GAILRUU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GAILRUU GAILRUU'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/ Kale Konundrum (I know you don't spell it that way!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190017 A 10 pack of kale was an impulse buy this spring and it looked so healthy in the store that I brought it home to plant in my garden, Never mind that my first experience with kale was to discover that it does get those little green cabbage worms. Now I didn't notice that until I was eating my second helping so it was a bit of a turn off in spite of the jokes that it was just extra protein. I tried growing it one more time after that and it didn't taste as good that time. Maybe it was all i... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:36:32 EST Before the Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189576 Rain was predicted for today so I got up and was out in the garden by 6:30. I did some weeding and mulching and after a short light rain, went back out again for several more hours and got a lot accomplished. I wear a Fitbit and frankly, gardening doesn't register all that high on it but I do enter it separately. I know it doesn't usually get my heart rate up unless I am hoeing or hauling carts full but it really does burn calories. Yesterday I got nearly 2 pounds of asparagus and 2 quart... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:19:58 EST Never Enough Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187859 I would spend the entire day outdoors if I could. Today started out as a perfect day with a light breeze, sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. I did get a few things done indoors and even got in some steps on my Fitbit and then headed out to do what I really wanted. I charged up the batteries for my grass whip and cleaned up around my vegetable garden and some highbush cranberry bushes which were fighting tall grass. Then off to the U of MN experimental station to work with the Master Ga... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:12:16 EST The Stress Eater In Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184932 As much as I love my grandkids, a day with a pair of active boys trapped indoors because of a thunderstorm does send me into a stress mode and from that to the cookie jar. Of course, i don't usually have cookies in the house considering I can't leave them alone, but the 6 year old asked if I could bake some and since I do need them for Sunday at Church I got busy and made chocolate chip cookies. And yes, I did eat some. The good thing is that I was able to stop before I did too much damage... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:40:42 EST Those Dreaded Pot Lucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182733 It is really difficult to resist the food at a pot luck. The ladies at our church are very good cooks and bring their best efforts to the monthly pot luck. I always have a bit of a difficult time resisting eating too much. My plan for today at our monthly meeting is to limit myself to 15 Smart Points (I follow the WW plan) and eat a light breakfast (2 SP). Since WW gives most fruit a zero point value I did eat an apple a bit ago so I won't be starving when I get there in about half an hou... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:16:40 EST It's the Small Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180188 I have discovered a number of ways to eat less and burn a few calories. <BR> Park away from the store. It adds more steps and usually means your car won't get all those door dings from careless people parking next to you. <BR> Put your cart back in the cart corral when you have unloaded it. Besides there is nothing more irritating than a cart blocking access to a parking spot or bumping a parked car. <BR> Grow your own food if possible! It is great exercise and will provide healthy... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:07:51 EST The Vegetable Garden is Planted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172646 It has been a busy month with lots of meetings, events and the yard and garden. Today I finally finished planting my garden. <BR> I have 6 kinds of potatoes, Yukon Gold, All Blue, Norkota, Russett, Norland and Fingerling. I have 3 kinds of peppers, 5 each of Green Chili and Jalapeno and about 30 Corno Di Toro peppers which I grow instead of bell peppers since they do better for me. I have 20 cabbage plants, mostly Savoy, 10 Brussels Sprouts, 8 kale, 6 hills squash, Acorn and buttercup, S... Sun, 29 May 2016 20:14:20 EST Garden Fever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157073 I headed out to the garden the first thing this morning and got the whole thing tilled twice. Then I planted my seed potatoes, 4 varieties not counting a few Russets I had under the sink that were starting to sprout. I planted Fingerling (a yellow type), Yukon Gold, Norland (red) and a white variety for which I neglected to write down the name. It took me several hours to get them done since I had to dig trenches, scatter organic fertilizer along the sides, rake it in and then scatter lea... Thu, 5 May 2016 17:36:03 EST Goodbye to an Old Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151707 Today was a sad one in our house. Our fifteen year old Shih Tzu has been having seizures and today was so lethargic we made the decision to have her put down. I suspect she was having little strokes. In addition, over the last year her eyesight had deteriorated to the point where she could no longer see much except for dark and light. We will miss her very much. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:55:32 EST Am I The Only One? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149099 Yesterday I went to a workshop on gardening. It was fun and informative which is not the point of this blog. The question I have is "Am I the only one who hates wraps?" I have been to several occasions where lunch was provided and it turned out to be wraps. I knew that is what they were serving and ordered a veggie wrap thinking it would be a better filling than the chicken and bacon. Okay, the filling was fine if not spectacular, but I don't see the point of rolling it all up in a gummy... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:26:17 EST Spring Clean Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146430 One of my most satisfying exercises is to clean up my local rural roadside. This morning I walked half a mile and picked up winter trash from along the road. It actually wasn't too bad this year since I only got two bags full. Half of it can be recycled and the rest will have to go to the landfill. I actually don't mind doing it and will do more in the next week or so and I have the added benefit of all the walking, bending and stretching to reach the debris. <BR> My young neighbor is... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:55:13 EST And Ten to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145967 I officially have 10 more pounds to go to get to my Weight Watchers goal. It has taken me nearly a year to get this far with a 37 plus pound loss. My average weight loss has been only .7 pound per week but without WW I doubt I would have lost much at all. Frankly, it is the money that motivates me. I am looking forward to not having to pay for meetings any longer. I have increased my losses a bit by increasing my exercise. In the next few weeks I should be really busy with gardening whi... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:09:12 EST The Birds are Singing, Flowers Blooming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143440 I love spring. I love gardening which is one reason and I enjoy walking along the road and through the woods to see what is happening. My day is now busy from morning to night with activities outside and the scale is reflecting that. <BR> My project for the last few days has been getting the greenhouse up and running and turning my compost pile. I live in the far northern part of Minnesota and this year I did manage to keep adding to the pile all winter. It didn't actually heat up but... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:50:22 EST Slow but Progress Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135074 I weighed in at Weight Watchers today and got back to my lowest weight that I have reached there during this last 11 months with the program. The month of March was not a particularly good month for weight loss for me but I hope I learned something and at least I managed to maintain my weight which is also a goal for me. I am hoping that when warmer weather finally reaches the northland I will be motivated to walk outdoors. In the meantime I am using my Wii and going to the gym. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 21:18:09 EST Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124627 After my disheartening weigh in last week when I had a 4 pound weight gain, today was really encouraging. I not only lost that 4 pounds but another 1.6 pound for a total of 5.6 pounds this week. I know it had a lot to do with sodium so I was careful about that and kept up my exercise. I have been able to get to 10,000 steps every day which is good. <BR> I have also reached some milestones at the gym with the weight machines. I have increased my weight on the leg press 15 pounds and ca... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:39:03 EST Rocky Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123165 I have been fighting a binge mentality all week. Today and yesterday have been fine so I am hoping that I have worked past it. I try to find something to keep me occupied when I am tempted to raid the pantry and exercise and hobbies do help. Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:40:44 EST Getting Back On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119461 This last weekend was not a good one for my diet. I did track what I ate but had some lapses in good judgement and indulged a bit too much and with too much salt. Today I weighed in at Weight Watchers with a 4 pound gain. Logically, I know that to gain that much in actual fat I would have had to have eaten 14,000 more in calories than I burned but that isn't what happened and my body has a tendency to react to salty foods by retaining fluids. I knew when I went to my weigh in what to expe... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 23:15:10 EST A Few Compliments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112673 Today at church two people commented on how much weight I have lost, particularly in my face (although that wasn't the area I was concerned about <em>20</em> ). It was very nice to hear. My weight loss after regaining all I had lost several years ago has been very slow but steady. I have been diligent about tracking my food and recently began exercising again. That really has helped increase my weight loss to at least double what was occurring before. The other benefit is that I should ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 14:37:01 EST End of Winter Doldrums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109302 I am doing my best to keep busy indoors and spend less time on the computer and more moving around. Last year I sat far too much and along with gaining weight, managed to have a pulmonary embolism! I am lucky to have survived that and I am now on a medicine to keep that from happening again. I also have lost 34 pounds in that time and I am exercising every day. I feel so much better when I can keep active. <BR> Yesterday I went to my first political caucus. It was very interesting and ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:18:21 EST Another Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107069 I did a little cooking this week. I bought some Wonton skins and decided to experiment and see what i could do with them. I found one recipe for bacon and onion and egg substitute used as a filling in mini muffin cups. If I ever make it again I will spray the muffing cups first! I got a few out without damage but most stuck to the pan. What a pain! The other recipe was one I had to improvise to make. I saw a recipe and didn't print it and couldn't find it again. I sprayed a cookie shee... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:49:33 EST I Can't Remember How Long It Has Been http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104797 I quit tracking my food and exercise several years ago and of course the predictable outcome occurred. I gained all my weight back again. Forward to last May and I joined Weight Watchers and have slowly been losing weight again. I still have another nearly 20 pounds left to go but I am feeling much better and really have had no problem following the plan. I decided to come back to Spark and double track my eating out of curiosity to see just how many calories I have been eating. Since WW... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:46:39 EST Got My Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759573 It took about an hour for me to find my little dog who got off her leash this morning. I live in a rural neighborhood along a lake and she managed to get nearly a half mile away and got stuck in a swamp! A neighbor saw her and heard her barking. She was stuck in the water in the middle of a patch of reeds and cattails and I had to wade in after her. I am so relieved to find her. She had a bath and is sleeping on a cushion right now. Cute, friendly and has a brain the size of a pea! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:21:10 EST Busy Days of Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758836 I got through 2 days of being back on track. That is a biggie for me. Yesterday was a busy one with quilting at church followed by a tour of a beautiful garden belonging to one of the Master Gardeners. She had snacks available including an assortment of some very nice raw vegetables from her garden. Today I can finally stay home and do some catching up in my own garden since I have been away from home for several days with meetings and friends. <BR> Jerry is going to the lake to sta... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:46:08 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757414 I should have titled this starting WAY OVER since I have regained all I lost plus a little more. I got on the scale this morning and started using the meal tracker here at Spark again so I am off to a good start. <BR> I have discovered that the more social I am, the more obstacles I find to eating. I just have to be careful and avoid too many treats. At least I don't have them at home to tempt me. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:18:31 EST Duh! It Works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585316 I was very successful at losing weight a few years ago by tracking my food and exercising every day. My NY resolution was to exercise at least 6 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes and track all my food on paper since my old computer is a bit balky on Spark. I have been doing that actually since just before the new year and it is working! I am already down over 5 pounds which is something I have not been able to accomplish for the last year and a half. My third resolution was to eat o... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 08:36:48 EST Practicing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575582 It isn't quite the new year yet, but I have been trying to stick to my resolutions. I have been using my Wii or going to Curves every day, attempting to eat only in the kitchen and sadly, not writing everything down. My old computer is so pokey that using the Spark Tracker is way to slow although I may try that anyway. I can keep a little notebook next to the computer and write it down. <BR> I had been lax in my exercise and eating too much so the results were obviously not going to be... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:35:39 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570458 I was shocked when I got on the scale again this morning. I have been steadily gaining weight for the last two years and I am almost back to the weight I was at when I joined TOPS! I have been eating far too much and exercising very little so I can only blame myself. <BR> Christmas baking has been hard on my resolve to stay away from sweets. I packed up trays of cookies for my neighbors so once they are delivered I will not have that to tempt me although my DIL did send a few treats my... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:37:00 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415246 Once I reached level 20 I did cut back on my Spark time. I have learned to include exercise in my daily activities and to track my food but my computer is getting a little old and for some reason Spark is difficult for my poor old laptop to navigate through. I particularly have trouble with My Favorites in the food tracker and getting into recipes. I am not sure why. <BR> We are getting into the time of the year where the garden will be producing a huge amount of fruits and vegetables.... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:28:50 EST With This Post I Hit Level 20! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387691 Hooray! I decided to use this blog to reach the top of the hill points wise. I can still accumulate more but I will be wearing my gold crown! <BR> 1 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:20:18 EST The Great Outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387291 I can't ever remember a spring that arrived so late. We had a snow storm about a month ago, even before all the winter accumulation had not melted. It delayed planting my vegetable garden until last Saturday for the final things that needed to go in and even today I added some shallots, Pak Choy and popped a few Connecticut Field Pumpkin seeds into my pile of rotted horse and cow manure. I got out my little tiller and got through the entire vegetable garden, a task that used to take me 3 d... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:09:51 EST I Should Have Saved My Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380033 While wandering through Target yesterday I saw a display of Starbucks coffee and decided that since I have heard so much about how good it is, I thought I would try some. I must say I was quite disappointed. I think that the best tasting coffee is Folger's although I have gone to the store brand from Walmart in the last few years due to cost, and actually that is not too bad either. <BR> The closest I can come to comparing the Starbucks coffee to is the coffee supplied by the local hosp... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:24:46 EST Almost There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373498 I have been a Spark People fan for many years and within the next week I should reach level 20! I do have to admit that right now I am 9 pounds heavier than when I joined! I don't consider that a total failure. I did get to my goal and maintained it for quite a while before old habits and stresses began to work their way back into my life. I managed to stop it before I got totally out of control but I expect it will always be a problem for me and Spark does help me keep focused on what i... Fri, 31 May 2013 10:14:44 EST Those Bothersome Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365121 I was a little stressed because I needed to make a vest for a great-grandson and I only had a few days to get it done. This afternoon I got busy and got it done. I suspect it may be a little large, but I made it the size his mother wanted and I expect it will look fine under the suit jacket. He is five years old and will be in a wedding on Saturday. I doubt non sewers realize just how much time it takes to sew a garment and even though this was a relatively simple project it did take me a... Wed, 22 May 2013 23:01:36 EST Finally a Warm Wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356775 Today is the first truly warm day we have had this spring. I have to get some plants ready for the plant sale tomorrow which will take much of the day. I also agreed to be interviewed by phone about the sale with is a little bit of a stress for me but the interview is at 8:10 in the morning on our local public radio station so I can delude myself that not many people will be listening! <BR> I will make some notes this evening and hope the lady from the station can keep the conversation ... Tue, 14 May 2013 21:55:04 EST Too Little Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355747 I have so much to do outdoors and the weather is not cooperating. Tomorrow I will be busy all day working in my greenhouse and potting up some plants to bring to the Master Gardener plant sale. We have had very little warm weather so most of my perennials are not up, or at least not enough to recognize and divide. I also have a very expensive Martagon lily bulb that needs to be planted and tomorrow I will try to get that done. We may get temperatures into the 80s so I am crossing my finge... Mon, 13 May 2013 23:06:45 EST Gloomy Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343555 The thermometer has not gotten out of the 30's all day. I will have to go tuck in the greenhouse in about an hour to help conserve heat for the night. Most years it has been warm enough at this time of May to even have some frost free nights. I think we are about 2 weeks behind our normal spring weather. It is affecting my mood since I really would like to be outdoors working in my yard and getting my flower beds cleaned up before I tackle the vegetable garden. I am carb craving and attr... Thu, 2 May 2013 18:52:12 EST Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336725 The snow is starting to melt and I can see more of the lawn every day. My path to the maple trees is still snow covered but at least it is not deeper than my knee high rubber boots any more. The sap has slowed a bit since last night didn't quite reach the freezing mark and I do have about a dozen jars of syrup made so that will supplement what I have on hand and give us pure maple syrup for the next year. Making maple syrup is a lot of work and takes fuel as well. Since I am doing only a ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:08:51 EST Snow is Melting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335705 I finally got a few of my plants out to the little greenhouse. I have them tucked in for the night with a little electric heater to keep them warm and blankets over the shelves. The snow is knee deep in places but at least it is starting to melt around the house. It is 39 degrees right now and the forecast is for a low of 32 tonight so I am crossing my fingers the seedlings will survive out there. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:12:38 EST I May Have Fixed My Computer Problem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332836 I am crossing my fingers on this one, but somehow, when downloading a program, I managed to get two tool bars across the top of the screen. My computer was so slow on Spark that it was like being back on dial up!! This morning it took me half an hour to get my points for Spark Messages and I did a search for how to get rid of a toolbar. In desperation I downloaded a tool bar cleaner and (careful to uncheck any boxes that might add more unwanted things on my computer) got rid of one of the t... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:04:31 EST Frustrated with my Computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330941 It is a good thing I am patient with this computer since it has been slow as cold molasses when I am on Spark. I am within 4000 points of level 20 and I am determined to get there in spite of my balky lap top. After that I don't know what happens although I plan to continue tracking food and exercise. <BR> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:10:28 EST The Year Without a Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328037 It is April 18 and we are having more snow! This wouldn't be quite so bad if the winter accumulation had melted but we still had over a foot on the ground and at this point I am beginning to wonder if it will ever melt. I have two tables and two shelves of seedlings under lights but they need to get outside and I am not sure when that will happen. I need to plant my cabbage and broccoli seedlings but don't want to start too early. When it looks like things are warming up a bit I will star... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:13:05 EST Busy, Busy, Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325636 Spring seems to bring along a large number of activities and end of year celebrations. Every weekend this month has had a planned activity from going to a local theater, a birthday party, a garden workshop, a quilt workshop and a retirement party. Add to that a club meeting, weekly TOPS and WW meetings and quilting at church as well as Sunday services. I also gave a class on gardening focusing on recycling. I enjoy doing all these things but it does take up a lot of time and some days my ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:26:05 EST Struggling a bit This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318746 I have been a little off track this week with 3 occasions that I did not have complete control over the food. I admit to making some bad choices in addition to that. I am on track so far today and expect to get through the day in good shape but I will do badly tomorrow at my WW weigh in although I do intend to go and face that scale. I need to be honest with myself and what happens when I eat the wrong things and too much of them. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:17:41 EST Frustrated but Determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315621 I have just over 5000 points to go to reach level 20 here at Spark. I have to say it is getting more difficult to accumulate the points. First of all my options to get points is limited because I have taken all the polls, it is very difficult to find a blog I have not read and for some reason gathering the Spark Message points has slowed down so the wait is almost as bad as when I was still on dial up! The rest of the site works fine. I have learned a great deal from Spark and I am not su... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:06:21 EST It Wasn't the Smartest Thing But it's Allright. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315082 Yesterday we went out for dinner before going to the theater. I planned ahead and since I had a gift certificate for Applebee's decided to look on line for the menu and decide ahead of time what I would order. They have some very good choices under 550 calories so that should have been easy. Wrong! My first mistake was to order what I think they called a perfect Margarita which was good but later I found out it was 243 calories! I followed that up with a non diet entree of rice pilaf, de... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 21:03:17 EST I Don't Think Spring Will Ever Arrive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313663 It is April 6 and we woke up to another inch of new snow! We have well over a foot left on the ground and huge piles of plowed snow along the driveway and my seedlings need to get out to the greenhouse but it is too cold yet! I think I will work off the depressing start to the day by turning on the Wii and getting some exercise. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 12:53:55 EST Okay, I Got Through Easter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307380 We didn't have an Easter celebration but I managed to get through the day, a breakfast at church and a ham dinner I cooked at home and not have a gain. In fact the number on my scale actually dropped a little this morning. I didn't buy any Easter candy so I don't have that to contend with. I would have a hard time if I had to deal with chocolate bunnies and Peeps so it is best not to have them around. <BR> I have to say that except for a small ham, the dinner cost me very little. We ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:01:46 EST Another Tiny Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303651 Today I weighed in at WW and had a .4 pound loss. That is what I gained last week so basically I am treading water at this point although I faithfully follow the diet, don't use the extra points (or at least not many of them) and exercise daily. I can only hope that at some point my body will cooperate and the scale will show the results of my efforts. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:05:27 EST No Job is Over Till the Paperwork is Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302436 I spent half of my day trying to do the paperwork to access a retirement account that I need to start drawing from in the next month. The form they sent me was so complicated that I could not understand it so I went looking for help. First a trip to the credit union where someone filled in that part and put post it notes on other areas that looked important. Then a trip to the hospital where I worked where another section was filled out, a trip to the accountant to see what I needed to do ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:06:43 EST Very Slow Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301200 I weighed in at TOPS tonight with a .2 pound loss. While I am very happy that I am headed in the right direction, I am a bit frustrated at the rate. I am tracking, sticking to my plan, watching the sodium and exercising as much as my knees can tolerate and losing so slowly that at my age (70) I will not make it to my goal before I croak. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:53:28 EST