HAPPYDOES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAPPYDOES HAPPYDOES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578092 Happy New Year, everybody! <BR> <BR> My New Year Resolution is to not look back but to just keep going forward. No beating myself up if I don't reach a goal or do something wrong. <BR> <BR> May this year be filled with all good things and much joy and peace for each one of you. <BR> <BR> Here's to the worthy fight in 2014! <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:54:36 EST Weight Over Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563135 Hmph! <BR> I just looked at my weight over time report. <BR> <BR> My weight has pretty much waffled back and forth or gone up since the week my husband had the heart attack. <BR> <BR> I've got to do better than this. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:40:26 EST Another Goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517893 I absolutely am fascinated with the Arts. I enjoy going to the theater to see live performances of plays, symphonies, and choirs, as well as special performances that are welcomed to the various venues that I like to frequent. <BR> <BR> I have wanted to become a patron of these theaters and concert halls for quite some time. <BR> Now, I think I will actually begin to work toward becoming a patron in deed. <BR> <BR> I want to donate $1000 to the college near me sometime in the next year so... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:46:59 EST How I do a virtual walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515552 Several people have asked how I do my virtual walks and have requested a blog about it. <BR> <BR> Here is the answer to your questions, my friends. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 1) I choose a place that I want to see in person and Google it to find out the address. <BR> <BR> 2) I enter the address into Google Maps along with my own address to find out how far it is from my house. <BR> <BR> 3) I begin to walk either on the roads near my house or on a treadmill at the gym and enter my mileage ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:31:28 EST My NEXT virtual walk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513694 My first walk was to Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas (207 miles). <BR> My NEXT walk will be to Fallingwater, WV (796 miles). <BR> My daughter, who lives in Maine is also going to do the walk with me. We have decided to walk and bicycle during this trek. Then, when we complete the mileage, we plan to meet at Fallingwater for a sunset tour of the house. We will get to see the house by daylight, and when the sun goes down, we will also get to see it all lit up as well as having hors d'oeuvres on a te... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:36:35 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513684 <em>248</em> I finally finished my 207-mile walk to Subiaco Abbey. <em>198</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today I walked the last 7.85 miles in my virtual walk to Subiaco. I was making great time this morning until I got pulled over by the cops. It seems that someone called in a false report that I was walking down the middle of the highway during the time when people were rushing to get to work. The caller said that they had driven slowly alongside me to make sure I wa... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:26:18 EST If I could live my life over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510759 If I could live my life over, I would have: <BR> <BR> *practiced memorization by memorizing passages from the Bible and other books. <BR> <BR> *been more kind, volunteered regularly, and made gratitude and love my way of life. <BR> <BR> *never spoken negatively about anyone, and instead would have made it my practice to see only the good in others. <BR> <BR> *never complained about anything. <BR> <BR> *lived more simply with less things. <BR> <BR> *never become a consumer. <BR> <BR> *t... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:39:25 EST Lesson Learned: Never Judge Your Progress By The Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502346 I have been a bit discouraged by the fact that I have been gaining and losing the same 5 pounds or so for the past 4 months. Even though I am down approximately 20 pounds (give or take water weight gain), I got quite a surprise yesterday! <BR> <BR> I had a funeral to go to and so I went to my closet to try to find something to wear. Everything was too big, so I went shopping. <BR> <BR> When I got to the store, I started with the size I thought I might need but it was too big. So I went to ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 10:21:59 EST Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494199 I am a spontaneous kind of person...a free spirit, if you will. To live my life by routine is something that goes against my grain. <BR> <BR> That said, I do have habits...mostly bad ones. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I have been reading a book about habits and how to break bad ones and create good ones. It is all about prompts, routines, and rewards. Sometimes all it takes to break a bad habit is to change one thing in the habit's prompt or routine. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> One of my bad habits i... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:29:33 EST The Funny Pages pt 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491985 I came across this photo on Yahoo today. It is hilarious and yet frightening at the same time. The good news is that the baby wasn't hurt in the tumble from his mom's arms. <BR> <BR> The Steve Cramer family, of Castle Rock, Colorado, now looks back on this moment as a perfect summation of parenthood. <BR> <BR> Take a look... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l502163660.jpg"> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:41:27 EST Gratitude: Precious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491508 Precious: <BR> 1) priceless, invaluable, <BR> 2) highly esteemed for some spiritual, non-material, or moral quality: precious memories. (taken from Random House Dictionary) <BR> <BR> I have been studying gratitude for some time now, and lately I have been reading a book titled "Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life" by M.J. Ryan. Today I was thinking about what I consider to be precious in my life for which I can give thanks and show gratitude. <BR> <BR... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:30:31 EST About two weeks to go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473381 As some of you know, I have been doing a virtual walk to Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas. <BR> When I found the "Where are YOU walking to?" sparkteam shortly after I arrived her at SparkPeople, I had only been walking on a regular basis for maybe a couple of weeks. I hadn't done this for twelve years since the Fibromyalgia diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Now, because of the external motivation and support I found here at SparkPeople, I am finding new intrinsic motivation to take care of my body---s... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:44:33 EST still a struggle for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458142 I am still struggling, even after 12 weeks in the BL Sun-sational Summer Challenge, to eat enough calories. <BR> <BR> I am taking some medicine right now for my Fibromyalgia that makes me a bit nauseated, and I'm sure the iron tablets don't help that a bit. I also have no appetite when I get up in the morning until around 12PM-2PM, therefore, I struggle to reach my caloric goals for the day, unless I eat something that is rather rich in calories. I don't like doing that because it makes me f... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:24:54 EST browsing: what I found today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457491 When I sit down to rest, I like to grab my laptop and browse the web...usually things like interior decorating, travel, looking for things for my spark page, or things that make me smile or laugh. <BR> <BR> Today I found a couple of things that I really enjoyed reading and seeing. <BR> <BR> The first is a blog called "Roses and Rust." I may be browsing this one blog for many days. It will probably become one of my favorites. <BR> Here is the link to one of the posts she added recently. It's... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:10:46 EST what the...??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450946 I don't get it. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight since I got here, and I've lost almost nine inches as well, five of them from my hips. (Maybe that's the problem...it's coming off my hips instead of my belly). <BR> <BR> (Edit: No, I was wrong. I have actually lost a total of 15 1/4 inches.) <BR> <BR> I just took my measurements and calculated my waist to hip ratio, and my % of body fat is 13.5% higher than when I started! <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> (sigh) <BR> <... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 15:15:03 EST update on the virtual walk to Subiaco Abbey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450928 It's been an interesting journey so far in my walk to Subiaco Abbey. I quit walking/running for almost 3 weeks because I over-trained and my legs were in knots. Now I'm back to my walk/run and I'm being more careful that I don't over-do it. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the original blog and my mileage so far: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339051 </link> <BR> <BR> 4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:42:57 EST HappyDoes Funny Paper pg. 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448911 I saw this on my son-in-law's facebook page and wanted to share a few laughs with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/how-would-a-<BR>kid-decide-who-to-marry </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of my favorites is the answer to the question, "What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?" <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday, everybody! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:58:46 EST running in the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447943 (Edit: I changed the name of this blog so I could find it easily when I need motivation. It was originally posted as "something I've never done...") <BR> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> This week (since last Wednesday, the start of a new week for the BL Sun-sational Summer Challenge) we had a lot of rain in my area and I didn't go out for my run like I usua... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 17:56:22 EST scenes from my daily walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443988 I thought I would share with you some of the things I see when I go out for my 5K walk/run about 4 times per week. I hope you enjoy these... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1630207639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1345289893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1284144808.jpg">(ah...the next hill awaits) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1605303960.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 09:32:17 EST Living Art...that's what I'd like to be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432311 I found some pictures of people who I consider to be living art. <BR> This is what I would like to be if I can just find the courage to go for it. <BR> I'm coming out of my shell each day, a little bit at a time. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the pictures but I'm not sure who the photographers are... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1245556649.jpg"> <BR> Just look at this lady...her glasses, her pants(?), her top with the cut-out places, her hat and jewelry! I thin... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:32:39 EST Life's Canvas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431658 I stumbled on a quote that I really like and want to embrace, so i thought I'd share it with you... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1056041138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This really appeals to the artist and composer in me. Maybe I'll paint this on the wall of my foyer. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:00:50 EST a turn for the better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425424 I finally gave up trying to handle Fibromyalgia on my own and resorted to getting a prescription to help with the pain, fatigue, and depression it causes. <BR> <BR> What a difference! I feel better already and the constant pain in my legs and glutes is gone. The sun looks a little brighter, I'm beginning to feel the depression lift, and I'm not as tired as I have been. <BR> <BR> Maybe sometimes medicines are a good thing, but I am watching closely for any side effects. I hope I don't have ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:48:09 EST further observations of a breakdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413450 Blah... <BR> <BR> that's how I feel most of the time this week. <BR> <BR> My the muscles in my legs and glutes hurt constantly, even when lying down, and the death of my son-in-law's father has hit me harder than I expected. I was really fond of that man. He was very kind and loving to everyone. <BR> <BR> My husband and daughter are home this week and they eat much differently than I do, and expect me to cook it for them (well, my husband does). <BR> <BR> I feel overwhelmed by the events... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:27:56 EST thank you for your prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411877 Thank you, everyone, who prayed for my son-in-law's father. <BR> He gained his freedom on Independence Day when he passed away peacefully last night. <BR> <BR> I appreciate all the prayers that were lifted for him and his family. <BR> <BR> ~josie Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:47:37 EST observing a breakdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408195 Edit: (Note: Some sentences of this blog are written in all capital letters. This is not for the purpose of yelling. It is for the purpose of emphasis since we do not have the ability to embolden or underline text.) <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> ********** <BR> <BR> There are times when, for various reasons, I stop working my plan. It is what I call "a breakdown." Here are a couple of observations I have made as to why I have breakdowns. <BR> <BR> Observation #1: <BR> <BR> The breakdown is ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 06:33:04 EST update on my son-in-law's father http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407701 Thank you all for your kind thoughts, positive energy, and prayers. <BR> <BR> The Lord is being kind to my son-in-law's father as he passes away. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, is still in a coma, and is slipping away. <BR> <BR> His wife is not doing well with his passing. She is devastated. My son-in-law and daughter are staying strong for her. <BR> <BR> The doctors plan to remove life support in less than 24 hours because the damage to his body is too much to reverse now. I see this ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:13:01 EST need prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406362 My daughter, who just had the baby, is suddenly facing the unexpected and imminent death of her father-in-law due to complications from a stroke. The doctors have given him 24 hours (well, it is less than that now). <BR> <BR> I am praying for life and healing...here or on the other side. <BR> I am also praying for wisdom, peace, and comfort for the family, especially his wife, son, my daughter, and his grandson. <BR> May the Lord's will be done. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:17:36 EST This place makes me smile! (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404952 There is a Mennonite community not too far from my home where I love to go whenever I can. Secretly, I wish I could live there, away from a lot of people, the internet, radios, and television. The Mennonites only get news of what is happening in the nearby towns or in the world if people stop by to tell them or if they go into town for supplies. They only have an internet connection so that customers can use their ATM cards. <BR> <BR> In this little community is a country store that sells f... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:01:40 EST I'm such a loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403259 I'm such a loser! <BR> Thanks to the LORD! <BR> HE is making me stronger. <BR> <BR> This is more of a note to self than anything else. I need to remember this, but at the same time, I want to give Him public praise for helping me to overcome things I never thought I might never overcome. <BR> <BR> Thank you, LORD Jesus. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:38:55 EST Exhausted, but some good things are going on, too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401760 I'm trying to figure out what is going on with my body. Today I went out for my walk/run and I felt depleted from the very beginning. I made the entire 3.4 miles, with some running, but I was very slow...about 20 min/mile...and I had to stop along the way a few times with my head down to catch my breath. <BR> <BR> I don't feel hungry after I run, but I know that this is the time I really need to eat. And I also feel very sleepy and tired for the rest of the day after I workout. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:53:14 EST Yipee! It's working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400034 I have been jogging (which I like to call running) in intervals during my walks each day and keeping a log of my mileage, time, and pace. <BR> <BR> This morning I discovered that I improved my minutes per mile over last Wednesday by nearly 2 minutes! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I am SO excited about that! I think that means the intervals are working their magic in my body! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> on! <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:13:32 EST taking a moment to reflect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399552 I have gotten off track since I went out of town for my grandson's birth. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> I need to take time to reflect on how I got here, why I came to SparkPeople in the first place, and what it is that I say to myself that makes it "ok" to accept less than my best effort in this weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Tonight I am really eager for the sun to come up tomorrow so I can hit the road and do another 5K. <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> For some reason I am sabotaging myself in ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:35:07 EST self-control in Walmart parking lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398952 Yesterday I had to go to Walmart to pick up something. <BR> On the way out of the store, as I was walking to my car, I suddenly just wanted to run to my car, but since I'm pretty sure I look really bad when I run, I held myself back and just walked. <BR> <BR> I think that from now on when I go there, I'll park as far away from the entrance as I can so that after I get past all the people, I can run if I'm not carrying too much or pushing a shopping cart. <BR> <BR> I'm beginning to prefer w... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:20:21 EST The walk toward Subiaco Abbey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398121 After almost three weeks of no real exercise (except for a little bit of interactive video games with my grandson), I am back to my walk toward Subiaco. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the original blog and my mileage so far: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339051 </link> <BR> <BR> 4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I will be when I finally arrive?) <BR> 5/07/2013: 205 - 2 = 203 (I'm back from out of sta... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:36:30 EST One of the best cakes I've ever eaten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395495 My mom made a <em>250</em> cake for Father's Day. It was So good and easy, too! <BR> <BR> Here's the recipe: <BR> <BR> 1 box of Angel Food Cake mix <BR> 1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple, NOT drained <BR> <BR> In a bowl mix the two ingredients together (dry cake mix and pineapple with juice). Bake in a greased pan at the temperature listed on the cake mix package until it is light brown and a toothpick comes out clean. <BR> <BR> Mama cooked it in a 9x13 pan. Then she cut into squares an... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:34:34 EST I've got to figure out a better way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395490 The sun made me sick again today. <BR> I went out for my walk/run about 6:50 this morning. The rest of the day has been spent in bed with chills, body aches, burning eyes, and extreme fatigue. <BR> <BR> I think it is time to take the walk to the gym and stay out of the sun. <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:20:45 EST I'm home and beginning again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395027 Hey, hey, hey!!! <BR> I'm back and when I got on the scale this morning, I weighed 202.8. I guess the strange deal with the scale was that it said I had lost weight a couple of weeks ago when I actually hadn't. I don't know...but, I'm back from the birth of my grandson and picking up where I left off after two weeks of almost no internet connection, no tracking of food, and no exercise that I could actually track or claim. <BR> <BR> I ate at restaurants a lot while I was gone so I'm surpris... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:06:12 EST something weird's going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374979 I've had the weirdest week with my weight. <BR> <BR> OK...you remember the experiment I was doing? <BR> Well, it hasn't gone so well. <BR> <BR> Just as a reminder, here is the Hypothesis: <BR> <BR> "Hypothesis: If I eat 1200- 1250 calories, drink, 8 glasses of water, and walk for 2 miles, every day, I will lose 1.4 pounds " <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I weighed 199 pounds. <BR> On Monday I went out for my walk/run and wasn't exactly sure of the length so when I came back and measured it, i foun... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 20:55:53 EST Express Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373719 With reference to my previous blog, I love to look at people. <BR> When I look at people, I take in all of them...their faces, skin color, eyes, texture and color or their hair, the composition of their face with all the shadows and lines, their clothing, including the textures, colors, and fabrics of the clothing they choose to wear, and especially take notice of the way they accentuate their features and personality with hair dyes, hats, jewelry, piercings, and all other manner of accessori... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:44:30 EST 100 strangers and the beauty of growing old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373491 A few years ago, when I struggling with the first signs of aging in my face, I was really distressed about it....especially in this culture where it seems that beauty is a god, wrinkles and fat are forbidden, and perfection is a must...even at the cost of going under the knife. <BR> <BR> One night, as I was online, I stumbled across a photography project on www.flicker.com called, "The 100 Strangers Project". <link>www.flikr.com/groups/100strangers/ </link> <BR> <BR> So, I took my unhap... Fri, 31 May 2013 10:09:55 EST new baby coming...please pray http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372132 My grandson is about to make his entrance into the world. My daughter is having all the symptoms of early labor. <BR> <BR> Please pray that she doesn't go into labor at night because it is difficult for her to get to the hospital at night. <BR> <BR> Also, she is high risk, so please pray for an easy and safe delivery for both her and our little boy. <BR> <BR> I live several hours from her so it will take a while for me to get there. I'm exhausted right now so i can't leave. She isn't actua... Thu, 30 May 2013 02:14:31 EST i never thought i'd see the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372059 I'm still following my experiment as closely as possible, and today, I was running around all day and didn't get to eat the way that I should. <BR> <BR> I ate high fiber cereal and almond milk for breakfast, grabbed 1/3 of a black forest subway sandwich on 5-grain oat bread filled with veggies and spread with avocado and topped with mustard. finally for dinner, i ate kale, fresh tomato, pork loin, and an orange...and only ended up with a whopping 800+ calories for the day. <BR> <BR> I deci... Wed, 29 May 2013 23:45:55 EST i'm happy to report... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370594 Thank you for all your prayers. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report that my husband has gone back to work. <em>224</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:08:23 EST something changed today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370091 I went for my walk/run toward the "monks' today and I noticed during one of my "running" intervals I noticed that something changed. <BR> <BR> I call it "running" because it makes me feel stronger, but I'm pretty sure it's anything BUT running. <em>246</em> I'm just glad that I live out in the country instead of in a suburban neighborhood where everybody can see me doing whatever this is that I do and call "running. <BR> <BR> But I digress.. <BR> <BR> So I noticed that something change... Tue, 28 May 2013 08:28:10 EST Does anger or other stress motivate you to do something productive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369053 I have known many people whose anger motivated them to exercise, clean house, and other things that were productive, and I noticed last week when my stress levels were extremely high, that I walked further than I normally would have. <BR> <BR> It's sort of like when I was young (in my 20s, after some bad experiences with some bullies) and someone told me I couldn't do something (especially my husband), I would dig in my heels and say in my mind, "Oh yeah? You just watch me" <BR> <BR> There ... Mon, 27 May 2013 08:09:41 EST my virtual treasure chest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369033 I sometimes get discouraged, as I'm sure you have seen, so I'm creating a virtual treasure chest where I collect blogs, tips, articles, uplifting quotes, and things that people have said to me to encourage me along the way. <BR> <BR> This is my treasure that I will sit and browse when I get discouraged by the things that come against me. <BR> <BR> Today, I read a blog by Coach Nicole. In it I found a nugget to add to my treasure chest along with the entire blog that she wrote. Here it is, a... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:48:34 EST goal for this week: an experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368546 I want to lose 1.4 pounds this week and I'm not exactly sure how to do that. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to set this up as an experiment and see what happens. <BR> <BR> Hypothesis: If I eat 1200- 1250 calories, drink, 8 glasses of water, and walk for 2 miles, every day, I will lose 1.4 pounds <BR> <BR> Now, I just have to put together a menu that will equal that amount of calories and stick to the walking program. <BR> <BR> edit: I had to change my Hypothesis because I forgot to add the water!... Sun, 26 May 2013 16:20:38 EST I am a "famous girlfriend" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368354 I called my daughter yesterday to check on her because of the flooding in her area. <BR> In the background, I could hear my 5-yearold grandson jumping up and down and begging to talk to me. The he said, "She's..." (something I couldn't understand over the phone) <BR> <BR> My daughter started laughing and replied, "Oh, she is? Well, ok, then, hold on a second and I'll let you talk to her." <BR> <BR> Then my daughter, still laughing, said to me, "He said that you are his famous girlfriend." <... Sun, 26 May 2013 11:21:51 EST what i like about tracking my nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367805 I was introduced to tracking my nutrition several years ago by a nutritionist. <BR> I hated it. <BR> Reintroduced to food tracking again about a year and a half ago when I entered the free wellness program through my family physician, I was resistant to it. Even so, I gave it a go, learned a few things about it, and saw that it might be beneficial. <BR> <BR> Here I am again...tracking my food. <BR> This time, I really like doing it! <BR> <BR> Here's why: <BR> <BR> 1) Tracking my food caus... Sat, 25 May 2013 18:32:24 EST update on the walk toward the http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365786 OK...so here is my mileage so far on my walk/run toward the monks at the Abbey at Subiaco, Arkansas (a total of 205 miles from my house), and a link to the blog I wrote that tells the whole story (for those of you who may not know what I'm talking about). <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339051 </link> <BR> <BR> 4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I will be when I finally arrive?) <BR> 5/07/2013: 205 - 2... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:37:35 EST