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/ Day 26 - Recognize Thinking Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013628 Thank you for the encouraging comments after my Day 25 blog. I WILL finish this book and I will go through it again. I plan to join the blue book group in January. I expect most of us learn something more each time we do this exercise and that is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Day 26 Recognize Thinking Mistakes. <BR> <BR> It is important to realize that thoughts are just ideas, not necessarily truths. My thoughts about something may be completely true, partially true, or completely false. If ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:13:07 EST Day 25 - Identify Sabotaging Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013320 I think I must be having sabotaging thoughts that are keeping me from finishing the book. Every day there seems to be an excuse for not doing the next chapter. I would like to be able to say that I finished something I started (I have a poor track record <em>198</em> ) so I will continue to plug away, one chapter at a time. <BR> <BR> The author suggests that I carry my diet notebook and a pen for a few days and mark down sabotaging thoughts as I identify them. If I am tempted to eat so... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:25:29 EST Day 24 - Deal with Discouragement - The Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010042 For most people, losing weight starts off easy because their motivation and confidence are high. At some point it begins to get harder. Life intervenes in ways that make sticking to a diet a real effort. Cravings become more intense. <BR> <BR> It is normal to feel overwhelmed or discouraged at times. It is natural to have doubts about whether I can keep doing what I know I have to do, but it is not okay to let these thoughts overwhelm me. I have a choice. I can allow sabotaging thought... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:56:47 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 23 - Counter the Unfairness Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009331 Many dieters give themselves permission to eat when confronted with issues of fairness. We have all grown up with the idea that life should be fair - but life is not fair. And dieting isn't fair. <BR> <BR> I have a choice when I have thoughts about dieting, eating, food, or weight that start with 'It's unfair that...'. I can dwell on the negative notion and feel bad, or I can say, "That's true... It's not fair... Oh, well." Then I will refocus my thoughts on all the advantages in life I ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 21:25:31 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 22 - Say, Oh, Well, to Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008715 I tried to write this on Friday when I read the chapter. Better late than never, I guess. <BR> <BR> At some point while I am still losing weight, I will undoubtedly feel discouraged. (True.) It might happen today if the scale doesn't register the number I am hoping to see. It could happen tomorrow or next week when I am with friends and see them eating foods that I can't. At some point, the disadvantages of dieting will seem to outweigh the advantages. I might feel resentful or even a ... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 18:51:34 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 21 - Get Ready to Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007285 Weighing myself is essential. Weekly weigh-ins can help me because they allow me to celebrate and build up my confidence when I have lost weight. It is important to recognize the hard work that has led to weight loss and to feel good. <BR> <BR> Weigh-ins also keep me honest if I have gained weight. If I have not been following all the steps in the program, regular weigh-ins make me face that I cannot get away with doing only the parts that I feel like doing. <BR> <BR> Weigh-ins also help... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:14:07 EST The Beck Diet Solution - day 20 - Get Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006915 Get Back on Track <BR> <BR> If I slip and eat something that was not on my plan, I might think it would be okay to start fresh 'tomorrow'. BUT there is no reason to wait. If I continue to eat off track, I am just making the slip worse than it needs to be. <BR> <BR> Get Back on My Diet Now <BR> <BR> If I am tempted to continue eating when I know I shouldn't, I can do the following: <BR> <BR> Acknowledge my initial slip. "Okay, I should not have eaten that... I made a mistake... This one... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:07:02 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 19 - Stop Fooling Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006372 Stop Fooling Yourself <BR> <BR> Do you ever give yourself a "fake" excuse to eat? For example: <BR> - I'll eat it only this one time. or, <BR> - It's not that fattening. or, <BR> - I'll make up for it by eating less later. or, <BR> - I paid for it. or, <BR> - I'm celebrating. or, <BR> - I'm craving it, and I'll probably just eat it eventually. <BR> <BR> Yes, I have said those things and many more. A calorie is a calorie, no matter when, where, or why I eat it. It is easy to see how irrat... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:06:40 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 18 - Change Your Definition of Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005604 It is 2 weeks since I worked on 'The Beck Diet Solution'. Although I have not been reading the book, I have been reading my Advantages Response Cards and thinking about what I have been learning so far. Two weeks ago, my thoughts were consumed with my up-coming first half-marathon and last week I was recovering from same half-marathon. It was a good experience and I would like to do another. My husband says 'no', but I told him we would see. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, it is time ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:54:53 EST Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001060 <em>507</em> <em>507</em> <em>503</em> Today is my 11th SparkVersary. Although I have yet to reach my weight goal, I have learned many lessons from SparkPeople and I have made many Spark friends. I am grateful for finding the site quite randomly 11 years ago. <BR> <BR> There have been changes to the site over the years and there have been changes in my life. I was still working 11 years ago and my mother was still living. Although I am not at goal, I am 40 pounds lighter. I am m... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:43:05 EST Still Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999676 The days surely go by quickly. I would have thought it was only one or two days since my last entry and I have not blogged since Monday. <BR> <BR> It has been a 'strange' week - nothing bad just different. I am attributing most of it to my first (only?) half marathon on Sunday the 20th. I have done the 5k and 10k in the World Alzheimer's Day Run For Heroes Marathon in Amherstburg. 2014 was the last full marathon and 2015 is the last year for this particular half. Perhaps I can become kn... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:05:22 EST Day 17 - End Overeating - The Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997489 Day 17 - End Overeating <BR> <BR> There are two circumstances you might face while dieting that qualify as overeating: <BR> <BR> If you eat any food in greater quantity than you had planned. <BR> <BR> If you feel full partway through your meal but continue to finish it anyway. <BR> <BR> Today's exercise is to practice NOT overeating by purposely putting more food on the plate than you plan to eat. Choose a food that's on your plan but purposely give yourself a larger portion than you wou... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:21:07 EST Day 16 - Prevent Unplanned Eating - The Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996885 Day 16 - Prevent Unplanned Eating <BR> <BR> My written food plan will help me make my decision ahead of time - BEFORE I am confronted with uncomfortable cravings and tension. The triggers for eating are endless but the solution is straightforward: I don't have a choice. I made a plan and I will follow that plan - no ifs, ands, or buts. <BR> <BR> Firmly saying, NO CHOICE, decreases both the struggle and the discomfort. <BR> <BR> Once I accept the fact that I have to give up spontaneous... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:14:30 EST Week 3 - Go: Start Your Diet - The Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996063 Day 15 - Monitor Your Eating <BR> <BR> Give yourself credit for getting this far. <BR> <BR> Weigh yourself. Mark down your weight in your diet notebook. Next, do the following: <BR> <BR> Follow your food plan. Eat only what's on the plan you wrote for yourself yesterday. Eat everything on the plan, unless you become overly full before you've finished. Don't skip a meal. <BR> <BR> Monitor your eating immediately after finishing each meal and snack by noting what you ate on your food... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:36:45 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 14 - Plan for Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995298 Plan for Tomorrow <BR> <BR> Today I will write a food plan that includes everything I am going to eat tomorrow. <BR> On Saturday, I will check off whatever I eat that is on my plan and write down any food I eat that is not on the plan. <BR> <BR> I will continue to plan and monitor my eating in writing every day for however long it takes. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:29:11 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 13 Overcome Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994767 Overcome Cravings <BR> <BR> Even though foods might continue to call out to you, you CAN stay in control. <BR> <BR> Once you limit or stop eating the foods you crave, your cravings for those foods will diminish significantly. To weaken the intensity and reduce the frequency of cravings, you have to STOP GIVING IN TO THEM. <BR> <BR> Waiting out a craving increases your ability to tolerate cravings and also increases your confidence that you can do so. The more often you wait out the cravi... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:37:52 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 12 - Practice Hunger Tolerance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993939 When people who struggle with dieting get hungry, they often feel hunger pangs intensely. The sensations can feel like an emergency. It is important to learn you CAN tolerate hunger. When you're hungry but it's not time for a meal or a snack, you'll learn to say to yourself, "Oh, well, I wish I could eat now, but it's okay...I can wait." <BR> <BR> Now turn your attention to other things and the hunger pangs will gradually diminish. If you've never allowed yourself to feel hungry or very ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 07:55:46 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 11 - Differentiate Between Hunger, Desire, and Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993240 Differentiate Between Hunger, Desire, and Cravings <BR> <BR> Most of us have difficulty distinguishing between true hunger (when you've fasted for several hours and your stomach is empty), a desire to eat (not being particularly hungry but eating because there is food around), and a craving (a physiological and emotionally intense urge to eat). <BR> <BR> TIP: If it has been anywhere from 20 minutes to up to 3 hours since you've eaten a reasonable-sized meal, remind yourself that any urge t... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 08:04:43 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 10 - Set a Realistic Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992835 Set a Realistic Goal <BR> <BR> Setting a goal for yourself can be a great motivator. The book suggests a short-term goal to lose 5 pounds. Once you lose 5 pounds, set a new goal to lose 5 more pounds, and so on. Each time you lose 5 pounds, celebrate. It's important to celebrate your small successes along the way. <BR> <BR> Although you probably don't want to hear this, the rate at which you should try to lose weight is the slower the better. There is no long-term benefit to losing wei... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 16:00:08 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 9 - Select an Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992189 Select an Exercise Plan <BR> <BR> Nearly 90% of dieters who lose weight and keep it off do so with a combination of diet and exercise; only 10% use diet alone, and 1% rely on only exercise. <BR> <BR> Exercise helps you stick with your diet. <BR> <BR> Exercise might help control appetite. <BR> <BR> Exercise boosts mood and soothes stress. <BR> <BR> Exercise burns calories. <BR> <BR> Exercise preserves muscle tissue. <BR> <BR> Exercise builds confidence. <BR> <BR> Exercise makes you fee... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 16:58:05 EST The Beck Diet Solution, Week 2, Get Set: Prepare to Diet (Day 8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991401 Day 8 - Create Time and Energy <BR> <BR> Dieting takes a commitment that goes beyond eating differently. I will need time to plan meals, to make lists, to shop for food, and to cook. I will need to eat slowly, to exercise, and to read my Response Cards. It will take fortitude and mental energy, especially if and when sabotaging thoughts get in the way. <BR> <BR> I have to figure out how much time it will take in my day and week to: <BR> <BR> Plan my meals. <BR> Shop for the food I will... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 09:08:34 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 7 - Arrange Your Environment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990826 It is difficult when there is junk food staring me in the face. Out of sight, out of mind. <BR> <BR> It is especially important to avoid environmental triggers when I first start my diet. I will prepare our home by putting tempting foods where I won't easily see them - and by putting wholesome foods allowed by my diet in plain view. <BR> <BR> Remove personal temptations. <BR> <BR> Rearrange the dishes so that the smaller ones are easiest to reach. <BR> <BR> Consider others. Enlist t... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:06:55 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 6 - Find a Diet Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990155 Very few people who have struggled with dieting can lose weight and sustain that weight loss without help and encouragement from another person. Getting someone to help you increases your chance of success. <BR> <BR> A diet coach can: <BR> <BR> Keep you motivated. <BR> <BR> Build your self-confidence. <BR> <BR> Help you solve problems. Two heads are better than one. <BR> <BR> Keep you accountable. Knowing I have to report to someone can motivate me to stick to my program. <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:57:22 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989367 There are two very beneficial reasons that's important to always eat slowly and to pay attention to what you're eating: <BR> <BR> - When you eat slowly, your brain has time to register that you're full. <BR> - When you notice and enjoy every mouthful, you feel more satisfied when the food is gone. <BR> <BR> The more slowly you eat, the more time you give the 'I'm full' alert to reach your brain so that it can signal you to stop eating. <BR> <BR> How to Slow Down: <BR> <BR> Change somethin... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:19:40 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 4 - Give Yourself Credit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988773 People who struggle with their weight tend to be hard on themselves. The moment they stray, they become self-critical. Instead of viewing slips as mistakes and thinking how they can solve the problem the next time it arises, they tell themselves that they're weak, hopeless, or even bad. <BR> <BR> Start now by telling myself, 'Good job', or the equivalent every time I sit down to eat, read a Response Card, and complete every other weight-loss task in the program. By consciously giving myse... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:13:05 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 3 - Eat Sitting Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988273 Do you do any of the following? <BR> <BR> - Take free samples of food at the grocery store. [Costco] <BR> - Take food as you prepare meals. [Occasionally] <BR> - Sneak bits of food from someone's plate as you clear the table. [used to finish kids plates] <BR> - Spoon ice cream out of the container or reach into a bag of chips while you're walking around talking on the phone [guilty] <BR> - Take a piece of candy or pretzel as you walk past the snack jar sitting on a coworker's desk <BR> - N... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:32:05 EST The Beck Diet Solution, Day 2, Pick Two Reasonable Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987462 I need to choose two diets - the one I plan to start with and a second one in case the first one doesn't work out. They need to be healthy and well-balanced. <BR> <BR> All diets enable weight loss in the same way - by getting you to eat fewer calories. <BR> <BR> Choose a diet that allows you to eat a reasonable variety of foods. You might be able to lose weight on a diet that isn't nutritious, but eventually your body will rebel - and you'll start to gain back weight. <BR> <BR> Guideline... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:35:50 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Chapter 5 - Week 1 - Get Ready: Lay the Groundwork http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987099 During the next 2 weeks, I will learn crucial strategies that I will need to diet successfully and to maintain my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I will use Cognitive Therapy techniques to prepare my mind and environment for dieting. <BR> <BR> The time I put into getting ready will help me to: <BR> <BR> - Talk back to my sabotaging thoughts. <BR> - Reduce the frequency and intensity of cravings. <BR> - Remain motivated to follow my diet, even when I experience intense cravings. <BR> - Be more consc... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:55:35 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Chapter 4 - How to Use the Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986310 Over the next 6 weeks, I will begin to make over my mindset and, as a result, gain the skills I need to make over my body. I will learn how to motivate myself and how to feel good about eating differently. I will develop a consistent sense of control that will continue to grow the longer I practice the techniques in the program. And I will learn how to use my new skills for a lifetime, so I will be able to maintain my weight loss. <BR> <BR> This program is designed to help me solve the pr... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:34:40 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Chapter Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985686 How Thin People Think <BR> <BR> I HAVE wondered why I can't lose weight or keep off the weight I've lost (although I am doing better in more recent years). <BR> <BR> Consider: <BR> <BR> Do I sometimes eat even when I'm not really hungry? [yes] <BR> <BR> Am I sometimes concerned that I might not have an opportunity to eat? <BR> Do I ever have such thoughts as, 'what if I get hungry later?' [yes] <BR> <BR> Do I sometimes eat part the point of mild fullness? [unfortunately] <em>4</em> ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:08:02 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Chapter Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984778 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/678a5213-bc52-4b27-b460-460ca5aac02d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What Really Makes You Eat <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel as if you eat automatically, that eating is somehow out of your conscious control? Many have felt this way at times. <BR> <BR> The good news is that my eating is NOT automatic. Automatic processes are involuntary, such as the beating of my heart or the digestion of my food. I don't decide when my heart will beat or how to set off my d... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:47:11 EST The Beck Diet Solution - First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984070 The cover promises that "The Beck Diet Solution" will train your brain to THINK like a thin person. So far, so good. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Chapter 1 - The Key to Success <BR> <BR> According to the author, Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., the reason I haven't been successful long-term is because I didn't know 'how' to diet. Once I know 'how' to diet, I will see lower numbers on the scale week after week. I will wear smaller sizes and enjoy other benefits like more energy, more confidence, bett... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:18:46 EST Today Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980485 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/994b9850-c6b0-4d92-a13f-4becfea5c2c2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is a perfect day to just be happy. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:27:02 EST One Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979566 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41471d3b-0696-45e8-a1cb-a22fe5f658c3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "If you're searching for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror." Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:11:37 EST Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978865 This morning I was out early to get my walk in before the heat hits. The days are shrinking; it was 7 when I left the house. In the middle of summer 6 was often my start time. <BR> <BR> The half marathon I signed up for is September 20. I have pretty much accepted that I will be walking rather than running. I am okay with finishing last too. The worst part about finishing near the end is missing the fun when the faster people come in. If they were still holding the marathon, I could ru... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:38:30 EST Tecumseh Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975772 The Tecumseh Triathlon was August 9. My son was one of the participants. I like it when there are photographers there because they usually get some nice pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed2928b8-bc97-4f52-a125-ca8c006e6f76.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Leaving the water. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35067050-ec1b-426d-b2c8-4240bf09c9c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the bike. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cc3486d-fae... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:23:33 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69b49df3-2b94-426a-b7f1-f8f5221ca756.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there." - Venus Williams <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/041b8821-8acd-41f3-a926-931f7d1facb5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f50eea44-cf2b-4fca-a09b-fd4... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:10:59 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974189 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/954e6cd4-0f5c-4507-bc71-10caefd73179.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life." <BR> <BR> — Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee80c07c-b05d-4dd4-baa0-687771d9c2f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:34:41 EST Sunday's Ride to Erieau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971679 Sunday morning the group (CMC - Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers) met in Essex at Tim Horton's for a Sunday ride to Erieau for lunch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af3b188a-1d21-4823-85c7-b1502c5e5a83.JPG"> <BR> <BR> And we are off. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1798b4c6-f01b-4020-95a6-a07b0adaa9e7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> For some reason I like to take a shadow picture when we go for a ride. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 22:15:52 EST Pretty Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967036 On Saturday we visited a garden that is open once a year for the Explore the Shore weekend which took place on Saturday and today. What a garden! I have a hard time taking care of my small plot. This place was wonderful but it must take so much work. Pictures cannot do it justice. The weather was ideal. There were artists set up at various spots. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/996250c5-13a9-4ea7-bc31-f220645cbb07.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:29:38 EST Dogs' Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966009 My daughter and son-in-law are in Boston for a few days. They have tickets for a ballgame tonight. We are looking after their two black labs, Tucker and Dexter. <BR> <BR> This morning I decided to write something for my daughter as though it came from her younger dog, Dexter. I have nothing to blog about, so I am sharing Dexter's thoughts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/252d9bc8-09fa-4204-a4a0-90a09d5e6fc9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Dear Mommy and Daddy, <BR> <BR> Gra... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:07:37 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962860 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01b2627e-90fe-4410-82b1-547003ff8858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Stop focusing on being skinny. Start focusing on being healthy." <BR> <BR> A friend and I were discussing this topic earlier in the week. She has lost 20 pounds by reducing portion sizes and not eating at night. Neither of us will ever be 'skinny' but reaching a lower weight often helps with staying healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:37:42 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962441 We got home from our vacation Wednesday afternoon. Since then I have been trying to find some energy. After we got here, we had to go pick up our Wiggles. She had stayed with our granddaughters about 20 minutes from here. Then of course there was the unpacking and laundry. I stopped at the grocery to get something for supper. Sleeping in my own bed sure felt good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was prepared to relax on the patio while Hubby went for a motorcycle ride to see some of his friends.... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:07:21 EST Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959750 Monday morning we will start our journey back to Ontario. It has been a wonderful vacation. We were able to spend time with a Spark friend and her husband in Maine. They are wonderful hosts and it was a great time. <BR> <BR> We took a ferry from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia and spent a night with another Spark friend and her husband. We then spent a night in Lunenburg, NS at a nice motel with a beautiful view. We took the scenic drive along the coast as much as possib... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:12:33 EST My Exciting Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953442 The last couple of mornings I was up early to go for a walk. Yesterday the mosquitos almost drove me crazy before I got back to the house. Today I remembered to wear some Bugzz Away repellant. <BR> <BR> I enjoy my walks. This is the area where I grew up. I like to see the changes and remember the people I knew. <BR> <BR> It is also interesting to observe nature. I saw ears sticking up in a clump of grass and then watched as a bunny took off. There were three yellow birds fighting and ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:31:57 EST It Is Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952245 Coming from southern Ontario where it is usually sunny and hot to an area of the Maritimes that has been chilly since we got here, makes it hard to adjust. Saturday when the sun was out it got warm and it was comfortable. We are staying with my sister in an old farmhouse that is often cold. Today it is cloudy and we are expecting rain at some point. After hearing about the heavy rain back in Ontario yesterday (my son said he was building an ark), we aren't sure what to expect. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:27:59 EST Vacation Going Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951007 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f186275-d751-4c44-a71b-6a8e161a9920.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The view from our motel tonight (Topmast Motel, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia) Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:53:03 EST On Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947600 This afternoon we will leave for the first 'leg' of our much-awaited vacation. We will drive to our daughter's to leave one of our dogs. (The other one will be staying with our granddaughter near here.) After spending the night with daughter, we will cross into the US and head toward Maine. I haven't heard which route we will be taking but we like to get off the main highway and see the real country. <BR> <BR> We have arranged to spend a night or two with a Spark friend and her husband. ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:33:45 EST Supercharge Your Satisfaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940870 (I did not write this but I agree with what Jane Powell wrote in her daily meditation article and decided to share it here. I know that part of my responsibility as an older woman is to share with younger women some of what I have learned along the way. You can check for other meditations here: <BR> <link>www.meditationsforwomen.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Supercharge Your Satisfaction <BR> <BR> “Satisfaction comes from giving your wisdom away.” <BR> <BR> Each one of us can make a diffe... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 19:50:02 EST Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940337 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6e11df7-6948-4b7d-80dc-d30d232e15ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fce502c-ebe7-436c-ba7a-1566cb9de509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 17:09:37 EST