BLAYNESGAMMY's SparkPeople Blog BLAYNESGAMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A New Day Starting a new lease on life. <BR> <BR> I am going to FORCE myself to have a positive attitude, no matter how upset I feel about certain people in my life who don't see just how bad they treat people when they're supposed to be one of God's people. <em>39</em> I'm going to move on. I'm going to be stronger than I was before. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> No more... Oh poor me... anymore. No more... She did this, and she did that. Because all that matters is that God sees w... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:29:02 EST Is It Spring Yet? It's been a while since I've blogged. <BR> The good news is that my daughter, Isabel does't have to have brain surgery. It wasn't as bad of a deformity as they thought. :) What's strange though is that she has always had this condition and NO ONE has ever bothered to explain it to me! You see... On the right side of her brain where the port wine stain is, she has no blood or oxygen flow, only on the left side of her brain. Weird, huh? But she's surviving, and doing okay. I had h... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:24:36 EST Please Tell Me That I'm Dreaming.... I seriously... have to be dreaming, because this can't be happening to our family, to my daughter. <BR> About a month ago, my youngest daughter had an MRI because of her medical condition called "Sturge Weber Syndrome". I didn't expect to hear what I heard, when we saw the neurologist in Rochester, MN. She has something called arteriovenous malformation. And a possible small aneurysm in those tangled blood vessels. <em>24</em> <BR> I have been through so many rough times in my life th... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:55:17 EST Walk! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep! My grandson is now walking!! Can you believe it? He'll be a year old on August 16th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:24:28 EST My Bad.... Made it to the district convention last Sunday. :) Felt great! <BR> <BR> I haven't been on here tracking my food for about 2 weeks. Yikes!!! But I've still managed to lose 2 lbs. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My internet will be gone for at least 2 months until I have one of my daughters who will be 18 get it hooked back up. <BR> <BR> ((HUGS)) to you all. <BR> <BR> Hang in there! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:16:46 EST I Love Me! (Yes, I actually typed that) I made it to the Christian meeting last night after 4 years of being away. <em>104</em> I won my battle with my anxiety and panic attacks. <em>224</em> I was strong enough to fight through it, even though I wanted to jump out of the car on the way there. (lol) Fri, 5 Jul 2013 17:21:49 EST Who Is that? Aaron Tippin, That's Who My daughter, Caitlyn and I went and saw Aaron Tippin today. A free concert at the Tractor Pull here in Tomah, Wisconsin. We had such a wonderful time! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:11:55 EST Ready To Just Give Up <em>24</em> <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I rec'd some bad news today during a counseling appointment with my daughter, Marissa, who has ODD, ADHD, and is cognitively disabled. (She'll be 18 in September. ) The counselor gave Marissa a scenario in which to handle a conflict with Isabel, her 9 year old sister, and she failed miserably. The counselor looked at me and said "I would highly recommend that you NOT work out of the home." <em>24</em> I've been searching ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:20:05 EST Good Bye Pounds... I'm DONE With You Jumped on the scale this morning just to check and see where I'm at, and ... I was pleasantly surprised to see that I've lost 3 lbs. <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I am now down from 246 to 230 lbs. I have 60 lbs to go. I've earned the right to go buy New Kids On The Block's new CD. Too bad I don't have the money. haha <BR> <BR> I can def tell that I've lost weight in my gut. It's just as big, as before, when I'd sit. Wish it were all one now! I don't have much patienc... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:49:15 EST Lovin' This Weather But not the mosquitoes!! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My grandson, Blayne with his cousin, Hayley <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day today. In the lower 70's. <BR> <BR> Not much to blog about today Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:55:41 EST Thinking Of A High School Sweetheart Meant to post this yesterday, but didn't get a chance to. <BR> <BR> It's been 29 years since my first love died in a car accident. June 16, 1984. He would've been 19 in August of 1984 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's funny that I still think of him after all these years. I guess once in the heart, always in the heart. He was my high school sweetheart. Just looking at his pictures, brings me to tears. I never thought... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:40:21 EST TMI -- Re: Menstrual Cycle (Men Beware) The last few days, I've had my menstrual cycle. It's lasting longer than normal. Heavier, and more painful. So painful that I can't do much but lay in bed at times and try to sleep the pain off. <BR> <BR> I have sharp pains in my lower right abdomen that spreads down my right leg. Today is the 7th day, and I'm always done by the 5th day. I've been passing blood clots LARGER than a quarter, even today. I've gone into the doctor before about this, and nothing was done. <BR> This ti... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:32:29 EST Mosquitoes Are REALLY Getting On My Nerves HUMPH! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A WP turtle today on the lake. Isn't it cute? Okay, well I think so. LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> The mosquitoes are horrible here!! You can't even go out during the day without getting bit. Need to make some homemade bug repellent. Anyone have any good ones? I hate using chemicals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent more time with my niece, her hubby and the kids. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:56:38 EST Illness Strikes The House Hates having sick kids. <BR> <BR> Isabel came home from her dad's today not feeling well. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> She's feeling much better now. <BR> <BR> Not much to blog. <BR> <BR> Tired. And more tired. Did walk for 30 minutes today. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:13:01 EST Always Appreciate EVERY Day You Have Today was a sad day... As well as shocking. <BR> <BR> My daughters abusive ex step mother's best friend was murdered sometime over the weekend. She is also my daughter's boyfriend's cousin. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> She was allegedly beaten and shot by her boyfriend. <BR> <BR> It makes you realize how important and precious life is. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:27:13 EST Welcome to the world Eric <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A really close friend of mine, Amanda, had her baby today also. He was a month early. Weighed in at 5#1oz and was 19.50 inches long. Isn't he adorable? <BR> <BR> Burned 540 calories today! :) <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:11:10 EST Welcome To The World Vincent <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This little guy weighed in at 4# 6 oz. Not sure on his height yet. He would've been my nephew in law, but my husband and I were divorced a while ago. 13 years to be exact. haha <BR> <BR> He was five days over due, and will have to have surgery to correct his cleft lip. Can't believe how much he looks like his mom. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:55:47 EST June 8th My daughter's new best friend... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walked 2.5 miles today. <BR> <BR> Sorry, short blog today again. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 22:53:50 EST Movie Night Had a great night at "A Movie In The Park" with my girls. :) <BR> <BR> We watched "Magagascar 3", played frisbee, and took a walk around the lake. <BR> <BR> Now? I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekend!! <BR> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 00:04:36 EST Hanging In There This week has been kind of hard for me. My depression is getting the best of me again. And it doesn't help with the weather. It's only in the 50's today and <em>27</em> Makes me totally and completely unmotivated to exercise. <em>198</em> I did walk around Walmart today to pick up a few things. Guess that counts for something. <BR> <BR> Even though I'm down 13 lbs, I just feel like I should be doing better than that. I started this new lifestyle at the end of February, an... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:38:35 EST ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Too tired to post much tonight. Burned over 1200 calories today, and I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> So... Have a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> ((HUGS)) to everyone. <em>220</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 00:26:24 EST Storms Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This time the siren didn't go off. <em>198</em> We had another severe thunderstorm warning, but it didn't get too bad. The photo above was taken on our way back from the bike trail. Burned OVER 600 calories. Not quite my goal, but I have a NASTY blister and sore that I think is infected under my big toe. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be more of the same. Ugh. I hate severe storms.... Thu, 30 May 2013 22:39:38 EST A Family Of Geese During Severe Thunderstorm I took this video last night when we had a severe thunderstorm roll through. It ended up producing a tornado about 50 miles from here. Thu, 30 May 2013 15:07:45 EST Another Pound Gone & New Goals The weight has been slowly coming off, not something dramatic like the first month. Oh well, a pound weight loss is a pound. :) I'm down to 233. Started out at 246. Can't believe I almost weighed 250 lbs. <em>40</em> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> For June, I'm setting new goals. Hopefully this old 47 year old body will agree. I've been having teeth issues with severe pain, with no insurance other than government issued MA, so it's hard to see a dentist. I think that I would've los... Thu, 30 May 2013 07:24:29 EST THREE MONTHS!! YEAH!!! Had my grandson last night, until 1 pm today. He didn't fall asleep until almost 11:30. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Then he woke up at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30, and then... he was wide awake at 5:24. <em>102</em> I felt like a walking zombie this morning. <em>40</em> And I'm still feeling it. Really need to take a nap before my youngest daughter comes home. <BR> <BR> Today marks the third month anniversary since I've stopped drinking soda. I am so very proud of myself... Mon, 27 May 2013 15:21:31 EST Tired. I am tired... tired... and more tired tonight... <em>102</em> <BR> Did I mention I'm tired? haha <BR> <BR> My daughter came over today, before work. I don't get to see her much since she lives out of town. But boy, some of the stories that she told me about the people she runs into at Walmart. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Then my niece and her family came over for a little bit. I gave them some clothes for their daughters as well as some toys. Feels good to give back to my fam... Sun, 26 May 2013 00:52:02 EST I Have NEVER Been SOOOO Angry!!!!! I am beyond myself. Where I live (low income housing), the landlord, the maintenance man and I have gotten into many squabbles over the last 9 years. They have been completely unfair to me, but today... <BR> <BR> I am SO <em>234</em> !!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have had tuilps and day lilies in my back yard for the last 5 years and the lawn care people have NEVER done anything to them. Well... today... They whacked ALL my flowers and left the stinkin' weeds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:57:21 EST Where Have I Been? Long time, no blog. <BR> <BR> So it's been three days since I've blogged. <em>39</em> I've been so busy with my grandson, cleaning and organizing my house, that I haven't had time to post a blog. <BR> <BR> I've been keeping up with my walks every day, except for today. It rained (or should I say DOWNPOURED) all day. Today, I did heavy housework to make up for the no walk day. And I'm more tired today then I am on any other day that I go for my walks. <BR> <BR> My wireless in... Thu, 23 May 2013 00:28:30 EST What is THAT!?!?!? It's a snake!! A garter snake to be exact... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My niece, Cathy, and my daughter, Jennifer, flipped out and started running away. <em>246</em> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to pick it up, but it quickly slithered away into the grass. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today was the first time in about 2 years that my kids... Sun, 19 May 2013 22:19:55 EST May 18th What a day! <BR> <BR> First my computer has been acting up ALL day long. It was running at a snails pace, I finally went to Systems Retore tonight and it's back to normal. Not sure what happened. I'm thinking I picked up Adware or Spyware some place. <BR> <BR> Didn't do any walking until tonight, when I had to meet up with my daughter whom I don't see too often. She works long hours at Walmart as a stocker. SHe walked almost 3.6 miles here in the 86 degree weather heat. <em>198</em> ... Sun, 19 May 2013 00:06:06 EST May 16th (A little late due to issues SP was having yesterday) Hello and GOOD MORNING! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Since Sparkpeople had some issues yesterday, we couldn't log in and do our blogs. So... here is my day from yesterday. <BR> <BR> Caitlyn (One of my twins that does online high school) and I walked almost 3 miles early in the morning. We saw 24 turtles. Most of them young ones. Maybe less than 2 months old? Caitlyn really pushed me to get out, because my knees have been hurting and... I have a blister on the bottom of my big toe. ... Fri, 17 May 2013 08:20:25 EST May 15th A day late... but couldn't post this last night. <BR> My daughter and grandson were at my place until midnight. Her husband was attempting to fix their car. <BR> I was so exhausted last night. Had my grandson from 8:15 until my daughter came at 6, and then helped her care for him while he was here, because she was tired from work. <BR> We spent MOST of the day outside with my grandson to keep him happy. Inside, he didn't like being left in a room alone. <BR> <BR> Here are some photos f... Thu, 16 May 2013 00:39:59 EST Lazy! Lazy! Lazy! And Unmotivated. Ugh! For the last week, I have had barely ANY motivation to get up and get moving. <BR> The scale hasn't budged. My clothes feel loser, but I guess we'll see. <BR> <BR> I bought an MP3 player so I don't have to use my daughters anymore. Plus half the time she comes with me on my walks. <BR> <BR> Anyways... <BR> <BR> Today... <BR> <BR> I burned 774 calories! <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Went for a 3 mile walk this morning using my new MP3 Player with my getting into the gr... Mon, 13 May 2013 20:57:12 EST One Thing That You Should Know About Me.... I absolutely LOVE horses! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Took those photos today during our 2.5 mile walk today. <BR> <BR> <BR> We're seeing more and more dandelions. Which is a sur... Mon, 13 May 2013 00:16:14 EST The Solar Eclipse Not sure how many of you will be able to see this. But this is a video of the Eclipse tonight. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>=542007209184293&set=vb.10000125056988<BR>3&type=2&theater </link> <BR> <BR> It sure was breathtaking. <BR> <BR> Well, I finally got around to getting myself my first reward! Hair dye. Bought a blondish color. <BR> Waiting to dye it until tomorrow though. I'm tired tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> almost 2 miles today wit... Sun, 12 May 2013 00:06:46 EST Need To Just Take The Plunge I'm having depression really hitting me hard in the last couple of days. Having my grandson around really seems to help though. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got some guppies from a friend of mine. They're doing VERY well in their new home. <em>334</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Can't wait to see some babies. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Saw this bird yesterday on the l... Sat, 11 May 2013 00:18:30 EST What A SPARKtacular day Had a great day! <BR> <BR> This morning, Caitlyn and I sat by the lake at a park, and watched two red winged black birds interacting with each other. It was nice to just sit and relax. <BR> <BR> We heard from Caitlyn's online school. Apparently, she doesn't have enough credits to graduate next year. So she'll have to go six months longer than normal. Was going to fight the fact that the school didn't notify us that they needed her homeschooling stuff before she started the online... Wed, 8 May 2013 00:32:34 EST Watermelon... YUM! Good evening everyone! <BR> <BR> Another beautiful day here in West Central Wisconsin. 75 was our high today. <BR> <BR> It felt so good to get on the bike trail again. Walked about 1.75 miles. Saw a few interesting things. haha <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had my fi... Mon, 6 May 2013 22:38:59 EST Perfect love sometimes does not come till the first grandchild <em>311</em> a total of 4 miles today <em>244</em> <em>104</em> But BOY did my knees and my thighs FEEL it! Ow! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Bought LOTS of <em>491</em> <em>291</em> today. Going to try a new turkey burger recipe. <BR> <BR> I found out that I can NO longer drink carbonated drinks. I made the mistake of buying what I THOUGHT was flavored bottled <em>194</em> I took a sip of it and I choked and spit it out. It was carbonated water with flavorin... Sun, 5 May 2013 20:22:03 EST May 5 Preparing a grocery list for tomorrow. Tomorrow is grocery shopping day. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>265</em> <em>210</em> <em>491</em> <em>466</em> <em>53</em> <em>474</em> <em>284</em> <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> Walked a mile today, and then did some weight lifting. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry. Short blog tonight. I'm <em>102</em> Sat, 4 May 2013 23:28:05 EST It's The Weekend I rented 28 Day Bootcamp With Coach Nicole yesterday from the library. <em>363</em> Will take notes since obviously I won't be able to have it longer than a week. I haven't watched it yet, will do that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Tonight is Blue Bloods. My favorite show on television. And no, it's not just because of my crush, Donnie Wahlberg. <em>334</em> It's just a good show in general. <BR> <BR> I had to walk out in the cold and rain today. It was only 36 degrees. <e... Fri, 3 May 2013 21:20:55 EST Blech! I have found that I CANNOT eat hamburger anymore. It makes me so sick and nauseated. I can eat turkey burgers fine. But hamburger. Ugh. I am so sick to my stomach right now. <BR> I had my gall bladder out 3 years ago, so I'm ultra sensitive about what my body will allow me to eat. <BR> <BR> Suffering really bad with depression today and with the weather cold again. (36 degrees today, but at least no snow) <BR> <BR> I've had a headache all afternoon. <em>40</em> Just one of t... Thu, 2 May 2013 19:45:19 EST Can You See A Difference? <BR> <BR> <BR> Top Photo was taken today, the bottom photo back in July of 2012. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> (Sorry for some reason those were small... Here are the photos) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 May 2013 00:53:02 EST Last Day Of April First of all, I'm going to share some photos from today. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's the end of April and the end of the Rise N Shine Challenge. All in all, I've do... Wed, 1 May 2013 00:21:20 EST Really Enjoying This Weather Cannot believe that it's been OVER two months since I've had a soda! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a challenge that was. I won't lie. I miss it. My body still craves it, but after the scare that I had with my sister having the stroke and now the brain swelling.. I'm scared to death of not getting healthier. <BR> <BR> Today was another beautiful day in the 70's. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> My flowers are starting to come ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:35:18 EST April 27th A lot of <em>311</em> today. Walked two miles today. <BR> <BR> Spent some time at a park with my three youngest, and watched my 9 year old play. <BR> <BR> (Tried uploading photos from today, but it keeps saying the files are too large. UGH!) <BR> <BR> Guess I'll try tomorrow? <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:46:38 EST Life Just Seems To Pass By Quickly - ENJOY! I'm realizing that when I get more money I need to shake up my menu. It's getting boring having the same thing all the time. <BR> <BR> Today, I walked almost 2 miles this morning walking to Family Dollar, just to get some exercise. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Then walked another almost 2 miles on the bike trail. <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> The lake that I live straight across from, had a lot of sea gulls on it. <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:39:44 EST Barn Pictures As Promised First of all, here are the pictures of the barns that I promised. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:11:25 EST Almost SIX Miles Today <em>245</em> Short blog today. <BR> <BR> I have a horrible headache tonight, and I'm feeling exhausted. <em>102</em> <em>24</em> I'll post another blog tomorrow telling you and showing you photos of some old barns I took on my 6 mile walk today. <BR> <BR> Until tomorrow.... <em>253</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:35:49 EST Helping My Disabled Daughter How was your day? <BR> <BR> Mine was pretty busy. Getting ready for an IEP meeting tomorrow morning with one of my daughters who will be 18 in September. She is cognitively disabled, so she'll have to stay in high school for a couple of more years just so she can get the whole independent living thing down. <BR> I'll be filing for guardianship of her next month to early June. I hate court rooms, but this is something that has to be done for her. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any ex... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:09:39 EST