LEANIE64's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEANIE64 LEANIE64'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/ General Ramblings.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782556 I didn't can today..Had to drive into town and have my car's brakes worked on..When hunger struck me..I ate at McDonalds..But I ate healthy. I had the grilled chicken bacon ranch salad..Only 270 cal. then the dressing was an additional 100 cal..I didn't go off my eating plan (which is 1200 cal. daily)..and I felt satisfied. By the way..the salad was REALLY GOOD ! <BR> <BR> Once home I cored, peeled , and sliced apples..I bagged them ..shoved them in the refrig and decided to wait till tomo... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:47:27 EST canning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781835 I pulled all the frozen blackberries from the freezer and am canning..Too , our apples are starting to come on..so I have been peeling and coring. <BR> I have yet to do my exercise today..but will get on the ball and while the jars are being processed..I will take the time to exercise. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:36:35 EST Full day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777843 First is exercise on recumbent bike..then personal grooming, after which is TOPS meeting..then a baby shower to attend. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:47:02 EST I am tired of canning.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777571 I want to be done ...but our trees are laden with ripe fruit..I am giving a bunch away..but still need to can and dehydrate. I sound not thankful for our bounty..On the contrary I am so thankful to the Lord for this gift. I am just tired of the hard work that canning can be. Whining aren't I ? I have been getting in my exercise though and eating correctly..! <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:53:11 EST Any ideas for a yummy low calorie soup, or stew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776032 I am hungry for stew or a soup.But I want it to be low calorie so I can have a couple of bowls and not be too worried about calories. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:53:38 EST Did well on the eating plan today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775526 Felt positive about life in general..The Lord is good !! <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:27:27 EST Labor Day week is over for another year.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774743 A very busy time of year..Lots of company, responsibility at the Exhibit Hall...working at Superintendent over Preserved Foods...Also, preparing foods for exhibit, working the front desk of the Hall, making sure hubby is happy ..and keeping myself happy by not over doing intake..the last one I failed at ..but it could of been worse. I do struggle with staying on track when under pressure. Up side is..I won the Bob's Red Mill Bread making contest..$100 gift certificate to their store. Too I w... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 19:03:25 EST Good TOPS report.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764375 Lost 2.8 lbs this week..last was the same. I am moving downward. Yippee! <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:16:39 EST I am so relieved... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762457 I took my car into mechanic...as it was running rough. I had it in my mind that I was going to have to purchase another car..But as it turns out..it sounds like the problem can be rectified without alot of money out of pocket. I am so thankful..the Lord is good. <BR> I have been so enjoying zucchini..What I have done the last couple of days was scooped out the pulp from the middle and place a filling in it..which includes .. cut up veggies,and a meat or fish..and topped it with either spagh... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:54:42 EST Blew the good eating yesterday..back on track today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760482 We had company who took us out to eat..I didn't eat that awful..but didn't eat that great either..Although we did have a great time spent with good friends who came over for the day t.. looking at houses. <BR> We trekked over a few properties. It was a interesting time looking at some of these places..as the interior was completely different than the imagination would ever dream of. <BR> I'm canning today..I have a pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove simmering..In just a few minutes I can... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:28:24 EST today's ramblings.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756007 I have been canning a good share of the day..apricots, blackberries (a limited amount ..today was the first picking), watermelon rind pickles, and later rhubarb pie filling. I am going to set down and take a rest..then finish up with the rhubarb pie filling. <BR> It feels good to have food on the shelves again. <BR> We have had quite a bit of company today..so good seeing old friends. <BR> Nothing else to report other than I am thankful that Hawaii didn't experience much in the way of a hurri... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:21:53 EST Day is almost spent..but just a reminder..Please pray for Hawaii. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755313 I just read they also had a earthquake today ..along with the two hurricanes moving in..Desperate times for those people..I pray that everyone will be safe. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 20:13:26 EST A part of planning meeting for the city http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753095 was some of my schedule..Nothing monumental ..just realized how our little town is dictated so much by funding..and bottom line is..We just don't have the funds to make improvements in areas that desperately need improving..My hats are off to the mayor and those who work at city hall. They work diligently to make our little town a better community. <BR> I feel getting involved in local gov. is better than staring at the refrigerator and munching. Which I didn't do today. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:50:02 EST Up in the mountains picking huckleberries.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751778 Our time spent wasn't as bountiful as I had hoped..but it gave us enough to put in the freezer for future culinary delights. <BR> I went off my healthy eating yesterday..so back on today. Exploring some options for a delish salad. <BR> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:59:15 EST TOPS loss today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750529 Yeah..I lost this week..2.8 lbs. It felt wonderful to have lost . <BR> Right now its thundering and lightening out..storm moving in. <BR> I have to go and close the windows on the car..before the rain starts. <BR> so much for my blog entry. <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:25:22 EST I really did feel positive with a decision I made today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749923 While in Baker today..( I was asked by a friend if I would go with her..as she had an eye appointment and didn't know if she would need another driver or not). She offered to take me out to lunch if I wanted..and I told her..if she didn't mind..I would pass . We didn't go to lunch..and I can honestly say I don't ever remember not taking some one up on a lunch offer. I did feel good about that decision..I came home and ate healthy and had a feeling of empowerment about me..its a good feeling. ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:53:02 EST small road trip and ramblings. .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749337 It is a 3 hr drive one way to Boise..But I was by myself and rather enjoyed the peace and quiet. <BR> Tomorrow I go with a friend to Baker..which is an hour drive one way..She is having a eye app. ...She asked if she could take me out to lunch. I told her sure..but that if she wanted we could just head right home. Truth be known..I am nervous about eating out..We have weigh in at TOPS on Thurs morning and I want the scale to register that I lost..If we do end up going out..I am going to hav... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:39:43 EST today was postive.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748512 Working in the garden with my hubby ..hand picking squash bugs and eggs. (Its a daily job to keep up with those darlings...but little do they know..I enjoy the time spent out doors seeking out those evasive bugs). <BR> After, I spent a few hours trying to figure out how to submit info into a student loan for our son. I am not the most smart individual when it comes to those complicated forms. But I did get it done and submitted. It did feel like I had accomplished much when I pressed the ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:16:18 EST months away from Spark.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747793 I am here again..I get so busy that I think I can just forget Spark and be okay..I am okay..but not any lighter. If I track my food I am more aware of intake..Long story short..I'm back Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:04:32 EST Too much negative information canstantly.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647972 That it makes a person want to hide. ..But reality is..we can't. My heart goes out to those individuals whose hearts are breaking ..for what ever reason. May they find peace. <BR> I hope I can find peace..as the world is bombarding me with too many sad stories. <BR> Well enough of the whining..I need to get my walk in..Maybe that will help me have a more positive outlook. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:53:21 EST Spring like weather.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647299 So taking advantage and stated in with the guest cabin. Making beds and general cleaning ..it felt good to have spring in the air. <BR> I stayed on track today ..eating within my calorie range..I sure didn't yesterday..Totally messed up !! But today was more positive. <BR> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:14:45 EST Feeling good about me.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645514 I stared a probiotic morning and night..It seems to be having a positive effect on my system. I do feel more energetic and alive. What a blessing ! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:30:52 EST baking , mixing ,quilting, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641280 Today is baking of bread..I got the wheat ground and everything is poured into the mixer..except for yeast and more flour..Waiting for 30 min. to have the flour that is in mixer absorb moisture..so the end product won't be crumbly. <BR> Too I am mixing up a non cooking breakfast oatmeal . You are supposed to add all the ingredients to jars..shake, refrigerate , and eat 8 to 24 hrs. later..Sounds good and convenient.. <BR> After breakfast and forming/baking bread..I am working on laundry an... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:50:08 EST Traveling and ramblings .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640655 We got home last night from a short trip to Boise.. Its so difficult for me to not be temped to eat out..which I did..both days. Once I am back home I can control myself..but I choose to go out to eat ..and over eat. I think I am lacking brain cells when it comes to making healthy choices when I travel or do any activity out of the norm..which is often. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:10:38 EST Home again , Home again..Jiggety Jig..!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635440 I am wore out..but its all good..except for the eating part of it..back on the plan today..On ward and upward..!! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:51:22 EST traveling woe's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628690 Tomorrow is driving for 6 hours to get to my daughters..where I will stay with her girls for 6 days and too work at her day care for a few hours..I am exhausted from traveling on Monday and Tues..and now another road trip..I feel my age. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:05:06 EST whining is not a reason... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624948 To not do my exercise..I am not wanting to do anything this afternoon. I find if I get sidetracked and don't do my exercise earlier in the day..I have no desire later..So I am declaring to the world..I am going to get with it..and just DO IT..!! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:08:22 EST Heading to India in the Fall... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623025 Yes, India !! I need to walk now..so I will be comfortable walking their. Plus this weight has to be down considerably before I leave. I don't want to be the only over weight person in the country. <BR> So how do I accomplish this task???...One thing is avoiding the potlucks and dinners that abound this time of year. Oh I know I could practice control..but when I see all the delicious fare..I throw the good intentions to the wind and fill my face, gaining a few pounds on the way. <BR> Tom... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:42:01 EST dragging my feet.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622410 6 miles on the recumbent bike done..dragging my feet when it comes to walking..Here is the challenge for me...I hate to walk ! I am forcing myself up off the chair and going to join Leslie Sansone walking for 10 min..It sounds like a huge amount of time to me..but I will do this. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:52:29 EST months since I posted.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620751 Alot has transpired since my last post..a 25 lb gain..and a 26 lb. loss..I am ashamed to say that I gained that much , but excited I was able to loose it..... Now to keep going in the direction I am.. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:23:06 EST What I appreiate about Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525785 Here it is almost Halloween..and what have I accomplished this fast paced month?Have I love any unwanted flab..?? some..Have I gained a greater appreciation for Spark ..? A resounding YES!! <BR> I do appreciate Spark, for the following reasons; I can log on 24/7. They don't judge me; I can post my food intake easily and effortlessly; I can track my exercise, again, easy and effortlessly; Read uplifting motivating articles..that encourage me to eat correctly, be healthier, enjoy the journ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:26:40 EST An exciting , work filled day on this end.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497897 It seems fall canning and entertaining gets in the way of my good intentions. <BR> Today I am canning..apple pie filling and starting a zucchini relish to can tomorrow..as the chopped zucchini has to set overnight night in the fridge to "work" before I mix and put into jars..etc. <BR> I have fed three different families this week..Not complaining in the least..but I am out of practice feeding alot of people often. I am getting lazy in my old age it would seem. <BR> We have cleaned out o... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:32:14 EST Fall is almost here..what is my plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485671 Where has the summer gone? And I was going to be 30 lbs lighter..I am not. Actually I have yo yoed and I am where I began..almost the same weight. I whine alot about this reality..but have no one to point a finger at , but ME!! <BR> Now to get down to the nitty gritty..NOW IS MY TIME!! I have struggled up and down all last winter, spring, summer and NOW IS MY TIME TO GET MY HEAD OUT OF THE SAND..and get serious about my life. <BR> How am I going to do this challenge..Starting with exercise.... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 20:28:08 EST Got the book @ DVD: Walking the Walk: Getting Fit with Faith by Leslie Sansone..Have you read it?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483786 Have any of you got this book and DVD? <BR> My order came in the mail the day before yesterday..Haven't had a chance to read or walk with DVD..but tonight I will...Am really excited about it..as I read many reviews..and they say the 30 day plan is very helpful. <BR> I should be out in the garden working on cutting back tomato plants..and trimming vines on squash..before it rains. But wanted to post. <BR> I walked at the school track this morning..I can notice that I am getting better..I h... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:49:35 EST Pickled beets and other happenings.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478936 I went to the garden this morning ...since I have not been there for over a week..Lots happening in that world.I picked four 5 gal. buckets of veggies..cukes, zukes, peppers, and beets ..the beets I proceeded to wash..boil till relatively tender..then run under cold water and slip the skins..it all sounds very simple..hold it..did I say simple? I didn't leave them long enough in the boiling water and some of the skins refused to slip..so had to peel a good part of those little darlings..By ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:31:48 EST Today is our fair..Yippee!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470798 Time of really buzzing past..I am the Superintendent of the preserved foods at our little fair..I have been working at getting my dept. in shape..as today is the opening day. <BR> Because of so much going's on..I have not been keeping track of anything "health/diet related. <BR> Next week will be another busy one..as on Monday we are cleaning out the Exhibit Hall ..and I retrieve all my submissions . <BR> In the middle of the week I travel north to be with one of my daughters and her fam... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:44:06 EST Hooo Hummm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462380 Thats how I feel anyway..its all good..just hoo humm! <BR> I have to can..and dehydrate..I'm getting where I don't want to. The mess it makes and since there is just the two of us..we don't eat alot of what I do put up..we give most of it away to family and friends. It is always nice to do for others..but at this stage of the game..the work outweighs the pleasure. That is speaking from the present..once I finish the chore its all good. <BR> This afternoon I am having a argument with me..a... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:39:24 EST up early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457918 Getting ready for the morning bike ride and walk..then its gardening. Lots to do this wonderful day..Thankful for the beauty that surrounds us..The Lord is good. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 09:46:51 EST The Zucchini Fest is over..along with stressful overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457550 Now I can relax more. So much work..and being under alot of stress wasn't the best for me..as I ATE!! <BR> Today I am back on track..I am afraid to approach the scale..as its been about 3 weeks that I have looked.. <BR> Today I did go walking and riding the bike too. But i am sure it will take me a few weeks to get back to the point that I started eating out of control...My choices are stinky at times..URR!! Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:47:36 EST Smoothies any one? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435384 I have started doing smoothies..so that I get enough veggies and fruits daily. A friend told me about juicing.but I thought..what the hey I have a high powered blender (blendtec) that I purchased a while back and its just sitting..so this is my 3rd day fixing smoothies. I put everything that is fresh from our garden..cukes, zucchini, etc. Plus, some things from the grocery shelf..such as spinach and apples. Today the smoothie tasted a bit bitter..so I added some raspberries from our freezer.... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:45:45 EST Busy life, busy me...But not too busy to.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434316 Exercise..I am working at finding what works for me..I am incredibly busy..with gardening, cleaning, laundry, etc..but I am making time for me most days. It used to be that I only thought of others..but now I am making sure I take care of me..most days. I make sure I get some form of exercise 5 days a week. <BR> I am on a roll..which I find interesting..I have never enjoyed any form of exercise..Now if I don't do my bike riding in the morning.. I feel like something is missing. I am so tha... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:43:45 EST Whew... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425099 Its HOT here ! Doesn't look like any time soon that it will cool off for day time temps that is..Thank goodness in the evenings its always gets cool..generally down in the 50's ore low 60's. Makes it tolerable. <BR> Noting much new on this end..hope all of you are faring well in the heat. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:29:10 EST ramblings of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417837 Good morning..Hope your day is going wonderfully. <BR> Its very nice today in eastern Oregon..not so hot..and it is sunny. <BR> I am going out to work in the garden after breakfast.I see some veggies need a little boost..fertilizer. So I will take care of that. Too I see our first tomatoes are reddening..Yippee !! Nothing tastes better than fresh tomatoes in a salad , or on a sandwich. <BR> I got my out door biking done early..but am going to ride uptown later and pick up some fusing material... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:29:58 EST biking home.. men mock and remark...difficult time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417310 I was enjoying my ride this morning..returning from biking to school , walking, and biking home..On the way two men were on main street talking. The one seated in his truck watched me..then the other man turned to look at me..by that time I was close to where they were....he turned back to the other man..and said.."Watch our mouth"! I can only imagine what was said..and my " imaginer" is pretty active. <BR> I had a hard time while biking home..Here I am 250 lbs and I can think of alot of r... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:26:43 EST Its too hot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408678 No car . as its broke down and the parts have not arrived..its too hot to bike to school track to do my daily walk..I am recumbent biking..I already have 2 miles in..and now I'm going to walk to the Leslie Sansone DVD Walk Diet. Then later in day I will do more biking and walk another mile. <BR> This heat is no fun for someone who can't stand it too hot..Yesterday it was 107* here. <BR> I'm eating good..working on quilts..weeding in garden..along with the usual house work. <BR> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:34:00 EST Antiques Road show.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408084 Last Saturday a friend and I attended the Antiques Road show in Boise, Id. the following is an article I wrote for our little paper.. <BR> I was thankful that I have been walking some..it came in very handy . I don't think I could of accomplished all the walking that was involved ..if not for the exercise I have been doing.. <BR> Saturday the 29th of June..Sharlene C. and former resident Carol W. attended the Antiques Road Show that was held at the Boise Fair grounds. <BR> We parked our c... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 01:11:03 EST walking..thanks for the encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404769 I got up earlier today..just so I could beat the heat. My DH and I biked to the school (2.5 miles round trip ),where we parted. From there I went to the track and walked. I had my watch and timed my walking..Not impressive..yet it was for me. I walked 3/4 of a mile in 50 min. That sounds horrid to a real walker..but when its a struggle for me to put one foot in front of the other..I was thankful. <BR> Last week was my first week of walking on the track..I was only able to 1/4 mile that first... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:57:22 EST Fitbit anyone?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404023 My sister told me about fitbit..I ordered one and got it day before yesterday. I have to say it is really encouraging me to walk more. <BR> I have been walking for the last two weeks at the schools track..SLOWLY. The first week I was only able to walk 1/4 mile. Today I was up another 1/4 mile..Yippee for me. <BR> Too I have been biking round trip 2.5 miles to the school . Later in the day I walk one mile to Leslie Sansone's DVD..and recumbent bike another 4 to 6 miles. <BR> One thing I ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:13:51 EST I am exercising more..and still hating it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397715 Yes..I am am hating it..I have to force myself...but I am doing it. <BR> I have fought with the idea of doing exercise for years..How does a person get past it ? <BR> I know I need it for a healthier life. and that is the bottom line. <BR> I read where gals finally reach a point that they enjoy it..I am 66 yrs. old..I have never been consistent with moving..That is why I am 249 lbs. I was up to 340lbs about 11 yrs ago..but through the years I have come down. <BR> Now that the years are ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:45:54 EST Posting favorite rhubarb recipe.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396408 .We are going to a potluck tomorrow evening..and I am making this recipe..as I have oddles of rhubarb. This isn't diet friendly..and yet it is..if you don't go overboard.. <BR> <BR> Rhubarb Cheese Pie Delight..Crust: 1 c. flour, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/2 c. butter..Mix and put into deep dish pie pan. Mix 3 c. fresh rhubarb , cut thin. add 1/2 c. sugar, 1T flour, Toss and put into crust..bake 375* for 15 min. Mix the following 12 oz. cream cheese, 1/2 c. sugar, 2 eggs (beaten in one at a time). Pour... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:27:39 EST