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 what comes from having too much time on our hands 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930813 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1273077032.jpg"> Tue, 19 May 2015 12:26:29 EST This is what comes from having too much time on our hands! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930807 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1156193582.jpg"> Tue, 19 May 2015 12:20:54 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928452 Cliff & I are heading to DE to celebrate my sister's 65th birthday. We're throwing her a party! I will not be on Spark People much while we're on vacation. Don't forget me while I'm MIA. Fri, 15 May 2015 06:44:55 EST 05-13-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927320 Have only one rule: <BR> <BR> Be your wild, courageous, brilliant self every single day. No matter what. Wed, 13 May 2015 06:30:53 EST 05-12-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926792 Yesterday is a wind at your back. <BR> <BR> Today is a gift. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a promise of hope. <BR> Tue, 12 May 2015 08:09:04 EST So Cool!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926569 This is so AWESOME! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726342978.jpg"> Mon, 11 May 2015 20:39:03 EST 05-11-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926191 I am so very proud of myself. I had uninstalled a program from my computer. When I went back in to some of my favorite sites - they weren't working correctly. I am not computer literate, but this morning, I decided to try something which would restore my computer back to what it was before I did anything to it. <BR> <BR> I was shaking and truly frightened...pretty much anything that has to do with the computer settings scares the heck out of me. <BR> <BR> Well, I took the plunge and hit ... Mon, 11 May 2015 07:40:06 EST 05-10-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925626 The 3 C's of Life: <BR> <BR> You must make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE or your life will never CHANGE. Sun, 10 May 2015 06:18:57 EST Finley and his sister Cece at home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925500 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977706294.jpg"> Sat, 9 May 2015 22:10:32 EST 05-09-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925185 Life always offers you a second chance. It is called tomorrow. Sat, 9 May 2015 07:06:43 EST Finley is home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924919 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616766791.jpg"> For those of you who have been following Finley's progress, HE'S HOME! Finally! After 3 long weeks, he came home today! He has to be monitored at home. His condition is called Permanent Junctional Reciprocating Tachycardia. Thank you all for the prayers and good wishes-they truly worked! Fri, 8 May 2015 16:33:12 EST 05-08-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924643 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1088003249.jpg"> Fri, 8 May 2015 06:20:48 EST 05-07-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924086 Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. -Emily Dickinson <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> <em>339</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 06:52:34 EST 05-06-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923507 Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Wed, 6 May 2015 07:15:08 EST 05-06-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923506 Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Wed, 6 May 2015 07:15:07 EST 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