IMEMINE1's SparkPeople Blog IMEMINE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Generous Travel Agent <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Generous Travel Agent <BR> A travel agent looked up from his desk to see an older lady and an older gentleman peering in the shop window at the posters showing the glamorous destinations around the world. The agent had had a good week and the dejected couple looking in the window gave him a rare feeling of generosity. <BR> He called them into his shop, "I know that on your pension you could never hope to have a holiday, so I am sending you off to a fabulous resort a... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:16:39 EST Speeding Farmer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Speeding Farmer <BR> A farmer got pulled over by a state trooper for speeding, and the trooper started to lecture the farmer about his speed, and in general began to throw his weight around to try to make the farmer uncomfortable. Finally, the trooper got around to writing out the ticket, and as he was doing that he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head. <BR> The farmer said, "Having some problems with circle flies there, are ya?" The trooper... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:01:16 EST Making the Most of Each Day Outside my window, a new day I see, <BR> And only I can determine, What kind of day it might be. <BR> It can be busy and sunny, Laughing and gay, <BR> Or boring and cold, unhappy and gray. <BR> <BR> My own state of mind is the determining key, <BR> For I am the only person I let myself be. <BR> I can be thoughtful and do all I can to help, <BR> Or be selfish and think just of myself. <BR> <BR> I can enjoy what I do and make it... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:06:53 EST Happy New Year Hello 2017, <BR> I am going to look forward this year. <BR> <BR> My goals are to maintain my weight between 100 and 105 pounds.(with 102 as my ideal. <BR> I am going to make sure I get my water in daily, eat healthy whole foods,(at least 75% of the time) and "EXERCISE" (not just walking but ST at least 10 minutes a day) Yoga being my favorite. <BR> <BR> I have been a bit off, a lot off, in the past but I did keep walking and thank goodness for that or I would probably be rolling in the New... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:18:29 EST Hugs to all <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:36:09 EST Happy December <img src=""> <BR> Have a healthy December! Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:24:17 EST Keep smiling I am really going to work on being more optimistic. <BR> I know when I have days that everything goes pretty much the way you plan it you just feel so much darn better about yourself. <BR> I think I am going to try and have an up attitude in the morning and go from there. Keep smiling <em>334</em> and going forward. <BR> Focus on being grateful. Because I am grateful for my husband of 43 years this Nov. 22nd. <BR> I am grateful for my children,my grandchildren, my family and my f... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:47:38 EST Winter 5% challenge Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in January. Please click on this link to join the Challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=67977 ... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:43:34 EST Happy October 1st I woke up this morning in a good mood and mostly because it was Saturday (no work for me) and it was a NEW month. <BR> Another chance to start "Fresh" and clean and shiny. <BR> It always starts out that way and then most of us slack off because the newness wears off, like new shoes or clothes or even a car. <BR> Well, this month I plan on keeping the new feeling. <BR> I always start the day with a good breakfast but I want to take it lunch and dinner and snacks. <BR> I want to make it a poi... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 09:58:22 EST It's hot out there <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:09:23 EST July's steps I was tracking my steps every day on a pocket calendar. <BR> Week one <BR> 7/1 to 7/2 19,087 <BR> 7/3 to 7/9 64,010 <BR> 7/10 to 7/16 38,127 <BR> 7/17 to 7/23 53,914 <BR> 7/24 to 7/30 58,321 <BR> 7/31 13,264 <BR> <BR> Total for the month 246,723 steps (Not too bad) <BR> <BR> This month I want to keep up with the steps PLUS get serious with my Yoga EVERY day! <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:50:04 EST Trivia <em>100</em> UGH!! <BR> I went all month with 100% in trivia and the very last day I got 1 wrong. <em>46</em> <BR> The can you lose weight by walking 15 minutes a day without changing your diet. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Oh well!! Maybe next month. <BR> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:21:34 EST Enjoy your day <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Keep smiling! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:55:18 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:34:07 EST A July update I wanted to write this the other day but I have just been too tired. <BR> <BR> To try and make a long story short... <BR> Last weekend when it was so hot our dog (who is at least 11 years old or more) was just laying around and it looked like her eye was bothering her. <BR> We took her to the vet and found out she has an ulcer in her left eye (Same as my husband) and tested positive for lymes disease. <BR> She is on a drop (the same one as my husband) plus they made a serum out of her blood ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:25:23 EST The results, I guess I am sorry I didn't write about it yesterday but by the time I got home and all I have been so tired. <BR> They did another mammogram on the right side and then an ultrasound on the right side only. <BR> So when I got done they said I have a complex cyst and they have to check it again in 6 months. <BR> I got a letter from the first one I had done and I am glad I got it after I had the second one done because it was scary.It said my breast are Heterogeneously Dense which makes it hard to read... Thu, 12 May 2016 13:17:50 EST Feeling sorry for myself I got a call from the doctor's office this morning saying there was an abnormality with the mammogram result and they made an appointment for me for Tuesday at 2:0 for more tests. <BR> I know it can probably be nothing but I am a nervous wreck. I know I have had a few minor problems in the past that have turned out good so I am going to have to have faith that this will to. <BR> <BR> Please say a prayer that everything comes back good? <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 May 2016 12:26:05 EST Happy 1st day of May <img src=""> <BR> Happy new month! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> let's move it and work toward our goals. <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 1 May 2016 10:15:05 EST Eye update We went to the eye doctor's on Wednesday. The doctor said it looking better and he reduced the Prednisolone drops to 1 time a day. Everything else stayed the same. <BR> He still has the glue in (which is good) and he showed the blood vessels going into the green of the eye and he said it looks like it is healing nicely. <BR> Of course we are hoping that the glue comes out, the hole is closed and he will have sight in the eye. (If it is not too scarred.) <BR> So that is the update. We go back... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:25:40 EST Snow in April Oh well! We are supposed to get 1 to 3 inches today and it has been snowing all morning. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Happy 10th Birthday to my Grand Daughter. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 9 Apr 2016 12:07:27 EST Eye update Hi everyone, <BR> Yesterday went well. The doctor said she thinks the eye is doing good and thinks it isn't viral or bacterial. (any more anyway) <BR> She advises to let it go for a month like it is (with the glue plug) and see if his eye will keep healing. Hopefully it will heal from within and the plug will come out with no hole. BUT if it keeps losing the plug and keeps perforating she sees no reason why a transplant wouldn't work. <BR> She also said if it was something bacterial or viral ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:46:21 EST Complex Conclusions From the Fishwrapper; <BR> <BR> Teacher: "Can you give me an example of wasted energy?" <BR> <BR> Student: "Yes, ma'am, telling a hair-raising story to a bald-headed man." <BR> <BR> <BR> Teacher: "Give me an example of a collective noun." <BR> <BR> Student: "Garbage can." <BR> <BR> I know, I know. <em>2</em> Sat, 20 Feb 2016 09:34:46 EST Wal Mart moment Bill and I were in Wal Mart today and as I waited in line to check out my few things a lady and her daughter (maybe a young teen) was checking out in front of me. <BR> Bill always goes and sits down and waits for me. <BR> I was watching the 3 kids next to me in the check out line and when I happened to glance back at the lady in front of me I saw she had bought a bouquet of flowers. I thought to myself "those are really pretty" she turned to me and handed me the flowers and said "Have a bl... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 18:16:11 EST End of week update Hello everyone, <BR> The ENT doctor ruled out Cogan's Syndrome so that is good. <BR> We had a busy week. 4xs at doctors. 3 at eye doctors. <BR> Monday was the Gluing of the hole made by the ulcer. Tuesday was the ENT but that was good news. Wednesday was back to eye doctor and the glue came dislodged. Had to re do that. <BR> Friday's eye appointment went "good" because the glue stayed where it was supposed to and he said the eye is looking like an eye again. <BR> We don't have to go back ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:08:00 EST Update for Monday We just got home from picking up 2 new drops and ciprofloxacn pills. <BR> His eye did perforate and it leaked out fluid. The doctor put a drop of "glue" over the hole to keep it from leaking out. <BR> We had to wait there to see if it filled back up and the "glue" stayed. <BR> Tomorrow we go to the ENT Dr. and then Wednesday we go back to him. <BR> He is now on 2 pills (One is for only 10 days) and 4 different drops. <BR> The sad part is when the girl checked his vision before seeing the DR. ... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:39:37 EST We are back to Square One I had to take my husband, Bill, back to the eye doctor today. His eye was red and I could see something on his pupil. <BR> I called them and told them I was concerned and they told us to come right down. <BR> It turns out it was the ulcer. They took 5 scrapings and he has another AmnioGraft on the eye and the protective contact is back on. <BR> He is back on the pills and 2 different drops. He said the eye is thinning and I think the doctor was feeling as bad as we were. <BR> We go back to h... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:51:01 EST Some interesting stuff 3 <BR> 12. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don't. <BR> <BR> 13. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia. <BR> <BR> 14. Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb. <BR> <BR> 15. Our body gives enough heat in 30 minutes to boil 1.5 liters of water. <BR> <BR> 16. The ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell. <BR> <BR> 17. Stomach acid (conc.HCI) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades. <B... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:03:52 EST Some Interesting stuff 2 6. If a part of your body "falls asleep", You can almost always "Wake it up" by shaking your head. <BR> <BR> 7. There are 3 things the human brain cannot resist noticing--Food,Attrative people and danger. <BR> <BR> 8.Right handed people tend to chew their food on their right side. <BR> <BR> 9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor. <BR> <BR> 10. According to Albert Einstein, if Honey Bee were to disappear from the earth, humans would be dead with... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:12:06 EST Some interesting stuff 1.Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes. <BR> <BR> 2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance that you'll die within the next 3 years. <BR> <BR> 3. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger. <BR> <BR> 4. A person's height is determined by their father, and their weight by their mother. <BR> <BR> 5. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There's a 9% cha... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:41:11 EST Never Quit Pledge I got this off CGPS1795's page <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to trea... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:30:25 EST Sorry I was trying to add this link to a blog because I thought it was so nice. <BR> I am very emotional and this made me have the Happy cries. <BR> I will try and link it up and hope for the best. It wasn't working for me the way my friend tried to show me. <BR><BR>o <BR> I am sorry about the confusion I caused. I figured when I deleted it it would just be gone. <BR> <em>2</em> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:05:11 EST Happier updates Thank you everyone, your prayers must be working. <BR> We are not out of the woods yet but the blood tests that came back and the chest x ray were all good. <BR> Some were not back yet but DR feels they should be good. (I HOPE>>>>JUST BELIEVE) <BR> He said the scratches on his eye are healed and he is off the pills. (He said hang onto them just in case he has to go back on in 3 weeks.( I HOPE NOT) <BR> He still has to wear the protective contact and the drops are now 3 times a day. <BR> He st... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:23:29 EST A brief update Hi all, <BR> I was hoping for good news by now but we still don't know. <BR> The vision in the eye is improving a bit and the doctor said the stain is only on the edges but the eye is still thin. <BR> He ordered blood tests and one we had to go to the hospital for plus an x-ray.Bill said they took 9 vials of blood. <BR> He said although my husband is good shape and seems very healthy he wants to check his immune system and he mentioned a Cogan's Syndrome. <BR> He wants to be through. So we ha... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 08:38:48 EST Happy Thanksgiving <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:12:52 EST What A Week Let's start with Saturday the 7th. <BR> We went to visit some friends where we lived before (74 miles away) and I wanted to leave for home before dark but was talked into staying a bit longer. <BR> So going home about 5:00pm we started for home. DH said he had a headache so I stopped at a fast food and got him something to eat. About a mile or so down the road I hit a deer. <BR> I jut saw antlers and boom, it was that fast. I wasn't going fast so the poor thing wasn't dead. <BR> Needless to... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:59:45 EST update The doctor appointment went well yesterday. <BR> The Dr was very pleased and he doesn't have to go back until the 11th. <BR> We have to keep doing what we have been doing every 6 hours. <BR> He said there is scaring on the eye and that is why the vision in that one eye is bad BUT, it is getting better and he says it might. The Amniograft is still there and the contact to keep it there is still there and I guess we will see how it goes. <BR> Thank all of you for your support and Prayers. I kno... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:55:26 EST New up date on DH's eye We went to the doctor yesterday and his eyesight is worse in that eye. He said the infection seems to be under control but the ulcer is there and the eye is getting scratched possibly from the drops. <BR> He advised an amniotic membrane ( AMNIOGRAFT) to be used as a path on his eye with a contact to cover it. <BR> He said he had no problem with us getting a second opinion but Bill asked him what would he do , and he said that is what he would do if it were his eye. <BR> SO, he did it. The do... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:58:27 EST Need prayers Please say a prayer for my husband. <BR> We came home from his eye doctor visit (he has been treating for a few days) for an eye infection. <BR> We have to go to a cornea specialist tomorrow and he might need surgery. <BR> We had to go to Lancaster for special drops from a Custom Pharmacy and he has to alternate every 30 minutes. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Donna <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> . Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:08:54 EST Beck Day 22 I weigh myself every morning and I record it on my calendar. It keeps me in line either happy or sad. <BR> <BR> When I go down in weight what ever it is I am happy and motivated to do more. <BR> When I go up I am sad but I keep motivated to "WATCH IT" or I'll undo all the good I have done. <BR> <BR> I think the "Oh Well" can be used as a scale where it can stop you to think about that <em>495</em> or extra <em>480</em> or whatever is calling you out. <BR> Oh Well, can be our boxing gl... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 07:54:58 EST Beck Day 17 I wanted to write about day 17 as well. End Overeating. <BR> I think this is one I actually know that I do well, at least when Hubby and I are eating at a restaurant or Subway,etc. <BR> I always end up giving him some of my food because he gets done usually before me and I always think that I am smaller than he is and shouldn't be eating like a man. <BR> When we split a Hoagie (sub) I always end up eating say 3/4 of mine and giving him the last bite or two. It does make me feel better ab... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:20:57 EST Beck Day 16 I like the idea of doing the menu the day before. The No Choice is a bit harder. <BR> Breakfast is easy because I usually have a banana and yogurt or a banana and nut butter between 4:30 and 5:00 am before go to work. <BR> I come home again between 9:30 and 10:00 am to make Bill"s breakfast and I usually eat my real breakfast/lunch then. <BR> Then I leave at 1:00 pm to go back to work and come home about 4:30-5:00 pm and make supper. <BR> Between those away times I talk to other women driver... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:33:58 EST Beck Do over 11-12 I did the 2nd day of skipping lunch because my partner and I got our blogs mixed up so we did it together. <BR> I did so much better yesterday with the hunger and cravings. <BR> I stayed in 0 to 3 range and biggest discomfort was like a bang and gone. <BR> I ate soup and rice and some veggies for supper and I felt good about it. <BR> On to day 14 for today. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:27:57 EST Beck Day 11 and 12 I did skip my lunch today (I know I have done that before) but tracking my hunger was a bit hard. <BR> I went to a possible 6 or maybe 7 but I am sure it was for a short period of time. <BR> I do know that by the time we ate about 5:00 I was very hungry but I am not sure if it was more a mind thing. <BR> (I did get a headache about 1:30 or so.) <BR> <BR> I mentioned to my aid what I am doing and I talked to her about how I usually eat. <BR> When I was kid I think I survived on apples, salt a... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 18:01:16 EST Beck Day 11-12 I am doing Practice hunger tolerance today and right now I'm at a possible 4. But hanging in there. <BR> I had a healthy breakfast so I think I will make. <em>20</em> <BR> I am going to be leaving and do my school run soon so that will make it easier. (I hope) <BR> Will let you know how the rest goes. <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:58:10 EST Beck Day 10 I have re-read most of the book yesterday because I really want this to work. <BR> Today I read my ARC cards at least twice plus my other ones <BR> I had company so we ran for pizza and I only had 2 slices and I ate them slowly and enjoyed every bite <BR> I gave myself credit for controlling my eating <BR> I did a few spontaneous exercises <BR> I decided to do Yoga and walking as my main exercises <BR> I plan on doing yoga between my run in the morning and walking in the afternoon <BR> I did ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 20:44:13 EST Beck Day 7 I haven't been blogging everyday but I am still doing everything in the book. <BR> I sit down and have mindful eating. The slowly I do have to work on as I tend to be a fast eater. <BR> This is due to the fact I was a waitress for 20 years and we only had a short time to eat, and the my last job I ate while working for 10 years. <BR> The last 2 years I am home for meals, usually, and I do have to slow down. <BR> <BR> Diet Buddy. I know I can use one of those. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Arrangi... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 06:38:00 EST Beck Day 2 I should have written this yesterday but we got home late and I was tired. <BR> Yesterday I picked my 2 eating plans. <BR> <BR> #1 I am going to do the Skinny Rules Diet that Gabby1948 had mentioned and I bought the book and it is doable. <BR> #2 I am vegetarian and plan on doing A Lot of Eat to Live and recepies from Kathy Freston"s Veganist. <BR> <BR> <BR> I did the to do list. <BR> <BR> This will be short but I plan on doing Day 3 later. <BR> Today is my Hubby's birthday and we a... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:58:18 EST Beck Day 5 First of all I want to thank everyone for telling me what a good job I did for not eating the sticky bun yesterday. It really made me feel good. <BR> I only wish that today I didn't eat that donut. I really was mad at myself and it just goes to prove the point of I didn't work my resistance muscle I actually just grabbed it and that was that!! <em>46</em> <BR> I have got to learn to focus and think that eating the wrong thing is as bad a habit as smoking or some other crutch we lean ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:01:07 EST Beck day 4 I have read Chapter 4 and I am happy that the BDS is for everyone. I am almost at maintenance but I have a few pounds to lose and good habits to learn. <BR> I have been watching my eating habits the past few days and I now make sure I am sitting down when I eat, and I am controlling what i eat. (I have to get in the habit of posting on my nutrition tracker) <BR> Today I turned down a sticky bun that I would have jumped on. So Proud of myself. (Pat,Pat) <BR> I think the task a day is fine and ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:40:56 EST Beck diet 1,2, and 3 I am very excited about doing this Beck Diet Solution. I read all 3 chapters and didn't blog yet so I am rolling the 3 together and I'll hopefully start doing it as it should be. <BR> The "Key to Success" is learning to think like a thin person. <BR> The power of Cognitive Therapy is talking yourself out doing something bad or talking yourself into something good. <BR> When I quit smoking 20 years ago I didn't know that I was using Cognitive Therapy. <BR> Every time I wanted to smoke I... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:42:33 EST