SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Daily Affirmation for Friday, August 17, 2018 " I strive toward my vision, <BR> while accepting gratefully whatever life offers me." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:24:47 EST Start Before You Are Ready. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I watched a video by a comic on Facebook today and he made this statement…”Start before you are ready but just don’t die before you are dead.” <BR> <BR> It really resonated. How many times ha... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:20:07 EST Unusual Memories <img src=""> <BR> My mother is 96 and has told me some unbelievable stories from time to time. Yesterday's experience was most unusual. <BR> Mom woke up at 5 and started talking about an Uncle Herbert dying today. ... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:15:11 EST August 17 1 Corinthians 13 All about love The text in this chapter is often quoted trying to show that the spiritual gifts have ceased but that's not what it says. Prophecies, tongues and knowledge will pass away, when that which is perfect comes. When Christ returns for His church, everything will pass away, all except love. He loves us... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:01:20 EST Fri 17 Aug 61,6kg <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fluffy sleeps with his tongue out now, love him :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 pre work-out co... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:29:32 EST (Day 18) Whole 30 Recap [Day 12] <img src=""> <BR> Dear SP, Today was rough. Work was stressful. Picked up my son, took him to soccer practice, then brought him back to school for a family movie night. Didn't come home till 9pm, and still didn't hav... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:01:56 EST Lindsey Stirling Thanks you for all you nice comments. I wish that there were not so many problems with some people not being able to play such nice music. <BR> <BR> Here are four new ones that I found from Lindsey. I love here video's as well as her playing. <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:55:30 EST Resilience Today I read Ellen G. Goldman's excellent article, "6 Things Successful Dieters Have in Common." This jumped out at me: "Life throws curveballs all the time, but they aren't reasons to throw my healthy habits away. I know that soothing myself with food or TV won't solve my problems. I deal with... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:32:11 EST Step By Step Guide To Buying Home Camera System If you are searching for the best quality home security camera system, then you should know that there are various important things that you need to focus on. You will have to follow a step by step guide to finding the best home security camera system. There are plenty of important things that yo... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:24:48 EST Pain vs suffering I was having this discussion about the difference between coping with pain versus merely enduring suffering. I guess I see pain as a time limited state with an end in sight, that while uncomfortable can be dealt with and resolved. While suffering is a long term prospect with no particular end ... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:20:48 EST Out of the fire came a Bird <img src=""> <BR> Canadian Armed Forces are set to arrive soon. We were told tonight in the town hall meeting, to not be alarmed when we see them traveling through our community to the fire zones. <BR> <BR> Our pro... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 02:36:49 EST 8-16-18 My shoulders are giving me fits. Can't move this way or that way or any way. They can sometimes take my breath away when I reach for something. I thought my knees were obnoxious. They could take lessons from my shoulders. Arthritis is the pits. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 02:27:26 EST Staying fit Staying fir is something we should be conscious of always as it keeps us healthy too Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:35:30 EST Face Yoga Don't know if this does ANY of the many things this YouTuber claims it can accomplish but I do know this--doing these steps feels good! Do you practice facial exercises? If so, which? Love to hear about your results. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:18:06 EST Day 7 Today was difficult again; as there was a batch of cupcakes readily available, I ate almost nothing else. A minimal amount of protein, no veggies, just cupcakes. I did stay on track with drinking water, and didn't consume too many calories, but anytime I wandered to the kitchen, hungry or not, I ... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:57:58 EST The show (and the shoe) must go on! For those of you who missed the last scintillating episode, I was pretty upset on Tuesday night when one of my shoes decided to give up the ghost half a mile from my house. The fabric on the inside of the heel split, baring a piece of plastic attached to the back of the shoe, and that piece of p... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:56:05 EST Catechism in a Year 278. Who is the minister for the celebration of the Eucharist? <BR> <BR> The celebrant of the Eucharist is a validly ordained priest (bishop or priest) who acts in the Person of Christ the Head and in the name of the Church. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1348, 1411 <BR> <BR> 279. What are the... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:29:04 EST Stress eating The article I read today waiting for my daughter-. Driven by a force an alcoholic experiences, like an addict needing a fix. Stress causes our endorphins to go out of wack. If we learned sweets or carbs gives us relief, then eating these foods when stressed, or emotionally eating develops an incr... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:27:07 EST Sugar Effects Restless Legs <img src=""> <BR> My last blog entry was about my sugar binge. Well the night after the binge I couldn't sleep and I had horrible restless legs which I haven't had in a long time. I just read an article on WebMd that... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:17:43 EST Weather It looks like it has changed for the good. It is now cooling down in the afternoon. It was overcast early. It is 72 outside and 75 inside. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:12:36 EST Special Blessings-August 17, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I cleaned the bathrooms this morning. There was a time that I couldn't even begin to clean the bathrooms. <BR> <BR> 2. I did a load of laundry this afternoon. <BR> <BR> 3. My friend, Linda, called to let me know that she made it... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:08:15 EST Book lovers day August 9 is Book Lovers Day - Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book. <BR> <BR> Book reading is a great hobby. It's an important one, too. Employers look for it on resumes. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us both smarter... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:16 EST Cats ;-) 08/16/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cute Couple <BR> <link><BR>-to-see-his-dream-girl-almost-every-da<BR>y-for-two-yea-2410502906.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:59:26 EST Did You Know????? Did you know????? <BR> <BR> Line dancing was started by women waiting to use the bathroom. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:47:30 EST #489 Today's fun! We chose to later as many wanted to sleep in. Then it was off and did some touring. We decided to take the trolley for a tour of the town and being taken across the MacKinaw bridge. The driver was a very good tour guide and we learned much more history of the area. Some lovely statutes that were... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:46:06 EST PUTTING THE ME IN MY AWESOME AUGUST, DAYS 15 & 16!! Pool Time Is Helping Wednesday’s Lab: Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life.~Adele Brookman <BR> <BR> Happy Relaxation Day, Best Friends Day, Check the chip Day (pet Chip Implants) & Lemon Meringue Pie Day!! <BR> <BR> What do you call a dancing pie?~Lemon Merengue!*Wh... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:41:56 EST 8/16/18 - Bedtime Unfortunately, we didn't get that much rain yesterday, so I watered the garden this evening. I'm only supposed to water on even numbered days, but don't tell anyone. I don't always follow the rule. Heck, I never water the grass, so I tell myself that it's OK. Bad me. <BR> <BR> At work, neith... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:40:58 EST running late today, but have a happy anyway <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:40:06 EST thursday today has been the day i find out about glitches <BR> <BR> my face was burned by a product i purchased from a drug store last day. i have been waiting three months now for their insurance company to contact me after giving my phone to their corporate offices, did they pass the correct one on t... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:35:50 EST G'S POST <img src=""> Today was a hard day, two classes zumba and water fusion ands I still had not meet my step goal at 7 I kept it up it took me till 10 PM but I got my 10,000 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:31:08 EST Rough night, Good day <img src=""> <BR> Living within a region full of grapes means not alot of sleep for the foreseeable future as grape harvest began litterally at midnight last night, sigh. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:29:55 EST Sky's the limit <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:29:11 EST Choices <img src=""> <BR> My motivational quote from Spark people today was "you are the sum of all the choices you have made." Man did that hit home. It has taken years to realize that point. Yes, some things in my life have ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:21:00 EST Busy Busy Busy With my DIL's baby shower on Sunday that I am hostessing, it has been a very busy week so far. I am happy to say however that I have still gotten out for power walking. I have gone the past two nights after 9:30 but taken my big dog with me. Tonight I managed to get 3 miles in but the dog is gett... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:19:12 EST Thu 8/16 It's Thursday, library day. We picked up the grandchildren from school and then headed to the library. We enjoy going to the library every Thursday. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:18:22 EST so not a party planner i am not good at hosting parties. i am not even all that interested in hosting. i like bringing dishes or decorations or assisting in some way. but i dont like being in charge. i dont like to plan menus for other people. i am not a picky person and i dont have food allergies <BR> <BR> my inlaws ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:12:46 EST The Queen of Soul Is Gone RIP Aretha Franklin <BR> 25 March 1942 - 16 August 2018 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Aretha, 1967 <BR> <img src=" Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:11:57 EST Every excuse in the book. This morning I used everything I could think of not to work on that quilt. It's like I'm afraid to finish it. So this is the list I went thru first the dog got a whole shower, then I got another shower, the kitchen floor was cleaned and the porch was swept. Now it's lunch time and my friend in... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:11:08 EST jokes and books This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: <BR> August 9 is Book Lovers Day - Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book. <BR> <BR> Book reading is a great hobby. It's an important one, too. Employers look for it on resumes. Reading is... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:50:52 EST Dorothy's Journey: Chapter 41 - A Little Help From Our Friends Torn away from being fit, healthy and organized, Dorothy started her journey back. <BR> <BR> It was a productive day at the office! Dorothy took a deep breath when she finished reviewing the monthly report. It was only a few minutes before the end of the day. Dorothy ran some errands befor... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:49:08 EST Frustrated I have been at a stand still weight wise for 8 weeks. I’m logging my food, exercise regularly and nada. I’m so aggravated and thinking I may not lose any more weight. <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:46:49 EST My Love of Books <img src=""> <BR> This was one of our blog choices for Week 2 for Aspire and Inspire's BSG Challenge: <BR> August 9 is Book Lovers Day. Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:21:23 EST Marching to Pretoria? Recently I read somewhere (no doubt on this site) that standing at your computer burns two times more calories than sitting at the computer. I took immediate notice and so did my ample tush, which has been spending a considerable amount of time at the computer lately. I decided to give it a try. ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:17:12 EST Because they are our kids and we NEED to know they are safe <BR> What a crazy week it's been. Working hard to get the house ready to put on the market, we're listing next week. Looking at our options so when we sell we know what can expect to be able to buy. <BR> <BR> On top of growing the business, helping my daughter move into her own home with the t... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:59:27 EST Hard but Enjoyable Day <img src=""> <BR> Lot of hard cleaning Church group dinner Stayed on track Showed myself just how much I can do(and survive) I am hoping for days like this to come And I was down 3 lbs today Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:52:19 EST 100 days logging on Today is day 100. Things are going slow but they say that is best. I have lost 12.6 pounds. Not a record breaker but sure a lot better than gaining. I am trying different ideas and seeing what works. Not doing well on exercising. I know I need it but only seem to do about a week before I st... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:47:55 EST Water Happy that im back in drinking alot more water have to push myself every day and remind myself that when i did one time it help me loose alot of weight and fast so i dont know why it so hard to get it to my head and so difficult to drink water as much as i need to but im in the road Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:47:28 EST WOO HOO Well today Hubby is driving again. We had his truck towed in as it died while sitting and we went to pick it up this afternoon. He followed me home and drove us out to eat afterward. I hate driving in the city so now he can do it again. My car has to go in on Tueday as the back up camera is n... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:46:44 EST Back to school shopping:) It’s started!! The last year that I will be sending a child off to school. My baby starts his last year of high school in a few weeks. And cue tears... I’m reminded of the scene from transformers where the mom is drinking and crying while they’re dropping the guy off at college. Totally going to... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:24:06 EST Rainy Thursday It seems like the rain always makes me lazy. I pushed myself today to get my 12,311 steps today. I made myself move every hour, when I could have easily slept all day. Tried to win $ 8,000 on the queen hearts drawing tonight. No winner here. Hope everyone had a great day. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:19:58 EST OK Day! The Boss came to sign checks. We had a lot of questions to ask Him. That has made work for Us. So it was a stressful work day!! But We will get it done. Two of Our Grandsons have been to see Us this evening. Great visits!! Enjoy Your Friday!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:18:44 EST Thursday 8/16/2018 I went to my nutrition class and we tried a no tuna salad sandwich. It was pretty good. I think I might start eating those in replace of tuna sandwiches. It was really good very filling less calories, less fat. It was surprisingly satisfying.... I had a blah day. I felt like I was in high school ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:13:33 EST What's this? A good birthday for a change? Today is my birthday. Normally I don't care at all about it. My mom's was on August 15 and we always celebrated together. She passed away tooooo soon and I never really cared about celebrating after that. I was always miserable and shunned any attempt to make any kind of deal out of my birthday, ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:13:32 EST Thankful Thursday thinking thoughtfully today! Today was a good day. Our morning trainings were useful and informative and the afternoon session was fantastic! There was a keynote speaker who was amazing! He was very motivational and impressive. His story was a true miracle. He had the entire audience (all county school employees from central... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:08:46 EST August 16, 2018 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> It has been a pretty good day. Of course now Matthew is just being annoying. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Anyway, up at 5:00 and got my workout done. Then it was shower and breakfast. Jacob came downstairs about this point and was in a really good mood. That was nice for a change. T... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:07:32 EST Investments & Rewards Your investment and rewards aren't all in cash. Invest quantity & quality time to reap more quantity & quality time in your life. You are investing quantity for a return of quantity and quality. Enjoy! Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:04:07 EST thursday thankful for my friends " To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world. Brandi Snyder <BR> <BR> Thank you all for being a part of my world. Thanks for the love and encouragement . Thanks for the times you read my blogs or just cheered me on . You guys and gals truly mean the wo... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:51:20 EST Another good day! Well today was a good day for me. I tracked my foods today & drank 2 bottles of water. Maybe some exercise tomorrow. It was the tortoise that won the race! I will get there. Hard work & motivation. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:50:12 EST field trip I went on one of those work, team building, employee engagement committee field trips today. I went mostly because as a right of passage, everyone has to serve on that committee for at least a year. When I did my stint, I insisted on calling it "prom committee". I go to these things when I can be... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:41:35 EST I'm Not Kiddin' Ye <img src=""> <BR> <BR> England doesn't have a kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. <BR> <BR> First week of school is always a killer. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:34:45 EST Gettin' Things Done... This has been another productive couple of days. Each morning after I have my coffee and feed the chickens, I've been cleaning up the back yard. I still have sticks all over the place from last years hurricane, but the huge pile of branches and such is now just a small pile and two trash barrel... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:31:53 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Summer Report! Team: Pink Flamingo's <BR> Status: <BR> Biggest loser overall~~ lost 16 lbs ~~ -7.1428% of body weight <BR> 1st place Cardio winner overall <BR> 3rd place strength winner overall <BR> 3rd place flamingo only fun points overall <BR> Remained on the last flamingo standing the entire 10 weeks. <BR>... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:28:08 EST short Aug Up date <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this is something I need to remember slow is better than not moving <BR> Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods. <BR> Aug is flying by and soon we will wave ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:21:19 EST The Effects of Fast Food on the Body Popularity of fast food <BR> <BR> Swinging through the drive-thru or hopping into your favorite fast-food restaurant tends to happen more often than some would like to admit. <BR> According to the Food Institute’s analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, millennials alone spend 4... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:14:56 EST The Diva Of Soul <img src=""> <BR> #RIP to one of music's greatest icons, Aretha Franklin<BR>16/obituaries/aretha-franklin-dead.html Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:11:15 EST The Beginning This is my declaration. My battle cry as I enter the war. Okay, maybe a little dramatic but you get the point. This is my breaking point. No more of the guilt, of the shame, of hiding away, feeling like I'm not enough. But no more, because of f*** that, this is my life and I intend to live it ful... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:55:43 EST Day 1 complete <em>524</em> Unfortunately I did not use my elliptical today...I know... but I had physio today and did an hour of arm strength exercise there... <em>323</em> <em>34</em> so I didn't want to push it too far...neck is good ....working on shoulder blade...Rotor will be doing all th... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:53:24 EST Thursday, August 16th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> One more quiet day in the bag! Took Maegann shopping for tops at the thrift store, finished my client budget reviews and then cleaned out one of our file drawers. And then came the shred... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:51:08 EST Tracking de rigueur! Food and walked distance both tracked today. How about you? Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:43:41 EST 2500 mile goal Had two back to back days of waking at 430 in morning. Woke at 630 today And i needed it. Back ache with sciatica and waves of numbness running down my leg. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:34:00 EST OW, and self care I went to set down my dog's water bowl, and there is part of the stairs that juts out a little, I flopped over to set down the bowl and banged my head on the jutting out part, which happened to be a corner. So my head has a big gash on it that took a while to get to stop bleeding, I have a horrib... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:28:57 EST AFTER THE STORM After the storm, the sun comes out, & things seem so much brighter. Remember this it is always darker , just before the storm. Now that we are on a sunny day (don't you feel better, I sure do) After a couple of days of stormy, over cased skies, the sun is out again. A neighbor just stopped by wit... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:25:31 EST Tomorrow Is A Big Day for Me Friday at 8 am I get my nose operated on--not for a nose job (have thought about it at one time) but that little spot has to be removed. I am doing my best to stay positive that it won't be tooo deep. My friend Shirly is going with me so that she can drive me home. Not sure I will be able to w... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:13:17 EST Reservations Made Made reservations today for hotels for my Mom and I down and back to the beach. She and I are also going to Cherokee NC and then over to my uncle's in Knoxville. <BR> <BR> This trip has been a long time in happening. 6 years ago the family said we would take my niece's ashes to the beach like sh... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:10:55 EST Sugar Buster Challenge Ok for the next 3 weeks I have to track my sugar and cravings.....I am proud to say that as of right now I haven't craved any of my usual diet busting treats today! And I have 172 fitness minutes today.....I walked, strength trained, and did water aerobics! I have had 79 grams of sugar today........ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:51:17 EST Thursday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:50:14 EST whine (zero points) and cheese (American, 1 slice, 2 points) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Life truly is a rollercoaster, and what comes up, must go down, yes? <BR> <BR> My day is rather run of the mill I think, but I felt as if I really owed it to you as my friends, to ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:48:21 EST Protein I’m not getting nearly enough protein. It looks like protein shakes it is. I have the protein powder. Most of the ingredients I need. Mainly need almond milk. I guess I could go ahead and get more fruit. I’m excited about it. I’m looking for muscle mass. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:32:24 EST July Vacation/Baby Shower In mid-July I took a mini vacation to southern California to visit my daughter and attend a baby shower she was throwing for my granddaughter who is expecting later in August her first child, my first great grandchild. <BR> <BR> While the vacation was not as relaxing and fun as I would have like... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:30:20 EST That music I've been having a pleasant evening of music that moves my soul. <BR> It's hard to stay seated when dancing around but I'm managing. <BR> <BR> Cause there is no such thing as a dying man <BR> We're alive till the moment we're dead <BR> And a drowning man is just a living man <BR> Who hasn't... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:16:07 EST Doctor visits I went to the doctor. I weight in at 106 pounds and my doctor was proud of me. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:10:09 EST First milestone met Lost the first 10lbs on this journey 😊 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:04:30 EST Pain Free At Last No head pain today. YAY. Even the temple tenderness is gone. Yippie <BR> <BR> I did PiYo Hardcore on the Floor (ouch) and a 30 min walk. <BR> <BR> Gonna relax the rest of the day :) Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:56:18 EST Living in the LIGHT! 8/16/2018 <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:53:37 EST Bored Am so bored with my diet and I'm not getting the results I want. Weight is coming off so slowly. I have been dieting for 9 wks. What am I doing wrong. I cut out my sugars, except food, I quit drinking Sprite and no bread for me. Desperate!!!!!! Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:44:56 EST Complaints and Concerns The health club that flooded over a week ago still has not been examined by the “city”. I understand there may be more serious concerns than a few inches of flood water. Maybe next week, I am told, and there is a rumor of mould, maybe even of asbestos. Oh my. I took a yoga session today that fo... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:38:41 EST Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Oops almost forgot! Here's the Teriyaki pork recipe: <BR> <BR> TERIYAKI PORK TENDERLOIN <BR> <BR> 2 lbs pork tenderloin, cut up in 1/2 inch to 1 inch cubes <BR> 3 TBSP Vegetable oil <BR> 2 TBSP minced garlic <BR> 1 TBSP freshly grated ginger (I used 2 teaspoons of ground ginger) <BR> 1/2 ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:25:16 EST A Whole Lotta Recipes Vol. 1 Here's the recipes I used this week for my meal planning. All except the Green Chile Stew with Beef, I can't remember which cookbook it was in and I searched through a majority of them this morning and couldn't find it but when I do, I will post it. <BR> So, without further ado, here they are: <... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:22:08 EST Extended time off Been taking a long break from Spark. I have been focusing on other things and it's been nice not to worry so much about tracking etc. Which I always seem to do when I'm on here. <BR> <BR> I'm still active, lots of hiking, walking, and cycling. Some folks from my group have started early morning... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:20:13 EST Thursday Been busy at work today...just hopping on to make sure I get my blog done for the day...not much to report...still plugging along with the exercise..about to look at the local rec to see what fitness classes they offer....think it's time to add some variety!!! <BR> <BR> Back to work I go....ugh!... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:02:43 EST CHOICES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recently I added Spark Quotes app to my phone. It is amazing and every morning I get notification of a new quote for the day as well as their take on it. This was today's quote and made me sto... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:00:38 EST The Things You Learn As a lot of you know, I joined Weight Watchers at the end of the last school year. WW PLUS SparkPeople for me is the perfect combination for weight loss. This combination has really worked for me. <BR> <BR> Today, I learned an important WW lesson about food choices. <BR> <BR> I passed on pizz... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:58:47 EST My Adventures in Spark Land walking day 68 <img src=""> <BR> What else do you want on a hot day but a snowball. But these snowballs smell yummy! Reason 68 for exercising is because you'll miss fewer days of work. Temperature was 80 and sunshine. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:58:34 EST The Solution blog 10: Cure 6 Mastery Living The sixth "true cause" of weight problems, per Laurel Mellin, M.A., R.D., in The Solution: Six Winning Ways to Permanent Weight Loss was "stalled living". <BR> <BR> The cure? Mastery Living. <BR> <BR> And what, pray tell, are the differences? <BR> <BR> As she introduces the cure, Mellin say... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:52:54 EST Be Careful What You Wish For Mama always said, “Be careful what you wish for.” As usual, Mama was right. My mama has been away from this earthly plane for many years. But the words I always covered my ears not to hear, are constantly coming out of my mouth to this day. Usually to my children, TLW, or basically anyone else wi... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:47:52 EST Day 2 of Healthy Eating Again <img src=""> <BR> Took My Izzie and My Sisters Sage to get groomed today. Left her check on her counter so had to go back and get it, missed the road to the groomers, had to an extra mile to turn in another road to ge... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:47:46 EST Who's For Dinner? <img src="">I'd like to tell you a beautiful story, full of pretty pictures taken on a peaceful planet that exists in harmony with ALL life forms. Unfortunately, we don't always get what we want. I debated over the use... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:45:44 EST Why is losing weight so hard? I need to lose weight! I need to be better about what I eat! <BR> <BR> Here are my reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) I hate how I look in photos. <BR> 2) I hate how my clothes are tight. <BR> 3) I'm not happy. <BR> 4) My A1C was risen and it isn't healthy for me. <BR> 5) I get too winded doing many things.... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:36:43 EST Me and my sugar!! <img src=""> I love my sweet daughter more than words could ever express!! Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:15:59 EST Starting Over... Again I'm not sure I can count the number of times I've started my journey to a healthy lifestyle and then stopped before I really got started. I joined Spark almost 2 weeks ago. I've lost 3 pounds since then, but I'm still not dedicated enough to healthy eating and exercise. I gave up on myself so man... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:55:55 EST Dance! <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:49:18 EST A Few More Days In Paradise Well, Monday after we got back from internet, I helped Anghelo with his homework. Later Josue popped his head in my room, and seeing me writing in my journal, he commented about how I write faster than the speed of light. He engaged in conversation, asking what I was good at, what have I taught. ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:47:02 EST Fires All Around!! Just saw on Facebook a map showing all the fires in Oregon and California - looks like we are burning up both states. Would love to have some rain!! Does look like we may get some tomorrow. It is still really smokey here in Pendleton. <BR> <BR> Am just staying in today. Doing some cleaning ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:33:01 EST it's thursday i got a job and i have already started to work. i am entering and updating information on the computer for a real estate company. i have the flexibility of working from home or wherever there is an internet connection, such as the local public library. i like what i am doing and i look forward to... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:30:17 EST week 40 of therapy This week we discussed Betty and her life and how she was and how much I loved her and how much she meant to me and believe me the tears flowed in session. I told her about what I did to my left eye with a tree branch and how I slept with my mom for the first week because it was so hard. I also d... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:20:46 EST Sleep I need more sleep. I know this, and yet I find myself getting to bed after 1, 2 sometimes even 3:00 am, knowing that I either need to be up for work, or to spend the day running after 3 year old twins the next morning. <BR> I've tried to leave the dishes in the sink, and prep lunch for me & th... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:10:36 EST Peace <img src=""> <BR> PEACE ❤ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:06:21 EST Woot woot! Well first time weighting myself since starting using this program & I’m already down 2 lbs! 2 lbs in 2 days?! I’ll take it! Couldn’t be more happy or more excited about my weight loss! It came just in time for my girls night with my best friend to a local restaurant! This’ll be the first time... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:04:07 EST Day 228: Who Knows??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." (Christian D. Larson) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> Well, ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:59:53 EST Day 1906 S/B Gym Day. Still not 100%. Feeling OK. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:48:41 EST 8/16/18 Haven't gone all green yet but will before bedtime. Writing early since I work the late shift tonight and have to be at work at 8AM tomorrow. Great Back/Triceps and 20 min incline treadmill walk this morning. Tomorrow's workout plan is Abs/Cardio after work. Surprisingly my foot isn't bruised or ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:44:23 EST The absolute truth.... Last week I blogged about what to eat on a lo carb hi protein diet. I have eaten this way for a long time. But I am a carb addict. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is sort of like being an alcoholic. once you dry ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:43:40 EST Day 60 - The gift of yourself <img src="">Consider letting go of fretting about yourself and your own weight-loss goals. Instead, focus on your ability to support and encourage others. <BR> <BR> Think about the words you need to hear, then give t... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:37:26 EST My Life as a Dawg, Bravery I did something very brave today, Sparkers. I bought a two-piece swim suit. <BR> <BR> Actually, I bought two. <BR> <BR> I bought a black bottom that adequately covers my posterior. I bought a top that covers my tummy. And I bought a bikini. <BR> <BR> I know. <BR> <BR> What was I thinking? <... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:37:20 EST Egg diet Has anyone tried this and was it effective Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:33:24 EST Deal A Meal plan & cards I googled for Free Deal A Meal and big surprise, it's on Pinterest. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8262/?lp=true </link> <BR> <BR> The print is very tiny - but you can enlarge the view if you're interested. <BR> <BR> I am only blogging this as someone might be lo... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:32:20 EST Thursday's Thought <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:11:59 EST Sticks and Stones When I was growing up, I would often hear the phrase, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me." They lied. Words do hurt. I think it would easier to recover from a slap in the face than to overcome cruel words. Words stick in my mind and are sometimes difficult to forge... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:10:56 EST thursday up early early..wanted to get bakery stuff done by noon so i could MAYBE get in the pool. i woulda made it, too, except i ran out of milk to make the buttercream. Being keto, milk is a no, so i couldnt even steal some from the house. <BR> so, off to town i went..and i multitasked. dropped off ke... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:08:46 EST Shopping Did my healthy shopping at fresh thyme. Now can't wait to enjoy Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:58:36 EST Day 1 - Low Fodmap Ok, Day One is here. That came up very fast. Trying to accept this as a new and exciting challenge. I've only been to work for about 1.5 hours and have eaten everything I brought. I hope I can make it until I get home for more good for me food. There is always lots of temptations here. But,... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:55:17 EST Hi protein smoothies without powder I am looking for recipes for high fiber and protein shake or smoothies without the protein powder. I have frozen fresh blueberries Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:28:40 EST This Is So Mean !!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This Is So Mean !!! <BR> <BR> Raccoons will wash their food before eating it. <BR> <BR> Watch what happens <BR> <BR> Click Here <BR> V <BR> V <BR> V <BR> <link>https://... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:26:37 EST Day 8 of 85 <em>524</em> <BR> Soooo yeaterday's blog seemed to trigger some reactions <BR> Not everyone is a fan of Dr. Greger. He seeks the truth and it is out there buried under piles of scientific studies. <BR> <BR> Here is a thought... WebMD is a sponsored site. <BR> <BR> Ok..on to today.. it is ac... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:23:05 EST 50's Sock Hop Senior Dance today was a lot of fun. We all pretended it was the 50's. And we were at a sock hop! A lot of the music I remembered, even though I was a kid then. Hubby likes to jitterbug; he was a teen in the 50's. <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of some of the folks who dressed for the occasion: <BR... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:21:37 EST Better today Yesterday's symptoms have subsided and I feel better today. It continues to amaze me that my system can be thrown off by such little things! Like the loud hum from the HVAC system in my office. It really bothers my ears, makes one of my eardrums vibrate and that's uncomfortable. I am looking for ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:21:14 EST 12 Things Mentally Strong People Do That Nobody Else Does John Rampton posted, "12 Things Mentally Strong People Do That Nobody Else Does" <link> </link> which, while geared to business has some insight for us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:19:23 EST Day 228: Mindfulness Took the poocheroo out this morning but she was super poky, I should have left her at home for a rest day! We did manage to get 2 miles in, barely. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> I had seen a post on NextDoor or the neighborhood FB page about the water lilies being in bloom over at the p... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:11:00 EST Pics, and more pics Botanical Gardens , Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Today we went to Boothbay Harbor which is 90 mins from where I live. <BR> <BR> It's simply beautiful!! They now have a butterfly/moth house!! <BR> <BR> Here's the monarch <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To v... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:07:09 EST In Denial? Lighten Up I am actually doing well today. This week has been great! <BR> Has this ever happened to you? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Can anyone relate? <BR> <img src=" Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:54:21 EST 8/16/18 Shore <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." Andre Gide <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:38:43 EST Thursday thoughts. Another Thursday is upon us to make the best of. I Never liked Thursday, don't know why, just wanted that day over with and move into Friday. Dreary here,, rained this morning and now just really overcast, and humid, but only in the 70's, but it looks like it could rain again any minute. The r... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:29:23 EST One Year Post GB One year and a day ago feeling I had tried everything, I had gastric bypass surgery. I am happy to say to date, I haven't had any bad side effects. I have lost 95 lbs so far.. I know if I could walk more and move better I would have lost more this first year. I've been suffering for many months ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:15:22 EST Day 12 Again stayed within my cals yesterday. Today didnt my 30day flat tummy an other stength training. Been very stressful day got alot goin on atm. Praying things workout. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:14:12 EST August 16th Can't believe it's Thursday again, it seems to come around so fast. Tonight is our Woman of the Year at Slimming World and as a nominee I've got to look out some of my old photos and clothes to take with me so I can show how far I've come. <BR> I don't really like 'baring my soul' in front of peo... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:09:38 EST Recipes One of the best things for me in this new lifestyle change is the fact that I don't have to give up things that I love I can just change them to be better choices and it gives me an excuse to buy the all the strawberries I can eat lol. I was always used to the little square baskets of them and th... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:05:42 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 14 of 365 days <em>524</em> my Sparky Friends! <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> My goals are: walk 100 days; eat breakfast; work on being positive by writing a gratitude list turning my negatives into positives. Hoping that will help me to someday be able to turn the negatives in head into positives some day. Al... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:03:42 EST One Year “Anniversary” One year ago, after something like 28 years, I quit smoking...hopefully for good. (I’ve attempted to quit before and met with miserable failure, so I’m hoping for the best this time. As added odds in my favour, my brother also quit around the same time that I did, so we support and encourage ea... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:58:12 EST 100 Goals Day 98 <img src=""> <BR> Today's goal is to get to bed by 8:30. One of the challenges of the 5% Summer challenge is to get to bed by time. I have found that when I don't get enough sleep I am s grump. I need my sleep and ple... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:57:56 EST The hubs is on his way home...whoop~ee! Wow...where did the time go? The hubs is on his way home from his 7 day visit back to Iowa to see his mom and his sister. <BR> <BR> I think the time apart was good for both of us. We have been joined at the hip for 40 some years. Even working together the last 30 of our 40 year marriage. <BR>... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:52:01 EST Hot Air Balloon over Hayfields - 8-16-18 We've reached that time of summer when the fields are hot and dry and the skies are often cloudless and filled with sun. What better time to get above it all in a hot air balloon? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:48:17 EST Arethra Franklin 1942-2018 <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:43:55 EST Thursday Morning It is a rainy start to the day and some sunshine looking to creep in on the Gulf Coast this morning. WE are supposed to get a lot of rain the next few days. Today is the birthday of our oldest daughter. We will be going over to help the family celebrate this event later today. I have to compl... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:43:04 EST Prayer Request please pray for our oldest daughter, Savannah, she has a job interview today with a company here in Frederick. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:41:26 EST 2018 STEP UP AT PLANET FITNESS hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had wow workout this morning did step up and alternating machine great workout sweat was coming out of my head feeling good more of my friends that from old gym that love it to they also love the machines we had outdated stuff we all did right move so far but re... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:30:30 EST Start I signed up today because I finally realized that, since my temperament does better when any challenge is made into a game or a social thing, that would probably also be true for the health and weight goals I have. This morning I bought some exercise clothes that actually fit and signed up for a... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:26:28 EST Thurs 16th Aug 61,5kgs - date night tonight (restaurant) <BR> <BR> Pre work-out coffee = 84 cals <BR> 1 Dolce Gusto Capuccino 84c <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Indoo... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:13:04 EST It's All There. Well, there is no doubt about it. Summer is reaching its finality and apricots are a rarity. My mom loves apricots and I bring her a bowl full every few days but unfortunately they are done. <BR> <BR> All things must come to an end but in the meantime, enjoy them while you can. <BR> <BR> Inst... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:12:39 EST Day 87 - Hanging In Well, I'm hanging in there. I walked for 35 minutes, did a 2 mile "walk away the pounds" video, and 20 minutes of the "upper body burn" video. I'm doing ok. <BR> <BR> I'm just going to take this day a chunk at a time. I'm just thinking of staying on track until lunch. Then after lunch I will dea... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:10:11 EST Chapter 29, Days 21 & 22 Internet spotty.....will update blogs when I can..... <BR> <BR> Tues and Wed Gold days. Yay! <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:57:05 EST The Rollercoaster, Part 103 Yesterday I was so down I didn't feel like doing anything, just wanting to sit and try to get my head straight. My appetite finally came back, too, so I was struggling with that. I ended up doing some work for my class, which made me feel good, and I went ahead and ate the fried chicken and bis... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:43:47 EST Thursday morning Since the dry run turned out exactly how we planned, we just left almost everything in the car! DD removed out two rolling suitcases and the empty tub that represented our filled one(no sense in lifting that heavy tub until we have it filled and organized!), and the laptop. This will shave off ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:43:04 EST God’s Army Bible Boot Camp – Day 38 Nehemiah intercedes with God: <BR> “We have acted very corruptly [to act wickedly] against You, and have not kept the commandments [order], the statutes [clear communication of what someone should do], nor the ordinances [that which is lawful] which You commanded Your servant Moses. “Remember [e... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:41:25 EST non scale victories - body changes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> You may not realize it but this photo is probably the first one I've publicized of myself in YEARS. It shows a big change in my mindset. I will no longer hide from the camera (well... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:37:25 EST Ramblings... I called the doctors office this morning and asked for the nurse to call me back... because I am on the last 24 hours of the antibiotic... and while I have improved a little... I am still sickly. I don’t think it’s all side effects of the antibiotic either! I still sound like a bullfrog among o... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:29:45 EST Learning journal <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I am only on day 10 but ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:28:54 EST 8/16/18 <img src=""> <BR> Have a wonderful day. Always believe. Love and hugs Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:25:13 EST On Vacation... finally... <img src=""> <BR> Went down to the Jersey Shore for a couple of days. It is amazing what your body re-boot. I had a total of over 10 hours of sleep the other night and last night I had a little over 11 hours.... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:24:22 EST Thursday Morning Two hours on treadmill this morning. Going into hospital from noon to 4 to volunteer as a messenger this afternoon. Have a lovely day. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:23:54 EST Low Carb/Keto! I really did like the WW program, I really did. I restarted it again last September (my last blog post) in hopes that it would rid me of the extra baby weight I was carrying around and hadn't been able to shake off yet. I lost some great pounds within the first month, but then stalled in December... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:11:27 EST Rest in Peace, Aretha And thank you for all the great music. (which I'm playing all day today) Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:08:02 EST CHALLENGE YOURSELF I am the leader of a Biggest Loser team (no relation to the show except for the name) called the LOVELY LIMES. Our team family is a part of a BIGGER group of teams that compete with and FOR each other in as supportive a manner possible. RECRUITS are low for the FALL challenge and ALL TEAMS is loo... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:07:42 EST PUTTIN’ UP THE POLE BEANS <img src=""> Yesterday's pole beans . More today & tomorrow and the next day.... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:07:20 EST Can Destroy the Pancreas, and Lead to Multiple Organ Failure and Death <link><BR>ypets/archive/2018/08/15/canine-pancre<BR>atitis.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign<BR>=20180815Z1_NB&et_cid=DM228109&et_rid=393266630 </link> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:05:29 EST Why can't I live on cheeseburgers I want food to be my friend but it seems to be my nemesis. I've been making better choices but I still get an almost uncontrollable urge to splurge every time I pass a crappy food place! Gotta be strong I'm down 5lbs this month! Aretha RIP. You had my r e s p e c t. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:05:04 EST Loving SPARKPEOPLE! So Happy I found SPARKPEOPLE! 💕 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:02:18 EST Day 41-Last Ruby Standing Challenge And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful, Yes, make our efforts successful! Psalm 90:17 NLT Bible Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:02:15 EST Getting Rid of the Uninvited Houseguest I live in a touristy part of Texas, and over the years it has been my delight to share my home with an assortment of visitors, but occasionally I will have the uninvited guest from the Animal Kingdom, random interlopers who tend to be more afraid of us than we are of them, for example, the squirr... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:00:35 EST 8/16/18 3 days into the restart of my journey to a healthier me and I feel good. Normally when I set out to lose weight I am a horrible scale watcher. I mean morning noon and night I will hop on that thing when ever I enter the bathroom. Terrible I know. On day 1 I said your doing this for you not a ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:57:02 EST This is my motivation! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> LOVE, LOVE LOVE this! Thank you to another Spark user (_KANDY) for letting me borrow it. <BR> <BR> Changing my relationship with food is difficult. I love to eat stuff that tastes good and ri... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:54:04 EST Day 16 I got up early so I took the boys for a walk around the yard Too bad for all this smoke Cough, cough Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:48:24 EST Still doing welk Tracking on point. Strength training yesterday and spinning today Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:43:03 EST Attitude is everything! <img src=""> <BR> Well, I try to achieve a healthy day, everyday---some days are easier than others, but, I think if I set the goals high , and I do some of them, it's better than not doing anything! <BR> <img src="... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:38:25 EST Kinda ready to give up. Im currently at the point where I'm giving up on this process. It's already been a year on this process and I've lost 66 pounds. I kinda gave up these past couple months and gained 6 pounds. So Ive still lost a total of 60 pounds. I have to lose 80 pounds just to have the surgery. I don't think t... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:32:05 EST Lola Good Morning Fellow Sparkers ! I miss Lola so dearly. She was such a wonderful kitty and I will never forget all the amazing memories with her. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. She always slept with me or my oldest son every night. She loved to cuddle and play. She was so beautiful and... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:27:00 EST Visual Log: Breakfast 16/8 <img src=""> <BR> Today's breakfast is much larger than what I usually go for, but a girl in ketosis needs to eat. 😋 Two turkey sausage patties, a two egg omelet with cheddar cheese and some diced red pepper, a steami... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:25:06 EST Day 1 of Lean Habits and random thoughts.. Hi! Happier post today than the last one. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm on day 1 of Lean Habits again, I made some very unmotivated attempts a while back but I just wasn't ready and giving up snacking felt scary. <BR> Now I feel more peaceful and decided to give it a go. <BR> <BR> The system... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:23:53 EST Another Beautiful Morning Filled With Promise and Possibilities Early morning is my favorite time of day. I love being up long before the sun rises, wrapped up in the velvety darkness and watching as the night bows out of the way for the light. I love the feeling of being the only one awake and knowing I have a brand new day to conquer. <BR> <BR> I have made... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:23:23 EST Soaring <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is one thing I have always love. And that's my love for eagles. Ever since I was wee high to a knee, I have always love to watch eagles flying. They are so majestic, powerful and beautif... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:20:27 EST A Sunny New Day. A Fresh Start. I am beginning again, again. With most lifestyle changes they don't always take the first time. <BR> <BR> It took me 50 years to get where I am now. It is ok if it takes a while to get where I want to be. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for putting up with me on this journey. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:13:03 EST Forget the Past! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticiz... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:08:25 EST The ones who say "you can't"....Aug. 16th <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:06:31 EST Normal... or Abby-Normal? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gordon Ramsay can have that effect on people... <em>578</em> <em>579</em> <em>211</... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:58:54 EST Tell a Joke Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: <BR> <BR> Tell an Old Joke Day is always July 24 <BR> <BR> National Tell a Joke Day is always August 16th <BR> <BR> Let's get serious now. We are not kidding. Tell an O... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:56:44 EST Self Care I have several mental illnesses and so self care is very important. Well, because of my recent severe anxiety I have not been taking care of myself very well. I've missed doses of medication, which makes things worse (don't worry, I'm back to taking everything, everyday!). I have not showered in ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:55:23 EST Doctors appointments now Bummer. I have to see my primary and my cardiologist. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:54:23 EST been a while busy busy and anxious when I look at calendar and see we are busy until sept 1 <BR> fair starts tomorrow. <BR> champion coming today to remeasure for siding <BR> sat church <BR> sund,mond,tues,wed, fair <BR> thurs help daughter with plumbing <BR> fri still there <BR> sat church picnic <BR> sund p... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:51:39 EST 8/16/18 The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand Quote of the Day <BR> If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery. <BR> John Paul Jones <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> One is very crazy when in love. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Religion and art spring from the ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:49:50 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 19 Stop Fooling Yourself <BR> <BR> Today's lesson is about fooling myself to eat something I know I shouldn't or at a time when it is not scheduled. It gives a list of "It's okay to eat this because..." I'll be honest, I used almost all of them on the list to justify eating something off plan. <BR>... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:43:04 EST Happiness 5 <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:40:50 EST Good morning <img src=""> <BR> Have a blessed day. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:38:24 EST Hot Flashes and Stress..guys you may wanna step away... So I have mentioned before that I hit lifetime in September and in October I apparently entered into this new exciting phase of my life call menopause.. But in the scheme of things, after talking to friends who have gone through or who are also in the throws of this journey, I seem to be experien... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:37:25 EST Rainy Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the perfect rainy day to take a walk! One of my favorite memories takes place in Alexandria, Virginia, 10 years ago when I went out to visit a friend of mine whom I had grown up with he... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:35:47 EST 8-16-18 - a Palindrome All week, the dates are palindromes. What fun! <BR> <BR> Have a good day, friends. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:35:02 EST Bolts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> National Roller Coaster Day <BR> National Roller Coaster Day is dedicated to roller coasters, and has been celebrated since 1986. In the 17th century, "Russian Mountains", which were const... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:34:23 EST Some philosophy from Socrates. In Ancient Greece Socrates had a great reputation for wisdom. One day someone came to find the great philosopher, and he said: <BR> <BR> You know what I just heard about your friend? <BR> <BR> - one moment, Socrates answered. Before you tell me, I'd like to test you for the three sieves. <BR> ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:32:31 EST 1 Year and 32 Days: Kickback If you follow me or read my blogs, I'm sure you already know this past month has been a tough one for me. Some of you are probably tired of hearing it. I know I am. I wish I could go back and erase some of the decisions I made that took me off track. I know where I went wrong each time. I know wh... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:30:54 EST Thursday August 16, 2018......random thoughts Good morning and happy Friday eve! Hope everyone is having a good week! It's hard to believe another week is almost behind us! <BR> <BR> I have a busy day at work today so I thought I would do a "random thoughts" kind of blog today. It's all kinds of this and that thoughts I have had recent... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:21:39 EST 8/16/18 workout Running: 1 song at 6.5mph 1 song st 7mph 1 song at 7.5 mph 1 song 8mph Walked at 3.5mph for the rest of the 40min Body pump: 60 min Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:13:30 EST Spoiler...Jesus Christ Robert D. Hales <BR> As we follow Jesus Christ, His love motivates us to support each other on our mortal journey. We cannot do it alone. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:10:27 EST Happy Thursday ... spending this afternoon by mom's .. feeling better after a good night sleep! <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... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:09:26 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>211</em> Yep <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:01:21 EST LOVE BLOOMs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>184</em> <em>129</em> <em>184</em> <em>129</em> <em>184</em> <em>129</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <em>188</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing You ~ <BR> ~~ a ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:57:50 EST Mary Pratt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-architecture/article-eas... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:52:59 EST long summer What a long summer, or at least it felt this way. Too many 100 days, meaning days with temps over 100 left us tired and lethargic; mostly my hubby it did. But that effects us all, because he makes sure it does. It's in his nature and I am used to it. So now that the end of summer is here (as in ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:46:49 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Keeping the motivation going.... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:27:42 EST Some one got to DH at work Good Morning; last night Dh came home from work - I knew he wanted to tell me something. From past experience, he will tell me in 2-3 days. I thought maybe he was overeating at work. He quit Weight Watchers - he said that it was not doing him any good. But this morning, he told me he volunte... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:24:38 EST New Day Dawning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This day draws near me, <BR> <BR> The LORD is with me, <BR> <BR> As I see the dawning light; <BR> <BR> Strained from prayer throughout the night, <BR> <BR> His voice so gently whispers, <BR>... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:22:30 EST Big Day my Sister Valerie arrives tonight! Excited 😊 to see my sister tonight! It has been about 6 months. Her plane arrives around 7 pm. Elated to see her but she is down to a size 4 and is 66 inches 5’6” tall! Thanks for your understanding support and lots more prayers Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:50:00 EST Thursday Jollies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Two Scottish nuns have just arrived in the USA by boat and one says to the other, "I hear that the people in this country actually eat dogs." <BR> "That’s odd," her companion replies, "bu... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:44:09 EST 8-16-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:36:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 16, 2018 August 16, 2018 DO WE TRULY UNDERSTAND? <BR> <BR> So many people in this world want to share what is on their minds. They believe their insight and wisdom is what others should believe as well. The truth is everyone has their own experiences, backgrounds and perceptions. One person’s view is not... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:32:55 EST Wednesday Thursday Had a good sale yesterday evening eventually after the wind decided what it was going to do. Going for a swim this morning before work. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:24:03 EST Happy Thursday The weekend is just around the corner! Have a great day. <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:22:48 EST “but junk food tastes so good” I was talking with a friend yesterday about how I’ve been indulging more than I should. And I said “but junk food tastes so good”. This morning on my walk I was thinking about healthy food vs junk food and how one just tastes so much better. But that’s not entirely true. I’ve made many healt... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:22:26 EST Today's Haiku Haiku #228 (of 365): <BR> Piping hot grilled cheese, <BR> a bowl of tomato soup: <BR> childhood memories. <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:09:48 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=8/16/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I WILL bless the LORD [Y... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:07:01 EST 8/16/18 I've had a lot of medical issues lately involving frequent doctor visits and medical tests. Exercise has taken a back seat to the pain and time for doctors and tests so weight loss has been non-existent. I've been diagnosed with DDD in the cervical and lumbar region, arthritis, a ruptured disc an... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:59:30 EST Is today the day?? <img src=""> <BR> I tell myself every day that I need to lose weight. I need to work on my health. I feel terrible! I'm physically tired, out of breath, my stomach is always upset and I can feel my body wiggle when I w... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:55:28 EST MORE inappropriate talk........ …..this time, in the guise of attempting to "guilt' me/cause me to "second-guess" - and I am NOT! HAVING! IT! <BR> <BR> No wonder I had a bad enough day that I have to once again pick myself up, dust off and restart...…...this is getting older than I am, and that's saying a LOT! <BR> <BR> If on... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:50:36 EST Busy Week So Far Have decided that the best way to keep a track on my food and diet is to blog about what I do everyday. I am truly amazed at the amount of time I sit around doing nothing...have been chiding myself that I have gotten lazy as I seem to be doing so little in a day. <BR> Then the consolation being t... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:47:22 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To all my women friends of "age''... Most of us are going through the next stage of our lives. We are at that age where we see the wrinkles, grey hair, extra pounds. Menopause has already showed... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:37:16 EST a wake up call, music to start your day <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:35:41 EST A Camping Miracle <img src=""> <BR> Last week turned out to be my best time camping ever. After a hot and busy morning, John and I headed north to go camping. We planned on finding a wilderness campsite with no electricity, and not w... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:30:30 EST HIIT Day 002 August 16 2018 <BR> Began my High Intensity Interval Training this morning at 7 AM <BR> Treadmill <BR> Start Speed 23-24 - 2 Minutes <BR> Start Speed 35-38 - 1 Minute <BR> 1 Repeat <BR> End Speed 21 - 2 Minutes (with added arm punches 80 count) <BR> <BR> Sweating, slightly out of br... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:28:03 EST WIVES....DON'T MAKE THEM MAD! <BR> A woman announces to her friend that she is getting married for the fourth time. "How wonderful! But I hope you don't mind me asking what happened to your first husband?" He ate poisonous mushrooms and died. "Oh, how tragic! What about your second husband?" He ate poisonous mushrooms ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:21:33 EST .. Day 228/365 <BR> <BR> Day 42/90 of a new protocol <BR> <BR> Day 15/30 for 1 mile (minimum) a day walking <BR> <BR> An early morning walk at the school track was pleasant as well as refreshing .. <BR> <BR> Walking actually helps me relax .. I think it is the rhythm of my steps that have a calming effec... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:15:10 EST August 16 1 Corinthians 12 Gifts, spiritual and mundane I firmly believe that we all have gifts, some would just call it talents but either way it amounts to the same thing. Some people can be great administrators, mechanics, painters, doctors, and so on. People filling all of the positions that society needs. I think of the account in the book of The... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:55:12 EST rain again went offline..back on. <BR> its still august an feels like september...but our heatwave is coming back, they say. <BR> still here. i mean balanced between 10.8 an 9. <BR> i did put on three ...with a box of meringue nests an a block of moo chocolate. <BR> but its okay. still okay. <BR> an its ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:50:58 EST Hmmmmm - things learned OK - got a "challenge" from SparkCoach to write a blog on "look at me and the changes I've made"....... <BR> <BR> This is a bit hard for me because I am in a good spot at the moment and can actually say I have been eating healthier and most definitely doing more activity/exercise. <BR> <BR> At ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:49:02 EST New Day=New Opportunities <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great Thursday ahead... <BR> <BR> This is a brand new day with new opportunities for you... <BR> <BR> Let's raise the bar to our personal best with deciding today to eat... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:51:35 EST Quote for Today Everywhere you look you see people searching for love... but they're looking in the wrong places. God is love, and they will never find what they're looking for until they find Him. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:41:34 EST Bible Verse for Today Proverbs 3:5-6 <BR> <BR> 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, <BR> And lean not on your own understanding; <BR> <BR> 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, <BR> And He shall direct[a] your paths. <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:40:07 EST Real problems Sometimes, I get into a real pity party with myself. Then, I realize that I have no problems to complain about. Comparing to other people who have 'sky falling down issues' I'm good. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:31:32 EST 90 Day Challenge - Day 10 Yesterday was great! My presentation went well and we got our class roster yesterday. Which is like Christmas for a teacher. New students, new possiblities and challenges. <BR> <BR> I skipped the gym yesterday to get ready for my early morning flight (it's 3:09 a.m. as I write this). I have some... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:11:32 EST Update Fire Tonight the evacuation alert expanded for the Shovel Lake fire - it's gone over Highway 27, which is the only route in and out of Fort St James. <BR> <BR> My coworkers and I plan to leave in the morning, to attend training in FSJ, but with this, we suspect all that will be shut down. Even tho... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 02:02:07 EST 8-15-18 The weather guessers are starting to talk about the coming winter, that it will be an El Nino winter. Oh joy. That means more snow. I' m fine with that if the snow stays in the mountains, where it can pile up and give us water during the summer. But I suspect it will snow down here and mess up my... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 01:56:06 EST Disappointed - Entry 4 <img src=""> <BR> Kinda disappointed that I let the smoke outside stop me from meeting my step goal today. I only have it set for 6000, so it shouldn't be that hard, ugh. Tomorrow's a new day for me to try doing better... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 01:34:08 EST Not going to bed kept me fit Not going to bed has kept me fit & am feeling so much better now & I was able to exercise as well as usual Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:59:54 EST Michelangelo at the end of the walk. On our trip to Eastern Europe, we decided to walk a lot, and try to get in better shape. My wife had had hip replacement in December, and we flew to Europe on June 5th. I had knee replacement and had recovered well (did the rehab), but had gotten a bit out of shape. When we started we could do... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:52:13 EST One Month Spark It has been a month since I rejoined SP... <BR> <BR> So far, 9 lbs loss...few inches losses...more exercising...feel better... <BR> <BR> Learning more about weight loss stuff... very cool... <BR> <BR> Here is my second month sparking... ;-) <BR> <BR> Cinnamonie <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:46:15 EST Catechism in a Year 85. How long does the presence of Christ last in the Eucharist? <BR> <BR> The presence of Christ continues in the Eucharist as long as the eucharistic species subsist. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1377 <BR> <BR> 286. What kind of worship is due to the sacrament of the Eucharist? <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:39:42 EST The joy diet My daughter is having to go to physical therapy for an hour three times a week. I was reading an article the 10 daily practices for a happier life. 1- do nothing, Spend 15 minutes a day alone, a time out, a vacation, a holiday just for you, with you and your own inner thoughts. I guess that is w... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:38:40 EST Weather It was another nice day. It warmed up to low 80s, but cooled down to the high 70 by 5 PM. It is 73 outside and 75 inside, but it is still humid. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:12:41 EST RESTING MY KNEE TODAY After reaching my 15,000 plus steps, I decided to take it easy on my knee and only did 3208 steps. That is a big drop but I'll get back up there tomorrow. I was afraid if I pushed it another day, I would really cause problems. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> This morning was spent on the phone and ... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:11:10 EST Wednesday’s Words to Ponder Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health. Dalai Lama <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:09:23 EST Special Blessings-August 16, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I did some light housecleaning this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. I did laundry and will probably have more to do tomorrow. We'll see. <BR> <BR> 3. I sat down and balanced my checkbook and paid the bills that have come in for Sept. so f... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:06:48 EST Day 6 Today was a bit harder than the last few days. Instead of being at home with healthy snacks available, I was out most of the day and thus, didn't eat well. The lack of protein led to intense sugar cravings, which led to the consumption of four cupcakes. I haven't eaten too many calories, and my m... Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:06:24 EST Wednesday August 15 - Just an update I have been swamped here with the celebration <em>236</em> and the move. We had around 350 join us on Saturday for the Feast of St. Clare. It was a marvelous final celebration, and the weather was perfect. It was cooler than it has been in over a month, with a lovely breeze. The projected ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:59:47 EST Dogs ;-) 08/15/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who did it? <BR> <link><BR>3vka0U0o </link> <BR> Never remember any of my cats looking guilty! <BR> Dog = yes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:58:25 EST It Works!! Super happy to announce that after the FIRST week, I have lost 13 lbs!!! Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:57:58 EST (Day 16) Whole 30 [Day 10 Recap] Dear SP, <BR> <BR> FEELING AMAZING. My energy feels stable, no afternoon crashes. I got a little grumpy in the evening when leaving work, just some personal stuff. <BR> <BR> I would usually order pizza, eat ice cream, or drink wine or beer, "to take the edge off" but I did not do any of those ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:48:03 EST Kids Say The Darndest Things... My husband has been pretty sick lately. Stomach issues. My 13 year old stepson just asked me, "Did Dad try any milk of amnesia?" He doesn't understand why I can't stop laughing... 😂😂😂 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:46:46 EST A Recent Conversation Between My DH and Me.................... Me: "My memory is so bad!" <BR> <BR> DH: "How bad is it?" <BR> <BR> Me: "How bad is what?" <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:43:44 EST Week 1 on Keto - Weigh In I have successfully managed to stay on my keto meal plan for a week and have been in moderate ketosis. No processed foods, no bread, no pasta or grains of any kind. I planned my meals, cooked all my meals and packed lunches for work. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> The first few days were a challe... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:43:11 EST First post And of course I couldn't do it without cat firmly ensconced on lap. I'm returning to SparkPeople after having been away for quite some time. I tried Weight Watchers. I tried low carb, high carb, 21-day fix... well, you get the picture. It seems such a simple thing and yet one that we want to igno... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:41:12 EST August 15th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Winds ripping and rain coming down slantwise! Even Molly got a lil upset and usually Nothing bothers that lil gal! Put an end to packing the car with stuff..but today was one of those "life got ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:33:37 EST #488 Another day of Sparkers. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of a Native American telling of his tribe that was encamped at the fort, Fort Michillimakanac that we toured today. The British and French were mostly involved here along with ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:32:46 EST Wednesday, August 15th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had my quiet day as planned. Here's the way it went... <BR> <em>528</em> went to the bank <BR> <em>474</em> breakfast <BR> <em>542</em> sweeping & laundry <BR> <em>17</em> p... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:18:16 EST NEW WINDOWS Well, we purchased our home in 2016 and it was 9 years old at that time. There was a window that had to be replaced at that time. The windows have been breaking down. They are the standard builder grade. We noticed that this spring 4 homes had new windows installed this spring so apparently t... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:16:00 EST Dorothy's Journey: Chapter 40 - Tomorrow! Torn away from being fit, healthy and organized, Dorothy started her journey back. <BR> <BR> It should have been a great day, Dorothy made it to work before 8am. Dorothy worked the pile of to-dos on her desk. It was a holy day of obligation and Dorothy made it to church during the lunch hour... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:14:04 EST Back in the Swim of Things Somehow, I didn't have as hard a time getting back in the water this morning, and I finished my mile as the AquaZumba class did its thing..... That class has really gotten so big that it swallows up 4 lanes of the lap swimming.... I would never have thought that it would have so many devotees! <B... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:50:30 EST 8/15/18 - Bedtime While watching TV/dosing in my favorite chair, Sami was curled up in my lap, and EJ was stretched out along the back of the chair. <BR> <BR> I was happy that Georgia subbed at the fitness center. She's so much better than the regular instructor. <BR> <BR> I know that some areas of the country ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:45:24 EST 8/15/18 A rainy day was had today! Every time I left the house, the clouds thought they had to dump on me. I feel like I have had 5 showers today. Margaret had the laundry caught up and was shocked to see the hamper 1/2 full tonight. Gemini decided he doesn't like going out when it rains. But I was... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:21:24 EST Pick Up a Book and Read <img src=""> <BR> <BR> August 9 is Book Lovers Day - Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book. <BR> <BR> Book reading is a great hobby. It's an important one, too. Employ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:17:14 EST Wed 8/15 It's hump day. We washed the rugs and towels for the car today. The sun was out so we got to solar dry them. Other than that, it's the usual decluttering, weeding, etc. <BR> <BR> Happy hump day! Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:08:52 EST Off course ! Need help I haven’t been able to keep up my healthy eating. I’ve done good most of summer but I’m tired of healthy food. I do great until dinner then I cave & eat my favorite foods( not all at once). I feel so deprived. I don’t think I’m consuming enough food during the day so today I made sure to fill up ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:07:31 EST Visit to the High Desert Museum Yesterday, my friend Lynda and I visited the high desert Museum in Oregon. It was a wonderful experience. It is an indoor outdoor museum with winding walk-in trails. We both loved seeing the many children playing and exploring. <BR> <BR> Me at the entry <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:04:49 EST Work Made my workout today Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:01:21 EST Finding My Calm And Keeping It! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is what I have been seriously working on for past few months. Doing meditation and yoga poses to restore my calm. I have always been one to let others behaviors get in the way of my pursu... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:52:24 EST My moment of weakness at the store That little treat I bought myself for breakfast this morning tasted really good but made my tummy ache and I felt guilty for eating it. Now if I could just remember that when I shopping next time. <BR> I almost finished the quilt top today so tomorrow I hope to start quilting it. I'm also hop... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:42:03 EST Not now There are those days when you just do not want to post. I am watching some shark movies today. I have had a pretty good day. I am proud that I did as much as I could do but my eating was not too good today. I am not going to let it get me down though. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:35:18 EST Changes Wow, this summer has been interesting. First off I want to note that I've been exercising regularly since July 23, and everyday since August 2. This is a pretty big deal for me. I've been so hit and miss with exercise over the years. It definitely helps that my husband bought me an exercise bike ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:31:21 EST Another womans clothes... <img src=""> <BR> So, I am one of those people that loves thrift stores. I live in a tiny town, and we only have one. Last week I hit the jackpot, tons of very expensive plus size clothing, and get this: work out cloth... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:25:41 EST 3 Weeks and Counting I admit, I was tempted to throw in the towel the first time I went over my calories for the day. But I only lost half a day before reminding myself that this is not about perfection, it's about doing the best I can, as much as I can, and getting back on the horse. <BR> <BR> I don't have a scale... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:24:26 EST August 15, 2018 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty low key day. My only issue today is that I feel like I am starving! I've eaten plenty, but I just couldn't shake it today. I am sticking to "dinner & done" though. I've had a lot of water today too. I'm guessing that it's a combination of my workout ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:21:16 EST My life <img src=""> Great trip to the Great Smoky Mountains Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:19:51 EST Day 227 Whew I'm Tired <img src=""> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:08:21 EST 8/15/18 All green today and achieved my steps per hour goal. Was worried I wouldn't get the last hour but did before church tonight. Great Legs day workout and did 20 min incline treadmill walk instead of the stair master as I dropped something on my foot and it hurts a little still. Tomorrow's workout p... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:05:53 EST Had a Bad Night but Doing Alright Now! Last night was another bad night. I had a bad night over the CBD oil. It had me upset and up late. Last night it was over my ex. He thinks my daughter and I need therapy together and he wants me to pay for it. It is absolutely ridiculous. My daughter has an emotional problem and needs some ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:03:27 EST Oster Blender and bank I made a soup and ran it through my blender to get a smoother texture. When I went to clean the blender I could not disengage the blades to be able to wash them. Tried everything, even managed to dig out (my sons room looks like it was hit by a 10 earthquake) a small hammer. No such luck, when ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:49:13 EST Wake up its Wednesday " No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special , and you still have something unique to offer, Your life, because of who you are, has meaning. " Barbara De Angelis <BR> <BR> So wake up and believe in the power that is you, Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:38:14 EST Internet Joy Elaine called me today somewhat distressed about her sister. Once again I'm not going to go into the details. Suffice to say it's a tricky situation. In the past I've indicated to Elaine what she could do but she wasn't ready to hear it. Today she rang me very upset and asked a specific quest... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:04:08 EST Never too old to learn So after coming back to Sparkpeople for the 3 rd time since 2012, I have finally realized the importance of the nutrition tracker. I always thought it was to help you realize you were eating too much, but it can also show you that you aren't taking in enough calories. This has been a big proble... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:03:28 EST Great Message & a Mile Walk GREAT message! Walk and Talk worth the time to do... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ykKtE7M&list=PLSCcAGyv98ifqbICcUsdhHC3<BR>DrxOYxYEm </link> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:54:34 EST 24 hour fitness Had a great workout then spent 1 hour in pool and hot tub, ran back and forth and swam, felt wonderful. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:48:08 EST Purple Passion Fall Challege It's that time again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am the co-leader of a Biggest Loser team (no relation to the show except for the name) called the Purple Passion. We are looking for a few members for the Fall... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:47:37 EST Re: Lemons ~ Additional infor sugar in lemons Many visitors to my "Lemons" blog (thank you for visiting!) asked how lemons can have more sugar that strawberries. Here's the link to more of the info stated below. <BR> <link><BR>now-lemons-contain-sugar-strawberries/ </link> <BR> <BR> Health Benefits o... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:40:30 EST My son I took my son to check out Job Core today. To make should we made it there on time I went to the gym at three this morning to workout. The boy complain about everything. He has to do something. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:31:25 EST Today!! Today was somewhat less stressful!! I was very busy at work today. I hope You had a great day Spark Friends!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:29:06 EST Hot humid Not sure how everyone likes this type of weather, it's not for me. I feel sluggish and rather watch a movie instead of weeding. The weather person says all weekend, hot and humid, I guess I need a good book and my inside bike 🚴‍♂️🐕☀️ Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:25:53 EST Today! Good Afternoon '48ers, <BR> <BR> Hope all are doing well and thanks to 2BDYNAMIC for looking in on me. <BR> <BR> I'm still fighting the fight to turn it around... <BR> <BR> Stay Blessed Sparkers... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:25:07 EST A new menu for a new me I have been meal planning like a son of a gun lately. Ever since my doctor put me back on lean protein and lots 'o veggies and let me say, I'm proud of the menu I've put together for the next couple of weeks. <BR> I've got new things to try like Green Chile Stew with Beef, Chicken and Cabbage Pot... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:16:13 EST August 15, 2018 <img src=""> <BR> Just gonna leave this here. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:53:50 EST Second Blog Update with A broken heart It is with a broken heart and deep regret that I am posting this. I had an appointment for my kitty at 3 pm today they fit me in. When I got home I sat with her from about 1130 until about two when I asked my tenant who is a nurse to look at her and grabbed a load of laundry. My neighbor came in ... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:50:56 EST Bank On It <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you know which bank an orca uses? Whales Fargo. <BR> <BR> Busy day. A lot accomplished. Result? Exhaustion! <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:46:10 EST Un Dia a la vez We got this! One day at a time!!! Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:44:34 EST Murphy's Law Day It started as a great day. Cloudy, but comfortable. I decided to have a cup of orange, passion fruit, Jasmine green tea. Maybe I should have savored it a bit longer because it all went downhill from there! I went to heat breakfast in the microwave when it started smoking!! Thank goodness, no... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:35:46 EST supposed to be national relaxation day <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> another short night long day Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:33:29 EST Come and keep your comrade warm Well, the summer is winding to a close. In a couple of weeks it will be Labor Day weekend, and that means it will be 5 years married to Joel. I really wish we had the resources to go out and celebrate, but I have been unemployed or underemployed for most of this year, and that’s taken a financial... Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:32:20 EST