GABY1948's SparkPeople Blog GABY1948's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dedicated To All You Runners and Super Athletes Out There 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 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><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 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! 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!!! 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><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? A WHILE ago I read this spark article: <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 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 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! 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><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.... 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 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!" 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! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time 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! 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! 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 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 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 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 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! 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! 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!!!! 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 Thursday Blog...sorry no time yesterday. Well, you all know that I have been super busy for months with no sign of things letting up. Not sure if things are really busier or I am just showing my age! Either way, it just IS what it IS and I shall stop complaining about it and do what I can and try to rearrange things to suit LIFE. I have been so "busy" I have not even had time to catch up with my BEST friends and I think of it ALL day every day. <BR> <BR> As for Beck Blue. It also is going slowly because of business but I am doin... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:25:05 EST QUICK ONE Not The REAL Beck Blue Blog! Yesterday, John didn't feel good so we didn't go to Saginaw but stayed around today we are going will be back later and do my Beck Blue blog....all IS WELL I'm glad to report BUT....BIG BUTT HERE...the tic-tac and cough drop thing is still a problem for me....sllllllooooooowwwwwwly getting better but WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? Maybe need more calories is all I can think...or just HABIT <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 25 May 2016 10:15:56 EST Beck Blue - Foundation Strategies Checklist and Beck Advantage Cards UPDATE As I said in my last blog we are going away for the day AGAIN. So am going to write this early....may do a bonus blog later with more but this way it won't prey on my mind all day in case we get home late. <BR> <BR> Again,I have been Becking right along and it feels SO good for structure back in my life (my BRAIN/Body thrive on structure, as most of you know. Chaos throws me into a nosedive spin. The ONE thing that totally seems to evade me is the NO sugar at all. Granted I only end up ... Tue, 24 May 2016 08:22:11 EST Beck Blue - Foundation Strategies Checklist and Beck Advantage Cards. I have been Becking right along though life gets busier and busier. Lots of my spark friends have even "left" spark whether permanently or temporarily. I can't say I don't understand it but spark ultimately is far TOO important to my new healthy life for me to leave. So I just have days like this one where I can hardly do much on it. <BR> <BR> Today, I actually reread my Foundation Strategies Checklist as told to at LEAST once a day. I DO that early in the morning because time just slip... Mon, 23 May 2016 18:57:10 EST AWESOME Day....FINALLY and Excited and also BIGGEST NSV for me YET! Today has begun to turn the tide on my "bad" spell. First, I GOT into Beck Blue bigtime this morning...will blog about the Beck Blue tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Our new prospective contractor came today to find out what we want done. He is young (40) and we were VERY impressed with him...VERY honest and he does NOT leave his "guys" to work by themselves. VERY impressive....most contractors do. And we gave him ALL (there are many) the things we want done. We both agreed when we decided we DON'T... Sun, 22 May 2016 20:25:03 EST I Have To Begin JUST Jump Right IN! Beck Blue Today was not a perfect day by any means...but...BIG BUTT coming....I did so much better! We have been very busy, weeding out the mounds of all size clothing that both of us have accumulated. It feels good and we will donate a lot of it to the same place a lot of it came from...the Thrift Store! WHERE else! <BR> <BR> It went to 74 F here today and was gorgeous so my body is reawakened! And I am so thankful! <BR> <BR> Beck Blue I will just start with the Foundation Strategies Checklist a... Sat, 21 May 2016 20:25:59 EST MIA and In My Cave But Will Be Back Tomorrow With Beck Blue I have to apologize. Seems that is all I have done for the past month! But, I have been MIA from my Beck Blue blogs but came back late tonite to tell you all I will be back tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have been "in my cave" (penned by OKM-ONEKIDSMOM originally and is SO perfect for so many of us introverts - Thank you, OKM) but an old ugly ghost of Years Past has crept into my view recently. I have been really thrown for a loop and totally off guard. This is a part of my life that has been ove... Fri, 20 May 2016 21:32:37 EST Back to Beck Blue Foundation Strategies tomorrow....Worn Out Today Life has gotten so busy here. Summer weather seems to be arriving and gladly so. We got an excellent walk today! And moved the wood swing into place so I can sit out there with John as he burns in the burn barrel. <BR> <BR> The animals are still bountiful here. John is working on BRAND NEW grey fox mama and papa. Two years ago he friended two and have lots of pics of them. These two so far they are too skittish. My John has a TRUE gift for animals. THEY ALL LOVE HIM. It's like that... Mon, 16 May 2016 19:08:25 EST Back To Beck Blue Tomorrow - BLESSED Sleep Update Tonite I shall begin listing the Foundation Strategies tomorrow but plan to take this slow as Dr. Beck explained to do in here book (see yesterday's blog). <BR> <BR> I wanted to come tell you all some good news. I have talked about my 2-2.5 hours of sleep each night and could not figure it out. But all of a sudden the thought "dropped" into my head that I have been drinking COFFEE, BLACK COFFEE during the time that I have not been sleeping. DUH, talk about a load of bricks dropping out of the sk... Sat, 14 May 2016 20:43:54 EST Beck Blue - Foundation Strategies to Escape Your Traps This is where the blogs will be less lengthy and take portions of the chapters. The chapters are quite long and full of PARTS so I will divide them up so the blogs are not books. in themselves. <BR> <BR> The foundation Strategies to Escape Your Traps is WHY I am so excited about this book. I have to tell you first off that it will be lengthy because Judith Beck herself says she wants everyone to take LONger and broader view. If we are like most people, we've been searching for the PERFECT... Fri, 13 May 2016 18:46:43 EST Beck Blue - FIRST Blog! GOOD evening! You can see when I post this blog that I am beginning this blog at 9:15 pm. Why I point that out is that I am an EARLY person! But all this is turning me into a NIGHT person for sure! But I cannot go on with all this time change. Something will have to change. I still got up at 2:30 am (normal for me) after having a late night last night. So I do hope this makes sense. <BR> <BR> Marsha, SLENDERELLA61, had urged me to do one report to her or do a blog on Beck blue. She ... Thu, 12 May 2016 22:35:49 EST Another LATE NIGHT....And I MUST Be SO FICKLE! I'm In LOVE WITH...Beck Blue Now! BECK Blue! I believe that I wrote that Marsha advised me yesterday to maybe try Beck Blue for the problems I have been having! I remember when Barb, ONEKIDSMOM and she, Marsha did the blue book and there was something about it I didn't want to do. I can't remember but I think it was that this one advised what to eat and I didn't like it. And when I don't like something I disregard it. BUT when Marsha said I should do it this time that TRUMPED Gaye's decision. She has NEVER steered me wro... Wed, 11 May 2016 20:54:16 EST WHAT a DIFFERENCE Two Days Can Make! I am actually EARLY blogging today would like to more often for sure but will see. I was SO excited to come back and tell you all! But first, I am early because as you know we decided we loved our land and animals here we would not be happy moving south again to metro traffic, etc. But we decided that we would have move renovations done to it. Several years ago we had major reno done on it, new windows, house wrap, siding grading of land and a BUNCH of small things. Now we want to do mor... Tue, 10 May 2016 19:38:27 EST Monday, Monday...Stress, Sabotaging Thoughts GALORE! This truly will be a short blog..will go into more detail tomorrow and sorry if I owe a lot of mails here but it will be understood with this. <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and with the "veggie thing" on my mind (can't seem to NOT have so many) I had sabotaging thoughts galore! I have NEVER had them to this point. I felt DESPERATE and defeated. They kept on and on (as I understand they always do) saying, "YOU are going to LOSE this 'magic' you thought you found in this Beck thing and yo... Mon, 9 May 2016 19:37:06 EST Beck Check (Late) and Update As is the NORM for me anymore...and my whole life I have been Miss Punctual. I have either mellowed or well, I don't know or well WHAT! I am late for almost everything now, so much more relaxed in my "old age". <em>211</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My Beck check will be short of course and I wanted to do an update of something I am still dealing with. It won't be news to a lot of you but this time I am really WORKING on it proactively. <BR> <BR> For the FIRST time an redo of Beck,... Sun, 8 May 2016 19:35:17 EST LONG DAY AGAIN....Quicken Is Up and Running! YAY Yes, it took ALL day today (minus about two hours that I'll get to later). <BR> <BR> After what I mentioned yesterday I tried again to get the new Quicken to work. NO GO. So I looked up online again Quicken's technical support number to see if PERHAPS I could find one. EUREKA! I did and called. THE problem was that I had the WRONG disk. It was just a brand new install and not an Update to the 2016 version! YIKE! I had opened the box and used it. BUT I got it from Amazon.....adverti... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:57:06 EST LONG Day Again But Good Again, I want to thank you ALL for the wonderful comments on yesterday's blog. Especially about my tummy always getting a brick or a cement block in it from stress. VERY good comments indeed. <BR> <BR> Again, we have been gone all day....I enjoy it totally when we go but when we return I then realize how many people I owe mails or comments to or such. Sorry to anyone that was expecting and of those things....I will get to mails as soon as possible. But all I can say is, "Oh Well, Oh W... Fri, 6 May 2016 20:16:58 EST ALL Went VERY WELL....the Chair is GONE! Yes, today was a BEAUTIFUL day in MI both IN and OUT. <BR> <BR> DS DID make it and visited with his dog (she is a precious chocolate lab and joined to him at the hip). It was actually a WONDERFUL visit and I loved it. But, there's that big BUTT, I actually still have the "brick" in the tummy. NOT real bad. But still there. That is just GAYE, me thinks. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have read all the LOVELY comments on that last blog about my tummy and you guys are ABSOLUTELY the <em>285</em> ... Thu, 5 May 2016 18:23:39 EST YIKE! Almost Forgot AGAIN! To Blog That IS! Checking in....and missed yesterday. DS2 did NOT make it up after all....more on that in a bit. But all is still bouncing along here as usual. BUT I DO still have a HUGE thing for VEGGIES. It is truly like an addiction...or rather, it IS an addiction to loving the FULL feeling in my tummy! <BR> <BR> But my stress levels, which 1. stay as a "brick" in my tummy (or sometimes a cement block) or 2. ARE very hard to get rid of, have been over the top! <BR> <BR> Now, yesterday when DS2 was su... Wed, 4 May 2016 18:42:56 EST Gotta Keep the Streak Going This Time....It Really Does Help THANK you all so much for the comments on the Resistant Starch and MOST of the comments agreed with my take on's NOT for me. But probably, as not all things work for each of us, it does work for some. And, with my addictive personality I certainly understand that! There are a LOT of things I don't DARE do or eat. <BR> <BR> Not sure how much I shared with you all but my "problem" with my body but most who have followed me any length of time know that since I was a CHILD I have had ... Mon, 2 May 2016 18:49:59 EST STREAK? And One Last Resistant Starch Blog Yes, I can't believe it! I actually worried that I wouldn't get a blog in today. This was a dreadful you ever have those..that the bad things NEVER seem to end in it? TODAY was that day here! John is still downstairs working on a shut-off valve in the basement that will NOT shut off. He wants me to wait to call our usual guy because it is Sunday night here. He is very good at doing things and taking care of them but most of you know what a Nervous Nellie I am and my tummy is ev... Sun, 1 May 2016 21:40:32 EST Resistant Starch From Blog Yesterday.and MY Take on IT (for what it's worth) SO many great responses on yesterday's blog. THANK YOU ALL! You are truly the BEST and WHY I love Spark so much but MOSTLY because of Sparkfriends (you) <BR> <BR> The title of course was: <BR> <BR> "Meet The Carb That Tastes Like A Starch But Acts Like A Fiber And Can Actually Help You Lose Weight" <BR> <BR> That really caught my eye (of course) . <BR> <BR> Okay, what I got out of the article on Resistant Starch is that it includes pasta and pancakes and mashed potatoes. The kicker ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:56:04 EST Perhaps THIS Blog Will Do IT! UPDATE! Well, I was TOLD today and several times that I NEED to make a blog again. THIS well of words has been "dry" for some time...the WORDS just did NOT want to come. I actually have tried a couple times. <BR> <BR> Not long ago ONE VERY good friend wrote me a sparkmail because she said she actually came to my page to see if she had gotten "unsubscribed" from them. And that was when she saw that it had been some time since I actually blogged. No words, plus we have been EXTREMELY busy and are ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:42:33 EST Short Blog - Think This Time I FINALLY OVERDID IT! NOTHING to do with my new shoulder <em>334</em> that is FINE. Those of you who know me know I would NEVER push that too far! <BR> <BR> BUT, and there's the BIG BUTT coming...we had a freak snow storm <em>425</em> the other day (two days ago). Marsha (MSLZZY) HAD warned me but brother...we ended up getting ELEVEN inches of snow when we had had green grass previous! Well, I actually was not all that bummed about it because I LOVE shoveling snow...MOST of you know that too. But THAT'... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 17:21:15 EST Yesterday.....DOC Appointment! As expected, my Orthopedic Doctor was THRILLED with my healing and strength after my total shoulder replacement January 5! I had hoped he would but any of you that know me, know that I always have thought, (IF anything can go wrong in this it will go wrong for ME). Sorry, but it is a well-learned conditioned response on my part and almost NEVER true anymore. <BR> <BR> When the doc came in he said, "how far can you raise your arm?" And I showed him! You KNOW I did! And I made him FEEL my... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:31:28 EST WEATHER! UGH....We in MI got HIT! Yep, we got hit BIGTIME! They predicted 8-18 inches of snow. We got four inches before I woke up. I saw it and had hoped we would get NON but SINCE we did I would ENJOY it by SHOVELING SNOW! YAY! <BR> <BR> I got all ready and went out...I did shovel for an hour but it ALL turned into freezing rain (the UGLY kind while I was out there. After 60 minutes I gave up! And it is still doing the same thing. AND supposed to until TOMORROW sometime! But after that is it staying in the 40s and 5... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:23:26 EST AWESOME Day today....BACK to NORMAL! It has gotten BEAUTIFUl here in MI and I have SPRING Fever for SURE! I actually GOT to get back to NORMAL cardio...FINALLY! I spent over four hours out in the garage CLEANING winter's dirt up! The mud that came in on car our truck from our HORRID dirt (actually mud most days here) and then sits so I took a big putty knife and scraped the whole floor before I could sweep it all up! IT was I said this is MY kind of cardio! I swept down the webs from the walls and cleaned up the wo... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:47:07 EST Today...AM Absolutely in SHOCK! We have been gone all day...just going and CELEBRATING! I have been in SHOCK since I began my spark this morning. One of MY FIRST spark mails was from the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team and leader LAURIE5658 who announces Maintenance milestone markers. This one announced, "GABY1948 has been maintaining for 1 year" or words to that effect. I KNEW it was this month but to see it in writing was a SHOCKER! This is BRAND NEW to me! I won't go into my whole life, hav... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 21:25:31 EST