JUDYPOPPINS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUDYPOPPINS JUDYPOPPINS'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/ No more procrastinating...starting tomorrow!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206741 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528458059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My overflowing inbox revealed so many saved for later emails (TBR..to be read or TBRA to be read again). <BR> <BR> My favorites: <BR> The Simple Secret to Stop Procrastination <BR> How to Stop Procrastination Now <BR> Stop Procrastination in 4 easy steps <BR> <BR> All of them are over a year old...one of them is 2 years old. <BR> <BR> (Now you see why it's so hard for me to blog) <BR> <BR> Let me think about w... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:17:54 EST I want to lose 5 pounds every week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200570 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2068095235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Feel like this? Make those resolutions and stick to them and see a measly one pound loss? Isn't it frustrating? Yes, but totally unrealistic to expect big losses week after week (it rarely happens to most people). However if you take the long view rather than the depressing short view: <BR> <BR> IF I LOST 1 POUND EACH WEEK OF 2013 <BR> <BR> By Valentine's Day I'd be 7 lbs. lighter! <BR> I'm loving it! <BR> B... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:22:08 EST Kindness----Pass It On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187094 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1907499274.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. <BR> - Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> I was feeling a little blah and decided that maybe a few random acts of kindness might help. As always, I immediately began to smile and my mood took a 180-turn. Christmas may be over, but it's never NOT the season to pass it on!! Try it, you'll like it...I promise you, you will fee... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:52:58 EST Got that HOLIDAZED feeling?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171496 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1310400806.jpg"> <BR> Are the holidays beginning to stress you out? Finding yourself not quite so ho ho ho and more arggghhhhh? My friends, we need to seek our inner peace. Being a retired therapist, I want to impart some wisdom on how to deal with the holidaze that often overcomes us. It has worked for me over the past several years and so I pass on the advice I was given by a wiser than I counselor: <BR> <BR> Achieving Inner Peace: <BR> ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:23:13 EST Smiles & Gratitude & Tears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154201 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639784727.jpg"> <BR> I love the hustle/bustle of the Season, but December, especially the early part is a bittersweet time for me. Today would have been my younger sister Bonnie's birthday. She died of lung cancer at a very young age (smoking since age 14 was a contributing factor). On December 7, my older sister Joan would be celebrating her birthday. She died of cancer also. Neither of them lived a particularly healthy lifestyle nor did t... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:58:30 EST On your mark, get set....GO..Eating Season is here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144961 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178673453.jpg"> <BR> The Eating Season is upon us...starts with Halloween followed by Thanksgiving and now the season is in full swing with parties galore, goodies everywhere ("just try one, I made them because they are your favorite"), well-meaning friends drop off cookies and cakes and pies. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l354787667.jpg"> <BR> Headed to mall? The sights and smells of peppermint and cocoa and ci... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:06:47 EST Stuff that Turkey; not yourself!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1676386581.jpg"> <BR> Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings. Most of have many of them. And it is the time to focus on those blessings and let go of our anger and resentment. For those of us with weight and food issues, it's also a time to get a handle on our calories (points). <BR> <BR> "According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:09:22 EST Thank You For Serving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131886 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095709825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some of us are celebrating a long weekend with friends and family. That's just great and I heartily celebrate with the rest. And yet, we should take a few minutes and REMEMBER why we have this extra long weekend. Daily I enjoy such freedom that many do not have or can even dream of. I have the freedom to pursue whatever spirituality I choose (or even not to), I can speak out without fear of reprisals, I do not n... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:35:29 EST Just think about it..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113992 I mean, think about it..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l753803585.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You buy ten bags of overpriced candy. <BR> <BR> Hand out about four pieces to the <BR> trick or treaters, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l633151814.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and then you are left with a boat-load of <BR> rich, fattening chocolates!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032266035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is this a great... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:21:54 EST Heed the warning..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091570 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l952929920.jpg"> <BR> Mr. Pumpkin says, "HI" <BR> ~~ <BR> ~~ <BR> ~~ <BR> Mr. Pumpkin says, "Happy Halloween Month" <BR> ~~ <BR> ~~~ <BR> ~~ <BR> Mr. Pumpkin says, "You could stand to lose a few pounds baby!" <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511406471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MR. PUMPKIN SHOULD HAVE QUIT WHILE HE WAS AHEAD!! <BR> <BR> ♥ .•*´¨ ) ..•*¨... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 16:22:10 EST Pancakes for me!! And then I'm going to IHOP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083244 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529161024.jpg"> <BR> It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I want to add my two cents. It's so easy to put off getting that mammogram so I'm also declaring PANCAKES for ME. That little squeeze is well worth the small inconvenience for the payoff of getting a clean bill of health or early detection of something amiss. I have so many friends who are now doing well because of early detection and treatment. I've lost a few friends, too, and I ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 02:20:23 EST Sometimes the Butler didn't do it....mystery solved!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080770 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16328433.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l670982096.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With time, women gain weight because we accumulate so much information & wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated & happy. <BR> <BR> Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think; Good Grief, look how smart I ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:42:14 EST Breaking Dishes, AGAIN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726666300.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Several friends and I were discussing our maddening plateaus in our weight loss journey. We all follow Weight Watchers program, so we remembered what our leader had asked us: What happens when you break a dish? Laughingly a few said curse a blue streak. But then what do we do, she had asked? Do you break all your other dishes, too? Of course, we don't (well most of the time anyway unless we have a heck of a tem... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:47:58 EST So how come cauliflower still doesn't know my name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/4/b743031826.jpg"> <BR> Hey cauliflower wake up!! Why or why do you never call my name? That banana nut muffin calls me regularly...Judy Wudy, come here!! Cheetos chorus out...Judy, Judy, Judy (in their best Cary Grant imitation). The Ferrero chocolates sing ..."Judy, Judy, Judy do you love me? (and they know I do!)" Those potato chips sexily chant "you know you want me, you really want me?". The ice cream screams out "I scream, you scream... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 14:39:57 EST Getting a tattoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023407 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l595231574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to get this tattooed on my body (in several places). I so easily forget that this is the only way for me: Just Do It. Of course, since I am a wuss of the highest order (nearly fainted just looking at tattoos online), I'll be cancelling my appointment with Bruno the tattoo artiste. <BR> <BR> I have, however, realized the need to stop the excuses and whining so I'm getting them out of my system: <BR> <BR... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:19:50 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013909 Never Quit Pledge <BR> Thursday, August 9, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best f... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:42:18 EST I want it ALL & I want it smothered in CHOCOLATE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997934 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l704551429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Blog time and, as usual, I'm just not coming up with anything. My brain is in a fog, I'm a tad UNpoppinish, I'm exhausted, and my get-up-and-go has got up and went to some isle in the Caribbean. <BR> <BR> I've been up since 5:40 a.m. but am still in my nightshirt which reads: "I want it ALL & I want it smothered in CHOCOLATE!!" I think that's summing me up...I want it, but I'm not willing to put effort into it ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:07:00 EST It's a wonderful life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974840 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207019468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay sometimes it's dayS and not A day, but the sentiment is still true... realized I haven't blogged in a while and this is it...just a lot going on and very, very busy. Not much time for sparking nor myself at the moment. <BR> But I am NEVER too busy to mix up a bit of that old pixie dust...so here it is... <BR> <BR> &#9829; .•*´¨ ) ..•*¨) -:¦:- <BR> (. ;.•.&#9829; Sprinkling you &#9829;.•*¨) <BR> &#9829;.•*¨... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:07:24 EST Happy JULY 4th !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953384 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393086137.jpg"> <BR> And I'm proud to be an American, <BR> where at least I know I'm free. <BR> And I won't forget the men {women} who died, <BR> who gave that right to me. <BR> ~Lee Greenwood <BR> <BR> As we celebrate the 4th of July, let us never forget that so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the very freedoms we enjoy every day. Thank you to all who have served, continue to serve, and to those families who sacrifice also as th... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 10:59:05 EST Happy National Fresh Veggies Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929103 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724599032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a reminder...be good to yourself and celebrate NATIONAL FRESH VEGGIES DAY!! <BR> <BR> What veggies are you choosing today? Look at how delicious (and nutritious) these look. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l935398705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (one of my favorites...and YOU are worth the effort to make your food look appetizing) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:49:07 EST Crabby Appleton Front & Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915114 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50585723.jpg"> <BR> If I were a cat...this would be me!! Crabby Appleton!! <BR> <BR> Life has thrown (vicariously) a major boulder in my way and I'm a tad ticked off. No sweet Miz Poppins. My applecart has been overturned and I'm not a happy camper. My daughter hurt her knee during an obstacle "fun" run. Really hurt it...she has a detached ACL, tears to MCL, bruised bone and some other minor tearing in her knee. Much of it will heal ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 17:14:48 EST Never Forget Those Who Sacrifice for Us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901003 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l49599206.jpg"> <BR> As I set out to write a Memorial Day blog, it struck me how bittersweet a blog it must be. Many of us are celebrating our long weekend with barbeques, volleyball, laughter with friends and family. That's just great and I heartily celebrate with the rest. And yet, we should take a few minutes and REMEMBER why we have this extra long weekend. That, is not so happy a thought. Daily I enjoy such freedom that many do not. I ha... Mon, 28 May 2012 10:28:12 EST i Remember Mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880875 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389226021.jpg"> <BR> This is my "mama" and I remember her so fondly. She's been in heaven for a long time now and was called home even before she got to meet my younger daughter. I meant to post this yesterday (Mother's Day) but was busy and didn't get to it. <BR> <BR> No one says it better than Erma Bombeck did...here's her take on mothers. <BR> <BR> When God Created Mothers <BR> <BR> When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was in... Mon, 14 May 2012 12:42:11 EST Call the Fire Dept!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865687 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679039451.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l981382671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l366610472.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l183154724.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As we get older and realize there just aren't as many birthdays ahead of us as their once was; we aren't sure how many more we will get...I'm going to celebrate not only my birthDAY... Fri, 4 May 2012 01:43:39 EST Happy May Day!! It's Lei Day in Hawaii!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827807325.jpg"> <BR> Can anyone remember when people used to do this? Put baskets of flowers on neighbors doors? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580323739.jpg"> <BR> May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii <BR> Garlands of flowers everywhere <BR> All of the colors in the rainbow <BR> Maidens with blossoms in their hair <BR> <BR> Flowers that mean we should be happy <BR> Throwing aside a load of care <BR> Oh, May Day is Lei Da... Tue, 1 May 2012 14:08:33 EST When in doubt, immerse yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850257 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558245584.jpg"> <BR> (I want to remain in a positive state of mind so...I will refrain from typing .. and as a picture is worth a 1,000 words...here goes) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l467484766.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781288587.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697166891.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l328102597.jpg"... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:00:32 EST Still Under Construction :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826940 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l869828476.jpg"> <BR> It seems no matter which street or highway I turn down lately, I manage to see those Under Construction signs, the lanes narrowing, workers on the road, dangerous materials in my way...all slowing down and impeding my progress. So frustrating and aggravating! <BR> <BR> Even at my age, my life seems to still be under construction too (you'd think that by now, I'd be all constructed and set, wouldn't you?). Ache there,... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 11:47:51 EST Happy Spring!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796947 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454819973.jpg"> <BR> I &#9829; spring. It signals RE's. You know the RE: renewal, refreshment, recommitment, regeneration. No matter how frustrated I've been feeling and how unmotivated, I find it impossible to not become excited about spring and all it brings...new beginnings!! <BR> <BR> For the past several months, I've been running on autopilot. Not unhappy, but not fully engaged either...especially in my living style. Tracking has... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:15:58 EST PIE...PI...OH MY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779371 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255659476.jpg"> <BR> PIE...PI.....I just realized I've always had trouble with PI(E) and probably always will. <BR> <BR> I really am part of the orange section of that "PIE CHART"...I DO wish it were pie. Particularly coconut cream or mint/chocolate with shamrocks on it. I love food, want it, and, too often give in to it when it calls my name. <BR> <BR> I've also always had difficulty with PI (3.14159265358979323846), but in this case it... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 14:37:46 EST I do believe in Angels, I do, I do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4761997 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l813540359.jpg"> <BR> ANGELS DO EXIST, I know they do.... <BR> but some times, since they don't all have wings, we call them FRIENDS. <BR> <BR> And I want to thank all my earth angels who have helped me through these doldrum days of winter. I may not yet be back to the Practically Perfect Poppins gal, but can hear her faintly urging me on. <BR> <BR> It's very reassuring, uplifting, and motivating when people come to your aid. It's also a r... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:30:21 EST Love is in the Air!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738364 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l957019394.jpg"> <BR> Roses are red, my love &#9835;&#9835;&#9835; <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l472826892.jpg"> <BR> Sugar...Honey Honey...You are My Candy Girl &#9835;&#9835; <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260658756.jpg"> <BR> You take my hand, and I'll take yours &#9835;&#9835; <BR> LOVE IS IN THE AIR!! &#9835;&#9835;&#9835; <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNC0kIzM1Fo </link> <BR>... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:17:20 EST GET YOUR RED ON!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717715 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l692677172.jpg"> <BR> Friday, February 3rd is Go Red for Women Day....so wear your favorite red dress, blouse, t-shirt, jeans, shoes, jewelry. Heart Disease is the number one killer of women, yet we often take our hearts for granted because so much of the talk is about men and their heart disease. But heart disease doesn't care about gender or age, it can be an equal opportunity problem. <BR> <BR> So wear your RED proudly and encourage all... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 00:00:47 EST Steroids 4 Judy 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l247712449.jpg"> <BR> Now that should be enough to warrant a <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l97954364.jpg"> <BR> BUT...despite that I'm on the wrong side of this scoreboard with my meds at this time, I really am not downbeat at all. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l826417286.jpg"> <BR> Perhaps it's that I don't feel the "2 minute" warning and I know that once I'm totally off the meds, I will lo... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:20:48 EST Suffering... from Blogger's Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680451 I am really suffering...from Blogger's Block. I've tried several times to write this blog (and for several days)....nothing seems to be coming to me...no pearls of wisdom...no witticisms...nada :( <BR> <BR> No major progress, no major disasters. Just life with its little speed bumps....so what can I write about? I'm not inspired, I'm not motivated, I'm just.. well, I feel just "not." <BR> <BR> Because I am a member of the Community Team and I don't want to get kicked off it...here's my m... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 15:14:42 EST A &#9835; B &#9835; C &#9835; D &#9835; ...Alphabet for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659888 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72919164.jpg"> <BR> Accept differences <BR> Be kind <BR> Count your blessings <BR> Dream big <BR> Express thanks <BR> Forgive <BR> Give freely <BR> Harm no one <BR> Imagine more <BR> Jetison anger <BR> Keep confidences <BR> Love truly <BR> Master something <BR> Nurture hope <BR> Open your mind <BR> Pack lightly <BR> Quell rumors <BR> Reciprocate <BR> Seek wisdom <BR> Touch hearts <BR> Understand <BR> Value truth <BR> Wi... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 15:05:04 EST Meowy - Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636305 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174790703.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350370770.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l667805706.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the flat <BR> not a creature was stirring except for the cats <BR> They ran and they played and they jumped 'round with glee <BR> They played with the ornaments 'til they came off the tree <BR> All bright and shiny the orna... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:22:08 EST It's the holiDAYS not the holiWEEKS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591378 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410037517.jpg"> <BR> Time to rethink the next several weeks. There are a few holidays (Thankgiving & Christmas or Hanukkah, New Years) and we have famliy celebrations and a bunch of social commitments. But they are DAYS not WEEKS. It's Thanksgiving DAY (Not Thanksgiving Stuff Yourself Week). For all those other days where a holiday is not scheduled, eat healthy, get in all the recommended exercise, destress, and try not worry about tha... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:49:46 EST Glad my procedure is behind me (pun totally intended)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580926 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197903892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm glad my procedure is behind me (pun totally intended here)!! <BR> <BR> It isn't always easy to talk, think about, or consider a colonoscopy. BUT it is important to know the facts, to get routine tests done because colon cancer, caught early, is considered quite treatable. <BR> <BR> FACTS: Colorectal cancer <BR> <BR> 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer <BR> 3rd leading cause of cancer death in both men and ... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 14:14:28 EST On your mark, get set, GO...It's the Eating Season!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557839 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222653527.jpg"> <BR> But that does not mean to have a GO...GO...GO attitude about all that delicious food that is everywhere. <BR> <BR> For the Eating Season is upon us...starts with Halloween (actually for me it already has started...three eating out occasions already this week and tomorrow is our wedding anniversary so that means P F Changs!!) I'm already fighting the steroid weight gain from my physical problems (which are now under co... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 18:40:58 EST Under Construction... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489886 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l38029767.jpg"> <BR> Does anyone else struggle with writing blogs, like I do? It's something I actually dislike doing as I always feel like I'm in a construction zone...lots of material all around and yet I don't know where to start. I spend so much time trying to come up with something to write that I'm not sure it's very productive for me nor anyone else. If it weren't one of the requirements for being a Community Team member, I would ra... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 16:33:03 EST Bloggity, Blog, Blog....Blog!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463019 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229932087.jpg"> <BR> Bloggity, blog, blog, blog..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l115076511.jpg"> <BR> bloggity, bloggity..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l624463298.jpg"> <BR> Die T (die with a t....NO...) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65556262.jpg"> <BR> I think I'm on to something.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182759009.jpg">... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:25:41 EST What can you say when you have nothing to say? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4444798 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673184607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I sat and I sat and I thunk and I thunk. <BR> <BR> What do you say when you have nothing to say? <BR> <BR> Being a Poppins, I thought...maybe SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS might do the trick. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l53822612.jpg"> <BR> There I said it !! <BR> (but no, it doesn't quite work in a blog. It might suffice if I could sing and dance, too (but alas I am rhythmical... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:48:04 EST Don't Throw That Plate!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426084 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l759130443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Put down that plate!! Don't throw it & break it!! <BR> <BR> If you break a dish today, do you just grab all your other dishes and continue to smash them? <BR> (most of the time the answer is a resounding NO WAY) <BR> <BR> But what happens when you go off program? What happens when life throws a boulder in your path? Do you continue on your not-so-healthy way because you just happen to make some bad choices (or... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:42:06 EST Time to Make Lemonade!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4410559 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579991383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You know the old saying...When life gives you lemons, make lemonade... well it's time to get that lemonade going. <BR> <BR> Just as I had lost the weight gain from the last round of new medication and was thrilled to be at goal, another challenge arose. This time steroids. Within 3 days of starting the regimen, I've gained 3.2 pounds. Not something to make me jump for joy, particularly since I've been active &... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 11:11:46 EST WOOhoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4396614 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l680572364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Did you see the fireworks? Uh-huh....know what happens when you actually work the program...it works!! (BTW I follow Weight Watchers) <BR> <BR> Blog readers know I expected to be out of leeway this week at weigh in and thought I would have to actually pay to attend the WW meeting for the first time since I became a Lifetime member May 2010. I had gained 7 pounds after starting some medication and then gone on ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 21:54:11 EST Back from the Land of Mice & Magic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390435 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l504407039.jpg"> <BR> Back from the Land of Mice & Magic and home to the Land of Reality & Scales. No more eating out, no more not tracking my food intake or not scheduling in my exercise. BTW I think my favorite meal was this breakfast .. my Mickey Mouse pancake. I quickly ate his face first and saved the ears for last. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722463577.jpg"> <BR> Last blog I was talking about the g... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:46:21 EST The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (probably) ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4351325 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l218600053.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l561490163.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The GOOD: I no longer have the shocking pains in my arm and pretty much the hand is pain free also (after a year). The medication is working well and I will continue on it for two more months (per the neurologist) and then wean myself off. <BR> <BR> It's ALL-STAR GAME week in Phoenix and we'll be going to all the festivities (5 days of base... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 12:57:50 EST My crayons are melting, melting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333461 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l236142295.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is hot, hot, hot...so my crayons are melting. BUT I have good news...I feel better (although am not totally unstuffed) and my arm and hand are PAIN FREE!! I went to the neurologist yesterday and I still will be on the medication for 2 more months to be sure the nerve stays calmed down. Any different sensitivity and I have to call her. I cannot go back to the gym for another month, but I can do gentle exercis... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:02:03 EST I expect all the crayons to be in the box! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311275 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427296696.jpg"> <BR> Buy Kleenex stock now...it is bound to rise!! <BR> <BR> However...being the positive person a Poppins girl should be...I got to cancel my scheduled MRI because I cannot breathe lying down. My symptoms have disappeared and I may not need to have that MRI at all..will be discussing with the neurologist next week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l995114090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes a kinderg... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:25:40 EST A long bath cures all ills!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4292115 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679163370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I believe a nice bath cures all ills. <BR> <BR> I've been in the tub since last Thursday. <BR> <BR> My pixie dust may be a bit soggy...but right now, I'm afraid it's all I got. <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> <BR> &#9829; .•*´¨ ) ..•*¨) -:¦:- <BR> (. ;.•.&#9829; Sprinkling you &#9829;.•*¨) <BR> &#9829;.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.&#9829; -:¦:- <BR> &#9829; .•*´¨ ) .with a little water-laden.•*¨) -:¦:- <BR> &#9829;.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:22:35 EST