JCORYCMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JCORYCMA JCORYCMA'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/ A Picture is Worth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525890 Let me state for the record: <BR> <BR> I HATE photographs of myself. <BR> <BR> Both of my two childhood photos (I was the fourth of four kids) show a skinny girl with frizzy red hair, freckles, and buck teeth. UGH! <BR> I could tolerate my wedding photos because there is some truth to the karma that surrounds a happy bride and besides by then I'd had orthodontia and learned how to use a blow dryer! Not to mention I weighed 105 lbs... <BR> <BR> Next came motherhood with all THOSE pho... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:46:18 EST Exercise is another word for being good to yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463419 It's been a long time since I've blogged on SparkPeople, but trust me, it hasn't been a long time since I've Sparked. Some days I feel like keeping my weight off is a second job. Watching every bite that I put in my mouth, tracking my food on SP, going down to the Y after work each night and on Saturdays to get in the exercise.,,, <BR> <BR> BUT - sometimes I think that the payoff is worth more than the money I earn at my real job. <BR> <BR> Being thin doesn't guarantee that you'll never ha... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:08:28 EST Want a real eye opener? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309306 Try cleaning up your favorites list in your nutrition tracker! <BR> <BR> The other day I did a long overdue chore – I went through my nutrition tracker and weeded out all those foods that I am no longer eating or plan to eat. Many of them came from restaurant selections. Some were items that I imported because I ate them once but don’t plan to repeat them. Most of them came from various processed foods that I have eaten despite labels that read like a chemistry index and most often contained... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:06:20 EST No More Cravings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4294466 Stardate: Week II <BR> Well folks it’s been two full weeks since I started my own eight weeks to optimum health. It’s mostly patterned after the Andrew Weil, MD’s book entitled “8 Weeks to Optimum Health”. I say mostly because he doesn’t necessarily advocate going gluten free. In his book “Natural Healing, Natural Health” he suggests that if you fit the symptom profile of a gluten intolerant person, you should try it and see how you feel. Because I have several first degree relatives that a... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:07:12 EST Letter to self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4281898 In my last blog I mentioned that I had gotten two books by Andrew Weil, MD: <BR> “Natural Health, Natural Medicine” and “8 Weeks to Optimum Health” <BR> They are both excellent books and I highly recommend them. His approach to good health is based on sound principles that would make total sense to our ancestors: moderate daily exercise, a diet comprised mostly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, limited protein especially from animal sources and to eliminate processed, artificial ingredie... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 22:16:01 EST The Seeds of Change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4251877 I'm here... <BR> <BR> I've had such trouble starting and restarting this blog. You know me -- I like to be eloquent with the words. Yet these days words are failing me. Not only can I not seem to write them, but I really can't speak them. I'm having one of my sinusitis/laryngitis episodes that is taking forever to clear up. It's particularly disparaging to me because just around a year ago I had the sinus surgery that held such great promise to end all this nonsense for me. I actually had a ... Mon, 23 May 2011 20:55:56 EST The Big Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4132283 My husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of New Orleans while I attended a conference for the Society of Urological Nurses and Associates. Our hotel was right down in the heart of the French Quarter. Never having been to the “Big Easy”, I had no idea what to expect. My boss said that like Las Vegas – you’ll either love it or hate it. <BR> We loved it! Everywhere we went from restaurant waiters and waitresses, to shop clerks, to street performers, we found th... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:50:23 EST Forever Yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4095022 I dedicate this blog to my husband, Jim, to whom I will be forever yours… <BR> March 12th we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary which some would consider remarkable in this day and age with a divorce rate of over 50%. I think that it is remarkable for another reason, and you will too when you consider our story: <BR> The year was 1985. We were in the prime of our lives, young and in love. Married 9 years, we had three beautiful children ages 6, 5, and 3. Jim was in line for a big job... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:25:49 EST Toots On Steroids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3865885 First a little history: <BR> I am a compulsive eater. Every meal, every day, every occasion - I binged compulsively. I never purged. Not even tempted. I thought that "those women" were truly sick. I obsessed about food and would be thinking about what I was going to eat for lunch and supper while I was still eating breakfast. I'm not sure that I ever really tasted my food, let alone savored it, because I ate so fast shoveling it in like I was on a time limit before it disappeared off my p... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 22:54:27 EST On Getting Ready for Christmas.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3833013 The other night I was putting the finishing touches on my homemade Christmas decoration for work. The contest: make a creative homemade Christmas decoration or ornament using at least one item from your work area. Tricky assignment for me who works with women who wet their pants... <BR> But I rose to the challenge and turned a specimen pan (the kind that slips under a toilet seat and collects urine) into a hot tub for Santa and Rudolph complete with a rectal probe Christmas tree. <BR> ... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 21:36:45 EST November Challenge - My Personal Holiday Survival Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3771578 Every year I start the holiday season with good intentions but fall apart somewhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Suddenly all those good intentions seem to go straight downhill like a giant snowball collecting the month of December in it's entirety on the way down until it starts to slow under the weight of the feast of Christmas dinner finally landing at the feet of the new year bloated and ten pounds heavier! I even blogged last year AFTER a disastrous Thanksgiving debacle and STILL ... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 22:32:53 EST November Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3760684 My status today reads "JCORYCMA says I'm ready to take on a November Challenge" and I've already gotten several inquires about it. <BR> I lead and co-lead two Spark teams -- The official Spark Des Moines team and the Poker Lovers team. Each month I try to come up with a challenge for the team that is do-able but at the same time challenging. Some months it can be challenging for me to just come up with a challenge, but this month it seemed to come to me very crystal clear: a challenge that ... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 23:04:53 EST Letter to Jack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3658697 My Dear Sweet Jack: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l201433143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the world! <BR> <BR> AND - Welcome to our family! <BR> <BR> Born September 12, weighing just 7.2 pounds, looking just like your daddy with lots of dark hair and no chin :) We were all anxiously awaiting your arrival -- Mommy, Daddy, big sisters Abby and Margot and Grandpa Jim and I. <BR> <BR> To me you look perfect, but Mommy and Daddy said that you were born with a li... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 14:42:51 EST The Mouth is a Voluntary Muscle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3626343 As most of you know I am an "incontinence nurse". I work with all kinds of patients that have urinary issues including urgency, frequency, and urge related incontinence. This is am immensely frustrating problem for patients because they feel overwhelmed with a sense that they have NO control over their bladder when urgency strikes. Day in and day out I remind them that our bodies have primarily two kinds of muscles -- voluntary and involuntary. Your heart, for instance is an involuntary muscl... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 21:02:46 EST The Truth is on the Ticker -- Or Is It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3610078 So I faced the music the other day and changed my weight loss ticker to reflect the truth. My official goal is 130 pounds and honestly folks, I have been there. Not only was I there, but I actually stayed there for awhile. <BR> <BR> It would occasionally creep up a little -- 2 or 3 pounds -- and I wouldn't get too concerned. After all we all know how little things like eating a salty meal can make you retain that much fluid, right? More muscle from the strength training! Not enough fiber th... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 22:10:50 EST Sparkin' for points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3598339 My first Temptation was to say I'm blogging for the points, but I decided that wouldn't be entirely accurate. True, when I've blogged in the past, I enjoy writing in a more vignette style and today's entry is going to seem way different.... <BR> <BR> I lead two Spark teams - The Poker Lovers Team and the Spark Des Moines Team. I like to come up with a monthly challenge to help keep the members motivated and participating. For this month the challenge for both teams is to increase our spark ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 21:54:24 EST Exercising Unemotional Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3553021 Poker is an odd "sport" if you will. To play it well it takes skills like shrewd observation, math (remember being convinced in 8th grade algebra that you'd NEVER use it?), and the ability to keep your emotions totally in check. I've seen more players drown in "the river" (the 5th community card) because they couldn't let go of their emotional attachment to an Ace! <BR> But despite the cold, steely veneer that we poker players try to project to keep our competition from reading us -- it takes... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 10:03:45 EST A little reminder can mean BIG motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3523919 This blog is dedicated to my Poker Lovers Team.... <BR> <BR> In the interest of being a well rounded girl, a few years ago I decided that I needed a hobby. I had just reached my goal and after spending a year obsessing over my exercise routine and every bite that I put in my mouth, I was ready to put my focus elsewhere. I'm one of those people who has always loved to play cards - starting with Old Maid at a very tender age. So when a friend invited me to play poker with her and some friends ... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:32:07 EST Rumors... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3476542 What do <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l447899159.jpg"> <BR> and <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373856906.jpg">and <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l332124658.jpg"> all have in common? <BR> <BR> We've all been rumored to be dead. Ok, Elvis really is, but Paul and I are still very much alive. I know that my spark attendance has been very spotty as of late. It's gotten so bad that my teams are posting forums of Joanne sightings.... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 22:04:37 EST A Measure of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3335189 Weight loss success can be measured in so many different ways. As a former scale addict, I need to constantly remind myself of this. Sometimes it obvious like smaller clothing sizes, or inches lost on the tape measure, Sometimes it's subtle... <BR> <BR> When my daughter was in college 6 years ago, for my birthday, she used her OWN money and bought me a very pretty little necklace with three hearts - a rose gold heart flanked by a gold heart on either side. This wasn't gold plated costume jew... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 23:46:45 EST Organ Recital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3315691 Back in the day when the television show "ER" first came out, I was talking to my father and he asked me in all seriousness: <BR> "Have you watched that new show err yet"? <BR> "err"?? <BR> <BR> Now I've always had a love/hate relationship with that show. The acting was great and the personal stories were interesting, but the nurse in me just used to cringe at some of the unreality that the show portrayed. An ER physician doing a c-section in the ER? Hardly! AND the frequency that RARE cond... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 23:39:58 EST How a healthy lifestyle is like a marriage... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3236940 I can remember 34+ years ago standing at the back of the church sanctuary on my father's arm looking down the aisle at my husband to be and thinking for a brief instant -- do you know what the hell you are doing?? But the thought was fleeting and I walked down the aisle and said my I do's without regretting it. <BR> <BR> How did I know that our love was true and I wanted to commit to this man for the rest of my life? <BR> <BR> Without a doubt it was the first time that I visited his apartm... Sun, 16 May 2010 23:52:56 EST A Reasonable Facsimile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3195899 I’ve always said that my husband was a man ahead of his time. When I met him 35 years ago, he was wearing those short sleeved knit golf shirts with the little crown on the pocket that he got out of the “old men’s” section of the Sears catalog . This was long before Izod put a little alligator on the same pocket and <BR> set the whole world crazy! I remember thinking that once the ring was securely on my finger, I’d change his wardrobe. <BR> Ha! <BR> Long before organic became a buzz word, he ... Wed, 5 May 2010 00:04:40 EST You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3134170 Didn't Joni Mitchell sing that once? Well I had a front row seat to that lecture this week, only I'm willing to bet Joni wasn't chirping about sinus surgery... <BR> <BR> I have spent this weekend eating naughty, naughty, naughty and today it finally hit me why. <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> My nausea and dizziness are gone, but while in the throes I naturally ate less. Making up for lost time? <BR> Nope. <BR> It dawned on me when the hubby brought home a pretty bouquet of <em>126</em> which I'... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 21:29:06 EST Spark Points -- how I spent my surgery "vacation"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3126787 So I've laid around now for three days enduring all the discomforts that surgery of any kind can bring -- feeling weak, dizzy, nauseated. I didn't know what to expect after sinus surgery but have discovered that it isn't the breeze that I thought it would be. Imagine having THE supreme sinus headache and all the accompanying agony. Watery eyes, stuffed head. Throw in the extreme dry mouth from mouth breathing and the stiff neck from sleeping on the recommended two big pillows. Don't bend over... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 13:17:03 EST To All my Spark Friends: Please Read! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3077695 Dear Spark Friends: <BR> I am veering off my usual health and weight loss topics to bring a concern I have to my table of friends -- <BR> <BR> I am co-leader of my hometown's team and as such try to read as many blogs as I can from fellow team members to stay in touch. The other day I read an entry from a teacher who wrote about a particular student of hers who had a difficult parent and the gist of her blog was about her resentment over students who are on free and reduced lunches and other... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 00:05:23 EST A Little Self-Analysis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3051226 Not too long ago I blogged about being in the doldrums and searching for my motivation. I shared the funny but true story about my husband helping to bring it back. The truth is, I DID spend time reading blogs, re-reading The Spark, and visiting friends pages and I really think it was a culmination of all those efforts that got me mentally back on track. <BR> Now one thing I discovered back when I first started on my weight loss journey is that while making a commitment to yourself is an imp... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 01:00:44 EST Don't Be Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3040587 So I opened my newspaper this morning and was greeted with this headline on page 10: <BR> "Daily 1-hour workouts a must for older women to fight flab" and like the rest of the "older women" in the nation said to myself - <BR> To hell with it! Why do I even bother?? <BR> When I took journalism 101 at Iowa State, I remember the prof telling us that the average reader seldom reads beyond the first couple of paragraphs of a newspaper article so make 'em good and make your point early. In this p... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:29:20 EST Motivation: Lost and Found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3004435 When I was little, I remember my mother always used to sigh dreamily and say "Richard Burton can put his shoes under my bed anytime!" <BR> Being young, and having absolutely no clue about the facts of life, I used to wonder why would Richard Burton put his shoes under a bed instead of in the entryway like the rest of the guests? I even asked my sister who was four years older and she snickered and told me to go ask Mom. Fortunately I wasn't THAT interested at the time and it wasn't until I ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 22:39:11 EST Calling All Leaking Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2960519 Estee* was a long time beloved patient of ours. Age 46, she had been a widow since her early 20's and raised a son all on her own. He was now in the armed services and you couldn't find a prouder mother. For years I had teased her that she might meet a new "Mr. Right" and would come in here sporting a big diamond. She'd laugh and say "Girl I am trying"! A devout Christian, her biggest enjoyment in life besides her son, was her church. She told me that if the Lord was going to bring a new man ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 01:06:06 EST Shhh... I've got an embarrassing problem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2929195 "What do mean how long until the next rest stop? You just went twenty miles ago!" <BR> I apologized to my husband -- blaming it on the coffee I had brought along in the car, but I was secretly thinking that he wouldn't possibly get it. The man is a virtual camel when it comes to holding his urine! <BR> <BR> Every kids little league game we went to, the first thing I did was scout out the Ky-bos -- you know those AWEFUL "portable pottys" that so many recreational parks have. I loathed using ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:04:29 EST As the Spark Turns: My Affair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2842892 Yes. It's true, Spark friends. I had an affair. <BR> <BR> Let me start at the beginning... <BR> <BR> I met him at the gym soon after I joined. I was attracted to him immediately. He was friendly and... Inviting. He beckoned me. He was smooth and suave and encouraged me to be comfortable with my body. I had nothing to be ashamed of. Next thing I knew I was standing before him wearing nothing but the tiny threadbear towel that the Y provides. I was so nervous the first time. I don't know wh... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:33:16 EST Seeing Is Believing: My Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2737680 I've had lot's of downtime lately with being sick, and being eager along with the rest of the Spark community to get into Chris Downie's new phenomenal book, The Spark, I opened my copy and thought I'd breeze through it in a few days. After reading Chris' personal story, I thought, what more could I learn that I haven't already uncovered on the website? <BR> Well let me tell you, friends. I am STILL reading the book. I read and I reread. I'm taking notes like it is a textbook! To say that it... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 23:54:10 EST Random thoughts: Google, SparkPeople, and God... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2714865 You know sometimes you just have to acknowledge divine intervention. <BR> Five and a half months ago, frustrated that I had gained 15 pounds of my hard earned weight loss back, I googled "Nutrition Tracker" thinking maybe if I started keeping track of my daily food intake, I'd discover where I was failing. Ever fearful that I'd slip back into old habits that I thought I'd abandoned for good, I wanted to halt any of those habits from creeping back into my life. I even prayed about it. Yes, G... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 12:32:13 EST The Verdict... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2693167 It started last Thursday evening. The sore throat. Slight fever. Stuffy nose. By Friday morning I thought "Great, here comes a cold to start the new years off with"! <BR> But this didn't seem like an ordinary cold. My throat really hurt and I had the "I think I've been run over by a Mac truck" feeling. <BR> By Saturday I would have welcomed the Mac truck to put me out of my misery. Certainly it couldn't be the flu - H1N1 - or otherwise. As a nurse, I've been vaccinated against the whole tri... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 17:28:47 EST Old Me, New Me Goals Part II: The List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2677239 Without a lot of fanfare, here is my list of goals that apply to my health and physical well being with just a quick note: <BR> I wanted to make these goals public for several reasons. First of all, I need accountability and feel like that is an important step in my hopes for success. Naturally, I recognize my own personal responsibility, especially when I'm home alone, bored, and know that there are Little Debbie cakes in the back of my pantry, but I would encourage any of you to check in w... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:35:11 EST Holy Moly I Set a Goaly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2663446 Like everyone else it seems, the holidays were a busy time for me. After writing my last blog trip down memory lane with my Christmas decorations, I took some time off to read and enjoy other people's blogs. I was grateful that so many people took time out of their festivities to write, especially at Christmas because I certainly needed the extra inspiration and motivation. <BR> But now that Christmas is over, I have started to feel the itch to write again myself. But what about? I was sittin... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 22:48:01 EST It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2634521 As we came to the last month in 2009 I could only heave a big sigh of relief. This seemed like one of our busiest, most stressful years on record. A lot of it has been good stress but some of it has just plain been STRESS. We had been living in a big older brick home with lot's of character, charm, -- and upkeep. We decided to to move to a town home last spring and quickly found one we loved. We went ahead and purchased it in March anticipating that we would sell our house within a few months... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 00:13:44 EST The Snack Police http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2615632 The man crept down low, and gesturing for the woman and the small child she carried to stay behind the rock, he advanced slowly along through the thick foliage, sharpened rock in his hand. In the silence of the dusk he listened alertly even as the approaching darkness began inhibiting his vision. The wild creatures had the advantage he knew. They could smell the humans and see them in the darkness. The man was quite sure that no other creature like himself or the woman possessed these abilit... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 01:00:01 EST Planning to Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2600190 I approached the holiday season this year feeling pretty confident. This year was certainly going to be different from last year when I put on 15 pounds between Thanksgiving and new years day! For one thing I RUN now. I'm a RUNNER. Everybody knows that RUNNERS can eat more calories because they burn so many RUNNING. Right? <BR> Oh, and throughout the past year I've made a lot of progress in self-discovery. I've learned a lot about my self and why my eating habits led me to be overweight. I ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 01:48:45 EST Peer Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2584663 HELLOOOOO SPARK WORLD!! I'M BACK!! <BR> <BR> Boy, I've missed everybody! Thank you all for your notes of concern. I've been tied up with taking care of two ailing, elderly parents -- my 96 year old father, and my 81 year old mother-in-law. They are both like the proverbial Timex watches. They "take a licking and keep on ticking"!! <BR> <BR> My father is the most cheerful guy there is. Just recently back from the hospital, I went up to see him in his nursing home room. Despite the fact I had... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 23:21:09 EST Husbands -- altogether other creatures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2544876 If you were to ask my husband to name a few of the highlights in his life, he would be most likely to mention 2 things: <BR> The first being that football tackle he made in high school -- you know the one. The one that almost won the game that time. <BR> The second would be the after effects of the first time he tried Kashi. "Man Honey, you had to be there. Cory family record"! Somehow, I feel grateful I wasn't there... <BR> If you continue to stare at him long enough, he might be pressed to ... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 18:13:54 EST Nobody's perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2529723 Someone asked me the other day just what was the defining moment that made me decide to lose weight? You mean like the straw that broke the camels back, I asked? Hmm... <BR> That's a good question. Which time? I've had so many defining moments, epiphanies, straws. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was the time I struggled into a pair of snug jeans before we went out to dinner. I had to lay down on the bed to even get them zipped up only to forget this fact when I was done with dinner and had to use the res... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 00:34:50 EST More Than a Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2505662 Today was one of those days that will go down in "Joanne history". For starters it was the last day on this earth that I could still honestly claim to be age 52. Anymore birthdays are like any of our holidays and tend to start way too early with the hoopla. You hate to be ungrateful at any age, but especially once you've passed that big half a century mark. The stakes go up. People start saying things like "It beats the alternative". <BR> Ack! My husband tisks. "Look at your dad. At age 95 h... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 23:57:38 EST Give yourself permission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2489397 Here it is Sunday again and time to blog. My "Denial is a River in Egypt" blog had such tremendous response I am still in awe. Trouble is -- how do you follow THAT up? <BR> I asked my hubby what if I go down in Sparkpeople history known as the "One Hit Wonder"? <BR> He wisely replied "I bet Katrina of Katrina and the Waves ala Walking on Sunshine fame is still trying to spend her millions". He is right. Even if that's the only inspiring, motivating, words that come out of my brain, I still h... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 22:43:49 EST Notes on a Sunday: Or how not to run in the cold... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2471424 It was Sunday today -- normally my self-imposed day off from any formal form of exercise. We had two grandkids from out of town stay with us this weekend, so their parents could have a little "no kids" time to themselves. I enjoyed every minute of it, but as those of you who have done it know, chasing two children - an 18 month old and a 3 year old can really wear you out. By the time they were packed up and ready to go home, my house was a mess. My husband said he'd take them on the two hour... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:27:34 EST Denial is a River in Egypt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2455762 I saw that on a sign about 6 months ago when I went to a rehab facility to see a patient. I was curious as to what the significance was, so I asked one of the therapists. He said it's a favorite saying in group therapy when one group member is in denial and starts making excuses for his or her drug or alcohol issues -- justifying behaviors. The group will shout "Denial is a river in Egypt". No denial allowed! <BR> For some reason through out the week following that visit the sign kept haunti... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 23:49:41 EST To All My Spark Friends-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2445486 This blogs for you!! <BR> <BR> The day started with promise. I had it off and despite the fact my internal alarm clock wouldn't let me sleep in, I woke up cheerful. It was raining but that wouldn't stop my plans. I had a little retail therapy planned for the morning, followed by lunch with one of my favorite nieces. Do a few domestic duties when I get home then lay down for a nice, cozy afternoon snooze before I went to the gym. <BR> For the most part, it progressed as anticipated. Got some... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 22:05:26 EST Notes on a Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2439637 Tuesdays are usually just that. Not a Monday. Far from a Friday. I slid into the clinic a few minutes before 8 am just in time to hear my named being paged to pick up a call from one of the doctors in our clinic. Not just one of the doctors. THE doctor. The one whose potential to be cranky (a nicer term than what's usually applied!) can be off the charts. True to form, he was ranting and raving about something we both knew I had nothing to with. Why me? Because I've worked with him 20 years a... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 21:32:20 EST Becoming a kid again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2434036 When I was little my mother used to constantly admonish me to "Sit still"! My father lovingly asked me in German if I had ants in my pants. I was the child that always got pinched in church for squirming in the pew. My school conferences always amounted to "She's a bright girl, but a little too social..." Which meant I couldn't keep my mouth shut in school. Now a days I probably would have been labeled ADD and stuck on medication, but back in the day your parents just chased you outdoors to r... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 23:40:48 EST