CAROLYN0107's SparkPeople Blog CAROLYN0107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sickness then Health! There sure is a lot of sickness going around. Last weekend I had a virus with fever of 102.2 F. My fever lasted three days. I was ok by Tuesday. It sure feels good feeling good again! There are several others who have been sick here in the condo. I'm sure glad that my DH John didn't get it. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. John and I had a date day, eating at Applebees and then going shopping for a kitchen cart, a present for our four month anniversary. <BR> 2. I've lost a pound or two t... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 21:42:59 EST New Job! A year and a half ago I retired from working overseas and was looking for a part time job to supplement my Social Security checks. I did some speaking in churches and small groups which brought in some income. Then John started calling which six months later resulted in our wedding! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Well a couple of weeks ago a hiring manager from one of the jobs I had applied to called me to say they were hiring again. The reason I could not proceed with the applicatio... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:50:13 EST Valentine's Date It seems that I've been getting to Saturday before I blogging. <BR> This week John and I had a fun Valentine's Day. We went out for lunch and to the movies. <BR> <BR> We ate lunch at Olive Garden: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After lunch John and I went to the see a movie. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After the movie we went... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:47:45 EST Soup Supper! On Monday we had a soup supper at our condo building. There were about twenty of us who met downstairs to enjoy four kinds of soup. Yum. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I enjoy living in this condo building of "mature adults". <BR> 2. It was 60 degrees F in Omaha yesterday. So nice after having had snow. <BR> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:37:09 EST Not much to say! It's been a busy week. Today was laundry day, then John and I just took it easy. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I broiled skinless chicken thighs that had chicken wing sauce on them. They tasted pretty good. <BR> 2. I've been walking a lap of hallways each time I go get the mail. A few steps extra are good. <BR> 3. I'm still writing thank you notes for wedding gifts. I'll be SO GLAD when that's done!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for visiting my blog. Sat, 4 Feb 2017 20:57:38 EST Gift Cards! For our wedding John and I received many Gift Cards. Some were to stores like Walmart, Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Others were to restaurants like Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, Village Inn, Cracker Barrel, Chedders, Applebee's, etc. We have had so much fun using our gift cards. <BR> <BR> Wednesday John and I went to Cheesecake Factory. Here is a photo we had taken there. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 18:48:34 EST Physical Exam Month! January is medical exam month for both my husband and me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've both had our annual physical exams but each also have various other tests or procedures. I've had my mammogram and bone scan. Today I get my teeth cleaned. Tomorrow I will have "plugs" put in my tear ducts because of dry eye syndrome. My every five year colonoscopy will not be until early March. <BR> <BR> Today's P... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:30:27 EST Osteopenia (weak bones)! <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> I have had osteopenia (weak bones) for a number of years. I take asthma medicine which helps me breath, but which weakens my bones. It's a tossup. Breath or Weak bones. Oh, well, I choose to breath. <BR> <BR> I had a bone scan yesterday and my osteopenia has worsened in my hip. My bones have strengthened in my lower back. I am being treated for this, and have been. One thing that I have not been following through with... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:39:20 EST January 2017 - PLAN to lose weight! January 2017 finds me heavier than ever, especially after my trip to San Diego. Here's my "before" photo for 2017. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've already lost about four pounds since this photo was taken so my San Diego trip weight gain is gone. Now to continue losing. <BR> <BR> My plan is "fluid". I do not make resolutions. Here are some of my ideas though. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue Sparking. Keeping track ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:15:45 EST Back from California Trip! John and I spent nine days, eight nights in the San Diego, California area. A couple at our church had given us a week in their timeshare as a wedding present (we wed Nov. 6th) so this trip was a continued Honeymoon. The timeshare was great, a complete apartment in a beautiful area near the beach. We spent many days driving up and down the coast. We did not go to any of the many big attractions in the area, but just enjoyed nature. The day before we were to fly we drove back to San Diego and ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:44:35 EST Hi from California! John and I are continuing our Honeymoom at the Pacific Ocean! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. The weather in California is warmer than in Omaha. <BR> 2. We are staying in a lovely timeshare. <BR> 3. We almost made it to 9pm on the 31st but we fell asleep. Oh, well. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 16:00:08 EST Christmas then Leaving for California!! Our Christmas Photo! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> John and I had a good Christmas. We went to a Christmas Eve service on Friday as our church had two services on Friday and three on Saturday. Then on Saturday I fixed a 15 pound turkey. We invited two ladies from the condo building to join us for dinner... and the Packers/Viking football game. Go Packers! <BR> <BR> On Christmas day we went to the 10am Church ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:53:41 EST Cancer and Christmas! My cousin Tim found out he had pancreatic cancer two months ago. He's been in quite a bit of pain but he managed to come to my wedding. Here we are posing on a couch for a photo. Tim just started chemotherapy on Monday. I pray for healing but if he is not healed, I pray that he is comfortable. Tim knows Jesus as his Savior and is ready to go to heaven and meet Jesus if it is "his time". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:44:31 EST Making Progress! I'm not making progress with weight loss as my weight keeps going up and down in the same five pound range..... <BR> <BR> But I'm making progress in thank you notes, Christmas cards, changing my name at companies, etc. I just keep working in it every day. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I'm making progress in doing what I need to do. <BR> 2. When I fell today I did not break a BONE and others were able to help me back up! <BR> 3. I'm enjoying being MARRIED.... now for over five and a h... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:50:46 EST Trying to keep up! I know, I am retired. I should be able to do anything I want to do and get it done. Well, it seems like my schedule is busy and I still do not get things accopmlished that seem to be done. <BR> <BR> Take writing "Thank you notes" for instance. In October there was a bridal shower for me. In November I got married. I still have thank you cards to send to everyone for the gifts that I/we received. <BR> <BR> Then there are "Christmas Cards". John and I had some photo cards made including our... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:22:44 EST One Month Anniversary! <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday John and I celebrated our one month wedding anniversary. He gave me my choice of flowers and I chose a poinsettia plant to go with the season. Other than that we went to the insurance agent to get our car insurance switched to the same agent as the home insurance. We also went to a meal and program for Senior adults at church. <BR> <BR> Today we had a good quality talk about our first month of marriage. We both feel that i... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:50:13 EST MAINTAINING is better than GAINING! I'm not losing much weight but it is coming off slowly. I'm now two pounds UP from my January 2016 weight. My goal now is to be at my January weight or below it by the first of January 2017. I know it's not much of a goal, but MAINTAINING is better than GAINING! <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I'm losing weight slowly. <BR> 2. I will finish putting up Christmas decorations today. <BR> 3. John and I are going out for lunch today, then we will pick up my wedding rings which the jewelers h... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 08:36:39 EST Friends from Africa! It is so nice having my neighbors when I lived in Africa who are now in the States for a few months and who live near me in Omaha. They were able to come to my wedding. Then afterwards they contacted us together before they leave to go back to Africa. <BR> <BR> The family arrived at our condo, we chatted and then they ordered a Chinese home delivery meal. We had a good time together. There was enough leftovers that John and I were able to get another meal out of it the next day. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:22:31 EST Honeymoon Photos - Part 2 (Plus surprise) John and I did a honeymoon in Colorado. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the reasons we went to CO was to attend the official adoption court case for a sixteen year old grandson. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Three nights of our six night trip to Colorado were spent in CO Springs. That is where the adoption was done. It wa... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:44:14 EST Happy Thanksgiving! <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> John and I had Thanksgiving dinner with my stepbrother Bill and my step Mom Eleanor. There were 11 adults and one two year old present. We all ate plenty of turkey and trimmings, including pie and cheese cake. Afterwards we followed tradition and went around the table telling others of things for which we were thankful. I must say, I am most thankful for my husband John! Also for family and friends who ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:24:08 EST Honeymoon Photos - Part 1 John and I married on Sunday November 6th. We are still on our honeymoon in Colorado. We went to the Rocky Mountain National Park for a day. Yesterday we were at the Garden of the God's in Co. Springs. We are also seeing family at each stop. <BR> <BR> Here are a few photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <im... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:11:08 EST Wedding Reception Photos! John and I had a 7:45 AM wedding on Sunday November 6, 2016. Our wedding reception was that afternoon, 2pm to 4pm. Here are a few photos from the Reception. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:38:54 EST Wedding Photos! Sunday November 6th, at 7:45 am John and I married. It was a beautiful day. The chapel was filled with family and friends. Here are some photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 18:52:10 EST I am married since Sunday!! John and I married on Sunday. It was a great day. I have no time to share much now other than that someone steamed our wedding online and over 2200 people have viewed it! <BR> <BR> We went to a hotel for two nights.. are now home for two nights then will continue our honeymoon Thursday with a trip to Colorado. <BR> <BR> Sorry, no time to write more.... nor to post photos. Another blog will follow sometime. <BR> <BR> Positives: <BR> 1. I am married! <BR> 2. The weather was great for that ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:18:22 EST Low Carb meals at Restaurants! John and I will marry Sunday morning so in 2 1/2 days. Yeah! After our wedding we will have two nights in a nice hotel right in our metro area. We'll come home for a couple of nights and then we're going on a week long trip. That means that we'll be eating in a LOT of Restaurants. <BR> <BR> What low carb menu items do you often order at restaurants? Are there restaurants that offer a low carb menu? Which ones. Please give advice in how to stay low carb while traveling. <BR> <BR> Today's Po... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 22:11:36 EST Meal and a Movie! At my bridal shower I received a packet of two gift cards so that John and I would be able to have a DATE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. John and I have been able to have some dates since his arrival on Thursday. <BR> 2. Yesterday we got our Marriage LIcense. <BR> 3. Sunday we will... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 08:59:59 EST Yeah, my Fiance arrived in town! Yeah, John arrived in town yesterday morning! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My fiance flew in from PA yesterday. I showed him my condo and fixed us a lunch. Later we drove to the hotel so he could check in and then went out to Outback Steakhouse for our sixth month anniversary of "telephone dating"! <BR> <BR> Our wedding day is November 6th, still nine days away. We have several things planned this week, espe... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:07:06 EST What do you fix for Low Carb Lunches? What do you fix for Low Carb Lunches? Is there a special kind of low carb bread that you use? I would love to have ideas of what do do for lunch beside eating sandwiches. <BR> Thanks for your help. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. My fiance John arrives in town TOMORROW! <BR> 2. Tomorrow is our 6 month anniversary of PHONE DATING! <BR> 3. John and I will be able to have some actual DATES! <BR> 4. John and I will marry in 11 days!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Again..... because Jo... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:48:41 EST Shopping with Gift Cards! What fun I had at (...) shopping with a pile of gift cards I had received at my bridal shower on Monday. I was able to buy a toaster oven, crock pot, desk lamp, kitchen items, etc. I still have quite a few gift cards. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I had fun shopping and was able to get some items that I had wanted. <BR> 2. John arrives in Omaha in 5 days! <BR> 3. John and I will marry two weeks from tomorrow!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:59:09 EST Bridal Shower! Some of the ladies in my church held a Bridal Shower for me on Monday. I got a lot of good things plus many gift cards so I can buy what I need. Here are a few photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, it ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:51:41 EST Only 22 days before my WEDDING! John and I will get married at 7:45 in the MORNING on November 6th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> John will move to town in 12 days and we are both so excited. We have been doing over 5 months of "phone dating" so it will be fun having some real dates!! <BR> <BR> I still have lots of things to do for the wedding but at least now I have a wedding coordinator who is taking care of many of the church details. <... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:05:09 EST What to do with Non Starchy Veggies! My fiance John eats a low carb diet. I will be doing so as well after our marriage which will be in 26 days! <BR> <BR> What non starchy veggies do you like and how do you prepare them. Please share any recipes that you might have for non starchy veggies. P.S. John can not eat ice Burg lettuce but can eat raw salad fixings. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I like veggies. <BR> 2. I will be glad to be more regulated in eating by needing to fix low carb meals. <BR> 3. Only 26 days until Jo... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:28:22 EST Planning a Wedding! John and I will marry on November 6th. He will come into town on October 27th. I have done much of the planning for my wedding on my own although a friend is doing our reception. It will be a simple, morning wedding in my church's chapel. Now I learn that I can not even get any props for the chapel without going through a Wedding Coordinator. So, I am meeting with one at noon on Wednesday. Just last week someone arranged to have a Bridal shower for me on October 17th. My calendar is filling u... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 12:31:05 EST What to do with FiSH? As in my last blog entry, I am soon to be married to John. He is on a low carb diet. I am looking for new ideas. I know that he likes FISH. What kind of fish do you like to fix? How do you prepare it? What spices do you use? Please share any recipes that I might use. <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> <em>492</em> <em>492</em> <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I made progress in sorting though stuff in order to have John move in with me after our wedding. <BR> 2. I saw my cous... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 23:21:19 EST What to do with CHICKEN? My fiance John eats a low carb diet. That is what I'll be eating as well after we get married ... in 36 days!! We will likely eat a lot of chicken with low carb veggies. <BR> <BR> My questions is: How do you like to fix chicken? Do you have any special recipes that you can share with me? If your recipe is online, please give me to link to it. I'm looking for a variety of healthy ways to fix chicken. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I will be very glad to go an a low carb diet w... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 08:33:44 EST Lazy Day! Well, today I stayed home and I should have worked on lots of projects but.... I just had a lazy day. Tomorrow I'll work on my projects. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I had a lazy day today. <BR> 2. I talked with my finance John on the phone several times. <BR> 3. I have tomorrow free to work on my projects. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:34:06 EST Finally losing weight! I'm down 3 pounds! WooHoo! I've been going up and down and up and down for so long so I have lost these same pounds before but I am glad to be on a downward streak at this time. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I lost three pounds this week. <BR> 2. I am getting lots of sorting and getting rid of in the condo. <BR> 3. Only 43 more days before I get married and 33 days before John moves to Omaha. He'll stay in a hotel until our wedding but we will be able to have some DATES, finally. <BR... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:54:33 EST Plugging Away! I'm plugging away at getting ready for my November 6th Wedding and also plugging away at losing a very little weight. At least my weight is going downward, in the correct direction. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I had a dental cleaning and no cavities were found! <BR> 2. I worked at cleaning up the kitchen! <BR> 3. I sent out more wedding invitations! <BR> <BR> Thanks for those who faithfully check up on me, reading and commenting on my blog entries. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:34:13 EST 50 DAYS UNTIL MY WEDDING! Yes, it is only 50 days until my wedding to John. He'll be coming to town 10 days before the wedding so I really only have 40 days to get ready. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I still have lots to do. This past week though two people have helped my in my condo to rearrange furniture and sort through some things. John and I will be living in Omaha, at least at first. <BR> <BR> I still have half of my wedding in... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 04:30:46 EST Women's Retreat Photo/ Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Stew! Last Friday and Sunday I attended a two day, one night, women's retreat through my church denomination. It was about 150 miles from here, held at a camp. There were 62 of us present. Here is a photo of nine of us who work or have worked overseas. I worked in Africa for forty years. I'm in the red shirt because Saturday was GAME DAY FOR NEBRASKA!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. Today I... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:41:39 EST Leaving for Women's Retreat! I will be driving to Women's Retreat in about two hours. There are two car loads of women going from my church to a camp about 3 hours from Omaha. I have not heard how many other women will be there but we should have fun. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I'm about all packed up and ready for Women's Retreat. <BR> 2. I will be able to show off my diamond ring to many of these women who have prayed while I worked in Africa for forty years. <BR> 3. I lost 0.2 pound this week! It's a Loss s... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:22:56 EST My STAYCATION! A girlfriend and I just took a four day STAYCATION. We visited sites around Omaha. Here are some photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Sep 2016 22:08:27 EST MY WEDDING DRESS CAME!!! I am getting married on November 6th. I've looked for wedding dresses locally but there were none that were modest enough for this 67 year old first time bride. I looked online and ordered one dress but when it came it was not "right" at all. I ordered another dress that I was not sure would fit but I wanted to try anyway. I was told that it would arrive between September 15 and October 3rd. Now that is getting late for ordering another dress. I was praying that it would come close to the Sep... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 12:24:35 EST So much to do! John and I are planning a November wedding. There is so much to do before then! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I am meeting to girlfriends at Panera for bagels this morning. One, Elaine, is the friend who first introduced me to bagels back in the 1960s. Over the years we have often met for bagels and hot tea. <BR> 2. At 1pm I have an appointment at the bank safety deposit room to clo... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:43:07 EST My Brothers and Me + Wedding plans! It was great being with my four brothers during our Family Reunion the first weekend of August. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I'm not losing weight, but I'm not gaining either. I'm hovering! <BR> 2. I talked with my wedding reception planner Linda and she's got it all "under control". It's so nice having someone to help! <BR> 3. John and I are getting married on November 6th.... oh a... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:51:30 EST Fun with Friends! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was so much fun to meet friends at a restaurant yesterday. The family is in the States for a few months, coming from Africa where I lived and worked for forty years. They were my next door neighbors in Africa!! <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. Yesterday I enjoyed being with the friends from Africa! <BR> 2. I have made some progress in getting ready for my November wedding (but I do h... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:26:37 EST Thyroid Biopsy RESULTS! On Monday I had biopsies done on three Thyroid nodules. I got the results yesterday. NO CANCER was found!! Praise the Lord! I do not need other treatment at this time. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I do not have Thyroid Cancer. <BR> 2. I have today "off". Well, I'm retired but I had other plans and now I don't so I will work around the house. <BR> 3. My roses still are beautiful! (see last blog) Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:06:25 EST Brunch and Roses! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went out for a Birthday Brunch with four nurse friends. Then when I got back home I had a dozen roses delivered to me at my house. They were from my fiance John! <BR> <BR> On Monday afternoon I had the biopsy of my thyroid that I wrote about in my last blog. There were eighteen needle pokes done, six into each larger nodule of my goiter. I should get the results back on tomorro... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:16:55 EST My Cousins Reunion and My THYROID! Last weekend I went to my "Cousins Reunion". I was on the committee to plan the reunion. It was so much fun being with family. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After the reunion I slept nine hours! I was exhausted. I had been on the committee for my Nursing School reunion and also for the family reunion two weeks later. I enjoyed both but am so glad that they are both over!! <BR> <BR> Now about my thyroid. I hav... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 07:05:20 EST I am getting MARRIED! On August 4th I drove into Minneapolis and picked up John at the airport. Within the first hour I was ENGAGED to be MARRIED for the first time!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We went to my family reunion where my four brothers were. The plan was for John to ask my four brothers for my hand in marriage but HE COULD NOT WAIT!!! He gave me the ring before he met my brothers. They did not say no though. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:02:26 EST