4URYOU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=4URYOU 4URYOU'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/ My graddaughter , My Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620177 Why is my granddaughter my hero ? Not only has he lost 50 pounds in the last year, she was one of the ten finalist in the Apple Blossom Royalty Pageant. Unlike most all the other contestants she is still no size 2 ( of which she was painfully reminded) and barely over 5 foot tall . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1795295760.jpg"> <BR> Knowing beauty is in all of us , she made it to the top ten ! Even though she didn't get a crown... I am so proud of her I could bust ! A... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:11:31 EST Our newest addition to the family Sir Bentley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416434 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l187969499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bentley is a pure Border Collie we found at our county animal shelter, Pictured here with our Autumn a Border Collie/ Australian Cattle Dog cross, Autumn wasn't too sure at first ( this was there second meeting, the first being at the shelter) But they play together and are best buds now. Autumn was so depressed after the loss of her best buddy Tawanda ( a Jack Russel Terrier) It is nice to see her happy again ! ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:29:18 EST It's Like a Triple Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373708 I have combined three things I love to do. My love of hiking, photography, and my love of early morning in the outdoors . Each morning by 6 a.m. my husband and I go for a 3 mile hike on the Iron Horse trail here in Ellensburg. I bring my camera and a good telephoto lens. I never get bored, always there is something changing or a critter of some kind we cross paths with. There are the cows in the pastures abutting the trail <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1746650130.... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:34:39 EST My Main Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340379 My three Ms.... I want to loose more weight because it helps reduce the pain of arthritis. A flare up puts me outta action for at least a week. Taking off another 30 pounds would reduce the pressure on my joints by quite a bit. I know my arthritis is not going anywhere but I can do something to lessen it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l462996558.jpg"> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:50:36 EST The biggest way I know I am healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329506 I can put my pants on while standing ! 60 years old and with arthritis to boot ! Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:01:05 EST My transformation so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3735196 Surprising to me is the fact that is hasn't really been all that hard. Not that the weight has slipped right off. Oh no it has gone off ever so slowly. But I am still amazed I don't find myself starving between meals. In fact I am real content with the amount of food I eat. <BR> I started in January I was in desperate need to track my meals and my exercise . I am one who needs to make herself accountable. <BR> Now I am a reasonable person who just needs to see in writing . Just why I was so ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 15:02:07 EST My bloodwork is GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3506929 My blood work came back, the nurse called my results "perfect" My blood sugar was 88 and my cholesterol was low. the triglyceride ( the fat in my blood) was 118 down from over 200. <BR> I love Sparkspeople ! Thu, 5 Aug 2010 16:21:38 EST One of My Passions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2831624 Photography is one of my many interest, in fact with me it's a passion. It combines well with my love of the outdoors. I have enjoyed this hobby for many years now, starting with a 35 mm Pentax K1000 as my first really good camera. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/6/b663547312.jpg"> <BR> I finally made the jump into digital a few years back. Wow, no longer will I be restricted to a mere 36 photos per roll of film. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/1/b414264... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 16:09:10 EST Stop Thief ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2817780 What with the kids all grown and out of the house I have my own workout room. Once a bedroom full of life it is now my special place. <BR> I have this room decorated with lots of stuffed animals that I have received as gifts down through the years. Kind of my own little team to cheer me on. <BR> Upon entering my workout room the other day. I noticed some of my plush toys were missing and remembered I had left the gate opened when I last worked out. <BR> I had a good idea who plundered my to... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:20:54 EST My Aha Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2808849 It hits in a beautiful way, like the rising of the sun on a promising day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/3/b536823081.jpg"> <BR> I had forgotten my water bottle on my walk the other day. A little more than half way through I was so shaky and I just knew I was needing food. Well I got home and not wanting to fall behind in my water count for the day, grabbed my water bottle first. <BR> After just a couple of swallows I felt so much better. <BR> So all these years when I ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:11:51 EST What I want most of all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2804664 I love the great outdoors and I use to be able to go on long hikes into the wilderness. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/5/b156665648.jpg"> <BR> For some time now I have been just too overweight and my arthritis hasn't helped any. Having a total knee replacement in the fall of 2008 put me in the mind maybe those days are behind me. Somehow now I just don't believe that anymore. I am feeling like I can do anything. <BR> . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/9/b890949... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:39:57 EST