KITT52's SparkPeople Blog KITT52's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Power Blend I like to share new things I find that are healthy and taste good as well...... <BR> <BR> I found a vegetable blend in Wal-mart called POWER BLEND.....yumyum <BR> <BR> it's in a bag similar to broccoli slaw, but this blend has Brussel sprouts, Napa cabbage, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, carrots and's all shredded up ...... <BR> <BR> 85 grams is a serving (about 1.5 cups) has 30 fat no cholesterol, 6 grams of carbs., 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein....30 grams of natura... Tue, 17 May 2016 11:01:45 EST Happy Week-end Have a healthy and Happy week end..... <em>104</em> <BR> It has been nice here in Ohio for the last few days but a cold front if moving in for the week end...darn....... <BR> <BR> We have been enjoying fresh asparagus rhubarb and herbs from the garden, it has been to muddy to get much more, but the berries are growing fast.... <BR> <BR> Gary is grilling chicken tonight for dinner along with sweet potatoes and asparagus ....yum yum <BR> <BR> Planning on making a big pot of veggies soup ... Fri, 13 May 2016 14:30:36 EST It's Saturday Yep Saturday again....have a fun something you enjoy..... <BR> <BR> and it's Mother's day too...tomorrow .... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Mothers Day..... <BR> do something nice for your Mom... <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I sure miss mine.... <em>458</em> <BR> Sat, 7 May 2016 11:02:11 EST May 5th Happy Cinco De Mayo.... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> enjoy some healthy Mexican food today... <BR> <BR> I love it...... <em>26</em> Thu, 5 May 2016 06:19:00 EST Happy May it's May already....I have been reflecting on how thing went last month and how I can do better this Month.. <BR> <BR> eat less..... <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> eat out less mostly...we won't be traveling for a whiles so more home cooked meals <BR> <BR> fruit was not so good in Texas, but here in Ohio the apples are so at least an apple everyday ...they are sweet crunchy and so yummy... <BR> <BR> I will stick with my exercise routine....cardio 6 days strength 3 days, but going back... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:52:00 EST ten years and going strong Today is my 10 years with spark people.... <em>529</em> <BR> I have so much to say but no time to post...... <BR> I just wanted to thank everyone for the support and encouragement over the years.. <BR> <BR> and know if I can do it.... so can you... <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Thank God and Spark People for helping get healthy and stay healthy and happy... <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:27:09 EST Yahoo it's Saturday WE are planing a quiet week end..WE are back home in Ohio...we were gone for about 6 months to Southern Texas...they call us Winter Texans <BR> I had the most fun, we were busy everyday and now we are back to our more quiet way of live..... <BR> <BR> WE have not watched TV since the last week of March....the TV was disconnected when we left Texas , to get it regoing once we got home..(we travel by 5th wheel) well we had to leave the 5th wheel at the RV shop to get a camera installed ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:15:13 EST What a Day Sunny and warm here in Ohio... <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> We are getting back into a routine....up early, exercise, eat healthy...and cook healthy meals.. <BR> <BR> Life is grand.... <em>104</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:39:29 EST on the road again We are once again on the road to Mississippi..for the funeral of Gary's BIL...... <BR> lots of rain last night.. <BR> Boy I over ate last night, we went to a BBQ place it was so goooooood.............. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> OMG I even ate some fresh made pork rinds, they were so good and I never cared for them before...yuck deep fried skin from a pig..... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have to eat light for the next few days....we are in a not so great part of town, so not safe this morning f... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:24:22 EST Back Home We are back home ...we were gone one week short of 6 months... <BR> <BR> things went well.. I did my best to keep up with exercise and eat healthy...and made lots of new friends and had lots of new experiences.....what could be better.. <BR> <BR> I went shopping an bought lots of fresh veggies and fresh fruits...I am making a pot of stew for tonight and for a couple of other meals.... <BR> <BR> The house was in great condition, a little dusty but not really as bad as I thought.. <BR> We ha... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:24:45 EST Surprised Much to my surprise today..I was the motivator for the day... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks for the goodies and the messages......I do appreciate it...... <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful day here, sunny and warm...Gary and I walked the trails yesterday a bit today..... <BR> today is my rest day but the weather is so nice I just had to get a walk in...... <BR> <BR> WE are enjoying our trip back home....Tomorrow Memphis Tn.........,,,, <BR> <BR> Have a good week and remember ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 15:30:36 EST Here comes April I have had a wonderful winter vacation here in Mission Texas..... <BR> But like all good things it has come to and end...We are packing up to leave tomorrow morning has been the most fun .... <BR> <BR> My accomplishment ....I walked at least 3 miles 6 days a week...I rest on Sunday... <BR> <BR> I had a 30 minutes exercise group 3 days a week...The group was from 60 -84.. year old mostly women....they were was fun and a good workout....I used my 2 pound hand weights ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:16:46 EST Happy Easter Have a Happy Easter..... <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day the Lord had made... <BR> <BR> He has risen...... <BR> <BR> He died for our sins....what are you willing to do for him... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> ..... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:28:09 EST Happy Anniversary Gary Today is our anniversary...... <BR> I am a blessed women that I have a wonderful Husband, a healthy and happy life.... <BR> I am also blessed to have found spark people and the support and encouragement I get here everyday.... <BR> <BR> It is also good Friday and feel blessed to have Jesus Christ lead me to a happy place, where I will find forever salvation...Bless us all... <BR> <BR> Take Care.... <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Easter everyone..... <em>448</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:31:38 EST HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY It's here again .....Have a fun day and remember green...... <BR> <BR> green veggies of course....broccoli, lettuce, kale, spinach.. <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> you get the picture.... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a healthy day.... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> and maybe one of these too..... <em>439</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll pass ..... <em>334... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:51:42 EST Skinny Girl Has anyone tried the Skinny Girl brand salad dressings.. <BR> I found 3 different flavors....... <BR> <BR> Raspberry vinaigrette was yummy and only 5 calories for 2 tablespoons...... <BR> <BR> today I bought Honey Mustard and Poppyseed...they are very good too, but what I liked best is they are good for dipping veggies...these have 10 calories for 2 tablespoons and are gluten free..... <BR> I tried the honey mustard on my veggie gave it a bit more zip than ... <BR> I'll try the po... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 14:24:11 EST Thursday wow it's the 10th of the month already, till is flying bay... <BR> <BR> The rain has stopped we had a lot of rain for 2 days, they really needed it but it's not much fun staying inside when you are use to being out doors... <BR> <BR> I did walk this morning with my umbrella, I was the only one.....but later more people were out walking....... <BR> <BR> We went to the fresh produce stand this morning as well, got lots of garden fresh tomatoes, cukes and radishes.....this is the time of year... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:51:31 EST Happy March everyone <em>224</em> It's March, spring is going to be here <BR> <BR> My March plan is to get a better hold on my portions.... <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I have done so well with exercise and not eating junk food ....BUT... <BR> <BR> there is always a but....I am just over eating ...even when it's healthy foods you gain weight when you over eat... <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I need to go back to measuring my foods, being more mindful of what is going in my mouth.... <BR> <BR> I am also do... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:22:40 EST Happy Saturday It's Saturday.... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I got up early, walked with the group, some people are leaving already to go back home... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a bit sad to see them go..but we will be leaving at the end of next month as well... <BR> <BR> The winters usually drag on and on for me..but not this year....I keep waiting for the cold weather to hit...but knowing it won't.....I have enjoyed my self more than I thought..We have done more things than I thought we would.... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 08:27:43 EST Feb. 22 Happy George Washington day....remember him our first president........ <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wonder what old George would think of the race for the white house these days.... <BR> <BR> God Bless America..... <em>232</em> .... <em>252</em> ... <em>247</em> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:35:54 EST Hump day Have a healthy Wednesday... <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I'm done with exercise and now doing laundry..what <BR> <BR> Going on a shrimp boat Friday, from South Padre far about 30 are should be interesting and fun....and yummy they have a shrimp boil at the end....not for sure but think you eat the shrimp you catch...I'll give details on Saturday when we get back....... <BR> <BR> It has been really warm here, in the 90's for the next 5 days or so....I love t... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:51:58 EST Happy Valentine's Day Hope everyone has a nice Valentine's Day... <em>247</em> ... <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 15:48:08 EST Feb.12 It's Abraham Lincolns birthday today.... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I believe he was the 16th president..... <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> It's also Friday, the week end...a fun day...a sunny day here.. <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Have a healthy and Happy week end.. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:25:11 EST Tuesday Enjoying a warm sunny Tuesday.. <BR> walked 3 miles did some shopping and meet friends for a healthy breakfast...the blackberries were out of this sweet and juicy and no I have to get more of them.. <BR> <BR> Find something that brings you pleasure, it can be the simplest thing.... <em>146</em> <BR> <BR> Smile it can make a big difference in your day.. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Remind yourself you are important, you are strong and you are good... <BR> <BR> Find ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:32:30 EST Happy Monday It's a beautiful day here in Southern Texas...9am 60 degrees <BR> <BR> the Broncos won the super bowl. <BR> <BR> I walked 3 miles did a 30 minute stretching class and in #0 minutes I'm going to a beading class <BR> <BR> The world is a beautiful Place... <BR> <BR> oh and let me say I have the most wonderful Husband and I know Jesus loves me, for who I am not what I have or have not done... <BR> <BR> Think healthy and happy thoughts....follow the right path for you... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:34:40 EST Friday is fun day Hello Sparkers...... <BR> Today is Friday and Friday is fun day for us..... <BR> <BR> What do you do on your fun day?? <BR> <BR> You don't have a fun day you say... why not, life is about having fun when ever possible.. <BR> <BR> for fun today I walked 3 miles, went to an exercise group, we have so much fun trying to keep up with a tape...a very old tape , but it's a good gives me hope for my future, most of the people there atr 70+ a few in there 80's and wow they all do gr... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:28:10 EST It's February , Yahooooo I woke up this morning and thought yahoooo, it's February.....time is speeding by... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I have to watch my portions closer this month, that darn scale is going up again....Ihave been so busy , eating out and away from home more than I am use too and letting things slide ... <BR> <BR> I do know if I go back to old habits or get of track I will gain weight, I need to stop it right now.... <BR> I sure have been enjoying the Mexican food here, and the BBQ and the well you... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:32:34 EST Happy Friday It's the week end <BR> <BR> Sunny and warm here in Mission Texas..predicted to get up in the 80' <BR> <BR> I had a great morning got my 3 miles walked....walked by myself this morning....people must have been tired or busy.... <BR> <BR> I also did a 30 minute exercise group, low impact but still a good work out.. <BR> <BR> I also went to choir taking time to spark and say hello to my healthy friends. <BR> <BR> we have a happy hour at 4pm....just a few couple get t... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:14:11 EST Cloudy Wednesday It's a cloudy much cooler day I decided after exercise to clean house...well 5th wheel.. <BR> <BR> It sure doesn't take long....that part is nice... <BR> <BR> I'm also making a pumpkin pie.....Gary loves pumpkin pie...he will be happy when he gets home.. <BR> <BR> I have been doing fair on my eating plan....but doing really good with exercise....I walked 3 miles this morning with a few other ladies, it's really nice having people to talk with while we walk...very interesting people ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:58:16 EST Happy Tuesday Wow time sure is going by fast, it's the 19th of Jan. already...the month is almost over..... <BR> <BR> I am still getting plenty of exercise and enjoying some new activities...... <BR> I need to do better at watching my portions and getting back to the "no thank you " answer when people offer me food.....seems no matter where I go there is food, someone wants me to just try this..or so many good cooks, so many pot lucks and parties....... <BR> <BR> We are going to Mexico Thursd... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:14:31 EST Happy Friday I am feeling extra happy today.. <em>334</em> <BR> I got my 3 mile walk done, a 30 minute stretching class done, a 45 minute choir practice done and now I am taking a quiet moment to check in with my spark friends....and it's not even 10am what a day....sunny and 65 already...(yesterday was 80 ) <BR> <BR> We don't have much planned for the week end, there is a fun day activity planned here at the park so we will join in and see what that is all about....they have so much to do... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:50:38 EST Happy Sunday Jan.10th today....Christmas and New Years seem so long ago.... <em>2</em> <BR> ... <BR> I'm wondering how many of you have keep your new years resolutions ...?? <BR> .... <BR> I'm not big on this practice but know for some it can be a good time to set goals and set a plan for a better life... <BR> <BR> Personally I'm doing okay..not great but okay...lots of new things happening for us...that usually brings stress for me as I like routine, I like a regular schedule...I like sameness... <BR... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:51:35 EST Have a Happy Day It's Wednesday already... <BR> <BR> How is your week going.. <BR> <BR> Mine is good.. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Got my walk done early, went to the craft show....bought a few nice things <BR> <BR> Getting ready for a bike's warm and the sun is trying hard to stay out... <BR> <BR> I have my meals planned for the day <BR> I found out that I am in charge of my happiness... <BR> I can make the best of my day by thinking positive and enjoying what life has to offer me... <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:11:32 EST What is wrong with me I woke this morning at 4am to the pitter patter of rain felt cold too...brrrr.... <BR> <BR> I snuggled closer to my husband, in a sleepy voice he asked if I was getting up to walk..I said NO.. <BR> I laid there and turned a bit and decided I need to use the bathroom then I would get back in to bed where it is warm and cozy.... <BR> <BR> I thought well let me brush my teeth before I go back to bed, then I thought let me turn the heat on..then I'll go back to bed... <BR> <BR> then... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:05:53 EST Have a Happy and Healthy New Year I want to wish everyone a happy and Healthy 2016.. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I want to share my plan for the new year....Gary and I have been working on a plan to make some life style changes.... <BR> We plan on selling our home in Ohio, selling most of our things...we want to travel the summer months up north like Alaska and spend time in Oregon and Cal.with the kids and grandkids....we are in good health at this time in our lives and if we don't do it now, then when.. <BR> we know family a... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:40:43 EST Thank YOu Thanks for all the Christmas wishes and especially for the prayers for my sister.. <BR> She came through her surgery very well, better than expected the doctor said...we are so grateful....time will tell how mobile she will be....she will need a lot of therapy and time to heal.. but her spirits are high... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am working today on my new year plan...I like to add some new each year, something to add a bit more health to my life.. <BR> I did join a stretching group 3 d... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:20:41 EST Happy Wednesday Only 2 days till Christmas....... <BR> Oh my it was 90 yesterday and suppose to be again today....It doesn't seem like Christmas.... <BR> I am in South Texas there are Christmas trees, lot of Christmas music and all sort of Christmas stuff but at 90 degrees it just doesn't seem like Christmas.....I got a slight sun burn yesterday sitting outside <BR> <BR> What fun we are having here....I have joined lots of groups, walking, exercise, Tia Chi, choir, bingo, cards, puzzles...even a ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:30:49 EST Dec.15th Holy night..only 10 days till Christmas.....ARE YOU READY..... <BR> <BR> IS YOUR FOOD PLAN READY..... <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> as for me the gifts are are sent....the few things I have to make for the dinner are planned...My food plan is ready too...,,,,.. <BR> as before I will stay clear of the food tables....... <BR> I look over the table and find what looks best....I find my favorites, mostly veggies then watch portions, eat slow, talk a lot....drink plenty of water.. <BR>... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:26:24 EST How did I let this Happen On Dec.9 of 2009 I hit my goal weight this past Dec.9th, two days ago was my 6th year anniversary of loosing 200+pounds and keeping it off... <BR> I should of had a celebration...but guess I was so busy I forgot..... <BR> Things have been quite busy in my life, we are down in Southern Texas for the is so nice to be warm sometimes even hot, it has been in the mid 80's for the last week or so and today is going to be in the 90's...... <BR> It great to be able to exercise ever... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:18:21 EST fun times Only 15 more days till Christmas.....are you ready??? <BR> <BR> I'm as ready as I'll be.... <BR> <BR> A friend has lent me a bike for the next few months and I have been having such fun riding... <BR> <BR> It sure will help me keep my weight in line with my goals and it has been so much fun.... <BR> <BR> I am now walking 60 minutes in the AM and riding the bike 30 minutes in the evening...doing exercise classes Mon-Wed.-Fri....they are fun with the few women who for me things ar... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:18:54 EST learning My focus is going to be learning to live in the present .... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Not be sad or mad about the past, it's over... <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Not worry or be anxious about tomorrow or the future.... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But learn to enjoy the moment, learn to focus on where and what I'm doing now, today... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I can still plan my meals and exercise ...but once it's over it's over and not worry what might happen...cause it might happen or not <BR>... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 12:41:00 EST Dec. 2nd. I don't have much to say but have not blogged since Thanksgiving.... <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Things are going well, I was Happy to See the scale was back to a friendly number..... <BR> <BR> I got 60 minutes of walking this morning an plan on more this afternoon.. <BR> <BR> They are starting a Tai Chi class next Tuesday and Thursday...I'm going to give it a try <BR> <BR> they are suppose to have an exercise class Mon-Wed.-Fri. but no one was here this morning, I'll keep looking for it...b... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 10:54:59 EST Happy Thanksgiving Have a healthy day and enjoy .... <em>429</em> drive safe <em>30</em> ... <em>4</em> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:49:00 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING I'm a few days early with this , but have time now to do this........ <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving... <BR> <BR> I'm in the planning mode right now...I know I'll have turkey , I love turkey.... <BR> I'm planning on looking over the buffet table....we are sharing Thanksgiving with about 80 other people... yes 80 other people....everyone is bringing lots to choose from...I will follow the plan I use at buffets....look everything over....try and g... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:28:09 EST FRIDAY yep another we went to what they call a's lots of music and singing... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> it was very interesting and entertaining ....regular people get up and sing an or play musical instrument.....some are okay bit some have a lot of talent.... <BR> <BR> this is new to us....90% of the people are 0ver 75+.... <BR> it was so sweet to see so many dancing, singing and having a good time.... <BR> ... <BR> it's great to know as we age we can still have a great ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:28:00 EST Thank You All I want to thank everyone for all the goodies and birthday's means a lot to mean.. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I turned 63.....yep 63 <BR> and I am so proud to say that spark people and all of you help me stay happy and healthy...... <BR> <BR> I have accomplished so much in my life ..I worked in the mental health field for 30+ years...and I am still healthy and <BR> <BR> As of this date I take no medications...I do add fish oil and flaxseed to my meal plan daily.. <BR> <B... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:29:38 EST OMG LETS ALL PRAY FOR PARIS AND THOSE WHO WERE KILLED AND INJURIED.. <em>458</em> ... <BR> <BR> God help this world ..we have to learn to love each other even when we are different Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:20:41 EST My thoughts My last blog was about how I use food....but I also have learned how to eat but maintain my weight... <BR> here are a few things I do..they work for me.. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I never drink my water and plain tea are my drink..I drink at least 1 gallon a day.. <BR> I never ever eat fast food..I last ate in a fast food place in 2006.... <BR> I use less meat in recipes..if it calls for a pound I add 10oz. or less and I add more veggies.. <BR> I eat veggies and fruit every meal... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:43:58 EST What I use food for.... Today as I walked, I thought about food...I think about food a lot...I love to eat...I love spicy food, sweets, you name it I'll try it....Liver is the only food I don't really like but have been known to eat it If I'm really hungry and then I smoother it in ketchup....or apple sauce.... <BR> <BR> I use food for fuel and to sustain my life.....sounds good...sounds like the right thing to say but the truth is ...... <BR> <BR> I use food to comfort myself.... <BR> I use food when I'm bored <B... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 10:46:52 EST something I learned about myself for the last 2 weeks I have been is great fun.... <BR> <BR> like always I brought my own healthy snacks and water.... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> we have not had TV service for the 2 weeks...that did not seem to bad but what I learned today is I have not been eating near as much, have not wanted my night time snack or afternoon snack...gee both I did while watching tv... <BR> is it possible that I just eat to watch TV or that the TV makes me want to snack.... <BR> <BR> well it ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 12:11:53 EST