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  • Life's bump is the road

    11/15/2019 12:45:20 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • Eureka!!!!!

    11/14/2019 11:09:33 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • PHEW

    11/13/2019 11:21:57 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • Surprise

    11/12/2019 11:45:08 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • Remembering the sacrifice of others/

    11/11/2019 12:57:05 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • Sunday's Blessings

    11/10/2019 11:23:57 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • A visit to the Doctors

    11/9/2019 11:32:27 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • Lucky I guess

    11/8/2019 7:11:44 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • Answers and getting older

    11/7/2019 12:45:58 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful home November 3 - I am thankful for all volunteers especially volunteer firefighters. November 4 - I am thankful for my wonderful husband who I should treat better. November 5 - Thankful I sur... Read more

  • Busy Busy Busy

    11/6/2019 8:29:33 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    So this week is very busy. Yesterday in Billings for DH nerve test and my MRI. Very long day. Today back to Billings for me (in the snow) for manicure, pedicure and hair. A little shopping then home for dinner with friends. Friday back to Billings for my Subaru 60k check up. So I am behind in my cha... Read more

  • Weight if Muscle

    11/5/2019 9:09:23 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    A Spark friend reminded me that building muscle as we exercise can make it look like we are not losing weight. Well this week down 1 pound and waist is down 2 inches so I succeeded at both but the weight loss is slow. Today is my MRI for my hip. Hoping for answers. November 1 - I am blessed to ... Read more

  • Mantra

    11/4/2019 12:23:18 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    I have never gone looking for a mantra but the 1 day challenge leader talked about them and Spark Guy has talked about them so today I went looking and found mine (I may look for more). It is found at the following link. www.thelittlepine.com/wp-con
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  • Weigh-In -- 3Nov19

    11/3/2019 10:24:23 PM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    About the same. Getting my fluids in. Managed to get in at least 4 sessions of cardio this week. Working on doing better with freggies... 593 Have a good week everyone!!... Read more

  • Turn Back Time

    11/2/2019 11:15:42 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    *I think this is my new favorite!! *My dogs make a much nastier face than this when the chow is late! ... Read more

  • Blessings

    11/2/2019 1:54:10 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    I read someone's blog about simple blessings. I like counting blessings down to Thanksgiving so I will cover yesterday and today and start with one every day. November 1 - I am blessed to live in rural Montana November 2 - I am blessed to have this beautiful roof over my head. Completed ... Read more

  • Spark restart

    11/2/2019 12:16:43 PM, by JENNMT

    Being a caregiver for someone with cancer is not for the weak! In the last 3 months I have seen my partner through 3 surgeries, pneumonia, 3 blood transfusions, a hospital acquired infection that required 7 weeks of antibiotics that included a dose at 3 AM every day, 30 rounds of radiation, and... Read more

  • Friday Funnies for November 1, 2019

    11/1/2019 1:58:43 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    If you missed my shameless advertisement yesterday for the links to the new challenges for November go read yesterday's blog! The totals are in and for October, the Food Feats/healthy nutrition had 5,744 points; the Goal Feats/daily goals had a whopping 7,859 points; we consumed 3,330 cups of water ... Read more

  • 31 Days and November 1st

    11/1/2019 11:46:09 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    So here is my October list. 1. Weigh in one time per week starting 10/1 with measurements - B didn't do measurements every week and sometimes weighed in more than once per week 2. Physical therapy every other day -D -maybe twice a week 3. Stationary bike every other day - D -maybe twice a week... Read more

  • Happy Halloween 2019

    10/31/2019 6:24:34 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    An advertisement to get this out of the way!! 24 is coming to a close and November goals are here! Please join any or all 4 of the November Challenges Four New Easy Challenges for November. Join any or all! The 5 Freggies Rainbow Challenge for November www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/s... Read more

  • Resolutions and goals

    10/31/2019 11:10:28 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Resolutions, I never make any on New Years because I never keep them. Goals are sometimes the same thing. I set goals and fail to meet them. This can be demoralizing. I try very hard to set attainable goals and not set myself up for failure. One large goal in my life that I did attain was to quit sm... Read more

  • Small Changes

    10/30/2019 11:14:44 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    I had a diet Pepsi yesterday and it didn't taste that good. I used to drink one or two cans a day until I stopped buying it. then I would always have a diet cola when we ate out. Now I get water. At home I traded by diet Pepsi for Crystal Light or some other low calorie drink to flavor my water. I g... Read more

  • Random Halloween Memes

    10/29/2019 9:35:54 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    I think these are just naturally more 'scary' than carved pumpkins! ... Read more

  • I wish-I know

    10/29/2019 12:58:16 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    I wish I could say today is a good day I wish I hadn't lost focus last night at Bunco and eaten all those sweets on the night before my weekly weigh in. I wish I could lose weight faster at my age I wish the scale hadn't showed plus 2 pounds on this weigh in day I wish that my hip would stop... Read more

  • National Chocolate Day

    10/28/2019 10:09:08 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Not a fan so you can have my share!... Read more

  • I am impressed

    10/28/2019 1:01:06 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Again I have found lots of motivation in blogs and articles on SP. One put life into focus. As we struggle to lose weight, one pound at a time; we should think about the fire victims of CA , the hurricane victims in the Bahamas and in the US. Our struggles pale in comparison to facing the holidays h... Read more

  • Better day

    10/27/2019 11:30:13 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Yesterday was a very down day. Not enough sleep and then I just felt down all day. Again probably from the medication. I took the day off and went to bed early. Today I am ready to get back to it. I have been printing off and adding SP articles to my notebook. I am a paper type of person and we don'... Read more

  • Saturday Sillies 10/26/19

    10/26/2019 11:09:36 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Medicine

    10/26/2019 12:33:10 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Yesterday I drove the 1.5 hours to Billings for groceries and back. usually the car sitting makes my left leg and hip hurt. As I was driving home I was thinking that maybe the Gabopentin was working. Then I sat down in my desk chair which is one of my comfortable places. OUCH. So maybe I overdid the... Read more

  • Change it up

    10/25/2019 10:44:50 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    They say changing up your exercise routine is good for the body does not get used to the same thing everyday. Yesterday I took a 1.5 mile hike up and down our hills and through the fields with the dogs. Since I was finishing up my monthly challenge that challenged me to walk 5K or 3.1 miles, I finis... Read more

  • Motivation

    10/24/2019 1:58:31 PM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    I read two SP blogs this morning. The first was about the power of one and the second was about it's okay to cry. Both very powerful blogs and made me think. The power of one second, one minute, one hour, one day, one year, one life. As part of my weight loss journey, I think one day has the most p... Read more

  • And I was right

    10/23/2019 9:49:38 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    I was a naughty girl this morning. Because yesterday's weigh in was so disappointing, I weighed myself again today. There is much better news. So not all the way back since last week wasn't a good week with 2 trips to Billings, but much more encouraging. Not sure what I read wrong yesterday or wheth... Read more

  • Can't believe it

    10/22/2019 10:11:44 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Scale is saying I am back to 243. I know last week was a bad week for exercise but not so bad for food. I guess it is true your weight can fluctuate of up to 5 pounds but I don't have to like it. My measurements fluctuated up to. 46 Yesterday got 41 minutes in on the stationary bike and walked ove... Read more

  • I had gold!

    10/21/2019 11:16:49 PM, by HEATHERFREE

    Seriously? I see the website glitches havent changed....I finally come on and do another big blog post and the page freaks out and deletes all my work....smh... Read more

  • I was right sort of

    10/21/2019 8:51:49 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Yesterday I did my 40 minute walk inside for my 30 day challenge. Unfortunately, I have tile floor over cement board so the floor is pretty hard. I am feeling it in my back this morning. Also got my physical therapy done. Didn't get to my bike (which I will do today) since I didn't start until late.... Read more

  • Weigh-In -- 20Oct19

    10/20/2019 11:56:59 PM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    Stalled out a bit on the weight front. I've been getting in my fluids and trying to do better with the freggies. Not much more to report. Weather here has been more rainy than normal, also cooler. 593... Read more

  • I was wrong

    10/20/2019 10:07:08 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Yesterday did turn in to a day of rest. This is not a bad thing. Hoping today I can get back at it. Woke this morning with anxiety caused by my medicine. The jury is getting closer to a decision that I will stop taking it. It does not seem to be doing much good. I will keep at it until November 5th... Read more

  • A Day of Rest-I don't think so

    10/19/2019 9:37:09 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Yesterday I finally went back to my WiiFit and did some yoga, strength, aerobic and balance exercises. I soon found in one of the yoga poses a position that definitely tells me there is something going on in my back. Hope they see it in the MRI. My 30 day challenge says a day of rest. Not for me as ... Read more

  • Victory

    10/18/2019 10:12:29 AM, by MTRANCHWOMAN

    Yesterday I walked all the way to our gate which is almost one mile and back which I haven't done i n years. This is not flat ground at all so in addition to the length of the walk, the rises and falls of the driveway add a challenge. I finished up the 2.75 mile challenge walk inside and then compet... Read more