EGRAMMY's SparkPeople Blog EGRAMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community April Plan for Health <BR> My Dream Plan for April <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Plan to smell the flowers and allow less stress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Plan to eat healthy with friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Planning to paddleboad and kayak in Lake Thunderbird, Cherokee Villa... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:02:24 EST Age Proof Your Life on PBS <em>387</em> <BR> Going to watch AGE PROOF your life on PBS with Dr. Michael Roizen and Jean Chatsky.  Looking for tips, especially for memory....brain...hippocampus... <BR> <BR> "Live to 100 without breaking a hip - or your bank account! The new pledge special, 'AGE-PROOF,' featuring bestselling authors Dr. Michael Roizen and Jean Chatzsy, will give you a practical roadmap toward your very best possible health as you age - physical, mental, and financial!" <BR> <BR> I have seen Dr. Roiz... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:30:17 EST SOS SP the HUGE photos are ridiculous! <em>198</em> Those huge photos are ridiculous and may even keep the number I see limited. Please be sensible. <BR> <BR> I have been through several changes over the years, and I am trying to adapt to much of this. But golly, who got paid to come up with this? Put them on a size diet and repair the damage done please? Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:27:45 EST Did my dementia study lose my Spark People start page????? <em>38</em> I am missing the Team bonus points and easy access to team pages. I miss the friend feed being obvious. I don't get the filter thing even if it did work. And I do see they are trying to de emphasize the team groups and go for the big picture supposedly like Facebook. But my friends on facebook keep it to family and few friends. Not all.... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:17:42 EST Book Group on 16th Book Group is coming here on the 16th. So I need or want to... <BR> <BR> 1. Clean up round the house. <BR> 2. Read and Study the book I chose and will lead <BR> 3. Decide on menu...will have corned beef using a Spark People Recipe <BR> <BR> The book I chose is Alzheimer's and Dementia for Dummies, 2016. AGS Geriatrics Healthcare Professionals. Health in Aging Foundation. I have learned so much from Part 1. Getting Started with Alzheimer's and Dementia which has the information, key fac... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:43:54 EST March goal 2017 <em>440</em> <em>137</em> March plan is to lose 8 pounds in March. That is 2 per week. That is stick to eating nutritionally and walking daily. <BR> <BR> How does corned beef measure up ? Spark People has recipes <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pes.asp?food=corned+beef&a= </link> <BR> <BR> If link doesn't work, search corned beef on spark people. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 21:55:27 EST Good ideas for my new week <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ways to make my next week more successful.... <BR> <BR> 1. 3 ways to get in exercise around home...rake leaves in back yard, move items from garage, dust and clean....ongoing tasks <BR> <BR> <BR> 2.3 foods to fix over weekend....spaghetti sauce , veg soup, cocoa mix <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:12:59 EST Dealing with Sabateurs Many of us have a partner or friend sabotage us... encouraging us to eat something we shouldn't. <BR> And sometimes it's an unfriend who resents your change who sabotages.. <BR> <BR> Print up a little card that says "My good work can be sabotaged by your kind thoughts, Please support me to get healthy.!" Set it out when you need. Or print out some variation to hand " My success and struggle can be deterred so please don't discourage me from my goals" or "Your antique chair req... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:13:34 EST Happiness is... Choose your happiness. Incorporate it in to your life. <BR> <BR> Make lists...your... <BR> <BR> Happy people.... <BR> <BR> Happy activity.... <BR> <BR> Happy Health <BR> <BR> Happy books <BR> <BR> Happy films/tiv <BR> <BR> Happy locations <BR> <BR> Happy memories <BR> <BR> Other happy things to you. <BR> <BR> Fit these things in to your life daily. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 19:23:01 EST Youth in my life <img src=""> The youth in my life give me wonderful memories. Today I was fortunate to hear my amazing granddaughter Bridgette play the flute at church. She makes beautiful music. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, was wonderful with a visit from friend and former student James Davis and his friend Sarah. I am so very proud of Jame's accomplishments and success in education and the medical fields. And as a person. <BR> ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 15:24:11 EST Wear red....... Today is wear red for Women's Heart Health. 1 in 3 women die of heart problems. More women have heart disease than all the other diseases. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:55:24 EST 1st Week of Feb. 1. Organize affairs for month...paying bills, etc that is. <BR> <BR> 2. Set up daily meal plan. Got groceries. <BR> <BR> 3. Special events include Wear Red for heart health month. Sunday worship at granddaughter's St. Joseph church to hear her play music. She's a senior and this is the last year she'll be close. <BR> <BR> 4. Exercise....find spark acitivity to do. Located 3 from Coach Nicole. Wonderful gal! <BR> <BR> 5. Do Spark People daily for me and encouraging others. <BR> <B... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 17:11:36 EST Adapting food plan Thanks to Spark friends for suggestions to improve my meal plan. It was suggested I had more fiber and sustenance. Thanks. Any more ideas welcome. I plan to switch the meal times next week. I am doing ok so I'll stay for now. <BR> <BR> In 1959 Dr Holzephel told me it's okay to go a little or feel a little hungry. I am trying to abide by that. As an emotional eater I can eat an awful lot to make me feel full. So I am make my mantra for now....."itls ok to feel a little hungry." <BR> ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:12:30 EST Some SP items I need to refresh my brain on..... <em>38</em> Recipes? I find myself spend too much time clicking on a recipe only to find out I read it and got those spark points when active before......Is there a refresh for recipes? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What is verify nutrition and how do I do it? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> I am a leader for 2 teams. After I get going, maybe I would help another team as leader? I know if there is an orange blurb and it says team leader not active, I could do that. Is there a way to offer to he... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:32:17 EST Blogging progress. <em>474</em> I am abiding by my daily food plan, and my mantra of going/feeling just a little hungry. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> I am looking to life happiness through books, family and friends. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:07:24 EST Eating Plan Developing.... In 1959 Dr Holzephel told me it's okay to go a little or feel a little hungry. I am trying to abide by that. As an emotional eater I can eat an awful lot to make me feel full. So I am make my mantra for now....."itls ok to feel a little hungry." <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Carnation chocolate breakfast in milk. Morning stack banana. <BR> <BR> Lunch: Meal of meat, vegetable, carb/potato, pasta, rice. bread/ maybe egg or cheese. <BR> <BR> Supper: Fruit. <BR> <BR> Evening snack: Cracker w/pe... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:26:41 EST Weigh in Wednesday 2 <em>192</em> <BR> Today is Weigh in Wednesday and I did ok; that means I went down some. I am trying to follow the advice of Dr. Holzephel, It's ok to go/feel a little hungry. <BR> <BR> And to be active daily. I am repeating these 2 mantras until I have them ingrained. <BR> <BR> Had some pizza and I sent it home to son's house instead of keeping it to eat. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:32:53 EST Gettin ready for the weddin <img src="">One of my granddaughters is getting married July 22, 2017. She is a wonderful girl and has a terrific fiancée. I know I am overweight. And I need to give relief to my knees especially. So I am back at Spark People to help me get some control over my life. <BR> <BR> I don't really believe in going on a diet after 70 and here I am at 79 1/2. So this is not a diet, but another attempt at life style... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:34:21 EST August means 79 <em>383</em> 79. I need to plan for health and wealth for the next 5 to 10 years. <BR> Ideas welcome. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:47:30 EST Prayers for grandkids good health <em>458</em> Asking for prayers for a couple of my 9 grandkids..... <BR> <BR> GS2 is 20 and a type 1 diabetic who also has Sudden Instant Lung collapse. Doesn't seem fair for a really nice kid to have so much illness. He's had to take medical leaves from school and work, but is hoping to return in fall. <BR> <BR> Now his sister GD4 has mono complicated by a severe spleen complication. She's 19 this month. She needs her summer job to earn money for school, but not now.Dr. says. <BR>... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:49:18 EST Give me ideas to save $ please..... <em>213</em> Hi there SP... <BR> <BR> I am trying to cut back on monthly expense. First should be Cable/ internet/ phone. <BR> <BR> Is there a thing like the old rabbit ears we used to use? <BR> <BR> Where is the best cheapest net? <BR> <BR> I depend on house phone for health and cell (ds pays for) ..... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:48:37 EST Where have I beeN? <em>305</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Hi Spark friends. I took time off to have a sewing needle removed that had been in my hand for 52 years. It took the starch out of me as it was much more than anticipated. And the Dr. was surprised to find thread through the eye section of the needle after all those years. <BR> <BR> Recovery has been difficult and slow, but I'm back on SP. Now I can have an MRI and ot... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:05:23 EST May 2016 plan May 2016 plan. <BR> <BR> 1. Spark <BR> 2. Walk daily, mostly with Truffle. <BR> 3. Weigh weekly <BR> 4. Do a weekly meal plan <BR> 5. Limit sugars and carbs, eat paleo protein, fruits, veggies mostly <BR> 6. Think and act positive <BR> 7. Declutter <BR> 8. Meditate and pray <BR> 9. Financial control and budget. Read Suze Orman. <BR> 10. Appreciate. Tue, 3 May 2016 23:43:12 EST I watched the whole thing......NFL draft <em>281</em> <em>17</em> Wow, I watched the whole thing.... <BR> <BR> Never thought I'd do that, but it was interesting <BR> <BR> Why did I watch? So many guys were up from The Ohio State University.and I was graduated in 1959 So thought they'd be winners in placing guys. <BR> <BR> And I am a Cleveland Browns fan forever....over 60 years...So I hoped they'd get some guys to help them gt a better winner record. <BR> <BR> What did I learn? Lots of those up for draft have had some re... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:47:35 EST Walking on Water I saw the exercise I would love today. It's walking on water, standing up on a paddle board that has walking pedals. It's like an elliptical machine on water. I'd love to do that on a lake. I thought I'd like to try a stand up paddle board, but now I have a new dream. Has anyone tried it? <BR> <BR> Or do you have an exercise equipment you really love to use? <BR> <BR> weather channel walking on water has a video, but I couldn't get the link to work. I saw it on Facebook. <BR> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 19:58:17 EST Starting April..... <em>444</em> <em>126</em> April has started with snow on top of daffodils. How crazy is that? <BR> <BR> The end of March I was going down, now I've got it back on . How? Ok, I ate more and sat more. Now I have to get reasonable with me. <BR> <BR> My 20 year old grandson who has diabetes, Type 1 has also come down with Spontaneous Pneumo Thorax. Weeks in hospital. Surgery. medical leaves from college and work. I am worried. <BR> <BR> <BR> And there was a family death unexp... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 23:14:47 EST Watching 600 lb. tv show marathon... <em>288</em> Prayers to all who are participants on this show. It says at the beginning that only 5% have long term success after the surgery. <BR> <BR> While decluttering in "kids" bedroom I turned on this channel and watched several episodes. The size was large, but the struggles were similar to those with less weight to lose. It was good that the Dr. had the participant prove their dedication to commitment by doing some pre qualifying adjustments in food and counseling. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:23:06 EST Monday: Weekly Plan Blog 1. Move it. Daily up and down stairs. Daily lift while decluttering. .Daily outside at least once <BR> 2. Eat it. daily v8 juice. daily orange juice. daily fresh fruit. daily veggies. At least 5 up to 9 daily. <BR> 3. Believe it. Daily meditation. Daily Sparking. Daily pep talk. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:53:34 EST Steps needed to do goal tracking.... I am trying to get used to the SP format again. <em>348</em> <BR> . There are things I need to do. <BR> <BR> 1. I said I'd do a Spark CD exercise daily...first I need to learn how to put the CD in the tv etc. Yeah I miss DH doing those things. <BR> <BR> 2. Rid the fridge of ice cream <BR> 3 Reconnect with Spark Friends <BR> <BR> 4. Make a goal board <BR> <BR> 5. See what's new on SP since last spring... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:01:08 EST Decluttering.... Decluttering is my goal..... <BR> <BR> My youngest son was a Navy Capt. and he really gets me organized. He's a huge help. He's now clearing the attic of garage. 2/3's done....He's up to the 13 TV's DH saved for parts. Pals have offered help since there are things like most of a Kaiser in there etc. It's a mystery. Oldest son helped greatly too, esp. with moving van packing and driving etc. He stops over weekly. Daughter helps by carting away items she can use in her houses. <e... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:36:08 EST Renewing Life Hello Spark Friends, I don't remember when I was on here last. DH <BR> aka Cephas2, passed away May 23. I have been learning how to be a widow. Not an easy caretaker and carry on story will be another time. He was beloved by so many he helped over the decades, and that is comfort. <BR> <BR> KathyJo56 sent me a rose today on my email, so here I am. I forgot how many of you ae meaningful to me. I hope do a better job of support. <BR> <BR> Another reason I want to reach fo... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:48:54 EST Women <img src=""> <BR> <BR> author unknown.... Mon, 4 May 2015 20:19:05 EST Inspiring Weather <em>67</em> The sunshine makes me feel so joyful, and neighbors are outside in happy moods too. I want to be more active. thank you sun. <BR> <em>378</em> <em>126</em> Plants are growing and flowers blooming Make me feel joyful. I want to spread joy to others. Thanks flowers/plants. <BR> <em>45</em> <em>368</em> Fresh food are growing. I want to eat right. Thank you foods. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 May 2015 16:18:30 EST Happy st. Patrick's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> what this day means to me? Not much. I don't remember mention of it growing up. When I was in college some kids drank green beer. My husband's mother was from England and always said she held her legs for my dear husband to be born NOT on St. Patrick's day. <BR> <BR> When I was teaching small children we decorated the room with green shamrocks. We did't celebrate it as a family. Only recollection of it w... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:31:41 EST March for me.... <em>244</em> March started great on sunday as we had 3 grandkids and 3 kids here for oldest son's birthday. He's 56 wow. <BR> <BR> The grandkids helped carry things up the stairs and down the stairs to basement saving me wobbling whild carry. I think the GD4 is almost 6'1 or 2 now. She is stunning. And she is a senior this year. We were able to order her year book for her. The last day they could be ordered. And we got her announcements too. It was joyful for us to do. <BR> <B... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:34:47 EST January Joys... January joys inspire me.... <em>249</em> <BR> *Cold weather brings soups and chili. <em>481</em> <BR> *Cold weather encourages cuddling....wih truffle or hubby. <em>338</em> <BR> *cold weather gives time for cleaning and organizing. A good way to use calories <em>542</em> <BR> *cold weather focuses wonders of God's world that are different. <em>280</em> <BR> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:56:55 EST Dec. 25 Peace of Christmas Wishing you all the Peace of Christmas.... <em>459</em> <em>532</em> <BR> <BR> We had a special, joyful Christmas Eve..... <em>335</em> We went to our granddaughters' church to hear our youngest play flute with the organist before hand and during the whole service. It was so lovely. <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Then at 7 both sons and family came for supper and "Cousin Christmas". The theme this year was "Christmas round Your World" focusing on their heritage. <BR> <BR> Our menu... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:57:58 EST December the moment In my moment for December.... <em>460</em> <BR> 1.My healthy moments. I am trying to go a little hungry...a Dr. in columbus told me that in 1958. I am using the exerciser when I watch tv. <BR> 2. Living in the moment of appreciating grandchildren...going to piano recital, band concert, church events, etc. <BR> 3.Our special memory moment is Having our Christmas eve meal for the family....but what theme this year? Kids say grammy likes themes....last year we did flowers of Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:33:17 EST Easy Turkey meal for family.... <em>428</em> Early turkey dinner with family.... <BR> I am doing this the easy way since my kitchen is not yet moved in/out. Did get the dining room ready with help of sons getting a china cabinet up. And granddaughter opening boxes and filing it. Great grand son had us chuckling as he spotted a "coin" in amongst all the stuff and mess. A penney went into his bank. <BR> <BR> We went by GFS after Dh's P.T. session. I got ready made cole slaw; sweet potato casserole, rolls, frozen l... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:59:54 EST My November Journey.... Nov. Journey..... <em>213</em> <BR> 1. Continue eliminating and storing from our summer move. <BR> 2. Walk outside as often as possible to enjoy the fall weather. <BR> 3. Stay home with DH as he has glitches in health. <BR> 4. Use fall produce as often as I can. <BR> 5. Get some audio books as reading is harder and we have a swell library. <BR> 6. Do all I can with and for family. <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 22:42:20 EST Thanks for the reminders Sparkies! <em>213</em> Hi Spark Friends. Yes, i have been a slug on here. But several people have sent me goodies. And that has Sparked my participation. Of course I am still overeating and overweight. I lost 2 pound and feel the desire to go on. I am in the obese category. <BR> <BR> I've been spending my time taking DH to Dr. appointments. They eat up the day. I so want to get the fat off and be more healthy so I can avoid the med circuit in my life. <em>521</em> \\ <em>304</em> e... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:04:08 EST Threading my way through SP.... <em>198</em> I am still trying to thread my way through SP since many of the changes some time back. I like many of them. <BR> <em>247</em> Love the way leaders can give goodies without having to spend some much time taken away from personal life. Love the email set up in ABC order to send out. What do you really like? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I still am finding the nutrition tracking to be so difficult as in time consuming......What hints to make it simpler? <BR> <BR> I haven't ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:28:47 EST Memories Prayers, Unify <img src=""> <BR> <BR> September 11 <BR> <BR> Love Unify Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:15:09 EST Prayers for a burned down church in Ohio... Asking for prayers for a burned down church in Lorain Ohio. The state fire marshal has ruled it a case of arson. The First Lutherern Church does so much for the people in the community. <img src=""> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:33:07 EST Spark Friends.... <em>252</em> This is a place you can come and know that people will ken you....that they will understand. And my Spark Friends are not judgemental or bullies. I love that. Some of my special friends are not around right now for one reason or another and I miss them. <BR> <BR> But most reappear and that makes me happy. <BR> <BR> I thank you for being a Spark Friend to me. Times may be changing, confusing, or unknown; but I can come to Spark People and feel good. That is nice. ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:20:00 EST Ready to get set and go....... <em>38</em> Can't remember when I last posted...but in last 2 months I badly injured leg..sprain/strain down for 5 weeks and pretty good now ....; had 16 people visit,,,,; moved family antiques and items from one house in a 26 foot van....ok oldest son et al did the pack and move, I just packed boxes from a chair;....sold our cabin.... moved everything from cabin...again I sat and I thank all who kept all going..... Now I am all done....ooops except for mounds of boxes and it... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:38:01 EST How to do it recouperating? <em>282</em> GD4 says I have to do the plan even while recuperating from my leg injury. Dr. says 8 to 10 more weeks to go with the strain and sprain. <BR> <BR> Any ideas for exercise while laid up? I can walk some.... <BR> <BR> Any ideas for diet while recouperating and not up and a <em>38</em> bout fixing meals.? Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:27:13 EST Happy 4th of July Wishing Spark Friends a wonderful Independence day.. <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Dar posted this from <link><BR>-4th </link> <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> Kim Kimando reposted science of fireworks from American Chemical Society <link><BR>videos-the-amazing-and-fun-science-beh<BR>ind-fireworks </link> <BR> <BR> Cherokee Village Arkansas has the best 2 day celebration and you can check out Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:18:27 EST You what???? <em>232</em> Happyily on vacation for July 4th week. Some family visiting. I was starting to get house in shape. I stepped on the porch and leg went through a rotten board about 3 imches wide or less. All my flesh moved upward and I dangled there unable to move. <em>36</em> Grandson came and sawed me out. Dr. says no broken bones show up. BUT the knee and top of leg were as big as a cantalope. It is a bad sprain. I did not know you could sprain the top of your tibia area. <e... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:37:30 EST June 14, 2014 is our Emerald Anniversary Today we are married 55 years. The greatest part is the 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, 2sons, 1 daughter, 1 daughter in law and being able to be together and support each other for all these years,esp now as we need each other more. <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> Our youngest son and wife will have a brunch for family tomorrow to celebrate. It'll be Father's Day too. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:37:14 EST