CBLENS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CBLENS CBLENS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 1 Year Sparkaversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595493 So today is my 1 year anniversary on Spark, time to review: <BR> 1. I'm still active on the site <BR> 2. At one point was down 26 lbs, but am at 20 now. <BR> 3. Hope to stay focused and loose 20 lbs this year <BR> 4. Signed up for the MS 150 ride in July, a good goal <BR> 5. Found many wonderfully supportive friends here on Spark. <BR> <BR> Thank you Spark People! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:08:53 EST 2013, was a good start, 2014 will be even better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576851 After my return from Nigeria, I had a flu and was knocked down for a couple of days, I had also actually gained weight!!! Was not so good during Thanksgiving regarding my diet & exercise. Then had a sudden onset of severe Colitis, which sent me to the hospital, I am finally off the various antibiotics, still not sure what caused it, back to the Drs next week, hoping that it was a souvenir from Nigeria (that would actually be the best result). On the good side I lost the weight that I gaine... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:23:57 EST That was not suppose to happen, back from Nigeria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543206 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l957072439.jpg"> <BR> Back from Nigeria, the people there are wonderful, my preconceived ideas were all thrown out the window. We immunized over 3500 children, supplied a birthing clinic with tons of supplies, gave 50 hand-crank wheel chairs to polio survivors and, commissioned a bridge, 3 room school, water bore hole and toilets for a small village, which we provide funding for. <BR> <BR> On the down side, I weighed 4 lbs heavier on my ret... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 06:47:42 EST So Excited, leaving tomorrow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530610 Have you every been so excited that you feel like you are shaking inside with anticipation? I wonder if that energy is burning any calories, wouldn't that be great. <BR> Tomorrow I leave for Nigeria, another medical mission trip. It's interesting that I am so excited for this trip, I've done plenty of these, but I am especially excited for this trip. I've been to Kenya a couple of times, this is the first time to Nigeria. <BR> <BR> One of the team members is taking a GPS tracking device so... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 05:15:56 EST Finally back to blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517514 Well, I have been Sparking, just haven't found the time to blog. I finally broke the diet coke habit, it will be 2 weeks on Monday <em>244</em> . I am sleeping so much better, that was a happy surprise. I was finally ready, water it is for me. <BR> Have been amazing busy with so many things. My eating is fairly good, but my formal exercise has decreased. first was going to the chiropractor 3 times a week for 2 hour sessions and working on one of my rental houses and lastly my volunteer ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 06:56:24 EST heading out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478347 Heading to the airport shortly, looking forward to lots of lobster and some challenging cycling, lots more hills in Maine that in eastern VA. <em>498</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 06:50:31 EST Off to Maine in the morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477463 Dan & I are headed for a vacation to Maine in the morning. Love it when we can get away. Even though we are empty nesters which we are loving, being a blended family we never had a "just us" phase so we are really are making the most of our time now. But even so with Dan's business & my volunteer work we are always busy. We find taking time to get away from home with no work or things calling to be done at home...to be absolute bliss! <BR> While we plan to eat lots of lobster, we are renti... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:15:29 EST Welcome Aiden Elliot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469149 I have a another nephew, my SIL gave birth to a beautiful boy this afternoon. Mom Dad and Baby Aiden are all doing well. Hope to see them in a couple of weeks. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:35:44 EST Awesome wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1118675247.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1379866019.jpg"> <BR> This was one of the best weddings I've ever been to, Dan's cousin was the bride, it was an absolutely beautiful day and perfect wedding from start to finish. From the signature drink (white sangria) to the apple pie. Held on a farm turned into event site the barn, it was beautifully appointed and the finishings were beautiful including antique embroider... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:44:02 EST Medium Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464639 Going to a wedding today, when trying on my dresses they were all too big!!!!! So had to go shopping, love our outlet mall in Williamsburg. Love the dress ( will post pics tomorrow) So happy to buy medium rather than large and no budges or panty lines at all. Yes more clothes going to Good Will.... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 07:10:54 EST neighborhood picnic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458659 We had our neighborhood picnic yesterday & I am the entertainment chair for the HOA. We had a great time and it was nice to see how many people brought healthy options for the side dishes. We had canoe, kayak & paddle boat rides. I was hoping to get a kayak race, but no one took us up on it. We also had typical games, corn hole & ladder ball. A very nice day. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:01:11 EST Wow, DH surprised me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451492 I had been visiting family up on the Canadian border in NY and came home after 5 days. Well my amazing hubby had big surprise for me when I got home... a classic Mercedes Benz 560SL! My son was in on it and never said a word. The funny thing is he kept trying to get me to out to the garage and I kept missing his clues. he finally opened the door and I walked past maybe 4 times before seeing it. He loved my reaction. DS made a video, which he promptly put on Facebook. lets just say hub... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 07:33:48 EST Thank you Canada for Tim Horton's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446860 Just want to say got my Tim Horton's fix today. Love the hot chocolate and the donuts aren't bad either. I only had one and planned it into my meals. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:22:47 EST Day 1 with family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445370 Actually the family I'm visiting is that of my late husband. I lost my dad when I was 10 and we never saw my father's family until I was an adult. when my first husband died and our son was only 8, I new I had to make sure my he got to see his paternal relatives regularly. Fortunately I love them and have a great relationship. So, today I am with his grandmother she is 90 and in a nursing home. We took her out, going to the cemetery, where my son (now 20) declared that it was a family r... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 14:13:07 EST Up to Northern NY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443863 leaving shortly for Northern NY/Canada for a visit with my family. Dropping sister-in-law & niece off in route. Looking forward to seeing more of the relatives. Since moving to Virginia, I only go up usually once a year in the summer. I won't have the gym or my road bike, so I will have to figure out some other aerobic activities, waking is a good one, have to come up with some other things too. <BR> <BR> Have a great week. I should be able to post while there. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 06:47:54 EST Beach day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442683 We were really lucky the weather was perfect, we had a room ocean front and my niece had a fantastic time; kids spa, playing on the beach, getting a hermit crab. We walked the entire length of the boardwalk & back. <BR> Tomorrow movie theater has a breakfast special with a movie (Smurfs 2)...So weird to go to the movies at 9:00am. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 20:48:24 EST Thankful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440635 My sister -in-law and niece came for a visit, she had the sleeve procedure in Feb and has lost 40 lbs to date. What is nice is that she is fitting into my old 14's now and has the 12's which she will be wearing soon., so last night we had a fashions show with her trying on my old stuff. we had a lot of fun, I reminded her that this was just another step on her journey. Her new lifestyle eating works so well with my eating. Today we are going to the beach and walk the boardwalk. <BR> I a... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:48:31 EST Thankful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440634 My sister -in-law and niece came for a visit, she had the sleeve procedure in Feb and has lost 40 lbs to date. What is nice is that she is fitting into my old 14's now and has the 12's which she will be wearing soon., so last night we had a fashions show with her trying on my old stuff. we had a lot of fun, I reminded her that this was just another step on her journey. Her new lifestyle eating works so well with my eating. Today we are going to the beach and walk the boardwalk. <BR> I a... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:48:31 EST Back on the bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436417 Had to stop riding the bike on Monday, my back was still bothering me. So I visited my chiropractor 3 times this week and set a schedule for the next several weeks. Need to get a lift for my shoe (I wore a back brace and a lift as a teenager) so I'm not surprised. Part of getting older. So todays ride was short 11 miles and pace was 12.0 mph. Going back slow & easy. And lots of stretching. Definitely enjoying the nice weather. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:03:00 EST Having little ones around is a workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435381 My neighbors 4 & 5 year olds came over to visit....I am exhausted, running around with them. Does that count as exercise? Loved sending them home after 3 hours. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:42:38 EST Nationals Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1747096978.jpg"> <BR> At the Nationals-Dodgers game on Saturday, Rotary's End Polio Now was the featured organization, as the chair, I had the task of finding 9 kids to run out onto the field with the players,(not as easy as you would think). I am making the "This Close" gesture because we are this close to eradicating polio worldwide. <BR> To my surprise I was one of 4 people featured for the spirit award. It was a fun experience to be on ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:31:15 EST unexpected workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422218 I had planned for this to be my rest day from working out, but I got cardio in. A exchange student and friend's daughter came over to kayak, I set the girls up and in the water and went back to the house. Not 10 mins into their ride did I look out the window and notice that one of them had flipped their kayak (my friend's daughter). so DH & I head down to the water and got out in the canoe to the girls. The water is not deep and she could stand, but it's slit so ugh... we got her and t... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:15:21 EST Still working the back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418128 2 hours of massage (not the relaxing kind) and 1 hour of reflexology, the back is slowly getting back. Tomorrow meet with trainer more stretching. <BR> ALWAYS STRETCH after working out!!!!!!! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:10:39 EST UGH...Pulled back muscle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414730 Massage therapist said, worst knots she has seen, and that it was cumulative, I'm really good about stretching after weights, but not cardio...lesson learned. Have 2 more appointments this week, laying off the weights, light cardio and tons of stretching! <em>417</em> <em>401</em> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 19:44:29 EST Outdoor date day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412609 DH & I had a date day. First, a 20 mile ride (cycling) on the capitol trail, stopped for lunch at Charles City Tavern and kayaking at home....Now I have a pulled muscle in my back. DH will have to give me a massage...the date continues. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1801622927.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l306725974.jpg"> <img src="http://photos- <BR> <BR> Fried green tomatos at lunch have lived in VA for 13 years first time trying them actu... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:40:35 EST 1st spinning class, not bad at all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411593 I was very intimidated by the spinning class and people saying how hard it was. It was really a great workout and I was able to keep up with the class. So I will go back...note to self, next time wear bike shorts. <em>332</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 14:17:40 EST Love, Love, Love Wild Salmon & fresh eggs (but not together) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408878 I am hooked, DH started me buying wild salmon rather than farm raised, well some things are worth the extra cost and this is one of them. Did a rub with lime, salt & little sugar and another filet with light butter & fresh herbs. Sorry didn't plate it for the pic. we also had tomato & cucumber salad & pasta w chunks of parmesan, tomatoes & basil <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919573945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then DH is chicken sitting for friends while they are away. So... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 19:01:25 EST First day with http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406326 Today I finished my first challenge with Spark Team; Cycling - Road, Mountain, Fun, Racing. Having just started road cycling I set my goal to 175 miles, significantly less than most of the other members. It really gave me a sense of camaraderie and pushed me to not let the team down. Of course what I got out was great exercise, scenic rides and new friends. <BR> <BR> Also today DH put clipless pedals on my bike, first I practiced with the bike on the trainer before heading out on the ri... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:31:34 EST Met up with fellow SP member http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405243 I have a couple of personal friends who I have referred to SP but yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with Besshaile, a SP member who I did not know in person. She noticed that we didn't live that far away and suggested we meet up. We parked several blocks from the restaurant and walked. Both selecting the same very health grilled salmon salad we chatted for 90 mins about our journeys, SP, our goals and families. Walking back to our cars a cute boutique caught our attention, we both ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:42:12 EST I don't feel "FAT" anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403458 There wasn't a defining moment and not really sure when it happened; it wasn't a number on the scale or the size of the dress. But somewhere I looked in the mirror and said I don't look "FAT' anymore. <BR> <BR> Now I'm not at my goal weight and I'm definitely not skinny, but I don't feel fat, I rather feel average or normal in my physical appearance. <BR> <BR> We all have an image of ourselves that perhaps others don't see, usually we are much more critical of ourselves. DH has always t... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:12:28 EST Canal Walk & 16 mile bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400491 Sunday, day 2 with DH's sister & hubby was a great day for being outdoors, did the canal walk in Richmond, never knew how nice it was. Walked from Belle Isle to the end, where we had a veggie pizza, then back. The capitol bike trail which goes from Williamsburg to Richmond meets up at the canal walk. my goal is to ride the Cap to Cap bike ride next May. I just starting riding a road bike this month, so it will be a good goal to set with 10 months to prepare. When we got home DH rode 55 ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 18:00:53 EST Water fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399295 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433638305.jpg"> <BR> I have used my kayaks more this year than in the entire time we have owned them. I'm getting a great upper body workout. This weekend DH's sister & hubby came for a visit. We had a great visit which included kayaking, DH took our dog Max in the canoe. Kept fairly well on the eating, as they are pretty healthy eaters by nature. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141806510.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Fri... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 16:23:16 EST Is a Banana Split a bad idea for dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393853 DH & I were in the mood for ice cream so we made Banana Splits for dinner yup, just that nothing else, we use low fat ice cream, lots of fresh fruit, some chocolate sauce for DH and carmel for me, chopped nuts no whip cream.. <BR> <BR> And I wonder why I'm at a plateau.... <em>2</em> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:48:40 EST Pedaling in a run and other fun on a beautiful Saturday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390000 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1498170398.jpg"> <BR> This morning was the Chesty Puller (Father of Marines) 10K. We are not runners but as DH was a former Marine, he leads the runners in this annual event, I get to be the sweeper. there were 154 runners this year and most had really good times, the weather was perfect. We rode our bikes to the event so I was able to get my mileage in with actual effort. But the runners in the rear always enjoy the comments and good com... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:29:13 EST Melting Thigh Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389294 Okay, if you stand up with your hands at your sides, the palms of your hands fit perfectly over a pad of thigh fat. I have noticed this particular area in the mirror for a long time. (You know what I am talking about) well yesterday I noticed that it was shrinking, yes shrinking, melting, not as noticeable call it what you will. It's called making progress! <em>244</em> <BR> It takes time but feels so good. My weight has been at a plateau for over a month, not decreasing but not incre... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:08:46 EST Trying to use Strava tracker app http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386872 Still trying to figure out how to use the Strava App for tracking my cycling. The first time I pushed the start button and when I got home It looked at it again & noticed it had not recorded. the 2nd time it recorded the route, but I couldn't get it to turn off. So hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm, going out later. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:28:16 EST My hike at Newquarter Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384340 Had a great hike at a local park yesterday, DH was testing bikes at a mountain bike event, so I and a friend took to the trails at Newquarter Park here in Williamsburg. I had never been to the park before, amazing what you find in your own area. We are fortunate to have a number of state & county parks, and it's an opportunity to change up your routine by visiting these sites. <BR> Mostly wooded, the shade was welcomed during the heat of the day. Along the way, we spotted a turtle. <img s... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:15:16 EST Developing a desire to ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383193 went to get my bike shoes, I got the mountain bike shoe because they were comfy, still need to find the clips, DH said he has some old ones. <BR> Had a party with one of DH's Teams, the group was excited that DH finally got me started on the road bike. the Domane is much faster than the navigator. Am looking forward to where I will go with it and happy that I am finally truly sharing in DH's love of cycling. If you had asked me before I started SP if I would be on a road bike, it would be ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 09:07:46 EST Kayaking instead of going out to eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380527 A friend of mine called and said lets get together. Our get togethers have always included eating, so today I asked if we could "do" something rather than go to a restaurant. I gave her the options of hiking in a state park, walking or kayaking. So we went kayaking for 90 mins. feel so much better that I can do something other than meal oriented activities with friends. It was so beautiful on the water; spotting a bald eagle and a blue heron. Kayaking is a great upper body workout. <BR>... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 16:11:08 EST Got my two new rides. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379327 Two weeks ago I bought a new car going from a Camry hybrid to a Honda CRV. I love the space this suv gives me. The Camry with the Hybrid had little trunk space. The new CRV came in handy when doing meals on wheels today and they had additional boxes of food to deliver. In the Camry I would be lucky to get half of the food in the car, thus making two routes. And I'm averaging 31 MPG so not bad for a car that's not a hybrid. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l840773564... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:50:56 EST Home from meeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374861 Got lots of compliments on my new shape at my 2 day meeting in Raleigh, but was glad to get home. What was really great I went to the exercise room at the hotel & they had a lot of the same LifeStyle machines as my gym. Tried the step climber for first time, what a good workout. <em>328</em> <BR> DH is on Eastern Shore doing an MS 150 mile bike ride this weekend, I'm going to do it with him next year. <em>332</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 18:01:36 EST Great check up....Go Shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372916 Went for my annual physical....I'm doing fantastic says my doc. Nothing wrong, blood pressure med....GONE... She said she wish all her patients were doing what I'm doing with eating healthy (not dieting) and exercising with a positive outlook. Still want to drop some more 15 lbs. <BR> <BR> To celebrate I went shopping and bought 2 cute dresses, both size 10 also found a reversible exercise bra on clearance to $4. <BR> Not hiding behind things when being photographed. <BR> <BR> <img src... Thu, 30 May 2013 19:50:37 EST Sometimes you gotta eat the ice cream and not feel guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371614 Was having a tough morning, property tax bill came with a 300% increase, yes that's right(and I have 7 properties), then son's summer tuition bill needed to be paid. Normally pretty calm over these things but was getting pressure from one of my volunteer jobs that we need to raise more funds by the end of June and how would I do it..... <BR> <BR> So I was just about at the end of my rope. Went to get my daily diet coke (no haven't given it up yet) and saw the ice cream cone it was only 170... Wed, 29 May 2013 15:00:19 EST Not feeling the love...feel the muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369218 The other day I was scheduled to work out with my trainer, got to the gym with just enough time to change & meet her. She had just finished teaching a water zumba class and I told her I would change & meet her on the floor. Apparently she didn't hear me, and forgotten that we were scheduled for this date (we meet twice a month). I waited and waited and finally 15 past our start time I checked out the locker room and she was nowhere to be seen. <BR> <BR> So went out to the car & phoned h... Mon, 27 May 2013 11:13:25 EST MIL visit...Not bad at all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363345 My MIL left this morning, this was actually a very nice visit. I usually plan my trips when she comes but DH asked me to stay home. In the past she has been very critical, belittling, would make cruel comments always followed by "I'm kidding". There was none of that this visit. <BR> <BR> We made jam, started my herb garden and both caught up the the Jodi Arias trial (I don't know how I got hooked on that). She likes to eat healthy so it was easy planning meals with her here. She wasn't... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:16:44 EST Workouts that you don't think about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356400 This morning I went to the gym, did the elliptical and then circuit training came home and have been cleaning the garage, moving boxes and preparing boxes for good will. after a solid 3 hours cleaning, I took a break and realized, I really did a workout in the garage. <BR> <BR> I never think about housework activity as a valuable exercise activity. Will start to pay attention to this. Plus I notice that when I am working in such a way that I am not tempted to eat, just to eat ( I'm a bore... Tue, 14 May 2013 14:18:21 EST Who is sabotaging your success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352788 Yesterday a friend whom I talk with every day, said she needed to "talk to me". It's never good when someone says this, she asked if I was upset with her. Since I started my healthy makeover in January, we don't go out shopping and lunch 3-4 times a week as we use to nor do we have cocktails on her porch. DH & I also moved into our lake house which is only 3 miles away rather than just down the street as before and she is upset that we aren't down the street. I have also been very busy wit... Sat, 11 May 2013 06:29:09 EST What to wear...Everything is Too BIG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349840 Headed to the Capitol this afternoon for an event, started going through my clothes, and to my surprise they were all too BIG. I actually went up to the attic to pull out the container, (I know you have one) with your skinny clothes that you just couldn't part with as the weight piled on. I was happy to see some of them actually fit, and others are just 10 lbs away from fitting! <BR> Woo Hoo. <BR> <BR> I quickly bagged up the big stuff, another bag headed to goodwill. <BR> <em>104</em... Wed, 8 May 2013 12:40:00 EST Inspired by gal at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347598 Today when I finished the gravitron (my favorite equipment at the gym) and moved over to the lats pull-down, a girl, who had just gotten on the bench next to it, was worried that she had interrupted my flow when she jumped onto the bench. To which I assured that she had not. We struck up a conversation and she told me she had lost 50 lbs since January!! <em>318</em> <BR> Wow I said, then I informed her that I had lost 25 lbs in the same time. she was genuinely pleased for me as well. It ... Mon, 6 May 2013 15:49:41 EST Most rewarding medical mission trip (Oh, and I'm down 3 lbs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346004 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1909104906.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1045042611.jpg"> <BR> I have done several other medical mission trips but this was one of the most rewarding. On the flight from Houston to Honduras there were five other medical groups also in route, we all had different specialities, we were ophthalmic. We saw 1100 patients in 4 days of clinic and spent 2 days with an orphanage. It was hot, humid and no AC in our m... Sun, 5 May 2013 08:44:00 EST