CREE123's SparkPeople Blog CREE123's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Blah humbug <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Quilting is going well. <BR> <BR> I've been sidetracked by taking on a task -- care of a 4 month old. LOL, i sweat daily! A temporary situation to help a family member. Caring for an infant is tough. <BR> <BR> So so broke and will start back to work by July. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:23:13 EST Labyrinth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago we walked the labyrinth. It is one kilometer to walk the path in and out. I remember the first time we went there after surgery, i walked only to the centre. the walk is much easier now, especially since the snow is gone. <BR> <BR> Will walk it tomorrow. Chopping wood left me very tired, was just so happy to be able to do so...been a long time since i could, a year and... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:40:11 EST Making progress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I still feel like a blug. You know, like in a low spot. <BR> <BR> Making progress. i have learned today that praying before my attempt to sew was good. and playing instrumental music set a good tone for the sewing. <BR> <BR> I thought I would have this top done today, the star is pieced, now i got to do the background. <BR> <BR> I chopped several pieces of wood too. See, it is work to... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:01:13 EST Siblings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This photo is taken with my sisters. I had sewn the quilt top and they helped me quilt it together. It was a gift for our 'baby' brother. <BR> <BR> I am in the process of making another for the oldest in my sibling group. We are orphans now in our middle age. We lost our mother in 2013 and our father in 2016. <BR> <BR> Last year i got so sick and needed surgery. The surgery was diffic... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:10:35 EST Goose <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought this goose looked like a ball. Cute, cute, cute. <BR> <BR> I decided that this blog is going to include fun things too. I mean if I'm happy, that would only lead to being more healthy. Being sad and pitiful only leaves me feeling stuck and hopeless. So if i post things i love, that will boost my spirits. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:07:49 EST Trying to make new ways <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My granddaughter was so annoyed while i tried to snap this photo of her, to make her the letter L. she is now three! <BR> <BR> Walked a little ways today pushing a stroller. <BR> <BR> Will get back into more exercise. Was happy to get some help from a friend and was able to buy fresh fruit and vegetables! <BR> <BR> Grateful for my bed. I'm on this weird schedule where i stay up so la... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:50:01 EST Lost my streak I had a spark log in streak of 41 days and now i am on number 1 again. <BR> <BR> I am struggling financially and borrowing money from family is so humiliating. I hate not having fresh fruit and veggies. Hate that junk food is cheaper. <BR> <BR> i'm not able to return to work until the end of June and wishing that this time off was productive instead of necessary. I'm venting, venting. <BR> <BR> I'm scared that my cancer will return and at the same time realize i need to work in ca... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:57:44 EST The geese are back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Being outside is so pretty. The geese have come home for the summer from their winter homes. <BR> <BR> Had a few days where i just did the minimum 10 minutes. I forget that I want to get healthy. It is so easy to carry on as per usual, but then this was was led to being morbidly obese. <BR> <BR> I go back to work at the end of June. so I have about 10 weeks to work on my mobility and s... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:07:19 EST hello April <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have the best walking buddy, she takes photos while I walk. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and my granddaughter is the sweetest. She was just diagnosed with lax ligaments (causes joint pain similar to juvenile arthritis) so her momma pulled her in a wagon while she picked up garbage and bottles outside. ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 03:58:42 EST Walked today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my walking buddy about to pretend to sleep on this slab of rock. <BR> <BR> I downloaded some Spark apps onto my cellphone today and discovered that it can keep track if the number of steps i do as well as distance! i also downloaded the daily motivation, nutrition and recipe apps. i earned 1000 points and moved into level 10! <BR> <BR> I got interviewed today and shared my commun... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:24:21 EST Got approved for welfare today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went to church after a long absence on the weekend. and today i got approved for some social assistance until i get to work. <BR> <BR> Whew. My vision board has God as the centre, so there, finally did action that made that to be true. <BR> <BR> And i will have some money coming in order to meet my basic needs. It will be so nice to see a dentist and get some new eyeglasses. <em>464<... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:05:49 EST Vision Board March 25 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There, my vision board is done. <BR> <BR> God as the centre of my life. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Family and Ceremony (wrapped in star blankets). <BR> <BR> Trail walking (exercise) and photography. <em>403</em> <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> Money sober. <em>528</em> <BR> <BR> Beading (traditional skills). <img src=" Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:14:51 EST Walked a labyrinth today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walked this labyrinth today, took 20 minutes. It has been awhile since i walked the whole thing. the last time i was here , my legs got tired a lot sooner so there is definitely progress! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My walking buddies are a great encouragement. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:55:43 EST Little by little one walks far. Peruvian proverb <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My walk buddies today. Already my granddaughter asks to go walking daily. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's walk was done with pulling her in a wagon for some of the way and so my elbow is sore! Today the wagon did not go out and we walked the opposite direction. <BR> <BR> Getting ready to make a vision board. I know it will include trail walking, a eco-friendly cabin, being money s... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:33:51 EST 14 day streak <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walked today and this is the sunset photo. <BR> <BR> When i was recovering from a hysterectomy (in which a soccer ball sized tumour was removed from an ovary), i thought of my past weight loss attempts. For the first time, a thin me was no longer critical. I realized that I had missed the point, it was health that is important. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight so many times only to gain it ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:12:15 EST 10 minutes a day is achievable <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was our 10 minute walk with my buddy and grandkids. 10 minutes of walking is doable. Yes, i can do this. <BR> <BR> Things got stressful with a sick daughter, immediately i drank a Pepsi and wanted to eat french fries. I must totally try and push down tough feelings with food/drink. <BR> <BR> I am eating apples and oranges regularly now. and drink water! <BR> <BR> Being an ova... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:54:08 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the last quilt i made. In speaking to a beloved mentor to day about my block in creating art for sale. She suggested that i make something and give it to someone to sell for me. I'm trying that, to make a quilt and then give it to my daughter who can sell it. <BR> <BR> I know this is not necessarily fitness/diet related but it is all connected. like my clutter, if i improve on... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:50:57 EST Walking small distances Yesterday i walked with my granddaughter and daughter to say happy birthday to my brother. It is about a 12 minute walk. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today my legs felt heavier than usual. So my workout was housework. Hauled water mostly. i even helped my brother and nephew unload a truckload of wood. Haven't done that in so long! A victory over the cancer! <BR> <BR> I am reading again. During my t... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:02:44 EST March 12, 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before my last chemo session my father passed away from leukemia. His cancer was one that typically had a time span of five years. He had about 14 years with us after diagnosis. I'm so thankful for that. He died in hospital on October 30, 2016. <BR> <BR> This photo was taken in August. When my hair started falling out, I got the rest shaved off. The bald head didn't bother me until I... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:19:32 EST It has been a long time <img src=""> <BR> I had been tired and had a chronic backache that doctors had told me was because of obesity. I ended up in emergency with a kidney stone attack and was sent for an ultrasound. They saw something they were concerned about and I was sent for a ct scan. There was a mass on my ovary and then I was sent to a gynecologist. She gave me the news that the mass was not fluid and that i was going to be s... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:01:48 EST Star in starting over Today i am back to SparkPeople after a long absence. yes..a few more pounds as well. I hurt my back a few months ago and last week finally decided to get some help. Seen the chiropractor 4 times and have an appointment with my doctor in 2 weeks. I so want to be able to zumba again. it sucks because the fee per drop in is $15.75. A small luxury maybe i will invest in when i get my mobility back. On the 17th it will be 2 years since my mom died and it is a sad anniversary for my family. ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:23:19 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada. I bought a bag of organic carrots at the Farmers Market to cook for the family dinner on Monday. I also got a bucket of clover honey to give to elder Eric. <BR> <BR> It has been windy and much of the leaves have blown off the trees. The woodstove is warm and cozy. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:58:15 EST sweet moment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my father holding his first great-granddaughter (my first grandchild). A bittersweet moment as we had lost my mom a few months previous. <BR> <BR> We cried. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:40:00 EST October 8 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grinding cedar and cleaning sage today for smudging. It smells so good here. <BR> <BR> Walked to my father's place this morning for a quick visit. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:52:33 EST i find i am not too old to learn new ways <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went to Zumba tonight. It made me feel good, great actually. <BR> i can't wait to do it again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I heard from an old friend today. He had tattooed my name onto his arm and then we lost contact. So many years and there was a reason he didn't stay in my life, that is being in jail for impaired driving. He said that he was seriously injured last year in a car crash caused by an impaired driv... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 23:20:39 EST Home today, with granddaughter Yay! get to have a day with Serenity. if her mom gets home in time, i will be able to go to zumba. <img src=""> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:09:51 EST Blogging <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walked to the lake this morning with my daughter and granddaughter. it is autumn and beautiful. <img src=""> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:46:55 EST Walking <img src=""> <BR> My camera is broken. I am using my cellphone for photos now. My sis took this one - she walked to the lake with me this morning. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:29:11 EST back again It has been over a year since i updated. lots has happened - lost my mom <BR> <img src=""> and grandmother shortly after. <BR> <BR> I am now a grandmother to this little one (I'm holding her here minutes after her birth): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> . <img src=""> <BR> I regained all the weight i had lost before. I hated seeing t... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:56:52 EST Grandma <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This beautiful lady is my granny. She is battling stomach cancer. She lives about 5 kilometers away from my childhood home. She used to come and visit us from time to time when we were children. When she would walk home, mom would send us to walk with her so that she wouldn't be by herself. We had to run to keep up with her fast walk! <BR> <BR> My daughter is expecting her first child. I want to be healthy ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:01:32 EST dawn <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dawn of a new day...taken this morning. I thought to go for a walk but Samson was barking, so i stayed in. <BR> <BR> I've been asked to make a shawl for one of my goddaughters. So I've got a task to do. <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:29:14 EST sad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today we laid Sharon to rest. At was heartbreaking to see her 2 five year old boys drop flowers on her casket. <BR> <BR> Yes, she is no longer suffering, but our hearts hurt. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:25:25 EST R.I.P. Sharon It is a sad time for my community. My former sister-in-law Sharon died unexpectantly yesterday afternoon at home. She had been battling sickness and has been in and out of the hospital for many months. I thought that she was on the mend. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> She and my brother Brian had lost their 8 month old daughter years ago. She leaves two five year old sons. Sharon was younger than I. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:30:18 EST walk/run Today I thought i would walk my daughter's dog...and try and run as well. I had three brief jogs. LOL, I had imagined nice long bursts of walk/runs. <BR> <BR> here is a pic of Samson during one of our spring walks this year: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ah is a start! <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:18:02 EST level 7 reached today This is a photo of me the last time i was at a healthy weight with my son who is 25 now. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tonight I went to a zumba class. I plan to be there again in the morning. I keep reminding myself that I am below 250 pounds and do not want to go back up. Moving is so much easier now and stairs are no big deal, they were before! <BR> <BR> I start my new job on Monday and will have to practice good self-discipline t... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:42:08 EST Star I did zumba this morning after a lot of slacking. it was hard. I had noticed that without regular exercise my old symptoms of digestive issues were coming i have motivation of having a smooth running system to make me move. <BR> Going grocery shopping and taking ideas from the spark nutrition page to make my shopping list. I do not to regain all i've lost in weight. <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:19:13 EST Old clothes are starting to fit :) Today i finally went back to zumba. It is summer and only 3 people showed up for class. So we did circuit training and a few favorite songs. <BR> I have this old cotton top (i love cotton) that is size 1x...yay...pretty soon i will be able to wear it comfortably. <img src=""> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend! Me, I plan to do some workout dvds and sew. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:59:20 EST Ouch Got such a bad sunburn that my workout was sidelined. :( <BR> Wear sunblock. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 00:23:05 EST Happy Canada Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was walking in the parade today with the Zumba studio members. This was me before we left. <BR> <BR> We also did a demonstration of zumba in the was so hot! my face is a lil burnt. Went to the pool to keep cool first. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is supposed to be 10 degrees cooler! Yay! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 00:48:14 EST 1000 minutes of exercise for June 2013! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This photo was taken after Christmas 2012...I was severely anemic and had gone out to get firewood after Christmas with my sister Rita. I hauled wood very slowly, but it felt good to be outside. <BR> <BR> Did 100 minute of Zumba today! I made my 1000 minutes of exercise for June. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 00:44:03 EST Pictures and quote I'm kinda stuck on what to blog about, so i will post some old photos today. This was taken at Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park, my ancestral homeland: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and this was a closing ceremony where i was shawled and received an eagle feather: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and this is a good quote <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Jun 2013 10:48:21 EST grand entry I was in the Grand Entry at the Peace River Powwow. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This fierce lil girl with doll hairties was my favorite! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My car broke down i got it fixed then drove it home to trade it in. <BR> <BR> I have new car and a new job! <em>244</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:21:23 EST It's up to me I did zumba today after a two week absence. Felt so good! <BR> I read the spark funny and it reminded me that I have a zumba membership. It motivated me to do zumba at home, tomorrow i will go back to the live class. <BR> I had resigned from my job and am waiting to start as a contractor. To be in business for myself. A very good wage, and being responsible for my own health plan and retirement plan. Finally growing up and quit waiting for a man to take care of me. There i said it out... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:30:30 EST Whew I woke up with a headache. Tension. I hadn't realized how stressful it has been to be waiting for a trial for my daughter. She had to go face the consequences of her actions while under the influence. Sentencing is put off until September. Whew. <BR> It is not my battle. If her addiction could be healed by something i could do, i would do it. I would walk to the end of the world if it meant she would be recovered, but it is not my battle. My task is actually simple: let go and let God... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 17:50:32 EST Putting the star into starting over... Sarah Kay I remember that every once in a while i would attempt to get some fitness and i would walk...then the next time i would try again would be a year later. That is why i stayed so big. <BR> these days i do Zumba. It's fun and i bought a membership for 6 months. my Mother's Day treat to myself. <BR> These last three weeks have been tough and i gained some weight back. I've gotten back on track for the last three days. One night on the weekend i was looking at my photo albums on this compute... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 01:13:21 EST 24 pounds down 24 pounds down! i asked my niece to make me a collage of my face. Yes, the weight loss is evident. So happy. <img src=""> Sun, 26 May 2013 22:32:42 EST Stress and Change After an intense week, today I feel that I'm back on track. Yesterday was a tough one and I ate 2 chocolate bars and ate two bags of chips. in the end I felt yucky and somewhat greasy. I felt during the stressful times I wanted breads and fried food. Bannock and fried moosemeat was an indulgence I took during a walk to my mom's on Monday. <BR> And today I can say...opps there was my my old sickness popping up and begin anew. <BR> I made a decision to leave my job and take on a more chal... Thu, 23 May 2013 00:26:56 EST I got this This week I received news about my daughter leaving her treatment program. <BR> It made me sad. <BR> All week I was in a workshop, it was strong 'Talk Medicine'. <BR> Each day gave me healing and strength. I was able to continue with zumba and being gentle with myself. <BR> <BR> Alcohol is powerful -- don't fool around with it. It is like a loaded 30/30 with no safety lock. DAVE BELLEAU <BR> <BR> And me having lost a partner through alcohol-fueled violence, had tried so hard to prote... Fri, 17 May 2013 23:01:53 EST Exuberance and spring My cousin has been in hospital often for the past few weeks. She had gallstone surgery and now has problems with her pancreas. When i looked to see what that could be caused by, I saw that rapid weight loss could set off those problems. She is a single mom of 2. I got a little scared. <BR> I started eating more than usual, upped my food intake and ate more vegetables, slow and steady will get me to goal. <BR> Today I did some low-impact aerobics. I am now used to walking with my daug... Sat, 4 May 2013 01:43:50 EST Love of our children Is busy with work. Took on some additional responsibilities. I will need to be mindful of stress, and not forget to exercise. <BR> I'm going back to work for an hour and dropping off a donation to support Operation Smile. A child was born with a cleft lip in our town and that inspired his uncle to raise funds to complete 50 surgeries for this condition in parts of the world where it is unavailable. In doing so, he is running in an extreme race that is run here in town on the August long... 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