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Monday, January 28, 2013

It was an uneventful trip. Nothing happened that I can turn into an exaggerated story. As some of you saw, the pool at the motel was indoors, but way too cold to stick your toe into. And I couldn't figure out the treadmill. I had it set on manual, no incline, but it would flip over to 12 incline and 7 MPH with no warning. I wasn't successful making it stop and I also wasn't able to keep up with that intensity, so I switched over to the rowing machine.

The bed was the softest bed I've ever slept in in a motel, and the pillows were like rocks.

Breakfast (free) choices included hard boiled eggs, sausage patties, strawberry yogurt, bagel, cream cheese, cheese danish, fruit loops, milk, and coffee with cream available. They also had apples and oranges available. I wasn't too impressed with anything except the apple, since I had a box of clementines in the car.

When I got to my exit in Florida it was 82 degrees and sunny. I went for a mile walk at 7:10 with Jewels (my Yorkie.) She is pooped now, and I can tell I'd better go to bed soon, because I plan to hit the gym.

Not going to pay for it anymore down here without using it. Tomorrow, I'm going to check out the water aerobics classes.

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SAGELADY2 1/30/2013 9:51PM

    Glad to see you made it back ok. I'm taking the evening off to catch up on things. I was in the 70's yesterday!! But now, the temps are 30 and dropping to the teens with snow and 30 mph winds. So....lemme outta here!!!!

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ANGEL1066 1/29/2013 10:18PM

    Water aerobics are great! Enjoy!

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SHARJOPAUL 1/29/2013 9:24AM

    Good that you made it home safely

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SHYFEMMEKAT 1/29/2013 8:33AM

    Glad you're back home safe and sound!

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CHRISTINASP 1/29/2013 4:54AM

    YAY you got the trip behind you! 'welcome home'!
Hope you'll settle in again nicely, soon.

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DANGBLONDE 1/28/2013 9:25PM

  emoticon Water sounds fun.

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The Car is Packed, Almost Ready to Go

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The weather sprites smiled, brought out the sun and melted all the ice.
That was amazing to hear all the dripping this morning. I thought it was raining, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky. So I took advantage of safe steps and got everything I could pack and load before the morning before something else happened.

I need to winterize. Lowes was out of RV antifreeze. I can't use regular antifreeze because of the septic system. I wonder if I could get the same effect from road salt or that frost proof window washing fluid. I don't want bathroom pipes bursting while I'm away. I've already had enough water damage to deal with!!

The car is full except for the last minute food and a doubled bag of trash. Nowhere to drop it off on Sunday, but that won't stop me.

Sometime soon I'll need to figure out which is the lesser of 2 evils for the trip--Brasstown Bald to Macon then home 75, missing Atlanta. 12 hours minimum.

Or head right into the Atlanta storm and go bravely where many others have gone before. 10 hours minimum if Atlanta is kind and accidents don't slow everybody down ahead of me to 15 miles an hour all the way through Georgia. Has taken 15.

I am sorry I will miss spring here. but I have seen it 3 other times. I think I'll be going from winter to summer in one day when I get back to Florida.

Don't know when that will happen, but it's always a surprise to jump from highs of 30 to highs of 80 in just a day with no warning. (Fahrenheit temperature)

Kind of like when the scale sits stoic for 3 weeks and then all of a sudden it's down 2.5 pounds. You get off, check to make sure your glasses are on your eyes, and get back on just to make sure. I must say that surprise is much more welcome than skipping spring and jumping to summer!

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SAGELADY2 1/28/2013 8:49PM

    Hope you had a safe trip. We are enjoying 70's now...although we'll be back to snow by tomorrow night after severe storms. Let's see 20 degrees, ice, freezing rain, rain, 70 degrees, thunderstorms, 20 degrees again and snow. That's in 4 days. I always leave shorts out for days like this. Closely followed by hoodies, double gloves and my Carhart jacket.

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LVSHOPE 1/27/2013 3:17PM

    Praying for traveling mercies! emoticon

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HHLTD1 1/27/2013 10:10AM

    Safe Journey

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SHYFEMMEKAT 1/27/2013 9:12AM

    Safe journey!

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CHRISTINASP 1/27/2013 6:15AM

    I think I'd choose the option that leaves the most chances of peace of mind and a relaxed trip.... Wow twelve hours on the road (OR ten!). Do that here an you have passed three or four (don't even know how many) borders of foreign counties. I hope you will be fine, thinking good thoughts for you!

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LINDA! 1/27/2013 12:07AM

    Yes, we are having great weather in Florida. Have a safe journey.

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FYI: E-mail Scam

Friday, January 25, 2013

I received an e-mail from a friend that said she was in Malaysia with her husband, who was ill and needed a hysterectomy, asking me to send money. Her name and his name were in the message.

With other spamming, I can usually click and read the header info to see where it really came from.

So I sent her a message letting her know she might have a virus.

I received a reply saying she didn't have a virus, that she really was in Malaysia.

I don't know what to do about this. There's no point sending anymore e-mails to her, since it appears someone has taken over at least her e-mail.

It was written in very broken English, which wouldn't be her either.

We were warned yesterday on the news how hackers can take over our laptops via an e-mail, turning on our video cameras and then knowing everything said and done in the house. The warning here was to not ope e-mails from anyone we don't know. You have no way of knowing. Solution: cover your camera lens on the laptop, and close the laptop when you're not using it.

In my case, I thought I knew this person.

The more we become reliant on technology and social media, the more we will need to be knowledgeable and vigilant for this kind of attack.

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SAMMIESMOM13 1/27/2013 7:12PM

    Hmmmm.... I got an email similar from someone I barely know and wondered why on earth... now I know. Glad I just deleted it, thinking it very strange. Thanks for the warning. VERY scarey stuff.

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CHRISTINASP 1/27/2013 6:14AM

    That's awful. AND a last attemt to guilt you into sending money. I hope you can get in touch with your friend somehow and then obtain other ways to contact her.

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ANGEL1066 1/26/2013 10:22PM

    worrisome! best to report this to government authorities.

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SHARJOPAUL 1/26/2013 10:51AM

Hope your friend figures out how to fix the problem.

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BRAVELUTE 1/26/2013 9:37AM

    She lives near me half the year, and in another country the other half. They didn't come here this year because of cancer and abdominal surgery for hubby. We only e-mail and I don't have her foreign phone number.
Hopefully someone on that e-mail I sent will let her know.

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SAGELADY2 1/26/2013 6:51AM

    Yep, I had the same happen with my pastor's email address. He always signed his emails "pastor" so when the plea for money came, it was signed "Keith". You'll want to call her and tell her to change her password or even just get a new account.

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HHLTD1 1/26/2013 12:19AM

    Does your friend by chance have another e-mail address you could contact her at? Perhaps a work address or does her husband have an e-mail you might try?

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BRAVELUTE 1/25/2013 2:31PM

    Yes, an appropriate surgery might have been taken as truth, except we know he is home recuperating from other major abdominal surgery and would never be traveling to Malaysia for that surgery or anything else.

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CBRINKLEY401 1/25/2013 2:04PM

    I noticed the last email from them said when HE dies you will be happy. Since when is an emergency hysterectomy done on a man? Obviously the spammers have gotten their story mixed up this time, which just proves the whole email is fake. I hope someone is able to reach your friend so they can shut this whole thing down before anyone is tricked into wiring these parasites money.

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BRAVELUTE 1/25/2013 1:52PM

    Thanks. If she lived in the states I would. I don't know how to contact her in her country. I've sent CBRinKLEY's text to everyone who was included in the last message, Hopefully one of her friends in her country will let her know.
I've also contacted my e-mail provider that that thread of e-mails was from a compromised source.

Don't know what else I can do except cover up my video camera and change my password.

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MANDIETERRIER1 1/25/2013 1:28PM

    That is creepy. I would send her a text message or call her.

Definitely go with your gut on this.

It is sad that we have to now be hyper vigilant so that we don't get catfished

Comment edited on: 1/25/2013 1:29:20 PM

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BRAVELUTE 1/25/2013 1:14PM

    Here's my last message from the hackers:


If you are not willing to assist me please stop asking me question. When he dies you will be happy.


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CBRINKLEY401 1/25/2013 12:46PM

    Her email account was hijacked. These hackers run the email address through their password deciphering software, and once they have the password, they go in and send these spam messages to everyone in the person's address book. If the person has a signature line which is automatically added to the end of every email, that would account for the name being at the end of the message. In this case, the hackers also would either change her password so she couldn't access her emails and warn people, or know what was going on, or they change the settings so that emails sent to that address are also forwarded to themselves, which helps them to then let people know where to wire the money.
Your friend needs to change her email password immediately, as well as run an up-to-date virus/spyware/malware scan on her computer. There are many great programs that are available for free online, such as Avast, Spybot, and Malwarebytes.
If you have her phone number, then give her a call to let her know. If these hackers have changed her email password, she will have to contact the email provider to prove who she is, and they will give her a temporary password to get back in and lock the hackers out.

Same goes if you get an email from someone you know, and there is nothing in the subject line and just a link to a website in the body of the email. NEVER click on those links, as they often will download a trojan virus onto your computer.
If you know how to view the header information in the emails, there are IP checker websites which will tell you where the email actually originated from.

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KIMCOLLINGS 1/25/2013 12:36PM

    Wow. Thanks for sharing. Crazy what hackers will do!

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CHRISTINASP 1/25/2013 12:30PM

    Yes, I've had something similar with an email from a friend who was supposedly in Africa and who had lost her wallet and needed money urgently. She WAS in Africa but she did not send the mail! And it was in broken English, too.
And I did reply and like you, got back a strange reply that insisted on sending money.

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Classic Fat

Thursday, January 24, 2013

All I've ever heard about the fat on our bodies is that the last fat to go on is the first fat to come off. I guess the 40 pounds I lost from July -Dec. 16 was baby fat. Because I know that 35 pounds went on between 2007-2012 after I stopped following Medifast through cancer treatments and surgeries.

So what do I call the last 9 pounds I've lost since December 16? Retro fat? Classic fat? Cambridge fat? Cigarette fat? Because the weight gain that I'm working to melt now went on between 1980-2006 after major weight loss with Cambridge, and then quitting smoking with the help of Nicorette gum. So I have a bunch of classic old fat hanging around. So far, the Classic Fat has been easier to melt away than the baby fat. Maybe its resistance is lower because it never thought I'd be strong enough to battle my bad habits.

I'm hoping it doesn't figure it out before I finish the next six pounds because THEN I have to battle the antique fat. The fat that went on after I threw the doctor's diet pills and his 600 calorie a day diet in the trash in 1968. The more I think about it, the more I realize that's when my relationship with crazy, very low calorie diets began, and I had the endorsement from my doctor for the prescription for diet pills that made my skin feel like spiders were crawling on my back. That low calorie diet (eggs, tomatoes, zwieback crackers, tea for 3 meals a day) instilled that thought that low calorie diets were safe. My body told me the pills weren't. But I never connected the subsequent weight gain to be because of the low calorie diet. I just thought it was something wrong with my will power, or my metabolism.

I have no imagination for what it will be like to get back to college weight or beyond. I'm looking forward to enjoying maintenance, whenever that happens.

I wish the knowledge, wisdom, and support at Spark People had been available in the sixties!
Of course we didn't even have computers then.

How DID we ever survive?

Edit: My last name is Atkins, and I'm not a relative of the Dr. responsible for the diet; and yes, I tried that one, too, with the same result. At least it wasn't low calorie or based on drugs. ; )

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SAGELADY2 1/26/2013 7:01AM

    hehee, mine is sit on my fat butt fat. :-) I'd guess, that there is first child baby weight where I put on 3 pounds a week for the last few months. When I saw my regular doc towards delivery date he almost fainted. When he told me it wouldn't come off with the baby, I almost fainted. I was also so stupid back then.

Then came Atkins for a short time, then came baby number 2 when I lost the 30 I gained with the baby being born. But still 100 over.

Then came a divorce and quite a few years of ugly where I lost about 50 pounds.

Then came RA and prednisone. Added another 50 pounds.

Then I got a CPAP for sleep apnea and instead of losing weight like most everyone does, I gained 40 pounds from finally sleeping all night and not gasping for air.

So, I've lost the CPAP weight. Working on the pred weight now. I'm looking for 180.

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ANGEL1066 1/24/2013 6:24PM

    I started dieting under a "fat doctor" with a huge stack of multicolored pills while in Jr. High. I was with him a whole school year, sick constantly, lost 1 pound and, when my mom finally took me to my old pediatrition to see why I was always sick, he said I was close to dying, chucked the pills and took the next year to get me back to health. LaTER, IN MY THIRTIES, I DROPPED 150 POUNDS on the Atkins diet. There are many loony diets out there, some even work, for a while, but the fat comes baxk with friends as soon as the diet ends. Spark works because it retrains for life.

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BRAVELUTE 1/24/2013 4:22PM

    Lindsey, you mean you ate them all at different times together? I would eat them all at the same time. Except you left out donuts, and homemade bread and cake and pie!!

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LINDSEYJ 1/24/2013 3:27PM

    I think I'd go by decade...Beatles Fat, Hippie Fat, Punk Rock Fat, HammerTime Fat...

Personally, I call mine by the food I was binge-ing on at the time...brownie fat, pasta fat, mocha fat, M&M and nuts fat...

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HHLTD1 1/24/2013 2:44PM

    Oh it is all way to confusing for me. I am just happy to lose any fat no matter when I put it on.

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CHRISTINASP 1/24/2013 12:15PM

    Well, we didn't! LOL

(Mind you I was BORN in the sixties!) emoticon

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Bringing Back the Impromptu Block Party

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Today's Livestyle Blog by Sheiili Mosteller

reminded me of the impromptu block parties that used to happen around my house in the late fifties. My dad's homemade stilts, a pogo stick, hula hoops, jump ropes, street skates, and bikes were favorites with kids and adults of all ages. There never was an invitation. Just a few kids playing outside and soon the place would be jumpin, literally!!

The "toys" that Shelli describes just might get everyone out from their video and computer screens and outside having FUN together!! And if no one shows up, just put on a pair of those Schwings and knock on a few doors. I bet you'll soon have a crowd Hooping and . . .

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KIWIANN 1/24/2013 12:14PM

    If life ever brings me the opportunity to move to Florida or NC, I will definitely strive to find a place in your neighborhood -- and you could definitely count me in your block parties!!

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