FERRETLOVER1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FERRETLOVER1 FERRETLOVER1'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/ This Is It - My Birthday! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922851 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1657703446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I've been milking this birthday since the 1st of May, but today - May 5th - is my actual birthday! <BR> <BR> Cliff is taking me out for breakfast - then to the movies to see "Cinderella" - then later to L Woods for dinner. I might even be able to fit in a little shopping, too! Tue, 5 May 2015 06:13:37 EST Balloons! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922623 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422092112.jpg"> Happy Birthday to me (tomorrow) from my sweetie! Mon, 4 May 2015 19:33:23 EST A smile from Finley! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922204 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1193024812.jpg"> Mon, 4 May 2015 05:58:10 EST 05-03-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921659 Hard work pays off <BR> <BR> The key to working out to lose weight is to actually stick to your workout. It’s easier to dedicate yourself to a fitness activity when it’s something you enjoy. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 May 2015 07:12:34 EST 05-02-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921161 I'm so excited! Today, a friend of mine and I are participating in a flea market at our local park district. I have done garage sales, but never a flea market with lots of other people selling stuff. I can't wait...and the weather is going to be perfect. Sunny and in the 70's! Awesome! Sat, 2 May 2015 06:31:22 EST Funny 5-1-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920747 Now this is how I like to get my exercise! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1923915018.jpg"> Fri, 1 May 2015 10:55:22 EST 05-01-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920615 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465046606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My actual birthday is May 5th, but I celebrate the whole month! <em>334</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 07:28:19 EST Update on Finley from his parents - 4-30-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920057 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249840600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An update on the past few days: <BR> <BR> -Finley received a blood transfusion on Saturday to help his hemoglobin. <BR> <BR> -Today he was extubated (breathing tube down throat pulled out). We were able to hold him and hear him for the first time in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> -He is still on oxygen; it is hooked up to the ventilator. Docs tried without ventilator for a while but his lungs are still filled with gunk, ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:14:47 EST 4-30-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920043 No matter how big or small the workout, you’ll feel energized, strong, and confident afterward. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:20:53 EST Finley is off the ventilator-at last! 4-29-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919496 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129374046.jpg"> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:11:59 EST 4-29-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919483 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1105968560.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MIND OVER MATTER <BR> <BR> Sometimes, your brain can be your own worst enemy. Keep yourself mentally sharp (and thinking positive thoughts) by snacking on nuts, adopting a Mediterranean cooking style, and getting plenty of sleep. <BR> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:23:07 EST Latest on Finley 4-28-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919011 Please pray for Finley today as a huge milestone comes. They are going to try and remove the ventilator! Pray things go SMOOTHLY. Boring is a wonderful word in this little guys life! <BR> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:48:18 EST 4-28-2015 - Challenge yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918913 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l187607387.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Doing the same workout or eating the same meal might be convenient, but for the results you want, it’s good to spice up your regimen and try different fitness activities, like hula hooping or ballet. <BR> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:30:02 EST 4-27-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918360 10 Small Changes for Successful Weight Loss <BR> <BR> You don't need to turn your life upside down to succeed at losing weight - just make small changes one at a time and build a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Change the small things and the big things with follow. Weight loss is easier if you change your lifestyle one habit at a time. Here are a few suggestions to start you off: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l328089045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1.Walk for ten (more)... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:04:05 EST 4-26-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917783 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l242748505.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262487512.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cliff and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary <em>337</em> at Fondue Stube. It was absolutely delish! We also went to see 2 movies - "Paul Blart Mall Cop 2" and "Age of Adeline". Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:47:48 EST 4-25-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917327 My friend has this wonderful saying: Attitude, Balance and Control, the ABC's of success! <BR> Everything comes back to that.​ Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:52:49 EST Finley Update 4-24-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917026 From Finley's Daddy: <BR> <BR> 4/24: This will be my last Finley post for awhile. In the beginning the posts were intended to be informational. Chelsea Hill and I were getting a lot of calls, texts, and emails asking what is going on. One FB update was just downright easier than a hundred text messages. <BR> <BR> I then found that writing about Finley was therapeutic for me and helped me process the day and my emotions. This is not about me though, it is about Finley. <BR> <BR> He is in a ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:58 EST 4-24-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916783 KICK IT OFF <BR> <BR> Profound change doesn't happen with a bang. A series of small decisions gets you there: Go outside, sniff the fresh air, slip off your shoes, stretch. Relax and feel the warm sun on your back. Meet up with friends and create a community of support. Let change happen together. Spring days are ripe with possibility - what better time to join in? <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:38:09 EST More on Finley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916354 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1834130574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4/22: Our anniversary began with a punch to the gut. An echocardiogram (thanks iPhone for adding things like echocardiogram, supraventricular tachycardia, rocuronium, etc. to my autocorrect! It makes my life so much easier!) was scheduled for 7am. The cardiologist was in the room for the scan, and a few minutes in he said, "I have to be honest, I am really disappointed." He thinks it is more likely that the SVT an... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:50:45 EST Finley Update 4-23-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916214 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1863559436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Meet Iron Finn striking his infamous fighter pose! While he is always a champion in our eyes, he is still in critical condition and in need of many prayers still. He is very slowly healing from the RSV, pneumonia, and ear infection, but his heart continues to have diminished heart function, especially in the left ventricle...he may have been born with some congenital heart defects. We still don't have many answers... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:49:18 EST Finley Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915596 4/21: 49 hours and counting without an SVT incident. I just knocked on wood so it is okay to talk about. I also threw salt over my left shoulder, hung garlic around the hospital door, and am wearing my lucky shorts. I am covered, right? <BR> <BR> Another echocardiogram is coming tomorrow at 7am. The last one showed Finley's heart was a little worse than the echo before that. I am hopeful tomorrow's scan shows improvement. <BR> <BR> Finley's ventilator was reduced a bit and his rocuronium dr... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:19:09 EST 4-22-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915578 “When we stop judging ourselves, we stop judging other people. When we start loving ourselves, we start loving other people.” ~Unknown Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:29:54 EST Update on Finley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915025 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1469881503.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l343837268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4/20: Today was a boring day, and that is a good thing. In the words of Dr. Nowak: "You have learned the first rule of the hospital... interesting is not fun." <BR> <BR> Doctors and nurses are slowly reducing the ventilator, both the number of breaths per minute, and the pressure of the air going into to his lungs. They tried this once... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:02:29 EST 4-21-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914994 "You can luck into something great, but it doesn't last if you don't give it proper appreciation." -Betty White <BR> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:09:04 EST Update on Finley 4-20-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914357 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l961528759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4-19-2015 - Finley is still experiencing heart episodes. His echocardiogram showed that the function and swelling in his heart may be worse than yesterday. This little boy and his family are going through so much. They really need all the good thoughts and prayers they can get. <BR> <BR> He finally "woke up" and also got the hiccups. His mom got to help bathe him. His big sister comes once a day to visit whic... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:27:43 EST 4-20-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914345 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1067624754.jpg"> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:50:41 EST 04-19-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913777 “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” ~Unknown <BR> <BR> (In other words, don't try to make too many changes all at one time.) Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:00:56 EST Update on Finley 4-18-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913436 <BR> 4/18 AM update: Yesterday was a good day until about 9pm. Finley's heart acted up again. <BR> <BR> Finley's heart condition is called SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). Basically the electrical system in his heart is out of whack, and it causes his heart to beat irregularly and way too fast. Normal heart rate is 100-160. Wednesday when in ER his hr was 260+. A few of his "episodes" have been 220-240. Last night, for about 40 minutes, hr was at 215. <BR> <BR> Over night everything wa... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:10:02 EST 04-18-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913292 You eat your attitude. Choose to focus on the beauty and goodness in the world. Acknowledge all that is well in your world. <BR> <BR> ~ Catherine L. Taylor <BR> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:50:46 EST 04-17-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912781 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097618224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Give Today Your All <BR> <BR> Whether you’re trying to lose weight, lower your stress level, or looking for new ways to eat healthy, each day is a new day to tackle your goals. <BR> <BR> Try to look on the bright side—seriously <BR> <BR> “How you frame something can change everything,” says life coach and Health magazine columnist M. J. Ryan, the author of AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didnâ€... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:39:56 EST Update on Finley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912414 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2003442822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Finley's dad posted this today: <BR> <BR> Please pray for my little warrior, Finley. He is being transferred from Children's in St. Paul to children's in MPLS so they can potentially hook him up to a heart and lung machine. His heart and lungs are weakening. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:52:39 EST 04-16-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912186 Food can never be a substitute for life. You must fill your life with all the things that bring joy. <BR> <BR> ~ Catherine L. Taylor <BR> <BR> Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts for Finley. He is in the hospital and will be for at least 2 weeks. He is a very sick little baby. I'll keep you all posted as I hear anything about how he is doing. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:18:47 EST My Great-Nephew is ill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911927 My 4 week old great-nephew Finley is fighting for his life. He needs all your good thoughts and prayers. Fight, Finley, Fight! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287776086.jpg"> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:44:29 EST 4-15-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911605 Meeting a goal (like losing 5 pounds) can act as a "finish line," putting an end to a good habit. So focus on your true objective (getting healthy) instead. -Gretchen Rubin, author of "Better Than Before" <BR> <BR> (Now that doesn't mean that setting mini goals isn't a good idea because it is definitely a GREAT idea. It just means that you shouldn't focus solely on the mini goal, but ALWAYS keep your main objective in sight. -Judy) Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:38:57 EST 04-14-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910979 GOOD NUTRITION QUIZ <BR> <BR> Test your nutrition knowledge! Answer true or false to the following questions: <BR> <BR> 1. The more TV you watch, the more likely you're overweight. <BR> <BR> 2. Low-fat foods are always better. <BR> <BR> 3. Fiber isn't important. <BR> <BR> 4. You need to watch portion sizes only when eating at home. <BR> <BR> 5. It's best to shop a grocery store's outside aisles. <BR> <BR> SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ANSWERS <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep on scrolling... <BR> <... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:55:50 EST 04-13-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910306 Motivation Tip 20. <BR> <BR> Lose weight for yourself. No one else cares about your health and your looks more than you. Your family and friends may even fear that you will change too much from the you that they love. You may not get the encouragement you want. More than anything you need to do this because you love and value yourself. You matter. You really do! <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:11:59 EST 04-12-2015 Bonus with Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909762 A perfect demonstration of a pessimist and an optimist! Which one are you? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535055644.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:35:43 EST 04-12-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909752 Motivation Tip 19. <BR> <BR> Train for a spectacular event. Apply to run a marathon or join a sponsored program to walk the Great Wall of China. Aim to have 6 months to a year to prepare. Consult an expert to get a proper training program in place. Let your goal drive you on to success. How much more motivating to be "training for the Paris marathon" than "jogging to lose weight and get fit". Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:59:31 EST 04-11-2015 Bonus with Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909244 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396172497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cliff sent me these gorgeous flowers just because he loves me! Awwwwwwwwwwwww! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>125</em> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:07:26 EST 04-11-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909242 Motivation Tip 18. <BR> <BR> Have a role model- someone you know who eats healthily and works out. Notice how that person acts around food, what they eat and how they eat. How do they fit in exercise within their lifestyle. You need to think like a slim person too. You know it can be done. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:00:25 EST 04-10-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908763 Motivation Tip 17. <BR> <BR> Get rid of any clothes that are too big for you as soon as you lose weight. Anyone with a fat set of clothes in the wardrobe is expecting to fit them again and actions often follow expectations, before you know it you'll be eating to fit them. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:47:01 EST 04-09-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908110 Motivation Tip 16. <BR> <BR> What makes the best weight loss motivation? You slopping around in old baggy clothes, berating yourself for how ugly you feel or you, looking your best at whatever stage you're at, wearing clothes which fit and your hair and makeup done? You are a beautiful person. You are just trying to match the outside to the beautiful you inside. Make the effort to look as good as you can while you lose weight to boost your morale. Always have at least two smart casual outfi... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 07:10:18 EST 04-08-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907505 Motivation Tip 15. <BR> <BR> Your body works in a million miraculous ways. Somewhere along the way you have forgotten what all babies know - how to eat when you are hungry and stop when your hunger is satisfied. Even young children when confronted with tables full of food including all the sweets and snacks they could want end up eating a balanced healthy diet. All it takes is for you to re-learn your own special inbuilt mechanisms. This really could be as simple as listening to your body's... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 06:50:46 EST 04-07-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906860 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849264060.jpg"> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 06:45:09 EST 04-06-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906203 Motivation Tip 14. <BR> <BR> Success builds on success. Don't get so fanatical from day 1 that you fail on day 10 swearing never to follow a diet and exercise program again. Instead make a few small healthy changes at a time, see the effects, add a few more. This is the way lifestyle habits are changed, not superhuman willpower and gritting of teeth. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 06:43:22 EST 04-05-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905679 Motivation Tip 13. <BR> <BR> Sometimes you need to get real about your fat and stop hiding behind excuses. Just decide for once and for all that you have had enough of being fat and you are going to do something about it. Take responsibility for your own choices. Look at what has made you fat and how you have let this happen to yourself. A bit harsh from the weight loss motivation team? Easier to make excuses? No! Far, far harder to stay as you are, unhealthy and unhappy with your shape. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 07:09:40 EST 04-04-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905158 Motivation Tip 12. <BR> <BR> Listen to uplifting music. Put together a collection of all the music you love that makes you feel great about yourself and the world. Play your tracks whenever you need to feel good about your own strength to succeed in your weight loss efforts and the great slim future you have ahead of you. <BR> <BR> (I have recently started listening to Pandora on my phone while I am walking. It's amazing how fast time flies while I am singing along, plus I tend to walk a ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 06:49:09 EST 04-03-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904603 Motivation Tip 11. <BR> <BR> For extra weight loss motivation, keep a diary of your thoughts and feelings as you lose weight. (A good place to keep also your list of reasons to lose weight. See Motivation Tip 1). At the start of the day quickly note down your intentions for the day, how you plan to eat healthily, what exercise you plan to take, what strategies you need to adopt for particular events coming up that day. In the evening, review how your day went. Don't berate yourself for any ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 06:47:41 EST 04-02-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904008 Motivation Tip 10. <BR> <BR> Go public! Offer to be a guinea pig for a magazine or TV show or get everyone in the office to sponsor you - you will have to succeed. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 06:44:38 EST 04-01-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903375 Motivation Tip 9 <BR> <BR> Get the support of others working towards the same goal. Many people the world over swear by local slimming groups. They give you accountability as well as education, support and a chance to make new friends in your community. You can also use them for maintenance once you have lost weight. <BR> <BR> (This is exactly what SparkPeople does!) Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:42:03 EST