SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Finally, a turn around! Oh, it's been a rough 6 months and I tried so hard to stay on track as I recuperated after my surgery. Life wasn't helping. <BR> <BR> Right after my surgery I was over the moon. I woke up feeling amazing, no pain after suffering chronic pain since '78. A sad fact is I got used to pain and my doc... Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:50:18 EST The Show… Went to a new musical about Etta James. The gal who played Etta definitely had singing talent. It’s not my style though. I went with my daughter who is a music major and needs to go to a dozen shows each semester for zero credit mind you. The play part of the show was okay but had a few two many ... Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:40:08 EST Running around and mom's birthday. Well, we will be off a little early as my mom has a doctors appointment in the morning, then we are off to run around for the day. At some point I am hoping we can hit on of her favorite places for a birthday lunch for her and then maybe back home to relax a little. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:28:12 EST Word of the Day: Cosmeticize Word of the Day <BR> <BR> Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 2, 2020 <BR> <BR> cosmeticize : verb <BR> Definition: to make (something unpleasant or ugly) superficially attractive <BR> <BR> <BR> Did You Know? <BR> <BR> Cosmeticize first appeared in print in the early 19th c... Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:16:11 EST Weather It warmed up to the upper 60s after 45. It is 59 outside and 68 inside. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:16:02 EST Weather It warmed up to the upper 60s after 45. It is 59 outside and 68 inside. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:16:02 EST The Show… Went to a new musical about Etta James. The gal who played Etta definitely had singing talent. It’s not my style though. I went with my daughter who is a music major and needs to go to a dozen shows each semester for zero credit mind you. The play part of the show was okay but had a few two many ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:57:52 EST A Lot Better.......... <BR> It is a lot better <BR> <BR> to be seen <BR> <BR> than viewed. <BR> <BR> <BR> Stay healthy...……………. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:56:28 EST Sunday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:51:57 EST Downward Dog Downward Dog was a short lived sitcom about a dog (Martin) & his person (Nan). The show was a mid season replacement, but ABC cancelled after 8 episodes. The premise was that Nan’s job cut into the time she had with Martin, & Martin would philosophize. The audience could hear what Martin was t... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:49:33 EST Sunday is always a good day in more ways than 1: Sunday is the day the Lord hath made. He makes it a very special day for all of us. <em>436</em> <BR> <BR> Why is Sunday a good day for me? On the church side, I get to hear the message of God; I, along with my choir, make it our mission to lead the congregation with good music that is p... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:46:13 EST Sunday~January 19th Up and around early thinking I had things to do before the game. Wish I could remember what they were! My lil brain was busy last night building things and fixing stuff. Almost..and I do mean Almost , wish I were a sleep walker...I could paint and clean and build , as long as I stayed away from ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:42:06 EST Day 19 - Winter Blues Today was one of those days. Not very productive and having the winter doldrums. Tomorrow will be a better day. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:34:55 EST Stroke My Li'l Bit had a stroke tonight. Please say a prayer for us. Vet gave her a shot and said to give her 24 hrs to see improvement. <img src=""> <BR> TIA <BR> ~B~ <BR> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:24:16 EST just sayin’ … catching up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are home again, home again … dancing a jig. <BR> <BR> New Year … same ol’ story. <BR> <BR> I’m at 225.5. <BR> Fat and sassy. <BR> Self-loathing for my behaviors. <BR> Major headache from al... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:18:20 EST Do You Listen to Music at Work? I have heard a lot of people say that when they try to listen to music at work, they get distracted and can’t concentrate on their work. It is just the opposite for me. I enjoy listening to music at work because it helps to relieve any stress or anxiety I might feel on the job. Music also helps... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:12:30 EST Sun Ok, tomorrow is my "get serious, all the crap is out of the house" day. I have meals planned for the week, and list made, just gotta order my groceries. Big benefit of living in Minneapolis is I can literally get anything delivered. I like being able to have groceries delivered and save the hour ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:07:37 EST 31 days I didn't go for walk today so my streak is over after 31 days but that was a new high for me. I did do laundry and grocery shop today so wasn't all in front of the tv. It's late so going to bed now. Have a great Monday. <BR> <em>593</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:04:58 EST Day 8 - St. Peregrine Novena Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing. <BR> <BR> Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing of… <BR> <BR> (Mention your intentions) <BR> <BR> These intentions bring us to our knees seeking... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:59:00 EST 100 Days - Day 8 – The Danger of Familiarity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MORNING THOUGHTS <BR> I remembered this morning how skilled I became at my old WW program back in the day, which was an exchange based plan - it was very different but I loved it because it help... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:58:08 EST Sun 1/19 sunny day It's a sunny Sunday. Today we talked about our landscaping project. We are asking a professional to help us get our yard into shape. We have lived in our house since 1978, and we still don't have a nice yard. The front is decent, but I wanted to get more done. We shall see how this project goes. ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:56:42 EST Day 269 Almost all green just will miss active minutes but achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 15K steps today. Macros weren't that great today but will try and be more consistent this week. Tomorrow's workout plan is Legs/Glutes and 8 min HIIT Ellie warm up then 20 min row to finish up. Coach ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:27:45 EST Sunday I took my sil to the airport. She was last family member to leave after our niece funeral. Made chili soup since it's a cold 16 degrees. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:05:13 EST Knitting The KAL shawl is getting time one it and The Unpredictable Shawl is moving along. It looks scrunched up here and I am one and a half sections further along. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This afternoon, while listening ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:54:31 EST Measurement day Splits Challenge <BR> <BR> Jan 8th 2020_____________Jan 19th <BR> F= 14.5_________________F=10.25 <BR> S=10.5_________________S= 7.25 <BR> HT= 6.5________________HT= 5.0 <BR> SDS= 42_______________SDS= 46 <BR> <BR> I know progress hand to toe not very charming... <BR> <BR> Key <BR> <BR> Kee... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:54:05 EST One day down <img src=""> <BR> My Diet Pepsi addiction has to go, funny how it is diet but I'm as fat as ever. I made fruit water for flavor, lemon, 1/2 orange and 2 handfuls of frozen blueberries in a half gallon of water. Goal is... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:46:42 EST A Rethink? Last Sunday the director passed out the music for the Easter Cantata and a cd of the whole nook. Today he said that all week he had been thinking about the music and had decided to use 3 of the songs from the original book and additional songs from a cantata that they had sung severak years ago.... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:39:54 EST Calling it a night 930 and I’m ready to call it a night. Was at the gym to play pickleball at 8 am, and I certainly got my exercise in, but I walked out of there very slowly. Hip and/or groin giving me some extensive grief. The snow shoveling yesterday, and/or the bowling Saturday didn't help what was already a slo... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:37:38 EST 1-19-2020 I am proud of myself for sticking to my initial plan! I couldn't be happier about the choice I have made! I lost a couple more pounds this week. Jeans I wore before that were tight, are now looser, and it feels great. I can't wait to eventually get into my 7-8's again (if my mother of two hips wi... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:31:13 EST 2020 Goals: Week 2 Finished; Plans for Week 3 For those of you who read my earlier 2020 posts, I'm not doing resolutions exactly but am trying to develop solid habits and build on them. <BR> <BR> My goals so far are <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> 1. Say good-bye to one item a day, and if something comes in, something goes out = 366 fewer items.... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:23:15 EST Again going to pick up my daughter at the bus terminal. Funny that this is practically a repeat of my last blog here. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:21:05 EST Committed to keep trying I am a part of the writing diet. Every morning I write 3 pages about anything I am thinking about, goals, dreams scripture. Doesn’t matter as its my thoughts. Also committed to every day at least one 20 minute walk. Our Church is doing a 21 day of fasting and prayer and I have not even had t... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:19:32 EST Compliments Thoughts need on how to handle compliments. I’ve lost 40 pounds slowly and no one other than my family has noticed the change. That’s okay because I don’t talk about my journey with friends and acquaintances. I like compliments on how hard I’ve worked to lose weight but not compliments on how I l... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:18:08 EST Turmeric Tea I am a daily tea drinker. From Yogi Tea to Traditional Medicinals to David’s Tea, I am blessed as any to have a collection to choose from. However, today I am starting with this Turmeric recipe I found on YouTube. Now, i am doing it for the antioxidant health benefits, but supposedly this YouTube... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:13:29 EST OTF Transformation Challenge, Week 1 Tracking blog to help keep me accountable <BR> <BR> Beginning week weight: <BR> End of week weight: <BR> <BR> Goals for week1: <BR> <BR> Monday 1/20: <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> Take Vitamins and supplements: <BR> Track food: <BR> OTF for the week 0/3: <BR> Run for the week 0/1: <BR> S... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:12:15 EST January 19, 2020 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> What a day! I didn't sleep that great last night. Every time I woke up I would think about today's football game... <BR> <BR> Anyway, when I did get up I got my shower taken and did my Bible and devotional reading before I had my breakfast. I was able to get the bed made... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:09:17 EST 1/19/2020 Today was not a great day. Got morning workout done. After that the day just went to crap. Starting coughing and got a sore throat. Haven't felt good all day. Do to this I decided to take the rest of the day off. Hope tomorrow is better. I will try to get some exercise again tomorrow. Hope everyo... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:00:53 EST Throwback <img src=""> <BR> I took this photo! Throwback to Alexandria 2013. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:13:43 EST Sunday 2020 is starting off to be an amazing year. We discovered on Christmas day that in August of this year we will be first time grandparents!!!! <BR> <BR> On a lighter note, the team that my Dad and I have cheered for my entire life, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to their Super Bowl for the firs... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:08:36 EST Making it easier <img src=""> <BR> My hubby got me this backpack for my night classes and I gotta say walking up the flights of stairs to the classroom is much easier like this. Keep doing your goals! Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:07:44 EST Jan 19th, 2020 Today I work up with a back ache and the beginnings of cold. I did teach an hour of swim lessons but other than that I have been hanging at home. The grandchildren were here with me as my son & his lady love went to a touring broadway show. The name of the show was COME FROM AWAY. <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:00:31 EST Zoo lights adventure Since I have the tree in the basement and the ornaments lined up on the dining room table time for a break and do a blog on my trip to Zoo Lights so I share a memory of Christmas lights. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:58:51 EST 3rd shift life. Being a 3rd shift worker makes me feel so confused. For instance I went to bed at 5am got up at 11am that was Sunday. Now I took a nap at about 2p got up at 7p now it's Monday as I get ready for work at 945p on what everyone else thinks is Sunday night but in my world it is Monday. I eat breakfas... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:55:13 EST 2020 Goals 2 one mile walks, stretching. Very windy all day and cold. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:42:15 EST Keto Chocolate Ramekin Cake (with frosting!) This is as close to cake as you need to get, and I am glad to have found a recipe that worked so well on the first try. I look forward to trying variations in the future, but this nice and simple version is great for any time and could easily be adapted into a full size cake for an event. <BR> ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:40:10 EST Sunday Treadmill completed, went to church, lounged quite a bit today and then a 2 hour road trip. Hope you had a lovely day. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:35:05 EST Weekly Goals - Working Out is a Mood Changer <em>524</em> Happy Sunday! It's important to remember why you started your weight loss journey. On good days, work out. On bad days, work out even harder. Three months from now, you will thank yourself. After all, it's never too late to work towards being the healthiest you. Believe it or not, ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:18:45 EST Sunday Today has been a beautiful day some of the snow has melted and than there was some rain, now that it's evening it's freezing. The last eight months has taught me to appreciate things more. Now I spend time taking pictures of the beautiful things I see. Like the snow the last several days. I f... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:04:43 EST I love my Corey! I'm thankful that I have a good husband. My nose has been running, I've been coughing and my throat is raw. My eyes keep watering. All in all, I feel miserable! My husband bought me a humidifier. Corey made me chamomille/vanilla hot tea with a teaspoon of honey. He applied a vapor rub to me ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:00:20 EST 20lbs gone <img src=""> <BR> Good evening spark friends! Stepped on the scale this morning and I'm officially 20lbs lighter! I've done really good with my eating here lately. I've found planning my meals really helps with stayin... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:59:13 EST Ramblings of a 50 Something..... Just finished a workout. Barre Blend on Beach Body. So dumb. Me, not the program. 58 and doing a Beach Body workout? Who am I kidding? I did do most of it, with modifiers of course. My goal? To not feel like the 20's version of The Aging Blob. Nothing like being 5'5" and weighing in close... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:58:37 EST Sunday Today was suppose to be a cold; our heating system at church was having some problems therefore told to dress accordingly . My body don't do well with coldness so I decided not to attend church. But I woke up early, got up and went to sofa and felt back asleep didn't wake up until 11:30. wow! C... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:56:38 EST Will I ever reach my goal? Well, just a little smile for everyone, but sometimes I do wonder if I can ever reach my long term goal. I'm so close actually, but it has been several months and I just can't seem to go anywhere. But I won't quit. I'll just keep trusting my Lord as I walk along and He will help me to get ther... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:55:49 EST YESTERDAY'S POST I was mentioning that my Hubby and I usually donate and help people in our immediate area or people in need that we run into at different places. Hubby purchased a tire for a lady that had her 3 small children in the car and she was trying to get to her parents. She was in an abusive relationsh... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:44:24 EST Week 1 Badges I got more badges. Had to count them! I believe it is 9 in total! <BR> <BR> Met exercise committment: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recorded numbers for all 7 days: <BR> <img src=" Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:26:07 EST Sunday - just me and my kitty, a good book, and a cup of hot tea! Today was a weird day as the high temperature of the day was early this morning and it dropped throughout the day so the low hit around 5:00 p.m. <BR> <BR> I read and walked around the house, doing well push ups, squats, and other exercises every hour to get my exercise in. <BR> <BR> My sister ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:05:03 EST New to spark people Just want to say hi to everyone Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:04:01 EST Sunday endeavors blessings " In all endeavors <BR> Strive to celebrate <BR> The spirit of the warrior ... <BR> <BR> Calm, <BR> Centered, <BR> Certain, <BR> <BR> Whether tending the flower garden <BR> Or searching for the heart of the Divine. <BR> <BR> Jo-Anne Rowley <BR> <BR> Sunday's Blessing... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:53:32 EST Rainy Sunday..easier to deal with than more snow! <img src=""> <BR> At least rain does not need a shovel or snow blower! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:47:59 EST It's Challenge The Husband Time! Hubby and I are competing.. for...4 days only!!! for the biggest body weight % lost and or cms off waist lost! <BR> I'm running it like biggest loser... Except the prize is a 20$ (10$us) meat pack :D (we had to choose something really cheap cos the car purchase is going out this week) <BR> <BR... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:47:58 EST Jobs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Orange you glad it wasn't a banana factory? <BR> <BR> Other than babysitting, my first job was as Sirloin of America. I don't think they even exist anymore. What was your first job? Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:45:58 EST An update on Australia <link><BR>onal/2020/01/20/thunderstorms-hail-rai<BR>n-dust-storm/ </link> <BR> <BR> hope you can all view this <BR> <BR> cheers richard Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:37:22 EST 1/19/2020 We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. Vince Lom We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind. <BR> Lewis Mumford <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Age does n... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:36:56 EST It's really not that hard.... Today my trial period of 2020 is over and it's time to get to work of the goals I've been toying with in my head. <BR> <BR> First and foremost get back on track with WW. It works and I know it does. It just takes a bit of effort on my part. It's really not that hard and I know that and I need t... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:29:57 EST First Goal Met! I met my first goal of losing 20 pounds. I weigh 200 lbs, down from 220. Yay! My blood sugar numbers are getting a little bit better. I need to get better about working out regularly. I have gotten much better about not eating after 8:00. That makes a huge difference in all my morning numbers. My... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:28:56 EST Getting ready for next month With my grandmas health and a few other things, this month has been exhausting. But i did noticed a few things about myself. I havent been craving sweets and when I do have something sweet (cake, cookies, donut) i start to feel sick like its too sweet. I'm also noticing that im craving veggies mo... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:28:56 EST Some say it is laziness I say it is efficiency! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though it is no secret that I like to eat out, except for theatre nights, I cook my own dinner at home. <BR> <BR> Generally Saturday afternoons/evenings... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:11:17 EST Sunday DD is making chicken stir fry for dinner.. I did a fasting day yesterday, will do it again on Tuesday. Tomorrow is birthday lunch after my doctor appointment. <BR> <BR> We only got about 6 inches of snow.. so far. It is very cold.. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:00:54 EST Weekend Adventures: Snowshoeing at Gov. Nelson This week we finally got enough snow for me to break out the snowshoes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:00:18 EST Daughter My daughter came over today. <BR> We had a wonderful visit. <BR> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 16:59:58 EST Playoff Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sore throat has lessened today, but still a bother so I'm keeping the water and Breathe throat drops flowing. Glad it's just a rest day for me. I did stay home this morning and watched w... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 16:42:13 EST A new week begins another chance to set goals, laugh and have fun... find a joyful place's up to you <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 16:36:29 EST Today's Motivation 1/19/2020 Today's Quote is by Thomas Jefferson: <BR> <BR> We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists." <BR> <BR> Although this quote is attributed to Thomas Jefferson. there are those who believe John Adams actually said it. It doesn't really matter to me when it co... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 16:30:52 EST The short tail of chicken little There is this very small bantam chicken running around my barn, she is a splash Cochin almost hen. I think she gets in almost as much trouble as I do. She is no more then a handful, kind of loud when she is in trouble and follows me around. She first came to my attention when she was under the... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 16:23:52 EST Weight Down My weight is down!! I weighed in yesterday morning and found I'd lost 3 pounds from the previous day and one pound from last weeks weigh in at the same time. Yipee!! I know my weight fluctuates with water weight. I just need to remember that and not freak out any time it goes up. So I went from 4... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 16:19:13 EST Motivation Motivation definition: <BR> the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. <BR> Sometimes I lose my motivation & it’s hard to get it back. Even when you see you gained back some of your weight. Doesn’t matter that I’ve done good; lost almost 50 lbs; everyone tells you you look goo... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 16:14:11 EST 7 Day Study Day 4 Allow God to use our weakness to glorify Him. It is through our weaknesses we will receive a blessings. <BR> <BR> I am weak when it comes to over eating. I need God to help me succeed in my efforts for a healthier life. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 19 Jan 2020 16:07:57 EST Week 1 Summary Winter 2020 5% Challenge My weekly goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Jog outdoors 3 times. <em>248</em> <em>363</em> <em>312</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Run/jog on the treadmill once. <em>248</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Swim, row, or bike for cross training once. <em>248</em> <em>237</em> <BR> ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:56:51 EST Luke 15:7 Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one who sins and repents than over 99 persons who does not need to repent! Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:54:08 EST The Band's Visit There are so many ways to enjoy life without relying on food to entertain you. <BR> <BR> My husband and I went to go see the Sunday matinee of "The Band's Visit" . We were able to head up to the venue about 15 minutes before curtain and get the community rush seats. We ended up in row P for only... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:41:38 EST Special Blessings-January 19, 2020 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop early this afternoon and Jamie joined us. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim and I changed the bedding today and I washed everything. This is normally a Monday job, but Jim is helping my brother tomorrow and I can'... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:28:54 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>213</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:27:25 EST Blood sugar readings Working on numbers. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:26:52 EST Dreams???? Last week I started to write down my dreams for my life at my age. Every day, I wrote 5 dreams, some were the same and some not. At the end of the week I notice some were recurring so I took the 5 I seem to have more at heart and I noticed that by day 7 those dreams were turning into goals and so... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:26:26 EST Water Fully hydrated Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:26:21 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for January 19 and 20 Daily Inspiration: Each of us can change the world one person at a time. Lord, grant that I may be a positive influence on just one person today. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think--Only in prayer do we achieve the complete and harmonious assembly of the body, mind and spirit which gives the frail human... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:58:58 EST Progress Update - Jan. 19 [Thanks to RAZZOOZLE for your comment on my last blog entry! Nice to have you along for the ride. :)] <BR> <BR> Welp, it's time for the weekly check-in: <BR> <BR> * Weight: 300 lbs <BR> * Average steps (in the last six days): 5,229 <BR> <BR> * Reflection: Oof. I barely made it to my daily step... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:57:03 EST Week 3 Begins Tomorrow Almost 12 pounds down and still feeling motivated and excited. Finally, I’ve gained some control over my eating. I don’t feel the need to stop by McDonald’s for fries, or to buy candy to treat myself. I am finally treating my body how it deserves. Fresh fruit and vegetables. Whole grains. ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:37:44 EST 19 days and 16 lbs down Well I started back on Spark people with the intention of tracking foods and eating healthier and supporting my better half. On Jan 1 2020 I weighed 316 lbs. I am now down to 300 and not working hard at it. If this keeps up I should hit my goal weight early. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:34:46 EST Our 1st Bicycle ride. I'm so excited. My Dubby and I just got new bicycles and put them together. We haven't ridden bicycles in years. So we bought seven-speed cruisers and are anxious for the weather to get right so we can try them out. To tell you the truth I'm not sure how we'll do. He is 80 and I'm 73. We still ha... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:28:45 EST Week 1 badges Woohoo! Week 1 was a success for me! I am still way behind where I was this time last year but I am progressing even with the flu. <BR> <BR> Here are my badges... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:26:35 EST Fighting Cravings the McDougall Plan Way <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I may be the McDougall Team leader, but I struggle, too. For me, it was the extended holiday, travel and guests that we had. To get back on track, I've been listening to Doug Lisle videos on Yo... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:02:34 EST why do I stay in Minnesota started snowing Friday and where Ilive didn't get that much -- compared to Northern Minnesota. But yesterday it froze and it was so bad driving there were over 500 accidents--and my husband startedto go to work and turned around and came home. too much trouble driving Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:01:04 EST Sunday and doing some well deserved ME TIME <img src=""> Not hard to be "Chill'n" here today, as we are still in the Minus digits, and breezy. So not going out. Did chores, and that was it, so the rest of the day, is just Me Time. <img src="http://photosaws.... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:58:53 EST Football Championship Sunday! <BR> <BR> So we are down to the last 4 teams. Exciting. Packers & 49ers and then Chiefs & Titans. Almost time for the big game and its various commercials. <BR> <BR> Its sunny out and about 53 degrees F. We could use rain and snow but so far little rain. Its a desert thou... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:58:43 EST Day 1 Trying this one more time. I love this site, and it works to keep me on track. The problem is, I get off track too far sometimes so I don't feel like it'll work to get me going again. <BR> <BR> That being said, let me go ahead and intro myself. I'm Leisl. I'm 38 years old, from Texas. I'm happi... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:39:59 EST Today's Fun fact The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, AZ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:32:18 EST 1/19/20 I am planning on renting a room in my best friend's new house. Yesterday, she said that her mom thinks it isn't fair that she's only going to charge me $500. :( My friend also mentioned that her sister suggested that we split the utilities. My friend originally said that she would charge me $50... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:31:48 EST the last Sunday of football season - perhaps a well earned nap to celebrate The hubs has gotten house beautiful fever. He wants me to show him what I’m doing with the swish & swipe in the bathrooms so he can do it too. This morning we took advantage of the dog being at the groomers to go crazy on the floors. I took on the kitchen grout while he cleaned the rugs. <BR> <B... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:22:26 EST Have a great day ALL Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:18:29 EST at the Inn, but what about food? <img src=""> <BR> Here I am Sunday morning in La Quinta Inn because my furnace broke down (tech thinks it's the motherboard- they don't have mine in stock & Monday is a holiday). <BR> <BR> <em>490</em> I ate thei... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:53:28 EST Popcorn <img src=""> <BR> I am not a gadget person but I saw the Ecolution Microwave Popcorn Popper and figured I would try it. No butter, no oil. Just popcorn kernels and it works !!! A diet snack dream !!! It is amazing !! Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:51:34 EST Maintenance Mode Hi Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Today’s thoughts are about maintenance mode. <BR> <BR> Me this morning: <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> It seems like I am always hoping to reach this one particular number on the scale, when in reality, I am in maintenance mode, give or take a few pounds either way. And... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:50:34 EST No shopping was a BUST but... ordered food containers, yeh!!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> okay the NO shopping for 1 week was a BUST... oh well. <BR> it is what it is.... wasnt ready to res... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:19:57 EST Been a great holiday break with my son! Hi Spark friends! How do you like this crazy weather we are having? I guess for me the good news is that I have tomorrow off and get to go back with my son to the University and hang out! I am really looking forward to that! So what was the highlight of your holiday? I hope everyone is having a ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:05:07 EST Sunday Morning Oh, how I love the weekends and especially the ones at home. The meal prepping is still going well. I made a batch of chili for the work week and am putting a roast in the crock pot today. <BR> I've exercised already and still doing a routine of morning activity is best for me. I look about me an... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:59:48 EST Accountability <img src=""> This is the start of a new week and I have plans and goals to make this a good week. I am going to eat on my plan. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I will fast eating around 500 calories. Sunday, Tuesday and T... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:51:03 EST Museum day & meal plan <img src=""> <BR> (herbal tea from our cafe date. So cozy!) <BR> <BR> As expected, nearly all traces of snow are gone, whoo-hoo! <BR> <BR> We had a relaxed Saturday. Went out to run errands and ended up spending a c... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:49:33 EST Most New Diets Last Until Day 6 I heard this yesterday, that people try various new diets with great enthusiasm and by Day 6 most are completely done with the new regimen. My best bet has been to watch calories and eat few/no junk carbs. After a great deal of resistance over a long time, I am tracking my food intake with terr... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:47:31 EST Peaceful <img src=""> <BR> Wish this was my view every day! Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:47:19 EST Back to Basics Hi Sparkling People <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for al the love and support. I do suffer with depression, I think I may also have SAD. I take my meds everyday to balance my chemicals, I just don't realize that I'm getting depressed till I'm already in it. However, now that I realize it, I'... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:46:41 EST My Adventure in Spark Land...Day 170 of Doing the New: Popcorn and new discoveries about myself. "Be open to change...You never know how Beautiful it can be." ~Heather Stillufson <BR> <BR> Last night I was trying to explain something to my son and it had something to do with Chakra's. He said 'Next thing I know you with be taking...vitamins.' He explain to me what Chakra's are. I felt mu... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:34:28 EST Saturday Sunday Weekend of R&R Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:34:23 EST Whatcha Doing? - 1-19-20 Cyndi Marlowe roused the curiosity of these horses when she stopped and pulled out her camera: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Their pasture has a great view of the mountain (although I'm not sure the horses necessa... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:31:29 EST Snow Day! I really enjoyed everybody's comments on my dishwasher blog!! It seems dishwashing memories are something many of us have. <BR> <BR> When DH and I first married we had no dishwasher -- and in fact this was a little point of contention between us. He didn't think a dishwasher was necessary. W... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:30:00 EST Weekend Not doing a whole lot this weekend. Spent yesterday doing a little housework and knitting, then went to Hobby Lobby with a friend. Today I will get groceries, do a little food prep, and take the kid to work her cookie booth with the Girl Scouts. So far I have stayed out of the cookies! But it... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:29:15 EST Grandma, I'm bored Isn't she a cutie....this grandma is biased for sure. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had the G.daughter yesterday per my usual Saturday (6 hours of this old lady being a 7 year old). We did this fun project called... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:18:14 EST Vacation Motivation and a New Short-term Goal <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <em>276</em> <BR> <BR> There's music in the air! Vacation is coming up in less than two weeks now, and I just couldn't be any more excited. I love to travel and discover new places. It's also an all-too-rare opportunity for my significant other to break free of... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:17:10 EST Leaving well enough alone? So I went out there with my snow shovel this morning, in the 3* F chill, and crunched over the crusted driveway down to the walk, thinking I would ONLY clear the walk, leaving the texture of snow on the driveway. It's not deep, and easily driveable over. Later it might melt, but not today, with... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:13:02 EST Into the River <img src="">I've started taking a mindfulness meditation class for adults on Tuesday evenings. I've been to two so far. At the last one, I cried in front of a small room of strangers as I shared the traumatic event t... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:59:55 EST I want to feel better about myself I’ve joined this app because I want a better life. In all ways except with my body and my unhealthy eating habits, I am happy. I have a good life. But I really feel crappy about how I look. I’ve lost all confidence. I used to like how I looked. Now I don’t. Recently my blood tests showed high b... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:57:43 EST Girl, Set Yourself Up For Success! Okay, totally sore from my weight-training yesterday, today! Woohoo! You know you pushed yourself into a beneficial workout when all the right places are tender. :0) <BR> <BR> I have to practice self-love. I was being too rigid, and that can set a person up for total "failure" - self-sabotage ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:57:42 EST It's all in "the attitude"--or --is it--the Altitude? 25 MORE cm of snow fell overnight-- <BR> It IS pretty----but--it is minus 15C out there--very cold when shovelling!- <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> -so--I might as well not complain--It has to be moved from the gate--(w... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:57:00 EST Bent It has been a pretty bad week. I wasnt expecting to be back here until august, when the baby was due. But, unfortunately, here I am. I am having surgery to remove whatever is left inside me. And before we try again in a couple of months, I would like to get some of the weight the rounds of ivf an... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:56:14 EST 4 Out of 5 Pups Over the Age of 3 Suffer From This Deadly Disease – Know The Signs! <link><BR>the-age-of-3-suffer-from-this-deadly-d<BR>isease-know-the-signs/?utm_campaign=IH<BR>D-Email-Newsletter-111019&utm_medium=0<BR>000&utm_source=IHD-Email-Newsletter-11<BR>1019&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJtb3JyaXNvb<BR>jE5NjRAaG90bWFpbC5jb20iLCAia2xfY29tcGF<B... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:47:18 EST Health To me health means? Being able to live life while actually enjoying being alive! Not to much pain, being able to do things i want to with a minimum of pain. Being with and enjoying family! Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:46:55 EST Snowy Sunday !!!Thankfully it's over for now, but the cold is here ... BRRRRRRRRRR <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... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:43:26 EST Responsibility “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new class... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:28:44 EST 01/19/20 Stars <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Stars can't shine without darkness." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Sorry, but the last guy got all the pants... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:28:40 EST 2020 HEY SPARKERS BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY LOVE YOU ALL hey sparkers hope all are doing well beautiful sunday love you all dearly from my heart supporting me and standing by me mean so much to me i am letting tears fall because i have really been threw the ringer but now my aunt going to be the next one continue to pray for my family enjoy your day hu... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:25:34 EST Had a bad night Between my little dogs needing to go out (11:30, 5:45) and me needing to use the bathroom (11:30, 2:30. 4:00) and my back and leg pain, it was not such a good night. I am trying to figure out why my back is so sore. This started yesterday. I am thinking I was on my feet cooking too much both Frid... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:14:47 EST Tackling Fear Hey Page, It’s early for us to jump on the elliptical but we will right after this post. Conquering the scale was nothing. Regardless of how high the number, since we didn’t care it didn’t matter. With the number now going in the opposite direction funny how it sort of does matter now. Yet, ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:14:26 EST I'm back in the saddle again. Well I was doing great about 5 years ago. Then my life had a major change, my husband and I had to move from our home in Tennessee to Florida. My mom couldn't live by herself anymore so we packed up and left one of my favorite states to my childhood home. That's when I should have really stuck to... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:12:10 EST Hi <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:03:57 EST Daily Highlight 322 - Snow Day ✨ Highlight - All cuddled up in blankets. No appetite. Achy, stuffy head, sore throat. At least it is the perfect day to stay in and I have the supplies needed to help me through this.🎁 Grateful - Soup and broth. Elderberry tea. Local honey <BR> “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It do... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:01:13 EST Well I made it to day 2 Going to start my morning on here, Grandson will be wanting my computer soon. So woke up around 4 am , that is a norm for me. Well anyway , laying in bed and looking out the window to see the beautiful Moon looking back at me. What a wonderful morning greeting. I laid there for about a hour, jus... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:01:08 EST Back to Running Today was my first 3 mile run walk in a week due to a chest infection. I used a new app for me called runkeeper to help me with my 3 mile goal. The first training session was 26 minutes with one minute runs and 3 minute walks for 26 minutes. After the workout was done I continued my run walk u... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:00:57 EST You Don’t Have To Be Skinny To Look Good For some distraction on the Sunday afternoon... <BR> <link><BR>-recreations-katie-sturino/?utm_campai<BR>gn=organic&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=bing </link> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:00:55 EST Sunday Morning Update The cool weather has invaded the Gulf Coast. Watching the small birds at the feeder. Keeping focused for more successes. Praying for all affected by recent tragedies. Thanks to all for the encouraging comments. Hope all are enjoying a fantastic winter weekend! Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:58:53 EST Starting is over again After a call from my doctor that my A1C is in the pre-diabetic range, I knew I had to make changes if I want to see my son graduate college. Since he just turned 11 and I am 52, that is tenuous at best. I know it’s practically inevitable that I will, eventually, be Type 2 diabetic - both of my pa... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:56:02 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:55:01 EST Good Day <img src=""> I got a finisher certificate emailed today showing me first of 2 in our age group yesterday. There is a picture too with nice frame, but I can only put one picture in a blog on the app. Casey and I got ou... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:52:11 EST Popped <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Popcorn Day <BR> Popcorn, which is celebrated today, is one of four types of corn—the others being dent, flint, and sweet—and it is the only one of the four that can pop. Its hull is th... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:45:58 EST Goals for Week of Jan 19th, 2020 This week I'd like to accomplish the following: <BR> <BR> Fitness/Activity: <BR> * Take 5,100 steps each day <BR> * Go for at least one walk each day or watch a Leslie Sansome walking video <BR> * Attend my first Yoga class <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> * Meet the recommended daily amount of calori... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:43:30 EST finding success in small goals and grief Aattainting small goals has been tremendously helpful especially when your grief, emotions and day to day activities can be difficilt. Everyday is different I dont know what to expect which in otself is a challenge for a planner, I like to be on control. Grief doesnt allow that, but I am focusin... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:43:08 EST sunday i have a new keto breakfast bake in the oven. at only 2 carbs per they sound like a great breakfast...small amounts of almond and coconut flours, cooked breakfast sausage, and just enough egg to hold it all together. top with shredded cheese and bake..and i'll have plenty to freeze for quick brea... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:35:55 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:31:22 EST Daily Soul Quote for 1/19/2020 Take what you need and give it back to others tenfold. Do you need hope? Be a beacon for others. Do you require patience? Be generous with your time. Do you lack motivation? Support someone else in achieving their dream. By helping others, you can find what you need and refuel your own soul. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:29:47 EST Great Walk Had great walk yesterday seems calories are low for a 4 miles walk. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:16:22 EST 19th January Snowed like crazy yesterday. Our dance was cancelled so we stayed in and watched movies. Mike went out to clear our sidewalk and driveway. He also did some of the neighbours while I stayed curled up with the TV and my knitting. He was still out their when I took Teddy for his walk at ten. After T... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:15:38 EST Sunday blessings <img src=""> <BR> SUnday is church day for us. <BR> I look forward to worship and hearing the choir sing. <BR> SUnday is my day to rest, regroup and plan my week. <BR> I hope you all have a blessed and happy day. <B... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:12:50 EST Paths to peace... Good morning all..Yesterday I found my sunshine.. After relaxing on the couch with my coffee and my thoughts I headed to #cko.. the first time in over a week.. and it can go one of two ways, my first day back, I'm a bit off my game and need to get my groove back or it clicks on all cylinders and ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:01:26 EST OMG... now that beats all. Here's what we see outside our front window. Not too bad a snowfall here. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning... and it is a good one here near Niagara, Ontario. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Yes we did get qu... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:53:48 EST Happy Sunday Have a great day and keep warm. <em>425</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:52:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 19, 2020 January 19, 2020 MEEK AND HUMBLE LIVES <BR> <BR> We see so many people wanting to make a difference in the world for the wrong reasons. With social media, we see people doing outlandish things just for followers and more likes. People crave attention and, for some, social media is their god. The... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:40:45 EST Things to note since I've restarted TLDR; I want to stretch more because a lifetime of walking improperly have led to shortened muscles / tendons causing leg, hip and back pain, poor posture, poor gait, and poor stability. <BR> <BR> ------------------------ <BR> <BR> As I've been exercising I've been noticing a lot of different k... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:40:16 EST Taking Tests Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends - I am taking more medical and professional education tests this week. I ask for your prayers. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:37:11 EST Weigh-in day! Weighed in this morning and I am down 5 pounds. I'll take it! 25 years ago, I'd be able to lose 10-12 pounds in 1 week! Now at 46, I don't lose weight like I used to, but that's okay. I am happy with what I accomplished this first week and am motivated to continue this journey! Happy Sunday... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:37:04 EST It's Sunday! This is my personal worse day for staying on plan! I will try to do better today, drink more water, stay more active, etc., etc...Today is also my "other half's birthday. We celebrated yesterday with a healthy lunch. He had ice cream for dessert, I had, maybe, a TBSP. It was all I needed. I ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:31:28 EST The blizzrd is over It is hard to say just how much snow fell as the wind <BR> blew it around for the past 2 days and it isn't done moving <BR> yet. I would say between 6 to 8 inches but that is hardly the <BR> official total. I leave that to the expert in town. He might even <BR> share it today at church, should he... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:21:49 EST Sunday Brilliant Thoughts <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:18:30 EST Identifying my own reason for excuses... Well my goal was to go to the gym and have I? ...No! The last time I went my daughter was in the kid care they offer where a young boy was physically hurting her and saying naughty words. She also had a strange red mark appear on her nose that's left a scar two months later. I tell myself to ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:14:14 EST Back on the horse! I'm back Sparkin'. It took me an entire week to fully recover from my jet lag. But now I am back working out, back doing intermittent fasting, and finally sleeping through the night. Best of all, I lost two of the pounds I gained in Russia this past week. <BR> <BR> Of course there are new c... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:09:27 EST Sunday Funny A pirate walked into a bar and sat down for a drink. <BR> <BR> The bartender asked, "Gee you look awful, are you feeling okay?" <BR> <BR> "I feel fine, why do you ask?," said the pirate. <BR> <BR> "Well your leg is half missing, you have a wooden peg leg!" <BR> <BR> "Arrr that happened a few ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:08:00 EST Leaving this week A fun day planned with beloved today, another YouTube video to be filmed. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:54:38 EST Down 10 Weighed in today and now down 10 lbs. 40 more to go but feeling great this morning. Hope I can maintain my motivation. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:51:06 EST Giving Giving. 2 Corinthians 9. January 19 2020. <BR> <BR> <BR> “Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly. Or out of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.” <BR> 2 Corinthians 9:7. <BR> <BR> Well its Sunday morn... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:46:04 EST Ureka <img src=""> <BR> I have to constantly remind myself that I didn't get this weight overnight and just have to be positive and not shame myself. Though it's hard because it's so much easier to put weight on than it is t... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:45:21 EST National Popcorn Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : January 19th <BR> <BR> The origins of this holiday are unknown. We have not found any information or documentation to confirm this is a true "National" day. But, don't l... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:35:33 EST Sunday funday Even though I'm still dealing with this cold, and grieving the loss of my friend, my intention for this day is to eat healthy, to move more and to live for today. A little vitamin c wouldn't hurt either. Xoxoxo have a blessed day! Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:29:21 EST Feeling my age It sometimes seems hopeless that I can lose weight and bounce back to a decent weight at my age. I'm 64 and realize (finally) that I'm no longer a kid and I can no longer eat like one. I've packed on the pounds over the last few years (200+ lbs.) but recently my weight shot up and I'm really fe... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:25:35 EST Report on Those Reports First off, thank y'all for your kind encouraging words yesterday. TheBrains say "Thanks" too. <BR> <em>18</em> <em>43</em> We do! We do! <BR> And I'm happy to report that I made the break through on how to go about doing the reports finally. Some of the difficulty is technological - new l... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:18:31 EST THOUGHT FOR THE DAY <BR> <BR> In everything GIVE THANKS. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:54:51 EST 7 DAYS KETO Been trying to get back to KETO since I fell off the wagon and continued to eat endlessly and binge, etc. for over 10 months. Previously to those 10 months, I had been on keto for about 5 months and had lost over 40 lbs., looked much slimmer than I had in years and felt good. <BR> <BR> Very hap... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:52:32 EST Great Compassion, Guidance, Instructing Spirit, Manna, Water, Sustenance, Provision Nehemiah 9:19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withho... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:41:27 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 1-19-2020 <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:21:21 EST Good Morning, Sunshine! <img src=""> <BR> Good morning, Sunshine! <BR> I'm taking you to my room. <BR> no reason for darkness, no reason for gloom! <BR> I need your brightness down in my soul, <BR> It takes your joy to keep me whole. <BR> <B... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:15:06 EST Selfworth I cannot think we are useless or God would not have created us.... Geronimo Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:53:04 EST Letting go of excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 20 days have passed since my last blog. And in those 20 days you can be sure that I have done literally nothing to achieve my goals. I have just been...sitting around. <BR> <BR> Yesterday thoug... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:44:44 EST Last night i wrote about returning to pescatarianism. Today, I did that. And I also formulated how I would set my goals and objectives. So far I know my goal is to lose 30 lbs by March 30, 2021. I will do it in three pound increments. And I am also hoping to increase my social contacts. So for every three pounds lost, I will do something social with... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:44:03 EST THE BIBLE ON THE GREAT DAY-GOD'S BLOG-1/19/2020 <img src=""> <BR> I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto Me, (Jesus)Thou (art) My Son; (Jesus) this day have I bEegotten Thee. Psalm 2:7 (KJV) <BR> ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:42:19 EST "Free at Last, Free at Last" (Dr. Martin L. King, jr) It's not lost on me that I have chosen MLK weekend to set myself free. I want to be free in my body. I want to be free to express myself in fabulous, form-fitting clothing. I am committed to living my best life. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:18:49 EST My workout today My workout today consists of walking slowly for 10 minutes, then 2 10 minute sessions of low impact aerobic exercises & 15 minutes of body weight exercises. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:06:28 EST Gut Feelings? <em>252</em> <BR> Gosh, I love Spark People! <BR> <BR> I've been doing Spark Trivia most mornings - mainly to get the points! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> But today, one that I got wrong caught my eye - and took me off down the www rabbit-hole! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I thought serotonin wa... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:01:00 EST The Test <img src=""> This is it. The big test. I'm flying away to meet my new grandson and will be gone for 6 days. Six days of hotel breakfasts and dinners and homemade in-room lunches. Six days of doing my best to be a ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:33:39 EST Sunday's Laugh - Pop! <img src=""> <BR> Does make me jump..... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:26:12 EST MOTIVATION <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:21:32 EST Day 19: I’m Back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Inspire yourself and others will be inspired. Motivate yourself and others will be motivated. Develop yourself and others will start to develop themselves. Be an example first and then the worl... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:21:12 EST Are these the works we witness within our churches? If not, why not? Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 19:7). <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” (John 10:32). <BR> <BR> By His example, Jesus gave us a glimpse of what constitutes goo... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:49:31 EST Take a rest day <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=RDeftFjqZFNLw&start_radio=1&t=23 </link> <BR> <... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:47:46 EST Smile <img src=""> <BR> Smile Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:47:07 EST Day 39: Small Steps in the Right Direction I've slowly been making small steps in the right direction. It may not feel like much, but I know it is adding up. Today is my rest day and I am determined to make the most of it, make it the best it can be, and make today and every day a really great day. <BR> <BR> I did a chair workout last ni... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:01:13 EST Saturday 1/18/20 Doing well today. The new PT exercises are going fine & I added one more. Just doing a few per set, don't want to overdue & risk another injury. Staying in my calorie range, on the higher side today but was low the last day or two. Making plans to reconnect w/ old friends when we get back eas... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:47:03 EST Daily Affirmation for Sunday, January 19, 2020 " I celebrate my free-will." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:18:16 EST 21,888 Steps In 3 Days +1 Rest Day. Not Bad! I'm focused on consistency and progress. That's it. Oh, I respect the process. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:08:50 EST Time to go home Today we visited a huge craft market. I even bought Buck a neck tie. And we found a wonderful carry on bag for both of us. In the morning we're off to the airport where I'll head home and the next guests arrive. Next stop LA. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 01:57:04 EST 1-18-20 I am starting to feel better. I even have some energy. I started cleaning up the mess that grew the last few days when I was not paying attention. That may take me a day or two, but what's time when you're retired? I still have the stuffed up nose and the cough, but they are fading fast. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 01:30:34 EST Back at it! <img src=""> <BR> Yay me! I started off the new year with getting back into my SparkPeople routine. Since my 2016 hiking trip in Italy, I've slowly gained back 40 lbs. Enough. It's time to reverse this trend. I know ho... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 01:24:37 EST The weather outside is frightful. That's all. Just frightful. Now I have heard and agreed that it's going to snow and be cold whether you decide to hate it or like it. Yes. Absolutely. Good point. This is what I want to remember. <BR> <BR> But I hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it. And did I mention I hate it? <BR> <BR> Okay, fit over. Sometimes a pe... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 01:20:13 EST Beautiful evening moon <img src=""> <BR> Another beautiful night while getting my exercise in almost full moon and -54 degrees out tonight and yes I am bundled up for sure I am Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:58:11 EST Word of the Day Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 1, 2020 <BR> <BR> REDUX: adjective <BR> Definition: brought back -- used postpositively <BR> <BR> <BR> Did You Know? <BR> <BR> In Latin, redux (from the verb reducere, meaning "to lead back") can mean "brought back" or "bringing back." T... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:18:24 EST Weather It warmed up to low 70s after 46. It is 57 outside and 69 inside. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:16:37 EST Weather It warmed up to low 70s after 46. It is 57 outside and 69 inside. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:16:37 EST Sunday's Thought “When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on." <BR> <BR> <BR> Teddy Roosevelt. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:15:44 EST Deep Fried Desires As a kid I loved fried chicken, corn dogs, onion rings, and the fried dough that I could only get at a country fair every summer. Now-a-days you can find more fried foods at a fair. About 7 years ago when I went to a fair with my brother, we got deep fried oreos. Supposedly Elvis liked fried pick... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:13:11 EST My Memory.............. <BR> Have I sent this message to you before or did I get it from you? <BR> <BR> <BR> My Memory is so bad, <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to plan my own surprise party. <em>410</em> <em>40</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:05:58 EST Checked Off Everything on Today's "want to do" List! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been a very nice Saturday. <BR> <em>102</em> extra sleep <BR> <em>542</em> a load of laundry & cleaned up the kitchen <BR> <em>458</em> Prayerful Planner and Bible study ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:01:29 EST Salty I only started tracking again recently and am amazed to see what a salt fiend I have become. Just last week I was telling Jim he didn't need to be so paranoid about every single salty thing in his diet. I was thinking as long as we mostly avoid processed food and fast food we should be ok. Wel... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:52:33 EST Day 18 - Winter Wonderland The weather people got it right and we have a snowstorm going on right now. It is beautiful. It came up quickly. I was in one storm and it wasn't snowing and when I came out there was snow already accumulating on the ground. <BR> <BR> I like snow so much better than rain. When it rains you... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:51:16 EST Small businesses should support one another <img src=""> Finished acting/singing in an original musical on Sunday. My husband wrote the script and produced & directed it. People loved it. Took place in 1945 after Germany surrendered. Music from that era! My husb... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:49:17 EST Daily goals. An idea "sparked" by SparkPeople post. So, as I’ve already announced, I am back to regular posting in my teams. Am working on getting to everyone every day. I’ll be there. <BR> I believe in the written journal. I reread my journal and learn from what I’ve experienced. On Jan. 14 one of SparkPeople’s postings was about writing goal... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:33:06 EST January 18th~Busy Oh yeah On Saturdays I clean out my produce drawer and make a big ole salad to get me thru most of the week. Then chop snack stix and make my green pepper, onion and tomato mix that I use in so many dishes that it needs its own container so I can grab from it at any time! <BR> The birds were so very happ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:20:43 EST SAD NEWS i work a seasonal job, It is perfect for me. Keeps me out in the public and active. One of the ladies that returned this year for her third year was walking with me today. She has a full time job. Her husband has been really ill. I went back to work and could only handle 2 days a week. Ther... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:16:00 EST Air Fried Catfish <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For dinner today, my DH wanted some catfish and home fried potatoes. Instead of frying the catfish in oil I cooked it in my air fryer, It turned out perfect and my DH said it was really good. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:15:15 EST A day of fails So Saturday is my day at ceramics - I'm lucky in that the place I go to doesn't care if I work on ceramics or whatever so today I decided to try to work on a craft project and a 2 jewelry projects <BR> <BR> Craft project - was doing some napkin decoupage to make some coasters - I had watch a vi... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:13:14 EST Don’t Do It! Don’t Do It! Don’t Do IT! Don’t watch the movie I wrote about yesterday! <BR> <BR> Perhaps against my better judgement, and I’m saying that like I have actually demonstrated better judgement in the past, I actually watched the movie on Amazon Prime that I wrote about yesterday, The VelociPastor...... about the priest who... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:40:57 EST Yellowstone Yellowstone is a sweeping (new style) cowboy dynasty series that started in 2018 on Paramount Network. It stars Kevin Costner as John Dutton, a 6th generation billionaire, patriarch of a large family, & owner of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. The ranch itself borders on the Yellowstone National ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:28:38 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>213</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:25:33 EST Grandkids Grandson must have been tired. He motioned to me to feed him his yogurt. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:25:14 EST Water Fully hydrated Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:24:33 EST 100 Days - Day 7 – Week 1 Wrap-up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MORNING THOUGHTS <BR> Today marks the close of the first week of my 100 day challenge. I think the week went mostly well. I ate better and got more consistent exercise this week than I have i... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:21:09 EST Motivation <img src=""> Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:19:26 EST xxx Day 14 BZ workout class cancelled 3beers Went to class but instructor didn't show. Class cancelled. I did a regular workout <BR> <BR> Did 8 minutes of balance board. touched 4 times. Used three # weights with curls and simple exercises. <BR> erg 5min =1000m <BR> hand bike 20 min. <BR> Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:16:32 EST So Thankful… For a home with a basement (not one to write home about by any means but familiar to me nonetheless), a totable laptop, my uplifting playlists on Spotify, and legs and arms that are getting stronger as time goes on. I am finding that I feel better overall the more I move and that has piqued my mo... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:11:54 EST Day 7 - St. Peregrine Novena Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing. <BR> <BR> Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing of… <BR> <BR> (Mention your intentions) <BR> <BR> These intentions bring us to our knees seeking... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:02:16 EST Captain's Log 011720 Good Morning Stars!! <BR> <BR> We have had a fabulous first week of the Winter challenge! We arrived 50 hours ahead of schedule in Tahiti. Way to go Stars!! <BR> <BR> We also had 86% participation in our Landing! <em>592</em> <BR> <BR> We are currently at 95% compliance on our Pre-flight C... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:01:46 EST After Only Eight Days... I got a house! 3 bedroom, 1.75 baths, fenced in yard, no garage, but a wood burning fireplace. It does need some work: a clean-up and paint, new cupboards in kitchen...but that is to be expected. It only went on the market yesterday. 4 showings - two offers - ours was better! I know I will... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:58:22 EST book sale picked up some books at the library sale. i also picked up kids books for my nieces and nephew for when they visit Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:58:06 EST starting again Between computer hangups, working and not feeling good, I am not achieving any goals. I did made 11,000+ steps Thursday. I had worked, practiced piano, up and down the stairs … you name it and I did it. I was so surprised when I saw the number of steps. Yesterday and today, I haven't had my t... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:55:51 EST The rain continues Four inches through last Tuesday. Two days of a break and now another inch and temps fell from the 70.s to the mid thirties today Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:37:39 EST Week 414... MB 198 ... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Another hot week here, no fires close to us. We even had some rain, the foal on the paddock next to ours would not have experienced that :). I love the 'firsts' when my babies were growing up :). <BR> <BR> I have completed the two Gilmore Girls hats for the 2021 vi... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:35:34 EST Motivation from Nancy Howard Nancy's List of Healthy Living Benefits <BR> <BR> -Exercise increases lung capacity <BR> <BR> -Exercise increases immunity fighting immunoglobulins <BR> <BR> -Exercise increases our mood due to an increase in mood-enhancing chemicals-serotonin, dopamine and nor-epinepherine <BR> <BR> -Exercis... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:24:47 EST Winter blues It's been snowing, icy and cold. Last week I broke up with my boyfriend, someone who has loved me for over 30 years, but we only started dating last year. He wanted more than what I was able to give. We were friends for so long, it was a tough adjustment for me, but easy for him. I feel I've been... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:23:32 EST 1/18/2020 🌨️Today was a great day even with the snow storm! I did my morning workout. I then shoveled snow for almost an hour I had a couple breaks to talk with neighbors. I even made $10 for helping a couple of senior neighbors with shoveling snow 😀. I did not ask for the $ but it dose help out. I would... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:08:22 EST Jan 18th, 2020 Today has been another good day. I worked 6 hours in the water today. After 8 hours yesterday, my skin is an itchy mess. I am going to have to really treat it with some good cream tonight. I am exhausted and as soon as I have posted this blog, I am going to bed. I think that one of my co-workers ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:04:45 EST Saturday!! Long but fun day...had a sorority meeting and we went out for lunch afterwards...we stayed in the restaurant 5 hours having a good time laughing, venting and just relaxing.. <BR> <BR> I'm home now relaxing...hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:02:03 EST Mean & Green 5 Mile <img src=""> <BR> Just 156 people finished the Mean & Green 5 Mile trail race this morning and I was one of them. Just 3 women and 3 men received awards and I was not one of them. It was just a touch cool, just right f... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:54:55 EST Exercise Even though I'm fluctuating so bad on the scale at least my new position at work is getting me twice as many steps. :) Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:54:30 EST Borrow a kid Saturday I borrowed my seven year old great nephew to go with me to pick up our weekly organic farm share. I decided to take him to the Safety Harbor marina park first. This was our lucky day; It happened to be kids fun day at the park. There was no parking to be had so we went to Mullet Creek Park an... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:41:18 EST 2020 Goals Cold windy day after rain all night. Stretching and one 1 mile walk. Starts all over tomorrow, yeeeeeehhhhaaaaaaaaaw Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:37:39 EST Distance February 2 will mark a year that i have been with my boyfriend. This has been an exciting and stress filled year. I finally quit a job that was sucking my life force and am focusing more on teaching dance. Im still overweight but im starting to finally have the tome to really take care of myse... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:35:52 EST Sat 1/18 Sunny day We're finally getting sunny days. It's been rainy the past week, but we had bits of sunshine. I think today is a day where there are no rain clouds in the sky. Yay, our powerwall is at 100%. We are now going to clean the house. <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! <BR> <BR> *********Note: If you ar... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:24:47 EST Still Here I have felt quite cut off, no emails from Spark People for several years, thanks to stupid European Union regulations. Well, thank God for Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Brexit, we will leave the EU on January 31st 2020! Hooray! Maybe then, once we are free of the EU shackles, we will be able to... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:23:46 EST Stay warm and safe! The rain finally stopped but the winds came up and it was very cold! Enjoy the rest of Your weekend!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:58:59 EST January 18, 2020 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> It's been a day. Most of the day has been okay, but my mood has been up and down all day - most of the downs because of the boys being aggravating. Hormones are also a big issue for me. Just what I didn't need right now. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I did sleep in this morning af... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:50:00 EST Small Victories, 2020 week2: Stairs + mellow attitude to resolutions + tracking 3 main small victories I can think of today (& was having a hard time, so may start logging 3 daily so it's more of a summary of the week) <BR> <BR> Stairs: I continue to be able to move more easily up stairs; only had to do the grasp and pull a little this week, unlike a fortnight ago, it was E... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:39:55 EST New Walking Buddy <img src=""> We picked up Molly at local animal shelter. A good excuse for me to do a daily walk. Note to self. Not a good idea to take dog for a walk in a snowstorm especially if your street is on a hill and said dog ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:36:43 EST January 18 2020 So today has been a good day. Been cleaning laundry baking. No exercise although I’ve been dancing around the house just being goffy annoying my teenage girls 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Work called me twice wanting me to come in and work tomorrow. The first one I said no I just want to enjoy my 3 day weekend and... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:26:00 EST Slow week Had an off week. Just so cold and dreary that I succumbed to sitting around and reading except for my 5-10 minute workouts. I discovered that loading up my mobile with Chrome and setting it to desktop I could access all the SP pages that I couldn't on the app. That was good and I also learned ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:25:50 EST color your stress/sickness away I didn't feel good today. I only walked about half a mile. It was so chilly and my throat was sore. At least, I made an effort but I will have to do better in the future. <BR> <BR> I felt stressed out about it so I decided to color and listen to a book on CD. That helped me relax and put thi... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:22:28 EST Stressed and pissed Hello spark friends hope everyone is having a good weekend so far! Today started great spent all day laying around watching cartoons with the kids. But that didn't last. Little back story my oldest isn't biologically my husband's son. My ex husband is a drug addict and is supposed to get visitati... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:11:21 EST Great Saturday Day started with rain, about .6". Around 1 pm it cleared and was pretty and in mid 60's. Went walking at the Lincoln trail and there was one couple that arrived a little after I did and another single that finished after I did. Need to build up my arms for the walker. Also may need to adjust the ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:10:24 EST Calm before the day and meal prep planning! Thankfully the storm does not hit us until tomorrow, so we were able to get to all of my grocery stops today. I stop at one store for a couple of pre-made salads every week; they simplify my life even if we pay a bit more for convenience. Then we head to Costco and another grocery store to finish... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:09:56 EST Happy Saturday Happy Saturday Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:03:23 EST Yes, I like (LOVE) food and eating out but..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (My go to lunch eating out, as a rule, is turkey on bread with a slice of onion and mustard!) <BR> <BR> Inline image <BR> 1) Boston Market--could hardly find the turkey and the vegetables were ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:59:32 EST Family planning There were these three girls who were getting married and they all met at the family planning office to discuss the options of having or not having a baby right away. They were two city girls and one farm girl. The counselor asked them if they planned on having a baby right away or were going to ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:52:10 EST What's in a name? "Hygge" is a Danish word that means being comfortable, at ease, cozy. It's pronounced HOOGuh, and the oo is like in the English word "boogie." <BR> <BR> "Bygge" is also Danish, and means to build. It doesn't precisely rhyme with hygge, but they are fun to say together. <BR> <BR> I'm not Danish... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:48:48 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:43:26 EST Shifting Focus Most recent bout of PT has solidified my inability to really work out. I knew, but it hurts to hear. I will never do yoga, I will never go for a run, I will never do a sit up. I WILL do plenty of leg lifts and "safely aligned" stretches. My doctor said if I want to lose weight, I need to focus ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:40:20 EST Noom progress to date I have finally found what works for me. I could track food and weigh in and exercise but I could never find the support that I needed to make and stick with real change. Noom provides that daily contact and behavioral guidance I've needed. Down 10 lbs but more importantly I've made changes that ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:28:11 EST Happy Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> have a delightful week end Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:27:01 EST Steer Your Way <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Taking a lovely afternoon bath with my favorite, self-curated playlist ("Pensive Afternoon") when on came this song from Leonard Cohen's last album. <BR> <BR> Steer your path through the pain ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:11:24 EST Saturday smiles and lemonade " When life gives you lemons , squirt someone in the eye. " Cathy Guisewite <BR> <BR> Today was extra cold with snow on the way in the afternoon so I bundled up, <BR> and headed out and it was quit pleasant. The trick is to have the right gear. <BR> Warm sneaker boots, knit wool hat, fleece lin... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:11:00 EST 2019 Weight loss and maintenance achievement <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a screenshot of my weight trend in 2019. On January 3rd I got on the scale. It was the day after my birthday and I weighed more than I'd ever weighed in my life. It looked like I was doi... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:04:10 EST Cold and Snowy Today has been very cold and windy. The snow started about noon and hasn't let up. We have been experiencing whiteouts all day. In other words, it has been a great day to stay inside. I have caught up on phone calls, emails and laundry. I have hit my 10,000 + steps, lifted some weights and d... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:01:40 EST movies to watch I am not sure why but the free HBO movies mostly seem to be older ones this weekend. Still a lot that I don't remember seeing before. Thought that son and I would go shopping today but it is raining and my son says he doesn't feel well so putting that off and hope he is feeling like it tomorrow... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:00:21 EST Saturday 1/18/2020 My sister is in town today. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to a wedding reception. <BR> <BR> It is not as cold here today as the past few days. <BR> <BR> Kept track of food again today. <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:56:22 EST I wanna give up... (guess before you click) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pepsi Max! <BR> <em>222</em> <BR> Pro's of this drink <BR> Caffiene. (Makes raising a toddler bearable) <BR> Tastes Good <BR> Sugar Free <BR> Aids in weight loss (hunger supressent) <BR> <... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:52:31 EST Just One Dumbbell I was looking at my SP main page today and reading different things to my DH. I read this header for the article, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My DH said " I'll help you any way I can." <BR> <BR> <em>40</em... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:49:31 EST Frustrated At the beginning of the month, I lost almost 6 pounds within the first 10 days or so. Now, in the last 2 weeks my weight has went up and down in the same 3 pounds. Im in a few challenges, Im glad for my challenges, on my weigh in days, ive either lost a little or stayed the same. But its still... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:48:34 EST We got SNOW!!! We got LOTS of snow....and it is COLD SNOW!!!! Almost icy. But it is beautiful snow but I hope it doesn't overstay its welcome. I know most of us get cold at one time or another in wintertime so I try not to cry too much over it. <BR> <BR> You all know (well, most of you that have been aroun... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:36:18 EST A 2-fer Today Did You Know….. <BR> <BR> That you can go overboard with healthy foods? You can derail your whole plan without one chip, cracker, baked goods, alcoholic beverage, fast food, decadent sweets or treats? <BR> <BR> It is important to corral our thoughts and emotions. Call in these wild herds. Let t... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:35:43 EST Yogurt and milk For the past year, I have been increasing my consumption of yogurt and milk in a successful attempt to increase my bone density. <BR> <BR> I don't care for the taste of either yogurt or milk, but I have discovered a few delicious way to include them both in my diet. <BR> <BR> The only way I dri... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:35:01 EST ROAD TRIP I have this national park bucket list thing going on. I'm up to 26 now and it has been decreed that two more shall be added this spring. <BR> <BR> In the week after taxes are due, we're going to make a run for the Gateway Arch and then spend a couple of days at Mammoth Cave National Park on the... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:34:10 EST Saturday January 18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snowed again last night, but this morning it has turned to rain. Raining all day, so it is starting to melt. But there is a lot of snow piled up everywhere in parking lots, blocking side stree... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:21:17 EST Smile of the Day The Bad Knife Thrower <BR> <BR> Little Johnny: That knife-throwing act was terrible. I want my money back. <BR> Carnival Owner: What was the matter with it? <BR> Little Johnny: Call that a knife thrower? He got ten chances and he didn’t even hit that girl once! Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:14:13 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for January 18 and 19 Daily Inspiration: People should be able to look at us and see that we are different. Lord, may I be an example of Your love and learn to rely on You at all times. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think--The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it an... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:12:56 EST PLEASE IGNORE S Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:10:28 EST What's App? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once app on a time I found my prime mate through gibbon take. She was a great app, the gorilla my dreams. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:07:44 EST Healing Service After Mass, I went to a Healing Service with Dr. Isaam Nemeh. <BR> There is a book about him - Miracles Every Day. <BR> A couple quick stops (vegetables, gasoline) and home. <BR> As we're having a snow/rain mix, I'm glad to be home. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:58:55 EST 2020-01-18 Be BRAVE -- Forgive and ASK to be Forgiven <BR> 2BDYNAMIC posted a really interesting blog today... titled "What IF? <BR> <link><BR>ublic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6<BR>646767 </link> <BR> <BR> in my comment I left this message... <BR> <BR> something that most of us at one time or another ha... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:51:35 EST Saturday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:40:31 EST Saturday It's a day filled with cold rain and now sleet here in the mid-Atlantic. Great day to stay inside. <BR> <BR> hope your Saturday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:40:09 EST 20202, Day 18: Busy Saturday but I Got My Workout In! Today would have been my mom's birthday...we lost her in 2014. I feel like I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that they're both gone. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, onto more cheerful things. Paul and I hit the gym this morning first thing, ughhhh....hard, but good... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:31:16 EST Special Blessings-January 18, 2020 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop this morning <BR> <BR> 2. After the coffee shop, we had several errands to run and hopefully, we are caught up for the week <BR> <BR> 3. Later, we went to two grocery stores to shop for freggies... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:29:27 EST Happy Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I listened to a podcast on how it is okay to sometimes be 'obsessed' with something. For example, you don't call star athletes obsessed with their physical training and getting in shape for the ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:29:20 EST Friday Saturday Enjoy visiting extended family in rental cabin Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:21:13 EST Good Health <img src=""> <BR> I got to get my health back on the right track. I had a mild heart attack due to out of control diabetes. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:17:47 EST 100+ Days #2 ~ I'll start tomorrow, er, now! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I think back, over the years, I can hear the voices in our family.... "let's start our diet... tomorrow, Monday, after the holiday ends... after vacation, after school starts back up, after,... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:16:33 EST A breath of fresh air Things have settled down a little bit. We're getting used to the new place, getting comfortable with the neighborhood and getting our bearings. I'm feeling anxious to capitalize on the new year and the new place to implement new habits and to keep up the positive momentum that's already started. ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:07:07 EST Snow stuck inside! Well this morning after I got up I got my mail and took out some trash. I just gathered some recyclables together but not taking them out because it is snowing. It was not snowing this morning when I took out the trash and got the mail. <BR> <BR> I plan on doing Leslie Sansone's Big Burn today... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:50:54 EST tweaks, full vs satiety, exercise As I venture on the road of Intuitive Eating, I am learning to hear what my body really needs. <BR> <BR> If I only pay attention to gentle fulness without minding the proteins in my diet, i will feel hungry again very soon, leading to eating more calories than needed, and not enough of the macro... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:39:29 EST New Day Today I will learn some salsa dance moves, for exercise and fun. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:24:31 EST Saturday 1.18.2020 (Throwback Fun) Anniversary trip to Cancun. <img src=""> - <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:24:24 EST Struggling So I lost 40 lbs almost 3 years ago. I followed Keto way of eating and did really well for 5-6 months. Then I began allowing myself cheats and after a while those cheats became full blown BAD EATING HABITS! Over the last year I've gained back 20 lbs! I worked SO HARD to lose those 40 lbs! WHYY... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:22:27 EST 20lbs down, Reflecting on what's worked for me <img src=""> <BR> Yay 20 lbs! I lost this last 5lbs in 7 days. Which I'm happy about. or relieved lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:11:38 EST Wanting Suggestions Well here I am again trying to lose more weight and be healthy. I stick to it for a while then I bale. Ugh. Why can't I stick with it? I think I get busy with life and don't track my food and then I just give up. Any suggestions from someone else that does this? I really want to lose weight... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:08:27 EST Your worth it! <img src=""> <BR> I don't regret the workouts I did last year or the food I chose not to eat! I am healthier! It was 1 day at a time to get this far! 2020 I have the same goals it's hard work it takes focus! Dreaming d... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:06:21 EST Saturday and sort of snowed in. Has been quite a morning, but I think the blizzard has finally blew it's out, as I can see the black top 3/4 a mile away, when earlier I couldn't even see the end of the driveway. An d the bonus is that the sun is shining showing off all the snow banks all over that means this afternoon it will ... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:59:12 EST Hi everyone, FIRST BLOG EVER So I do not want to sound like I am repeating myself, if you want to know about me just click on my profile. <BR> <BR> So far I was lucky to have WHITE-2 and MIAMIRN that have began supporting me. <BR> Everyone else thanks for all the support so far. <BR> <BR> Here are my SPLITS <BR> <BR> M... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:51:57 EST