DGFOWLER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DGFOWLER DGFOWLER'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/ Stimulating Opportunities for Your Road to Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35c04c2b-7216-4240-835a-411331aaf235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning sparkers. <BR> <BR> This article was written by:Mary Rau-Foster who is a motivation speaker <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/opportunitie<BR>s-road-to-happiness/ </link> <BR> <BR> Is the brain hardwired to earn satisfaction and happiness? <BR> <BR> I read an article that asked and answered the question about whether people who won the lottery... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:36:22 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190357 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/744da547-f0e4-4b9e-a3a4-9c17ff6c3278.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Exercise completed, shower completed. Now to just get around my breakfast and lunch for work. <BR> <BR> Today I need to make a call to a nursing home about 17 miles from my house. They do trach care and vent care. Since we do not want mom going back to the other facility our only choices are to begin searching again for a place for her to go. It's times like this ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:57:04 EST Just for kicks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188050 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b33ce4ff-38ca-4884-9fab-edbed89e2916.jpg"> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:57:55 EST Getting over the hump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187364 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c4267a1-59cc-4047-a6e1-a9f1eac15d87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy hump day everyone. I finally feel like I'm getting over the hump of this weight loss journey. I finally broke my long, long stretch of not losing anything. As of this morning I'm down another 3lbs. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> One of mom's docs called me while I was at work yesterday. He told me that they were going to start weaning mom off of sedation today and see how she does. It ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:12:48 EST When will it all end? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e23ba578-ae36-4b7f-9b0d-d0cb202e72a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. My question "When will it all end?" Serves to prove that life can be so unpredictable. Mom was doing so well. She is back in a chemically induced coma with the vent back on. This is just another hurdle she has to jump over. She DID NOT have another stroke but the seizures are back full force. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my sister (Gerri) and I went for a visit at the ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:21:17 EST Not a good night/day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185654 So...mom is back to having seizures. She was transferred once more to another larger hospital. She is dehydrated, malnourished, magnesium is low, ammonia is high. Metabolically screwed up. She's speaking a foreign language unrecognizable to even me. <BR> Please continue prayers. Heading up to the hospital once more. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:50:49 EST 3 Cravings That Could Signal A Health Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185012 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d06a4430-8a40-458a-9f36-942af401fbe5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning. Found this article thought it was interesting enough to pass on <BR> <BR> <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/3-<BR>cravings-that-could-signal-a-health-pr<BR>oblem/ar-AAhex6V?li=BBnb7Kz </link> <BR> <BR> We've all been there: that moment when you just need to have a burger, or a milkshake, or a bag of potato chips and nothing else on ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 06:18:30 EST I'm spending Father's Day in Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184421 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a2f861b-93c6-4267-8b51-927250ec23ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How did Father's Day start <BR> <BR> There are many stories how the custom of honoring Dads on a Sunday in June got started. The most popular story about the origins of Father's Day is said to have started growing its roots in the year of 1909. Mrs. John B. Dodds, from Spokane, Washington, campaigned for a Father's Day celebration. The idea came to her while she listed to a church sermon... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:12:07 EST The 15 Grossest Things You're Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183921 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7221fedf-ab33-4d88-acb6-989d90266bb4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article came from Rodale's Organic Life <BR> Article can be found here: <BR> <link>www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/gros<BR>s-food-0?page=0 </link> <BR> <BR> Gross Ingredients-Not Always on the Label <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, gross food has become the norm in most supermarkets, with packaged food ingredient lists reading more like chemistry homework than something you'd want your f... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:22:07 EST AspireAssist: FDA Approves Aspire Bariatrics' Stomach Pump Device to Treat Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183218 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e929ac96-4181-410c-85bd-0081783469ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article can be found here: <BR> <link>www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/Pres<BR>sAnnouncements/ucm506625.htm </link> <BR> <BR> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new obesity treatment device that uses a surgically-placed tube to drain a portion of the stomach contents after every meal. <BR> <BR> The AspireAssist device should not be used on patients with eating di... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:21:12 EST Your Professionalism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182505 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19dd64c2-37b8-43eb-a4fe-ccc64500f092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by By Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> This article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/your-profess<BR>ionalism/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e35b986-2e3f-4ba9-aebf-94df393283f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Professionalism is a state of mind and action. <BR> <BR> Professionalism encompasses the use of maturity, wisdom, and... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:02:54 EST Time for a new mind set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181833 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2eb18893-deaa-4115-9339-3cc4091a2d80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes sirree. I started my new mind set yesterday. I did not wait until today because I've always been taught the new week starts on Sunday. So it is done!!! I did 30 minutes yesterday and I've already done 30 minutes today on my Gazelle. That's an equivalent of about 5 miles so far and since I was feeling like I was doing just about nothing that 5 miles feels good. Plus,,,I've already h... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 06:20:51 EST Who am I fooling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181328 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a539c31f-6aec-4ec7-bcd4-b38e036f169b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You've heard the old adage "You're only fooling yourself?" That has been my week. I've done as little as possible, partially squeaking by in any aspect of SP. Barely exercising, barely eating good, and barely anything!!! <BR> <BR> And you know what I've learned? I'm only fooling myself. Fooling myself into believing that I can still lose weight eating like I have, barely fooling myself... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:28:24 EST Visible Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180078 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27822da0-44d3-44d9-9866-6a02c703f7f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning sparkers. I found this really neat challenge by The Fitness Cafe'. What a great way to actually see the amount of water you consume and reach your daily water goal. <BR> <BR> MOTIVATE. HYDRATE. FEEL GREAT. <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: A few of our readers have raised concern about water intoxication. A healthy kidney can process a gallon of water per day easily. However, everyone's... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:47:12 EST Free Fitness Caluclator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179610 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/905df61d-c640-46d3-80b5-744d367f465e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Want to move the number on the scale? You'll need to do some calorie math. Their weight-loss calculator can tell you how quickly you can expect to peel off the pounds. <BR> <BR> This nifty little calculator from Fitness Magazine could give you the start you need. <BR> <BR> You can find it here <BR> <link>www.fitnessmagazine.com/lose-10lbs-s<BR>ub/?ordersrc=PRYB2S78678LP </link> <BR> <... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:45:56 EST This Is What Happens When You Don't Drink Enough Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178787 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c84cf222-e4f1-4d77-becf-c9e36f984a97.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Dominique Astorino <BR> Article can be found here: <link>https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Eff<BR>ects-Dehydration-41377374 </link> <BR> <BR> Besides the fact that you'd literally die without it, there are many, MANY imperative reasons to drink water frequently, every single day. It starts out pretty mild - you might feel thirsty and have a dry mouth. But the long-... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 06:17:44 EST Create Your Inner Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178089 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb49489e-9745-49e4-b9d4-06c5876cb8d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: By Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/create-inner<BR>-peace/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dea78887-c138-4006-92ef-547aa810437e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From time to time, we need reminders about right thinking and the way to a peace-filled and successful life. The following po... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:35:23 EST Giving Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176730 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12adb585-66ad-48c4-8b35-db4c0e1a2857.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Giving up is what my mom said the other day to my sister Gerri. She was frustrated because Gerri couldn't understand her. I'm happy to say for my mom that her feeding tube is out. She is eating pureed food. And yesterday for the first time since April 26th they turned the vent completely off. She coughed a lot; having the trach in doesn't allow the full capability to swallow your phlegm... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 06:23:07 EST A Okay in June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174936 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36f4af32-98b8-4583-9819-ac70a9096ba8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 1 down and doing good. (Ha I survived 1 day. <em>244</em> ) <BR> <BR> I don't really have anything else to report. Mom's still holding her own. Thank you for your prayers. <BR> <BR> Just for kicks ~ <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f25031a4-2cf7-4f19-a682-4c2b65c1ffa1.jpg"> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 07:00:11 EST What to do for June? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173533 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be8a33fd-9e7f-4881-8202-5786c710958d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you believe that May is almost gone and June right around the corner? I need to think of something health wise to do for June. May was pretty much a bust as far as I'm concerned. I was busier that usually running back and fourth to the hospital for mom. (Maybe I should have ran <em>312</em> 20 trips x 198 miles each time, now that would have been awesome). but...it is what it is ... Tue, 31 May 2016 06:14:54 EST I Had a Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172932 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca9bf0dc-49af-4323-965f-a7acb986e6e2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning one and all. Last night I had a dream....and in that dream I was in a class. And in that class I was confessing ALL of my eating sins. I'm sure glad I woke up quick....whew..I had so many they couldn't be counted. Whoever was running the group said if I would only confess in front of the group I would no longer have any eating problems. <BR> <BR> Wouldn't that be nice if ... Mon, 30 May 2016 09:03:30 EST My momma and how she was doing yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172339 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e0c3b95-eee7-4b11-977f-9360cc210e66.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I got up to the hospital to see mom, she was bright-eyed <em>40</em> and bushy tailed. <em>219</em> You could not tell that she had coded the night before. It was the most awake I have seen her in the past month since she's been in there. She was mouthing answers to us, going to the bathroom (on a bedpan of course), smiling, etc. We did find out the reason why she code... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:51:42 EST Backtracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171809 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acd62944-7998-4c4c-bd44-aa4fe6379a7d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Many of you may know how sick my mom has been for the past month. She had a stroke on April 26th. She's been in the hospital since on a vent and they are trying to wean her off of it. She's had good and bad days. She's a very strong lady. Last night I received a call that she had coded and they preformed CPR on her. She's holding her own and I'm headed out the door soon. It seems she'... Sat, 28 May 2016 08:56:27 EST You decide what you will allow in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171183 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d7026e7-e478-4b4f-9186-2aa48a2e7796.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The article I'm going to post is from Shola. He is the founder of The Positivity Solution. <BR> Link can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/what-you-a<BR>llow/ </link> <BR> <BR> In my opinion, you can throw every other motivational quote in this world's history out of the window if you choose to embrace the epicness of the following quote: <BR> <BR> "What you allow is... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:18:01 EST Walk Softly on this Heart of Mine........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170540 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/959615a4-34e7-41f5-844f-08929646f980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot about how I was treated when I was growing up. Don't ask me why, I really can't say, but I was teased a lot when I was growing up for my weight issues. When I was 16 I weighed 200 lbs. By the end of my summer that year I weighed 140 lbs. I had a job detassling corn. If you know anything about corn it is a way for them to cross breed by pulling the top tassels of... Thu, 26 May 2016 06:14:17 EST Need to Quiet Your Inner "Noise" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169283 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcef2449-a62c-421f-a99e-0de322b8d7e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster. Mary is a motivational speaker. I always share these with my SP buddies and with my co-workers. <BR> <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/quiet-inner-<BR>noise/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/941ddcbc-83a0-45f2-b635-1840c2f0fe4c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As my plane was pullin... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:46:16 EST Here I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168538 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71bf73a8-dfc7-4c30-bf09-0ae4ab0e1c20.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. This morning I rolled out of bed, showered, did 30 minutes on my Gazelle and now here I am! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend, how about you? I finished all of my cleaning on Saturday, went to go see mom and yesterday was spent with both my daughters, grand kids and sister & brother-in-law. We ate soup beans, cornbread muffins and fried potatoes. The... Mon, 23 May 2016 06:32:44 EST Is This a Delay or a Dead End? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f52ba9a0-6e67-4d27-b84e-7a1e38ff92a6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have a delay or dead end that is stalling your goal to live a healthier life style? I do. My mom's situation is certainly at the top of the list, but I know it's also an excuse. Life gets in the way but it's how we deal with the set backs that allows us to shine. <em>67</em> We cannot allow these situations to keep us "under the weather" so to speak. <em>27</em> <BR> <BR... Sun, 22 May 2016 08:20:30 EST Simple Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167428 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/300980a7-dcf7-4072-a561-ebe1047615ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First I apologize for not blogging anything since Wednesday but it has been a whirlwind of events here. First my mom was stable enough to move to Advanced Specialty Hospital. This hospital is FANTASTIC!!! I got up there yesterday to see her and in the 2 1/2 hours we were there the following teams came in to see her; Physical Therapy, One of the docs and his two interns, Wound care special... Sat, 21 May 2016 09:42:15 EST Supporting Each Other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/324270ac-0f17-4f92-a156-edac3dd54678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whose with me on this? Wed, 18 May 2016 06:37:00 EST Decide, Plan, Focus and Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164604 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5f4e65b-a2f7-426f-9676-17b646ee8fac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article was written by Mary-Rau Foster <BR> <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/decide-plan-<BR>focus-succeed/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Self-discipline is when you tell yourself to do something and you don't talk back." - W. K. Hope <BR> <BR> I admire people who have organized lives; their homes and workplaces are neat and organized and they actually can find their ... Tue, 17 May 2016 05:55:15 EST Smile and the world smiles with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163960 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/66d50690-c9d7-456d-a257-35ced07ce192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af02943e-6a0d-402b-9d93-4d1ceba37a1e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is so much to be said for waking up with a smile and continuing it through your day. Those that do find themselves in a much better frame of mind, plus a smile is contagious. So smile so everyone can see those pearly whites <em>334</em> and watch your own frame of mind began to c... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:47:25 EST Accepting yourself as you are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163421 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd31f604-afae-4ee9-afa0-b8ef4f314f98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have trouble accepting yourself as you are in the moment? I do, I'd be lying if I said I didn't. Below are 9 steps you can work on to help you accept yourself just as you are. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Accept-Who-You-Are </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7f031d9-93a9-4412-bd8f-ccd4a97ef65b.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Sit down and have a think... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:36:02 EST Losing momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162585 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b575bb69-a146-4e29-85b7-2f92d2005b39.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm losing it, my momentum that is (Here you thought I was gonna say my mind, didn't you?) <em>334</em> Well maybe I've lost that too, you can help me look for both of them. <BR> <BR> I'm sure a lot of it has to do with what has happened to mom. I'm busy with work, I'm driving almost an hour to see her and an hour back. There isn't much exercise you can do in a car. I've mostly done m... Sat, 14 May 2016 06:09:13 EST Shake it off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160658 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24cf2d7e-5efa-4b05-b9d5-b1f60a46e293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning all. I'm supposed to shake it off today in my 10 minute challenge and find time to dance for 10 minutes but I have one problem that I'd like to share: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/66e8dad6-4e6d-4520-a0da-34edb961905b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Have a great day everyone ~ Donna Wed, 11 May 2016 08:27:15 EST Facing Challenges with My Wisdom and Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159862 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53254d9e-5329-488f-a88f-807376b56fad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning one and all. I wanted to share this motivational blog by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> You can find the blog here as well <link>www.workplaceissues.com/facing-chall<BR>enges-wisdom-strength/ </link> <BR> <BR> Recently I had the opportunity to listen to three people who are going through many challenges in their lives right now. <BR> <BR> As I listened to each, I marveled at the res... Tue, 10 May 2016 06:02:24 EST Yesterday was tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159145 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40e49c86-1f54-4fe7-af9b-a41c67cf14de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My daughter (Angie) and I went to see mom yesterday at the hospital. I'd have to say that yesterday was one of the toughest days yet. Perhaps more so because it was Mother's Day and we are talking away to her and of course she isn't responding (still in a coma) and not hearing her voice now for almost 2 weeks is driving me crazy. I <em>46</em> . I wanted to stomp my foot and yell and s... Mon, 9 May 2016 06:17:00 EST Happy Mother's Day to all of the mom's out here in SP land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158624 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03876861-8c2a-4a56-b3a1-f39b5be236b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wishing my own mom a Happy Mother's Day too and even though you are in a coma, doesn't mean I'm not thinking about you and still loving you. Hugs to all of the mom's out there today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e8adc1a-fa55-4ad9-81d7-10610d153d10.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of my mom from grade school. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 8 May 2016 08:00:19 EST Good news? Yes it's good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b319650d-e9ff-490c-b7cf-643d25a5cf1e.gif"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to the hospital to see mom. Jenny (older sister) had told me the day before she had opened her eyes for the doctor. He practically had to scream her name but she did respond. Yesterday morning she opened her eyes again while the decreased her coma meds. Seems we just missed it before we got there. This to me is good news. They FINALLY have the bleeding stopped (after a... Sat, 7 May 2016 09:05:13 EST It's almost Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156725 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a74999d4-0d37-44bf-8e8b-e0df1159c772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we have decided to get all of the kids and grand kids together to talk about mom and what is happening to her and what the future holds for all of us and her. It's gonna be a day of tears so I better get a box of tissues on my way home from work, either that or hand out the toidie paper as everyone comes in the house. There is so much going on in my head right now I'm finding it h... Thu, 5 May 2016 06:42:47 EST Did you take my Team Bonus Points? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156021 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/985c882d-fe7a-4601-b7ad-106686142d7e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My bonus points are missing! Did you take them? Oh where or where can they be? Recently I've been getting very low scores on my Team Bonus Points. <em>334</em> I just know someone else had to have gotten the 10, 20 and 50 pointers, cause it surely wasn't me. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But, on another note my deck area is finally DONE! All of the wood is out to the road for pick up to... Wed, 4 May 2016 06:30:52 EST Article in the New York Times: After 'The Biggest Loser' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155083 Just wanted to share this very interesting article from some of the biggest losers season 8 and how their bodies fought to put the weight back on their bodies. Definitely why slower is sometimes better. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/bi<BR>ggest-loser-weight-loss.html?_r=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41e2f689-e6f0-4fdd-a53c-f5b97fa21fa8.jpg"> Mon, 2 May 2016 20:45:06 EST What day is it anyways? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153887 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6f77560-a8b9-48c6-b3fa-528d7432e97a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up without any sense of what day it is. Guess what? It's Sunday! <BR> <BR> Just a quick update on my mom. She is now in a chemically induced coma. She took a turn for the worse night-before-last. They opted for the coma to give her brain a rest from the seizures she was having. The type of stroke she had is making her bleed inside of the brain, not outside as in a n... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:11:48 EST Not a good night at all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61661241-7ae4-4324-bdb2-ef4d934f59f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night, not once but twice (1030p, 1134p) I was woke up by the hospital calling. Mom took a turn for the worse and is now on a ventilator. This is this morning's report per her nurse: She is currently stable. She is having body tremors (hands, feet and shoulders). The MRI showed no change. They will be placing her back on the machine to continually check her brain activity. They now hav... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:38:06 EST Every new day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152614 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c70d3dfd-7877-4a57-bd19-27e16f2005f3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every new day delivers the promise of all potential. Each morning is the start of a new, 24-hour lifetime. I will awaken to each day as if awakening to another incarnation. No matter what setbacks or disappointments yesterday brought, a new day promises new opportunities and every chance to start again, in love, hope, courage, faith, determination, and empowerment. <BR> <BR> Affirmation: <B... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:27:02 EST How's the World Treating You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f228777-2946-49e1-80e3-ff0225c11f01.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been out of sorts for the past couple of days. Mostly because of mom and David. I didn't exercise at all Tuesday accept to go in and out of the hospital walking. That didn't take anytime at all and wasn't consistent enough for even 10 minutes of exercise. So yesterday, even though it was my rest day, I jumped on the Gazelle and did 22 minutes to get at least some sort of exercise in... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:18:08 EST Thought Provoking Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151346 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e23f1528-4b11-4c23-8cc1-bbaf48a19ba0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> You can find this blog here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/thought-prov<BR>oking-quotes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64e7ddf4-4608-4887-820a-f9f87f53a38e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week's motivator includes some quotes that are worth considering. Some may apply to your life today, some may ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:40:46 EST Not my usual blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eaf67435-57d1-422f-b749-56af5796ff0f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been up the majority of tonight. I spent most of it at the ER with my mom Kay. She had a stroke. They sent her to a bigger hospital about 50 miles from where we live. She is still in the ER as all of the rooms were full to capacity. She's holding her own and they have the pain under control. She does not have the usual weakness in her extremities but all of the pain is in the ba... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:27:19 EST Self-Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149725 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/541b421e-6758-42f4-94d6-4f54ce053d74.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Today's subject: Self-Control (or lack thereof) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/054823f8-80f0-4cb9-a8cb-61d6a4078a78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This little explanation pretty much says it all doesn't it? Although I may add a few things here and there when it comes to lack of control where food is concerned; it is so likened to addiction it's uncanny: <BR>... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:21:24 EST Today's Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147764 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c9aadbd-f5c5-4840-8b26-de826ff5ebb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48db03af-252c-4f99-a090-c2ad0569c615.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Baked Apples in a Bag. Quick and easy snack when you're craving something sweet but want something decently healthy. <BR> <BR> 1 apple, 1tsp sugar, 1tsp water, 1/4tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cornstarch. (I think this would probably be optional, unsure though). Put in bag and microwave 2 min. tas... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:45:24 EST