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/ 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 BSG Challenge Week 4 Blog - Clever Clovers - Walking Memory Lane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660900 This week our blog assignment for the BSG challenge is to write a blog of our choice. <BR> <BR> Since I am journeying through the grief of losing my husband and best friend, Bill, on November 12, 2013, I decided I would share how I have been dealing with grief through scrapbooking memories Bill and I made over the years. I am finding it is better to focus on the fun times and memories we made rather than on the loneliness of today and the future, so here is my photo blog. <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:27:33 EST 5% Challenge Countdown 8 Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660231 As our Spring 5% challenge is getting ready to start, I am to list my reasons/excuses why my diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past and to give 3 or 4 reasons with a strategy to keep me on track this 8 week challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. Failing to plan which, of course, means planning to fail. My strategy for the next 8 weeks is to plan my meals ahead. I do not feel capable of planning my meals for a week ahead, but I will plan my entire meal plan with snacks the day bef... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:50:32 EST 5% Challenge - Countdown 7 Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660223 As the 5% Spring challenge is about to start a new 8 week challenge, we are to blog about what our triggers are. <BR> <BR> I think my biggest trigger is loneliness and boredom. I do quite well when in a group situation, but when I am alone, I think I need something to eat which usually means something not so healthy. <BR> <BR> If I were to list trigger foods I would have to say something salty/sweet. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:40:21 EST 5% Challenge - Countdown No. 6 - Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660222 As the 5% Spring challenge is about to start a new 8 week challenge, we are to blog about what our motivation to lose weight and become healthier is. <BR> <BR> My main motivation is to not let the pounds creep up as I am going through the grief journey of having lost my best friend and husband on November 12, 2013. I know first hand how easy it is to use food as a crutch when I am sad and lonely, so I want to prevent that from happening. <BR> <BR> My second motivation is that I have lots of... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:35:34 EST Week 2 Bonus Blog for BSG Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648449 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> Well, my blog will be really short because I have never celebrated St. Patrick's day in any way other than to wear green if I remember. <BR> <BR> Our area has never really had any celebration of St. Patrick's day other than what they call the pub crawl and since I don't drink, it's never appealed to me. <BR> <BR> This year I have heard they are havin... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:40:30 EST Week 2 BSG Blog - Clever Clovers - 5 Favorite Things about Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648110 Our blog for our BSG challenge this week is to write about our five favorite things about spring and also how spring changes our routine. <BR> <BR> My five favorite things about spring are: <BR> <BR> 1. The sunshine and warmth that spring brings <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1816806287.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2. The beautiful flowers that start blooming. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l761752000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3. The ability to move my walks from t... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:29:57 EST Week 1 Blog for Clever Clover BSG Team - Review/Set Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640483 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for March is to review our February goals and set our March Goals. <BR> <BR> February 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. <BR> <BR> 2. Increase my level of exercise: 2 days of yoga per week; 1 day of Qigong; 1 to 2 days of Aqua Zumba; and 30 minutes of walking (cardio) 5 to 7 days <BR> <BR> 3. Contin... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:37:05 EST Week 4 BSG Challenges - Zodiac Sign http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634810 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2012145797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG challenges is what is our zodiac sign. <BR> <BR> Mine is May 11th Taurus, or The Bull <BR> April 20 - May 20 <BR> <BR> Taurus zodiac signs and meanings, like the animal that represents them, is all about strength, stamina and will. Stubborn by nature, the Taurus will stand his/her ground to the bitter end (sometimes even irrationally so). But that's okay because the ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:37:09 EST Week 3 Blog for BSG Challenge - Favorite Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632009 Our blog assignment for this week is to write about our favorite cardio. I love cardio so it is an easy assignment. <BR> <BR> Variety is the spice of life and for me that definitely applies to cardio. I don't have only one favorite. <BR> <BR> I love walking and have come to enjoy walking by myself as well as with my new walking partner, Marv. <BR> <BR> I also love zumba because the music makes the time go so fast and I can definitely tell I've had a workout afterwards. <BR> <BR> A new fav... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:42:42 EST A to Z of Me - Week 2 Blog BSG Challenge for Radiant Red Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621847 A is for Age: 63 for 3 more months at least <BR> B is for Booze: None <BR> C is for Car: Subaru Forrester <BR> D is for Dad's name: Morgan Frank Jr. but went by Morgan <BR> E is for Ego: Not really <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: Christian rock <BR> G is for Goof off thing to do: Hiking, biking, walking, scrapbooking, card making, Facebook games <BR> H is for Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon <BR> I is for IQ: Above Average <BR> J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Blueberry Jelly <BR> K is for ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:01:38 EST January Review/February Goals - Radiant Red Roses Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614601 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for February is to review our January goals and set our February Goals. <BR> <BR> January Goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. I will allow 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> - I have done a fairly good job of achieving this goal. I have done better with fixing and planning meals and getting out more, especially in the evenings. <BR> <BR... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 01:41:17 EST My Valentine Find Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613548 When I met Bill, his email was bgrumpy so, of course, being a happy person, I had to make mine bhappy. It was always easy for Bill to find "grumpy" things from the Disney characters, but not so easy to find "happy" which I found really annoying. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we went for a week's getaway (our last one) in August to the Oregon beach and I found my treasure, a garden statue very close to "happy" so I had to purchase it. We decided it would be inside so it would last longer. Here is my "hap... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 00:20:56 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge - Arctic Foxes Week 2 blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590387 Our blog assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge is to review our blog for last week for our goals for January to see if they met the S.M.A.R.T. criteria and if not, how to change them so they would. <BR> <BR> My goals as set out in last week's blog were: <BR> <BR> 1. I will allow 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 <BR> 2. I will exercise regularly, but also allow myself ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:18:09 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge Blog for Arctic Foxes - 2013 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586275 Our second blog for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge this week is to write a review of 2013 and set goals for 2014. <BR> <BR> It would be really easy for me to say that 2013 was a failure as I ended the year at basically the same weight I started it at. However, I did have success in the weight loss department and only gained it back when my husband and best friend passed away on November 12, 2013. <BR> <BR> I have decided, however, that I should base the year 2013 on something other th... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:51:10 EST Aspire to Inspire Arctic Foxes BSG Week 1 Blog - January goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586253 This week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges we are to write a blog about our January goals. I will keep mine simple as I am dealing with grief too <BR> <BR> 1. I will allow 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 <BR> 2. I will exercise regularly, but also allow myself one or two rests day per week. <BR> 3. I will make progress in getting back to 64 or more ounces of water daily. <BR> 4. I will ma... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:35:28 EST 5% Challenge Assignment 8 - Reasons/Excuses for Past Failures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584692 I would say the number one reason for not achieving my goals in the past would be lack of planning and lack of focus. <BR> <BR> During 2013 I set some fitness goals for myself and I really stayed focused on achieving them, and I was successful. <BR> <BR> For some reason I am finding it much more difficult to set nutrition goals and stay focused on them. My strategy is to have a daily list of what I need to eat so that I can mark things off and see where I am at and keep track of what I have... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:12:59 EST 5% Challenge Assignment 7 - Trigger Foods/Trigger Situations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584679 Trigger Foods: Sweets and/or Salty/Sweet and sometimes ice cream <BR> <BR> Trigger Situations: Boredom and/or loneliness <BR> <BR> Plan: Get back into crafting and such to fill my evenings; also signing up for some night activities such as yoga and dance class. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:04:57 EST 5% Challenge Assignment 6 - Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584674 My motivation to lose weight: <BR> <BR> 1. Feel less self conscious about how I look. <BR> 2. Love how I look. <BR> 3. Get within the normal weight range for my height. <BR> 4. Continue to be active as I continue to age. <BR> 5. Be able to do the things I like to do and go places I want to go. <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:00:01 EST A&I BSG Week 3 Blog - Ultimate Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569450 This week for the A&I BSG team challenge, our blog assignment was to blog about what our ultimate present would be if money were no object. That is an easy one for me. If money were no object, I would have made it possible for Bill to have been diagnosed early enough to not have suffered the long months of suffering and uncertainty that he had to endure. I believe that the rare disease he had could have been detected early enough to have a different outcome if money were available for more re... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 18:47:17 EST A&I Week 3 BSG Bonus Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569044 Our bonus blog this week for the A& I BSG Challenge is blog my biggest obstacle in meeting my goals, what can I change to meet my goals in 2014? <BR> <BR> I think my biggest obstacle in meeting my goals is simply not staying focused. I set my goals for fitness and I can almost always achieve those goals. In 2013 I set my goal to achieve 1,000 miles during 2013 and I am coming close to achieving that goal and I know if Bill had not passed away I would most likely have achieved it because I h... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 01:29:26 EST Motivational Tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567532 One of our assignments for the A&I BSG team challenge this week is to do something to motivate ourselves. <BR> <BR> I was reading some tips on getting and staying motivated to exercise this evening. Here is a tip that I thought might work for someone who really is having problems getting started and/or staying motivated. <BR> <BR> It said to involve your charity. One woman decided to motivate herself to lose weight by vowing to exercise a certain number of times a week, and, for each week... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:34:04 EST Week 2 Bonus Blog for A&I BSG challenge - Shimmering Snowflakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566534 Our bonus blog for this week is to tell what Christmas means to me and/or what is my most memorable Christmas. <BR> <BR> I love Christmastime, the decorations, the gifts, the special music, sending and receiving Christmas cards, getting together with family and friends. But for me the real meaning of Christmas is spreading the joy of the season to some people who may not receive gifts. One group I participate with adopts residents of the residence in town for homeless teens and their familie... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:47:17 EST Week 2 Blog for A&I BSG challenge - Shimmering Snowflakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566521 Our blog assignment this week is to blog about how I survive all the Christmas parties and banquets and tell any tips or tricks I have. <BR> <BR> Fortunately for me I don't normally have a lot of parties or banquets to go to so I don't have to survive them. <BR> <BR> I try to continue my exercise during the holiday rush which I know helps. <BR> <BR> I usually try to eat less calories during the rest of the day if I do have an event to go to so that my total calories for the day will be a... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:33:46 EST Week 1 Blog for A&I BSG Team Shimmering Snowflakes - Progress/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558800 This week's blog assignment for the A&I BSG challenge is to blog our progress for November and our goals for December. <BR> <BR> November was a blur with all that was going on with Bill's illness, company, and grief. I feel I did okay all things considered. <BR> <BR> For December I am keeping my goals short and simple. <BR> <BR> 1. Do one good thing for myself each day. <BR> 2. Allow myself to cry as it is healing therapy. <BR> 3. Reach out when I need someone to talk to. <BR> <BR> In o... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 01:47:45 EST 30 Days of Thankful Tags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558537 I had joined a challenge during November to create 30 days of thankful tags. Well, I finished that challenge, a little late, but I wanted to share my creations with my <em>223</em> So here are my tags. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2083120642.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1897889419.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l991291573.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1734862354.jp... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:04:34 EST My New Companion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552301 The house has been so very quiet since my best friend passed away on November 12, 2013, so I found me a new lovable companion to help fill that quiet. I have named him Marv in honor of my best friend, Bill, who collected Marvin the Martian. <BR> <BR> I was able to bring him home yesterday and so far we're doing fairly well. He is from the local Humane Society. He is a 3 year old Padderdale Terrier mix. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l547237834.jpg"> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:52:14 EST My best friend took his last breath this morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539307 After fighting the battle against amyloidosis and multiple myeloma, my husband, William Thomas Leary, who was 71 years old, took his last few steps on this world. His son, Brian, and his wife, Debbie, have been in Roseburg for the last week helping me and my family, take care of him. All through his life he made a difference in those he met along the line, he always had a way to make lemonade out of lemons by his quick wit and his ability to make everyone laugh at the smallest of things. All ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:41:25 EST