DOTTIBELL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DOTTIBELL DOTTIBELL'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/ Returning to the Simple Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553502 Today is a brand-new re-start for me. I hope to be posting and getting back on track, every day except for Sundays and Mondays when our local library is closed. Since moving, I have not yet gotten a re-placement Computer. As usual, I am trying to find the money for a new one somewhere in our very squeezed budget. It is proving to be quite a challenge living on what little retirement money that we currently have coming in. <BR> I am doing quite well with my new lifestyle, as the weight i... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:27:25 EST Life is a Beach away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340874 That's right! I have gotten all moved. We are living our dream of paradise out in Ocean Shores, WA. Binky (our Devonshire Rex) feels a little cramped for space and the only privacy she can find away from BriAnna is under the bedcovers. I think she is liking it better and better each time a stack of boxes finds its way to being unpacked and put away. BriAnna (our Toy Pom) is just ecstatic that her Papa is home with her and will take her for walks, including just plain laying-in-the-sun fu... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:37:18 EST Trying to Forgive Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280647 I blew it. I want to blame my almost out-of-memory computer, my lack of time, and a hundred other reasons that I got off my journey away from excess fat. I haven't stopped trying hard to eat healthier or choosing really good-for-me healthy foods. It is my lack of portion-control and my willingness to side-step off my path to wellness. These are areas of my hectic life that I must grasp a good handle on. <BR> I am getting ready for a lot of major life changes and a big move....again. ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 22:58:37 EST Tidbits & Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257520 So much has been happening in my life, sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed by it all. Yes, I have gained weight this past three weeks. I feel the worst for it. Now my plan is to get back on track. <BR> I have review my Flat Belly Diet GuideBook and have hopes of making better choices with much healthier foods. I plan to add a little more exercise to my daily routine. Yes, I am back to redesigning my daily routine. <BR> My eldest son was diagnosed with a severely deteriorating liver and is... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:54:32 EST Wear RED, See RED, Know RED!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233995 When my niece asked me to wear RED for the whole month of February to show my support for Children born with Congential Heart Conditions, I wholeheartily agreed. Her daughter, ShirleyAnn, was born with only half a heart. Born just 3 days before the Family ReUnion, I remember my sister having great concern for both my niece and the newborn. I had no idea how dangerous this condition was for ShirleyAnn but told my sister that I would keep them in my prayers. When I got home and learn a lot ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 01:41:28 EST Not All Weight Gain is Bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200413 I was so disappointed at my weigh-in but today it dawned on me that not all weight gain is bad. Sometimes, as I hope, in my case, it can become the greatest motivator. I am discovering that my resolve is greatly influenced by my inner anger. I can get past this boulder in my path. I just have to do what I know needs to be done. I have simply decided to do a "Fruit Fast" for the next three days, drinking my 8 glasses of water and eating as much fresh fruit as I would like. It may be a... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:43:22 EST Disaster Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198373 Maybe gaining three more pounds since my last weigh-in isn't a disaster but it sure feels like it to me. Yesterday, I indudged myself in a giant pity party. Internally when I stepped on the scale, sort of, in a way, expecting the worst, I screamed OUCH! Yes! oh! Yes! I knew it was coming. As I said earlier on, I was dreading it. I do know when I am bad, I am very, very bad. <BR> <BR> Today is all brand new. Even if those three pounds are still attached, I do know that I can make the... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:58:00 EST Do I really, really WANT to LOSE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193088 It is very apparent to me that I still have very, very far to go. Yesterday was a real stark eye-opener! I over-filled my plate the first time I went through the vast assortment of entries, appetizers, and side dishes presented at my friend's Birthday Bash Potluck. Then I totally lied to myself..., "this one day of over-eating won't matter because I have been so good all week long". I went through the line-up a second time. Also, at this time, OVER-FILLING my plate too excess. And then... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:32:34 EST A friend is a friend is a friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180309 I am doubly blessed in this life. First, when I could not go on, in and of myself, ...when I was in a very, very dark place in my life....where family whom I loved betrayed me, and those I had thought friends turned out not to be,...all of them had abandoned me. I was alone,....or so I thought. <BR> <BR> The Light came. I knew it came from Heaven. It came in the form of the largest Angel I could have ever imagined. It was a Vision of loveliness,...[not some illusion, not some delusion... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:12:09 EST Musings and Meanderings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179548 We received some really good news this week and it will make a whole of difference in our comfort levels during these many years left to us. I am so proud of my husband. He is finally facing those things he needs to change and getting some real help for problems that have plagued him for years now. He is really making strides in trying to cut back and to quit smoking all together. <BR> <BR> Today, he is going into town and dickering/dealing to trade his van for a small pickup. It is clea... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:36:51 EST Leanest Means Possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174527 This year's Christmas season has been amazing for me. I managed to practice my "Leanest Means Possible" in my spending, my weight-loss, and in the organizing of my home and my life. It is working so well. I managed to give almost as much as I wanted to...filling some very necessary needs in my community. And I dearly love the smiles of thankfulness. Those I will cherish as my reward for managing to save the money for my Christmas spending so I am not having to go into debt as I had don... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 15:31:42 EST Out and About....traveling on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172183 The snow was coming down quite a bit over the summit as we headed down to McCleary, WA. We made it down there in about two hours, even with a stop at Galloping Gertie's. I enjoyed my Strawberry Pony that was a wonderful well-portioned strawberry waffle, even nibbled at Papa's Bisquits and Gravy for a few bites. We arrived at about 12;30 and stopped in at the Rain Country Café/restaurant and had coffee while checking out the local paper. It was pouring rain. <BR> <BR> We got to our frien... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:54:13 EST Musings over my Coffee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170953 I am beginning to see that I am making progress with my organizing goals. Even through I have a few more boxes (much smaller than the ones originally gone thro), I am inventorying them, and placing them in open closet space.....Finally out-of-the-way and out-of-my-livingroom areas. <BR> <BR> My weight loss group decided not to chance the slippery roads and mild snow fall, canceling our meeting for this week. Since we always take the last two weeks of December off, my next weigh-in will no... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:06:42 EST Meandering Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169945 Today, I begin with a heart on the mend. I am making Cottage Cheese loaf with piazz to show some friends that eating vegetarian is not all that bad. I have wrapped all Christmas gifts and am looking forward to our trip to McCleary, WA tomorrow. There is a Christmas Party to attend today and I hope to have good fun and fellowship while being careful about my food intake. No other plans...just looking forward to an enjoyable day. <BR> <BR> I am glad for this morning's snowfall and that ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 09:29:29 EST Lower the Panic Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169092 Society has all of us up in arms. Not the weapon kinds of arms (they want to ban those) but the raise-your-hands-to-the-sky kind of arms. I want no one to surrender to the panic, the pain, and yes, even the agony, we all feel after what happened in Connecticut. Guns do not kill people. People kill people. If the truth be told, cars are used to kill more people than guns are. Shall we all scream for Congress to outlaw cars? <BR> <BR> I personally cannot believe as a mother of a menta... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:35:32 EST Light at the End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168189 My friends tell me not to watch the news. It is too shocking even for them. But, as for me, I cannot seem to help myself. It is that researcher in the heart of me. I want to, I have to, I need to know....and most of all, I desire to make some sense of these abominable acts.....something, anything to fix whatever went wrong so that it will not ever happen again. <BR> <BR> I know, in my heart of hearts, there are no answers that will ever satisfy the questions that are piled high in my mi... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:50:39 EST ...No Peace For Children" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167292 We sang that Wailing Song in our best voices; me, my friend Pamela Gaston, and my friend Betty Stenzel. We were on break from an Oregon Senate subcommittee meeting. Some Senators had scurried quickly away, many stood nearby listening, even a few seemed visually interested in the words of that song. <BR> <BR> At this late date, I am sad to say I do not recall all the words. Somewhere among my files, I still have copies of it. It went something like this... <BR> "There is no peace, no pea... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 12:07:17 EST Make Time for Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166152 Yesterday, after finishing the daily task I had assigned myself, I felt exhausted. It showed up in the lines of my face. Some dear friends that I went to visit remarked to me that I needed to take better care of myself. Of course, I poop=poohed that idea by diving head-first into praising my hubby for all he had helped me to do. <BR> <BR> Why is it so hard to admit to myself that I am and can be my own worst enemy? <BR> <BR> Why am I so driven to over-do? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have been very... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:06:55 EST Wonderful Waymark and Ordinary Tasks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165497 Day 9 - The celebration in my heart still has not stopped. My new great grandbaby has already captured my heart and then some. She is a little living doll; Just as her own Mommy is, also, to me. It is such a wonderful waymark at this time in my life. Seemingly, it doesn't matter that I live my life in constant pain, only that I am here and presence to enjoy this one moment in time. <BR> <BR> My husband and I went out to dinner last night to celebrate this new milestone in our lives. ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:27:11 EST That "Book" and a Household Inventory List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163087 Day 7 - Somehow it is getting harder and harder to get and keep my life organized. Never fear....I do have "the Purple 3-Ring Binder". Inside its generous pockets of sheet protection lay the very essence of my earthly existence. There is Papa's birthcertificate, my birth certificate, ones belonging to his children, and ones belonging to my children. Our Marriage License comes next, behind which lay all titles to autos. Following after is papa's school records, a copy of his resume, his ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:07:36 EST Interruptions and Reflecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160617 Day 5 - (I think) <BR> I had my day pretty much all planned. Then he showed up. His face was beaming with a smile that went from ear to ear. He was red-faced and breathless. He stood before me with a huge box over-flowing with fresh vegetables. He was giving them to us because he knew we are struggling to make ends meet this Christmas. I just couldn't disappoint him. I took them all. <BR> So my best made- plans were laid aside. I spent all day putting up a huge pile of green bea... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:56:57 EST Ultimate Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159232 Today's blog is a little different because I am beginning with a couple of my favorite quotes. Here goes... <BR> <BR> "For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have." <BR> - 2 Cor. 8:12, KJV <BR> <BR> "It is our thinking, more than our outer circumstances, that determines whether we live lives of harmony and peace or pain... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 11:39:07 EST The greatest PLUS of All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157834 Day 3 - I read somewhere that my home is suppose to be my refuge from my busy, stressful, and oftentimes chaotic world. My attempts to make my home and life less cluttered are being monitered in 15 minutes intervals. This appears to be working well for me because I am finally getting-at-it with consistenty. <BR> <BR> I have simplified my pantry by only allowing necessary staples for the Flat Belly Diet and my husband's ample supply of his sandwich materials (that I seldom even want to ea... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 06:45:16 EST Creating My Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157324 I intend to change my world. To accomplish that I will begin by working on changing my thoughts. I already have the knowledge that my mind needs me to control all input. It is not a runaway computer. The mind is only as rational and operational as the information and yes! nutrients that we allow. I do intent to keep losing weight even if, as this week was, it may be only by the 1/4 lb. I have a lot of major changes going on and sometimes it feels like it is overwhelming and insurmou... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 17:11:13 EST Renew and Reapplication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155890 Day 1 of my renewal in SparkPeople... <BR> I am asking myself what is it that I want most to accomplish in the next fifty-two weeks. With hubby retiring and a new home to refurbish and remodel, I am determine to make more positive life changes and bring more joy into both of our lives. <BR> What do I want to do more of? <BR> What do I want to do less of? <BR> I do know that I want to focus and prioritize on my valued relationships, good and getting better health, setting the high standard o... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 11:21:36 EST Hot Pizza Ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153757 Ever so proud of myself! Eldest son just bought a double-crusted deep-stuffed pizza from Papa Murphy's into the kitchen. I quickly made the decision to take a long, leisurely bath. The guys cooked, ate, and went back to the football game. I walked fresh and refreshed into the mess left to be cleaned up....Yes! It is all my fault....I did NOT teach them how to clean up after themselves. (Parents pay attention herein) The boys had headed for town but Hubby was left to endure my wrath. ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 16:58:44 EST Execise Minus Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149704 It has been very hard for me. About one month ago, I finally caved in and gave up my gym membership. My legs have been so wobbly. I fell twice in one week. I have resorted to my cane and a walker, that by God's Grace I was gifted with. I spoke with my wonderful friend and advocate, Adel, about any advice she might have for me. I am determine to get back strength enough in my legs to exercise at least 15 minutes a day. As of now, I am sitting in a chair, jiggling to music for those 1... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:27:33 EST Plans before New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142800 I have been really struggling with my weight. I have immediate plans. I plan to lose at least 15 pounds before Jan 1st. I will eat healthy and enjoy all my favorite foods, but I shall not dwell upon food. The housework and garden efforts ought to occupy enough time and efforts so that I may keep my mind, muscle, and mouth preoccuppied. Relationships with the people I love are far more important than any food. Being able to be well enough to enjoy activities with them is most important... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:31:38 EST Home at Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640891 Went to visit at the VA Hospital and got the surprise that I could bring hubby home. Of course, I had put all his clothing from yesterday in the house. Hence, I had to send Milo and Mark back to the house to get the clothing while the nursing staff readied Gary for discharge. He has lots of Clinic appts ahead but for now he can return to work on Thursday and everything has calmed down, including me. I am very pleased about today's ability to stay on target regarding my food choices. Now... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 22:46:00 EST Christmas Disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638645 Yes, it is my own darn fault. Once again, as in Christmas's past, that goobling-food monster was turned loose at the Christmas feast. I can pat myself on the back for only one thing. I tried to be brutely honest when doing my food chart. It was not a complete shock that the calories were so sky-rocketed. <BR> Now the hard work begins again. Will I be able to undo it all before my next weigh in? It is all up to me. Time to be truly determined. "If there be first a willing mind...." Mon, 26 Dec 2011 10:49:51 EST Trying for Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631765 I am really unhappy with my start-up this time around. I need to be sure and check in with my teams, do a daily blog, record my activities, and get this weight off permanently. I walked with Lyn this morning and plan to do so on Wednesday, also. I intend to be more determined than ever. I will lose weight. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:57:49 EST One Fine Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629570 I moved a lot today. Took two loads of donated furniture to storage. Sorted, picked thro, and delivered one load to a family who was burned out of their old apartment, losing everything. It is so rewarding to see the smiles on their faces. The furniture was some of the best that we have gotten in. Tomorrow me and hubby will deliver a Christmas tree with trimmings. I am all sorts of tired this evening. <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 17 Dec 2011 21:27:40 EST