SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Finding my way I recently read The Diabetes Code by Jason Fung and learned a lot about how to reverse Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) naturally. Dr. Fung gives two ways: Intermittent Fasting and calorie restriction of carbohydrates and no sugar. <BR> I have been combining these two methods and inadvertently developed ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:34:01 EST Almost halfway and what if? This week will be halfway through my summer work schedule, thanks be. I'm doing well in some respects but not others. <BR> <BR> What if I were halfway to my weight goal? Now that's a cheering thought. I'd be down at least another size or two, most of my wardrobe would be replaced, including... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:33:30 EST Day 8 - Set NOW goals <img src=""> If you can't seem to stick with your exercise or weight-loss program, throw out your lofty plans and start at a simpler level. <BR> <BR> Instead of aiming for the sky, plan some NOW goals or simple steps... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:33:14 EST Day 35 - Lucky Me I had a good weekend. I seem to be able to be really firm with my calorie intake on the weekends. I think it's because I'm around my whole family on the weekends and we tend to eat all of our meals together. During the week I spend my days alone and tend to want to eat more. It's totally mental. ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:27:23 EST the scale has collected dust Grocery shopping the last few months has been such a hassle. Honey has been working nearly every Saturday, so that means, I get to go shopping alone....GET TO, or HAVE TO? <BR> Saturday he was off so he went with me, but he felt bad, I think it was just a shock to his system to be outdoors in fre... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:26:54 EST cognitive test tomorrow Good Morning; I am panicking - I am going to have a cognitive test. DH just had his on the phone but b/c I am older I have to go in for blood work and a verbal cognitive test. I can not even remember my name now. From the all the stress from my family, I can actually forget easier than before... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:20:15 EST 172.2-6/25 Down! I lost weight at Westport. I am unfamiliar with the computer as I get home. My passwords almost have to be reset. <BR> <BR> I didn't see my picture when I signed in. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:17:23 EST Hello :) I'm not very good at this three times a week blogging thing So I think about once a week is for me, I really do tend to run out of things to post about. <BR> <BR> I have started a vlog. Yes, I'm keeping a YouTube record, I'm not out to make a load of money, but I am out to have a record of my journey for me, if not anyone else. <BR> <BR> My Spanish ha... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:14:05 EST Monday June 25, 2018......last week in June, push hard Good morning everyone! It's M-O-N-D-A-Y! And the very last Monday in June. I feel like I was just sitting here a week ago, I blinked and here it is the next Monday and a week has gone by lickity split, just like that. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:03:04 EST First things First It's been years since I have written about being on a budget and trying to balance life; from work to paying bills to finding time for fitness and healthy eating. <BR> <BR> Recently I was diagnosed with fatty liver and significantly high liver enzymes. Immediately I started reading everything I... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:56:02 EST Just Getting Started 9 Years Later Yesterday was a griping blog -- complaining and excuse making. I complained about managing leftovers and I made excuses for using pre-packaged food that are less than optimal nutrition. <BR> <BR> Today's blog will be more results oriented. Not that portion control and managing leftovers aren't ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:54:01 EST Day 154 - Some Routine Changes This morning I was retaining fluid big time. Like many runners, I do a long run on Sunday. This means that my muscles are swollen Monday morning. My weight is always up Monday morning. Granted I do often have a restaurant meal on Sunday and I often eat a bit more on Sunday. However, I didn't go o... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:53:50 EST Three Months Three months until my 40th birthday. When I consider my life and the choices I've made along the way and the countless ways God has blessed me, I'm pretty amazed at my life. I have a beautiful family: smart, generous, loving, children, a hard-working, loving, dependable and honest husband and a ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:53:05 EST Borrow a kid Of all the people we help and do things for, the most rewarding is spending time with a kid. The adults appreciate it and don’t know what they would have done otherwise, or could not do it themselves, and are very thankful. But a kid! An opportunity to be a part of thier life. To be their hero, m... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:50:16 EST To-day it counts---- <img src=""> <BR> --Son #4----the City water guy, Son#3, the Police guy and son#1, the restaurant owner- <BR> We were at a Birthday Party for Son #3's 13 yr old daughter- <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:49:19 EST #100daysofwhy - Days 67 and 68 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to a new week and achieving the goals I've set for myself! <BR> <BR> Day 67: Yesterday on my Weight Watchers app, I had a notice that I had tracked my food every day for 6 months. I’ve joined WW several times and lost weight, but I fizzled out. I n... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:47:55 EST GLORYous Morning <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <em>334</em> <em>184</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>184</em> <em>334</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <em>213</em> ~Waving Hello~ <BR> Wishing Everyone ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:42:30 EST Nine Important Facts to Remember...LoL Nine Important Facts to Remember as We Grow Older <BR> <BR> #9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world. <BR> <BR> #8 Life is sexually transmitted. <BR> <BR> #7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. <BR> <BR> #6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky p... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:42:26 EST Adding more walking Yesterday's walk was very relaxing. I have forgotten how much I like to walk. I'm so glad that I took the time to walk my daughter's prescription down to the pharmacy instead of my usual of driving. That 1 hour of time outside walking was wonderful. <BR> <BR> Today is a work day but when I get... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:41:16 EST Benefits of Pineapple <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:34:36 EST Loss I am not sad about this loss. I am down to 227! Happy dancer 💃💃💃🙆🙆🙆🙌🙌🙌 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:33:02 EST Marvelous Monday Hope everyone has a great day - let's start the week off right! <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:33:01 EST 6/25/18 Education is the movement from darkness to light. Allan Bloom Quote of the Day <BR> To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty. <BR> Marcus Tullius Cicero <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> An artist is a dreamer c... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:26:17 EST Happy Monday .. Stressing .. 5 more days .. Nerves, stress and excitement in high gear here !! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:21:24 EST 110 pounds down in seven years <img src=""> 289 pounds 12/2011 <img src=""> April 2008 <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:21:10 EST My Big Fat AutoImmune Life! 6 months in.. 6 months into my weightloss journey and I’m reminded that I have an autoimmune disease. AutoImmune.. what normally comes to mind for people when you say that, is AIDS. However, there are so many autoimmune disorders and not everyone looks like they have one. However, one look at my ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:20:38 EST Day 65 & 66 The post week has been a good week, but not a week, but not the week that I thought it would be in regards to focusing on me, my healthy lifestyle and dropping the pounds. <BR> <BR> Day 65 spent the day away from out to many calories, but a great day with my son. <BR> <BR> I am w... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:09:37 EST June 25th It's another gorgeous day here in the UK so I'm going to sit out for a short while at my new table and chair set I bought on Saturday. We've been looking for a set for 7 years since we moved to the bungalow. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:08:50 EST We Have Flowers . . . . I was able to find some hanging baskets for the verandah and back deck. And (at another plant nursery) some flower boxes for the verandah and high deck. And (at a third nursery) some healthy looking geraniums to plant in the trampled-on flower beds -- maybe next weekend-- and some planters for... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:06:44 EST So Much to do, so little time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My excuse for not exercising, for not paying attention to my weight and health--has always been about time. Like so many people today, I am overwhelmed by the abundance of things to do (the chor... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:06:06 EST Success! So I'm on thyroid medicine which means I'm not supposed to eat anything with iron, zinc or calcium for four hours after I take my medicine. I'm also supposed to eat breakfast 1/2 to 1 hour after taking the pill. So what am I supposed to eat for breakfast? I've been searching and searching since g... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:01:13 EST NSV Yesterday, we went to a special movie event in Charlotte. We saw West Side Story on the big screen. <BR> <BR> I wore an outfit that I haven't worn since school was out in May. <BR> <BR> After we got back yesterday afternoon, I walked past the mirror and did a double take. <BR> <BR> I can ac... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:58:07 EST ABC's of retirement: challenge your choices The relevant use from my little Websters, "challenge vt 1 to call to a halt for identification 2 a) to call to account" <BR> <BR> and "choice n 3 a person or thing chosen" <BR> <BR> Any big change (a huge C word) in life's schedules calls one to assess and analyze (the A words I picked) what's ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:55:16 EST Goals that are S-M-A-R-T- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a great week ahead, let’s make Monday the start of an amazing day and week ahead... <BR> <BR> Let's Set Some Goals that are S-M-A-R-T- <BR>... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:54:46 EST What’s your oatmeal story? Cycling yesterday! Yay! Got caught in the rain! What are you doing about oatmeal? How much? How often? Only for breakfast? Or around the clock? Ever cook extra ahead of time to reheat later? So what’s your oatmeal story? Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:54:41 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:52:43 EST National Catfish Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always June 25 <BR> <BR> Something's fishy today. It's National Catfish Day. It's a day to enjoy some tasty, fried catfish. Or, enjoy catfish cooked to your favorite reci... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:49:01 EST Bible Verse for the Day Let each of us please our neighbors for their good, to help them be stronger in faith <BR> <BR> Romans 15:2 New Century Version <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:48:47 EST 2018-06-25 received this in an email from a friend this morning... and just had to share it here.. thank you Jean this was a really good gift. <BR> <BR> The Black Dot <BR> <BR> A Beautiful and Inspiring Story! <BR> <BR> This story has a simple, yet important message. I hope as many people as possible... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:44:46 EST Looks like one of those days <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:38:35 EST Early morning tandem ride Another storm last night so this morning was cool and lovely. We both awoke early so decided to get an early ride in . I kept my thighs soaked with ice water and so far, no rash. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:32:53 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>213</em> Friendly <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:25:39 EST How tramadol Works in body Buy Tramadol 100 Mg <BR> <BR> Tramadol 100mg is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Tramadol extended-release tablets and capsules are only used by people who are expected to need medication to relieve pain around-the-clock. Tramadol is in a class of medication... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:21:33 EST Great morning Went shopping with my mom and Gramma yesterday. We do this often we take her where she needs to go. Spent 4 hours at Walmart. One if my most favorite stores and no $$ to shop. 😑 Soon. I cannot tell you how much temptation is at Walmart!! And I'm shocked I never noticed this before but literally... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:19:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 25, 2018 June 25, 2018 GIVE FREELY <BR> <BR> Many of us feel as if we live paycheck to paycheck. We have just enough to get by with what we need and no more that we can give to others. However, God has a different plan for us. He wants us first to remember all we have is from Him. It is His. It is not ou... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:58:43 EST Day 201 <img src=""> <BR> 💪♥️👍 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:44:05 EST Binge Free TWENTY-ONE Days Day 21.......that is THREE WEEKS of being binge free. How often do we have the opportunity to accomplish something lifechanging and stick to it? And to me, this is lifechanging. There are many opportunities out there, and we feel like we have good intentions, but do we actually commit ourselves ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:43:35 EST A COUPLE OF COLORING PAGES-6-25-2018 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:38:43 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-6-25-2018 <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:37:47 EST Sunday Monday Had a nice day yesterday and into the easy prepping food and then quality time with the family. Going to be a busy week my boss I’m Acacian and we have our monthly meeting with directors on Thursday Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:29:10 EST Beginning a Challenge <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:12:06 EST Monday morning... Time to get back on track. Have my 2 year old grandson visiting until Thursday! Have a lovely day. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:05:30 EST Sunday drive with some serious exercise! Well yesterday was a gorgeous day so we decided to go for a drive. How am I going to get my exercise whilst sitting in the passenger seat? Well, we drove to a gorgeous nature park in North Wales , parked up & walked up some steep inclines to see a fantastic waterfall! I may not have done as many ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:01:34 EST Memorable moments So I started today’s blog early for several reasons, I couldn’t wait to share, hubby was exhausted and passed out early (think I wore him out) and Tara and I are meeting at 6am for a nice long walk before we drive to Oklahoma to meet Johnna and Kim. What a fabulous day, breakfast was yogurt, a b... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:59:56 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=6/25/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">THE FOOL hath said in hi... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:57:42 EST Up and At It Early Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! Well, my body wouldn’t let me go back to sleep this morning. I woke up half an hour earlier than normal and just have this burst of energy out of nowhere! Maybe I am nervous since it’s the first day of summer semester or maybe my body just wants to be up earlier... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:39:45 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #176 (of 365): <BR> <BR> Wearing her black dress <BR> she feels near-invincible <BR> feminine power. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:18:56 EST 6/24 Sun Busy day today. Not much time to spark! More later. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:13:55 EST Sunday .. Day 175/365 <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:09:51 EST June 25 Read Acts 25 Paul appeals to Caesar I wonder why Paul did this, it seems like Festus would eventually release him. Maybe Paul is simply tired of dealing with the lower courts. Maybe he was led by the spirit. Festus though admits that he has no idea why Paul should go to Caesar, telling Agrippa that maybe together they can come up... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 04:54:01 EST Peace... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was in the kitchen making my coffee this morning & my back just went out. I didn't want to go to work today, but this is certainly not how I wanted it to go. Ugh! I guess I will be going to... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 04:30:53 EST more chill out for you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She has 8 cygnets this year <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> After that, i... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 04:06:28 EST Change by being a Better You Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends - change by being a better you. I thought I just loose weight here. Yet, it took lots of change of my own inner self esteem and confidence to turn away from comforting myself with food. I chose to stop 🛑 stuffing my mouth rather than express my emotions. What surprised me ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 04:00:31 EST Disadvantages of eating spontaneously I eat on plan consistently all around the year, except summer. <BR> This is the 4th summer in a row when I run into difficulties... all because of fruit! <BR> Why? <BR> Non-fruit season is easy. One large orange at breakfast, one banana at lunch, one small apple at dinner. <BR> Summer season cha... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 03:59:15 EST Back to the Grind I still feel a little sick but I'm ok. I have to go to work in a few hours. I won't eat before I go to avoid nausea. I will eat later. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 03:57:44 EST Daily Affirmation for Monday, June 25, 2018 " I alone am the MASTER of my ship of life." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Mon, 25 Jun 2018 03:30:17 EST 4th Week 4th week and more parties. Oh Gosh. Im waiting for the school holidays to end to start again. Working out 3 times a week but food controls and booze went down hill . Amending calculations. Adding workout to 5 times a week this time. <BR> <BR> 11/6 - 60.5 ( Done : 60kg today weigh in) <BR> 18/6... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 03:26:18 EST Day 176: Oh Mondays (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 03:04:39 EST Mon 25 June (60,3kg) <img src=""> <BR> Morning Fluffs! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pre work-out <BR> 1 Dolce Gusto Latte Macchiato <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <i... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 02:42:14 EST Day 903 ~ Weighing in tomorrow! Today’s SparkPeople: June 24, 2018 So my daughter stepped on the scale this morning after coming home from a week of camp and she lost 5 lbs...are you kidding me?!?! I am so proud of her. So tomorrow I’ll step on the scale and report whether I gained or loss. I’m praying for some kind of loss. ... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 02:33:52 EST Prep meals I've been doing the pre meals that our Kroger's carry. It's enough for 2 ppl so it's 2 meals for me.. good verity.. love them Mon, 25 Jun 2018 02:01:08 EST Slackin Sunday!! <img src=""> <BR> I admit it I'm a SLACKER, only one day a week though. The rest of the week, I work as hard as I can. Since starting this journey in 2007 one thing has stayed the same and that is Sunday ~no working... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:49:34 EST Monday's Silly <img src=""> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:48:29 EST Moved a lot but not as much as expected. I didn't get as many steps as I did "yesterday", but I made sure to move some every hour at my station so I wasn't still the whole hour. The machine was down some but that is okay. I could help when needed at a certain spot so I did. I was able to do over box over 3000 boxes into over 500 ship... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:43:47 EST 6-24-18 Kaine is my cat. He is a very opinionated cat. Outside is only to be looked at. I open the front door, with the storm door shut, and he rushes over to look out. If the storm door is opened, Kaine runs to hide in the basement. He does not like stranger people. He is very good at hiding if any stra... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:29:14 EST Week 2 of Keto Week 2 is coming to an end, WOW! I'm learning so much and sharing it with my family. So far I've lost 7 lbs on this new eating plan and I feel great. I'm staying fuller longer and not eating as much when I do have my meals. I took the test yesterday to see if I was in ketosis and sure enough I am... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:26:01 EST Back to reality Had a super enjoyable weekend in the mountains at a friends cabin. Great friends, conversation and yep good. I'm sure I blew my calories for the 2 days. Monday back to being disciplined. It was still worth it because I had been working long hours and really needed a couple days to mentally unw... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:56:58 EST Dogs ;-) 06/24/18 <img src=""> <BR> Furkids = unconditional love <BR> <BR> The Amazing Jesse <BR> <link> </link> <BR> His human spent LOTS of time with him. But the dog is very smart - & cute. <BR... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:47:59 EST Catechism in a Year 209. What is meant by the term "heaven"? <BR> <BR> By "heaven" is meant the state of supreme and definitive happiness. Those who die in the grace of God and have no need of further purification are gathered around Jesus and Mary, the angels and the saints. They thus form the Church of heaven, wh... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:38:02 EST #436 Believe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hoping everyone has an outstanding week ahead. Thank you for stopping in. <BR> Bracing for... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:37:21 EST Longest time? Dont know Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:36:43 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If I won the award for laziness, I would send somebody to pick it up for me <em>239</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:24:08 EST Day 2 Water <img src=""> Pink grapefruit lemon and lime water so good Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:21:37 EST Day 56 June 25 2018 <img src=""> <BR> I did 2 hours of housework this morning and added this to my fitness tracker. <BR> It's weird that I don't sweat this much during a walk or resistance cable workout. <em>317</em> <em>... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:20:45 EST Weather It was another nice day in san diego area. It was only in the low 70s. It is 64 outside and 68 inside. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:17:49 EST Sunday Hope you had a great day! TTYL Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:15:06 EST Sun This Saturday the 5% challenge starts up again. I've been working on the "pre challenge activities" and actually put thoughts/ideas/goals on paper. I am going to post a few of them here in the next few days. <BR> <BR> On one of the first entries a quote is included "I used to be that way, but no... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:14:42 EST Special Blessings-June 25, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. We went to the coffee shop this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. Jamie left for Miami this morning to speak at a conference. He texted me to let me know when he safely reached his hotel. <BR> <BR> 3. My brother and his wife came this afte... Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:08:53 EST 8/100 - Set NOW Goals NOW Goals begin with the words, "TODAY I Will..." followed by an action you can easily do. <BR> <BR> Each goal should be a single item that allows you to measure whether or not you've completed it. <BR> <BR> Pick things that are simple to follow through on, then write them down or create a me... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:53:47 EST 7/100 - Not Willing To Change Linda:...."So your Friday night party sort of cancels out your efforts of the rest of the week". <BR> <BR> Cheryl:..."I guess I'm just not willing to give it up". <BR> <BR> In your eating and exercise goals, what are you not willing to do? What do you keep holding on to, even though it affects ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:48:37 EST 6/100 - Fill 'er up! Kickstart the heart! By the weekend, your emotional bucket is usually drained pretty low. And unless you stop for a refill, you'll easily slip into reaching for food as an easy fix. <BR> <BR> Fill your heart back up. Consider ways you can take care of your heart. <BR> <BR> Decide how you'll stick with your food an... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:46:02 EST Sometimes motivation changes from what it has been Its feels like it has been a long couple of months into the beginning of 2018, from starting an ASN program all the way to not getting a good enough grade in the second eight weeks to continue on immediately. While I definitely plan to continue, I know there are things that I need to do between n... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:45:54 EST Do you have your Sparks Nutrition and Exercise Trackers tied together? Benefits? I've been with Sparks since Dec 2010. My weight has gone down (at first I was not eating at all well. I just wanted to lose. Lesson LEARNED!!) gained(my health loves playing games and for over 2 yrs I could not use my foot. Plus as mentioned, I was NOT eating well, believe me, there are NO s... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:38:01 EST Hubby's shirt fit <img src=""> <BR> Someone told me the men's med t-shirt I had on must have been cut large....hmmm.. oh look hubby's med dress shirt buttons... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:36:12 EST Sunday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:29:11 EST Ripped in Two So excited to go back again <BR> Back to see old friends <BR> Back to hear the Word <BR> <BR> Everything felt good <BR> Like we were understood <BR> Where we were supposed to be <BR> <BR> Even the concert in the park <BR> That ended before dark <BR> Was simply wonderful <BR> <BR> Then the glit... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:28:49 EST REJUNEVATION, DAY 24!! Kids!!! Sunday’s Swim: Better sore than sorry!~Unknown <BR> <BR> Happy Swim A Lap Day!! Yay! Me & the girls did that today! Also, Happy National Pralines Day, America’s Kids Day, Celebration of the Senses (be grateful for yours), International Fairy Day & Log Cabin Day!! <BR> <BR> Why was the prali... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:26:18 EST Surprises in Aging: Like Finding Out Your High School is GONE! You may have discovered that as you age, you don't really notice little changes that happen around you every day, but then, all of a sudden, WHAM! Something SO drastic, SO unexpected jumps out at you, and you wonder where your head has been that things could change SO Much without you realizing o... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:23:34 EST June 25th <img src=""> yes indeed we are halfway to that very special day!! <BR> Have you set your goals so they allow for the upcoming holiday seasons? <BR> I is still <em>218</em> <em>283</em> <em>464</em> ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:04:11 EST sunday the last few days I have posted and then deleted my blogs. I am frustrated that people just believe everything is for them and rules requests do not apply to them <BR> <BR> trying to get better in ,my old age <em>246</em> that most come from the burger king generation Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:54:47 EST Sunday is not just any old day, it is a day of rest, family, friends, fun, and faith! Today was a pretty good day! I went to church and it was a special service to honor our scholarship recipients. We have a relatively new scholarship program that we started - giving two the first year, three last year and four this year. The young men and women are diverse and ave really impressi... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:39:03 EST 2500 mile goal Started day with rain, closing day with rain. We do need a nice soaking rain. 2hours 30 minutes 875 calories working on sheet rock. Was a very warm and humid day. Stuck on 190 which is better than being stuck on 210 back in January. Skipped on morning exercises again. Knees and back are stif... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:36:22 EST Catechism in a Year 207. What is life everlasting? <BR> <BR> Eternal life is that life which begins immediately after death. It will have no end. It will be preceded for each person by a particular judgment at the hands of Christ who is the Judge of the living and the dead. This particular judgement will be confirm... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:32:07 EST AMAZING FREGGIE Breakfast! INGREDIENTS: <BR> 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped in 1/2 inch cubes, about 1 pound (see note) <BR> 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into pieces <BR> 1 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg <BR> 3/4 cup water <BR> 2 cups frozen wild blueberries <BR> 1/2 cup chopped ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:30:45 EST Having to stop after 1 block of walking but not giving up. I rest about a 5 minutes and then contin I am continuing my pool walking but have to cut down on sidewalk walking as the pain is quite intense. <BR> <BR> If I don’t improve in the next week I will have to see the orthopedist (foot specialist) to see if the fracture is healing properly. I am hoping I won’t have to return to the foot sp... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:18:27 EST Oh, Bother! I realized when i checked into Spark yesterday that I completely missed everything on Friday. Parties and errands kept me busy and I totally did not remember to do anything on Spark! What a bummer! I was up to 175 days checking in. Gone are the days for over a 1000 day checkins. What a memor... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:17:00 EST Games With The Girls! Such a pleasant Sunday! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Went walking slow but steady (2.4 miles/48 minutes). <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> Prayed and reflected on Seeking God’s Grace ordinary time week 6 day 1. <BR> <BR> <em>288</em> Listened to sermon on Romans 9 at church with my husband and younge... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:02:48 EST 6/24/18 Ok so my 100 days of exercise was a failure. My knee became very angry at me and swelled up. Wednesday I got a cortisone shoot and the swelling has gone way down and the pain is better. I joined the Summer 2018 5% challenge. I am a Firecracker! <BR> Here is my exercise plan for the challenge <BR... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:59:16 EST In the home stretch <img src=""> <BR> I've lost 24 lbs. I have 7 more to go. I feel like I'm needing that extra push. I want to get to the other side of the bridge and not feel anxious that the bridge won't collapse beneath me. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:58:30 EST Not a good day today I guess everyone has an off day and today is my off day. Tomorrow is a new day and I am going to start again. I am going to wake up at 6 and get dressed for my morning walk. I would also like to add some exercise program, but I am thinking that the walking and the squats will be ok for right now.... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:55:14 EST Prayers Please!!! I am asking for prayers for the people of my community of Bethel Park, Pa.... <BR> Last Wed....we had some pretty hefty thunder storms....heavy rains and all...I love a good storm, so, I went to sleep.. <BR> When I got up for work, I put on the news, and wow!! Where did this happen?! This Bethe... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:55:00 EST A Day of Starts! Wednesday last we moved everything back into the loom house. It was hot and ugly but it is done. I moved a few things where I think they can live for the time being that day. I hope to keep rearranging the smaller things (anything smaller than the two looms) as I develop exhibits. Saturday was Ka... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:46:50 EST A fresh start I’m hitting the reset button and trying to get things going again. I spent the past nine months following Weight Watchers and lost just over 30 pounds. Unfortunately, my weight loss has stalled out. I’ve been at the same weight for the last four months and something needs to change. I’m giving th... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:46:05 EST Returning I was on here a while back over 6 months ago but couldn't recall log in / password and email I use for my old account so decided to make a new account. I was at 232.4 pounds beginning of the year now I am at 210.6 pounds which is about 22 pounds weight lost. I also have 2 new animals name Favorit... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:44:22 EST Day35..6-25-18 New ways to cook <img src=""> I am beginning to find new healthy recipes. This one is kielbasa and cabbage. It has bell pepper and onion. I add a little crushed red pepper flake because I like some heat. Down one more pound this week. ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:37:25 EST Mom Quote "Dear oh Dear If I were Dead I would't be here" That is how I feel tonight. I've made lists for what has to happen on Mon., Tues. and Wed. Monday is going to be the worst. That list includes putting the Max the cat because she's getting so frail I don't know if she'll live the 3 weeks I'm gone. Picking up the groceries for the animals for ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:32:19 EST 6/24/18 Got to halfway to my activity goal and have over 10K steps for today. Have an early morning so will be in bed shortly. Plan for tomorrow is after work Chest/Shoulders and 15 min of cardio post workout will decide which machine to do after my workout. Tomorrow later will check the status of both p... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:30:58 EST vacation brain I am way too excited for a few days in OBX! My hubby and I desperately need a vacation with time to connect, no work, no chores and no responsibility. Just sun, books, yummy seafood and maybe a little adventuring. No set plans, just going to enjoy ourselves! But, I’m feeling a tad anxious! My m... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:26:01 EST Productive Sunday Beautiful day to go on walks. Did some laundry and cleaning house, enjoyed the pool. Made a great dinner. Felt pretty good about getting stuff done around the house. Hope everyone had a great Sunday. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:16:23 EST My God!! <img src=""> Won’t my God fix it!! I claim it in Jesus name!! Hallelujah!! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:14:36 EST Staying on the path This summer has not been a record triumph. I am heavier than I want to be. Feeling in pain regularly (sciatica and other things) and often feeling overwhelmed by the huge list of things that are ever beckoning. <BR> <BR> I am working hard to stay on track with staying positive and doing what I ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:00:52 EST My laptop is on the injured list The charging cord has had one too many kitty chew sessions and the battery has run down. New charger will arrive in about a week. For now I have the app on my phone for tracking and blogging, no access to teams. Our 100 DWL team is on day 7 of Linda Spangles new book. I will follow along on pa... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:57:58 EST Funnies for the week <img src=""> <BR> Saw the first squished gopher of the season on Friday. Usually lots of them by now but Friday was the day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:55:54 EST Stress and anxiety This week I was having lots of stress that was work related. The high stress I was having this week was causing me to have high anxiety for some reason. I was so stressed out that I didn't feel like eating much. This caused me to feel sick on my stomach because of my anxiety. I have never had anx... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:55:21 EST Day 13 - Nice rest day! Today was a rest day for me, so no workout. <BR> <BR> NSV <em>248</em> <BR> I got to wear a dress today, that I haven’t been able to wear in a long time, which felt FANTASTIC!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src="ht... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:41:10 EST i had a set back today! Hello Spark People, how is everyone doing? I'm ok. As you can tell I had a set back. I went to my nephews baptism today and we went to a restaurant and I ended up having two slices of pizza, they were thin, a small salad and cake. I was supposed to do refeed day tomorrow but I guess not. I'm... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:40:22 EST Took the puppies for a walk <img src=""> Didn’t really want to go for a walk today. But my hubby was convincing. He said come on, the dogs need to go for a walk. My husky is overweight and the vet said he needs to lose about 20lbs. So we went for... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:38:36 EST Joke <img src=""> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:38:11 EST A purposeful day Made some positive choices. 1. Stayed with in my allotted calories. Even if it wasn’t clean eating. 2. Used my children to help me reach my excerise goal for the day. 3. Spoke to my husband and shared my plan/ goals. Started and that is enough for today. You can do it too. Believe in your... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:37:12 EST June 24, 2018 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> Overall it really wasn't too bad of a day. I'm just tired and my feet are really sore tonight. I have a request put in to my doctor to see if I can get an appointment this week. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> I did get all of the camping laundry washed - today was sleeping bag... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:36:10 EST Failing Short <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All her marriages were short. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:30:41 EST Walking When I go for a walk, it's hard not to think about the burning in my legs, how out of shape I am, and how quick it is for me to get out of breath. I try to do better with each walk and try to beat the time I had before. I am starting to get the urge to jog. I found a program called "None to Ru... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:24:27 EST Adulthood <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> America's Kids Day ~ as a kid, I just want to be grown-up. as a kid, I think I was very dumb <BR> <BR> <BR> Autumn Countdown: 90 days <em>574</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Murphy's Law: Any... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:20:06 EST Throwback to New Mexico Day JUNE 24, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL PRALINES DAY - & that’s it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I was at MaGo Retreat near Sedona last week, I had really spotty internet connections. 14 June was New Mexico Day. I worked up ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:18:23 EST Getting Ready for the Next Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Today I finished the last slice of bread. <BR> By tomorrow, my sugar bowl will be empty. <BR> <BR> I'm stocked with fresh veggies, fish, chicken, and tofu. <BR> I have been making all types of sti... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:15:51 EST Too much honesty? Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️Friends, right now my Mom and sister, Valerie are battling Stage 4 Cancer. I had my physical. Good news all my vital information- blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol - was within normals or good. Even with my age of 62 and weight 72% of my tissues are muscles. Yet my annual weight lo... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:15:42 EST 6/24/18 A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. Diane Arb Quote of the Day <BR> Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Give me love and work - these two only. <BR> William Morris <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> There are alw... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:51:01 EST With Specific Purpose <BR> How many of us keep a diary, blog, or some form of stress release, or self-expression? <BR> <BR> A diary can actually play many roles. It can be a confident, a tool that facilitates clarity of thought, or a repository of dreams. A diary can also be a powerful source of comfort during chall... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:44:18 EST Interested or committed? Most of my life I have been interested in diets. I wanted simple and quick results. I did not really want to give up my favorite foods. I would slip and stumble and be done with that diet. I counted on the results on the scale and if it didn't go the way I wanted I was done. I made excuses...too ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:43:29 EST June 24 This morning walked before it rained. Ran errands and a young girl ran hit my car. I have only had it for a little over a month. Grrrrr I was so ready to yell. She was crying and so upset I couldn't. She said her brakes malfunctioned. Oh well now to get it fixed. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:33:57 EST Thank you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All blessings on your fierce broken heart, your revolutionary self care and all of the loving kindness you can possibly muster. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:32:29 EST Last night and rain today! I had another nice evening. It was nice to see even more faces from the past. Found out that when I was in Blue Birds in grade school all the girls loved when it was My time to host the meeting because of the refreshments My Mom made. : ) We did not ride the motorcycle today it has been storm... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:32:06 EST Tough truths I am trying once again to get back on track with eating healthy and losing weight. Over the last couple of years i think I've lost and gained the same 20 lbs and somehow ended back where I'm at now at 250 lbs. I am not proud of it but I've always been busy with work and able to excuse it away as ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:28:01 EST My TOP TEN Reasons to release pounds from my temple: <BR> 1. I want to dance at Adley and Emma’s graduations, weddings! <BR> 2. It is time. <BR> 3. I want to eat healthy, colorful foods <BR> 4. I want to lead an active lifestyle <BR> 5. I want off my prescription drugs <BR> 6. To walk up a flight of stairs ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:27:51 EST DD's Concussion Recovery Day #4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's my day: <BR> <em>288</em> Tried to go to church. <BR> <em>341</em> Grocery shopping instead <BR> <em>88</em> Laundry (2 loads) <BR> <em>550</em> Prepped freggies <BR> ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:21:34 EST Weekly Goals - Working Out is My Mood Changer <img src=""> <BR> Happy Sunday! This week I am going to focus on my overall mood (less stress and emotional eating) and preparing for the 5% Summer Challenge that starts Saturday, June 30th. I am the Challenge Leader f... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:16:21 EST Return from vacation WE arrived home from vacation around 2:00 am this morning. I got to bed by 3 and was up at 8:45. While vacationing, I was up at 5:00 am every morning and I'm sure that routine may stick with the exception of this morning where I was just too tired from the long flight home. <BR> <BR> My daughter... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:09:23 EST Sunday June 24th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:05:48 EST The party is over..... The housewarming went very well - eventually. It was touch and go at first. We planned to be there about 1/2 hour early - I got a call from Lauriellen as we were driving. "Mom, I'm getting stressed out because Bryan won't do what I want him to do." Take a deep breath, we will be there in 20 m... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:00:12 EST Day 175: Getting My Steps In So nice to be out of the office for a couple days! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I was so frustrated yesterday morning...despite being soooo tired, I woke up super early and couldn't get back to sleep. So I hauled myself out of bed and went for a 14-mile bike ride. Great to get outside... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:54:18 EST ABC's of retirement: believe in your bravery From my friendly neighborhood Webster's, believe vi 1 to have trust or confidence (in) as being true, real, good, etc. <BR> <BR> and brave adj 1 willing to face danger, pain, or trouble; not afraid; and bravery n 1 the quality of being brave; courage; valor <BR> <BR> It takes a leap of faith to... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:40:08 EST Food Rut <img src=""> Do you ever feel like you're eating the same stuff over and over again? Since I've been getting bored with my meals I have decided to incorporate more Fresh Veggies into every dish Today I made steak & v... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:30:07 EST Day 349: Changing a rule <img src=""> <BR> Fasting. What do you think of this? In my Weight Warriors group, one of the members wrote a blog about fasting. I was intrigued. So I conducted a little research. I'm never one to do a fad diet or t... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:10:01 EST How Millennials Treat Their Pets Versus Generation X and Baby Boomers <link><BR>ypets/archive/2018/06/16/millennial-pe<BR>t-parents.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campa<BR>ign=20180616Z1&et_cid=DM213640&et_rid=338057182 </link> <link><BR>s/healthypets/archi... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:58:08 EST Importance of Logging Food/Emotional Health I goofed. I ate some things that were carbs that I should not have. I'm not going to sabotage myself again. Starting right this minute I am back on track, no waiting till tomorrow. I don't think I'm in ketosis any more because of the carbs I ate. I didn't overeat, that would cause me to throw up ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:21:56 EST Part 2: New doggy, job awards, great year! Personal Stuff: <BR> <BR> So in August, we made the difficult decision to put Kenny to sleep. His congestive heart failure was getting worse and his enlarged heart made it difficult for him to swallow and breathe. It was hard because Jason was out of town at the time. But, luckily my parents had... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:21:19 EST For those of us who believe in Destiny If you don't already know your destiny it may still be waiting for you, but whether or not you meet your destiny is up to you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For those of us who believe that our lives are predesti... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:09:54 EST The Dame calls again Yesterday the Dame of the Drain called on the Marchioness of the Mop once again. The Marchioness got a great squats work out as she lifted water from the drain with a jar. Up down, up down, up down, up down, up down................ <BR> <BR> Brandishing an old mop, she followed up with a great... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:00:17 EST The Keto Challenge Pretty easy diet. Who doesn't love bacon in the morning with butter scrambled eggs? <BR> <BR> Had to change the dressing on my salad from Ranch to sour cream and homemade taco seasoning. Couldn't find a ranch that didn't have MSG. <BR> <BR> Have lost one pound but not officially since I weighe... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:59:36 EST Breaking the plateau <img src=""> <BR> I've been on a plateau for like 2 weeks. Yes inches are still coming off. That's the goal right? I've been teetering between 202 and 196 for the 2 weeks. FINALLY IM DOWN TO 193! I know that it will h... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:53:15 EST Breakfast When I eat breakfast, I find I am starving all day and must have snacks by 9:00 am, I eat breakfast at 6:00 am. Now I am going to stop eating breakfast. Does anyone else have that problem? Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:37:41 EST Asparagus! Yesterday, I wrote about my love for corn. On Saturday, I wrote about my sweet potato obsession. I have a feeling I'll be writing about vegetables for at least a few more days, or until I run out of vegetables I care about, especially since I've gone "sugar sober" for the last few days. I'm going... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:37:15 EST Every Day Grateful, Sunday What am I grateful for today? <BR> Today I am thankful for a beautiful photo shared by a FB friend. She was spending the morning on a lake so still it was like a mirror; a beautiful tree and sky were reflected on the water. Such a calming image to begin my day! <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> H... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:25:57 EST We should all be this kind to each other. <link><BR>elps-blind-deaf-man-during-flight/inde<BR>x.html </link> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:19:10 EST Down some pounds! <img src=""> <BR> I started this journey exactly a week ago and have worked very hard to make sure I started right! This morning the scale gave me more motivation then ever... Down 7 lbs this week. I know this will not... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:11:41 EST Blog 107 ... Little Changes Over the years I have learned that you do not have to have it all to day; or tomorrow! I didn't get heavy in one day so it will take a while to change my eating habits! I think one of the most important one for me was during my breakfast! I no longer butter my toast! I do prefer butter over di... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:05:27 EST Wondering My day has been productive somewhat. I really stay away from such things these days but I do enjoy small victories along the way. Today we put together a foot washing station for the grands. Our younger crew do enjoy the mud a bit too much for NaNa. Now I just need to get the rocks and paving sto... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:59:22 EST Resilience <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My word & goal for the summer. I am making major adjustments to my life style after thyroid surgery & medication changes. I am choosing to be resilient and courageous. I am thankful for Sparkpeo... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:56:49 EST Taking a Deep Breath Well, I do believe, all of the test results from last week's blood work have posted. I expect to be hearing from the doctor sooner rather than later. And, I need to be patient. Knowing her, she may consult the hematologist before contacting me. <BR> <BR> Some results are not good. Not only i... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:32:25 EST Day 1853 Gym Day. Did 6 of 6 exercises. Feeling good <BR> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:29:52 EST Day 1854 Rest Day. Feeling good. <BR> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:27:34 EST Here we go again! I got my feet tangled this morning and went down again. On my knees. In gravel. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I still went and did my market...after I sat there in the rocks and cried for a few minutes. It freaking HURT!!! <BR> <BR> Both shins/knees are swelled, one is scraped up pretty good, and one wrist... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:18:21 EST Got in more steps today than the past week. Have already hit 1,900 steps for today which is more than I've accomplished in the past 5 days. Not much progress but feeling darned proud about it. <em>334</em> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:03:34 EST Sunday we had an interesting day here at South End as we prepare for a week of Vacation Bible School starting tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:58:38 EST 100 Goals Day 48 June 24, 2018 <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I made a vision board to get back on track. I posted it on the wall at the end of my bed. I used my Mindful poster as the center but that doesn't show up good in the photo. The theme of my p... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:57:49 EST a diversion from my normal postings. I can not stand what this president of ours is doing -- separating families parents from children. I just don't believe what he is doing it makes me so sad Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:49:14 EST Day 175: Change of Plans <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Sometimes that smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step." (Naeem Callaway) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:39:28 EST Day 27 Hey made it through yesterday (my tough day) and it feels amazing. I got up this morning & worked out really hard for 1hour & 15 minutes. I’m getting stronger with my weight lifting & I’m about ready to go purchase some heavier weights & im also going to sign up for a 5k. I’m debating on whether ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:36:37 EST New Toy Purchased a ab roller machine. Love new toys they keep me motivated. Got started with 2 new challenges today! ✌️👍🏻👌🏻 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:20:29 EST I already have a during blog If you happen to be interested it is located at: <link> </link> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:12:22 EST Sunday Nature Walk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tom and I decided to take a trail hike at Crosswinds Marsh this morning. As you can see, he looks nothing like a bald stick figure <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:12:02 EST Sunday... Been going and going... I do think I am going to put this grandchild down and join him in a nap! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:57:10 EST June 24 TO 30 workouts.. June 24=30 min walking.30 min walking.40 min walking.30 min house work.TOTAL MIN.BURNED .DRANK GLASSES OF WATER.CALORIES ATE 1,000 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> June 25= <BR> <BR> June 26= <BR> <BR> June 27= <BR> <BR> June 28= <BR> <BR> June 29= <BR> <BR> June 30= Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:55:11 EST Three Weeks In Three weeks of eating clean pretty consistently and I am 8.5 lbs down. This week there was no weight lost or gained. Need to push myself to exercise to get my sluggish metabolism to pick up the pace. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:52:47 EST Sunday snickers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:44:37 EST Wacky breakfast... I can't wait to go to the store, hopefully on Tuesday. I have decided next month to really reign in my spending, even how much I pay off bills, because I am NOT going to a food pantry three times next month! Once is enough. <BR> <BR> Food pantry breakfast: 2 tiny perfectly good avocados that e... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:37:13 EST Sunday June 24th, 2018....Bananas make me hungrier! Happy Sunday Blessings to you all today. I hope today you find peace and time to just "sit" and do nothing at all for 30 minutes. Time to relax, time to think, or not, just TIME for YOU! So many days we find ourselves coming and going to the point we never take time for ourselves. Today make ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:34:58 EST Smart Choices Coming home from taking my friend to the airport hunger hit me and I remembered IKEA meatballs. Waiting in line looming in front of me was the $2 Swedish American breakfast at 610 kcal and 10g of saturated fat. Scrambled eggs, sausage, Swedish pancake with jam and a side of fried potatoes - Such... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:31:43 EST Loss this week I track all the time....been consistent...only lost 1 lb. this week...I feel I have slow metabolism... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:26:21 EST 6/24/18 Hi Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I'm so grateful for all the warm comments on my recent blogs. I forget often that I am not alone. I work a lot and have a hard time making friends and I tend to isolate for long periods. This unfortunately leads me to overeating and losing the friends I make becaus... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:24:43 EST The Beginning - Baby Weight This is it, my first entry of what I’m hoping is a success story and motivation to anyone that wants to lose weight. Let me start by sharing my story..... I am the girl that never watched what I ate, I was happy with how I looked (maybe a little conceded at times). Well 8 years ago I had my 1st d... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:14:37 EST Determined to think Positive I'm working on positivity for a new team I'm on, and I need to blog three times a week. Hope I can find something to say - that's a lot of writing. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> One thing I can do for myself to stay positive is to work on decreasing my anxiety. We're going on a once in a lifetime tr... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:12:41 EST When You've Eaten Your Entire Daily Calorie Range - For Breakfast! Enough said. It's been one of those days. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:10:53 EST Happy Healthy Day <img src=""> Let’s keep sparking! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:02:29 EST Rock steady Today is the last day of my work steps challenge! If I get 10k steps today I will have gotten 10 thousand steps every day for the three weeks except for one day. It’s a little disappointing that I missed one day, but that just means I can top myself on the next challenge in the fall! I was not th... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:00:24 EST Blue Heron - 6-24-18 Gail Hanley carefully snapped this photo of a blue heron in the shallow water: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've never spotted one of these, likely because I'm usually crashing around noisily! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:58:54 EST A death rather close I was reminded yesterday that so many of my small transgressions of eating, which can occupy so much of my attention, are small potatoes in comparison to the reason I was up so late last night. I "attended" the class by webcast version yesterday of a class I usually go to in person, but could not... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:49:49 EST 6/24/18 Good <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> An elde... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:46:19 EST Going I'm going to the movies today with my family Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:46:00 EST Fiber makes a huge difference Realized I haven't been getting even 10% of my daily fiber. As soon as I fixed this my alertness skyrocketed. I feel like a fog has lifted! It's so nice to feel human again. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:45:49 EST Solo... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Phew it's a scorcher! Been a really nice day and not felt as lonely as I had predicted. I had a full muck out at the stables today and then met my friend for coffee, a salmon and cream cheese ci... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:35:05 EST Trying to build better habits I work nights and when I get home I watch a movie or two, instead of doing other things that I actually prefer but can't decide what. So I put my tv in my closet a few days ago. It hasn't been hard yet because I got home too late and was tired and the other night I came home and did a few things... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:25:56 EST Completing a Challenge After several tries I had my husband take this before pic of me. He was saying "yeah! stick that belly out" while taking the picture. The look on my face is my reaction because I wasn't sticking my belly out. That is (or was) my belly! <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:20:14 EST Alright, alright, alright. Part of the joys of aging include turning your head to look at something and pulling a muscle in your neck, like I did just now. Owwwwwwwwwwwww! Another joy of aging is suddenly dropping five pounds, being excited about it, then gaining six. Ha ha, body. Very funny. You're a riot. I went in... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:17:12 EST Victim or Victor? Motivation Mastery how to maintain my motivation has always been difficult for me, in fact I am struggling right now, my desires to continue are waning, slowly, surely . Soon I will be at a dead stop if I am not careful. <BR> After reading the incredibly informative article Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation I ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:02:17 EST A Summer Blog, part one After the 2016 election, I subscribed to all kinds of political newspapers and briefs. I would get up at 5-5:30 every morning and spend a couple of hours reading. At the beginning of this year (2018), I dropped several subscriptions and was getting up a bit later to read the day’s news. After nea... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:50:31 EST Explaining Me (A Poem) She was the result of a brief fancy <BR> between two strangers. <BR> Brought together by their struggles. <BR> Though she never knew them, <BR> their demons were woven into her tapestry. <BR> Intertwined from the beginning. <BR> From hem to hem. <BR> <BR> One thing is, <BR> Her eyes are alw... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:43:14 EST Keeping On Keeping On A bit more R&R as I prepare for pre-vacation week by resting my bones! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:38:19 EST Rebounding update (mini-trampoline) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These last 8 weeks where I wasn’t able to do my regular exercise (Team Body Project cardio and Jari Love strength training) so imagine my surprise that I felt my body had “changed” again, especi... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:33:00 EST It is finally raining! We got some rain last night and it is now raining again. Maybe we will be able to mow the lawn this week, after over a month of no rain. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:21:32 EST Sunday and an ideal day Well, here it is Sunday, and I am not feeling like doing much today. Maybe just the necessities are it for the day. Maybe if the garden was a little bit drier I might go out and pull a few weeks, but it is rather dewy this morning and I really don't feel like getting all wet. Got chores done, ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:13:37 EST 2018-06-24 this is not gender specific... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> and this was found in ancient email.. <BR> <BR> The ULTIMATE in Women's Body Piercing... Biggest turn on for guys! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:12:30 EST Day #11 Sprained Ankle <img src=""> <BR> Sunday, truly a day of rest! 😻 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:11:19 EST Continue on the journey, not starting over. Today I am going to pick myself up and continue on my healthy me journey. I had surgery on my foot over a year ago and slowed way down on my exercise. It hurt to walk and my Dr advised me to take it easy. After six months in a cast or walking boot, he released me and told me to walk as much as I ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:08:00 EST Doing well! Seems I needed a Spark break. It’s summer, I have a new puppy, and I’m out and about and busy with puppy classes, walks, and swims in the pool. I am 142 ish and hoping to get to 139-140 and maintain. It’s a little overweight, not quite ideal, but it’s doable and maintainable for the most part. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:07:42 EST 2206 days sign in streak I noticed this morning that my perseverance in logging in to spark people for over six years continuously is one of the reasons that I have lost all the weight and regained health along with developing healthy habits. It is all part of the program that leads to success if you stay focused and ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:03:37 EST Day 3, getting support I spent this week gathering support for myself. For example: <BR> <BR> 1) I visited a doctor, got a glucometer, and set up an appointment with a dietitian <BR> 2) I started reading materials that will help me learn about my condition and heal it with food and exercise in addition to the medical ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:01:59 EST Resting Is it necessary to have a rest day once a week? If I don’t, will that help me or hurt me? Any input will be greatly appreciated. Not sure which is the better path Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:58:59 EST Post Surgery Exercise Time So now that I have a new hip I have to try and get everything working better again. There is a set of exercises you are sent home with from the hospital but it really isn't set up to respond to your continued improvement. <BR> <BR> I signed up for a new post-surgery program held once a week prog... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:58:50 EST My Daughter has lost over 50 lbs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of her. She has done it by a low carb diet and recording her food here and on fitnesspal, so she keeps her calories within range. She has another 40 to go. But wow look at her alr... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:57:11 EST Sunday, Funday... "Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave". Mary Tyler Moore <BR> <BR> When I woke up this morning, almost everything hurt but my <em>212</em> LOL. <BR> <BR> Before: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:40:50 EST Himself can hear my music! <img src=""> <BR> This is our youngest Grandchild---son#1's daughter--in her Dad's truck, on her way home from her vacation with her Mom and Dad-- <BR> As you can see, her cat (Watson) is beside her in it's cat carrier... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:40:11 EST George Pransky: "It's Just Like a Movie" <link><BR>p-content/uploads/2011/12/Blog-post-on<BR>-Georges-story-chap-3-and-41.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> This is a long long article written by George Pransky about his experience in completely scrapping his "traditional" psychotherapy practice to work with a... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:37:34 EST Steady Roll - Changing my thinking There comes a time on this journey, when you either quit entirely or commit and change happens. I believe I'm in that changing phase. Recently, me and my daughter began a journey together. We have chosen to follow the Ketogenic method this time around. My daughter began this journey last summ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:30:01 EST A Summer Sunday <img src=""> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:18:49 EST FIFA fever our style The kids were in a pub in Hoboken by 7AM for the start of the game! <BR> The Brits were ecstatic, including SIL2! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DH was as enthusiastic in a more sedate place and with a lighter beverage. ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:18:31 EST Benefits of Rest & Relaxation... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning Spark Friend's, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Blessed Sunday, may your day be filled with God's Blessings as you attend Church, spend time with Family and take time for yourself. <BR> <BR> Let this day be ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:18:17 EST Quote for Sunday Our Lord told His disciples that love and obedience were organically united. The final test of love is obedience. <BR> <BR> A W Tozer <BR> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:15:58 EST Sunday morning Sunday morning I just want to rest all day. It has been a very busy week for me. But I have to keep going. Have a wonderful blessed day!!! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:15:19 EST Bible Verse for Sunday Psalm 27:14 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> Wait on the Lord; <BR> Be of good courage, <BR> And He shall strengthen your heart; <BR> Wait, I say, on the Lord! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:15:09 EST Saturday Sunday Spent time in Put-In-Bay dodging rain soaking sun and drinking yesterday. Easy day today except groceries and food prep Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:13:40 EST Rest Day <img src=""> Been doing my minimum of 3 miles on the bike for more than 7 days in a row now, definitely need a rest day! Yesterday I did 50 minutes and 7.5 miles 😁 and swam for an hour to boot! Today I will swim st... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:12:32 EST Day 7 - Not willing to change <img src=""> In your eating and exercise goals, what are you not willing to do? What do you keep holding on to, even though it affects your weight loss or ability to maintain? <BR> <BR> 1. Identify several things you... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:11:04 EST Part 1 of today's blog- Everybody... rock your body, Amy's back ALRIGHT! Don't you love my Backstreet Boys themed blog title? <BR> <BR> I haven't updated on my life in a while so I am going to do 2 blogs today. One dealing with my weight loss journey and one with my personal/professional life that I will write later bc hubby and I are going to a movie right now. <BR>... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:09:37 EST My Adventures in Spark Land ....walking day 19. <img src=""> <BR> Got busy with family and friends and didn't get a walk in yesterday . I am on week #3 with Wendie Pett's Visible Fit Challenge. This week we are to find a walking partner. This is mine. My walking s... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:09:00 EST 6.24.18 Sunday Yesterday was <em>345</em> ! Totally. I mean I did 3.5 miles. I did day two of Country Heat. Does anyone do any of the beachbody workouts. I like country heat a lot. I didnt stop this time either. 30 min workout and normally I have to stop 2-3 times for a min or two to rest. This time ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:08:00 EST Day 34 - Rain, Again It rained yesterday. I thought it was a lot of rain, but today it's raining twice as hard! I don't think I'll be able to get a walk in. The dog has refused to go outside. ha <BR> <BR> I might have to do a "walk away the pounds" video inside. boo hoo. I prefer to do my cardio on Mon, Wed, Fri a... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:07:28 EST 2018 ARE WE READY FOR NEW WEEK YES!!!! hey sparkers hope all are doing well just chilling today did exercise tape back to gym in the morning i am ready for new week lets all get ready we got to focus and be true to ourselves lets do this hope all have great week hot here today humidity high and hot what are you all doing today tell me... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:04:39 EST Just Enough Not wasting food. It's a good idea. Or is it? For me, it is a problem. If my plan calls for half a banana I choose something else, like blueberries that I can measure out just to the almost exact amount. I don't do half well. Sometimes I've frozen the half banana for a smoothie later, but I don't... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:59:47 EST Focus <img src=""> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:58:26 EST Picture from yesterday. <img src=""> <BR> We used my phone to play music, so I don't have a lot of pictures, but here is the one I got from celebration our neighbors threw for my daughter's 21st birthday yesterday. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:58:17 EST Happy Day on the Scale 😄 <img src=""> <BR> I had a really exhausting Day yesterday, foot Exercises, 4+ hours of grueling paperwork, (ugh!!), long visit with Friend ( she didn't leave until after 11 pm ), and of course preparing my Healthy Meal... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:57:20 EST Friends....keep it movin'.... <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparklies! <BR> <BR> Last night the hubs and I went over to one of his former employee's home for a big birthday bash for his wife! This is a wild and wooly crowd of youngsters....many of which are 25 years younger than we are! It's funny because I really never fee... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:54:01 EST ya gotta treat yourself! I decided last month that I would allow myself one greasy fast food meal per month. In May it was at the end of the month, and for this month I had it last night. I decided to stop by Checkers. I ordered a checkerburger with cheese and bacon, a medium fry and a medium banana split milkshake. I ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:50:22 EST Happy Sunday. Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend! <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:44:54 EST sunday one cake to do today. Garbages to get gathered and out and boxes to be cut down. have to clean Lucyfur's crate..just a quick scrubdown with doggie disinfectant i do it every week. i wanted to work on the pool but its grey and that will have to wait..and it will also force me to take a b... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:32:19 EST Sunday morning I was so happy for the thunder storms last night. It finally cooled down enough that I actually got a good night sleep. <BR> <BR> I watched 2 movies yesterday while crocheting. It was so nice to relax. It seems like it's been forever since I took any time for me. <BR> <BR> This morning will ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:32:11 EST Just say no... Yesterday we set out on our mini vacation. A black car picked us up to take us to our first class flights...before you think I’m fancy I won <BR> Got to the airport extra early and we hadn’t eaten lunch so we grabbed a bite to eat at Sky Asian Bistro. I ordered one roll called the J... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:27:08 EST Did you know <img src=""> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:26:33 EST Day 1 - Rocky Start Things are off to a rocky start, the children aren't what they appear to be . I'll have to work a bit harder to tame them all as whole unit. Overall, they're a loving bunch , as I'm typing this they all came in an hugged me. That was love x 7 but Lord please grant me strength and patience. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:22:10 EST Change is Good June 9th I changed my June goals as I was having a hard time hitting my goal of walking 1 mile a day. I changed it to walk a half mile per day so I'd hit 15 miles in the month of June. My June 2018 Goals! 1. Walk .5 mile a day so I get a total of 15 this month. As of yesterday I've walked j... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:18:37 EST A fun bump in the road. I am on this journey to fit and thin. I have been my whole life, but this time it feels different. This time I will do it. June has been a busy month. I had a whole lot of work to get done. I am a potter and I made 18 kazillon pots. I put on my first Outdoor Market. I packed and shipped a trucklo... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:18:16 EST Sunday and having a tea break I have earned it and blooming deserve one. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Pic of the living room and dog. I had one coat of 'seashell' on the left wall and the right was still magnolia. <BR> <BR> Shower seat after 2 bottles o... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:16:46 EST June 24th Been out to visit Mum in Law after popping in to see my Father in Law, I think we need to be worrying more about him than her. At least she has got people around her 24/7. <BR> <BR> We're going to a World Cup BBQ this afternoon, we're not interested in the football although it's pretty amazing w... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:16:34 EST Day 10 - Untitled I ended up with some kind of upset stomach. I'm thinking it was something I ate, because it didn't last long. Yesterday was sort of up and down because of that. I did a great deal of moving, and I'm proud of that. I know the fitbit isn't the end all, be all, of exercise, but when I have days wher... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:07:15 EST Week 4 Accidently erased this - in addition to being sick all week - stomach pain that I thought was a gallbladder attack or appendicitis -went to ER on Friday and was diagnosed with diverticulitis. So now I am lactose intolerant, gluten free, and have diverticulitis. What is left for me to eat? <BR> ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:07:11 EST Happy Sunday -- only 6 more days .. less than 10,000 minutes ... scared, anxious, and excited! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:03:11 EST Again I say thanks Just wanted to thank everyone that took the time to send warm wishes for our anniversary. Love you all. Spark is the best Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:57:59 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Hmmm, I can see better from up here. <BR> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:55:43 EST Mixed bag of a weekend Work picnic somewhat spoiled by a headache - thankfully I had stuff on me that I could take...… <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a full errand-based day (including final setup on my new phone, and it's *awesome* - I even have a raspberry lock/home screen, of course!)...… looks to be a chillaxin' d... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:53:19 EST A Hard-Days-Night... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh well... I can snooze outside today, on our covered-patio, listening to the rain. <BR> <BR> I still have about six chapters left to finish reading, AZTEC, by Gary Jennings. <BR> <BR> Rained... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:52:30 EST It's just the beginning :) Hi Everyone! My name is Christine and I am NOT new to SparkPeople. I joined in 2010 looking to lose weight and I did just that! I lost 30lbs and felt great. Life happened, gained it all back plus some. I decided to join SparkPeople again because my husband and I have been trying to start a family... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:38:36 EST Dance party on the bathroom scale 175.0 Today, what a feeling to be this low again, it has been two years since I have seen the scale say that to me! Not even all the bad week could damper my mood today. <BR> <BR> 11 down in less than 2 months. Even the medications that I thought were keeping my weight up are not stopping ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:38:34 EST Tired but pushing through I was told I need to eat to have energy to burn fat. I had one strip of bacon and one hard boiled egg. Hitting the gym in about an hour. Have a great day everyone! Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:16:35 EST Wrapping things up in a positive way I am tidying things up on SP while concentrating <BR> on making arrangements for surgery and an absence <BR> from normal routines and just normal everything. <BR> Life as I knew it has changed but life in the "new" <BR> normal has yet to be revealed. Don't you just love it? <BR> Yes, I love life.... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:15:47 EST 5 weeks complete: Double digit loss! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Phew the first 10 pounds down. Now I just have to do this for 20 more pounds in the next 9 months. But I have to focus on the achievement and not get bogged down on what's left. <BR> <BR> I a... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:56:01 EST Swim a Lap Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : June 24 <BR> <BR> Swim a Lap Day is good for your health. And, it's a fun day, too! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:55:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 24, 2018 June 24, 2108 LIVE IN THE LIGHT <BR> <BR> Ever been in the dark? For some it is extremely hard to see in the dark. Usually we need some sort of light to make out small and large objects if we are attempting to walk around at night. Even the smallest light will remove the darkness so we can see. ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:47:57 EST Week 10 <img src=""> <BR> First of all, not judging canadians.  I asked my husband where he wanted to go for his birthday this year. He first said maine which is like a day and a half drive. I said no. Then I brought up Toront... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:26:15 EST I’m burned out on Sparkpeople Outdated articles, same low points, makes me not even interested anymore. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:26:14 EST Take me out to the ballgame This is perfect timing and was planned for weeks. My friend who is the grandma who adopted her grandson that is now mom and whose husband is in jail. Anyway we made business fun cards to be used for services and one of her cards was to take him to a ballgame. That gives her a break and him some... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:18:40 EST Thinking about today I am sitting here at a slow moment at work and I am thinking of amounts verses what we eat. It is very important what we put in our body but it is just as important how much we are putting in our body as well. When I was growing up I was taught you need to eat everything on your plate or you are ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:17:53 EST 6-24-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:57:55 EST Binge Free TWENTY Days Day 20....and I've been living healthy for 20 days. I've stuck to my daily meal plan and I've been faithful with my exercise every day. Few days I exercised a bit less, but most days I did more than I scheduled myself to do......because I wanted to. My knees are holding up great..WooHoo!!! I've b... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:51:17 EST On becoming a Nutritarian Good Sunday Morning folks! <BR> <BR> For the next 6 weeks, I'm embarking on the Nutritarian Diet. I'm giving it 100%. I've read several articles, gone to a total of 13 classes so far, watched a handful of documentaries and now I'm giving it a 100% commitment for 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> What is a Nu... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:39:51 EST yesterday went very well with grand kids Good Morning; I am relaxed my BP is fabulous. That says much for me. when my BP is up, I am stressed. We managed the kids well - had the pool - crafts - stories and such. GS wanted to bake cookies- I said not today. I did great food wise. DD and SIL came for dinner and that went well. Hav... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:39:40 EST Started Message Board Post: Geograph y...Name a State or City from last letter This is located on 'Spark New Jersey - The Official Team' under the category of General Team Discussion Forum...just trying to get this started. <BR> <BR> Thought it would be fun to name other states and cities by the last letter. <BR> <BR> I know I tend respond to the same Posts day after ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:12:40 EST The most important thing Space to do yoga!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Having room to lay on the floor is my measure of a room! My new home has that room and is a lovely space to do yoga in. <BR> <BR> I treated myself to some new gear yes... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:10:10 EST Almost Ready to Throw the Towel in Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! Yesterday, after I brought the kids to the pool my knee started hurting. Not sure if it’s still from the accident or something new ( the doc couldn’t tell). Also, everyone is now sick in the house. I can’t take much more of this summer sickness and feel like giv... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:58:11 EST Sunday It’s a new week. <BR> <BR> We have another chance, another 7 days, to have whatever journey we need. Don’t dwell on the past as it cannot be changed. Don’t look to the future because it is not yet writ. Look to today for this day offers you another opportunity to “get it right.” <BR> <BR... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:35:05 EST Today's Haiku Haiku #175 (of 365): <BR> He’s going through the <BR> motions, always pretending <BR> he’s something he’s not. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:24:15 EST Pinch Me Apple Pot Holders <img src=""> <BR> I'm learning to make Apple Pot Holders for the Fall. Do you like them? Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:16:43 EST PSALM OF THD DAY AND MORE=6/24/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">But the LORD [Yahweh] en... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:05:55 EST Day 1! Today is the day I say "No more" No more negative body thoughts No more "I'll do it tomorrow" No more sitting and wishing for a thinner me No more eating when I am not hungry No more waiting for this to get easier No more muffin tops No more wobbly thighs No more soft, round stomach No more "but... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 04:56:07 EST half a pound...exciting this morning i have lost another half pound. <BR> so i am 10st 9.5lb. <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> <em>211</em> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 04:50:46 EST Chill out Sunday Lay back, close your eyes and just listen but don't fall asleep <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 04:31:56 EST Life is wonderful, mostly My 93 year old MIL is back in hospital. <BR> She has had a heart attack and tbh nobody knows what the outcome will be. <BR> She has been at deaths door several times over the past 3 years and recovered each time, albeit a little more frail each time. <BR> <BR> Please would you send your prayers... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 03:34:18 EST Problems with laptop Having problems with my laptop every time I close it the screen takes a long time to come so am frustrated with it Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:57:06 EST Daily Affirmation for Sunday, June 24, 2018 " I allow life to wash over me." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:55:30 EST Sun 24 June (60,6kg) <img src=""> <BR> Rise and shine Fluffy ! <BR> <BR> <BR> I love the way he contentedly stretches his little legs on awakening :) <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:42:26 EST Koko the Cat Lady RIP <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She taught us so much . Opened our eyes to the intelligence & compassion of our close relatives. A gentle soul. Times article... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:09:31 EST A total of thirty eight minutes of body movement today, a new record. I'm doing this! <img src=""> <BR> A total of thirty-eight minutes of body movement today, a new record. I'm doing this! When I started in November 2017, I couldn't do five minutes without gasping for air. Now, I'm taking charge of ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:47:13 EST Sore but expected it. Since I am readjusting to the place I was at for 4 months at the beginning of this year-was gone 1 day shy 4 weeks exact, yesterday would have made 4 weeks gone if I had waited to start tonight-I'm a bit sore. I expected it though. I also made sure to move a little extra today so it wouldn't be... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:46:20 EST Day 902 ~ Finally Home From Camp... Today’s SparkPeople: June 23, 2018 I am totally exhausted! Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 1,953 3. Calories over/under: +53 4. Calories burned: 1,648 5. Net Carbs consumed: 66 6. Minutes of Exercise: 126 minutes 7. Step... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:32:03 EST Sunday's Thought "Perspective means having lived in a severe state of perception fr some time." <BR> <BR> <BR> Hortense Calisher Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:26:24 EST HOT DAY We went out to the market today. I was out on the tarmac with a seller. I got so hot that the water was dripping out of my hair.. We wen to our booth and Hubby started opening it. He got about half open and came to me and said he was going to close it and we were going home. He told me he go... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:26:10 EST 6-24-18 If it isn't one joint that hurts, another one starts in. I guess I should be glad that both shoulders or knees or whatever don't get a painful start at the same time, but I have learned that both will eventually be painful. Right now it's my right shoulder that is screaming ouch. Since I am stron... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:25:18 EST Weather It was a cool overcast day in the high 60s. It is 63 outside and 67 inside. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:12:29 EST Now it's Amigo's turn... My little rescue cat has somehow injured his eye~ and My rent has been raised by $75 so I have nothing to spare to take him to the vet! I don't know what to do... I talked to a vet and he said keep putting warm compresses on it until I can get the resources together. Right. Don't have a clue how ... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 01:12:16 EST Still hunting for our new home Hello all! I'm still hunting for our new home. We have till July 31st at the latest to move out of here and into a new home I will hopefully find very soon. I've got ad's on Craigslist under Housing Wanted. I've been searching the local newspaper classified ad's. I've been searching, A... Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:59:45 EST