BESSHAILE's SparkPeople Blog BESSHAILE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day #29 of my 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge and TheBrains Come Up With A Plan That's the challenge today. Make a Plan. And read the 6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Setting article first ... or in my case ... again. If you haven't read it - try it now - it's very useful. Here's a link: <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=696 </link> <BR> <BR> So what are those Characteristics? <BR> <BR> Challenging <BR> Attainable <BR> Specific <BR> Time-Limited <BR> Positive <BR> Flexible <BR> <BR> Of course, TheBrains and I are always sett... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:52:30 EST TheBrains Look For The Silver Lining <em>58</em> Day #24 of the 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge is to list any additional health-related successes you've achieved over the past couple of weeks - to look for the silver lining, as the title of today's challenge is called. I am wondering if that means they don't think any of us have busted our plateau yet ... since that phrase usually means - in the midst of disaster one can find a nugget of good. And looked at in a three week timeframe, considering I had a wildly huge weight spi... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:21:07 EST Day #22 of that Plateau Buster Challenge and TheBrains Are Not Pleased Today's Plateau Busting Challenge is to reward ourselves for working so hard. Now - rewards are always a difficult thing for me as I have probably said a gazillion times here. But a few weeks ago TheBrains came up with a reward system and while it hasn't collapsed, it has crumbled around the edges a bit. I hear them discussing it right now - let's listen in and see how they work things out. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> I knew she'd forget. She always forgets and it's all yo... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:39:12 EST What Stresses Ya, Babeee - Day #20 of the 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge. oh dang dang dang ... my finger slipped on the keyboard and I lost my blog post! Yikes! and it wasn't just any old blogpost. It was the challenge for today - to identify your stressors and map out ways to deal with them. Rats. I don't even remember the title I picked! I'm sure it was brilliantly witty. <BR> <BR> I sure wish I knew which hot key sends a webpage off into outerspace. <BR> <BR> Hmm. This will be hard to do because I just got out from under two stressful projects that Had To Be... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:09:11 EST Day #18 of my 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge And the challenge is two-fold: <BR> <BR> Be sure to get enough rest <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> Blog about my exercise routine - which I am happy to talk about. Heart my exercise routine. In an ideal week I get some sort of cardio every day with 3 or 4 of them being strenuous workouts. Where I have been behind has been in the area of strength training, after an injury sidelined me for over a year. (remember - 63 - heal slower) <BR> <BR> So here's a typical week <BR> <BR> Sunday - 2-6 mile wa... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:52:53 EST Opening the Crypt .. er .. Refrigerator - with TheBrains So. <BR> <BR> A bit of back story <BR> <BR> Long long ago in a galaxy far away I lived for 6 years in a house without electricity. do not pity me. It was my choice and as fun as could be and I got to live out my Little House In The Big Woods fantasy. And did I ever learn a thing or two about managing, money, food, and what you need to survive. (I breezed through the Y2K hysteria) I brought my water up from a well in a bucket, cooked on a wood stove and read by kerosene lamp. And I had SO MU... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:29:46 EST Day #15 of my 30 Day Plateau Busting Challenge Today is the half way mark of this challenge and I'm pleased to see that it is working. The scale is moving down from a shocking high on the 2nd of November. Our challenge today is to look back over the past 2 weeks - see what's different - see what else you can do - and then go pick a motivational quote to share. <BR> <BR> I did that - at least I went through every one of those quotes and there were about 250 of 'em! None of them really floated my boat very high but I did like this one: <... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:09:13 EST It's Reward Time My efforts last week were successful. I lost the weird weight that spiked the scale so high plus .6 of a lb of what I know was plain old fat weight. According to the plan TheBrains came up with I should be giving myself a reward today. Ah. I hear TheBrains talking now and I believe it's worth a listen in. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <em>18</em> Oooo. Lookie lookie! It's been a week and we did everything on that plan! Time for a reward <BR> <em>43</em> Hmmm. yes. You do realize we have to ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:13:18 EST TheBrains and I have a Little Chat <em>58</em> Okay, you two. Gather round. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Huh? <BR> <em>18</em> UhOh <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> I think we should have a little talk. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> About what? <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> About Miss Wiltshire. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> EEEEw <BR> <em>43</em> I'm not interested <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Come on now. don't you think it's time we put down our anger about Miss Wiltshire? <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> I'm not angry <BR> <em>18</em> I am. At least... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 08:10:15 EST Day #6 of that 30-Day Plateau Busting challenge That's today - and we're supposed to reevaluate our caloric needs. Well - I did THAT before I even started ... because I already know the ropes. I've got 53 years of dieting under my belt. Or weight watching or calorie counting or whatever you want to call it. Even though there have been many times in my life when I was at a healthy weight - I can't remember feeling nonchalant about living at my happy weight any time after 10. <BR> <BR> I come from a soft squishy candy eating family and I ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 06:56:02 EST Day 5 of my 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge And I am still home sick. Ugh. I'm a Teeee tiny bit better but still cold-ey and snotty and cough-ey and sleepy and thinking about a nap sometime around 10 a.m. <BR> <BR> So guess what the challenge is. Yeah. Exercise. but it's switch it up exercise - do something you don't usually do and I am first and foremost a cardio girl and then a strength girl and last of all, I'm a stretch girl ... because hey - hyper-flexible. But I know that yoga is ... it's more than a body thing - it's a mind t... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 07:51:11 EST TheBrains and I Make ThePlan TheBrains were really out in full force yesterday. After I logged out of the computer they kept chattering at me about how to shed this weight. Each of them brought gifts to the table and eventually we worked out a plan for getting back to our happy weight. I thought I'd share our 3-way conversation with you. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <em>58</em> Okay guys. I have a suggestion or two I want to run by you to see how you like it. After all - I want BOTH of you to cooperate with this. <BR> ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:33:02 EST Day #3 of my 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge (and TheBrains, on kindness) So. I loved that skinny jean challenge and I'm gong to do it again but .. alas. I did NOT get skinny on it. this is not the challenge's fault. It was mine. For eating mindlessly, too often, constantly saying "this doesn't count. this won't matter. This is not enough to make me fatter". Alas. I said it so often that yesterday I was whacked upside the head at the doctors and saw a whopping 8.6 lb gain. <BR> <BR> I am at a weight I haven't seen since 2012. Almost 3 years ago. And then it was a ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 06:06:06 EST Lessons Learned from that 30-day Challenge Who knew? Who knew a 30 day challenge would be so much fun. Who knew I would learn so much. Who knew I would be so glad about it I'd join another spark people challenge right away. <BR> <BR> Well. I bet they knew. LOL. So what did I learn while I was having so much fun? <BR> <BR> First - all routines get stale after a while - even beloved ones. Trying something new, no matter how unskillfully, is SO inspiring. I loved getting new workouts to do and I loved it that so many of them took 15 mi... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 08:18:28 EST Day #30 of my 30 Day Skinny Jean Challenge and it's over And it was yesterday and the challenge was that I was to write down 3 things I liked about my body that had nothing to do with looks. And while it was beyond way too busy to write anything down (all I did yesterday was log in and change my status) I did ponder what I would write down today. The 3 things I thought of were: <BR> <BR> I love my strong legs that carry me so far - up and down hills, up and down steps, on to the dance floor, out into the world, up into bed. I was in the store the ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 06:59:45 EST Day #27 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge Hmm. So. Today is going to be tough. To start with I slept late. No. To begin with I had a very late night at work - didn't leave till 9 o'clock so that made it an 11 hour day. so then I overslept (after all, I was still doing squats while I brushed my teeth - to catch up with Day #25) BTW, I <em>26</em> squats and have strong thighs and didn't notice the effort till the last 2 sets and yes yes yes I will be doing More Squats From Now On only holding weights. <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:18:56 EST Day #26 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge I'm much better today - thank you all for sending me healing wishes - I am positive they did the trick. I got extra sleep, extra water, and I did the day #25 ab routine as well. Today I'll do yesterday's routine and today's routine, since one of them is to fix a fast healthy meal at home - and I do that twice a day anyway. I thought about just doing yesterday's routine because TOMORROW I'm supposed to get in 45 minutes of cardio. Now - Tuesdays are difficult days for me to get in any cardio a... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:47:19 EST Day #25 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge And this is a surprise - <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> There were some sickies at the convention last week, though I didn't snuggle up to any of them, but I've been feeling waves of nausea and fever ache since yesterday around noon. I spent the afternoon indulging in my go-to routine for warding off illness - Hot Bath, Sleep, Water. Sleep. Water. <BR> <BR> I feel a little better today but not 100%. And no. I didn't do the ab routine for day #24. I'm not sure how I want to handle missed days. ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:58:16 EST Day #21 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge It's convention time in my world and I have 3 days of sit still and listen meetings in a downtown part of TheCity with a hotel room to sleep in. It does have a fitness room and I can get in 20 minutes of HIIT on a stationary bike or treadmill at some point each of these days. But that's going to be about it. Today I can do the 10 minutes of lower body strengthening before I leave - if I get up off the computer NOW. The next two days though, are going to be a challenge. I'm thinking of swappin... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:07:58 EST Day #20 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge It's no secret - I have loved this challenge and now that I am nearing the end I'm wondering .... what I'll do next. Having a new idea tossed in my lap every day - something to try that's different but not daunting - has been: <BR> <BR> Fun <BR> Inspiring <BR> Exciting <BR> Laughter inducing <BR> Pride inducing <BR> A little like a holiday <BR> <BR> And I don't want it to end. I could certainly do the skinny jean challenge again. I could ramp up the workouts that were hard - do them twice ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:46:10 EST Day #20 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge It's no secret - I have loved this challenge and now that I am nearing the end I'm wondering .... what I'll do next. Having a new idea tossed in my lap every day - something to try that's different but not daunting - has been: <BR> <BR> Fun <BR> Inspiring <BR> Exciting <BR> Laughter inducing <BR> Pride inducing <BR> A little like a holiday <BR> <BR> And I don't want it to end. I could certainly do the skinny jean challenge again. I could ramp up the workouts that were hard - do them twice ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:46:10 EST Day #19 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge No doubt bout it - this has been a fun challenge but a big part of that has been that for almost 3 weeks there's been nothing out of the ordinary going on in my life. The daily routine has been fixed and stable. And the challenges have been choices that only involved me and my schedule. <BR> <BR> Today we are challenged to plan a fitness activity with a friend or friends. Now - my bff is as serious about fitness as I am so I can probably get her to take a walk with me this afternoon. If not... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:43:57 EST Day #18 of My 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge Uh Oh. I just looked at my calendar and I am going to be in meetings all day long from Wed through Friday. And sharing a room with someone at night. <BR> <BR> Whew. Just checked. They do have a gym - so I'm good. But it will mean packing gym clothes and waking early. I think I'll see if my colleague wants to swim ... she's a good sport. I've also looked ahead at the challenges and I just may swap the 24 day's challenge for one of my long meeting days - it's to just try to find good substitu... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:24:51 EST Day #17 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge Yesterday we were challenged to eat soup before dinner and that determined where we went out to celebrate our anniversary - Chinese. And it's true - I was not very hungry for my main dish - much of which I brought home for Himself to indulge in. But it was Chinese you know - sauce on veggies and shrimp. If they use msg in their cooking, I can't taste it so they use a light touch. It was nice. <BR> <BR> There was also a beautiful autumn walk out to and around my enchanted forest - where all ... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:02:37 EST Day #16 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I did it. I told my staff I was not to be interrupted for the next 10 minutes, closed (and locked) my office door, pushed my chair away from my desk and clicked on the 8 minute cardio video - and did it! <BR> <BR> LOL - what a hoot. I'd dressed in comfortable slacks and flat shoes with straps. I took off my sweater. It already gets hot in my office - bad duct work - but the routine takes only 8 minutes. and I did keep nervously feeling like any moment now someone w... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:56:35 EST Day #15 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge So yesterday we did the same lower body strengthening routine that we did on Day #1. We were asked if it was easier to do than it was the first time and it was. Or rather - I realized how to do it better and harder and longer than the first time through. And even as I was doing those exercises I could tell that when I wobbled my form was off and and corrected it. That means there will come a time when I can do a full minute of each exercise in perfect form. That is something to look forward t... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 06:49:32 EST Day #14 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge And there was weight loss. Not, I am sure from exercising, but from portion control - and perhaps a little from staying as active as I possibly can. The truth is - I know I am working on some very deep underused muscles because the belly rim is ... not even tender, but I can feel it. I can identify where those muscles are. I think the pilates type workouts are the ones that are making the most difference - and I'm not surprised. That's exactly what they target - the deep underlying muscles. ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 06:43:50 EST Day #13 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge This will be a tough day for me - 3 long meetings in a row - and an evening meeting too! This very rarely happens so I am not feeling oppressed by them. I'll just have to figure I won't get in my 30 minutes of cardio today. I've been so active this past week, though, that I'm not going to beat myself up about it. And I woke so durn early this a.m. I'll have time for a little walk with the pups before work. <BR> <BR> With such a packed schedule, it's nice that today's challenge is to sneak i... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:44:07 EST Day #10 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge Normally I'm a big fan of pre-tracking. Once I've said I'll do something, I usually do it. But with this challenge I decided to "Claim" my points only after I've earned them. When I am deciding what I'm going to do I can sense if a day is going to be too tough for any added exercises or moves and plan my day accordingly. With this challenge I've "given over" my daily exercise routine to someone else. I studied that monthly schedule a long time before I clicked the button to join. But one ne... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:01:14 EST Day #9 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge So yesterday's challenge was to snack smartly and get in 30 minutes of cardio. I know that cardio really means get your heart rate up and I am sure I felt it beating now and then as I climbed the hills of Maymont Park yesterday. Was it sustained for 30 minutes? probably not but I got in about 3 hours of walking altogether and that is good enough for me. <BR> <BR> I'm not really a bad snacker, most of the time. so long as I can stay away from the Cheetos - and I never went near a Cheetos sto... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 06:46:52 EST Day #8 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge You might call today a "rest" day though we're still advised to get in 30 minutes of cardio. I've been humping it hard this week and plan to get in another HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) session on my - na nanna boo boo - day off - tomorrow. so my 30 minutes of cardio are going to be steps - shopping steps - since I'm off to the city to visit with sister and to find some new sheets. And to just look. So that makes 2 days off. And October 12 is a day off. Oooooo. this is fun. <BR> ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:29:04 EST Day #7 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge TheBrains want me to tell you that they loved the day #6 challenge <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> We really do! <BR> <BR> ahem - a 10 minute kickboxing cardio fat blaster ... or something like that - it was all knee lifts and kicking and punching ...which I did with great care because - you know - rotator cuff. Here's a link to the video: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=55 </link> <BR> <BR> Best of all, I figured out how to prop the computer monit... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 07:14:28 EST Day #6 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Chalenge - ooops TheBrains Chime In So Monday's are gym days. I only miss the gym if there is a bonafide reason - sick or jury duty or something like that. But it is also the day before my official Weight Watcher's weigh-in - so I seldom do strength training because the day AFTER S.T. my whole body puffs up a little. Not a lot - it's not like dining on msg for a week, but it will add a pound and sometimes 2 pounds. Since weight loss when you're 2 pounds from your happy weight is glacially slow, a pound or two of water weight ca... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 07:48:42 EST Day #5 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge Whoa - here it is Monday already - and I peeked into what's in store for today. <BR> <BR> ABS. <BR> <BR> Pilates moves for abs. <BR> <BR> I read about Pilates years ago - as in the '90's - and bought a book of Pilates exercises. I never tried them - though I did read the book. Truth? They sounded too hard. Fast forward 20+ years and I still think they sound hard but I suspect they are also exactly what I need. I do have back issues. I've learned a LOT of coping strategies over the years b... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 07:04:40 EST Day #4 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge This morning I did the 6 minute lower body workout with Coach Nicole. I don't have a good place to watch computer video clips AND workout in this house so I had to move some furniture to make this one happen. (a little more strength training?) and I also had to block off the dogs who wanted very much to help me. this workout was lunges and squats that incorporated leg lifts in them. You have the option to do this routine 3 times but this cramped corner was not much fun to workout in. What I m... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 08:00:44 EST Day #3 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge Today's challenge is to fill your plate with filling foods - fiber rich, water dense, protein packed foods. I already do this pretty well - but to celebrate the deliberateness of this challenge I am going to fix a green drink for ... not breakfast, but for lunch. You probably know this as a green smoothie - but in our house it's called green drink and it carries with it a special memory of my mother ruining Christmas for us one year by serving up her hideous version of blended kale, collards... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 07:10:16 EST Day's 1 and 2 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge It’s Day #2 of my 30-day Skinny Jeans Challenge and right now I am 2 for 2 and feelin’ proud. <BR> <BR> But first let me tell you about Day #1 – in fact, first let me blabber about why I took up this challenge. <BR> <BR> There’s nothing like a change in the season to spark inspiration and a desire for Something New. I’d been looking at the Challenge Center here on Sparkpeople and wondering if I wanted to make a commitment. I don’t want to sign up for a challenge if I’m not ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 14:52:23 EST BIRTHDAY MONTH <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well. It's September. It's birthday month. Time to celebrate for 30 days. This is good. This even makes me happy. This is a happy making, good thing even if I am coming across a little subdued. So many many good things happen in September - ordinary scheduled good things like oh - back to school - which for this gal was always something to revel in, with its new notebooks (yes. I have one) a... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:14:24 EST Where Did The Blog Go? TheBrains Butt In! Oh la - here it is almost September and I haven't blogged in a month! and that last blog was just sop to clean up after the grief spill of June. Of course, admission of grief doesn't make it suddenly disappear. Like any other overwhelming human condition - weight issues, alcohol addiction - the acknowledgement of something is just that first step. You still gotta take those fortylevendyhundred next ones. And while a year is just a human construct, as I close in on the anniversary of Mama's... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:16:12 EST Almost All Fixed All Fixed, Mommy was my toddler son's stock phrase for a number of emotional states. Depending on the situation it could mean "I'm done", "Help me", or "Get Me Outta Here!" Now and then it was said from a base of terror but far more frequently it came as an upbeat little chirp from a little boy who was ready to move on. In this world, you mostly want to be "All Fixed" and I am almost there. <BR> <BR> When I last posted I was wallowing in the blues and I believe there was Cappuccino Crunch i... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:56:45 EST Grieving Still I saw it coming - or rather - in hindsight I see when it started coming. First I stopped making things. That should be - from now on will be - a harbinger of TheBlackCloudOfGrief. With half my brains in my fingertips, whenever they don't have anything to do - whenever I don't want to do anything manipulatively creative, I need to take a look inside and see what's bugging me - and maybe see if I can treat the sadness by being kind to myself. <BR> <BR> Sometime in the spring I put down the s... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:42:44 EST A PRAYER <img src=""> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:57:33 EST TheBrains Cope with Frustration - and Hope I hear TheBrains whispering. Let's eavesdrop. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Look. did you see it? <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Hmmm. Yes. Looks good. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Yeah, but it makes me nervous. Excited, but nervous. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> I understand. We've seen drops like this before only to be disappointed on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Yeah but .. lordy - is that scale exactly at our happy weight? I mean - it hasn't been there for .. forever! <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 17 May 2015 08:50:54 EST Missing Mama on Mother's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last Monday I had another of those heart clutching moments that turned my expression sour - as I realized I won't get to celebrate Mother's Day with Mama this year. It's funny how this whole process of grieving for Mama is so full of grouchy anger. You'd think I'd be sad. Instead I'm ticked off at TheUniverse-and-TheWayThingsAre. Grrrrr. Fortunately, God has broad shoulders and He understands that we all grieve i... Sun, 10 May 2015 08:41:03 EST She's Launched! <link><BR>vED24Eg </link> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was one of those crystal blue persuasion days and as I came back into the office from the mailbox it struck me - I will be werk werk werkin' so hard this month it might pass me by and I'll never have spent an afternoon outside. With 190 hours of vacation saved up (werk werk werk, that's all I do <em>20</em> ) I suddenly decided to Play Hooky. I knew we were covered, btw, and I had nothing pressing on my ... Sat, 9 May 2015 09:14:13 EST Beck Diet Solution - How I Plan to Use It Here it is, May already, and somebody is NOT at her happy weight. She's been close ... less than a pound away ... but she is not there and she's still forking out potential retail therapy dollars to Weight Watchers all because she won't skip a few bites of cheese, dishes of ice cream, or take home meals. <BR> <BR> This is not acceptable. <BR> <BR> So what is she going to do about it? She being me, of course and please forgive me for slipping into third person - bad habit. I suspect it's a... Tue, 5 May 2015 07:07:48 EST TheBrains Fulfill a Promise <em>18</em> Psst. Hey. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Yes? <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> I thought she was going to post about that camera. Didn't she promise? <BR> <em>43</em> Yes. She did. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Well. Well? <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Well, I think she has been too busy. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Huh. Not any busier than us. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Than we <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Pbbbtth Not interested in a grammar lesson, you conjunctionist. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> (gri... Sun, 3 May 2015 08:43:35 EST After 100 Days - A Subjective Assessment One hundred days ago, in an effort to get back into the work mode after a 2 week vacation, I wrote down a list of 4 things I wanted to do every day. Here's the list: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> 2. Walk the dogs - indoors on rainy days I can dance with them <BR> 3. Get up from my desk every hour and stay up for 10 minutes. On Weekends just plain get up every hour. <BR> 4. Write down what I have faith in for just this one day. <BR> <BR> Each day I updated my status with a c... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:28:34 EST Missing Mama in the Springtime On Easter Sunday we drove to the city to spend it with precious cousins. The day was beautiful, the temperature just right, and the winding drive through Virginia back roads was long enough that once we were into the second hour, Mr and Mrs Chatty ran out of things to say. This might not have happened had we not just taken a somewhat shorter drive down these same back roads the day before, but once we were nestled in the car cocoon of silence, the tiny emotional crack in my heart had a chanc... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:37:51 EST Got the Low Down Blues <link><BR>_EZugEY </link> <BR> <BR> At least, I had them this week - those mean old misr'y lovin' low down blues. And I got to thinking about them - about where they come from - not the sadness blues that come when your Mama dies or the sickness blues that come when you're in bed with the flu, but the mean old misr'y lovin' blues that just come when there are way too many happy things in your life but something made you think of the one thing you real... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:38:15 EST