GAYLLYNNE's SparkPeople Blog GAYLLYNNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Je suis si triste, c'est tres tragique My heart is very heavy this morning for the people of France. I remember waking up after 9/11 and thinking, "This can't be real". Let's keep them in our thoughts and prayers today. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 08:38:58 EST Thank a Veteran Today is Veteran's Day. My two favorite Veterans: My dad and my Uncle Hy. They were both in WWII. My dad lost his right arm in Algeria and my Uncle contracted malaria which left him with symptoms all his life. Both lead happy, productive lives. We have the life we have because of them. We should thank our Veterans every day!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My Dad <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:33:56 EST Animals matter in our lives <BR> What a perfect message! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:48:11 EST FOUND! My last blog entry was difficult. I had lost a dear friend and that's never easy and I had lost a necklace that meant a lot to me. <BR> <BR> I am very happy to report that the necklace has been found. All the charms are there and it is safely around my neck. The feeling of holding it in my hands was like a weight being lifted. <BR> <BR> I still mourn my friend but I am feeling much better. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your kind words. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:47:41 EST My week of loss (not the good kind) It's been a tough few days. Yesterday, as I was grooming a very difficult dog, he jumped on me and ripped my necklace off. I took it off and put it on the counter near the sink. (I groom in people's homes). <BR> <BR> I finished the dog, packed up and forgot the necklace. This wasn't any necklace. It was something I have worn for 20 years. I shower with it on, it's just always with me. On it I had charms. One was a star my mom gave me when I was about 10. She's gone now so it's impo... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:23:53 EST 1/2 pound lost...I'll take it!! This past week I lost a half pound. Notice I didn't say "only". That's because it's gone!! I know I didn't do the exercise I had been doing this past week. I just had to much work and was exhausted. But....I STILL lost. <BR> <BR> I will take what I can and plan on continuing this journey. I gained it back, I will lose it again, even if it's 1/2 pound at a time. It's better than being up right??? Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:07:22 EST Fitbit Victory!!! I am so excited!! Yesterday, for the very first time, I got over 20,000 steps. I have been trying to break through that number for at least two years!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Yay, I feel so happy that I was able to do this. I know a lot of it is because I now have a dog to walk but I also went to the lake twice to walk around it yesterday!! <BR> <BR> I'm on a roll!!! <BR> <BR> Hooray!! <em>521</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:06:59 EST Back from Vacation I spent the last weekend in California at Lake Tahoe with life long friends. I knew there would be alcohol and I tried to make sure I was careful and ate right. <BR> <BR> Got home last night and guess what? I LOST a pound!! I am so happy about that!! One more pound and it's a full 10 since I started over!! <BR> <BR> Yay!! Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:38:11 EST Elvis Today is the 38th Anniversary of the death of the King of Rock and Roll. It's so sad that the world lost such a great talent at such a young age. I do believe his music will live on forever! <BR> <BR> Long live the King! Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:56:16 EST Topless Car Wash <BR> Oh my!!! Hide the children <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:09:52 EST For a smile :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just in case you didn't know!!! :) Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:11:28 EST Seaweed salad!!! I bought some seaweed salad because both my son and I love it. I also know it's really good for you. <BR> <BR> Last week I was having real problems with not losing weight. I was doing everything right, staying in my calorie range, exercising etc...but my weight was going up!! <BR> <BR> Freak out! I just couldn't figure it out. <BR> <BR> Than, it hit me. Seaweed salad is chock full of SALT!!! <BR> <BR> I stopped eating it for a week and lo and behold, my weight stabilized!!! It wen... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:48:44 EST late night eating I have been staying on track and my scale proves it. It is going in the right direction (down!) but slowly. Doesn't matter, it's moving. <BR> <BR> My biggest problem is late night eating. I will be watching TV around 9 ish and I will want to eat something. Is it boredom, loneliness, or just habit? I'm sure it's one of those. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I found a great trick. I have been taking plain greek yogurt, mixing it with a little fat free/sugar free cool whip (it really lightens it up wi... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:29:48 EST Blood pressure I went to the Dr. today because I seem to have a cyst near my eye. He's not sure if it's infected but gave me a prescription if it doesn't clear up in a week or so. <BR> <BR> I mentioned that I always check my blood pressure when I go grocery shopping (anyone else do this??) and for the last 6 months, it's been creeping up. I has me worried a little. <BR> <BR> He checked my blood pressure himself and yup, it was borderline high. He wants me to stop eating salty foods (which I don't anywa... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:42:30 EST Feeling Better This past weekend I have started walking the lakes every day and getting my 10,000 steps in daily. I've been doing pretty well. <BR> <BR> It rained all day today and I worked most of the day but I will still have nearly 7,000 steps, so that's good. <BR> <BR> In addition, I've been eating really cleanly. Fresh veggies and fruit, greek yogurt and dinners with fish. I feel so much more in control and I feel my sugar cravings subside. Whew, thank goodness!!! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:47:12 EST I said yes! No, it's not what you think!!! <BR> <BR> My son came home from work Friday and said to me that he wanted to go over to the lake and do a little fishing. Would I like to come with him and walk the lake while he fished. It's 3 miles around. <BR> <BR> I had thought about getting on the treadmill that morning but didn't. Thought about walking the lake later in the day but didn't sooooo... I said yes!! <BR> <BR> It actually felt great when I was done. It felt so good, I did it again yeste... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 09:18:19 EST Ever feel like this? <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 18:33:20 EST Home from college My son had a little bit of a hard time the first semester of college but I was adamant that he do better the second half if he wanted to get a car. Did he ever!! His second semester he did straight "B's". That's fantastic for him because he has some learning problems. I was thrilled. Look how thrilled he is! This is his new truck!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 23 May 2015 09:46:57 EST Birthday Surprise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was at a client's home today and she asked me why my phone was ringing so much and I kept getting texts. I told her it was my birthday and by the time I got home this was waiting for me. Isn't that sweet? <BR> <BR> Tonight my son is cooking me dinner. I'll try and post a picture of it tomorrow! Mon, 18 May 2015 17:42:20 EST Happy Mother's Day!!! <BR> <BR> HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 10 May 2015 09:49:18 EST Danny Collins My g/f and I went to the movies yesterday. We saw Danny Collins and just loved it. It had an all star cast and each and every one of them were great. <BR> <BR> This really is a movie for the over 50 crowd. It's about an aging rocker, kind of a Neil Diamond/Billy Joel type guy. He hasn't done anything new in decades but just keeps going through the motions. <BR> <BR> Al Pacino plays the lead and he is just fantastic. I won't tell you what happens but there was never a dull moment and I p... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:20:26 EST One of my 5 all time dumbest.... Ever look back on your life and remember some of the truly dumb things we've done. Last night was way up there!! <BR> <BR> I steamed some veggies and put in some cut up turkey. I decided I needed a little sauce over it just to add flavor. As I was heating the food, I did some chores in the kitchen and then decided to look for something in the fridge to add to my veggies and turkey. <BR> <BR> I had a couple of opened marinades and sauces so I thought I would use one of them. The first on... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:24:51 EST I love baseball!! I'm just so happy today is opening day at Yankee Stadium. I'm not a huge sports fan but I've been a Yankee fan all my life. Since I had my son we have been going to games together for years!! So much fun. Now that he is away at college, it's so much harder but sometime over the summer we'll go!! <BR> <BR> I am almost never, ever off on a Monday but someone, I have today off. Wonder what I will be watching on TV around 1????? <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday. When baseball starts, you know ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:13:39 EST Friends and Family are coming today!! Today is the second night of Passover. I did not celebrate the first night because now that my daughter lives 3 hours away, I wanted her to come. <BR> <BR> My son is home from college for 4 days and will be here tonight as well. I will be joined by dear friends and family. I love nothing more than this!!!! <BR> <BR> I have been cooking for days and days. As I sit here, taking a breather, there are things in the oven. <BR> <BR> I wish all my Jewish friends a wonderful Passover holiday f... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:30:18 EST My daughter is 24!! 24 years ago I gave birth to the most beautiful child I had ever seen. I wish my sweet, accomplished, brilliant, gorgeous daughter the happiest of birthdays. Every day my pride in her grows and grows. I'm such a lucky mom!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:21:15 EST Taxes I have to get my taxes ready and there is just so much to do. I am still in court with the ex and I also have a hearing next month so it's double the work. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I realize you all must think I'm the biggest slob on the planet, but I'm really not. I just have to find things I didn't think I would need and get the stuff re... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:22:33 EST So sad :( <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is my beautiful Jenny. She crossed the rainbow bridge today. Stupid cancer. <BR> <BR> We did not think she would make it to Thanksgiving and here it is March! I have never loved a pet the way I loved her. She sat in my lap and purred and would never let me go to bed unless she came with me. <BR> <BR> I miss her... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:18:24 EST Remember when! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is just so true. I look back and think, "How could you have thought you were fat!!!" LOL - I can only laugh. Remember when....... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:00:53 EST Not as horrible as I thought This morning, finally, I got on the scale. I have been really horrilbe since Christmas time. I got so much junk food, especially all the goodies from my clients, that I didn't not stay the course. I don't know who could with boxes and boxes of Godiva chocolate in the house!! <BR> <BR> I had just lost 10 lbs and was so happy about that and figured I gained at least six. I didn't. Yes, I gained 4 lbs but I think I can get rid of that rather quickly. <BR> <BR> I have been really good abo... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:41:45 EST Happy Birthday Joshua <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was 19 years ago today that I gave birth to the sweetest little boy on the planet. It's hard today because my son is in college and this is the very first time I haven't been with him on his birthday. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of him. He got into hi... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:46:55 EST Happy Birthday Elvis <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today would have been Elvis' 80th birthday. Hard to imagine. He was always my favorite singer and will always be. It's tragic what happened to him. <BR> <BR> Today should be a holiday in the US. He gave so much to the world of music. RIP Elvis. No one will ever forget you!! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:48:15 EST Happy New Year!! Wishing all my SparkPeople a great new year. I hope it is filled with family, great health and most of all peace. Sending only my best wishes to you all!! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:08:03 EST Great news!! Today was my anual mammogram. You must be thinking, "So what?" Well, I'll tell you. <BR> <BR> A few years back I went for a routine mammogram. They found something. I had to wait, speak to the radiologist then schedule a sterotatic biopsy. I was terrified. <BR> <BR> Had the biopsy done at the local hospital and it came back "inconclusive". Ugh, now I was quaking in my boots!!' <BR> <BR> I had to find a surgeon and have a lumpectomy. Then, I had to wait nearly two weeks for the res... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:14:16 EST Do my clients hate me???? This time of year I get lots of gifts and tips. I really appreciate the tips but YIKES the gifts are killing me. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure, but I think they want me fat and drunk!!!! Here are some, just some of the things that have shown up at my door! <BR> <BR> Here is a Panatone with candied chestnuts. It's enormous! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A Harry and David tower with Pears, chocolates, nuts, and truffles (chocolate) <BR> ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:54:35 EST Tough time of year Sometimes, the holidays are difficult for me. This year may be the last year in my house of over 20 years. It was taken from me in the divorce. I am forced to move to another state as I can't afford to live here anymore. <BR> <BR> I am alone right now. My daughter, who graduated from college in 2013 lives about an hour away and has a life of her own. I'm incredibly proud of her. My son will be coming home from college later this week. It will be wonderful to see him and next Sunday we... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:31:59 EST Don't do this!!!! Last week I got busy making sure my house was ready for winter. My house gets really cold and it is so expensive to heat it that I have to figure out ways to keep in the heat. <BR> <BR> My living room and dining room are really cold so I put plastic up on the windows. It takes time and when it's really cold and the wind is blowing I can see that it blocks the cold air from coming in. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend I was cleaning my kitchen, the last of Thanksgiving things to put away. I ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:25:58 EST What a great time!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here we are!! Three old high school friends. We just talked and talked and talked. My friend Carol (middle) lives in California now. My friend Renee, dark hair on the end is a grandmother 3 times over and me, I still have a teenager!!! <BR> <BR> We had so much fun. I think we all look great for women who graduated high school in 1971! Yup, we are in our 60's!! <BR> <BR> We are at such different stage... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:28:30 EST What fun!! My son went back to SC and will be studying and taking his finals over the next couple of weeks. He will be back in a couple of weeks for winter break, so it's not horrible. I have to say I miss him already. <BR> <BR> My daughter left yesterday to see her dad and spend some time with him. She might stop by later on her way home. It's a little easier with her because she just lives about an hour away. <BR> <BR> Today, I have been in touch with some friends from High School. One is in to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:50:48 EST Just so funny! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A friend sent me this and I thought it was hilarious! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:33:52 EST New Jeans!!!!! A few month ago I realized that I needed to start losing some weight as it had gotten out of control after Rosh Hashana. I've been working hard. I even bought a pair of size 8 jeans to keep me motivated. This morning I decided to try them on and see how far I needed to go to get into the. Yup, I'm wearing them now!! Woohoo, makes me want to keep going!!!! Back into my "6's" by my birthday in May!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, they are a little stretchy but a month ago, I would not have been able to... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:11:23 EST Growing!! Strange....had a few medical tests today, nothing bad, routine stuff. You know how most people shrink as they age?? Apparently, I've grown nearly an inch!! I have been 5'1" my entire adult life. They told me I was nearly 5'2". I made them check it 3 times by two different people! Woohoo, I'm finally growing (the right direction)!! Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:16:44 EST I am an addict... I think many of you have the same problem. I know I am addicted to sugar. I can go days and days without it, eating right, eating clean and then WHAM! I must have sugar. I try everything to stave off the desire but it's so hard. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I can get away with a sugar free cough drop, but sometimes not. I try and substitute protein but it just doesn't work. <BR> <BR> I gave in tonight, just a little. I had about a couple of teaspoons of jam in some cottage cheese. I know ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:49:35 EST Sudden stop I have been doing great for a while now. I was steadily losing about a lb a week. <BR> <BR> I have come to a sudden halt. I haven't lost so much as an ounce in the past, almost, two weeks!! Ugh...I hate when this happens. <BR> <BR> Intelectually, I know it's just my bodys way of adjusting and that since I'm staying on track, I'm going to be ok, BUT..... my brain is a total jumble of frustration!!! <BR> <BR> I want to see a loss every week but, of course, that's not really possible or re... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:10:22 EST Going in the right direction I continue to eat clean. 6 week, 6 lbs down!! <BR> <BR> I hope this will continue to and through Thanksgiving. It's the holidays that always trip me up. The last one was awful but I feel so much better now that I am eating right and exercising every day. <BR> <BR> I also make sure I do my 10,000 steps every day. <BR> <BR> Woohoo, I still can be 25 lbs down by my birthday!!!! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:59:37 EST Just keep walking..... I have been on the treadmill every day I don't work. That's usually at least 4 days a week, give or take. <BR> <BR> Today, I just didn't feel like it and decided to go over to the local lake. It's a beautiful lake, it was about 70 degrees and I walked the three miles around. When I was done I felt so invigorated !!! <BR> <BR> I have been full of energy ever since. I don't know why I didn't do this before. I used to walk the lake all the time but somehow just forgot how good it felt. <... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:30:35 EST Clean Eating After the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana I had so many delicious leftovers I lost myself. I ate everything I shouldn't have and was a mess. I felt awful and my clothes were getting really tight. <BR> <BR> I woke up and decided to eat much better. I've been eating almost no processed foods, no wheat or gluten products at all and as much raw as possible. Every day I eat huge salads with lots and lots of different vegetables!! <BR> <BR> I feel soooooo much better!!! I have much more en... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:00:28 EST Happy New Year Tonight starts the holiday of Rosh Hashana. It is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. It is the year 5775. Isn't that a great number?? <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to wish all my Spark People friends a very happy, sweet new year. I hope we find peace and prosperity and most of all good health. <BR> <BR> L'Shana Tova :) Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:54:43 EST My incredible pain :( <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is my precious Jennifer. She has been my constant companion for the past decade. I have been through tremendous trials and tribulations over the past few years and she has been my best friend, and greatest confidant. <BR> <BR> Jenny hasn't been feeling well the past few weeks. I took her to the vet and he just couldn't figure it out what was wrong so we had an ultrasound done. The news was bad, ve... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:29:27 EST Can you believe this???? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was on Spark People last night and suddenly this pop up comes on and my computer locked up. If you can 't read it, it says "National Security and Government something or other. <BR> <BR> It says my computer has been encrypted and I must pay $300. to get a code and unlock it. It is worded in such a way that I was so upset. It's called "scare ware". It's meant to scare someone and get money out of... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:07:17 EST The mother of all yard sales!! I am getting ready for the biggest yard sale I've ever been involved in. We have a flea market in Stormville, NY that is on an airport grounds. So much fun and it's on all the holiday weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus day. <BR> <BR> Once in the fall and once in the spring they have what they call the "Ultimate Yard Sale". You can buy a table and bring all your "stuff" from home and get rid of it. <BR> ' <BR> After 20 years here, two kids that have left the roost, believe me I hav... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:32:50 EST