COLUMBINE2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=COLUMBINE2 COLUMBINE2'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/ Day 46 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364926 Wow..am 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358637 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358259 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357841 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357840 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357839 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357837 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354995 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354569 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351805 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351352 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349091 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348689 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347256 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344925 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342019 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341514 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340001 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338604 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337619 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336984 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336103 Wow ... what a great day. And Wow...am 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 Day 25 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335072 Well...,this is a little weird....but it's ME..whaddaya expect?! <BR> <BR> At the end of a 5 hr mtg and a long day, I still needed to walk 8,000 MORE steps. G-r-o-a-n. <BR> <BR> Gotta find some "umph" to hit the road and get 'er done. Reaching back a few decades, I remembered my sophomore and junior years in high school when I operated a dance studio in a little tiny town. Tap dancing was my favorite! I reached back in my memory a few decades to "hear" some fast-moving, rockin' tunes th... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:47:49 EST Day 24 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334132 I grateful for a book I'm re-reading: <BR> "The Beck Diet Solution: Train your brain to think Like a thin person". I think it's excellent, but I'd drifted away from ALL the techniques. And reinstating them into my life again. <BR> <BR> It's not a diet at all. It's about behavior. Today's assignment highlights the importance of giving yourself credit when you do something right. It feels like bragging, but here goes... <BR> <BR> After a stressful meeting, I added a "low fat candy bar" to my... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:36:59 EST Day 23 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333655 I didn't blog yesterday because it was a hard day to be grateful. We discovered that DH's bike had been stolen the night before. We're on a trip that is highly dedicated to biking. <BR> <BR> But today, I'm grateful that my bike wasn't stolen, too. They were chained together and to a bike rack. The thief cut a very thick, strong cable lock and took the most valuable bike. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that we're only replacing one bike. There isn't a safe place to store them and we're too old to h... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:22:23 EST Day 22 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332664 I'm gradually (and I DO mean gradually) realizing that even though I feel like I'm gonna croak during the first 10-15 min of a bike ride that IF I keep biking and don't give up, I will soon feel much better. And near the end, I'll start to play my personal game of "Oh, I'm sooooo close to that next mile, I'll just keep going until I get there." And then I'll feel I could m-a-y-b-e do 1 more mile. Etc. And then I'll check my calorie burn and realize "Oh my gosh...t's only another 20 calorie... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:43:18 EST Day 21 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332092 Oooohhhh, so foggy this morning we could hardly see the car in front of us. But sunny until 7:00 pm thanks to daylight savings time. Hooray for an extra hour of sunshine! Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:50:52 EST Day 20 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331377 Laughter: belly laughs, tears-falling-down-your-cheeks laughs, almost-falling-off-your-chair laughs. That's my favorite "exercise". I was exhausted! <BR> <BR> We attended a play at the community college last night. It was a "farce" which always includes raucous behavior, outlandish script, lots of doors on the set to facilitate lots of door-slamming and fast action in and out, in and out, in and out, up the stairs, down the stairs. I hope they wear fit-bits to capture all those calorie... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:51:55 EST Day 19 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330581 I am grateful to be biking in high 70's instead of shoveling snow in 30's. People here call this "winter". How lucky am I? Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:28:56 EST Day 18 of 100 days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328435 I am grateful to be in a setting with people who share my compassion for others. It is a pure joy and I am so fortunate to be encouraged by them and to encourage them in return. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 23:11:55 EST Day 17 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327483 A dream happened! While on a ferry going back to the CA coast from Anacapa Island in the Channel, I saw it! I ran from side to side of the ferry unbelieving what I saw with my own eyes. My jaw dropped, I jumped up and down. I'd seen this on TV, but couldn't imagine it was true! <BR> <BR> At first there were 100-300 according to the PA announcer Then it was more like 1,000. On all 4 sides of the ferry, in droves. Right next to the ferry with their babies...filling every inch of the ocean fur... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 23:50:28 EST Day 16 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324285 I'm grateful that during this time when I'm trying to re-lose the extra pounds (for the zillionth time) that I have time and the weather to work out HARD. <BR> <BR> Biking and walking like crazy every day (except tomorrow when I'll be on a boat & a small island). And refusing ALL poor health choices. And believe me, when you're older it will take all that determination and MORE to lose even 5 pounds! <BR> <BR> Lose it when you're young and keep it off. Oh, how I wish I had done that! <BR>... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 01:01:17 EST Day 15 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321596 I'm grateful for my relationship with DH in which we're excited and eager to share new concepts we're learning from our respective library books. We listen to each other read and then discuss our thoughts. Sometimes we don't get any of our chores done because we're so engaged in conversations! <BR> <BR> "Hidden Figures" is a good example. DH couldn't wait to read much of it to me (in small segments), then I read the book, then we saw the movie. And we're still discussing it and urging eve... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:50:09 EST Day 14 of 100 days of gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321131 I'm grateful for Chip. Not my brother, Chip, but the REI clerk named Chip. He solved so many issues I've been fighting with my new Fitbit. I was really bummed! Now it syncs and I love it. <BR> <BR> The days and days of constant downpour in CA stopped for a couple of days and my fitbit rewarded me generously for surpassing my walking goal. I wish I didn't need a "pat on the back", but I do! <BR> <BR> And Chip helped me get it. <BR> <BR> Chip, you're an awesome dude! Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:18:39 EST Day 13 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320657 I'm grateful for a lovely day driving through beautiful green, green, green rolling hills with black angus cows for contrast. Endless days of rain did the work. I'm grateful for the very, very, very hard-working people bending over in deep, thick black soil after the rains to harvest food for our tables. Back-breaking work for very little money. I will pause and remember this reality every day. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:52:17 EST Day 12 of 100 days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319624 I offered to contact my high school classmates to plan a milestone reunion this year. (No, I'm NOT going to tell you how many years it's been since graduation. I'd faint on the floor if I say that number out loud! Gasp!) <BR> <BR> I grew up on a very large cattle ranch in Wyoming which my ancestors homesteaded in the early 1900's. The bus took me 30 miles to school. We had 16 students in our graduating class--the largest class ever! Most of the students went from 1st grade through 12... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:32:44 EST Day 11 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318575 We had a monster storm here Thursday night, all day Friday & night, Sat. causing 60 mph winds, rain like waterfalls, lots of fallen trees on cars, power lines and houses and mud slides closing highways and evacuations. 10.5 inches or rain in a nearby area. More expected tomorrow and Tues. <BR> <BR> I am grateful that there have bee no injuries reported. And I am grateful that this community will work together to help each other. <BR> <BR> Edit: Oh, no! 6 deaths. Tragic. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:17:16 EST Day 10 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317220 I am grateful to live in a culture that is friendly with strangers. It's OK here to start up a conversation with someone next to you in the grocery line. I had a hard time finding an appropriate birthday card for my son whose heart is broken. The lady in line suggested 2 books which might help him through this tough time. She told me the library's used book store might have them. I went there...and suddenly she walked in, saw me and searched for the book. Another woman overheard us looking fo... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:38:28 EST Day 9 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316762 It's wonderful to live (temporarily) in a place where people can express their concerns in a positive, peaceful, educational way. Yesterday I stood on "Peace Corner" with about 60 others where residents have expressed their hopes for decades. We held positive signs, smiled and waved at drivers. They smiled and waved back and honked their horns in encouragement. <BR> <BR> It filled me with joy and my heart with hope. I am grateful for this experience and freedom of speech. I am so very, ve... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:03:04 EST Day 8 of 100 days of gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315084 Wow..I'm so far behind. It's a good example of my current life. And I have so much for which to be thankful, but am a bit overwhelmed and forgetful. <BR> <BR> So today, I'm grateful for a long walk by myself above the ocean with high tide and the water crashing in hard and high against the large rocks. What a treat! This is such a beautiful sight and sound. Strong ocean. I will model this strength and not give up when our world seems upside-down! Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:00:33 EST Day 7 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307569 I am so grateful for the privilege of seeing the Pacific Ocean ... again. Each year we silently acknowledge, "This might be the last time we get to live by the ocean for a few months." <BR> <BR> We are back again and we are grateful. It's been a heart-breaking 4 months. The calm of the ocean soothed us both and brought us joy. I am so very grateful for the undeserved privilege. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 23:55:39 EST Day 6 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306202 Traded my 44" of snow in the front "yard" for palm trees. No more 2-3 hrs/day of shoveling. Hooray! Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:57:15 EST Day 5 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295705 Wowzers, nobody's ever going to ride in my car with me after all these "gratitudes." I live high in the Rocky Mountains in CO. We have about 40" of snow in my front "yard" which is 40 acres of mtns & no houses. Today we had very high winds (100 mph in some parts of CO) and intermittent poor visibility on my 2 lane road up to the house (8,600' above seat level). Snow was blowing horizontally on and off. I could see, then I couldn't see. Suddenly I was totally stuck in snow --even with exc... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:25:35 EST Day 4 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293722 I am grateful for Margot Lee Shetterly who wrote "Hidden Figures". My husband read the book, I read the book and yesterday we watched the movie. I encourage every person to read this book and open their experience to this true life story. The movie highlights only 3 women and there were so many more, so I'd recommend the book first. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for every strong, determined, hard-working woman who faces down every obstacle to move forward and through their success, move other wom... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 09:25:42 EST Day 3 of 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291388 Wow..I have to share this! As yesterday's blog said, I was driving (alone) 100 miles on snow-packed, icy roads to dr appt in the city. Lots of traffic, many drivers unfamiliar with snowy conditions, dangerous. My windshields (front & back ) are covered with brown, icy splash, etc. And suddenly (drum roll)...there's no fluid coming out to wipe off the windows. They are dark brown & I can't see in front of me or behind me.....on an interstate highway. How grateful I am that the one and on... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:20:48 EST Day 2 of 100 of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290242 As I head up a mtn that tops out at 11,000 ' in elevation with heavy snow, ice and wind, I am so very grateful for my warm, reliable car with good snow tires and new windshield wipers. <BR> <BR> Actually I could run a long list of things I'm grateful for today...but I'd better just get IN the start and start up the mtn. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:40:59 EST Day 1 of 100 days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289916 Today started at 4:40 am when I awakened with tears over a stressful situation which I can't control. <BR> <BR> DH prepared pancakes (a treat!) and we watched the beautiful Rose Parade --and annual tradition for us. As we watched, I felt calm seeing all the creativity and beauty of the floats and happy, excited people having fun. It rubbed off on me and I had a great day and accomplished a lot. I'm very grateful for the distraction. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:05:50 EST I've had it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168841 Returned from a 3 month trip away from from home. Only gained 1#, but somehow my body "grew". So I started a determined routine of eating well and exercising every day. I'm not strong enough yet for the tough classes at gym. I live in a community that loves outdoor, physical activity year round. These seniors are f-i-t and active even if they're 85. So I've been using dvds to get stronger, refusing all trigger foods, eating healtlhy......and getting no where. <BR> <BR> Today I changed cou... Mon, 23 May 2016 13:51:33 EST Today's challenge: spend 20 min. eating each meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821347 I wish it had been any day but today. I tried really hard at breakfast & improved at eating more slowly, savoring & chewing each bite. I forgot to eat lunch before the funeral where I was setting up, serving & cleaning up the refreshments. I zipped into a grocery store to buy items to eat while preparing for the guests: 2 small greek yogurts & a banana so I wouldn't be "attacked" by 20 kinds of cookies, etc. But I had to eat very quickly & get to work. Dinner...well, I spread it out over 20 m... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:36:49 EST Assignment: List 3 accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820866 1) Lost 15# in the last few months & found a new strategy to stay motivated (most of the time). <BR> <BR> 2) Got brave & attended a private swimming class immediately after my strenuous fitness class yesterday. Talk about exhausted! I survived & did better than expected. Headed straight to pain killer this a.m.! All better! <BR> <BR> 3) Baked 2 batches of (favorite) cookies last night without eating a dab of dough or a cookie. They're everywhere in my kitchen & I won't eat even one. I s... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:07:24 EST