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/ Woo hoo -- Rule 20 plan one splurge meal a week and there are no more rules coming it will be Part I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970210 As I told you we will be gone for several days to John's family's reunion so we're leaving this morning. I've got everything packed and everything's good to go and today I looked ahead in this book! This is the last "rule" of the Skinny Rules! I was excited because next starts Part II and I really didn't get into it but we will next blog. That said: <BR> <BR> Rule 20: PLAN ONE SPLURGE MEAL A WEEK <BR> <BR> All of us "Beck-ie's" remember how Beck maintained this also -- I have to be ho... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:14:17 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I-- Rule 19 - SLEEP RIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968829 Actually this one is a short one! I was glad to see that. It is a very good one but in this household, neither John nor I suffers from this particular one. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Bob starts out by saying we don't have to go to any textbook to be told that we should get eight hours of sleep a night. When we sleep, our body heals. When we sleep, all that work we have been doing at the gym slowly turns into muscle. Sleep gives our various overactive brain synapses a chance to re-oxygenat... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:04:17 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I-- Rule 18 - GO TO BED HUNGRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968192 Well I will begin this blog by saying the more I get into this the more I feel feel like I'm redoing the Beck Diet Solution and I'm sure all the others that are with me from the Back Diet Solution feel the same way. This one was a very good one also and these are so similar that it shows me that both programs really work. This rule I enjoyed so much because I never knew that I could be hungry and enjoy it or not be so afraid of it until I did it with Beck and that part in itself changed my l... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:29:57 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I-- Rule 17 EAT YOUR VEGETABLES--JUST DO IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967568 This one is my absolute favorite! IF I could live on one food group it would be veggies, they are my favorite and before I go on I am excited today because I just ordered a new Ninja Pro Single Serve Blender from Sam's Club that will be delivered for smoothies so I can get more nutrients in. Since I have lost this weight and LIVE the Beck Diet Solution, I find that I can't eat enough food anymore to get them all in. So thank you to so many of you, you have sold me on smoothies and I'm goi... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:44:53 EST It's About Time! Apology and Skinny Rules Start Back Tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966977 I am eating crow here because I have been SO very long since blogging and I kind of left it all in the lurch. For that I totally and humbly apologize and ask your forgiveness. <BR> <BR> We HAVE been very busy, but busy-ness IS not an excuse. <em>198</em> As I just explained to a dear, dear, spark friend, "I am doing better about being so frazzled....I have taken the attitude that, 'I will do what I can" and you know what? It has worked well....I seem to be getting more done than ever a... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:15:53 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I-- Rule 16 BANISH HIGH-SALT FOODS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963330 I guess I lagged on a couple of these last ones because they're so down-pat for most of us...but it's still a good book and it's always good to review things as refreshers so this is rule 16. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Bob begins this rule with If there is a common source of anxiety among Bob's trainees and Biggest Loser contestants it's got to be salt. He says they are eager to learn how much they consume <em>24</em> . They are anxious at the idea of eating less. As in the case with too m... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:47:28 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 15 -- MAKE YOUR OWN FOOD AND EAT AT LEAST TEN MEALS A WEEK AT HOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961903 How do we call our family to dinner? Bob asks is it by saying, "OK you kids, get in that car!" <BR> <BR> If so, he tells us that's going to change. We've got to cook. <BR> He knows we're going to Balk at that. Probably a lot of you don't and I actually don't either I'm just not a cook...but he says too bad! Harper's way is not easy. He says he told us that when we started: the old easy way got us where we are/were! If we want to change our life, and not just our lifestyle, we've got to do... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:08:06 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 14 -- EAT A REAL BREAKFAST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960824 Some of the Rules are actually no-brainers for many of us that have been working our programs for years. But I find it still helps me to read them over again and refresh. That said -- Here is Rule 14 <BR> <BR> Bob tells us if we are like him we probably put this age – old advice in the same file with such commands as "eat your spinach," "take out the trash," or "get off the couch and stop playing video games." <BR> <BR> He says we just kind of ignore it. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> He ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:35:40 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 13 -- GET RID OF FAST FOODS AND FRIED FOODS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959719 I'm pretty much going to just say what Bob says because this one took me by surprise....it's very good! But I will start by saying almost all of it that he has implemented here I did and SO MANY of you also....quite some time ago. But, I'm glad I did I'm ahead of the game as are you but I DID learn a LOT still from this and hope some of you do also! On that one here we go with Rule 13: <BR> <BR> For many modern eaters, it's hard to imagine a time when fast foods – – from TV dinners t... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 19:33:01 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 12 -- MAKE ONE DAY A WEEK MEATLESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959221 I have starts this one that we should make it more specifically, make one day a week no – animal – protein day. Or go meatless/animal – protein – less more than one day if you want the more the better. I will and here that I personally really eat animal protein other than an egg sometimes other than that I have cheese cheese sticks. <BR> <BR> He asks us why does he wants us to do this? <BR> <BR> One reason, and one reason only: it will help us lose weight and keep it off. <BR> <... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:17:38 EST QUICK BLOG....GONE all DAY Back to Rules Tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958780 SO very tired....BUT in the VERY best way! I met my friend Avanell and her husband. John loved them both as I do. I have actually known Avanell for YEARS online now and have always felt VERY close to her and we have talked about just about EVERYTHING on earth. I was shocked that I was not the LEAST bit nervous meeting them. SO I am deciding now that there are a LOT of spark friends on here that I would LOVE to meet in person and if I EVER get the chance MAYBE I won't be so nervous with t... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:20:18 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 11 -- GET RID OF THOSE WHITE POTATOES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958264 When I first read what this Rule was about...I was LESS than thrilled...but after I got into it it began to make more sense. I never eat white potatoes -- haven't for years but so many do and I honestly did not know the problem it has become until I started reading. Hope you feel the same. <em>367</em> <BR> <BR> Bob starts this with a pop quiz: Which food contributes more to weight gain over any given period of time – – soda (pop), bacon and rich meats, or baked potatoes? <BR> <BR... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:12:15 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 10 -- NO MORE ADDED SWEETENERS, INCLUDING ARTIFICIAL ONES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957658 Before I begin the ACTUAL blog about Rule 10, I wanted to preface it with this. I have obviously read this rule now and it's not as bad as most of you are thinking probably. But I have MY OWN VERSION of this rule. So, as most of you have read in my blogs before, and YES, I AM proud of this....I have to add my own note here most of you that have been reading my blogs have seen that as of September 12 of this year I will have a THREE YEAR anniversary in for no sugar/no artificial sweeteners. ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 17:44:46 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 9 -- STOP GUESSING ABOUT PORTION SIZE AND GET IT RIGHT -- FOR GOOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957120 How far out of whack are American portion sizes? Bob tells a story of a friend who wrote a book about obesity. A large hospital in Los Angeles was running a program for obese kids and their parents. Once a week, they would gather in one of the hospital's spacious conference rooms and review everything from exercise to food preparation. Instructors lined up a bunch of common food items on the front table and asked kids to show them what they considered to be a serving size. One item was a hu... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 20:00:46 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 8 -- Pt 3 LEARN TO READ FOOD LABELS SO WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE EATING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956561 Before you begin this third and final section of Rule 8 I have to warn you, by the time I finished this blog, I was actually red-face <em>101</em> from anger, frustrations and just PLAIN UNBELIEF. I knew some of it but in a VAGUE way...THIS laid it RIGHT out! <BR> <BR> We're almost done with rule eight and we just have a few more things to cover at the end and they're not really food items. <BR> <BR> Chemicals: we live in a world of things like stabilizers, preservatives, and dies and... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 19:50:03 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 8 -- Pt 2 LEARN TO READ FOOD LABELS SO WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE EATING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955998 Wow it has been so long since I blogged and I'm actually kind of rusty and almost overwhelmed here. But am hoping it's like riding a bike! As you recall we were on skinny rules and it was Rule 8 "Learn to read food labels. So that we know what we are eating! I had already given you serving size and number of servings in the first part of this blog....SO LONG AGO. Again, Sorry for the long delay! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> So I will jump right in here and give you the rest of this Rule... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:53:18 EST Just Checking In...and MUCH Better Before the END of This Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955558 A few of you know this....but so many are coming by I thought I had best do a short blog. I owe you all the next part of the Skinny Rules and I HAVE not forgotten. I have just plain and simply had some blows to some important plans lately and I have gone into my "proverbial CAVE that we have ALL heard ONEKIDSMOM refer to. Well, I have one too and I have been deep into it. I haven't felt this BLAH in a LONG time. But I wanted to thank those of you who have known and been praying...I REALL... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:01:09 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 8 -- LEARN TO READ FOOD LABELS SO WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE EATING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950980 this is a rather long lesson of his and I want to do it justice and I am getting ready to go on a trip south to DS2 house just for probably Friday and Saturday and I'll be home. I will try hard to blog more of this Rule and am sure I will be able to do it....for for tonite I am going to just do the first two IMPORTANT ones. <BR> <BR> He starts by saying if we are like him we might react to this rule the same way we did a nagging aunt and or freshman year health teacher. <BR> <BR> But he t... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:35:15 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 7 -- NO CARBS AFTER LUNCH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950404 Bob begins by saying, "All my rules are important, but this is a big one because the barrier to pulling it off is as much psychological as it is physical. WHY? Because as we work, put up with idiotic bosses and coworkers <em>198</em> <em>334</em> , sit out traffic jams and suffer through insane public transportation, we begin to feel like we are owed something at the end of the day. OR that we DESERVE something. And for too many of us, that something is usually based on sugar, whether... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:18:31 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 6 -- EAT APPLES AND BERRIES EVERY SINGLE DAY. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949901 This rule must be important for him to emphasize it like that. Bob starts that it may sound "airy, and fluffy, easy". BUT, he said it's just as important as the rest and IF we want to make weight loss permanent, he says WE'D BETTER AVAIL OURSELVES TO THESE DELICIOUS FRUITS. He does. <BR> <BR> He eats them a LOT, sometimes with a small piece of cheese or some peanut butter; strawberries and blueberries (maybe with some Greek yogurt; He advises us to see his Skinny Shake recipe on page 18... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:41:56 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 5 -- EAT 30 TO 50 GRAMS OF FIBER A DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949331 Rule 5 <BR> <BR> Eat 30 to 50 grams of fiber a day! This one is near and dear to me and was actually the FIRST health thing I ever began....I will explain at the end. <BR> <BR> Bob tells us our highly processed "convenient" food supply doesn't supply any fiber. <BR> Most all of us here at spark have learned this early on -- at least I pray we did -- I know I did. <BR> <BR> Bob says, "Let's get schooled". There are two different kinds of fiber. The first, soluble fiber, is just that. ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:21:53 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 4 SLASH YOUR INTAKE OF REFINED FLOURS & GRAINS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948743 First, I want to thank you ALL for your positive feedback on these blogs. "For me" Bob Harper was on the "controversial" side because, though I never watched the show...I thought the show would just be "another hype" show with now "substance" or "value". NOT so! As I said I also went back and bought his NEXT 3 books also....old ones but I wanted them it has made such a difference to me! And I am thrilled that you like these rules like I do. <BR> <BR> Now, that said, I first want to sha... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:20:56 EST The Skinny Rules--Contents of the Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948331 As I have explained, things have been extremely busy for me for quite some time (since the weather got nice out) and it has been very hard for me to blog sometimes. I do plan to be able to tomorrow again. <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Today was another "gone" day and I have planned for some time to post ALL the skinny rules in one place so allow you to see what is upcoming. I think I have told you before I am the kind of person that READS THE END FIRST in a book so I know if it is "worth it"... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:01:34 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 3--Part 2 Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947471 I begin this part of Rule 3 by Bob explaining to us he was a vegan for a long time and I can't go into it exactly because it has it has to do with the unethical way animals are treated and I can't read those stories they stay with me in my mind forever. I have an extremely soft heart which I know a lot of you do also for animals so I avoid those stories at all costs. But he went vegetarian and then vegan but he also said “it worked! my cholesterol went down! I lost weight! I felt lighter.â... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 22:41:18 EST Tonite's Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947384 Today was another LONG day away from home...but I came home and WROTE MY WHOLE BLOG and it was LONG again and sent it and it said "NO HTML Please!" and I hit GO BACK and it's GONE! I could NOT remember how to get it back! I will REWRITE IT and post it TOMORROW and then write tomorrow's after that! <BR> <BR> I AM SO SORRY! Have a blessed night and HEALTHY of course! <BR> <BR> WHY is SPARk LIKE that? Does anyone know? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:32:27 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 3--Eat Protein At Every Meal--Or Stay Hungry and Grouchy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946802 I will begin the Skinny Rules, Rule 3 which is a pretty long section so I'm going to break it up into a couple parts. At the least two and possibly three because it was that good. I already said yesterday that protein is a biggie for me I need to get as much of it as I can for the fewest calories I can, so here goes: <BR> <BR> Bob starts this by saying that in his world protein – – in almost all forms – – reigns; for dieters it is the KEY food group. Simply put, you've got to eat... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:31:57 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I--Rule 2--Don't Drink Your Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946241 First yesterday, as I had said the day before, yesterday we were gone across the state to Jay's Sporting Goods again. We had a wonderful time but for some reason I was totally exhausted when we got home. Not sure if it was still because of the surgery or because in a few hours I discovered I was truly sick. I was SO tired...that I actually went right to bed without even blogging I slept maybe a couple hours. But then I woke and was sicker that I have been in a LONG time. And finally I ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:15:43 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I-- Intro and Rule 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945115 Bob's intro for Rule 1 starts out by Bob saying, <BR> <BR> "I DON'T WANT THESE RULES TO BE LIKED, I...WANT...THEM...TO...LAST!" <BR> <BR> I, for one, am ALL FOR THAT statement! <BR> <BR> He explains they aren't that hard! They may be new, a.k.a. foreign, but they will not deprive us or confound us or leave us confused. <BR> <BR> "Here's the deal: If you want to lose weight and stay THIN, you've got to change your life, and that means changing some basic behaviors--defaults--the behavio... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:54:33 EST The Skinny Rules--The Simple Nonnegotiable Principles For Getting To Thin--Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944588 Eat What I Tweet <BR> <BR> Bob Harper starts in this book by explaining how the book actually came about. <BR> The husband of one of the contestants on The Biggest Loser (TBL) Show at that time started following his tweets and he wrote to Bob. "I'm following what you eat on your meals you post on Twitter". The man said it was his way to stay connected to his wife. Apparently contestants are separated from their families for long periods of time. Many weeks later this husband was on hand... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:14:19 EST New Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944132 First, <em>304</em> SO much for all the POSITIVE feedback on my blog yesterday. It was SO exciting to me and it just added to it that so many of you really care about my (as well as OTHER'S) good news aand successes! Spark always AMAZES me...so many good and caring people. And those people are YOU! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Second, I have been raving about a new book that I found in an off the wall DISCOUNT Book Store when John and I went that weekend to Birch Run and the Outlet Mall ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:06:42 EST I'm NOT GROUNDED Anymore! Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943665 ALL I can say is <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today was my first post-op appointment with my doctor. And I have been SO GOOD, it even disgusts ME but after the first surgery I thought was botched (but wasn't) it just brought to "light" a second problem in there that is common but no one can see until the FIRST problem is taken care of. <BR> <BR> It was an AMAZING appointment. First, it's too early for a visual or physical exam of any kind since it is only two weeks ago today that the surge... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:30:47 EST Finally, Feel Like Updating But This IS NOT The One I WANTED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940331 I just realized that I have not updated since May 31. I just haven't felt well enough to and I was hoping all the YUCKY stuff would be OVER by the time I did. I have had SO many well wishers and goodies given me...it's amazing and I am SO thankful for you all. Someone else (we are both near same age) wrote me and she told me her last surgery has actually taken a LOT out of her also and she is still having the same issues as I am. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Actually, yesterday and the day be... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 16:49:02 EST Quick Check In...Better, But Not So Much... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937245 Although each day I have "improved" I still just plain feel like JUNK. This surgery for some reason knocked me for a loop....I AM NOT doing ANYTHING that I was told not to...the worry it causes me is just not worth it. <BR> <BR> I also wanted to report that my eating and love of Beck have NOT changed! After surgery my weight continued to CLIMB for FOUR days <em>15</em> <em>24</em> ....until today...but I totally attacked those sabotaging thoughts telling myself the weight HAD to be f... Sun, 31 May 2015 11:33:38 EST Quick Update on the Ol' Girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936365 I said it that way because I think my age has finally reached a point where my body doesn't cooperate QUITE as much as it once did. And the doctor put me on so many restrictions after this surgery I can't believe it! NO stairs, no lifting over a 5 lb bag of sugar, just about NO anything. I couldn't believe it when John told me...he has notes all over the house WARNING me what NOT to do! <em>40</em> It would have been easier if he had just written out the few things that I CAN. BUT........ Fri, 29 May 2015 16:37:58 EST IYIYI!!!! Surgery! OUCH!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935822 First let me THANK YOU, ALL! For your care and concern. That is why I am doing this short blog today....I have other news I will save for the blog tomorrow! Re today's surgery: <BR> <BR> We left at 6:20am (I got up at 2am <em>102</em> ) this morning for the hospital....everything went as expected....I love the small hospital we go to up here and WILL miss it after we move...but that is ALL I will miss... <BR> <BR> I was filled in on what would happen. I already knew it would involv... Thu, 28 May 2015 16:59:16 EST Just Checking In Really Quick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935197 This has been a LONG and FRETFUL week this week which I won't go into now....I thank you so many of you for wishing me well on tomorrow's surgery. I was to call the doctor's office at 1:00 sharp which I did and have been hoping and praying for an EARLY time like the last time. They told me arrival time is 7:00 am....FIRST one like last time! SO very blessed to get it over.....JOHN, not so much <em>334</em> I'm the early person in this family, him, not so much. But he was glad this ti... Wed, 27 May 2015 13:56:30 EST The Good, the Bad and the UGLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930575 I have missed everyone in all my busy-ness! Though it now shows promise that life is BEGINNING to slow down a bit, it hasn't quite happened yet and after yesterday I would love to just go stick my head in the sand and stay until things get better. <BR> <BR> As my title says, there really was GOOD to most of my days and I am trying HARD to concentrate on that....the weekend south for John's business and our shopping at Birch Run Outlet Mall was <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> We shopped and sho... Tue, 19 May 2015 05:10:28 EST Super BUSY Two Weeks Coming! ALL Good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928758 I have been SO busy that I don't even feel like I am keeping above water and it all started a couple days ago. This weekend we have to go south for John to complete some business he has been asked to take care of while his Sister and BIL take a two-week trip to Israel. I am SO jealous....I have wanted to go to Israel for the last 5 years but timing is just not right....we have been asked to go with them and others several times but I am hoping we will make it within the next year or two. S... Fri, 15 May 2015 17:39:47 EST JUST Silly Little Info Blog! And Blue Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927046 I ran into this by "accident" today while looking for some socks online. BLEW me away....probably all you RUNNERS knew this but since I follow so many runners now and love living a runner's life THROUGH their blogs, I just thought I would share this in case there are others who stand in the sidelines hoping "our" runner wins <em>334</em> <em>312</em> <em>104</em> ! <BR> <BR> Here is what I wanted to share: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sunnyskyz.com/inspirational-vide<BR>os.php?vidid=2365... Tue, 12 May 2015 15:58:21 EST Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925957 I'm late with my wishes but that is because this was the BEST Mother's Day ever! My older son came up and SURPRISED me with a visit. And my younger son was to make it but couldn't after all. But it was a WONDERFUL day! Usually I freak at visitors (yes even family) and that is why he set it up with John beforehand and I had NO idea until he was HERE. <BR> <BR> And, best yet, he is wanting to have a place "up north" and most likely wants to buy this from us as a "retreat". He owns his own ... Sun, 10 May 2015 20:03:21 EST Post Surgical Appointment Yesterday! GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924723 This is actually going to be a "short" blog again (believe me they ALL start out that way). But most of you know of my ongoing nervousness over this last surgery. <em>198</em> Yesterday was the DAY. He would examine me and tell me "how much damage I had done" and where to go from here! This is how it went: <BR> <BR> OMWord!!!! It all went WAY better than I thought! It WAS NOT MY FAULT at all....I didn't even tear stitches <em>334</em> ! They are still THERE and PERFECT he said! ... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:06:18 EST Anniversary, of SORTS...of NO BINGES for 1 YEAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923510 Today is May 6, 2015. I have WAITED for this day. And BEYOND. So far it has been a VERY good day on all counts for me and I am excited. <BR> <BR> First, (and this is in NO WAY the reason for this blog) I weigh EVERY day, you all know that. But, this morning I weighed 125.6!!!! It is the FIRST time I YEARS and YEARS I have seen a "2" and a "5" in the middle and last digits of the pounds for so many years that I honestly wonder if I was above that even at birth <em>334</em> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:20:02 EST Sunday ~ New Report Day (I think) and Disease to Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921968 I cannot remember what day I chose for Report Day last time but I find I have to pick a day I will REMEMBER <em>334</em> so that means a day this ol' girl can remember easily! AND since it has gotten SO busy in my life I don't have the time for Spark as much as I did....at least for a few more days until I see the doctor. I'm sure he is going to redo the part of my bladder prolapse that I messed up...and THAT means....I won't be able to walk as much or even MOVE as much as I am back to (... Sun, 3 May 2015 19:16:14 EST Friday...??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920631 Today is Friday, and I have been wondering why I feel so BLAH..... <em>40</em> <em>39</em> I have been sitting her wondering WHAT is going ON???!!!! <BR> <BR> Well, when I sit like this SOMETHING always comes to my mind. I KEEP going to (and I know those of you who follow ONEKIDMOM's blogs will totally understand) ONEKIDSMOM's recent blogs in my head and also a short while ago WATERMELLEN's blogs about those of us that get "over-peopled" and such. And then, as I have been reading SLEN... Fri, 1 May 2015 08:03:04 EST Trip is OFF for Today!!! BUT...BECK Blue CAME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919061 Developer Joe did not get the paper in time so we are NOT going south....it has gotten to be almost at "his beck and call". NO MORE. We have lives too....so WHEN he gets the proper paperwork we will then take a trip at OUR convenience instead of dropping and running...besides, the highway (I75 which I HATE with a passion) will be SO busy with traffic on the weekend...all the workers are off work and doing the things that workers do on weekends...we pass through several big cities so know th... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:59:52 EST Quick Update Blog and Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918688 <em>304</em> everyone for the comments on yesterday's fitness tracker blog....LOTS of great replies! I appreciate you all SO much! <BR> <BR> Spring has really come into my life with a ROAR as they say. I can't seem to catch up on anything lately. EXCEPT, I want to report to all of you that knew of my surgery in March for my bladder. Since the doctor said I can again WALK regular (as long as it's on level ground, BUT still can't lift or do anything strenuous), I have been getting back t... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:35:57 EST I Had to Share This One Today ~ Hack Your Fitness Tracker??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918103 I had to share this today when I saw it because you all know I LOVE my Garmin Vivo Fit and before that I had an Omron (loved it but needed a pocket to wear it) and I already want something "new" that does MORE than JUST track numbers. My DS1 just preordered the new "Apple Watch" the first day. He doesn't run OR even walk so much that he ever wanted any kind of Fitness Tracker. He is just simply an "Apple Freak". Honestly in all the hype about it and I DO love Apple, I seriously wanted on ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:13:49 EST Check-in and Blue Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917378 Not for weight, just to check in...I changed my report day to Monday/Tuesday since I am on the Parents' Day Challenge on AGM&TM team so decided that early week works for me on here too....it's just for accountability anyway. <BR> <BR> Spring is finally here...lovely, sunny day out <em>67</em> ...LOVE IT. We are SO tired of winter we have had cabin fever as you know....so have been going out a LOT to town and such. I know I have bought enough of EVERYTHING since everything now fits from... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:09:26 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916564 Thanks for letting me vent yesterday, as usual I got so many kind responses and I didn't even end up having to call ANYONE. John had all the Medicare and Aetna insurance confirmation sheets....SO, I didn't have to vent after all. But <em>304</em> all for your kind and helpful comments. <BR> <BR> Probably a LOT of you know this but, yesterday, April, 21 was the RELEASE of the book I have so been waiting for. The Brand new Beck book: "The DIET TRAP Solution: Train Your Brain to Lose ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:17:40 EST VENTING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915612 I'm sorry, but when it rains it pours....figuratively in this instance. This has nothing to do with the outside weather. <BR> <BR> The billing statements for the year 2015 are finally coming to me here. Since turning 65 John and I both (he is 6 months to the day older than I) have been on Medicare...actually not by our choice but because everyone HAS to be. We have excellent healthcare insurance through another branch of government which he retired from and that has now become our second... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:51:03 EST