HYATTI1's SparkPeople Blog HYATTI1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Renovations take a toll Just wanted to upload a few before and after photos of the completed new house. I bought this about a year and a half ago with hopes of moving in and retiring from all the chores of the farm life. I will always love the farm and horses, but I am getting to old to do all that hard work. So like a good grandmother I decided to turn the reins over to my oldest granddaughter that just turned 31 this past September. I wish I could say it was an easy decision but really it was quite hard. First I ... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:16:56 EST The end or the beginning! For me depending on how you look at it...could go both ways. After spending the winter here in Las Vegas I am heading back home to spend the rest of the year in Michigan. <BR> <BR> What I am leaving behind: First and foremost my youngest son lives here and I so enjoy spending time with him. He makes being away from Michigan and my family there so much easier with him here. Together we went in and bought a house here two years ago...sold it this year and bought a new one. <BR> <BR> <img... Mon, 1 May 2017 05:10:13 EST Easter Sunday -- Me and 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let me say my heart is full and I am a happy woman at the moment. I have so much to be thankful for even with all the obstacles and illusions around me. I just completed selling my Vegas home and buying a new one. A few pics to share with you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:47:00 EST The Big D's The big D’s <BR> <BR> I am not sure which road I am on right now DISTRESS or DISASTER, but they are both dangerous and I am so lost right now. My motivation is ZERO , not my mental capability, there I can be very motivated….thinking about what I want is one thing then getting around to doing it seems to be another. Are you kidding me…I tell myself all the time. What’s with you…just get up and do it. But for whatever reason that is not working out for me. I have done absolutely nothing…I me... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 02:07:39 EST Just Another Tuesday <BR> Boy is time flying by these days. Here we are here the first Tuesday in December and I am not sure how we got here so fast. I remember a time when I never thought tomorrow would never come and when it did the day went on and on so I could either enjoy it or dread it for it seem like eternity. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Each day is short lived and there just doesn't seem like enough hours in a day. I watch as the seasons come and go and the years just float by. This sadde... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:09:06 EST My winter wonderland journey Oh so here is the deal...this was my first winter getting away from Michigan for the entire time. I bought a home in Las Vegas which I share with my son and I went there from January to May. To manage my time...I did a lot of painting and walking. My son got a dog a cute little pit-bull he rescued from the local shelter there. She became my walking buddy and we went everywhere together. Good news ...I managed to drop 38 lbs with changing my eating habits and all the walking. I walked in the ... Wed, 11 May 2016 22:24:32 EST It's All About Time I always tell myself that I want to do this or that but then here it comes...TIME sneaking in and putting a stop to my plans. I get asked to volunteer or help out and I want to scratch my head and say I would but I just don't have any extra TIME on my hands. Like most of us I think this has been the reason behind all our things we can't manage to get done. If you are the exception out there that can get everything done and don't have to worry about TIME slipping by good for you. But, I would... Sun, 3 May 2015 00:23:43 EST Oh Humbug it's Christmas Oh my gosh, <BR> <BR> I am worn out from the Thanksgiving Holiday now I am facing Christmas and all that brings. I so enjoy getting together the few times a year, but as the years go by it seems like it tires me more and more. <BR> <BR> Our Thanksgiving was filled with a ton of food, ( I did not over eat thank you very much) lots of family and friends and commotion in our home. I have what I like to think of as a pretty large home and it was filled to the brim with people spending the nig... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:20:39 EST My Grandson Gets Married. I wanted to share my Grandsons wedding with some of my SPARK friends. We had a wonderful Country Wedding. Right down to the groom and his party wearing jeans. I hope you enjoy the photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> James and Felicia Uselton <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:07:56 EST My Birthday Blog! Tomorrow is my Birthday....Happy Birthday to me. I feel so blessed and thankful for all that I have and the family and friends I have that share it with me. I wasn't going to do a blog, but hey why not, RIGHT? <BR> <BR> I will keep it short and sweet. I have committed to loosing 20lbs by the time I see the doctor...which my appointment is not until October 21st. I was watching a TV show where someone loss 111 lbs in three months with some high intensity training and a good diet. I should ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:16:21 EST Making Sense out of nothing at all. I am not sure if I am procrastinating or just slogging they both feel about the same when it comes to results. I know I go all out and make all the right decisions and buy all the right items needed for any project I expect to be on. However when it comes to commitment I am falling a little short. I can't seem to kick the habit of just giving up or finding excuses. I want the outcome, I want the better health, I want to be able to say I did it, but that seems to be where it ends lately when... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:31:22 EST I just went through HELL and Back I don't know why I thought this would be a cute blog but I did so here it goes. Today I decided to take walk across the property and see how the river bed was doing. I love the look of flowing water. I started out and the more I walked the more I loved looking at the trees and the scenery as I moved. I crossed two other peoples property before I hit the main track called rails to trails. It's where they removed the railroad tracks and left it open for trails. I have been on this trail severa... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:38:03 EST Wednesday Morning Bliss Ok I wanted to share some photos and it seems the only way to do it in quantity is with a blog. Waking up this morning after yesterday thaw was not so much a shocker as a disappointment. I am so over winter and waiting on sunshine and grass to show up. <BR> <BR> With that said it was still pretty amazing to look around and see all the snow. So here goes...a few Wednesday morning photos. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:24:50 EST Catch Up Time We've all heard that old saying but for me I guess it valid for more than one reason. It's been almost a year since I posted a blog and months since I even visited the SPARK site. Sad but true I have let things go with hopes that I can or could catch up with my daily life. Unfortunately that also is not a plus for me for I have never been able to really get on top of everything that goes on and keep it balanced in a way that will allow me some quite time without dropping something here and ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 21:20:52 EST My March Update Blog Countless things happen when you least expect them and sometimes I guess you expect them. I am at that crossroad right now in my life where so much is coming together in the middle of the 4 way road that I am just exhausted with trying to sort things out and do the best for all involved. <BR> <BR> I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off just trying to keep up. I feel it is taking a toll on me but I have to continue to do it or it will not get done. I want to make sur... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:45:40 EST It's been a long time coming! I know I been saying I was going to do a blog for a while now, but as most things it just gets slipped to the back burner. Today it’s almost 7am I have been up all night working, and I have an early appointment at 10, I think if I went to sleep I might not wake up so I am trying to stay awake. Great time to blog…and keep myself busy while the house is quiet. <BR> <BR> Let’s see….. I wanted to share my greenhouse with you all…I love it. I can’t wait to put it to good use. Also the Christmas... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:02:16 EST Pushing the Limits I don’t know why I don’t do more blogs the lord knows I love to talk. Maybe because it takes a little through before I speak or I am not really speaking at all just putting down some thoughts. Whatever the reason I am just not putting the time in that maybe I could or should. With that said…here goes. <BR> <BR> As most of you know Horses are my passion…and I only have been back in a position to handle them and enjoy them for a couple of months. Prior to that I was laid up for quite a long ti... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 01:01:58 EST My favorite pastime. I have not painted in a while but lately I just felt an urge to take a brush in hand and give it a whirl. This will be my first attempt at portraits in almost two years. <BR> <BR> I thought I would give you a glimpse of what I do during the creation of my paintings. <BR> <BR> I decided to paint a portrait of each of my grand childrens favorite horses. I plan to give them to them framed for a christmas present. Each painting is 14 X 20 and once framed they will be slightly larger dependi... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:42:52 EST A Mothers Instincts I ran across these photos in an email...and would like to share them with you. We could all learn something useful from taking a look at these photos. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Don't touch her babi... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:08:48 EST A little Bit of Family Love I promised to work on my grand-daughters website tonight so I am going to do just that. I am also going to come up with a plan for a local community website while I am at it. It’s been a while since I sat down to actually do any website building. These days I am mostly making flyers and emailing them out for clients in multiple languages. So I guess I will see how my imagination comes into play. <BR> Pewwwww… dogs are in the room with me and one of them is farting. Oh my goodness don’t... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:13:57 EST Don't tell me I can't do a long blog! What do I want to put on a blog….duhhh…something interesting right? Well at least what I find is interesting. This blog is all about horses and grandkids…and my Birthday. By now most of you that know me know that my Birthday was on the 26th, SUNDAY. Most birthdays I spend with family at home or being taken out…one day at a time. Some of my kids like to take me to lunch, dinner, or shopping. But in most cases they don’t like to share me on the Birthday. I don’t know why but it’s always been ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:02:34 EST Traveling to Dubai Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> <BR> I know it takes me forever to get the time to sit down and actually put something in words at any length of interest but I am going to try. As some of you know I just came back from a work/vacation trip to UAE, United Arab Emirates, where we stayed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I traveled with my oldest granddaughter Alexandra. <BR> <BR> It was hot, but very beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves very much. I will upload a few pictures to let you share out trip. <BR> ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:51:51 EST A Quiet Time. This is for Barb....a sparks friend. I like you enjoy painting and sketching and I have been lucky enough to have some of the talent show up in my youngest grand-daughter. At 11 she shows a lot of promise. Right now she is into a lot of animae (cartoons) but she also loves horses and puts out a few here and there. I hope you enjoy the I said I am not great but pretty good. I get a lot of request for me to do paintings for people but I just don't have the time...I like painting ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 03:16:48 EST Summer Fun At Camp I know I promised to do a blog but I realized that I have posted so much about the camp that you all already know what has transpired so I will just share a few photos with you that were taken along the way. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The group is learning the parts of the horses anatomy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trail Riding <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 00:39:14 EST Sunday Fun on the Farm We had an exceptional day today. It started out a little dark with rain but that cleared up by noon and nothing but sunshine and fun was left. <BR> <BR> My son made some awesome ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, vegetable melody cheese, potato salad, and fruit bowl. We had so much food….some friends showed up and brought dishes with them to make a huge pot luck. I think we had close to 60 here for the afternoon fun. <BR> <BR> What we do every Fathers Day…we celebrate two events in one.... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 00:08:03 EST I've had better days! This morning started on the wrong foot. We had a terrible storm thunder and lightning covered the dark sky. I put my mare in the barn last night knowing she would go into foal at any time. The stall is 12 by 24 so lots of room for her to lie down and give birth. I stuck the stud that’s been with her for months in the next stall to be close to her. When I left her for the final time last night she was standing up eating a snack I through into her. <BR> <BR> This morning my grandson went ou... Sat, 26 May 2012 14:19:42 EST There's Always Tomorrow I want to get that last load of clothes done, but there’s always tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It’s raining and I need to walk the dog, but there’s always tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I want to finish that painting job, but there’s always tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I need to start dieting today, but there is always tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <BR> That is the story of my life. I put off today what I can do tomorrow. It seems so much easier but then tomorrow never comes. And what could have taken me one day takes me mu... Thu, 10 May 2012 23:22:11 EST Just Reasonably Happy - That's All I Want! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It’s Saturday morning, I’ve been up for a little over 30 minutes. I was sitting here thinking about things over all. I have so much that goes on in my head, but I am trying to concentrate on my weight problem and how I got here and what exactly I am going to do about it. <BR> <BR> I grew up thin. I was so thin you could see my hip bones but yet I was not skinny. I started having kids at an early age and by the ti... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 12:19:50 EST It's a good time to smile I wanted to sit and talk and talk and talk, but right now I am thinking we could all use a smile. So I am going to share some photos with you that will put a smile on your face....unless you are just impossible. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Kisses are FUN!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We are PERFECT in PINK!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 18 Mar 2012 00:57:57 EST I can't take it anymore. Yes five words that I have said over and over during my life. Now I have said it again. At this time like always I expected someone to say "take what MOM, or GMA". I took a deep breath waiting; and my son knew without asking. He looked at me with that silly smile on his face before saying: "You lasted longer than I thought you would". <BR> <BR> "I want to stay longer" I replied, but I just can't. Maybe it was coming on here and talking about home, maybe it was the grandkids calling me ever... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 06:24:52 EST Waking up to motivation I don't know about the rest of you but my motivation starts when I first wake up in the morning. I mean how can I go wrong with a view like this. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I look out from the balcony and all I want to do is get out and walk. Explore the surroundings and breath the fresh air. <BR> <BR> So with that in mind I will take advantage of it and take an afternoon stroll around the village and check out some of the shops. <BR> ... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:48:44 EST Nightmare Talk about a strange day. I rented a house in Las Vegas at a price of 2200.00 a week. When I got there I was shocked at the condition of the house. Not that it was not a nice house but the fact that it was filthy. I went to the local grocery and got supplies to clean, but on a second look I did not want to clean everything from the ground up. The walls were dirty and the light switches were sticky and black, floors were not clean, shower was black (I would not step in there without shoes). T... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:44:17 EST A Pleasant Surprise I've never realized how a few words can do so much. Yet they do and it doesn't matter where they come from. I've never thought myself a person that needs words or praise from others, therefore I never did things based on the ideal that they would be there (the words). <BR> <BR> Yet today a few words from Jill made me smile, and think and it felt really good. Not that I personally know her or have even met her, but in a round about way I now feel close to her. I find that strange yet comfor... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 03:40:14 EST Just the facts I like to think I am doing well. And I am doing well based on my own personal opinion. I am eating less…staying away from soda (as much as I can) and drinking tons of water. I love water but when I am forced to drink it somehow it doesn’t seem like a fun thing to do. I am out walking which is very good for me. My knees are still hurting and my ankle swells along with my knees, but I continue to walk. Today I put in more than 2 hours of walking and my knees do not want to bend right now. I ne... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 23:47:30 EST Graveyard Shift I'm on the midnight shift pulling an all niter. I have so much work to get done but, I am sitting here with mind block. I am tired of working and my mind just can't come up with any new ideas. I can't wait to take off for a couple of weeks. It will be so well deserved and I don't plan to do any work at all. <BR> <BR> I just wish my well laid plans work out, in most cases they don't (hehe). <BR> <BR> I made it to the movie and dinner Saturday night with the hubby and a couple of the grandki... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 03:52:04 EST Day Nine I'm sitting here today trying to sort out what makes me slack in my goals. I have all the good intentions but somewhere down the line they seem to loose speed. As I worked last night I watched a movie on LMN...and found it interesting. Three women that worked together decided to loose weight together. A Cinderella story, yet the truth is very few really turn out that easy. I live in the country and joined a gym about 30 miles from me (closest around). I have others that will go with me if I w... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 12:44:48 EST Day Six Here it is Monday morning and I am exhausted from working all night. It's 10:40 AM and I am ready to call it a day. See if I eat breakfast this morning I will go to sleep and that does nothing for my diet at all. I do have a plan this morning through. I am going to take a quick shower and lie down until about 1 PM then get up and grab a banana and head to a local gym (Planet Fitness) do a little treadmilling to cover about a mile. While there I will work on the bike for a miles ride, and do m... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:36:08 EST Day Five I am now in the afternoon of my 5th day. Changes I have not really seen any or anything that I can put my finger on. I woke up to snow and a little more than expected. The hubby is out with the tractor and plow clearing the way in and out. Should I be excited or not about winter being finally here. Truthfully I hate winter anymore. I want to get out of winter and cold. I don't mind the cold but I hate the driving and snow, but then again I hate the rainy weather too. <BR> <BR> I have tried... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:03:40 EST Day Two I've done some updates on the page. I went through and took a good look at all the links. It's not something you can do all in one day. As far as exercising and or dieting I did not follow any program. I did however manage to get in some walking. I have decided to walk my dog daily....and being in the country I take her out 5 or 6 times. I leash her for health reasons she can't run free, the other dogs follow for fun. I figure if I cover the road front of the property in the first week I wi... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:04:26 EST Starting NOW Ok, I have decided to do this by myself. I have tried several diets, none seem to be working. I have to put myself in the right mind state and just do it the best I can. So I am going to use SP the best I can and work with myself on the rest. I find that most of this takes a very dedicated spirit and a lot of time to keep up daily. I am not sure my spirit or time will allow me to do that. But, I can add to what I can get done and hopefully find a happy middle somewhere. I eat out 90 % of the ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:06:02 EST