KBEAR9963's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KBEAR9963 KBEAR9963'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/ Back to basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801667 The beginning of a new week and I'm back on track. Family day was awesome yesterday but now it's time to get back to my journey. I got up and did my workouts, then got some things done around the house. I even found time to go and get my hair cut. (Can't have a new me without a new look!) Cut 7 inches off! Great start to the week! Can't wait to weigh-in on Wednesday! I have a good feeling! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:44:32 EST Family day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801012 Today is going to be all about my family. We have been spending the day together, laughing and just having fun. It was a stressful week for us, with me being sick and my son having an abscess removed, so we decided that, for today, we are making this a day just for us! Tomorrow, it's back to basics and I plan to hit it hard. Enjoy your day today sparkfriends, and enjoy your families!!! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:07:24 EST Break time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800384 I did most of my exercises today, but I have decided to take the rest of the day off. I was up most of the night worrying about my son. He has quite the hole in his leg from where they drained his abscess. He's having difficulty walking around so I'm doing my best to help him out. I lost a pound and a half yesterday because I was too worried and stressed to eat like I normally do and we were at the hospital very late. Today, I'm going to curl up and take a much needed nap and watch some footb... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:16:00 EST Not how I wanted to spend my day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800032 As many of you may know, through my blogs, I suffer from chronic MRSA in the form if severe abscesses that, more often than not, require incising and drainage procedures. I have had over 75 of them since March 2012. They are extremely painful. Today, my oldest son asked me to look at a "sore" on his right leg. Lo and behold, he has one of those infamous abscesses. Now here we sit in the ER waiting for them to drain it. I feel like this is all my fault because the doctors can't figure out why ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:07:43 EST A day of thought and decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799407 I spent much of my day planning next month's goals. I went through several 30 day challenge ideas, so I could come up with next month's exercise routines. I think I have the majority of it done but will revisit it again in a day or so. I also began writing done ideas and plots for my NaNoWriMo project that begins November 1st. National novel writing month is a great way to exercise my brain. I tried it last year but didn't finish due to my work schedule. Being unemployed this year, I'll have ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:55 EST 2 week weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798748 I'm a full 2weeks into my journey and I'm feeling good about my current progress. I didn't lose any weight this week, but I did lose another 2 inches! So, in 14 days, I have officially lost 5 pounds and 4.5 inches overall! I'll take it! I knew I wouldn't lose my weight overnight and that it would take time and hard work. Today's weigh-in shows me that I'm doing something right and that, if I keep pushing myself, I will eventually hit my goal. I'm more determined than ever to keep up the hard ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:36:56 EST I am a warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798178 As a young girl, I was plaqued with frequent upper respiratory infections and tonsilitis. As I grew older, I acquired asthma and diabetes. Nowadays, I battle celiac disease and chronic MRSA (since March 2012). As a result, I am now considered to be immune-compromised so I am susceptible to a lot of viruses. Today I was told I have bronchitis, sinusitis and tonsilitis, (the entire itis family), but I strive to fight through. I learned a long time ago that I can't let my chronic illnesses keep ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:14:38 EST Setting limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797435 I've been trying to be realistic regarding my weight loss journey. I know how much I want and need to lose, but, like everyone else, I want it gone now. Now, I know this is unrealistic, but a girl can dream, right? So, with that in mind, I am giving myself mini-goals so that I can reach my goal. I lost 5 pounds my first week and I know that the chances of that happening again are highly unlikely, so for my second week, my goal is 1 pound. At that rate, by Christmas, I should be within 7 pound... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:41:52 EST Better than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796919 I feel like I went a little overboard with my eating yesterday so, against my better judgment, I got on the scale this morning and found I lost almost a whole pound. I guess I must have been just active enough to make up for everything I ate. I try to be really conscious of my calorie intake but somehow got off track a little bit. Anyway, today I'm accounting for every calorie and am doing much better. My combination of 30 day challenges has really proved to be a huge confidence builder for m... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:50:01 EST Mystery solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796468 I got up this morning feeling completely refreshed. I got my workout done and decided to spend some time on my family tree. My dad always knew he had 2 older brothers but that the oldest one had passed away at a young age, before my dad was even born. My grandparents never talked much about him but always referred to him as Wayne. I did some searching in the places I knew they lived in around the time he may have been born and found his birth certificate. His first name was really Francis. Ne... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:57:37 EST Taking a necessary rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795803 I've been working really hard the last 9 days and have lost weight and inches, but today, my body is telling me to rest. I have decided to spend the day curled up with my pillow, blanket and heating pad with a nice bowl of soup. Taking it easy once in a while is sometimes the best way to keep your progress coming. Tomorrow's plan is to get back to my regular program, but today is officially my day off! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:25:27 EST Pushing through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795152 I woke up this morning with some lower left back pain. Nothing major, but enough to get my attention. At first I thought I would have to skip my workout today, but then I decided to try to do it anyway, in moderation. I figured if I started and felt any difference in pain intensity, I would stop. As it turned out, I was able to complete my full workout and, after stretching, actually felt a little bit better. Just to make sure though, it's a heating pad and relaxation for me for the rest of t... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:29:43 EST One happy girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794514 So today was the weigh-in for my first week toward the new me and I am down 5 pounds and have lost 2.5 inches! I've been working so hard and it helps to be able to see that my hard work is paying off. This will give me the needed push to continue working hard because my goal is attainable and I am worth it! I'm one happy girl! <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:10:13 EST A whole week straight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794164 I started October determined to stay on track and committed myself to logging in and blogging everyday. So far I have been successful. I have logged and blogged each day, stayed within my calorie limits and done my workout plan at least once a day (a couple days I did them twice) so I'm feeling good about my weigh in tomorrow. Fingers crossed that my hard work shows on the scale! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:32:11 EST It would be so easy to give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793239 Things have not been going so well lately for me. I've been unemployed since June and, as you can imagine, it's getting more difficult to make ends meet. I bought a new car last summer, not realizing I would be struggling to keep it this year. I've gone on dozens of interviews, but no success because of my health. I have been battling chronic MRSA for 2 1/2 years and, when I'm contagious, I can't be around anyone. I'm collecting unemployment but that won't last forever. It would be so easy to... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:09:36 EST Making choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792803 It has occurred to me that my weight issues, much like everything else in life, comes down to making choices. If you think about it, from the moment you wake up in the morning, your day consists of nothing but choices. What should I wear? What do I want to do today? When should I start my workout? But most importantly, what do I want to eat? All day, we're faced with making choices. The key to making choices is to make sure each choice counts. My goal this week is to make healthier choices wh... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:02:43 EST Yeah, I'm on a diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792252 Last year I wrote a blog on how I define the word defeat. Today I decided to do the same thing with the word diet. This is what I came up with. <BR> <BR> D - determined. I'm determined to be healthier and feel better about myself. <BR> I - invested. I'm definitely invested in doing what needs to be done to make my body healthier. <BR> E - excited. I'm excited to see the changes I will go through not only physically but emotionally. <BR> T - thankful. I'm thankful that I'm blessed enough to b... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:33:54 EST Surprise, better than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791644 So I did my workout yesterday and felt great about how hard I worked. My daughter works two jobs to support her son so I help out by babysitting for her. Trying to be helpful herself, she brought home McDonald's so I wouldn't have to cook dinner. All I could think was, if I eat this, it's going to derail my progress so far. She meant well and got me the smallest meal she could get but I was still worried about it. I ate it very slowly and shared some with my grandson so I couldn't overeat. I ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:21:06 EST Just what I needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790978 I know it's only the second day but I got on the scale this morning and lost almost 2 pounds from yesterday's weight. I broke my rule of not weighing myself every day but it was just the motivation I needed to get my workout done this morning. As long as I know the hard work I put in yesterday paid off, I'm more inclined to stick with it and put in just as much effort today. I know I have a long way to go but I'm feeling like I'm off to a great start! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:02:59 EST Another fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790389 This year has not gone at all how I had hoped. I lost my job in June and its been all downhill from there. Losing my job brought about depression, anxiety and the ultimate pity party. Feeling sorry for myself has only added to my already overweight frame. All that changes today. I have made and started my October workout. It is comprised of several 30 day challenges and some light jogging. If I can keep up with them for the full 30 days, I should see enough of a change to keep me on track. So... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:40:17 EST Dallas, here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579978 I am well into my new fitness program and couldn't be happier. I have had a fitbit now for just over a year and it has made a world of difference. I originally set a goal for 10 floors a day and am now up to 25 a day. I was at 5 miles a day and now I am up to 7 miles a day! Each year for the last couple of years, I have gone on a virtual walk. The first trip I took was from my home in Michigan to my brother's home in Georgia. It was a total of 722 miles. This year I got my co-workers involved... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:42:36 EST New Year, New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578211 I can't believe another year has gone by. It seems like every new year starts with me making a "resolution" to get back on track and lose this unwanted weight. The difference this year is that I started planning on how I was going to do it about a month ago. I started getting workout plans together and plotted out a strict workout schedule for the next 2 months. I have very specific goals each day. I figure if I can concentrate on each day individually, it might help me accomplish my goals ea... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:19:27 EST A record day.....so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195637 I started my day with the mindset that I needed to set a goal and hit it. So I decided to start with floors climbed and set a goal of 50 floors. I hit that with no problem and decided to try for 75. Without looking at my Fitbit, I set out to get my badge for 75 floors in a day. Well, I just finished my stairs for the day and finished the day with 102 floors! It didn't feel like I went that far but I guess listening to my Ipod distracted me just enough that I pushed myself without realizing it... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:27:58 EST Back on track - BIG time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193772 Well, my one night off turned into a day and a half but I made up for it today! It was really cold outside so I couldn't go for an outdoor walk. Instead I broke out my Wii Fit and played my Walk It Out game. I was having so much fun that before I knew it, I had gone over 8 miles! It was so much fun and was a great workout! I'm going to use this to my advantage until I get my treadmill fixed. Rest time is over for me, now it's time to kick it into gear and make this virtual walk to Las Vegas. ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:28:02 EST Not my best day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190853 I woke up this morning with the best of intentions of meeting all of my daily goals. I was all set until I got to work. One of my coworkers has a 23 year old daughter that was experiencing headaches and earaches in the beginning of December. As her symptoms worsened, she ended up being taken to the ER with severe vomiting and nausea. After a CT scan, it was discovered that she had a large mass at the base of her skull that was the size of a golf ball. She had emergency surgery and the mass wa... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:09:44 EST Reaching new heights? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188702 Well, without my treadmill, I have been forced to improvise a bit. Today was my first day back to work after the holidays. I work at a local hospital that is very large so I decided to see how many ways I can use that to my advantage. I started by walking from one side to the other. After doing this a few times, I ventured into other areas. I have to walk down 3 sets of steps if I choose to eat at the cafeteria. (I haven't been eating there for a while now because I started bringing my lunch ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:35:27 EST Starting out on the right foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185725 Day 2 of 2013 brings new challenges that much be dealt with. I woke up only to find that the switch on my treadmill is broken and must be replaced. Being that I live in Michigan and that it is quite cold outside, this poses a bit of a problem. I have a very difficult time walking outdoors when it is so bitter cold so I was really depending on using my treadmill for my virtual walk. Until I can get it fixed, I have chosen to improvise and find other ways to accomplish my daily goals. I am comp... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:49:52 EST 2013-A new beginning to an old story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184797 Yet again I find myself starting the year wanting to lose unwanted weight and become healthier. After successfully accomplishing my first virtual walk to Georgia, I am starting this year with a new walk to Las Vegas (over 2000 miles from home). I already made the necessary choices needed to change my eating habits and have been eating healthier. Buying a Fitbit One was the best tool I have purchased to help me on my journey. I have been using it almost an entire month and have found myself pu... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:03:23 EST Virtual walk update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4356509 I have officially been on my virtual walk for a full month now and as of today, I have walked a total of 169.26 miles. I have been really trying hard to get in about 10 miles every time I walk but my allergies have been making it hard for me to be consistent. There have been a few days that I was not able to walk at all (5 to be exact) and then there have been some days that I barely made 4-6 miles, but the important thing is that I'm not giving up. I'm determined to make this virtual trip so... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:33:32 EST Going on a virtual walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4329207 I've decided to follow in the footsteps of some of my fellow sparkers (no pun intended) and have started a virtual walk from my house in Eastpointe, Michigan to Woodstock, Georgia to visit my brother. I started this "trip" 2 weeks ago today and have logged a total of 89.23 miles as of today. The total trip will be 722 miles so I definitely have quite a ways to go. The motivation for this trip is the fact that once I reach my goal, I will be making the real trip to see my brother and celebrate... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:05:09 EST A year of change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955143 So far, this is shaping up to be a year of change for me and my family. As many of you know, last year ended a little rough for us. We lost 4 family members in 3 months, our vehicles all broke down at the same time, etc. Well, since the first of the year, there have been quite a few changes already. My husband found a buyer for our bar so we are in the midst of paperwork to start the process of changing the licenses over to the new owner. We have owned the bar for about 12 years and have been... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:00:12 EST Getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3920473 I've been so sick the last couple of days that I haven't been able to do my blogs. I'm happy to report that I am starting to feel much better. I have been getting a lot of rest and doing as the doctor has instructed. He had told me that if I wasn't careful, I could have ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. (That would be the 4th time in a year having pneumonia) I now need to see an allergist to find out why I am getting so sick so often. He thinks there may be a problem with my immune sys... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:16:29 EST Ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3910653 Well on the downside, I'm still not feeling well at all today. I ended up only working a half day and then went home. My oldest son, made sure that I ate a decent meal and kept things quiet while I took a nap. The upside is that today is my 900 day on Spark people, I got extra points for 100 posts and that led me to my latest trophy. Lots of points today! Unfortunately, no exercise today. I just don't have it in me. I'm going to go back and lay down. Wanted to make sure I got my blog in for t... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:01:27 EST Great night, bad morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3906160 My son and I had a great time at the Monster Jam! It was so much fun. Unfortunately, I woke up this morning with a bad cold. I feel miserable today so I'm taking it easy and getting some rest today. Tomorrow, it will be back to work for me, so I really need to feel better. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:10:33 EST Getting ready for the Monster Jam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903882 I'm taking my youngest son and 2 friends to see the Monster Jam tonight. I'm kind of excited about it because we really have a lot of fun when we go there. I plan on doing a lot of walking so I will get some of my workout in. I will do all my other exercises before I leave home. All in all, I'm hoping to have an awesome night! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:17:35 EST Looking forward to the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3899766 I have a lot of things planned for this weekend. Tomorrow we are going to start remodeling the kitchen. I will have to tear the cupboards apart and get everything organized. Then, tomorrow night, I will be taking my youngest son and 2 friends to the Monster Jam. We love to watch the monster truck racing around while running over things. I'm sure it is going to be a lot of fun. I'll make a workout of walking to Ford Field and try to do some laps around it, like I did last week at the hockey ga... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 10:01:05 EST I must be a glutten for punishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896885 I must be crazy, because I'm going to do the training camp workout again. It was such a good workout and I really feel like it helped me. My muscles don't hurt much today, so I think if I just watch to make sure I don't overdo it, I should be fine. I really recommend this game to anyone with a Wii that is looking for a great workout. I love that I can program the exercises that I really want and that will give me the workout I need. I'm going to leave it at a half hour until I build up more m... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 13:24:11 EST Still feeling the burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3894457 It's been 24 hours and I'm still feeling the burn of that video game workout. My upper legs are a little sore. Don't get me wrong, it's a good sore, but sore never the less. I tried to do some more today but didn't want to push it too much because I won't be able to do the other 58 days, if I'm hurt. Anyway, I did do a little bit. I'll see how it feels tomorrow and decide where to go from here. Worse case, I have to put that workout on hold until I'm conditioned some more. Either way, I plan ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 21:04:05 EST What a workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3890480 I had gotten my oldest son a new game for the Wii as a Christmas present. It's called "NFL Training Camp". It allows you to do the same exercises and workouts as all the NFL teams. I watched him do it and something possessed me to give it a try. Wow, was that a workout. I did all the female exercises and worked out for about a half hour. I really worked up a sweat. If anyone is truly interested in working every part of your body, I would highly suggest this game. It monitors your calories bur... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:48:06 EST Staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3885273 I had such a great time at the hockey game last night. Even though we didn't win, we really had a lot of fun. We were so close to the ice, it was amazing. I didn't eat any junk while I was there and stayed well within my calorie limit. I even managed to get in some extra cardio. I jogged up the stairs to the arena. Then I did 3 laps around the arena once I got inside. I think it may have been close to 2 miles all together. I jogged back down the stairs on the way back to the car. Between that... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:03:40 EST Not a bad start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3879536 The weather yesterday was actually nicer than we thought it would be, so I decided to go for a nice little walk. I grabbed my Ipod and my pedometer and away I went. I haven't done it in a while so I needed to see how far I could go safely. I ended up going just over 3 miles in just under an hour. I felt good when I got back home. I even managed to get a few exercises in too. All in all, I think it was a pretty good start to my new year. Today, I will get in some exercises then, this afternoon... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:45:16 EST Not just Happy New Year, but Happy New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3877357 It seems like every year, I sit down on the first and write down all my goals and realize how lazy or distracted I have become as why how I could have gained all this weight back. Over the past few years, long about Thanksgiving, I know I'm in trouble and that New Year's is going to be difficult once I see weight current weight. This year, I assumed, would be no different. I stepped on the scale this morning, only to discover that the news wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I am only 15 ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 15:26:43 EST Only 2 more days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871306 Well, we are only 2 days away from a fresh start, right? With everything I've gone through over the last year, I'm totally ready. We are still working on a solution to the car situation. It looks like my son's truck is a lost cause. He completely blew his engine. My husband's is still questionable so he went out yesterday and leased a truck so we would have something to work with. It's going to make finances even tighter than they already are but it had to be done. My truck is being looked at... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:05:28 EST Ready for 2010 to be a thing of the past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3868736 I had such a horrible day yesterday, that I decided to save my blog for today. I got out of work early and came home to my son's truck being broken down. This wouldn't be a huge problem except for the fact that my husband's truck has been broken down for about a month and a half now and we have been sharing my truck and my son's. In an effort to use my truck to push my son's truck up the driveway to fix it, my truck broke down. Now we have all 3 trucks in need of some sort of work. Luckily, I... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:15:56 EST Forming a game plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3865264 It's getting to be that time of year again. Every year I start my diet over again. This January first will be no different. With all of the stress and different family issues going on the last few months, I have put the majority of my weight back on. Factor in the fact that it is difficult for me to get my walking in during the winter and it just adds to my many issues. That's okay though. I have found a couple of other ways to keep myself motivated and if all works out as planned, by the tim... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:21:19 EST Merry Christmas spark friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3861738 Just want to drop a note and say Merry Christmas to all my spark friends! I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. Enjoy your families and friends. With all the things I have gone through this year, I realize how truly blessed I am. I have so many friends and family members to lean on. I had Christmas with my 3 sisters last Monday (my brother lives in Georgia and was unable to make it up this year). We had a great time just sitting and talking about past Christmases. Yesterday I spent th... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 13:33:16 EST Just a quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848673 I'm so sorry I haven't been on in so long. There has been so much still going on since my sister's fall. She is doing much better and is starting to get around a little better (with help) so that is a blessing. I have been trying to help her as much as possible. Between that and work, things have been busy, to say the least. We got word yesterday that another one of my husband's Aunts has been put on hospice and will probably not be with us into the New Year. That makes 3 relatives and 1 very... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:57:07 EST Lost a good friend today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3815114 We lost our good friend Norm today. He was 75 years old and had several health issues. He decided last week that he had lived long enough and gave up his fight to live. He had stopped eating and was put on hospice this past Sunday. He died peacefully at home with his kids at his side. He is now with his wife and other relatives. He will be sorely missed. (This is me, him and another friend for my birthday last year) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l793815813.jpg... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:08:39 EST Yesterday was great, today not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3807078 Woke up this morning to a call from one of my sisters to hear that another sister fell down a flight of stairs at around 6 o'clock this morning. She has a huge gash on her head, broke her clavicle and fractured her neck. I'm really worried about her. She keeps having these spells where she blacks out and seems to get hurt worse each time. I am going to see her in a little bit. Another friend of our family has been in the hospital for a few weeks now due to complications from his diabetes. I w... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:28:24 EST Being truly thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805167 Today is just a reminder that we need to be thankful for everything we have been blessed with. We should, of course, be thankful everyday but this day especially serves as a reminder. I am so very thankful for the many blessings I have. I have an amazing family, wonderful friends and so many other things that many of us take for granted. I have a beautiful home, clothes on my back, food on my table, etc. I also have been blessed with the ability to help others as well as myself. My health may... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 09:21:29 EST