CAROLYN0107's SparkPeople Blog CAROLYN0107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Valentine's Day! John took me out to IHOP for Valentine's Day breakfast. We had not done breakfast there before, at least not together. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am struggling with staying on a low cholesterol diet. If my blood work does not come down, I will need to go on medicine. <BR> <BR> Last week at TOPS I was the biggest loser. Tomorrow morning I weigh in and I will NOT be the biggest loser. I will likely be a ga... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:43:59 EST 15 Month Anniversary, Oatmeal, Snow! John and I celebrated the 15 month anniversary of our marriage. We plan to celebrate monthly at least for the first two years. We went out to eat at Applebee's. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I have started eating Oatmeal for most breakfasts so I can try to lower my cholesterol so that I don't have to start medicine to do so. <BR> 2. John and I had a good celebration of our 15 month a... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 15:30:40 EST Week went too quickly! This week has gone by so quickly. I just want to say "hi" before leaving for a breakfast at church then work from 1pm to 8pm. That's a long day! <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I lost a pound at my TOPS weigh in this week. <BR> 2. It is not snowing today as it originally was predicted. I do not want to get out of work this evening and find snow for my drive home. <BR> 3. We have a new TV because our old TV screen has a line down it. We have a new Microwave because our old microwave died... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 06:18:58 EST Cholesterol, Thyroid and Auto Show! Last week I reported that my annual physcical exam was normal. Well, I misread the Cholesterol reading and for the first time my Choleseterol was slightly above normal. I am supposed to change my diet to lower my results and repeat the blood test again in three months. <BR> I had also not received the blood test for my thyroid and one of those was low so that will need to be repeated in three months. I have a history of a nodular goiter and have had two previous biopsies of my thyroid. <BR> ... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 06:51:14 EST Annual Physical Exam This week I had my annual physical examination. The checkup went well and I was waiting for my blood work. I just got that today and Yeah, it was all normal. I am always relieved to find that I do not have diabetes and my cholesterol level is ok. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I passed my physical exam. <BR> 2. John and I are going to an auto show today. Not something that interests me but I know he will be thrilled. We received two free tickets. <BR> 3. We will do lots of walking at t... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:03:34 EST My 10 Year SparkVersary! <em>804</em> <em>804</em> <em>804</em> <em>804</em> <em>804</em> <BR> <BR> On January 7th I celebrated my 10 year SparkVersary. It's hard to believe that I've been on this site nearly every day since then. I have not missed many days, especially in the first eight years or so. <BR> <BR> I have made many SparkFriends, some of them for the nine or ten years. <BR> I have been active on quite a number of teams. <BR> I have lead several teams and now currently lead a couple of t... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:21:31 EST New Year 2018... Dominoes! John and I celebrated the outgoing 2017 by going out to eat the noon meal. We watched some TV that evening. On January 1st we played our first ever game of Mexican Train Dominoes. We've been married a year now but this was our first game. I love playing games but John has said he did not play games. I found out he likes Dominoes! I won three out of four games. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 06:11:48 EST Goodbye 2017 What a year this has been. My first year of marriage to John, having married on November 6, 2016. We are still on our honeymoon! Our marriage is good. No fights yet and we want it to stay that way. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyone says that there is weight gain after marriage. Well, I gained a lot, John lost!! He's trying as he is a diabetic, I've not been too motivated. Well, I think about it all the ti... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:47:19 EST Christmas Brunch and Merry Christmas! On Tuesday John and I went to a Christmas brunch at church. John gave the devotional before two other speakers talked. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Thursday we were supposed to go to two Christmas parties but the first lasted longer than we planned for and with bad weather in town we canceled going to the second. <BR> <BR> With all the extra parties, it is sure a challenge losing weight but I did lose this week... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:25:49 EST Date Day / Hurting Knees! On Tuesday John and I had a Date Day. We went to a Museum here in town and then out to eat lunch at Chili's. Both were paid for by Christmas gifts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now the reality. I'm eating poorly and not exercising. I am gaining weight. My knees have really been hurting lately and I've gone back on Glucosamine and Condroitin (sp?) that I took for years but have not taken for some time. Today ... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:13:46 EST Christmas is coming.....! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> John and I had our Christmas photo taken yesterday and also got one of our online Christmas letters sent. We will send some by regular mail. Our Christmas presents that needed to be mailed are already on their way. We are stuffing each other's Christmas stocking so we are buying small items for that. <BR> <BR> The Christmas parties and activities have started. I went to a Christmas move at ... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 06:13:11 EST Cheese Ball I am planning to make a cheese ball to take with crackers to a Christmas party. I looked online for recipes as I have never before made a cheese ball. I was astonished to find how many varieties there are. All included cream cheese but other ingredients included nuts, ranch dressing, spinach, garlic, dried beef, etc. I'm not sure which kind I will make. If you make or eat cheese balls, what kind do you like? What ingredients besides cream cheese? I'm not looking for recipes but for what type ... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 20:13:57 EST A Ton of Bricks! Sometimes I feel like a ton of bricks! My weight is up.. but down a pound since yesterday, Thanksgiving Day! I ate plenty of my turkey dinner but I think I ate less than other years. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1.I lost a pound yesterday! <BR> 2. I do not have anything that I need to buy today so I am not going shopping for Black Friday. I might look online, but then again, I can't t... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:31:00 EST Corn Casserole I am supposed to bring corn casserole to our family Thanksgiving meal. I have been looking around for one online. I made it last year but I do not know where I put the recipe. I finally decided on one that has sour cream and corn bread mix in it. I printed it off this time and now know what I need to buy at the store before next Thursday. <BR> <BR> If you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, what are you taking to the meal? Or if it is at your house, what are you preparing? <BR> <... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:18:56 EST Apples and our Anniversary Trip! John and I celebrated our one year marriage by a two day trip to Nebraska City, Nebraska. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nebraska City, NE is the home of J.Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. I remember planting a tree outside my grade school on Arbor Day. NE City has lots of orchards surrounding it. John and I went to the stores of two of them. We did not go picking apples but we did buy some Golden Delicio... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 07:06:17 EST Candy! Weekly blog..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is our latest photo! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what my weigh in will be tomorrow at TOPS. I gained last week. I may be about the same this week. It's been hard staying away from the candy. I did not buy any but others gave it to me. Did you eat a lot of candy this week? <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. Just two more days and John and I will go on a two da... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 19:50:34 EST Upcoming Wedding Anniversary! Just 12 days til John and I celebrate one year of marriage. It's hard to believe that we've been together almost a year!! Woohoo!. I'll be blogging more of our celebrations in the next two weeks, including a short trip. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I work part time, including tomorrow. It's nice to have a little pay check coming in every other week. <BR> 2. I've gotten some projects... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:51:06 EST Electric Scooters at the Zoo! John and I went to the Zoo on Monday. Omaha has the Best Zoo in the World! Since we both have problems with walking, we both rented electric scooters. We had so much fun riding around the zoo for three hours, then went to see an IMAX movie. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. John and I had a fun day at the Zoo. <BR> 2. I gained weight at my weigh in at TOPS again BUT I ate better today. H... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:24:02 EST RIVALS but still on our Honeymoon! John and I watched the Nebraska Wisconsin football game with friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wisconsin WON the game but John and I are still on our Honeymoon! We are getting close to celebrating our one year anniversary. John was born in WI. Me in NE. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. We had fun with friends while we watched the football game. <BR> 2. John and I are still on our Honeymoon. <BR> 3. M... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:31:26 EST 11th Monthaversary! Today is the 11th Wedding Monthaversary for John and me. We were married last year on November 6th so we are still celebrating each month of marriage. It's been great! I do not know if we will go anywhere to celebrate today but I do know we will be at our condo's Friday morning coffee break. I have dinner already in the crock pot. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. John and I have been married 11 months. <BR> 2. Our marriage is great! <BR> 3. For those who do not know, I was 67 years old w... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 06:42:44 EST My Computer's Accident! I keep my laptop next to my recliner. Well, yesterday I was in the chair, an electric lift chair, and as the chair went down into place, crunch! Oh, no, the screen on my computer broke, AGAIN. Just a couple of months ago I had to take the computer in to have a new screen put on. I do not know how it broke that time. Good think I paied for a service agreement and will likely not get charged. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. John and I did a littke tourism this afternoon, at a museum. <BR>... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:59:11 EST Women's Retreat + TOPS Speaker Last weekend I attended a Women's retreat at a State park now far from Omaha. There were about 100 women in attendance. We had some great speakers. It was a nice retreat where I was able to see some friends from other churches. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:31:07 EST "Baptism on the Green" We went to our annual church "Baptism on the Green" on Sunday. It is held on the church grounds each summer. We start out with a picnic and then end up with celebrating with baptisms which are done in very large swimming pools. There were 110 people who followed the Lord in baptism, expressing their faith in Jesus. I go to a large mega church. <BR> <BR> Here are John and I at "Baptism on the Green". <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:52:13 EST Nurses' Mini Reunion! This week eight of my Nursing School classmates met for a mini reunion luncheon. It was great seeing everyone. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I have lost weight the past two weeks. Not much, but some. Thursdays I weigh in at TOPS, Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. <BR> 2. My nurse friend came to Omaha, stayed with dh and me and was able to attend our mini Nurses reunion. <BR> 3. The weather... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 18:57:55 EST Trip to the Zoo/ Struggling Last Friday John and i took a trip to the zoo. We only stayed two hours but we got some walking in so that was good. We are members of the zoo this year so we can visit frequently. <BR> <BR> Here I am in the Aquarium with fish behind and flowers in front (on my blouse). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> John is checking out the snakes in the Desert. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:52:17 EST 50th High School Reunion! Last weekend I had my 50th High School Reunion. On Friday evening I went to Petrow's where we had a gathering on the restaurant patio. Saturday morning I went to the High School for a tour of the building. On Saturday evening John went with me to a banquet at a clubhouse. I saw a number of people I remembered from school although several I hung out with were not there. Here are a few photos. <BR> <BR> In Omaha Central High School there is the "Sacred C" on the floor on the first floor. Even ... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:59:02 EST Back on Target! During my trip to MN and WI I gained five pounds. Well, those five are gone now plus a few more so I'm back on target for losing weight. It's not been easy. I guess I'm just eating less. <BR> <BR> Today is my Birthday and Mom is taking John and I out for lunch. I'm not sure what I want to do afterwards but I'll let John know. :-) <BR> <BR> I was having so much problem getting out of my rocker recliner that John bought me a new electric lift chair for my Birthday. My problem with getting up ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:43:15 EST Road trip and Weight Gain! Every time I take a trip I gain weight. When I was gone 11 days, I gained 10 pounds. I just returned from a 5 day trip on which I gained 5 pounds. Fortunately I lost the 10 pounds before gaining the 5 pounds. Non is good. <BR> <BR> Here are a few photo from our trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:32:09 EST Biopsy RESULTS! I am Blessed by the Lord. On Friday I saw a Retina specialist because of a "small hole" in my macula. Dr. did not feel it was serious and said it was a result of an eye problem (traction) that I had two years ago. He said there was no surgery necessary but that I would have to live with a slight blurriness in my right eye but NO SURGERY. <BR> I am BLESSED after having a had an ultrasound of my thyroid goiter showing one of my nodules had grown by 40% since last year and then having a needle b... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 06:43:33 EST Thyroid Biopsy I have had a multi nodular goiter on my thyroid for many years. Last year there were three nodules that were biopsied but they were fine. Last Friday I had a visit with my one year check up after last year's biopsy. One nodule had grown by 40% so yesterday I had another needle biopsy. Now I am waiting for results. <BR> <BR> Today I'm headed off to see a specialist because I have a small hole in the macula of my right eye. And so it goes................... <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:49:50 EST Finally Losing! I am finally losing a few pounds so this has been a good week. I did find though that I had gained about 30 pounds since January 2015, right after having moved back to the States from Africa so I have a LOT MORE TO LOSE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I lost a few pounds this week. <BR> 2. The air conditioner is working in our condo. Yesterday we had 103 degrees weather in Omaha, with... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:10:00 EST The Wrong Way! My scale is going the Wrong Way!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to do some rethinking about what I am eating. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. John is doing better after his mild stroke. He had a Doppler done on his carotid arteries and an echo done on his heart and both were NORMAL. Now he's waiting for an appointment with a Neurologist. <BR> 2. I am not working but twice this week. That's better... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:13:15 EST A Stroke! My husband had a stroke ten years ago but not since, until last week! Since his last stroke he has had a problem mostly with his balance so he uses a cane or walker. <BR> <BR> Last week John had symptoms of a stroke appearing gradually over a period of several days. He even had his regular visit with his Dr. on Tuesday and told his Doc that he had dizziness and that he was light headed. Dr. thought it was dehydration and told him to drink more. John drinks at least three quarts of water dail... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 05:45:55 EST Anniversary! John and I are celebrating our 8 month wedding anniversary today. Yes, we are still on our Honeymoon! Yesterday we went out to eat at the "Garden Cafe" as our celebration. John had never been there before. <BR> Here is a photo of us taken eight months ago, just a few days before our wedding. John has had cataract surgery since this photo and no longer wears glasses but someone just sent us this photo that had been taken. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 6 Jul 2017 07:19:00 EST VERY SLOW LOSER! <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> I have been a Slow Loser because I have not been trying to lose! I need to change that. I plan to do that. <BR> <BR> I am pondering what small changes I can make in my life, eating, etc that will help me start to lose weight again. I need to chose what will work for me... not what others do for themselves. One thing I need to do is to drink more water. At this point I am drinking almost no water. <BR> <BR> Many years ... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:03:25 EST Need to do better! I need to do better with my eating as I am not losing weight. Neither is my dh John. So.... I will fix fish for lunch! <BR> <BR> Here is our photo on Father's Day. John got his shirt from his/our daughter. On the back it says "#1 Dad". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My two brothers were in town Monday. Glenn, Larry, John and I took Mom out for Chinese buffet. She LOVES Chinese food and had not had it for a lon... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:18:56 EST THEY ARE GONE! While on an 11 day trip I gained ten pounds but they are now ALL GONE!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. In one week I lost the ten pounds that I gained on my trip. <BR> 2. I don't have to work early today, but go in after lunch. I am glad I have the morning off. <BR> 3. John took me out for lunch on Friday to celebrate our 7 month Wedding Anniversary! <BR> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:10:11 EST Back from a TRIP! John and I returned from an 11 day car trip to Ohio and a conference. It was great seeing old friends at this conference. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I weighed myself on Monday morning I had gained about TEN pounds during the trip. This morning I had LOST about EIGHT pounds since Monday! WooHoo!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <B... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 19:09:55 EST I'm Still Here! May 6th was our six month Wedding anniversary. I had to work that day so the day before John and I went out to eat and to a movie. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have not been on SparkPeople much at all except to spin the log in wheel. I do want you to know that I am still here, but just not active on teams... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:34:17 EST 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