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/ Progress isn't always easy to see http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459822 February already. Time flies when you're having fun right? LOL <BR> <BR> So we look for progress and how do we see that when the measures we have, the scale & the tape measure, don't show great change? We need to remember there are many measures of success. <BR> <BR> Today, I was reminded of that. <BR> <BR> For some time, I had noticed my resting heart rate had climbed up from what it had been when I was running more. It wasn't a big change, but just enough to show that my fitness leve... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:13:08 EST 9 years? What have I been doing all that time? LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454980 This week marks the anniversary of my finding Sparkpeople. 9 years ago this week. Gosh, how the time has marched on! And so have I according to my fitbit and garmin. LOL <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I think that others might wonder why I still am so devoted to SP. <BR> <BR> Well, I've got some answers to that question. <BR> <BR> SP helped me to lose weight. I lost more wt. with SP than I had on WW and more important than that, I kept more of that weight off than I had previously on WW or othe... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:18:32 EST Tuning in....Turning on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448030 Today I woke up feeling like cooking up some things for my quick grab snacks or meals. The sorts of things that would be met with lots of resistance if they showed up on our shared table. <BR> <BR> My husband is not crazy about lentils. That's not quite true. He probably really almost hates them. I can get away with making and serving lentil soup occasionally...no, rarely. LOL <BR> <BR> I on the other hand, could eat some sort of legume in almost any form, daily. The reason for that i... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 10:13:57 EST Can't start a long trek without first tying your shoes! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447157 I awakened this morning and gave my first focused thoughts over to how I would choose to start my day. <BR> <BR> Would I allow my OCD tinged habit of grabbing the tablet and following my sequenced routine? <BR> <BR> Would I get up and do those morning stretches that I enjoyed so much yesterday? (after the tablet routine LOL) <BR> <BR> Or.......would I do something else....of my choosing? <BR> <BR> Proudly, I will tell you that I fought (and I do mean fought) the urge to pick up the tablet... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 10:59:03 EST It's ALL About Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445557 The start of a new year and many people make resolutions for the year ahead. <BR> <BR> I'm not a resolution maker. Statistics show many resolutions only make it a short distance into the year anyway. But I do end each year thinking about where I am, where I want to be, and how I want to get there. An exercise in identifying and making goals. <BR> <BR> This year, I've chosen a word for the year ahead. A word to help me focus my attention toward what I need in order to reach my goals. <... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 12:14:26 EST Thinking like a naughty child http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444071 Can you remember being a small child who wants to do something that you knew was not allowed or was bad but you couldn't resist being naughty? Of course you got caught with your hand in the cookie jar and probably got a spanking (if you're my age when spanking was the punishment of choice) or made to sit in the corner or some such. <BR> <BR> A few years later, with a more developed sense of right and wrong and the consequences of making the wrong choice, you may have still made some of th... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:51:34 EST Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364037 My insurance has a reward program for doing the things that are good for our health and I just received the Fitbit Aria scale that I ordered with my points. Such a cool thing to be able to get something like this that I would likely NEVER have gotten otherwise. My big box bargain store scale was serving me well and the price of the Aria...well, it would have been hard for me to justify that expense. <BR> <BR> So, the package came just as we were sitting down to lunch. My husband unpacked ... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:37:41 EST Understanding the concept of wanting more....And accepting the concept of less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344681 It's windy out. I mean, it's WINDY! All last night and early this morning I listened to the wind and thought about how today was a run day and that wind sounded so forbidding. <BR> <BR> Now, at this stage of my return to running, probably the most important thing is consistency. It's important to push with each run for improvement but it's more important to get out there every day a run is scheduled. Therefore, my goal for today had nothing to do with distance or pace and everything to d... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:07:29 EST YES...I CAN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343841 Whenever we get ready to climb back up and get on track, we wonder..... <BR> <BR> Can I do this? <BR> <BR> Do I want it enough? <BR> <BR> Do I have what it takes to make this happen? <BR> <BR> Can I fight the lethargy that keeps trying to pull me back? <BR> <BR> Most of us have found that the answers to these questions can only be obtained by getting up...and getting at it. And then....doing it all over again until it becomes habit again. <BR> <BR> I was planning to go for another run ... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 19:42:40 EST A Mixed Bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343211 Spring may have finally arrived in Northern WI. That provides me with some motivation to change what I can, accept what I can't and find the wisdom to know the difference. <BR> <BR> Self knowledge. I am so freaking obsessive that when I set my fitbit step goal for whatever number, I will not rest until I meet and or exceed that goal. That can be good of course, unless it leads to having no time to do strength training or flexibility work. That, my friends is what I was doing with my step... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 14:12:35 EST 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