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Thinking of Relocating to AZ. Any Feedback?

Friday, January 29, 2010

I want out of my high cost of living city to an easier one, without giving up good weather. I understand the summers are brutal in AZ, and I've been through that before in Palm Desert for a couple of years. Any feedback - pros and cons - would be greatly appreciated. You can only do so much reseach on the web, and only drive through so many cities. But there is nothing like advice from those who live there or have lived there. Thanks very much.

Have a wonderful day, SPfriends.

  
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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/3/2010 12:56PM

    I couldn't go back to jersey but sometimes want to go back to be with my kids but they have their own lives...Hubby and I been thinking that too...I'm in central florida where the humidity for 8 months is brutal..always wanted to go to AZ. I guess it's a diferent kind of hot there I would like the corner tip of florida at least to be near the ocean...hubby lived in calif. for a long time I just visited up north...I love it and can't talk him into it..too expensive to live..Oh well

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SKYEFYR 1/30/2010 8:57PM

  Come back to NJ!!! Near me. (I know, a totally selfish statement, but I can't help myself.)

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/30/2010 11:32AM

    Wish I could help you with this one but I have been in PA and OHIO my entire life except for a few trips north or south. We are thinking of relocating to a warmer climate but not sure where it will be. Ken has a few ideas but also don't want to be where there are tornadoes and such. Starting to really dislike the cold weather. But in PA if you wait for a while, it is sure to change... However our cost of living is quite low according to the outside world of statistics.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/30/2010 2:19AM

    Lots of people go there for the winter from here .Winter is brutal here in Edmonton .We hear good things about Arizona .My husband has been there with the military but I haven't been .He thinks it is fascinating!

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Maybe, Maybe Not

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I've frequently mentioned this forever plateau I've been on and how it almost discouraged me to the point of stopping the whole process of losing weight. I've also read that this may be my goal weight according to my body's reluctance to give up more of that yellow matter. (smiling)

I've been thinking more about this lately. Not really sure I'm willing to work harder to lose more weight. That doesn't mean I'm going to abandon my exercise and healthy eating. But I'm not a person who wants to always focus on losing more, doing more of this, less of that, etc.

There is so much going on in the world and I don't have the patience to focus obsessively about diet, exercise, the scale, etc. It's way too self-absorbed a process for me. It bores me to write blogs about I, me, my. In fact, I'm boring myself right now. (smiling)

So, maybe at some point I'll decide to eat less, exercise more, or whatever it might take to lose the last 20. But, maybe not.

Let me know if you need help. I'm here for you. Have a wonderful day.

  
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SKYEFYR 1/30/2010 9:05PM

  You know, it's funny. My cholesterol is a little over 200. I can accept that my body is comfortable at that number because I've been there for years. Why can't I accept that my body might be comfortable at the current number on the scale? After all, it's been in about the same place for over 2 years now....

My thought is, if you're healthy and the number is all vanity, then relax a little. But if you're not in the healthy zone, then keep pushing. I'm here for you either way, just like I know you are for me. Just let me know which way you want me to support you.

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ZUZUBEE 1/30/2010 9:32AM

    It seems to me that the closer you get to goal weight, the harder it is to shed. A little over a week ago I abandoned my scale out of frustration, because seeing the same number day after day regardless of healthy dieting and regular exercise was nothing but depressing. I've decided to try to weigh just at the end of the month, and focus on eating right and exercising as much as possible, knowing that it's the right thing to do, regardless of what the scale says. This being the end of the month, I did weigh in this morning, and have lost 2 pounds for the month. Not great, but take heart, it will come off eventually. Keep up the good work! You're doing great!

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KALATHIA 1/29/2010 4:00PM

    I've been to Lake Havasu City, AZ to visit my aunt. It's beautiful there! But, just to confirm with you, the summers are BRUTAL. My aunt, who loves the heat, leaves for the whole month of August. She goes to HI to visit her son because it's too hot in AZ even for her!

Good luck with your research!

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LASHARINK 1/28/2010 11:19PM

    Your blogs might be boring to you, but to at least one of your readers me, they've been entertaining, encouraging, motivating, supportive, and I can go on and on. So please don't stop - or be sure you keep checking up on me!!!

I just thought of something else, Michael Jackson's song - the one you know, "Don't stop until you get enough!!" I'm bad with names but I hope you know the song I mean. I'm humming it, but it's not coming to me!!! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/28/2010 6:40PM

    exercise and eating right do wonders for your body. you will be stronger and fitter on the inside and outside. if you stop thinking so hard about it the weight may come off after all. emoticon

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KAT573 1/28/2010 6:38PM

    Creating new habits is always tedious, initially and takes committed effort & time. Once established, habits have a way of happening without having to put so much time into them; that is why they are habits and why it is hard to change them and takes concerted and dedicated effort to do so.

I have been at a plateau for over a year. I realize I need to eat LESS and continue exercising and building muscle (or else I will lose a half pound every year after the age of 30, which in turn affects the old bones and in turn affects independence and in turn affects quality of life; why live longer otherwise?? ) so I have worked hard on making those "habits" and it is working. That is my a large part of my motivation; I realize no matter how much work I do, I am not in full control of my health; it is a gift. But I can help it be the best it can be, and to me, that is an act of humility.

But more importantly, there is much more going on that is not on the surface, and the growth THERE is what keeps me HERE! Keep on keeping on in whatever manner you choose; it is up to you and always has been. May you find what you want to do! emoticon emoticon

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LISANANCY 1/28/2010 5:51PM

    Well, let's see if you stay on the right track you will eventually get there. Sometimes fighting hard doesn't do it. I am still working on my first little goal. It's almost embarrassing! But I still am staying and making the necessary changes to get me to a fit and healthy mindset. The weight will come off when it comes off. In the meantime, you get to feel stronger, clothes fit better and the whole attitude adjusts. You are doing a wonderful job. I didn't know it had a time frame. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/28/2010 5:40PM

    I find when I give up worrying about it I lose more LOL!Like you I get bored thinking about it all the time .In fact I probably should move my little ticker thing but I have been studiously ignoring it and just exercising (yes I do do more than just type though I may have the fastest fingers in the west !)I just hope things are going well for you and you are keeping smiling! emoticon

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Amazing That January is Over

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wasn't it just yesterday we were celebrating the new year? How is it almost February already?

My month has gone well in the health dept and I'm pleased with food and exercise program. Haven't lost, but maintained. Several semi-occasions will mean eating out sensibly - my b'day, another day of going to Palm Springs and up San Jacinto by tram to hike and eat with the view, and a day away to Universal Studios with a yearlong free pass.

Feeling good, and ready for February. The month of love. The month I celebrate my b'day the entire time, not just one day. (smiling)

Hope all my SPfriends are doing well. If you ever need my help, let me know.

  
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1NICUBABE 1/28/2010 3:58PM

    Cheers to February! My b-day month as well. Keep up the positive outlook.

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RICH530 1/28/2010 7:26AM

    I am so happy to hear you had such a great month!!! I love all that positive energy that is just bursting out of your blog!! I think I will borrow a bit of it to get me through the next few weeks!!! Wishing you more success!!
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/27/2010 11:45PM

    I like the idea of celebrating your birthday all month long !Since I let it pass in January perhaps I'll drag mine out for the duration of Aquarius anyways LOL! Universal Studios Excellent I was there in Florida many moons ago you will have to treat us to tales of what you enjoy at the California one (I can live vicariously !) I can hardly believe January is almost over time is on fast forwardd!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/27/2010 7:44PM

    emoticonon an emoticonhappy month for you may February be just as good emoticon

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LISANANCY 1/27/2010 7:10PM

    There is still plenty of time to have fun in January. You sound like you live in a great place. Make the memories. find the joy. Just stay on track, and have a wonderful birthday.

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KALATHIA 1/27/2010 7:10PM

    Congratulations on a month well-lived and best wishes for a very happy birthday month!

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On Cruise Control

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nothing to write about today. Just cruising along fine.

  
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THEADMIRAL 1/27/2010 1:44PM

    I like the word "cruising". It makes me think of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay or in the Caribbean, the sails shivering in the wind and the mast singing to us...or it makes me think of riding in a convertible with the top down and just basking in the sun while doing the ordinary things of life. Cruising...I should do that too!

emoticon Well, you never know what you'll start with one of your blogs, do you? Philosophy 101 or Memory Lane, take your pick! emoticon

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LISANANCY 1/27/2010 10:03AM

    Well, I think you said it all. I bet there are a few of us out here who would be happy to just say that little quote. Think about it and go find some more joy today. emoticon

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JLITT62 1/27/2010 7:55AM

    Cruising is good!

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Could've Done This, Should've Done That.... But Did the Best I Could

Monday, January 25, 2010

I really don't spend a lot of time in my life looking back and doing the shouldda wouldda, couldda dance. HOWEVER....

Today is Day 365 since I joined SP and I look over my year. Yes, I'm happy with my progress in many ways other than weight loss. Good habits,smaller sizes, new friends, etc. I'm sure I might have done things differently to get better results, but considering the year its been with so many deaths of friends and loved ones, as well as constant road bumps of my own, I'm happy to just have kept healthy and above ground. (smiling) Maintaining good health definitely played a big role in my ability to handle stress better.

Thanks to all my SPriends, both present and past, who have supported and inspired me. The journey would not be as much fun without you.

  
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LASHARINK 1/28/2010 11:21PM

    What were you thinking, your blogs boring ???? Look at all of the support you've been getting!!! Congratulations on our one year anniversary - mine is tomorrow - close enough!!!

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JHADZHIA 1/27/2010 6:13AM

    Congratulations on your one year Spark anniversary! Here is to hoping your next year is not so traumatic! Way to go on losing weight in spite of it all!
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THEADMIRAL 1/26/2010 2:08PM

    You've endured, you're a survivor, you're a WINNER! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALATHIA 1/26/2010 11:52AM

    emoticon Happy Spark Anniversary and congratulations on your success!

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SKYEFYR 1/26/2010 10:34AM

  We're SO GLAD to have you here. Glad you found this place, and glad I found you as a sparkfriend!!!

Keep up the great work. This is the year the scale is going to smile on BOTH of us. We are going to do it!

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KAT573 1/26/2010 8:21AM

    Well, I think it sounds like you did SUPER! It is the hard times that truly show where we are at in how we handle them! So you ROCK! I think that is the biggest gift I have gotten from SparkPeople and Pals; is realizing that and living through it over the past several years.

And the bonus? You can look BACK and see what you want to focus on specifically moving forward! You can't do that if you don't have an honest and realistic idea of where you are truly AT! What a blessing!! Keep on keeping on! We cherish those who persevere and share!
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LISANANCY 1/26/2010 7:48AM

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I bet there are 365 emotions you went through during the past year. How very proud we are of you, not everyone could stay on track with so many distractions! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/25/2010 10:23PM

    That's the spirit!If you keep smiling ,it will not only hearten your friends ,but your enemies will wonder what the heck you have been up to to make you so cheerful!Or as Patton said "success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom!"

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