APPLEPIEAPPLE's SparkPeople Blog APPLEPIEAPPLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Having a GOOD week! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dad and me. Yesterday I went to the library and found a new movie "Fathers and Daughters" that has just come out recently. It was tearjerker. But still a good movie. It reawakened all the good memories I have of my dad. He passed away Memorial Day week end, just 2 weeks from his 69th birthday on Flag Day. He rarely talked about his service in WWII. Later after he died I found his dischar... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:40:57 EST New challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The view from HUBBLE is awe inspiring--not so much my diet. After the party last week and my sons birthday the next day, I had tons of cake and ice cream left over. Needless to say I am afraid I ate cake and ice cream and have gained weight. (sigh) But the good news is the Fall Challenge is back! And I am working on it via Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I went to a training seminar and am now a ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:58:23 EST PARTY TIME!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my Book Chat, Writers Club, and Walking Club to my house for an end of year cookout party. It was a lot of fun. I supplied the hamburgers, buns, condiments, plates and utensils and everyone brought a dish to share. We had shrimp, Mexican dish, baked beans, broccoli salad, potato salad, Amish Macaroni salad, cake, cup cakes, and sooo much more. Everyone feasted and had a ball.... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:27:04 EST Update on my progress-- sorry for the delay--But good news finally <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I apologize for not writing sooner. My life has been rather busy. I attend webinars to increase my knowledge and had 3 to attend. I have another one that starts today. One was on productivity, another on minerals and supplements, and one on increasing health which included talks on the miracles of natural herbs and medications. All were interesting. They were also all FREE. This week (free)... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:12:13 EST Well its been a week since my last blog--update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since my last post I've been rather busy. I canned another 4 quarts of homemade zucchini pickles--total 9. I mowed the lawn and did more gardening. Canned tomatoes. Made zucchini cupcakes and did some cleaning. I've been walking 3 miles every day. Attending a webinar on Essential oils and a Wellness Summit. Volunteered at the local Fun Days for the local museum. Got my chimney sweep over to... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:22:16 EST This has been my year for challenges.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Facebook <BR> <BR> Thank God it is hump day! I have had so many things happen this summer. The air conditioner in my car broke, my lawnmower had issues, was fighting a ground hog in my yard again (I won. He moved away), my son needed root canal and I paid for it, I did finish my second book (good news), I did get my property tax lowered. (yet to get the adjusted bill), my lawnmower was fi... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:17:55 EST Progress! <img src=""> <BR> via Facebook <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I've been struggling for quite awhile with my weight. My highest weight was 215 pounds reached after my husband's death. I have a tendency to eat when in great stress. That is why I began my weight gain when my mom was in intensive care for 4 months and then died. So since age 35 my life has been full of stress. Several family deaths, a move to a new st... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:32:39 EST Parallel Miracles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Parallel Miracles <BR> <BR> About a month or so ago, while mowing her lawn, as usual, Sally hit a rock. However, this time it bent her mower blade. However, she continued and completed her task with a rather noisy, vibrating machine. <BR> <BR> Things have been a bit tough lately. It seems like everything was breaking. Her son recently required a root canal to the tune of $2500, her ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:38:12 EST Healthy easy to make chocolate chip cookies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For those who remember, I posted a video about making these cookies. It has 3 ingredients: 1 Cup of oatmeal, 1 ripe banana, and 2 handfuls or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Mash the banana and oatmeal together with you hands, then add chips and mash again. Then lightly grease cookie sheet and add form into cookie balls or flatten them (your choice) but if you flatten them wat... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:00:11 EST Weekly update: My next book is now available <img src=""> <BR> <BR> S.O.S: Series of Occasionally Scary Short Stories is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback. <BR> <BR> So as you can see I have been busy lately. <BR> <BR> Besides finishing the book, I have been doing yard work and home maintenance tasks all week. <BR> <BR> Monday was financial check-up with advisor. That went well. <em>198</em> Thank goodness! Then I stopped in at my lo... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:56:22 EST What I've been up to... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I began to use the Atkins Diet or Dr. Westman video to diet. Needless to say, I am losing weight but I am also eating more fat. <BR> <BR> Then my health insurance company wanted me to get a "wellness" check. My blood work said my cholesterol was high and my doctor wanted me to get medication. NO WAY! OF COURSE my cholesterol was up! I was eating FAT and LOSING weight! My fat was travelin... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:32:49 EST The Oak and Reeds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite Aesop Fables is the story of Oak Tree and the Reeds. <BR> <BR> There was a beautiful valley cuddled in the mountains. It flourished with many varieties of plants and animals. Amid the valley flowed a stream which twisted throughout. Next to the stream were many flowers, trees and plants which fed from the water the stream provided. There were bees, insects and many other ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:40:56 EST Checking out New website views Well I tried to upload a new banner and after I cropped it -I could not get it to post. This new look reminds me of Facebook----if it would only work. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the picture I am trying to make my banner. (sigh) <BR> <BR> Well this week has been eventful. <BR> <BR> MON- Dentist appointment and 2 cavity's filled. <BR> <BR> Tues- Took son to get his broken glasses replaced then n... Sat, 28 May 2016 07:26:45 EST It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop. - Confucius <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Confucius. Got to love this guy. He Has so many good quotes. I felt this one was calling to me since during the last challenge I did not lose one pound in the end. (sigh) So I will continue to try. The universe seems to be messaging me. <BR> <BR> My biggest downfall has been the depressing rain that has enveloped my geographical area. I am not use to so much gloom. And it has manifested it... Sun, 22 May 2016 09:21:49 EST Flow of the mind <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-wealth </link> <BR> <BR> I was awakened today with some reminders of how important your definition of wealth is. This article is a good one. Then I also got this reminder from Facebook post I made 3 years ago. <BR> <BR> "Finished reading "Your Money or Your Life" again the updated version. The original version I read in 2001 after Bill ... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:47:53 EST FRIDAY 13TH WAS GOOD TO ME <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HALLALULAA! MY COMPUTER IS BACK! <BR> <BR> And with it came the sun! After what seems like forever gloom and doom with the rain these past 4 weeks--finally-- a ray of sunshine! Lifted my spirits for sure. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my new asparagus planted earlier today. My new north star cherry tree is finally growing and showing some green leaves and sprouts. I did get some area ar... Fri, 13 May 2016 18:23:20 EST computer down My computer is in the repair shop so I might not be able to write for awhile. <em>46</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 21:53:05 EST Watching webinar on diet this week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Truth About Fat Loss with Jonny Bowden. I have read his book on the Great Cholesterol Myth which is quite good so I signed up for the free webinar. <BR> <BR> I have listened to many experts on weight loss and here are some interesting things learned or relearned. <BR> <BR> 1. fat is good for you. You body can recognize it and knows how to digest it. <BR> 2. artificial foods and add... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:07:47 EST Finally losing weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dogwood is in full bloom so I guess I can put my snow blower away. YES!!! <BR> <BR> I am back to losing weight. <em>9</em> Thank goodness! <BR> <BR> I have been busy with my walking club and am a docent for our local museum. I also had meeting with the Daycare Center I am on the board of this week. So my week was pretty busy. <BR> <BR> I spent one day with an old friend. She had... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:58:30 EST Daily Blessings.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> During a conversation with friends, we began to discuss how, we, many times concentrate on the challenges in our lives instead of the blessings. Tis true. Many tend to dwell in the bad things that occur in their lives. I, too, even as an optimist, do, on occasion, succumb to the lure of blame, self-pity, and the seemingly overwhelming challenges that may occur in daily life. <BR> <BR... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:50:44 EST Update on my life..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a very Happy Easter! My sons spent the day with me. I cooked snow crabs, crab cakes, French fries, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, asparagus with hollandaise sauce , broccoli and had Strawberry torte for dessert along with CANDY! Needless to say, I did not need the CANDY. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> During this month I have been helping my youngest son deal with his root ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:29:54 EST Artifical sugars and disease <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ucralose-splenda-on-the-microbiome/?ut<BR>m_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campai<BR>gn=effect-of-sucralose-splenda-on-the-<BR>microbiome&utm_source=NutritionFacts.o<BR>rg&utm_campaign=fde86dda34-RSS_VIDEO_D<BR>AILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e<BR>497d1-fde86dda34-23375473 </link> <BR> <BR> In 1982 I killed my digestive bacteria us... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:02:33 EST Losing more weight since I am drinking mint tea <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK. I am making some changes as I mentioned in the previous blog. Most of which was stuff I really was doing for the most part. But my own tea I grew I had not been drinking for a awhile. So I began to drink it since what I read says it helps the digestion process and increases metabolism. The first day yesterday, I lost one pound of the three I had gained due to a sugar binge which occurr... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:31:11 EST Making some Changes-- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently got an e-mail from a company NUCIFIC which sells vitamins and health pills. Now I normally do not look at these let alone chick on the web video, but this time I did. I watched the video which talks about three things that improve your weight loss. Which really boil down to: get rid of sugar, preservatives, artificial additives. That I am doing now. But then they recommend ad... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:05:15 EST Sugar--the cause of so many negative things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Interesting. I did the same in 1974-1975 and yes I grew to dislike candy. But I have forgotten that experience until now. I stopped using sugar in my tea and cut back and now rarely miss it. But with the Holidays these past few months, I have increased my sugar intake. But it hit me last night that for the past two days I had terrible headaches. And I realized for the past two days I had ea... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:27:25 EST Happy President's Day and Valentine's Day and weekly update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, last week we had another snow as you can see by my Dogwood. However, I only got 4 inches instead of 5 feet. I was able to handle it with little effort. <BR> <BR> Then on Thursday I took my youngest son into Endodontic Surgery (root canal). Since he is unemployed and without insurance I also had to pay the bill. Needless to say it hurt both him and me. But he has vowed to pay me back... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 13:47:46 EST Pizza, de-cluttering, and mini blizzard <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday I surprised my son with homemade pizza. My dough recipe made 3 of these. He ate 2! LOL! I guess the dig out on Sunday amped his appetite... <BR> <BR> So Tuesday I began to gather my paper files and shredded so many of them. Files of things I purchased and gotten rid of, old data I was saving, old tax return back up papers that could be shredded over 8 years old (saved the returns... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:29:17 EST Survived the Blizzard---pics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my backyard at 9:30 am when the storm was just starting Saturday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my back deck at 9:30 am with 3 feet of snow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my deck door now blocked with ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:48:23 EST Snow blower is READY!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Filled the tank and it started right up! THANK YOU LORD!! <BR> <BR> 1, Went to Curves today and did my exercise. <BR> 2. Stopped at the library and got the entire last season of True Blood to watch this weekend. <BR> 3. Fed the wood stove. <BR> 4. Making homemade chicken soup for today and tomorrow. <BR> 5. Called a friend who is ill and talked for an hour. <BR> 6. Going to do my 6,000... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:00:46 EST What the ..... 24 inches of snow expected??!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a tangled web we weave!! Cold also! <BR> <BR> Well this week has made me light my wood stove. The cold permeated my world big time. I was so cold I did not venture out to Curves or the walking club on Tuesday. But I did both Curves and got my walking in today. Since the "snow" is due, I also did grocery shopping. Preparing for the two feet of snow much like the 1993 snow in which I be... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:09:43 EST Soup Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Made some Homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup today. Feeling better than yesterday. The fever seems to have gone and I slept in until 9:30 am. Did not eat much except for the soup. The pain in my waist is subsiding. I need to be well tomorrow for a Mystery shop. Taking it easy so I will be. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:40:21 EST Happy New Year and Happy Birthday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonder Christmas or Holiday season! I was grateful to spend Dec 24 thru Dec 27th with my sons. We feasted, watched movies, and enjoyed one another's company. <BR> <BR> On December 30th at 3:10 pm......I turned the age clock to....(yikes!)....65! This is so hard for me. When I turned 30 I felt like I was joining the "enemy"....remember the 60's and 70's? Well now, a... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:34:02 EST Meawy Christmas! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fortunately I have never had problems with any of my cats climbing my Christmas tree! <BR> <BR> My cat, Chess, who passed away in July of 2012, really enjoyed our Christmas tree for 22 years. We have a large manger that my father-in-law built to house the ceramic figures of the manager which were made by my mother-in-law in her ceramics class. Chess liked to walk between the figures and c... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:49:43 EST Busy Busy Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The week started with the home decorations--inside and out. I just use bows and wreaths on the outside and it goes up in 15 min and down in 15 min. Which is really good in January when it is really cold. <BR> <BR> Then I used the leftover turkey to make homemade pot pies for future meals in the microwave. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 9 Dec 2015 09:51:00 EST Thanksgiving Memories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I find this time of year awakens so many memories. As a child, Thanksgiving meant the Christmas parade in downtown Wheeling, WV was the next day on what is now called Black Friday. It is rumored that Black Friday got its name because the stores books finally got out of the red during the final and productive month of December due to Christmas. Now it seems to mean tearing us away from family... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:49:16 EST New roof on Shed and weekly update. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finally broke down and got my shed roof replaced. I used a local roofer who gave me a 10 year warrantee and use 50 year shingles that matched my roof's 50 year shingles. So the house roof should last until I am 108 years old and shed should last until I reach 115! <BR> <BR> I ordered my new Queen Anne chair to replace my old one. It is to be delivered Tuesday. Today I had Sears come and do... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:52:58 EST Homemade Pizza <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Being the frugal me, I decided to use the leftover spaghetti sauce, the remaining feta cheese, some leftover mozzarella cheese, some mushrooms left over from another meal, and opened a can of spinach as well as minced some onions and created some healthy pizzas to freeze for future meals. Each small pizza is made with homemade whole wheat flour dough. I made these last winter and they were ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 13:34:31 EST Busy, Busy , Busy....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My life has been quite busy lately. Getting ready for (Brrrr..) Winter. The wood came and stacked. Now I am doing my Fall cleaning. After much research, I read where vinegar would clean the grout in my tiled floors. ( This is the kitchen, hallway, entry way and my office.) So after 3 days of on my knees with a toothbrush in hand, bucket, and cloth to wipe the debris, <em>40</em> I am ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:02:06 EST Preparing for (yikes) Winter! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thursday my son and I lugged a cord of wood to the basement and garage to prepare for winter. Wednesday I was busy cleaning and preparing the garage and basement to accept the wood after I did grocery shopping! I still make time to get my walking club done. Then Friday I did my walking club again as well as some cleaning. Today I am rather sore and my son is out with friends. I just finis... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:05:25 EST Homemade apple cider <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this recipe I thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-apple-cider/print/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I plan to try it today. I'll let you know how it goes. <BR> <BR> After my OOPS this past week I have decided to start wearing blue jeans because I have them in smaller sizes available. Also I got poison ivy in my one leg after trimming the bushe... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:38:50 EST OOPS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sure many of you have had one of THOSE moments. Well mine was this week. <BR> <BR> It began as a normal week but I decided to finish trimming the large 10 foot bushes around my house. The city allows me to bag the cuttings in paper bags and they pick them up to compost. <BR> <BR> I got out my cordless hedge trimmer and added the battery. Everything was working fine so I began the tr... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:22:21 EST Life happens.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My eldest son who travels for his job got hit while traveling through a green light and his car was overturned onto his roof. It was a rental car and he had a co-worker with him. Miracle is he and his co-worker were unhurt. The one who hit him by driving through a red light, also totaled her car and they went to the emergency room. So far the witnesses and police are holding her responsi... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:04:53 EST Update on life... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well this week was blue moon week! I keep getting e-mails about how positive this this. Yet, I did not lose any weight this week. <em>40</em> Well let us hope this coming week will improve. I am struggling with understanding how all the walking and exercise I am doing seems to get me no where with my weight! <em>15</em> I keep telling myself it is muscle growing replacing the "ahem"... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 09:36:40 EST Finished the Hormone Reset Diet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finished the diet reset. Results so far 3.5 pounds lost. But I did find out some things. <BR> <BR> 1. I need the dairy products I enjoy eating. When I stopped eating them, I became tired and my stomach was in knots. When I added them back--I am happy camper! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Chocolate and sugar are my kryptonite. When I added them I had digestion issues and was upset. <em>29<... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:02:25 EST Aging or exhausted??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Early today I went out to the local pond where my walking club meets. We normally meet on Fridays but began adding Wednesdays as of today. I got there early and did 4 laps or 1 mile before the rest began to show up. <BR> <BR> Once others arrived I did another 4 laps for over 7,000 steps. I was feeling very tired after the walk but I needed to so some grocery shopping. So off to the store ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:27:14 EST Happy 4th of July! And first week challenge results.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a great day! <BR> <BR> I have a friend coming to spend the day. I have been reading and using a new diet this past week. The book is "The Hormone Reset Diet" by Sara Gottfried, M.D. So when my friend asked to do iced tea and dessert I was ok but had to tell her that today fell on my third day of my NO SUGAR day. Now no sugar on this diet is a bit di... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 12:30:05 EST Weight loss Redux! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Preparing for the eight week summer challenge. I have updated my weight and found I lost the 2 pounds I gained form my trip! Yahoo!!! <BR> <BR> My days since back from the trip have been busy walking with my walking club and writing for my writers circle and reading for the readers circle. I am also beginning a new book which has nothing to do with finances. I have several short stories I... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:08:00 EST Back from trip! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My niece and my brother both graduated in May. I went back this weekend for their party. I was a bit upset that doing so meant a 5 hour drive both ways and would lower my exercise and walking. However, I did find this link below which you add your weight and your minutes of driving and will give you how many calories you burn while driving! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:45:25 EST Spring has FINALLY Sprung!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spring is HERE! And so is the work. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I had a tree trimmer come in and trim my large honey locust, remove the tree that hung over my small shed (barn), and remove 2 more trees and do some minor trim on 2 more. But we are not done. <BR> <BR> Then I got out and did some trimming away of 2-3 more tree sprouts and 3 small trees which I still need to get out the chain saw and finish the large... Sun, 3 May 2015 09:52:26 EST Getting HOT for a longer Life? ! <img src=""> <BR> My sauna <BR> <BR> Prevention Magazine has an article this month about how steam room or sauna users seem to have a lower risk for premature death. GOT MY ATTENTION! <BR> <BR> It seems that, according to the article, researchers found those who logged 4-7 weekly sessions were 50% less likely to develop fatal cardiovascular diseases and 40% less likely to die young! The longer the session (up to 35 min) the greater... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:59:11 EST