SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Little Steps <img src=""> Little goals Small goals. 5 pounds not 40. Focus on the 5 pounds. An extra 250 steps not 10,000. Whatever, keep on going add to it. And praise yourself for the little things that you accomplish. We did ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:18:38 EST Monday <img src=""> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:18:31 EST Monday joined the YMCA Just got home from my first time doing Swimnastics which is water aerobics with weights. What a workout! I can feel it. I don't hurt but I know I have muscles. Tomorrow I meet with a trainer and learn how to use all of their machines. The trainer will work with me and draw up a plan I can follow... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:12:52 EST It’s crunch time And man it hurts. I did 30. But it’ll get easier and there’s no going back Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:51:50 EST Thanks, Again, SparkFriends and SparkTeam Mates I really appreciated all the goodies and congratulations I received yesterday on my 10th anniversary of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight! I hope to get back to each person in the next few days. It really meant a lot to me. I so appreciate this positive space to express myself and get he... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:47:37 EST Rocky Roads This week was a tough one for me. There were more treats in our office than in a bakery! There were a couple people's birthdays, pi day (2 pies showed up), the normal bagels and cookies, homemade cookies brought in by an employee on medical leave, cupcakes brought in by a vendor... I swear it w... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:37:19 EST March 18th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a lovely meal tonight, home-made Nasi Gorengwith mixed vegetables and Slimming World Chips. Soooooo good. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:37:16 EST never stop believing Always be optimistic, hopeful, and positive that things are going to work out for you. No matter what's happening, you can decide right now with a shift of your mindset and a change of attitude that blessings will enter your life. Never lose hope. Never stop believing. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:28:32 EST Day 77: Avoiding the Sickies Paul and I had a lot of fun hanging out with some friends yesterday afternoon/evening doing some wine and cheese tasting. Well, a LOT of wine tasting. Too much, really. And I wonder why I can't lose weight, LOL! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I was moving way too slow this morning to a... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:04:46 EST Enough with the excuses... I am a bit irked with myself. I let myself slide and didn't do much about it. I had some whopper excuses such as "it's the weather" and "I feel icky today." The problem with this is I feel better when I get out in bad/good weather. <BR> <BR> Since I am older now, I didn't realize how fast I... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:56:15 EST Back on track Mondays <img src=""> <BR> So far I have done well with me eating plan, I will be going to gym as soon as DH gets home. We got snow last night but the sunshine has melted it away. I'm so ready for spring. My grandson is dealin... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:55:32 EST Today Went Much Better Today was a much better day. I got up off the couch and did some much needed heavy cleaning and got almost 30 minutes of workout time. I was also doing laundry, and forgot to plan and make something for dinner. Tonight might be a scavenge night, but there are some healthy choices in the kitchen... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:47:23 EST March 18 - go figure I wrote something My heart & mind has come together with a combined sense of realizations; therefore my soul is freer & I feel lifted with complete joy, also hint of sadness that I had even allowed myself to get stuck -- but onto the joy & forward movement of doing well for yourself & in turn others. Most importan... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:45:21 EST Good day! <img src=""> <BR> I went for my long walk, and talked to my lil sis on the phone the whole time, it was great! I am about to do house work now then a little later go on another walk! Oh how I love my walks! They clear ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:30:07 EST 21 Days of Gratitude -- Day 5 Take 2 minutes to name the awesome things your body can do and remember them when you are feeling down. <BR> <BR> (1) practice yoga <BR> (2) organize my space <BR> (3) see and hear <BR> (5) eat and drink <BR> (6) heal itself <BR> (7) smile <BR> (8) wave (we do a lot of this in the south lol) Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:16:41 EST And so we begin again No I did not fall off the wagon. I stepped off for a moment to see what lif was like trying to to maintain. I now know that I can do it. I would like to continue on my path to get where I need to be first but I can do it. I restarted my exercise today. It feels good. I will go over in my calories... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:09:26 EST Trying to get with it!!! <img src=""> <BR> My mind is really getting there almost done with my book becks diet has,really made me think. Im ready. I just have to want it. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:08:36 EST Back to Tracking I had a moment this weekend that I've really been thinking about a lot. We took our little boy to the park for the very first time this weekend. We put him in one of the swings meant for little kids, and pushed him for a few minutes. It was very cute, and he had a great time. My husband snapped a... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:06:00 EST Climbing out of the spiral... I read ~Indygirl's blog post today about being in a spiral and how to get out. She really hit the nail on the head: One treat/slip up/answered craving does not have to turn into a spiral!!! Get some help and turn the page to a fresh start. Use a break in your normal to reset your mind. <BR>... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:00:28 EST Happy 2 day weekends are just not long enough! <BR> <BR> My weekend was filled with lots of fun! Saturday was filled with Tball and Softball in the mornning. After a little rest we went to the bowling alley with friends to celebrate my upcoming Birthday this week. <BR> <BR> Sunday I got up early an... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:51:31 EST week 1 finished week 1. <BR> Not a whole 7 days, just 3. Monday was a wipe, and we had a 3 day weekend of running around doing family stuff. <BR> <BR> But hey, 3 days is 3 more than usual, so there. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:44:10 EST SHORT People! -- Yes, losing weight is harder! I'm short. <BR> <BR> Short, short, short. <BR> <BR> And as I've gotten older, I've "shrunk" a little bit. I think I'm about 5'1" these days. <BR> <BR> It's simple math -- the calories-in/calories-out calculation. <BR> <BR> To lose weight, I have to consume LESS calories than if I was even 5'... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:42:35 EST Starting over <img src=""> It's been a while since I used spark people but IM BACK! I have been to the gym and eating healthy but not one lb gone! But after having baby #2, 4 months ago I got the baby blues. No progress physically... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:41:24 EST Allergies here we come! Well its that time again. Connor is so horribly stuffed up yet has a bad runny nose. It just hit him hard Saturday, and is so congested he now has a cough. Ive gotta go get him some more baby claritin. As we start getting out more so I can exercise while they play/sleep, I'm worried it's going ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:26:37 EST Spark Spotlight I’m not usually the sort of person to put myself in the spotlight for any reason; so being featured in this week’s Spark Spotlight is strange for me. It feels strange to have so many kind people that I do not know reaching out and saying positive things to me - but I love it! <BR> <BR> I live in... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:26:33 EST It's monday I am out of town today visiting with my family. i will head back home later on. my daughter had a great march break! She is back at school today and says hello to all. i am getting caught up on some errands and on some computer work. tomorrow morning i have a session at the gym with my personal t... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:14:56 EST walking adventures March 18 2019 The sun was out but it fooled me because it was nice walking but it was so cold froze the ground so it made walking easy but omg it was windy.So i decided to walk in the woods a little warmer and not hit by the wind so much so here is some pictures i took.I did it ..70 min.. <BR> <BR... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:08:23 EST Harry Valdez I like watching pro wrestling when I was a kid, and every now and again as an adult I get sucked into watching some, depending on who I'm around. Lately I've been looking at old matches on the WWE channel on youtube, and it's hilarious to see the early forays into the big time by guys who went on... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:01:12 EST Monday It's another cold dreary Monday. I did walk the dogs for 35 minutes. It was 1.77 miles. I would of went farther but the dog started throwing up. He's a puppy and eats everything. But I did turn around to come home. He seems fine now. Besides walking most other exercise is not happening. I... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:58:16 EST Caretakers <img src=""> <BR> Happy Monday. Most days are a blur into the next. Monday return to work, the Voice etc. Then you blink and it's Sunday night. It's constant so I just incorporate SP into the pattern. I always do Lent... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:58:04 EST Back at it. So I have been gone a while. Regained weight plus some. I looked up and realized that I am about to be 40 (May 16, 2019) and was sitting at the heaviest I have ever been. It was enough motivation to get me motivated to change something. So here I am beginning again. I decided to take everythi... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:51:38 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> <BR> 🎈 💖 L♡VE Yourself! 💖 🎈 Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:41:48 EST Intermittent Fasting for the rest of the month. I have been unable to do OMAD with any consistency and it has been frustrating me. I remember when I first did OMAD with success, I had done Intermittent fasting for three or so weeks. Today I am starting IF 20/4 to see if it will help me get back to OMAD. Not going to concentrate on what I e... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:37:42 EST Stress Level Stress level atm: 7/10 <BR> Hubby nagging abt things he can do by himself that <BR> 1) I don't want to do <BR> 2) I've told him we'll do on a specific day <BR> <BR> What I'll do to relieve this stress: <BR> <BR> 1) Make a plan to do stuff <BR> 2) Breathe Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:35:29 EST 03-18-2019 <img src=""> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:32:55 EST Initial weigh in <img src=""> Welp... that sucks. But honestly its not the heaviest I have ever been. I was once 220 and that was demoralizing. Ugh and check out those feet!! I haven't had a pedicure in a long time. I dont even know i... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:22:04 EST My Exercise Today I was challenged to think about my exercise program. I have had it said to me to do at least 10 minutes of exercises a day. That is a GOOD thought. Bu t I have taken it to if 10 is good then ***!** is a whole lot better. So it all most rare that I don't do at least 60 minutes of exercise a ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:15:01 EST Monday... The weekend sure zipped by least I was able to enjoy it for the most part...we should have good weather all week so I might go do some walking at the park later on... <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:12:05 EST Precious Puppy Is so Sleepy <link><BR>ypets/archive/2019/03/17/precious-pupp<BR>y-is-so-sleepy.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&<BR>utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_<BR>campaign=20190317Z1&et_cid=DM274998&et_rid=568749291 </link> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:50:13 EST My Reasons - March 18, 2019 I want to be healthy and lose weight: <BR> <BR> - so I can wear all the clothes I have out away. I'd save a fortune on buying new things, and I have some great clothes that are only about 15 pounds from where I am currently. <BR> <BR> - so I can shop at "regular" sized clothes stores, not "plus... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:50:12 EST Monday Morning Run Today I really felt that last couple of weeks of getting restarted. But I’m not discouraged. I just added a couple of stops for photos and walked as needed. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Running, as most things in li... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:47:37 EST Saint Patricks Day We went to an art reception for a friend (and amazing artist). Her step mom is a friend and was there as well. On the way home I got a text inquiring if we wanted to come over for corned beef and cabbage. Of course, we did. <BR> <BR> After a marvelous dinner we played cards and had numerous l... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:47:37 EST Hubby doing better! Hi all! This roller coaster of life is really tough sometimes. Mom's stroke in November was tough for me; but so glad to have been there for her and help get her settled back into a good routine w/my sisters help in Norfolk; and of course was happy to get back to our homestead and to hubby. Unfo... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:45:35 EST Hives and quilts So last week I blogged about all the quilts I need to work on. Here is a list: <BR> <BR> Other quilts I am working on: <BR> <BR> 1) A mystery quilt that started October, 2018. The final clue came out March 1 and I got the clue March 2. I have 3 more small seams to finish the rows and then 5 se... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:45:01 EST Mule Deer - 3-18-19 Robert L. Burks spotted this mule deer, coated with snow: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are beginning to get some sunny days with no snow (thank goodness!). The locals NEED some sunshine - I have to confess, w... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:44:08 EST Little Willy, Monday, Monday what will you bring, <BR> a beautiful day, as the sun in shining. <BR> Just makes me want to get out and walk, <BR> But the Mud and heavy old boot, makes me balk. <BR> <BR> Yes, it will be another beautiful day again, just wish I could get out there and really enjoy it, but the b... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:29:14 EST Adding Exercise This morning I added an actual exercise program to my routine. It's something I had done before and had no issue with finishing. Before. <BR> <BR> It is a 30-minute Leslie Sansone walking video. At one point I was doing her 5-mile walk. <BR> <BR> Today I couldn't do that. I managed 10-minutes ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:27:35 EST Almost a month after surgery. Well, tomorrow will be a month after my surgery and the last day of restrictions. I'll be able to lift more than 5 pounds and to drive myself on Wednesday. I've been staying with my parents since my discharge; they been helping and chauffeuring me while I recovered and I appreciate their help gre... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:17:40 EST Be happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Be happy" sounds so trite - - and somewhat selfish - - but Be Happy is one of my goals that I'm working on for the next few months. It encompasses all sorts of self-care that I wanted to lump... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:10:46 EST Highlight for 3/17/19 Highlight yesterday was singing with the church choir again. Powerful anthem that resulted in a few members of the congregation applauding. It was obvious that made our director uncomfortable, from the look on his face. We aren't performing for the congregation, we are singing praise to God. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:09:22 EST Well I did forget again! Even after I wrote I needed to blog 3 x a week and missed it last week but could write 2 in one day. FORGOT! Ha. I want to remember this week 3blogs. The weekend was a good one. Church is always good because I know God is dealing with me weather I felt good about the sermon or not so good. Afte... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:07:57 EST Daily Highlight 16 Highlight - <BR> Prepped for a 5 Day Clean Eating Workshop that includes 30 minute workouts. <BR> <em>194</em> <em>551</em> <em>469</em> <em>402</em> <BR> <BR> Gratitude - <BR> Was so busy living life, I missed my 10th Anniversary of being smoke-free on Saturday. Treating myself to ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:06:28 EST 132.05 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: 121.31 miles <BR> Run: 2.54 miles - rookie running program week 1 <BR> Swim: 8.2 miles (14400 yards) <BR> Bike: 0 miles Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:05:42 EST Rabbits <img src=""> <BR> For whatever reason I couldn't post the picture with the blog. My son's daughter with the lion head bunny. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:56:11 EST Staying connected I have more good news. I had a scope and they didn't see anymore cancer. So I want to say I am cancer free. I am truly blessed. Now for the rest of the story. I am still not back to me. I am going to have to accept that I am still in the healing process and at some point that will be the best the... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:53:38 EST O Monday I think my body is just saying "NO" to this one class at my gym. It's a class that I like, called Body Works plus Abs. I like it because it's a great way to start the week, all over body workout with weights and a very lively older man instructor who motivates. I haven't made it there in forev... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:53:14 EST Day 77: Today’s Challenge – Clean a cabinet. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Clean 1 kitchen cabinet by taking everything out, wiping it down, and getting rid of old food. <BR> <BR> Pick just one kitchen cabinet to tackle, and take everything out. Brush the crumbs and... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:43:50 EST March - National Craft Month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March is National Craft Month. From paper and wood to fabrics, paint and metal craft, the month is dedicated to creativity and inspiration. Whatever motivates you, take your craft from idea to... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:40:38 EST Getting down to business Today I started a 30 day challenge, again. Small changes can help me reach my goal more quickly. I need to focus on me. I need to focus on healthy activity and eating habits. <BR> I've done this challenge before and will probably do it again, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that I haven... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:38:57 EST Day 4 Water still tastes like nothing but I'm doing it daily. Ice makes it better. Started the day with pop tart cereal and almond milk. <BR> <BR> Eating 3 to 4 meals a day. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:36:07 EST Day 77: Today’s Recipe – Easy Spring Veggie Frittata This healthy veggie frittata features all of our favorite spring goodies! Serve it with crusty bread and fresh fruit salad for a filling meal. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Garden Vegetable Frittata <... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:35:53 EST 2019 THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS FEELING BETTER BSL WAS 91 THIS MORNING hey sparkers hope all are doing good had good workout this morning bsl 91 feeling better thank you for all your prayers ran up on old friends today our veterinarian from 40 years ago him and his wife he trimmed our dogs ears we had Red Doberman three of them Apollo Lexi and Feet 2 girls and a boy... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:34:34 EST Day 77: A Mid-Day Move to Revive Your Energy No equipment? No problem! Tone your torso with this fun move. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Standing Side Bend with Towel <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises.asp?exer... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:22:36 EST Less than 4 weeks out... I have turned a corner, and now we are less than 4 weeks out from my 45th birthday. Wait, I meant my 1/2 marathon. Or, actually, one in the same. <BR> <BR> I thought a few months ago that signing up for my first 1/2 marathon to celebrate my 45th birthday would be a great thing to do. <BR> <BR... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:22:30 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 227 out of 365 days...spring is almost here... <em>126</em> Spring is officially 2 days away! I have 8 more winter self-care ideas before Spring arrivals. Here we go with 4 of them: <BR> <BR> 21. Change your scenery! Do a little bit of redecorating. Add brighter lighting or maybe you’re in the mood for something softer and more relaxing ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:17:55 EST Jesus Takes Away the Sin by Max Lucado Some people feel so saved they never serve. Some serve at the hope of being saved. Does one of these sentences describe you? Do you feel so saved that you never serve? So content in what God has done that you do nothing? The fact is, we’re here to glorify God in our service. <BR> <BR> Or is you... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:17:32 EST YOU. I am all about moisturizing daily, dabbing sun-block to my face, applying a little makeup before I leave the house in the morning, and taking the time to put an outfit together that will make me feel good. It’s a job but someone has to do it. <BR> <BR> Seriously, self-care is vital for self-conf... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:17:07 EST Decisions and Triggers I don't know what it was about yesterday, but it was not a good day. I lost the grocery shopping list.... the new lipstick was too pink... I couldn't find my headphones.... I almost ran out of gas.... <BR> <BR> Just lots and lots of little, stupid things, that added up to a bit of an anxiety att... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:15:15 EST Monday morning of spring break It is a cool sunshiny start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. My wife ahs left to bring our granddaughter to her appointments in Fort Walton Beach while her mother goes to work. I am planning to complete indoor cleaning and outside chores alter on. We have almost finished the fr... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:10:27 EST Upcoming Surgery Tomorrow I'm having breast surgery. <BR> I've been diagnosed with aggressive, invasive duct cell carcinoma, stage 2. <BR> Lumpectomy and sentinel node(s) biopsy are being done, which means 2 surgical sites. <BR> I appreciate prayers. <BR> Thanks. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:57:51 EST Day 8: Look for someone to help today without expecting anything in return. Today is my first hearing as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and I plan to help my appointed child expecting nothing in return. (I also am volunteering @ the Credit Union, but am hoping my efforts will increase membership...) <BR> Also, I plan to <em>334</em> @ everyone I meet, but th... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:55:49 EST Big girl britches <img src=""> <BR> So I did put on my big girl panties and dealt with it ... I switched from cream to milk in my coffee: I don't bring cookies, pastries, goodies of any kind in my apartment anymore; I do my house chores... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:54:53 EST Accountability Week 4 - Finally starting to feel like I'm almost back to "normal" Well, I didn't gain any more weight back.. but didn't lose any either.. stayed at 239. But that's ok, I was still pretty sick at the beginning of last week. I guess I must have had the flu, not just a cold. I ate too many carbs and fat this past week, including one day got lunch from Arbys to ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:46:50 EST Current challenge: meat Tomorrow I head back to the classroom after having a relaxing Spring Break. I have a feeling these last 10 weeks will fly by quickly! This will wrap up my 13th year of teaching. We will see how much longer it lasts. I enjoy what I do, but so much has changed since I started in 2006, and the parts... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:45:43 EST My inner GPS sent me on a tailspin Hi, <BR> <BR> Unfortunately mental illness is no stranger in my life and I've spent my adult life learning how to live with major depression, generalized anxiety and S.A.D. I'm not complaining - I'm just putting it out there. The past couple of years have been trying and 2018 was especially bad.... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:42:43 EST My New Journey So Far Today marks the end of the 11th week of 2019. Like many years before this one, I vowed to lose weight. Unlike previous years, I'm doing it! As of last Wednesday (BLC weigh-in day) I was down 17.4 pounds. <BR> <BR> During these weeks, I have clearly focused on what I want from this process and ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:39:57 EST Monday It has been a frustrating weekend. Our struggle with the church and certain folks who are trying to make our lives miserable is escalating. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:27:29 EST what a zoo at my house! good Morning; I have the tree service here working on my trees - we have lots. My neighbor who lives behind me -is asking about our fence. We are the oldest member of this neighborhood still here. Every one else has moved in - due to the excellent school system. People move in and then move ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:26:04 EST Sweet Dream! <img src=""> When I came home from my Dr appt my baby girl was at the door waiting on me. I sit down relax watching TV I turn around my Bella girl is sleeping like she's a Queen! I absolutely love my cat. I'm a animal ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:20:20 EST Starting Started WW freestyle with a low carb twist. I have also started my walking regimen again. SW 204 CW 176 GW 140 This is actually super exciting! Have a great day all! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:17:37 EST Trying to Lose Weight So apparently losing weight with a thyroid problem is really difficult. I don't think I am even doing it right. I don't really sweat when i work out and I am wondering if I shouldn't be working out harder. I don't think I am doing it right. I wonder if anyone can give me suggestions on how to exe... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:07:54 EST March Thoughts I'm getting a bit inspired again, and am trying to be kind to myself. I put all my measurements into SP this morning. I'm heavier than I've ever been (well, I was two weeks ago) and my measurements are the biggest they've ever been. So I want to be able to track as I lose inches as well as pounds... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:07:16 EST Brief hiatus and time to get back in the game Last week was a bit of a nightmare. <BR> <BR> Monday I woke up in the dark. Daylight savings doesn't usually hit me so hard but apparently this year it kicked my ass. The circumstances worked together to mess me up big time. <BR> <BR> I woke up in the dark. I wasn't pleased, but it was what it ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:02:42 EST Snooze Alarm and Contact Lense Hit snooze alarm this morning - so late start. Throws my work day off. So tomorrows goal - get up when alarm goes off. This would help avoid the bathroom chaos with 2 high school teenagers. <BR> <BR> Running late - contact lenses did go in correct. Removed one at work, since could not see. ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:02:16 EST PN Coching Week 9 It's time to update how I am doing with the program. We are getting close to the three-month mark and I have lost 3 pounds since starting the program and 8 pounds since the beginning of the year. Slow and steady wins the race, right? <BR> <BR> I was chatting online with my coach about the habits... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:01:59 EST Laughing Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat... Never take yourself too seriously. <BR> Og Mandino <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:58:43 EST 03/18/19 Wander <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Not all who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "He's going to have the b... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:52:12 EST Depression My depression is our puppy Frisky passed away early this morning. I sat by him since 1 a.m. this morning Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:48:01 EST Dreaming of Himself and I -"dancing" in my new trim body- <img src=""> <BR> We have sunshine-- <BR> It is minus 11C--much better than it used to be! <BR> (I must think positive here!) <BR> <BR> A positive thing that happened last evening, was,---I DIDN'T EAT AFTER SUPPER! ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:48:00 EST encouraging blogs So this morning I was reading a few blogs written by members of my teams. I was supposed to be getting ready to go to the gym but somehow reading blogs seemed less strenuous. After reading a few blogs however, I realized that sitting in front of the computer was not going to help me lose the weig... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:43:35 EST Happy Monday! <img src=""> I’m so excited, I’m at 160 now and praying I break back into the 150s this week!! 7 lbs to go to get to where I left off before - gah! I feel like I will just wait in Jean shopping. If I can lose the ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:30:48 EST Reset My Goals and Ready to Go <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After being sick for a few days, I reset my goals this morning, and I'm ready to go. I put them back down to 1200-1550 calories, because I actually stayed within those numbers mostly last time, ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:28:53 EST Antibiotics Suck! (I hate using that word) My antibiotic is making me feel horrible which also for some reason makes me crave carbs. I've resisted so far because, I knew the cravings were coming, from when I was sick and on this antibiotic previously, and to top it of I'm away from home, and cant weigh in this week BOO! <BR> On the upside... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:28:21 EST Happy Anniversary !!! Today is my 41st wedding anniversary. I've been blessed in many ways. My husband is very encouraging in my quest to get healthy. He told me that when he hugs me I feel skinny to him. I am not at my goal weight yet. I could have cried. He's a keeper. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:28:08 EST Sunday Monday So sore! Grabbed a beer at the bar where our friends were camped for the day. Tore off trim to get to leaking water pipe. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:25:45 EST Monday Exercise completed. Yay! Looking into "Miracle" swimwear and it is in the mid $150's!! No luck at JCP. Nordstrom is way to expensive! And the search goes on... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:23:40 EST Menu Week 4 Hard to believe I’m in Week four already. Pretty sure I’ll need a back up for Friday’s meal as I’m not a mushroom fan, but we’ll see. My husband will love it at least. Monday: Pork burritos Tuesday: Shrimp and grits Wednesday: Spaghetti Thursday: Cajun pork loin, cornbread stuffing, green beans ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:23:09 EST Marvelous Monday !!!! The beginning of a WONDEROUS WEEK !!!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:22:39 EST 500 days of logging in I was surprised by the 500 days of logging in to SparkPeople. 564 days ago, we were hit by hurricane Harvey. 500 days ago, we were trying to survive the aftermath of a hurricane.....worst air during clean up. 500 days ago, I was told I had lung cancer and my husband had a massive heart attack.... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:20:52 EST Not that common... anymore. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's really not that 'common' anymore these day. <em>20</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:14:14 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:08:10 EST Monday morning week 3 So I was in a mad mood this morning since my son wanted to stay home from school since he was tired. I had spent 20 minutes making his lunch drove my daughter to the bus stop and he pulls this stunt. Not a happy camper. <BR> I put him back to work and did a workout video to burn of some steam. Wi... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:06:56 EST Anew <img src=""> <BR> Today is a new day with new possibilities! Thanks be to God for His continued grace & strength on this health journey . . . anew. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:05:45 EST Keto beginning Starting my keto journey today. Have been cutting back on a lot 2 weeks prior. Hoping that helps prevent the keto flu. Did my breakfast, lunch and snack meal prep today as well as planned out dinners and carb replacement. I truly believe that meal prep is essential in success!!! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:59:41 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~a Berry MARVELous MOONday~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>778</em> <em>244</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>244</em> <em>778</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>778</em> ~ Waving Hello ~ <BR> ~ Wishing... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:57:21 EST March 18-24 Workout Schedule Monday - BHT <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Cardio Sculpt <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Kickin It With Keaira <BR> <BR> Thursday - Supreme Stretch, Bowling <BR> <BR> Friday - BHT, April Fools 5K <BR> <BR> Saturday - Cardio Sculpt <BR> <BR> Sunday - Meditation Yoga Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:53:56 EST March 11-17 In Review I got 2 out of 7 days of workouts in this week. I will get back on track with them starting today. <BR> <BR> I did a pretty good job during the week to track and stay in range with my calories. Over the weekend is where I still need to work on things. <BR> <BR> I gained 2.4 pounds this week. <B... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:52:23 EST March 18 The sun is shining, the scale is cooperating and I'm feeling really good about life today. Happy Monday! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:52:08 EST Happy Monday Have a great start to the workweek! <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:45:24 EST It's Monday <img src=""> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:39:43 EST Monday just got 2 rush orders for cakes. working on lego cupcakes. need to run to the store..ackkk!! my nice calm day just went!! <BR> <BR> oh well. it happens. just glad it isnt icing again...its sunny and 10 pretty out with the snow sparkling like diamonds! <BR> <BR> better... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:37:42 EST 2 Minutes a Day for 2 Weeks = 1 inch off waist? This is what I recently read about hula hooping. So I went and dug mine out yesterday; made myself laugh as I wondered how many calories I was burning by picking it off the floor try after try. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Got my zoodle spiralizer yesterday, and a bunch of zucchini. In a day or two, I'... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:37:31 EST Weekly steps goal As I didn't quite achieve last weeks goal of 7500 steps a day plus 10 flights of stairs daily. This will be my goal again this week. So I am looking to crush a weekly total of 52500 steps and 70 flights of stairs. <BR> <BR> All readings will be courtesy of my Charge 2 <BR> <BR> 03/17: 5786/11... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:30:34 EST Achievement <img src=""> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:29:56 EST You drive... Thanks for all the comments and suggestions regarding my debate of whether or not to let nature take its course and let my hair go au natural.. At this point I am 97% sure it will be happening soon.. and I will be working with a hair professional to make the transition.. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:27:21 EST Monday... Another new week is upon us. Enjoy life. Have a great week!! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:26:45 EST 3/18/19 Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself. Thomas a Kempis Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself. Thomas a Kempis <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. <BR> Dwight D. Eisenhower <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:17:55 EST Leaving Friday We will be flying for two day so I won’t be sparking. I don’t know how much internet access we will have in New Zealand and Australia...then we won’t be home until the end of May. All those lost points! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:13:41 EST Great choice <img src=""> <BR> Breakfast on a go! I have a Dr appointment at 8:20am and I'm here. So I stopped at got something healthy and a bottle of water! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:05:26 EST Fifty Third Weekend Fasting Cycle - Home Project Finally, I got the 53rd fasting cycle done after 2 weeks of sidetrack. This weekend I didn't cook much other than quickly boiled broccoli and spinach. The big task was the home project. I put in concrete blocks along the back wall facing the backyard. I want to have some space between the sidings... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:03:50 EST Monday Happy Monday to start the week! <em>381</em> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:53:32 EST Tracking Tracking my food yesterday. I ate less than I use to in a day. I find I'm getting full with less food. It's been a month and losing. Slow but sure. So happy I made the decision to come back. Spark is so inspiring. Helps so much to keep me on track. Articles to read,spark friends on the same road... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:53:22 EST Weekly Status and Goals #3 for March There is nothing like a long lingering complaint to wear you down. I have had the taste of Halls cough drops in my mouth so long, all food tastes metallic. While my virus is gone the March allergy symptoms slid in beneath the radar before I realized I needed spring meds. I'm still sleeping on ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:50:35 EST Monday March 18th, 2019......weekly WI <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to y'all! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great night's sleep and is ready for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> It's going to be a busy week for myself....I didn't get to prep as much ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:42:01 EST Supreme Sacrifice Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always March 18th <BR> <BR> Supreme Sacrifice Day recognizes the ultimate sacrifice made by some for the good of others. History is filled with examples of people who o... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:37:01 EST Back on track, or never left it? So for all of my wonderment about how it seemed I couldn't eat enough yesterday... my weight is down a bit this morning. And I made a blog post (just yesterday morning, in fact) about how day-to-day variation doesn't matter much, it's the long-term trend that's the important thing. In other words... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:28:08 EST What a fun time!! <img src=""> My daughter’s surprise birthday dinner was a success!!! I finally was able to keep a surprise!!!! Never been to good at keeping surprises. Lol. She loved it!! Kept it since planning it February 12th!! A re... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:27:30 EST Walking again I went for a walk yesterday afternoon. It was a lovely <BR> day with plenty of sunshine and a mild breeze. I walked <BR> for a mile, being cautious as my balance seems a bit <BR> off at times. I will walk again after work. <BR> I see my doctor today as a post hospital check up. <BR> I am not sure... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:27:02 EST Switching to tablet, losing <img src=""> <BR> Im switching to tablet, and i am losing the progress i have accumulated over 3 wks. The friends I've made! So look for me and I'll look for you! Have a great day! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:05:16 EST Monday Cuties! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:52:28 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. I have an appointment this morning with my doctor to have my blood pressure rechecked. I worked very hard over the weekend on my meal plans and have started putting some o... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:51:57 EST Dinner and Dessert <img src=""> <BR> Need an idea for dinner tonight how about sloppy joes after all it's National Sloppy Joe Day and for dessert how about Lacy Oatmeal Cookies, it's also National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:29:18 EST Veggie Strike Do you have days where you just don’t want to take 5-10 minutes to prepare veggies, even though they are waiting for you to come get them in the veggie bin? <BR> <BR> I need to get over this! Veggies for breakfast! <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>210</em> <em>370</em> <em>267</em> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:28:39 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 3-18-2019 <img src=""> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:27:33 EST 18Mar19 Whoo Hoo! I have an old rowing machine and I've been working at using it more but it has issues. (Like you come to dead stop mid-stroke). So I've been looking online for a new one and researching types and all that. I found one that's very similar to the Concept2 but at a lower price PLUS it's a floor m... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:23:31 EST Breakthrough 173.2 <BR> <BR> *Something personal and a bit too much info coming up:* I knew I was backed up! Whew! I feel better. I've been feeling like I've made better eating choices the past couple of days, ie: not eating out. Also, having my homemade soup for lunch is a boon. I put in a ton of veg, ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:22:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, March 18, 2019 March 18, 2019 THE COMPANY WE KEEP <BR> <BR> It has been said we are as good as the company we keep. If we want a peaceful life with opportunities to rest, we need to be more aware of those we hang around with the most. There are some who love to gossip. Gossiping friends can keep us stirred up ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:13:34 EST ALWAYS PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD <img src=""> <BR> I WILL praise (Thee) O LORD with my whole heart; I will show forth all Thy marvellous works. Psalm 9:1 (KJV) ....................................<BR>.............................I am Alpha and Omega... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:09:12 EST Be Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Act Happy Day <BR> When someone is happy they are joyful and content, and today is a day to act as if that is how you feel. This is not done merely to make people believe you are happy but... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:54:43 EST UNTITLED <BR> <BR> BEING GOOD is commendable, but only when it is combined with DOING GOOD is it useful. <BR> <BR> --Author unknown Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:41:33 EST BLC40 - Spring/Summer challenge begins May 8 I started with BLC38 in the middle of the round, and I'm currently in Week 10 of BLC39. I LOVE THIS CHALLENGE! If you are not already in on this challenge, please consider joining. I've provided a link to the Registration Team. Meet new SparkFriends, and I'm sure you'll also find many of your... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:30:13 EST Wake Up Call It has been a while since I wrote a blog but this is to remind me that I must do more for me. <BR> <BR> I would like to say thank you for all you nice comments over the week, it is what keeps me going. <BR> <BR> Now an admission, I have taken my eye off the ball. I have neglected me. I weighed ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:15:08 EST Time flies when you're dancing! <img src=""> <BR> Never be in a hurry when waiting to be released from the hospital. Don't trust the words "You'll be on your way soon." What is soon? Just relax, and make the most of it. There must be something co... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:08:36 EST Monday Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:04:41 EST 3/18/19 "Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend-a meaningful day." - Dalai Lama <img src=""> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:55:21 EST Tame Your Sweat Tooth Challenge (daily updates) Day 1 - Sunday 17/3/19 <BR> I took the quiz and my cravings are out of control! <BR> So this is me taking back control and changing bad habits with this challenge. <BR> <BR> Day 2 - Monday 18/3/2019 <BR> This whole week (and for the rest of this challenge), I'll keep track of my sugar cravings i... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:50:07 EST Sun 3/17 Happy St. Patrick's Day It's a typical Sunday, and of course, I'm not wearing green. Hubby gives me a little pinch! He has a little green on his t-shirt. Oh well...daughter didn't have green too, so she got a little pinch too! No corned beef and cabbage for us though because we haven't eaten meat in a long while. I miss... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:34:44 EST St. Patrick's Day humor... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a good St. Patrick's Day, even if you're not Irish. <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> K... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:18:50 EST New York <link> </link> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:16:05 EST Prayer Power According to God’s Word – 40 Have you ever prayed without seeing results even though you have faith? <BR> <BR> “So they came to Jerusalem. And Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves. And ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:03:54 EST Day 77: Respect Others (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:02:55 EST A couple ask a priest for help to have children. A couple want to have children but the wife can’t get pregnant so they go to see a priest for advice. The priest tells them they came at the right time as his superior has sent him to Rome for 10 years and he’s leaving tomorrow. <BR> <BR> “As soon as I get there, I’ll immediately light a candle ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:53:00 EST i am grateful for, 3.17.19 1. my babies, because they are my rock. <BR> 2. friends, because they keep me going. <BR> 3. the church van pick up, because it allowed me to sleep this morning by getting the kids. <BR> 4. friends, because it takes a village. <BR> 5. phone calls, because they can bring necessary change. <BR> 6. ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:48:20 EST Staying the Course <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great day & week ahead, & cheering you on your journey. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to stay on course & keep your eyes on the finishing line. Let yesterday go, today is a... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:08:32 EST Quote for Today Here's what you need to keep in mind. You no longer have yesterday. You do not yet have tomorrow. You have only today. This is the day the Lord has made. Live in it. <BR> <BR> Max Lucado <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:07:29 EST Bible Verse for Today Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. <BR> <BR> Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:06:20 EST Daily Affirmation for Monday, March 18, 2019 " When I Honor myself, <BR> I am confident of my being, <BR> and I am gentle with myself." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:56:36 EST MONDAY ALMOST DONE AND DUSTED My Monday is nearly over..... <BR> Has been an interesting day especially with the little ones schedule changing....his mum finishes at 11am at present on a Monday which gives them the rest of the day to do things and catchup with people.... <BR> Today was quite interesting as I found a whole hos... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:45:47 EST Just what I needed... and maybe a second opinion? I had no particular agenda this weekend beyond spending an hour or two each morning with my dad over breakfast. And that is just what I got. No drama. No guilt trips. No doctor appointments (obviously) or ER visits. Just me and my Cooper-dog, quietly going about our days. Eating healthier, wal... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:36:32 EST Impatient When I stay on track, I get impatient for weight loss to happen. I am someone who faithfully diets for one day and thinks, "Why am I not skinny yet?". I start thinking about the scale and start wanting to weigh in daily to check progress. But that is a very slippery slope. Because we all know... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:04:50 EST 3-17-19 Happy St Patrick's Day. Stay away from green beer. I brought some heavy stuff from the basement to sort and decide how much of it goes to the thrift store. (All of it this time.) I should have taken the trash can down before I did that. By the time I had the stuff upstairs, my arms were much too ... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:01:55 EST Cats & Dogs ;-) 03/17/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Curious cats amused by bouncing Great Dane puppy <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:35:56 EST WHAT??? I cooked and NO fireman came!! Years ago when I decided to get healthier just after midnight I decided instead of McDonald's I'd make my OWN healthier burger!! <BR> <BR> Well, I hadn't used "the white Monster" in some time. The microwave yes, but "the white Monster" was just a place to store extra Pepsi etc. <BR> <BR> I pu... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:27:25 EST Happy ☺ Monday, Y'all!!!! <img src=""> <BR> I hopw everyone has a Happy ☺ Monday!!!!!! I almost got 4,000 steps yesterday!!!! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:21:17 EST Adding ideas for exercise Enjoying going to You tube to get new ideas for exercise. It helps to make changes in what I do. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:13:34 EST Why It is So Hard to Lose Weight If you are offended by a bit of swearing, please don't watch. Otherwise, if you are able to ignore it, this is great information. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hard/?utm_source=Waitlist+April&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=9df2a49880-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_<BR>03_12_11_31_COPY_01&u... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:09:44 EST St. Patrick’s Day, Erin Go Bragh! I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green, greeting folks with “Erin Go Bragh”, and eating Chinese food at a Vietnamese restaurant. <BR> <BR> Having actual Irish antecedents, I should have done more, but i’m Not inclined to drinking Irish beer, and I just didn’t plan on cooking corned beef... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:43:04 EST Monday's Silly <img src=""> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:35:05 EST Ireland <img src=""> <img src="">Happy St Patrick's Day!!! <BR> <img src=" Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:22:08 EST A Special Note About Hugging Hugging Is Healthy <BR> <BR> It helps the body's immune system. <BR> <BR> It lessens depression. <BR> <BR> It reduces stress. <BR> <BR> It's rejuvenating. <BR> <BR> It has no unpleasant side effects. <BR> <BR> It is all natural: It contains no chemicals, artificial ingredients, no pesticid... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:17:50 EST March 17th..a quiet Sunday Today my baking self took over..I made two batches of banana muffins and an apple pie. <BR> Gave most of the muffins away and will be taking the pie over to my son's house tomorrow. <BR> I cannot resist pie..which is why I do not keep it in the house. True confession..I had 3 .yes 3 pieces of pie... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:14:15 EST Day 7 - St. Joseph Novena Day 7 - St. Joseph Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close wi... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:11:48 EST Weather It was a nice day for St. Pat's day. It is 62 outside and 67 inside. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:11:21 EST Special Blessings-March 18, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. We went to the coffee shop early this afternoon and Jamie joined us before he went to see a movie. <BR> <BR> 2. I did a load of laundry this afternoon while I was talking to a good friend. <BR> <BR> 3. Jim and I relaxed and enjoy... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:10:45 EST Keeping it Real March 18th, 2019  Two weeks down. Healthy is what it has to be. I chose life. I did allow myself some comfort foods this past week. But the key was not to over indulge. I had lunch at a Mexican buffet and managed portion control and only one trip though the line. I even had pizza, but small piece... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:08:44 EST Have a great week! <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:59:41 EST Off to a bad start you know the saying, "I'm my own worst enemy"? well it is certainly true of me. i tell myself to do this or not do this, eat this or don't eat this and when it comes to the action part of it_______________ flat line, zip, zilch, nada. my biggest is issue is me. i'm fat (let's not sugarcoat it or ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:57:27 EST Weigh-In -- 17Mar17 <em>137</em> I hope everyone had a good St. Patrick's Day. I fixed myself some corned beef and cabbage. It was so yummy! That's what I'll take for lunch tomorrow and probably the next day. Lots of salt I don't need, but I don't do this too often. <BR> <BR> Weight back up the pound... I n... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:52:46 EST I was..............until I wasn't! For the last four or five years, I was so faithful logging onto sparkpeople every day. While on SP, I would do the challenges, read blogs, play trivia and in general, just do whatever I could on SP. I am not even sure what happened (just life, I suppose). But since the holidays, I have not bee... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:48:17 EST Daily inspiration and birth verse for Mar 17 Daily Inspiration <BR> When God answers prayer, He gives us the right answer. Lord, my greatest strength comes when I trust in You. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think --I bind to myself today God's Power to guide me, God's Might to uphold me, God's Wisdom to teach me . . . -from St. Patrick's Breastpla... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:41:50 EST This is going to be easy to get used to The new temperature ranges are so much easier to deal with than the subzero ones. I've even enjoyed just the time I've spent outside taking out the stuff I'm throwing away. It's back to the time of year I can really declutter and make my garbage can full every week. It will hopefully make me f... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:25:10 EST Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> Well I felt I ate pretty good today. Didn't eat all calories suggested just don't eat that much at least most days. Walked a couple laps my knees complained more today. Smoked a bowl and did the dis... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:24:31 EST Let's try something new..... So as we near closer to the start of spring, I realize that this isn't going as well as I want it to. Every time there's a hiccup I feel as if I take 10 steps back. I had lost 8 lbs....only to regain them. So I have made a better goal with a better time line. Every summer I go to the renaissanc... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:22:31 EST Shorts Today I wore shorts outside my house. Yes, where people could see me. I don't wear shorts much and in the past, when I have, I am painfully self-conscious. I felt more confident today and I could tell by the way they felt I've lost some girth in my legs. I don't plan to wear them everywhere b... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:22:22 EST .. Day 76/365 <BR> One day a week is always a boring day for me .. I purposely make it boring! <BR> <BR> <BR> B - Beliefs ..I take time to focus on what I believe in as well as on my belief in myself! <BR> <BR> O - Organization - I make a list of goals / objectives / tasks for the week <BR> <BR> R - Retro... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:20:05 EST New Beginnings When I started feeling tired all the time and being super upset when I looked in the mirror, I knew it was time to make a change. I've gotten comfortable in my body due to meeting a wonderful man that now I call my husband. In 6 years of being together, I have gained over 100 lbs!! That's insane ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:03:33 EST The Unicorn Song <em>137</em> The Unicorn Song, Irish Rovers, 1968 <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A long time ago, when the earth was still green <BR> And there were more kinds of animals than you've ever seen <... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:58:10 EST Reflect and Renew During this season of the year it is time for a us to reflect on our lives, our goals and renew out vows to do our best to carry out the goals we have set for ourselves. We know that t is not an easy task, but if we are to succeed, we have to develop a plan to achieve our goals. We may have the u... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:48:41 EST Weekends. My goal for this week is 3 times Strength Training 3 times Cardio and find a way to get Active o Sundays too! Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:48:41 EST #699 Best people are......... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's what friends are. It matter's not that we haven't met. It matters that we support each other in times of need or just any time we chat on line, on the phone or face to face. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:47:39 EST Going On a Trip (A Poem) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So many swirling thoughts of what is to come. The days and nights seem to be passing like the slow beat of a drum. <BR> We will take a plane. A long ride in business class. Later, a love... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:47:02 EST Invictus Games and Star Wars <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been away from SparkPeople far too long. <BR> <BR> These past few months have been a challenge. I have experienced personal tragedies, mental breakthroughs and a new sense o... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:33:57 EST Sunday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:26:11 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great weekend! <BR> <BR> TTYL Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:26:06 EST SUNDAYS ARE THE BEST All days are good but Sundays are the best. It's the day we go to church to spend time with our Lord and Savior. We had a great service this morning. <BR> <BR> I am grateful: 5,270 steps … My goal for tomorrow is going to be 10,000 and it's going to happen. <BR> I am grateful: ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:24:01 EST Happy ☺ Sunday Y'all!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL weekend!!!!! Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:23:57 EST BLC Weekend Blog Part 1 Hello Spark friends; <BR> It has been a long time since I wrote anything. This blog will be all about my health and the other blog will be more personal. Over the last couple of weeks, I have had major setbacks. Almost 2 weeks ago I woke up and could not move at all. My whole lower back was on fi... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:23:50 EST MY DAY Hubby dropped me off at work and I asked him to go by Target and get me an expansion folder for our taxes this year. I keep each year in one with all the papers that support for file. I told him they had 8 to 10 pockets and usually run around $8. he picked me up and told me he got a red one. ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:14:37 EST So what's the deal... Yesterday I got in more exercise than usual. And my calorie count was way down. And it was easy. I didn't feel as hungry, even though I'd been more active, so I didn't eat as much. <BR> <BR> Today it's like I can't stay full. I eat what should be a reasonable meal, and an hour and a half later ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:50:48 EST Highlight for 3/16/19 Our friends have been serving on the regional science fair committee for over 20 years and this last week was the culmination - the fair itself. It is a very tiring week for them with the awards ceremony on Saturday. They are always exhausted come the end of the awards ceremony so I had invited t... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:50:02 EST Birthday Just turned 70 and so tired of the 50 extra pounds I gained over 25 years. I have tried to lose, but I am a stress eater, any ideas? Usually eat junk at night. By the way today is my birthday. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:44:20 EST The first step is the hardest I did exactly what I told myself I was going to do today! I got up early, went to my meeting, and then hit the gym. The gym was a fun experience. I am SO OUT OF SHAPE. (Round is a shape, right?) <BR> <BR> But I tracked everything today so that I can see how my journey progresses. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:40:22 EST Healthy choices <img src=""> <BR> This weekend my husband wanted to go out to eat at Max and Ermas. I feel I made a good choice in having salmon, broccoli, and asparagus. This means I have been staying on plan and under my limits for ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:39:08 EST Achievement <img src=""> <BR> This is the first time I was actively moving. I have my ups and downs, but this was an achievement for me. Makes me want to push forward and just keep going. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:33:02 EST Day 63 Happy St Patrick's day! Did an hour and a half on the elliptical today to help make up for yesterday's slack off. Hoping it will help with tomorrow's weigh in. 10 pounds to meet my next goal. Would like to get to that by the end of the month if possible. Not sure I will meet my goal of being... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:32:29 EST Eat More Weigh Less? Hello my lovely Sparkfriends! <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Every yard sale season, I buy books, thinking that "some day" I may read the darn things. The books end up in my bookshelf. Looking real handsome. <BR> <BR> Often, I am tempted, but I tell myself that work is more important. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:27:23 EST March 17, 2019 Happy St. Patrick's Day! <BR> <BR> It has been a pretty good today. I'm tired, but overall I'm okay, I think. <BR> <BR> Church was good this morning. I love when we have good songs. Several of them were some of my favorites. The sermon was good too. I ate too many treats after church though. Ug... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:11:56 EST Sun 03/17/2019 three good things 1. Walked dogs before snow started <BR> <BR> 2. Chatted with my kid, even though it was not good news i was able to stay positive and supportive. <BR> <BR> 3. I decided to paint a bedroom, waiting for first coat to dry. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:11:16 EST Day 6 - St. Joseph Novena Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who a... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:04:14 EST Breakfast Looking for some ideas for healthy protein shakes that I can drink for breakfast. Any help would be great . Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:01:45 EST Regrets <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:43:53 EST 019 Spring 5% Exercise Commitment. Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment <BR> <BR> Strength Training at gym: Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday <BR> <BR> Cardio: Run 3 miles (HIIT) on which ever day is the best weather during the week. <BR> <BR> HIIT: Either full body or cardio, ab or cardio, shoulders on any day t... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:38:45 EST Happy St. Paddy's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Frogs in your under pants??? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:35:13 EST Quiet Sunday Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone -- hope you all had a great green day.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Don't you all love them.... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:28:28 EST Exercise Resuming walking for 10 mins tomorrow. In the apartment hallway. Back much better still being cautious as doctor said to do. Doing great!! Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:21:58 EST Beginning again I wonder if I can do it this time? It was always easy in the past; at least for 20 years. I looked, felt great. With so many problems now, it is so hard to get up from the couch. Inane TV has become my friend, if only to help keep my mind off things. <BR> <BR> Why do I not care anymore...Oh but... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:17:24 EST Fbad bad day of new schedule. My better half suggested we try switching our big meal from dinner to lunch. I said. oooookay give it a try. Now I do all the cooking so now I have half a day for us to decide whats for dinner, meant lunch. Don't think this change is going to last long. I am just zeroed in on my mid day sal... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:16:36 EST March 17, 2019 Happy St. Patrick's Day. :) It was such a good week spent with Kyley and her friends. I love that we were present, that we fed these college kids all week, that we had fun! However, we...I....totally ate past full. I only worked out once. I sat around a lot. I hated how that part felt. ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:11:35 EST Semi-Silent Sunday My week in pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:08:38 EST Day 85 - finishing a great week Dropped another 2 lbs since yesterday, almost 6lbs the last 2 days, after returning from a 8 day business trip. Super happy that it was as I thought, all the salty food making me retain lots of water. Super happy that I did record everything I ate and knew it would be ok. Also that I didn’t beat ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:02:49 EST Night at the races <img src=""> <BR> Had a great time at a school fundraiser. I won the best hat contest and won $50.00. I also won the first race because it had my name in title of horse. $26.00. Won few other races too. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:00:46 EST Happy St Patrick's Day <img src=""> <BR> Hope everyone got to enjoy some Irish stew today or maybe some Irish coffee. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:54:14 EST Wk 8: Walk #1 of 4 Sunday 3/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> Walk indoors or outdoors, 4 times a week for 30 minutes or more. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:43:21 EST Time to reboot Without going into a big sob story... here is my story. In August of 2017, I was feeling amazing. I just gave birth to a baby boy and now had two perfect kids and our family was complete. My job was great - my boss loved me, I was excelling at everything and I loved going in every day. Mu husba... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:21:37 EST 2019 Goals More gorgeous weather all day. A ton of yard work today, quite the workout. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:17:46 EST St Paddy's Day Weekend My DH and I spent the entire weekend celebrating. <BR> (Really, we used the holiday as an excuse to get out of the house and be among people in a festive environment.) <BR> <BR> On Friday night, we went to an Irish pub for dinner. I had fish and chips (with malt vinegar) and DH had bangers an... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:17:07 EST My life <img src=""> Today’s cardio workout Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:16:38 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another good message this morning from 1 Corinthians. Afterwards we took Isaac to McD's for breakfast as we hadn't done that for quite some time and enjoys it. Once home I straightened u... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:11:46 EST 3/17/19 Almost all green today just will miss floors and active minutes but achieved my steps per hour goal and will have over 13K steps. Back was a little stiff and sore after work today so used some Bio-Freeze when I got home. Tomorrow's workout plan is Legs Circuit and either 20 min self powered tread... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:09:36 EST Do nothing Day!! I am not sure what I did today but I have been really busy at it!! I hope Your day has been wonderful!! Luv U Guys! ((HUGS)) Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:06:09 EST Gardening <img src=""> My lemon tree has finally started growing!!! I spotted these beautiful sprouts this morning!!! What a great Irish ☘️ Holiday it was today!!! Good night everyone!!! Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:00:16 EST Irish every day Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! I'm Irish every day so the only difference is we have corned beef and cabbage for dinner. I am feeling pretty good lately. I haven't touched a drop off alcohol in 2 weeks. I know, bad Irish girl but I've never been much of a drinker. I got in a 20+ minute walk this morn... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:53:22 EST Happy St. Patrick's day! <img src=""> <BR> This week has sure been an emotional one. I keep bringing up about my Aunt passing away. It's not that I want sympathy, I just need to vent. Its freaking rough.. it's been 13 years since someone in my... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:49:13 EST Colcannon St Patrick's Day, how to celebrate I wondered. I don't know why though because what do I always do to celebrate/acknowledge such things? Cook of course. So cook I did. What Irish dish did I have all the ingredients for I asked. Of course - Colcannon. So simple and yet so tasty. Not to ment... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:44:27 EST Irritable Robin! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_Robin/sounds </link> <BR> <BR> Typically the first robin song I hear every spring is what I characterize as "irritable robin". <BR> <BR> It... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:44:23 EST Highlight Of MyDay #16 Today, we took Zeus (our pint size super dog) to the doggie park. There were about 9-10 dogs there today. Zeus has been there often enough that he has made friends with some of the "regulars". There were a few large gentle giants (mellow rescue dogs) today, who were in with the little ones. O... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:39:56 EST Can’t wait until Tuesday! Leaving for Florida on Tuesday from the cold northern tundra of NH! All packed. Packed my health plane snacks and empty water bottle I will fill past TSA check. Have rented a condo so I can prepare most of our meals that will be friendly! I really don’t enjoy eating out since it is tough to contr... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:26:17 EST Mondays coming! Its time we get ready for it but I wish we didn't have to! Tomorrow is Monday! Goodbye weekend!😢😃😜😁 Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:26:13 EST Update I just had my mom visit. <BR> <BR> I did really good in not letting her derail my fitness program. <BR> <BR> We ate healthily, and I did my workout most of the days that she was here. <BR> She did some of them with me, but she missed two days because she was feeling unwell. <BR> <BR> I admitt... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:21:02 EST The Amazing Invisible Older Woman Such irony! <BR> <BR> At a time in our lives when many of us have accumulated a treasure trove of experience, wisdom and unfortunately, often a few extra pounds, we seem to actually become less visible in society. Of course, that is only true until the weight climbs to a point where EVERYONE no... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:09:47 EST 21 Days of gratitude-day 1 I am thankful that I am healthy, have a family that loves me and live in a quiet and peaceful place💜 Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:07:02 EST Today is a My family is home now and i can relax have a good rest of your weekend Sun, 17 Mar 2019 18:05:17 EST Blog Never, Never, Never give up! Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:34:19 EST 21 Days of Gratitude -- Day 4 Something that frustrating and a reframe of mind. <BR> <BR> The something frustrating: people believing I can control other people in my orbit. <BR> <BR> Reformation: remind myself that I am only responsible for my own actions. And the possibly reminding the folks complaining. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:31:14 EST March 17, 2019 <img src=""> Hubby and I out fir a walk last night!! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!! Can’t believe the weekend is going to be over, havent been up to much, lazy days...😎 Happy to see our snow melting...summer is on ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:24:49 EST Day 7 Following the exercise that KALIGIRL started: <BR> "Think of something about your body that you tend to think of as less than perfect. Then, write a little note of appreciation about it." <BR> <BR> My left hip: <BR> I know you are less than perfect, but I love you anyway. You carried my baby da... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:18:10 EST Week One and Done Finished my first week of exercising consistently and eating better. I still need to back off of fast food no matter how convenient. I did notice a full size salad at Wendy's has a lot of calories! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 204 <BR> Week 1 Weight 202 <BR> Loss/Gain -2 Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:11:36 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:09:37 EST March 17th Had a lovely lunch with our good friends and neighbours today. Only trouble is it wasn't particularly 'On Plan'. Never mind we'll have to be extra good for the rest of the week. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:07:12 EST Holiday Challenge - 5 MORE pounds It's St Patrick's Day, so I thought I would post an update on my holiday challenge. On Valentine's Day, my stated goal was to drop 5 MORE pounds by St Patrick's Day, which would have put me at a weight of 140. I hit that weight well in advance of the deadline. My weight this morning was 135.8,... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:02:08 EST Planning for a sweet tooth and laziness I've been eating out, a lot, lately. When I do that I get a sweet tooth and it's hard to get back into eating at home. The sweet tooth will go away, but for now I think it's a good idea to have some options at home to prevent me from wanting to go out. So here's a little grocery haul/meal plan: <... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:43:57 EST Blog Never, Never, Never give up! Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:43:30 EST Weekly Goals - Life Is Not A Competition <em>524</em> Tough week! Life is not a competition. I have to find a happy medium in my household these days. Our 12 year old's negative behaviors at school and home has increased my stress level in so many ways which changes my whole mental status concerning exercise and emotional eating. Enou... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:17:02 EST All the bird houses done Last Saturday and this Saturday we spent it mounting the bird houses we had made for the nature center. <BR> <BR> If you want details about the project check this other post out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ublic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6<BR>572013 </link> ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:09:52 EST RESTART-Mar, 2019 Restarting nutrition and exercise. Still caregiver to two (both age 92). Fighting a cold for 2.5 weeks. Have maintained weight loss from 185 to 170 for two years. New goal weight: 160. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:48:52 EST Sunday Beautiful afternoon but not much time to enjoy it. Blessings Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:46:33 EST Being Lazy Today I'm being lazy today. After all, it is a day of rest. I will get my exercising in later. <BR> <BR> Right now I am watching my favorite video/movie from 1980. "WINDWALKER". The young lady in this movie inspired my daughter's name. "Tashina" (Ta-sheen-a). I've always loved this name. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:45:45 EST When disapppointment hits My husband and I had tickets to the Roadshow with friends. Some very popular Christian artists were to sing. Friday night came and as we went to the event center we noticed people going out to their cars. Like a mass exodus of people. We went to talk to someone in the know and found out that the ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:42:10 EST 17th March Sunday's task was to turn off all devices - well, I'm afraid I failed at that one today! I used my phone as a camera, and as a pedometer, and did some Whatsapp with friends and family. No, it didn't happen for me today. But when I can have a day off-line, it IS relaxing and restorative. One of... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:40:45 EST Animal charity When I look at myself, even I think that I have a strange way of thinking. <BR> <BR> I had some old food in the fridge, not mouldy or unhealthy, but limp celery, and things like that. <BR> <BR> I could have thrown it in the garbage, and at some point bacteria would eat it. Nope, I'm giving it t... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:39:23 EST OMG! <img src=""> <BR> I just received this photo a friend of mine took last night. I can truly see now how out of shape I let myself become. I like to watch what I eat but recently gave up doing so. I'm 25+ pounds overw... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:37:27 EST Great day Great walk through the woods and down the country roads Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:26:12 EST St. Patrick Isn't it interesting that millions of non Irish persons celebrate a day each year commemorating the Irish patron saint, a man who wasn't actually Irish? <BR> <BR> That's right, St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was born in Great Britain a Roman citizen. His real name was Maewyn Succat and w... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:24:15 EST When you're down, focus on the positive For some reason or another, I've been very down yesterday and today. There could be any number of factors involved, but the point is that it's hard to see any positives amidst the swirl of negative thoughts running through my head. I definitely turned to some emotional eating yesterday, and today... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:18:53 EST Korean spa eggs <img src=""> So the weekend before baby arrived, we went to the local Korean spa. Being 9 months pregnant, I spent more time in the ice room than in the saunas lol. We did enjoy the pool with the pressure jets. Mostl... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:16:41 EST March Madness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> March found me speaking in several spots around our local valley. For me to speak in Portuguese I prep for days and days working hard to do a good job. And since my "job" involves the B... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:12:03 EST A pretty song for St. Patty's Day. <link> </link> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:56:38 EST Great Day Happy St Paddy's Day I'm grateful that all my friends from AAUW are friendly, smart and involved in so much <BR> I'm grateful that my husband continues to get better and better <BR> I'm grateful that this is a beautiful day <BR> <BR> 3/13 125.8 <BR> 3/14 126.8 <BR> 3/15 126.5 <BR> 3/16 125.8 <BR> 3/17 125.5 This ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:50:00 EST Trying to hold onto positives Wednesday guy #1 apologized to my daughter which means of course another week delay. Tomorrow the detective has to get witness statements, then after his report is written goes to his commander before being passed on to the prosecutor. In the meantime going on month 7. Because of our case police... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:49:18 EST Irish Blessing May God grant you always... <BR> A sunbeam to warm you, <BR> a moonbeam to charm you, <BR> a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you, <BR> Laughter to cheer you, <BR> Faithful friends near you, <BR> And whenever you pray, <BR> Heaven to hear you. <BR> <BR> Happy St. Patrick's Day! <BR> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:48:54 EST A Sunday Well Spent Brings A Week of Content <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:46:57 EST "Happy St Patrick's Day!" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am happy three times over ... first of all, I had a solid 8 hours sleep last night and woke up feeling great. Then I found out that I have Irish in me, from my dad's side of the family, amazi... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:45:13 EST ☘ Words of Wisdom ☘ <img src=""> ☘ May Love and Laughter fill your days........:.. ☘Happy St. Patrick's Day! ☘ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:34:23 EST After Careful Thought and Consideration... <img src=""> <BR> I am permanently giving up all processed junk food items. This does not mean I am completely giving up all junk food. Just the processed crap. Like, for instance, Hershey candy. Give up. But all cand... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:29:01 EST new baby So I'm trying this again. <BR> Four weeks ago I had to put my 14 year old dog to sleep. I was heartbroken, and so was my 3 year old dog. So I got a puppy. A beautiful silver and white pit bull. She was sweet and cuddlely .... as long as it was with a human. when it came to her being with ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:24:34 EST Day 4 Started with a GV Lean Biscuit with Egg and Sausage and feel better today. I need to find my scale and see how that's going. Working it. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:19:14 EST Percy's journey <img src=""> <BR> Day 1. She made me do it. I walked for 15 min out & then 15 min back. I didn't die (but kinda wanted to 3/4 of the way through). If you need me, I'll be napping. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:12:52 EST Day 76: More Exercise Really Does = More Energy I've gotta say....even though I pretty much hate every minute on the elliptical (though I do enjoy the weight workouts), I think that the gym workouts are really helping me feel better overall and helping tone down my stress level! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Now, if that scale would j... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:12:18 EST 2019-03-17 whine PLEASE.... PLEASE... PLEASE.. <BR> <BR> Pray for me... <BR> <BR> why you ask? <BR> <BR> because I have 6 days left to get everything off the kitchen & dining area plus a mini-pantry closet floors .. well all except for the refrigerator and the stove. The mini pantry will be done soon as I h... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:02:59 EST Today is Sunday! Down to do my last 40 minutes on treadmill. Took my almost 3 year old granddaughter to church with us. She is very funny. She asked me if it was "darky or sunny" out. Just dropped her off at her home as she has been with me since Friday. DH is making corned beef, cabbage and potatoes right no... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:59:35 EST What's it all about. <img src=""> I am not much Irish so I really have no idea what this day is all about, and why the Lepercauns, and the gold, and the funny green hat, and the green beer is the going thing, but hey, you got to go with th... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:59:04 EST Sun - First Step of Many! 03/17/2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I usually make this a planning day and a day to try new things out that may become a new routine (it keeps my routine fresh). Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:54:48 EST Depressed hippo/walrus Been walking all wk, every day. Watch what i eat. Both hubby & i r on S.S. & disability. So our budget is major tite. I set my weigh in 4 Sunday's. I get on the scales, & what do i see?? 246, now 252.. I m so limited on what kind of foods 2 buy. Cant afford much at all any kind of foods that r on... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:46:27 EST Great Y&T concert! Hi Spark friends! How is your weekend? I had an amazing night last night with my husband at the Y&T concert in St. Charles, Illinois. It's became a tradition with us to go to the Arcadia Theater and watch them play every year! Y&T for those of you that don't know is an amazing band from the 80's ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:16:27 EST We All Do It We all do it (poop, that is) so why don't we take advantage of screening for colon cancer? Every two years in my province of Nova Scotia all folks aged 50-75 receive a colon cancer screening kit in the mail. Extremely easy to complete, return postage is paid, results come by mail about 6 weeks ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:02:34 EST What happened__Bronze Wellness Warriors I ended up in the hospital in the wee hours of last Wednesday. I believe it was 1) a result of my lack of attention to details and 2) divine intervention. My knee and back have been extremely painful. I was taking a maximum dose of ibuprofen and still needed relief. I often confuse Advil <BR... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:02:31 EST They Scanned Dogs’ Brains, Made an Intriguing Discovery About Our Talk <link><BR>ypets/archive/2019/03/14/can-dogs-unde<BR>rstand-humans.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_c<BR>ampaign=20190314Z1&et_cid=DM273382&et_rid=567180212 </link> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:39:19 EST Hahn's Peak in the sunshine - 3-17-19 We had a bright blue day yesterday (thank goodness!). Larry Pierce got out and snapped a photo of Hahn's Peak in the sunshine, with the snow reflecting back every ray: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually warme... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:31:41 EST 4 Leaf Clovers and other fantasies... I found a four leaf clover when I was a kid and I saved it for the longest time. I remember searching the grass in my front yard for what seemed like hours, and then there it was. I picked it up, ran inside and showed my parents and one of them got it laminated for me. It was proof that I was ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:29:51 EST Saint Patrick's Day It is a cloudy start to the day on this festive occasion. Our neighbor next door brought over cupcakes for the occasion early tis morning. We are still working on our outdoor projects in preparation for the summer season. I have primed the lawn pump and am ready to work on the whole irrigation... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:13:45 EST Day 29/231 to go/week 5 - Wakeup Call Oh dear. I was doing so well and then fell off the wagon. Eating and checking in with SparkPeople. On Friday I had some preventive health screenings done and everything was good except my weight (which I expected AND MY BLOOD GLUCOSE! I never had a glucose reading of 144! That’s diabetic. A... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:06:46 EST Again.... I will keep trying again and again until I get where I'm comfortable. Have a great day St. Patrick's Day!! Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:04:19 EST Oh, Yeah, Today's a Day to Celebrate BIG!! I had thought about it yesterday, but I wasn't even thinking about it when I went to my SparkPage today and had a great surprise: BIG congratulations from members of the At Goal & Maintaining Plus …. team. We are celebrating my TEN years of maintaining a normal weight. I achieved a normal weight,... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:53:56 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:50:44 EST Sunday Brilliant Thoughts <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:48:31 EST Stressed I have fallen so far off the wagon that I am ashamed of myself. I have been staying with my sister who is in the hospital with heart and lung problems, and I feel like I have just lost my desire to make good choices. I am stress eating to the point where my brain knows I should stop, but I’ve los... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:44:19 EST Today's weigh in Today I was amazed. I lost 3 more lbs. Freaky happy....gets me to wanting more. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:43:41 EST Us. It always seems to happen, people stop us during our walks and ask me how old my dog is. My answer is always the same. “He’s a rescue so I have no clue.” And their response is, “he has such a pep in his step, I bet he is….” <BR> <BR> I truly believe we are the age of how we behave and think. If ... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:40:55 EST Trying to find a balance... I'm so glad the spring flood is over. It's cleanup from here, and people can start to move on. I hope all who are affected in ANY way can be gentle with themselves and treat themselves at least as good as they'd treat a stranger. We're tough here in Nebraska, and that's why a lot of us stay here,... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:34:13 EST SPARKPEOPLE PROGRAM • DAY 28 This is just the beginning... I finished my rehabilitation program! Woo-hoo! <BR> I had a fun morning with my niece; caught some sun, flew a kite, bought new flowers. <BR> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:30:09 EST