GRAMLORI's SparkPeople Blog GRAMLORI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Catching up... Maggie's wedding was so beautiful......I only have one official picture of her from the photographer, am waiting for the pictures to be posted on his website so I can order what I'd like to have. This picture is one he put up on Facebook as a teaser. She was at the salon where we all got our hair done for the wedding. One gal did the 2 attendants, flower girl, step-mom, myself, and the bride's 16 yr old sister (in that order). We got to the salon at 6 am and she had us all beautiful by ab... Wed, 20 May 2015 17:16:02 EST Busy busy! <img src=""> I've missed a couple of blogs, because things have been hopping here in preparation for the wedding tomorrow. My honey and daughter, Katie , will be here tonight! Here's a picture of my Maggie and me from last night at the pre-bachlorette party dinner. I'll post wedding pictures next week! Fri, 8 May 2015 11:25:06 EST Spring has sprung... Spring has sprung <BR> The grass is riz <BR> I wonders where <BR> The flowers is! <BR> <BR> I can remember hearing my Grandpa May say that. He had jokes and stories for every occasion. He could remember a joke and tell it so that the punch line had just the right emphasis. I wish I had half that kind of memory! Of course, my mom reminds me that while she was growing up, during the years of the depression, that he was their entertainment in the evenings after supper. He would play his vi... Tue, 5 May 2015 09:54:47 EST Weekdays, not weekends I know I just said Friday that I was going to make blogging a daily habit, and here it is Monday and I'm going to change that already. It will be weekdays only, no weekends. They are just too unpredictable for me at this time. So since it's my goal, I guess I can change it if I want. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the bridal shower for my beautiful Maggie May. She tells me no, she's not beautiful, that I am just prejudiced. She's right. I do have a very biased opinion, and what mother does no... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:43:42 EST Working on a daily habit In case you're wondering, I am trying to get into the habit of blogging my thoughts each day. So this makes three days in a row...I'm on a roll!! <BR> <BR> Today I am sitting in my daughter's apartment in West Virginia. I look out the windows and see a lush grassy sloping hill and trees that are just starting to leaf out, as well as some beautiful, tall evergreens. Since I live in SE Arizona, I don't usually see as much green at home. My husband has sent me pictures, though, of our roses... Fri, 1 May 2015 12:07:50 EST Welllll....... Do you ever wake up and feel like you're not ready to wake up? It's the usual time for it, and you know you won't go back to sleep. I imagine that I'm not alone in this. I'm not even sure why I am so sluggish, except maybe I should have paid attention to the thought I had as I went to bed last night. <BR> <BR> You see, my thought was that I had somehow shortchanged myself on my water intake yesterday. I had my 8 cup minimum, but I usually drink quite a bit more than that. So I just went... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:08:24 EST Hello for today! It has been a very long time since I've been on SparkPeople. Way too long, actually. Life gets too busy too easily, and time to take care of me seems to be the first thing tossed when the schedule gets rough. Then sometimes I just get lazy. I let my SparkPeople time lapse, and the longer I was away, the easier it was to stay away. However, I know that I do much better at healthy living when I stay current with SP. So, I'm back again! <BR> <BR> For those who remember me, I've now finish... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:39:44 EST My First Tri August 24, 2013 Just over 3 1/2 years ago, my son was telling me about doing Triathlons. I told him that I would do one with him, after I got my knee replacement done. Well, April 9, 2013 was the day for my knee, and Augusts 24, 2013 was the day for my Tri! I didn't expect to still weigh 259 when I did it, but, here I am, and I worked every bit of my body......I'm still amazed that I did it! This was the Sprint, Splash, 'n Spin for Habitat for Humanity, run by the Park/Rec department for Morgantown, West... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:20:06 EST Day 10 from Ken 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqual... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:15:45 EST Oops....I missed posting this one from Ken! This was for 1 February......sorry, now they're out of sequence!! <BR> <BR> Athlete parallels, part 5 of 5 <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown… 1 Corinthians 9:25 <BR> <BR> <BR> Running <BR> <BR> <BR> The most important part of being a runner…is actually running! Sometimes I run for enjoyment and pay little attention to pace or time. But when I am training with a goal in mind – to run well for a particular race – th... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:13:22 EST Day 8 from Ken This one was for yesterday, SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY <BR> <BR> 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 <BR> <BR> Just like the athlete who strives to have complete control of his entire body so that he is in the best position to compete, Paul strives to master his own body. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:08:14 EST Day 7 from Ken 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 1 Corinthians 9:25-26 <BR> <BR> <BR> Why would a mortal athlete go to so much train so hard for so long, to sacrifice all else, to persevere through…to be crowned with a piece of pine or celery at an awards ceremony? <BR... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:20:33 EST Day 6 from Ken Athlete parallels, part 4 of 5 <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown… 1 Corinthians 9:25 <BR> <BR> <BR> Supporting exercises <BR> <BR> <BR> The Greek words that make up the phrase goes into strict training literally translates into “to have complete control (of oneself)”, meaning that the Corinthian athlete’s aim is to master his entire body, not just the individual parts he needs for the particular event. <BR> <BR> <B... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:43:38 EST Day 5 from Ken Athlete parallels, part 3 of 5 <BR> <BR> Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown… 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 <BR> <BR> Mental preparation <BR> This is often overlooked and/or neglected in sports. Meditating, visualizing, and training of the mind are a huge resource to those who have put in the effort to do so. <BR> <BR> When... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:36:54 EST Day 4 from Ken Athlete parallels, part 2 of 5 <BR> <BR> Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown… 1 Corinthians 9:25 <BR> <BR> Coaching <BR> Seeking out advice from veterans of the sport is more common than you would think. Whether it’s live feedback or by reading a book from a running guru…the more information you have as an athlete, the better. Coaches challenge our perception of progress, and they give us insight into the challenges that lie ahead (man... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:51:34 EST Day 3 from Ken Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown… 1 Corinthians 9:25 <BR> <BR> The training of an athlete is absolutely purposeful. Every part of it has a reason and an aim, so that the athlete is fully prepared to compete and win the contest. <BR> <BR> So how does a runner train? <BR> <BR> Runners use a variety of tactics to train; they do more than just run around every day. Diet, coaching, mental preparation, supporting exercises to strengthe... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:27:15 EST Day 2 from Ken At the front of the letter, Paul and Sosthenes state that this letter is written: <BR> <BR> To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours 1 Corinthians 1:2 <BR> <BR> So this letter wasn’t written to explain to the Corinthian church how to receive the free gift of Jesus and become a believer…because Paul did that previously when he established th... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:40:32 EST I'm proud enough to bust my buttons.... AND so humbled by how much of a blessing my son is.....I received this email this morning, and, I just had to share.....I introduce you to my oldest, my first baby, my a runner, he just completed his first marathon, in Las Vegas, 2 December. His time was 4 hours 45 minutes, and said that it averaged about 11 min a mile. To me, that is amazing! Right after the race was when this pic was taken....enjoy his post!! <BR> <img src=" Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:58:27 EST Random Thoughts..... Well, good morning!! Here in SE Arizona the sun is out, and we're expecting a high of 70* THIS is the kind of winter weather I like!! <em>67</em> I love the snow, but only for about a month....when I get cold, I have a hard time warming up.....probably due to my arthritis? Don't know.....but after almost 26 years of living in the desert, I am a confirmed desert rat!! Although, I probably will always have slightly webbed feet, since I was raised in the Pacific Northwest! <em>2... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:11:47 EST It's FRIDAY!!!! Good day for some fun...... These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place. <BR> <BR> ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? <BR> WITNESS: He said , 'Where am I, Cathy?' <BR> ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? <BR> WITNESS: My name is Susan! <BR> __________________... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:16:34 EST Just for laughs..... These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place. <BR> <BR> <BR> ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? <BR> WITNESS: He said , 'Where am I, Cathy?' <BR> ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? <BR> WITNESS: My name is Susan! <BR> ____________... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:15:20 EST I can't believe this...... I wrote a blog on January 8th, hit the spell check button and POUF!! my blog disappeared. <BR> <BR> I wrote a blog just now......and my computer glitched and POUF!! it is gone. <BR> <BR> I think I'll just try tomorrow!!!! <em>24</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:27:56 EST Contentment This month I will begin teaching a Bible study from Priscilla Shirer's book, The Resolution for Women, based on the movie Courageous. If you haven't seen the movie, you need's sooooo good! The study has 13 chapters, and the first one is on contentment. <BR> <BR> Being content does not seem to be the norm for people anymore. So many are waiting on that special something to happen, for that special day to come, or as in the situation for most of us on SparkPeople, for the weight to... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:59:08 EST Do It Anyway!! This morning, I woke up before 6:30, which is almost sleeping in for me! I picked up my phone, and laid there playing my "with friends" games, and then dozed off again and woke up at 7. I laid there, not playing the games, just arguing with myself about whether or not I was going to get up and go to the pool. I was so warm and cozy, and really didn't want to go out to the cold car and drive the 8 or so miles up to the pool, and get in and swim. It took me 30 minutes, but I realized that I... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:22:34 EST Happy Statehood Day, Alaska!!!! 54 years ago, today, Alaska became the 49th state of our great country. At the time, a lot of people thought it was a foolish purchase, that the land held nothing of value due to the harsh, long winters. Time has proved all the naysayers wrong, though. This land holds such rich resources and is a land of breath-taking beauty. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If I had a written bucket list, a cruise up to Alaska would be #1. That's been ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:57:50 EST Gotta Get My Blog On.... January It's kind of surreal to me, that's it is 2013. I know, it was 2013 yesterday, too, but today it seems more real. I am planning on blogging more this year.....not so much as a "resolution" but more as a way to have my thoughts chronicled. Right now I am almost ready to head out the door for my swim. Yesterday the pool didn't open till noon, and if I don't go first thing in the morning, then it just doesn't get done. But, today's the day to start back on a schedule....... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:57:45 EST New Year Thoughts <em>249</em> Time to start fresh, do it over, and do it "right?" <BR> I don't foresee myself making any BIG changes simply because it's a new year. That's never worked for me before. I'm going to focus on just two things. Two main things, partly because I'll forget if I try to remember to follow a big checklist every day, or even every month! Two things, that will result in a lot of little changes. <BR> <BR> The first one is that I am opening myself up more to what God wants out of me ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:16:35 EST "Out of the mouths of babes...." That's a quote that I have heard many times in my life, and usually in reference to some remark made by a precocious child, wise beyond their years. But this morning is the first time I realized that it comes straight out of the Bible! I know I have read Psalm 8 before, it just never jumped out at me. The full quotation is: <BR> "From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. " <BR> <BR> So... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 11:45:16 EST THE GINGHAM DRESS <BR> <BR> A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President's outer office. <BR> <BR> The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge. <BR> <BR> "We'd like to see the president," the man said softly. <BR> <BR> "He'll be busy all day," the s... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:47:39 EST For this blog, blame PCOH051610! I got it from her!!!! :-D Just so y'all know.....I only did this for the know? The hal-i-but!! (Say it out loud if you don't get it at first.....I have a very corny sense of humor according to my kids!) <BR> <em>14</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a quick and quirky idea for a blog that I borrowed from Susan who borrowed from _Linda who borrowed it from another Spark user. I think you are supposed to use one word answers but you all know me and my love of "talking" (Me too, too!!!)... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:57:02 EST Abe & Esther Abe and Esther are flying to Australia for a two-week vacation to <BR> celebrate their 40th anniversary. <BR> <BR> Suddenly, over the public address system, the Captain announces, "Ladies <BR> and Gentlemen, I am afraid I have some very bad news. Our engines have <BR> ceased functioning and we will attempt an emergency landing. Luckily, I <BR> see an uncharted island below us and we should be able to land on the <BR> beach. However, the odds are that we may never be rescued and will have <BR... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:31:55 EST For all of you who are TOO HOT:: My Mom sent this to me, and it gave me a I thought I'd share!! <BR> <BR> IT'S SO HOT... <em>67</em> <BR> .....the birds have to use potholders to pull the worms out of the ground. <BR> ......the trees are whistling for the dogs. <BR> .....the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance <em>434</em> <BR> water comes from both taps. <BR> can make sun tea instantly. <BR> learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good brandin... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:11:40 EST This is My Prayer O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully concious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire, O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul,m "Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away." Then give me grac... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:40:26 EST God's Rosebud I was just going through my email, and this came from a good friend....I had to share!! This speaks to me right now right where we are in life! <BR> <BR> God's Rosebud <BR> <BR> A new minister was walking with an older, more seasoned minister in the garden one day. <BR> Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do,he was asking the older preacher for some advice. <BR> <BR> The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:56:22 EST ATTENTION: TUCSON FRIENDS!!! I sing with a Bi-National Choir and we will be performing in Tucson in July!! Come see me!! <BR> <BR> Benefit Concert for Bi-national Arts Institute—Música sin Fronteras <BR> Goodwill Tour of Panama and Cuba <BR> <BR> On Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal <BR> Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, AZ, Música sin Fronteras, a choral <BR> ensemble directed by Dr. Lori Keyne, presents a concert to raise funds <BR> for its parent organization, the Bi-national... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:50:06 EST My First Signal Ball Last night I gathered up all of my "Mind Over Matter" feelings and we went to the Military Signal Ball. I especially wanted to go since one couple I have known for the past 5 years is moving. Today. They are probably up and on the road already, moving across the country. When my husband was deployed to Afghanistan (Dec 2007 - March 2009) Tina and I got to know each other. One of the things the Army has learned is that strong soldiers only come from strong families...and having the suppor... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:42:10 EST What a Vacation!! Hello!!!!!! <BR> <BR> From April 2 - May 31 I had the blessed opportunity to stay with my son and his wife and be their "nanny" to 2 of my grandchildren. On Feb 17, Vanessa gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Samuel. On April 2, Vanessa went back to work as a school teacher (named Teacher of the Year for her school!!) to finish out the year. So I watched Samuel and his 2 1/2 yr old sister, Alexis for them. What a joy to be able to spend the time with them! I stayed with them Sun-Thurs n... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:23:22 EST Another good laugh..... Pecans in the Cemetery <BR> <BR> On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts <BR> and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. <BR> 'One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,' said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. <BR> Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:13:42 EST Ya Just Gotta Laugh!!! (Not a true story, I don't think.....but still funny!) Garden Snakes Can Be Dangerous... <BR> <BR> Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why. <BR> <BR> A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze. <BR> <BR> It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:44:49 EST Glad to be back among the upright..... Well, these past 2 weeks have been rough. First, my adorable little 13 yr old, Katie, got sick with the head cold crud. Eh.....that happens, but life goes on. Then she gave it to me. Now, Katie went to school most of the days she was not feeling good....but, me? I barely could get out of bed! I sneezed and blew and sneezed and blew tilll I thought my nose would come right off my face.....worst of all was the shakiness and weakness. I would get up in the morning, and then about an hour ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:58:57 EST Just Fun Stuff.... Do you know PCOH051610? Susan is a delightful SparkFriend to have....she had this for her blog today, so I just figured I'd do the same <BR> <BR> A - Available or married? -- Married <BR> <BR> B- Book? -- No, BOOKS!!! Plural.....between my hubby and I we have a small library! <BR> <BR> C- Cake or Pie? Cheesecake - any flavor! German chocolate cake, Cream pies...oooh, now I'm gonna start to drool..... <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> D- Drink of Choice? -- water <BR> <BR> E- Essential Item? -... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:34:38 EST This 'n That Good morning! <BR> <BR> February 6.....hmmm.....well, today is my beautiful daughter-in-law's birthday. She and my son and grandsons live about 3000 miles across the country, so I don't know her as well as I would like. But I couldn't have picked someone better for my son.....they have been married 11 years, and have a wonderful home to raise my grandsons in. So, just in case you are reading this HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMY!!!! I will be putting it on FaceBook.....that's been a great way to keep... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 10:57:28 EST Now, don't faint.....(PWOC chickies you should read this!!) I don't want you to fall over in shock, blogs only a couple days apart!! I love to write, but lately my writing has ALL been for school.....which I DO have to do, but I'm sparking first! <BR> <BR> With my sweet hubby still on active duty in the Army, we still live on post. I have known about, and started to go to previously, what is referred to as PWOC. Now, the Army is so full of acronyms, life sometimes feels like alphabet soup! But, acronyms are so much easier to... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:59:18 EST Your smiles for the weekend..... Children in Church <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A little boy was in a relative's wedding.As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar. <BR> <BR> So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle. <BR> <BR> As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 14:51:53 EST DON'T QUiT I saw this on SPARKLY-BEAR's blog, and loved it! I thought it was especially fitting after Thanksgiving!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DON'T QUIT! <BR> <BR> When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> And you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in, <BR> And forgot all about being healthy and thin. <BR> So what! you went over your allowance a bit. <BR> It's your next move that counts....SO DON'T YOU QUIT! <BR> <BR> It'... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 07:47:55 EST Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to all of you who bless me with friendship, love, and support on my journey to being healthier. It's a hard road, but made easier when you know you are not alone. I often feel as if I am on the two steps forward and three steps back cycle, but with encouragement from each of you, just when I need it the most, I keep going one more day. <BR> <BR> May God add His great and marvelous blessings to you and your families!! <BR> <em>247</em> , <BR> Lori Thu, 24 Nov 2011 09:53:59 EST My Nickel's Worth of Thanksgiving Yesterday i put in my two cents.....but it was a whole lot bigger than that. So, today, settle back in for another one.....maybe a nickel is more like what it's worth!! <BR> <BR> Let's see.....yesterday, I listed my family starting with my great-grands, then grands, then parents and siblings. Guess next in line is my dear husband! Jon and I have been married for almost 7 years. When he married me, he became an "instant" grandpa....and made his mom an instant great-grandma! She wasn't so... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:18:00 EST My Two Cents Worth of Thanksgiving Not that what I am thankful for is worth only two cents.....don't get me wrong here....but all month I have been reading what others are thankful for, and I agree with most of them, for God has greatly blessed me and my family. But, that cliche of "putting in your 2 cents worth" I think probably came about because opinions are often worth about that much. Some of the things I am thankful for are the usual, some aren't......some I can rattle off the top of my head and others have taken me do... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 10:23:36 EST "Physician, Heal Thyself!!" As usual, in commenting on someone else's blog, I found myself talking to me. So, I'll share what I said, and tell myself to pay attention this time! <BR> <BR> Stop beating yourself up. <BR> You can't change what you did. <BR> But you can make one change today that's healthy. <BR> Just one. <BR> Don't look at how far you have to go, look at how far you have come. <BR> Small baby steps at first are hard. <BR> It ain't easy.....but it's worth it. <BR> <BR> Hug yourself need t... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:12:43 EST 3 Years of Sparking! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>505</em> was yesterday.....My how time flies when you're having fun <em>12</em> .......I've learned a lot.......... <em>149</em> ............met a lot of fantastic people ......... <em>223</em> <em>220</em> .........and I'm down by 50 lbs........ <em>237</em> <em>311</em> <em>315</em> .............I look forward to my exercise, most of the time, anyway......... <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> I recommend SP to ... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:42:18 EST