CAROLYN0107's SparkPeople Blog CAROLYN0107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Nursing School Reunion <img src=""> <BR> <BR> July 23rd was my 46th Nursing School Class of 1970 Reunion. It was GREAT! So much fun seeing others. I had not been to a reunion since my 21st reunion many years ago. <BR> <BR> This week I am going to a Family reunion which will be held in Wisconsin. I am looking forward to being there as well! I will do another blog after that one. <BR> <BR> My thyroid has acted recently so I had a radio... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 04:28:32 EST Nephew in town/ Weightloss/ Reunions Last night my nephew and his family were passing through town on their way to CO. We had dinner together and I had so much fun seeing them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I gained weight in the past few weeks but have been able to take all but two pounds back off. I'm still motivated to lose so that too will come off. My goal for 2016 was to lose 10% of my weight. I went way up in weight and now I am down, one ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 03:48:50 EST Struggling with weight gain! Yesterday I returned from a five night, six day trip to a church in Iowa where I was the Missionary in Resident speaker at their Family Bible School (VBS). There were meetings each evening from 6:30-9pm and I spoke to five different groups the first four evenings and only three groups the last night. I shared things from my years of work in Africa. It was a good week. <BR> <BR> BUT... I had a schedule of meals to eat.... a different place at noon and another for supper for the five days. I a... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:34:42 EST My Fall and trip to the Emergency Room! I wrote the following on facebook last evening: <BR> <BR> Not a pretty site! This afternoon I fell at church. My shoe stuck on the floor and I went flying forward. I saw a table that I tried to use to stop my fall but instead my lip crashed into the side of the table and then I twisted backwards and onto my back on the floor. The EMTs came out after someone called 911 and checked me out. I was fine except for a cut and bleeding lip and a sore rib area. A nurse friend drove me to the Methodis... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 06:32:17 EST I'm still losing weight! I'm so excited to be losing weight, FINALLY. I'm cutting down on carbs, not eliminating them, just cutting down. This has caused to me to go down about 9 pounds over the past month. With the two pounds I was already down, now I'm at an 11 pound loss from my all time HIGH. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will weigh in at TOPS. I'm in a contest to lose every week for four weeks in a row. I've lost three weeks and tomorrow I will show a loss according to my scales. That means ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 05:51:13 EST I am MOTIVATED to lose Weight! Why? This past week I lost 2.4 pounds and the week before I lost 2.2 pounds. These were my losses on the TOPS scale. Yesterday I was the Best Loser for my TOPS club and received the "traveling trophy". <BR> <BR> Why am I motivated? I'm in love!! Over the past 24 days I have received 50 phone calls from a Widower friend of mine. John and I worked in the same country in Africa but he has been gone from there for about 25 years. I last saw him 20 years ago. His wife passed away Jan 31st. Now he's ... Fri, 20 May 2016 07:05:05 EST Sleepy! I am SO sleepy this morning. I got up, fixed breakfast and have been sleeping in the chair off and on ever since. I guess I am recuperating from my trip to Minnesota!! <BR> <BR> Today I have no where to go. YES!!! I plan to fix a pork steak dinner in the crock pot. I guess I'd better get off this recliner! <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I am finally waking up! <BR> 2. I have nowhere to go! <BR> 3. I have all the ingredients I need to fix a crock pot dinner! <BR> <BR> Have a good day!... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:25:51 EST I'm Back! I've not blogged since February but I'm back!! I've had a busy time ... retirement you know can be busy! I just got back from a six day speaking trip to Minnesota so it's good to be HOME. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am also back, ready to LOSE weight! I MUST!! I usually always gain weight while on these speaking trips with all the church meals, cookies, stress snacking, etc. I'm ready to eat healthily. <BR... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 06:30:37 EST Flowers and Exercise! There were so many beautiful flowers that grew where I lived in Africa. Here are a few. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:28:54 EST Snow Days! I traveled from Omaha to the Minneapolis, MN area last week and wanted to go back to Omaha yesterday. It SNOWED and I'm still here. Many of the highways in southern MN are even closed down, blocked with snow. I'm staying in and staying warm. My brother and sister in law are at work. I hope to travel home tomorrow, Thursday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I'm enjoying being with my bro... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:09:37 EST Tired! I was at an all day Seminar at church today. It was very good but I am TIRED! <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. The seminar at church was very good and useful. <BR> 2. I am now home and enjoying my recliner. <BR> 3. The weather in Omaha is chilly but there is no snow! <BR> <BR> I know this blog entry is short but that's all I've got to say right now. <BR> Bye now. <BR> <em>102</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:48:30 EST Valentine's Candy! <em>129</em> <em>493</em> <em>255</em> <BR> <BR> Oops. yesterday I should never have bought the BAG of peanut butter filled, chocolate, heart shaped candies!! I ate the whole thing! This morning at coffee break I told a fellow weight conscience person what I had done. The first thing she asked was if I had the sack of chocolates on my LAP as I ate the candy. I said, "YES". <BR> <BR> That was such a wise question. If I had kept the sack of chocolates in the freezer, or even in the ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:36:35 EST ASTHMA AND COLD WEATHER! I've had Asthma for about thirty years. Most of the time I my coughing is well controlled. This week I have been doing quite a bit of coughing. I do take two different medicines. I do not think I have a "cold" virus. I think it's just my asthma. Perhaps it's coming from allergens coming out of all the furnaces that are keeping me warm in various buildings. <BR> <BR> Being warm is a MUST this coming week as Omaha is in for a BLAST of COLD Air. Even last Sunday when I drove to church it was on... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:52:12 EST Annual Physical Exam! This morning I had my annual exam. It was quick since I really don't have any complaints right now. I did need my second pneumonia vaccination "there are two kinds". I also had blood drawn. I just got notice that my blood results were online at "My Chart". They all look good so no diabetes and no high cholesterol. This week I will still have a mamorgam, my teeth cleaned and an eye exam for dry eyes (complication after my cataract surgery). <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:00:07 EST Resolutions! "Evolving Resolutions <BR> <BR> 2012: I will get my weight down below 180 pounds. <BR> 2013: I will follow my new diet conscientiously until I get below 200 pounds. <BR> 2014: I will develop a realistic attitude about my weight. <BR> 2015: I will work out 3 days a week. <BR> 2016: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week." <BR> <BR> The above was sent to me by email and written by "Anonymous"! It is funny, but somewhat realistic! I don't make resolutions but I would like to... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 17:27:40 EST January 7th, MY 8th SPARKVERSARY! Yep, I've been on SparkPeople for EIGHT years and I won't even say how much weight I have GAINED since then!!! <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> BUT.... 2016 is ANOTHER YEAR. Another year to BEGIN AGAIN! <BR> <BR> And so it goes. Here is my starting photo: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know that my outfit hides a lot of my "FAT but you get the idea. <BR> <BR> My goal for this year is to lose 25-30 poun... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:56:50 EST Happy New Year! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last evening I had a couple over for a crock pot dinner. They went home about 9pm and I was asleep when midnight arrived!!! It was a fun evening though. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I enjoyed having company last evening. <BR> 2. I am watching the Rose Parade on TV. <BR> 3. I'm ready to LOSE WEIGHT in 2016!! More about that in another blog. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <em>283</em>... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:26:26 EST Two Babies are Born! On Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus. I had a nice Christmas Eve at my stepBrother's house. We had a snow storm that day but the snow stopped at 1pm so it did not hinder our evening plans of a Christmas Eve service at church and then a meal with presents. <BR> <BR> On December 26th, the day after Christmas there was another birth. I now have a new Grandniece, Emery Noel. Her parents have been married for nine years, and then waited for ten days after her birth was "due'. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:54:39 EST Seven Parties and Six Pounds later! Yep, I went to seven parties this week and gained six pounds!!! Not good. I am so glad that I have no more parties until Christmas Eve!! This photo was from yesterdays dinner out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I did NOT go to a party today!! <BR> 2. I was able to pay my car license fees without a line. I got to walk right up to the counter! <BR> 3. I've enjoyed being home almost all ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 19:57:33 EST Four parties down and three to go! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This photo was taken yesterday, at my 4th Christmas party of the week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed a Christmas concert at church on Sunday the 6th. Here are two photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:52:07 EST Going on BREAK! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a number of projects to get done before the end of the year. That would include the seven parties to attend in the next five days that I mentioned in yesterday's blog. I also have some year end bookkeeping, Christmas cards, etc to do. I have decided to take a year end SparkBREAK. <BR> <BR> I will continue spinning the wheel and perhaps blogging. I plan to check in with those threads ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:54:36 EST Seven parties ahead of me! So I have seven Christmas parties to attend in the next six days! Yes, it will be fun but it seems like I don't have a chance to eat healthily! There is Sunday noon at a Chinese restaurant, Sunday evening for Italian. Monday afternoon reception with goodies. Tuesday noon sit down meal at church. Wednesday noon meal here at the condo building. Wednesday evening dinner with those taking conversational English and then Thursday noon with others at Casios steakhouse. <BR> <BR> Just saying......... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:38:51 EST Swedish Rye Bread! Each time I packed barrels for shipment to Africa I put a five pound bag of rye flour. Then each Christmas I used enough to make 5 loaves of Swedish Rye bread but froze the rest of the flour for the next three Christmas seasons! <BR> I don't plan to make bread this Christmas. <BR> <BR> Today I went to a Christmas Boutique at a local High School. There were many craft tables but one bake goods table and guess what I bought... a loaf of Swedish Rye bread. That's what I had for lunch...with ham... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 17:02:58 EST Job Interview This afternoon I had a job interview for part time work. I think it went fairly well but the lady interviewing me was not the lady who hires so I have to wait a few days so she can run my application and interview information by the other person. She did not give me any negative input so I think I likely got the job. It is for doing polls via telephone... not selling!! The minimum that I would have to work is 12 hours a week and that is all I want to start out doing. If I do not get this job,... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 19:19:12 EST Going Backwards! Yes, sure enough, I gained weight over Thanksgiving. It's not surprising, considering what I've been eating. Plus, I'm not as active this week. <BR> <BR> My plan: <BR> 1. Figure out some sort of exercise program for me. I've not been exercising. I think I will start walking in the hallways of the condo building.. starting TODAY. <BR> 2. Fix nutritious meals ahead of time instead of relying on quick meals at the last minute. I think I will put one in the crock pot today. <BR> <BR> Today's Po... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:57:04 EST Tree or Lily? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, so I went to the store this morning and bought a 4 foot artificial Christmas tree. I wanted to decorate it this afternoon but found I had multicolored lights, but on a white cord. It must have been for a white Christmas tree, not a green one. I went back out shopping and bought another string of lights, but on a green string. I thought 70 lights would be enough but it was not so I'll nee... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:18:18 EST Turkey and Pictures! Yesterday I fixed a turkey. A friend then came over and helped me get some of my pictures on the wall. I still have a lot of pictures to get hanged but I got started. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are a few photos of my kitchen, in my new condo. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:57:27 EST Glasses Restriction Removed! Yesterday I went to the Motor vehicle department here in Omaha. I changed the address on my driver's license to my condo address. I also got the "Drive with glasses" restriction off of the license by acing the eye exam!!! Say "yes" to the cataract surgery that I had in June! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I got my "glasses restriction" removed from my driver's license! <BR> 2. I am keeping a couple of pounds off. <BR> 3. My project for this morning is washi... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:01:41 EST I don't like to be COLD! Having lived on the EQUATOR from 1977 until one year ago, 2014, I am not looking forward to winter! Nuf said. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I lost about a pound last week (my weigh in day for my Holiday Survival Challenge is Saturday). <BR> 2. My StepMom, Stepbrother and his wife are coming over tomorrow noon for fast food. The meal will be KFC. Fast Food is what they eat every Sund... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:08:56 EST Free Meals TODAY! Yes, it is Veteran's Day and I am a Veteran. I served in the Army Nurse Corps way back before my 40 years as a Missionary Nurse. Today is Veteran's Day and many of the restaurants have free meals for Veterans. It's a really fun time for everyone. My friend Ann and I went to HyVee Grocery Store for a buffet breakfast. Here we are standing behind the Women's Quartet who was there singing patriotic and fun American type songs. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:08:35 EST Getting to Know you! Two of my grandnephews got to know each other a bit this past month! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was fun to see family at the mini reunion we had. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I had lunch with friends I had not seen for six years or so. We had a nice chat. <BR> 2. My friends are packing up to go back to Peru. They came over and got six or so plastic bins from me that I don't need anymore since mo... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:40:55 EST Starting a Holiday Survival Challenge! Today I started a Holiday Survival Challenge with one of my teams. It goes from today through New Years Day. <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> <em>445</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 281# <BR> My Goal: To lose at 5 pounds. That will help me with my January physical exam at the doctors. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I'm on a challenge! <BR> 2. I'm making continual progress at getting settled in my new condo. My main area of contention is my Office as I have lots of papers... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 10:26:21 EST Climbing a Mountain! My grandnephew was so proud to have climbed a Colorado Mountain! He pressed on until he reached the summit. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like losing weight is like climbing a mountain. It is very difficult! When climbing a mountain one doesn't go up and down continually. A person either is climbing or descending. I need to press on! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:47:42 EST NOT GIVING UP! It was fun seeing some of my grandnieces and grandnephews recently. <BR> After living overseas for 40 years, I have missed many family events. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I'm getting to know more people at the condo building where I moved this month! <BR> 2. I was able to help a recent widow at a funeral today, a funeral of the husband of another new widow. We sat together at the r... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 21:47:01 EST Carving Pumpkins Last night at English Conversation class we carved pumpkins. I have five Asians at my table. One was absent but the other four and I enjoyed carving pumpkins. I have not done it since I was a kid. They had never carved pumpkins. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I lost weight when I wei... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:05:46 EST My Refrigerator! Over the years I have moved my refrigerator magnets with me. I lived in Africa but when I would return to the States for six months or a year, I would bring my magnets. I just moved into my newly purchased condo and finished putting my refrigerator magnets up. That is my signal that I am HOME. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now that my move is over, I need to get to work at losing weight. I've been using my mov... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:29:34 EST Mini Family Reunion! On October 9th we had a mini reunion dinner here in the Omaha area. Two of my brother came into town as did nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, etc. Along with those of us who live in town, including cousins, we had a nice group to help celebrate my stepMom's 90th Birthday again. She's had quite a few parties!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I moved to my condo on Friday and have been settling in bit b... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:04:08 EST MOVED! With 13-14 people helping me yesterday I moved from my apartment to my condo. I am now living in my HOME. I still have lots to do to get settled, but I have time to do it. Wednesday I plan to return to the apartment to get it cleaned and turn in my keys. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I had MANY people to help to move so it took only 2 3/4 hours to load the truck, drive to the condo and unload the truck!! <BR> 2. I slept well last night... in my new home. <BR> 3. I had a good first day... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 22:54:24 EST So Tired! Last weekend I traveled to speak at a women's retreat. This week I've been very busy with moving and other activities. This weekend I've had out of town company and that has kept me busy. My final move from my apartment is scheduled for this Friday. Basically... I am feeling exhausted. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. Last night we had a fun family BBQ with family who live on three continents! <BR> 2. Today I finished a two day training session to prepare me to do visitation in Nursing H... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:27:23 EST Update on the Move! First of all, I had a wonderful weekend at a women's retreat. It was about four hours away and I was one of the drivers. The trip went smoothly. I talked about Africa on Saturday morning. I really enjoyed the main speaker who spoke three times. We did a photo scavenger hunt which I'll write about in another blog entry. I don't yet have the photos out of my phone camera. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a friend from High School days came over to my apartment to help pack boxes. Today we're going over to ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 07:27:03 EST Going to Women's Retreat! Today I'll be very busy getting ready for a weekend Women's Retreat. I will be one of the drivers. We will leave tomorrow morning. It's about four hours away. I'll be one of the speakers. My time to speak is scheduled for Saturday morning. I'll be talking on my time in Africa. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I slept well last night. Tired after the start of my move to my condo. <BR> 2. The woman who owned my condo before me lived to be 104 years old! Her daughter lives in the same con... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:27:44 EST BUYING A CONDO TOMORROW!! Tomorrow morning is the closing time for purchasing my condo!! I'm excited to finally be a home owner and not be renting. I'm also saving quite a bit of monthly by making the purchase. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. Today I finished up the last bit of paperwork before tomorrow's purchase of a condo! <BR> 2. This afternoon I bought cleaning supplies and tomorrow I'll go to the condo t... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:16:14 EST Silver Tsunami Training Classes! Silver Tsunami Ministry: <BR> September 26 and October 10th I will be in all day classes studying how to minister to the elderly, infirm, the sick and the dying. "Graduates" from this two day seminar are assigned to one of the 14 Omaha area Nursing Homes where the Silver Tsunami Ministry is recognized. It is a volunteer ministry. <BR> <BR> So to what does the Silver Tsunami refer? Silver stands for grey hair or the elderly. Tsunami is the idea that the Baby boomers are getting older and soon... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:38:49 EST Out to Lunch! Today my step Mom and I went out to eat with my friend Nancy and her Mom. Both of our Mom's turned 90 this month!! Here is my Mom and me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you notice what Mom's T-shirt said? <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I had a nice lunch with Mom, Nancy and her Mom. <BR> 2. Closing on my Condo is scheduled for one week from tomorrow at 10am. YES! <BR> 3. My schedule just keeps gettin... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:56:21 EST