ANDYLIN90's SparkPeople Blog ANDYLIN90's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community HAVE YOU EVER BEEN GUILTY OF LOOKING AT OTHERS YOUR OWN AGE AND THINKING, SURELY I CAN'T LOOK THAT <BR> WELL . . . <BR> <BR> MY NAME IS ALICE AND I WAS SITTING IN THE WAITING ROOM FOR MY FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH A NEW DENTIST. <BR> <BR> I NOTICED HIS DDS DIPLOMA ON THE WALL, WHICH BORE HIS FULL NAME. <BR> <BR> SUDDENLY, I REMEMBERED A TALL, HANDSOME, DARK-HAIRED BOY WITH THE SAME NAME THAT HAD BEEN IN MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS SOME 42 YEARS AGO. <BR> <BR> COULD HE BE THE SAME GUY THAT I HAD A SECRET CRUSH ON, WAY BACK THEN? <BR> <BR> UPON SEEING HIM, HOWEVER, I QUICKLY DISCARDED ANY S... Thu, 4 May 2017 15:54:23 EST Arrival Crescent City, CA Sutter Coast Hospital When I walked into her room she was in a deep sleep and as I rubbed her hand and stroked her hair, she still didn't arouse. I sat by her bed and thought of all the happy times we had had together, just her and I. We really were very, very close as mother and daughter. Our relationship certainly changed over the different stages of my life, but she was always there for me with her laugh, her advice, her encouragement. <BR> <BR> Now I'm here for her in this terrible journey as she slips a ... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:36:21 EST Hiking the Pacific COAST Trail This hike took place on February 7, 2015 and the following is a journal entry from that day. I've been in Brookings, OR with Mom and Paul since 1-29-15. <BR> <BR> It has been stormy and raining all week and most of my exercise has been on the treadmill. Today is the last day of my week and if I'm going to keep my hiking streak alive I have to hike today. So, I got my clothes on, put my rain suit on, thought about taking an extra fleece top, but didn't and put on toe socks, darn tough wool... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 01:04:28 EST Hiking in the Rain Macklyn Cove Beach I've read many, many books about thru hiking the three major U.S. trails. While there may only be 7-10 rainy days on any given trail in the 5 months or so it takes to complete a thru hike, to hike in rain for any length of time is difficult to know how torturous it might be unless you have personally experienced hiking in the rain. <BR> <BR> Getting out of a damp sleeping bag, putting on damp clothes and breaking camp in the rain only to head out for another 10-12 hours of hiking is not f... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:57:02 EST "Wise Women Are Always Prepared" (Will bring you a smile) A small-town radio reporter was interviewing an 80-year-old because she had just been married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked about her new husband’s occupation. <BR> <BR> “He’s a funeral director,” she said. The interviewer paused for a few moments and hesitantly asked the occupations of her three previous husbands. She explained that in her 20s, she married a banker; in her 40s, a circus ringmaster, and in her 60s, a preacher. <BR> <BR> The astonished questioner asked why she ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:44:27 EST CHAPTER 3 of the blog I HAD TO LEAVE THE LAND OF DENIAL WHEN MY WRISTS GOT FAT CHAPTER THREE: Why Spark People Worked for Me <BR> <BR> Surprisingly I was pretty excited to join Spark and I spent a lot of time exploring the website. I set up my home page and posted some pictures. (Of course the first pictures were head shots only!) I read articles and was encouraged. I started tracking my food and my exercise. Actually, the exercise tracker was motivating to me because I wanted those points. Then I wrote my first blog and was encouraged and horrified when other spark... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 03:15:21 EST CHAPTER 2 of the blog I HAD TO LEAVE THE LAND OF DENIAL WHEN MY WRISTS GOT FAT CHAPTER TWO: Finding Spark People <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, so losing 100 pounds could be done and I was encouraged. I started on my own without much of a program other than cutting down on portion sizes and trying to limit desserts. I didn’t think about losing 100 pounds as it would have been too overwhelming. <BR> I struggled with deprivation; after all I was someone who wanted what they wanted when they wanted it and I... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 02:55:03 EST I HAD TO LEAVE THE LAND OF DENIAL WHEN MY WRISTS GOT FAT CHAPTER ONE: The Beginning <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In March 2009 I was seriously considering bariatric surgery and pursued information at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was morbidly obese, was using a C-Pap for treatment of sleep apnea, and had recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. And with at least 100 pounds to lose to bring my BMI into a normal range, I certainly met criteria for surgery. With a family history... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:40:16 EST IT IS WITH A GRATEFUL AND HUMBLE HEART I POST THIS UPDATE 2-18-2013 <BR> Sobered and scared is the best way to describe the beginning of my dear husband’s day. This was hard for me because this is not how he has approached surgery in the past. Even though he said he knew everything would be fine, I believe he really knew the seriousness of the proposed procedure he was about to undergo and deep down was not sure what the outcome would be. He talked about his kids, his grandkids and me in a reflective sort of way remembering good times in the past... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:29:20 EST A Little Play On Words... The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:22:20 EST FIRE! The following pictures from a recent Chicago, IL fire were sent to my husband by a friend who still lives in Chicago. This was a warehouse fire apparently started accidently by homeless persons trying to stay warm. Fortunately the only injury was minor from a fireman falling after slipping on the ice. DH enjoyed viewing the pictures and it certainly brought back many memories. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:14:41 EST HIKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MY HIKING HEROINE Quite by accident I stumbled on a book by Cheryl Strayed titled 'Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail' and found it to be one the best books I have ever read. I didn't even know the PCT existed even though I grew up in western Washington State within miles of where the trail is now located. <BR> <BR> I loved this book because it was about a woman who "figured it out" in how to do something very difficult and do it alone. In the 1980's before the trail was even completed, she sta... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:32:10 EST A Groaner... <BR> There were once two brothers called William and Wayne. Will was 12 years old and his little brother was 3. <BR> <BR> The neighbors noticed they always went around together. If William went down to the ballpark, his little brother would toddle along behind him. And when Wayne went to playgroup, his older brother would come and sit there with all the toddlers. <BR> <BR> One neighbor thought this was really strange, so one day he leaned over the fence and asked the boys' mother why the... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 22:01:57 EST Slip Sliding Up and Down Mt. Humphreys Trail This was going to be a big hike for me and I thought I had done my homework. I located the trail head before leaving our condo in Sedona, called the ranger station to check conditions on the mountain, and checked the weather. Mt. Humphreys is the highest point in Arizona at 13,637 feet and is located close to Flagstaff, AZ. A hike of 4.8 miles one way will get you to the top. I didn't have any plans to try and summit as I was not acclimated to the elevation. The trail head is located at... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:22:19 EST It Was A WONDERFUL Thanksgiving The holiday was particularly special this year because my Mom and StepDad are here. In September God spared his life in a near death event and now that he is making excellent progress in his recovery we are grateful and thankful for God's mercies. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And of course my handsome and charming grandson, the actor, made his way from Hollywood to be with us in the desert. Here he is with his grandfather, my dh. <BR>... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 03:23:14 EST How Far Will You Go? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friends and family ask me all the time about why I hike, climb, and push myself when my joints are aching, my toenails are screaming and I feel like I can't take another step. Well, T.S. Eliot couldn't have said it any better. I love this quote and I feel the truth of this deeply. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 01:58:25 EST Hiking in the Land of Edward Abbey…or “Oh, there’s Johnny Depp!” Pictures When I was in college I read Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey. This book helped solidify my feelings about wilderness and the overwhelming beauty and silence of wild places. The book also reveals the character of a man who challenges the exploitation of nature. At one time he was a Park Ranger in Arches National Park in southern Utah spending days wandering in the solitude. Abbey lived in Moab, Utah and I’ve always wanted to spend time in Moab because he wrote s... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 04:42:26 EST Vernal, Utah...A Lovely Little Town. (Pictures) <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Driving from Breckenridge to Park City today, we passed through the town of Vernal, Utah population 8300. The main street which was at least a mile long was brilliant with red, pink and white impatiens in baskets han... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 01:55:11 EST Hiking to Chetco Point (Pictures) In April I was in Oregon at our Condo where we have a great view of Chetco Point. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> On the day I hiked it was cool and misty; about 60 degrees with occasional light showers, but I love hiking in weather like this...a far cry from the 104 degrees today in Scottsdale. <BR> <BR> Last August I hiked to the Point walking along the beach from the ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 03:17:12 EST GETTING TO THE TOP IS OPTIONAL; COMING DOWN IS NOT. What a beautiful day and what a relief after all the above normal temperatures. I didn't start hiking until 12:40 PM and even at that hour it was still cool (82) with a nice breeze. I had looked at Bell Pass before, but it's a long hike and rated difficult. Today, I said I would go as far as I could and then turn around when I got tired. <BR> <BR> But you know how it is...the closer one gets to the top, the more one wants to go "just a little more." This is not a loop trail, so I was fully ... Sun, 27 May 2012 00:14:10 EST Can Anything Else Possibly Go Wrong Hiking Wilson Canyon Trail? A lot of things went wrong today and I didn't particularly enjoy this hike of 7 miles, BUT I persevered and did it. Wilson Canyon is in Red Rock Country in northern AZ and I wanted to hike here because it should have been cooler than the 104 degrees in Scottsdale. <BR> <BR> I was ready to go and my husband tells me he doesn't feel like going even though we had planned our day the night before. So I finished getting my backpack ready, told him I was going and left in what he considered ... Mon, 21 May 2012 01:57:14 EST Real Man Quiche and a Wonderful Mother's Day Brunch On Mother's Day my step daughter invited me along with my Mom for Sunday Brunch. We had a wonderful time as DD is a marvelous chef. Appetizers were both savory and sweet...basil, petite heirloom tomatoes & mozzarella cheese as well as a deliciously moist fruit bread. Cocktails were mimosa's with a choice of orange juice or grapefruit juice. I love grapefruit juice, but with my champagne I think I like OJ better. <BR> <BR> As good as the appetizers were, the very best part was a new rec... Sun, 20 May 2012 02:34:22 EST Making Precious Memories One of my earliest memories as a child was riding home from "town" back to our house in the country. Those were days long before child restraints or even seat belts were available as safety devices. I would be cuddled on my Mom's lap and she and Daddy would sing all of the old cowboy songs they knew by heart, of course adding all the appropriate "twang" to make the song special to me. I loved those old songs and I loved hearing them sing together although I'm not sure either one of them w... Thu, 17 May 2012 03:02:25 EST Not what I planned, but a good day anyway. Woke up this morning at 10:00 AM like I hadn't slept at all, too hot and immediately discouraged because it was too late to hike. I might have gone anyway if Mom wasn't here, but taking two hours + would have been too much out of our day together. So I moped a bit and then I just did it...put my I-pod on, grabbed some weights and did what I call House Dancing. Moving to the music, running up and down the stairs, swinging my arms, kicking my legs, and holding the weights over my head for ... Sat, 12 May 2012 02:04:10 EST An Open Letter to Chris Downie Regarding Beth Donovan Dear Spark Guy, <BR> <BR> I was very disappointed and saddened when Spark People leadership determined Beth Donovan (~INDYGIRL) would no longer write for the Daily Spark. My understanding is you have made the decision to only use "expert" contributors for the Daily Spark. <BR> <BR> I can understand you may define "expert" as someone with advanced education and perhaps lots of letters behind their name. These credentials can be important in validating information. However, I believe you a... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:57:54 EST Sea Mist in My Face <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I dropped Mom off at HairPort for her hair color and then I went to Krissy Field State Park to walk on the beach. This is the same long, long beach I walked last August when I was here. The sun was brilliant with a blue sky and with my long sleeve shirt I was hot. In spite of that I took my jacket and was very glad I did as the wind on the beach was fierce. I walked south to where the beach becomes impassab... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 01:47:44 EST Easter Dinner Was Delicious My lovely step daughter made a wonderful non-traditional Easter dinner that was really tasty. We enjoyed fresh salami wrapped around cheese with kalamata olives and crackers as an appetizer. A romaine lettuce, red onion rings, smoked almonds, pears and goat cheese salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing followed. I made the salad, but here you can see BJ tossing the salad and adding the dressing. <img src=""> But the best p... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 02:51:32 EST I Took My Body Out for a Walk Today is Sunday and the start of my week. I have done no physical exercise since surgery 2-28-12 and my body is craving some movement. It felt good to put on my heart rate monitor and my work-out clothes. I had no expectations other than walk for at least 30 minutes; more if I felt okay. Within 10 minutes of starting I had the old familiar C02 pain in my left shoulder, at times severe enough it took my breath away. But I just kept going, even jogged a little coming back downhill. Overal... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:50:38 EST An Unexpected Surprise on Top of Sunrise Peak It was a beautiful perfect weather day...70 degrees, not a cloud in the sky and a light breeze. I had been at the Clinic so I drove to Lost Dog Wash Trail Head at 124th Street. I decided to see how far I could go on the Sunrise Trail rated difficult knowing I wouldn't be able to complete the entire route because of the elevation gain over a short distance. <BR> <BR> In the beginning it was a rocky go with a moderate incline. I kept repeating over and over, "This is not a race, go slow, g... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 14:54:35 EST When I Came to the Iron Bridge I Knew I Would Be Safe! Two days ago I did something incredibly stupid and dangerous. I’ve decided to blog about it so I will remember to NEVER let my pursuit of a goal put me in a dangerous situation again. Even though I am now retired, a major portion of my work life was spent in Chicago where I worked in a very busy Emergency Department. Yes, I’m well aware of what your head and face will look like when you hit the pavement while riding a motorcycle without a helmet or what happens when your car (the irresisti... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 19:36:17 EST First View On Tuesday August 16th we were driving north on Interstate 5 with a clear blue sky making it perfect weather. The car CD was playing Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Chorus was coming to the last Glory, Glory Hallelujah when I looked up and there was the mountain dominating the landscape. It took my breath away as I looked at the beauty and magnificence of this mountain. The snow was so white against the blue sky and it couldn't have been a better first... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:49:22 EST Oh My, These Snow Drifts ARE Deep! All I planned to do today was walk around the neighborhood on paved streets, but when I came to Snowflake Trailhead I decided to check it out. <img src=""> I took the Sawmill route as it looked less steep than the alternate Reservoir trail. <img src=""> I was wearing my hiking shoes which was a good thing as the trail, made up of soft pine needles, was damp with a rivulet of snow water ... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 02:25:29 EST Hiking in the McDowell Mountain Preserve I showed up and I did it. It was 75 degrees at 1:30 PM and there was a breeze, but it didn't take long before I was too hot with the breeze being intermittent. When I got to the cut-off for the Old Jeep Trail I went for it although the inclines/declines were much steeper than Lost Dog. I need more water with me and heavier socks. My feet are taking a beating even in my hiking shoes. <BR> <BR> Old Jeep Trail seems very remote with a fabulous view south after a long climb up. I feel so g... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 01:24:11 EST Are 10 minute sessions of exercise beneficial? So, in my mind I'm consistently doing cardio four times a week and strength training 3 times a week. However, I have to come out of my state of denial when I look at my exercise tracking over time. The charts tell me I'm doing cardio 2-3 times a week and strength training one time a week. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> My cardio is 60 minutes of walking, stair climbing, biking, swimming, elliptical, treadmill and hiking or a combination of any of these activities. Strength always includes cor... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 02:16:44 EST I Was Handcuffed in a House of Fat and Sugar and Force Fed! So, I'm back from a trip to Chicago to see friends and family. My first week-end was with my dear friend of forty years. We both have had our battles with weight and she knows I've done well on Spark People. She also is a wonderful hostess and someone who wants to please with all the Chicago delicacies I love. The first night was stuffed pizza; I had one piece, would have loved to have some salad to go with, but this was not an option. <BR> <BR> "Oh, you can't have just one piece, have... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 02:50:59 EST My Employer Received the Top Honor As a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles I am proud and very lucky to work where my employer takes the health of its employees seriously. My company has been honored by the National Business Group on Health as one of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles for the sixth consecutive year. After having been a Gold Award winner for five years, 2010 is the first year my company won the Platinum Award. <BR> <BR> The Platinum Award is given to employers with a healthy living program in place for at least three years that continue to ... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 23:14:48 EST Measuring Success I didn't exercise for 15 days thanks to coming down with, having and recovering from bronchitis. I walked outside for 50 minutes yesterday at a 10-15% grade and today I had 20 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes doing circuit training. While doing the elliptical I couldn't go faster than 3.5 mph at level 5 and keep my pulse rate within my range...bummer at how fast aerobic conditioning can be lost. <BR> <BR> This could have been a set up for me to binge, say "oh, well, what's the use... Tue, 25 May 2010 03:30:28 EST The Giant Pizza Okay, I've been craving pizza for several nights now. Rather than go out where it's hard to guesstimate the number of calories, I usually have store bought, bake at home pizza where I can add more vegetables and have a better idea about what I'm eating. <BR> <BR> Tonight Andy had already cut the pizza into four pieces, put a piece in the toaster oven with my extra veggies when I rescued the box from the garbage to see the nutritional information. OMG! A serving size was 1/9 of the whol... Thu, 20 May 2010 01:53:33 EST I DID IT! And Surprised Myself! I've been working out regularly since November 2009 and I've seen my fitness and strength levels improve. At one point I couldn't last on the ellipitical for more than five minutes even at the lowest level. Now I work out at level five and can do a mile in about 13 minutes. The treadmill is cranked up to level 10 and my mile time is 17:10. In spite of seeing measurable improvements in my fitness, I've had no confidence that I could actually hike the Pinnacle Peak Trail. The last time I ... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 01:36:08 EST DON'T YOU QUIT It's so easy to fall by the wayside and not remember my priorities. My retirement date will be here before I know it and I don't want to look back at 2010 and wish I had paid more attention to my number one goal...I want to be comfortable with my body and have a healthy relationship with food. <BR> <BR> This little rhyme still holds meaning for me and I need to read it often. <BR> <BR> JUST DON'T QUIT <BR> <BR> When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> and you feel li... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:03:45 EST My Exercise Program I'm happy tonight with my consistency in exercising. Goal setting has gotten me to four times a week. I'm still new with strength training but I'm trying three times a week with one of those times being with Jacob, my personal trainer. My left shoulder is so much better since he has me doing weights to specifically strengthen the muscles around my rotator cuff. In February, I will move my goals seems like I was stuck at burning 200 calories a session for a long time, but now I'm b... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 01:31:50 EST SLEEP The following is a comment I left after reading Coach Jen's Blog titled: 'Improve Your Diet by Getting More Sleep'. <BR> <BR> I have known the information in the blog to be true for a long time. I do not have any difficulty falling asleep, sleeping well and staying asleep. However, what is amazing to me is reading the comments and finding there are other people who can't, won't, don't go to bed. Member Thersac40 took the words right out of my mouth when she said, <BR> <BR> "My problem... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 02:01:13 EST PRIORITIZE So, when I talk with Christine she asks about prioritizing my activities. I tell her "I don't have to prioritize because I can do it all." Well, of course even though I rationally know that's not a true statement, I realize that is how I generally operate. <BR> <BR> It's no wonder I'm often disappointed because a lot of little unimportant tasks got done, but not many of the big things that might make a difference. I need to reflect on this and think about making changes. It feels uncomf... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 21:04:04 EST The Last Time For all of us there will be a time when we do something or see someone for the very last time. I've been thinking about Daddy and remembering how he knew he didn't have much time left. As painful as it was for Andy and I, we drove him to all the places he wanted to see one last time. We went to a secluded swimming hole on the the upper Tilton River that I had completely forgotten about and was amazed at the deja vu I felt in seeing this place again after 45 years. All those childhood mem... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 23:08:46 EST Progress Or Not? This is about my day on Sunday 1-3-10. Sunday AM breakfasts are good for both Andy and I to catch up with each other and even though I would have preferred to sleep, I got up and we went to Village Inn. <BR> The Positives: <BR> 1. I checked the Internet to see if nutritional information was available before we left. <BR> 2. I chose the Vegetarian Omlette and asked for egg whites & minimal oil in the cooking. <BR> Not So Positive: <BR> 1. Drank diet coke and too much of it <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 03:30:40 EST Blogging Can Be SCAREY! Oh my, I set up my Spark Page and blogged and people responded. I'm no longer anonymous and it seems I may have to be more accountable. This feels like stepping off the edge of a cliff and free falling to who knows where. The good part...I felt tremendously supported, encouraged and like I had received a huge hug. THANK-YOU! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 01:07:31 EST Is the Spark People website a good thing for me? So many positive articles and motivating people and ideas on this website, but again why I have been immersed for hours on the website getting points and reading blogs and the message boards? I have set goals to be in bed by certain times and yet I choose to allow complusive behavior to keep me glued in front of my computer screen. This has to stop and maybe setting a timer will help in getting me to log off. It's 11:01 and maybe I can be in bed by 12:00 if I log off now. Thu, 31 Dec 2009 01:04:26 EST