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Noel's Potato Patch

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Over the past several weeks on the Over 60++ Team we've had some discussions about potatoes (among other things)! Several teammates (including me) love potatoes! So much so they've threatened to steal mine from the garden. But, I did promise to provide an update to how the potatoes are progressing and keep a close eye on them to make sure none are missing.

So, especially for Noel, here's the pics I promised!


This one is from a few weeks ago. You can see the nice row of onions next to the potatoes.


This one is looking back towards the house. Notice all the empty places. That's where the vining plants will spread...all the cucumbers, squash, etc. will fill that in later this summer.


This one was taken yesterday. See how nicely those potatoes are growing? There's lettuce and radishes, some beets and onions visible if you look closely.


This is the weedy end of the garden, but there are a few flowers there that need to be moved and tended to. That will happen some other time.

And last, but not least:

This is Richard trying to hoe around the tomato plants left-handed! I didn't make him work in the garden, honest!!

Hope you enjoyed your little trip through the Iowa summer garden!! Come back soon, but no one can dig any potatoes until Richard says they're ready!

  
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IOWAGRAMMA 6/14/2012 5:20PM

    Linda asked about the corn in the background. That's all field corn and not good for eating. Years ago people used to sometimes eat field corn if they didn't have sweet corn, but I haven't heard of anyone doing that for years. We don't plant sweet corn for two reasons: 1) b/c it's too hard keeping the racoons out of the garden--they tear it up trying to get at the sweet corn (seem to have a sixth sense leading them right to it), and 2.) b/c it is usually so plentiful and easy to get from a neighbor farmer who plants it in the field with corn planter. Just to buy a baker's dozen ears of sweet corn will run about 5.00, but if you know the right people you can get it for free (when they've had their fill) or for much less than that per dozen, especially if you buy a bushel or so from them.

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BELDONDOG1 6/13/2012 10:42PM

    Wow, look at my potatoes grow!! lol Thanks, Jeannie for sharing your lovely garden, house, big yard-everything!! I am really impressed. What an awful lot of work!! And my poor baby Richard, in pain and agony and working at your command. Aw, poor dear! (did that get me any closer to getting those potatoes?)
When I was a little tyke, my grandfather had a small garden and behind it he raised chickens. Thanks for bringing out the kind memories that your garden brought.
Love you, sis and again, thanks.
Noel

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TXGRANDMA 6/13/2012 8:05PM

    Really enjoyed the tour of your garden and the views of the house in the background! Everything looks very healthy, hope the plants are very productive! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 6/13/2012 7:04PM

    LOVE your garden... ours is postage stamp size in comparison but not loved any less emoticonYour farm house in the background makes for such a pretty picture and I love the picture of your DH wielding that hoe left handed... not an easy task emoticonIs any of the corn in the background yours? Are you allowed to pick any of it... I see you don't have any planted.

How do you water your garden?

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JILL313 6/13/2012 5:37PM

    Your garden is terrific and far larger than I thought it would be. For me, it's like a scene from my childhood. We didn't have a farm but had a very large back yard with lots of fruit trees. When my Dad got older and was semi-retired he planted a large vegetable garden and the veggies from them were the best I've ever had. I also love potatoes--as grew up having them often as a side for a meat dinner. I go through a 5 pound bag pretty fast as we all enjoy eating them. I think they've had a bad rap but now I read just how full of fiber and vitamins they are. I'd sure love to live where you live and feel the good fresh country air. Poor Richard looks like he's having a difficult time hoeing the garden--you whip cracking wife--LOL!

Love You,

Jill

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/13/2012 1:28PM

    Jeannie, I really want to come visit you now, and not virtual like last time. I love the country, and gardening. It gives me a feeling that nothing else compares to. I think it is my roots!

Hugs and thanks for sharing.
Gail

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ESILBO 6/13/2012 11:51AM

    I FORGOT TO TELL YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THAT POOR RICHARD, REDUCED MOBILITY AND FORCED TO WORK FOR MADAME S GARDEN...LOL
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ESILBO 6/13/2012 11:48AM

    WOW, I AM VERY IMPRESSED. I MIGHT BE A CITY GIRL, BUT I KNOW ALL THE WORK THAT GOES INTO THAT KING OF GARDEN. MY DAD, AND , MYSELF HAD A TRY AT IT BUT NOTHING OF THAT MAGNITUDE.
I CANT EVEN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE POTATOES AND THE OTHERS. DO YOU SELL AT MARKET AT THE END OF THE SUMMER. THIS IS A LOT FOR 2 PEOPLE. BUT WHAT A GREAT EXERCISE, IN MY BOOK, YOU DON'T NEED TO ADD MORE EXERCISES...LOL

I ADMIRE YOU FOR THIS WORK YOU ARE STILL DOING, EVEN AT YOUR AGE (GOT YOU)...
TAKE CARE SISTER
LOVE
LISE
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TXMEMAW6 6/13/2012 11:30AM

    Jeannie, Love the pictures of your garden. All I have room for in my small yard is a few tomato plants. But, your garden looks a lot like the gardens we had when I was a child. My grandmother grew potatoes and had one special "house" where she stored all the potatoes for the winter. Wow, I haven't thought of that for years. Thanks for the sweet memories! Have a great day, and take care!!
Hugz,
Sharon


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RFJSJ50 6/13/2012 9:10AM

    Beautiful garden! It brought back memories of the ones my dad planted. He used to put in potatoes and our family of five would have enough to last most of the winter - and we were a "meat and potatoes" family!
Sheila

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Last Weekend's Project

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Some of my team mates know that I live in an old farm house. It was built in 1900 and ever since we bought it (almost 5 years ago), we've worked on one project after another. We do most of the work ourselves, but we know when to call someone else in! However, one project we did was to replace the kitchen carpeting with a pretty pine floor. DH put it all down and then I stained and put the polyurethane on it. Unfortunately, it didn't get quite finished, so after nearly 4 years, last weekend was designated "finish the floor" weekend. We moved the table and chairs out and I scrubbed up a storm.


Richard decided to snap a photo of me on my prayer bones. Usually I am taking pictures of him, so don't know what got into him! LOL! Probably because it was an unusual sight--me cleaning on my hands and knees!! Notice the 2 pillows under my knees.


Caught in the act for this one. Such attractive working gear!!


The finished (but still wet) floor. It didn't dry a shiny finish, but has a "satin" shine to it. I was disappointed in some spots I didn't get really well, but they don't show much with the table/chairs back in. "Some" day I may try to fix them.

Thought I'd share them with my team mates who have to listen to me talk about one project or another!! Next on the agenda? Hmm...don't know yet, as my knees are still tender! LOL!

  
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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/20/2012 12:14AM

    HI Jeannie ,,, WOW is that GOREOUS !!! Came out SO NICELY !!!! best of all it was done WITH LOVE hon !! how SPECIAL IS THAT????? Everytime you sweep it, clean it,, you will think back to this time,,,and when you see those pillows you will remember those knees, and how sore they got, but than reflect to how it is WORTH IT !!! Also the THRILL and HAPPINESS of telling those who come and WALK UPON them "Rick and I did these OURSELVES !" WOW huh? What a LASTING Impression,,,the both of you together IN LOVE working side by side !! NEAT hon !! NEAT !! Thats L O V E !!!

SO GLAD your feeling well enough to do this. Take that PRIDE hon,,,,and RUN WITH IT onto not only projects in the house, but projects you work on,,,in YOURSELF as you also reach out to improve your body,,,for you CAN DO THIS Jeannie,, let NOTHING INSIDE you of any negativity say OTHERWISE !! A woaman this TALENTED or rather DETERINED CAN DO THIS !!!

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JAMER123 4/20/2012 12:04AM

    Beautiful floor!!! That was a lot of work. What a fantastic idea of pillows under the knees!! Don't know if that would be enough for me but it is something I have never thought of. That was a lot of hard work but the pay off is wonderful! You get to see it every day!!
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CHERIRIDDELL 4/19/2012 11:08PM

    Jeannie the floors are fabulous and you are too! There is nothing wrong with your working gear ! You look great !

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SPEEDY143 4/19/2012 10:14PM

    Bless your heart... on your knees!!!! The floor looks great Jeannie. We are DIYers too and I have a ton of video and pics of DH working hard over the years. It took us 13 years to complete our kitchen... I kid you not emoticon

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JILL313 4/19/2012 8:49PM

    Your floors are beautiful just like you are. . .You can do mine anytime you want. It's great you and Richard are in such good shape as I'd have to hire someone to do that for me and as you know then it runs into too much money. Just getting a peek at your roomy kitchen your house looks beautiful. Knowing you I'll bet you'll have another project lined up soon. Working hard does help keep you young and healthy! You sure do get a good workout and I know your knees need a good rest--as you do also.

Love,

Jill

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 4/19/2012 3:22PM

    You did a great job! The floor is beautiful. There are so many projects around our house that we have put off. Maybe it is time for me to get to it! Thank you for the inspiration.
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TXMEMAW6 4/19/2012 3:11PM

    Oh my goodness, what beautiful floors! Thanks so much for sharing with us, Jeannie. You did an awesome job!!
Hugz,
Sharon


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TXGRANDMA 4/19/2012 2:29PM

    Wow, Jeannie! That floor is just beautiful! I LOVE the old farmhouses, I lived in one from the age of 15 till I was 21 and married. Ours was also built about the same time, it was built for my Dad's grandmother just after his grandparents emigrated from Germany!
Please keep posting pictures of your projects, I really enjoyed seeing them!
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TORTILLAFLATS 4/19/2012 1:38PM

    Beautiful, the floor and you!!
Great job on both.

Hugs, Gail

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_KATHY 4/19/2012 1:07PM

    It's a beautiful floor and I know you are much relieved to see it completed. I agree with Lise, you really got your exercise in doing that!

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GRANNYSUE9 4/19/2012 12:38PM

    I think it looks awesome! You did a great job! Understand the pillows under your knees. I have to do that to or else my knees will scream at me!

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ESILBO 4/19/2012 12:27PM

    GREAT JOB, YOU ARE IN GOOD SHAPE...LOVE THE PICS, THANK YOU RICHARD...WE NEVER SAW THE FINISHED BATHROOM THOUGH...LOL
LOVE
LISE
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My NO EXCUSE PLEDGE

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Coming a little late to the party, but I believe it with all my heart! I've printed it and hung several copies around.

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

Signed: Jeannie, April 18, 2012

Taken from Lise and other Spark Friends' blogs. We are 'spreading the Spark.'

  
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DEBCARES 5/22/2012 7:07PM

    I love this! Just what I needed to read! I am trying so hard to change my attitude about my newly diagnosis of diabetes! I get discouraged easy and hate myself for all my failures....I need to print this out and read it every day.

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TORTILLAFLATS 4/20/2012 2:27PM

    emoticon another one bites the dust, I meant the PLEDGE!! LOL It is a great pledge and hopefully it will help keep me more motivated.
We will do this together, all of us!
Hugs, Gail

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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/19/2012 2:19AM

    VERY , VERY GOOD Jeannie !!! YOU GO FOR IT HON !!!! INDEED SO ! For if you do NOT do this, how can others? If we do not only NOT LOVE ourselves, but ALSO RESPECT ourselves,,,HOW CAN OTHERS?

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JILL313 4/18/2012 11:53PM

    I already have felt this way for years--even when I get to my goal weight I will still be Sparking and I hope you will also as you're much closer to your Goal Weight than I am. We're around the same height and I'd be happy to be around 150#s--do you have a Goal Weight?

Love,

Jill

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 4/18/2012 9:43PM

    That is a great pledge. Good job.
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GRANNYSUE9 4/18/2012 8:52PM

    Great pledge! We do need to treat ourselves as good as we would treat other people. We are worth it and we will do it!

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TXGRANDMA 4/18/2012 11:50AM

    That's the spirit! You can do it, Jeannie! That is something we should say to ourselves every day! emoticon

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ESILBO 4/18/2012 9:34AM

    NEVER TO LATE SWEETIE, WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER....TODAY IS THE RIGHT DAY AND WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT...
LOVE YOU AND YOUR DECISION
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Bittersweet...Special Memories

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I love Spring! Living in Iowa means we have bigger changes of the seasons than in lots of other places, although this year the winter was so mild that Spring arrived much earlier than usual. Spring time always brings promises of new beginnings and opportunities. The flowers and trees are just beautiful, and cutting the grass and being outside working in flower beds and the garden is like play time to me. (It does get a little old when the summer wears on and on!)

Two of our children were born during the Spring months. One just celebrated his 43rd birthday a few days ago, but since he lives on the East Coast, we only get to talk on the phone to give him his birthday story (a family tradition).

Spring also brings memories of another kind for me. You see, we lost our oldest son to meningitis on April 10. That was 18 years ago when he was just 27 years old, and while we cope with it and deal with it the best we can, this time of year always brings some sadness and heartache, too. John was a great kid, just like the other 3. He was so full of life and had a lot of opportunities other young people don't get. Some of that was because he was so big!! He grew to 6'10” tall and yes, he did play basketball! He played ball all through grade, junior and high school, and was fortunate to get a scholarship to play basketball at Ohio State. After four years there he traveled all over the world to continue to play ball in a lot of different places: Europe, Hong Kong, Israel, and his beloved Australia, where he traveled 3 different times. That's where he was when he got sick, was hospitalized and passed away. Fortunately for us, John had made many great friends there, and when we traveled to be with him before he passed, we were cared for like family.

This is John and a friend of his in Australia a couple years before he passed.

John's birthday is May 19, and he'll never see his 46th birthday except in my mind and we'll never know what the rest of his life would have been like. But, we feel privileged to have had him with us for almost 28 years and to celebrate his life on April 10 and May 19 and every other day of the year. We miss him terribly, and if anyone ever tries to convince you there is any such thing as “CLOSURE,” they are mistaken! You learn to cope, you move ahead and you plan for the future. You see hope in the upcoming generations, like in these 2 little boys who will never know their Uncle John except as a photograph. But closure? No...why would I want to close my mind and memories to all the wonderful and joyous years we had with John and his siblings!



Spring is still a sweet and wonderful time of year. It's the time when the birds are singing their tiny little hearts out and the trees are blooming. Here's the picture of that blooming tree again. It's the Memory Tree planted by our daughter in memory of her big brother John. We've moved several times since we lost John, so this one is still fairly small, but we've had a Memory Tree everywhere we lived. The really neat thing is that it is always in blossom on or very near to April 10th, just when I need it the most! How awesome is that?

  
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SUCCEED621 4/13/2012 12:36PM

    That is such a touching story of your life with your son....My daughter was born on April 10th. She was the last of 4 children. I love the memory tree!
Like you I love spring and love to work in the garden.I live in California so we garden all year long.
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TXGRANDMA 4/11/2012 11:49PM

    Oh, Jeannie! I am so sorry, I cannot imagine losing a child and the huge sorrow that you went through. As I type this, my tears are running down my cheeks, how I wish I were there to give you a great big hug!
I am so glad that he got to travel to Australia if he loved it that much! That is a great picture of a good looking young man, how you must treasure the photos and the memories.
((((HUGS)))) headed your way.............

The tree was a great tribute to your son, I think it is no accident that it is blooming at this time! May God be with you during this difficult time............
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MASTERPIECE8 4/11/2012 4:14PM

    Bittersweet. How accurately put. But what a wonderful way to remember and celebrate your son's life. I too was brought to tears as I read it. As another mother/grandmother, I cannot begin to imagine what you and your dear husband experience.

His siblings - yes, I can imagine. I have a brother 11 months older than me who passed away at age 26 of an aneurysm. He was a professor at SW MO State, Springfield MO. We received a call on Wednesday that he was sick and was at Cox Medical Center. He passed away on Saturday. His b-day is very close to your son's. It's May 14th. My mother always said 'there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of Rick.' It's wonderful to have your tree and remember him while it's blooming, as he was so apparently full of life, love and laughter.

Love you,
Barb

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MNABOY 4/11/2012 12:53AM

    Love the Memory Tree. Thanks for sharing.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/10/2012 11:39PM

    HI Sweet Jeannie,,,

My heart goes out to you ,,,in such a special way sweetie. We lost Sammy at the age of 2 1/2 ,,,he was my grandson,,,,,,ur so right,,,, no time that passes by heals the wound,,,, never do the dreams of "What would he be doing now?" Ever EVER STOP huh? That was 16 almost 17 yrs ago. For his Mom she sank into such a depression,,,its been HORRIBLE for the rest of us,,,FINALLY the other day, I got her to get counseling. FINALLY !!! She needs someone to talk to, who can help her to start to heal hon. I DO LOVE the memory tree, I've tried to get Karen to do this,,,,,for I've heard of this b4,,,but, in her case a plant,,,or something else, she's said NO FLAT OUT !! So I sent away for a special pin for her wear,,,and am waiting for it to come in. We believe that soon, she'll see him/hold him again, in the near future, so she can talk to others about her beliefts, which of course on Sp we DO NOT go into, but for Karen, this will bring comfort to her heart, and bring her mind alive again,,, I HOPE !! I HOPE !!!!

Hon, I wish you a sense of peace,,,,,for my nephew is also gone,,,and there's so many tears shed, between these 2. He was 18 and took his own life,,,with no note on why,,,so we are tortured daily on this. Its been 4 yrs. The young over think things, whatever it was,,, we whould of been FINE WITH IT !!!!!! We have an inking,,,of what it was,,,,,, and we would of ACCEPTED HIM WITH JOY !! NO MATTER WHAT !! NO MATTER WHAT !!! he was OUR JOY !!!! I wish he could of accept that. My GS was a baby,, ur John was older,,,,, and yet, life has no age for a cut off,,, NO parent should Lose a child. NO parent should. I wish for you,,,,,,, way more than I can give you,,,and thats to have John back. Love you sweetie,,, Diane

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/10/2012 11:26PM

    I love the idea of a memory tree ,I looked at your photo of John and saw a handsome young man and remembered the words to a popular song which of course is of little comfort but how true "only the good die young" You can never take away the happy memories though and it is obvious he left many.love and hugs,Cheri

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BELDONDOG1 4/10/2012 10:29PM

    Jeannie, it is so hard to write through tears. What a beautiful, memorable blog.
The Memory Tree is something I have never heard of and it is an awesome idea.
No one is ever gone unless you forget about them. And from this day, John will never be gone, not only in your hearts, but all of ours also. God Bless you, hon--we love you.

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CJMOK1121 4/10/2012 3:46PM

    Jeanie: What a wonderful way to honor your son, My heart goes out to you for ALL the GOOD and HURTFUL memories. The beautiful blooming tree must be such a peaceful enjoyment for you.

YOUR SP FRIEND: CJ from OK

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TORTILLAFLATS 4/10/2012 2:54PM

    Jeannie, I have been brought to tears. Bittersweet is the right word. And as others, the memory tree is a powerful expression of your family's love for him. And it is beautiful as was your son. Blessings to you my friend!

Love you, Gail

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SPEEDY143 4/10/2012 1:31PM

    What a beautiful boy and how wonderful that he had a family who will honor his memory in so many ways. John's tree is lovely, your grandsons in their Uncles jackets is so dear. I can see the resemblance... he truly lives on in all your hearts and the faces of his loved ones. Thank you for sharing Jeannie... I agree time never heals the deepest wounds and yet we would never trade a moment of those precious years to avoid the pain of loss. I will keep you and your family close at heart today emoticon

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JILL313 4/10/2012 1:17PM

    Jeannie, Truthfully, I can't imagine just how hard it would be to lose a very loved young son in his prime. My heart goes out to you all and just the thought of going through something so hard to even imagine brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad you honor and remember John with a Memory Tree and that it usually starts blooming around his Birthday. I know you are so proud of him and all he accomplished in his time on Earth. Your Grandsons are growing up to have many of his wonderful qualities which ultimately they get from you and Richard. My prayers and thoughts right now are with you and I want to hug you so hard. I know John was so proud of you and still is as you are a wonderful Mom , Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Friend. . .You have an unique quality and I've noticed no one is more loved or admired on our Team than you are. I am very proud of you and so happy and blessed that we're good friends.

Love You,

Jill

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GRANNYSUE9 4/10/2012 1:04PM

    Very moving blog! I really like the idea of the memory tree. God bless you and yours.

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_KATHY 4/10/2012 12:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your very touching Spring memories. The memory tree is awesome indeed!
Hugs
Kathy

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PYNETREE 4/10/2012 12:11PM

    Oh, Sometimes I think we are only given the gift of a special person, for such a short time, because their soul is such a Treasure, that it can't remain here on this earth very long....
So, I see why Spring will always be bittersweet. Love the Memory Tree.
John was so handsome. And your GS's are too. Are they "wearing" John's jackets?
Time will fly till they will fit in them.

Hugs, and know you are Blessed by so many rich, happy Memories...Thinking of you and your Family! Love, Theresa

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ESILBO 4/10/2012 11:43AM

    MY HEART IS WITH YOU DEAR FRIEND, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL AND I WISH I COULD CELEBRATE HIS LIFE WITH YOU...WHAT A HANDSOME MAN HE WAS...
SEND LOVE AND HUGS YOUR WAY

LOVE
LISE

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Slip, Slidin' Away

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Remember that song? The chorus goes something like this:

Slip, slidin' away.
Slip, slidin' away.
You know the nearer your destination,
the more you're slip, slidin' away.

This last month or so I've felt like I was slip, sliding away from my destination and from what I know works for me. I was looking for (and finding) excuses to not eat properly and excuses to make poor choices. I was talking the talk without walking the walk; I was easing up on the exercise, which is always easy for me to do since I don't like it much. And, I was whining (mostly to myself) about my lack of progress.

This morning I had a heart to heart talk with myself and decided the “buck stops here” and I can and will re-commit myself to this happier and healthier ME that I am slowly letting emerge from the layers of fat surrounding ME. Recently I've become complacent on this journey and I haven't focused very well for awhile. I acknowledge that and take responsibility for my actions.

So, here I am...feeling energized and again ready to take on the world. But, before I do, I want to say thank you to all my SparkFriends for your ongoing support and love and help that you sometimes don't even know you're giving!! Thank you for sharing your stories of successes and struggles, for your humanness and insecurities, and above all your friendship! As we travel this road together nothing can stop us and I know we'll be able to accomplish all we are working so hard to do! As we're moving forward, I'll focus on that, and on the fat that is slip, slidin' away from the real ME!

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TUBLADY 3/20/2012 6:10PM

    I remember that song, and that's a good one to remember , "Not to let all the good work we have done, slip away.".
It's so easy to get caught up in the everyday life and before you know if , you have slipped back two months. We work so hard to lose a pound and can gain it back in a hot minute. But since it is so hard to lose, we will not gain any of those hard earned lost pounds back. Let that be your mantra.
I know we have busy lives, we schedule all kind of activities. You have to schedule time for yourself. Time to plan your meals and exercise. Make it a priority. You can do it.
There should be nothing more important than your health. And losing weight and getting fit will improve your health.
We are all traveling on the road to a better healthy life, we are just at different places on the same road.
Think of it as a trip, each day brings some new to enjoy in your life.
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TORTILLAFLATS 3/20/2012 5:36PM

    Jeannie, I don't know how I missed this Blog but I am so glad I found it. That is what happened to me on our last trip south. It is so hard to stay on program when friends always want to go here or there and out to eat, and then all those pot lucks. When is there time to eat right or get our exercise in. I was to busy playing hand and foot or Bingo. So I am so happy you came to your sences early. I struggled with mine quite a few months before Tisha Spark Mailed me on my second anniversary last April. So thanks to tublady I am back.
I love going but its better being home for me.
Hugs, Gail

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SUE_2U 3/20/2012 4:52PM

    Good song for us to exercise to! Keeps us in mind of our goals, for certain!

Thanks for the kind words on my blog...
Spark On!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/2/2012 10:08PM

    HI Jeannie !! This is EXACTLY why we did NOT want to stop the winter challenge all together, because we KNEW as leaders that WE ALSO WOULD do this , let ALONE MANY on the team, so yes hon, we've kept the team going ! Maybe it was SELFISH of us, but hey it was ALSO NICE Of us, for it also BENEFITED ALL OF US ! WOOHOOOOO !!!! WE WANTED THIS FOR ALL OF US !!!! To help memembers such as urself to THINK this over, to REACH DEEP DOWN INDOWN Inside of themselves and see "hey, whats IN HERE? Where AM I? And WHERE IS IT I "WANT" to GO"? And you are now FOLLOWING THIS to the T !!! We aer so PROUD OF YOU Jeannie !!! SO PROUD OF YOU hon !!

So now the words are the EASY Part of it, now to REALLY FOLLOW THRU !! How about making that "vision collage"? And putting it where you can SEE IT? Put on it, things that you WANT to do as you SLIM DOWN ! WOOOHOOOO as well as how you will achieve this? Keep it simple enough so it makes sense to you, yet compliated enough to keep you INTERESTED in it. HAVE FUN !!! YOU GO KIDDO !! YOU GO !! HAVE FUN !! ENJOY IT !!!!!! Please post a blog of it, make SURE I knnow about it,,,so i can also see it, in case I am really busy and do not see it.

WE ALL CARE !!

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GRANDMACOO 3/2/2012 5:56AM

    Sometimes being honest with ourselves is the hardest step; congrats on taking that first step to continue your journey. We CAN get it done and watch it "slip, slide away"!

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RFJSJ50 2/29/2012 11:26PM

    Hey - Have you been reading my mind (what little bit of it that there is)! I've decided that March is going to be MY month and I AM determined to be successful!
We can do this!
Sheila

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MASTERPIECE8 2/29/2012 1:47PM

    emoticon You have written a great blog. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. It's how we learn. I know you can do it, my friend.



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CJMOK1121 2/29/2012 11:56AM

    Jeanie: Thank you for your blog, So glad you didn't slip, slide away from us. That is what I usually do is start that slip and slide process and then I've even slip and slide away from SP. You are a great leader and thank you again for sharing. I know its got to be hard being in AZ and sticking to a healthy program. I know you will do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI'm staying with you.

YOUR SP FRIEND: CJ from OK.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I LOVE THE BACK BENDS.(maybe we can do these one day)LOL

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SPEEDY143 2/28/2012 8:11PM

    Yeah, February has NOT been my best month since joining SP... thank God it's a short month emoticonI've got my ducks in a row and ready to "MARCH" to a different drummer towards Spring... hopefully by months end I'll be using my cane like a Majorettes baton and back on the path to better health emoticon

We can do this emoticonLinda

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TXGRANDMA 2/28/2012 7:30PM

    We all have to sit down sometimes and have a good, rousing talk with ourselves! So proud of you for digging down inside and finding the all important motivation!
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FUTUREHOPE49 2/28/2012 6:28PM

    emoticonGood luck! emoticon

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RUFFIT 2/28/2012 4:40PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Moni

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GRANNYSUE9 2/28/2012 3:49PM

    You wrote that perfectly. That happens to all of us from time to time, but the important thing is to get your focus back and do what you know works for you. Sounds like you have a firm hold on this one.

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JILL313 2/28/2012 3:23PM

    Jeannie, You've had great success so far but you've had that bump in the road and now a wake up call so you will focus again on making WL one of your top priorities again. I really admire your honesty as I kind of suspected it was getting harder for you especially being you're on vacation and eating out more. I'm the Queen of Excuses myself so I'm trying to do what I know I need to do. I have great Faith in your ability to get going again and do what you figured out you have and will go back to doing. Go get'em Jeannie!! I think the "World" of you and want you to keep having Success.

Love,

Jill

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_KATHY 2/28/2012 3:15PM

    Oh yeah... I have been there very recently. You are right to acknowledge your progress. You've been moving along very well. You know what works and it sounds like you are motivated in actually getting back to doing what works. For me, I started by logging my food again. Every day! I'm hoping the rest of "what works" will follow. Actually, hoping is not the best word for that. You said it up there, commitment works. We can do this!
Hugs
Kathy

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ESILBO 2/28/2012 3:12PM

    WHAT CAN I ADD TO THAT...YOU GOT IT SISTER, I WILL FOLLOW YOU...THANK YOU
LOVE
LISE

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