JACKSMIMI2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JACKSMIMI2 JACKSMIMI2'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/ I always said I wanted a day to do nothing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3927005 ...and I got it...and about 14 others just like it :) The recovery to my bunion surgery requires me to be off my feet for more than two weeks. Normally, I would be in an absolute dither b/c I couldn't clean, get up and around, etc. But, SP has taught me about acceptance regarding my weight loss, etc... so I'm applying the same principles. I have my laptop, some great books, my phone, and my cat...My 'recovery room' (living room) looks as if a bomb went off, but when I accept that it's onl... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 09:54:31 EST Recovering after bunion surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3923940 ...the good news is that I will have plenty of time to devote to this site for the next few weeks... the bad news is I won't be able to exercise like I was until my foot heals... the good news is when I am able to start exercising I won't have blisters on the tops, sides, and bottom of my foot!!! :) Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:39:46 EST My Cholesterol is Giving Me Fits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3855196 Ugghh! Just got my results back yesterday... and my cholesterol jumped up 4 points to 264.... They started me on meds 6 months ago and one doctor (he was filling in for my regular) cancelled them b/c of knee and leg pain... I went to my regular doc yesterday and she was just a tad pee'od b/c he didn't put me on a different kind to try. <BR> <BR> I have lost 15 pounds, eliminated red meat, started a better exercise program, etc. I was sure the results were going to be good. I was just so ... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 04:59:13 EST I Made Up My Own Triathlon Yesterday :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3613763 I have been feeling more and more energetic...so as yesterday was an extra day off, I decided to have an 'exercise day'. I planned my entire day around physical fitness, and realized when the day was done that I actually did three major activities, hence the Triathlon. And while it wasn't anything even close to what major athletes do, nor were all the activities consecutive, it was definitely a first for me. <BR> <BR> I kayaked for 2 hours in the am, came home, worked in the gardens for a... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 06:16:00 EST In addition to being a mindless eater...I'm an....anxious eater??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572196 I don't over eat when I'm sad, I don't over eat when I'm angry or mad, I don't over eat when I'm tired, I don't over eat when I'm happy,,, <BR> <BR> I did find out after joining SP that I over eat when I'm perfectly fine and not paying any attention to how many times my hand goes into the basket of chips, cookies, etc. I fit the definition of mindless eater to a "T"...and have been working on that. <BR> <BR> ...but I knew there was something else that I just couldn't quite put my finger on... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 07:06:28 EST Oh, The Food at Family Reunions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3561805 What a wonderful day yesterday was! My 4 siblings and I were all together with my 87-year old mother and multiple nieces and nephews...and my mother's newest great grandson, Owen! (mine couldn't be there ;( <BR> <BR> Now, my 87-year old mother, who weighs in at her same age...still loves a party (we were at a wedding Friday night and she danced her feet off :)... anyway, she loves a party...and loves to cook for one! <BR> <BR> I had resolved to stay within my limits... but out came the ... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 08:46:05 EST Last Evening's Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3538355 Yesterday was a great day! One it was Saturday, two the weather was perfect! Blue, sunny skies, 85...and no humidity - which is a major change from the high 90's (degrees and humidity). <BR> <BR> I finished up all my chores - inside and out, took a 4 mile bike ride and wanted to take a walk at one of our local nature areas by a local river. I called a girlfriend and off we went. What a walk. <BR> <BR> When I threw my purse in my trunk, I noticed l had left my binoculars from a previous ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 06:42:20 EST The 10 Best Things About My Walk Around the Block... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3496865 .. which .is almost 4 miles! <BR> <BR> I live more or less in the middle of nowhere - but it sure is a beautiful nowhere! I went out for my walk tonight and thought, yet again, how absolutely lucky I am to be able to walk where I walk b/c these are the things I see on a regular basis on my walks: <BR> <BR> 1. Deer - the last few evenings it's been a doe and her twin fawns - about 20 feet away! <BR> 2. Baby bunnies - everywhere and too many to count <BR> 3. Birds - yellow finches, red cardi... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 22:00:18 EST Reclaiming My Sundays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3487713 Looking back, I don't know how or when it started but I suddenly realized I was going, going, going 7 days a week... constantly working, cleaning, painting, cleaning, gardening, cleaning - and always with a "To-Do" list a mile long. Saturday I would get up at the crack of dawn, go all day, and do the same thing on Sunday... My friends would howl at my "To-Do" book - it was a 5-divider notebook which I carried with me everywhere I went. Monday am would come and I felt as if I never even r... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 07:30:45 EST It's too hot to eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3444610 I can't believe I'm say it, but there it is!... Usually I can 'graze' for hours and never even get the slightest signal that I'm full. <BR> <BR> I just ate my dinner and I still have almost 500 calories left and the idea of eating one more mouthful is just too much. <BR> <BR> This on-going heat is wreaking havoc w/ my eating... I have to be outside b/c I have gardens, the lawn, etc. But a couple hours outdoors and my appetite just gets up and goes somewhere and doesn't return for hours or... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 18:37:53 EST I Now Know How Rocky Felt - I Just Ran My First Mile!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3397460 I am sooooo excited! I just ran my 1st consecutive mile! I can't believe it... even though I'm active, I have never been a jogger...I always said I didn't have enough lung power or it bothered my legs (or some other excuse). <BR> <BR> Well, since joining SP and reading the blogs, I have been amazed at the feats of so many people... I especially loved reading when someone just ran their first race or their first marathon - or ran as a familiy - you could hear the 'excitement' in their bl... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 09:31:44 EST I love 'ah ha' moments... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3303530 I just love 'ah ha' moments...especially when they just kind of sneak up on you and catch you by surprise... I just had another one, thanks (again) to SP... <BR> <BR> I always thought I worked best by myself...even though everything is so team-oriented these days...and I even lead a team. But most days, if I'm being honest, I think - geeesh, if I could just do this project myself, yada, yada, yada... <BR> <BR> That's initially why SP attracted me in - I could do it myself...I didn't have t... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 14:37:24 EST In the early morning rain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3241472 Go figure - age and the weather are not mutually exclusive when it comes to exercise! I frequently walk where I live, and Katie, my next door neighbor asked me if I would be interested in walking in the mornings with her because she needed to shed a couple of pounds... Now Katie weighs all of 130, which is mostly muscle! She's almost 20 and in nursing school. But I have learned from SP that it doesn't matter what you weigh, if you want to lose weight, it can be a challenge whether you ha... Tue, 18 May 2010 06:58:03 EST A treat is just a treat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3234297 Sometime over the last few years I have gotten into the habit of having a 'little treat' every day - but one usually becomes two, etc. <BR> <BR> When I first started with SP, I was really conscientious and the weight came right off. Because of this I thought I would reward myself with a 'little treat' here and there. Before you know it, I gained three pounds back - and I think it's because I was back to eating my 'little treats' every night. <BR> <BR> After analyzing my 'little treat' s... Sun, 16 May 2010 07:08:16 EST My Mother's Day Present To Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3211137 My only child (daughter) moved to Florida late last year... and I don't have any other relatives in this state...or any adjoining ones either... This is the first Mother's Day I have ever spent w/o my daughter (I've been a single mom since she was a young teen)... While I'm thrilled for her - she's a mom of an almost 2 year old, I realized I was kind of down today. There were always three sacred days in our house... Mother's Day and each of our birthdays - you could pick whatever it was ... Sun, 9 May 2010 15:03:03 EST I'm impressed w/ the blogs I read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3207332 I love to read - novels, work-place articles, how-to stuff, my garden books, facebook posts, daily news, etc... But the blogs here are quickly becoming my top favorite. <BR> <BR> I am amazed not only at the stories of courage, will, and perserverance - but I'm also blown away at how many people on this site write w/ such candid humor or the ability to motivate me for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> I have found some favorite blog 'Sparkers' and I have read so much of their 'stuff' that I fe... Sat, 8 May 2010 08:14:48 EST Finally got 100 on the quiz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3180050 Whooo Hooo!... I finally took one of the quizzes and answered the first three right! Only took about 50 before it finally happened. Personally, I think the computer felt sorry for me and gave me three easy ones :) <BR> <BR> I say this somewhat tongue-in-cheek...because when I first started taking the quizzes, I thought, I'll ace this... NOT! Many times I answer the question with such self-assurance, 'oh, I definitely know this'...and then I hear the imaginary "Family Feud" buzzer go off... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 17:05:15 EST