SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs The BLC A fun and effective weigh loss tool!! The Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) is a healthy lifestyle group with several teams that emphasis different components of the desires lifestyle such as self care, fitness, and weight. The BLC is filled with energy, challenge, encouragement, inspiration and friendship!! There are several teams to ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:49:14 EST Changes That’s pretty standard around here . Everywhere I’m guessing as we make up our reaction, then our actions, to each new bump in the road. We won’t be doing our standard two to three mile walk today. My husband drew the grocery card so to speak while I have to talk to someone at the Solicitor Gen... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:47:31 EST Evaluating Where I'm At So I have some news. I'm shutting down my "office" for the day (unless I get any emails from agents or editors that need attention) and dedicating the entire day to getting back on track with nutrition and fitness. I finally have my motivation back in full force and it started this morning when I... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:38:21 EST Getting back on track Having let myself fall to the wayside, yet again, I found myself in a program that had me tracking what I ate, what I did, measurements, weight, just everything that could be measured. It all seemed very familiar, but somehow easier. <BR> <BR> Then it dawned on me. They had copied the basic te... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:38:09 EST Thursday August 13, 2020 AM Thursday August 13, 2020 AM <BR> Time: 8:12 <BR> Weather: 11C and cloudy <BR> Sunrise@6:12 <BR> <BR> “I never regret anything. Because every single detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.” – Drew Barrymore <BR> <BR> The Morning Power Questions <BR> <BR> 1. What am I ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:35:29 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:34:13 EST August 2020 - What a year! WooHoo! I have reached my initial goal of losing 25 pounds in an effort to return to a healthy lifestyle. My BMI classification dropped from Morbidly Obese to Severely Obese, a huge milestone! I am enjoying a diet full of fresh fruits and veggies from friends gardens this summer. I feel better an... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:34:06 EST Thursday, mani/pedi day My favorite Thursday comes every other week and today is my manicure/pedicure day. I so look forward to this relaxation. I have discovered how bad the pool is for my nails. Since the gym has been closed and I am not in the water days a week my nails are so much stronger and longer. Who knew,... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:33:06 EST 5 months So today marks 5 months that we have been in quarantine. I had to chuckle a little this morning while reading my daily sparkpeople article, because it was about how to cope with stress. Then the article goes on to talk about stress like having to get the kids to their activities, etc. I thought, ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:31:57 EST Project 65 I'm going to turn 64 in a matter of days. At this time next year, I'll be 65. For some reason, that number just struck me. 65. That's Medicare age. Wow... <BR> <BR> I lost a little over 40 pounds the year my husband died, and I've managed to keep most of it off since he's been gone. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:29:17 EST Day 36 highlight :) Today, DH said "It's time for your workout!" So why is this a highlight? Because it is the proof that my consistency with my morning workouts made an impression on him. He knows that by a certain time I am usually working out. <BR> Today I had to switch things up because of a work commitment ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:21:22 EST 2020 HEY SPARKERS WORKOUT THURSDAY MINE IS DONE FOR TODAY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had good workout done for today back at it in the morning trying to stay on level with my diabetes my a1c sept 9 i am doing pretty good what are you all up to today my pillows for kitchen chairs coming today they are red i love red my new brooks coming tomorrow ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:18:26 EST Life is frustrating! I don't know how I am making it emotionally! I am so frustrated! It isn't just the Coronavirus, that's hard enough--my daily normal life is really getting me down. I am so GRATEFUL that I did get a ride to the food pantry yesterday but am STILL without another worker/provider. Last night the ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:15:11 EST Day 3 was Recovery workout day (PTL!) Recovery workouts are good for me. I can't always go go go at the same pace every day. However, I am in a CHALLENGE, so I had to utilize "Recovery Workouts" vs "Rest Days" . Don't fret. Day 3 was a GOOD day - minus all that water - That is STILL hard. <BR> <BR> If you have never heard of "Recov... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:14:01 EST Something Borrowed, Something New! I have been seeing less progress from my exercise over the last 2-3 weeks. Time to shake things up! First thing I'm going to do is add more strength training starting today. I have been doing resistance bands mostly, which is helping me to tone up, but I don't see any additional muscle mass. ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:10:44 EST A Little More Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. <BR> Og Mandino <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:05:05 EST I can do this Ok have not been blogging every day and I have not been writing down my food every day BUT I started intermediate fasting on Monday I have lost weight I had gotten up to 233 Today I weighed 227.2 I am going to keep this up Thanks to all you responders it help a lot Well not a lot of resp... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:01:33 EST Good Morning <img src=""> <BR> Morning Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:55:31 EST Thursday’s Words <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:50:20 EST Thursday's Affirmation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's make this a great day... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:44:01 EST Thankful Thursday .. Thankful I had another good day yesterday !! Looking forward to another! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:34:52 EST Starting over...again The world is crazy right now. I have been gaining weight recently, but was staying pretty steady -- yo-yo'ing almost. Then quarantine came. I have gained 20lbs sitting at home working and snacking. I thought I was doing well, but sitting around watching movies and not getting out and about ha... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:26:52 EST So Guess What? I hit a FORTY DAY fitness streak! Forty days...that's a LONG time! I am beyond thrilled! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:25:53 EST Thankful Thursday <img src=""> <BR> I noticed this special hydrangea on one of my bushes. To me it looks just like a heart. SO I share the love with you today. <BR> Thanks to Alexsgirl1 I have been taking an online course called the... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:21:04 EST Developing Habits I have been trying to re-establish some Spark habits. It's not been easy in this season of change that I am in. I am focusing on tracking my food. I have been so good at this in the past and know it's a key to my success in losing the weight. I track breakfast every day. Sometimes I track I track... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:20:35 EST Thought For the Day <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:54:20 EST Crummy points I don’t know who rigged the points to continue to be so stingy. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:47:44 EST Great big salad for dinner! And I couldn't even finish it! It was so big! I chopped up the remainder of the romaine, 1 stalk of celery, halved 7 cherry tomatoes, 1 okra from the garden, the remaining cucumber that I used for a sandwich the other day and 2 white button mushrooms! <BR> <BR> I wanted to try out the salad dres... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:45:17 EST Gm All Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:38:19 EST Happy Thursday Have a great day everyone!! <em>30</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:37:29 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:32:04 EST Sunrise... Sunset... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's an early morning sunrise with a rainbow. Have you ever kayaked? <BR> <BR> I haven't but wish I had now. I did a lot of canoeing though. <BR> <BR> Those folks are paddle-boarding, and i... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:23:03 EST Photos What I ate in a day Thurs 13 Aug 137.1 lbs (62.3 kgs) <img src=""> <BR> Snug as a bug in a rug. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Cappuccino <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and 2 home-made... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:21:16 EST Hi <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:18:51 EST God’s Compassion. God’s Compassion. April 07 2019. <BR> <BR> “ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ., the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ours... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:16:14 EST Hey angel where the heck were you? Morning friends.. I got what you call a bad belly this morning. Brought on by a total haphazard day of eating junk.. We ate breakfast at the house before heading back to Jersey.. a mushroom, onion and cheddar omelete on Aldi's fit and active multigrain bread.. so I felt like I had a good foundat... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:06:51 EST Re-Boot: Day 3 I'm finding my rhythm in this process. I'm really watching my energy levels because I have a chronic condition that lashes out with fatigue. I'm being more mindful so I can be sure I get my fitness workout in. It's a vicious cycle. Working out builds my energy, fatigue saps it. So how do I build ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:04:23 EST Losing COVID-19 Pounds Gained <img src=""> <BR> How did it happen? Remote working from home and not being active. I know at work I didn't have the food options I have at home. And at home I don't move around as much as being at work. Very eye o... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:47:54 EST Floor finished! We finished getting the floor put in!! That was SOOOO much work! We did living, family, and kitchen so it all ties together. Now my house is a wreck!! All my furniture is every which way and stuff is piled in all the wrong places. Looks like I have my next project already waiting! <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:47:25 EST Thinking about it Thursday So many thoughts going through my mind and all the <BR> plans I have for the day. Just want to see where all the <BR> thinking takes me and what I can and do get done. <BR> Don't you just love how the day unfolds-after the thinking <BR> is done and the doing takes over! Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:46:15 EST 8/13/2020 If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. <BR> Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> An ideal wife is any w... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:41:10 EST ~ WELCOME to a THOUGHTfilled NEW DAY~ <BR> <img src="">> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>214</em> <em>345</em> <em>414</em> <em>414</em> <em>345</em> <em>214</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <em>414</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing You~ <B... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:36:48 EST Thursday Thoughts Woke up and my eyes are puffy. I did manage my portions, but still suffered the effects of having BBQ. It was tasty, however it was kind of heavy. One of my favs was the cucumber salad. Hubby thoroughly enjoyed it so it it was sort of worth it. <BR> It is another busy day... start at the infu... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:36:05 EST Cardio Mobile what they forget to say Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends 👫- saw Cardio Mobile on TV. Since Fernando Hernandez had a stroke and I have heart arrhythmia - thought this would be a good fit for us. Ordered it but what they fail to tell you is that it has to be attached to your cell phone physically for heart beat reading. Both of us... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:30:35 EST Thursday Thinks twice I think I am really glad I got the solar on the roof - I like having $16-$32 electric bills in the summer with the A/C running. $16 is the minimum bill when I produce more than I use. <BR> <BR> I think the first thing I am going to use the money from the sale of the old house for is to pay off t... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:16:54 EST Thursday Mantra <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:06:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 13, 2020 August 13, 2020 ANTICIPATION <BR> <BR> Waiting for something or someone can be stressful. Even waiting in line at the store or sitting at a traffic light can cause some anxiety. Most of us don’t like to wait. However, during our lifetime, we will be waiting on something just about every day. We ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:57:22 EST Thankful Thursday Good morning dear friends, thankful Thursday… What will it be today ??? A/C...Yesterday was road trip to the lake for much needed camping, trip awesome with no issues, got to assigned site and backed in, no issues... Started set up and after water was hooked up and bleed, had to disconnect for th... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:53:53 EST Weight loss is going slow, but it is happening. I have been swimming a lot. I also have been trying to eat low calorie, low carb meals. I have been doing pretty good. I was 196 not too long ago, and I have lost a total of 12 pounds so far. I am happy about that, but I feel like weight loss is going so slow. I really want to get into the 170s b... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:23:52 EST Thursday This morning I am going to get my dressing changed again. I hope the incision is healing well. I am having somewhat less pain. I need to get cleared to do my regular exercise. I gained the weight I lost pre-op. I am not happy about it. I have no clue about the schedule length for wearing th... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:15:25 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 8-13-2020 <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:08:19 EST TRE, The Fast 800, 5:2 - I'm in the planning stage but have started I've started planning how to switch to the way of eating Dr Michael Mosley describes in "The Fast 800". <BR> <BR> I see that even just doing TRE (Time Restricted Eating) has health benefits, so I'm going to try that as a starter. Dr Mosley in The Fast 800 suggests starting on 12:12, so I just ne... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:07:32 EST Exactly how many steps are needed for weight loss and good health. Hey <em>524</em> . Hope you're doing amazing today <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some say that you would need to take at least 10,000 steps a day to stay fit and lose weight. That’s a myth. <BR> <... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:06:59 EST THERE HATH NO TAMPLATION- GOD'S BLOG- 8/13/2020 <img src=""> <BR> BOW DOWN Thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I (am) poor and needy. Psalm 86:1 (KJV) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, T... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:55:39 EST Canning... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I don't recommend this kind of canning. It tends to add weight to your belly & your booty. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:49:10 EST Waiting for You <img src=""> <BR> Dementia is a heartbreaking disease. <BR> <BR> <BR> Every time I’d leave <BR> Mom would wait outside, wave and watch. <BR> I’d wave back, beep my horn and throw a kiss. <BR> She’s not there. <BR> He... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:44:51 EST It's a Learning Process and breaking up the work Life for me is a learning process and it changes day to day. My body's needs change day to day. I'm learning my new normal. Today will be computer work day. I need to get all the accounts up to date. See if I can sign in at my brother's bank and get the information I need to submit to my lawyer.... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:44:38 EST Joke time Why aren't Koala bears actual bears? They don't meet the "koala"fications🤭 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:40:44 EST 8/12/2020 - 3 Good Things 1. The lump on the dog's neck is just a fatty lipoma so nothing to worry about. <BR> 2. The house is cleaned post vacation finally and laundry is done and put away. <BR> 3. Work was quiet - very uneventful and boring day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:12:59 EST PONDERING <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered how a guy named Rush could have such a slow metabolism? Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:09:38 EST Left Hander's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always on August 13th <BR> <BR> If you are a Leftie, Then Left Handers Day is just for you! <BR> <BR> Left Handers, also commonly referred to as Southpaws, are the bru... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 04:51:40 EST Day 36 Day 35 went good, no drinks, just water, exercised about 15 to 20 minutes. sort of attended a support meeting. I didn't stay long but I did attend one. :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 04:27:41 EST 8/13/2020 TODAY'S TIP 8/13/2020 TODAY'S TIP <BR> <BR> How much exercise do you really need to lose weight? Click to find out! <BR> <BR> Research shows that overweight and obese individuals are more likely to lose weight and keep it off if they exercise for least 250 minutes per week. Exercising for more than 250 min... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:35:31 EST releasing the wounds of the past Until you release the <BR> wounds of your past, <BR> you are going <BR> to bleed. <BR> <BR> You can bandage <BR> the bleeding with <BR> food, <BR> with alcohol, <BR> with drugs, <BR> with work, <BR> with cigarettes, <BR> with sex. <BR> <BR> But eventually it will <BR> all ooze through and <BR> ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:29:25 EST Day 226: Good News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience mold us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:22:13 EST PATIENCE IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH <img src=""> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:21:15 EST It is time to fine tune our attitude, thoughts, and behaviors until they align with God! Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Revelation 19:7). <BR> Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). <BR> <BR> It is time to fine tune our attitude, thoughts, and behaviors until they align with the commands of God for right living.This is the year to confr... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:16:53 EST Sleep Diary Day 23 Plus Bloodsugar Control Just one high bloodsugar reading tonight two hours after dinner. Maybe because I had some cooked apples along with my pork chop? It was 134 so not hugely elevated but still beyond what I want since what I want is "normal". Though I looked up some bloodsugar charts and under 140 is considered n... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 02:38:47 EST jokes day 168 A cowboy walks out of a bar and a second later comes back in, mighty mad. "Okay," he growls. "Now which one of you sidewindin' hombres went outside an' painted mah horse bright red while I was a-drinkin'?" <BR> Nobody answers, and the cowpoke draws his six-shooter and yells, "I said which one o... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 02:38:00 EST Music and wasps I can't find a nest as it doesn't have to be that close to the house. I will just keep a lookout in the day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 02:16:22 EST Updates: Sorry for my Absence... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Evening Hello My Spark Friend's <BR> <BR> Sorry all for being absent today, just couldn't get it going... Alot of fatigue and just not myself. <BR> <BR> Will be back in the morning and hopefu... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 02:13:38 EST Vacation Day #1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Made it out about 6:45 this morning and arrived safely about 5pm. Hot temps through the desert of Utah! I only stopped 3 times so was hungry, stiff and dehydrated when I arrived. I drank a t... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 01:51:37 EST Quote for Wednesday Evening... We must not confide in the armour of God, but in the God of this armour, because all our weapons are only 'mighty through God.' <BR> <BR> William Gurnall Thu, 13 Aug 2020 01:50:53 EST Hospital Stay So I was just admitted to the hospital about ten minutes ago. I have actually been here all night and yesterday since about 8pm. <BR> My Covid-19 test came back negative. Thank goodness! <BR> I most likely have C.diff probably from the latest round of antibiotics I was on for my cellulitis. <BR>... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 01:40:58 EST 8-12-20 The right leg ulcer is healed. We are changing the medication for the left one. It looks like there is new skin in the center of the left leg ulcer, which is odd. At least I think so. We still need to keep compression on the right leg, so it doesn't pop back up. This type of ulcer is very prone t... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 01:35:45 EST Daily Affirmation for Thursday, August 13, 2020 " I Act with Bold Courage." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie <link> </link> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 01:31:43 EST Awesome Birthday! So yesterday was my birthday and I had an amazing day. Fritzy threw a birthday party for me and got me a bunch of really great birthday presents and we had icecream cake which was absolutely delicious. And then I ended up getting something published, too! My science fiction story "The Armchair Ch... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 01:16:15 EST Day 63 <img src=""> <BR> Today I felt pretty blah. But I went on my walk and did a dance video even though my energy levels weren't very high! I also couldn't find the energy to have an afternoon snack so I'm under calories t... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:54:15 EST How to get healthy Was thinking of how I can be healthier. I am trying to become more conscious of of how much I eat & drink. What I do for exercise & how I spend my leisure time Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:44:16 EST Wednesday!! 4 miles done! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:19:05 EST August 12_Amazing how the days go by It seems they all blend together after a you sometimes wonder what you did yesterday or even the day before? Our lives are so hectic and rushed that they blend like a swift stroke of the brush. I try to note high points in my journal or at least mark them on the calendar..but sometimes l... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:17:20 EST Weather Warmed up to 77 after 63. It is 71 outside and 73 inside. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:16:01 EST August 12, 2020: 44,020 steps / 16.8 miles <em>213</em> Hi <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> Treadmill: <BR> <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Top o' the mornin’ to ya! <BR> <BR> You know ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:13:35 EST Day 10 of my 29 day challenge I did get up to do my 30 minutes today. My day got away from me so I totally spaced most of my water today. Only got 60 oz in. I am going to be thursty tomorrow. I went a little over my calories but not as much as I wanted to...cravings wise. I have mixed feelings about this. I don't know how to ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:10:00 EST Essential Oil Rack Setup <img src=""> <BR> I purchaded this rack in 2014, and wanted to hang it in my bathroom. My ex refused to allow me to hang it anywhere in my home..... Fast forward 6 years, I borrowed a level from a friend and hung thi... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:03:44 EST BOYS!!!!! <BR> My husband loves to give Nola (our 8 year old Grand-daughter) a hard time. I think that she is the little sister he never had. <BR> <BR> This morning, we were eating breakfast when Ken asked Nola if she still had a crush on Collin and if they went bike riding together, plus a few others, ... Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:01:15 EST Whew!... Whew! <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> 3 loads of laundry (wash, dry, fold/hang, put away) <BR> <BR>  <BR> <em>387</em> Notice of intent to homeschool 20-21 <BR> <BR>  <BR> <em>150</em> Curriculum outline 20-21 <BR> <BR>  <BR> <em>149</em> Booklist 20-21 <BR> <BR>  <BR> <em... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:59:28 EST SMART Goal Exercise, Exercise, exercise.....I know how important it is to exercise. <BR> <BR> I’ll start tomorrow, I’ll get up 15 minutes early and exercise, I’ll exercise as soon as I get home from work.....the excuses are endless. <BR> <BR> So here I am again, setting a SMART goal, I’m starting out sma... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:30:21 EST Self Discipline -- Change Your Habits Pt 3 Mostly my own thoughts on Self Discipline sparked by Change Your Habits. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This image from Fearless Motivation on Facebook (I recommend following them) hit me in the face. In most of my life... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:20:47 EST Wed 8/12 hump day It's Wednesday, hump day. Last night hubby did something stupid. He bumped his head on something in the bathroom because he DIDN'T turn on the light. He had a little injury on his head, so I put some aloe vera gel and some gauze. He had to sleep with his beanie to keep the bandage in place. Whew,... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:17:51 EST Upcoming surgery Gearing up for my surgery on Friday. They will do the carpal tunnel surgery on my right wrist. I have a Covid 19 test tomorrow afternoon and have to go home and self isolate until the surgery. So I’ll be down for a few days recovering. It will be early to bed tomorrow night since I have to be at ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:16:03 EST Wednesday Gave tomatoes, okra, peppers and squash to brother and SIL Monday and he brought some tomatoes and squash like our grandmother used to make today. He picked little lady peas and SIL fixed them for dinner. My wife hasn't cooked any of our vegetables but bought a convection oven to dry fry the okr... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:15:07 EST 12th of August Had a good day. Tracked my food and 64oz. of water. Enjoyed walking outside and accomplishing 70 minutes of cardio. Took time for myself and studed the Bible. Had the privilege of visiting with my son and daughter today. Life is good. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:13:12 EST Making through today I ordered a heating pad that covers your neck, shoulders and back. I had the thought of how great that would feel while sitting in my recliner. I can't wait to get it. Over the past few years my pain levels and fatigue after doing any exercise has really increased. I have had problems for the las... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:03:49 EST My legs worked today 50 minutes on the bike <BR> 30 minute walk <BR> <BR> My legs worked today. I wish they worked all the days but that isn't the case. <BR> <BR> Gus, the big fat black cat, liked all the compliments. He weighs 23 pounds. We also have Daisy May who is almost 18 years old and only weighs 5 pounds ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 22:57:17 EST Live Long and Prosper <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Exhausted again, but not as bad as yesterday. I spent the majority of the day alone working in my room. Got lots of compliments on my mask by people not wearing one. I was mildly amused by pe... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 22:47:20 EST Errands done finally It only took until Wed. to do all the errands I sat out to do on Mon. Not too bad for the person that would rather just not even move these days. I did the post office, picked up my sleeping pills, bought groceries, shipped the box back to dish and bought some more groceries. Then I came home ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 22:39:10 EST Day 66: Stop quitting on myself Feel the fear and do it anyway. That was the theme of my day. <BR> <BR> I haven't been shy about the fact that my current job isn't the most fulfilling. It pays really well, it's easy work, it has great benefits but the work itself, it's that fulfilling. And over the past 5 years, it's led me t... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 22:33:51 EST Day 106 Saturday I weighed 242.4; today 250.8! I think I ate everything but the groom! Wed, 12 Aug 2020 22:11:43 EST Saint Jane Frances De Chantal <BR> Saint Jane Frances De Chantal <BR> August 12. Saint Jane Frances de Chantal was a wife and the mother of six. When her husband was killed, Saint Jane took a vow not to remarry and sought to join a religious community. She was dissuaded by her spiritual director, Saint Francis de Sales. Even... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 22:10:55 EST 8/12/2020 Day 77 I’m so proud of my consistency!! I earned a dollar today. I did so much work today! Made lots of phone calls and did lots of paperwork. I started at 7:30 this morning and finished my last phone call tonight around 6. I will have to do more of the same tomorrow. I know I have said it before, b... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:58:55 EST Kid masks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are little bitty ones for a three year old who loves masks and wants to be like the big people. I’m hoping for feedback on fit and style. Aren’t they cute? Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:56:50 EST 8/12/2020 🌞. Today was rest and weigh in day. Walk x4, chair yoga. 11,000+ steps. 🔻 4.8 lbs ! Calories are a bit high. 12 cups of water. I was so surprised by the scale this morning. Not sure what I did to get the number but that is ok. Today I crunched some numbers so I know where I am. 9.8 lbs till 💯 ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:43:33 EST Anniversary Edition Yesterday was my anniversary, And if my husband had not died I’m sure that we would have celebrated with something special.... in addition to going outside and watching the Perseid Meteor Shower which occurs every year at the same time as our anniversary (my DH used to remark that God was graciou... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:42:21 EST Rest Usually I don’t take naps because they turn into sleep. Sleep that lasts for hours. I wake up and feel as if I have wasted the day away. Today I realized that it’s what my body needs so no guilt. It’s not that often that I get a chance to “nap”. My mind is feeling clearer and I feel refreshed. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:33:12 EST Gravity Gravity floated into theaters in 2013. It starred Sandra Bullock as a newly in space. She played Dr. Ryan Stone, aboard the NASA space shutter Explorer. The team, led by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski, were doing maintenance & upgrades on the Hubble Space Telescope. They get a warning from Mis... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:32:55 EST Wednesday We had another hot humid day. Have to get out early to do walk. Hope everyone had a good day. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:18:51 EST Migraines are killing my workouts! I had a horrible migraine today, before I even got out of bed. My medication kicked in but it took a long time and left me exhausted. Between not feeling well and this humidity I am not doing well with exercising. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:03:16 EST Milestones I've been waiting for that magic number 20 but I'm too excited to keep quiet anymore. I am now down 19lbs and I don't know how many inches! Summer is over for teachers in Texas so I have had a little trouble staying with my positive food choices because there has been an abundant amount of candy ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:57:26 EST August 12, 2020 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> I am ready to crash tonight. It's been a somewhat busy day. <BR> <BR> I did let myself sleep in a little bit this morning. I got up, had my Energize, read my Bible and devotional and did my workout. I had my breakfast, then took my shower. I got the dishes washed and ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:43:59 EST Blood sugar readings Good reading. Had a small piece of birthday cake. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:11:59 EST Jason Gray Wednesday Today's fun is watching Jason Gray and Nichole Nordeman in a virtual concert. I am so, so happy to be able to watch this. <BR> <BR><BR>wAR1KkAQ8PKAkYAWx2X-E_UuwaJGetDlPiiBc5<BR>DDM5qUVJG020r6yNN-X5r8 <BR> <BR> The concert started at 7pm Central. Tune in... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:11:29 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>213</em> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:11:10 EST Weather Warm today Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:10:38 EST Being Healthy Me I haven't been very good at keeping up with my blog posts but I've had so many positive changes in my life the past couple weeks! I've been on my latest health journey since around May of this year and I feel like I finally have a routine that I can stick with. If I'm honest, there's always a lit... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:09:51 EST Wild Willful Wednesday <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Due to eye issues I am retired. My new job and one I take so seriously <BR> is taking care of me , so I can then take care of others. <BR> <BR> It was another hot humid morning and I was not enjoying my walk until <BR> this ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:41:50 EST Heat warning San Antonio Texas Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends 👫- Humidity and heat over 100 F degrees most of our afternoon and evening in San Antonio Texas area. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:39:24 EST Lucy sleeping She cracks me up. She always sleeps with legs up. Usually she is more in the middle but last night she was like this lol. <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:38:33 EST 1 Yr, 4 Weeks, 3 days out All green on my Versa 2, achieved my steps per hour goal and have well over 18K steps for today. Macros were amazing yet again today. Got in a great Chest/Shoulders workout using only 10# dumbbells and an exercise ball wiped both things down before use and after I was finished with them. Tomorro... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:21:27 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for Aug 12 and 13 Daily inspiration: Today do not worry about the circumstances of your life. Trust in God. Thank you, Lord, for my joy today and Your promise to provide for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Cor... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:14:46 EST Wonderful Woman Wednesday Wisdom <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:09:51 EST Early Morning Walk Well, what I did today when I got out of bed this morning before the sun came up was to take a leisurely walk around my neighborhood. There wasn't a lot of people out that time of morning, so I got to really enjoy the walk. I listened to the birds calling for their mates that didn't necessarily s... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:50:03 EST It's hump day and I'm going strong Day 3 since I've decided to get back on track and loose this lockdown weight. I will weigh in on Monday, it will be one week. So far so good. I have my go to drink coffee, sugar free gum and sugar free hard candies. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:49:48 EST Busy week Even though the pandemic has prevented us from having our classes that we teach, we were blessed to land for big contracts. So now I’m juggling all the important stuff for the contracts and it’s a bit stressful. Sometimes I even forget to eat. Trying to get back on track. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:31:58 EST 2020 Goals Stretching, tgym abs, exbike x 31. Rain all night, rain this morning, off and on all day. We need it and I appreciate it. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:22:46 EST Wednesday Weigh-In 154 <BR> That can't be right. Weigh again, about eight times. Change the batteries in the scale during all this. Delete the extra weight logs. Lose them all. Enter an average of 154.0. <BR> That can't be right. <BR> I don't ever lose weight. <BR> But ... I have been tracking my food. Getting my ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:13:21 EST Shopping day So my daughter went shopping today and bought everything that I cannot eat; ice cream cones, chips, lots and lots of chips. She knows I can't resist. I'm conflicted. Wish me luck. Have a great hump day everybody.😞😊 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:10:49 EST National Left Handers Day August 13 As a left-handed person, I wanted to acknowledge this day. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My dad was left-handed from birth but in the 1930s that quality most often got “corrected” in grade school so everyone would write with their right hand. His penmanship never recovered. He did most things ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:01:48 EST This and that Oh it is hot today. I think DH has finally gotten the water fixed for good. Finished watering the garden about 3pm as it did not get watered yesterday and it too was a HOT day. Billings yesterday. Shingles shot (first of two) was not fun. Arm is still sore todat. DH got in grown toenail cut out s... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:52:10 EST Active Day 86a1src="<BR>guid/1d9448b0-8530-460c-bb15-795d90692<BR>bc6.jpg"> For the past few days we have been catching up on ‘work’ here at home. The prospect of moving looms ahead as construction has begun on the adjacent building. I must say the contractors are very nea... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:44:15 EST One More Time Just like that, I'm singing Daft Punk in my head now. <BR> <BR> Well, my name is Heather. I had a SparkPeople account a long time ago, would fall off the bandwagon, jump back on, etc. It's been so long this time that I even forgot my login. Oops. Well, I'm here again, I feel like having that ac... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:42:31 EST 215.2 <img src=""> <BR> Was 215.2lbs. This morning. Feel so much more like myself. Been working out and decided I won't be doing these long shifts on weekends anymore. Will do this last one and just work 3 hrs mon thru frida... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:38:31 EST 💙AUTISM AWARENESS💙 PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AUTISM: <BR> <BR> If he falls to the floor, kicking and screaming, because there’s no chicken nuggets, it’s just his way of coping. Be patient, you’ll get your turn to order. <BR> <BR> If she bumps her head and starts to hit herself in the face, don’t stare, it’s her frustrati... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:38:03 EST I need to see my doctor I have gained aboaut 25 pounds in the past 2 years and am not sure why. <BR> I read some where on spark peopole that someone has been on Spark for like 3000 days. that is like 8.25 years. from my calculations, I have been using Spark people for about 14 years. I started sparks before I got... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:33:36 EST Day 142 - Twenty in '20 Half of England have been whinging about the heat today.  Mostly the southern half obvs.  Not me.  Then again I'm not in England.  It's been around 83f here today which I am fine with.  I love the sun and don't find that particularly hot tbh.  Mind you, it was overcast and took until this afterno... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:30:25 EST Itch meds!! Well the itch is better!! But the meds make Me sleepy! I will take the 2 at night I am suppose to take for a few days and then cut it back to 1 at night. Hope You are having a fantastic day! Enjoy Life!! Luv U Guys!! ((HUGS)) Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:56:25 EST Wed Good Afternoon Wanted to Share About My walk This Morning. I Went to the Trail to Walk today After Giving my Feet a Break Got in 4 Miles. While I was Walking I Meet a Nice Older Lady, We Took a Break Together and She was Telling me Her Story Two Years ago she Weight 350 lbs and Had a Stroke she S... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:55:58 EST keeping consistent apple blue berries, strawberries Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:54:51 EST Thinking About My Career Recently, my friend received a promotion and raise at her work. She isn't a supervisor, but now has more responsibility. <BR> <BR> Also, 2 of my coworkers are leaving my unit. One of them got promoted to a higher position within our agency. I think the other coworker is just changing units. ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:47:00 EST August 12, 2020.... time to play catch up My last post was on Aug 5th. It's obvious that I didn't keep my commitment to post daily. However, I am here and I am posting. <BR> <BR> Here is a record of my stats since I last post: <BR> <BR> 8/5: <BR> steps 16944 <BR> cardio 240 <BR> strength 30 <BR> <BR> 8/6: <BR> steps 4135 <BR> cardi... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:42:59 EST 2 Fat Bellies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is one of my cats. He is so heavy that I have to get my kids to lift him and place him in my arms. Its not a flattering picture of me, but thats me. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:34:37 EST Slow but Steady For the longest time my weight was around 138 - 141 which is lower than my target of 140 - 143. Not a big difference but one that I was and am comfortable with. Wasn't that hard to maintain with walking and exercise and eating a healthy diet and doing the other things we know add to a healthy l... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:16:43 EST Crocheting and walking. I crochet way to slow. I decided to put the afghans aside and make myself some scarves. (I rarely wear them so may donate some of the ones I have all over the house.) But guess what the one I am working on that should be done in a day or two may take me a week or two. I just can't sit for long... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:48:24 EST Personal Best The gym time is already paying off, though I am mentally preparing myself for the inevitable stalls and plateaus. I've been able to steadily increase my weights in strength training and today I did over an hour of cardio and kept my heart rate in the cardio zone the entire time. <BR> <BR> I am a... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:47:29 EST Day Three - no power I am currently at the loom house charging up everything I can. One small brick is fully charged. My brick that I bought to go with my e-spinner is at 62%. The brick that goes with the single-jumper system is at 88%. <BR> <BR> I am glad to be here as home is starting to feel a little claustrophob... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:46:41 EST MY THURSDAY AGAIN My week nearly over.... <BR> Have been at the cafe all this week and have today and tomorrow still to do.... <BR> <BR> Auckland NZ went to Level 3 yesterday because of 4 community transmitted covid cases that they don't know where they started and the rest of the country is at level 2...... <BR>... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:40:28 EST The Pandemic Diaries - Weeks #21 We weathered a tropical storm in our new apartment - somehow we seem to keep finding them. I guess falling in love during two hurricanes sort of set the tone for this, and the storms will remind us all our lives. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/pandemic-diaries-week-... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:32:32 EST COCO AND ME Sy Just a Ccco and me day. I got up and she wanted to go out. I took my tea and went out on the patio with her She was enjoying her time outside, b every blade of grass. Walking around for about 30 minutes before she was ready to come in the house.. We were out early before it got hot. I enjo... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:26:27 EST Smile of the Day A Well Known Cardiologist <BR> <BR> A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop. <BR> The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted a... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:17:22 EST Day 8 A little late...but my lines are bright. I commit that today I will follow my 4 bright lines. No sugsr, no flour, 3 meals and no snacking, and weighing and measuring portions. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:13:02 EST Gone I was gone for a few days but stayed on track with my food. My exercise had been a little lacking but I mad up for it yesterday. Wouldn’t you know it one of the days I forget my phone at home. Not sure how many steps but I really don’t care. I did it!!!! The next few days are going to be kinda we... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:56:40 EST 08/12/20 = Day 1 of FRESH Juicing, yeh!!! happy Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> 08/12/20 = Day 2 of juicing... finally finished making ALL the juicing... <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 08 12 20 = here is the result <em>10... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:47:19 EST Yesterday Yesterday’s walk was nice, but my feet hurt all night—as did my hands and arms from all of the work I have been doing. I have twice seen a cat that looks like Moondance, my cat from when I was in high school, a muted ginger. My father talked me into leaving him behind when we moved to the city. H... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:42:33 EST Re Boot Day 2 Well, one thing I've learned, even when I thought it's really blown it, I found the weight off lost stayed off. That's huge for me!!! I'm loving reviewing the first 30 days, knowing what I know now. I'm making adjustments and better choices faster as I track. I'm seeing more ways tio fit fitness ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:36:51 EST Bonus blog: Summer Home Camp declared closed With Monday's fix to the toilet, I'm calling Summer camp closed at the house. Water flowing smoothly. Laundry and dish washing machines working. Shower head still being removed and flushed once or twice this week, but that's a livable thing until it's totally clear. <BR> <BR> This morning, I ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:35:36 EST Weather It's been primarily sunny here the last few days. <BR> Still a little too warm for me - mid 80's - mid 90's. <BR> We're supposed to have rain this weekend. <BR> This is to be followed by temps in the 70's, <BR> which is where I am more comfortable. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:34:16 EST Hump Day Happy Well, I welcome myself to the living. Yep, it has been about 48 hours since I have had a wavy, dizzy, or nausated, so maybe the migraine has passed again. When it will be back, who knows, it had been almost 5 months since the last one. At lest I am hopeful. The last one was 2 weeks long in Ma... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:27:34 EST hi <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What I saw on my drive today. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:18:39 EST Diary of a Binge Eater and Food Addict - Day 9 Wow, the last few days. I was housesitting over the weekend and then Monday a derecho blew through and I lost power for 25 hours and didn't get internet back until this morning. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the weekend went pretty well. Since I was housesitting, I was limited to the food that I purposely ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:02:29 EST Special Blessings-August 12, 2020 Today I am blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> kathy <BR> Believe Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:59:53 EST August 12, 2020 - Looking forward Have a lunch date with a bright, compassionate young Black woman I worked with at the university for a brief time. I look forward to catching up with her because I see her struggle to navigate a world that is so much different than when I was her age. I see her growing and doing things I would ne... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:51:17 EST The Frieght Train That is 2020 It seems I only do a public blog when I am in heavy distress. My daily blog is my journaling, task list, and goal setting - but it isn't open for everyone to see. <BR> <BR> It seems like writing a blog is a good way to share with my SparkFriends things that are happening on my end that are too ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:48:37 EST Quotes I have seen on SP <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some days are difficult to get through with out slipping up. Reading posts from others and seeing pretty photos with sayings can help. I've gathered up quite a few and decided to blog with them,... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:44:45 EST Nice.... It's nice to feel in control and back on plan for the 4th day. It's a nice feeling and one I want to continue until I am back to my goal weight. No pressure however, one week at a time and if I have to go back to a day at a time I will. <BR> Off to the GMC dealer this afternoon for an oil chang... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:33:20 EST struggling im having a hard time trying to figure out my portions on the foods that I eat so if there is advice anyone could give me I would really appreciate it Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:32:12 EST Wk 10 Weigh In This week was a hybrid from winging it to actually being mindful of when and how much I ate. <BR> <BR> I have always been someone who prepares their meals, not big on take out so it was more about quantity. Not snacking in the evening is going to be a challenge. Last night I had my cup full of... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:24:52 EST Breathe in Wednesday Big news from yesterday was the Big 10 "delay" of the Fall Sports. This is Nebraska. They want to play football. <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> Big news item number 2: Lincoln's new case numbers have gone down since the mask order was put in place on July 27th. <BR> <BR> Lancaster county grap... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:24:27 EST Moderation Moderation is something I am not great at and I know that it has led to my regaining of the weight I lost 4 years ago. I have often said that I either am in the head space to do what needs to be done, or I'm not. I am starting to think that I have to change that mindset a little. I am good about ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:17:33 EST Day 225: The Big Day Got a 13-mile bike ride in this morning, woot! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Though it took a long time, which threw my morning schedule off somewhat. That's the problem with riding around town, gotta stop at stoplights and all. Much more efficient to hit the river trail where I can jus... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:14:58 EST Ten Minute Do-its for August Task #2 These Ten Minute Do-its are an attempt to distract myself when I feel 'boredom' or 'procrastination' snacking coming on. It should be something that makes me move and gives that satisfactory feeling of a job well done. <BR> <BR> Task #1 was Plant Rescue. <BR> Task #2 is more mundane but nonethe... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:12:45 EST Conversations with Cheslie <img src=""> <BR> Most everyone with a cat or dog or small animal as a pet (fish included) will tell you they talk to their pets. And many of us in that most everyone will tell you that their pet understands what they ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:04:53 EST Wednesday Morning We donated several items to Waterfront Missions this morning as they picked them us giving us more room to work around here. It is a sunshiny start to the day on the Gulf Coast. Keeping focused for success. Hope all are enjoying a fantastic summer week day! Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:03:25 EST Grizzly Creek Fire - 8-12-20 Even though the Grizzly Creek fire is over 100 miles to the southwest of us, we're dealing with air quality issues as a result of this fire and the Pine Gulch fire, which is nearly 200 miles to the southwest. The Grizzly Creek fire is in Glenwood Canyon, a beautiful narrow canyon with the Colora... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:58:29 EST Anniversary memories from 2020 <img src=""> <BR> Good morning friends...we had planned on just hanging around the house but decided we wanted a better memory for our anniversary in this interesting year that is 2020 I choose to make the best of ever... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:54:37 EST A beautiful sunny day It's also a very warm and humid day here today 🌞. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I just got back from a long walk. After lunch, I'll be going for a walk where it's cool inside. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:54:11 EST Wednesday's Thoughts I'm upping my water intake and looking for the perfect water bottle. <BR> <BR> It's time to go online to look at options. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how far the average water bottle has evolved. <BR> It used to be a jug with a lid, now it can come with a "sippy" lid, a pop-up straw, or a push-bu... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:51:39 EST Anyone want to join me in a Spark Challenge? Trying the FitnessFeats challenge even though I'm a little nervous to do it. I always think I'm going to be asked to do more than I can handle--or WANT to handle at this point. <BR> <BR> Here's the link if you want to join: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:44:40 EST KetoMe Today is August 12 2020 <BR> Starting weight: 344.0 <BR> Current Weight: 330.8 <BR> Goal Weight: 199.9 <BR> <BR> So today is day 1 again! <BR> I guess I will just keep starting over till I get it right. I started my journey this time officially 6 weeks ago June 23 2020 weighing 344 pounds. This ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:41:30 EST Making Changes The past two years have been like an old wooden roller coaster ride from hell. It's time to step off that ride and get back to the real world. I was doing really well with the #wfpb lifestyle a few months ago...but then...I let the fun of a (not really new) new relationship and the drama created ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:41:05 EST Follow the bouncing puck I love me some hockey. I really mean it! It's my favorite sport ever! I am not used to listening to playoff hockey at 11am during a week day in August. Completely not normal! <BR> <BR> First week with the new meds, and it's....interesting. I am beyond high in the morning (over 200 fasting).... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:37:25 EST Lunch <img src="">Lunch today is primarily fresh veggies from the garden. We are skipping the meat, and doubling up on the veggie servings. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:33:18 EST Breathing Exercise Tracking Week 3 FINAL WEEK!!!!!!!!!!! <img src="">10 hours a day for the final week! At the top of each hour use the breathing tool 10 inhales and than lay on my stomach and take in 10 deep breaths. I am building stronger lungs. Yesterday I had my last nu... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:21:17 EST Be willing... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If I want to see results I have to be willing to work for it Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:17:42 EST Working out my problems Clearly I've been thinking too much lately. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I've been pondering Wish vs Want vs Need vs Can't vs Can. <BR> <BR> I wish I could go on a vacation. <BR> I want to see new things and places. <BR> I need to get away before I hurt someone. <BR> I can't do that for multiple r... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:15:30 EST Cavalier My little Lucy girl, my cavalier king Charles spaniel, is at the vet this morning. Poor thing has been limping for a bit now. I got her a ramp to use when getting on and off the couch. Just like a human, they get more stubborn with age. She is 11 but acts like a puppy when it is time for a wa... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:14:41 EST Stay in my lane A good reminder to really watch my thoughts today. I hit a bit of a plateau weight loss wise over the last two weeks. I am watching people I joined with continuing to lose, and have tremendous success, and at the same time I am happy for them, I can feel toxic thoughts creeping in. Thoughts lik... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:03:34 EST Starting over again Well it's 2020 and since the lock down in March, I have gained 15 pounds, dislocated my wrist. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:55:30 EST Can you name all these TV shows with 'Z' in the title? <link><BR>-tv-shows-with-z-in-the-title </link> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:55:29 EST COVID-19 Listening to a Webinar on COVID-19 & youth. My cousin's daughter is in it so waiting for her to speak. I have so many changes in my life but now am in awe at how we can listen to others on our laptops. All the best to all Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:47:18 EST Wednesday’s Words <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:33:44 EST The Half-Day Diet? By now, we are all aware and know that lowering your calories and carbs to lose weight only works for a short time. And you almost always gain it all back and most times more. We all know this scenario and call it the yo-yo syndrome. <BR> <BR> What we don't realize is the reason for this is that... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:10:10 EST Weighing In #1: Onederland It took just over 8 months. I thought it would take less time, but quarantine/pandemic/Keto ice cream drastically slowed down the weight loss. But finally, 199.2. Onederland. The first time I've seen that on the scale in almost 10 years. Last time I hit it I slowly went back up again due to a cha... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:06:08 EST Let's start doing this regularly It's been forever since I've taken spark people seriously, but now I want to commit to tracking calories and macros in addition to intermittent fasting. Mental health has been weird recently. So let's start with major life events, I'm getting married next year, May 4th. I've completely separated... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:04:40 EST Fries With That?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Julienne Fries Day <BR> Today we enjoy fries that are julienned. Julienne is a cutting technique used especially with vegetables, where they are cut into long, thin strips that resemble... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:02:49 EST "Engage Your Core" -- You're SO right, MOLLIEMAC!! <link><BR>LLIEMAC </link> <BR> <BR> Not so long ago, I wrote a blog about how much my morning stretch and balance routine (AFTER my body weight exercises) can improve my outlook for the whole day. Yeah, not just my physical flexibility, my physical balanc... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:51:26 EST Wednesday Praying for our nation today, and especially her churches. May our hearts and minds be surrendered fully to our Creator as we seek what He desires. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:43:52 EST Wednesday Treadmill complete. Off with my DH to Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland with my daughter and the 3 granddaughters. President Garfield is buried there also. The monuments are simply beautiful also. Google it! I hope I last as I only had 3 hours sleep last night (mind would not shut off). Have a... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:20:13 EST My Adventures in Spark Land....letting my son go "Cutting people out of my life doesn't mean I hate them. It means I respect myself." <BR> <BR> "Sometimes you need to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you." <BR> <BR> I grew up with parent's that felt I was a bridge burner and that was an awful thing to be. When I saw the... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:19:25 EST Wednesday's Laugh - The Guru Man: "Oh Guru! Why is it that when I open my eyes in bed at night, I see an aura light around my wife's head? What does it all mean spiritually?" <BR> <BR> Guru: "She's checking your cellphone." Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:19:08 EST DEALING WITH LIFE <img src=""> <BR> I'm a dog lover so often post pix of pups that are cute. Isn't she adorable... Due to mom and dad can losing jobs they had to drop her at shelter. 10 yrs old. Poor pup. I sent to my son saying someda... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:15:59 EST 2020 HEY SPARKERS HAPPY WEDNESDAY HUMP DAY LETS GO hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had good workout this morning then went to grocery store got me more turkey burgers and got hubby and son some steaks they had gone down plenty of water and same old things now i am going to rest got allergy headache hope all enjoy your day love and many blessin... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:13:27 EST 08/12/20 Don't Apologize <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Don't apologize for: your wrinkles, your opinions, your flabby bits, your past, your smile, your thighs or your beliefs. Just relax, you wonderful thing, and celebrate by living!" <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:12:55 EST Wednesday thoughts Feeling great today. I finally started my period. I am ignoring the scale today. I signed up for a challenge group. I am optimistic about the support from this website. <BR> Last night I knew how many calories I had left and instead of finishing the day with 400 calorie left over I ate. I don't... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:12:48 EST AT&T My computer has been acting weird for about a week. All of a sudden on Monday, the internet and the TV went out. Nothing, nada...Tim's pretty good at figuring out what's wrong, but not this time. A service technician will by out on Thursday any time between 4 and 8. So...if I am careful, I ca... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:05:12 EST Wonderful Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> Here is a peek at my pot garden zinnias. Aren't they colorful? <BR> Today was grocery delivery day. It came early and is all put away. Meals are planned. I even have walked over 9000 steps in the ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:02:12 EST Down weight Down 4lbs Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:01:17 EST Our own sabotage <img src=""> We got this women and men. Have a blessed day 🥰 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:00:18 EST Wonderful Wednesday!!! Bachlorettism day !!! Mwaahaahaa!! After a wonderful day yesterday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:59:26 EST Wednesday Wonders We are escaping. Taking Hubby up to a BBQ place in Sturbridge, MA today. I do like adventures, food is secondary for me. <BR> <BR> ❤️ Grateful - <BR> Sis came over to be here for Middle son. <BR> Adventure <BR> Dinner is planned, sort of. :) <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:53:32 EST Wednesday, August 12, 2020 AM Wednesday, August 12, 2020 AM <BR> Time: 7:04 <BR> Weather: 10C and slight rain <BR> Sunrise@ 6:11 <BR> <BR> “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.” – Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> The Morning Power Questions <BR> <BR> 1. What am I grateful for today? That I have t... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:36:34 EST Hump Day Wednesday And soon it won't matter. Three and a half weeks till retirement. Even my boss pointed out that I have only four staff meetings to go. I told him it's Mondays I'm counting, not staff meetings. However, staff meetings are the only time I get to hear/see my coworkers other than the few who arri... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:35:46 EST I Made It Today!! <em>244</em> 189.6 <em>104</em> I had set my goal for below 190 for Monday and I didn't make it <em>46</em> but I am there today!! <em>252</em> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:34:01 EST Things Successful People Do Differently! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Things Successful People Do differently! <BR> <BR> 1. They create and pursue S.M.A.R.T goals <BR> 2. They take decisive and immediate action <BR> 3. They focus on being productive, not just be... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:26:41 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:20:50 EST Why NOT to GIVE UP if you gain some weight back! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS is why we don’t give up because we gain some back! <BR> I’m showing you the picture t... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:18:11 EST Everyday Considering that today and everyday is worthwhile! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do something to better yourself or help someone else. A day should not be wasted! Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:04:41 EST Another beautiful day! Another chance to focus on mindful eating Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:02:24 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:52:33 EST Can only change yourself <img src=""> when there has been a trail of hurt, abuse, rejection and pain and knowing I did as much as I could, and all that I could and still am getting flame throwers launched at me to make me feel the pain he ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:36:10 EST The Driveway and Son#1 moves on-- <img src=""> <BR> I must do my exercise---left it earlier as was going to get impressions on Himself's ears--- but--(Isn't there always a "but"?)--his one ear is bleeding--from me--tying to clean it-- <BR> Lord love ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:34:11 EST Wednesday Waiting at the hospital while Beverley has a cardiac cath. The protocols are oppressive! Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:30:32 EST Tracking Tracking my meals & snacks is helping me to identify what I need to improve about my eating habits: more protein, more fiber & less fat. I'm working on this by opting for more protein foods at meal time & more fresh & frozen veg & fruit. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:29:45 EST Look on the Lighter Side... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes... it sure is "Porn for Women"... <BR> <BR> And how about these "Carpenter Aunts"... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:19:37 EST Done .. yes I'm still in the books .. <BR> all good books .. ( and includes the "good book" too ) <BR> one of the questions posed in the 8 strategies to self love and acceptance poses the question what does the life event <BR> "done " <BR> - look like? <BR> - feel like ? <BR> - promise ? <BR> <BR> I'... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:19:37 EST Hi <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:11:47 EST Slow and steady... Well, slow, anyway! I'm having to behave and follow all the restrictions for the skull fracture and brain injury to the letter. Which is making me crazy, but is necessary. <BR> <BR> I work on masks for 15-30 minutes and rest an hour or two and I limit my reading and internet to about 5 minutes ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:08:54 EST Photos What I ate in a day Wed 12 Aug 136.8 lbs (62.2 kgs) <img src=""> <BR> Sweet dreams Fluffy! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Cappuccino <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and 2 home-made c... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:51:24 EST Give a hoot about your health With the coronavirus spreading around the world and moving <BR> through the population as it does, give a hoot about your health. <BR> Make wise choices to wear a mask, practice social distancing <BR> and research information on the best ways to stay healthy. <BR> Have a wonderful Wednesday. HUGS... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:48:44 EST Day 35 Day 34 was good <BR> <BR> I"m watching my sugar. My added sugar is 0. But I want to keep my sugar grams below 75 and yesterday they were. <BR> <BR> water drank, no sugary drinks. and exercised 10 minutes or more and attended an support meeting. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:47:09 EST 8/12/2020 Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. <BR> Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> Only the educated are free. <BR> Epictetus <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion. <BR> Ninon de L'Encl... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:39:00 EST ~ WELCOME to a WONDERfilled New Day ~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>413</em> <em>8</em> <em>414</em> <em>8</em> <em>415</em> <em>8</em> <em>418</em> <BR> <em>414</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing Everyone~ <em>8</em... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:38:28 EST Hump Day 8/12 It's quite nice outside right now - mid 60s and the sun is shining. Forecast says plenty of sunshine, high near 85. Much more bearable than 95. <BR> <BR> This is promising to be a VERY busy week at work. The project is going live on Saturday and there are fixes that we already know will need to ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:35:33 EST God’s promises and Warnings God’s Promises and Warnings. August 12 2020. <BR> <BR> “There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel;all came to pass.” Joshua 21:45 <BR> <BR> God keeps His promises. He also follows through on His warnings.In the text above Joshua testifies... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:31:46 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> Nothing is worth more than this day. <BR> <BR> ----Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:28:42 EST Wednesday Mantra <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:17:26 EST Monday Tuesday Feeling a bit overwhelmed with work and chores piling up. Handled a few yesterday. Feeling better Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:13:59 EST My pride and joy My sons truly are my pride and joy! <BR> <BR> To say that I am proud of them in general is an understatement. When people tell my husband and I that our boys are the kindest, attentive, and caring individuals each on their own - based on their own merits - it fills my heart with pride and joy! <... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:01:55 EST Wednesday Life goes on. Life is glorious. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:53:42 EST Gm All Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:53:31 EST I Go Both Ways <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:42:30 EST Happy hump day Have a great Wednesday everyone. <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:39:16 EST Control Ever have the feeling of being completely out of control? I have... a lot lately, actually. <BR> <BR> During a normal pre-Covid (on any given) day, I can honestly say that I battle the feeling of lack of control and it’s BFF anxiety that always tags along with a little puppy. Now, let’... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:32:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 12, 2020 August 12, 2020 DEALING WITH INTERRUPTIONS <BR> <BR> Most of us don’t really know how to effectively deal with interruptions. Some allow them to happen without saying anything. Others get angry and upset when they happen. A few may welcome them because they don’t want to do what they should be d... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:27:46 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 8-12-2020 <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:24:55 EST Happy Wednesday Another Wednesday and as they say "Hump Day"... Guess that's true, every day is hump day when you are retired... Pulling the 5ver to the lake for much needed camping time… Yippee !!! For today, count your blessing, be safe, keep up the good work with social distancing and wear a mask to protect t... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:11:30 EST THE WILL OF GOD- GOD'S BLOG- 9/12/2020 <img src=""> BUT God will redeem my soul from the power of the grace for He shall receive me. Selah. Psalm 49:15 (KJV) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:52:29 EST 8/11/2020 - 3 Good Things my good things all have to do with work: <BR> <BR> 1. Our 5am upgrade went really smoothly <BR> 2. 1:00 meeting was canceled so I got a break from back to back mtgs all day <BR> 3. I was able to get some tasks that I was going to put off until the end of the week completed today. <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:49:13 EST Tue 8/11 tai chi Tuesday is tai chi class. Everyone in class wears a mask and keeps at least 7 feet apart. It's great to have class with the sensei (teacher). We pick up the children from St. Theresa in Kekaha at 2:30 pm. We go early so that we can walk around the block for at least 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> This af... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:49:05 EST Kamala Blog 43/100(-43) WOOT! <BR> <BR> My candidate is the first immigrant daughter of color nominated as a VP. The beginning of the end! <BR> <BR> YEAH! <BR> <BR> PS: Kamala means lotus <BR> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:47:03 EST Joke time Another one to think about. What did the pirate say when he turned 80? Aye-matey😆 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:29:13 EST Daily Affirmation for Wednesday, August 12, 2020 " I Paint My Life in Bold Colors." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie <link> </link> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:23:33 EST Collaboration <img src=""> <BR> Who is the smartest person in the room? It's the room and everyone in it working together. <BR> Collaboration counts in teaching and just about every other area of life and work. <BR> My favorite acr... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:15:10 EST World Elephant Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on August 12 <BR> <BR> Today is a huge, make that enormous international event. It's World Elephant Day. According to the creator and sponsor... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 04:51:42 EST Too hot!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:58:53 EST jokes day 167 Three mice walk into a bar. The first mouse had a shot of whiskey and said, "When I see a mousetrap, I lie on my back and set it off with my foot. When the bar comes down, I catch it in my teeth, bench-press it twenty times to work up an appetite, and then make off with the cheese." <BR> The se... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:46:09 EST My prayer is for all of our unsaved loved ones to experience someone who is truly following Jesus! Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Revelation 19:7). <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). <BR> <BR> Jesus is instructing us to come to Him, be filled with His Word and His Holy Spirit, and He will make us fishermen of men. Jesus equips us ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:45:24 EST Day 225: What Will it Be??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch — what makes you go beyond the norm." (Cicely Tyson) <BR> <BR> Quarantin... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:38:51 EST PURSUE YOUR PASSION <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:35:31 EST Sleep Diary Day 22 Plus Bloodsugar Control It was a very stressful day. I saw it in slightly higher blood sugars (though still well controlled). I hope that I sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> Bedtime bloodsugar level: 122. Though I really think that it will go down by morning. I had a piece of chocolate not long before testing because I felt... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 02:55:03 EST More music for Wednesday It's been too hot to go out with the camera but it will cool done later in the week <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 02:43:28 EST Need those points Grateful for the challenges that gave us points for OSOM (Out of Sight Out of Mind). My trigger foods are nuts! This may be online, but it really helped to know that I was accountable for not eating those foods. The points went away and I snacked on my OSOM'S AND I had to pretend that it was a ch... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 02:42:18 EST 8/12/2020 TODAY'S TIP 8/12/2020 TODAY'S TIP <BR> <BR> Burn more calories than you eat <BR> <BR> It takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose one pound. If weight loss is your goal, your caloric intake should be less than your calories burned. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/nutrition_arti... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 02:33:11 EST Keep moving 2 walks today plus mopping sweeping moving furniture dishes laundry and before I knew it I had burned hundreds calories!! Wed, 12 Aug 2020 02:28:37 EST 8/11/20 Let the Juicing Begin = Exhausted LOL 8/11/20 Tuesday.... Let the Juicing Begin = Exhausted LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> yes I am exhausted and did NOT finish <BR> <BR> My NEW Juice Extractor <img src=" Wed, 12 Aug 2020 01:55:55 EST 8-11-20 The cool left again and it is very warm, almost uncomfortably hot. These are the days I wish I had air conditioning already installed. The mornings aren't so bad, but anything not done by 5pm is going to wait until tomorrow. My physical trainer came by and gave me some more new exercises. I wonde... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 01:09:26 EST NVS- Inches lost in 2 months Left Arm: lost -2 Right Arm: lost 0 Left Thigh: lost -1 Right Thigh: lost -1 WAIST: lost -2 CHEST: lost -1 HIPS: lost -3 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 01:08:38 EST Baby news Woke up to the happiest news that my niece had a little boy, cant stop smiling. I'm going to bake her something and a meal for her fridge freezer. Ate very late lunch, next minute I had gobbled a piece of bread while waiting on lunch to heat. I paused, counted my cals ate half my lunch and toppe... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:48:50 EST Weigh down Today was a super great day wk 5 im down 14.4 lbs Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:46:02 EST Day 7 bookend My day was bright-ish. Overall the week has been brighter than it has been in a long time. I'm feeling healthier, but at the same time my moods swings have kicked inm..this happens when I quit sugar/ flour. I hope it doesn't last too long. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:43:28 EST and the heavens cooled us nicely News reports of floods and winds saddened me as I was struggling with the heat and humidity today. Wife agreed to go to the pool about 4 and after getting everything situated we were both in the pool and I heard a noise that I wasn't sure was a loud vehicle or thunder . Wife said she didn't hear ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:43:02 EST FINALLY An answer,,, PHEW!!! To why in pain for 2 months My regular readers know I've been in pain for over 2 months now. It's abdomen pain, and it is PAINFUL!! I had so many tests that I am grateful my insurance is mostly decent. I have NO clue how others do this. From that comment you likely realize I live in the US,, Maine (where the COVID Numbe... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:39:58 EST Day 9 of my 29 day challenge Now that the gym is open, I am working on a gym/home workout split. This way if the closure happens again, I won't feel as lost. Keep kicking butt everyone! And thank you for your kind words of encouragement! Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:38:52 EST Aug 11-tired to the bone adjusting to this is getting exhausting...enjoyable but exhausting. <BR> Tonite so tired my eyes keep watering..time to close them I do believe.. <BR> Nite ya'al...Stories to tell ...but not tonite! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:26:13 EST 8/11/20 This morning, I weighed in at 159.1 pounds!!! :'D I'm officially out of the 160s!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was shocked to see one of my coworkers eat a whole huge bag of potato chips for breakfast!! And she didn't even offer me any! :P I think I've done that once in my life when I was a kid. T... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:24:16 EST Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight My favorite meteor shower (the Perseid Meteor Shower) is going on right now and the next couple of days.... some years the view of meteors is better than others, but I always make a point to try to go out and see if I can sight some streaking across the horizon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:21:09 EST Weather Warmed up to 76 after 66. It is 69 outside and 71 inside. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:18:37 EST August 11, 2020: 38,133 steps / 15.7 miles <em>213</em> Hi <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> Treadmill <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <BR> <BR> <em>174</em> team talk: <BR> I’m on the 2020 Summer 5% Challenge ~ Teddy Bears Team <BR> Week 1 was Easter Island.Easter Island is an island and special t... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:14:36 EST Hump Day Happy <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:14:25 EST Day 6 and 7! Feeling better!! Day 6 , I felt so much better. Got an early call wanting to know if I would like to go to town. I jumped on the opportunity to get out of the house! I wanted some fresh fruits and veggies. And it is a great way to get in my walking! Shopping went great, and home for a quick nap. Ended up on the ... Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:01:02 EST I, Robot I, Robot took over theaters in 2004, swarmed by robots. The movie was set in 2035, where nearly nearly every human had 1 or more robot companions. The robots had a lot of autonomy, & would upload during their downtime. The company that made & sold the robots was the US Robotics (or USR). What kep... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:55:55 EST 11th of August Had a good day. Tracked food and water. Achieved my goal drank 64 oz. of water. Weather was nice did 70 minutes of cardio. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:50:29 EST More energy Lately I’ve been lazy and falling asleep by 8pm on the couch. This week I started a 30 minute challeng and so far both days I’ve done my workout, I am staying awake to 9:30 to 10pm. I live seeing my energy level coming back. I just need to stay motivated. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:39:47 EST Which classic TV characters would make the best friends for certain situations? <link><BR>cters-would-make-the-best-friends-for-<BR>certain-situations </link> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:25:13 EST Tuesday.... 4.58 miles today...hope you had a great day.. <BR> <BR> TTYL Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:21:54 EST Countdown to Vacation: 1 sleep! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As excited as I am to be heading out for Colorado in the morning I do have to work at pushing the negatives out regarding a solo drive for 9 to 9.5 hours. I know God will keep me safe and... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:21:50 EST Topsie Turvy Day Had a very lazy morning just didn't want to move but eventually got up and emptied the dishwasher and folded some laundry. Then the phone started. Yesterday I had changed the address on some of my credit cards because when I changed to the lower interest all needed street addresses. Since all ... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:20:30 EST Working Towards Healthy Lifestyle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Preparing for a healthy lifestyle should include: <BR> <BR> - Proper diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables <BR> - Physical exercise <BR> - Avoiding bad habits <BR> - Educat... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:17:34 EST The Meringue Queen.............. Today was Nola's first day with us this week. She spent the last two weeks with her Grand-parents in NW Minnesota. We are so lucky to have her living just 11 miles from us. It is a 5 hour drive to her Minnesota Grand-parents. <BR> <BR> The first thing that she showed me was her new haircut. ... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:15:14 EST Busy week What a busy week with an invalid in the house. Happy to drive him wherever he needed to go. Surprised that he had so much more pain with an arthroscopy of the knee than when he had his total knee replacement. Very thankful for the help of my granddaughters Also, very proud of myself that I ... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:57:44 EST Day 14 of No Sugar Challenge Today was Day 14 and it was very much a success. Today was my TOPS meeting and usually I eat things after the meeting is over that are not conducive to weight loss or better health. You know, things like cookies, cake, ice cream, cheeseburgers with buns, etc. Well, since being on the challenge, ... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:55:39 EST 8/11/2020 I have earned a dollar today. I really enjoyed doing the cardio kickboxing workout today. Back in HS I took a karate class and loved it. Maybe when COVID settles down, I will look into taking a class again. I got quite a bit done today! The slow part is that I have to go over the new paperwork... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:42:42 EST Hanging onto a Rollercoaster Yup, I had forgotten how much the fluctuation in routine, food, medication levels, and just sheer craziness affect the beginning drop into healthy steps. The exercise still is slow-to-nonexistent and that is fine with me. I'm still steadily dropping and I am not used to eating well still, so I do... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:41:16 EST Day 65: I fought for myself today and I won Today was a test, that's for sure. It's as if the universe came together and wanted to see if I've really learned over the past few weeks and if i was really willing to implement what I've learned. Today was a test. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning pretty exhausted. I haven't slept well the pas... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:39:25 EST Day 62 <img src=""> <BR> My body did not cooperate with the moving today... In the future, strength workouts will be before designated rest days because I could not force myself to walk fast enough on my walk or do my cardio ... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:35:39 EST Saint Clare Of Assisi August 11. Saint Clare referred to herself as a little plant. In many ways, she was a strong oak. The first woman to write a Rule of Life for her sisters, she insisted on the privilege of poverty until her dying breath, getting papal approval of her Rule just days before she died. A model of humi... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:32:35 EST Ah the Irish…aren't they special !! On a golf tour in Ireland, Tiger Woods drives his Mercedes into a petrol station <BR> <BR> in a remote part of Irish countryside. <BR> <BR> The pump attendant who knows absolutely nothin about golf, greets him in a typical <BR> <BR> Irish manner completely unaware of who the golfing pro is. <B... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:31:20 EST I had my first bagel at 54 20 minute walk, very slow again <BR> <BR> I was feeling a little under the weather. I don't know if I am just not feeling well or my lack of success is making me feel bad. Tomorrow is a new day. Thats really all I can say. <BR> <BR> I am 54 years old and had my first ever bagel!!! Odd, I know. ... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:21:44 EST trim it up tuesday hope today finds you well <BR> i walked a half hour early in the heat. <BR> <BR> Had some yummy cantaloupe and watermelon . <BR> and iced coffee <BR> had a tuna on sour dough bread <BR> made jerk pork chops with brussell sprouts, and backed <BR> zucchini and potato fries <BR> <BR> i did my... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:04:04 EST No Break Needed, I'm back!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I look a hot mess, LOL. I was so asleep and anxious, I don't think I even brushed my hair this morning! BFF M called and talked to me over FB messenger, I can wear my glasses and see just fine o... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:01:42 EST First red tomato Okay, I know all you gardeners living in warmer climates have already enjoyed full harvests of ripe tomatoes but I just got my first red one today! I am so excited! It doesn't matter how many years I garden, getting first harvest never gets old. The cherries are the ones that did it first for ... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:59:40 EST