JOYINKY's SparkPeople Blog JOYINKY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Early Autumn Here in Central KY Early Autumn and the trees still hold their crimson leaves. We're just back from a nice walk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ​There are still a few roses to be enjoyed. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 22 Oct 2017 15:32:08 EST Here I go AGAIN!! Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Beautiful day here! Going to get out and enjoy it. I have a quote that's been nagging me since I read it on NANHBH's blog on August 11th. Hit the nail on the head for me! Borrowing it to share with you: <BR> <img src=""> Thanks Nancy! <BR> <BR> In 2015 I was hit with a double whammy of health issues that really knocked me on my butt. It was all I could do to just get through my d... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:03:32 EST Summer at the Arboretum! 6/29/17 and a beautiful KY morning! I was meeting my DD for a walk at the Arboretum; a short drive for each of us. Today, I left Sugar home. She' showing HER age and doesn't do well in the hot sun. But things are in summer bloom in my yard now; so I grabbed my camera expecting the same there. So glad I did! <BR> I arrived first, so took a few shots before DD arrived. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ​First v... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:40:57 EST It's been 3 years but worth the wait, I promise: Arboretum walk No, not 3 years since I've been there but since I last blogged about it and needed a follow up. Since that walk in December of 2013 a lot has happened healthwise and it's taken awhile to regain the strength to walk the hills of the arboretum. I'm pretty sure I have a couple of times but would have had Sugar and it wouldn't have been a summer day. Today was beautiful and I was meeting my DD there. Since I hadn't been there with it in bloom in a long time and the blooms in my garden are loo... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:26:58 EST If you garden, you'll love this! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-does-your-body.html </link> <BR> <BR> If this doesn't work; try to copy/paste this into your browser: <BR> <BR><BR>arden-does-your-body.html <BR> <BR> I don't understand why these things happen; but if the copy/paste doesn't work, scroll down on the page you do get until you see the picture of the a... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:46:42 EST A Xena Milestone at Our House: picture blog ​Unless you know Xena, there's no way you can appreciate these next pictures. Took 2.5 years to get to this point! <BR> <BR> Traditionally, Xena hides when anyone, including GGS visits; downstairs. Yesterday we wanted to watch a movie downstairs while we played and she did venture out. I remembered an experiment I did quite awhile back and decided to try it. I put one of my mini hoops on the floor: <BR> <img src=" Thu, 25 May 2017 08:22:21 EST Little One Came To Visit Last Night! 5/6/17 Hi, <BR> What a surprise. I went to check my mailbox yesterday evening and there by my porch was Little One! I had to go back in to get my camera and by the time I was back he'd made it to the front sidewalk. Because of all the rain, my grass is tall; I'm sure the sidewalk is easier going. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mom is NOT happy. He's not showing an interest in flying and she wants him in the grass. <BR> <img ... Sun, 7 May 2017 09:26:53 EST New Rug in the Bedroom Has Been a Workout I decided this spring to treat myself to a new rug in my bedroom. It is in my lower level with a tiled concrete floor and I didn't want carpet "installed" so I had it cut to size and bound instead. <BR> My son picked it up for me and helped me put it down last night. Prior to that I cleared the room of all but the bed and dresser; removing the drawers of the dresser to make it lighter and shifting those two things from one side to the other to get the rug unrolled. I am still tired but al... Sat, 6 May 2017 08:34:59 EST Good Bye Friday From The Nest!: #15 It has been a crazy day; hope I can make sense of my pictures! Was taking photos upstairs and working on my bedroom downstairs. Clearing, sorting and prepping to put down a new rug this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I got started at 7:15 this morning and it was like Little One was waiting for me! LITTLE ONE WAS THE ONLY ONE!! Big One was already gone! I might mention it's been another chilly, rainy day! <BR> It's 7:25 and this is "Good Morning" AND "Good Bye"! Much sooner and faster than I... Fri, 5 May 2017 22:44:45 EST Soggy Thursday from the nest. Where's Mom?: #14 It's a chilly morning with a soft rain. <BR> Good Morning. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Big changes are happening! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's going to be a long, rainy day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> No Mom, "on the nest", today. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Fri, 5 May 2017 10:39:39 EST Short Wednesday From the Nest: #13 I was gone most of the day yesterday so I didn't get many photos of the Robin family. <BR> A quick "Good Morning" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I swear, they are addictive! <BR> Then I was on my way to a busy day. <BR> <BR> Back at 4 p.m. <BR> They are growing so fast, it's getting to be a tight fit, can you imagine if there were 4? <BR> <img src=" Thu, 4 May 2017 11:40:34 EST From the Nest; Big One Preening First attempt with my new camera so please excuse the jiggles at the beginning. Wasn't sure what I was doing! This was also from my new camera. Still lots to learn. But keeps my mind off food! These little ones are growing incredibly fast and I'm going to miss them when they are gone. <BR> <BR> Off now for a walk. <BR> Be well everyone. <BR> Smiles. Joy Wed, 3 May 2017 16:53:02 EST Windy Tuesday from the Nest: #12 Every morning at the nest starts with that little glimpse of fluff; so we're going to skip that picture today as yesterday was no different. <BR> Rest assured that these are definitely not Morning Peeps and the wind is creating what we would call a "bad hair" day! Their feathers blowing in the wind even after endless preening. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Regardless, let's call this two cute! <BR> <img src="http://photo... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:32:29 EST Stormy Monday from the Nest: #11 Heavy rains through the night and into the morning; followed by a VERY windy day really challenged the Robin family. Mr. and Mrs. stayed close and I'm sure must have been glad their little ones are feathered. Rough day! <BR> First thing this Monday morning: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Braving a look, during a break from the storm. Parents are off getting food while they have a chance. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Tue, 2 May 2017 10:18:09 EST GOOD MORNING! CAPTIONS ANYONE? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> X <BR> Mom took advantage of a lull in the heavy rains and Mr. and Mrs. both quickly fed the chicks. She's back! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To my knowledge this is the first shower for the little ones. But, I've obs... Mon, 1 May 2017 09:18:56 EST Sunday from the Nest: #10 <img src=""> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Someone's got a system. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Followed by a nap. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It works, Someone did a lot of growin... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:30:19 EST Friday from the Nest: #9 Waky, wakey! Oh My Gosh, trying so hard to be "ready" for Dad's arrival! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here he is! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Any bets on who gets the worm? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Maybe next time! <BR> <img src=" Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:47:33 EST Thursday from the Nest: #8 I've decided to do shorter blogs of each day individually. Taking the pictures is the easy part, editing and sorting takes time. I have many more pictures than I use and I edit, and date or delete all of them. Many are repetitive. In addition, we've had storm threats all around us this past week and it's kept Mr. and Mrs. off the nest more than usual but CLOSE. The nestlings have also learned that when they hear me (buzz-click) they're supposed to hunker down! <em>24</em> <BR> That's ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:05:20 EST A Little More on Xena <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Working, cleaning up the yard from our visitors yesterday morning; I heard Xena "talking" to me. <BR> Visitors: <img src=""> <BR> Surprisingly, to find her; I had to look up. I suspect her trip up the tree might be related to the visitors but I'll never really know; could have just been their scent. You see, in... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:12:18 EST Wednesday from the nest: #6 This may be the last morning this occupied nest "looks" empty! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Good Morning little ones! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Time to eat. No, there's not 3; one open beak and one closed. <BR> The oldest lasts longest, even one day makes a big difference in size and stamina. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:10:16 EST Tuesday at the Nest: #5 Good Morning, Skipping the Tuesday morning at the nest, repetitive. <BR> Time for Lunch: <BR> Hello Little One! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dad's on the way. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Ever cautious! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Once there, he's quickly done and looking to... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:34:19 EST Monday from the Nest: #4 Good Morning, Both parents "on the job" yesterday; but the nest covered most of the time. Makes for repetitive photos. Mornings and evenings are the busiest feeding and air patrol times. I was working out there all afternoon on the shrubs below, so I gave them the afternoon off. With keen hearing there's no way they are not aware of me. <BR> I said "Good Morning" a little after 9 a.m. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fee... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:14:02 EST Good night from the nest #3 blog post wouldn't post. I've reported it but have not had a reply. New message this time that makes no sense at all. It was a 5 photo blog, shouldn't have been a problem. I love doing them but not if it ends up with an hour or more trying to post and still failing. Those of you that really enjoy them; I also have them in email form and would be happy to email it to you if you send me your email through sparkmail. I won't abuse it but certainly understand anyone not wanting to share it. Of course, then you will... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:17:52 EST The Nest #2 Chilly rainy day here. I did cover up and go out and fertilize the lawn and gardens. Mrs. Robin doesn't have that choice and the tree is not leafed out enough yet to offer any protection. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some shots stand well alone. <em>388</em> <BR> Fun to share. <BR> Thanks for the visit. Joy Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:33:03 EST From the Nest 1 -Mr. & Mrs. Robin; for those enjoying my new camera with me I think we may have a little one. But I can't see that far into the nest, should be poking it's head up soon though. Two signs, Mom just seemed more "alert" yesterday, "different" than her content "sitting". <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Trust me, she was just acting "different". <BR> Then, when I was in the back yard this ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:49:55 EST Urrrgh! Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, since I can not post this as a "secret of success" on my page. Seriously?! Needs another 1008 characters? I can say a lot in a lot less than that! <BR> So, I will try a blog. I am so not enjoying this site like I used to. Don't you hate when your page says "No secrets of success."?! <BR> <BR> Mrs. Robin continues to be an inspiration to me; she defines commitment!! <BR> <BR> Don... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:41:35 EST urrgh! Another picture blog bites the dust with the not HTML message! Now fixed. I won't spend a whole night again trying to fix it! Just half, can't help myself! GGS baking his first Christmas cookies. Let's see if it will take one picure; that's the only place HTML's can possilby be and I can't control that. <em>24</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm still confused. I'm going to try adding one chunk at a time. <BR> <BR> I planned on spending the afternoon downstairs and letting J.W.... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:22:14 EST DECEMBER begins, November goals served me well. Why would I change them?! No, I did not weigh less this morning than I did on November first. But I did weigh less than yesterday and I am back under goal. I certainly can't be disappointed about that! Life is good! <img src="">We had a really nice November. <BR> <BR> Checking in as promised with MY NOVEMBER REPORT on Commitment, Consistency and Accountability with a big THANK YOU to those of your that are helping me with accountability... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:44:05 EST NOV. These limits will get me through the year! Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Checking in as promised with MY OCTOBER REPORT on Commitment, Consistency and Accountability with a big THANK YOU to those of your that are helping me with accountability. <BR> Here we go: <em>192</em> Great weigh in this morning with another fraction of a pound lost. I really don't expect to go much lower; but it's nice to be headed into the challenges of the season below goal! The plan is to continue with the same limits, easing up on the calorie range just a... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:48:17 EST For Those Who Walk/Run With Their Dogs: <img src=""> <BR> Sugar in one of her "many" coats. <BR> <BR> Those of you that "know me" know that Sugar is my main walking partner! If we haven't walked by 5 p.m. and I'm "sitting" anywhere I start getting her polite "nose poke". <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Then, off we go! Could you say no??? <BR> <BR> Well, this fall she developed a m... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:24:09 EST OCTOBER - It's So Nice To Start With A Clean Slate!! I LOVE IT!! <BR> <BR> Ever wonder where my "report" blogs come from? Showing my age here; I was a pencil and paper person before I ever had a computer--and still am! I can track fine without a computer but I sure would miss you all! <em>213</em> GOOD MORNING! <BR> <BR> Yes, It's Oct. 2 and it struck me this morning how much I like starting with a clean slate every month! It serves me well. <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 09:45:36 EST OCT. 1: These Limits Work For ME! BUT, I HAVE TO WORK FOR THEM. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Goals re-established for MY maintenance after tweaking this past year and Sept. results: <BR> <BR> <em>418</em> 1. The a.m. abs/yoga routine 3 mornings a week. Every week! <em>248</em> <BR> <em>313</em> 2. A minimum of 10,000 steps OR 120 fitness minutes a day. MET 28/30days <BR> <em>4</em> 3. No less than 1200 nor more than 1800 calories a day (adjusted up). 20/30 days with a total of approximately 3,250 calories over ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:13:19 EST Feel like I've hit a turning point! AND IT'S ALL GOOD! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ISAIAH 58:11 <BR> <BR> I might add; feeling fit for the first time in over a year as I've pushed through multiple health issues. Still reducing meds, got the steroid to a new low last Friday. Still on the mend; but feeling really good! <BR> <BR> Life is good! <em>104</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:47:03 EST Goodbye August. WELCOME! September! I'm really HAPPY TO BE HERE, back under goal at 133.8#! Finally! It's been months! I began in March with a month of inventory and planning. <BR> I initiated a new plan in April. <BR> Worked through ups and downs and tweaked along the way. <BR> Struggled through MAY - JUNE - JULY AND AUGUST. Accountable daily along the way! <BR> <BR> Plan: COMMITMENT - CONSISTENCY - ACCOUNTABILITY <BR> <BR> I really had to up my activity and drop my calories--lower than I ever intended to go agai... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 14:48:22 EST Training for Two! Step by step with GGS and Sugar: Yep, TWO, it's time. <BR> <BR> I think I'm safe in saying he's (GGS) the only one in the family to accomplish this. For those of you that don't know, Sugar is a rescue. She's 8 now but still very timid and has difficulty bonding. This was a special day. GGS is just two. <BR> <BR> 1. Approach calmly and call her name. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Use your voice softly and hands. She came today for... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:22:45 EST BYE JULY, HELLO AUGUST! I'm STILL here! <em>20</em> <BR> I've changed my mind and doing the July to August blog; it's good for my soul. I need the introspection and accountability. Twice now I've been SURE on the first of the month that my commitment would be fulfilled! No, I have not failed. Because, I HAVE NOT QUIT! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I've continued this accountability and commitment because it is working and my "lifestyle" pattern was allowing me to slip-up, literally! This has been because of both illness that b... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 13:44:47 EST By Special Request-Picture, Ginger Plant This spring I learned on one of my teams that you can grow ginger in a pot; even using grocery store ginger root. You want one that looks "fresh" and has "eyes" like a potato ready to sprout. Basically you plant them like irises with the root exposed at the surface of the soil. You can get several plants from one root as long as there are eyes on each piece. There are all kinds of directions online but that's basically it. <BR> <BR> I commented yesterday on LADYFROMTHEWOOD's blog about... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:54:52 EST Where There's A Will . . . there's a way! This past week with the heat index close to 100 almost every day has been a real challenge to me. I just can't handle being out in the heat. Actually my walking partner, Sugar, can't either when it's this hot. Even when I did an early morning walk with my daughter, I paid for it later. I even drank water along the way and felt fine at the time but by that afternoon I didn't and half the next day passed before I felt "normal", or what passes for normal now. This is the first summer for me... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:04:50 EST JUNE to JULY:Sentenced to another month of accountability! If you are new to joining me on this personal challenge; you might want to back up one or two blogs. The June blog has a good summary of this journey that began in April as well as adjustments to goals for June. <BR> <BR> June was a successful month with a 2 pound loss but not at or under goal weight for <BR> July 1. <BR> <BR> This personal challenge began in March 2016. From March I learned enough to establish 8 goals for April and they helped me narrow to just 4 goals for May. I do... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:37:19 EST A Seasoned "Maintainer", Why in the world would this morning's weigh in surprise me?! Those of you that know me, know that I had some health challenges start last year at this time and life changed considerably. In my 10th year of maintaining, new challenges were presented to maintenance too; both my strength and stamina were affected and complicated by the medication I now have to take. I really don't know my body like I used to and my weight was slipping into my "danger zone"; the dreaded 140's. A place with memories of being trapped. I was warned about the weight gain... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:26:19 EST May to June: Progress Report, NSV's and Why I Don't Like Weighing! This personal challenge began in March 2016. From March I learned enough to establish 8 goals for April and they helped me narrow to just 4 goals for May. I do know what works for me; it's not my first rodeo. <BR> <BR> I've continued this accountability and commitment because it is working and my "lifestyle" pattern was allowing me to slip-up, literally! This has been because of both illness that began in June 2015 and side effects of the now necessary medications. <BR> <BR> I was warn... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 14:39:11 EST 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