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/ 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 Transitioning From November to December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554153 My dark mood from Friday lifting on Saturday, I'm feeling a lot better. Saturday hubby and I vacated the house so our daughter could host an in-law family gathering to have birthday cake for her hubby's 29th birthday. That whole family (16 people including 7 children) had a meal at a nearby Cracker Barrel, at central location for them, and our house is also convenient for that family. So for the second year in a row they did this here. We are invited of course, but it is too awkward and stres... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:26:19 EST Dealing with Fear of Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551580 Something that I think will come in handy this holiday season, is my new ability to stop eating a food when I realize I'm not enjoying it. Why continue to eat something if the flavor isn't enjoyable (or the texture or whatever). <BR> <BR> Yesterday when my son and I had lunch, I also got a cookie for us to share for dessert. I love anything red velvet and this cookie looked good. We ate our meal, and I almost forgot about the cookie. We each took a bite to taste it. I didn't care for it. I... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:12:59 EST A Sweetener-aholic Making a Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548972 I have been quite a soda drinker for a long time. I am referring to diet Mountain Dew, and occasional Diet Dr Pepper or Coke Zero. Since I can't tolerate caffeine after noon, I use caffeine free Mountain Dew in the afternoon. I've been known to drink almost a two liter diet MD in the afternoon. Drinking frequently is in a great part because medicines make my mouth dry, and recently I read that diet sodas can cause dryness of the mouth! No wonder I drink so much of it. I also crave sweet in my... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:09:42 EST A New Mindset Equalling Mental Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545213 There are so many things we hear repeatedly in other blogs or articles. Some of them just don't register in our minds or we don't buy into them. For me, I've also agreed with principles and even tried them on for size, some with gusto and some with a degree of doubt. Most of them I let slide by after beginning strong. I forget about them, only to rediscover them and see them in a new light, and they make a lot of sense the second (or third...or fourth) time around. <BR> <BR> An example is "l... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:34:17 EST Chili Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528557 Five days from now we will be in the air on our way to Oahu. Seeing our son and his family will be a real treat. Last time we saw them was in April. I guess 7 months isn’t so bad. But little kids grow so fast. We haven’t even met Bjørn yet, but he is already sitting up on his own! Ingrid is 2 ½ years old. So much happens developmentally when they are young. One thing nice is my DIL often does FaceTime with me. She holds either their iPad or her iPhone up so the kids can see my face and I c... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:05:13 EST You're an Overcomer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522141 I didn't post a blog yesterday and didn't even spend much time on SP. The site was incredibly slow yesterday when I wanted to use it. I got frustrated. Said a quick prayer that it would be better today when I picked up my laptop. Ahhh. It is better. <BR> <BR> I have a song in my head, you know how that is, singing it over and over. I was not tuned into what it was, though I knew I was in a loop of a song. I finally istened to the words I was singing...."You're and overcomer" was what the lyr... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:56:35 EST Hubby Helps Me Again and Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518699 This blog isn’t about anything new. It’s a theme that we see in other people’s blogs. You have definitely seen this in my writing, because for me this is a pattern I repeat. I think I’ve made progress toward getting my thought patterns to improve. I just want to share with you how this episode played out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I’d begun anew to be on track. Good day. I was on track. This morning before getting out of bed I was excited, thinking about all the great options I have for exercise. ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:33:27 EST Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517782 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l307374166.jpg"> <BR> (Couldn't turn the photo, sorry!) <BR> <BR> These are the two sweeties that stayed with us overnight last night and the next photo is of the two sweet grand kids we get to visit in Hawaii in November. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2064044803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our trip starts in 17 days and yesterday I tried on my swimsuit and it fits a little snug around the middle. I now have a motivatio... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:42:50 EST We All Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516860 “We all eat, and it would be a waste of opportunity to eat badly.” –Anna Thomas <BR> <BR> I had a bump yesterday. I didn’t eat wisely. I missed the opportunity to nourish myself. The food I ate was not nourishing. I may have been feeding the emotional appetite, but not the appetite of my body. <BR> <BR> Start fresh today. Resetting my mind. It’s a clear day out there and I plan on a nice walk. (A gentle walk, just around the block to strengthen my ankle. It feels really good. It was a mild ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:37:01 EST C'est La Vie, My Ankle is Sprained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514332 Not cool. <BR> <BR> A year ago I sprained my ankle. It's been not perfectly healed up yet. Today I had a major setback. <BR> <BR> You know how it is when you are walking along the sidewalk and you come to a driveway where the car is parked so it's sticking out over the path, right in the way? And there is an area right where the sidewalk connects to the driveway having a triangular area of grass? Don't step in the grass. I learned my lesson. Usually I step over it and stay on the concrete... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:00:08 EST Analogy of The Beached Starfish/Struggle For Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514153 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1957324936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A couple of weekends ago hubby took me to the beach. There was this awesome starfish, but it was crawling away from the water. Too often I find myself crawling in the wrong direction. Away from the things I know are helpful for me to have good health. It takes awareness that I'm headed in the wrong direction, then a determination to change and head back toward the foods and exercise that support my health. This st... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:56:59 EST Whose Voice Do I Listen To? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513322 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l432678992.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is something I found on Facebook today and it applies directly to how I was feeling harassed and confused in my head this morning. <BR> <BR> And the fun thing is, I just found out I can select and add photos super easily from my photos on my iPhone without having to first upload them to my laptop. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:33:35 EST Reverting to my BPD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512222 I was lazy and grumpy this morning...too much food yesterday (effects mood) and I'm getting a sore tongue, I'm getting another awful canker sore. I think that's why I overate last night...fear of not getting to eat the things I enjoy while my tongue feels painful for the next week. Wow...pity party...poor me...what a baby that I have to suffer through a week of no crunchy, spicy, and acidic foods. This is what my diet usually consists of. I'm pitying myself that I'll have to live on yogurt, o... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:42:46 EST Good for a Little Laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511585 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108521695.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I couldn't resist sharing this one! Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:01:44 EST Music Quickened My Pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511355 Took a good walk yesterday. I usually walk around 18-20 minute miles. Short-leg-syndrome. Ha! But I had decided to put on music, which I hadn’t been doing since early in the summer. I stumbled on the walking mix by SparkPeople. I decided yes, I needed some quick pace-setting music. So I took off. My “Map My Workout” App said I actually did a 15-minute mile the first mile! Wow—I was smokin’! I kept up the pace as best I could and the second mile was 15:30! Not bad. Then I hit a wall. I thought... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:30:28 EST Complements That Took Me by Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509918 I had a very busy day yesterday, and on my trip to the grocery store I forgot about my resolve that I had just determined to have a couple of days ago. So on the 4th day of my binge free streak, I ate too many sweets. I thought I'd be able to have just a few bites of the dessert. But I sat and downed the whole thing. Then I was "what the heck" and finished off the last 10 blonde Oreos. I now have decided that those two desserts, if not all desserts, for a while, will be off limits. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:00:04 EST Blogging is Valuable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508165 Biking today felt really good with the 66-degree weather. The air felt cool and refreshing on my skin. I hadn’t been on my bike for 3 weeks and I’m glad I had the urge to take it out. It was a hard workout. The little hills in my area make cruising for a relaxed ride impossible, so taking the bike out always means a good heart pumping time. Walking is the only exercise I’ve had these past weeks, and not very consistently. So it felt great to do something else. <BR> <BR> Along with taking the... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:21:25 EST Working on My Frame of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507211 A little sad today that we are not on our way to Hawaii as planned. We will reschedule for the beginning of November. This time without my MIL. Hubby told her that we will try to take her with us in the Spring if she feels up to it by then. <BR> <BR> Since my MIL got home on Thursday, she hasn't made any noticeable progress, but her Speech Therapist is seeing her for the first time this afternoon. Over the phone I told the nurse who is also coming, to give suggestions on helping her figure ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 17:08:29 EST Decompressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503548 It's not ok that I am choosing food and alcohol to decompress. (I don't even drink unless depressed) <BR> <BR> My MIL is home from the hospital, and I feel all the relief of that, but it's translating into "let me let everything go that I've been trying to hold together for the last few days." <BR> <BR> Started the day with an appointment for myself at my psychiatrist. He agreed that I am having depression since the beginning of September, starting a week after ending my expensive medicine... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 13:45:57 EST Update. Trying Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502634 I'm very grateful to all of you for your kind loving words of encouragement and concern when I wrote the blog about my MIL's strokes. I'd love to respond to everyone personally. I am just exhausted and will take a little time here for an update. <BR> <BR> My MIL is still in the hospital. I spent several hours there today. I only came home to let in the heating/cooling guy for our seasonal check-up. So I have a few minutes to sit while he does his thing. <BR> <BR> My MIL's current stroke eff... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:39:15 EST