Visited a childhood friend yesterday spoke about our childhood & growing up in this great city which has changed from a lovely small town to a large concrete jungle Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:17:04 EST 31 Days of Gratitude - January 15, 2019 Name a skill you are grateful for: <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if "a skill" is a skill that I possess or if someone else possesses. Well, either way: <BR> <BR> I'm very grateful for the technical skills I possess and for always being able to figure most technology out. I'm also blessed to have a ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:13:12 EST 2500 mile goal Cold but sun finally came out today, first day in a while. Tremendous back ache all day long. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:10:30 EST Late start better than no start.. I've kind of fallen off the wagon since my sons birthday last Wednesday. Today I decided to track again, at 6 PM. I had two slices of birthday cake today. My classes opened yesterday and I have been trying to kick a** on my classes. I have a parenting class to take before the custody hearing on 2... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:05:15 EST Day 24 - my carb free life Why do I fall of the wagon? Lost 125 lbs in 2016, and gained it all back. I know what happened, but not really why I didn’t put a stop to it when I started gaining more and more weight. Changed job, started by going out to celebrate, then went out more often, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> This time I am ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:03:13 EST Oopsie <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:02:49 EST Busy work day! I had a busy work day! I am trying to get caught up. I hope tomorrow goes OK! Enjoy Your Wednesday!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:58:38 EST About motivation... Read a great article by Coach Dean re motivation. I learned that it's not some external force that "happens" to me, but rather it's the ability to make conscious decisions & taking responsibility for those decisions. This is great news. It means I'm never a victim of a whim. It means the choice ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:57:29 EST Celebrate With Me!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Calling all friends to come and celebrate with me. This is my 2,000th blog post. Wow that... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:52:19 EST Off Day Today Today is my birthday. I’ve turned 68 years old. Not sure why this hit me so hard today but I’ve been oddly depressed. My brain still thinks I’m 40, but my body knows I’m 68! I should be grateful that I am as healthy as I am. I’m in a good relationship with a great guy who really cares about me. T... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:47:34 EST Quote of the day Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated. - - unknown Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:42:18 EST Recipe Reminder #2 - Pesto Zoodles, Avocados, & Egg Why am I so obsessed with eggs? When I was in my early 20's, I claimed to be a french fry addict, but as I've entered my almost 30's, it's all about eggs! Eggs on spinach, eggs on toast, eggs with salsa! Eggs on my face? No. More like, eggs on pesto zoodles with avocado!!! I think this "Recipe Re... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:40:02 EST Foods that Fight Inflammation <img src=""> <BR> Over the holidays I ate a lot of foods that I usually don't eat I suffered inflammation, that resulted in achy joints, stiffness and water retention... After 1 week of including these foods, and av... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:39:35 EST Hating myself! Im not sure why I can't get it together and just stop the binge eating. It's not even food. Nothing but pure junk. I was able to quit smoking other things like smoking and worst with no problem. I even quit drinking soda. But I can't stop with the crap. If it was an option id go get my mouth wi... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:38:11 EST Tired Tuesday Good Evening Fellow Sparkers! So I have had a lot on my plate lately. This Monday my Sphynx Pharaoh went to the vet for a cough and we found out his HCM is getting worse as the heart is progressively getting larger. The enlargement of the heart is causing pressure on the trachea which in tur... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:36:32 EST Tomorrow will find things out. Take a deep breath and start again. Dr. Appointment tomorrow to find out when they will do the valve and how bad it really is. I guess the doctor talked to me after the angiogram but i dont remember even seeing him.I am supposed to keep an appointment with a Dr. Davis who i dont know. I didnt know anything about him and thought my ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:28:33 EST I didn't quit on myself This afternoon was my first exercise class in a long time. My dear friend Nancy highly recommended the Pilates class at our local Y, which she takes twice a week. My son goes to daycare at this Y, and I knew I could sneak in the Tuesday class between the end of my work day and when I need to pick... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:15:45 EST Day 2 Got my workout in this morning and it was a little better than yesterday. I know Wednesday will be a good day since I have the late shift and so will Thursday.. worried about Friday with my early shift I know I won't wake up in time to workout like I have. Hoping that I will still be motivated ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:10:55 EST So Long Ago I cant believe how long ago I joined this site. I have had my ups and downs, in and outs. Seems like this time of the year I get all gung-ho again and re-start. I am glad to say that at my highest weight of 372 lbs, I have lost a total of 117 lbs. I now weigh 255lbs. Not great, but not 372! ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:03:50 EST Losing Patience With SSA I started working on December 30th, 2017, and my SSD (disability benefit) should have been cut off many months ago. Early last month, I called SSA (the Social Security Administration) to ask why my SSD is still coming out. I told them how I have mailed them things, gone in person to their offic... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:02:22 EST Salmonella Discovered in Answers Brand Dog Food <link><BR>ll/salmonella-discovered-in-answers-br<BR>and-dog-food/ </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:58:08 EST meat and fresh veggies <img src=""> <BR> Bought all this for a descent price today . I'm on whole 30 plan R2D14 and feeling good. Will be doing it until February 27th, 28th is my 50 the birthday and I will eat a doughnut 😊🍩 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:57:26 EST Daily inspiration and birthverse for January 15 Daily Inspiration--When we hand over what we can't handle to the One who can, miracles happen. Keep me free of stress, <BR> <BR> Lord, and in the best possible place to receive Your help. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despis... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:49:27 EST PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION, DAYS 14 & 15!!With Friends Like that.... Monday’s Motivation: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.~Michael Pollan <BR> <BR> Happy Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Clean Off Your Desk Day, National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, Caesarean Section Day, ratification Day, Organize Your Home Day & International Kite Day!! <BR> <BR> What mate... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:46:31 EST It is A-coming!!! My 21st!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A 2020 calendar from Easter Seals with, YES, my birthday on it!! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:41:24 EST 1/15/19 Almost all green today just going to miss floors but did achieve my steps per hour goal and had over 13K steps. Got in a great Shoulders/Triceps workout this afternoon. Tomorrow I go over to Joplin to weigh in and do final registration for 5 Star Nutrition Weight Loss challenge. After getting bac... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:41:11 EST Sugar cravings journal 1/15 Yesterday, no sugar problems. Enjoyed a large tuna and salad, followed by a low sugar yogurt. <BR> today- an apple addressed the post lunch sugar craving. It helps that I have no sugar that is easily accessible. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:38:25 EST Tuesday Exercise complete. Babysat all day. Hair colored. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:35:09 EST OMG Where has this been all my life?? <img src=""> <BR> With the tumultuous year that as 2018 behind me, I am looking forward to an amazing 2019! I let my diet go over the holidays for about 3 weeks, but I guess the new habits have set in, because I was o... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:20:48 EST So where do we begin? Reference to “A Pleasant Shade of Gray”, by Fates Warning, which begins with the lines, <BR> <BR> So where do we begin? <BR> And what else can we say? <BR> When the lines are all drawn, <BR> What should we do today? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7TM3FtU&list=PLD17809... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:11:57 EST Rainy Tuesday It's a rainy day filled with lots of documentation writing at work. This usally equals comfort food. But some how I made to 2 o'clock without even thinking about board eating. Until then I stuck with all the food I brought without a thought. <BR> <BR> What is this easy feeling that's happening... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:05:05 EST Beauty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I find myself thinking today of the social expectations of beauty. How, because you look a certain way, you are automatically expected to have a certain personality or lifestyle. And how absolut... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:02:44 EST Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, January 15, 2019 " From far beyond this life, <BR> I hear the call. <BR> From place beyond all place, <BR> I feel the call. <BR> From time before all time, <BR> I know the call. <BR> From one before all ones, <BR> I am the call." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:01:08 EST Today <img src=""> <BR> Quote Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:55:57 EST Guess What? Hey guess what? I'm an alcoholic. Or in today's more modern, clinical terms, I have Alcohol Use Disorder. Doesn't that just suck? <BR> <BR> But actually, it's okay. I feel an overwhelming sense of relief now that I was finally able to admit it to myself and others. That whispering, naggin... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:51:49 EST I'm back! Try, try, try again I have had a busy last couple of years with my father dying and trying to help my mother and sister. It's been exhausting and depressing. I've gained a lot of weight and my health is worse than ever. It's time to refocus and start taking care of me some. <BR> <BR> I'm starting with decluttering ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:38:02 EST The Meaningful Vote Finally parliament got to vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Deal tonight. It got voted down. As everyone knew it would. Not that it was that meaningful because it's a conundrum that most of our Politicians seem incapable of addressing, let alone answering. So here it is in a nutshell. <BR> <BR... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:37:09 EST Commitment I like to think I know a thing or two about commitment. Something I heard in a podcast today really resonated with me and it was about the commitments we make to ourselves about dieting and losing weight and engaging in fitness and whatnot. The takeaway was that one should spend some time sitti... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:06:54 EST Take Your Coat!! I have a new student teacher who started yesterday. Right now, I am supposed to give her the adminstrative tasks like grading papers, taking attendance and other boring stuff like that. Today though, after I had given the students a simple task to complete, I left her with them to supervise. I to... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:56:10 EST Started Cardiac Rehab Started cardiac rehab yesterday. Weight is at a standstill. Being salt sensitive I was aiming for low salt meals, of course, did fine, then I plateaued. Thought reducing sugar would help, but I was ok in that department. I am not a sweets person. Spoke with Rehab Mgr. and recommended salt re... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:29:49 EST The story of a Wild Child. <img src=""> The worst times of her life. It's time to say bye & bye to the old person with all the afflictions of her body disasters that she been through and the hate and torment of the disease that has tried to dest... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:29:37 EST All dressed up and nowhere to go... So, we chose our hotel in Spain for just one night because it has a gym, as I like to work out every morning, before Laurie gets up. I packed my gym kit, but not my resistance bands ( no need, gym at the hotel, thought I) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:24:27 EST My feet are killing me I’m finally in the grove of walking but my feet are killing me. More my ankles but something has to change because quitting isn’t an option. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:24:00 EST Back to the beginning I started SP on 1/1/2011 at 204 lbs...and on 1/1/2019 I came back to SP at 204 lbs. Full circle in 8 yrs. But...I did it once so I can do it again. <BR> <BR> Easing back into things here, I can’t believe I was here last in 2017. Time flies when you’re being lazy and eating all the food lol. <BR>... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:22:46 EST Benefits of Water I know SP encourages us all to drink plenty of water. I came across this picture of the benefits of drinking water. I don't honestly know if they are all true but after seeing this, I figured it couldn't hurt to drink up. Thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:19:10 EST Another trip to Sam's What did we ever do before we could buy a month's worth of stuff in one package? Love having the block of cheese for use and I am planning to get more adventuresome with my cheeses. Any suggestions? I have been a cheddar girl for way too long. I do enjoy sharp but I think I can color outside the ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:18:47 EST Taking a rest day I'm trying to fight off some kind of chest cold that has been kicking me for a few days so I took yesterday off, completely. I didn't run, didn't walk, didn't do any exercise. It took me a while to realize this was actually okay - that rest days aren't built into my "run 5 miles every day" goal, ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:17:41 EST Feeling great I just joined sparks and I love it so far. Great support and ideas , I also love the tracking of food, exercise, and water. I am determined to keep participating. Have a great day. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:09:30 EST Book Review: "Man. Myth. Messiah." "Man. Myth. Messiah." - Rice Broocks <BR> <BR> 4 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> I grabbed this book after it being referenced in the movie God's Not Dead 2. It's a good book with a lot of great facts. The only downfall is that it is a bit repetitive. The book lays out all the facts about Jesus that... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:04:32 EST Wanted to say hello & thank you for saving my life Russell Dawe CEO Veterans4Veterans A Non-Profit Company <BR> <BR> How I found a life-saving program! <BR> <BR> Seven years ago I entered the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho. I hadn't been to see a Doctor for over a decade. The staff and my Primary Physician were wonderful. They ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:59:18 EST 3 good things YESTERDAY (Monday) 1 - My car died, but I didn't let it get me worked up. <BR> 2 - Got more exercise that planned (OK, so it was shoveling snow again, but it's still exercise). <BR> 3 - Started teaching myself a "new" song. (Song isn't new, but I never sang this part before). Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:43:42 EST Good and Bad stuff So yay I just officially accepted a new job. This was one of my goals for this year! What a great way to start off! I'll be moving to a new community/city and I am so excited for the positive changes this is bringing. It checks off "boxes" I didn't even know were there! <BR> <BR> I started ta... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:40:01 EST Tuesday afternoon Today is a stellar day. I woke up with less pain, a lot more energy and a list as long as my arm to get finished. <BR> I did not get all of the bills made out yesterday, so got my beds stripped and made, third load of laundry finished, made some cranberry/orange relish, dishwasher locked,load... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:22:40 EST Good news Had 2ed opinion on joints. No need for hip or knee replacement. Yea yea Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:21:19 EST Slow day..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Very very long day at work, stuck at my desk, can't even get up and walk. For once, I'm looking forward to going to the gym! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:21:12 EST Another Week Well, another week has gone by. Not much change in my weight. Pretty consistent with that. I did not start working out yet. I am hoping to do that tomorrow with Coach Nicole's 7 day Boot Camp. Only ten minutes in the morning. That should definitely be doable. I am ready to kick this up a notch an... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:18:30 EST Balloons over the valley - 1-15-19 The hot air balloons are typically out EARLY in the morning. I've actually had them float by my bedroom window while I was still in bed, making that distinctive "huff" of hot air releasing into the envelope! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:08:48 EST Started over again <img src=""> <BR> This is so frustrating gained a pond have been low carb under 20 for over a week decided to start logging on spark again Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:05:22 EST Bonus: Update on Natalie For those who asked, Natalie is doing well. (She is my 11 year old granddaughter who had a 72 degree bend in her spine and 2 smaller bends.) The recovery from her major scoliosis surgery (November 26, 2018) will take some time, but she is progressing nicely. She was not allowed to go to school as... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:01:20 EST January 15th The funeral is all booked plus the buffet afterwards. Unfortunately it's not until the 19th Feb. but we'll get through it eventually. <BR> My gardener and her husband met us over at the bungalow tonight to take away all the good clothes & bits & pieces. We've got to advertise a few decent pieces ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:57:39 EST Progress-on track-all areas Today is day 2 of tracking what I eat and drink. I may not like what I write, but i’m Doing it. <BR> <BR> I had today off and managed to get in 45 minutes of chair yoga and 30 minutes of walking today. <em>311</em> <em>414</em> I’m still healing from shingles, am still regaining my energy... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:54:40 EST Moving forward <img src=""> I’m feeling better now so I’m out of bed, off the heating pad dressed and out. I drove our SUV for the first time and was surprised at how easy it was to handle!! I forgot how much I love to drive!! Test o... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:43:53 EST