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Reflections

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

January 1, 2010 - I had exercised 253 days the previous year (2009)

January 1, 2011 - I exercised 344 days last year (2010)

So, that's one good thing.


January 1, 2010 - I weighed 219 pounds

January 1, 2011 - I weighed 225 pounds

That's bad.


January 1, 2010 Measurements
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Chest - 44"
Waist - 40"
Hips - 48"

January 1, 2011 Measurements
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Chest - 44.5"
Waist - 42"
Hips - 49"

So, that's not good either. The gain in weight obviously wasn't muscle.


September 2010 - I met with a dietician to discuss why I wasn't losing weight. I brought random days of the week food diaries printed off of SparkPeople. She said that it appeared that I was doing everything right and that maybe I should just resign myself to not losing weight due to my autoimmune disease (RA) and the medications I'm on. She said continue eating well and exercising and at least you'll be healthy. But I wasn't ready to give up. I've been trying to lose weight since 1998. Compared to then, I'm down 40 or so pounds. But I didn't have rheumatoid arthritis then. I didn't get that until 2004 so should I give up?

I just can't yet. So, tomorrow I'm giving Weight Watchers another try. I lost 70 pounds on it before so I'll try it again. I'm also going to try an aqua-fit class and see how that goes.

I'm a Taurus and I'm stubborn (persistent) to the end (especially with myself). I just can't give up because I know that if I lose weight, I'll feel better. And, because if I can't lose weight then what's the point in trying?

  
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DDOORN 1/8/2011 9:55AM

    Hey, once we've re-vamped our lifestyle and enjoying our lives there is not one thing wrong with maintaining...and although you have a little uptick over the year, you essentially ARE maintaining! So KUDOS to YOU!

Hoping you'll find ways to tweak your life even more to your satisfaction but also take comfort in the accomplishments you've made as well!

Thx for stopping by my blog! Have been crawling up from a backslide myself. I was not very kind to myself this winter so far BUT: am ramping up for 2011!! :-)

Don

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MOLLIEMAC 1/5/2011 9:00AM

    Joanna, you can do it. Eat well but not too much :), keep walking, do the aquafit and try some strength training if your joints are feeling good. Take it day by day, week by week- we're pulling for you...MJ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Christmas Quiz

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thanks to HEALTHYCYNDI1 for this with a couple of modifications.


Have you been naughty or nice this year? - Mostly nice.



What do you want most for Christmas? (no altruistic answers, please) - Lands End gift certificate



Do you believe in Santa Claus? - Yes.



What is your favourite food at Christmas? - Lindor milk chocolate or Turtles



Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? - Yes.



Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? - Yes.



What is your favourite Christmas song? - O Holy Night sung by The Three Tenors or Luciano Pavarotti.



What is your favourite Christmas movie? - Miracle on 34th Street (the original - 1947)



What is your best memory of Christmas? - Christmas morning with my parents and my sisters and the growing anticipation.



What do you look forward to most at Christmas? - Vacation time from work, seeing family and friends and getting caught up on my reading.



What are you doing for Christmas this year? - Going to my sister-in-law's house.



Who do you want to kiss under the mistletoe? - I don't think I've ever done that but it would definitely be my hubby if I get to choose.



What kind of Christmas tree do you have? - Artificial



Do you take part in a Secret Santa? - Yes, at my sister-in-law's.



Do you go to any Christmas parties? - No parties this year but a couple of work lunches.



Have you ever had a white Christmas? - Yes.



How early do you wake up on Christmas morning? - Usually between 7 and 8, my normal waking time on days off.



Do you still get a stocking? - Yes.



How many Christmas cards do you normally send out? - 75 e-cards this year.



What is your Christmas wish? - For me and my friends and family to be happy and healthy in the New Year.

  
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MOLLIEMAC 12/22/2010 9:30AM

   

Have you been naughty or nice this year? - Mostly nice.

What do you want most for Christmas? - a gift of time

Do you believe in Santa Claus? - Yes.

What is your favourite food at Christmas? - mincemeat pie

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? - Yes.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? - Yes.

What is your favourite Christmas song? - Missa Luba choral mass

What is your favourite Christmas movie? - none

What is your best memory of Christmas? - skating on the Red Deer River Christmas afternoon when I was a kid

What do you look forward to most at Christmas? - having family close

What are you doing for Christmas this year? - having son, DIL and grandson with us for a couple of days

Who do you want to kiss under the mistletoe? - my DH

What kind of Christmas tree do you have? - real Nova Scotia balsam fir- love the smell!

Do you take part in a Secret Santa? - no

Do you go to any Christmas parties? - just a dinner party here with close friends

Have you ever had a white Christmas? - Yes.

How early do you wake up on Christmas morning? - 6ish

Do you still get a stocking? - of course!

How many Christmas cards do you normally send out? - 30 handmade cards

What is your Christmas wish? - good health, peace and that our daughter is accepted into a residency program emoticon emoticon emoticon

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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JHADZHIA 12/21/2010 11:01PM

    Have you been naughty or nice this year? - Mostly nice.
What do you want most for Christmas? (no altruistic answers, please) -a waterproof, shockproof multi-directional pedometer lol.
Do you believe in Santa Claus? - No
What is your favourite food at Christmas? -dessert as I never have them at home
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? - No
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? - No
What is your favourite Christmas song? -The Royal Guardsman -Snoopy's Christmas
What is your favourite Christmas movie? - Miracle on 34th Street (the original - 1947)
What is your best memory of Christmas? - Christmas morning with my mom and brother and sister
What do you look forward to most at Christmas? - relaxing as things quiet down at the club.
What are you doing for Christmas this year? - Nothing as I usually go to Mom's, but she is going to my sister's farm for the first time ever. My brother did invite me over for the first time ever for a Christmas eve supper.. So a year of new experiences.
Who do you want to kiss under the mistletoe? - not interested. I am a bachelor for a reason LOL
What kind of Christmas tree do you have? -never had one myself, but Mom put up a real one for the first time since we were kids, it was wonderful!
Do you take part in a Secret Santa? - No
Do you go to any Christmas parties? - Never any parties, but one work lunch and work supper.
Have you ever had a white Christmas? -Always
How early do you wake up on Christmas morning? - I am a faithful insomniac 4 am is my usual awakening, but lately, its been every hour now.
Do you still get a stocking? -No
How many Christmas cards do you normally send out? - None, but sent out six real ones this year, spurred on by my Spark buddy who wanted to exchange real ones :)
What is your Christmas wish? - For my relatives, Spark buddies and I to be healthy and happy.

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MY top 100 favourite books

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My sister challenged me to create my own list of top 100 favourite books after seeing the list that the BBC put out.

This list has been extrapolated from my book diary and contains my favourite books to date. The books are listed alphabetically by title. A couple of them are series (Anne of Green Gables and Dark Materials). And, some have comments in parentheses following them.

Here's my list:


1. A Certain Justice - John Lescroart

2. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

3. A Place of Hiding - Elizabeth George

4. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

5. A Thin Dark Line - Tami Hoag

6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

7. A Widow for One Year - John Irving

8. About A Boy - Nick Hornby

9. An Accidental Woman - Barbara Delinsky

10. Angels & Demons - Dan Brown

11. Anne of Green Gables series - L.M. Montgomery

12. Bachelor Brothers Bed & Breakfast - Bill Richardson

13. Beautiful Child - Torey Hayden (true story)

14. Before Green Gables - Budge Wilson

15. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

16. Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright

17. Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman

18. Dead Run - P.J. Tracy

19. Dear Sad Goat - Bill Richardson (letters from the CBC radio show of the same name)

20. Drums of Autumn - Diana Gabaldon

21. Earth and High Heaven - Gwethalyn Graham

22. elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin

23. Fat Tuesday - Sandra Brown

24. Fifth Business - Robertson Davies

25. Flashpoint - Suzanne Brockmann

26. Flirting With Pete - Barbara Delinsky

27. Four to Score - Janet Evanovich

28. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

29. Graceling - Kristin Cashore

30. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

31. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

32. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling

33. Harvesting the Heart - Jodi Picoult

34. Here on Earth - Alice Hoffman

35. High Five - Janet Evanovich

36. Himalaya - Nicholas Luard

37. Holes - Louis Sachar

38. House Rules - Jodi Picoult

39. Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

40. In a Dark House - Deborah Crombie

41. In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner - Elizabeth George

42. Into the Wilderness - Sara Donati

43. It Had To Be You - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

44. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

45. Jo's Boys - Louisa May Alcott

46. Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult

47. Little Men - Louisa May Alcott

48. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

49. Magic Hour - Kristin Hannah

50. Man Hunting - Jennifer Crusie

51. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

52. Montana Sky - Nora Roberts

53. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

54. Not Wanted on the Voyage - Timothy Findley

55. Now We Are Six - A.A. Milne

56. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Dr. Suess

57. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon (the first & the best IMHO)

58. Oxford Book of Poetry for Children - Edward Blishen & Brian Wildsmith

59. Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult

60. Rush Home Road - Lori Lansens

61. Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult

62. Sally Go Round the Sun - Edith Fowke

63. second glance - Jodi Picoult (my favourite by her)

64. Shoeless Joe - W.P. Kinsella

65. Sybil - Flora Rheta Schreiber (true story)

66. Tell Me Lies - Jennifer Crusie

67. Tell No One - Harlan Coben

68. The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler

69. The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver

70. The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill

71. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

72. The Chrysalids - John Wyndham (my favourite book of all time)

73. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne

74. The Cruellest Month - Louise Penny

75. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

76. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

77. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

78. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (well-written but disturbing)

79. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

80. The Other Side of the Bridge - Mary Lawson

81. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

82. The Piano Man's Daughter - Timothy Findley (my favourite by him)

83. The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

84. The Rose Revived - Katie Fforde

85. The Samurai's Garden - Gail Tsukiyama

86. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

87. The Stone Angel - Margaret Laurence

88. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley (I love this title)

89. The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff

90. The Various Haunts of Men - Susan Hill

91. The Wars - Timothy Findley (reminded me of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller)

92. The Way the Crow Flies - Ann-Marie MacDonald (well-written but disturbing topic)

93. Tigers in the Cellar - Carol Fenner (my favourite book when I was little)

94. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

95. Unless - Carol Shields

96. Voyager - Diana Gabaldon

97. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

98. What Came Before He Shot Her - Elizabeth George

99. With No One As Witness - Elizabeth George

100. Yargo - Jacqueline Susann

  
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CHRISTYINAZ 12/20/2010 10:38AM

    Wow! Great list .... Not sure I could come up with just 100 though lol .....

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MOLLIEMAC 12/20/2010 9:23AM

    Thanks Joanna- glad to see Timothy Findley's books listed! I've got some reading to do...MJ

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JHADZHIA 12/19/2010 9:13PM

    Only 10 I have read. I would like to read the Potter series someday, but there are lots I would like to read. Maybe when I retire from this manager's position I will find some time LOL.

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1NIMUE 12/19/2010 6:17PM

    Impressive list

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100 Books

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

There are a lot of books that should be on this list and aren't...



The BBC believes most people will have read only six of the 100 books listed here.

Copy this list to your Spark Blog and * the books that you have read and % the ones that you have read only part of.



1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (in my TBR [to be read] pile)%

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte*

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling *

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee *

6 The Bible%

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte%

8 1984 - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman *

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott *

12 Tess of the DíUrbervilles - Thomas Hardy*

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller*

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare %

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (in my TBR pile)

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien %

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19 The Time Travelerís Wife - Audrey Niffenegger*

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell*

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (in my TBR pile)

25 The Hitch Hikerís Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck *

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (in my TBR pile)

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis%

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis *

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini*

38 Captain Corelliís Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne %

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell*

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown *

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez*

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving*

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery *

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy*

48 The Handmaidís Tale - Margaret Atwood *

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan*

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel%

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (in my TBR pile)

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon %

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens *

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley*

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon*

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck *

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt*

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold*

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy*

68 Bridget Jonesís Diary - Helen Fielding*

69 Midnightís Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett*

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Inferno - Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt (in my TBR pile)

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (in my TBR pile)

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry*

87 Charlotteís Web - E.B. White (I saw the movie. Does that count?)

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom *

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad*

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery*

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo



34 for me! Although there's some overlap on this list. Why do some numbers include a whole series, while others are just one book? And, why is The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe counted on its own and not included in the Chronicles of Narnia, which is also listed?

So many that I still have to read . . .

  
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JHADZHIA 12/8/2010 10:49PM

    I remember reading Les Miserables over and over in elementary school, just loved it, was a very old 1956 edition with photographs and scalloped edges... Would have loved to see the play when it came through my city..
Thanks for sharing the list. Would that I could have more time to read :((( Maybe after this year end change over is done, and I am caught up on all my office work..

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TITALADY 12/8/2010 10:15PM

    Yes, this list is weird. I've read 42. Someone on Facebook posted this and I thought I'd read more than that but I must have counted wrong. I have read some Shakespeare and some C.S. Lewis but you can't count fractions can you? emoticon

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Her Diamonds by Rob Thomas

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TMANNY posted this on our team page:

Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 wrote an amazing song for his wife Marisol about her autoimmune disease. The song is "her diamonds" and if you have not heard it yet, listen to it it is amazing. This song could really help raise awareness of auto immune diseases, and I think we can help use this song as a tool and spread it to people via email, social networks, word of mouth, and anything else you can think of and explain the story behind it. We have a tool here that lets us use it guys the song itself does not explain what he is singing about, but websites do and will continue to if we help it along. Hope you all are moved by this song as much as I am.

Thanks for sharing, TMANNY. I found it very moving, too and want to share with more people. Here are the lyrics:

Her Diamonds

Oh what the hell she said
I just can't win for losing
And she lays back down
Man there's so many times
I don't know what I'm doiní
Like I don't know now

By the light of the moon
She rubs her eyes
Says it's funny how the night
Can make you blind
I can just imagine
And I don't know what I'm supposed to do
But if she feels bad then I do too
So I let her be

And she says oooh
I can't take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
ĎCuz I can't help her now
She's down in it
She tried her best and now she canít win it's
Hard to see them on the ground
Her diamonds falling down

She sits down and stares into the distance
And it takes all night
And I know I could break her concentration
But it don't feel right

By the light of the moon
She rubs her eyes
Sits down on the bed and starts to cry
And there's something less about her
And I don't know what I'm supposed to do
So I sit down and I cry too
And don't let her see

She shuts out the night
And tries to close her eyes
If she can find daylight
She'll be all right
She'll be all right
Just not tonight


You can listen to the song here but I hope you go to iTunes or somewhere like that to buy the song so that you can show your support:

music.aol.com/song/her-diamonds/1270
9919


Here's the video that a friend sent to me:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNCgfrjKcqs

  
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SEASON48 11/11/2010 12:58PM

    Thank you so much for posting this! Love Rob Thomas and really didn't know he was a songwriter as well as a great singer. emoticon

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GEOFROG 11/11/2010 11:51AM

    Thanks for sharing! I will be sure to listen to this. I love Rob Thomas' music anyway but this will really touch the heart!

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