LESLIESENIOR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LESLIESENIOR LESLIESENIOR'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/ Stay Curious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931521 Recently I have heard two "women of a certain age", Candice Bergen and Jane Fonda, separately express the same thing that has kept them feeling young and invigorated as they age. They both said "Stay Curious"! <BR> <BR> I'm approaching a birthday in August, my 63rd, and have always subscribed to the notion that each year is a blessing and that I'm fortunate to wake up each day alive and breathing. The words "stay curious" have continued to circle in my mind because they encompass every as... Wed, 20 May 2015 16:33:54 EST Motivation for Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926673 We all want to be healthier, more fit, more flexible, stronger, have more endurance, and be more functional in our lives. We want this for ourselves. At least I do! But there are days when I lose motivation and just don't have that enthusiasm to get out there and run, or get to the yoga studio, or choose healthy food. Those days don't last long because I have a husband, three boys, their spouses and significant others, and grand kids who all love me and deserve my very best each day. The... Tue, 12 May 2015 01:07:39 EST The Gifts of Health and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738257 When I chose to clean up my life and to begin my journey to become mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthier, I was somewhat unaware of the amazing blessings that would follow. I knew life could and should get better, but I underestimated the joy of each and every day. Don't get me wrong. Life is still hills and valleys, high hills and deep valleys. But, I accept that now, and look for the small miracles and have gratitude for God's grace in my life. <BR> <BR> Oh, wha... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:02:24 EST Refurbishing the Old~ In this case, a wagon......but it has broader implications :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713476 I have two beautiful grandchildren. My grandson turned 1 year old on Friday. My son and daughter-in-law had a wonderful party for family to celebrate. <BR> Some months back, I found the old Radio Flyer Town and Country wagon that belonged to our three boys buried in our tractor garage. It was really beaten up, but I thought it could be salvaged for my grandson. (note: I had hand painted my son's old rocking chair for my granddaughter when she turned 1) Well, the wagon project required ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 14:02:15 EST Happy Hot Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624086 My husband and I went for a short 2 mile walk this morning. We started out before 11:00 knowing that it's predicted to be a bit warm today. When we turned the corner we were somewhat surprised by the thermometer on one of our businesses. We kept our walk short, but worked up quite a sweat! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1622733464.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1808442639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, SPARK FRIENDS. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:21:33 EST A Walk/Jog in January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598284 Well Spark friends, <BR> We are all having some very extreme weather in 2014. Ours here in California is very dry and warm, with no break in sight. But, I must say I enjoyed my walk/jog today in the early afternoon. I decided to go to the top of the hill that our Jr. College is on. It is steep, and I do more walking than jogging, but it is a good workout and I can overlook our valley when I get to the top. I took a "selfie" to show you how brown and dry we are. I'm not very good at "sel... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:42:14 EST 2013 Personal Goal Met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567594 My goal in 2012 was to jog/walk 500 miles. When I met that goal last year, I set a goal of 600 miles for 2013. <BR> <BR> I ran 4 miles this morning and realized, after my Spark Tracker recorded my mileage, that I was only 2 miles from my goal. My husband and I walked the last 2 miles this evening as the sun went down. <BR> <BR> Even though my health was problematic in November, I was pretty sure that I would still meet my goal. I was unable to put in longer distances in November, but ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:40:34 EST December in So. California and my Spark Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565105 Well, Spark friends, it is warm again in Inland Southern California. Today our high was 78 degrees so everyone is back in t-shirts and flip flops. We had some business to do at a large shopping area so I switched my Spark Tracker from my running shoes to my flip flops so I could get some steps in at the mall. It's huge and lots of walking is required. We had to do some "hanging out" in the Apple Store while waiting for our computer repair. I got more comments/questions about my tracker t... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:57:40 EST A Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462115 Yesterday my husband and I went to San Diego to spend the day with our oldest son and fiancee. We went to the beach and had lunch at a beach cafe. I love the ocean and I'm near it often, but not to just sit on the sand and gaze at the water. It was heavenly. It seems that when the kids grew up and left home we stopped doing lots of things we enjoyed. It's time to rediscover our passions now that we are retired. <BR> It's always the little things we enjoy most...........spending time with ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:32:25 EST Lulu and Mary Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454578 For those of you who were so kind to listen to our pitt bull tragedy several weeks ago, I am giving you an update on my horse Lulu and her best friend Mary, our remaining sheep. Lulu's stitches were removed today and she is continuing to heal. Mary is still her shadow. We are also healing and not living in fear or anger. We are grateful for our blessings on a daily basis. <BR> What does this have to do with health and Sparkpeople. I believe that our mental and emotional health is tightly... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:10:01 EST Update the Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441429 Hi Spark friends, <BR> Thank you to all of you who read and commented on my blog from yesterday. Today was an emotional day, but we are still remaining grateful. We had the difficult job of cleaning up the mess left from yesterday. It was a tearful process. My husband and I embraced often. <BR> <BR> The ABC news van came today. (Now we have had all three major networks~Yeeesh) The reporter was kind and respectful. I gave him the facts but still declined an on air interview. I was shock... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:21:58 EST A Sad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440167 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256272600.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1709582356.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1548871835.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is a sad day for us. I'm not Sparking today. I woke up to my hubby hunting for his shot gun. New renters on the 5 acre property behind us concerned us because of the three very large pitt bulls they owned. They have been there for 2 wks. We worried about them but... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:22:48 EST Biking Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402786 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1489883934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I haven't written a blog in a while, but I thought that my recent biking fun would be a cheerful post. I've had this bike since after my second heart attack in 1991. I rode it back in the day to regain my cardiac health. It has been hanging in the garage collecting dust for a very long time, however. Recently one of my sons gave my husband a hand-me-down bike he no longer used, so we took my blue bike off it'... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:41:21 EST Pink Cloud Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355819 I'm on a pink cloud today. Usually it means that someone doesn't have their feet firmly planted in reality. But, I am learning once again that when I let go, have patience, trust my own intuition, and have faith in God, good things that I never expected happen. I won't go into details, but trust me Sparkers, right action and faith work! <BR> Here is a picture I took 2 days ago when my husband and I went out for a walk at sunset. <BR> My prophetic pink clouds............ <BR> <img src=... Tue, 14 May 2013 00:17:55 EST Taking a Closer Look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328615 I'm pensive today. Some small events occurred yesterday which required me to do some serious self evaluation. It is a good thing. I think it is best illustrated by the story around this little lady bug picture. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1079989041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was weeding one of my gardens last week when I noticed this little lady bug on a weed on a rock. I'm one of those odd creature lovers who carries spiders outside when I'm cleaning the house. You... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:07:53 EST Appreciating Local Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317620 After I retired, I was often asked if I planned on traveling or doing something special. My husband and I are on a limited income, but we are comfortable. As much as I love the idea of traveling, we have both agreed that within an hour from our home, we have a wealth of resources and wonderful places to visit. (This is not to mention the places beyond an hour.) In one hour, I can be on a beautiful southern California beach. In an hour (or less), I can be hiking in Big Bear or Lake Arrowhe... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:56:26 EST Spring Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288298 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494818125.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1511871261.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While I was gone on my trip up to northern California to visit my dear aunt and my precious, but ailing step mom, our sheep (Adam and Eve) delivered twins. I came home to a great spring surprise. They are Barbados sheep so they don't have fleece. They keep my horse, Lulu, company since my husband's horse, River, is at a stables right now. ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:24:11 EST Have to Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248056 I'm blogging very impulsively right now. This is not how I usually blog, but I'm being reminded that life is short and we never know how events that unfold could touch us. <BR> I'm watching the Chris Dorner, ex L.A. policeman, hunt on TV right now. It is unfolding in Angeles Oaks 45 minutes from my home, up hwy. 38 in our local mountains. <BR> <BR> The first incident in Point Loma where he tried unsuccessfully to steal a boat, was a mile from the school where my oldest son teaches. All ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:24:23 EST Laughing At My "Snow"~ Not Allowed (Tee Hee) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243282 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800259774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is not impressive "snow" in any other part of the U.S. or Canada (except for Florida maybe) but for us any temperatures below 32 degrees and any precipitation that freezes is very exciting, especially in the middle of the day. <BR> <BR> The snowfall is more dramatic "uptown", about 1,000 feet higher in elevation. <BR> <BR> So happy Friday, happy Winter, happy Weekend.....Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> This was a... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 20:46:54 EST My Inspiration For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237649 I'm a little solemn today and I have gained some significant weight due to experimenting with the "put the scale in the closet" method. This is not a good idea for me, as it turns out. Oops. Live and Learn! <BR> <BR> But, that being said, I'm also not a "this is the end of the world" person. I usually inventory my feelings, behavior, and attitude and make necessary changes. I usually see the bright side and find joy in little things. <BR> <BR> Today my joy is this little tomato plant... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 19:20:24 EST An Unbelievable Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214922 I hope you will all indulge me as I share a personal story. I have shared about my twin brother, Russ, before so apologize to those who have heard this before. <BR> <BR> In 1978, my twin brother and I were both expecting our first sons with our respective spouses. We were 25 years old. I was happily married, he was happily married, and our careers and lives were moving along well. My brother was working, during the summer, at a small liquor market to make extra money, when he was tragic... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:05:06 EST A Peaceful Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174781 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1834253966.jpg"> <BR> On Friday I walked around our Regional Park. As I ended my walk, the sun was beginning to set. This was my view as I began the last leg of my walk. <BR> It was such a peaceful time of day. The water foul were all out, the squirrels were scurrying around, the fishermen were gathering their tackle, and I was feeling centered and peaceful. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all peace, tonight. <BR> Leslie Sun, 23 Dec 2012 22:40:51 EST "I WOULD WALK (RUN) 500 MILES, AND I WOULD WALK (RUN) 500 MORE..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170461 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l980379190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so happy right now. I just walked 1.5 miles with my husband who helped me complete my goal for 2012. My goal was to run/jog/walk 500 miles before New Year's Day. <BR> <BR> I DID IT!!! 500 MILES WITH MY HUSBAND AT MY SIDE. 500 miles in 2012! DONE! <BR> <BR> I had to share with my Sparkfriends. I can't wait to set a new goal to keep me moving in 2013!!! <BR> <BR> Hurray to us all for seeking health, pe... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:46:49 EST Nature, Fresh Air, Exercise, and Music~ The Best Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167608 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1659174550.jpg"> <BR> It is finally crisp here in Inland So. Cal. where I live. The storm that came through the past few days left our local mountains very happy. This is the mountain that guards our little valley. My jog/walk today required me to appreciate the beauty of the world and have gratitude for all my blessings. <BR> <BR> God Bless You All this Saturday evening!!! <BR> Peace, <BR> Leslie <em>459</em> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 20:36:15 EST Exception to the Rule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2142830207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my little tomato plant. It's been in this little pot since last spring. It did not produce any viable tomatoes this summer despite all our tending. However, in November we noticed new yellow flowers and didn't have the heart to pull it up. So here we are in December, having our first real rain storm, and my little tomato plant is working hard to give us its bounty. <BR> <BR> It's a little rebel, it'... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:48:48 EST Thanksgiving Thermometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143807 Our Thanksgiving weather was not like a Hallmark movie......it was very warm and clear. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885109899.jpg"> <BR> But the family and dinner was as warm and loving as the weather. <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to all my Spark friends. I am grateful for you all!!! <BR> Peace, <BR> Leslie Thu, 22 Nov 2012 22:47:07 EST Sparkpeople Radio! A big Woo Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138577 I've just discovered the "Podcast" on my iPhone. Then to my surprise, I found Sparkpeople Radio on my Podcast menu. It is free and has two very peppy, upbeat hosts, Karen and Lily. I'm enjoying listening to the real people behind my favorite Sparkpeople leaders, Chris Downey, Coach Nancy, Chef Meg, Stephanie Romine,................and many more. I've been listening during my walks and while house cleaning. <BR> <BR> Most of you probably already know about this, but I thought I'd mentio... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:31:22 EST Just Because.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133342 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1664319126.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took this picture in Julian, CA last week. <BR> <BR> Very simply...........it makes me happy. So I am posting it in a blog, just because..... <BR> Hopefully, it gives you some joy, too. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Leslie Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:40:07 EST Hot but Grateful!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123802 Well, we are not yet experiencing true fall weather, but I am choosing to be grateful, in light of the weather all over the continent. <BR> <BR> It is clear and beautiful and my walk/jog today was a blessing. I'm still jogging in tank tops and capri pants, but that's a good thing. I bet there are many people wishing they didn't have to bundle to go outside and exercise. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Sunday, Sparkfriends, where ever you are! <BR> <BR> I stopped to snap a picture along the wa... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 16:35:34 EST Travel~Breaking Stereotypes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114269 I am not a frequent traveler, not due to lack of desire, but due to circumstances and money. However, when I have the opportunity to visit some place new, I enjoy keeping my mind, my heart, and my eyes wide open............as well as my camera lens. I love the fact that stereotypes are broken! <BR> <BR> New York City and Brooklyn were my destinations. I reveled in chatting with the people who worked and lived in this amazing city and the surrounding boroughs. My aunt and I were celebrati... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:14:56 EST "And I think to myself......." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090175 "What a wonderful world." <BR> <BR> A friend sent me this in an email. <BR> I had to share with my Spark friends. <BR> If you are feeling at all BLAH today................this may help uplift you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/auSo1MyWf8g?re<BR>l=0 </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the Wonderful World, today, Spark friends! <BR> <BR> Leslie <em>432</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:36:13 EST Here Comes The Sun......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050197 We are home from our short but glorious trip to San Diego. I'm tired in such a fantastic, wonderful way. <BR> <BR> This morning I got up early to take a jog around Shoreline Drive along the bay. It was only about 2.5 miles, but it was spectacular! <BR> <BR> I caught some pictures of the sun rising over the sky line of downtown San Diego and over the bay. I have such deep gratitude for the ability to be healthy, jog, and appreciate the moments when they happen. <BR> <BR> So............... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 20:37:12 EST Honestly......We need a cool down!!! Please??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043260 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> I've decided to not complain about the heat, but compliment myself instead. I do not function as well in the heat as I used to when I was a young thing. So I could easily use it as an excuse to not get out for my runs. I've been pretty consistent this summer, despite some health challenges. My Spark friends have been so supportive. <BR> <BR> Tonight I put on my running duds and waited and waited and waited for the temps to go down. The only thing going down was t... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:55:35 EST My New Ukulele http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033610 Today my husband and I went to the Guitar Center and spent the birthday gift certificate my kids gave me to buy a new Ukulele. My old one is the one I bought in 6th grade in 1962 by selling my original Barbie Doll and all her clothes. A friend of mine started a Ukulele group at recess. When we played in the bathroom it was like an echo chamber. (The teachers kept kicking us out). <BR> <BR> Anyway, now that I'm retired, I'm going to start doing those things that I put off "until I had m... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:56:11 EST What puts a smile on my face? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021337 Spending time with my kids! <BR> <BR> I have been blessed with wonderful kids who survived a plethora of mistakes that I made personally when they were younger. I know we all make mistakes as parents, there is no manual, but I made some personal choices that could have cost me everything that is most dear to me; my husband and my kids. <BR> <BR> God has allowed me to have a "do over" this past 10 years. <BR> <BR> Of course, they forgive me much faster than I forgive myself, but I try ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 01:34:47 EST Hot, Hot, Hot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007368 Just sayin'....................... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l680485877.jpg"> <BR> It's almost 7 p.m. ~ Don't think a run is in the cards tonight.....LOL! <BR> <BR> We are all figuring out ways to stay healthy and fit when the temperatures and humidity are off the charts. <BR> <BR> Spark is keeping me motivated to not let the weather be an excuse...............it's challenging. <BR> <BR> My treadmill is waiting. I think I will get on it while watching the... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 21:52:00 EST 50 Questions Answered. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994910 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 50 Things ... <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, July 31, 2012 <BR> <BR> ~***~I thought I'd give this a try too. Several other friends have done these recently. Here goes~***~ <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Leslie Howard-actor from Gone With The Wind........ <BR> Middle name after my favorite Aunt. <BR> <BR> 2. BROTHERS AND SISTERS? <BR> Twin brother-deceased <BR> Two brothers remaining. <BR> One sister. <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU L... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:36:10 EST Sunrise Run and Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983222 I was able to urge my retired buns out of bed early enough this morning to take a sunrise run. I chose a route above my neighborhood at the base of our hills, a bit of an elevation. There are many opportunities to "run some hills" in my area. I don't look forward to hills because I'm not very good at them, but I am challenging myself to tackle them anyway. <BR> <BR> The best thing about running up is that I am able to see my town from a different perspective. It is always good to see t... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:45:10 EST Sparked My Husband and Other Gratitudes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976315 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> I haven't blogged in a while. But I'm excited about a new development in my husband's health journey. Some of you know he celebrated 1 year with no smoking on July 8th. Then something happened that on the surface seemed sad, but as often happens, turned out to be a plus. <BR> <BR> I took pictures the last time we visited my granddaughter. I sent them to his computer and he gasped at one where he was on a couch playing with her. He said, "Is this what I really look... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:42:32 EST Gratitude and Honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952896 Today while waiting in the jury holding room for my group to be called into the court room, I decided to write a gratitude list of reasons why it was good to be on jury duty. I do that when I feel like whining. I generated a positive list of 12 items. When I closed my notebook we were called into the court room. We were a group of 30. After being sworn in, the judge asked if anyone had a conflict with the timing of the case. I was one of 5 who had a legitimate reason, but wasn't sure if... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 00:42:18 EST Matters of the Heart (and other medical stuff) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945634 One of the most important things I do on my summer vacation (now eternal vacation in retirement) is to get all my medical, dental, and optical appointments scheduled. So far I have seen my cardiologist, my dentist, and my optometrist. <BR> <BR> My heart~ I've had two heart attacks (1989 & 1991). Despite a small amount of permanent damage remaining from the 2nd heart attack, I've been doing very well and leading a normal life, especially since getting sober in 2002. However, I have been ex... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 02:37:54 EST Inspired to Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938448 A Spark friend inspired me to share a little bit after reading her honest and self evaluative blog. She has many emotional challenges landing in her lap all at once and her response is so uplifting. <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be pursuing health, fitness, spiritual and emotional growth. It is allowing me to stay in the moment, focus on my own responses to situations, and prioritize my actions. <BR> <BR> In the past month: <BR> 1. I have retired from a long and loved career. It was a very ... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 01:44:50 EST Total Miles in a Sparked Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924088 I started walking and then "running" in January 2010. I joined Sparkpeople one year ago in June 2011. Because I can log my miles into the Spark fitness program, I have been able to keep a running total. Of course, you all know about that feature. It has been motivating to see the miles add up. Now, for serious runners, my total is not very impressive, but for an older woman with a titanium hip, I am encouraged by the number. I am going to try to beat this year's record in the coming yea... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:20:32 EST I Speak Sparkpeople On My One Year Sparkaversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920251 One year ago today I joined Sparkpeople. I was on a quest to find a nutrition plan that would help me knock off the 7 pounds I was SURE I had to lose. I had maintained a 60 pound weight loss for 5 years but had gained the extra pounds since beginning a consistent walking/running program in 2010. Friends said it was "muscle weight", I was determined to lose it anyway. <BR> Sparkpeople and my doctor changed my perception about my appropriate body weight. I devoured the Spark philosophy and ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 14:34:20 EST Learning to Just "Be" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900316 I will retire in two weeks. I've been working a paid job since I was 16. That, of course, does not count the babysitting jobs since I was 11 and the paper route when I was 14. <BR> <BR> I'm a worker among workers. I take my career very seriously and have enjoyed the benefits of doing what I love for decades. I am programmed to keep a schedule, even on weekends. I write lists for lists and enjoy the process of checking things off when completed. If I complete a task not on my list, I ... Sun, 27 May 2012 19:36:48 EST From Funk to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868407 Today I woke up in a blue funk. This happens sometimes, especially when I am exhausted. I use the acronym H.A.L.T.- Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. These aren't the only status checks I take, but just saying "HALT" reminds me to stop and evaluate my mood. <BR> <BR> Usually I am able to make the necessary changes, but today I struggled to elevate my attitude. I no longer tolerate wasted days so I decided to log back onto Spark. I looked at my friend feed and responded to a motivating blo... Sun, 6 May 2012 01:39:47 EST "Neigh", said the horse, as she jogged by. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847312 This morning I nudged myself out of the house for a short run before the heat kicked in. Along the way, I was "grooving to my tunes" when I noticed a horse across the street, surrounded by sheep and lambs, whinnying at me. His head was bobbing and his lips were flapping. So I stopped, gave him some attention and took his picture, while he tried to eat my cell phone. <BR> <BR> While finishing my run along our wash, I noticed a sparkly green rock. I stopped to dig it out of the bank, to a... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:05:23 EST I'm a 10 Today :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836156 I've been battling furiously against my tendency to become depressed and discouraged this past two weeks. I've been using all the "tools in my tool kit" to remain optimistic, grateful, loving, and productive. <BR> <BR> Today is Sunday, a day of renewal. I have nothing I'm required to do today if I don't feel like it. Choices. I used to be frozen by choices. Now I relish them. <BR> <BR> So, I have just taken an account of the things I have done, already today, to improve my outlook an... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:25:36 EST A Great Article About Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819070 My husband forwarded a great article to me today. This past decade, I have been on a mission to be more spiritually fit and happy, joyous, and free. This article capsulizes all the components I have been working on. <BR> <BR> I thought I would share it with all of my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> http://www.purposefairy.com/3308/15-thin<BR>gs-you-should-give-up-in-order-to-be-h<BR>appy/ <BR> <BR> Have an exceptional evening. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Leslie <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 19:05:26 EST Special Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789180 There are things in our lives that we don't think we will ever share with the general population, let alone blog about it some day, but today I will share my special day with you all. <BR> <BR> Today I have 10 years sober by the grace of God, the support of family and friends, the program of AA, and all of my new Sparkfriends. My life is so rich and blessed today. My gratitude is overflowing. <BR> <BR> 10 years ago I was at a pretty ugly bottom. Short cutting a long story, I put myself... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:21:17 EST