SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp Whatever gets you through the night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591532 Today mostly I watched tennis. I could have got on with packing or cleaning or de cluttering or whatever but I watched tennis. And frankly my dear[s] I don't give a damn! I should, could, would, have got on with other 'stuff' but I watched tennis. Very enjoyable it was too. <BR> <BR> I coul... Sun, 19 May 2019 18:20:32 EST Why I am Committed to Losing Weight and Plans for next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591531 I decided to lose weight and be healthy beccause I knew back in 2010 that my weight was not good for me. I had a little trouble breathing any my good cholesterol was low and the other one a little on the high side. I decided to lose weight and go on Sparks because my daughter was on it already an... Sun, 19 May 2019 18:19:47 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591530 <em>247</em> Sun, 19 May 2019 18:09:57 EST 2019 Did you exercise today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591529 Cross trained today and busy with yardwork Sun, 19 May 2019 18:08:51 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591528 Fully hydrated Sun, 19 May 2019 18:08:10 EST Sunday May 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591527 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c10d1e25-c8dd-4091-b6ec-3679fc2ef76f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdc2728b-0679-4e2e-8f3d-7b9b4d405e68.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2030fc0-bcf1-4bfd-8ec1-31d741787f05.png">... Sun, 19 May 2019 18:06:07 EST Frustrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591526 Allow me to apologize in advance - I don't really "rant" online, but I need to vent and blogging my frustrations seems preferable to smothering my husband in his sleep. (Or, at least it seems more socially acceptable.) <BR> <BR> There are very specific things in my life that I'm trying to change... Sun, 19 May 2019 18:02:37 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SUNDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591525 PLAYING FAVORITES <BR> <BR> Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father <BR> 1 Thessalonians 1:3; <BR> First Corinthians 13 might be Paul's most well know passage, with the last verse being the... Sun, 19 May 2019 17:58:51 EST Time to recommit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591524 for past year I have struggle with different health issues but they all related to my uncontrolled blood sugars..I have stop saying I am going to stop eating the wrong good and exercise..Today I am saying I AM GOING DO IT!!!!! Might need a shout out from u guys now and then please Sun, 19 May 2019 17:46:25 EST 2019 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591523 Rainy start, now sunny and clear. Did some yardwork. Sun, 19 May 2019 17:44:23 EST Goals & Gratitude 5/19/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591522 I'm writing my blog a little bit early today. I'm enjoying a cup of coffee and Sparking right now, but I have to do my two quizzes in a few minutes, then pack and clean and leave for my Dad's house. It's been a busy day! <BR> <BR> We had a guest priest at church today, Fr. John. He's the Dean of... Sun, 19 May 2019 17:43:17 EST Three Blessings Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591521 1. Sleep <BR> 2. Inspiration from God. <BR> 3. Good sermons Sun, 19 May 2019 17:37:31 EST Time to focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591518 Ok, I'm back, had a number of false starts, but this diabetes is going to kill me if I don't get in control. Having lots of problem with medication so I hope a low carb diet and weight loss will help. So many days I feel awful. But I can't judge unless I am doing all that I can do to maintain ... Sun, 19 May 2019 17:26:10 EST Fat and Frumpy - Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591517 I am back at Sparks because, well.....I need to be back at Sparks. I started Sparks 5 years ago, reached goal weight 4 years ago and for the most part kept it off. I had some set backs (don't we all), but I kept my weight within 7-8 pounds of where I wanted to be. That is not the case anymore.... Sun, 19 May 2019 17:10:58 EST Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591516 I don't know where I'd be without snacks during the day. Today I tried Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps and they are so good. 5 grams of fiber keeps me full. I didn't have any sugar cravings today as I took a Fiber bar with caramel and soaked it in some light almond milk for breakfast. I'm ma... Sun, 19 May 2019 17:02:38 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591515 I am looking for friends my age, I am 80 and need to lose weight to help my blood pressure. i do not eat right and some days do not want to eat. I just wondered if there are others like me. Sun, 19 May 2019 17:02:36 EST WEC Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591514 This week for our WEC we are suppose to blog on why "You are committed to your journey of being healthy". <BR> <BR> Instead of worry about losing weight I want to think of it as eating healthier which makes it so much easier. <BR> I want to do this so I get off pain medications, look better and... Sun, 19 May 2019 16:59:40 EST Who am I kidding... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591513 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3388849f-9898-420d-80fe-78767e3e01d2.jpg"> It appears to only be myself. <BR> <BR> Reaching a new "rehigh" this morning after the 2018 loss of 30 pounds. Now maybe 135 was too skinny for me I think, I have been hovering since Christmas between 143... Sun, 19 May 2019 16:54:32 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591512 Treadmill, dog walks, yardwork and church today. Forced to do extra stuff outdoors since we lost power for 4 hours! Hope you had a lovely day. Sun, 19 May 2019 16:49:57 EST Gluten free has changed my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591511 For over 20 years I have had stomach problems. I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome about 25 years ago. The advice was if you bloat up and are in agony, don't eat that again. The only thing that seemed to be recurring was beef, so I gave that up for a while. The symptoms kept happening b... Sun, 19 May 2019 16:47:37 EST New Step Counter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591510 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/776306bc-aaad-43ea-ad02-3f80176d7c98.jpg"> <BR> Lucky Kitty sits on my new Garmin step counter. It works! Sun, 19 May 2019 16:46:44 EST Not Giving Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591509 The last 5 months have not gone as well as my intentions at the beginning of the year. No real excuses – just super busy with a lot to juggle and the reality is when I’m crunching to meet a deadline, I will miss out on the exercise. Yet I know I have to make my health and fitness a priority bec... Sun, 19 May 2019 16:29:45 EST More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591508 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b57d5b3-6b20-4b1b-b97d-bd7fbe3d7a06.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And more of our gorgeous non-binary and male allies shining their fierce feminist energy with us, please and thank you! Sun, 19 May 2019 16:27:12 EST Rude Awakening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591507 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81002271-235a-4198-8efb-cbee08982a53.gif"> <BR> This is how I woke up around 6 this morning! I must have turned over in bed without knowing I was sleeping right on the edge with my bed towards the edge. I went flying onto the floor and hit my he... Sun, 19 May 2019 16:24:10 EST What to take http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591506 I am ready to pack for my big adventure. Going to see some really wonderful family and I am really excited. I'm not sure how to pack. Nevada is usually warm this time of year but it has been having crazy weather. I suppose I'll just take a variety of clothing and hope I did good. <BR> <BR> V... Sun, 19 May 2019 16:20:58 EST The pounds continue to come off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591504 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34cd0bb8-b67c-42e8-a4c2-315eaf5de794.jpg"> I’m still training 3 days a week and am very carefully tracking my food. I have done an incredible amount of gardening. That extra work has helped melt the pounds. Sun, 19 May 2019 16:08:17 EST The pounds continue to come off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591503 I’m still training 3 days a week and am very carefully tracking my food. I have done an incredible amount of gardening. That extra work has helped melt the pounds. Sun, 19 May 2019 16:07:41 EST Saturday Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591502 Had lunch out yesterday to make up for missed Mother’s Day dinner. Cleaned garage floor this AM then food prep Sun, 19 May 2019 15:51:02 EST dear bob the blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591501 We got back yesterday from our cruise around the Med. There were so many highlights we saw so many things. our favourite has to be Florence so much we are planning a weekend there later in the year Sun, 19 May 2019 15:43:13 EST A sunny Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591499 it's been very hot and humid here, have a weather alert for us old folks to stay in a cool area... <BR> drink extra fluids, and only moderate exercise... <BR> Yesterday it was 107 and the humidity was 63% and no breeze, it was not pleasant to be outside... <BR> today is about the same, so I have ... Sun, 19 May 2019 15:12:28 EST May 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591498 Pete managed to go out for a quick bike ride this morning, first time in over a year he's felt fit enough. <BR> We're enjoying watching episodes of 'The Big Bang Theory' tonight. Can't believe it's the last ever episode on this coming Thursday. Sun, 19 May 2019 15:09:29 EST Under the weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591497 I have a 7 day challenge and I just don’t want to skip the workout today. Maybe it won’t hurt me if I push myself one time😳 Sun, 19 May 2019 15:07:59 EST On the lighter side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee06c4d0-cf34-4219-98cc-431eb9a10f08.jpg"> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Sun, 19 May 2019 15:06:57 EST Finally some warmth and sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591495 Finally, I feel like it's spring here in the northeast. A warm day and sun (between bouts of rain) and getting out to rake up last year's leaves and cleaned out the screened in porch. Finally, we can enjoy a meal outside! YAY! Happy Sunday to all. Sun, 19 May 2019 14:50:15 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for May 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591494 Daily Inspiration: You can keep things in perspective by realizing that not much in life is as urgent as others would like you to believe. Lord, help me to know and stay focused on that which is really important to me. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think-- God tells us to burden Him with whatever burden... Sun, 19 May 2019 14:47:45 EST Anxious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591493 Worst anxiety I’ve had in a long time. I feel like I’m paralyzed & the pains in my chest are a lot. I don’t want advice. Just empathy & love. I’ll give myself grace & patience & take it easy today. It’s okay if I stay in sweats & love on my babies. I think my body is telling me I need to take car... Sun, 19 May 2019 14:46:48 EST Blue Jay - 5-19-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591492 Waiting out the bad weather... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/833649cc-73e9-4cd6-a4d0-028815d80a1e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ted Carleton found this blue jay, still patiently waiting for the rain, snow, sleet, and generally unsettled weather to improve. Just like us locals...... Sun, 19 May 2019 14:45:56 EST Sunny Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591491 Continuing to prepare for the big move. Ten days to go. Only about three weeks of packing to do. Sun, 19 May 2019 14:36:01 EST Not much.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591490 Not much happening today...just relaxing...already had a nap, but could go back to bed. <BR> <BR> No exercise today which seems strange, but tomorrow will come soon enough. Have boosted my fitness minutes...300 minutes/week now...four miles a day...will do that till early June, then will increa... Sun, 19 May 2019 14:24:18 EST Had to pay for it eventually http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591489 The last three days of mostly outstanding weather has come to a crashing halt, with the crashing being provided by some lightning and thunder amongst a pouring rain. I mean, it's coming down cats and dogs out there. Which doesn't bode well for the NCAA regional softball game(s) in Ann Arbor getti... Sun, 19 May 2019 14:20:12 EST it's sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591488 my daughter and i are taking it easy today. it is a warm spring day here. she is spending some time with one of her friends while i just relax. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a great day, everyone! Sun, 19 May 2019 14:19:32 EST Life is great 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591485 I am grateful that I can travel whenever I want <BR> I am grateful that my husbands loves to travel too <BR> I am grateful that California has so many great hiking trails Sun, 19 May 2019 13:57:23 EST Sunday Day 43 Resting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591484 Last week I simply reached the end of my ability to keep pushing through. Aside from the must-do essentials, I let up on almost everything. I stopped worrying about pushing for another lb down and just ate comfortably. We had fast food twice for dinners because time was more important though I ma... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:51:10 EST Spring cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591483 Did a spring cleaning today. Sun, 19 May 2019 13:47:34 EST Her-Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591482 So ever so often, and by that I mean nearly daily, one of my wonderful SparkBuddies will post an inspirational blog about why they're here or the struggles they may have faced. I always read them, get misty eyed but I never have sat down and tried to figure out 'my story'. Well I've been tasked... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:41:32 EST Three things I am grateful for today (May 19 2019) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591481 Three things I am grateful for today are <BR> <BR> (1) a husband that loves the Lord <BR> <BR> (2) having a heating pad <BR> <BR> (3) good music Sun, 19 May 2019 13:35:22 EST Volunteering is almost as much fun as racing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591480 Today was the final running of the Lincoln Memorial Duathlon, and my first job was to show up at 6:30 a.m. with a large bag of ice. Turns out the ice was pretty much unneeded as it was a chilly morning, with off and on mist and breeze. The race won't be done next year as there were only 19 regi... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:32:56 EST Never Give Up On Your Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591479 My Mother liked to dance and she was a good dancer. Later in her life she was in a nursing home because of a weak heart. <BR> <BR> When Mom was 91, she had been in a hospital for Pneumonia. When she was out of hospital, they were doing physical therapy with her and the therapist asked me if the... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:23:49 EST Florida Keys Virtual Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591478 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb102294-dc73-4b5e-ab81-390aeef0c70f.png"> <BR> Glad I'm doing this walk, virtually, as every time I've ever attempted to visit the keys, the road is closed due to poor weather conditions (like a hurricane). <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:22:59 EST watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591477 Well I skipped my workout routine and instead mowed the lawn which I find a workout!!! I greatly increased my fresh fruit and vegetable intake the last couple of days which feels great. On Friday night and Saturday I noticed I had more energy than usual. <BR> <BR> I have rewatched the move Fat ... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:22:39 EST Recovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591476 ARGH! Sinus infections. They're the worst am I right?! I've had a terrible week. <BR> <BR> Okay there are way worse things. I'm a bit dramatic when I'm sick. There's just never a good time to be down for the count. Last week I missed a 5K I love doing every year, mother's day brunch my kids plan... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:21:17 EST Happy Graduation Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591475 Hi Spark friends! We had a great day yesterday! We were invited to 3 graduation parties and they were all so wonderful! I can't say I did too well with eating but at least I got in a good workout before the day started! I did manage to eat some fruit and where there was meat I didn't eat the brea... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:18:16 EST Bad Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591474 A 70 year old man went to his doctor’s office complaining about a pain in his private parts. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, “We will start with a sperm test. Take this jar home and bring me back a sample tomorrow.” The next day the 70 year old man reappears at the doctor’s office and giv... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:15:39 EST Day Six: Holding On Too Tight, It Slips Through Your Fingers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591473 So this weekend has been a little surreal. There's more pressure to produce more material now and to produce it faster. My friend Jim can relate, I'm sure. Right now I'm a poet and creating poetry is whatever, I can produce a poem for an editor in a couple of minutes. I used to throw my poems awa... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:15:29 EST Beware the Continental Breakfast... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591472 In America, a "Continental" breakfast is what is usually premade and offered buffet style in hotel conference rooms to business men and women attending a...conference! Or it's available to business types in the hotel lounge or even the hotel room before they begin their work or head out to the ac... Sun, 19 May 2019 13:12:01 EST So much for a 'treat' day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591469 Yesterday was an awful day when it came to making any progress. I had to come to the sad realization that cutting calories isn't just a 'diet', it is my reality. The only thing that has saved me from being 300 pounds is the terrible yoyo dieting trend I have been in for years. When I am 'treating... Sun, 19 May 2019 12:47:31 EST Great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591468 Today is a great day to be a great day! -Author unknown Restarting again with no shame. Sun, 19 May 2019 12:42:34 EST 25.5 Pounds lost in exactly two months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591467 I purchased a really good scale on March 19, 2019, and began my official weigh-in schedule. <BR> <BR> On March 19, the first day, I weighed 245.0 lbs. <BR> <BR> On May 19, two months exactly, I now weigh 219.5. <BR> <BR> That's a total of just over 25 lbs in that short time! <BR> <BR> I am ... Sun, 19 May 2019 12:39:27 EST 5/19/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591466 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ddc8f55-0e5c-4bd7-a996-c6f54e8cfb03.jpg"> <BR> Just letting you all know that I am still holding myself to accountable for my actions and I am, <BR> doing very well for myself and I will Never Quit because I have too get this done for myself, <BR>... Sun, 19 May 2019 12:37:33 EST Whew! Week 1 successes and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591465 I made it through week 1 of getting back on track! Some ups, some downs, but all in all, I'm feeling much better today than I was a week ago. <BR> <BR> Wins: <BR> <BR> Engaged more with the community than I have in the past and found an accountability buddy. That alone has kept me more on tra... Sun, 19 May 2019 12:32:46 EST Stomach pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591464 About a month and a half now, I have had stomach pain. I was right where I wanted to be as far as my weight was concerned weighing 112 to 115 even @ doctor. I'm now just trying to eat foods that will not make my stomach continue to hurt day after day. Sun, 19 May 2019 12:31:15 EST Stray Kitten Joins Man’s Worldwide Bicycle Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591463 <link>healthypets.mercola.com/sites/health<BR>ypets/archive/2019/05/19/stray-kitten-<BR>joins-mans-worldwide-bicycle-trek.aspx<BR>?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium=email&ut<BR>m_content=art2&utm_campaign=20190519Z1<BR>&et_cid=DM289127&et_rid=618769830 </link> Sun, 19 May 2019 12:26:57 EST Grocery Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591462 Today was my big expedition to Aldi’s. It is about 14 miles up the highway, a lot of driving with gas at $3 a gallon, but my dear Sis-in-Law (best buddy) has been telling to go to Aldi’s for a couple of years. It’s in a huge mall, so right away it is a hassle for me. I hate malls! And I missed ... Sun, 19 May 2019 12:19:29 EST note to self... May 19th 2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591461 Although yesterday was a terrible day for calories my weight has remained stable. I’m still in the mid-150s. As long as I don’t backtrack into gaining weight, the occasional stasis isn’t quite as bad. I am grateful, in fact, that I am learning to let me body stay put sometimes. It’s a very ha... Sun, 19 May 2019 12:12:10 EST Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591460 I need to be committed to my journey because: <BR> <BR> *I want to be active. <BR> *I want to participate in activities with my family. <BR> *I want to feel comfortable being in a photo. <BR> *I want to travel. <BR> <BR> I've always kept in the back of my mind how fun it would be if I was smal... Sun, 19 May 2019 12:02:52 EST More Unsettling News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591459 The news seems to be filled with a daily barrage of health articles; some are too important to dismiss. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/li<BR>ving/gifford-jones-the-link-between-ca<BR>ncer-and-obesity-313275/ </link> <BR> <BR> 60% of North Americans are overweight or obese... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:53:11 EST Weekly Goals - Make It Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591458 <em>524</em> Happy Sunday! Last week is behind me and I am focusing on being more productive with a positive attitude. Today, I plan to be the boss girl I was too lazy to be last week. I'm going to make it happen and shock everyone. How about you? Where are you mentally, physically, and spiritu... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:49:43 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591457 Couldn’t post pic oh well 😔 ... feeling a week of pressure depression and anxiety Sun, 19 May 2019 11:46:49 EST B-L-E-S-S-I-N-G-S- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591456 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab6f1585-1221-42e6-9213-a4e26610b889.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Blessed Sunday and Cheering you on for a Fantastic Week ahead... <BR> <BR> Let's Spread some Spark & be a Blessing to Someone Today! <BR> <BR> B-... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:39:44 EST Words of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591455 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eed353c3-9023-48eb-b126-6c10aa9cd8ab.jpg"> 🐛 Remember to keep working and believing in Yourself. You can do this! 🦋 Sun, 19 May 2019 11:39:00 EST Bible Verse for Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591454 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 29:11 Sun, 19 May 2019 11:38:36 EST Quote for Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591453 The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don't cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don't turn up the TV and pretend they aren't there. Instead, stand still, whisper his name, and listen. He is nearer than you think. <BR> <B... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:37:37 EST just heard from a friend - its been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591452 Good Morning; my friend is having problems from her youngest brother who is in his 50's. He is an alcoholic. I have known this friend for over 40 years. She is the oldest and feels responsible for him. I had to give her a come to Jes.. meeting. She was brought up on guilt. I had to tell he... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:33:19 EST 5.19.19 Summer BL Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591451 We are in the free challenge portion of our new Biggest Loser Summer Challenge. It's going to be a sultry summer with lots of sweating, yard work, cleaning out, donating old stuff, and some travel. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to taking baby steps and using a new tool that I haven't used in a w... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:20:08 EST The Cheerleader Togs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591449 Putting the cheerleader outfit to the back of my closet for work wear. I really dislike work drama. I was kind of keeping to myself at work, tired of these issues. But then I felt like I was being rude and cold so I was more friendly. I was getting my smile mimicked back at me in a mocking way fr... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:13:52 EST Blinking into the Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591448 As I type, there's a small little bruise on the inside of my right arm. I had blood drawn for a discount on my insurance at work. <BR> <BR> I'm not looking forward to the results. And that - dear reader - is all on me. <BR> <BR> I'm old enough to know better and I'm smart enough to know w... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:07:42 EST Trash calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591447 I love to sabotage myself. 😝 I had 1880 calories, about 300-400 more than I need. It's all self control and planning problems. I can do better. My worst time is from around 8 pm to midnight. I want to snack. I just have to plan better. I know I'm allowing myself too many junk calories. My body i... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:06:35 EST 406 days to goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591446 I didn't do too bad on my training this week. I worked out four days. The reason I didn't make it five is because I was suuuuuuuuper sore the day after my first strength training workout! I'm back to normal now, so I fee confident that I can at least get five days in this week. I'm going to try t... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:06:04 EST It's Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591445 Time to rest and refocus! God's design yields results! Sun, 19 May 2019 11:04:39 EST Managing Stress - from WW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591444 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/609cc643-a64c-40e4-ba9f-906f84c8ebe1.jpg"> <BR> 1. Choose the right response. You get to choose how you respond to stress. If you can't change the situation, take a deep breath and accept it. 2. Share. Talking about your stress will help you cope b... Sun, 19 May 2019 11:03:08 EST SENDIPITOUS SUNDAY !!! The sun HAS to come out soon .. it just HAS TO !! lol Have a great day ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591443 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df4a1f2f-249c-462e-ada1-f52ae0215803.jpg"> <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... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:58:36 EST Daily Highlight 78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591442 Highlight - <BR> I found the inspiring 1 mile walk by Leslie Sansone. I used this years ago, but the video was taken down when her website changed. It was thrilling to find it again. The walk only requires a small space and takes about 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watc... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:53:32 EST 2019 BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY WE JUST CHILLING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591441 hey sparkers hope all are doing ok got up at 9 am sleep great what are you all doing today let me know whatever you doing enjoy life is sooo short have a blessed love to all you awesome special people <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> <em>223</em> <em>345</em> <em>593</em> ... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:50:49 EST Reached a Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591440 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1473b2a-ea37-4c76-a524-01de63442e04.jpg"> In June of 2016 my hubby fall and broke his neck. He was in the hospital and care homes for 7 months. I was under a lot of stress and turned to a old stand by of comfort foods, fast food. I came and visi... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:50:00 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 289 out of 365 days....my son is home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591439 <em>54</em> Hello Spring! <BR> <BR> It has been thunderstorms here all weekend and in the 40's which means no walking for me! <BR> <BR> <em>575</em> Spring Self Care ideas: <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> Get new spring clothing. Buy a cute new top, sunglasses, a sun hat, or a new bra. There’s ... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:36:38 EST Weighing In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591438 I have struggled with my decisions on how often to weigh myself. I have tucked the scale away only to bring it out again and make a new plan for the frequency of my weigh ins. I have weighed myself everyday, I have weighed in twice a day, I have weighed in once a week and I have tried to weigh in... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:28:10 EST A little setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591437 Yesterday I gave in too bad food! After going to a 12h rock concert. I felt very ill. Good news is, I’m forgiving. Even better news I did thirty minutes on the elliptical bright and early! Only 30lbs more to my goal weight and I’m feeling good about staying on track. I’ll be sure to avoid anymore... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:23:51 EST eat more fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591436 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c82a20e5-9860-404a-9f81-0529fa8c82e6.jpg"> Sun, 19 May 2019 10:23:49 EST 5% Challenge vs. BLC - if I had to chose..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591435 Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been a pretty faithful member of the 5% Challenges for too many years to count. I have been on several teams including the Firecrackers, Cloverleaf and Teddy Bears. All have been positive experiences and I’ve made some amazing long-term SparkFriends. These challenges have mo... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:22:14 EST Sunday Brilliant Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591434 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2defac45-1349-40cd-842c-3cc5f7403aed.jpg"> Sun, 19 May 2019 10:20:31 EST excuses, excuses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591433 This has been a challenging week. We've traveled and eaten out a lot, which makes it hard to stay on a food plan. I just tried to stay on a calorie range, but I did have sugar, which triggers binge eating among other things. I enjoyed the family time, and we won't have much left with the aunt at ... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:20:30 EST Dinner in the Dining Room!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591432 Last evening son and daughter were both here for first family dinner in the freshly painted dining room -- using the "good" china from the restored china cabinet (glass shelves, lighting) and a new very pretty table cloth exactly the buttery shade of the walls with damask tulips . . . yes, it's i... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:17:25 EST update on husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591431 Well they had discovered what is wrong with my husband, he has large pockets of infection in the hardware in his back, they are going to do a CT scan this week and remove some of the <BR> infection for testing. Then he will be schedule for surgery in the next week or 2, and that will be to remov... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:16:54 EST So true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591430 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/103351d1-7ccd-4060-b46f-0a449785483e.jpg"> Sun, 19 May 2019 10:15:31 EST whole wheat tortilla & pizza cutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591429 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67a3b64e-8871-4d62-8eaf-efd3831e9d2e.png"> <BR> One of my sparkfriends used to rave about breakfast egg burritos. I tried my best to like corn tortillas: tried 'em in microwave, grill, broiler, baked, and skillet- I just didn't like the flavor of... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:08:03 EST Hard-boiled Eggs Without Peeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591428 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1253ed33-48ad-4881-8d19-9b45bbdc43d9.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc35f3e7-1f54-4f8e-ac2c-06543cbfa9a1.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/119f0f70-8acf-4707-b3fa-92c45f17305e.jpg"> <BR> <img ... Sun, 19 May 2019 10:06:55 EST Going Keto Zone Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591427 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea24615a-c59c-446b-acb1-4735bd8d81a3.jpg"> Last year Feb 2018 - I decided to do something about the wt I gained from my change of jobs. when I wrked solely at the desk I was able to incorporate my Vegan Diet eating 1200 caliries daily. Wrkg part-t... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:50:52 EST Day 9 - One Step at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591425 Yesterday didn't end up being as big a fall as I had anticipated as our son and his family had to reschedule for next weekend. I did a little yard work yesterday and spent a lot of time on the computer exploring exercises and exercise programs. This morning I woke up at 430 and did some exercis... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:41:17 EST Heaven Awaits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591424 Saying goodbye is not easy. Such a sad day for me. Goodbye Cuz, see you soon. Sun, 19 May 2019 09:40:59 EST Weigh in today and musings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591423 Down .2 pounds. Yes. 2/10 of a pound. Feeling a bit disappointed. At least I’m down. But .2 pounds in a week plus. I was down my steps last week for a few days and I’m sure that was a factor. The deal with the dog and her surgery and fear of losing her and then the debt ... I’m trying to pay ... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:39:44 EST Commitment is Key! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591421 Committed means feeling dedication and loyalty to a cause, activity, or job; wholeheartedly dedicated. <BR> <BR> The cause- Lose weight and get healthy. <BR> <BR> When we think of commitment we usually think of our relationships, such as a spouse, family member or friend. However it is possibl... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:33:27 EST Sunday morning gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591420 I will take pictures of my new car and post them later. <BR> Many of you posted or mailed me to ask what kind of car I bought. <BR> It is a 2019 Impala. It is Deep velvet blue, a dark flecked blue in color, with black leather interior. It also has BLACK exterior emblems on the body. Appare... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:29:53 EST Here we go AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591419 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47286711-930e-4d6d-af86-5e6e8beb5a05.jpg"> <BR> I watched a video on Spark last evening---one of those videos that yu earn 3 points after yu watch it-- <BR> I was so impressed-- <BR> A Lady spoke of how she had gained over 100 extra pounds after n... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:29:31 EST It's a journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591418 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21a14e24-7b47-49d0-b4d4-73e04241ebc0.jpg"> <BR> Getting myself back on track. Trying to remind myself that it is a journey and will not be accomplished overnight. One day at a time. One step at a time. Sun, 19 May 2019 09:23:12 EST My Why's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591417 I became conscious of my weight gain in 2010 and that was when I stumbled on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> That year was special to me because it was I started looking for myself. I have had a lot of things happened so fast over the past year, got married in 2009, lost my dad in the same year, I had a ... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:23:11 EST 05/19/19 Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591416 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0769760-2e02-4d56-9f04-f824d31012b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" Sheryl Sandberg <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfdbda5c-d257-4c57-bbb8-7ab6244fc35b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "He believed in rei... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:15:35 EST Tonight's THE night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591414 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c771c6f-78bc-474c-977f-e9a4feb59ed7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weekend here in Canada, is like the first day of Summer for us. <BR> <BR> Time to plant our gardens, go camping, and of course, light up fireworks tonight. <BR> <BR> The weather's complyi... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:08:33 EST Weigh-in: May 18, 2019: Called It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591413 06-Apr: [ 205.6@22% ] <BR> 13-Apr: [ 201.8@21% ] <BR> 20-Apr: [ 201.6@20% ] <BR> 27-Apr: [ 200.4@23% ] <BR> 04-May: [ 198.2@22% ] <BR> 11-May: [ 199.6@20% ] <BR> <BR> <BR> -----Last Week's Quote: <BR> TD Wrote: "Intense meal planning is the name of the game. If I do that right, I actuall... Sun, 19 May 2019 09:06:11 EST 5/19/19 Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. Benjamin Disraeli http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591411 Quote of the Day <BR> Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help. <BR> Pope Paul VI <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Hell, madam, is to love no longer. <BR> Georges Bernanos <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul. <BR> Henri Matisse <BR> <BR... Sun, 19 May 2019 08:34:14 EST 19th May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591410 And today the advice is to do something that makes your soul sing. <BR> <BR> This morning my son showed us around the university where he works, which I attended over 33 yrs ago. I didn't recognise much; it has GROWN so much, but it was a nice thing to do. <BR> <BR> Reading to my grandson and ... Sun, 19 May 2019 08:33:09 EST Determined with Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591409 Greetings - it has been so long since I posted last . . . so many things that have led me from then to today. Similar challenges, more complications, more hope. I have been struggling for balance with all things and the short amount of time in a day. My latest struggle is getting my body in bette... Sun, 19 May 2019 08:27:39 EST Breakfast finish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591408 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c72ac245-0123-40e4-a506-4c6b7842976a.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast smoothie: 1 banana Purple seedless grapes Raspberries Strawberries 1 tablespoon of original Greek yogurt with water in it, and my bottle of water! While my kids had waffles with syrup, sausa... Sun, 19 May 2019 08:21:18 EST Today's Positive Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591407 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0dd809c5-1b9a-4d31-8a28-972c1899a881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is now or never...Never give up and never give in. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e49f689d-8398-4650-a733-68c28c2dcb8b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 May 2019 08:18:45 EST Happy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591406 Have a great day. <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 19 May 2019 08:13:57 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591405 Got walk in before we hit 86 and humid. Sun, 19 May 2019 08:12:32 EST Sunday's Chuckle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591404 A bald man had a real hang-up about his lack of hair. He had tried all types of treatment, but without success. Then one day he passed a barber’s shop with a sign in the window that read: “Bald Men. Your Problems Solved Instantly. You Too Can Have a Head of Hair Like Mine For Five Hundred Dollars... Sun, 19 May 2019 08:08:29 EST Price Tag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591403 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c637f435-e94d-4ee3-90b1-0346394f9916.jpg"> <BR> My grams had a restaurant and was a strong believer in child labour so she made all of us work in the kitchen. I can eat almost anything and usually have no complaints and appreciate the efforts othe... Sun, 19 May 2019 08:07:13 EST Who Says! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591402 In a challenge we were recently counting a sum of how many veggies we were consuming each day. We were told we couldn't count potatoes as a vegetable. I think eating them in moderation and in the amount allowed it should have been OK. White or sweet potatoes would be included in the healthy rai... Sun, 19 May 2019 08:06:36 EST Sunday Plan 5/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b539ac2-0c05-445e-b198-9348ed87865c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday Goals: <BR> Walk 30 minutes or more. <BR> Earn 10,000 steps. <BR> No sweets. <BR> Kitchen Closed by 7:30 p.m. <BR> <BR> Updates later. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <em>88</em>... Sun, 19 May 2019 08:03:21 EST Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591400 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0317c692-2d18-467b-b1c7-d0a9b6bc80c3.jpg"> Sun, 19 May 2019 07:57:48 EST May 2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591399 My gut has been seriously off all year. Diarrhea, constapation, bloating, cramps, unpredictable bowels and serious fatigue have made this year a challenging one. I still manage to hover in the 170s but I haven’t been good about tracking. I’m looking forward to meeting with a gastroenterologist an... Sun, 19 May 2019 07:56:25 EST Spilled Milk Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591398 On yesterday when I decided to make my lunch, I wanted a glass of milk to go with it. I pored my milk and set it on top of a short wooden chest that is right beside my refrigerator. <BR> <BR> I am a multi-tasker, so while I was standing there, I decided to empty the ice trays into a zip lock ba... Sun, 19 May 2019 07:56:10 EST Make my YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591397 The Dr says the more people that wish you a Happy Birthday the better your year will be, So everybody now HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sun, 19 May 2019 07:53:44 EST Who do you respect? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591396 Woke up yesterday and got back to my routine. Intense workout in the books, hearty breakfast, Went through the piles of junk mail that were sitting on the corner of the counter and 98% of it went into the recyle bin.. Caught up on some wash then spent some time in the yard on my lounge chair taki... Sun, 19 May 2019 07:48:32 EST self love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591393 Self-love will heal you, empower you, restore you, and open up new worlds within you and all around you <BR> <BR> . Self-love is the key to your mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Every aspect of your life thrives when you love who you are and accept yourself. <BR> <BR> It all begins wit... Sun, 19 May 2019 07:36:52 EST FORTUNE COOKIE FIND http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591392 <BR> <BR> We make a living by what we get, <BR> but we make a life by what we give. Sun, 19 May 2019 07:31:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 19, 2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591391 May 19, 2019 UNDERSTANDING <BR> <BR> Listening to the news and reading posts on social media can cause us to believe and worry about the things other people say and post. But we need to remember we truly don’t know everything. No one does. Not even those who strongly oppose things we know are Go... Sun, 19 May 2019 07:03:13 EST A woman went to a psychic. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591390 In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the mystic delivered grave news: “There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just be blunt – prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will be murdered this year.” <BR> <BR> Visibly shaken, the woman stared at the mystic’s lined face, then a... Sun, 19 May 2019 06:59:23 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 5-19-2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591389 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6c2ff27-ae7b-44dd-872d-77dc3c2e0b55.jpg"> Sun, 19 May 2019 06:58:11 EST Turning 50 Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591388 Today is my 50th birthday !! I have accomplished things that I thought I would never be able to do ! I am 7 years clean and sober , 5 years ago started my weight loss journey (90 pounds gone ) and maintaining now for 3 years with my spark friends, 4 beautiful children 5 beautiful grandsons. Marri... Sun, 19 May 2019 06:55:59 EST Maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591387 Visualize a Goal. <BR> <BR> Hmmm. If my goal is to Maintain, how do I visualize that? <BR> <BR> Maintaining fits SMART goal criteria. It's Specific, Measurable, and Attainable. It's Relevant. Time-Specific (is FOREVER specific?). There's no deadline, and there's no end time. It's Ongoing.... Sun, 19 May 2019 06:21:12 EST Proud of Your Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591386 Yesterday I "ran" the 5k at the Cleveland Marathon. <BR> <BR> I'm not a runner per se but enjoy this event because it's been a big part of Cleveland since 1978. <BR> <BR> I decided to give it a try 2 years ago and achieved what I set out to do - start, finish and not come in last. I had planned... Sun, 19 May 2019 06:17:23 EST Driving to Georgia today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591385 We’re picking up an antique phonograph cylinder record cabinet my husband wants and will be gone from the kittens about 6 hours. So far they’re doing well! Sun, 19 May 2019 06:00:07 EST I'm not falling apart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591384 I think I am turning the corner on my depression and why it has been worse than normal. Guilt over a decision I've made that has hurt someone I love knowing that as much as I try to explain they will never fully understand. Frustration and feeling helpless because of situations I cannot change or... Sun, 19 May 2019 05:51:12 EST Sunday Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591383 Four worms were placed in four seperate test tubes: <BR> <BR> 1st one in beer. <BR> 2nd one in wine. <BR> 3rd one in whiskey. <BR> 4th one in mineral water. <BR> <BR> The next day, the teacher shows the results. <BR> <BR> The 1st worm in beer, dead. <BR> The 2nd in wine, dead. <BR> The 3rd in ... Sun, 19 May 2019 05:29:12 EST Persistence and T2D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591382 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fcc8023-0223-4a59-a208-c7d113a68405.jpg"> <BR> I have Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), and I Figuring out T2D in Me. My biggest effort is working to Lower Morning Blood Sugars. <BR> No one said that it would be easy or simple. Still, no one said that it w... Sun, 19 May 2019 05:26:18 EST FOR THE WORD OF GOD. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591381 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89d77982-5f3d-40cb-a10e-617a130f88be.jpg"> I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in His word do I help. Psalm 130:5 (KJV) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,And thou shalt love the LORD ... Sun, 19 May 2019 05:14:29 EST Fake People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591380 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9a62f8b-db74-4f16-a2ac-f6158221259d.jpg"> <BR> I try as hard as I can to be a loyal and loving friend. I have listened and been there for friends during some of their darkest times. I guess my understanding of the Golden Rule is skewed..."Do unto ... Sun, 19 May 2019 05:00:53 EST Hello again, hello. May 18, 2019 Saturday night. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591379 Wow! It has been months since I have been here but I had a good reason. If you look back at my blogs and updates, you will see that I talked about having a stomach ache a lot. I didn't know why or what it was from but it seemed to be getting worse everyday. <BR> <BR> Well...that was in December... Sun, 19 May 2019 04:24:34 EST Daily Affirmation for Sunday, May 19, 2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591377 " I Visualize my Intention." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to jlh@sail7.com Sun, 19 May 2019 03:33:08 EST HAVE FAITH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591374 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65327fb2-e996-448a-be57-440ff52b20e9.jpg"> Sun, 19 May 2019 03:19:17 EST The Amazing Epidural http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591372 Most people would cringe when thinking about seeing 3 huge needles in their neck on an x-Ray. I welcomed it. Rewind back to a horrific car wreck 28 years ago when I was 16. Serious damage to my C3 and C4 vertebrae. As the driver, most of the trauma was on my left side and I got used to a life liv... Sun, 19 May 2019 03:11:06 EST Saturday Cardio/Stretching (05/18/19) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591371 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cc3f154-1a5f-4e51-b347-b2810d542028.jpg"> Saturday Cardio/Stretching : Today has been a day to rest & recover. I did Master Hammer Plyometrics then Ab Hammer & Rock a by Beast to stretch. #beastettepack #dailygrind #stronger #learning #changing Sun, 19 May 2019 02:56:36 EST a query for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591369 I am not a prude. I have no issues with potluck weddings or being informal, my line though is on Facebook invitations. There are some things that shouldn't happen, out of respect. I understand if a wedding is happening quickly, such as my bff's wedding. We had 2 weeks to plan and execute her ... Sun, 19 May 2019 02:42:25 EST Petroglyph Tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591368 Today I traveled with my friends Don and Hanne to meet up with the archaeology club at Columbia Hills state park in Washington. We toured the collection of petroglyphs and pictographs at the Temani-Pesh-wa site. Much of this Native American rock art along the walkway was removed from the Columbia... Sun, 19 May 2019 02:37:04 EST Why I do what I do for exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591367 I find that I cant do too much exercise at a time & I am in so much pain all the time that its all I can manage. Sun, 19 May 2019 02:20:53 EST Part 3 of Organizing Time and Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591365 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a70e93b9-3067-4990-a9b5-db7a44a47a59.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is Saturday evening 05/18/19 and as I was watching COPS webcam on television... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae5f502b-3f18-4fdd-8a43-a712b9a034ad.jpg"> <BR> <... Sun, 19 May 2019 02:13:56 EST Day 139: Lazy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591364 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6426f281-12d7-4d6a-84fc-30cc7805910b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> After a busy and stressful two days I’m am taking a day to do nothing but relax. It probably also helps out that its rainy and gloomy outside. Will be back to... Sun, 19 May 2019 02:08:52 EST Day 50 - Staying on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591363 House work, exercise, had company too. We celebrated a friend's 60th birthday today. I avoided bad menu choices today by ordering a greek salad and having just 1 piece of pizza. I only had 3 bites of cake with no frosting. It was a major accomplishment and i'm in control! In my workout I al... Sun, 19 May 2019 01:58:32 EST Animals ;-) 05/18/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591362 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceaebbb5-1f64-47cd-abad-bf765b1aa15f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dad & Son Lions <BR> <link>www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk/node/1149 </link> <BR> This isn't the first time a zoo Dad has 'stepped up' when Mom passed away. It happened in the Central Park Zoo sever... Sun, 19 May 2019 01:46:51 EST World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591361 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1eb3e5e0-37eb-4fbb-bea9-29cd7a97c7ca.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Date When celebrated: Always May 19 <BR> <BR> As the old saying goes….. "Give a man some vegetables, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to grow a vegetable garden, and you feed his wh... Sun, 19 May 2019 01:26:23 EST Danny Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591360 I have been terrible at updating on how Danny is doing. I really, really need to get back on Caring Bridge, and I hope to do so tomorrow. (Of course, I have been saying that for a couple of weeks, and still haven't done it, but maybe putting it in writing will help.) Anyway. <BR> <BR> Danny's... Sun, 19 May 2019 01:25:05 EST 5-18-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591359 Memorial Day sales have started. When did all these one day non-present holidays become two week sales events? I know I didn't pay that much attention to advertising when I was young or working, but I really notice it now. It's like they make up holidays so they can advertise another holiday sale... Sun, 19 May 2019 01:18:50 EST SATURDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591358 Although I am writing this on Sunday (12:08) a.m., it is for Saturday. Working hard at last minute to get my steps in at the last minute. <em>311</em> <em>542</em> <em>335</em> 11,056 steps for the day or 4.75 miles. Had to work really hard to do it but it has been awhile and I w... Sun, 19 May 2019 01:15:05 EST Happy Vesak Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591356 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69bbc858-e2be-4187-b941-8ec93f77e3a9.jpg"> <BR> I have a friend who is Buddhist. Every Vesak Day she would seek me out for lunch. Because her husband spends Vesak Days having a vegetarian society day and she can't heck vegetarian food. So she'll s... Sun, 19 May 2019 01:02:53 EST Keeping focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591354 What I have found is keeping focused is key to achieving success in any program or endeavor. So keep sparking my friends and success to all! Sun, 19 May 2019 00:49:16 EST Game Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591353 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22fcff2e-e38c-47ca-ace8-e8e86ce26258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will have to download photos tomorrow of the finished product from my morning with Maegann. She did a great job with the color and the cut. The instructor had to do the most help with ... Sun, 19 May 2019 00:41:58 EST Keeping Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591352 My friend and I got busy today when it became apparent that kayaking on her neighborhood lake was not an option: <BR> <BR> We repaired the broken shutters around one of her front window, which involved a hammer, a drill, several screws, a little paint, and quite a bit of mutual encouragement....... Sun, 19 May 2019 00:40:16 EST Something to be said. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591351 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8413a067-0a20-4c34-8899-d3c2a79f5ba3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are other quotes too that say you can't succeed until you have failed at what you are working towards. If you think about it, what is the reason you started up with SP? Me, I suddenly bega... Sun, 19 May 2019 00:34:59 EST Sunday's Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/390565cb-16be-44d4-b53a-4a2a3a009c44.jpg"> Sun, 19 May 2019 00:25:58 EST wow...eye opening. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591349 I have been away from sparkpeople for awhile. I was looking over my spark page and was shocked to see I joined 12 years ago! I was 51 and excited to get healthy to feel better. I am now 63 and in pretty much the same place I was 12 years ago. the difference is I now have not so well controlled di... Sun, 19 May 2019 00:21:29 EST Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591348 It warmed up to the low 70s today after 54 in the morning. It is 61 outside and 68 inside. Sun, 19 May 2019 00:12:06 EST Greatest American Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591346 Greatest American Hero, 1981-83 <BR> A teacher is given a special crime fighting suit by aliens. He was told by the aliens to liaison with the FBI. The suit grants him many abilities - flying, invisibility, telepathy, invulnerability, etc. Trouble is, he lost the instructions, so he’s always dis... Sun, 19 May 2019 00:06:54 EST Day 125 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591345 Shockingly stayed in my calories today. Had to go to my in-laws house warming party and it wasn't as bad as I expected. Decided to eat a few chips instead of cookies and cupcakes so that was a win in my book. Sat, 18 May 2019 23:59:15 EST Serenity Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591343 Serenity now...………..with walnuts. <BR> <BR> In a study, people who ate about an ounce (18 halves) of walnuts a day experienced a lower blood-pressure response to a high-stress situation than people who didn't eat the nuts. <BR> <BR> Walnuts are rich in inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty aids.... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:57:32 EST Need to get to bed soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591342 I want to go to mass tomorrow and need to get my prescription as well! I like to go to Mass on Saturday evening but did not feel well today! Sat, 18 May 2019 23:57:02 EST Saturday activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591341 I was up early this beautiful sunshiny day to clean things up after we had all the tree cutting and trimming and grass mowing along with the Orkin man doing his work. The ground look beautiful. We had dinner on the back patio. Keeping focused for more successes.Hope all are having a great week... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:44:04 EST nothing exciting Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591340 Today was an overcast day with some rain.. <BR> In between rain my son got our grass cut.. <BR> Then like it has been doing the sun came out around the 5pm mark.. <BR> <BR> I needed to do my wash... so got my dil's set up sorted and started doing it... when she came home from work she took over ... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:43:24 EST May 18th~Dreary Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591339 Spring was in a bad mood today..she sent winds and clouds, moist mists and cool temps, just to remind us that she is not always a Lady!! <BR> So after walking out to do AM chores and discovering that indeed I needed a jacket over that sleeveless shirt. With careful consideration I ruled out Yard ... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:36:19 EST GOOD DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591338 hubby had a breakfast with the guys he worked with until 2000 when the plant moved. He enjoyed catching up with all the guys, what they are doing and info on the ones no longer around. I am glad he has a number of friends from there he talks with regularly. Friendships are good. He remarked s... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:35:18 EST back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591337 img=296220] <BR> <BR> It's been a long time. A lot has changed in my life. With the changes came a lot of depression. Nothing mattered. Not my health, not my weight, I felt pretty worthless. The stress caused me to eat and eat and eat <BR> <BR> I finally began to accept the changes and wo... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:31:08 EST 5/18/19 - Bedtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591335 They're not in the ground yet, but I bought some pepper and tomato plants. <BR> <BR> It rained again today, and the water was covering the sidewalks. The good news is that it was too wet to cut the grass, but the bad news is that the grass is out of control. I need to check the squishiness of ... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:27:13 EST Self Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591334 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77e25c08-8577-4a06-9b40-37294e3023d1.jpg"> <BR> Things like fear, boring, angry, sadness are not yours is just states of mind. A bad day or situation is not the end of the world and also it does not define you. You have the power to change anythin... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:20:19 EST Again!!!???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591333 Once again, the 9 lbs I lost , I have gained back. I can already hear it.... tomorrow is another day, start all over , keep going! I have to do better, recently told I have RA, and some other back issues so I must lose the weight! Ugh! Give me strength and will power. Walking has become so pai... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:16:11 EST Happy Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591332 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ddb82aa-3783-434b-bf6e-ececd888adca.jpg"> <BR> I had a good birthday today. Went out to dinner with my daughter and her family. This is a throwback photo of me and her when we were both younger. I hope everyone got to enjoy this beautiful day. Sat, 18 May 2019 23:09:04 EST Three Blessings Day 11 and 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591331 1. Back is better. <BR> 2. Forgiveness <BR> 3. Creativity <BR> 4. Cookbooks <BR> 5. 4 seasons here <BR> 6. Being loved Sat, 18 May 2019 23:08:09 EST Saturday’s Words to Ponder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591329 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c45810bb-6d40-4249-8561-b42df0f82fd5.jpeg"> Sat, 18 May 2019 22:49:19 EST Sat 5/18 Disaster preparedness workshop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591327 Hubby and I attended a disaster preparedness workshop. Hurricane season will soon be upon us (June 1 to November 30) so they talked about how to prepare. After surviving two hurricanes (one major one--Iniki), we are hoping there are none in the future for us. We are prepared though. <BR> <BR> Ha... Sat, 18 May 2019 22:42:32 EST Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591326 Busy, rainy day!!! 2 meetings, lunch with friends, driving home in heavy rain...but I made it safely, took a nap and now I'm relaxing! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Sat, 18 May 2019 22:42:11 EST Week 379.... MB 163 ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591325 Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It is sunny after a cold and frosty morning, I pulled up the covers and enjoyed the warmth in bed... <BR> <BR> I went to a job with Hubby and took some photos along the way ... the petrol prices are in litres hubby says to multiply it by four for gallons ? :) <BR> ... Sat, 18 May 2019 22:32:44 EST Goals & Gratitude 5/18/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591324 Today was the Greek Fest at church. I was there most of the day, though I left early so I could come home and finish my homework for the night. I would have liked to have stayed and helped break everything down, but I knew I was going to need a good two hours to finish work today. I came home and... Sat, 18 May 2019 22:28:41 EST Walking to Rivendell: Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591323 + 2.70 miles walked On Friday May 17, 2018 <BR> <BR> You have walked 39.55 miles. <BR> You have passed Black Rider Stopping Place. <BR> It is 6.45 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 418.45 miles to reach Rivendell. <BR> <BR> The other two ran quickly to the left and down into a little ho... Sat, 18 May 2019 22:22:00 EST Harley Update - Cutest Bunny Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591322 Just sharing a couple of late Easter pictures of my darling Great Granddaughter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41e2cfee-d88f-490d-9ece-6f320dae973f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a70f92e3-210c-43e0-9260-83c9f9ef2a89.jpg"> Sat, 18 May 2019 22:21:08 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for May 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591321 Daily Inspiration: It is far better to feel fulfilled than to feel important because you have taken on too much. Lord, help me eliminate the unnecessary demands in my life which only cause stress. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think-- Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a ... Sat, 18 May 2019 22:17:53 EST Walking toRivendell: Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591320 + 2.68 miles walked. On Thursday May 16, 2018 <BR> <BR> You have walked 36.85 miles. <BR> You have passed Black Rider Stopping Place. <BR> It is 9.15 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 421.15 miles to reach Rivendell. <BR> <BR> The other two ran quickly to the left and down into a little... Sat, 18 May 2019 22:17:07 EST Can you have too much fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591319 Today's class was just too much fun. Of course I didn't read my instructions and cut my batting wrong so first thing was I got to be an example. I laughed at my self and made jokes about you can always count on me to do something off. I think by the end of the class I had made at least one of ... Sat, 18 May 2019 22:13:37 EST May 18, 2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591317 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> What a day. I am ready to crash and really hope that I sleep well. <BR> <BR> I attempted to sleep in this morning, but it really didn't happen, so I got up and got my workout done. I was able to take my time and was done before Jacob got up. I got my shower taken and h... Sat, 18 May 2019 22:06:15 EST My life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591316 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6757f0c-5fdb-4624-a912-84254952aeff.jpg"> Today’s cardio workout Sat, 18 May 2019 21:17:04 EST International Museum Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591315 Today is International Museum Day. International Museum Day is a good opportunity to visit, appreciate, and support your local museum. <BR> <BR> Here's Week Three's blog post for the A & I Challenge: <BR> <BR> Is there a museum near you that you've never visited and would like to? Do you have ... Sat, 18 May 2019 20:52:18 EST Keep your circle quality! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591314 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5c8d4c3-0e69-4979-a0b5-6bc0f07de36f.jpg"> Sat, 18 May 2019 20:46:21 EST Keep your circle quality! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591313 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5c8d4c3-0e69-4979-a0b5-6bc0f07de36f.jpg"> Sat, 18 May 2019 20:45:47 EST 2019 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591311 Great start to day, sunny, low 80s. The severe storms moved in, no in low 60s. Just rain now. Sat, 18 May 2019 20:34:41 EST Motivational quote of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591310 Hello SparkMembers! <BR> <BR> This week, I'll match a motivational quote to an experience I've had over the past couple of weeks. Here is the quote: <BR> <BR> <b>"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."</b> <BR> -- Confucius <BR> <BR> I chose this quote ... Sat, 18 May 2019 20:32:20 EST The American Diabetes Association does a REVERSAL of their recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591309 Well all you Keto despising people and wrong way nutritionists better get a grip as the ADA has reversed their recommendations concerning a LOW CARB diet. They have changed their TUNE after losing a lawsuit involving MILLIONS of dollars. The lawsuit involved a young boy who lost his foot due t... Sat, 18 May 2019 20:19:16 EST Tomorrow Is A New Day And New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591308 I’ve been thinking about my life and where I want it to be going. I really want to loose weight and be healthy. I am really going to be watching what I eat and also start moving around more. <BR> <BR> My husband has the opposite issue and it is frustrating for me to hear him talk about how ... Sat, 18 May 2019 20:15:33 EST Boring? Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591307 Have I become boring? It wasn't intentional. And what is boring? I think everyone has their own definition on if. <BR> <BR> It started about a year ago. The 2nd half of 2018, started 'the year of the surgeries', as I am calling it. I went from recuperating from one surgery to prepping for the n... Sat, 18 May 2019 20:14:59 EST Bite to Win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591306 Intermittent Fasting; is it the new magic bullet? Maybe. I am going to give it a go. I have tried it, and it is doable, for sure, but I lack the discipline, and I really need to have a plan. Tomorrow is my intended "start" day (although I have started many times through my journey). I am going t... Sat, 18 May 2019 20:09:18 EST Belated Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591304 Today I met my sister and Mom for a belated Mother's Day brunch in a nearby town. My Mom came across on the ferry and my sister and I met her and walked a few blocks up from the water to our traditional Mother's Day lunch spot. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the town was alive ... Sat, 18 May 2019 19:57:52 EST Day 23 of 30 day transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591303 Almost all green on my Versa today just will miss active minutes but achieved my steps per hour goal and will have over 13K steps. Got my Alpha Care HD Grape this afternoon when I got home from work it was here. 80oz of water down and 40oz of water left to finish before bedtime. Off for the next ... Sat, 18 May 2019 19:53:59 EST I'm shocked. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591302 I just ate one of the larger meals I used to eat all the time, probably about 2 times a month or more. And the calorie count on it was over 2,000!! WOW! I don't know why I ate it today, I just took the day off, not upset or out of any type of willpower breakdown, just wanted to. I have been doing... Sat, 18 May 2019 19:52:43 EST 5-18-19 Saturday: Light Gardening; Long Run Prep; 211.8 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591301 A Runner’s Tale; My Journey to Love Life, Lose Weight, and run an Ultra Marathon <BR> <BR> I stuck to my plan and did light gardening for about 4 to 5 hours. I did manage quite a sweat but took rest and extra sitting to protect and rest my legs. I am really not tired which tells me I am in pre... Sat, 18 May 2019 19:41:03 EST Superhero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591300 “You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy. I have never met a heavy heart that wasn’t a phone booth with a red cape inside.” ~ Andrea Gibson <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings on our grief, on every crashing wave of it, on all of the ways it shows us the depth and breadth of our love stor... Sat, 18 May 2019 19:40:35 EST Sometimes the journey to good health seems lonely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591299 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17435c51-46e6-47e3-9777-cecb91ccd0f2.jpg"> <BR> As we proceed in losing or maintaining our weight and changing our lives to a healthy lifestyle the journey seems a lonely one but it does not have to be try to include your family and friends this wi... Sat, 18 May 2019 19:36:22 EST Resisted Oreos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591298 Had a snack before meeting friends at the pool Because I knew someone would bring high calorie snacks. I was ready and because I’d had a snack, able to resist them. Sat, 18 May 2019 19:24:18 EST Resisted Oreos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591297 Had a snack before meeting friends at the pool Because I knew someone would bring high calorie snacks. I was ready and because I’d had a snack, able to resist them. Sat, 18 May 2019 19:23:42 EST Umami http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591296 It's been so so long since I've eaten beets, I'd forgotten how delicious and umami they are. I should add them to my diet more often. Today was Produce Without Waste day. I got there too late to get the tomatoes on the vine but they had spaghetti squash, cantaloupe, acorn squash, orange bell pepp... Sat, 18 May 2019 19:22:10 EST New Gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591295 It’s always motivating to get new gear. I haven’t bought any new gear in a while, but this week I got two new things. First of all I got some new athletic shoes. My old ones were wearing out, and I really needed new ones. I like the fit of Nike shoes, so I got some new Nikes. Here’s a pictur... Sat, 18 May 2019 19:09:25 EST Always Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591294 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4857411f-d64d-48fa-82a5-b659dff3e5bb.png"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 May 2019 19:07:51 EST Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591292 I need to get myself in check. I’ve let my weight go. I’ve got to get it under control and healthy for my daughter! Sat, 18 May 2019 19:03:00 EST Beyond.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591291 There has been a lot of advertising these past few weeks and significant stock market activity surrounding the arrival of Beyond Meat. The product has been touted as the ultimate replacement for animal meat, just what the rapidly growing population of vegetarians and vegans need in their diets. ... Sat, 18 May 2019 18:48:31 EST An Evening to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591290 Do any of you remember the movie Mrs. Doubtfire with Robin Williams? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad375e49-8eee-4e25-a884-0137839162d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tonight my daughter and her fiancé are taking his mother and myself to dinner at a restaurant called Bridges. One ... Sat, 18 May 2019 18:41:12 EST The impossible I do at once - Miracles take a little longer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591289 Sally pitched up today with a ton of celery and three bags of pre packaged mixed veg. Due to her and her son having been unwell, they hadn't used them. Her son was apparently very exercised about the waste until Sally told him she'd bring them to me because I can always create something out of ... Sat, 18 May 2019 18:39:17 EST its never to late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591288 At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA. <BR> At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. <BR> At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer. <BR> At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school. <BR> At age 28, J.K. Row... Sat, 18 May 2019 18:17:00 EST Jarring change in atmosphere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591287 So, two hours ago, Alumni Field was hopping. A full house was on hand to see Michigan take on James Madison on Day 2 of the NCAA softball regional in Ann Arbor, and we were treated to one heck of a game, the pitchers (one named Meghan and the other Megan) went toe to toe and held the batters scor... Sat, 18 May 2019 18:05:28 EST 30 Days of Reflection: Day16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591286 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9c01bbe-9d2d-468b-9ac9-c907d9fa8e70.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc54a0f3-ced8-4c9d-b23b-90246f31f6d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f07eab8-4ed7-4bda-ac12-9c0103... Sat, 18 May 2019 18:03:53 EST Soda Can Pop - my energy drink? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591285 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ef655ae-cba3-4368-93f5-255c6ccb60e8.jpg"> Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends - I still like drinking diet sodas. What it means to me is Happy hour after work. I really like to hear the crack and pop as the can opens. Even if it’s cold from fridge - I chose to... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:59:52 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591283 My wife and I are truly grateful for all of the kind wishes sent our way regarding our wedding anniversary yesterday. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 18 May 2019 17:45:03 EST Preparing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591282 I have the weekend off from radiation treatment. <BR> I’m getting the car ready to go to Kent. <BR> Tomorrow I’m lector at Mass. <BR> Then,it’s a road trip for my grandson”s Confirmation. <BR> In the afternoon, his brother graduates high school. Sat, 18 May 2019 17:42:50 EST Day 58 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591281 Sunny Saturday! It really was here. They kept calling for rain all weekend and we haven't really rained at all except very late at night. It has been awesome! I did my weight lifting this morning, followed by core and stretching and then the husband and I went out to the park to walk. Today is hi... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:42:24 EST Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591280 Today, I got paid $1,105.18 for the past 2 weeks' worth of work. I'm pleased to crack $1,100, and this means that I'll make $2,210.36 every month from now on (except for the 2 months out of the year where I get 3 paychecks instead of 2). I know that that's still not a lot for someone making $43... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:29:58 EST Day 147 - low energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591279 Didn’t feel too good last night, went to bed early. Feels like I have a bit of a bug. But at the same time made me recognize that I haven’t had a headache in a very long time. Could be many things, but definitely has to do with losing weight and/or what I am eating. Maybe less salt, more water, e... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:21:54 EST Why I am Committed to my Journey to being healthy ( Round 40) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591278 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceda1689-829f-49b7-b35e-fdbcde42796f.png"> <BR> <BR> We were asked this question for our Challenge for BLC. I am very happy to say since I blogged last time , there are great improvements. I've lost 20 lbs since round 39, my blood sugars are norma... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:17:32 EST Non-Scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591277 I had Mom compare pics from March to ones I took today. She sees a difference. My headache is so bad today I can barely see difference so I compared chiropractor visits per month. A year ago it was about 12 times a month. January was 6 a month. March dropped to 4-5 a month. Now it's 1 visit every... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:13:25 EST Saturday looking back over the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591276 This had been a long week - last Saturday through today. I fell down the steps last Saturday, and have been putting on a great show of being okay. I have finally broken down and made an appointment for Thursday - earliest date they could get me in. My God seems to be healing but my one knee is be... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:11:16 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591275 Three hours and 5 minutes total treadmill and dog walks. Moved more of the woodpile and attended my grandson's baseball game. Hope you had a lovely day. Sat, 18 May 2019 17:09:43 EST I hit a milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591274 I have been walking daily since July 24, 2011. I started because my doctor suggested that I should walk because it was the best exercise. <BR> I have tracked my walks daily in my notebooks. I decided to do something I thought was totally out of my reach. I started doing a virtual hike of the Appa... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:07:02 EST Week 7 - Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591273 Lost 2 lbs <BR> Nutrtion - tracked <BR> Exercise - tracked and increased from 30 mins to 40 mins of walking. <BR> Getting more muscle aches. Will keep exercise at 40 mins for next week. Sat, 18 May 2019 17:06:47 EST Born to Run...Eat Plants and Visit Plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591272 Right there is my secret to happiness. You're welcome. Well the first part for me is more like born to run-walk, Zumba and do other exercise, but you get the idea. <BR> <BR> I am too lazy to cite studies, but research backs this up. Many years ago some studies found exercise as effective as ant... Sat, 18 May 2019 17:00:44 EST Saturday's Silly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591271 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06864588-ea20-4486-9469-2347c9693dcd.jpg"> Sat, 18 May 2019 16:54:54 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SATURDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591269 THE GREAT LIGHT <BR> <BR> The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death upon them a light was shined. <BR> Isaiah 9:2 <BR> <BR> We use cameras to capture our precious memories, baby's first smile or our long awaited trip to the Gra... Sat, 18 May 2019 16:43:06 EST Saturday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591268 We went to pick up my new car this morning, took a long test drive, did a lot of paperwork, got the insurance, drove it home. <BR> I still have to go back up to the dealer next week when I will actually pay for the car, but I loved driving it home. SO many gadgets,,every Gm option available on... Sat, 18 May 2019 16:38:59 EST 18 on 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591267 My younger son is 18 today. He has many times in the past when things weren't going like he wanted said he'd be glad when he turned 18 so I wonder what he'll say now. I have told him that not a lot is going to change as it is still my house, my rules. But a lot has changed over the years and I... Sat, 18 May 2019 16:34:38 EST Day 138 "Making the days count" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591266 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbead738-4394-436d-9583-c407d9704627.png"> <BR> <BR> To make the days count more I found that keeping a journal is a key tool. <BR> <BR> 1. You are forced to reflect when you keep a journal; self reflection is the main key to success, particul... Sat, 18 May 2019 16:19:18 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591265 You know things just have a way of working out. The grands and son are all back on track and I'm sure it was all my worrying that helped them. <BR> <BR> My nemesis no longer bothers me. Who knew that taking the high road and not retaliating could be so good for you. <BR> <BR> Everything see... Sat, 18 May 2019 16:12:21 EST A good day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591264 Didn't get much sleep last night. Was tired, but couldn't fall asleep so I read...eyes finally closed about 0400 and I was awake about 0800...which is when I planned to get up. My eyes were a little gritty, and I'm ready to crash right now. Time will tell. Niece has the recliner and is sleepi... Sat, 18 May 2019 16:07:28 EST Defeated that 2hr bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591263 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6359b242-d543-4447-aaa8-2291252d2c27.jpg"> <BR> Had to welcome myself to the 2hr club. I always minus 20 percent due to machines not being accurate. #Agoodday Sat, 18 May 2019 16:05:50 EST Irrational anger as a non motivating force http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591262 As I look back upon my last leap off the wagon (2 days of not bothering to exercise, not bothering to track or discipline my food intake), I realize that the triggering events were boredom and anger....bored by the same more healthful and often less "fun" food choices that I had been making, bor... Sat, 18 May 2019 15:34:46 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591261 From May 1st until now, I've been doing timed wall-sits. I'm currently at 400% of the time I could successfully maintain in proper form at the start of this month! I'm jazzed about that! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 18 May 2019 15:16:07 EST Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591260 Got my new Fitbit on Thursday. Got in 5,500 steps on Friday. Not much, but it's a start. Exercise and healthier ways await Sat, 18 May 2019 15:06:25 EST Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591259 Mel Robbins’ TEDx San Francisco Talk: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp7E<BR>973zozc&feature=youtu.be </link> Sat, 18 May 2019 15:00:32 EST New Summer Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591258 Isn't it funny how everything changes? Give it time and it will change. Good bad or otherwise. We all know this right? <BR> <BR> Stay in touch with my family and friends <BR> Fight for women's right <BR> Stay within my calorie limit <BR> Drink 64 oz water daily <BR> Eat one pound of veggies dai... Sat, 18 May 2019 14:57:08 EST Why I'm committed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591257 Here's why I'm committed to MY journey to being healthy. <BR> I want to live a long time. I do. I want to live long enough to see my son settled, hopefully happily married with a child or two. But more than that, I want the time I am here on the planet to be as pleasant as possible. I know t... Sat, 18 May 2019 14:56:49 EST Armed Forces Day and Saturday Sillies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591256 Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Sat, 18 May 2019 14:51:55 EST Three things I am grateful for (May 18 2019) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591255 Three things I am grateful for today are <BR> <BR> (1) heating pads for when you are feeling cold <BR> <BR> (2) a variety of healthy food to choose from <BR> <BR> (3) grateful for the wonderful lady that helps me with fittings for compression socks and also helps with taking care of my diabeti... Sat, 18 May 2019 14:31:53 EST new place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591254 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5eb79d2-2582-4f2f-bc34-30167d450a92.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c79d4f06-35c1-41f8-ade5-c7507223f43d.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcd7b8e3-529e-4fbd-a909-20839df57447.jpg">Haven't blogged in a whi... Sat, 18 May 2019 14:08:27 EST Elk in the valley - 5-18-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591253 Larry Pierce spotted a herd of elk grazing in a meadow with a stand of spring-green aspen behind them: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6318c28a-979e-40a4-a1cf-5e26f155a46b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While Laura Brice spotted a herd of elk in South Routt, where spring is lagging ... Sat, 18 May 2019 14:06:11 EST On the lighter side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591252 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74d44fa5-77fc-4c58-baf8-a9f6ed611ee5.jpg"> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Sat, 18 May 2019 13:41:25 EST HAPPY SATURDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591251 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55cd9b5b-c039-4662-822b-14edd914a053.jpg"> Sat, 18 May 2019 13:40:51 EST Saturday May 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591249 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c6f0856-30fb-4bc8-a910-922e8c59c084.jpeg">. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/797d1b5a-bfcd-4b08-89d1-55c1c6991872.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a visual of the dramatic shed replacement. We are so happy with the new one. It will get pa... Sat, 18 May 2019 13:14:51 EST Saturday - stubborn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591248 RA in full flare. Pain - no matter if I sit or move - so I choose to move as much as possible! Move and rest, move and rest. This will be my mantra today! Have a good day everyone! Sat, 18 May 2019 13:11:32 EST 17th & 18th May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03e56285-5e4a-441d-bbdd-0767009dee00.jpg"> <BR> <link>https://www.actionforhappiness.org/m<BR>edia/783725/may_2019.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> 17th was "Gaze at the stars and see that we are part of something bigger." <BR> <BR> I'm staying with my so... Sat, 18 May 2019 13:08:19 EST Friday Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591246 Fun evening with son shopping for presents for his sister that’s 2 years older & dinner out while she had a birthday party sleepover. Treated oldest to Taco Bell since she volunteered to help school choir. Sat, 18 May 2019 13:05:51 EST Inspirational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591245 I am definitely an inspirational quote type person. For the most part they work to make me want to do better and be better. They also make me think and ponder them, some more than others. I came across one here on SP that caught my eye recently. I liked the quote, still do in fact but not nec... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:58:26 EST Day 138: So Much Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591244 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be5e5f5e-8cf6-4158-ac91-a492fce076ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn." (Author Unknown) <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend! <BR> <BR> Thank you for the well wishes and prayers for my Grandp... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:54:14 EST May 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591243 Had a busy day, shopping and visiting Petes' Mum. Unfortunately Pat was in a bit of a stroppy tearful mood when we arrived but was a bit happier when we finally left her. Trouble is it upsets Pete to see his Mum like that and yet we know it's the best place for her. <BR> We'll be out with friends... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:52:06 EST Bonus blog: the baby chain saw and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591242 Several years ago, I purchased a small electric chain saw. In 2010, to be precise. Here's me wielding it in November, that year, threatening small volunteer trees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26df7506-627e-446b-85d9-7b1e749620dc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't know if i... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:43:01 EST Exercise Plan for this next week~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591241 Sunday-TnT Upper Body/Yoga/Cardio-Walking 30 min & 1 Jessica Smith video <BR> Monday-Yoga/Cardio-Body Project & Leslie Sansone video <BR> Tuesday-TnT Lower Body/Yoga/Cardio-Walking (Gym-Battle Ropes) <BR> Wednesday-Rest Day~ <BR> Thursday-TnT Core/Yoga/Cardio-Walking & (Gym-Kettle Bells) <BR> Fri... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:36:30 EST Words of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/374b8d91-e663-442a-ad10-36c44ac658c3.jpg"> <BR> 🐛 Learning to care for ourselves should be the first step of our journey. Have a beautiful weekend! 🦋 Sat, 18 May 2019 12:34:06 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591239 Happy Weekend! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c75aa74-6179-4035-b6a4-6ada341bdf79.jpg"> Sat, 18 May 2019 12:32:18 EST The Hunger Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591238 It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since I last blogged. All in all, it hasn't been a great year. I reached my all-time high weight and am working my way back. I fractured the bones above and below the knee in multiple places, but because I'm fat, several doctors told me my pain was ... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:21:51 EST 5/18/19 Nothing can be done except little by little. Charles Baudelaire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591237 Quote of the Day <BR> If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. <BR> Harry S Truman <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss. <BR> John Keats <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the ... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:19:07 EST HEALTHIER ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591236 I have been a little discouraged that I haven't really lost weight yet despite my trying so hard! BUT I realized there are other changes. I feel better through out the day when I get up early and do my work outs and the muscles in my calves are so much tighter again! When I don't work out I am di... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:14:01 EST Making it routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591235 Being a spontaneous person and one not inclined towards habits or routine, setting a program to follow is hard. Other than showing up places I’m expected to be, there has never been much of a routine in my life. Understandably I keep forgetting about the schedule I’m supposed to be following. Bu... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:11:41 EST Time to stride forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591234 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ea48832-592d-43ba-bdfb-4da89e5314e3.jpg"> <BR> I've successfully maintained my initial 30 pound weight loss for six months and it's time for the next leg of my journey. I committ to rack every calorie and stay within my range for the next 60 days.... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:08:08 EST Time Flies When You Are Failing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591233 I have been on an eating binge since the Holidays. I just can't seem to get full no matter what I eat and I can't decide what to do to get back on track. I had some success with intermittent fasting but I cannot tolerate the high fat, high protein diet that is all the rage at the moment. I have... Sat, 18 May 2019 12:07:42 EST Why You Have Not Heard from Me in May... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591232 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f21defe4-0ed0-42bd-9395-d4ee42687d0a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been busy finishing and publishing my latest book! It is finally available on Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback. It is a Mystery/Sci-Fi/ Romance...which takes place approximately 2... Sat, 18 May 2019 11:41:03 EST So SORE! Learn to rest not to quit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591231 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb7533e0-e365-45d6-b8a1-52962b35b6dd.jpg">Worked out Friday morning with a class. Figured I might as well push it since I was awake and all. Oh my god. I can barely walk or lift up my arms. I am so sore. It didn't feel that bad when I was doin... Sat, 18 May 2019 11:40:57 EST 2019 I AM SO HAPPY A1C DROPPED DOWN TO 8.5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591230 hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout this morning i am so happy got my test results a1c dropped down to 8.5 i am so glad thank you for all your prayers i try not to worry like i have been you have to put yourself first before you can take care of others i am really hitting the wei... Sat, 18 May 2019 11:25:35 EST Wow, Foods and supplements do matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591229 I stay in pain. I have a fussed lower back after 2 surgeries. But I avoid hard pain killers been off hydros for 5 years now. I take ibuprofen, flexeril, and Tylenol on a rotating basis but have found the ibuprofen increases swelling after a few days...my liver can no longer handle it. My go to wa... Sat, 18 May 2019 11:25:03 EST 2019-05-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591227 This started when I was chatting with a SparkFriend.. and then it GREW & GREW <BR> <BR> Spring has really sprung in my corner of the world. <BR> In my yard the daffodils have been gracing me with tons of yellow and some white blossoms, the bleeding heart adds a dash of red, the purple and w... Sat, 18 May 2019 11:19:04 EST Hello 150s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591226 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e14f772-eb88-4370-bc38-e843951fc4d1.jpg"> <BR> I'm always excited to see a new number in the 10s column! 0.4lbs to go to reach the 30lb lost mark. Yesterday I noticed that I can actually see curves to my figure and I'm not just a cylinder. There... Sat, 18 May 2019 11:12:53 EST Trying to get going today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591225 I did a big workout for me last night! But this morning I’m going, why? Yea I know better.... I will be pushing myself today, to get one done....😳🤪😂 Sat, 18 May 2019 11:08:33 EST Day 8 - Milestones Passed and Those Faced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591224 Whoo Hoo! I am down some more this am. Today I will stumble because I will be going to a local Hamburger fast food place with my son and his family. However, I am already planning on increasing my activity, adjusting my other meals, increasing my water, and in essence planning how to minimize ... Sat, 18 May 2019 11:06:41 EST Trying to get going today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591223 I did a big workout for me last night! But this morning I’m going, why? Yea I know better.... I will be pushing myself today, to get one done....😳🤪😂 Sat, 18 May 2019 11:05:49 EST Daily Highlight 77 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591222 Highlight - <BR> Feel like I have been floundering. Okay, why is this a highlight, you may ask. <BR> Well, I'm still here! That is the highlight. Life isn't perfect and neither am I. But it is easy to get back on track, all I have to do is choose to do it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Gratitude- <BR> Haven... Sat, 18 May 2019 11:02:27 EST Malamute 'Oohs' Along With 'If You're Happy and You Know It' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591221 <link>healthypets.mercola.com/sites/health<BR>ypets/archive/2019/05/18/malamute-oohs<BR>-along-with-if-youre-happy-and-you-kno<BR>w-it.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=2<BR>0190518Z1&et_cid=DM287572&et_rid=618643102 </link> Sat, 18 May 2019 10:51:15 EST Looong Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591220 It doesn't seem long ago that we took a four-day Easter weekend -- during which we worked valiantly filling the third dumpster and reorganizing our house. <BR> <BR> But here we are again, the first "official" summer long weekend of the year in Canada: May 24, Victoria Day -- in honour of Queen ... Sat, 18 May 2019 10:50:43 EST get back on it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591219 i can hardly fill in the last six years here in one post, and it's not really what i'm here for. <BR> <BR> i've gone off testosterone 6 months ago, in order to increase my chances of getting pregnant. it felt okay the first few months, but now my dysphoria is starting to take over my life. i spe... Sat, 18 May 2019 10:48:28 EST 05/18/19 Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591218 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e704af4-316b-4254-bff7-86e3b7dd67e0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together." Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aa19d6d-22b7-4e17-967d-2600ea7c6e62.jpg"> <B... Sat, 18 May 2019 10:40:23 EST Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591217 It is,going,to be challenging today. Been invited for supper and I do hope that I stick to my program and do not get carried away with the temptation. Sat, 18 May 2019 10:31:14 EST STUPENDACIOUS SATURDAY!!! Looking at another quiet day .. Wish you one too !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591216 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88fe3a4e-717c-4078-b120-fc9a6af6e35b.png"> <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... Sat, 18 May 2019 10:28:14 EST Vicious Cycle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591215 Me: I need help with rent. <BR> Assistance Office: Do you have proof of income for the last 30 days? <BR> Me: No, I have no income. <BR> Assistance Office: You need income to be eligible for our programs. <BR> Me: I need childcare in order to work. My daughter just started part-time at Head Star... Sat, 18 May 2019 10:24:54 EST Day off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591214 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11e36058-d010-4f1e-9054-c9844f244e90.jpg"> <BR> I wish I could get motivated again. I used to be awesome at this! I think I'll just rip it off like a bandaid and dive into a routine again. Wish me luck! Sat, 18 May 2019 10:18:27 EST Springtime Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591213 Lots on the agenda today. <BR> <BR> I got tired just reading it! <BR> <BR> Well, off to get at it! Sat, 18 May 2019 10:12:18 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591212 I did 10 minutes of chair exercise, danced for 15 minutes, walked for 10 minutes & now did 15 minutes of body weight exercise. Sat, 18 May 2019 10:10:56 EST No Dirty Dishes Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591211 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5eabbbb6-f23d-4a70-acdf-b1dbca244182.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always on May 18 <BR> <BR> No Dirty Dishes Day is a reprieve from the daily pile of dishes to wash and dry. Day after day, we do the daily chore of washing and drying di... Sat, 18 May 2019 10:09:56 EST Falling asleep interrupted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591210 I have a new toy (cough) tool in my life, kind of my mothers' day present to myself. It's a Ftibit Versa Lite. This new model doesn't do flights of stairs (the old Surge did), but it *does* do sleep stage tracking, using the built in heart rate monitor along with its motion sensors. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 18 May 2019 10:04:38 EST Thanks for Your Service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591209 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65cd63d4-3cb1-41c7-8e4d-ef5620335c47.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Armed Forces Day <BR> Armed Forces Day pays tribute to those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, including those in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, as well as those in the Nat... Sat, 18 May 2019 10:01:02 EST Momma didn't have to say much of anything... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591206 Woke up at 4am so I could leave for the airport around 5am since I was about 30-35 miles out and wanted to be sure I had plenty of time in case there was traffic.. Got bumped up to first class which was a surprise.. so I had breakfast on the plane.. rice krispies and yogurt.. I skipped the dried ... Sat, 18 May 2019 09:44:43 EST Why I'm committed to this journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591205 So far my SMART goals are going pretty well. I have 3 pounds before hitting the 170's (a girl can dream, right). I did wind up with a small wrench in my plans - I caught some crazy virus that has left me coughing tons. I haven't been using the mag oil at night just because my body is having to ha... Sat, 18 May 2019 09:38:30 EST Christopher Robin says it all- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591204 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85b4048a-157a-4a4b-9035-0c93ead62470.jpg"> <BR> Does anyone ever say that too you?--- <BR> -like never?--- <BR> Each of us are so unique- <BR> I used to look at outer beauty only when younger-- <BR> <BR> Now--I realize that real beauty comes from ... Sat, 18 May 2019 09:33:24 EST A step forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591203 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3adc842b-144b-4fe1-a9e9-274c5a1ca782.jpeg"> Sat, 18 May 2019 09:30:27 EST Still Gaining After All These Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591202 There was a gain this morning. How challenging it is to remain calm about it. I could easily chuck the whole endeavor as I often have done, but for a pair of white pants I want to wear, lol. Forget health -- it's always better to look good than to feel good. (Thank you for that, Billy Cyrstal doi... Sat, 18 May 2019 09:21:29 EST saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591201 one cake picked up. workouts done. lucy for a walk. one wedding to deliver at noon the other being picked up around 1:30. made a keto stir fry last night..plenty for supper tonite, so dont have to cook supper...happy to report another loss..i'm down a bunch since implementing the new health coach... Sat, 18 May 2019 09:15:12 EST The best vacation ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591200 on April 24th around 2 am we left our home for the airport. For the first time we were going on a trip with my daughter and her boyfriend and none of us had ever gone so far. <BR> <BR> Flight plan was AA from Montreal to Dallas then AA from Dallas to Tokyo(Narita). Unfortunately, our plane never... Sat, 18 May 2019 09:13:00 EST Ways For Movement, Attending “ Open Air, Healthy in Mind & Body” event, I like the Dog Therapy part! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591199 Last week’s 5% Spring Challenge, the focus of the week was for “ Movement. <BR> Movement to me is getting out and doing things, meeting people, learning in the process, <BR> <BR> Today, Saturday, special event at AIR, “ Attitutude in Reverse” , website: Air.ngo <BR> “ Miki and Friends, Open... Sat, 18 May 2019 09:09:07 EST Happy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591198 Have a great 1st half of your weekend! <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 18 May 2019 09:00:27 EST Summer vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591197 My last day of school was Wednesday. Thursday I started following the eating plan from my new cookbook, walking two miles in the morning and getting in 10k steps a day. Today is Saturday and I woke up 4 pounds lighter. I believe it's proof that my job and stress keeps me fat. Sat, 18 May 2019 08:49:16 EST Saturday Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591196 This little old lady goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor I have this problem with passing gas, but it really doesn’t bother me too much. It never smells and it’s always silent. As a matter of fact I’ve passed gas at least 20 times since I’ve been here in your office. You didn’t know I was passin... Sat, 18 May 2019 08:46:43 EST Saturday's Chuckle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6591195 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35b92812-413f-4317-8906-c4552c790e03.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new mummy has just been discovered in Egypt! It was found covered in chocolate and nuts. <BR> <BR> They believe he was called Pharaoh Rocher! Sat, 18 May 2019 08:44:43 EST