GABY1948's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GABY1948 GABY1948'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/ It's ALL OVER Now and YOU Were All RIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366999 Well, I do have to thank all of you, after the fact! I not only made it through the tooth extraction literally unscathed but I felt like a total fool. <BR> <BR> By the time we went to the dentist for my tooth extraction (I had somehow cracked the tooth from the top of the crown down through the tooth and down one of the "legs" of the root splitting it in two. <BR> <BR> By the time I was called in for the doctor to see me I was literally shaking with fear. I actually did not want them to... Fri, 26 May 2017 18:50:49 EST It's About Time For Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365290 Yes, I have had SO many queries about why I have been so quiet and withdrawn from the community. Most of you know that I, like some others here, go into my "cave" when I can't deal with whatever drives me there. <BR> <BR> As most of you know, we have had a VERY busy year. Four MONTHS of renovations on the house but I have yet to get good pictures and post them. Four months worth, with still more to be done in colder weather again...but for now our contractor needs to do outside work while ... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:02:14 EST VERY Disappointing Day Yesterday! Back To Where I was Before but BETTER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356710 I couldn't even bring myself to come and write this blog. As most of you know I wanted to start "classes" with an Nutritionist. I was "uneasy" inside when we left to go and that is usually my sign inside that something is not quite right....I have been that way for awhile (years) and I know not to go against that. But I did go and thought if it really is "just me" I will know right away. <BR> <BR> We got to the hospital and I went in to registration and they had NO request of information ... Tue, 2 May 2017 14:24:00 EST Today IS THE Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355972 I will be going to our hospital today to meet with the Nutritionist (Dietician) my doctor referred me to (and my request). I never learned how or what to eat even as a child so I decided now is the time to learn it! <BR> <BR> I will tell you I am REALLY nervous <em>40</em> about this....I don't know what to expect. But I will come back and report later on in the day! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day everyone....and I sure would appreciate any prayers that are thrown my way! <BR> <em>247... Mon, 1 May 2017 07:43:42 EST The Ball Is Rolling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352951 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> all of you that shared such awesome advice and insight on my blog yesterday. After all, WHO ever heard of an old lady that never learned what or how to EAT???? Well, you all believed me and showed such support that it truly helped me know I was doing the right thing! So, first, <em>304</em> again! <BR> <BR> Then, bless his heart, my doctor moved fast on this. He knows my whole ugly past with food and eating or restricting or whatever I a... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:02:21 EST OK - TRYING To Claw Myself Back -- Only Halfway In The Cave This Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352459 This will be short and they may all be short for awhile. I am frustrated, sad, panicking and any other negative emotion you can think of. This blog is only to confess. <BR> <BR> As most of you know miraculously I stay within a few pounds of goal but I seem to have an addiction going here. Small Candies. But only enough that I can remain in allotted calories for each day. NOT GOOD. That means some of the good calories I eat go out the window so that the candies can be in there...NOT smar... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:21:46 EST Just for fun: 40 things!!! It's FUN....THANKS One Kids Mom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339294 Borrowed from ONEKIDSMOM: Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Yes...after my divorce and for 10 years exactly! <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> Yes... hubby has always taught me and we got to the range often. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favourite sweet drink? <BR> None....I don't do sweet anything. <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:20:16 EST What's Going On Here And A Huge Thank YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333482 First,what's going on here. So many have asked and wondered and I just have not had "extra" time to get back. But after yesterday I thought I had BETTER check in. Most of you knew of our "renovation year" it was not to be a year but it sure seems like it! The inside renos are nearly done though there are still some loose ends that have not been taken care of. SLOWLY for sure. <BR> <BR> They will be doing a back and front deck on the house and a pole barn and shed (just for me and my "toy... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:50:49 EST Huge Confession, Detox Article and SPRING FEVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327749 First my confession...I HATE when I do something that I have to confess either to John or to you guys. This one is to you guys so let me get it over wtih. <BR> <BR> You all know how I have fought my "preoccupied state" of want for hard candies/cough drops. I have fought it for a couple months I guess. I was lulled even more when I realized that if that was ALL I ate, it didn't hurt my weight. I would have water weight gain but then it went away. But each time I "gave in" to it it got ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 13:56:27 EST A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That - and HEALTH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324071 As most of you know we have had MAJOR renovations in my home. Many have wanted me to post pictures but it is hard for me to decide what to show and in what order. I thought I had better at least post a few because it morphs almost daily. I feel like there will NEVER be a point where it is DONE ~SIGH~ <BR> <BR> And I will post the pics at the end....a few that will make sense. <BR> <BR> I had something funny/amazing happen today that I wanted to pass on to you as I write it with egg on my... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 17:16:26 EST It Takes ALOT For Me To Blog Lately But Here It IS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322376 I truly have not blogged a lot....just didn't have it "IN" me. Until this weekend. And then a message from KRISZTA11 was the cherry on the top of the cake! <BR> <BR> I have maintained like a charm since my run with Beck (TWO years ago now in March) that did it for me. BUT, a lot of what I was eating had been replaced with some "not really good/healthy" fare. I got into a love affair with menthol cough drops/starlite candies/and cinnamon disks. I traded calorie for calorie so didn't gain... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:48:26 EST Quick and Tired Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301507 It's been awhile I know which has become the norm for me. But this has taken SO much out of bothof is here. Not to say they are HORRID doing this because they are very good and we love ALL the three guys that are here and our Contractor is the BEST! <BR> <BR> But it is still upheaval. I have a lot of STUFF....bathroom stuff and so much more. And absolutely EVERY thing from the kitchen and both baths is EVERYWHERE on the floor of my house! The old cabinets are already gone and the new on... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:34:42 EST NOT Done Yet...But I LOST It YESTERDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296742 I think I have done amazingly in these renovations that have seemed SO LONG. A Lot of you know I freak pretty easily....but for some reason (maybe I am finally learning it doesn't really help and it ONLY hurts ME! <BR> <BR> But, yesterday we left and went shopping for light fixtures because they were going to sand the walls they had spackled to make smoother. Well, they kept warning me about the dust....but...a BIG BUTT on this one...I had NO idea of the amount of superfine dust involved.... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:30:02 EST Insult to Injury and Big Messes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295502 Busy day here in Michigan. It was to warm up and RAIN was forecast! WRONG! It was well below freezing and we got 4-5 inches of the white stuff and then it began freezing rain over it all! WHAT a MESS! I did get to shovel snow for 90 minutes today! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> But, neither John nor I can believe that I have not freaked even ONCE. <BR> <BR> The house renovations are coming together PERFECTLY and I can't wait for it to be going back together....but the cabinets won't be in... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:30:59 EST Top 10 Big Ideas: How to Detox from Sugar Here’s the not-so-sweet truth. And Reno Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294033 First, the renos. I am still alive. Actually we have fared much better than I ever imagined. Especially me, I am a NEAT FREAK and orderly person and this is anything BUT orderly. The kitchen and the two baths will be overhauled in one way or another. But the "small" bath will only get a new sink/cabinet. That tub/shower only gets used for quick potty trips. And all three rooms will get new floors which will improve much! <BR> <BR> I have no sink or cabinets in the kitchen or the maste... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 17:24:20 EST THEY Came and I Stressed! Renovations BEGAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291316 Today the Workers came to begin the renovations on the kitchen and the two bathrooms. The kitchen is the star performer first and the baths will come later. I absolutely love our contractor and his two workers! That helps a lot. <BR> <BR> Those of you who know me by now, know what a STRESSOR <em>40</em> I can be and true to me I was yesterday and today too. BUT, I heard so many of you reminding me to BREATHE! So I DID and it helped for sure but I am still worn out tonite. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:58:58 EST Happy and Blessed and HEALTHY 2017 for ALL of us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288075 That is what I wish for all of us! <BR> <BR> Could not let the new year come in without blogging a short one. We have stayed busy packing up everything here! I did get the WHOLE kitchen packed up....hope this whole renovation thing goes quickly. Seems each time I was in the kitchen and opened a cupboard door out of habit....it was FULL! UGH but finally got them ALL done as of this morning! <BR> <BR> Next comes the bathrooms one at a time so going to pack things in milk crates so they ar... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:00:19 EST Renovations Progress and the BLITZ...(it wasn't as bad as I always make it sound!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287104 Don't even know my title yet, I am in another dither here as life gets just so hectic now. I think the REAL problem is that I am so MUCH SLOWER since I'm OLDER <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I think I am cursed by Beck (not seriously) but was going to blog it all this time with Marsha (SLENDERELLA61) but then the contractor for our renovations called day before yesterday and brought his 3 other workers that are going to do the tile work and plumbing and so on and so on and so on...I love them al... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:00:01 EST BUSY LIFE, BUSY WIFE? The Contractors and Beck Diet Solution. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286563 Well, of all things to come today, the contractor for our renovations came today and he is READY to begin after we run all over our part of the world at least to many cities, to pick out the materials we want used. Yes, I'm excited but also NERVOUS because all of a sudden it came OUT OF THE BLUE! Over the weekend our main Contractor called me that he wanted to come this morning and and look and make more plans at 8:00 AM!!!!! I am a total "morning person" but NOT JOHN. But I got him up an... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:00:40 EST Blogging Beck Diet Solution (PINK) Yet Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286131 That would be me. I struggle to find words to write in a blog so much. Never used to have a problem like this but sure do recently. BUT...there's always that big Butt that follows according to LEANJEAN6! And I totally agree with her! If you want some good entertainment I would suggest you swing on over to her page and subscribe to her blogs which are often"featured blog" of the day. Total entertainment with truth in it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LE<BR>ANJEAN6... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:32:28 EST Wishing ALL a Blessed and Wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285247 Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I pray you/we ALL have the BEST one we have ever had! <BR> <BR> The uppermost good thing I could wish ANYONE would be that you/we have the most HEALTHY one we have EVER had! Without Health we basically have NOTHING! So remember to do as much as you possibly can for your HEALTH! The rest will fall into place! <BR> <BR> And ON we will go to 2017 in sever short days! <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <em>407</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>41... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:00:29 EST Had To Share THIS Before the Holiday! 8 Secrets of the NaturallySlim! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284238 You mostly all know what a Prevention Magazine junkie I am. I love their information. But this article is from active.com a different site but authored by Prevention. THIS one I just had to post since it is so fitting for Christmas. Everyone is talking about WHAT they will eat and so on. I will tell you that I NEVER change my eating. It is how I have always been my whole life and especially since I found out how to eat to stay HEALTHY! And with the Beck Diet Solution one can't MISS! I ... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:57:33 EST Quick Update and SNOW and COLD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281776 Well, my intentions have been really good...I intend to blog every day (really) but time just flies by and I don't get the time. My age is showing more every day. There just are not nearly enough hours in the day! <BR> <BR> Most of you will remember that the last blog I wrote was to report my love affair with snow shoveling (yes REALLY) was BACK. Well, it still is back more so each day. Thankful for that. As with MOST of the country it has been horrible sub freezing temperatures here a... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:57:03 EST The Love Affair IS Coming Back Slowly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280034 I intended to write more but in the interest of keeping up my blogs I am forcing myself to keep at it. My day just slipped right away. <BR> <BR> My LOVE AFFAIR (no, I would NEVER cheat on John <em>334</em> ) if you recall was with SHOVELING SNOW. <BR> <BR> Well, last night we got 9 inches of snow <em>425</em> ! I was expecting SOME but not more than 2-3 inches! When I got up and saw it I was totally bummed! <em>46</em> <em>39</em> but I hurried up and got my inside work done q... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:46:36 EST Staying Blogging If I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279543 First, BLESS all your hearts for you support to me! WOW, I tell you all the time but I DO LOVE YOU ALL! <BR> <BR> Today has been "different" to say the least! We are receiving our first HUGE snow storm of the year! There are 6 inches so far! And no sign of it stopping any time soon! UGH. <BR> <BR> I know you all remember that my favorite things to get cardio are WORK things...specifically push- mowing in the summer and shoveling snow in the winter! Well, seems that the love affair is ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:12:19 EST Time to Blog Again! THIS Is WHY I ALWAYS End With a Reminder of HEALTH. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278980 Believe me when I say I have and DO miss interaction with you all. But last blog I explained about the renovations and how STRESSED I have been and still am. Just can't seem to get a hold of it! But it is getting better. John and I have been doing MUCH in preparation.....mainly PURGING! Both of us have been giving and throwing away MANY things. Craft things and tools that we will NEVER use again. It is starting to feel really GOOD. I have made many friends here that is the reason we o... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:08:28 EST Time To Blog, I Guess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274706 ***WARNING*** Long Blog <BR> <BR> Most of my close friends have realized that I have been QUIET for some time now! But most of them also know that that means I'm more BUSY than usual but ALSO I have gone INTO my "CAVE" - <em>304</em> ONEKIDSMOM (OKM) for coining that phrase for what many of us do/have done for years but had no name for it. <BR> <BR> That said, this time I have really BLITZED....will explain in a few...but I AM a true INTROVERT at heart so THAT is the safest place for me ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:48:33 EST Try This Again! Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250554 I am feeling so bad right now. I NEED to catch up with SO many friends on Spark and comments and just catching up mostly with blogs. <BR> <BR> Fall, here is always full of activity. Many of you might remember from long ago that I use Quicken software for accounting of my checking account and our other accounts. EVERY year, it seems I run into ONE BIG discrepancy that takes me DAYS to figure out. And like EVERYTHING you all know about me, I attack everything with gusto to say the least. ... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:12:35 EST Dedicated To All You Runners and Super Athletes Out There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239008 First let me preface this article with my usual "I found this in Prevention Magazine" and also that aging brains and avoiding the ugly things that can happen are near and dear to my heart. 1. Since I am now "aging" (68 years old) and 2. My maternal grandmother and mother both had Alzheimer's and advanced dementia, respectively. <BR> <BR> In last month's Prevention Magazine I found this article about the aging brain. It is AMAZING! And when I think of all my spark friends that are active A... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:00:28 EST Update On CO (Coconut Oil) from 8-20-16 Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230643 I haven't had a lot of time lately to blog and have been really struggling with something so I thought I would revisit the subject and just MAYBE help someone else again. The latest blog I wrote about it is here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221443 </link> <BR> <BR> I actually learned about co (coconut oil) years ago. I was a huge binge eater most of my teen to adult life. Most of you know at one time I was up to 336 bs and am ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 17:02:14 EST ILL TODAY But Wanted To Share Something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223862 Hi Everyone, everything has been going normal....summer busy and well. Until today, I woke up ill...not to worry doesn't feel like it is anything lasting and I pray it isn't. <BR> <BR> I will address the "Hunger Fix..." book in a bit but I received the VERY neatest email reminder in my mail today! I use Windows Live Mail and my main email client on my everyday computer that I use. It also includes Windows Live Calendar too where I can add reminders on IMPORTANT events and not have my "no... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:03:09 EST My "Miracle" HELPER is Back! Shoutout for SLENDERELLA61 too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221443 I know I haven't blogged in quite some time and I'm actually just putting this in my phone because our Internet went down last night from lightning. <BR> <BR> I'm just checking in today I wanted you to know my book the Hunger Fix - the Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction did come. I have been Reading the introductions and Chapter one already this book is every bit as awesome as I believed it would be but I will blog it as I go I just wanted you to know that... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:50:28 EST Shout-Out to ONEKIDSMOM---I Just Signed Up TOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212086 Well, after reading ONEKIDSMOM's blog on Spark Premium....cost is only 29.99 for one time only I just did it too and am GLAD for sure! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all your comments on my "book blog" I will start blogging it when I get it! <BR> <BR> NOW, here's the link to OKM's blog that "sparked" me into this! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211763 </link> <BR> <BR> Definitely worth the read as are ALL her blogs! I follow her "religious... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:28:38 EST BIG QUESTION: HAS ANYONE Read This Book? Can You Tell Me Anything About It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211102 A WHILE ago I read this spark article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=food_addiction_is_real_and_6_ways_t<BR>o_deal_&utm_source=sparkpeople&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=best-of-sparkpeople </link> <BR> <BR> On FOOD ADDICTION. That it is REAL! <BR> <BR> Anyone who had read ANY of my blogs along the way knows I have always referred to myself as "an addictive personality". I OVER DO nearly EVERYTHING I attempt, like, aspire to. Just everything. And rece... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 17:02:23 EST Where I am At/Have Been http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207767 I just can't seem to force myself to blog...the words have become FAR more introverted that before! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> But, we have been VERY busy here, making the most of unusually warm Michigan summer weather. I can't remember such a great summer since I was a kid, I think. <BR> <BR> First, and most recent was I had what I believe/hope is my LAST surgery for things that are wonky on my body from childhood. <BR> <BR> Wanted to let you know that I have been in just as much misery.... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:54:08 EST GOTTA Share an Eat This Not That Magazine on McD's....Totally Shocked Me....It's NOT All Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200492 Checking in, first I saw my foot doc yesterday and told him I would bribe him if he would do my SECOND foot before a month is up. He agreed right away (He knows how easily I go through surgery. SO July 26 he will do it at 7:30 am and then I will have TWO "normal" looking feet. He had relaxed the tendon in the last 4 toes on my feet. I have had "folded down toes" my whole life...my mother did too. I am one happy camper...he would do it sooner but he was leaving this week for vacation. I ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:34:55 EST WATERMELLEN and Her Blog SAVED my DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195397 Below is her blog that she posted today! It described exactly what I HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH but didn't think it was a lack of anything...but an OBSESSION/ADDICTION to fresh veggies! (MOST of you know the ADDICTIVE personality I have confessed that I have). <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195057 </link> <BR> <BR> I read the blog and IMMEDIATELY went out and got one of John's REGULAR cheese stix with regular fat and 80 more calories ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 17:55:11 EST HAD TO COME TODAY.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192027 I know it has been a LONG time again, since I blogged but I finally have something that kicked me in the behind to DO it! <BR> <BR> Most of you know that I had a total shoulder replacement January 5 and LOVED it! <em>224</em> It was SO much easier than I had anticipated and I could do MUCH more than I expected...and of course, I DID way more than I was supposed to do because I KNOW Gaye's body better than I even felt the doctor knew me. <BR> <BR> Well, that paid off! Today was my 6 m... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:10:50 EST QUICK Update - NO Internet All Day Again...BUT Fixed Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186510 And for good I think/hope! Same scenario as when we were down recently for THREE days! UGH Here's what it turned out to be: <BR> <BR> My friend again tried to walk me through it...BUT this time (they had internet going fine and they SHOWED me connected....BUT turned out I needed a new router...have had a backup one for like three years "in case"...well, THAT was it. We only tried it on a whim...but that was it. UGH so tired of stressful days like this! And I can live without TV or Pho... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:18:45 EST I Married the "Critter Whisperer!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183519 John has been dubbed with that name by ALL who know him. He just has a WAY with all animals! It's actually unbelievable. I won't go into all of it but trust me, I have never seen an animal that did not love him. It's even bizarre. I know it has to do with his voice. His voice is what I fell in love with first. As a person who spent 8-10 hours a day on the phones at the phone company (not with outside customers but departmental customers. I was in the department forever that dealt with... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:58:20 EST WOOHOO! GOING HOME TODAY....SWEET But Bitter too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181897 I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here...so much so there has been no time to blog about it...hope to for sure in the next couple days...IF I can "remember" it all! <em>334</em> <em>211</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I do have some GOOD cardio waiting at home....JOHN waited to today to MOW JUST because I asked him to so I can do the push mowing! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I should have my new "Sugar Smart Express" book waiting at home or delivered today....Marsha and I plan to begin... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:20:26 EST I Am At DS1's as of Yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180538 Weather is gorgeous here today! Was hot even...basically just checking in to get the ball rolling again. Weight is fine and STILL on the sugar/sugar-free toxin and it was the BEST thing I have even done! <BR> <BR> Hopefully I will do more than check in quickly tomorrow or SOON! Shopped most of today! <BR> <BR> I DO keep up with all of YOU! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> and love! Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:39:30 EST We ARE Back Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179136 FIRST, I came back to tell you...not bumming anymore! SO RELIEVED. Heard from BAPEARMAN that I HAD posted earlier in the week so I am STILL IN...She and JEANKNEE are the HEAD HONCHOS of the challenge! They are the <em>285</em> for sure and I appreciate them so much ESPECIALLY now! I do usually post several times during the week to "cover" all bases! <BR> <BR> But I "forgot" all too common for me anymore! Have a blessed night! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 16:24:47 EST Two days now with no Internet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178529 And I Jost figured out how to use this SparkPeople mobile app and I don't like it all I've got to use right now is my phone and this is not easy when you're not used to it so I'm just going to say that and let you guys know that's what's up with me I believe they're working on it now because at first when I call I got nothing but circuits are busy, then I got A fast busy signal just a little while ago. Now, I get the same fast busy but that tells me they're at least working on it I think the... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:18:36 EST Sharing Some Infor I Found in Beck Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175993 I discovered that WATERMELLEN is on the SAME page as I today in Beck Blue. SO, I told her I shall defer trying to blog them because SHE and MARSHA (Slenderella61) are SO much better at it! They both blog like true writers. <BR> <BR> But today I did find some things in the reading that...DUH...I had not really gone and checked out. And it is PRINTABLE forms of the things she has been telling us to do...or downloadable, depending on which method you prefer. Here are the various links: <BR>... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 19:58:01 EST Today Was Different! Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175318 I got up this morning, thinking that I wanted to go shopping (wonder of wonders) and go alone so I could just wander and lollygag around! WITHOUT "FEELING" rushed (not from John but afraid that I WAS holding him up) but John is THE most patient person in the world so I knew that wasn't the problem it was the "old me" always being afraid of being a burden. <BR> <BR> But, I woke him up and said, "Today is a Gaye day!" I explained why and he wanted to sleep more anyway. SO, off I went shoppi... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 19:33:25 EST Quick Check In - Telling Everyone I am Just Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174645 This is the best way I can let you know. I appreciate ALL the concern from my spark friends! I've said it before and I will repeat it a THOUSAND times and MORE! You are all the <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> I/we began Spring cleaning and that went on for days but I started thinking of all the "stuff" we had collected along the way -- it's just SO easy to do at thrift stores, etc. But, when we planned to move, and decided that neither of us really wanted to we didn't end up decluttering at t... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 19:21:48 EST I DIED and Went to Heaven Today! Beloved Push Mowing the Lawn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172627 I will start with that most anyone who has been with me on this spark journey to being a healthy maintainer know that my TWO favorite cardios are push-mowing the lawn followed only by shoveling snow in the winter. We own 20 acres of land and we mow 4.5 acres of it. The rest we let a farmer neighbor farm for hay. <BR> <BR> To do the lawn part John rides a lawn tractor but I have ALWAYS mowed with an old-fashioned non-self-propelled mower. Today it took me 3.5 hours for MY part. And right ... Sun, 29 May 2016 19:04:32 EST Saturday - SUNDAY Will Be Catch Up Day! BUT 100% GOOD Today! Happy Memorial Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172091 Another busy day...busier day that I had anticipated but I got it ALL done today to be totally free tomorrow, Sunday. After church, I will be catching up with my good friends on Spark! Can't WAIT! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Today was a super awesome day. We went to the basement and CLEANED out 10 HUGE tubs of clothes that we either didn't like anymore, or didn't FIT anymore (too BIG....NOT too small....for both of us....John has lost a lot of weight along on this healthy journey with me) ... Sat, 28 May 2016 20:28:50 EST FRIDAY Catch Report and CATCH UP WEEKEND!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171571 Yes, we are not going ANYWHERE this weekend so I plan to catch up with so much that I have put off. I truly hope this is my weekend to catch up and to catch up with all my GOOD Spark Friends that I am so far behind on. <BR> <BR> I also plan on getting to know my serger that I have been putting off for a couple months because it is "new" and plug in and program all the phones that we bought to replace the old phones that are not working so well now. I have procrastinated these events for ... Fri, 27 May 2016 20:08:09 EST