Friday, September 24, 2010
The new windows for the back side of the house were installed today. I took Phred out for a walk and then over to the groomers for the day. They said he could stay until just after 4pm. Unfortunately the guys were not quit done with the last part of the installation but Phred only bark a little bit.
Since Irene had to stay late this morning at her ROP math class I took Frank with bowling since his college class got canceled. We had a good time but took me a couple of games to get into the swing of things. All my games were over 100 but the last three were 126, 139 & 159, we played a total of 6 games. If Frank could ever learn to control his curve he would be deadly. The weather was 94 degrees today and we had to to turn off the house A/C, so that is why Frank and I got out to somewhere with A/C.
Other than that just another day in paradise , as they say. If only there were not so many people, it would be paradise.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I read the blog today on Sparks member NANJET, about it being only 100 days till the end of the year. I can not believe how far I have come since Nov. '09. To be honest I never thought I would stick with Sparks when I started. I joined in June '09, and didn't do anything with it until November. I always had a reason not to start.
1st. I had a Lupus Flare up in March '09 and my doctor put me on high doses of prenidsone (a steroid), so in June I wasn't mentally ready to start anything. I even had to drop out of college for the 4th time in the past 30+ yrs.
2nd. Everyone gains weigh on steroids and it is difficult to lose.
3rd. We went on vacation summer of '09 going from our home in Anaheim, CA to CO, across Kansas to MO then down to OK and back. I tried to watch what I ate but it is impossible to think about dieting when you have so much good food to eat.
I had a doctor's appointment at the beginning of November and talk to him about Sparks People. He told me I would not be able to lose weight as long as I was on the prenidsone. Well that pretty much pissed me off and I decided right then that I would prove him wrong and I have. LOL
I have lost pretty slowing but consistently, I was 200 and had only lost 4 pounds on my own. At first, I was just glad to lose the first 5 pounds in my first week. I knew that it would slow down to 1-2 pounds after that, but I saw how well I did and kept going. Every time I saw my doctor I had lost some more weight and he asked me about the site. He wanted to use it himself and a few of the nurses were now interested once I had got down to 170 by Easter.
After a while I got more involved with the site and groups. I became a co-leader of the first group I joined and started participating in more groups. During this summer '10r, I was on 2 summer challenges and low and behold I won both of them!
How did I do this? I became more active, I joined our local county hiking club, doing hikes & kayaking. I still go to the gym too but not inclusively. I am bowling again, getting pretty good too. I never thought I would be able to do that after I have cervical spine surgery in Nov. '06. I walk everyday and do some kind of exercise dvd , too.
At this point, I want to thank my friend Sandy who got me involved with the site. I have told her over and over again that she really saved my life. She is still not near her goal but I keep encouraging her and she tells me I am an inspiration to her. I have had several friends who have said they would not even know me if they walked right by me now. LOL Of course I would never let a friend pass me by without stopping them to see how they are doing, give them a hug, and say "Hello".
Only 100 days to my goal and I am sure now that I will make it. Of course if you had asked me when I started if I would still be here, I am not sure I could of answered "yes". Now I know I will always want to be a member of this loving community.
I want to thank all my Sparks friends and the groups that I belong to for their encouragement, kind words and laughs. Peace, Love & Blessings to you all.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Got up early and planned on doing a lot but really didn't get too much done at all. Did four loads of laundry and a lot of stuff on Sparks and other sites. I had things to catch up on after being gone all weekend. Did a small amount of housework and walked Phred for only 27 min.for 1.44 miles. I went over my cal. by 34, Damm.
Just got a call from my friend Irene and I have been invited to the Angel game. The season is over so we are just going for a good time. That is about it for today.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
The starting place for the rally. This is at the train station In Anaheim, CA, located at the edge of the parking lot for the Anaheim Angels baseball team. That is the Grove in the background, a event place for concerts and stuff.
A little blurry but this is my corvette.
This is the old Cliff House restaurant along the Rim of the World Hwy. Anyone who has seen the Nicholas Cage movie "Next", may recognize it.?? This place use to have the best food but started to fall down the mountain so it has been closed for a number of years.
Our friends from Missouri, Kevin & Brian. Cliff House in background.
Guess who? and my husband Jeff, our backs are facing West toward the Pacific, far away!
Big Bear Lake, Jeff posing with his catch of the day LOL "Fishing Line Slime", just don't eat it, will make you sick!!
Big Bear Lake. Beautiful day!
The first place we stopped on the 2nd day. One of the apple orchards over in Oak
The lovely couple. Only wish Jeff hadn't had that old cig in his hand!
Another lovely view, this one on the hwy. to Idyllwild, CA. Very narrow, tight, on the edge road up this mountain, great fun in the corvettes.
This is a 1972 that belongs to our friend John. John and his brother Bill met up with us on Sunday morning in Banning for this part of the run.
I even did pretty good on food. Kept to healthy stuff and did 2.20 miles in 35 min. on the treadmill at the hotel after we arrived. Had a wonderful salmon dinner at this great family run restaurant in Banning. Did not really keep track but had a lot of fun and walking around too.
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