DLW1953's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DLW1953 DLW1953'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/ days like these.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3044250 started the day with a phone call to my mom's doctor. she needs to be in hospital but there are no beds available. they will call me when that changes. called bank of america. my check card replacement was sent on monday and i still don't have it. go to boa in keene nh for new card, they tell me. i drive to keene, nh (i am in vt) but bank cannot issue me a new card since i am a texas resident and texas is too far out of their territory. so i am stuck here in vt with no way to access cash. i l... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 22:27:21 EST waiting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3031689 today my mom spent the day in the hospital; she had 1 day surgery to help a pressure wound heal. and today my mom celebrated her 86th birthday. although there are infinitely better ways to celebrate a birthday, at 86, every day is a celebration. i started this blog feeling really exhausted....worn out.....but as i reflected on the day, i realized that i am truly thankful....i spent the day with my sister, hovering near mom. we encountered wonderful people....the surgeon and OR staff, the nurs... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:26:38 EST yucky day weatherwise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2999415 it was cold and raw and rainy and windy and all-around miserable. but. i walked the springfield trail for 3 miles/one hour. although i was chilled, i felt satisfied that i succeeded in completing the walk. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:53:17 EST still on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2996008 week ends are notoriously perfect for overeating...it seems like i have orchestrated most social activities around food....people for dinner, eating out, grazing in front of the tv, eating humongous amounts of food in the dark of the movie theater...so i am forced to rethink how i spend my time....and today was cold and rainy so i couldn't hit the walking trail. but i tracked my food, kept busy around the house...and i am not drowning in guilt, consoling myself with snacks i do not need. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:25:47 EST tgif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2993019 i started out the day with a 3 mile walk. it was chilly and raw, an early spring day here in vermont, but i finished. that was the easy part. trying to eat healthy out to lunch with my disabled older brother was challenging but i managed to avoid dessert. dessert, especially pie, is my achille's heel. dinner with my elderly parents was simple...a homemade custard. and then hummus and black bean chips (baked, not fried) and some fresh fruit. a small dish of delicious coffee ice cream. and here... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 20:49:26 EST happy birthday, carolyn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2988897 today i met a friend for lunch. we haven't known each other all that long.....maybe since december. she, it turns out, is the aunt of some close friends i have. small world. anyway, today i took her to lunch because she turned 75 years old today. she has a great optimistic attitude despite becoming a widow last summer. her husband died of alzheimer's. she stays active and has close ties to her family. she maintains her independence and lives alone. she has a great sense of humour and a wond... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:18:10 EST learning to enjoy the moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2984314 today i spent the day with my sister, enjoying some retail therapy. i started panicking about 'where to eat lunch/what to eat' but i ended up with a great salad and a dish of frozen ff vanilla yogurt with strawberry topping. and i was content with my meal. i am not striving to be model thin. i simply want to be healthy.....good food choices, exercise.....and i am on the right path. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 20:04:22 EST walking and enjoying a gorgeous vermont afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2979910 i decided to visit a neighbouring town and walk along their beautiful trail...it used to be a railroad track....and meanders along a river. i brought along my 'rolling walker' because my balance now has made using a cane not the most stable way to go....and using the rollator (fancy name for this walker) allows me to zip along. i am sometimes self conscious about the rollator. i notice the odd glances from passerbys....i appear healthy so i'm sure i confuse people. but the wonderful spring we... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 21:08:56 EST time to get serious.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2975217 i am not obese but i am overweight....and i am tired of dealing with weight issues....i also have a neurological disorder, spinocerebellar ataxia. i am slowly, steadily losing my balance. my cerebellum is deteriorating. i don't need the added stress of carrying around any extra weight.... <BR> <BR> so i will take this seriously and get my life under control. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 20:47:00 EST