DAWNWATERWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAWNWATERWOMAN DAWNWATERWOMAN'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 16-19, Spark the Season challenge: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835381 Day 16: Decorations <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234577450.jpg"> <BR> Last year the children made Gingerbread houses at church to use as decorations. Trust me, this is NOT one of the ones that they made. It was the example. They had a wonderful time & I had fun watching them. <BR> <BR> Day 17: Lunch <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l754551361.jpg"> <BR> My favorite lunches are with friends or family. We eat lunch out fairly often. My... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:38:43 EST Day 15, Spark the Season challenge: MEMORIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833838 Today's (truthfully, it's yesterday's...I'm always behind lately) blog is on Memories. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1965528840.jpg"> <BR> I had a friend make a comparison picture so that I could REMEMBER where I have been & where I am now. Remembering helps me stay focused. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l474522958.jpg"> <BR> Pictures help me to keep clear memories of events that I attend...especially family birthdays etc. <BR... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:36:38 EST Day #12-14 Spark the Season - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833284 Day 12: COOKIES <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136710750.jpg"> <BR> When I was a little girl, I remember helping my mom make Christmas cookies in the kitchen. She would let me put on one of her aprons. We would decorate them with colored sugar. That is a good childhood memory. My favorite cookie is the peanut butter blossoms that my Aunt Ella would send us at Christmas. They are peanut butter cookies rolled in sugar & baked in a ball... just as they are pulled ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:14:44 EST Day #11- Spark the Season - Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831498 I already know that I am going to get a LOT of flack about this one. We are supposed to post a picture of Breakfast... oh boy.... <BR> <BR> MOST days my breakfast is either <em>22</em> Cheese...either cheese stix or cubes of colby/jack OR a couple of tablespoons of Peanut Butter. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763111569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am always in a hurry to get to the pool. I teach 2 or 3 hours straight most mornings. If I were to eat more than that I wo... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:25:12 EST Day #10- Spark the Season - HOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831492 This blog is for Dec 10th. I am supposed to post pictures of HOME. I don't really have any pictures of my house... HOME is with my family... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1385801763.jpg"> <BR> This is some of the grandchildren in my kitchen <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1692607764.jpg"> <BR> This is my husband, Paul, on our front porch <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1321517990.jpg"> <BR> These a... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:15:18 EST Day #9- Spark the Season - snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830608 I don't have a picture of things that I snack on. The closest that I could to it is the emoticons. I eat fruits (sparingly) and vegetables when I snack. I'm on a low/no carb food plan, so I don't snack often.... when I do, it's more likely to be vegetable. Today I ate raw cauliflower....but it was actually my lunch. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>48... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:20:23 EST Day #8- Spark the Season - BEST PART OF WINTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829951 This one is difficult for me to make a decision about. There is so much that I love about winter. Christmas. Christmas lights. SNOW. The way the sky is so clear during the winter, the stars look so clear and awesome. This is NOT a picture that I have taken but one that I saw & saved because it meant so much to me & was so clearly beautiful in content... meaning & view <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408765393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've had a good day despite a terrib... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:17:04 EST Day #7- Spark the Season - FAVORITE TIME OF DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829298 Today's SPARK THE SEASON is to post pictures of my Favorite Time of Day. Truth be told, I don't have a particular favorite time of day. My favorite time is ANY TIME of day that I am spending time with my grandchildren. Being a Grandmama is the best thing that ever happened to me. Here are some pictures of my precious grandchildren & times that we have spent together. I look forward to having pictures of my newest granddaughter, Evalysce, in the near future. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:35:08 EST Day #6- Spark the Season - TO DO LIST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828858 Most of you know that I keep a daily TO DO LIST of the 365 days of transforming Dawn. Just because I have been doing this new Spark the Season, does NOT mean that I have not been keeping my TO DO LIST... Here it is: <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily 3 positives about Dawn: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily Positive Quote: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily FOR TODAY reading: ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:20:04 EST Day #5- Spark the Season - HOMEMADE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828346 Today we are asked to share pictures of something HOMEMADE. Since I am making ALL of the holiday gifts that I am giving this year. It's not hard for me to find some pictures. I have promised folks that before I give them away, I WILL post pictures of everything so that you can see it. In the meantime: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1216580651.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of my granddaughter, Aurora, modeling the afghan that I called my SUNSHINY afghan. It's for my gr... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:48:06 EST Day #4- Spark the Season - WINTER BEAUTY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827791 In Feb of this year we had the first big snow that we've had here in ages. Certainly it was more snow than any of my grandchildren had ever seen. For me, Winter Beauty always means SNOW. MORE BEAUTIFUL to me is to see my loved ones/family having fun in the snow. What is more beautiful than FAMILY, LOVE & SNOW? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l912421561.jpg"> <BR> This is my son & his wife & children having snowball fights & building a snowman <BR> <img src="http... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:34:54 EST Day #3- Spark the Season - MORNING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827064 I start most of my mornings (6 out of 7) at the Y pool teaching either swim lessons or water aerobics classes. This is one of my water aerobic classes, 9am. <BR> There is nothing better than starting off the day with a good exercise class & lots of friendly faces getting healthy & having fun together! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1947681672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just an FYI on the rest of my life.... everything is going well. My de-clutter project is moving... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:48:55 EST Day 2, Spark the Season, Tradition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826589 It is our family tradition for my immediate family (husband, son & his wife & kids) to get together Christmas morning and open family presents together. We ALWAYS get a Grandmama & grandchildren picture together. I cherish these pictures. Here is the picture from last Christmas. It was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646351942.jpg"> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:47:48 EST Day 1, Spark the Season challenge: LIGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826574 This is a picture of my bestest sunshiny neighbor friend, JUDY. This picture was taken last Christmastime when I was in Tidewater visiting. This was a really pretty tree with awesome lights that was at a restaurant that we visited. I love Christmas lights. Just didn't have many pictures of any. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l737287361.jpg"> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:21:34 EST Stepping away from Transformation.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826573 My dear Sister Friend, "Be-THE-CHANGE", is doing this picture challenge & has suggested that others join her. I am going to do it. This is just the introduction post. I'm going to find some pictures & play catch up since I'm a day behind. <BR> <BR> I will still be doing my transformation work... but just won't be stressing it for the month of Dec. I love the idea of doing something new "to me". <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1553625755.jpg"> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:14:59 EST Days 109 & 110, Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823831 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! <BR> <BR> This blog is for Tues & Wed. I will come back tonight to post my Thanksgiving Blog. Actually is it partially for Monday too because I had ment to come back & post Monday night but I didn't make it back. <BR> <BR> Both Monday & Tuesday I got a LOT more de-cluttering done & am beginning to feel quite happy with the results. Unfortunately I overdid it a bit and my back said "STOP" by Tuesday night. The rest of the family are still not jumping on board so it's a... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:12:06 EST Days 107 & 108, Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822208 This blog is for Sunday, Day 107... but it is written on Monday, Day 108. I hope to come back this evening and write more. <BR> <BR> Sunday was very nice. I enjoyed a wonderful church service based on being Thankful & having an attitude of gratitude. To be honest, I strive for that attitude in my life daily. However, I recognize that I must put forth more effort with it. I look forward to the day when I am just naturally thankful for all that I am given & all that I am. After church I went ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:00:11 EST Day 106, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821206 Today I am NOT going to post the whole "key" and go through the motions. I am still on task of transforming Dawn. That having been said, maybe my transformation is occurring in different ways than I expected. I have discovered that I am very unhappy with many things in my personal & physical life. The more that I transform, the harder it is to be "okay" with the clutter & mess around me. My friend Alice talks about "voluntary simplication". I have started working on that. My physical limitati... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:10:10 EST Day 102, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818998 Monday's blog... <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I fell asleep last night before I had posted this. I had done all the "daily" stuff & saved it. However, I saved it so that I could give you my "report of the day" later. I was so tired that I just fell asleep. Missed my tv shows & fell asleep with my crochet hook in my hand. LOL <BR> <BR> Monday was a pretty good day. I finished that afghan and started working on a shawl. I rested most of the day because I felt so nausiated. The pain blocker is star... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:56:25 EST Days 98-101, 365 days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817952 It's been a busy several days and I am behind on my blogging. I am not going to go into it all. I've been getting in as much exercise as I am allowed & able to do. I have been dealing with a lot of emotional upheavals. Mine are certainly not as difficult as several of my friends are dealing with.. but they are mine & I feel out of control & totally chaotic. <BR> <BR> Today was my granddaughter's 14th birthday. I was able to spend it with both of my sons, Michael & George. Their buddy, Eddie... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:25:49 EST Days 96&97, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815867 You're just going to have to take my word for it... I'm doing alright. I had a nice long (2day) blog all set & ready to post when my computer updated & bam it was gone. Very frustrating. Just know that I am working out when I can & resting when I should. I have been getting a lot of my crocheting done. I'm almost finished with my last children's afghan. It's in red & black for Kaydon. Then I'll start working on the adults in my life. <BR> My neck MRI is set for next Thursday evening. I get a... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:41:00 EST Days 94-95, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814547 Sunday was a good day. I went to church and enjoyed a good service on being prepared. The remainder of the day I rested & finished the the Pink & Purple afghan for Aurora. It felt good to be finished. Paul & I got to watch a lot of our shows. It was a nice relaxing day. <BR> Today I did my first session of Aqua therapy in the heated pool. I started out at a 5 pain level. The work in the shallow end pushed me to a solid 8 knocking on 9's door. The deep end work put me back at a 5. After my pt ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:36:25 EST Days 91-93, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813248 This blog is covering 3 days worth of events. I am only going to do the goals chart for TODAY instead of going over each day. It's been a crazy couple of days and I am not wanting to get too carried away on the minutae of the goal chart. Instead I want to just talk about the things that have been going on. <BR> <BR> Thursday Kaydon & I did a lot of "catch up" work on his homeschool subjects. I am so grateful that we are finally getting a routine rolling. Thursday was also my "weigh day" wit... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:45:00 EST Day 90, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811589 Today has been pretty much a slow day. I have gotten a lot of crocheting done. I have been staying in my room most of the day. I'm hurting quite a bit so I am trying to take it easy. My appointment is on Friday morning and I will be glad to be there. Time to go watch Criminal Minds. Bright blessings to you all. <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily 3 positives about Dawn:... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:33:58 EST Days 88 & 89, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810940 This is for 2 days because I was just "out of it" yesterday. Sorry. <BR> My initial appointment with the Physical Therapist was yesterday. It went well. Assuming that things go as planned, I will be working out in the pool on Monday & then can do 1hr 15 mins per day in the pool. Woohoo. I am hoping to do it during my regular class time so that I can teach at least 1 class per day. That will help my bankaccount. The pain is still rough. I got a call from the Spine doctor to come back on Frida... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:16:18 EST Day 87, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809568 Today has been a rough day. I am hurting a lot. I have sent a message to both my personal doctor & my spine doctor. Something has to give. My first PT meeting will be tomorrow at 8:45am. (aqua therapy) I am not sure if I will be able to go because I can not take 40 steps without wanting to scream. That's the distance from my room to the bathroom. By the time I am sitting down there, I am crying. I cannot stand as long as a minute. No more complaints. I'll shut up now. <BR> I have gotten a lo... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:32:17 EST Day 86, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808991 Today has been a very hard day. I am in more pain that ever before. The walk to the bathroom makes me cry. I am staying at rest as much as possible. I begged my family to do the driving of one another for me because getting in & out of the van & walking up that little hill to it are excruciating for me. My food is good. I did a reset of all my trackers and I SERIOUS about staying on track for the remainder of the year. I need to lose 13 pounds to make it to my goal for the year.... I WILL SUC... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:07:45 EST Day 85, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808441 Today was Halloween. Happy Halloween. It was my 7th anniversary, to a wonderful man. I'm blessed. I've burn hurting very bad today. It was a busy day & I had to maintain. Did homeschooling, fixed meatballs for the party tonight, took the grandkids trick-or-treating (Paul walked them around), went to a party at our best friend's house with the kids in tow. Now I am home, over tired, hurting so badly that I am fighting back the tears. Tomorrow starts the NEW HARD CORE DAWN!!!! I'm joining my se... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:26:37 EST Day 84, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808159 Thursday, hurting, depressed, did too much, ate too much <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily 3 positives about Dawn: none...I'm so fed up with DAWN these days <BR> <BR> Daily Positive Quote: <em>248</em> "A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint." -Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily FOR TODAY reading: <em>248</em> reminders NOT to debate ever... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:51:57 EST Day 83, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807494 This blog is for the 29th. I was just not in the mood to blog last night. My doctor appointment went fine. I really REALLY liked the spine doctor. He was very positive and upbeat. He was very complimentary of my weight loss. He stressed that I should not be discouraged. The news was not what I had hoped. The spine is worse than we thought to begin with. He feels that surgery is imminent but that encouraged me to feel upbeat & now stress. His course of action is to treat the problem FIRST: aqu... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:41:53 EST Day 82, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806653 Today has been okay. I'm stressed out of my mind over my appointment tomorrow. Heck, I'm not really stressed. I'm scared. I've been crocheting. I was blessed to get a ride set up. I'll get up at 5:30am & we'll leave before 6:30am. I'll post my news tomorrow night. Prayers appreciated. Off to bed now. Thanks for being here for me. <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Daily 3 pos... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:36:37 EST Day 81, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806049 Today has been stressful. My good friend, Selda, has had a serious heart issue & is in the hospital in the next county over from us. (no one wants to be in the hospital here) I'm worried. Please pray if you will. On top of being worried about her, now I am worried about how I am going to get to my spine doctor appointment on Wednesday as she was my ride. My van won't go that far (I don't think) It's 1.5 hours one way. I never drive out of our county. Oh well.... it will all work out. I've wai... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:48:52 EST Day 80, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805690 Yesterday was a good day. Relaxing. Basically I did nothing but crochet. Paul went to the race. Becca (my DIL) painted my toes in Halloween decor. I love them. I got to do a video chat with my Serious Sisters and that has really helped me to feel better about myself, my plan & doing a reboot. Time for me to get a grip on myself before I head down the slipperly slope so that I don't end up falling down & going backwards. THIS is the time of year that I always stumble & fall. I WILL NOT do it t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:29:56 EST Day 79, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804795 Today has been nice. Relaxing. Taught myself a new stitch & am making a new baby afghan with it. I really like it. My son likes it too & asked me to make him one using this stitch. LOL He likes it because his TOES can't fit through the weave. LOL. My friend Amy picked me up this evening & took me out to dinner. We had a nice time. Tomorrow my DH will be at the race track. YEP... Martinsville Short Track race. Paul loves to go. I hope that it's a good race. I'll go to church & then watch fro... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:56:45 EST Day 78, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804256 Today has been a really good day. Aurora & I watched some tv together this morning while I crocheted. I had a 3-way phone call with my boss & a friend of hers that is trying to get me involved with something called Advocare. I think that it is another weight loss gimmick. I don't see me getting involved but it's my boss so I listened & thanked her for thinking of me. Then I was treated out to lunch with my good friend Melissa... came home & did some more crocheting & homeschooling. Had a nice... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:41:03 EST Day 77, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803662 Today has been a long day. I really didn't do anything other than homeschool & crochet. I did watch Frozen with Aurora. I've watched a few weird movies. Gotta love Halloween season. I posted a Throw-Back-Thursday picture on FB. I usually don't do that. I'm tired of waiting. I'm tired of hurting. I'm tired of staying at home. I'm tired of living the way that we do. I was reading other people's blogs today. I like some of their ideas. Maybe I should get a grip on myself. Anyway... it's late & I... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:21:36 EST Day 76, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803302 Today was a pretty good day. I drove my son to work then came home & napped a bit. Then I got a call from my OA Friend, Selda. She took me out to an early lunch & we had a mini-meeting. She is recovering from surgery and just wanted to chit-chat. That was nice. She also ran into Walmart for me. She was going to pick up some yarn for me. Needless to say, they let me down. Okay, I'm going crazy. I bought some Red Heart yarn, Mulberry Mix E300_3972 on Monday at my local Walmart. When we Went bac... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:09:34 EST Day 75, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802478 Today has been a pretty good day. I continue to watch crazy Horror marathons. I love October because I am a serious Horror Film freak. I finished the fringe on my latest shawl & began working on a really pretty afghan for my newest granddaughter due in Dec. I like the yarn so much that I am going to get some more & make something for myself out of it. It's BEAUTIFUL. Took Aurora to dance class. She had fun. A friend had left me some dance clothes for her. That's a great blessing. Still didn't... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:26:21 EST Day 74, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801843 Today has been an interesting day.... long....I overdid it on Saturday night sitting in that hard chair during the movie at church... then did too much surprising Sarah for her birthday party. My back was really hurting me today. I spent the whole day in bed. I did a LOT of crocheting. I watched a Friday the 13th marathon. Did some serious homeschooling with Kaydon. Drew pictures with Aurora. Watched my shows tonight. My calories are good. 2 days in a row less than 2000. I'm feeling good abou... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:01:56 EST Day 73, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801141 Today has been a really great day. It turned the entire weekend around and made it end on a good note. I'm happy tonight. I got my Limes Newsletter posted to the team. Sent out Team Goodies to 3 of my teams. Got a lot of Sparking done, including sending out congratulatory goodies to the #1 BLC winners this week. My food is good today. It was high yesterday by 300+ calories. The rest of the week I have been right on target. I got some pictures taken today. I am going to post some of them & am ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:10:35 EST Day 72, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800627 Today has felt incredibly long. My back & hip are hurting. My grandchildren are being wild & whiny. Paul worked both jobs & has to get up at in the middle of the night to be at work at 4am. That means I have to get up because I have to drive him. (the man will NOT learn to drive GRRR) I'm crabby & for whatever reason feel like I am starving even though I am NOT. Movie night at church was okay.... LONG. I would have enjoyed it, because it was My Fair Lady... but I had Kaydon & Aurora with me &... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:30:37 EST Day 71, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800138 Today has been alright. Paul & I went to breakfast together. Then I went to the doctor about the red spot/s on my leg. It does not appear to be cellulitis, but she isn't sure what it is. She told me to take pictures of it & text it to her if it gets bigger. She THINKS that it is a bruise but since my leg is numb, I didn't feel myself bump into anything. There is MORE red spots on the leg now, maybe it's from the brace rubbing or something. We're watching it. The spinal specialist has my recor... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:31:39 EST Day 70, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799589 Made it through today. I didn't get stuck in the MRI machine. I was honestly very worried about that. My doctor was able to get the results of the MRI: Degenerative disc disease, narrowing of spine, 2 bulging discs compromising some nerves, hence the numbness in my leg & pain in my hip. I'll know about an appt with a spine specialist tomorrow. Roanoke or Salem are the closest ones. If they can't get something there soon then they'll try a different Dr in Eden NC. The one that they were able... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:38:11 EST Day 69, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799000 Today was good. I had my swim/water aerobic lunch today and got lots of hugs and happy talk with my pool family. It was awesome & I feel uplifted. Tomorrow morning is my MRI. I am nervous. What if I don't fit? What if I get stuck in it? UGH. Dr appt in the afternoon. Hopefully I'll get some good news. I'm nervous.... Time for bed. Weigh in tomorrow morning. GO LOVELY LIMES! Bright blessings to you all......Thanks for taking the journey with me. THANK YOU ALICE for calling & cheering me up. It... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:05:19 EST Day 68, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798384 Today was a so-so day. My friend Selda came by & brought me some soup & we visited. That was really nice. Other than that... well, I talked to my Sparkfriend Alice, that was nice. I texted with my serious sister, Di. That was very nice. I picked up DH from work. I finished another hat & scarf set. I was going to start another hat tonight but... decided not to. I ate popcorn tonight. I was so stressed & that seemed safe enough. My calories were fine. GOOD NEWS... my MRI is set for Thursday mor... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:21 EST Day 67, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797757 Just another day. Homeschooling, watching tv, missing the pool, crocheting, visiting with the grandkids... talking on the phone. My brain is screaming that I am HUNGRY...my calories are high. I KNOW that I am just bored, lonely & ANGRY...that I still havent' gotten the MRI & am stuck not working & not exercising. GRRR. Tomorrow will be better. OA Meeting! <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:34:12 EST Day 66, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797165 Today was pretty good. I enjoyed the sermon at church. The rest of the day I relaxed, sparking & crocheting. I finished the hat & scarf set that I was working on & then started another hat. I babysat the grandchildren while my son & DIL went to my "daughter's" house to watch the Walking Dead premier. I'm not into that show. I enjoyed Madam Secretary & The Good Wife along with CSI. It rained all day. I hope that it will be nicer tomorrow. I've been craving popcorn for over a week. Tonight I ju... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:38:22 EST Day 65, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796527 Today has been quiet. I have done a lot of crafting. I watched Les Miserables and loved it. I'm watching the race with DH tonight. Paul & Michael had to work today. Becca took the grandchildren to the museum for "Reptile Day". They were so excited when they got home. I'm going to church tomorrow, no matter what. Here's hoping that you have all had a good day. Bright blessings to all. <BR> <BR> 365 Days of Transforming Dawn... <BR> Daily Goals: (some are getting difficult) <BR> <BR> Daily ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:40:55 EST Day 64, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796117 Today has been a pretty good day. It's been raining alot. I'm still resting. The pain was almost gone this morning. I thought maybe it was because I have not been using the brace. I was going to do an experiment & put on my brace and move around more to see if the pain came back so that I could use that as an excuse to STOP wearing the brace. Joke on me... before I put the brace on, the pain was back. Frankly, I suspect that the deal is... I wasn't hurting because I barely walked yesterday. R... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:14:45 EST Day 63, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795546 My friend came by to visit me "in real life" today because she was worried about me. She offered to drive me to the hospital for a visit to "1 North". Hmmm. Seems my depression was showing. Here I thought I was doing a good Pollyanna impression. Guess not. Anyway, I'm still here. <BR> Still no work. I did some chair exercise & hang weights. Got the homeschool stuff done. Crochetted a shawl. I'll fringe it tomorrow. I hate to fringe. Watched a lot of shows on my DVR. <BR> Didn't hear from th... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 23:24:31 EST