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/ 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 Didn't plant anything but the birds did... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415931 Well the other day our dear friend Rich mowed all the grass out here, or what is usually mowed, <BR> <BR> and he noticed catnip growing by the east fence, since no farmers spray near there <BR> <BR> as the other side of fence is a pasture of Stanley's. Last time he sprayed, like 3 years ago <BR> <BR> or more and burned it too, as some nasty illegal weeds were in that field. <BR> <BR> So left alone, and birds seeding things as they poop, it seems the fence row was perfect <BR> <BR> for gr... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:21:23 EST Was that a Bob White call? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412643 One thing about living in the country, I hear many animals day and night. <BR> <BR> I was mimicking a loud bird calling from our northern-most walnut tree. <BR> I looked up the Northern Bob White and the call was the same. <BR> Good old internet such a handy resource! <BR> <BR> That was a territorial call so maybe I was ticking it off, by <BR> talking back to it. I hope not. I do not need any angry birds <BR> no sir ee. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 19:33:58 EST My brother says: Heels up to heal up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405719 I can't lay claim to that great phrase. It is my older brother that lives far away in Chicago who said it. Email is our way to communicate. At lunch time he has time to email after a Vegan lunch. Yes, he, the foodie of the family, is Vegan. I am not but think he is wonderful for doing that. <BR> <BR> So it is nice to have a brother in my corner as I want to heal up. I admire my big brother as he is at proper weight, eating well and exercising. <BR> <BR> Today I got my order of Hanes pant... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:33:08 EST the urge to go into church earlier than usual today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399392 So today I turned 54, and like usual we go to church except I had a desire to go earlier than 8:15am so we got there at 7:30am. <BR> <BR> Hubby drove off to a cash machine and to talk to his friends at the grocery store deli, that he didn't see all week. <BR> <BR> I sat down with my Kindle Fire, needing to update some games as I can't get my wi fi to see the Kindle (help!) at home. <BR> <BR> But it was not to be. Instead I got to fold a few hundred bulletins that were forgotten or left to... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:29:04 EST The lone ground bee... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386943 The other day, it was high time I sprayed some weeds all over our property as DH will not use weedeater and this is so much simpler. <BR> <BR> So I got a lot of walking in, and marveled at all the things one has to spray around from trees, septic tank, propane tank, camper, junk pile one, junk pile two, garage, lean to on garage, barn... <BR> <BR> I was bothered in one area by what I thought at first was a bumble bee, then realized it was a ground bee. <BR> <BR> Today it was under my hous... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:43:34 EST Inching down a few ounces at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372819 I figure any improvement is a good one, so weighing three ounces less than a week ago is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Since my foot is healing from vein sores, I can't do too much in walking, but still watching portion sizes, counting calories, and saying NO to my DH who asks many times a day if I want ice cream (no I scream). <BR> <BR> Plus an older friend had a heart attack four weeks ago, and since she is on a restricted diet, I know she'd like it if I was downsizing along with her. <BR> <B... Thu, 30 May 2013 17:31:24 EST One walk at a time....physically pffffft! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316302 Now that my shingles have just left me scabby and crabby, I realized on Sunday just how awful my physical condition is after a slow cold long winter of sitting on my fanny as much as possible! Ack! <BR> <BR> It was dry and 65 degrees on Sunday so I walked alongside my disabled friend Kathy as she zoomed at speed 3 on her motorized chairmobile, and I walked or tottered along behind her until the 3/4 point with much huffing and puffing, and she said she would slow down to a 2 for me. Thanks a ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 19:53:08 EST Shingles -So Icky to have on one's face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306798 For the last week and a half, my body had an outbreak of shingles, <BR> located on my head and upper face. <BR> <BR> Now you ladies know when something blotches up our face and hurts, tingles, burns etc we are not having a good time. <BR> <BR> Since I am scabbed over, I went to usual Sunday church things, and the 7am service held in the local graveyard for Resurrection Sunday. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I meet with ladies for our weekly Beth Moore study, and I think I will leave off the bandaids a... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:45:41 EST Did Walk it out on the wii today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189657 Finally DH went back to bed so I got up at 7:30am to do my Wii game, Walk It Out after a month of no exercise. <BR> <BR> My shoulder/arm pain hurt so much I did nothing the past month. But I could tell this was not good for me, so if I have to get up in the night, I better get some exercise in. <BR> <BR> I could only go for 15 minutes this time, out of shape, boo hoo. But tracking it made me happy and I know it will help my body soon enough. It is easy to do but just getting the TV to mys... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:09:47 EST Wii fit says I weigh 10.3 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152016 I had a big laugh today, as I replaced the balance board batteries, and got on to weigh, but something was amiss as it said I weighed 10.3 lbs!!! Wha??? <BR> <BR> My character shape changed to a stick. <BR> What a hoot. <BR> <BR> I reweighed and it said I had hundreds of pounds to lose now. <BR> I may have to reset that or keep it and laugh about the day I <BR> weighed 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> That hasn't been true for over 50 years. I probably weighed that as a baby <BR> but never since. <... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:34:12 EST Salad plate without the salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133022 I admit it, I do not like many veggies, and do not like salads. <BR> <BR> But a salad sized plate is my best friend for meals, since I have smaller portions yet the plate appears full. <BR> <BR> It still looks odd next to my DH's full sized plate. <BR> <BR> This morning my hubby was talking about breakfast and part of it was that I don't eat much anyway... so he is noticing my portion sizes. I have maintained my weight as I have had too many snacks. But ready to give it up for November and... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:46:26 EST He gained weight & now the mower attacked him! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130564 My husband at 316 must weigh more than the engine of this riding mower. <BR> <BR> He was heading up a hill he always rides up and it wheelied on top of him. He said he laid there until the motor stopped. I guess the seat had the weight of the mower on it and it keep the engine on. <BR> <BR> He has a small gash in one calf, and one rib hurts but seems okay so far. I will watch him. <BR> <BR> Clifford, the big red mower now has a crumpled seat back, hood and one headlight busted. Man that th... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:07:30 EST How to put off a pushy person...want candy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130406 My DH thinks about food all the time. At breakfast he talks about what he will have for lunch. At lunch he speaks of dinner. At dinner he is mentioning breakfast. <BR> In between he is snacking on foods he brings in, like all sorts of candy, but also bananas so a little is better for him. <BR> <BR> So after every meal he sits in his old chair by the TV, starts eating his candy, and asks me if I want some licorice, chocolate or whatever snack in on top of his pile of snacks. <BR> <BR> Now I ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:58:16 EST Did a pumpkin explode in here, dear? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122246 My husband is an early riser, so we were up at 4am, and ate our oatmeal, and he had his toast, butter and blueberry jelly. <BR> <BR> Sitting there, drinking coffee, relaxing. Then he decided to make the left over sweet potato, the size of NJ, into pie. <BR> <BR> Out comes a hand mixer, bowl, and he is asking for sugar, eggs, milk, pumpkin pie seasoning like I am his personal assistant. I do wish he would either do it all or let me do it. <BR> <BR> Next thing I know he pulls the running be... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 08:11:50 EST REAL heavy cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111443 Do you ever look at the exercise, heavy cleaning, and wonder how hard & fast you have to do it to count as this? <BR> <BR> Well today, I know I did, as I am still sweating from the tussle with the thrown away electric stove that my hubby brought into the yard. <BR> <BR> The previous owners never cleaned it, and under the drip pans, it was full of various food, twist ties, wrappers from seasoning for Raman noodles and burnt on food, gook and I am sure I do not want to know. <BR> <BR> Now th... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:56:03 EST Sweet Garfield my cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107422 I named my yellow cat Garfield, or affectionately GarGar, since he is a yellow tabby, is chunky like several famous cats, and it suits him. <BR> And I have little imagination for naming a cat. <BR> <BR> He even has sneaky nails like the cartoon Garfield cat. <BR> <BR> He never learned to keep his nails in to spare me pain, oozing wounds and dozens of scabs. <BR> <BR> Still he has me trained to sling him over my shoulder while I walk for the mail, or to water the neighbor's cows or just wal... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:44:31 EST While the cows are here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094347 So my husband decided to show me how to water the neighbor's cows while they are in this field across the road, so now I control when my house has no water. <BR> <BR> Sort of great deal. <BR> There is a large round tank there next to the fence and pump. A hose is attached to the fence so it doesn't move. Or is that mooove? <BR> <BR> Lift up the red handle and the water runs. Simple. <BR> It takes two hours to fill the tank. <BR> When you turn it off, you have to lift the hose out of the tan... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:01:52 EST Water Mystery-Solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092931 For weeks now, I've had my water pressure drop to zero at this little country house on a hill. I am on town water, but have a septic tank. <BR> <BR> I called the water works, and no break downs so today I noticed all the cows running across the road, and the Etter's pickup there, so I jogged across the road to speak to her about it. <BR> <BR> Since there is a drought here, I already knew what she'd say. She'd been watering the cows using that city water in the empty house that will not get ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:17:50 EST