SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Life Saw this motivational quote this morning and decided I just had to share....... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This seems possible. Keep it simple. I think I need to be around children more. Recently was at a ba... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:37:32 EST Back at it, eating healthy anyway. Okay, nearly 2 years after my last blog post, I guess it's time to get back to it. I have spent the last 10 months watching what I eat, trying to keep to a 1900 calorie per day goal set out by a trusted healthcare provider. Despite the crying when we discussed it, he only brought it up because of... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:36:30 EST Happy Monday ... Look at it as fresh start to a new week !!!!! :) Have a great one ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:27:46 EST 35.97 workout miles so far This year I'm keeping a running total of the miles I walk, run, and swim during workouts. I'd like to start biking too, maybe later in the year. <BR> <BR> Walk: 34.09 miles <BR> Run: 0 miles <BR> Swim: 1.88 miles (3300 yards) <BR> Bike: 0 miles Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:27:08 EST Busy me always! <img src=""> <img src=""> I finally figured out how to use my iPhone for uploading pics to my blog here. Yesterday I was busy. Every day... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:26:23 EST King Day 2019 Hometown Delta Airlines contributed to open the King Center and Memorials through the Super Bowl so that Dr King's heritage can be recognized. <BR> <BR> "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:17:44 EST 'I Have a Dream' 'I have a dream' like MLK. <BR> My dream is to give hope to people. <BR> God-given dreams are achievable. <BR> This often involves 'thinking outside of the box'. <BR> We aren't stuck in our situations. <BR> Become more! <BR> Become your best! <BR> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:16:29 EST Elementary <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Elementary School Teacher Day <BR> Do you remember your elementary school days? Is there a teacher you particularly liked, whose influence you carry with you until the present day? Element... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:15:30 EST Health from God’s Perspective – 23 My health goals are in His hands...I believe God has the power to keep me healthy! <BR> <BR> “Come to Me [Jesus], all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls [... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:06:59 EST multitasking while bingeing?- me neither. <img src=""> <BR> Ever notice how focused on the food you are during a binge? My mind practically zones out, that's part of the attraction of bingeing on the short term/immediate reward. There's no multitasking going... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:00:12 EST SparkPeople meal planning How do you get the meal planning? Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:58:45 EST Day 13 Woke up to the movie "BOYCOTT". Martin Luther King, Jr day. We must remember. Now to lighter matters. Have already exercised for 11 minutes today and plan to do more 10 minute intervals during the day (of course, different). I like the feeling of my stomach muscles tightening up instead of b... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:56:32 EST Gotta got it together (excuse dump) I have never been thin. I have never been huge, just bigger than my friends. For a teenage girl, that is hard. Those issues have carried over into my adult life. Even in my youth, my grandmother would point out things like my tummy and say it needs work. I know she was teying to be helpful, ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:49:11 EST Praise be to Rusty! Yesterday it was minus 27 Celsius all day--in fact, with the wind, the temperature was over 32 C below zero-- <BR> I went for groceries----came home, walked in from the garage, and the house felt cold--- <BR> <BR> "It's cold in here", I shouted to Himself who was upstairs. <BR> "Put on a sweater... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:44:33 EST Taking my friend for his Bariatric Surgery Well today I take my friend Josh to have his gastric bypass surgery. <BR> <BR> He's already lost about 50 lbs on his own. I am so proud of him, he's come a long way. <BR> <BR> So, I will be able to see the after affects of this, it may be an awakening for me. <BR> <BR> Everyone keep him in you... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:43:30 EST It's all about patience! A fellow sparker posted an image similar this this one in the community feed. I decided I wanted it here on what they call the most depressing Monday of the year. (according to 9 news here in Colorado today) <BR> <BR> I want it to remind me to be patient, to stick with it and keep finding new ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:40:47 EST Life <img src=""> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:36:17 EST Almost the full 10% Weighed myself this morning. Only 0.3 pounds away from the full 10% I want before next Dr appointment. I still have slightly over a week so I’m ever hopeful that it will happen for me. Then it will be on to Phase 2, the next 10%. I find this much easier to accomplish than saying I want to los... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:35:37 EST Working on another huge change...this one is going to be tricky I was up WAY earlier than I planned on! For years I've been getting up between 3 and 3:30...used to be I went into work at 5:30 for mandatory OT (Normal schedule was 7:30-4:00). Since I moved and started my new job, my schedule is now 9:00 to 5:30. I try to be asleep by 8:00...Doesn't always work... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:34:52 EST Mondays weight Lost another pound so on the right path Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:34:41 EST Work challenge Starting a new challenge at work this week. We are giving up something or doing something to better our lives for a week and then we change to something new the new week. I am giving up fried food this week. If you can do it for a week, hopefully it will stick with us. Let's go! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:34:37 EST Defining a win today "It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way." - Claude Monet <BR> <BR> This morning I asked myself, "What will make today a great day?" <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> 1.) Progress made on purging at least 7 more things from the house. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:33:49 EST Not winning Been at this for 3 weeks staying at 1500 calories or less and still only lost 2 pounds. Ughhhhhh. What do I do? Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:29:35 EST Monday Treadmill complete. Day off from babysitting today! Have a happy and successful day. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:27:00 EST Inner exhaustion Sometimes we must step back and see what is really wrong with us, is coming from others around us. We spend so much of our lives listening to others,living for others,being there for others,that we tend to forget that we need to be there for ourselves...and in doing this we become exhausted insid... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:24:09 EST Too much time? Hiya. <BR> I've done Sparkpeople before and really learnt a lot and enjoyed losing weight and getting fit. <BR> But over the years, I've got older, stiffer, slower.....and heavier. In the last 3 years I've had 3 different operations for arthritis, which I'm really grateful for. But th... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:24:09 EST Got the visa! I scanned nd emailed our passports to the Australia the visas last night. Now we can fly over in March! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:18:43 EST How Many HOW Blogs - Blog Fifteen (after more on 14) MORE ABOUT BLOG 14: <BR> <BR> Thanks to 1CRAZYDOG I was alerted to the sucralose-stem cell connection. She summarized the research beautifully, but I wanted to read more: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2018/consuming-low-calorie-sweeteners-<BR>may-predispose-overweigh... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:12:46 EST Updates Winter 2019 5% Challenge (week 2 wins and week 3 goals) Week two of the challenge ended Friday. I'm just now getting to post about how I did. Week two went pretty well. I did not get my full 120 minutes of exercise every day last week, but I did really well. Some days I even worked out twice a day. My step count has increased daily, which is grea... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:12:26 EST Today's doings.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a sunny, windy day here with temps around -14c. <BR> <BR> Going for Dr.'s appointment to get scrips renewed, <BR> <BR> then off to an eggs-benny for bunch. <em>211</em> <BR> *hubby th... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:11:58 EST Wake up and kick Monday in the face! I might have overdid it Saturday. I'm definitely feeling it but I do feel like a bad***. Lifted actual weight on the (bar) bench press, 15 lbs 2 sets of 12. I've never done that before. Did a mile (half jog/half walk), alternating half laps. I did 5ks 2 years ago...makes me sad how far I let myse... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:10:21 EST I WILL do this! I WILL do this! <BR> I will conquer my food addiction. I will take back control of my health. <BR> I CAN do it and I WILL do it. <BR> I HAVE to do this. <BR> My husband and my kids deserve better than what I am currently giving them. <BR> My body deserves better. <BR> <BR> I WILL become a T... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:10:17 EST Have a great Monday Hope everyone has a great day. <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:08:27 EST Monday funny <img src=""> <BR> Thought this was funny! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:05:12 EST It's Time To Have A Talk So my SparkCoach yesterday was to give myself a pep talk. Here goes: <BR> <BR> Dear Self, <BR> <BR> You have been through a lot, but have always managed to make it through. Look at how far you have made it! Go weigh yourself today, now that your time of month has passed and see if you have lost... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:02:37 EST National Hugging Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always January 21st <BR> <BR> What a great day! This is an opportunity to give and to receive. Give a hug, and you automatically receive one in return. Sure, someone mig... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:01:21 EST Day 20 <img src=""> <BR> Just came back from Vacation and only gained 2/10's of a pound! Considering all the free drinks, I am pleasantly surprised! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:00:15 EST Keto Round 2 Day 5 I did better getting to sleep around 11pm after peeking out on the back porch to watch part of the lunar eclipse, that chilled me and then I showered to get warm and when I saw I was only 600 steps from my 10,000 steps for the day goal I went ahead and walked around the house and hit my goal, the... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:00:06 EST First day using this site. Besides the 2 week free trial can you use it for free anyone know? <img src=""> <BR> Besides the 2 week free trial anyone know if you can use this for free any other way? Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:57:27 EST Finally Got Serious! Haven't been to Sparkpeople for quite awhile. It's that thing about not being authentic. It's one thing to want to lose weight - it's another to actually commit yourself. <BR> <BR> People talk about a defining moment when they decided to do something serious about their weight. It might be a pho... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:51:55 EST Coziness This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: Blog about anything you like or don’t like about this time of year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One thing I like about this time of year is coziness.... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:50:20 EST Happy Monday! <img src=""> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:49:47 EST January 2019 - OA January <BR> <BR> Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over food--that our lives had become unmanageable. <BR> <BR> I am COMPLETELY powerless over food. The weight I've gained is a testament. I will ask for help when I am feeling like I want or need to eat something unhealthy or to binge. <B... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:43:49 EST Day 364 - Tough weekend It's been quite a while since I've blogged. And that's a problem. <BR> <BR> I've started throwing ideas out more on the community feed. There's more feedback and engagement there. But blogging is better for getting my thoughts out of my head, so I need to re-engage in blogging. <BR> <BR> I've ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:43:10 EST I woke up to an apology good morning; dh was in a horrible mood all weekend. I asked him what is going on. Last night I was trying to figure him out. He was acting just like his father would act. His father was unreasonable to say the least. We are going out with our grandkids today. I was hoping he was not in t... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:42:31 EST Monday Correction Day Weekends are hard, but the more time I put into this, Mondays feel less like a reset day and more like an adjustment/course correction day. <BR> <BR> The retreat I just came back from was filled with food and temptation. I didn't do as good as I would have like, but I did make a lot of healthy... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:38:35 EST 41 years of fun Today DH and I celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 24 inches of snow caused our party to be reduced to a chapel wedding with relatives <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 6 weeks later we ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:25:55 EST Healthy Morning Treat <img src=""> <BR> Good morning..ive just had my coffee and a banana roll with it ( 1 banana, lite mayo & 1 slice Sara Lee bread) for all us sweet lovers this is just enough sweetness to go with my coffee..first thing i... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:24:27 EST tracking my weight gain Between July 2011 and May 2012 I gained 17 pounds. From May 2012 to April 2013 I gained an additional 12 pounds. I keep journals from time to time and in them, when I decide to "diet" I will track my weight. I was able to find entries from as far back as Aug 2000 when I was a "FAT" 160. I r... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:21:33 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes the storm is just a reminder .... of just how beautiful life can be. <BR> <BR> This is not out my window this morning but if it was I would not mine because I love winter and the bea... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:18:49 EST The flip side There is always a flip side, to consider and there is one to the blog I entered, yesterday. <BR> <BR> There is a purpose to everything and mixed blessing are to be found in difficult and challenging times. <BR> I don't have all the answers, but I trust in the good to be there. <BR> <BR> My craz... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:13:06 EST Have not written in forever so here it goes!! I've been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I exercise at least five days a week if not more. I've lost 48 pounds so far since I started seeing a nutritionist. I eat what I want just not above 1900 a day. I see major changes in how I look and feel. My personal advice is don't over stress and pla... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:09:34 EST Monday <img src=""> This was yesterday. Long before the end..will get another pic today with the total. It’s 14 below right now..with windchill 28 below. I love this weather!!! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:06:13 EST Monday <img src=""> This was yesterday. Long before the end..will get another pic today with the total. It’s 14 below right now..with windchill 28 below. I love this weather!!! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:06:03 EST Monday <img src=""> This was yesterday. Long before the end..will get another pic today with the total. It’s 14 below right now..with windchill 28 below. I love this weather!!! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:05:45 EST Monday <img src=""> This was yesterday. Long before the end..will get another pic today with the total. It’s 14 below right now..with windchill 28 below. I love this weather!!! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:05:25 EST I'm trying here It's been awhile since I have been on Sparks people.and starting over again Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:01:20 EST Here we go week two I don’t have much to say today. I am blogging to keep the habit going. I will also keep my other new habits today. Logging my food, exercising and SparkPeople. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:00:57 EST Monday January 21st, 2019......Size Inflation and "C" Super Food List Good morning everyone! Happy Monday! May the week ahead be full of happiness and success. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have so shirts and it's really just STUFF that doesn't do anything for me other than take space and collect dust. I don't wear it and probably never will. <BR> <BR> Most of the... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:50:30 EST By the light of the silvery, white, blood red moon... So yesterday was a deliberate, rest, less, day.. Had a very active week and my body needed the rest. Church and football were the only agenda items.. We were invited out but hubby's been sick and I was beat so we opted to stay in. Hubby asked for homemade pizza and without missing a beat I agree... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:47:28 EST Keep Going <img src=""> <BR> My daily reminder. Just show up every day! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:46:02 EST Really???? Was December 25 the last time I put a blog post in. Guess so. Almost a month. Good news I weigh less than when I started weighing in again. Not so good news....I definitely bounced up (not all the way) over the holidays....and I'm struggling....I'm not as disciplined about logging everything (... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:38:16 EST 1/21/19 Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Lu Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> We are not makers of history. We are made by history. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> At the center of non-violence stands th... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:27:27 EST Day 3... Taking a few minutes for myself yesterday seemed to put me in a good place, so I'm going to keep trying to do my sparking in the morning. <BR> <BR> I planned a half mile on the recumbent, ended up doing a whole mile. Not sure what today will be, but at least a half. (I do smaller increments in s... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:20:54 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~MARVELous MOONday~ ~Happy Full Moon~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> <em>135</em> <em>31</em> <em>135</em> <em>31</em> <em>135</em> <em>31</em> <em>135</em> <BR> <em>135</em> ~ Waving Hello ~ & ~~ Wishing You ~~ <BR> ~a MARV... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:08:22 EST Sparking Joy Overhead on the bus today. A woman was raving about Marie Kondo's new show and how we should be throwing away the things that do not spark joy. Her friend who obviously found her as tiresome as the rest of us on the bus, sardonically said "it was a good thing I got rid of the ex husband then..."... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:07:36 EST I AM THE LIGHT <img src=""> <BR> And He hath put a new song in my mouth, (even) praise unto our God: many shall see (it) and fear, and shall trusts in the LORD. Psalm 40:3 (KJV) ....................................<BR>.................. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:00:54 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:55:06 EST Really stuck, ugh, but there's one NSR... I'm frustrated! 184.4. I haven't been skiing much, due to a lot of things. When I get to go out, I get like one run! That's stupid. I'm not going to go today, as the day is mostly screwed for time already. <BR> <BR> I took my sweetie to the airport in Innsbruck at oh-dark-thirty this morn... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:45:53 EST Quote of the Day! “Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.” <BR> ~Martin Luther King Jr.~ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:43:01 EST Monday's Funny <img src=""> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:36:41 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 1-21-2019 <img src=""> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:33:24 EST The Very Cold New Hampshire Morning <img src=""> <BR> It is zero degrees out, and I don't have to go to work today. I snuggled down in my warm bed and spent an extra hour of sleep. Tomorrow I'll be up at 4:45 as usual, but today I luxuriated by getting... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:30:43 EST 1/21/2019 Good morning and happy Monday. Have lost 19 pounds so far and feeling great. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:22:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 21, 2019 January 21, 2019 WHY WORRY? <BR> <BR> If we thought about it long enough, we would all find something we could worry about. Weather. Money. Relationships. Jobs. Security. The list goes on and on. However, worry doesn’t help us move forward in life. Worry stops us from doing what God wants us to ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:08:48 EST Changes Change is a process, not an event or a destination. There have been physical, mental and emotional changes during my journey and they are continuing. Some I am just noticing and are subtle. Others, like the physical changes are more obvious and easy to quantify-weight and inches lost, the ab... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:58:41 EST Monday Funny Reaching the end of an extensive job interview, the HR person asked a young Engineer fresh out of college, "And what starting salary were you looking for?" <BR> <BR> The engineering graduate said, "In the range of $100,000 - 125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." <BR> <BR> The HR p... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:56:58 EST Patients Is a virtue Sometimes we want things to happen over night and when they don't we are disappointed. Taking things slow and trying to focus on today and each and everyday just one day at a time. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:56:13 EST 01/21/19 Weight Check 248.6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 11/30/18 = 269.0 ************ STOP ... I AM DONE! <BR> New Years resolution <BR> 01/02/19 = 259.6 <BR> 01/03/19 = 258.2 <BR> 01/04/19 = 258.2 <BR> 01/05/18 = 256.2 ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:55:58 EST better Keto Yesterday I prepared some pork chops which were coated with ground nuts (supposed to have been almonds but I only had mixed nuts) and almond flour pan fried in coconut oil. It was deliciious. I also tried a coconut cream dessert. Its made with coconut cream blended with strawberries and vanill... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:39:03 EST Update- January 21st, 2019 Still fighting the flu and pleurisy crud. Yesterday afternoon I started having sharp burning pain in my lungs and became really dizzy, I took an oxy and went to lie down until the oxy kicked it then I would get back up. That plan failed because I ended up falling asleep. Tuesday I was prescribed ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:59:38 EST Sun 1/20 Lunar eclipse We did more cleaning today and are making progress in the sewing room, that is. We have more rooms to clear out! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I saw the lunar eclipse from our house. It was neat but not as "red" as daughter saw it. <BR> <BR> Have a great evening! <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> Note: If... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:37:44 EST Being the Best We Can Be... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Monday and Week ahead, let's push on and reach for those goals that are ahead of us, we can do it... <BR> <BR> "Believe You Can" by taking 1 step and 1 day at a time, k... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:36:21 EST Bible Verse for Today.. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. <BR> <BR> Romans 8:38-39 NKJV Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:30:18 EST Quote for Today... Everything we do is to be offered to the Lord; and if done so with a pure heart of love, it becomes holy. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:29:38 EST Weight loss can be a slippery slope <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes our weight loss journey is like walking uphill on a sheet of ice just like the one in this photo I took on my daily hike today. But you just have to keep pushing through it to reach your g... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 03:21:02 EST I am grateful for, 1.20.19 1. My babies, because they are still so very little. <BR> 2. No school tomorrow, because it will make the morning easier now that we’re down to 1 vehicle for a minute. <BR> 3. Getting the kids I’m familiar with, because it’s been a nice intense weekend. <BR> 4. Sleep, because it was super importa... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 02:50:53 EST Day 21: MLK Day (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 02:28:32 EST 1-20-19 The day started with sunshine, which is nice because I didn't sleep well last night. Just couldn't stay asleep. I have been cranky all day as a result. So I've been trying to relax and destress as much as I can. It's almost as if we had a very windy night,except we didn't. we are actually have th... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 01:59:08 EST Bootcamp challenge - Week 1 recap I just completed the first week of a 6-week challenge at my boot camp. The goal is fat loss, not weight loss. The prize is $500 and a trip to Mexico, so I'm highly motivated! We get points for going to the gym and checking in on Facebook 6x/week, plus attendance at other events like a nutrition s... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 01:48:13 EST Good weekend This weekend I did pretty good. I had a phone call that upset me, gotta love family drama, and as I left to go grab a coffee my son told me to take my gym bag and then if I want to stop at the gym I could. Well I did and felt soooo much better after. So the goal is to pack my gym bag each day and... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:54:17 EST January 20 - Cold in FL and Indoor Cardio It started pouring around 3am and was pretty steady rain for a few hours. I had another rough night of not being able to sleep. I was tossing and turning. I was warm and couldnt get comfortable. Then around 4am, I got up to turn the air on. My Fitbit says I slept 8 hours, yea was more like 6. <B... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:52:06 EST Once More So i swore to myself as soon as i got a new laptop i would start blogging again so here i am! I've missed all of you! Si i will also be updating pictures and what not. I got married, broke my leg, have been on and off the diet train but am still down 6 pounds! I also found a semi local gym that ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:49:44 EST January 19 - Strength Training Day Gotta love when you dont read your routine correctly, LOL <BR> <BR> I was suppose to do 3 planks, I did 6 instead, LOL. <BR> <BR> 10 minute walk - warm up <BR> <BR> 3 planks ( 30 seconds, 20 seconds, 20 seconds) <BR> 10 Glute bridges <BR> <BR> 3 planks (30 seconds, 20 seconds, 15 seconds) <B... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:46:25 EST Monday's Silly <img src=""> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:45:27 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR MONDAY TALK, DON'T ARGUE <BR> <BR> But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?" <BR> Romans 9:20 <BR> <BR> All parents have experienced being "argued with" by a toddler. Less an argument than a very small child... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:44:24 EST Food 01/18 (Friday) Breakfast: large Jamba juice banana and PB smoothie Lunch: bunless burger with avocado and sauteed onions Dinner: bbq chicken and caesar salad Exercise: 60 minutes yoga Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:42:11 EST Old dog, new mix (of supplements) We are now feeding our beloved old pup 3 times daily. She previously just ate 2 times, but with the new supplement regimen I have her on, there needs to be a method of delivery. Her teeth are pretty much gone so all pills need to be crushed and mixed into chicken noodle soup. She does gobble i... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:41:18 EST 2 weeks in a row! Yay for minor victories - right now I'm just going for consistency and accountability. I've logged my food every day, hit or miss on water intake but better than I was! I have my lil' journal that I've written in every night save one. I've been cooking, and have only eaten out once in the last... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:38:47 EST Food 01/19 (Saturday) Breakfast: smoothie Lunch: Panera Greek salad and broccoli/cheddar soup **Wendy's 🤮 Dinner: beef stew Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:38:19 EST It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Month! It's the most wonderful time of the month! (sarcasm) <BR> <BR> I'm one of the lucky 3.7% of women who suffers from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). A lot of times, PMDD is described as a more severe version of PMS. As someone with PMDD, I can confidently say that comparison is like sayin... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:36:24 EST Food 01/20 (Sunday) Breakfast: eggs Benedict w/o bread, smoothie w/banana and strawberry and sunflower butter Lunch: leftover Panera salad and red pepper tilapia Dinner: leftover mustard chicken and sweet potato Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:36:15 EST Screwed up Went to lunch with in laws and I totally blew it. I've been doing keto and just totally blew it today at olive garden.!😣 but tomorrow is a new day today was just a slight detour. Right... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:25:07 EST ...and one step back. Back in December I pulled a muscle in my back during a judo session. I figured it was just another bump and it would heal and go away over the holidays, especially since class was on hiatus until January. Unfortunately, the (relatively minor-feeling) pain resurfaced last week, and I realized I ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:24:54 EST Dear John letter For T.O.P.S. we were asked to write a Dear John letter... here is one of mine Dear Pop It was love at first. It started out innocently at first but 1 he came 2, then 2 became 4 then you were all I drank. I loved how sweet you are and how you made me feel. But my knowledge has changed and other t... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:22:27 EST Here's our Final Prayer - St. Peregrine Novena Here are the prayers for today: <BR> Final Prayer - St. Peregrine Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:21:12 EST Weather It was a dry day in the upper 60s. It is 58 outside and 67 inside. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:08:40 EST #644 Lunar Eclipse Well, I have enjoyed the eclipse while standing out in the very cool air. At 11 PM we are in totality and I do have a picture from about 15 mins before and the total. Probably very hard to see on here. Try a zoom in and see what you see. It may be "fuzzy" but you can see the partial edge and the ... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:08:19 EST Refrigerator’s Loss is Compost Heap’s Gain Sometimes, despite my best efforts, my refrigerator will harbor some unauthorized inhabitants (spoiled vegetables or fruits) and, try as I might to salvage them by making soups or roasted vegetables, occasionally some of them pass the point of no return, and actually have to be discarded. <BR> <... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:07:56 EST Special Blessings-January 21, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. We got dumped on with snow last night-10" with ice under the snow. Our nephew, who is a paramedic and firefighter, called and told us to stay in because we were under a Level 3 Snow Emergency. We were suppose to go to his house, wh... Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:07:26 EST Whole 30. R2D19 And finding it easy, not to say it's not a lot of work but it'd so worth it. . .do miss my scale but I know the rules. Walk on👟👟!!! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:56:57 EST January 20th ahh what a day...the Pats pulled it out and are on their way to the Super Bowl. <BR> A fantastic eclipse wonder the ancients put magickal meaning to it! <BR> <BR> A nice visit with neighbors and a delish dinner thanks to their thoughtfulness. <BR> <BR> They visited with Don Q a bi... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:56:06 EST It Adds Up <img src=""> <BR> In the middle of last week, I had a couple of days when I didn't stick to my plan. I almost called them "bad days," but they really weren't. I didn't shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die, afte... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:50:10 EST Relax and Regroup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to say I have been uber good with my nutrition and fitness the past few days, I said I'd like to but I would have been telling a whopper. Between the migraine meds and pain of the... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:48:56 EST It's Time To get things started.. I have had the theme song of the old Muppet Show in my head all day. If you were a child of the 80's you may know what I am talking about. It sort of went something like this.. (and yes I had to GOOGLE it). So now let's get it started Why don't we get it started It's time to get things started O... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:45:50 EST Day 20 2019 On to the Super Bowl <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know most of the country is not rooting for us but way to go Patriots. Just like Sparkers they stayed the course and didn't let a few setbacks keep them from their end goal. They were focuse... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:44:19 EST 20 - quick day - Jan 20 2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow! The day went by FAST! I didn't even have time for dinner. My big accomplishment of the day was to buy a new stove. It was time. The old one was on it's last leg so I decided to scrape up so... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:42:24 EST Wild Child (4) <img src=""> <BR> Romans 12:1-2 A Living Sacrifice 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and pro... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:37:52 EST Relaxed Played with the grandbabies. Watching the lunar eclipse. Then to bed. It's been a good day. Ready to start the work week. Good night Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:30:11 EST Thursday village spinning <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> The latest beauty shot of a full bobbin and the weight of the yarn. I think I will have enough to weave fab... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:24:39 EST 1/20/2019 One of my goals is to write three good things that happen to me each day. For today, I'll go with snow shoveling, stretching, and trying new recipes (one for bread, and one a weird concoction of rice, chicken, tomatoes, and canned alfredo sauce that actually was pretty edible). <BR> <BR> I reali... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:23:10 EST TODAY WAS A REST DAY. Most of my activity today was at church. We had a great service. <BR> <BR> The afternoon was slow and lazy. Cold outside so stayed in and enjoyed one of the playoff football games (New Orleans and Los Angeles). It was a good game that kept you wondering what was happening until the last sec... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:21:59 EST Articles I read Today How Real People Learned to Actually Enjoy Exercise (Really!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g.asp?post=how_real_people_learned_to_<BR>actually_enjoy_exercise_really </link> <BR> <BR> 3 Diets Dietitians Say Are Not a Long-Term Solution <BR> <link>https://www.sparkp... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:08:34 EST Interesting weekend Well, this weekend could have gone much better. <BR> <BR> On Thursday evening my foot started hurting, and by Friday I was limping around quite painfully. This happens from time to time. I don't know exactly what it is, but it almost feels like an arthritic kind of pain. There's definitely infla... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:05:57 EST Sunday!! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:53:27 EST Happy Birthday, Mom! Wish you were still here! Today - January 20, 2019 - would have been my mother's 99th birthday! She passed away in December, 1991. I still think of her every day. My father passed away in 1974 and my brother passed away in 1986. My hope is that they are all happy, well and at peace in a Heaven where all their earthly ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:51:50 EST My week 2 badges earned <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:51:19 EST Great Sunday! Well, today was a great day! It started out super...drop on the scale...brought me to 245...a mini goal hit <em>248</em> Yay! The weight loss wrecking ball is breaking through! I'll take it. <BR> <BR> Our snow wasn't too bad. I think we got between 3 and 4 inches. And the roads were pr... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:49:27 EST Pretty day!! Snow(pictures) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Started last night. <BR> <BR> This is at the corner of one of the main streets in our city <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:48:14 EST Captain's Log 011819 It seems like only yesterday when we took off for parts unknown. Yet, we are getting ready to start week 3. It is amazing how time flies. <BR> <BR> *****Here are the final results of our first week… <BR> <BR> Team exercise: 12,694 which is 125% of our commitment. Way to go!! <BR> Team water: 17... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:46:59 EST 1,009,800 That is amount of steps I have taken in 80 days. i was shocked. If I had just walked 1800 steps, I would have stayed in my minimum goals. But I did get my bare minimum goal for the day and exceeded it by 400 steps and that is fine. The weather is frigid and it was snowing so I called it a day... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:33:34 EST I Love Me I Love Me, Meghan Trainor, 2016 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love me, hey <BR> I love me, hey <BR> I don't know about you, but baby I love me <BR> Now everybody say, hey-hey-hey <BR> Oh, hey-hey-hey, I l... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:31:03 EST February is the New January? I saw this meme on a Facebook page. On January 2nd Regena Garrety posted this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> " Maybe you’ve heard that how you spend the New year is the tone you’ll set for the whole year. If I believed that,... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:24:37 EST All day rest It took me until almost 3 this afternoon to even feel human. So I did not get to town besides it is really cold out. Warmer tomorrow. I sort of snoozed on and off all day. Finally got up and made a frozen dinner for lunch and then cooked a potato and fish fillets for dinner. Really needed ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:19:16 EST Disappointment Let's be honest we all have dealt with it. It's a real kick in the pants. In this case, I'm going to try to let that kick land me in the right direction. This month is closer to the end than it is to the beginning and I wish I had made more progress, but I'll take what I can get. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:04:28 EST Flow Chart to Reset My friend sent this to me awhile back and I've been reading it pretty closely to re-evaluate my lifestyle changes. Her method has always mirrored my methods in terms of monitoring food, fitness, motivation, AND mental health. <BR> <BR> ARE YOU STUCK IN A PLATEAU? RE-EVALUATE and GET BACK TO THE... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:02:20 EST little more of a reaction Had a bit of a delayed reaction to the pain shot last night. Happened last couple of times, as well. Started so slowly I didn't notice. By the time I did, I had a bright red rash across most of the right side of my body. Weird, I know. Itched like mad. Thankfully, I had Prudoxin cream to he... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:58:57 EST 86-Yr-Old Loses 120 Lbs. Without Leaving Her Apartment. <link><BR>slaughter-weight-loss/?utm_content=buf<BR>fer2514c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=<BR><BR>AR1RaZKHUUkdnY2qs1g12fZhlI4qFQqpOo_z5E<BR>mPX2gUEWlOfTJh9Mxw5ac </link> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:57:51 EST Noticable Healthier Changes I notice about Myself I notice I don't crave sodas or sweet foods all the time anymore would rather eat fruits the other items just seem too overly sweet, although I do crave chocolate at times so try to pick dark chocolate items instead, I have not been eating fried foods at all, and really try to pay attention to h... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:54:24 EST PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION, DAYS 19 & 20!! Early to Bed Can Mean confusion Saturday’s Assertion: Taking care of yourself doesn't mean me first, it means me too.~L.R. <BR> Happy National Popcorn Day (WooHoo), National Tin Can Day, Robert E. Lee Day & World Quark Day! <BR> <BR> What does chuck norris do when he wants popcorn?~He breathes on Nebraska!*What do Corn cobs c... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:43:26 EST Football Sunday and Precalculus! Jan19(Blood moon) It was 54 at 9 am, it is 21 now and feels like 7..the blood moon may have to do its thing without me. We usually have cloud cover anyway. <BR> <BR> Woke up early and visited with the animals. or should I say we did a pile up on the couch, with me being the mattress! LOl It was a restful morning,... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:39:37 EST First week success Lost 3.5 pounds in my first week following the Keto diet. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:36:44 EST Blood Moon Does a blood moon mean we do squirrel things ---lol.. <BR> It was a crazy day here. <BR> The GK's spent the whole day with me... in my room. <BR> I stayed in my room most of the day wanted to be with me so that is where they hung out.. <BR> <BR> Sorry did not do a blog yesterday again m... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:34:08 EST Sunday in the ice world Today we were thoroughly iced in and stayed home in safety. The cats, my books and I relaxed most of the day and I made a strong effort at my exercise - getting it done early and throughout the day - not quite 14/14 but still a decent 11/14 active hours in addition to the active exercise. <BR> ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:20:16 EST Heh Heh Heh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Reminds me of a Tigger snowcat my son and I made when he was still young enough to want to play in the snow with me. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:18:14 EST funeral done today was the funeral for my best friend's mom. it has been a long couple days for me, but a nightmare for her family. i tried being there as much as i could. this week i plant to take her out for supper. i think she will enjoy getting out. her hubby is still back at home so i know she misses him... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:15:44 EST Blog Post day 2 <img src=""> <BR> Today has been a long day. I don't know if my kids are coming down with something but all three have constantly been fighting and crying all day. I love them to death but some nights like tonight I am... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:10:25 EST Mothers Blog <img src=""> Hello not sure how to blog but I kinda understand we can share our thoughts and how we feel about here goes and y'all can let me know if I've got it right.. I am a person who has... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:01:48 EST Thankful January 21 Today has been a challenging day. I've been very down and struggling. My tendency is to whine and list all my problems, but I'm determined to find my 5 things to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for... <BR> 1. God's grace, mercy, and love <em>458</em> No matter what I go through... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:00:15 EST Back Home I'm back home from the quilt retreat, and I feel very grateful to be back home. The retreat was terrific, but there was too much food, too much temptation and too much lack of exercise...and I really felt the difference. I have been really good with my portion sizes and even IF 16/8 with mostly... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:55:04 EST January 20, 2019 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> I was feeling a little better mood-wise, but not normal and every little thing is still driving me crazy. At least I should have some time to myself tomorrow to hopefully recharge and figure out what is really bothering me. <BR> <BR> Church went well this morning. I do t... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:54:47 EST Day 20 2019 It's been a crazy, busy week. Side note, today hasnt been too bad. Watching football with hubs but honestly, I dont like it. I am a Cowboys fan if any.... <BR> <BR> Made some chicken salad today. Hubs is off for 3 days. It will be nice to relax. <BR> <BR> Going to try a 10 min workout toni... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:53:26 EST Day 20: No Snow Yet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." (Thomas Edison) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> Our house still looks li... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:47:36 EST Day 29 - had a great day...and did as planned Today was my daughters graduation and we went to celebrate at our favorite all you can eat Asian buffet. Really proud of myself (and of course my daughter for graduating), since as planned I stuck to meat and shrimp only and did really well. Went only once, filled a plate (not overfilled) and did... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:41:01 EST Easy Easy day today Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:35:02 EST New eye drops are a big help! A nice doctor in my coverage gave me 12 prescriptions for the eye drops! I am using them everyday so my eyes will stop itching! I have never had so much itching with my eyes before! As soon as my eyes stop bugging me I can stop the eye drops! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:26:41 EST Fun day Went to frog leg festival. Great fun walked,talked and e joyed self without food Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:24:00 EST Day 9 - St. Peregrine Novena Day 9 - St. Peregrine Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing. <BR> <BR> Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing of… <BR> <BR> (Mention your intentio... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:23:29 EST Comfort foods, hike, watercolors I’ve been home sick with a miserable cold for the past few days. Do you have comfort foods that you eat when you are ill? I do. I like soft boiled eggs, soups, hot chocolate, juices and pudding. I guess all of them go down easy when you have a sore throat. (And my mom used to serve these items wh... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:23:20 EST Day 20 of 104 Feel absolutely WONDERFUL about my day today!!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It actually started last night.... <BR> I'm usually terrible in the evening, especially when I stay up late. I'm off work on the weekends (I'm a school teacher.) so sometimes on Saturday I stay up late. (One of the f... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:10:20 EST Sun - One Day at a Time. One Step at a Time. 01/20/2019 <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:05:44 EST Sunday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:03:46 EST Lazy day Today is my lazy day. I didn't track my food. I didn't get my steps. I took a nap and spent the day with my family. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:56:50 EST Goals & Gratitude 1/20/19 It's been a very busy weekend. Today, I was a usher at church, so I had to be there about an hour earlier than I usually am. Then I taught Sunday school after service. There were 20 3rd/4th graders today-- a full house! There was a woman's meeting after church too, but I decided to skip it. I was... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:46:55 EST Day 20 My anxiety has been awful. Work stress mostly, but I'm lucky to have some amazingly supportive coworkers and my family. I hate when I feel like this. It puts me on edge and I get irritable. I did an hour workout DVD today. I was hoping it would help. Maybe if the kids weren't fighting the whole t... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:46:01 EST Maybe, maybe not I find myself on another Sunday night eager to start a new week better than I ended the last one. Mondays are usually very good. I track, I move, I drink water no problem. Tuesday is a bit more challenging. I'm not sure why exactly. By Wednesday there have already been failures that sabotage ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:44:29 EST Well waddya know! I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I’m having no problem keeping on the diet. Had one day over because I forgot to count and a couple days where I was under so ate a snack. The weight isn’t coming off much but starting tomorrow I’m adding some more exercise. Slow and steady will win this ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:42:14 EST My 2 hour eating window <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:41:08 EST 31 Days of Gratitude - January 20, 2019 Name a failure you are grateful for: <BR> <BR> First, one that comes to mind is the big fat F I got on my very first algebra exam in high school in 9th Grade. I was pretty much straight As in grammar/middle school and went into High School thinking "I got this" but in a cocky way. I was devast... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:40:00 EST My life <img src=""> Short cardio workout today and football now Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:34:37 EST FUN FUN FUN I guess no good dead goes unpunished- supposed to be getting new windows upstairs was told to take some of the stuff down so I took it upon myself to take off some of the hardware from the panes that I think I can use again on some projects, Naturally the pane won't come out so I try forcing it -... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:34:32 EST Root Veggies I tried my hand at roasting root veggies for the first time. I bought fresh beets and radishes. Oh, goodness! They turned out great. Then, I took the beet leaves and sauteed them with cherry tomatoes and grated carrots. Add 3 oz of chicken breast and 1/2 slice of oat bran bread and you have ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:32:07 EST Two weeks Two weeks of spark. Haven’t eaten a thing off plan although I’ve gained just a couple pounds. I know it’s from working out. Read all the stats but so depressing. Made a decision today no scale for a month. Let my body settle in to the new routine and stay focused on the plan. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:29:16 EST My Annual Visit to the Doc <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey everyone. Since we cannot solve the shutdown, collusion, obstruction, bigotry, narcissism and like issues (as much as I wish I could waive a magic wand), I thought I would offer something mo... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:29:07 EST FAT - A Difficult (But Reliable) Friend Does anyone else have a friend like this? One who is always there when you need her, who has helped you out of many troubles - but who is a pain in the rear sometimes? <BR> That's a good image for the fat riding around with us - even tho most of us are trying to get rid of most of it. <BR> ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:20:47 EST Day 7 Well made it through day 7. Worked out in the morning. Was exhausted all day but not because of that. Happy I made it through a week. Here it to getting through the next one. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:19:42 EST 2500 mile goal Exbike and stretching. Yesterday light snow started as rain, then sleet finally snow. Doors on two trucks frozen shut. Finally got one door open and started each truck. Then moved them so sun could thaw. I positively do not miss 40 below and 10 feet of snow in anchorage, nor do I miss the snow... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:17:15 EST Sunday Adventures Went to church as usual and then out to brunch at Denny's with the after church fellowship group. Was a nice group...16 in total. Sometimes there are a few more and sometimes we only have 6 but the sharing and caring within the group is always good. <BR> <BR> Came home with intentions of takin... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:16:46 EST Woohoo So today was my weigh day. I have lost 3 pounds so far, stopped completely drinking soda which was the hardest thing for me to do. The headaches were horrible and they are gone now. Am feel so much better and my body doesn't ache as much as it did. Am finally getting good restful sleep. My energ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:14:17 EST Trying again Week 3 day 5 Feeling very relaxed but cold. Took all the Christmas decorations down did dishes and 5 loads of laundry. Beef stew supper not too many calories. Any who happy sunday. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:11:10 EST Better and Thank You SP I think I've managed to thank each of you individually for your comments on my blog yesterday. There were so many and they seemed to keep coming. So not to miss thanking someone I am writing this blog to do just that. <BR> <BR> I hesitated to reach out yesterday, but felt the need. I now feel it... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:08:40 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> This is how I feel today, as though I'm getting it together. It's a calm, peaceful, even zen feeling. <BR> <BR> I had my meals planned for today then changed my supper meal. Figured I should cook s... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:05:19 EST Plans for this year Now I am recovered from my bug, it's time to set my intentions for the year. <BR> Nothing much new, just more of the same, really. <BR> <BR> Fitness wise I will continue with my swimming - loving my new flippers and expecting my kick will improve as the flippers strengthen my legs. I'll get comf... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:01:17 EST Bodyweight Exercise I’ve been pretty consistent since Dec 15, 2018. Longest streak yet. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:57:37 EST sugar craving 1/20 1/20 caved into cravings- added 1 teaspoon of sugar in my yogurt- oh well, try again tomorrow Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:52:06 EST Staying on track So, I've been trying new recipes or recipes that my husband wants to try that are healthy and more paleo related. I lost alot of weight eating the paleo diet and it works so, I'm sticking to that diet as close as I can becuase I lost 50lbs in 3 months doing that lifestyle my goal is just losing ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:50:56 EST Body awareness I love SparkPeople!💕I notice that when I’m tracking food, excersize, etc. I’m more aware of my body and what it needs. When I’m hungry I eat and notice what I’m eating and when I’m satisfied. Normally I eat until I’m stuffed. When I’m feeling lethargic I now naturally want to move my body so I p... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:48:10 EST Fall Down 7, Get up 8 Here we go again. I wish I could stop with the restarts and successfully stay on my path. But the one thing I'm good at is, starting over. I'm going about it a wee bit differently. Food I know have a semi plan in place (I say that because obviously I keep falling off this wagon) but the bigge... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:48:07 EST Winter <img src=""> <BR> Fun in the snow for adults is shoveling lol Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:46:15 EST it's sunday another very cold day here today. my daughter and i stayed inside and had a lot of fun. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a great day, everyone! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:44:13 EST Snowed in Sunday <img src=""> <BR> Well we got 12 inches of snow in front of our garage. Probably 8 inches every where else. I didn't get to go to gym today. So walked on treadmill. I made homemade vegetable soup. Hope every one stay... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:43:38 EST Carbs We are a very meat potato veggie meal type of family. We have increased the fruit and veggies as well as activity , lowered the amount of sugar intake...we arent perfect so we do once in a while have a treat. What would be a healthier substitute for potatoes, lower the amount of c... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:39:36 EST California Potshot I do remember what a blizzard is like, and all the other inconveniences of winter. And I know there will be deaths caused by the inclement weather to the east of here, but as a Californian I am enjoying this rainy, cooler weather in California after the terrible fires this summer, and taking into... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:37:45 EST Recovering Was sick all day yesterday. Managed a few sips of Gatorade in total. Recovering all today. Had a small yogurt w blueberries & some grapenuts sprinkled on top this a.m. but nothing since then. It might've been good if the Oikos vanilla triple zero (no sugar added) hadn't been so sweet! It was like... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:34:27 EST The full blood wolf moon tonight! We should be able to is the moon tonight! Good for thoughts, wishes and hopes!! Enjoy Your Monday. I have to work tomorrow! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:30:46 EST Welcome to 2019 Just before the new year my partner bought me a new bike. He thinks my big bike is not practical for long distance, he is correct (it is a 40+lb cruiser with fat fat tires). He also thought my baby bike was impractical. I am actually faster on the cruiser than I am on the 24lb bike. I found a... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:26:07 EST Decision I've made a decision that 2019 is going to be a great year. <BR> Life happens. <BR> My reaction to it greatly influences my perception. <BR> Focusing on the positive, allows me to feel better. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:23:06 EST Saturday Sunday Lazy day yesterday, had to dig out and defrost cars today Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:02:10 EST Our beloved Benji = Saturday January 19 2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is a sad day for us. Our beloved Benji, age 14, was put down unexpectedly this morning. We spent most of the night up with him as he seem to be having a hard time breathing. So early Satu... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:58:21 EST Morning Stretches <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:53:10 EST Feeling like myself, again. Well, that may not be entirely true, as I am still on my journey, but, I feel like my well self, again. <BR> <BR> Mid December was the perfect storm of stress, that attached to every fiber of my being. <BR> The demands of a crazy Christmas season at work, the now normal setting of divided househ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:50:38 EST Salt So over the last week I have avoided all salty food - this week end less so. <BR> <BR> Its been a bit of revelation. I had chinese on Friday but no soup and I had boiled rice. <BR> Saturday my housemate left me a slice of cold pizza and I ate it coz I was in a rush - oh my goodness - the salt co... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:36:50 EST 4 Ways to Fix Your Squat to Reduce Knee Pain This was a very interesting article, here at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I especially like the person doing squats by sitting on a box! This reminded me how at Ray's Physical Therapy, they had him and all the patients sitting down on a solid chair and getting up again without using their hands (arms... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:35:36 EST Vegetables I want to be a vegetable person... I know veggies are great and I just want to be very creative with cooking them. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:32:32 EST Stamina feels so good I have to say that with these last 3 week my stamina a has continued to improve and it feels so good to surpass what used to leave you winded or needing a break. Today I finally set up an area that is even more conducive to exercising and being able to use my weights and exercise ball. This im... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:26:27 EST Daily Affirmation for Sunday, January 20, 2019 " I am a Paradox - a Duality - and yet an Entirely Unified ME." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:24:24 EST 1/20/19 Almost all green today just going to miss floors and active minutes but will achieve my steps per hour goal and have over 13K steps. Off today and got a little cleaning done and might do a bit more later. After a rest day from the gym today it's back into the gym tomorrow AM for Legs and 20 min o... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:23:13 EST Rocking The Cone of Shame I am feeling icky. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I asked for no snow but I was ignored. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My tongue hurts. <img src="http:/... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:22:22 EST Let Raw Food be thy medicine Grocery shopping for veg/fruit today, yeh!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went Grocery shopping for veg/fruit today, yeh!!!! Sunday 01/19/19 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep I got ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:21:52 EST Sunday We got lucky with the was too warm and we only got rain. <em>244</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:21:02 EST Plenty of Time The journey to mum's care home by road is pretty straightforward. Dorothy picked me up at 9 am and we got there by 10.40 am. Being a Sunday there was very little traffic. Ten minutes before you get to the home, you pass the turn off for the flat mum used to have. I found myself wondering how... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:11:57 EST Gain more than food weighs? It is such a basic question, yet I wonder how many Sparkers really get this question and what it means for your weight loss journey. Can you gain more weight that a food weighs? So if you eat a pound of chocolate do you gain 1 pound? Or less than a pound or more than a pound? Calorie density ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:11:55 EST Pot luck challenge Looking for something different to do today I suggested to my daughter we host (and yes, I was smart enough to offer up her house) an impromptu potluck dinner tonight for the family. One condition, you have to bring something that is made from ingredients in your house. No searching Pinterest and... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:09:05 EST #h2whoa #h2whoa .. Got all 8 glasses within 8 hrs.. Filling satisfied Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:49:44 EST Yesterday’s celebrating, la Fête de St. Vincent and our village’s New Year party... Part 1 St.Vincent is the patron saint of winemakers and as we live in a winemaking region, his feast day is celebrated annually. A friend of ours has been attending the celebrations the last three years and asked if we would like to join her and some other friends. We were away at the time, so it was re... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:45:17 EST A week after the major reset and it was a good start "In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia." Unknown <BR> <BR> This quote dropped into my lap (via one of my sites)today and seemed apropos to what's on my mind. <BR> <BR> It’s been a good few days. I lost 3 pounds and exercised 6 of ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:42:56 EST a Jan. Challenge achieved Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. Tony Robbins <BR> <BR> I am not good at blog writing I can sit here 10 minutes nothing interesting comes to mind I find wall push ups are more fun for me. <BR> <BR> I have favorite blogs I go to for the wise wo... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:36:07 EST Day 15 20/1/19 Pleased I have come down in the last 15 days. <BR> Good day enjoyed afternoon tea at Balbirnie House Hotel. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:31:45 EST January 20, 2019 I can't believe how cold it is today. we have been lucky and haven't had the snow like other communities around us. <BR> Our Remy has to be almost pushed out the door to do his business and is right back in. <BR> <BR> We found our that our grandson didn't make the team in Portugal and I am happy... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:31:44 EST January 20th We've had a lazy day after all that's been going on this week. We really needed to have a bit of relax time. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:18:29 EST Hello 2019 Happy New Year Sparkbuddies! <BR> The last month has been...interesting, shall we say. <BR> Had planned a quiet Christmas at home with DH but then decided on the spur of the moment to drop in on Sister and family, a short plane trip away. So we surprised them on Christmas morning for a few hours ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:10:31 EST Time to loose <img src=""> <BR> I finally realized it was time for me to loose weight. On January 16, 2019, I started on this plan. My start weight was 250 lbs. Today I weigh 245 lbs. I have lost 5 lbs. I know I can stick to this ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:08:41 EST LIBRA (Balance or Scales) <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:04:01 EST So...trying to fight the depression It’s about that time of the month, weighed myself and scale is up 2 pds. I’m feeling bloated and sore. Just the usual crap trying to keep the depression at bay and carry on as if the witch isn’t here for a week, and should be here anytime. haven’t had a coke Since the night of January 10th. Im j... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:03:43 EST 525 days left to goal Okay, I'm going to be really careful while typing this so I don't erase it like I did last week. If you're reading this, I succeeded! <BR> <BR> This past week was positive overall. I'm up to running two 10 minute intervals for my cardio workouts, and i have a really good feeling about my half ma... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:58:08 EST "P" is for Paul <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was one section of the scripture we studied this morning in worship. Loving the extra background regarding what the people and area of Corinth were like as it helps with the perspective of... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:56:40 EST Grateful today! <img src=""> <BR> Sparkfriends, <BR> I take this picture today celebrating my nsv of getting more veggies and fruits and exercising 4 days in a row. I have Becky aka LABRYINTH to thank for the fruit and veggie challen... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:55:13 EST A Great Comeback An elderly Irishman bought a sports car to recapture <BR> <BR> his youth and drove at 120 mph. Then he saw a police car <BR> <BR> behind him, blue lights flashing. <BR> <BR> "I'm too old for this nonsense," he thought so he pulled over. <BR> <BR> The police officer said, "Sir, my shift end... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:53:25 EST Sunday It's been a week! <BR> <BR> My lady doctor appointment went fine and they were very nice. I explained my whole weight loss/gain story and they were very supportive. It was a nice change! <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, I was sooo sick all day and felt like crud and then had to go to the lady doctor. O... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:49:43 EST Now That's a Hoard of a Different Color! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> I'm a sucker for "reality" shows (and, yes, I put those quotation marks there on purpose, because I'm well aw... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:48:33 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> 🌞 YOU'VE GOT THIS! 🌞 Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:43:42 EST My weight I have struggled with weigt since I quit smoking, lost my dad, got a divorce and had a hyserectomy in a 3 mo period of time. I know I am an emotiional eater. This time I have more determination than I have ever had Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:38:30 EST Sunday Wish me luck; I start doing taxes tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:34:37 EST Happy Sunday <em>593</em> <BR> A start to a new week. <BR> I am planning my meals. <BR> Planning my exercise. <BR> Planning my Me time <BR> Planning make my life easier.. <BR> Have a healthy week. <BR> Do what works for you ;-) Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:30:46 EST Winter Winter returned this morning. Cold but no precipitation! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:28:23 EST 2 years ago today <img src=""> My friends and I arriving in Washington DC for the women’s march on Washington. It was one of the most amazing days of my life. I took my daughter. I’ll post pics of the march tomorrow. It really was am... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:10:51 EST Today’s Inspiration <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:02:15 EST a learning opportunity The last mistake I made that left me feeling upset or off track: Yesterday. The whole day. It's like no food was satisfying enough. I just wanted more. I don't know how to stop or ignore that feeling when it happens though. <BR> <BR> I will say that I ate pretty well at least - I had a lot of ve... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:01:22 EST TRUTH “But now ye seek to kill me [Jesus], a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God” (John 8:40). Upon reading this Scripture, I was flabbergasted. Speaking truth is cause to murder someone!? <BR> <BR> Jesus prayed, Father, “Sanctify them [believers] through thy truth: thy word [l... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:54:22 EST Flirting Back and forth, up and down with the same 2 pounds. Although I’m not logging food/calories I have noticed this week that the up spikes come the day after eating out or store bought food. I had a small burger & fries at a local restaurant for lunch; scale jumped up 2 pounds. I brought home a small... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:53:52 EST Weather We got snow ice and rain Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:49:02 EST Windy Day The cold and high winds are keeping me from my walk today. Hoping for a Kansas City Chiefs’ victory tonight! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:47:19 EST Be better today than you were yesterday <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:44:04 EST Updated my 2019 goal today... Went back and updated my goals for 2019. I realized I wasn't going to make my 6 month goal if I didn't update the smaller 6 wk goals. 6 month goal is to go from 182.5 to 145 by July 1st on my Birthday! Added more fitness to the old 6 week at a time goals to help me to get to the 6 month. Hope... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:32:57 EST Daily inspiration and birthverse for January 20 Daily Inspiration <BR> When your burdens seem heavier than usual, know that your blessings are more than usual. <BR> <BR> Lord, I call on You for the strength, the wisdom and the confidence that I will need today. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Now faith is being sure of what we hop... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:29:37 EST Just don't no what to think..... Gee, I really don't know what is happening here. I was feeling pretty good for a few days and thought I was on the mend. Woke up not feeling so hot. Feel even worst now and oh so grumpy. I have an appointment with the Doc. on Friday, it was suppose to be a 1st time visit with a new Doctor but I t... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:29:24 EST Tips for Changing Your Diet Read an article in the local magazine for the Hudson Valley (NYS) and there is a section on eating Vegetarian in our neighborhood. Got some good suggestions. While we aren't 100% vegetarian, we do focus on plant-based food. <BR> <BR> At the end of the section there are 5 tips for going vegetar... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:26:40 EST Beautiful sunny day out there today! Too bad it's going to get down to -7 F tonight. Brrrr! <BR> <BR> On the plus side, it's going to be near 40 on Wednesday. Yay! <BR> <BR> And then it's going to be right back down near zero on Friday. Let the roller coaster ride begin! <BR> <BR> I didn't nap yesterday, but neither did I go to t... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:20:55 EST Not a good day Although I have had arthritis in my hip for years for some reason these past few days have been the worse. <BR> I am determined to get back up and going but am going to take it easy a couple more days and work at it slowly. I can't take anti-inflammatories and though Aleve used to my go to when... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:19:45 EST Super hero vs villain if you chose either/or who would it be and why? I have tried to think like a villain, i try to think what it would be like to hurt someone or get even, but it’s hard to do. I feel sorry for them, that they must be missing something in life so they force it to happen. They don’t have love, affe... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:14:11 EST My Journey to a healthy life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My journey to a healthy life begin in 2015 but didn't kick into high gear until May 2016 when I finally made the decision that I was tired of being overweight and that if I didn't do something a... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:13:22 EST Aquarius Birthday! Today is the first day of Aquarius, and my birthday. I think it is fitting, since my favorite sport is swimming. <BR> I share my birthday with two very famous people: George Burns and Martin Luther King. I have always been very aware of this, making me feel that my day is special because of t... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:11:23 EST 20th January <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's was not so easy. It was to have a friendly chat with a stranger. <BR> <BR> I exchanged a few words with a guy at the recycling centre. I spoke to the cashier at the shop. That's it tod... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:05:34 EST A good day It is cold today. My car showed the outside temp at 8:30 am as 35. That is really low for Houston and it had warmed to 40 by the time I got back to the car at about 10 am. The funny thing is it didn't feel as cold as on Sat. when it was 57 but very windy and a little misty. Today there is no ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:05:08 EST You are what you eat... <BR> Developing a core identity! Who are you? Who do you want to be? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want to be healthy, strong, fit. <BR> I want to be happy, thin, and free. <BR> Though I am the same unique soul ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:57:41 EST I will <img src=""> I know I can, now I will!!! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:51:47 EST Snow Day Well the snow we were expecting yesterday came over night it's a winter wonderland out there ick. If you don't have to go anywhere it is beautiful but just the thought of going out on the roads makes me nutz. So no going out for me, luckily I don't work today so I am safe and snuggled in at hom... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:51:36 EST National Hugging Day - January 21 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Hugging Day was started in 1986. January 21st was chosen as the day since it falls halfway between the day between Christmas/New Years and Valentine’s Day and is the time of year when f... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:51:25 EST Initial Goals 1. Log every day - as best as I can <BR> 2. 8 cups of water daily (at least) <BR> 3. Make healthy choices - go to supermarket daily as needed for fresh veggie, fruits, meat <BR> 4. Limit bad carbs <BR> 5. Yoga or strength training daily <BR> 6. Get out and move every day at work - with a goal of ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:48:36 EST Day 1 on JC - New day, new me... • Brekkie: Cheesy Egg & Bacon Skillet, ~1 cup mixed berries and pineapple, ~3/4 grande latte, H2OJ (16.9 oz. sparkling water with ~2 oz. OJ) <BR> • Lunch: Classic Cheeseburger with mustard, large garden salad with 1000 Island, 2 Diet Cokes <BR> • Snack: Nut & Cocoa Bar <BR> • Dinner: Gri... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:48:34 EST Distractions <img src=""> <BR> I have still fallen off my health journey. ☹ I have court tuesday for custody of my son, I have started college and finally gotten ahead on my assignments. I've been home alone over a week now with n... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:43:27 EST Think it, then do it Yesterday I was looking at an old journal and I had a list titled "One hundred things to do before I die." I had only listed 44 items, but have actually completed 10 of them. This translates to 22.7 percent of my list and many of them were big accomplishments including 3 of the top 10 items on my... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:37:14 EST Coming in hot - 1-20-19 Kevin Dietrich caught this duck coming in hot to land in the Yampa River on a -5 F morning: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm going to stand next to the fireplace. It gives me goose bumps to even THINK about the ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:32:29 EST Thinking out loud Today is a pretty good day, I'm hydrating quite well. I have consumed three glasses of water so far today. And I've already completed preparing my meal for the night, SP slow cooker chicken salsa. I, also, started tracking my food today. Which reminds me, I should join a challenge to track my ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:29:08 EST Down 12 lbs. Since New Years! Feeling pretty good today! Even though it is Sunday, I have not allowed myself to be lazy. I did not get up until 8:00, but I did get on the treadmill this morning and walk 2 miles. I increased the speed up to about 3.3 and 3.4 as much as I could stand it to try and increase my endurance. It ende... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:27:03 EST Sisters <img src=""> <BR> This is me and all five of my sisters.... 2015. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:25:50 EST Sisters <img src=""> <BR> This is me and all 5 of my Sisters. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:17:52 EST Protein Sunday Ate basically protein for breakfast. Worked out. Now protein shake Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:16:43 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> I don't really have a goal weight. I want to feel good, have energy and look in the mirror and love myself. I want to live happy and healthy. #BEASTMODE Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:16:17 EST Barn Sign Quilt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took a class yesterday at our Art Center. This was awesome as it incorporated 3 things I love to do. <BR> <BR> I love to paint and this was all about choosing colors and painting our sign... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:15:19 EST THANKFUL SUNDAY <BR> <BR> It's not happy people who are thankful. <BR> It's thankful people who are happy. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:13:37 EST Sunday Prep Day Lazy, cold Sunday here so it's time to prepare for the week. I'm definitely feeling the affects from the cardio exercises yesterday so my focus is on being prepared for healthy meals and snacks for the next few days. That way when we run to the store later today I can make good choices and know e... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:10:41 EST In an Instant Life can dramatically change in an instant. This has been brought home to me due to an in-the-home accident suffered by my brother-in-law. About two weeks ago he slipped and fell down the stairs in his house. He decided not to seek medical evaluation until this past Tuesday or Wednesday. The ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:05:42 EST Best foot forward <img src=""> <BR> I have been having trouble finding 'time' in my days to get in some needed movement but yesterday I dance with the music blasting while doing housework. Who would have thought (I was busted but happy ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:59:37 EST Winter Storm I really can't complain. For Western New York, we have really had a mild winter until this weekend. BUT, the weather is making up for it! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Buy some MILK - Doo Doo Doo Doo <BR> Buy some BREAD - D... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:54:51 EST Rocking Fashion! <img src=""> <BR> C'est moi! Rocking the fashion world in my walking outfit this past week up here on the mountain. South Mountain to be exact, hardly a significant height of land at about 1000 feet (330m) above sea... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:54:36 EST Aaaaaah, the 180's ... don't want to be here long though! I started 1/1/19 at 197.7 and my first goal was to get into the 180's. I'm happy to say that I met that goal yesterday! My next goal is to lose 8.8 pounds and get into the 170's. That will be a very good day! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:53:07 EST Cold Sunday Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! It is 1 degree and with a windchill of -12. We went to the mall to walk today. I am trying to keep my routine but missed this morning due to being over tired from all the shoveling/snow blowing we had to do. I will get back on routine tomorrow morning. Here’s to ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:49:41 EST Fingers are crossed that this is for real My hopes are up, my fingers are crossed. I can't explain why the scale is moving this time, but thankfully - gratefully - it is. Something popped into my head Christmas Day.. "try LC again." And so I am! Since Dec. 26 I have eliminated bread, starches, and most any carbs. I am eating meat, eggs, ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:45:08 EST Walking Ok, I got a nice walking outfit so I wouldn’t feel like a dweeb. I posted the walk to my friends on Facebook, inviting all to join. I plugged in a great free app to record the walk. This app encourages performance and the documentation is great. Between the app and the good conversation, it w... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:37:03 EST My Playlists For My Walks So, someone had asked me about my playlists. I thought I would share one of them today. I’m still working out some kinks on pacing in the last third of this list, so some items may be removed in the near future. This is my 128 bpm pace list, (128 or in that “area” some may be a little faster or s... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:28:33 EST Candy Sober: Day 20 Well, I have been candy sober for 20 days now. <BR> (See my first blog post about Candy Sober here: <link><BR>ublic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6<BR>554366 </link> ) <BR> <BR> There have definitely been temptations, especially as random piles of candy ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:23:02 EST Yesterday! <img src=""> <BR> I had a great day at PF (Planet Fitness) with one of my 5 sisters yesterday! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:22:20 EST Day 12 Yesterday was a day of reflection. I came to two revelations/conclusions/etcs. (1.) If I choose to try and drink 8 glasses of water a day, I ignore my soda and only drink the water (which is probably good--most likely good--highly positive). Question: If I drink more water (even 1 glass is mo... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:14:19 EST Are You Ready We are expecting a major storm event. We already have 5 inches of snow, We are expected to get sleet and ice and then strong winds and bitter cold. <BR> <BR> I am ready , I have water, extra blankets , generator, and candles all at the ready. I am blogging here and spun the wheel early becau... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:10:35 EST Trying to loose my last 20 lbs 236 to 162 lbs am great full for the ajustment( I hasn’t been easy, but loosing my last 20 lbs is the hardest. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:09:37 EST Trying to loose my last 20 lbs 236 to 162 lbs am great full for the ajustment( I hasn’t been easy, but loosing my last 20 lbs is the hardest. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:09:03 EST Snowmeggedan Just kidding. We did get a foot of snow. Just spent the last 90 minutes shoveling our driveway that is pretty long. I'm tired but feel good. One pop today. The rest of the day is water. I'm ready to feel better! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:07:35 EST Happy Sunday everyone! God bless all of you! I pray that your days are filled with happiness and that God is walking closely with each and every one of you! I pray that your New Year is all that you need! <BR> <BR> What a great scripture I heard in church this morning! I could go to a church here locally in my commun... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:06:55 EST Intro I’m not about New Year, New Me bs. Or New Year resolutions. <BR> <BR> I hate the word diet. Diets don’t work, lifestyle changes work. Diets are temporary, lifestyle changes are permanent as long as you keep working them. That is the part that catches me every time, I stop working the changes. I ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:06:32 EST Insert in Today's Newspaper <img src=""> <BR> Here's to a lifetime of good health! 48 pages of important information from Harvard Health on Nutrition, Well-Being and Mental Health I can't wait to read this ! I'll share what Ive learned in futur... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:06:15 EST Smiling Fish Loves Being Petted <link><BR>ypets/archive/2019/01/20/smiling-fish-<BR>loves-being-petted.aspx?utm_source=pet<BR>snl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&<BR>utm_campaign=20190120Z1&et_cid=DM26216<BR>2&et_rid=524294542 </link> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:00:33 EST Baked chicken <img src=""> <BR> Roasting a chicken and veggies Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:54:49 EST Week 1 closes out with a win. 309.4 a loss of 2.6. The was not great and not horrible. For the up coming week I will improve my eating. A 300 dollar grocery trip did not bring home as much quality food as I would have liked but my fridge is looking pretty healthy compared to last week. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:50:22 EST Eating out My strategy for eating out is to take a grape fruit pectin and drink a big glass of water before dining out. It worked . We ate at olive garden. I had the salad and grilled chicken Parmesan. Of course I had water to drink so that added like 4 glasses to my challenge. I took half my dinner home.... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:34:16 EST Sunday Morning clouds It is a rather cool cloudy start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. We are expecting cooler weather tonight. We have another federal holiday tomorrow and no mail will arrive. I did manage to balance the checking accounts last night. All is still going very well. Keeping focused f... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:28:05 EST 1/20/19 Day 6 - 130.6 (Saturday) <BR> Day 7 - 130.7 (Sunday) <BR> I realized that I am off my normal schedule on weekends. I usually eat 5 meals a day during the week, but on weekends I sleep later, therefore I start my day later and eat less meals which mess up my metabolism. I only ate two meals on S... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:26:42 EST Keto round 2 Day 4 Well I'm still not in ketosis as of last night, I'm debating checking again tonight or waiting a couple of days, some things say I could shift into ketosis as early as 2-3 days or as long as 10 days. I'm a little relieved that my weight on the scale is back into the range it was before my birthd... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:24:00 EST Cold snowy day and what to do? It is a long weekend and DH has completed as much as he can accomplish until spring on our basement. Can't paint because it is too cold to open windows. Can't put up the trim because it is too cold in the garage to cut the lumber needed. I'm good with it but he is antsy with nothing to work on... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:09:44 EST First week with Student Intern This was my first week with my student intern. I have to say it is exciting to have such an enthusiastic young person in my room! I am inspired already! <BR> <BR> You actually forget all the little tasks and decisions you make in the course of the day until you have to explain them to somebody ... Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:08:17 EST