FRANNIEDID's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FRANNIEDID FRANNIEDID'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/ 7 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676873 I have been on Spark People for 7 years as of Saturday! I joined Spark People April 19th 2007 and have been fairly consistent since, logging in 83 % of the time. I have lost weight and gained it back but the one thing I have done is really begin to incorporate healthier habits. Real change is slow, it takes a long time to really change those bad habits but I have learned that you just can't quit. As long as you keep working at it you will make the small changes that are needed! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:36:12 EST Happy Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653122 I have really embraced the philosophy that you should own your happiness (or lack thereof). It is not particularly easy, though it should be. We all tend to look to other people or things for our happiness or blame them for our lack of happiness, I know that I am very guilty of this and I just don't want to be there anymore. So I am on a campaign to be a more contended and happier person. I am reading blogs, articles and books looking for the ideas that might work for me. That is the key... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:25:46 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557528 What does it take to be happy? Does it mean you have everything you want in life? What does it mean to you? <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about happy for awhile now, I know that it is something that I control, my happy or not happy is my problem, I can't lay it at the doorstep of other people. I know that I choose what it is that makes me happy and what doesn't, I also choose to be happy or not to be happy. I realize that we can't be happy all the time, things happen, we lose people w... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:50:40 EST More grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546999 Haven't done this for a couple of days, I have had a bad cold so here goes. <BR> <BR> 1. I am thankful this cold wasn't much worse, I am back at work today. <BR> 2. I am very thankful for the laughter my granddaughter brings to my house and my life. <BR> 3. I am thankful that it is not too cold today. <BR> 4. I am thankful for the many people who add interest to my life. <BR> 5. I am thankful for the drama my younger daughter brings to me. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:53:59 EST More gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544128 In keeping with my goal of not complaining I am going to try to use this blog as a way to remind myself of what I am grateful for. <BR> <BR> I am so grateful for the day I had yesterday with my GD, we made a crisp together. It was so funny to watch her try to peel an apple (she is 2 1/2) but she could dump in the sugar and cinnamon and help me stir the fruit up. She dropped on the raspberries before we put on the topping. She cuddled up with me on the sofa, it was just such a nice day. ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:30:28 EST Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541942 I was thinking today about complaining. We all do it, even people who are content do complain now and again. I decided to set a goal for myself, my goals is to stop complaining so much and learn to be more content with my life. To look more frequently at the things I am grateful for, something I have done for many years but I need to go back to doing it daily. I am going to work at being a happier person, not that I think I can just be happy all the time but I do think that I can be happi... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:36:29 EST Words of Wisdom from Frannie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495110 Haven't posted any words of wisdom for a very long time but an encounter with my boss made me think I should post this. <BR> <BR> I work in technology, one day last week a couple of teachers told me they could not get the internet or their gradebook. I checked it out and it turns out the battery backup in the wiring closet died. I let my boss know, plugged the devices directly into the power and forgot about it. I knew that he would take care of it. Today he was in the building checking ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:10:44 EST Goodbye Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415196 My mom was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer almost 2 years ago. We were told it was not curable but it was treatable and her oncologist promised us several months with very good quality of life. She definitely got that, she was able to live with me and enjoy grandchildren and great granddaughter for much longer than even her Dr thought she would. We baked together, enjoyed 2 additional years of holidays and 2 birthdays. On Sept 27th Mom would have been 82, however she succumbed to he... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:37:00 EST Long time no post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340757 I haven't posted a blog in such a long time! Life has definitely been up and down. Just to update anyone who wants to know, my mom is doing okay. We found out in February that she had mets to her brain so she had to undergo 3 weeks of daily whole brain radiation therapy. It seems to have helped and now we are back to chemo. She is on her 4th line of chemo, we won't know if it is working for about a month when they will do another CT scan. <BR> <BR> I have been doing a huge amount of s... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:44:00 EST Box of Crayons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128198 I love this site and the email I got from the today was perfect for Sparkers! The main part of the post was 7 Ways to Make Next Year Better Now, I had to share this great email with all of you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What are the lessons of the year? <BR> This has been a year of "no podium finishes" for me. In 2011 I created End Malaria and the year before that Do More Great Work came out. But this year, there's no big thing to point to and go "Ta Da!" I miss that, so it's useful fo... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 08:41:18 EST What's been going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565107 I thought I would share with everyone what has been going on in my life so they will understand why I have not been very active. Most of you know already, but my mom was diagnosed in August with Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer. While there is no hope of a cure they are treating her with chemo and it has improved her overall health tremendously. When she came to live with me at the end of August she could hardly walk and needed help getting up and down. After the 1st chemo treatmen... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:44:15 EST My 4th year on Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4176472 Today is my 4th Sparkiversary! I have been using this site for 4 years now as of today and it has made a difference. I have gained weight back, I am still struggling with food cravings and a terrible sweet tooth, but I have also made some substantial changes. I walk almost everyday now, I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and drink way more water. My eating habits are much better, I still have work to do, this is a life long effort for me I think but I feel really positive about the changes... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:33:44 EST Starting Fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4040886 Okay, I totally reset all of my goals, I essentially reset my program. I need to lose the last 20 lbs and I felt a need to start fresh and get re-invigorated. Sometimes that is necessary, I felt like I was really getting complacent about what I was doing so I want to work harder. I am definitely healthier than I was 4 years ago, I do have much healthier habits but I am still battling some bad habits. My chocolate jones is as strong as ever! I have to admit that I don't intend to give it ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 09:45:49 EST I cannot thank you all enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3859471 I want to thank you all for all the kind words and comments. Even in my sadness you always make me feel better. Thank you dear Spark Friends for all the support and encouragement. I am trying very hard to stay neutral and let them both know how much I love them! Again, thank you so very much, you have made a world of difference for me! Thu, 23 Dec 2010 15:14:07 EST Sad, Sad Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3857361 I am sadder than I have been for a long time. I love Christmas, I love family being together at Christmas, in fact that is what Christmas means to me. This year my daughters are not speaking to each other. One of them is not even going to be with us for Christmas; she is going to her boyfriend’s house and spending it with him. She says he is too uncomfortable at our house with the squabbling going on so he won’t come over. She is not planning on buying her older sister a gift which is go... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:21:43 EST New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841571 Do you make a New Year's resolution each year? How good are you at keeping it? I don't make them and haven't for several years. In fact, I joke that I made one and was so good at keeping it I don't need any more - Never to make a New Year's resolution again!! <BR> <BR> Why don't I make them? It got to where it felt very defeatist for me, I made them and then broke them. Not just that, but I decided that waiting for change I needed until the new year was probably just stalling. If I real... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:44:50 EST Carpe Diem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3774617 Seize the day, make it matter! We need to think about how we approach our lives and each day. Do you look forward to the day, anticipate the challenges you will encounter, enjoy the pleasant little moments that occur? Or do you dread the coming day, grouse about whatever is facing you? All of this is up to you. Today is only one, it will not come again and cannot be redone. Don't waste it with regrets of yesterday and dread for tomorrow. Instead embrace the day that is and the opportun... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 09:14:52 EST Frannie's Words of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3770609 Your friends appear to be enjoying the events of the day, yet you seem to be challenged with a tricky dilemma. Your current situation probably has subtle complexities; while the signs are pointing toward a more progressive solution, it's hard for you to let go of the status quo. Keep in mind that you don't need to turn your life upside down today. You can move into the future with one small step after another. <BR> <BR> This was my horoscope today and while it could probably be the horoscope... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 14:43:34 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3250972 Motivation, what is it and where do I get mine?!? <BR> <BR> I think that is a problem for many of us, we think this is a commodity that some people have and we don't. Not so, it is something that we can create for ourselves. I am going to create motivation for myself for the next Biggest Loser Challenge. Here are the 5 things I am going to try to do. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue tracking my fitness each day so I can see the minutes add up. <BR> 2. Work out ways to reward myself for ST each wee... Thu, 20 May 2010 15:43:11 EST blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3111112 This seems to be the hardest thing to do, blogging. Writing something that might be interesting to other people. I can certainly write a lot about things that are happening to me, things I find interesting and things I think, but not too many people are going to be reading that. Or I could just make this a journal, write what I want without making it interesting. I kind of move between the two states. I try to make it interesting but that is not easy. The I try to just journal what is g... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:53:57 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019824 No not about my weight, we have come to terms with each other. It is this darn winter!! It has been lovely all week, the last couple of days in the 60s and enough sun that I actually got a little sun burn yesterday (I burn very easy!). This weekend I really wanted to get out in my vegetable garden, I was going to start planting peas! I love fresh peas and have never tried them before so I was ready. Not to be, it is supposed to be cold and snowy this weekend. Not great gardening weather... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:56:38 EST How to be a positive person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3006490 I follow a lot of blogs, most are professional in nature but I have a few that are personal. Zen Habits is one of those personal blogs, I highly recommend it. I read this the other day and really liked this particular blog, then I saw it tweeted today and enjoyed it even more. I wanted to share it with you here today. <BR> <BR> Zen Habits <BR> Simple Productivity <BR> <BR> How to Be a Positive Person, in Under 300 Words <BR> <BR> ‘Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fo... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:55:07 EST Thank you my dear Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2985651 I have to thank you all publicly, you have helped so much. Just knowing that so many people care and reach out is so helpful when you are feeling a loss. Our schools were devastated, he not only worked for the schools, he attended them. But we have held each other up. He touched so many lives, and was loved so universally, it is a profound loss. Thank you all so much for helping me through this terrible time. I still am having trouble taking it in but you have all made it a little bit ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:31:17 EST I lost a very dear friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2976582 I lost a very dear friend and co-worker today. He was only 35 years old and was ready to be engaged to a girl he adored. He was one of the kindest, most generous people I know and I just loved him. I am so sad today and I don't know how I will be able to do my job anymore without him. He made me laugh, he was so patient and he taught me more than he knew. I found out last night and I thought I had made a mistake, I kept hoping I had. I have always heard people say they were numb, I trul... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:16:15 EST I can do a pushup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2961750 4 weeks ago I started using the 100pushups.com website to reach a point where I could do a real pushup. When I started I could not really do a modified pushup well, but I have been working at it now for 4 weeks, following the program. I am repeating each week twice because I really was not strong enough to work right through. Now I am still not doing a real pushup but I can do a modified pushup with good form. In fact I can do at least 10 of them now! It is a little thing, I do know that... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 10:54:47 EST 5 Things that Motivate Me to Make Healthy Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2922901 There are a lot of things now that motivate me to make healthy choices, it does get easier! <BR> <BR> 1. My success so far, I would hate to have to do this again! The more I make healthy choices the less chance of that happening. <BR> <BR> 2. The other members of Spark People. I have received so much encouragement from my team mates and just random people on the site who happen on my page or a blog, it keeps me motivated. I am at a point now where I don't want to disappoint others, I w... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:02:58 EST 100 Push-ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2890575 I finished one week of the 100 push-up program. I can actually feel a difference! I don't think I will be able to do 100 at the end of 6 weeks but I will definitely be able to do a lot more than now and do them better! This is week 2!!! I have really stepped up my exercise, I have not lost any weight but I do feel better. <BR> <BR> As far as exercising in the morning, I am doing really well with that goal. If you are having problems getting exercise in, set your self a small goal. I st... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 20:54:52 EST 100 Push-ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2890574 I finished one week of the 100 push-up program. I can actually feel a difference! I don't think I will be able to do 100 at the end of 6 weeks but I will definitely be able to do a lot more than now and do them better! This is week 2!!! I have really stepped up my exercise, I have not lost any weight but I do feel better. <BR> <BR> As far as exercising in the morning, I am doing really well with that goal. If you are having problems getting exercise in, set your self a small goal. I st... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 20:54:52 EST 100 Push Ups Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2870947 One of the goals I had after reading The Spark was to exercise more. I have been exercising in the morning in addition to my afternoon walks and I also wanted to increase ST. That is hard because it is less defined but I knew I had to do it. I did start doing Pilates again, 3 times a week. But I also decided this week to try the 100 push up challenge. You spend 6 weeks following the program and you are supposed to get to 100 Pushups. I am not too sure about that but I do know that it wi... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:30:46 EST Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2831484 Okay, my focus this month is to move more. With that in mind I want to help all of you move more. I am trying to add more exercise into my life. Exercise I can maintain but most of all I am trying to move more. <BR> <BR> So, I moved today, did you? I walked to work, I walked around the building for about 5 minutes and then I took another 10 minute walk. I don't know that I will do that well everyday but it is my goal this month to move more. I am not going to worry about yesterday, i... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 15:36:52 EST Goals so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2826687 I actually have been doing really well. I am exercising most mornings now and am finding that while it is not easy getting up and moving in the morning I do like the way it makes me feel. However, I am not losing any weight yet. I am hoping that adding more exercise will finally help me reach the last pounds I want to lose. I have been very careful of my diet the last couple of weeks and exercising a lot more. Hopefully over the next couple of weeks it will begin to make a difference. I... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:38:54 EST Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2750451 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/2/b324321815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is my vision collage! I tried to incorporate all of the things that say healthy to me! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:22:54 EST Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2745522 We read about how important sleep is, in fact the chapter I just finished in The Spark talks about the importance of sleep. Boy, is it ever. <BR> <BR> I had noticed that my eating tended to get out of control, but yesterday I was not even thinking about that. Work is stressful this week. Not in a bad way, we just have a lot going on and some deadlines to meet. I have a job that can get very busy and it seems everything needs to be done at once but it is challenging and enjoyable so I d... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:19:28 EST Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2745520 We read about how important sleep is, in fact the chapter I just finished in The Spark talks about the importance of sleep. Boy, is it ever. <BR> <BR> I had noticed that my eating tended to get out of control, but yesterday I was not even thinking about that. Work is stressful this week. Not in a bad way, we just have a lot going on and some deadlines to meet. I have a job that can get very busy and it seems everything needs to be done at once but it is challenging and enjoyable so I d... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:19:04 EST Beginning the 28 day plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2735155 I am really liking the idea of the 28 day plan with the book. It is like starting over again here. The first stage, setting up those goals is where I am at now and I thought posting them here would be great! <BR> <BR> Goal 1 is to incorporate more exercise into my life. I am just not getting enough movement. My action plan for this goal has 2 parts. <BR> 1. I walk almost everyday, but now it is winter, just a bit cold and icy! So I decided I am not going to allow that to be an excuse. I... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:51:59 EST Reading The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2703988 I read the beginning of the book, I have to say that reading about Pat's story (if you haven't read it she was a co-worker of Chris) did inspire me and reminded me some of my workplace. I started with Spark People a couple of years ago. I encouraged others to join and a couple did but really not much came of it. However, it worked really well for me and when others saw the weight I had been able to lose (and mostly keep off) they began to want the same for themselves. I have been eating w... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 12:42:13 EST We are all human http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2641835 I ate too much yesterday, I did really well most of the day (well okay, there was the 3 Ghiardelli chocolate squares that a colleague waved in front of me during our webinar!) but when it came time to eat dinner I was out of control. I did not plan anything as we had so many left overs it needed to get eaten. So that is what we had, but that was not enough for me, I ate some left overs, did really well but then my son had to have a hot dog and chips. He hates leftovers. Well I ate that to... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 06:47:13 EST Frannie's Word's of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2626638 So I am back with a few words to try and help someone else on this journey. The one thing I have found and I am finding even more, that helps above all is the power of positive thinking. We can make or break ourselves with our attitude and thinking. Spending a lot of time bogged down with negative thoughts will often just show us we were right, if you think it you tend to live it. It is not easy at all to change that, it does take a lot of effort but it can be done. When I find myself ge... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 10:35:45 EST 2nd surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2568322 My DH went in last Monday for his 2nd surgery. This will reconnect his colon and he will no longer have an ostomy bag. It has been rough but so far everything has gone well. He should be out today or tomorrow if it keeps up. To add to that I had a terrible toothache this weekend. I am seriously dental phobic and had to go see a dentist this week. I have not been for sometime and found out when I got there that they are no longer part of our dental plan. Now I have to find a new dentist... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 10:04:52 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2369167 Hi all, DH had a part of his colon removed. He had severe diverticulitis and his colon had a small perforation. We are becoming accustomed to the ostomy bag and he is growing stronger. He can finally go back to work this week. He works for a very small company so they do not have sick leave. We are okay but it has been tight. He has to have a second surgery to reconnect his colon, they think that will take place sometime toward the end of October. It has been trying for all of us. You... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 21:48:50 EST Include us in our prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2249456 My husband is in the hospital and we are not sure what the problem is. He is having a variety of tests to diagnose and treat him but at this point they really are not sure what is going on. Do keep us in your thoughts and prayers! It has been hard to get on here the last few days, we are busy but I did want to let you all know what was going on. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 07:59:20 EST 2 Years on Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2056480 It has been just over 2 years now and I am still here and still going strong. I am healthier than I was certainly, but I am also easier on myself. I can forgive myself for lapses and get right back on with healthy eating and exercise. <BR> <BR> I have posted here before on some of the things I have learned, I have to say that one of the biggest surprises I got was the amount I eat. My portions were way to big and when I reduced them I did not starve! Now, it is enough, I eat a portion, wa... Tue, 12 May 2009 16:49:39 EST Saddened by a post today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1959062 I read a post today from a team leader who had a team member leave Spark People because someone had sent a very nasty Spark Mail and hurt the member so that she left the site altogether. How sad is that?!? I have found this to be such a supportive and nurturing environment that it took be aback! I wanted to post a few guidelines for newbies, so many people are new to an online message board. <BR> <BR> 1. You only have the written work to convey your message or thinking. You do not have f... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 18:58:13 EST More from Frannie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1856389 Well it has been awhile, today it is warmer and the sun was shining so my outlook it much better1! I am always cold in the winter, it feels so good to be warm! <BR> <BR> I have been battling with exercise this winter, it has been a cold, snowy winter and it was so hard to walk. but that is not excuse because I have Walk Away the Pounds videos that I can use. I just did not do it. But I have learned from using this site, it is okay, we will all have times when we are not doing what we sho... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 16:38:23 EST That darn groundhog!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1762916 Okay, I know that one mangy rodent cannot really predict the arrival of spring but you think the darn thing would fake it for us! That ground hog saw his shadow in Pennsylvania and here in Illinois! I am so ready to have all the ice and snow gone, I want to take a long walk without risking my neck and I want to leave my coat at home! I don't want to wear another scarf, pair of gloves, hat or boots, I don't want to wear sweaters or sweat shirts anymore!!! I have had it people!!!!! <BR> <B... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 14:08:59 EST Update, wisdom and just plain rambling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1734628 I have not blogged for quite a bit so felt I should get in here and say something. It has been challenging this winter and I am not getting nearly enough exercise. Today it is about 5 degrees and I am so cold. It always seems like I can never really get warm in the winter! It really does a number on my attitude. Unfortunately I don't necessarily get depressed, I get cranky! Boy am I feeling mean!!! To add to that my daughter and her husband moved in with us. He is taking the bar cours... Sat, 24 Jan 2009 13:30:32 EST Frannie's Words of Wisdom, cont. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1649575 I have been so busy greeting all the new Sparkers and trying to get to the new team members so everyone feels they belong and can get the help they need. It is quite a job this time of year and so very hard to keep up with. There in lies my words today. The support, the other members who jump in to pat you on the back, or to moan and groan with you are a good part of the reason this site works. It helps so much to have other people tell you what a great job you are doing or to tell you to... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 20:23:26 EST Goodbye Rosie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1575963 Last week we had to put our sweet Rosie to sleep. She was almost 15 years old and clearly in pain. It has been so hard for all of us, my heart broke for my kids. She has been a part of our lives for so long it is hard to think if going on without her. I wanted to blog about my 1 and 1/2 years on Spark People but instead I am sharing this with all of you. I know so many of you are animal lovers and will appreciate the grief we are feeling now. She was a wonderful dog and if I decide to e... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:28:28 EST Wisdom update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1522253 Here is my daughter walking down the aisle with her Dad on her wedding day. What a wonderful day we had, it was worth the worry and hassle and she has grown into a remarkable young woman. <BR> <BR> So, what wisdom to I have to offer? Well, it was totally worth it. The sleepless nights, (both when she was a baby and when we waited up for her later!), the fights and the stress. All of the issues of raising a child fade when you see this adult who grows out of it. She is a real blessing... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 13:17:30 EST Trying to get back here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1499352 Well folks, life has been just crazy these past few months and I have had no time for Spark People. I have tried to log food and exercise but that has been sporatic. <BR> <BR> I had to help my mom move in with my brother in Texas this summer, she has macular degeneration and it has progressed to the wet form in one eye. She really could not keep up her house alone. It was hard, she is living in Texas now which is quite far away but I think it was the right decision. But the whole proce... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 10:00:32 EST