SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs SERGIO51 <img src=""> <BR> I'm down to 201 (although it's fluctuating between 204 and 201! By next week I'll be below 200 pounds. I lost 7 pounds these last 2 weeks. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:22:37 EST Day 1941 Rest Day. Feeling good Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:09:34 EST 2018 PHYSICAL DONE REALLY GOOD PROUD OF ME hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout this morning went for my physical doing pretty good doctor said me being stressed all the time raises my cortisone levels that why have problem getting a1c down but all my other numbers are good cholestrol still going down no swelling any where... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:07:01 EST Eating Out - Keto Style Felt brave enough to go out to eat and still stick to my Keto eating plan. Stacked the odds in my favor by choosing a restaurant that specialized in steaks. <BR> <BR> The waitress brought hot bread to the table with butter, I kept the butter and my dining partner ate the bread. Next came the ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:57:48 EST 8 months Keto! Last Friday, September 14th, was 8 months Keto. I don't want to say it has been easy, but its not as hard as I thought it would be. Believe me, I have had my struggles and temptations. I just stop myself and think about how far I have come and getting to my final goal weight. I am 73 pounds down ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:54:00 EST Day 20.... Well I had my physical this morning.. did not meet my weight goal by 3 lbs.. Very disappointing..I am at 187.. 7 lbs down.. that is a good thing... I am down 21 lbs since May.. It is a long and hard battle... I know I need to look a the whole picture and I am not giving up... I think one of the ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:48:40 EST New Master <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meet Zack everyone. He decided he wanted to come home with us yesterday. He is a 4 month old, rambunctious, and loves to cuddle. He is a tuxedo cat with poly dactyl front feet. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:43:37 EST Friday afternoon We now have 40 mph winds here with some rain. I am SO glad I invested the money to drop all of those huge trees last year and this year! We lost our cable,internet and phone last night for a couple hours, but Charter got it up and running. <BR> Today I am cleaning my wood blinds before they r... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:41:15 EST Day 265 What happened to the time? Weight has not changed much. Teetering up and below the 200 mark. I sound like a broken record. I need to get a handle on the snacking. It just kills the calorie count. <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed the summer and all the fresh fruit and veggies! <BR> <BR> I am jo... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:37:12 EST 9/21/18 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm feeling lost and alone. I don't have a strong in person support network, But that is my fault. I haven't been a good friend. I have a hard time getting myself to go out, make calls, etc. <BR> <BR> It has been so hard to get through the day. Yesterday I spent o... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:35:52 EST Fall Might Be Coming Well it is cooling off a little bit in Phoenix finally. However because it rained on Wed, it is super humid (for here). So I'm still sweating an hour after my walk....oh well. I'm looking forward to not having to get up at 6am just to try to get some shade while I walk. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:26:20 EST My evening walk <img src=""> <BR> Finding inspiration! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:26:00 EST Spark Coach--what can I do now that I couldn't do before I started this journey 8 years ago--to drop a few pounds before DD1's wedding. I couldn't feel comfortable in that dress and didn't walk very far--the thought of walking a mile was overwhelming (I could DO it but wouldn't). Never went to a gym, didn't exercise except a walk around the block. <BR>... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:21:38 EST Rebooting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The change of seasons makes me think of new starts. Evaluate and make changes. Set goals and realign focus. <BR> <BR> My weight is stable. Unfortunately, it's stable at too high a number. Th... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:07:30 EST Daily Affirmation for Friday, September 21, 2018 " I love without condition, myself, <BR> all those around me, <BR> and all those in my thoughts, <BR> this day and evermore. Amen " <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:06:47 EST Fitness Boot Camp - Day #3 (Wed) & Day #4 (Fri) I don't know about you, but this whole week has been tough. Nevertheless, I made it through! On Wednesday was Day #3 of the fitness boot camp and I survived. I am no longer the new member of the class because another person joined. Each workout is different is some way or the other. I actually di... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:04:08 EST Break on through to the other side Innumerable diets started only to be derailed and ultimately ended by emotional eating, giving in to cravings, and "cheating". Healthy eating plans abandoned when they became difficult to follow because others in the house weren't following the same plan and the house was full of junk food, soda... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:01:45 EST venting on life I guess I am weird. I have no close friends. I work in a Dr office it is just me and the Doctor (he doesn't like to talk much). I don't know what is wrong with me that I can't have close friends. I have friends but no one to hang out with or to craft with. I love to scrapbook or make cards. I go ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:44 EST Potential Energy Your mind has so much potential if you force it “grow”. It’s like any other muscle, the more you use it, the more potential you have. Relating this to getting healthy and fit, your body can do anything (most people) if you stop telling yourself you can’t. It’s amazing how quickly your body will ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:56:01 EST So , I Gained One Pound Ok, so I gained one pound, I was not too happy with this. Yet, as I look over my record of what I had chosen to eat, the homemade cookies I allowed myself to have did were not a good choice. <BR> So what did I do, I throw out the ones that remained and set myself up for a new better week. <BR> "C... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:51:19 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #264 (of 365): <BR> Cornucopia— <BR> bursting with autumn colors— <BR> gracing our table. <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:50:24 EST Apparently I Don't Bounce Back As Quickly.... I took a tumble yesterday, falling down from a stockpile of soil. I knew that it jarred my body but I didn't know how much until I went to bed last night and couldn't sleep for the pain. I wasn't to bright-eyed when I got up this morning and it occurred to me that maybe I would skip my daily wa... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:39:47 EST End of a short chapter 17 weeks ago my life made an unexpected change when I found out I was pregnant. The news tipped our world upside down and sent us on a new path. <BR> <BR> Last week that chapter decided to end when I woke up with clear signs that I would no longer be having a baby. After several hours in the ER... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:38:27 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 50 out of 365 days...meal prep...self-care It has been 8 weeks since my birthday when I decided to go through this pin entitled '52 Healthy Habits'. This pin is done by a nutritionist and each week she suggested another habit to add to our lifestyle. This week is How and what to meal prep. <BR> <BR> Basically I didn't learn much just t... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:34:27 EST The Final Chapter to Health I am ready to start this final chapter of my journey to Better Health. Many people have referred me to this app and so far I think it is going to be an excellent adjunct to accomplishing my goal. After trying many of the gimmick diets and every kind of shake and pill you can imagine I am now goin... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:29:05 EST Friday Morning sunshine It is another bright sunshiny start to the day on the Gulf Coast. I have to clean bathrooms this morning. My wife is still struggling with her dermal issues. I had a great visit with the oral surgeon who informed me that he will be seeing me again in February to uncover the area and place a ca... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:29:03 EST These 16 Puppies In Wheelchairs Will Melt Your Heart <link><BR>uppies-in-wheelchairs-will-melt-your-h<BR>eart?utm_source=freekibble&utm_medium=cpc </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Too sweet! <em>247</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:19:00 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:16:32 EST it's friday the weekend is here! hurray! the weather here today is calling for lots of wind, warm temperatures and rain in the later afternoon. my daughter and i are ready for it. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a great day, everyone and a terrific weekend! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:16:16 EST 9/21/18 If <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place." Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:13:10 EST Spoiler...Teach Thomas S. Monson <BR> Children learn through gentle direction and persuasive teaching. They search for models to imitate, knowledge to acquire, things to do, and teachers to please. Parents and grandparents fill the role of teacher. So do siblings of the growing child. In this regard, I offer fou... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:11:07 EST Life's Little Instructions #19 19. Say "Thank you" a lot. <BR> <BR> I'd prefer to tweak this one - Say "Thank you" more. I believe that we can never say it enough. <em>304</em> <BR> I recently read an article about saying thank you instead of I'm sorry. It has worked for me as I've tried it. I like it! <em>244</em>... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:10:44 EST Day 96 - Pull yourself back up <img src=""> Any time clouds settle over you, pull out this list and repeat the five steps. Keep the list handy and if you need it, do the steps daily for a while. <BR> <BR> 1. Write out your plan for the five steps.... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:10:08 EST 207.4 Night bike ride in Fairmount park, 3 IPAs Thursday Had a great ride at night along the Kelly Drive in Philly. Kind of a reward for myself after taking my sister to her doc appointment in the afternoon, and cleaning up her house re tree work for the trash the next day. Didn't get home till midnight. <BR> Got up at 6 AM Friday biked t... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:00:43 EST GOYBAD I was puzzled when I saw this BLC acronym. "Get off your butt and dance!" Hmm... I don't dance much, but I do remember doing aerobics to popular 80s tunes. So here is a small collection of the ones I remember: <BR> <BR> Physical - Olivia Newton-John <BR> <link> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:58:21 EST Happy Friday everyone <img src=""> <BR> Happy Friday everyone Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:57:17 EST How to sustain a long term losing program <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looks like this pound will stay lost so I'm chalking myself up at 65 pounds down now in the 9 months I've been working on weight loss and getting healthier. <BR> <BR> That’s quite an achieveme... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:56:15 EST yikes.....time sure flies...lots of ups and downs... After having a successful loss...back in 2013...maintaining thru 2015....the upward swing started. Before you know it - i had gained back everything and more! -Definitely not a good thing! Last year, after realizing how bad i was, - i got myself motivated, lost 55 lbs, started working out..... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:49:17 EST Dh on a mission to catch pests humanly Good Morning; the critters really tore up our front lawn while we were at the funeral. Any ways our beautiful lawn is not so pretty now. It has been under attack for over month. HOA has not been able to get owner of leased house to clean up backyard. I am losing hope the HOA will do anything... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:46:33 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> Glad today is Friday. I hope all my spark friends have a great day. Let's make good choices today and don't let the weekend ruin your goals. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:46:17 EST my disappointment means I need to evaluate what I am doing Utter disappointment so time to examine some things. <BR> Last week I did end up jumping on the scales...I convinced myself that I needed a real marker for a starting place. <BR> I weighted myself today and I am up 5 pounds. <BR> So I have failed....again. time to figure out what I can do to i... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:37:45 EST Mini Challenge Week 38: 5 Days - 50,000 Steps: Day 4 Monday: 12,040 <em>248</em> <BR> Tuesday: 10,060 <em>248</em> <BR> Wednesday: 10,278 <em>248</em> <BR> Thursday: 8,336 <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Ended yesterday below my goal, however, I did go for my morning walk. <BR> A medium size hike of about 7 miles is scheduled for tomor... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:29:21 EST Frenzied Friday Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends - busy day with 6 appointments plus travel to do today. Thanks for your support and I hope to drive by fattening fast food places with out stopping. Still craving chocolate 🍫 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:27:57 EST The fall fight is on It's official. I have once again found myself entering fall and battling to keep the weight from sliding. New 7-day running average of the scale weights set this morning despite increased nutritional intake over the past month with a more marked increase in the past week. <BR> <BR> Nutritional... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:24:28 EST September 21st I was quite pleased and surprised that I lost half a pound which is pretty amazing after all the excesses of last weekend. Woohoo! <BR> I've been to the Hospital today for my pre-surgical Assessment. It's all getting very real now! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:23:36 EST Day 242 - Vision board and crushing goals I've been reaching some of my short term goals so it was time to make a new vision board. Gotta keep crushing those goals. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:00:33 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> Be gentle, be kind, be patient of/with Yourself. 💝 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:58:45 EST Happy Friday ... well -- it came to putting my foot down, but I feel good today !!!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:57:45 EST Blessings of God... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all Blessed Day and Weekend ahead... <BR> <BR> We all have much to be thankful for, everyday there are abundant blessings from God for us to enjoy. <BR> <BR> Let's Look to Je... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:56:57 EST Bible Verse for Today But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 3:15 NIV Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:55:29 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:54:46 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:50:37 EST Day 251: Feel the Burn Fast: 5-Minute Abs Workout You’ll have a ‘ball’ following along with this short and effective core workout. <BR> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> 5-Minute Beginner Abs Workout with Ball <BR> <BR> <link><... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:49:18 EST My therapist sent us food My therapist's mother has sent us dinner very kind of her Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:41:44 EST Convention in Chicago. A man had to attend a large convention in Chicago. For this particular trip, he decided to bring his wife. When they arrived at their hotel and were shown to their room, the man said: “You rest here while I register – I’ll be back within an hour.” <BR> <BR> So, his wife lies down on the bed…and... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:40:10 EST Food photos, 21st September Breakfast: veggie sausage sandwich with brown sauce, tea <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: tofu and veg curry (mushrooms, carrot, cabbage, onion, tofu, fresh coriander) <BR> <img src=" Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:34:38 EST The Donut Anonymous group! <img src=""> <BR> I sorta look like this--my shape-- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I need to look like this-- <BR> I walked over that bridge this... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:33:56 EST Food report, 21st September Three weeks into September, and blogging my food choices each day has been a really positive experience for me. Much more effecting than tracking my food. <BR> <BR> This morning was different - I woke up around 7.30am, which is late for me, and it was still dark outside - very windy, with rain... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:31:51 EST Yep <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:28:40 EST Placing the Blame <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <BR> Don't blame God for your lack of success. <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em>100</e... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:18:15 EST This is us... <img src=""> <BR> I think I'm a bit guilty of this too. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sounds about right to me... <em>100</... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:06:06 EST Making yourself heard Yesterday's blog on the "experiment of one" drew some great comments -- always the best part of a blog!. How does each of find the balance point between the nutrition program that best supports our individual maintenance needs AND the family/social obligations to "share food"? Very often, it's t... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:02:02 EST International Peace Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always September 21st <BR> <BR> International Peace Day seeks a global cessation of violence and war. Each year on this day, celebrations are held in hundreds of countri... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:57:21 EST Friday lunchtime I am done at work for the week now. <BR> Yesterday was a 9 hour day and today a 5 hour day. I am rarely at work past 1pm on a Friday anyway but today, I have to wait in for someone to fix my bathroom door as it won't close and the handle is missing. The electrician is coming too, to fix and repla... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:56:35 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 18 I can get all the things I don't like to do but have to (mopping, scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming) done more efficiently. <BR> <BR> When I don't have energy it can take me all day to do what I have to do. I don't have any time for fun activities. <BR> <BR> When I am living life zestfully, I get... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:52:53 EST Core Strength Yesterday mom, DH and I took a walk on a trail for 30 min. It’s one with outdoor fitness equipment. I wanted to try one where you jump up and hang and then put your legs out a a 90 degree angle. <em>319</em> At 230 lbs I was afraid I’d have difficulty just holding my body up off the ground. I ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:44:18 EST Friday Finished exercise. Statement of the day "kids will be the death of me".... So much drama. Have a good Friday. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:43:11 EST The place you always wanted to be....Sept. 21st <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:40:29 EST 9/21/18 Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities. Frank Lloyd Wr Quote of the Day <BR> Applause is a receipt, not a bill. <BR> Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving. <BR> Cyril Connolly <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> A painting that is well composed is half finished. <BR> ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:33:01 EST The 21st Night Of September A blog just because, it's September 21st and I feel like dancing! <BR> <BR> Turn it up: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Our hearts were ringing, in the key that our souls were singing, as we danced in the night..." <BR> <BR> TGIF my Spark friends. Go... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:30:46 EST Thank Goodness It's Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank goodness Friday is here. The end of the work week for most and P-A-R-T-A-Y time for others. For us it is time to kick back, relax, refuel, and rejuvenate. A time to de-compress from al... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:29:46 EST ~Welcome to Today~ a ~FUNtastic~ Friday ~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>573</em> <em>554</em> <em>574</em> <em>554</em> <em>573</em> <em>554</em> <em>574</em> <em>554</em> <BR> <em>554</em> ~~Waving Hi~~ & ~Wishing You~ <BR> ~a F... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:27:35 EST JOSEPH, THE HORSE OF MANY COLORS <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:26:33 EST Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> World Gratitude Day <BR> World Gratitude Day is an annual international celebration that is held every September 21st. You might have noticed over the past month that a number of people on... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:24:43 EST 9/21/18 workout Swimming: 300 free warm up 4x25 stroke count 10x100 free, on 2:00 3x200 free, focus on technique 4x500 free, on 10:00 200 IM 200 free cool down Total: 4400yd Core: 4x25 crunches 2x60s planks 4x25 leg throws 2x60s streamlines Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:19:46 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>211</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:13:23 EST No motivation Well, the past few weeks. I have no motivation for anything. Today I feel sick I wish I could have a break. Have two kid appointments that can’t reschedule or would. I am glad it is Friday. <BR> <BR> Have a great day and great weekend Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:05:44 EST Girl talk <img src=""> <BR> One by one we started arriving at Denver International Airport..sheer excitement as we picked each other out among the crowds of people. Hit Wendy's carefully selecting reasonable options then we spli... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:52:33 EST #16 Travelling I am at the airport, and at the gate nice and early (7:30) for a 9am flight. I stopped for a breakfast of veggie omelet with toast and potatoes. Left half of it on the plate. <BR> It is a good start. <BR> <BR> I will get some snacks for the plane. <BR> <BR> Also, I will do puzzles and play... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:48:13 EST Lesson for Today I have learned that each set-back and plateau is a temporary state (and I have to keep reminding myself daily that I know this). The challenge is to accept it and find a way through it. Each challenge is a gift from God to learn something new and trust more in Him. His plan for me is to prospe... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:43:41 EST Welcome to my Sparkpage! Let's Get Rolling Good morning Sparks, and welcome to my page! I was a member of this community many years ago back when I belonged to Sparkteen, but here I am again, ready to share my experiences and thoughts with you all. <BR> <BR> All of my life, I have struggled with proper, healthy eating habits. From the ag... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:39:27 EST Puerto Rico is still heartbreaking The interior doesn’t appear to have been helped at att, stick shacks for “Americans” to live in, falling down roads, still no power. What a disgrace. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:34:05 EST Friday I realized after the 2nd week of not losing that I have lost my groove. It seems like since my vacation and my friend dying that I haven't been able to pull myself together. Well that's gotta stop now and I need to move forward. Working on motivation 😁 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:32:39 EST FRIDAY THOUGHT <BR> <BR> If you attempt to rob a bank, you won't have any trouble with <BR> rent/food bills for the next ten years, whether you are successful or not. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:29:55 EST Today is my BUHTHday From Paul McCartney - singing in Tokyo - I just LOVE how he shouts out BUHTHday! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And I am gonna have a good time. Not exactly sure what we'll do but I am sure there will be cake. Yes! <BR> <BR> And there has been moveme... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:26:43 EST Deer Strike Earlier this week, Monday evening I believe, a deer struck the hood of my car. As I am reflecting and calming down after this incident, I am feeling extremely grateful. <BR> 1. My air bags didn't implode. <BR> 2. It is only superficial damage. <BR> 3. He didn't come thru my windshield or my... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:20:37 EST TGIF Well it felt like a long week to me and I'm glad Friday is finally here. <BR> Hope everyone has a great Friday and an even better weekend! <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:39:55 EST Friday Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! It’s the weekend again! Let’s stay focused and healthy! Here’s to a great one ! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:37:04 EST Verse of the Day 1 Peter 4 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 😀SMILE GOD LOVES YOU ❤️ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:36:12 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Live <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:33:12 EST Thursday Friday Another day with only a little homework which was nice because mama actually had it all done when I got home from work because she was home early with the kids which freed up after dinner time or outside time. Hopefully no homework today so we can just have fun this weekend. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:31:41 EST Keep it simple, day at a time Friday Reading Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity by Catherine Whitmire. As a Quaker might say, “This Friend speaks to my condition.” I’ve been working my way through the house simplifying belongings as well as simplifying my commitments. Simplifying food intake fits right in. <BR> <BR> Lunch... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:28:21 EST 35th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: eat the rainbow! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> tomatoes <BR> red pepper <BR> pumpkin <BR> carrots <BR> yellow pepper <BR> corn <BR> green pepper <BR> fresh coriander <BR> celery <BR> beetroot <BR> red onion <BR> black beans <BR> mushrooms <B... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:21:20 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-9-21-2018 <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:13:33 EST A Man Hates His Wife's Cat, So He Decides To Get Rid Of It A man absolutely hated his wife's cat and decided to get rid of him one day by driving him 20 blocks from his home and leaving him at the park. As he was getting home, the cat was walking up the driveway. <BR> <BR> The next day he decided to drive the cat 40 blocks away. He put the beast out and... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:03:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 21, 2018 September 21, 2018 GROWING UP ISN’T EASY <BR> <BR> We all grow up physically. It just happens. However, to grow up spiritually, we need God. It isn’t easy to do the right things. It requires intentional living. To grow up spiritually, we need to see what we can learn in life and how God wants us... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:56:36 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=9/21/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src="">Jesus <img src="">And they that know ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:33:47 EST Rightside up in today’s world Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “But when the Helper comes whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you will also bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning” (John 15... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:33:01 EST Our Team Works! <img src=""> <BR> Just look what we created for Open House! Two large wall murals created by students at JFES! For the past two weeks, they have been working together, coloring, and cutting newts to our murals. The ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:07:49 EST September 21 Galatians 6 Do not grow weary in doing good That is a hard thing to do. There are times when we do a thing or things, all designed to be a form of ministry and there seems to be no progress, or no appreciation. It's discouraging and frustrating but don't stop. You started for a reason, maybe reevaluate what that reason was. Am I doing this... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:02:37 EST Keto (3) OK - been tackling my weight loss with the keto way of eating. I am close to the end of my 4th week. I keep saying I'm going to try some recipes, but I never get to them. <BR> <BR> I am still having some difficulty in planning out my meals for the day - seems I always want more protein than I ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:55:24 EST Yes!! Why does this happen?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:24:12 EST time to wake up <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=PL7sBCGkQNm0CQcGjZdovHlOZhKms36E_2 </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:10:03 EST Willingness vs willfulness I wrote a blog about a different kind of willingness, or rather a specific application of willingness, a few days ago. I thought I would talk about the difference between willingness and willfulness tonight. What is the difference really? They look and sound very similar. But actually they ar... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:55:22 EST Friends and family: How to deal with diet saboteurs..More advice from the Mayo Clinic. <BR> Don't let those closest to you unravel your weight-loss plan. Stay on course in any situation with this advice. <BR> <BR> <BR> Often, the people you spend the most time with — your family, friends and co-workers — may create high-risk eating situations for you. This could be an intentiona... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:53:54 EST Never Say Never I spent most of my life involved with nature: hiking, fishing, rafting. doing trail maintenance, as assistant to my late photographer husband. Since I've been sick these last few years, gradually losing my independence , I have not become depressed but more PISSED OFF at what I can no longer ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:24:56 EST I'm back! It's been five years since I was using Spark. I've definitely put weight on! I'm so glad to be back! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:07:16 EST Day 264: It’s Cool and Crisp <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumblebee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your d... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:46:01 EST Alone time. Loving it! (Thursday) This is for Thursday. It is nearly 2:30 a.m. but still Thursday to me. My hubby and kids left very early this morning to go to the mountains for the annual fishing trip. They really rough it up there far from civilization and in tents, sleeping on the ground in sleeping bags. They love it. My hus... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:33:10 EST Let's try this again..... I hate when my day is going well and then I sabatoge myself. Yesterday I decided I needed to start a fast ~~ more about religious reasons. I am trying to grow in my walk with Christ. Well, yesterday was good. I stayed on track with my fast. I did my Bible studies. I was fine until....someone in m... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:27:00 EST And day three Could be hairy. <BR> Long drive in rotten weather. <BR> Stress is my normal trigger <BR> Come on Nan you can do it Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:56:39 EST FitProgress - Day 8 - Treadmill - Power Walk Spent more time power walking than jogging today, but it’s just what I felt I needed, so my time was slower, but honestly not by all that much really. Still pushed myself more than I set out to do. Spent a little more time on yoga today too, to stretch out more and make up somewhat for yesterda... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:51:56 EST 9-20-18 One of the members of my book club asked us to think about happiness. what makes us happy. What do we think happiness is. I think it is a state of being. I think there is no thing or event or person who can make us happy by either its presence or its absence. I can't base happiness on a thing, ev... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:35:12 EST Note to self: read this on bad days I am putting this here to remind me of this great choice I made today. <BR> <BR> For lunch, my co-workers threw a surprise birthday party for me. I ate cheese fries and a frappuccino and a bunch of candy. <BR> <BR> That wasn't the great choice. <em>20</em> The great choice was not making one... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:24:21 EST Some very good news. My sister-in-law was in the hospital for three days. My husband called his brother to see if she had been released and he told us that she was home sleeping. She was over-medicated and that was the cause of her feeling like she wanted to die. She has to get blood work done on Monday and they w... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:20:14 EST Hurting today I had a rough day today. I had a lot of pain and not much sleep. :( Hoping for a much better day tomorrow. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:05:02 EST Made It <img src=""> <BR> I made it to 9,000 steps without too much effort ( errands ). Tomorrow, I'm going into beast mode!!! Oh, & my Birthday continues... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:53:35 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR FRIDAY ALL THAT THRILLS MY SOUL <BR> <BR> You thrill me, Lord, with all You have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. <BR> Psalm 92:4 <BR> <BR> Earlier this year a thrill seeker in the United Kingdom became the... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:40:21 EST Cats ;-) 09/20/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cats & Boxes <BR> <link> </link> <BR> When I have a delivery, I usually place any boxes in my livingroom/ dining area. Any cat I've ever had Loves boxes. H... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:38:19 EST #523 Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday is a day to enjoy the friendships you have. Let's make this another friend's day. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:35:24 EST Weather Another nice day here in San Diego. It was overcast in the morning and cool in the afternoon. It is 66 outside and 72 inside. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:19:12 EST Catechism in a Year <BR> <BR> <BR> 293. When is it possible to give Holy Communion to other Christians? <BR> <BR> Catholic ministers may give Holy Communion licitly to members of the Oriental Churches which are not in full communion with the Catholic Church whenever they ask for it of their own will and possess... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:19:05 EST Special Blessings-September 21, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> I am still fighting this cold, but I had several blessings throughout the day. <BR> <BR> 1. Jim was working at the store this morning, so I spent it curled up with my book. <BR> <BR> 2. I did a load of whites and of towels this after... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:07:27 EST Hot Coffee and Grand-kids..................... This was sent to me by a good friend who has 13 Grand-children............11 of them are teens!!! <BR> <BR> I was eating breakfast with my teen age Granddaughter and asked her, "What special day is it tomorrow?" <BR> <BR> Without skipping a beat, she said, "It's U.S. Congressman's Day!" <BR> <... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:57:05 EST Dorothy's Journey: Chapter 76 - The Story of Padre Pio Torn away from being fit, healthy and organized, Dorothy started her journey back. <BR> <BR> After a busy day at work, Dorothy was excited to see a movie about Padre Pio, a monk that had the signs of the stigmata and his journey through life. It was a long movie, but an amazing true story ab... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:41:47 EST National Punch Day SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL PUNCH DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL FRIED RICE DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> PEPPERONI... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:40:28 EST 9/20/18 - Bedtime It got really hot this afternoon. On the ride home from work, the "L" car's A/C was not working. It was good and steamy, but I survived. <BR> <BR> This morning I dug out another short sleeve top, and I was glad to have it. <BR> <BR> It's a good thing the dentist's office left a reminder on my... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:39:48 EST 9/20/18 Made the best of a bad day today. For some reason sleep escaped me last night. I tossed and turned until after 1:30 a.m. and then woke up at 3:30 for bathroom break, and then couldn't fall back to sleep. Gemini heard me and started whining, so I got up so he didn't wake Margaret up. I laid ba... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:28:49 EST Pastors Appreciation Week <img src=""> My Pastors appreciation week services have been a true blessing in my family’s lives. We love our church and our lovely anointed Pastor!! Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:08:49 EST Got the treadmill in today!! <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:06:47 EST SWEATEMBER, DAY 20!! A Full Out Rest Day Thursday’s Throw: The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.~Franklin Jones <BR> <BR> Happy National pepperoni Pizza Day, National Punch Day & National String Cheese Day!! <BR> <BR> What is a dog's favorite pizza?~PUParonni... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:54:19 EST almost friday it is getting closer Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:50:03 EST Change Takes Change I've been sugar free since September 1st, 2018. My goal is to be sugar free for life. <BR> <BR> Here's what's helping me succeed: <BR> <BR> 1. Posting pictures of ALL the calories I consume on SparkPeople Community Goal Feed to get POSITIVE FEEDBACK!! This is SO helpful to stay on track, knowi... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:45:33 EST September 20th Today was to be my "stay home..go nowhere..relax " day. <BR> I was just fixing a nice breakfast and getting ready to set down to eat. <BR> When I heard the tap tap of decided to dash out to do chores before eating. <BR> I was still in my pj's..but have gone out to feed in them befo... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:37:21 EST 2018 Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment Oh man, I am so excited!!! I just joined the facebook page for the Turkey Trot sponsored by It is going to be a 10k - so I'll be incorporating my training for running a 10k with the 5% challenge exercise commitment. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:27:55 EST Hard days work But the quit is done. I'll get photot's in the morning. Of course there is a different cat on the keyboard table tonight. This one is not as cooperative as last nights. Peanut will lay between the keyboard and my front and push the keyboard off. <BR> <BR> Food got a little weird today sin... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:08:17 EST Lentils I haven't had any in awhile forgotten how wonderful they can be, loving the Fall feeling in the air. Starting to plan next months food prep, going to add lentils, yams and acorn squash, maybe some butternut too. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:58:31 EST Time to Think Thursday " The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it , understand it, learn from it and change .So that every new moment is spent not in regret , guilt, fear or anger, but in wisdom understanding and love," Jennifer Edwards <BR> <BR> So when you look back try to do so with ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:46:22 EST Tomorrow starts my journey.. Medical issues are hindering my weight loss.. I have no clue on what to eat or what not to.. This will nonetheless be the slow start back to me. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:46:09 EST .. Day 263/365 I got in a 4.5 mile walk today ! <BR> <BR> It took me a little over 2 hours too .. <BR> <BR> It was hard to track it as my new rubbish .. err sorry - refurbished phone wasn't working .. <BR> <BR> Half way through the walk .. I was able to take a quick break before carrying 16 pounds for the ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:45:25 EST Day 4536 - Farewell Teresa :( It is with great sorrow that I share with you the loss of Teresa Tapp, the creator & founder of T-Tapp exercise program. The following was posted to FB earlier today. <BR> <BR> To our customers, families, trainers, community members, and friends of T-Tapp: it is with great sadness that we inform... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:45:00 EST My 30 day changes-Day five Up early again to work out, it was storming outside so I did a 4 mile walking video, got some laundry done. After work we took the dogs for a longer walk than we originally set out to do! Yay us! Then after dinner I got my weight training in. <BR> I am still sore and I now have blisters on my big... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:18:01 EST Blog Post #1: An Introduction <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is me (and my cute pup!). <BR> <BR> At my heaviest I weighed in at 190 which at 5' 0" is way too much. I'd been trying to lose weight on and off for 10 years but that number was a big wak... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:06:34 EST Hydrated! First full day! I’m more hydrated than I have been since Can’t Even remember. Didn’t realize I wasn’t drinking enough water until I began keeping track. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:04:55 EST Thursday means the week is coming to a close Be thankful for each day and count your blessings each day! Yesterday's disaster is today's "one more challenge to overcome". Still annoyed, but with administration backing me up, I suspect that I'll be okay. I am trying to let it go and moving forward, but it just might be the straw that breaks... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:01:39 EST September 20, 2018 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> First up - happy birthday to my hubby! <BR> <BR> I got the boys out the door this morning and had about an hour before I headed out. Off to Des Moines I went with my super sore feet. I got to the podiatrist's office and felt like I waited forever. It didn't help that I... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:51:36 EST Day by day Just got another TV. Now our microwave that we just got went out. SNAP! What next? Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:49:17 EST Pain Nothing says "lovin" like a camera going somewhere it had NO BUSINESS being Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:42:00 EST Today I'm grateful for Surprises! I have to be honest here - I haven't been feeling a whole lot of gratitude today. It's been raining, sometimes really heavy rain accompanied by thunder, lightening, and tornado watches, since the minute I got up today. That means no walk - and Daisy's not too happy about that. <BR> <BR> As muc... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:37:28 EST Today Busy day for me. Between the doc appts. and shopping I am tired. I hope all of you had a great day. I am watching a pre-recorded show of Master Chef and it is storming out tonight. I hope it does not rain tomorrow. My exercise will be done at the fair. Gotta get extra rest tonight for that. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:37:13 EST HOW IF (INTERMITTENT FASTING) HELPED ME LOSE 57 POUNDS So far I have lost 107 pounds. Many have ask me how I did it. Overall it started with prayer and limiting my calories, among other things. However, the last 57 pounds have when lost by following an eating lifestyle called IF or Intermittent Fasting. Following is some of my story. Do your own ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:35:46 EST real estates need to remember and this is not our listing agent bût one who wants to sell it lol <BR> <BR> do not call for an appointment at six pm to show ones house an hour later. people are cooking or eating dinner <BR> <BR> when an appointment is scheduled for half past three to half past four, do not call at one thi... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:32:57 EST Saying goodbye .. For now. I was BLESSED to meet the best man on this planet 3 years and 4 months ago. We were perfect together. And neither of us wanted to be apart. My happy place was with him..and his was with me. Saturday, suddenly and unexpectedly, Andrew died. I can't bring myself to care about moving toward with S... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:32:44 EST Thursday Fasting Cardio (09/20/18) <img src=""> Thursday Fasted Cardio: Walking at Home. (with Leslie Sansone) Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:30:33 EST Thursday 9/20/18 I am grateful for my life. <BR> I am grateful for my nice walk this morning. <BR> I am grateful for my home. <BR> <BR> I love my life <em>390</em> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:29:35 EST Follow-Up to Car Shopping.... What else could go wrong?! Original Post here : <link><BR>ublic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6<BR>521358 </link> <BR> <BR> Very, very condensed version, I bought a new vehicle so I could give my sister my car. <BR> <BR> So, I went and bought my van. Absolutely LOVE it! I still ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:25:49 EST Look for people that have had long term success. I see a lot of successful weight loss stories on Spark. I also see people setting themselves up for failure. Weight loss is a marathon not a sprint. It is not about how many calories you are putting in your mouth today. It's not about jumping on some diet bandwagon because people are doing it and... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:17:36 EST Bye-bye Weight Watchers, I really think that is what is going to happen. I am failing Weight Watchers! I also don't care very much. I care about weight loss, but I think WW is crazy for me personally, with my medical diet restrictions, the fact that I go to food pantries, AND I chose to be vegetarian (primarily) and hope to be eating vegan soon. I got down to 141 by... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:05:29 EST 2500 mile goal Hot today with less humidity dude to a Nice breeze. Down to 5 hens now but I now get 5 eggs per day in multiple colors of blue to green one lays a brownish egg with dark speckles. Great tasting with a deep yellow yolk. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:02:01 EST 9/20: Getting Motivated while Sick & Accountability Partners <img src=""> <BR> 9/20/18 Thursday. It's my day off & I woke up with a Bad Cough. What a Bummer!!! <BR> <BR> Although tempted to just "Sleep All Day," I decided to watch some Inspirational YouTube Videos & Check ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:47:45 EST Rain? The weather guys are predicting possible flooding rain in Oklahoma Friday and Saturday! <BR> We can use some rain just not flooding. Everyone stay safe and enjoy their Friday!! ((HUGS)) Luv Y'all!! Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:46:13 EST Week Four of Back to School I am getting used to waking up in the morning, getting ready and all that goes along with going back to school/work. I gained weight this past week. I am so upset it is unbelievable. I am really not sure what I did wrong unless it was the wine I had with my friend the night before. I was so d... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:39:25 EST Ouch! Took a Tumble Today! When my hubby was working in the back fields yesterday, he found a cherry tomato plant high on a pie of fill. Late this afternoon I decided to walk to the back and pick tomatoes for our dinner. Maybe I am not as agile as I used to be because I soon tumbled down the hill. I was just glad that t... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:32:24 EST 9/20/18 All green and achieved my steps per hour goal today. Got in a great Back/Triceps and 20 min incline treadmill walk this morning. Tomorrow's workout plan is Cardio(20 min incline treadmill walk and 15 min stair master)/4 or 5 abs exercises. Won't know until sometime on Saturday my work schedule fo... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:21:22 EST My Family needs a New Year This has been a rough year for my family. <BR> We have lost four family members during this year. Three of the four lost were my SIL's aunt, father, and grandfather. <BR> My sister lost her battle to cancer. <BR> My daughter's house was run into by a car in April and they are still not back ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:12:16 EST Thursday We got some heavy rain along with thunder during the night and more heavy rain this morning. After lunch the sun came out and the humidity climbed up and the AC came back on. <BR> <BR> We had coffee hour this morning, Glo had made biscuits and sausage gravy, she also had a container of mixed dou... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:05:13 EST Menu Made Although it took a little bit of time, I have my menu made, shopping list printed and am ready to go home and check off what I currently have in the pantry. I used to have menus in an Excel spreadsheet but when I looked at them they were all riddled with foods I don't eat any longer. Now I am usi... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:47:10 EST Our adventure after the tire adventure <img src="">We head out from the BIG O parking lot and headed to the park for the afternoon to late to start the hike its almost noon and the like is 15 miles away and then a boat ride to the trails. <BR> W... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:40:55 EST Happy Thursday we left Klamath Falls Oregon, we had a wonderful visit with the kids and grand kids... <BR> we are on the road to Utah, where we will stay for about a week exploring the National Park, we were there last year but did not see everything we wanted too.. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:29:07 EST Second time around <img src=""> <BR> Took 30 days off maintenance did not work out for me doctor mad at me put on 6 lb in 30 days. It's not easy and I walked away from SparkPeople shame on me but I'm back knee support and I know the fami... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:24:27 EST Thursday... <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:19:49 EST WOW... why are you here? I just read a very interesting blog. The lovely person made comments about hating to post to SP because she did not want input. They had no interest in people mentioning what they might be doing, or how they found success in meeting goals. They then crow'd about their weight loss and how they did... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:05:44 EST Wasn't expecting that... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the things that really frustrated me last year when I was weighing 287 was not finding bras that fitted. <BR> <BR> The problem was I was a breast measurement of 56, probably a C/D cup w... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:50:39 EST I hate you evil plateau It’s been a week..and the scales won’t it because I am maybe not as strict on myself? A chip here a slice of cake over there an extra bit of lamb - too many carrots. I have my doctors appointment today :( I feel like I know what he is going to say - protein sources must be eggs, chicke... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:48:36 EST 21ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER.....WOW My Friday today and I am getting ready to go to WW to WI... <BR> Not sure what i will expect to see given the journey my scales have been on over the last 2 weeks.... <em>39</em> .. <BR> But thats ok....somewhere along the line I need to start maintaining..which I actually am....and not get hun... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:47:03 EST Achieve Goal Set & Not Realize It Was on elliptical today and at 30 mins saw over 2700 strides. I completely missed seeing me accomplish 2500 strides in 30 mins that I had set. And I was watching RPMs. I don't know how long ago I started holding steady at 47 rpms but 7 mins into exercise I was there and maintained it the entire... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:30:01 EST Walking through the grass I go swimming three days a week. Today I decided I will take a walk through the pasture on the other days. I was looking through some paper work from doctor visits and seen I had gained 2 pounds I. Two months, I find that totally unacceptable. I need to lose at least twenty pounds to wear some of... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:22:32 EST How blessed am I? A friend of mine turned up the other day with about 7kg of cat biscuits for my feline family. A friend of hers - Pat, runs a shop that is a couple of doors along from a pet shop. The pet shop couldn't sell the food due to damaged packaging so Pat said "oh I know someone who could make good use ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:18:07 EST Spoiler...Adversity Koichi Aoyagi <BR> The trials of this earth—including illness and death—are a part of the plan of salvation and are inevitable experiences. It is necessary for us to “hold on [our] way” and accept our trials with faith. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:16:39 EST Day 24 SAS(1724) Flexibility Intermittent fasting has been a whole new learning process. Today I discovered great flexibility to intermittent fasting. I had my whole meal plan planned out and recorded last night right at 2000 intake. However today I remembered I have this huge 24 ounce piece of fish I needed to get cook... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:11:10 EST Dance! <img src=""> <BR> (lyrics by Mike Heron) Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:07:02 EST We are beautiful!! I'm here at work and there's a program called The Doctor's on. I usually tune out the TV but this caught my attention. This BEAUTIFUL woman was on the program. She was sitting there crying. It turned out she didn't like her nose. And I'm telling you, she was so pretty and her nose was just beauti... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:02:09 EST Thursday.... Come on weekend!!!! <BR> <BR> That is all...LOL!!!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> <BR> TTYL Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:58:15 EST Bald Eagle - 9-20-18 Carol Peregoy spotted a bald eagle perched on a branch in a tree near Hahn's Peak Lake: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These birds look so regal as they rest in trees, keeping a sharp eye out for potential snacks! ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:56:01 EST Pumpkin Spice Icecream <link><BR>ztA0rFM </link> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 6 Eggs <BR> 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream <BR> 1 cup unsweet nut or seed milk <BR> 1 can pumpkin <BR> 3/4 bocha sweetener <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp gelatin <BR> 5 tsp pumpkin pie spice <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:38:06 EST Happy Anniversary Today is the anniversary of the day I discovered Spark People fourteen years ago. How well I remember that night. When we first got on the internet, I started looking for help with losing weight. Back on that Monday night, Spark People entered my life for the first time. At the time, my weigh... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:10:40 EST Back to the salt mines One of the beauties of being retired is that when I have a packed weekend, as I did last weekend, I have the option of using weekdays as my weekend. And I did. Monday was already scheduled, so that wasn't part of it: I took Tuesday and Wednesday mostly "off". <BR> <BR> Today, though, it was t... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:08:57 EST UPDATES! First off ... here are my silly boys and the bean! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have been going through th... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:07:36 EST I hate change! I like life to be totally quiet and calm. I do not like things to come up that are unexpected or cause a change in the status quo. My job, before I retired was what some people thought extremely boring but I loved the expected flow of the computer program. Today I made a big change and I am still... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:50:52 EST Brain Recovery Day 4 <img src=""> <BR> It was a rough morning BUT I DID IT. Woke up feeling awful. The migraine of terror was waiting, lurching deep inside my head. I took my time, hours in fact. Warm compress on my neck, meditation usi... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:43:12 EST Thursday afternoon We went to pick out carpet samples this morning. I got an estimate from our measurements and we brought a lot of samples home. I love spending money, just not mine.. alas.. we went to Saginaw and got some bargains at Barnes and Noble,, 70% off a lot of things. <BR> <BR> I am hoping they get ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:39:11 EST What is holding me back? Am I REALLY ready to change? I have been on sparks for many years. I have fallen off the wagon many times. I have started over many times. I am never reaching my goals. Why? I make a plan, one that I think is a good one, I try my best to stick to it. I mess up – I start over. I mess up, I change my plan. I still do n... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:27:35 EST Probably a couple more weeks Well, looks like it'll be a couple more weeks until dad gets home. They had to take him to the hospital yesterday. They thought that he had pneumonia but it wasn't that. He just has fluid build up in his lungs. Maybe today or tomorrow depending on how he takes to treatments, that he'll go back to... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:15:35 EST Success day two Stayed off the sweets. Haven’t munched for the world. <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:09:45 EST September 20, 2018 Today I'm wearing size 14 jeans and size L tee shirt. That from size 18 jeans and size 1X top. My husband and I are cleaning out our closet for a garage sale coming up. I'm happy. I exercised with my daughter this morning, so the day started out great. I keep monitoring calories daily and exerci... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:08:16 EST You are what you eat....Sept. 20th <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:56:20 EST Deciding to recommit to myself I’m back...again...after losing 52 lbs early last year I kept it off for 9 months...then started a new job ang gained almost 30 lbs back in a year! I had already gotten a whole new wardrobe! 🙁 So, since I can barely fit any of my clothes anymore, I decided enough is enough. I recommitted to losi... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:55:24 EST numbers good and bad and hidden I have been slowly increasing my steps, finding ways to add steps everyday. <BR> It has been a long time since my glory days----when I would walk 2 hours and when the weight was coming off of me steadily. <BR> Now I walk less, but I still walk. <BR> Yesterday was my best day, at the end of the ni... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:46:35 EST Day 1940 Gym Day. Still easing back into my normal workout. Did 6 of 6 exercises. Feeling good Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:45:50 EST HAD A GREAT 70TH B-DAY ON THE 14TH. Hi all. Wait a minute..did I just say I turned 70 in the title of my blog? Really? <em>246</em> Well, that's correct. My driver's license says I was born on Sept. 14, 1948. Where did those years go? It seems like only yesterday I turned "sweet 16." Then when I turned 18, I thought I could r... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:29:27 EST Accessing God’s Unmerited Favor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stan... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:29:23 EST Gratefulness as a Motivator Just coming off months of dealing with health concerns. First of all, boy, was I surprised! When told I had these issues, I told the docs they had wrong chart! Guess that earned me a star for denial. I intensely dislike having any illness & generally just keep moving - you know, "if I ignore this... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:17:56 EST Day 263: A Good Lazy Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work." (Ralph Marston) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> I did it again! I w... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:16:23 EST Excuse my absence for these last couple of days!!! I was hit with a bout of malaria. It started on Tuesday afternoon and it hit me like a bolt! At six thirty exactly I took my first dose of Coartem and I shall continue till Saturday. Today, I have been actually sitting down most of the day instead of laying down so it's a good sign. I am feel... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:13:58 EST My Adventure in Spark Land...Day 49 out of 365 days...counselor helped today People inspire you, <BR> or they <BR> drain you ~ <BR> pick them <BR> wisely. <BR> -Hans F. Hanson <BR> <BR> Today I was informed from my counselor that I was looking more fit and in shape! Wow! <BR> <BR> She also explained to me that because my son and I missed so many time together as a fa... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:12:33 EST Sweet Virginia Breeze <img src=""> <BR> It is an absolutely beautiful day 🌞 I have been outside all day Breakfast & lunch was eaten on our deck overlooking the river Planning for dinner out here too! I have done more today than I have al... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:08:13 EST Keep it simple, day at a time Thursday Another few ounces down. I don't care that it's small; it's going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I have only one more Metformin tablet to take tonight. I've been more conscious about what I've eaten this week so that Day 1 Metformin-free won't be very different. I already have breakfast, l... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:42 EST Thursday, and another wet day. <img src=""> <BR> Yep, tomorrow is Friday again, and then the weekend. Don't make to much difference to us, everyday is a work day. Right Ladies, always something to do, from shopping to laundry. <BR> <BR> Well... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:57:51 EST 2018-09-20 set your gender... click on muscle(group) you want to exercise... and voila... check this out. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>website-tells-you-exactly-how-to-work-<BR>any-muscle </link> <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:49:08 EST Rest Today I'm resting Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:40:44 EST Dog and Cat Hang Out When No One’s Looking <link><BR>ypets/archive/2018/09/19/dog-and-cat-h<BR>ang-out-when-no-ones-looking.aspx?utm_<BR>source=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_con<BR>tent=art2&utm_campaign=20180919Z1_NB&e<BR>t_cid=DM238839&et_rid=423265027 </link> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:21:02 EST Healthy Living... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Fantastic Day... Let's Push on & Get Healthy Together... <BR> <BR> When we think about skipping a workout or quitting, let's pull up our boot s... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:13:32 EST Bonus: Black and White Ball <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:13:25 EST Bible Verse for Today Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. <BR> <BR> Psalm 51:12 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:07:06 EST Quote for Today... <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:06:07 EST Why patient’s financial health matters? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Overview <BR> <BR> Healthcare remains one amongst the sole major expenditures wherever long, low-interest payment choices are the exception to the rule. Most shoppers need to pay what they owe ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:02:21 EST Another day and a return home for work laptop Yes, I got to work and realized I did not have my laptop, which I bring home for my telecommute day. But unlike in the past, I didn't aggravate myself over it. It's happened only once or twice before in the years I've been telecommuting. (Just get on with it, Sue Anne!) <BR> <BR> I've been feeli... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:02:17 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Still having hot days here in Ohio. Suppose to cool down this weekend. I like walking or hiking when It's a little cooler. Hope everyone is having a positive day. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:01:34 EST Mini Challenge Week 38: 5 Days - 50,000 Steps: Days 2 & 3 Monday: 12,040 <em>248</em> <BR> Tuesday: 10,060 <em>248</em> <BR> Wednesday: 10,278 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I've been walking every morning so far this week. It helps a great deal as far as my step count is concerned, and I'm on track! Days are still extremely hot around here; mornin... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:54:53 EST Thursday 2 1/2 hours treadmill, walk and yardwork. Watching kids until 4 now. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:35:31 EST Dinner not till 630pn And I’m struggling but I’m trying hard Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:30:16 EST What I learned at the Keto-fasting retreat last weekend Wow! Wow! Wow! <BR> <BR> <BR> I learned so so so much on the keto retreat in Perth Canada. Megan Ramos of Toronto's Intense Dietary Management team (Dr. Fung The Obesity Code) was one of 5 speakers (the rest were talking keto) but all of them were talking about the amazing findings from fast... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:14:53 EST September 20th Well it's time to face the music on the scales tonight. I'm hoping that the excesses of the weekend have been pulled back a bit and the damage isn't too great. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:04:57 EST sept 19 hot hot weather dr appointment went well. He said if I can lower stress, my weight will come off. When I am stressed I eat so unhealthy <BR> changed up medication so far I feel better today. <BR> We are still waining on siding week house payment with refinance yea and truck payment. <BR> we whould order... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:49:12 EST Press Send. Sit with it. <BR> Learn from it. <BR> Write about it. <BR> Thank it. <BR> Hit Send. <BR> <BR> That’s one way to get rid of obsessive thinking. At least it works with me. It also is one way to get rid a mind of clutter. <BR> <BR> If you are constantly going over and over in your head whatever t... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:48:00 EST Choose Persistence..Daily Motivator When you’ve done just enough, do a little more. Soon you’ll be far ahead. <BR> <BR> When you’re making good progress, keep going. Take full advantage of your momentum. <BR> <BR> When you feel like stopping, give yourself an enjoyable break. Then come back to your work with fresh energy and a re... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:28:48 EST TRAINING--AND TIME--September 2018 I started working 3x/week with a personal trainer, 6 sessions ago. I was nervous; he's ex-Marine, and the name of his studio was daunting (it has the word 'forge' in it, and I hadn't thought of myself as something that tough), but he LISTENS, pays attention to what he hears, and is aware of the ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:24:53 EST Residual Pirate Palaver Well, yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but I never left home so I still have quite a bit of built up pirate focus leftover since I didn't use any of it up then. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Are", in... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:23:34 EST One Week in! One week in and loving it! Down 3.2 and super excited. <BR> <BR> So, a little back story. In January of 2012 I stepped into my first Weight Watchers meeting. In July of 2013 I received my 100 lb lose reward. My total loss was 110 lbs. After that, things went a little haywire. My stress l... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:19:37 EST The best foods to eat for psychological well-being are also just the healthiest foods Megan Lee & Joanne Bradbury reprinted, "The best foods to eat for psychological well-being are also just the healthiest foods" <link><BR>s-for-depression-are-also-just-the-hea<BR>lthiest-foods </link> <BR> And listed the following: <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:18:38 EST 2018 WORKING BATTLE ROPES MORE hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had good workout this morning really pushing hard so next 4 months to go down on a1c two points i have to keep going with all this stress it is very hard i have to keep up with three houses my house my aunt and my mom whew it is a job and worry about them glad m... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:18:32 EST Just losing weight is not enough Yesterday I realised that just losing weight, even for health, is not enough to keep me motivated. I need to know where I am going with this. Is there life after the diet? I need a larger goal to look forward to . And I thought about it and found it! As a writer/self publisher, I have long wanted... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:13:23 EST #15. Mistakes That Worked A book I bought for my grandkids, MIstakes that Worked, by Charlotte Foltz Jones, tells how some famous inventions came about because of accidents or mistakes. <BR> <BR> TEA was discovered in 2737 B.C. by a great Chinese emperor named Shen Nung. <BR> "One day, [he] was boiling water outside w... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:01:46 EST Thoughtful Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm blogging early today in hopes that you will find today to be a very Thoughtful Thursday. The thoughts we have first thing in the morning set the stage for how awful or awesome our day can b... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:59:23 EST Catchup Blog I decided to try again....I used to love blogging but since I had such a bad year away I just can't get back into it. I have certainly loved being back at Spark, though it has been hard. I have had to literally learn everything all over. I used to love techy things but now I am having to relea... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:54:28 EST it's thursday i spent some time with my parents the other day and i felt so relaxed the rest of the day. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep,cheep! i will be heading on a long walk in the afternoon. have a great day, everyone! Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:47:57 EST Talking about healthy eating SO this is something that has been bugging me for a long time. I’ve heard people say “you shouldn’t talk to teens about weigh,dieting, etc. Because they’ll end up with a disorder.” And so on and so forth. As a teen I can say that is absolutely not true. Aren’t we supposed to take care of our bodi... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:38:39 EST How I got myself together this week And went from 147.8 142.1 in 3 days. Not kidding! It had to be some water weight but it was there for over a week and would not budge. I lost my diet bet over it and had to fix myself aka get myself back on track. I was in a funk... it happens! The important part is, I put in the effort this... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:35:39 EST Thursday it's a crazy busy day with two dinners at the church and an eye doctor's appointment. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:34:21 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>211</em> It was fun! <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:28:55 EST 9/20/18 World <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it." Buddha <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:28:47 EST Keeping on This last year has been bumpy and I have not gotten on spark a lot. I have been having depression off and on and it is a struggle BUT I have been continuing my transformation and keeping positive.I have also been diagnosed with PCOS and that had me down.I am not going to let it beat me though.For... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:18:49 EST I want this briefcase <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:15:26 EST 207.7 Walked the Forbidden DriveTuesday bike last night 2 IPAs Meet my buddy at Wegmans and had a great lunch: a GBOMB salad and a couple of IPAs. <BR> We walked the Forbidden Drive, no it is not near the Freudian Institute. It is in Fairmount Park. <BR> The Wissahichon Valley part to the park, very beautiful on a rainy overcast day. Last night I wen... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:59:59 EST Thursday, 9/20-Today’s stats <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:59:04 EST Welcome to my Nut house... Thursday 09/20/2018 You know I like sunny September days, right? But... what I love even more than a sunny September day is a rainy September day and the cooler the better! <BR> <BR> Today, it's raining. Should be raining all day! Should also get near 85, too, but I can live with it. <BR> <BR> Slept like a baby ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:58:07 EST Ready!! <img src=""> I am ready to take on this day!! Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:51:48 EST A year from now, you will wish you had started TODAY. How true is this quote? I have it sitting on my desk at work and refuse to flip it to the next daily quote! I no longer want to wish a year from now I would've started today, so I have started today. In fact, I started 2 weeks ago! I'm happy to report that I've been doing great! When I'd typ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:51:00 EST The Land of Hope - Joel and Victoria The Land of Hope <BR> <BR> " flesh also will dwell in hope." (Acts 2:26, ESV) <BR> <BR> Where are you dwelling in your heart today? In other words, what are you expecting to happen in your life? What kind of attitude do you have? If your thoughts are stuck and you’re focused on what’s wro... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:47:34 EST Rightside up in today’s world – Day 15 Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what is a man profited if he... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:43:39 EST Keeping on Keepin' On Just a quick post for the record. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I completed the SparkPeople Sweet Tooth Challenge. I like that challenge because I feel it helps motivate me to manage my sugar cravings. I still have them but I am dealing better with them. I've made a lot of progress: I don't keep ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:42:59 EST Food photos, 20th September Breakfast: Ryvita, ghee, Marmite; stewed plums and soya yoghurt; orange juice <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: beetroot, apricot & cumin soup; wholemeal roll; baked apple <BR> <BR> my soup came out looking ex... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:40:33 EST Food report, 20th September My friend stayed for lunch today - I don't often get the chance to cook for others, and it was really nice. <BR> <BR> Because I knew I was having perhaps an earlier lunch than I'd usually have, I ate a light breakfast. I wasn't really hungry. I had two Ryvita with ghee and Marmite, and 2TB so... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:39:06 EST Whew! Seeing things through... Today's Note: 171.2 second day of the blip down...steadying after prolonged binge. Boy did I freak out! I don't I don't I don't want to regain anymore than this EVER. SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME! After not seeing a middle seven for months and pretty much being nearly 10 pounds lighter since retirem... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:37:14 EST Rough Year <img src=""> <BR> It's been a rough year. Coming up in 1 year here with my new job. Kids are growing up fast. I now have a 2nd, 6th and 9th grader. Wish time would slow down so I can enjoy life with my family more. I h... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:21:50 EST Happy Thursday ... busy weekend coming up !!! WOOHOO !!!! Have a great day ! I'm going to! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:15:33 EST Day 95 - No birthday cake <img src=""> When your next birthday comes, make it part of your healthy plan for the year and celebrate by doing some amazing self-care. It might even make you feel younger instead of a year older! <BR> <BR> 1. Locat... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:08:57 EST Thursday dental day It is another very warm sunshiny start to the day on the Gulf Coast. I have the final appointment with my oral surgeon who performed the delayed implant ten days ago to check on the healing process. I am scheduled to have my regular dentist put a tooth on top of it in about five months. I hope... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:08:44 EST Waiting Waiting for somebody to come all dressed & ready waiting for them to get their act together Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:07:48 EST Didn't set the world on fire, but I warmed it up a bit For my fitness tracker, I use a Garmin Vivofit 3, and Garmin users will be familiar with a feature where the software will set a stop goal for you, if you don't designate one. As I rarely met the stop goal I set, which led to my simply ignoring it, I let the fitness tracker to it. So, yesterday, ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:05:18 EST 263 Sushi’s 😳 Weigh in day today!! I lost 1.6 lbs last week which puts me at a total of 11.6 lbs lost since July 17. Looking through weight comparisons I found this and thought it was kinda fun 😁😁 <img src=""> I have lost 263 su... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:00:13 EST Thursday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:53:20 EST Day 250: The Best Move to do When You're Short on Time You can do today’s exercise almost anywhere! <BR> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> Pushups <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises.asp?exercise=63 </link> <BR> <BR> Starting Positio... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:46:48 EST 9/20/18 workout Swimming: 300 free warm up 4x25 stroke count 4x300, 3x400, 2x500 free, focus on technique 200 IM 200 free cool down Total: 4200yd Core: 4x25 crunches 2x60s planks 4x25 leg throws 2x60s supermans/streamlines Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:45:53 EST New walking trail It’s Thursday morning. I woke up about 20 minutes before my alarm. It’s just about time to wake up my oldest daughter. <BR> Yesterdays walk was shorter then what I have been doing. I did go out just not for as long. I took a path near my house that I have never taken before. Very nice, lots... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:39:07 EST Coming or Going? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I think they're facing each other, <em>572</em> <BR> <BR> then I think they're facing me... or maybe they're walking away. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> What do you think? <em>246</em... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:35:48 EST We have a whole new day ahead of us! <img src=""> <BR> This was the temperature , on our deck, just a few days ago-- <BR> This morning , we are about 60 degrees F---way more livable--with a bit of rain! <BR> I walked Tess, the German , (as in dog) this... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:33:05 EST College Momma making it work! This isn't the first time I've been in college, but the first time I've taken it very seriously. And the first time I'm truly enjoying it! ❤ What I'm loving even more is that I'm sticking to my health goals. Along with learning what I need to do next. I've noticed since starting college, I've be... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:27:40 EST THURSDAY THOUGHT <BR> <BR> First you LEARN and then remove the L! Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:26:47 EST 9/20/18 Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Ter Quote of the Day <BR> To begin, begin. <BR> William Wordsworth <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> A woman can be anything the man who loves her would have her be. <BR> James M. Barrie <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> One's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes. <BR> Andrew Wyeth <... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:18:17 EST ~Welcome to Today~ an AWEsome THOUGHTfilled Thursday <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>414</em> <em>345</em> <em>414</em> <em>345</em> <em>414</em> <em>345</em> <em>414</em> <BR> <em>414</em> ~Waving Hello~ <BR> Wishing Y... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:16:44 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 17 I like to "make an entrance!" <BR> <BR> It's easier to "make an entrance" when I am feeling fit and fine. It takes good clothing selection and lots of grooming to have the confidence to enter a room of a hundred or more formally dressed people without feeling shy and awkward. But today at the Se... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:15:06 EST Pepperoni <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> National Pepperoni Pizza Day <BR> Multiple surveys have shown pepperoni to be the favorite pizza topping of Americans, and over a third of the pizzas in the country are topped with it. So ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:12:08 EST Baggage <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:10:23 EST Will You Still Love Me, When I'm 66? Tomorrow is my birthday and that feels like a great time to tweak my routines. Autumn is such a good time to do the fresh start thing - even an autumn when it's as hot and muggy as a Bermuda high in August. Sooner or later we'll get some nippy weather to energize us into action and then - there'... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:58:21 EST Experiment of One I've been thinking about MOLLIEMAC's blog, "Do I Get Enough?" Riffing on the issue of adequate protein -- particularly on a vegan diet. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6528314 </link> <BR> <BR> Her answer? Yes she does. And she's also... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:52:23 EST Choosing to have a good day Good morning Sparklers! I believe it is a good morning. In spite of "dreading" a few things today and in the days to come I have made the choice that it will all be good in some sense. Studies have been done to show how our attitude can affect the outcome of our daily lives. This has been prov... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:47:29 EST National Pepperoni Pizza Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always September 20 <BR> <BR> Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day, a day to celebrate America's favorite variety of pizza.. Almost everybody loves pizza. It is so vers... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:34:57 EST Thursday I learned something today about sweeteners such as agave. They're not much better than sugar. I really had no idea and this is good info to know. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:29:44 EST day of rest and finishing up on some tasks Good Morning; I feel so much more rested and more energized. I am learning to take care of myself each time there is much stress. I am actually getting better at it. I recover faster due to good habits that I have developed. I have learned to take care of myself with a calm environment that ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:27:46 EST Ready for takeoff <img src=""> <BR> Ready for take off... I'm at the airport patiently waiting for my flight...well sort of patiently...I circled the terminal 2 times to pass the time and get in some steps. As I circled the airport I co... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:26:52 EST your daily routine I read an article years back that said “the key to success is in your daily routine.” That statement has been replaying in my head the past few days. I’m in a terrible rut, tired of my routine and that’s when it all started to click in my head. I have to make changes to my daily routine. My ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:17:24 EST Thursday's Crazy I quit my gym this morning because one of the instructors started shouting at me, <BR> "Come on man, you've got to want it! Come on push. You can do it." <BR> <BR> I hate being disturbed when I'm having a dump. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:50:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 20, 2018 September 20, 2018 WE NEED POWER <BR> <BR> We often take electronics for granted. In fact, we even take electricity for granted. We flip a switch or turn on an appliance without a second thought about how it works or how blessed we are to have such luxuries. It’s the same with God. When we don’t... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:44:37 EST Thursday Already Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! Time sure does fly sometimes. When I am exercising early morning and hear about the shootings and all it saddens me. Why can’t people just go to a range if they are that into shooting things? Anyways I am starting to feel a tad bit better but still congested a l... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:43:44 EST .o01. Today may be the first day I'm here. But what brought me here? Why did I decide to join a top rated tracking app? Well, sit tight and enjoy the story. I was always a thin girl. Even a few years after I had my son I was still thin. Then it felt like practically over night I was overweight. Sudden... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:39:02 EST 34th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Stuffed Marrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A marrow is a large squash type vegetable, not sure many countries other than ours eat it? ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:37:19 EST Thankful Thursday Thankful that my wife continues to improve and my children are healthy. <BR> Have a great Thursday. <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:31:08 EST Wednesday Thursday My legs are still sore from the 5K Saturday and then walking around for several hours and then swimming on Tuesday but I enjoyed another casual bike ride yesterday with kids which helps. I need my diet is out of whack again because I have been super crabby in the evenings for like three weeks now... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:31:06 EST PuertoRico Still a disaster. The tourist traps are all rebuilt but the center of the island remains destroyed. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:30:03 EST Today's Haiku Haiku #263 (of 365): <BR> Once upon a time, <BR> she wandered in the forest <BR> and never came out. <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:20:19 EST Week 2 of the BLC challenge is over and.. ..I am both unhappy and happy about how I did. I had like 11 cardio minutes (lol) and I didn't complete the challenges 100%. BUT I'm not giving up and I'm finishing strong with sticking to my plan and that's what matters the most. <BR> <BR> I like what someone said that it's ok to start small. ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:10:20 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=9/20/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">[Jesus is about to come ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:09:46 EST An Old Man Forgets His Name At The Pearly Gates An Old Man Forgets His Name At The Pearly Gates <BR> <BR> <BR> An old man has been standing in line at the pearly gates for so long, when he gets to the front, he can't remember his name for St. Peter to look up in the Big Book. <BR> <BR> Peter doesn't know what to do, so he gets Jesus to help... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:09:03 EST 9-20-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:05:22 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone <em>469</em> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:47:48 EST My Thoughts This AM Organizing/Resetting Super early Good Morning! I got up at 4 with my body and mind saying "it's time to get up!" I'm feeling so much better today! I think the stomach virus is completely gone, my incision site has finally stopped hurting so much (was doing better yesterday but I was too busy to notice much) the only ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:41:53 EST Is It Me? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At the High Holiday service that I went to, there were two more stories that I would like to share with you. Great stories! Who doesn't love storytelling? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:39:37 EST Follow-up on the bad morning....... Had a small chat with the other person regarding the event that ruined my workout yesterday...….I have another idea about this that I didn't bring up at the time but should, as I think this might help to avoid future situations...…. <BR> <BR> Little wonder I can't get out the door to work quickl... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:15:05 EST Mindfulness & Being Present <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes I have been busy living the "would have, could have, should have" thoughts. Living a life of regrets when I think of better ways to handle my life and the problems that arise. Learning to ... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:11:55 EST