SUNNYWBL   153,095
150,000-199,999 SparkPoints
SUNNYWBL's Recent Blog Entries

The pounds have added up quickly, Yikes! Why?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Recently (these past 4 weeks or more),I have been bringing bad snack choices home (KNOWINGLY!)and scarfing them down quickly. Not only that but I didn't even want to remedy the situation. I was puzzling as to why, as it had been YEARS since I did this the last time.

Thanks to my Spark friend, -LINDA and her most recent blog, I had an epiphany!

1. It is winter and I have SAD.
2. This winter is weird and I slacked off on my walking.
3. My mental health professional retired in December and I feel adrift. She has kept me on a reasonably even mental keel for at least the last 10 years...... Bingo!!!

Now that I realize what the root cause is, I can start to fix it and the 7 pounds I managed to add.
Yesterday I walked and used my mini-trampoline for a total of 10641 steps and 88 aerobic minutes. I will be making a similar effort in the days ahead!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNNYWBL 3/3/2012 1:02AM

    Unfortunately, I was over optimistic in thinking I had things under control. I have not been exercising regularly as I have in previous winters, even when I needed hand warmers in my mittens, snow pants and yaks trax on my boots. This year as mild as it has been, I just haven't gotten out there very often.

I can't tell you how much more difficult this winter has been. I will just keep plugging until warm weather comes. It is supposed to go up to 50* on Tuesday and I WILL GO OUT THEN.

Report Inappropriate Comment

  How are you doing? Have you been able to keep yourself on a leveled plan?


Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:22PM

    I hope you are keeping up the is such a power tool against depression.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOTSLADY 1/31/2012 6:41PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LA-LADY 1/21/2012 12:13PM

    Spark People are so great! You got your epiphany from a SP friend and then you shared it with us! Wonderful! I'm currently deepening my learning (through my work with that our brains DEMAND pleasure, and stress increases this need. You've identified some big stressers in your life! Food is such a powerful and quick way to bring us pleasure but we all know the downside. I'm practicing some techniques to bring my stress levels down: Several deep breaths, putting my "body in joy" (shoulders back, chin up, slight smile), warmly observe my state of being--without judgment. Practicing this technique has been powerful for me!
Thanks again for sharing your epiphany!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 1/21/2012 10:26AM

    I've been hungry every day this week. And I've fed that hunger. As I result I've picked up 1/2 lb a day most days. DH has had the same hunger. I'm not sure what is going on, but I'm trying to figure out what might be going on with the meals I am preparing. They don't seem to be staying with us. Maybe it's just some weird alien rays! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 1/21/2012 1:23AM

    So glad you have turned it around! The dark, dreary days of winter are tough to take, and I will be looking into getting one of those sunlight replacing lamps everyone is raving about (maybe you should consider getting one too), as I am stuck in this dark, north facing apartment for days on end, especially in this weird winter where I couldn't get out due to the slippery walkways..
Keep up the great work!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MONTY68 1/20/2012 11:07PM

Great blog, to have success, one needs to review what created a problem. You have done a great job in doing this and I am sure that you will release the 7 pounds.
Thanks for sharing

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BECKYANNE1 1/20/2012 7:50PM

    Good for you! I'm glad you were able to take the time to try and figure things out.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 1/20/2012 7:14PM

    emoticonfor you Sunny. emoticon
I find that when I get out of the house for most of the day I feel much better.
I did that today and yesterday with a vengeance. I feel better than if I had taken a nap for sure.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARBLEDEEGOOK 1/20/2012 5:45PM

  Glad you had an epiphany and that you're acting on it. Go girl!

I have a light I turn on in the winter, HappyLight(r) by Verilux. It's awesome for SAD or just short light days or when it's overcast for a few days.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUZYMOBILE 1/20/2012 5:44PM

    Sunny, I say it all the time to myself, but I do think it works. Awareness is all! And you are now aware and can change things!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARIDIAN1 1/20/2012 5:43PM

    Sunny- this winter has been crazy. I have not got my normal walks in either lately. Now the snow and colder weather won't help either.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLIEC 1/20/2012 5:40PM

    It is good you have figured things out and are taking steps to correct your course!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBIEOLMOS57 1/20/2012 5:34PM


Report Inappropriate Comment

Sunny Becomes Her Own Private Geek Squad!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In the past few months I've been having lots of problems with my computer locking and/or being very slow. I have a ten year old CPU running Windows XP. I ran a program (that I downloaded) that evaluated it's capacity to run Windows 7. It reported that there was not enough memory to run 7. Several years ago, I had upgraded the memory with new thingys in the CPU. I talked to a Geek Squad guy that said that adding more now would not be cost effective. He suggested adding a portable hard drive which would double my data storage. The portable HD just connects to the back of the CPU in a USB port. All of my backups are stored there now and soon I will move over all of my photos, too. This is also good in case my old computer dies, I won't loose everything. In this way, there is a lot more space in the CPU to run well.

I was still using Internet Explorer which was probably part of my problems also. When I was talking to Irene, she suggested that I switch to Mozilla Foxfire, which is a free download. What a wonderful difference that made. My computer doesn't lock up or run very slowly any more!

I also found a Dell thin screen monitor on clearance at Best Buy. It was very easy for me to switch it out. My original monitor was the tube type that weighed a ton, threw off plenty of heat, and took up very much more space. I returned it to be properly recycled, it cost $10, but I got a $10 Best Buy gift card in return.

As I mentioned on the Status Feed tonight, I connected my new wireless mouse. My old one had gotten very cranky in spite of taking it apart to clean. ( Before, just cleaning it would restore it to health.) I found a very good deal on the mouse and new wireless ergonomic keyboard at Sam's Club last month. They came as a set and are Logitech brand. I was afraid that the setup would be complicated so it took me about a month to get "a round tuit'. emoticon

Surprise, surprise the setting up the keyboard was just a matter or turning it on!!!

Tomorrow I will follow the wires on the old mouse and keyboard back to the CPU and disconnect them both. Best Buy has set up containers in their lobby to recycle this stuff, too, and they are my Favorite Price, FREE!

The new keyboard has many new bells, whistles, buttons, etc. I will have to study the documentation to figure out how they work! But for now I am very pleased with the new setup,and I very much like the feel of the keyboard.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RASCALSMOMMA 10/31/2011 7:25PM

    Gee and I had to BRING IN a geek from our congregation! HUGS

Report Inappropriate Comment
AUDREYFAE 10/28/2011 3:39PM

    Hey Sunny-I don't understand anything about technology, but I'm very glad that you do and that you've gotten the computer you need :o) And by the way, the garden is gorgeous. Best Wishes, Audrey

Report Inappropriate Comment
LJCANNON 10/26/2011 10:31AM

    emoticonWTG!! I am totally overwhelmed when I try to Change / Update anything on my Computer. It is so GOOD to have a Co-operative Computer!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARIDIAN1 10/25/2011 8:33PM


Great job on the upgrades. We use Mozilla also and like it alot. Glad you could get your system to run better.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NDTEACHER1 10/25/2011 7:02PM

    I'm impressed!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOOKWERME 10/25/2011 11:27AM

    Thanks for the tip about recycling the old monitor. I have one I have managed to keep DH from taking to the dump..but he wants it GONE!

emoticon on all your technological achievements!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RIVERWRITER 10/25/2011 10:33AM

    First, what a great garden photo on your sparkpage! Which house is yours? I recognize hosta and either bleeding hearts or columbine there, and it's a gorgeous intro to your blog.

Second, I'm following your example, and getting more techie myself! My girlfriend and I got my DirecTV and Tivo hooked up on her little TV the other night, but we had help from tech support. We might as well learn how this stuff works, hunh? I'm proud of ya!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 10/25/2011 10:03AM

    Sunny, I am glad you changed to Mozilla Firefox. Chris suggested I do so and several in another team which we both belong to changed also. I have never been sorry.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 10/25/2011 9:55AM

    I noticed the difference switching to Mozilla on my old laptop too -it also runs Win XP, but my new laptop with Win 7 runs Explorer just fine. Computer prices have dropped so much over the years, you can get an awesome new one for not a bad price, instead of keeping the old one cranking, have you thought of just getting a new one? Now that you have the monitor, mouse, keyboard and HD, a simple tower by itself wouldn't blow the budget too much and these days give you awesome memory and speed. Its amazing how much more faster and powerful computers are becoming, quickly rendering even last year's models obsolete.
Enjoy your new features!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 10/25/2011 8:31AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
PENNI68 10/25/2011 8:28AM

    Check you out becoming your own personal "Techie"!!! Good for you, it's always fun to upgrade and even better when it is easy to figure out and things run, better, quicker, faster!!! LOL

Enjoy it all!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 10/25/2011 7:42AM

    Congrats on getting a computer boost! Spark on!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAKIPOPUP 10/25/2011 4:27AM

    Ah, the miracles of technology.....

Report Inappropriate Comment

Wasps and the First Moon Landing

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Re : KASEYCOFF's blog, Day 209: Photo Blog # 28 - Wherein she describes her father's long-ago encounter with ground wasps whilst mowing the yard.
Wow! did this bring back memories!

Back in the early '60s we all went camping with my Aunt Marg (not Marge! Never Marge!) and all the sisters, cousins, brothers ( A s___ load of relatives). This weekend was the time of the first moon landing. The second day we were to hike out to the adjacent land owner's house and watch the event on his TV.

We were to camp in southern New Jersey on some land- (dry land she had thought) that she had recently purchased! We had to bushwack our way in as there was no road or trail. My cousin Bobby was first in with his big pick -um-up truck. Quite a way in, the truck became stuck in a peat bog area. After a lot of drat-laced discussion, it became apparent that the only way to extract the truck was to winch it out tree by tree or none of the camper-trailers would be able to dragged in or set up!

While all this was going on, the air sometimes ringing with shouts of Drat, double Drat, my Uncle Bob (Bobby's father) took all the little ones ( including my three pre- school daughters) farther in by foot to amuse them near a very shallow crick, aka creek.

Some time later I heard the panicked shrieks of my youngest daughter, who had stepped on a nest of those very same wasps, and they were stinging her all over her litle body. For many years to come the idea of them terrified her! Obviously, she was not allergic to the bites, but at that time we weren't sure of that. This tale is to be continued in my blog, "Wasps and the First Moon Landing".

A long time later, the pop up campers, and the flock of tents were set up and some were floored with a roll of linoleum. We ate a meal and settled down to drink some wine and get reacquainted with the cousins. Lucky Uncle Bob was in one of the pop-ups with the litle ones. Then later came the pouring rain, turning the rest of the camp area into a waterfilled peat bog. We, with the curled up linoleum flooring remained quite dry in our little 'boat'.

By the next morning when the light of day revealed our true plight, it was resolved to hastily abandon plan A. Plan B was to abandon much of the gear and the popup camper and return to Aunt Marg's home in Runemede, New Jersey.

There, dried out and fed, we later watched " the First step for man, a giant leap for mankind" All in all, a vey memorable story about our family and the beginnings of the Space Age.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ZESTYLADY 8/27/2011 9:28AM

    Got to love those camp stories!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RASCALSMOMMA 8/26/2011 11:50PM

    Thanks Sunny for that story

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARIDIAN1 8/26/2011 8:08PM

    We were driving home from a relatives lake place when the first moon landing occurred. I remember looking up at the moon in the sky and thinking there actually was someone there. I think I was in 6th or 7th grade then.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 8/26/2011 8:56AM

    We were out near the Johnson Space Center at our beach house just before the landing and rushed back to Houston to see it on TV. The traffic was horrendous by JSC that day.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNYWBL 8/26/2011 2:00AM

    Everything was finally retrieved. Someone brought along the linoleum because they didn't have anything to use as a ground cloth.

I never went camping there again I'm not sure if there was any high ground on that acreage.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/25/2011 9:48PM

    Nice memory! I was in high school at the time and vividly remembering watching at my boyfriend's parent's house. It's one of those events that everyone that's old enough remembers exactly where they were when it happened. It's like remembering exactly how you first heard that JFK had been shot. (I was getting off the elevator on the way to the eye doctors for the first time when that happened.)

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/25/2011 9:06PM

    Wow! What an adventure!!
Wasps are a problem right now, we don't know where they are all coming from, but we have to watch it in the garden. They have tried to build their nests in our thunderchild crab tree as well as under the house's overhanging roof, but we usually knock them off before they get big. I have to wonder if they are under the wood steps in the back, nothing we can do with those..
We used to go camping a lot too, with just plain tents, no linoleum, but never ran into any problems, we always looked for high, grassy gound. Thanks for the memories!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLIEC 8/25/2011 8:45PM

    And did you ever go back to get the stuff?

Report Inappropriate Comment

The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge - Part 2

Friday, August 12, 2011

I am finally current in my miles walked, and ended up in Missouri!

This time I promise to be more attentive and KEEP my log current!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/13/2011 6:52PM

    emoticon....That's a lot of walking!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARRIE1948 8/13/2011 1:42PM

    life happens

Report Inappropriate Comment
LJCANNON 8/12/2011 11:03PM

    emoticonGood Job!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/12/2011 10:58PM

    Well done!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MNNSAIDE 8/12/2011 5:28PM

    and my home street here in Weslaco!!!!

I thought I saw you running by..... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 8/12/2011 5:01PM

    You are in my home state. I am oiginally from Missouri. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Progress on my Virtual Trip Across the USA

Monday, August 08, 2011

Sometime last year, I joined the team, "The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge" I started logging in my walking miles. I was in Kentucky when I got behind in logging my miles. Soon after, I dropped out of the team. I did contnue to walk every day, and track the daily walks with my Omron Pedometer. Dutifuly, I kept downloading the miles to my Omron database.

Quite by accident, I saw an entry someone had made about where they were on their trip! That inspired me to kick up my efforts, go back to Gold's, and enter my backlogged miles into the offical site! I'm still in Kentucky, but hope I'll have finished the state by the time I get caught up to date. We'll see!

My present location: 930.0 mi View Details "1.35 mi to Hardin Springs, KY", "Hardin County"
emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

YELLOW09RED 8/9/2011 2:23PM

    Hi Sunny,
I am so glad to see you back on the team.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DR1939 8/9/2011 9:08AM

    I've been thinking about doing this. I think I'll join this team. Thanks.

Just an update to let your know I've joined the virtual walk.

Comment edited on: 8/10/2011 9:21:15 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIWINURSE 8/9/2011 7:53AM

    Keep on walking! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Report Inappropriate Comment
LJCANNON 8/9/2011 12:45AM

    emoticonI think it was one of your Blogs that got me interested in Virtual Walks. I started out last month in Chicago walking across the US via Old Route 66. I am in Grants, New Mexico as of last night!! At each stop you get a "Post Card" that tells you something about the City or Town where you are.
emoticonI hope you will keep us up to date on your Journey!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 8/9/2011 12:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RASCALSMOMMA 8/9/2011 12:02AM

    There ya go!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Last Page