CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow, these weeks are just flying by. Did you know Tuesday is the last day of February? This is the 3rd week in a row of a "Happy Friday" blog. Which I didn’t get finished last night, so this is “Happy Saturday”. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I shared in Jan that we have pink trees here. How different fro... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:32:47 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Information on Presidents' Day, which has dif names in dif states: <link><BR>ton%27s_Birthday </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my last blog I said I predicted, based on her rudeness, rent payments, & stealing, that my housemate wouldn't last until June. I predi... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:43:59 EST Monday Feb 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The roses are in honor of St. Valentine. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> New strategy for leg injury: I've decided to try to get a doctor's note release to go back to work from the free health clinic this Thu, means I'll have to go there Tue / Wed for paperwork, and Thu to be seen. I will play it by ear wheth... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:52:20 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We don't have any snow here, but I love these deer pix. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Landlord returned, is not happy with housemate. If they had gotten back even ONE DAY later, the gas would have been turned off, and a deposit and reconnection fee required in addition to the overdue bill being paid, to turn... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:52:08 EST Day of Reckoning, Door Knobs, & Potatoes Well, the landlord is coming back early from her trip, solely because of all the BS going on in the house. She doesn't know anything about the missing cleaners & used-up dish soap (so petty, so bizarre; seems weird to even have to explain it to the landlord - sigh.) (See previous blog.) I am sure one of the reasons she is back early is because she will want to collect the non-existent rent from my housemate that is due (see previous blog), the plan was to use that money due from the housem... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:38:11 EST Jan 25, Wednesday Monday I went to a worker’s comp doc for my leg, was forced to. I was hoping for a better medical experience, but they were idiots, I won’t be back, and this morning I gave a courtesy call to cancel my Friday apptmt. <BR> <BR> Later today I was informed I won’t be allowed back to work until cleared by a doc. They did everything short of threatening bodily injury to get me to go back to the people I cancelled. Extremely medically evil. <BR> <BR> I wrote a two weeks notice letter and e... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:55:42 EST Snowbound Sat, Jan 7, 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well in NC they don't have real winter, so they can't deal with snow when they actually get some. For example, when it snows like it did last night and today, do they plow? No, because local govts don't invest their limited budgets into purchasing snow removal equipment; since it's not needed 99% of the time, it would be fiscally unethical to do so. Sometimes a town depending on it's size... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:41:59 EST 12th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sad that it's the last day of Christmas. <BR> <BR> But, EVERY day, we have Emmanuel, God With Us. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Epiphany - the camels are coming! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So far, did not get a 2nd job this week. Made progress looking and in apps, and I knew, obviously, if I got something it wo... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:01:12 EST New Years Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One week in the new rented room sitch. On the one hand, I would like to get a second job and be able to afford to stay in the room. My leg is getting better. It's a really nice house. Really good neighborhood. Really nice landlord. <BR> <BR> But you know there ALWAYS has to be at least ONE fly in the ointment. One of the bedrooms is rented out to a woman from the Soup Kitchen I know,... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:58:08 EST Christmas Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh what a week. <BR> <BR> Worked at the piddly job and was never asked to leave b/c of the not-dr's orders. So thanks be to God for that. <BR> <BR> The leg is improving very slowly - much too slowly, which is concerning me. That's normal for this leg because of the past injuries, but, it still could turn serious since it's not getting well fast at all. The Neosporin tube says don't use... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 22:29:11 EST Novel: Leg Story, Cont'd <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who's going to a Solstice party tonight? Sounds fun. Not me, tho. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Did you know Christmas Eve is the beginning of Hannukah this year? Jesus celebrated Hannukah. <BR> 2016: December 24-January 1 <BR> Here is lots of good info: <BR> <link><BR>icle_... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:36:23 EST Wed Dec 14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I've been in survival mode. In Nov I poked my leg on an industrial metal plate cover, a cover for an electrical outlet, at work. <BR> <BR> This summer myself, the asst mgr Mary, and another coworker all bonged our legs on it. They had broken skin; I did not. All of our holes in our legs are in the exact same place. Mine wept a little and was very tender and about 3 months later, ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:34:10 EST Animals Enjoying Autumn We have some fiery red maples here. For the first time this year, I noticed there seem to be two sets of them. They look alike, I don't know what the difference is. The "normal" ones were beautiful and lost their leaves weeks ago. Bright red and bright scarlet; beautiful. Then we have now what looks like the same thing, but, they are still beautiful and only now are starting to drop their leaves. Both sets are young trees. I am thinking of tulips; you know how there are early blooming a... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:20:48 EST Peaceful Swans for the Sabbath <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday & Thursday I had off at the grocery store. I declined to come in to work for a 3-4 hour shift on Thanksgiving Day - they were asking for volunteers - told them if they'd give me 10hrs, and those in ADDITION TO the ones I was already scheduled, not instead of, then I'd do it. No. So that's what I said, too. No. <BR> <BR> They wanted me to do them a favor by coming in on the h... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:17:38 EST Thanksgiving Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry I have not blogged. I have been working the piddly job and fighting off being sick, successfully so far YAY, with SinuFix, & have been very tired. <BR> <BR> If it's to gain renewed stamina alone, I have to get healthy again. I am tired of being exhausted all the time, and drink and eat things I shouldn't when I am exhausted, in order to get enough energy to go thru the day. <BR> <B... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:56:20 EST Abundant Autumn - Golden Splendor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With this evil, repulsive, disgusting, election cycle that has been like no other ever, I have made a decision to intensely focus on the beauty of Autumn. Before it's gone. <BR> <BR> Will I vote? Yes. I am thankful for the countless lives sacrificed to make this country free from England, & for the lives that have kept it free since, and for all the Suffragettes' lives who unselfishly gr... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:59:52 EST 12 Free Thanksgiving Printables <link><BR>g-printables/ </link> Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:38:10 EST Happy Halloween <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I worked today, but in my private life, I celebrate All Saints Eve, remembering and honoring martyrs of the Christian faith. Nevertheless, even if you don't celebrate Halloween, find something good in it and redeem the day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Speaking of something good, did you know stores donat... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:25:43 EST So Happy to be Home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I slept 12 hours last night in a QT parking lot in SC, & it was the best rest I've had in 3 weeks. Really thankful for the rest. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have an idea that could make me a millionaire, LOL. Portable contraption that fits in car or in suitcase, to take to hotels, to lay on top of the m... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:59:35 EST Week 2 - What a Week, AGAIN 10/9 Sunday's steps: 10,402 shorter shift <BR> 10/10 Monday's steps: 14,709 <BR> 10/11 Tuesdays' steps: 12,710 <BR> 10/12 Wednesday's steps: 16,570 <BR> 10/13 Thursday's steps: 15,827 <BR> 10/14 Friday's steps: 12,113 <BR> 10/15 Saturday's steps: 14,533 <BR> <BR> I signed on for a 3rd week in the SC grocery store. Schedules are made on Mon and Tue per co policy, & posted on Wed. At the beginning of this week, they didn't ask, and I didn't bring up, staying a 3rd week. I am wayyyyy bey... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:26:03 EST What a Week 10/1 Saturday's steps: 2,810 off work <BR> 10/2 Sunday's steps: 4,421 off work <BR> 10/3 Monday's steps: 11,289 <BR> 10/4 Tuesday's steps: 12,587 <BR> 10/5 Wednesday's steps: 12,736 <BR> 10/6 Thursday's steps: 14,317 <BR> 10/7 Friday's steps: 15,121 <BR> 10/8 Saturday's steps: 14,921 <BR> 10/9 Sunday's steps: 10,402 shorter shift <BR> 10/10 Monday's steps: 14,709 <BR> 10/11 Tuesdays' steps: 12,710 <BR> 10/12 Wednesday's steps: 16,570 <BR> 10/13 Thursday's steps: 15,827 <BR>... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 00:41:08 EST Sun Night & Mon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Warning: Roller coaster of very good & very bad. <BR> <BR> First night in hotel was last night . . . <BR> <BR> I stayed up the previous night except for 3 hrs sleep, because it took me that long, it took me all night from 11p Sun night to 5a Mon morn, to empty my car into ministorage. I AM A HOARDER. <BR> <BR> From now on, will work on minimalism and work on getting rid of 90% of w... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:15:36 EST Welcome Walktober <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a good September. Do you have any October health goals? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week Kmart had really good sales. They have periodically throughout the year, buy-one-get-one 50% off on shoes - everything except clearance shoes. <BR> <BR> That's better than paying full price... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 18:36:39 EST Plant More Weeds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's time for a Butterfly Blog. My way of celebrating Labor Day. <BR> <BR> Plant more weeds, or, at least please let them grow in a weed garden. That's right. Those tall, scratchy, thorny, barbed weeds called thistles. The milkweed plants whose pods look like something from Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie. Clover in your grass? NO don't kill the clover!!!! Dandelions on your l... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:43:59 EST 50 Ways to Start Fresh for Fall Quote for September: <BR> <BR> "Exercise integrity in the moment of choice. Quality of life depends upon what happens in the space between stimulus and response." -- Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> During lectures, Dr. Covey would speak at length about the "space" between stimulus and response. He would say, "There is . . . a *Space* . . . ", and said the word, "space", slowly, lingering over the word, with a pause after, and speaking it as if it had a capital S. "There is a Space - between stimu... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:12:37 EST Making a Motivation List I've had a rough month. <BR> <BR> Actually, I've had a rough summer. <BR> <BR> And truth be told, I've really had a rough last eight years. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I'm not alone. <BR> <BR> Sometimes life is like that, right? <BR> <BR> Moreover, many have had it tougher than I. <BR> <BR> During the bad, God has blessed me with many blessings for which I am grateful. <BR> <BR> But ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:59:14 EST The 8 Best Habits to Ensure Lasting Weight-Loss Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> We talk a lot about giving up bad habits & starting good ones, but which ones are the most important? Which will have maximum impact on your life? <BR> <BR> Here, we've rounded up eight habits we believe to be the most powerful you can adopt, gleaned from the survey we did of our "success stories." These are the essential and proven trut... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:37:15 EST 7 Signs You'll Fail At Losing Weight 7 Signs You'll Fail At Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> That headline got your attention, didn't it? Not to worry, SparkPeople hasn't changed our attitude about healthy living and weight loss. But what we have done, for the first time ever, is compile and publish the very best advice, tips and tricks from our "Success Stories"--more than 100 member... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:32:38 EST Still Struggling with August Goals It is too hot, I'm not getting enough sleep, I am exhausted, & job has gone to crap, from bad to worse. I am thinking of my current job in the past tense, now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found these words I'd written on SP, darn it: <BR> <BR> DISCIPLINE <BR> Have you picked a Lifestyle Change to work on, are trying to make it a habit, have reduced it down to baby steps; yet you are still having issues?... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:44:48 EST For Those We Miss <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is dedicated to the memory of those who've gone Home ahead of us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And dedicated to comforting the persons around us who are grieving. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And to comforting ourselv... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:26:07 EST Struggling with August Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This person who is a stranger resembles me slightly, much younger and prettier tho; and her before and after pix are more motivating to me than the avatar above; and the 300lb pic of her looks very similar to me. These pix are for the purpose of reminding myself what it is I REALLY w... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 19:02:33 EST July 31st - Live Long & Prosper <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tuesday nights are reduced movie ticket night in my town. I went and saw Star Trek. It was good &I was glad I went. But I did think the previous one was much better than this one. <BR> <BR> Hours have been cut at work; I found out I have only 20 hours this week, and today is one of many days I have off this week. <BR> <BR> Many people are quitting, in the deli and also in the grocery ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 01:25:06 EST Cat Lovers; &Picture Your Very Best Fall & Winter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's July 26th. Do you know where your August goals are? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> 2.20 mins <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know one thing for sure. I don't want to be ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:04:52 EST Laptop Reviews & Research I have always bought Dell computers, with one exception of an Acer laptop which I bought under extraordinary circumstances of needing one by the following morning - a purchase I regretted. <BR> <BR> However, I found out things have now significantly changed with Dell; Dell has significant quality issues which used to not be true years ago, hard drive crashes after 2 years; and was surprised to learn HP was rated #1. <BR> <BR> So I searched for "consumer reviews HP laptop", and got these h... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:40:25 EST Tuesday July 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my Friday; it is such a blessing that I have Wed and Thur off this week. I have been exhausted the last four weeks, so I really need two days off in a row. There are some weeks that having only one day off, is insufficient, and I've been having those kind. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am reading... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:57:09 EST June is for Roses And Goodbye, June. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:00:18 EST June Step Log Week 3 Goal Week 3 of June: 500 more steps per day avg <BR> 9091 + 500 = Week 3 Goal of 9,600 steps per day <BR> <BR> WEEK 3 <BR> Sun Jun 12 .......5424 <BR> Mon Jun 13 ....10,132 <BR> Tue Jun 14........6980 <BR> Wed Jun 15 ......8702 <BR> Thu Jun 16 .......2142 <BR> Fri Jun 17 ......12,010 <BR> Sat Jun 18......10,466 <BR> Weekly Total Week 3: 45,856 <BR> Daily Average Week 3: 6551 <BR> Goal Met for Week 3?: NO <BR> <BR> I will have to reassess my commitment. Each week I've walked less, not m... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:07:36 EST Longest Day of the Year, 6-20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's beautiful pictures are brought to you courtesy of US Dept of the Interior's facebook page. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Almost 100% are National Parks. I want to go! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the longe... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:44:55 EST Week 2 of June Step Log This is my new favorite picture: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carol's JUNE STEP LOG <BR> Calculated the old fashioned way by hand, w/o a calculator, so there may be errors. <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> Sun May 29.......9901 <BR> Mon May 30...12,052 <BR> Tue May 31.......9030 <BR> Wed Jun 1......11,188 <BR> Thu Jun 2......... 5876 <BR> Fri Jun 3............8172 <BR> Sat Jun 4........10,320 <BR> Weekly Total Week 1: 66,53... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:14:51 EST June Step Log Week 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carol's JUNE STEP LOG <BR> Calculated the old fashioned way by hand, w/o a calculator, so there may be errors. <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> Sun May 29.......9901 <BR> Mon May 30...12,052 <BR> Tue May 31.......9030 <BR> Wed Jun 1......11,188 <BR> Thu Jun 2......... 5876 <BR> Fri Jun 3............8172 <BR> Sat Jun 4........10,320 <BR> Weekly Total Week 1: 66,539 <BR> Daily Average Week 1: 9501 <BR>... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:22:36 EST Eye Candy Just because . . . they make me happy or I like them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:32:52 EST Even in My Darkest Days I Had Faith it Would Turn Around Steve Harvey article in People magazine, on being homeless. <BR> <BR> "Even in my darkest days, I had faith it would turn around." -- Steve Harvey <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link>,,207<BR>41192,00.html </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2016 12:35:43 EST E-15 -- Should We Use It? I saw E-15 gasoline at the pump. It is quite a bit cheaper per gallon than regular gasoline. <BR> <BR> I studied the info at the pump. The pump sticker said E-15 is safe for 2001 and newer. Which means I could pump it into my 2003 car, instead of regular, & save some $. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought I'd just make sure it's okay, do some research first, before using it. Boy am I glad I did. <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:01:47 EST Goodbye May <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 1st is tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are you ready for June? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm hanging around a few more weeks, but am mentally letting go of SP friendships. Not happy, and I will remember this... Tue, 31 May 2016 14:18:26 EST Psalm 23 Memorial Day Tribute You Tube: Psalm 23 Memorial Day Tribute <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remembering the ones who gave all . . . Fri, 27 May 2016 14:21:41 EST Thursday 5/26 Deleted a bunch more blogs yesterday and today, in preparation for closing my SP account, as a result of the recent SparkPage changes. <BR> <BR> Saw lots of things that stirred lots of memories and beautiful pix and things I had forgotten. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In one blog, talking about the Step Diet & how many steps the Amish walk per day, I said the only person I knew who walks as much as the Am... Thu, 26 May 2016 13:12:37 EST Dave Ramsey Helping Me to Lose Weight Who besides myself has noticed the similarities between living physically healthy with food addictions, & living financially free with budgeting? <BR> <BR> Who has heard about getting in touch with your inner child? You know, that one who throws tantrums? <BR> <BR> Well, Dave has several sayings in regard to sticking to a budget, acting like a grownup in regard to delayed gratification, impulse purchases being no-nos, and stop acting like a spoiled brat, financially. He talks about the t... Wed, 25 May 2016 12:06:11 EST Dave Ramsey Quotes Who besides myself has noticed the similarities between living physically healthy with food addictions, & living financially free with budgeting? <BR> <BR> <BR> If broke people are making fun of your financial plan, you're on track. <BR> - Dave Ramsey, Radio Show, 2007-06-08 <BR> <BR> A big part of being strong financially is that you know where you are weak and take action to make sure you don't fall prey to the weakness. And we ALL are weak. <BR> - Dave Ramsey, Total Money Makeover ... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:03:31 EST Not Liking the New SparkPage Look Here are places I've left feedback on community forums & message boards, in case you want to do the same. If you read my previous blog you know I hate the changes and I especially hate, hate, hate that it looks like Facebook. What is WRONG WITH THEM that they keep making FB-like changes???? And this one is worst of all. For me, probably the final straw on the camel's back. <BR> <BR> Spark Cafe <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=39049316&imboard=1 </lin... Thu, 19 May 2016 12:38:52 EST The New Looks of SparkPages This looks disturbingly like FaceBook. <BR> <BR> I want SparkPeople to look like itself, not a cheap copycat of something else. <BR> <BR> Not at all happy. <BR> <BR> Is there a place we can vote our reaction? A community thread or something? I guess they would have to care about our opinion, first. <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> I just posted on a couple of the community forum threads. Encourage every... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:07:30 EST