DEB2448's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEB2448 DEB2448'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/ Homeward Bound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172099 Drew was just released from the hospital after round 6 of chemo, here are some of the pictures of him during round 6. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8828308-de6f-438e-bc16-7f133ad21a78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e93c199d-ac18-41aa-83f7-e1f0b2e02fa1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35c0f1ea-cb7d-4664-9ed6-659485867f7a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sat, 28 May 2016 20:37:59 EST round 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171363 Round 6 of chemo for Drew started Wednesday night and will run for 24 hours a day for 3 days. so he will finish up with this round Saturday night. Here he is in his room getting ready for them to start! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f47d698-5db3-46aa-8b0d-027c578367c3.jpg"> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:46:22 EST Pictures from the "Bowling for the Beckers" Benefit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168352 They had a benefit for Drew yesterday and I just wanted to share some of the pictures from it with you all. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4da94be-1609-41d7-9f69-032eb656dc1b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed1daa75-20fc-430a-9d22-879b8920be42.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91f98c6f-0edc-4728-a866-b057dd0257a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Sun, 22 May 2016 20:45:08 EST 5-19 Update on Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166570 Drew has enjoyed his week at home and is doing better each day. If his followup checkup with Surgery goes well next Wednesday, he'll begin the 6th and final round of "regular" chemo. The bone marrow transplant involves high dose chemo, but is kind of it's own thing entirely. Obviously, we are going to be so grateful to get the chemo cycle stage of his treatment behind us! Here is a couple of pictures. The first one is of Drew enjoying some outside time and the second one is a picture of Moll... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:45:31 EST Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163591 Drew got home today around noon! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f58a3b29-d6d5-4503-b65f-5449dd8534f7.jpg"> Sun, 15 May 2016 18:51:38 EST May 13th Update on Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162482 Up and feeling so much better today <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b01c049f-3708-42ea-9f1c-c918b2528df2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/481b733d-5d84-44a4-a160-afb35e3fa770.jpg"> Fri, 13 May 2016 23:46:09 EST Surgery Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161214 Knowing that Drew's surgery was yesterday (May 11th) I did not sleep very well last night. In fact the last time I looked at the clock it was 2:30 AM. After getting up to go to work this morning my husband came back in the bedroom at 6 AM and said he thought we should go up and be there to support Josh and Heidi during his surgery. So I got up and doing very little we were on the road before 6:30 AM and started our 3 hour drive to Rochester. By the time we got up there they were in pre - o... Thu, 12 May 2016 01:19:54 EST Park Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155168 Here is Molly and Drew enjoying a sunny day playing in the park today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7ffacae-5b21-4464-a255-dbe14d81154d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aa44256-65e7-42b4-b90d-5ad669293e7d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/495fd7b1-55aa-419e-b8c7-dca0357af14f.jpg"> Mon, 2 May 2016 22:52:10 EST Love Your Melon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152927 Love Your Melon is an apparel brand run by college students across the country on a mission to give a hat to every child battling cancer in America. - A group of students from the Love Your Melon UMR chapter visited kids at Saint Marys in honor of National Superhero Day. Heidi was interviewed and on two local news channels in Austin, They also showed many pictures of Drew having a great time with the Love Your Melon ambassadors Here is part of Heidis interview { Heidi comments }(One parent,... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:30:35 EST Home from round 5 and enjoying the rain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151739 Drew was released from the hospital yesterday. Here he is outside playing in the rain puddles today! The other picture is of him in the hospital Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cec24b6e-86de-4a4d-8797-3fae65d04279.jpg"> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:39:26 EST Round 5 of chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148371 Round 5 of chemo starts today for Drew. He was admitted to the hospital yesterday, they did the surgery to put the central line back in. Here is a few pictures of him and Molly enjoying the week at home. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a15c3fd-6329-48db-aeee-5d40477f8ec8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fd7b49e-4822-425e-a583-e5b854415c7a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:30:06 EST Stem Cell Harvest Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143754 The day finally arrived! Drew's numbers were where they were suppose to be! They started the stem cell harvest this morning around 9 AM and finished it about 1:30 PM. They came in about 2 hours later to tell them it had been a success They need 8 million stem cells, and Drew gave them 19 million!!! They will be taking the catheter out of his neck today, giving him platelets and planning on sending him home yet tonight. If all goes well at home he will have to go back on Thursday for a bl... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 19:46:44 EST Back In The Hospital Running A Fever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140098 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2edc7a17-17d3-4f41-b67b-b6c3ee7c053a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Drew is back in the hospital running a fever. They are hoping it is a virus and not an infection,If the culture does not grow they will go ahead and put in the muherker (catheter in his neck) for the stem cell collection, and hoping his numbers will be back up so they can do that by the end of the week. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:31:26 EST Round 4 Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136471 Round 4 of chemo was finished yesterday , and here is Drew today on the way home. Praying everything goes good this week so they can do the stem cell harvest this time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/897c6fbc-c66a-43fc-889c-0c9bce047f34.jpg"> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:58:20 EST Drew update round 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134242 Drew started round 4 of chemo, we are now praying that they will be able to do the stem cell harvest in about 12 days. Here are some pictures from today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72dcd02d-bb3c-4a03-b38c-438a11a53638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f0357fe-f93a-43c0-8afc-4a6fa8e0887d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59b754fd-5673-47e8-9fd1-f26a6abe672d.jpg"... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 20:32:37 EST My New Haircut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133487 I do not normally like sharing pictures of myself but I got my hair "buzzed" today in support of Drew and wanted to share my new look! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32908823-9c1e-4bad-959d-a528faa2f2b1.jpg"> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 19:42:31 EST Happy Birthday Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132962 Happy 2nd Birthday Drew! We got to spend the day with Drew and the rest of the family. He was in such good spirits today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f491cad-4ba0-4207-9b7e-d7f19d8b7fc8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a64fe4e-845f-4892-98ce-10f623e4ef17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ba7e4ff-4141-4de9-a2f8-7e94cdd907dc.jpg"> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:34:50 EST Roller Coaster Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124763 This week has been a roller coaster ride for Drew, with many ups and downs. He did get to go home last Monday but by Tuesday afternoon he was not holding down anything. After Heidi talked to their team of doctors at Mayo , it was decided she needed to bring Drew back to the hospital to get some anti nausea meds and fluids by IV through his central drain line. This first picture is of him on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e772dbd1-dc97-40ef-9e75-951295aae7... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 23:08:02 EST Drew update 3-14-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119185 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7fc0f04-b1e2-4588-9d78-b3a8004d062d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> On their way home! Drew has been in the hospital since Feb. 16th. If everything goes good at home, he will not have to be back to the hospital until next Monday when they will start harvesting his stem cells. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:50:54 EST Drew enjoying some "outside" time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115392 They got the OK yesterday for Drew to spend some time outside. He really enjoyed this since he has only been outside the hospital for 4 days since January 20th. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12b9e683-c03c-4d81-9a77-038ba9e71ef7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f27749bb-366d-4499-8ffa-2915060995da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a556975-9245-4c10-b30d-bc0ace4b2d61.jpg... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 18:19:51 EST Bone Marrow Biopsy Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112032 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a83a01a1-aca1-4789-9e50-c29321ead435.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e65f1cdc-ec95-46e6-a026-562c9ed9ff2f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Drew had another bone marrow biopsy done on Wednesday March 2nd, at the same time they did another CT scan of his head to see how the blood clot was doing. The results showed that the blood clot has almost completely resolved. The results of the bone marrow came in... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 17:05:27 EST 2-28-16 Update on Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106734 Drews last day of Chemo this round was on February 20th, but since he has had a bunch of setbacks this rounds , he is still in the hospital. On Tuesday they found he had a hemotoma inside the intestine wall that was causing a blockage so they had to put in a suction tube. The doctors feel it is now "resolving" itself but now his oxygen levels are lower than they should be so they are having to monitor that part of it. He has also spiked a temperature again, but that seems to be a part of (a... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:50:46 EST Round 2 of chemo starts today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097531 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0739710c-7ab0-44d6-bbda-d8de0f9c0461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is Heidi and Drew back in the playroom at the hospital waiting to start round 2 of chemo today. He did get to go home on Thursday and spend the weekend at home. They had to be back at the hospital this morning. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:02:04 EST A few pictures of Drew at the hospital this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093124 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d63264b-1d9e-49ec-bcf8-d16289aa98e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the dog they brought in to the hospital play room today. Drew had a lot of fun with it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d27a623-6ad5-42cf-9246-76685b0946e1.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Drew playing (phone) with the nurse call buttons <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/662c3f0a-4ba0-41ef-932c-db816d130fb3.jpg"> <BR> <... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:53:16 EST Drew cruising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090303 Drew walking the hospital halls! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 18:55:52 EST Happy Friday Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088911 Drew on one of his frist walks. It is so good seeing hime up walking instead of laying in bed. <BR> <BR> Can anyone see the video? Mine just says video about ready. I have never posted a video blog before and am not sure if I did it right. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:27:38 EST February 5th Update on Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088882 The following is part of Heidis post on caring bridge tonight. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello friends and family! Sorry for the delay in reporting the results of the CT scan yesterday. The lag of information may hint that we got good news, and we did! The clot is stable, so they will NOT be treating it with anything more. We will be on oral antibiotics for the next 10 days for the infection, and will check the area on a future CT scan. Hooray! One bullet dodged. And at the doctor rounds this... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:30:03 EST Update on Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080166 The following is pretty much copied from the update Josh and Heidi did today on Drews caring Bridge page. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We found out last night that the Cancer is also present in Drew's bone marrow which makes his cancer stage 4. Due to this he will need a lot stronger chemotherapy and it will take longer to cure him. There will be a combination of several things including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, surgery, and probably radiation. They are going to start chemotherapy t... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:20:45 EST Please Pray for Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076060 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/213b0651-95be-4542-8c8c-e59bd4139533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please keep Drew in your prayers , Due to the suspicion of a mass Drew had an C-Scan done which identified a tumor which is approximately covering half of his abdomen. After all of these tests were looked at and studied we were told that the tumor is cancer. they will do surgery today to do the biopsy, put in a central line, and bone marrow test. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:55:37 EST Happy Birthday Drew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903924 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1785367568.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2120786176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l106011871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy 1st Birthday to my Grandson Drew!!! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 00:41:31 EST Drew James http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662092 Our second grandchild was born today (April 1st) at 1:28 PM.Molly now gets to be a big sister! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2057573763.jpg"> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:01:51 EST The Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703097255.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125983981.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511735489.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a 67 year old dress that my Mom's Grandma knitted for her when she was born. We have pictures of my Mom in it (not sure where that picture is , we are still looking for it.) Then we have me in it. ( The top picture here). The nex... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 01:21:29 EST Five Generations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835332 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619392851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We got this five generation picture taken Easter weekend. It was wonderful to be able to get this picture and know that even though my grandma is 92 she still lives in her own home. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:02:49 EST Molly Marie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642547 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l749177243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our first grandchild Molly Marie was born on December 26th at 7:52 PM. She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and is 20 inches long. We got to go meet her yesterday. Molly and Heidi ( my daughter in law are both doing good and they got to go home today. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 23:29:50 EST Las Vegas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3066579 I'm going to Las Vegas! Wish me luck....lots of it. Obviously, I won't be on Spark for a few days, but I'll get caught up as soon as I get back. Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter! <BR> And if any of you have visited Vegas before, we're looking for a few "non-gambling" things to do....we know we're going to Hoover Dam, but would appreciate any other ideas! <BR> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:56:30 EST Friday March 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2992925 I finally took the plunge and joined Facebook. It was shortly after that that I discovered Farmville! It seems as if everyone I know plays it, but just in case you haven't, here's how it works: <BR> You build up your farm by planting and growing crops. You also have animals and trees, and can build buildings. It is a blast! <BR> <BR> If you're on facebook, add me! I would love to have more Farmville neighbors. Just search for "Deb Becker". I'm the one alone in the picture wearing a ... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 20:15:31 EST How Do You Deal With a Sabotaging Spouse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2920142 Does anyone else have this problem? My daughter and I were comparing notes. I'm not going to say whose spouse did what to protect the innocent (or guilty...ha-ha). But between us, we both have spouses who claim to be VERY supportive of our weight loss efforts. Most of the time they are. They're always there with a "congrats" when the scale goes now and a pat on the back when something goes wrong. <BR> <BR> But between us, the following has happened/been said: <BR> <BR> "Come on, let'... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 22:37:10 EST Happy Valentines Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2876262 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/9/b595245462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day. Enjoy this card. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKrW92n4WE </link> Sat, 13 Feb 2010 02:42:37 EST January 24th 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2788056 I can't believe it, but looking at the calendar, I must admit that I have another birthday coming up. I then look at my progress in losing weight and have decided on some serious goals for before my 50th birthday (which is next year). <BR> Two of my major goals: <BR> 1) To be below 200 pounds. <BR> 2) To complete the 3 mile Leslie Sansone DVD. <BR> <BR> I have made some progress using Sparkpeople, and while it has been slow, it has been amazing how many different healthy habits I hav... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 01:15:38 EST Haiti http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2763499 This week on the news, I couldn't just escape the images of Haiti. As I was "playing around" on Spark (I love the teams that have games...in fact, I lead a team that has games!), I realized how fortunate we are just to be in the situation of having to worry about our weight. Yes, it's not healthy to be overweight; and yes, I, like almost everyone else here, am trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> But looking at the people who live in a country that was already poor (the average day's pay was... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 18:14:10 EST Losing and Playing Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2694425 Yay! We're doing the buddy challenge again in my Losing And Playing team! <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite challenges as it is so motivating. Not only do we have team members to help keep us motivated, but the challenge focuses on so many different areas. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to start out the New Year! Last year we did this challenge, and it kept me so motivated, along with keeping me accountable to other team members. <BR> <BR> You are invited to come join the fun on team... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 20:56:26 EST Goals for 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2674075 Good day, everyone! I'm sure I'm just one of thousands on Sparkpeople posting a blog today about their goals for 2010. But first, I'm happy to report that 2009 went pretty well. I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted to, but I AM much healthier. I exercise now! I never thought I'd say that (ha-ha). Plus, I've noticed my food habits have changed dramatically too. <BR> <BR> For 2010, I resolve to: <BR> Keep doing my Leslie Samson DVD on a regular basis- probably 4 times a week <B... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 02:26:23 EST Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2654873 <em>425</em> Well, we're having a white Christmas here. Today was the beginning of a snow storm that is expected to dump 20 inches on us! We're already planning on NOT making the drive down to our family's dinner. Hoping everyone is having a good Christmas and getting a chance to spend some time with your families. <BR> <BR> We're having our gift opening on the 27th. With the kids grown up and having to go to multiple Christmases (now that they're married), it's hard to get everyon... Fri, 25 Dec 2009 01:56:42 EST Creative Challenges & Saintly Souls Team Turns a Year Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2619905 I can't believe it but it's been almost a year since my daughter and I started a Sparkteam: Creative Challenges & Saintly Souls. We're at 102 members (as of this posting) and have made some great friends! <BR> The bible readings and lessons have been interesting, but I think hearing other people's opinions in the Bible discussion thread has been even more interesting. <BR> The challenges have kept me motivated. Some of the challenges were team efforts (like the one we're doing now) and it i... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 16:16:29 EST Losing and Playing Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2566475 I LOVE the challenge we are doing on my Losing and Playing team. We have tasks for different areas we do every day plus a challenge each day. We are divided into teams to help keep us motivated. I am fond of this challenge because I get a chance to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle overall instead of getting side-tracked by one thing. The other team members really help keep me motivated even on days when I want to eat the ice cream at work ( I work Dairy Queen) . I hope you are all ... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:25:44 EST Happy Veteran's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2554364 I'm sure we've all seen or heard about the recent tragedy at Fort Hood. I was shocked when I heard of it, but heartened by the many thoughts and prayers I heard from people for those in our military. <BR> <BR> Today, I want to thank all of our veterans and those that are currently serving in our armed forces, especially those who are in combat zones. There may be much debate about whether the wars should be fought or not, but thankfully, it seems that little of the ill feeling is spillin... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:10:06 EST Spreading The Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2495690 Halloween is just around the corner, as I'm sure you all know. Ohhhh.....candy. Ok, just joking. We've only gotten a couple of trick-or-treaters for the last few years, so I don't even buy any candy anymore. <BR> <BR> My son and his wife (Heidi) were visiting. They've been married about a year, and though I think she looks skinny, she wants to lose a few pounds. So, the first thing of I thought of was Sparkpeople. I showed her around the site and she decided to sign up. She said by tra... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 01:22:51 EST 28 Years Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2464511 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/1/b316997776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where has the time went? It is hard to believe that I got married 28 years ago today. My husband has always been there for me. He is behind me no matter where I have been in my life. He has always been there to support me no matter what I weighed, and now that I am working towards being a HEALTHIER ME, he is still there to motivate and support me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/0/b90... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 23:03:57 EST September - A month of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2442213 September was a great month for me! I've got a job! I've been unemployed since last November, and finally finding employment was a great feeling. (In a town of only 4,000; jobs can be hard to come by) Adjusting to a new job and learning all of the new things has been a challenge by itself. Everything is going pretty good in that department, though. <BR> <BR> Two of my teams in particular helped keep me on track in September. In my "Losing and Playing" team, I was able to stay focused ... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:05:56 EST Motivating Song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2398836 Part of our buddy challenge is to blog today about a song that is motivating to us. One of the songs that I find most motivating to me is " You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban. To me this is a peaceful song I could listen to over and over. Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:06:03 EST