FLORIDAGHOST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORIDAGHOST FLORIDAGHOST'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/ My Goals for the Week of December 15 - 22, 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835025 I've decided I am going to post my goals and their status each day. This is for my own research and development on being committed this job of learning to eat and live Healthy, which is no easy task as I once thought it would be. <BR> <BR> Goals! <BR> 1. Commit to goals every day <BR> 2, Be determined to reach your goals this week! <BR> 3. Weigh on Monday 1.22.14 at 0630 <BR> 4. Follow your tested rules <BR> a. Plan your meals <BR> b. Track your food <BR> c. Make fitness your... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:06:03 EST Friday 12.12.14 TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831769 Today is Friday! <BR> <BR> We try to have fish on Friday, not because it's FRY DAY, but because F in fish goes with the F in Friday. Just makes it easier. <BR> <BR> I usually let my husband get the fish. He's good in the food hunt and I just enjoy watching him hunt it. I like watching him hunt more than I like to hunt. I'll go for shrimp every time. However, that has some inherent problems for me, like should I fry it, crust it in something, tempura it, and I think anyone can see where ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:54:07 EST A Very Boring Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827786 Yawn! Good night! <em>334</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:13:55 EST The Numbers Collector! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827061 I collect numbers. I am not a numbers cruncher! Although I have crunched many numbers in the past. Too bad numbers crunching isn't the same as exercise! I'd have the best abs around. What I found, though, is that numbers crunching is actually the opposite of crunching to great abs - is that really possible? You sit far to long crunching those numbers into some budget or bank account in order to get them all to come up where you need them, maybe not where you want them, but at least wher... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:39:07 EST The Numbers Collector! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827060 I collect numbers. I am not a numbers cruncher! Although I have crunched many numbers in the past. Too bad numbers crunching isn't the same as exercise! I'd have the best abs around. What I found, though, is that numbers crunching is actually the opposite of crunching to great abs - is that really possible? You sit far to long crunching those numbers into some budget or bank account in order to get them all to come up where you need them, maybe not where you want them, but at least wher... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:39:07 EST Sheets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826629 Now that I have that new mattress coming, I need to go buy sheets and a mattress pad. So tomorrow, I'm off to the local store to check out the sheets. Sears told me to go online to get my correct size. I did and they want almost $100.00 for a set. Not what I saw in the store at $5.00 for a flat and $5.00 for a fitted and $5.00 for a pillowcase, not sets. Something that made me happy because I make quilts out of flat sheets and it is almost impossible to find single flats. I couldn't onl... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:16:00 EST What Fun?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826005 Today was a blast. I went out and bought a new mattress for my bed. I get it on the 8th or so and I can hardly wait. Currently, my pour mattress, long past due to be swapped out, is causing me nothing but problems in the joint department. <BR> <BR> Doing the testing program caused a lot of pain for my sacrum and left ilium as getting up is very painful. Laying down is much less painful. So after a few tests, I gave up. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I know I'm going to be feeling better soon. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:07:08 EST Happy Thanksgiving 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823317 I hope all of you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week! I am busy with all my own plans and preparations and still can't wait for the holiday to arrive! I know all of you are, too. <BR> <BR> Some of you are trying to get "Home" for Thanksgiving and it looks like the weather is going to create a stumbling block, or at least a challenge to make it home safe and sound and on time. So I am wishing each of you "holiday nomads" an uneventful, safely traveled holiday in both directions. The... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:24:55 EST Today I am striving to make the effort to reach my goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706702 I woke up this morning feeling great and almost my first thought was, This Is The Day! I almost did a Snoopy dance, I was so happy. Did I make my ultimate goal today, not yet, that's going to take awhile yet, but one thing I am doing to reach my goal is to do the daily food tracker. I have, until now, hated that thing, I could give you a book of excuses not to use it. <BR> <BR> Today, I woke up with the attitude of doing the food tracker if I didn't do anything else. Since I am an extrem... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:25:38 EST Alert: Doctor's Don't Tell You All The Facts! Dangerous Grounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691311 I wanted to let everyone know, not only were we foolish, uneducated, or misinformed, we were billed exorbitantly. <BR> <BR> My DH just had a stint put into a vein that leads to the back of his heart. Everything went well. I was there the entire time and spoke to the doctor asking all the questions I could think of, but bottom line was; All is Well. <BR> <BR> Now comes the bill. $2500.00! We are on Medicare so why didn't they pay. Oh! You didn't know? Patient was admitted for OBSERVAT... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:37:36 EST Spark Emails http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663187 If anyone has an answer to this, I sure would like to get it. My emails from SparkPeople (not the SparkMail but the emails - as in gmail) have stopped as of 4/1/14. If anyone else is experiencing the void of mail from SP, please let me know. I tried to send an SparkMail to one of the coaches but they are not accepting mail, according to SparkMail system. I am not sure what that means. <BR> <BR> Please - feel free to give me suggestions. I have checked my Email preferences and everything... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:09:18 EST Happy Birthday to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634960 Saturday is my birthday. I don't usually celebrate my birthdays because it's just another day on the calendar and an arrow to older aged things that I don't feel like looking at or dealing with. <BR> <BR> Arthritis is rearing it's ugliness in various places, like both hands, hips, etc., but on the whole, I'm pretty healthy and that is mostly due to finding SparkPeople and reading, reading, reading, then working various angles to lose 46 pounds. My doctor was impressed. I want to lose ano... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:59:18 EST What's Down that Lane? - Chapter 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594666 The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas flew by. The decorations for Thanksgiving turned into Christmas without much help from me. The tree was decorated over the two stones as ordered, the landscapers put two men on cutting the grass back and scrubbing the stones and I set three huge poinsettias around the base of the tree. It was hard to get them in place because one planter insisted it sit almost on top of the newly uncovered stone. <BR> <BR> Since I knew Bridgett's husband wanted ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:40:19 EST What's Down That Lane - Chapter 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583074 I awoke one morning realizing that Bridgett's Plantation had been open and making money every day for almost a year. It was Thanksgiving again and Caleb was already in the kitchen preparing turkeys by the dozen. His crew was well at it when I wandered down for a cup of coffee around 8:30 a.m. and I stepped into the kitchen just far enough and long enough to shout out, "Good morning!" and get them back, plus a smile from Caleb. I left the kitchen and found my usual spot, closest to the kitc... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:05:02 EST What's Down that Lane? - Chapter 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l785049791.jpg">I had gone out to the grave stones everyday, looking at the small one for the woman so much that I had made a path through the grass to the site. The man's was lonely and ignored. For some reason I wouldn't bother with him, but she called to me everyday and I would go out and talk to her, ignoring him completely. It finally came to head one day when I knelt beside her stone and felt the pain of her anxiety over the fact tha... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:10:23 EST What's Down that Lane? - Chapter 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559955 By the time I was ready to call it a day, Caleb had made me dinner. "Come back on Christmas Eve, if you nothing else planned. I'll make dinner for the two of us." <BR> <BR> "Caleb, I'll take you up on that. I'm too tired to care about Christmas," I returned. <BR> <BR> He smiled. "Everyone should care about Christmas. Christ was born that day. It's His birthday and everyone loves a baby." <BR> <BR> "Well, you're right. When is Christmas Eve?" I asked realizing I hadn't a clue of what... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 18:49:54 EST What's Down that Lane? - Chapter 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551418 Days passed and the work was getting done, quickly, too. The contractor was back with the plans on his design which took the stairs away from the entry door and took them from the center of the house, between kitchen, dining room, living room and an old bedroom that had been empty for years. I figured it had been the cooks room and the cook hadn't been here in a long time. But even the furniture was gone from the room - it felt strange in there, too. Like I was really alone. Not the feel... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:25:12 EST What's Down that Lane? - Chapter 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550953 When I was almost home I wondered why I was so adamant about getting off the property before it got dark. I brushed it out of my mind and climbed the stairs to my apartment on the second floor. I was exhausted and hadn't eaten dinner. I turned and walked across the street ot the KFC joint, bought the senior citizen buffet for $6 and change and loaded my plate. <BR> <BR> Loaded to me was one piece of baked chicken, that I pulled the skin off of, 1 spoon of sliced-cooked carrots, a plate ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:27:46 EST What's Down that Lane? - Chapter 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547534 Chapter 2 <BR> <BR> The day I came to the old house by the lake, was a beautiful day. Brilliant sunshine and I had my sunglasses on to keep my eyes safe from cataracts. The grass that morning was wet from the ground sweating already in the early sun, so I wore rubber boots that were going to make my feet sweat just as bad as the ground, but I wouldn't have to worry about tripping over snakes in sandals. <BR> <BR> I parked the car, met the head landscaper in the cleared out space a shor... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:36:55 EST What's down that lane? - A sequel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546970 Chapter one <BR> <BR> I traveled a road one day that was only traveled by me because I was lost! Looking for a specific place, I found myself in a residential area instead of the commercial area I was expecting to find myself. <BR> <BR> I came to the end of a road and it forced me around a corner. I knew what directions I was traveling, but really had no idea of where I was. Even the street names on the stop sign were missing, as was the stop sign. I was alone and wondering where I cou... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:10:29 EST What's over the hill? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538218 Have you ever traveled down a road you've never been on just to see where it goes? Have you ever been to Washington State? Have you ever been to Florida (Central to southern end)? <BR> <BR> I grew up in Washington State. Lots of mountains and hills everywhere. If you've seen a commercial with a winter scene and an articulated (bend-in-the-middle) bus sliding sideways down the hill - you've seen what it looks like in Seattle when it snows as the scene is from Seattle about 1980. <BR> <BR... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:38:16 EST Vacation is Over!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510944 <em>334</em> I think I am glad vacation is over! It means getting back to normal. It also means looking for a p/t job close by. I get to go look for a job, be willing to work for minimum wage and work any days or any hours, even split shifts. Joy! But at least it will bring in some money. I am not sure there will be anything left for me after the Feds get theirs, but I have to try. <BR> <BR> One thing is for certain, I'll be happy! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So joining forces with th... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:01:14 EST The Pool and Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437554 I got the permission to go back into the pool! <em>244</em> If I can't go this afternoon, I will go tomorrow morning. I am so excited! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:36:23 EST Bread, Me, and the Food Tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435900 I love bread. My mother loved bread. With my mother - it was any bread. With me - it's the more "exotic" breads - any bread that isn't white and the more seeds and extras thrown in, the better. <BR> <BR> I remember one Christmas my mother wanted to buy a bread machine for the two of us. I looked at her and said, "Are you nuts?! We'd both be so fat we wouldn't be able to make it through the door to go get more bread flour!" She thought about it for a moment and agreed. We both fought ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:17:29 EST Chicken, cheap, roasted, healthy, and delicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419193 I have to tell you about the chicken we made for dinner tonight. It came out of the oven so good, that we talked about the food on our plates and made plans for another run to Walmart. <BR> <BR> While in the Walmart Super Store the other day we bought Tyson's chicken. There were two whole chickens sealed in individual bags and then sealed in an outer bag to make them sell at two chickens. We paid 98 cents a pound for them which made them cost $8.00 and change. We brought them home, washe... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:55:00 EST Take this health warning from a friend, Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415474 Hi! I have recently experienced something that I feel everyone should know so they can use it as needed. It's a health issue. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I went to the doctor on a routine visit and mentioned that I felt like I had a balloon inside my stomach that would blow up and deflate in rapid succession. He asked a few questions, palpated my stomach, and checked out my gallbladder area. I went in for an ultrasound of my gallbladder and found out the thing was impacted with stones and... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:38:18 EST My journey with Blogging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414263 I have never liked blogging. I guess I never felt my life was interesting enough to do it on a daily basis and besides that, I worked for years in security and the think you would do is post something online about yourself for any reason. So with that, my life of blogging is far and few between posts. I'm still very unsure of what to put down and notice that some do daily blogs. Good for points - at least - and for me, somewhat revealing although I enjoy most of the posts I see. <BR> <... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 11:30:42 EST SparkPeople Site Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410346 Seems they've done it again, changed things. I like the changes, just wish I could find them faster, but maybe with time. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Thu, 4 Jul 2013 07:52:25 EST What I like about a walk - Positive side! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374564 I just got back from my 1 mile walk - it's noon on 06.01.13 and it took me 20 minutes to hoof it, which makes it a 24 minute mile. That's great, considering I hate to walk so I decided it was time to think about what I do like about walking. I can tell you it took me a few minutes to get past the hated parts. <BR> <BR> So here is my list and I hope I can make it grow, but this is pulling positive things from a very negative thinking brain right now - another thing I am working on is becomi... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:07:28 EST Off and Running, Properly, Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371204 Finally, the kidney stone episode with the DH is done good enough that things can get back on a normal track again. They got the major parts of the stone out, put in a stint and told him that it would SLOWLY stop hurting. That part is true. They told him he had a urine infection and he's on Cipro for that, must be working cuz his fever of 104.3 finally came down and broke totally and hasn't come back at all. <BR> <BR> I got to go back to the pool today and I was all alone, but I did my ... Wed, 29 May 2013 08:34:08 EST A day of Kidney Surgery that failed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347700 Today was the day from Hell that I was dreading so much that I was psyched out for a week ahead. It started off as an ER run for my DH. Kidney Stone stuck in the tube that goes from the Kidney to the bladder. For the next three days we did all things medical. Prescriptions by the wheelbarrow at the pharmacy, doctor's offices. All I could think of was I was so glad for Medicare and the medical insurance we picked out. The ER alone was over $10,000.00 and that was for an arm load of liqui... Mon, 6 May 2013 18:07:45 EST My Fear Destroyed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344022 I have had a fear for over 20 years and I finally destroyed that fear. Yes, it took me 20 years to beat the fear, but the point is, I beat it and I am proud of myself for having destroyed that fear, which literally disabled me during that time. <BR> <BR> When I say disabled, I mean I could not, literally, could not venture into a dentist office without getting physically sick. I know, because I tried it once. <BR> <BR> So here is my fear. I was terrified of the dental hygienist. Not the... Fri, 3 May 2013 07:15:54 EST Good Morning, World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225168 Good morning, World! I'm off to a ripping start. I've already worked my day and I've got my Sparking done for the day, my exercises start shortly and then it's free time all day. I'll probably sleep most of it as I worked the night shift today, but that's alright as I feel good about myself and I'm eatting healthy, staying in my ranges and my DH is helping me all the way. He's trying to lose the weight, too, so, we're both humming right now. Plan on keeping it that way for as long as I c... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 04:27:22 EST OMG! - I Fed My Gremlins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190357 It’s amazing at what summoning your determination up does for you. For one thing, I find my determination accepts NO excuses. When I plan on my daily 1 mile (or better if I can stand it) walk, I go for my daily walk and I don’t count going to the store as my daily walk. The store is just extra daily steps to help me make my basic 5000 daily steps. <BR> <BR> When I plan on doing strength exercises, my determination seems to find a way to remind me that I can go to the gym and use the machi... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:45:30 EST Monday 12.31.12 My New Quest and Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182102 <em>410</em> <BR> You may know already, but when I woke up on Wednesday, 12.26.12, I had a new goal in mind and I immediately made a plan on how I was going to achieve my goal. <BR> <BR> 1. Better eating, which includes weighing and measuring portions. <BR> 2. Food Tracker, which is my worst area - I don't know why I hate that thing. <BR> 3. Exercise, 1 mile walks and water aerobics/gym machines everyday <BR> 4. If the weather was not right for the outdoor pool, floor aerobics in place o... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:30:16 EST My Many Blessings Reviewed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175003 <em>460</em> <BR> I believe in reviewing blessings of the year at Christmas time. It's a bit like having to relay something you are grateful for at the Thanksgiving table. Most people hate being put on the spot and most don't care about others feelings so I am not going to tell you of my blessings, but I can tell you that I am glad I am not a Congressperson because I'd really be hanging my head in humiliation or embarrassment at this point for not doing my job that I would be paid very w... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 08:52:57 EST The Little Black Cloud Overhead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035950 Today, as I sit in front of my computer, Sparking, I heard a familiar sound, but it was more insistant this time. I looked out the window and the sun was shining but it was raining - correction, pouring - Cats and Dogs pouring. The sky was blue, but I went to look from a different direction and high above was a small black cloud that had enough moisture collecting and was dumping over the area it was sailing by. "Thanks little guy. We have enough rain and really don't need any more." <BR... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:27:48 EST Today was a Great day for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022175 The Thunder Storm is gone and I went to the pool this morning, got in 70 minutes of jogging in the pool, then came home and got busy on house work including helping to clean the patio, which meant moving and cleaning furniure. <BR> <BR> I burned a total of 1158 calories and ate 1138 calories. So that ratio was great. <BR> I was withing all my limits and under in some I was aiming at. I stayed under my low carb level and did great on my worst enemy, portion control. I can do this! <em>104<... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 18:23:28 EST A Thunder Storm is Hogging the Pool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020739 I usually go to the pool every morning. Since it's that time of year where the T-Storms come in the afternoon, I've been going at 7am to ensure I get my tine in the pool. However, today, it was storming early so I rescheduled my pool time for later. Unfortunately, the T-storm hasn't left and has invited guests to hog the pool all day long. <BR> <BR> Not to be defeated by a stubborn T-Storm, I went to the exercise room in place of the dangerously crowded pool. There was a line outside the... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 14:24:51 EST July Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961618 I hate making monthly goals. I don't think they change, but just keep going. But this month is my Sparkversary month and I am trying to keep track of more than one thing so it's write it down in order to keep better track. <BR> <BR> I always want to start with 1. Keep it perfect! <BR> Sure. Who doesn't want that, but it's not going to happen. I'm not perfect. In fact I'm so far from perfect I shouldn't know that word. <BR> <BR> However, I can do this: <BR> 1. Learn how to use the food... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 06:43:16 EST My Incredible Journey On SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909589 Or Why I Will Never Ever Give Up! <BR> <BR> I love writing stories. It's actually my job. I'm a published author so I write stories for a living. But I'm living proof that never giving up is the greastest thing you can do when trying to make healthy changes in your life. <BR> <BR> Almost 5 years ago, I joined SparkPeople. I had just been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes 2 and was looking for a calorie counter. I literally tripped over SparkPeople.com and back then, it was nothing like it is... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 06:31:16 EST Who would have thought Silcon Dioxide is good to eat?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903848 <link>www.buzzle.com/articles/silicon-diox<BR>ide-in-food.html </link> <BR> <BR> Okay, I will stop flaming out over SILICON DIOXIDE in my food. I first "discovered" SILICON DIOXIDE in my chili powder. Thanks to Chef Meg's recipe for Taco Seasoning Mix, which I rate as a 5 star recipe, and can be found on SparkRecipes.com, a SparkPeople member wrote a comment that if you are going totally salt free, read the chili powder label as commercial chili powder has salt added (Not a direct quote... Wed, 30 May 2012 07:43:36 EST Losing 5 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900035 I am so excited! I lost 5 pounds this week. I'm doing a little Snoopy dance. You know the one, where Snoopy's feet are moving so fast they don't look like they are moving, but you know he is. That in itself is good exercise. <BR> <BR> What did I do? I lowered my sodium intake and my fat intake. What a difference! I was doing evrything right except that. So once I figured it out, off I went! <BR> <BR> Did I say I was happy? <em>244</em> I've been basically maintaining for over a ... Sun, 27 May 2012 14:34:02 EST Last Report on My Battle with the Potato! Day 6 & 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424552677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I did it! I made it for seven days without a potato! The worst of it was yesterday, day 7, and I woke up my brain said, "Hey, no potato! I haven't seen one here for the longest time. Did they quite making them?" I said, "Never mind." <BR> <BR> By the end of the day, my brain was getting much louder with the questions, but still not begging for one, just louder at the pointed questions regarding the MIA ... Wed, 2 May 2012 11:12:42 EST Day 4 & 5 on my Battle with the Potato! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859757 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818083126.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well I have made it through the first five days of my seven day battle. I am more determined than ever to get past them. I haven't had any cravings, I don't really miss them. I am to a point where I actually have to think, potato, and I guess I don't need to think it any more. <BR> <BR> Wendy - My sweetpotatotooth never did work - can't stand the things - so for me, it's harmless, as you said. <BR> <BR> Next: ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:44:07 EST My War with The Potato - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855951 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l709968299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've made it through another day without a potato! So my war on the potato is coming along well. I don't know where this is going yet, but I like what I'm seeing so far. I'm even starting to feel like I can do this without no problem. Still hanging back a little, anticipating a sudden stop or curve in the road, but it just feels like maybe the cravings the the root go the same way the cravings for sugar go - aw... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 09:14:49 EST My Duel With The Potato - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854358 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673678312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made it through day 1 without caving in and eating a potato! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Now on to day 2 of 7! If you can dream it and believe it, you can do it! <em>104</em> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:37:52 EST The Ugly, but Beautiful Potato - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852833 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324160525.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Confession: I have had this ongoing affair with a potato my entire life. I adore potato and would look for ways to be with potato every single day. At one time, it was my desire to be with potato at every meal in the day. I think I accomplished it once, but both of us being busy, me at a job, potato in a refrigerator, it wasn't going to happen as often as I wanted. <BR> <BR> Challenge: I have to leave potato. ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 07:49:11 EST Florida Strawberry Festival Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780837 I've been telling you about my strawberry picking and the huge berries. Here's a picture of one, this is not the only one that is this big, it's the one I grabbed to do the shoot. I named it movie star and it was the most flavorful, juicy berry I've had in a long time. We found a farm, Berry Bay Farms in Waumama (pronounced Why Mama) and we go there every Friday or Sunday morning, sometimes both days and pick them at 3 quarts for $1.00. We usually stop at 15 quarts, I pick 8, DH picks 7 and... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 15:21:50 EST Bad Advertising! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675394 I guess if I were an advertiser, I sure would NOT add my product, without permission, to someone's food tracker! <BR> <BR> While I always like Welches, I certainly will not buy their product nor pass on any good words about them. I don't know who or why they are allowed to put their product on our food trackers, and while I thought I hadn't been dinged, I found them today, hidden down on the last snack of the day. So I went back through and deleted them all, but COME ON! <BR> <BR> I d... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 06:06:31 EST