SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Time to talk Turkey...week 4 the final gobble!! Good morning all you awesome Sparklers!! <BR> <BR> It is the day before Thanksgiving, and the end of my 4 week " Drop a Turkey by Thanksgiving" challenge... <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> First off, I want to say how truly Blessed &Thankful I am to live where I live, I am surrounded by God's beautif... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:48:25 EST Almost two years and still 50 lbs down... 50 more to go!! Hey y'all! Boo!! Haha Here I am again and I am ready to get my goal, hit the ultimate elusive goal that has been interrupted by life and babies. <BR> <BR> My last baby is now 6 months and I had a procedure (total hysterectomy and other lady things) and next week I will hopefully be released... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:44:48 EST Wednesday Short work day...we are leaving in a few minutes...YA-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy the rest of your day... <BR> <BR> TTYL Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:43:35 EST Ruin Thanksgiving in Four words saw this on our local news feed and a question of the day a group <BR> <BR> in four words what can ruin thanksgiving <BR> <BR> <BR> sure you will think of several so feel free to come back and most again <BR> <BR> <BR> the power went out Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:43:26 EST Stuck inside sick- winter storm warnings outside I thought I finally got over my inner ear infection - not so fast! I suddenly came down with a brutal head cold - throat hurt yesterday at lunch and by 3:30 I was leaving work to come home to bed. I was up a lot during the night do to coughing, stuffed up nose, sore throat, and worst of all, my... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:04:17 EST Spoiler...Family "Some uses of individual and family time are better, and others are best. We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families." <BR> —Dallin H. Oaks Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:52:32 EST Thankful On my way to work this morning I got stuck in really bad traffic. I finally manuvered my way through and saw a horrific accident with at least 3 cars with 2 of them we're completly distroyed. I must have missed the accident by a few minuests and I'm thankful I did. I'm thankful my son whined abou... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:47:50 EST 11/21/18 8 Things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "8 Things to give up: Doubting yourself. Negative thinking. Fear of failure. Criticising yourself and others. Negative self talk. Procrastination. Fear of success. People pleasing." <B... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:46:47 EST Still struggling It's frustrating to spend the entire week working to get back to what I weighed on last Friday's official weigh in day. Next weigh in is two days from now and I'll be lucky to maintain this week let alone lose any weight. The worst part is that I've been really good and eating cleanly. Inch by... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:46:28 EST Removing Friends I have been removing some of my Sparkfriends today. It is strange that it makes me sad. I wondered, "Are you still alive?" "Did you lose your weight and move on?" "Did you get sick?" Some left Spark in a strange way. Some I have been friends with since the beginning of my joining in 2008. ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:43:34 EST Tuesday Wednesday Good show yesterday up late swim this morning and a short day at work Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:42:45 EST Thankful our daughter and son-in-law made it safely to Missouri. <BR> <BR> Thankful. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:42:02 EST Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!! <img src=""> Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!!🦃🍁🍽 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:37:36 EST Wednesday progress Have now lost over 40 lbs. Still going for it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:36:16 EST Hump Day, and a cool one. Send some sun. <img src=""> yes, it is Wednesday and Hump Day, and tomorrow is a holiday, so lets not forget to remember those that work in hospitals, nursing homes, and such that it is just another day. There is also the gas stati... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:31:06 EST Wednesday Update it is a cool sunshiny start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. WE had the good fortune to have our granddaughter spend the night with us. She is spending some quality time with her grandmother today. All lis still going well. We are going to have our turkey dinner today. We are ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:28:54 EST Reboot 7th Day Ugh, so I think I over did it with the fence panels. These last three days my back is killing me. So trying to relax for tomorrow. Have a long day of standing and making dinner, so need to make sure I don't over do it. But I am proud of myself for losing another 4 pounds, bringing my total weight... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:27:45 EST 2018 THANKSGIVING DINNER DONE hey sparkers hope all are doing ok workout good then thanksgiving dinner done so rest of the day just resting gym in the morning then going to get son around 11:00 in the morning so what are you all doing today hope you all get all your fixings for your dinner enjoy your day love to all of you tu... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:25:13 EST Thought I Caught the Flu Yesterday Right after lunch (a wonderfully tasty super-salad with everything in it), I started to feel "funny." Not ha ha funny. Stomach cramping. Then a couple of hours living in the bathroom. I'll spare polite company the details. (smiling) <BR> <BR> For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what my... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:07:40 EST What a Wonderful World What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong, 1967 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I see trees of green, red roses too <BR> I see them bloom for me and you <BR> And I think to myself <BR> What a wonderful world <BR>... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:03:09 EST Happy Wednesday...last full day ...tomorrow its homeward <img src=""> <BR> Good morning ...another good day, but I was in such a fog that I couldnt think straight .. I came upstairs by 11:30 last night. I was playing with hubby on the machines getting "points" and was fall... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:56:01 EST Happy Wednesday...last full day ...tomorrow its homeward <img src=""> <BR> Good morning ...another good day, but I was in such a fog that I couldnt think straight .. I came upstairs by 11:30 last night. I was playing with hubby on the machines getting "points" and was fall... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:55:16 EST November 21st It's been like Christmas here today, three huge boxes have arrived two of which are thanks to Black Friday sales. Unfortunately unlike Christmas, the items aren't presents, we have a new vaccuum cleaner, a new food processor and a Fig plant which is a replacement for one that was sent last year w... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:46:43 EST Thanksgiving Day – 9 years of Maintenance How ironic that the day Americans stuff themselves with food was the day in 2009 when I reached my goal weight! Although I am not active on Spark anymore, I want to assure anyone who remembers me that I am still successfully following Spark principles. (Details in last 2 blogs) <BR> <BR> Joe an... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:35:41 EST My Cat's Meow Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been busy the past couple of days so I haven't been able to log on. Today, I thought I would share with all of you that I have a book in the works called 'My Cat's Meow' (title may change). It basically will be about how my service cat has helped me through my depre... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:35:30 EST Week 1 - Weight Loss Wednesday I'm down 5.4 lbs. <em>9</em> I already feel so much better but realize I have a long road to travel. Eating low carb is helping me drop some water weight quickly. My stomach is flatter but I am not feeling any changes in my jeans. This pear shape will always haunt me. <BR> <BR> My foods t... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:30:41 EST Don't worry, be Happy-Thanksgiving! <img src=""> <BR> I like lists, they help keep me on track. I usually follow my routine each day and it makes me feel great knowing that I have accomplished so much. One of the things I do is get on my scale each day i... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:22:37 EST Fell years ago.....Nov. 21st <img src=""> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:04:11 EST Cooking We started cooking for Thanksgiving. Yea Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:00:46 EST I'm all in! It's official. At 3am this morning, I found a Groupon for 2 months of digital only WW for $20, so I joined. <BR> <BR> I have a far less expensive phone app that tracks using the same WW Smart Points algorithm, so this way I can double check it's accuracy since the ongoing $20/mo for the official... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:51:03 EST Gingerbread <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Gingerbread Day <BR> Although ginger originated in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, the first recorded use of gingerbread dates to 992, when Gregory of Nicopolis, an Armenian monk, br... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:49:01 EST weds so i spent HOURS yesterday shampooing the rugs. i ran out of shampoo, but they are mostly done. and i come downstairs this morning and the (insert not nice expletive here) cat has puked all over the rug. not one spot. not on the linoleum where its easy to clean up. but the clean rug. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:34:16 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 111 of 365 days...Happy Thanksgiving Eve (34 days til Christmas) <em>426</em> Happy Thanksgiving Eve! <BR> <BR> When my son was younger, he actually had a cute book entitled 'The night before Thanksgiving'. I think some people are so creative! <BR> <BR> Tonight Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving in on! <BR> <BR> Thank you for stopping by my blog! Enjoy this 4 ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:26:28 EST Why I love CrossFit Today we're doing a holiday WOD (workout of the day) called "The TURKEY BURN". My box often programs themed holiday WOD's and this is one of them. <BR> <BR> it's 11 reps each for "TURKEY" <BR> <BR> T-tire flips <BR> U-Up the stairs <BR> R-Rope climbs (I'm not sure I can do 11 of these!) <BR> ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:23:31 EST Early. It’s still dark outside this morning, couldn’t sleep. So instead of tossing and turning I decided to pour myself a hot cup of java and blog. What else can you do that is somewhat productive at 5:30 a.m.? <BR> <BR> As far as I can tell the rains haven’t started and we, as Californians, are waitin... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:20:00 EST Day 3 and a bit of a stumble So, I start of waking up super late for work, and a mad dash to try and fit everything in. Top it off, I didn't charge my phone and couldn't remember the meals I planned. Oh, it gets better finally got everything gathered together after franticly logging on with my tablet - to have it fall and... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:14:36 EST Essential Tools For Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Feeding Your Soul, Following Your Heart & Finding Your Way. Essential Tools For Thriving (Not Just Surviving) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8-live </link> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:12:18 EST So much devastation Rain is expected today. Our once beautiful, thriving state is now markedly different with the “haves” and the “have nots” and a shocking lack of the middle class. If you weren’t a homeowner, you probably never will be. I’m glad we left but we miss our family. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:10:02 EST Food Food today- <BR> steel cut oats and cherries and soymilk and hemp seeds and 1 pomegranate <BR> =Breakfast <BR> <BR> Big salad (no romaine today) and a black lentil burrito with portabello and "cheese" sauce- home made and salsa and avocado and"creamy" zucchini soup (cream comes from potatoe) <B... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:02:53 EST I will do it myself! As some of you know, my DH borders on being a hoarder. I am able to keep most of the house “presentable enough”, but his “office; i.e., 4th bedroom”, garage and the basement are disaster areas, and the rest of the house is cluttered with way too much furniture, books, pictures and stuff waiting ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:47:02 EST Watch the scales... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your American Thanksgiving Holidays <em>652</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> Many thanks for Goodies and wishing me happiness for your Thanksgiving. <BR> I'll assign it back to ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:42:04 EST Big yawn! And Yesterday’s doctor appointment <img src=""> Before the Cooper-dog returned to dreamland after I rudely shoved him out of my way in the recliner after my early morning workout today, he gave this grand yawn... which I happened to capture... lol! M... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:38:51 EST To-day I love being "me"! <img src=""> <BR> There is now snow on the lake--not right across, but it is starting- <BR> The whole lake doesn't usually freeze until around Christmas----- <BR> Sometimes Ski-Doo-ers try to jump the water before tha... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:30:32 EST 11/21/18 An update to yesterday's blog about the heinous crime committed against a dear friend. Unofficial word is that died practicing her faith and quite possibly saved the other three women involved in the crime. I have been told third hand, one of the other women, who is a friend of another church f... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:29:28 EST Mercy, Peace and Love – Day 51 Called, sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Christ Jesus <BR> <BR> “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:25:16 EST World Hello Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Held : Always November 21st <BR> <BR> The objective of World Hello Day is to promote world peace. The theme of this day is "Greet ten people for peace". It is really easy to particip... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:21:35 EST Just an illusion So I told you I started a 28 gratitude challenge and at first I was really feeling it, it seemed to be in sync with what was going on around me.. Every day you have to write down a list of 10 things that you are grateful for.. and it's starting to get difficult. 10 things every single day has me... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:20:51 EST Two Weeks To Tummy Tuck! Can't believe I have finally gotten to this point. 11 years ago I had gastric bypass and have (to the most part) been able to keep the weight off. I did go through a year of regaining and that's when I joined Sparkpeople. I have been with in a 5-8 lb range since then. This last year I have mai... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:12:27 EST DAY SEVEN - Mind Over Matter I have passed the three day hurdle, and almost have a week under my belt. <BR> <BR> Apart from ongoing issues with my feet (plantar fasciitis - the result of my job and definitely not helped by my weight), I am feeling so much better already. <BR> <BR> I have found from experience that the firs... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:09:33 EST Acorns... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've actually had these before...not recently. Yummy!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:06:50 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 79 Let's consider balance. It's not that losing weight means that my balance is better, but I am in the habit of working out and have gotten in the habit of working on balance. It was hard to do with the boot on, but since it is off (doc said put it back on if hurting, but yesterday was fine) I'm ba... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:05:42 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~WONDERfilled~ ~WEIRDnWILDnWISE Wednesday~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>430</em> <em>219</em> <em>430</em> <em>219</em> <em>430</em> <em>219</em> <em>430</em> <em>219</em> <BR> <em>219</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing Everyone~ <BR> ~... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 08:03:45 EST Wellness Wednesday: Twas the Day Before Thanksgiving Weight: 156.6 no change from last week. Shiloh National Military Park happened Monday. To be honest I was disappointed in the lack of organization and the lack of information that was provided to the kids on the trip. It's a place full of history. It should have been shared. The kids toured the ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:56:17 EST Breaking Barrier #7 Finishing Quitting, giving up, stopping, giving in. . . . These are all things I tend to do when it looks like I haven't made any progress. Maybe I haven't made progress! But I must change my thoughts from this give up mode. It stops me from the change I really want. We are getting close to the end of ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:53:16 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS <img src=""> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:47:02 EST Wednesday excitement I’m smiling, anticipating daughter’s arrival tomorrow afternoon and Saturday visit with Sparkfriend KAIMANA. <BR> <BR> MISSIONS today: <BR> 1. Put laundry away <BR> 2. Make food schedule for what to do when <BR> 3. Housewide dust and vacuum, tidy a few corners <BR> 4. Make vegan meatballs <B... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:41:57 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:34:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 21, 2018 November 21, 2018 DISORDER <BR> <BR> If we watch television or stay on the Internet, we couldn’t go very long before we saw some sort of advertisement. Most of the time ads are telling us what we need. They focus on us and how we can make our lives better by purchasing their product or service. ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:28:54 EST Thanksgiving We will be celebrating all the things we have to be thankful for on Saturday. I can't wait to see everyone! It is a wonderful time with family and friends. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:26:12 EST .. Day 21 <img src=""> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:12:09 EST Happy hump day Hope everyone has a great Wednesday. <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:01:27 EST Wednesday Weigh-In 9 Weeks down...4 to go I finally figured out my problem...the air is heavier on Wednesday. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> All this week my naked weight has been great 163.8...this morning it was 166. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> My weight with clothing is 168. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Overall, I'm still down from my origina... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:47:37 EST My Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What's that old saying? If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! So, I have a plan. It's not a diet, and it's not set in stone. Having lost weight so many times in so many ways, I at least have a ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:44:31 EST 2 COLORING PAGES 11-21-2018 Getting started on some holiday coloring pages... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:44:22 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 11-21-2018 <img src=""> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:42:57 EST I Can't - Or Can I ? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This saying has stuck with me. There are so many things in this new widowed life that I thought I couldn't do. There are still many things I think I can not do. But I'm learning to m... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:34:44 EST Looking forward with hope :) This morning, I took a walk down memory lane by looking at my Spark awards. The story told by the periods of effort followed by disconnections (usually beginning September with the semester) is that work rules. This is the first time I have been able to maintain effort through September (granted... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:34:11 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #325 (of 365): <BR> She hates to wear jeans— <BR> all that stiff, scratchy denim <BR> everyone wears. <BR> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:03:18 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=11/21/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">My defence [Magen] [is]... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:57:49 EST Rest Day I didn't do a workout this morning. I will walk at lunch, so I'll get 60 minutes of activity. But I didn't really feel like doing either a ST workout or a cardio workout, and then I procrastinated long enough that I no longer have time. Maybe I'll do a little cardio warmup and then stretch. B... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:57:04 EST "Hump" Day Funny A bank robber wanted to keep his identity a secret, but he forgot to bring his mask. He told everyone in the bank not to look at him or he would shoot them. <BR> <BR> One foolhardy customer sneaked a look, and the bank robber did what he said he would... he shot him. The robber asked the crowd ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:50:51 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Always begin the day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:50:29 EST The winter domestic workout <img src=""> <BR> Shoveling snow is a very good workout if you do it right! I take my time and push the snow as opposed to lifting it. <BR> During a 17-year study by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, nearl... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:19:21 EST Beware of a running toilet! Advice here... Received my water bill and it was $530....Water company came and my running toilet in basement increased my bill by $400 for one month. The tech. told me that twice a year we can claim a leak so they will take that off. Whew! Learned two things yesterday... Have a great Hump Day.... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 04:59:10 EST Day 14: Obesity & Health Someone commented on my last blog about obesity and the health problems it causes like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep problems, bone problems, etc. I thought this was a good point and not one that I think about very often because even though I'm morbidly obese, I'm really ... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 04:03:32 EST Wed 21 Nov <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sleepyhead :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast = 400 cals <BR> 1 Dolce Gusto C... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 03:50:48 EST Tue 11/20 No qi gong today Hubby and I didn't go to qi gong today because we had important errands to do. We also had a Hawaiian buffet at fine dining at the College with daughter and two former coworkers. It was a very nice buffet of tossed green salad with papaya seed dressing, steamed sweet potato, ulu (breadfruit) maca... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 03:28:18 EST Be Kind To Yourself During The Holidays I have decided not to beat myself up mentally during the holidays over minor slip-ups (or major ones). I'm going to get back on track afterwards. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 02:54:23 EST 21/11/18 Not too bad ache wise <BR> Wednesday is a new day Wed, 21 Nov 2018 02:32:29 EST Yeehaaa magnificent Had my first walk today on my newly recovered foot. Walked about 2k and been on it all day with no problem. Eating super healthy prior to our holiday. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 02:24:46 EST TAME YOUR SWEETOOTH CHALLENGE DAY ONE Today I started by reading the labels on my food. I was able to lower my sugar intake. YAY ME. <BR> <BR> Thank you Lord for guidance and strength. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 02:16:33 EST Daily Affirmation for Wednesday, November 21, 2018 " I am a miracle, and that's why I'm ME." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:50:31 EST Day 325: The Day Before <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving Eve! <BR> <BR> It’s a day filled with lots of gobble wobble in our house. The two of us are cooking up a small storm for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I’m sure many of you are doing... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:42:59 EST 11-20-18 Today was Shakespeare and Pizza, almost without pizza. First I went to the Tuesday Tales book club because they were reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. That's my kind of science fiction and I wanted to talk about it. Then I did some Christmas shopping, because I had time between the book club a... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:40:01 EST Videos Did one of Coach Nicole's videos & I found its so much easier to do it so practice does make for progress Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:33:10 EST When the Road is Tough... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Evening Hello <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a Fantastic Tuesday and wishing you the same for the Rest of your Week,,, <BR> <BR> Food For thought: Problems may be big, but our God is Bigger than any problem we could ever... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:16:32 EST My Plan for Thanksgiving Day This will be pretty much the same thing I posted about Thanksgiving last year, with a few adjustments. There doesn't seem to be much need to alter it; I think it's a good plan. <BR> <BR> 1. Go light at breakfast and supper. The main meal will be in the middle of the day. <BR> 2. Drink lots o... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:16:25 EST Bible Verses for Today O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, <BR> <BR> Psalm 95:6-7 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:09:02 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:08:17 EST New Doctor So, I finally found a Doctor that I really like and takes a holistic approach of treating his patients. Including mind, body and social factors. Today was my first appt. After asking me what my priorities were, his first question was "are you willing to to follow my program completely, every day... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 01:06:40 EST Salmon Done Right I love salmon in almost every form, but oftentimes when I order salmon at a restaurant, it gets overcooked and is dry, more like salmon jerky than the succulent seafood it's supposed to be... <BR> <BR> SO, I hardly ever order it when I eat out anymore, and prefer buying it on sale from the local... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:50:07 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR WEDNESDAY HEALING <BR> <BR> Suddenly a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. <BR> Matthew 9:20 <BR> <BR> Jesus healed many people in the Gospels, and He raised the dead. But His mira... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:32:14 EST Day 5 - The Christ the King Novena In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. <BR> <BR> I pray for the grace to place You above the powers of this world in all things. <BR> I pray for the grace to obey You before any... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:30:10 EST Hump Day Happy <img src=""> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:25:10 EST After most of the day in E.R. I had an MRI and my Dr. said I might have a collapsed disk. After Friday the E.R. said it was not broken and get some pills. <BR> Next morning the E.R. said there was a disc that was a small fracture please come in. <BR> I was weary and stayed at home. My hip was very painful but I did not go to the ER. <BR> Tuesday I could not walk very well. I went back... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:16:40 EST Weather It was another normal day for this time of year. It warmed up to low 70s. It is 60 outside and 71 inside the house. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:11:45 EST Special Blessings-November 21, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Because I knew I will be busy for the rest of the week, I took some "Me Time" this morning to start a new book. <BR> <BR> 2. My friend, Linda, called and we talked for a very long time. <BR> <BR> 3. I sat down and paid some bil... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:11:13 EST Quick and Easy Moderation is key. <BR> I think that I was doing a bad job at that before. I will confess and it may be TMI. I would have at one time 2 bags of popcorn with extra butter lots of butter and several seasonings. I would often have a bag of chips with the popcorn. I would eat other things but w... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:59:54 EST Dogs ;-) 11/20/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mojo the Pittbull Puppy first reaction to the man that saved his life. <BR> He was only 3 months old when his life was already at threat. Suffering from severe demodectic mange, the pooch had on... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:50:44 EST Spinners tonight Tonight was our monthly spinners meeting that several of us arrive early to (sometimes as much as three hours early) so we have extra time to spin. That got a lot done for me - finished two ounces of this lovely stuff <BR> <img src=" Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:49:46 EST Tuesday Fasting Cardio <img src=""> Tuesday Fasting Cardio: Tonight I tried a new workout, Beachbody 20 minute Body. #fitfam #20minutebody #homeworkout Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:40:44 EST PRODUCTIVE DAY BUT NOT ON STEPS I was up early and did some washing and house cleaning. The afternoon was spent in the computer room ordering materials, posting, and filing. My steps did not "measure up" today. Once I get all this stuff out of the way, I will be able to concentrate on my exercise more. <BR> <BR> Tired toni... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:39:08 EST Always Thankful <img src=""> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:34:52 EST Tuesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw the Dr. today and he had no good explanations for why I’m still discharging the bloody liquid from my incision. He looked at it, cleaned the area and I asked is this something we should b... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:32:37 EST Tips For A Healthier Fast Food Meal: *** BUILD IT YOURSELF: Look for quick service outlets that allow the customer to build their own sandwich, salad, or bowl. Many popular chains offer plenty of vegetables, beans, whole grains, seafood, and plant-based proteins like tofu from which to choose. Try to reduce starch- and sugar-ric... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:20:12 EST Under One Roof! / SGF: OTW27D3 We are all under the same roof; all seven of us are celebrating D20’s birthday <em>44</em> <em>236</em> ! Family time to follow! <BR> <BR> My devotion today is Seeking God’s Face: Ordinary Time Week 27 Day 3. Today’s Bible song reading includes various verses from Psalm 139. These are the o... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:19:29 EST Thanksgiving -- Over the River . . . ... and through the woods, <BR> to Grandma's house we go. Hubby will drive the four wheel drive, thru the white and drifted snow--oh! Over the river and thru the woods, hoping for homemade rolls, When warm and toasty with butter on, the kind that warms the souls. <BR> <BR> Over the river and t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:04:34 EST fasting blues <img src="">Intermittent fasting has helped in the past with my weight stalls, sometime ago it just plateaued for a long period of time I would get on the scale and those numbers just would not move. I decided to get b... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:54:35 EST November 20th A good day today. Woke feeling like ME...thankful for that! <BR> After getting morning chores done plus filling tanks..between the holiday coming up and the storm to follow on its heels I wanted to get a bit of a headstart on things. <BR> Then Gene and Tammy came over. He put his carpenter skil... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:52:30 EST Still going in the right direction! Well weighed-in this morning at 273.2 (every point counts!). I have felt a little sluggish over the last few days, however my blood sugar has been improving! I have felt some hunger, not unbearable (well, maybe a little), tonight's dinner was good though. 3.5 oz of lean ground beef, I saute so... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:47:57 EST #583 Giving Thanks, the new Official Holiday Thanksgiving Becomes an Official Holiday <BR> Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasion... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:42:25 EST Baby Steps <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made great headway on this part of my painting trilogy today. I had 5 hours of mostly uninterr... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:38:11 EST Water Challenge I need to get back into focusing on my health. <BR> <BR> I rejoined the biggest loser challenge and am now a member of the Crystal Tigers. Challenge doesn't begin till December 6th so I needed to get myself started before then. <BR> <BR> Start small and build so step one is to focus on getti... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:33:14 EST Romeo, o Romeo, Wherefore? A lament for a cat. Not my cat, but a cat to whom I gave much in the way of scritches, when his human, Amanda, was roommates with my then girlfriend. And then over the next few years when I'd go visit his human, and his other human, Erich. He was a great source of calm and comfort during those ea... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:30:23 EST Better but not good yet. I did sleep last night on and off....but since I didn't need to get up I just kept laying there and napping on and off most of the morning. At least until it warmed up to above freezing and then I went to town. The trip thru the store was hard work. But I got my antibiotics and the things I ne... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:26:11 EST Cold Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Well another day of exercise inside. I sure hope I'm ready for my 5 K coming up on Thanksgiving day. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:05:13 EST Choose the hard Excuses: I don’t like working because it makes me sore. - Being overweight is uncomfortable. Eating healthy is boring and expensive. - cause McDonald’s every day is cheap and exciting?!! I’m so tired. - working out increasing my energy. Cardio makes me sweaty and my heart pound. - wal... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:56:50 EST Tuesday moving along Work was less hectic today, thanks be. I left my desk cleared and had time to give a hand to a coworker who is trying to keep up with her own work as well as covering for someone who’s off. Now I’m off till Monday. <BR> <BR> Daughter’s room needs only a dust and vacuum to be ready to welcome h... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:45:11 EST Day 324: Busy Busy Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are doing what many of you are and that is cooking. We're taking a small break and watching a Hallmark Christmas movie Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:43:52 EST Books! What are you reading? Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:42:03 EST Sunshine Between the Raindrops.... Today was a grey and overcast, and in the afternoon, a thunderstorm and then light rain. If I didn't garden, I'd most likely be back in bed, but with a good soaking rain, you can just about watch the garden grow. <BR> <BR> After chores and coffee, I had to get busy cleaning the main bathroom an... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:18:15 EST GKI win :-) Stats - 45 min elliptical, 1-2 intervals (kicked my butt!), HR 170's most of the time. <BR> Fasting: 23hrs <BR> Glucose 70 <BR> Ketones 3.4! <BR> GKI: 1.1! Yay! <BR> Weight is dropping - I've got 6.3 pounds to go to get to my NYE goal! <BR> <BR> It's time to break fast before going to work for t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:16:59 EST About playing the piano.... I am excited to get a package from EBay soon. My present readers are only 2.5 add on. I bought one pair of 4.0 and 2 pair of 5.0 and until I get the cataract in my better eye some day, hopefully sooner than later, I think I will be able to play the piano with the larger magnification cheaters. ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:11:13 EST Job Hunting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wonderful day. Slept in. Went out to eat. Watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which was awesome. Spent the evening at home. I love family days like this. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:04:45 EST November 20th... Exhausted! Some days just don't go the way my planner expects it to! Today was one of those. I worked my 24 yesterday and the night time was busy, which means very few zzzzzz's for me! I got home after running some errands and ended up on call for the volunteer squad because someone called out, then I got c... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:03:11 EST EXCITED!!!! Super excited so many wonderful things going on! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:00:41 EST LeeAnn and I had a nice visit today, I met her on the bus a couple of days ago. I brought her some clothes that I haven’t worn for over a year. I didn’t want to throw them away cause I thought someone would like them. It made me feel better to actually give them someone who needed them instead of donating to the thrift store. S... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:58:22 EST November 20, 2018 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> I had another quiet day at home. I really didn't do much of anything until it was time to go to Jacob's basketball game. It was nice to be a little "lazy". <BR> <BR> The games were just interesting. The 7th grade game ended up only having one ref (which is someone that ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:42:07 EST Tuesday, Nov. 20th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has felt like a very long day for some reason. It's only 6:30 p.m. and I feel like it's bedtime! Here was my day: <BR> <em>433</em> ran personal errands (library, pharmacy, picke... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:39:55 EST 215.3 still did little 3 beers no much Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:39:02 EST BRAGGING ON MY LOVELY LIMES.....BeLeaf In Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of my Lovely Limes team family They did such a great job for the Fall challenge. <BR> <BR> While we were only #1 for the last week of the challenge... we ended up the OVERALL ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:28:27 EST Plus q’heir moins que demain My recovery, more than yesterday less than tomorrow! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:14:15 EST Sunny 43 degrees San Antonio TX Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends - Sunny 43 degrees F in San Antonio TX. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:12:49 EST You Can! I think we have found that our life is just choosing, choosing, choosing! Do I get up this morning at 5:30 or 6:00? Do I want to be healthy or not? Do I want to be active or sedentary? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:10:23 EST Just had to. The air is still unhealthy here, but I had to get outside today. Outside is where I get my energy and peace. And I've been very conscious of the unhealthy air, so have gone to the gym for my almost daily exercise. <BR> <BR> But I've been feeling a bit of my mood darkening, so headed out for a wa... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:02:06 EST Exercise Felt so lazy to go for,a walk. I pushed my self and went and once i started I enjoyed walking for 3 hrs. Felt so good and energized. The weather was good. Sunny and bright. Tomorrow Mitzi’s going to rain so probably catch up with house cleaning. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:52:54 EST Nausea I have what I can only describe as a food hangover. I ate way too much fatty, greasy, sugary, indulgent foods yesterday during our "thanksgiving" I am miserable with stomach cramps. Sipping on a can of Sprite and praying I dont have e.coli from the romaine salads I had 3 days ago. Christmas tim... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:41:39 EST One more work day this week. We will have Thanksgiving here at home. I will fix turkey breast, ham, rolls. DH is fixing a potato casserole. Our Daughters will be fixing the rest of the meal. We will have a wonderful time. I hope You have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Love Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:34:44 EST Well I did it... I joined Gold's Gym and I've been twice this week and plan to go tomorrow. Ever since I climbed Table Rock Mountain I decided if I could do that I could do anything. Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:29:59 EST Spoiler...Atonement "But just because spiritual trials are real does not mean that they are incurable. We can heal spiritually. Even the deepest spiritual wounds—yes, even those that may appear to be incurable—can be healed. The Savior’s healing touch can transform lives in our day just as it did in His." <BR> —Elde... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:21:38 EST Update So I've not been active here the past few weeks. Crazy life. <BR> <BR> My sister had open heart surgery today. Leukemia attacked her heart and damaged it. Had 2 valve replacements and a MAZE procedure done all at once. She is out of surgery and so far is ok. <BR> <BR> Megan doesnt have ring... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:20:38 EST THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW It has been awhile since I did a blog. Life tends to get in the way sometimes. The few times it didn't, I just wanted to sit on the couch, binge watch TV, and don't even think about talking to me. I just want to get lost in the latest show. Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> I was 283 at my heavies... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:44:23 EST The sameo I’ve been working out everyday and my weight is not coming down like i would it but it will i have to stop 🛑 pigging out at night Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:43:00 EST So many challenges I am having a hard time eating *enough* calories, because I just don’t feel hungry. In April 2017 I lost my brother, my last blood relative. I was able to retire. Upon my retirement, my wife decided it was Florida or bust, and to hell with my needs. We divorced this May. I am reeling with the hol... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:27:17 EST Anxiety, Stress, and Weight Gain - Oh My! I am feeling overwhelmed today. And yesterday. And tomorrow, too. My anxiety has been piqued for what seems like the last several years, really. I have better days than others and today is not one of the better ones. According to SP, I tracked my food for the first time exactly one year ago. Of c... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:08:06 EST Over 140 So my gastric bypass was in August 2011. Here I am sitting at 273. 73 pounds to lose to get to where I can get the skin removed. It's so hard sometimes looking at my face, it looks so thin, then seeing the rest of my body looking so big. I Lay down and feel my ribs and hips. I was going to join a... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:07:40 EST Is Losing Weight Hard? I've been on Sparkpeople a long time. Over five years. I've seen people lose hundreds of pounds and I've seen people gain back some of their weight or all of their weight and I've lost 100 pounds and I've gained all of it back plus more. And before I was on Sparkpeople I'd lost sizeable amounts o... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:51:32 EST 11/20/18 Almost all green today just missed floors but did achieve my steps per hour goal. Got in a great 15 min on stair master and 15 min row before shoulders workout later than planned. Around 7:30 this morning got a call to come into work from 9AM-12:30 so didn't get into the gym until this afternoon.... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:46:08 EST UPDATE ON HUBBY'S SURGERY TO REMOVE TUMORS IN BLADDER Went with hubby for his Assessment (90 mins) at Anesthesia Dept followed by Lab works again and then Urine Culture. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:44:45 EST C'ing Is Believing! <img src=""> <BR> - is an essential vitamin and not produced by the body <BR> - is water-soluble and found in many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale and sp... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:31:26 EST May all beings miraculously find mercy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, maybe we could learn the name of a living breathing Transgender artist who is very much alive and well, and consider supporting and promoting their genius... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:20:56 EST New stuff and motivation drivers. I think I have a problem. A shopping one. I'm trying to lose weight, but that's not going so well... so I shop. Today I bought two new fleeces. A zip-up sweater, and a furry vest. Both fit me fine now, but not the way they should. Not the way I want them to. But I bought them both in a size that ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:06:58 EST Curried Cauliflower Coconut Soup I liked the curried cauliflower coconut soup. <BR> It had a subtle flavor - different from any soup I have eaten before, <BR> but flavorful. <BR> <BR> I usually like my soups chunky and hearty. <BR> This was a thin soup - more delicate. <BR> I found myself dunking French bread in it. <BR> <B... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:54:17 EST Tuesday Walk 11/20 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I pushed myself today to do an extra mile. <BR> I wanted to make up for yesterday's overindulgen... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:48:02 EST Thank You for Being My Friend Thank You for Being My Friend, Andrew Gold, 1978 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you for being a friend <BR> Traveled down the road and back again <BR> your heart is true you're a pal and a confidant <B... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:46:31 EST Principles for Making Better Life Decisions Mark Manson posted 5 Principles for Making Better Life Decisions, four of which are perfect for my healthy journey: <BR> <link><BR>etter-life-decisions </link> <BR> (Warning - some strong language) <BR> <BR> 1. Understand Value and Biases <BR> He noted, "A... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:35:25 EST 20/11/18 Bad food day I think <BR> Over the top exercising. Allan Law reneged on leaflet distribution and I took them on. <BR> SHATTERED Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:10:20 EST Spark Guy making me do this AGAIN... I'm going to Spark up my workouts by actually doing them. LOL Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:09:21 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge 2018: Day 21- How To Share Gratitude With Non-Living Things Does a place have consciousness, such that it can receive gratitude for what it has given just by being itself? We have previously explored the subject of finding gratitude in nature several times during this series. Many of us walk outside for our exercise so this seems like a very useful and ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:08:28 EST Time For Break and Healing Good Afternoon Fellow Sparkers! Thanksgiving break has arrived and I need some healing and prayers. Prayers for my Dad with Parkinson’s, prayers for my kitty who was diagnosed with gastritis today, prayers for my aunt recovering after almost a year from back surgery and prayers for my friend ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:07:29 EST Day 1: Motivational Wall I am starting again and it's a new beginning for me. I have found motivation in myself not in people or things around me. I am wanting more than what I have and am willing to work for it. I am creating a Motivational Wall in my house to keep focus and change the way I think of myself, my life and... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:55:54 EST My skin, fear of the aftermath Im going to finally be honest with myself. I do want to drop A LOT of weight but my fear has always been the loose skin issue. <BR> <BR> I've been gaining weight since 2nd/3rd grade. I was 185 my freshman year and I started getting stretch marks in the 4th/5th grade. I have stretch marks do... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:55:25 EST Update on life I’m not doing well with this crazy weather. I saw the smoke pattern from the California wildfires had made it to NYC and came straight across Kentucky- the entire state, so that answered some of my respiratory issues. I had noticed a change in reporting of air quality and figured this must be the... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:54:24 EST Down another 4! Hope it Remains Easy to Keep up Momentum! I was fairly good over the Birthday weekend; with the exceptions of the hugest cupcake I've ever seen with a pile of buttercream on top, and a rather rich dungeness crab eggs benedict. I'd gained 6 lbs; and I am sure most was water weight, I mean, that's pretty much my recovery number after a che... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:49:17 EST Day 20 <img src=""> <BR> Busy day! All this by 2pm. !! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:48:47 EST Monday afternoon Today is a nothing day. I have nothing scheduled, so I am just tempering my turkey breast, reading some mail,and cleaning a few things. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:39:12 EST Thanksgiving Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:36:22 EST Tuesday.... Busy manager is out this week so yesterday and today, the system decided to have "issues" impacting payroll so I have been putting out fires for the last two days...I am really looking forward to the long weekend...I don't plan to do much of anything for at least 3 of the 4 days that I a... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:30:53 EST Time is Precious Time is precious. Spend each day in a productive manner. Prepare a To-Do List that includes spending quality time with family and friends. Use the helpful tools that are found on the Spark People's website. Make time to exercise and prepare healthy meals. Find a hobby or a job you enjoy. Time is ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:57:11 EST Workout goals Spark coaching article today says I should be burning 2K Cal/day. Geez! I'm not even close. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:56:32 EST Holiday Eating I don't know about everyone else but to me watching what I eat during the holidays can be hard. <BR> <BR> I'm the in school suspension teacher at our high school and my room is in the basement with four other classrooms. Across the hall from my ISS room are two computer rooms and down the hall a... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:54:12 EST Ugh Did something I haven't done in almost a year. I looked in the mirror after my shower. I can't put into words how I feel, I just know that I MUST change things about myself. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:52:43 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> Don't forget to take care of yourself. 🌞 YOU ARE IMPORTANT! 🌞 Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:43:03 EST My request for those in the United States Please be careful this weekend. Please be mindful of your sleep habits, your eating habits, your drinking habits. All these can be very harmful to those out on the road, including those walking and riding a bike. <BR> <BR> Also be careful of tempers and attitudes, using cell phones while drivi... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:38:51 EST FOUR STEPS BACK!! ACTION TIME, GOING FORWARD I weighed in today and I have bounced back to 185. That is a gain of 4 pounds in a week. I know it is water, but it could be fat also. <BR> <BR> RESEARCH <BR> After doing some research and thinking about how I overate last week, but still lost weight. Well I did not eat a lot sugar. This ti... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:38:25 EST November 20th Had a reasonably good day today managing to do the ironing without my knee playing up too much. <BR> We're planning our first road trip up to see my Mum on Saturday and we're all looking forward to it as we've worked out it's 9 weeks since we last saw each other! It's never ever been so long betw... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:34:53 EST Needing to hold myself accountable <img src=""> <BR> I have been sick with a cold since the end of last week, my last day to workout was Wednesday. Today I feel human again and did a low impact workout and stretching. Can't do too much until this cough ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:33:57 EST HUMP DAY TODAY My hump day for this week has already well and truly started. <BR> I am off to get ready to go out to really get into my day.... <BR> Have some appointments with folks however it is a fairly quiet day and will have some me time in it....woohoo. <BR> <BR> There is one week of November left....WOW... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:33:14 EST Doing The Happy Dance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Many of you know my little friend here is the signal for everyone to Happy Dance, today is no different. About 10 minutes ago my granddaughter came in to tell me we now have internet. Have bee... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:19:59 EST Day 324: Think My Fitbit Is Dying :-( So annoyed....I gave up on Fitbits after going through several Fitbit Zips - they'd be great through the first battery, then never worked right once the second battery went on. I thought the problem was solved when I got the Fitbit One - all I have to do is charge it once a week, syncs to my pho... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:12:03 EST Constant Craver? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got caught up on the BBC website this morning - I had been listening to some podcasts on the radio catch-up section (now called SOUNDS) yesterday and got interested. The one I first listened... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:51:49 EST Week Two in The Desert <img src=""> This will be the second week of our long-stay in Southern California. We remain blessedly unaffected by the wildfires though our hotel has a number of families. It is a pricey option that few can afford. ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:37:37 EST God is Leading Me Back to The Kitchen <img src=""> Every now and then I have to remind myself that it's okay to be who I am. I make the mistakes... I'm extremely corky... occasionally I dumb myself down... I get depressed...I eat the foods I eat, when I f... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:34:38 EST How?! So I have lost the weight before. (110 pounds). I had something different driving me to lose it, and abusive relationship. I was angry and found it satisfying to do cardio. I also didn't have a tear in my rotator cuff, or the scarring. <BR> Now I am remarried, and I gained ALL of my weight back ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:28:45 EST working on it! Only been on here for a bit less than a week...? But loving it already! Know it doesn't really count, but I see the numbers on the scale going down. I think it's water weight, but hey it's something!! <em>224</em> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:02:30 EST Funeral My Aunt Shirley died and yesterday was her funeral... what a bittersweet day! No more pain for this lovely lady! Incredible hole in my heart! Didn’t get any walking in atetoo muchafter the services. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:02:12 EST A Little Bit About This, A Little Bit About That I had a lovely surprise visit from my son and grandson. They were showing off a dirt bike that my grandson has been saving his money for. It doesn't run so they are looking to fix it together. I made sure too ooh and ahh over it. Then I felt compelled to give him a safety talk....laughed and t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:02:08 EST November 20, 2018 Today's intention: <BR> <BR> Meditate on what my life would be like without the extra 50 lbs that I am carrying. What changes would there be? <BR> <BR> 1. I would have renewed energy. <BR> <BR> 2. My back wouldn't hurt. <BR> <BR> 3. I would be more confident. <BR> <BR> 4. I could reach in m... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:53:26 EST Bonus: Turkey <img src=""> <BR> Natalie made this turkey today with Gwen and me helping some. I had a lunch salad from the stuff that was leftover. Yum! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:50:51 EST Mondays are nearly always filled with madness ;-) 11/19/2018 Slept pretty well, despite my looming appointment. Woke up at a reasonable hour, made breakfast and did some clutter control then got ready for the Doctor. I try to not be super critical of anyone who works in the oncology building, especially those who are new to it, but please... a little com... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:47:25 EST This Guy Tried To Rescue A Beaver, Got A Surprise Instead <link><BR>-rescue/?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium<BR>=liveintent-ron&utm_campaign=TBT-US-DK<BR>T-TAB-BeaverRescue_a10950_h9U&utm_term<BR>=2994&utm_content={{AD_ID}} </link> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:46:47 EST CHALLENGE CHECK-IN - Day 9 Love seeing everyone’s check-ins and progress!! Keep up the great work! It is Tuesday, Day 9 of the Challenge and I am looking forward to getting on my treadmill. Make It Count!!! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:42:04 EST 3.6 kilometers I hopped on the new bike to take a quick trip to the local shops, and with the aid of mapometer find that it is 2.3 km...half uphill. It was an effort but not the effort it would be if I didn't have electric assist, in fact without electric assist I would have used the car. I thought with the bik... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:42:01 EST Isn't it time for BED? - 11-20-18 The bears STILL are not hibernating! Robert L. Burks found a bear on his deck, eating the birdseed: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sarah Tolles spotted a bear at Valverdant Circle, just up the road from us: <BR> ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:38:59 EST Moving my body Did 30 on treadmill... it is a start! <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:38:28 EST Refocusing some things I tend to be a bit scatterbrained at times. Lately I've been online a bit more than I think I should. My brain just keeps thinking about things, and I find that I am in my video games a lot. <BR> <BR> I have many different hobbies, but they tend to lay half done or as the items I bought for them... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:32:53 EST 11/20/18 <img src=""> <BR> Y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Take it all in stride. This is a time to be thankful. We have so much to be thankful for: our decision to change our life for whatever your reason is. Mine is... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:31:31 EST Big Oven and recipe review I've been trying out Big Oven and after having to contact customer support twice and let my membership expire, they finally fixed the problem I was having. <BR> <BR> My review? Unless you are willing to pay monthly what they offer is really not worth it because all the features I would use onl... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:30:56 EST Going to be a great day! <img src=""> Hey y’all Well week one was a bomb in terms of weight loss. Have some stressors still which cause me to turn to food but today am reframing all and even though I am at my highest weight in 5 years I know ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:30:39 EST Warmth & Light & Sunshine <img src=""> When I keep my face towards the sun I can see light even when I close my eyes. And all my shadows stay behind me. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:19:44 EST Week One - Happier Healthier You- Drink it up! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am beginning a journey on implementing Brett Blementhal’s “52 Small Changes- One Year To A Happier, Healthier You”. Week one is Drink Up! In other words – Drink water and lots of it. I have be... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:06:29 EST 11.20.18 CHECK OUT MY MACROS & HELP <img src=""> My cousin.. Eric... my ketoguru thinks i am not eating enough. I track my food and sent him 5 days of my macros(sample day above)... the grams of fat. Protein. Carbs for each day. I am trying to eat alot,... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:06:06 EST Counting Down to Thanksgiving! 2 more days of work for this week. I'm really excited for the 4 day weekend. Got big plans which includes getting a christimas tree, celebrating my husbands birthday and of course turkey day! <BR> <BR> I'm still on track to be able to fully induldge on Thanksgiving. It's been suprisingly easy s... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:01:53 EST Tuesday coming down. It is but a moment and then we are gone, somewhere around the time I turned 35, time seems to have blurred. Here I am in my 60's and I can't figure out where those missing years went? I just closed my eyes for a moment I thought. I went into some dark hole and forgot to look around at everything ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:00:26 EST 11/20/18 Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:52:03 EST Idea generator: 2 week Progress Kanban board Visualing progress in my life works for me. The bottom line is things happen when I make lists, measure progress and think about them. This helps me with procrastination, too. <BR> <BR> I put together a 2 week Kanban board that shows goals and my progress. I’ve got until Dec 1 to try and make ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:46:07 EST it's tuesday it is a sunny and cool day here today. it snowed for a bit this morning, then it stopped. my daughter and i are prepared for the weather. she was in a santa claus parade on saurtday with other kids from her school. she really enjoyed it! both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, ev... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:44:33 EST Spark Articles - Always Learn Something An article on my start page this morning "19 Ways to Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously When Losing Weight" caught me eye. And if you haven't read it, I urge you to do so. Whether you are just starting on your journey, in the middle or in maintenance there is something for us all in this articl... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:44:03 EST Is Anxiety Stealing Your Joy? Is Anxiety Stealing Your Joy? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Last Sunday when I awoke, I was looking for excuses to not go to Church. I had just gone through having high anxiety about my little dog-Sammy having surgery. I had ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:42:01 EST May drop out of WW... I don't a think I can do Weight Watchers. I am not really able to participate in the program as sponsored by my health clinic. I cannot participate in going to my clinic in conjunction with their program for several reasons. 1) I rely on my IHSS worker for transportation and she only is allowed... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:37:17 EST 2018 MOVE MOVE MOVE TUESDAY hey sparkers hope all are doing well had great workout this morning then came back put green beans on and cornbread they are done worked battle ropes this morning they really give you a workout i am trying to get stronger i feeling better with my body one of my buddies call me a celebrity because... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:29:46 EST TUESDAY THOUGHT The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, <BR> but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:29:08 EST TUESDAY THOUGHT The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, <BR> but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:29:04 EST Something's Changed! - Day 4597 This blog post might just be the most revealing <em>198</em> in all my years here at SparkPeople! Without actually reading over all my previous blog posts I can't be sure; but I don't usually share my weight numbers with too many people...til now. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I've b... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:23:35 EST Tuesday morning sunshine It is a bright 60 degree start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf coast. We are completing final preparations for the coming holiday. All children are out of school this week for the fall break. We ae expecting our granddaughter to come over later today to spend the night with us and to ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:23:03 EST I have challenged myself this holiday season to not give in to the Food Grinch. We have stepped into the week that starts the season of rich foods and sugar laden sweets. It seems that everywhere you turn someone is trying to give you the most wonderful looking treats. The break room always has some tempting morsels. For to long I have ate these type treats only because t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:22:58 EST 2018-11-20 Being sick sucks I got sick on October 19, the same day my period started. <BR> <BR> When I generally don't feel like I'm on top of the world to begin with (cramps, bloating, general exhaustion). <BR> <BR> I ended up barely pulling through the next two weeks, with just enough energy to keep my life going. I sta... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:22:30 EST Week 26 - Oops forgot to blog I'm trying to keep myself honest. Just realized I forgot to post a blog on Saturday. My weight hasn't changed still fluctuating between 167 and 168 which is a 28-29 pound loss. I can definitely start seeing the difference in photos now. <BR> <BR> I'm still tracking my food and exercise. Stay... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:18:05 EST Doing no cardio Well I been working out now at the gym for 15 weeks and wounding why I'm getting no where well I absolutely did no cardio just saying cardio works keep it up spark people you got this Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:09:07 EST 100 Days AF - Sobriety Delivers all that Alcohol Promised <img src=""> <BR> I used to drink to relax, de-stress or numb things out. I would drink for all kinds of occasions or reasons. Since the age of 12 when I first snuck some away from my mom's whiskey bottle (at a time wh... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:01:47 EST Tuesday, and still overcast, and chilly Feeling much better today, more rested, and no therapy until Friday. So today I must not tarry here to long and get at it. Only 10 degrees so there will be no extra walking outside. So will be doing some more balancing the books. Will be an ideal morning to do it as hubby and his brother are ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:56:57 EST Tuesday, and still overcast, and chilly Feeling much better today, more rested, and no therapy until Friday. So today I must not tarry here to long and get at it. Only 10 degrees so there will be no extra walking outside. So will be doing some more balancing the books. Will be an ideal morning to do it as hubby and his brother are ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:56:48 EST Now. Thanksgiving day will be three weeks exactly that Bernie, my rescue Golden Retriever arrived in my home. And the reason why I haven’t posted any photos the last couple of days that he’s camera shy. No kidding. Every time I get ready to snap a photo, he turns his head or gets up and walks away. He... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:56:36 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 110 of 365 days...35 days until Christmas I found the pin this AM I meant to quote yesterday on what Hygge is...the art of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open hearted and alive. Enjoying lives simple pleasures. A coziness of the soul. <BR> <BR> When I read day 28 of the Autumn self care practice hygge the ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:49:17 EST the pain struggle For 2 days, I have been experiencing extreme pain all over in my muscles. I took 2 advils yesterday at 5:30 pm and drank a whole bottle of propel (I was as at work) The pain subsided, but came back around 10pm, excruciating pain, especially in my legs with a burning sensation. my legs became swol... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:45:28 EST Tuesday November 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:42:53 EST California <img src=""> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:41:39 EST Mercy, Peace and Love – Day 50 Called, sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Christ Jesus <BR> <BR> “Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those wh... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:30:29 EST A New Start Begins With A Teensy Success I thought I might share a very very tiny moment of success for me from last evening. Very tiny, but it was a step of progress in the right direction for me. <BR> <BR> I re-started WW yesterday morning (after many many failed previous attempts or false starts or whatever they were, plus squijilli... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:29:25 EST Tough week This is shaping up to be a tough week. Scale isn't coming down like it usually does during the weekdays. Baked fish and salad yesterday and I'm still going up. Go figure. I don't feel very motivated these days. Such a change from where I was last week. <BR> <BR> Today I feel - <em>15</em>... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:24:04 EST Follow up from the manicure blog Hello, <BR> <BR> Ugh! I had my manicure yesterday and while this woman is fantastic for the soul and does such a wonderful job I simply detest the way my nails look! Such a first world problem, isn't it! <img src="">... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:13:30 EST Thankful for All of You Here at SparkPeople In January, it'll be 10 years that I've been here. Found by accident, I never dreamed I'd stay at all, let alone this long. <BR> <BR> There are so many benefits at SP. But the one thing that has kept me coming back daily are my wonderful friends. Honestly, I never knew that social media (I'm ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:07:33 EST Better With Friends I got to see one of my long distance weight loss buddies this weekend. We attend a couple of comic and fantasy conventions in our area each year and keep in touch via facebook and Youtube the rest of the year. We started this leg of the journey at about the same time and for a long time were losi... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:02:59 EST Falling Back into bad habit <em>495</em> The holidays are upon us, and I thought I would be able to make wise choices and not fall back into eating a lot of sugar. <BR> Baking cookies for Christmas is one of the things I like to do for the family. So the other day I made some really good sugar cookies. I thought I could m... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:00:48 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 78 Sunday when we went to Disneyworld I sat in the back seat between the kids. I fit! 50 pounds ago or definitely 80 pounds ago I could not have sat there. Usually my daughter drives a big SUV that is comfortable, but her car was in the shop and she had a little compact loaner. Definitely would not ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:58:43 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 78 Sunday when we went to Disneyworld I sat in the back seat between the kids. I fit! 50 pounds ago or definitely 80 pounds ago I could not have sat there. Usually my daughter drives a big SUV that is comfortable, but her car was in the shop and she had a little compact loaner. Definitely would not ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:58:34 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 78 Sunday when we went to Disneyworld I sat in the back seat between the kids. I fit! 50 pounds ago or definitely 80 pounds ago I could not have sat there. Usually my daughter drives a big SUV that is comfortable, but her car was in the shop and she had a little compact loaner. Definitely would not ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:58:31 EST Small Steps This week I began transitioning to a healthier lifestyle with renewed vigor and optimism. I've been off and on for the past few months, unable to commit for more than a few days at a time. I honestly think I was expecting too much of myself, and so I'm reminding myself that perfection is not requ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:53:20 EST 11-20-2018 I can't believe that it is 2 days to Thanksgiving? Where did the year go? <BR> This Thanksgiving and Christmas will be so different for us. My husband and I have always traveled home for the holidays to spend time with my husbands family. Each of us, brothers, sister, wives, husbands, Grandch... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:49:53 EST GOING TO BE STRANGE HOLIDAYS Well with Hubby's mom passing this last February, we will have a strange holiday arrangements. We are going to his dad's for Thanksgiving. I asked if I could bring dinner no we are going to Golden Corral for dinner. His Dad is planning to go to Pennsylvania for the Christmas holiday to be with... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:48:44 EST Creating Healthy Habits <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam is to blog about how you create healthy habits. I think the most effective way I create healthy habits is to use a habit tracker. Here is a ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:47:11 EST Here we go again! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is not my first SparkPeople account, but I'm committed to making it my last. I've done every diet... from the Banana and Hot Dog Diet to Keto and fasting... and all I have to show for it i... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:46:14 EST Happy Tuesday ... moving one last time <img src=""> <BR> Good morning ... Heading toward our final stop today ... back to Ballys where we started. I have a little bit of time cuz my buddha belly rubbing hubby is still asleep ... It was his day of having a... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:43:18 EST 26 Days Soda free & Hair loss Honestly don't know how I did it this time, maybe the old adage is very true? Day by Day <BR> It started with a weekend, I was following on FB the Rachel Hollis craze of the Last 90 Days, and reading all the things people had given up for the last 90 days and I knew that I had given up soda for a... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:42:45 EST Tuesday <img src=""> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:36:31 EST Thanksgiving strategy Last year was an especially pounds-piling season. I'm forming my plans to not repeat that this year. For now, the Thanksgiving plan. <BR> <BR> I'll make a warm and heartier-for-us yet still healthy breakfast to prep us for a couple hours outside. <BR> <BR> We're upping our game from our 3-y... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:35:43 EST The scale Despite exercise and eating right my scale seems to be perpetually stuck on the same number. Thankfully I use more than just the scale to Gage my success. My clothes are looser, I have more energy and endurance and I'm down a percentage of body day. These things show I'm making progress even if t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:35:24 EST Monday Tuesday Lots of homework yesterday but still had outside and movie time. Going to see Spamalot this PM Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:27:29 EST Day 310: Today’s Challenge – Say Something Special. <img src=""> <BR> Pay yourself 1 compliment today. <BR> <BR> Say something nice to yourself today, and make sure you mean it. <BR> It can be about how much you like your shirt, how proud you are of a recent achieve... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:24:42 EST Day 310: Turn Your Work Chair into an Exercise Machine! Pulling against a resistance band will help you build muscle faster. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> <BR> Seated Leg Extensions with Band <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exer... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:23:05 EST A&I Week 3 - Creating healthy habits Our Aspire & Inspire group asked us to write a blog post on how we create healthy habits. I try to keep things somewhat simple, because that seems to work best for me. The more complicated it is, the harder it is to be consistent, and the less likely I'll actually do it. <BR> <BR> <em>362</e... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:22:01 EST 3 Killer Toxins, “Rising From The Mud” & The Clean Start 3 Killer Toxins, “Rising From The Mud” & The Clean Start <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7-live </link> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:17:52 EST Fear is a liar Zach Williams Fear is a Liar (off of YouTube) <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I wrote about giving up control of things I cannot control and counting my blessings instead of worries. <BR> <BR> Today, Fear is the subject. Fear and Control can go hand in hand. We fear things ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:15:04 EST My empty island Yesterday was rather nondescript.. After another jam packed weekend and two late nights, I did not go kickboxing and I pretty much was a slug movement wise. It was a quiet day at work, so I was able to get pretty caught up on emails from the week before where I had been out of town and had limit... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:07:59 EST Unicorns #2 Yea! I love Amazon! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you haven't drank magical unicorn tea* brewed with a unicorn diffuser, have you even lived? <BR> <BR> * Apple pieces, rose hips, orange peel, mango pieces, pin... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:04:26 EST Because it's needed. Yesterday, my hubby and I did a big drop-off at our closest Women's Shelter, <BR> <BR> which provides shelter and crisis services for physically, emotionally, financially <BR> <BR> and sexually abused women and their dependent children. <BR> <BR> Some of these shelters may be called The Red ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:53:45 EST Day 24 Walking streak...whoop~da! New merch in the consignment gallery! <em>311</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Hello, dear sparksters! <BR> <BR> I'm rather amazed at my bad self...still going strong on my walking challenge between me...and me~self ha..ha! <BR> <BR> Now that the weather has (finally) cooled off a bit it's so enjoyable getting out... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:51:37 EST Day 13: Weigh-In Day <em>320</em> Activity Minutes 112 (Goal 120) <BR> <em>7</em> Calories Burned 802 (Goal 1000) <BR> <em>550</em> Calorie Balance 1812 (Goal 1500-1876) <BR> <em>311</em> Miles 8.94 (Goal 12) <BR> <em>417</em> Yoga Minutes 47 (Goal 50) <BR> <em>414</em> Meditation Minutes 25 (Go... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:49:06 EST Leave behind <img src=""> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:47:31 EST Tuesday Exercise complete. It is a snowy and freezing day here in Ohio. Have a good day. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:47:11 EST Short --and Sweet-on a cold day! <img src=""> <BR> This is the view from our deck this morning- <BR> And it is minus 22 Celcius on the back road- <BR> I tried to walk Tess the German (as in dog) but I found it hard to breathe without my face mask , wh... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:39:04 EST I Know I'm Fat I've reached my max. When it comes to my nerves, that it is. My roommate has seemed to think it was necessary to constantly remind me in "not so subtle" ways that I'm fat. Yes, I know I'm fat. I've been fat for a few years now. And, yes, I know it is bad for me. And guess what? I'm actually doing... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:37:24 EST Today will be Great!! <img src=""> What a great day!!! The Lord keeps on blessing me!!! Thank you Lord for my life!! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:30:04 EST Tuesday I had a phone interview yesterday. It went well and they called back a few hours later for a second in person interview today. I'm excited! If I get this job it'll make school tough again but I'll make good money. Positive self talk 😉 I began Chantix and my quit date for smoking is set. As far a... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:17:17 EST Hmmmm Weighed myself this morning even though it isn't my real weigh-in day. That is Wednesdays and Sundays. But I thought "what the heck" and stepped on anyway. No change, darn. DH and I had been talking about my weight loss thus far on Sunday afternoon and, me being me, pulled out my calculator t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:10:20 EST Sorry about the last entry I didn’t know my last entry was blown up so much you couldn’t read it all. The gist of it was that I have been weighing my food and logging everything plus moving more and drinking tons of water over the last 3 weeks. No change in weight. So I am going to try eating more than my goal of 1300 calo... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:09:18 EST Determined, but not Depressed This may sound like a very peculiar title to you, which makes a lot of sense. <BR> But what I am talking about today, is that the most important thing to do on Spark People here, is STAY FOCUSED! The end is in sight. Whether you need to lose weight or get stronger, the highly necessary aspect is ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:01:21 EST Plateau Busting and When "Normal" Changes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've known for a while that I have needed to make some changes. Today I am starting to work on a "re-do". I've changed my premium coaching plan to the 28 day Plateau Busting plan and am going t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:53:24 EST 11/20/18 "God never gives you more than you can handle." I have been telling myself that. I even have a t-shirt that says that. But some days I wonder and today is one of those days. Yesterday's news here in St. Louis was about some women who were in a Catholic Supply store and how they were forced at... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:52:21 EST 11/20/18 "God never gives you more than you can handle." I have been telling myself that. I even have a t-shirt that says that. But some days I wonder and today is one of those days. Yesterday's news here in St. Louis was about some women who were in a Catholic Supply store and how they were forced at... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:52:16 EST 11/20/18 We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. Khalil Gibran Quote of the Day <BR> Change is the end result of all true learning. <BR> Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> A loving heart is the truest wisdom. <BR> Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:40:59 EST Beautiful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Beautiful Day <BR> Beauty surrounds us. It is in music, pictures, flowers, people, and pretty much everything else. It is in the smallest and most mundane things we walk past on the street... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:40:57 EST Staying Disciplined Will Get Us Thru The Holidays! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you remember the mailman's creed? <BR> If there ever one person we could count on-it was him! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:31:50 EST Commuting and Weight For many years I lived in the city and commuted (driving) to a job outside the city. <BR> <BR> And for many MORE years I lived outside the city and commuted (by bus) into the city when I returned to school. <BR> <BR> When I was commuting, I put on weight -- a lot of weight -- reaching 240 poun... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:30:23 EST Let's Do This! <img src=""> <BR> Feeling real good - two days in a row getting up at 5:20 to work out. Boom - workout roasted! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:21:04 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:18:11 EST The Lonely Road, Part 2 <BR> Last week’s post, all about how lonely I’ve been feeling as I take part in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) got me to wondering: How much do I actually interact with my fellow human beings on a daily basis? <BR> <BR> Now, first off, as anybody who reads my posts regula... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:16:17 EST New I'm going to try a new dish today Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:13:38 EST tuesday a neighbor told me about a guy that plows from the next back road over. I called him and hes HALF the price of the other i'm up early to meet him so he can look at the job and confirm the price. THAT will be a huge load off my mind if he can do it for that price. <BR> <BR> then i need t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:06:18 EST tuesday a neighbor told me about a guy that plows from the next back road over. I called him and hes HALF the price of the other i'm up early to meet him so he can look at the job and confirm the price. THAT will be a huge load off my mind if he can do it for that price. <BR> <BR> then i need t... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:06:16 EST .. Day 20 <BR> <BR> I was writing a reply to a Spark Friend whom wrote about having some struggles .. <BR> <BR> Well .. In writing about struggles, this thought came to mind .. not just for her but for me as well .. <BR> <BR> Struggles are real and when we are in them, there is no 'comparing' as to who... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:57:19 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~Terrific TURKEY Tuesday~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>574</em> <em>429</em> <em>574</em> <em>429</em> <em>574</em> <em>429</em> <em>574</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <em>429</em> ~Waving Hello~ <BR> ~ Wishing You~ a TERR... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:57:10 EST Universal Children's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : If you ever want to get confused about when a holiday is held, this is the one. We've done extensive research, and what we have found is there is really a number of Children's Day observa... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:55:20 EST Getting ready for Thanksgiving.... Headed to supermarket later today to pick up some last minute items - I heard the Tuesday before Thanksgiving is the worst day to go shopping.... joy. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:45:01 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 11-20-18 <img src=""> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:25:39 EST Interesting location... being a spectator <img src=""> So, I don’t know if it’s a local phenomenon or what... but there has been a fairly high number of incidents in the last few years in the village I live in and the surrounding towns of cars running into b... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:24:00 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Live life in such a way, that if anyone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:16:39 EST Quick Update We got the word yesterday that my aunt would be moving the facility in the next town. I was very excited that she'd be so close and that I could visit often. <BR> <BR> Then... a couple of hours later we learned that my uncle would be going to the same facility for his rehab and that they would b... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:07:52 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=11/20/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">The LORD [Yahweh] shall ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:05:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 20, 2018 November 20, 2018 GENEROUS GIVING <BR> <BR> Most of us have had an opportunity to give to others. Some of us give a little while others give a lot. There is much joy in giving generously and there are great rewards. When we choose to give because we have a strong desire to and we give beyond our... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:56:47 EST New Years goal Current weight : 136.5 Hoping to get just under 130 by the end of 2018. It’s a slow process , trying to both recover from an eating disorder and lose weight the healthy way. But I cannot wait to be at my size before I started taking anxiety medication. I feel like I’ll finally be myself again ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:53:48 EST Tuesday Funny There was a lady in her 90s who became a sort of local celebrity because she had recently gotten married. The local news station decided to interview her. The interviewer asked questions like how it was to be a newlywed in her 90s. <BR> <BR> "This isn't my first husband, so it's not much differe... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:35:22 EST Improving Improving my ability to do small stretches so am happy Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:26:55 EST It's Up To Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are so many things in life that this rings true for. If the dishwasher gets loaded...….. If the groceries make it to my pantry...……… If I eat enough veggies and drink eno... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:15:00 EST Holding on to Memories! Hold on to those positive memories of sunny days. They will get you through many a cold night. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I just finished my mini-vacation in Florida with the grandkids. What an exciting time it was! The... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:11:39 EST JUST JOKING... A lady walks into Tiffany's. She browses around, spots a beautiful <BR> diamond bracelet and walks over to inspect it. As she bends over <BR> to look more closely, she inadvertently breaks wind. Very embarrased <BR> she looks around nervously to see if anyone has noticed her little accident <BR... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:02:03 EST JUST JOKING... A lady walks into Tiffany's. She browses around, spots a beautiful <BR> diamond bracelet and walks over to inspect it. As she bends over <BR> to look more closely, she inadvertently breaks wind. Very embarrased <BR> she looks around nervously to see if anyone has noticed her little accident <BR... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:01:52 EST Day 3 Small Changes <img src=""> So it's Day 2 for me and I'm reading a lot of the articles and seeing some of the bad habits and negative thinking I eventually end up with when "trying to diet". First of all, it's NOT a diet. That word... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 04:48:32 EST Mon 11/19 Nice day It was a very nice and sunny day today. We did our laundry and used our solar dryer. The electric company came to "inspect" our new solar water heater so that the installer could get the $1000 rebate. Everything was cool. We also got 3 LED buibs and a night light courtesy of the electric company.... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 04:45:53 EST Ouch! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Greetings to all my Sparkling friends. I'm still here! Just checking in to let you all know what I've learned about myself this month. <BR> <BR> I took part in a nutrition trial run by TwinsUK ... Tue, 20 Nov 2018 04:42:54 EST