GRACEOMALLEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GRACEOMALLEY GRACEOMALLEY'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/ What a week it has been! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738036 My 84 year old aunt, who lives 20 minutes from me and whom I am very close with wound up in the hospital with pneumonia. Her husband also has pneumonia, although not as serious, and he's 87. One of their daughters moved back home to help out - arriving less than a week before her mom went into the hospital. Now she has come down with a cold and can't go visit her mother, who had over a liter of fluid drained from around her lungs yesterday. <BR> <BR> Friday night/Saturday morning I was aw... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:59:51 EST I made it to SPARK Level 20! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729287 I had to share, because I can barely believe I accomplished this! It took a lot of time and effort - but I did it! I am VERY PLEASED with myself about this accomplishment ! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:06:00 EST Weather issues - AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717982 Here I sit, ready to leave to attend a barbecue party for my niece who just graduated from college and maintained a full scholarship throughout! We are all very proud of her, of course, and have been anticipating celebrating her success and getting the family together with friends to do that. Well - ten minutes ago the grey skies opened and it began to rain pretty heavily! <BR> <BR> I suspect that all the tables and such that were set up outside are drenched and who knows how long this r... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:44:11 EST What is it with LONG weekends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704396 Yes - you had three days off instead of two. Yes, you got to do some things that were productive or useful or fun or all of the above. <BR> <BR> So - why does a long weekend usually feel like it went by even faster than usual weekends? Why does the shorter week after a long weekend usually feel like a longer week than normal? <BR> <BR> See what happens when you goof up the time/space continuum? <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:09:53 EST And it continues . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702507 Today is the 5th day in a row with rain, hail and tornado warnings. As far as I've heard no tornadoes touched down in Colorado, but it was intense. I did get out and mow the lawn and clean a bunch of weeds out of an elderly neighbor's garden before the weather turned. I also had to put together my new lawn mower before I could cut the grass and I was outside being busy for 5 hours. I covered the tomato and basil plants before the hail hit - again - and for now I still have the vegetable ... Sun, 25 May 2014 00:44:00 EST Enough with the severe weather, already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701515 Tuesday through Thursday Denver and the front range had severe weather. Thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes. My trees have plenty of shredded leaves, but I managed to cover my tomato and basil plants and they came through it okay. Sigh. I worked so hard getting that vegetable garden prepared and planted . . . <BR> <BR> Yesterday my office had arranged for a blood donation bus to be across the street from our building in downtown Denver all day and many of us employees had appointments to dona... Fri, 23 May 2014 13:32:04 EST The fates are cantankerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681298 What a 24 hours it has been. Found out last night that my darling next door neighbors home had been robbed during the day while we were all at work! They've only lived there for 4 months and it is very distressing to them and the rest of the neighborhood. I was up until nearly 1:00 a.m. talking to them and trying to be a calming influence. It is very unnerving when you realize your home isn't as safe as you thought. <BR> <BR> Had to be up by 7:30 am. Taking care of another neighbors' hou... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:41:44 EST Mother Nature strikes again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671182 Yesterday (Saturday) was hazy and in the 70s. I fertilized the lawn and some of my next door neighbor's lawn. (They just moved in from an apartment in December and have no experience with yard work and no tools.) I pruned shrubs and racked up a lot of steps and exercise. LOVED IT! <BR> <BR> However, a cold front brought in cooler temps and rain overnight, whch is now turning to snow as the temperature continues to drop. Obviously I can't get out in the yard today, unless I want to tur... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:15:57 EST Resistance Bands To the Rescue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634629 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020812805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My brother sent me this picture from St. Thomas, USVI (where he lives). Look closely above the Beware of Dogs sign and note what is on the fence. Tee-Hee! <BR> <BR> The torn ligament in my right foot combined with the necessity of wearing the post-surgical boot to immobilize my foot/ankle is cutting way down on my exercise options, but then I remembered my resistance bands. Haven't done much with them in a wh... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:47:45 EST Some people . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617206 I'm just doing a quick little entry here. The HIGH today was 7 degrees farenheit! I have to walk over a quarter mile in this across iced up pavement from the light rail train to where I had to park my car, in a post-surgical boot on my right foot, because we had about 1/4 of snow last night and lazy creeps use that as an excuse to park in handicap spots by saying they couldn't see the symbol painted on the pavement. I have the permit tags to allow me to park there, but it is only 6 or 7 sp... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:07:07 EST Just another weekend in paradise . . . ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614266 What a weekend. Lots of running around to get things done outside my house on Saturday - after spending over an hour shovelling snow. Came home and washed and dried clothes. Sunday I spent 90 minutes outside with a very sturdy old snow shovel breaking up ice on a sidewalk. I live on a corner, which gives me lots of extra sidewalk to clear of snow. The long portion is on the north side of my house and the stockade fence around the back yard, so it's in shade a lot at this time of year whe... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:04:08 EST To make your day a little happier - Puppy Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610337 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQB7QRyF4p4 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:06:07 EST Heading into http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604521 I am trying to REALLY get myself into the spirit of the 5% Winter Challenge and doing quite well, I think. Wanted to share a few images with you because they make me think - or smile - or both. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1147294510.jpg"> <BR> I'm managing to keep active, but am not expecting any great revelations at the weigh in for this week. I'll just keep doing my best. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492805790.jpg"> <BR> I grow c... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:22:08 EST Yoga . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550106 They offered a 1/2 hour yoga session free for workers on Mondays at lunchtime, in our building. I was delighted. Brought in my yoga mat - and discovered virtually everything the instructor was doing required two working arms. I have nerve damage in my left brachioplexus that means I have only 20 to 25 per cent of the use of that arm. I have NO triceps and only about 20% of my biceps. I have no feeling in most of my left arm and hand. I can't support myself on two arms, because my left a... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:37:19 EST Physiological frustrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253201 I did something to my lower back moving heavy boxes for an attorney at work yesterday. By late in the afternoon I was coping with bouts of pain flowing into my left leg and making it feel as if my knee was going to give out. Pain in my back woke me several times last night and has kept me relatively inactive today. I tried to do my exercise video today, but couldn't do it for the pain. I'm doing my crunches and straight leg raises tonight, the best correcting action for this type of probl... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 01:06:38 EST Christmas is NOT about how much you buy, dangit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147539 <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> I am appalled and disgusted at the behavior of my fellow citizens (I hesitate to use the word humans - connotes a higher being than what I saw on the news reports) bashing each other and grabbing at things on THANKSGIVING NIGHT and Black Friday. What the heck is wrong with people that they buy into all this commercialization garbage? <BR> <BR> I am sadden... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:48:05 EST Planning ahead - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141626 I've gotten things in order, modified my exercise, have all the ingredients for my contributions to Thanksgiving Dinner and know how I'll be dividing my plate into much more substantial servings of vegetables and less of the "other" side dishes. No worries. It is all good and I can have a bite or two of everything. So can you, as long as you keep it to a bite or two. Don't suffer or feel deprived, but don't over-do either. <BR> <BR> A Blessed Thanksgiving to us all. <em>429</em> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:49:46 EST Looking at the horror of SANDY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123813 My heart is heavy for all those that nasty storm has impacted. My childhood memories are on the New Jersey shore, where I grew up. My first everything is there, on the beaches, the rivers, the sailing, fishing, sunrises and sunsets over the sea. My first loves, first kisses, learning to swim, to drive, Easter Sunday on the boardwalk after church, saltwater taffy from Criterion which was then on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. Sea Bright was where we hung out, learned to surf (sort of) playe... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 16:50:34 EST Moving into the changing seasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105294 Yes - the weather grows cooler and the daylight diminishes and soon it will be necessary to do more of my exercise inside. What am I doing to work toward that and to prepare for 2013? <BR> <BR> This weekend I will make a definite effort to re-arrange some furniture and create appropriate spaces inside the house to accommodate me working out more to DVDs in the living room. <BR> <BR> I am going to commit to tracking more thoroughly - every day, and see if I can make that work over the nex... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:09:10 EST Fall comes floating in . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074543 <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Where did the summer go? It seemed interminable during the heat and drought (still in a drought) of July and August, like summer would NEVER END! Then suddenly September is almost over and it is FALL! I'm enjoying my squashes and the cherry tomatoes I grew are FABULOUSLY GOOD - but it's not long before a fros... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:31:52 EST Hot Stuff - and not in a good sense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943381 It is HOT outside. The temperature is breaking records for the individual dates and now it is probably going to break the record for the number of consecutive days of 100 or over. Not precisely the best environment for exercise and working out. <BR> <BR> It does cause my appetite to be diminished, but it also is just too darned hot. Temperatures of 100 or higher are just a little too warm for my taste. The heat sort of sucks all of your energy away in a matter of minutes outside. Sleep ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:00:46 EST Fire and smoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931891 There are several fires in the Colorado mountains that are really serious in so many ways. The air quality up in the mountains and down here on the plains with all the smoke is pretty rotten to horrible, although the ash and particulates make for lovely red sunsets, if the sun can get through the smoke. Bothers allergies & asthma and is just nasty. The weather vreports said 50% chance of thundershowers on Saturday and I guess some folks got something, but not on the fire area and not at m... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:20:57 EST SUMMERTIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925260 Summer is time for gardens and flowers and not wearing heavy clothes. Weeding gardens, mowing lawns, hiking, riding my bicycle, swimming, visiting with friends at barbecues, seeing neighbors when everyone gets outside, birds singing in the yards in the morning, butterflies . . . <BR> <BR> Summer is when my desire to be outside and also to make things grow automatically makes me more active without really trying. The majority of my exercise is just part of my every day routine and require... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:42:29 EST My New Exercise Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789473 A week and a half ago I adopted a dog - a 2 year old spayed female blue heeler mix - from the City Animal Shelter. Her name is Nalla. She was in some other animal shelter before the one where I got her, so she's been on her own for a while. She's very sweet and she loves my cats and vice versa (the cats grew up with my last dog, Annie). She definitely gets me out and about more than occurred when I didn't have a dog. I'm still working on getting a photo of her I can share with everyone h... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:06:22 EST "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."R.W. Emerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743685 "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I read the above and thought to myself how incredibly true it is. I post it here because I was reminded today that February 13-19 is RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK. I hope this will serve to remind a number of other people who will then do an extra act of kindness just because. <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:03:27 EST February Blahs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731165 The hours of daylight are increasing, but the cold is still around and the February Blahs just won't go away. Not sad, not depressed, not unhappy - just blah! No excitement, limited energy, feel as if I'm waiting for something that is becoming, but isn't yet. Hope this fades into the past rapidly. Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:05:19 EST Reinventing me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703940 It's been a lot of up and down for me as far as total commitment and following through and all that sort of thing. I stay in the same weight area without a significant amount of change these days and I am not please about that, so I've decided to try a slightly different path. I'm going to pull together a very definite and very DO-able plan that I am willing to commit to for the next 5 weeks until Ash Wednesday and I am really going to DO IT! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping once I see the result I ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:02:01 EST Once more into the abyss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674631 Not really - but there are moments when it feels like that. So much to do, so little time and no mater how I try to reora=ganize to create less stress or conflict, it never really seems to get better. I think part of the problem is that as soon as I get one aspect of things under control or completed, I immediately fill the "space" with something else that was sort of lurking in the wings, waiting for an opening. There is so much I'd like to do in my life and not quite enough time to fit i... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:25:57 EST T'was the Tuesday before Christmas . . . . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632998 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20857253.jpg"> <BR> This is my Mom a couple of years ago, standing out beyond the sign that said "DO NOT GO BEYOND THIS POINT" when I took her to see the Grand Canyon. She was 83 then. <BR> <BR> This is what I have before me to live up to. I'm definitely going to try! Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:05:07 EST And so it goes, I guess . . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617985 This week is not pleasant. The weather has been all over the place - snow, COLD (a high of 11 degrees farenheit on Monday!), warmer but windy. I still have a head cold or sinus infection or some such thing that has a negative impact on how I feel, but I have no fever and I don't feel sick enough to stay home. Exercise feels like more of a challenge than usual and I find am really having to force myself to do just about anything at all. I'm getting it done and making sure I can checkit off... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 15:32:23 EST Another month begins and . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608314 I hate this time of year with the long hours of dark and short hours of daylight. I always end up feeling sort of blue. I've tried lights and try to get outside when there is natural light and my vitamin D levels are fabulous according to my doctor - but my energy levels go right down the toilet for the most part from the end of November until pretty much the beginning of March. I'm working out (Coach Nicole's workout) with resistance bands and I enjoy the workouts, but I really want to ge... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 18:46:08 EST Slowly but eventually - right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589071 I am slowly getting down there weight wise! Right now I have a cold and am not at my best by any stretch of the imagination, but I am drinking my water and staying in my calorie limits and having fun! I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to Thanksgiving. Just remember portion control! You can eat virtually anything as long as you keep your portions appropriate. <BR> <BR> <em>424</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>424</em> <em>46... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:59:37 EST Starting anew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563794 My mother died on October 21st and her funeral was held on my birthday, Oct. 26th, so this has been a less than stellar few weeks for me. I haven't been on any computers very much and haven't done anywhere near what I'd intended in terms of posting or tracking or such here. I hope you all can understand and will support me in getting back on the horse, as it were, for November to try again. <BR> <BR> Debi <em>30</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 19:12:11 EST Okay - I'll try this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4543615 This is my (gasp) first blog ever. I am not feeling too sure about putting myself out into the electronic ether for all eternity. <BR> <BR> My weight crept up slowly and is creeping off slowly. I am doing my best to try creative recipes, but sometimes when time is tight it is incredibly easy to fall back on old familiar ways. I've been attending weight watchers at work, which is helping by providing support and accountability from coworkers/friends doing the same thing. The support an... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:32:42 EST