DEBBYFROMMT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEBBYFROMMT DEBBYFROMMT'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/ Snow in August? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766862 August is suppose to be the hottest, driest month, but it has been raining here for 4 days. The creek is flooded in places and it is very cool. I don't know if it will even make it up to 60 today. Well, ok, it really hasn't snow here, but the mountains behind us got quite a bit! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1139798702.jpg"> <BR> (it's not a very good picture because it's still cloudy) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:15:24 EST Hike up Lime Kiln Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759914 It is just a tad over 2 miles to the Lewistown Overlook on the Lime Kiln trail. It was a beautiful morning and we got up and back down before it started raining. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l325464021.jpg"> <BR> Lewistown Overlook <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1559130779.jpg"> <BR> Lunch on top with my good friend Connie <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831366461.jpg"> <BR> DD#3 <... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:56:16 EST Montana Island Challenge 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756476 DD#3 and I did the 9k. (that is 5.58 miles) up a huge hill then another even bigger longer hill, through trees and rocks and everything you come across hiking in the mountains. <BR> But it was beautiful and a perfect day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061363587.jpg"> <BR> This is the starting line, actually it's the check in before the starting line. They had to check everyone's number before you could start in case someone got lost (which would have been i... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 18:05:27 EST Missoula HM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738642 Yesterday was the Missoula half marathon that I look forward to every year! <BR> <BR> We got up at 3:45, on a bus by 4:30. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1740138898.jpg"> <BR> There were hundreds of buses. <BR> <BR> We waited in the dark until everyone arrived and they were getting ready for the start. <BR> There were 32 runner from Lewistown there. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1714254483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The start line was wild! Very e... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:54:11 EST My feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735930 I always thought I had ugly feet, especially since I started running. But Rachel got me a pedicure for my birthday so we both got our toes done last Monday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1287025319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The color is "Dutch Tulip" <BR> Now I have pretty feet! Thanks Rachel! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:40:22 EST Things I've learned in 56 years: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726760 THINGS I’VE LEARNED IN 56 YEARS <BR> <BR> It could always be worse. <BR> <BR> You have to be happy as an individual before you can have a happy marriage. <BR> <BR> Ibuprofen takes care of most pain. <BR> <BR> It’s always coldest right before dawn. <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> <BR> Take your vitamins. <BR> <BR> Floss. <BR> <BR> Get outside every day, if only for a couple of minutes. <BR> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:04:17 EST Spring is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701345 We finally had a couple of nice days, so I planted a little flower bed <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259015640.jpg"> <BR> (hopefully where the deer won't get to) <BR> <BR> But there is still plenty of snow in the mountains. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l414958544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 May 2014 09:22:19 EST Women's Run 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692756 Yesterday was the Women's Run in Billings! Even though they were predicting rain, it was a PERFECT day! The weather was cool but sunny and no breeze until we were done! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1184408876.jpg"> <BR> Fellow Sparkers (and DD) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1039642547.jpg"> <BR> Me and DD <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2006787334.jpg"> <BR> Great pictures of Trish at the fini... Sun, 11 May 2014 18:01:15 EST 1000 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688880 Been with SparkPeople 1000 days today! <em>244</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 11:13:26 EST Spring? Snowshoeing!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678922 April 23 and a friend and I drove to the ski hill and snowshoed most of the day. Beautiful weather, sunny then graupled and then sun again. The wind wasn't too bad, but then we were mostly down in the trees. I am exhausted but feel good. <BR> <BR> Happy spring everyone! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:14:00 EST April 13 snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671028 Good morning everyone! 9 degrees and the ground is covered in snow. The sun is shining and it looks like diamonds in the snow. April13, Palm Sunday, and there is snow on the ground. Actually shouldn't be surprised, we usually get our worst snow storms in late April. A couple years ago we had snow on the high school graduation. (which is almost always on Memorial Day weekend.) So really no complaints. I'm just ready for spring (which usually doesn't get here until June) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:30:44 EST First 5K of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660961 Sunday was the Purple 5K in Billings. I have a whopper of a cold and laryngitis. But my feet still worked. I didn't PR but did better than I though I would. It was misting when we started and raining pretty good when we finished. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:57:54 EST More snow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655519 Made a quick trip into St. Louis this past weekend (DH's mom had surgery and is dad cannot be left alone, so DH took his mom to the hospital and I stayed with his dad) anyway, while we were gone it snowed, of course. <BR> <BR> I was out shoveling snow and it must have rained before it snowed because there was a lot of ice under the snow. Will spring ever get here? <BR> I know I'm too early to think that way -- it's usually June before anything really starts blooming. <BR> <BR> Hope y... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:50:08 EST Snow last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645320 We got about 2 -3 inches of heavy wet snow. It was great to cross country ski in this morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969298742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114985264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l340906836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2099456001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107631455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:56:41 EST More Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637840 Here are some more pictures from our trip. <BR> <BR> Some American Influences <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396948177.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l429081552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l770369984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They also had McDonalds, Home Depot and Disney Land in Tokyo. <BR> <BR> <BR> We came across some junior high age kids, at one of the castles, who were learning English and h... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:34:43 EST Back from an awesome trip to Japan (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636514 DH and I just spent the last two weeks visiting Japan. We had a ball! Different culture and wonderful food! (yes I now have about 4 or 5 pounds to lose) <BR> <BR> We started out in Tokyo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1747298322.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1356738468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then to the island of Hokkiado the town of Niseko to ski. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2088104578.jpg">... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:38:42 EST Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619378 I started SparkPeople on August 10, 2011. I was going through my Spark Teams this morning and decided to see how many people from the Class of "August 7-13, 2011" are still around. There are so many people who haven't been on in over 900 days. That's a shame. How do you tell someone who is just joining about all the benefits of SparkPeople? I suppose that's our job in "spreading the spark" to tell them about all the information, videos, trackers, and most of all, the support here on Sp... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:56:21 EST Just cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617021 How do you take pictures of "cold"? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1703826196.jpg"> <BR> The door to the deck in our bedroom <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1766696977.jpg"> <BR> bottom of our road <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258811224.jpg"> <BR> Spring Creek (a spring fed creek, doesn't ever freeze) <BR> <BR> <BR> It was cold this morning. - 30 F. I think we set a record. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:57:37 EST February virtual race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612354 I was afraid I wouldn't get a virtual race in this month since we will be gone most of the month and now have too much snow to run. So Rachel and I snowshoed a 5K! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l181957339.jpg"> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 18:26:38 EST Llamas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611566 Have been feeding our neighbors llamas while they are away. Silly llamas. And some views of up here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1371546915.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1251255593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our house from our neighbor's <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319023317.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Judith Mountains <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2050708228.jpg"> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:26:40 EST Working on 2014 goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579772 Whittling away at those 2014 goals! Got out and cross country skied this morning for the first time this year. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028220293.jpg"> (ok it's a selfie, not so good) Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:19:33 EST It's here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577880 2014 is here! We always try to start the new year (and to detox from last night) by snowshoeing. Yesterday was not a pretty day weather wise, rain followed by just a little snow made things icy and miserable. But we got about 6 inches during the night and snowshoeing was wonderful! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1438756768.jpg"> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:54:32 EST 2014 here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576752 But first a gratitude. I am grateful for SparkPeople, especially the teams that I am co-leader on: <BR> Perimenopause to Menopause, PowerSparkHeroes (class of June 3-9, 2012). and the Montana teams. By being a co-leader on these teams they have forced me to work a little harder and come up with challenges for the teams which I have to participate in. So needless to say it works well for me! So if you want to get a little more involved, get more support, think about becoming a co-leader ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:41:59 EST 2013 in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575722 Looking at my 2013 goals, I think I did pretty well. my goals were: <BR> <BR> Short term goals <BR> 1. Ski (downhill, telemark) 20 times. I did 25 <BR> 2. Snowshoe at least 5. I only did 3. Not a good snow year <BR> 3. Cross country ski at least 5 time. I did 5 <BR> 4. Ice skate when there's ice at least 3. I only did 1, bad ice year too. <BR> <BR> Medium term goals <BR> 1. Run 6 organized runs. I did 8 <BR> 2. Run a virtual race once a month. I did this! Mostly 5ks but a coupl... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:04:17 EST post Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572560 Hi everyone! Hope you all had a good Christmas and all you Canucks had a good Boxing Day (I'm not sure what Boxing Day is except a day off) <BR> <BR> Anyway, DH got me a fitbit for Christmas. I didn't even think he knew what that was! So I've been playing with it. It's pretty cool, but can anyone tell me how to connect it to SparkPeople? <BR> I've been syncing it, but I don't know where the information goes. (Ok I'm pretty computer illiterate) Any help would be appreciated! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:00:19 EST Hello fellow sparkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568145 Sooo sorry I have been AWOL the last week. But crazy busy it putting it mildly. I have to get back to sparking and will have a couple of days back to normal now. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:20:15 EST Finally nice weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562873 Ok nice as in 30 degrees. Did get out and ran 4 miles. <BR> <BR> We live in an incredible place. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l24716643.jpg"> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:12:32 EST Nov 30 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553391 I am grateful for a healthy life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:22:54 EST Nov 29 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552727 I am grateful this month is almost over! <BR> <BR> Seriously, I got on the scale this morning and actually was down a bit from yesterday. (I'm sure it was water weight) but after last night to be down is something I am grateful for! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:59:42 EST Nov 28 - Gratitude THANKSGIVING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552387 Happy Thanksgiving everyone! <BR> <BR> I am grateful for family! My physical family and my crazy lady family and my spark people family. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. And for all my favorite spark people who are not in this country, I am grateful for you and wish you Happy Holidays and everything good! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 19:21:44 EST Nov 27 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551385 I am so excited!! 2 of my daughter are coming home today! Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:40:09 EST Nov 26 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550657 (I'm glad this month is almost over, I'm having trouble coming up with things to be grateful for) <BR> <BR> OK today I am grateful for my home. We live in a beautiful area. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l112044127.jpg"> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:22 EST Nov 25 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550182 Wow, one month until Christmas! <BR> But I am grateful for having most of my Christmas shopping done! (will finish it Friday evening at the Lewistown Christmas Stroll!) Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:53:14 EST Nov 24 - gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549112 I am grateful for Rachel (RAYRUNSMT) Please give her a goody today! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:18:49 EST Nov 23 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548453 Grateful for this beautiful day! It was cold when the Turkey Trot 5K started, but up around 20* when we were done. There is ice on the rink and DH and I will get out the skates this afternoon! Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:29:10 EST Nov 22 -- Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547569 I am grateful for my DH. Although he is a workaholic he is a wonderful man with a great sense of humor (when I can get him to relax a bit). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l706204483.jpg"> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:10:12 EST NOV 21 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546805 It is COLD this morning! -8 but suppose to warm up to the 20s. I am grateful for my hot flashes this morning -- actually waves of warmth! LOL!! Since I have to go through this, it does make winters more bearable Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:57:34 EST Nov 20 - gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546539 Geez, I am soo messed up on the date. I did Nov 17 twice oops. Oh well. Today I am thankful for Havre, MT. Hello all you Havrites! But not a nice drive up. Snow covered roads on 66. But at least they were ok coming home. COLD tonight! -7 right now, but suppose to get up to the 20s tomorrow. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:31:06 EST Nov 18 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545346 Today I am thankful for the Crazy Ladies - my very favorite people in the world. Women I can laugh with, cry with, and just be myself. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:49:28 EST Nov 17 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544147 Today I am thankful for SparkPeople! <em>529</em> (actually I'm thankful for SP everyday!) Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:39:07 EST Nov 17 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543585 After a great weekend in Billings, seeing DD#2 and Manheim Steamroller, I am grateful to be home. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 15:57:41 EST Nov 16 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542687 I am just happy today Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:48:35 EST Nov 14 and 15 Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542094 Oops, missed yesterday because my regular work day turned into 10 1/2 hours and immediately after work we headed to Billings. So, I am grateful to get out of Lewistown for a weekend (can I be grateful for that?) <BR> <BR> And today, I am grateful that I got quite a bit of Christmas shopping done. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:44:39 EST NOV 13 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540089 I am grateful for ibuprofen Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:39:39 EST 11/12/13 Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539405 11-12-13 a magical day! Also the 1st anniversary of Barb (WEBEZE) of being smoke free!!! <BR> I am grateful for her!! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:55:14 EST Nov 11 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538205 I am grateful for all my DDs, but today is DD#3's birthday! (also Rachel's DD#2's birthday) <BR> Happy Birthday Sarah and Ingrid! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:29:54 EST Nov 9 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536765 We are in Austin. It is warm, flowers blooming, everything is green! I am grateful to get to spend time with DD#1 and her significant other ("nobody gets married anymore mom" -- sigh) <BR> But they are great and it's good to see them! Sat, 9 Nov 2013 18:59:36 EST Nov 8 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535651 I am grateful for my 3 daughters! We are headed to Austin to see DD#1 this weekend. (I need a few days off of running anyway to heal up, this is perfect!) Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:45:12 EST Nov 7 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534909 I am grateful for my health! After our deer hit in the ambulance last Tuesday I though I pulled a muscle in my upper abs. But now I think it's a rib, I'm having it worked up. But I am healthy to start with, even got 4 miles in this morning. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:49:02 EST Nov 6 - Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533786 I am grateful for living in a wonderful place! Graupel this morning and now a sun dog! <BR> (ok graupel is not sleet but not snow, kinda like little stereofoam balls and sun dogs are rainbows on either side of the sun on a cold kinda hazy cloudy morning) Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:22:34 EST