CAROLYN0107's SparkPeople Blog CAROLYN0107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Lunch with SparkFriends! I met for lunch with two other SparkFriends. I had met them both before but they had never met each other. It was fun chatting and getting to know each other better. Here is our Selfie. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I had lunch with other SparkPeople. <BR> 2. I am making progress at packing up my home for my move to a condo. <BR> 3. I wrote and sent out my monthly group letter. Over ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:59:19 EST Daily Exercise! I'm back into exercising, 10 minutes most days. It is not much but I'm doing it. I'm in my third week. I'm doing walking as exercise. Next week I will try to increase to 15 minutes most days. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. My 10 minute most day streak is going well. <BR> 2. I slept well last night. That is NOT a given since I have sleep apnea. I sleep with a CPAP machine and that really helps. <BR> 3. I made progress in sorting through my office yesterday. <BR> <BR> Thanks for those ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 07:14:38 EST Daily Exercise! I'm back into exercising, 10 minutes most days. It is not much but I'm doing it. I'm in my third week. I'm doing walking as exercise. Next week I will try to increase to 15 minutes most days. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. My 10 minute most day streak is going well. <BR> 2. I slept well last night. That is NOT a given since I have sleep apnea. I sleep with a CPAP machine and that really helps. <BR> 3. I made progress in sorting through my office yesterday. <BR> <BR> Thanks for those ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 07:14:38 EST Just stopping by to say "hi"! I'm working on various projects in my home today. Laundry. Packing. Studying. It's just good being home. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. My laundry is done. <BR> 2. My neighbor visited for awhile and we had a nice chat. <BR> 3. I've been home all day! Yes!! Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:28:43 EST Starting to PACK! <BR> At the end of the month I'll close on purchasing a condo. I've started to pack up some of my things that I'll take over to the house when I get the key. I have a trip to make on that first weekend and the second weekend of October I'll have relatives in town so I'll not have my furniture moved until mid October. I'm very glad though that I'll have the key to the condo when my family is in town so I can show them where I'll be living. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:56:51 EST Going on a Photo Scavenger HUNT! Last year, when I lived and worked in Africa, our team had a photo scavenger hunt. We were given a list of things we had to find around town and then take a picture to prove we had found it. There were four teams who scattered in the town for a few hours and then there was a prize for the team who did the best at finding and photographing what they had found. No, my team did not win. It was fun. I was the photographer so I am not in these photos. Here are a few of the pictures. <BR> <BR> <i... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 08:36:15 EST Yes, I am a NURSE! I'm going through old photos and digitizing them. Here is my Nursing Graduation photo. I've been an RN since 1970. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I remember thinking that I was too heavy in 1970. It would be very nice to again be at that weight but I could be healthier even being some heavier than that. I just need to keep working on it! <BR> <BR> I am on two different challenges to lose 5 pounds. The one th... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:04:16 EST More OLD PHOTOS! I have digitized more old photos. <BR> <BR> Here is me with some small cousins. I couldn't find a date on the photo but I think I was in High School. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am with my folks and two of four brothers. My cousin is peaking around the corner way off to the right. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today'... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:11:40 EST Old Photos! I have so many old family photos. I'm trying to digitize them to be able to pass them on to my brothers and others in the family. Here are a couple of me. <BR> <BR> Here's one of me as a little girl. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's one from the late 1960s. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. A few day... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:08:12 EST Not Retired but Refocusing! I retired from 40 years of overseas work on June 30th. This photo shows me and another International worker who were speakers at my church conference the week that the church had a retirement celebration for me. I'm on the left. C is on the right. She is also a nurse but she continues to work in different African country than I did. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've now been retired for 6 weeks and I am adjus... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:24:59 EST Home Alone! Well, I'm always home alone since I live alone but I thought that the title of my blog would catch someone's attention. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've had a great week. Saturday evening I drove back to Omaha after having attended a four day Bible Conference at beautiful Lake Okoboji in Iowa. <BR> <BR> Monday's I volunteer at a Homeless Mission. I help run the front desk of the distribution center where clothes, food and furniture that has been donated is given to the homeless an... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:57:16 EST I Got It! The seller of the condo and I settled on a price for the two bed condo. Yeah. I'll do the paperwork when I return to town. I'm away at a conference now. The contract will be filled out next week but we'll actually close the sale at the end of October since I still have a contract with my apartment complex that I need to honor. <BR> <BR> Today's Positive: <BR> 1. I am buying a condo. <BR> 2. I had a good trip to Okoboji Lakes in Iowa yesterday. My hotel room is nice. It was fun to be at the c... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 08:13:22 EST My eye was HEALED! A couple of weeks ago I took a long weekend trip to Western Nebraska. The trip was to speak about Africa in two churches. Nebraska has an Archway over 1-80 that I had never been in. I went inside the lower level but did not have enough time to go up into the arch. I will try to have an hour or so available the next time I am in that area. Here is a photo of me next to a model buffalo that was at the Archway site. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 5 Aug 2015 19:13:48 EST Traveling! I leave Omaha in two hours........... for a four day speaking trip in Western NE. I will likely not be doing much Sparking during that time. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I slept ok last night. <BR> 2. A woman from church is riding along with me on this trip so I'll have someome to talk with and also drive if needed. <BR> 3. My weigh in at TOPS yesterday showed a 0.2 loss. Better than nothing!! <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:36:57 EST Packing! Tomorrow I leave on a four day speaking trip. It will be in Western Nebraska, 300+ miles from Omaha. I do have someone going with me who can drive if my eyes get tired. I'm still adjusting, post cataract surgery. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I will attend TOPS Club this morning (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly). My TOPS group meets each Thursday morning. <BR> 2. The air conditioning is working in my apartment..... as Omaha goes through some days in the 90s. <BR> 3. I slept well last nigh... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:39:33 EST Weight! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My weight has been at it's high for awhile now and I'm not going to let it go higher. My pedometer went "out" so I got another one started up. I knew that one of mine was not working well but was not sure which one. Now I know. <BR> <BR> I have been working in the kitchen today. I'm trying to figure out what is best for me to eat. <BR> <BR> Today's Blog: <BR> 1. I've sure enjoyed my apart... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:38:08 EST About my Eyes! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday I saw the Optometrist post cataract surgery. She said I had that the back of my right eye's lens was somewhat hazy which is sometimes a complication of cataract surgery. She'll check that again in a month. There is quick laser procedure that the Ophthalmologist can do for it. She also said that my eyes were dry so gave me some soothing eye drops. I don't notice any difference when I u... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:13:58 EST New Profile Photo necessary! I no longer wear glasses since having cataract surgeries so I needed to have photos taken with my new look. Two were taken yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. Women's Team USA Beats Japan to WIN the World Cup! <BR> 2. I was able to spend several hours today with another retired... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 21:28:56 EST Great Day Today... July 4th Holiday Tomorrow!! I've had a great day staying home. Read on two books. Sorted some papers in my home office. Made a macaroni salad to take to a July 4th party tomorrow, fixed corn on the cob for supper. I've really been enjoying the corn on the cob here in America. All that was grown in Africa where I worked was what I would call field corn and was not really very chewable. I've also watched some TV. After all, it is only my third day of RETIREMENT. <BR> <BR> I got a call from the Open Door Mission where I d... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 18:03:12 EST Retired and Refocusing! June 30 was my last official day as an International Worker. Yesterday was my first day of RETIREMENT. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine told me that one retires so one has the time to go to the Doctor! Well, on July 1, I went to see my Primary care doctor about my sleep apnea. You see, the company that supplied my CPAP machine does not accept MEDICARE. I needed to find another company. I was told that once I was on MEDICARE part B (July 1) that I needed to see my Primary Doctor so she could send ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 18:29:18 EST Quick Surgery Update! I had two successful eye surgeries for cataracts. The first was on Thursday June 18th, the second was two days ago, Thursday June 25th. <BR> I am now about to see, drive, do facebook without glasses! I do still have double vision and will see a Doctor for that after the holiday. Sometimes I have eye strain because of the double vision but I am able to get my eyes focused alright. After seeing the specialist, further surgery may be recommended for correcting the double vision. I have been we... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:00:38 EST Change of Plans! I had the cataract removed from my right eye on Thursday. Surgery went well. I saw the Doctor in the office on Friday. He seemed pleased. He also rescheduled surgery on my left eye from July 2nd to this Thursday, June 25. He made the change so that both surgeries will be covered by the same insurance. As it was, my Mission insurance was to pay for surgery on my right eye but Medicare for my left eye. My Mission insurance ends on June 30. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. The church servic... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:47:14 EST Meals for Mali + Eye surgery tomorrow Last Saturday about 450 people, men, women and children, packed "Meals for Mali". My church supports several projects in this very poor African country. Over 200.000 meal pouches were prepared, sealed, packed into cartons, onto pallets then put on trucks to truck to a container for shipment to Mali, Africa. Each pouch had rice, dried veggies, soya and another grain and serves 6 people. <BR> <BR> I did not work in Mali, but in Gabon, Africa but I did work preparing meals for Mali last Saturda... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:08:43 EST Retirement, SS an Medicare! This week my church has a Global Summit Missions Conference going on. Here I am on the left with a nurse who works in another African country. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday evening the church played a video of me talking, interviewed me, prayed for me and had a retirement reception for me. Here is me during the prayer. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:57:57 EST My Last Formal Retirement Celebration. My church will celebrate my retirement tomorrow evening. The church sent me to work in Africa 40 years ago. A video interview of me will be shown and then I will continue the interview in person. The church will then have a reception for me. I officially retire June 30 but tomorrow evening will be my last retirement gathering. I have had many!! <BR> <BR> Here is another photo of me and the other three Missionaries who are retiring from Africa. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 19:29:45 EST Retirement Luncheon While in California last week there was a retirement luncheon for all International workers who were retiring. Here are a few photos. <BR> There were hundreds of people at the luncheon. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Four of us retired from work in Africa. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Those at the conference who had worked in t... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 07:51:43 EST Great Conference! Sunday at midnight I returned from a 7 day conference in California. Dirung the week there was a retirement luncheon for all of us who are retiring now. I have not yet downloaded my photos but will do so before my next blog so stay tuned! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. The weight I gained in CA is coming off. <BR> 2. This morning I will find out about possible cataract surgery. <BR> 3. I have no more planned out of town trips for the next 6 weeks! <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:17:25 EST On Sparkbreak! Yesterday my main computer keyboard went out, stopped workīng. <BR> Tomorrow I fly to California for a very busy conference. I will not be taking my laptop computer with me. <BR> I am going to be on Sparkbreak through the end of the month. <BR> I plan to be back Sparking in June. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Sat, 23 May 2015 12:13:13 EST I flunked! Yesterday I went to my eye doctor to have an routine exam. I thought I was getting new glasses but... I flunked the test!!! That is, my right eye flunked. My vision went up three lines on the site chart!! Going "up" on an eye chart is not good. I have had diagnosed cataracts for maybe 8 years but this time the right eye shows that it's cataract has blocked much of my vision. I had not even realized it since my left eye was doing ok. I did know that it was harder to read in the morning and som... Thu, 21 May 2015 05:33:04 EST Tomorrow will Tell! I just got home from a 12 day trip to Minnesota. It is so good being home in my apartment in Omaha. My trip was everything that I wanted. I got to see so many people I know which was just great. Now I have a few days to rest up, or get ready for my next trip. <BR> <BR> On Sunday I will fly to California for an 8 day trip. It will be to attend a conference but also, I will attend a Retirement Luncheon for ME!! <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I had a safe 12 day trip, driving many miles.... Mon, 18 May 2015 21:27:46 EST