LIVINGSIMPLY355's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LIVINGSIMPLY355 LIVINGSIMPLY355'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/ My Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743643 Hi all, <BR> This blog if for those who have asked me about my garden. <BR> I am finally getting around to putting some of the pictures together. <BR> I have been doing a lot of work around my yard this year and these pictures give a kind of pictorial story. <BR> Hope you enjoy them! <BR> <BR> Sue <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2076164994.jpg"> <BR> Our veggie garden...early this Spring. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2099769985... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:07:49 EST The Joy of Finding that Sweet Spot for a Healthy Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736411 Hi all. <BR> I hope I am not sounding like a broken record with my blogs lately. <BR> I am just so up and at it that I feel a need to get my thoughts written down somehow... <BR> <BR> Last night I couldn't sleep thanks to the heat and a thought came to me... <BR> Just how joyful I have been lately and how I have after a year or so of searching(this time around) have found my "sweet spot" on the health scale... <BR> You know that spot you reach when the pounds are coming off at a good pace, y... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:31:38 EST Sugar and Simple Carbs: What I have learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734822 It is a hot day outside and getting my exercise in has been a challenge. Succeeding in some, <BR> but having to substitute in others. I am not a lover of the heat and so it tends to slow me down some. <BR> The advantage of having good weather is we can get outside and do things we otherwise would not be able to do. So I had the opportunity to talk with a couple of my health cheerleaders the other day and learned some more things I hadn't thought about in relation to my health We were at o... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:13:05 EST My Inspiration to Keep Going this Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732086 I was watching the spark video about Arthur the US veteran today and got inspired by his story. <BR> So I decided I would write what has inspired me all of a sudden to get healthy and lose weight. <BR> <BR> My journey to health started over 10 years ago when I found out I had nephritis a type of kidney disease that affects my protein. In addition I was also dealing with high cholesterol and other health issues. At that time I was able to adjust my diet, start on an exercise program and was ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:18:16 EST Springtime: Coming out of the Hybernation Mode! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686652 My apologies to those who may be following my blogs. <BR> I seem to have gone into hibernation for the past few months...LOL! <BR> <BR> I do not know what happened this past month and a half, but something did! <BR> I felt like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon or a bear coming out of hibernation. <BR> ...Like a freedom thing or something. Anyways it feels really good!!! <BR> Maybe it was the sunshine and warmer weather coming back, or the flowers and greenery <BR> making its appearance.... Sat, 3 May 2014 19:05:07 EST Wow! What a Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635459 Wow! This has been quite a week! <BR> I just noticed this morning that I have a streak of 9 days for posting on Spark People! <BR> That is amazing. I definitely have not done that in a while. While I haven't been able to post a blog every day as I planned, I have been able to post other things instead. Looking forward to making this streak even longer! <BR> My exercising has been pretty consistent. I noticed that I am actually beginning to look forward to exercising each day. That is a... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:41:15 EST Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630375 Today was a slower day. <BR> Spent a lot of time today making bread and tortillas to supplement our meals. <BR> Nice to be able to make homemade stuff to eliminate all the additives and preservatives in our food. I make several foods ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze them for later use. Cuts down <BR> on time in the long run. <BR> Today's exercise routine included the stationary bike and stretches for my plantar fasciitis. <BR> I grouped my foot exercises into a grouping to make it ea... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:31:54 EST First day of new exercise routine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629484 Well, I did it! <BR> I completed the first day of the new exercise routine I have set up. <BR> After10 minutes on the stationary bike, I wasn't sure how much I could do, but I kept on going. <BR> Took a little time to find a kickboxing video and completed one of Nicole's 10 minute <BR> videos. That was enough cardio for today. <BR> Then I went on to do the strength exercises, completing four set of three exercises and <BR> 2 sets of two others. <BR> I'm done now...ready for a little rest. G... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:32:25 EST A New Outlook: Working to make things better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628618 Have you ever wondered how to change things for the better? <BR> Sometimes it is so much easier to let things be, if you know what I mean. In other words, <BR> do nothing. <BR> Well, I started out the year with a new outlook at life, as a new beginning of sorts. <BR> However, I got a little sidetracked and didn't get much done as a result. <BR> The beginning of the year brought some new things like new medical equipment for my <BR> sleep apnea and new toys from Christmas to try out with my c... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:41:24 EST Dealing with Depression: Part 2 Look Up and Look Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281637 This is the second part of a two part series on depression. My first blog was written the end of January. So sorry for the delay in writing the second blog. Life happens. <BR> In the first one I wrote about depression can affect us especially during the holidays and how I was able to deal with it. I shared how God is able to help us deal with disease and lead us to health. If you haven't read my first blog, be sure to read it first to get the whole picture. <BR> <BR> In this second blo... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:26:01 EST Dealing with Depression: Part I-Seeking God for Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232050 Holidays can bring out the best in us...or the worst. For some, like me, it is a mixture of both. When you suffer from depression, whether once in a while or on a daily basis, it adds another dimension to the usual ups and downs of life. <BR> This past year, depression made its appearance in two ways for me. The first came at the beginning of the holidays with the news that my younger brother was suffering from bouts of depression that resulted from his marital problems and s... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:09:52 EST Snack Attack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776048 Oh no! A snack attack! <BR> Have you ever had one of those days? Everything is going well...Eating right, exercising, <BR> drinking your water and then...it happens...SNACK ATTACK!! <BR> <BR> It happened to me last night. I had an urging for a snack... not just any snack, but I wanted <BR> some cheese and crackers. Well that may not be too bad, if you just have a few, but I ate <BR> a whole wrapped section of a box of crackers...equal to 5 servings of crackers and that didn't include the... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 17:10:30 EST A Week of Snow, Ice and Wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703897 This past two weeks our area saw a whole spectrum of weather. We started out with our first <BR> light snow of the year, adding a blizzard of wet heavy snow, and an ice storm and ended with <BR> a windstorm. <BR> We spent part of the time in the dark without power one day and then went without any <BR> internet connections for almost a week. Our family was without power for 10 hours, <BR> but many in the area went days without. We had the opportunity to help a friend of <BR> my son by off... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:21:46 EST