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See this image largeris longing to see beautiful birds in the snow!(1 comments)See this image largerDoesn't this pretty much sum up 2020?See this image largerFrozen blueberries and a little cranberry juice turned my fruit salad purple! Happy Advent!See this image largerBlogged today about advice from my physical therapist on the necessity of being able to get yourself up from lying on the floor. Hope you'll check it out!See this image largerBest packaging design ever!See this image largerMy streak for food/exercise is now over 140 days. If I had known it would take me this long to finally start seeing the pounds come off, I may not have even started, but I'm glad I did. Was SO excited to see the scale go down one more pound this morning!See this image largerFor all the cat lovers out there. 😁See this image largerThis is too funny not to share. :-)See this image largerHey--who ordered this box of cat?!(1 comments)See this image largerWho else would love one of these? If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em.See this image largerMy physical therapist yesterday.See this image largerSee this image largerChristmas colors.See this image largerJust blogged about my 150-day streak and present struggle with anxiety and depression. If anyone wants to do a book study with me on overcoming anxiety, please see today's blog post:
See this image larger2020 may have been a bad year in a lot of ways, but I can't believe I've been able to keep up an exercise streak of 152 days. Don't lnow that I've even done 7 days in a row before this. Couldn't have done it without SparkPeople!(1 comments)See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerBaby steps!See this image largerGetting one of these tomorrow. Doesn't seem like the best timing, does it? Wondering why SP doesn't have "stress test" listed as a fitness activity? ;-)See this image largerCan anyone recommend a good team or challenge for decluttering? Thanks!(1 comments)See this image largerJust for fun. I think this one's my favorite! :-)(1 comments)See this image largerThought this was funny: a bit of peanut M&Ms wrapper on the walking track at the fitness center. 😁See this image largeris struggling to stay motivated.(1 comments)See this image largerI just found out we can send free e-cards to kids at St. Jude's hospital for Valentine's Day. Just go to their website and look for "get involved" or "Send our kids a Valentine." Nice thing to do for a young person who needs some cheering up.See this image largerSee this image largerHappy Valentine's Day! See this image larger200 days today! Wish the weight loss would come with it, but a couple injuries have held me back more than I would like. Not quitting!See this image largerhas reached 200 days straight of exercising every day!(1 comments)See this image largerWords of encouragement! :-)See this image largerLentil soup and black bean/turkey chili to keep us going for the next several days.See this image largerHave you ever avoided weighing yourself because you were sure you'd gained a lot of weight? I've been doing that but finally decided I'd better take a look. What a surprise: Not only have I gone down, but I've finally lost 10lbs! This is since rejoining in August 2020.See this image largerfinally lost 10 pounds!!!See this image largerWow, my husband was going to bring home Wendy's new fish sandwich--until I read him the nutrition label: 530 calories, 26 grams of fat, 80 cholesterol, 1190 sodium, 51 carbs. I was so happy when he decided he'd come home and we'd have the salmon burgers we had planned on first!See this image largerI promise, I'm not selling anything, but if you suffer from anxiety and are interested in an online program to help, I found out that one I was already going to sign up for myself is half price until Feb. 26. I've blogged about it on my SparkPage just now. If anyone else signs up for it, perhaps we could encourage each other along the way.See this image largerPublic Service Announcement: When we had to get out of our house this morning with the pets per the Fire Department (faulty smoke detectors), we discovered that our pet carriers had disintegrated while being kept in the attic. If you live in the Southern U.S. as we do, you may want to find a new storage place for your soft-sided pet carriers.See this image largerMy birthday today! I have been drinking water almost entirely for the past year or two, but today I got a virgin margherita. It was quite delicious after all that plain water. While I was holding the empty cup and contemplating how I could make it at home with no added sugar, one of the employees thought I was wishing I had more and brought me another! :-)See this image largerFirst one at the gym today. Have to work off birthday indulgences. :-)See this image largerSpent 2 hours trying to save what's left of my pansies from those wascally wabbits! Guess I can thank them for a good workout...See this image largerFINALLY have gotten around to posting my favorite ham and lentil soup on Spark Recipes. I blogged about it today. Hope you'll check it out!See this image largeris ecstatic over losing 12 pounds!!!See this image largerWords of encouragement to those who find the weight is not coming off (esp in the 50+ age group): it has taken 6 months for me to lose 12 pounds. That would have discouraged me when I started, but I'm ecstatic about it today. Wrote a blog post about if you're interested.See this image largerUpdated the "Quick Ham and Lentil Soup" recipe I posted yesterday. The servings were too low and the sodium too high. So the calories and sodium content went way down with the adjustment. Your mileage will vary depending on whether you make your own beef stock. Then the sodium will go down even further. Hope you'll give it a try!
See this image largerNew physical therapist cheered up this overweight 59-year-old by asking if I had been a gymnast. It's a hilarious thought for a woman who was always the worst at everything sports-related. He asked because I could do this stretch that none of the other young PTs could do. Made my day!See this image largerFinally found a great charity to give my fabric stash to! (All bought for making masks.) A local woman started a charity to make clothes for poor women and children and now they also items to help those with cancer. Makes me feel as good as losing another 10 pounds!See this image largerGoing through a lot of physical therapy for my knees, I have to do bridges every day. Was just wondering how to make them more challenging, when my cat jumped on for the ride. Worked great!See this image largerThe dangers of Zoom meetings. :-)See this image largerMy favorite Friday dinner: Trader Joe's salmon burgers cooked in Soyaki on brown rice with broccoli. About 400 calories for the whole thing.See this image largerI didn't know they did trophies for 225 days, but there you go: for exercise, tracking food, and logging on.See this image largerIf you pray, pray for us in the South today! Going to be a rough ride. I didn't even know there was a pink zone--and we're in it. Trying to gather up an emergency items and secure our kitties.See this image largerThanks to those who prayed for us in Alabama yesterday. The tornadoes took out many homes, but thankfully there was no loss of life. Every time this happens, it really makes you think about what's precious to you--and it's not stuff! For more good news: this morning I found out I finally got under 180! I don't even know how long it's been since I was under 180--maybe 10 years? Every little bit lost is such a boost to keep going.See this image largerAmerican Robin--my favorite!See this image largerNorthern Parula WarblerSee this image largerAmerican GoldfinchSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largeris celebrating the beginning of Spring!See this image largerSpring has arrived on my Spark Page! Check out a new blog post I made today on a series of podcasts that could TRULY change your life as they are changing mine:
See this image largerPlease check out a new blog post I made today on a series of podcasts that could TRULY change your life as they are changing mine:
See this image largerDonating a closet's worth of clothes but it's not leaving me with much to wear. And since I'm only a third of the way to my goal, I don't want to buy too many clothes at my present size. Any advice?See this image largerI was happy to find that after 4 months of physical therapy, my leg strength has finally improved. I started out at 50lbs for the inner/outer thigh machine. (One of the few machines that the men never seem to touch.)See this image largerhas finally lost 15 pounds! Only took 7 months... See this image largerHave finally lost 15 pounds! And it only took 7 months. ;-p See this image largerWhy don't I cook more? This is just one package of bone-in chicken breasts with olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, lemon slices, whole garlic, and fresh thyme. 60 minutes at 375 degrees until 165 internal temp. I don't eat the skin, but it stays more moist with it on. Meant it only for sandwiches, but it looks pretty fancy, doesn't it? :-)See this image largerMowed the lawn for the first time in maybe 2 years. I thought that we could save money from paying someone else to do it, but man, it was hard! Works muscles I forgot I had. Wouldn't be so bad if not for the slope we're on. But I certainly got my fitness (or pfft!ness) in for the day!See this image largeris suffering from a penicillin rash. Yikes.(1 comments)See this image largerJust bought a box of these and was surprised to find they consider a serving to be 3 pops. Yes they are small, but who would ever eat 3 pops at a time? Only 25 calories each.See this image largerHappy Sunday!See this image largerStill plugging along, logging all food and water and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise every single day. And this is through lupus, Restless Legs Syndrome, knee injuries, and most lately an allergic reaction to penicillin. No matter how bad some days might be, I find I can at least do a little stretching or some leg lifts. Oh, and where weight loss was the reason for joining, it's now not the top priority. But I'm happy to report that I've lost 15 pounds so far.See this image largerFor the English majors and teachers out there. :-)See this image largerHere's my cat, Tony, exhausted from his last workout. :-)See this image largerThought this from my lupus support group was pretty funny. :-)See this image largerTufted Titmouse in Winter(1 comments)See this image largerNorthern CardinalSee this image largerBlue Jay in Winter by Danita DelimontSee this image largerCommon RedpollsSee this image largerPair of ChickadeesSee this image largerDark-eyed Junco by Nancy BrandtSee this image largerEvening GrosbeakSee this image largerChickadeeSee this image largerSee this image largerI'm still going! Blogged about this today. :-)See this image largerSee this image largerneeds help to stay cheerful and motivated in December.(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerI'm the only one at the fitness center. Have the entire walking track to myself.See this image largeris getting ready for a healthy Thanksgiving! See this image largerfinally lost 5 pounds!!!See this image largerhas reached 110 days in my streaks for fitness and food tracking!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largeris is going to join the local fitness center to walk the track early in the morning.(1 comments)See this image largerYesterday I posted the news that I reached 100 days straight of logging in, tracking food and water, and exercising for at least 10 minutes every day. I felt shy about adding I made a blog post about it, but now that others have found the post helpful, I wanted to share it here:
715356 I'm hoping that my experience may encourage other newbies not to give up. Believe me, if I can do it, so can you!
See this image largerTo all Newbies: I just hit 100 days of tracking food, water, and exercise! Believe me, if I can do it, so can you! My advice: don't take a day off until you have absolutely no choice. I've had sick days where I still managed 10 minutes of gentle stretching. For me, I was afraid that if I took a day off, I would be tempted to make it 2 days, or 3 days, and so on.See this image largerhas exercised and tracked food/water for 100 days straight!(2 comments)See this image largercompleted a 90-day streak for logging in, daily exercise, and food tracking!(1 comments)See this image largerDetermined I would start walking outside 5 days a week. Climbing up a hill I really didn't want to climb, I also didn't want to run into any of my neighbors. But a big guy in pajamas waited at his mailbox until I got to his house and then asked me, "Are you struggling?" All I could get out was a yes, but I should have replied, "No, not at all. Why do you ask?"See this image largeris going to TRY walking outside 5 or more days a week. (I do all my exercise indoors.)(1 comments)See this image largerNot exactly diet-friendly but still worth a laugh.See this image largeris surprised to be Dawg of the Day in her Spirited Under Dawgs team! (1 comments)See this image largerIt's that time of year!See this image largerBlogged today about a webinar I took part in this morning on how light affects our sleep. Check it out if you're having trouble with sleep.See this image largeris is going to make masks today! Been away from sewing for 2 months and I miss it!(3 comments)See this image largeris going to make masks today! Been away from sewing for 2 months and I miss it!See this image largeris DONE with dairy!(4 comments)See this image largeris delighted to have gotten an appointment with a restless legs specialist in Atlanta! Woo-hoo!(1 comments)See this image largerToday I reached 60-day streaks for 1) Logging in every day, 2) tracking food and water every day, and 3) completing at least 10 minutes of fitness every day. Sixty days ago, I would have not thought this possible. Thanks, SparkPeople!See this image largerBefore transferring to a larger bowl, I had to admire the layers of my fruit salad: strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, and blueberries.See this image largeris upside down in her sleep schedule. (3 comments)See this image largeris delighted to have a tangible goal in mind! (See my blog.)See this image largerAnyone else feed as though you are making so many mistakes (nutrition and exercise-wise) but learning from each one? In my past life, I would normally have gotten discouraged by so many mistakes--but there's something about SparkPeople that makes me eager to do better the next day.(1 comments)See this image largeris looking for SparkBuddies to join me in the "Find 10" Challenge that I started today.(1 comments)See this image largeris very happy with her new neurologist! Thanks for the prayers!(2 comments)See this image largerThere must be a way to track cooking in a hot kitchen on a hot day!(1 comments)See this image largerHomemade lactose free yogurt (thanks to UrbanRednek for tip to ferment for 24 hours and then strain whey for 1.5 hours) with Trader Joe's peach halves and vanilla granola. Delicious dessert!See this image largeris posting this picture just to make me happy. Gartered Trogon (Trogon caligatus) having a good time in the rain - in Costa Rica by Jory Freimann.(1 comments)See this image largerThe American Robin is my favorite bird. Too bad we don't get any in our neighborhood. :-((1 comments)See this image largeris getting no sleep tonight!(1 comments)See this image largeris putting the house back in order after carpet cleaners came.See this image largerHappy National Hummingbird Day! This is an Anna's hummingbird as we used to get all the time when we lived in San Diego. More beautiful photos on my blog today.(1 comments)See this image largerTufted titmouse singing his heart out. By Jonathan Elcock of Newton, Massachusetts.(1 comments)See this image largerPainted bunting(1 comments)See this image largerCalifornia QuailSee this image largeris trying to feel as cheerful as this yellow warbler looks. :-)(2 comments)See this image largerThe Blackburnian Warbler is the only North American warbler that has an orange throat.(1 comments)See this image largerCedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) in South Carolina, USA by Patricia Warren.See this image largerAmerican Kestrels (Falco sparverius) by George Rosema.(2 comments)See this image largerAmerican Kestrel (Falco sparverius) by Karen L. Sirna.See this image largerRose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) -male- in New Jersey, USA by Melina Gioffre Fuda‎.(1 comments)See this image largerThe Violet-green Swallow is a small North American swallow. Photo; Christine Haines.See this image largerNorthern Saw-whet Owl(3 comments)See this image largerCommon Flicker, State Bird of Alabama(5 comments)See this image largerThe most cheerful-looking bird ever. Yellow Warbler in New Jersey by Chris A. Fraley.(1 comments)See this image largerLove this plump little tufted titmouse.See this image largerPlump is Beautiful! Many-Colored Rush Tyrant from South America. (1 comments)See this image larger"When Irish Eyes are Smilin'..." Schalow's Turaco from Zambia.See this image largerPoster Bird for Monday Mornings. Brahminy starling from India. (1 comments)See this image largerMy first progress photo!See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerHow do you like the progress I'm making on my new beach body?(1 comments)See this image largerThis photo, taken today, is what brings me back to SparkPeople. I knew I had gained weight through the lockdown, but I had no idea how fat I looked. I wasn't making any progress but now I have more to try to lose.(1 comments)

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