JOYINKY's SparkPeople Blog JOYINKY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community MUTT STRUT-What fun! Come walk with us, picture blog. You'll see a few typos; please excuse that. This was Sugar and my first Humane Society Mutt Strut; hope to do it again! Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 14 May 2016 14:36:52 EST Spring Forward! Accountability and Consistency work! In my March 1, blog, I established 8 goals. Of the 8, I only met 4. Yet, I consider it a good month because it's reinforced where I need to focus and my weight was up mid month but then started back down. I stopped the backslide and started "April" STRONGER! That IS progress! Four of March's goals are truly part of my lifestyle now; the remaining 4 so work for me--if I work for them! I am sticking with what I know works for ME! <BR> <BR> March also was a good reminder that I have SO MUCH T... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:04:04 EST I'll get there with a little help from my friends! I have a priceless group of friends here and I'd asked them to help me be accountable at the beginning of April. I was struggling with MAINTENANCE and felt I needed accountability. They have been terrific, responding daily to my STATUS--the route I chose to report on my progress towards established goals; what I know works for me. <BR> <BR> Posting: calories consumed daily and steps or fitness minutes achieved as well as a weekly weigh in and report on my morning exercises 3X a week. ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:42:33 EST I'm almost back and have my puppy back 2 Start at my previous blog. Hoping the problems this morning are just length. <BR> <BR> First I have to warm the water. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Next, I set up: <BR> The new patio table worked perfectly; lifting Sugar to a table was one of the things I just couldn't do until recently. <img src=""> <BR> Old yoga mats never di... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:19:36 EST I'm Almost Back and Have My Puppy Back! Those of you that are here often know Sugar; she's a sweet rescue dog that I've had 7 years now. Pitiful when I adopted her; but bloomed; now, heart of my heart. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> I think she must have been crated the first 5 months of her life. When she came to me, it was like she'd just been "hatched" and she was afr... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:52:35 EST EYE OPENER and the extra ACCOUNTABILITY of posting on my status IS helping! Today is my first Wednesday weigh in, in April, 6 days into my April goal plan and it has far exceeded my expectations. Posting my daily calories and fitness minutes has given me the extra push I need. Tired is not an acceptable excuse not to exercise and in the evening, when I am most vulnerable, I've been stopped at 1800 calories or less by the knowledge I would be posting those calories in my status the next morning! In the first 5 days of April, as of early this morning, my scale regis... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 13:52:42 EST A "P.S." TO THIS MORNING'S BLOG <em>189</em> P.S. After some thought, I've concluded that consistency and ACCOUNTABILITY are the key to me staying in my healthy calorie range for April. I need the EXTRA motivation to stay with the healthy choice when I'm tired and most vulnerable. So, for April, my STATUS each morning is going to be my total calorie count from the day before rounded up to 50. 1500 - 1800 calories is a good day. Over or under that feel free to kick butt here! <em>29</em> I'm always open to a hug for a ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 15:33:04 EST Accountablilty: Marching on into April! So glad for a fresh start! In my last blog; March 1, I established 8 goals. Of the 8, I only met 4. Yet, I consider it a good month because it's reinforced where I need to focus and my weight was up mid month but is going back down now. I've stopped the backslide and I'm starting "April" STRONGER! That IS progress! <BR> <BR> March also was a good reminder that I have SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR! Holidays, houseguests and family present a lot more blessings than challenges; but, the challenges are there. <BR> <i... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:39:31 EST SPRING-TIME FOR A FRESH START! INSPIRATION: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ONE BY ONE, THEY'RE REACHING FOR THE <em>67</em> <BR> JUST LIKE US! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The true inspiration is my sparkfriend NANHBH! Who has been setting SMART goals for some time now and kept accountable by blogging her accountability daily! Through all kinds of challenges! <BR> <BR> You can find her blogs at: <BR> <link><BR>u... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:55:27 EST Think Spring; it's not far off now! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Coming to a garden near you soon: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1edcbk4?rel=0 </link> <BR> <BR> Sorry, not sure what I'm doing wrong but link will work if you copy it and paste in your browser. Trust me, it's worth the effort! Beautiful!! <BR> <BR> Third generation (not counting me) to enjoy my garden and yard: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:13:35 EST Picture Blog-Fun Lunch For GGS!-PBJ Sushi anyone?? This morning when I posted that I was looking forward to a GGS day, friend LORIVIOLA suggested I look up Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi! Seriously??! I'm so glad I did! It was a big hit and a fun day! Thanks Lori! Had to share: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:54:11 EST Why this March 2015 Profile Picture? Because it's time to stand up to my challenges!! <BR> <BR> I'm re-committing as of yesterday to be back where I was then by this coming March! I'm not talking about weight. I'm not sure what I weigh right now, how I feel about my body doesn't please me but my clothes still do fit. I will weigh Feb. 1 and change my ticker. I don't need to know right now. As many of you know, 2015 threw me some curves that created some challenges to my fitness and health. For the first time ever; 2015 b... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:58:34 EST Thanks Everyone-All is well! I want to thank everyone that responded and was so concerned about this past week's snowstorm here. Yesterday was a beautiful day. I had paced myself and kept small paths clear; actually enjoyed being out yesterday as it was a clear sunny day! Still, I have a LOT of driveway. My yard guy and his helpers came in the afternoon and cleared out the rest for me. Sugar continues to enjoy the yard and Xena continues to be one unhappy cat. But, that's another blog! You all are great! Again, ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:45:48 EST MY VELCRO GIRL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everything sticks to Sugar's kinky coat! Especially leaves, snow and ice balls! These are what I found fasten best on her feet for comfort in a cold DRY snow. Half the foot of an old sock--anywhere from mid arch to where the heel starts. If you have a big dog; use the whole sock. These are fastened with velcro straps from the hardware dept. of HD. Any tie or lace would work; cut up an ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:37:12 EST Snow-Snow-Snow <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:27:11 EST Great fitness day yesterday! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Great fitness day yesterday! 7+ miles walked (two long phone calls indoors and a Sugar walk in the drizzle). It felt so good to be able to keep going. <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> I also did abs/yoga and hooped! <BR> <em>319</em> <em>416</em> sorry, we STILL have to imagine hooping EMOTICONS! <BR> ANYONE LISTENING SPARKPEOPLE??? <BR> <BR> I never get everything in but if I hit just 10,000 steps OR a blend equaling 120 fitness minutes it counts as a goo... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:28:45 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS! - How to This was to be a Christmas dance; but as soon as the camera came out turned into play. It's all good! Merry Christmas! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A favorite from 5 years ago! <BR> <BR> MERRY CHRISTMAS! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Joy, Xena, Sugar <BR> and <img src=" Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:28:01 EST The Rest of the Dragon Adventure Mastering ON/OFF! <BR> ON <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dragon has now become a part of every visit; no more fear at all! Still scary for Sugar and Xena though. <BR> <BR> OFF <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Several of you inquired about them. I live on two levels and GGS and I spend most of our time on the upper level; Sugar and Xena nap downstairs... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:51:29 EST Can't resist: THE DRAGON CONQUEROR! A Dragon lives in Bear's Room: <BR> A friendly dragon, he still scared Little Ones! <BR> Today, GGS conquered his fear and Dragon has a new friend! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 3 Dec 2015 20:52:10 EST Whenever I see a child approach a dog properly . . . These are a few of my favorite things: Walking Sugar - Yoga - Hooping - Gardening - Watching my 16 mo. old GGS 2-3 days a week (definitely qualifies as active!) - TAKING AND SHARING PICTURES - and who knows what next?! NO LIMITS! It is a lifestyle change! <BR> <BR> This week has been a BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN week in Central KY! GGS, Sugar, Xena and I have been able to enjoy yard time, camera ready. You can't "pose" these shots! This is the unfolding of one little story that I love; I hope yo... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 06:51:32 EST IT'S FREEZING OUT THERE! Plants are in, pics of how "Ahem" Due to circumstances beyond my control, and the threat of an early freeze last night for KY, I was pressed to get my house plants in. My plant's are BIG, although I don't have as many as I used to; this year getting them in has been more of a challenge; working smarter, not harder. First thing I decided is none were going upstairs this year. That made things a lot easier. Anything too big to lift could be moved into my family room through the garage on a hand truck and slid into p... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 08:13:37 EST Time To Leave This Story Behind - now focusing on health, happiness and rebuilding stamina! Today was my "follow up and what's next" visits to the doctors at the clinic. A long afternoon; from 1:45-4:30 and I had very little "wait time". I'm really feeling good. <BR> <BR> I did have a good afternoon; easy when you feel great! A friend drove me but we went to lunch first and had a good visit. Then she dropped me at the clinic at 1:45; I checked in, went and had some labs done (blood drawn), then up - early to see my primary care doctor and surprised he saw me early ( a good ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 21:41:10 EST NO RULES hoop dancing! another GGS (16 mo.) picture blog Late this spring I finally had to give up a long-running hoop streak. At 73, I want to assure you you're never too old (started at 70) or too young (16 month) to hoop! THERE ARE NO RULES! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The wonderful thing about toddlers is they make up their own ways to do things. If there's not a rule ( no hurting self/others or animals) (no breaking things on purpose) (no standing on the table... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:01:41 EST Breakfast with GGS; HE'S BACK! picture blog I can't believe it's been over a month since we've been able to share a day! We've both missed it and this morning has be SO MUCH FUN. Book time, breakfast, dance time and playtime in Bear's room! He was excited about it all. Now it's naptime and g-grandma's blog time. He's better than a sunny day for me! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST: He eats what I eat, most of the time, not much sugar or junk around here. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:13:12 EST TEN STEPS to recover from surgery; moving on to good health! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As you all know, if you know me, I'm a one day at a time gal. Before this year ends I'll be 74. On Oct. 8; I had some diagnostic surgery, so today is day 3. I expect to be fine in no time! <BR> <BR> If a beautiful autumn day comes along and I feel well; I'm not going to waste it. Yet, there are issues. I don't want to scare anyone, especially GGS, and I have staples on either side of m... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:58:45 EST Update: then we all need to focus on heath! Hi Friends! <BR> I just got a call from my surgeon's nurse. The biopsy was positive for GIANT CELL ARTERITIS ( in my arteries). Sounds, and could be, bad but knowing is good because it is treatable. I will get the "what next" when I see the doctors on Friday and get more labs done. I'm feeling good. Look kinda creepy. <em>424</em> &#8203;'Tis the season <BR> All is well and I have a lot of support here. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Better days ahead. Hugs. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 13:52:55 EST I'm Home: All is well, no "results or plan" until tomorrow afternoon. Hi , <BR> Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! For all your prayers and support! Forgive me for not thanking you for the thoughts, prayers and goodies individually. Thoughts and appreciation of every one of you is very individual! You've helped keep me very positive through this. I won't have any results until tomorrow afternoon. I will give a brief report then; then would like to leave this story behind us, at least for awhile. I get to resume meds and supplements tomorrow and focus on h... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:18:51 EST THANK YOU FRIENDS, from Sugar and I: the princess doesn't do thank yous. :) You all have been so very supportive; especially my friends and team mates. I want to thank you for the great response to my blogs. It's been a triple header summer with health issues that have affected my sight, strength, stamina; the issues may or may not be related. Blogging, my girls, and my garden are my therapy! Especially with so much going on! I'd like to leave it at that -- except to ask for prayers tomorrow as the doctors try to figure further what to do about it. I don't feel... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:29:55 EST Picture Blog: After weeks of rain A Sunny Autumn Day! A SUNNY DAY! No one loves a sunny day like a cat! <BR> Xena was beside herself; deliriously happy! Determined <BR> to toast every neglected inch! When the sun came shining in! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:03:04 EST October is my maintenance Anniversary Month! <img src="">The beginning of a long journey to health. <BR> My little blonde granddaughter (above) is now the Mom of my Great grandson! <BR> The baby in my lap; drove me home from the birthday dinner for DD Saturday night. <BR> <BR> October is my Goal Weight anniversary month. I am now a 10 year maintainer! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:48:27 EST BAD CHOICES - or, how I ended up in the ER Monday night. Embarrassing but I feel it's important. I consider myself very aware of my choices and what I do to my body but I made a really bad call that landed me in the ER Monday night and admitted for observation and more labs on Tuesday; then discharged at noon. Issue? It was a holiday, and about 5 p.m. I had the beginnings of a UTI occuring. Wanting to stall it; I thought I could stay comfortable by drinking a LOT of water, since it was early in the signs, and be able to call MY doctor in the morning. <BR> Instead, I ended up in the ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 10:18:27 EST Getting to know me. Borrowed from GARDENCHRIS I don't think I've ever done one of these. I kind of liked this one; thanks, Chris! <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? On the kitchen table upstairs - used for texts and outgoing calls only <BR> <BR> Spouse? nope <BR> <BR> Your hair? naturally gray <BR> <BR> Your mother? gone, but not forgotten <BR> <BR> Your father? same as Mom <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? my home and family; time with my great grandson <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? nothing I can remember <BR> <BR>... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 13:30:30 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY XENA! I've had fun going down memory lane today pulling together pictures for this blog! Xena is 5 today! <BR> <BR> By the time Sugar was 2 she'd made a lot of progress but remained highly sensitive and shy; rarely seeking any attention at all. I understand that's not uncommon in puppy mill rescues. I decided she needed something to liven up her days; but I did not want to have another dog. It was decided to bring a kitten into our household and the search began. Sadly, I could not find a hea... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:35:04 EST End Of Summer Garden Blog Late August and school has started here. Days are getting cooler, it sure feels like the end of summer. There are other signs too. I thought it would be a good time to do a review of some of the garden projects started this spring. The garden itself is not bad, but would have been better if I'd not been slowed down by that fall in May. Mended, but some damage is done to a few of the plants. We'll start and end with something pretty: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:08:39 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUGAR! (Better late than never!) Good Morning, I had the pictures lined up for this blog on Sugar's actual birthday, yesterday. But, I ran out of computer time if I was going to get out in the yard on the nicest day so far this year and she loves spending time in the yard with me! We had a good day in the yard together! <BR> <BR> Still, she is such an important part of my life, and my fitness, that I thought her friends here might want to know how it all began. She's been such a gift to me. <BR> <BR> Sugar is 7 as of A... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:53:06 EST August 8 Garage Sale Finds: It has been a strange, up and down two weeks. Starting with the sudden passing of my SIL in MI and the gathering of my entire family in MI to celebrate her life with both sadness and joy remembering all the good times we had together. My MD daughter stayed a few extra days to help my brother with things in the house that needed to be done. Then, came here for the remainder of her previously scheduled vacation. One of the things we enjoy when she's here is a garage sale day with my other... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 10:13:08 EST WHERE'S SUGAR?! In my last blog, TERRIJ7 asked: "Does Sugar spend a lot of time in her little garden? ". She absolutely does! It's her "safe" place. She's a very timid dog and can hide from anyone anywhere in it. Today, it was the impending storm. We were right on the edge of it and had overcast and a wonderful breeze for working. So, she insisted on being out there with us when normally she would have been on the stairwell. I noticed she was in "hide" mode. Yogis have NOTHING on her for focus! I ha... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:07:45 EST July Garden Review: Pictures Worked in the yard a couple of hours this afternoon and now have the big garden ready for DGS to finish mulching tomorrow. That and occasional light weeding will take care of it for the rest of the season! :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next will be Sugar's garden, weeding, pruning, and just mulching along the front edge. She loves it back there and in the dark is literally invisible! <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 16:37:21 EST Sugar had her first professional grooming today. From 9 this morning until noon Sugar was at the groomer for the first time. The household has mixed feelings. OK, but not as "polished" as I would have expected; didn't know until I got home. She was anxious to leave. The face is not as neat as I would have expected. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:51:59 EST Motivation FROM My Brother; Sweet! I received this in the mail from my brother whom I have been encouraging to exercise, walk, container garden, ANYthing he can handle. He received this from his heart rehab therapist. It really made an impression on him! I have not checked the numbers but it sure makes the point! <BR> <BR> "M&M'S ARE REALLY FOOTBALL FIELDS" <BR> <BR> What does this mean? When you eat one little m&m, it takes one football field of walking to burn off the calories in that one sugar-coated, fat filled m&m... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:24:29 EST Good Morning All! Great Grandson is Back! So strange, I have a walking talking little boy! Well, almost talking. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so happy he's back! <BR> <BR> This is what stopped him in his tracks in the video: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, he's up! Just wanted to share. Smiles, Joy Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:34:03 EST Making Minis - picture blog I've been missing hooping and my streak is on hold as I have been having trouble with my feet and ankles; injured them last month and they are on the mend. So, I decided it might be time for this uncoordinated Great Grandmother to practice off body hooping with minis; focusing on my arms. That's still the plan, but I'm also having some neck and shoulder pain that I need to have checked out first. Don't need to complicate it and not know if it's a medical issue or using new muscles. Falls... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 11:10:12 EST Container Garden Pictures: what a difference a week makes! Been harvesting radishes; past time to plant more! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:40:52 EST Sugar and Xena, Sweetness and . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Smiles, Joy Thu, 28 May 2015 08:12:15 EST May 26 Yard Garden Update: Pictures It's been a beautiful spring. Bulbs and Irises are done and we're heading into summer; Yard is looking good. <BR> What's new: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> With the April rains this spring; the hostas are spectacular! This bed still needs to be edged and mulched. It's in the front yard. <BR> <BR> Also in the front yard is an early spring bulb garden. Something has been in bloom since the last snow. <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:25:32 EST May 26 Yard Garden Update: Pictures It's been a beautiful spring. Bulbs and Irises are done and we're heading into summer; Yard is looking good. <BR> What's new: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> With the April rains this spring; the hostas are spectacular! This bed still needs to be edged and mulched. It's in the front yard. <BR> <BR> Also in the front yard is an early spring bulb garden. Something has been in bloom since the last snow. <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:25:32 EST Quick Container Garden Update: pictures You can back up two blogs if you are interested in how this started. It's doing very nicely: <BR> Deck: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gardens: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 May 2015 09:40:07 EST Container Gardening Update: It's been only a week, but things are growing! This is my update on my last blog a week ago to get my brother motivated to try container gardening. Things are going well. It will be time for him to plant at the end of the month. <BR> 5/17 garden: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Radishes are up and I have a pepper with more on the way! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 17 May 2015 10:58:34 EST Container Gardening This past year my brother has had some serious heart issues. Thankfully he was a candidate for a new surgical procedure and successfully is recovering from surgery this spring. He is still limited in what he can do but he's come a long way. Was wanting to garden; but can't get out and garden in a "big way" so I encouraged him to try container gardening and enlist his granddaughter to help. Win/win. <BR> Also win/win is that a garden is a promise to the future and gives you plenty to thi... Mon, 11 May 2015 16:47:15 EST GGS's Box, continued . . . <img src=""> <BR> "I LOVE MY BOX!' <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "WHAT? NO BUBBLE WRAP?" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "FUN IS FUN!" <BR> <BR> Will continue until the box is no more. <BR> <BR> Smiles, Joy Mon, 4 May 2015 15:46:28 EST