HARROWJET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HARROWJET HARROWJET'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/ Harrow Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408709 The Harrow Fair is held every year on Labor Day weekend. Last weekend was the fair. Usually we buy a weekend pass and come and go all weekend. We are fortunate to live close enough to walk because there is not much parking available all weekend with so many visitors to our small town. <BR> <BR> This year my friend and I walked around looking at displays on Thursday afternoon. The rides start up at 1. Unfortunately, when we were there some of the exhibits were still being judged so we d... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:21:31 EST A Lesson From the Lawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405483 Bounce Back from Tough Times <BR> <BR> August 29, 2017 By Jane Powell <BR> <BR> “A lesson from the lawn.” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/980f1d26-22a4-4c50-b588-cf66a727c231.jpg">Imagine if a blade of grass decided it had had enough. It was done with having its head snipped off every weekend and its seeds – its future – cut off in their prime. Who could blame it? <BR> <BR> Yet, what does that ol’ blade of grass do? It doesn’t say: “I give up! I’m getting nowh... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:20:02 EST Happy Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404740 I would like to blog more often but usually I don't have much to say. I enjoy reading others' blogs. There is so much shared wisdom. I am thankful for the regular contributors. <BR> <BR> Today I do have something to share. My husband and I are celebrating 51 years of marriage. This is a picture I shared on Facebook this morning. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6847b42-f219-4889-b409-8bcc07aeb689.jpg"> Remember when they used to have photo booths in malls? Himself and... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:58:21 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395957 We are away from home this week, pool-sitting for our daughter and son-in-law. When they asked originally, we were going to be dog-sitting but they ended up going to a place where they could take the dogs. It sure is quiet. I keep waiting for a big black lab to jump on me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ddd78d0c-1e5a-442c-88f0-bea188dc062e.JPG"> Daughter with one of her dogs <BR> <BR> Before they left, we got instructions on how to operate the TV which is set... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 12:51:15 EST The World Needs Me (and you too) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391197 A friend sent me this picture today. It really touched me and came back to mind several times throughout the day. I like it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2524ddd-6bd5-4c15-99b4-b3cceab97913.jpg"> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:30:27 EST Focus on the Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388092 (I read this blog this morning and it reached me because I don't think I do many things just for the 'joy' of doing them. In fact, I usually do what I HAVE to do and then feel too tired to do what might bring me joy. Sometimes I don't even know what I WANT to do because those feelings have been suppressed for too long. I will look for something that will bring me joy to do every day.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Cherish, Love & Respect Yourself <BR> <BR> July 16, 2017 By Jane Powell <BR> <BR> “Foc... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:26:37 EST June Highlights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384782 This morning on Facebook, there was a collage of my June highlights. The first two pictures are from May but that's okay. I enjoyed the memories from my vacation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b98f4cb5-4a6d-45cb-8ece-8fb90bb8bb4a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me and my sister, Halifax Airport, May 27. We stayed in Halifax overnight and had fun exploring some of the haunts from my youth. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bff7a16-8956-4951-86f5-857... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 10:16:43 EST Confederation Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376765 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b4aa1db-3098-4f28-82fd-4133046ecd2c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "In addition to celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, Islanders will also have a chance this summer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Confederation Bridge. <BR> <BR> The celebrations will include shutting the bridge to traffic for a morning run or walk. <BR> <BR> One of the activities, on June 18, is the IWK Run For Families -- a 5-km, 10-km or half marathon run or walk on the br... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:57:25 EST Iles de la Madeleine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372632 Before I arrived in Nova Scotia, my sister asked if I would be interested in visiting the Magdalen Islands. Neither of us had been here and she wanted to visit. Of course, I said 'yes'. She made the reservations for the ferry and motel. Wednesday was the start of our latest adventure. <BR> <BR> Shortly after 9 we left River Hebert to drive to Souris, Prince Edward Island. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6bd3843-afc7-490b-a1e2-bb061c1e7fd9.JPG"> <BR> This is part of Con... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 17:32:21 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369419 We are having a good vacation. My little village has shrunk even more. There used to be a Co-op store for groceries. It is closed. They now have to travel approximately 30 minutes to shop. <BR> <BR> We have had some good exploratory rides. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4336081e-f3bb-40ff-8b26-e3350468ebc9.JPG"> This is one of my favourite views. This is what you will see when you drive across the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. <BR> <BR> We ... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:46:39 EST Nova Scotia Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368277 My daughter and I had good flights on Friday. My sister was waiting at the Halifax Airport to pick us up. My daugher's friend, Sue, traveled by bus from Saint John to join us. Then we had to find where Sister had parked her car. (We did eventually find it.) <BR> <BR> In Ontario, the temperatures are starting to get warmer as we head toward summer. In Nova Scotia, it is still chilly. We knew we would feel the difference but it has been very hard for us to get warm. Fortunately, Sister... Mon, 29 May 2017 21:47:08 EST I'm Getting Excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366412 I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick at the end of World War II. My parents were both from the same community in Nova Scotia. When I was still a baby, we moved to Greenwood, Nova Scotia for my father's job. When I was 12, my father had the opportunity to buy a farm back where my parents were raised and where all four of my grandparents were still living. Apparently having a farm had always been my father's dream. I was so excited. (Perhaps I was picking that up from Daddy or maybe it was... Thu, 25 May 2017 09:55:17 EST Le Chocolat 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358904 I am home after our busy morning. I was up by 6, called my granddaughter to make sure she was up and still planning to walk with me and then had some slow-cooker oatmeal. Granddaughter lives about 20 minutes away. I picked her up and drove to Windsor. Daughter met us and left her vehicle with Son #2. <BR> <BR> We drove downtown, parked in the Casino garage and made our way to the waterfront. It was chilly but at least the rain had stopped and there was sun. We met a few people that we ... Sun, 7 May 2017 14:28:28 EST Week Four 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358413 Another week has quickly passed by. It was a busy week for me. Again, my weight stayed steady - no loss. <BR> <BR> There have been heavy rains all week. Areas of the county are flooded. From the news, it sounds like there are other parts of the province and Quebec having flooding too. Fortunately, today there is no rain (here) and the sun is trying to return. <BR> <BR> On Friday we went to the city to pick up our race kits for Le Chocolat which will happen on Sunday. Daughter picked ... Sat, 6 May 2017 11:02:17 EST Why Do You Want to Be Healthy and Fit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355710 [Let's try again. Don't you hate it when you have a blog three-quarters finished and the computer hiccups and everything is gone? I will try to re-create my thought process.] <BR> <BR> Spark Guy has us thinking about why we want to be healthy and fit. He suggested that our reasons may change over time. <BR> <BR> Several years ago, I joined SparkPeople. It was September 2004 to be exact. If I had realized I would still be here so many years later, perhaps I would have kept better record... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:42:29 EST Week Three 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355192 One would think that with all my experience, eliminating pounds would be easier than it is. <BR> <BR> Week three and I am down .2. Wow! I suppose it is better than up .2 but does it really matter? Down one day, up the next. This has been my pattern for too long. I believe I am paying for my miserable habits for too many years in the past. My body does not know how to react to healthy eating. <BR> <BR> May 7 will be my first 5K for 2017. (I skipped the Spring Thaw earlier this month.)... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:49:16 EST Week Two Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352051 I weighed myself this morning and reported to my team. No change. I was down a pound when I visited the dietitian Thursday morning. Of course it was a different scale. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I will continue on and hope for better results next week. I am concentrating on adding vegetables and drinking more water. These days I have been watching for fresh, local asparagus to reach the stands. I got some radish seeds this morning so I can get a start on my own garden. The rhubarb is... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:03:44 EST After One Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349062 We have completed the first week of the 5% challenge. I did not lose a lot but the scale showed a loss. I will take it and move on to week two. <BR> <BR> The weather today was very summerlike. Better weather is an encouragement for me to get outside to walk. <em>311</em> <em>521</em> There are 5K's coming up. I have already signed up to walk on May 7 and June 18. The event on June 18 is the IWK Run for Families on Confederation Bridge. Participants in the IWK Run for Families... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:07:44 EST Preparing for 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343319 Our start date is Saturday April 8th. I have been reading and preparing. <BR> <BR> Regardless of what you have been doing, remind yourself daily "I used to be that way, but now I am different"... quote by Linda Spangle. <BR> <BR> Starting today, I am aiming for at least 20 minutes of daily exercise. I will walk around the block after lunch. If it is raining (it is supposed to rain most of the week) I will use one of my Leslie Sansone tapes). I am hoping this will help me get active ag... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 19:23:55 EST Just for fun: 40 things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339382 Borrowed from ONEKIDSMOM: Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> I have never had it <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Tried it once but I was never a smoker <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> No <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favourite sweet drink? <BR> Tim Horton's French vanilla cappuccino <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or certification(s)? <BR> business school certif... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:59:40 EST St. Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334263 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/388ee9d3-ff1c-49dd-98de-b065f437d7ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4352dae4-1e54-44a8-8912-4d0ce705c89a.jpg"> <BR> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:44:32 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328681 This latest re-start is not going well. I am tracking which is a good thing but I cannot see progress yet. I will continue on and hopefully have a break through soon. <BR> <BR> On a happier note, we went to a Maple Syrup Festival Sunday afternoon. It was a sunny day but it sure was cold by Lake Erie. I didn't take any pictures of the lady with the big pot over the open fire boiling down the sap to make syrup. What caught my eye was the natural ice sculptures made by the water splashin... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:50:57 EST Life Is What You Make It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323512 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/433668f2-ffe6-48f1-81f0-f83abb10453d.gif"> <BR> <BR> No one is responsible for your weight loss success. No one but you. Yes, you! <BR> <BR> The day you take complete responsibility for yourself and your choices is the day you start a journey toward grand personal fulfillment. <BR> <BR> You're the only one who lives your life. Believe it or not, you do have the power to succeed at anything you choose. The strength to fulfill your dreams ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:58:13 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a10b9f4-a747-4b86-9301-7f3b5b5c8c9a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. <BR> Be yourself and don't wait for the approval of others. But most important, have a positive and humble mindset no matter what situation you are in. <BR> Count your blessings, not your problems, and you will realize how beautiful your life truly is. <BR> <BR> - Troy Amdahl Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:06:18 EST Move Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321798 I don't know how those who write daily blogs do it. I don't seem to have ideas I want to write about but I like the idea of having a daily blog. Finding an inspiration for the day is how I am choosing to do it for now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/367fdfd6-14bf-43eb-b89e-580972608a52.jpg"> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:01:30 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321237 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc802bf9-6af1-4352-89f4-630490994c9b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was asked where the pictures come from. It is <link>simplereminders.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:34:13 EST Day 3 of Latest Re-start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320924 So far things are going well. I am remembering to keep track of everything I eat. I have not really eliminated anything but I am watching sugar and carbs. So far, nothing is happening but it is still early days. I can do this. Let's hope it is soon so that I can find a pretty dress for Brianne's wedding on June 24. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:43:55 EST Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320546 It has been a good day. Having a Springlike day helps. My mood is always improved when the sun is shining. I have been keeping track of everything I eat. If I can continue to do that when it is week 3, I will be quite happy as week 3 is when things usually start to break down. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:01:25 EST Restarting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319809 My weight has been creeping up again. Am I brave enough to actually post it? My BMI says that I am obese. I have a hard time with that. I know I am fat but obese? That is not important. I know I will feel better if I eliminate some of the extra fat I am carrying around. My knees and other parts of my body are starting to complain. My knees are what pushed me to get rid of 35 pounds and keep it off for the past number of years. ('Dieting' has been going on for so long that I no longer... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:58:24 EST What a Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318519 Today was February 19 but it felt like it could be April. The temperatures were in the mid-50's, perhaps higher. When I went for my walk this afternoon, I was wearing my spring jacket. Hubby went for a motorcycle ride. I saw several other bikes. There were also about four convertibles with their tops down and many dogs being walked. It was a wonderful day. It will be hard to have winter return as it most certainly will since Spring is a month away. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:51:50 EST Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313649 Home, there is no place like it. <BR> <BR> It was a long day, driving through some nasty weather but we are safely back home. I haven't finished unpacking but I am going to bed. We are home a day earlier than we planned to be when we left so I will use Friday as my 'catch-up' day. <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:27:42 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312424 “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> Today we are preparing for the over 800 miles drive back to Ontario. The drive is the part of vacation I don't like; however, to see different areas of the country, time in the car is necessary. <BR> <BR> It was over 60*F again today and sunny. It will be hard to face the cold again and other winter weather. Our winter coats and boots are in the car, just in case. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:25:47 EST Monday, February 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311978 I woke up feeling much better this morning. It was another beautiful day. The temperature was about 61*F. We went for a drive this morning. This afternoon we went back to Brookgreen Gardens. The pass we purchased last week is good for a week. We walked around a different area of the garden. <BR> <BR> After we left, we looked for a place in Murrells Inlet for a late lunch. We decided to try Drunken Jack's Restaurant and Lounge. It was a good choice. We enjoyed watching the pelican ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 20:53:12 EST Sunday, February 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311379 This morning I woke up with a headache. There were a couple times during the day when I felt like I was going to be sick but so far I am still here. <BR> <BR> After a couple cold days, the temperature today was about 60*F. I finally had a chance to walk on the beach. Other times when we have stayed in Myrtle Beach, we have had a place close enough to the water that I could get lots of beach walks. This time we are inland a bit - too far for me to get to the beach unless that is where we... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:28:16 EST Thursday, February2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309846 It is difficult to imagine there will be 6 more weeks of winter when the temperature was 75* today (according to a sign I read outside a school). It was a beautiful day. It will be such a shock to our bodies when we return to Ontario and snow. <BR> <BR> We spent much of the day at Broadway at the Beach. <link>www.broadwayatthebeach.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Many of the shops are closed for the winter. Some are starting to re-open now that it is February. We didn't care. We enjoyed walki... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 20:47:42 EST Wednesday, February 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309187 It is 67* F this afternoon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Today we visited Brookgreen Gardens. <link>www.brookgreen.org/ </link> I took loads of pictures but unfortunately, I forgot the 'thing' I use to upload pictures to the computer. I hope when I do get to upload the pictures, I remember why I took them. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> There were even some daffodils in bloom. Daffodils happen to be my favourite spring flower. <BR> <BR> We visited the Lowcountry area and the Wildli... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 16:55:49 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298252 I had a good day. This morning we had breakfast with our friends John and Betty. We meet with them most Saturday mornings. <BR> <BR> On our way to and from the restaurant, we drove by Jack Miner's Sanctuary. <link>www.jackminer.ca/ </link> <BR> <BR> Back in Nova Scotia, when I was still in elementary school, there was a story in our reader about Jack Miner. I don't remember anything about the story, and, at the time I had no idea that someday in my future, I would be able to visit th... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:59:31 EST If you want 2017 to be your year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294520 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/176f0676-b1c2-4886-9110-5940b1ed1731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't sit on the couch and wait for it. <BR> Go out. Make a change. <BR> <BR> Smile more. Be excited. <BR> <BR> Do new things. Throw away the clutter. [I am currently working on this one.] <BR> <BR> Go to bed early. Wake up early. <BR> <BR> Be fierce. <BR> <BR> Don't gossip. <BR> <BR> Show more gratitude. <BR> <BR> Do things that challenge you. <BR> <BR> Be the change you want ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:41:36 EST Point Pelee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289753 Point Pelee is one of Canada's national parks. For the past couple years, we have purchased an annual pass for this park. This year, 2017, is Canada's 150th birthday. <BR> This year, there is free admission to Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast! <BR> <BR> Point Pelee boasts the southernmost point of land in Canada. <BR> <BR> This is a picture google found for me of what we used to see. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7d91887-5b49-4ef7-89f0-5da69276f1bc.j... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:42:58 EST Good Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288754 Here we are in 2017 already. Let's hope for a good year. <BR> <BR> I am off to a good start. Today is my kind of day. It is -2*C and sunny (that's about 28*F). I decided before I got out of bed that I would go for a walk this afternoon and I did. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1406504b-28ee-4d8c-b8ba-c17c77925dd9.png"> <BR> <BR> It was good. I covered 2.4 miles. I am trying to decide what is an achievable goal for January. On a miserable day, will I be willing ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:00:05 EST What IS Boxing Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285496 WHAT IS BOXING DAY? <BR> <BR> Boxing Day is a centuries-old British traditional gift-giving day once recognized across the British empire. Today, Boxing Day is considered part of the Christmas season’s festivities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. <BR> <BR> In Canada there are Boxing Day sales, similar (I think) to the Black Friday sales in the U.S. Usually I have been too busy to check on any sales because in years past, after our... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:14:56 EST Christmas Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284902 God grant you lightness in your step, <BR> A smile on every face you meet, <BR> Loved ones gathered at your hearth, <BR> And at your door, good friends to greet <BR> A holy hymn upon your lips, <BR> A window candle burning bright, <BR> And may the Good Lord bless your heart <BR> And come to dwell there Christmas night. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5264223-15a4-4a45-8426-cd1b277193c1.png"> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 13:18:52 EST Exercises to Help Uplift Your Mood (by Louise Hay) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277500 I have been struggling with depression for the past week or so. I am not sure why. I don't have any reason to be depressed that I can think of. It could just be the time of year. <BR> <BR> This morning I read this article by Louise Hay. It is my intention to do the exercises she suggests, even if it takes me all month or longer. <BR> <BR> Judy <BR> <BR> "One of the common emotional disorders in our culture is emotional pain. Emotions such as sadness, frustration, and overwhelm all ha... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:51:50 EST December 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275375 It was almost 1 p.m. and I had about 554 steps on my tracker. Time to walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8c98a93-110b-42cc-8b72-793e53943d13.png"> My first goal was to hear her say '1 mile'. I hoped my tracker would vibrate to indicate I had reached 6500 steps at some point. <BR> <BR> After the first mile, I decided to go for a second. I was following the different leaf-covered paths through the trees. I was thinking about the various goals I could set ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:53:33 EST December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275008 Can you believe it? It is December already. Overnight it got colder too. <BR> <BR> This morning Himself and I went for breakfast using a gift certificate we won as a door prize last year. From there we drove to the city. I was supposed to sign some papers but just as we got there, she called and told us we didn't need to come in. We went to the mall where I tried on a dress at Sears. It fit and since it was on sale, I got it. The line-ups at cash were quite busy. <BR> <BR> My walking... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:40:51 EST The Value of a Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274516 Today was day 30 of my current walking streak. It was that fact that got me out tonight for my walk. It was a nice day and if I had been wise, I would have walked this afternoon. That did not happen. What did happen is that I came home from hospice and took a nap. I could not convince myself to walk. After Hubby left for darts tonight, I knew it was now or never. I could not have November fade into memory with a lost streak. It was cold but I expect December will be colder. I was dre... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:05:47 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273944 The temperature this afternoon was in the low 50s. I had to wait until after 2 because I was waiting for a phone call but I had a good walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b360124c-8321-40e3-b7e6-d7dabc069f98.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fb57a89-769c-4a86-8da3-4a7fd957d405.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d113149-3667-4caf-ab67-3afb4a9208a8.JPG"> This is a good time of year to see nests in t... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:39:27 EST Monday, Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273453 This afternoon I walked in the rain. It wasn't pouring and I managed to finish 2.22 miles but so far I have not met my step goal of 6500 steps yet. I have been thinking about what my goal should be in December. Perhaps I will continue to walk. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:15:54 EST Saturday and Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272838 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a94872dd-6f05-476b-8fc7-ee6ae5e42459.png"> 2.11 miles <BR> <BR> I walked Saturday afternoon. I was not feeling well. I came home and had a nap. <BR> <BR> As soon as Himself left for his meeting in the city this afternoon, I left for my walk. I walked to the end of Snake Lane and back. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a838d5d0-3313-46e8-a45b-531e87e98fc7.png"> 3.88 miles; 7*C/44*F <BR> <BR> I was dressed for cold but quic... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:58:44 EST Mission Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272149 The supper dishes were finished. I had not been for a walk. I thought about using the treadmill but couldn't build myself up to it. I decided to head out. It is trying to rain. I didn't even wear my glasses. I thought my phone would never announce that I had done 1 mile but she finally said the words and I turned toward home. Let's hope Saturday is a better day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4fdbb04-941a-4b1a-a2da-aac46027861f.png"> 1.18 miles <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:32:26 EST