BESSHAILE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BESSHAILE BESSHAILE'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/ Some Maintenance Anniversary Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337194 I knew it was coming. I never remember the official date but it's somewhere in March. I could probably dig out the exact date - well - heck - of course I could - but knowing the month is good enough for me. <BR> <BR> And that about sums up the gist of maintenance. On maintenance I have to know what is good enough. <BR> <BR> Mind now, I think it's important to have ideals. To have goals. To have targets to aim for. I am enough of a 20th century babe to believe that striving forward is good ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:49:42 EST Conversation Overheard In The Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319190 <em>18</em> Next time just eat the d**n ice cream sandwich. <BR> <em>43</em> Sigh. You're right. What a lot of junk we ate looking for the delight that ice-cream sandwich represented. Mind now, it probably wouldn't have been as delightful as you thought it would be .... <BR> <em>18</em> well - it would sure have been better than snacking handfulls out of the granola bag. <BR> <em>43</em> Sigh. I know. You're such a brat. <BR> <em>18</em> I am not! <BR> <em>43</em> Eating sp... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:48:20 EST TheBrains Screw Up and We Talk About It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318230 <em>58</em> Okay guys - come out and talk to me. <BR> <em>18</em> Huh? <BR> <em>43</em> Yes? How can we help you? <BR> <em>58</em> You can tell me why we didn't pre-track our meals yesterday, like we said we would. <BR> <em>43</em> Carpe Diem! <BR> <em>18</em> (Slapping a hand to her chest) I live in the moment! Smelling roses! <BR> <em>58</em> You mean you wanted to eat without thinking about it <BR> <em>43</em> (blushing) I thought I was thinking about it. She just kept whi... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:18:26 EST A Tiny Conflict in The Grand Scheme http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315857 So. So. Today is Valentine's Day. Today is also day #1 of my Weight Watcher week. I'll weigh in today and start using up the daily and weekly points. We get 30 points a day (about 1250 calories) and 28 extra points a week that we can use or not - all at once or spread out in any way that works. In weight maintenance mode I have to make sure that 3 days a week I have to stay at 30 points. In weight loss mode I have to make that 4 days a week. If I'm in a hurry I will go 5 days a week but I alw... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:53:15 EST YES! It worked! But you have to read the long backstory first. bwa ha haaaaa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314326 Because this blog is first and foremost, my mental dumping ground where I can sort out all the stuff in my head. Imagine upending your junk drawer on the floor and sitting down to sort through the whole pile, categorizing, sifting, tossing, keeping. Yeah. That's why I blog. So - sorry for the verbosity. I will get to the point eventually. Sometime. Tomorrow. At Tara. <BR> <BR> Ever since Jan. 20, when I reached a sort of pinnacle at werk, I've been discombobulated. The brain stopped being ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:11:17 EST TheBrains and I Wonder: Who Did We Think We Were Fooling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313259 <em>58</em> Not you, gentle readers, that's for sure. Or anyone who was lookin' at me or eating with me or anywhere else on earth. So what deception did I think I was perpetuating? <BR> <BR> I'll begin with a paraphrased quote from Paul McKenna, a British self help author who uses hypnotism to work with clients. In his book "I Can Make You Thin" he says that people who are overweight think about food all the time ... except when they are eating ... when they scarf down everything on their... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 07:21:35 EST Tweaking the Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311616 So I am coming up on my 4 year maintenance anniversary and I am not really at goal. I'm not too far away but I am now out of the wiggle spread of 2 lbs from goal and I'll tell ya somethin'. <BR> <BR> I don't like it one bit. <BR> <BR> When I'm this much over goal (6 lbs, btw) I feel squishy. All my favorite skirts bind at the waist - so I wear the same stretchier things over and over. Mind now, I like those stretchy clothes as much as the less forgiving ones - but wearing the same clothes... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 08:04:31 EST Grandparents Class - So Glad I'm Not A Millennial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298404 So. The What's New For Grandparents class turned out to be something else. Of course, I'm interested in all things new baby, but when I was expecting I just figured the grandparents would kiss and spoil my baby and I would take care of the rest. I hadn't planned on asking them advice. I already thought I knew most everything and I had a book that told me the rest. <BR> Still and all - I'm enough of a woman - and librarian - to be curious about all the juicy details of reproduction. Himself,... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:55:30 EST The Poor New Year's Resolution - It Gets Such A Bad Rap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287829 And do you know what a RAP is? It stands for Record of Arrests and Prosecutions so it's already a bad thing to get. And a bad rap could be a good thing - when viewed as a double negative. Or perhaps a bad rap is a false record of arrests and prosecutions and should really be called a bum rap, which is slang from prohibition times - and in gangster movies staring Edward G Robinson. <BR> <BR> Sic semper ENFP <BR> <BR> I was really prompted to write about resolutions - because the media is ch... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:41:54 EST How TheBrains Finish Up 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286849 <em>58</em> I haven't heard from TheBrains in a long time - in fact, I'd forgotten all about them ... <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Thanks <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Isn't that just like her? <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Yeah, always pushing us aside <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> C'mon guys. You know that's not true. We've been busy - and you two have been working so well together we haven't had to sit down and get to the bottom of a problem. Besides, I did think of you yesterday and now I have opened u... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:43:25 EST What Makes You Feel Rich? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279135 Of course, it might be nice to actually be rich - but then - maybe not so much. If one is very rich maybe one has go about in protection mode - guarding against those who either want to steal those riches or just plain hate the rich. I wonder if the rich always have to be prepared - sort of like if you ever smoked. You had to be prepared. Did you have matches? Did you have cigarettes? Did you have coins for a machine if you were out or bills for a store. Were you over 16? I sometimes think t... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:29:12 EST Now That's Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272309 So here I am on the downside of the feast suddenly realizing I hadn't posted a peep since late October. I hate to repeat a refrain like this but .... it's been another hard month. I am getting so tired of hard months, days, weeks, years even! Something is wrong here and I think it isn't "these days" or "the times". I think it's "This Woman". Time to do a little repair work on my happiness generator. <BR> <BR> So. According to Miriam-Webster (now a dot com), the go-to font of all definitions ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:11:29 EST The Voices of Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258748 I grew up in an all girl house. My poor daddy had more pink undershirts - which we wore all the time instead of nightgowns, and which were constantly being tossed in the wash with our red clothes and coming out just the right shade of girlie-girl pink. He had 4 pink ones for every white one. He was always such a good sport about it but then, secretly, I always thought he had a really strong feminine side. When he got enough of us girls he'd put on an army uniform and head off to a reserves me... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 08:46:45 EST A Whole Stack-0-Slack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251820 Wow. When I posted 2 weeks ago about not holding myself to too strict a standard, I thought I'd be getting in some easy cardio exercise while easing myself into strength training again. I know I need to build more muscles and to tighten up some loose (also slack) abs and arms. What I did NOT count on was an attack of shingles and a hurricane that would keep me indoors and indolent. Fortunately it was a mild attack, caught early after I'd already had the vaccine, so I haven't had the oozing or... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:58:23 EST Cutting Myself Some Slack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245048 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dfa83534-608c-4cf5-a186-7255007e986e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> September was a slug of a month, fitness wise and the next three weeks will be more of the same. I would certainly define myself as someone who loves exercise and I'm no reluctant gym ...er ... mouse. I might someday become the real thing - a gym rat - some day when I retire .. at Tara. But for the past few weeks and till mid October I am cutting myself some slack. Five big deal things at w... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 09:00:50 EST Mindless Meandering and a Blingless Chart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241012 My poor chart. I haven't even taken it out of the envelope all week. In fact - I will probably have to hunt for the envelope. TheBirthday consumed the whole week and the computer was insulted and quit working at home. Werk has no respect for birthdays either and this year Werk is particularly Werkish. It's massively heavy, mean and burdensome. Himself doesn't understand why this is so and keeps telling me that this time next year the New Library Director will have thrown out all my stuff anyw... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:06:05 EST Bling Chart 3 Fat Cells Zero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235587 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a1efb23-f468-4d1e-a5a2-e840bd10d1e6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I posted another pound down last night at the official WW weigh-in and I give full credit to the Bling Chart. This is impressive considering I don't even have it posted somewhere public. It's in a manila envelope along with the sheets of stickers and even that moves from hall table to dining table depending on which surface is the most cluttered. Not the best choice for a visual reminder an... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:56:49 EST TheBrains Ponder The Efficacy Of Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228828 I was talking with someone yesterday about my chart and the bling stickers and how they're helping me when I suddenly realized why I don't respond well to rewards and I am so inspired by glitter bits. Now let's see if I can translate that AhHa sensation into language other people can understand. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> You'll need my help. <BR> <em>18</em> But I'm the one who recognized it first. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> True. You are both right. Well, LB - see if you can explain. RB -... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 08:31:28 EST TheBrains Make A Chart - and there is some retail therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227543 We did get all that werk done - or at least LeftBrain held us to task and RightBrain cooperated so that we got enough of it done - to earn the fun of making a chart to track those 3 smart goals. LeftBrain devised it and RightBrain created it. LeftBrain remembered to put stickers on the shopping list and RightBrain chose the stickers. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> I'm RightBrain <BR> <em>43</em> I'm LeftBrain <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> And I'm the narrator - the synthesized wholeness of self. ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:07:40 EST A Fresh Start with TheBrains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226972 Sweet. Inspired by this SparkPeople Blog <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=start_fresh_for_fall_50_ways_to_tur<BR>n_over_a_new_leaf </link> <BR> <BR> I'm going to set Three New SMART Goals. These will be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Just thinking about doing this feels like standing in front of the candy counter and trying to choose only 3. And since this is the week that holds the First Day Of September - which is BIRTHDAY MONTH !!!! ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:57:17 EST Embrace The Weirdness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221317 So here I am, staring at the last 2 weeks of August. In 12 days it will be BIRTHDAY MONTH! And not just any birthday but my last birthday as a werkin' girl. Just over a year ago the VRS (that's Virginia Retirement System) sent me a letter saying I could retire with a full pension at 65. I have had this job for decades but I didn't go full-time-with-benefits till 1989. I wonder if I would have retired earlier if I had qualified for my pension sooner. I don't know. Probably not, because it wasn... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:07:44 EST Holla At Your Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213095 I bet you have a favorite blogger or three and every day you check to see if she (or he) has posted something. And she does. Or at least, she does often enough that you get so you start your day with her posts. You're always inspired by her. You're rooting for her when she's not doing so well. You are rooting for her when you aren't doing so well. In fact, her blogs remind you that if you just keep on keeping on, you'll get there - maybe even get where she is. Or He is, ya know. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 07:50:59 EST All the Wrinkled Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208023 I'm not much of a pop tune aficionado - too deeply steeped in the classical genre - but I have always thought Beonce's All The Single Ladies was about the catchiest and cleverest example of what is really good about pop music. I know, I know - it's not "pop" but please, allow the semantical blanket here. I love the song. It's got a great beat, has some melodic complexity and the lyrics are clever. It is also unique enough to beg to be copied and parodied and this particular mimic has a great... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:39:09 EST All the Wrinkled Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208020 I'm not much of a pop tune aficionado - too deeply steeped in the classical genre - but I have always thought Beonce's All The Single Ladies was about the catchiest and cleverest example of what is really good about pop music. I know I know - it's not "pop" but allow the semantical blanket here. It's a great beat, has some melodic complexity and the lyrics are clever. It is also unique enough to beg to be copied and parodied and this particular mimic has a great Spark People message. Forgive... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:33:01 EST TheBrains Plow Through July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203012 Thought I'd check in with TheBrains today to see how they're doing. The months leading up to July were so stressful, so unhappy, so frustrating that all of me (us) just wanted to dig a hole and crawl into it. It culminated on July 4th with a dreaded party at my house that turned out to be pure, utter, delightful bliss. That was a real smack upside the head. It is so easy to imagine censure and criticism when you are stepping out into the unknown and this year I am really doing that. I'm work... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:40:38 EST Chatting With TheBrains On A Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189896 <em>58</em> It's a perfect summer Sunday morning and I'm all alone in a sparkling clean house. The air is warm and slightly humid but not at all enervating. It's simply delicious. I can hear a cardinal going "boidee boidee boidee" outside the open front door. I'm sure he's saying "It's mine It's mine It's Mine" but I sometimes pretend he's saying "come out come out come out". There's also an indigo bunting trilling its fluttery song further out along the edge of the field. This year that... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:47:07 EST It Got Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182539 My dear spark friends. My dear kind loving tender spark friends. Thank you. Thank you for your warm outpouring love. TheBrains thank you to. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> We do. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> We really do! Thank you. <BR> <BR> After posting on Sunday - and then hearing that dreadful news from Florida - Himself and I took a walk to a very special forest and meandered it's fairy tale-like mossy green paths. I hadn't been there for weeks because it has been under water - which is stup... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:41:23 EST It Gets Better - TheBrains Deal With Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181285 At least, I hope it does. Memorial Day weekend I had a mini meltdown and that sort of spilled over into the greater household. A tough week followed and last weekend wasn't really any easier. I felt like a Hank Williams song. <BR> <BR> <link>https://youtu.be/wjXF_EZugEY </link> <BR> <BR> Even when the pressure began to lessen as last week progressed I still found myself channeling my Inner Mr. Darcy - who, to quote Miss Elizabeth Bennet was "of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwill... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:07:26 EST Baaaaad Blogger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172923 I've started at least a dozen blog posts and petered out writing them in May - and here it is, almost the very last day with nothing to show for a month of Mayness. Well. Okay. I'm gonna cut myself some slack for my reticence because it has been a tough tough month. Lots of the things I wanted to blog about, or gripe about, or just vent about, were things that don't belong on social media. That's still true, of course, but they're just enough behind me that I don't think I'll slide down that ... Mon, 30 May 2016 08:54:13 EST Gleaning From Another Blogger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152644 Wow! Today's featured blogger is JEMADE <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152178 </link> <BR> <BR> and her blog held a nugget that I can't believe I haven't heard of or thought about before. Here's her suggestion: <BR> <BR> " I look for a non scale victory every single day and acknowledge it. I find it helps to keep my spirits up and recognizes even the small victories along this journey. After all, this is a growing process and you ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:15:55 EST Derailed - TheBrains bump into a cardio pusher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150563 Life happens. We hear this phrase all the time. We're not robots. We're not computers. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries come. And then there are the pushers. The "Just One Bite-ers" - people who want you to do what they want you to do and when you put up resistance they push. That happened to us yesterday and TheBrains are pondering (angsting) about it. Let's hear what they have to say. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <em>18</em> ARRRRGH! No Reward <BR> <em>43</em> That's right. No Reward <... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:13:24 EST Feelin' Proud - TheBrains speak up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147047 TheBrains are really proud of themselves for sticking to their plan. They deserve to brag a bit, don't you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Weeeeeee! We did it! <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> (smiling) Yes. we did. Congratulations. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Thanks for making me go to the gym. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> You're welcome. Thanks for going without a fuss. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> You're welcome back. Oh I am so proud we went. It was hard but we did it. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> It w... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:33:18 EST YES! We Do Have A Plan ... more from TheBrains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140487 It was hard to get back to werk after a week of girly fun, sugar, and retail therapy but TheBrains and I did pull ourselves together and made some progress. We have about 6 deadlines looming and we're all a little discomfited at the thought that after 38 years we still haven't learned how to map out our obligations and can still be blindsided by deadlines that swoop down on us out of the future. But eh. that is the way it is and there is a tee tiny bit of us that doesn't care. I am sure we kn... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:38:43 EST So. Do You Have A Plan? - confession time with TheBrains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139654 I know. It's been very quiet in this corner. The main reason for the silence is that someone I care about has a secret - a story that's not mine to tell. I'm really afraid I'll blab it somewhere - so I've been quiet about everything just so I don't have an opportunity to disappoint that person. LOL! Don't worry. I'll blab plenty when it's common knowledge. <BR> <BR> But there are other reasons for my reticence ... silence, actually. First off, in a fling of classic dieter's pushback, once I... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:34:14 EST Thoughts (And Feelings) On Reaching A Maintenance Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118003 Seems like I've been workin' on my weight issues all my life. That's not exactly true, of course. When I was a newborn I had Other Things to Deal With and in fact, I was proudly conscious of my small waist as old as 7 or 8 - because even back in the dark ages of my youth my mother and older sister were anxious about their weight issues - so of course I was pleased that I did not have any excess fat. I can remember pointing that out to mama in the car after we'd gone school clothes shopping. (... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:20:22 EST Why All The Silence? I check in on TheBrains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111677 Hmmm. It's been a while since I've blogged and even here at home TheBrains have been strangely silent. We've been unnaturally uncreative all winter and even the joy of our modest successes - weight loss - new furniture - hasn't seemed to stir them into any kind of action. I don't have any specific concerns but I feel like something isn't quite right - like things have shut down. I think I ought to check in on TheBrains to see if everything is okay. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> So. How are you t... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:01:30 EST How Do You Define CRAVING? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092607 I'm on day 5 of the 21-Day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I have always liked sweets and as a kid I was a sugar addict - I would eat spoons of sugar on white bread and it wasn't sweet enough. I never passed up an opportunity to spend my money on candy that I did not share and hid under my pillow. So I know me some sweets. I have eaten a whole pie and then baked another. Admittedly - I was pregnant at the time but still - you get the picture. Love me some sugar. <BR> <BR> But as I've aged ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:24:03 EST A Weighty Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079450 <em>58</em> 2016 is .0658% over and I haven't yet mapped out the year with resolutions, plans and lists. At least, I haven't completed all my lists. Of course, I never do complete them. Usually I just stop adding to them somewhere around Easter. <BR> <BR> So - what's the hold-up? What's blocking the flow of New Year's Delight? What's causing me to suffer from Non-Startitis? Time to sit down with TheBrains and figure this thing out. <BR> <BR> Okay, guys - what's going on? Why are we such... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:44:22 EST Don't Let Guilt Eat Those Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065510 Eat them yourself! <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> At least, if you ARE going to eat them, tell guilt to beat it, sit down, look at the beautiful cookie, cake, bowl of ice cream, piece of candy - sniff it, admire it, take a little nibble and let it tickle your tongue, let its flavor fill your mouth. Take a real bite. Chew it slowly. Notice the first flavor, the main flavor and the aftertaste. Swallow the whole bite. Think about how good it is. Think about how lucky you are to be rich enough to hav... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:57:54 EST The Facts Of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059665 I had not planned to write a blog today but a dear sparkfriend sparked a memory for me and I'm prompted to share it here - even though it's nothing to do with weight management or fitbits or facing the truth about my holiday eating frenzy. It's about me and my dad - a man so full of challenges you wouldn't believe any of his kids could have survived - and yet - at his funeral dozens of my childhood friends showed up to tell us that He was the Pivotal Person in their youth. If it hadn't been f... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 06:49:21 EST Spend It Like A Man Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058612 What is that, you want to know? Well. The concept came from columnist Jan Malone, lately of the Richmond Times Dispatch, though I don't remember if it originated with her. It goes like this: <BR> <BR> Most men hate to stand in line and to extend that time merely to count out change at the cash register is insupportable. They just hand over a bigger bill and stuff the change in their pockets. When they get home at night they empty their pockets and that change usually goes into some sort of ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:57:45 EST A Vision Board At Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057729 Huh - I'm known among my friends as being both Artsy and Craftsy. I do best when I'm whipping something up on the spur of the moment though I am also pretty skilled at Knitting Math and I have put some serious time into learning how to draw as well. I have a house full of fun toys and when children come to visit I share. For that matter - I would share with any grownups who seemed interested. <BR> <BR> So. So when I first heard about vision boards I thought - Too Cool! Just the sort of thin... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 08:22:25 EST For The First Time on The First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056647 Anyone who knows me knows that I Love Me A New Year. I've been loving the New Year ever since, in that long ago day when we still lived in Chesterfield, back when it WAS still Chesterfield and still rural, my dad told me that on N.Y. Day you wrote down your new year's resolutions - things you wanted to do or accomplish in the coming year. The idea of a whole year to spend doing things you wanted to do just thrilled my little 9 year old natural mathematician's heart. I suspect it thrilled his ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:45:38 EST We (Almost) Have (A) Couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055166 What do you know. Here it is, New Year's Eve eve. I've been feeling the nudges and pinches of 2016 asking me What Am I Going To Do Next? Huh? Huh? Huh? <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Yeah - prodded on by You-Know-Who <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Well? Interested Brains want to know <BR> <BR> Hush you two. I am doing the talking now <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> <em>43</em> Well, la de da. <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of time off this year - happily there are 2 extra weekend days following the Day o... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:59:15 EST S U G A R B I N G E ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052015 I have been blessed with one (perfect angel baby darling only ) son. (that is supposed to be a joke, please laugh) I used to refer to him as PABDOS on another forum but that was while I was adjusting to empty nest syndrome and once I was comfortable with his flight to independence I didn't need to be quite so Southern; to channel Frances Parkinson Keyes quite so thoroughly. If you are unfamiliar with her - she is a marvelous mid-20th century author who my own beloved mother in law once heard ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:41:55 EST Things Are Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049668 So I made it through the staff Christmas party without having any cookies - even if Butch bakes the Divine Cookies From Heaven and I bet he uses Butter in them. I did have his french fries but only 15, for a killer 10 WW points. but hey - french fries were always a killer. At least his are worth dying for. Caveat here - I am so totally uninterested in French Fries ... unless they are divine. which these are. But I don't usually have them at this restaurant. UnDivine (Satanic? No - better - P... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:38:27 EST TheBrains Put This WW Thing To Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048731 So. I asked at the WW meeting on Tuesday about taking away the option to exercise a little more and then eat a little more than the suggested daily limit. This was one of those little get-out-of-jail-free cards that WW offered for those times when you knew you were going indulge in festive eating or even when you just took too many second helpings. You earned "activity points" that you could bank all week and if, as in my case, the weekend proved to be a time of temptations, and you ate more ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:41:29 EST I have a talk with TheBrains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047770 <em>58</em> So - this week, for the first time in a LOOOOOOONG time, I ate over my WW points. Now, I'm not too strict with those numbers. I know that I fudge here and skimp there, but for the most part I am on target or at max load. Last night - when i was still within the New Points Limits - I ate 4 chocolate chip cookies and flew off the New Chart. There was that moment when I heard the voice of someone who shall not be named say "You can't stop me" <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> That would ha... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:07:09 EST TheBrains are sobered today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046722 <em>43</em> Psst Psst. You said we'd be back today <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Alright alright. Here we are. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Thanks. Don't want <em>18</em> to think I don't keep my promisses <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Yeah - you mean you don't want me to blow off today's blogging and then blame you. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> (smiles) yeah. That too. Besides. I understand how you feel. A whole lot of fuss about some diet company or how many cookies we eat or feeling bratty because w... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:41:25 EST Bratty Behavior from TheBrains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046252 <em>58</em> Well, from the Right Brain, anyway. I'm still trying to adjust to the new WW program and having only indifferent success. Some of my favorite food items have shot up in points. They haven't skyrocketed but they're up enough to mess with my day. They're worth rethinking, mind you - it's good to understand what the nutritional makeup of your day is. In fact - as I type this I'm thinking I might track both on WW and here on SP - where the micro-nutrients are identified and counte... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:46:15 EST