GOLFLADY11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GOLFLADY11 GOLFLADY11'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/ Happy New Year to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577683 Happy 2014 everybody. Take a moment and visualize the success we all can have in this new Year. It's doing a little bit towards our goals every day that spells success. <BR> <BR> Drink water. <BR> Eat lots of veggies and fruit <BR> Exercise every day - even 10 minutes gets results! <BR> Measure your success - this year I'm using the tape measure not the scale! <BR> Positive reinforcement - don't forget to reward yourself along the way. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone!!! Wishing you all health,... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:50:57 EST Derailed, deterred but still determined!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359309 A quick up date on my progress of late: NIL!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have been golfing lots and watching the calories. Well, maybe adding back a few treats but still keeping very aware of how much I am eating. <BR> <BR> The problem????? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1284040232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The 'bleeping' computer is so slooooooww!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I try to go in and track my food and because I don't always have what is on the menu I have to type in what I did have and t... Fri, 17 May 2013 12:39:53 EST Major health goal met ...... rewarded myself!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330247 I just have to share with you the great news about my cardio visit on Thursday. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I last was to see the cardiologist in December and had the percentine test (spelling?). That showed I had no artery blockages. That was a great news day. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This time I had an echo cardiogram and was scheduled for the next day for a trans esophageal test (spelled wrong I think), (under an anesthetic they stick a tube down your ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 02:26:34 EST The benefits of tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313631 Well here am I this non-bright, non-sunny morning sitting at my computer and drinking my first cup of ...... black Oolong tea! Not a tea bag either but loose leaf tea! Normally it would be coffee but I started reading about the many benefits of Tea and ..... well read on and see for yourself! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534228939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What are the scientifically recognized benefits of tea? The following is a brief synopsis of the latest findings.... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 12:20:03 EST Soooooooo bad last night!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311383 I have to confess to being sooooooo bad last night! They say confession is good for the soul so read on! <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> There was a surprise 65th party for a former co-worker, good buddy of mine last night at the local neighbourhood pub and of course DH and I had to go. Just to set the stage I should state that I have been in a zone lately and had lost a couple pounds finally, this the result of buckling down with tracking the calories and making better choices. Plus I... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:55:40 EST When I'm 64 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308364 Couldn't resist sharing this! After all, since I have just turned this great age (on the 30th of March) it seems so appropriate somehow! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> "When I get older <BR> Losing my hair <BR> Many years from now <BR> Will you still be sending me a Valentine? <BR> Birthday greetings bottle of wine? <BR> <BR> If I'd been out <BR> Till quarter to three <BR> Would you lock the door? <BR> Will you still need me <BR> Will you still feed me <BR> When I'm sixty-four?" <BR> (The Beat... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 02:25:03 EST R is for Rejoicing on Easter Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306263 We are having a quiet Easter weekend, just DH and I. The children and their families are all at the coast. We saw them recently and will see them again in the near future. We have talked on the phone and video chatted. I thought I would be so sad and lonely. But how can I be sad this morning? My chimes are singing outside the dining room windows and the sun is shining. Last evening we went to friends for dinner and I came home with flowers and wine for my birthday. We laughed lots. Let us rej... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:01:02 EST Quotable Quotes on Goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274294 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> If you don't know where you are going, <BR> you'll end up someplace else. <BR> Yogi Berra <BR> <BR> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before. <BR> Polybius <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives. <BR> Viktor F... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:14:58 EST Old Age - a beautiful poem and tribute to aging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268852 Just wanted to share this beautiful, haunting poem with you! I can already identify with a lot of what is written here!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234251690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Snow covers the autumn leaf. <BR> Time has granted me full cycle. I know <BR> The wintry anguish of hunger, sickness – family loss. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l655943237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> And more than once, man’s ignobleness scraped my heart, b... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 17:31:04 EST P is for Portion distortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264163 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006364213.jpg">Lately I have been asking myself why I am not losing weight anymore. I have been very active during the last 4 months, walking almost daily, doing aquafit workouts and intermittent yoga and Tai Chi routines. DH and I would walk for 1 to 2 hours at least twice/three a week and usually more days than that but a minimum of 30 minutes usually. I’ve done a limited amount of strength training because I had back and hip problems an... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:19:25 EST The winter sojourn is over.. heading home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258214 All good things must end they say. And so it is that tomorrow morning DH and I will put the last of the packing in the car and head off home. <BR> <BR> It hardly seems that it can be 4 months since we left home. We spent a wonderful month in Hawaii and for the rest of the time we have been enjoying Vancouver with a few visits interspersed to Vancouver Island. <BR> <BR> We have enjoyed an urban outdoors lifestyle here over the winter that we could not have had at home. Well we could have cr... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:14:53 EST New beginnings, old injuries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224843 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l888477114.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, here we are still in Vancouver to start 2013. We escape the worst of the southern interior winter by relocating to a False Creek condo where we can walk the seawall, explore the city and take in varied amusements from the 1st of December to the end of February. I have been revving up the activity: walking; water aerobics and swimming, yoga, Tai Chi and lots of stretching. Not to mention lots of sessions with ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:59:42 EST Momentous breakthrough moment in the pool this morning!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201037 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2047513988.jpg">Let me explain: <BR> <BR> I love the water but I don’t swim. I can’t say that I can’t swim at all; I just have a phobia about swimming, especially for the front crawl. I’ve also recently found out that I have asthma; this helps explains why I’ve always had poor lung capacity and now realize this has contributed to my lack of confidence in the water. I play out fast! <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> My phobia stems from an inciden... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:23:14 EST You are some kind of (Spark) Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196200 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l848369084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Look at you, you are some kind of “ Loser” <BR> You joined the Spark and stopped being a snoozer; <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> Now when I say “Loser” just let me remark <BR> That isn’t a bad thing when you do it on Spark!!! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Every good race must start with one step. <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> You make a decision; and no more inept <BR> Excuses that bind you and t... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:54:25 EST K is for being kiboshed on our walk this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193556 Kiboshed (v) - stopped from happening or developing; 18 pts awarded in scrabble; <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> DH and I headed out early to get our morning walk in. It was 7 degrees (roughly 44 F) and I had a lovely new coat to wear. Vancouver has been cool, wet and blustery this winter and to fortify me DH bought me a lovely new utex quilted all weather coat with lovely fur collar. I had my little black wool but that doesn't work for weather more suited for ducks. <em>257</em> <... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:05:39 EST J .... is for justifying Pasta primavera tonight!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185112 We brought in the New Year last night at my sister's and had a sleepover. I came home with leftover lovely baked ham. We didn't get home til 2 ish. Then DH and I went for an hour long walk. It was coolish so when I got back I went and relaxed in the big swirl tub in our condo! Ummmmm ... uh and that was with a flavoured vodka and tonic .... but not much vodka. Honest! <BR> <BR> So I hauled my butt outa the tub and put on my pj's. 5:45 and time for dinner. DH sitting on the computer doing wha... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:29:11 EST I is for ..... Instructions for surviving Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172501 You better watch out, you better just try <BR> To stay on your Plan, I’m telling you why <BR> Santa Claus is coming to town; <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2087166210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He’s making a list, checking it twice <BR> Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice <BR> Santa Claus is coming to town. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895587770.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You gotta make good choices <BR> Your calories you can’t fake; <BR> You gotta ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 23:53:44 EST H is for ...... Happy Holidays (with Heart) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166491 <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Was ho-ing and humming on what to write about when I had the 'aha' moment. Since we are right in the midst of the hubble and bubble of the Christmas season I want to wish everyone a very happy and festive Holiday season! Just remember to fill it with 'miles and miles of Heart' ! <BR> <BR> It's a tough time of year for a lot of people. <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Do you tend to get caught up in the hubble and bubble? I know... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:58:04 EST G is for getting grounded (with Yoga) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145604 I took out a book on my Playbook called “The New Yoga for People over 50” and started reading. <BR> <BR> It is all about what Yoga can do for the aging – by practicing daily it will take years off your life and give you flexibility, strength and serenity. It will rejuvenate your spine and make you stand taller. The practices are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar who noted, “You are as young as your spine is flexible”. There are many references to actual persons who have improved thei... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 02:04:47 EST F is for ........ Folly!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142771 Oh me Oh my! I have gone and done a most wicked thing!!!!!!!! <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> I do not know what possessed me but when DH and I were in Costco yesterday I happened upon a pumpkin pie!!!! <em>471</em> A very large - well, Costco size, pumpkin pie! <BR> <BR> What was I thinking???? Brain cells temporarily out of commish!!!????!!!! <BR> <BR> The sad part is I had just been making some inroads on that dratted <em>192</em> . It's been weeks since I really saw any movement... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:26:54 EST Help! Culinary advice requested! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136987 So we are in Hawaii and I have friends coming for dinner tomorrow night. I'm making fish tacos and a baked tomato feta baked prawn dish with fresh warm bread. For appies simply Spanish Olives, blue cheese and crackers or I could make mini bruschettas. I kind of want the evening just to be mellow and fun for everyone. For dessert grapes of and Bonne belle gouda cheese for dessert etc. Do I need like couscous salad? <BR> I would appreciate your suggestions. We want to spend time at the beach a... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:47:01 EST Musing on the letter ..... E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135700 <em>32</em> <BR> <BR> While pondering the letter E <BR> I had a wee Epiphany. <BR> How wonderful the world can be <BR> If we will live it full and free! <BR> <BR> Early to bed and so to rise <BR> Makes a man healthy, wealthy, wise. <BR> That is the adage it is true <BR> But I would offer this to you: <BR> <BR> Enough is really all we need <BR> Too much we see of worldly greed; <BR> Be like the Eagle high above <BR> Encompass what you see with Love; <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <BR> <BR... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:40:07 EST D is for ...... Day is done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130159 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1185289644.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love this song by Peter, Paul and Mary. I think it is as pertinent today as it was in the 60’s. <BR> <BR> The future is unknown and we go through life Day by day, doing the best that we can with the tools that we have. Let us not put off what makes life meaningful, for today, this Day may be all that we have! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l711726531.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day is Don... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 01:34:42 EST C is for ..... Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128937 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789779903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If one thing is certain, it’s that change is going to occur in our lives from time to time whether we’re ready for it or not. It seems we live in a world that is constantly changing. <BR> <BR> I have experienced a lot of change in my lifetime. Some of the changes were when I was younger and were the kind that knocked me down and it took awhile to get up again. These kinds of experiences help shape your outlook on ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:54:01 EST 'B' is for Breakthrough ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126207 I have been bemoaning (ah, another 'b" word) the fact that I have been on this plateau for so long. Two weeks ago I did achieve a 2 lb weight loss only to see it evaporate on my next weigh in. <BR> <BR> We are on vacation now and I know I have to rally watch and not overindulge like you tend to do on vacation. Howevr, I really feel the increased activity should more than compensate. I was very disappointed in my weighin yesterday morning. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>190</em> <em>4</e... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 13:21:33 EST A is for active ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125683 Oh I am tired tonight. DH and I started out with a walk around the neghbourhood first thing this morning. That took about 30 minutes - at a good pace. Was a really good start to the day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Then, I swiffered floors and wiped up spots with a wet rag on the wood floors and vacuumed with the electric broom. Then we did laundry and folded sheets, etc. <BR> <BR> Then we decided to run for a swim before lunch; had a good swim, the ocean was turbulent today but oh so warm. This was o... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 03:10:36 EST A Maui sunset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123112 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1966970247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had a quieter day today. We walked the loop in the neighbourhood early this morning and then just had a lazy day on the deck. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1921914250.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1305875879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I read my book and downloaded more pictures from the camera, something I rarely seem to get around to. <BR> <BR> Then DH ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:44:41 EST Maui blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122136 <BR> It is Day 6 in Maui counting the day we flew in on - which doesn't count because we arrived like at 10 at night and were so exhausted we went straight to bed. <BR> <BR> Maui is called the Valley Isle. All the little and (not so little) settlements nested into valleys. But it is the wonderful kaleidoscope of colours in nature that settle into your soul. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775067072.jpg"> The palm trees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 02:59:54 EST We have relocated for the winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109738 We are Canadian snowbirds and we have done a short migration! Think of Canada geese headed south! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1481414046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We actually headed south and west and landed in Vancouver. This was last Wednesday. Which is why I have been sporadic on posting and tracking over the last week. Vancouver is a wonderful city on the west coast of B.C. It has a more temperate climate than where we live in the interior. We have left home a little ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:26:56 EST A sobering moment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088140 Ladies Thursday night golf! How I love getting out there with the gals! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l154023732.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We carpooled out, threw the balls and made up the foursomes. I shot another good round, an 88, my best score this season!! And I made sure I putted everything out so I could record it. I was hitting the drives longer than anyone; I was just in the zone! Everyone was having a great time and enjoying the lovely fall weather. Also ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:40:06 EST Brrrr! A change in the weather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086468 The big chill is in the air this morning! Our ACU-RITE indoor-outdoor thermometer is displaying a new low this morning, -3 (that's minus 3) Celcius, brrr!!!!! That, for your information, translates to 26.6 degrees F. <BR> <BR> Now below freezing is ok, perhaps, if you're a <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l164281094.jpg"> . Really that fellow is well equipped to deal with wintry weather. That temperature wouldn't faze this guy at all! <BR> <BR> And perhaps you would not... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:07:13 EST I feel good!! James Brown ditty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076547 You've heard that song "I feel goood!! I knew that I would now ......."James Brown sang it!!! <BR> <BR> Well, that's how I feel today!!!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153480317.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to but decided to brave the scale this morning and was totally shocked to find that I was .............. drum roll please!!!!!!!!!!!! ....... down almost 2 lbs since my last weigh in!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:40:49 EST Sparkversary #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075127 I have completed one year with Spark People and I have neglected to blog about it!! <BR> <BR> The year seems to have gone by so fast. <BR> <BR> What I have lost: <BR> ***** 32 pounds and a huge weight off my shoulders <BR> *****That awful ' not good enough feeling"' <BR> *****That introverted old ME who just didn't want to do much <BR> *****A lot of the health issues that were nagging me <BR> <BR> What I have gained: <BR> *****A new self-confidence in myself and how I look and feel <BR> *... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:35:38 EST Oh dear what can the matter be .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070324 I have been slacking off lately in almost every regard. Oh, I have an excuse to cover everything, but I just noticed I haven't blogged since September 5th. I feel like I've just been so busy, but really, that isn't the case. I'm afraid I have just been losing my focus somehow. <BR> <BR> Yes, I have been golfing and getting in the odd walk, and every once in awhile I have lifted a few weights, but it's just not good enough. I want to continue on my 'improving Me' journey and just continue t... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:14:37 EST Welcoming September!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045629 Welcome to September! <em>465</em> It's the start of the fall and a chance to take stock of where I am on my Spark program. <BR> <BR> Summer was busy and had some great times with the grandkids. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806531032.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l587547046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had a great vacation at the beach. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l34367777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We did lots of golfing. <img src="... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:41:57 EST A busy morning ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037701 What a busy little morning I've had! I started with my morning <em>106</em> and my daily sudoku puzzle. Had a shower, did my hair, and got made up for the day. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473101550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I vacced and damp mopped my wood floors, did laundry and made a lasagna which filled the house with a tantalizing flavour so I had to have some for lunch. I did not get the muffins made for DH. Oh well! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:00:56 EST Would you believe an eagle??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032490 Today something special happened!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> DH and I <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185905240.jpg"> golfed with our friends today. It was a totally beautiful day <em>67</em> . We walked the whole 18 holes and it turned out to be a red letter day.. <BR> <BR> <em>278</em> I was just so happy to be out there and everyone was hitting the ball well and having a great time. I got 3 pars on the front 9 so I was very pleased with how my round was going. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:09:42 EST Made myself walk today ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026534 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480014436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My DH got up early and went for a walk this morning so that when I got up at 7ish it was to a quiet house. I got the coffee brewing and sat down and started on a nice sudoku puzzle. Then a leisurely coffee which led to my leisurely breadkfast of cereal and orange juice. I finished my food tracking for yesterday and spun the wheel for my login points. (Drat, I missed the 100 Goodie points!) Read a chapter of the boo... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:39:04 EST I love my lady friends .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018845 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471147114.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31043805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Went golfing today with the gals. Whew! It was hot! 35 degrees, that's Centigrade, that's like 102 F. We took carts. There were 8 of us and we just ate up the course, yes we did!! <BR> <BR> It's just so much fun being in a group of gals. We urge each other on, and there are lots of chuckles and fun moments. <BR> <BR> We all agonize over someone's l... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:17:41 EST Down a pound! Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015449 The scale is my friend again after my weigh in today. Honestly I have been like a yo-yo with the same 2 pounds for the last month or so but finally this morning I got past it. <BR> <BR> I know the reason I was stymied was that I let down somewhat on the activity side of things . Too many excuses and really, we all know that making excuses just doesn't cut it! So as I sit here recording this blog and eating my lunch I am making a plan to get on the exercise bike soon after lunch. Then later w... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:18:06 EST Off to the Lab again this morning ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009874 I was up early this morning as my doctor wanted more tests done. I am in Atrial Fib and still having breathing issues. I have had a history of the irregular heart rhythm off and on for the last 40 years and I have led a relatively normal life in spite of this. <BR> <BR> Anyway I got to the Lab by 7:30 a.m. and was 3rd in line for poking and prodding. Siince I told the gal I was on Pradax she used a smaller needle and I didn't even feel it. Hallelujah! Gotta like it! I must remember to tel... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:50:08 EST Getting under the line and staying there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990876 Well, I survived the week with my grandson. Actually I mostly enjoyed it. So nice to be back home with my own computer, car, clothes, etc. Especially weighing in on my own scale! <em>192</em> I am very happy to report I was only up .8 lbs in the 5 weeks I was away. And my weigh in this morning put me back to my lowest previous weigh in (prior to going away) of 179.4. <BR> <BR> All along this weight loss journey that I embarked on last September, there seems to have always been a line that... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:41:17 EST Day 5 ..... Trouble with a capital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979544 If you read about Days 1-4 you will know I have been babysitting my (just turned) 4 year old grandson since Sunday while his folks flew off to New York. I'm Gramma Linda and I live in the interior of British Columbia. I am here in Vancouver because I love my family and am getting quality time with my little guy. He's a bit of a firecracker and I knew this wouldn't be easy. We've had a couple of battle of wills; I think I've won a couple of them. <BR> <BR> Thursday is a Daycare day. This part... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:19:20 EST Day 4 with the Little Emperor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979504 Just a quick report on Day 4 (Wednesday) babysitting my grandson, Lucas. The main thing on the Itinerary today was 'Little Carpenters'. I had to get him to the community rec centre for a one hour woodworking class. <BR> <BR> We made it with time to spare. I wore my shorts and tee so I could walk on the indoor track while the little guy was busy with his class. Had a great 30 minute walk. Would have gone longer except I remembered I hadn't taken my puffer. <em>311</em> Luckily I took a boo... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:32:54 EST Survived Day 3 .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975472 My little grandson woke up this morning with a smile on his face. Got the little guy to school (Daycare) pretty much on time. I even made him pancakes this morning, his favourite. Left his lunch at home (in the driveway) so had to retrieve that but then had the day to myself. Then I cleaned house. I should explain I am babysitting for my daughter and son-in-law and my grandson just turned 4 today. <BR> <BR> I did laundry, swiffered and cleaned bathrooms. I made salads as my sister was comin... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:59:59 EST Day 2 at the helm; hot, tired and cranky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973860 I am babysitting my 4 year old grandson while his folks are off on a trip to New York. Lucas is a wonderful little boy. He is also very willfull. I don't see him as often as I would like, as I live in a different part of the province, a good six hour drive. <BR> <BR> Today was Day 2. Lucas was supposed to go to his Dance and Craft class. However, this morning he complained his little knee was sore and he was limping around. (He wiped out yesterday as were leaving his swim class. ) Just to ex... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 01:24:41 EST Day 1 with grandson - major boo-boo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971671 I am babysitting my grandson this week while his folks are away to New York. They left this morning. <BR> <BR> Lucas has a clock that when the face turns green he can get up. It never got tested this morning. Apparently Lucas saw his parents preparing to leave in the early hours and had a little melt-down. Hoping to appease him they gave him his birthday present (a big yellow combine) and then sent him in to see Gramma. Not really a problem as I like to rise early but just a little glitch i... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:52:06 EST Summertime and the livin' is easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962517 I'm at my daughter's now and back online so will be posting again. I've tried to stay on track as much as I can. Weight is up 1.8 but that's ok still feeling focused on my Plan. Was out early for a walk this morning before my daughter went to work. <BR> Just heading outside to keep an eye on the grandgals on their slip and slide. It's 30 degrees out there today. They both have a friend over and there is lots of excitement going on. Here's to summer! Anyone remember Connie Francis's "We're on ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 16:02:30 EST Summer vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943033 We're on vacation at a cottage on the Sunshine Coast in beautiful British Columbia. We are with my daughter, her hubby and my grandson Lucas who is a handful but a little charmer as well. <BR> <BR> I'm not spending much time on the computer these days as my hands are full helping with the little guy. But it's wonderful and we are so thankful for the blessing of having him in our lives. <BR> <BR> There is no telephone, television or internet at the cabin. It is a wonderful world away from th... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:07:33 EST I'm on vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938427 Well here we are back at the coast on vacation. It has been quite lovely until today .... .when as inevitably it will on the coast, it rained! Oh well, we went out for a nice seafood dinner. I had a big walk yesterday along the seawall for over an hour. Perfect weather people were out sunbathing! Then today I walked up to the Bay and tooled around uptown for awhile, that was well over an hour walk and over 8800 steps after trotting in and out of stores. Yeaaaaaay! Got my cardio in. Tomorrow w... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 01:19:41 EST