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/ Remembering Elvis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400523 01/08/1935 - 08/16/1977 <BR> <BR> After a lot of long research I was able to finally link Elvis Presley to my Hood line. You see my GGGrandmother Amanda Hood and his Grandmother Minnie Mae Hood were cousins, which also makes me and Elvis cousins, but did you know he had a twin brother? His name was Jessie Garon Presley. Stillborn Twin brother of Elvis Presley. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Tupelo, Mississippi. A Cenotaph was placed at Graceland in his memory. <BR> <BR> Anyone who hea... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:07:07 EST Success Requires Internal Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395415 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1538080-7b75-468e-9c28-1afe8ad156a7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/success-disc<BR>ipline/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> When men and women join the military, they must go through an intensive training process known as boot camp. The purpose of boot camp is to transform an individual in a physical, emotional, and mental way. This transformation pr... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 06:39:17 EST Where does your happiness lay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394539 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/167481f3-dba8-4691-b387-67484a49245a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I was reading "Common Myths About Happiness" here on SP. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=903 </link> <BR> <BR> And I have to tell ya,, there was a paragraph that truly stood out to me: <BR> <BR> "One of the main tenets of Buddhism states that simply wanting people, things or situations creates unhappiness. For example, if you did... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:08:44 EST What does it mean to you to be happy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389686 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab6e6c9e-6867-4bed-8976-e0099c53eacb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What does it mean to you to be happy? <BR> <BR> Do you place emphasis on how you are feeling, what you are doing or where you are in life right now? What is your happy place? What does it consist of? Is it time to re-prioritize your life? <BR> <BR> Below is an article <BR> <link>www.yesmagazine.org/issues/sustainab<BR>le-happiness/10-things-science-says-wi<BR>ll-make-you </link> <BR> ... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:42:14 EST Because, mom and dad taught me that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387225 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6aa1d8b8-b48a-4cb3-8bb0-135a53002931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Thursday I had a job interview. Same agency just a different department. Mind you, I've been with this same agency for 26 3/4 years. I know most of what goes on there and I've seen every change imaginable. The job I applied for was an Administrative Tech. It meant having all weekends off, all holidays off and not having to get someone to work for you so you could get a vacation. <BR> ... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:54:50 EST In case you didn't know (Bonus Flags/Points are back) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385917 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/991cf943-4dc4-416b-aa12-766bd8aa6af2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, you heard it right and unless you didn't already know I'll explain to you how to get to them. <BR> <BR> Look under My Trackers, My SparkPoints, Find Community and there you have it the Team Bonus points are there towards the bottom of that section. Here are my bonus points for today. WooHoo Go Treasure Trove.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e468a02b-3b70... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:42:01 EST Flies on the Butter (You Can't Go Back In Time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384739 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/874b1d30-7ea4-45a2-98ba-43ac325ae405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning my mind has been racing back to when I was a kid. Different images keep popping up. I'm not sure why I'm being nostalgic this morning, but it's okay. Our memories are free and we can go back in time anytime we want to. God sure made us in peculiar ways, didn't he? <BR> <BR> I remember once disobeying my mom. I was probably about three years old. She was canning and sent ... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 08:46:15 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379795 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7a0f524-b165-4fa6-b271-d67942401583.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In case I missed commenting back to anyone who reviewed my blog "How do you control your worry?" I wanted to say a big <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/408ddba5-f2e6-4a65-b564-bf94adcdade2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The response on that blog was the biggest I had ever received. I tried to keep up with thanking everyone but just in case I missed anyone I wanted you to know... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:18:51 EST How do you control your worry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377351 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5411b67a-ddd2-4a85-9dce-c32fd64ebc6e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How many times are you faced with worry? Several hundred times a day? If so, you aren't far behind everyone else. In our society it seems like an everyday occurrence. Our worrisome thoughts seem to go round and round in our head throughout our day. There is however, something we can do to keep from being a worrywart. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> We will need to find out what is making us ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:59:11 EST Thoughtful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375384 So today is a blessing. I'm up! I'm awake! I'm ready to seize the day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b216637-b0aa-458b-9e07-53179ca6aa17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My co-worker and I have had a blast this week since she's been back. There's nothing like being able to laugh-out-loud during your work day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e6cf723-5067-498e-b6f1-6ebbf862d384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And that is all I have to say about that!!! <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:01:18 EST All Good Things Are Yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374042 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dda79c97-1a32-44b8-a3a1-29068e2f0a17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/all-good-thi<BR>ngs-are-yours/ </link> <BR> This article was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> A frustrated and desolate young woman was most unhappy with her life. She was at that point where she did not have a sense of where her life was going or where her professional journey would take her. <BR> <BR> One day, she spe... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:49:38 EST Are You Afraid Of Your Wardrobe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371961 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ca98bab-470e-4b97-913c-c28213a55be0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I am. How many of us have lost weight already? <em>213</em> I have, and I'm pretty sure all of you have already. Now.. my quandary is buying clothes. I still keep wanting to buy a bigger size even though I've lost 2 sizes. <BR> <BR> Why can't my mind get in the groove of my body? I gave away 2 bags of clothes yesterday. Boom!!!! Out of the closet they went and to other family me... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 07:02:16 EST Your Check Up From the Neck Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371301 This article/blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/check-up-nec<BR>k-up/#comment </link> <BR> Article/blog was written by: Mary Motivator Rau-Foster <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0ec4f1d-167f-4bea-9509-0b3a2cbd000b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Periodically I take a moral inventory of my life up until that time in my journey. I call it "my check up from the neck up." I do this as a way of course correction when I feel as though I have made some poor or in... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 17:22:57 EST It Is Not What We Say, It Is How We Say It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd299bcf-dfe5-49d9-b068-0a92809697e2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Article written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> Article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/it-is-not-wh<BR>at-we-say-it-is-how-we-say-it/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> Have you ever been surprised by someone's response to a remark that you have made? <BR> <BR> Have you ever been hurt or offended by a comment uttered by a co-worker, friend, or family member? <BR> <BR> If so, was it t... Mon, 29 May 2017 12:14:20 EST Requesting Prayers for my brother David http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366767 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43c57be1-3acd-4691-80e2-d23f2aa2dfeb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I spent 4 1/2 hours last night at the ER with my brother. He had routine lab work done yesterday at his doctors, received a call by 4:30PM asking him to go to the ER for what we thought were going to be IV fluids. His Creatinine level was 5.1 (at the docs) 5.4 (at the ER) normal range is 0.7-1.3 Creatinine and BUN measure how well your kidneys are functioning. His were 5x higher than the... Fri, 26 May 2017 06:47:06 EST Yesterday at the pain specialist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363833 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46d8961f-dbd2-4412-b647-9e52b72528ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday at the pain specialist, while getting my injection of synvisc the doc asked me how my sciatic was doing. I told him about my shoe technique. He was dumbfounded. But, then he told me, whatever works, I'm just happy to see you not in tears anymore. Both times I've been to him I was in severe pain, even having that sciatic nerve block completed, he was thrilled for me. Oh, and by ... Fri, 19 May 2017 06:47:29 EST Happy Thursday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363467 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8613501-372b-4369-b651-c5ca20f70a3f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Today I start my first injection of Synvisc for my left knee. It puts lubrication back into that knee where there isn’t any. Synvisc (hylan G-F 20) is a type of osteoarthritis knee pain treatment called a viscosupplement or hyaluronan injection prescribed for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in patients who have failed to respond to simple analgesics. Th... Thu, 18 May 2017 09:18:13 EST Learn and Move On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362557 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f9840be-49e5-44ae-afe3-6a31baf73fe1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by Mary Rau-Foster <BR> You can find the blog here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/learn-and-mo<BR>ve-on/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> What do you do when you make a mistake? <BR> <BR> Are you like many people who beat themselves up when they commit an error or make an unwise decision? <BR> <BR> Does your inner critic chastise you, pointing out other foibles that you... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:13:48 EST For anyone suffering from sciatica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362097 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38d92f51-ce26-4af9-a01b-0f4dec1877b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is sciatic nerve pain? <BR> <BR> What is sciatica? (Per MedMD) <BR> <BR> Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. It goes down through the buttock, then its branches extend down the back of the leg to the ankle a... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:56:29 EST Momma Can We Hold You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358575 This song was written for my mom Janey Carroll. She passed away July 1, 2016. I hope you enjoy the words <BR> <BR> Momma Can We Hold You (One More Time Before You Go?) <BR> By Donna G Fowler <BR> Tempo 95, Chord C <BR> Campfire, Fingerpicking Ballad <BR> <BR> Verse 1: <BR> Momma can we hold you, one more time before go? <BR> And tell you that we love you so, that you’ll always know. <BR> Mom you only asked for, just a little of our time <BR> But our lives got in the way and now we’re out ... Sat, 6 May 2017 20:25:45 EST Friday humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357901 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fe74c7d-7f24-4bea-a5ae-f0bb8e0a787c.jpg"> Fri, 5 May 2017 07:00:40 EST What? I have to exercise everyday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355951 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d2712ca-8088-41a1-bb1c-6230fa70df08.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay folks I'm not sure about you but I do not know if I could become a LLEE. That stands for Lifetime Effective Exerciser. This morning I was reading the "10 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers by our one and only Ellen Goldman. You can read it here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=2012 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking to myself.. You have got to be kidd... Mon, 1 May 2017 06:40:29 EST Yesterday was tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353638 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ecfd0d8a-5f26-429a-8822-2a69e8180e2f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday marked a year to the day that mom suffered her stroke. She would eventually pass away on July 1st, never even being able to come home. It was a tough day. I love my mom so much and miss her daily. Seeing my post come up on Face Book yesterday was tough to say the least. I've been writing a song in remembrance of her. I wrote one for my dad as well. This is one way I help the ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:44:50 EST I take it all back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353251 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8bf69500-0e29-4be8-b8c1-77e5ed12eb0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay...so I don't have poison ivy after all. What I do have our hives caused by a new medication I was trying to help with my sciatic nerve pain. I now know I'm highly allergic to Trileptal. I started wheezing really bad so I went to my doctor yesterday, that's how we determined the real cause. I had suspected as much since I know I don't have poison ivy growing around my house or ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:27:17 EST Contending with poison ivy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4101793-70e4-4322-8104-8e793e5f4919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello and good evening to everyone. I made my second trip in two days to the ER for poison ivy. I'm extremely allergic to it. The ER doc this second time just kept saying "WOW! Oh WOW" you know it's bad when they say that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55e7c9ed-a5a6-458b-b210-e721a4a0f4a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My back, left arm and neck area. <BR> <BR> It's on ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:56:07 EST Did I tell you guys? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350966 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16e3ffc9-89d7-4e0b-9f32-b3b55015ea7a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monday morning I twisted just right. Thought I had screwed something else up because my side hurt for awhile, but guess what? NO SCIATIC NERVE PAIN SINCE MONDAY!!!!! Can I get a <em>244</em> ? I'm not holding my breath. It may be short lived but did I tell you? NO SCIATIC NERVE PAIN SINCE MONDAY!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm having some spasms but when you consider I've lived with this tremen... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:14:26 EST How to Get Along With Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350049 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71c4d00f-db56-4361-afc8-3a11597168af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/how-to-get-a<BR>long-with-others/#commentform </link> <BR> <BR> How to Get Along With Others <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f624ab0-b6c8-414e-b77d-199ca0addc91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is one of the most frustrating situations in our personal and pro... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:39:07 EST Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347847 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5375367d-2a13-4efd-aede-ee430a244a88.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was part of the 5% Spring Challenge working with the Determined Daisy Team. I re-injured my knee yesterday in physical therapy. I'm waiting on word from my doctor on what to do. I need a left knee replacement and it looks as though it may be sooner than later. I'm walking fully with a cane this morning although it feels like I need the walker so may end up using that instead. I have c... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:56:55 EST Do You Have Intentions or Wishes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346903 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f12b0d18-bdfe-41ca-a209-91087108a87a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/intentions-o<BR>r-wishes/#commentform </link> <BR> <BR> Have you ever wished for something that didn't happen, even if it felt like the right thing to wish for? For example, let's say that you wished to go to a particular spot for vacation; or you wished that you had a c... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:36:25 EST Rethinking my position... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344322 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32014bed-b63d-484f-a903-eda48257ae4e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I posted this picture in the community feed that rolls across everyone's page that most people don't want anyways. <BR> <BR> ---------- SPARK_COACH_JEN wrote: ---------- <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> We don't allow religious messages in the Community Feed (only on personal SparkPages and SparkTeams of a religious nature), since religion can be such a hot-button issue. I had to remove today's ... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 18:27:54 EST April Dedication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342620 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b16f01e0-d921-4a26-9f5f-90468ca03c07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. I joined a Spring Challenge. I'm a Daisy. It's a 5% challenge. I have to weigh in weekly and of course document all kinds of other good stuff. I'm dedicating this challenge to my mom. She had her stroke in April 2016. On the 26th to be exact. Many of you may know she passed away July 1st. She never returned home. She never got to see everything we did in her ho... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:11:12 EST 40 things about me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341587 I was invited by bluejay1969 to do this so I decided it was time for me to do it too! Feel free to do it yourself and leave it in the comments so I can read about you! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Nope! Never! Nada! <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? <BR> Hills Bros Cappuccino <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or certification(s)? <BR> HS Di... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:24:15 EST What's new with you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338805 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb2e2163-c3b5-4085-89bc-0cb4ddb26dbd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This afternoon I'm just letting by SP Buddies know that starting next week on Friday I will begin 6 wks of physical therapy for my left knee and for my right side sciatic pain. The doc wasn't too hip on giving me another injection since the first one didn't work so I (Bolded and underlined) asked about physical therapy to see if that would help alleviate some of the pain I'm in. This mornin... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:21:06 EST Do you have POP in your home? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336164 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5543d5c-c6df-4c89-a2d0-e7f3eebcd8d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Come on folks….do you? You know what I’m talking about. Just like there’s TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly) there is POP (Packing on the Pounds) <BR> <BR> We’ve all been there and done it. He sneaks back into our houses. At first we are unaware of him being there. We have been on a roll. We have stuck to our plan. We have made a goal and it was a good one. <BR> <BR> Then…little by l... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:50:39 EST Experiencing the Power of Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/513ef489-60ef-41d6-8f4b-0f9721490e37.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I signed up for a 5% Spring Challenge. You can find the team here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=68315 </link> <BR> <BR> I am going to experience the power of my commitment to this team. I have joined the Daisies. It's been awhile since I've been committed to anything. It's time that I start jump myself again. I've put weight on ov... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:00:14 EST Update on my daughter, Kishwa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330152 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af493be5-8996-4a70-aede-93ad631449b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Just a quick update on my daughter, Ki. She's still in the hospital after having gastric bypass surgery on Monday. She now has a condition known as Tachycardia, also called tachyarrhythmia, is a heart rate that exceeds the normal resting rate. In general, a resting heart rate over 100 beats per minute is accepted as tachycardia in adults. Heart rates above the resti... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 07:59:51 EST The morning after http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329085 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00b115ac-fb9b-405c-8587-87382873fca3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kishwa's gastric bypass surgery is over. Per her posting about 10 hours ago: <BR> <BR> "Omg so sore, it hurts to breath bc of the gas they pumped my abdomen with. But, everything went ok, however the surgeon did nick my spleen while in surgery. Said my liver looks really good! If all goes well I should be able to come home tomorrow. Hope everyone has a good night, if you can plz continue ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 06:26:42 EST Scared to death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0eac1fc2-668c-414c-946d-d444d789bd5b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Today my oldest daughter Kishwa (39) is having gastric bypass surgery done. I've not mentioned it before as I was praying she would not go through with it. I've had a bad feeling about it all along and truthfully I'm scared to death for her and what can go wrong. For those that may not know what GB: <BR> <BR> Gastric bypass surgery refers to a surgical procedure in... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 06:44:24 EST And the pain returns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322456 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0ed955a-ad6d-494a-b224-68e795654c37.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good evening everyone. I hope your day has been a better one than mine has. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I had my follow-up apt today regarding my sciatic nerve block, which by the way, was short lived. On Saturday it started hurting again. Currently my pain level is at a 4. I sure didn't think it would return again so quickly. But on a happier note I went 9 days without any pain and that... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:49:17 EST The Key to Staying Locked in on Your Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319724 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/918b288b-5997-42e7-844d-5fd00ab7aec2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by : Mary Kleim <BR> About Mary: Mary Kleim is a creative writer and marketing specialist. She is working on several projects dedicated to education and self-growth. <BR> <BR> This blog can be found in its entirety here: <BR> <link>thepositivitysolution.com/guest-post<BR>-the-key-to-staying-locked-in-on-your-<BR>priorities/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:40:46 EST A simple update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317329 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50cab332-111d-4786-ac54-72bd1df7db64.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my sciatic nerve block done. I have to say it was one of the best choices I have ever made. This morning I woke up with just a tinge of sciatic and only when I over stretched my leg. <BR> <BR> This procedure is very simple. It is done in a hospital setting for sterilization purposes. I was on one bed, rolled on to my stomach on the o... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:24:31 EST Experience the Power of Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315804 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd3e6f47-d3a1-409e-8649-d732ba436d6b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is article was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> The article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/experience-t<BR>he-power-of-commitment/#commentform </link> <BR> <BR> There is a common thread that runs through successful activities, a common trait among successful people, and the key to the achievement of goals. That thread and trait is commitment. Merely wishing that s... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:13:01 EST Continuing to own it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314851 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/146c631c-c303-4bce-a04a-35ff27086978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my cat Trouble. He is almost 15 years old. Since his sister momma died in November he's been steadily losing weight. He weighed at one time 14 lbs. He now weighs about 9. I did however find he has a cyst area on his bottom that does have a green pus-like substance coming from it. Looks like it's a trip to the vet for this big guy. <BR> <BR> Now the owning it part... <BR> <BR>... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:30:05 EST Owning it all.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e4f719a-8366-4479-afba-1a1d10479eed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Been a week since I've updated everyone on the opportunity I was handed re: writing songs with Lance Tooley. I sent him one of my songs. He didn't dislike it but this was his comment <BR> <BR> "Hi Donna....thank you for sending your song. Firstly let me tell you how surprised I was when I heard your voice, you have a true talent there gal, a real country sound. As for the song, it misses... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 06:53:42 EST What an opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308283 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79e9f3ec-610e-43b8-adcd-0c959ee30efc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I received the following message the other day... <BR> <BR> "Hi Donna, Getta mentioned you write country music...check out my site www.lancewtoohey.com and listen to the works of Mason Douglas.....if you think you could and would like to collab on a couple of songs, just leave a message and I'll get back to you <BR> <BR> <link>www.lancewtoohey.com </link> <BR> <BR> Ya all know that I ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:08:36 EST Being Mentally Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306343 We are almost through January and there is no better time than the present (be it Jan 1 or now) to develop new habits, right? If that is true than how much did you control what you did in this first month? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4bd0001-91f0-4740-a0bd-c2a267c47c07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is this quote overrated? Did you know that you are truly the only person that can completely 100% change yourself; inside and out. Seriously don’t you think this could hold the ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:24:49 EST No more sparkin for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305471 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04062f23-86f8-45d1-9637-45b5e63aeb42.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Yep you read it right. No more sparkin for me. At least not with my spark activity tracker. Mine quit syncing a few days ago. I noticed the battery was low so I changed it. It still wouldn't sync, so I uninstalled it only to find out it won't reinstall anymore. I knew the activity tracker was going to be finished as of February 25th (I believe that's the correct d... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:32:59 EST The Big Stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302996 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d84b8de7-b22f-4bae-ad6b-463c7611ede3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday I finally broke down and went to the ER. My sciatic had me reeling in pain to the point of literally sobbing. I could barely lift my right let off of the floor and honestly it felt better dragging it then using it. When I went to the ER I told them at the desk about my fall back in October and that I felt I needed to have the leg xrayed in case there was something else going on wit... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:44:42 EST Handle Others With Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299748 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f30288c2-450f-4c36-813e-5f63bfbb1761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This article was written by: Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster <BR> The article can be found here: <link>www.workplaceissues.com/handle-other<BR>s-with-care/ </link> <BR> <BR> On occasion, we will see a container marked "Handle with Care" cautioning the handlers that the contents inside are fragile. Presumably, the handlers will be diligent and respectful of the contents and will cautiously c... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:33:51 EST On the edge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298600 This morning I literally was on the edge. Meaning I overshot my bed when trying to roll out of it with pillows in between my legs to stop the sciatic from hurting so bad while getting out of bed. I was 1/2 in, 1/2 out of my bed. Unable to get up. Screaming for my daughter who was upstairs and could not hear me. Crying so hard because the pain was so bad. I again feel I have no lower body strength. I struggled for over 10 minutes trying to slid myself back up on the side of the bed so ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:15:27 EST