LIVEDAILY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LIVEDAILY LIVEDAILY'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/ Consistency and Perseverence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300976 I think those two things go hand in hand during our journey towards a healthier lifestyle and a fit body. I've posted many a quote through my daily status update about those two characteristics. I actively pick a theme, do a Bing search, and then copy down quotes that appeal to me, and that I think others would benefit from reading as well. I've kept all of my loose papers, and occasionally I reread them, looking for nuggets of truth and encouragement. I do this about once a week. I am c... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:25:29 EST January 6th - Three King's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292680 If you want to get the whole historical information about Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, I encourage you to "google it". It is very interesting. In my blog today, I'm going to share three personal stories about Three Kings Day. <BR> <BR> From 1999 - 2015 I taught Kindergarten and First Grade in Paterson, NJ. Historically, Paterson had a huge Italian and Jewish population. In recent years, it is primarily Hispanic/Latino (Peru, DR, Columbia and others), as well as Bangladeshi, Turkish, Ara... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:46:02 EST January 5th - The 12th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292008 On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d5aa5d7-24bd-4333-ab8a-003486534c1c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 12 drummers drumming, <BR> 11 pipers piping, <BR> 10 lords a leaping, <BR> 9 ladies dancing, <BR> 8 maids a milking, <BR> 7 swans a swimming, <BR> 6 geese a laying, <BR> 5 gold rings. <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> 3 French hens, <BR> 2 turtle doves, <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> The carol has its roots in 18th-century... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:24:37 EST January 4th - The 11th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291378 On the 11th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3acf821-61dd-4a5c-829c-a2cd72813d10.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 11 pipers piping, <BR> 10 lords a leaping, <BR> 9 ladies dancing, <BR> 8 maids a milking, <BR> 7 swans a swimming, <BR> 6 geese a laying. <BR> 5 gold rings. <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> 3 French hens, <BR> 2 turtle doves, <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:10:22 EST January 3rd - The 10th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290605 On the 10th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d46b56a6-6fc3-464c-8b87-80f425225815.jpg"> <BR> 10 Lords a leaping <BR> 9 ladies dancing <BR> 8 maids a milking <BR> 7 swans a swimming <BR> 6 geese a laying <BR> 5 gold rings <BR> 4 calling birds <BR> 3 French hens <BR> 2 turtle doves <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • T... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:41:56 EST January 2nd - The 9th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289713 On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5def1fc9-9777-44ff-ab46-9a27389af111.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 9 ladies dancing <BR> 8 maids a milking <BR> 7 swans a swimming <BR> 6 geese a laying <BR> 5 gold rings <BR> 4 calling birds <BR> 3 French hens <BR> 2 turtle doves <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • Three French Hens -... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:45:32 EST January 1st - The 8th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289109 On the 8th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25f2699e-1b45-4ec4-a093-70d6c321eae5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 8 maids a milking <BR> 7 swans a swimming <BR> 6 geese a laying <BR> 5 gold rings <BR> 4 calling birds <BR> 3 French hens <BR> 2 turtle doves <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • Three French Hens - The three virtues of ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:16:11 EST December 31st - The 7th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288238 On the 7th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f2d6fa9-e67e-49c9-963f-6a43312e37af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 6 geese a laying, <BR> 5 gold rings, <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> 3 French hens, <BR> 2 turtle doves, <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • Three French Hens - The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity <BR> • Four Callin... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:28:21 EST December 30th - The 6th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287717 On the 6th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0492cb45-7bb0-46ee-8f99-184590fcd084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • Three French Hens - The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity <BR> • Four Calling/Collie Birds - Four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John <BR> • Five Golden Rings - First five books of the Old Testament <BR> • Six Geese-a-Layi... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:31:13 EST December 29th - The 5th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287153 On the 5th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bad8a260-5a0e-405d-9535-a266582e42de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/822be8d3-13c0-4d2f-ae3f-fa6c59bd2604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97d0f8d3-f8b2-4074-8bfe-f4aac44557fe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c37f598-0696-4d81-a316-4937da959d5f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:42:34 EST December 28th - The 4th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286543 On the fourth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8ca79fe-9ce5-431f-8d0d-9d6aa54afeb2.jpg"> <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b58b0f0a-d8be-4a6b-a34a-f69484ce9006.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/395244a6-30fb-460d-aef7-6976406b0d6e.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18fe760b-ed64-4e85-a4e7-c261a23ebd59.jpg"> <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:55:34 EST December 27 The 3rd Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286053 On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, <BR> 3 French hens <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e75004fc-daee-45be-bb1b-0f5ff4b9a227.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 calling birds <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21f7c532-2cf5-4006-8686-4a57b4fa673b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04d11d06-228c-4110-81ef-d0270020488a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • T... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:04:48 EST December 26 - The Second Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285725 On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 calling birds <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba58316f-efce-47e1-991e-26614198e2ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d15bd371-54bc-4e1c-bb07-fe75061bd879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One theory, however, connects the carol to the era when Catholicism was outlawed in England, from 1558 and 1829. The carol, it is said, was a catechism song for Catholics to le... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:53:13 EST December 25 The First Day of Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285182 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/043f7676-a7b5-4116-8ac7-6474b4cba9e0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas Day marks the first day of Christmas, as in the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Being curious, I did some research, and this is what I found: <BR> <BR> The carol has its roots in 18th-century England, as a memory-and-forfeit game sung by British children. In the game, players had to remember all of the previous verses and add a new verse at the end. Those unable to remember a... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:15:38 EST December 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285013 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06fde3f8-c802-4c6d-8a1c-9a8026d09cc0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcuU_kGCCa4 </link> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcuU_kGCCa4 </link> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 22:15:55 EST December 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284331 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bbd247e-ad4e-4352-a74c-d149733f4e39.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:10:11 EST December 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283912 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63915df3-21e9-4f50-adf3-a07f72b5ca09.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The art of paper cutting is called scherenschnitte. <BR> It's a beautiful art! <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:31:07 EST December 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283548 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93daa77b-11f5-4181-980d-4d53a576783d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's beginning to look, feel, and smell like Christmas!! <BR> <em>26</em> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:32:16 EST December 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282341 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcefd743-a6f3-4e96-a2ab-1bf729ec6132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a lovely day! <BR> <em>26</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 04:44:40 EST December 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282045 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fcc3b4b-aad7-486d-86cb-62a5b981190a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't this beautiful? It's as if Santa's elves themselves were there!! <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:05:05 EST December 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281745 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f167c11-c118-494e-bc3b-37f5525f4cdf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your lovely comments on yesterday's blog!! <BR> <BR> This is THIS year's Christmas tree! It is a $27 special from Target!! Looks good, yes? When I was decorating it, I got to pick and choose which beads and ornaments to put on it. I tease my family: if everything that had wings - angels, birds, and owls - came to life, they'd be able to make the tree become airborne!!... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:38:54 EST December 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281362 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fb967bb-fe3b-4a17-85ef-127995a03447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was last year's Christmas tree. It was the really large tree that I used to have. I knew once I moved back in with DH (yes, we lived apart for quite a few years), there would be no room for me to set it up, so I gave it away. I liked that tree because, when opened fully, it actually held almost all of my ornaments. <BR> <BR> So of you have heard this story before, so bear with me. ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:50:20 EST December 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09b5ff7c-ff03-47bf-8508-db67ce2a37e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aren't they just beautiful?! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the smell of a real tree in the house, but not crawling down on the floor to water it, chasing the cats away from it - they'd drink the water out of the tree stand! - or vacuuming up the needles, so we got an artificial tree several years ago. <BR> <BR> Do you have a real tree or an artificial tree? <BR> <em>446</em> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:01:23 EST December 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278466 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c9208ff-1a96-4933-8d10-355442ab3b18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite modern Christmas movies! The other is The Santa Claus! <BR> Older movies I love during this time of year are It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (original version please), The Bishops Wife, A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott - awesome!). All great movies with messages. <BR> <BR> What is one of your favorite Christmas movies? <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:19:09 EST December 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278109 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/449a2d58-a31e-4eb2-9e48-ea2c07c3ec40.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Make lovely memories this Christmas! <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:42:26 EST December 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277844 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30eecaf5-f580-4276-97f2-ea6b53dbca47.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Very late today...it was a busy day for me! <BR> Don't forget that gift to yourself! <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:08:58 EST December 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277038 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2474149c-6546-40a9-a2a4-1590f99a55b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> <em>26</em> Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:02:09 EST December 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276545 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79f7025a-445f-42b2-8dd4-1e23be4bcb81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do some good today! <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:34:22 EST December 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276126 To expand a bit on my Current Status post: <BR> <BR> "You don't really need that much to be happy." <BR> <BR> This is something I found in a newspaper quite a few years ago, and I adopted it. It is designed to help with Christmas shopping, but I think it is so much more. <BR> <BR> "Something you want, <BR> Something you need, <BR> Something to wear, <BR> Something to read." <BR> <BR> Just 4 gifts (does not include stocking stuff!!), but you can make those gifts so meaningful to the perso... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:01:18 EST December 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275715 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a876d32f-f664-4cef-91ce-399ff80d14c6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really liked this. Something from the heart. <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:14:18 EST December 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275142 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9b90831-2908-46f2-87aa-4668fb12ab80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Keep Christmas in your heart! <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 05:30:17 EST December 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274828 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28b32b05-2cef-4b99-aed7-9574e586a0ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Believe in a wonderful December! <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:30:42 EST My Weekend at The Craft Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263452 This weekend was the craft show. It is hosted by The Woman's Club of Upper Montclair in Montclair, New Jersey. I've been a member of the club for about 25 years, and they've been doing this craft show for about that long. This was my second year as a vendor at the craft show. <BR> <BR> I went in Friday morning to set my table up. I had an 8 foot table. This is what it looked like all set up: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/054c37ce-68ac-443a-881a-d76dad56e6dc.jpg">... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:13:52 EST Buttons and Bracelets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250061 This has been a very interesting past few weeks. As some of you know, DH and I love to go to yard sales, tag sales, and estate sales. We call it "yard sailing"! Sometimes I'm not always able to go, but DH goes. One day he brought back this old tin of buttons. The box was 9" x 9" x 2 and 3/4" and was packed with small buttons!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7a4d06c-52f6-498e-be9f-c65f31c3d341.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> While some of the buttons were regular buttons, ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:17:54 EST Yard Sale Treasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234307 Going to yard sales, garage sales, and estate sales, or "yard sailing" is a favorite past time of mine. One person's junk is another person's treasure!! This past Saturday was an especially good day to go yard sailing!! <BR> <BR> I went to a neighborhood wide yard sale on Saturday. At the very first house I stopped at, I found these: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/539a6bc5-df27-453b-8116-592d6d7b99db.jpg"> <BR> all four boxes for $2.00!! <BR> <BR> I walked and drov... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 23:57:52 EST My 4 Year Spark Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197240 <em>244</em> <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for 4 years!! I joined on July 8, 2012. It's been an interesting 4 years! <BR> <BR> Year 1: 7/8/12 - 7/8/13 - I started out by jumping into everything! I joined a gym. I joined a BLC, and kept that up for a couple of rounds. I lost 70 pounds. I was recognized by my friends at school as being "the Biggest Loser" in terms of weight loss. I felt great! <BR> <BR> Year 2: 7/8/13 - 7/8/14 - Hospitalized for a month with bilateral p... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 22:52:11 EST Keeping Busy and Crafting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192470 Many of you know that I am now retired. Last year, a kind friend invited me to take an empty table at a Holiday Craft Show that she organizes. It was a lot of fun! THIS year, she sent me a contract! So I figured I better get busy! <BR> <BR> I have a fascination with vintage buttons, and my first crafts were made from them: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5954cb4e-d92b-47e4-ae02-6aa7bcfc1cde.jpg"> <BR> These are what I call button people. They're made from vinyage... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:08:02 EST May Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173928 Well, I didn't earn a Gold Medal this month, but I did accrue 2,500 fitness minutes! I'll take that, thank you very much! <BR> <BR> I don't think I'm going to set exercise goals for June. I was doing better when I didn't pressure myself to do so much. <BR> <BR> I do want to buy a new scale, and get better at eating better foods. I want to make my salads in a jar again! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92dca756-2313-48ab-8073-10a96f220f9f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I had a gr... Tue, 31 May 2016 18:02:54 EST April Recap and May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154995 At the end of March I set 2 goals for myself for the month of April: <BR> 1. Earn 2 Gold Medals in the month. <BR> 2. Achieve 2750 fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> I didn't achieve either goal. <BR> <BR> Am I upset? No. Disappointed? A little. Am I going to give up? Hell, no. <BR> <BR> April was a weird month. I had a medical mishap during the second week of the month that took me a while to bounce back from. Then last week, I had a vertigo/wonky virus of some kind event, that left me n... Mon, 2 May 2016 18:17:21 EST My Unexpected Absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139316 I have osteoarthritis in basically every major joint of my body. I've been taking Celebrex for years now with no problems at all. I ran out of my prescription last Saturday, but I thought I'd be okay since I knew I would be seeing the doctor Friday morning. I have to watch the amount of Advil I take because it does elevate my blood pressure. I also have to watch the amount of other pain meds I take, because I need to be able to function. <BR> <BR> Last Sunday I woke up a little bit stif... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 18:33:32 EST March Recap and April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134168 At the beginning of March I set 3 goals for myself: <BR> 1. To earn at least 1 Gold Medal, <BR> 2. To earn 2,500 fitness minutes for myself, <BR> 3. *brain fart* I can't remember!! <BR> <BR> So I earned 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals for the month of March, for a total of 327,132 steps!! And I logged 3,200 fitness minutes for the month of March. <BR> <BR> That just amazes me. I never realized I was capable of doing that!! <BR> <BR> I still haven't bought a scale, but I'm continuing... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:27:39 EST My Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118409 So, back in November I had a garage sale for 2 days. Got rid of a bunch of stuff, and was happy. Repacked what was left over, and in addition to packing things up for donation, I set aside some of the better stuff for a flea market in March. It seemed so long ago! lol <BR> <BR> Thursday was set up day. I got 2 8 foot tables, and yes, I had that much stuff. I had a large box of stuffed animals, another large box of old fashioned plastic animals, plus lots of dishes, glassware, some depr... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:33:01 EST February Update and March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107024 At the beginning of February, I set a goal to achieve a 1,000 Fitness Minutes Award for the month of February. I was determined, and I'm happy to report that I have earned a 2,000 Fitness Minutes Award for February!! Wow, right? <BR> <BR> So, March is a little bit longer than February, so I'm thinking of aiming for 2,500 and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to do that unless something unforeseen pops up. <BR> <BR> I good spark friend - thanks Elsa!! - has remotivated me to start tracking my ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 19:37:44 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087005 I normally don't do this, but wanted to purposefully plan an increase in my activity levels. So, my first goal for the month of February is to earn a 1,000 Fitness Minutes award. So far, I'm 3 days for 3 days!! Yay!! I've noticed that my energy level is better, and I'm also sleeping better at night - both good results in and of themselves. <BR> <BR> My second goal for the month of February is to earn a minimum of 100 Spark Points every day. Some days are easier than others, and some day... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:31:05 EST Cuddles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2db78ae-f3c2-4b9c-a8c2-922b94695e78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cuddles was my beautiful, precious cat. I had her for about 10 years, and how we came to be together is a story. <BR> <BR> I live in an apartment complex, and many people have cats. You see them in the windows all the time. There was one kitten though, whose owner let out all the time. She was black and white, wore a collar, and everyone knew her. Then she disappeared, and we thought ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:45:38 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057103 I drove to my brother's in Virginia for Christmas. It's an 8 hour drive, and it was the first long drive I'd done since my heart surgery, so I was a little concerned with whether or not I would be okay. No worries - I was tired at the end of the day, but no more, I think, than pre- surgery. The drive itself went very well. I live in northern NJ, and common sense would dictate that I'd drive south on I-95, unless you've actually driven that route and gotten stuck in traffic around Philadel... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:08:21 EST Christmas Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049904 As many of you already know, I am moving back in with DH. The past couple of weeks have been intense packing up of things and the weekends have been a blur of moving big stuff. Today a dear college friend of DH came and helped us move many pieces of furniture. He is a good friend indeed!! <BR> <BR> I leave early tomorrow morning to drive down to my brother's in VA. My sister and her DH, who live in FL will be flying up on Tuesday. This will be the first time in a very long time that we ... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 17:49:34 EST Recap of The Busy Weekend, Knee Progress, and Thanksgiving Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036810 This past weekend I had a garage sale, literally IN the garage. Saturday went really, really well, and I guess I got rid of about half of what I had. On Sunday, I actually had 2 return customers who both bought more books - yay! I didn't do as well on Sunday, but the weather wasn't as nice. It was cloudy and colder. Saturday was sunny and bright, and while not warm, it wasn't raw. The first weekend of December the remaining books will be donated to my local College Women's Club. They h... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:30:30 EST Busy Weekend Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034396 I've been very busy going through my basement. I live in a 2 bedroom garden apartment. It has a front door and a back door, and is an up and down. On the first floor is the kitchen, dining room , and living room. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The basement is the same size as the 1st floor, and it has 26 years of "stuff" in it. I've already thrown out 8 bags of garbage; today I threw out 2 more. I've boxed up canning jars for my brother, a set of dishes for my niece, found mor... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:36:32 EST My School Situation - The End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033147 A dear friend recently asked me "has your school situation resolved itself yet?" <BR> I've been procrastinating about writing this blog, but here is the answer: <BR> <BR> It has. I resigned. <BR> <BR> That's the short story. The longer explanation is this: <BR> <BR> IF I had continued to fight, and gone into arbitration, it would immediately become public record. Anyone reviewing my resume, could look me up, and most likely the next thing (being the most recent) would be that I had been ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:23:21 EST