EVERLEARNING's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EVERLEARNING EVERLEARNING'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/ Support SP By Voting For It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492640 I read CHERYL_ANNE's blog this morning, and learned that SP can win an ad at the 2/2/2014 Big Game (yes, that one!) You can help, by voting daily. <BR> <BR> Software superstar Intuit is offering one small business a TV commercial on the 2014 Big Game. It's the world's biggest stage, and a lucky small business could strut their stuff along with some of the familiar giant companies. Some folks watch just for the ads! <BR> Here's the link to read the entry and vote <BR> <link>intuit.me/1eZe... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:22:55 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285266 My goals for today <BR> <BR> 1. fruits & veggies: 6 <BR> 2. water: 8 Cups <BR> 3. exercise: Walk if I can, 120 fitness min strength <BR> 4. calories (1,200 - 1,650): <BR> 5. wild card: <BR> <BR> Achieved <BR> 1. fruits & veggies: <BR> 2. water: <BR> 3. exercise: 100 crunches, 100 rev crunches, banana, superman, back extension, 15 more strength, focus on core <BR> walked: <BR> 4. calories: <BR> 5. wild card: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:50:21 EST Monday & Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284673 My goals for Monday <BR> <BR> 1. fruits & veggies: 6 <BR> 2. water: 8 Cups <BR> 3. exercise: Walk if I can, 120 fitness min strength <BR> 4. calories: 1,200 - 1,650 <BR> 5. wild card: <BR> <BR> Achieved <BR> 1. fruits & veggies: 10 <BR> 2. water: 8 Cups <BR> 3. exercise: 100 crunches, 100 rev crunches, banana, superman, back extension, 18 other strength exercises, focus on lower body <BR> walked: two miles <BR> 4. calories: 1.386 <BR> 5. wild card: Dropped this ball entirely today <BR> ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:22:15 EST I Have a Job To Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281332 I don't think I've ever written about this before, mostly because I try to avoid public whining. That's what family is for, right? <BR> <BR> I've had structural issues with my feet forever, prescription orthotics since 1992.........essentially, a lot of my life has been directed by foot drama for well over 20 years. <BR> <BR> When I came to SP almost three years ago, I approached it as a job that needed to be done. Tracking e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, working hard, and reaping tremendous rewards... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 15:20:44 EST Hmmmmmmmmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242819 Going through my Spark emails this morning, the lead article was "Your Beauty Makeover Starts Here!" Not being a big user of cosmetics, I thought "what the heck, let's take a look". So I did. <BR> <BR> It started with a questionnaire about skin type, etc. I got as far as the one with photos, asking which of these problems most matches your concerns, or something like that. As I looked at the pictures I was noticing that each of the women that were illustrating "problems" was truly beauti... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 12:19:45 EST OK, We all love our water, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978208 but this is ridiculous! <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/water-<BR>only-cafe-york-molecule-200935488.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you, DH, for showing me this article!! Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:32:16 EST Spring garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867626 I've really been enjoying my back yard this Spring. My beloved bearded iris have just been going nuts and putting on a terrific show. Thought I'd share a few pics. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l390892507.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772539997.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l290147376.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303251634.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 5 May 2012 12:27:13 EST Fresh Start, of sorts........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4208851 OK, so I've been happily on maintenance for about four months now. Glad to have reached 125 lbs, and to wear jeans that I never thought would fit me. <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> For the last couple of weeks, I've been...........well..... not slipping, but complacent. <BR> I saw the promotions for the Spring Boot Camp, and thought "Terrific, I'll join on the First." Which I did. Only problem is that we have a PC that is far from ideally situated for exercise. Turns out, working out with the vi... Wed, 4 May 2011 01:47:42 EST Goofy day today......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157948 I'll have some juggling to do this afternoon, as my DH & our son both have appointments at different medical centers. <BR> DH is having his eyes dilated, so he won't be able to drive. DS is having an XRay done, then off to the orthopedist to check the progress on his broken, and twice operated elbow. Hoping he'll be done with the splint! <BR> Here's how the timing works: DH's appt is at 2:00, DS's at 2:50. So I'll have just enough time (I hope!) to drop DH, go get DS from school, take him... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 12:04:06 EST Favorite Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006652 I believe this is from the Tao. <BR> <BR> <BR> There is nothing in the Universe that requires my permission or my understanding. <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:35:36 EST Recipe for a Happy Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3884770 A friend sent this to me some time ago. I thuoght it was worth sharing. Hope you do , too!! <BR> ........................................<BR>......................................<BR>............................ <BR> <BR> Take twelve whole months. <BR> <BR> Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy. <BR> <BR> Make them just as fresh and clean as possible. <BR> <BR> Now cut each month into 28, 30 or 31 parts, <BR> <BR> but don't make up the whole batch at once. <BR> <... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:44:34 EST Recipe for a Happy Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3884767 A friend sent this to me some time ago. I thought it was worth sharing. Hope you do , too!! <BR> ........................................<BR>......................................<BR>............................ <BR> <BR> Take twelve whole months. <BR> <BR> Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy. <BR> <BR> Make them just as fresh and clean as possible. <BR> <BR> Now cut each month into 28, 30 or 31 parts, <BR> <BR> but don't make up the whole batch at once. <BR> <... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:44:15 EST 240 Days, 52 Pounds, and One Cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841281 On Saturday I logged on to SP, to be greeted by 25 points. Cool! It was a 30 day Bonus, telling me I'd been a member for 240 days. In that time, I've dropped 52 pounds, so I guess it's time for the "What I've Learned" blog. <BR> <BR> Here goes... <BR> <BR> 1. One Cookie tastes as good as two cookies. <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Planning is crucial. <BR> I plan to fit in my exercise time. Strength is first thing every morning. If something comes up, and I have to fit it in later in t... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 11:40:17 EST The Turkey LIED to Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806784 I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, surrounded in love. <BR> <BR> Mine was great. We were a small group ~ DH, two of three sons, my sister and her friend, and me. Six in all. <BR> <BR> I had a good head start on cooking. Cranberries Monday, pies Wednesday, etc. <BR> <BR> Got up Thursday, and got the root veggies roasting to reheat at dinner time. I have a 100+ year old stove, which I adore, but its oven is really small. Careful planning is required. <BR> As the veggies were roas... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:59:10 EST Crazy Week........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793794 Hi, <BR> <BR> It's been pretty goofy around here lately. Busy preparing for craft fairs, and waaaaaaay too many interruptions. Trying not to catch an ugly cold that's going around, too. Already have quite a sore throat. ....ick... <BR> <BR> I apologize to my friends and teams who've expected to hear from me. Next week should be better! <BR> <BR> I'm off to a little craft fair today & tomorrow. Here's hoping........ <BR> <BR> Thank you for being patient with me. <BR> <BR> You guys ... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:52:11 EST My New Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3772771 RAWRUNNER, a member of the SF Bay Area team I belong to, posted a link to this amazing blog by FLABBYCHIC, my new hero. <BR> <BR> It's an amazing message of strength for women. Please take a minute to read this! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3772007 </link> <BR> <BR> bb, <BR> e <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 9 Nov 2010 12:13:08 EST CoHP Progress Report ~ Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3763231 Well, here we are at Week 5, time to look at how we're doing with our goals. The goals I set at the beginning of this term are <BR> <BR> 1.Strength Training 6 days a week <BR> 2.Stay within calorie range 6 days a week <BR> 3.Walk daily <BR> <BR> I've managed to do my Strength training every day, starting with 100 Crunches, 100 Reverse Crunches and 100 Step-touch with alternating Bicep Curl & Tricep Kickback. I add several other exercises on a three-day rotation of upper, core, then lower... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 01:31:36 EST 200 Days ... ?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755044 According to SP, I've been here for 200 days. That was sure quick! <BR> <BR> I'm thrilled to say I've dropped 44 pounds in that time, and the tape measure is giving me some some numbers that I'm liking a lot! I've reached a point where I'm trying to determine final goals and looking at maintenance. My progress has slowed some, so I'm trying to shake things up a bit. Trying calorie cycling at the moment ~ consuming at the low end of my range one day, and closer to the high end the next. ... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 18:26:05 EST Broke My Favorite Streak ~ Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3736035 I've been taking daily walks since mid April. Yup, six months, 2- 5 miles most days. <BR> <BR> For way too many years, I've had chronic foot/ankle issues. Custom orthotics since 1992, and so on. Amazingly (not!), as my weight has been dropping, so has the foot pain. It still shows up now and again, but nowhere near as frequently or as severely as before. <BR> <BR> Recently, my feet have been tired after our evening walks. Not so bad as to warrant soaking, but I've been aware of them a ... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 00:39:50 EST Spirit Day ~ in Support of Our GLBT Brothers and Sisters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3728233 <BR> <BR> Please take a few minutes to watch this powerful video. <BR> <BR> Joel Burns, a courageous city council member in Fort Worth, TX speaks from his heart with an important message to GLBT youth. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax96cghOnY4 </link> <BR> <BR> Blessings all around, <BR> E Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:16:52 EST Do Your Kegels ~ a Cautionary Tale.... It's TMI day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3713320 Went to see my ladyparts doctor today, because things weren't feeling quite right. There's a feeling of "too much flesh" where there shouldn't be, if you get my drift. <BR> <BR> Turns out that, as I suspected, I have Pelvic Organ Prolapse, which is just what it sounds like. Google it, if you need more info. <BR> My situation is not too severe, so I was told to do the Kegels I should have been doing all along. REALLY do them, not the sporadic effort I've been giving them for years. At le... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:33:41 EST Tuesday Ramblage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3711121 I'm glad the construction guys are replacing the pavement they tore up. Must mean they're finally finished! I sure won't miss the noise. Or the inability to park on our block. <BR> I can't believe my youngest will be 16 at the end of the month! <BR> It was nice to see the grandvarmints on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Oh goody, I get to renew my driver's license. <BR> <BR> Cats are all about surface area when the weather is warm. Amazing how they spread! Looks like a furry puddle. <BR> I'm glad I ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 18:52:16 EST Playlist ~ Not so much..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3703403 OK, so I'm the dinosaur that doesn't have an IPod, or an MP3 player of any sort, hence the lack of a playlist. <BR> My evening walks are with a good friend, so most of the music is good nourishing conversation peppered with my dog's howling (for no evident reason, but it's sure funny) or her dog's barks if an offending beast is nearby. <BR> We also will frequently break into song ~ O-L-D songs and Show Tunes from The King and I, Once Upon a Mattress, West Side Story, and the like. We sang Ch... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 10:52:54 EST Ramble Time........ Yup, it's Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3693950 I wish the noisy construction guys would GO AWAY! <BR> I'm glad I got the garden watered early. <BR> Looking forward to seeing family tonight at the Marin Symphony ~ Thanks, Liz! <BR> I think I'll wear that pretty black angora sweater that I found at the thrift store ~ with the Nordstrom tag still on it! <BR> I prolly should take the tag off. <BR> <BR> Yay, dinner's in the fridge, ready to warm up. <BR> Sabrina and I will take our long walk in the morning instead of our usual after- dinner t... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:46:45 EST CoHP Finals week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3688814 I joined this Challenge team mid-term(Week 7), so I hadn't set first week goals. <BR> <BR> Looking back, I can say I'm pleased overall with my accomplishments. <BR> Weight 147 - 8/16/2010 <BR> Waist 30.25 - 8/1/2010 <BR> Hips 40.25 - 8/1/2010 <BR> Thigh 24 - 8/1/2010 <BR> Upper Arm 13 - 8/1/2010 <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> Weight 138 <BR> Waist 29.25 <BR> Hips 38.5 <BR> Thigh 22.5 <BR> Upper Arm 12.5 <BR> <BR> I've been getting both cardio and strength exercise daily, and sta... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 12:09:13 EST Our Loot ~ Yummy Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3684518 <em>426</em> <em>267</em> <em>265</em> <em>284</em> <em>485</em> <em>291</em> <em>258</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday my dear husband and I went to a favorite legendary local business. Larry's Produce is a BIG produce stand out in the rural-ish part of our county, about a 20 minute drive from home. The prices are amazing there. The bad news is that they're only open half the year ~ from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice, roughly. :o( <BR> We got Artichokes 3 / $1, Heirloom... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 11:08:52 EST Pushing 40 ... Pounds Dropped...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3646797 I've been on SP for five months now, and I'm SO pleased with it all. The amazing people that I've met ~ you know who you are! The trackers; the encouragement; and oh yeah, the weight that I've dropped, the strength and stamina I've gained, and the clothes I can wear now. Yay! <BR> <BR> I started at 179 pounds in April. Following SP's advice I set my goal at 40 pounds ~ keeping it achievable. Well, I'm within 2 pounds of that goal now, and it's clear to me that I definitely can and shoul... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:25:40 EST Obstacles? RIDDIKULUS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3623790 This blog is for the CoHP team Challenge bonus <BR> <BR> With a grateful tip of my pointed hat to EUPHRATES, for showing how it's done! <em>424</em> <BR> Here's my feeble attempt. <BR> <BR> As I wait nervously for class to begin, the rest of the class is buzzing, most discussing the last quidditch game. Harry, Hermione and Ron are talking animatedly about Euphrates's masterful handling of the quaffle . I was equally amazed by her performance, but am too preoccupied to join the convers... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:39:52 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3598939 Well, autumn is definitely on the way, though here in the SF Bay Area, we're just getting a couple days of Summer. It's been mostly absent this year ~ one of the coolest summers on record! <BR> I'm pleased with my progress, and want to keep moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> My goals for this month are to continue my Spark habits <BR> <BR> Daily: <BR> 1. 100 crunches <em>418</em> <BR> 2. 100 reverse crunches <em>402</em> <BR> 3. 20 or so minutes additional strength training <em>... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 00:45:47 EST Them Bones..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3539986 I generally sleep on my side. This morning I woke up on my back with my hand across my hip. Imagine my surprise as I discovered that I have HIP BONES!! I evidently have some muscle in my thighs, too, though far less noticeable. <BR> Who knew? <BR> <BR> Yippee skippee!! Sun, 15 Aug 2010 18:30:01 EST I'm Puzzled....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3519497 Last night I found that my calorie range on My Nutrition Page had been bumped up from 1220-1570 to 1470-1820. 250 calories! <BR> I haven't seen anything indicating why this is. <BR> When I ran my daily feedback, it said I was below requirements on calories and nutrients with numbers that were mid-range the day before. <BR> Anybody have any ideas how this works? <BR> <BR> I'm a bit (OK, MORE than a bit) befuddled. Mon, 9 Aug 2010 19:47:18 EST Food Allergies ~ Who Knew They Could Be Useful ?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3470324 A friend gave me a little piece of chocolate which was wonderful, and just enough. <BR> <BR> When she tried to leave the whole package with me, I told her, "No, thanks. I have allergies. I break out in thighs." <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 10:24:51 EST My New Walking Buddy ~ Warning: Awwwwwwww Content http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3445691 To those of you that I've been annoying with "Is it Sunday yet?" This is what I was anticipating. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126335410.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Meet Sabrina, our new-to-us Siberian Husky. She's five years old, and as friendly as can be. We found her through a Husky Rescue website. I always feel a little weird about that term "rescue". Makes me think I should be wearing tights and a satin cape. She's a real sweetie, but needs a little work on her mann... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 01:00:50 EST Three Months ~ WOOHOOOOOOOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3438091 I joined SP three months ago today, and I'm thrilled with what it's helped me accomplish. <BR> <BR> I've dropped 26 pounds, quite a few inches, and gained SO much more! I feel stronger, I can walk longer, I can wear clothes that I couldn't previously, and I've made some amazing friends! <BR> <BR> One of my fast break goals was to take a walk daily. I've kept that commitment ~ pleased to say I haven't missed a day! I started out walking "the long block". The streets are a little weird on... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:09:34 EST Closet Shopping ~ My Turn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3406313 I've seen some other posts about closet shopping lately, now it's my turn. <BR> <BR> Several weeks ago, I went through my closet and dug out all the "outgrown" jeans. I measured them all, and marked them by size with masking tape. Then I stacked them by size ~ smallest on the bottom. <BR> <BR> I've been glad to pull a size or two out in the ensuing weeks, it's so nice to fit into smaller clothes! <BR> <BR> This morning I dug them out and tried on the top ones. They fit better than I ant... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 01:14:54 EST Sparkage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3401774 Sometimes it's intentional, sometimes not so much.... <BR> <BR> When I first joined SP, I promised myself that I would take a walk every day. I've been doing that, usually after dinner, even if I'm tired. I really look forward to it most days. <BR> A week or two into this venture I called my friend across the street, saying I was about to take a walk and asking if I could borrow her dog. I hadn't asked her to come, thinking such short notice would be rude. She asked whether she could com... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 20:13:24 EST Dangerous Territory, Part 3: Survived It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399421 Well, yayy! <BR> Today was the second party, and it was easier than I had anticipated. There was lots of food, but I followed my plan and stuck to veggies and lean protein. There was a LOT of food coming from the grill ~ ribs, chicken, various vegetables........ I held out for the shrimp ~ yum! <BR> <BR> I kept my portion sizes reasonable and stuck to water as my beverage of choice. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to say that I ended the day well within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:40:05 EST Dangerous Territory, Part 2: So Far, So Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3396975 Yayy! I made it through the first party day, staying well within my calorie range. <BR> When it was time for the decadent cake, I just had a couple of bites (about 122 calories), and tracked them. <BR> <BR> Probably burned a few extra running up & down the back stairs tending the barbecue and zipping into the house for stuff I forgot. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> We had a great time, too . We surprised the guest of honor with a couple of unexpected friends, and she was as pleased as could b... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 01:06:23 EST Dangerous Territory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3392861 Well, so far I've been staying within my calorie range every day, with the exception a few days when I've had some minor stomach bug that kept my intake low. I've been able to "budget" my calories for special events and still keep my numbers where I want them. <BR> <BR> This weekend will be a real challenge, as there will be not one, but two parties. hmmmmm <BR> Dear friends host an annual Fourth of July celebration that really is fun. They live high on a hill, and their view allows us t... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 12:28:46 EST Mare Island Preserve on Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3285976 I had a marvelous walk today with some of my favorite people. My usual walking buddy and my DH and I were joined by another friend, and we went to the Mare Island Heritage Preserve to walk and have a picnic lunch. The Preserve is a park-in-the-works, a volunteer effort of some amazing folks here in Vallejo. Its location is the south end of Mare Island, once the largest Naval shipyard on the West Coast. It includes the beautiful Naval Cemetery, and a wonderful sculpture called "The Spirit ... Mon, 31 May 2010 19:04:54 EST Another reason to Walk!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3258370 Today was looking like it was going to be a very busy day. We were planning to attend a graduation party in the evening, so I knew I'd have to juggle my daily walk, which usually takes place after dinner. <BR> The day was starting with our neighborhood meeting, about a mile over the hill. I decided to walk there, and had a nice surprise en route. After a couple of blocks, a house I passed had a LOT of plants and Iris rhizomes out front, with a sign saying "Free Plants". <em>244</em> Wa... Sun, 23 May 2010 00:33:04 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3236988 Had a quiet day today. Started with strength training and running a few errands. Got some yard work done ~ the weeds never end! <BR> Took a walk with my husband and our neighbor to end the day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 May 2010 00:11:04 EST Had a good day....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3234018 Started the morning with strength training and fooling around with my family. <BR> good day at the tattoo shop, then home for dinner. Went to an Indian Festival and saw some wonderful dancing. The colors of the saris were amazing and vibrant! <BR> Took my walk after that with my DH. <BR> All in all, a fine day! Sun, 16 May 2010 00:53:37 EST Moving in the Right Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3227290 I've been keeping my commitments ~ walking daily, logging nutrition & exercise, drinking plenty of water. I'm seeing results, too, which is really exciting! Thu, 13 May 2010 20:30:19 EST Walking and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3224227 Had a great walk this evening. I was able to spend some time in the yard, too. Beginning to see results there, too! Wed, 12 May 2010 23:46:56 EST Tuesday......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3219392 Gorgeous day here, after some rain. Great day to do some yard work, too bad I probably won't have TIME! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Good news is that time is blocked out for a walk this evening. Looking forward to it! Tue, 11 May 2010 18:29:15 EST First Ten Pounds GONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3215479 Got on the scale this morning, and despite a big Mother's Day dinner at our favorite Japanese Restaurant, I found that the first ten pounds are GONE! I'm wearing jeans that haven't seen the light of day in ages!! Mon, 10 May 2010 17:56:18 EST Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3210612 Well, I survived yesterday's Pagan Festival in Berkeley. We marched in the parade and had a great time. Saw lots of friends there. <BR> Business was slow at the vendor booth, but seemed to be slow throughout most of the event. Can't wait for the economy to improve! <BR> Looking forward to a quiet Mother's Day....... Sun, 9 May 2010 11:27:16 EST Grateful to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3201239 I joined SparkPeople about three weeks ago, and I'm thrilled to have dropped nine pounds. I was directed here (indirectly!) by my wonderful step-daughter. <BR> At the moment, I'm preparing for the Pagan Festival in Berkeley on Saturday. I'll have a vendor booth there, and I'm looking forward to a great day! Thu, 6 May 2010 11:42:16 EST