DAN1964's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAN1964 DAN1964'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/ A new day . . . a new start. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861569 So many devastating things have happened to me over the last few weeks. But I am not going to let that bring me down. Instead I am going to try an use it to motivate me. I will be mentally and physically stronger for these events. Thank you to those of you who provided kind words and support. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:02:45 EST May she have found peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861044 My friend passed away before I got the chance to go see her today. Cancer is a terrible thing in how quick it eats away. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l740628289.jpg"> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:41:47 EST Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860481 I go to visit my friend. I don't know what to expect as she is going quicker than expected and her mind is barely there. I also plan on helping out her caretaker as I am sure she is exhausted as well. It will be pretty emotional day tomorrow, but I know it is something I have to do. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:43:38 EST Still pushing through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858939 My friend has taken a turn for the worse and they now suspect she only has a few weeks left. I have been trying to visit with her, but up to today, she has found excuses (Doctor appt, hospice workers, etc). But now her caretaker says some dementia may be occurring. I don't know if I should still try to visit . . as she may not want me to see her in this state. Do I accept her concern, or do I go see her regardless of what she may want? I am thinking I should go see her regardless. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:09:10 EST Rough year so far . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856853 But I must keep myself healthy and going. If I am going to be any good to those around me . . I can't let to many things keep me from keeping on. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:39:13 EST Good bye to a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856338 My sweet Gracie finally crossed to play in the summer fields, as I held her in my arms. A small meow . . a big purr . . one last blink . . and off she went. I'm glad she is able to finally run in the spring fields and maybe she will finally be able to catch that red laser dot that was her bane in this world. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1461291551.jpg"> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:24:47 EST Things suck now. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851957 So far the new year has not been very pleasant. <BR> <BR> One of my feline companions has developed Fatty Liver problem and is very jaundiced and dying. <BR> <BR> I can more or less handle that. She is not the first companion over the years. <BR> <BR> But the biggest of all things that has upset me, is finding that one of my closets friends - who has been a friend for more than half my life - was given the new that she has Stage Four pancreatic cancer and is not expected to live more tha... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:38:05 EST Good and busy day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786315 Not only got my steps in (+3000 more) . . I worked in the garden . .tearing it up (Fall ya know!) <BR> <BR> Anyways . . a good day. <BR> <BR> :) Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:27:42 EST One small dip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785620 down on the scale . . and any dip down is good! <BR> <BR> Part of me wants to race to drop the next few pounds before vacation begins, but I know that does nothing in the long run. My clothes fit (a little tight now) but with all the walking and events going to be done on vacation . . I'm not concerned at all! :) <BR> <BR> Anyways . . keeping on keeping on! <BR> <BR> :) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:03:47 EST Keeping on . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784166 Keeping on! <BR> <BR> Back to more walking. Getting ready for Vacation. Yep . . doing good so far. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:23:25 EST Yep . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783377 Getting back to this. <BR> <BR> Weight has been a bit fluxy lately. But this is good. It means that I am coming off the plateau that I have been on. <BR> <BR> And despite a few leg/foot issues . . I have been keeping up with a very minimum of 5000 steps a day and averaging around 7500. <BR> <BR> So here is to change! Yay! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:06:33 EST Oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782953 It's been awhile . . . So sorry! <BR> <BR> Guess I need to start working on this again. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> Happy Friday everyone! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:02:30 EST Time to get moving again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764859 Had a bout of Cellulitis this week, which has kept me off my feet for a few days. <BR> <BR> Foot is now looking and feeling better, but I know to listen to the doc and take it easy for a couple of weeks for full recovery. So less walking . . and more of other activities. :) Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:52:40 EST Lot of stuff done . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746805 some more to do today. <BR> <BR> Feeling sore from all the work . . but in the good way. :) <BR> <BR> Have a pleasant day everyone! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:32:43 EST I've come to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746294 look forward to the busy weekends. The busier I keep . . the less time I have to ponder hunger . . eating . . exercise . . etc. <BR> <BR> So I just go about the day . . keeping busy . . and usually have my best workout days on the weekend. :) <BR> <BR> ENJOY YOUR WEEKENDS! :) Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:14:58 EST Wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744659 another week is almost done . . <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> time to start planning out the weekend again. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day everyone! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:06:04 EST Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742488 What a busy day yesterday! <BR> Garden is all nicely taken care of . . including the addition of some Lavender bushes to help attract bees. (And the scent is a great plus too!) <BR> But all fun has got to end . . and it is back to work today. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day everyone! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:59:58 EST Gotta get out . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742002 . . and enjoy the summer day. Going to do some work in the garden. The plants have finally started to wake up and start growing. I hope I gets some good stuff out of this work. Tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, peas . . all things I like. :) <BR> <BR> Have a nice day everyone! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:54:45 EST Busy busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737663 Weekend was filled with things to do . . . and most of them got done. It sure is nice to keep busy! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:11:03 EST Need to remember . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737192 To keep up with this! <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:22:00 EST Well . . we will see how this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733508 week ended later today. I am hopeful! LOL <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great Independence day weekend . . and a great week ahead! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 04:04:39 EST I guess I needed some sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731965 I've been feeling a bit sleepy all week . . . but know it is important to keep sleep hours regular and not to oversleep. It seems my body had a different plan when I went to bed last night. <BR> <BR> I went to sleep at my normal time and have woken up 15 hours later!!! Yowza!! Slept right through double alarms and everything! <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can resume normal sleep patterns again. I do feel quite refreshed and ready for the world again today. (Normally if I oversleep I feel grog... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:56:51 EST So . . I started this week at http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730273 320 pounds . . the goal is to end the week at 318. Baby steps . . slow and steady! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:01:47 EST Well . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729546 goals not really met, but that just means more motivation to meet this months goals. :) <BR> <BR> Have a great month everyone! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 04:12:43 EST End of month . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728753 Time for assessment of how things went this month. Will post tomorrow updated goals based on this month. :) <BR> <BR> Have a great week everyone! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:18:11 EST Been a bit . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727017 since my last post. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So not much going on. Work is work . . play is . . non-existent. And life is decent. <BR> <BR> I have finally broke the 320 barrier . . now to break the 315 . . and 310. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> So . . more later . . and hopefully not extremely later! <BR> <em>20</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:12:13 EST One day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681577 left on vacation . . and I think I have done well with sticking to my weight loss plan. We will find out when I get home. :) Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:01:03 EST OK . . still a little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679196 slow in making this a habit again. <BR> <BR> Not much to report though. Still trying to overcome the block. <BR> <BR> But will do it soon! <BR> <BR> But vacation first! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:53:47 EST Opps . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677568 I've been forgetting to blog! <BR> <BR> Oh well . . <BR> <BR> Will try and remember to do so more often! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:24:05 EST Happy Birthday to me! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658413 It's the big 5 0!!! <BR> <BR> Ready for the next 50!! :) <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:38:28 EST Geee . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597853 It's been awhile since I blogged anything. <BR> <BR> But then again not much new to blog about. <BR> <BR> Down 7 pounds since start of year . . <BR> <BR> So that is good. <BR> <BR> Just keep truckin'! :) Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:31:07 EST Well it . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590874 . . . was a nice weekend while it lasted! <BR> <BR> But today it's back to work as a new week begins. <BR> <BR> Saw some loss on the scale . . so I feel more encourage by my workout routine changes. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:35:54 EST Well . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588343 A fun week it has been . . but glad it is over!! <BR> :) Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:06:39 EST Just http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585191 looking forward to seeing what the day will bring. <BR> <BR> Life seems so less hectic now the holidays are past! LOL <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 04:34:16 EST So I sez to meself . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583852 . . . self! keep going! It's all about keeping yourself motivated! <BR> <BR> So I says . . "Absolutely!" <BR> <BR> Have a pleasant week everyone! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 04:32:13 EST Just another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582603 to make a change! <BR> <BR> I hope you all enjoy it and do the best you can! <BR> <BR> :) Sun, 5 Jan 2014 04:33:41 EST Slowly slowly . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581603 it's too important a job to rush! <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> Seem to fit for the moment . . <BR> <BR> You may now go about your day. <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:00:44 EST End of week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578932 <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> A short work week but a busy one . . so glad it is over! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 04:41:40 EST A new year just begun . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577393 And so this is "new year" . . and what have we done? . . . to paraphrase Mr. Lennon. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I didn't do as much as I wanted in the past year. But I am going to use that as motivation into the new year. <BR> <BR> Here's to a fresh new start for everyone! ;) <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 04:42:24 EST On Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567821 Finally! <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> I actually look forward to the time off as I can have even more time to myself to get some fitness in! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a great day. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:31:03 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566977 The end of the work week is in sight! It has been a rough week, both physically and emotionally. But I keep plugging along! And today is the last work day before I go on a 2 week vacation! A much needed one at that! LOL <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a wonderful day! Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:38:58 EST Hmmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566201 Been a rough week so far to the self esteem . . but I am pushing against that. <BR> <BR> And on the plus side . . . only two more work days till the holiday vacation begins! :) Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:29:56 EST A lot to do . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564068 Not much time to do it. <BR> <BR> So keeping things quick and short today! <BR> <BR> Have a pleasant and warm day everyone! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 08:39:30 EST Finally Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562604 Which is my Friday . . gotta love the modern work world! :) <BR> <BR> Well it has been a battle week with the weight, but I finally am seeing drops again. And I am getting more mileage in around the office too. <BR> <BR> But my weekend starts soon . . and that is when the real work outs get going. :) <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:40:15 EST Much to tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561009 To think of much to say this morning. That and it is 4° outside right now. <BR> <BR> To early . . to cold! LOL <BR> <BR> Stay safe and warm my friends! Tue, 10 Dec 2013 04:45:14 EST Monday . . 2:33 AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560212 The busy part of the work week begins. I am glad that my week actually starts on a Sunday, because I can get so much work done. Not many bosses and co-workers around. Kind of a relaxing day. <BR> <BR> Today they are all back, and although it is nice to have others around, it can be distracting. <BR> <BR> OK . . maybe I am a bit of a workaholic! LOL <BR> <BR> Have a nice day everyone! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 04:34:07 EST Yawn . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559517 Sunday morning . . ahh . . another week has begun! <BR> <BR> So much to do . . so little time! LOL (The mantra of the holiday season!) <BR> <BR> Anyways, not much to say except . . <BR> <BR> Have a nice and safe day everyone! Sun, 8 Dec 2013 04:33:58 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558961 Going to snuggle up inside today. The weather service says to stay home if you can and let the snow storm pass. So I will take their advice. I have laundry to do, vacuuming to do, mopping and waxing floors to do, Christmas cards to address, etc. So having to stay in today, I think I will still get quite the workout! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a safe and fun day! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:03:19 EST I didn't do . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558177 much yesterday. Was still feeling the effects of the meds I had to take for my dental work. <BR> <BR> But even still managed to get a mile walk in. A little house work, and started working on the turkey soup. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a good day and have a great day today! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:49:39 EST Yesterday was . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557553 Not fun! <BR> <BR> A tooth of mine suddenly became very sensitive making eating or drinking anything quite painful. While this may help in controlling calories, it is not a great thing. <BR> <BR> Stopped at the dentist on the way home, and was informed I had an inflamed nerve, and the nerves around it were joining in the party. So after a quick root canal and extraction, all is OK again. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day everyone! Thu, 5 Dec 2013 11:28:27 EST