GREEN-EYED-LADY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GREEN%2DEYED%2DLADY GREEN-EYED-LADY'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/ We're supporting each other (alcohol-free) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825444 Tonight I am finishing up 30 Days completely alcohol-free. And I'm proud of me. But I'm even more proud of my sweetheart, Johnny, who is finishing up Day Number 5. <BR> <BR> Why is 5 even better than 30 you ask ? <BR> <BR> Because Johnny was much more addicted to alcohol. He drank beer all day- every day. And he has had alcohol-related seizures and going through withdrawal from alcohol at home could have been dangerous. I was prepared to call 911. However, he did have some anti-seiz... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:39:12 EST I'm on a Perpetual Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823326 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093016753.jpg"> <BR> It's Thanksgiving time, and although I thank God daily for all my blessings, this is a special time to remember what we are grateful for. I am immeasurable grateful to God for my wonderful LIFE, because: <BR> "I'm on a perpetual vacation" ! <BR> <BR> I'm retired from the medical field and live ON the Gulf of Mexico in Florida with the love of my life, Johnny. <BR> <BR> I frequently walk the 3/4 mile down to the bea... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:41:53 EST Take Time . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821238 Take time to pray . . . it helps to bring God near and washes the dust of earth from your eyes. <BR> <BR> Take time for friends . . . they are the source of happiness. <BR> <BR> Take time for work . . . it is the price of success. <BR> <BR> Take time to think . . . it is the source of power. <BR> <BR> Take time to read . . . it is the foundation of knowledge. <BR> <BR> Take time to laugh . . . it is the singing that helps with life's loads. <BR> <BR> Take time to love . . . it is the on... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:35:33 EST My Version of HALT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816821 I've heard for many years of the acronym, HALT, when you're tempted to have a drink. <BR> <BR> It stands for Hungry - Angry - Loneliness - Tired <BR> <BR> When you want a drink, you're supposed to stop and ask yourself if that urge is really one of these things, and then satisfy that need in a healthier way. It works for some people. But for me - these things aren't what tempt me to have a drink. I've come up with a few other words that I can relate to better: <BR> <BR> l. "H" for m... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:19:38 EST My New Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810909 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594559944.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here it is: My New Vision Board which reads "ALCOHOL - FREE" <BR> <BR> I want to remain "positive" about my new status in life. I've got lots of positive words to reminds me of the benefits of being alcohol-free which include: <BR> <BR> Save Money <BR> Be Healthier <BR> More Energy <BR> Better Sex <BR> Better Relationships <BR> Better Sleep <BR> <BR> I love the photo of the girl - she looks so healthy an... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:24:12 EST Who Inspires You ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805586 I've been Sparking for over 2 years now and I'm 30 pounds down from my starting weight. I've had many alcohol-free streaks, the longest being 107 days over the holidays last year. Right now I'm on Day #13 alcohol-free with no end in sight. <BR> <BR> Been thinking about where I get my inspiration to "keep going". There are a few KEY PEOPLE who inspire me everyday. Here is a little list of who inspires ME: <BR> <BR> l. DR PHIL <BR> Every afternoon at 4 pm, my sweetheart, Johnny, and ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:03:48 EST Are You PreDiabetic ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799182 Did you know you can REVERSE Prediabetes <BR> and PREVENT Type 2 Diabetes ? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> First of all - What is Prediabetes ? <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> Prediabetes is a health condition that results when you have too much glucose, or sugar, in your blood, (but it is not yet high enough to be called "Diabetes". <BR> <BR> What's the GOOD News ? <BR> <BR> You can improve your condition and prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes, <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:31:03 EST A lot of work to make this coffee cake - but it was worth it ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798242 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1105588912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the latest issue of Prevention Magazine they had several desserts that incorporated veggies in the recipe. I decided t try one: the Squash and Apple Coffee Cake. I changed the recipe a little. It is REALLY DELICIOUS ! <BR> <BR> This is what I made: <BR> <BR> 1 butternut squash: peel, seed and dice. Place in single layer on baking sheet sprayed with vegetable oil spray. Roast for 25-30 minutes at 400 d... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:43:49 EST Triumph Over Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781975 I'm proud of myself today for saying "No, thanks". <BR> It was a BIG temptation. <BR> Our neighbor, (funny her name is "Angel") knocked on our door and offered us a bottle of tequila. "Do you still drink?", she inquired. <BR> We haven't had tequila since mid-March, six months ago, when Johnny went a little crazy and busted up his guitar. We didn't have ANY hard liquor since. Six whole months. Until 10 days ago when I bought a bottle of whiskey for us to share, and AGAIN, DUH !, Johnny... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:01:05 EST My New Bike Actually Means LESS Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l162669916.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm thrilled with my newest purchase which was delivered yesterday by UPS - a light blue all-aluminum Schwinn bicycle. My sweetheart, Johnny, had to do some assembly. Thank goodness he's quite a "handy-man". It would have been next to impossible for me to do myself. He did an excellent job and got it all adjusted for my short legs and long back. <BR> <BR> It GLIDES like a DREAM ! <BR> <BR> I haven't gone v... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:45:24 EST How to Ruin 5 Healthy Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774249 Have you ever noticed how you can take a really "good-for-you" healthy, nutritious food and totally RUIN it by how you prepare it or "top" it ? <BR> <BR> I've always been conscious of that when I'm trying to eat healthy and lose weight. <BR> Some people are oblivious to that fact - or just want their food to taste "extra good". <BR> <BR> Case in point: My neighbor who is an insulin dependent 500 pound man brags that he tries to eat healthy by snacking on celery. I thought that was gr... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:09:03 EST Chatted with the Author of the Book I Just Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769705 I just ordered the book "How to Change Your Drinking - A Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol" by Kenneth Anderson from Amazon and read it immediately when it arrived yesterday. <BR> <BR> I quickly realized that I had been following the principles of the book for the past two years with SparkPeople without even realizing it. For 2 years, I had been engaging in "alcohol-free streaks" for indefinite periods of time in order to limit my drinking and consequently lose weight. My longest streak wa... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:57:22 EST I Broke the Rules - and Lost 40 Pounds Anyway ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764891 I don't track my food. <BR> <BR> I don't work out. <BR> <BR> I don't always eat breakfast. <BR> <BR> I don't go to bed at the same time every night. <BR> <BR> I don't get up at the same time every morning. <BR> <BR> I don't avoid soda. <BR> <BR> I don't avoid carbs. <BR> <BR> I don't DIET. <BR> <BR> I don't follow any of the "Rules". <BR> <BR> AND I LOST 40 POUNDS. <BR> AND GOT HEALTHY ANYWAY ! <BR> REALLY ! <BR> <BR> My weight has dropped from 205 to 165. And all my blo... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:27:23 EST I'm 56 years old. When will I ever grow-up ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763552 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221725658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm 56 years old and even though my mother is 83, she's still my mom and the mother/daughter dynamic still continues. I guess our relationship will never change until the day one of us dies, probably her before me. I am grateful, however, that she is still "sharp as a tack" without any signs of Alzheimer's. That is a true blessing. But here is what transpired recently, and keeps on re-playing over and over in m... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:35:54 EST Focus on God's Promises (not the Problem) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761379 I've been watching Joel Osteen every Sunday for 8 years now. I always find him inspirational and uplifting. He is always so "positive". <BR> <BR> Today Joel talked about focusing on God's "Promises" rather than on your "Problem". <BR> <BR> During the first 6 years of listening to Joel, I always prayed that I would "lose weight". I was around 200 pounds at the time. My doctor had told me to get down between 160 and 170. It seemed impossible. I tried unsuccessfully over and over. I wo... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:10:50 EST Alcohol and Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759810 I've got a thousand excuses to drink alcohol: <BR> I want to relax. <BR> I want to celebrate. <BR> I want to socialize. <BR> I'm upset. <BR> I'm lonely. <BR> I'm happy. <BR> I'm sad. <BR> It tastes good. <BR> It's refreshing. <BR> I'm thirsty. <BR> The list goes on. <BR> <BR> This week I used the death of the amazing Robin Williams as an excuse to buy a bottle of wine and drown my sorrows. He deserved better than that. We did however, play some special songs as our little tribute to the gr... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:59:52 EST I've Never Worried About Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756350 I've never been too concerned about salt. I didn't have high blood pressure until I started drinking alcohol on almost a daily basis, and when I became alcohol-free, my blood pressure quickly returned to normal. I've always used salt to taste: probably the average of typical American diet. I had heard that only about 15 % of the population was salt-sensitive and needed to watch it. The amount of salt in my food didn't seem to be a concern for me. So I did a little research and found th... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 13:08:27 EST Better Than Subway ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755884 I bought lots of wonderful, fresh produce today: Tomatoes on the vine, cucumbers, green peppers, red onion, apples, nectarines, red seedless grapes, . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010133172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I "prepped" the veggies for my homemade veggie subs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l302662614.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had veggies on a roll with spicy brown mustard for lunch. Delicious. I'll be eating one every d... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 17:03:05 EST July 2014: The GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750344 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l189631579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No I'm not calling myself "ugly". I have pretty good self-esteem and a positive body image. My body is a "work in progress" but I've always felt pretty good about it. <BR> <BR> The reason for the title "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is because July has been a difficult month with big "ups" and "downs" ! <BR> <BR> First the "BAD" <BR> <BR> Our apartment was like an OVEN for a couple weeks. Inside the tempe... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:31:19 EST The Incredible Edible Egg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745755 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l557491530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I learned a lot from a page in the latest edition of Prevention Magazine. No - not one of their articles. But rather from - an advertisement ! It was titled, "A Half-Dozen Reasons Why You Can't BEAT EGGS" <BR> <BR> Eggs used to get a bad rap. Experts said you should avoid the yolk because it contained a lot of cholesterol. Now they tell us that the yolk, although it does have cholesterol, dietary cholesterol... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:09 EST Happy Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745183 Certain foods have compounds that actually "lift your spirits", actually make you feel better, or happier. I read about this in the August issue of Prevention magazine and thought I'd share it with you all. <BR> <BR> Walnuts and Flax <BR> The key ingredient is alpha-linolenic acid. In the Nurse's Health Study, women who had the most ALA in their diets were less likely to be depressed. Put simply, when your blood levels of ALA are low, so are YOU. Low levels of ALA are linked to depressio... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:04:14 EST Do you know your lipid levels? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742853 Lipids are the "fats" in your blood. They include cholesterol, HDL or High-Density Lipoprotein, LDL or Low-Density Lipoprotein and Triglycerides. <BR> <BR> Cholesterol - This is a waxy substance that is necessary for many important functions in our bodies. It is both in the foods we eat and produced in the body. So it is normal to have less than 200 mg/dl. Cholesterol becomes a problem when the levels in your blood get too high. This can lead to cholesterol building upon the walls o... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:09:35 EST Do you know if you have high blood pressure or not ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741838 High blood pressure, or hypertension, is called a "silent killer" because there are often no outward symptoms of this condition. Some people may have high blood pressure for years before being diagnosed. How about you? Do you know whether or not you have high blood pressure? <BR> <BR> Blood pressure is simply the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as our heart pumps blood. The top number (systolic) is the force when the heart pumps or beats. The bottom number (diastolic... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:18:41 EST My Lovely Patio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741577 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l704463811.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l468021966.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303416278.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1654859798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My sweetheart, Johnny, and I worked a couple hours on our patio, rearrangeing, cleaning, and pruning and watering our plants. I even repotted the little plant on the separate, old-fashioned plant s... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:58:11 EST 7 Things to Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740749 I've written this blog before but it bears repeating: <BR> <BR> Here are 7 Things to Give Up <BR> <BR> l. People Pleasing <BR> <BR> 2. Doubting Yourself <BR> <BR> 3. Negative Thinking <BR> <BR> 4. Fear of Failure <BR> <BR> 5. Criticizing Yourself <BR> <BR> 6. Saying YES when you want to say NO <BR> <BR> 7. Procrastination <BR> <BR> I've got to work on ALL of them. How about YOU ? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:42:21 EST 8 Rules for Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740403 I read these on facebook and thought I'd share them here. So simple yet so true. <BR> <BR> Less soda - More water <BR> Less alcohol - More tea <BR> Less sugar - More fruit <BR> Less meat - More veggies <BR> Less driving - More walking <BR> Less worry - More sleep <BR> Less anger - More laughter <BR> Less words - More action <BR> <BR> How can you argue with that ! ? ! <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:42:41 EST Pork Loin Chops with Sauted Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737576 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l927560376.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight was Pork Loin Chops, breaded and baked in the oven, with sauted apples on top, served with two sides: sweet potatos with brown sugar and cinammon and sauerkraut with caraway seeds. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l852727612.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I peeled, cored, and sliced up one large red delicious apple and then sauted it in 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. I added... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:14:23 EST Date Night Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1951606024.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was dinner for "date night". I love to cook and we can't afford to go out to a restaurant so I always make dinner for our "date nights" which we enjoy at home. Tonight I made chicken a different way than I had ever made it. I didn't have a recipe. I just made it up and it turned out delicious. I'm calling it "Date Night Chicken" because it's made with red wine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:41:52 EST Bananas Under Glass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735368 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1304766503.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I recently was given this beautiful covered cake plate. I really don't need to have CAKE in the house so I made it "home" for some bananas. I had one for breakfast this morning. I LOVE bananas. They have loads of potassium. My sweetheart got a "kick" out of putting the bananas in the new cake plate - but that's a LOT healthier than CAKE ! <BR> <BR> Speaking of my sweetie, Johnny, he is doing really well afte... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:13:29 EST Happy 4th of July ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732218 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1539876124.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l931170872.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1026124212.jpg"> <BR> I had a WONDERFUL 4th of July ! Johnny came home from the hospital after suffering 3 tonic-clonc (grand mal) seizures. I believe they were a combination of dehydration and alcohol withdrawal and nicotine. The CAT scan and MRI were normal so, thank GOD, he didn't have a blo... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 23:34:15 EST Quiche and Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727781 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1438786848.jpg"> <BR> I made this quiche last night for breakfast this morning. Kinda a weird thing to do on a Friday night but there's nothing I enjoy more than "playing with food". I guess it's my favorite hobby to "create in the kitchen". First I made my usual pastry crust: <BR> 1 1/2 cups flour <BR> 1/2 cup soft tub margarine <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> Cut the margarine into the flour with a pastry blender. Then add 6-7 Tablespoons ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:51:30 EST I Love My New Glasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720148 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1049634099.jpg"> <BR> Today was a really great day. My son, Charles and his wife, Nancy, came over for lunch. Then Charles gave me a ride to the eye doctor's to pick up my new glasses. I just really love my new glasses. They look so much more modern and stylish than my old pair. I feel like a new woman. LOL. Not only that, but they were FREE. The eye exam and the lens and frames were all paid for my the LION'S CLUB. They are such ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:46:02 EST A Brief History of What We've Been Told to Eat (and not eat) in America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718027 There was a very interesting article in TIME magazine today written by Bryan Walsh about what we've been told to eat (and not eat) in America. Here's a Brief Summery: <BR> <BR> 1945 - Dr Ancel Keys laid the groundwork for the fight against fat when he developed the K ration for the Army. <BR> <BR> 1950's - 1960's - Dr Ancel Keys published his landmark Seven Countries Study claiming that people who ate a diet low in saturated fat had lower levels of heart disease. (Today, Dr. Peter Att... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:16:11 EST Exactly 3 Months Till My 2nd Sparkiversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714135 My 2nd Sparkiversary will be September 10th, 2014. That's exactly 3 months away. I just realized that this morning when I was checking out my calendar and trying to figure out "how to get back on track". <BR> I was down to 163 in the beginning of March and now, in the beginning of June, my weight has ballooned up to 174. I've regained 11 pounds ! This is completely UNACCEPTABLE ! <BR> <BR> What's going on ? ! <BR> <BR> I could come up with a lot of reasons for this weight gain, but b... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:30:36 EST 13 Reasons to Avoid Alcohol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709755 Alcohol can affect your health in many ways: <BR> <BR> l. Alcohol may cause liver cancer, fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and other liver diseases. <BR> <BR> 2. Drinking too much alcohol puts you at higher risk for cancer of the pancreas, mouth, tongue, and throat. This risk is even greater if you also use tobacco. <BR> <BR> 3. Alcohol increases the acid in your stomach. The irritating effects of alcohol may cause ulcers, or inflammation of the lining of the stomach or of your p... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:49:57 EST What's more important: losing weight or getting healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703306 I started out this journey in September 2012 with the goal of losing 50 pounds. So far I've lost 40 pounds and then gained back 5. I'm currently working on losing the last 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> But more important than the number on the scale, I've become so much healthier. <BR> <BR> My other "numbers" or "non-scale victories" NSV, have seen dramatic improvement. <BR> <BR> My blood pressure had been high running over 140/90 and my doctor wanted to put me on blood pressure medication. N... Mon, 26 May 2014 07:42:41 EST Concerned About Skin Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703005 I've known for a long time that the sun's UV rays can cause mutations in the genes of our skin cells which lead to cancer or Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. And I live in the Sunshine State - Florida, for 30 years now. Yet I've never used sunscreen to protect myself from the sun. Now at 56 years of age, I'm starting to get concerned that 30 years in Florida could lead to Melanoma. I have a friend who is battling it with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. So I read about M... Sun, 25 May 2014 19:50:22 EST 7 Things to Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700646 l. People Pleasing <BR> <BR> 2. Doubting Yourself <BR> <BR> 3. Negative Thinking <BR> <BR> 4. Fear of Failure <BR> <BR> 5. Criticizing Yourself <BR> <BR> 6. Saying YES when you want to say NO <BR> <BR> 7. Procrastination <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm working on these. <BR> <BR> Valerie Thu, 22 May 2014 09:58:18 EST Meatloaf and Brown Gravy for Dinner Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700335 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1201369771.jpg"> <BR> This is my sweetheart, Johnny's favorite dinner. Every time I make it he says it's the best meatloaf I've ever made. I said, "You say that every time I make it !". He replied, "Well, it just keeps getting better and better!" He's a very picky eater, so I'm glad that I found something that he really likes. <BR> <BR> Here are the ingredients: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l638002502.jpg"> <... Wed, 21 May 2014 22:22:37 EST Lamb with Mint Jelly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699442 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1169106221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made myself a nice dinner of lamb with mint jelly today. I treated myself even though my sweetie doesn't care for lamb. I used "Tuscan Seasoning" on the lamb which is a blend of salt, rosemary, cinnamon, bay leaves, and chili pepper, and braised the lamb chop in a frying pan on the stove. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l505227340.jpg"> <BR> I served pita bread and olive oil with "dipp... Tue, 20 May 2014 18:49:07 EST 3 Diet Myths - and a New Way of Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699297 Yoni Freedhoff, MD, author of "The Diet Fix" corrects some diet myths that we all tend to believe. <BR> <BR> 1 Old Way of Thinking - "The last 10 pounds are the hardest" <BR> <BR> New Attitude - The last 10 pounds are the "slowest. (True, as you lose weight, your metabolism adapts, but don't get frustrated - just keep going.) <BR> <BR> 2. Old Way of Thinking - I can't eat carbs/fried foods/dessert, etc. <BR> <BR> New Attitude - No food is off limits. (Deprivation just leads to binge... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:33:31 EST My Walk to the Beach Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695743 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l865510715.jpg" <BR> Walked a mile to the Gulf beach in Florida today. Taking some pictures along the way made it really fun. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1542842779.jpg"> <BR> Saw some beautiful flowers along the sidewalk. I think they are oleanders. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1088778929.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l595928392.jpg"> <BR> There is an... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:55:50 EST Instant Gratification . . . or Long Term Reward ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695594 Last night when my sweetie and I were winding down from the day, relaxing, talking, and listening to music, I confessed that I had an urge to have a beer. This was after 20 days alcohol-free. I knew in my heart that if I started drinking, we'd end up walking down the street to the convenience store and buying more. Then we'd have a good time talking and laughing (and drinking) for hours. Of course, the next night I'd want to do the same since it had been so pleasurable. Before you knew i... Thu, 15 May 2014 10:30:28 EST Bran Muffins with Raisins and Walnuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695173 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l627583046.jpg"> <BR> I acquired some "Bob's Red Mill Wheat Bran" today so I made some Bran Muffins in my new muffin tin. The recipe was on the bag. <BR> <BR> Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494355405.jpg"> <BR> 1 cup wheat bran <BR> 1 cup flour (whole wheat or white) <BR> 2 teaspoons baking powder <BR> 1/2 cup raisins <BR> 1/2 cup chopped walnuts <BR> <BR> In another... Wed, 14 May 2014 20:09:51 EST I ate too much . . . but it was all healthy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694334 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191787739.jpg"> <BR> My son and daughter-in-law took me out to a Chinese buffet today for Mother's Day since they were working on Sunday. There were literally hundreds of things to choose from. I wanted to try everything - but I knew I had to choose wisely. And control myself ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990868149.jpg"> <BR> I mainly ate the sushi with wasabi and soy sauce. The animal decorations made out of... Tue, 13 May 2014 17:08:49 EST New Birdsong Border in My Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692089 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1493280030.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l132704734.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l514355916.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I LOVE the new border we hung in my kitchen. There are beautiful songbirds on a vine with white flowers on a blue background. It was easy to put up. I think it looks really pretty. <BR> <BR> I'd really like to replace some cracked ceramic tiles in the floor. Other ... Sat, 10 May 2014 16:53:25 EST Homemade Pea Soup and Cornmeal Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692074 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327821478.jpg"> <BR> I had some ham in the freezer still left over from Easter so I decided to make pea soup with it. I just throw everything in a slow cooker and let it go until the peas turn to "mush". I also bought a new muffin tin so I thought corn meal muffins would go well with the pea soup. Here are the two recipes: <BR> <BR> Pea Soup <BR> l package dried split green peas <BR> 6 cups water <BR> 1 onion, diced <BR> 2 cups baby car... Sat, 10 May 2014 16:09:09 EST Happy Mother's Day to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689120 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1683387029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This round glass and metal dinette set arrived by FedEx today and my sweetheart spent the entire afternoon putting it together. It turned out to be a BIG job - every leg, the cushions, the table braces, etc. But luckily he used to work at a furniture store putting furniture together so he had experience and he did an excellent job. This is my Mother's Day gift - and I'm THRILLED. <BR> <BR> I just LOVE it. ... Tue, 6 May 2014 17:08:29 EST Children of Alcoholics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685679 "Growing up with a parent who drinks means that a child will always come to the conclusion that their parent loved booze more than they loved the child" writes Veronica Valli in her book, "Why You Drink and How to Stop". <BR> <BR> A child always interprets behavior "PERSONALLY". They don't understand that their parents' behavior is separate from them. So when a parent is "unavailable" to a child because their attention is consumed by alcohol and their own problems, then the child is goin... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:45:13 EST It's All About LOVE ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682957 Love really is what "makes the world go around", isn't it? Every book, every movie, every song - it's all about LOVE of some kind. Veronica Valli in "Why You Drink and How to Stop" writes that it's all about love: "the need for it, the destruction of it, the pursuit of it, the ending of it, the sheer joy of it, the life changing powers of it." How true. <BR> <BR> She includes the topic of "love" in her book about alcoholism because she says that "every alcoholic I have ever met craves ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:10:40 EST