SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Things are a changing! I've been going to IV Therapy x2/day for the last 3 days. It's been hard getting up early in the morning and going all day until really late at night. Normally, I'd order a pizza (large of course) and scarf down the whole thing as a "quick meal". I'd then spend the next day or two berating mys... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:57:19 EST Down 41 pounds in 6 months <img src=""> <BR> I still have 20 to go. I haven't had any sugar, flour, pasta, potato, or rice since late March 2019. I don't eat before noon. I've been taking Phentermine and Topirmate through a physician. The going... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:55:27 EST MINDFULNESS & MOTIVATION My eating and fitness behaviors have improved in so many ways this year, but staying MINDFULL and MOTIVATED remain a struggle. Distraction, inconsistency, life, you name it and I have let it get in my way. At the beginning of October we returned from a 12 day vacation in the Netherlands, German... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:51:46 EST Busy time My schedule has been really busy lately. I go to work and then I have been either taking a class or working concessions. By the time I get home, I'm too tired so I don't log in here. My diet hasn't been the greatest, but I have maintained and not gained so I am happy with that. Now, to get ba... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:44:58 EST hoping no news is good news I do not know exactly how the army handles injuries to the new recruits. The letter telling about the injury was on the 30th and sounded like it had been a day or two since it had happened. I have not heard anything more so that is about two weeks ago. I am just thinking no news is good news a... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:30:09 EST Running on MT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Hungarian ghoulash has gone bad. <BR> <BR> My fridge is working fine, but has little in it other than condiments. Been too busy to shop, and poor hubby has had to make due on his own. Supe... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:23:42 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 72 of Doing the New: Watching my 1st Halloween movie of the season "Being Normal is Overrated" ~Quote from the movie Halloweentown <BR> <BR> Growing up Halloween was not my favorite holiday. I even was scared of my uncle who was in the service when he came to visit wearing his uniform. Oh I loved my uncle as long as he wasn't in his uniform. When I was growin... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:08:49 EST Back to reality!! I am going to have to ramp up My nutrition and fitness! The heart Doc said I need to drop a few pounds and get in better shape. One thing I must do is do away with the salt. We will see. I will keep You updated!! Luv U!! ((HUGS)) Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:57:57 EST SMILE OF THE DAY <BR> My Dearest Susan, <BR> Sweetie of my heart. I've been so desolate ever since I broke off our engagement. Simply devastated. Won't you please consider coming back to me? You hold a place in my heart no other woman can fill. I can never marry another woman quite like you. I need you so much. ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:56:40 EST Surgery tomorrow This summer I went for a routine mammogram, and for the first time ever, got notified that there was a “suspicious mass” on the film. After an ultra-sound and a biopsy, it turned out that I have stage 1 breast cancer. My doctors have been very encouraging and are talking about curing it, so I’ve ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:46:51 EST Running and Closet Cleaning DH and I went walking as is our usual in the early AM on the weekend. We do long, long walks and last week (or was it the week before) we started doing some running too. Yesterday I started running when he stops to, well you know what guys like to do by trees. Our deal now is that he has to ru... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:38:56 EST Grandkids Grandson going to spend the night. We enjoy his company. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:19:49 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>220</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:18:59 EST Blood sugar readings Highest reading of the week. Went to visit some old friends and had some snacks before bed. Did not eat anything crazy, maybe the cashews. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:18:03 EST Only the two of us. Instead of turkey, we had roast beef, roasted potatoes and glazed carrots. It was just my son and me in Ontario. Daughter in B.C. Parents and husband have passed, so thought roast beef would be easier. Did enjoy it. <em>471</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:14:46 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 13 and 14 Daily Inspiration: Spend a little time each day taking care of your own physical and emotional needs and the rest of your day will be more effective. Lord, help me to enrich and care for myself so that I am not depleted of energy and health and have something within that I can use to enrich othe... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:11:44 EST Sun - PLAN...and Use the TIme Wisely! 10/13/2019 <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:11:23 EST Trip into town yesterday...for food <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First time I have bought sugar in years. But I needed it to make a pineapple upside down cake for somebody else on the 18th. But do you see all those lemons :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:04:03 EST This is my blog on shorter days vs longer days my vote hands down is longer days /shorter nights vs longer nights and shorter days. I love the sunlight. crave it actually. I have seasonal affective disorder and this year has been bad. We have had very little sunlight a lot of rain and wind this summer. Last winter we had snow clear into May a... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:41:24 EST Sunday October 13th <img src=""> <BR> Enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. Rain yesterday, but a bit of sun today. Am busy cooking and trying to get ready for Thanksgiving Turkey on Monday. <BR> <em>428</em> <em>2... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:39:21 EST 2019 Goals Beautiful day, crips cool. Done nothing, yet. I am blah. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:36:12 EST The Struggle is Real I have been on Sparkpeople for 11 years and have been trying to lose weight even longer than that. I have lost 25 pounds one agonizing pound at a time. Still have 75 to go. And my 30 year old battle with chronic pain and illness is still ongoing. <BR> <BR> But - this post is about progress. ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:02:50 EST Tough day We think our little 19 year old cat is dying. I honestly don’t expect her to last the night. Miss Moppet napping on a better day: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:56:46 EST October holidays. Who knew. Lol <link> </link> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:55:08 EST Guess What? NO Drama! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Worship this morning was much needed. The next message in the current Mission Possible series was about Jesus' job description and how that is our job description as well. It was an inte... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:36:05 EST Breast Cancer Awareness This is Breast Cancer Awareness day. It is the day when we are to be more aware of this wicked thing called cancer. It has been in our family and destroyed many lives, but THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE. And there are some things that cancer cannot do. <BR> <BR> Romans 8:24-25 New International Version (N... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:32:46 EST Pumpkin farm fun day <img src=""> <BR> Today I was with daughter and her family and close friends at a pumpkin farm. We had a fun time. I love eatchung my grandson smile and have fun 🍁🍊 Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:20:29 EST 10/13/19 My oldest son brought stuff over to make chili today and brats. Circumstances this week are nuts. This month will be severely tough emotionally for me. Again I tell myself the only control I have is over myself. <BR> <em>39</em> <em>386</em> <BR> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:04:06 EST Sunday I woke up a little after 5:00 a.m. this morning. I had some hot chocolate because I was cold this morning. I also had some oatmeal with cinnamon and brown sugar in it. I went to Walmart with my husband this morning. I am tired from working out this past week so I am taking today as a "rest" day. ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:02:03 EST Starting Again, Again. I'm back on the getting fitter wagon again. I seem to gain weight all summer (hiding inside from the Florida heat) and try to lose it in the winter. Success only comes from tracking my food though. And of course my first day would be when we went to Culver's with everyone after church! It's ok. ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:53:47 EST Sunday I just reserved a hotel room in Sault Ste. Marie for a couple nights. It is only a little over three hours from my driveway to the hotel. I like to take advantage of the great autumn rates they have up there. <BR> DD brought the suitcases upstairs and the two small coolers inside. We usual... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:52:35 EST Race Part of the course that my grandson ran was in the sand on Edgewater beach. <BR> He still was within 2 seconds of his PR. <BR> It was good to be at his last race of the season. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:36:45 EST Yeah Rain God Blessed is with beautiful rain! Dressed and headed for church! I love my relationship with Christ....😊🙏💕 Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:31:11 EST Saturday Sunday Easy weekend with oldest not working (concussion) but doing chores and fun stuff Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:27:56 EST WORKOUTS FOR OCTOBER 13 to 19 OCTOBER 13=60 min walking.30 min walking.30 min house work.TOTAL 120 MIN.BURNED 709.DRANK 6 GLASSES OF WATER.CALORIES ATE 1,000 <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OCTOBER 14= <BR> <BR> OCTOBER 15= <BR> <BR> OCTOBER ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:27:34 EST Weekend I was pleasantly surprised yesterday with my weigh in. Kind of motivated me to do better this week than last. I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in about a year. I actually cancelled my membership since we are cutting back due to my husband still not having a job. My membership wo... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:27:16 EST Thankful Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> This morning I got to see a beautiful 6 point bull moose... he was nice and black and looked healthy .. thankful for seeing such a beautiful creature. <BR> <BR> Thankful for my family and friends. <BR> <BR> Miss my Dad... he used to LOVE to eat... Thanksgiving was... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:26:52 EST Day 286: Not Good <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Instead of cataloguing your flaws, shortcomings, and everything you lack, inspire inner growth by focusing on your gifts, strengths, and yearnings, and devote yourself to making them flourish. ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:10:39 EST Back at it again Wow it's years since I've been on this site! I remember back when I was 21 and lost 20lbs in one summer with the help of Spark People. Now, 7 years later those 20lbs have returned and then some! I'm exactly 40lbs from where I was 7 years ago but I have no intention of being 122lbs again. In fact,... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:06:26 EST 10/14/19 - Volunteering A few years go, I volunteered to hand out finisher medals at the Chicago Marathon since my daughter was running it for the first time. <BR> <BR> So many men and women from near and far hugged me, cried on my shoulder and danced with me. Putting a marathon finisher medal on my daughter for her fi... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:05:39 EST Day one done Day one done and goals met! For day2 -got my 10 minutes exercise in even though I had to break it up into two 5 min sessions. Had to compromise some on lunch plans from the suggested meal plan. Hard to follow when eating out with friends for lunch. Still I logged in what i ate and. I’l... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:04:16 EST 2009 <img src=""> <BR> Here is a picture of me 60 pounds ago. 10 years 46 years old. Before my heart was broken and life took a bad change. Alot of grief has taken its toll but I am stronger emotionally and have lea... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:04:12 EST International Skeptics Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : January 13th, or October 13th or first Friday the 13th of the year <BR> <BR> International Skeptics Day is the perfect day for you...the "doubting Thomas". <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:56:41 EST Sunday, ME TIME <img src=""> It's Sunday, don't forget some ME TIME. <img src=""> Was busy here this morning cleaning out the big flower bed in front of... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:55:12 EST My son turned 20 yesterday! Where does the time go? My son turned 20 years old and it still feels like yesterday I brought him home from the hospital! He has really grown into an amazing young man! It has been nice having him home every weekend. It gives me a chance to see him and he is working too so that is good that it w... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:54:03 EST Meal Planning This seems to be my biggest struggle at the moment. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:30:25 EST Emotional Eating- How Do You Recognize it? I’ve personally found that I can recognize emotional eating or head hunger, as I call it, because it originates above the neck. It’s a craving, a thought, a mouth sensation or desire, but never a growling stomach, a weak body, shaking or really needing food. It may be the realization of time- ag... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:24:00 EST Sunday After a busy day yesterday, i'm enjoying some down time before another busy evening and a crazy busy week. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:21:35 EST Daily Highlight 225 - Highlight - <BR> Exploring new varieties of fruit. There are endless options. One of my recent favs was the honeycrisp apple. It might be replaced with the Sweetango apple. I got complemented on the cabbage I used to make gołąbki leniwe (unstuffed cabbage.) Not a big fan of cabbage, but I have ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:18:09 EST 13th October <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>edia/810489/october_2019.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> "Put down your To-Do list and allow yourself to be spontaneous" <BR> <BR> Well, today began with a so... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:16:45 EST Oct. 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beginning too look like Fall. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:12:34 EST Special Blessings-October 13, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I did something today that I don't remember ever doing on a Sunday before. I changed the bedding and washed it. This job is normally reserved for Mondays, but tomorrow is to be a very busy day. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim and I took a short... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:11:44 EST When All You Got To Do Is ..... GROW .... <BR> <BR> <BR> Guess what?! You Grow! You’re not confused, you know your purpose, you are clear, so you do it, you GROW. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> That’s Me! Checking in on the (l) Mesclun and (r) Aru... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:11:25 EST Weekly Goals - Beautiful Soul Happy Sunday! This week I plan to focus on my beautiful soul (inside and out). <BR> <BR> Here's my weekly goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 60 - 90 minutes per day. <BR> 2. Fitbit - Daily Steps at least 11,000 per day. <BR> 3. Fitbit - Sleep 6 - 7 hours per night. <BR> 4. Eat 3 to 5 servings of... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:10:45 EST Clothes Shopping, and River Hike I have been updating my wardrobe with new pants for winter. My pants from last year are too large, and they slide down around my hips. Have you seen young men wearing huge pants with their underwear sticking up? Well, that’s not a good look at my age! <BR> <BR> As always, there are frustrations... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:10:38 EST Untitled There is nothing more rewarding, satisfying, nourishing than to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His words. Truly, like a magnet, His goodness, lovingkindness, generosity and understanding draw us into His presence. I see those four people tearing the roof off that house so they can lower their ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:02:28 EST Day 3 of 28 Did my short SP workout first time in the morning. Then gym with husband and daughter. On Sunday there is a kids workout, my daughter loves it. <BR> 40 minutes cross trainer, 20 minutes rowing <BR> <BR> After lunch we went to a museum. On the way we watched the marathon runners. (Today was a cit... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:01:48 EST Happy Sunday It's Sunday ... a new week.. another chance to reach your goals ..another chance to plan your meals, or set new goals...another week to help others reach there goals or make healthy changes... <BR> Changes can be scary ...The unknown is always scary.... So your a bit scared, what is the worst can... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:56:49 EST I'm back and here's why I'm back home at SparkPeople for the 947th time. <BR> <BR> It's been a process, let me tell you. I've had a downward projectory the whole time but it's certainly not been constant. I've been down down down, up up, down down, up. Back and forth. <BR> <BR> The scale is a little lower today than... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:52:44 EST 9 Creepy Facts About The Amityville Horror Case You Probably Didn't Know <link><BR>t-the-amityville-horror-case-you-proba<BR>bly-didnt-know-67039 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> On December 4, 1975, Judge Thomas Stark sentenced DeFeo to six concurrent sentences of 25 years to life. DeFeo is currently held at the Sullivan Correctional Fa... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:42:18 EST What Truth <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:31:37 EST Have a Blessed Sunday Shine today I went on a early walk today . The air was crisp the sky was blue and the leaves were just so darn pretty . Reds, oranges , yellow and gold. I was planning on my doing my regular walk, <BR> <BR> There was a tiny pinprick poking me, Oh Yes my friends Nancy's blog yesterday . She wrote about th... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:26:03 EST Gratitude <img src=""> I have found that I just don’t say thank you enough. I would like to thank my family for being there for me. I haven’t thought about that lately. I’m grateful for them being there good times and bad. We te... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:19:02 EST Praise Him!! <img src=""> Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me. Bless his holy name!! Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:17:59 EST Hahn's Peak Transition - 10-13-19 Hahn's Peak in North Routt county has made the transition from a fall sunset: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To a winter blanketed day! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:13:34 EST Day off Yesterday was a day of rest from exercise and physical therapy. I was pretty sore from the PT. Bad news is the shot has worn off in my arm so it hurts now. The good news is I have an appointment with physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) or physiatry tomorrow. Hopefully I can get some answe... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:12:33 EST Sunday It is a cooler start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. I let my wife sleep to catch up on some z's. I have finished inside chores for the weekend. Still have to finish taking down rest of Sago palms. The lawn service finally showed up yesterday afternoon and all looks fantastic ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:10:06 EST Disappointing weeks My first two weeks were a little disappointing. I lost 4 pounds! Then in one day gained it back. I hadn’t done anything to make that happen! I almost lost faith in myself... but plugged away and lost 2.5 pounds. This is important to me. I always say “I want to look my best at every age I am ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:53:43 EST Trying To Brace Myself I never do full body photos or even look in full length mirrors. Am I the only one whom finds this hard to do? I've never had a positive image of myself. Gaining weight made it worse. I try to accept this is me right now knowing I'm working to improve myself but honestly it's hard. <BR> <BR> We ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:48:22 EST A long time Well, it's been about 4 years since I wrote my last blog. I got so very busy and so very tired working (and ageing) and seemed to not have much time or enthusiasm for anything. However, I have now retired and am finding myself with some time to this seems like a perfect time to focus ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:43:35 EST BEING WHOLE IS A BALANCE OF THE BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT <BR> Our body is our home and each morning each of us wake up with a gift of 24 hours. This fall season I am focusing on a balance of body, mind and spirit. <BR> <BR> I have my exercise routine figured out, but I’m still trying to decide which diet is best for my body. I heard a comment onc... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:42:11 EST I Have a Plan and Progressing! Today, I decided to come back to SP. I've been away for awhile. I struggle daily with my weight. I'm always seeking the answer to my problems with food and my weight. Now, I've had a couple of successful days and am seeing a change on the scale. I was at at 248.6. It's nice to... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:32:31 EST Sunday - A Day of Rest? Today is a glorious, sunny day! It started with a nice, cool morning in the 60's and will warm to a high of 86 today. This is why I live in Florida. Today, I'm canning the sweet potatoes I bought earlier this week - I can hear the rattle of the 10 lb weight on the pressure canner - A sound lea... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:27:47 EST Daily Affirmation for Sunday, October 13, 2019 " I am a being of free-will, <BR> and I CHOOSE each and every action I make, <BR> every thought I think, and every emotion I feel." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:24:35 EST Week 1 complete 2019 Fall 5% challenge Yesterday started week two of the Fall 5% challenge. Week one went pretty well for me. I am getting back into routine with my exercise and meal planning/prepping. I really enjoy these challenges for keeping me accountable. I only lost half of a pound in week one, but I will take any loss. Th... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:15:57 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:15:13 EST TRY something new... card game for the 1st time yeh!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> I stepped OUT of my comfort zone and tried something NEW! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a member of Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:00:36 EST 10/13/19 Unconditional Caring <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Through caring I learn how to give of myself in the expectation of never requiring anything back in return." Eleesha <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:59:33 EST Get Moving! <link><BR>53Lrbw </link> Feel you don't have time to fit in a small amount of exercise every day? Maybe this will convince you. <BR> You will need Apple News to access the link but the main point of the article is that only 20 minutes of walking will achie... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:37:14 EST Just chilling Back from a vacation. A well needed one at that. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> Not much new to report. But thought I would drop a blog post, just to get myself in more of a habit of doing so. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! <BR> <img src=" Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:35:41 EST Sunday Reality! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy life while you can! <BR> <em>524</em> Blessings on your Sunday. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:34:46 EST Weekly Planning: How Do You Set the Stage for a Healthy Week? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sunday is the day when I set myself up for a successful week. Now that I am also focused on weight loss and healthier habits, I want to incorporate some behaviors into my week prep that reflect ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:33:39 EST it's sunday a beautiful sunny day here today. my daughter says hi. my mom says thanks for the birthday wishes. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a wonderful day, everyone! Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:23:32 EST We Are Maple!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The sun is shining . . . just like that song about blue skies shining above!! and I'm feeling so much better today. Many thanks to Sparkie friends for all your kind and supportive comments. ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:19:46 EST United in Jesus Christ, we pray for one another. Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 19:7). <BR> <BR> Jesus said: “Pray that you may not enter into temptation” (Luke 22:40). <BR> <BR> God’s Word says that Jesus told His followers to pray that they might not enter into temptation. In a world of... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:09:17 EST Remind Yourself Everyday. I am in charge of my happiness. I will not let anything outside of myself control me. I am creating a life that feels good on the inside and it will turn into experiences that good on the inside. <BR> <BR> My advice? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:03:44 EST One Day at a Time As I grapple with the most painful stressor I am facing right now, an elderly parent prone to verbally and emotionally abusive behavior targeted at me, I am continuously problem-solving how to cope and improve the situation. I am realizing my strong desire to stop this behavior this instant and i... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:59:42 EST Thanksgiving Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Today is Thanksgiving Sunday for me in my part of the world, however, tomorrow is our official Canadian Thanksgiving. <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> Today we all look forward to... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:53:30 EST Day 2 Woke up feeling well rested for once, I think I might actually be able to stick with it this time! Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:47:06 EST Quote for Sunday Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world. Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house. But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world. <BR> <BR> Max Lucado... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:47:05 EST Bible Verse for Sunday Psalm 34 (NRSV) <BR> <BR> I will bless the LORD at all times; <BR> his praise shall continually be in my mouth. <BR> <BR> 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; <BR> let the humble hear and be glad. <BR> <BR> 3 O magnify the LORD with me, <BR> and let us exalt his name together. <... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:46:16 EST Don't let Anyone ruin your day or Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't let Anyone ruin your day or Goals <BR> <BR> Fact: some people.... some people have negative ways of thinking, its all about them or just have mental issues that you cannot help them no m... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:43:48 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:43:44 EST Hanging on but not amused The cold water tap in my apartment kitchen completely failed at 8:40 am on Saturday morning. I called the emergency number (Tracie Barnett) and she sent out a Rooto Router truck that day and the faucet was completely changed from two taps to one.. He did not tell me not to use it, he did say be g... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:42:57 EST Anchors Away <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The US Navy's Birthday <BR> The Navy Birthday is on October 13 and celebrates the establishment of the US Navy in 1775. <BR> Navy Birthday is not a public holiday. This year it falls on Su... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:24:39 EST The Turkey and the People <img src=""> <BR> --the Family will be out here to-morrow--well, not ALL the family, but a lot of them-- <BR> To-day I shall cook Pumpkin pies and turnip-- <BR> <BR> To-morrow Himself will cook the turkey--well, 2 tur... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:22:14 EST lost weight again on a roll good Morning- even through the stress - I am focused on me. I am succeeding in losing weight b/c I have learned that I do not have to overeat when stressed. It does not help. Overeating when stressed causes other problems besides weight gain. For today- I am positive, in control and confident... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:22:05 EST Garden news Interesting news in one of the blogs that I read about gardening they had mentioned to plant the ends of cabbage, celery etc. Have been doing it with no luck. Now I see that one of the ends of cabbage that I planted has sort of bloomed like I could see that a tiny leaf is coming out of the end. N... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:10:20 EST Challenge 2 Mexico City 6671 Mi & Nutrition Track Saturday <BR> <BR> Exercise: 60 <BR> Nutrition Tracking: 10 <BR> Water: 8 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> <BR> Exercise: 15 <BR> Nutrition Tracking: 5 <BR> Water: 8 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:09:08 EST Scarecrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the time of year for scarecrows. I saw this one when driving around. There is was all alone out in the field. <BR> SOmetimes I feel like that scarecrow - all alone out in left field. ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:04:28 EST the Many hats we wear Or mask we hide behind or roles we play in a lifetime. The phases in a life, the changes, the losses and the battles. Not one person can escape the scars of a broken relationship or avoid the pain of the stopped loving them today with the last heartbeat leaving their body and going through the ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:03:27 EST Two men are arguing. Two men are arguing about how much their wives love them. <BR> <BR> <BR> The first man thinks he’s won the argument as he says: “You know, I never realised just how much my wife loved me until I was off sick last week. <BR> When the milkman and postman walked down the drive, she ran out and sh... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:59:24 EST 2019 HEY SPARKERS BODY JUST TIRED MY MOM HAS WORN ME DOWN hey sparkers hope all are having great day my mom has worn me out these last three years she has took toll on me but i have here in right place now thank the lord thank you all for your prayers please continue to pray for us enjoy your day love and hugs and blessings to all <em>247</em> <em>... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:51:23 EST Morning.... <img src=""> <BR> Im down another pound.and I feel good. I think im trying to catch a cold but Im gonna stay focused. Hoping everyone is doing great on their journey! Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:49:01 EST Day 1 of the 28 day Bootcamp Workout Challenge The last week or so I have realized that while I haven't completely gone back to my old ways of eating whatever and not doing anything to help myself either lose some of this extra baggage I have stalled big time. <BR> <BR> The Action Plan for this week is to set goals, take a before picture, do... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:44:34 EST October 13 2019 Good morning 😃 It’s going to be a good day. Today my plan is go to church and my husband has been craving a turkey 🦃 lol. Personally I think it’s kinda weird but it’s cool. I’m making a turkey today. Then I want to make goodies. I want to make a pie cookies homemade bread and doughnuts. No s... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:19:49 EST Sunday's Laugh - Hard to Get Down Deciding to eat healthier breakfasts, my brother-in-law declared that oatmeal would now be his cereal of choice. <BR> <BR> But after eating his first bowl, he told my sister, "I hope I develop a taste for the stuff. It goes down real rough." <BR> <BR> "Well," she asked, "how long did you cook i... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:10:57 EST Day 21 Challenge Completed <img src=""> <BR> Casey and I got our walk in this morning. My glute muscle is already feeling much better so walking the 5k yesterday must not have been overdoing it. <BR> <BR> Today I am on clear liquids prepping fo... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:00:01 EST The same ten pounds Since I hit 60 I’m battling the same ten pounds now for six years. I either admit this is my new weight for my new age...six years of the same ten pounds... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:52:56 EST 10.13.19 I'm a little frustrated this morning because I made a point to stay below my calorie range and I've walked a ton during DBF, and I gained pound. There is a possibility there is something causing this, I haven't be regular for a few days. I've been trying different things like benefiber, coffee... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:51:24 EST 3 things I am grateful for I have an almost flat yard. After Hurricane Michael tore up 8 large beautiful trees in my backyard and left lots of huge took 12 dump trucks of dirt to level it back out. Now just need sprinklers, grass, and new trees. We will get there. <BR> <BR> I have a successful business, good... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:48:24 EST meet Nell <img src=""> <BR> Nell is the smallest of dwarf hamster species- only 1.5 to 3 inches long with an average life span of 2-3 years. I named her for her light fawn & white fur coloring combined with characteristic spe... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:38:40 EST Healthy Food Choices <img src=""> <BR> I've always loved food, and sometimes even the healthy stuff. But unhealthy foods are often so much more convenient - little to no prep work or cooking, no refrigeration required, and with all those p... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:33:14 EST I felt the wind today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a chilly walk for me this morning along the shores of the Great Lake Ontario. <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> I needed a warm jacket with my hoodie protecting me from the wind. 7c. (44f.) <BR... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:33:00 EST 10/13/19 Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown. Charles de Gaulle Quote of the Day <BR> Change before you have to. <BR> Jack Welch <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it. <BR> Josh Billings <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art is born of humiliation. <BR> W. H. Aude... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:30:37 EST Use the negative to make a positive... Hello good people.. how are you? I'm feeling great this am.. Yesterday was a wonderful day.. woke up and decided I really, really needed to run, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it until I posted the same picture I used for my blog yesterday on my regular FB page with a joke about motor ve... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:29:05 EST Cruisin’ Getting ready to drive to the port and board the ship for seven much needed days of relaxation. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:21:38 EST Happy Sunday Let's all have a great day, Okay? <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:17:27 EST It's been a while! I don't really blog here any more now that we have our own blog elsewhere. I'd love for ya to follow me there! <BR> <BR> On a Sparkpeople level, it's been TOO long since I've been here but I'm back and trying hard to do well and get healthy! <BR> <BR> Hope to see ya on "A Faithful Farmer Momm... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:17:13 EST No Excuses It's our custom to eat out after church on Sundays. We almost always go to the local cafe where the food is stupendous. The menu is limited but there is always a daily special. I have the menu memorized. I know what to eat. It's good, though may not be as scrumptious as the special. Decide ahead ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:15:58 EST A Rocky Boat Uh well, see, these are the toughest months of the year for me. October, November and December. All with mostly very tough memories. October 15th is the date of Aileen's and my handfasting. November 20 is the day she died. November 21st is her sister's birthday. November 27th is the day we met. D... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:01:37 EST Exercise <img src=""> <BR> Lol Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:59:41 EST Thanksgiving Dinner Today My son and daughter-in-law are hosting Thanksgiving today. I am so excited at the thought of having the whole family together! We will have our son, daughter-in-law, three grandsons, our daughter, son-in-law and baby granddaughter and my sister. Our son is deep-frying the turkey and we are all... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:57:32 EST Ready to get my house back I am very glad that the farmers market season is almost over. <BR> I need to get my house back, store all the boxed used for <BR> hauling cakes and breads and noodles. Ready to put away <BR> the trays used for the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc. Just <BR> so ready to live in a house that is not... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:57:30 EST Fell off Fell off for a few days. Routine was messed up here at home. Back at it now Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:43:58 EST MEXICAN CHICKEN <img src=""> <BR> Many friends asked for this recipe so here you go. Note that everything in CAPS is original recipe, (small letters my adds). <BR> <BR> Good summer recipe, totally cooked in microwave, saves oven hea... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:42:58 EST Joy and Laughter. Joy and Laughter October 13 2019. <BR> <BR> <BR> “ A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22. NLT. <BR> <BR> <BR> There is much to be serious about in life, but we can become too heavy and serious about everything. Then we ar... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:39:53 EST Is it too early to think about Christmas gifts? Now, I'm not exactly Scrooge but I don't celebrate Christmas in a big way. I usually start thinking about it a week or two in advance and then wonder why I feel so rushed! So I was surprised to get an email this week about planning Christmas gifts, including planning NOT to give them. Seems a bit... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:37:18 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 10-13-2019 <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:04:26 EST 144 day blogging challenge (I like 144 - it's a good old fashioned number!) I am challenging myself to post 144 consecutive daily blogs (although not at weekends or on Bank Holidays) <BR> Anyone with me? <BR> I will start some time this week. <BR> I need to go find/think of some subjects/titles/questions to blog about! <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:52:39 EST Sunday Cake and cupcake pickups at 10, and have to clean, and that’s IT !!! Have company coming for the day tomorrow..just have to prep bakery Tuesday, so ALMOST a day off!! Whooppee!! Happy Sunday! Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:45:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 13, 2019 October 13, 2019 WASH IT OUT <BR> <BR> It’s that time of year again. It’s flu season. It is so amazing how quickly dirt and germs accumulate in our homes. We are told to do all we can not to spread germs if we want to stay healthy and help others to as well. Cleaning is important for good health... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:42:41 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Faith means that you have peace even when <BR> you don't have all the answers. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:35:01 EST Me I have made many changes in my lifestyle since joining Sparkpeople and met many wonderful people along the way. Jessica Smith and Leslie Sansom on utube have been my go to fitness people. The Sparkpeople coaches and other members have also been helpful. I had to make the decision to change and pe... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:24:32 EST Sunday Plans Down to the treadmill and then off to church with my son. Having my daughter and her family over for her annual birthday dinner. Plans are to go to the pumpkin patch with them before dinner. Not sure if the dogs will get a walk today but they will play with my three granddaughters for sure. H... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:20:36 EST Saturday (10/12/19) <img src=""> Saturday (10/12/19): Today I was blessed and able to do two workouts. My first workout was Burn 30 with Leslie Sansone. My second workout was Tai Cheng Phase 1: Lift & Lower, Phoenix Tail Combo. It was an... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:12:38 EST Sparkers spread sparks<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=6624781 <BR> <BR> This is how we pick up ideas from other Sparkers and improve our physical and emotional health. <BR> <BR> I’m not good at this link thing - anyway SERENASEA. <BR> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:08:06 EST O Quiet October <img src=""> <BR> <BR> O Quiet October <BR> <BR> O quiet October morning breeze <BR> which leaves have turned towards the fall <BR> if autumn’s rain begins to come <BR> should to the ground bring them all. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:06:32 EST JOY <img src=""> <BR> I love the feeling of being in the woods in Autumn. Walking quietly along a path with beautiful colors all around me. <BR> That is much more than just a cardio workout. It is a joy! That joy keeps... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:00:35 EST FOR THERE IS ONE GOD-GOD'S BLOG-10-13-19 <img src=""> <BR> The voice of rejoicing and salvation (is) in the tabernacle of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valianlty. Psalm 118:15 (KJV) ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:58:38 EST The Perfect Second It's really sort of amazing. My beloved late wife and I met online in 1992. I was writing human rights articles online. She read one of them and began to write to me. Well, for a solid year, after having had a few broken marriages, I did all I could to avoid us from getting involved. Then, in 199... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:53:44 EST Counting Your Blessings Every day is a gift- even if it sucks....Sherry Hochman Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:52:24 EST Sunday Funny Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cellular phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen. <BR> <BR> MAN: "Hello" <BR> <BR> WOMAN: "Hi Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?" <BR> <BR> MAN:... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:34:00 EST Walking In The Door Greetings, with a name like Nicole, (my mother was nuts. At 16, I told her she should have named me "What"), everyone just calls me, Mickey (or 'hey you', or whatever). I'm 68, soon to be 69. I had a thoracic spinal fusion when I was 17, that collapsed my left lung by 25%, and fused my hips to m... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:21:04 EST Catch up on what's happening Good Sunday Evening <em>41</em> <em>708</em> <BR> I had to be rushed to the hospital last week due to fast pace heartbeat but only to learn that the heart is doing its normal even through the dreadful stress test on the treadmill but its mostly my hormones are out of whack due to my pituit... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:03:36 EST 12 STEPS FOR SELF CARE <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2019 04:41:50 EST Sticking up for the old guard?? I was just reading an article about how mental health has to come from public health. The article mentioned dealing with issues of income inequality to help the mental health of those with less. Dealing with racism, to help those who are discriminated against. Dealing LGBTQ people, to help their ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 04:36:28 EST Vision: perfect Day It’s a day off work! What’s on your schedule? You can do anything you want. So what does a win look like? <BR> <BR> Yoga, 1st thing. 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> Low 38 degrees, high 65. I’m starting today with a long dog walk in a nearby park. My goal will be 10,000+ steps. Later, I’ll take a ride ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 03:50:10 EST Thank you friends I don't often write a blog but today I am going to. <BR> <BR> This blog is to thank all my SP friend and the people who have supported me over the years. This has kept me going helping me to get to the next level. This morning I reach 26 and started on my way to 27. <BR> <BR> With your help I h... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 03:44:32 EST Musings <img src=""> I have some great friends in Canada that I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day! I find that the Fall is often my most active (outdoor) time of year. And the same for the Cooper-dog... I am ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 03:22:03 EST Saturday - carbs Made a hot cereal breakfast I've been wanting since the nights & mornings are cooler. My Farina = 200 calories Dry cream of wheat w/ 2 Tbls (not 3 Tbls) Sprinkle into 1 cup boiling water in small saucepan on stovetop Stir continuously Add 1 Tbls creamy peanut butter Stir some more then remove... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:57:31 EST Post right hip replacement It's been 1-1/2 weeks since surgery, and I'm doing much better than I thought I would. I'm so motivated and excited to begin PT next week. I can't wait to get back on my feet. Staples to be removed next Friday and I go back to work next Monday. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:45:55 EST 10-12-19 Started some house cleaning today. I'm not sure the impulse will stay with me. I have some books that I'm almost finished with. Plus I have a few that I have finished but haven't done the reviews for. The dust bunnies are no longer hiding under the bed or in the corners. I really need to put my s... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 01:44:39 EST Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Canadian Spark Friends Hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday. <BR> <BR> I'm amazed at how well I'm doing with all things pumpkin. Wow! By now in the season, I've usually downed a few pumpkin pies. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve gre... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 01:25:19 EST A Rough Few Days Early Thursday morning, we left in our RV for Tyler Texas for my husband's cousin's Homegoing Service. The viewing was Friday and the funeral was today. When we got to Arizona, on the I-10, we got into an accident. Traffic was slowing down. But the guy in this sturdy work truck must not have been... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:41:51 EST Sunday's Thought "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." <BR> <BR> <BR> Mahatma Gandhi Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:36:32 EST Not Following the Script! MAMADEE's Log: SP - Day 4923 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hate when I plan my day and no one follows the script! <BR> <BR> Mostly that was me, but still - had so much I wanted to accomplish today - that never ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:16:01 EST Weather It cooled down to the mid 70s. It is 68 outside and 71 inside. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:15:59 EST Jefferson weakly review 4 Part of me was puzzled at all the references this week on lepers, I'm meaning for the daily lectionary readings and the upcoming Sunday worship readings. But then I realized that in many ways if we think of lepers as "The Untouchables", it makes more sense. <BR> <BR> I'm not speaking of a group ... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:11:01 EST orchard visit i got my apples today. my mom has tickets for free entry into an orchards outside play area along with a free pumpkin for kids. it has a corn maze wagon rides, and other kid activities. it was cold and rainy so they did not want to go. i went to a different one and got about 2 pecks of 3 differe... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:57:34 EST Dogs ;-) 10/12/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Baby's first crawl with her dog <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:48:30 EST The scale wasn't as kind as I would have liked, but that's ok So I worked really hard this past week and ended up with 0.4 pounds lost. Bleh. Thank goodness I wrote down all my NSVs for the week last night, in preparation for such an occurrence. I need to do that EVERY week, because this is going to be a long, slow journey. <BR> <BR> When I was younger, my... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:46:34 EST A grateful heart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful and grateful Sunday. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:40:06 EST Judge Judy Judge Judy, , 1996-present, CBS <BR> Judge Judy (Judy Sheindlin) retired from Family Court in New York in 1996, & took on her own show. She presides over real life small claims disputes (the damages awarded must not exceed $$5000.) She brought her Bailiff, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, with her from her Ma... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:39:19 EST Day one of the Workshop Look at these. The fiber in the first photo makes the yarn in the second one. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was only one... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:36:42 EST Thanksgiving Blessings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Evening Hello <BR> <BR> Couldn't Spark today and had to take it as a restful and quiet is our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, with my ongoing recovery and healing I can't really celebra... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:28:36 EST Saturday! Busy up early to run some much needed errands...plan to relax tomorrow and enjoy this fall weather... <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day!! <BR> <BR> TTYL Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:21:57 EST Saturday - Health Fair day plus dedication of our new food pantry Started out bright and early with trip to Health Fair. Began with diabetic retinopathy screening at 7:15, then bloodwork (a complete work up including CBC, cholesterol, A1c, hepatitis C, vitamins D and B, etc.), next was hearing exam, skin cancer screening, blood pressure in both arms, and a litt... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:17:53 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SUNDAY WE BELONG TOGETHER <BR> <BR> Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving, honor to the being heirs together of the grace of life. <BR> 1 Peter 3:7 <BR> <BR> A story was overheard recently as two old men sat in a coffee shop talking about the recent death of one m... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:15:18 EST Week One Fall 5% Challenge Awesome A Team Badges I worked hard this week and earned some Awesome Badges!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:14:34 EST Week 400 woo hoo :), ... MB 184 ... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Fourth week of losses in a row today, yay, fat down, muscle up !! <BR> <BR> Lovely cloudy day today, green grass turning brown for summer, winter creek dried up. Beauty bothered by flies. She stays under her tree most of the day and comes out at dusk. The grass is g... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:14:30 EST Drama --- Please Leave for Awhile! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today my armor even added extra shielding as I made sure my Pandora station was dialed in to Selah and MercyMe. Kept me calmer while the chaos was still swirling around me. Just more of ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 23:04:03 EST Bible Verse for Saturday Psalm 62:1 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> Truly my soul silently waits for God; <BR> From Him comes my salvation. <BR> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:57:48 EST Quote for Saturday <img src=""> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:56:50 EST The 13 Creepiest Ghost Bombs That Will Make You Watch Your Back <link><BR>es-of-ghosts/ </link> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:56:03 EST Nice day We had a very quiet day taday. We did move the dresser back in the bedroom and brought out the other console ta put the tv on in the front room. It's a lot better. Jessie is glad ta have his dresser back in the bedroom. He always had ta come outta the front room ta get his clothes out of it. ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:54:47 EST Day 13 The walk yesterday evening was very therapeutic. I felt much better mentally. Drank water and went to sleep. No cravings. <BR> <BR> Today, I ran some errands, got hungry and one of the errands was to go to the food store. I decided I would buy something to cook - which I did. I thought abou... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:54:08 EST 5% Challenge Day 8 I'm making Saturday my recovery day, after my 4 miler yesterday. I spent the day unpacking several boxes from our move that were still in our storage locker. I was happy to reunite with some of my cookbooks and dishes. Now to remove the stuff it replaces. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:53:45 EST 10/12/19 We are one week away from Brad's new regiment of treatment. Am I scared to death about it, you are damn right! But his faith and strong attitude really impresses me. Below is his latest blog. A little shorter than most, but I think you can see why I am so proud of this young man. I am going... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:45:03 EST October 12th-Funday Early chores done loaded up to head to the Car Show. There was a great turn out and lots of really nice some super nice cars, vendors with all kinds of goodies and a food truck. They were booming 50's and 60's music so all of us were bebopping around and having a great time. <BR> A couple that do... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:40:32 EST Sunlight Paints Us Good <em>524</em> Happy Saturday! As a participant of this month’s Aspire & Inspire Buddy Support Group Challenge, we were given an option to blog about Shorter Days/Longer nights vs Longer days/Shorter Nights. Specifically, we were asked which we prefer and why. <BR> <BR> I have to be honest, I p... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:28:36 EST 2019 Goals 35 degree drop this morning compared to yesterday. Was good for me, needed to clear some thick brush and vines - saw brairs. Last year, in this same place, I stepped on a yellow jacket nest and got swarmed and stung multiple times. Started having an allergic reaction. Luckily did not happen a... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:28:20 EST 2019 Goals 35 degree drop this morning compared to yesterday. Was good for me, needed to clear some thick brush and vines - saw brairs. Last year, in this same place, I stepped on a yellow jacket nest and got swarmed and stung multiple times. Started having an allergic reaction. Luckily did not happen a... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:28:20 EST We’ll never be younger than we are today This is just a beautifully written piece; and so true. Take a couple of minutes to read it. You'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> <BR> A WINTER FRIEND <BR> <BR> <BR> This article is so befitting for all of us... take time to ponder... the last statement cannot be refuted:- <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:12:16 EST Day 1 So hi here again! This time I was at my docs and with a 6 lb weight gain he asked if I thought about help before. My insurance doesn't pay for anything so best I've ever done before us when I diligently put the work in and lost about 15lbs here on sp..that was already several years ago. It's so e... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:05:14 EST Book Sale Finale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After some intense book shopping, the Friends of the Library closed their regular sale only to re-open for our All-You-Can-Fit-Into-a-Paper-Bag-for-$5-Sa<BR>le, which is when the Real Bookaholi... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:55:04 EST Son's letter Yesterday I received 2 letters from my older son. The first was written on 9-26 and was upbeat about Basic Training. The next was written on 9-30 and found out that his knee started hurting him and he had to use crutches. The medic thought he might have bone against bone. They had done an x-r... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:53:58 EST A FULL sATURDAY Well I slept late this morning. Hubby was up and doing things around the house. I got up and got ready and we headed out to meet my buyer. I picked up some interesting things today. I am keeping several of the items for my home. The others will be sold. <BR> <BR> We left and I asked Hubby... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:49:37 EST You earned it mom <img src=""> <BR> Lol Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:45:52 EST 10/12/19 Man oh man. Time is just getting away from me this week. I tell ya! Things are coming at us left and right! <BR> Around midnight last night we had to drive an hour and half to take my brother in laws dogs. He couldn't find anyone to foster them and asked us as a last resort. We said we would... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:37:13 EST Weigh-In #20 Finally starting to make some progress on this bloat. My calories still aren't really where I want them to be, but I am make some progress. I have Fritzy back now, which helps stress-wise. Anyway, here are my stats. <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 296.6 <BR> Last Weigh In: 273.4 <BR> Current We... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:33:04 EST Apparently, you can't look away I'd started scribbling a blog post on this stupid phone app, when Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made a spectacular save, and I went to comment on it on the red wings blog game thread on which I interact with other fans during games. And when i came back to this stupid app, the post in... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:31:29 EST Calling All Night Shifters What works for you with meal planning? I am on a night schedule when I work but tend to flip flop to a day schedule when I am off. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:13:48 EST My world is upside down September 21st was a day I will never forget. My brother had a major heart attack and coded as they hot him from ER to ICU. I mean we all rode up in the same elevator to ICU. Our friend, Shawn and I went to the waiting area. My brother wheeled into his room. The doors closed to the unit when they... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:06:46 EST Most Pleasant Day We did have snow overnight but it wasn't sticking to the roads so I went to the quilt class. We had a blast. Learned how to make 2 simple quilts and one has a good start. But since I had a really bad night with my legs last night and had to leave the house by 7 am this morning...well I'm tired... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:00:43 EST 12th of October Good Morning! Start the day with the heater coming on and working with good order. What a blessing. Finding a sweatshirt I like wearing and it fitting nicely. My jacket from last year was great to wear today. Had a good day and enjoyed it. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:47:04 EST Saturday fun!! We went shopping. I had a real rabbit give Me change in a shop! Cool!!!! We rode the train. We rode the historical Tram!! Everything is up hill and downhill. Lots of fitness!! Luv U!! ((HUGS)) Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:45:30 EST Saturday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:40:33 EST Choices I'm finding what I knew from before but what's so easy to quit doing. When I track calories, especially planning ahead, I have more than enough good, fun things to eat. All about choices. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:30:39 EST Sat 10/12 chillaxing Today is a day for me to chillax. We had the grands yesterday so it's time to take it easy. The weather is nicer today. We had rain yesterday although it's a bit cloudy today. <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> Note: If you are a sparker who does not allow comments,... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:27:54 EST Some days I just have to SMILE!! A LOT!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The scale SMILED at me this morning! What a GREAT WAY to start my Saturday. It's weigh in on the 5% Challenge (Week 1) and I am on the <em>345</em> A team!! I am their CL (Challenge Leader... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:21:26 EST October 12, 2019 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> It's been a fairly relaxing day. I tried to sleep in, but didn't really succeed. I got up and got my workout done before everyone else was up. I got my reading done and then fixed my breakfast before taking my shower. <BR> <BR> I did get one load of laundry done today,... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:18:01 EST Patience <img src=""> <BR> Trust.... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:17:18 EST Don't happy. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't worry about hard times because of the most beautiful things we have in life come from our changes or mistakes... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:14:41 EST Day 285: Favorite B&W Horror Movies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day: "It's Alive! It's Alive!" (Frankenstein) <BR> <BR> <BR> You all know I love my classic movies, especially black and white ones. Of course, when it comes to horror movies my f... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:01:56 EST Day 170 Almost all green on my Versa just might miss active minutes but achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 15K steps for today. Did good on Macro's today Protein was higher than Carbs but Fat was still way up. After I complete my food log tomorrow I'll send my Weekly summary to coach. I ended ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:01:31 EST Thought for today 10/12 Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come. — Ellen DeGeneres Sat, 12 Oct 2019 19:45:29 EST My Adventures in Spark Land. ..Day 71 of doing the new: snow falling. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Snowflake are kisses from heaven. " ~Unknown <BR> <BR> Day 71 of doing the new. It's been cold and snowing here. I attempted to take a photo of the snow falling for the 1st time all day. ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 19:33:12 EST 10/12/19 Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal Quote of the Day <BR> The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire. <BR> Richard M. Nixon <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> When you say you are in love with humanity, you are well satisfied with yourself. <BR> Luigi Pirandello <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> I don't want life to... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 19:28:12 EST Pushed right through.... Today is the 12th of October. My husband and I have been married for 17 years! I can't believe it's been that long. My son went to Nanna's house and we went out for a nice dinner. We're going to be watching some movies later. <BR> <BR> I was feeling lazy today. I had no intentions on work... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 19:19:52 EST Best day in a long time I donate blood💉 And today my iron level which is always right on the line was slightly above and I was able to donate a double whole blood today😂 And today I stepped on the scale out of curiosity and I am down 73 lbs. I weigh 210. So close to be joining the one hundred club. Happy health jour... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 18:57:45 EST It has been way too long... I am not really very good at posting on my blog spot, but decided to try again <BR> <BR> My MS is getting worse when it comes to walking. My pain is bearable. I am doing different things to combat it. <BR> <BR> Last Mothers day, by dear children shared the stomach flu that they all had. ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 18:30:42 EST Friday Saturday Enjoying lots of free time. Went to high school football game, lazily doing house chores Sat, 12 Oct 2019 18:20:57 EST Wow what a trip! It's been a week since I got home and I am just about ready to admit the holiday is over! <BR> <BR> We had a great time, took hundreds of photos, ate lovely foods, walked thousands of steps. <BR> <BR> Here are my 5 favourite photos (it was very hard to pick!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 18:19:23 EST No Fitness Month! I am not sure what is wrong but have not wanted to exercise all month. I need to get back to it. I guess even 15 minutes would be good. <BR> <BR> I still managed to lose a couple of pounds and am down to 181 from 189. So that is good but definitely need to exercise again. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 18:11:37 EST Today--October 12th in ND <img src=""> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 18:08:09 EST Our little Liliputan Meet Lilly! She's the apple of our eye. Just got her today. She's 4 mths. old, black 'n' white w/some brown and FULL of energy! Akin to a tornado, I think <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 18:02:33 EST you never thought of this before! <img src=""> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:57:21 EST Testament Today the word "testimony" came to my mind. These common words we Christians use always grab my attention. When that happens, I go to my Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1976 edition. I always discover so much more than what I expect. This book was a 10-year wedding anniversary present from m... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:52:37 EST Away Ok... <BR> I've been away for a while, and will continue to be away for a while longer. I'm facing some life and health challenges, and just trying to manage everything. <BR> <BR> I think of so many of you on a daily basis! And I hope you're doing well. <BR> <BR> Still, I plan to return at some... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:48:56 EST Daily Affirmation for Saturday, October 12, 2019 " I become happy when I choose to accept and love all of life." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:43:01 EST 2009 plane crashes into her house near Buffalo, NY --book by Karen Wielinski This is a true story. Of course it is very tragic. About 50 people died, including the author's husband. <BR> <BR> Not easy reading by any means, but the places and people she mentions have meaning for me. I am grateful my family and friends were safe. Thank the Lord. <BR> <BR> <BR> One on th... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:41:06 EST Water Fully hydrated Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:22:17 EST Allergies got me down I have been so sick the last 24 hours. I went and got my allergy shot yesterday knowing I wasn't feeling all the great and now I am paying for it. I have my orange juice and chicken noodle soup. Hopefully it works. <em>527</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:19:24 EST Dinner Will meet tonight with some work colleagues from a job we shared some 20 years ago. Kind of a reunion of sorts. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:18:21 EST ~*~Weekend Witches~*~ WEEKEND WITCHES <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:17:19 EST Blood sugar readings Lower number this morning. Increased my units some. Hoping for number to be much lower. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:15:07 EST Full Weekend Have a business function this evening. <BR> Lector at Mass in the morning. <BR> Grandson runs cross country race In the afternoon. <BR> Then need to prepare for 3 meetings on Monday. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:52:42 EST Reminder! Take Good Care! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You know how important it is to take good care of yourself, right? Then why is it that we tend to take care of others before we nurture our needs. This is a reminder, to take good care of you f... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:42:46 EST Closer to 100 pounds down! I released 2.2 more pounds this week. I am down 91.5 now, weighed in at 227.5. I really went the extra mile to eat clean this week so I am happy with that. Getting ever closer to that magic 100! <BR> <BR> I am now at the weight I was the last time I lost a large amount of weight, back in Decembe... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:38:10 EST Lazy Saturday A relatively easy eight hour drive. Now for some football Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:30:04 EST 4 Seasons in Florida <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The old joke goes that we have 4 seasons in South Florida: 1) early bird season (they go cheap, cheap) 2) snow bird season (the Yankees and French Canadians invade us) 3)hurricane/rainy s... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:21:41 EST 12th October 2019 Day 49, 100 days Just do something! Love this 100 DWL idea <BR> <BR> I still love 'Breathe in, breathe out, repeat' and there were definitely times over the festive period when I needed to do this! <BR> <BR> I like the idea of walking at least 10 mins each and every day! <BR> On Thursday I did... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:12:37 EST 12th October <img src=""> <BR> These are the flowers I received from my neighbour a few days' ago - they've opened up nicely, haven't they?! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 12 Oct 2019 15:55:43 EST Gordon Ramsey would be Impressed by my latest creation! Fast. EASY. ONE pan! The cheese melts slightly to creat a 'dressing". <BR> <BR> Koshie’s HOT TOMATO SALAD serves 4 <BR> The tomatoes are better when unripe/green! This is AMAZING! <BR> <BR> 2 c firm-fleshed tomatoes or tomatillos, in large chunks (~ ¾” cube) <BR> 2 c chunked fresh mushrooms ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 15:53:33 EST See the Light at the End of This Tunnel Glad to be with you all. Limping along as I beat this cold that has me confined to the house and bedroom. Getting better each day. Will do the best I can with God's help. He's brought me from a slippery banana peel next to an open grave. Cardiologist and hospital gave up on me leaving me to fend ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 15:47:50 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 12 and 13 Daily Inspiration: Good is always coming to you. No matter what is happening in your life, you can bless it with prayer and be peaceful. Lord, You give me the courage to face any situation confidently and victoriously. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Unwrap the hidden beauties in an ordinary day. —... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 15:05:46 EST 1st weigh in I finally pulled my new scales out of the box this morning. I've been half-dreading getting on the scales, not sure how much, if any, I had lost. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped on the scales this morning. I have gone from 300 to 289.2!!! <BR> <BR> My scales have so many neat mea... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 15:02:18 EST It's a blustery day. <img src=""> Yes, it is rather a "Blustery Day" here. and was only 26* when I did chores this morning, and no one really wanted to get out in it. So when we went to town to pick up a few things at the farm store, I... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:51:32 EST Day 2 of 28 Workout was easier - shorter. <BR> Nothing special today. We were at a kids birthday party at an indoor playground. Lots of exercise for my daughter, almost none for me. Tried to go jogging afterwards, but after 15 minutes I had to return. It got dark. <BR> Plan for tomorrow: cardio at the gym, n... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:50:05 EST What a great day I got to actually speak to my son last night on the phone. We usually msg on Facebook because of the time difference and the day difference, so it was a pleasant surprise. Of course he wanted something, help from his father on repairs to the new rental house they just bought. I got 5 minutes, my ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:26:05 EST Saturday Hope everyone is having a great day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:19:33 EST Saturday in Texas We are back to our winter home in Texas. We will be here until May, when we will be heading west ...We have a couple of graduations and other family celebrations... It is good to be settled for the next 6 months. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:18:38 EST Oct 12, I am procrastinating... There's this huge pile of work on the desk in front of me. There's a sticky note with reminders for appointments I need to make on one side of the computer screen. On the other, there's a sticky note with reminders of notes I need to write and bills I need to pay. And in between, on the screen, n... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:15:15 EST Autumn Days It's a beautiful day here. Sunny and warm! <BR> <BR> I have gotten behind on my fitness program, since I had a nasty fall which has made me very sore earlier this week. Getting just a little walking in, but that's about all. <BR> Exercise machines are nice, but if you don't watch every move, you... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:14:23 EST Challenge HI all, <BR> <BR> It's been a busy week but productive. I acquired the support of a community organization for which I am now point person for the immigrant library as well as the 1k donation in credit at a local bookstore. <em>149</em> This week I follow up with a few other places because th... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:12:31 EST Just To Be.... A beautiful day in the neighborhood…would you be mine, could you be mine….won’t you be my neighbor….. (I couldn’t resist…;o) <BR> <BR> So it is actually a perfect morning, not a cloud in the sky, high 70’s is forecasted today in our Northern California community. I just took a glorious long walk... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:07:13 EST Snow Remnants - 10-12-19 Jeff Welton got out to get some photos while we still had a fair amount of snow hanging around: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A talented amateur photographer, Jeff knew this snow would mostly melt off quickly: <BR... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:02:44 EST Making a Nitch Today I weighed in and I lost 2.8 pounds. I was surprised but also happy. I am looking forward to getting my life back on track. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:57:07 EST Happy dance Well after following Code Red 1 week, I have loss 4 lbs. Also 8 inches in 1 month. I hope it continues this way. I needed off that plateau. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:54:02 EST Week 1 In Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will be doing a weekly review of my SparkPeople journey on Saturday mornings. I really believe that accountability is everything when it comes to achieving goals! Feel free to join in with you... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:53:35 EST The Start of Another Race Wow, I'm motivated today! It would be great to be this way all the time but I'll take what I can get! Lol Today starts a new week for the 5% challenge. I lost! It feels great to be a loser! I'm hoping this week goes as good as last. Thanks my SP friends for keeping me on track! <BR> I hope ever... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:52:29 EST Weeks 5 and 6 It has been a couple of weeks of ups and downs. The ups: I have been doing some sort of exercise every day! Me, the one who hates to exercise. I'm actually starting to look forward to it 😮! Especially my lunch walks at work. It's a great stress release. On my way to Target today to get an exerci... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:52:24 EST Saturday The rain started last night, but it is merely cool and gloomy today, so far. <BR> <BR> I may go up to the Soo Locks to see if any ships are going in or out. It is a race against time until the Locks close next month. This may be an overnight trip to double as a leaf-peeper trip. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:51:45 EST Groceries, going with a list <img src=""> <BR> I'm thinking of what I'm willing to cook - so my taste buds are satisfied. I read most households have only nine essential meals and everything else is a variation there of. Over the next couple of... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:50:45 EST Special Blessings-October 12, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I got my hair colored this morning. It's amazing how such a small thing can make me feel so much better about myself. <BR> <BR> 2. We went to the coffee shop. <BR> <BR> 3. We are going to a 5 star restaurant tonight to celebrate... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:43:46 EST Saturday October 12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:16:03 EST Saturday Unraveled <img src=""> <img src=""> After my little hiccup with X rays and throat swabs, I waited for the radiology report — all clear, and feeling l... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:12:25 EST mid-week 6 ~ J is Just for me :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this is a particularly beyond busy and tough week.... lifewise…. full of life interruptis…. and distressing world news... it would be easy to revert to old habits and coping strategies like fas... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:11:20 EST back at it I ended up having to leave work 2 hours early because the headache got so bad I was seeing spots and was starting to feel sick to my stomach. Problem was hubby had the car and didn't have his phone, but our nephew who lives with us answered the call and came and got me home. <BR> <BR> I walke... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:51:56 EST Walking to My Love Losing weight is hard, but long distance relationship is harder.... so I have decided to walk to my love. Here is to a wonderful journey... and no I cant walk on water :p <BR> <BR> 4590.16 miles (NC to Ljubljana Slovenia)-- Day 1 <BR> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:49:03 EST Surviving Cancer I've said our family was blessed with strong-wills to survive all the things life has thrown our way. <BR> <BR> Five years ago my gynecologist, after the routine yearly yucky stuff, decided I needed a D&C. Later she called me and told me I needed to see her at the office and I should bring some... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:32:11 EST Back day 6 Still pushing. It gets harder every day though. I so want to grab something quick instead of spending an hour (or more) cooking . I'm really not very good at it lol. That being said...pepper steak on tonight's menu. Quick and easy. Wish me luck. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:29:50 EST A ways to go. I've started and stopped again and again. It seems that I let life interfere with my Healthy Life Journey...I need to commit. I WILL BE COMMITED! I once heard that writing an Idea down makes it a goal. Writing the steps to reach that goal Makes it a plan. <BR> <BR> Goal: Lose 100... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:29:29 EST Daily Highlight 224 - Choices Highlight - <BR> I need to keep reminding myself that it is my choice. Am I choosing to make this difficult? Am I missing something? It should not be this hard. <BR> My highlight is my open mind. Willing to see different point of view can change my perspective resulting a change in my behavior ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:29:04 EST Vegan mayonaise recipe - easy and great taste <link><BR>ugalls-low-fat-eggless-mayo/ </link> <BR> <BR> Made this today, with firm tofu so it did not turn out very creamy, but it tastes great and I can also use it as a spread! Very quick and easy to prepare. Didn't need to use a blender, I could just 'k... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:24:54 EST Saturday Musing WE are up early and I have finished my chores for the day. I will be completing my exercises and get ready for Church later this afternoon. All is still going very well. Praying for all affected by recent tragedies. Keeping focused for more successes. All streaks are still intact. Thanks to... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:21:08 EST Learn From The Kids I am always eager to learn new things about exercise and I have a rich resource at hand. My "kids" (son, daughter and DIL) are all frequent gym attendees as they are all pursuing crossfit. Yesterday I shared lunch with my son and we compared notes; I mentioned that I had added farmer's carry to... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:19:06 EST Fall 5% challenge week one - Camp Kitchen Would this be in or out of your comfort zone? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our 5% challenge theme is stepping out of our comfort zones for success. <BR> <BR> My week - out of the zone - was dedic... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:15:55 EST Wow It's been more than a year since my last entry. <em>15</em> <BR> I didn't stick with it last year and I am sure hoping I can start sticking with it now. I saw my oncologist at the end of last month. He told me that I need to make weight loss my number one health priority this year. Here's hoping I can do it. <BR> I did get the chance to se... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:12:52 EST Sadie <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was Sadie, she passed away in my arms last night, She had justed turned 2. This is so damn hard! Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:10:07 EST Tie a Knot and Hang On Last week was the kind of week that tried my flinty soul. The drains backed up, a beloved pet died despite valiant efforts and huge vet bills to save him, the vacuum cleaner clogged, small appliances malfunctioned, phone calls and errands seemed endless. Communication failures led to misunderst... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:06:25 EST 10/12/19 Astonish <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "If we did all we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:00:16 EST Prince Charming..... oh yeah As I was out and about today, I turned on the car radio. A pleasant song came on. My first thoughts were of me with my own "Prince Charming." It was a pleasant thought of him with me and we were dancing. (in case you cannot tell, I have a great imagination). <BR> <BR> Then I was thinking: Maybe... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:56:36 EST Fall foliage and new leaves <img src=""> <BR> Every hero needs an origin story, and since I hope to heroically crush my goals, here's mine! <BR> <BR> I'm lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth with my life partner and best fr... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:48:42 EST Bottle Weights It's not unusual for there to be a remodeling project going on at my house. We lived through three remodels of each room of our last house, where we spent 25 years. At one point I said, <em>227</em> "Enough!" and DH took a hiatus for a couple years. Then we moved <em>199</em> so he could st... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:43:32 EST Day 22/222 - Under the Rhododendron I have lost 1 pound this week and I feel at peace with the world. I had lunch under a giant rhododendron in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, Flotterstone; right in the centre of the Pentland Hills. I gave thanks for this very precious gift of life, picked a leaf and will put it in m... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:39:57 EST SMILE OF THE DAY <BR> Two cannibals meet one day. The first cannibal says, "You know, I just can't seem to get a tender Missionary. I've baked them, I've roasted them, I've stewed them, I've tried every sort of marinade. I just can't seem to get them tender." <BR> <BR> The second cannibal asks, "What kind of Mi... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:35:43 EST Happy Canadian Thanksgiving It's officially Monday, but I'm doing it today. I find it very tiring doing it on the Monday and doing all the cleaning up, so I do it early. That way I can visit on Monday Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:33:54 EST Back Home And Gearing Up For Canadian Thanks Giving I travelled again this week. (My goodness I am doing a lot of travelling this year!) I find that travelling has been my biggest challenge for staying on point with the Spark People Program. I had gotten my weight down again, (Yes, I weighed in when I wasn’t supposed to.) but because I was travell... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:31:45 EST Do you feel the pressing? Choice between whose kingdom we will serve. God’s or Satan’s. Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Hebrews 1:1-4; Revelation 19:7). <BR> <BR> Jesus said: “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men, is an abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets w... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:31:31 EST Still on my Healthy and Fit Journey! I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and was told I had a groin strain. I had to stop exercise class a couple of days prior to that due to pain. Rest and ice for 2 weeks! I have been exercising at home during that time, upper body. I was also doing a lot of binging. <BR> <BR> I don't weig... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:19:58 EST 2019 HEY SPARKERS MOM IN HOSPITAL BEST FOR HER GOING TO NURSING HOME hey sparkers hope all are doing ok yep mom inhospital making plans for her going in nursing home she done all she can so it going to be best for all of us for me no more groceries and calling for her every day Lord step in was just to much for both of us we werent doing any good keep us in your p... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:18:01 EST Saturday 10/12 I just wrote the date for the title. Can you believe it is the middle of October already? I better start Christmas shopping though you really can't with no cash. CHARGE!!!!!!! <em>334</em> Kidding, I don't use my credit cards unless I absolutely have to. Like to have my car seats cleaned. ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:05:15 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> 🐛 No matter how small, how slow, every step counts. Encouragement is always welcomed! 🦋 Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:58:41 EST it's saturday it's my mom's birthday today! my daughter and i are at my parents' place to celebrate the day. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have an amazing day, everyone! Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:53:50 EST Longer Nights or Longer Days? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As a participant of this month’s Aspire & Inspire Buddy Support Group Challenge, we were given an option to blog about Shorter Days/Longer nights vs Longer days/Shorter Nights. Specifically, we... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:52:34 EST Stress, pain push on. So life has been a bit stress full, and in spite of not following any particular healthy eating pattern, I managed to be 3 lbs down on dr office visit, talked about my pain, and that it mostly occurs at night, wants me to try taking magnesium and see if there's a change, when numbers are good I g... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:45:12 EST Looking Back I make excuses for everything. <BR> <BR> I am super critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I have more guilt than I know what to do with. <BR> <BR> I feel weak. <BR> <BR> I think I lack control in my life. <BR> <BR> These are all feelings and thoughts that weigh heavily on me... no pun intended. <BR>... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:27:59 EST "Catalina" and the I Mac <img src=""> <BR> This was me , many moons ago-- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is how I feel right now--this morning! <BR> You see, last eve... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:24:55 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:20:45 EST Heading to the Gym Laundry done. <BR> <BR> No obedience class for Henry today -- it's Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and other pups quite likely not available because of holiday travel!! <BR> <BR> I am going to get to the gym. <BR> <BR> And work out a few kinks -- physical and psychic after a particularly diff... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:06:58 EST Today is FAIRE! I have taken a four-day weekend for myself and am so happy I did! I didn't realize how stressing the last week was until I got in my car to go home Thursday night. Yesterday I slept in a little and relaxed before heading out to do grocery shopping, then coming home to iron my faire garb. (THAT'S ... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:05:46 EST Another Lb Down & What I Forgot to Explain in Last Blog I'm not usually a person who cares about the scale, so yesterday's blog was unusual in getting excited about a lb lost. I've been on SP for almost 11 years (in January) and my main goal has been to continue to make healthy choices. <BR> <BR> However, when I lost my fur baby in June, I started... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:57:43 EST retrEAT And EAT I did! Buffet style breakfast, lunch, and dinner and SUCH good food, especially the cheese and bread. I gained 2 pounds and something! But I trust it will be gone again by next week. Part of the gain was just that I ate something when I got home late last night after a train delay en rout... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:57:24 EST Double Down <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Haven't finished Day 20 Challenge as far as I am concerned, although I did get far more than 10 minutes of exercise this morning. I tried to run the Double Down 5k. After 2 run intervals I decid... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:56:01 EST Comfort Zone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes!!! I have been putting off doing the toddler ties for our little cousin, so of course they have not gotten done, but I've been busy!! Or so I tell myself. I've been busy on the computer, try... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:50:00 EST Difference a Weekend Can Make What a difference a Weekend can make... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My old habit was to celebrate end of the work week by going out to dinner on Friday night. <BR> Last night, we had chili cooked at home and rel... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:37:52 EST Today's Challenge Today's challenge is to start eating dinner that the table. <BR> <BR> When our children were younger, we always ate family meals at the dinner table, most lunches too. However, as the kids aged and we got busier we started eating all over the place, hubby and i often in the living room in fron... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:27:36 EST Saw a movie today on Science for school children Went to this very interesting movie about science just enjoyed it so much. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:25:22 EST