SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs BIBLE VERSE FOR WEDNESDAY THE MIDNIGHT RIDE <BR> <BR> iI would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. <BR> Psalm 84:10 <BR> <BR> On April 26, 1777, Sybil Ludington, 16, learned the British were about to attack Danbury. Her fathe... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:30:45 EST Dear John............ A young girl on a year's training course in south Africa, recently received a "Dear John" letter from her boyfriend back home. <BR> <BR> It read as follows: <BR> <BR> Dear Mary, <BR> <BR> I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:28:03 EST Day 5 - St. Peregrine Novena Here are the prayers for today: <BR> Day 5 - St. Peregrine Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing. <BR> <BR> Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:19:24 EST Weather It has rained off and on today. It warmed up to low 60s. It is 58 outside and 67 inside. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:08:33 EST Special Blessings-January 16, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I did the laundry first thing this morning. I wanted to read, but knew I had several things to do today, so I just jumped into what really needed done. <BR> <BR> 2. I filled out paperwork for the Optic-Neurologist that I will be s... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:06:17 EST INJURY Worked out with 5 lb weights yesterday; strained my right arm. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:05:55 EST My kids are hilarious Tonight at the dinner table we were discussing my move to my sons tomorrow so I can spend a couple of days with those kids and someone decided to wonder why I always get sick when I visit, The boy goes to preschool, the girl to high school, mom works at the university and my SIL drives a school ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:04:35 EST My kids are hilarious Tonight at the dinner table we were discussing my move to my sons tomorrow so I can spend a couple of days with those kids and someone decided to wonder why I always get sick when I visit, The boy goes to preschool, the girl to high school, mom works at the university and my SIL drives a school ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:04:35 EST Tue Today I was pretty lazy. I took a nap and I watched some tv. I also got a workout in. I did a cardio kickboxing video I streamed on Amazon prime. <BR> <BR> Food was pretty on. A bit over in protein today, but getting much better than I had been. Ketosis here I come. <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:01:34 EST .. Day 15/365 <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:59:05 EST What is easy? I used to think going to the dojo was difficult. <BR> I used to think every class was difficult. <BR> <BR> Then those classes were cancelled the first week in December. <BR> Yes, I often had to change my mind set to get to class. <BR> Yes, I worked hard in class. <BR> <BR> Now I see how easy it... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:58:59 EST Day 15 2019 Encouraging Spark Friends One of the best features of Spark is Spark Friends. It is amazing how many great people there are on Spark and how much positivity there is. I especially found that today catching up on posts. I found so many great takeaways. Some folks use humor and others write with lots of passion but they... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:42:55 EST #639 Wednesday thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I believe this can say it all. Now if I can get focused, we'll be running on all cylinders. Still in neutral and looking to get into 1st gear tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Today we played cards and my p... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:42:35 EST Reality Check Jan 15, 2018 I made my usual resolutins for the New Year, with the usual assumption that I would not meet them. But then one day last week I decided to do some chair exercising (because my DH was downstairs, and I was upstairs and did not want to shake the house). And I did those chair exercis... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:37:10 EST I was fooling myself I’ve been working at losing weight for quite some time and have five years of daily weight recorded. Work out regularly and make my goal of 20,000 steps per day frequently. BMI has not been in the green zone during that time and weight loss is never significant in duration. At the recommendation... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:34:50 EST Calories earned vs calories burned Does anyone know what the average amount of calories burned in one working day without exercise at a desk job Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:34:41 EST 1/15/19 Well I felt a little guilty tonight. I had planned to get the over preheated to throw the enchiladas in tonight for dinner, but didn't make it. So we decided to go out to dinner. I realized I hadn't been out of the house since Thursday evening, so it felt good to get out. We are due to get mo... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:32:10 EST 1/15/19 Love dies only when growth stops. Pearl S. Buck Quote of the Day <BR> Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. <BR> Lucius Annaeus Seneca <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us. <BR> Madame de Stael <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art is the triumph over chaos. <B... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:31:53 EST January 15th The month marches on. Are we doing the same? So many New Years thoughts and intentions do not even make it thru the month. We have a lot of folks on our teams that have been here for a while..but there are new ones that need encouragement and maybe even a nudge to keep focused . Success has to ha... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:25:23 EST "S" is for snow (Jan. 15th) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had plans.....and once again the day had it's own ideas! My plans: meal prep for the day, two quick paid work items and then Bible study lessons. Here's what really happened: <BR> <em>102... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:19:43 EST January 15 - Strength Training & Feeling Kinda Blah WATER: 64 ounces (woohoo!) <BR> FOOD: <BR> <BR> Cinnamon oatmeal <BR> <BR> 5 ounces tuna <BR> Small plate of mac & cheese <BR> <BR> 9 Hershey Kisses <BR> <BR> 8 Thin Mint cookies <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> Strength Training <BR> <BR> 1 round of 20 reps <BR> Floor press with 5 lb DBs <BR> Squa... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:52:28 EST Tuesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:51:53 EST Dr. Appt The dreaded doctor appointment in the morning. I get to get poked and prodded. But I will know where I stand and how good or bad I'm doing. Which it will probably be the latter of the two. Hoping for better. I had a few bad days. Now trying to get straight AGAIN. But at least I caught myself doi... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:51:25 EST Day 15: A Great Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life." (Anonymou... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:48:21 EST Day79 No Weigh <img src=""> Looked at the scale the day and thought, "No WAY!" No way could I have put on another pound. No way was I going to LET myself weigh this amount. At first, I thought maybe the scale was off. But, then I re... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:34:11 EST Harley Update This sweet bundle of a baby girl is definitely my new why for my healthy life journey. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:31:56 EST Happy Wanderer Chapter 2 in New Zealand - lots of beautiful scenery and hiking! <BR> <BR> <BR> After arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, I met my assigned roommate, Sally from New York. We clicked right away. Considering the time changes we’ll went through to get there, we slept fairly well. Breakfast was lot... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:30:28 EST Try it Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Try something new today, be it a new workout or a new food. Change things up. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:25:14 EST Taking out the trash You know how we love to celebrate holidays and special occasions with junk food and lots of sugary deserts? Well today is trash day and all these leftover empty calories are going out. Most of it has been tasted and enjoyed but now it's going out. We have fruits and veggies that will go bad if we... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:19:49 EST Jan 16 frustration building I am helping a friend. She says she wants my advice but then does the complete opposite which frustrates me. Maybe it shouldn't bother me but it is starting to get to me. I don't want to Eat out of frustration. I have to write this down and work it out for myself. This has been my problem for ma... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:14:18 EST Tuesday Musings I just haven't connected. Came out of the chute like a bucking bronco but failed too fast. It's not always as easy to just pick up and start again as people here and everywhere like to think. But I will. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:13:05 EST It has begun I told myself it will be different this time. Making better choices all the time not just some of the time. So today was the first day of all new eating, exercise, and lifestyle routine. I'm going to make this happen for me. I'm tracking my food. Put in a real 30 minute work out today. Only took ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:10:54 EST Act of kindness I was out front talking to a friend who had come over to borrow a snake to take care of her sewer with. While outside a guy walked up and asked if my friend could drive him 30 miles to Russellville. She said sorry I don't pick up Hitch hikers. I called my 18 year old son that was playing with ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:10:21 EST I am on the Mend...just slow going. Update on how I am. Fever finally broke late last night after 2 days. Throat is sore, but I can now do a little talking. Couldn't talk for 2 days. Just if I talk to much I start hacking. Now just dealing with the nasal/sinus congestion, runny nose, squeezing and some coughing. I talked to the Pha... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:06:27 EST Time with a friend I had today planned to visit a friend so knew I would not get my afternoon exercise in. <BR> My friend had a surprise .. we tried out all her gadgets she has to help her with exercise .. <BR> We used her wii board always love that... <BR> --- then she had this board <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:04:33 EST Insanity Comparison Chart/Adversity Good Evening Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I completed my insanity fit test today for the second "official" time -- Day 15. I did marginally better than the first official time. I'm adding the link below for the comparison chart, if you'd like to see it. <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:57:11 EST Points entry Here we go with the points entry: I wish SP allowed you to just enter the steps, etc. from Fitbit. It's difficult to translate. And, I take martial arts. It's aikido, not tai Kwan do or something-it's not generally a high-calorie burning workout. But SP rates it very highly. How do you all handle... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:50:09 EST Busy, "Chillin" in Warmth! Picked up the GK's yesterday after work. They spent the night with me. Such sweeties! <BR> <BR> DH is super under-the-weather. I called the doctor this morning and told him what was going on with him. They scheduled him for an appointment this evening. I got done with the GK's this afternoo... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:41:36 EST Day 15 (personal trainer) <img src=""> <BR> I am 1 of 6 kids. I am the youngest girl. I have 3 older sisters who are as talented as they are gorgeous (and they are gorgeous, 1 of them is an ex model) an older brother who is as smart as the day ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:30:25 EST Steady Progress Nothing difficult or even remarkable going on here. I am Just putting one foot in front of another, finding more new and safe ways to MOVE IT, planning my meals one day at a time and checking the macros, reading the articles and the SP feed. I am being mindful of (and challenging) my negative ‘... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:22:03 EST I Hate Housework Today was rainy so no walking outside. So housework it was... not an option I really wanted to do... was dragging my feet the whole day... Got the vacuum out and tipped the couches to get under and moved the furniture and then swept the tile floor around the rugs. Sassy got her exercise running... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:08:40 EST Tired Tuesday I feel like I haven't blogged in forever - even though it has only been a few days, but they have been LONG. <BR> <BR> Work is very busy and I spend my whole day facilitating meetings and doing what work I can between each one. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow should be calmer - fingers crossed! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:03:21 EST lots to do here I was looking around my page . <BR> <BR> wow I definitely need to change my goals. <BR> my pictures are out of date. <BR> I have a new motorcycle <BR> the kids are older <BR> I have more people living at my house than I have bedrooms. <BR> a small family that's husband/father abandoned <B... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:59:53 EST Tuesday HOME Well, I did make it home by about 6:30 PM. It had taken most of the day to get the medical ducks in a neat row with everything read, reported, prescribed, signed, and signed off. I wasn’t counting on it all coming together but it finally did. I thought I would head for the shower as soon as I g... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:57:28 EST I knew I didn't want to step on that scale. Blog 11, Tuesday January 15th. I had today off, no grandbaby so I decided it's a good day to get in a workout. After my sweetie left for work I went upstairs and changed into my workout clothes. I've been avoiding weighing in because I knew it wasn't going to be good, however I am just startin... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:55:33 EST January 15, 2019 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> It was a crazy day. <BR> <BR> I actually woke up before the alarm, so I went ahead and got up so that I could be ready to start my workout at 5:00. It was a longer one, so I needed to try to be done by the time the boys got up. Well, they ended up having a two-hour dela... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:55:22 EST Bleh..... Had a good day today, but just not feeling a blog post waiting to come out. Imagine that. My family would never believe it, me, with nothing to say to the world. Meh. Maybe later...but wanted to at least log on to keep my streak going. 😝 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:55:22 EST Bugging the coach Would you believe my triathlon coach has also been race director for our local marathon? That he was race director the year that Dave McGillivray came out to be our motivational speaker? That Dave invited him to come to Boston "any time" and he'd get him VIP passes for the marathon finish line?... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:48:39 EST Thankful January 15 Today I am thankful for... <BR> <BR> 1. getting some wiggles out dancing with my students <em>354</em> <BR> 2. hair therapy <em>204</em> Gotta love a trip to the hair salon! <BR> 3. halo oranges <em>474</em> <BR> 4. music <em>335</em> <BR> 5. productive day <em>248</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:46:56 EST It's Tuesday, happy January 15th! I slept almost 6 and a half hours. So good! <BR> <BR> It was a relaxed morning, yoga, walking with Leslie Sansone, and then a light breakfast. I had a scheduled appointment with my friend for a spa treatment.(yes, I am at the age where I don't feel guilty about treating myself to spa treatments)... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:42:22 EST Help using SP Can somebody please tell me how to Reply to comments made on my post. Thank you Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:35:18 EST Starting over <img src=""> <BR> From 2014 to 2016 I lost 120 pounds with first and exercise! I was left with all the skin and never satisfied I became discouraged had a career change that is alot less physical activity and two parti... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:35:10 EST Here we go <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So grateful for the love that floods in as the world falls down. One breath at a time, starshine. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:31:38 EST Hurting My head and neck have been bothering me lately! I have had spine surgery once on my neck I just hope I haven't done something to harm my spine! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:23:43 EST sooo crabby but mostly tired. i was sleepy and started feeling agitated about everything. i think i need to get to bed earlier the next several nights. i really need sleep. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:23:23 EST Went out Visited a childhood friend yesterday spoke about our childhood & growing up in this great city which has changed from a lovely small town to a large concrete jungle Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:17:04 EST 31 Days of Gratitude - January 15, 2019 Name a skill you are grateful for: <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if "a skill" is a skill that I possess or if someone else possesses. Well, either way: <BR> <BR> I'm very grateful for the technical skills I possess and for always being able to figure most technology out. I'm also blessed to have a ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:13:12 EST 2500 mile goal Cold but sun finally came out today, first day in a while. Tremendous back ache all day long. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:10:30 EST Late start better than no start.. I've kind of fallen off the wagon since my sons birthday last Wednesday. Today I decided to track again, at 6 PM. I had two slices of birthday cake today. My classes opened yesterday and I have been trying to kick a** on my classes. I have a parenting class to take before the custody hearing on 2... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:05:15 EST Day 24 - my carb free life Why do I fall of the wagon? Lost 125 lbs in 2016, and gained it all back. I know what happened, but not really why I didn’t put a stop to it when I started gaining more and more weight. Changed job, started by going out to celebrate, then went out more often, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> This time I am ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:03:13 EST Oopsie <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:02:49 EST Busy work day! I had a busy work day! I am trying to get caught up. I hope tomorrow goes OK! Enjoy Your Wednesday!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:58:38 EST About motivation... Read a great article by Coach Dean re motivation. I learned that it's not some external force that "happens" to me, but rather it's the ability to make conscious decisions & taking responsibility for those decisions. This is great news. It means I'm never a victim of a whim. It means the choice ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:57:29 EST Celebrate With Me!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Calling all friends to come and celebrate with me. This is my 2,000th blog post. Wow that... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:52:19 EST Off Day Today Today is my birthday. I’ve turned 68 years old. Not sure why this hit me so hard today but I’ve been oddly depressed. My brain still thinks I’m 40, but my body knows I’m 68! I should be grateful that I am as healthy as I am. I’m in a good relationship with a great guy who really cares about me. T... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:47:34 EST Quote of the day Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated. - - unknown Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:42:18 EST Recipe Reminder #2 - Pesto Zoodles, Avocados, & Egg Why am I so obsessed with eggs? When I was in my early 20's, I claimed to be a french fry addict, but as I've entered my almost 30's, it's all about eggs! Eggs on spinach, eggs on toast, eggs with salsa! Eggs on my face? No. More like, eggs on pesto zoodles with avocado!!! I think this "Recipe Re... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:40:02 EST Foods that Fight Inflammation <img src=""> <BR> Over the holidays I ate a lot of foods that I usually don't eat I suffered inflammation, that resulted in achy joints, stiffness and water retention... After 1 week of including these foods, and av... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:39:35 EST Hating myself! Im not sure why I can't get it together and just stop the binge eating. It's not even food. Nothing but pure junk. I was able to quit smoking other things like smoking and worst with no problem. I even quit drinking soda. But I can't stop with the crap. If it was an option id go get my mouth wi... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:38:11 EST Tired Tuesday Good Evening Fellow Sparkers! So I have had a lot on my plate lately. This Monday my Sphynx Pharaoh went to the vet for a cough and we found out his HCM is getting worse as the heart is progressively getting larger. The enlargement of the heart is causing pressure on the trachea which in tur... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:36:32 EST Tomorrow will find things out. Take a deep breath and start again. Dr. Appointment tomorrow to find out when they will do the valve and how bad it really is. I guess the doctor talked to me after the angiogram but i dont remember even seeing him.I am supposed to keep an appointment with a Dr. Davis who i dont know. I didnt know anything about him and thought my ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:28:33 EST I didn't quit on myself This afternoon was my first exercise class in a long time. My dear friend Nancy highly recommended the Pilates class at our local Y, which she takes twice a week. My son goes to daycare at this Y, and I knew I could sneak in the Tuesday class between the end of my work day and when I need to pick... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:15:45 EST Day 2 Got my workout in this morning and it was a little better than yesterday. I know Wednesday will be a good day since I have the late shift and so will Thursday.. worried about Friday with my early shift I know I won't wake up in time to workout like I have. Hoping that I will still be motivated ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:10:55 EST So Long Ago I cant believe how long ago I joined this site. I have had my ups and downs, in and outs. Seems like this time of the year I get all gung-ho again and re-start. I am glad to say that at my highest weight of 372 lbs, I have lost a total of 117 lbs. I now weigh 255lbs. Not great, but not 372! ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:03:50 EST Losing Patience With SSA I started working on December 30th, 2017, and my SSD (disability benefit) should have been cut off many months ago. Early last month, I called SSA (the Social Security Administration) to ask why my SSD is still coming out. I told them how I have mailed them things, gone in person to their offic... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:02:22 EST Salmonella Discovered in Answers Brand Dog Food <link><BR>ll/salmonella-discovered-in-answers-br<BR>and-dog-food/ </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:58:08 EST meat and fresh veggies <img src=""> <BR> Bought all this for a descent price today . I'm on whole 30 plan R2D14 and feeling good. Will be doing it until February 27th, 28th is my 50 the birthday and I will eat a doughnut 😊🍩 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:57:26 EST Daily inspiration and birthverse for January 15 Daily Inspiration--When we hand over what we can't handle to the One who can, miracles happen. Keep me free of stress, <BR> <BR> Lord, and in the best possible place to receive Your help. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despis... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:49:27 EST PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION, DAYS 14 & 15!!With Friends Like that.... Monday’s Motivation: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.~Michael Pollan <BR> <BR> Happy Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Clean Off Your Desk Day, National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, Caesarean Section Day, ratification Day, Organize Your Home Day & International Kite Day!! <BR> <BR> What mate... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:46:31 EST It is A-coming!!! My 21st!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A 2020 calendar from Easter Seals with, YES, my birthday on it!! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:41:24 EST 1/15/19 Almost all green today just going to miss floors but did achieve my steps per hour goal and had over 13K steps. Got in a great Shoulders/Triceps workout this afternoon. Tomorrow I go over to Joplin to weigh in and do final registration for 5 Star Nutrition Weight Loss challenge. After getting bac... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:41:11 EST Sugar cravings journal 1/15 Yesterday, no sugar problems. Enjoyed a large tuna and salad, followed by a low sugar yogurt. <BR> today- an apple addressed the post lunch sugar craving. It helps that I have no sugar that is easily accessible. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:38:25 EST Tuesday Exercise complete. Babysat all day. Hair colored. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:35:09 EST OMG Where has this been all my life?? <img src=""> <BR> With the tumultuous year that as 2018 behind me, I am looking forward to an amazing 2019! I let my diet go over the holidays for about 3 weeks, but I guess the new habits have set in, because I was o... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:20:48 EST So where do we begin? Reference to “A Pleasant Shade of Gray”, by Fates Warning, which begins with the lines, <BR> <BR> So where do we begin? <BR> And what else can we say? <BR> When the lines are all drawn, <BR> What should we do today? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7TM3FtU&list=PLD17809... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:11:57 EST Rainy Tuesday It's a rainy day filled with lots of documentation writing at work. This usally equals comfort food. But some how I made to 2 o'clock without even thinking about board eating. Until then I stuck with all the food I brought without a thought. <BR> <BR> What is this easy feeling that's happening... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:05:05 EST Beauty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I find myself thinking today of the social expectations of beauty. How, because you look a certain way, you are automatically expected to have a certain personality or lifestyle. And how absolut... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:02:44 EST Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, January 15, 2019 " From far beyond this life, <BR> I hear the call. <BR> From place beyond all place, <BR> I feel the call. <BR> From time before all time, <BR> I know the call. <BR> From one before all ones, <BR> I am the call." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:01:08 EST Today <img src=""> <BR> Quote Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:55:57 EST Guess What? Hey guess what? I'm an alcoholic. Or in today's more modern, clinical terms, I have Alcohol Use Disorder. Doesn't that just suck? <BR> <BR> But actually, it's okay. I feel an overwhelming sense of relief now that I was finally able to admit it to myself and others. That whispering, naggin... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:51:49 EST I'm back! Try, try, try again I have had a busy last couple of years with my father dying and trying to help my mother and sister. It's been exhausting and depressing. I've gained a lot of weight and my health is worse than ever. It's time to refocus and start taking care of me some. <BR> <BR> I'm starting with decluttering ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:38:02 EST The Meaningful Vote Finally parliament got to vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Deal tonight. It got voted down. As everyone knew it would. Not that it was that meaningful because it's a conundrum that most of our Politicians seem incapable of addressing, let alone answering. So here it is in a nutshell. <BR> <BR... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:37:09 EST Commitment I like to think I know a thing or two about commitment. Something I heard in a podcast today really resonated with me and it was about the commitments we make to ourselves about dieting and losing weight and engaging in fitness and whatnot. The takeaway was that one should spend some time sitti... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:06:54 EST Take Your Coat!! I have a new student teacher who started yesterday. Right now, I am supposed to give her the adminstrative tasks like grading papers, taking attendance and other boring stuff like that. Today though, after I had given the students a simple task to complete, I left her with them to supervise. I to... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:56:10 EST Started Cardiac Rehab Started cardiac rehab yesterday. Weight is at a standstill. Being salt sensitive I was aiming for low salt meals, of course, did fine, then I plateaued. Thought reducing sugar would help, but I was ok in that department. I am not a sweets person. Spoke with Rehab Mgr. and recommended salt re... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:29:49 EST The story of a Wild Child. <img src=""> The worst times of her life. It's time to say bye & bye to the old person with all the afflictions of her body disasters that she been through and the hate and torment of the disease that has tried to dest... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:29:37 EST All dressed up and nowhere to go... So, we chose our hotel in Spain for just one night because it has a gym, as I like to work out every morning, before Laurie gets up. I packed my gym kit, but not my resistance bands ( no need, gym at the hotel, thought I) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:24:27 EST My feet are killing me I’m finally in the grove of walking but my feet are killing me. More my ankles but something has to change because quitting isn’t an option. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:24:00 EST Back to the beginning I started SP on 1/1/2011 at 204 lbs...and on 1/1/2019 I came back to SP at 204 lbs. Full circle in 8 yrs. But...I did it once so I can do it again. <BR> <BR> Easing back into things here, I can’t believe I was here last in 2017. Time flies when you’re being lazy and eating all the food lol. <BR>... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:22:46 EST Benefits of Water I know SP encourages us all to drink plenty of water. I came across this picture of the benefits of drinking water. I don't honestly know if they are all true but after seeing this, I figured it couldn't hurt to drink up. Thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:19:10 EST Another trip to Sam's What did we ever do before we could buy a month's worth of stuff in one package? Love having the block of cheese for use and I am planning to get more adventuresome with my cheeses. Any suggestions? I have been a cheddar girl for way too long. I do enjoy sharp but I think I can color outside the ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:18:47 EST Taking a rest day I'm trying to fight off some kind of chest cold that has been kicking me for a few days so I took yesterday off, completely. I didn't run, didn't walk, didn't do any exercise. It took me a while to realize this was actually okay - that rest days aren't built into my "run 5 miles every day" goal, ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:17:41 EST Feeling great I just joined sparks and I love it so far. Great support and ideas , I also love the tracking of food, exercise, and water. I am determined to keep participating. Have a great day. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:09:30 EST Book Review: "Man. Myth. Messiah." "Man. Myth. Messiah." - Rice Broocks <BR> <BR> 4 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> I grabbed this book after it being referenced in the movie God's Not Dead 2. It's a good book with a lot of great facts. The only downfall is that it is a bit repetitive. The book lays out all the facts about Jesus that... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:04:32 EST Wanted to say hello & thank you for saving my life Russell Dawe CEO Veterans4Veterans A Non-Profit Company <BR> <BR> How I found a life-saving program! <BR> <BR> Seven years ago I entered the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho. I hadn't been to see a Doctor for over a decade. The staff and my Primary Physician were wonderful. They ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:59:18 EST 3 good things YESTERDAY (Monday) 1 - My car died, but I didn't let it get me worked up. <BR> 2 - Got more exercise that planned (OK, so it was shoveling snow again, but it's still exercise). <BR> 3 - Started teaching myself a "new" song. (Song isn't new, but I never sang this part before). Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:43:42 EST Good and Bad stuff So yay I just officially accepted a new job. This was one of my goals for this year! What a great way to start off! I'll be moving to a new community/city and I am so excited for the positive changes this is bringing. It checks off "boxes" I didn't even know were there! <BR> <BR> I started ta... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:40:01 EST Tuesday afternoon Today is a stellar day. I woke up with less pain, a lot more energy and a list as long as my arm to get finished. <BR> I did not get all of the bills made out yesterday, so got my beds stripped and made, third load of laundry finished, made some cranberry/orange relish made, dishwasher locked... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:22:40 EST Good news Had 2ed opinion on joints. No need for hip or knee replacement. Yea yea Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:21:19 EST Slow day..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Very very long day at work, stuck at my desk, can't even get up and walk. For once, I'm looking forward to going to the gym! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:21:12 EST Another Week Well, another week has gone by. Not much change in my weight. Pretty consistent with that. I did not start working out yet. I am hoping to do that tomorrow with Coach Nicole's 7 day Boot Camp. Only ten minutes in the morning. That should definitely be doable. I am ready to kick this up a notch an... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:18:30 EST Balloons over the valley - 1-15-19 The hot air balloons are typically out EARLY in the morning. I've actually had them float by my bedroom window while I was still in bed, making that distinctive "huff" of hot air releasing into the envelope! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:08:48 EST Started over again <img src=""> <BR> This is so frustrating gained a pond have been low carb under 20 for over a week decided to start logging on spark again Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:05:22 EST Bonus: Update on Natalie For those who asked, Natalie is doing well. (She is my 11 year old granddaughter who had a 72 degree bend in her spine and 2 smaller bends.) The recovery from her major scoliosis surgery (November 26, 2018) will take some time, but she is progressing nicely. She was not allowed to go to school as... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:01:20 EST January 16th The funeral is all booked plus the buffet afterwards. Unfortunately it's not until the 19th Feb. but we'll get through it eventually. <BR> My gardener and her husband met us over at the bungalow tonight to take away all the good clothes & bits & pieces. We've got to advertise a few decent pieces ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:57:39 EST Progress-on track-all areas Today is day 2 of tracking what I eat and drink. I may not like what I write, but i’m Doing it. <BR> <BR> I had today off and managed to get in 45 minutes of chair yoga and 30 minutes of walking today. <em>311</em> <em>414</em> I’m still healing from shingles, am still regaining my energy... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:54:40 EST Moving forward <img src=""> I’m feeling better now so I’m out of bed, off the heating pad dressed and out. I drove our SUV for the first time and was surprised at how easy it was to handle!! I forgot how much I love to drive!! Test o... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:43:53 EST My Wings Have Been Clipped Christmas Eve I fell and broke my leg....we were at the zoo, of all places. After nearly three weeks in the hospital I am now home and hopping around on one leg with a walker for support. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I am so thankful that, due to Spark, I have 60 less pounds to hoist around with... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:53 EST Cultivation I started practicing Taiji and Qigong in 2012. I enjoyed the practice and kept up with it for a year. In 2013 I went back to work full time and drove one hour each way to get there and home. This didn’t allow for me to go to my classes anymore. I tried to keep practicing on my own but eventual... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:43 EST Tuesday... Hope this cold goes away. Have a fantastic day all!! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:11 EST BACK AT IT FINALLY Back on WW and really trying, again, now that I gained more weight because of the RA. Now I have diabetes 2 because of not being able to move from the RA. I am learning to eat healthy and moderately. It's going to be a rough long road and I'm not planning on rushing it - it's better to just ta... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:39:06 EST Keto? I know that the Keto diet is all the rage but is it healthy? To me, consuming so much fat doesn't seem the very best thing for the heart and arteries. I probably don't understand it completely. Can someone explain the benefits? Thanks. (I'm 70 years old and maybe my age would preclude me fro... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:36:54 EST Tuesday It's Sunny and a little bit warmer today. Hopefully, it will melt some of this snow and ice before the next storm comes in this weekend. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:18:24 EST Tuesday <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:12:54 EST Update I went to my doctors appointmemt yesterday. My doctor was like super excited how many pounds I lost in 2.5 months. I have lost by theor scales 27 pounds. He said he would like for me to lose another 20 pounds and he will take me off my blood pressure meds. I am super excited. But I will have to t... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:12:49 EST Tuesday already Another bad night, but I’m finally feeling better this morning. Best news from yesterday: After indications I might need a second chest tube (AKA, torture instrument), the latest CT brought me a much improved report, and my tube was removed, thanks be to God. <BR> <BR> Home tomorrow or possibl... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:08:59 EST A New Me I often read articles about women who diet and or exercise to fit in "that" dress again. To look like they used to in days or years gone by. And I'll admit it, I've been there done that. But this time I realized it's different. I'm different. I'm not trying to loose weight for those reasons. I'm ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:07:01 EST Working Out Again <img src=""> I've just started working out again. I didn't realize that I actually missed it. I'm sore already, but I know this will help me in the long run. The way I eat sometimes, it's not enough to just track my fo... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:56:01 EST This and that This morning's breakfast of shirred eggs was especially delightful. I hit on a cheese / herb combination that I really liked. The cheese was new to me. Although, I likely had it while visiting Switzerland and simply have no conscious recollection of it. <BR> <BR> The combination? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:53:29 EST It's a rope walk and the swamp is teeming with Gators! Ever feel like this? <BR> <BR> I think it's truth. When we think of all of the obstacles that we must face on a daily basis with this journey we call a *marathon*, sometimes all we can focus on are those gators. How can we possibly unlearn those bad habits. How do we keep those bad habits from n... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:53:29 EST What a day!! <img src=""> What a day this will be!! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:45:20 EST It's a Good Life! <img src=""> <BR> Short walks are better than none! I walk my apartment buildings hallways most of the time and always in bad weather. Since there are 20 apts on each floor, you just know how long these hallways are!... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:30:43 EST 29.56 workout miles so far This year I'm keeping a running total of the miles I walk, run, and swim during workouts. I'd like to start biking too, maybe later in the year. <BR> <BR> Walk: 28.62 miles <BR> Run: 0 miles <BR> Swim: .94 miles (1650 yards) <BR> Bike: 0 miles <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:29:08 EST Week 2, I'm Lazy and Dirty! Week 2 on my keto diet, and it’s going well. I’m down two pounds, so that’s seven pounds total since January 1. My blood glucose numbers are falling as if by magic. This week I had two fasting readings of 108, and I had a new “low” reading before dinner, after shoveling snow, of 84. <BR> <em>1... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:26:54 EST Renewed commitment to me I was re-reading my old blog entries and came across this from 2012. I'm going to add my 2019 comments after each paragraph. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for over 2 years and while I SAY I want to get fit and healthy (and lose weight in the process), I've done very little to make it happen. So far ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:21:26 EST 15th January <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's mission was to 'make something happen for a good cause' <BR> <BR> Well, all of my paid work is about making things happen for a good cause really - so there's no shortage of examples t... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:19:52 EST Tuesday... Had a nice, short workout at the gym...did some cardio and some weights...getting there right after work, it was a bit crowded...hopefully that is not the normal case...I will sit down and make a "plan" so I can have a full workout and not be there all evening... <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:16:16 EST I miss my ol' Spark buddies.... :( Logged on today and, after a bit, noticed that I'd spent a good while wandering around my friends' pages and the pages of THEIR friends.... Finally realized I was looking for a familiar face. Someone I knew from back when. Someone else that is still actively Sparking like I am again. Practica... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:15:21 EST Tuesday morning on IF Today was hard to fast until noon. I didn't make it, and ended up eating some peanuts because I just couldn't focus at all on my work. I had a hard time with hunger yesterday afternoon and ate an apple to help out. My food choices are good, but I may not be getting enough calories to help stav... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:14:26 EST 2019, Day 15: Tired Legs Holy cow, we're halfway through January already! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I wanted soooo badly to sleep in....but the radar promised no showers till around 8am, and it's supposed to rain the rest of the week, so I knew I needed to get out there. So I set out for a walk.... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:10:31 EST It's working! I have been at this nearly a decade. All the while avoiding the keto hype. I just couldn't wrap my mind around fat being good, so to speak. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year, to keep with my theme of "A year of Chalean", I signed up for her 131method weightloss plan. She had talked about... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:09:01 EST I Eat Breakfast Now I struggled with tracking for a couple of days but I'm back in the groove now. Having a bad result on the scale coupled with some busy days kind of knocked me back. There was a get-together (belated holiday) with some relatives at a very nice brunch -- $65 a plate -- with champagne mimosas and ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:08:23 EST All or nothing Children are incredibly honest. We had my daughter's yearly wellness check. Our doctor and her are on a first name basis. The doctor mentioned that she would like daughter to be a little healthier. She says to her that she needed to skip desert. <em>471</em> My daughter looks at her and s... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:04:47 EST Weekly Weigh In Week 16 & 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1/7 <em>55</em> 7.4 <BR> 1/14 <em>55</em> 1 <BR> <BR> I am still up 1 lb. from Christmas week. It's a little frustrating but it is what it is. I struggled this past week to ke... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:59:21 EST Joy After an intense very contentious meeting last night I had to step back and say "I will not let this derail me." DH and I have talked it over and we will take a wait and see attitude towards making changes that may destroy what we have worked on for the past 25 years. One of our best friends qu... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:59:15 EST What is your purpose? What is your purpose? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Use purpose checkup: <BR> <link><BR>p-2/?utm_source=Blue+Zones+Newsletter&<BR>utm_campaign=e75f493361-Curse+of+Lonel<BR>iness+%2B+Fenne... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:55:47 EST it's tuesday another beautiful day here today. i just finished the session that is for today for the Leslie Sansone online 6 week challenge through You tube and I feel great! my daughter says hi! both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! tonight i am off to see the new mary poppins movie. have a terrific day, every... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:46:39 EST Tuesday, and still overcast, and chilly, again. SUN???? where are you???? Dreary, foggy, 30 degrees and got black ice. So no driving over to the Wellness Center today. Besides, my back was killing me, I know that the heated pool would have felt good, but I cancelled out. I did get that closet done. tried to take before and after photos, but my darn phone is acting up... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:33:12 EST Unsure I am sometimes unsure of my goal that I want to ac hieve. I regret waiting this long. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:30:30 EST FitBit Got a FitBit. I hope that I will not lose this tracker like previous ones. I think the buckle strap will help. I think I like the watch feature, too. I got some colored bands, but rathe rlove this black one. Travelling so will be off my exercise routine for a week. Will try to find a chance to wo... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:26:54 EST Time to get healthy again On May 6 2016 I nearly lost my life to multiple Pulmanary Embolisms. It was so bad I was given a 1% survival rate. After relearning how to do everything again I gained 35 pounds. Now that my lungs are healthy I'm determined to get my body healthy again. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:17:56 EST Fabulous Sparkers! Today's blog is about all of the wonderful people here on SparkPeople. Back when I could afford Spark Coach (Premium) I learned that the act of participating in the SP community can assist in reaching more of your goals, based on a study which was done. Here is just a small example of how. <BR... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:17:27 EST Back after a long break... <img src="">I have been away for so long... seems like an eternity. I am nearly one year post-septic shock, I never thought I would get this far after the infection that nearly took my life in February 2018. It's a lit... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:11:11 EST Organizing for the New Year I am fairly organized, but am just now learning about Marie Kondo's method of organizing. Where have I been? <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I am going to start... this week! Yes. <BR> <BR> Here is a YouTube for your viewing pleasure. <link><BR>sprfqgU </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:02:25 EST Always Thankful.. "You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to your success is found in your daily routine." <BR> <BR> So the day is here. I have a migraine and anxiety about the visit to the lawyer's office today. I don't like getting out of my comfort zone. It is so ha... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:58:55 EST Love Yourself Random acts of kindness are gifts we all appreciate when received or given to/from a friend or stranger. However, giving yourself a small token of self love can go a long way. <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:49:18 EST 1/15/19 workout Swimming: 300 free warm up 4x25 stroke count 12x50 free, odds: paddles, evens: catchup 10x100 free, on 2:00 5x200 free, on 4:00 2x500 free, on 10:00 200 IM 200 free cool down Total: 4400yd Core: 4x25 crunches 2x60s planks 4x25 leg throws 2x60s streamline Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:43:10 EST Snow Days and Sickness <img src=""> <BR> So I'm a couple days late on getting this typed out. I had it written down on paper so I am giving my self half a resolution point lol. At first it was because I had my priorities right amd that was p... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:42:00 EST Dogs Have to Sleep With Their Faces Touching <link><BR>ypets/archive/2019/01/14/dogs-have-to-<BR>sleep-with-their-faces-touching.aspx?u<BR>tm_source=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_<BR>content=art2&utm_campaign=20190114Z1&e<BR>t_cid=DM260755&et_rid=519451421 </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:41:13 EST Enjoy life <img src=""> Hey did 750 m swim this morning. I worked before and after. Cooked for the family and still managed to swim! I am so happy. I got some oranges on the highway and brought them for my client. Have a great da... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:37:52 EST Tracking exercise I don't see a help area so I am asking this here. Is there a way to see what I have done over the course of a week/month etc.? Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:31:43 EST It's my Birthday! ^-^ Taking a keto break for my Birthday! I'm still plotting my return to attempting ketosis though. I'm thinking maybe starting without nuts or dairy and only doing greens for my veggies/carbs might be a good approach? I'm still in limbo with my GI doctor and the health insurance is still fighting... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:29:00 EST 2019 CLOUDY HERE TODAY WORK IT TUESDAY ALL DAY hey sparkers hope all are doing had great workout this morning new routines making these muscles work what new routines are you doing tell me about them so i can add them to my routines no caregiving today until Thursday got to get my labs done and recertification for mom apartment so i am enjoyi... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:26:13 EST Refusing to Feel Rebuked!! Oh yeah. <BR> <BR> My renovator guy clearly is NOT impressed with my house keeping/lack of same. <BR> <BR> And made a few comments yesterday which left me initially feeling rebuked. <BR> <BR> Oh well oh well oh well. <BR> <BR> I can choose how I characterize those comments and I can refus... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:25:18 EST Tuesday Morning It is a cold sunshiny start to the day on the gulf Coast. All is going fairly well. My wife has a dermatology doctor appointment today. I have my pre op appointment with the eye surgeon tomorrow. I got the prescription requests straightened out with my cardiologist's office. Keeping focused ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:15:09 EST Happy Tuesday! Got on the scale this morning, fully expecting to have lost those two pounds that would put me at my goal, only to find I had put on a few pounds!!! At first I was extraordinarily disappointed in myself. Then I paused and thought through the last week. I have not done any exercise, I've slept ext... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:12:07 EST Keep Walking.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a day filled with God's Blessings and Strength. God Loves you and He stands with you every step of the way. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to Wait on the Lord & Keep Walking with Him, ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:11:35 EST How Many HOW Blogs - Blog Ten Identify and address sabotaging thoughts! <BR> <BR> This HOW is definitely from The Beck Diet Solution by Judith S. Beck, PhD. <BR> <BR> When I catch myself thinking unhelpful thoughts like "I don't care", it decidedly helps to respond. I might tell myself, "I may not care this minute but I wi... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:10:52 EST Bible Verse for Today Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. <BR> <BR> Psalm 143:10 NKJV Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:09:21 EST Quote for Today All I know is this works. It's not only worked for me, but I've seen it work for literally thousands and thousands of people. I have seen the transformation on people's faces when they receive Christ. I've seen the glory come on them, the light. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:08:28 EST Snow day Snow day so a chance to focus on some healthy eating and getting a workout in Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:05:18 EST Tuesday January 15 This month is already almost half over.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:03:58 EST Monthly goal update halfway point I managed to earn my 1000 desired monthly points, but my walking isn't going to plan. <BR> Cold weather and some other issues have prevented us from going far right now, so we are house bound, but the weathers getting warmer. Yard work here we come! <BR> <BR> Started a new Woman's Bible Study wh... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:52:36 EST I will do this!! Had a bad Friday night and Sat. But I was aware that I could not do that again and Sunday I started over. I knew i couldnt give up. I did gain 1 pound this week but Im Okay with that.. i know why... Had corns taken off right foot so no bicycle riding past weekend but I got back on this morning. ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:44:39 EST 1/15/19 <img src=""> <BR> Quote of the day Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:44:00 EST Smoking, or better yet, Not smoking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This isn't the first time or even the second or third time I've quit smoking. So when I try to people say it's not going to happen. I have been smoking Waaayyy longer then people think too which... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:43:45 EST Working Away From Home Yikes! <BR> Working away from home was a large contributor to my weight gain. I have had several weeks working out of my home office, so I've been able to lay some plans in order to stay on track. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:43:34 EST Wake up and do it all again That is the story of my life....wake up and do it all over again. I am eating same thing eveyday to see if things will change. Today I wasn't gonna get on scale but did and 2 pounds down. I will give it a week. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:39:50 EST Halfway there! Today is the halfway point of the trainer's 4 week plan. I've made it to every planned session with the coach, and done each of the independent workouts. I've had ONE day where I absolutely exceeded my caloric goals, but a few days where I still enjoyed the "verboten" foods. Truthfully, no foods... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:36:21 EST Juice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day <BR> A quick meal, a snack, a dessert, or a way to get your vitamins—fresh squeezed juice can play all of these roles. Also known as cold-pressed juice, it can ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:33:28 EST Perspiration <img src=""> I was brought up to believe ladies don’t SWEAT, they glisten. The holdover is that I still do prefer the word PERSPIRATION. In any case, this graphic still applies, am I right? :-) OK Everybody GLISTEN T... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:23:35 EST It is a Good Day! It is a good day! This has become my new mantra & it was the first thing I told myself this morning. I am going to find all the positive I can and hold it close! I stepped on the bathroom scale this morning & found that I am down 1 1/2 pounds. What a bonus! That means I have 7 pounds to lose... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:22:30 EST No News Is Better Than BAD News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still at 157. But That's ok. Considering that I cooked chicken tetrazzinni for dinner last night and didn't gain any weight overnight THAT IS AWESOME <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Will incorporate ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:22:08 EST Day 15 I have been making some delicious vegan food these past few days. I made Green Goddess Soup along with Corn, Avocado and Pinto Bean Soft Tacos and "Cheesy" Broccoli Baked Potatoes. Tonight I am making Fiesta Polenta Bowls for dinner and lunch tomorrow. Super yummy and super healthy! I got the rec... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:20:10 EST Day 7 GOAL: Walk from house to mail box every day until I do not feel exhausted and pain from hip bursitis is minimal and then I can walk longer stretches. Might take a while but "One day at a time". (330 slow short steps) <em>30</em> <em>590</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:13:06 EST Happy Week #3... Weighed early again this week. 4 days early lol. I don't know why I can't stop weighing before it's time. I am half way to my #6 week goal of losing 10 lbs. Lost 5 lbs in the first 3 weeks. Just need to stay on track for the next 3 weeks. Hope everyone is meeting their goals so far this year! 😊 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:12:25 EST 01/15/19 Change <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "You were born with the ability to change someone's life, don't ever waste it." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:08:47 EST Maroon 5- they are playing at the superbowl - fun video <link><BR>_2nJtjg </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:07:30 EST 75 pounds down <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> WOOHOO! I'm now 75 pounds down. Which officially is the most weight I've ever lost on Sparkpeople (in 2007 it was 62#). <BR> <BR> <i... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:48:55 EST Perseverance I have been tested, refined and even needed some molding. Romans 5:4 I have really struggled with - to rejoice in our sufferings - especially when my suffering is my daughter. But I cannot read the first part without finishing the rest. Suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, a... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:44:10 EST tues just looked out the window and the town highway superintendant was out there fixing my mailbox the plow took out. the benefits to living in a tiny country town are wonderful...they are kind and care about us...i called yesterday and said the plow took out the box. so now i'm making them a coffee ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:43:11 EST Happy Tuesday ... Monkey off my back, and regrouped my day !!!! Looking forward to a nice day ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:41:58 EST Back on track Yesterday was my first day back on track in over a week. I forgot how easy it is when you make the time. I got my food tracked, I got my exercise in, I got my water in and I got my steps in. I felt good all day. I missed exercising. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:40:23 EST Day Two It seems kinda silly to be writing about day two. People are writing long thought out out blogs and I am writing about my second day. I think it will help me to Blog often. I am hoping getting into the habit of coming to sparkpeople each day will inspire me and keep me engaged. <BR> <BR> I st... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:40:06 EST Was not feeling it yesterday Yesterday was a crappy day. I was so not feeling it at all. I didn't even manage to log into sparkpeople to check in. It was that bad. My kid and his antics had me stressed out and pissed off most of the day. Got to love teenage boys who think at 14 they know everything. (why yes mom putting ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:38:33 EST What a rollercoaster! Well I have had many do overs and start overs through out the years, I always seem to stop caring because I am not seeing the results that I think I should be seeing. I know it is a mental game and one that I keep loosing too . I have made the conscious decision to not beat myself up over what my... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:30:34 EST Yoga adaptations for morning I always fought the alarm clock until I made myself a bargain: stay in bed an extra few minutes under the covers doing "bed yoga." Mostly a few child poses, then up on all fours for some cat and cows. Mindfully breathing, and sending extra breath to sore spots, I started the day on a positive not... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:18:59 EST Bizarro World Last week, I found a nearby university clinic that specializes in wholistic, naturopathic (sp?) practices for all types of maladies. Researching them further, I perused the application I’d have to fill out for my first appointment, if I ever chose to go there. Among other things, it asked which... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:17:37 EST Monday Tuesday Busy day all day yesterday. Swam this AM before work. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:15:58 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~DogGone Tail Wagging PAWSitively PURRfect Terrific Tuesday~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>313</em> <em>252</em> <em>239</em> <em>200</em> <em>252</em> <em>313</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <em>313</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing You~ ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:10:29 EST Jan 15, 2019 Today's intentions I have a lot of irons in the fire which can trigger stress eating the plan is to do one thing at a time and take breaks in between Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:09:54 EST Valuable lessons This fall and winter I have set myself some different goals. As I usually crave carbs due to the cold and my SAD it's hard for me not to gain weight rather than lose. So I decided to go with it albeit to keep within my calorie range but not to fuss too much if I went above my overall intake targe... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:08:12 EST Unabridged Christianity Heavenly Things <BR> <BR> John 3:9-13 9 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:06:09 EST Snow 2 weeks in a row. <em>425</em> <BR> It seems we are not getting a break. Last week the snow gave our house and community 10.5 inches of snow. We have some who have lost power when trees fell on the power lines or the snow was too heavy. There are still those who still do not have power, I feel lucky to still h... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:02:15 EST Line dancing Yesterday was my second time doing the Monday line dance class at the senior center. The thing that seemed really strange to me is at the beginning my inner thighs were hurting. I am guessing that I was using muscles that I normally don't use. It stopped hurting after a couple of dances and no... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:00:46 EST Changing quantities to cook when going from a family to solo I am not solo. I have a teenager still living here (other kids are on their own). But she's always on the go and comes in having already eaten sometimes. And she has a 10 pm curfew so I don't want to wait to eat. <BR> <BR> I am learning to cook smaller portions. sure I can make larger and then ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:52:53 EST Defeat? “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” <BR> ~ Napoleon Hill, <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:52:18 EST Will <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:49:07 EST Will <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:48:23 EST You choose... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've often wondered why so many people choose to live in the negative. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:42:42 EST Safety First! Dont ever lose hope! Well...I dont practice this when it comes to deciding to hike alone. I go with my gut feeling if something doesnt feel right. But, if I wait for someone to say hey yeah I want to go that with you, from my experience I'll be possibly unable to actually do these treks. I still dream of the PCT one ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:42:13 EST Who am I? Or Who I am! Our instructor came back yesterday after missing a few Mondays due to a death in the family and holy crap, he destroyed us.. But it was a great to start to the week. <BR> <BR> My boss emailed us yesterday saying he took one of those personality tests over the weekend, he had gotten it from Marri... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:36:53 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:30:34 EST Another day-another dollar! <img src=""> <BR> Son #2, (above)---the Air Canada Pilot, was in Paris, France , yesterday. <BR> To-day he is on his way back to Toronto- <BR> And yesterday, I was outside, on the Septic bed, beside the house, with the... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:30:10 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:26:04 EST Good quote <img src=""> <BR> I love this. It is a great reminder to be proud of not only just reaching are goal weight but also all the other goals we reach and steps we accomplish along the way. We should all try to find somethi... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:15:50 EST Tuesday Morning It's 12 degrees outside and even the dog does not want to go out. Need to do errands later...he'll probably steal my seat the moment I get up. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:12:52 EST A Time of Transition How many of us have awakened in the morning to the realization to the fact that our lives seem to be no longer working the way we have set them up. Sometimes this is due to a shift occurring inside ourselves over time, and sometimes it is part of the larger shift that is currently affecting all h... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:11:24 EST My Twisted Runaway Train of a Mind I learned long ago that my brain never entirely shuts down, no matter how tired I am. It’s the reason I sleep so poorly and why I am always wide awake by 3:00 A.M., regardless of what time I might have gone to bed the night before. <BR> <BR> Recently, though, I realized something else about my ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:08:20 EST Spark Rocks It occurred to me last night just how many things I've tried to lose weight. It started when I was a teen weighing a whopping 120 pounds. Yes, that's sarcasm. A friend and I wanted to dress like Sandy from Grease for a talent contest. I thought I was too fat for those tight black pants. Oh if I c... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:03:52 EST need a spark in more ways than one! Good news. Fingers crossed. Honey got his work car fixed last night, it was the starter. The autoparts place had given us the wrong starter, so after working 10 hours yesterday---(underground in a coal miine) he drove to the store, changed the chargers out and drove home and fixed the starter, in... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:03:49 EST Day 1508 - Doing a New Challenge I signed up for a challenge from the New York Times, where I've been a subscriber for the past 18 months. I was looking for something a little different (no offense, SparkPeople) to get me going in the New Year. It's called the 30-Day Well Challenge #NYTWellChallenge and can be found here: <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:03:16 EST Why It's Important to Take Your Measurements Yesterday I woke up and I knew something was "different." Once I showered, and began to dress, I knew something had changed! Then as sure as the sun shines on a bright summer day, it dawned on me to grab my tape measure! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:56:00 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Laughter is the best medicine. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:49:57 EST Beginning 3rd week- 5 pounds down 21 to go A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Elbert Hubbard <BR> Read more at:<BR>ence Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:39:46 EST NEW YEAR AND NEW EXCUSES <BR> Just burned 2000 calories. That's the last time I leave brownies <BR> in the oven while I nap! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:34:50 EST LOTS OF CATS <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:28:45 EST Progress On The Plan Yes! There was progress on the 2019 Plan yesterday. I may actually write it all down today - especially since my Tuesday meeting was canceled. I actually have 2 Tuesday meetings once a month and I am skipping both because my lane - half a mile long - is a canal of slush between snow banks. It cou... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:24:24 EST First Entry: Take-Aways I started my new way of eating on Dec 31st, 2018. I did *a bunch* of research about keto, for and against. I should mention I am an obsessor, about everything. Like, there probably aren’t meds for what ails me. I now know a lot about keto and nutrition in general. I didn’t want a degree in nutrit... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:20:49 EST Thick fog off Belize We should have been in port ages ago but the fog is so thick they are creeping ever so slowly. There are many small boats in the water near us and we need everyone safe. The fog is so thick we can’t even see the water through our glass doors. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:20:10 EST Trying again Week 2 day 7 Tell me again why I wait so long to do this. I always feel better have more energy and feel better all around. Any who weigh in tomorrow think positive. Happy tuesday. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:13:13 EST Being stupid So I’m training for my first marathon. It’s in 12 days. I wanted to do 3 twenty mile runs. I needed to squeeze a 14 miler in between. Well to get the last one in I had to do it back to back weeks. So 7 days apart. Needless to say that was dumb. So now I have bursitis in my right hip. Went to the ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:12:29 EST Tuesday First day at my new job yesterday. It was boring paperwork, reading, and videos. Working will help to keep me on track with eating goals. Here goes day two... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:08:49 EST Happy <img src=""> <BR> Great breakfast and im down 3.4 pounds😍😍🙏🙏 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:01:40 EST From the conservatory... The weather here has been weird to say the least, last year we had snow, rain, some big storms and the hottest summer on record, this was followed by a mild autumn and winter and now, according to the weathermen, we seem to be following the same path with snow forecast and cold winds from the arc... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:01:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 WHAT NOT TO FEAR <BR> <BR> Remember being children and afraid of monsters and shadows? Every noise we heard was a monster. We didn’t understand monsters weren’t real. Also, to us, shadows were very scary. Fear kept us from getting out of bed or getting to sleep so we called out ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:57:20 EST Happy Tuesday Hope everyone has a great day. <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:54:25 EST You got this! <img src=""> <BR> I thought maybe I wasn't the only one who needed to see this. ❤ Happy Tuesday! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:54:15 EST woe is me I’m feeling very sad. I am the heaviest I have ever weighed. My back is constantly in pain. I’m just frustrated with this situation. I need to lose 43lbs and I have 5 months until we start trying to have a baby. I have to make this happen, somehow. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:52:56 EST Another stall/slide... 183.6 <BR> <BR> I'm not going to beat myself up about this, as like I said before, a stall or backslide to 183 is waaaaaaaaaaaay better than a stall or backslide near or over 200! <BR> <BR> My sweetie is out skiing. I'm heading to the pool in a few minutes... just waiting for my stupid watch t... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:39:56 EST Mastering My Day Well, lately I have really been struggling with trying to master my day. I plan ahead (food, exercise, clothes) and I write down my To-Do List in my planner, but I am still left with unfinished business and feeling totally drained. I came across the following quote this morning that put everythin... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:12:43 EST First the coffee... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nice relaxing snow day off yesterday. Back to work today, but on a 2-hour delay. Still no paycheck. Just FYI, Government Shutdowns are NO FUN!! Sometimes we have to work but we don't get pai... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:11:21 EST Tuesday's Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> A woman is walking in the park when she sees a man playing chess with his cat. <BR> She says to the man "I can't believe what I'm seeing, a cat that plays chess, what a clever animal!!" Th... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:03:48 EST Morning Good morning a new day to keep on the path of healthy eating Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:58:52 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-1-15-2019 <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:55:58 EST Health from God’s Perspective – 17 My health goals are in His hands...I believe God has the power to keep me healthy! <BR> <BR> “O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; LORD, heal me for my bones are troubled. My soul [mind, will and emotions] also ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:49:59 EST FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD <img src=""> But the salvation of the rigtheous (is) of the LORD: (He is) their strength in the time of trouble. Psalm 37:39 (KJB) ....................................<BR>............................. And when they wer... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:42:41 EST Tuesday January 15th, 2018.....Weekly Weigh In Results Good morning, Happy Tuesday!!! <BR> <BR> So Monday's are my WW meeting/weigh in days. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was not going to make it home in time for my regular WW meeting so I looked up meetings times where I was at. Had a meeting all picked out. Left for work. Came home between appts t... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:36:44 EST Tuesday Funny There was a blonde who found herself sitting next to a Lawyer on an airplane. The lawyer just kept bugging the blonde wanting her to play a game of intelligence. Finally, the lawyer offered her 10 to 1 odds, and said every time the blonde could not answer one of his questions, she owed him $5, bu... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:16:58 EST The Cauliflower Crust Pizza <img src=""> <BR> I am finding more creative ways to eat a low carb diet. On Sunday I made a cauliflower crust pizza. It was very tasty! This is not the recipe that I used, but I like it better. <BR> Minutes to Prep... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:14:47 EST National Hat Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always January 15th <BR> <BR> National Hat Day is set aside to wear and enjoy a hat of your choice and style. Isn't it great that hats come in all shapes, sizes, colors,... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:49:34 EST For the first time.... I was able to go quickly up my basement stairs & not get winded! Thank you to The Firm workout video (and a little of my own sweat). I'm just amazed to see any changes like this so soon! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:35:39 EST Back again Been weeks since I blogged.. our California holiday was fantastic. Followed by 2 weeks beside the lake water skiing and bbq fire pit magic. Two weeks before school is back.. enjoying summer :) Back on track... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:34:59 EST Cheer up it has already happened The first song really says it all <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link>... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:30:29 EST Medical update... “less is more” So, I called my primary care doctor yesterday morning at 8:30am, and she got me in at 9:45 for a quick appointment. Basically, I have the virus that is going around, and for me it’s mostly in my sinuses. Since it’s a virus, the solution is to treat the symptoms and ride it out. Since that’s wh... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:20:47 EST Breaking the cycle We all have those moments...those moments when we slip up. One bite of "junk" food turns into an all out binge. And that binge turns into an all day pig out. Next, that "bad" day turns into a week and before we know it we have not eaten anything healthy in ages. We feel like crap and promise ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:10:39 EST Jan. 15, 2019 Stayed on track the past few days. Scale didn’t budge from a week ago, but I’m also on my period, so... I stayed within my calorie range all week last week, but didn’t get to the gym at all and only hit my step goal (7,500) once last week. First thing this morning, I got out my gym bag to remi... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:07:37 EST Daily hike. <img src=""> <BR> A nasty day to get my steps and exercise in but it has to be done, walking down by the helicopter landing strip and the channel in Juneau Alaska. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 03:44:50 EST I am grateful for, 1.14.19 1. My babies, because they want to tell me all of their exciting things. <BR> 2. Naps, because they help. <BR> 3. Making it to the gym, because it was time. <BR> 4. Getting some of all of her weekly homework done, because it will cut down on our regular end of week squeeze. <BR> 5. Getting things... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 03:29:03 EST The beauty of sunrises. <img src=""> <BR> Now that I am going for regular morning walks I can enjoy the brief sunrises we have. Living near the equator makes our sunrises and sunsets very brief. <BR> Here are the pictures of this morning's wa... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 03:11:17 EST Here we go again I don't seem to do so well following through on things. Another year has passed since my last entry. I'm still making all the same excuses I always make. I'm doing no better, but, also no worse (well, not much worse). I know what to do but have no motivation to get going. I want to eat bette... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:34:11 EST Stardate 1152019 Tuesday Jan 15, 2019 I had an interesting day. Slept thur it, mostly. <BR> <BR> I finally got some exercise in for the week. <BR> I rode the recumbent for 5 min and did <BR> some body weight strength training. <BR> <BR> I am doing much better this challenge, <BR> answering daily questions, sending goodies. <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:32:29 EST 1/14 Oceanfront Trail Beautiful day. Woke up and worked on projects for alot of the day. Picked up the kids and discussed Tulsi Gabbard's President run with Chris. Out to the Oceanfront Trail for a full round trip hike. Gorgeous sunset with a green flash and ran into Nancy and Bandit. Great day! <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:29:08 EST Errand Day Today Sassy and I had multiple errands to run and it was also raining so no walking done today other than in stores and to/from car. Even so, my fitbit is registering 3200 steps... good for me right now. <BR> <BR> Blood sugars remain slightly elevated every morning at 130-160 and don't know w... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:15:41 EST 1-14-19 Today was book club. We read Anatomy of a Miracle. The author did something very interesting. He made a novel feel and read like a non-fiction memoir. We ended up discussing what exactly was a miracle. Considering how much knowledge we have accumulated, what we used to think were miracles are now... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 01:33:56 EST Once Upon a Time, Just a Do-in' <em>125</em> <BR> Hi All, <BR> Well, I said I was just going to write what I DID, instead of what I planned. Planning is good, but only if the plan is implemented, right? I'm a dreamer and a planner. But I've been a failure at follow through; thus the Do-in'. <BR> <BR> I did NOT do any days o... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 01:21:26 EST 14 - cough and sniffles - Jan 14 2019 <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> The cough and sniffles that was making its way through our family has finally reached me. I am ready for some Nyquil and a sound sleep. I noticed that it took about 3 days to finish up after infecting my kids so I am hoping that 3 days will be the maximum that this sick... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 01:13:51 EST *** SEE the beauty we already have ************** <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> ******** Sometimes we DON'T SEE the beauty we already have ************** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:57:55 EST Tuesday's Tickle <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:50:41 EST Sleep seems to be the cure I slept a good portion of the day and I also didn't talk which seems to have helped with the sore spot in my mouth. I've been awake now since about 5 and really wish I could go to bed. But since I'm sleeping in the living room that can't happen until everyone else does. That's OK I'll manage. ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:48:38 EST So I Just Forgot So yesterday I was so busy doing other things I just forgot about blogging. And I was up past midnight. Way past, but I was having an emotional Mom misses daughter and grandson moment that all else was forgotten. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I think a good cry just does a body good and in that moment af... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:43:26 EST Day 4 - St. Peregrine Novena Here are the prayers for today: <BR> Day 4 - St. Peregrine Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing. <BR> <BR> Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:40:32 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR TUESDAY LEAVE ROOM FOR GOD <BR> <BR> Do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath, for it is written "Vengeance is Mine I will ,repay." says the Lord. <BR> Romans 12:19 <BR> <BR> Suppose a hit and run driver smashes your car, causing thousands of ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:40:03 EST NO BLUES ON THIS MONDAY <em>381</em> I started the day off by oversleeping when I was supposed to be at Staff Meeting at the church at 9 a.m. I made it at 9:05 and they hadn't started. Gotta quit hitting that snooze button. <em>102</em> The meeting went well. I brought up the idea of a small workroom with a... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:37:39 EST Smoking 🚬 Habits!!!! I know. I've done it before. I was smoking 2 packs of 🚬 a day. I got down to 5 🚬 a day. I'm now smoking 10 🚬 a day... I need to quit smoking 🚬 all together. I am trying eating sunflower 🌞🌻. It helps!!!! Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:31:32 EST Determined not to be disheartened So I've started checking my blood pressure and it seems to be going up not down so far. <BR> Which isn't great. <BR> <BR> But I had a sneaky mid week weigh in and I think I'm three pounds down - Friday will confirm them. <BR> <BR> So I will keep drinking the water and not eating the rubbish. ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:27:10 EST God is Happy - He Plays with Us... I know - It's been a long time between posts. I've been pretty busy, and I've had a lot on my mind. The search for a new place to live is heating up - I need to keep my spirits up, because I know the right place will present itself. I've found three suitable places that are affordable, however... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:20:19 EST Special Blessings-January 15, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I went out for our weekly Mon. brunch. This has turned into a very special time for us. <BR> <BR> 2. I got my exercise in, just later in the day than normal. When I don't feel like exercising, I remember what my brother o... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:17:00 EST With His Last Breath.............. John was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully, <BR> <BR> "Give me one last request, dear," he said. <BR> <BR> "Of course, John," his wife said softly. <BR> <BR> "Six months after I die," John said, "I want you to marry Bob." <BR> <BR> "But I thought you hated Bob," she said...... <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:15:10 EST Setback I was starting to feel better the last couple of days. I woke up this afternoon not feeling so good again, although not nearly as bad as I had been. I did some gentle yoga moves today for some movement. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:12:23 EST Weather It was misty all day and it did not get out of high 50s. It is 55 outside and 65 inside. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:08:33 EST Leaving on a Jet Plane The saga of my trip to New Zealand for a week Meditation Tour, in installments! <BR> <BR> First, the passport. I was getting ready to get it (my previous had expired over 30 years ago) - that was when I tripped & smasked my face. I didn’t want to get my picture made then. Got my passport applica... Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:05:11 EST We have to stop meeting like this! Ok, it isn't "Same Time Next Year," but it's close. I'm back, heavier, and in worse shape than I've ever been, particularly when it comes to my Mastocytosis and back issues. Now on a cane almost continuously, in a great deal of pain, on lots of meds, and at a high weight and A1c. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:53:43 EST Day 14 2019 - So far I have kept at least one resolution So I had lots of plans for the new year and many some were ambitious and some not thought out but I am pretty proud that i have gotten the 10,000 steps in every day. Given it was so cold I actually ubered home so it cost me some steps but I was still able to get them in. I have a friend who has... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:52:21 EST My Intro <img src=""> <BR> I used to be a size 10, 9 in skinny jeans. My weight went back up... I had a heart surgery and got more active... My size went down to a size 14. Now, I am back to a size 18-24. I want to get back dow... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:48:14 EST Monday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:45:53 EST Food 01/14 (Monday) Breakfast: Sunrise smoothie with sunflower butter Snack: meat stick and Larabar Lunch: leftover bolognese Dinner: pork tenderloin and broccoli Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:34:26 EST Another 9 km All I can say really lol. I'm pretty happy with my energy levels, I'm overall just happy. I look forward to the day. I look forward to food prep. Snack creations in the freezer. The prize at the end. And it won't even be the end either. So thrilled with how everything is changing. <BR> <BR> <BR... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:25:15 EST Wow 😯 <img src=""> This day 🤦🏽‍♂️ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:21:40 EST January 14th Well I tried what I thought would be a healthy no meat meal...whoops! I guess I should have known anything made by Marie Callender is not healthy only yummy! Total calorie count 507!! <BR> Of course it was in the microwave by then and I was starving. Oh well the win is ..I did have a meatless me... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:20:22 EST Forty Sixth Weekend Fasting Cycle - Lemonade The fast went without a hitch. For this weekend, no major cooking just some lemonade. Yielded 16 servings. The lemonade was sweetened with Costco pure maple syrup and it was excellent when I tasted it Mon morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:12:08 EST Shooting Stars Isle of Skye Badges 2019 has been a good year for me so far. On our week's trip to the Isle of Skye I accumulated lots of badges for making good choices. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:37:10 EST Monday 1.14.19 Not feeling well today. I've been achy, tired and I have a cough. I made me step goal and ran an errand, that was the extent of my day. Praying for a better day tomorrow. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:35:44 EST #638 Faith I have been totally vegetating today. Neither one of us have any energy so we called it an R&R day (Relax and Recline) So the brain is not in gear and the thoughts are not coming so here are a couple quotes. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:33:25 EST Day 1, again This weekend I went from mild cold to possible virus. I won't bore you with the details but I missed two days of writing, logging and working out. Instead of focusing on what streaks I have broken, I'm focusing on getting back on track as soon as possible. It's a new beginning, and I did very wel... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:25:35 EST Moving Mondays Joined another fit bit challenge, got in 22,250 steps today. First place so far out of 10 people. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:24:43 EST .. Day 14/365 Self-Confidence! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:23:09 EST So far winning So far I am the only one in my room who has lost. Really want to be successful Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:20:59 EST Just Start <img src=""> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:19:01 EST January 14...Busy day Working for an employer that considers the employees "contractors" and doesn't take out taxes makes life a bit tougher. Hate paying quarterly taxes the same month as the car insurance. <BR> <BR> It was a busy busy day, Zumba class, food shopping, walking the dog in the snow(I swear I a getting s... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:14:13 EST