JANET552's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JANET552 JANET552'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/ Lasting Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875784 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l85705696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The lovebirds in my family -- Dad and StepMom. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:03:17 EST The Anti-Inflammatory Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856386 DH is seeing a chiropractor who wants him to go on an anti-inflammatory diet for two weeks to start to decrease the inflammation in his body and allow it to heal. He has becoming increasingly less mobile since the back/buttock pain started nearly two years ago. It is quite a daunting diet but it is only for two weeks before he can start to introduce foods back into his diet and it is less daunting for us because we've already eliminated gluten. <BR> <BR> Basically he can eat any unsweetene... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:26:41 EST 15 for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842536 Here's my list for this year. I left the last one open. When I make my list, I always have so many ideas left that it's hard to decide on that last one. I also reserve the right to change any one of my ideas at any time during the year. The whole idea is to learn, grow and have fun. <BR> <BR> 1.Get a pedicure. <BR> 2.Try reflexology. <BR> 3.Visit a new Wisconsin city. I did this one last year but there are more places to go. <BR> 4.Make a wine kit. I got one for Christmas so I have a... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 07:59:35 EST 14 in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841120 In the interest of improving body, mind and soul in 2014, I listed 14 things at the beginning of the year that I wanted to do. I tried to list things to do instead of resolutions but some still read as resolutions. I did not think it was necessary to stick to the ones I listed in January if something new and interesting came along so I didn't. I don't think I added the 14th until at least mid-year and I changed one in November. No problem. I still got where I wanted to go -- doing new th... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:28:08 EST A mantra fit for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822038 Kelly, the SparkPeople office manager says: <BR> When life feels like it's out of control remember that you are the only one in control of your healthy habits! <BR> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:34:05 EST Just another day in my house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817218 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998332166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH on the bed with Molly and Tony. Charlie is over on Molly's bed by the closet. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:30:51 EST Looking for some motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801983 I have lost my motivation. I'm sure it is some where amidst the chaos of being a care giver for others. Unlike working at a job, the stress from care giving makes me feel that I am not in control. And that's exactly how I am behaving. <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> I am planning to follow the ideas from the "30 Days and 30 Ways to Stay on Track" calendar here on Spark. Some of these are things I already do, but if that is the case for any given day, I will take the time to pat myself on the ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:45:18 EST Healing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791708 On August 22nd, I had surgery to reduce the length of my ulna and to release the trigger thumb on my right hand. I spent 5 days in the post surgery wrap and, then on August 27th, I got a cast. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1650854422.jpg"> <BR> On October 1, the cast was removed. Hooray!!! I was thrilled to get rid of it. As I was able to do more, I found the bar across the palm of my hand to be irritating in more ways than one. So this is what I look like now ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:26:36 EST My bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757440 I have been so, so achy lately and it has seemed more muscular achy than skeletal achy. I think I know why. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543984202.jpg"> <BR> This is what my walking shoes look like. It's no wonder I hurt. I knew I needed new shoes for quite a while. I did buy some earlier this week and today I finally switched out. This is what the new shoes look like. Lots more bottom to them! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:04:12 EST Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744141 I was at a funeral on Saturday, for my last uncle. I saw a woman there who seemed vaguely familiar but I couldn't place her. Well, it turned out to be my cousin's wife and she has lost ALOT of weight. I had heard that she was using MedFast (or is it MediFast?) and it obviously has worked for her. <BR> <BR> I made a point to tell her how amazing she looks and we chatted a bit about where she's at in the diet now -- maintenance. She commented on how hard it can be to keep those sometimes f... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:47:45 EST Went to the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735334 My goals were to <BR> <BR> 1) have lost 18 pounds. Didn't happen. <BR> <BR> 2) have a cholesterol level below 200. Well, I'm at 201 and HDL is at 68 so I'll take this one as a win. <BR> <BR> 3) have a blood sugar level below 100. Didn't happen. I can't seem to make any headway on this one. I have been at 105, plus or minus three for ten years now. Don't get me wrong -- I'm happy that it isn't worse but wish I could get it to go down. <BR> <BR> Very sad news though -- my doctor is r... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:25:55 EST Intuitive eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721854 or mindful eating, whatever term you use, is not for me. At least not yet. Not in the near future either. I always think I should eat. Perhaps I need to start at a more basic level and just admit to myself how hungry I am each time I reach for food. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:28:34 EST My Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717787 Most days Molly and I go to Wildwood Park to walk. We can walk any where from 60 to 90 minutes depending on where I go. Sometimes I stay within the park and sometimes I go out by the armory and airport and/or Main Street and/or the swimming pool. It depends on how much time I have and what I feel like doing. It also depends on when we go because if it is too hot and sunny, I try to keep my dog with the black fur coat from spending too much time in the sun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:04:53 EST Mid Month Slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717167 I started the month well but this week I have really struggled. My food choices are just too frequent and poor quality. My exercise isn't suffering and, lucky for me, neither has my weight (YET!). <BR> <BR> My continuing OMAT goal from May is a vegetable at lunch AND at dinner. Yesterday I totally forgot the lunch veggie. <BR> <BR> My OMAT goal for June is to stretch whenever I exercise. Twice this week I forgot. The first time I visited a park that isn't part of my routine and the sec... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:05:03 EST I'm Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711312 On my walk this morning, I was thinking about all the things I am doing now that were sparked by my involvement on Spark People. I feel I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been and that sure does feel good even if the weight has been slow to come off. <BR> <BR> 1. I eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. That was a challenge started by DDHEART. It was a tough going at first but now my streak is over 500 days. <BR> <BR> 2. For a long time, I ate mostly or all fruits in... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:25:38 EST Honorable Mention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l443098447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This photo of Maggie won Honorable Mention in a Photo Contest put on by the Clark County Humane Society. I miss my old girl but a picture of her always makes me smile. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:33:32 EST That Darn Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620133 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781492543.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, maybe those weren't my exact words. Last night Tony the Cat stole my fitbit. When I took a shower yesterday, I plugged my fitbit into the charger. When I got out of the shower, the charger was plugged in but there was no fitbit to be found. At least not in the bathroom. I noticed Tony sticking his paw under the door to a room we keep closed. Not really unusual behavior for him but his insistence made me... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:32:33 EST Progress on My 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617059 I am making progress on my 14 things to do in 2014. <BR> <BR> 1. Try kale. It's so healthy. Why haven't I done this yet? <BR> <BR> Done 2/5/14 First, I tried it raw, in my salad. Then I tried it in soup. I enjoyed both. <BR> <BR> 2. Snowshoe. Hopefully we'll have a warmish winter day so I can. <BR> <BR> Still waiting on that warmish day. <BR> <BR> 3. Meet a Spark Friend. Anyone else interested? <BR> <BR> Set for March. <BR> <BR> 4. Walk a walk/run. I was going to put 5K but... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:36:53 EST My 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585779 I've been creating my list of 14 things to do in 2014. I still need to think of one more and I think I'll have an aha moment one of these days. <BR> <BR> 1. Try kale. It's so healthy. Why haven't I done this yet? <BR> 2. Snowshoe. Hopefully we'll have a warmish winter day so I can. <BR> 3. Meet a Spark Friend. Anyone else interested? <BR> 4. Walk a walk/run. I was going to put 5K but I just want to start by doing one that isn't virtual. <BR> 5. Get a facial. It sounds like so much fun! <BR>... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:31:35 EST 14 in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576495 I read a blog the other day that sparked this idea for me -- In 2014, I am going to do 14 new things. It doesn't have to be big but it has to be new to me. I can't wait to get started!! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:11:11 EST An Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569285 One year ago today, I had surgery on the brevus and longus tendons in my right foot. I had been in pain for about 10 months before I finally went to the doctor. Then I spent another 10 months trying orthotics, physical therapy and the chiropractor before I finally had an MRI. It was clear on the MRI that I would have to have surgery to repair a torn tendon. During surgery, the doctor discovered it was worse than that, so I wound up having a portion of one of those tendons cut out and sewn... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 11:56:45 EST Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551455 There must be some sort of diet Peter Principle that this covers -- Although I weigh myself every day, Tuesday is my official weigh-in day. That's the day I track my weight on Spark People. For several weeks now, whatever I weigh on Tuesday, when I weigh myself on Wednesday it is always less. <BR> <BR> I can't say I'm more careful on Tuesday since yesterday was a no good, very bad eating day. Yet, I was an entire pound less today. I just have to shake my head and laugh! <BR> <BR> If I... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:12:07 EST Paving the road to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530624 I love the new Start page!! I love the goal board and think it is really helpful to review my goals everyday. Most of my goals are long term and I won't know whether I am successful until my annual doctor visit next summer. <BR> <BR> I did make two goals for the month of November. They are 1) Take my statin drug in the evening, the most effective time to take it. I have always taken it in the morning because I believed it was that or I would forget to take it. I switched to evening ab... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 05:59:22 EST Blue Jays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416967120.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I put peanuts out every day. Blue jays and nuthatches are the ones who usually come and take them -- they are gone before the squirrels even think about them. There are three blue jays and this photo actually captured two at once. The blue jays must be starting to feel more comfortable. Earlier this month they visited one at a time and any movement caused them to take flight. <BR> <BR> I'm not terribly sure wh... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:10:09 EST These hips don't lie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516884 I love that song. I love Shakira. I think I need to work hard to make sure my hips are telling a story that will make me proud. Proud that I work on my fitness every day. Proud that I work on developing and maintaining healthy eating habits. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:04:29 EST Chasing dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488120 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974415414.jpg"> <BR> This is Molly. Molly's dream is to catch a squirrel. She knows where to find them and she knows the best way to catch them -- stalk and then all-out-run. Sometimes she encounters obstacles -- like me holding her leash -- and sometimes she gets stuck in the stalk and doesn't move on. Molly has never caught a squirrel (thankfully) but she has never given up on her dream. Each day she does what she can to achieve it. <... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:30:06 EST A Walk in the Marsh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485658 We enjoyed another noon walk in the marsh near where I live. These are my walking buddies patiently waiting for me <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783654544.jpg"> <BR> We have a nice area of woods. Molly likes to go on ahead <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1370136868.jpg"> but if it's too far she will make her way back to us. Charlie likes to be behind <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l767944896.jpg"> so he can be the first to know... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 20:10:13 EST DH is in the Hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477393 Monday my DH cut a finger while taking apart our old washing machine. It bled a lot but it wasn't a large cut and he didn't think he needed to go in for a stitch or two. Tuesday his knuckle, near the cut, felt stiff. Wednesday night he said if it wasn't better by tomorrow, he was going to Urgent Care. Thursday morning he went to Urgent Care. They gave him IV antibiotics and then decided to send him home with oral antibiotics. He was supposed to go in today for a follow up appointment bu... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 03:59:30 EST One Thing I've Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467834 On Spark Coach one day, my assignment was to eat by the clock. The very next day, my assignment was to eat only when hungry. The clock works much better for me. I'm more likely to plan my meals and snacks that way too. When I try to eat mindfully, I seem to think I am hungry all the time and I don't seem to recognize when I should stop. Since I'm eating at odd times, supposedly because I am hungry, I don't take the time to log the food and just fall apart at some point in the day. <BR> ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:46:03 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451149 I spent the last five days on a ladies' weekend in Galena, Ill. It was awesome. <BR> <BR> I managed to walk at least 60 minutes every morning. One morning I did 80 minutes but I was lost that day so I didn't have much choice. <BR> <BR> I did skimp on sleep because we were staying up late and I was getting up early to walk. I'll get back in my sleep routine soon enough. <BR> <BR> I ate a rainbow every day which I had planned for by taking a trail mix with five colors in it plus some... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:16:01 EST It's done!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439610 I get to take a shower in our new shower today. This project started on June 27 and took a little over a month to complete. The tiling was all done over a week ago but we had to wait till Monday for the shower doors and then once they were on we had to wait till yesterday for the plumber to come and put in the grab bars. We decided on three of them after all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265396568.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:26:54 EST Where does the time go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435184 This week we had no appointments to anchor time and time certainly has gotten away from me. It isn't like we were busy or anything, I just haven't paid any attention to time. So, meals were less planned. That's not a good thing for me. At least the dogs make sure that they get their exercise and since they can't go without me, they make sure I get my exercise too. Even my to-do lists have fallen by the wayside. Time to get back to basics around here! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:52:45 EST Charlie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427624 Thirty days ago Charlie, our Weimaraner had surgery to remove a herniated disk. He came home with medications to ease the pain but he did little beyond lay on his bed, eat and go out to do his business. This is what his back looked like thirty days ago: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857812924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Currently he is walking two 10 minute walks a day and we are slowly easing him off his medications. In addition to eating and sleeping, he likes to go out and l... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 20:12:21 EST 276 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420130 That's how many fitness minutes I had today. I walked three times and I had a long bike ride. I would never have done this before Spark. Thanks for making me an active person! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 20:45:33 EST Good News - Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406608 I'll start with the good news. I finally got out for a bike ride today. It has been two weeks since I had a chance to get out and I am only 33% done with the city streets at best. The bad news is that my bike broke when I was about a couple of miles away from home. It wasn't too bad but it definitely wasn't ride able. <BR> <BR> The next bad news is that no one was answering the phone. I called twice and left messages. The good news about that is I got extra steps in today. The bad ne... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:59:21 EST Goal Met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405395 I've struggled to get back to Curves since the doctor cleared me to go. That happened on April 1st and I went a couple of times in April. In May, I went five times so my goal for June was to go one more time in June than I did in May. Yesterday was my sixth workout for the month. I went one time per week for three weeks so I had to go three times this past week. But, I did it. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> For July, I'm going to increase by 2 days so that should put me at Curves twice a w... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 10:57:11 EST Pants on the Ground http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398271 This will be me soon. Although the pounds seem to stick, the inches are going. When I walk my long walk in the morning, I often throw on an old pair of pants that are getting quite loose. I am usually not wearing a coat now so I shove the case with my phone and identification, plastic grocery bags to pick up after the dogs, my keys and a few dog treats in my pants pockets and off I go. I am constantly having to pull up my pants. One of these days they'll just fall to the ground and I'll ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:42:19 EST Let the steps begin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390065 My FitBit came and I used it on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. My first full day I had more than 15,000 steps and on Friday, more than 20,000. It helps that we walk our dogs three times a day. I walk with our four-year-old lab mix in the morning and we put a lot of time in. Both of us are a bit pudgy. DH and our Weimaraner come along for the afternoon and evening walks most of the time but they just walk as much as they can. Both are a bit limited at this time although sometimes the We... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:05:38 EST Moving on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382669 I have been going through my clothes closets. I tend to either wear things to the point of disintegration or I don't wear them at all. Either way, I often feel like I have nothing to wear. I haven't purchased new clothes since I retired five years ago so, at this point, I am wearing things that have seen better days and/or were styled around the turn of the century. I have gone shopping in the last five years but I try things on, hate how I look and leave the store empty handed and frustr... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 17:54:38 EST Before You Know It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374865 I ended May having accomplished 120 fitness minutes each day of the month. <em>244</em> Now I need to work on eating within my calorie range. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 18:06:21 EST The Challenge is Afoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361107 Today I started my bike-all-the-city-streets challenge. I had wanted to do it last year so I could say I did it before I turned 60. But, it didn't happen. I got a lot done but not all the streets. <BR> <BR> This year I am starting more than a month early and, assuming I'm successful, I will have accomplished it when I am 60. <BR> <BR> Today I did a section not too far from our house but one I didn't get to last year. I am smarter about the streets this year. Last year I found myself ... Sun, 19 May 2013 12:49:39 EST New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360455 Well, I had set some resolutions or goals or whatever you want to call them but, here it is mid-May and I haven't made any progress. It's not like I've done nothing. On January 1, I was sitting in a wheelchair with a cast on my foot after having tendon surgery. Now, I put in 120 fitness minutes a day. I eat a rainbow every day. <BR> <BR> But I still have that diet mentality -- I'm either good or very, very bad. If I could be consistent, I know I would lose weight. I need to find that... Sat, 18 May 2013 18:51:21 EST Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353389 One of Spark Coach assignments this week was to list 3 recent accomplishments. It has been very hard for me to think of three things I've done that were worthy of cheers. I finally decided to list these -- <BR> <BR> 1. As of today, I have a streak of 17 days of 120 fitness minutes. It in no way comes near the 1,000 days I accumulated before the surgery on my foot but it is a real accomplishment after all the weeks of recovery and rehab. <BR> <BR> 2. I finally got the carpet in the family... Sat, 11 May 2013 20:09:44 EST A Tough Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339218 Yesterday's challenge was to close the kitchen after dinner. How simple! How challenging!! <BR> <BR> I am in the habit of enjoying a snack in the evening. There is absolutely no reason for it other than a) I'm just sitting and watching TV, b) I always do it. Neither of those are good reasons to be eating. <BR> <BR> I discovered though that my evening snack is a powerful habit. It was on my mind a.l.o.t. But, I've overcome powerful habits before and I know I can do it again. I wil... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:40:01 EST Planning ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337405 Today's Spark Coach challenge is to plan for tomorrow's meals. I am a planner, at least when it comes to dinner. I like to have my plans made so I don't have to dream up a dinner on the spot. Now, I may change my mind but it eases my mind to know I have a plan. It also helps me manage what I buy and freeze as well as any leftovers we might have. All in all it's a winning strategy. <BR> <BR> I tend not to really plan breakfast but it will either be oatmeal or cold cereal. It's my sponta... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:03:05 EST February has come and gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270995 Time to own up to how I am doing on these goals -- <BR> 1. Earn $1.00 for every day I track my food and stay within my calorie range. Well in January I tried punishment and in February I tried reward. Neither works for me. I think I'll take the dollar out of the equation and just focus on creating a streak. So far in March, I've had a one day streak and since it wasn't yesterday, I'll have to start again. <BR> <BR> 2. Take my measurements every 2 months. I still haven't done this and si... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:20:06 EST January Retrospective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233221 These were my January goals: <BR> 1. Track food each day or set aside $1.00 for charity. I tracked food intake on 19 days during January. Actually I probably tracked more often than that but then deleted what I tracked. This isn't working for me. <BR> <BR> 2. Stay within calorie range or set aside $.50 for charity. Of those 19 days I tracked, I stayed within my calorie range for 16 days. So, actually I probably only stayed within my calorie range for half of the January days. This isn'... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:42:33 EST Inquiring Minds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191406 I am a weigher. Although I have an official weigh-in day each week, I still weigh myself every day. Of course, there are many reasons why weight fluctuates, or not, on a daily basis. If I've overindugled some and not gained weight, I may rationalize that I can handle those extra calories more often. If I've gained despite faithful adherence to my calorie limit, I may rationalize that it doesn't matter and I might as well just eat whatever I want, whenever I want. <BR> <BR> Now, I cannot ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:04:39 EST The Reveal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177481 Five days ago I had surgery on my right foot. I knew that I would have a tendon repair but the doctor wasn't 100% sure of what he was going to find. As it turned out, both tendons needed repair. The longus was torn and could be stitched but the brevis has a 2-1/2 inch segment that was totally frayed. The doctor cut that segment out and attached the ends of the brevis to the longus. I am in a non-weightbearing cast for six weeks. That won't be the end of it but that'll be the point at wh... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:14:07 EST Katie -- Forever in our hearts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335053 A week ago, we had to put our 15 year old dog down. She was having more and more health problems and wasn't able to get comfortable any more. We had her for nearly half of our married life and we miss her dearly. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611462394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 10 Things I Loved About Katie: <BR> 1. Katie was so soft. Whatever her exact heritage was, she really won on that count. <BR> 2. Katie smelled so good. I never knew a dog could smell so good. Whe... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 10:59:20 EST