JAXMOMMY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAXMOMMY JAXMOMMY'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/ Autumn Ponderland #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782475 Last winter I started a short series of blogs that I called Winter Ponderlands.... You know, Winter Wonderland and all that.... So, some things have caught my pondering mind and I thought I would do my first installment of an Autumn Ponderland.... <BR> <BR> Food: Ever since I joined SP, what(?), 8 years ago I noticed how they sometimes have bloggers talk about how the fast food industries are sort of out to get us. I used to find the info a bit paranoid and liberal minded as far as bei... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:53:25 EST BLUE LION TRACKERS BLC 26 PLEDGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781668 Over the next 12 weeks... <BR> <BR> I Will Track every BLT (bite, lick, taste) <BR> <BR> Many of us have tried over and over to lose weight, and I know for myself I have gained and lost the same few pounds over and over… So for the next 12 weeks this is the new ME... I am going to devote my time and energy on ME and do what I know works and that is to track every BLT ... Like the saying goes you can't exercise away a bad diet & this I have learned over and over and keep learning! It a... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:26:21 EST Progress, Not Perfection, Right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779692 So, Phillip is my Weight Watchers Active Link. I encourage any of you who have experience with the WW Active Link to write in to me! I'm not motivated by Phillip, in fact I am getting discouraged. I tried to learn more about it yesterday when I had time, but the web site was down so I was just ready to scream! <BR> <BR> The thing with the active link is that it is supposed to measure all your activity for the entire day, or at least for as long as you wear it. Some of you asked last t... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:44:53 EST I'm Ready To Divorce Phillip Already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776675 OK, yes, I'm an 80s teen which means I am part of the microwave generation and what I want, I want it now! Last night when I plugged Phillip in for my daily report I found that not only did I not earn any activity point, but I didn't even meet my baseline! What? I got up and did some kind of short workout as often as I could and apparently that wasn't often enough! Not even at baseline after 65 minutes of actual fitness? Guess what Phillip told me.... You are an athlete when you actuall... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:22:12 EST Phillip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776017 I joined Weight Watchers in May. I still have not met my 5% goal. When I get close, I gain. I'm not sure what I do or why I do it, but I do it. This will have to take some consideration and thought as to why I sabotage my weight loss success! I've been thinking about it, but with no good reasons as to why I self sabotage. Many addicts self sabotage and maybe I'm a food addict and once I eat healthy I want to ruin it all by eating the worse stuff possible? I don't know. <BR> <BR> But... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:20:30 EST Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774752 Today should've, would've been my brother and sister's 46th birthday! They were twins and they died within 4 months of each other. I miss them every day, but birthdays and holidays and death anniversaries are always a little bit tougher. I miss them every day. I am a lucky person because I was close to both of them. the 3 of us were truly friends. I would even consider them my best friends. It's been hard to face the other difficulties in my life without them. They are dead 10 years t... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 19:39:24 EST Thank You Spark Friends!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774145 Thank you all for the kind, encouraging words regarding my husband's health! I know I should not borrow trouble and wait and see, but since I've had so much tragedy in my life I tend to jump to catastrophic conclusions immediately! <BR> <BR> I am lifted by your kind words and advice not to worry. My real life friends are not giving me the same advice or really listening to me. I guess I have too many tragedies for them to handle! <BR> <BR> On the good side of the news.... I went to ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:17:07 EST Prayer, Good Vibe, Positive Wish Request! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773357 As many of you know, I am still struggling with asking God for anything. I'm fearful to ask him for anything. I know he is in control, but I can't figure out why some people or families or groups must endure so much heartache in a single lifetime. So, I am also a bit angry with God. Thus, this is why I ask those of you with great faith to pray for my family and for me so one day I may find the faith my mom had... <BR> <BR> Anthony, my husband, has been sick for the past 4 months and m... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:48:52 EST Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772857 I say I love you easily! I mean it too. I love people. I love their stories. The other day I was listening to Billy currington's "People Are Crazy" and I thought.... Hmmm, maybe my interest in everyone's story will lead me to riches one day? <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKpQ<BR>Rjj_WbU </link> <BR> <BR> That would be great, but I love a story for the story's sake! I'm also the type who apparently wears a sign, a big light up sign, on her forehead that says "te... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:34:02 EST Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770602 As many of my Spark Buddies know I've been having some issues with my heart rate. At first my thyroid numbers were high. So, medication was reduced and the HR issues remained. More blood was drawn and this time it is not the thyroid levels. So, I was sent to a cardiologist. I do not like the cardiologist they sent me to and had an appointment for Sept. 11. I do not know if I will like the other cardiologist within the group I chose, but have heard great things about the group. My appo... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:17:30 EST I Feel So Guilty!! Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769358 Is fitness an addiction for me? I didn't do any exercise on Wednesday. I got up, went and weighed in at WW, did some quick shopping and came home. I only got 6000 and some odd steps in for the entire day! I gave a friend her birthday gifts and she absolutely loved them and we laughed and talked and yes, had a glass of wine! So, why do I feel so darned guilty! I feel like I did something so wrong because I didn't get any FM in at all and I didn't even do my structured fitness walk. That... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:40:16 EST Last Week or Why I Love.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767386 Why I love my nephew: He stayed with me for the past 2 weeks and we had such fun! He is 14 and honestly, I've been concerned all of his life that I may not like him when he turned 13..... But, I do like him and I love him! I don't like his taste in music, but I listen to it with him and talk about it and why he likes it. He even got me to appreciate a Marilyn Manson song. We talk, we laugh and we make fun of each other! I wish every day that his mom, my sister, could be with us, but sh... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:17:21 EST Perhaps It Wasn't Just The blahs.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758519 Woke up this AM with my hair, my tee shirt and my sheets soaked! Thinking I may have had a touch of a fever and maybe a little bug that was contributing to my blahs yesterday! <BR> <BR> However, as one of my good Sparkie friends told me it is OK to feel down once in awhile with good reason! I wonder why I don't give my permission to experience life's little downs? Feeling sad and even depressed within normal limits simply shows that I am mentally healthy and experiencing an entire range... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:09:53 EST A Sort Of An Update.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757730 Today is probably not the best day for me to blog about progress. I am feeling blah and totally unmotivated! I've done some exercise, but it has been a struggle to get moving today! Not real sure what is going on, but I do expect a weight gain this Wed. and am not thrilled about that and I know I am the only one who contributed to this probable gain! Boo me! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, to focus on what I have done so far this year.... <BR> <BR> *Lost about 9 pounds. I lost almost 11, but gai... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:48:52 EST BLC25: Final Fitness Test & Plans For In-Between http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742975 I wanted to outline my plans for the break between round 25 and 26, but I also wanted to talk a bit about my fitness test! <BR> <BR> As part of the BLC25 we had to do the SP Fitness Tests every 4 weeks and I made marked improvements! Namely, my heart rate after doing the 3 minute step up test was dramatically lower and that is due to the change in my thyroid meds, but also because I am fit and strong!! Due to finally getting my heart rate under control I improved on the number of push-ups ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:10:12 EST What I Loved About BLC25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742089 You know, I wish I could learn to upload a pic from my phone to my blogs! And, please don't bother giving me lessons. I am blind and have to learn how to do it on my own and one day I will! But, that is besides my point.... <BR> <BR> I joined BLC25 as a Sunset Stingray in January to help me stick to healthy habits and hope that a bit of competition would inspire me to lose weight! But, I got so much more out of it this time! The BLC is a member created challenge administrated by some ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:21:28 EST You Know You Are Old When.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740288 As many of you know on June 18 I turned 49. 49 does not bother me! My parents were told I may not se age 20, so every year is a gift to me!! But, even though I am young at heart, I still get signs that age is creeping up on me and I may actually be.... Dare I say it.... Old!! <BR> <BR> 1. The music you used to find so rad and controversial is now your background music for your walking workouts! Yep, those "rad" groups like The Clash and yes, even The Sex Pistols and a whole lot of V... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:38:24 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719720 Hello my wonderful Spark Friends! Just wanted to post a quick update about life! <BR> <BR> Dad gets his epidural tomorrow, which is my birthday. But, when I reminded him what the date tomorrow is he remembered it is my b-day! Last year he didn't even recognize that it was my birthday. He then starts his botox injections on Thursday. He has his hopes up way too high I think, but that is him.... I just hope he will not be disappointed! I keep trying to give him reality checks, but he... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:31:00 EST Stuff & More Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713806 First, let me say that despite the rare snows we had this past winter the bugs are horrible! I'm being eaten alive out at the pool! Sassy has already chewed thru 3 garden hoses so we fear hooking up the zapper and her electrocuting herself by chewing the cord! I have little welps on my fingers, my arms and my legs! My fingers!! <BR> <BR> Dad had 3 MD appointments last week. The pain MD said to take him off his blood thinner for 7 days and he would give Dad another epidural(sP?). the ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:56:22 EST Quick Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707163 Stuff that was not on the web program when I checked last night are back and now my students are as confused as I! It is like the program is eating stuff and then spitting it back out! Grrr! <BR> <BR> Dad woke up this AM in a tremendous amount of pain. All down his right side, his good side, he was hurting. Hurting so badly he said he couldn't move! No doctors were available to see him today, but we did get his pain doc appt. moved up to Tuesday instead of him suffering for another 2 ... Fri, 30 May 2014 23:22:26 EST Stressed, Thoust Name Is Melissa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706442 Augh! I am stressed out man! I mean, really stressed. No need to go into detail. My dad and all his health issues, my sadness attributed to my many losses, and the darn computer! I love change, I embrace change! I'll try almost anything once, but I hate, hate, hate computer program changes! <BR> <BR> I am still struggling to get used to my new computer system. I am struggling to use SP's new team page format and I am sstruggling to teach my summer online class due to all these new c... Fri, 30 May 2014 00:01:52 EST The New & Improved Melissa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703154 I want to tell you all.... I know when you read my blogs you might think I am the most depressed person on this earth! but, it really is not true. I am generally a happy, optimistic person! Those who know me well, know this. But, the blog seems like a good place to let the dark side out and it is good for me to know I don't struggle all alone and others have been there and done that too. I always try to rmember the good in my life, even when it seems really really bad. And, I am determ... Sun, 25 May 2014 23:19:27 EST Missing You... A Ruff Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702405 Friday, May 23, was the first anniversary of us putting our beloved, faithful, loyal and loving Jack down. For those of you who don't know, Jack was the first pet my husband and I had as a family. Jack came to me in 2004 after my sister, then my brother died. I commented to a friend that I felt like my childhood died and she said she had the fix for me and the fix ended up being a 4 month old pup named Jack! Well, he didn't have an actual name at the time and my 4 y/o nephew said we shoul... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:00:58 EST Take It Off, Take It All Off, but 5% At A Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702395 I invite all my Spark Pals and anyone else who is not already doing the 5% challenge to sign up for the Summer Version of the 5% challenge. Here is a great blog that explains it all for you: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702211 </link> <BR> <BR> The great thing is that the challenge allows you to focus on a healthy goal each week for 8 weeks and by completing those goals you can lose 5% of your body weight or more! You are also... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:44:52 EST Well, I did It Anyhow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693748 I had a rough weekend. Mother's Day blues and all that. On Saturday, I woke up feeling thin and weighed and found I had gained 2 pounds! 2 pounds?! What? So, instead of following my own advice to teammates who allow the scale to dictate their mood, I did. I was down. Real down. I was down anyhow, but even downer with my weight. So, not listening to my advice again I just did nothing. No walking, no cardio, no ST. Nothing. <BR> <BR> I did pamper myself by just relaxing with a ... Mon, 12 May 2014 22:34:09 EST Happy Mother's Day & Remembering My Own http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692699 Happy Mother's Day to ALL mothers.... Mothers of sons, mothers of daughters, mothers of all of the above.... Dog mommies, cat mommies and all pet mommies of any and all species.... Godmothers, aunts, grandmothers, adoptive mothers and adopted mothers..... Wanna be mothers and mommies to be.... Gay mothers, lesbian mothers, foster mothers and everything in between! I wish you all a healthy, happy day full of love and happy memories! <BR> <BR> My mom and I didn't celebrate mother's day... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:33:21 EST Summer? Already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689953 Our weather here in lovely Southern Virginia is very summer like! I'm not sure of the temp today, but I was out to play with Miss Sassy today and it was very warm and muggy! Very humid. I think there may very well be a big thunderstorm tonight or this evening. <BR> <BR> They are calling for it to be 90 tomorrow, 89 on Friday and warm all weekend! WooHoo! Those of you who know me know how much I love my pool! It is not a fancy pool. It is an above ground, but the deck was fashioned t... Wed, 7 May 2014 16:49:12 EST Too Much Of Even A Good Thing Is Still Too Much.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689172 Nope, wish it was good, healthy food I was talking about, but nope, not me! I'm talking about exercise! I've gotten over 100 minutes of exercise the past 2 days. I don't find time, I make time. Luckily I work a lot from home, so can do workouts in between spending countless hours on the computer! But, today I am dragging. Really feeling worn down. Guess my body still has not bounced back from the weekend illness. Plus, I exercised during the illness. Too much? Maybe. <BR> <BR> Bu... Tue, 6 May 2014 18:47:40 EST My BLC25 Goals & Fitness Test Results & Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687271 So, BLC25 has begun! I'm happy to be part of the Sunset Stingray gang again! We are in the middle toward end of our first weekend challenge. We were asked to post a blog on our goals for the next 12 weeks and do a fitness test according to SP guidelines. So, here I am! First let me say.... I've been sick, real sick, but still impressed that I did as well as I did on my fitness tests! <BR> <BR> My Goals For the Next 12 Weeks: <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 12 pounds; 1 pound per week. Seems so... Sun, 4 May 2014 15:00:21 EST Foot On The Mend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679685 Went to my ortho doctor today for a foot check up! In fact, I had an appointment with him, Anthony did and Dad did too! I asked for a family discount, but was denied! <BR> <BR> Doctor says my foot is showing signs of healing, but where the break is located is a place that makes for slow healing. He said I needed to stop breaking bones that are difficult to heal. The tibia is a bad bone to break as is the top bone in the foot and all I needed to break was my wrist. I told him I took ca... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:24:58 EST Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678815 I am still not on a losing streak when it comes to my weight! I really need to take control of my eating. I will start with the plan to only eat a half portion or a single portion or whatever and then if it taste good to me I just keep eating! I know there is something preventing me from losing this weight. That something is Me!! But, again, not sure why I am resistant to the changes I need to make. Not sure at all. <BR> <BR> Foot isn't too bad today. I am up to 190 miles walked sin... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:43:49 EST What A Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678087 Boy did I have trouble sleeping last night! I took a pain pill, so was surprised that sleep didn't come more easily. It didn't. It eased the pain in my foot and that was a good thing! But, I didn't fall asleep until near daylight and then it was a restless sleep. I had to be up and in class by 8, so did that and actually was able to manage class without feeling totally bumfuzzled and confused! We actually had fun in both classes today. But, my foot got to hurting again! Real bad! I s... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:02:35 EST Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677282 Well, I've been doing well with my broken foot. No real pain. Well.... Until today! It is hurting. My fault of course. Thought I could sneak an indoor jog in today, but nooooo! No jogging for me! Then I tried a side plank on that right side and oh no!! More pain! Am I a masochist? I don't think so as I am not enjoying this at all! Ouch! Will have to go back to taking it easy! Groan, grumble, grumble, sigh! <BR> <BR> So, what do I call the woman who married my dead sister's hu... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:52:59 EST Good News!! What?! From Melissa?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671366 Yes, it is true! I have some good news for a change! I finally got in to see my orthopedic doctor on Friday and he said I didn't need a cast or a boot right now. The broken pieces of my foot are still lined up and don't appear to be moving, so I can just be sure to stay off my toes and wear sturdy soled shoes like, yes, yes, yes, my favorite Skechers!! He also told me I could do any exercise I wanted to do as long as it didn't hurt, but if it did hurt to stop! So, that means I can probab... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:21:51 EST My Mind Wonders As It Wanders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667512 I am teaching a section on stress management in my psych classes right now. Today we were talking about effective coping skills and one was Mental (shoot! Having a mental blank right now) It is not mental concentration, but something to that effect.... To help recude stress use mental _____ like martial arts or swimming. I had to smile to myself. I suppose that if I swam as one was supposed to and concentrated on breathing and my arms and legs moving in the most efficient way I would n... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:49:24 EST We Can Do This!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666644 As I read the comments posted in response to my BLC Goal Recap blog one thing kept coming up again and again.... "We Can Do this"! When I respond to Spark friends who are struggling in any way, whether it be weight loss, personal conflicts, family drama, loneliness, sadness, you name it, I tell them they are never, ever alone! I said it a lot, but did I believe it? I think I did to a certain extent, but maybe it was one of those things that worked for everyone else except me! But, in ju... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:38:07 EST BLC 24 Goal Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665128 For our final weekend challenge for the BLC 24 we are to recap our BLC 24 goals. As I've said before, I do weekly goals instead of longer term goals, but I am going to sort of recap the entire 12 weeks in this blog: <BR> <BR> 1. I will cook and eat a meal at home at least 2 times per week: This is a goal I met early in the chalenge and then fell away from after my 2 vacations! I need to get back on track with this one to save on fat, calories and money! I am going grocery shopping tomor... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:33:20 EST Marching (Well Limping) Into April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663633 So, March was not an altogether bad month for me, but not altogether good either. <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I went on 2 cruises in March! One at the beginning and one at the end. I did well on the first one. Barely gained 2/10 of a pound and then lost soon as some of the water retention came off. I did stay active and drink my water the whole time. I didn't do as well on the 2nd cruise, but still was active and drank my water. <BR> <BR> In Nassau, The Bahamas, I was sorta push... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:57:56 EST 2014 Spring 5% Challenge Pre-Assignments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663624 I am so grateful that as my BLC 24 challenge winds down, the spring 5% challenge picks up! I struggle enough without me not having a team to which to be accountable! <BR> <BR> Prior to each session of the 5% challenge we are asked to complete some assignments. Here are the ones I can recall: <BR> 1. I updated my page for the challenge. I am happy to be home again, home again with the Firecrackers. I did love being with the Starfish too though! I met so many good friends with the St... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:45:54 EST Today Is Sassy's First Birthday & Why I Love My Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651729 Today is my Sassy Girl's first birthday. So hard to believe that 9 months have passed since we adopted her! She is such a delight! If you have not seen pics yet, visit my photo gallery and check her out. She is beautiful! When we got her she was a mere 9 pounds 11 oz.! Those of you who have human children know how fast they grow and change! she is now a strong, lean 40 pounds. But, she still thinks she is 9 pounds and walks all over me. Ha, she walks all over me both figatively and l... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:12:24 EST The Green & The Orange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650125 St. Patrick's Day. This is the 2nd without my Mom and still feels weird not to get a St. Patty's card in the mail from her. I miss her. <BR> <BR> My FIL went to the doctor today and he has a severe sprain which requires him to stay off his leg for 6 to 8 weeks. He is 75 years old by the way, so seems like good advice to me. Of course, my MIL made his injury all about her. Just imagine how you would feel if someone told you they would be dead in 6 to 8 weeks since you got hurt and can'... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:32:01 EST I'm Home, For Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649240 Had a great time on the cruise! Hubby lost weight and I stayed the same! How about that? I'm so happy for us! <BR> <BR> The In-laws were not bad. A lot of complaining per usual, but I learned how to block that out! The only issue was my FIL fell and hurt his knee really bad on Thursday night. He was not able to put any weight on it and saw the MD on board. They couldn't determine anything, so he will see a doctor tomorrow. Hopefully it is nothing too bad. <BR> <BR> I had 2 massa... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:33:27 EST Lent? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640908 What are you giving up for lent? Yes, this is part of my religion, at least the religion into which I was born. Yes, I was born Catholic and at one time would have said I will die Catholic, but now I am not sure.... My mom made sure both my sister and brother had Catholic funerals, but now what? Mom is dead and Dad is not capable of planning another child's funeral should he outlive me. He is not capable of planning much since his stroke. <BR> <BR> Even though I am not a practicing Ca... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:31:28 EST Thanks & My March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639663 I just want to thank all of you who commented on my blog in tribute of many of our friend, Lori. She was very special and a Sparker until the very end! Thank you for the words of condolence and sympathy and all the prayers going out for Lori's friends and family. <BR> <BR> OK, if I don't post my March goals March will be gone! I know I'm getting old, but really? Does time have to fly by so quickly? <BR> <BR> 1. Weight: For March I am going to focus on maintenance instead of loss. ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:52:49 EST Goodbye To A Dear Spark Friend As Well As A Friend To Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638743 I just learned of the death of a dear Spark Friend, Lori aka LITTLE_QUEEN. I lost touch with Lori because she was losing her eyesight to diabetes as I have and the only contact I had with her was thru SP and FB. I do not know why she died and I mean that figuratively and literally. She was a beautiful, pure person. She gave, gave, gave. <BR> <BR> I send out my sympathies and my love to Lori's closest Spark friends which includes Pixie and Arlene. I give my sympathies and love to all t... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:05:12 EST For My Sunset Stingray Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638704 I'm not sure what is wrong with this post other than all my spelling errors, but every time I tried to post it on my Team Chat Thread SP kept giving me an error. I cut and am pasting it here. <BR> <BR> Hi Stingrays! We blind folk often discuss is it better to be a BSB (blind since birth) or a NewB (someone who becomes blind after seeing)... The answer is really neither. But, I feel like the BSBs adapt better since they have no choice. Anyhow, I bring that up because is it better to ha... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:02:21 EST February Recap & So Forth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638069 OK, for Februrary I got my 12 visits in for Curves. I didn't always make 3 visits a week per my goal, but I did it. I didn't make 3 visits per week due to them closing for weather and when my wanna be cold had me too worn out. So, I feel pretty good about my goals there. Oh, also, I have steadily increaded my calorie burn each time and met an all time calorie burn on Friday of 331. I've actually been staying under 300 calories most days, so this is great! <BR> <BR> I did meet my walki... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:59:55 EST An Actual New Show, My Cold, Computer Woes & Another wasted Day So Far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634502 Well, if you want to count paid work as a wasted day, that is what it has been! I've been working and enrolled in a class to help me do my teaching job better online. We shall see. <BR> OK, yesterday I wanted to blog about a new show and ended up talking about The Steve Harvey Show and forgot the new show! I do love Steve Harvey and it is my only daytime TV vice! But, the show I wanted to tel you about is called Growing Up Fisher and it is on NBC at 9 PM on Tuesdays, it might be on at 9... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:32:16 EST Bad Day! New Show! Think I Got The cold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633846 OK, today started out good... I got up went to class and and had 2 great classes with students discussing topics! Even my first class of the day which is usually very quiet and non-interactive spoke up today! Then, I went to Curves to be sure I get my 12 days in for the month after missing a couple snow days and then 1 day with my sore back! I came home and did my walk and watched a lot of TV. <BR> <BR> I know, shame on me, but I am a huge Steve Harvey fan and he had Betty White on and... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:44:38 EST SMART GOALS & Then Some http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632707 For The BLC 24 challenge this weekend we are supposed to revisit and revamp our 2014 SMART Goals. Well, I hope it is OK, but I have taken to only making weekly goals. I am looking at short term changes for long term results. SMART Goals are specific, measureable, achieveable, realistic and time oriented. So, for the past 6 weeks I have more or less stuck to these same SMART goals: <BR> 1. I will cook and eat a meal at home at least 2 times this week. Why? Take out food is killing me and my ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:44:38 EST