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/ 07.02.15 Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955001 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a77f4452-5475-4e0d-b482-ca24b7edeeac.jpeg"> Happy July 4th! <BR> <BR> I thought I was going to have tomorrow off, but within the first half hour of work today, she asked if I would work tomorrow, same shift I worked today. I'll be home shortly after 11 AM so, "Sure," I said. got home and fund the hubby was working tomorrow, too. Since we don't go away or do a lot on 07.04, we ended up filling in for someone that wanted the day off. <BR> <... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:19:17 EST 07.01.15 Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954055 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc0fe43b-585e-4289-9d4f-9b00ac491b7b.jpg"> Here is where I work, 4 days a week, so far. I hope to grow into this job like never before. Today, I learned how to glaze donuts. I had other duties, too. As Restaurant Attendant, it is my job to wash the tables and chairs, align them perfectly, sweep the floor, clean the bathrooms, pickup the trash in the parking lot, and wash the tables and benches in the open air patio. I do my job quickly an... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 18:05:50 EST Last look at my Wednesday 03.11.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891334 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2029292549.jpg"> <BR> We're never happy with what we have. <BR> <BR> My brother-in-law called and said he just looked at his phone and it said I was in 88°F weather. He wanted to know if it was sunny. We live in Florida, he lives in Connecticut. He had 44°F to my 88°. I had sun, he had grey skies. <BR> <BR> We tease them a lot. They always want to be here, I got to thinking. I would love to be in a frozen wasteland occasionally. I ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:50:09 EST Last Look of the Day 03.10.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890729 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1872720524.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am getting to a point where I realize what great friends I really have on SparkPeople. Sometimes, it only take a little blurb on a thank you post to my page that makes me so happy and makes me feel worth something and it motivates onward. It's amazing how it seems God always sends the right person along at the right time, with the right words to give me a boost. <BR> <BR> I certainly hope I can do it for my f... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:16:37 EST First Look of the Day 03.08.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805192638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been busy cleaning 1 particular drawer in my kitchen. I emptied it and cleaned the drawer itself very well, let it dry and covered the bottom with vinyl self-sticking shelf and drawer liner. I do not usually use drawer liners, but the bottom of this drawer is ugly and I just wanted to have to work less hard to clean it on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Then I washed the drawer organizer and dried it and put it ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 14:00:12 EST First Look of the Day 03.06.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887893 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006814133.jpg"> <BR> I love St. Patrick's Day. Not really sure, except it's very green, I'm Irish, and its in March. <BR> <BR> My birthday is the 1st of March and I've always felt like March was my month. Not that I would ban anyone from enjoying March or even considering March theirs, too, but I've often wondered if people born on the 1st of any month feel like the month is theirs. <BR> <BR> It would be fun if enough people read this bl... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:58:22 EST Today's First Look 03.05.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887377 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1080527409.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I am inspired by Ft Jefferson on the whole and the little lighthouse in particular. Ft. Jefferson is a fort built on a tiny rock in the Caribbean about 30 miles southwest of Key West Florida. It pretty much takes up the entire island and has it's own moat, although that escapes me, the entire Caribbean is it's moat full of sharks and other critters. But alas, it does have a moat. You can do Google Earth ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:54:58 EST The First Look! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886820 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1568195482.jpg"> <BR> I got up this morning feeling great for the first time in days. A cold knocked me down hard. <BR> <BR> Now it's gone and I'm left feeling stupendous. I looked out the window and saw the sun coming up to a clear blue sky and wondered what I was going to do with the day. Time for an outside walk! I dawned my jeans, t-shirt, socks and shoes and headed out the door to a wonderful morning returning to Florida. That n... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:08:28 EST Giving Thanks for the Small things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849679 I am feeling on top of the world, not because I just made the gold run in the Olympics, but because I made a small discovery about myself and at the same time something else in my life changed to the good for at least a short time. <BR> <BR> Today, I could give thanks for the little things. It's almost like there was nothing of the big version to give thanks about so I gave thanks for the little things. Thanks that pop up in front of me with me only wishing it would happen. I know there a... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 17:41:45 EST T'was the Night After Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842246 T'was Night After Christmas! <BR> A short story <BR> <BR> Twas the night after Christmas and Santa loaded his empty toy sleigh with Mrs. Clause, all the elves, and put on the extra-long hitching reins to handle all his reindeer, including the red-nosed dude, Rudolph! He left the snowman in charge of the North Pole and turned out all the lights, locked the door, took one last look, waved at the snowman, and climbed into th... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:46:17 EST Something New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840551 Today I am feeling so good, I almost can't believe it! After almost a month of not being able to hardly move due to the pain my back and left hip, I am so close to being pain free that I've gotta run and jump with the rest of the kids. Yes, I'll go slower but I'm considering myself well. <BR> <BR> So now my fitness is going up a notch, because I'm boosting it up. I'm doing 10-minute fitness times before meals, but I'm also adding 10-minutes of fitness prior to my snacks, too. Now, instea... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:51:24 EST My Goals for 12.26.14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838471 Tomorrow I do have some challenging goals mixed in with the everyday I am trying to make routine to the point of not having to think about it, just doing it. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat according to plan <BR> 2. Drink more water - have to take bottled water in the car tomorrow so I am not forgetting to drink it. <BR> 3. Continue to plan weeks food and grocery list <BR> 4. Give a SparkGoodie today <BR> 5. More excercise working on getting past issue with arthritis <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Everyone! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:25:15 EST My goals for 12.25.14 Christmas Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838106 My goals for today: <BR> 1. Send a SparkGoodie to someone Done <BR> 2. Eat as planned Done <BR> 3. Walk more than yesterday - you have to walk more, if only one more minute, but go for 5 more minutes. Done - 5 minutes more <BR> 4. Drink more water Done but struggling on 9-10 today <BR> 5. Enjoy more time with your husband Done <BR> 6. Lose some weight by working harder and eating less. ??? Monday <BR> 7. Avoid candy today - even the sugar free kind Had 2 Sugar Free pcs <BR> 8. Eat mor... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:32:42 EST My goals for 12.22.14 Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836808 My goals for today are: <BR> 1. Use the food tracker (big challenge for me!) Done <BR> 2. Use the fitness tracker (No challenge) Done <BR> 3. Plan my meals (No challenge) Done <BR> 4. Eat as planned (Challenging) Done <BR> 5. Walk for 10 minutes prior to each meal (challenging but required) Pain beat me out <BR> 6. Get reorganized and know where I'm going (Challenge today) Working on this <BR> 7. Work on new book Done <BR> 8. Make sure everything is set for Christmas Done <BR> 9. Get morning ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:25:45 EST 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