DDHEART's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DDHEART DDHEART'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/ Silver Linings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335853 As a former nurse and a long time SparkPeople member, there are a lot of things I know I should be incorporating into my healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> Woulda Coulda Shoulda.....some of those things, I have not been very good about including on a consistent basis. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> The only answer I have for that is that I am, at age 65, still learning, growing, maturing and the child in me is struggling to do the things I don't enjoy. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So.....What'... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:59:48 EST Brutal Honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307357 I told some friends this morning that I was feeling frustrated. Every time I step on the scale the number is a wobble one way or the other. There's just no movement and while it's "not about the scale" I still want to see a loss. <BR> <BR> I know that my tush has to be ever so slightly smaller since I don't have to keep tugging on those exercise leggings to keep them up where they belong but it's just not very exciting as a measure of success and that darn scale.............. <em>24</em... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:23:36 EST Is it another week already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301463 Update time! <BR> <BR> Down a pound...I should be celebrating...except...I'm still a pound up from my summer weight, and 7 pounds up from my lowest here on SP and 15 pounds away from the dream weight. LOL <BR> <BR> Good thing it's not about the scale! <BR> <BR> So how's the making every choice what's good for me goal coming along? <BR> <BR> My cold is gone, only an occasional cough, so my step count is sky high. Alas, my consistency in strength training still needs a lot of work. <BR> ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:30:45 EST And Another Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296606 The second week of January 2017. <BR> <BR> The severe cold I have had has gotten better. My activity level has returned to nearly normal. That is, I'm meeting and exceeding my step goal, I've added some little Sparks of strength and flexibility exercises but in order to do all that, I still have to break the sessions into segments. That's perfectly all right and the sessions are longer, my tolerance has increased. <BR> <BR> I just finished "the Slim Habit". A little book which starts... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:51:48 EST Raising the Limbo Bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291291 It's been a week since I stated my "intention" for the year and we're four days into the month. The "bit of a cold" I mentioned in my last blog post is a real hum dinger. As I look at how I've done this past week I have to be kind to my ailing self. I need to raise the limbo bar/lower my expectations to meet with my current abilities. This hurts my sense of pride but it is what it is. <BR> <BR> I have tried to make good choices. Not having any energy, being unable to breath and "coughin... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:46:28 EST Tested, And it's not Even January 1st yet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287046 I've been giving a lot of thought about my "intention" for 2017. My plan is to make every choice one that is good for my body. Foods that provide good nutrients and minimal negatives. Exercises that build and maintain strength, balance and the kind of physical challenge that helps one move toward weight loss goals. I'm not expecting every choice to be "perfect" just as much as possible, "good". <BR> <BR> So here I am on December 29th. I've put my intention into words. I shared this wit... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:38:06 EST And this is the GOOD part... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264696 The good thing about posting some blog entries is that it gets us talking. After the last two posts, I've had comments and suggestions along with support from some spark friends. <BR> <BR> This is the good part for me. I get ideas from my friends and I also get my thoughts cleared. <BR> <BR> So, I've been doing my tooth brushing squats. Time to add short bursts of other exercises throughout the day. It all adds up right? Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:07:30 EST It Doesn't Have To Be Complicated.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263777 For some reason life gets in the way sometimes and that does complicate some things. For instance, my intention to post blogs on a regular basis. I believe I intended to post about every other day. <BR> <BR> It's been a week. I have thought about what I would say in a blog post but didn't take the time to sit down and type it out. Part of that is the conflict between wanting/needing to decrease my computer time but honestly it's more about just not doing it. sigh <BR> <BR> So as to t... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 10:00:37 EST Making the Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260224 November first. It's been 5 months since I posted a blog entry. That's rather sad really since I KNOW that doing so helps to keep me focused on what I'm trying to do here. <BR> <BR> Yesterday after I had posted that I had joined the 30 day walk this way challenge to kind of fine tune my focus, a dear sparksister commented that she was planning to kind of return to start to approach this as though it were all new and that meant posting blogs to keep herself focused. Thank you DEBBIECK! <BR... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:16:48 EST OK...learn the lesson...yet again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181359 My friends and I have all invested a lot of time expecting results while following the path of least resistance. By that I mean, as much as possible, I have been guilty of doing either the minimum or what I like and avoiding what I don't like. Not always mind you...but often enough. <BR> <BR> Ok, yesterday it got really hot and humid here and I didn't get my step goal of 17K but that's not what I'm thinking about this morning. I did log over 10K and I also worked dividing and planting som... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:18:18 EST You've Got To Want It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179585 Success.....no matter what kind of success, is not magical. Success is not automatic. <BR> <BR> In order to succeed, we need to want it. <BR> <BR> Is that the same as wishing it were true? <BR> <BR> Absolutely not! <BR> <BR> I'm 64 years old. In my life, I have had a lot of successes. I have also had a few failures along the way. What made the difference between the two? <BR> <BR> Scholastically, I succeeded, not by wishing to do well but by studying. Working for what I wanted. H... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:20:09 EST Tell me something I don't already know! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136504 Yesterday I got a notification e-mail from Fitbit about a new feature. A dashboard tile to help remind me to move at least 250 steps an hour during the hours I choose to set. <BR> <BR> I checked this feature out immediately. Chose the hours between 7AM and 8PM. These are hours I "should" be moving about. I know I need to move more throughout the day even though I have been consistently getting at least my 16K steps a day and in fact most often have been topping 17,18 & 19K. I spend fa... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:11:40 EST Strap on the Kangaroo shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123703 I don't always have the ability to follow the strange pathways of my mind but today when the odd memory of kangaroo shoes popped into my mind, I knew where this came from. <BR> <BR> First I should explain those kangaroo shoes. <BR> <BR> I didn't own a pair of the childhood toys but I remember the toys, a cross between something like the old strap on skates and a pogo stick. The soles of the shoes had large coil springs which if you believed the ads, provided the child hours of fun bounci... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:34:51 EST Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108593 When you're lost in the woods & feeling helpless, it can seem as though you will never find your way. But if you could see your position as the bird's eye view, you might discover you're only a short distance from the edge of the forest, possibly even from a road and civilization. <BR> <BR> It's all a matter of perspective. <BR> <BR> I see my physician each year in January or February and I hated the thought of getting on the scale. I haven't felt as though I've made any progress whatsoev... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 13:38:27 EST FAILURE? OPPORTUNITY? CHALLENGE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097255 At the start of this year, I had determined to streak two fitness goals. The first was to run a mile a day every day. The second was to do planks every day. After Fitbit sent me a notification of my yearly step total, I added the goal of increasing my annual step total for this year. <BR> <BR> Shortly after the first of the year, my husband and I both had bad colds and with much disappointment, I missed my streaks a couple of times. That was annoying and frustrating but I just made every... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:01:12 EST February Fools! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085951 February 2nd in Northern Wisconsin is more like April 1st. <BR> <BR> When I first logged on to the computer this morning I saw a headline touting that all the groundhogs predicted an early spring. Pause here while I laugh. <BR> <BR> Ok, rodents can't predict the weather. It's all fun and games and the basis for a comical Bill Murray movie. Here in the north, we will have six more weeks of winter if the groundhog sees his shadow and we'll have six more weeks of winter if he doesn't. The ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:32:38 EST We're all different.....but..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084888 .........I hope we're all still learning! <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot in the years I've been a Spark member. <BR> <BR> The most important thing I've learned, is that I NEED to track, I need to focus, and I need to be motivated over and over again. <BR> <BR> You may be different, but a lot of my sparkfriends have discovered the same thing. I suppose that's why we're friends. The focus and motivation often comes from our interaction with each other. <BR> <BR> This past year, I know I... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:06:51 EST Here's a great goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082991 Last night Fitbit sent me a notification of my stats for the year 2015. <BR> <BR> They told me I had logged 3,910,078 steps. Who knew? <BR> <BR> I shared this number with my niece who has a different brand of tracker & who had the same family stresses and distractions. Her total for the year was slightly less but of course she had even more demands on her time for her dad and her nephew. I know she walked around the hospital on the long surgery day but it's harder to get those steps unde... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:26:07 EST Wow! 7 years...Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082332 I don't post blogs nearly as often now as I did when I first joined Sparkpeople. Back then, I used my blog posts as a way to work through some of the emotional ups and downs of trying to change a lifetime of eating and "lack of" exercise habits. <BR> <BR> I highly recommend using this great tool by the way since it is a real self discovery exercise even if a person wants to keep the posts totally private, it's very helpful to discover what drives some of our behaviors and when we do share... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:07:36 EST Merry Christmas to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043855 One thing about being my age and having no children, is that Christmas tends to be very low key. That's ok with me since I was never all that into a lot of the holiday activities anyway and it keeps certain temptations to a minimum as well. <BR> <BR> Our parents are all gone and the family gatherings on each side are limited to one for each side. At my husband's family gathering we each bring a dish with the main entree being rotated among us so that more expensive item doesn't keep fallin... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 15:05:14 EST The Positive side of My Husband's Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029416 My husband finally admitted the other day that the allergies he was complaining about might be a cold I had suggested this possibility days ago but my husband hates being sick and generally doesn't believe he is until there is no more denying. <BR> <BR> So he's got a cold. That's not the positive. He's taking something for the cold and resting. That's not the positive either. But since he's kind of zapped and needing rest, my walks have been solitary the last couple of days No one comp... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:52:45 EST What Does it Take? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952830 It's nearly the end of the 6th month of this year and I must admit I'm not where I should be in my quest for my goals. There are lot's of reasons....excuses...but it really boils down to my not doing everything it takes to make my goals reality. <BR> <BR> What does it take? <BR> <BR> It takes wanting those goals.....really wanting them. <BR> <BR> I want my goals of course but do I want them enough to deny myself the things I want? Do I want them enough to inconvenience myself, to do th... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:26:43 EST HOW GREAT IS THIS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944853 Don't you just love it when you discover that your healthy habits have become ingrained....not only for yourself....but for your family? <BR> <BR> Yesterday we took advantage of the rainy day to make a trip to refill our fridge and fruit bowls. <BR> <BR> While shopping, my husband decided he wanted some potato salad something I rarely make for just the two of us but I will buy a small container of prepared salad sometimes even though it's a fat and calorie bomb...it's all about portion co... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:44:28 EST Sometimes it's not just OK but it's RIGHT to break a streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944500 I've been MIA on Sparkpeople for a bit since I was disconnected from the internet. I've got sick family, as I've shared in the past, and I was called on to spend an extended visit to provide some nursing/family support care. <BR> <BR> Prior to my taking off for a disconnected visit, I had been taking a perverse pleasure in having logged in to SP daily for over 600 days in a row and also doing the trivia challenge daily and of course logging all my food and activities. These daily activitie... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:13:33 EST It's Spring!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892358 Forget about groundhogs, calendar dates, the old farmer's almanac or even your local weather guru. Take my word for it, it's spring! <BR> <BR> In Wisconsin, winter means months of ice and snow. (I know, that was the case for much of the country this winter) Some years, I haven't let that stop me from running outdoors but this year, with other things on my mind and my plate, I opted to stay out of the cold and logged most of my fitness indoors. <BR> <BR> As any of my pals will tell you, ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:36:37 EST Enough already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856336 My last blog post was about defining strength which was in part the result of our family's crises having a very ill 3 yr. old child. Dealing with this is demanding so much strength and fortitude. <BR> <BR> Three days ago, our Little Raiden's grandpa, my nephew, called with a report of our little guy once again needing to have fluid tapped from his belly. (that was done the next day with wonderful results and he is making slow but sure, recovery progress) As our phone call was drawing to a... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:23:43 EST Define Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850431 Ok friends, I would like to ask you all to take just a moment and define strength. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about this this morning while sweating away on the elliptical machine in my dining room. <BR> <BR> Strength to our little great nephew Raiden means to hang in there, to heal and recover from the big surgery he's just gone through, to get through all the pokes, prods and procedures. To tolerate the best he can, the horrible side effects of the medicines that are directed toward the ca... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:09:59 EST Update and Thanks to All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848033 We just got word that our little Warrior has made it through surgery well. The Dr. is pleased with how things went. They got 90% of the tumor and what's left is small so will be targeted with more chemo and some radiation. He may lose his right kidney but since we come equipped with two, that's not the worst. <BR> <BR> I just had to take a moment to say thanks again to all the people who have been encouraging and supportive. Some of you have known me for some time and been in on the st... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:15:53 EST Every Star in the Universe............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846844 Please allow me an indulgence. <BR> <BR> I have my mind and heart occupied with a personal concern and I find that spilling my thoughts out here always provides a soothing solace. <BR> <BR> I have a 3 yr. old great nephew who was diagnosed this past October 3 with stage 4 neuroblastoma. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256871000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Poor little guy was so terribly sick in this photo. <BR> <BR> He still is of course, but after 4 rounds of high ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:43:00 EST Only One Resolution Matters.....& I'm hating it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842856 I am not a New Year Resolution person. Today, January 1st, is no different than any other day. Every day as I rise, I ought to resolve to do my best to be my best and to work toward that end in everything I do. Today, tomorrow & the next day. This year, next year and every year after that I am blessed to be around. <BR> <BR> Of course when we flip the page of a calendar, or when we tack up a totally new one, we do tend to give thought to what we have done, what's gone right, what's gone ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:05:47 EST So THIS is How it Happens! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824305 I've been a bit frustrated for I guess it's a year now. I've been in a maintenance mode when I would like to be in a few more pounds lost mode and.....oh yeah, actually make that a few pounds gained mode. <BR> <BR> Not the plan!! <BR> <BR> There are a lot of reasons (read excuses) for that. I know that I have allowed myself more treats than I should and being at a healthy weight creates a mental environment of permissiveness. Last winter was difficult and the fitness regime suffered. ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:17:31 EST Learning from the children in our lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813563 Children have a totally different perspective than we "time-tainted" adults. Until life and experience change this, we can learn so much from the way they see things. <BR> <BR> Case in point. <BR> <BR> We have this beautiful little 3 year old in our family who has been diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. It completely fills his abdominal cavity, wrapping over and behind all of his organs and infiltrating the bones. The doctors have given a 70% survival rate....if...he gets through each... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:49:39 EST It's a Sign of the Times.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809488 Lyrics of old songs pop into my head and run in a continuous loop in there even if the song itself was never a particular favorite. <BR> <BR> Today, it is an old Petula Clark song.............. <BR> <BR> <BR> "It's a sign of the times <BR> And I know that I won't have to wait much longer <BR> <BR> You've changed a lot somehow <BR> From the one I used to know" <BR> <BR> <BR> WHY? <BR> <BR> Well, I would have gratefully sat with my laptop and my coffee enjoying the cozy warmth of my fl... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 17:49:24 EST AGING.......funny for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806892 Aging……………. <BR> <BR> As <BR> I was lying around, pondering the problems of the <BR> world, <BR> <BR> I <BR> realized that, at my age, I don't really give a rat's ass <BR> anymore. <BR> <BR> ... <BR> If walking is good for your health, the postman would be <BR> immortal. <BR> <BR> .. A <BR> whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still <BR> fat. <BR> <BR> .. A <BR> rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while <BR> a <BR> tortoise doesn't run a... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:42:23 EST I love when I discover something new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799897 I've got these little plastic microwave pasta cooker things that frankly did not impress me after I got them. Pasta is not that big a deal to cook on the stove top and it's not like it's a time saver. So these things have been stored on a top shelf in the kitchen cabinet above the sink and I had been thinking of packing them up in the Goodwill bag that we keep going until full when we take it into town. <BR> <BR> But today, as I was thinking about lunch I decided to make myself some kale a... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:20:29 EST Raiden Sweety, I'm doing this for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795948 There is so much of this health journey that is about motivation. <BR> <BR> 5 years ago, I saw an add in the back of a magazine. Sparkpeople, a free web community to help you meet your goals. I had regained a lot of the weight I had lost on weight watchers. I had been trying to lose it again without going back to WW but it wasn't working. I was motivated, but not enough to do it alone. <BR> <BR> Here, I found tools to help me and more importantly I found the support and connection with ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:31:47 EST These are a few of my favorite things.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777731 I am out of my usual environment right now. Unable to walk into the other room and grab a piece of fruit or raid the fridge. This is not all bad of course, that raiding the fridge or pantry can be a dangerous thing. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But..............it can also be enlightening. <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> I love vegetables. I always have, but in the last few years, this love of vegetables has become keener. <BR> <BR> Restaurants of the world.........listen up......vegetables are pr... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:15:07 EST PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774629 In the kitchen, that is! <BR> <BR> Last week when we were together, my husband's sister said he was a picky eater. My mother used to say that too. But, to be totally fair to my DH, his "pickyness" as related to my mom's cooking, had more to do with some of her cooking methods which I also found unpalatable. <BR> <BR> Mom would quarter a whole onion and/or green pepper....that was what would suffice for dice in her kitchen. UGH....I always hated the feeling of big pieces of green pepper ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:29:24 EST Sometimes you feel like a nut................ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768670 "Don't make me run. I'm full of chocolate!" —Uter" <BR> <BR> That's a quote from the Simpsons show.....it tickled my funny bone but I don't think it's entirely accurate for me. I'm more the " Oooo Chocolate! I'll run for that!" kind of girl. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l811430590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was today's Garfield comic strip. I swear Jon Arbuckle knows me! LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1339222181.jpg"> ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:51:36 EST We'll Never Be The Same Again............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767470 But do we even want to be? <BR> <BR> As we go through life, changes happen. We tend to think about a lot of the changes that accompany age as being negative but really they are just different not necessarily bad. <BR> <BR> If I knew then what I know now, I would have appreciated my younger self. I should have appreciated the body I resided in at 25 and taken care of it in a manner that it deserved. However, at that time, I was (as always) super critical of my body and too busy (the excus... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:51:43 EST Does a trophy need to be gilt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756813 I haven't run a race in a long time. Injuries kept me from the road races and common sense said that recreational running was more appropriate....for a while. LOL <BR> <BR> Of course, one sure way to get me to do anything is to call it a mini spark reunion. And that my friends is what happened. Wascallywone had a change in plans and was looking for something to do this weekend. Catantigo, her daughter and her sisters were going to be doing the Tater Trot so it was a natural. Two years ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:25:34 EST HELP!!!!! I'm a prisoner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750350 I love my technology! <BR> <BR> Access to internet has allowed me to make friends I would have otherwise never met. <BR> <BR> When you live in the sticks, being able to shop, research and educate is like a gift. <BR> <BR> My fitbit flex nudges me to move even though I can only dream of catching up to Janet. LOL And my Garmin runs with me like the best running buddy....warning me to slow or pushing me to speed up and cheering me on when I make my distance for the day or when I study my lo... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:35:09 EST Pardon My Random Thoughts............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746434 They say the most powerful sex organ is the brain. <BR> <BR> Hmmmmm...... <BR> <BR> I say the most powerful tool we have for making changes in our lives, is our brain. <BR> <BR> I was thinking on Wednesday's run " how many times have I done this?" The route I was running certainly but I was really thinking about my efforts to lose weight or change my habits. I couldn't remember exactly when dieting became a regular part of my life but I could remember it being a major part of my life in ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:13:02 EST On to Plan B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741446 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942556216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I worked with a dear friend who was so good at turning a frown upside down. It was a big trip on the rail cars so we brought him in to be chef and I served as his sous chef along with my on board services management duties. <BR> <BR> It was one of those trips when the challenges occurred at an ever increasing rate. This was not uncommon on these trips. Using vintage rail equipment comes with almost gu... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:09:11 EST A Monster Lurks............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735230 It's early morning. As I walk through the kitchen this morning I am filled with dread. I know, based on many other mornings, that a monster lurks in my home. <BR> <BR> I approach with caution. Tentatively nudge the sleeping beast with my toe and it comes to life. Sigh.... Carefully, and most warily I step onto the back of the beast....hold my breath....Eeeeeeeek!!!!!!!!!!!!! There it is! The monster snarls.....and I crumble......... <BR> You guessed it...the monster is an innocent appe... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:57:18 EST Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730863 We can leave the past behind us but the past will not leave us...Robert Timmens, Larkrise. <BR> <BR> Every month I set goals for myself. This month I have decided to spend time each day working on forgiveness. <BR> <BR> Starting with myself, as we can only forgive others if we first forgive ourselves. <BR> <BR> Forgive myself for being human with faults and strengths. For mistakes I have made and those I will continue to make. Forgiveness for those things I have done with intent and tho... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:12:17 EST Stop That! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727641 Emotions. <BR> <BR> In a blink of an eye, a good day can go bad or a bad day can go good. More often than not the impetus for change is an emotion. <BR> <BR> The other day, while taking a walk, one of those stupid exchanges happened between my husband and myself. I had been talking about a book I am reading, something another person asked me to read as it relates to the lake and our efforts to maintain it's health and beauty. I found the writing style of the author annoying at times wh... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:54:28 EST THE ZEN OF COOKING & OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722124 I decided this morning after reading a friend's blog post on intuitive eating that I should make all my bites today a creative effort so that my dining satisfaction starts during the prep and continues through the appreciation of the appearance, aroma and taste. <BR> <BR> Thanks Janet for giving rise to this thought. <BR> <BR> Of course my first meal which happened to be fresh strawberries stirred into Greek yogurt wasn't very creative nor did it require any artistic cooking ability. LOL... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:36:51 EST In the Beginning................ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717761 Recently, my friend CATANTIGO hinted that she wanted me to post a blog on how I started running. <BR> <BR> I suspect that what she really was asking was " Why on earth did you start running?" LOL <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this for a few days now and here's the story, Cat. <BR> <BR> Like so many things, I didn't set out to run. <BR> <BR> When I joined Sparkpeople, the focus to what i was eating helped me to lose some weight initially. My husband and I were in the habit of daily... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:29:46 EST What I Deserve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716305 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2085430530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's Garfield comic says it all, I think. LOL Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:23:02 EST