GAYLLYNNE's SparkPeople Blog GAYLLYNNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Memorial Day 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!! 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!! 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=""> Sat, 14 May 2016 08:59:12 EST Happy Mother's Day! 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=""> <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 <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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:02:58 EST She's 25 Today!!! 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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:17:50 EST Being held accountable 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? 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 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 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!!! 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 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!!! 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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 09:25:00 EST Elvis 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! <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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!! 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 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