KANSASROSE67's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KANSASROSE67 KANSASROSE67'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/ Heading Across the Pond! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155686 Just a quick update. My mother-in-law is recovering, slowly, from her pancreatic cancer surgery. They did find cancer in 3 of 9 lymph nodes, so she is facing chemotherapy once she is healed. It's been a very up-and-down ride and I'm sure that will continue. Your prayers and good wishes have been much appreciated. <BR> <BR> In other, happier, news: we leave this Saturday for our LONG-awaited trip to Great Britain! Some of you gave me great advice about planning that trip more than two ye... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:13:41 EST So Much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151551 I see it has been a long time since I wrote a blog. It's been a stressful time. My husband's mother, Geneva, has been in the hospital for two weeks. During the first week, she was here in our small local hospital while tests were conducted and they tried to figure out why she was in pain, nauseous, weak and jaundiced. <BR> <BR> During that same time, my father-in-law was also placed in the hospital with pneumonia. So they shared a room! They had just celebrated their 60th wedding anni... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:22:39 EST Bright and Cheery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124713 Last week I was feeling really stressed out and overcommitted. Rick really made my day by surprising me with these bright, cheery flowers! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07a7b2e8-e1b4-4e6a-b6e1-cb3d4e901d9f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another thing that helped was getting in lots of great workouts. I've finally reached 500 miles on my old running shoes and chose this week to break out the new ones I received for Christmas. They are eye-popping, aren't they? I just realize... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:39:47 EST Aging Gracefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116425 Inspired by my friend CLAIREINPARIS, who does beautiful photo blogs of her hikes, and my friend SMILINGTREE, who always includes a fun picture in her blogs, I am including a photo I took this morning while on my run. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful, warm, spring-like day with sunshine and blue sky and birds singing. I was struck by the beauty of this huge, venerable, old cottonwood tree that has probably been growing in this spot for 100 years. I like how it is twisted and bent by the winds,... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:28:54 EST Sweet Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097343 My birthday is six days before Valentine's Day. The cake! The chocolates! The dinners out! <BR> <BR> Yes, this is traditionally a time of indulgence for me, and this year was no exception. My daughter made my favorite Italian Cream Cake. It is so delicious...and if the Spark calorie counter is to be believed, it has something like 750 calories per slice! I did eat more than I should have, but not as much as I wanted. <BR> <BR> This is the first year in 29 Valentine's Days together th... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:01:45 EST Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083239 My word for February is going to be determination. I am determined to stop messing around, grazing, cheating, and generally being a constantly-nibbling sloth. <BR> <BR> What has caused this awakening? My monthly weigh-in. It was as I expected. Instead of losing in January, I gained a pound. I'm now 7 pounds above my goal weight. This happens to me every winter and I always seem to let it. <BR> <BR> But it's stopping now. In the next 3 months, I will work to lose 3 pounds each month... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:55:10 EST Regret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069570 All of my life, I think the emotion that I have hated the most and felt the most keenly is regret. I can even remember being a young child and feeling this horrible feeling that I had messed up and that it was absolutely irreparable...there was nothing I could did to fix it and no way to go back and start over. That's what I call regret, and it still gets to me. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's part of being a perfectionist or maybe it's just my personality. I always want to get the absolute most ou... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:00:54 EST Wrapping Up 2015 and Looking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058051 Since joining SparkPeople, I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but I do like to set a few overall goals for the year which I post on my Spark Page so that I am reminded of them often. <BR> <BR> Here were my goals for 2015: <BR> <BR> ~Maintain within 3 pounds of my goal weight of 142 pounds. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> ~Run at least 600 miles. Very close but only made it to 578. <BR> <BR> ~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> ~Pursue more free-lance writing ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:06:50 EST Getting To Know Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055352 Borrowed this from a Spark Friend, just for fun! <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:20 am <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Last Hunger Games movie. It was pretty good and followed the book, which I appreciate. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? I hardly watch any TV! Probably Fixer Upper. <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Rural England. <BR> <BR> 6. What did you have for breakfast? Grapefruit a... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:22:13 EST The Secret to Weight Loss Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047462 This week I reached a number that, at one time, would have seemed like an impossible dream--100,000 fitness minutes on Spark! That's almost 70 24-hours days spent doing intentional fitness--running, hiking, biking, and circuit training. I don't count ordinary activity like cleaning house or gardening, only intentional fitness. <BR> <BR> And want to point out right away that I am by no means a super-athlete or a ripped, toned, muscular goddess! I'm an average height, average weight, 48-y... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:52:10 EST A Milestone is Coming...I Need Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044028 I am editing this blog entry because I wrote it in a big hurry and made a big mistake! I said I was about to reach 10,000 fitness minutes, when what I meant was 100,000 minutes!!! A big difference! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I made my 30-day streak in November--minus Thanksgiving, when I had planned not to track. I ate 1,400 calories or less every day--and my reward? I gained a pound! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not going to worry about it, though. I'm still in m... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 22:16:30 EST You Can't Take It With You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc8d9bbb-cecd-4f23-a14b-4b00a529ece9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> James is now a college grad, living and working on his own. He decided he needed to meet some people in his new town of Lincoln, Nebraska, so he tried out for the Lincoln Community Playhouse production of "You Can't Take It With You." Back in high school, this was his last play (of eight) and he played the lead, Grandpa Martin Vanderhof. <BR> <BR> This time he wanted the role of Kolenko... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:30:22 EST The Domino Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023760 I have been in a pretty serious slump lately, and I don't really know why. One of my smart Sparkfriends suggested it might be the time of year, and I think she's right. Although autumn can be a beautiful time, it's also a bit sad because it makes you think of endings, and winter, and darker days. I am very much a spring person! <BR> <BR> So, maybe it's been the weather, or the time of year, or whatever. But I can't really blame my slump on anyone or anything but myself. I still have th... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:45:39 EST Doing What I Need To Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997903 Well, we're halfway through September and I haven't done nearly as well as I had hoped. I only weigh once a month but I feel that I'm lucky to be maintaining. I highly doubt I've lost any weight this month. <BR> <BR> Seems like there's a lot going on all the time. I've had meetings or class or some commitment almost every evening lately...and when I don't get any "down" time, I tend to get stressed and overeat to compensate. <BR> <BR> I know this, and I know that getting enough rest ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:06:08 EST Check Out My Adorable Nephew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979633 A quick update. I miss blogging and I'm going to try to get back to it again! <BR> <BR> It's been a transitional summer in a lot of ways. James finished his grad classes at Indiana University and was job hunting for several months. He decided to take a job in the admissions office at the University of Nebraska. It's not his dream job...he would rather be working directly with students and this is more "behind-the-scenes," organizing events and such. But, he wants to work in higher educa... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:45:56 EST New Plan...Weight Loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969278 Wow...it has been FOREVER since I wrote a blog! I still don't have time to do the whole family/life/whatever blog, but I want to write a short one about my fitness/weight plans so that I am forced to be accountable! <BR> <BR> I've been maintaining, but not with gusto, this summer. My weight has crept up a bit. I've been mulling things over and have decided I want to go back into weight loss mode for a couple of months. It's been almost 5 years now, and I want to see if I can go a little ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:47:23 EST So Much To Say, So Little Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915137 Some of my Spark friends write beautifully-crafted, insightful and/or humorous blogs that are a delight to read. Unfortunately, this won't be one of those! I'm in a hurry and my thoughts are skittering around like droplets of water on a hot griddle. <BR> <BR> Here in our little corner of the world, it's been a spring of cloudy dreariness, but no rain. We are desperate for rain but we are just teased with drizzle and fog and general grayness, day after day. Someone told my husband that it... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:42:18 EST 25 Job Applications and No Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904704 James is fighting discouragement and worry about his future. He has applied for 25 jobs at universities all over the U.S. and hasn't heard back from one of them yet. He had one phone interview at Notre Dame which went well, but they needed someone who could start in April so he wasn't able to go any further with that one. And since then, nothing. <BR> <BR> I keep telling him that the wheels of academic bureaucracy turn slowly, but I understand that it's driving him crazy to not be able to... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:44:51 EST Everything's Coming Up Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896561 In my last blog I talked about pruning our rose bushes. Some people asked to see the roses, so I decided to share some pics. I love roses, especially the old-fashioned ones and the newer shrub roses such as David Austin's. When I look at his catalog, I'm like a kid in a candy store. However, I'm not allowing myself to buy any new roses! <BR> <BR> I do have an old fashioned rose, Therese Bugnet, which roots new roses all the time. We now have about 20 on our property, all offspring of th... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:44:18 EST A Tip To Make Spark More User Friendly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892304 Hi everyone! It's a beautiful spring day here in Kansas with sunshine, blue skies, birds singing, and just enough breeze to keep it cool and lovely. I'm heading back out to the garden shortly. Yesterday I pruned all the roses, which is a pretty massive job, since we have quite a few and they are all the large shrub roses. But they will be so beautiful about 10 weeks from now that it's worth the backache and the scratches! <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to finish cleaning up the flower beds. ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:29:51 EST Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888354 Planning. It's something I enjoy, mostly, but lately, not so much. <BR> <BR> Rick has worked at the same place for 30+ years. For more than 20 of those years, it has been a toxic environment in many ways. It's a long story having to do with him getting a promotion that someone else wanted and that person trying to make his life miserable. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Rick has been dreaming all this time of the day he will be eligible to retire. With our system, you can retire when your age and... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:08:51 EST Fed Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867273 Rick and I watched the documentary, "Fed Up" last evening. It's mostly about the epidemic of childhood obesity, but much of it pertains to anyone of any age. I must confess that although I feel I'm fairly informed about nutrition, it was eye-opening for me to see how added sugar is causing much of the obesity problem. I've always believed that a calorie is a calorie, but according to this film, that is not the case when it comes to how our bodies metabolize sugars. Here are some things I ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:15:36 EST Constant Vigilance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852737 If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will recognize the title of my blog as a quote by Mad-Eye Moody. (And you will probably hear it in his voice, if you've seen the movie.) Anyway, I was reminded of that quote by something my friend SMILINGTREE wrote in a blog about how all that conventional wisdom regarding habits is pretty much not true. Just because you do something for 21 days, or even 21 months, doesn't mean you can't fall back into old patterns and let that good habit slip away (or ba... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:54:06 EST I Have Never Been So Surprised in My Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841343 It's been a long time since I wrote a blog, and I must admit, I've been slacking a bit in my Sparking. It's just been a very busy time, and our home computer is having problems, which makes it easier to track in my head than to actually log in and do it properly. <BR> <BR> The holidays started off with the biggest surprise! Rick and I went to Lincoln to see Juliana and do some final Christmas shopping. We got to her dorm and she and her roommate said they wanted to show us something cool... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:39:19 EST Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817989 It's Sunday evening and I'm feeling peaceful and contented, even though I have to be at work at 8:00 in the morning to face two classes of junior high students for our annual "Book Relays" at the library! This is a tradition we've doing for 20 years and it's really a lot of fun for both us and the kids. This will be the third and final day of relays. <BR> <BR> Juliana was home for the weekend...it's been a month so it was great to have her here. She is coping better at university. It hel... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:39:25 EST My New Running Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809998 As many of you know, Fritz the German Shepherd was my running buddy. He loved to go with me and was such a great companion as I traveled the country roads around our area. Rick always felt safer knowing he was with me, just in case I came across some kind of predator! When Fritz died this summer it was a really sad time. <BR> <BR> The one thing that helped was that we had Shiloh, Juliana's little puppy. He's such a happy, crazy little guy and very good to snuggle with. He's also a bal... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:34:00 EST If You Want To See Some Cuteness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803687 I keep thinking about blogging and then never taking the time to do it. But I hate feeling so out of touch with my Sparkies, so I decided to stay up a little later and just do it. <BR> <BR> I'm doing so-so on the food front...leftovers of Juliana's super-rich Peanut Butter Cup birthday cake have not been my friend! But that's gone now and there isn't much of anything unhealthy left in the house. She was home for 4 days for fall break and it was great having her here...but she complained... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:03:26 EST Healthy September Week 4 Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788677 Healthy Goals for September Week Four Results: <BR> <BR> Burn 3000 calories every week through exercise. 2,274 (But I did do lots of yard work and hauling boxes of books up, down and around for our library book sale, even though I don't track those kinds of activities.) <BR> <BR> Eat under 1400 calories every day. 5 of 7 days <BR> <BR> Keep up my 8-a-day water and 5-a-day freggie streaks. 7 of 7 days for both. <BR> <BR> Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. 5 of 7 days. <BR> <BR... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:49:58 EST Weeks 2 and 3 Healthy September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786439 Healthy Goals for September Week Two Results: <BR> <BR> Burn 3000 calories every week through exercise. 2,465 <BR> <BR> Eat under 1400 calories every day. 6 of 7 days <BR> <BR> Keep up my 8-a-day water and 5-a-day freggie streaks. 7 of 7 days for both. <BR> <BR> Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. 6 of 7 days. <BR> <BR> <BR> Healthy Goals for September Week Three Results: <BR> <BR> Burn 3000 calories every week through exercise. 3,074 <BR> <BR> Eat under 1400 calories ev... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:41:32 EST Week One Healthy September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775862 Healthy Goals for September Week One Results: <BR> <BR> Burn 3000 calories every week through exercise. 2,700 <BR> <BR> Eat under 1400 calories every day. 5 of 7 days <BR> <BR> Keep up my 8-a-day water and 5-a-day freggie streaks. 7 of 7 days for both. <BR> <BR> Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. 7 of 7 days. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about getting 8 hours of sleep every night but obviously there is room for improvement in eating and exercising this week. Spark On! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:30:19 EST Ready for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771475 What a beautiful weekend! My sister and BIL were here with my new little nephew and spent 2 days and nights at our house. Sunday was little David's baptism...Rick and I were honored to be his sponsors. We had a special (and delicious) brunch at a favorite restaurant and all three of my dad's sisters were there. So much fun! I've loved holding and cuddling little David as much as possible. He was passed around a great deal but took it all in stride. <BR> <BR> And Juliana has been home... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:18:11 EST Empty Nest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765158 Today I went for a hot, humid, six-mile run and spent the rest of the day cleaning. The house has been a mess for quite a while, with James' furniture in the dining room, boxes everywhere, and so much to do to get everyone ready to move. Cleaning children's rooms after they have moved out is such a melancholy task. I've been feeling sad today with both of them gone. <BR> <BR> We left last Saturday for Indiana, with Rick and I pulling a U-Haul trailer and James and Juliana driving his car.... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:12:06 EST Joy and Sorrow Intermingled...a Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755343 A week into August already...I can't believe it! I've been tracking my food and fitness but not doing much else on Spark. Tonight I discovered that I had somehow been unsubscribed from a bunch of your blogs, so I've gotten them all redone and hope to be a better friend from now on! <BR> <BR> A lot has been happening and each thing probably deserves its own blog, but I just don't have time! This is a catch-up blog and I'll hope to do better. <BR> <BR> First of all, last Friday we lost our... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:06:53 EST Getting to Know Your Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731433 It's time for another "Getting to Know Your Spark Friends"… borrowed from CLAIREINPARIS. <BR> <BR> Your go to chewing gum flavor… Trident Original <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… No question, it's Spring. I love the beautiful warm days and cool nights and all the growing things and getting back out into the garden! <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what color would you be... dusty rose <BR> <BR> Favorite pie… They are all wonderful (except banana creme) but I think I would have t... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 17:14:37 EST One Week At a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728559 As you may have seen in my feed, I've gained 5 pounds in June. Five pounds that it took me several months to lose, gained back in one month because I just let it happen. I knew, even as I ate the cookies, the ice cream, and the graham crackers smothered in Nutella, exactly what was going to happen, and I did it anyway. <BR> <BR> But it's stopping NOW. My Sparkfriend, Jody, and I are doing a little challenge this week. She is setting different daily goals, while mine are the same for ea... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:49:06 EST The Merry Month of May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710167 Wow...it's June already! Here's a quick run-down of May's Spark-type stuff: <BR> <BR> 1) Weight: Down to 145 pounds, back within my maintenance range. WOO-HOO! <BR> <BR> 2) Fitness: I did my best, but this is the first month in more than 4 years on Spark when I didn't get at least 1000 fitness minutes. Being so sick for so long, and then so busy with graduation celebrations, simply made it impossible. But I'm getting back to it, and I have the sore muscles to prove it. Amazing ho... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 00:22:58 EST Just Pile It On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691341 I can't remember the last time I've been as sick as I have been this week. Rick, Juliana, and I have been fighting the same horrible sinus infection/bronchitis thing, and before that, Rick's parents had it too and his Dad spent a week in the hospital with pneumonia. Nasty stuff! <BR> <BR> I am taking so many meds right now it's a wonder I'm upright. But, then, the steroids do a good job of keeping me from sleeping, so that explains a lot! Today is the first day I think I'm on the uphill ... Fri, 9 May 2014 13:22:01 EST What Makes a Successful Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685328 My friend, BESSHAILE, just blogged about what makes a successful day for her. She, like me, is hovering at the upper end of her maintenance range and we would both like to get down to a more comfortable place. <BR> <BR> For me to do that, I must stop the little BLTs (bites, licks and tastes) that all add up to untracked calories. And I need to eat more protein and less fat. <BR> <BR> Like Bess, I'm shooting for a streak of successful days. I want to meet my daily goals for 16 days in a ... Thu, 1 May 2014 22:49:26 EST Hiking the Konza Prairie: A Picture Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682399 I am dedicating this blog to my friend, CLAIREINPARIS, who posts wonderful blogs about the fabulous hikes she does all around her native France. I admit to enjoying her blogs and yet being quite envious of the beautiful scenery, flower-filled forests, and charming historic buildings she is able to see on every hike! <BR> <BR> So when my son, James, invited me to go hiking on the Konza Prairie near Manhattan, Kansas, I was very pleased. This is something I've been wanting to do for a long... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:35:54 EST I Haven't Conquered Emotional Eating Yet...Post Mortem of a Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666913 Today I really caved in to a binge. I ate an entire bag of mini Oreos (8 servings, adding up to 1180 calories) PLUS at least 3 servings of Caramel Puff Corn. I haven't had such a bad episode for a long time. I stuffed myself past the point of any enjoyment and had to skip the healthy supper I had planned because I couldn't have eaten anything more if I'd tried. <BR> <BR> I was woefully under on protein and over on fat today. I broke my streak of on-track eating and I feel miserable. S... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:46:36 EST NOT a Diet, Exercise, Healthy Living Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658530 Hey there! I feel like it's been forever since I blogged. This one is for my lovely Sparkfriends who have been asking for updates on previous blogs and such. <BR> <BR> First off, I didn't have IT Band problems. Probably a small tear which has now healed and I'm running, rowing, squatting and lunging without pain. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We're adjusting to life with a house puppy. Shiloh is house broken now, which makes a big difference! He is a smart puppy and is learnin... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:41:19 EST IT Band Probs: Need A Little Help From My (Spark) Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647618 I am afraid that I am facing the dreaded IT Band problems that I've heard so much about from running friends. Yesterday I did a tough circuit routine (one I've done many, many times before) which included all sorts of lungs, squats and kicks, and had no problems. At lunch I took a brisk walk and had no problems. But in the afternoon I began to notice a new kind of knee pain that I've never had before, on the outside of my knee going down my leg. When I tried to go up and down stairs, it R... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:01:34 EST Close Enough to Perfect For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638903 I think that's the title of a country song from the 80's! But I'm using it to describe my eating ranges for today. I usually check the little pie charts after entering my food for the day. In 4 years of Sparking, I've never hit the protein/fat/carb breakdown perfectly before. But today I'm pretty darn close! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195520987.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now I just have to make sure not to ruin it with any unplanned evening snacking.... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:32:11 EST Matters of Life and Death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629271 Yesterday we received the terrible news that a friend of ours, the husband of someone I've known my entire life, has dropped dead of a heart attack while at work. He was 49 years old. We are stunned and so sorry for the pain his wife and daughters are going through. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, my husband, Rick, has been worrying about his health for years--but without taking serious steps to address his overeating and lack of exercise. The friend who died was seriously overweight, and... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:31:19 EST I Want to Do Something Crazy...Talk Me Out Of It...Or Into It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611670 I'm stewing about something...and writing about things is the best way I've found to sort out my thoughts. So here goes.... <BR> <BR> After my mom passed away about 12 years ago, my dad divided her life insurance money between my sister and I. At that time, I put half of it into an IRA account and half into a CD. The money has been untouched since then, so I now have almost $10,000 in the CD. When my dad died 18 months ago, we inherited half of an IRA he had. We used some of the money to... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:44:33 EST Thoughts on my Fourth Spark Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607178 Today is the fourth anniversary of the day I joined Spark People. Four years ago today, I began a journey that has changed my life. <BR> <BR> January 27, 2010 was not a special day. It was an ordinary day of work and family life. My feelings about my myself and my appearance were also the same as they had been for 30 years. I felt fat, unattractive--and unhappy with myself because I couldn't seem to change those things. <BR> <BR> After working, getting everyone fed, and dealing with c... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:39:24 EST Reflecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583178 I have a really bad memory. My sister and husband seem to remember a lot more of my life than I do! Writing blogs over the years since I joined Spark has been good for me, because it helps me remember what was going on in my crazy busy life. Most of it is probably not very interesting to anyone else! This blog is one of those...just me thinking about me and what I need to change. <BR> <BR> Looking back over 2013, I feel that it was a good, but not great, year for health and fitness. He... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:56:47 EST Scary Time for my Sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572538 My younger sister, Kara, and her husband, Dan, have been trying to have a child for several years. They are doing fertility treatments and had success with AI, but she miscarried. A couple of weeks ago she called me with the surprising, wonderful news that she is pregnant again. It was a shock because although she had had another AI procedure all the early pregnancy tests came back negative. <BR> <BR> But she had some symptoms that made her wonder and when she took another test, she was... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:14:35 EST The New Puppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566806 Juliana has been dating the same boy since the first day of her freshman year of high school. We kept thinking it wouldn't last, since high school romances seldom do. But here they are...both seniors and still together! <BR> <BR> This year, he asked us if he could get Juliana a puppy for Christmas! Juliana has wanted her own dog for a long time but we already have Fritz, the German Shepherd, and didn't want another dog in the yard. (It's a huge yard, but we have a garden and lots of f... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:40:53 EST Running Around (and not Running!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544173 What a crazy but fun weekend! Juliana was the assistant director for her school's production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." It was a really fun play and the kids did a super job. James was a good actor who had leads in several plays and is now on his college comedy improv team, but Juliana has never enjoyed the spotlight and only has gotten involved in the last couple of years. She wanted to be behind the scenes rather than on stage, so assistant director was the perfect job for her. I... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:06:27 EST