GAYLLYNNE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GAYLLYNNE GAYLLYNNE'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/ Don't get me angry!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237890 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7f719e1-d843-46ad-8e6a-bb404b1f383c.jpg"> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:05:34 EST I love September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237389 This month, so far, has been just beautiful. I am lucky enough to live near two beautiful lakes that I can walk around easily. I three mile walk with beautiful scenery on a gorgeous day. What could be better. I wish this could last all year!! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:10:25 EST Police Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236246 Today is Honor a Policewoman day. I am lucky enough to have a good friend who is a policewoman. Her job is demanding and difficult, yet, she goes out and does it brilliantly every day, I have nothing but respect for these women!!! <BR> <BR> Today is their day to be recognized. Thank one!! Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:23:59 EST Today is Feral Cat Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228876 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d214461-9019-434b-8564-b2299852afef.JPG"> <BR> Simon <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7afc2b70-1109-4409-a3a7-2542682f245d.JPG"> <BR> Jenny <BR> <BR> I have always taken care of feral cats. It's important to trap them, vaccinate them and get them neutered. I have been able to place the kittens because they can easily become tame but the adults, very often can't. <BR> <BR> Be kind to all animals. We share this ea... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:50:27 EST Something to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227270 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26127978-3769-4556-8dcc-7df4948fa709.jpg"> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:19:33 EST It's National Dog Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224945 In honor of National Dog Day I am posting some pictures of the dogs I've had over the years. They are all Bedlington Terriers and all were rescues. The first one, Pancho, came right off the streets of NYC. I was never able to find his original owners but he lived with me until he was nearly 17 (or so we think). I was hooked on the breed ever since. I adopted all the rest of them! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07d46917-26af-40bd-84b1-0e5190574807.tif"> <BR> Panch... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:59:11 EST We can't always get it right.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220552 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc87aeec-d6f2-4b97-9994-ec870388e999.jpg"> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:07:14 EST Leaving already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217971 I can't believe my son is going back to college tomorrow. We are driving from NY to SC. It's a long drive but I love spending time with him. We laugh, we sing, we talk. We are close my son and I and I will miss him. Watching him grow up has been a privilege. I can't believe he will be 21 in just a few month. Wow, time flies. Sometimes, I want it to slow down!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43ec2088-237c-45bb-9618-7d6b3cc5a256.tif"> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:58:43 EST Smile, it's the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217142 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a33943e3-029f-4259-b462-43abb1379273.jpg"> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:47:20 EST a smile to start the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216686 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d8f68c1-e3ee-47a1-ab37-052a3a36262e.jpg"> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:18:41 EST Hey, it's a start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216224 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e246335-2879-4cd3-a295-481714e8e5e2.jpg"> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:40:39 EST Spanx!! (you can laugh) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213152 This one is for the my women friends. Through most of my life I was small. It wasn’t until children, emotional upheavals and old age that I got fat. I promised myself I would lose this for my nephew’s upcoming wedding but I didn’t. So, for the first time in my life, I bought spanxs. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I took a few different styles into the fitting room. Put on the first one, and got it up to my hips. From there on up, it was like giving birth! I’m pulling and pushing and grunting. I finall... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 09:34:03 EST For those dog lovers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211708 Anyone who has ever had a dog, especially a puppy, certainly can relate to this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/790ef0f5-4c67-4ae0-8a1d-7bfdf7ba82f2.jpg"> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:32:30 EST All or Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206857 Today is "All or Nothing" day. It's also Coffee Milkshake Day and as much as I would love a coffee milkshake, I have decided nothing is better. My arteries will thank me! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:57:48 EST It's Clear The Shelters Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205396 Many animal shelters around the country are having a "Clear The Shelters" weekend. Fees are being waved and pets are being adopted. What a great weekend to get the pet you've been wanting. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have empty shelters??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5608a92-2648-406c-bfcc-774bafe6c46f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is my Jenny, rescued from a cat hoarder. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91b8402a-963e-4e5c-b11e-a98a319ac13... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:57:58 EST smile.....dieting is hard :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201360 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6520dc7a-6540-4903-8942-c06f301b22eb.jpg"> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:14:16 EST Remembering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200357 I went on Facebook this morning and this picture popped up from way back when. This is my daughter, age 4, holding her newborn baby brother. She thought of him as her own personal doll!! I miss these little ones all the time. They are both grown, my daughter 25 and my son 20 and in college. <BR> Looking at this picture I know that this is what it's all about! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7e36059-2d2b-49f3-a08d-6df8fc168ffc.jpg"> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:50:08 EST Kids and cats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195963 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cea0bec1-9046-4bde-b30b-e44f72ab8911.png"> Wed, 6 Jul 2016 15:28:48 EST The newest dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190819 This is a Pumi. It is the newest dog that has been admitted to the AKC. I have loved this breed for years but most don't know about them. Aren't they adorable?? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbd71eef-2394-4926-9bbf-f67850238c8c.jpg"> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:36:56 EST Something to make you smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188189 These are just so adorable. Hope they make you smile :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a117b276-11e1-42ec-bd38-e4e69fe141fb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a837801b-10d7-48a8-b61b-ea0567085ebd.jpg"> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:44:05 EST Happy Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185546 I never missed a chance to spend Father's Day with my dad. The sad thing is that this is the only picture I could find with the two of us on Father's day. I miss my dad every day. I know he is looking down, smiling :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d66e411-d6b2-4831-ac77-3da858e7c3ce.jpg"> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:25:36 EST The Yankee Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180207 Every year, for many, many years, my son and I go to a Yankee game together. Now that he is away in college, it's even more meaningful. He is home for the summer and we went to a game last night. It was so much fun not only to see our favorite team win, but to spend time with my son that is getting fewer and fewer moments. Here we are at the game :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6c5da2e-222c-4275-a904-24f878f3772a.jpg"> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:33:40 EST Tired of being fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175775 It was raining when I got up today. I was so disappointed I couldn't walk around the lake. So I had a couple of cups of coffee and checked out Facebook. I figured I would get on the treadmill later. <BR> <BR> I looked up and saw it had stopped raining. I ran upstairs, put on my "walking" clothes and zipped over to the lake. I was one of only three other people there but I did it!!! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy I was able to be outside enjoying nature and fresh air instead of on the treadmill... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:54:29 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172379 This is my dad. He was a WWII vet. He served in that horrific war, got a purple heart when he lost an arm. Of course, he was lucky because he came back. He married my mom, had two children and earned a living helping others. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 87. I miss him every day. <BR> <BR> Let's remember on this Memorial Day that freedom isn't free. We need to remember those that never came back from battle and honor those that did. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:11:23 EST Happy Birthday to me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165466 I'm so excited. If all goes well I will be picking up my new car today! What a great birthday present to myself. Yesterday, when I went to start my car it gave me a hard time!! Talk about in the nick of time LOL!! <BR> <BR> Yay, I can't wait! I'm also going out with my son tonight. I'm so happy to spend this day with at least one of my children! Wed, 18 May 2016 09:52:02 EST My new car!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162666 I just bought a new (used) car. It is a 2015 Chevy Trax. It's like a little SUV but it's adorable and was the showroom model. Has 17,000 miles on it and is pretty loaded. I'm getting it next week. So excited as my current car is falling apart!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee59aed5-af58-43ec-acb9-b0674dc08a35.jpg"> Sat, 14 May 2016 08:59:12 EST Happy Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158680 I sit here with my second cup of coffee, enjoying the silence yet thrilled to be with both my children later today. My daughter told me she wasn't coming up (she lives 3 hours away) but I know she will :) She sent me these. Aren't they gorgeous? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2a98f33-d2db-4fa7-8fe7-35afd2b6733d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wishing all a Happy Mother's day either with children or fur babies. We all should celebrate!! Sun, 8 May 2016 09:30:34 EST My beautiful walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142281 <BR> These are pictures from my local lake. Isn't this the best way to exercise, walking around this beauty! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c5c175e-996c-4409-b10d-5e7e3e579685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b792794f-9870-497e-ba46-7b20b3f32664.jpg"> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:02:58 EST She's 25 Today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126023 25 years ago the Dr. handed me the most beautiful baby I'd ever seen. The past 25 years have been a whirlwind of joys and ups and downs and just the enjoyment of raising a wonderful child that turned into a fabulous woman. I'm so proud to be her mom!! She is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/848e8038-e861-4e30-94f0-82512a8a6aa3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fe4a701-0627-4d03-877b-70... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:17:50 EST Being held accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115292 My weight loss has been at a standstill. I gained about 5 lbs over the holidays and still haven't lost it. What's worse is I have way more than that to go. <BR> <BR> I decided to make it easier. I got in touch with a g/f from high school. We have our reunion this summer and both need to lose weight because we want to look good!! I asked her if we could keep each other informed of our progress and hold one another accountable for our actions. <BR> <BR> She was thrilled and it's workin... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 15:31:50 EST Are you kidding me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093454 I received one of those health letters that tell you what the latest findings are, in case it's something of interest to you. <BR> <BR> They had a three page article on postmenopausal weight game. I read all three pages about what causes it, hormones or lack there of, etc... <BR> <BR> The conclusion of the article? Well, it seems after the three year (3 YEARS) study, if women ate less and exercised more, they would not have this problem. <BR> <BR> It took them 3 years to figure this ou... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:53:01 EST Back pain help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082974 I have been a dog groomer for decades. Because I am on my feet so much I have all kinds of foot and back problems. <BR> <BR> I am used to waking up every day with back pain. It is a way of life for me for many, many years. <BR> <BR> Recently I found this product. I am not here to endorse it but I want to say how much it has helped me. It's called "kinoki detox foot pads" <BR> <BR> You put these pads on the bottom of your feet at night and take them off in the morning. I thought it... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:53:47 EST Plowed Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079927 The good news is that everything is pretty much plowed out. Thank goodness! <BR> <BR> The bad news is that New York City is one big puddle. Getting around the city is so difficult and so messy. Just trying to cross the street is like wading in muck. I came home with frozen feet and soaked pants. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, my work week is over and I get the chance to put my feet up. I am hoping this is my last winter in NY!!! I'm really a summer person! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:03:25 EST Snow!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076880 I live about 45 minutes north of NYC. It started snowing sometime in the early morning and hasn't stopped. If anything, it's getting worse. <BR> <BR> I am stuck home no matter what. Just a great day to be lazy, maybe get on the treadmill and if I get ambitious I shall clean and/or do paperwork. <BR> <BR> For all of you stuck in this mess, please be careful, don't go out unless ABSOLUTELY necessary and stay safe. <BR> <BR> Let's just hope we don't lose electricity!!!! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:31:43 EST Trivia Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068906 Went to Trivia Night at the local pub. We won!! I look forward to Wednesday night just for this. So much fun. Haven't come in below third in many months!! <BR> <BR> Woohoo, I love first place!! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:46:30 EST 20 years!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064707 My son is turning 20 this week. I am shocked as it seems like yesterday he was just a toddler!!! He left for his spring semester at college last night. Drove over 10 hours and, thank goodness, has arrived safely. <BR> <BR> I can't believe I will have no teenagers anymore. I've had a teenager for the past 12 years with one child or the other. Wow, I'm old. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d62ae6c0-6911-4dee-bf40-0c9cd08f11f3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 09:25:00 EST Elvis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063885 Hard to believe, but today would have been Elvis Presley's 81st birthday!! What a tragic loss to the world of music. <BR> <BR> I have both a niece and nephew born on this date. Makes it even more special!! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:09:56 EST a smile to start the new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056277 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d2bb30a-8e93-4831-ba59-9a2e91edfbee.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wishing all those that have been here for me, my wonderful spark friends, have a wonderful, happy, fulfilled New Year!!! <BR> <BR> Gayl Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:45:00 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052409 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7735121f-1700-498f-88c5-39acaa80c708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to those that celebrate!! May your day be merry and bright and may Santa be good to you!! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:46:27 EST Happy Thanksgiving!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038111 Wishing all my wonderful friends here at SparkPeople a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Today I give thanks for sharing my meal with my children and dear friends. Tonight I will be thankful that when I go to bed, both my children will be under my roof. Doesn't happen often, but tonight I will be truly thankful!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day!! <BR> <BR> Gayl Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:52:28 EST Je suis si triste, c'est tres tragique http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031908 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030325 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7701053d-0d59-4ffa-ae10-8d6a11f4ac1d.tif"> <BR> My Dad <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:33:56 EST Animals matter in our lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018889 <BR> What a perfect message! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6f89d76-f804-479b-87e8-7ff9a7d2fbdb.jpg"> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:48:11 EST FOUND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016480 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010943 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997167 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988362 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980290 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979149 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969896 <BR> Oh my!!! Hide the children <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff901a9f-bb94-4b2a-9236-ddae1e943880.png"> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:09:52 EST