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/ Yeterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412803 I'm glad that yesterday's blog was not received by readers like it was written. I was just downright depressed....it just was what it was. It was all about the "oh woe is me" spirit it was written in. That is not usually how I am either...so I have to apologize for my horrible self pity in that blog. <BR> <BR> I feel much better today and have really been working diligently on my PT at home. I really cannot believe how quickly we can lose our agility and action from parts of our bodies.... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:54:09 EST Working Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411876 At getting better each day and I plan to do it totally! Enjoy your days and I will come back tomorrow!!! <BR> <BR> It's still hard to write a lot but it will come! I'm determined! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:47:52 EST I'm GOOD AS NEW -- Almost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411442 Last night I would have thought that bit I was going to die but am doing GREAT! I am in a sling again and can't do too much but I feel WAY better than I would have thought last night when we got home! <BR> <BR> The hospital was very hard to navigate but we did it and HOME I am! That is all I care about! <BR> <BR> I will write when I can! John is a wonderful nurse and I will write again as I can! <BR> <BR> Thank you ALL for your care and wishes! <BR> <BR> I love you LLL!!! <em>247</em... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:38:14 EST Surgery Thursday - Prayers PLEASE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410540 Long hard day but surgery will be Thursday and barring any problems -- OUTPATIENT! Rhus the plea for prayer! <BR> <BR> Still nauseous from the Norco tabs for pain. <BR> <BR> Dead tired tonite so will be back tomorrow not as worn out~ <em>247</em> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:33:45 EST Next Installment -- And New Surgeon Appointment Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410155 Yes, tomorrow is my appointment with the new osteo surgeon. And, yes, I am nervous. <BR> <BR> But today I keep feeling better still. It's a good feeling that something is actually healing! <BR> <BR> I have noticed that I am definitely losing weight -- and NOT trying to. I eat well, just not as much as ever THOUGHT I needed and I feel fine! I never felt this way before,,,I actually KNOW when to stop intuitively!!! Praying it lasts....if so this accident indeed has a silver lining to it! ... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:03:40 EST Short Still http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409743 Just letting you all know that I am still here and getting closer to my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Only change is that I am even more scared and apprehensive about the whole thing. Thanks for being there and concerned...it helps! <BR> <BR> I will check in Tuesday when I know something and maybe tomorrow...probably!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:27:21 EST Short Check In With Good News...GOOD NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409109 I got up today and it is actually feeling better! Hair appointments for cuts and color (me the color). Feel new but still typing or writing hurts too much and is so HARD and I overdid it so hurts again...but will see how tomorrow is going! <BR> <BR> Thank you ALL for all the love and support! Will come back tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> OH and pants are actually LOOSER now which I always LIKE! <em>9</em> Fri, 8 Sep 2017 17:38:27 EST More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408702 I have settled down some but still hurt an from inside my head it's pretty bleak looking. I know that it has to be done and some things have been cleared up for me but not enough! <BR> <BR> <BR> One thing that helps is the "rod" that goes into my arm is not what I thought. I thought it would literally be a "rod" about .5 inch in diameter and go from shoulder to elbow....bu I have been cleared up that it is "small rods"that helps a LOT. And John took me for a walk and that helped tremendo... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:05:33 EST It's WORSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408369 Next Tuesday I have to see a surgeon in Saginaw, MI about surgery for a rod in my arm nd I LOST it! Cried profusely to th girl on the phone! POOR girl but I am settled down now! <BR> <BR> Will add news as it comes. Am okay now! It was just a shock! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:19:45 EST can't write -- it's broken good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408001 hurts bad -- can't type - - orange cast - - 4 places - cried all day from pain will try tomorrow <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 5 Sep 2017 17:06:19 EST Another Short One - - DAY 23 No Sugar and Arm is WORSE again - -HURTS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407575 My broken arm is kicking my butt! But I final go see my PA/Doc! I have no idea why it is so much worse. And I am BACK to eating just "normal" amounts! That is just ONE more clarification that for ME TOTAL abstinence from sugar is the only thing that will keep me sane and NOT obsessed with eating all the time! It has been really nice! John agrees with me on this! <BR> <BR> I wish you all a wonderful holiday if you are in the US and even if not. <BR> <BR> I will be back tomorrow to rep... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 13:19:32 EST Day 22 No Sugar Improvement In My Arm :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407281 I got up this morning and there is improvement....I could do more things without the gut-grabbing pain! It is a relief for sure but there is still some to go. Tuesday will be the Orthopedic Surgeon that I will be seeing. <BR> <BR> Right now my body must be working overtime on getting itself healed....I am really worn out....exhausted to be sure. <BR> <BR> So this has to another shorter blog! <BR> <BR> Again I thank you for prayers and well wishes! Know that I really appreciate it! Thi... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 17:05:18 EST NO Sugar day 21 - NOT a Problem....the ARM??? BIG PROBLEM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406749 I am so sick of hurting. I know, now I have become a whiney-butt. John is taking me out to eat to get my mind off of it. IF that's possible! <BR> <BR> I will do a real blog later, I hope! Sat, 2 Sep 2017 08:29:35 EST Day 20!!!! Still Sugar Free and HAPPY to say it! The Injured Arm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406557 Day 20! Almost three weeks! That is very exciting for me! <BR> <BR> Now, the "poor hurt" arm. It still hurts like a dog! But I still believe that EACH day it gets a tad better...the pain is a bit more tolerable. <BR> <BR> I got a call today from my PA that I just love. He got the results back from the CAT scan I had done yesterday. It confirmed that the bone involved is hurt indeed fractured on the end rather than just "hurt". And because of that hurt it does not hang right. So no... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 15:14:53 EST Day 17 and Day 18 STILL Sugar-Free and Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405740 The sugar free part has become part of me and with my broken arm it is actually "EASY". John keeps telling me I'm a WUSS! And he is right. I never broke anything before. IT HURTS! Especially being my right elbow. Since I'm right-handed it is horrible for doing ANYTHING! <BR> <BR> Even typing, this will be short. I do thank you all for your kindness and concern. And I am finding with this that I really AM a wuss! <BR> <BR> Everyone is blowing up my phone and my iPad and I appreciate i... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:27:02 EST Day 16 of no sugar is going GREAT....but NOTHING else went right. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405050 My no sugar streak is great! But that is all that is great! My arm/elbow has kicked my butt all day! I went to the hospital for my xray of the elbow. Then within 2.5 hours I got a phone call from my doc and they got the results already! There are fracture lines in the elbow joint SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO it's back to the hospital to have a cat scan of same elbow. The appt for that is at 3pm but they sound like they already know the next step. My doc's girl said they will do this c... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:03:00 EST Follow Up To All The Caring Comments From Yesterday :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404493 *****Came back to say that today is now day 15 of NO SUGAR and my eating has been impeccable since this began! So all in all it has turned out to be a "wonderful" experience! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you again for all the care! <BR> <BR> <BR> *****I wanted to jump in here before anyone else answers the last blog***** <BR> <BR> I DO plan to see my doc Monday. He has not been in since this happened so haven't been able to. But I never planned NOT to go to him. I don't want to go ... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 10:22:12 EST ***Bonus Blog*****to Earlier Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404247 *****I wanted to jump in here before anyone else answers the last blog***** <BR> <BR> I DO plan to see my doc Monday. He has not been in since this happened so haven't been able to. But I never planned NOT to go to him. I don't want to go to emergency and have it checked out but I do plan to see my doctor and then if needed see the Physician/Surgeon that did my shoulder replacement a year or two ago. I DO appreciate all the kind and worrying people but I thought it out already. Remember ... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 15:51:30 EST Day 14 Still NO Sugar - But Not Doing Well At All...ACCIDENT Goes ON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404214 I have WANTED to come blog so you would all know that I am still sugar free! That part is <em>345</em> BUT and here's that big BUTT! <BR> <BR> I told you all that my arm/elbow was in a falling accident with me a few days back. That is still true.but it is still kicking MY butt! I am in pain much of my awake time! I want to just cry sometimes! <em>46</em> After the swelling went down I didn't go to emergency because I neither believe it is broken nor cracked and I am MORE than than... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:23:00 EST Day 12 NO SUGAR is FINE and In Tact! SO Happy to Say! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403577 We have been gone ALL day again...NORMAL for this time of year! But NO SUGAR streak is going strong and so am I! <BR> <BR> This is normal for us this time of year that we are really busy until cold weather starts bringing in winter and cold and S-N-O-W. I don't even want to say it! But that is when we start pulling more inside the house! <BR> <BR> We went and saw our best friend who works at a local jewelry store and that always makes for a lovely day! <BR> <BR> I think we are staying h... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:56:50 EST Yep!!! Day 11 Of NO SUGAR and It DOES Feel Normal!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403190 I am so excited...it really is becoming NORMAL for me. It's odd because some avoid drugs or alcohol because the become addicted too easily. That could describe me but I don't seem to have a problem with those. You see, I grew up in a way and in a time that I was just a "good girl" and I never questioned it. NO drugs or alcohol for me....it was just "unacceptable". I was good with that. The few times I did drink hard beverages it was STRICTLY to get "high" or DRUNK. ESCAPE. I was t... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:04:32 EST Day 10!!!! It's Beginning To Feel Normal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402819 Seriously, day 10 of NO sugar is beginning to feel normal to me! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I had wondered if I would ever actually get in the groove again...but I AM! This feels SO good! <BR> <BR> To pick up where I left off yesterday....John still has a pulled muscle or whatever it is and can hardly walk....but my shoulder, for as sore as it was yesterday it is not nearly so sore today. We needed some groceries so I opted to go alone today and leave his sore body at home. You all know ... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:31:03 EST Day 9 Success! An Solar Eclipse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402459 No, in Michigan we are not in the line to see any of it but at 3 this afternoon it got a real "weird" out but I was afraid (I'm always a scaredy-cat) about the eyesight part of it! <BR> <BR> BUT...and as "LEANJEAN" always blogs...there is ALWAYS a a big BUTT there. <BR> <BR> As I said today is Day 9! I almost can't believe it! It's amazing! Yesterday was not EASY but was a lot better than the day before! <BR> <BR> One small thing I hadn't told you all....only a few on spark...last we... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:21:00 EST Day 8!!!! Almost Didn't Make It Last NIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401936 Yes, today is Day 8!!!!! But I have to confess that I nearly did not make it!!!! I went to bed and had the WORST craving for a candy, just one candy....one of John's wintergreen Lifesavers candies. He buys them individually wrapped in big bags so they last him a LONG time (when I am not "stealing" them! It was a BAD craving and my brain fought me for a good 15 -30 minutes but I WON! I still don't know how. But I knew, true to GAYE, that if I had ONE it would NOT stop there. No, sometime... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:59:35 EST Quiet Day But Still Day 7!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401708 Short and sweet....busy days but nothing to write about. BUT, I am on Day 7 of no sugar! It feels soo good...like a real ACCOMPLISHMENT! And I am back to getting all my steps for each day! That is wonderful to me too! I had even gotten to tell John that if I kept up as I was I would turn into a sloth as far as moving for cardio. So even though this is very short and probably very boring to others reading it it is still a main accomplishment to me! <BR> <BR> I pray everyone is having a H... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:36:55 EST It's Day 6!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401415 Have been doing these short blogs and today is yet another one. We have been extremely busy here in MI and I love it but would like to SLOW down just a bit! <BR> <BR> Maybe soon... <BR> <BR> I will come to post my day EVERY day that I make it...with NO sugar. And today is 6!!!! I am extremely excited by this because I really messed it up when I quit the one I had been on for 5-6 YEARS. I know I can do it again...and I don't even CRAVE it! <BR> <BR> It is raining here and chilly righ... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:27:26 EST Late Night --SO BUT TODAY IS DAY 5!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401116 I am an "early person". Most of you know that but this is a VERY late night for me. We went to our favorite sporing goods stores. Visited with many people and they had 40% off sales on my favorite thing especially Columbia. But I am dead now so won't go on long. <BR> <BR> Yes, as the title says, I am on day FIVE of kicking sugar to the curb.! This would not have been a big deal to me except that a few months (a year, even?) I started having hard candies, wintergreen or peppermint cand... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:03:50 EST Really Quick Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400688 Just had to come by and tell you all that it's still very busy here....I MISS MY FRIENDS...and keep blogging or I "retreat into myself" rather than blog. <BR> <BR> Doing really well and ON DAY FOUR of NO CANDIES or SUGAR....and still DON'T WANT ANY! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all! Each and every one of you! And LOVE too and HEALTH! Remember, whatever you put into your mouth/stomach and however you move those lovely bodies....do it all for HEALTH! <BR> <BR> Love you guys! <BR> <em>247<... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:35:41 EST Another Busy Day But Good News!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399870 Quick one again tonite. John and I were gone all day again in pretty intense heat. We got up and headed 60 miles south to Saginaw, MI. FOR VERIZON WIRELESS. From what my son told me and the experiments I had done with my iPhone 6s I was 99.9% sure I would wait until iPhone 8 comes out (they already report problems with it in tests). But I wanted to talk to the Verizon people and find out their take on the whole thing. <BR> <BR> We got there and we went in and I went to a "friendly" you... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:28:17 EST UPDATE and Feeling So Much Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399464 Well, I have spent the WHOLE day investigating iPhone 6 and 7 PROBLEMS. They are so common it is pathetic. Not really surprised at all. My Windows 7 computer seems to have corrected itself. It is working perfectly! <BR> <BR> Back to the iPhone 6-7 debacle. We do have planned to go to the big city and see Verizon Wireless about what has been going on. This glitch is common to just about everyone that has an iphone 6s (mine) and also the iPhone 7. Sounds like I would be trading one set ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:49:43 EST Thank You ALL -- And Today Is MUCH Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399117 This day really is better. And all your helpful comments yesterday did help! <BR> <BR> I have to tell you that this morning I was quite apprehensive when I started my computer....would it start? Or not. Anyone that knows me knows knows on all fronts knows that I am a scaredy cat. Always was. Often it takes me a day or two to read responses to my blogs because I am "afraid" of what the comments will be. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I have been investigating today with my phone and have d... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:35:34 EST Oh Woe Is ME -- It Just Keeps Getting Worse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398775 I am definitely in some of "those times" we all have. But this has been MY time. <BR> <BR> For days, just about everything that can go wrong HAS gone wrong. My laptop AND my cell phone among other things. <BR> <BR> First, my laptop is 12 years old but it is my baby. I have always loved this laptop. It's Windows 7 for one thing. I have a Windows 10 that I don't love so much but the other one is newer so I'm glad to have it for sure. <BR> <BR> Well the Windows 7 began having trouble two... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:47:40 EST Summer Is Busy In MI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397959 I knew I had to come check in or everyone would think I went in my cave. This is NOT the case I am happy to say! <BR> <BR> Most who have known me a long time know that we live on a large plot of land...just under 21 acres and we "live" on 4.5 acres. The rest we let a farmer in the area plant and fam hay on it. But 4.5 acres is no easy task to take care of in the summer months. <BR> <BR> Besides that we have yard hobbies we love doing and so on. But summer goes far too quickly here in M... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 16:36:36 EST Rainy Sunday and NO POISON IVY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396734 It has been raining off and on but only periodically! I love it because I got up early with NO sign of of the dreaded poison ivy! SO I quick got dressed and went an cut some more on that side of the lawn that the bushes were covering. I had been lazy last year so did not "'manicure" the edge of the yard. You see, I have explained before we live on a 20 acre farm....but our yard only takes up a bit over 4 acres that we keep up and enjoy (about 4.5 acres. The rest a friend/farmer hays in ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 16:31:32 EST QUICK Blog -- No Cave This Time! Just BUSY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396379 I am not in my cave this time just busy with summertime work and activities. I love this time of year, but I am either busier than normal or else just "showing my age". <BR> <BR> I've been busy since we got home yesterday and still have not caught up with my bestest buddies on here. I will try to as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> Now, and don't laugh or scold me....I wanted to go out and do some "yard work". Most of you remember my last journey out to do that and the horrible poison ivy I got... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 16:46:56 EST Quick Morning Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395824 We are north now and having a wonderful time. Thinking of going home today...I'm WORN out. BUT the itches from the poison ivy are gone and most of the visible results are gone but one good thing I have found I NOW know how to truly identify poison ivy. There is a TON of it up here and stay as far away as possible. <BR> <BR> Will check in later today or tomorrow but we and do all you do for HEALTH...move...or put in your mouths! <BR> <BR> I love spark and all you guys! <em>247</em> <e... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 07:16:46 EST Another Short Blog - - Lots Going On. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395470 It's summer in MI and when it is we go and travel...because in winter we hibernate!. Well, summer is almost gone and because of our earlier trip to Israel we have not traveled as much as usual. <BR> <BR> But today we are embarking on a short trip to Northern MI and Mackinaw City area. Looking so forward to it....but I do want to share an even bigger deal to me! Two days ago John really surprised me by letting me know that he signed us up for the Israel tour 2018. Again with his sister an... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 08:50:35 EST Short Blog Again -- But I REMEMBERED My Main Source For Anti-Binging -- It Still Works For ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394552 My journey keeps on and thankfully good report today. NO candies yesterday and don't want them today. <BR> <BR> I remembered yesterday the ONE thing that always stopped my bingeing and it is the ONLY thing that I find 100% relief in. I was skeptical of it yesterday but thought I would try it. It is still my savior/answer. <BR> <BR> I have written about it several times on spark and sadly it doesn't work for everyone but it sure does me! PTL <BR> <BR> Coconut oil! I started yesterday a... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:53:32 EST Blogging FIRST Thing...Sparkfriends Have Reached a New Height! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394122 Yes, I wanted to come here almost before doing anything else...YOU are all the <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> You all know the turmoil with candies I have been going through for some time and cutting out my "good" food instead. I have blogged most days but I have to confess, I am a fraidy cat and have been since a child so when I am afraid to face things (whether said things or other) I would AVOID said things. Which I have been since this merry go round I got on. <BR> <BR> Well, "something"... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:49:32 EST Blogging FIRST Thing...Sparkfriends Have Reached a New Height! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394120 Yes, I wanted to come here almost before doing anything else...YOU are all the <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> You all know the turmoil with candies I have been going through for some time and cutting out my "good" food instead. I have blogged most days but I have to confess, I am a fraidy cat and have been since a child so when I am afraid to face things (whether said things or other) I would AVOID said things. Which I have been since this merry go round I got on. <BR> <BR> Well, "something"... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:47:59 EST Another Busy Day So Update Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393824 I owe many spark mails and suh and we are busy here always in summer. It will be short but I may check back later. <BR> <BR> I have MUCH to learn about this poison ivy for sure! NEVER had it before. Last night was like living DAY 1 all over again. I scratched the skin off and it still itched....both legs...both arms. I am even afraid to even go out and do yard work now...I hope I get over that although I really do know what I am looking for now. <BR> <BR> After last night, I got up t... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:34:43 EST Another Day To Count Down But I'm Learning A LOT! And I AM Improving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393574 WOW, what a journey this has become. But, I do believe I am learning a lot that I never knew before! I was 100% ignorant about poison ivy before a couple days ago. <BR> <BR> I know quite a bit now. But this will be a short blog again...who wants to read about poison ivy? NOT me. <BR> <BR> So cut to the chase....calamine lotion IS the only thing that works well! And it does as soon as it is applied so I have a LOT of it around and don't hesitate a minute applying it. <BR> <BR> I did wa... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:03:04 EST Quick Blog Again....Today NOT SO GOOD...Poison Ivy!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393212 An NOT the old song from when I was a KID! <BR> <BR> It was fine earlier this week....but I wave been doing my beloved yard work and trimming everything in site.. I had bumped into a problem a few days ago and all of a sudden my ankles and arms were itching like wildfire...but I was sure it was no-see-um bugs. Tiny bugs one can't see but they keep biting and all of a sudden you can't do anything but scratch - ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE. It's absolutely HORRIFIC. But when I thought it was th... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:09:14 EST GREAT Day Today Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392836 First, thank you all for following these blogs of mine! It's amazing to me how writing down our accountability WORKS! <BR> <BR> First, today is day 8 of being back on track and I have to tell you, I'm loving it! I was thinking about spark today and there is absolutely NOTHING about Spark, and Chris Downer NOT to like! So many of us have either FOUND our lives or been RESCUED from something...usually OURSELVES. <BR> <BR> Sine I have found HEALTH I never want to know anything else again. ... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:05:18 EST Short Blog Today To Report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392412 Today is day 7!!!!!! I am SO excited to tell you that I am on day SEVEN of no sugar! NO CANDIES at ALL! I know people are praying for me for sure. <BR> <BR> John and I had to go grocery shopping (today was a payday so I have been paying bills (we get paid once a month from two different sources....it's quite a responsibility for me....I'm the chief bill payer and accountant <em>334</em> and shopper.. John helps me with the "decisions" but ultimately it is up to me to get it RIGHT! ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:13:58 EST I'm GOOD To My Word! And Welcome Back to Sanity, Gaby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391971 I WILL blog at least a short check-in each day and that is what I will do today. I am on DAY SIX of absolutely SUGAR-FREE today!!!!! <em>244</em> <em>595</em> <BR> <BR> After writing yesterday's blog I feel back to "normal" (for me)! SO I know that I am better off for sure when I do right. Otherwise my brain taunts me and drives me nuts. <BR> <BR> I'm later today because we mowed our grass and that is a huge job. We mow 4.5 acres of our 20 acre land! A farmer nearby we let sow h... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:57:59 EST When My Brain Decides to "Play" It's Never A Good Thing!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391536 Most of you that have had anything to do with my blogs during my journey to health on Spark know that my main "asset" is that I am a "RIGID PERSONALITY" as I have said all along. I always (even during 'FAT' times) did repetition eating (learned that from my dad as he did same). I just now eat healthy food. <BR> <BR> I know that is "weird" to alot of people but it's what works for me and is what I LIKE.. <BR> <BR> Now, what this blog is about. I have sailed along for over TWO years in ma... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:43:23 EST Happy Independence Day/ 4th of July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383331 Things have been very busy here! Almost too busy. First, we had 4 months of renovations that were grueling in some ways. Then after that we decided to take a trip to Israel - a lifelong dream - and we were NOT disappointed a bit...planning to possibly go back in 2018 too! <BR> <BR> It has been an amazing year! And here we are at July 4, 2017!!!!! This year I will be 69 years old! In just a few days and exactly 6 months after John reached 69. We are 6 months to the day apart. When I m... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 17:35:51 EST Trying To Get Back To Blogging...Yet Again. Israel Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375541 First, let me tell you that both John and I are exhausted! I don't recall being this exhausted in a very long time. I will also tell you right now that this was the most amazing trip we have gone on! The beauty of Israel cannot be discerned in photos. <BR> <BR> We saw all the places that are so familiar from reading the stories in the Bible. The Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and so many places. They were all filled with crowds of people and we were told before we ... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:03:05 EST Heading HOME today! WOOHOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373507 John and I have had the most wonderful, tiring trip to Israel! But, it is our day to come home! It has been temperatures of over 110 degrees F for days and living out of suitcases gets very old soon. After the long ride home over the "big pond" (ocean) we can begin to get normal again. <BR> <BR> I would say that a trip to Israel is a MUST for any practicing Believer in the Lord or anyone that wishes to learn more about Him. <BR> <BR> God Bless you all and I will report what I can "rememb... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:46:58 EST