JAZZEJR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAZZEJR JAZZEJR'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/ Today is my birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442989 Happy birthday to me. It's a busy time for everyone... getting ready for the big day tomorrow. I am blessed to have my kids and grand kids home, making a big fuss over my birthday, fixing my meals, washing the dishes, showering me with gifts... and the biggest gift for me, their time. <BR> <BR> 72 years young. I feel good, and am happy. Doesn't get any better! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to all! Sun, 24 Dec 2017 16:06:50 EST No guilt! Work off the "Enjoyment of the Holidays" with the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440172 You know you're going to do it -- you'll have just a taste of this and a bit of that -- and why not! It's the most wonderful time of the year! Don't stress... Enjoy! Especially when you can join other Sparkers in a Challenge that will support and encourage you afterward to get back on track to attain your health goals. <BR> <BR> Please join us on the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge team if you're looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way. Team members will work towards... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:46:27 EST Spark Level 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436928 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14c89ec1-d77d-4506-9196-ba26637d48f0.gif"> <BR> WooHoo! Today I reached Spark's highest level for overall points of 350,000. It only took me 6 years and 4 months. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to have done it, as it means I have tried to learn all I can in pursuit of good health and maintained weight loss, and have encouraged others. But after 2 recent vacations, I am once again fighting the battle to get back to goal weight. Wouldn't you thin... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 06:03:05 EST Wise Words Worth Passing Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398880 I went to Adrienne's page to welcome her back, and found this posting from one of her friends: <BR> <BR> SPARKFRAN514 <BR> “Eat responsibly. You don’t have to be a saint with your food, but you can’t eat like every day is thanksgiving either” – Brad Pilon <BR> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> “Rule One is never quit. Rule Two is refer to Rule One. <BR> Cake happens, but as long as you remember those rules, you’ll be OK.” <BR> -Jaimie, WW Leader <BR> <BR> “If you can organize your ... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:17:57 EST My Finally-Finished Basement Renovation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390502 You, my SP friends, had to endure 3/4 of a year of my groaning about how slowly the reno was coming along, so it's only fair that I post a few pics of the almost-decorated project. In all fairness, the workmen were out of here months ago, but I am 71 years old (I have to keep reminding myself), and it took me a looong time to move stuff back in there, placing everything where I wanted it -- throwing out more stuff as I went. Then there are summer activities--the biggest being my grand kids' ... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:21:48 EST Our Body's Cell Replacement Timeline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388800 In SparkPeople, we have some amazing friends in our various teams. In Keto Clarity, the leader James, is always sharing thought-provoking information. The latest is this: <BR> <BR> "Once we start feeding our bodies what they really need, it still takes a while. There are some immediate effects in the first weeks, but long term it can take a while to get rid of excess body fat accumulated over many years. <BR> <BR> The cells in our bodies are constantly dividing, regenerating, and dying, b... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:01:39 EST Microbiome Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359652 Hey Friends, since we're all about improving our health, I really recommend tuning in to these talks. The overall topic is how making sure we have a healthy gut influences ALL our health issues, including weight loss. I'd really like to encourage you to sign up (free) to watch the Microbiome Summit. I am learning sooo much! Yesterday's talks are here, but will be available only for another couple of hours (Replay at end, I think). If you're short on time, I found the most helpful and insight... Tue, 9 May 2017 08:48:57 EST Food Revolution Summit April 29 - May 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355290 I'm listening to the replay of the first 3 interviews with doctors who have studied Foods That Prevent & Reverse Disease. Believe me, you want to listen to these. <BR> <BR> Schedule of discussions (Pacific time) <BR> <link>http://www.foodrevolutionsummit.org/<BR>welcome-live-partner-chris-wark/? </link> <BR> <BR> Recorded Replays are available for 21 hours only each day. Click the recording next to each picture. <BR> <link>http://foodrevolutionsummit.org/repl<BR>ays/ </link> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:47:43 EST Pics of Vacay with SparkFriend Who Became Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355181 Living in SW Michigan where the winters are long, snowy and cold, since retiring I have been getting away as often and as long as my finances will allow. This past trip to Hawaii was broken on my way there by a stop in Orange County to finally meet in person a long-time Spark buddy who became even closer when we both switched our 5% team to the Teddy Bear team. Braverude was such a gracious host. I was there only a few days, but she made sure I saw everything. Here are a few pics of the ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:11:11 EST Day 100 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298491 Well, I had planned to just say that although I would continue to be grateful for big and little things, I was grateful today to no longer feel obligated to write about it. It's quite a long undertaking. But guess what ... a very simple "something" happened this morning that I immediately felt so grateful to have witnessed, my first thought was, "I'm going to blog about this today": <BR> <BR> I had awakened VERY early, 4 a.m.ish, and finally decided to watch some recorded Dr. Oz shows, an... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:30:56 EST Day 99 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297709 I am very grateful that I was watching the Oprah Show one day years ago while she was interviewing a young man who said he had designed a website for people who wanted to improve their health, lose weight, become more fit. He saw that most sites that did this charged a fee, and he wanted his to be free. He wanted it to function as a community of support. I wrote down the name of his website... Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Since joining Sparkpeople in the fall of 2011, I have developed SEVERAL ea... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:48 EST Day 98 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297264 Just have to say that I am so grateful to have been a live witness to President Barack Obama's 8-year presidency. He actually tried to unify us as Americans, was sensitive to our losing so many lives of young men serving as troops in foreign lands and tried to bring them home, brought us out of a recession, accomplished much of what he promised re healthcare, women's rights, children's care... notwithstanding unprecedented obstruction. In the face of the most demeaning comments, he retained ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:47:46 EST Day 97 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296695 Today I am grateful to "be there" for a friend in need. I am going with her to see her counselor/social worker--not sure which--to let this person know of the job I have recommended my friend for. My friend is from another country, and is feeling more than a bit overwhelmed with the language barrier, cultural difference, and some health problems. She is a very friendly, outgoing, well educated and competent person whom I think deserves a shot. I hope I am able to help her; if nothing else,... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:19:05 EST Day 96 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296086 Today I was so grateful to be able to go for a nice walk on my lunch hour. Finally, exercise OUTSIDE! No snow, 42 degrees, and reasonable winds. YaaY!!! Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:34:37 EST Day 95 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295260 Today I am humbled to accept gratitude, and I am grateful to be taught this lesson. A good friend needed help with some paperwork with which I have some expertise, so I was happy to help her with it. She is so grateful she is insisting over my protests to take me for a seafood lunch--I don't even know if she likes seafood; she just knows it's my favorite. I find it difficult to accept when people go to great lengths to thank me, but I'm having to learn. And I'm looking forward to our lunc... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:01:47 EST Day 94 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294514 Watching my 100 days trickle down, I had the thought that my last few entries of Gratitude should be less mundane and more meaningful, but what I have to be grateful for trends toward the every-day little things. Today I was telling a co-worker that I try to challenge my memory (which has never been phenomenal, but is now getting worse by the year :) Last night I put my homemade "lunch soup" in the freezer --just to let it get super cold; I told myself to remember to take it out before I wen... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:27:59 EST Day 93 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293680 I am grateful that today's forecast is for clear skies, even though the description of "sunny" was changed to "cloudy"... anything but "snowy" is great for me since I have to trek on down the highway back home today. It's a good day! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:05:00 EST Day 92 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293057 I am grateful today to have made a discovery. While my friend is recuperating in the hospital, I am staying at his place. I think I've discovered the source of his back pain--HIS MATTRESS! After 2 nights on this mattress, my lower back is hurting. Well, one more night and I'll be back in my own bed. Boy o boy--it's the little things.... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:18:30 EST Day 91 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292767 I am very grateful that my friend's surgery was a success today. Surgery is a serious undertaking for anyone, but for someone in their 70s it can be dangerous. But he's resting comfortably. I just hope the surgery remedies his back pain. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:52:51 EST Day 90 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291742 Today I discovered that a wonderful SP girl friend has undertaken the 100 Days of Gratitude and I am grateful to be able to profit from the wisdom she gleans from the everyday happenings of her life. We are counseled to surround ourselves with people who will uplift us and help us on our journey. I am soooo grateful to have stumbled upon such like-minded people who offer encouragement just by sharing with us who they are. Lucky me! Thu, 5 Jan 2017 08:13:50 EST Day 89 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291189 I am grateful to be able to get off work early today to get ahead of the snowstorm headed our way. Highway driving is especially treacherous during these times, but I must go to a nearby city to be with my gentleman friend during his back surgery. We have just flurries now, so I'll drive slowly and try to stay out of trouble. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:00:53 EST Day 88 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289422 I am grateful to be done with all the insane holiday eating! Not saying I didn't willingly participate, no...overly participate in it, but today I return to my sound Eat to Live/Keto eating style that works to keep my weight on track and my energy high.... at least for the next 3 weeks... until my trip. Oh well... I'm keeping it as sane as I can. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:33:29 EST Day 87 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289175 For New Year's Day I am grateful to have remembered at the beginning of the day a Saying that whatever you do on New Years Day, you'll be doing the rest of the year. I take that as way of "activating" a resolution -- "I resolve to.... this year, and I'm starting it today!" <BR> <BR> So I did some things in the house I had procrastinated doing; I went to a New Year's brunch at a co-worker's home (and now I look forward to reciprocating with a dinner invitation); I called old friends and fa... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 01:11:59 EST Day 86 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287871 I am grateful to be alive and healthy to see the end of another year. It was a pretty good year, barring some "who would've thought its." But that's life, and I'm counting my blessings. Happy New Year's Eve! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:01:24 EST Day 85 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287560 I am grateful to be so snowbound that I'm inspired to extend my cleaning-o-rama another day. I'm moving to the music <em>339</em> and am filled with energetic inspiration! <em>244</em> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:50:47 EST Day 84 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287098 Today I am grateful to be disposed to house cleaning. Usually I dread it, and put parts of it off until I feel I just have to. But today both mentally and physically, I felt like doing it, and it is going very well! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:53:44 EST Day 83 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286538 Today I am grateful for what can only be considered FANTASTIC weather in Michigan on the cusp of January. At this very moment, it is 40 degrees and the sun is shining. Even for Christmas, it was cold but we didn't get the snow they had forecast. Now our sidewalks and driveways are dry. Of course it won't last, but right is is all we have, and right now is spectacular! Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:44:40 EST Day 82 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285623 Today I am certainly grateful for 5 days straight of no-work during this holiday and that I have NO reason to be in the stores today! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:10:28 EST Day 81 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285057 I am grateful beyond words to God for sending His Son into the world to absolve us of our sins. It is a joyful day today that we commemorate Jesus' birth. Joy to the world! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 01:54:04 EST Day 80 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284870 I am infinitely grateful to have overcome, survived, endured, prospered and enjoyed 71 years of life as of today. I am so blessed! <BR> <BR> And thank you, my wonderful SP friends for all your good wishes! Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:43:32 EST Day 79 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284546 I am so grateful that I overcame all my excuses and finally MADE myself go to the gym. It was such a satisfying session--I had good strength and energy. I took my time and enjoyed it. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:50:24 EST Day 78 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284240 I am grateful today to have finally gotten some Christmas spirit. I actually bought some little lights to put on my big plant "tree" (All my Christmas decorations were packed up for the basement renovation, and I can't find the right boxes :) My kids are sending me so many gifts for my birthday and Christmas that I just had to have a "tree" to put them under. I am grateful for all my blessings. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:07:31 EST Day 77 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283723 Today for my job I have to drive around to lots of businesses today to make a delivery. I am so grateful it is a clear day and is not snowing. No slipping and sliding! WooHoo! Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:56:21 EST Day 75 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283389 I am grateful today to be in a cleaning/decluttering frame of mind. It's way past due, but I just haven't wanted to apply myself to the task. Today's the day!!! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:03:41 EST Day 76 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282874 I am soooo grateful that my long awaited furniture for my basement arrived yesterday. I am so pleased that it will add calming color to the main room. I'm speaking in the future tense because my basement is still not at a point where one can appreciate the decor. But I have a good imagination, and I can just see it all arranged. Just what I had in mind! What a blessing is the friend who literally gave it to me so that I could afford the shipping. There aren't many friends like that. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:20:40 EST Day 74 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282538 I am grateful for the cook-book that finally arrived yesterday showing me how to use my new air-fryer to cook some very neat things without fat. It is actually a mini convection oven that sits on the counter top. Today I cooked most of my meal in 15 minutes in it. Then I roasted some walnuts and threw a teeny bit of brown sugar on them. Yummy! Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:20:33 EST Day 73 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282165 I'm grateful for kale, collards, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, red onion, avocado, celery, red and yellow bell peppers, and carrots. All are in my salad today. And Dr. Fuhrman's orange-cashew dressing to top it off -- heavenly! <BR> Sat, 17 Dec 2016 16:02:17 EST Day 72 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281752 I am truly grateful to have been born with cheerful persistence. It seldom occurs to me to give up on something I want or want to do or accomplish. I just keep thinking of different ways it could be done until I HIT IT! Never giving up on your dream doesn't mean waiting for it to fall out of the sky; YOU make it happen! As Captain Kirk on the Enterprise said, "Make it so!" Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:18:42 EST Day 71 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281281 I am grateful today for a warm home, with the furnace pumping out the heat like crazy on this cold, cold winter's day. I can't imagine being out in the cold today. Seems like a good time to make my contribution to a shelter. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:31:58 EST Day 70 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280923 I am grateful for a co-worker's saying, "I miss spending time with you. Let's go to lunch and catch up." We made a date for today and took a long lunch--if you don't know, women can talk for hours and never run out of topics (my boss didn't mind--I've mentioned what a great guy he is; he knows I'll get all my work done). It was great fun connecting with her again. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:22:11 EST Day 69 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279816 Today I am grateful to be reminded how wonderful it feels to receive a note of thanks. It's a lovely feeling to know that your efforts are appreciated. In this fast-paced age it's rare for us to take the time to actually write a note of thanks and send it. I know from personal experience that the personal touch is appreciated. I'm going to do it more! Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:48:23 EST Day 68 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279426 I am grateful today for a day of silence and reflection: TV off, phone off. No noise. The good thing about the snow is that it falls gently, silently. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:33:41 EST Day 67 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279057 I am grateful for more and more patience... and enough money to buy what I need. I am irritated but not upset. I got a deal through Groupon that sold me a good, solid wall mount for a TV at $10 cheaper than the same one on Amazon. Ha ha. It arrived today -- a smaller size than the one I ordered. They'll send me a shipping label to send it back, and I'll receive a refund in about 6 weeks, but they have no more available in the size I need. So off I go to purchase the one I need from Amazo... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:12:47 EST Day 66 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278494 I can't say that I'm grateful for the snow, but I am always grateful for "after the snow stops." <BR> <BR> The street from my front door this morning. And this ain't nothin' yet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb5b66b6-785d-4ff7-974d-4d3d8bb7c545.JPG"> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:05:23 EST Day 65 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278188 I am grateful for people in my life who check on me and look after me although today, it made for a rather embarrassing situation. Remember that holiday party I attended last night? Well, I'm obviously a lightweight when it comes to alcoholic imbibing if only one good drink had me apparently "feeling no pain." The gentleman who cleaned out my garage so I could get my car back in it stopped by this morning to ask if he needed to clean out more items to make more space. <BR> "Can't you get... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:26:36 EST Day 64- 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277541 I am grateful to have a fun event to look forward to attending this evening. The publishers that our school system gives a lot of business is hosting a Holiday party, and if it's like last year's, it promises to be quite a lot of fun. Looking forward to it. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:36:17 EST Day 63 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277280 Today I am grateful to be able to put my car back in my garage. The workmen's tools and my exercise equipment were finally moved back into the basement so that my car can have its spot. At least at home I won't have to clear snow off it. And another snow storm is brewing.... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:36:23 EST Day 62 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276558 Today I am truly grateful for electrical power! OMG, How in the world did the pioneers do it!!! I lost power yesterday and could hardly function. I didn't want to keep opening the refrigerator because I didn't know how long the power would be off. Of course I couldn't cook anything. Last night no TV, no radio, just lying in bed under 3 blankets staring at the semi-dark. At 2:30 am, the power company calls to tell me the power is back on. After getting up, turning off all the lights, etc... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:00:42 EST Day 61 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275759 I am grateful for a sense of humor. Sometimes that's all that saves me from bawling when I've really messed up. I recently put in an order for a very heavy item to be sent to my grandson for Christmas; I was so happy to find a vendor that offered free shipping as my kids live very far from me. Yesterday I got a notice that it had shipped.. TO ME!!! Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:10:49 EST Day 60 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275311 I am grateful that my contractor noticed my almost-flat front tire yesterday. I put some air in it with my little portable do-hickey, and worried that overnight it would lose it, and I'd have to re-do it before work this morning, so I got up extra early. No need--the air had held, and I just hoped it would hold until I got off work. The place I called said they couldn't repair it until tomorrow. BUT I am so grateful that my boss insisted that I leave immediately and take it to a place th... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:55:19 EST