JOHGLO2011's SparkPeople Blog JOHGLO2011's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goodbye for now Have decided to take a break from spark people for awhile. I've just seemed to be stalled on my weight loss journey, so I have made a change. I've been following the Atkins diet plan for several weeks now and have been doing well. Lost about 5 lbs. so far but the greatest thing is that I'm not hungry all the time, especially in the evenings. I will be checking up on you all to see how you are doing from time to time and all the best wishes to all my friends! Hugs! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:00:06 EST Back again I feel like I am so out of touch as my computer crashed several days ago. Finally had to buy a new one. which is nice, but it is a whole new learning experience. :) Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:15:06 EST Back again I feel like I am so out of touch as my computer crashed several days ago. Finally had to buy a new one. which is nice, but it is a whole new learning experience. :) Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:14:34 EST I'm back, sort of.... My surgery went well and I am home recuperating. Still sleeping a lot and kind of wobbly, so I probably won't be on here much yet. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:10:35 EST Later.... After my surgery was cancelled due to extremely bad weather, it has been rescheduled for this Thurs. 16th. All prayers appreciated! Hope to be back in a week or so....maybe sooner. Best wishes to you all! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:10:29 EST Update to Time Out... Thank you all for your comments and best wishes. The weather is so horrible here that the hospital called to cancel my surgery. Since it isn't an emergency type surgery, I am so glad! It is supposed to be about 40 below here in the morning with the wind chill. Also 8 - 10 inches of snow. More than happy to stay inside! :) Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:07:10 EST Time out I am scheduled to have surgery tomorrow, so I hope to be back on sparkpeople by the end of the week. Prayers are appreciated! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:55:11 EST Feeling sad today Our beloved little dog Rocky died last night in his sleep. Will miss him so much! :( <BR> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:22:10 EST Back to reality Well, vacation is over. We had a great time, very relaxing. Now it is back to reality. :( <BR> I did come back more motivated to finish what I have started. There were a lot of full length mirrors in the condo where we stayed. It opened my eyes to how I really look. No more lying to myself that I don't look so bad really. Time to face the truth and quit procrastinating and get on with this journey! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:04:00 EST Vacation time Leaving early in the morning for a week's vacation on the Mississippi Gulf coast. The weather report for the next week there is for rain and scattered showers, clouds, etc. Oh well! LOL! I'm really looking forward to getting away for a rest from the usual routine. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:03:11 EST Good morning! Been out for an early morning walk with my granddaughter and it is gorgeous out there. <BR> Getting ready to leave for church - always look forward to it! Have a blessed day everyone! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:15:16 EST Changes Tomorrow begins my husband's retirement. I am actually looking forward to it as we have always enjoyed each other's company and been best friends. I am sure there will be some surprises - :) But anyway, I am looking at it as our next big adventure together! Now I will have a walking buddy! :) Fri, 6 Sep 2013 16:14:21 EST Prayers appreciated Just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers for our family. Shawn came through the surgery well and may get to come home tomorrow or Thurs. Hugs to you all! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:47:03 EST Back in a few Going to be missing from sparkpeople for a few days or so. My daughter-in-law is having a double mastectomy done tomorrow out of town. Will be there with her for a few days at least. We are trusting God that it will go well and they will be able to remove all the cancer. Will really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Thanks everyone! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:22:56 EST Walked a virtual 5K today Well, I walked my first 5K today. As I have been walking all spring and summer, I really didn't think it would be too hard. Actually, I didn't set any speed records and the last little bit was harder than I thought it would be. Will have to do that again soon though and try to make a little faster time. :) Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:00:15 EST Taking a break Will be gone for a few weeks - will miss you all and hopefully will check in on you all now and again. Keep Sparkin' ! Hugs to you all! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:11:55 EST Saturday walk Enjoyed walking with my husband this morning at the park. Glad we got it in before the rain came. YES - rain! :) Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:23:37 EST Hot & Humid Had my husband drop me off across town so I could then walk home - took me an hour and was I ever hot when I got back. Good thing I took my water bottle with me! Hope you all are staying cool today! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:40:41 EST Wed. Got my walk in early this morning - very hot and humid out there. <BR> Lots of errands to do today - everyone have a great day - talk to you later! :) Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:03:05 EST Best Wishes Here is hoping you all have a great holiday ! Got my exercise in this morning by walking around the park before the parade starts. Later it is family time - always love that although I will have to watch the calories. My daughter-in-law is known for wonderful desserts. :) <BR> Be safe and be blessed everyone! <em>232</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 12:10:51 EST Later Have lots to do this morning. :) Be back later! Have a great Sparkin" day! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:44:26 EST Walking Reached my goal yesterday to walk in a large circle from my house, up to main street, through town, down to the park and back home. I really thought it would take me longer to get to the point of being able to do that, but once I started working on it, it has gone quickly. Checked the distance today and it turns out it is only 2.7 miles. LOL Felt a lot farther than that! Oh well, on to longer distances! :) Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:50:26 EST Fun times Had my 7 yr. old great grandson here for the last 2 days. Got my exercise in by walking as he rode his razor scooter and playing basket ball with him. He lived with us for 1 1/2 yrs. so it was great having him here again. :) Fri, 7 Jun 2013 21:04:16 EST Re: Busy, busy Well the weekend has come and gone. <em>198</em> Was kind of wondering how we would fit everything in, but with a few compromises, we managed. The wedding was beautiful, but we didn't stay for the reception, so we could get home and ready for the dance recital. Two of our granddaughters were dancing - lucky for us, they both danced in the first half of the recital. We were able to leave at the intermission - was still about 10 when we got home. Sunday - early to music practice - ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:34:59 EST Busy, busy Like everyone else, life is very busy right now. My only question is why is everything on this one weekend? A wedding, dance recital, special services Sunday, extra music practice and nursery for our cell is this week. LOL Oh, and a birthday! Gotta love it! This is one week I think I will be happy to see Monday arrive. :) Fri, 31 May 2013 21:15:17 EST Best Wishes Have really enjoyed welcoming so many new people and visiting your spark pages. Best wishes to you all as we continue this journey together! Sun, 19 May 2013 16:29:03 EST Walking...... Walked 25 blocks today - the most yet this summer. Was really tired when I got home, but it is a beautiful day, so onward we go! :) Thu, 16 May 2013 10:55:33 EST I like this! You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C S. Lewis <em>224</em> Thu, 9 May 2013 18:10:33 EST Update on walk around town A week ago I made a commitment to get back into walking by walking around town. I began by walking 13 blocks and today I walked 19 blocks. I was dragging by the time I got home and certainly didn't set any speed records, but tomorrow is another day. :) Tue, 7 May 2013 10:50:34 EST New Commitment I used to walk a lot with my husband, but had to give that up several years ago due to problems with my right ankle. My ankle is so much better now though, and I have decided now is the time to get back to my love of walking. <BR> <BR> So my new commitment is to walk around the perimeter of our small town by the end of summer, maybe sooner. :) That isn't a huge walk, maybe 2 1/2 to 3 miles, but would be huge to me. I started yesterday by walking from my home up to the main stree... Wed, 1 May 2013 10:40:03 EST Sunday Heading off to church in a few minutes. May you all be blessed today! <BR> Raining here but I know the sun is up there above the clouds! :) Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:13:37 EST It's a great day The sun is shining, I feel better, and had a wonderful birthday with family and friends! <BR> What more could a person ask for? I am a very blessed lady! <BR> Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes! Hugs! Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:29:57 EST Thank you Thank you so much for all the comments on my sparkpage, blogs and for the sparkgoodies! This team is the best! :) <em>247</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:20:04 EST Feeling better Feeling a little better today! Thanks for all the sparkgoodies and well wishes! (soup, Kleenex, etc.) <BR> Lost 1/2 lb. this week. Yay! Going in the right direction! Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:44:11 EST Not too well Not feeling well today at all. Nasty head cold I think. Praying I'm better tomorrow and can get back to my exercise. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:58:03 EST Making Good Habits Have started reading Joyce Meyer's book " Making Good Habits." One thing she said in the first few pages was "Don't ever be discouraged with yourself because you have not arrived at success, but instead be pleased that you are pressing toward it. Discouragement will only zap the strength you need -- and have -- to eventually succeed." <BR> <BR> I thought that was pretty good advice! Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:41:29 EST Enjoy this day! Headed off to Sunday morning service in a few minutes! Can't wait ! It is always so refreshing and uplifting. God is good! Enjoy this Lord's day! Sun, 14 Apr 2013 09:39:55 EST Late Start Getting a late start this morning - my granddaughter came over. Yay! Always glad to see my grandkids! <BR> Still did get 30 min. in on the treadmill though! :) Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:33:39 EST Great Day! Off to Sunday morning service! Have a great day fellow sparkers! Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:16:27 EST Stubborn scales Sorry to say that I had a small gain this week. Ugh! Even so, I have been keeping up with my exercise, and even had to take in my jeans. Yay! Maybe those stubborn scales will move downward next week. Good luck to me! <em>306</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 15:42:32 EST Yeah! Lost 1/2 lb. this week, but that calls for a celebration. Seems I have been trying to lose that 1/2 lb. forever! LOL Can't wait to move on down! <em>224</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:22:50 EST Tooting my own horn :) Ok - the spark coach challenge today was to toot our own horn, so..... <BR> For the last 6 wks. or so I have had alot of stress helping my husband deal with some serious health issues. He is much better and is going back to work part time on monday for which I am very thankful. I have been able to pretty much maintain my weight through all of this, but now I am ready to move on to losing weight again. So I guess my tooting my own horn is that I maintained my weight while under alot of st... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:39:50 EST Home again Well, my husband came through his surgery well. He is facing several weeks of recovery, but I am just glad he is home. My eating didn't fare quite so well :( but <BR> I still managed to lose 1 1/2 lbs. this week. Yay! :) Hopefully we can get back to some kind of normal around here, whatever that is! <em>224</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 18:47:00 EST Be back soon Will be away from here tomorrow as my husband is having an outpatient procedure done in another city. Hope to be back day after tomorrow though with a good report on my eating and also my husband! <em>224</em> See ya later! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:18:25 EST Made it! I finished the January Jumpstart Fitness challenge today and I am proud of myself! I don't say that very often about myself, but I think I did a good job. Even managed to stay on track while my husband was dealing with some serious health issues. <em>244</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:12:08 EST New routine Well, my husband is on sick leave for the next 6 wks. or so. Will have to see how this affects my exercise routine. He is generally very supportive of my efforts though, so I'm not anticipating much problems. :) <em>30</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:57:52 EST Got the hungries Feel like I could eat my way through the kitchen - not a good idea I know. :( May need to go to bed early tonight! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:57:39 EST Encouraging words to myself. :) Been going through a rough time with my husband, but God is good and he is on the mend! :) <BR> Have been able to pretty much keep up with the January Challenge though and it has really been a big help to getting the scales on the downward trend again. Yes! <em>224</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:38:42 EST Late start Got a really late start on exercise today, but I think I can do it! :) Hate to mess up my January challenge. <em>306</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:44:42 EST Three things I am proud of about myself This was the challenge for today from my motivational Spark Coach. Hmmmm..... <BR> <BR> 1. That I have learned to love exercise, do it almost daily and enjoy it. <BR> 2. Am sticking very close to my calorie range most days. <BR> 3. That I have stuck with Sparkpeople even when I wasn't doing so well. <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:38:27 EST