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/ 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 Homecoming Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526807 My daughter, Juliana, was chosen as Homecoming Queen at her high school a couple of weeks ago. It was a fun week for the kids, and for her it was even more special because her sweetheart of three years, Chase, was chosen as Homecoming King! <BR> <BR> At our school, Homecoming royalty aren't chosen in a "Mean Girls" kind of way with nastiness and drama. Usually really nice kids are picked, and I think Chase and Juliana are pretty nice. (Not that I'm biased!) But Juliana said to me, "Mom... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:21:46 EST The Best (Yet Worst) Break Foods Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501952 It's been a whole month since I wrote a blog...and what a month! So much going on that I can't even remember September 1st! I celebrated one year of maintenance. My weight is a little higher than I really want to be but I'm still wearing the same clothes and still at a normal BMI, so that's a win. And I hit 2,000 running miles this month! I got a trophy from Spark, and was shocked. I track my mileage, but I don't really pay attention to the totals, so I was amazed at how the miles add u... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 23:01:12 EST Lots of Pictures From This Summer's Runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473046 A sample of some pictures I've taken on my runs throughout the summer. I don't like to stop, but sometimes the beauty is so intense I just have to take a picture! This is why I love where I live...stepping out the door I can see this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738683329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576612553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1659758742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 23:32:02 EST Tips to Keep From Eating Too Much at Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461175 I just commented on the blog post of a new Sparker who said she has trouble stopping herself from eating until she's stuffed. This is a problem I have too and have been working on in my 3 1/2 years on Spark. I thought the tips I gave her might be useful to others, so here they are: <BR> <BR> THINK as you're eating about how you're feeling and stop before you get comfortably full. It takes the body about 20 minutes to send the message to the brain that you're full, so eating slowly, drinki... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:37:32 EST Here's What's Been Going On (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457243 I have not blogged as much as I would like lately...there's just too much else I'm trying to get done. Not blogging, and not keeping up with friends' blogs either...which I really miss. <BR> <BR> What's been going on? Well, I've just had some tests because of a couple of health problems I've been fighting. This may be TMI, but I was bleeding excessively without stopping for weeks and have been placed on hormones to make it stop. Tests did not show anything abnormal, so it must be peri-... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:07:23 EST Why the 40s Have Been the Best Decade of my Life (So Far!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450423 Well, nine days into August and I'm finally writing a blog! To be honest, I've been feeling a little disconnected from Sparkland lately, and that probably isn't helping me with the weight I'm striving to lose. I've been faithfully tracking my food and fitness, but not doing much with the social/support aspect. So, I'm back and trying to do better at keeping in touch! <BR> <BR> Lately some friends have been entering their 40s (or 50s) and experiencing varying degrees of angst about it. It'... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 23:39:14 EST I'm not that old, but THIS happened the year I was born. Unbelievable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429535 Check out this link for an amazing story on how much running has changed in just 45 years! <BR> <BR> http://www.upworthy.com/think-we-haven-t<BR>-come-a-long-way-watch-how-ridiculous-<BR>men-were-just-40-years-ago?g=2&c=bl3 <BR> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:11:28 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421825 I have some great blogs and pictures in my head, but today is not the day they're going to be written! I've been having some health issues and just feel like I'm treading water lately rather than getting anywhere. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping up my running and mostly my other workouts. Haven't gotten any swimming in which is disappointing, since the pool will only be open for another month. <BR> <BR> James will be home from Europe on Wednesday. He wants to celebrate his return by going to a... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:28:39 EST The Truth About Organic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401863 We have had a large vegetable garden for many years. Although not strictly organic, we have used no commercial fertilizers and very, very few insecticides and have raised bountiful crops anyway. <BR> <BR> So this year we decided to try broccoli, a crop we've never raised before. I was inspired by a conversation with a local person who said they raise tons of it and freeze it all for use throughout the year. With visions of saving lots of money and never again buying frozen broccoli in a ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:44:30 EST My Kids' Gardening Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395371 This summer I'm checking off one thing on my "Spark List" which is to teach a kids' gardening class. Our Summer Library Program theme is "Dig Into Reading" and I thought gardening was a perfect fit for the theme. I had 10 openings and filled them all with 1st-3rd graders. We've met four times and have five more weeks to go. <BR> <BR> It's been really fun! Since we didn't want to tear up the library lawn, we're doing all our gardening in mineral tubs, which are large containers that a c... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:43:44 EST Picture This Run... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374133 Time flies...and now it's June! May has been a crazy busy month and seemed to pass by in a blur, with school activities, multiple graduation parties and ceremonies, and much work in the garden and at the farm. <BR> <BR> Although I tracked every day, burned my designated calories, and stayed in range all but 2 days, I didn't lose one single pound in May. This is not the cause for despair it once would have been. Yes, I'm disappointed, but I've been to this rodeo before! Sometimes it ju... Fri, 31 May 2013 23:27:17 EST Things and Stuff (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351931 I think this is the longest I've ever gone without writing a blog in my 3+ years as a Sparkperson. I'm still tracking, exercising, drinking my water, and living (mostly) healthy, but I've just been really busy! <BR> <BR> Here's the short update on life since my last blog: <BR> <BR> 1) I'm on my 10th day in a row of staying in calorie range (1250-1550). I'm back in weight-loss mode, trying to get back to my maintenance weight again. If you look at my food tracker, you will see a treat or... Fri, 10 May 2013 10:02:27 EST Don't Be That Awkward Runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351100 Your laugh for the day: <BR> <BR> <link>manhattanrunningco.com/dont-be-that-<BR>awkward-runner/ </link> Thu, 9 May 2013 14:55:15 EST The Therapy I Needed (with pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315287 I've been feeling stressed and pressured and overwhelmed...I'm not going to list all the reasons here because I need to get to bed and don't want to stir up all those feelings again. But I did get what I needed for therapy this weekend: some sunshine, time with family, an inspiring worship service, the chance to read a good book (the new Darling Dahlias mystery) a good long run and, FINALLY, a chance to get out into the garden. <BR> <BR> This weekend: roses pruned and fertilized, climber... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 00:33:12 EST Books, Gardens, Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301010 The sun is shining! The sun is shining! The sun is shining! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We have just had too much winter for too long here. This morning I checked my Accuweather app before running to see how to dress. I just love Accuweather's little comments. Today it said: "A poor time for outdoor fitness. It's much colder than you'd like."... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:10:31 EST What's On My Mind Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288247 I don't have a well-crafted blog ready in my head so I'm just sharing some random stuff.... <BR> <BR> The first two weeks of March have been much improved for me, nutrition-wise. Not perfect, but definitely headed in the right direction. I had actually gotten up to 156 pounds, which is 14 pounds over my goal weight and a scary place to be. Today I weighed in at 151 so I'm very pleased about that. But I'm starting to get really impatient to get back in the 140s where I belong! I lost VER... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:41:08 EST Brutal Honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260209 It's time for me to face some facts. <BR> <BR> Fact #1: From March 1,2012 to September 1, 2012 (6 months) I lost the last 10 pounds to finally make it to my goal weight after trying for 2 1/2 years. <BR> <BR> Fact #2: From September 1, 2012 to now (6 months) I have gained that entire 10 pounds back. <BR> <BR> Fact #3: I weigh at least as much now as I did March 1, 2012, one year ago. <BR> <BR> Here's where I'd like to blame something or someone for the fact that I have undone all my h... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:42:49 EST An Emotional Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237062 Thank you to all who have been keeping my sister and her husband in your prayers. His mom's funeral was this morning. Dan's mom was only 61. She had gotten a call from Dan's sister, Gina, who has three young kids--two of them with serious health problems. Her husband works in a factory and can't get off without losing pay. The baby, Cody, who was born prematurely and spent months in the hospital, was back in the hospital with a liver problem. So Gina asked her mom to come and stay with ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:47:03 EST