KAREN608's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAREN608 KAREN608'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/ 5lb loss and .... hairstyles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800315 Had a good week with some exercise and calorie tracking. <BR> Scale registered 5lb loss. I was surprised, so moved the scale to a new location, balanced it out and tried again. Yup. 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> We will see what it says next Wednesday. I know the ups and downs I usually get on the journey. <BR> <BR> Hairstyles. <BR> I am always amazed, that ladies want to do trendy hair styles. <BR> I know one gal now in her forties, that seems to have a different one every 3 months. And the long i... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:54:20 EST Blue moon red moon dancing to a happy tune...weight lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794759 I remember years ago, when I lived in Nebraska, and went outside late one night to see the blue moon, along with neighbors Bill and Blanche Highfield. It did not take long, and the moon seemed to be more gray than blue to us. <BR> <BR> This morning, since we were awake due to DH's work hours anyway, plus an emergency repair we did in the dark to a failing hose clamp, we saw the eclipse and the red moon. I think it may have been a little red. More disappointed this time as not sure that was... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:00:08 EST Fall Frenzy Challenge and my Flex http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791750 Small amount of weight lost since the beginning of the challenge, which I like, as they encourage me to remember to do strength exercises. For the rest of the challenge I need to get my heart beating more to keep up the loss of weight. I am getting tired of the yoyo I have been on since January,and know I am the only one that can change that with mindful eating. <BR> <BR> My fitbit flex is a wonderful motivational tool, though I am in a slump with some back issues. I have officially wore ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:39:19 EST Food products: Shrinking sizes increasing prices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769947 Today my hubby bubby wanted more ice cream that was on sale. <BR> <BR> Blue bunny brand and I looked at the amount on the carton. 1.65 ??? <BR> What? I remember when it said 1.75 and years ago 2 but when did this latest shrinking come to his ice cream? <BR> <BR> I know the dried fruits I buy went from 8 oz to 6 oz to 5 oz and not sure now since I have not bought any. <BR> <BR> Do companies not realize that we don't notice the packages getting smaller as the prices increase? What a sad worl... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:04:12 EST The Dog Days of Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765501 Okay this isn't about dogs. <BR> <BR> We do have a sweet lab mix dog, rusty in color, from across the road, that visits for water, cat food and attention, and uses my north yard as her personal toilet. <BR> <BR> It is about the sultry days of high heat and daily morning downpours of rain, that make end of summer days unbearable for the faint of heart, and makes my outdoor cats appear to be stuffed animals laying in the shade. <BR> <BR> Needless to say,little of my fitness minutes are spe... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:53:07 EST A bit faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764270 After just finishing the summer slimdown challenge my result was that I have more arm muscle and core muscles, and my measurements are the same BUT I can jog in place faster and longer than ten weeks ago. Success! <BR> <BR> The new fall challenge I will still focus on fitness but really focus on calories IN, lowering them just a bit as I am not sure I can add time to the fitness part yet. <BR> <BR> I am very excited about the new session coming up. <BR> A challenge really helps me stay foc... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:39:11 EST Eating 'on time' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754728 I like to have my last meal at 5pm, but when pork chops are thawed out, and husband's job has him out until 9pm, then I break that rule. Since I have acid reflux problem, this is a sticky wicket for me. <BR> <BR> So eating earlier is much better for that. <BR> <BR> Usually, I eat at 5pm and then feed my husband his dinner later. But rewarmed pork chops are not that good. <BR> <BR> So though I ate my chop late, I only ate a few tablespoons of mashed potatoes, and two whole carrots. I have... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:55:39 EST Sleep schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736472 My husband's summer job has him leaving home at 4:30am, so at 3:30am we both get up to the alarm, get dressed, make some oatmeal & coffee. Then I turn on the outside hose, to spray the truck windshield to clean it for the day. I pack his lunch the day before and put an ice block in it in the morning. <BR> <BR> What a routine! He tries to go to bed by 7pm but it is later so he is getting tired. I get a nap to get my 8 hours in but admit I don't feel my best as my back pain has flared up. Ha... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:10:10 EST Husband on his tractor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732708 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1976953223.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband on his hand crank old John Deere tractor (green one!), Fourth of July parade in our home town. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:14:02 EST Didn't hear a thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719608 There has been one top piece of metal roof on the old barn that was sticking for for a month or so. <BR> <BR> This morning a storm came in, and winds that I did not hear, being so tired from working gravel. <BR> <BR> We got up at 4:30am to get a lunch packed for hubby and as he drove out he rang me up, telling me to get the plastic cat carrier out of the ditch. <BR> <BR> So in a light rain I did that, and saw long tin strip on south side of barn. I walked to see the north end of the roo... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:12:53 EST Food needs more tweaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715255 For the beginning of the year I focused on getting used to staying in my range. Now with the second half of the year on me, I can see by the tracker I need to eat more protein, more calcium, less salt, more fiber. <BR> <BR> I am doing this a step at a time so I get used to the changes, as the changes are for the rest of my life. Some people can suddenly change, but I do better with a step by step plan. <BR> <BR> Since I do not have any nasty health issues that need quick fixes, one step at ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:02:53 EST Husband home nonstop five days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712868 Oh the 24/7 routine, cook, clean, cook, clean... <BR> <BR> I am staying on track and in range. He is eating things he brought home like potato chips, dip, and chocolate bars. Me: snack is a measured amount of raisins. <BR> <BR> Today is a rainy day so he is parked in front of the TV with ME TV and wo doggy westerns. Yee Haw!? <BR> <BR> I got the hamburger stew done, and extras put away. LOTS of veggies in it and low salt. He is enjoying all the home cooking. For supper I will make tuna... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:44:18 EST Eww! Cleaning out his diesel truck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711485 It is time for hubby bubby to drive a different truck without a sleeper, so had to unload everything out of it today. <BR> <BR> I have found two dozen long sleeved shirts, all of the underwear and all of his socks, many with holes in the heels. Two pair of shoes, two pillows, two comforters, one very stinky rug, various logbooks etc, 12 spring clothes pins to hold papers from blowing away, CB radio, antenna for that, two winter jackets, 25 canned food, ramen noodle bowls and two full boxes ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 17:25:44 EST Good busy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708994 Awake 5am. <BR> Shower, dressed. <BR> Do two loads laundry, fold and put away. <BR> <BR> Got ride to chiropractor then ladies bible study. Made coffee for that. <BR> <BR> Then to grocery to pick up donation bread for food pantry, and put it in it's place in their freezer. <BR> <BR> Then to neighbor's home to feed outdoor cats & check deck plants. Cicadas all over their property and half mile away few seen on mine so far. <BR> <BR> Very humid outside! <BR> Cooking some veggie soup for lu... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:59:31 EST Here a weed, there a weed, every where a weed weed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705486 Summer is here no matter what calendar says, and the weeds growth. <BR> <BR> I mix up ground clear spray for around the buildings, fences, driveway, burn area, camper, his assorted piles of metal........the list is long. This takes a lot of time and I stagger it as I tend to hunch over to spray with my ten dollar sprayer with a short wand. I want the stuff where I want it. I mean you could wipe out a lot of green with this stuff. I know, chemicals, ack ack. But tall weeds, ack ack. <BR>... Wed, 28 May 2014 20:18:44 EST The Lull before the Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701483 Okay. <BR> It really ISN'T a lull at all. But we do get about two weeks or so to rest from weekly challenges and just coast on what we usually do: track food/water, exercise on our own plan. <BR> <BR> Yet if feels like a time out. <BR> <BR> But because of the spring challenge, I found I like doing exercises with hand weights. It is something I CAN do, even with certain joint problems. <BR> <BR> Then I noticed the team goals for the Sizzling Summer Slimdown Black Panthers: one was 5000 ste... Fri, 23 May 2014 12:31:04 EST Spring into action challenge winding up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697076 This is the last week for the spring challenge and no real challenges posted for this week so I am on my own to do cardio and strength moves. I know the routine now, so feel I know what to do and when to push myself. <BR> <BR> I can continue tracking and choosing right, plus I think there will be a 2 week mini challenge before the summer one starts. <BR> <BR> It does get complicated with an official challenge for points and then extra team challenges. Since they are on separate chat thre... Sat, 17 May 2014 14:08:10 EST May fitness goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693105 So far during this stormy beginning of May, my weight has been resistant to change. The progress was for doing strength exercises for the Spring into Action challenge really pushing myself to go over the goal set. I did it and was tired plus sore. <BR> <BR> This week it is milder challenge with cardio and strength but still a good workout. They suggest a longer workout to train us to do longer workouts. Usually I have to fit walking or ST in with small increments. <BR> <BR> So no real weig... Mon, 12 May 2014 06:55:25 EST BMR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664768 Have you calculated your BMR since you lost weight, or had a birthday. <BR> <BR> For instance right now mine is 1790. If I lose two pounds it will be 1780. <BR> <BR> Say in three years from now I am at goal weight of 145 and three years older. <BR> It will then be in the low 1300s! Quite an adjustment. <BR> <BR> Of course then one adds on activities and if you have built up more muscle, that will help. Obviously as I lose weight my body needs less to keep going. This is very helpful infor... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 04:04:42 EST Fitness goals for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664219 I have not addressed my weight walk in a while so here it is: <BR> <BR> I had been stuck for weeks but lost half a pound this week. <BR> Doctor will not put me on thyroid medicine because I am achieving weight loss on my own. But less medicine is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 30 min of walking every day of the week (or more) <BR> 15 min of strength exercise every day(or more), switching muscle groups each day <BR> <BR> Calories: Stay to my range, aiming for lower end of it now inste... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:54:50 EST April blowing in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664162 With a big storm north of my area, the rain and winds have been making it impossible to spend much time outside. <BR> <BR> Last night the wind was sustaining at over 70 mph for periods of time. <BR> <BR> My yard light is up high on a pole by the barn. It kept going out then on. I looked out when it was on for a brief time, only to see the plastic shade swinging in the wind, breaking. Not anything I could do about it, I finally tried to get some sleep, listening to metal clanging, and kno... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:53:12 EST Got footwear? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660397 A while back, I got my hiking boots, and did some walks in them. Love at first wearing! <BR> <BR> Now the walk to get the mail is about a minute and a half. <BR> Part of the way is muddy. <BR> <BR> I just can not bring myself to use my hiking boots for that minute and a half, then spend 15 minutes cleaning them and picking tiny rocks out of the treads. <BR> <BR> But now finally, in the barn I got to the box that had my vinyl mud boots in them. <BR> <BR> All is right with the world for the... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:34:28 EST Challenge is almost here...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645008 If you notice my page's new look, it is because I am attempting a 'challenging challenge'. They are on 2nd week of pre- challenge and I am getting used to how things work. <BR> <BR> I'll be honest, I am nervous and I get a little confused with all the threads for ITC and all that. I wish it was all on a spreadsheet in one place but I am learning to save threads to my favorites. <BR> <BR> Wondering how much cardio and strength exercises will be needed and hoping my body is up for this. ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:27:16 EST At least the power is still on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626233 It has been one of those mornings where crawling back into bed is a good option. <BR> <BR> DH got two days of work after five sitting at home, so up 2am to leave and this right before freezing rain, though he did not know it at the time. <BR> <BR> I heard the truck start outside the house, and I leapt up like a cat on a mouse. The house felt colder than 62 degrees so walked over to the thermostat. I nudged it by the arrow button, but it would not work. <BR> <BR> Afraid he would drive aw... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:09:06 EST Day 40 entry.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619717 I decided to share my entry for day 40 of the book discussion: 100 days of weight loss by Linda Spangle which we are reading with a group of ladies here on Sparkpeople: <BR> <BR> Day 40: Having an eating experience <BR> <BR> Well all that came to mind for being a food spy was Chef Gordon Ramsay ! <BR> but we do not curse in my home. <BR> <BR> When we bring something to a themed ladies bible study meal, we do try to make it pretty and use a decent plate. I have a clear plastic rectangular ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:33:03 EST The Wind is not my friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616160 Just in from the mailbox, and letting my lower pant legs dry while I type this. <BR> <BR> My driveway is over 200 feet long, and the new snow was somewhere around four inches, but the constant west wind shifted the snow around. Good news, around the house is clear, and first half of driveway. <BR> <BR> Bad news the snow on the second part of the driveway by the road is 10-12 inches deep. <BR> <BR> The wind is still blowing, so I took a shovel to make a path to the mailbox to retrieve my ma... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 17:31:00 EST Tidying up the yard in the cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611117 Since today the wind as finally slowed down to five miles per hour, I got in some yard work. <BR> <BR> Papers to burn, and I walked around picking up lots of tiny bits of aluminum that used to live in a big box under the camper, but a few nights ago we had at least 75 mph winds, as plywood was blowing as well. I had picked that up the day before and today the aluminum. Even with thinsulate mittens my fingers got very cold! <BR> <BR> I moved fast and no cats helped me since they are snuggled... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:52:54 EST Living in a malfunctioning deep freeze. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603426 The weather this winter has been a roller coaster of deepest below zero Canadian temperatures mixed with some days above freezing and even 50 degrees. I am grateful for the thaw cycles, really I am. <BR> <BR> I imagine I'm living in a deep freeze world, and it is not working well at all. So far we have not had tons of snow so at least that part is kind to us. Other areas keep getting dumped on, and I am sure the complaints about this winter are piling up as much as the snow. <BR> <BR> Th... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:33:32 EST 100 Days of Weight loss book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590785 This is the challenge/book I am doing with others. This is day 11 and though I am learning a lot about myself and good strategies, my weight is the same. <BR> <BR> I do enjoy journeying with others in a group. We set our own goals for this simple challenge. <BR> <BR> I don't think I would have started walking in place more often with out it. So it is helping. <BR> <BR> Learning about being committed, do it anyway, and food is fuel. <BR> <BR> I still find myself wanting to use food f... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:40:08 EST Seated Arm & Shoulder workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585007 This nine minutes was a challenge, as the only sand filled weights I had were five pound ones... I think five pounds. I remember lighter weights, and all split open while in the barn stored, the cold/moisture did them in. This last set I had duct taped closed to save them. <BR> <BR> So did the arm & shoulder workout as part of day one of Beyond the Scale, plus a bit more. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get my mind wrapped around all the things of this challenge. There is a spreadsheet and step... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 22:35:13 EST Am I ready for some fitness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578884 Time to hunker down. Again. <BR> <BR> Fitness not fatness. <BR> <BR> Activity, even chair exercise. Whatever works, works. <BR> <BR> Focus and commit. <BR> This is no time to quit. <BR> Avoid excuses like the plague. <BR> <BR> One day at a time. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:56:10 EST Snow, pizza and Chunky Monkey candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559982 Today was the first day of really covering snow, so far two inches of fluffy type that could not make a snowman so basically pretty and easy to sweep but no fort building for anyone in this area this week. <BR> <BR> I swept off my wee bit of cement slope out the north door, and the cement step on the east, and made a path to the burning area. I had to really watch my broom, as Garfield, being lonely for my company, trailed around me and I did whack him lightly a few times, as he just could n... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:50:55 EST Christmas cookies on the Internet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557845 I've been looking for a few fun recipes to make Christmas cookies this year as gifts for some friends. <BR> <BR> So much fun! I found a red and green swirl cookie, sugar cookies, banana candy like treats using a box of pudding.... I printed them and no photos, and since all I have is an ancient black ink printer, I am good with that. It was a most relaxing evening, and now I am ready to clear off my little counters, clean well and set up a table for space to use and tomorrow is bake day. May... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:08:12 EST Cats and the Cold snap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549739 The last few days have had temperatures below average with 11 degrees then 5 degrees. Today 26 degrees so much more doable. <BR> <BR> The cats have a heated pet mat in a wooden box with openings, high up in the barn in a sheltered area to keep warm. The heated water dish is right outside my north door. Even the neighbor's dog uses it as so many move to the country and don't think about the water needs of their outdoor pet. They seemed to be away for the weekend and the dog visited us mostly... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:49:29 EST Another 2 lbs gone, yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525363 I have a long way to go to fitness, but my plateau of October broke with a one pound loss, then this morning another 2.1 pounds. Finally tracking paid off, and adding steps to my days, too. But at this size, the only place weight is leaving from is the sides of my tummy. Of course the medical wise guys say that tummy weight is bad for us, so I am grateful now for that. My measurements will change in due time, when the tummy is done with it's personal weight loss, right? So even though I l... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:54:08 EST This is the year of the apple! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509988 At least, around here, the apple harvest is making up for the drought year of last year. The freeze didn't get the apple trees, and everyone is giving away apples as fast as they can, after dealing with so many of them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I dug out my dehydrator, sliced apples, put in some lemon juice water, so they did not turn brown, then placed them one by one on the dryer racks. LOTS of fussy work and my five big apples gave me one baggie of dried apples. <BR> <BR> Oh. <BR> I waited ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:44:12 EST Neighbors home, their cats all fluffy & happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509961 My neighbors love it that I can take care of the horse tank and cats while they go away for a few weeks. Their cats would wander off in two weeks with no care. <BR> <BR> I get exercise and a nice country walk that challenges me. I walked in today only to see clothes hanging on the line, so I knew they were home. <BR> <BR> I like walking past their future forest of 150 oak trees, still very small, and they planted 500 to begin with. <BR> <BR> Next forest is 20 years old, with hammocks and... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:56:07 EST The cats just had to follow me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502423 On my walk over to the neighbor's place following a soybean field, today three of my cats came along. <BR> <BR> Joejoe is tubby but active, the most beautiful tabby with white feet. Smokey is the color of smoke and very long and lean, muscular. Attaboy is a smudgy gray light tabby with misshapen front legs. <BR> <BR> All tried to wind near my legs for the first 500 yards of my half mile walk there, making it a little less than fun! <BR> <BR> Finally they did spread out a bit as the mowed... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:35:20 EST I adore my hiking boots! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501398 Since the neighbors had to go away due to a family medical issue, I get another chance at hiking to the neighbor's which is at least a half mile away. <BR> <BR> This time hubby is away every day & night at work, so leaves it to me to get there and back, every other day. <BR> <BR> The path next to the other neighbor's soybean field has been mowed, so one can see fox holes, snake holes and large cracks in the earth that could trip a person up. <BR> <BR> The humidity was very high today, and ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:43:40 EST A whimp when it comes to bugs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490444 My friend thought he'd mow here for me, so I was out in the yard, shoveling down and tamping down the mole hills before he got here. <BR> <BR> A large locust landed on my chest, and I screamed like a girl and jumped, landing with one foot on the shovel, and almost did myself some sort of mischief. <BR> <BR> I didn't. No twisted foot or anything but locust ONE, woman zero. <BR> <BR> Mole 1287, Me zero. <BR> <BR> This country living is not for the weak. <BR> <BR> I got some buckets, thin... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:48:14 EST Burning bits of a house... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488473 Our friend is redoing my favorite house, in town, the one my husband doesn't want to live in as it is roomy, has closets and only 4 blocks from the town square. Since I do not drive, I hope to move back to the house in town later in life. DH is to be 72 in November. He might outlive me, but if not, I wanna live in town! <BR> <BR> So, our friend is putting in construction windows, replacing all the rotten wooden ones! So exciting. SUCH a mess... bugs routed out, square nails in center of hous... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:16:49 EST Photo: Asolo Hiking boots...here they are! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484864 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l573893065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of me in my support hose and new hiking boots. <BR> <BR> They set me back a lot -- so this is my last big purchase for myself <BR> as a reward for anything and everything for the last five years. <BR> That way it works out not so expensive! <BR> <BR> I am thinking and planning what my next reward will be and when! <BR> <BR> They fit well and seem to have a lot of ankle support, which I need. <BR>... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:19:54 EST Sizzling September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479755 I hit a stand still this month in weight loss, and the unseasonable heat wave makes me avoid all but the most basic out door chores. I do go outside to do things every morning and night, so I have hope for a good change in the scale as I keep my muscles active. <BR> <BR> I get motivation when I see a hard working man I know, and also from my cats, who, even the one that is tubby, still runs, jumps and does everything the thinner cats do. <BR> <BR> Here is to a new month with lots of hope... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:20:52 EST Best laid plans: SPLAT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477761 I had planned to walk to the neighbors for chores, but began to feel worser and worser. My head hurt. My gums, jaw ached horribly. So to doctor I must go. <BR> <BR> Nurse practitioner tells me my head is all infected and take medicine for fourteen days. Yay, so it wasn't all in my head, well, wait.... it was. <BR> <BR> Only on day two and it was a rocky start as the right side of my head still is feeling a need to explode. So I did not sleep well. Well, at ALL, last night. <BR> Up, down,... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:11:22 EST Walking to do the neighbor's chores: kittens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468880 Our neighbors have left to visit family in the south for about two weeks, <BR> so I volunteered to walk along side the bean field to their home to feed <BR> the new kittens every morning. If we want to, we can feed oats/corn to the two older horses and corn to the sheep. <BR> <BR> I have not walked any real distance in a bumpy field since last time I did chores for them, so out of shape a little bit. The biggest danger is stepping on uneven ground and turning an ankle. I take my tracfone an... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:48:29 EST The Battles in my Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453631 Everything we do starts with a thought. <BR> <BR> Everyday, I think about what I have to do, what I want to do, what meals need to made. <BR> <BR> It all starts in my mind. <BR> <BR> In the morning, my bed & pillow do not conspire <BR> to keep me lulled into sleep until 11 a.m. <BR> <BR> Junk food does not jump off a store shelf into my arms. <BR> It does not physically crawl out of the box and into my mouth. <BR> <BR> The easy chair does not strap itself to my waist preventing <BR> me... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:47:52 EST Got on the wii scale and....the number is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438323 .1 away from a pound lost -YEA! <BR> <BR> I have been tracking and yet I did feel that maybe I would not have a good scale reading. Since my thyroid is fighting me tooth and nail, I get nervous about scale times. <BR> <BR> The lowest I'd been in 2012 was 255 for a short time, but had my troubles learning about eating, and still learning, but so close now to that mini mind set goal of getting under that and going on down further. <BR> <BR> Slow losing is all I seem to achieve, and it please... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:12:52 EST All in normal ranges.-blood work test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435105 I was waiting for a phone call or letter about my blood work from the doctor visit, and it came yesterday. <BR> <BR> All items in normal range!FIRST TIME EVER since my 30s! <BR> <BR> I do take cholesterol medicine so far as it runs in my family that our bodies make too much cholesterol. But first time since my 20s my tests all good even in cholesterol. I'm still in shock. <BR> <BR> I did only eat red meat once or twice a week now and did loose some weight. <BR> Maybe it was the red meat... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:29:12 EST Heavy cleaning: I have to be real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427560 When I see the Heavy cleaning fitness in the tracker, <BR> I am careful and realistic about it, as I think heavy cleaning <BR> means working so hard you are sweating or your muscles get <BR> a big workout. If I work fast and get hot and sweaty, I call <BR> it heavy cleaning. <BR> <BR> Light vacuuming slowly or slowly making a bed I consider light duty. <BR> <BR> So I am trying to be painfully honest with myself. <BR> <BR> I am glad I am moving boxes so I can track that, but the actual <B... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 18:05:23 EST My Cats: Masters at Destruction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422124 I am spending time hauling boxes out of the barn to sort household items, and to decide if it is keep or give or trash. <BR> <BR> The cats find grand pleasure in climbing the boxes, jumping like trapeze artist in furry little tights for no audience while I am not in the barn. <BR> <BR> But fallen boxes, items scattered on the cement floor, tell a tale of the wild nights my cats have in the barn. <BR> <BR> Every time I open the door, more things are knocked down. <BR> But I am easing my wa... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:01:10 EST