LORILEEPAGE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LORILEEPAGE LORILEEPAGE'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/ Personal Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926244 Tried lifting a 44 pound bag of dog food off a lower shelf at the store. Wow that's heavy. Then I also thought about how one brick of clay we buy at the studio is 20 pounds and to carry two of those at a time would be barely possible. Although I have to consider that these 40 pounds of extra weight I'm carrying on my body are somewhat distributed around my body and may make it less awkward to carry, it's still too much to carry on my frame and no wonder it slows me down and makes my feet hurt... Mon, 11 May 2015 09:32:17 EST Communication going Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922344 Hubby and I got some good communication done yesterday. As we worked through something, (his desire for me to work) it became clear to me that we both tend to make assumptions and misinterpret what point the other person is trying to get across. We've finally gotten to the point where we remain calm while we work through things. I know this issue of my working is not over, but I felt like he actually listened to my side and heard me. He quietly let me get my complete theory out about what my ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:20:40 EST Oops I'm venting :/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920671 I realized that I have become very much less self-concious of my body. For most of my life from middle school days till recently, I always found myself lacking. I felt self hatred and insecurity. A few years ago, I started praying for my mind not to be so focused on my body size and shape. That I would remember that God doesn't see me as a body but as a soul. Other people's opinions about my body don't concern me. That I would go about my day not obsessed with and conscious of my body. And I ... Fri, 1 May 2015 08:58:10 EST Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920116 I'm reaching the tipping point to frustration. I know non scale victories count, like getting of aspartame and eating non processed food, not binging for weeks, getting movement daily with good exercise too. But I want my weight to improve too! I've been stuck for a month at my starting weight! Boo! I've given details to spark coaches and am waiting on hearing back. I know they'll have great input as usual. I don't like this situation. But I got to keep on striving. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:52:20 EST My Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918358 Though I had a great week last week, Friday I felt a bit overwhelmed by having had a busy week and ended up zoning out for two days. I just did a lot of sitting and hanging out with my phone. I saw a downward spiral beginning. Fortunately I was noticing this happen and didn't want my good progress to count for nothing and made a decision to write a list for Sunday. Things I would like to accomplish. But to keep it from being overwhelming, I told myself that only two things on the list were im... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:00:06 EST Realizing that I am Changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917851 I have actually had a pretty good month. Especially as I look back and realize I haven't been struggling with binging like I had been for so long. It's a nice change. I am really beginning to be in the habit of just eating when I'm hungry. Seems I've learned that there are other ways of dealing with stress and boredom than food. <BR> <BR> I don't think I am giving myself enough of a pat on the back for this new non-binge mindset. I am kind of afraid of even jinxing it by mentioning it. That... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:12:50 EST Made a Pottery Facebook Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917475 I created a page on Facebook for my pottery so I can sell easier, or at least make it more possible. I posted the page at 5 last night and so far have 50 likes for my page and have 4 inquires and deals in the process because of this. My Facebook page is called Pottery by Lorilee. So if you are on Facebook, find me and give me a thumbs up! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:12:05 EST Plan for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916924 Taking a break from driving to the studio today. I have two vases that are ready to be carved on and they are at home, just waiting for me. I'm working on figuring out what they each need, and I then will get at it. I had ideas last night but I didn't write the ideas down so I am reaching into my brain to try to retrieve the memory. I really should've written them down. I think one idea for one vase is to make a dragonfly scene with cat tails and lily pads. The other was to make a nautilus se... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:56:09 EST Always Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916271 Sure is nice to see the sun for the second day in a row. I am probably not alone in this but sunshine tends to make me more excited to work out. It just beacons me to come outside and take a walk, or ride my bike. Especially now in the spring before it is hot and sweaty out there. The leaves are this new green and the sky is a Carolina blue. <BR> <BR> But before I have my breakfast and head out the door for my walk, I want to share what I got to do last night. I am a volunteer for an organi... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:44:32 EST Featured Motivator? Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915657 Surprise of the day was that my Page was selected as Featured Motivator of the Day. How does that even happen? I am just getting back into things. Maybe it has something to do with my return and changes in attitude I'm currently having. Well, all I can say is my recent changes are internal, but they were definitely pushed along by all my SparkFriends who have given me many words of timely and helpful advice, encouragement and wisdom. SparkCoach is also a major factor in my new-found motivatio... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:06:39 EST Not To PROVE It To HIM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915044 Had storms yesterday. First one hit minutes after I took my morning walk. Didn't even suspect it was going to do that. The sun was out one minute and at the point I went in the house the clouds swept in and there was a downpour. <BR> <BR> But brilliant Carolina blue skies this morning. I'll get out there after SP time. I've been doing my workouts after my morning ritual which includes SP time, but as it warms up, I think I'll have to do the walk first and then SP. <BR> <BR> I had been doing... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:45:39 EST I am NOT a Loser! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914415 I am learning lately so much about myself. I am seeing that I am finally becoming my own person, independent of what others think of me, and especially not being so needy and waiting for approval and praise from my hubby. I've even taken to meal making with myself in mind and not just doing it for him (or not doing it at all to spite him as I had been doing) I decided if I'm a happier person and that being because I'm taking care of me and not living to please others, I'll not only at last en... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:50:34 EST One More Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913326 We are all facing the weekend. For me the weekend can mean having a difficult time staying on track. Hubby is home. He will want to eat out once or twice. I plan to plan ahead as much as possible for these times and not let them throw me off. Otherwise, I have planned a couple of meals and snacks that will be healthy and tasty. <BR> <BR> For me, weekend or not, getting out and taking a walk has become hard. I'm just not into it. Thank goodness the sun is peeking out today after a full week ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:25:02 EST Turn-around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912852 I want to thank you all for helping me out of the funk I was in yesterday! It means so much to me that you would take time to read and respond to my blog. I am reminded by your words, that it isn't about him or anyone else, but this journey is for me. I had a great day yesterday, just knowing we all are in this together. Offering your support to me yesterday meant the world to me. A big thanks! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I realized one way I can help myself is to make meals at home. I had been doi... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:55:14 EST I'm a mess in his eyes AND mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911667 This blog is full of crap so feel free not to read it. <BR> <BR> I am needing to get convinced that I can tackle this 40 pounds and be successful. I came back on SP in February, lost 5-6 pounds and gained it again. I have become this person that doesn't give a crap how much I weight. Only last night my hubby said he can see I'm on autopilot and I'm not taking any steps to help myself. Not totally true, but I am truly not being firm with myself. I have let myself go, though every couple of we... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:47:35 EST Pottery Passion Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910379 Here are some photos of the latest technique I've started practicing to add interest to the surfaces of the pottery I'm making on the wheel. <BR> <BR> <img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8780/17056433202_cbda7a2e6c_h.jpg" width="800" height="800" alt="Untitled"> <BR> <BR> The back side of the peacock vase: <BR> <BR> <img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8743/16871665619_481aff0ab9_h.jpg" width="800" height="800" alt="Untitled"> <BR> <BR> Close up photo of Hummingbird vase: <BR> ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:37:13 EST Visualization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883074 You all are great at reminding me that you are there for me to count on when I get down, discouraged, distracted from my goals and just plain give up. I'm glad I have signed up for SparkCoach, because I feel committed to getting my money's worth out of the program. Which reminds me to post a status, which then reminds me to check back to see if I have heard from anyone when I have posted a status that may elicit your help and kind words. I just have to get better at asking for help! there's n... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:05:44 EST Nurturing Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878090 <img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8659/15951501203_b5e4340335_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="Untitled"> <BR> My friend sent me this picture of the bird feeder I gave her. I made it and was so excited to see a little bird enjoying it and the seeds she put out for it to eat. I told her she was nurturing nature. If you could see the little bird closer, he is holding a seed in his beak. <BR> <BR> I am wanting to nurture my nature this weekend. Nurture my love for writing by going t... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:54:10 EST Birthday Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877620 Started my birthday by diving into two cupcakes yesterday. I bought them to have for my birthday today, but ate them as soon as I got home. But got my frame of mind in check by doing some exercise. The rest of the day was very controlled. <BR> <BR> Today we woke up to ice on the ground so it looked like there wasn't going to be any celebrating going on here. So I took a relaxing day and did whatever I wanted at home. Including dancing around with my headphones in to Pandora Dwight Yoakim Rad... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:56:56 EST Back at it, Weighing More, Committed to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871713 To sort of pick up where I left off last November, my pottery sale was fun. The experience was worth it, but I only sold $100 worth of pottery. People wanted trinkets at that sale, so it wasn't the best venue. <BR> <BR> But since then, I seem to be able to sell $50-100 worth of pottery a month. It pays for my clay and helps with class fees. That's really all I'm after anyway. By the end of February I have one $120 sale planned and two approximately $50 sales, So February could be a great m... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:35:00 EST This is Cool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811139 I just discovered I can make blog posts on my phone app! Good going SP! Anyone who knows me knows I've been trying to decide to sell my pottery. Well...this Saturday I am in my first sale...a Holiday Bazaar. 60 vendors and only one other potter. I'm excited and have done my best on rather short notice to have enough pottery to sell. If you pray..I ask for a few prayers that I'll relax and enjoy myself and be able to decide whether to do this kind of selling again. Now I have to figure ou... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:19:28 EST I've Been MIA no excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786852 It has been way too long since I've been consistently active on SP. Ive just lost my priority of commitment. <BR> <BR> My Son and his family (including a 3 1/2 and 16 month old) have moved in. They got here from Hawaii last thursday. We are going through an adjustment period and trying to figure out how to keep everyone happy with two cars, four adults and many different directions we need to be going in during the week. Their car is being shipped here and will arrive in maybe 3 weeks. I'm... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:34:59 EST Any Advice? To Sell or Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745496 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2048148356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Had a busy week planned but a few things got postponed, which gave me a day I desperately wanted to spend at the studio. I have several things people have requested me to make, and I have been eager to get them made. <BR> <BR> Hubby seems to think I shouldn't be selling things, but that I should donate them to charity or give them to my friends. I don't know what to think except that I have enjoyed having people ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:08:49 EST Unbelievable...My Pottery is Selling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726166 You all who read my friend feed statuses have read that I have begun to sell my pottery! I am, to say the least surprised and also very humbled that people like my art and want to own it enough that they will pay money for it, (and I don’t believe I’m under pricing it) some of it to give as gifts! <BR> <BR> I have earned enough to pay for 120 pounds of new clay! Or almost enough to pay for a 10 week session of class at the studio! With that amount of clay I can make a lot of pottery, as you ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:11:05 EST I am Like a Palm Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708817 I'm discovering something about my spiritual strength. Just want to share. <BR> <BR> I am like a palm tree. Great roots and strong trunk. Able to withstand harsh storms in life as the palm in a hurricane or typhoon. My fronds whip around in the storm, and I hold on to most of them. My Father in heaven has given me faith; a deep abiding faith that during and after a storm holds tight to the One who gives me strength. Through storms and trade winds, (the many worries that toss my mind about, ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:33:47 EST Making Changes, Feeling Healthier and Happier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707407 Spent 4 days with my parents. They eat terribly and I don't think I had much of a good impact on them though I ate very healthfully. They are 81 and don't feel any urgency to extend their lives by living with their heath in mind. Though they complain about aches and pains, they don't realize that the quality of life and aches, pains and energy levels may at least improve if they paid attention to what they put in their bodies. There are many foods that cause inflammation and they probably hav... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:44:15 EST 3 Things: Acknowledging Sugar isn't a Good Idea, Salt Kiln, and 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700063 Right now I’m gearing up for a quick visit in Wisconsin with my parents, brothers and beloved Aunt and Uncle. <BR> <BR> I’ve taken some time to eliminate a few foods (seven in fact) from my diet. Ever hear of the Virgin Diet? I’m not on it, but just testing out elimination tactics to determine if certain foods may be responsible for things I have taken as normal things. (morning headaches occasionally, belly aches, banging pulse, bloating. I have become so used to these things, and so stubb... Wed, 21 May 2014 13:47:36 EST Confusion Cleared Up, Tears Dried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692012 I have good news to share with all of you, especially those awesome friends of mine who took time to offer so much great advice and support on my last blog. I am so honored that you did this for me. I took everything you said to heart. I especially got courage to speak up and voice my confusion to my hubby. <BR> <BR> This morning, he took me to my favorite event of the year, which happens spring and fall, the pottery sale. A dozen of my fellow potters have booths amidst 50 other potters fro... Sat, 10 May 2014 14:24:31 EST I'm Sad, Frustrated and Confused (Shedding Tears) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688060 I'll start out with something positive. If you don't care to read the rest, I'm ok with that. (but if you don't mind, I need some comfort now from anyone who can relate, or just wants to cheer somebody up today) I want you all to know you have been so kind with your complements on my work so far. It's kinda fun bringing you along with me as I progress in my skills. Maybe I'll be a famous potter one day and you will have known me from the beginning, haha! I just can't wait till some of this ne... Mon, 5 May 2014 13:22:44 EST My Handwork http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680042 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1964295048.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the top of the apron I embroidered to use at the studio! Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:34:27 EST Pottery Picture Blog Plus Two of My Favorite Men http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679692 For any of you who have been wondering how I can spend so much time in the studio working with clay, I’m just going to share a picture blog to let you see what I’ve been doing. Today I spent 5 hours there. Class plus lunch with other potters and I worked on my free time, too. <BR> <BR> First, some recent photos, then I’ll go back in time so you can see a bit of what I did in beginners’ class. <BR> <BR> <img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3818/13900398455_c2d82bc82b_z.jpg" width="480" ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:37:58 EST You May Relate if You've Ever had Mania http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670673 I am so relieved my hubby looked up a trick to reset something in my computer so it wouldn't stall out each time I'm in the middle of typing things. I was just so annoyed by how slow it was, that I haven't taken time to write! Blogs especially! I have things to catch up on with you all, but the main thing I want to do is thank all of you, my spark friends who are so generous with your encouraging words. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling for two weeks with mania, but I have taken a bit more o... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:19:11 EST Tender Moments with Grandkids and Family/ My Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665240 So many of you gave me great encouragement when I posted the blog on my granddaughter calling me fat. I hope that in a day or two after the dust has settled here, I will give you personal thanks. I am happy most of you agree that being called snuggly is better than a lot of other things I could be called. It conjures up memories of cuddling with my grandparents and great aunts. <BR> <BR> After tomorrow, all the overnights here at the Page house will be over. I have been in high gear all week... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:53:24 EST Getting Called Fat By My Granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659507 Yesterday, my 3-year-old granddaughter, as she always does lately, asked if she could sit on my lap. I was visiting my daughter's house, playing with the kids including their new baby who is already 3 months old!! He's the happiest little guy. Anyway, back to Daisy. She made an innocent enough comment; being that she's only 3 she doesn't realize there is anything wrong with telling someone they are fat. Ouch! My response was that some people may not like it if you tell them they are fat. My d... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:44:57 EST A Rewarding Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658054 It is so beautiful outside today. <BR> <BR> Lately my two favorite workouts are taking my bike for a ride, and walking. Both outdoor activities. So on rainy days I am finding myself to easily become depressed and trapped feeling. <BR> <BR> Today, the day after my last class session at the clay studio, I had many things to get done. Made a list. A long list that got longer as the day progressed. The more I did the more I found that needed to be done! Seeing that it was a pretty day cheered ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:14:31 EST Insecurity in a Key Relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654800 Did you ever have one or two of those days when you were feeling particularly insecure? I'm not talking about weight, but just about who you are and whether or not a certain person likes you or cares about the things that are important to you? From yesterday till today I was around a bunch of family members. I found myself reacting internally over several reactions and comments I received from one of these very special people. I normally feel fine around her and we usually don't treat each ot... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:14:06 EST Freedom Comes With Making Wise Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651721 I was reading my current issue of HEALTH, the magazine. I came across a woman's tactic to help keep tempting foods out of her kitchen. What she does when she picks up an item she is drawn to that isn't on her list, she holds it a minute before putting it in her cart, and reminds herself that if she doesn't buy it, she won't eat it! Simple as that. Most likely it triggers a mindfulness, and helps her make a wise decision. <BR> <BR> Today, I went to the store for a few items. I passed the evi... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:03:28 EST What's Been Up With Me (Venting Included, UGH) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648385 I can't believe it's been 5 weeks since I wrote a blog. That's exactly how long it's been since I started working in the clay studio, refreshing my wheel skills. It's going very well. I go to class one day a week and go to the studio two additional days a week. I need to get a few pictures posted after my first firing of pots comes out of the kiln, which will be on Sunday. It is such an excited feeling to anticipate seeing the finished products. I used interesting glaze combinations and it is... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:58:37 EST Where My Heart is This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619365 Just taking time to think about my Daddy; God. That's what Abba Father really means. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1260660777.jpg"> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:42:38 EST I'm Back On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600898 I have a very busy life with many graduations, weddings, births, a bankruptcy, family illnesses, job changes, moves, vacations (that aren’t always pleasant), and even an enjoyable participation in getting myself some college education. <BR> <BR> I started writing a timeline blog listing all of what’s happened (as in births of 7 grandbabies since I lost my first 70 pounds in 2000!) I weathered two elopements and two weddings since 2000, and have made three trips to my parents’ and three trips... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 06:52:57 EST My Daughter Makes Me Proud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593823 First want to share a link to a very interesting article addressing eating for pleasure and eating for nutrition.The thing I found interesting is that we don't absorb as many nutrients, meaning the food we eat isn't as nourishing, even if it's healthy foods, if we are stressed about our weight and are not enjoying our food. Mindful eating and eating for pleasure (while eating healthy) is key. I got this link thru MISSRIVERRAT's blog. Read the article, see what you think! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:31:02 EST Son Has ADD. Explains a Lot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590339 Yesterday, I found out my 22 year old son has ADD. It helps us understand a lot of his difficulties. Glad to have something to work with. It is often a hereditary thing, which says to me I may have an answer to my similar difficulties. My established diagnosis has ben BPD (bipolar disorder) which I've had for decades. But even while the major mood swings are under control from taking meds, I still suffer from issues similar to my son. Which are symptoms that are ones in common with BPD! I nev... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:12:30 EST A Bunch of Things I Feel Positive About Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589198 I am having a pleasant surprise today as I realize how many healthy habits have become natural for me. I have "off" days in these areas; I'm not saying they are consistently used habits, so maybe I can't call them habits, really, but on the good days, I really make healthy choices without planning. <BR> <BR> For example, when I work out, I automatically choose a protein, fat and carb snack in proportion to the amount and intensity of my workout. Even the need to have a post workout snack, a... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:28:10 EST I Am At A Crossroad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586877 I am in a quandry, which is leading me to teary times in my day the last few days. Otherwise I don't feel depressed. It's just one issue (ok, maybe two) that are making me feel out of sorts. <BR> <BR> A few months ago I basically stopped helping the 91 year old lady I'd been with for 6 years. I don't miss it. I don't miss her. I was really burned out on the care taking, and know that there is much of that in my future (I imagine) The things that have happened since I quit are the trip we mad... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:35:06 EST My Grandson Was Born on December 24! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579727 We had a very busy week leading up to Christmas. We had a houseful of people, including the big brother and sister who were waiting at our house while my daughter labored at home with hubby and a midwife and her assistant. The birth went well, a relief to all. We had the kids overnight for 4 nights. And have been helping with them since then. <BR> <BR> It was a magical Christmas Eve. Around 6:30 we sat down (four grandkids and I) to watch Elf. We planned on seeing Polar Express as well. The... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:40:24 EST A Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572859 I haven't been away from SP and the site at all. I've interacted with some of you as usual, and I have felt the need to write for a while, but haven't found (or made) the time! <BR> <BR> I mentioned a book by Jean Fain. "The Self-Compassion Diet". I'm hoping someone has joined me in reading this book since I mentioned it. I promised I'd tell you how I like the book and what it is helping me with in my journey. <BR> <BR> There is so much to share, yet I have found the principles and practic... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 09:33:17 EST My Granddaughter's First 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560545 My daughter shared something awesome with me. Her 9 year old daughter is involved with "Girls on the Run" for girls in school who want to learn about health and safety. It's a club. She loves it. They have healthy snacks during their time together and learn about nutrition. They also go out and run each meeting. <BR> <BR> On Saturday they had their 5K, which I later found out Abi had wanted to invite me to run with her. She will invite me in the Spring and I can't wait to see her little body... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 12:55:06 EST Have You Read This Book? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559152 Has anyone read and tried following the book "The Self-Compassion Diet" by Jean Fain? I'm in the middle of reading it an have begun to practice her suggestions. Not a "diet" to follow but a way to help get over disordered eating. I'll keep you posted on how it helps me, if it does. Many ideas in the book are the same I've learned through the years, with some real practical guidance of how to put it all into practice. <BR> <BR> I have checked the book out from the library, it was printed in 2... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 14:14:12 EST Busy Day Lots of Movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555416 Charlie Brown Christmas is on. It feels good to sit after a busy day. <BR> <BR> Now it's over. The show reminded me that the importance of the season isn't all wrapped up in trees, cookies and packages. But I tend to really have a lot of my memories of the season dependent on those things. I try to have a balance. <BR> <BR> Just before the show I spent an hour and a half decorating my tabletop trees. One is very mini, with a battery operated string of lights and a string of tiny beads fo... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:03:55 EST Picture of My Future Grandson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554504 As I mentioned in an earlier blog today, we watched grandkids today. We babysat because we had given Panther football game tickets to my daughter and SIL, as his birthday present. Here is a photo of my very pregnant daughter. This is her third and she's due on the 18th. I'm hoping the photo uploads right side up! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1167053613.jpg"> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:18:27 EST