EGRAMMY's SparkPeople Blog EGRAMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Women 30 Women who are changing the World Check this link <BR> <BR> What women would you put on the list? I for sure would be the Spark Leaders women and men who are changing the world one member at a time. <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Later.... <link><BR>-women-who-are-changing-the-world#/11 </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 23:01:18 EST Stumbling Sparking... I am Stumbling Sparking <BR> ... <em>213</em> Today I commented on Friend Feed for the first time since the Spark Page change. Sorry. ( I am not connected to receive any Spark notices for some reason even tho I have tried their suggestions. ) <BR> <BR> <em>481</em> I havent yet figured out the food tracking. I miss the easy tracker we used to be able to use. It seems to my brain that the new team page food tracking would take 45 min. a day, and my caretaking chores preclude that. <... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:01:17 EST 3 Good Things This Week <em>530</em> Oncologist did not find any cancer with DH. <BR> <em>27</em> The basement did not flood when there was storm and the street turned to a river of water. <BR> <em>433</em> The car did not have any injury to the underside after a minor oops and oil leak. <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> We can pray and be thankful for things that don't happen. <BR> Much happiness to all of my Spark Friends. <BR> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:31:17 EST Independent women <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a book of interviews with Marianne Schnall. I am going to buy this for our granddaughters hoping they will meet many different kinds of role models. In it influential women share insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice. <BR> <BR> As for me..".I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: <BR> I only know that people call me a feminist whenever <BR> I express sen... Sun, 4 May 2014 17:29:21 EST SP did Bring Back Team Member Blogs <em>198</em> SP Bring Back Team Member Blogs! PLEASE! Update:They did it. rah! <BR> <BR> I was so delight to see that Team Leaders no long have to spend hours monthly on giving goodies. That you can give a team goodie to say 7 people who are running races. And other groupings. <BR> <BR> BUT <em>38</em> how are we going to know what's going on and to be rewarded with a goodie since the team member blogs are gone. Bring them Back PLEASE. Oh yes, we can find out from the topics an... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:21:03 EST Education for Girls Education for Girls is so important. It was focused on when one girl was shot for her bravery. Now over 100 girls have been abducted from a school in Nigeria. Where is the press? Where is the outcry? <link><BR>slamist-raid-nigeria-school-131746891.<BR>html;_ylt=A0LEVwktQVBTiWEA4XhXNyoA;_yl<BR>u=X3oDMTEwaDM1M2wxBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRj<BR>b2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAzIzM18x?soc_src=mediacontentstory </link> <BR> <em>46</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:28:30 EST Happy New Year Noorez to Zororastrian friends <em>67</em> <em>249</em> <BR> Happy New Year Noorez to Zoroastrian friends and relatives. <BR> <BR> "In Zoroastrianism, light is the great symbol of God and Goodness, whether in the light of the sun or in the sacred fire. The Spring Equinox and the lengthening of the days is thus a symbol of the victory of Light over the cold and darkness of winter." <BR> <BR> I've been informed it's the world's oldest religion that worships one God. That some of Judiasm and Christianity is derived ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:51:53 EST How will Windows Xp change affect our Spark? I am reading lots about XP not being viable any more.... <BR> I am reading that the old tower with XP doesn't do will with the needed upgrade... <BR> I am reading that lots of virus will get on my XP..... <BR> Does that make me spreading more vulnerability by posting to Spark or others with XP spreading vulnerability to viruses if they post??? <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Here is what Kim Kimando has to say only about XP....wht do you know??? <link><BR>ws-xp... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:47:17 EST My March Madness <em>137</em> My March Madness.... <BR> 1. Try to go a little hungry....I was told that by my Dr. in 1960 and it is a good for me idea. Not starve.....but be willing to go a little hungry. <BR> 2. Get those veggies/fruits and protein in daily. <BR> 3. Be reflective and read the Lenten study book. <BR> 4. Use the sleep apnea machine and the meds for heart daily. <BR> 5, Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. <BR> 6. Move it, move it, move it! <BR> <em>185</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:52:01 EST My February Heart Progress <em>26</em> Got my blood work this morning to check on the statin med. I have Been regular with it. I forget my chlorestoral med sometimes.. Must get better. <BR> <em>247</em> Hugging myself. <BR> Basically I want to eat right, exercise, do meds.... and prevent a stroke . <BR> <BR> I Modified the paleo meal plan cause of my diverticulitis. Meats, protein, raw veggies are great, but i need the cooked veggies et al. too. I am satisfied with my adjustments. <BR> <BR> Dr Oz h... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:16:28 EST Caretaking on Valentine's Day <em>26</em> It is tender to be elderly....old...on Valentine's Day and have a companion you love. So many of my friends are widows. Almost all. I am so lucky. Thank you God. <BR> <BR> Our Valentine's have been modest. Mostly centered around the kids taking cards or treats to school class. My dear mother made me treats for Valentine's day since I had a summer birthday, and we did the same for granddaughter. As a teacher, I continued the Valentine Day for children. <em>26</em> ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:00:29 EST Go Red for Women's Heart Health Feb 7th <em>26</em> Go Red for Women's heart health Feb. 7th. This is the day to wear red but we can wear red all month or any time! Heart disease kills more women than all cancer together. We need to know this and pay attention to taking care of ourselves and our heart health. <BR> <BR> <em>51</em> THere is the link to the Go Red for Women <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> THere is the link to the Go Red challenge w... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:19:33 EST My February Goals, Plans and Activity <em>26</em> <BR> My goal is to get my blood work in acceptable ranges by: <BR> 1. Remembering to take my meds daily <BR> 2. Eat healthy <BR> 3. Move it and Limit sitting time. <BR> 4. Make my needs primary. <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:38:03 EST A turn in healthy eating.... <em>185</em> Well, this is a turn for me. I am wanting to eat healthy. Usually when I have cognitive overload, i pig out. <em>86</em> But this time I am wanting to eat healthy. Is it the new meds I am on for the chloresterol? Started Crestor last week at the other was cramping my muscles too bad.... <em>198</em> Or is it my determination to not go back up into the higher bracket <em>227</em> I think of 10 pound units as brackets for me, and I really don't want to go back there... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:26:49 EST Advice? Who do you take it from? Give it to? <em>17</em> The best thing about getting adivce is finding what you are seeking. The computer comes in handy to get a variety of information. Then you can sort it out, and implement what you want.... <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> DH is a great person to get advice from. His many years studying guidance counseling and his even temperament are swell. Tho sometimes I get annoyed when he is right. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Too of... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:51:22 EST Looking at sugar restriction and belly slim Well, I'm loking at Jorge Cruise's book about hormone happiness, sugar restriction and belly slim. <BR> What do you know about this program? It's geared for women over 40. <BR> Here's a synopsis....from the Costco magazine... <BR> Some info on sugar restriction diet.... <BR> <BR> COUNT ONLY CALORIES FROM SUGAR Conventional wisdom has it that a calorie is a <BR> calorie. But the only calories that affect weight loss are sugar calories...the <BR> calories that spike insulin. Carbohy... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:35:41 EST Reaching out for Spark People.... <em>144</em> My special Christmas gift was a loss of 1 pound. WooHoo. I am still very overweight and back where I started about. But I have been trying to get down that one pound for a month plus. <em>192</em> And now I am . <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> So I choose to consider this a good luck sign and will work hard to use Spark People and my wonderful spark Friends and teams to get back on the healthy track. <em>292</em> This is a good time to say I am okay and I can do it. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:18:24 EST Looking for common sense...... <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> We have closed in a large yard, yet my DH has to walk the dogs even tho he is wobble and out of breath. Can't he let them out at least at night in dark and watch from door , in our safe yard? I walk them in the mrning. He does twice mre in day and then at night. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Why don't the foods in the salad drawer jump at me like a homemade pie does? <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> Why don't parents of toddlers and other children just s... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:22:48 EST Must have done something right.... <em>436</em> /We are signed up to get insulation on Monday thru Clumbia Gas. Well that meant we had to clear out the attic, and 2 eaves sections, as well as garage wall inside on the east end. I've told you we are both hoarders. So this is a big challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Our 2 sons have come to our rescue. Youngest son has been here 5 days to bring things down from the attic and eaves spaces. I am working as fast as I can to cull boxes and get the unnecessary stuff out to t... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 23:19:02 EST December goals and plans December Goals <em>445</em> <BR> Track nutrition to lose 10 pounds a month healthy and be ready for Dr. appt. Jan 3. <em>426</em> <BR> Do fitness program <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Take care of DH.and do more reading to know questions to ask. <em>444</em> <BR> keep track of progress <em>195</em> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:47:34 EST November Goals <em>249</em> November Goals <BR> <em>368</em> <em>496</em> Track nutrition to lose 10 pounds a month healthily.\ <em>311</em> Do fitness program <BR> <em>429</em> Enjoy holiday visit with great grandson and provide him fun and interesting things to do. <BR> <em>220</em> Take care of DH. <BR> <em>387</em> keep track of progress Sun, 3 Nov 2013 17:46:42 EST Cold winds blow and we shall have....a furnace breakdown.... <em>225</em> Yes, the furnace broke down. Will the heating man respond to the voice mail left for him? Good news is we shouldn't have the pipes freeze, hopefully. We heat with hot water heat and below freezing freezes pipes and then they burst. So looking at the good side, we should be able to hold out til the furnace man comes....unless he is off for the weekend. Then it is up in the air. <BR> <BR> So we use lap quilts and read. The dogs have fur coats. Life is good. <em>224... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 13:37:17 EST Kudos to Delta personnel Grat grandson, who is 3, was at Gate 3 at LAX today with his parents. They are safe, tho it was close to daddy. <em>458</em> Sending prayers to all victims and injured today. I heard that the Delta personnell were kind and helpful to the elderly and child in lock down. Bless them. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:50:33 EST Well, Caretaker is my Career.... DH is back to Dr. <em>245</em> <BR> I thought after the year of illness, we could have some fun time. But we are nursing congestive heart failure....chronic kidney disease...liver disease from the meds....wet Macular Degeneration...cancer on eyelid...and urology prob...all in 10 days.... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> He has spent his life eating the right things, exercising, being kind to people, etc. He is the bestest guy. He was so brave the past year over his glossecto... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:05:44 EST Change......Somebody stole my Cheese.... Somebody stole my cheese....did you read this terrific short book? It's worth a read..... <BR> <BR> Well Spark People changed the start page and I don't like the change really. But I am trying to act grown up and follow CakeMakerMom's lead Read her blog. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Another change is our refrigerator went out. We had to get another. The retirement income is a change since we last bought one. We got the economy model. Did without the auto ice cubes or water line. <... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:11:45 EST Quote from Steve Jobs..... Quote "“Don't be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” <BR> — Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> <BR> Read more:<BR>e-Dont-Be-Trapped-By-Dogma?list_id=399<BR>05#ixzz2imrVNArM" <BR> <BR> I coul... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:49:11 EST Have a repaired computer WooHoo, I have a repaired computer <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> Been away for a long time, but a Masonic young man fixed the laptop for this gal. What a great example of young manhood. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you young friend! <em>36</em> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:40:39 EST