COLUMBINE2's SparkPeople Blog COLUMBINE2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 72 of 100 Days of Gratitude Grateful? Well, that's s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, When I put on my very baggy work pants to help DH in the forest & to put up a gate on the road..... BAD NEWS. My baggy pants are tight in the waistband & the legs Very uncomfortable. Last fall they were baggy. <BR> <BR> So I guess this is what it takes for me to get back on track. And I did today. I hiked this morning up a very steep trail, then back down. Then to a neighborhood in town (where they don't have bears, moos... Tue, 5 Jun 2018 22:28:41 EST Day 72 of 100 Days of Gratitude Grateful? Well, that's s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, When I put on my very baggy work pants to help DH in the forest & to put up a gate on the road..... BAD NEWS. My baggy pants are tight in the waistband & the legs Very uncomfortable. Last fall they were baggy. <BR> <BR> So I guess this is what it takes for me to get back on track. And I did today. I hiked this morning up a very steep trail, then back down. Then to a neighborhood in town (where they don't have bears, moos... Tue, 5 Jun 2018 22:28:26 EST 71 days of gratitude Well, I've been ON the wagon, UNDER the wagon, dragged by the wagon, manhandled by a dr. wtih a knife on my toes and now I'm looking for the dadgum lost wagon. <BR> <BR> But I know it's here and friends are tired of waiting for me: "Where have YOU been, woman??". <BR> <BR> I have another couple of weeks on the road away from home but I'm going to try my best. <BR> <BR> I bit the bullet & bought new biking clothes last know the kind...for 9 yr old bodies. <BR> <BR> Tried t... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:35:29 EST Day 70 of 100 days of Gratitude Oh, boy! Am I grateful? You can bet your life that I am! <BR> <BR> Took my first bike ride along the Pacific Ocean today. I'm been dodging biking since I haven't done any activity except serious walking for months. It was beautiful! Gorgeous ride with DH (who exercises religiously 3 times weekly....oh, dear!) The hill was still steep (just like last year) and as always, I shifted gears the wrong way...making it even harder...but I got to the top. <BR> <BR> I'm sore, but happy. Then I remem... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:28:48 EST Day 69 of 100 days of Gratitude Well, a Spark friend of 8 (or more) yrs invited me to join a challenge. Other great SP friends have done so over the years, but I've always declined with a boatload of excuses. This challenge seemed so easy that I could hardly fail. I'm on "vacation" for several weeks and have to compromise my days w/ my DH -- that's my most commonly used excuse for my OWN failure to do what I'm challenged to do. <BR> <BR> The challenge has motivated me to exceed its requirements. Even when I'm tired...some... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 00:57:22 EST Day 68 of 100 days of gratitude I'm finally in a setting that will be less crazy, crazy, crazy--- hectic! And I'm grateful. I absolutely love the volunteer advocate work I've been doing day and night since Oct 1. Now I am ready for a break. DH & I are away from home for a long period and I'l find advocacy work here, too. But not in such deep demand. So it's time to get back on the SP wagon and concentrate on becoming more fit and keep my good health. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful beyond words for SP and the wonderful people w... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 23:05:04 EST Day 67 of 100 days of gratitude My Spark Coach challenge today is to toot my own here goes: <BR> <BR> I'm setting a minimum of 7500 brisk steps daily and aiming for 10,000 brisk steps (7,000 or 8,000 at a time without stopping) almost daily. I have 3 days in a row and I'm proud, but very tired. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful is that I live where there are lots of different routes to keep my interest and no traffic. I'm also grateful that I am retired and can take this large chunk of tiime out of my day to strive for th... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:43:52 EST Day 66 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm glad the huge, bull moose was running down the road in front of my car instead of me running down the road in front of the moose. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ahhhhhh, life in the Rocky Mountains! It was 2 degrees this morning. It could have been -2 degrees! <BR> I'm grateful, indeed! Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:21:57 EST Day 65 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm grateful that I'm up to my ears in a volunteer effort to help people consult one-on-one with a knowledgeable, patient man who explains health insurance and helps people apply for it. I've posted almost 200 flyers informing the community of his free service (he doesn't sell anything) and many years of experience. Meeting new people in my small community and discovering (again) how nice people are thrills me! I'm exhausted...but it's a "happy exhaustion" -- the very best kind! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 22:24:17 EST Day 64 of 100 days of Gratitude Headed to Minuteman Trail in Concord, MA. I'm grateful for this opportunity to learn more about our country's history. <BR> <BR> I think I take a lot for granted and I intend to be wiser and more appreciative of the many attribute of our beloved country today (but I will continue to advocate for the oppressed). Sun, 22 Oct 2017 08:46:35 EST Day 63 of 100 Days of Gratitude Well, I'm grateful to be back home and that a strenuous day of movement is finished.I climbed 4 very steep mtns today to try to re-lose the pounds I regained on a road trip & while staying with relatives. Their breakfasts consisted of 1) cinammon rolls & cantaloupe or 2) waffles with molasses in the batter, etc. And dinner was cheese, rich dip & sausage. Delicious, but deadly. Plus eating out frequently. Wham! <BR> <BR> So I'm back home & on track and terrified of getting on the scale. WA... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:35:17 EST Day 62 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm grateful that yesterday I remembered what I had forgotten to remember. <BR> <BR> You will understand this if you're 50+ yrs. Of course, that was only one incident in 24 hours. I forgot plenty of things yesterday, but I'm grateful for the ONE I remembered! (lol) <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, friends! I'm grateful for you! <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 10:48:43 EST Day 62 of 100 Days of Gratitude "Motherhood is not for wimps!" I have a magnet that says that on the refrig. <BR> <BR> It's been a year this week since my son experienced the end of his young marriage. I wasn't sure he could reach emotional stability to survive it. So I've been really worried about him re-living the memory this week. <BR> <BR> Last week he created an incredible video of shots taken from his drone in Columbia Gorge & Portland, OR. The song he chose to accompany the video is morbidly sad .The video even... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 23:59:16 EST Day 61 of 100 Days of Gratitude I am so grateful to be retired and able to really concentrate on movement. The days of owning a small business & working 12-14 hrs/daily were very rewarding, but really demanding. I could never have had the time nor energy to do what today involved: <BR> 1) hauling and stacking split wood for the wood stove for the bitter winter coming soon. We'll be splitting 5 times more than we did today before we're finished. It's kinda fun, but tiring. But the warm fires when it's -20 degrees (or colde... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:08:47 EST Day 60 of 100 Days of Gratitude Home after a fun, strenuous trip to the Pacific Northwest. Hiking the Cascade Mtns to see the waterfalls required walking 10,000+ steps several days on this vacation. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to blow my streak (streaks are really sneaky, aren't they? It's just awful to break one & have to start over on Day 1 again!) But I was just so tired, that I decided to settle for my MUST DO goal( 7500 steps) instead of my dream goal of 10,000. <BR> <BR> So at 7500, I was ready to quit...but I st... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 23:41:45 EST Day 59 of 100 Days of Gratitude After a couple of "gray days" on the Pacific beach, the sun came out yesterday! Hooray! DH loves the photo opportunities, I love getting 10,000 steps in beauty and (I have to admit..) I love little shops where "cute quotes" can be found. They make me smile! <BR> <BR> Family: Only one clown short of a circus! <BR> <BR> Don't look back; that's not the way you're going! <BR> <BR> Good friends don't let you do stupid things alone! <BR> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:18:39 EST Day 58 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm in Oregon and the sky is smoke-filled from huge wildfires. I'm thankful for all the training the firefighters have had emphasizing the priority to protect each other and then beautiful forests of Oregon. My son is a fire fighter where I live in CO and I can only imagine the stress for the first responders, their families, their parents and their fellow responders. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for every first responder.... every day. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:39:25 EST Day 57 of 100 Days of Gratitude I am grateful for Nature's beauty. We walked another 5 miles up& down a very steep, narrow dirt trail rising hundreds of feet above the ground to view the magnificent Wahclella waterfall and also up to the bridge of Multnomah waterfall. Words fail to describe them. Oregon is unbelievable. <BR> <BR> These lands were private property. The owners recognized that the beautfy could be lost and it should be available to every person. So they donated it for the public to enjoy forever. It's a... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 00:45:34 EST Day 56 of 100 Days of Gratitude Yesterday In Oregon mountains, climbing miles up and miles down and miles up and miles down to photo (DH) waterfalls. 5+ miles. ..doesn't sound like much until you look at the "straight up and straight down of it. <BR> <BR> Oregon is beautiful! And I am tired. Doing it again today & tomorrow..assuming my legs last. Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:25:39 EST Day 55 and Day 56 of 100 Days of Gratitude The day before yesterday, we traveled the roads on the 2nd link. Yesterday we drove the Engineer Pass. If you'd like more veiws, check out and search for Engineer Pass and Alpine Loop to Engineer Pass in Colorado. Be sure to fasten your seat belt before you watch the links. lol <BR> <BR> The road is made of broken rock (very little dirt fill). The roads are one car width wide even though there is traffic going both directions. (yikes!) We are 12,800 ft above sea level in our... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:07:45 EST Day 54 of 100 Days of Gratitude I didn't intend to organize the event, but it ended up that way. And I had been excited -- floating on a cloud as I called each person and urged them to attend the event. and they said, "Yes!" Only one couldn't attend (and the two who are deceased). They were coming from as far as CT and CA! But as the day drew closer, I realized it was going to be really awkward & probably boring. <BR> <BR> I don't have anything in common with these people, I'd moved away many, many decades ago and a lot... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:26:29 EST Day 53 of 100 Days of Gratitude I live on a mountain in CO. Adjacent to our 40 acres are hundreds of acres of BLM (Bureau of Land Mgt) land --people aren't allowed to live on that land. Just wildlife like moose, elk, deer and cattle (ranchers lease the land from the gov't). <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I drove out of our garage, and just barely around the corner there was a large black bear running as fast as he could across the dirt road in front of my car. It's the only road out of our house ...and yes, where I start all my wa... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:06:44 EST Day 52 of Gratitude in 100 Days of Gratitude Another hike up the 35 degree angle mtn across the road from our house (which is at 8,600' above sea level). I climbed & climbed up a mtn only to reach more "up" and more "up" and then I was on the 2-track slightly inclined "road" (not a road..just "land"). Up ahead are two deer and a fawn. I stopped. We stared at each other. They're not dangerous at all, but they get spooked if you move a muscle. Suddenly the 2 does (moms) bounced up the road. And the fawn bounced down the road toward... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:54:47 EST Day 51 of 100 Days of Gratitude I've had many days of gratitude, but just forget to record them. <BR> <BR> Today was a good one: I finally broke away from a month's worth of volunteer project & went outside for a hike up the mtn. Started with a very steep, straight UP mtn, which leads to another steep incline and another and another. At bedtime, my fitbit says we went up 83 flights of stairs. I stepped on a small, round piece of wood which rolled out taking my left leg into thin air. My back leg remained behind, bend at th... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:20:12 EST Day 50 of 100 Days of Gratitude "Gratitude" in an understatement. DH had dr.'s exam about a test result that was too high. The verdict today could have been a life-threatening condition. The verdict was "all is well." <BR> <BR> I've never been so grateful. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:39:48 EST Day 49 of 100 days of Gratitude I'm overloaded with volunteer tasks and I love doing them, but I'm hanging on by a thread with SP. Got on stationary bike today for a good workout. Ate well and dodged all triggers. I'm so thrilled to have SP so I know how to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I think SP is the best resource I've ever seen for living a healthy lifestyle. Thanks, Chris and all the staff who make it available. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:09:42 EST Day 48 of 100 Days of Gratitude Housesitting at sister-in-law's brand new, very beautiful house in a small town 100 mi from our mtn home. So we got a taste of "big city" living (20,000 population compared to 1,000 -- I know you're rolling your eyes!). <BR> <BR> Bike path right out her door; rode by flooding river, path goes along green prairie, through parks, nice people everywhere on the paths. 13 miles..not much, but my first ride in a exceeded 10,000 steps and I wasn't even tired. <BR> <BR> City living is fun...but y... Mon, 29 May 2017 00:26:06 EST Day 47 of 100 Days of Gratitude Walked very briskly to fast music at the track. Then ST, then more brisk walking, then ST. You get the picture. <BR> <BR> Then a walk after dinner down and back up the mtn. road. I'm grateful that I have access to these tools to help me on the road to a healthier life. Also healthy that I only needed 1 nap to get me through a soda-free (caffeine-free) day. It was tough..but the first day is always the worst. And it's behind me now. It'll get easier. So grateful to SP and my SP friends fo... Thu, 25 May 2017 16:21:58 EST Day 46 of 100 Days of Gratitude I off track...from blogging to exercise. <BR> <BR> I am NOT grateful for almost 2 feet of snow last Wednesday & Thursday. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I AM grateful for the unusual beauty of white snow on dark green grass with little wildflowers blossoming. And baby green leaves on trees. It's gorgeous and a rare experience. <BR> Have a great day, everyone! Sun, 21 May 2017 22:21:30 EST Day 45 of 100 Days of Gratitude DH and our son are on a road trip in CA to view 2 SR-71 Black Hawk (??) planes. It's my son's passion. He has endured 8 months of heartache and despair from a painful divorce and THIS trip has brought him JOY! True JOY! <BR> <BR> I am so grateful that he has experienced JOY again..and maybe he can believe that his life will go on. Sat, 6 May 2017 23:03:59 EST Day 44 of 100 Days of Gratitude I arrived home (alone) after an absence of 3 1/2 months and was so grateful to find the total and complete absence of bears in my house. Hooray! In 2009, a bear had cleaned out the kitchen cupboards, refrigerator freezer (salmon, shrimp, butter), left paw prints in cocoa mix on the floor, knocked over the very heavy bedroom dresser and chomped a large hole in my bread loaf pan (made by his tooth). <BR> <BR> So I'm grateful to arrive home to a dull, clean, empty house. "Adventure?" Bee... Sat, 6 May 2017 00:18:50 EST Day 43 of 100 Days of Gratitude I didn't have wi-fi access again today, so am writing retroactively. <BR> <BR> Gratitude is totally inadequate to describe my feelings today. We saw "Their Finest" which is a good movie. <BR> <BR> The next day we saw The Zookeeper's Wife. I was shaking while watching that. That's never happened to me before in my many decades of movies. I highly recommend that every single individual see this movie based on a true life story. I am so grateful for our freedom and that this would end in ... Fri, 5 May 2017 01:01:40 EST Day 42 of 100 Days of Gratitude 38 years of friendship and 30 years of living hundreds of miles apart, but my friend and I connect like magnets. Oh, it's been so much fun and we're seeing sights that are fabulous. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. Fri, 5 May 2017 00:57:04 EST Day 41 of 100 Days of Gratitude I don't have access to wi-fi so I'm recording these days of gratitude a few days later. <BR> <BR> <BR> We visited the Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater in Denver which is considered the best in the world by many musicians. Huge, majestic red columns of rock flank each side of the 1900 seats. What a thrill to see this beautiful natural space. Fri, 5 May 2017 00:55:39 EST Day 40 of 100 days of Gratitude April 29: Both our planes were delayed, but we arrived at the same time. This made it easier to connect and far less hassle than expected. I was very grateful since it was snowing! Fri, 5 May 2017 00:51:56 EST Day 39 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm grateful for a dear friend whom I'll see tomorrow. We've been friends for 38 years and she's a treasure in my life. We're be laughing and catching up and exploring for a few days after 15 months of not getting together. I'm so lucky I know her. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:00:14 EST Day 37 of 100 Days of Gratitude Oops, I had 2 Day 35s, so I'm bumping up to Day 37.I'm grateful for the wonderful time we've had this winter in a warm, sunny, friendly place. <BR> <BR> We pack up to leave tomorrow and I'm trying to emphasize grateful for what we experienced instead of greedy for more. It's a battle, but I'm trying my best. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:19:59 EST Day 36 of 100 Days of Gratitude We probably only have 2 more bike rides before returning home to a place where biking is not really feasible without hauling them 100 miles away. So we put the bikes on the rack, drove to the next city which has great paths. 73 degrees, sunny day, perfect. We usually ride about 10 miles, but today we rode 18 miles. And the "personal parts" of my body were screeching by the end. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that we did it because at the half-way point, we arrived at the perfect time to watch a m... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:46:03 EST Day 35 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm struggling again. I lost 5 1/2# during the first two months in my temporary location and that is hard to do with lots of meals out, free time (to snack), etc. I was so pleased. But I letting my emotions control my eating instead of ME controlling my eating and regained it. <BR> <BR> So yesterday was Day 1 of breaking my lifelong--(on & off)) addiction to diet soda (after I'd been soda free for 6 wks then caved for 3 weeks). The news tonight reported a respected study that indicates th... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:46:04 EST Day 35 of 100 Days of Gratitude Since I don't have grandchildren, I took a risk and started a subtle, teeny-tiny game of "peek-a-boo" with a preschooler sitting nearby at a cafe. I was dining alone and he was with his large family. His language was different, but our pleasure at "peek-a-booing" was the exactly the same! <BR> <BR> He responded at first very coyly, then more bravely and eventually, he added audio to the game and was a T-Rex (his grandma tipped me off) and I was a "terrified" spectator at the T-Rex circus (... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:52:06 EST Day 34 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm grateful that I live within 20 miles of a beautiful National Park (Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park in CO). And I have been privileged to explore many magnificent national parks...especially in the West. If you haven't been to the West, you can't imagine what you are missing! <BR> <BR> Last night I was absorbed in a live presentation on American's National Parks given by Terry Tempest Williams, a highly renowned author, speaker and advocate of many causes. She shared stories of bison, birds, e... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:45:06 EST Day 33 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm grateful for the palm trees, the birds signing their hearts out and the beautiful aroma of the flowers as I pass by while walking or biking. Clean air, clean water and residents who work to protect this magnificent environment in this special place. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:02:54 EST Day 32 of 100 Days of Gratitude DH & I met friends at the LA Japanese-American Museum which offers a tremendous exhibit about the discrimination, internment and ultimate sacrifices of loyal, American citizens during WW II. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for these brave families and their dedication to protecting our country in spite of how we punished them when they'd done absolutely nothing wrong. My friends and I were struck numb with the similarities to some attitudes today. I am grateful for advocates of open, honest educatio... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 01:16:26 EST Day 31 of 100 Days of Gratitude I've been going crazy trying to get my fitbit charge 2 to sync. And it turns out I'm really shallow...if I don't get credit for these strenuous bike rides or the 7500 or 10,000 steps..I just don't want to do it. Nothing would sync since last Sat and I was fed up & fell off the wagon in every sense of the word (bad eating, less (or no) exercise. I was furious & throwing a tantrum. <BR> <BR> Finally DH & I each made some modifications in settings and it's working now. (I hope I didn't just jin... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 01:01:53 EST Day 30 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm on a temporary vacation 1,000 mi from my sons. I spoke with each of them last night by phone and we had good "conversations" (they talked and I listened). I was overjoyed to have the quality time with them even though it was long distance. <BR> <BR> They each face really difficult challenges, but they're maturing and moving forward and I'm grateful to be their mom. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:39 EST Day 29 of 100 Days of Gratitude Well...I've been doing some serious biking, but have slacked off on walking. So "fate" took care of that today. <BR> <BR> DH & I are living temporarily in a 2nd floor condo located next to the outdoor stairs down to the ground. <BR> <BR> Today the construction workers boldly (without asking "my" permission) removed the stairs to the ground! Yep...awakened the dead with their hammering and yanked 'em out & took 'em them to a galaxy far, far away. They kindly installed a large wooden board ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:54:30 EST Day 28 of 100 Days of Gratitude Rode bikes with DH & friends. A slight incline for 8 mi and boy, did I suffer. It wasn't that tough, but the last few rides have been hard for me. <BR> <BR> Then we came back down the beautiful bike path and it was SPLENDID. I would like to have ridden faster, but I was behind one of my friends who wasn't hurrying. <BR> <BR> It was so rhythmic I almost fell asleep. So I'm grateful I had a tough workout and an easy ride home and that I didn't fall asleep while riding my bike. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:16:23 EST Day 27 of 100 Days of Gratitude I feel grateful for so many things today. <BR> Here's just one: <BR> When I returned home from a windy, tough bike ride, there was a note on my rented condo door. It was a thank you note from a postal clerk (whom I barely know) who thanked me for clipping out and giving her a news article about HER helpful attitude on her job. <BR> <BR> She works hard, deals with the public daily (which can be exhausting) and faces life struggles. Yet she took the time to write and deliver a thank you no... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:18:02 EST Day 26 of 100 Days of Gratitude Well, I have't had a day like today since ....the beginning of January. January was crammed getting everything done before leaving home for a while. During the last 4 weeks, I've been working really hard to lose weight (11#). I'm eating as healthy as possible when away from home, riding a bike as vigorously as I can and/or striving to walk 7,500 to 10,000 steps per day. And also working hard emotionally in volunteer tasks. <BR> <BR> Today it rained all day. I just didn't fight it. I stayed i... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:27:08 EST Day 26 of 100 Days of Gratitude Wow ... what a great day. And I whipped! It's so much easier to limit what I eat when I'm busy, busy, busy. Boredom or spare time are my worst triggers. <BR> <BR> Grateful? Let's see. I rode further on my bike today. Not the longest distance I've biked, but into new territory including more hills and at a more challenging pace, so I'm very grateful for the energy and endurance to do that. <BR> <BR> I'm proud when my hair is wet and I'm sweaty after a bike ride or a vigorous walk.... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:54:37 EST