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My favorite holiday and my favorite movie, all in one photo. this is how I decorate for Christmas!These are my two furry children, Sadie Grey Lady & Goldie (2010)Happiest day of my lifeNew Years Eve dinner 12-31-14 (we only ate about 1/3 of our steaks) but ALL the asparagusOne of my core valuesDon't have the dress, unfortunately still have the pounds....4-2012 frontDon't have the dress, unfortunately still have the pounds....4-2012 backday 13 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 1/2/2015week 2 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 1/2/2015day 18 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 1/7/2015Best day of my life favorite photois hoping, no, expecting a good day today. One of the many things I say to myself every day to keep smiling on the insideJust because it made me laugh, (and, OK, yes, I did have pet chickens a long time ago)Won 6 of 8 points at league bowling last night. After work today, singles & doubles in the Women's State Tournament, then team part of the tourney tomorrow. That will be 12 games of bowling this weekend. That's one way to get my steps ! Here comes 12 games of bowling for me this weekend, 3 last night, 6 today & 3 more tomorrow. Lots of steps for me!6 games down, 3 to go. Thank goodness for stretching! Pain is a good thing-lets you know you're alive.
Darn! Wrong photo!here's a couple giggles for your Happy Fridayis going to remember this anytime she thinks she 'doesn't have time to exercise'!!!Another day, another chance to make good choices and be the person I am meant to be.Friday is here again! You can chose to think of it as just another day or something really special that you can only experience & enjoy right now, before it is gone forever. Which will you choose?Thrilling Thursday: Gloriosky! My humming bird vine survived the bob-cat wave of destruction in my back yard 4 months ago.Two little green strands peeking out from an abandon planter-YAY! Lots to do today, glad it's Friday Eve! Sad I've gained weight, but I'm gonna keep cha-cha-ing (Thanks for that great quote, Butterflyemerge!)Today is my 7th wedding anniversary. Hubby and I decided an easy, relaxed, pajama kind of day was called for. He is really the best person for me in the history of mankind. Love my One!Fabulous Friday: lots to do. Gonna keep breathing in and out, gonna have faith in myself, gonna be happy & strong. It's gonna be a GOOD day today.Happy 4th to all who observe it-oh heck-Happy 4th to everybody! Who needs an excuse like a holiday to celebrate the incredible miracle of being alive and all we can experience & do for another day?!Saturday: I am definitely making "Melonaide" out of what life gives me today, with a smile on my face. Thanks Sue!Lived thru Monday, though I'm really tired today. On to the new set of challenges today. Come on world, I will deal with whatever you toss at me. Maybe not gracefully, or perfectly, but I will deal.Friday is here again. Hopefully no new disasters at work. Hopefully I will move more, eat less & find better ways to deal with life's many challenges today. 1 day, 1 hour, 1 minute, 1 step at a time.Did you ever have one of those days?I was going to use a very cheerful photo to start the week, but this was just too appealing to my sideways sense of humor! Happy Monday, everybody!Happy Tuesday. It's another character-building day in the neighborhood. But, hey the sun is up, the birds are singing and I'm here to do something about it. I chose to succeed today.Today is a good day, despite multiple and varied frustrations littering my path. Today's frustrations are but a drop in the river of a wonderful and rich life. I will be. Hopeful. Grateful. Confident.It's Friday Eve again. What will you do with your day? Make time to play, to dream and to love today. And keep on dancing, always dancing, even if it's only inside yourself.Quick, look around, enjoy, celebrate, share, smile, hug, love. This moment will not come back again, and is too special to waste with worry!Not answering my past today for sure. Starting the "big move" into my new building. Whispering to myself "it will work, it will succeed, it will happen". Just have to be patient & keep the faith!And just like strength training, sometimes you need a rest day. Today is my rest day. No worry. No angst. No pushing myself for just one day, so tomorrow I can be fearless, strong and brave!This clinic move is making me wonder if I can keep that bar off my neck! First time I've really thought " I might be too old for this". But I'm not. I will live through this & do what has to be done!!Anxious about tomorrow and reopening in the new building, but really looking forward to going back to "regular" work. Trying not to stress if all the organizing is not finished by tomorrow.Healthy breakfast-check. Exercise-check. Expecting a good day-check.Guess what book I found? "I'm choosing to say NO CHOICE. If I want to lose weight, I have to do what I need to do, not what I feel like doing."Sure wish these night time hives would go away. Thinking they are from stress, but who knows. This too shall pass & I will be grateful I am here to complain about it. Does everybody know what day it is? Thankful: a job I love, get to spend time with hubby, get to learn something new at work. AND my bowling league starts tonight.My blessings always outnumber my challenges- its all about perspective.Some days we just need to stop and laugh for a minute. Then the rest is doable.Not sure if the photo made it with the words, so here it is again. -From the technologically challenged among us... For those that need to ponder the big questions in lifeHope everyone has a wonderful Friday. You will if you have decided to- you won't if your are not sure.Working on this, as the mood has passed....Found this website recently. For some reason, I find the goal photo a very powerful inspiration. If interested, visit modelmydiet.com. It's fun customizing your image! Thanks, Shankydoo! The gentle patter of soft rain outside my window. Happy birds singing in the trees. Peaceful in my soul for the first time in a while. Perfect Sunday morning. Hope yours is just as wonderful. OMG! Just did Jessica Smith 15-minute Fast Fat Blaster Cardio from new DVD. Thought I was gonna die. But I jogged for part of the time. If her mom can do this, I can too!!Today's mantraIt's a new day. Make the world better for you and everyone with one random act of kindness and think how you'd feel if you were the recipient. If wonderful is a good description, then do it. Today I will be courageous. Not flashy brave, more the quiet, "yes, I AM going to do this" kind of courageous.Had a lovely pity party last night about how rough work was yesterday until I remembered this. Hey, I'm alive, safe and healthy enough to complain about it. Silly Girl, be grateful! A sparkfriend's blog triggered this: It is so hard to be everything that everyone, including ourselves, needs us to be. Seems like sometimes our toughest task is to see how much we are doing right!Struggling a bit with this fiber challenge. Eating lots of veggies, but really having a problem getting 25 gms/day. Guess I just need to eat more food, heh heh heh.Look at the world like a child. Everything is new and interesting if you look at it from the right perspective.There's always music playing. The trick is to listen for the song you want your heart to sing along with!New day, new start. Again.Don't know if it's a head cold or ragweed allergy. All I know is my nose and sinuses are NOT impressed!Sneezing. Coughing. Tossing & Turning at night. Nose Blowing. We call this the Hay Fever workout. Hmm, wonder how to log those calories burned......Character building week. But this too shall pass, and I am grateful to be here, basically healthy, alive and mentally aware enough to complain about it. Keeping my perspective.I really do believe this, except when I have really overdone it, then my nose is rubbed in the fact that my body has acquired mileage.It's never too late to do; it's never too late to learn; it
Never too late to live life to the fullest!Seems appropriate for a Monday morning...Relaxed Sunday. Indescribably happy that w/DH's new work schedule we get to spend more time together. No more night eating. Guess it was loneliness & missing him. Big dopey smile on my face now.I am so not an early morning person. Unfortunately I happen to be living an early morning person style life.Do something you can be proud of . It might be small, like 10 minutes of exercise, or big, like making someone happy, or quiet like appreciating a beautiful view outside, or music that moves you.Bet I know what song is now playing in your mind!!So excited! Going to the beach for a week vacation w/DH & best couples friends. Ocean here I come, I've missed your voice!Coming to grips with the onward march of time. I'm definitely loose in the joints and a little less shiny than I was several years ago. At least I know I'm real!!We all have wishes, dreams, wants, needs and hungers of the heart, mind and body. Listen to them and figure out which part needs what. Stop giving the wrong stuff to the wrong parts.And now, back to our regularly scheduled broadcast: "Life as Usual". Today's episode finds our heroine fighting to get back into her regular work schedule and defeating the denizens of poverty.Puzzled as to why I am SOOO tired! Going to bed at the usual, if not earlier time. Geez, it shouldn't be this hard to get back to life after a vacation!This is my hometown sky. It has been the same since I was a child. I have always loved clouds, they give me hope and joy. Hope you like my view!Yep, this is my boundless optimism (and self delusion). I hoped (not decided to, but hoped) to lose more weight, but (contrary to the photo) I am grateful I haven't gained over the past year.Working on not beating myself up for mistakes and oversights I made recently that have serious repercussions. Telling myself to learn from this, not use it to beat myself up mentally. "Gonna fake it til I make it", she said in a small, trembling voice. You gotta believe in something, so make it a GOOD something!Happy Halloween! Hope everyone eats only what makes them happy tomorrow! I am so relieved it is the weekend! Looking forward to a good night's sleep and a much needed day of rest tomorrow!Happy Sunday. Happy extra hour of sleep day. Happy "I woke up, know my name, have a home and am grateful" day! Sometimes I just stop and appreciate life for a minute or so. Do you?week 5 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 11/1/2015Trying not to stress over the upcoming Open House for my business this coming Sunday. Never done this before, but telling myself it will go well. Breath. Just breath. One foot in front of the other. I logged on so tired and demoralized. But I read a blog by someone who's spirits were really low. While typing a comment to raise her spirits, my own lifted a bit. How cool is that?!!I'ma gonna work on feeling the rain today!(figuratively for the Open House, physically as we are on our 4th day of constant rain) Maybe even dance in it a bit, if the opportunity arises...Open House was wonderful! But boy am I tired. Being excited for several hours must use up lots of energy! Hope I can get to bed early tonight & catch up on some zzz's!I've been sparked! Today is day one of no candy or cake or sugar. Who's with me? Sugar is just a thing. It is not alive. I have brains and motivation. I can do this for the next 30 days. Can't I?Thank you Obiesmom2! Fighting perfectionism. Again. It will pass. It is so unfair to discover the diet Cranberry juice you love contains Red Dye #40 which you know you are allergic to. (And really petty to be bothered about that, given what happened in Paris.)Wish I knew why I have itchy hives all over my ears, hands, knees & elbows! Benadryl provides~ 70% relief, but I have to try to function from the "Zombie Zone" sleepiness I get when I take it. Grrr. Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ~ Meister EckhartJust because it made me laugh....Didn't sleep well. Much work to be done today. Gained weight. Who cares?! I can do everything that absolutely must be done today, and today is a fabulous day because I am here to appreciate it!!Feeling especially grateful for today's family get-together, and the people that touch my life every day and remind me how wonderful it is.Down a pound from yesterday. My house is cleaner than it is the rest of the year. Not sure I like the correlation of how much energy it took to clean my house!!!!Love that Friday night meal of Thanksgiving left-overs. All the yum with none of the work. Now THAT'S something to be thankful for, in my book.is trying to figure out why I'm still so sleepy, since I'm getting to be earlier. Ok, 45 min earlier, and I've been short on sleep for months. Catch up is tough!Holding my head up, smiling and moving forward, despite multiple instances of the universe telling me that is rain hitting my head over the last 3 days.Yesterday was a good day. I almost kept all the plates spinning on their sticks, and the one's that fell didn't really cause any irreversible damage, they just sort of felt like it at the moment.Starting a "grateful" streak today. Plan to thank my food when I eat it, my computer when I use it, my body when I exercise. All from reading "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo. New week, new day, new chance to do well at living. Be happy, be hopeful, be helpful. The one you help the most could just be yourself!I have decided to be happy.To be able to handle anything the day may put in front of me. I chose how to perceive & react to what I experience today. Can't change others, but I can sure change me!Happy Saturday! Had a photo taken with my bowling team, and Glorioski, my belly looks flatter! (2nd from Right is me) Guess exercise really does work, even just 10 minutes a day!Not sure why it has been so hard to find my "happy thought" for the last several weeks. I am not sad, just not as happy as usual. Will have to think about this. If I figure it out, I can fix it. New day, new start. Let's see what the day will bring.Yesterday was, ahem, character building. But nothing died, all disasters were dealt with, important tasks were accomplished and today is a new day.Happy Humpday, Sparkfolk! Today's goal: do two special things- 1 "random act of kindness" for someone else, and 1 for me. Gonna find a song in my heart again & I've decided today's the day. Spark On!!Saturday, also known as the "day of shame after the bowling league Christmas pot-luck". Oh well, it tasted good, I showed no sense, but this too shall pass, as will the 3 pounds up I am from yesterdaySmile often. You never know who's day might be brightened by it. Could be your own! May your heart be filled with peace,
May your doubts be replaced with hope,
May your heart and soul be warmed by love,
Today & everyday.
Merry Christmas Sparkers- my life is rich because of you!Does anybody but me have days like this?Whew! Cooked all weekend long, but now have it all in the freezer & canned. We give family members a complete heat n eat Italian dinner made from scratch. Yeah, late this year, but they still love it Happy New Year! Brighter, lighter, more mindful & more kind-ful. My "resolutions". When a door closes, a window opens. Really. It's true. Of course, some days you have to look really hard to find the window.Happy Hump Day. Struggling a little with self-care these days. The past is but a memory, but it can be hard to change it's effects on a person's outlook and state of mind.Every day, every hour, every breath is a chance for something wonderful to happen. It did, you know. Like lightning, you just have to be looking in the right place at the right time to see it.Sleep-In Sunday. I know they say it's better to keep the same schedule, but once a week I get as much sleep as I need/want! Not giving it up! Do give it up for SparkPeople & exercise 5-6 days a week. Good Monday morning everybody. Let your light shine. Maybe yours comes from the inside out to others, or warms you as it comes in from the world around you. Either way, the brightness is good.Darn those Mission Chips last night! Well, they're all gone now, so they can't tempt me.Wonderful Weds again. We can do the rest of this week, easy. We got thru the hardest 3 days, right? (I count Monday as 2 days b/c it's Monday, seems fair, right?)I see myself & world like no one else does. The cool part of living is comparing how I & someone else sees each other & the world around them. After, we each have a clearer view.My mantra for the day.So proud of myself. At bowling last night, they brought key lime cupcakes (iced) and I only ate one. I was also able to DECIDE to wait & have one quite a bit later (45 min) than when I first wanted itPut in a 14 hour day at work yesterday, but got good things accomplished. I figured out that I don't need to be more efficient or have more work-life balance, I just need 36 hour long days!It's Friday Eve again. Smile, move, eat stuff that's good for you. Enjoy the day, it's the only time you'll get this one, so make it special.Yesterday's exercise left me stiff and sore where I didn't know I could BE stiff and sore. Hasfit How to Stretch routine worked out all the kinks this am! https://youtu.be/xMyQ6-EJGxwSmile everybody, we are here to try again today. We will climb some mountains, probably trip a few time, but hey, it's another day on the amazing journey of life!Fabulous Friday! Not enough sleep, want comfort food & have achy muscles from yesterday. None of that is bad, it's all just stuff. Glad I am here to fight the good fight another day. Keep Sparking!Another sleep deprived day! Part of my Valentine's celebration will be snoozing so I can have "sparkly eyes" later.(My hubby says he thought of me as "the girl with sparkly eyes when we met")Here's hoping everyone's day is as delicious to their heart and soul as chocolate is to my tastebuds!Just did a YouTube Zumba tutorial, and discovered I just can't move that fast! Guess I'll look for "Waltzing cardio" workouts.........Step son was over to visit. Really having a hard time getting my head around the fact that he is turning 30! (And that I am old enough FOR him to be turning 30). Where did all those years go? It is simply amazing how much better my perspective about things is after getting enough sleep last night. Gotta do that more often!And it is also amazing how tired you are when you get 1 hour less sleep than you need! Love the bowling league. Hate the ensuing sleep deprivation!(I work Sat am)Working on eating just enough. Lots of pressures at work. Gonna keep exercising, looking ahead and expecting the best! Seesaw kind of week- one day sleep great, eat great, next day insomnia b/c the brain won't shut up and not very mindful eating. Oh well, the bad days make me appreciate the good ones!Really enjoying today, a break from the grind of a really hard (physically and emotionally) week. Think I'll go do an extra 10 minutes of exercise to celebrate!Get a break from work today, but not for a good reason: DH getting trigger finger surgery on his thumb today. I'm more worried about anesthesia. Appreciate any good vibes folks can send our way today.Really starting to understand the first few words of that poem, "Love is patience". Been a hard week at home and at work, but getting better. Today is going to be whatever I expect it to be!Can't believe it is just Thursday. Usually I am not this tired until Friday! One foot in front of the other. I think I can, I think I can.....Lost my happy thought, so have gone to find it. Be back soon. (Seriously, stress is making me crazy, I need to breathe more, worry less and just be. So I will. So there, stupid stuff in my life!Found my happy thought again! I was able to see it, tucked neatly into hours 7 & 8 of sleep last night. Oh, and the mindful meditation I did yesterday helped, too!Day 2 of Women's State Bowling Tournament. Day 1 was a blast!!Day 1 (Team) of our State Women's Bowling Tournament. Do we look like we are having fun? (I'm 2nd from the left)Day 2 of the Tourney.... Ah well, it's lots of great exercise and fun company even if the scores weren't so great.Usually love my work, but had such a wonderful weekend I am greeting Monday with mixed feelings. And exercise. So it's all good. Whew, for a minute there I wasn't grateful for a new day! Ate breakfast while not doing anything else. Stopped with 1/2 a slice of buttered toast & 1/2 apple on my plate, which was put in trash. Who is this woman and what did she do with the real me?!! Warm enough this am to open the window for the cats to enjoy "Kitty TV". Love hearing the birds outside. Reminds me of being little and going out to play early morning when all was fresh & new.Thanks Sparkpeople! Reading my Friend Feed and the associated blogs you all commented on has renewed my commitment to eating & moving better!Yesterday was a good day. Know why? 'Cause I'm here to remember the great parts of it today. Consider the alternatives...2 hours short on sleep, but who cares?! The sun is shining, the birds are singing. Here are some morning flowers & sunshine for your weekend.Got enough sleep, finally! Hopefully life will settle down a bit. I could really enjoy getting in a rut.....Happy Monday! an hour short, a little sleepy, but we can still Seize the Day! Telling myself that my sore butt and biceps means the muscles will develop and burn more calories! Yay strength training. Love those Jessica Smith workouts!To celebrate St Paddy's day I had a luxurious egg white omelette with tomato, feta cheese and baby kale leaves. Yummy way to get some greens!Yay! Friday is here! The sun has come out to say good morning, the birds are singing "have a great day", and I ate a healthy breakfast. So far, so good!It's the first day of Spring. Be sure to wear your coats, everybody!! Yup. I was right. I have muscles that are telling me just how unimpressed they are that I made them work yesterday. So I'll get their attention by making them work again today!Tough day yesterday, full of serious problems at work that may require lots of change (and $$) to fix. But today is a new day. One step in front of the other. Breathe in, then out. I can do this.Kitty in the window, birds singing, sun rising and it's SATURDAY! Happy Easter, Happy Weekend, everybody. Find someone to be kind to, something to be grateful for and make your day better.Celebrate renewal! Could be a religious renewal, or just the simple pure enjoyment of new life all around us this Spring. Every moment is a new beginning, thus precious. Make yours a good one!And Monday is back again. Spring has sprung and the tiny, beautiful flowers are everywhere.Wonderful Wednesday! Move a little more, be kind to someone just because. And smile! We have so much to be happy about. The scary sad stuff is there to help us appreciate how good the good stuff is.OMG! I was able to do all the triceps dips on my workout DVD, AND used 3 lb weights (instead of 2lb) and didn't have to stop before Jillian Michaels. Miracles will never cease.Friday is here again!. Half a pound down (I'll take it!!) and bowling tonight. The birds are still singing despite the rain, and it make me happy to see my flowers in bloom again.Had a wonderful meal last night. Enjoyed every bite of it. Left what I didn't love. Did NOT eat after supper. Didn't want to. Who is this masked woman & what did she do with CarbmonsterII ?!!?Take today as an opportunity to learn something new, and become wise about something! Every day is full of whatever you are looking for.Sad but unsurprised that nasty scale showed 2.5 lbs up from last week. Stress is a sneaky, mean, clever Beast, that manipulates my behavior. I will figure this out and shrink the Beast!!!It's all about how we chose to think about things: it can be boring & mundane, or it can be magical and full of wonder!Logged on today, discouraged and with a sinus headache, worried about work. After a few minutes reading my Friend Feed, my spirits are lifted and I am ready to face the day. Thanks, SparkFriends!I HATE logging my food. Annoying. Time consuming. But sadly, I'm learning that it is just essential for progress. Phooey. [Excuse the inner brat outburst, just needed to vent.]Feeling down, as I saw a photo of myself, a side view, taken last night. Now I understand the comment "she's thick". Crap. It's on, now. I will NOT stay "thick"!Doing good: healthy breakfast, good workout, walked outside & appreciated all the beauty. Decided I am worth more effort. Did something I had been saying I didn't have time to do. So far, so good!Decide today will be a good one. Make it happen. Repeat.So, apparently old habits die hard. Last nite the "eat-o-matic" mindset kicked in, and I kept eating, knowing I wasn't hungry for food,shoulda gone to bed! New day, new start, better finish planned.It's Friday eve again! Weekend is coming. Looking forward to a short road trip and another bowling tournament.Happy weekend, everybody! Still working on eating 3 meals a day, and trying to sense if I am "not hungry" after eating some. It will get easier the more I do it, I'm sure.Bowling tournament was a blast. Back to work, with the aid of some OTC pain meds, as my body is not appreciating the 12 games we bowled over 48 hours. Now back to our regularly scheduled life....Put a song in your heart and a smile on your face. Whatever challenges you are facing, your life probably looks like heaven to someone else.Today is the only time we get to experience today. Pay attention: there are wonderful things around us, it is up to us to notice them. We always get more of what we expect and look for!Sunday! Off to a seminar (work stuff, but interesting). Wish my body was as eager to work as my brain is!! I just tried baby bok choy with my breakfast. How did I miss this all these years?! Smile at someone today & spread some Happy around. It is just as contagious as "Sad" but way better feeling!Some days you feel good, some days you smile and just pretend you feel good until you really do."What you resist, will persist" paraphrased from Maringal, Depak Chopra and Carl Yung. A concept worth learning about if you are interested in making permanent changes happen for yourself.Super Saturday! Sleep deprived after bowling league last night, and tonight after work, we go celebrate DH's friend's "Round" birthday. Give me strength to stay awake and make good choices!Just because it made me laugh. Makes me think of Monday morning rush hour....Yesterday was a very tough day. I was able to continue to do what needed done, struggled against feeling that I did something wrong. Working hard to greet today with confidence, strength and a smile.New day, new start. Some good choices yesterday and some not so good ones, but not "end of the world" bad, just not ideal. I will do better today.Pet a black cat today. Show you are the boss of stupid superstition. The cat and you will both feel better. But watch out for those ladders, just in case....Happy Sunday, Sparkers! Just a quick post to say I hope your day is happy and wonderful. May your goals be lofty and your successes through the roof!I love this picture. It's called "The Day God Spilled the Paint".I actually do this!We can adjust to the new Spark format. We just need to learn a few new things for it to work. Adjusting to it will help keep our brains healthy. Be brave enough to try it before you give up on it!So wrong, but it made me laugh. Guess you can't be too careful!My team took year to date wins for our league for the season. Next week we compete against the team that won the 2nd half of the season for "First Place" team. Looking up exercises to help my bowling.I so appreciate all my Spark Friends! You raise my spirits when they are low, remind me that we can reach our goals, and make me think about the things that make me a better me every single day.wants to read more blogs & friend feeds, but made a promise to herself to exercise, so off I go! We did it! We won the championship!Super Saturday. Work, then celebratory dinner with friends for an 8th wedding anniversary. Moderation in all things is today's motto.Looking forward to visiting with a friend after work today. Oh, and the shrimp and home baked bread at her house will be lovely, too. Yesterday was a good day, and today will be as well.Lovely dinner with a friend & DH last night. Enjoying a relaxing Sunday as I rest and renew so I can be ready for the next week. Grateful for a wonderful life, and grateful for knowing it!New week, new start. Feeling light after eating according to planned menu with NO SNACKING after dinner.Sooo the fates decided that the first full day of tracking meant I needed to be faced with a box of donuts at work. Stayed under my calorie goal, but not as balanced as I'd like. But still a victory.is on day 4 of tracking every bite of food, preplanning (sort of) meals and staying within her weight loss daily calorie range. Yay me! Using the meal plans, but tweaking them to what's in the house.A lovely and productive Sunday. Long walk, fixed a door, updated a business webpage, and still had time to relax.Somebody's muscles are complaining today. Seems they were forced to work for a change. They are not happy. Too bad. Gonna do it again today.Made it to hump day! Struggling mightily with work-life balance (life? there's supposed to be life?). But I will figure it out, eventually.So proud of myself- making good choices about 75% of the time, insisting on some veggies to go w/meals, and I even used the workout room at my hotel-and enjoyed it!Loved my vacation, but am also glad to be back home. Lifestyle must be changing even though the scale isn't- suggested and went on walks, had veggies instead of chips, and had left over chocolate!!OK, not the vegetables, as they bring me joy (yeah, really they do. Weird, huh?Hope everybody in the US had an awesome 4th, and eveybody everywhere else had a good day, too. Back to the salt mines today! At least tomorrow is "hump day"!Heartbroken with all the violence. We are all people, with hopes, dreams, fears and wants. Make sure you send out compassion and patience vibes today-sounds like lots of folks could use more of those.Woke up with a new sense of purpose. Got lots of stuff done this am, when Sunday is usually kind of a bust. About to really step out of my comfort zone at work. Hope that first one's not a doozy!Move forward with courage! I did something yesterday that I approached with fear and anxiety, yet certainty. It went unbelievably great. Always have faith in your choices and take that next step!!I don't know why so many seem to be looking for an excuse to get so mad they cause harm to others. Do you think it is their upbringing or society? What can we do, besides be better as an example?Thank you SP friends! Your blogs have given me a meaningful goal (special thanks to Steph-Knee): I want to fit in my wedding dress on my 10th anniversary (5-17-18). That is only 29 lbs in 10 months!!"we are not anything but human. We cannot predict, we cannot control, and we are only here for a short time." -Maringal For those of us born before the mid '70s.....So the next few days are going to be, um, character building for me at work. But I can do it! Looking forward to seeing the new Star Trek movie this afternoon.I've seen every TV show of all the series when it was new, all the movies. Miss the way I felt in 1967 watching it on TV.Find myself re-assessing my goals, self-perception and motivation. Disconcerting to realize that what has always been might not be so for all my tomorrows. This being grown-up thing is hard sometimes.Cherish your yesterdays for the memories and lessons, your tomorrows for the hopes and dreams, and your todays because they are only here for a moment but make everything else count.New month, new day, new start. I choose to make this day a good one. If you get all tangled up, just Tango on! Never wish your days away. But, on the other hand, it's great to celebrate that the weekend is almost here!!This getting older is definitely not for sissies! Moving forward anyway, one step in front of the other, head high, ignoring those pains from the icy breath of Father Time.....OK, not bad, lost a little weight. It's amazing what you can do if you don't snack after supper!This aging thing- its not at all what I expected. I feel awful for having had such inaccurate ideas of how "older people" think and feel in the past!!Hope everyone has a Fabulous Friday! As a friend posted (you know who you are LJ!) "Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen"Happy Monday everybody- new start, new week. Make it a good one!Just joined stressbusters challenge. Probably what I need to join is the "go to bed on time instead of eating more" challenge.....Don't overlook the beauty of the rainbow because you are busy being sad that it rained! Progress and success come in many shapes and colors. Keep going!Be grateful. Be patient. Be mindful. Be compassionate. Be strong but flexible. Have faith in yourself, and the universe. You CAN handle everything that comes your way today.On the road to a new beach. Our vacation to Myrtle Beach was stopped by Matthew, so now we will explore the gulf coast of FL. It's that window opening when the door shuts syndrome!Doggonit! That'll teach me to touch type on a laptop on my lap! Here's the photo that was supposed to go with the last status.Doggonit! That'll teach me to touch type on a laptop on my lap! Here's the photo that was supposed to go with the last status.Back home after a week at the beach. Had a wonderful time, Sad it's over, but trying to be enthusiastic about getting back to the routine of things. Adulting is HARD, though....Like Dorothy, we always have the secret to get where we want to be, we just have to learn it for ourselves. New day, new start. Apparently I didn't lose that weight, but merely misplaced it for a while. Here we go, again. Grrr. I HATE emotional eating!!!!!Refreshed my goals and set my sites on a few "do-able" goals. Rediscovered how wonderful a fresh, crisp peach is with breakfast!Hardest lesson for me, but one of the most important in order to be happy, proud and satisfied with me, even tho I'm a work in progress (only the dead don't grow!)Just read these very inspiring words today:"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand ... and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late. --Marie Beynon Ray" Love what you do and do what you love. Life is too short to drink bad coffee!One of my favorite reminders. Keeps me going some days. Just think about right now, not tomorrow, not next year, just now.Thank a veteran or a current military service person or their family today for their sacrifices. We are here because they were there!Happy Friday! Snow? Drought? Sad or stressed about the upcoming Winter/holiday season? So what!! We are here to complain about it. The alternative is not so attractive. Make today memorable.Happy Monday!I'm all ready to start cooking. The label said, "Let turkey chill in sink 2 hours"!Yay, it's Friday! Glad today is only a half-day at work. I'm still tired from yesterday. No shopping for me, plan to catch up on some recorded TV shows.It's the start of a new month, and Friday, AND the last month of the year. How could there be a better day to decide (yeah, again) to eat, think and be healthier?!Decide. That's all you really have to do. Of course, you have to decide again, every single second of every single day. That is the greatest and hardest thing about living, IMHO.Hard to believe how awful I felt after not getting enough to drink (really hard day at work). I thought I was getting sick I was so tired! A real eye-opener! PS- I know it's not Thursday!Brief lapse of junk-binging as a backlash to brief argument w/ DH. Hate those, glad they rarely happen. But I'm back on track again now.It is not wrong or selfish to want to be happy. Or safe. Or loved. So go get or do what will make your heart feel these things. Then give that gift to another and you will feel even better!My holiday wish for all my SparkFriends: A happy heart, a singing soul, a calm and peaceful mind. May every day feel like the first morning of Spring, fresh and new, full of hope!2016: a tough year in many ways, but as the alternative was to not be here to experience it, I will take strength from the bad, be more appreciative of the good, & shoot for better in 2017My recipe for 2017: 1 generous cup of happy memories, 8 tablespoons realistic goals & a generous sprinkle of commitment. Gently simmer while stirring constantly. Spun the wheel, read some Friend Feed, logged my breakfast- all check. Time to move the ol' bod, then work. Sorta hoping we will get the predicted snow so I can stay home from work tomorrow!Feel like I'm playing hookie! Ice has cancelled work (other than going in 3 times to walk a dog I am keeping for a friend. Our roads are NEVER this empty! Off to exercise in front of the TV!New UPmove working fine & syncing with SparkPeople. So long SPAT, we had a great relationship for over 2 years, sorry to see you go!It's Friday Eve. We've almost made it through the week, but still have time to accomplish our goals. Just depends how you want to look at it.I think I gotta "want it more" for the changes I wish for to happen. So I will now decide to do that. Off to exercise before work!Not a sports fan, but really excited that my hometown team is in the Superbowl today. Rise Up!!(Especially at the commercial breaks- rise up and walk around the room)Best blog I've read in a long time! Feed me more! by OnThePath2! Here we are at Monday again! A new start to a new week. Make yours a good one! For today: Move, drink water, remember what you are working towards and why.Today is the best day to be alive. "Now" is the only time we get, so be sure to look for the good stuff that is waiting for you. It's there for anyone that knows to look for it. Find it. Share it. All day seminar today. But I still got a 15 minute thigh, glute & ab workout in. Yay me!Obviously my soul and body are looking for inspiration. Here are the two books I am currently drawn to read:Been sick all week with a horrid cold (thought it was flu, but the test was neg). Finally on the mend, and finding my Happy Thought again. Carpe that ol' Diem as they say! New month. Sure came in like a lion! Storms and wind, but miraculously I did not wake up in the land of Oz. Hi ho hi ho, it's off to work I go. is Figuring out how to navigate the new page. Have given up artificial sweeteners (now an "ex-splenda addict"! Getting lots of inspiration from my friend feed. How did I ever manage without SP?!is gonna celebrate today by dancing a jig for exercise! is listening to the robin's song this morning. Full of hope and ambition. There's inspiration all around us, we just have to be listening and looking for it.got on the scale Monday to discover she found all her lost weight. Moving on. Food tracked for day 1. Now I'll track Tuesday. One step at a time.....day 1 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 4/11/2017is proud of all food tracked for 2 days. AND stayed w/in recommended calories!"Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."- Mark Twain. What's your "frog" today? is happy today is Friday. I've tracked all my food, good & bad for the last 4 days- a record for me! "Patience, grasshopper, success will come" is my motto.day 5 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 4/15/2017day 7 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 4/17/2017is slowly getting better. Was reminded by some blogs today to always "sing your own kind of happy" and the world will be brighter for you and those around you. says Great little mental exercise:Spend 30 seconds visualizing how you want to look and feel 6 months from now. What small steps can you make today to make that vision of your future self a reality?Enjoy your Sunday. Remember the weather outside does NOT control the climate in your brain! is starting over. Again. Cold gone. Sprained foot healing. Still working. None of these are excuses. Neither is the 700 cal breakfast I just tracked! Next time, track before preparing meal!Age is NOT a disease! Your mind (as opposed to your brain, which it lives in) is ageless. Enthusiasm has no expiration date. Stay curious, stay engaged, stay excited to see what the day will bring. Didja ever realize that you actually enjoy something "healthy" that you used to dislike? A little disconcerting, but really brightened my day to realize I actually love apple slices dipped in yogurt.is about to leave for a vacation trip to visit family & friends. Will try to log in,but may be too busy living to do it daily. Happy Father's Day to all the daddies everywhere!is thrilled to have broken into the 160's. Haven't been here in about 8 years! Yay me! Tracking is a pain, but it sure works.was really surprised to learn she could make a decent looking selfie!This photo inspires me to remember to keep my eye on the goal, not the uncomfortable change needed to achieve the goal.is still around, still healthy, still logging food, just a little busy with life right now. There's only 24 hours in a day, and SP time is a little reading for now. Still care, still fine, just busy.is enjoying the cool, crisp, invigorating feel of Fall this morning. Reminds me of the first day of the first year of school, as a wee girl, with the whole world an adventure before me.is feeling philosophical. The universe is what it is, the important part is how I decide to view it, feel about it and what I will do to make my piece of it the way I think it should be.saw this on the community feed, and new this needed to be on my page! Thanks Sunny332.If you fall on your face, you are still moving forward! You are still alive to know you fell, so get up and keep going. You can do this!is glad this week is almost over.is like the energizer bunny- she just keeps going. Sometimes just on will power, but by gosh, she keeps going! can't stand the excitement! One day before the new Bladerunner movie and 2 days before a week at the beach vacation! AND down a pound. What more can a gal ask for? (OK, winning the lottery, maybe)You can be what you believe you are, so believe in special, royal, wise, determined, beautiful and strong of heart and soul. Why not? Can't hurt anything to try, and just think, what if you succeed!is back home, getting back into the swing of things again. is still doing her pushups and determined to get stronger and healthier. A little every day is the trick. Not climbing any mountains, just putting one foot in front of the other.is reading a few friends blogs and reviewing goal board and getting ready for another day.is so glad she read IAMVICKIB's blog "45 Life Lessons from a 90 year old". The real quote source is so inspiring!is struggling with work life balance. How to find enough time for so many things that you are passionate about, and still sleep. Grateful that this is a problem. Tired is better than unhappy any day!here's a great oldie to make you smile: https://youtu.be/w7CXpOAbPgoReading "The Code of the Extraordinary Mind" by Vishen Lakhiani. If you are struggling with trusting yourself, feel that you are being controlled by your life instead of controlling it yourself, and want to learn to view "the hard times" as lessons to help you reach "the good times", this might be a great read for you. It's a free Amazon Prime library eBook, too.is uncomfortable going out of her comfort zone, but is balling up her fists, saying, "Yes I can. Yes I will!"sometimes suffers from "analysis paralysis", so added this to her goal images to see daily. No more "squirrel road runs" for me!!I just learned about adding a touch of yellow mustard to my scrambled eggs before I cook them. How did l live all these years without knowing how great this makes them taste?! Special Sunday Brunch today: Scrambled eggs (2 whites, 1 egg, 1 Tsp mustard, 2 tsp water- beat well & cook), spinach/sauteed onions/low fat feta melt, left over parmesan roasted potatoes and an apple. Feel like royalty eating this 450 calorie meal & ready to handle anything the universe throws at me today! reminds herself often that confidence, like reading, riding a bike and playing the piano, is a learned skill that improves with practice!Remembering and celebrating all those who have given everything asked of them. Happy Veterans Day!
is working on growing thicker skin. Just because somebody doesn't like me doesn't mean there's something wrong with me. & I could be projecting my insecurities into what I think they are thinking.somedays, you just really love your life, your opportunities and your blessings. Hope you have lots of days like that to get you through the other ones!adopted a new quote yesterday: "If everything is important, then nothing is really important." So don't try to put everything at the top of your todo list! Working on this, now.Enjoying a decadent, lazy Christmas Eve Sunday morning breakfast. Best 540 calories I ever spent!is wishing all her Spark Friends a wonderful Christmas weekend!I found this very helpful to read. And the graphic made me laugh out loud, too. https://www.bakadesuyo.com/2016/01/morning
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-ritual/We all have super powers. Sometimes it just takes a little while to figure out what it is. What do you choose for yours? Mine is being optimistic. (And oh yes, I'd also really like to be able to wiggle my nose, like Samantha on Bewitched, and the whole house would be straightened up!) wonders what everybody's favorite weekday breakfast is (need some new ideas). Oh, and happy hump day! It's only raining outside- still got sunshine in my soul.took a few minutes yesterday to take a simple walk in the park and watch the geese & ducks. I never do anything like this, too busy is the excuse. Made me so happy in my soul!Hope everyone's day is full of good friends, satisfaction, success and love, whether it is loving yourself, or letting someone else know you care about them, too. Not just for today, but everyday, as real love is an everyday thing.is starting over. Again. Moving. Logging. Self-talking. Meditating. And still working 50 hours a week! 1st goal: stick with it for today. All day.is going to a bowling tournament today and tomorrow. Wish me luck! I'll either get great scores, or great exercise, or hopefully, both!!is finally getting over her cold. Not resting really made it take a while to resolve. Now to restart all those lovely streaks I had going....This made me laugh, so I thought I'd share itThis made me laugh, so I thought I'd share itis still not back in full voice (which my co-workers probably are enjoying) but finally got enough sleep last night. OK world, let me at 'em!Maybe Spring is scheduled to start at noon today, according to the calendar, here in GA, USA, but I have a feeling I will find it in my heart, not outside the window! "Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it." —Vincent Van Goghweek 2 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 50 minutes per week" earned 4/14/2018SP goal board is really helpful- reminded me to do my cardio early, so it didn't get 'forgotten'. Whew! 2 miles w/ hand weights is tougher than it used to be (several years and a few pounds ago)is starting to realize she feels better after her morning cardio, even tho some days it is very difficult to actually get up and just do it.is fairly put out to discover the scale is back to day 1. Hmm, guess I have to measure food more carefully. Also, since I feel better, there is still progress even w/o that stupid scale's number!is excited! 1/2 a day of work, then off to Savannah for a bowling tournament this weekend!is glad it is Friday. Got a lot of tired saved up after a very busy week.is still here. Just working a lot, trying to log food. Recycling the same darn 4 lbs. Work is still crazy. So now I'm renovating my home, because if some confusion is good, more is better, right?is still alive. Busy w/ work, planning our renovation which morphed from a bathroom to the ENTIRE house- how did that happen?! Trying to do nothing but eat when I eat. Hard, but it DOES work.