SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Am I a failure ? This past week I fell off the wsgon. Every time I do well , I go backwards . I am hoping this week I can do good . Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:19:34 EST Doing Fine <img src=""> <BR> Beautiful day in Western Ky. Holding My Own with My Essentials Oils, Diet Shakes, fruits and vegetables, Mom and I went to Wally World, Dollar Tree, Att, thenWendys for lunch. I got plenty of exe... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:14:44 EST 11/17/18 Not all green today missed floors and active minutes and came 40 steps short of achieving my steps per hour goal today. Plan is to get into the gym 4 days this week but will see what happens on Friday after working on short rest as I get off late on Thanksgiving day then go in at 11:30 on Friday.... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:05:32 EST Back to square one...again Changing things around in my life again. After two years at Orangetheory, I have been seeing zero results on the scale. I'm a bit stronger...I can do a hundred squats at a time, I can row 2000 meters in under ten minutes, and I can carry all the grocery bags into the house in one trip. However... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:59:39 EST Santa came to our town today This weekend the town I live in is having a Christmas festival with a parade and everything. Even Santa attends; he ends the parade as tradition should have it. Our town gets a big treat s both Santa and Mrs Clause come together in a horse drawn carriage. The beard and all is real. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:55:49 EST This skill makes the world a better place Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> After surviving my surgery, I have made it a big goal to do my part in helping build Fit & Healthy Leaders who will reach their own goals, but also spark many other people. I'm more determined than ever to make this happen. <BR> <BR> This includes sharing information a... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:27:52 EST Rare Saturday Enjoyed a relaxing Saturday. First time we didn't have something planned for us in seven weeks. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:24:58 EST Bobo <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I remember such episodes from childhood, only with cows, and pigs, and chickens, and rabbits. Seems I remember some adult making the comment, "For God's sake don't let them name the fruits and ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:11:53 EST What mysterious Creature have I been feeding??? Well Here at the farm I thought I was feeding a kitten. DH got a trap camera and We set it up last weekend. We pulled it this morning! I have been feeding a female tabby cat (Callie) <BR> and a young possum (Polly). It was cool to finally know what was coming around. I filled the deer feeder... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:07:24 EST My life <img src=""> Cardio workout today Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:01:30 EST My life <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:01:01 EST 2500 mile goal Cool morning warmed into 60s midday, perfect for hours of yard work, and I got more than my share. Lots of leaves piled up all around, now they have to be removed. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:56:01 EST An Attitude of Gratitude <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:32:29 EST All blessings to you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May all heartbreak be cracked open by even the tiniest bursts of joy today. <BR> <BR> May all beings find sanctuary. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:23:36 EST This Old House Here in Blighty when a buyer is serious about a property, they'll arrange for a full survey to be done. This is a major indication they seriously wish to buy as it costs them a good few hundred pounds. I was therefore pleased when Simon [Estate Agent] informed me that Lord Byron had instructed ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:19:55 EST Telltale Signs Your Pet Feels Genuine Pain and Grief <link><BR>ypets/archive/2018/11/17/grieving-pets<BR>.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20181<BR>117Z1&et_cid=DM246734&et_rid=471675374 </link> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:16:54 EST Saturday, Nov. 17th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today there is a calmer feel in the house and I am thankful. <BR> <BR> So far my day has included a hair trim, family counseling, Sparking and doing a little bit of the meal plan. Tonight is... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:13:16 EST Brief Update We FINALLY got enough boxes unpacked that I can fit my car in the garage. Not a moment too soon, since it started snowing the day we accomplished that. <BR> <BR> So lately it's all been about unpacking boxes and either finding a place for the contents or donating them. We're hosting a bunch of... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:08:17 EST Struggling for Sanity I have been struggling with my weight all my life. I originally joined SparkPeople in 2011 and was super involved when I first joined, but I slowly started to not log in as much and, eventually, stopped logging in all together. A lot has happened in the 7 years that I haven't been on. I have seen... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:59:39 EST a favorite breakfast recipe I thought I would share a favorite breakfast recipe today. <BR> <BR> I've been making this baked steel cut oats recipe off and on for a few years now, I put whatever fruits I have on hand for variety, and have used different "milks" and sometimes I will use a "flax egg" instead of a "chia egg" i... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:54:22 EST Ugh! I'm tired already... I want real food! Ugh! I'm tired already of having soft foods to eat. <BR> <BR> I've had enough of <em>490</em> <em>468</em> , soups, pudding and pasta <BR> <BR> Day 2 of teeth pulled. I was out with my mom and brother and went to Culver's for some frozen Custard they laughed at me when I told them I so l... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:53:13 EST 30 Days of Grattitude 17. I am grateful for the time, energy and ability to walk the doggies. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:40:05 EST All Went Well, But Not As Good As I Had Hoped Well, first I want to thank all of those that were praying for my day yesterday. It did go well but not as well as I had hoped/wanted. I got there on time and they took me right back to the procedure area. All the necessities were taken care of and then I met the surgeon. Very nice man. And ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:35:52 EST My Dad Damaged My Car When my parents came home from church this morning, my dad asked me to have a seat, as he said that he had something to talk about with me. I sat down, fearing that he was going to ask me for money. It turns out that my dad damaged my car while exiting our apartment's parking garage this mornin... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:32:11 EST camera time <img src=""> <BR> I had a hard time with body image issues. I remember I was angry at myself for being 'fat'. But now I see it was all in my head. My weight ranged from 119 to 212 pounds. At 119 I was underweight; a... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:16:14 EST Turkey Burn Challenge <img src=""> <BR> I did it! All 6 classes at the YMCA this morning. <BR> AND 20 flights of stairs. <BR> Happy Saturday Spark friends. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> seems appro... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:18:14 EST Saturday Power was out until 8:30 a.m. so could not walk on the treadmill. I had a wake at 11 a.m. at our church and one at 1 of a friend. Now my son, his fiancé and their combined 5 kids are here for the boys birthdays and they are spending the night. My son who is suffering depression in Columbus is ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:17:34 EST Great news My foot is getting better. I feel cheated and can feel my cardio fitness waining but I can get it back when it better. Food been ok. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:17:29 EST Very Short Blog <img src=""> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone, hope you are all finding time to relax and have a little fun. Didn't get my step goal yesterday came up about a thousand steps short. I have worked my back this week to poin... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:05:00 EST November 17th Having a laugh watching the first of The Michael McIntyre funny. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:59:22 EST Our 45th Wedding Anniversary Today! My hubby & I are celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary today! It seems like yesterday we were just two kids setting out on on a great adventure. We had no idea how young & naive we were & no idea what life would throw at us.....maybe it was a good thing we didn't suspect. We lost our house t... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:58:25 EST Blah turned blast <img src=""> <BR> This morning was a stressful morning. I just was getting by. Well I decided to take a walk to the store. Only to find out they were having a parade in town. My son was in it for church. Well I wound u... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:50:57 EST Blah turned blast <img src=""> <BR> This morning was a stressful morning. I just was getting by. Well I decided to take a walk to the store. Only to find out they were having a parade in town. My son was in it for church. Well I wound u... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:48:47 EST Nana Terri - 11/17/2018 <img src=""> Today is going really good. Just sitting here relaxing. Watched the Santa parade today on TV. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:06:35 EST 1/2 Marathon Training week 3 Just finished treadmill jog/walk intervals on treadmill. 4 miles. Takes me an hour to do 4 miles. Sometimes I want to give up but it feels so good to finish! 13 miles is terrifying still. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:05:25 EST Saturday afternoon The snow is here to stay! I am just moving around indoors so I do not fall. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:59:31 EST Day 53 Getting Back on Track The last couple of days have not been great. It all started on Tuesday with poor planning on my part. Then I had a work fundraiser Wednesday and a couple of appointments which resulted in me running around like a chicken with my head cut-off and just eating whatever and whenever. Thursday was bad... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:30:13 EST Saturday! <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:29:04 EST Happy Saturday - Caught Up Happy Saturday to all of my Spark Friends! I don't know about you, but it has been really rough and overwhelming in my household. Every time I turn around something is happening that wasn't on my To- Do List. Between unscheduled meetings/phone calls at the school, tending to our pets, reschedulin... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:26:53 EST Chocolate in the bath! I was so pleased to have a whole week without chocolate, or sugar. Today I felt quite calm as I considered what kind of chocolate 'treat' I'd allow myself. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel my usual desperation to 'get something' to eat. I chose a 38.5g bar of Green & Blacks Dark truffle bar. It gave me... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:23:02 EST Feeling Down Today It's one of those days where I realize just how far from my goal weight I really am. I'm happy to say I'm back on track but this past week has really done me in. I'm stuck in a negative mindset and I'm not sure how to overcome it. I despise the cold but the high for today is 43 degrees and I'm wr... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:40:18 EST Late for Work One winter morning, an employee explained why he had shown up for work 50 minutes late: “It was so slippery out that for every step I took ahead, I slipped back two.” <BR> <BR> <BR> The boss eyed him suspiciously, “Oh, yeah? Then how did you ever get here?” <BR> <BR> <BR> “I finally gave up,”... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:26:45 EST COLD morning walk, feeling the holiday spirit Happy Saturday! The weekend is here! This is the first weekend in a long time where I'm actually not doing anything and staying home/relaxing. The kids are already asking to go out to the playground later though so it won't be home all day but atleast I don't have a million things to do like eve... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:23:17 EST “The Black Death of the 21st Century” Diabetes is a pandemic now and can quite literally be thought of as“The Black Death of the 21st Century” <BR> <BR> Facing The Twin Pandemics of Diabetes & Obesity <BR> <link><BR>1-live </link> <BR> <BR> The personal journey of John McMann Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:09:13 EST 11/17/18 The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. William Blake Quote of the Day <BR> If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Those who do not want to imitate anything, produc... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:09:02 EST Not giving up this time. <img src=""> <BR> After a set back on the scale this week, I've been a bit discouraged and I haven't been good about tracking or exercising consistently this week, but instead of giving up completely or making excuses ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:00:36 EST More eye doctors Hi everyone, <BR> I did get a chromebook awhile ago and am doing my best to learn the ups and downs with it. <BR> We went to my Dh's eye doctor yesterday and I had one of the doctors check my eye. (I had really injured it with the handle of a rake a few days ago) <em>2</em> and she said I do... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:43:00 EST Saturday smiles Had a nice phone conversation with daughter last night sorting out plans for her visit. She’s shipped us another care package with goodies for us and some vegan foods for her. She’ll be spending part of her visit with a friend, and we got when and where pretty much sorted out. <BR> <BR> I’m m... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:31:06 EST Cold Season Self Care What do you do to take care of yourself when you have a cold? Last weekend we had a big weekend, but in the midst some of my family had been struggling with colds. I don't get sick much but Sunday, guess what? I came down with a cold. Monday, I had already taken the day off to have a day to get b... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:08:50 EST My 2nd 100 day challenge I finished my 2nd personal 100 day challenge today. <BR> I started these personal challenges because I turn 60 in February and I want to be a much healthier me. <BR> I lost 25 pounds my first 100 day challenge. <BR> I lost 26.75 pounds the 2nd 100 days. <BR> I was hoping for better, but still,... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:08:19 EST CHALLENGE CHECK-IN - Day 6 Good Morning!! Today is Day 6 of the Challenge and everyone has been doing fantastic! And please welcome Need2Move who just joined us and is raring to go!! Keep up the great work, all!! Rest Day for me... :) Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:07:17 EST Life's Ups and Downs No one is happy all the time, some appear to be, others are just the opposite. But in reality it is all about the way you react to the things happening in your life. <BR> <BR> Short of money this month due to some unforeseen expenses? It happens to all of all unless we have very deep pockets, I'... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:04:21 EST Nice Day It’s a new day and I am praying it brings me health and happiness. I’m still in my son’s apartment. Almost all my things are in storage waiting for me to find a place to move to. I found a place but my son and I have to get credit approval tomorrow before I can move in. So, dieting for now is ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:42:22 EST 2018 THANKSGIVING COMING hey sparkers hope all are doing good had good workout had cramp in belly work thru it met my goal then came home sweep and mopped then chilled out what are you all cooking for Thanksgiving let me know i am just going to cook turkey breast for hubby and all the fixings dressing mac and cheese gree... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:27:16 EST Happy Saturday .. Happy Birthday to ME!! <img src=""> <BR> Good morning to my friends!!! I wonder if this is Vegas's form of a rainbow since the moisture seldom makes it down to here ... but the sun is in the middle ... it was like 3 suns ... Sorry, yesterd... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:23:05 EST Mercy, Peace and Love – Day 47 Called, sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Christ Jesus <BR> <BR> “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:21:54 EST Nov 18 --> Nov 24 workouts and food . Nov 18 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 19 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 20 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 21 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 22 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 23 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 24 --> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:19:20 EST 11/17/18 Joy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Find your joy, and share it with others!" <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I've just burned 3000 calories... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:08:08 EST Bodnant I am a female in my fifties. Married, no children. <BR> I'd like to lose 5 kg as my first goal. Then I'd like to lose another 13 kg to get a healthy BMI. <BR> <BR> However first I want to get off all sweets and junkfood. The next two weeks may be difficult. Today is day 0. <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:05:25 EST Day 0 today This is my day 0. <BR> <BR> My goals for the next 4 weeks: <BR> <BR> * no junkfood nor sweets in the house. <BR> * sugar free and gluten free meals and snacks <BR> * be in bed before 11.30 PM <BR> * Make efforts to be relaxed - do yoga, take a nap, or meditate. <BR> * at least 30 minutes of e... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:03:46 EST Thankful Tree What a great idea! On the news they showed this for the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner. Get branches, either real or from a craft store and put it in a large vase to look like a tree. Have construction paper cut put in different forms. Maybe turkey form, acorn form, etc. Punch a hol... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:02:50 EST Healthy Living Success Day 2 Nov. 16, 2018 <BR> <BR> Goals that I met <BR> calorie range 1200-1500----today's 1322 <BR> I exceeded my steps to me surprise which I didn't plan on doing <BR> exercise minute range 60---- today's 65 <BR> I ate a piece of fruit for breakfast ( should of had something else with that but at le... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:01:51 EST Saturday and blabbering. Back in the freezer again, only 18, and got a skiff of snow again last night. This time though, it rained first and then snowed, so that went ice, so this morning I put my cleats on my but still walked like a penguin. I don't mind winter, but I hate it when we get the ice. Hubby says the road ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:57:37 EST Dreamin'-- but--achievin' is the best! <img src=""> <BR> I know that I am alive and kicking---to-day-- <BR> I am late posting, because I felt it so important to "take that bull by the horns". (Mom's expression)---put on my anti-slide boots, with that new so... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:57:28 EST Here. If you seen the aerial photos of the San Francisco Bay Area, you will realize how bad it is. Yesterday seemed to be the worse. My chest is heavy when I breathe, it feels like I guess it would be similar to a smoker smoking packs of cigarettes a day even though I have never been a smoker. The air ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:48:43 EST Need to move... so.. joining late to a challenge... 15 minute per day.. 5 days a week! <BR> <BR> Yeepie! <BR> <BR> Moving my body.. goal.. <BR> For my butt to stop moving when I stop moving! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:46:50 EST Bit of a Rude Awakening My dear husband has been an IT professional for nearly 40 years. He will be packing up his shingle in a little over 2 weeks and calling it a wrap … his retirement is dawning. <BR> <BR> This morning, the all too familiar call that comes in the dead of night or the wee hours of the morning came …... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:45:45 EST Fast moving Friday 11/16/2018 Friday didn't deviate from the week's crazy and didn't disappoint! Tried to plan the un so that I went in a big circle, but my OCD kicked in and had to go back home to make sure I extinguished the holiday candles I had lit. I was about 99% sure I had but better safe than sorry. <BR> <BR> 2 veh... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:42:32 EST Fresh Picked Salad Greens After A Week Of Freezing Temps! <img src=""> Not bad after a week of Freezing Temps! Fresh Green Salad tonight! Those frost covers really work! Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:39:31 EST Where to start? Mini Goals...... I keep telling myself "I've started this so many times". Truth is I'm not sure I have truly started. My biggest enemy seems to be my procrastination, lack of preparation, and an emotional sweet tooth that enjoys carbs. I'm at an all time weight high for me. I'm starting to have constant aches... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:37:22 EST Fasting I have been playing with fasting this week.. building up to a 20 hours fast. <BR> Just broke my 19 hour fast. <BR> <BR> it amazes me how good I feel. <BR> My sleep, my mind.. I like the empty feeling... <BR> <BR> Life is good! <BR> Keto strong! <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:32:51 EST Join the Winter Biggest loser Challenge Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the LOVELY LIMES, In the BL Challenge that starts early December. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutr... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:32:16 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>224</em> Pure comfort. <em>334</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:27:52 EST Visited an old friend Visited one of my husband's College friends quite sad to see him he has Parkinson's & cant stand sad to see this vibrant person almost like a vegetable Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:18:19 EST Two Week Reflection Accomplishments: <BR> <BR> - Several chapters into a book (“The Book of Joy” by The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu) <BR> - Made huge effort to eat more healthfully (counted calories, ate less sugar and less carbs) <BR> - Worked on intermittent fasting <BR> - Drank lots of water <BR> - Didn’t snack ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:09:49 EST Saturday have a great day. <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:59:17 EST Finding Answers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This just tickled me. <em>100</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:39:06 EST Comforting Routine Yes, it's fun to do special stuff. I do look forward to holidays, to meeting up with friends, to kids coming home . . . of course I do. Sometimes it's even fun to buy special stuff. For example, I've been debating whether I will buy a new pair of winter boots: sheepskin ones for warmth. But ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:32:07 EST I start again. We never succeed if we don't keep trying. I started back on my healthy eating about a month ago. I am down 10 pounds today. Only 70 more to go. I am so very tired of feeling unhealthy, tired, and having no energy. I am tired of not being able to bend over to tie my shoes. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:27:12 EST WoW... just in time. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My hubby always puts the lights onto the house early November. <BR> <BR> This year he beat that snow storm by one day. <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> He says that next year it'll be done in the fir... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:21:06 EST Went to ER for intense abdominal pain Nov. 13th On November 13th, 2018 I was blindsided by dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) from hell, my pain level escalated very suddenly, the intensity felt similar to when I had appendicitis, so when Ibuprophen and aspirin had no effect so I went to the ER, they gave me a double dose of something called Nor... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:20:05 EST OFF TO MARKET well we are off to market this morning. Not sure how long we will be staying. It will depend on the winds and the amount of people out shopping. As it has just turned cool, we can never predict how many will come out and shop. We are hoping for a good day, as Hubby has to work tomorrow and we... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:19:28 EST Holidays I’d really like to be able to maintain or lose during the holidays. Is that so unrealistic? My head hasn’t been screwed on in this previous month so I don’t know how I’m going to manage that. I am going to continue to start fresh every morning and do my best regardless of things that come my way.... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:16:57 EST Plan I plan to workout at home today Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:12:30 EST Im sorry to my friends.. There has been a death in my family and I haven't been involved with Sparkpeople..Im sorry my friends...Im just so depressed right now..forgive me~ Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:11:57 EST Crazy impulse purchase - a WINTER 5KM RUN!!! I have had some crazy impulse purchases in my day. Who remembers 80's leg warmers and 90's hair extensions - HELLO?!?!?! What was I thinking? Not to mention the dreaded grocery store impulse purchases. Come home to unpack and find the strangest things....once it was tempeh hotdogs and vegan c... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:09:43 EST Changing my lifestyle not just dieting Last night I ate a cheeseburger, fries and half a brownie sundae. It was not a spur of the moment failure. It was a conscious decision I made that afternoon as I planned a date night with my husband. I enjoyed my dinner tremendously. I went over my calorie limit for the day. Yes, my weight was up... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:09:19 EST Emotional eating I never thought that I was an emotional eater. Admittedly I am a sugar addict but that's a whole new ball of wax. Yesterday I was given some back news at work and despite the fact that I have been eating cleanly for five weeks now I really just wanted to grab the first bag of junk food I could ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:07:27 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 107 of 365 days...38 days until Christmas. <em>244</em> today marks 1,000 days of checking into sparks. Yep it's a habit! Maybe I need to take a day off from checking in now and then-lol! <BR> <BR> <em>430</em> The Friday before Thanksgiving was one of my favorite days growing up. I grew up in Northwestern Wisconsin. My mom taug... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:04:59 EST CBD Oil My cousin introduced me to CBD Oil last month. I was a little weary at first, but since I trust her...and did some research...I tried it. I have fallen in love with it!! So much so that I have become an affiliate. <BR> I have long suffered from depression, anxiety, insomnia and of course, we... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:54:30 EST saturday got up really early got a shower and the cakes in the oven, the one for the surprise party carried over here because noone is getting in the bakery today..the plows have it socked in, its heavy wet snow and i just dont have the oomph to shovel it today. <BR> i did have a friend message me saying... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:52:15 EST It's hard I am doing what I have been on plan but I'm gaining instead of losing so I must be doing something wrong. I think I'm eating in my calorie limits but I don't think I'd gain if that was true. Maybe my limit should have gone down or maybe I have eaten more than I think I have. Either way it is h... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:47:40 EST poor me, poor me...pour me I came upon this amazing phrase while I was looking up mottos and affirmations, I guess I would call them. This gem is from Alcoholics Anonymous, and wow, it was singing my song. <BR> <BR> I am five months into my weight loss journey. In some respects it was far easier than I had expected: in... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:42:28 EST Day 307: Today’s Challenge – Protect Your Joints <img src=""> <BR> Sit on the edge of a chair, squeeze your knees together, and release 10 times. <BR> <BR> Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. <BR> Put your hands on the seat of... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:39:11 EST Day 307: Toned Arms in Less Than 10 Minutes Work your upper body with dumbbells in just 7 minutes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> <BR> 7-Minute Arm Shaper with Dumbbells <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos-detail.a... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:38:32 EST Saturday Humor <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:36:18 EST Friday Saturday Somewhat busy day, left work early picked up subs for daughter's school party, got some groceries, squeezed in some homework, dinner, took one kid to a birthday party, then visited with momma who returned from her trip. Easy day today after catching up on sleep Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:32:06 EST never break a promise to yourself Anyone else out there read or currently reading Girl Wash Your Fave by Rachel Hollis? If not, I am sharing with you my favorite excerpt thus far. WOW did it hit me hard and open my eyes. Read here: “A few months ago after I was out to dinner with my closest girlfriend which was an impromptu h... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:29:15 EST Peaceful mindful Eating-Today's Challenge Today's Challenge on the 30-Day Fit and Fiber-Full Wellness Challenge is to practice mindful eating during every single meal and snack. This is a REAL challenge for me! I ate my breakfast at the table this morning without the computer or reading the papter. I plan to do the same for each meal and... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:22:33 EST Take a Hike Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Held : Always November 17 <BR> <BR> Take a Hike Day is today. <BR> <BR> Walking, and hiking is an excellent way to get exercise, and get into shape. Hikes are distinguished from wal... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:00:16 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 75 When I have made good meal plans and stick to them, I feel in control. Such a good feeling! Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:59:15 EST Saturday Another great week. This upcoming week I have a phone interview for a job. Yay! Tons of school work but there's only three more weeks and then done until January. On Monday I am beginning medication to help me quit smoking. I may gain a few pounds but I'm ok with this cause in the end I'll be he... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:46:53 EST My earrings!! <img src=""> I absolutely love my new earrings from Ross. I love Ross for shoes, clothes, and jewelry!! Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:45:27 EST Our dear California Heartbreaking. We’re flying out Monday... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:43:50 EST Breaking the Food Seduction, Introduction Breaking the Food Seduction <BR> By Neal Barnard, M.D. <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> <BR> How are foods treating me? Am I a willing victim of junk food no matter the effect it has on me in terms of my waistline and health? YES! <BR> <BR> I have felt the seduction, “I know I shouldn’t eat _______... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:43:22 EST Day 16 - Meal Planning Today's Plateau Busting challenge is all about meal planning. I have to say that I am pretty good at that. Meal prepping - not so much. I do prep my breakfast each Sunday and make my lunch the night before. Sometimes, I make extra dinner for the purpose of freezing it for later, but I don't prep ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:42:30 EST Day Ten: Fitness Progress <em>320</em> Activity Minutes: 57 (Goal 120) <BR> <em>7</em> Calories Burned: 461 (Goal 1000) <BR> <em>550</em> Calorie Balance 2158 (Goal 1500-1876) <BR> <em>311</em> Miles: 3.35 (Goal 12) <BR> <em>416</em> Yoga Minutes: 20 (Goal 50) <BR> <em>414</em> Meditation Minutes: 25 (G... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:38:43 EST New Book Review Breaking the Food Seduction, by Neal Barnard, M.D. <BR> <BR> I am going to go through another book. As much as I am a fan of the Beck Diet Solution, and I read through the book at least twice, even though I had many starts, there is something within me that seems to be keeping my from getting wi... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:35:17 EST Early mornings are necessary! I have realized that waking up even a half of an hour earlier can set my day up for success or failure. When I get earlier, even if it means i am only half awake, my day is started that much earlier! I have personally experienced that I am 95% more inclined to exercise when I get up instead of sn... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:31:55 EST Put on an ugly face... Soooo after my crazy busy week, rogue week, I stepped on the scale this morning and I am exactly where I was on Monday morning.. so winner, winner chicken dinner... <BR> <BR> I finally was able to check out the results and photos from the my half marathon.. and I have to say, I was rather please... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:26:44 EST Saturday Spark Today, I am surprising my Hubby with a day trip! Lately, he's been kind of restless Wanting to do something "different " go somewhere he's never been To appease his restlessness I did some research and have found him an "adventure" not far from home yet somewhere he's never been. After an ho... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:20:25 EST Saturday Funny On his death bed, an old Jewish man says to his wife... <BR> <BR> "Oh, Sarah, when the shop burned down you were right beside me, no?" <BR> <BR> "Sure I was Moshe," his wife replied. <BR> <BR> "When the Nazis drove us out of our beloved Deutschland you were beside me again, no?" <BR> <BR> "I ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:59:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 17, 2018 November 17, 2018 IN OUR WEAKNESS <BR> <BR> Many times in life we find ourselves weak. We may be dealing with an illness. We may be having financial struggles. We may have relationship issues. In any case, we are struggling and we don’t know what to do. And we certainly don’t know what the outco... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:52:49 EST Today's Haiku Haiku #321 (of 365): <BR> A chill runs through her <BR> and she blows on her fingers, <BR> wishing she had gloves. <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:52:09 EST "Normal" eating What's normal for me? <BR> <BR> No mindless searching of cabinets for stored goodies. <BR> No getting up to find a snack when DH has gone to bed. <BR> Back to my lower carb and well "vegetabled" plates. <BR> Preparing in advance. <BR> Telling myself "no" and walking away. <BR> <BR> This morning... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:51:09 EST It's OK not to be Okay <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It’s okay not to be okay. <BR> It’s alright not to always have your stuff together. <BR> Perfection doesn’t exist. <BR> So long as you’re showing up <BR> & working on yourself daily that’s wh... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:49:28 EST Three hours to gym time One of the reasons why I decided to go back to working out and eating clean (other than I was gaining too much weight) is because I needed a healthier way to deal with stress than eating and binge watching t.v. <BR> I have been on a healing journey for years now. I have studied food and I know wh... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:39:27 EST Not quite winter but... the Swiss Alps and in the Black Forest, window boxes and planters are still filled with blooming late-summer blossoms but the roads are lined with "snow poles" that are placed strategically so that, when it does snow, the plow operators know where the boundaries of the roads are. <BR> <im... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:34:44 EST Who Remembers the Tofu Turkey Episode? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just thinking about this Everybody Loves Raymond episode always makes me smile. It is by far the funniest sitcom episode ever. Loved it! Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:03:03 EST FUN PICTURE <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 05:59:20 EST 11-17-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 05:57:57 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=11/17/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I will life up mine eyes... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 05:52:37 EST Play Time! <img src=""> <BR> There's nothing more exciting for a grandmother to do than to play with her grandchildren! I am happy to get in my steps by chasing Lina and Gabby around the park and the museum. Today I kayak with ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 05:39:47 EST Catching up. (Friday November 16) Early Saturday morning but I am awake still as always. Not much to report really. I am not losing weight and I am not gaining it. It is sitting there. Luckily, it isn't going up. With menopause, my doctor said to expect quite a bit of weight gain and she wasn't lying. I went from 125 to 142 to 13... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:55:43 EST Sat 17 Nov - 4 meals of 400 calories each today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fluffy's waiting for a manicure (or pawicure :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast = 400 cals <BR> 1 Dolce Gusto Cappuccino 84c <BR> Muesli 327cals <BR> [Muesli = <BR> 10g Bjorg organic muesli (date... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:52:23 EST Chapter 30, Day 14 Temporarily lost my focus on health and wellness the last half of the week. Sobering weigh in: gained a half pound back instead of losing. Bah. With just 2 more weeks left to the Challenge, I need to lose 4# more to achieve a 5% weight loss. Factor in Thanksgiving food event. Yep, this past ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:43:28 EST Gratitude can be powerful... I try to grateful for all the blessings in my life, for I am truly blessed with supportive family and the resources to live independently, despite my disability. Sometimes it takes more effort to remember that gratitude and express it, but I find it’s never wasted effort. At the moment I am hav... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:31:21 EST Moving Forward No Matter What... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Today is a brand new day, let yesterday go, we may be facing a harsh road ahead and feel like quitting, no matter how bad we feel, Keep Going, Keep Hoping, Keep Moving Forward and Keep Pr... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:24:22 EST Sat 17th Nov 18 - Day 1 no snacks, minimal sugar, write/post food, stay out of grocery store My Plan: <BR> <BR> Write all food eaten in a notebook. <BR> Post food eaten each day for accountability (not sure where yet). <BR> No eating between meals. <BR> Reduce sugar intake to minimal amounts. <BR> Sign up for BLC39. <BR> Get my groceries delivered each week. <BR> Hubby to do midweek sho... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:23:13 EST Quote for Saturday <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:19:23 EST Bible Verse for Saturday... Isaiah 43:1-3a NIV <BR> <BR> 1 But now, this is what the Lord says— <BR> he who created you, Jacob, <BR> he who formed you, Israel: <BR> “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; <BR> I have summoned you by name; you are mine. <BR> <BR> 2 When you pass through the waters, <BR> I wi... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:18:16 EST This is Day 1 Over the last 2 days I've been thinking a lot about changing my perspective, trying to tap into the determination I know I have to succeed and maintain an awesome weight loss. <BR> <BR> One of my inspirations in life was my grandmother. She passed away yesterday after a very long life. If I'm b... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:15:40 EST Fri 11/16 Standing desk! We cleaned the house today (usually we do this on Thursdays), and I was able to set up my standing desk. I love it! I can set it at 4 different levels, but I love to stand. <BR> <BR> Have a great evening! <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> Note: If you are a sparker who does not allow comments, ple... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 04:05:34 EST My Intro: Time to Start Running Today I joined this site because I want to start running, and the idea of having a site that I can keep track of my running activities really excites me. Getting points, rewards and trophies is really neat! <BR> <BR> Let me be clear: I don't want to lose weight, I just want to start running regu... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 03:17:27 EST Saguaros!!! We visited the Saguaro National Park last week, and wow! What an amazing place! The desert is a whole world unto itself, and the saguaro is like the king of the desert here! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m/2018/11/saguaros.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 02:51:17 EST DAY TWO - NO PAIN, NO GAIN Resisted the temptation to stop at a drive thru for a treat last night, after dropping my son off. <BR> <BR> Started lifting weights again and I think every muscle in every part of my body was cramping including my toes!! Past experience tells me I will be in agony for a day (or two or three!!) ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 02:46:18 EST Day 321: A Bit of Snow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do." (Kathleen Winsor) <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend!... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 02:24:25 EST Friday, Nov 16th Well docs are restricting my exercise to just walking slowly.. and simple stretches. We've also stopped Lasix because of side effects but am gaining water weight with mild pitting edema of legs, feet, hands and abdomen. Gained 5 pounds overnight and haven't lost but one pound. <BR> <BR> I se... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 02:11:42 EST Unfriend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Unfriend Day <BR> National Unfriend Day was thought up and announced by Jimmy Kimmel in 2010, as an event that should take place each year on November 17. He claimed that people have to... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 01:56:11 EST Anxiety <img src=""> <BR> I brought my 10 m/o son for a visit with his father while I did the Thanksgiving shopping, he was there an hour and a half. We have a court order where I have sole custody until a hearing in January b... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 01:43:34 EST 11-16-18 I had planned to gas the car today, but it didn't get warm enough for me. It was overcast most of the day, too. We are expecting another snow event tomorrow and I feared it had arrived early. I had plenty to do, so staying home was not a problem. I can gas the car on Monday, after book club. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 01:25:36 EST Day 7 Quiet day ahead. <BR> 3 hrs bus journeys to visit friend, lunch and back to hers to knit for Christmas Sat, 17 Nov 2018 01:25:08 EST Changes My body is clearly transforming into a physically more active lifestyle given all of the extra energy I have now. I have been working really hard on watching what I eat and how much, and I'm almost always making healthy choices. I have gotten to the point where if I don't exercise first thing in ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 01:02:19 EST Eating My Feelings Recently, I have been reevaluating my plan for living healthy. One issue which stands out is that I routinely use food to deal with my emotions. On a positive note I have learned to recognize this pattern as an indication that some aspect of my life is out of control. Therein lies the c... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 01:00:02 EST Day 1 - The Christ the King Novena Day 1 - The Christ the King Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. <BR> <BR> I pray for the grace to place You above the powers of t... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:36:01 EST Saturday's Silly <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:33:32 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SATURDAY REFUSAL TO PANIC <BR> <BR> Why are you fearful, O You of little faith? <BR> Matthew 8:26 <BR> <BR> <BR> Many of the storms in the Bible were occasions for God to teach us about faith. Just as the weather changes from sunny to stormy, so some ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:30:39 EST Weather It was a nice day compared to back east. It was 55 when we went out today and warmed up into the 70s. It is 63 outside and 71 inside. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:15:50 EST Finito! Complete! I'm not sure if finito is a word. By the red squiggly line I see under it as I type this, it looks like sparkpeople isn't sure either. I just googled it and got so many contradicting answers in the first 2 results, I got exhausted after 10 seconds and gave up. Anyway, if it's not, then it's ca... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:10:57 EST Friday, Nov. 16th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A very long day after a night that saw about 3-4 hours of restless sleep. Here’s how it went today: <BR> • 3 loads of laundry <BR> • Checked email and voice mail to organize my paid work <BR> •... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:07:40 EST Special Blessings-November 17, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I had an opthamologist appointment. I am probably going to have to live with the issue I am having for the rest of my life, but he was able to pinpoint the problem and I will know more when I see him again on Dec. 28th. <BR> <BR> 2... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:04:58 EST November 16th Well fences fixed and a few other small jobs done.. <BR> Then a phone call ..DIL felt she might be having another heart attack. <BR> So spent the rest of the day in the ER...fortunately all her labs came out ok and EKG's were ok. <BR> More than likely a full blown anxiety attack..awful but not as... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:02:24 EST Full Friday... / SGG: OTW26D6 My morning had a homeschool focus. The girls continued independently on their remaining subjects while I spent the afternoon shopping for Thanksgiving groceries. I returned home to tie up loose ends to our homeschooling day. It looks like on Monday D11 will have a math test and D14 a biology test... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:00:17 EST Nice Worship Night Tonight I went to a nice Worship Night at church. Never really been to one of those. It was mostly singing with a some Bible verses and prayers. I really enjoyed that. Love to sing and I usually sing gospel songs. These were mainly contemporary Christian, which is what just about every church sin... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:00:04 EST Dogs ;-) 11/16/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Reuben the Bulldog: The Friday Grumble <BR> <link><BR>FI1kpfW8 </link> <BR> This guy is such a character. Gets his grump on - & so expressive. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:59:04 EST Tetanus Shot!!! A man in his late-seventies struggles to get up from the couch, then starts putting on his coat. <BR> <BR> His wife, seeing the unexpected behavior, asks, "Where are you going?" <BR> <BR> He replies, "I'm going to the doctor." <BR> <BR> She says, "Why, are you sick?" <BR> <BR> He says, "Nope,... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:58:28 EST I have been to the hospital and I have another in my spine. I was rolling the grass to the other side of our garage. Our roller weighs a lot. I pulled it, it was on a piece of ice. It broke and I fell on my butt and I was coming at me and I put my feet. <BR> It stopped. I could not get up and YELLED and he was in the house. <BR> I yelled and he came out ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:56:01 EST Snow shoveling We had 3 1/2 inches of snow yesterday. When I let Bayou out this morning, there was ice on the neighbor's tree limbs. <BR> <BR> Later in the day, it warmed to the low 40's and I went out and shoveled the sidewalk, front porch and steps, side porch steps and steps into the basement. I didn't do... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:45:14 EST Bittersweet Since getting back from vacation its been 11 days of non stop hay loading and deliveries. Nutritional plan has been compromised, grade C. Bad news is not making time to prepare meals, no tracking food, occasionally poor to very poor nutritional choices to my standards. Good news weight is ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:43:44 EST Overboard! Emotional eating and or planning got the best of me! Planning is key for my success and I'm very very determined Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:26:23 EST the steps I have walked for the last 15 days with the totals and avg. 11/2/2018 15000 7.1 499.5 132 <BR> 11/3/2018 8400 3.97 279.7 70 <BR> 11/4/2018 6600 3.12 219.9 53 <BR> 11/5/2018 9000 4.26 302.1 75 <BR> 11/6/2018 9000 4.26 307.5 74 <BR> 11/7/2018 10200 4.82 348.8 87 <BR> 11/8/2018 9000 4.26 307.8 76 <BR> 11/9/2018 15000 7.1 513 128 <BR> 11/10/2018 13200 6.25 45... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:26:02 EST dinner with sister my brother-in-law is up north for hunt'n season. he didn't pack bullets so most likely he is going to drink beer and play cards with his dad and cousins. that is the difference between hunt'n and hunting. <BR> <BR> so my sister invited us for supper. she made spagetti. my hubby and i played ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:56:20 EST Cold.... I know. By all standards, I probably don't have the right to complain about 63 degree weather with a 39 degree morning, but I'm cold! The heat even came on this morning! <BR> <BR> In the past 5 days, I've gotten a lot done. I've worked the garden, canned potatoes, dehydrated green peppers and... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:50:43 EST November 16, 2018 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Another crazy day that I am ready to put behind me. I am ready to crash, but I'm waiting for my Fitbit to charge. <BR> <BR> Here's the run down of my day <BR> - Workout <BR> - Get boys up and out the door <BR> - Showered, had breakfast and washed the dishes <BR> - Grocer... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:43:04 EST Seventeen Years Ago Today 17 years ago today my husband died from his injuries from a car accident that occurred the day before. He left the 3 kids 13, 10 ,9 and I behind. We had many losses in the family that we got through now with his loss life it took every last strand out of us that we had been hanging on to. <BR> ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:37:37 EST Friday SNow is almost gone. it felt good to finally get outside for some exercise. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:30:51 EST Cancer is such an ugly word I just really do not like the word cancer. Of course, nobody does. We got Mom's biopsy reports back and it confirmed that she had kidney cancer and it spread to her liver and her lungs. She is in stage 4 they told us tonight, which means no cure but treatable. If she is strong enough next week, t... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:29:21 EST My life <img src=""> Cardio workout today Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:26:04 EST 11/16/18 TGIF! Since I am working again, I really appreciate Fridays more. Good think I only have to get a haircut tomorrow. The only thing I have to do. Rest of the day will be rest and relaxation and catching up on some dvd'd shows. Today was a good day. Mostly training. Snow is quickly melting, ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:25:46 EST Nice to be home today. It was a busy week with lots of little trips places so it was nice to have the day at home. Tomorrow and Sun. will also be days at home. We have a snow advisory tonight for up to 5". So someone is going to have to come shovel me out tomorrow. At least he always shows up when it snows. The do... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:25:19 EST (Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, Monkees, 1967 <BR> (Paul Revere and the Raiders actually released their cover in 1966. I don’t remember that version. I do remember The Monkees were originally set up to be a fake band to counter The Beatles.) <BR> <img src=" Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:09:14 EST I'm not quite there... So, a few years ago, I was losing weight and I had gotten to the point that I was thinking of weight loss and nutrition almost all the time. It was interesting and fun and something I could imagine doing for a career. So, I make a career change. I went and got my Bachelor's degree in Dietetics an... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:03:19 EST I can find the time to...... To exercise 10 minutes a day. Its not hard. I can walk for 10 minutes (which usually is more), or put on some music and ride my exercise for 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> I can actually find time to exercise for 20 minutes easily. 10 minutes when I wake up for the day, and 10 minutes when I get home.... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:58:52 EST #579 Pooh night This is my very busy and full weekend!! We are up early in the AM to serve breakfast to our Regional Conference group at church. Then it prepping the lunch and serving all the while getting set for the Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday at the church!! This is a potluck between our Spanish service at... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:42:24 EST 11/16/18 Friday Friday 11/16/18 <BR> <BR> GOALS FOR THE DAY: <BR> <BR> CALORIES 1230 – 1580 <BR> ACTUAL 993 <BR> <BR> CARBS 154 – 198 <BR> ACTUAL 60 <BR> <BR> FAT 41 - 53 <BR> ACTUAL 47 <BR> <BR> PROTEIN 62 – 79 <BR> ACTUAL 47 <BR> <BR> FIBER 25 – 35 <BR> ACTUAL 9 <BR> <BR> A... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:28:54 EST Christmas Is Coming Today, I got a Japanese straight perm. When I came home, my dad asked me how much I paid, and I said it was $250, but that I paid $40 tip, so $290 total. He then complained that I wasted money, and that instead, I can give him that money, so he can buy a computer. :( Oh well. Anyway, a hair cu... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:19:21 EST week 1 of 18 A start to a goal I'm trying to lose about 36-40 pounds by March 13 because I'm wanting to have energy to walk around an anime Convection for a four day weekend with out being overly tiered. It my first goal for my weight lose and if I can do this then I think I will be able to lose more weight after. Because I ha... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:07:03 EST Got Leftover Turkey? CHICKEN DIVAN (can be made with leftover turkey) <BR> <BR> 2 boxes frozen Broccoli (cooked and drained) <BR> 4 Chicken Breasts (or leftover turkey or chicken) About 4 cups or more, diced or sliced. <BR> 1/2 C. Miracle Whip <BR> 2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup . <BR> 1/2 tsp. Curry Powder <BR> 2 Tb... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:56:51 EST Thank You First, I just want to thank everyone who commented on my blog yesterday. My favorite part of SP is the community that supports you when you're feeling down and frustrated. Even though many people didn't have advice, it still helped. <BR> <BR> Second, I wrote to a SP Coach and got some good advic... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:48:53 EST Great day Day 3 of my challenges. On the right path. But still sick! Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:48:48 EST Fabulous Friday We were yo early this morning so I could complete my exercises for the day and we could go into Fort Walton Beach to the jewelry store to have the semi-annual inspection of my wife's rings done and we stopped at the Sears store that was closing where we picked up a pair of ear rings she wanted. ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:37:25 EST 2500 mile goal 2 exbike rides. Very cool morning heated up into 60s. Found a great dark Belgian chocolate with 70% coca today 2 squares 160 calories, rich flavor. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:35:14 EST Friday Funnies for November 16, 2018 <img src=""> <BR> It was yesterday...just in time to fill it with all that food for Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yup...... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:34:26 EST 5 Things I've Learned While Maintaining Many of you may be in maintenance, many may be looking toward the finish line, and many may be just starting out the journey. I reached my goal weight 9 months ago, and while I thought that I'd "have it all down" by that time, it turns out there were a few more things to learn. 1.) I have to c... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:31:00 EST I am in central Oklahoma! It seems We are having fires again. Grass fires. Not good! Prayers for the folk in west with their fires. So sad! And the folks to the east are dealing with snow and cold. We are expecting cold weather to move through here late tomorrow. Stay safe and warm! Luv Y'all!! <BR> ((HUGS)) Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:13:07 EST God Never gives you more than you can handle True or false <BR> <BR> Feeling he truly is testing everything within me Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:02:25 EST Nana Terri- 11/16/2018 Not feeling too well today. It’s a sleep 😴 day today. Everyone have a Wonderful Evening 🤗🌈 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:59:06 EST Day 16 <img src=""> <BR> One day at a time! #challengingmyself Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:46:19 EST 274 days of 30 Tomorrow's race day! Excited and nervous and all those good feelings. Work is super crazy so I thought I would be stuck trying to get work done at the hotel, but luckily (or unluckily) my access outside of work is a bit sketchy, so I can relax, watch Harry Potter, and pig out on Chinese in peace.... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:42:59 EST Something to think about <img src=""> <BR> Putting others down doesnt make you better Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:41:36 EST A new path "The future, good or bad, entirely depends upon present action." -The Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <BR> <BR> <B... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:32:58 EST TGIF !!! Enjoying this fantastic Friday. Relaxed and chilling ! Have a wonderful weekend !!! <BR> <em>408</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:30:14 EST Pregnancy update week 35: Ready for Thanksgiving and a bit of drama... Well, another week has passed and I'm getting closer and closer! Today, I went to another doctor's appointment and baby looks great and is growing perfectly. My blood pressure is same as always and everything is looking clear. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, in my last blog I spoke a bit too soon. I a... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:22:41 EST Thank You thanks everyone for the Birthday wishes <BR> <BR> Have a healthy and safe week end. <em>593</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:19:08 EST 11/16/18 Not all green at all yesterday but almost all green today and achieved my steps per hour goal. Got in a great total body workout to make up for not getting into the gym the last 2 days. Won't know my work schedule for next week until sometime tomorrow to plan my workout times of day and number of... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:12:10 EST Not Happy I'm really miserable. I'm tired of not getting ahead with anything that I try. Every time I think I've "broken the code" the scale trends up again. <BR> <BR> I really really am exhausted with all of this. I don't know how much more I can do. I hate my job. I am lonely at home. I'm tired all the ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:06:01 EST 30 Days of Grattitude 16. I am so thankful my son has found a good fit in the job he's working. He's learning so much and is his step to what he wants to do for his future. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:53:35 EST Mary Oliver wisdom <img src=""> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:53:16 EST Slow, but steady... <img src=""> <BR> When I first started out, I lost 5 lbs really quick like & then it slowed down.. I got discouraged and then a few obstacles in the way made me even more discouraged... so, I got off my butt, joined a ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:53:14 EST It’s not all bad! Life gets crazy. It happens. This week has been horrible in the eating dept., lacking in the fitness dept., and just plain chaos! However, through it all there remains an underlying peace.i cherish that peace! It comes from the knowledge that I am trying to do my best! Sometimes my best is really... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:43:27 EST Shabbat Shalom from Redding, CA November 11, 2018 <img src=""> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:02:19 EST Holiday Feasting & KISS <em>4</em> have been pondering my Holiday Feasting & Eating approach for a couple weeks... with respect to what & how much and my diabetes... just about settled on an approach ~ I would love any thoughts & ideas and experience you care to share :) <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> thinking sometimes... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:59:36 EST Pre-Thanksiving lunch for hubby. He’s been in NH for about 2-1/2 years now. He’s having trouble walking due to weakness and dizziness. He had another fall last night with supposedly no injuries. <BR> <BR> I brought him lunch of three of his favorite foods: Giant green grapes, shrimp cocktail and French silk pie. He ate smal... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:41:51 EST Freedom When this weight comes off i will be free Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:36:27 EST Have a great TGIF!! <img src=""> <BR> Today is not going as grand as the rest of the week has. It has been one inconvenience after another but I'm still smiling and saying "Thank Goodness It's Friday!" WooHoo this weekend we get the res... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:32:48 EST Reflections from a Returned Sparker It's funny how life sometimes brings you back around in circles. 12 years ago when I first searched on the computer for a calorie tracker - we didn't even refer to it as "Googled", I found Spark People. Informative, user friendly, and hugely motivating, It was my daily companion as I reached my g... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:28:17 EST Empathy but not sympathy Theresa May. She's going through a rough time no? Colleagues resigning. Colleagues plotting against her. Colleagues, Opposition Parties, The Press, Uncle Tom Cobley an all, belittling the 'deal' she has negotiated with the EU. It's been a rough couple of years for her since she became PM. H... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:21:26 EST Time flies I can hardly believe it's been over a year since I have posted anything on my Sparkpage. So much has change don Sparkpeople and from the looks of it... the change have been for the better. <BR> One thing I cannot understand is why there is so much discrepancy on calories that people have posted ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:48:41 EST Almost the end on week 1 Well, almost at the end of my first week. It's been ok i guess. I do have to start over with my calories. On tuesday i was over by 32 calories. My goal is 2500 cal a day and even with the fiber with hunger control it's hard. It doesn't help i have a hypoactive thyroid and PCOS. But, I'm nit givin... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:46:36 EST .. Day 16 <BR> 11 inches of snow here this morning .. <BR> <BR> It took over an hour with the snowblower to clean my 110 foot long driveway.. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is safe and warm! Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:43:10 EST Guess who’s kicking diabetes butt? (including current progress pics) I can’t express how EXCITED I am this morning! Yesterday I had some blood work done for an upcoming doctors appointment. Even though my appointment isn’t for a few weeks I get notified when test results are in. So this morning I saw that a notification was in for my A1c testing. I was honestly so... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:39:36 EST Goals <img src=""> <BR> You know we will set goals in real life to check off or we use the ones here. When is the last time you have taken a look at the goals you've made? An easy way to get to them is go down on a team page... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:39:31 EST 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge 2018- Day 16 - Morning Affirmation of a Focusing Thought Have you thought about programming your mind for the day the minute you awake? It would act as a catalyst to your day. There is great power in choosing gratitude as your focusing thought for your day. By doing this, you bring “a present to the present”. <BR> <BR> Here is your affirmative foc... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:33:02 EST Healthy Living Day 1 It has been a long time since I have posted a Blog but I really need to get serious about living a healthy lifestyle. Yesterday I recommitted myself into living my happiest and healthiest life. I two small retainable goals for myself as a part of living my new lifestyle. These two goals were to e... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:26:26 EST hanging in there <em>590</em> <em>39</em> still strugling Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:47:31 EST 2 weeks down my coach left me a note and articles about the first several weeks we are all on a diet high and nothing can stop us. then as we come to the 3rd week we are loosing that motivation and rethink is this what I really want .then I picture myself in my clothes that dont fit and say ive never gone wit... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:44:25 EST Swishy clouds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Out for a spin, starting temp 53 degrees, now 63 degrees. <BR> <BR> It's a blue-skied, <BR> swishy-clouded, <BR> sunshine-y day, <BR> chasing the blues away. <BR> <BR> Logged nine miles o... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:43:41 EST Why raw almonds not roasted? A very clear article. <link><BR>-almonds-vs-roasted-almonds-6644.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:43:34 EST Change I’m 9 weeks into 12 weeks of making a change in my fitness, diet and mind set. So far, I’ve made changes that I honestly didn’t think possible. I’ve always enjoyed being active as long as it was fun but never had a dedicated fitness plan. I’m learning so much and can’t to wait to see the continue... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:29:29 EST Close to 100lb lost reflecting on weeks highs and lows. Turns out the bug I had a couples of weeks ago hadn't finished with me. I have been having sweats and extreme fatigue all week. Took Friday off and went to Dr's, I seem fine except a slight fever so he running a raft of blood tests, hopefully they'll come back with "you have some virus you just... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:05:19 EST November 16th 2 1/2 lbs on this week so it was as bad as I thought it would be. Must make sure that I lose that by next Thursday. <BR> Just started watching Children In Need so the tissues are out already. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:04:36 EST Always Thankful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gratitude is essential to happiness. Developing a grateful attitude--knowing that every time we arrive somewhere safely, or do something , we have something to be happy about;...Going for a walk... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:02:01 EST A whole week of no chocolate - woo hoo! Despite plenty of temptation, I did complete a whole week (at least Monday - Friday) without touching chocolate in any form - not even cocoa in my hot milk. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Nothing feels better than reaching our own pre-determined goals. <BR> <BR> Today I went over to St Ives, where ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:00:43 EST Friday, and have to GET at it. The weekend is just hours away. I bet you can just smell it coming. I have nothing planned, so it is not that important to me. Just another day. <BR> <BR> Had PT again this morning, and I am wiped out. I am so surprised that an hour of learning how to balance on one foot can be so hard and... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:51:47 EST Rest Day & Reflections Today is a rest day for me. Hurray! I needed on. I slept and slept and slept. The dislocated hip is in less pain so I can. HURRAY! <BR> <BR> Saw in the news over night more than 20 more folks were found dead from the California fires, which are raging out of control, bring the total near 7... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:46:49 EST Old Goal To New Goal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> February Results: <BR> - 2 pounds <BR> <BR> March Results: <... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:30:42 EST Badges wk 6 so far <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep Sparkling! Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:29:00 EST That's My Boy <img src=""> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:25:43 EST Happy Friday Good Afternoon Fellow Sparkers! Friday is finally here and I really need this weekend to relax. Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Here’s to a healthy and happy weekend! Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:13:09 EST COLD WEATHER well it has turned cold here. I am making some chicken veggie soup. I think everything in it is on Hubby food choices, chicken breast, chicken broth, celery, onion, carrots and spinach. I thought that would warm us up tonight. <BR> <BR> We dropped to 30 last nigh, but the temp in our house ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:09:39 EST My thought For Today 11/16/18 Do I give thanks? This was the question I considered today. Do I give thanks just for the good things or can I give thanks when I struggle, when I battle with not feeling so well, or when I get discouraged ? <BR> What kind of motivation do I need? This is a good point to define when looking for s... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:04:44 EST BACK ON THE WAGON SO MUCH MORE SATISFIED EATING HEALTHY Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:57:11 EST Did house and excise and laundry too Finally feeling better. Did housework and road my stationary bike for 30minutes.. Maybe someday to share another picture of me.. But I am not there yet.. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:41:20 EST Doctors appointment <em>104</em> Couldnt be happier to have diabetes removed from my chart and blood pressure medicine removed as well. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:23:23 EST If only... Thanks Facebook for reminding me of what I used to look like. I wish I had the same problems I had two years ago! I weighed in at 204 yesterday at the doctor's office. Ughhhh. Day 3 of no sugar. I was really resentful at the company lunch today when people were ordering cheesecake and carrot cake... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:17:00 EST Does this blog have anything to do with SP? Maybe! I am making chicken-minestrone soup for dinner tonight. Right now, I am making the chicken broth, so simple. 8 cups of water, a chicken breast with bones and skin, a little bay leaf, 1/2 tsp of kosher salt, and half a small onion with the skin still on, boil then simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours. Remove ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:10:14 EST Friday afternoon It snowed all night and finally stopped a little while ago, but we have about four inches of the nasty stuff. <BR> We got an early start to ALdi and Kroger for groceries, then on to the credit union for some money. The stores a re busy and I am glad we are home for the day. DD filled the fe... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:01:15 EST 11/16/18 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I took yesterday odd from life. I went to therapy and spent the rest of the day Netflix binging. I feel like I am always running around and busy, it was nice to do nothing for a day. <BR> <BR> I haven't been to the gym in 3 days. This scares me because it is a new hab... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:58:01 EST 2 yrs, some ups, some downs Started my journey in October of 2016. Lost about 50 lbs during my first few months. Then I plateaued for a long time, then I quit the gym 5 mths ago and gained back 16 lbs. I got back to eating right for 3 wks before I went back to the gym and now I am back in the gym, kicking butt, losing weigh... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:50:32 EST Day 320: Smoky Friday I'm trying not to whine too much because so many people have it worse than I...but I gotta tell ya, the smoke is really wearing on me. I took this picture from my parking garage this morning: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:48:01 EST CHALLENGE CHECK-IN - Day 5 It’s FRIDAY!!! I’m treadmill bound today and then looking forward to two days off. Whoop! Momentum is rolling.... rahhhhhh!!! Keep kickin’ butt EVERYONE!! Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:47:02 EST Week 51 of therapy This week we discussed what I know about my family members and the north California wildfires. As some of you may know they are burning pretty wildly. But what you don't know is I have relatives in Yuba county in Marysville and that is close to the fires. Which greatly concerns me and worries me ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:40:25 EST The loud silence of winter I took my dog out last night right before bed. This is a ritual that I do every night, just like many dog owners/parents. As she was sniffing around, moving the freshly fallen snow that blanketed the ground, I heard it, silence. This was not just the silence that really has a low humming of an... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:31:28 EST Change needs to be embraced After talking with my sister yesterday, I have been thinking and we are changing our plans for next week. I am going to Michigan for a few days to support my sister and to visit with my aunt. When I called her today, she told me that my aunt was up all night and demanded breakfast at midnight. S... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:30:52 EST The weekend is coming I weighed myself this morning and came in at 234.8, which is better than the 238 that flashed before my eyes on Monday. <BR> <BR> I've continued to do good with tracking and I'm going to stick to it as well as the weight watchers plan. Everything resets for me on Friday's. My goal this week i... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:28:58 EST Thanksgiving Prep Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Gathering with friends and family to celebrate God’s goodness. What that used to look like was: inviting to my home/table not just family, but friends and coworkers who had nowhere to go, or no family close by. Most everyone insisted on bringi... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:27:00 EST Budget My budget this year sucks. It was starting to get better, then my income was cut. (But I am battling that.) I am trying to make a nice Christmas for my girls and granddaughter, but it's hard. I am trying to be creative and I did make a few presents. I am looking for ideas for gifts that won'... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:13:29 EST Social Anxiety Who knew this was a real thing? I guess I should have long ago come across an article or something written about social anxiety, but perhaps while I was working, I just forced myself into all those social situations that I had to attend. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:11:39 EST Balloon over Hot Springs - 11-16-18 Old Town Hot Springs is downtown (actually just down from my house!), where a series of pools are heated by a natural hot springs. Now, imagine relaxing in the hot springs one morning and seeing a hot air balloon float over.... <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:09:21 EST Going into action I am working to change the laws in our state and after our trial to work on even more. Constantly in the news is another minor that has been involved sexting with an adult man. Some of you know what I dealt with over the summer and these men constantly buying her cellphones with minutes and th... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:08:48 EST Friday Hope you have a great day!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> ttyl Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:06:33 EST Create Healthy Habits Well, here's my response to my A & I Week 3 Challenge Blog: <BR> <BR> How do I create healthy habits? First, I read and meditate on positive quotes, such as: <BR> <BR> -Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryun <BR> <BR> -Your success is found in your dail... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:02:19 EST Blessings, November 16, 2018 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I am feeling better. <BR> <BR> 2. I am having fun with my students. <BR> <BR> 3. Cough drops. <BR> <BR> 4. Faith, family and friends. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessing... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:56:12 EST Life <img src=""> <BR> Good morning Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:50:59 EST Resistance Walking! My hubby & I went walking along the river this morning. What a walk! We had between 5 & 6 inches of snow last night and walking through it was a workout! But my, was it beautiful. There were no other walkers out and everything was quiet and picture perfect. We saw several ducks and a blue he... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:45:36 EST fri well..we went above zero finally yesterday..then the snow started LOL!! its up to my crotch..i had to wade to the bakery. <BR> just came in from shovelling the driveway..and i'm pooped. next time will use hand brace..but maybe next time it wont be this heavy!! its so pretty though!! Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:45:26 EST Today's quest for joy.... <em>67</em> Fightin' the blues more than I'd like to admit. Today, rather than my weekly weight focus, I'm using this space as an opportunity to look for positive aspects of my life in the present moment. This is also a yogic practice called Pratipaksha Bhavana, replacing the negative with a ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:42:39 EST Thursday Friday Lost my temper with the little one last night, I gotta stop. Things are going well regardless. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:34:34 EST Took a trip Ok the title is a bit misleading... i literally took a trip.. i clocked out at work and went into the break room to get my lunch bag.. I reached for it off the top of the fridge.. did a turn to leave and there i went speeding to the floor....bag went flying and i landed on the knee and both hands... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:34:16 EST 2018 BACK AT THE GYM WEATHER BETTER TODAY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok back at the gym this morning weathers better today what are you sparkers up to today let me know cold here this morning 27 ice was on my windows this morning all stay safe and warm praying for all in the California fires so sad so much is going on in the country... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:31:58 EST There's no place like home... The plane touched down this morning and I breathed a sigh of relief.. back to the routine.. I am so out of whack.. no kickboxing for a week, no running either, couldn't work it into my schedule, way more sugar and processed food than I am used to eating, long, long extra sedentary days... <BR> <... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:31:56 EST Carbs Struggling with depression. Gave in and ate a huge plate of pasta last night. Twenty minutes later I felt much better. Is there a connection between starchy carbs and seratonin? Slept fitfully. Woke with headache. Losing weight is more like chemistry than math. You have to track so much more tha... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:18:46 EST Lets try this I have never blogged before. I've kept a journal in a notepad going on and off over the years but it's always been just mine. Nothing I've ever put out there for others to see. Here goes. <BR> <BR> My hubby (Ben) got home at 5:00am this morning after being in Germany for 19 days for work. Lo... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:15:51 EST 11/16/18 Perception <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Read this slowly. LIFEISNOWHERE What did you read? 'life is no where' or 'life is now here' My friends, life is all about how we look at it!!!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:15:29 EST Paleeeeeeeese! It never amazes me how this Sparksville can work so beautifully. Reading the responses to my blog yesterday proved it. I want to thank everyone who decided to donate to the fire cause in my beautiful state of California. Every dollar, every item will go to the many needed here that has been effec... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:14:10 EST Avoid Strife - Joel and Victoria Avoid Strife <BR> <BR> "It is an honour for a man to cease from strife..." (Proverbs 20:3, KJV) <BR> <BR> Strife is a very destructive force. It can creep into relationships by starting small, maybe through a comment or a wrong look from someone, and it can then escalate into something much bi... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:11:28 EST Holiday Challenge - 5 pounds by New Years Day! Update on my Holiday Challenge series - I've now lost a full 15 pounds (5 pounds by Halloween: goal met ahead of schedule; 10 pounds by Thanksgiving: goal met ahead of schedule). So looking ahead to the next Holiday, my new small goal is to lose 5 pounds. I'm using New Year's Day as the next ho... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:10:39 EST Getting There!! So I have to share with my Sparkpeople as my family just doesn't understand! I'm 10.8 pounds away from goal! (My goal being out of the obese BMI and into the overweight BMI. . .I know sad, but BMI is BS!) <BR> <BR> While it's slow going now, it's still moving. It will take more time than I wa... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:06:21 EST 21 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore in Your Dog <link><BR>alth/21-symptoms-you-should-never-igno<BR>re-in-your-dog/?utm_source=newsletter&<BR>utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dog </link> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:04:39 EST Don't Forget Your Pills, Red So, I forgot to take my pills last night. It really irks me when I look to take my morning pills and discover my evening pills still in their little compartment from the night before. <BR> <BR> It doesn't happen often....but a tad more than once in a blue moon and it irritates me. I think about ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:00:38 EST Recovering Laminectomy yesterday, resting and recovering today Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:59:47 EST Trying Something Simple but not Stupid ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok so I'm reeeeaaallllllly terrible at counting calories every single day! I know it's an effective way to lose weight but I just can't stay consistent with it, so I'm looking for something tha... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:47:59 EST Finding me. <img src=""> This a picture in 2010, probably at my heaviest then around 336.. I bounced up and down, up some due to medicines I was taking then for the last 5 years I stayed pretty level until the first of the year wh... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:41:15 EST game changer For much too long I have been playing a losing game. I mostly havent even played, just sat on the sidelines and watched others play. <BR> And they are always on the winning side, myself on the losing side. <BR> But I always thought I was in the game. <BR> I finally had to realize I have not even... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:38:43 EST Spoiler...Grace Gene R. Cook <BR> Grace is a “divine means of help or strength," The doctrine of the grace of the Father and the Son and how it affects us is so significant that it is mentioned more than two hundred times in the standard works. If we can obtain the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, that divine ena... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:37:57 EST Day Nine: Wellness Goals I decided to set some wellness goals since I have been doing pretty good with health and fitness so far. Here's what I've come up with: <BR> <BR> Weekly Goals: <BR> Activity Minutes 120 <BR> Calories Burned Through Exercise 1000 <BR> Average Calorie Balance 1500-1876 <BR> Miles Walked 12 <BR> Yo... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:28:57 EST Heading for the OTHER Promised Land I'm heading to the Promised Land this weekend.... no, not Palestine (though there IS a Palestine in east Texas).... I'm heading to College Station, TX, home of Texas A&M University, my alma mater, for a football game in their hallowed stadium, Kyle Field. <BR> <BR> Yes, many, MANY former student... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:22:29 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 106 of 365 days...39 days until Christmas It's Friday!!! Which means I add another healthy habit to my life style! This is week #16 which is access my caffeine in take! <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> Well this is a easy one for me since I don't drink caffeine! Coffee, tea, energy drinks, soda, etc none of it! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> 3... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:19:08 EST finding the right shoe After a lot of research from both myself and my husband. After 3 days off my extremely sore feet. A trip to the doctor. The results are the nerve condition I have, results from 3 brain surgeries that affect the communications from my brain to the rest of my body - is or could be the reason my ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:15:33 EST Mercy, Peace and Love – Day 46 Called, sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Christ Jesus <BR> <BR> “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and in... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:11:27 EST Here I go Last week I lost -1.6 pounds which is good considering I was calling it "prep" week and only focused on getting everything in order to start...planning, grocery shopping, etc. I did start walking and did 5 days last week but didnt focus on my food until officially starting this week. I think one ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:05:21 EST Friday. The weekend starts about now I am awaiting a parcel. No change there then. Nice lights, spares, as I'm not sure that my good lights are that good any more. I have new batteries - rechargeable - coming for my Moon 360 lights. That means that I can stay out longer than an hour at night now. <BR> <BR> Work is done for the week... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:52:30 EST Camp Fire, fire Nov.8,2018 Prayers to all the People that lost there Homes, there lives,prayers continue.Pray your day is blessed Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:46:42 EST Starting again So... you know what’s crazy? You don’t eat right, you don’t exercise, you live with high stress, and you gain weight. :/ So, today is day 3 again. I have to remember this isn’t a quick fix but a change in thinking and way of life. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:44:33 EST November 16, 2018 <img src="">Today's Intention: <BR> <BR> Eat clean no matter what. <BR> <BR> Fridays are wonderful but today, especially so. It is the last day before Thanksgiving break. Most of my students are delightful but ther... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:43:29 EST The Groomer in my hero! I am late blogging --because--the Germans (as in dogs) went to the groomers-- <BR> Beau, the big guy with the irregular beating heart, of course, clued in about an hour before we were ready to load him into the car, and he cried and carried on, nearly driving us both crazy--but (that big "butt")... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:39:22 EST Happy Friday - new hotel isn't "quite" as impressive.. <img src=""> <BR> Good morning ...Our view isnt as impressive at this hotel, but thats okay ... Yesterday I did 18788 steps before it was all done. We had TGI Fridays dinner in our room, and could kick back for a bit... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:38:05 EST Day 3 Reboot Yesterday was a success. Did all that I needed to do regarding food intake and exercise. Glucose is a bit higher then yesterday, 166, but lower then it has been. I have been up and at 'em at 5 every morning getting my work out in and making my meals for the day. it's been a long time since I have... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:35:55 EST Love it!! <img src=""> Today will be a blessed day and I abosolutely love it!! Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:27:14 EST Weight update Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> This has been a interesting rough week but despite of all that I still try to eat right and exercise 90% of my time honestly I can say I been glad I been doing that because results being showing for themselves. as of this morning I currently weigh in at 261.8. so compar... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:25:21 EST First Snow arrived! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 5 1/2 inches at noon on 11-15-18. They told us on the news 1-2 inches and then rain in PM. Well no rain....So I had to shovel today. My neighbor plowed the shared driveway late last night. Every... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:24:18 EST Well... so it starts... Well it looks like Winter has definitely arrived here in S.W.Ontario. <BR> <BR> It started yesterday like a BANG around noon and it's still snowing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course our major highways were... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:14:07 EST Work Workout at home today Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:08:37 EST Official Friday weigh in & on the right track Today was my official weigh in day and I'm down 2.6 pounds from last week. So jazzed to see that happen but I always feel that I'm just moments from letting it all slip away. I guess that's what happens when you've been up and down this road so many times. I still want to lose 10-15 pounds (I'... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:04:29 EST Friday! Hope everyone enjoys their day! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:55:18 EST Who's this crazy? Is it insane to start my low carb diet a week before Thanksgiving? <em>40</em> <em>429</em> <BR> At first you might think so but hear me out. <BR> We didn't have very many trick-or-treaters at our house during Halloween so guess who's been tempted with the candy? Yes. Me. I have to nip thi... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:48:11 EST Need to get back into gear <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sigh.. Not doing well with much lately.. <BR> How do I make myself be consistent again?? <em>40</em> <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:42:43 EST Here we go again! It seems like every year, when running season ends and the darkness increases, the same 5-10 lbs. find its way back onto my body. I eat clean, still exercise regularly, and watch the amount I eat. Yes, a little more snack size dark chocolate Kit Kats may be eaten, but not a huge amount. <BR> My ... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:37:06 EST Downy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The snow is downy this morning -- a fresh fall lying lightly on the pines. (A huge ridge, NOT so downy, at the end of the driveway: requiring the attention of the snow blower. As a rabid femini... Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:31:30 EST TGIF! Yes! The weekend is here! <BR> Have a great one! <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:30:24 EST