SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs SHARE <img src=""> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 04:53:15 EST Yep, 10 of them! :-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 04:09:49 EST Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, October 22, 2019 " I choose to flow with the River of Life." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Tue, 22 Oct 2019 04:05:00 EST It is time to gather our true valuables and keep them safe. Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 19:7) <BR> <BR> Jesus said: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do no... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:38:02 EST Epitah <BR> This poem is stunning. Just wanted to share it. It is used in the Reform Jewish liturgy, as an optional reading, before Kaddish <BR> <BR> ”Every once in a while, a poem or song is so well constructed, so clearly conveys the authors meaning and is so precisely expressive that it becomes som... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:26:24 EST Don Williams <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Renaissance <BR> Annie Haslam has suc... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:21:46 EST LOSE SKIN: QUESTION: What do you do about lose skin and you can’t afford surgery? Tue, 22 Oct 2019 02:34:19 EST Dogs ;-) 10/21/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Crusoe MISSION IMPAWSSIBLE <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 02:12:24 EST Subsidized Housing I live in subsidized housing. Don't get me wrong. I do appreciate having a roof over my head, heat, lights, etc. But there are drawbacks. <BR> <BR> First is the problem with the cigarette smoke that seems to seep through the walls from one unit to another. Not easy for an asthmatic! And th... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 01:56:08 EST First things first. I've been on my weighed and measured food plan for 36 days. I've probably lost 12 pounds or more (I weigh on the 1st). What a gift. It is a miracle. hasn't fixed all my problems. I write that and chuckle to realize I must have thought it would if I am disappointed it didn't. <BR> ... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 01:39:11 EST 10-21-19 I went to book club today. We have started talking about what to read next year. As usual, it looks interesting. there are some books I'm interested in and some I know I will fight with. I joined a book club to challenge my reading and move out of my comfortable genres. This coming year promises ... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 01:12:45 EST Rainy Days & Mondays MAMADEE's Blog: SP ~ Day 4932 <BR> <BR> Rainy days & Mondays... <BR> always get me down (as the song goes). <em>335</em> <BR> But really I like rain, as long as it's not so much everything is flooding. <em>257</em> <BR> And Mondays aren't so bad now. They were sure rough when I was racin... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:41:17 EST Day 30 (1 month) of making changes / 3 things I am grateful for today (October 19 2019) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I am from Canada have been watching our elections - it is now 9:30 pm and it is not going the way I had prayed for. My prayer is that this government will take time to reflect on the fact th... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:31:33 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR TUESDAY THE POWER OF EXAMPLE <BR> <BR> Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let ut run with endurance the race that is set before us. <BR> Hebrews 12:1 <BR> <BR> A 1999 novel became a 20... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:25:50 EST Weather It warmed up to the upper 80s. It is 76 outside and 78 inside. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:19:05 EST Day 3 - St. Jude Novena Day 3 - St. Jude Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Most holy St. Jude – apostle, martyr and friend of Jesus, today I ask that you pray for me and my intentions! <BR> <BR> (State your intentions here) <BR> <... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:18:11 EST Young Love is Exhausting for the Mama <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up tired so I went ahead and snagged a couple more hours once Isaac was off to school. I got a few little things done before it was time to take Ellsworth to the vet and the... Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:13:39 EST Tuesday's Tickle <img src=""> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:12:23 EST Ful Day Another good, full day. <BR> PraiseGod for all His blessings Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:58:23 EST Working on my head issues I am a compulsive, emotional eater. There I said it. I don’t always know how to deal with my feelings. <BR> <BR> Something happens and that causes an uncomfortable emotion. It isn’t always a big deal either. If I were better at dealing with my emotions, I wouldn’t stuff myself with food just to... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:43:27 EST Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some people are very lucky and other not so much but all they have to do is join SparkPeople and your will not be without friends, life long friends. Laugh, cry sigh and laugh again. Together, w... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:39:23 EST Mon 10/21 Grandson's birthday it's our grandson's 9th birthday. He was born 10/21/10 (too bad not 10/10/10) but he was 7# 7.7 oz which is 7x3 or 21. Our granddaughter was born 08/08/08 and the baby was born 11/12/13. Quite interesting numbers. <BR> <BR> We are going to Kauai Ramen to celebrate. I ordered him a cake made out ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:24:34 EST I had gold! Seriously? I see the website glitches havent changed....I finally come on and do another big blog post and the page freaks out and deletes all my work....smh Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:16:49 EST week 93 of therapy we discussed my decision to change psychiatrists since mine is leaving in Dec. so I need another one. We discussed the fact that my IBS is not under control yet. I am still fighting to keep food in. I discussed the fact that I fell twice and broke 3 chairs because of my weight and a stability bal... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:14:58 EST 72nd Weekend Fasting Cycle The fast lasted about 70 hours. It went fine. The feast on Monday dinner was good. I'm looking forward to number 75th. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:53:15 EST A brief break to rejoice Finally! Finally! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I hit the 160's this morning, and I am so excited! I've been at a pretty happy weight for me since July, but I've been looking forward to breaking this barrier. I'm sure there ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:52:41 EST 21th of October Good Morning! Had a good start. Took a hot shower to enjoy in the chilly house. Dressed and began the day with Bible study. Grateful to see the sun shine. Then time to be active and have a good day. Life is a challenge, but with looking for goodness the day can be a good day. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:49:11 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>524</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:47:34 EST Blood sugar readings Number higher today. Did really good all day and had some granola after dinner for a snack. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:46:59 EST Water Fullyhydrated Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:46:00 EST American Horror: The 11 Most Haunted Places in Georgia to Discover and Explore <em>423</em> <link><BR>-places-in-georgia/ </link> <em>423</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:45:48 EST Not seeing alot of results So i stopped drinking alot of soft drinks in June...I drink alot of water...I am more active I am moving all the time... I dont eat alot I have a goal of 1800 calories and im lucky to get 1100. I dont really snack and im not a huge sweet eater, but im nit really seeing any results... Im feeling q... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:44:15 EST I Should Have Prefaced This Yesterday........... <BR> Usually I write way more than I need to, but yesterday, I didn't write enough. <BR> <BR> What prompted my blog on the importance of "Hand-washing in helping to prevent the flu", was a discussion I had with my Doctor last Friday. <BR> <BR> First of all, I asked her how the flu vaccine wo... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:43:33 EST Sleep! I think part of my motivation problem is keep deprivation. I am currently tracking my kids' daily activities and nighttime behaviors to see if I can spot a pattern on the days they fight me and on the days the go to bed on time. Then, I'll develop a plan to get them in bed on time. Then, I can wo... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:36:30 EST Monday evening Hope everyone has had a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:35:47 EST October 21, 2019 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty good day. <BR> <BR> I started with my workout and then got my Bible, devotional and other chapters read. I got the boys up and fixed their breakfast. Once they left I got my shower taken and then had my breakfast. <BR> <BR> I had one little errand to... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:24:06 EST Goals & Gratitude 10/21/19 So I will probably be on Spark People less starting this week through Dec. I started a bookkeeping and an Excel class today, making me a full time student. It's hard to say how much work there is for Excel as a lot of the information isn't posted online yet, but the bookkeeping class requires 3 h... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:15:42 EST So, it begins. I finally confirmed my email address, so now I can write in the blog. I'm not sure that I'll use this, but it is nice to have the option. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:55:09 EST Tough day Tough first day back at work and dealing with food. Good think is I can move forward and learn. <BR> <BR> Thankful today for <BR> Answered prayers <BR> Friends <BR> Family Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:48:11 EST October 22, 2019 - weird health Broke down (?) and called my doctor for an appt. Friday. Sinus thing going on and bacterial so amoxilian prescribed for 7 days. Then Saturday, my foot started hurting around my 3 lower digits, slightly red like I had dropped something on it (and I had not). Then Sat. night it felt like my foot wa... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:47:28 EST Creative Sprint, Oct 2019 - Day 21 Prompt: "Draw or write non-stop without picking your pen up from the page for 5 minutes." [Drawing & Writing - That's How I Roll.] <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry, the blog picture keeps getting resized smalle... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:36:39 EST Weigh-In #23 I'm stuck with a bunch of bloat again because I got super depressed and had a huge binge. So it's going to take a bit of time to get this bloat off. Oh well, nothing can be done about it now. <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 296.6 <BR> Last Weigh In: 267.8 <BR> Current Weight: 273.8 <BR> Weight... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:15:25 EST best friends My older son was worried when he couldn't reach his best friend but it was a case to friends phone had died and didn't have another one yet. I took both my boys and their best friends to OutBack to eat tonight but when we got their I realized I had forgotten my purse at home but luckily my older... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:07:00 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 21 and 22 Daily Inspiration: Do not take any action until you've prayed and listened and then you will have guidance to reach the understanding necessary to complete the things you need to do. Lord, I know that there is no obstacle for You and ask that You will guide me along the right path. <BR> <BR> A ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:05:51 EST and legwarmers and big big hair. <BR> <BR> some of the old exercise videos are still making me laugh, but they are still getting me sweaty. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:03:09 EST Carl thinks he's an attack dog... if you count attacking long dead tarpaulins he's been given permission to destroy, that is: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or his tennis ball that's supposed to be "safe" for dogs to chew on (he "skins" these): <BR... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:46:32 EST Time to find a looney bin A very beaten up box from Amazon. But it wasn't a monitor it was some kind of sceen.. So I looked up my order and of course it is my fault. Because I can't read sometimes. So I'm going to return it and and ordered better this time. Should be here Thursday. <BR> <BR> In the middle of this ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:36:27 EST October 21st~Windy Monday The winds finally got to me..sinus alert!! But a stuffy nose is just an irritation, so many folks having awful things happen. I am counting my blessings while sniffing my stuffy nose and praying for safety for many. This has been a year of storms and fires and extremes worldwide! <BR> <BR> My b... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:34:11 EST Happy Miracles still happen! Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:33:31 EST Friends I am fortunate to have so many wonderful friends. I would like to thank you all for making my day special. I wish you all a fun filled challenge and hope you all achieve what you want. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:30:26 EST 10/21/19 Been a very busy weekend. Brad is settled in after a day of poking an prodding. His surgery is 2:00 tomorrow. He enjoyed a most decandant dinner tonight - tortellini, garlic cheese bread, and finished the dinner with a molten lava cake. He is NPO after midnight and his surgery isn't until 2 t... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:22:08 EST WHAT A DAY I do not know what happened to me. I had done a lot of little projects around the house I got dinner ready to compete when Hubby got home. Put it in the oven to finish and I sat down and it felt like someone had turned on a big blast. I was totally tired. I feel this way when I spend the day... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:05:34 EST Chicken coop Cat house In my pervious blog I posted pictures of the chicken/cat house <BR> <BR> Well I have an update-- for my friends that know what we have been doing. <BR> <BR> They have had an addition and the whole PLACE has been moved. <BR> <BR> The roof and the front of the building is all clear plexie glas... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:51:14 EST What!!? It’s been 3 weeks and I have not lost a pound! One week was vacation, the next a family friend died and a major outing. That is a lot when you are disabled, but not an excuse. I am just so tired physically, spiritually and emotionally-and then I didn’t lose any weight! Argh 😤! Oh well, I st... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:46:23 EST Need prayer for my grand children's friend Doland Hi <BR> <BR> My grand daughter's friend Doland, are both 2nd graders In Wyoming. Any how he & his grandfather went to the snowy mountains yesterday and have NOT come home. The grand father left his cell phone home so no pins to go with. Please pray that they can find them. There has been some... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:40:53 EST More on intuitive eating I’m reading an article on intuitive eating in “Health” magazine. The author Alex van Buren makes some good points that I wanted to list here for future reference- <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> 1. Trust your body’s signals - honor your hunger ( not excessively but give your body what it needs when it s... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:38:57 EST 10/21/19 accountability Calorie goal: 1100-1400 Calories eaten: 1455 (over 55 calories) Carb goal: under 120 Carbs eaten: 88 Protein: 113 Water: 8 servings Exercise: 0 (except running my behind off at Positive saying:"I will believe in myself." Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:37:22 EST Day 179 Almost all green on my Versa just might miss active minutes but achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 15K steps for today. Got in a great Legs and 10 min walking laps on the turf. Tomorrow's workout plan is Chest Circuit and 5 min turf sprints. Macro's were good today but still more carb... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:33:30 EST Fine Lines Hi Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> You know that old saying that there’s a fine line between love and hate? I’ve really been giving it a thinking over and I find it to be very true in so many ways. It’s my thought that there is a fine line between a multitude of things that are part of my daily living. ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:28:45 EST 2nd of 144 things I want to change - Prayer Well the Bible reading is going to plan (so far!). Today I did day 4 on Professor Horner's plan and it's taking about 45 minutes. <BR> <BR> Now the other Spiritual thing I want to change is prayer. You've possibly heard that 7 days without prayer makes one weak? <BR> <BR> So I'm going to have... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:24:45 EST 2019 Goals Exbike and tgym. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:18:42 EST Family Now this is a family <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:08:35 EST Weekend in Review Good evening <BR> I' back home. The flights all ran on time - that's something to be thankful for. I enjoyed seeing my sorority sisters. I also visited some family and old friends. It was a very pleasant vacation. The temperature in Nashville was like 60 and in Nassau it's like 80. So it'... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:57:35 EST Alaska Vacation - Part 2 Cruise I can't believe it has been two months since we came back from our Alaska trip! In many ways, it seems longer ago than that - a lot has happened since then! I wrote a blog about the first week of our trip almost three weeks ago, and I expected to write the second half soon after! Where does the t... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:54:29 EST He's back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a fabulous way to spend my Sunday afternoon. <BR> <BR> So is The Worker Friend.  Back I mean. Just until tomorrow.  We've been discussing plans for the house.  Measuring up and figuring ou... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:54:17 EST Monday October 21 Federal Election Day in Canada <em>636</em> Today. <BR> <BR> For over 35 years our tradition is after going to vote in the morning, we stop for donuts on the way home. <em>473</em> So, continuing the tradition, I chose to have a donut I really apple fritter. But I also made ot... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:45:03 EST Leisurely Day My hostess had to leave early to go to work, but she assured me that I would be welcome to “sleep in”, which I did, and I have felt refreshed and rejuvenated all day. <BR> <BR> I SHOULD have gone to the grocery store and gotten the fixings for a good dinner, but instead I think I’ll treat us to ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:24:14 EST Talking to my daughter.... My daughter and I live apart.... way apart. So we talk on the phone each morning about an hour a day! So we walk while talking ! Today was 70 minutes and over 3 miles and 8000 steps! Excerise done!💃💕 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:17:00 EST Daily Commitment 10/21 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I took a 34 minute walk, the weather was perfect, 66 degrees and sunny. <BR> I'm still doing well with my eating, thank You, Lord! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:16:49 EST Perception Perception, 2012-15, TNT <BR> Erik McCormack stared as Professor Daniel Pierce, a neuropsychologist (study of mental disorders attributable to diseases of the nervous system). He also suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, while teaching at (fictional) Chicago State Michigan University. He’s recrui... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:05:58 EST SMILE OF THE DAY <BR> A couple had been married for 35 years, and the pair was also celebrating their 60th birthdays. During the celebration, a fairy godmother appeared and said that because they had been such a loving couple all those years, she would give them each one wish. <BR> <BR> The wife said she wanted... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:54:34 EST First time I spinned the bonus wheel and got 500 points. I was so excited! Never had this happen. Hope everyone got outside to enjoy rhis fall day. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:51:28 EST Bad Bad weather! I hope You are all OK after the bad weather last night. We just had rain and high winds. We <BR> were without electric part of the night. Stay safe! Enjoy Your evening!! Luv U!! ((HUGS)) Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:20:55 EST My mindset is different. I have been working on my weight now for almost a full month. So far I have lost 13 pounds. I think this is a pretty good pace to lose. But I think this time is gonna be different. Why do I think it is gonna be different? Well, it all has to do with my mindset. I am not obsessing over every li... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:20:34 EST Daily Highlight 233 - Saltines, Rice, Broth, Oh My! Highlight - <BR> It is a big job to work down the pantry when your tummy is not doing so well. Saltines, rice, broth may need to be replenished. The other stuff not so much. LOL Wonder why. The menu is made up for the week, and groceries list is short. <BR> <BR> <em>574</em> <em>67</em> ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:19:27 EST Trouble with Moderation My homework from sparkpeople is to explain when I have trouble moderating. With foods: during and after dinner. I will eat till I'm over-full and won't stop till the heartburn kicks in. I don't know how to change it. Other areas: My thoughts. I have trouble controlling my thoughts. I think abo... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:13:26 EST 10/21/19 Oh wow it has been four days since I blogged. The weekend was a rough one. Went off the rails yesterday afternoon with food. Got benched with activity after Friday because of a unknown leg injury. I did, not listen to my body, and go on a 2 mile walk with lots of up hill parts. Same as I did... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:12:34 EST My goals. 12 days until my 8th 5K this year 4 weeks until my works weight loss challenge is over 8 months until my cruise 10 months until the gauntlet 5K I really need to work hard to meet my goals! Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:11:20 EST A Month of Mondays Today when I got to school, there was a serious traffic back up. Luckily, I come into campus on the far end, so I wasn't immediately affected. But I could see all kinds of lights and could tell there had been some type of traffic accident in front of our main entrance. I remember thinking...Oh go... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:05:09 EST My lunch today: actually had time to eat and enjoy. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch consisted of 1 cup of red grapes which contain ,Resveratrol, an important antioxidant. Also, I had a salad kit that contained nuts, cranberries and bleu cheese. The salad gave me much nee... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:59:44 EST Different Strokes <img src=""> We are all here for different reasons. For many of us it is a safe place to come clean about the habits that weigh us down. For others it is a diversion - just check out how many jokes and funny memes are ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:58:54 EST Making a Deadly Effort Not to Be Defeated It's kind of awesome finding something you weren't really looking for, and I found this quote tucked away on a piece of paper in my desk: <BR> <BR> The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on wi... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:55:54 EST Eat This, Not That (read free online Fall Issue) <img src=""> <link> </link> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:54:41 EST Back on the band wagon Back to counting calories again due to family issues and stress I quit for awhile which was bad to do Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:23:27 EST Monday Today was our mid-term evaluations in our chaplain program. <BR> <BR> Eye-opening. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:17:07 EST Eating cheap I only have like $24 left for the rest of the month, so I looked up "eating cheap for $20" or something and found a site that's actually pretty bomb. Stuff I could actually see myself eating. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lthy-for-20-dollars-a-week </link> <BR> <BR... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:05:24 EST 217 yikes The weight has shot up. I seem to not have entered a weight in here since september 25th, just after I returned from Arkansas, and that was an annoying 214.8. In the month since, another couple of pounds have pound their way onto my hips. Granted, this latest surge might be a bit short lived, sin... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:52:37 EST Dog Face <img src=""> <BR> Who could hate this doggie face? Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:50:57 EST Stars Stars can't shine without darkness <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What's it mean? Here's my thoughts: <BR> <BR> I think it means that without bad things, we wouldn't know what good things are because everything w... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:42:44 EST Special Blessings-October 21, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim had a tooth pulled this morning and it went very well. This was a molar, so I was a little concerned. <BR> <BR> 2. We did go out for a late brunch today to plan our week. Both of us had light meals and enjoyed ourselves. <BR>... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:42:12 EST Special Blessings-October 21, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim had a tooth pulled this morning and it went very well. This was a molar, so I was a little concerned. <BR> <BR> 2. We did go out for a late brunch today to plan our week. Both of us had light meals and enjoyed ourselves. <BR>... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:42:10 EST Odds 'n Ends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Halloween is next week! Can you believe how fast that crept up on us? My building sets up two big tables in the lobby and has never-ending goodies on the go all night. We are noted for encour... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:41:06 EST Day 11 of 28 Had piano lessons today. Played the ragtime etude - it's almost a workout :-) <BR> Had falafel döner for dinner at the station, back home: <BR> SP workout: 11 minutes core pilates with coach Nicole - I really like her style <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:26:57 EST back to work ramblings. I've had "long weekends" every week this month... and while that sounds fun, it is actually a nice way to put that I have had reduced hours at work... and reduced hours, of course, means reduced pay... which means that anything I could do with a long weekend, is actually not financially possible ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:26:54 EST Change 1 Everyone says thst consistency is key... And it is. Consistency, however, is not my strong suit. I'm trying again though and have already made some changes to hopefully contribute to my new lifestyle. Today I brought my own lunch to work instead of eating out or seeing if they would provide somet... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:25:06 EST Hold on Sparkers <img src=""> <BR> The knowledge is there .... it is taking the knowledge and applying it on a daily basis. Tied right in with our spiritual journey.... Life style changes. One step at a time. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:17:55 EST I finally learned HOW to eat and what I was doing wrong! .... wow! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>21... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:17:14 EST Good day Day off from school. Not a holiday but who cares, a day off is a day off. <BR> <BR> Walked further than DH and I did yesterday. I also ran three times which was actually enjoyable. Can’t believe I said it. I had fun running. And I was wearing my iPod with the wired earphones and nothing fel... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:13:56 EST Emergency room Well, I'm at the emergency room <em>46</em> <BR> Today was not a good day. I decided to go horse back riding. It turned out to be a huge mistake! It was colder than normal, I got on the horse and started out slowly, but then we went a little faster; before I knew it, we were going full gallop... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:08:59 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 80 of doing the new: "Some people feel the rain others just get wet." <BR> <BR> Day 80 of doing the new. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> I've been getting the flu shot for along time. I normally get mine at the flu shot clinic. I looked and they is one today and Friday. <em>257</em> Today is rainy and cooler. I wa... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:05:48 EST Happy I am doing very well right now! <BR> <BR> My mom has left. We had a good visit, and I am back to normal on the craving front. <BR> <BR> I did Zumba on Sunday and swimming today. <BR> <BR> I feel so good and I have so much energy! I almost don't trust it. <BR> I feel chipper, too. No depression... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:41:55 EST Monday Busy weekend...bad weather rolled in last started off gorgeous and ended with tornadoes rolling through my city (Dallas)...goes to show how quickly things can change and we must always respect Mother Nature.. <BR> <BR> Damage all over the place and there were thousands of people with... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:27:11 EST Double-Apple Walnut Bread Hello Sparkfamily, The oven is on and the bread...well just...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 cup sweetened or unsweetened applesauce <BR> 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:23:37 EST Monday, Monday Monday, Monday what will you be, <BR> Rainy and dreary, here you see. <BR> No harvest today, so hubby is home, <BR> But spent his time in town, not in our dome. <BR> <BR> Yes, it is a dreary day here, and suppose to get really windy here later this afternoon and storms moving in. It did rain ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:23:30 EST Monday-tipless, I went to Meijer this morning to get my free gallon of milk. I Lost two of my cane tips! What? <BR> One of them has always been loose, so I just went to get all of them replaced. <BR> One of life's jobs.. :) <BR> <BR> We went to Menards to get 120# of bird seed and a bag of unsalted sunflo... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:08:59 EST There is hope for me I have made a career out of eating sweets the past 3-4 months. Everytime I start a new plan, it just doesn’t stick. I finally realized that I am expecting too much too soon. You can’t just eat 3 donuts and 2 candy bars one day and eat keto the next day. Ok, maybe some people can. I can’t. S... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:06:56 EST Unscathed I survived the party weekend with no weight gain! No loss either but at least I didn't gain! <BR> <BR> Today is my sons actual Birthday so we will celebrate one more time. I packed a healthy lunch so whatever he chooses for dinner won't kill me. <BR> <BR> His party turned out great, everyone... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:03:44 EST Back on track, for the 100th time Being committed to not giving up even while talking detours is probably one of my biggest assets! I have regained 15 pounds, much to my dismay, and I have allowed myself to become just about the biggest couch potato I have ever met in my life. Procrastinating has consumed my life at a time in my ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:00:55 EST Day 1 as a team <img src=""> <BR> I tried at the beginning of the year to shoot for a trip to disney with a end date of dec 14 through healthy wage. I got off track got busy and got bored and here we are in oct and I have only lost ab... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:38:29 EST 21st October <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>edia/810489/october_2019.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> "Let go of the expectations of others and focus on what matters" <BR> <BR> I really can't tune into w... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:38:27 EST Get Back On Track Copied and pasted from one of the Beck Diet Solutions books <BR> to me it makes sense when we do unplanned eating ... go off our diet ... get off track ... over eat ... how ever you word it. <BR> when we beat ourselves up for doing that ... we need to stop that and just get back on track. don't... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:36:59 EST Day 1: Goal Valentine's Day <img src=""> <BR> My husband was supposed to go to the police academy from November 11th to March 6th. However, someone dropped out and he started today. New dates: October 21st to February 14th. So he left this mornin... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:35:46 EST October 21, 2019 - Daily Affirmation and News "I have no limits; I am only limited by my imagination. I am grateful, capable, open, abundant and blessed. I embrace life’s challenges and see them as opportunities." <BR> <BR> What a weekend... I walked 8.84 miles on Saturday. Man, I can tell you... did my feet hurt. I was wearing my new Ryk... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:24:36 EST Falling into Winter - 10-21-19 As Jeff Hall noted, it was fall one day, winter the next: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He took photos of the leaves changing on trees along the Mad Creek Trail, but before long was able to see ice in Mad Creek: <... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:12:12 EST Day 1 Can I call it <em>249</em> when I've done this about a gazillion times?'s my blog, so I suppose I can call it anything I want, right? <BR> <BR> Let me start by saying I feel like a big fat fraud every time I start those of you reading this who have seen me do this over ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:09:21 EST Physio time Been a bit quiet the last week or so. I was focusing hard on getting my spin-go classes complete (I did it!) and was one of only three people who managed to complete. That in itself is a big victory for me! <BR> <BR> I had a physio appointment today after noticing some pain in my elbow. We dete... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:05:15 EST Feeling Better/More Sleep/Happy Monday!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just kidding, I love Mondays (I'm weird I know, lol)!!! Start to a brand new week, new choices and chances and making time for what we love!! You know one thing I love? Baking! So today I'll be ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:57:54 EST All good news wonderful dentist says she can fix my broken tooth without doing a crown, which would cost more than $1000, even without a root canal. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We are having a lovely fall in RI...not spectacular foliage but pretty nonetheless. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:55:13 EST Encouragement from fellow Sparkers Happy Monday! <BR> It may be a little gloomy and cold outside today but it's a good morning inside. I am bubbling over with motivation and encouragement. My tank of healthy ideas is full. Some of it comes from my fellow Sparkers. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ublic_jo... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:36:25 EST Sickness and Weight Gain I don't know why I fall into the old trap of not eating when I don't feel well. I caught myself this time. I was determined to force myself to eat healthy foods. One of the days I didn't get all my calories in but the ones I ate were healthy. On the other days I forced myself to consume the... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:23:05 EST Sickness and Weight Gain I don't know why I fall into the old trap of not eating when I don't feel well. I caught myself this time. I was determined to force myself to eat healthy foods. One of the days I didn't get all my calories in but the ones I ate were healthy. On the other days I forced myself to consume the... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:22:37 EST Rough weekend A lot of over indulging and emotional eating, scale is definitely going the wrong way. Bought some things at the grocery store that we shouldn't have. I will work hard this week on myself and hopefully it can become a habit again, I am very proud of myself for cutting out alcohol but apparently ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:20:16 EST 75 lbs lost! So at last, I reversed the course I was heading in, and lost the weight I had put back on. I have lost a total of 75lbs since starting 3.75 years ago! Honestly, it doesn't feel like much of an accomplishment, because I'm kind of weirded out that I gained it in the first place. But, I did it all m... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:05:28 EST Acceptability of Gluttony and Lying to Be Healthy (MFP Posting 07/18/19) In William Davis' woowoo book, "Wheat Belly", one tip he gives to get your friends to stop shoveling food at you is to say you are allergic to whatever it is they are insisting you have just got to try. I personally find that advice vile - I think lying and saying you have a wheat allergy or a gl... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:01:45 EST Creating an Environment Each of us is responsible for creating an environment of warmth and consideration for those we love. I have always tried to define a good day not in terms of one in which all things were made right and comfortable for me but rather, as a day in which I have been able to make another's day more lo... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:45:35 EST Eleven Pounds to go Ever wrap yourself in worry and gripes —but, turn the corner to see some aspect finally going right? That is me. Weighing in. Eleven pounds to go. I might make goal after a year of SparksMenu. Wow! I have always had an Erore mindset. Breaking down an enormous project is the way to go. Hav... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:44:13 EST October's Celebration “Autumn calls the forest to rest, to exhale in a flood of colors rubbed to a fiery warmth on the hearth of both hill and plain before nodding off to a winter’s slumber. And what better way to turn the page of a season than to celebrate it in a manner such as this?” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough <BR> <i... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:32:50 EST Spark me Please On Saturday I went to a dietitian and a something or other. I need help and I can't do it on my own anymore. I went off my thyroid medicine a year in May looking for a natural way to monitor it since the medical way hasn't been helping. Almost 20 years since being diagnosed with Hashimotto's, you... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:27:56 EST Still Here, Still Plodding Along I started to make the title "Still Here, Still Killing It" but I think that urge was thanks to the lingering endorphins from BodyPump this morning. I upped the weight on a couple of sections and can feel it. I really love workouts that make me feel strong. BodyPump and TRX are currently my two fa... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:24:43 EST Blog <img src=""> Do not wait til the iron strikes hot, strike before the iron gets hot By: Vincent Sprague Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:13:01 EST Challenge Day 29 Casey and I didn't get to walk until 10:20am BECAUSE my DD went to the ER last night for kidney stones. I have had kidney stones several times and know it is no fun at all. I got up from a sound sleep and went to her house to watch the kids last night. Got up and drove Natalie to school this morn... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:05:38 EST Monday Three hrs. treadmill and dog walks and picked up 1,700 walnuts in the yard for exercise. Did housework in between. Have a lovely day. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:03:59 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:50:28 EST Lights Out <BR> There's nothing wrong with me a little ice cream won't fix. I had myself some ice cream yesterday, even though it doesn't help my diet any. The extra calories were made up anyway. <BR> <BR> Our power was off for 6 hours over the weekend due to wind blowing trees on the power lines, but we ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:37:06 EST I Didn't Over Indulge, So Happy We are finally moving, it has taken three years since the flood had damaged our home and being on the rebuild list but we are now scheduled to demolish and start rebuilding next month. I have 2weeks to pack up and move out. The hustle has left me eating whatever's around but surprisingly I have s... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:30:03 EST 2019 HEY SPARKERS GREAT WORKOUT MONDAY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout feeling ok going to get my mom taking care of this week going to nursing home thursday take her clothes and toiltries and meet all the people please keep us in your prayers hugs ,love and blessings to all of you enjoy your day <em>247</em> ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:26:38 EST 286 Days until Aug 3 2020 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So the prep on the stalls is going slowly, though now I am promised by my dear, sweet, loving husband that today, after he gets home for work that it will fly along much faster and that the wal... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:25:42 EST Monday <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:24:46 EST An Eating Tour Of Belgrade We are on a river cruise up the Danube and today we were in Belgrade, Serbia. We elected to go on an eating tour of Belgrade and it was terrific. Even though I do "meatless Mondays" I decided to sample the food and glad I did! <BR> <BR> We started off with breakfast in an outdoor cafe nea... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:23:15 EST Some people may recommend eating less to lose weight, and in some cases eating less is a key compone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> Weight loss is a tough result to obtain regardless of weight or level of physical fitness. There are many different ways to lose weight, some more unhealthy than others, but the ones that work are most times the most complicated to pull off. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:21:56 EST Middle Age Ya know I'm posting this because it gave me a chuckle this morning, but how many of actually do this and on more of a daily basis than we care to admit? <BR> <BR> Middle age seems to be all about walking around muttering things lie: <BR> "What was I doing today?" <BR> "What did I come in here fo... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:20:39 EST Tracking food Consistently ( and honestly!) tracking my food is eye opening. Overall, I'm controlling my carbs and calories better than I thought, but I have too much fat and not enough protein or fiber. Definitely will be working on this! Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:16:08 EST I Will Find My Way I will find my way. <BR> <BR> It may not be clear. <BR> <BR> It may not be direct. <BR> <BR> But it will appear before me, if I keep my eyes and heart open. <BR> <BR> Not frantically searching, but watching, ready, listening, preparing... <BR> <BR> Being disciplined and deliberate not panick... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:11:13 EST Going in the hole in the ground Hi! <BR> <BR> My father often used the expression “well you are the one going into the hole in the ground” when people complained about their health while continuing to do unhealthy things. Both mom and her sister (who was 10 years older than my mother were diagnosed when they, respectively, tu... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:07:54 EST 10/21/19 Be a Rainbow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "On average, how many ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:07:22 EST if you're running next to me, YES, we are racing! I have a treadmill at home so I have the luxury of having my own run in the comfort of my own surroundings. Yet when I am at the gym, of course that's not an option, LOL. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a helpful run for me. A guy got on a treadmill (with an empty one in between... I love you already! ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:00:26 EST National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always October 21 <BR> <BR> National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day celebrates a delicious Fall dessert. In October, pumpkins are literally glowing. So, why not put two of your ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:53:08 EST Explanations Not Excuses I remember years back when I was working (retail), my boss was constantly calling me on the phone or on the overhead loud speaker. One day I kept hearing my name being paged and I was with a customer that had a problem and could not go to my bosses office. I finally got to a phone and called him ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:46:44 EST Monday Update We are up early this cloudy morning as my wife has gone to her exercise class at the senior center. I finished my morning chores and am headed to take care of finances for this week. All is going well. All streaks are still intact. Praying for all affected by recent tragedies. Keeping focuse... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:40:49 EST Thank You For Caring Thank you to all who expressed their condolences to me on my mother’s passing. I wanted to share a beautiful sentiment I received from a fellow friend here at Spark People: <BR> <BR> Parable Of Immortality <BR> <BR> I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:37:57 EST RETRO: Eating fruit is bad for the teeth (but good for the body)? ---This is lifted from my original blog post from August 2017. I need to review this stuff myself, but was surprised at the info the first time around. Amazing to think fruit in moderation, too, but it's quite true (at least, my acid reflux will thank me for it--hee hee)-- <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, beca... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:37:36 EST October 21st- Oh what fun this week will Bring so this past week wasn't bad, I got some stuff that really needed done around the house on Saturday. Last week was pretty much eh, kept my calories in check, got my water in, even got 2 days of exercise in! Taking my husband to and from work kinda sucked but the plus side is that at least we do ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:34:46 EST I need prayers please, for myself. I'm too embarrassed to say what the prayers are for, but God knows what is going on so if you just pray for me to find my freedom, I believe it will help. <BR> <BR> It's time for me to look for outside help and prayers, so I am turning to my SP family for help. <BR> <BR> God Bless you and if y... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:30:41 EST New Training Plan! <img src=""> <BR> I’m starting a new training plan today. For the past year or so, I have been doing a simple yoga flow 3-5 days a week. Then, on two days a week I would go through a simple bodyweight routine (squats, ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:27:30 EST Believe in "you" <img src=""> <BR> It's hard to believe-----in "me"---- <BR> Even when I "Spark", there are days that I wonder how much good I'm doing-- <BR> -but-I'm still alive----so, I tell myself. "I must be doing something right--... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:24:12 EST An English teacher asked her students a question An English teacher asked her class to write an essay on what they’d do if they had a million dollars. <BR> <BR> Alec handed in a blank sheet of paper. <BR> <BR> “Alec!” yelled the teacher, “You’ve done nothing. Why?” <BR> <BR> “Because if I had a million dollars, that’s exactly what I would ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:17:19 EST Indecisive I've been very indecisive about what app to use to log things. I like Baritastic, since it tracks so many things that are important after bariatric surgery, & I use a Bellabeat fitness tracker, & I really like SparkPeople and have been using it for years. But it seems silly to have multiple apps ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:16:56 EST Weekend good busies Saturday was comfortably busy. I met a work friend for breakfast. There's nothing like someone else's problems to make your own look pretty minor. In the afternoon, my sister and I took some of our mom's things and a portrait to her boyfriend. We had a good visit, and he showed us his family ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:14:05 EST Sunday Monday Almost no free time yesterday with driving around. There’s a chance my middle may not have taken her ADHD medicine this morning [embarrassed and empty feeling in my gut] Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:09:24 EST My guilty pleasure... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On nooooo... now I've done it; now I want a synonym roll too. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> My guilty pleasure for sure. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to get out and vote today, Canada. ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:04:50 EST BEAUTY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I often think to myself that peoples before pictures are just as beautiful as the after ones. Just saying...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:02:01 EST Tis the Season ..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> I believe you all do this already but... As the holidays approach ahea... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:52:46 EST Adopted another Bunny Rabbit to add to the Clan <img src=""> <img src=""> I love my furry family! My new bunny boy, the black and white one is so strong and fast. He reminded me of Bru... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:52:03 EST I was right sort of Yesterday I did my 40 minute walk inside for my 30 day challenge. Unfortunately, I have tile floor over cement board so the floor is pretty hard. I am feeling it in my back this morning. Also got my physical therapy done. Didn't get to my bike (which I will do today) since I didn't start until la... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:51:49 EST 10/21/19 The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more. Jonas Salk Quote of the Day <BR> If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. <BR> Lucy Larcom <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love has a tide! <BR> Helen Hunt Jackson <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. <BR> R... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:40:09 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:32:22 EST Chasing Waterfalls 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Monday MOrning! <BR> This waterfall was kind of hidden behind a tree. But I like the way it looks peeking out. Even in the rain it was lovely. There is something soothing about the sound... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:28:16 EST Flamingo Proud <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:27:58 EST What could go right? <img src=""> <BR> Stop being afraid Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:20:46 EST Blatherskite <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Babbling Day <BR> Today is for babbling and for celebrating babblers. While a babbler is a term that can be ascribed to someone who seems to talk nonstop about nothing, it can also apply to a ba... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:19:45 EST Consistent Inconsistency I apologize for not blogging on the last two Sundays. Life (work mostly) has been really hectic and I have had to prioritize. Which leads me to the title of this blog, consistent inconsistency. My journey seems to be constantly changing, and my belief is that if I am going to succeed some things... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:14:35 EST Witches Hats and Cactus Flowers Yesterday at sunrise, I found that some witches must've crashed into my cactus. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Here's to a good day for us all. <BR> <BR> "I wasn't afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure." Anne Baxter <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:09:46 EST Difficult <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:09:01 EST October 21 2019 So I started. 28 day work out at home challenge to get back my motivation again. I also started a water challenge. Hopefully this will be the little push I need. It usually helps when I can check things off of my list. I was talking to a girl at work about having a visual and checking things o... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:03:59 EST Just feeling super proud... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At the tail end of being sick last Saturday, I completely 2 hrs of basically straight stationary cycling (with one bathroom break). Ten minutes and 12 different instructors. The kicker here is t... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:01:29 EST Challenge blog Our challenge leader makes the greatest badges to honor the accomplishments of our weeks. <BR> Thank you Barb, your the best! <BR> You always make us feel like STARS! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:58:35 EST Monday well.. i tackled the side of the garage yesterday. i was going to work half an hour ONLY. then be done and do more today. and in my usual have to get it done fashion..i did it all. took hours. i had to come in and rest. i was in such awful pain...but..its DONE. well all but a few huge vine trunks... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:50:13 EST Renewal Renew My Country Spiritually. October 21 2019 <BR> <BR> <BR> “ If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:46:47 EST Tracking Tracking Tracking I am trying a new idea as I stated earlier. <BR> <BR> I am tracking calories - steps - weight everyday for 30 days. I want to see weight fluctuation trends - I won't stress missing a day here or there with calories but will get right back on the plan. It is simple enough <BR> 1. Eat between 1... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:38:15 EST I had to ask... Good morning friends.. feeling good after a dreary Sunday.. no music at church so I had to create my own sunshine..ran to staples to get some art supplies so the kids could make kindness lives here signs at youth group. not much physical activity the clouds opened up right as youth group was let... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:33:44 EST Ah, yes, Oktoberfest Last year I did not go to Oktoberfest. After my open heart <BR> surgery, I did not have the stamina to spend long hours <BR> on my feet working the event and I must have been under <BR> the weather as we just stayed home. I do remember making <BR> my salads to share. This year, I made salads and ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:21:59 EST Happy Monday Let's all get this off to a good start! <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:15:17 EST Portillo Homestead is our life <img src=""> <BR> Hope you'll join us there! http://thefaithfulfarmermomma.blogspot.c<BR>om/?m=1 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:09:19 EST This hotel is like sleeping at the Indy 500 racetrack! We’re in Savannah right now, drove down last night because there is an item we’re interested in and it’s over four hours from home. It’s easier for us to drive down, spend the night, and drive back the next day. I wanted a hotel fairly near the store and this one had good reviews, but golly, o... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:03:01 EST S-M-A-R-T- Let's Go... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning Hello Everyone, <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-... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:02:28 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:01:07 EST Bible Verse for Today The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise child will delight in him. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 23:24 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:00:21 EST Happy Monday Happy Monday Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:53:53 EST Remember to relax and breathe Sunday. A day a rest. Normally being a mom and a wife and a daughter who takes care of her elder mother, my life lufe is non stop go... Sunday I scheduled rest day. No cleaning or cooking or running of errands. Just hang out and relax. My body feels so much better and my mind is clear and I have ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:53:05 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 10-21-2019 <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:47:58 EST Obesity Soon Top Cause of Cancer <link><BR>might-replace-tobacco-as-top-cause-for<BR>-cancer-yet-only-few-are-aware-of-the-link </link> <BR> <BR> As a survivor of estrogen-positive breast cancer, which I knew was related to obesity, I've been highly motivated to stay as lean as I can. <BR... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:46:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 21, 2019 October 21, 2019 STRESS AWAY <BR> <BR> It’s no wonder we are stressed in this world. We are overwhelmed with work, taking care of our homes, daily activities, families, social media, health issues, money woes, etc. The list goes on and on. There are two things to remember about stress. First, it... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 06:08:53 EST Day Two Yesterday I did well. I came in under my bottom calorie goal but that is ok because I know my body and if I was to eat 1400 calories in a day I would not lose weight. I'm completely sedentary due to illness and I'm sure my metabolism is at a crawl. I had weighed myself several days ago and did... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:57:10 EST Balance An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind....Albert Schweitzer Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:54:06 EST HELL IS FILLED-GOD'S BLOG-10/21/19 <img src=""> <BR> With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments. Psalm 119:10 (KJV) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Now this I say, brethren, that ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:51:32 EST Monday Funny A nurse was on duty in the Emergency Room when a young woman with purple hair styled into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety of tattoos and <BR> wearing strange clothing, entered the E.R. <BR> <BR> It was quickly determined that the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was scheduled for ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:31:05 EST Dust <img src=""> <BR> Dust if you must, but there's not much time, <BR> with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear <BR> and books to read, friends to cherish and a life to lead. <BR> (10-20 day of Thank Yoy ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:13:13 EST A GOOD LIFE <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:50:27 EST Breast cancer, men & women... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breast cancer is not just a woman's disease. Men can get it also. I saw a news story last week that men have a much lower survival rate than women do. <BR> <BR> As a breast cancer survivor, ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:21:55 EST Nice things to remember <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:02:25 EST Feeling Good. Today 59 years Young. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fifty Nine Feels Good. Never Thought i Would be This Size Again. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 03:59:43 EST Glen Campbell <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 03:32:36 EST BACK TO BASICS I’ve been away from SparkPeople for several months and now I’m back. I did manage to lose some weight but I let my eating habits go. So I’m back trying to get back in shape and my eating habits under control. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 03:31:09 EST God does not play favorites or place people in a heavenly class structure. Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 19:7) <BR> <BR> Jesus said: “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 03:01:12 EST Morning has broken...? <img src=""> This actually isn’t this morning’s sunrise... as I am up at 2:30am, and the sun won’t rise for another 5 hours or so, lol. It is a sunrise out at my dad’s house. I haven’t been able to catch the really v... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 02:53:41 EST Cats ;-) 10/20/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kittens In Their IKEA Doll Bed <BR> <link><BR>Bj-uj7Jg </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 21 Oct 2019 02:46:22 EST Day 294: Halloween (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 02:45:03 EST More Fall River Hikes Earlier this week, I had surgery to remove skin cancer on my face. The spot was very near my eye; so I ended up swelling and a black eye. It is funny to think that I used to occasionally wear purple eyeshadow! Styles certainly change. Anyway, we should all get our skin checked annually. Skin canc... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 02:36:42 EST Sunday 10/20/19 Good day for football- GO PACK GO! Not good for staying on plan. Mostly the eating breakfast has helped this week. I've also been getting fat in early plus veggies but today I had some food - bbq ribs - that I haven't ordered in ages. Plus dessert & drinkd. I should have had soup & salad ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 02:23:34 EST 10-20-19 Laundry day, trash day, doing the chores for comfortable living. Every time I start on them, I think about the old joke: Cleaned the house top to bottom and six months later, I have to do it all again. I get thinking like this because one of my piles of neatly organized stuff fell over. It made a... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 01:39:36 EST MADE MY 10,000 STEP GOAL SUNDAY I feel as if I am going backwards but with my health problems in the last month, I am doing great. I hope it won't be too long until I am back up in the right range for me. In the meantime, I am doing the best I can. <BR> <BR> On top of everything else this week, I went to the heart dr. for a... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 01:11:18 EST Water soda candy The craving for soda really kicked in today. I was at the bar watching the game and had lemonade. They have a game where two people get a shot for a touchdown. Usually I don’t get one and today was three! Oh my friends were all laughing especially since I don’t normally drink. The only one I like... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:32:42 EST A Day of Rest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Woke up so tired this morning and the gray skies helped that feeling quite well. Tim and I headed to church and once home I took a short nap and then it was time for football and the jigs... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:23:59 EST Weather Warmed up to the high 70s with higher temperature tomorrow. It is 69 outside and 74 inside. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:16:25 EST Monday's Silly <img src=""> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:16:11 EST Day 2 - St. Jude Novena (Audio/Video Version) <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Most holy St. Jude – apostle, martyr and friend of Jesus, today I ask that you pray for me and my intentions! <BR> <BR> (State your intentions here) <BR> <BR> You are the patron of the... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:12:14 EST I'm guilty of this one <img src=""> <BR> Lol Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:04:08 EST Still Working At It !!! <img src=""> <BR> Not exactly sure of current weight, but I've had to buy new clothes!!! I bought my first pair of blue jeans and they're not causing circulation loss !!!! 😁 I am proud of my progress so far. Will try ... Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:03:40 EST Sunday evening <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:59:26 EST Weigh-In -- 20Oct19 Stalled out a bit on the weight front. <BR> <BR> I've been getting in my fluids and trying to do better with the freggies. <BR> <BR> Not much more to report. <BR> <BR> Weather here has been more rainy than normal, also cooler. <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:56:59 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:51:14 EST Ready Set Go Well I think I am ready to step into the fight. I have looked at what I have in my pantry, done a menu and planning out my week. I am starting slow and not going to overwhelm myself with a massive amount of rules the first week. I am watching what I eat and getting enough water. I am setting ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:48:32 EST Rest day! Had a great time at a family birthday party! Just had to have a piece of cake🤦🏼‍♀️ Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:48:17 EST Sea World! Went to Sea World with the fam yesterday. Whew! Loads of fun and I ate okay-just some sugary drinks. Was in a wheelchair or sitting in a car all day. Was very hard on the arthritis but it was worth it. Slept a lot today! <img src=" Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:42:31 EST Sun 10/10 Harvest Festival This morning we went to the Harvest Festival in Waimea. It was a great event with five waterslides for the keiki (children), food, free giveaways, country store, and entertainment. Our son's PTSA group was selling roast pork bowls with rice, and they sold out before 2 pm. Our two younger grands w... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:23:51 EST Early Halloween fun Last night Bob and I went to watch a dance performance with a Halloween theme. It included a costume party. Here are pictures of Bob and I. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:14:11 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 78 and 79 of doing the new: New land scarp and maleficent <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 'Never let your wing be stolen from you.' ~Maleficent. <BR> <BR> It's been a busy weekend! <BR> <BR> On Saturday for my day 78 of doing the new. I went up to the place where I grew up while m... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:09:40 EST Saturday Sunday Busy running all over the tri county area for 2 days but all is well Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:51:38 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR MONDAY THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE <BR> <BR> In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we shall all be changed. <BR> 1 Corinthians 15:52 <BR> <BR> In a scholarly journal, a study reported the "eye blink" time of ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:48:21 EST 20th of October Good Morning! Start the day getting dressed for church. It was a pleasant time listening and being grateful for the day. Enjoyed lunch out with DH. The day was an opportunity to appreciate the beauty around. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:46:33 EST Day 1 - St. Jude Novena Here are the prayers for today: <BR> Day 1 - St. Jude Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Most holy St. Jude – apostle, martyr and friend of Jesus, today I ask that you pray for me and my intentions! <BR> <BR>... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:46:19 EST Exceeded My Daily Step Goal, Great Stats Some of my best stats achieved since getting back on track. Steps : 13,197 * Miles : 6.2 * Calories Burned : 498 * Aerobic Steps : 4,103 * This is so motivational for my journey !!! Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:46:13 EST Good weekend Despite the lack of success Saturday, I had fun at the tournament. A couple of friends won gold in the mixed doubles section of my skill level (I didn't play in mixed), another friend won a gold in a higher level women's double bracket, so my pals got to bring home some hardware, as well as a bit... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:22:34 EST One Of The Best Ways To Keep The Flu From Catching YOU............ <BR> WASH YOUR HANDS...……….. <BR> <BR> Send those germs down the drain before your body ever has to fight them off. Use soap and clean, running water. Wash for at least 20 seconds. If you don't have access to soap and water, a hand sanitizer can help (unless your skin is caked with dirt and ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:09:24 EST Hope for Despair <img src=""> <BR> Psalm 40:2 2He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Joy comes in the Morning" if you need assuranc... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:59:18 EST Week #2 Badges from Shooting Stars 5% Fall Challenge <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:54:26 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 20 and 21 Daily Inspiration: There are far more solutions than problems and knowing this is very empowering. Lord, in the encounters of my daily life, may I choose to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbo... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:53:23 EST Day 2583 <img src=""> <BR> ♥️ Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:48:29 EST Dark Shadows Dark Shadows, 1966-71, ABC <BR> An American Gothic soap opera. Dun-dah-DAAA! I remember watching it in the day. I just laughed at it, it was so over the top. Spooky mansion, supernatural goings-on, woo-woo. The life & loves of the fabulously wealthy Collins family. (Or I may be confusing the show... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:42:00 EST October 20th~Chilly Sunday The winds blew in some blustery chilly today. Even broke down to build a fire this afternoon. I had stayed busy enough earlier to not notice the chill, but once the oven was off and I took a break I noticed all the pups curled up in tiny balls with their noses tucked under their tails! Good indi... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:37:16 EST Day 212 Sunday funday! Not really because I just adulted today but I do enjoy the results of adulting so it is worth it. Charleston and I got our walk in this morning at the park which was stupid busy. I really hate when people don't control their dogs or don't even bother to leash them. We had several d... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:30:38 EST 12 Most Haunted Places in Los Angeles, CA <link><BR>es-los-angeles-ca </link> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:30:28 EST Ending the Wedding With a Bang My big family’s Albanian wedding in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ran long last night... with MORE Albanian line dancing (which was a lot of fun) and contemporary American dance music and moves (which were also a lot of fun ) and the most AMAZING and delicious 4-5 course meal, which followed fabu... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:29:26 EST Good stuff! The articles on Spark are so good. I'm trying to digest, sort then apply the good stuff. I like the one I just read about choosing one goal. I don't have to do it all, nor could I if I wanted to. One goal at a time. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:15:52 EST Keeping the Heart Chakra Open So much about losing weight is tied to releasing stagnant emotions. It's like every time I ate a bag of fun-sized three musketeers to escape to chocolate-land or overate in the name of recreation, the emotions I was stuffing became encapsulated in my fat cells just waiting for me to release them... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:07:35 EST Moving forward Of course the cord for the laptop showed up today. No blocks yet but maybe soon. I have 18 of the 20 blocks I need for Josie's quilt. They are all ready to be quilted. <BR> <BR> For some crazy reason I kept thinking about meatloaf so I made that for dinner along with carrots and raspberries... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:05:39 EST Surgery Update I had my parathyroidectomy of one of the left parathyroids and thyroidectomy of the right thyroid on October 2nd. The surgeon told my son that the malfunctioning parathyroid was the biggest one she had ever removed. The nodule on my right thyroid was not cancerous. I knew the odds of it being can... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:02:44 EST October 20, 2019 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> It's been another one of those days. Everything went okay, I'm just exhausted. <BR> <BR> I woke up before the alarm this morning. Why can't I just sleep through the night? I went ahead and got up. I got my shower taken and then enjoyed the quiet house and got all my read... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:42:59 EST Another Blessed Sunday At choir practise this afternoon after the director said we would sing some of the songs we sang at the prison at First Baptist Church of Helena, a lady next to me asked if things had calmed down yet. This was in a city that is being sued for having a Chief of Police that hadn't graduated from H... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:39:49 EST End of weekend Got a lot done today and can’t believe the weekend is over. Got to enjoy coffee and knitting with a friend today. On Friday I fly to Minneapolis for our annual girls weekend at my sister’s house where my grandmother and aunts drive up from Iowa. Always look forward to this trip. This year we are ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:34:52 EST Quiet Day After Church, I had a quiet day. <BR> Read, phone calls, Sudoku. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:34:11 EST exercise leotards for my exercise challenge i am redoing all my old exercise videos. in the past i bought some old used ones. they are from the late 80's early 90's style. 1 word... leotards. a bit corny but some of them are fun Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:34:02 EST Ring Fit Adventure Huh. Somebody figured out how to make a boot camp workout tolerable. Neat. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:29:01 EST Todays walk (pic's) leaves are turning. Early afternoon we walked the Shores of Lake Eric. But we ended our day with this beautiful scenery as we walked the river trail. So happy weather was gorgeous today, I feel pretty good, so we were able to do 2 real nice walks. Thankful! Ohio in my necks of the woods the colors are starting to po... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:28:16 EST exercise excuses Oh I am tired, exercising will help wake me up <BR> Oh my back hurts, exercising will limber me up and stretch me, making my back hurt less <BR> Oh I will do it later, doing small amounts throughout the day of exercise, adds up <BR> I can't, I can exercise, God gave me body to move and I can do i... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:24:44 EST Hit my first goal!! <img src=""> <BR> I started my journey at around 225-227lbs. My goal was to get to 199lbs. That was how much I weighed in the 8th grade and the last time I felt okay-ish with my body. I hit 198lbs a few weeks ago. To b... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:17:00 EST Busy, weird weekend! Had a good day today but yesterday was not so great! I was supposed to go to my daughter's field hockey tournament in my town and then take the 2 girls Halloween shopping. Not too happy about this because it is supposed to be my year but my ex and they won't tell me if I get one or both of them... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:15:52 EST 2019 Goals Nice day, slept most of. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:15:31 EST Saturday Hike Yesterday my son and I went on a power walk... 4.4 K... did it in 45 minutes... really less.. <BR> Today though the whole family went on a hike... we did a little over 8K... but we just took our time -enjoyed the scenery . It was an awesome fall day.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:08:16 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> My DH got his buck today at 8:00 am. I helped him load it into the back of truck. Those bucks are heavy animals. We donated it to a family that needed food. Then we went to the apple butter festiva... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:07:41 EST My life <img src=""> Today I did a 140 minute elliptical workout Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:05:44 EST Starting back my accountability blogs Calorie goal 1100-1400 Calories eaten- 1322 Carbs goal -under 120 Carbs eaten -92 Protein eaten -98 Water intake- 10 servings Exercise- 40 minutes total Cardio - 25 minutes Strength- 15 minutes Positive saying -"I don't need to be perfect to be and do good. " Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:04:37 EST Smokey This is a sad day for my family. Our sweet, loveable dog crossed over the rainbow bridge over the weekend. He was a unique mix of Dalmatian, Schnauzer, Basset Hound and Chow, but looked like a miniature Lab. He left us with many memories, including when he chose to "parent" newborn kittens that h... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:53:53 EST Weather Very windy today. Swept up a pile of leaves like yesterday. Not finished as the tree in front hasn't released all its leaves yet. Stay tuned. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:51:11 EST Water Fully hydrated Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:49:25 EST Blood sugar readings Best reading in quite awhile. Nothing particular done that was different. Wow. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:47:31 EST 30 day leave It is good to have my older son home but wish it wasn't for the reason of being injured. He goes back on Nov. 17th and won't know until he gets back if he has to start Basic all over or gets to pick up where he left off. He seems in good spirits and doesn't seem to be in much pain. He is not t... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:46:41 EST Awesome! <em>236</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:43:47 EST The Family weekend! We had a wonderful weekend. The weather was beautiful! Spending time with Family is very special to Me!! I hope You had a great weekend too!! Love U!! ((HUGS)) Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:36:28 EST Sunday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:32:14 EST Day 178 Almost all green on my Versa just will miss active minutes but achieved my steps per hour goal and had over 15K steps for today. Macro's were OK today but carbs a little high as was fats because we had our church's turkey dinner today and I ate my dinner later than planned. Scale is still down fr... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:28:28 EST Sunday Reflections MAMADEE's Blog: SP ~ Day 4931 <BR> <BR> Being sick does have at least one advantage - I have more time to do stuff online that I've been putting off... over & over & over. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of my new haircut. I had it done this last Tuesday, the 15th - but haven't had the t... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:05:32 EST I'm doing well Since I started following the Mediterranean Diet I have began to feel better. I have lost 6 pounds. My hips are not hurting as much or as often as they did before I began eating healthier. <BR> I am sleeping better and longer. I am giving the praise for my success to God. He is doing for me what ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 18:40:58 EST Daily Commitment 10/20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another good eating day! I'm way under my daily calories right now and I don't plan on eating anything else except perhaps herbal tea. <BR> <BR> I took a 40 minute walk today. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 18:29:12 EST Sun - New Day...New Week...New ME! 10/20/2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday ended last night... Today is a brand new day and it's YOURS. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:53:16 EST Apple Butter Hello Sparkfamily, I got the butter made but not just any butter! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 peck, or 6 pounds of Grade B apples, washed and quartered <BR> 2 cups,... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:41:04 EST Challenge One Thing i Have been Puttin off. So Yesterday was a Raining Day here So I decide To do the Thing i have been putting off. <BR> Got in my Closet and Went thur Everything. i have been losing weight for a year and half now and havent Done anything with my oversize Clothes Don't know why I guess in a way i was Scare with all the cha... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:39:25 EST Sunday October 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:24:52 EST Weekly Goals - Sleep Happy Sunday! My main focus this week will be SLEEP! I am pushing for 6 - 7 hours of sleep or more per night starting today. In addition, to sleep goals, I will exercise and strive to reach my daily steps as well: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 60 - 90 minutes per day. <BR> 2. Fitbit - Daily Steps at ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:23:04 EST Birthday Celebration on a California Coast Cruise We are spending the week on the Royal Princess for my 65th birthday celebration! Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:18:34 EST Home Sweet Home Left the ship in Port Canaveral at 8:00. Pulled into my garage at 4:00. Great trip home! Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:17:54 EST Edward Gardens <img src=""> This park connects to Sunnybrook, Wilket Creek, and points south til the lake. The weather was amazing today, a perfect sunny day and it seemed as though half of Toronto felt the same. Parking is tough. S... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:14:58 EST easy does it I am going to work on this slowly the weight did not come on fast n it will not leave fast, also can over due n can get discouraged with too many n much exercises <em>521</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 16:52:05 EST Zirkel Wilderness Area - 10-20-19 Noah Wetzel caught the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area at sunrise with its first coat of snow: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For contrast, here is another shot of Gilpin Lake: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Oct 2019 16:23:17 EST Day 10 of 28 SP workout: arms with resistance band (coach Nicole) <BR> Did 80 minutes on the elliptical in the gym <BR> <BR> Without the exercise, I would have been over my cal limit. Baked muffins and ate one... <em>475</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 16:19:01 EST Sleepover Tonight I am having our wee grandbaby for a sleepover tonight. It means a 2 a.m. feeding which is just fine with me as it will mean an extra cuddle. My son-in-law is a plumber and tomorrow he has to winterize several island cottages. His dad takes him out by boat and tomorrow while he waits, he will b... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:51:18 EST Week 2 of the Fall 5% Challenge I had a little harder time with my diet this week. I finally got my appetite back unfortunately after being sick. So I did not lose any weight this week. Fortunately I only gained 4 ounces. It could have been much worse so I will accept that. <BR> <BR> Here are my badges for week 2... <BR> <BR... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:49:19 EST WORKOUTS FOR OCTOBER 20 to 26 OCTOBER 20=60 min walking.30 min walking.60 min walking.TOTAL 150 MIN.BURNED 888 .DRANK 6 GLASSES OF WATER.CALORIES ATE 1,000 <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OCTOBER 21=60 min piling wood with hubby.30 min house w... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:44:23 EST An Octogenarian Leap Year Baby--I love it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all have many titles during life and I have reached the pinnacle, for me, an octogenarian Leap Year Baby--bet you don't know many of those, if any! <BR> <BR> Though at 80/20 years old I bega... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:26:32 EST Sunday afternoon Listening to Earth,Wind,Fire.. loved their range and blues vibe.. Luther and Barry came much later, … miss them all.. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:25:57 EST SMILE OF THE DAY <BR> Edited Wedding Vows <BR> <BR> During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the vicar with an unusual offer. 'Look, I'll give you $100 if you'll change the wedding vows. When you get to me and the part where I'm to promise to 'love, honor and obey' and 'forsaking all others, be faithf... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:22:13 EST The full video: Nationaal Park De Biesbosch by boat! I've uploaded the full video of my boating trip today. <BR> If you've got ten minutes to spare, I encourage you to check it out! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:18:29 EST Sunday It’s a cool and soggy Sunday. Blessings upon you and yours. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:09:59 EST Sunday, and just a little note. Well, here it is Sunday, and hubby has gone to the field to help his brother with harvest and after a busy morning I am taking a much needed break. Got the rest of last years frozer pumpkin baked up in bread, and that last squashed baked and waiting for it to cool a little bit so I can skin it a... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:56:52 EST Sunday Two hours 40 minutes treadmill and dog walks and also picked up walnuts for exercise today. Had a lovely morning in church also. Sausage stir fry planned for dinner. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:51:34 EST what’s harder? Hello Sparkers! What is harder? Now, you’d think I would pose the usual question of dieting and exercising vs. hating how you look/feel in clothes... But I want to pose something else to you - something that I’ve been working through my own mind. Is it harder to learn to love yourself or ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:48:37 EST 20/10/19 and back from holiday Had a good few days away. <BR> Quite relaxed. <BR> Unfortunately I relaxed the eating constraints too so it’s back to the drawing board today. <BR> It’s been good. <BR> Gave the lawns on final run over with the mower for the season. And the borders a wee tidy. <BR> Tomorrow I’m on inside jobs. A... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:46:27 EST Special Blessings-October 20, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop earlier this afternoon. It is always fun to go there to visit with friends. It's kind of like going to Cheers only coffee instead of alcohol. <BR> <BR> 2. We did grocery shopping this afternoon... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:39:21 EST week one Dropped 6 pounds in the first week, probably water weight. Now the real work begins. Trying to keep up with burning 5000 calories a week, which should be fairly easy. Beatsaber is great. I don't even feel like i'm exercising, just playing a game. I've seen articles where people have lost over 100... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:36:33 EST Sundivisions I decided to start naming my subheadings after the song I'm currently listening to while writing my blog. Today it's "Subdivisions" by Rush. It kind of fits. I've need to figure out how to divide my time up over the next few months. <BR> <BR> I had to take some time off to reflect and figure out... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:31:19 EST