BARBIE176's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BARBIE176 BARBIE176'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/ BSG Week 3 Blog for the Strawberries and Cream team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962772 Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG is: Blog about your favorite summertime activity and/or your favorite summertime memory. <BR> <BR> I love summertime! I love the sunshine and blue sky, and I love being able to get outdoors to enjoy walking, biking, hiking, and just about anything outdoors. I especially love being on or near the water. One of my favorite summertime activities is floating the river. I used to do it occassionally with the kids when they were younger and I felt fa... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:37:04 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Countdown 1 - Intro and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950329 Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment <BR> <BR> Cardio 30 to 60 minutes 5 days per week <BR> <BR> Strength training 15 minutes 3 days per week <BR> <BR> Yoga 60 minutes 3 days per week <BR> <BR> Personal Information: <BR> My name is Barbara, aka Barbie. I live in Roseburg, Oregon. I am 65, a widow since November 12, 2013. I have three children, a grown daughter who has a 22 year old daughter and a 16 year old son; a grown son who has a son who is 18 and just graduate high school an... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:05:19 EST Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921342 For our BSG challenge this week we are to write about any plans we have for Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> Mother's day is always difficult to plan. My birthday is May 11th and my son's is May 13th and therefore we both celebrate our birthdays around or on Mother's Day. This year we add to that mix the fact that Bob's daughter's birthday is the same day as mine and she recently lost her mother. <BR> <BR> So, the only plan I have for mother's day this year is <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sat, 2 May 2015 13:56:04 EST Week One Blog for BSG Challenge - Beautiful Bluebells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921337 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for May is to review our April goals and set our May goals. <BR> <BR> My April goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. Keep my loneliness and blues at a minimum. <em>67</em> For the most part <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Lose 2 pounds. <em>192</em> Lost less than one pound, but I am happy with that. <BR> 3. Be consistent with my exercise: Yoga 2 days per week minimum; upper/lower strength class 1 day per week minimum; aim for an average of 7,500 s... Sat, 2 May 2015 13:38:52 EST Week 3 BSG Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914923 Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to write about our blessing. Showers of Blessings...what are some things that bless you? How do you overcome indulging in Easter treats? <BR> <BR> My life is truly filled with many blessings, so I will just highlight some of them. <BR> <BR> 1. I was blessed to have met and married the love of my life, Bill, and while he left me earlier than I would have wanted, I cannot imagine what my life would be now had I not met... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:21:13 EST Week 1 BSG Bonus Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906799 This week we have a bonus blog for our BSG Challenge and that is to tell what Easter means to me, how I celebrate it, and a favorite memory. <BR> <BR> To me Easter definitely is about the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ which is the price He paid for me to live eternally with Him. <BR> <BR> Usually during the period we know as Lent which is the period of 40 days leading up to Easter, our church offers many opportunities to learn more about that period which helps us to become c... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 01:13:30 EST Week 1 BSG Blog - Review/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906795 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for April is to review March and set our April goals. <BR> <BR> I didn't really set any goals for March since I was gone for the first week of March. However, overall I feel I did okay. While I was on vacation I accumulated lots of steps every day and one day of an actual workout on the elliptical as well as eating healthy most of the time I was there. I ended the month not so good as far as the scale was concerned, but I think the scale i... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 00:59:46 EST Week 3 Blog for A&I BSG Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894980 Our bonus blog assignment for this week's BSG challenge was to write if we have ever celebrated St. Patrick's day and if so, how. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424090832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have never really celebrate St. Patrick's day other than maybe wear green if I remember to. <BR> <BR> However, this year, on Saturday, Bob and I were searching for something to do and happened to hear of an Irish band playing at a restaurant nearby so we decided to give it... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:59:27 EST Week 4 BSG Blog for Aspire to Inspire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884026 The team focus for February was heart health and incorporating at least 10 minutes of cardio in our exercise goals for the month. Our blog assignment for this week was to tell how we achieved that and if it will continue to be a part of my workout. <BR> <BR> My favorite form of cardio is walking. Thankfully for me the weather cooperated and was dry and warm enough for me to get out and enjoy my walks so I was successful in adding to my cardio workout. I had set a goal of averaging 7,500 step... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:00:29 EST Week 3 BSG Blog for Happy Hearts - Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878917 Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire Week 3 BSG Challenge is to list our 5 favorite forms of cardio exercise as well as our least favorite. <BR> <BR> My five favorite forms of cardio are: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044449540.jpg"> I love to swim as it feels so refreshing. I used to be on an adult swim team and I really miss those days of camaraderie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1143543598.jpg"> I love ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:48:40 EST Week 2 BSG Blog for the Happy Hearts - Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875394 Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire Week 2 BSG Challenge is: Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? If so, how and what is your favorite Valentine's Day memory and/or Valentine's Day gift? <BR> <BR> I've never really celebrated Valentine's day that much. However, this year Bob is coming over and we plan to go for a hike and just being outdoors and together. After that he will come to my house for a healthy dinner that I am putting in the crock pot. <BR> <BR> In the past Bill... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:02:57 EST A Parents and Grandparents Worst Nighmare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872894 I got a call Sunday evening from my daughter-in-law telling me my grandson, Jerry, had been in an accident totaling his Tracker. Thankfully he was not seriously hurt, just shaken up and stiff and sore. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969907382.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191995099.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1841732749.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786209983.jp... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:32:43 EST Februrary Week 1 Blog - BSG Challenge - Happy Hearts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871265 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for February is to review January and set our February goals. <BR> <BR> My January goals were: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Keep my loneliness and blues at a minimum. This <em>248</em> for most of January <BR> 2. Lose 2 pounds. <em>46</em> This goal was not met <BR> 3. Be consistent with my exercise: Yoga 2 days per week minimum; upper/lower strength class 1 day per week minimum; aim for an average of 7,500 steps daily which equals 52,500 st... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 13:23:45 EST Week 1 BSG Blog - Review/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849916 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for January is to review December and set our January goals. <BR> <BR> My December goals were simple: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue the healing process of losing my best friend and husband on November 12, 2013, by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow, but also continuing to make the effort to get on with my life by getting out and doing things and also enjoying a new relationship with Bob who is also going through the grief of losing... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 00:01:29 EST Week 4 Bonus Blog - BSG Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841638 We had a bonus blog for week 4 of our BSG challenge which was to blog about working on our struggle this month, how did it go? Did I learn anything helpful about me or my struggle to help you in the future? Blog about my plans for the coming year! Do I have a plan B ?? How do I plan to handle setbacks? <BR> <BR> During week 1, I wrote: As for my biggest struggle for this year, I am not really sure what that would be. Probably it would be making myself get out and exercise and be social afte... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:40:24 EST Week 4 BSG Challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839072 Our blog assignment for this week of the BSG challenge is to answer the following questions: <BR> <BR> What does the Christmas season mean to you? How did you spend your Christmas holiday? <BR> <BR> To me Christmas means celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior and also spending time with family and friends. I love Christmas and enjoy making and sending out cards to friends and family whether or not I get cards in return. <BR> <BR> This year I spent Christmas Eve with my son, daughte... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:29:02 EST Week 2 BSG Challenge Blog - Decorating for Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834470 Our blog for this week's BSG challenge is to answer the following questions: Do you like to decorate for the holidays? Are you a minimalist with your decorating, if you decorate or do you go all out and try to outdo your neighbors? <BR> <BR> Yes, I love to decorate for the holidays. Bill too loved it and did it up right, both inside and outside. While he went all out, it was because he loved the holiday and not because he was trying to outdo the neighbors. My grandson came over and helped m... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:22:00 EST Week 1 BSG Challenge Blog - Magic Mistletoe Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828241 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for December is to review November and set our December goals. <BR> <BR> I never got around to setting goals for November, but I feel overall it was a successful month. I pretty much maintained during the month. <BR> <BR> I am keeping my December goals simple: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue the healing process of losing my best friend and husband on November 12, 2013, by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow, but also continuing to ma... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:50:01 EST Yearning Yams Week 2 Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816824 My assignment for Week 2 of Aspire and Inspire's BSG Challenge is to answer the questions: Are you ready for the holidays? Have you prepared your menus? Have you started shopping yet? <BR> <BR> Simply put I am not ready for the holidays nor have I prepared menus. I have done minimal shopping only because I give a lot of gift cards and purchased them through a fundraiser site for my grandson, Zachary, for his gymnastics team when they were running specials and het got extra money from them. ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:34:48 EST Spooky Spiders Week 3 Blog - Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803702 Our blog assignment this week for our BSG challenge is to write about Halloween - if we celebrate, how, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, I love seeing Halloween decorations and costumes and handing out candy to the kids, but this year that will not be how I will be spending Halloween. This is my grandson's senior year and he's on the football team which is doing quite well so on Halloween we will be attending a football game which is the play in game to determine whether their team will be in the State ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:04:14 EST Things I Like About Fall - BSG Week 3 Blog for Harvest Moons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l714044098.jpg"> <BR> Our Week 3 blog assignment for theAspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to write about some of our favorite things about Fall. Well, for anyone who knows me very well, you know that I am definitely a Fun in the Sun Type Girl and love everything about summer including the extreme warm weather and while I do not look forward to the cooler, wetter and drearier days of the other seasons, I guess if I really think hard I can fin... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:45:42 EST My Handsome Grandson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780698 Just had to brag about my handsome football player. It's hard to believe he's a senior in high school already, but I am proud of the man he is becoming. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l470795214.jpg"> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:19:45 EST Week 2 Blog for Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge - Harvest Moons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777468 Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge is: Are you looking forward to cooler weather? What is your favorite outdoor fitness activity to do in the fall?? <BR> <BR> I am definitely a fun in the sun and warmth type of girl so I am not really looking forward to the cooler weather. However, I don't mind Fall weather too much as long as it doesn't get too cool or wet and I can still see the beautiful blue sky most of the day. <BR> <BR> As for part two of the quest... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:35:44 EST Harvest Moon BSG Challenge Week 1 Review/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772820 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for September is to review Augst and set our September goals. <BR> <BR> My August goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue allowing myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow, but keeping making the effort to get on with my life. <BR> <BR> 2. Continue the consistency with my exercise which currently includes yoga, aqua zumba, walking, swimming and biking. <e... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:24:33 EST Lose 1 Pound or 1 Inch A Week Fall Challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768798 On Monday I started a 16 week Fall Challenge on the Lose 1 Pound or 1 Inch a Week. Our blog assignment was to write a blog stating what we want to work on, how you plan to achieve our goals and what we are looking forward to most regarding the challenge. <BR> <BR> While I would love to lose down to my ultimate goal weight which is approximately 20 pounds, I have an extremely difficult time losing weight consistently, so I do not plan to focus on that goal. As far as weight, I will be happy i... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:31:51 EST Week 3 BSG Challenge Blog - Back to School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765000 Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG is: How does the "Back To School" time affect you? Do you have your partake in any of the back to school grillouts or parties? <BR> <BR> Back to school doesn't affect me too much as far as grillouts or parties as my kids are all grown with high school children of their own. So, I don't have to do the back to school shopping and we don't really have any last of the summer barbecues, picnics, etc. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:53:23 EST Week 1 Blog - July Review/August goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756019 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for August is to review July and set our August goals. <BR> <BR> I didn't really set goals for July, but I am semi-happy with how the month went. I went on vacation for a couple of weeks and pretty much maintained during that period. I was still dealing with severe thyroid imbalance which drastically affects my ability to lose weight and caused extreme tiredness and other problems. I ended July basically maintaining so I am happy about tha... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:44:51 EST Miss Oregon 2014 Parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727969 Friday's drive to Seaside was quite wet and when I got to Seaside I immediately got soaked. This morning didn't look too bad, but I bought a rain resistant coat early this morning with a hood just in case. Thankfully it wasn't quite as wet today as yesterday although my friend, Liz, said she got absolutely soaked while waiting for the parade to start. <BR> <BR> Here is Liz as she moved through the parade route. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1294020519.jpg"> <... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:16:13 EST BSG Challenge Week 4 Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725978 Our blog assignment for this week's BSG challenge is: How do you cope with the hot temperatures & still stay active? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645785158.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am such a fun in the sun type of person that I actually don't have much of a problem coping with the hot temperatures while staying active during the summer. I love being outdoors, and there are new activities that I enjoy during the summer. <BR> <BR> Yoga and/or Qigong moves outdoors ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:51:46 EST Week 3 BSG Challenge - Summer Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724539 This week's Aspire and Inspire BSG blog challenge lead questions are ... Vacation plans this summer? What type of activities are planned, any sightseeing? <BR> <BR> At this point my only summer plans are to go to Seaside, Oregon to watch the Miss Oregon pageant for two days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1303477927.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While at Seaside my activities will include walking the Prom, attending the Miss Oregon parade <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:34:46 EST Summer 2014 5% Challenge - Win Tomorrow Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719155 Here is my checklist for my WIN tomorrow to ensure a successful tomorrow: <BR> <BR> 1. Get water bottles ready <BR> 2. Plan and have ready healthy snacks <BR> 3. Plan 3 meals for tomorrow <BR> 4. Plan workouts for tomorrow and schedule them on the calendar <BR> 5. Have everything ready for tomorrow's workouts <BR> 5. Bedtime 10 p.m with lights out by 11 p.m. <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:56:30 EST Summer 2014 5% Challenge - Win Today Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719150 Here is my Win today Checklist for the Awesome A's Summer 5% challenge: <link>www.noexcusesworkouts.com/wp-content<BR>/uploads/2012/01/Win-Today-Check-List-<BR>PDF-Version-1-15-12.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:52:09 EST Week 2 blog for the Active Apples BSG Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715958 Our blog assignment for this week's BSG Challenge is: <BR> <BR> How will you spend Father's Day? Do you have any special plans? <BR> Write a blog about your father, special memories, etc. <BR> <BR> My blog will be pretty short since my dad passed away a number of years ago, I am not married to the father of my children, and Bill is also passed away. So, do I have any special plans? Not really. My son and his family are going camping on a special 4 wheeling event so I will be babysitting m... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:57:02 EST BSG Week 1 Blog for Active Apples - May Review/June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709965 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for June is to review our May goals and set our June Goals. <BR> <BR> May Goals were: <BR> 1. Continue allowing myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow. <em>248</em> at least for the most part. I had a few days struggling and feeling blue during May, but I was able to reel myself in and move forward. Baby steps. <BR> <BR> 2. Continue with my exe... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:19:48 EST I Want Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707203 Since I have decided I need to <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1139388334.jpg">, I have decided I need to take action by increasing my active, so I have upped my daily step goal to 10,000 steps per day and I am going to start my streak and see how many days I can keep it going. <BR> <BR> The other aspect is to switch up my nutrition plan and I am thinking I will give the Fast Metabolism Diet a shot since I have Hashimotis Thyroiditis and that is one of the severe diseases... Sat, 31 May 2014 01:11:44 EST Time to Suck it Up Buttercup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706470 Today I went to Weight Watchers. The scale said I gained the 0.8 pounds that I lost last week. While I am not overly disappointed with that, I've decided it is time for me to <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l104088543.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a trip planned in just about a month and I would really like to be a few pounds less than I am right now so that I can really enjoy how my clothes feel and not worry about if I bloat or anything. Besides, our trip involves being in our ... Fri, 30 May 2014 01:21:32 EST Today Not so Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705666 I choose my inner alarm clock saying this morning and tried some gentle stretching before getting out of bed this morning, and I had a much better, less blue day today. <BR> <BR> I met my friends this morning and traveled together to our Qigong class which was awesome, and I talked to my friends about how I was feeling yesterday. Thank you to them as well as my many <em>223</em> for helping me realize what I was feeling was totally normal. <BR> <BR> After my Qigong class I attended my y... Thu, 29 May 2014 00:49:17 EST Pessimist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704820 I've always viewed myself as an optimistic person, but journeying through grief I am starting to question that. Today in the book I am reading, it said " are you more like the pessimist, not wanting to face your days asking yourself what is there to live for?" <BR> <BR> Well, that is exactly how I feel most days. <BR> <BR> I don't think I like the idea of being a pessimist so, even though I am feeling blue right now, I think it is time to resolve to change myself. The book suggested resolv... Wed, 28 May 2014 00:01:13 EST Can You Be Successful Without Achieving Your 5% Goal Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703923 I've participated in several of the 5% challenges over the past few years, and I have never once achieved the 5% loss goal. One might wonder why I continue to participate in the challenges. <BR> <BR> Each of the 5% challenges are for 8 weeks and during those 8 weeks each week you keep track of your fitness minutes. The other aspect of the 5% challenge is called Living the Good Life (LTGL) and that changes each week. <BR> <BR> So, over the past few years what have I gained from participation... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:39:05 EST The Gift of Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703210 The gift of friendship is probably the greatest gift anyone can give you. I have a friend whom I have known for many years from church. For many years I only saw her and talked to her at church, but once Bill came into my life, he and this lady became friends. <BR> <BR> During the months of Bill's illness, this lady and I became better friends, but since Bill's death, she has really shown me what friendship is about. She lives beyond my house so when we are both doing something, she will alw... Mon, 26 May 2014 01:41:22 EST 5% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702525 I am a teammate on the Awesome A 5% challenge which is currently in its 7 of the 8 weeks for its spring challenge. While I have only lost one pound during the past 7 weeks, I feel pleased with myself. <BR> <BR> My best friend and hubby, Bill, passed away on November 12, 2013, after nearly a year long battle. I joined Weight Watchers on February 21st and as May 22nd I am only 0.4 pounds from having lost 5% of my weight since joining. <BR> <BR> Why do I feel pleased? When my son passed away a... Sun, 25 May 2014 01:26:44 EST BSG Week 3 Blog - My Mother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702462 Our blog assignment for this week’s BSG challenge was to reflect on my Mother, what are some ways we are alike/different. What are some lessons I have learned from her that has helped you on your SP journey? <BR> <BR> I think my mother and I are alike in more ways than we are different. We both would do anything in our power for our family and friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l152421341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My mother has been gone for over 14 years, but I s... Sat, 24 May 2014 23:43:25 EST BSG Bonus Blog - What do I hope to achieve this summer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696600 Our bonus blog for our BSG Challenge this week is to answer the following questions: <BR> <BR> What do I hope to achieve this summer? Whether it is physical, personal, weight loss etc.; and What am looking forward to this summer?? <BR> <BR> As I continue my journey through the grief of losing my best friend in November, my biggest goal to achieve this summer is consistency. I hope to find an activity plan for my day that will be set enough by the time the not so great weather arrives that I... Fri, 16 May 2014 19:27:32 EST Today's Hike with Marv http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695244 Yesterday when I got around to getting in my walk it was a little warm and poor Marv had his tongue hanging out so I took pity on him and cut my walk short. Today was predicted to be even warmer so I decided to get my walk in in the form of a hike up the river where it would be cooler for us both. Here are pictures from our hike today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1861218956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996245173.jpg"> ... Wed, 14 May 2014 22:16:33 EST BSG Week 2 Blog - Travel Plans and Staying On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695087 Our blog assignment for Week 2 of the BSG Challenge this month is to blog about the following questions: <BR> <BR> 1. Do you have plans to travel anywhere or plans to go visit anyone this summer? <BR> 2. How do you plan to keep you fitness and eating right going while you travel? <BR> <BR> So far my travel plans include a short weekend trip June 27 and June 28 to see the Miss Oregon competition in Seaside, Oregon. For that trip I will be traveling alone and plan to get in lots of walking... Wed, 14 May 2014 17:27:16 EST Week 1 BSG Blog - Review April/May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686649 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for May is to review our April goals and set our May Goals. Well, I spaced writing my goals for April, so I don't really have anything to review, but this is how I feel I did for April. <BR> <BR> 1. Still working on healing from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow. As you can imagine, some days have been much better than other days, but I do feel like I am making progre... Sat, 3 May 2014 18:47:51 EST Week 4 Blog BSG Challenges Life Throwing you Lemons/Positives about Appearance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681608 The blog assignment for this week's BSG challenge is what makes me happy when life throws me lemons and to list three positives about my appearance. <BR> <BR> Life has definitely thrown me a few lemons and the only thing that keeps me going is my faith and keeping a positive attitude. When my son died at the age of 15, I found comfort in thinking that he died doing something he loved doing. When Bill died in November, I have found comfort in keeping active because that is what Bill wanted m... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:50:23 EST Week 3 BSG Blog Assignment - Shower of Blessing/Overcoming Indulgence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676613 Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG challenge contains two parts. First, is a Shower of Blessings – what are things that bless me? <BR> <BR> There are so many things that bless my life. First, having known my beloved husband and best friend who passed away in November was a true blessing and having known him continues to bless me as the person I became because of having met and married him is a true blessing to me. <BR> <BR> Other things that bless me and my life are my daughter ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:31:36 EST First Hike of the Year and First Hike with Marv http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673181 My grandson was supposed to have a track meet at the coast today and I had planned to go and enjoy the coast and also take in his track meet. However, the meet was cancelled. The roofers are at my house this week making too much noise and disturbing me and Marv, so I decided we should get out and enjoy the sunshine by taking a hike to see one of the beautiful waterfalls that are nearby. This was my first hike of the season, first hike without Bill, and my first hike with Marv. All in all it w... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:09:27 EST Week 2 BSG Blog - Staying Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673107 Our blog assignment for this week is to write about how I make positvity part of my Spark journey, and how I overcome negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones. <BR> I think I've become a pretty positive person overall so I find it fairly east to stay positive in my Spark journey. One of the ways is by sharing inspirational quotes with my spark friends and, of course, reading all of the inspirational quotes shared by my spark friends. <BR> <BR> I've really learned a lot about the ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:34:34 EST