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/ Just One Mixed Drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225061 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6477b5c7-41d5-4e0e-84a6-fbc52b05a07a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> After 10 days alcohol-free, my two sons and my DIL, walked down to the beach with me. They played POKEMON. They said my neighborhood is really good for the game as we have an ice cream parlor and restaurant/bars which are all "special spots". <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/361717be-7a7e-43ce-917d-2613a7112108.jpg"> <BR> We passed this mural along the way. <BR> <i... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:43:37 EST Could She Be Having a STROKE ? ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215708 I received a letter today from our local hospital - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. It contained some very important information that I thought I'd share with you. <BR> <BR> First of all some scary statistics: <BR> More women die of stroke each year than men. <BR> About every 40 seconds an American has a stroke. <BR> About every four minutes an American DIES of a stroke. <BR> The risk of having a stroke doubles each decade after the age of 55. <BR> <BR> The letter said, "Remember to... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:32:48 EST The Dog Days of Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212680 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90e97af8-f05c-4cfe-97d2-6618e8836572.JPG"> <BR> <BR> My Jasmine, lovingly also called Jazzy, can no longer walk. <BR> <BR> She won't be 8 years old until Thanksgiving. Yes, she was born on Thanksgiving morning under a friend's shed. We knew both of her parents: the father a purebred Sheltie and the mother just a "mix" something like a Jack Russell. <BR> <BR> She has "hip dysplasia" now and can barely stand up. For a couple months now... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 10:17:35 EST Angel Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200410 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fd32133-9da8-4809-80ab-473aebdc220f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm sure you've heard of "Deviled Eggs". Well, I made them for my church and they told me, "We don't allow the 'Devil' in here. We'll call them 'Angel Eggs'. So "Angel Eggs" it is. <BR> Everybody loves them, especially my sweetheart, so I whipped up a batch really quick this morning. <BR> <BR> The eggs were on sale at Winn Dixie for only 80 cents per dozen. EGGcellent Deal ! <... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:46:09 EST The chicken, the scale, and the witchdoctor. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9a5534b-18ea-4ef1-962c-1b68674548f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This isn't the chicken I roasted last night. This is one I did several months ago in my rotisserie and turned out looking beautiful. Here is the chicken I roasted last night in the oven which came out looking rather anemic. It was 6 pounds at $1 per pound, a good deal, but too big to fit in my rotisserie. However it was moist and delicious and we really enjoyed it. <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:30:21 EST I can't justify spending money for something I can get for free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195298 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/581081d6-5853-4d3f-b22d-753351b0f2d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been drinking tap water for over a decade. Thank God the water in our county is really good. Zephyrhills Spring is located here and we get the same water that they bottle, out of our tap from the Florida Aquifer. I read the water reports. <BR> <BR> I feel so bad for the people of Flint, Michigan. Not having good clean running water would made life miserable and so dangerous, especi... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 14:15:28 EST I'm throwing out my bathroom scale . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190801 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1045d636-dc54-4a6a-bf3c-3732b1742e9d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been weighing myself every morning and getting obsessed about the number on the scale. Today I was at the pharmacy and weighed myself on a large professional scale. I was THRILLED to find out I weighed FIVE (5) whole pounds LESS than I did on my little bathroom scale ! Woo-Hoo ! I've reached my short-term goal of 185 ! In just one day! lol <BR> <BR> So I'm throwing out my bathro... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:01:10 EST 20,160 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188758 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1063732a-6843-49c7-b83c-686bbe28ca35.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After taking a LONG break from SP, I've been back to Sparking for 20,160 minutes. That's 336 hours. Or 14 days. Or 2 whole weeks. LOL <BR> <BR> I've made a LOT of progress in a short time. <BR> <BR> I've been alcohol-free for that entire time and tracked my food, eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> So far I've lost 7, YES SEVEN, whole pounds going from 196 to 189. ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:27:32 EST Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186260 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/164cb049-ba54-43c1-bdbc-40830326ce76.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last time I went to see my Ob/Gyn, she asked me, "Do you garden ?" <BR> I thought it was a strange question. What does that have to do with my reproductive organs? When I think of "garden", I think of the garden my son and daughter-in-law have on an acre of land, in which they grow all kinds of vegetables. <BR> My immediate response was "No". And I felt bad because I live in a little ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:41:18 EST If I Should Die Before I wake . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186159 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8779d8e0-a3a1-465a-aebf-910b0fe8001a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ever hear the song "Enter Sandman" by Metallica ? In it they recite a prayer my mother used to say before I went to bed when I was a little girl. <BR> Now I lay me down to sleep <BR> I pray the Lord, my soul to keep <BR> If I should die before I wake <BR> I pray the Lord, my soul to take <BR> <BR> That used to scare the hell out of me. Do you mean that there's a possibility that if I go ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:06:43 EST Sticking-To-It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185127 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edbb6181-aec8-4768-acc7-910664037ec3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've always been conscious about my weight and tried to eat healthy. In fact, in high school at the age of 16, I became obsessed about my weight and developed anorexia nervosa. I hardly ate anything. My weight went down from 140 pounds down to 105 pounds on my 5'5" frame. I was starving to death. Fortunately I was able to recover without seeing a doctor for treatment and then maintained... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:48:31 EST Ready, Set, Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184605 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efddfd7b-b05e-487b-8fda-1e6a68c0ebfa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm off to a great RE-START on SparkPeople after a long break. <BR> <BR> I had lost 35 pounds in 2013 and in the years since, have regained it all back. I'm back into the 190's. I remember my lowest weight was 163. My sweetie said I looked really "HOT" back then ! lol <BR> <BR> I hadn't posted a blog entry since last December ! Well, I've been back on SP for an entire week and I've b... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:20:27 EST Several Prayers Came True This Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053658 Several of my prayers have come true this year. <BR> <BR> First of all, I found out that I did NOT have cancer after receiving a bad medical report in October. Thank God for THAT ! <BR> <BR> Also, I had been praying for a girlfriend IRL (in real life) for years and this year a wonderful woman named JILL showed up. She works in the business office of a cancer hospital helping people who do not have insurance apply for benefits. She's here at our apartment building every weekend to par... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 22:00:22 EST Had a medical scare - and found out I have a lot of people in my life who love me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049608 The past couple of months have been a whirlwind. I had had pain in my hip for many months so my doctor ordered an X-ray. The radiologist reported that he saw a "neoplasm" (cancerous growth) in the L5 vertebra which he added was "probably metastatic". I didn't believe it at first, was in denial, but everyone's attitude toward me was concern, as they thought I had terminal bone marrow cancer. <BR> <BR> Next I had a bone scan and the results showed density in the L5 vertebra and several ot... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:25:59 EST I'm overweight but otherwise healthy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988059 I rode my bike over to my doctor's office and picked up a copy of my last blood work results and then spent an hour writing a blog about how great my results were . . . . and then when I went to post it . . . it DISAPPEARED ! <BR> <BR> DARN IT ! <BR> <BR> Now I don't want to explain all over what the results were specifically and what they all mean. Just suffice it to say that (1.) I'm NOT diabetic, (2.) my liver and kidneys are in great shape (3.) my lipids (fats) like cholesterol... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:43:48 EST RECIPE for A Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987329 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63eac935-bf80-4f52-a170-1e1c3d4bcd33.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Step One: <BR> Have an alcohol-free evening and go to bed at a reasonable hour. <BR> <BR> Step Two: <BR> Sleep at least 8 hours on a good mattress. <BR> (I don't have one in the house yet but I'm getting one soon) <BR> <BR> Step Three: <BR> Wake up naturally and discover the sun is shining. <BR> <BR> Step Four: <BR> Stretch in bed to loosen up your joints. <BR> (I forgot this step today b... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:27:37 EST Do you always eat breakfast ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979647 I found an old magazine "all*you" from August 23, 2013 and I discovered something interesting in it. <BR> <BR> You know how everybody ALWAYS said you should ALWAYS eat breakfast ? <BR> <BR> Well this article by Aviva Patz said the "old rule" was that "eating breakfast helps curb consumption later" but the "new rule" (old now since this magazine was from 2013) is that "Surprise ! Surprise! Skipping breakfast is OK - really !!" <BR> <BR> She writes, " If you wake up hungry, by all mea... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:05:03 EST Whipped up a batch of homemade doggie biscuits today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973279 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c4116fa-7c40-4daa-b6b7-3f81447fde98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's the recipe: <BR> <BR> 1 cup boiling water <BR> 2 Bouillon Cubes (beef or chicken) <BR> 1 cup oats <BR> 1 cup cornmeal <BR> 1/3 cup butter melted <BR> 1 Tablespoon sugar <BR> 1/4 cup milk <BR> 1 cup shredded cheese <BR> 1 egg beaten <BR> 3 cups flour <BR> <BR> I have a dog bone shaped cookie cutter - but any shape would do. I doubt your doggie would mind. <BR> <BR> I didn't have co... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 18:28:01 EST Why do you drink to excess ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969682 On my recent vacation, I read an excellent book titled "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs" by Johann Hari <BR> <BR> As the name suggests, it is about drug addiction and drug dealing and how our current "war on drugs" is futile. He offers a better solution to our drug problem through decriminalization and legalization. <BR> <BR> Although he was talking about drugs, I felt that some of what he wrote about "why people become addicted" applied to why people dri... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:02:05 EST One Day at a Time. . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969339 . . . . . . is the inscription on my new silver ring and my new mantra. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ed4c4b1-bbe0-4240-8fbb-66765db12987.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One Day at a Time . . . <BR> <BR> I Will - stay alcohol-free <BR> I Will - drink LOTS of water <BR> I Will - avoid sweets <BR> I Will - lots of fruits and veggies <BR> I Will - get plenty of sleep <BR> I Will - try to walk a little everyday (suffering from sciatica and arthritis) <BR> <BR> Sounds like a... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:10:35 EST What are the symptoms of an Alcohol Use Disorder ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956679 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ef24087-12fa-467f-aab6-4aaf94e508ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is from "Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and your health" a booklet published by the National Institutes of Health/US Dept. of Health and Human Services. <BR> <BR> What are the symptoms of an alcohol use disorder ? <BR> <BR> In the past year, have you <BR> l. had times when you ended up drinking MORE or LONGER than you intended ? <BR> 2. more than once wanted to CUT DOWN OR STOP drin... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 23:53:32 EST I don't want to get Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947186 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7723dc5-44f1-4c13-bfac-6a0e19a1cdde.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are some "good things" in my refrigerator and pantry right now. <BR> <BR> I read an article in Prevention Magazine titled "Eat this way and Avoid Alzheimer's" written by Martha Clare Morris, ScD, from Rush University. <BR> She listed 9 food/beverages (YES ! Wine is on the list !) that help prevent Alzheimer's Disease. I was very interested as this is my biggest "health worry"... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:24:21 EST My weight went up over the past year ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941385 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c011ebfe-3bda-4092-9dce-11a11f8aeb4b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've gained weight over the past year - which is VERY aggravating, but it's my own fault. I started with SparkPeople in Sept 2012 and lost 40 pounds over a year and a half. 14 of those pounds came off during 14 weeks of NO ALCOHOL ! Really ! I lost a pound per week just by giving up drinking. I'm not a binge eater, don't really overdo it in the food department, love fruits and ve... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:14:28 EST Update on WATER DIET http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933658 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/582ba3f4-a619-4ba7-89e1-b9afe5d2377c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Memorial Day Weekend <BR> <BR> <BR> Well I've been on this WATER diet for over a month. I can't believe I haven't been blogging. What's Up with that ? Let's see how I'm doing on the 5 key parts: <BR> <BR> W - I AM sober, I'm happy to report. But I've been drinking some Gatorade and Kool-Aid and coffee with milk and sugar. I have to remember "W" stands for WATER and drink some more o... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:24:14 EST FINALLY - I'm NOT feeling like Crap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2023758981.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My morning is "pink and white" (like the photo) FINALLY ! <BR> <BR> I've been alcohol-free for an entire week and FINALLY I have some energy this morning ! <BR> It paid off. <BR> I laid in bed A LOT the first three days, and then slowly started to get some stuff done around the apartment without having to take another nap. <BR> <BR> This morning I Popped out of bed and took care of our two birds - a parakee... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:53:31 EST A Shopping Trip Today Cost Me 4 Whole Cents ! ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2049752452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't my new metal candelabra cool looking ? <BR> <BR> My sweetie found it in the shed on the property of our little apartment building. Apparently it had been left by a tenant that moved out years ago. So since he's the maintenance man for the building anyway and tries to keep the shed straightened out, he brought it home to me as a little present. Total cost: FREE <BR> <BR> It has never had a burning can... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:11:56 EST My WATER DIET http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1438059552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, so I haven't been doing very well. I've been drinking. AND EATING ! And I've gained 20 pounds over the past year. I'm UPSET with myself. So I came up with a new diet plan. It's called my WATER DIET. This is what WATER stands for: <BR> <BR> W - is for drinking ONLY WATER. No alcohol. No soda. No iced coffee with whole milk and sugar. Well, maybe a cup of plain hot tea in the evening. But def... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:21:43 EST New Addition to our Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906321 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507690444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bought a cockatiel from our neighbor for my sweetie for Easter. He said it was "the best gift he ever received". Johnny just loves birds. He named his new cockatiel "Cornell" after the singer-songwriter Chris Cornell. Maybe you never heard of him. All our pets have musical names including "Zeppelin", "Metallica", "Muse", "Jazzy", . . . . lol. Obviously Johnny loves music as well ! <BR> <BR> Well our n... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:09:18 EST Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898085 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2129239168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've always noticed that when I drank Diet Soda in the past, I developed this insatiable thirst and couldn't stop drinking. Also I felt really hungry and craved sugar. <BR> <BR> Now an article in Time Magazine March 30, 2015 by Mandy Oaklander, confirms what I have always suspected: <BR> Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fatter ! <BR> <BR> The article is titled "The Skinny on Diet Soda" Is it time to kick arti... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:49:31 EST Joel Osteen inspired me today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897469 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l325818197.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joel Osteen inspired me today - like he does every Sunday when my sweetheart and I listen to him on TV and every other day when I receive a little devotion by email. <BR> <BR> Today he said to "speak victory over your life !". He said to look in a mirror and actually SAY it ! So here goes: <BR> <BR> I AM blessed ! <BR> <BR> I AM healthy ! <BR> <BR> I AM energetic ! <BR> <BR> I AM happy ! <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:15:57 EST Four Month Personal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897042 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1348013093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can't believe I haven't blogged since November ! Why did I get out of the habit ? I really don't know. But the main thing is - I'm back ! <BR> <BR> Johnny was alcohol-free for 3 weeks . . . . and then it was his birthday . . . . so he started drinking again. . . and now he's back to drinking beer every day . . . . but he's also working and doing fine. Still I wish he would quit drinking again. That's up ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:39:24 EST 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