IAMAGEMLOVER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IAMAGEMLOVER IAMAGEMLOVER'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/ My Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838519 I slept at my Mom's last night. I woke up this morning on the uncomfortable couch after an uncomfortable night and for a second didn't know where I was. We got home from my brother Mike's house and my Mom went to bed, and Chuck went upstairs to his room t do what ever he does up there. I know my Mom goes to bed at 10 which it was and reads for awhile but I wanted her to stay up and watch It's A Wonderful Life with me. We have the DVD. It was kind of like being at home because I was alone... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:24:07 EST 5% Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836913 I have signed up for the 5% Winter Challenge again. I am a <em>141</em> again. I have always been a <em>141</em> . If it isn't broke, why change it? We have not started yet, aren't quite sure when we are going to start, sometime in January. Today is our first assignment. State your goals and exercise plans. I have a hard time with goals. I don't have any goals, maybe that's why I am standing still, and spinning , my wheels. I mean, I do want to keep the weight off, I guess that... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:31:25 EST Ten shopping days left. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833093 Do you have your Christmas shopping done? There are only 10 days left to shop. I shopped on line. I buy my own Christmas presents. Out of the clothes that I bought before, The only ones that fit were the bathrobes and pajamas and I did buy my brother flannel pajama bottoms. I bought 3 flannel shirts, petite medium and they were tight across the shoulders. I guess I wear only petite in pants. This is what I purchased just recently and it is here already. I haven't tried anything on bec... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:39:33 EST Weight loss vs. Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832379 Where am I? That is the million dollar question. As of yesterday my weight is 130.3, which is technically out of maintenance. My center weight is 127 pounds. According to the team challenge you are suppose to maintain you weight with = or -3% which means I shouldn't weigh anymore more than 130.1 pounds. <em>198</em> . I have always said I will maintain my weight within = or - 5 pounds which still keeps me in maintenance. That is not the important issue though, what is important is my ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:02:16 EST Open letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831313 Three years ago today I remember sitting down at my computer and feeling defeated. That is the word I have been looking for. I had started losing weight in February after going shopping with my then 85 year old Mom and having her outlast me. How embarrassing. I wanted to go home and she was still shopping. I was trying on clothes for our upcoming trip to PA for her birthday that I was gifting her with. It was important to me, she is very important to me. I was discouraged nothing was f... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:56:56 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823939 I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinner. I was looking forward to turkey and all the trimmings, but I haven't felt that great for a couple days now., running a low grade fever. I watched the parade this morning and called my Mom to say that I was coming, after the parade and I took a shower I always thought showers were suppose to make you feel better, I didn't take one yesterday as I was dizzy when standing up. Living alone, if I fell no one lives under me so, help I've fallen ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:06:24 EST Today was a good day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819700 Gary went home from the hospital this afternoon. That is good news. He has his Mom and her partner staying with him, tending to his every whim and desire. I am sure she is feeding him a bunch of junk, whatever sonny by wants. I hate when his mother is around, she is a PITA, a typical overprotective, doting, clinging, nosy, all up in your a$$ mother. If Gary sneezes she is there to wipe his nose. I am surprised she doesn't follow him to the bathroom to wipe his you know what. He didn't ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:27:59 EST Horrors! We're running out of chocolate, candy-maker warns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818990 <link>www.today.com/food/were-running-out-<BR>chocolate-candy-maker-warns-1D80296866<BR>?__source=xfinity|mod&par=xfinity </link> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:36:44 EST I did awesome........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818331 <BR> SONOMA life + style® Flannel Shirt - Petite <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l833161789.jpg"> <BR> Color: Lilac Rose, Size: M PETITE, Qty: 1 <BR> SKU # 95536438 <BR> Sale $25.20 Original $36.00 <BR> Your Price: $25.20 <BR> <BR> SONOMA life + style® Flannel Shirt - Petite <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857296141.jpg"> <BR> Color: Blue Mako, Size: M PETITE, Qty: 1 <BR> SKU # 95536433 <BR> Sale $25.20 Original $36.00 <BR> Your Price: $25.20 <BR> ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:22:19 EST R.I.P. Aunt Hazel. You will be missed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817346 HAZEL S. DEVINO <BR> Obituary <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2131138304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> HAZEL S. DEVINO - BRISTOL - Hazel S. Devino, age 102, a resident of the Bristol community for over 77 years, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at her home. Hazel was born on June 27, 1912, to Frank and Edith Ladabouche in Fair Haven, the second oldest of 14 children. She spent her early years there and moved to Burlington as a young adult where she met and married Rollie E. Devino o... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:59:16 EST Coldest weather of the season. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816883 We were suppose to have 2" of snow starting after midnight last night. We ended up with a dusting. Higher elevations did get 3+" of snow. We did however get the high winds and cold temperatures. The high today was 41 degrees but with a chill factor of 33 degrees I was suppose to do grocery shopping but did not go. I did grocery shopping last night, got to the registers and my snap card did not work, so I had to leave my food there. I called my worker today and got everything straighten... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:38:35 EST Another trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815142 I was planning another trip for my Mom and me to NYC to the 9/11 museum and memorial in March. A lunch at Fino's in Manhattan is included. There would be an awful lot of walking involved and I wanted to make sure she was up to it before i spent that kind of money on a day trip. I called and left a message. She called me and gave me the news that my Aunt Hazel had passed away this morning. I learned tonight that she passed in her sleep. I told my Mom that angels pass in their sleep. S... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:43:01 EST 8 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814242 WOW That was a long streak. I don't do good when I leave the house. After seeing Gary yesterday, I went home and was excited that I saw him for myself and knew he was going to be alright. Jeremy came to get me and I couldn't ask him to stop at the store. I had no milk in the house and really nothing to eat but soup. I had my menu planned out and I needed to go to the store to follow it. Well, needless to say I didn't. I got lazy, involved in the book I am reading, murder is exciting y... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:43:33 EST Finally..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813760 My Mom called me yesterday and finally told me about my Aunt Hazel. She said she looks good. They are giving her morphine when she needs it, she is in a wheelchair but she does sit at the table in her wheelchair, she ate with everyone and she held a conversation. Of course those are good days. She is aware that she is dying, her heart is giving out. She told my Mom she is ready to go and see their parents and her husband. They had a good talk and a good cry. My Mom is so glad that she ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:08:18 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812558 Here we are day 7. I have stuck to my eating plan.(applause, applause) It hasn't been easy. I have been out and I have gone to the grocery store. I picked up some Halloween chocolate on sale, looked at it, and put it back and walked away. <em>243</em> I am still kicking myself for it. <em>211</em> If I had bought it, it would be gone by now. It would have been gone by the next night, no doubt. <BR> <BR> I didn't get to send my memo to God to tell him enough is enough. Most of you... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:46:38 EST November 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808891 It has been awhile since I have blogged. A lot has been going on. Until Wednesday I was handling it, I wouldn't say doing good, but handling it. I wasn't leaving the house, not even getting dressed I sent my homemaker or chore person to the grocery store, so it was easy to avoid temptation, it wasn't in the house. There were days that I didn't have much of an appetite so I didn't even reach 1200 calories in a day. I still put on weight though. <BR> <BR> Wednesday night I went to JFK ai... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:16:20 EST Disabled American Vets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792787 This was about the only charity that my Dad use to give to. I remember having the address labels all the time. Now I always send them money when they send the labels or now they send note paper, all kinds of things. I just received a date calendar for 2015. I always look forward to that. With the calendar you get a book mark, a mini calendar for your wallet and an Official 2015 Flag-Flying Days for your wallet. This is the poem on the back of the book mark. <BR> <BR> Thank you my frien... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 12:36:25 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791962 Happy Friday. I finally got to see the Dr. today. I gained two pounds since seeing him in August. I was very upset and he said I was eating the wrong things. I had a Bel Vita soft bread biscuit that I was eating for breakfast in the waiting room. I got up late, had to jump into the shower right away, then take my medicine, then wait 1/2 hour to eat. That is why I took that to eat while waiting. He said yes they are good for you, but too high in carbs. I only have them when I am on the... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 22:26:37 EST Doctor got sick. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789783 I didn't go to the Dr. today as planned. He didn't go into the office. Since I was a squeeze in, the couldn't squeeze me in with another Dr. with all his other patients they were squeezing in/ I would prefer to wait until Dr. B. came back anyway. What's another few days? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> for all your support and well wishes. It never occurred to me that thyroid would have anything to do with stomach problems. I hope it is all related because I am about at the end of my rope. ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:48:52 EST Sick of being sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789048 I have had problems with my stomach for years, but it has gotten bad in the last year. It has gotten to where I don't leave the house unless I have to. I don't go to the pool anymore because I am afraid of an accident in the pool. I don't go to the gym anymore, because it is embarrassing. I don't even have friends over anymore. My gastroentrologist sent me for a couple tests. but they all came back negative. She told be to take Fiber One but that just seems to cause more gas. I am at m... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:55:49 EST Challenge starts tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783166 I am ready. San Marino is our first destination. Our first living the good life challenge is drinking water, it always is. I kind of wish they would do something different. It is always the same challenges. I have to step up my exercise. <BR> <BR> I have my menu made through Friday of next week. I struggle with eating on days I do a flea market because you can only do so much for food. That is only one day out of the week though. I did reach all my nutritional goals, I just don't fee... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:35:49 EST 5% Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780325 We received another assignment. This is one that I refuse to do. Actually I can't do it. <em>198</em> The DVD thingamajigger in my computer is broken, it won't read a disc. Hahahahaha. I wouldn't do it anyway. We are suppose to take a picture before the challenge and then one after the challenge to notice the difference in our body. I am at goal, so I should just see a more toned body, hopefully. I don't let anyone take a picture of me and if I catch someone trying to I give them the... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:31:01 EST So much for being profitable. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779794 Saturday was a complete waste of my time. Two people showed up and didn't buy anything. They were looking for something specific in earrings. I stayed for 3 hours then left. Today would have been a beautiful day for a flea market but I was in pain. My back was killing me, still is. I put a pain patch on and took some Advil. It has helped some but.......I figure that by next Sunday I should be alright. <BR> <BR> I stayed home and did 3 loads of laundry. It did hurt hanging the clothes... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:42:20 EST TGIF???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778751 I am going to Kit's house tomorrow morning about 8:45 and set up for a tag sale. I put it on craigslist for 9:30. I hope this is not going to be a waste of time. I put my cell phone number because I didn't want people showing up early and bothering Kit and Louis. I have not received one phone call. I hope that isn't a bad sign. <BR> <BR> Sunday is suppose to be a nice day and my Mom asked me to make sure I do a flea market. I haven't done one in awhile and she wants me to sell her scru... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:05:39 EST True story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776776 I was at my Mom's yesterday. We were sitting around the table with my older niece Kim talking about the past. We were talking about Jack, her crazy cat. A stray cat had kittens in my landlord's garage it must have been 1998 or 1999. I was still doing the flea market and I rented a UHaul van on the weekends back then. Well, I backed into the garage door and that is how the cat got in to have the kittens. I talked my landlord into letting me take care of them and the mama until they were ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:33:58 EST No Chillaxin Today or tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775071 Okay I am going to try and conquer that fitness tracker today. After going shopping yesterday with Gary's new girlfriend, and shopping until we dropped, I want credit for it. I took a shower and FORGOT to clip my fitbit back on <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>39</em> . All those steps, all those hours. Yes I mean hours, that girl can shop. I thought I was good. My feet were crying all night and still are grumbling. Her motto--when Gary is on a cruise, the girls left behind go shoppi... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:57:36 EST Triggers and Strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774616 Okay I am behind in my assignments. Triggers was #7 and Strategies was #8. Triggers are too many to list. I thought I had good strategies, but obviously I don't. One trigger that did happen this week is being really fatigued and going to lay down. I missed breakfast and didn't get up until almost 3pm. I ate lunch, didn't want to eat a dinner at 7:30 or later, so snacked. I ate 3 Italian Ice. It could and would have been worse if I had ice cream in the house. One strategy worked, no i... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:08:36 EST 5% Fall Challenge assignment 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773261 This was yesterday's assignment. When I read it, I went straight to bed. How retarded is that? For awhile now I have been feeling a little fatigued. I chalked it up to not eating right and not exercising. I was eating ice cream, and you know how you get that sugar crash. Last month I feel I conquered my eating. Yes, I did have some ice cream but it was controlled, in range and planned. It wasn't ice cream, it was Italian ice, but still has sugar. I slept for three hours. I couldn't ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:30:29 EST 5% Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771758 These are assignments 4 and 5 for the challenge. They are kind of the same but I did my best. <BR> <BR> Win Today Check List <BR> <BR> Do you already have a daily routine that includes your fitness and well being? <BR> <BR> I made my September fitness and nutrition commitment and posted it in a blog on my spark page. <BR> <BR> Do you have it where you see it often? <BR> <BR> I am on sparkpeople everyday and do check what I am to do for fitness that day. I plan my meals out a week in... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:50:29 EST Assignment 3--5% Fall challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771097 Assignment 3 is update your spark page. I have already done that. I usually update my page once a month depending on what is happening that month. My background is the same as last month. Last month was Gary and Tyler's birthday on August 8 and my niece Kim's birthday on August 3. This month is Brianna's birthday on September 4. She was born on Labor Day in 1995. She is sort of on my sh*t list right now. <BR> <BR> We had severe thunder storms last night. The winds were high. There w... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:34:39 EST Fall 5% Challenge Nutrition Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770497 This is assignment #2 for the 5% Fall Challenge. I have lost the weight that I regained. I am once again maintaining my weight. <em>224</em> Right now since I am not really exercising, I usually eat under 1250 calories. Starting this week, I will start back with an exercise routine <em>521</em> but will continue with about 1200-1350 calories to begin with. I have no idea how many calories I am burning in the water, because you can't wear your fitbit. I can't find anything on sparkp... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:05:32 EST Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769345 I have signed up for the Starfish team again. Maybe this will help kick my butt into gear. All I know is I only have 2 more months on my membership and I am wasting money. If I am going to have the double knee replacement this winter, it would be in my best interest to be in the best possible condition before the surgery. It will make recovery a whole lot easier. I know all these things, but it doesn't seem to either matter or click. <em>33</em> <em>198</em> Very puzzling to say the... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:26:16 EST I have become pathetic since June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767294 Fitness minutes goals 1500 <BR> Fitness minutes this month 200 <BR> Fitness minutes to goal 1300 <BR> <BR> 8/1- 28 <BR> 8/2- 5 <BR> Weekly total 33 <BR> 8/3-8 <BR> 8/4-29 <BR> 8/5-8 <BR> 8/6-4 <BR> 8/7-22 <BR> 8/8-5 <BR> 8/9-2 <BR> Weekly total 78 <BR> 8/10-8 <BR> 8/11-7 <BR> 8/12-4 <BR> 8/13-3 <BR> 8/14-26 <BR> 8/15-8 <BR> 8/16-4 <BR> Weekly total 60 <BR> 8/17-5 <BR> 8/18-3 <BR> 8/19-3 <BR> 8/20-3 <BR> 8/21-3 <BR> 8/22-3 <BR> 8/23-9 <BR> Weekly total 29 <BR> 8/... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:05:51 EST Prayer posted on team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814963 This was posted on a team I am on. I mailed the poster and received permission to post the prayer in a blog. The author is anonymous. <BR> <BR> "When I die <BR> If you need to weep <BR> Cry for whatever separates you from anyone I love. <BR> And when you need me <BR> Put your arms around each other <BR> And give whatever you need to give or receive from me. <BR> I wanted to leave you something <BR> Something better than words or sound. <BR> Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved <BR... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:58:06 EST Happy 86th Birthday Mom BFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724769 Today is my BFF birthday. My Mom turned 86 today. If you read my blogs you know she just had eye surgery. This woman is amazing. She grew up with 4 brothers and 9 sisters. I remember my Grandmother but my Grandfather drowned when I was around 1. All my life I heard that my grandmother was a saint. I remember one time we went to buy a freezer and my grandmother and us kids waited in the car. I was sitting in the back and staring at her, she was in the front. She turned around and said... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 09:20:09 EST Just for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638811 My mother cross stitched a sampler for me for Christmas with this prayer for me for Christmas. I tend to dwell in the past especially around this holiday season. <BR> <BR> JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far reaching goals or try to overcome all my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime. <BR> <BR> JUST FOR TODAY... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 13:10:37 EST