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Two Pictures I had to share

Friday, December 02, 2011

1. This picture made me sigh with pleasure. I want to feel like this again. Just the shear joy of being alive.





2. It's my birthday MONTH (yes, I'm yelling) and this weekend is particularly is special. Tomorrow is my Donny date at the Fox theatre in Detroit. (I hope he got my reminder.) I'm trying to get myself psyched up (and out of Grinch mode) to celebrate since Monday is the big day.



Happy Friday everyone!

  
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PYNETREE 12/12/2011 2:40PM

    You two do make a nice couple...

great that you're going to the show...

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CVRONEK 12/9/2011 8:33PM

    Great pics! Have fun! Donnie will be looking like the goat, when you get through with him! emoticon

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SIMPLEJOYS 12/3/2011 7:02AM

  Awww...love the first pic, but the second one is priceless! :D You will have SO much fun with Donny - I'm very excited for you!

I hope the rest of the weekend continues to be all about YOU YOU, fabulous YOU! Enjoy yourself.

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SUSAN134 12/2/2011 1:48PM

    Love your pics! You will have a great "Donny" date - what a fab way to celebrate your
birthday! (I met Donny years ago when my daughter was in the very first run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - she was in the children's choir).

Have fun and enjoy!!

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REYVE01 12/2/2011 12:32PM

    Love Donny.... very cute.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 12/2/2011 10:49AM

    Enjoy your birthday month - I may have to steal that idea!

You look wonderful - and Donny doesn't look too bad either LOL!

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HIP-MOM 12/2/2011 10:38AM

    Have a wonderful BIRTHDAY MONTH and date with Donny!

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CBAILEYC 12/2/2011 9:24AM

    You two are such a cute couple! emoticon

I love that look of joy. It makes my heart smile. Thanks for sharing these, and absolutely.. ENJOY the MONTH!
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SHERRIE_BERRY 12/2/2011 8:36AM

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Enjoy your Donny-date!

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PAWSINAZ 12/2/2011 8:26AM

    Have a great time on your Donny date!

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IMIN2GENES 12/2/2011 8:25AM

    Enjoy! Love the pics!
Chris


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/2/2011 8:21AM

    Enjoy your Donny Date!!!

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RSSSLHB 12/2/2011 8:12AM

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TINY67 12/2/2011 8:11AM

    Enjoy it all!

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GITITDUNN 12/2/2011 8:09AM

  Have a great time!

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November Numbers

Thursday, December 01, 2011



Blue and silver stars for walking this month. I ran out of blue. (Oops, forgot the star for the 30th. Need to fix that!)


Goal: Drop 5 pounds Actual: 0 lbs (0%) Grumble Grumble Grumble

Goal: Walk 72 miles per month Actual: 62.17 miles (87%) Not too bad.

Goal: Exercise 2880 min. month Actual: 948 min. (33%) Still need to add more in the evenings.

Goal: Walk 20 times in 30 days. Actual: 31 times (104%) Woohoo!


Funny how when I struggle in other areas of my life, my healthy lifestyle suffers too. Ok, not funny haha but weird funny. I don't like it one little bit. Need to see what I can do with December to finish the year off right.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 12/5/2011 3:03PM

    I agree...if you look at zero positively it means no additional pounds (glass half full view!) And, you knocked the walking times outta the park. Congratulations. Now you know what you need to work on (your tackle..for the obnoxious mall shoppers that get in the way of those people trying to enjoy a walk! lol) and keeping yourself positive. Someone reminded me when I put on my status that I was feeling a little blue that we need to actively think of something beautiful or positive when we feel that way. Maybe that could work for you too.
Remember, chin up and feet moving!
L.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/2/2011 8:23AM

    I have to point this out: 0 equals no gain!

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This shows that you have learned how to maintain in between weight loss. I went through this exact same thing a few months ago too.

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IMIN2GENES 12/1/2011 9:11PM

    Love that calendar! Guess how much I lost in November.... 0 (as in big fat old goose-egg!). Just remember, it's only practice maintenance. Still loving the calendar! Congrats on all your walking. That's great! The rest will follow too.
Chris
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MICHIGANLORI 12/1/2011 8:16PM

    I love how you captured the month (goal & actual). I'm going to borrow this. I agree with BIKINI_DREAMER about taking your measurements. You should add measurements in your month numbers.

Good Job!

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HIP-MOM 12/1/2011 7:19PM

    Even if your weight ended up the same, I bet if you take measurements, you'd see differences in your inches lost. Also, you didn't gain. That's worth celebrating! You're so consistent. I love your calender where you're having your accomplishments documented!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 12/1/2011 6:31PM

    I love your calendar - the visual rewards are so pretty!

Keep moving forward - you can do this!

~Irish

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CBAILEYC 12/1/2011 4:46PM

    Good job! You can keep improving your numbers. I know you can. I believe in you!
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Choosing to not blog

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ok, so here's the deal. I'm a Grinch and I feel almost as ugly as he appears when stealing the Christmas trees.

I want to be like Cindy Lou Who singing despite the missing holiday goodies, but I can't muster up the energy to even sway as she sings. I'm still walking but that's about it.

I'm eating healthier than I ever have in my life, but over indulgence in healthy food is still too many calories and your jeans still get tighter.

I try to encourage my mother to count her blessing when she's down but then feel like a total hypocrite when I cry and whine about how sucky (don't tell her I used that word) my life is. I need to change things, from the inside out.

So, I'm choosing not to blog so that I don't cry, moan and complain all over everyone. I have a lot to be thankful for but no energy to begin the count. Ugh.

On a lighter note, here's my boy expressing my sentiments in this "Bah Humbug" hat. He was not amused. (Sorry it's so dark.)

  
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DOLPHINSINGER72 12/13/2012 5:48PM

    I really hope you feel better. It is interesting, I am feeling really blah the last week myself. I have a feeling the scale has something to do with it. The thing is I am eating 1200 calories and I wasn't able to exercise 1 day. Really? That one day is making it so I gain weight? That is kind of ridiculous and depressing. So, yes, I totally understand what you feel.

Except for my parents there really isn't any family to celebrate the holidays with so I just feel like your doggie there. BTW, your dog is a ADORABLE! I am writting this comment on the wrong blog ain't I. Oops.

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LILLI56 11/29/2011 9:18PM

    My husband is the grinch too. He never enjoys the holidays - he gets blue from the time we put Thanksgiving on the table until his birthday Jan 1st. He moans and groans over each holiday tradition my family has. His family didn't do holidays. He said when we got together it was his 1st birthday and Christmas present he had recieved since he was 14. He was 36 when we got together. Hope something will break your grinch spell. Even if you don't enjoy the season, we still enjoy reading blogs. . It is how you feel so just blog blog blog.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/29/2011 5:10PM

    Like the rest, love the grinch hat!

Please feel free to be "ba humbug" if you need to be. I will be right beside you! I will not be celebrating the holiday's in the traditional manner this year. I spent Thanksgiving being thankful, zero food, zero dinner. For Christmas, well I will be thankful on a different level, no tree, no dinner, no presents.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 11/29/2011 4:46PM

    That is the nice thing about Spark..we can be as involved as we decide to be.
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SIMPLEJOYS 11/29/2011 4:26PM

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Take it easy.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/29/2011 3:50PM

    First things first.. LOVE the hat and pic of your baby boy!

Next - with all you have on your plate - you go ahead and do whatever you need to do gal! Be a grinch, be a happy whoster-- do whatever you feel you need to do to take your next step. Sometimes we skip down our path and sometimes we crawl - and sometimes we stand still to see which direction we need to go next.

Breathe, take good care of yourself, and remember that you ARE worth the struggle, each and every day. Let me know if you want to vent, rant, scream, stomp your foot (you get the idea) - happy, as always, to listen.

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CBAILEYC 11/29/2011 3:41PM

    I totally understand. This time of year is hard on lots of people. Last year, I seemingly breezed right on through the holidays. This year? Not so much. It's a struggle, and like you, I'd love to be a merry Who but it's not happening right now.
Do you is best for YOU honey. If blogging helps you feel better, then blog your lil heart out. We'll listen, support, and commiserate in many cases.
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IMIN2GENES 11/29/2011 2:45PM

    Love the hat! I'm sure he'll deal okay. LOL! My dog would have eaten the hat.

If you need to be grinch-like, then be grinch-like. I'll love you anyway! If you need an ear, I'm always happy to listen. Hang in there my friend!
Chris
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HIP-MOM 11/29/2011 2:42PM

    It's ok, I understand. I'd go months without blogging myself. I wish we can make our blogs or "public journals" as spark calls them to private so that the only who sees them is us, the writer.

be well my friend and know that you always have someone in your corner here anytime.

hugs,
maureen

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Eating - friend or foe?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Years and years and years ago, I was at bible camp and while I was having a lot of fun, my food issues made meal time stressful for me.

The adults did some really cool skits and things that I can still remember but one thing that really sticks out in my mind is the Friday night meal. Ok, the pre-meal. When we came into the dining hall and the tables were all set with plates and everything and on each divided section of the dinner plate was an M&M. Many of the kids gobbled the candy right up but I resisted, feeling like it had to be part of a bigger plan. I was right. They did a whole skit about how we were now living in the future, and each M&M's specific color was a food group. The red was your animal protein (they didn't use that term I bet) and the green for veggies and brown for cabs, etc. It was so fun to eat that M&M as directed and pretend for just a little while that eating was uncomplicated. Yes, that Emmie (baby name for the candies) was soooo good but just think, no measuring, no guessing about your nutrients, just eat the food capsule and go on with your day.

Even as a young adult, I knew that my struggles with eating could be solved with a brilliant invention. Yes, I'd miss the social aspects of the food but to be able to just stop worrying all the time... ahhh, it was pure bliss, if only for that small bit of time.



Here's to a happy and blessed thanksgiving. Let's all be successful during this challenging time.

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HAWKEYERANT 11/22/2011 5:04PM

    Eating is so stressful for all of us - because it holds so many emotions. You're right though - we should view it as FUEL not FEELING(s).

Happy Thanksgiving to you -

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WELLREDHEAD 11/21/2011 6:23PM

    That's what I've always liked about movies set in the future: you're body is measured and you're given the right meals for your body daily. You're only around food at meal time. If that future ever comes, I'm gonna be in fabulous shape! Thanks for this!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/21/2011 12:41PM

    Eating can be so emotional! That's an interesting "experiment" at camp - sounds like it has truly stuck with you over the years. And it's a reminder that we still should look at food as "fuel" not our social activity!

Thanks for sharing!

~Irish



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Let's catch up...

Monday, November 14, 2011

My weight is like this balloon. Not as pretty though. I'm tired of it going up, up, up. I'm proud of my walking but sick of the scale.


Toby is still limping but it's some better. The thyroid meds they gave him didn't agree with him. He was drinking water like mad and urinating so long, I thought I'd have to go out and help hold him up. He's off those meds til they decide what to do. He was so excited to see me last night. He doesn't seem to mind one way or the other if I balloon up or not. As long as I will take him for a walk, he's happy.

Got to spend time with the folks on Saturday and Sunday. They seem fine health wise, but they are so mixed up. Hard to figure out what they're talking about sometimes. Glad I got to see them but I'm super, duper tired today. I need a nap.

  
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IMIN2GENES 11/17/2011 11:23AM

    Hang in there my friend! So sorry you've got so much on your plate right now. Hope the vet can figure out how to help Toby.

Take care of yourself!
Chris
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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 11/16/2011 3:56PM

    Just remember it isn't all about the weight (yea, right...I keep telling myself that too...hadn't convinced myself yet, but thought maybe by writing it to you it would seem more real!) You have been doing real well keeping up with your walking. Get that settled in and then work on something else to add. Take a look at what you are doing that might be sabotaging your weight (I am one who says to myself...OK, I burned XXXX calories today, I can splurge a little...NOT) It is always something...Just don't let it get you down, because then it will go up farther! Hate how that happens, but keep your head up and your feet moving!
Laurie

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BIGOLEDIVA 11/15/2011 7:22PM

    Aw GF.... hang in there...it will get better. I hope they find something for poor Toby! ( Sweet little fella)

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HIP-MOM 11/15/2011 12:59PM

    Hang in there, at least the ones that love love you most have you and vice versa. Your weight will work it's way down, at least you're moving. I finally broke my plateau but I was on a road of diet sabotage too for a few months. I finally got it and had my "a ha" moment again.

thank you for the update and always being there whenever I needed a pick me up or encouragement with everything going on in your own life outside of Spark.

You are such a beautiful person. I wish I could give you a hug and go on walks with you!

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HAWKEYERANT 11/15/2011 12:10PM

    Good quick update - love it. I had NO idea Toby was hurting --- I hope he's doing MUCH better. Give him our love (from me & dog babies).

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I'm glad you're seeing the folks - I know that isn't always easy for you but I'm glad they get to see much of your cheery face. :)

Much love from us - thinking of you as always!!!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/14/2011 2:42PM

    You have so much on your plate - it's incredibly full right now.

emoticon Here's your reminder to take care of yourself first... because you can't do anything else for your family if you are down for the count!

Second, be sure to take care of yourself... (Ummm notice this is a repeat - it bears repeating) because you are WORTH IT...

Lastly - know you aren't alone - I'm more than willing to listen... hang in there!

~Irish

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