HWNHMMBRD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HWNHMMBRD HWNHMMBRD'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/ Did I mention I'm not a morning person??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306003 In the remake of "Freaky Friday" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan, there is a scene in the beginning when the mom is trying to get the daughter out of bed for school, and she is pulling on her ankles while the girl clings to the headboard. That was me from about 3rd grade up. I normally work 8 hour shifts, from 3 pm to 11 pm, and I love it. I no longer have school age children to worry about, so this is the shift that makes me feel the most alert and productive. My position is sort... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 03:56:08 EST Progress and a hike. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275459 So I had my appointment with the Bariatric Doctor and Nutritionist on Tuesday. I have made some progress, but not as much as I wanted, and I know why. The last two weeks, I ignored my food tracking because I wasn't eating right. Lots of restaurant meals that were poor choices, eating snack foods (chips, mini donuts) that my Dad brought home, and not enough water. I admitted this to the Nutritionist, and so 1st goal is to track everything, especially when I think it is a bad choice. I nee... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 19:21:35 EST NEW LOVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270345 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f8778d0-ff0e-471a-be45-8713db4b928e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'd like to introduce Makua (pronounced Ma koo ah). He is a true rescue, or as my friend put it, a foundling. <BR> <BR> My son and his girlfriend were out one night in a remote area of the island when they found this little dog. His girlfriend got the dog to come to her with a sandwich, and he was so timid and scared, she didn't want to leave him. I get a phone call at about 11:00 pm; <... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:14:34 EST I DECIDED I NEEDED HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265071 I have been a member of Spark People since April of 2008. I have had off and on periods, and my weight has been up and down, lately more up. As I have gotten closer to the age my mom was when she was diagnosed with diabetes, I realized my body shape has changed, and I am starting to carry more abdominal fat. Worried because of a family history cardiac disease, as well as diabetes, I really started to work on getting my weight under control. I redid my goals and got a calorie range of abo... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:41:38 EST NOT BAD, CONSIDERING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260665 So, my wonderful team, 40-somethings with 50-99 lbs to Lose, has 3 monthly team challenges. You set a goal, and then work at meeting it. You can participate in all or just one, it's up to you. They are Steps, Mileage, and Fitness Minutes. I especially like the fitness minutes, because I can get a better Idea about how much I am actually exercising, and not let the minutes that Fitbit counts throw me off. <BR> <BR> I only met one of my goals, but that isn't bad, considering I was laid up w... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 01:19:36 EST THE BEST-LAID PLANS...NO GOOD DEED...PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256708 All three of those quotes come to mind when I think of the week I just had. <BR> <BR> "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." <BR> I took a partial week of vacation, and though I was staying home, I had activities planned to get me out of the house. I like to visit cemeteries and photograph head stones for www.findagrave.com and www.billiongraves.com . I wanted to try and visit one or two, since I have not been able to in a while. Our local Humane Society has had a call out f... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:46:02 EST Resistance Is Futile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181248 For some reason, that phrase from Star Trek has been running through my head today. For you non-Trekkies out there, there is a race of aliens that are half machine and half living matter and they are like a computer network that shares one brain. They assimilate new races as they encounter them, telling them "Resistance is futile". <BR> <BR> I think because I went shopping at Sam's club with my mom, and she stopped at ALL the sample tables, and I didn't. I know that every bite and taste a... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 05:58:13 EST My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179200 I was reading a message board post by a member who was ranting about not "making progress" with their weight loss expectations. She loses very slowly and plateaus often. She works out constantly, cut out carbs, but still don't see progress. This member is about my age and is the same gender, and hates her body and the way it looks. She goes on to say that this is partly genetics, all the women in her family have the same issue, and she is 5 feet 11 inches tall and about 212 lbs. I wante... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 18:54:40 EST LIFE AND DEATH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172884 Once again, I have let life keep me from taking care of myself. I can make a ton of excuses, list all the reasons, but it really just comes down to making time for me. <BR> <BR> Good things that have happened: <BR> My mom bought a car in January. We haven't had a vehicle of our own for about 4 years. We did have access to one that we could borrow, but it meant we really had to plan. My mom went in to see her doctor for severe abdominal pain, and she was told to go to the emergency room f... Mon, 30 May 2016 07:44:31 EST Definition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082059 So, I was sitting at my desk, trying to think about something interesting to write about. I don't plan to Blog more than once or twice a month, so I don't want to just ramble on. I was mentally reviewing my month, and how I had decided to start the New Year off rededicating myself to losing weight. I decided to look up the definition to resolution. <BR> <BR> re-so-lu-tion <BR> noun <BR> 1. a firm decision to do or not to do something <BR> 2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:16:57 EST Hau'oli Makahiki Hou http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065476 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/216d2d58-090d-4e53-9bf2-86ef6938b2c5.jpg"> A little late, but Happy New Year, every one. I haven't been very active on Spark People for the last few months. I fell prey to the holiday frenzy and just didn't take the time or make the effort to follow any type of healthy routine. I did not go to the gym even once in December. I changed Primary Care Physicians in November, and had Labs drawn. The good news is everything is within normal range, ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 06:35:41 EST TRUTH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015933 Three truths: <BR> You can't exercise away a bad diet. <BR> People who record what they eat have better out comes with weight loss goals. <BR> Water is essential for good health, especially when trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SP since 2008. I very successfully lost weight then, and I was keeping it off. Then I got complacent and it all slowly crept back on. I started over, lost momentum, joined challenges, made progress, got lazy, joined a gym, ate way more ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:14:09 EST BREAKING UP AND FALLING IN LOVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831513 I haven’t blogged in a while, I just haven’t had the time to just sit and write. I am typing this up at work as a WORD Doc. I can write in between calls and documenting, and then I can email it to myself, and add my pictures later. <BR> <BR> First, the break-up. <em>51</em> I have disconnected my Fitbit from my SP account. I like my Fitbit, but I am not as enthusiastic about is as I used to be. I originally had the Flex, but it malfunctioned. I received a replacement, but that one ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:17:38 EST Improvements and Acknowledgements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821852 This is a two part blog entry. I will often peruse team member blog entries, just sitting and reading, but I don't always leave a comment. I don't write blogs regularly, I don't always know what to say, or don't feel I have anything to say. I know how I feel when one of my teammates or spark friends leaves a small comment, or encouragement. So, If I read your blog, I may not comment, but I will leave an emoticon. You will know your words were read. <BR> <BR> That said, I did read a coup... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:54:44 EST HOT DANG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817892 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l997758773.jpg"> <BR> When I started going to the gym on October 1st, I hadn't been on the scale in about a month. The last weight I recorded was 185, but I believe I was closer to 188-189 at the time. I have been faithfully going and working my okole (Hawaiian for what you sit on, wink) off. I may not have been as good about my eating, but I have been trying to make good choices. I have had a few little budges on the scale here and there,... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:19:35 EST CRAZY, BUT FEELING POSITIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806259 It’s been an eventful two weeks. My son called me on the 13th, very upset. He started going on how he needed to move in with us and he was going to lose his job. When I got him to explain what the heck happened, it turns out he got into a bar fight and his front teeth were knocked out. He had called the local Health Center to see a dentist, but they told him he would have to wait 3 weeks, and then they weren’t sure if they could even help him. He had called in sick to work, not because ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:36:47 EST PLAYING THE NUMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797262 So I got on the scale today, and I was not happy. My weight was up. Not by much,(a measly 0.2 lb) and I should probably just shrug it off, but I have been working my okole off at the gym. I won't let it bother me enough to do something stupid (Like eating 3000 calories or complete stop going to the gym),but it got me thinking about the numbers. I am talking about the numbers in my calorie range. <BR> <BR> When I set up my fitness goal, I figured it this way; 30 minutes of cardio activ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:01:48 EST TRYING SOMETHING NEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793823 So, once again, I have been inactive/semi-active on here, mainly because I am still trying to adjust to my new work schedule. <BR> <BR> I love the shift I work, 3 pm to 11:30 pm, with the occasional 3 pm to 3 am 12 hour shift. I ride my bike after work for about 30-35 minutes and just over 6 miles. I get home at the same time, I just meet my bus closer to home. My issue was doing strength. Getting up early wasn't working, I was feeling sluggish because I am not someone who wakes up rea... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 04:46:53 EST THROWN OFF, BUT GETTING BACK ON THE PROVERBIAL HORSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718118 I don't know why, but sometimes just the slightest change in my routine can throw me totally off my game. <BR> <BR> I have been working since I turned 16 and I have done shift work, first in fast-food, then as a Nursing Assistant, for most of that time. I did mostly Evening (swing) and Night (graveyard) shifts, with the occasional day shift. When I switched to Unit Secretary in Late 2011, I worked strictly days. It was an adjustment, but I worked it out and settled in. This past April, I... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:45:52 EST WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698915 I haven’t blogged for quite a while. I just couldn’t seem to find the time or when I did, I couldn’t seem to organize my thoughts into anything that made sense. There has just been so much happening in my life. <BR> <BR> The biggest thing that has happened is I have taken a new position. I have been with The Queen’s Medical Center since April of 1993, and though I have been very happy, since I have moved to the west side of the island, it has been a pretty long commute, and a long day. I... Tue, 20 May 2014 04:43:06 EST MIA BECAUSE I AM “GETTING OLD” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659631 I haven’t Sparked for a while. I have been having some major issues with my knees, especially my left knee. It’s been pretty bad, I actually had to stay home from work and I am a secretary. <BR> <BR> It started just before my last blog post (February 16). I tried to see my doctor, but he was on vacation and wouldn't be back until March 10. I figured I would just wait, as it wasn't that bad. I stopped my walk/jog and stuck with just walking and the bike. I finished out the week of over-... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:29:53 EST Making Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625743 So once again, I have set up a work-out calendar with the best of intentions, and once again, those intentions are going buh-bye. I have missed 2 cardio sessions and I have only done 1 strength training day. I know I need to do ST, but getting in the mindset for it… I won’t beat myself up. No negative self talk allowed. I am beginning to think I was a little too ambitious when I set up the ST part of my calendar. Four days a week may be more than I can mentally deal with right now. I hav... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:44:21 EST SMALL VICTORIES AND MENTAL SETBACKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618796 Well I have completed the first 5 weeks for 2014, and I have had some success. I am down 5.6 pounds, so about 1 pound per week. I am happy with that. I did have some problems sticking with my work-out calendar, and my GI issues reappeared for about a week and a half, so my eating wasn’t so great, not necessarily going over calories, but definitely not the healthiest food choices. <BR> <BR> I have set up my calendar for the next 5 weeks (2/2/14-3/8/14) <BR> Sunday-Cardio <BR> Monday-Core... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:38:01 EST DON’T FAIL UNTIL YOU FAIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591548 I am an avid reader. I have been known to go through a book a day, and my Kindle is my best friend. Have you ever read a sentence or phrase that just sticks with you? “Don’t fail until you fail.” is one for me. I read it in a fantasy novel. The main female character has made a decision that could lead to war if her opposition chooses to not honor it. She is afraid she will fail the people who have put their faith and trust in her. One of her male court members and friend passes on the ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:24:27 EST AND ANOTHER YEAR PASSES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583407 Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year for those not from Hawaii) <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> What a Year it has been, especially the last quarter. The good news is I didn’t gain back every pound I had lost in 2013, the bad news is I nearly did. I know it is mainly due to my own inconsistency with exercise and not tracking my food. I tend to be a very visual person, and actually seeing what I am eating and how it adds up through the day, will always help me make better choices. Something... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:29:42 EST ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536813 First of all, thanks to everyone who extended well wishes to me while I was dealing with the upheaval of my son’s accident and his healing process. Working where I do, and with all that I have seen, I know how lucky he was. J has done really well and is now back in Waimanalo with his 2nd family. (He practically kissed the ground we got him home) He went back to work this past Monday, with a 20 lb lifting limit for his right arm, and that has gone well. The big one for him is his jaw is no... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 20:22:38 EST KOMEN HAWAII RACE FOR THE CURE 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518853 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1027092404.jpg"> <BR> I did the Race for the cure today. My goal was to try and run/jog at least 1/3 of the race. I had my hair smeared with pink goop, my play list cued up, and my GPS tracker ready. I did the 5K race in just over 43 minutes, 20 of those minutes spent running/jogging. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982050998.jpg"> <BR> In Memory of Mary Ann Kamaika'aloaokaleiopu'u Kapuakela Park 1939-1999 and <BR> Mar... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:35:42 EST HANGING ON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512544 It’s been a very hectic two weeks. J was discharged from the Rehab Hospital on 9/28. The whole thing was stressful! The staff told him “You are going home on Saturday.” He had it in his mind that he was going back to his home, and got VERY mad when I told him he was coming home with me, at least for a month. We argued for about an hour before I walked out. I told him to call his Hanai Mom and talk to her, and then let me know what he decided. I called her when I got home, and we talked... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:15:01 EST FAST UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497092 So J is at the Rehab Hospital, and doing well. They are a really good facility, and will address all aspects of his recovery; physical, cognitive, and emotional. He is starting to enter into an anger phase, mad at the world, but I am seeing some of his Bipolar symptoms peeking through. I am a little concerned about that, but unless it makes him a danger to others or himself, we can't force him to take medication for it. The doctors are aware of his condition, and will adjust as needed. A... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:38:30 EST UPDATE ON J AND MY HEARTFELT THANKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493427 Thank you so much to everyone who sent prayers and well wishes to me and my Family. I feel truly blessed. <BR> <BR> J has made a lot of improvement over the past week. It has been hard, emotionally, as well as physically, for him to be in the hospital. His time line is as follows: <BR> 9/13-He had his accident and went to the Surgical ICU. <BR> 9/14-Surgery to fix his broken arm in the late afternoon.(spent the night at the hospital) <BR> 9/15-They started to turn down the sedation on the... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 05:17:02 EST A MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485905 I received the second worse call a parent can get; Your child has been in an accident and was brought to the hospital as a trauma. It doesn't matter if they are 5 years old or 55 years old; the first thought you have is "No, not my baby!" <BR> <BR> The hospital I work at is the only Trauma Center in the state. I am proud to work there, and I think our Trauma Team is excellent. I do not work on one of the units that usually get trauma patients, we are primarily a respiratory unit, but the... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 04:55:16 EST FEELING PRETTY POSITIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479886 So, my week has been a little up and down, but overall I am feeling good. <BR> <BR> I live along the West Coast of the island of ‘Oahu. The main highway literally follows the coastline for several miles. Heading towards Honolulu from my place, there are 3 markers along the edge of the beach. I have always wondered what they said, so I decided to walk that way on Wednesday. They are historical markers stating that the area is the site of an ancient Hawaiian village, and protected as such.... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 20:45:26 EST SMALL LIGHT BULB MOMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476022 So after my whiney posting yesterday, I thought I would share something a little more positive. <BR> <BR> I am NOT a big fan of "Reality TV". I don't see the point in knowing what the Kardashian are doing and could care less about "Keeping Up" with them. I don't know any "Real Housewives" who live in million dollar mansions; the ones I know are trying juggle work, children, bills, and life with out losing their minds. I do like shows like "Pawn Stars" and "Counting Cars" but more for the ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:01:14 EST TUESDAY FAIL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475096 I had a nice Labor Day. The 'Rents and I went to see my son and grandson. We still had his birthday presents (He turned 4 in May) and we hadn't had a chance to get out there. Did some minor errands, mostly for Mom, and finally stopped by one of the Whole Foods Stores. We bought a seedless watermelon that was on sale for $0.49/lb, some brown rice blend, and I found the Celestial Seasonings Tea that I like. If there was one close to me, I would probably shop there more often, but even with... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:54:07 EST FAREWELL TO SUMMER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472984 So long Summer! TEXASGIDGET posts a quote and question of the day for the team Ling Healthy In Our 40’s, and today’s was, Have you ever used the phrase "back in my day" or "back in my time" or "when I was young" to someone younger than you? Well it got me thinking about “Small Kid Time/Days” and “Hanabata Days”. To those of you not from Hawaii, “Hanabata” is the runny mucus from your nose, so basically when you were a “snot nosed kid”. <BR> <BR> So, along that line, back Small Kid Days, ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:07:30 EST TRAINING TO (GULP) RUN A 5K. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465128 I signed up to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It will be October 20th, so that gives me 8 more weeks to get ready. I just finished Week 1 of the 5K your Way Walk/Jog Training Program. I really won’t be able to run/jog the whole race, but my goal is to be able to jog at least a third of it. I am NOT a runner, nor do I desire to become one (I LOVE riding my bike and it is my preferred Cardio exercise), but I decided to really challenge myself to step out of my comfort ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:22:14 EST "Never give up, never surrender!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460187 I have mentioned that I work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. When it's slow I will some times pop on to SP and browse the blogs. This past Saturday was such a day. I came across a blog posting from a member who was expressing disappointment about not being able finish a bike ride with their family. I was going to leave a comment, but it got busy. <BR> <BR> This Blog is my comment to that member, and to all of us who feel discouraged and disappointed. <BR> <BR> Try to look at it this way... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:44:15 EST WHERE THE #!@* RESTART BUTTON :P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451101 It been one of those days, and I still have 4 more hours to go! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> First, I woke up late. Not just a little, like I hit the snooze a couple of times too many, but 2 HOURS LATE! <em>102</em> I completely slept through my alarm <em>128</em> and didn't wake until my Mom asked me if I was going to work! I called to let work know I would be late, and then I had just enough time to wash up, throw on my clothes, and grab my lunch (sooo glad I put it together the nigh... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 19:21:52 EST Katchin Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448150 Hi everyone in Sparkland. <em>213</em> It's been a while since I blogged, a little katch up (yes my pocho pidgen is coming out) on wots da haps. <BR> <BR> I got through a hectic two weeks with pops and all his dental and medical appointments. I really don't want to have anything else like that for a while. My meals were kind of hit and miss, and my activity was down. I did my Sat/Sun Ride, but not much else. Trying to get back up to speed., so to say, and I have an allergic reaction ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:59:48 EST Busy Week Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421171 I hope everyone has been having a nice Sunday. As usual, I am at work. I don’t want to bachi us, so I won’t say the “Q” word, but it is a good day so far. <BR> <BR> The past couple of weeks have been okay, just really hot and humid. Sleeping has been a bit uncomfortable, so I haven’t gotten quality sleep. I have slipped a little on my tracking, but hopefully not too terribly. <BR> <BR> I have a majorly busy week ahead. Pops is finally going to get his teeth taken care of. Monday, ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:17:51 EST July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410790 To my fellow American Sparkers, Happy Independence Day! Our Government may not be perfect, we may have issues with some of the people running the country, but let's not forget that we will not be thrown in jail (or worse) for voicing our opinions, for worshiping how we want, and every one has the right to make a contribution towards changing what we don't like. I don't want to get into a big political discussion, but I an grateful to be an American, warts and all. <em>232</em> <BR> <BR... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 16:22:53 EST What's inspired me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398675 I enjoy reading the blog postings. I won’t always comment, (maybe I’ll start leaving an emoticon) but I try to read several blogs a day. I find laughter, tears, inspiration, frustration, and real people reaching out. READY4CHANGE81 posted a blog this week that got me thinking. (The road to a better me… posted 6/19/13) What really resonated with me was where she talks about being happy. How many people put off finding what it is that makes them happy until after they get a better job or g... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 22:56:48 EST A WORK IN PROGRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383889 Wow, it’s June, already. I really don’t think I am going to make my weight goal for the end of the quarter. Being so sick for most of April, it took me until the last week and a half of May to feel “back in the groove”. <BR> <BR> I have been lurking here on SP, reading blogs, and message board postings. I have been inconsistent in my food tracking, (Cookie? What Cookie?) making meal choices that were not the best, and not being honest with myself about it. When I was able to start eat... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:36:07 EST IN HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369582 Today is Memorial Day. I think living and growing up in Hawaii has given me a unique perspective on this day. <BR> <BR> Hawaii has one of the highest concentration of military bases per square mile. <BR> Hawaii is the site of one of most remembered foreign attacks against the American Military on American Soil. <BR> <BR> I grew up knowing that this day was spent visiting graves. At school, we were asked to help string flower lei for the Boy Scouts to place at the National Cemetery of th... Mon, 27 May 2013 18:24:05 EST MOTHER'S DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354359 First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all you "Mothers", whether you are a birth-, step-, foster-, or a Like-A-, I hope you enjoyed your special day. I have 2 grown sons of my own. <BR> <BR> Mother's day is a little bitter-sweet, for my family. All of my Grandmothers have passed on, and are dearly missed by us. Four years ago, we lost my Dad's younger sister to breast cancer. But the big one was the sudden death of my cousins wife two years ago. She was 39 and left behind 3 children bet... Sun, 12 May 2013 20:25:29 EST BACK IN THE SADDLE (OUCH!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346757 Welcome to the month of May! Please let it be better! <BR> <BR> Well, I got back on my bike yesterday. I haven't been on my bike for over a month, and there are certain areas of my body that are letting me know this. <em>40</em> Maybe 15 miles was a little far for a first ride after so long a break, but other than the tenderness, it felt great!! <em>104</em> I am hoping to ride after work today, but not sure if that will be doable. It's the weather. It has been raining off and o... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:42:16 EST REAL LIFE HAPPENS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332168 So, April has not been a fun month for me. I really shouldn't complain about the weather, I live in Hawaii and don't have feet of snow or patches of black ice or a spring that doesn't want to start. There's no flooding going on and the temperature is a slightly muggy 75* right now. What I do have is VOG. "Vog is created when volcanic gases (primarily oxides of sulfur) react with sunlight, oxygen and moisture. The result includes sulfuric acid and other sulfates." (from Wikipedia) It is a... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:30:37 EST GI revolt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327053 I haven't been very active for the last few weeks. I am experiencing some GI issues again, and it is really making it hard for me to eat and exercise. I have been going back and forth between soup, ginger ale, ginger tea, and crackers, and what ever the heck I feel like, just to get something in me. Because I haven't really been eating properly, I don't have the energy to exercise, or I have abdominal pains that have me sitting curled around a heating pad. Missed work at the beginning of... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:33:43 EST FLYING THROUGH THE FIRST QUARTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306514 FLYING THROUGH THE FIRST QUARTER <BR> <BR> Can you believe that we are ¼ of the way through the year? For me, the older I get, the faster time flies! I just received my Employee Service Award marking 20 Years! It doesn’t seem that long. <BR> <BR> So, my weight loss goal was 20 lbs. I lost 15, 75% of goal. I did a bit of lose-gain-lose-gain in March, so am satisfied with how I have done so far. <BR> I have worked on my exercise, and I have been better at doing it, but still not as con... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:34:56 EST WANTED TO SHARE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294441 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1967652487.jpg"> SLIME 5X SELF SEALING BIKE INNER TUBE...$14.64 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243361369.jpg"> TWO SCHWIN 26" COMFORT TIRES...$43.98 <BR> GETTING BACK ON THE ROAD; <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1705934484.jpg"> <BR> PRICELESS! <em>334</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:20:45 EST