1CRAZYDOG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=1CRAZYDOG 1CRAZYDOG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What? Not again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716494 I try not to whine and complain for two reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. Generally that expressions of negative energy takes away from positive energy that can be applied to going forward. <BR> <BR> 2. I am a generally grateful person. <BR> <BR> But (and here goes nothing) this morning I did my usual sparking, including reading one of the Harvard Health News articles AND the Health in the News. Later on I read a fellow sparkers status quote asking "Where did the Health in the News go?" Sure eno... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:23:10 EST It's Been a Long Time, Baby! But Here I Am!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708163 Been a long time, baby! Thanks to the urging of Sparkfriend THINFITKINDVGAN, here it is. My goals for June. <BR> <BR> Honestly, it has been an emotional roller coaster with DH having to job search and being 62. Not a good combination, for sure, his age and job searching, but at the same time, not impossible. Just taking it day-by-day and still here, so that’s definitely positive. There are promising possibilities right now, so just making it happen as it can! <BR> <BR> It has been 16 ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:40:39 EST You raise me up so I can stand on mountains . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527367 you raise me up to walk on stormy seas, <BR> And I am strong when I am on your shoulders! <BR> You lift me up to more than I can be. <BR> ******** <BR> <BR> Ok, everyone has problems and I don't like to be a whiner, but there are just times that venting is healthy, necessary, right to do. And this is one such time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, due to the affects of Obamacare (don't worry, I am not going to go "political") my husband was laid off effective 02 December. **SIGH** It was NOT a fun... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:26:16 EST Doggone funny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517711 This was too cute not to share. Every feel like these dogs??? Ever feel like your day has gone to the dogs (or in this case, the cats!) See how these canine cuties deal with their feline frenemies! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pawbonito.com/compilation-of-cat<BR>s-stealing-dogs-bed/ </link> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:52:08 EST Been Putting this Off for too Long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514209 And that brings me to my topic. Procrastination. Are you a procrastinator? Read on. You are in good company because there are a lot of us out there who, for whatever the reason procrastinate. This is an essay by Marla Cilley that struck a cord with me so wanted to pass it on. (Marla Cilley a.k.a. the FlyLady -- see ) <link>www.flylady.org </link> ) <BR> ****** <BR> Procrastination has been a way of life for most of us. When we think a job is going to take longer than we have time for ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:53:19 EST Passing this on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512582 Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all th... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:14:34 EST Life, the Universe, and Everything . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450630 It's been a long time since I've updated! Life marches on, doesn't it! <BR> <BR> Mom has had her ups and downs with Alzheimer's, but at this point is doing pretty well. Her short term memory . . . well, it really doesn't exist much, but she is happy. She does enjoy reminiscing (which definitely is part of what goes on at her age anyway), so do lots of that with her. Dad is so wonderful to her but have to constantly assess HIM to see where he's at in terms of needing help. He never was... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:31:50 EST Clara's graduation picture 09 June 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384956 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298674390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clara on her graduation day, 09 June, 2013! Onto the next chapter of her life. So proud of her!!! <BR> <BR> NONE of the indoor pictures turned out, I think because of the lighting. **SIGH** BUT this is in front of her school. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:37:19 EST Had to share this picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369277 This appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today for Memorial Day! So proud of John and ALL our soldiers. Hugs, prayers and remembrance. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PFC John Levine, Cedarburg WI -- Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor -- currently stationed in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l238890969.jpg"> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:15:10 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367535 MEMORIAL DAY <BR> <BR> It is the <BR> VETERAN, <BR> not the preacher, <BR> who has given us freedom of religion. <BR> <BR> It is <BR> the VETERAN, <BR> not the reporter, <BR> who has given us freedom of the press. <BR> <BR> It is <BR> the VETERAN, <BR> not the poet, <BR> who has given us freedom of speech. <BR> <BR> It is <BR> the VETERAN, <BR> not the campus organizer, <BR> who has given us freedom to assemble. <BR> <BR> It is <BR> the VETERAN, <BR> not the lawyer... Sat, 25 May 2013 11:58:51 EST Moving Forward with Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356139 Change . . . the natural inclination with change is to resist it and stay just were you're at. Is is the best thing for us? Sometimes NOT. So, what to do when change is in the wind for you? I found that these tips help on that path to changing habits. <BR> ****** <BR> <BR> Changing a habit is one of the most difficult tasks that a person can undertake. It is a really big challenge. The high failure rate is a testament to that statement. I’m sure everyone has heard of countless cases of ... Tue, 14 May 2013 10:21:06 EST Time is a precious commodity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298015 There are only 24 hours in a day and it's up to us to use the time wisely. Days are full of appointments, meetings, obligations and often a lot of W-A-I-T-I-N-G. <BR> <BR> So, my thought was, how can I make use of the time I spend waiting and accomplish something? Thanks to FlyLADY (better known as Marla Cilley) I have a plan! <BR> <BR> My office desk was always full of bills and other things that needed to be attended to. But how can I get rid of that clutter AND have something function... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:00:41 EST Where to next?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265016 This has been a most amazing journey! Lots of physical, emotional and spiritual changes have happened . . . all for the best. But . . . when does the journey end?? (discuss among yourselves). So, what did you say?? <BR> <BR> The journey for me will never end. That means . . . always having goals. The reality is perfection is never going to happen! That means the journey continues. Not towards perfection, mind you, but progressing on the path of making your life better. <BR> <BR> All t... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:10:39 EST Birthday Bash Blowout 2-24-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261518 Yes, today is my 59th birthday! When I look back on the years, lots of lessons learned, lots of mistakes made. BUT -- and here's the good part -- I'm still standing! I'm still here! And I am healthier than I've been in years. <BR> <BR> So, just wanted to celebrate my birthday with all my sparky friends! Hope you can stop by and join the virtual party! Anytime -- 24/7 today. <BR> <BR> HUGS to you all. <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 22:09:08 EST I Just Want to Celebrate . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241790 a brand new way of living. Yup . . . I haven't blogged much lately but had lots of family issues to tend to. BUT (drum roll, eye roll . . . whatever suits you!) today is year 3 of being in Spark People, so definitely a blog is in order! So, here goes. <BR> <BR> What do I have to celebrate after three years? Let me tell you. <BR> <BR> 1. Independence from pain. Joint pain that reall was altering my way of living. Granted I had a knee replacement done in 2007, but I didn't/don't want t... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 15:33:59 EST 18 January 2013 He's HOME!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214009 Arrival Picture <BR> <BR> Ok, short blog. Yesterday was a very emotional day. Had testing done on Wednesday. Got a call yesterday that something was "wrong" and so had to schedule a repeat. OMG! Well, long story short, I got the testing done and all turned up well. BREATHE, BREATH, restart heart, repeat the process! <BR> <BR> BEST of all, John is home! We picked him up last night. When he came down the gangway, someone offered to take a picture of us together. Here it is. <BR> <B... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:55:53 EST Something to be thankful for . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158115 This piece was forwarded to me by a friend and it just made me so proud that my son is a soldier. I for one am passing this on. <BR> <BR> This is a poem being sent from a MarineTo his Dad. For those who take the time to read it, you'll see a letter from him to his dad at the bottom. It makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but All of our troops. As the Mom of a soldier, my son makes me very proud! <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> Hugs and prayers to al... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:53:25 EST A Thanksgiving Story of gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142461 LIFE WITHOUT GOD <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit’s smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I t... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:47:00 EST Help . . . I've fallen and I Can't Get up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135145 Boy, how many times have we felt like that! Eaten something that we KNOW we shouldn't have, and figure, "What the heck . . . I've done this damage, what difference is it going to make if I continue?" and just "blow it" for the rest of the day. Well, it makes a LOT of difference. The best analogy I read about this is if you get a speeding ticket, you're not going to CONTINUE breaking the rules of the road (or any other laws, for that matter) purposefully because you've made a mistake. Some... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:56:31 EST Walking in a winter wonderland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128313 No, we don't have any measurable snow on the ground -- yet -- but it's getting to be winter, and that means S-N-O-W and cold here in the Midwest. My preference for weather? No, but then this would be one of those things that cannot be controlled, so have to figure out how to work with it when it comes to outdoor activities. I plan to keep active this winter, because -- well -- I NEED to! What are my plans? <BR> <BR> 1. Have Nordic poles to safely navigate on snow and ice when walking. <B... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:21:08 EST Changes, changes and more changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119104 Change, change -- everywhere change! <BR> <BR> Autumn is definitely the time of year when we all think about changes as we see the external signs of the switch from Summer to Autumn. The trees provide spectacular color (which they eventually do loose, but none-the-less). The weather changes from warm to cold to warm to cold again . . . letting us know . . . we're heading to another season. <BR> <BR> So, what is going on within us that is changing?? For me, it's realizing that change i... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:42:33 EST A Letter to my Body -- What Motivates Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111551 Dear Body . . . <BR> <BR> I apologize to you. For so long I didn't appreciate you at all. You did not look how I thought you should look. Only now am I realizing. It wasn't how I thought you should look. It was my expectations based on how others thought I should look! Tall, lean, long torso. . . something that just isn't going to happen! <BR> <BR> I learned long ago to accept that I was never going to be tall. Let's face it . . . 4 ft. 10-1/2 inches is not tall. I definitely wa... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:37:49 EST How I love thee, let me count the ways . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083755 I love Spark communities! <BR> <BR> 1. ALWAYS someone who can answer a question. <BR> <BR> 2. ALWAYS a supportive comment offered when in need! <BR> <BR> 3. ALWAYS a safe place to vent frustrations. <BR> <BR> 4. ALWAYS a safe place to share the good as well! Obviously, that's more fun. <BR> <BR> 5. ALWAYS a place to go to put things in black-and-white --- keeps me honest! <BR> <BR> 6. ALWAYS something new to be learned reading articles, posts and blogs. Keeps sparking fresh and ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:12:13 EST I spy . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077034 a muscle as I flex my biceps! Wow! Where'd that come from????? Why, consistent strength training of course! Strength training . . . healthy for our muscles, tendons and bones. <BR> <BR> Back in 1998 when I was diagnosed with Hashimotos thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroid) I had to start on synthroid (now on Levoxyl, but I digress). As a "companion" problem, I was also diagnosed with oeteoporosis. Com on! I was only 44 yrs. old @ the time! What the heck! So, had some serious moving... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:44:41 EST From My Kitchen to Yours with Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059193 Here's a recipe to get things going into the Fall Season when you're looking for what to do with those fresh veggies! <BR> <BR> <BR> Quinoa and Sugar Snap Peas <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup quinoa <BR> 1-1/2 teaspoon olive oil <BR> 1/2 cup chopped onion <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced (more if you like garlic -- I like garlic!) <BR> 1 teaspoon chili powder (or could substitute cumin -- both add that smoky flavor) <BR> 1 cup chicken of vegetable stock (I use stock, not broth -- less salt, more flavorful) <... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:50:45 EST For everything there is a season . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042422 Well, we've already hit meterologic Fall, but not the official start of Fall. Things are slowly transitioning weatherwise to be more Fall like, and with that comes shorter days, for those with kids in school a more hectic schedule and a change up in routines as a result. What better time, then, to revisit our goals, evaluate and retool . . . then repeat the process as needed! <BR> <BR> As many of you know (and I apologize . . . I know . . . it's boring!) I am in maintenance so weight lo... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:28:03 EST An update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029117 Thanks for the prayers, everyone. Yes, the fact that my son has gone through such horrible trauma in the span of 6 days is a real body blow. <BR> <BR> He was flown from the FOB (Forward Operations Base -- like a M.A.S.H. of old) on Monday and has been there recuperating. It is a long damn way from home (we live in Wisconsin) and wish he were closer, but that's not reality. <BR> <BR> The only information we had gotten was from texts John sent us, and due to confidentiality he wasn't even... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:23:43 EST Unfortunate news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021356 Right now it is 1:35 am. Got information around midnight that John was injured. Apparently shot. Can't tell the exact nature of the injury. Just got several text msgs. He is alive, but that's about all I know. <BR> <BR> My faith has never been @ a lower point. Just trying to pray and hoping for more information. <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 02:37:59 EST New Neighbors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017807 Our dear neighbor sold her house and new neighbors moved in yesterday. Very nice family . . . a couple with 3 young daughters. They have the perfect house to raise their three beautiful children! I invited them over for a meal, as they'd been working all day unpacking boxes and it was hot. They accepted, so we just had a simple dinner on our back patio picnic style. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, earlier in the day, I'd started a batch of beef stew and it had been cooking all day (I didn't want t... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:30:18 EST An impromptu get together . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013255 organized by my son. What can I say. About 5 pm the door bell rand and it was a friend of DS's stopping by to see how Clara and I were doing. About 10 minutes later the door bell again rang and it was several more friends. By the time the door bell stopped ringing there were 8 people here! It turns out that before he left yesterday he'd gotten in touch with his friends and asked them to stop by and visit. <em>46</em> I couldn't believe it! So there were John's 8 friends, Clara and I... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:37:05 EST Family . . . gotta love 'em! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010858 It's been pretty hard emotionally dealing with my son deploying. My family decided that since yesterday was his birthday, and he leaves on Monday, they were going to come up and visit. We are going to have a birthday celebration, take pictures (Clara and I did that last night too) to send to him. IF he is able to call of skype, bonus points! I love my family! Mom, Dad, brother, brother's significant other and my little sister are coming up for lunch today. WooHoo! I'm ready with Sparky... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 11:35:19 EST A Letter to My Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008162 My dearest John: <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is your 20th birthday. You have grown from being my little baby to a fine young man, all of which seems to have happened in the blink of an eye. I know I've told you this story a million (maybe a jillion) times, but it's birthday tradition here to share your story. <BR> <BR> Your Dad and I wanted to be able to share our love with a family and adoption is how we chose to build our family. I remember every detail of the day you became our son, waiting f... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 11:38:35 EST It's Time to Cook . . . Sparky Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008118 This is a recipe I developed when I had veggies left and wanted to pair it up with chicken. <BR> <BR> Chicken Chasseur <BR> <BR> 2 lb. chicken pieces (for lower fat, use 1 lb.) <BR> salt to taste <BR> 1-1/2 Tablespoons flour <BR> 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper <BR> 2 teaspoons olive oil (EVOO) <BR> 2 cups sliced mushrooms (for lower fat, increase to 4 cups -- adds great depth of flavor) <BR> 1 cup sliced carrots (for lower fat version) <BR> 1/4 cup dry white wine (one you'd drink) <BR> 1/4 cup ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 11:08:14 EST On the road again . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006369 Spark style. <BR> <BR> This summer we have had a series of short trips requiring LOTS of car travel time. This can really cause havoc for sparking! But NOT if you plan things right! <BR> <BR> The first order of business was to book hotel rooms. For sure we checked it out to make sure they had Wi-Fi. That way I could bring the ol' computer and spark when I had time. Our hotels did! <BR> <BR> The next thing to check out was if they had a gym and/or a pool. Check on that one too ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:51:37 EST If I could save time in a bottle . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005149 Here is a list of songs I love to listen to, move to as it transports me to a time when things were a little simpler . . . or were they????? That's for discussion. Discuss! LOL <BR> <BR> 1. Put a Little Love in Your Heart Al Greene <BR> 2. Stand by Me Ben E. King <BR> 3. After Midnight ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 13:43:45 EST Arctic Zero . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003549 No . . . not the temperature in Alaska. This is ice cream. <BR> <BR> Ok, this is my one indulgence in a very long time, but I wanted something cold last night. This was it. My treat! My indulgence! <BR> <BR> Now, I am not going to make it a regular habit, but IF the craving for ice cream hits (and it really doesn't very often anymore for me since I've "sworn off" sweets), but when I do this is a good way to satisfy that craving without blowing everything nutritionally into a sink h... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:35:01 EST Eight Days a Week I love, love, love . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002214 to cook! These 8 recipies are family tested and Sparky Mom approved. <BR> <BR> I have put together eight recipes for you to "play with" (I always love playing with my food!) Nothing is written in stone, meaning change it up however it suits you! That's what real cooking is all about. With love for your eating pleasure. <BR> <BR> Greek Roasted Chicken <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup olive oil <BR> 1-1/2 cloves chopped garlic <BR> 1-1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary (less if using dried -- more ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:09:51 EST Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan 8-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001332 Ryan's Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan <BR> <BR> Submitted by: KASHISSA <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 35 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 20 <BR> Number of Servings: 6 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 cup Almond Flour, about 4 ounces <BR> 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, 4 ounces <BR> 1 tsp Garlic Powder <BR> 1 tsp Italian Seasoning <BR> Salt, to taste <BR> 2-3 eggs <BR> 12 1/4-inch slices eggplant <BR> Olive Oil Spray <BR> Salt and pepper, to taste <BR> 1/2 cups of Spaghetti Sauce <BR> 4 ounces mozzarella chee... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:53:12 EST It's been a hard days night . . . sleeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999560 1. What time did you wake up today? 5:30 am <BR> 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 9:30 pm usually <BR> 3. What is your bedtime routine? (*HINT: If you don't have one, DESIGN one! <BR> a. All meds for the next morning are in my pill box at the kitchen table by my place so there's no forgetting them (Let me count the ways that leads to DISASTER!) <BR> <BR> b. Clothes for the next day are laid out so there's no fussing in the morning. <BR> <... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 12:53:15 EST Sleep Blog 8-2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998563 1. What time did you wake up today? 5:30 am <BR> 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 9:30 pm usually <BR> 3. What is your bedtime routine? (*HINT: If you don't have one, DESIGN one! <BR> a. All meds for the next morning are in my pill box at the kitchen table by my place so there's no forgetting them (Let me count the ways that leads to DISASTER!) <BR> <BR> b. Clothes for the next day are laid out so there's no fussing in the morning. <BR> <... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 20:39:07 EST Sleep Blog continues! Success . . . so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996036 1. What time did you wake up today? 5:30 am <BR> 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 9:30 pm <BR> 3. What is your bedtime routine? (*HINT: If you don't have one, DESIGN one!) <BR> a. All meds for the next morning are in my pill box at the kitchen table by my place so there's no forgetting them (Let me count the ways that leads to DISASTER!) <BR> <BR> b. Clothes for the next day are laid out so there's no fussing in the morning. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 09:43:23 EST Sleep blog 7-29 - 7-31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994441 1. What time did you wake up today? 5:30 am 7-29 to 7-31 <BR> 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 9:30 pm 7-29 to 7-31 <BR> 3. What is your bedtime routine? (*HINT: If you don't have one, DESIGN one! <BR> a. All meds for the next morning are in my pill box at the kitchen table by my place so there's no forgetting them (Let me count the ways that leads to DISASTER!) <BR> <BR> b. Clothes for the next day are laid out so there's no fussing in the... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:36:33 EST Ok . . . gulp . . . a before & after picture of . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993054 ME! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73722634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me BEFORE. OMG, I just cannot look @ that picture without feeling all the emotions that I had of not liking myself! Lots of emotional baggage to work through, I guess, till I was ready to join SP and get real! Actually, getting real with myself was the first step! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l628654220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is me on July 6th 2012 ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:00:56 EST Dear Mr. Sandman . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991459 Sleep Diary from 7-28 to 8-04 What's Sleep Got to Do With It? <BR> <BR> Ah, sweet slumber. It has been my goal during the 100 days of Summer Challenge to improve my sleep habits in an effort to stay healthy! After all, when working so hard towards a healthy lifestyle, sometimes the more subtle affects on our health are missed, like sleep! <BR> <BR> Since this challenge began I've worked on getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night. To help that along I've worked on making sure my sle... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:45:49 EST Pictures from my son's departure to Alaska 7-22-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983874 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l741285649.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800605497.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:41:10 EST Tough day . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981779 as today is the day we took John to the airport (drove him to Chicago O'Hare Airport). It was an early day . . . up @ 3 am so we were ready to leave @ 4 am to get to the airport by 6 am for his 8 am flight. Got all that??? <BR> <BR> We got to the airport without any difficulties, except I wanted to turn around and come back home w/John! He got checked in @ the ticket desk and Jason, Clara and I got passes to go with him to the departure gate. That was nice. <BR> <BR> However, that m... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:59:53 EST Crock pot recipes for when it's just too hot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963578 This one's for you, IAMAGEMLOVER! <BR> <BR> African Style Chicken on Couscous <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into slices <BR> 2 onions, chopped <BR> 8 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes <BR> 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced <BR> 2 teaspoons salt <BR> 1 teaspoon pepper <BR> 1/2 cup lime juice <BR> cooked couscous <BR> 1 box chicken stock <BR> Directions <BR> 1. Combine all ingredients, except couscous in the Crock-Pot... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:40:52 EST What's to Eat that's New? Two Recipe Reviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961924 What's to eat that's new? Two Recipe reviews <BR> <BR> Chicken Taco Salad <BR> <BR> 12 cups shredded romaine lettuce <BR> Taco seasoning <BR> 4 medium red tomatoes (*I like Roma tomatoes myself*) <BR> 1 cup black beans (any will do) <BR> 1 cup Kraft Mexican style taco cheese (*actually any generic taco cheese will do*) <BR> 1 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast (*I also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs* OR use the meat from a rotisserie chicken** IF you use boneless, skinless chi... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:24:57 EST pictures from graduation 7-06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959449 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l98834664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532783258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> pic of John & I <BR> <BR> pic of me in front of Berlin Wall memorial @ Ft. Leonard Wood <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l864289775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> pic of Jason and John in front of Berlin Wall memorial @ Ft. Leonard Wood Sat, 7 Jul 2012 15:39:12 EST Travels and graduation, July 4th through 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959097 Heidy ho there fellow Blue Star Moms. Back from graduation. What an experience! <BR> <BR> You were right about not wearing something with buttons because they were a poppin! <BR> <BR> Left bright and early on Wednesday to arrive there for Family Day on Thursday. Lord love a sweating duck . . . it was so HOT. 107 degrees of hot. Man, any sweat you had evaporated immediately. <BR> <BR> Family Day was wonderful. The families were all, obviously, busting their buttons with pride. On F... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:31:43 EST