JXNCHICORY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JXNCHICORY JXNCHICORY'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/ Being on a "plateau" for a while ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789182 as in, roughly at least a year now, I am going to try hard to get off and start down the scale again! I went to a Silver Sneakers class last Tuesday, and nearly fainted. Had not realized it had been so long since I was there. Will try again tomorrow. I intend to do more swimming, as well. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:49:30 EST Lap warmer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606125 I have what my eldest daughter refers to as a "cat growth" keeping my lap warm. Of course, while you have a cat growth, it is impossible to get up! ;D <BR> <em>239</em> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:08:38 EST Can't remember how to change my profile picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595014 Tomorrow, January 16, will be my 6th Year anniversary on SparkPeople. I want to change my profile picture to reflect this milestone, but can't remember how to get that icon into my photos so I can make the switch. Comments/HELP? <BR> <BR> I have proof that I started on January 16, 2008: it's one of my points earned things. But this is as high as the emblems go: <BR> <em>507</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:36:51 EST Memorial Service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566775 A young friend and her 14 yr old son were murdered on December 5th by her abusive estranged husband, who also killed himself, leaving their three young children orphans. I attended the memorial service this afternoon. It was very well done, sensitive. Think I'll be going to bed early, though. <BR> <BR> Our mental health "system," if one can call it that, is such a nationwide failure! He had been detained involuntarily last spring, but was released. He had been given back his guns on Decemb... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:53:28 EST Looking Forward to Solstice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565838 Winter Solstice, when the days start getting longer again, is this Saturday. I think it's a great reason to celebrate! <BR> <em>445</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:34:44 EST Importance of Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565833 I just wanted to share this link to an article from The National Institutes of Health about the frequent link between hypertension and sleep apnea. <BR> If you're snoring or not breathing regularly when you sleep, it can cause high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> Check it out: <BR> <link>www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/ful<BR>lstory_143295.html </link> <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:31:04 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551510 May you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:36:15 EST Great party last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517130 Had fun at a great party at a neighbor's home just a block from mine last night. Wondered who else would be there, and several other friends also showed up. Good time. <BR> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:53:05 EST Tired and depressed tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427672 I don't know how to get the people in my [real ] neighborhood working together again as a team. There used to be more cooperation, and some great progress was made. But recently there have been some changes in leadership, and things seem to be unraveling. I think I'll go to bed early .... <BR> <em>39</em> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:15:26 EST Spoke at the Governor's Energy Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250848 Today our Michigan governor's office held the first of several public forums that they have scheduled about energy. I attended, and had to drive to the state capitol to participate. There were lots of facts and figures bandied about, which was what they said they were looking for. I made one of the personal, somewhat emotional statements. All the coal burned here in Michigan has to be imported, and the devastation caused by the mining practices is out of sight and usually out of mind. I spoke... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:18:21 EST Journaling Little Steps, 01/02/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186248 Planning things to do to get better organized for success at several goals. <BR> 1. Will relocate bins to set up a recycling sorting system <BR> 2. Will re-activate laundry sorting system used previously <BR> 3. Will organize morning exercises to incorporate those recommended by therapist <BR> <em>41</em> <em>134</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:28:49 EST Meaning of the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175305 Just remembering that the short days of winter here in the northern hemisphere can be especially trying for many. LOVE is the real reason for the season, whatever one's religious beliefs may be. <BR> <em>220</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>499</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:07:01 EST Empathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166815 I did not hear about the Connecticut shootings until almost 4:00 this afternoon. So sad for all the victims of such a horrible crime, including that young man who did it, because he obviously needed some kind of help that he did not receive. Thankful for the brave people who saved many lives, and for those who are comforting and supporting so many who are affected in many ways. And in addition, it occurrs to me that, although there may be no direct connection, this was also in the same genera... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:12:03 EST How to log a workout class? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038844 Some advice is needed here re. how to log the 30-minute workout class I participated in on Tuesday. Am I supposed to log each of the rapid-fire exercises we did? <BR> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>322</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:09:08 EST Yesterday's Workout Result http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027807 It felt really good to go to the Y and accomplish a workout yesterday afternoon. I pedaled for 25 minutes on the stationary spinner cycle, and worked up a sweat. Then I showered off and went swimming for about 35 minutes. It feels like it was enough, because I was tired afterwards, and have a few aches and a little soreness this morning. I need to make this into a regular activity, so I will try to do some again tomorrow, remembering to take my water bottle along. <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:37:28 EST Planning to go to the gym this afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026496 Usually I do the steps (17) in my house several times a day, and walk several times a week. I want to increase my activity to improve my spirits and lose more weight. Since I love to swim, and have lost weight that way before, I also enjoyed swimming in my friend's backyard pool; but her husband isn't well right now, so that option is out. Fortunately, I can walk to my local Y, where my health insurance gives me a generous, and only slightly limited, membership as preventive medicine. It isn'... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:07:20 EST Planning to work out at the gym tomorrow! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637939 Holidays are difficult times, I think. Friends and neighbors all mean well when they invite us - even expect us to participate in parties, gatherings, and events. They want to elevate our spirits during the dark days of winter. All the extra food, though, can sabotage our best efforts to stay on our diets. And the time required for parties and other special holiday events can sabotage our best efforts to stick to our sleep schedules. Together, this can be a combination that may result in weig... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 14:56:20 EST Now on my own at new job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584083 After being trained for 4 days last week, I was on my own this morning, and I wasn't very well organized, I'm afraid. At least I was told that the coffee I made was potable. But there were several things I should have done that slipped through the cracks. Will have to do better tomorrow. <BR> <em>2</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:11:12 EST Extra busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577247 Sorry if I've been more absent than usual: a new temps work assignment and several volunteer commitments have caused me to be somewhat absent since Friday. Our community Chorale rehearsal was Friday evening for the Saturday evening performance, and I had a Women's Caucus meeting Saturday as well. Inbetween I had to hem my dress. Sunday after church we had a Congregational Meeting regarding dispensation of our piano. Sunday afternoon there was a memorial service for an acquaintance who died s... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 23:17:39 EST Knocked myself out yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433114 Walked, rode the bike, and mowed the grass yesterday. Knee a little stiff today, but it will be fine tomorrow. <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:05:03 EST Thank you for all the good wishes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429887 Did not get that job, but applying for others the same business is posting. The HR manager said they'd had 75 applicants for that single position. I believe the interview went alright, but by the end, I thought she had ruled me out - probably because I haven't worked directly with patient charts before. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> The other issue I'm having today is that I think my big freezer quit yesterday. When I went to get something out for supper last night, things weren't frozen hard. Have... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 08:23:03 EST Good job interview scheduled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392295 Have an interview scheduled for a week from today at a place where I'd really like very much to work. It's a non-profit family medical center that's helping everyone get affordable medical care. They're doing great good for our small city! Plus, I'd be a very good fit for the position. Please wish me luck! <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:44:19 EST Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4367912 Have been working harder at searching for a new job. Succeeded at getting my auto insurance bill reduced by nearly half; still it will be hard to pay. Just have to keep my chin up and keep on keepin' on. <BR> <em>101</em> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:32:29 EST Sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4325150 One of the outdoor, stray kitties that I've been feeding on the back porch was dead in my driveway when I got home from church yesterday afternoon. She had rigor mortis, so she'd been dead for a while. I saw her briefly the night before. She was the only one of the outdoor kitties that was friendly and came to be petted. She was usually there to greet me whenever I came or went. Pretty little thing with long black fur. I don't know what killed her: she seemed quite healthy, and had not been r... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:12:41 EST Staying where I was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4325135 Well, it turned out that funding was somehow found, and the folks who had been told they would be laid off were not. The very day after I had a successful interview for the new position, I was asked to stay where I have been, and I accepted. It was explained, though, that the same situation may come up again in September, so I guess it's a quarterly issue somehow. I still need a "real" job: something more than 18 hrs a week at minimum wage. <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:03:27 EST New job assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4305240 <em>40</em> The blind man for whom I've been the "Reader" for the past 7 weeks, is being laid off due to funding cuts. Therefore, I'm being re-assigned to a different work situation, actually for the same entity, and in the same office. They're saying my work has been excellent, so I'm not really hurting, other than there has been a lot of change lately. I guess I'm getting good experience. But I already do have good skills and experience, and I REALLY need to find a real job. <BR> <em>101... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:30:11 EST Extra busy at new work assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4232174 It's been a good 2 weeks, but extra busy, as I've started working at a new location. Last week I was trained by the man who's been doing the job for the past 15 months. This week I began working with the blind man I'm supporting. I'm officially his "reader," which means I read paperwork and make some decisions about data, then record the information onto an audio tape, and he then inputs it into a computer system. He also works with clients, and then he reports results to me. He has a steel-t... Sat, 14 May 2011 12:36:44 EST Went to the dentist ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4183862 Forgot to report that on Wednesday morning I went to the dentist who is the only one here who is in my insurance group. Only actually saw him for about 5 minutes, and wasn't particularly impressed. However his assistant was VERY nice and very helpful. She did my x-rays and initial visit stuff. Then it turned out that they were also able to work me in for a cleaning - which I hadn't had in about 5 years since I hadn't had any insurance. She said it wasn't actually too bad, and she was able to ... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:51:20 EST Last day at this location http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4183838 <em>30</em> <BR> Am very excited about moving to a different training assignment. Where I've been for the past 8 weeks has been frustrating because the computer systems are so horribly outdated. The guy in charge of them is afraid to update for some reason, and the lack of security is scary. There hasn't been enough work to keep me busy, so I've been bored to death, and haven't really learned much while I've been here. Their business is helping people find jobs, so that aspect has been some... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:41:53 EST Bored and discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4107876 Had what I thought was a really good interview on Wednesday last week. I thought I was very well-qualified, and would be a really good fit for the position. But it turns out I took too long filling out their Employment Application after the interview, and that cost me the job. Today, back at my current position, I have been spectacularly bored and unproductive. They are busy orienting a new employee, so I've been staying out of the way; but I'm feeling somewhat neglected and unappreciated. T... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:01:11 EST I'd say, "TGIF," but ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4083459 this weekend is jam-packed with stuff I've gotta' do. Plus there's the time change to contend with. Hope all goes well and everyone has a great weekend! <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:19:26 EST Dental appointment ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4064736 Thanks for your comment. Yes, when I worked at U of M Medical Center, I always went to the dental school. Now, though, that 38-mile drive is looking longer than it did 5 years ago! I have some dental insurance that will pay a little (25%) for the crown. I've made an appointment with a local dentist who's in the insurance system, but can't get in until mid-April. The tooth itself had a root canal, but the sharp edges are scratching my cheek. I might phone them back and see whether they might d... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:40:10 EST Crown off my tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059836 Lost the crown off my molar yesterday morning, and it left rough edges. That crown was put on by my then-son-in-law in the spring of 1998 when he hadn't been practicing dentistry for very long, and it never did fit right: food got trapped under it. About a year ago I was told that it wasn't going to last much longer. I have some dental insurance, but I doubt that it will cover much of the cost. Guess I should make some calls to try to find out. <BR> <em>234</em> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:24:40 EST Had a wonderful time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4052968 singing at the senior center, and it seemed that the seniors enjoyed the event, too. However, our MC, who's a member of our choir, and who has been doing these events for the residents there for several years, and did a fantastic job, was having an edgy afternoon. So I'm hoping she's feeling better today. <BR> <em>335</em> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:31:33 EST Going with my church choir to sing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4049046 at a senior center this afternoon. We're going to do popular songs, and it's a sing-along. Should be lots of fun! <BR> <em>43</em> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 10:10:26 EST Putting in the time ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4047278 but haven't really started working yet: just answering the phones, because my supervisor is still out. Her power has been out since the ice storm hit last Sunday night. She's been ill as well, but her doctor's office is also without power. The energy company says they expect to have all the customers' power back on by tonight. By Monday things should be more normal. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:03:15 EST Finally got to start at the new work location ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4045739 but it was VERY slow today. My actual supervisor is still without power at home, and running with a generator and a fireplace - as are thousands of people here in Michigan after Sunday night's ice storm -, so she didn't make it in. I just answered the phones. More snow is expected tonight, so they don't know whether they'll be open tomorrow or not. <BR> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:50:17 EST Having problems with Spark today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4040654 <em>101</em> <BR> For some reason my Spark pages - specifically my Sleep Challenge Team pages - are left on yesterday, February 23. Yesterday's status and blog seem to be gone from there as well. I haven't sritten anything reportable, of course; so I'm left wondering what's causing the problem. <BR> <em>39</em> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:31:07 EST Job start postponed due to snow & ice storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038646 Because the owner of the new workplace had no electricity at home and was "iced in," I have yet to start at my new job. Still excited, though! <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:09:24 EST Last day at previous workplace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4030458 Yesterday was my last day where I'd been working for the past 15 months. I'd been cleaning up my office for some time, but there were still a few things to take home with me. When I started, that office space was a disaster, so I was trying to tie up all the loose ends and leave things in good shape for whomever is in there next. Then there was an exit interview, and after saying goodbye to the others, I was out of there. The whole week has been exhausting, partly because I hadn't been sleepi... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:50:37 EST Great job interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4025577 The interview yesterday was just GREAT! and I'm so excited to be going to help a small non-profit that assists other-advantaged folks in preparation for work, and finding jobs! Closer to home (I could ride my bicycle), and only 4 days a week instead of 5, so less travel cost. <BR> <em>250</em> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:36:34 EST Trepidation this morning - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4018942 Today I'll find out more about a new job situation. It's been a rough ride where I've been for the past year and 3 months, with one executive director leaving, then my supervisor leaving, three different interim executive directors were brought in, one woman and one man were summarily dismissed for cause, I was moved into a totally different position supporting the executive director, and the new executive director required yet another different set of skills. WHEW! And I am still alive. But ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:25:14 EST It's taken me 3 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971794 Just got a 50,000-point gold trophy that has taken me 3 years to earn! I LOVE it! That works out to an average of 46 points per day for 3 years. I have tracked alot and learned a lot, and am healthier because of it! And it's fun. Thank you SparkPeople! <BR> <em>208</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:50:04 EST Sunshine on the snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3947548 The sunshine on the snow here today is absolutely dazzling! It's beautiful... although the temps are only in the mid-teens. (Brrr) Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:15:41 EST Hooray! Days are getting longer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3862718 But it's too early to really tell. And today the wind is from the NE, and it's cold out there. I think I'm going to "hole up" with a mug of hot green tea. Sun, 26 Dec 2010 10:57:24 EST Happy Winter Solstice to All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3855435 And many more to come. <BR> <em>432</em> <em>433</em> <em>434</em> <em>435</em> <em>436</em> <em>459</em> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:20:26 EST Not really easier yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3849714 Well, it will be a week tomorrow that my Rusty Kitty has been gone. There are other kitties in my house, but he was just a very special buddy who was friendly and outgoing and intelligent, and we were together for longer than I've been with any other animal (including the man I was married to for 15 years). We had developed lots of little rituals over the years for everyday events. My other longterm kitty, Isis, whom I've had for about 9 years, seems to be adjusting. Of course she knew he was... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:38:25 EST Missing my Rusty Kitty best buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3842007 <em>39</em> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:57:33 EST It's been snowing here all day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3839935 Had to put down my Rusty kitty yesterday because he was suffering from heart failure. He was about 18.5 years old, and had been my best buddy for 17 years and 9 months. He was suffering from heart failure, respiration was labored, etc. So I'm sad, and would be glad if our office is closed tomorrow. <BR> <em>241</em> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 18:24:00 EST Working too much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3834968 I've been working far too many hours at the Red Cross. Although I enjoy it, I'm only being paid to be there 20 hours a week. It's turning into about twice that! I like to help out, but this is not a 20-hour a week job! And too much stuff is being left out that I should be doing. At least I haven't had time to spend eating extra food! <BR> <em>20</em> Thu, 9 Dec 2010 19:31:50 EST