KLASSIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KLASSIE KLASSIE'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/ Such a joy being a grandma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204641754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The look on my grandson's face as he checks out his Toy Story cake, particularly Woody saluting him on his third birthday, warms my heart. He is such a joy, and I feel immensely blessed that God has brought him into our lives. I had given up hope of being a grandmother. I have two daughters, and my older daughter was told by doctors that she could not have children. My younger daughter was not interested in hav... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 18:08:44 EST The forbidden staircase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041456 So we decided to get together, 100 in all for a weekend of fun. Many of us had not seen each other in almost 40 years. Names had changed, bodies had assumed different shapes, and faces had aged, but we had one thing in common, we were convent girls. <BR> <BR> On the first day we were treated to a tour of the school. About 30 of us participated, and as we congregated in the courtyard, the noisy chatter filled the air. Were we that noisy when we were students? Somehow I doubted it; but ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 17:24:17 EST From Here Onward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717678 The year 2012 now has 11 months left. The first one is gone and hopefully many of us have something to celebrate. I lost 7 pounds in January. It is less than I had hoped to lose, and I did not always focus on my goals as I should, yet I am proud of my accomplishment. <BR> <BR> When I wrote my last blog, I promised myself to take slow but deliberate steps to achieve my goal, and I did just that. I decided to enjoy every day regardless of any challenges that I might encounter. I treated... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 23:37:50 EST I believe I can fly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648333 As the year 2011 neared its end, many of my Facebook family and friends posted "good riddance" messages, and voiced their hopes for a better year in 2012. I was quite happy with 2011. Life happened and I made several mistakes, and some things I consciously did not do, which caused me distress later. But in the midst of it, I realized that life happens, but it's up to me to steer my ship through the storm. <BR> <BR> I can't blame deaths, family, bad bosses, the weather, or anything externa... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:36:08 EST What Does a Year Older Feel Like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591738 There was a time when I would say that I felt no different, but that's no longer the case. <BR> <BR> I notice that I use my hands more now when I'm trying to get up from a seating position. I don't remember when I started that habit. <BR> <BR> There are fine lines on my face; where did they come from? <BR> <BR> As the weather cools I am aware that I have knees and other joints, and sometimes they pain a bit. <BR> <BR> Oh the joys of growing old . . . and I'm not being sarcastic, si... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 20:52:34 EST Why Wait Until It's Too Late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4527558 This past week Steve Jobs died; may his soul rest in peace. The newspapers were filled with stories about his accomplishments, and excerpts from a commencement speech he had given earlier was shared by many, and touted as a way to live life. As I read about this visionary who died at such a very young age, it occurred to me that we do have a habit of waiting until someone dies to speak our highest praises of them. We rarely recognize or acknowledge good people in our midst while they are s... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 22:33:50 EST He Who Is Without Sin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4481282 As I sat with the therapy group this morning I felt myself recoil as I heard the stories of some of the members. My inner voice asked how could they? . . . and as I realized that I was being judgmental I also felt shame. I have always prided myself as being compassionate and sensitive to the feelings of others. That is one of my strengths as a counselor. It does not mean that I condone behaviors, but I try to empower rather than break down. However this morning I didn't seem to get it. ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:00:40 EST Walking by Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469785 I have come to a place where I must make a decision. I am at the crossroads of keeping a well-paying job where I seem to be valued, and logging 400 hours as a clinical intern so that I can apply for licensure as an LGPC (licensed graduate professional counselor). It would be difficult, although not impossible, to do both, but my HR manager has not yet decided whether she will accommodate the hours I presented. I've known that this day will eventually be here and mentally I am prepared for ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 15:52:31 EST It's Been A While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4425447 Actually it's been all year, and although I've read some wonderful blogs and made comments I have not been motivated to write. Tonight as I get ready for bed I thought I'd write a few lines, and even as I write these words I don't know exactly what I intend to say. I'll just let the spirit guide me and I'm sure it'll be okay. <BR> <BR> It's been a busy year and one with hard decisions to make. I'm at an impasse with school and work. I'm one class and 400 clinical hours away from licens... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 23:41:02 EST Starting the New Year Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3877050 Happy New Year to my SparkPeople friends. I have not blogged in over six months, and although I never left, I was not fully here. A lot has happened during those six months, but I have decided to leave them in the past. This blog is about seeing the light, finding joy, moving forward, doing what is good, and achieving goals. In fact this is what this year is about. It is the year I designated as the one when I will reach my goal weight, and although I've moved further away from my goal, ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:00:19 EST So what is really going on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3330209 I would love to report a weight loss, and actually I have lost weight in the last couple of weeks, but I can't report it because I am still 3 pounds heavier than my last reported Spark weigh in. The truth is that I gained 12 pounds in less than 3 months and I have no one nor anything to blame but myself and my actions. I can claim limited mobility and that would be true, but there are other ways of exercising. I could even adjust my food intake to compensate. I know all this, so why was I... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 16:59:28 EST Suddenly it's difficult http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3233545 The only thing that seems to be working right these days is my attitude. I'm still motivated and determined, but I'm slipping and that's not good. Suddenly it's difficult to lose weight and I'm battling to maintain what I had lost previously. It's not a mystery - I'm eating more and working out less. It will eventually catch up with me and I'm trying not to let that happen. I decided to rework my plan and take baby steps starting with 6 glasses of water a day. But water has become like ... Sat, 15 May 2010 21:49:15 EST Change in Plans and a Lesson Learned. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3124963 I had decided to return to the gym today. Did not plan on doing a lot on my first day back - 10 mins on the treadmill, 15 mins. on the elliptical, and 15 mins strength training. It felt good packing my gym bag. We have two gyms in the building so I didn't have far to go. Well the bottom line is that I did not go. My boss was traveling to Houston and usually it means that until he is out the door my life is on hold. So when he left at 3:00 p.m. I just decided to take a walk. I ventured ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:37:32 EST I'll be back in the gym tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3121036 I met with the vascular surgeon today. I had a list of things to discuss with him but stayed on the first item on my list which is the fact that I am still having trouble with my left leg and that walking is still painful. After undergoing two tests, the last one being an ultrasound, he confirmed re-stenosis, or the re-narrowing of the artery in my left thigh. He suggested a repeat performance of the surgery to include a stent. I suggested exercise. He did not argue, but warned that alth... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:41:25 EST When You Close Your Eyes What Do You See? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3050985 When I close my eyes I see the person I want to be. Let me give you an example. The last time I went shopping I saw a beautiful dress on a mannequin. I had to have it; so when the attendant came by and offered to help I pointed out the dress. She quickly fished through the rack and brought me this huge outfit. Oh no, that won't fit, it's too big. Try it, she said. I guess she was used to folks like me. Dutifully I marched off to the dressing room reminding myself why I usually don't a... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 23:15:54 EST Progress . . . Plateau . . . Regress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2940668 I stayed away from Spark for about a week, logging on only to update my status and create my food plans which I didn't always follow. Occasionally I would scan the blogs or messages from my Spark friends. It seemed as if I was on my way out and was risking all the progress I had made. Somehow I maintained my weight and would congratulate myself for not gaining what I had lost. I was truly busy, but that should not be an excuse. With my lack of participation in Spark, I started eating mindle... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 23:09:25 EST Too Old To Dance? Not at all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2936207 Last Saturday one of my friends celebrated her 50th birthday with a theme party. Her guests were encouraged to wear outfits that were reminiscent of the 60's. After researching the internet and checking my closet I found a tie-dyed tunic and bell-bottom pants. Thought I'd model my outfit for you. Here it is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/2/l423652886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My friend Ammryl and her daughter Angel accompanied me. They are the friends who opened their h... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 21:00:26 EST Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2882272 After almost seven months of consistency on the Spark Program I can boast of several lessons learned that will be with me for the rest of my life. Many of those lessons came from my Spark friends who openly shared along the way. Thanks so much for your generous spirit. <BR> <BR> I learned that I can begin again. Each day gives me an opportunity to start over. <BR> <BR> I learned that the journey can be hard by the yard, but by the inch, it can be a cinch. <BR> <BR> I learned that lastin... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:05:28 EST Blizzard of 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2865920 Thought I'd share some pictures with you. I have never done this before, so I'm hoping that I'm doing it right. If it doesn't work, I apologize and you can go to my photo album since I have uploaded them successfully there. This is definitely the most snow I've experienced during my 34 years in this country. <BR> <BR> This is what I found when I arrived at home on Monday. PEPCO came to the house and shifted the branch but since I still had power, they left it alone for now. <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:18:27 EST Friends Are Gifts From God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2847379 I am writing this blog from the home of a friend. I'm having a sleepless night due to the fact that I'm not in my own bed, plus today's procedure recommends that I lay on my back to sleep, and my back is tired right now from all the hours of lying down. Nonetheless, I'm comfortable here because I know and feel the unconditional love and generous sharing that is offered to me at this home. Anyone who has read any of my recent blogs will know how scared I was to have my surgical procedure. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 05:28:57 EST Countdown to Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2828239 The week began with me very mindful that before it ends I'll have had my surgical procedure and hopefully will be on my way to recovery. Friends and family are asking the same question, all of them meaning well, but triggering tears nonetheless. Are you ready? As ready as I can be, is usually my response, while deep inside my subconscious voice yells "HELL NO!!!!" But the truth is, I have to be. If I am true to my faith in God, then I've always been ready for this. This is the path I mu... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 22:16:39 EST Update and a Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2798905 I have finally come to terms with the fact that I will not get better without serious intervention. Since my doctor's diagnosis, I've had a doppler test which indicated that the blood flow to my legs was limited; an ultrasound which pinpointed the narrowing of the arteries in my thighs; and a blood test which confirmed that I have no risk factors. My total cholesterol was 127; my blood pressure 117/70; I don't smoke nor drink nor do I have diabetes, which are all risk factors for this disea... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:35:02 EST Putting Life in Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2740390 This morning I awoke early for an 8:30 a.m. appointment with a vascular surgeon. I have been trying to stay upbeat as I go through a battery of tests with none of them telling me anything new. My symptoms are real but the risk factors are absent. How did I arrive at this place, and why are the effects intensifying so quickly? I turned on the television and the news was everywhere. Haiti was once again assaulted by Mother Nature and her citizens were left to grieve their losses. I watche... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:35:01 EST Beginning Anew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2689001 There is an enchanting feeling that's flowing through many of the blogs that I have read on the Spark People website over the past few days. Everyone is excited about something - the new year, the launch of The Spark, the Spark bootcamp, resolutions, goals and promises that 2010 will be a winning year. The excitement is contagious and we all have renewed hope in the process. Members are posting their achievements and encouraging others to do the same. And as I enjoy the euphoria that is p... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 22:43:23 EST 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2677924 2010 rolled in last night with me at the computer assuring myself that I had posted my entry for a scholarship before the 11:59 deadline. That has been the story of my life, sliding into base as the ball is caught, hopeful that I got there in time. I can decide to make a new year's resolution to be different this year, but what's the use? I seem to do my best work under pressure, so if it's not broken, why fix it. That thought made me mindful of new year's resolutions. They certainly hav... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 21:14:14 EST My Legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2649063 Today I went to the radiology center for the tests on my legs. I was quite relaxed, prayerful and hopeful and even tried to joke with the tech. I was determined that if attitude had anything to do with the results I would be well-prepared. In some ways the results were worse than I had hoped and yet they were better than they could have been. The blood flow in my right leg is 58% what it should be, while it is 83% in my left leg. So while they are both bad, the left is better. I was abl... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 22:05:56 EST The Past Two Months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2646501 It has been two months since I blogged. I was experiencing such a busy time in my life that the best I could do was to log on to Spark, make an occasional comment to members' blogs and keep my nutrition on track. On October 15th I decided to walk with a co-worker to a farmer's market. It was about 10 blocks away but I did not perceive a problem; I felt that my daily visits to the gym had prepared me for this jaunt. You can imagine my surprise when after three blocks I started to feel disc... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 18:38:29 EST Discovering the Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2499565 I'm thinking that all restaurants should be made to post their nutrition facts prominently in a place where patrons can see in order to make an informed decision. Last night as I made my way home I realized how long it had been since I enjoyed a slice of pizza. I was used to getting a slice or two at Costco's so I decided to go home and research the nutrition facts so I could include it in my meal plan. Well, what I found almost floored me and my craving for pizza is gone. <BR> <BR> Here ... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:24:29 EST A Bitter Sweet Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2486867 I had been looking forward to wearing my red Liz Claiborne suit this morning. I had purchased it on sale for a business trip last March but there was no opportunity to wear it then. I wore it for the first time on Easter Sunday and found it uncomfortably tight, so I put it away thinking that I'd wait until I'd lost enough weight to wear it again. Today I was a sponsor at a Confirmation and was excited at the opportunity to be able to wear it comfortably. I had no doubt it would fit. I put... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 21:12:32 EST Spark Fever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2466872 I am at the point in my weight loss when folks are noticing and recognizing that it's not their imagination, I have lost weight. The cashier at my job's cafeteria pulled at the two sides of my blouse and said "Donde esta mi amiga?" which translates "where is my friend?" as she pretended to be looking for me inside my clothes. The truth is my 17 pound loss, albeit small, is very noticeable, and folks are wanting to know what diet I am on. My answer is always the same - I'm not on a diet, I'... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 21:07:45 EST 2500 Spark Points - A Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2438216 I responded with some words of encouragement to someone else's blog, and voila! there it was, a new trophy. I had earned 2500 Spark points to date. I wanted to pull my diamond shaped trophy from its perch on my computer and hold it up in the air. I had earned it. It was mine; and for me it was a milestone. <BR> <BR> I have been a Spark member on paper since November 2007 but only became active in July 2009. At first I did not pay attention to the points and then suddenly, at some unid... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:43:27 EST Yes, I'm on a diet - well sorta!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2423676 At my job, weight has joined politics and religion as taboo subjects. People are afraid to offend others by commenting on their weight loss or gain. This might be due to a few situations when weight loss was the result of illness and the compliment was not well taken. And so although my weight loss has begun to show, the comments are few and subtle at best. However, yesterday, as I searched for a flawless nectarine (don't eat bruised fruit) in the cafeteria, someone commented that I looke... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:26:57 EST Motivation vs. Indulgence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2401640 There is a difference between motivation and indulgence. Motivation helps a person propel towards their goals. Indulgence helps them to feel comfortable at their pace. There are those who enjoy motivation. They have a goal and appreciate having a solid network of people to help propel them towards that goal. Then there are others who prefer indulgence. They have a want and they find comfort in being coddled. They'll get to the finish line eventually. As I read the blogs, boards and Spa... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 12:33:33 EST The Power of Advanced Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2367972 One thing I've always learned from being on several diets is the need to plan and measure. I've heard it several times, and although I've ingested the words and thought about them, somehow I never translated those words into real action until now. I used to convince myself that I had a good enough idea of what a calorie looked like, so even when I read the nutrition facts, I never measured nor tracked my food. I was confident that I could eyeball a meal and estimate whether it was within ... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 13:23:10 EST The Universe Helped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2357507 This evening I joined my friends and countrymen at the Kennedy Center for a performance entitled Classics and Steel, which essentially was a combination of classical music, opera and West Indian (soca and reggae) music performed by 3 vocalists, a pianist and a steel orchestra. It was awesome. After the event my friends and I were invited to the Embassy for a reception. Instantly I went into calculation mode. I needed to know how many calories, carbs, fats, protein and sodium I had left. ... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 00:16:28 EST It's All About Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2354928 I remember so vividly the day the doctor suggested that I fill a prescription for medicine to treat my underactive thyroid. I was appalled and determined not to begin a lifelong sentence of dependency on medication. And so I agreed to improve my diet and incorporate exercise in my daily routine. Initially I had all good intentions but as days rolled into weeks, my determination waned and my weight loss plans never got off the ground. As my follow-up doctor visit neared I started looking f... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:34:17 EST Someone said it, so it must be true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2335650 With the exception of the six days that I spent out of the country at the beginning of the month I have kept or even at time surpassed my fitness goals. I have also been aware of my nutrition goals and rarely have I strayed far from them. However, the scale was not aware of my dedication and refused to budge more than a fraction, if at all. All that changed over the last three days during which time I lost 3 pounds. Needless to say that I'm elated, however I was bursting with pride when s... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 22:31:52 EST Attitude of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2329234 I've heard it said that one's attitude determines their altitude and I have found it to be true. I joined Spark People almost two years ago at a time when I was just tired of being overweight. I had no known health issues and I wanted to keep it that way, but I was also tired of the inconvenience of being fat. I was tired of being the one who as a passenger got the front seat of a car because it made more sense for me to sit there than to make others uncomfortable in the back seat. I love... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 15:12:07 EST The Seat belt Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2310231 As I prepared for my trip to Trinidad I had this recurring vision of trying to fasten the seat belt and it would not fit. I had been working out and eating right since getting on the wagon with Spark People, but I still have a long way to go. During a trip to London I had witnessed a stewardess delivering a seat belt extension to a passenger and that memory has played out in my mind every time I travel by air. It is not just a joke, but a real concern since I have broad hips. I boarded th... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:51:04 EST My Nephew, RIP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2278846 I woke up this morning tired after spending yesterday sightseeing in Washington, DC, and as I began to plan my day, the phone rang. Who could be calling this early? My brother's deep voice sounded even more raspy as he delivered the news through his sobs. His son, my nephew Adrian, had been shot in the head in Trinidad, and was fighting for his life. My brother was in New York visiting relatives. He was scheduled to visit me mid-August. Adrian was 18 and had recently completed high scho... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 20:04:47 EST At Last!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2269493 Anticipation was high and I prayed that my efforts would be rewarded. I had worked hard on my goals all week, although the weekend continued to be very difficult with folks bringing in high caloric/fat foods for the workshops. Yet, I believed that there was no way the scale should stay the same. I specifically waited for Tuesday when I would have access to the digital scale. I'm thinking that might be one of my rewards - to invest in a digital scale. Anyway, I climbed on and watched as t... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 11:42:56 EST What Happened!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2250410 So I jumped on the scale confident that it would register at least a 2 pound loss. After all, I've been staying within my food count and working out as planned. Yes, I did have those Hershey kisses on the weekend, and the teeny weeny cranberry muffin that I didn't even enjoy, oh, and I can't forget the cranberry bread, that was good - 3 slices of guilt which I offset by having plain wheat bread and tea for dinner. I had to have lost weight, especially since my fuschia blouse fit this morni... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 12:47:56 EST