SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Veggies day Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends, got 5 big prepped veggie and fruit packages for 50% meaning $2.50. Then we used a $2.00 off coupon off - getting 5 pounds of prepared veggies and fruit for $2.50. Still raining plus possibly flash flooding here in the San Antonio Texas area. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:28:50 EST Friday afternoon We were up early to be ready to be at the primary unit for our youngest grandson's award ceremony. We then went to Panera's for breakfast with our two daughters. It was a great family get together morning for us all. Our youngest daughter's plumbing issues are resolved. All is going well for ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:13:28 EST Pumpkin - Eating Critters At this time every year, I put out a bunch of pumpkins and mums and other fall items as my decoration for Halloween. <BR> <BR> This year, I was especially happy with the way it turned out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:47:09 EST SPICY THAI PEANUT SPAGHETTI INGREDIENTS <BR> 1 box whole grain spaghetti <BR> 1/3 cup peanut butter <BR> Juice of 1 lime <BR> 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari <BR> 3 tablespoons maple syrup <BR> 1 tbsp minced garlic or 1 clove of garlic <BR> Toppings: crushed red pepper (chopped green onion, bean sprouts, cilantro) <BR> <BR> Co... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:29:24 EST 10/18 Oceanfront Trail Aloha Thursday. Back at it. Great loop of the Oceanfront Trail starting at Kam III. Gorgeous sunset! Sunset lingered for a very long time. Picked up the kids late from play practice at Seabury. Good to be back on the program! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:25:14 EST LENTIL LOAF & MASHED POTATOES I added my own seasonings. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>CAx0LkqTwbqX2gGefx0Tuw2HDbS1NTujKeKPDA<BR>uXItGM5HM </link> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:17:08 EST Ruminating on this lifetime weight loss struggle . . . . I wonder sometimes why I thought I was overweight about thirty lbs ago. . . . The thing is even when I entered my numbers on here, I register as obese. That hurts my pride. I hide it well, because it is mostly behind me, but I am 5ft 5inches and I weigh 194. My goal is 160 and even then my num... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:13:18 EST Remembering What is Really important Life is all about making those important decisions throughout the day that are either going to help us or hurt us. Sometimes we make them quickly, without thinking and without regard to consequence. We all know this. I guess this a one of the reasons many of us are here at SP. <BR> <BR> Fo... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:06:08 EST The ABC’s of Personal Growth: How to Live a Meaningful, Fulfilling Life I thought these were great. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-personal-growth-how-to-live-a-mean<BR>ingful-fulfilling-life/?utm_source=Act<BR>iveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_conte<BR>nt=The+ABCs+of+personal+growth+-+how+t<BR>o+live+a+happy%2C+meaningful+life&utm_<BR>c... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:02:39 EST My Get Up & Go Got Up & Left I juggled my daily walk about today as I wanted to do my grocery shopping before 8:00 a.m. I came home, put away the groceries, put a meal into the crock pot and found that my get up and go had left me. I don't think I have ever been more tired. I looked at my watch when I had only been walkin... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:59:26 EST HOLY YUK at bed-time! I weigh myself every morning as a reminder to be more disciplined. The buck-naked, morning weigh-ins are now a habit. Truth be told, sometimes I eat more cheese in a day or have more heavy cream and sugar-free vanilla flavoring in my coffee than I really should… but knowing that the scale awaits... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:57:20 EST Happy Friday! <img src=""> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:38:07 EST I Think My Blog From Yesterday Got Lost I did have my first check up post-sepsis with my doctor. Although I was pretty nervous about it it could not have gone better! He was so ecstatic with how I look and talk and the shape I am in. It was absolutely wonderful. He is one of those that is skeptical about what he sees until he has h... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:33:03 EST Spoiler...Ministering Ministering Principles, August 2018 <BR> Building meaningful relationships requires us to go beyond the superficial. Superficial communication is full of small talk about schedules, the weather, and other minor issues, but it doesn’t include sharing the feelings, beliefs, goals, and concerns nece... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:32:07 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> <BR> Before starting a search for a misplaced object: Pat yourself down...🙃 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:29:59 EST Words of Wisdom Before starting a search for a misplaced object: Pat yourself down...🙃 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:28:14 EST Week 31 pregnancy weigh in: getting closer! Still super busy, long update, sorry. Last night I realized just how big this baby is getting! I was having a hard time breathing. I'm sure it was partly because I was tired, but also because the baby is running out of room and starting to push on my lungs!! I went to the doctor on Wednesday as I'm on every 2 weeks now and she told m... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:24:53 EST Pumpkin Banana Cookies <BR> <BR> Vegan Pumpkin Banana Cookies <BR> Servings: 10 cookies <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1/2 cup mashed banana (1 medium banana) <BR> 1/2 cup canned pumpkin <BR> 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (can sub gluten free) <BR> 2 tbsp coconut sugar <BR> 1 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 1 tsp baking powder <B... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:23:33 EST First blog I’m not very good at blogging but on the new member challenge I was told to do a blog, so here goes. <BR> <BR> I have been dieting all my life without much success. Well, that isn’t really true. I was always thin, just not THIN. You know, I always just wanted to lose 5 pounds. Then in my 40’s... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:19:17 EST Friday!!! It's's's dreary....but IT'S FRIDAY!!!!! <BR> <BR> YAY!!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:18:46 EST So much is mental Cool talk with hubby about my mental attitude changes that he has noticed. Rough to hear how rude and bitchy I had been for years when he talked about my need to lose weight, cool though for him to realize it's the same concept as his slowing down his smoking. So neat to be able to talk with him... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:01:01 EST Bonus blog: Would you believe...? I found some things in the garage closet that have been sitting out there for quite some time, waiting for me to clear them out. Would you believe I found my "fat" professional clothes? OMG... I thought I'd donated them years ago! I haven't fit them for going on nine years now. <BR> <BR> <im... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:46:12 EST Happy 3 years Short blog. 3 years married tomorrow. Boy this year has been a huge challenge and we're still struglling but we're making it work with all the health issues. Marriage sure isnt easy that is for sure. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:32:31 EST friday its all done but the delivering!! i never thought i'd get it all finished, but it is!! woohoo..and i just took lucy for a car ride to get shes happy. i really think i may just do NOTHING this afternoon, son brought me a leaf blower, my big sugar maple let loose over the past 2 day... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:32:08 EST Back to the Start 10/19/18-I did exactly what i feared I would do and that’s gained 20lbs back since last November. Once again my schedule came last and little by little I took out the focus for me to take 30minutes each day to exercise. What a difference that made before. I felt so much better then and ate better... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:28:25 EST A couple more weeks Saw dad yesterday. He said it'll be 2 more weeks until he comes home. Let's hope that nothing happens between now and then. Knock on wood for that. He's been gone for almost 2 months now. This coming Tuesday it'll be that long. He is doing great. They are letting him walk to meals now and try wal... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:21:52 EST Friday afternoon Well, I did sleep ten hours last night,so I suppose all of the "non-drowsy" medicine wore off. If I actually take a regular allergy medicine,even a half dose, I am asleep for a couple days. <BR> <BR> I did nothing yesterday except prepare lunch and dinner. I slep[t ten hours last night acco... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:04:42 EST Bunion Surgery: Chapter 57 Today is the last day that I HAVE TO stay off the foot. I can start putting some weight on my foot. So...I must begin again to get the weight off. Sitting/laying since the beginning of August did not help me at all. How do I get the motivation to start over? Not sure, but I know I will. And... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:00:05 EST Fantastic Friday Good morning fellow Sparkers! I was going to take Isabella on a walk when I got home but it won’t stop raining. I hope we can squeeze a short walk in later. Going to get some strength training done later tonight too as I have been slacking on that lately. It is a great day so far. Have a fan... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:55:31 EST well I'm sick the burning the candle at both ends and living in a permanent code red has caught up with me <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:50:46 EST Medium T = small victory! In the spirit of celebrating everything, I am sharing a pleasant NSV from yesterday. I signed up to walk a 5K on Saturday in a local breast cancer awareness group. On registering, they asked what Tshirt size I would like. By default, I asked for a large T. As soon as I saw it, I realized it wo... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:50:09 EST SONG LIST FOR CLOTHING STORE PROGRAM TOMORROW MORNING Hi everyone. Thought you'd like to see what my Sassy Sax,named Allyson and I are playing at Bon Worth clothing store tomorrow for their customer appreciation weekend. <BR> <BR> BON WORTH PROGRAM, Sat. Oct. 20, 2018 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. SHINE, JESUS SHINE (My signature song I open every program ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:45:31 EST Day 292: Friday! Blogging early today so I get it done! I've kind of fallen out of daily blogging lately. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Got a good walk in (without the pooch) this morning. Thankfully my Garmin seems to be back on track, it gave me all the correct numbers after. It's taking forever to s... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:42:24 EST Fabulous Friday. Well, not really. It rain again last night, so this morning it is really wet and damp and wind. Rained just enough to put a halt to the guys harvest again. So Larry is in town bonding with his buds again. lol <BR> <BR> I don't know why but this has been a really bad week for me, must be th... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:37:46 EST Happy <img src=""> <BR> Happy Friday Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:34:32 EST It's Okay to be not Okay The first step moving towards my goal is to accept the present, to accept who I am and where I am in life. <BR> <BR> We need to understand the fact that its okay to be not okay - right? If everyone was the same, life would be so meaningless. Acceptance is the first step. As I realize the hard t... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:22:30 EST FRIDAY THOUGHT <BR> I was just thinking about the benefits of weight loss besides the usual scale readings. Sometimes I think NSV's are just as good as a drop on the scale. Think about the fact that you have energy to burn plus clothes fitting better but looking in the mirror and seeing your body fat melting... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:17:54 EST How can I increase my flexibility ? The Tricks and techniques to Improve Flexibility: <BR> <BR> Rather than taking a haphazard approach to improving your flexibility, follow the rules set below to gain new ranges of motion and prevent poor posture. <BR> <BR> 1. Dynamic warm-up: <BR> <BR> Research continually shows that dynamic s... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:16:51 EST 10/17/18 Sharon's 112-Day Challenge **** <img src=""> Sharon's 112-Day Challenge to improve blood tests results of: * Pre-diabetic * High Cholesterol * Very, very low vitamin "D" *I am VERY SERIOUS about this challenge* 10/17/18 = Dr. Fry went over my bloo... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:14:21 EST Leaning, Beach, Brother, and Saving Lately, it's been bothering me that my stomach is not shrinking. My muscles are still growing, but the belly and love handle area still bothers me. I know that I've leaned that area out before. The issue here is carbs and fat. I'm really, really struggling to cut. Like today, someone had brought ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:06:54 EST Declaration of Faith 10/19/18 I will meditate , be diligent, as I look into the word of God. <BR> I will give myself wholly, to what the Lord has to say and throw down any thought that comes against the knowledge of God. <BR> I will see progress in my life as I apply myself in obedience to the healthy changes that need to be... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:57:18 EST Chocolate Chip Cookies 4 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies (via VEGANGIRL27) <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 3 Ripe bananas <BR> 1 cup quick oats <BR> 1/2 c choc chips <BR> 1 heaping spoonful of natural peanut butter <BR> <BR> Mix well; Plop spoonfuls onto baking sheet; Bake at 350 for 15 mins. <BR> <BR> I'd add r... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:56:21 EST Blessings, October 19, 2018 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I am making progress on my reports. <BR> <BR> 2. I am enjoying the fall weather. <BR> <BR> 3. Time with my daughter. <BR> <BR> 4. Faith, family and friends. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your o... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:51:05 EST 10/19/18 Breathe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Breathe" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I love it!" <BR> <BR> <BR> from NEW-CAZ <BR> <BR> Husband and wife... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:50:44 EST Goals 1 Step at a Time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for an awesome Friday ahead... <BR> <BR> Let's have a Successful Day Setting some Goals: <BR> <BR> How Can We Do This? Let's Look at 3 Steps that ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:50:01 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:47:39 EST Bible Verse for Today Psalm 34:8 <BR> <BR> Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; <BR> Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:46:48 EST Well Finally a new Gym chosen this week ! ! Yes, with my Insurance company I get to use the Silver & Fit Program to attend the Gym. <em>334</em> Similar to the Silver Sneakers Programs. Since our other Gym closed a few months ago I have worked very hard Redoing my Home Gym. <em>315</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> My friend Carolyn... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:45:01 EST the truth about sugar addiction? <link><BR>sugar-addiction-can-part/?utm_source=G<BR>reen+Mountain+at+Fox+Run+Newsletter&ut<BR>m_campaign=6037e28d7a-2018-10-19+Pro+-<BR>+Sugar+Addiction+Newsletter&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_term=0_f9c01d157b-6037e28d7<BR>a-418194849&goal=0_f9c01d157b-6037e28d7a... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:42:48 EST Keep Keeping On <em>386</em> <BR> it's not really the weightloss that is so hard to attain. It is finding the time to do it. <BR> <BR> just noticed its been 53 days since my last login. <BR> <BR> ... in the meantime, I joined the local Ymca - Local aka: 35 miles away. <BR> I try for 3 days/week tread... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:42:21 EST Happy Friday ... <img src=""> <BR> Had a very busy day yesterday, and then went downtown for our overnighter ... the room was pretty and our view was sweet ...we were on the 11th floor ... I think I sat next to every single cigarette ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:39:20 EST A road with ups and downs - Loosing weight is and will be a long road with ups and downs. <BR> From week to week you can hope, wish, work and want a drop in your weight, but there are so many factors that are involved you never know till you hit the scale. <BR> Sometimes when you stick to the plan your weight doesn't budge... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:33:42 EST 2018 I MADE ANOTHER DAY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had good workout this morning made another day just trying to figure how i get in this mess of caregiving because they dont have any body but me and lord i am so tired but still going i exercises and came back and cooked and now i am resting enjoy your day love ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:33:03 EST Finding Myself <img src=""> <BR> From Iris Appeal, "The worst fashion faux pas is to look in the mirror and not see yourself." She was talking about clothing. But I feel the same with my shape and weight and energy level. When I l... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:22:50 EST A Different Way to Tell if You're Losing Weight Yesterday I wore a watch for the first time in about two months. I noticed that the watch was fitting lose on my wrist. I usually don't wear watches because the band pinches my wrist. It's another way to show your losing weight. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:12:38 EST You’re the pilot <img src=""> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:12:12 EST Slept in this morning I didn't work out today, because I slept in. DH insisted I stay in bed when he found out I didn't sleep well last night and why. (Had two really weird dreams.) <BR> <BR> I did my weigh in today. I am now officially under 150 lbs again. My weight has dropped by 2.8 lbs, and my body fat % dropped ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:04:21 EST Friday October 19th I am back from my family visit and celebrations. I am trying to finish unpacking from the move, and organizing where things go that got put in my room while I was away! But I am just so grateful the downsizing, packing and moving is over! I think there is still more downsizing to do ahead of us, ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:04:16 EST Barn on the Move - 10-19-18 We had an unusual event here - the migration of a historic barn to a new location! The Arnold Barn was constructed in 1928 as a dairy barn, and in recent years has stood at the side of the Meadows Parking Lot near the ski area. <BR> <BR> A monumental three-year effort by community members wen... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:02:26 EST Jamie Chimpanzee's Halloween Birthday <link><BR><BR>nt&eId=c8b14115-35ac-406a-9f86-35d209b7ebdc </link> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:58:01 EST My Adventures in Spark 78 of 365 days...sleep 12 weeks ago today was my birthday! On my birthday I started a pin entitled 52 Healthy habits. The person who did this pin is a certified dietitian so I trust this pin. This weeks pin is entitled sleep, enough, and sleep better. <BR> <BR> When my son was little, I used melatonin. I can't rem... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:56:03 EST Blessed Enjoying the day with my grandchild, Seth. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:53:53 EST Not going to "My times are in your hands." Psalm 31:15. I've just had a disappointment. An outcome I hope for isn't impossible, but has become less likely. I'm already having a stressful day. We're short-staffed today and Monday, we're covering for each other which is good but makes more than usual work, ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:53:41 EST Just Be Yourself <img src=""> <BR> Just be yourself You are enough! Until tomorrow Keep on sparking!! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:50:26 EST Work in progress Well, I turned 60 this year, but sometimes my body feels 90. I see much older people getting around better than me. That makes me so sad, and a little scared. Especially if your someone who wants to live to be a healthy 100! I have Fibromyalgia, and sometimes I tend to use that as an excuse not t... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:50:04 EST Day5/21 Nubyianne's butterfly 10.19.18 Hello all Busy day here.. the cam driver for my mental heath center called late yesterday and said he wasn't able to come. So me and my gf that attend were left scrambling, after sending out several SOS texts & calls... I secured us a ride with my best friend to get there and we are tak... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:41:06 EST YMCA Completed an excellent upper body work out at the Y this morning. Will walk later. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was 5 egg whites, 1 sl cheedar cheese, spinach, omelet style. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to remainder of the day and clean eating! <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:40:35 EST Five Story Friday Little nuggets of lessons learned. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> The alarm went off Sunday morning at 4:30 am to get ready for the drive into the city and work the registration table at the annual Chicago NEDA walk. This walk was the starting point for my daughter getting help for ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:37:59 EST It's my day off! :) Woot woot! First day off since Labor Day! I'm sitting in my pj's, but I've already washed the kitchen floor, done one load of laundry, and started the dishwasher. It's going to be a great day! <BR> <BR> Healthy breakfast already tracked. <BR> Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken <BR> Dinner: <BR> ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:37:48 EST Cancel I want to cancel the premium service Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:37:48 EST Busy Week What a week it has been. Went to Seattle for a week for my 15th Wedding Anniversary. We had so much fun and were so so busy! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, we didn't have a computer to sign in to SparkPeople and missed a week's worth of checking in. I still haven't figured out how to navigate around t... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:26:17 EST Small victory At this morning's official weigh in I was down 2.4 pounds in one week. That's almost half way to my five pounds over four week weight loss goal. I know it's not realistic to expect this every week but it would be fantastic to reach goal ahead of schedule so that I can move on to the next small ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:22:04 EST Weight loss is not a straight road <img src=""> <BR> <BR> .Weight loss is not a straight road with perfect pavement, no weather related travel issues and no speed limit. <BR> <BR> For me it is sometimes a windy mountain road with plenty of switchbacks... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:20:22 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:18:14 EST My Purpose <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all a... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:14:37 EST TGIF! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:08:58 EST Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> I've decided that the 1st day of my new "Diet" would consist of me eating normally. I am going to keep track of it all, so I can see where I need to improve. Basically, it's a normal day just with exe... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:07:42 EST Walking My Path I have been over weight since my early twenties. In varying degrees, of course. I tried various diet plans with temporary success. I did WW back when it was nicknamed the "Tuna Brigade"...LOL . My Doctor, put me on his diet plan, which worked, but was not sustainable, as it was mainly eggs and c... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:05:35 EST Weight loss Getting frustrated not losing a tiny amount of weight since last week inspite of staying within my calorie range and exercising. Last night in my frustration I had extra 300 calories and now I know my scale won’t move for another week. I will get back on the track today. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:05:21 EST SparkCoach 28 Day Program - Day 11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 11 - Get the support you need to be successful <BR> <BR> Today's lesson REALLY resonates with me because I know how important it is to have friendship and support, not only on the fitness j... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:35:01 EST Yesterday's window closed by noonish I was prepared for a long day, it turned into a not so bad wait. The plumber was there, gave me three estimates for three different configurations of fixing my one bathroom's issues, told me the one I chose would take about an hour and a half (took a bit longer), and went to work. <BR> <BR> Whi... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:34:37 EST Cardio Core and Flexibility Had a year plus of health problems which led to a very sedentary life style. Then on August 14th I had double cataract eye surgery and realized that I could no longer see the numbers on my really 'old' scale - to far too be close/too close to be far. Now have a sexy new one with light up digita... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:17:24 EST Colonoscopy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had my colonoscopy yesterday. I was hoping the doctor might be able to find the reason for my crappy attitude but he came out empty handed. Guess that's not a bad thing; My tunnel was all cl... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:12:13 EST OFF TO STUDIES Well I am hoping that the replacement computer will let me get on with my studies so I can take my test for work this year. I really need to push it now. I am going to work on it today. The nice thing about being able to work on my computer, is that if I cannot sleep, I can get up and work on ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:11:38 EST Day 270 - Time for rebellion I'm being a rebel. <BR> <BR> This week I didn't weigh myself. I usually weight daily, a routine I find least stressful. But I'm on a plateau and bloated, so I decided just to take a week or 2 off of it. I think I'll make it a 2 weeks break. <BR> <BR> I skipped working out yesterday. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:09:07 EST Love it!! <img src=""> Absolutely loving life right now!! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:08:51 EST "It's t-i-m-e.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We got our straw people setup on the front porch. <BR> The area moms use them to take yearly pics of their kids costumes <em>431</em> <BR> standing beside them to compare how much they've gro... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:08:22 EST Thursday Friday Enjoy Cleveland symphony orchestra concert yesterday with the girls and momma, up late but we’ll survive Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:00:58 EST Day 278: Turn Your Desk Chair into an Abs-Sculpting Machine! Turn any chair into an abs-toning machine with this move. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> <BR> Seated Knee Lifts with Chair <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises.asp?exer... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:59:23 EST Body <img src=""> <BR> Fuel Your Body Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:49:51 EST snow tires going on--- <img src=""> <BR> I have trouble thinking of kindness when it comes to me! <BR> The above reminder does help--if I paste it in front of my face--- <BR> <BR> Well, I am sitting in a lovely waiting room, at the car deal... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:45:51 EST Friday Exercise complete. Sheets washed. Off for a 9 a.m. dentist appt. Hopefully I can take the dog on a quick walk before I volunteer at the hospital from noon to 4. Have a lovely day! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:37:50 EST Awareness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Mammography Day <BR> In 2014, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) celebrated its 30th anniversary. Since its inception, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:37:17 EST Thankful Thursday (10/18/2018) Thankfully my research has paid off!! I'm so happy I found the problem and was able to begin correcting it. <BR> <BR> 3 days in and 3 days in a row, AM numbers have been in the normal range! <BR> <BR> Missing the stevia in my coffee but I'm Ok with that. After a long conversation with my sist... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:32:55 EST Cuppa Tea So if you and I were sitting down for a morning cup of tea (or do you prefer coffee?) this is what I would tell you how my week went: <BR> <BR> I tracked my food--mostly. And found that I consistently eat an average of 500-1000 calories over the top of my range. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:20:48 EST 10/19/18 Time is money. Benjamin Franklin Quote of the Day <BR> When all else is lost, the future still remains. <BR> Christian Nestell Bovee <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love. <BR> Ovid <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art is not a thing; it is a way. <BR> Elbert Hubbard <BR> ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:16:29 EST I have been watching the news - What happened to our country. People tell lies, cheating our tax payers, disrespect of our follow citizens. What happened to "please" and "thank you" and common courtesy. It starts at the top of your household or your country. Our young people are watching us. We are traveling overseas - we ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:13:15 EST Walk On, Walk On <BR> Yesterday's recess walk was absolutely lovely -- although the schedule got crowded and I did not make it out the door until about 2 pm. <BR> <BR> And yes, I thought to myself that I had plenty more to do and I should just skip it and . . . I did NOT skip it. <BR> <BR> Today will be even... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:12:30 EST 10/19/18 workout Swimming: 300 free warm up 4x25 stroke count 4x200, 6x300 free, focus on technique, all flip turns 2x500 free, focus on technique, 50 touch turns/75 flip turns 200 IM 200 free cool down Total: 4400yd Core: 4x25 crunches 2x60s planks 4x25 leg throws 2x70s horizontal streamlines Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:11:11 EST ~Welcome to a BOOtiful New Day~ ~FUNtastic~ Freaky Friday ~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>419</em> <em>422</em> <em>419</em> <em>333</em> <em>333</em> <em>419</em> <em>422</em> <em>419</em> <BR> <em>424</em> ~~Waving Hi~~ BOOtiful Morning to Ya <B... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:11:00 EST Evaluate Your Life Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always October 1 9th <BR> <BR> Evaluate Your Life Day is a bit scary. It sounds just a little bit too serious for my liking. And, what if I evaluate my life, and find out... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:10:34 EST Goal Chasers <img src=""> <BR> Today official makes 30 days at the gym strength training and cardio in the pool directly afterwards. 30 days clean eating. 30 days and i feel so much healthier. I remember at the beginning of the mon... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:03:31 EST A new monk arrives at the monastery. A new monk arrives at the monastery. He’s assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand. However, he notices that they are copying copies and not the original books. <BR> <BR> So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there was an err... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:03:29 EST My Disappointment Lead Me Straight to the Halloween Candy Yesterday My disappointment over the pool situation (last two blogs) palpable, I spent my day driven by the thought that I'd go to the class anyway and take my chances. Nah, I know better than to play Russian Roulette with my health. <BR> <BR> Finally, I relented to emotional misery and found my "hidde... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:02:44 EST It's all about attitude. This inspirational poem is dear to my heart because I can still hear my mother quoting it. The words are apt for this journey. <BR> <BR> It Couldn’t Be Done <BR> BY EDGAR ALBERT GUEST <BR> <BR> Somebody said that it couldn’t be done <BR> But he with a chuckle replied <BR> That “maybe it ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:58:36 EST TGIF I'm glad it is Friday today. I woke up feeling like I may be getting sick ☹️. I've got a big meeting today and preparing for school to began so no sick day. Have a great weekend! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:54:44 EST 38 degrees this morning Last week we had the a/c on, now it’s almost time for the heater! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:43:47 EST 10-19-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:28:02 EST Beck Diet Solution, Day 19 Stop Fooling Yourself <BR> <BR> Today is the day to create an "It's not okay..." card for those times I am fooling myself into eating something that is not on my plan. There is a list of saying that I might say in order to be convinced that it really does not matter if I go ahead and eat it. <BR... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:23:59 EST Commitment Today I commit to eating from my food plan and following my bright lines and not deviating from that plan. Victory yesterday. I was out after work, and my work schedule was crazy so I didn't get a chance to eat supper. A conversation ensued about dessert. Now, as soon as we were done, the old... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:22:35 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>244</em> New meaning of sleeping on the job. <em>334</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:21:19 EST It's Friday!!! <img src=""> <BR> Today be whatever you want to be! Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:17:23 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Live <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:04:12 EST Mercy, Peace and Love – Day 18 Called, sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Christ Jesus <BR> <BR> “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). <BR> <BR> God’s word says that we are to be kind toward one another w... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:03:54 EST Eating Okay, so on my last bout of spark I talked about learning to eat. Not just eating healthy but eating in general. I can live off coffee and at the time I was quitting smoking. Smoking I think was a big problem in my weight loss, a few month's after quitting and actually eating the lbs started m... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:00:46 EST TGIF!! Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend. <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:56:38 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 46 My "high level of health and fitness" and smart eating is going to help me recover from my stress fracture quicker and perhaps more completely. <BR> <BR> I'm relating to SparkGuy's words in his recent Popular Blog: Importantly, he [doctor] said that my high health and fitness level prior to the... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:53:47 EST Friday Funny! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:51:11 EST She believed and she did. <img src=""> For so many years I didn’t think weight loss was for me. I didn’t believe I could be comfortable and happy in my body. My body always felt so confusing and so much like a prison. I felt very uncomfortable ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:41:25 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=10/19/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src="">Behold, I [Jesus] come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Revelation ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:39:29 EST Day 4 and 5 Skipped tracking Day 4 ,mindless eating,bloated ,constipated,irritable! Day 5 got my act together,heard someone say if you're trying to workout a plan ,and it doesn't work ,the plan failed not you ,think like a scientist ,somehow it resonated with me strongly and hit home! Back to tracking, I'm t... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:35:32 EST Grief Someone posted this quote on Facebook and I loved it and so I am sharing it with you, <BR> <BR> “Grief Never Ends...but it Changes. It’s a Passage, not a Place to stay. Grief is not a Sign of Weakness, nor a Lack of Faith... It is the Price of Love.” Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:27:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 19, 2018 October 19, 2018 DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY <BR> <BR> We all have choices. There are doors of opportunity. There are bad doors and good. We need to be sure we are alert and observe these doors. We need to be sure we choose the right doors and don’t get sidetracked or tempted to go the wrong way. God w... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:21:48 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #292 (of 365): <BR> She hated baking. <BR> It’s all science and no art, <BR> like dissecting frogs. <BR> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:59:24 EST Tending my garden <img src=""> <BR> The first frost was predicted so I went out and harvested my herbs from my garden. I had a surplus of oregano and mint, a nice crop of parsley, a lovely rosemary bush but my sage and basil were lackin... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:34:35 EST In and Out of the Nursing Home <BR> Over the past 12 years, my Mom has had seven stays in the rehabilitation unit of Quabbin Valley Nursing Home. Each stay has been after a fall, and each time, I wondered if Quabbin would become her permanent residence. The family rallies and makes multiple visits to her room. Glenna Gray ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:05:46 EST October 19 I Thessalonians 2 We did not seek glory from people Think about the people in your life that garner the most respect. I'd wager that they are some of the most humble and giving people that you know. I think there's a principle here. The selfless or giving life is more fulfilling and more rewarding than the selfish life. Paul certainly was selfles... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:03:18 EST Thu 10/18 - library day Every Thursday we go to the library (unless it's a holiday). Today our day started with our visit to the two credit unions in Eleele for International Credit Union day (McBryde and Gather). We got a folding tote bag from McBryde along with Kauai Kookies, mints, and a magnetic clip. Gather gave u... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:40:31 EST relax it's friday <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:10:46 EST Self talk Live Long and Prosper: Eat more junk food, fried food is good for you, have more sugar, preservatives will keep you healthy, cheese is awesome for your digestive system- it gives you energy.... <BR> <BR> Said no one ever! <BR> <BR> And when there is a reckoning at the scale you're surprised? ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:00:41 EST Fri 19 oct 60,7kgs <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fluffs doesn't want to wake up this morning :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 03:32:06 EST At it again I have used sparks people over the past 6 years. Each time after my pregnancies to get my pre pregnancy body back. Yes sparks people does work. It has worked for me 3xs. With 3 different with all 3 of my children. Have I fell off the band wagon at times with sparks people yes I have. I wish I di... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 03:29:46 EST Day 22 JM Fell off the wagon. Was out for lunch with a friend and ordered the chef salad. Turned out to be pasta. I ate it then came home and craved more carbs and Pizza night I couldn't resist. Then felt so sluggish that I haven't worked out. Oh well back to it tomorrow :) My food plan is sorted for to... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 03:22:23 EST Day 292: My Love For Witches, it's Fact Time <img src=""> <BR> "Stop talking yourself out of the life you want most." (Terri Trespicio) <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Halloween! You know how much I love Halloween and my favorite part is witches, all kinds. Why witches???... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 03:09:42 EST Fake it until you make it I had the first half of my performance review today. They said it was boring because I do such a good job. I said I did better than I thought because there were some areas I felt that I could do better. I said I was finally back on my depression med and started a new med for the ADD I've always h... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 02:49:18 EST "Sign" of joy! I received an email from my interpreter to stop by and see her. When I went in, she signed "Verizon we go" to which I replied "Fine, drive you?" <BR> When we got there , Verizon had credited me 1 month of no bill because it took so long to straighten out the insurance claim for the phone I lost i... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 02:08:06 EST 19/10/18 Here goes day 2. <BR> All planned for food and chores. <BR> Maybe manage some exercise today <BR> <BR> Post lunch <BR> Shopping done and packed away <BR> Meats already tracked into days up to Thursday. <BR> Just veg to assign. <BR> <BR> Adjusted my treats from evening to 11am. Needed something ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 02:00:04 EST Ate enough carbs for 5 days. I forgot to mention DH turned 67 on this trip. He got to choose dinner tonight. In the land of aloha and fresh fish and fruits, he picked a chain that served his favorite hamburger steak, mashed potatoes and corn. My SIL and I threw our behaviors out the window and logged our carbs and calories ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 01:55:56 EST 10-18-18 Kaine was watching some outside cats without hissing at them. It's almost like he doesn't understand why they are out there. Starbuck would have hissed and growled at them "get off my yard". Niles would have invited them inside. Kaine just looks at them as if he doesn't understand why they are th... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 01:36:10 EST Partner I really wish I had a workout partner. One that was motivated. The type that we could challenge each other and motivate each other. I have hit a point that I need that. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 01:16:48 EST Are we prepared for the holiday season? What I plan to do. If you are one of the many Spark members who are concerned about excess calories, fat and sugar, then maybe, before we have the upcoming holidays, it is time to think about how to get through them. <BR> <BR> These are a few of the things I am thinking about: <BR> <BR> American Halloween is two... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 01:04:55 EST THursday Oct 18, 2018 Felt really good today. Son here all day. Talked me into going out to brunch with him ( tradition) so I went. 1 scrambled egg, 1 English Muffin, 2 pieces of bacon..which I NEVER eat is certainly not on diet for someone prone to pitting edema but haven't a piece in about a year! <BR> <BR> W... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 01:03:59 EST Barbershop singing Tonight we had a different teacher in our singing class. She is a director of a barbershop group and we got to sing barbershop style. I wasn't too sure where I fit in there because the "leads" seemed to be altos if female and tenors were sopranos if female. (Male tenors are always the high part f... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:54:19 EST Enjoying time in Florida Enjoying my time in Florida just spending time with family & old friends no time for Spark Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:38:16 EST saw jokes thought cute saw these joke thought cute and I would share <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessed 3 of 3 <BR> <BR> Blessed are they who do the ironing, for they shalt not be depressed. <BR> <BR> Blessed are the orchard growers, for their work shall not be fruitless. <BR> <BR> Blessed are they who avoid their ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:36:41 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:33:05 EST Cats ;-) 10/18/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can a cat defend its owner? <BR> <link><BR>eLp1S3Xk </link> <BR> Nice video images but I disagree with the words. As did most of the people who left comme... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:31:20 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR FRIDAY ROCK PILES <BR> I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. <BR> Psalm 77:11 <BR> <BR> Although the tools for capturing memories have increased, we are just as forgetful as the Israelites when it co... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:29:25 EST It's Weigh Day again.... Another BLC weigh in is here: My keto records & weigh in <BR> <BR> Thursday 10/11: 1970 cal, net carbs 48, 37%/47%/16%, keto carb 19 <BR> Friday 10/12: 1653 cal, net carbs 36, 47%/44%/10%, keto carb 17 <BR> Saturday 10/13: 1756 cal, net carbs 13, 54%/42%/4%, keto carb 6 <BR> Sunday 10/14: 1856 ... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:28:35 EST October 18th Long and some what hectic day..but it is need to focus on that as the positive! <BR> Gene got his New to Me truck and is excited, as we all would be. <BR> Tammy just fell in love with the truck , of course on the way home they began to discover their diamond had some rough spots! But no... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:25:17 EST Weather It warmed up into the low 80s today. It is 72 outside and 78 inside. It is warmer than last night. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:20:55 EST Pistachios Aren’t Just For Eating… / SGF:OTW22D5 <BR> I received a pound of pistachios for my birthday. My two youngest girls are always excited by this. Not because they like pistachios but because so many shells means lots of crafting. Sharpies + Shells = Creations…ladybugs, bees, eyes… D22 joined in on the action, too. I just enjoy that the... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:58:42 EST Thursday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:56:58 EST More hiking <img src=""> <BR> Last day hiking Smokey mountain national park today before leaving home in morning. Set personal best of over 10 miles of all moderately difficult trails yesterday. This one 6 mile round trip hike... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:42:14 EST #550 Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had a beautiful day with temps hitting 72. Had we been in our deep south winter home in TX. the high was 63. We are feeling like it's a little cool there but we are soon to be there ti enjoy ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:37:13 EST WEEK 6 - done <img src="">Another week of the BeLeaf in Yourself Fall BL Challenge goes into the history books of my life. It was a good week I lost about a lb and a half , did over 2 hrs of cardio and 30 minutes of stretchin... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:25:24 EST What If?????? What I If Told <BR> <BR> YOU <BR> <BR> You Read The Top <BR> <BR> Line Wrong??????? <BR> <BR> I just read an article that the majority of us only read the first letter and assume the rest of the word................especially those of us who read very fast. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:06:08 EST Thursday, Oct. 18th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day that didn't go completely as planned. Maegann's migraine was still horrible this morning and she needed more rest. Thankfully when I went to get her moving so she could at le... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:02:53 EST PUMPKIN IRON, DAY 18!! Almost Frost On The Pumpkin Part 2 Thursday’s Hayride: You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you’d rather be.~Dexter Yager <BR> <BR> Happy No Beard Day, International Necktie Day, Meatloaf Appreciation Day, National Chocolate Cupcake Day, Newspaper comic Strip Appreciation Day, Conflict Resolution Day & Wo... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:54:42 EST Fabulous Day! <img src=""> This and this <img src=""> greeted me today at the village. The tree is on the southeast corner of the property. Frankie (fema... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:14:58 EST Good News I have been on Sparks program for about a month and have lost 9 pounds. I have been keeping track of my eating and exercise. I was surprised when I weighed this morning since weekend was not good but I was determined to get back on program. Happy me! Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:03:14 EST Just another day. Stuck to the plan. Weight hasn't budged for a few days, but I know it will. <BR> I actually had a good nights sleep last night. I'm hoping this is the start of a new trend. I'm hopeful that once I have treated my body better for a while sleep won't be as erratic for me. <BR> It sure was a beau... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:00:31 EST starting again There is a water aerobics class at the gym called Aqua Fit. They have it several days with some in morning and some at evening. I use to go from 9-10 on Tuesday and Thursday a couple of years ago. I stopped when they changed the instructor and she wasn't very good. I was far from the only one... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:53:14 EST Cleaning This Gun Cleaning This Gun, Rodney Atkins, 2007 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Declaration of Independence <BR> Think I could tell you that first sentence <BR> But then I'm lost <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:43:40 EST Time at the ER Hubby was released from the ER at 6:00pm after all sorts of tests. We arrived around 12:30pm at the ER. It was not a stroke, heart attack, kidney stone or appendicitis. Doctor suspect it could be a tear in the bladder or cancerous growth. Next step is to make an appointment with the urologist. <B... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:38:33 EST Whoa My day running errands resulted in me walking a total of 8 miles! This is something I do all the time and never really realized the distance. I'm starting spark again as you know and haven't been able to log my google fit to spark people, yet. My job requires me to be on the go while working s... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:36:05 EST Almost normal except for the yelling I don't know if I included this little ditty a while ago but I scratched my new car on a blue pole pulling into a parking space. Just me, myself and the pole. I know it's one of the things that has been upsetting me. So I've asked a couple of people if I should get it fixed or call the insuran... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:32:48 EST Thursday 10/18/18 Thursday 10/18/18 <BR> <BR> Got up early. Went south to have coffee with my old time <BR> friends, about 35 miles from here. then had lunch with other <BR> friends while there. After lunch went to visit 2 ladies at the <BR> condo's where I used to live. Had a great visit. <BR> <BR> I have 2 ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:32:46 EST Appetite Suppressant <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:32:18 EST Motivation Lost My motivation has flew the coop this week. Under eat, over eat and I get my planned exercise in but it has been broken up in to 10 min sections just to do it. Tomorrow's another day. Have to get back on track. This is very unsettling. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:30:28 EST stop your negative thoughts If your thoughts are turning negative. STOP! Take a deep breath. Think of something or someone you love that brings you joy. Hold that thought. Smile. Move on. Enjoy the rest of the day with a positive mindset. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:29:31 EST 10/18/18 Long day, since I didn't sleep from 2:00 - 4:30. I don't know what is going on. But made it through work okay. My eye seems to be healing, just that it is tired. No double-vision, prayers must have worked. I am wearing the patch 1/2 a day, just so I don't over work it. Training is going wel... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:24:36 EST 10/18/18 Might not go all green today might miss miles and floors but will get reach my steps goal and did achieve my steps per hour goal. Got in a great Back and 30 min on the elliptical this evening. Tomorrow's workout plan is 30 min on elliptical and Biceps/Triceps. Won't check in with my Spark People ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:24:02 EST Walking in Vold Weather Today I went walking I. what I might call pretty chilly weather. It was 44 degrees but surprisingly I was not as cold as I thought I would have been ..The coldest part of me was my fingers and i kept them in my pocket and they warmed up pretty quickly all in all a hood walk was had and not a... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:17:18 EST Intermittent Fasting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So that's why I am starting TODAY! Yes, I am starting slow with intermittent fasting, as in 12:12. Drinking water, lots of it. Tracking food & water. Wearing my FitBit, and maybe even taking a s... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:10:51 EST Thursday Warmed up enough to do my walking after work today. I walk some inside too. But prefer it outdoors. I sure hope everyone got to move today. Why is it so hard to please everyone. God give me strength. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:01:29 EST I am hanging in there am annoyed with myself for not posting as much as I want to. But hey right now between exercising, working and other commitments, i have not the time. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:47:27 EST I am loved by a God who is in Control How important is a dice throw in the game of Yahtzee? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yet, Proverbs 16: 33. (Man) will cast the lot into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord <BR> <BR> Every detail of my life? G... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:34:44 EST Weighed in today: Big gain. Not surprised. Last week I ate with wild abandon, eating everything I wanted. Plenty of salty fried food, pizza, cinnamon buns cookies, ice cream cone, wine, potato chips, and more. Registering a 4 pound weight gain in one week’s time is how the week ended. This week it’s back to taking control of my fork! I do... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:34:42 EST Volunteering at an animal shelter For the past 16 and 17 years, I had two pets: two female cats. They were litter mates, and I first got them after their litter had been abandoned behind a firehouse. The woman who worked at the firehouse took them home with her and advertised them in the paper as free to a good home. They had to... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:25:53 EST Taking Time to Savor Progress For those of you who know me, you're aware that the last three years have been a huge health challenge for me. A little over a year ago, I was cleared to begin doing Silver Sneakers on land not water. At this point in time, I could lift my feet off the ground but just barely. Flash forward abo... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:25:48 EST All good Quite honestly since my gallbladder was only not functioning and its full capacity it was a functioning wrong and now that has been taken care of for the first time and probably years my body is absorbing the nutrients and I'm putting into it so actually feeling better and I am tracking but I'm j... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:24:56 EST Where Does My Joy Come From.. 10/18/18 ....we celebrate Veterinary Technician week at the Hospital this week. Every day a different doctor prepares goodies or lunch for the technicians and all staff gets to join in. Although we have a ton of work, it's so great to enjoy the camaraderie and fun. .... I finally made an appointment for... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:19:00 EST 2500 mile goal Another wonderful day, weather wise. Finished mowing today. Pulled out the total gym and did a light workout, have to ease back into daily use. Got an exbike ride in early this morning. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:17:47 EST SO MUCH TO DO Well on Friday my computer I purchased in June did not charge properly. I plugged it up and it charged for about 50% on Saturday. When I came in Sunday I had not charged at all and would not turn on. I carried it to Best Buy thinking they could correct whatever was going on. We had purchased ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:16:32 EST What is Normal anyway? This morning as Daisy and I walked along the path, much later than our usual walk time because Daisy's mom didn't even wake up until after 7:30 a.m. today, I thought to myself "I just want things to go back to normal". But the very next thought was "what the heck IS normal". So I looked it up -... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:52:40 EST excited about my day I got up this morning feeling really good about things. Things went from good to better. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for: <BR> 8000 plus steps and still a couple of hours to go (6:45 pm) <BR> 3 Nutritious meals: cereal and strawberries for breakfast; baked sweet potato, pinto beans and collard gr... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:49:54 EST Eating through grief <img src=""> <BR> What a difference a year makes. It's been a tough one and I am still grieving. It sneaks up on me in the oddest places at different times in different ways. <BR> <BR> Last December, my identical twin... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:47:43 EST Day 6 I finished Day 6 of my 30 Day Jump Start commitment, and is my body tired! Glad I am only going to do Tai Chi tomorrow, too busy to try anything else. I worked out for 81 minutes today. First I did Leslie Sansone's WATP Super Fat Burning 3 Miles (2 lb free weights), and that was all I planned... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:40:22 EST S'prise! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a surprise visit at work from my two favorite little boys today! <em>334</em>... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:29:43 EST Staying the Course <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Afternoon <em>524</em> my Friend's, <BR> <BR> Hope you're day has been all good, let's keep sparking on, raising the bar to our personal best. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Let's purpose in our hearts to be the best... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:24:24 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:21:08 EST Bible Verse for Today.. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV <BR> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:20:17 EST What a Week Good evening fellow Sparkers! What a week I have had! I have been so busy but still found time to fit my exercise in. Today was so beautiful and I had fun with Isabella during our walk. Looking forward to the weekend! Have a great night all! Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:19:45 EST What a Week Good evening fellow Sparkers! What a week I have had! I have been so busy but still found time to fit my exercise in. Today was so beautiful and I had fun with Isabella during our walk. Looking forward to the weekend! Have a great night all! Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:19:36 EST it's thursday i just got back from a follow up appointment with my doctor. only one of my medicines has to be changed with the dose. otherwise, i can continue with the others i am taking. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone! Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:14:09 EST It is 6:30pm and I want to go to bed! Another long day starting in NYC near Times Square, but ending in Philadelphia... Did you know that you can get from downtown New York to downtown Philadelphia in just about 1 hour and 15 minutes using Amtrak???!!?!?!! I would bet that it would take at least that long just to get out of greater N... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:06:48 EST We interrupt this Broadcast Breaking News <BR> Apologies for interrupting coverage of The Wedding of The Century but we have incoming news. <BR> <BR> The Equity Release company have declined an offer to Tizslim. <BR> <BR> Ms JayJay - the Financial Adviser commented she is looking for further options. Asked for a commen... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:00:27 EST Starting again!! <img src=""> <BR> I am starting again after starting again!! Haha! Reading success stories inspired me after I had a day off giving up and giving in to the food that is destroying my goals. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:51:28 EST Who Would Have Thought.... There are times when I look around and wonder, "Why am I having to struggle so hard." Seriously. Who would have thought that I would have to watch every penny I have to survive? Who would have thought that my financial hands would be tied by the very Social Security system that I've paid into ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:14:07 EST Salad Eater <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (no worries--just some humor) Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:58:29 EST It Helps If You Can Breath Saturday night I went to Target to look for one of those body pillows that pregnant women use. I'm not pregnant, but I've been struggling with hip pain while I sleep, and had read that those pillows would help ease the pain by leveling out my hips as I sleep (and it is helping). <BR> <BR> As I w... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:57:56 EST Daily Affirmation for Thursday, October 18, 2018 " I create a new and more loving story <BR> to surround each event in my past." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:46:10 EST Last bit of gold - 10-18-18 We've had a hard freeze, so I expect these will be the last of the bright gold aspen, cottonwood and willow leaves we see until next year! Sherri Stauffer found green and gold on Mt. Werner: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:37:00 EST Progress is Progress 🙂 With my busy schedule it is hard to be a part of group challenges. However, I am being consistent with 8 cups of water a day even if I don't always have the time to stop and post it. Also, I began using the HIGI app. Once a week I go to a HIGI station and have my weight, BP, heart rate & fat inde... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:29:53 EST Are You This Person? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:20:35 EST Got to shop in storage Giggle I got a few of my hubby's shirts and a jacket Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:17:46 EST Wow Today I washed the house windows, washed down walls, moped, and cleaned out cabinets, plus I hula hooped 5 mins. Every hour. It says I have burned over 2 thousands calories today. I have sweated, heart rate has been up most of the day and my body is already sore. Started at 9:30 this morning and ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:13:58 EST Opportunities and more! The past week or so has flown by! It was the last week of the semester (16 weeks to go until graduation), and EMS Conference is here - a week filled with educational lectures and getting together with so many people I haven't seen in forever. With that comes the obvious challenge, I'm not making ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:13:04 EST Can I get back on track today.... My friend came in from out of town unexpected....she wanted to meet for lunch.....of course I went and had a great time catching up....but I had too much pasta and bread and fat and....uugggh!! The challenge now is to not let the guilt let me know, the whole " I blew it so I can eat w... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:12:37 EST New changes Ok, so you know when you get some health news and you figure, ok, I really gotta start paying attention to what I'm eating, and make a menu and all that? Well, welcome to my life. It wasn't a BAD health scare, just something that sort of shook ME up. I got a call that I am dehydrated and have... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:51:26 EST Made it!! <img src=""> Made it to the gym!! Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:41:21 EST Another walk Since Wed and Thursday is my weekend I have been taking advantage of this perfect fall weather to go for walks. You know something I have been wanting to do but never got around to is visiting some of the civil war landmarks in the KCMO area. Now that's a project. Will keep u posted Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:38:58 EST BIG Worry goes away I am 61, have a mother and 2 grandmothers who had breast cancer. I get my mammogram regularly--and last week I had my usual one. They saw "something" and wanted an ultrasound done on the right breast. Couldn't get in for a week.... <BR> <BR> Am I the only one who thought that was a bad idea? Do ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:34:46 EST walks are getting harder but still at it! Beautiful walks all week this week. It was a bit hot out since there are no clouds and temps in the 80s but I got them done anyways! I have to admit, even just walking is getting harder and harder to do. I used to do my normal walking routes in about 45 minutes easily. <BR> <BR> Now, my normal ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:31:08 EST Work Workout was hard today, legs didn't want to workout today for some reason. But I did it anyway. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:22:44 EST 18/10/18 I joined spark premium for some extra impetus <BR> And not 1200 cals exactly Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:17:31 EST A blog of the open road We're making it a road trip, to go from the northwestern corner of Washington state all the way to Tucson, AZ. <BR> <BR> So we're having lunch, and I wrote a quick blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0/on-road-again.html </link> <BR> <BR> It's been warm enough tha... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:09:19 EST PCOS and food Last night I was on Pinterest looking at some PCOS stuff and saw a list of foods to eat and to avoid. This one was a little more detailed and I guess I was just in the right mind set but I wrote it all down and then started to think about meals and things I can change. Told myself that I could ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:42:12 EST Thursday Finally, a dry day....still gray and cloudy but at least there is no rain.... <BR> <BR> But the rain should be back tomorrow <em>39</em> ...ugh.... <BR> <BR> Anywho, I am still looking forward to the weekend....ready for a mental break!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:37:56 EST I am Done with it. I am certainly D.O.N.E! <BR> <BR> I'm Done with: <BR> <BR> 1. Waiting until tomorrow to start <BR> 2. Worrying about what other's think of my WOE <BR> 3. Making excuses <BR> 4. Letting myself "go" <BR> 5. Looking at scale victories only <BR> 6. Comparing my goals to other's goals <BR> 7. Sittin... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:24:51 EST abstinence and the myth of moderation; trigger foods? At the docs office the other day, pulled a magazine from the stack and found an article about the young singer/actress, Demi Lovato who recently slipped out of sobriety and sadly overdosed... they saved her, as far as I know, and now she begins recovery. Again. <BR> <BR> There was a thing one ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:17:28 EST Day 291: Is It November Yet? Lordy, October has been busy! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Work has been super busy, Paul's been traveling a lot, we've both had campaign just never seems to end. I know things will slow down once we get through the election, but right now I'm feeling fairly frazzled. I'm try... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:03:08 EST Foot injury How do you keep motivated when you have an injury? I don't want this to be just another excuse of why I can't make it to the gym. I am going to get in the pool and work through the pain as long as it doesn't cause further injury. As the doctor said, if it hurts don't do it. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:00:41 EST Blessings, October 18, 2018 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I started writing my progress reports. <BR> <BR> 2. I finished another IEP. <BR> <BR> 3. No meetings today. <BR> <BR> 4. Faith, family and friends. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list you... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:49:38 EST Thursday Enjoyed a brisk run and bike ride this morning. Hoping for some hoops this evening. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:46:25 EST Dance! <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:40:36 EST Learning Learning is how we become who we are. So, please, always keep it positive. <BR> Strength is the willpower we come to possess. Always keep moving forward, with a positive mindset. <BR> Knowledge is how we can encourage others to understand their capabilities. Help them learn and build strength. <B... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:35:23 EST 2nd opinion from doctor update Yesterday I went to see another doctor for my 2nd opinion about what my doctor said and this is what was said. Ketogenic diet is not for me! Why? I am on a lot of medications that make it impossible for me to be on it. However she did say that being on the diabetic way of life would be best for m... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:34:29 EST Potassium - the element that helps nerves and muscle communicate Just adding Salmon, avocado, strawberries, banana and raspberries to my diet has allowed me to add more than 2,053 mg of Potassium to my daily intake. This is amazing, as I need to ensure that I am getting enough, as my last test results indicated that I was low... low enough that my doctor want... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:26:45 EST Back Again Here I go again. I am on day 5 of trying to get down to a size 10. I am barely a size 16 right now. <BR> <BR> This isn't about weight, this is about what my body looks like to me. <BR> <BR> I have completely cut soda. Working on getting rid of chocolate. Stopped binge eating, which I honestly ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:23:10 EST Sleep Trend I've noticed the fatigue deepening over the last 2 weeks and the sleep data from the fitbit supports it. <BR> <BR> Over the past 2 weeks the average number of hours slept per night has increased by nearly 2 hours each night. The current average is running more than an hour more per night than t... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:55:18 EST Small blessings Back in August I wrote about going to shipshewanna and connecting with the manager and arranging a special surprise for my daughter. Not knowing what these past couple of weeks we just lived through would be at the time but wanted to bless her with a fantastic experience Timing is perfect! Tomor... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:55:05 EST Part 2. More Pool Chlorine Research. Soooooo Disappointed. Well, after writing yesterday's blog, I decided that more research might balance out the negatives of chlorine and justify my still going to the pool for aerobics. Just the opposite. Not only was the research far worse, but it also made my disappointment all the more palpable. <BR> <BR> I for... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:48:52 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> A New Day, a New Page, a New Chapter. Continue to move forward and EnJoY your Journey! 🐝 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:43:59 EST Who beat me up in my sleep? I think I way overdid it yesterday. I cleaned all of my floors, both bathrooms, did three loads of laundry, up and down the basement stairs, cooked dinner, dishes, bed stripping and re-making. <BR> When Kathy got here after work and we finished dinner, we held the new draperies up on my old rod... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:13:23 EST Proactive Instead of Reactive Well, I finally lost instead of gained despite having 3 days of high sodium intake. But in order to keep losing and stop having water retention I need to watch my sodium. I have decided to try and log my calories earlier and see how I am doing. I am trying to reduce sodium and increase protein an... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:12:30 EST ok. back again I am now finally settled in Florida after a few months in PA taking care of selling home and getting daughter in college. <BR> <BR> Doing at least 60 minutes in the pool between doing laps and peddling around. will also be starting a walking program with my husband in addition. <BR> <BR> Flor... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:10:52 EST Halloween Eyes Dessert <link><BR>en-eyes-dessert-212552.aspx </link> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:08:18 EST thurs long morning..but at least i finally slept last night! <BR> have a great group of enthusiastic people for my cake decorating class...have another tonight, then 2 more next week and thats it till spring. <BR> this morning i put together 3 wedding cakes. baked 175 cupcakes..pumpkin, carrot, yello... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:04:26 EST 2018 MY AUNT BLOOD PRESSURE STILL HIGH DONT TAKE HER MEDS hey sparkers hope you all are doing ok no gym this morning had to take aunt to doctor bp still high raised her mg she not going to take it 184/79 i cant do anything with her she go to the senior center 5 days a week got her some breakfast and her new meds 40 mg and took her home then stop at my m... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:00:58 EST Now. I forget, every time, how much I need other women. I forget how much I need to hear someone else’s story reverberate against my own, to listen for a pulse that beats in tandem with mine. I forget that women hold the Dewey Decimal System in their minds, filled with knowledge and experience and per... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:53:47 EST Never To Old <img src=""> <BR> One of the best things I ever did was take my grandson on vacation with us.😍 There's nothing like spending eight days with an almost 3-year old to bring out the kid in you 🤗 Talk about stepping ou... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:53:25 EST 10/18/2018 <img src=""> <BR> Today is a rest day other than dishes and picking up. Have a big knot showed up on side of knee, last one to have surgery. Gonna give it a couple days and see what happens. Go back to surgeon the 31st... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:10:46 EST Great Goals make Great People... I just read this quote this morning - <BR> <BR> "Great goals make great people. People cannot hit what they do not aim for" - Roy T. Bennett <BR> <BR> and it just hit a chord in me. And then I am sitting here thinking about this more - we all make goals don't we? Or are those just desires and ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:07:17 EST Starting over from the beginning. So alot has happened this past year - job changes, job loss, stress, anxiety, and above all else, goals that slipped away into nothing. It's so easy to do, lose track of what's important. >.> <BR> <BR> Well. I am starting over from the beginning. I may be down but I am not out. I just need to w... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:54:39 EST Sparkpeople Helps Me Stay Accountable Once again I have had a few months of life piling on. I let the stress get to me and back sled into my former comfort zone of overeating and under exercising. When that happens I also don't want to face the people who help me stay accountable -- which are my friends here on Sparkpeople. But a... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:49:51 EST PUMPKIN IRON, DAYS 16 & 17!! almost Frost On The Pumpkin Tuesday’s Goblin: As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Happy Bosses Day, Dictionary Day, National Feral Cat Day, Department Store Day, Global Cat Day & World Food Day!! <BR> <BR> What do people in England call little black ca... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:43:37 EST ARGH! ARGH! This is what my body is saying, "ARGH! World be quiet! Leave me alone. I don't want to hear your nonsense. I want peace and quiet." Literally, that is what my body is saying. I hear it in my head and feel it in my back and shoulders and arms and throat! Why can't everyone just be qu... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:38:02 EST Patience is not my strong suit Tomorrow is my official weigh in day (week 1) and I'm a bit nervous. I know that I will have lost weight since last Friday's weigh in (unless I get derailed between now and tomorrow morning). But for me a pound or so is discouraging since I know how hard I've worked to lose it and how quickly t... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:30:29 EST 10/18/18/ Believe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I believe in the person I want to become." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I won't get up to change the channe... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:26:37 EST Thursday Morning Sunshine I was up early this morning completing my morning activities in preparation to complete our Halloween decorations. I took down the decorations from the arage attic yesterday afternoon. We learned that our youngest daughter is experiencing a serious leak in the water pipe department that hopeful... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:22:10 EST Time goes by Time goes by with a blink of an eye. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:10:17 EST Troll at Morton Arboretum <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:06:52 EST Thursday Report. Another beautiful morning here. Can;t believe it, that is 4 days in a row that the sun has shined and no rain. Yesterday, BIL called and need hubby to help with harvest. I suppose today he will also go and help. We also have our neighbors visitation this evening. It is getting harder and har... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:06:25 EST Dance! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all stumble. Each of us has that moment that we feel like the rabbit falling in the hole. It's how we react to that stumble that determines our success. <BR> <BR> I ask myself question... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:04:18 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:57:37 EST Bonus blog: Shout out to IVANHOE64 Here's a blog that I think deserves to get featured. 1DAY-ATA-TIME gave me the heads up, and I put my own "like" on it, but in case you want to read some plain old fashioned common sense about what we're doing here on Spark, here ya go! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:55:11 EST So here I sit again ... Yep, here I sit with no idea how I got here. Oh, yeah, I guess I really do. Broken promises to myself. Plans neglected. Goals forgotten. But, not really. Otherwise, I wouldn't be here! <BR> <BR> And I am here with a passion! With an energy! A new dynamic! I weigh 265 pounds and want to weigh 200... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:46:52 EST Waiting for Godot... NOT! Did y'all have to read that one in school? I was assigned it in Freshman English, in college. The instructor told us we should read it while standing in a tub of ice water, up to our armpits, so we would not fall asleep! If you did read it, was it in French or English... or some other language... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:44:29 EST I am back at SparkPeople . . . another day 1 Mid July, my dad crashed his bicycle, had a dizzy spell, and dislocated his artificial hip. He also chipped the piece of bone where the three gluteus muscles attach to the hip to keep the hip in place. He ended up having surgery mid August and needed someone to help him out till he no longer need... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:40:01 EST FUNNY HOW LIFE GETS IN THE WAY I'm not that person who can establish a set time of day to exercise. I need variety or i get bored, and i have a very busy and diverse schedule. When i was running (which i no longer do because of knee surgery), i would run sometimes in the morning, sometimes on my lunch hour and sometimes in t... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:39:35 EST Wednesday Thursday Still going easy at work, still lots of homework time with the middle. We’ve got to change something... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:39:11 EST Spoiler...Come unto Him F. Melvin Hammond <BR> Are we really trying to be like Jesus? Can we do too much for the Lord? Certainly we all love Him. Therefore, I implore us, keep His commandments and become more like Him. Come unto Christ, eat the bread of life, drink the living water, and feast on His limitless love. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:30:57 EST Smile <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> “A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.” <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>3... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:24:23 EST Reason #1: To Feel Better About Myself So I've been here before, but decided I need a fresh slate so deleted my old profile and started again. It was full of empty promises and a lack of committment. It showed no progress and was just the same story over and over again. My goal is for this time to be different. <BR> <BR> So, a lit... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:06:15 EST Feeling Depressed Threw Me Off <img src=""> Two and a half weeks ago my son finally received his Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. He is very low functioning. While my family and I completely expected and prepared for this, it still hit me. H... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:11 EST My Adventures in Spark 77 of 365 recipe Number 42 of the 50 ways to practice self-love is to try a new recipe. Here is a new recipe I want to try that I've been too busy to try: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>flower-ground-beef-hash-low-carb-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am looking into ways to practice se... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:10 EST Turning it upside down Wednesday, 10/17/2018 Recently, I've noticed an upward trend in blood glucose most mornings, which is a real thing. It's called the dawn effect. Lots of information about it on the internet if you're so inclined. <BR> <BR> I've had it most of my life, but other readings are only higher (and within the "normal" ra... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:06 EST Happy Thursday .. yesterday was a mega emotional rollercoaster, but still in my happy place!!! <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, 18 Oct 2018 09:59:10 EST Brrr! Cold Weather is Here! There was a fine covering of frost on all the roof tops this morning & skiffs of snow were scattered throughout the landscape. Last night I was discouraged because we were out of town all day and I had not managed my daily walk. Shortly after supper and during the evening news, my husband sugge... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:58:30 EST Thursday, more rain <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:57:42 EST 10.18.18. ꟷ working on Food Plan this month ꟷ BLC38 week 7 - "Chill to Lose" <BR> TracK and measure to identify foods causing health problems and eliminate. <BR> Focus on nutrient-dense whole foods. Guidelines: <BR> 1. Carbs mostly green veggies and limit fruit (mixed berries & green bananas) <BR> 2. Na... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:53:14 EST Fall 2018 Goals Well, I did NOT accomplish my September goals AT ALL. So I'm using this information to figure out how to move on and accomplish what I want. I looked back on my reports and I have been maintaining my weight for nearly 6 months now. Which is great! But I need to lose significantly more weight to ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:49:51 EST Small Changes Challenge - Day 5 - Stand Up for Your Health <em>128</em> <em>185</em> <em>231</em> Set an alarm on your phone or computer to remind you to get up from your desk every 60 minutes. That's a good piece of Spark advice. <BR> <BR> Some days I am super active because of my job. Other days I do book work and my behind is in a chair WA... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:49:30 EST Day 2! <img src=""> <BR> So I was totally kidding yesterday about eating everything in my fridge, but then life happened! I had thee worst mom day ever with my lil guy and I ended up getting del taco!! 🤣 I'll just put myself... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:48:51 EST It's been a long time since I've blogged! Where is the time going!?! <BR> <BR> I always try to be positive minded on this weight loss journey and have always tried to incorporate exercise into my everyday life. About a year and half ago, my back pain started getting worse, till finally in May of this year, I saw an orthopedic surgeon... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:40:59 EST .. Day 291/365 Where do I start on my To-Do list today ..? Hmmmm .. <BR> <BR> Clean/vacuum the floor registers .. <BR> <BR> Clean/vacuum the furnace air box .. <BR> <BR> Start the furnace .. <BR> <BR> Change the filter .. <BR> <BR> Vacuum the carpets .. <BR> <BR> Dust after the furnace shuts off .. <BR> ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:34:00 EST Overtraining This morning I had a hard time getting out of bed. I wasn't sure if I was just tired, or if I was being lazy. I did get up, and started my workout. I had a hard time with it, and cut it short. I think that maybe I have been pushing a little too hard, and I am still trying to get into the habit of... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:31:43 EST Updates Lots of things going on lately ... some good ... some bad. Sorry this is probably going to be long! <BR> <BR> First the good! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bean is 5 months old (as of yesterday!) she is doing awe... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:10:54 EST Finally a good Habit I can do....I get up every morning and take my vitamins with 16 ounces of water easy habit I can actually do..... I guess starting with the little changes is a great place to start. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:08:02 EST Just say NO Thursday NO to those goodies on the back table. I'm going to make it all five days without caving in. Monastics had a practice called custody of the eyes. JUST DON'T LOOK AT THAT TABLE! <BR> <BR> NO to extra sugar. Yesterday's ice cream popsicle and pink lemonade are the only sugary items I've eaten ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:06:05 EST Beck Diet Solution, Day 18 Change Your Definition of Full <BR> <BR> This is something I have have been working on for quite some time. I have a tendency to eat past the feeling of fullness. The whole food plant based plans that I have looked at all state to eat until you are satisfied. Big problem for me because I am ofte... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:05:23 EST Bathrooms and Glasses...? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay... guilty as charged. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How the heck can you see to find them.... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:03:31 EST Thankful <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:58:54 EST Day 277: Flatten your belly with this simple move Can You Resist Adding a Band to Your Ordinary Crunches? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> <BR> Low Mount Double Crunches with Band <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises.asp... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:51:36 EST I may be 68 but so what? I turned 68 years old this month. <em>383</em> When I was a kid, people who were 68 years old were not just old, they were ancient! Here's 6 reasons why I don't feel ancient: <BR> <BR> 1. I am on no medication. When I go for my annual physical and say that I am on no meds, the nurse always e... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:45:47 EST Perspective <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Start from a place of gratitude. You were able to move your body today.”—Nicole Meline, Peloton instructor <BR> <BR> I have to remember that. It doesn’t matter that I’m not at GW ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:41:29 EST Donating plasma and platelets today I have to stop at the library first. Donating takes two hours....must have a book! Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:39:35 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> Marijuana is now legal in Canada (since yesterday) and our local store ran out of supply by mid-day. I'm not sure how I feel about it, to be honest but I'm of the mind that just because something is legal doesn't mean it's good for you. My cousin's wife smokes a lot of pot and i... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:36:17 EST Thursday Exercise complete and now off to grocery store. Have a lovely Thursday. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:28:42 EST SparkCoach 28 Day Program – Day 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 10 – Find your groove <BR> <BR> Today’s lesson is all about patience and finding the workout that works for you, and the fact that the process of getting into exercise may take time until y... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:27:55 EST Cupcakes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> National Chocolate Cupcake Day <BR> Today is dedicated to chocolate cupcakes. The first mention of a dessert with the qualities of a cupcake was in American Cookery in 1796, and the first ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:25:14 EST 10/18/19 workout Swimming: 300 free warm up 4x25 free, stroke count 3x200 free, focus on technique, all flip turns 5x400 free, focus on technique, 25 touch turn/75 flip turn 2x500 free, focus on technique, 50 touch turn/75 flip turn 200 IM 200 free cool down Total: 4400yd (but I think I added an extra 50 by mista... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:13:18 EST Small improvements Things I've noticed since I've been more regular with diet and exercise: <BR> <BR> 1. Less stress- kids at school, family life at home, little things that creep up during the day- none of them are that stressful this school year. <BR> <BR> 2. Better mood over all- I haven't been nearly as irrit... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:12:18 EST I've got the power <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is always room for improvement...... in everything. <BR> <BR> I started WW in January and became a lifetime member in May at 150. I have recently decided that I want to try for another 10... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:07:06 EST Transformation with Moldavite <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:03:53 EST 10/18/18 I can, therefore I am. Simone Weil Quote of the Day <BR> To be free is to have achieved your life. <BR> Tennessee Williams <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving. <BR> Polly Berrien Berends <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Love the art in y... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:59:40 EST Transformation Moldavite There are many things in our environment that can help assist our transformation. Personally, I like to use gemstones. The card I picked today is about transformation using the stone Moldavite. Moldavite has a pretty cool history if you want to look it up. For me transformation is an inside job. ... Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:59:22 EST DR SEUSS 10-18-2018 <img src=""> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:51:06 EST