SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Here I am .....AGAIN Well, here I am again...over weight, over tired, under watered, lol...and in need of etting back into a healthy routine. <BR> <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople before. <BR> I know it works....IF you use the tools and knowledge provided. <BR> My issues....making excuses and not making mysel... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:25:07 EST School News <img src=""> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:24:58 EST Happy Birthday to ME Happy Birthday to ME! Today is my 45th birthday and yes I am PROUD of it. My journey has not been easy, but I have not given up. I log in daily, I plan my exercise and I track my food/exercise throughout the day. Now, there will be no restricted diet today because I decided to enjoy a nice birthd... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:21:23 EST It's signup time for Biggest Loser Challenge, round 39!! <em>215</em> Are you ready to Make a Commitment to Yourself??? Are you looking for a Challenge to help You Reach your Goals? Then Join the Biggest Loser Challenge! <BR> The BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) is a 12-week challenge composed of 15 teams. Each team has its own personality and structure... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:21:07 EST A man is going to play golf A man got on a bus to go to a golf tournament. He had both of his pockets filled with golf balls. He sat down next to a beautiful blonde. <BR> <BR> The woman kept looking quizzically at him and his obviously bulging pants. <BR> <BR> Finally, after many glances from her, he said: "It's golf ball... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:11:16 EST GO TO SLEEP! - 12-11-18 Shannon Lukens is losing patience with this bear who hasn't gotten the memo that it's time to hibernate! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She drove up to her house and discovered it was wise NOT to get out of the car... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:08:52 EST Today I'm on track Today I'm on track with the program. Tomorrow I have a company lunch which may derail my week. I will not be in control of what is offered and it will take lots of willpower to keep to respectable portions. <BR> <BR> Today I feel - <em>40</em> (136.4) Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:08:24 EST Slimming Down I stopped drinking pop on Saturday morning, and I don't have the desire or craving to have any more. I find that quite amazing, considering how much I have enjoyed drinking my Coke Zero and Cherry Coke Zero. It's definitely a wonderful feeling to have no craving for pop, no headache, and no feeli... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:56:17 EST Too windy to walk outside today Its 42 outside but that wind is strong. Just can't do it today. I work with older people and if i even get the sniffles I cant work so I have to be extra careful. Bicycle tonight when i get home. Having to force myself to get on it. I used to walk 5 miles a day and ride bicycle for hour. Now i dr... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:54:01 EST tues snowmen diipped and all but "coal" done. sour cream cookies baked..need frosting. about to start the 5-loaf bread..but i'll do 2 loaves of bread a pan of rolls one of sticky buns and one of cinnamon buns. <BR> the kids are walking around clue when they will get here. still need to cl... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:47:40 EST Change I have improved my eating habits quite a bit and still have not seen results. I feel discouraged. Hoping that I can keep willpower Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:41:54 EST Pondering Feeling tired today. Wishing my coffee would kick in, it will probably end up being a 2 cup day. <BR> <BR> Wish I knew why I was so tired. I wake up really early in the morning so I give myself a break for being asleep by 9 most nights. Usually as soon as I put my head on my pillow, I'm out wit... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:31:18 EST Monday Tuesday Not too bad yesterday being tired, kids homework easy and wife helped mostly. Better sleep last night so good day today. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:27:14 EST Oh vanity sizing, I'm such a fool for you! Vanity sizing: The practice of assigning smaller sizes to articles of manufactured clothing than is really the case, in order to encourage sales. <BR> <BR> I'm not vain, but what vanity sizing does for me is validate denial. If I can honestly tell someone that I am wearing a size 6, let's say, ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:23:43 EST 2018 TODAY WAS TOTALLY KOOL hey sparkers hope all doing ok had great workout this morning back to my step ups they are great cardio work your body all over and working my triceps more still cold here and was so foggy this morning but today was totallly kool no doctor groceries just all doing for me no cooking all the above ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:21:46 EST Satisfied journey I am really bad about finishing anything I start. Find myself starting over A LOT. Pretty much sums up why I have been on such a roller coaster ride with my weight loss journey. I am 43, weigh about 202 lbs (haven't weighed myself lately) and am 5'7". I am addicted to food. I use it for comf... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:20:57 EST checking in Down a pound! Yay! Last night I stuck to my diet and said no to dessert. Didn't make it to my workout class so I took the bus to the store and walked back. One step at a time. :P <BR> <BR> Holiday stress is creeping up but I haven't turned to comfort food so far. Need more sleep though. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:20:56 EST Find the Person <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> "Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life." <BR> ~ Leo Buscaglia <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:15:43 EST Get serious about this!! I weighed in and gained a pound. I need to really get serious about this weight loss journey. I am going to weigh in once a week from now on --- if I weigh in more then I get too discouraged when I don't see results. I am also going to start eating breakfast -- something I don't do very often Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:09:48 EST First Month First, I can not believe I am typing a post, knowing I got to my goal weight. Well, I should say past my goal weight. I lost 1 more lb than what I tended to, but that is because of the stomach flu I got the week of Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Since reaching my goal weight, I have been focusing on t... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:05:09 EST My Quest... I am on a quest! I see red when restaurants are using plastic straws or if anyone chooses to use them and toss them in the garbage without recycling them. Use the bio-degradable if you can find them (Amazon) or don’t use plastic, period. They are killing our fish life in our oceans. Actually try ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:55:34 EST Tuesday 11th December <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:54:33 EST SPARKPEOPLE PROGRAM, DAY 2 I'm loving the new SP format; can't weight for it to be available via the app! <BR> <BR> Motivation - <BR> <BR> What hurdles have you come up against in the last six months? <BR> <BR> -Time, commute, being thrown off schedule after being consistent. <BR> <BR> How could being healthy have made... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:48:13 EST Goals for 12/11/18 1. Thoroughly clean bathroom sink/counter <BR> <BR> 2. Remove items on high shelf and find them homes <BR> <BR> 3. Complete page 1 of newsletter <BR> <BR> 4. Put hangers in closet <BR> <BR> 5. Take out trash/put cart at curb <BR> <BR> 6. Use nutrition tracker and stay in range <BR> <BR> 7. ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:46:34 EST 2019 5% Winter Challenge The definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I suppose I must be insane, because here I go again. I've never done particularly well in these challenges, but what can I say, I always start with a CAN DO ATTITUDE. I'm hoping that... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:45:44 EST The going's getting tough but this too shall pass I've been in my new home less than a month and already the water heater has failed and flooded the crawl space. I've had the crawl space pumped out and have had de-humidifiers and air filters going constantly for over a week. I'm grateful that the house can be dried out, but really struggling wit... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:41:50 EST What Is Nose Work And How Can It Help Senior Dogs Stay Mentally Healthy? <link><BR>-how-can-it-help-senior-dogs-stay-ment<BR>ally-healthy/?utm_source=SeniorAutoEma<BR>il-SeniorFriendlyActivity&utm_medium=0<BR>000&utm_campaign=SeniorAutoEmail-Senio<BR>rFriendlyActivity&goal=0_e5aaad793c-6c<BR>08507d4c-189339229&mc_cid=6c08507d4c&mc_... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:32:14 EST Finally, proud of me... About 3 weeks ago, I can to the realization that the numbers on the scale are rising to where they never have been before as well as the fact that in 13 months, I'm going to be 50. I was more unhappy about the scale than the age. My oldest/dearest friend of 45 yeas wants to celebrate our 50th bi... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:25:05 EST Personal Challenge Updates I'm entering Week 3 of my personal challenge workouts for December and Week 6 of my Team Body Project Pure Resistance program. <BR> <BR> I've not lost any weight (which is fine because I'm eating at maintenance level) BUT my body composition has changed. I'm far stronger and feel "lighter on my... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:22:54 EST Day 34: Little Wins <em>362</em> Activity Minutes 80 (Goal 100) <BR> <em>7</em> Calories Burned 645 (Goal 1000) <BR> <em>550</em> Calorie Balance 1762 (Goal 1500-1862) <BR> <em>311</em> Miles 7.92 (Goal 12) <BR> <em>414</em> Meditation Minutes 150 (Goal 150) <BR> <BR> I'm doing well with both my exerc... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:20:41 EST Teeny Tiny Clothes I have four storage boxes under my bed filled with clothes that are too small for me. They're broken into categories: one for clothes that almost fit, one for clothes that fit me around the 190-210 range, ones for the 165-185 range, and one for goal clothes in the 150-160 range. <BR> <BR> <img ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:18:40 EST it's tuesday my daughter's christmas concert at her school is tonight. i know it will be great fun and very entertaining. i have gotten started on my christmas shopping and hope to finish it by the end of this week. both budgies say cheep, cheep! one budgie is yellow and green and the other one is blue and wh... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:15:30 EST Withdrawal Update I am miserable. Ugh. I decreased a dosage again on Friday this past week, and I am feeling it. I've had a (much worse than usual) migraine steadily since Friday (today is the worst day so far.) I also just have a general feeling of ick, chills, nausea, etc. I'm also not one to miss work. (With al... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:14:15 EST C'est La Vie I'm a senior in college studying food science and product development. Every Monday during my product design lab, my diet seems blown because I have to taste all these different products, and when you're trying to write a detailed report, you have to taste multiple times. So that's a lot of calor... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:10:22 EST Every day Each day it is getting a little bit easier. Easier to stay in track easier to exercise easier to fit the healthy things into my life Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:09:28 EST 12/11/18 Value <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." Albert Einstein <BR> ME: Consider the era this was said and replace "man" with "person". The message still speaks... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:06:54 EST My Adventures in Spark 131 of 365 days...14 days until Christmas...plans change No counseling for me today. <BR> <BR> We put my dad in Hospice a few months ago even though he was doing well. <BR> <BR> Last night my brother text and Dad isn't looking well and hospice thinks he has just days. Even though he abused me, he still is my dad. My aunt is picking me up to go down... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:02:47 EST MORE EXAMS I am going in this evening to take 3 more exams. I am not sure at this point how many more I need to complete. I will know after I test tonight. <BR> <BR> I am putting on a pot of beef stew this morning as we are having cold windy weather hear. I talked with Hubby. He can have everything i... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:53:29 EST Anemia ~ Hematologist Visit I went to the hematologist and his conclusion is that it is still iron related. He says that I do have hypothyroidism and that is just exacerbating everything. He says that when a person has iron deficiency anemia and hypothyroidism, the hypothyroidism makes the anemia worse. He basically said I ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:52:40 EST Week One Weight and Goals SW: 229.2 <BR> GW: 227.2 by 12/18/18 <BR> <BR> My goal for today is simply to not have fast food. <BR> <BR> It sounds corny but just thinking about going and getting McDonalds makes me happy. It's all of those addiction chemicals swirling around inside my head. Instead, I packed my breakfast a... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:49:01 EST Day 2 of my Christmas decorations loves. <img src=""> <BR> Love the smells of Christmas. This candle is from glades nutcracker collection called Sugar plum fantasies. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:27:58 EST Words matter Lately, everywhere I look on ALL subjects it seems that we have become a people of confrontation.. Society has been pushing our buttons for so long that we are buying into the negativity and approaching life in a an almost "I dare you to disagree with me" mindset, dukes up and ready to brawl. <B... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:26:51 EST This would work... LoL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This would work, and teach the thieves a lesson. <em>250</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:10:22 EST Happy Tuesday..made it through Monday .. Tuesday can only be better !!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:09:19 EST Sleep <img src=""> <BR> My husband started working graveyard shift this week and the bed feels so empty now. Spent most of the night tossing and turning before finally passing out for a couple of hours. Hopefully I adjust so... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:09:15 EST Utterly Discouraged So here I am 104 days on SP and I am utterly discouraged & going to step away from the bathroom scales for a week. No more daily weigh-ins! I know from reading articles on SP that people hit plateaus but nonetheless I am at a low point. I have not lost weight for about 17 days; the scale bounc... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:06:07 EST National Noodle Ring Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 11 <BR> <BR> National Noodle Ring Day is a December day that kids young and old have been impatiently awaiting......yeah, right! <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:49:20 EST Re-focusing on Me Again I'm struggling emotionally because in less than one year both of my in-laws died. I took care of them as if they were my own parents, not my in-laws. Acting as an advocate for them was challenging while having to navigate and "watch the crazy" from the immediate family. Tooting my own horn for a ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:45:57 EST "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen Covey "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen Covey <BR> This quote came up in the suggestions when I entered the title box. It seems appropriate for how I feel this morning. <BR> <BR> I look at the food log for today and think that this isn't what I want t... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:41:01 EST funny <img src=""> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:34:32 EST How fitting <img src=""> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:34:06 EST Tuesday Yesterday did not go as planned. I spent most of the morning at fast care with a sick kid. Then grocery store in the afternoon. I did do well with eating though. What a day! Hopefully today is better. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:33:02 EST How fitting <img src=""> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:31:22 EST 12/11/18 workout Swimming: 300 free warm up 4x25 free, stroke count 10x50 free, odds: flutter kick, evens: dolphin kick 2x200, 5x350 free, focus on technique*, all flip turns 1x750 free, focus on technique*, 25 touch turn/225 flip turn 200- 50 back/50 free/50 breast/50 free 200 free cool down Total: 4400yd *techn... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:24:57 EST There 's going to be a Birthday Party-- <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday Himself and I put the tree up-- <BR> It's a half a tree---like-- it can be hung on a wall-- <BR> It takes about 15 minutes to get it up--- my kinda tree! <BR> <BR> We used to have a mammo... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:23:12 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>211</em> Now that was easy. <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:23:05 EST Fixing the World, One Grocery Store at a Time <BR> I know I’m complaining again—or, rather, I’m about to—but here’s the thing: If I don’t point out the errors of the world, how are we ever going to fix them? Because clearly, and no offense, but y’all seem to be overlooking a whole lot of nonsense. <BR> <BR> So, the other day, I went over t... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:20:47 EST Here we go again It's been awhile since I posted and, I admit, I have faltered, tried to pick myself up, then faltered again. <BR> I truly believe that, instead of looking at this as a diet, I need to make a lifestyle change. <BR> I am in my 60s which makes weight loss a challenge. Add to that hypothyroidism an... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:10:23 EST Regret... Sometimes, it’s hard to know what hurts more—the fact that someone you love is gone or the woulda, shoulda, couldas. Don’t wait to tell (but more importantly show) people how much they mean to you. 😔 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:06 EST Holiday Goal - Don't lose weight!! I know how I used to operate. I would overeat during the holidays, gain weight, and then get discouraged. Before I knew it, it was spring and I had gained 10 pounds and starting over. This year, I have a plan in place. Give myself some leeway, have fun, but keep eating right and moving <BR> <BR>... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:53:20 EST Word of the Day: ahistoric ahistoric or a·his·tor·i·cal [ey-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-ik or ey-hi-stawr-i-kuh l, -stor-i-kuh l] <BR><BR>2900.mp3 <BR> adjective <BR> 1. without concern for history or historical development; indifferent to tradition. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:52:09 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 95 I don't mind being in the spotlight! Last evening I was sitting in the second row of the piano recital with hundreds of people in the room when my youngest granddaughter needed to go to the bathroom. Her mom wasn't there yet with Natalie so I volunteered to take her, knowing I would survive despi... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:48:56 EST Road Ends Women Talking really was superb . . . I finished it yesterday. And (despite the subject matter) not heavy, not depressing. Not at all. Although also not neatly wrapped up in an uplifting finale either . . . <BR> <BR> And now (unprecedented for me!!) I'm reading another work of "serious" Cana... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:47:35 EST Mountains <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> International Mountain Day <BR> In 1998, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2002 as the International Year of Mountains, and in a resolution in December 2002, they designated Dec... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:39:20 EST SNOW JOKE <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you hear about the ski trip? <BR> It started off great but things went downhill fast. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:32:28 EST TO PRAY IS TO LET GO <img src=""> <BR> For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israelis our King. PSALM 89:18 KJB Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:26:06 EST My Fat Pants are tight - this is a problem About 6 months ago, I bough 3 pairs of larger-size pants to fit my bursting waistline. Over the last few weeks I've noticed that THOSE are now getting uncomfortable. One pair I can't even squeeze into anymore. This is a HUGE problem. <BR> <BR> I refuse to buy another set of bigger clothes. Nope... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:21:48 EST Another Christmas Concert This time we went to see the younger GS in his <BR> school concert and he had a solo singing part. The <BR> whole program was a delight. He also plays the <BR> trombone in the 5th grade band. <BR> We are making plans to assist DD and SIL with some <BR> of the final moving process on Saturday as w... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:19:14 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~DogGone Tail Wagging Terrific Tuesday~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>200</em> <em>338</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <em>444</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing You~ <BR> ~ a... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:17:56 EST reflecting Starting over ? how many times do we all do that? Well, I guess in my case until it sticks! At least that's what I am planning. <BR> I could be so mad at myself and I am, but really why? It's all my own fault anyway. .. for not sticking to my goals, for not getting up and moving, for one more sl... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:17:09 EST Getting to know myself better This time around I had decided to attack my addiction to bread, potatoes and other fast sugars that usually drive me back to where i started and worst. <BR> <BR> So. As a first step I did a short Sugar detox. I had read somewhere that a good way to help was to not eat anything with sugar added, ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:14:49 EST Back Again <img src=""> <BR> Hope to remain disciplined this time. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:10:57 EST Tuesday Funny Bill works in a machine shop. One day he gets into an accident at work. He leans in too close to a piece of machinery and it chops off his arm. Bob rushes over to help. He puts Bill's arm in a plastic bag and takes him to the hospital. An hour later Bill comes out with his arm reattached. "Ahhh, ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:02:08 EST No spark mail! Super skinny points and no spark mail today. Was it something I said? 😁 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:49:19 EST Day 5 and then Day 6 tomorrow-184 days and then 183 days until- Tuesday today- Wednesday tomorrow unless something in the fabric of time rips! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to check in weekly (Thursdays -starting next week) now that I have my whole food plant based rhythm back. <BR> Avoiding salt and sugar and oil along the way. <BR> Caffeine I will t... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:44:25 EST 12/11/18 Not knowing anything is the sweetest life. Sophocles Quote of the Day <BR> Wisdom outweighs any wealth. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved. <BR> Mignon McLaughlin <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the ligh... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:43:23 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You bet... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:42:15 EST Is the Holy Spirit just for the Old Testament believers or is He our Helper too? – 15 “But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the Spirit of God. N... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:42:14 EST Tuesday I can't believe Christmas is just two weeks away. <BR> Lots to do but I'm taking it a step at a time. <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:41:46 EST 12-11-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:40:46 EST 2018 goal review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: Review and reflect on how you did with achieving your goals this year. Did you accomplish all or most of your goals? What could yo... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:38:38 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-12-11-2018 This monastery in the English countryside was holding its annual fish and chip charity dinner. People came from miles around. Thousands were being served. Everything was going smoothly until this boisterous squire in the crowd felt that his fish was under cooked and that he needed to complain. So... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:35:30 EST Monday Madness 12/10/2018 First primary care checkup since being diagnosed with breast cancer - it was wonderful to see him and catch up! He was happy about my weight loss and we discussed the ins and outs of Keto. I love my Doctor!! <BR> <BR> He's one of the official doctors for the Boxing commission and has photos ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:23:31 EST Registration for BLC 39 RECRUITMENT MESSAGE - <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Are you ready to Make a Commitment to Yourself??? Are you looking for a Challenge to help You Reach your Goals? Then Join the Biggest Loser Challenge! <BR> <BR> The BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) is a 12-week challenge composed of 15 teams... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:19:13 EST BLC39 - WINTER ROUND - REGISTERING NOW! The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it Y... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:10:14 EST Tuesday's Christmas Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Guess Santa had one too many cookies...….. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:06:01 EST My Fig Tree The scripture for today may be found in the book of John chapter 1 verses 45-49 <BR> <BR> 45 Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:03:07 EST You just never know... I live in a sleepy, little Victorian village. Typically it is very safe. In fact, when I went to the police station a while back to ask if there were areas or neighborhoods I should avoid walking in after dark, I just got a chuckle and a negative response from the officer on duty... With the exc... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:58:15 EST Tuesday When it rains, it pours... Enough said Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:11:28 EST Mom's Magical Moment <img src=""> <BR> My mom has loved Santa all of her 96 years. It seemed only right to take her over to the Wal Mart Santa on Saturday. They had a lovely little conversation, and he held her hand. In the end, Mom con... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:11:22 EST My 101 Things to do in 1001 Days challenge starts tomorrow I decided to start my 101 Things to do in 1001 Days challenge a few weeks early. Rather than wait for the new year, I'm starting tomorrow. Here's my list. Have you ever done one? <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12th December 2018 to Tuesday 7th Sept 2021 143 weeks exactly Almost 33 months <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:46:26 EST Mon 12/10 Lunch! Today was a dreary day, with some sprinkles at home. However, I went to my first retirees Christmas luncheon at Courtyard Marriott in Waipouli. That's about 25 miles away from home. The drive to the place was about 45 minutes going and 70 minutes heading back home. It rained on the way, but the p... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:59:44 EST More funny food... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, is it just me, or does it look like this guy might have been smoking something "funny"? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:57:26 EST I am grateful for, 12.10.18 1. My babies, because we calm each other. <BR> 2. Getting our story read, because it was good. <BR> 3. A productive day, because it feels good to accomplish things. <BR> 4. Taking him along, because he needed the break. <BR> 5. The lights getting up, because it looks better. <BR> 6. Roasted caul... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:36:11 EST Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> LET'S GET MOVING Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:29:31 EST Monday, December 10 (Long time, no blog) It is really Tuesday at 3:30 a/m. but still my Monday. It has been a LONG time since I blogged and I don't want to take much time now but I will be back to talk about some things that happened and to get back on track blogging. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving was fine. Overate but not by much. Probably 2... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:25:50 EST Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, December 11, 2018 " I serve to others by living happily, <BR> and radiating happiness and joy to those around me." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:09:30 EST Challenge Day 2 Really tough on me as bridges are difficult but a great workout Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:58:30 EST Tuesdays Tickle <img src=""> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:16:27 EST 12-10-18 Today I had my plumbing and my furnace inspected. The furnace may need replacing. The blower motor is leaking oil and the bearings are wobbling. The furnace is 12 years old, so I should expect it, but I believe in machinery that lasts forever. Maybe Santa will bring me a new furnace. As long as i... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:07:51 EST I hope All are staying safe weather wise, where you are. I know its getting warm for those way south of me and getting cold for those closer and north of me. <BR> <BR> For some, I know its hard to workout outside while its cold. It is for me. I'm addicted to staying active as I have parents that sur... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:00:10 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR TUESDAY A BLESSED BY-PRODUCT <BR> <BR> Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust. <BR> Psalm 40:4 <BR> <BR> When a giant oak, cedar, walnut, or pine tree is ripped into planks at a sawmill, lumber is the product.But there are by-products too.In t... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:41:26 EST Catechism in a Year 401. In what does the social dimension of man consist? <BR> <BR> Together with the personal call to beatitude, the human person has a communal dimension as an essential component of his nature and vocation. Indeed, all are called to the same end, God himself. There is a certain resemblance betwe... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:35:13 EST EXTRA SLOW DAY The sun was shining and it was beautiful. After all the rain, it looked great. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't feel too well today so my numbers showed it. Diet was okay but exercise steps was way down. Tomorrow should be a better day. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am headed for bed t... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:18:52 EST 212.5 14250 maintained my Dec. goal 3 beers Walked the 14250 on Monday. Did work at my sisters with pavers and digging. Didn't make the gym but lifting 65 # pavers, and digging them in the dirt along the driveway was some exercise. <BR> Got together with my son for a beer and at Local 44 and had Korean BBQ chicken for the first time... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:16:52 EST Special Blessings-December 11, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. My friend, Linda, was in two for a couple of days visiting her grandkids. Today, she and I spent the day together and we also took the time to have what we always called our 3 hour power lunch with our friend, Karen. <BR> <BR> 2. ... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:10:24 EST Weather It was a cool day and overcast. It warmed up to high 68s after being 51. It is 58 outside and 65 inside. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:09:28 EST Animals ;-) 12/10/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BIG CAT CHRISTMAS! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src="ht... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:05:54 EST I LOVE COLORING, MAKING MUSIC AND BRINGING JOY TO OTHERS. Hi everyone. Our home is bustling with Christmas preparations and definitely getting into the Spirit of Christmas .Let's see...we made 5 dozen Welsh Cookies last week for the Music Ministry party on Sat. night. We'll make another 5 dozen for the bake sale at church this Sunday. We'll fill the ord... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:51:52 EST #603 Pooh hugs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, the day came and DH was again called into the office. We kind of guessed the topic was the kitchen but didn't know he would have to watch a video of our health code violations last Sunday ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:51:25 EST countdown till xmas activities i feel like i am forgetting stuff, but i do like crossing things off the to do list Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:47:08 EST Let Go............ You'll never get what you truly deserve if you remain attached to what you're supposed to......... <BR> <BR> Let Go Of. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:33:15 EST December 9th Well the entire group was upset with me this AM. It was cold and I just had a hard time deciding to go out in it. so breakfast was more than a lil bit late! <BR> As I walked out onto the deck I was almost knocked backwards with a huge bray! There is Skinner hanging his head over the fence looking... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:26:38 EST Water Great for you. I just hate when I don't get my water in during the day. When I finish my water at night I'm in the bathroom all night. Well I guess that's one way to increase my steps. 😂😂😂😂 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:17:31 EST Monday, Dec. 10th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was the question of the morning. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The first phone call was to reschedule my mas... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:03:04 EST Then I Turned The Page Hello Spark Family! <BR> Before you panic and be all like, "OMG, this woman got fat again - Spark doesn't work!" <BR> <BR> Shame on you. <BR> I knowingly scorfed copious amounts of garbage to heal my emotional and physical pain. <BR> It's what happens when you DON'T use a system like ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:01:17 EST Thing I've Never Seen at Church Before Yesterday, in the middle of the preacher's sermon, a Mexican free-tail bat appeared and took a number of laps around the church sanctuary until it decided to grab an upside down perch close to the ceiling... Ours is not an ornate old timey church building, and the entrance of a real, live bat con... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:38:08 EST .. Day 40 Does anyone here play "Punch Buggy" ..?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I WIN..!! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:18:36 EST Manic Monday <img src=""> Started out with my nurse calling, she was already at the front door and I was still in bed!! So had to jump up, get dressed and open the door so she could infuse my medication in my veins. After that it w... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:06:47 EST Stressful Monday Knowing that I am a 'stress' eater, does not help me ignore it. Found myself comforting myself with a few chocolate kisses, a chocolate chip cookie, and a chocolate cream wafer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Howe... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:06:43 EST December 10, 2018 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> I am ready to go to bed. It's been a long, crazy day. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I got up and got my workout done. Once Matthew was out the door I got my shower taken and had my breakfast. Then it was off to Greenfield with Jacob for his chiropractor appointment. It was ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:49:59 EST December 10 Todays blog is just a fun one. <BR> <BR> I missed exercise to day. <em>24</em> I still have time to <BR> do it but I am beat so not sure. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was grooming day for my Panda, she is 11 years old, always had the same Lady so we drive one hour and 40 min one way to take her L... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:42:00 EST My 5% 2019 Winter Challenge Homework &Commitments <em>521</em> Win Today & Win Tomorrow Check List <BR> Wake up 5:30-6:30 <BR> Take dogs out <BR> Morning routine=bathroom,brush teeth, WI, get dressed etc <BR> Coffee <BR> Check Emails <BR> Check on Farmville Game <BR> Coffee <BR> Hot Green Tea <BR> Senior Exercise Class on Monday & Wed... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:41:42 EST Feeling hit by a truck.. I took the fur baby in today and I'm not sure if I put him out of his misery or mine. It was getting harder and harder to watch him get up or try to sit down and the bones sticking out because he was losing so much weight were really bothering me. He was so peaceful looking after ward just layi... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:40:46 EST Day Zero So tomorrow is day zero. I'm refusing to call it day one because that would imply that I'm going for a streak. In a perfect world, there would be a streak of perfection... perfection every day for the rest of my life. But I know thats unrealistic. So it's day zero. It's the end of the countdown. ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:29:00 EST Back When Back When, Tim McGraw, 2015 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't you remember <BR> The fizz in a pepper <BR> Peanuts in a bottle <BR> At ten, two and four <BR> A fried bologna sandwich <BR> With mayo and tom... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:20:39 EST Mondays Went to gym tonight. Too cold to do my walking outside. Always feel good when I'm done. Hope everyone had a productive day. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:12:04 EST Cold weather thought <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:10:43 EST Taking care of your self in a Crisis Urgent prayer Request Through the years my spark friends have always been there for me, in a crisis. <BR> on Dec 8th. My Son was here in Payson, he started to have trouble breathing, I am thinking Asmatha. The Hospital called me, he was in an active major heart-attack. They took him by Ambulance to Osborn Hospital a... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:06:31 EST First Day All Over Again Ive been down this road before many many times. I was doing really well and then I got MARRIED! Two years later and Im realizing everything I lost Ive gained back. So Im here this time to Relose what Ive lost before. We took the time to focus on other things and now its time to focus on our healt... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:04:18 EST Day 56: It's Been Awhile It's been awhile since I posted. In fact, the last day I posted was on the eighth day of my journey. Since I started 56 days ago, I've lost 4.5 pounds. This is the most I've lost in a very long time. Unfortunately, my clothes aren't any looser, but I have noticed my dietary and nutritional habit... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:03:10 EST Monday 12.10.18 <img src=""> <BR> Spent the weekend decorating our balcony and then cleaning out our storage, it was an all day event. We decided to try a new local sub place, bad idea🤮, I ended up with really bad digestion. I knew... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:51:28 EST MY Daily Blog - day 12 I have been blogging for 12 days now .. been going good . <BR> Tracking my food drinking water and working a little harder... and now back to strength training. My first WI not so good .. but I am continuing and looking forward to my next WI. <BR> <BR> The other day I came across a DVD of Lesli... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:51:06 EST Missed Missed my workout today Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:30:58 EST Passing resturants I pass restaurants all the time and want to stop but I think to myself that those are extra calories n waste of money when I wamt to fix my healthy foods at home. It is hard but so far I fight the urge amd keep driving. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:28:36 EST December Goals WEEK 2, MON - SUN 12/10-16 <BR> > Dive into AM workouts with gusto... <BR> >>>>> Starting Tuesday AM (that's tomorrow). I'm so stoked to get to the gym by 5, as soon as it opens, see who my discreet and silent workout companions will be over the course of this week as we hash it out with our re... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:22:48 EST Craving I have reached my targeted calories but still craving for something to eat. Just keep repeating my mantras that no I do not need extra food and just settled with some hot water. Just need to be in control and will power. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:21:56 EST Life Can Be Hard, But It's Your Reaction That Matters Most! As many of you know from my blogs over the years, my daughter was sentenced to life in a federal prison and all she did was trespass by sitting in someone's car. The FBI used only circumstantial evidence to pin a serious charge on her. I still do not know to this day why they choose her to ruin h... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:05:30 EST Monday, Monday got Love IT!! It was 53 today. I got some errands done on My lunch time. I am going to get My nails done tomorrow evening. I hope You are having fun getting ready for Christmas!! Enjoy!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:59:59 EST Always Thankful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I usually wait until the end of the year (like New Years Eve) to take stock of my life. All the things that happened, and did not happen. What worked or not worked in my life..It is just my way ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:49:13 EST 12/10/18 I am trying not to bring up the same downer stuff daily but someone asked about Gregg and his family, so I will provide an update. The short answer not well. He was very involved in our parish and he has dropped out of everything. Some of that is because his youngest daughter was in therapy be... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:42:56 EST Sparking <img src=""> <BR> I have been Sparking for 1 year and 11 months as of tomorrow! As I approach my 2 year Spark anniversary I am reflecting on my journey thus far. Next month, I will blog about my 2 years with Spark Pe... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:13:13 EST 2500 mile goal Cool all day long, tomorrow to possibly get to 50s. Everything wet and muddy. Ice still falling from trees. Walk outside today on trail, it was littered with tree limbs broken by ice. Had 1 exbike ride, planning a second after stomach settles. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:09:37 EST Monday December 10th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:09:26 EST Monday Dec. 10, 2018 <img src=""> <BR> The year is almost over, my birthday is the last day of it and cake is in store. Christmas is night around the corner and hubby wants a big box of candy to share as his gift. Some would just give in a... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:02:07 EST Everything <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:59:21 EST Beautiful Day <img src=""> <BR> Every day there are ample opportunities to be grateful. This evening a beautiful sunset reminded me how lucky I am to be surrounded by nature's magnificence! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:53:23 EST My 100 days of why - day 12 100 reasons why <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My day 12 reason why is acceptance. Part of my journey is learning to be happy in the body I'm in with all the jiggles, lack of coordination, weakness, inflexibility. ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:53:02 EST Day 2 Ok day two is here and I have already drunk 5 cups of water and no its not sugar water or flavored water. I got a bit of a caffeine headache but nothing I can't handle. So we had tuna and fruit cups for lunch today. It was good. I Kinda wish I could get some more salsa to have more chips and sals... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:52:25 EST Snow More Excuses - Biggest Loser Challenge SparkPage Contest Winners To kick off the Winter Snow More Excuses Biggest Loser challenge, members decorate their SparkPages to reflect their challenge team. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> There are so many GREAT SparkPages, it is hard to award only ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:46:02 EST Advent day 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bright blessings Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:37:23 EST Blogmas and pregnant day 10: xmas decorating and dr. Appointment A busy Monday today but also a nice day. I had my appointment with the baby doctor at 10 and fit in some shopping before and printed hospital records just in case I need them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:25:04 EST December 10 <img src=""> <BR> Who's me you say? Why it's me - Gloria! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I headed out the door around 10 this morning with my niece, to get my groceries, go to Walmarts, various other places. And oh yes... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:23:22 EST December 2018 Journaling Prompts The following writing prompts are from the Boho Berry website: <link><BR>-challenge-december-2018-year-end-review/ </link> <BR> <BR> Remember, there are many different ways to participate in this challenge. It was created as a journaling challenge, so ideal... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:00:41 EST Good day monday What no binging. <BR> Day 2 <BR> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:54:49 EST Journaling I'm surrounded by tech, outlook calendars, meeting notices, smart phone, etc. As 2018 ends I'm really going to try to commit to keeping a paper planner/ journal. When I've done it in the past, I really enjoyed it but need to stick with it. I have health, personal, and work goals planned for 20... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:54:20 EST -10lbs this week! Also teeth are fine I lost 10lbs this week! There is no question that my intermittent fasting & then the 2 day fast at the end of this week have been helping. I plan to go back to OMAD, one-meal-a-day (20-24 hour daily fasts from dinner to dinner) for the rest of this week. I feel really great. <BR> <BR> I ended ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:52:44 EST Sunday not fun day 12/09/2018 Lots of upper arm work, chair dancing and the rest of the day in bed! <BR> <BR> No fun, no fun, no fun, but that's OK! If it's going to make this ish heal, I'll do it. <BR> <BR> I have to go to the doctor tomorrow, so better to do next to nothing today!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:51:17 EST Putting Persistence to Work Ok I can do that. Just keep being persistent and consistent. <BR> <BR> Sticking to the plan is what I deserve, I don't "deserve" to take a break because I've been consistent. <BR> <BR> That's the kind of thinking that get's me derailed. <BR> <BR> Good gracious! <BR> <BR> I "deserve" to b... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:50:30 EST Training from aarp Driver ed for seniors, from 9 to 330.learned some new stuff. Took lunch and 4 bottles of eater Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:39:28 EST Freezing rain As I was leaving the house today there was a delivery truck at the end of my long driveway, sort of stuck on the icy road. Spinning its rear wheels. <BR> <BR> I have a 4 wheel drive and decide if he would just get out of the way I'd be off. I opened my door to step out and talk to the driver, an... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:31:47 EST Book Review: "Canyon Sacrifice" "Canyon Sacrifice" - Scott Graham <BR> <BR> 5/5 stars <BR> <BR> This book is one of a series of murder/mystery books set in the National Parks. This one was set at the Grand Canyon. <BR> <BR> Very well written! This was one of those books where you can't put it down, but you get more and more... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:30:44 EST losfer words 1. Not really, that's just an excuse to post one of my favorite Iron Maiden songs, the instrumental with that title off the Powerslave album <BR> <BR> <link><BR>YgKCTU </link> <BR> <BR> I find it slightly ironic that I have an instrumental so highly rated w... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:30:24 EST 12/10/18 Almost all green just will miss floors and maybe active minutes. Unsure if I'll journal/blog tomorrow since I work 1:30PM-10PM then it's home for a quick shower and bed before having to be up at 4:30AM on Wed to be at work by 6AM. Will have my workout clothes packed and left at work so I don't ha... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:11:23 EST It's December Already November kind of came and went as a blur. <BR> I probably stuck to fairly good habits. At least the scale says I didn't put on any weight. But I've been slacking tracking my meals and my exercise, and checking in here on Spark. <BR> <BR> Wanting to get my consistency and focus back and see som... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:47:51 EST My Vegan Adventure After just over 6 months on the keto diet and just short of 30 pounds lost. I decided it was time for a change. My weight loss had seriously slowed and I was getting discouraged. I also wanted a diet that would adapt well to maintenance, when I get there (15 more pounds). When I went off the Keto... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:36:53 EST RP Diet & Strength Training I'm 5 months into my rp nutrition and strength training coaching and, while I have made amazing strength gains, I haven't losr any weight. Why? Office candy, late night snacking, and lack of meal prep. Well I'm turning that around. This week's goals are: 3 AM runs 4 days of AM strength training ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:35:57 EST My Cat is a Hound Dog for People food; as I am for Sugar! <img src=""> <BR> Our boy cat is on a special food for his health and he is beyond persistent in his efforts to snag regular food scraps.... he waits, until I step away or turn my back and goes for it ~ up on the count... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:27:12 EST DISICPLINED DECEMBER, DAYS 9 & 10!! Baby, It's Brutal Outside!! Sunday’s Skating rink: You can't go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.~James R. Sherman <BR> <BR> Happy Christmas Card Day, national Pastry Day, International Children’s Day, Cremation Day, Weary Willie Day (not sure I even want to know), Worldwi... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:12:24 EST Apple cider vinegar after about 50 days I have been fairly constant drinking one tablespoon of ACV in 2 cups of water (I read that you shouldn't drink it straight) and I plan to continue. I started out drinking it at bedtime but as I wasn't sure a couple of mornings if I had remembered, I now drink it in the morning usually before bre... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:04:47 EST Monday Update We were up early this cloudy morning so my wife could get to her exercise class on time. We then went over to our friends house to find out what they needed and went to Walmart fo them to pick up the necessary groceries and prescription for them. She is healing slowly and we will be taking her ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:59:51 EST fruity quesadilla <img src=""> why have a pbj (peanut butter +jelly sandwich) when I can have melted peanut butter on a skillet crisp tortilla with real banana~ quesadilla <em>4</em> <BR> also good with thin sliced apples... I lik... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:42:26 EST Day 1 of my Christmas decorations loves. <img src=""> <BR> These are the 3 balls on my tree. Love pearls, bows, and lace. Perfect. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:28:40 EST day 1 so far. still a bit of caffiene headache. but making it through drank some tea been drinking water. Just taking my time figuring out what a happy medium will be. Gonna be chicken, greenbeans, and either broccoli or asparagus for dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> I feel a bit tired / drab but i think its due t... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:23:43 EST Let's Do It.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great Monday & Week ahead, let's purpose in our hearts to press on meeting goals and be the best we can be, I cheer you on, you can do it! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:22:17 EST Bible Verse for Today Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. <BR> <BR> Psalm 143:10 NKJV <BR> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:21:10 EST Quote for Today Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world. Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house. But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world. <BR> <BR> Max Lucado Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:20:30 EST Home From Surgery Wow, what a day! Hernia surgery for a hernia I've had for 2 years now. I'm lucky they went ahead with the surgery because the hernia had gotten to almost 3 inches!!! That is a big hole in your muscle! Almost had to have a much more elaborate surgery. Fortunately, they were able to go ahead and do... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:14:22 EST The Veteran's Administration MOVE Program OK....tomorrow will be the final day of the 16 week MOVE program where I have received reinforced knowledge on how to eat properly, stay within a daily calorie limit, exercise and to try my best to improve on everything MOVE related. <BR> <BR> Now, In July, I came back to SparkPeople after a lon... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:10:17 EST Monday... Back at work today after a nice weekend (minus the weather)...on Saturday, I attended my friends birthday brunch and witnessed her being proposed to...she is very deserving of happiness and I am glad that I was there (I really contemplated staying at home and on my couch...yes, the weather was co... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:00:46 EST Final Exam Season Tis the season for final exams, where you sit at a table for 10 hours a day in hopes of retaining all the knowledge you have learnt in the past 4 months of the semester. This is also a time when I tend to have my worst eating habits. I'm busy trying to read my notes I convince myself fast food or... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:59:22 EST Biggest Loser Challenge 39--Winter Round--Now Registering! BLC39 - WINTER ROUND - REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your j... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:50:14 EST Monday afternoon Today was the last of my doctor appointments for this year. I was glad to finish the last one this morning. <BR> The traffic is heavy, the air is cold, and I am glad I do not have to be anywhere for a few months. Except home. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:49:21 EST December 10th We've lost my FiL!!! The Hospital says they discharged him this afternoon using Patient Transport Services however he's not answering his phone. So Pete is now going round to see what's happening, it's probably his phone on the blink. <BR> Meanwhile my right leg is quite swollen today, I'm hoping... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:42:06 EST Day 344: It's All About Motivation Dang, it's been almost a week since I last blogged! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Work has been busy - lots of offsite meetings and stuff. Thankfully, today's site visit got cancelled. We were going to head to Reno to tour the Tesla gigafactory (where they make the batteries for their... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:33:23 EST Back on the wagon <img src=""> <BR> Loosening is hard but finding a balance is harder. I gave up on myself for a bit. Time to get back at it. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:32:05 EST This weather.... is really making me tired and unmotivated. It is nice to see those that really care and that does help tremendously. Especially since I have no support here at home. <BR> <BR> I would like to thank those that commented on my first blog as it means a lot to me. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:31:34 EST Power Outage Power outage last evening, cause unknown = screen free evening, add cozy wood fire and oil lamp leading to relaxation and drowsiness. No ambient noise from appliances, not a creature astir and soon I was off to bed for a long winter's nap, best sleep I have had for months. Highly recommended ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:23:49 EST Monday <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:17:47 EST Proud I got back on track! I was so close to getting 2,000 fitness minutes for November, and had every intention to achieve it, when I got sick. <BR> <BR> And the convalescent period messed up my fitness routine. I didn't do anything too terribly bad, but I wasn't eating as healthy as I could and I wa... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:13:21 EST Daily Affirmation for Monday, December 10, 2018 " I see the miracle in all of life. I am thankful for all creation." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:08:01 EST Monday, Monday Monday, Monday what is up for today? <BR> <BR> Not really into this today. The appliance repair guy was here this morning to fix the dryer. FRiday it decided to start really screeching really loud, really high pitched, so called and they said it would be today. Oh, it is nice to have my nice q... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:05:54 EST Snowy Trees - 12-10-18 Jeff Hall found the trees at Storm Peak loaded down (as you would EXPECT if you're located at a place with a name like that!): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even the aspen were frosted and snowy: <BR> <BR> <img... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:05:50 EST Day 330: Balance + Band = Toned Legs in No Time! <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> <BR> Standing Hip Adduction with Band <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises.asp?exercise=257 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:03:33 EST Day Off <img src=""> It’s our 16 th anniversary. All week I have been thinking it’s the 17 th. In any case it is totally overcast today so no hiking and we will be celebrating Wednesday evening with friends but really, every d... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:56:54 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 130 out of 365 days...15 days until Christmas Since this is the week of Love for advent, I thought I would do something different this week. Instead of doing my normal blog, I will do a blog from my cell showing you the Christmas decor I have that I love. <BR> 1-My Christmas balls on the tree on Monday. <BR> 2-The Christmas scented candle ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:44:50 EST Monday So I read in another blog some tips for staying on track. I'm using the note card in my pocket trick to keep me focused on my goal for the day. I've spent time walking during my first break and noted it. I also packed my lunch today to keep me eating healthier options such as fresh fruit. As s... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:35:35 EST Busy weekend Weekend was spent shopping, renovating the powder room and visiting relatives. Although I tried to watch my eating I'm afraid last night's macaroni & cheese did me in even though I exercised portion control. Back on track now though. <BR> <BR> Today I feel - <em>15</em> (137.2) Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:33:15 EST Book Review: Anxious For Nothing "Anxious For Nothing [Bible Study Guide]" - Max Lucado <BR> <BR> Well, I can't give this a full review, because it was written for small group, not individual use. So, I can only report on the written book part. It was a good study, but not one of my favorites. (But that could be totally differ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:32:14 EST Hit the ground running....err limping... Well my whirlwind of a vacation has come to an end and it is back to the grind.. Once again I have hit the ground running.. As much as I tried to hold onto my peace, my patience has been tested repeatedly today.. I hopped on the computer to check emails first thing and did not take any time for m... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:15:41 EST Meowvolous Monday Good Afternoon Fellow Sparkers! I am getting back on track with no excuses! I may have had some major obstacles but I can do it! If we stay positive we can always pick ourselves back up. No matter how many times we fall off the horse we can always get back on! Have a meowvolous Monday from m... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:13:48 EST More than Starting..... <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:10:22 EST 120518 - The Past is in the past I jogged yesterday. A few blocks. Two years ago I ran a 5K and was planning to complete a marathon. Thats a history lesson. History- happened in the past. Lesson- information taught. I really like running. Like the actual act of it. I really do! I am not good at starting. In the past two years I... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:09:45 EST Week Four- Keep a Food Journal Week Four of Brett Blumenthal's 52 Small changes- One Year to a Happier, Healthier You recommends keeping a food journal. <BR> <BR> The reasons for keep a daily food journal are numerous. It helps you make healthier food choices and there by a healthier diet. If weight loss is a goal, a food jo... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:05:19 EST WELCOME ENJOY. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS, <BR> JANET <BR> <BR> Enjoy our front door wreath. <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS, ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:55:17 EST im struggling and chugging along after almost a year of health problems. I been having health problems, it stonewalled everything, i couldnt think , focus or do what it felt like was nothing right. My depression deepened but now - I am back again.. I have put on more weight, but I am screaming inside this body wanting to break back out and be who i was again. it does... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:48:12 EST Hanging in there I am still hanging in there. In between I am fighting depression over my situation. But I have taken a number of active steps to reduce my monthly cost of living and get rid of my loan. At the same time I am actively working on plan B. <BR> <BR> My situation hasn't changed I am still without inc... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:44:40 EST Another week done 1 more pound down....probably a half last week and a half this immediately past week....but it's one more pound down. Trying very much to keep this journey in balance....don't want to burn out on tracking and on Sparkpeople. I've been on sparkpeople with a couple of you for almost 10 ye... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:41:59 EST Next step, adding exercise So far, I've lost between 7 and 9 pounds, depending on what the scale says that day. For some reason, despite eating within my calorie range every day, it's stuck. I've been at the same weight for the last couple of weeks now. I'm sure it will fall off. My scale is weird and will go up one day an... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:35:32 EST I got a haircut and a makeover! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, with my new job, I needed to get a haircut. So I got a haircut. <BR> <BR> There were also doing free makeovers at the salon too, so I went ahead and got one! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:30:27 EST Smells like X-mas That is what my husband said when he got home yesterday. <em>443</em> 4 hours of baking x-mas sugar cookie cut outs for the multiple family gatherings. Will bake the flavored cookies the rest of the week. Then frost the cut outs over the weekend. <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Been good and sta... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:30:15 EST Monday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:28:08 EST Sunday Monday Jogged 3 Miles yesterday, rough. Sore today. Didn’t sleep well. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:26:04 EST Monday Monday, that's what it is Woohoo, only 9 more work days till winter break. I have plenty to do between now and Christmas, but am working my way through the list and making progress. Husband and I had a great time at the Tarpon Springs holiday street festival. Instead of Greek food as we expected, husband spotted a conc... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:12:56 EST Small procedure today!! <img src=""> I have a small procedure today. I know God will be with me always!! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:11:58 EST The Stuff Nightmares are Made Of <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:47:27 EST SCALE vs Appearance <img src=""> Ahhhh the all mighty scale. A machine that does not cry or wince or even shout out loud. Sometimes a friend and ally. And other times it can be our worse enemy. On my weekly weigh in this morning. My sc... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:27:21 EST Tough Times trying to recover from the furor that was yesterday after church. knowing that we need to make some changes if our church is going to reach younger families is really hard. <BR> <BR> people like things the way they are. <BR> <BR> please pray for South End as we try to become the church that we ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:24:23 EST THE CROSS <img src=""> <BR> The CROSS is the FOUNDATION of the BIBLE. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. Pastor Gary Leet Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:20:32 EST HAPPINESS = FRIENDSHIP, Love, and PEACE <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:20:27 EST Triggers Lameness and Hurts Like Crazy, Do You Know the Signs? <link><BR>ypets/archive/2018/12/08/arthritis-in-<BR>pets.aspx </link> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:16:25 EST Gotta Drink More Water Starting my second week of the water challenge. Quite honestly a bit surprised at how much better I felt last week just by drinking 8+ cups of water every day - also made it so much easier to avoid mindless snacking. Your brain is made up of 75% water, your blood 82% and your lungs nearly 90%.... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:13:47 EST 2018 ROADS BAD THIS MORNING NO GYM hey sparkers hope all doing ok no gym this morning roads are bad will go in the morning hope not of black ice thank goodness we didnt lose power that is godsend so we just blessed that weather wasnt to bad for us and my mom and aunt and mother inlaw didnt lose any power so i did dvd and lot of st... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:10:44 EST Newness... Usually our skies here are a majestic blue or sometimes it’s “billowy” cloudy with rain. But we rarely have days were this whitish covering of never ending overcast hangs overhead changing everything to a depressing visual that I would imagine some of you encounter during your winters in your sta... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:10:03 EST Day 33: More NSVs <em>362</em> Activity Mins 66 (Goal 60) <BR> <em>7</em> Calories Burned 509 (Goal 600) <BR> <em>550</em> Calorie Balance 1780 (Goal 1500-1862) <BR> <em>311</em> Miles 6.35 (Goal 7) <BR> <em>414</em> Meditation Minutes 125 (Goal 125) <BR> <BR> I'm doing well with meeting my goals an... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:09:36 EST Sing, Sing, Sing & Sing Some More - It's Good For Us!!! <img src=""> For many of us this is 'the most wonderful time of the year' and a big part of it is the holiday music. It's just about everywhere I go - instinct seems to take over and before I know it I'm either humming... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:09:22 EST 12/10/18 Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When hipste... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:07:49 EST Better brain, better body I had a series of surgeries in the spring that were really difficult. Following one of the surgeries, I received a call from the surgeon saying that they sent my spinal fluid for testing and found the bacteria that causes meningitis in it. I had to have a lumbar puncture and the resident who did ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:02:55 EST Slipped up a bit Slipped up over the last few days, was feeling really unwell and overate carbs to try and lessen the pain in my stomach. It worked, but I gained 4lbs. I do however feel much better and my body seems to be functioning properly now. I don't love that I gained some weight after all the hard work ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:59:23 EST Goals for 12/10/18 1.unload dishwasher <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2.use nutrition tracker and stay in calorie range <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3. find yoga strap <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 4. do 1 load of laundry <em>248</em> did 2 actually <BR> <BR> 5. create Christmas shopping spreadsheet <em>248</em> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:58:16 EST I Am Blessed Maybe I have been complaining too much? I don't mean to and don't think I am, really. <BR> <BR> From the comments I have been getting on Spark, I am wondering. <BR> <BR> To clarify, I have a good life. Yes, I am wading through some health issues, but I can walk, talk, see, hear... I clean hou... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:53:56 EST Accomplishments for 12/9/18 I did not list my goals for yesterday as I wanted to give myself a day of rest, but here is a list of the things I got done that I feel good about. <BR> <BR> 1.Went to church & delivered my Angel Tree gifts <BR> <BR> 2. shopped for some household items I was low on <BR> <BR> 3. located various... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:49:02 EST But eating makes me happy I know I'm not hungry but why oh why do I need to eat every time I get stressed. This is my biggest problem. It's not about eating things I love, but about eating things that make me calm (i.e. french fries, what do they put on them?). I will never stick with this if I can't change that part of m... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:47:18 EST With Bells On <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A long time ago, I bought a silly card to send to my equally silly sister. On the front it had a pioneer woman travelling in a wagon writing in her journal. Inside it read: "Ate out again. It wa... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:26:52 EST UGH!! I am gaining weight and I am not even eating holiday cookies! :-( Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:11:24 EST Human Rights Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 10 <BR> <BR> Human Rights Day, created by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world. On this date ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:03:14 EST yay me i did it <BR> i made the call <BR> now i just have to wait for someone to get back to me about sessions <BR> step 3 complete <em>248</em> <BR> step 4 see the councillor <BR> i know will be difficult but i can already see a light at the end of the tunnel <BR> and i am proud of myself for pho... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:54:15 EST Love Can Never Grow Old "Love can never grow old. Locks may lose their brown and gold. Cheeks may fade and hollow grow. But the hearts that love will know, never winter's frost and chill, summer's warmth is in them still." <BR> ~ Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:52:52 EST Sunday I turned into an elephant Yesterday I had no self control. I are all I wanted. I have no idea where this came from but it was not good. I think it may have been from being around the family. Out of everyone I am th one who tries to eat the cleanest. I don’t understand why everything changed yesterday. New day! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:49:38 EST Day 4 of 188-185 days until Graduation Celebration! Monday- <BR> <BR> Shred- Jillian Michaels. Pop in a stretch tape- Cathe at some point.. <BR> Today- Closets and draws etc.. packing up car with stuff to donate. Thursday I donate. <BR> Heat is not running in 2 rooms upstairs so need to call about that.. <BR> have got to get back to practicing ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:49:01 EST Gearing up for 2019, Which has got to better than 2018 This year has officially sucked. I had spine surgery which took care of a lot of my pain from my work injury, but not all of it. I lost my dog to leukemia. My kids father, whom I was with for 21 years, died of cancer. My daughter is having like weekly migraines and my son just randomly cries... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:36:37 EST 12-10-18 Today's intention: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat in response to hunger not emotions. <BR> <BR> 2. Transition out of my work day with pilates upon returning home at the end of the day. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:33:48 EST You <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:33:47 EST Something New I decided to try something different at least for a while, but if any of you are wondering, and would like to see what I am up to, please come and see :) <em>26</em> <BR> <BR><BR>m/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:33:37 EST Monday I feel a bit better. Hoping to get back at it today. Hubby and one of my girls on the other hand....not so much. Gotta take them to fast care. On a brighter note 1 week smoke free! Have a great week all! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:33:05 EST Making good progress towards Caratunk, have 12 miles to go then I'll post an update... This part of the trek would be approximately 151 miles from Monson, Maine. I've completed 139.5 miles so far. I will try to find a good article or photo to reference when I reach it. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:32:27 EST Happy Monday ... make the best of your week !!! I'm going to !!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:27:03 EST Repeated broken hearing aids. Frustrations! HOH and Deaf friends help! The receiver wire has been breaking off--of each aid, right and left. <BR> <BR> The company says this has not been a problem. Only me. Huh? <BR> <BR> On the other hand, a Deaf friend says she has to replace those every 6 months because they do break. <BR> <BR> I pay for yearly extended warrant... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:21:08 EST Retirement report, as we approach a full year This year sure has gone quickly, and so much has happened. Is it what I thought it was going to be, three years ago when I was plotting out the date and my plans? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course not! T... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:20:56 EST Day 322 - Lifestyle change? Or not. Some thoughts. While on this weight loss journey one thing has become clear. It's a mental game. And getting your head in the game isn't always simple. <BR> <BR> One way that many of my sparkfriends have trained their brains to make this work is by defining their journey as a lifestyle change. They say, "This ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:15:16 EST Week 2 weigh in I lost 2 pounds this week . I am on track.It has been hard to get started on bicycle every night but this will motivate me . I will do this !! Gotta go forward!! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:09:36 EST relaxin, on a Monday- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Isn't the above so true? <BR> I walked Tess, the German (as in dog) just now---There was a bit of freezing rain coming down. Tess begins every morning with a walk, with me. Tess will be in her... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:06:11 EST Is the Holy Spirit just for the Old Testament believers or is He our Helper too? – 14 “And I [Paul], brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:03:35 EST Why do we love her...? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My guess is we all love Maxine because she's not too wise. <em>20</em> <BR> She's saying what we're thinking. (hopefully, we're just thinking it) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:01:18 EST Philippians 4:13 Ran 1 mile on treadmill and did some weights... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:50:14 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> Motivational quote Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:48:23 EST Monday Exercise complete. Praying for a good day. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:47:29 EST holiday humor <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:37:05 EST GOD WRITES A SONG <BR> <BR> <BR> I discovered an old Christmas hymn that most of us haven't heard in quite a while. It's title is "There's a Song in the Air." How about you? The first chorus says,"There's a Song in the Air! There's a mother's deep prayer and a baby's low cry.And the star rains it's fire while ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:36:24 EST God's Choice The scripture for today is John 1:40-42 40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first finds his own brother Simon, and says unto him, We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42 And he brought him to Jesus. An... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:29:31 EST Monday Headed to urgent care today, we think my wife broke her foot last night. <BR> Looks like crutches for Christmas... <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:11:17 EST Beer <img src=""> If you drink, drink responsibly. <BR> <BR> National Lager Day <BR> Lager beer is celebrated today. Most lager is matured or conditioned at a cold temperature, and is cool and bottom fermented with a par... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:09:04 EST Hypothyroidism and exercise, a question. Ok Sparkfriends, I have a question. There are several of us at work that have hypothyroidism and/or Hashimotos, one being our school nurse. A comment was made that it takes "us" twice as long to recover from exercise. Also, that preventative care for cold/flu season, ie. taking vitamin C or Airbo... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:03:07 EST mon ok have to shop..then home and i'll do the polar bears and form and chill the snowmen. if they are cold enough i'll dip and decorate them later. i got the brittles done last just these 2, the sour creams, and decorating the roll outs and i can start shipping!! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:57:55 EST Transitioning Home I wish that I could say that things are all roses and sunshine regarding my uncle and aunt's return to their home, but they are not. <BR> <BR> My uncle, who was very sharp before this began, has lost a bit of his memory. I hope that it'll improve as he gets stronger. Yesterday I had to remind hi... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:57:26 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 94 Some research suggests that the immune system works better at a normal weight. Although I still get an occasional cold, overall I do believe I've had fewer colds when maintaining a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> See reason #2: <BR> <link><BR>easons-to-lose-weigh... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:55:16 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~MAGICal MOONday~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <em>185</em> ~ Waving Hello ~ <BR> ~~~ Wishing Yo... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:47:50 EST Women Talking <link><BR>8/miriam-toews-interview-women-talking<BR>-mennonite </link> <BR> <BR> I seldom read "literature" (even though I have a couple degrees in it) because so much of "literature" is written in what seems to me to be a pretentious, gloomy, self-referent... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:45:00 EST Monday, Monday Busy week ahead. <BR> Part D Enrollment deadline was met and all my <BR> seniors are taken care of for the year. <BR> Need to turn in claims for crop insurance today <BR> as it is the deadline. Most are already done. <BR> Going to the eye doctor today. Sure I will need <BR> those bifocals this ye... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:38:59 EST 44 years next week! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We met, never having met before. He proposed on our first date, and we married two months later. It’s been fabulous! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:37:03 EST 12-10-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:18:02 EST Monday's Christmas Humor <img src=""> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:12:56 EST 15th Day: Broke all rules got smaller 🙏 So this morning was a pleasant surprise. I looked in the mirror 😍and the stomach got smaller. I celebrated my moms birthday yesterday by eating ~1400 calorie dessert and 1/2 slab of ribs with salad loads mixed with meat and potatoes. Then for dinner I ate a fried chicken breast. I couldn’t even ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:10:28 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas, my child is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <link> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:09:42 EST 12/10/18 We are most alive when we're in love. John Updike Quote of the Day <BR> Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them. <BR> Leo Rosten <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Down on your knees, and thank heaven, fasting, for a good man's love. <BR> Euripides <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> My paintings are not about what is ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:03:41 EST My Night Of Bling Done Blew Up I don't get too many opportunities to dress up - which is too bad, since I love to dress up. But once a year we go to the Theatah to hear Handel's Messiah, with beloved family/friends. She and I like to bling it up. Our husbands do not - and since the world has become so casual, we never worry ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:01:00 EST Day 41: Seeing success Well, here I am, sitting at Day 41 since starting off on this new journey, and I see that I'm making some slow and steady progress. I'm glad I'm taking the tape measure with me, as I'd think I'd be losing my mind at this point! Yikes! This time I only lost one pound, but wound up losing 5.5 inche... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:56:42 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:56:04 EST Please consider joining the 5% Winter Challenge VERY worthwhile; very nice people! Scroll down to the bottom for KALISWALKER's explanation of the Challenge. If you've never done a challenge before, it can seem overwhelming at first but don't let that discourage you (my biggest challenge is trying to control all the emails I receive - SO MANY... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:36:18 EST TWO THINGS I BELIEVE IN One is the BUCKET list. <BR> When our son, John was x with Colon cancer, I had heard of the bucket list. He was given 2-3 mos. Of reasonable good life. In reality he had 13 1/2mos of time to complete his bucket list. We let him make his own list. Being as perceptive as he was, he knew his limi... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:34:10 EST Snow & ice... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had snow last night, which turned into some icy road conditions, so hubby & I are at home today. What a nice surprise! <em>224</em> I am kinda disappointed that my office is not closed &... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:25:07 EST Catching up 12/10/18 I bid on a house yesterday - and they accepted it! We won't be closing until the end of January. Not selling current house first, so no rush to pack the world. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and the back <BR> <img src="... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:19:47 EST Monday Funny A recently divorced man, heartbroken and down on his luck, comes across a magical genie lamp. Thinking his luck has finally changed, he rubs the lamp and out pops a genie. <BR> <BR> "I am an all and powerful genie. You get three wishes, but I must tell you in advance, anything you wish for, your... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:17:27 EST Started Home Workout Challenge Started the Home Workout Challenge it is tough but dong as much as I find possible Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:50:36 EST Daily Commitment 12/10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To Do List <BR> Focus on "today" only. <BR> Aim for 10,000 steps <BR> Track food. <BR> No snacking after 7:00 PM. <BR> (Except for tea, low-cal beverages or no sugar added cocoa) <BR> <BR>... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:33:36 EST Are You Finding The BEST In Yourself? As we approach the end of 2018, for some it may be a last ditch effort to drop extra pounds and swiftly 'round the bases' like a baseball player sliding into home plate! <BR> <BR> However, may we not become myopic and get tunnel vision, as we continue on our journey for health and happiness tha... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:28:25 EST Looking forward to next round with Determined Desert Tortoises Haven't quite achieved my 40 day spark break as intended. Ha ha! Oh well... <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to BLC39 (Spark People's much better version of a biggest loser challenge). I am already signed up with The Determined Desert Tortoises team. Yay! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:23:50 EST The Triple Wedding I know of no other family that has celebrated the weddings of three sisters all on the same day: February 6, 1906. This event has been something that I have repeated to friends and family all of my life. My grandmother Hattie died long before I was born, but I can I remember my mother telling m... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:18:40 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #344 (of 365): <BR> She had wished for more— <BR> more money, more happiness, <BR> more everything. <BR> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:15:30 EST Onderland! <img src=""> <BR> So yay I'm under 200lbs! This is huge and amazing. I feel so happy and excited for what's more to come! So far I've done two days of intermittent fasting 16:8, and rocked it. Didn't mess up or slip a... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:06:38 EST Sun 12/9 Cleaning, sorting, etc. Daughter, hubby, and I did more cleaning, sorting, etc. at mom's house. She has tons of stuff, and we only managed one bedroom and half of a spare room. We can only go on Sundays as our other days are tied up with things we do (watching grandchildren, our own chores, etc.) We've got the sewing ro... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:50:45 EST going back to gym this morning Good morning- still have jet lag and crazy sleeping patterns. I am going back to the Y. with this really cold weather my foot aches which it did not do on vacation which was warm. DH is on his diet with WW and doing great. I hope he keeps it up. He goes back to work and this is his nemesis. ... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:44:47 EST Looking Ahead... 2019 will be my year! I am proud of myself for the 45 pound weight loss this year. I’m excited about next year because I believe it will bring me to my goal. I want to finish and accomplish several things. It isn’t all weight loss. 1. Reach goal weight 2. Reduce medications 3. Establish consistent budget 4. Finis... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:03:25 EST BLC39 - WINTER ROUND - REGISTERING NOW! The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it Y... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:41:18 EST I am grateful for, 12.9.18 1. My babies, because they help me refocus when it’s really difficult. <BR> 2. That it was only a 5.0, because these stupid things are so old. <BR> 3. That I was able to get a little sleep in after the aftershocks, because it would hav3 been even more challenging today. <BR> 4. Good stories, beca... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:26:54 EST Lost a stone! Yay 😄Morning! 😄 <BR> Just weighed myself I’ve now lost 1st! <BR> 🎉Yay🎉 <BR> Started in October so taken a couple of months <BR> 14st 6lbs 1st Oct <BR> 13st 6lbs 10th Dec <BR> Still a long way to go but feeling good! Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:03:04 EST Shopping I can't believe that Christmas is 2 weeks away. Is shopping done? Nope. In a week, I will have to start making Christmas cookies. I don't have a problem not eating them, because they are part of gifts I'm giving. Enjoy your week. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 02:55:08 EST Day 344: Christmas Feeling (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 02:09:41 EST My Goals For December 9- 15th, 2018 I am starting something new by posting my goals for the week ahead. I hope this will give me some sort of accountability to accomplish what I want/need to accomplish each week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Task #1- My Morning Routine Beginning at 4:30am: <BR> <BR> Continue my half hour of meditation and vi... Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:52:49 EST Final Surgery Wednesday I have my final cateract surgery on my right eye. This time I know what to expect so I'm not as scared as I was the first time. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:42:16 EST