Sunday, January 03, 2010
I just finished reading Girls Like Us: The Journey of a Generation. For those over 50, I highly recommend this book. I love, love, loved it! Couldn't put it down. I am now reading The Spark which I am also enjoying very much. However, we had a water malfunction, and the basement flooded last night. DH and I will be spending the day cleaning up the mess. :-( But as soon as everything down there is cleared out, cleaned up, or dryed up, I am right back to The Spark! I do love to read!!! And I do love SparkPeople!!!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This past year has been especially difficult. Early on, my precious Pocahontas died. She was my deaf "child" and as close to a baby as I'll ever have. I still miss her every single day.
The winter was pins and needles for my husband's job. He has been an engineer for General Motors for 30 years, but when it took bankruptcy, all bets on job security were off. He is still working, however, has taken a substantial pay cut. He says that job security still feels kind of "moment-to-moment."
I have had stomach issues for some time, and my health really deteriorated throughout the winter and spring of '09. After a number of tests, I had surgery. The surgery had complications, so I ended up spending part of the summer in the hospital. I have had countless x-rays, two CAT scans, an MRI, an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. The doctors still don't know why I feel nauseated and weak all the time. More tests are scheduled.
In the late summer, my father-in-law died. Although he and I were not especially close, I have known him since I was 15 years old. I am now 55. Watching my husband grieve this loss has been very difficult. He is the first-born son, and he and his dad were very close. Since his dad's death, my husband flies back to Kansas City to check in on his 80-year-old widowed mother on a regular basis. I'm happy that he is taking such good care of her, but I can tell that it is wearing on him.
As a result of all of the above, my husband surprised me with a winter vacation. We are leaving for the Sunshine State, Florida, tomorrow morning! I am delighted!!! This last year has been so difficult, and although we had a summer vacation scheduled, we didn't get to take it. We are both ready to get away from everything for awhile and bask in the warm sun. I am sooo looking forward to this! And I am so grateful to have such a loving, caring husband.
So, SparkFriends, since I don't know if I will have computer access for the next week, I may not be online until after the New Year. But know that I am with my wonderful husband getting some much-needed R & R. I am going to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year!
Friday, November 27, 2009
SparkPeople came onto my radar one year ago, on November 16, 2008. I don't remember how I found SparkPeople, but I remember that I thought it looked cool, plus it was free, so I joined.
First, I set up my SparkPage, which I now need to re-visit and update, and I began tracking a few things here and there as time permitted. Today I am a multiple-times-daily Sparker.
I thought I knew a lot about diet and nutrition, and kind of I did, but I have learned so much more. There is a depth to my knowledge base now. And even after one year, I am still learning new things, most especially about how to make this site work for me. For example, one feature that I am just now finding out how to get the most out of the Nutrition Tracker. This is going to make a huge difference in what I eat. The visual, full-color breakdown of your daily food intake in a pie chart is awesome! And then breaking down the day's calories by Fat, Protein, Carbs, etc., is a fabulous nutrition lesson. For those of us who are visual learners, the Nutrition Tracker is the very definition of A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words!
Setting goals is nothing new. I've set them hundreds of times, and I've broken them hundreds of times. But now I'm accountable to the SparkTeams that I have joined. That takes goal setting and accountability to a new level! And SparkStreaks are a visual record of how well you are maintaining the goals that you have set for yourself.
There are so many more features that keep me coming back day after day, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the people, many of whom are now my SparkFriends. They are there for me, and hopefully I am there for them. But even those SparkPeople who are not listed on my SparkPage are still my SparkFriends and are there for me whether they know it or not. I look forward to reading their blogs or seeing them on the message boards. It's very encouraging to know that others are on this journey, too, and together we can and will make it to our goal weight and our healthiest life.
Thank you SparkPeople for an awesome website, and for an amazing journey this past year. I can't wait to see what the next year holds!
Saturday, November 07, 2009
The guy finally came and repaired my washer, I am once again doing laundry, I took a walk in the warm sunshine, and we are going out to celebrate the repair of the washer. It's been a big old day in my little Debbie world!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Finally, after a week of wind and rain, we are having a beautiful day of autumn sunshine in the metro Detroit area! Yay!!! Today will be a great day for a long, vigorous walk outside. I am so looking forward to it!
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