CVRONEK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CVRONEK CVRONEK'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/ NSV-Physical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669583 Blog number 3 on Non Scale Victories. <BR> <BR> There are so many things that make a difference and that we can be proud of, while not letting a number on the scale define who we are. <BR> <BR> This blog, is about physical ways in which I have improved. <BR> <BR> There have been some health issues, in the mix, but changes are happening all the time and I will concentrate on the good ones! <BR> <BR> Physical (Outside) <BR> <BR> Clearer skin...so much better and smooth. I am really likin... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:32:12 EST NSV- SPORT, EXERCISE AND PLAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659818 Continuing with my Non-scale victories, I will list ways that I have improved, this week, when it comes to sport, exercise and play! <BR> <BR> I am loving this part as I feel so much more alive and my confidence is soaring! <BR> <BR> Sport, Exercise, and Play...... <BR> <BR> You started exercising ..well not started, but increased dramatically <em>311</em> <BR> You became more consistent with exercise <em>250</em> <BR> You can go longer, harder, faster <em>312</em> <BR> You can l... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:02:14 EST NSV-Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655969 March came in with a tired feeling. Winter staying longer than normal for Virginia and I'm thinking, for much of us. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986323975.jpg"> <BR> A few health issues lingered along , perhaps from unhealthy choices and other factors, combined, but blood work was done and since I haven't heard back, I will take it, that I'm doing OK. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Well, mid month brought the tease of Spring and since I have been trying really hard to... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:15:23 EST For St. Patrick's day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649661 May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks, <BR> May your heart be as light as a song, <BR> May each day bring you bright, happy hours, <BR> That stay with you all the year long. <BR> May good luck be your friend <BR> In whatever you do. <BR> And may trouble be always <BR> A stranger to you. <BR> Lucky stars above you, <BR> Sunshine on your way, <BR> Many friends to love you, <BR> Joy in work and play <BR> Laughter to outweigh each care, <BR> In your heart a song <BR> And gladness waiting ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:28:22 EST It was a cold and sleet filled morning, when what caught my eye? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642400 Richmond woke to cold sleet, freezing rain and a downright bone chilling morning. <BR> <BR> After coffee and a soft boiled egg, I motivated to head out into the damp. <BR> As I started my car, I got the feeling that I was being watched, so I looked about and here is what I saw, in my backyard! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l391562194.jpg"> <BR> The two were watching me from behind the wood pile. <BR> I did a double take, as I live in the city and have only see... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 19:25:05 EST Feeling playful in my my city. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637430 A warm day before the next cold blast has me feeling playful, like that first warm breeze has always made me feel. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> You may know it! Roll down the windows and turn on some tunes, kind of day. <em>335</em> <BR> Head to the river or just about anywhere to smile and frolic. <BR> <BR> Here is a little video, that is upbeat and shows some of the ways you can enjoy my city, Richmond, Va. <BR> Have a little fun and maybe do a little dance as you groove with these playfu... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 07:29:16 EST A late Winter walk . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633123 Saturday brought a cool morning with the promise of a warm breeze to come in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> My sister, suggested a walk in our local botanical garden. <BR> Admission half price, nice weather, sister time AND a walk? I took the bait! <BR> <BR> Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is a jewel that we are fortunate to live near. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l304977366.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hardly a soul was there, when we started our trek, along the winding paths... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:35:02 EST Making the most of the "snow". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622959 Hi expectations! That's what I have had, all week as the Nor'Easter, was expecting to bring the biggest snowfall, of the year! Oh boy!! <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> I love snow and making snow angels, sledding, building snowmen, throwing snowballs, making snow cream, to name a few. Oh, and let's not forget, catching snowflakes on the tongue! <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Imagine the disappointment when I heard rain, at 1 am. flattening what snow we had gotten into a slushy mess. <em>39</em> <B... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:29:30 EST Remembering Papa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607520 Today my father would be 100 years old, if he were still here! I am missing him, as I have since January 1977, when he left, too soon. <BR> <BR> I could write a book about his life, love, warmth, stories, etc, <BR> A quiet, yet strong man, with love of country, family and God, he taught us, took care of us and showed us, by example how to live. <BR> <BR> Here are a few photos of my father. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1660921878.jpg"> <BR> Born in Iowa.... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:43:22 EST Sunny day, just had to get in the garden. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592577 AH, the warmth of the sun, after days of gloomy weather. <BR> 60 degrees with a slight breeze. <BR> <BR> Stopped by the nursery and picked up just a few Winter hardy pansies, for a couple pots on my side steps. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1128556975.jpg"> <BR> These will greet me everytime I come home! <BR> <BR> Next, I gather twigs and branches that had fallen. There were many and it was good to bend over, so much. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Over the past... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:01:05 EST Something to share and think about... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586615 I just wanted to share this with you. Another one of my, Sparkfriends IMIN2GENES! posted something from (LINWINAGAIN) who posted this on a team page... <BR> <BR> Saw this and wanted to share... motivating to look at what 1 lb a week really <BR> could add up to! <BR> <BR> If I lost 1 lb each week of 2014 I would be... <BR> <BR> ~7 pounds lighter by Valentines Day. I'm loving it! <BR> <BR> ~11 pounds lighter by St. Patricks day. <BR> <BR> ~by Easter, I'd be 16 lbs lighter. I'd be a ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:15:23 EST R- REFLECTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585810 REFLECTION SEEMS TO BE A GOOD ONE TO PICK, AS MY R WORD, TODAY. <BR> <BR> There are so many good R words, realize, responsible, righteousness, however, <BR> <BR> I ran across this, the other day. <BR> <BR> Reflection or thinking after every failure and/or success in achieving a goal(s) is important if one is to change or improve on the past mistakes which are responsible for not achieving a goal(s) and/or a plan for future successes. <BR> <BR> It is important for us to reflect on what ha... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:07:59 EST Q- QUALITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577786 Q- QUALITY <BR> <BR> A new year and time to look at the quality of my life. <BR> <BR> So first, what is quality? <BR> <BR> 1. A characteristic or attribute of something; property; a feature. <BR> <BR> 2.The natural or essential character of something. <BR> <BR> 3. Excellence; superiority <BR> <BR> 4. Degree or grade of excellence. <BR> <BR> <BR> Quality , I usually associate with how good something is. <BR> <BR> If a product is of good quality, it is made well, will last, worth the t... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:53:05 EST P- PERSISTENCE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565413 P- PERSIST- <BR> <BR> 1.To be obstinately repetitious, insistent or tenacious is some activity. <BR> <BR> 2. to hold firmly and steadfastly to some purpose, state, or undertaking, despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks. <BR> <BR> 3. To continue in existence; last ; to stand firm. <BR> <BR> I love this word. I will choose this to be my word, through the end of this year and the entire year of 2014! <BR> <BR> PERSIST! <BR> <BR> I can be a stubborn bull head at times, so why not be ob... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:32:56 EST O-OPPORTUNITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562716 O-OPPORTUNITY <BR> <BR> A FAVORABLE OR ADVANTAGEOUS COMBINATION OF CIRCUMSTANCES; SUITABLE OCCASION OR TIME. <BR> <BR> AN OPENING...A CHANCE... A BREAK. <BR> <BR> We are given many opportunities in life. Each and every day. <BR> They come in obvious forms and in ones that we need to really think about in fresh ways, to see. <BR> <BR> Opportunities to make a friend, help someone, give back, do a good deed. <BR> <BR> Opportunities to move ahead in work, make better financial choices, organ... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:09:20 EST N-Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561516 N-Now.... <BR> <BR> It has been awhile since I have written a blog and my alphabet was left hanging. <BR> So much for M- motion. <BR> This actually feels like my life. Get on a roll, all good intentions, lay everything out and then.... <BR> it stops for no apparent reason. <BR> Yes, I was really busy at work. Christmas decor to hang up around the city, added to the usual , Thanksgiving was in there and a bit of under the weatherness and before you know it, a couple weeks gone. <BR> <BR> So... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:10:58 EST M-MOTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545864 M- motion <BR> <BR> It would have been easy to chose motivation for my M word, as this is such a buzz word in the weight loss world, but just as important is the word motion. <BR> <BR> motion- <BR> <BR> 1. The action or process of change of position....Boy do I need that! <BR> Do you ever feel stuck? Does a little voice tell you, to get up and move? to stop sitting? <BR> Even to change your position on a thought, or feeling? <BR> Do you ever hear the voice, but continue to be...motionles... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 07:27:15 EST L-live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540830 l-live <BR> <BR> There are many definitions of this word. I will touch on just a few. <BR> <BR> 1.to pursue a positive and satisfying existence. <BR> <BR> I am working on this. I am pursuing , but to what intensity? Seems pretty slow, but I am making progress. I am super positive. Annoyingly so, or as I have been told by some. <em>211</em> <BR> Others find it uplifting, but regardless I shall remain positive. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Satisfying existence? I am happy with what I hav... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:06:18 EST k- knowledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539835 K- knowledge <BR> <BR> 1. Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study. <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Specific information about something. <BR> <BR> <BR> Knowledge. We have a good bit of knowledge that we have gained through our life experiences. We gain additional knowledge, every day. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople provides a huge assortment of articles and tools, to increase our knowledge, when it comes to healthy living. <em>252</em> <BR> Our Sparkfriends, s... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:17:02 EST J- Judgement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538416 J- judgement <BR> <BR> 1. The capacity to make reasonable decisions ; especially in regard to the practical affairs of life; good sense, wisdom. <BR> <BR> So many times, I think of the word judgement as in being judgemental of others. Or being judged by others as being inadequate or less than one should be. <BR> <BR> Not always good, as do we really know the whole story as to why someone may be the way they are? Who am I to judge, when I have improvements that I can make to myself? <BR> Li... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:13:25 EST I'm back for letters F,G, H, and I. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537160 Hello, everyone. I am back from a mini vacation, with my daughter, Ashley. We were out of town, in Williamsburg, Va. and I was doing my best to live in the moment and not get online. <BR> I love to live simply and it sure did the trick to unplug, for awhile. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Now back to the ABCs... <BR> <BR> F..faith... <BR> 1. Confident belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. <BR> <BR> I believe in God...that is one type of faith. <em>459</em> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 09:02:56 EST Coming soon...the letters F,G, H and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534301 I will be taking a short break and will be away from the computer for a few days. <BR> <BR> The letters F, G, H and I will becoming in a blog, or blogs, soon. <BR> <BR> In the mean time, I wish each and every one of you happy trails, towards your goals. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Chris Wed, 6 Nov 2013 21:13:17 EST E- ENTHUSIASM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533604 E- Enthusiasm.... <BR> <BR> 1. Rapturous interest or excitement. <BR> <BR> 2.Ardent fondness or eagerness; zeal. <BR> <BR> Enthusiasm! Now this I've got! I am enthusiastic about so many things in my life! <BR> I love life! I look at most things through a child's eyes. <BR> Some may call me silly, but I would not change it for anything. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I can get my babble going and go on and on, big eyed and grinning, getting excited about the smallest thing. <BR> <BR> Yes, p... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 07:13:49 EST D- DIRECTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532587 D-Direction <BR> <BR> 1. A course or area of development; tendency toward a particular end or goal. <BR> <BR> 2. The distance relationship between two points. <BR> <BR> DIrection. Seems simple enough. <BR> <BR> What direction do I wish to travel <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Weight... direction <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> Good health..... direction <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> Blood pressure <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Movement towards my goals... direction...forward. <em>386</em> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 06:18:34 EST C- Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531273 C- Commitment <BR> <BR> 1. A pledge to do something. <BR> 2.The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to some course of action. <BR> <BR> This is a difficult one for me. <em>24</em> When it comes to commitment, I remember a time, when I was all in. Fully committed to losing weight and getting healthier. <BR> I did everything to make sure that I reached my goal. <em>301</em> <em>312</em> <em>405</em> <em>204</em> <BR> This was many years ago, when I went the extr... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 20:14:28 EST B- Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530623 B-believe... <BR> <BR> 1. to accept as true or real. 2.to credit with veracity; have confidence in; trust. 3. to expect or suppose; think. 4. to have faith <BR> <BR> These are just a few of the definitions of believe. we need to believe that we are good, worthy, of value. <BR> <BR> We need to believe that we can do it! Expect to reach our goals! Have confidence in ourselves! <BR> Trust us to move forward with purpose and achieve success! <BR> <BR> Have faith!! <BR> Believe in things ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 05:58:26 EST The ABC's of Autumn.... A is for Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529918 Autumn is my favorite time of year! <em>334</em> A time that takes my breath away, with the beauty of it all. A time to harvest, to nest, to prepare for the cold days, ahead. <BR> A time to reflect and be Thankful. <BR> <BR> My energy is always at it's peak, as something inside stirs, with the swirling of the leaves. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> The ABC's of Autumn and steps to success, seems like a good way to make the most of it and move towards my goals. <BR> <BR> This will also help ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 09:41:56 EST Interesting, motivational encounter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492503 While working at a particularly physical job, last week, I had the luck of being in the right place, at the right time. <BR> <BR> The day was beautiful, low humidity, sun shining, and fortunate enough to have some shade. The breeze just right to keep things good. <BR> <BR> I was digging and edging an overdue section of curb along a very busy road. The ground was 8 inches above the curb and 10 inches over the curb! Every two digs, the traffic would whiz by and due to construction, everyone ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 07:20:27 EST Hope can be found on the side of the mountain you have to move. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472261 September is here! <BR> <BR> My mountain is still here, as well. Looming large, rough paths, a steep cliff on one side, gentler slope on the other. Rocks, verses path and brush. Untraveled by few, on one side, against another path, attempted by many. <BR> <BR> Some people just sit below or at a distance looking at the mountain. Others try and get part way, before either camping in one spot and staying awhile, or going back down to the bottom. A trek for another day, on the gentle slope.... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 06:35:13 EST Refocusing on the Winter Olympic Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465963 With less than six months to go until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, excitement continues to build as the Russian resort prepares to welcome the world’s finest winter sports stars 7 February next year. <em>329</em> <BR> <BR> This is the reminder I needed to see! <BR> As many of you may remember, I started a WInter Olympic Challenge, in February of this year. <BR> Reminded myself of the commitment and determination required to make it to the games. To push through mental and physical... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 18:03:27 EST Day trip to the Blue Ridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457323 It was something that we all were longing for, my sister, mother and I. <BR> Oh, how we love the mountains and they were calling us. <BR> It started as a whisper on the Summer breeze and then swirled through our thoughts until it was decided. A road trip! <BR> Mama was also looking forward to eating a meal at a restaurant, that she had been to, many times, with her clubs. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1965090312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We were not disappointed! <BR> Here we hav... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:53:37 EST Small victory. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455763 Wonderful veggies from my garden are coming in by the bucket load. <BR> I have been putting up broccoli, beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and having fresh cucumbers and squash, as well. <BR> Plenty of healthy food to work with. <BR> <BR> SO why, yesterday afternoon, was the craving for macaroni and cheese so strong? <BR> As I strolled through the grocery store, the urge got stronger, until I was there staring at Stouffer's, in the frozen food section. The next best, after home made, to me... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 06:55:30 EST August and tribute. Two good things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440869 Today is the first day of August. A notoriously great month for me to do well with weight loss and challenges for myself. <BR> Goes way back, so mentally I am pumped up for it! <BR> <BR> One of my teams is having a back on track challenge, for August. PERFECT! Ready to roll and having good company, along the way. <BR> My eating is planned. Lots of fresh veggies from my garden, lean protein and very little gluten for me. <BR> <BR> Early this morning, just before I woke up, I dreamed I grab... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:13:48 EST Passing of a friend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435955 Lori.... wild, crazy, laughing. twirling her hair. <BR> Mexican coffees, strawberry daiquiris <BR> Lived her life the way that she wanted. <BR> Friend to many, mother of three. <BR> Her son is my daughter's boyfriend of 8 years, he is <BR> best friend to my my son Nick and friend to Kenny, since he was born. <BR> Her daughters, I watched in my in- home daycare. <BR> Helpful to the extreme. <BR> Support during difficult times. <BR> Crafts we did together. Her things are throughout my home. P... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:00:08 EST It may be hot, but the river always makes me feel cooler. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427129 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1130587695.jpg"> <BR> This is my city and here is our river. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484185549.jpg"> <BR> Richmond Virginia, is blessed with a beautiful river...The James , and she is rolling from all the rain we have been having, this year. <BR> I work, every week, by this pretty place and it always feels like I am on vacation. <BR> Hot as it has been, I just had to go for a healthy walk and here are a few shots o... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:24:47 EST Try and try, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427055 Another parallel in my life journey. <BR> <BR> Weight loss and finances, my two biggest challenges. Move ahead, set myself back. <BR> Not always of my own doing, but much of the time, it is so. <BR> <BR> I live a pretty healthy lifestyle, but still need to be consistent and super good, to get that weight down and keep it there. Even a bit if not eating just right, or missing a workout and I stay still, or worse...get bloated and move up. <BR> As always, I start over, or if I haven't slipp... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 06:07:04 EST Celebrating life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424948 As I go along my journey towards good health, I look at all the different things that go along with that. <BR> Healthy eating, physical activity, spiritual growth, mental fitness, a balance between work and play and enjoying life through it all. <BR> <BR> The most important thing, to me, has always been family and I am blessed with a wonderful one. <BR> <BR> Saturday, July 13th was my daughter Ashley's 26th birthday. She is the baby of my three children, the others , men, in their 30's. <BR... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 06:47:53 EST Walking with my daughter, through the Botanical Gardens. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418076 We are fortunate enough to have a beautiful Botanical Gardens, right down the road from us. <BR> 10 minutes from my house, tops and 10 from my daughter Ashley's house. <BR> The last Friday in June, we set the day aside to have a workout, mother/ daughter time and a chance to visit this beautiful place. <BR> Here it is! Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1785352976.jpg"> <BR> This is the entrance into the gardens, from the front building. <BR> It... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:52:06 EST Surprises in the garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416347 My garden is a mix, of jungle and lush, with all the rain. The flowers are doing very well, as they are in the sun and love the water. <BR> The timing is a bit off, as my usual 4th of July flower explosion, was a week off, but here are a few photos. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177132380.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1291457959.jpg">Here is a Stargazer Lily. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654487493.jpg"> <BR> My daughter's f... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:12:42 EST Sickly setbacks sometimes happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391630 This past week in review is one that is unlike most. <BR> <BR> Worked through a sore throat for several days and was tired, but still functioning. <BR> <BR> Ate healthy, worked out and slept. That should it, or so I thought. <BR> <BR> Then it hit. Achy all over, chills, so tired that I could hardly talk, walk or drink. Speaking of drinking, have you ever had a sore throat where it was difficult to drink, but eating was OK? Well, that's were I was. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> The fever lasted... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:50:40 EST FIRST WEEK OF JUNE, REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382205 Been lagging on my weekly blog, but ready to get back with it. <BR> <BR> June has taken off and with it, my workouts have increased. <em>104</em> <BR> More weight training! <em>23</em> I had slacked for a bit, on this and it did not take long for my arms to show it. <em>40</em> <BR> The good thing is that once I started my weights again, the tone started coming back immediately. <BR> Want to look younger? Taller? Stronger? Look like you lost weight when you haven't? <BR> Weights ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:30:03 EST Visiting Papa at Arlington http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370035 Sunday my mother, sister and I, made one of our annual trips to Arlington Cemetery. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l959288759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My father has been gone, since 1977, but not forgotten. <BR> <BR> We love to go to Arlington. Such a beautiful place and the raw emotions from long ago have faded. <BR> Mama will be there, one day as well. <BR> At 88, she has not made it up the hill, since her hip replacement, last year, but watches from the shade of a tree by the ... Tue, 28 May 2013 07:27:17 EST 100 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358214 Today marks 100 days since starting the Olympic challenge with a few of my Spark buddies. <BR> Some are in the roll of cheerleaders, other keeping the streak of "training" for the Winter Olympics in 2014, going. <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>329</em> <em>196</em> <BR> A fun way to keep moving, as we think of the commitment, dedication and training that the athletes, have and go through, as they go for the gold. <em>279</em> <em>205</em> <BR> We try in some small way, to mim... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:03:50 EST How my stress eating has evolved. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345959 Yesterday was a stressful day. Wont get into it all, but it is complicated and emotions ran high in so many areas, including the heart. <BR> <BR> Breakfast, before the stress... <em>250</em> Oatmeal, pumpkin, flaxseed and coffee. Yum. <BR> <BR> Then a trip to the ER, with Hubby. We are no longer together, but I was taking him out for his birthday, which is actually, today. <BR> <BR> He was so short of breath and looked so bad, that to the ER, we went, instead. <BR> Most of the day, was... Sun, 5 May 2013 07:40:28 EST 36 years later.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343457 November 25th, 2012, I wrote a blog...The Awesome Azalea Challenge. <BR> <BR> It showed a photo, taken of me, in 1977, after reaching my goal weight, at that time. I weighed 117, after starting at 184. I had done all the things I needed to do and it paid off. <BR> It was taken by a friend, in my beloved Bryan Park, where I now volunteer to take care of the Azaleas, that had gotten neglected, over the years. <BR> Here is my photo from 36 years, ago. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Thu, 2 May 2013 16:25:26 EST Fun, food, friendship and family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339271 This past week has been laced with occasions of Springtime. <BR> <BR> Tuesday started with a lunch at the Greek Grill, with two good friends. <BR> <BR> No photos, of this one, but we all ate well and I made a sensible choice or a warm Veggie Sub. <BR> always has been my favorite thing to eat, there. <BR> Made two meals out of it and brought the fries home for my son. <BR> <BR> It was great getting the three of us, together. <BR> Ann, Karen and Chris, the three amigos. <BR> <BR> Friday'... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:18:54 EST My World for the past 7 days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334983 Time for my weekly review. <BR> <BR> Kept with my healthy eating, 80% of the time, but did have a couple treats along the way. <BR> A slice of Greek Pizza, an Oatmeal cookie, A veggie sub. Not bad, but I really do much better without the white stuff, or as I found out, wheat bothers me too and I end up. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> This comes, mainly from not meal planning, like I did the week before, so back to the planning, starting, today! I will feel better, as well! <em>140</em> <em>... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:11:49 EST APRIL 10TH-17TH REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326815 Looking back on the past week, it is hard to believe another 7 days have gone by. <BR> <BR> Have been shy on the Sparking, as this is prime landscaping weather and I have been busy hauling mulch, planting, digging, pruning and the like. The weather has gone from 91 and humid, which happened to be the longest and hardest, day, naturally, to in the 70's and beautiful. <BR> Oh to have been in MY yard, all this time, but no. I was working to make other people's yards nice. <BR> I did get some v... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:51:46 EST Easter week in review. Take out the s and what do you have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316822 Ok. So lets look at "eater'" week. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Easter started the week, with family and good times at my Mama's house. Everyone was there, so it was lively, warm and wonderful . Conversation and yes....food. <BR> <BR> Chinese food! Good, no dishes, a treat that I do not have often. Also SODIUM! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> It was not too bad, but then we have the lemon cream cake. One piece and wonderful. <BR> Ashley, my daughter the amazing baker made it. Wish I had transferred ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:26:34 EST QUICK WEEKLY UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308479 The last week of March was the second of the Spring, to find me gardening for 15-20 hours and keeping cardio kickboxing, in the mix. <BR> It is also the second week that I have lost a pound! <em>30</em> <BR> So two pounds gone in March, after staying the same for awhile. <BR> <BR> It looks pretty obvious that activity and lots of it, is the answer, at least for now. <BR> Moving mulch, digging, bending, etc. is great and I am feeling stronger, by the day. <BR> <BR> Kickboxing...I LOVE IT... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:43:31 EST