BARBARA_BOO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BARBARA%5FBOO BARBARA_BOO'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/ Are you my DNA cousin? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638659 <BR> One of my hobbies is genealogical research. I mentioned that I was spending time searching for common ancestors among those who share DNA with me, and one of my Sparkie friends asked how that works. Since others may be curious, I decided to submit my answer in blog form. Here it is. <BR> <BR> I heard about the DNA testing thing on the Oprah show several years back. Her guest was the founder of www.23andme.com . I went online and bought a $99 test. They sent me a kit with instructions o... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 14:04:29 EST Enough Rope? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685984 My friends all know I have a warped sense of humor and they are not offended by it. Therefore, I feel fairly safe in telling you about a touching family scene, a story about a ROPE. <BR> <BR> We can choose how we react to disappointments. We can take every little thing so seriously that we upset and dislike ourselves. Or we can laugh about whatever it is sooner. We've all heard the statement, "We're going to laugh about this someday." Why not now? <BR> <BR> We are all different. Tall, sh... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 04:49:43 EST 9 lbs?!! That's ALL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682404 I must share my DNA test. <BR> <BR> Results say that TWO of my DNA markers indicate an increased risk for obesity (duh). <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My immediate response was "AHA! I have a plausible excuse right in front of me. Facts are facts. Yay! I can eat with a clear conscience." <BR> <BR> Feeling pretty frisky about it, I plugged my weight into an online calculator provided by the DNA testing company, www.23andme.com , where I had been tested, after hearing about it on the ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:13:37 EST Why Was I Crying In My Sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614270 Sunday morning, my DH reported that I had been crying in my sleep Saturday night. He was afraid to wake me, in case I was dreaming about some dastardly thing I thought he had done and would then glare at him, until I was fully awake and aware of his innocence. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I can't help but wonder why I was crying. I was unaware that I had even had a dream, let alone one that would upset me to that degree. <BR> <BR> I've heard that we work out problems through our dreams.... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 02:18:40 EST Error 404: "BOO's Right Mind" Not Found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593312 Please be patient while we work on resolving this issue. It's possible the owner has removed or replaced the file. Please try again, later. We are sorry for the inconvenience. <BR> ___________ <BR> <BR> <BR> Sound familiar? We never search for information very long before running into those "Error 404" notices, and they ARE annoying. In this case, however, I am pleased to report that I believe "Boo's Right Mind" has been located. <BR> <BR> I have rebooted my mental computer and the new "... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 01:55:35 EST Ate the Whole Motherlovin' Thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423428 A thoughtful SparkFriend sent me two Wedding Cake Goodies, in honor of my upcoming September 1st 50th wedding anniversary. I think she felt sorry for me because I was whining a week or so ago about my disappointment that I hadn't lost the amount of weight I had wanted to lose and was way off on my predictions of what I would weigh on September 1st. <BR> <BR> "What did we learn?"---Losing weight for special events is motivating and it works. However, it's a good idea to plan how you will ha... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:24:10 EST Stop Effing Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170583 If you're wondering what "Effing" is, it's the first half of the name of a town in southern Illinois, Effingham. When our family would get off the expressway there on trips, my teen daughters were fond of asking one another "What do you want? Effingham? No, I think I'd rather have Effing beans and cornbread or an Effing burger." (car full of giggles) <BR> <BR> This happened so often that, over time, the family joke has expanded to include our referring to food choices that we feel were mis... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 20:33:11 EST B'gawwwk!!! Youtube Link To My Sexy Chicken Strut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145754 For those of you who have been asking, here's the final performance of this year's basketball season for Seniorgee. We danced Saturday night, 4/2. Bucks won in overtime. How sweet it was! <BR> <BR> Since I have a show biz bug up my butt, it usually takes a day or two for the "high" to wear off. I was still doing the chicken strut walk all around my house, as late as Sunday evening. My husband, trying to get through to me that the performance was over, said "Baby, you don't have to do that an... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 00:15:49 EST The Super Bowl Was Days Ago & Your Comfort Zone Is What?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4008597 The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, and I was at a party watching them on TV. <BR> <BR> Usually I have the good sense to use my preparation skills so that I can celebrate such events without going overboard with the food. After all, I do want to find my lowest maintainable weight and keep it for the rest of my life. The foods at the party were terrific; lots of healthy choices were available. And I was having a great time with the people. There was no excuse for me to overindulge. W... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:20:42 EST A Happier Zone in 4 Days? 60 Items From My Gratitude Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3970198 The following exercise is one a Harvard-educated PhD & author suggested, and I read right past it and never tried it until this week. Early in the week I felt my "spark" cooling a little. Busy, underslept, making mistakes, freezing when I stepped outside, you know, January in Wisconsin. I wanted to heat up my motivation, so I decided this exercise was worth a shot. <BR> <BR> On the surface, to me, an exercise like this one usually sounds TOO SIMPLISTIC TO DO ME ANY GOOD, since I do have ... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:59:53 EST Boom, Boom, Boom! Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, OH!!!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3910829 In the spirit of aiming high, linking goals to emotional events, planning what to do if something goes wrong, handling disappointments when I fall short, and being reasonable with my goal-setting, here are my revised goals for RIGHT NOW and BEYOND. <BR> <BR> I have them printed in this checklist form to keep where I can see them. Desk, magnet board, wallet, bookmarks, among my blogs. Easy to track & remember at the right times. <BR> <em>248</em> <em>334</em> <BR> With weekly benchmark re... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:56:50 EST Post-Mortems, Skinny B*tches & Lies!! Why?!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3867728 Those of us who have experience with “thinking habits” that encourage seeking comfort and “who knows what else” by abusing food (we beat the crap out of it) seem to always want to know “WHY?”. “Why do I overeat? Why? Why? Why?” We delve into our psyche, rack our brain (painful), read books, and seek the counsel of others in a HUMONGOUS quest to find the answer to “WHY?” <BR> <BR> While that “soap opera” drama is rattling around in our heads, we talk about our OTHER goals differently. We mak... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 19:34:44 EST 2010-2011 Seniorgee Dance Team Poster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3849571 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675209555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm second from the left, wearing the "medium" jersey my coach thought would be too small and the biggie "small" pants she also thought wouldn't fit. When it's implied or stated that I can't do something, my blood boils and I spring into action. It may be wise for me to find ways to keep my blood boiling, wouldn't you say? <BR> <BR> Here's a "youtube" link, to a video of Seniorgee's December 18, 2010 performance... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 15:40:35 EST I can't do it? Oh, yeah? Watch me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790349 It may have been my imagination, but I think I say my coach's eyebrows go up when she saw that I ordered "small" pants for Seniorgee. <BR> <BR> I'm sticking to my guns, even though I'll be wearing them for a performance 2 days after Thanksgiving. Eating until I am stuffed beyond belief and have to lie down, like Thanksgivings from my past, will not work. I have my eye on those pants and I have a score to settle with those aforementioned eyebrows. There's nothing like an eyebrow telling me ... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:26:43 EST COMMIT, but to VERY LITTLE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3705501 I decided that I want a plan for doing less, and yet enough to be SUCCESSFUL and motivated, instead of merely "holding my own" and fighting discouragment, during time periods when I am able to do less of the "total immersion in SparkPeople and weight loss". <BR> <BR> I like trying new things and can get over-booked. Life can get busy and stressful at times for all of us. We beat our heads against the wall for a time, and then we're tempted to "throw away the baby with the bath water", ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 13:40:22 EST Finish 2010 in a BLAZE, Not Embers of a Dying Fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3652971 We can't always control our bird, our children, our cats (thought I'd lost Bugsy when she sneaked out and spent the night in the garage), our signifcant others, or ourselves. <BR> <BR> We just have to do the best we can to survive and grow, with love, patience, compassion and the knowledge that we CAN weather the storms. <BR> <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Today, KOOPER, the bird of a SparkFriend SALEE100, was afraid to go back inside his cage because there's a new perch. KOOPER... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:23:23 EST Will YOU Be In The ELITE 5%? OR, Will You GIVE UP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3396061 One of my favorite SparkPeople articles is the one that discusses what it takes to be in the 5% of people that research has shown can maintain a weight loss for more than two years. Here's a link to the article, called "5 Secrets of the 5%". <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=423 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that I and my friends at SparkPeople can make that percentage higher in the future. To do so, one of the things we must learn is to stop "giving u... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 17:29:08 EST WHAZZUP!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3282513 Hi, YINZ! <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day. Spending time with DH and the cats. Weed-pulling, grilling out, smelling the flowers. Taking a walk later. I keep running inside to check on WHAZZUP with my SparkFriends. That's WHAZZUP with ME. <BR> <BR> If you have been following my "friend-feed" daily status updates, I want to thank you for the support. It really helps me keep the streak alive. Nice to know it matters to someone how I'm doing. <BR> <BR> My big thing is to burn at least a... Sun, 30 May 2010 15:14:51 EST What If the ONLY Fun We Have Is Over-Indulging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3278126 Hi, YUNZ! <BR> <BR> I was all dressed up today attending the induction into the 2010 Milwaukee County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame of my very dear friend, VI, who frequently dances near me on the Seniorgee dance team, since we're the same height. They call us "the twins" because of our petite size and our similar personalities. (No one notices our different race or that she's 18-mos older than I am.) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> She has been involved in city and county government for 50... Fri, 28 May 2010 19:52:48 EST SparkTeam Leader of the Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3220844 I have some people to thank. <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I began to receive very nice comments from fellow SparkPeople members, congratulating me for being selected as the SparkTeam Leader of the Month for May. It seems I'm often the last to know when recognition is coming my way. <BR> <BR> When the comments began coming in, I glanced at the Today's Feature section, which read, "It's time to name the SparkTeam Leader of the Month. See who it is!" By then, I was all ears. I clicke... Wed, 12 May 2010 06:42:12 EST They Call Her the Streak! Likes To Turn the Other Cheek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3202222 Hello, everybody, this is YOUR ACTION NEWS REPORTER with all the news that IS news across the nation. <BR> <BR> What's this talk that's going around about BARBARA_BOO'S STREAK? No, it's not about her running down the street NEKKID. It's not about the BLUE STREAK in her hair. It's not even about her infamous MEAN STREAK. It seems that she has somehow gotten on a WINNING STREAK. She reports on the streak daily on her "friend feed" status. Today, she's completed 69 straight days of burn... Thu, 6 May 2010 16:19:38 EST Seniorgee Rocked Bucks Playoff Game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3163304 It will take too long to share this with all of my SparkFriends individually. So, I will post the information here. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to a TV news story that ran last night about Seniorgee, the Senior Dance Team that I have been on for 4 years. The clips were shot at last Wednesday's practice. You will recognize my blue hair. We performed at Saturday night's BUCKS/HAWKS playoff game. I will go find the link for that performance and add it also. It's on youtube. <BR> <BR> <li... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:50:39 EST Falling In Love With SomeONE or SomeTHING Melts the Fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2880415 Happy Valentine's Day! Money, money, money, something else marketers have dreamed up to make our wallets THINNER. <BR> <BR> The day can bring on many emotions, and they're not all HAPPY. Most of us have had to live through times when we didn't feel so good about the day, when everyone else's happiness made us feel blue. Lost loves, betrayal, loneliness. Life is unfair at times. There can be times when it seems like no one cares whether we live or die, times when the whole valentine ... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 13:08:25 EST Seniorgee Dance Team 2009-2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2602283 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/4/b643376685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is the current Seniorgee team photo. You can easily spot me. I'm the one making the gang signs. So appropriate for a 67-yr-old...LOL! <BR> <BR> If I hadn't taken that first dance class 6 years and 70 lbs ago and continued to consistently take dance classes and do exercises like Pilates EVERY WEEK since then (except for dance studio holiday breaks), I would not be able to be in this picture. Every one of... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 17:59:14 EST Simple Solution to Nightowl Overeating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2586095 I have stumbled upon something that is helping me stop overeating at night. And it seems TOO SIMPLE TO WORK. <BR> <BR> A major long-term goal for me is to live my life WITHOUT OBSESSING ABOUT FOOD AND WEIGHT. I've managed to get my weight down during the last 6-plus years from 238 to today's 168. For my height, anything over 162 is considered obese. A couple of months ago, I wasn't obese, just barely below 162. Now, I'm 6-lb into the obese range again. That can't be good. So, I've b... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:24:54 EST Fork ME! I'll Never Smile Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2521702 WELCOME to my “GOAL-MET HALLOWEEN PARTY”. I did NOT reach my SparkPeople Goal Weight today, as I predicted I would, back in May. So, I have shot myself in the foot, I guess. As far as I know, no bullets ricocheted off any innocent bystanders, though. So, it’s not really a requirement that I tell myself, “Fork ME! I’ll never smile again.” <BR> <BR> My big announcement that I would reach the goal this week seemed like a good idea at the time. I’m sure the people who go on the Oprah show,... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 02:53:11 EST I've Got Troubles Of My Own http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2504839 Here we go with another SONG. Music speaks to me. What can I say? <BR> <BR> As a teen, one of my favorite ELVIS songs was "DON'T TELL ME YOUR TROUBLES." It went something like, "Don't tell me your troubles. I don't want to know. I've got troubles of my own, and I'm sure feeling low." <BR> <BR> Today, a friend was talking about how hard it is to support her boyfriend and, at the same time, resist the temptation to remind him that she had told him all along what to do, in order to pr... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:12:35 EST Unshopping in the bedroom, a NEW Thrill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2426128 "I Found My Thrill on Blueberry Hill" is a song that has always brought me more pleasure than even the tastiest, gooiest dessert. Imagine that! We surprise ourselves sometimes, especially when we find we get a thrill from an UNEXPECTED source. Who knew I could be thrilled by something that ISN'T DIRTY?!!! <BR> <BR> I'm taking a break in my "throwing out junk" project, to share what the extra space in my night stand brought to mind, before a "senior moment" strikes and I forget. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 14:33:35 EST BOOgity BOO loves you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2373794 I always worry that people can feel overwhelmed by looking at the numbers of others. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople is a NO BULLY ZONE. We caution others to avoid feeling reluctant to post SparkPoint numbers that look low to them. And, on the flip side, we also don't want people to feel embarrassed to post those BIG numbers. The SparkPoints are designed to help us reward ourselves tor our PERSONAL DAILY ACHIEVEMENTS in healthier living. <BR> <BR> We're all different, and we all start where ... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 14:09:12 EST Cry, Cry, Baby! SING to me, Janis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2362164 Music speaks to me, especially in songs I first heard from JANIS JOPLIN. "CRY, CRY, BABY" is a song that touched me deeply years ago, and it still does today. <BR> <BR> "... I swear I'll always, I'll always be around <BR> If you ever want me <BR> Come on and cry, cry baby, cry baby yeah, cry baby, yeah," <BR> <BR> Some of my favorite MOMENTS in life bring a happy tear to my eyes. In daily routine exchanges with SparkPeople friends, I am inspired by the closeness, and a happy tear form... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:34:17 EST Adult Entertainment! Discreet! Want To Have Some Fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2216172 Ever feel like you're working too hard at EVERYTHING? And what's ADULT ENTERTAINMENT, anyway? <BR> <BR> Sometimes, there's stress at work, stress at home and even stress created by ourselves. Not all stress is bad; it gives us an opportunity to grow. However, too much of it can really wear us down and make us want COMFORT. We can get rigid in our attempts to control our food, our time, our exercise and our emotions. We can only stand so much deprivation before burning out, unless ... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:06:17 EST L'IL BARB, the PUNK ROCKER, Invites YOU Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2107791 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/4/b344234711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The picture on this award was taken at a performance in April before I began losing weight again, after a relapse in efforts that resulted in a weight gain. I weighed 184.6. Now 6 weeks later, I weigh 173.4, down 11.2 from the picture. I see some "roly poly" happening in the picture. I was having so much fun that I didn't think I was fat. I just thought my waistband felt tight. ( I TAKE BACK the "ROLY POL... Sat, 30 May 2009 20:10:21 EST Out Of Those Sweats! It's SHOW Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2102337 A friend was curious about my status today. Read on, if you want the inside scoop on something that may get you to your SparkPeople Weight Goal SOONER rather than later. You'll also learn what "Sweats" and "Show Time" has to do with ANYTHING. <BR> <BR> Current Status: <BR> BARBARA_BOO is assigning an "inner importance" to her daily choices and linking them DIRECTLY to the day she will celebrate meeting her SP weight goal, Oct 31. <BR> <BR> <BR> EXCERPT FROM MY FRIEND'S COMMENT: <BR> E... Thu, 28 May 2009 18:23:47 EST Crazy Old Woman May Get Shot For Her Loyalty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2082504 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/9/b996120633.jpg"> <BR> That's me dancing at a Bucks game. I'm the very happy blonde on your right. Looking better in that costume and being able to move better are two of the things I will change by losing fat and building more muscle. <BR> <BR> Weight loss challenges used to drive me nuts! I would start out fine, suffer some set-backs, get tempted to lie about my weight, convince myself that others probably were, gain a little, feel guilty, ... Thu, 21 May 2009 16:36:54 EST Coach Dean's Motivational Series http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2080638 A SparkFriend, who is as impressed with the value of Coach Dean's motivational series of blogs from the dailySpark as I am, has compiled this listing with links. I am grateful to her for sharing. <BR> <BR> It's wonderful to have the blogs all in one place so they can be read in order or on an as needed basis. I am so pleased that I no longer have to go hunting for these. There are 10, altogether. And I highly recommend them all. <BR> <BR> (1) "10 Tips for Staying Motivated All Year... Thu, 21 May 2009 02:01:17 EST Are You A Fat Stupid Freakin' Butt Hole? Sucks To Be You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2053795 First of all, I would ask you to consider never allowing anyone, to call you anything remotely close to a "fat stupid freakin' butt hole". And if you call YOURSELF things like that, please stop immediately or it WILL suck to BE you. <BR> <BR> I received the following email from a cousin, who is raising 4 boys and working to teach them about respect. The family is planning a trip and chose to set up some ground rules ahead of time. While the list of “Forbidden words & gestures” is HUMOROUS... Mon, 11 May 2009 20:21:27 EST Mother's Day Message To The Annoying Itch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2050609 After my teary-eyed attempt to read my Mother's Day blog (from earlier today) aloud to my daughters, Sarah had to go in to work to check on some things. (She's a project manager at a company that has done several rounds of layoffs & will do more.) Sarah is the daughter who wanted to know why I had gotten so upset, since I had written about wanting to be a good example to my children many times before. The answer is, as my husband, the comedian, pointed out, "I mean it this time." <BR> <B... Sun, 10 May 2009 20:02:00 EST "Day" Is The Word That Follows "Mother"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2050078 I have often joked about motherhood and that hyphenated word containing "Mother". I wanted to soften the blow of how hard motherhood was . I became a mother first at age 20, and by the time I was 25, I had an infant, a 5-yr old and a 3-yr old, plus one miscarriage. I had to learn on-the-job, and it was stressful. I gained more weight coping with stress than I did with any pregnancy. <BR> <BR> They were cute little girls, and I love them. But they used to fight, whine and holler "Mom" ... Sun, 10 May 2009 15:25:10 EST Crime Wave, Evil, Fraud, Poison & Silence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2007635 Here’s a story about how we judge ourselves, without having our day in court. We forget that we are innocent until proven guilty. We think every mistake we make is HUGE. We call ourselves names, IGNORING THE POSITIVE STEPS WE ARE TAKING. We blame ourselves for missteps and try to ease our pain by calling trigger foods EVIL. We weigh ourselves too often and let the scale control our mood. We feel like FRAUDS because we want to be better examples to the people we love. I feel strongly... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 14:37:06 EST What's YOUR First Thought When Someone Leaves the House? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1981729 I was chatting today with a friend who is having a nice time lolligagging under a ceiling fan, when I discovered something important about ME. <BR> <BR> I spent years developing the habit of eating as soon as I was in the house alone. I feared the judgment of others and didn't enjoy eating in front of people. Then, the vicious cycle would start. I would eat and beat myself up. You know the drill. <BR> <BR> So, I figured out today that people leaving my house still TRIGGERS my firs... Fri, 17 Apr 2009 14:43:19 EST BOOBY SOO Pics Online!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1977341 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/1/b812114914.jpg"> <BR> For those of you who, at first glance, think that someone has photo shopped another person’s face onto my body for this photo, I’ll have to confess that I weigh more than the “slam dunk” girl. So, the picture is not me. It does MOTIVATE me, though. <BR> <BR> I’d love to be able to do that girl's trick by running across the floor at Bradley Center (where the Milwaukee Bucks play), jumping onto a trampoline, and then l... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 05:11:53 EST I Forgot My Balls, So I'll Juggle Cats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1918960 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/7/b371425871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These days, I feel a bit like I’ve been juggling cats. <BR> <BR> “What’s juggling cats,” you ask? This picture from the internet shows a cat juggler in action. It’s a fad, like goldfish swallowing, that appeals to thrill-seekers. Steve Martin did a comedy routine about it back in 1978. My cats, Piney and Bugsy don’t find it funny; THEY are horrified. <BR> <BR> What would possess a person to become a cat-juggling... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 19:06:37 EST The Dog Food Diet for Valentine's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1793505 I'm procrastinating again. A year ago I wrote a blog where I THREW OUT MY LOVER, "Procrastination". If interested, you can go back and read that blog for background information. <BR> <BR> As former lovers will do, "Procrastination" patiently waited for small opportunities to "get with" me again. I'm embarrassed to say that I've been kicking it with this beloved/hated two-faced lover once again. <BR> <BR> And because being in love makes a person feel so good, it's easy to lose sigh... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 14:20:31 EST Here's to OLIVEJUICE and CHOCOLATE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1710224 A friend stopped by my page today with the following encouragement: <BR> <BR> <em>71</em> <em>20</em> <BR> __________________________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> Her name is OLIVEJUICE2, and she has been a friend and mentor to me since I joined SparkPeople one year ago, on Jan 7, 2008. She loves chocolate, and she loves her friends. Her support and the support of COUNTLESS OTHER FRIENDS who have left comments on my page means the world to me. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> OJ caught ... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 15:10:28 EST When Is UGH FACTOR 10 a GOOD Thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1468954 I notice that a great number of SparkPeople, regardless of age, use the word "UGH"... repeatedly. <BR> <BR> I find that surprising, since I thought it was ONLY a very old, outdated expression, attributed to TONTO, the LONE RANGER's faithful Indian (Native American) companion. In the Lone Ranger radio series that I listened to as a child in the late 1940's, Tonto would jump off his horse to examine an injured outlaw and would say stuff like, "Ugh! Him hurt plenty bad, Kimosabe." <BR>... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 02:43:44 EST I'm An Addict Again?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1445109 I have been spending way too much time on the internet. I think I'm addicted... seriously. <BR> <BR> I believe I sit here and get into some kind of altered state of consciousness, because I lose track of time and end up late for appointments, behind on housework, and short on sleep, to name just a FEW problems. <BR> <BR> Is it really possible that I have found something ELSE to be the focus of my addictive personality? I guess whatever IT is that sometimes makes me want to stuff my ... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 02:20:05 EST Why Do I Personal Train? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1420018 WHY DO I PERSONAL TRAIN? <BR> <BR> I’m a 66-year-old trophy-wife and grandmother of three, retired, collecting social security. What am I doing at the GYM, wiping sweat out of my eyes? <BR> <BR> My doctor, concerned about my health, has been encouraging me to exercise for a number of years. During checkups he would ask, “Are you walking or riding a bike for 30 minutes three times a week? My finger-crossed response was usually, “uh huh”. Liar! Liar! Pants on fire! <BR> <BR> Everythin... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 18:55:56 EST Blog Under Construction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1418987 I'll be entering this information shortly. Come back and see me. <BR> <BR> ______________________________________ <BR> <BR> My health club had asked me to write "Why Do I Personal Train?" for their newsletter. <BR> <BR> So, I wrote it on Word and saved the file. <BR> <BR> Since some may have questions about personal trainers, I decided to make some edits, leaving out some names, and use it here. I did something weird when I tried to paste it to this page. So, It appears as a who... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 01:01:13 EST Dancing With Cedric Is A 5K To ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1405367 Remember Cedric Gardner, the WONDERFUL hip hop dancer from last year's "So You Think You Can Dance" TV show? <BR> <BR> Whenever he is in Milwaukee for a few days, he does Master Classes at two studios where I take lessons. So, I have taken 5 classes taught by him. I took two of them back-to-back last Monday. This picture appeared in the Tuesday morning Milwaukee Journal. The photo is fuzzy, since I scanned it off the newspaper copy. <BR> <BR> I'm in it, but hard to find. The teenager... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 23:34:25 EST My Man Is Chained Up & I'm Out Of Apples! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1391456 What do APPLES have to do with anything? I see a person CHAINED to a chair without an apple in sight. It's a long story that I will attempt to shorten. <BR> <BR> Today at 2:30 pm, my husband, grown daughter and I headed out to a Blues Festival. I'm not real crazy about music festivals because they include a lot of sitting, drinking, inclement weather and fattening foods. They take a large chunk out of a person's day, usually at least 8 hours. Too much of a good thing! The problem tod... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 01:00:17 EST