HARLEYGAL55's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HARLEYGAL55 HARLEYGAL55's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What's going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492599 Guess I should have blogged what happened last week, instead of just blurting it out as my status. I am ok, but have an appointment with the cardiologist a week from Monday. <BR> <BR> I went to the ER this past Wednesday because of some pain/tightness in my chest and just an overall feeling of "not right". After being there for about 24 hours and taking numerous tests and blood tests (last was the stress test which I'm very glad they did), they could not really say whether there was a block... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:23:05 EST Universal Life Struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464274 Wow, I just noticed I haven't written a blog since the one about "Getting to know me" back in January. I don't want this to end up boring, just want to share basically why I haven't been on SparkPeople. I have missed my friends and the support here on SP terribly, but just couldn't face opening up my emotions and scars quite yet. <BR> <BR> Now that I have been back on SparkPeople the last few days, I've been checking out my friends blogs and comments. I know that I am not the only one who h... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:32:20 EST Getting to Know Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190217 "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you <BR> and help your SparkFriends get to know you" <BR> <BR> A SP friend just shared this on her page and it was really nice getting to know her a little better. So, I thought I'd share it with any of my friends who would like to know me better, too. <BR> Here goes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> In a Harley phone case in my purse. <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> My dh, Mark, and I have been married for 34 years (35... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:56:41 EST Christmas time is a time to share the........flu? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177645 I've been away from SP for a while, but it hasn't been because I wanted to. Let's just say we had an unforgetable Christmas holiday! <BR> <BR> My husband Mark, our son and I drove down to our daughter's home this past Saturday to spend Christmas with her family, our other son and his wife and my sister and her boyfriend. My sister's two children were to join us on Christmas Day. We were all having a terrific time until Christmas Eve day. That morning, I woke up making a B-line to the bathr... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:49:15 EST Worth watching and passing on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170284 My dh just emailed me this YouTube video. It has to be the best ad I have ever seen to convince people to wear seatbelts. Below is what was written by someone else regarding the ad and the link follows. <BR> <BR> If you have Children or Grand Children – or have to pick up the pieces, you will think this worth passing on!  <BR> <BR> Cool New seatbelt commercial  <BR> BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    <BR> This is the new "wear your seatbelt" ad the UK is doing - started by some dude n... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:38:53 EST Thank You, Sparkfriends!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169554 I wanted to write sooner today to tell you all how I did the past few days, but with Christmas coming, it is getting pretty hectic around here. I have to thank you all so much for your encouraging comments and belief in my ability to stick to my goal of not gaining any weight from the parties this past week. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> I DID It!!! Last Wednesday's Christmas party was pretty fancy, at a special country club. The food was awesome! I only took one each of two different appetizer... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:04:38 EST Feeling great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166379 Just needed to let my SP friends know how I've been doing. I have been very consistent with my yoga, devotions and SparkCoach so far and am feeling really good. Had a holiday party on Wed. night and was a bit worried how I would handle the eating part. Enjoyed myself, but still made healthy choices. I've kept the exercising up, which also helps. <BR> <em>315</em> <BR> Now, I have another holiday gathering tonight and tomorrow night. I know that I will not do as well as Wed., but am not g... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 10:52:52 EST Why I Continued With Sparkcoach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159236 Hey There, <BR> A few of my SP friends have asked what I thought of my free 7 day trial of Sparkcoach, so figured I should just blog about it. I had seen links about it for a few months and briefly thought about it before, but never seriously. What changed? Last week I was so frustrated, depressed and desperate I knew I had to do something different! <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> I've been a member of SP for about 2 years, so know the tracking and how to find motivation if I need it from the sit... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 11:42:02 EST Ugh....Butt kicked by Camelback! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140122 My dh and I just got back from AZ, (Scottsdale to be exact) last night. I was very excitedly planning on taking a Zumba class one day, doing the fitness gym another and a few hours one day hiking up Camelback Mountain which is just a short walk from the resort. "Short walk" as the description given by the brochure. <BR> <BR> Dh and I decided to do the hike the first morning we were there, since he had meetings the rest of the time. Great, I thought, but little did I know. Instead of taking ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 08:30:12 EST Please, is summer over yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045538 Wow, it's been about a month since I wrote the last blog about not letting the excuses rule my fitness & eating. I just re-read what I wrote and have mixed feelings about it. My first feeling was disappointment in myself that the motivation and planning I expressed in the blog didn't carry through like I had hoped. <BR> <BR> My daughter's closing on their house in Indy was delayed almost a month, so I was with her and the grandkids for over three of those weeks, either here at our home or i... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:35:58 EST Is life getting crazier or is it just me? Analyzing my downfall. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003429 I just realized something. Before June and the summer whirlwind hit, I was often times exceeding my goal of exercising 500 minutes/month. Since then, it has gone downhill faster than my brother's out of control box car when he was little. (Fortunately, no stitches required.) <BR> My exercising, in the subsequent months since May, has been sporadic, if any, and the things I have chosen to eat...well, let's just say it is a very good thing I'm not getting my CHOLESTROL checked any time soon. ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:25:40 EST Life Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885659 Being 56 years old, I think I can say I know some about life. Having had to deal with suffering and death starting in my childhood, I think I know some about those things, too. Having just put down my loving dog of 12 years yesterday makes me steal time away from my "normal" life to ponder what all of this is about and to try to make sense of it. Bear with me in my ramblings. :) <BR> <BR> Our whole life is made up of decisions. What to eat this morning for breakfast, which blouse to wear for... Thu, 17 May 2012 11:50:25 EST Watching Your Child's Heart Break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855244 How to start? I am just going to write what comes into my heart and I ask for your understanding, if you choose to read this. This is about our son, Travis and his best friend, our Syberian Husky, Rocky and how much it can hurt to be a parent no matter how old your child is! <BR> <BR> I first need to explain that we had to put our previous dog to sleep 13 years ago when our youngest son, Travis, was only 9 years old. He pleaded with us to get a Syberian Husky, but my dh wanted something mo... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:27:49 EST Uplifting Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827011 None of our children could come home for Easter this year for the first time, so I was a little depressed heading into this past weekend. My dh is a tax partner, so as you can imagine, it is an extremely busy time right now. He likes to get out and do something during the weekends since Mon.-Fri he's putting in 12-15 hr days and Saturdays are usually another 7-8 hrs. We had already planned earlier last week to go to a movie (The Hunger Games) on Saturday evening. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I read... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:25:00 EST Unexpected Benefits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820421 I tried to write this yesterday, but just had difficulty doing it. I think I just needed a mental day off. ;) I flew home on Mon. (2 days ago) from taking a cruise with my sister. Wow, it seems like it's been much longer. I think since it was an unscheduled vacation it was maybe harder to adjust afterward?.?. <BR> <BR> We had a great time and I am so glad I decided to go, even though it was last minute. It was a cruise on the Carnival ship Fantasy from Wed.-Mon. We left out of Charleston, S... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:14:38 EST Good kind of crazy vacation?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802768 Some of you might have known that I went to spend some time with my dd and her family for about 6 days over St. Patrick's day weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> Just got back home this past Tues. While there, my sister had text letting us know her boyfriend had gone into the hospital. They think it is possibly kidney stones, but still aren't sure exactly what is going on. (One piece of info you need to know is they had been planning on taking a cruise to the Bahamas for months and they were schedule... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 14:30:35 EST A little left-over grieving I guess. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716809 When I come to Indianapolis, I still need to take time to go through some of our mom & dad's things which we still have in a storage unit. I think that the stress of doing this might have some effect on my blah, sick feelings when I'm down here for any length of time. (At least, that's what my therapist daughter tells me and I trust she knows what she is talking about.) :) It does make some sense, because after my father died in 2000, I felt the need to be the "head" of the family since I w... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 15:21:47 EST Curacao Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678717 It's been a long time since I've blogged, but really want to share this trip. It made it even more special since Travis, our 21 yr old, was able to go with us. The first half of this blog tells of some of my experiences. The second half, I hope brings you along with me to relax. <BR> <BR> We flew down to the island of Curacao, which is 50 miles off the cost of Venezuela. It was mainly planned to be a dive vacation, but ended up so much more. Because the island is a "constituent country of th... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:27:50 EST Heading to LA & Spago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577862 I don't know what I am more excited about. Getting to see LA for the first time or being able to be at a food demonstration at Spago, Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant! We leave tomorrow morning & return next Wed. <BR> <BR> My dh is going there on business & his company set up some activities for the significant others on one of the days. We could choose from going to Rodeo Dr., see some famous Beverly Hills homes, museums, etc. Those all would be fun, but as soon as I saw the opportunity ... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:01:25 EST I'm doing what & why??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4436370 Well, I haven't blogged in quite a while. It's been a terribly busy, but extremely fun spring & summer so far, b/c this is one of my "birthday celebration" years. Yes, years. Let me explain. <BR> <BR> I turned 55 yrs old in Feb. Previously when turning 50, I decided to celebrate all year long. (Disney does it, why can't I?) It was so much fun that year that I wanted to keep it up. I decided when my age ends w/ either a "0" or a "5" I will celebrate my "still being alive" all year long. Mos... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 09:56:00 EST My understanding of grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4267703 It's really wonderful how a national holiday can help remind us to think about other people. It's not too much to ask for us to remember those who have lost there lives so we can live in a free country or those who are still sacrificing daily away from everything familiar, so that we can live our own "familiar" lives. These people deserve more than just a day of remembrance & hopefully we do remember them throughout the year, also. <BR> <BR> This weekend & today have also gotten me thinkin... Tue, 31 May 2011 14:30:28 EST Uh oh, holiday weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257243 I have been so motivated this week w/ having done so well on my healthy journey, but now it's Thurs. and the holiday weekend looms ahead of me. I know that I can do the exercising, b/c I love doing my runs through the "Northwoods". It's just the food part. <BR> <BR> We don't have friends coming up this weekend which will be helpful. We tend to "relax" our eating habits when entertaining. Also, I don't have a bunch of junk food up there, so the temptation to eat it is taken away. Mayb... Thu, 26 May 2011 09:23:17 EST Reaching out to others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4242705 It's funny how I know certain life lessons, but tend to forget them. One important one I wish I could continually remember is how I feel after I've tried to encourage, help or comfort someone. Not only does it lift that person up, but it makes me remember one of the reasons I'm here on this earth, to help others. We were not created to be people in isolation, but in community. Like it or not, we all need each other. <BR> <BR> By reaching out and being there for someone, it affirms the go... Thu, 19 May 2011 08:08:22 EST Feeling like starting new again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4221160 I've been connecting w/ SP for a few months now and there have definitely been ups & downs. Yet, b/c of the wonderful people here who have kept encouraging me (many times them not even realizing it) I haven't just given up. My exercising has been pretty ok, but the eating has been a challenge. I do feel stronger, but not much has been showing on the scale. (building muscle right?) :) <BR> Today, I just rejoined the Spring Bootcamp after only trying it for 1 week. I was at my daughter's ta... Mon, 9 May 2011 17:39:25 EST Great weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172814 Even though we got 4+ inches of snow on Sat. & Sun., I still had a very renewing weekend at the cottage. This being the start of Holy Week, it was and is a good time for reflection and renewal. Sun, 17 Apr 2011 21:51:33 EST Colder & rainy - but not my attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4164943 It's pretty yucky outside and will be for the next few days according to the forecasters. Fortunately, I've planned on this and have a bunch of things to do. I will exercise to a new DVD I got, start doing some spring cleaning indoors (windows will just have to wait-what a pity-not!), and have some chic flicks to watch after I put in a good day's work. Even on crummy days, I love being at our cottage! <em>437</em> <em>27</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:03:16 EST Better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4158423 Started the day w/ chapel, then my stretching yoga tape, then Zumba and then my abs workout. Great start to the day! Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:58:06 EST Weekend..wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4151489 Why is it that the weekends are so much harder to stay on track? I guess I feel justified to "relax and have fun", which translates into eating and drinking whatever I want at the time. That mentality is what got me to this overweight point in the first place! <BR> I need to come up with somethings that challenge that years-old thought process. I know I want and would be happier if I were healthier and more physically fit. So, why then is it that when everyone else is going out to dinne... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 10:52:05 EST On a roll? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148675 I've had 2 good days of eating & exercising. I'm feeling much better about the progress so far. Helped that since starting last week, I have lost 2 lbs in addition to knowing that I've gain some muscle, too. Yeah!!! Danskin Tri, watch out. I think I'm going to be ready for you in Aug.! Thu, 7 Apr 2011 08:14:48 EST Feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144802 I'm doing much better today. Started w/ chapel and realized that I need help on this journey to better health. (Not that I didn't know it b/f, but just was reconfirmed). Anytime it goes through my mind that eating that little something isn't going to hurt or be that bad, I think of Jesus resisting Satan's temptation of turning stones to bread after His 40 days in the wilderness. My temptation is so insignificant compared to His. It feels shameful that I would almost stumble in that way. ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 17:15:23 EST Oh well..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4137745 Went to see Butler win tonight, but went over on calories & fat. At least decided on healthy dinner. Beer is a killer if you have more than 2+. Hubby & I at least had a good, relaxing time which has been needed during tax season. The high light of course was Butler winner and I will be going out again on Mon., so will need to plan for it this time. Sat, 2 Apr 2011 22:55:38 EST