SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs The Midweek Update Ok so we are kinda halfway through the week now with it being Wednesday, so just thought I would fire an update on whats what and how I'm feeling thus far with the big changes that this week have brought about. <BR> Firstly . . . I ache like a mo fo ! <BR> Yesterday I must have looked like John W... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:16:29 EST Stay positive Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! I read a great article on Spark about positive self talk. When we talk negatively of ourselves it is very detrimental. I am challenging my Spark people to find a positive thing about you each day. Today mine is i am alive and getting healthier each day! What’s y... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:09:47 EST Hump Day <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:09:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 18, 2018 July 18, 2018 DO WHAT IS RIGHT <BR> <BR> It has been said if we continue to lie or do wrong, we will constantly be covering our lies or trying to remove our guilt. God put rules and laws into effect for a reason. He gave people authority to lead us for a reason. These rules and laws are good fo... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:09:13 EST Wednesday Down to treadmill shortly and then spending day with my BFF! Have a lovely day. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:53:03 EST Wednesday Dealing with some discouraging issues - just when I thought I was getting mentally "unstuck" - life strikes again! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:51:34 EST I lost a Friend <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I went to visit a friend in the nursing home, and she wasn't there. She had passed the night before, and no one had told me the news. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:45:45 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/18/2018 THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">UNTO THEE, O LORD, [Yahw... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:40:49 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No symphony orchestra ever played music like a child laughing with a puppy Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:31:53 EST Still waiting... That little girl is settled in and being stubborn! My niece is going to the Dr. again in a few hours. They may decide to induce, since she's been in "pre-labor" since Friday! <BR> <BR> I'm still going home the day after tomorrow. I brought her bed, sheet, and blankets. She has everything she nee... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:25:56 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #199 (of 365): <BR> He takes her camping <BR> to a tent in the forest. <BR> He thinks it’s romance. <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:20:50 EST July 18 Read Romans 10 Salvation is for all In a world based on performance it's hard to accept exactly what grace is all about. I think of the man who said to Jesus, what must I do to be saved. So many people ask the same question today, although not always verbally. They spend their lives doing "stuff" hoping that it's enough. But it's n... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:06:41 EST Tue 7/17 We recycled paper and plastic before going to qi gong today. The sensei talked about proper breathing. Not sure if we are having our Thursday practice sessions. We will find out soon. We then had lunch and headed down to the base to pick up the grandchildren, dropped them off at Bible Study, and ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:55:37 EST Setting Myself Free... From the scale, that is. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My weight loss has slowed down again but, this time, I am not sweating it. I am exercising, eating properly, and getting in my 12K daily Fitbit goal so I’m ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:44:31 EST Hump Day Funny!! When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. <BR> But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, <BR> making beer.. Always something more important to me. <BR> <BR> Finally she thought of a clever way to m... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:43:49 EST Wed 18 July (59,9kg) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fluffy loves his heights <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:12:50 EST OFF IN THE MORNING Hubby and i are off in the morning to an annual conference that we go to..... <BR> So looking forward to heading away for 4days... <BR> Back Monday.... <BR> Have a great weekend.... <BR> Blessings Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:09:40 EST something completely different Here are some stories that I listen to on the radio growing up. If you get bored go to the last one and start dancing <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This one, well husband and wife next door were stage players. She played the piano and he sang this day and night. After the 50th time, you get a little fed... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:33:21 EST Something is Happening <img src=""> <BR> Something is happening, I tell ya!!!! I put on favorite boyfriend jean today and they just pulled right on up. Did not have to wiggle. Did not have to worry about sucking my belly in. It was great. <... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:30:23 EST Weight No More: Hungry? Desire? Cravings? <BR> Quick Announcement: <BR> I set up a Spark Team and would like invite you and all your friends to join. It is a weight loss team, a place to set and track weight loss goals with various target dates. <BR> So far I have only posted 2 goals (a micro goal and a mini goal)—but there will be mor... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:46:57 EST THOUGHTS Well, I was under so much stress while Hubby in hospital I was not aware of a lot at times. Last night I was sitting here and remembering about things. We are not of thf the Catholic faith but the hospital is. They asked if we would mind if Chaplin came by to talk with us. Hubby said yes. We... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:44:54 EST DEALING MINION STYLE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I've been out of sorts this last week but have had much to deal with. Not making excuses just stating a fact. I have peeked in and am trying hard to keep up with all my challenges. Won... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:34:20 EST If <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:23:17 EST 7-17-18 Today I an grateful it didn't get as hot as t was forecast to get. I still would have liked to see rain, not just smell it. It was nice last night. I slept through instead of waking up every so often. Sounds almost like a baby, waking up every two or three hours or so. But that's what I do when i... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:22:56 EST My visual came from the Cardiologist I visited with my Cardiologist the other day for a follow up after having an echocardiogram done, he said he wasn’t surprised to see that my heart was weak with having the A-fib as I do even though it is controlled with medication, but what I am doing to myself with my weight is this: Every morni... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:15:13 EST Skin problem My eczema is improving slowly but she wants me to get my kidneys & liver checked since am using so much medication Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:03:17 EST FINISHED WALKING FOR THE DAY <em>244</em> Made my 12000 steps today. It was hard and I am hurting some now but going to bed soon. <BR> <BR> <BR> Went to Huddle (our Tuesday night) meeting tonight and enjoyed our baked potato dinner. Probably went a little over but I'll do better tomorrow. <em>367</em> my weak p... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:45:48 EST Tomorrow is the day dreading it but looking forward to it being over Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:38:55 EST Day 1 - The St. Anne Novena Day 1 - The St. Anne Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Great Saint Anne, engrave indelibly on my heart and in my mind the words that have reclaimed and sanctified so many sinners: <BR> <BR> “What shall... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:37:01 EST Did You Shop 'Til You Dropped on Prime Day? It seems to me that the Amazon Prime Day promotion was a bit overhyped yesterday and today... <BR> <BR> But I DID do some shopping for stuff that I was going to buy anyway.... <BR> <BR> Today was just too busy of a day to fully invest myself in shopping online.... I DID get 3/4 mile worth of la... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:31:41 EST Quote of the day "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:30:17 EST New goal I hit my goal, eight years later. But one thing I've learned in those 8 years, never stop. It is a process, and without motivation along with the right mindset, I won't get anywhere. So my new goal is another 20 pounds. 180. Still not the "right" weight for my height, but it's a helluva lot be... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:19:22 EST Weather It was cool all day because it was overcast. It is 69 outside and 73 inside. But it is 84% humid. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:11:19 EST BLESSED With Beauty Yes. Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder, but with so much ugly stuff going on in the world around me I choose to look for the beauty in my life! <BR> <BR> I feel so blessed that I could start my day out with coffee on my back patio while enjoyed all the beauty of my yard and landscape. This ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:10:08 EST Special Blessings-July 18, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I found time to read this morning. I started a new book last night and was anxious to get back to it. <BR> <BR> 2. I had phone calls from my friend Karen and my brother. <BR> <BR> 3. I did some light housecleaning. I'm not sure... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:08:09 EST Dogs ;-) 07/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Xmas in July <BR> <link> </link> <BR> My Doxie opened presents just like this. & seemed to know which ones were his under the Xmas tree. <BR> <BR> <img src... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:59:53 EST One last dinner with the kids And I'm off for home tomorrow. Right now it feels like my vacation was long but I really enjoyed the grands and all the things they can teach me. I'm pretty tired tonight but I'm always glad I visit them. <BR> <BR> Tonight we shared a nice BBQ'd dinner always one of my favorites but not so... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:50:51 EST Dusky Grouse - 7-17-18 Although I've seen grouse in the neighborhood, I've never seen a dusky grouse puffed out like this! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walt Dabberdt caught this fellow - and I'd have to say he's pretty impressive! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:45:44 EST Tuesday July 17th today I made like.... <img src=""> <BR> Managed to get the vanity and mirror trim primed..then went on to the bedroom. I got 3 walls done,,well primed that is. I know there is wonderful paint out there that does not nee... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:45:31 EST Tag it Tuesday! Spent the bulk of my morning at the park with my youngest two girls. We worked in the community garden <em>376</em> : D14 spotted two cucumbers ready to pick while weeding and D11 found a kohlrabi at its peak. Then I watched all the children do improv <em>103</em> . Today was hat day so they ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:41:14 EST Why am I here? Here we are. Yet another weight loss attempt. I'm in my 40s so there have been a few. You may wonder about my name, well, here's my story. <BR> <BR> When I was 38, I had a "dimple" in my right breast. I called it a dent. A divot. Something that wasn't supposed to be there, but it wasn't a lump s... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:36:10 EST Day 8 To the best of my estimates, I only went over my calorie count today by 75 calories. I'll take it because for the first time in a while, I felt full after 1 helping of dinner. Yay! I always go back for seconds, even though I knew better, but tonight I felt full. I started my second week of acti... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:35:30 EST FREEDOM FROM FAT, DAY 17!! July, Wow!! Tuesday’s Temperature: Nothing will work unless you do.~John Wooden <BR> <BR> Happy Peach Ice Cream Day, world Emoji Day, Yellow Pig Day & National Tattoo Day!! Yellow Pig Day is a mathematician's holiday celebrating yellow pigs (is there such a thing!?!), and the number 17. <BR> <BR> Have ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:28:05 EST Tuesday, July 17th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I started the day running a couple of quick errands and then did some paid work before it was time to leave for my massage. Another much needed, relaxing and painful massage!... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:27:04 EST Feeling healthy Feeling healthy to me is not just what I see in the mirror, how I feel in my clothes, or what I see on scale, it's mind, body and soul and im going to work hard to feel healthy again Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:25:24 EST Anytime Trying to cut down on sugar is harder than i anticipated. Never said i would stop, just use less - been O.D.'n the last couple weeks. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:24:47 EST Today was A good day <img src=""> <BR> Today is my first day starting over... and I think I did great! More than met my water goal. Did OK with the food. I could have made some healthier choices. But I did stay within my calorie range. I e... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:23:32 EST "Self Control" <img src=""> <BR> I just wanna say that I am trying to have self control of many things and working forward, <BR> to a lot of things and hoping that I can move forward to a better and healthier me and this, <BR> I say ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:09:10 EST One of my favorite songs after a bad day Press on by Mandisa (you can listen to it on youtube) <BR> <BR> When I’m alone, when I’m afraid <BR> When I have had all I can take <BR> Losing my grip, I start to slip away <BR> When I can hear the voice of doubt <BR> Inside my head, screaming loud <BR> Strengthen my faith, and help me say toda... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:02:54 EST Best run in a long time Saw a slight drop on the scale. Ran for 55 minutes, took on an extra hill. Followed through with work and got haircut/color. Enjoyed cooking today and felt pretty exuberant in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> A bit too tired to enjoy much after five pm. In bed at normal time of nine. Tested and fo... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:01:48 EST 7/17/18 This was a kind of downer day. If my Dad was still alive it would have been his 87th birthday. Although, we weren't close most of my life, the last year of his cognitive life, before his 4 year coma, we became very close. And some days I could really use his advice on stuff. He was always so ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:58:03 EST Hard to eat A funny thing has happened; I’m finding it hard to eat. After the first two weeks I no longer felt driven to eat. Just the opposite. But recently, a very strange-never before happening, thing has occurred. I literally start feeling sick to my stomach while eating and after rather than refresh... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:45:19 EST Keto Miracle Diet? Neighbor Update, Plantar thoughts, Misc. I have met so many people lately, including on SP, who have lost 30, 40 and more lbs on the Keto diet in a relatively short time span. I'm pretty amazed and dazzled by their results. When I research it though, I wonder about all that cholesterol. Isn't that a big negative? Personally, I don't... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:44:11 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Hope you had a great day! TTYL Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:37:41 EST Tuesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:37:10 EST #459 ?Hot Yoga? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You wonder why I am looking at hot yoga. Many of you know that I am hot all the time and love the cool of AC. I work, I sweat. I sit and am hot. <BR> <BR> So, we began our travels today about n... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:32:57 EST another day over was able to get a lot of things done today, including finally getting hubby to the place to talk about our refrigerators problem. it was suggested thät we pull it out and clean the compressor. <BR> <BR> sadly, it was pushed in to tight that it will take a lot to get it oit Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:18:12 EST Tuesday - shopping and special visiting Today we were up early and off to look for shoes. I wanted at least one more pair of quality shoes to wear at work. The shoes I bought just before school was out are wonderful and very supportive but I don't always want to wear sneakers. I also want to be able to switch my shoes so I don't wear t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:09:04 EST Looking bad, but who cares!!! Yes, I am in there!! I am exhausted and beyond sweaty!!! But I got through today's HIIT Challenge at boot camp. Yay Me!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:05:16 EST Sleep challenge - Sleep Journal 1 What time did you wake up today? <BR> 5:45am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> 9pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> none <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) 1.5c pasa with spinac... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:54:40 EST Waiting for lab results Did get labs today but I don’t have any results yet. Gone are the days when I worked at the hospital and could look up my results in real time! Now I have to wait for a call or email from the doc. The only thing I am really concerned about is one that will either confirm I have diabetes, or don’t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:28:21 EST Motivation Motivation is hard to come by when no one is supportive. No one is there to say "don't forget to drink your water" "good job" something. So I have to motivate myself to to what I feel is right to do. I'm doing good. I've lost lbs. And losing more. I'm almost in the 150s about time. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:26:18 EST 60 mins walk for first time I just joined yesterday. Feeling very grateful for all the blogs, & other encouragement. Just walked 60 mins today, for the first time in years. Didn't think I could make it. At the age of 72, I have a lot of health promises. You can image my delight. I would like to make it to 10,000 steps, may... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:12:26 EST Put On Your Happy Face and Smile, Smile, Smile!!! <img src=""> A blast from the past. One of my favourite SP features was "Healthy Reflections" which unfortunately they no longer have. Here is one of their besties that I kept. <BR> <BR> "The power of a positive face... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:10:01 EST On my way Day 15 for my restart with sparks. I have lost 3 lbs. But more importantly I have lowered my insulin by 8 units a day. Great tangible results. The daily tracking for food and exercise is very good for me it makes me accountable for myself and self aware. I have exercised for 14 of the 15 days,... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:07:55 EST Turn it around Tuesday " Every exit is an entry somewhere else, " Tom Stoppard <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes, We all need do overs from time to time. We sometimes take the long way . We sometimes get lost. We over do . We procrastinate, We fiddle fadle . We forget to move, We are human, <BR> <BR> If we wake... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:03:04 EST July 17, 2018 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> I am going to be really glad when detasseling is over. I know that I'm not the one out in the corn fields, but I am exhausted from getting up so early. And tonight I'm crabby and grumpy because of it. The boys are doing little things that are just pushing me over the edg... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:00:30 EST Feeling so backwards and defeated Need motivation! Ugh! And something to stop midnight snacking when I'm home. When I am traveling I don't eat at night but I do have a problem staying away from yummy food restaurants, although I have tons of motivation. At home I'm great at eating real healthy all day but then comes night time,... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:57:23 EST End of the day Enjoying the sunset here in Texas. Have a wonderful evening! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:56:11 EST 40 years, 100 lbs. Sadly, as I stepped on the scale today I realized that my skinny self 40 years ago weighed 100 lbs less than I do today. Wow. Granted, I could have used a few pounds back then, and spent much of my time in high school eating LOTS of food to offset athletic pursuits. But I was a comfortable wei... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:52:12 EST What am I doing? I've been swimming for an hour a day. Getting my 8 glasses if lemon water a day, and watching my calories. I've lost weight, but how do I know it's not just water weight? I don't look any different at all... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:45:13 EST PiYo Upper Body Done! As well as a 35 minute walk. Feeling great :) Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:35:40 EST 7/17/2018 Yesterday got out of house. Finally buried my sweet brother in the VA Memorial. He passed inn 2015, but just got it all set up and his wife was ready. Then I was taken out to eat by grandkids, stayed within calories though. Then grocery shopping one end of store to other, actually walked pushing ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:27:19 EST Best concert I've ever been too! <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I went to a concert and it was so intense, excitimg, loud, hot and expensive. It was my reward for 50lbs DOWN! I am pleased to say I have 30 lbs left to reach my goal. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:22:29 EST 2500 mile goal Another warm day. A light sprinkle with some storms moving in. Back and neck pain to start the day. Mowed the lawn came in took meds and a two nap from the med. Felt much better when I got up, pain gone. Just another day. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:13:25 EST What? No applause? I was really hoping that when my family saw me yesterday, ten pounds lighter than the last time, they would all surround me with praises as I waved my hand dismissively and said, "oh, it was nothing!!" <BR> <BR> Truth is? After two hours I TOLD them I was doing Weight Watchers and still only hea... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:13:24 EST Update So we talked to the mediator today. If he agrees to what he said he'd agree, the mediator will mail him papers to have signed in front of a notary mail back and then to the judge. Easy. <BR> <BR> Got his social security card ordered....took an hour sitting in the local SS office. They are SLO... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:12:09 EST Tracking <img src=""> <BR> I have learned that Tracking is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure success on your journey! Why? Because it keeps you ACCOUNTABLE!! #justdoit Until tomorrow Keep on sparking!! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:08:03 EST National Tattoo Day JULY 17, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL TATTOO DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WORLD EMOJI DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL YELLOW PIG ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:07:40 EST Sinus headache! I have a sinus headache!! I hope it goes away fast. I have stress test scheduled for tomorrow! Enjoy You Wednesday!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:04:24 EST bjk1961- 07/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> 07/17/18 - After two weeks, my house-sitting job is over. I'm so happy to be back home with my things and in my own bed! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:59:41 EST bjk1961- 07/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> 07/17/18 - After two weeks, my house-sitting job is over. I'm so happy to be back home with my things and in my own bed! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:59:24 EST Improvement 3 Reading the articles on SparkPeople has really revived in me the desire to run. I’ve always loved running, I always ran fast, until my scoliosis and kyphosis limited my lung capacity and I COULD NOT run. I stopped running at 14. Now I am 26, along the way I learned ways to open my rib cage and ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:49:21 EST Canada Trip I was going to add a photo of my traveling mates but will have to wait on some help. One day I will master this too. We left last Wednesday morning going to Jacksonville FL to catch the plane to Dulles in Washington DC then on to Montreal. Flights were fun but airports were challenging to these c... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:49:10 EST Warfare: Facing Goliath 7/17/18 After reading today's entry, I wanted to share what the Holy Spirit shared with me on 11/2014. When David went out to meet Goliath, he chose five stones and put them in his shepherd's bag (1 Samuel 17:40). Then David said to Goliath,"This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:48:29 EST An Occasional 3 is OK I wrote a week or so ago that I was again at my target weight and intended to add 100 calories a day for a week and see how that goes before adding more. Well, I should have done that. I thought I had demonstrated a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day since I'd been losing a pound a week for ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:39:31 EST cooking time BoT 7 <BR> <BR> When I was cooking a couple of days ago I prepared, chicken, and noodles and a couple of Italian dishes. So today I helped my grand-daughter make lunch and snack for this afternoon. She is 6 yrs and I think working with food still helps to learn to like foods she wouldn't' oth... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:36:00 EST Main Dish Salads - Pea Pod and Fauxtato Salad with Ham This started out as Potato and Pea Pod Salad in Jane Brody's Good Food Gourmet. I switched the potatoes to cauliflower and added ham to make it a main dish salad. I haven't had the original salad in probably 15 years or more, but as I remember it, it was better with real potatoes. But it was good... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:34:10 EST My life <img src=""> Had a great workout today! Thank you for your support! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:27:15 EST 30 Day Shred Haven't done this in a few years. I can't wait till I'm in better shape after a few days of this. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:25:40 EST Breaking negative habits and one song. <BR> Change your attitude and change your world. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here's a 'reward' charm that represents looking for a reason 'why'. Find out how to change my perspective and work toward my goal. <BR> <img sr... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:24:24 EST Outfit Goal: the first 5 lbs! (Day 6) <img src=""> <img src=""> So this is my favorite outfit from fall of 2016: the jeans are a size 9 and had a lose fit (for skinny jeans) whi... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:23:23 EST Hoover Dam Nevada <img src=""> Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends, This is a good picture of Lisa my friend and associate at the Hoover Dam Nevada. Had a great time driving, singing and sharing today!🙂 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:17:27 EST Hoover Dam Nevada <img src=""> Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends, This is a good picture of Lisa my friend and associate at the Hoover Dam Nevada. Had a great time driving, singing and sharing today!🙂 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:17:26 EST Hoover Dam Nevada <img src=""> Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends, This is a good picture of Lisa my friend and associate at the Hoover Dam Nevada. Had a great time driving, singing and sharing today!🙂 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:17:20 EST Baked beans I needed to use up some sausages so planned on making a sausage casserole tonight. Only to find I have no baked beans in the cupboard. How the hell did that happen? Meh! The sausages needed to be cooked and try as I might, I couldn't conjure up an alternative plan in my mind that took my fanc... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:56:48 EST I need more fun Its not until I am around my little sister that I realize how much weight I carry around. Not just physically but mentally and emotionally. We get together and we find humor in the smallest things and almost for no reason. It’s the bend over, crying until it hurts laugh. The last time we were t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:51:29 EST ABC's of retirement: solve for X Time for a bit of humorous change-up: you all realize that my little Webster's only has two pages of words that start with X? One generally has to be creative with X in alphabet blogs... there are those that go with it's OK to use an X in the middle of a word, like eXtra, or eXtreme... <BR> <B... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:49:24 EST Enjoying my day!! <img src=""> Loving life today!! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:43:27 EST One foot in front of the other..... I feel like I keep going around and around in circles....but then again aren't we all? Every time I start, life knocks me could be life, it could be my own stubbornness or insecurities, or just flat out the I don't wanna's. I know what I need to do, I've been here before. I really ha... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:29:58 EST Sleepy and lupus flare There are days the body gets the better of me, had a temp for last few days and swelling this am, still worked out gonna take a nap, it's getting hot here again Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:21:24 EST Several suggestions were made... After several of you posted in my "And the results are in" blog you mentioned doing a background check on this woman. We have....below are just some of the things we found out about her... <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> <img src=""... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:02:42 EST It's Another Monday Oh Sparkpeople... I have logged into you randomly for the last 5 years of my life. I have never remained for more than a few days. I find that I struggle unbelievably with tracking consistantly. I binge so often that it's sometimes impossible to know what I just ate. Here I am again, updating i... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:58:05 EST Reality Woes Reality, like gravity, is not kind to me! <BR> <BR> The past few days, I decided to make healthier food choices and track my food, but not focus on counting calories in advance. It turns out that pasta salad made with tons of veggies is still a lot of fat and carbs, and that peanuts may be a pr... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:45:41 EST July 17th My friend Pat asked me what I put in my salads, well it depends on whether I've cooked any chicken. Generally I stick to any or all of the items listed below....... <BR> Cos Lettuce <BR> Two sticks of celery <BR> Carrot batons <BR> Spring Onions <BR> Baby Plum tomatoes <BR> Grapes <BR> A small Co... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:30:20 EST Be Who You Are Meant to Be "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are" <BR> ― Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not loving this hot humid weather. Torrential rain and rolling thunderstorms today. <BR> I m... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:25:48 EST Ortho Checkup Cleared by my ortho surgeon. He didn't show me the pictures but he told me how bad it was. If it gets to hurting there are injections they can do to help. I'm hoping that is a no go. but if it is between knee replacement and injections, I'll take the injections. <BR> <BR> They cleared the fire ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:21:52 EST it's tuesday a beautiful and sunny summer day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone! a day to get outdoors and enjoy. all of the budgie birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:21:34 EST Dear bob the blog the cruise + more Our cruise was wonderful the whole experience was wonderful from the time we set foot on the ship until we left. we are now saving for the next <BR> You know I said I thought Steve was up to something well I was right, he organised a renewing of our wedding vows ceremony, It was al d... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:19:22 EST Seeing results already! <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:06:39 EST Trending Consistency in getting back up is still consistency. Watch the trend instead of each step. Think about the stick market. There are a lot of little ups & downs but they don't matter as much as the trend. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:06:01 EST My Adventures in Spark Land walking day #38. <img src=""> <BR> Wisconsin is experiencing wonderful weather today yet what did my son and I do? We went Christmas shopping in July. Hallmark is having Chrisrmas in July and so is our local 2nd hand store. 1/2 off al... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:53:41 EST What am I missing? You know when you have a sound check and all you hear is unhealthy comments coming back at you? You know it is time to rethink the situation. A lot of undercurrent going on with my kids which means my stress level increases which in turn has my BS going higher than it should. I am to the point I ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:37:13 EST 7/17/18 Went all green yesterday and should be all green today too. Got in a great Back/Biceps and 15min on the elliptical workout this morning. Now getting ready shortly for work since I work 5PM-9:30PM tonight. Ready for 2 days off in a row then 2 early morning days so think I'm ready for that part of... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:26:21 EST review and check in just checking in. Got my hour in today. It was hard to get started because I have had a constant dull headache. Seems like a migraine but never gets too bad but still makes me want to just do nothing and lay around all day. But I got an hour low impact exercise in, yay! <BR> And the thing is, the... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:23:43 EST Dance! <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:17:33 EST Stairs Ha ha, I got permission to go into the "do not enter" zone of the track and do my stairs work. At least from security, don't know about athletics yet, whether they will say anything or not. Besides, no one from the work crew has been there in three days, go figure. And walking, and aerobics, but ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:09:31 EST Almost to the end of July Almost to the end of July and have not had time to scratch myself let alone, plan to get myself into an appropriate schedule to make this weight loss journey work form me, all I can say is that I have started tracking on this site again and am also getting in a lot of steps, but apart from walkin... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:59:46 EST Day 7 Still resisting those goodies. The diet soda is calling to me - loudly, but It has been a1.5 wks since my last drink and I don't want to mess up my no soda streak. dad did have some stuffed mushrooms he got from the food bank, that he was not eating. Two mushrooms are just 60 cals and 5 mg carbs.... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:59:35 EST To Do List for Sucess I got a lot of the ideas for this list from SP and reading The Spark and Transformation. <BR> <BR> Went to the doctor yesterday and I lost 4 lbs from the last time. <em>244</em> So I made this to do list to keep myself motivated. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:50:28 EST 30 Day Added Sugar Free Challenge - Day 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Things I learned today but should have figured out on my own years ago. Immersion blenders can be used to make salsa, pancake/waffle batter, SMOOTHIES, pesto, whipped cream, and lots of other th... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:39:43 EST Training update A few weeks ago (ok months ago) I devised a training plan to get me from triathlon #1 of the season to triathlon #2 of the season. How is that training plan going? Well, not according to plan. <BR> <BR> I have not stuck to the plan. On the upside, I have still been training. Not 6 days a wee... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:14:53 EST Lost my opening blog!!! Try this again. My mom was always my best diet buddy, she died recently, so I will start this with her mind. My goal, as usual is 132 lbs. and what used to be a size 8, or 36-26-36. Like her, I have been blessed/cursed with an hour glass figure, so this goal is not unreasonable. I will do my ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:12:04 EST Day 1876 Gym Day. Did 6 of 6 exercises. Feeling good Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:00:03 EST Play with your food! <img src=""> <BR> Over the last 2 weeks I have been reminded to play with my food. Not only does it take more time and allows us to add color. But it also makes me make better choices. I look at food different. Kids ea... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:53:55 EST Main Dish Salads - Chicken Caesar Style Salad Yesterday didn't go as planned. I spent the whole day at Mom's house waiting for plumbers (She needs to have the sewer pipe under the house - under the concrete slab - replaced and we were looking for information.) so didn't get in my daily main dish salad. I think I had two one day, though, so I... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:52:07 EST Time To Make A Change Hello everyone! Today is the first day of my journey. My goal is to lose 100lb. I know it will not be an easy journey but it is time for me to make this change for myself. I want to be able to be as active as a 23 year old should be. I don't want to question an invitation to do something because ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:44:13 EST Tuesdays Tickle <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:37:56 EST Ate half a pizza last night... still lost almost 1 lb <img src=""> I was so scared that the 5 lbs I lost was going to vanish over night. I stayed home sick from work last night and ended up sleeping and when I woke up I had “dinner” at my normal “dinner time” (I work 3rd ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:37:10 EST End of Week #1 First week of the plateau busting challenge is over, this is a day to celebrate the first week's achievements and prepare for the next. Nothing new for me over the week except my resolve to focus on the positive, I am more upbeat and eager to push myself a bit more. This morning was core exerci... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:21:50 EST Day 317 of 365 - A NEW Vision Board <img src=""> <BR> I'm a very visual person and these boards are so awesome. The process of putting it together is therapeutic as it forces me to select the thing I want to focus on and I paste my favorite quotes or say... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:10:19 EST Today’s Health News (that were published in our local paper) How to meet your body’s water needs - by Jane Brody, NYTimes <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CBD Oil is now getting extensive scientific inquiry - Ask The Doctors <BR> By Eve Glazier MD, and Elizabeth Ko, MD <BR> <link><BR>ors/2... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:07:34 EST W3D4 #2 strategy for down days Right up there with counting my blessings is extra good self care. Today's self care: <BR> <BR> Started with a hot shower to wake me up and feel really good <BR> <BR> Wearing royal blue, one of my best colors <BR> <BR> Ate a high protein breakfast <BR> <BR> Sticking with chosen healthy ch... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:01:26 EST First Yoga, and A Wipeout with Scraped Knee Yesterday I went to Yoga for the first time. Not too bad! I was a little awkward in my transitions, but I was able to work through it. My triceps are incredibly weak, so I need to work more on that. My instructor is actually going on vacation for a month, so someone else will be leading the c... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:57:15 EST Taking it easy Tuesday... Tuesday isn't so bad...It's a sign that I've somehow survived Monday. <BR> <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> Some Mondays make me feel like that and yesterday was definitely one of them!! <BR> <BR> Doc said I am closer to knee replacement, but that he's fine with not doing it until I can no longer stan... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:57:05 EST Dorothy's Journey: Chapter 11 - What's that smell? Torn away from being fit, healthy and organized; Dorothy started her journey back. <BR> <BR> Dorothy was content starting her Monday at work - working through her to-do list and sorting the papers. As she was working, Dorothy couldn't help to notice an odor. It smelled like poop! Dorothy sme... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:50:09 EST What a difference I think it's amazing how quickly your body becomes retrained. The day I got the call from my dr about my cholesterol, I stopped drinking regular soda (occasionally drinking diet). Well, I still had a cherry coke in my fridge from before. <BR> <BR> The other day, I thought, what the heck, one sod... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:49:03 EST rent is at 30% and other stuff I’ve been trying to blog for some time, but the words keep flowing into a tangled mess. My thoughts are all over the place, and frankly, you all don’t need to be exposed to my chaotic way of thinking. <BR> <BR> I’ve been using a tracker on my spending. 30% is going to rent (when the rental inc... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:39:27 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR TUESDAY HIS NAME: AND HIS PROMISE <BR> <BR> I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you. <BR> Exodus 3:14 <BR> <BR> Within a matter of moments, Moses saw his 40 year career as a shepherd coming to... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:39:20 EST JULY 2018 MEASUREMENTS <BR> <BR> 39 INCHES BOOB <BR> <BR> 36 INCHES UNDER <BR> <BR> 39 INCHES WAIST (LOST 1 INCHES ) <BR> <BR> 53 INCHES HIPS (LOST 1 INCHES ) <BR> <BR> 50 INCHES THIGH <BR> <BR> 30 INCHES LEG (LOST 1 INCHES ) <BR> <BR> 14 INCHES ANKLE <BR> <BR> 14 INCHES ARM <BR> <BR> 13 INCHES NECK <BR... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:33:24 EST Baby steps (what are they really?) and consistency. <BR> I just want to be consistent again and I have to start with small goals. I'm trying to track something everyday. Even if I don't fill out my entire tracker, I'm getting to the page. I'm acknowledging some of what I am eating. I know I'm not ready to acknowledge all of what I'm eating. But i... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:21:11 EST Running This morning I tried my C25k again today, but I should have waited another day bc your supposed to skip a day, but I just wanted to get a little more running in. So yesterday I was able to run 3 min straight today not so much I should have taken a break and just did my class, but I wanted to run ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:17:30 EST Trying Tuesday Some days can be trying in our lives. We must find our faith within us to push through. Stay strong to fight your demons. God bless you all. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:16:17 EST Day 25 ... Keto Wow 25 days already! Where has the time gone? Beginning of the 25th day on my keto lifestyle. I have to say the first couple of weeks were challenging. I had my ups and downs. Within the first week I lost 5 lbs in a blink of the eye, or what felt like it. Then in week 2 I gained like 3 lbs ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:14:48 EST Being Accountable ♡ <img src=""> <BR> New to this App/Sparkle. I know being accountable for all eats works! Looking forward tho the challenges and rewards😁 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:14:29 EST Today I pledge... to start eating healthier by cutting out the after dinner snacking. I make this decision because I am important to myself and I care about me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:10:06 EST On my journey January 25th 2018 had gastric bypass Feb 2 2018 had 7 hernias repaired. Lost 56lbs at 204.5 today. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:05:27 EST 100 Goals Day 70, July 17, 2018 <img src=""> I was not in to great a mood yesterday but today is a new day and things are much better. I am hanging out at Starbucks before my own doctor's appointment. Just a routine appointment, to refills on my meds... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:55:00 EST Day 197: Sore, Wah! A Good Sore? So, you know how I did some running yesterday after not having done any since February? Well, holy cow, am I feeling it today! Mostly in my hams. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I opted for yoga this morning, another thing I haven't done in ages...since May 3, to be exact. I definitely ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:48:59 EST Mid-July Check in.. how's it going? Okay, off on vacation tomorrow, to home town in TX.. <BR> Thought to check in, as internet access will be very limited to little bit of phone check in for the next 12 days. <BR> <BR> Feeling really good about this partial Keto/no sugar approach to eating. <BR> I'm finding that I'm very satisf... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:48:39 EST Week 2 - Used my fitness tracker for the first time! Okay, so maybe I was a little overzealous for my first day of cardio. What I did wasn't planned: 30min on my stationary bike (20min "vigorously" and 10min "moderately", according to SP's tracker). The calories burned made my eyes pop! ...And now my food tracker is advising I eat more today. Like,... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:39:04 EST July 16th <img src=""> <BR> Very hot today we worked on the patio sidewalk and retaing wall today at work. I was happy to get home. To hot to eat much. Daughter brought home a pizza I had 3 pieces and went to bed. They was small... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:36:32 EST Taco Tuesday. lol Yes, and I think we have taco's tonight for supper. I have everything I need, but will be a little chensy (spelling????) on the tomatoes, but that is okay, Larry is not much into tomatoes anyway. Got any idea on the spelling, let me know. Oh, it is in my crossword puzzle dictionary, CHINTZY, ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:31:16 EST WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE DANCING I've been going to my gym's Zumba class for years. I go because I'm tricking my brain into thinking I'm not really exercising. After all, Zumba is fun. I understand it's not for all of us, but there is probably some type of dancing that most anyone can enjoy. <BR> <BR> Today I read a SP article ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:29:55 EST Days 222-223 <img src=""> <BR> Feeling crappy most of the time <BR> Still pushing despite it all <BR> <BR> ♥️ Always on my mind JM🙏♥️ <BR> <BR> 💪♥️👍 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:29:09 EST Getting Back to Speed of Life Overall, our trip was great! Breaking it down: first stop was in OKC to stay overnight with friends we met in Korea in 2004 -- husband there is undergoing chemo for prostate cancer (3d time it has occurred since we met them); he has good days and bad days but we are all praying complete healing... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:23:46 EST Making Things Happen... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a fantastic Tuesday ahead... <BR> <BR> We all have a Choice... <BR> <BR> We can either Make a Wish or we can Make things Happen. ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:22:07 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:20:30 EST Bible Verse for Today.. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. <BR> <BR> John 15:10 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:19:42 EST Day 3 I think that tracking food and trying to ‘beat’ the calories is fun. Like, say my goal is 1500-1800 and I am a little lower or on the low side of the goal I call it a win. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:19:31 EST UPDATE: Smashed the next 2 pound goal, but not without lots of work!!! Yes. I made it to and through my next two pound goal. That means I have now lost 92 pounds. I need to lose 5 more pounds to get to a size 14. Wow--that will be from a size 28/30! I am so happy--I feel so good. I only have 40 more pounds to go for my goal weight of 165. <BR> <BR> HAD TO FIGH... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:18:19 EST Trying it Purchased a vitamin supplement to add to my drink mix. Will try it and see if I like it. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:16:14 EST Day 198: Working It <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Not to give up under any circumstances should be the motto of our life: I shall try again and again, and I am bound to succeed. There will be obstacles, but I have to defy the obstacles." (Sri ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:15:27 EST Dentist Just got back from the dentist office. The dentist took out 5 teeth, leaving 3 on top and the 1 on the bottom. Only took about 15 minutes. I need to take it easy the rest of the day though. But I didn't need an antibiotic, so that was good. Thankfully the one tooth didn't need to be cut out, so t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:12:47 EST A Summer Blog, part twenty Who’d of thought there would be twenty days of relaxation and contemplation. The time on the deck goes so quickly and it is good that the sun gets so hot or the entire morning would be over before I could get anything else done. This is definitely not wasted time as my mind is clearer and my body... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:09:23 EST Yea! 21 lbs. to go! My doctor took me off all but three of my meds. I'm I, good health, and get stronger. I only have 21 lbs. to go.That God! Stick with it!! I know you will make it. I'll be praying for you. This. Is at 190 lbs. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:07:16 EST Eat fruit <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:06:11 EST Starting to find what works for me! I had heard about intermittent fasting, like I'm sure everyone has at this point. Also read that women over 40 need to be careful doing this as it will play with your hormones, tried a few times, made it to 16 hours one night, too hard for me. I was totally overeating just to be able to make it... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:05:51 EST Sparking and Being Sparked! <img src=""> <BR> Ever had someone truly inspire you, only to discover later that you also inspire them?! <BR> That happened to me Sunday evening, and I'm still pleasantly surprised!! My friend/sponsor and I talk weekl... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:04:53 EST 17.07 2018- Be Here Now 8.7 weeks since my last post here,and a re-gain of 3-4kg ,I was quite tempted to put off writing and reflecting!But,stronger was my need to stick with it,not give up on myself,not let my goal vanish even if it had blurred somewhat,so here I am ,already feeling back in the game as I write. This st... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:02:21 EST Prayer Request I would ask that you keep the family of Jason and Beth Lange in your prayers. Our church sponsors them as missionaries in Nicaragua, and they were forced to leave the country, and their ministry behind due to political unrest. <BR> <BR> Obviously, this is a difficult time of flux and uncertaint... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:01:18 EST Today! Good Morning Spark Nation, <BR> <BR> Here's to your Tuesday. Time to 'Git 'er done'! It's a choice you can make either to move forward or stay where you are. What do you want? Or is it a need? The choice is yours... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:59:02 EST Starting over again. I'm not sure how I got here, but I find myself needing to start over on my wellness. I've had a lot of loss in the last several years. I lost my motivation as I found myself having to face one thing after another. Now I'm back in the position of having my health affected by my weight. I swore I w... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:58:32 EST Adjusting and readjusting <img src=""> How happy was I to see another 1.2 pounds gone today!!!! Even after slight cheats this weekend. So happy. I'm still trying to see what numbers work best for me. I really think 1100-1200 calories while doin... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:56:49 EST Weekend Shenanigans Man my blog was all sorts of babbling! So I deleted it. Let's try again <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> My niece was here this weekend so I was super busy! Friday, we went shopping. Saturday was the annual Warped Tour (punk rock music festival - I listed to the same music as... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:44:35 EST 7/17/18 Life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Life is... <BR> Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. <BR> Life is beauty, admire it. <BR> Life is bliss, taste it. <BR> Life is a dream, realize it. <BR> Life is a challenge, meet it. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:35:11 EST 2018 DAY 2 SQUATS DONE 100 hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout this morning got on stairmaster this morning that will really work you out you feel it all over another machine i am going to do adding new things all the time really seeing belly keep going away so sparkers what are you all doing today let me ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:30:59 EST Dog Saves Family Farm <link><BR>amily-farm </link> <BR> <BR> Teds a cutie too! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:20:31 EST Walking <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:20:23 EST THANK YOU ! • Arabic – shukran (shoe-kran) <BR> • Chinese – xiexie (shye-shye) <BR> • Croatian – hvala (HVAH-lah) <BR> • Danish – tak (tahg) <BR> • Dutch – dank u (dahnk u) <BR> • Finnish – kiitos (key-toss) <BR> • French – merci (MEHR-see) <BR> • German – danke (dahn-kah) <BR> • Greek – efharisto (ef-hah-re... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:19:13 EST The tipping point. I reached it yesterday: my tipping point. I've been wishing and hoping and sort-of trying to loose that extra bit of weight that sneaks up on you when the rest of life is happening. I'm currently a full-time student and spend most of my days huddled in front of my computer, eating whatever's in t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:17:27 EST Another song from Richard and Adam! <link><BR>iWFMtOQ </link> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:14:36 EST I'm Listening One of the great things about SparkPeople is the People! Keep posting your inspiring stories. I'm listening (and I'm not alone). <BR> <BR> INTUITVEEATING posted a blog about fiber. She listed adding shredded apples to her peanut butter. It sounds delicious. I've added that to my lunch men... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:14:17 EST No Words Needed <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:07:48 EST Today is a New Day Yesterday, I didn't feel well. I didn't eat healthy, I didn't exercise. Today, I'm not letting that hold me back. I walked & did some yoga. I don't want one slip up to keep me from what I started. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:04:02 EST A little chilly 😂🤣 <img src=""> It’s gonna be a little chilly in north Texas this week so don’t forget your jackets!! 🤣😂 I did my 5th ab workout yesterday and will do it again today!! And biked for 20 minutes. Need to do longer tod... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:03:46 EST Walk It Off In 30 - day 2 Well today was the first strength training and it was pretty awful. I couldn't do lunges and struggled as so many of the exercises started from a lunge position. I really had trouble with the reverse fly. Also, and surprising to me, I had a lot of trouble with crunches. I can't do them. Inst... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:03:28 EST Quick update about Macy I found out by accident yesterday that she has seizures. She sometimes has 18 to 23 in a matter of a few hours. The tube they put in her side is for giving her the seizure meds. They tried by mouth but she spit it out. I was very upset that no one told me this. I found out by my son-in-laws mothe... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:59:41 EST W3D4 #1 strategy for down days Counting my blessings is one of my frontline strategies for down days. I've realized, belatedly as usual, that I've fallen into a mild depression. It happens when I feel overwhelmed. I really don't hold up well to my two month summer work schedule, and it happens every year. You'd think I'd r... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:58:50 EST yogurt partfait I forgot to bring my breakfast to work today. In spite of some really yummy looking temptations (over-sized blueberry muffins, scones, and pecan filled pastries), I selected a strawberry, yogurt and granola parfait labeled at 240 calories. <BR> I'm here to celebrate this small victory. Toot Too... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:52:01 EST Tuesday Tomfoolery <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:40:46 EST How did this happen? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, I got tired of weighing 250. I got tired of feeling (and looking) fat. I worked super hard and I lost 100 pounds. Once upon a time. <BR> <BR> How on God's green earth did I le... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:38:48 EST FitBit? I really (think) I want a fit bit to track steps I looked into it and I saw one for 59 or 99 but I am not sure if they are reliable and trustworthy to caloric burn. Any knowledge any brand cheaper? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:36:15 EST God’s Army Bible Boot Camp – Day 8 “And take the helmet [Webster’s, protective, rigid head covering for use in combat] of salvation [focus on the message or means of salvation] and the sword [Webster’s, hand weapon with a long sharp pointed blade, ready to fight] of the Spirit which is the word [rhema word] of God” (Ephesians 6:17... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:26:18 EST Tuesday morning I have a lot of little things to do today. <BR> The second industrial-size dumpster, if filled to the top across the street. Two men worked for 8 hours yesterday, cleaning and cutting up a deck and old treehouse, trees. The one guy was there before I rose this morning and I do not think he can... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:24:42 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> <BR> A new day, a new beginning, new challenges, new successes. Anything is possible! 🌞 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:22:33 EST Work Had some dental work Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:18:07 EST Crossing Against the Light I work at a busy intersection. There is a lot of traffic: cars, bikes, trucks. There is also a lot of foot traffic. <BR> <BR> While I was waiting to cross the street, I noticed someone on another corner also waiting for the light to change. He was in his 50s or 60s and wearing only cut-off jean... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:12:52 EST Tuesday July 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today are way too busy for us, but a necessary part of this moving process. <BR> Yesterday was the house inspection for a potential buyer, fire inspection, and going over old blu... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:12:14 EST Day 11-Last Ruby Standing Challenge For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:09:57 EST Tuesday well my morning appointment got cancelled. Not a problem the bride has a sick i have a few minutes free i didnt think i'd have!! <BR> Its supposed to rain all day, its blessed cooler, we SO need the rain its so dry here this year!! my lawn is all burned..hopefully the rain will green it u... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:03:18 EST forget mistakes---Let's get moving! The stepper says almost 3000 steps-- <BR> It's almost 10am--- <BR> My goal daily is 5000 steps and that will be achievable to-day-plus some weights- <BR> Doncha jess feel so much better when exercise is thrown into the day?---- <BR> -time for "me"--- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:58:08 EST Day 30 - Feel blessed <img src=""> Rather than chase the elusive feelings of happiness, pay attention to areas where you feel blessed. Appreciate the people you love, be grateful for the good things around you, and let others know you are f... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:56:06 EST Expectations and Disappointment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Not everyone thinks like you." These are the five most annoying words I've heard from my husband throughout the years. I cannot count the times my husband has asked me "what's wrong?" when he... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:44:25 EST ONE MONTH LATER....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello Everyone!! Hope your month has been full of joy! Mine has been a bit overwhelming. During this past month and continuing into this one, my car speedometer, fuel gauge, and others has been... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:43:54 EST Tuesday sunshine It is a 78 sunshiny start tot he day on the Florida Northwest Gulf Coast. I am recovering from an ear ailment again and am doing much better this morning. I can only get in to see the ENT specialist on Augus29th. I will keep that appointment and check with my GP before when I am scheduled to ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:36:08 EST Meals I've eaten <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Broccoli Slaw, Matchstick carrots with Deli Rotisserie chicken, flavored with Greek Yogurt and vinaigrette. Good Thin crackers <BR> <BR> 325 Calories <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:33:56 EST Adjust, adjust, adjust I've been experimenting with (healthy) carbs in the 50-100g total range and might be finding my body's window. Main goals seem met -- find a level that still reduces hunger/cravings AND sleep through the night. In addition my energy is staying steady, I seem to still flip to fat burning fine on... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:33:53 EST Responsible Teen Spent time with my DGD yesterday. She's carrying a heavy load this summer. Coaches little kids golf camp in the morrnings, home in the afternoons and in charge of her almost 11 yr old brother, household chores, grocery shops for the week, meal planning and dinner prep/cook, teaches golf for an ho... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:32:00 EST A treasured memory. Barbara ____ "When I was a lot younger (45 yrs ago), we used to get a dock permit for $10, we were assigned a dock off Boy Scout Rd and we would go swimming there. It's too bad they don't do this for the locals now; we used that dock a lot in the summer and made friends with people who were renti... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:31:28 EST Birthday Thoughts From Sixty Three So, once again it's my birthday. I should be retired by now. But I'm not. And that's my fault. The only person I can blame for that is in the mirror. Ironically, I paid more attention to everyone else's needs rather than my own. <BR> <BR> In fact, I was described by three different friends as... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:24:50 EST The horrible truth So, its been a bit since I've hit the scale. Mostly because I know its not going to be good. And yes, I know its not the end-all measure, but if I am at what I hope if the worst, then I need to know where I started so I can celebrate when things improve. I hope. <BR> <BR> 200 used to be my 'fear... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:23:53 EST Reality check <img src=""> <BR> So I went to the doctor yesterday, my A1c was 8.4 which is down from 8.9 and still not good. The doctor changed my diabetes medication but I am not 100% ready for the change. I have lost 10 pounds in ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:21:28 EST Spoiler... Dallin H. Oaks <BR> In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to become something. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:11:56 EST What 3 pounds Looks like (a bit over 3 lbs.) <BR> <em>192</em> 3 pounds down <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I was going to wait until I had one week done before I weighed myself, but in the <BR> Losing 100+ pounds with friends group weigh in is on Mondays. <BR> <BR> I lost 3 pounds in 5 days, and I couldn't be happier. I know this rapid ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:03:32 EST You know it's hot when... ... it's too hot to walk at 5:30 a.m. 😰😰 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:58:29 EST Happy Tuesday -- bad night sleep, but not letting it knock me down 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... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:53:54 EST Too much fun! My dear man and I tried to go to a small local concert in a park next to the beach last week.but it was cancelled for some reason. <em>39</em> <BR> So we took our packed supper and wine down to some rocks along the shore for a private party! <img src=" Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:49:52 EST 30 Day Step Journal Day 2 Steps: 20,787 <BR> <BR> I made it!!! Super excited. <BR> <BR> In the morning, I set a timer to go off every 20 minutes, and forced myself to get up and walk 500 steps before sitting back down. Then I took a 10k step walk to the part in the sweltering heat (that wasn't totally fun). When we retu... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:42:56 EST World Emoji Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : always July 17th <BR> <BR> Emojis were first used in Japan in the late 1990s on mobile phones. They are fun to use. As a result, their popularity and use has grown expo... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:42:00 EST Hot days of summer Yesterday was hot. I worked most of the am then decided to take my youngest and her friend to the outdoor pool. They had a blast. I got some reading time in. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:40:02 EST Show and Tell <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <BR> “TELL THE WORLD WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO, BUT FIRST SHOW IT. This is the equivalent of saying “deeds, and not words, are what count most.” <BR> - Napoleon Hill <BR> <em>211</em> ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:39:52 EST Mid July contemplation. It's hot, muggy and stuffy(ing) and pep talking myself. There's no doubt I'm active. I'm back to at least 3 days a week strength training, stationary cycling as much and now walking and "noodle" cycling in my pool daily. I've begun to increase my walks. No more PT. My knee is complaining, in a different way than pre-surgery, I'm not sure it's acceptab... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:39:48 EST Let's get the Mojo started Annual Meeting went well although I was on my feet for way too long and did a lot more than I have been since surgery. I really want to start doing more so that I can get back into my exercise routine but it's not easy. I know that I'm not alone with this battle and I don't mean to wine or comp... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:36:22 EST 7/17/18 Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. Josh Billings Quote of the Day <BR> Patience is the companion of wisdom. <BR> Saint Augustine <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable. <BR> William Congreve <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> An artist's career always begins tomorrow. <BR> James Whi... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:36:06 EST Me!!! <img src=""> <BR> I'm coming out, I want the world to know!!! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:35:19 EST Big Break Yesterday's thunderstorms brought a big break in the heat and the humidity. <BR> <BR> And today it's sunny, clear and relatively cool <BR> <BR> How lucky for us: there's an after-work golf game with a good friend coming up!! And: supper on the balcony overlooking the sunset at the club. <BR>... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:25:42 EST Lets Talk About Looks We aren't supposed to care what people look like. Don't judge a book by its cover. Its whats on the inside that matters. Everybody is beautiful. This is what polite people say. Maybe some people mean it. I think mostly these sayings are lip service. <BR> <BR> It's a no-brainer that fit, at... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:22:42 EST Day 238 Grandchildren keeping me active Having my 7 and 5 year old grandchildren living with me keeps my steps over 10000 and I stay active. Up early usually around 4:30 because my little dogs say they need t go out, the kids are awake by 6 am. Sunday it was a 2 mile hike and yesterday a one mile hike. Our property is very rugged so a ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:08:50 EST Tuesday Hope everyone has a great Tuesday. <BR> I'm battling a little fatigue but I'll get through it! <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:07:28 EST Before and after... Big thunderstorms yesterday, tons of rain in Ontario.... and relief from a two week heatwave. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a double rainbow over Sauble Beach as the storm was ending. It is on the Bruce Peninsula, along the shores of Lake Huron, Ontario side. Michigan shares its eastern shore... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:06:07 EST End of Week 8 - Successful It's the end of week 8 here on SP. I had a successful week. I'm still far too attracted to the scale and I care more than I'd like about the numbers it reveals. I keep saying I'm going to stop weighing myself except for Tuesday mornings, but I find myself being unable to keep away from it. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:04:28 EST Learning I'm still losing and maintaining but I've learned a few things. I inadvertently avoid exercising. Why? I'm not completely sure. I'm definitely more active but tend to do other things rather than exercise. Maybe I haven't found exercise I enjoy? I tend to use the mom of 4 excuse, while it's true ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:55:19 EST #100daysofwhy - Day 90 I can't believe that I'm down to the last 10 days of my challenge. This challenge was a real eye-opener. Some days it was hard to find my "why" but there were days when my "why" was so evident that I couldn't believe I hadn't realized it sooner. <BR> <BR> Day 90: So I will look good in my sho... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:49:09 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>40</em> A distant relative? <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:45:03 EST Just start the conversation On Sunday my hubby and I went to see “Won’t you be my neighbor”, the documentary about Mr. Rogers. I really enjoyed it. A lot of people shared how it made they cry, but I didn’t cry, I rather found myself excited.. a spark had been reignited.. <BR> <BR> On the way to the theater, hubby and I ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:44:23 EST Another week.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got some early morning rides in. <BR> Enjoyed qigong, taiji and water aerobics. <BR> Tracked nutrition every day. <BR> Didn't budge an ounce. <BR> <BR> 140 lbs. (+/-) GOAL WEIGHT <BR> 148.8 l... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:42:23 EST Stressful days So many stressful things already occurring this morning. A bank account that is running low, shoulder pain that won't go away following a car accident, needing to finish a dissertation, needing to get hours in for my practicum, making sure my family is provided for, etc.......... I feel as if t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:40:42 EST Wrong <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wrong Way Corrigan Day commemorates the day in 1938 when Douglas Corrigan made a tran... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:39:56 EST HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF? <BR> <BR> God is supremely wise and creative, and He created us in many different <BR> shapes and personalities. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God is supremely wise and creative, and in <BR> that... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:35:21 EST PM = Piggy Me I am struggling to get back on track. My food choices are okay during the day, but once dinner is over, I eat too much. I've learned that I need a snack before bed or I wake up in the middle of the night so hungry that I cannot sleep until I get food. But instead of a normal snack, I eat a cru... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:34:28 EST Tuesday July 17th, 2018....WI day Good morning! It's such a beautiful Tuesday morning out....except for Marley (dog) who seems to think she has to squeak her loudest toy a trillion times over and over and over and over again! She is full of life this morning! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was weigh in day...... <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:30:36 EST Doggone TERRIFIC <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>338</em> <em>252</em> <em>200</em> <em>200</em> <em>252</em> <em>338</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <em>200</em> ~Waving Hello~ <BR> ~ Wishing You a... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:24:46 EST Being active Enjoying being active danced 20 minutes, chair marched 20 minutes, walked 10 minutes, then a session with my therapist for about 30 minutes based on yoga & stretching & some more stretching for half an hour Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:19:39 EST Affirmation for the Day <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:11:31 EST Taco Tuesday....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:07:02 EST Health insurers are raising rates...again Americans should be protesting. Insurance companies are using private healthcare information to collect our data which then allows our rates to be raised. Protections on prior conditions are being removed. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:59:55 EST .. Day 198/365 Day 12/90 of a new protocol <BR> <BR> So .. I went to see my doctor yesterday. All of my blood work came back just fine! My TSH was in the normal parameters. My B-12 was fantastic... She said I am slightly anemic <BR> <BR> I told her what I had researched and found on hypothyroidism (My inter... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:56:56 EST And the results are in <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning one and all. If you remember from any of my other blogs since March 29th when my dear brother-in-law Bobby passed away we suspected he was murdered by the woman he had met 36 days ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:52:30 EST Find Your Joy Here is the link to my latest blog entry on finding your joy again. I'd love to hear your thoughts. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/07/12/find-your-joy/ </link> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:46:51 EST Practice Makes (closer to) Perfect <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is my latest drawing of Da Pwincess. Each one gets better - and I learn from each of them as well. Also - I am noticing that they are drifting away from the instructor's style into somethin... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:44:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 17, 2018 July 17, 2018 A QUIET LIFE <BR> <BR> Many people who live quiet lives rarely get noticed. However, maybe we should really take a look at how they have lived. We could definitely learn something from them. First, those who live quiet lives mind their own business. They don’t flare up and protest ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:31:34 EST Monday Tuesday I managed to get a lot of work and personal stuff done yesterday because most of the meetings are canceled because it was the first day start up after summer shutdown at the plan so that was nice and then quality time with the family and then I watched a movie that I rented from the library and I... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:21:17 EST 7-17-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:12:46 EST Where Has All the Good Food Gone? Back when I was married (and fat), I fancied myself a halfway decent cook. <BR> <BR> My repertoire basically consisted of deep-fried chicken, pasta with alfredo sauce (extra cheesy!), and sandwiches. It seemed like a pretty wide variety to me—but mostly because heavy, fatty foods like those wer... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:10:10 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:09:23 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/17/2018 THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">THE EARTH [is] the LORD'... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:59:02 EST Morning I’m trying out blogging on my new iPod Touch. I can see myself actually doing this in the summer! During the school year I prefer pen and paper, but I like how accessible this is for non school mornings or if I need to get my thoughts out with a calming or inspirational playlist in the background... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:57:38 EST Sparkle Time Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! I hope everyone has a great day! I am ready to get that morning routine in! Have a sparkling day! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:50:35 EST Tuesday Going for a 7 a.m. dog walk with an old friend and then coming home to the treadmill. I plan on having a lovely day. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:46:30 EST Mon 7/16 Our two grandchildren were scheduled to go to Bible Study this afternoon so they were dropped off at the house at 5:45 am. I was still ZZZing away when they were dropped off! The older one made "slime" and had fun doing that. The plumber came today to fix our toilet (seal needed to be changed) an... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:26:22 EST Shopping For a New President <img src=""> <BR> Yes, the campaigning In the USA has begun! On February 11, 2020, New Hampshire will hold their primary. Candidates are already making the rounds. On Sunday, I met Maryland Congressman John K Delane... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:17:37 EST Triple Digit week... <img src=""> <BR> It is the start of the 100's with a few spattered days 'cooling' off to the high 90's. Extreme temperatures really knock the wind out of my sails. Henri doesn't like it over 85 much either! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:59:18 EST July 17 Read Romans 9 Are we predestined? I must admit that I do not fully understand the doctrine of election. I've read about it, heard discussions, and although I understand how some come to these conclusions, I can't quite reconcile election and free choice together. But there are a lot of things that just don't quite fit and the rea... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:58:15 EST and all that Jazz and something else <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This may open your eyes, it did mine <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </lin... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:32:56 EST What's next? The appliance repairman did come by yesterday. He was amazed that the boards for the control panels had gone out again. He said he hoped they were under warranty. <BR> <BR> The clock on the electric stove came loose and he said the wires on it were hot and that it was good that we hadn't touch... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:27:52 EST Oh my coffee!! LOL! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:09:11 EST Tues 17 July (60kg) - OffensiveDay (1,400 Calorie cap) - about 1,200 calories today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fluffy's now adopted this new perch :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He loves being taller than all of us. <BR... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:23:39 EST Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, July 17, 2018 " I Delight in Dancing Lightly With Life." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:22:16 EST July 17,2018 I am back! I had to take a short break from Sparks. <BR> <BR> The end of June I went to the bi-ennial family reunion. The group just keeps getting smaller due to old age and people going to their forever home. The remainder of us had a great time. It was good to spend time with my Mom, two sisters and ma... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:19:32 EST July 17,2018 I am back! I had to take a short break from Sparks. <BR> <BR> The end of June I went to the bi-ennial family reunion. The group just keeps getting smaller due to old age and people going to their forever home. The remainder of us had a great time. It was good to spend time with my Mom, two sisters and ma... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:11:14 EST Walking & Band WO <link><BR>no285-E </link> <BR> <BR> New--Wake Up and Walk---video with a bit of a band workout at the end. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:37:46 EST HUBBY HOME Well we came home Friday from Hubby's knee surgery. He can only do his therapy and he has to lay 3 times a day for 45 minutes with his foot above his heart. We have an adjustable bed so he raises the head and puts his leg up there and puts on his headphones and listens to things on his compute... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:34:52 EST National parks <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: July is National Parks and Recreation month. Do you have a favorite National Park you like to visit? Is there a National Park near where you live? Have you been to many National Parks? <BR> <BR> <BR> I dont think ive ever bee... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:20:03 EST 7-16-18 Today was book club. We were reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I like the book, even though I hadn't finished it. Some of the days in the past week were too hot to successfully read without falling asleep. I'm looking forward to the monsoon rains taking the temperature down to more liv... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:18:54 EST Post-Whole30: lessons learned I started Whole30 with a very long history of weighing, measuring, tracking, whole grains, counting steps…everything that's supposed to lead to weight loss success. And an equally long history of chiseling off a few pounds sometimes, but watching it come back despite my best efforts. I had my res... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:52:40 EST Catechism in a Year 236. How is the liturgy celebrated? <BR> <BR> The celebration of the liturgy is interwoven with signs and symbols whose meaning is rooted in creation in human culture. It is determined by the events of the Old Testament and is fully revealed in the Person and work of Christ. <BR> <BR> Further r... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:48:49 EST Motivational "Move Your Body" Monday with two songs. <img src=""> <BR> Jumping for Joy is GOOD exercise! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dirty Dancing - Time of my Life (Final Dance) <BR> <img src="ht... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:46:40 EST Babysitting.....It's All Good We had a rocky start but it would seem as if it's all good now. We've found our groove, I'm on payroll, we're all happy ( so far ). Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:45:41 EST Finally Able to Upload My Before Photo <img src=""> So, here I am. 35 years old, 5'4", 192 pounds, 7/8/18. 7 weeks postpartum. My goal is to get to 140 pounds by 7/8/19. Just wanted to get my "before" photo up, since I couldn't get it to work before. 😉... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:43:50 EST 7/16-17 It's midnight and I'm getting my exercise in before bed. <BR> <BR> so far 30 sit ups (wooo), a few leg raises and swings, now for my 50 squats. <BR> <BR> no measurement loss and scale shows gain, but oh well... 1 month as of the 24th.. won't be able to measure until sometime in august due to th... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:34:48 EST A New Gym Our city has built a new recreation center with indoor swimming pools and pickleball/volleyball/basketball courts and about every kind of exercise equipment available.... It doesn't open until this Saturday, but I signed up today.... <BR> <BR> I may even attend the grand opening on their first d... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:26:21 EST Weather Another nice day but humid. Wish it would get back to what it was 2 weeks ago. It is 70 outside and 74 inside. It was warmer outside tonight. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:09:29 EST Good workout, good day Got a bit of a later start today, but in the gym for a good sweaty hour. Came home and was productive, cooked up some broccoli. Ended up in the pool for awhile at the end of the day, too. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm good and in the groove, almost three weeks on diet. Yesterday's constant "in ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:07:59 EST Food for thought! Good food is good for you! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:07:01 EST Special Blessings-July 17, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I got the bedding changed first thing this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. We went to IHOP for our weekly Monday brunch. <BR> <BR> 3. After we came home, I did four loads of laundry. <BR> <BR> 4. Jim worked on cleaning out the ga... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:06:27 EST Hit my goal today of a min of 5000 steps Hello fellow sparkers, <BR> I figured I'd drop in it's been a couple days, I've been kinda on the depressed side the last few days. <BR> <BR> However I got out my old Ipad 2 and for the first time in a while it actually accepted my log in which is a blessing as I can't just trudge along on the ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:05:13 EST July 16th Today was cool and windy..lots of promise of rain but no delivery! We could smell it on the wind..torture! <BR> <BR> My son was over to take items in to the scrap yard. Pay is really low right now, but at least the West pasture is looking better. I think I had said..that Jim and Fred Sanford w... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:02:59 EST Cats ;-) 07/16/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Street Cat Breaks Into A Car <BR> <link><BR>et-cat-breaks-into-a-car-to-find-a-new<BR>-loving-home?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_<BR>medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_camp... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:57:58 EST Musical Monday! My day went extremely fast! <BR> <BR> Street sale prep <BR> <BR> Audition prep <BR> <BR> Auditions <BR> <BR> Late dinner <BR> <BR> Late run to grocery store with my husband to buy Kleenex <BR> <BR> Quiet Time Seeking God’s Face Ordinary Time Week 9 Day 2 <BR> <BR> His grace is greater! K... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:55:15 EST Today is day 1 <img src=""> I am excited to join Spark and track my journey! I am new so any guidance would be great!!!! I am ready to get these last 50lbs off my body!! Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:49:10 EST Mom My mom was in bad shape I just found out today. My dad took her to urgent care where they diagnosed her with severe arthritis in her right leg. She complained to me last month it hurt but it had been hurting the last four months. Today she heard a pop. And that's what made her go to urgent care. ... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:40:35 EST "Don't Forget To Smile" <img src=""> <BR> I am feeling much better tonight and trying to get though my Grief and hopefully soon because, <BR> I don't like feeling Blue because blue is for people who are sad and don't wanna Smile and, <BR> so ... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:31:26 EST Thoughts after 5 weeks on SP I'm tired from a very busy day at work, but I"m happy and chatty, so I thought I'd make a list of my impressions of how it's gone for me here so far. <BR> <BR> * People here are SO FRIENDLY! <BR> <BR> * I have lost only 17 pounds so far (which I know is great, but it's not a lot compared to my... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:30:40 EST Photo set 28 .. Day 197/365 Day 11/90 of a new protocol <BR> <BR> photos won't post..again.. <BR> <BR> please bear with me .. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:27:58 EST Be Kind to Yourself Today started with a stress test and the placing of a 48 hour Holter Monitor which is causing my sensitive skin to itch like crazy. Things were going great, I was making good choices, and then out of the blue, I am still not sure what triggered it (bills, job, worry about sons trip coming up), b... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:26:54 EST Day 2 I Got it Done Well day two was a challenge I became ill at work and thought I might have to be sent home again I just got back today from a long absence from illness so needless to say I didn't think I would make my 30 mins exercise today but I did and I was determined to do so now depending on how I feel tomo... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:24:28 EST Yummy Seattle treats today Today I had a lovely visit with my friend. I only see her once a year or so but we talk several times a week. The twins went swimming with friends and the teen ager helped his mom do yard work while gramma was out visiting. But according to mom he had way to much fun with the hose and water. ... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:18:45 EST #458 ?Travel Time? We are pretty well loaded with all we plan on taking with us as we leave our Texas home for the summer.Long delay due to mom's health but plans are to hook up and leave tomorrow. Thus, we can say, <BR> <img src=""> <... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:17:40 EST Monday, July 16th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After a not-so-great night of sleep I was up to take on Monday. Made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and then the kids and I headed out to buy school supplies as they are on sale ri... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:15:46 EST