SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Wonderful Christmas Concert It seems odd to see both of DS's children in the high school <BR> concert but that is reality. GS had a solo but GD was in the <BR> front row so we could hear her clearly. Both excel in band. <BR> We had a lovely time. <BR> DS is off to the VA and I am heading out to work. A surprise <BR> birthd... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:48:28 EST lost weight & contacted my son good Morning- things have been bad for my son and GD. I went to my counselor for some advice. she has such experience with so many mental health issues. I started going to her when my son came home from Iraq with PTSD and panic attacks. she is simply wonderful and a traveler, too. She told me... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:34:09 EST Friday - Finally! Easy does it - busy day ahead, gotta pace myself. <BR> Looking forward to an evening at home with normal exhaustion, not the I-feel-off tiredness of last week. <BR> Have a fantastic, fabulous day, Sparkfriends - make it your very best! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>529</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:28:46 EST Sleepless in NJ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ANother night of little sleep. I finally got out of bed at 4am. The moon was shining bright once again. <BR> <BR> Here is another on my ornaments. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:24:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, December 13, 2019 December 13, 2019 SHOWING MERCY <BR> <BR> Mercy is a word that reminds us of God. He has shown mercy to people since the beginning of time. His acts of mercy on the people of Israel exemplify His love for them. His acts of mercy sending Jesus to die for us show His willingness to do whatever it ... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:15:54 EST Don't Give Up 12/13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the Month of December, I decided to blog each day on a ‘famous’ person who failed but never gave up. I hope everyone can use these as examples on why we should never give up on our weight l... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:14:11 EST Grumpy Minions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I guess we have here a couple of Grumpy Minions... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who offer some good argumen... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:12:51 EST Books I Love Challenge <img src=""> <BR> I've accepted a Facebook challenge. I won't be nominating anyone here, but you can tell a lot about a person by what they read, watch, or listen too. So I thought I would share and if you want join in... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:07:23 EST TheBrains Explain <em>18</em> But mostly about the rain in Spain <BR> <em>43</em> You goof <BR> <em>18</em> LOL - well - yeah - it's that goofball time of year, though isn't it? <BR> <em>43</em> Yep. But I did think we ought to explain why The Plan is so ... well ... long and complicated. <BR> <em>18<... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:05:29 EST Visuals <img src=""> <BR> Yessir Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:55:48 EST Visuals <img src=""> <BR> Yessir Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:52:59 EST Visuals <img src=""> <BR> Yessir Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:52:56 EST First Week Down ~ Crystal Tigers Sleigh Team ~ Biggest Loser <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning ~ Today, well actually Wednesday, was my weigh in day for week one of my challenge. I was down a little over 2 lbs. My goal is to lose 15 lbs in an 8 week span. I'd say that's a ... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:48:52 EST Satan will use even God’s children to come against another. A house divided will fall. Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 19:7). <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). If we were to suffer because of the actions of someone else, would we respond like Jesus? He asked God the Fa... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:48:11 EST Showing Up With Love Holy Mother - Father God, <BR> Divine Loving Light and Heart of the Universe, <BR> <BR> I humbly ask for the healing power of your grace to help me show up with love to my work and do my very best. Please send in your angels so that I may serve my obligations as if I were serving you. Give me t... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:31:15 EST GOD'S TRUTH-GOD'S BLOG-12/13/19 <img src=""> <BR> The sea (is) His, He made it; and His hands formed the dry (land.) Psalm 95:5 (KJV) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Therefore s a I'd He (Jesus) unto them, The harv... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:14:47 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 12-13-2019 <img src=""> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:13:38 EST How To Live You should examine yourself daily. If you find faults, you should correct them. When you find none, you should try even harder....Xi Zhi Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:52:09 EST Day 2: Nothing Is Easy Working out this morning was kind of a mess because when I tried to work out early this AM, my video wouldn't load right so it would only let me through the first 2 minutes. I ended up doing the first 2 minutes of the video twice before I gave up and went back to bed for a couple of hours. When I... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:47:38 EST Routine Progress <img src=""> <BR> For over 10 years, I have experienced the shooting pain of neuropathy in my feet and ankles. Those pains are gone. I have been working out with The Classical Stretch program and Miranda Esmond-White... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:28:16 EST Friday Funny! Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette, inherit the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble.. <BR> <BR> In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull so that they can breed their own stock. <BR> <BR> Upon leaving... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:00:32 EST Christmas Tree/Melatonin/Ramblings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love this. <BR> <BR> I bought a birthday present for my BFF in TN that has a crown and her birthstone that says remember whose daughter you are, and straighten your crown. She's turning 40 (li... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:57:52 EST National Cocoa Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on December 13. <BR> <BR> It's mid-December. Baby It's cold outside. The snow is piling up outside, too. There's nothing better to do on a col... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:53:46 EST C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Great Friday and Weekend ahead. Let's <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Christmas is just around the corner, hard to believe that we have just about 12... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:31:02 EST PLAY FAIR <img src=""> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:29:56 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:23:11 EST Bible Verse for Today That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:19:28 EST Friday funny... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>368</em> <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:05:59 EST Thu 12/12 Japanese food!!! Today we went to Lihue to do some errands (pay sewer, auto licenses for two cars), shopping at Walmart, Longs, and Costco, finally to fine dining again. This time the theme was Japanese food. I had miso shiru, tempura, and dessert of mochi, andagi, and manju. It was very good. <BR> <BR> Have a g... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 03:45:07 EST Day 347: Today is the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Just because I laugh a lot, doesn't mean my life is easy. Just because I have a smile on my face every day, doesn't mean that something is not bothering me. I just choose to move on, and not dw... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 03:31:14 EST 12-12-19 The weather guessers are nattering about it snowing on Christmas Day with smiles on their faces. There is no smile on my face. I dislike to the utmost driving while it's snowing. I want clear streets and clear skies. My daughter will be here on the 24th. I don't want any snowing while she's here. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 03:00:49 EST 30,018 Steps in 2 1/2 Days ! I'm very excited to keep at it, that's what really keeps me motivated. I'm doing so much better than I was and it's really all about the journey because it never ends ! Fri, 13 Dec 2019 02:06:02 EST Friday <img src=""> Tree is done!! Absolutely beautiful! Nice day with my lucky to have them come and help me!! Fri, 13 Dec 2019 01:09:47 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:34:02 EST prepare-the-way-of-the-lord-advent-2019 Reflective Questions <BR> “I am ‘the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make straight <BR> the way of the Lord.”’” John 1:23 <BR> <BR> 1. John the Baptist preached of the need for a baptism of repentance, to prepare for Christ’s coming. One of the best ways for us to practice repentance is ... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:27:26 EST Dirty Santa Wife and I went to the Master Gardeners Christmas meeting/party today. After lunch at Cajun Express we played Dirty Santa. I remember playing the game 40-50 years ago and it was fun but we were 20/30. Playing with mature adults didn't sound like much fun but it was hilarious! Folks fussing over p... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:14:12 EST Weather It was a nice day in the high 60s. It is 59 outside and 69 inside. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:13:40 EST What A First Night On The Heart Monitor!!! <BR> When I talked to my Dr. re: the Heart Monitor, she stressed that I should keep a phone nearby at all times in case she received a report from the Monitor experts that I was in distress. So, I listened to her advice and put it right next to the bed last night. <BR> <BR> At 3:15 AM the phon... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:09:49 EST Change MAMADEE's Blog: SP ~ Day 4984 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Only I can change my life. <BR> No one else can do it for me. <BR> ~ Carol Burnett <BR> <BR> A seriously true comment, <BR> from a seriously funny wom... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:04:28 EST Surgery Recovery Phase <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Surgery is in the past and I am thankful for several things from this day. <BR> <em>458</em> The many friends who have prayed for me. <BR> <em>102</em> I slept/rested all morning whi... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 23:52:30 EST Weight Loss Tip #5 Measure yourself for inches loss even when the scale doesn't move yet Thu, 12 Dec 2019 23:46:40 EST Yesterday in tears, today is better, but it'll still hurt for a bit Yesterday was such a HARD HARD DAY!!! <BR> <BR> A month ago, my car did not pass inspection. I've been pretty quiet about it. I have decided that I'll let the bank take it back, I've tried, oh have I tried. For those not familiar with this, I just bought it in Feb of 2019, in March I had to h... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 23:39:29 EST Missalink Grating <img src=""> <BR> I must say I totally empathise with this South Korean chef. When my grams had the restaurant, the peeps she hated most were restaurant critics. If she knew there was one, she would usually chase them ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 23:36:03 EST Here I go again I need to develop some better habits & remain focus "again." I am not any better than someone fighting an addiction. The struggle is real.😿😿😔 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 23:13:04 EST There is never enough sleep Even though I sleep all night I get up for the bathroom so often it sometimes feels like I'm taking 2 hour naps all night long. My mother always said I couldn't complain about getting older but grrrrr there are some little tweaks that are just annoying. <BR> <BR> Wanted fried potatoes today b... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 23:12:18 EST The New Kid..... Hello Spark crowd... I'm new to this!! I am desperate to lose weight but even more, to set AND KEEP new healthy lifestyle habits. I am hoping a little support from people JUST LIKE ME will help me on my journey!! Thanks Spark People:-) Thu, 12 Dec 2019 23:10:18 EST Cookie Swap! Yes! Our church ladies group held its annual cookie swap today, and I attended! <BR> <BR> But I didn’t take cookies to swap, and I didn’t eat even ONE cookie! I didn’t even drink any wassail either! So there were no regrets! There ARE no regrets! <BR> <BR> There may be a day when I go berserk... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:53:02 EST Birthday Started my birthday at Church. <BR> Had a short day at work & birthday cupcakes <BR> Aqua therapy & birthday wishes. <BR> Spent the evening with my Secular Franciscan family. <BR> Overall, a terrific day. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:50:51 EST Weaving on the rugs A number of years ago I took all my "crap" handspun and cable plied them to a thicker weight for rug weaving. Yesterday I spent some time with the rug loom. Since that building is closed over the winter (1 November - 31 March) the heat is set way low. When it is cold my socks slide all over the t... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:41:25 EST December 12th~Last trip to town for a while (I hope) We loaded up and off to Wallyworld..Walmart! I really enjoy shopping this time of year cause folks are so nice! The holiday spirit is everywhere and most everyone is smiling. The few that weren't I prefer to think were focused and thinking hard. They got a smile from me I hope they passed it on! ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:41:12 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR THURSDAY THE HONEST ANSWER <BR> <BR> Come now, you who says, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city; spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow--Instead you ought to say "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." <BR... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:23:21 EST Starting Anew I made the decision last night that I was going to commit to my Piyo workout program and that I was going to get up at 430 am to complete my workouts so that I couldn’t become ‘too busy’ aka lazy to do it after work. I woke up and even reset my clock but then dragged my butt out of bed anyhow an... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:08:20 EST Starting Anew I made the decision last night that I was going to commit to my Piyo workout program and that I was going to get up at 430 am to complete my workouts so that I couldn’t become ‘too busy’ aka lazy to do it after work. I woke up and even reset my clock but then dragged my butt out of bed anyhow an... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:08:20 EST IA PRODUCTIVE DAY Well I went to the office to work on some things today, but 3 of the new people came in to do some studying. I ended up working with them to get them on board for the work season. I ended up staying there several hours more than I had planned. I was able to set up all my work websites for this... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:04:47 EST 12/12/19 Today was an off day. Slept in but still got morning workout done. Had naps on and off all day not sure why other than I went to bed late last night. I read an article today on Sparks about someone fighting with themself to do workout. I bring this up because tonight that is exactly what I had to... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:51:16 EST Month 2 / Day 38 / No Sugar No Flour / 3 things I am grateful for today (Dec 12 2019) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well it has been a few days since I posted here - can I use the excuse that it is because of this time of year - at any rate I am here. <BR> <BR> Still doing the no sugar no flour food plan and... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:47:59 EST The Mediterranean Diet: 2 recipes now added to my "cookbook" This is what is in the oven right now, and this is the second time I've made it. It's DELICIOUS! <BR> <BR> Dump-and-Bake French Onion Chicken Casserole <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:44:51 EST Movement - even if for a moment! So I was incredibly fit a few times in my life. Very lean, very strong, very fast - enjoyed my muscles and the gym high. I'd just get pregnant again and would need to take a break lol. With my 2nd daughter, my epilepsy flared up horribly. She was even induced as a preemie bc I had 6 seizures and... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:41:38 EST December 12, 2019 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> I am so tired.... <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep all that well last night and then the funny thing is that I was dreaming about playing the piano when the alarm went off and my brain wanted me to finish the song before I woke up <em>246</em> . Think that I'm a little busy... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:37:43 EST 12th of December Good day! Spent reading and doing Bible study. Lack getting all 64 oz of water consumed, but I have it poured out and ready to make it happen before I go to bed. Hoping everyone is finding ways to have a good Spark day. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:37:15 EST Peace Day 11 Peace Out This 5-letter word, p-e-a-c-e. Tiny yet powerful, simple and complex, tangible but distant. <BR> <BR> We’ve used this word for years… a goal, a desire… <BR> <BR> a journey, a destination. <BR> <BR> We’ve used it casually in our daily language “hey, peace out dude…” <BR> <BR> And made it the... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:31:01 EST doing a few things Exercise for an hour 4 days a week. Being sure to drink 8 glasses of water starting with 2 cups with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Eating in calories range most days. I am not sleeping as well as I would like as usually wake between 4:30 and 5 am but I slept good on a really bad hide-a-... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:24:31 EST Day 1 Today I didn't have to wake up with an alarm. although I remembered I did have an appointment this afternoon,but it wasn't till later. My afternoon/night was okay, nothing exciting...but nothing emotional either, which is always a plus. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:07:13 EST Frosty <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:54:01 EST Day 5 and I'm ready for a weekend. Long day. And ending it with a headache. But it was a good day. I remembered to eat breakfast and lunch. I came home and was able to grab a decent dinner before my 12year old son's choir concert. Everyone else had pizza. I had something sensible. But I was still under calories for the day and di... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:53:32 EST Thursday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:39:28 EST The Bernie Mac Show The Bernie Mac Show, on Fox for 4 seasons, 2001-06 <BR> Bernie Mac was a stand up comedian, part of the Original Kings of Comedy <BR> . (He passed away in 2008). In the show, he played a fictionalized version of himself. Both in real life & reel life, he was a stand up comedian - this allowed him... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:32:55 EST Good Day It's been a good day, starting with the gym. My husband was way low on sleep, so he slept in (his day off). Fortunately, I was already dressed for the gym :-) Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:59:43 EST Day 231 All green on my Versa, achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 15K steps for today. Got in a great workout unloading truck this morning burned 320 calories in just over an hour. Tomorrow's workout plan is Legs/Back and 5 min Boxing Combo. Macros were better today but still a little more ca... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:46:09 EST enjoy shoveling.. sort of we have a garden tractor that has attachments for snowblowing and snowplowing. but some areas need to be shoveled. i dont like to wake up for snow removal but at the end of the day i am ok with bundling up to shovel a bit. ive only done it a couple times this year, but i like the fact that i can ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:39:57 EST Christmas Spirit! DH gave money to a Charity group We donate to this time of the year. The Sunday We rode in their toy ride. We took a large bag of toys. The work went out that they did not get enough toys. So My DH went out today and got another bigger bag of toys today. I pulled 2 tags off the Elder tree at... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:28:52 EST Waxy's Irish Pub--Ft. Lauderdale--restaurant review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been passing by this restaurant for 20+ years always expressing interest in trying it but keep on passing it by until today when we went for lunch and were treated by a friend. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:23:00 EST Grandkids Visited with grandson. Spent some quality time walking to a nearby park. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:21:43 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>4</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:20:42 EST Water Fully hydrated Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:20:20 EST 2019 Goals Cold all day walked Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:13:39 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 12 and 13 Daily Inspiration: If we focus too much on ourselves and the troubles in our lives, it is very difficult to be happy. Lord, refresh my spirit, help me let go of longing to become something I am not and show me how to be the best of who I am. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think--This is the message of Chr... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:01:47 EST 2019 Goals Cold all day walked Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:57:15 EST Unmentionables <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts <BR> There is scant information as to what this ho... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:57:02 EST The ADVENTure Continues It has been quite manic the last week or so here at Base Camp.  More updates at the weekend.  Meanwhile, I am still having my 'advent' tea.  Saturday's was apple and cinnamon.  Sunday - Earl Grey.  Well I knew it would have to be Earl Grey one of the days.  Thing is I'm not all that keen.  Don't ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:33:55 EST Physiotherapy was the Catalyst Forward For Me So today was my last day of physiotherapy. My therapist Jay said I made great progress over the past few weeks. He said it was a pleasure to work with somebody who actually did the work who had a sense of humour. I think he made it easy to learn. <BR> <BR> Since I started physio, I have com... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:27:06 EST WEEK 1: SLEIGHBELL SLIMDOWN WINTER BLC WEEK 1: SLEIGHBELL SLIMDOWN WINTER BLC <BR> <BR> THU 12/05: cal in: 2350, cal out: 1786, carbs: 30, pro: 107, 76%/19%/5% <BR> FRI 12/06: cal in: 2689, cal out: 1266, carbs: 34, pro: 87, 81%/14%/5% <BR> SAT 12/07: cal in: 2796, cal out: 1534, carbs: 33, pro: 117, 76%/19%/5% <BR> SUN 12/08: cal in... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:26:24 EST Daily Affirmation for Thursday, December 12, 2019 " My JOY Factory is Immense. <BR> I don't wait for joy, <BR> I manufacture my own." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:11:07 EST Ooops! <img src=""> <BR> I'm not a Santa fan, but I do like this one😂 I had to advertise it in my school bus for those especially naughty middle schoolers I transport! Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:08:19 EST Getting on with it. What a few months it's been. Broken leg, surgery, blood clot, pulmonary embolism, then that got worse, the syatic issues, medicine mix-ups, and it just keeps going! I have been still too long. I'm in physical therapy working on walking, but I need to shed some weight and make this journey easie... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:59:00 EST Xmas <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:58:54 EST Food Addiction I have no tolerance for drug addicts that say they just can't help themselves. My reasoning is that they don't shoot up in from of the police station or their boss at work, so they can control it. My Therapist and hubby both think i have a food addiction, which i have to agree with. I have all... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:05:50 EST oops I really sucked at keeping up here. I overdid the chair exercise for cardio. Not only was I totally out of sync with arms and legs but apparently I also pulled something on the right side just below the rib cage. I did however, lose 2 pounds not doing anything physical so that's good, right? ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:02:35 EST Thursday <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:45:07 EST Where can I find my motivation?? I can't tell you how many times I have decided to change my lifestyle and lose weight, and how many times I have failed. The first time I signed up for Sparkpeople I lost 32 pounds and I truly thought I had finally figured it out. <BR> But life happened, and I slipped back into old habits, and... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:10:10 EST Just WOW!!! Today, I totally switched things up a bit. Usually I am on here by 7 a.m. sipping my go juice but today I sat in the kitchen, ate a hearty breakfast while talking to Hossa...yes, I talk to my dog, he listens and doesn't judge. After that I tore into the personal trainer studies. I think I got th... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:09:24 EST Schedule changes I only just started with SP and finding some challenges but really determined. Just this week I had a change due to the end of semester for the next 6 weeks. This is my second semester and I added classes to 16 credit hours; day and night classes. This limits times and choices for foods so it had... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:08:31 EST Day 1: Back To The Original Formula So I've decided to go back to writing blogs like I used to write. I'm going to write a weigh-in blog once a week on Sundays but try to blog every day. I'm going to do my best to get back into all the good habits that I used to practice and these blogs were always particularly helpful at keeping m... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:55:17 EST Day 346: Sooooo Tired I knew this week was going to be a crazy one, and it definitely has been! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Just a lot of work travel (site visits), with lots of meetings on the non-travel days. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am just beat and I've got a long day ahead tomorrow (more ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:54:33 EST 2020 goals! 1. To try to lose at least a pound a week. If more happens then that is all good. <BR> 2. I have been doing a personal goal of a streak of a 100 days on spark and I get a reward. I am gonna keep doing the reward system for every 100 days I am on spark consistently. Which leads to making sure I t... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:44:36 EST Back Pain and dr. John Sarno. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I discovered dr. Sarno's books a few years ago. He has written 3 of them. They are all about healing pains and illnesses. Usually when I recommend his books, people are skeptical. And I understand. I used to be like that too in the beginning, before I read his books. How c... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:23:21 EST Thursday, and always my worst day, sure was right. Grocery shopping this morning as was getting low on mild, and hubby was out of ice cream, so of course he didn't mind at all taking me. They had naval oranges on sale, so of course I had to get a few, and am enjoying it as I write this. But why do they have to be so pithy, I really don't like t... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:56:37 EST Don't Give Up 12/12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the Month of December, I decided to blog each day on a ‘famous’ person who failed but never gave up. I hope everyone can use these as examples on why we should never give up on our weight l... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:33:25 EST Health Challenge: Day 14 S T R E T C H Stretch it out. A regular stretching routine makes the most out of every day. Less prone to injury, quicker recovery from workouts, and better sleep after long, hard days. Try a “before bed” routine. <BR> <BR> I regularly do this with the FITON app/website. They have a daily push notification r... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:01:39 EST More on Motivation Never Lose Your Motivation <BR> December 12, 2019 By Jane Powell <BR> <BR> “Motivation to start anything new comes from WHY you want to start.” <BR> <BR> You may think you know why you want to start something new, but this time, approach it differently. This new approach could truly make a dif... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:00:56 EST Let's start this thing There is always a DAY 1. The day you decide to move forward and make a change. Today is that day. It may not be the first time I have decided on a Day 1 but it is a NEW beginning for me. Let's just get out of the way of all the firsts I have tried in the past. I've done Keto, Whole 30, Weight Wat... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:46:24 EST Thursday... Busy day once again...I am looking forward to getting off and going home and relaxing!!! Only a few hours left!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:46:13 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 131 of doing the new: Happy Gingerbread Day and Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> God once addressed them: "I am the world's Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in." ~John 8:12. <BR> <BR> On pinterest there are man... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:36:09 EST 12th December <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>edia/822622/december_2019.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> "See how many different people you can smile at today" <BR> <BR> I've had a brilliant day so far - a... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:33:15 EST Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 'Bout how I feel. <BR> <BR> Spent some time in urgent care yesterday, and at least got to see a real doctor. The good news is...wait for it...I don't have gangrene. <em>40</em> Yep, says s... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:26:36 EST Blogmas Day 12: Forgot to update-it's official. I'm a minivan mom Like the title says, it's official! Got a new van. It's a minivan! I never thought I'd see the day....well....actually I did. I realized a year ago we would need a bigger vehicle with a new baby. 3 kids...we needed the space! Hubby got an amazing deal and we don't have any debt on it! It's totall... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:26:27 EST Favorite Things Tonight I ak going to a Favorite Things Party. You bring in Five identical favorite things of yours. You end up going home with five items that are other people's favorite thing. This is my first time going to one. I am excited to see all of the different items. Hope I get some good stuff th... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:14:38 EST Thursday I had another doctor appointment this morning, hopefully the last one this year. I am still waiting to hear from the pulmonologist. HIs office told me he would call and my pulmonary function test would definitely be THIS year.. We will see.. <BR> <BR> My incision is healing nicely, but not clos... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:11:23 EST What's with this cold? I'm in the South, dagnabit, it's supposed to be warm down here, right?? It was 33 this morning, so just about freezing. Which I really shouldn't complain about, because it was 16 back home, and I'll be back up in Michigan on Sunday, I'll have to deal with 33 being the high soon enough. Instead, ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:11:17 EST Good afternoon All Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:10:41 EST Thursday's Thought “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.” <BR> <BR> <BR> Winston Churchill Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:08:29 EST Discouraged Not about weight loss but about physical pain. I don't think we have found my joint/nerve problems yet. 2 days in the car and hip, thigh, knee and now lower back hurting. 2 episodes of severe hip pain where I could barely walk. So did the epidural injection do any good? I get to talk to my physia... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:41:20 EST Holding it in for the Visuals🏌 <img src=""> <BR> Yessir Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:35:14 EST Holiday Check In & Daily Weigh Ins Daily weigh ins are good for me. I know some do not agree, but facing that scale every morning helps me focus. When my weight goes up, I do a quick review, can it be true? If I have been weighing in daily I can't go up 2 pounds over night, so it is likely water retention. I also look over the las... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:18:46 EST Day 346: Crazy Holiday Family Movies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly.” (Andy Rooney) <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas, my lovely friends... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:15:37 EST Flowing Water - 12-12-19 Even though it has been cold, the creeks and river are still open and flowing. Cyndi Marlowe caught a mini-rainbow of color over a frosty creek: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And a cold Yampa River with Mt. Werne... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:06:41 EST The Little-Known Side Effects of Vaping on Pets <link><BR>ypets/archive/2019/12/07/liquid-nicoti<BR>ne-poisoning-pets.aspx?cid_source=pets<BR>nl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL<BR>&cid=20191207Z1&et_cid=DM402912&et_rid=764853667 </link> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:04:43 EST Blood Sugar A Little High This Morning Woke up about a half an hour ago, decided I should check my sugar and it is 123 after fasting. I have not ate anything since around 9 or so last night. <BR> <BR> <BR> My blood pressure has been low too, and they are trying to figure out what is causing that. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have autoimmune... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:04:35 EST Snags Well, after estate matters flowing along without a hitch, we've hit a few bumps in the road. One of them I can take care of today; the others are more complicated. Oh well, it's been good so far. <BR> <BR> Work is getting crazier as we get closer to the winter break. It will not get better ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:03:27 EST Daily Highlight 284 - Thinking Ahead Highlight - <BR> There are definite advantages to using the computer. Discover a gift for hubby in a store flyer mailed to me. Great we had just left that store! Checked online for more details. Nice it also listed availability, the store I was going to go to didn't have it, but another did. <BR... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:50:11 EST 12/12/19 Motivate and Inspire <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Surround yourself with people who are going to motivate and inspire you." Charles M. Marcus <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:47:31 EST Walking Walking Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:47:21 EST Sleep increases happiness I've been getting up earlier than I used to so I can get in a good workout at the gym. Monday and Tuesday I had a bout of depression that I couldn't seem to shake. I forced myself out of bed and to the gym hoping that the energy boost would help combat the depression. <BR> <BR> It didn't. <BR>... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:44:03 EST 2019 HEY SPARKERS WENT TO NURSING HOME MOM DOING OK hey sparkers hope all are doing ok no gym this morning went to nursing home to see mom she doing ok best decision for all of us now i got gas cut off now just light left so please continue to pray for us things are getting better now my bsl this morning was 56 i called my diabetic educator enjoy... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:26:43 EST The TALK/Sewing/Sleep/Self-Care <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I did it. I invited Aunt G over and had a talk with her. And I realized a long time ago that some people can remain in your heart but not in your life. She is one of those people, though I c... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:26:27 EST Update on my fasting Under the care of my doctor, nutritionist and therapist I am doing fasting. I was recently just doing it three times a week and found I was just maintaining my loss more or less. I had years ago purchased a book call "Every Other Day Diet" and had used it to take some weight off by fasting every ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:13:56 EST Over one million points and at level 28 today! It is amazing that I have regained the top level again and surpassed a million points by being consistent for many years. Keeping focused for more successes. Praying for all affected by recent tragedies. Hope all are having a fantastic weekday! Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:11:28 EST Hello Today says Hello to Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I started my walking program. My tomorrow self is very proud of me. <em>43</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:04:06 EST SMILE OF THE DAY <BR> A diner was agitated that the waiter had brought him no spoon with his coffee. <BR> "This coffee," he said loud enough for most of the other patrons to hear, "is going to be pretty hot to stir with my fingers." <BR> The waiter reddened, made a hasty retreat to the kitchen and returned short... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:48:03 EST holiday humor <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:46:16 EST Cold It's cold outside at 17 degrees. It's cold in my house at 62 degrees. Furnace isn't working right. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:40:01 EST Thankfully Thursday I awoke to another beautiful but cold day, <BR> My daughter is graduating from advanced <BR> nursing school today !!!!! <BR> I can't wait to go the ceremony . <BR> My son is on the way to a cruise <BR> to the Caribbean islands . <BR> Celebrate the good things in life , <BR> My husband is nap... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:30:32 EST Senior Dance <img src=""> <BR> I am dancing without much back discomfort. Having fun today! Will walk dog for challenge when I get home. Hope you are having fun, too! Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:27:44 EST Great Names. Great Names. Genesis 9,10 :1-9. Dec. 12 2019. <BR> <BR> <BR> “ And I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shall be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2 <BR> <BR> The Tower of Babel has long symbolized the folly of human ambition and pride. The people who were building this t... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:14:06 EST Update 12/12/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Howdy Sparkers!! Thought I'd pop on here & give you an update on my journey. <BR> <BR> Last week went pretty good then on Thursday BAM...I got sick. <em>527</em> Wanna know the worst part?... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:12:55 EST I have a positive outlook The difference in my journey this time around is that I no longer want to beat myself up if I am not losing the weight as fast as I want. A little flexibility goes a long way. I have been sick for a week and a half. And my journey got stalled at 3 pounds lost. Initially, I thought the cold made m... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:06:13 EST Thursday's Laugh - Apple Pie Little Johnny and his family seldom had guests, so he was eager to help his mother after his father appeared with two dinner guests from the office. <BR> <BR> When the dinner was nearly over, Johnny went to the kitchen and proudly carried in the first piece of apple pie, giving it to his father ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:05:57 EST I know I know , why the holidays? I am p 4 pounds from about this date last year. I would like to end the year at least 3 pounds less than my registered weight as of yesterday. Setting goals and moving on. <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:05:45 EST Sun Salutation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I noticed something when I was visiting a friend who lives in another time zone. You may not realize it but there is variation in the sunlight depending on where the location in the time zone (e... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:53:56 EST thursday up early again...last batch of butter pecan fudge done, and i molded all the snowmen for dipping tomorrow. all i have left to do is one big batch of toffee, and 50 dog biscuits!! <BR> well and the snowmen dipping and decorating. that takes forever. melt the white chocolate. dip, put on eyes, hat... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:41:33 EST Build good karma, very sustainable <img src=""> <BR> Finally have some great news to share. In Las Vegas a few more days. My good freind and momenter Sean Anderson from flew out over weekend through monday. Had a good time han... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:20:28 EST Today's Plans <img src="">I can't believe it is already Thursday! <BR> <BR> I actually have some plans today. I'm meeting with someone from the parks department to discuss restoration and maintenance for a local salt marsh. I'll be... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:13:23 EST More About Christmas “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:08:19 EST Wednesday Thursday Still a bit of homework but an easier evening Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:07:47 EST In pursuit of a fancy dress: Week 4, day 4 Whoo whoo! Despite the significant drop in weight last week - I sustained! I was sure it would hop back up a couple pounds (and still be on a good trajectory over time), but I sustained and am down another .3 oz - so since ~Oct its about 10 pounds, and since I started 5:2 and being more serious ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:06:17 EST A Surrender Box These days our minds have become too full. Everything from our to-do lists, worries, plans, and aspirations and ambitions have become so crowded together that we don't have room to think. By keeping them at the forefront of our minds we may believe that we are somehow taking care of all these con... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:00:50 EST Thursday Treadmill complete. So happy I started at 2:30 yesterday and wrapped presents until 6 p.m. Now just a few more to purchase. Have a lovely day. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:54:31 EST I'm so booked... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping my secret Santa knows how much I'm hoping for another <BR> <BR> gift certificate from Chapters Book Store. Drooling here. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:48:28 EST Finding blessings in waking early <img src=""> <BR> I do not sleep well, ever. I have sleep apnea and use my machine 100% of the time. But I still do not get enough sleep. <BR> Last night I wok up around 4 am. I noticed that around the edges of my ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:46:26 EST "Time is the coin of your life... It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." Carl Sandburg <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:32:32 EST Great points We may all be a bit broken but must remember even broken crayons can used to make a lovely picture. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles but it empties today of its strength. A quote from Winston Churchill, "Christmas is a not only season of rejoicing but of reflection." Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:28:42 EST It POURED with rain! We bought a very nice bottle of tequila for Tanki, 100% Agave. He got very emotional when we came in. Beloved got a close shave, a great haircut, and Tanki got a huge tip. We wandered over to a wekk known burrito stand and the sky opened up in a deluge. After a great lunch we slogged on throug... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:20:09 EST Everyday--in Every way---Spark! <img src=""> <BR> ---And to do this I must try --everyday----walk-----journal--"think thin"-----take time to Spark---not buy the ice cream--especially chocolate-- <BR> <img src=" Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:17:47 EST Operation just relax <img src=""> <BR> Good morning friends..had a lovely day yesterday in sunny Arizona..seems I arrived at the perfect time, storms rolled through here and the weather was quite unexpected...but they're gone now and that ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:12:58 EST Say YES To Good Reasons-NO To Excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's that time of year again. The tango begins with Reason vs Excuses. On those cold mornings, It would be so easy to stay wrapped snug in a cozy cocoon and hibernate til spring! <BR> <BR> BUT ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 07:59:49 EST Here's Da Plan - So Far <em>58</em> So, how'd the planning go? <BR> <em>43</em> Ugh! It was hard - yesterday I was utterly geometry challenged - sewed all kinds of mistakes and still have a big one to rip out. <BR> <em>18</em> But it is a fun project, isn't it? <BR> <em>43</em> Yes. It is. and I'm still willi... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 07:45:37 EST Thankful Thursday So much to be thankful for so I need to count my blessings. <BR> We attended midweek Advent Services last night and the time <BR> of fellowship was wonderful. High school concert tonight here <BR> in town and both GD and GS will be part of the program. <BR> MIL is having more issues and I have fi... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 07:45:31 EST 12/12/19 Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. <BR> Thomas Mann. <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> Syllables govern the world. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 07:41:53 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 12-12-2019 <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 07:08:04 EST Happy Thursday Let's all have a great Thursday and get ready for the weekend ahead. <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 07:03:13 EST Sugru? I really enjoyed the responses to yesterday's three questions: what job, what charity, what activity ignites your passion? <BR> <BR> And what I concluded was -- so many Sparkies are less concerned about getting what they want than wanting what they've got!! Yeah, there IS a song about that . .... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:58:27 EST Dinner on 12 Dec 2019 <img src=""> <BR> mixed berry rice & Japanese rice <BR> grilled saumon <BR> mixed salad <BR> miso soup <BR> a little of wine <BR> <BR> After dinner , a quoter of apple <BR> <BR> I like apples , especially brand ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:53:09 EST Everyday <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:45:02 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:38:03 EST HE (JESUS)IS NOT IN A MANNER ANYMORE-GOD'S BLOG-12/12/19 <img src=""> <BR> Jesus was born in (Bethlehen in Judea) over 2,000 years ago; And She (Mary) brought forth her. first born Son, (Jesus) and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, (a feeding place ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:35:10 EST Warm rain in Florida I'll be stopping by here but maybe not much for a few days. <BR> I'm visiting my keto-living cousin and will eat well (actually much better) for a few days. She has no treats that I would nosh mindlessly. <BR> <BR> Rain is expected most days I'm there but I'm sure we'll find things to repair and... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:34:08 EST 101/365 I haven't blogged in awhile and yesterday was 100 days. I wish I could say I was hitting all my goals but I can't. I am ok with that because I haven't given up. Usually , I would have thrown in the towel by now. I keep resetting my goals and moving on. I have joined a few challenges that are help... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:26:06 EST Believing In Myself Holy Mother - Father God, <BR> Divine, Loving Light and Heart of the Universe, <BR> <BR> I humbly ask for the healing power of your grace to help me believe in myself. <BR> Grant me the grace to believe in my worth and no longer question my value in the eyes of others. <BR> Bless me to show up ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:22:25 EST Drowing in binge eating I feel like I am at the end of my wit. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:21:24 EST Food Doodling <img src=""> <BR> My grandmunchkin has recently started showing an interest in cooking. I guess it runs in the genes. He's been asking me loads of questions so I decided I might start journalling the food I cook in a ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:12:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 12, 2019 December 12, 2019 BEAR FRUIT <BR> <BR> We don’t have to grow gardens to know bearing fruit requires planting seeds. At a young age, we learn when we put a seed in the ground and water it, it will grow. As good stewards for God, we are to bear fruit by planting seeds. If we want to produce good f... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:08:56 EST Be gentle with yourself <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:04:34 EST Be gentle with yourself <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:03:56 EST Thursday thankfuls Today I am thankful that the car alarm was not mine, and that it didn’t wake me up since I was already awake. <BR> I am grateful for the slightly milder temperatures to walk the dog. When it’s cold, even a few degrees can make a difference. <BR> I am thankful for the bike in the basement, giving ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:02:21 EST Perseverance Strength comes from waiting....Jose Marti Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:52:16 EST Week 3: Day 25 Looking through history of the number of times I’ve started with SparkPeople and stopped after a few weeks or a few months over the years could be discouraging. However, this time it’s a reminder that I am capable of doing this, I know what to do for the most part, and that I really need to focu... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:34:49 EST You redeemed us from total hell, and yet many have failed to follow you. Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 19:7). <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house” (Mark 5:4). <BR> <BR> Jesus did not come to the earth as a renowned celebr... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:34:19 EST Life is tough sometimes but I'm grateful Well, it's been a challenging couple of months We've had illness and, sadly, bereavement in the family and everyone has been worried, tense and tired. <BR> <BR> It's at times like this that I am grateful for my routines. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:29:21 EST Sticking Together <img src=""> <BR> Snowmen are just flakes that stick together in the freezing weather. <BR> Sticking together makes us strong, and much bigger than we could ever be on our own. <BR> Don't get shoveled off to the snow h... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:21:33 EST Mindfulness tips <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:10:46 EST Shopping and decorating done! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since Thanksgiving I have been able to complete ALL my shopping and I got ALL the inside and outside decorations up. Now to start on the baking of cookies. That said, I have gained 10 pounds sin... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:02:04 EST Gingerbread House Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on December 12 <BR> <BR> Today is Gingerbread House Day. Gingerbread cookies are a Christmas tradition. Can you imagine the Christmas season ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 04:54:41 EST CHOOSE THE BETTER SIDE OF LIFE <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 04:32:19 EST Thursday Funny I was a very happy man. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me—it was her beautiful younger sister. My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, and generally was bra... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 04:09:05 EST LOL! :-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 04:06:11 EST Where Fitness and Illness Meet I remember clearly the day that my quest for health began. I was in the hospital recovering from an asthma exacerbation that nearly took my life. As I laid in that hospital bed bloated and swollen by steroids, feeling so sick and weak that I knew i was close to death, I was looking around on... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 02:59:06 EST 13,311 Steps ! Progress, not perfection ! 13,311 steps and I'm happy with that ! Thu, 12 Dec 2019 02:15:55 EST I don’t know what to do I am slowly noticing that it’s extremely hard for me to stay on a diet. I start off wanting to go all out and starve myself and then two days later I binge and eat everything in the house. This is just making me gain more weight but when I try to lose weight the normal way I always give up. Help ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 02:12:48 EST 12-11-19 Finally ran my monthly errand. I also paid my car registration for the year. Since I usually wait until December 30th to do that, I'm proud of myself. I just have to put the sticker on my plates before I loose it. I dropped a couple of bags of audio books on disk at 2nd & Charles, but their intak... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 01:24:01 EST This week is crazy busy. This week started busy and it seems that every day there is so much to do. It's like this every December. Our church goes all out from Thanksgiving on, with one party after another, and one event after another. <BR> I love my church and I'm grateful for the busyness. I believe I already shared a... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:48:05 EST How I'm feeling <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:47:22 EST Fibro anyone? I have fibromyalgia. It makes some days very hard. I get depressed, have fibro fog,days I just can't get out of bed,and recovery after the gym takes longer than normal ppl and I hurt longer too. Most people don't know what Fibromyalgia is and don't understand the stigma of being called"lazy" from... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:41:02 EST Awaken the Saint Within You, Part I – Advent 2019 <link><BR>he-saint-within-you-part-i-advent-2019/ </link> <BR> <BR> Reflective Questions <BR> “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” – Matthew 6:33 <BR> <BR> 1. John Kinuthia discusses how common it is for us to focus on our dreams, desires,... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:35:06 EST Been here before, but its changed. I used to be Lazybutt101 I used to be here before. Lazybutt101 or lazybutt 001...i was told it didnt suit me. So i changed my screen nolazybutt . I love to crochet, quilt, wtife, love photography, psychology, and art. I used to draw and paint from a photographic memory before a stroke. After the stroke i c... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:34:11 EST Stomach Flu? Been feeling yucky yesterday& today. “Stomach flu”, or gastroenteritis. On the mend, just wanted to sleep most of the day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Coconut, 1978,Harry Nilsson <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:32:13 EST It's been a quick minute... Well hello there! Long time no see. I did it once again and ghosted on everyone. Sorry about that guys. Luckily I'm back though! Few things have changed since I was last active. My family and I moved to a new town and I jumped back on to the WW (weight watchers) wagon. The last couple months have... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:28:39 EST I need to write for me Man I haven't had an entry since 2016. So much has changed but I am back struggling as usual. I was going to therapy for anxiety and had just started talking about my issues with food when insurance turned my visits into OOP so I am not going anymore. I just started a new gym which has helped my ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:15:52 EST Weather Another nice day in the high 60s. It is 59 outside and 69 inside. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:12:54 EST Christmas is closer than I realized With the family gathering at Thanksgiving that took 5 days and then the nightly rehearsals for the Warfield Concert that was completed Sunday I haven't paid attention to the calendar. We had our last regular rehearsal for the Methodist Cantata today before the Museum Board reception. Saturday we ... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:11:38 EST level 2 started started level 3 of beginner shred. with the warm up and stretch it is only 25 minutes but i always spend an extra 5 minutes at the end doing some more stretching. jillian always says she is not flexable. spending only 2 minutes on stretching is probably part of that Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:06:38 EST I Am Now Wearing A Heart Monitor <BR> In August, during preparation for an EGD procedure (a tube placed in my esophagus) the nurse called attention to the monitor and she and the doctor said that I was in A-Fib. The procedure was still done, but afterward, instead of going home, I was taken to the Cardio Unit and stayed overni... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:05:54 EST 12/11/19 Today was another great day. It seems I am having them more often and it feels good. Today was a rest day as it is every Wednesday. I have my TOPS meeting and todays bonus was our Christmas party. When I weighed in I found out what I was hoping for after all my hard work this week. I lost 4 lbs w... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:05:31 EST Dear Friends, Let Us Love... Sometimes marriage is hard. Last night my husband and I didn't see eye to eye on the value of every person regardless of their choices in life. He voiced his thoughts but when I tried to voice mine a bit later he shut me down. I wasn't trying to say he was right or wrong but what my values were a... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:55:35 EST Focus on Happy MAMADEE's Blog: SP ~ Day 4983 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Focus on HAPPY! <BR> <BR> That's what I kept trying to do today! Focus on HAPPY. Or, rather, keep the focus off all the stress & negative feelings. <BR>... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:47:53 EST DOCTORS APPOINTMENT Hubby had his appointment this morning for his physical. We got into the city by 8 for this. They were having problems with their computer system and was having to do everything by paper. People are just not use to this so it took longer this morning. All turned out well but he has to go and... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:37:06 EST Fighting with myself It's touch and go. I have no idea who is going to win this battle. It is too soon to tell and yet, all seems lost. After 4 years, I achieved the goal I set for myself and lost 62 pounds. I didn't think it was possible, but little by little with a few setbacks and a lot of effort--I did it. O... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:33:03 EST Quote of today <img src=""> <BR> Think about this...🤔 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:29:25 EST December 11th~ back to town, hee hee <BR> Since most town trips mean my DIL goes is impossible to get their gifts and keep a surprise. So today I loaded me up and took off to SAM's. I had already decided what I was going to get her, but did not wanna load it in a cart with her standing next to me. As usual with SAM's the it... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:26:30 EST Reality <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is reality to you? Reality is just as nutty as this picture of a slice of fruitcake, It can be pretty enough to look at but it has all sorts of nasty things lurking just beneath the surfa... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:22:46 EST New Yarn!! I finished plying my aqua/white BFL Sparkle!!! Now it needs to hit the tub and once dry, get measured so I know how many yards I have before I start playing with it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The lighting is not the... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:11:07 EST 11th of December Good day! Up joyous with activity of doing good. Enjoyed church tonight and listening and singing Christmas carols. Achieved 64 oz. of drinking water. Being grateful for a successful day. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:09:15 EST Checklists? Do you keep checklists, or To Do lists? <BR> <BR> I do.... but they change regularly according to how stressed I am.... right now, I’m wrestling with the desire to please everyone with heroic acts of seasonal obligations, OR to cast all that FOL-de-rol aside and just feed my soul with time set a... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:03:50 EST And that's why I wear the brown pants... Doctor: We're going to start you on Metformin... yes? <BR> Me, hand raised: So, I'm part of a lot of PCOS groups online, and the one thing that always comes up with Metformin is the sharts. On a scale of one to 'maybe I should wear the brown pants' how much should I worry? <BR> Doctor, slightly n... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:54:59 EST Before running Before running, <BR> Steamed a piece of sweet potato, 2 piece of homemade scone, a bottle of Yakult light. <BR> I maybe eat too much before running. <BR> It may be eating more than burning calories. <BR> <BR> After running, <BR> I called it 2nd breakfast. I made lunch box for 2nd breakf... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:54:28 EST Weight Loss Tip #4 <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Weigh in every week <BR> <BR> Cinnamonie's Note: I lost 4 lbs in one week, my first week...21 lbs to go! <em>521</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:46:35 EST Wednesday Went to a fundraiser that my daughter was putting on for her school today. It was a Spaghetti dinner. As parents we do anything for our children. I normally don't eat spaghetti. Too many carbs, oh well tonight I did. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:35:40 EST Self sabotage <img src=""> <BR> Today's confession is that I feel so guilty and very disappointed in myself today and I have to get it off my chest. So granted I have been pretty busy but I used that as an excuse not to go to the gy... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:24:27 EST Gift of Life With all the drama over the weekend, there was one (assumedly) positive outcome. One of the people who passed away was an organ donor, who in death served their fellow human beings by giving bits of himself to other in dire need of those pieces of their anatomy. <BR> <BR> Due to some complicati... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:18:19 EST peace day ten fire The full moon of December, the Cold Moon is December 12. The last full moon of the decade. Reading this hit me… the decade is almost over. Moving on to the 20’s… that’s going to take some time to sink in. <BR> <BR> Connecting with others around a fire… <BR> <BR> sitting at a campfire breathing... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:16:34 EST Wed 12/11 hump day and haircut It's a very nice day today. Sun is shining, powerwall filled up to 100%, and it's midweek! <BR> <BR> This morning we went to Waimea to get our haircuts. After that we went to Ishihara to pick up some food. We got maki sushi, cone sushi, somen salad, fish bento, and chicken bento. We also got bre... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:10:59 EST Low Carb/Keto Flourless Chocolate Cake As a baker, you know I love dessert. It is also somewhat frustrating to make so many cakes, cupcakes, cookies, eclairs, profiteroles, etc. per week and never get to taste anything. Sometimes I feel insane for doing keto under these conditions, haha, but being 41lbs into the weight loss goal helps... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:02:41 EST Wednesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:00:23 EST Same Old Days Today was as much like every other day this week. I bit of this and a bit of that. I sewed a bit of Christmas fabric into some squares that someday I'll put in a quilt. Just trying to get some of those scraps into more usable pieces. <BR> <BR> Cooked a little piece of chuck steak and roaste... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:45:17 EST "Nuff Said" Sometime we complain about how we feel. Irritable seems to be the norm on Mondays. If we stop and think about the foods we put into our bodies over the weekend it probably would give us a clue why we have a headache or why the knees are feeling sore . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:18:27 EST Peace and quiet is NOT happening here. Our oldest daughter and son-in-law planned a nice quite Christmas weekend for the four of us which is now not the 4 of us but all mall children. Okay, there's only 3 but there is nothing quiet about them. I think Trish is coming with her girls but no husband a he is in therapy for his alcohol iss... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:03:23 EST Winding up Day 4 So I'm realizing when I work I'm not the best at eating well during the day. It's usually a cup of coffee for breakfast. Maybe lunch if I get chance. So I tend to binge in the evening. So the past few days of actually trying to record meals has been hard. By the time I got around to any real food... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:55:57 EST wonderful wednesday A beautiful but very slow walk this morning in the snow <BR> there was sleet and ice in places usually do an 19 min mile <BR> today was 22 minute mile but i almost walked two miles, <BR> It was gorgeous and sunny and magical. <BR> <BR> hubby's friend came over and told him about the time <B... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:40:06 EST Day 9 I Missed a few days of my daily count, I have been logging on just not posting the days except for two but I'm on day 9! yay!!!! Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:34:34 EST December 11, 2019 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Jacob ended up staying home today - apparently all the things that he would be missing wasn't enough. He did rest for most of the day, but he's being absolutely aggravating tonight. I'm glad that he's feeling better, but I'm feeling crappy, so I'm not in the mood. <BR>... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:32:30 EST Treat for Me!! I did get some walking today. I treated Myself to a hair cut! WooHoo! Let make it a wonderful Thursday!! Luv U!! ((HUGS)) Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:32:07 EST 2019 Goals Cold day, did work for next year's garden, filling mulch bins. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:26:00 EST 2019 Goals Cold day, did work for next year's garden, filling mulch bins. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:25:58 EST Health Challenge: Day 13 Tabata Today, it is time for a Tabata session! Tabata makes what ever time you have available really count! Here is one or two of my favorites (one is a YouTube channel to workout along with...) <BR> <BR> The 4-Minute Miracle Workout (That Really Works) <BR> <link> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:24:17 EST THANK YOU -JAMES- Thank you James and other 2 folks who took time to read and comment on my most recent blog post. DH has pneumonia and pleurisy now. We are going to our doctors office daily for him to get antibiotic and steroid injections. Otherwise, doctors said he must go into the hospital. Very little cooking... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:17:13 EST To Gym or not gym I have been tossing around the idea of joining a gym. The only thing is I am extremely busy during the school semesters and think it would be a bit of a waste of money. I also think that the environment of a to reinforce the goals. Any suggestions???? Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:10:36 EST Surgery Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anxiety is creeping in today in preparation for surgery tomorrow afternoon so chose to skip Bible study as I wouldn't be able to focus well. I did clean up the kitchen and living room bef... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:02:55 EST Wonderful Woman Wednesday Wisdom With Christmas just around the corner, 14 days to be exact, my wish for each of you is to count yourself as one of Christmas’ most beautiful blessings. Give yourself the gift of a life you love - in only the way you can imagine. <BR> <BR> Our daily lives are filled with many additional roles a... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:01:41 EST Halfway! I made it to my halfway point! In my last blog I was 163.4 and I am now 149.8lb! It won’t let me post a picture...technical difficulties Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:49:51 EST Wednesday Today was about running errands and doing some laundry. I did get lots of steps in because the newly remodeled Aldi is terrible to navigate now. We did a lot of backtracking, as did every other customer. Even passing the aisles that have all of their junk to sell, it still was a pain. <BR>... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:38:32 EST My life <img src=""> Yoga today Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:15:36 EST Day 230 All green on my Versa, achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 15K steps for today. Got in a great Shoulders/Arms and 20 min walk workout this evening. Plan for tomorrow is to track truck unload at work which is a workout in itself. Macros weren't as good today more carbs than protein but f... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:06:18 EST Weather Nice mild day. A bit cool while sweep front of the house. Sun came out a bit during walk. Nice to feel the warmth on the back. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:03:52 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>4</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:01:53 EST Water Fully hydrated Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:01:32 EST Day 11 - Baby Steps Today was okay. Baby steps are okay. We had a staff party after school and, while I did indulge in a few cookies, I did stay in control and I did plan ahead for it by eating well earlier in the day. <BR> <BR> And, I'm awake enough that I may make it out to the treadmill tonight, or perhaps a yo... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:54:45 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> hope it was a good day for you..... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:48:16 EST Wednesday Fasting <img src=""> I am doing intermittent fasting. I fast on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I am under the care of my doctor, nutritionist and therapist. I am eating 500 calories a day. I eat a lunch of about 400 calories... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:41:41 EST Passing the Torch <img src=""> <BR> I purchased a Little People's Nativity for my great granddaughter who is 2 years old. She's loving it. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:50:53 EST 11th December <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>edia/822622/december_2019.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> "Give someone your place in a queue, in traffic or in a shop" <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't have a chance... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:16:37 EST Seems like yesterday! <img src=""> <BR> 18th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 2008 <BR> <BR> This is a strange one as I don’t have any pictures of the party! I do know it was an all man’s party with an apology to the ladies! It was a small ... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:14:36 EST Lol <img src=""> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:13:23 EST Wednesday December 11th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...and then pass along that loving kindness to others in whatever small ways you can find. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:08:11 EST Xmas <img src=""> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:07:31 EST WOW....MIDDLE OF DECEMBER UPON US ALREADY!!!! This week has been really full on....pretty much since last Wednesday... <BR> With 2 days in Court......have had 2 double grads to date.....a pre grad service tonight....a Polytech Grad double ceremony tomorrow and a double Uni grad on Saturday.... <BR> Sunday this week is our churches Christmas ... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:54:07 EST Snowy day <img src=""> Yes, the snow was coming down sideways the last time I looked outside. And the solar panels don’t work so swell covered in snow (never mind that there’s no sunshine...). It snowed most of last night, slow... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:53:01 EST Don't Give Up 12/11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the Month of December, I decided to blog each day on a ‘famous’ person who failed but never gave up. I hope everyone can use these as examples on why we should never give up on our weight l... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:51:03 EST Grateful Grateful for finding joy in each and every day. Especially grateful that each day brings the opportunity to "reclaim your dream and ignite your passion" ✨✨✨✨✨✨ Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks ... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:47:39 EST Wednesday It's been a crazy day! <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:45:21 EST Happy Wednesday & decor It's pay preview day for Friday's pay, woohoo. I have a nice fat supplement on my paycheck this pay. That extra is always welcome. <BR> <BR> Last night, the women's spirituality group that has met at my home for over 30 years focused on simplifying the holidays. One person has tactfully but f... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:40:42 EST Lowest Recorded Weight reached - down 20% of starting weight Y'all - I reached my lowest recorded weight today. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I have not had a weight this low since at least 2013. It may have even been 2012 or 2011 since I've weighed this amount - I don't remember. I know that I weighed less in 2010 because that is when I married my hubby a... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:36:32 EST TRYING TO GET BACK AGAIN. BIBLE VERSE FOR WEDNESDAY ALWAYS THERE <BR> <BR> Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still." And the wind ceased and there was a great calm <BR> Mark 4:39 <BR> <BR> There may be no greater compliment than this: "She is always there when I need her!" Do you have someone like that in ... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:27:07 EST It's been so long! Lot's of stuff has happen and I won't bore you with most of it. I've been keeping busy going to the gym four times a week. I have a great workout partner! She has lost over 100 lbs and is a great motivation for me. I have lost 25 lbs this year and feel so much better. <BR> <BR> I have been d... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:17:41 EST Starting To Get Back Into It Whew, what a whirlwind since I have signed back up to SparkPeople. I went to my doctor yesterday, and I am 279 now. I averaged between 280 to 290 at times, so this has really motivated me that I am going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> <BR> I spent some time adding introductions and going th... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:24:21 EST Wednesday <img src=""> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:21:09 EST My visit from the Junk guys My first experience with 1-800-GOT-JUNK in 2018 involved a good deal of "sticker shock". Fair warning, if anyone is considering hiring them, they will not tell you until their truck is on site what it's going to cost you. This is because they charge based on how much of their truck your junk wi... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:10:50 EST Cards I've addressed several Christmas cards today. <BR> It's always a couple day joy for me as I recall each person with a smile. <BR> There are several friends on SPARK also that I like interacting with. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:02:59 EST Blogmas Day 11: A break from shopping...for one day at least.... It's Wednesday, mid week! Kind of a blah day but I've been so busy every day, I'm glad to have a nice day with not much going on. The only thing I'm doing to day is wrapping gifts, my normal mom duties, and getting some work done. No extra shopping/errands for today. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:00:51 EST Wednesday word ... Effulgent Effulgent <BR> if-UHL-juhnt <BR> Part of speech: adjective <BR> Origin: Latin, mid-18th century <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> Glowing with a radiant light <BR> 2 <BR> Shining as if coming from a light <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Examples of Effulgent in a sentence <BR> <BR> "The spotlight shot its ef... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:55:01 EST I will get back to my topic... after this little guy gets well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rescued him from a bad situation on Nov 14th, and he's been sick ever since. He's having bad reactions to doggie cough meds, so last night was RUFF. N... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:52:56 EST Daily Highlight 283 - Freshly Fallen Snow Highlight - <BR> Awaking to sparkling snow. Love how snow dampens sounds, making the world quieter. It seems a softer, gentler place. (except when the plows come through) The sun shining and the bright blue sky chases the doldrums away and renews my spirit. <BR> <em>444</em> <BR> A bit of ... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:41:33 EST My Adventure in Spark Land...Day 130 of Doing the New: Studying Mary's Treasure and what I leaned a Luke 2:19 "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." <BR> <BR> I have on my phone the 'You Vision Bible' App. At the beginning of December the app encouraged us to do a Christmas Challenge. After looking at every thing the offered that lasted up to a week, I choic... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:39:44 EST So much running through my mind. Life is busy but that is a good thing. My grandma, the wise lady, always said that when you stop doing things, so does your body. So keeping busy is very healthy. I find myself going to bed earlier each night as I'm trying to sleep more. I now work the early shift so I must get up earlier eve... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:10:07 EST SMILE OF THE DAY <BR> Me: What's the wifi password? <BR> <BR> Bartender: You need to buy a drink first <BR> <BR> Me: Okay, I'll have a coke. <BR> <BR> Bartender: Is Pepsi okay? <BR> <BR> Me: Sure. How much is that? <BR> <BR> Bartender: $3. <BR> <BR> Me: There you go. So what's the wifi password? <BR> <BR>... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:08:14 EST Happy hump day Happy hump day Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:56:33 EST Pedometers Really Do Their Thing Months ago, I lost my zillionth pedometer. I, however, did not think I really needed one "after all". So, I did not buy another. <BR> <BR> My diet stayed the same. That was the only good thing. My weight soared up. <BR> <BR> With a pedometer, I challenge myself. Instead of instant gratif... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:54:33 EST Random Hump Day Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> - I need to have a routine. I literally just sat around yesterday and got nothing done. I even fell short on work goals, which I never do. Then, this morning I laid in bed until nearly 9! Starti... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:53:23 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 11 and 12 Daily Inspiration: Reach higher than you think possible for all that you want and you find that often you attain even more. Lord, I rely on Your promises made to each of us and especially on Your love. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think--Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:50:46 EST Day 345: Christmas Q & A <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." (Norman Vincent Peale) <BR> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas, my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> I'm su... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:49:39 EST Is Santa napping? - 12-11-19 I can't tell whether Santa is napping, or whether the snowman took this boxing round... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The snowman does have a suspiciously victorious look on his face.... <BR> <BR> Cyndi Marlowe s... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:40:59 EST Doctors <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't actually have a doctor anymore. We can't seem to keep one in our area. Best we can do is a nurse practitioner. Mine read the symptoms I left with her message taker, and due to my past... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:22:30 EST The Elliptical Machine!! I discovered this machine last week. I really like it. I heard about it first 8 years ago. Some lady told me that she gained a lot of weight and she started using the machine and said she just melted 50 pounds of fat away after a few months on it. Because I was not that heavy at the time, I did... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:18:53 EST Bizarre animals you never knew existed <link><BR>als-never-knew-existed/?utm_source=oui<BR>ns&utm_campaign=00030422c56b8d85c0e0bb<BR>56f6ec38aede&utm_term=Frontpage+%28Pub<BR>lishers+Clearing+House%29_Publishers+C<BR>learing+House+Frontpage+News_0040e0223<BR>bb11d3c0ac07fec6d224ffa62&utm_request=<B... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:16:59 EST Who can relate? This is totally me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> **No people - this is just a funny! I do Not generally buy prepared mixes in boxes or bags. I avoid processed foods like the plague. <BR> <BR> However, this is the same principle of looking a... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:12:19 EST Week 101 of therapy and more news This week in therapy we discussed all the changes in bariatric program that are going on. Including the fact that I am introducing changes into my food plan early so I can adapt and hopefully then get used to the idea of living without the foods that are on the list. I know that it will be adjust... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:52:33 EST Holiday Check In & Computer Dead Making it through the holidays is harder than I thought it would be. Everywhere I go there is food! A time or two eating too much or eating the wrong foods is okay, I can compensate by having a strict diet the other meals. But a number of these ‘special holiday meals’ and I am not bouncing back. ... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:50:34 EST Good intentions... Yep, you know what those can sometimes get you! <BR> <BR> Everything is up and down right now; back and forth and crazy. Why not? It's the end of the year, the holidays are coming and both of those cause a sometimes (very) unecessary amount of rushing and BS that really need not be applied. <B... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:48:25 EST Cats and Christmas <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I know there are a lot of cat people out there and looking for a little advice. We rescued two black... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:41:57 EST Gm All Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:27:39 EST Wednesday.. Another busy day on deck...let's see how fast time will go because I am already ready to go home!!! <BR> <BR> Not a lot of meetings but there is a lot of prep work to be done for Year End and with me having just started this job in September, I am finding that a lot of people don't really "know"... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:58:47 EST Day 3, lovin life. Seriously, so glad im ready for this again. I'm so glad SP is still around, and better than ever. I've been up and back with my fitness pal over the years, which is a great place, don't get me wrong - but I think it is time for me to get back to SP ❤️ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:57:15 EST Fighting The Bounce <img src=""> <BR> Pulled my back badly in October and still not driving due to the pain in the right hip and leg MRI today to see what is hindering the progress after 6 weeks of PT twice a week Getting the top teeth... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:49:34 EST The constructs of December I don't celebrate christmas; haven't done in some 20 years. Seriously, I don't send cards, decorate, shop, exchange gifts, go to holiday gatherings, go to church, donate more than the rest of the year, observe "alternative" December holidays... nothing. Yet, I am pretty well universally expecte... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:33:44 EST Married to the Gym/Dream <img src=""> <BR> Yep Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:21:06 EST 2019 GROCERY SHOPPING TODAY SON JOIN THE GYM hey sparkers hope all are doing ok went to gym this morning then grocery shopping came home cooked cubed steak and mashed potatoes and green beans tomorrow nursing home to see my mom then friday got to take my aunt to doctor then saturday mom s apartment again so the rest of today i am resting en... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:20:32 EST 12/11/19 Ask; Go; Step Forward <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same spot." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:19:44 EST Walking I love walking Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:18:27 EST 711 message "Looks like it's time to give yourself a motivational pep talk! Take time today to think about all the reasons why you're on this journey. Go for a walk. Take some deep breaths. Contemplate. Do whatever works for YOU--and then get back in the game!" <BR> <BR> This message, Day 711, of my Sparkin... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:16:47 EST it's wednesday i am having a great day so far. i will be meeting with my personal trainer after dinner today. i am looking forward to it. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a wonderful day, everyone! Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:11:03 EST Romeo Day It is our neighborhood retired old men's lunch day. They will be picking me up later this morning. It is a rainy day on the Gulf Coast. Things are going well. All streaks are still intact. Thanks to all for the encouraging comments. Still praying for all affected by recent tragedies. Hope ... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:03:06 EST Spin Class Woes In the relatively distant past, maybe about 12 years ago or so, I wrote a newsletter for a gym in exchange for a membership. I was trying out all their different classes and went to a spin class. I hated it. I hated everything about it. <BR> <BR> Fast-forward a few years, to when I was training... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:59:16 EST