GGCHET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GGCHET GGCHET'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/ Being Prepared & Having What We Need... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834084 <BR> Yes, this is a true statement. I attribute my weight loss success probably 60% to Salads. Luckily I love them & have found Walden Farms Dressings which makes my life wonderful!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I really don't like diet dressings so imagine my surprise when I tried W.F. O calorie dressing & loved it!! I carry it with me and depend on it. Don't know why they don't advertise more so folks would be aware!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l793559999.jpg"> <BR> Her... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:17:00 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831587 Day 4 and I'm psyched. I have been very good. Even with cooking for DH & his brother who is working/staying with us. Today had lettuce wedge w/cherry tomatoes, onions & dash of feta using my Walden Farms dressing. For dinner had Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce. Had nice hunk of pumpernickel with it & loved it....made the guys Meatball Subs smothered in Mozzarella..I didn't even miss it. Down 2 lbs which makes me happy this time of year... <BR> My Walden Farms Dressings are my secret w... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:55:44 EST Happy Birthday To Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830292 My birthday week and this is the best gift I can give myself. <BR> Having COPD & never having smoked is infuriating but...what you gonna do! I have coughed profusely for the past 6-7 years & am having trouble living normal life anymore..I am so distracting, anyone who doesn't know me things I am sick & spreading germs! That is the worst I wish I could wear a sign. Anyway after trying every medication know, nebulizers, inhalers, steroids...you name it. I am now trying a new route. <BR> Hol... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:04:40 EST HERE I AM!!! (AGAIN) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741503 Well, its been awhile. Here I am again....back where I need to be. <BR> I have been sure enjoying myself & in that I have gained 8 lbs. <BR> I am back as of yesterday where I need to be. Where I lost 52 lbs. <BR> My class reunion is coming up & I want to lose 20 before Sept 12:) <BR> This is the 50th!!! phewww thats a big number. Aren't I supposed to be a little old lady? <BR> Anyway it is back to my products that work so well for me. <BR> <BR> My Torani order came....Woot Woot!!!! Bel... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:23:43 EST SNOW DAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623127 Big snow event all up & down the east coast. My biggest problem trying not to eat & eat. Anyone else main fun in snow is cooking? Yesterday I made fabulous Shrimp Marinara and <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044338436.jpg"> Great Chocolate Frostee thingy....all on my food plan! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1515508509.jpg"> <BR> Today so far Ive made Banana Bread & we'll have leftovers tonight! I love using the tools & tricks I have learned o... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:46:28 EST Friday, Friday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617718 Oh I think that song is actually "Monday, Monday"! <BR> <BR> Wonderful day...My 3 P's (Prayer, Pushaways & Perseverance) are fully in place. <BR> <BR> given a great verse Mark 14:38.. Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak! <BR> <BR> Isn't that great....Keeping that one for sure!!!!! <BR> <BR> So, off to the store to get what I wanted for a healthy day of good cooking & eating. <BR> <BR> Got a HUGE porkroast on sale for $1.9... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:23:44 EST Great News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594579 How wonderful it is to find exactly what works for you & know you can live it. <BR> I lost 50 of my lbs to lose last year. Then in Dec-New Years I gained 5. I relaxed & totally enjoyed the holidays having cheats (to me) each day). Day we got home from our vaca to FL I went right back on my plan. Guess what? 2 weeks later.....7 lbs lighter! I am Happy Happy Happy. <BR> It is all in knowing what works for you. My products....Walden Farms 0 calorie products, Torani 0 calorie products, S... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:28:42 EST 2nd Day Back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585631 1st day yesterday....I was very very good and down 1 lb today! Of course I would be I probably went from 2400 cals to 1300!!! <BR> Already to the store this am to stock up on more fruits, Skinny Popcorn and right now cooking my Pico Chicken. <BR> Will have for both lunch & dinner as I love it & makes it easy to track my calories:) <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672810052.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Anyone new to me....I don't mention exercise as I really can't. Have COPD and anythi... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:45:07 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584406 Just wrote a nice long blog & lost it trying to get pictures up. 2013 was a great Spark year for me. Between Feb 19 - June I lost 52 lbs! Had a great family Christmas this pic w/granddaughter Kelly! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141697373.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1892598795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Taken a week ago in Florida on family vaca. We have timeshare there & went this year to Swim W/ Dolphins! <img src="h... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:49:27 EST Woot Woot...It's Here!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483470 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1391629731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Torani order came....Woot Woot!!!! Believe me being able to make my favorite coffee is such a high!!! With Torani and sometimes Lite Whip....Starbucks at home. <BR> <BR> Hope you are taking advantage of all the great products out there to keep you on the journey!!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm making my special pizza!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369026468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just exactly wh... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:44:41 EST Check Out Your Weight Loss..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480476 Check Out Where You Are....I Lost A Small Bale of Hay! <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year <BR> 11 pounds = an average housecat <BR> 12 pounds =... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 11:07:40 EST 10 GREAT POINTS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479371 10 Things to STOP doing if you want to lose weight: <BR> <BR> 1. Stop choosing the wrong diet. <BR> <BR> 2. Stop setting unrealistic goals. <BR> <BR> 3. Stop using "lack of time" as an excuse. <BR> <BR> 4. Stop isolating yourself. <BR> <BR> 5. Stop underestimating your food intake. <BR> <BR> 6. Stop believing that "healthy" foods will cause weight loss. <BR> <BR> 7. Stop sitting all day. <BR> <BR> 8. Stop overestimating your exercise activity. <BR> <BR> 9. Stop compensating for exerc... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:27:26 EST 50 OH YEA!!! 50 50 50 !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464187 <BR> BEFORE <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1553077659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to scream it out!!! 50 pounds GONE!!!! <BR> Woo Hoo...it can be done!!!!! <BR> Will write more later...want to run around the house dancing <BR> & singing!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l657114181.jpg"> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:29:21 EST Granddaughter #1 Kelly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462792 Well, our precious Kelly went off to College yesterday! Gosh this is a tough one. She is just 17 and seems so mature in some ways & so immature in others. She is very smart & received a handsome scholarship amount from McDaniel College allowing her to go to such a well thought of College. While thrilled for her it is still tough. I often think of her as my little curly headed angel who I watched daily the 1st 3 years of her life:) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:31:46 EST Yea, Finally Vindicated for No Breakfast... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461963 If you have followed me you know how I advocate No 1 Diet Suits All! Everyone must find what works for them. <BR> <BR> I have lost over 40 lbs not eating breakfast, not exercising (just can't because of COPD), and doing what works for me. There is no 1 fits all!! so glad to read this... My philosophy is everyone MUST FIND WHAT WORKS FOR THEM. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so so so happy to read this article. Please read. <BR> </link> <link>shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/5-rea<BR>sons-skip... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:08:02 EST SALAD....my saving grace and other Hints:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460861 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l489416269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, this is a true statement. I attribute my success since Feb 19 losing 49 lbs probably 60% to Salad. Luckily I love them & have found Walden Farms Dressings which makes my life wonderful!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l826721341.jpg"> <BR> I really don't like diet dressings so imagine my surprise when I tried W.F. O calorie dressing & loved it!! I carry it with me and depend ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:19:50 EST Wednesday & Echo is Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447427 We got Spoo #3 (Standard Poodle) on Saturday driving to PA to pick up our baby Echo. He is amazingly precious. <BR> Molly almost 5 & Brady just 1 accepted him amazingly well. Echo was very shy the 1st couple of days just being cuddled & settling in. By Tuesday he has found his groove & loving everything. Took him to my daughters to play w/her puppy Chase who is lab puppy. Oh my goodness he was nuts...off the wall all over Echo though he is quite a bit bigger. Yikes I am so glad we s... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:35:11 EST Saturday Morning...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443048 Beautiful Sat AM here in MD. We have a funeral this morning for a friend's mom. We are going to alot of those....thats what comes with this age. Very sad but happy when they are lives well lived and we rest in knowledge that they knew the Lord. <BR> <BR> Good week this week. Had a great dinner last nite. One of the recipes I made up and our family favorite!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206837210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:02:44 EST EXCITEMENT!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438546 Well I am at 49 lbs but....rewarding myself for 50! <BR> <BR> On Sunday I will pick up our new baby. Been looking for a Creme & this just fell into place. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1971721607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our boy is all the way to the right...I have named him Echo. At church on Sunday message spoke of crying out & hearing your Echo....Resounding so you can take it in. Just spoke to me and decided it would be a wonderful name fo... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:52:16 EST BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435236 What a fantastic day. <BR> <BR> Wanted to share a couple more really great hints for our journey! <BR> <BR> Just found this... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l509154764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So excited...just found this wonderful bread. <BR> 0 Fat 0 Sugar 70 calories & it is great!!! <BR> <BR> I found it at Giant Supermarket...You might check site if <BR> you can't find... <BR> <BR> http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-par<BR>amount-bakeries-whole-wheat-panella-i3<B... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:39:10 EST Friday!!!! TGIF for Many! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433994 TGIF.. <BR> HAHA....so funny, Being OLD I no longer have to feel this...I work at home & am blessed to be able to stay in sweats til noon if I like:) One of the few joys of aging. <BR> <BR> Todays hint I want to share. You know I so believe in finding just what will work for you & Not Suffering!!! Loving my coffee & of course Starbucks/ 7-11 any place to get it...deciding to make my own Coffee Bar was a landmark happening. <BR> <BR> Then discovering Torani 0 Calorie flavorings....Yum! ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:36:35 EST So Excited..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432944 Was asked for an AFTER pic on one of my Weight Pages..... <BR> I think it surprised me!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1007982005.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I still have 20 to go but....even I find this amazing. Done this 48 lbs <BR> since Feb 19 with no exercise....(remember I have COPD). <BR> <BR> So thrilled with all of the changes I have made especially the products I have found <BR> that make this work for me. <BR> Once again I am in a hurry & ca... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:21:13 EST A Wise Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431580 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1795268880.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Worth Sharing..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the local newspaper "The Plain Dealer", Cleveland,Ohio <BR> <BR> "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written." <BR> <BR> My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still goo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:56:47 EST LIKING THE JOURNEY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430479 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1394647330.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Really happy to see that number on the scale. 48 lbs down today!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316374741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the other great news...I weigh less then DH...Woo Hoo....that is Huge:) <BR> <BR> Began this journey (this time) Feb 19 so that makes 5 months...average 9.6 per month. Im very happy with that. Not too fast...not too slow and believe me I am so NOT suffe... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:52:19 EST What Is You Plan!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416968 Mid Week & feeling good. <BR> Just read a blog from a gal who is where most of us have been at least a few times. <BR> Doing well, fell off, decided to get back, got on scale, gained 10 lbs......how familiar does this sound. Wayyyy too familiar to me. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm old, I feel like I can say pretty much what I like. Right of passage so to speak. I have dieted many many times. In the 70;s 80;s I taught WWs for 7 years. <BR> I know what to do & how to do it! Does that guarante... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:52:03 EST Happy Happy Birthday Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l689345988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is DH birthday. Above pic is his 50th Surprise party Invite....3 years ago. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918099385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gives me pause to reflect on the past 19 years & how they truly have been the best time of my life. We met when I was 46.....he was quite a bit younger. Yep Cougar....thats me... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l99541... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:53:42 EST MILESTONE....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402175 4 months & 1 week after seriously beginning.....THIS TIME.....I hit 45 lbs lost! <BR> Feeling really good. Have new habits, new normal. <BR> Still have 22 more to go to goal. I gave myself til Oct. so hoping I can do it! <BR> Been so great with all my Spark friends & Facebook friends! Sure helps. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1432110113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today will continue GD#2 birthday celebration. She is 9 today! She is my baby grandchild...no more little ones:(... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:04:34 EST Saturday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398568 Just got Home from a most amazing Celebration of Life. A packed sanctuary, most amazing music ever, testimonies of a life well lived. Barb is surely smiling down. If you didn't know Jesus before, you could surely have met him there. There were some tears & some bellylaughs along with a letter from Barb to those who had touched her life. She was one amazing gal who will surely be missed. <BR> <BR> Getting older we do begin to go to more funerals. I always wonder how folks who don't know the L... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 20:41:04 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397195 I remember when TGIF was such an important phrase to me. Now that I am blessed to be at home I think of that & smile. <BR> Had great lunch w/friend of over 50 years yesterday. Took my W.F. Honey Mustard dressing & had a great salad. Did order diet soda w/lime but really only have that when I am out. <BR> Fabulous weather here in MD. Hope it stays for about 3 months. <BR> Love this little cutey I found this AM <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l965514679.jpg">... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:55:34 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396256 The kids tell me this is a "Selfie". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579978313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Needed a pic of 42 down so I just took this one. Feeling pretty good though still <BR> have 30 to go. <BR> Getting ready to go to lunch, picking my salad dressing to take with me. I always <BR> need to be prepared so I can enjoy eating "legally" for me. <BR> <BR> Found this little gem today.. This certainly applies to me, probably most of us. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:42:31 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393683 Once again we are under flood warnings. I feel so blessed to work at home & not have to be out. The pics/videos being posted on Facebook are frightening. Pray its over soon. <BR> <BR> Love this little cutey I just picked up....What do you think? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017477637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't this how we all feel. I know I am just beginning to have folks notice & to feel better <BR> in my clothes. I am quite tall & the pounds aren't as noticeab... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:40:00 EST Sunday!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390837 Love Sunday, Love our Church, the Praise Music & the messages. What a great time to honor our God who has given us everything. <BR> <BR> Was doing really well this AM til a particularly hard cough......pulled back muscle which you can't believe how bad that hurts. Have done quite a few times before. Just takes a few days of being still & trying not to cough...ha Easier said then done. COPD is not fun & certainly makes my life different then I had planned. Can't exercise as movement bring... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:15:53 EST FAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389949 No matter how many times I see this it is always alarming & effective~~~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1936347913.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SO BLESSED & HAPPY TO BE........ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l468730958.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather is fabulous here in MD. Hope yours is too. <BR> Keep praying for CO and the devastation occurring with those awful fires! <BR> <BR> Blessings~ Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:30:48 EST DERECHO THURSDAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387704 Well the warnings are up....next couple hours shall bring Derecho to our area with temperatures reaching 90. Praying it misses! Last year we were without power for days & lost a big tree in front yard which fortunately missed the house!!!! Please God keep everyone safe! <BR> <BR> Was happy to be another 1/2 down this AM bringing total to 42!!! <BR> Much slower now then first few months but my habits have definitely changed & Im loving my eating plan! <BR> <BR> Blessings to all & stay saf... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:40:34 EST Wednesday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387272 A bit nervous this evening as all the talk is on tomorrow's severe weather. <BR> Calling for Derecho Storm similar to last year w/80mph winds, lost power etc. <BR> Really hoping it passes us by. <BR> <BR> Grandson #1 has headed for Tenn to attend the Woodstock of today named <BR> Bonnaru2013. Praying they don't get any storms as there are thousands camping <BR> out for the 4 day festival headlined by Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons & about <BR> a hundred other groups/stars. Pray safety for ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:52:14 EST Congrats To Us!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380737 Today is my 17th Wedding Anniversary married to my best friend! <BR> We had a wonderful dinner at The Chart House in Annapolis. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1861272588.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the first time since Feb 19 when I set out on this journey that <BR> I totally ate what I wanted. A wonderful Mixed Seafood Broiled Platter, <BR> a roll, a bite of DH' Soft Shell & 2 Sangria's. <BR> On the way home we stopped & had frozen yogurt (instead of the <BR> Baked Chocola... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 20:25:24 EST Praising God For His Many Blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375320 Happy Sunday morning. What a Weekend! <BR> GD#1 Kelly graduated from HS on Friday. It was wonderful. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883004858.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1899676683.jpg"> <BR> 2nd pic...GS#1 Sean sophmore at MD U. and Hanna 8! One proud <BR> GG. These are such great kids! <BR> <BR> In the evening Grad party for Kelly. These are her besties & they all <BR> left for Beach Week the next morning. Praying for safety ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:47:32 EST So So Sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363750 So incredibly sad for Oklahoma. Once again we are tempted to ask Why Lord. <BR> My only belief is we will never understand in this life. We are a fallen world. <BR> We are imperfect people. I just pray for all of those touched by this devastation. <BR> For each family hurt or mourning. For first responders working though dead tired. <BR> For all those involved in finding housing, food, clothes & everything else needed <BR> by thousands of folks. Dear God grant your mercy..... <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 21 May 2013 17:39:40 EST Yet Another Rainy Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348316 We are certainly having the Spring Showers this year. I know that means we will have amazing flowers this year!!! <BR> Nice surprise yesterday. Hit the scale & had lost 2 lbs!! Since I do weigh every day (know thats a no no) but I never see 2 at once. Wonderful!! <BR> Today will be lots of office work and trying to hook up a back up system for office PC. <BR> I am so not a techy so we will see how this goes. <BR> Oh....I got an Iphone 5~ Lots to learn but should be fun. Going to a class... Tue, 7 May 2013 08:15:30 EST GREAT DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344163 What a great day yesterday. DH took a day off (unbelievable in itself) & we took 2 youngest Gkids Conner & Hanna to Sight & Sound production of Noah in Amish Country, Lancaster PA. <BR> What an amazing production and learning experience for the kids....but also for us adults. <BR> Today is so much like that day in History when God expressed his displeasure with the action of His people's constant sinning...certainly rings a bell. Great day to go on the National Day of Prayer when hopefully ... Fri, 3 May 2013 09:19:28 EST Rainy Days & Mondays..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339061 Actually its a beautiful Spring rain...nothing to be down about. <BR> My neck is all better (Im sure due to the great massage) & good thoughts from <BR> my Spark friends..thank you so much. <BR> <BR> Great Sunday...had my Hanna for a sleepover... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1712992147.jpg"> <BR> We ran lots of errands of course to include Panera (for her cinnamon bun) I just <BR> smelled it:) and $1 Store...still her favorite. <BR> <BR> Great Church...then I wa... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:29:20 EST PAIN!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337093 Good grief....some of you friends know I have chronic horrible deep cough....6 years now. Had every test in the world....Anyway last nite once AGAIN in midst of coughing jag pulled muscles in back/neck....Just unbelievable and so painful....OK done whining...:( Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:37:56 EST My Latest Discovery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333472 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1775813648.jpg"> <BR> Here it is... <BR> Wow what a great way to get my water in. I know I more then made it today <BR> going thru 2 pitchers! Wonderful taste. As it sits it takes on all the fruity flavors <BR> and the cucumbers add an incredible freshness. My secret--a pump of my Torani <BR> Coconut 0 calorie Coffee Syrup....fabulous!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62759265.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Also tonite our Wa... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:06:34 EST Rainy Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327489 Awoke to another terrible news story today...tragedy in Waco with fire & explosion affecting hundreds. Dear Lord...if we ever needed mercy it is now! My verse is 2nd Chronicles 7:14 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1568204314.jpg"> <BR> I swear if this doesn't happen we are all doomed and I am certainly not a gloom & doom person. You need only to look around to know that God is very unhappy. We are certainly under demonic attack & there is only one answer.... <BR> ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:52:13 EST BIG DAY!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326177 Well this is the day my first big goal is reached. <BR> <BR> I began this SP journey on January 19 and today 2 days short of <BR> three months I hit 31 lbs down BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY <BR> 199! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415118497.jpg"> <BR> Just to see that 2 disappear...You who have done it understand. <BR> So blessed to be totally committed. Only 4 more lbs & I will be 1/2 <BR> way to my goal. Yep Very Excited. <BR> <BR> I am going to lunch with a fri... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:27:59 EST Beautiful Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322117 Absolutely gorgeous Spring day today. Molly & I love this weather. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l561053386.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Went out to drive my new car...there is sooo much to learn it is incredible. Little did i know it has so many features to learn..seems pretty mind boggling to me! <BR> My kids have all these gadgets so they can help me along. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454092367.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:58:43 EST Great Day For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320114 Began w/another pound down WooHoo! 1 more will be 30,, <BR> <BR> As if that wasnt enough..i decided to take a look at some cars. Mine is 2006 & getting up there. Its our only car & DH has a work truck. Looked at a few then went back to dealer where i got my pilot in '05. There it was...i knew the minute i saw ut & hoped I could make a good deal. Prayed about it & knew if meant to be...it would be. 2 hrs 45 min later walked out...no drove out in my new ride. <BR> Only then did i think.... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:11:02 EST Tuesday-Spring Has Certainly Sprung! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316813 Well yes Spring it is. If only we could have this for the next several months! <BR> It has been terrific & today record breaking....85 today maybe 88 tomorrow! <BR> Was a fantastic weekend. DD & I took Granddaughter #1 to College Visit at <BR> McDaniel College in Westminister, MD. What a day. She has a wonderful <BR> scholarship opportunity from them (grades & outstanding SATs). <BR> The college is just amazing. It is a fabulously beautiful old, on the small side <BR> campus with a qua... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:18:42 EST FRIDAY AGAIN....HOW CAN IT COME AROUND SO FAST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312586 Do you find that the older we get the faster the weeks slip by? <BR> My goodness, it seems like a couple of hours before I'm writing TGIF again! <BR> Nothing much to offer yet today. <BR> I am in a hold pattern for sure.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344863909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Glad not to have gained over holiday but ready to move on towards that "1" <BR> number. Now to just convince myself...Been doing so good but need to cut <BR> back further now!!! <BR> <BR... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:00:23 EST THURSDAY..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311245 Gosh Ive been pretty negligent w/my blogging. <BR> Probably because I know I was soooo off plan over Easter Weekend. <BR> Our Church Easter Egg Hunt was Sat. AM, we took 2 youngest grands & Molly (pup) <BR> the well behaved one! Great success. 10,000 eggs were hidden & 1500 showed up so <BR> they were all quickly found. This picture is DSinlaw and granddaughter #2 Hanna, DH Erich & Grandson #2 Conner <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l366804691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:17:02 EST