DSBRIDE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DSBRIDE DSBRIDE'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/ Twinkle update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206415 Life has become more exciting since Twinkle came to live with us. She is a lot of work but so worth it. She's so lovable when she is not getting into trouble. My drapes have suffered a lot from her climbing on them. She sure keeps me hopping but I love her so much. Her latest thing is climbing the lamp shade. Luckily my hubby takes care of that. <BR> <BR> I am moving a lot more because of her and we play at least an hour before bedtime so I can tire her out, and me too! <img src="htt... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:15:06 EST Twinkle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193184 Well, Twinkle made herself at home. She sure keeps me hopping! I've logged more steps just taking care of her. She is so good for us, I had forgotten what it was like to have a new, small life in the house. She has attached herself to us and won't venture out of the room. So even though it's a lot more work, it's so worth it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5dad73f8-0c1d-4ccb-a622-fe2af42ad7ba.jpg"> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 18:41:43 EST New addition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192373 Yesterday we got a new addition to our family, a kitten named Twinkle. She's a real pistol! She keeps me on my toes. She has so much energy and wants to play all the time. I'm exhausted but it's a good exhaustion. This is going to be so good for me. I love having another life in the house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33d82ccf-73e4-4a10-a297-6ee2b18b992a.jpg"> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:20:21 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187588 We had some news on the Myrtle Beach condo that we were hoping to rent this winter. It looks like we won't be going. The owner is not reliable, won't get back to us with the questions we asked and we read reviews that he gives you a great price in the beginning but then hits you with other charges later on. Sometimes things ARE too good to be true. <BR> <BR> My husband had been doing better but then he went backwards and that brought back my doubts about going south where I would be alone... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:51:17 EST I Am capable of so much more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186527 There are days when I have pity feelings. Why am I going backwards. Why can't I get better physically. Why can't I stay on track. Why do I sabatouge myself. Why am I so tired of trying. Why don't I just do this and get it over with. There are too many whys in my life! <BR> <BR> I AM capable of so much more! I have it in me! I am not a quitter, I have proven that because I am still here. Today I need a pep talk and this is it! <BR> <BR> I have been suffering with my legs/feet. I f... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:48:26 EST Exciting news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172159 I got some really exciting news today. There is a possibility that my husband and I will be wintering in Myrtle Beach this year. We used to do this but then health problems hit and I thought these trips were over. This year my wonderful daughter offered to drive our van there and her friend will follow to take her home. It's a 14 hour trip one way so this is a big deal. Once we are down there, I think we can manage and since it's a resort, we will have most everything right there. <BR>... Sat, 28 May 2016 22:46:51 EST Diane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170745 People come and go in your life. Some stay longer, some are just a blip in time. They say that everyone wants to leave a legacy which is usually their children or the great work they did. However it's the small things that really count. How you made someone feel, did you touch their hearts. The impression you leave is your real legacy. <BR> <BR> 16 years ago, I started on my weight loss journey. I began on iChange and made a lot of good friends there. Thru the years, I have kept in to... Thu, 26 May 2016 11:34:10 EST Getting old... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164844 In 2010 in January, I woke up that morning and felt terrible. I could hardly move and had trouble breathing. I stepped on my Wii and weighed in at 278. It was like a slap when I saw this. We were down south for the winter and over the holidays I had a ball eating whatever I wanted. Our saying was 'no adults here!' Well it was time to get real. <BR> <BR> There was no extended family there so that meant no parties or gatherings to distract me. It was just me and hubby and he goes along ... Tue, 17 May 2016 12:12:35 EST May flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158262 Here it is a week plus later and I'm still giving out complements, mostly on line since I haven't seen too many people in person. If I can make someone feel good, great, but if I can make them laugh, even better. To some people this comes naturally but for me, I have to make an effort because I'm a very quiet person. I love how this is working out. I've always been a happy person and now I spread this around making me even happier. <BR> <BR> I challenge you to try it, even if only for... Sat, 7 May 2016 13:48:33 EST Compliments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153960 Here comes a new month, another new start and a reason to strive for happiness. Visiting my eye Dr this past week, I saw he wasn't in that great a mood. After waiting over 2 hrs to see him, I wasn't in that great a mood either. On the way out I said to him how much I loved the color of his shirt and what a great matching tie. He reminded me of spring. I could actually hear and feel the shift in mood. He brightened right up, smiled and we chatted about it and when I left, he was happier ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:55:19 EST It's the little things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151649 To me, life was always about making memories. I'm so glad I cherished them when I was younger and more able to do things. Now that I got older, there are less and less new adventures but it doesn't mean we don't laugh everyday. <BR> <BR> There is a commercial running on TV where the woman has on a tiara. I happened to say out loud that I always wanted one with lots of bling on it. I like bling and have a fantastic collection of antique brooches that I wear. Most were from people who wor... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:41:49 EST Better day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142401 I am having a better day today. My legs no longer hurt due to the stopping of some meds. The feet hurt but not as bad and I'm getting new pills that should help them. Best thing is I've been able to sleep at least 6 hrs and sometimes more. It makes such a difference when you can sleep! <BR> <BR> I've been doing my step ups again although I lowered the number from 5000 to 3000. I wasn't going to do this but getting to that 3000 goal has helped me keep moving and I guess that's what reall... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:44:18 EST If I ever won the lottery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140867 I've stopped taking the meds that Dr said make my legs hurt and I stopped taking the pain pills. My feet still hurt but my legs have gotten better. Yesterday I did 25 minutes of step ups and last night the pain was bearable so I could sleep. Later this week, I report to the Dr and see what he says. <BR> <BR> Something is really nagging at me. I feel like a prisoner in my own home. This house is no longer adaptable for us. We only have one bathroom and no place to put a second. We have... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:46:24 EST Time for the good cycle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138477 Today I'm going to gradually ease back into all the things I took a break from since my legs were hurting. I also will stop the pain pills and see if my nights are better. I dislike exercise but I do it because I must. At this point, I feel I miss it, something I never thought I would say. I'm also craving healthy food and shunning the junk stuff that I've been having a ball with since Easter. These cycles are something I go thru but they get less and less as time goes by. Usually the b... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 11:59:55 EST Peaceful sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137079 It's been 2 days now that I stopped the med that the Dr thinks is hurting my legs. Last night I took the pain pill he gave me and I slept 11 hrs of peace. The pain was not gone but dulled enough to sleep. Ahhh, the much needed sleep and this morning I feel so much better. Deep down I think the Dr is wrong but I'm following thru with this as its too early yet to tell. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I'm retired and had the luxury of sleeping in. Yesterday, I made a double batch of the cabbage lasa... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:35:03 EST Leg pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135733 Today I had a Dr appt for my legs and the terrible pain that doesn't let me sleep. After reading all the on line and web md stuff, I was convinced I had circulation problems. Dr said no, the pulse is just too good. He thinks it is a side effect of one of the meds I'm taking. I'm not sure I agree but I'm stopping one med to see if the pain goes away. After all he's the one with the degree and he was right about the BP med causing my cough. Stopped that and cough went away. How I hope i... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:08:52 EST Cabbage lasagna recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132709 I mentioned cabbage lasagna in my last blog and I was asked several times for the recipe so here it is: <BR> <BR> Being an Italian cook, I don't really measure anything so cooking is fun when you just throw things together. Lots of wiggle room here. <BR> <BR> Boil cabbage that has been cut up. Set aside draining. <BR> <BR> Take 1 lb of hamburger meat and sauté with diced onion, drain. Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes, 28 oz, and a can of tomato paste, 6 ozs. Also add about 20 ozs of water... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 16:45:42 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131702 Day 3 of not sleeping thru the night! My legs/feet are killing me! I can get in 1-2 hrs of sleep and then my legs hurt so bad I have to sit up for an hour. Then I can lay down for another 1-2 hrs and so on thru the night. I stopped my other challenge, I stopped doing lots of steps on the Wii. I've taken all sorts of OTC pills and nothing works. I've got dark spots under my eyes and I'm so tired. My Dr hasn't helped at all. My weight has gone up and eating is my only joy. It's a good ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:28:53 EST Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129637 Ok, I'm a failure! I just don't have it in me to finish this challenge. The Easter bunny came and I've been feasting on my goodies plus eating leftovers which thankfully are almost gone. <BR> I'm not giving up on healthy eating, I'm just taking a short break. I recognize I go thru these phases and 80% of the time, I'm very careful but then there are times like today that I just let loose. Luckily I don't binge, I just enjoy those things in moderation that I don't usually keep in the house... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 20:24:24 EST Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128764 Happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a great day. My company just left and I want to sit a minute before I start the cleanup. We ate and ate and everything was so good. Yes,it was well worth the work. I am so grateful to be able to celebrate this holiday with my family. <BR> <BR> Today is Day 13 but I am taking another rest day and will be doing Day 13 tomorrow. Last night, I was only able to do 12 more of the 40 jj's I had hoped to do. My legs were like jelly and just wouldn't hol... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 16:36:55 EST Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128232 Today is Day 12 and I woke up so sore I could hardly move. My legs just won't hold me up today. I guess it was too much yesterday. <BR> <BR> I managed to do most of my housecleaning for guests tomorrow, just the vacuuming needs be done and I hope to get up early tomorrow to finish that. Then it's prepare the table so it's ready. <BR> <BR> I did more than half of my challenge <BR> 35 jj's <BR> 10 squats <BR> 10 push ups <BR> 10 rolls <BR> 10 presses <BR> <BR> I did not do <BR> A 40 sec ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 20:04:22 EST Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127628 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40530457-92c8-4ccb-b144-c43ffe5ce71b.jpg">Today, Day 11, was a really tough day. It's 9 pm and I just finished. I did 6 1/2 hours of Easter baking. I made a ricotta pie, a cream pie, a loaf of Crecia and 2 apizzagain pies (Italian ham pies). 2 because one is going home with the girls. After letting them cool, I had to package them up and find room in the fridge for them. I'm exhausted but I wouldn't give up on my 30 day challenge so I jus... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 21:08:37 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126615 Today is Day 10, a rest day for my exercises but lots of work to be done today. The replies are coming in as to who is coming for Easter. All the prep work is going to be done plus major house cleaning so that I'll only have the pick up later on. It's also garbage day. Over a month ago, this blue bucket ended up being blown in front of my house during a storm. It's a bit busted but usable. I left it out front hoping that whoever it belonged to would come claim it. They didn't. I hoped... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:48:46 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126159 Today is Day 9 and last night wasn't so great. I finally finished everything about 9 pm and went to bed very sore. I woke up two hours later actually in pain. There was just no sleeping till 4 am when I finally fell asleep from sheer exhaustion. Up at 7:30 and I've been up since then. Today I only boiled and colored eggs and made meals. I did finish my Day 9 exercises but I'm having second thoughts about going on. Tomorrow is a rest day and I'll see about continuing with Day 11. I've ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:20:56 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125265 Here it is Day 8 and I'm only half done for today. It's after 4 and I've gone grocery shopping today for the things I need to do my Easter baking. I'm exhausted from all this and I think a nap is in order to get back some energy. There are still things to do and I hope all will get done today. <BR> <BR> The exercises for today that I have done are: <BR> 25 jj's <BR> 12 squats <BR> 12 push ups <BR> <BR> More to do: <BR> 12 rolls <BR> 30 sec plank <BR> 25 jj's <BR> <BR> I think I could ha... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:07:00 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124353 Today is Day 7 and I just finished doing them all. Here is today's list : <BR> 20 jj's <BR> 10 squats <BR> 10 push ups <BR> 10 bend over rolls <BR> 25 sec plank <BR> 20 jj's <BR> <BR> The soreness in my arms is still there but somewhat less. There is a new muscle pain in my abdomen but not bad. So all in all, I'm doing great! The days are going down and perhaps I should be counting the other way, only 23 more to go! Reporting this in my blog has kept me honest and gave me more motivatio... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:02:16 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123577 Today is Day 6 after the rest day yesterday. It consists of 15 jj's, 8 squats, 8 push ups, 8 rows, 20 sec plank and 15 more jj's. I've gotten a good start and am almost done with these. My arms burn and they don't feel rested at all but I'm pushing forward. <BR> <BR> I want to wish everyone a Happy Palm Sunday. Most people don't celebrate this the way we do but when I got married, my MIL called dibs on the Easter holiday so we had to spend our dinner there. My Mom not letting it go dec... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:44:05 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122758 Today is day 5 of my 30 day challenge. How quickly the days go by. Today is a rest day which means I'll only concentrate on my steps. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I asked for suggestions on how to do planks without getting on the floor. A very kind SP buddy suggested doing them against the counter which I should have thought of since I do push ups there. It worked out great. The 20 sec. doesn't sound like a lot but believe me when I say that along with everything else, my shoulders were burning... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:11:36 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122206 Today is Day 4. It presents another challenge as it calls for a 20 sec plank. The plank isn't the problem although I've never tried a plank. Getting up from the floor is a problem. Last time I was on the floor was last year when I fell and laid there over an hour trying to get up. Again it is fear that keeps me from trying this. I have no one but 911 to help me up. I'll have to think more on this. <BR> <BR> So today is 25 jj's, 8 squats, 8 push ups, 8 rolls and a 20 sec plank. I've d... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:58:26 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121361 Yesterday was such a great day. I finished my challenge early and I had time to cook my 10 heads of cabbage. This is the time to stock the freezer since its on sale for St Patrick's Day. It's a lot of work for one day but I'll sure be happy when I go to use it. <BR> <BR> Today's menu will be the Italian version for St Patrick's Day. Cabbage and rice in a thick pork tomato sauce. I have it simmering now and the house smells much better than it did yesterday when I just cooked the cabbage... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:58:03 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120745 Yesterday I made a startling discovery. I thought I really couldn't do the jumping jacks but I found it it it was only fear that was stopping me. I am 65, in poor health with balance problems. The jj's seemed overwhelming but I was standing in the corner of the kitchen where the countertops came together and a spark came to me. What if I hold on to each counter and jump using my arms as well as my legs. I was able to jump high, maybe 10 inches but best of all, my fear was gone. I also d... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:37:00 EST New challenge, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120096 I was going thru last months Redbook magazine and they had a 30 day change your body. Being game for anything, I decided to try this. I did not think this through but here goes.... <BR> <BR> Day 1 is doing 10 jumping jacks and 8 squats. None of these have to be done all at once. So I did the squats, they weren't bad. The jumping jacks were another story. What was so easy when I was young is most difficult now. I did 2, holding my boobs because no bra is going to make these easy. Can ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 19:56:03 EST Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105566 Since I last blogged, my 93 yr old Dad fell in the bathroom and laid on the floor till my sister stopped by 9 hrs later. He was not hurt but since he was up against the door and she couldn't open it, she called 911. The paramedics were able to get in and get him up. Nothing broken but brought him to the hospital anyway. Found out he has a bad infection and they are giving him IV antibiotics. He is doing well but complained about his legs and feet, same as me. Come to find out the sympto... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:46:03 EST Any suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100977 Here it is 2:30 am and I'm awake because my legs hurt so much that I can't sleep. I knew it would be a bad night when they started hurting before bedtime. Now they are so bad that I had to get up. It's been a over year now that I've complained to my Drs about them but my cries fall on deaf ears. They only hurt when I raise them to lie in bed but if I sit upright, they stop hurting. Sitting too long causes my back to hurt but that's another story. Either way, I can't sleep and this is re... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 02:43:45 EST Break this circle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088770 It's been such an off week, what a way to start a new month! I am losing my motivation and even though I've been exercising, I've also been eating more. I'm just so hungry all the time and nothing seems to hit bottom. I'm craving comfort foods that I haven't had in a long time. Maybe it's this winter weather, maybe something else but it's always on my mind. I want those carbs from pastas, rices and potatoes. I also want sweets! I've been rationing chocolate truffles, savoring them so I... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:42:54 EST Month one down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079802 The end of the month is coming and I worked so hard this month. I really wanted to have something to show for it and I almost did but then my Doc changed my meds and caused a weight gain of almost all I had lost. Ok, so the loss will be minimal but I know in my heart how hard I worked and as my body adjusts, I'm hoping for a better Feb. I wanted this to be a better new year and it is shaping up into a great one. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:04:10 EST A new low! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075633 <BR> <BR> I have to tell you, I reached a new low today. Last night was a painful night but it wasn't my legs, it was my hips and back that hurt so much they kept waking me up. So today I took some naproxen and didn't do my exercises since I knew I had walking to do with the shopping and carting the groceries in the house before this storm hits. After all was done I had lunch but I also had an overwhelming craving for something sweet. I didn't buy anything sweet so I tried distracting m... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 17:39:37 EST 2 weeks into January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070832 It's 2 weeks into January and I'm determined to make this a great year. I've followed my New Years resolutions as I posted before and things are really working out for me. I'm down 6 lbs since the first and it's been easier than in the past. I do what I can, accept what I can't do and let the chips fall where they may. I do not stress about the little ups and downs. I am living a happier life and for the first time in a long time, I love being me! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:35:43 EST New Year Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056426 Every year I start out with a goal to lose weight. I never plan how I am going to do this and I never set specific goals with end dates. So this year I have a new plan. I've decided to use what I learned this year and made up a chart of what I want to accomplish each day. I will place a star in each box when I did a certain activity. I love seeing accomplishments. My chart has the following boxes on it: <BR> <BR> At least 8 glasses of water <BR> Log all foods <BR> Sleep at least 8 hrs ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:19:10 EST My Mothers hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053942 Last year my daughter was sitting by my side when she took my hand and looking at it told me how perfect she thought it was. So proportionally formed with just the right length fingers and the smoothest skin. She wished she had hands like mine. I never really looked at them like this before. They were working hands, they were in water a lot, in dirt sometimes and used for caressing my loved ones. <BR> <BR> The other day I looked and wondered where my hands went? All I saw was my Mothe... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:08:49 EST Cookie Swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049311 Last night was my cookie swap with my cousins. It was so much fun! It had gotten to the point that we only saw each other at funerals so at my Moms, we decided to get together for a swap. I had second thoughts about going but I went and did pretty well. I passed up all the wine as I'm not a drinker anyway so that was easy. However the appetizers were so delicious and the cookies! They were to die for! But it was only one night and it's been so long since I socialized with people other ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:54:38 EST Grilling day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046320 As Christmas nears, I've lost another lb and am thrilled about this. I know I'll be eating more than usual for the holiday but I feel I can do it without guilt. It's all in the planning. I have a Christmas Eve meal out with my extended family that that I'll have very little control of except for the portions but we all know how that goes. The more people celebrating, the more eating is done. Christmas Day is at my house so I'll have more control over that but there will be cookies and p... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 10:22:32 EST Cookie swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044813 I've been invited to join a cookie swap and I said I would go because I really should get myself out of the house. I've become so comfortable staying in my own little world and building a shell around me so no one can hurt me that I rarely venture out. I know this is no good and I have to work to fix this. I've been dropped by so many people I thought I could count on when I was diagnosed with cancer that you would have thought I was contagious. My on line friends supported me more than m... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:23:55 EST The aftermath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038535 The day after! It always brings new resolve. The resolve doesn't always last but I have to ride this wave as much as I can. It won't be long before another holiday comes and I have to be ready for it or everything can slip away so easily. <BR> <BR> I am still battling that vicious cold/cough I caught before Mom passed. It's lingering and my nights are filled with coughing as when I lay down it gets worse. I'm so tired and the coughing makes me hurt so much. This leads to no energy for ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:50:14 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034654 I am on day 3 of my new challenge and this should be a piece of cake for me but I'm finding it so hard. I have no energy, I'm so tired and I'm so hungry all the time. I've tried increasing my foods with healthy items so my sugar is still really good but my weight has gone up so I must be eating too much. I feel like such a mess when I should be feeling better. I had gone thru a great period of time when I wasn't hungry at all, I lost weight and had lots of energy. I wish I knew how to ge... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:19:39 EST New Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033844 Today I saw a friend joined a new challenge and thought this is just what I need. I have been slacking with everything that has been going on but now it's time to salvage the rest of the year and also to get the help I need to go thru the holidays. I invite my friends to join me in the new 10 minute challenge and if anyone wants a buddy for support and encouragement, I'm available. <BR> <BR> From what I understand it involves doing at least 10 mins of exercising per day and everyday there ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:58:20 EST Italian funeral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031418 We laid Mom to rest yesterday and as typical at an Italian funeral it was a day of eating. We went directly to the restaurant from the cemetery followed by coffee/cakes all afternoon and then supper.and more snacks. It was a great send off and Mom would have been so proud. Naturally I partook in everything without guilt as a sort of cheat day. I learned that my favorite jelly donuts no longer taste as good as I remember and I learned after the first bite, if I don't like something, I'm no... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:15:08 EST 42 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029616 Today is my anniversary, 42 years. It's been up and down but mostly up and turned out to be the best decision of my life. He's my partner in crime, we do everything together like best friends. When I see the newly married now a days still having boys or girls night out, I wonder if they'll still be together 42 years from now. We are old fashioned and I'm proud of that because it worked for us. We treasure our time together as we know all too well how short that is and how it can end in t... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:15:03 EST RIP Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029131 It's been a very trying weekend. On Friday we got a call from the hospital that Mom wasn't doing well. We spent Friday and Saturday with her making happy memories. On Sunday, she was unresponsive all day and passed away that night. You would think knowing what was coming would make it easier but it doesn't. My only solace is that she's no longer suffering but now is at peace. The next few days will be difficult but it's something we all go thru. My Dad is 93, they had been married for ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 08:07:34 EST New month working to a new me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025227 Here it is November, where did the time go? October was a great month for me. Everything came together and my life settled down. I've been doing so well eating and pretty good exercising, so to show for this, I've lost 16 lbs! I know there is room for improvement but even if I don't do any better, I can live like this and be very happy. October had 3 birthdays and a homecoming celebration and I made it thru. November has just has my anniversary on the 10th and of course Thanksgiving. I... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 08:42:34 EST