LORIVIOLA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LORIVIOLA LORIVIOLA'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/ Week 15 of 2016 - April 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142701 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ Dinner with friends at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant. <BR> ~ Mom is finally feeling less sore after her fall at the beginning of March. Woohoo! <BR> ~ Attended an exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum. The Triiibe. Quite interesting. <BR> ~ Dancing at the Bikes Not Bombs fundraising dance. <BR> ~ We began rehearsals for the opera: The Marriage of Figaro. <BR> ~ We went on a splurge to Rota Springs Ice Cream. They make th... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:23:03 EST Week 14 of 2016 - April 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136921 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ The beginning of a new month holds so much promise. <BR> ~ Collin the Bagpiper. We were walking, heard & followed the music and found Collin practicing on the edge of the woods at dusk. It was magical. <BR> ~ Listening to the waves at night. <BR> ~ Staying overnight with friends at their new place. It was really nice. <BR> ~ A good dinner and a good visit. <BR> ~ Watching the birds and drinking hot chocolate first thing in ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 08:16:34 EST Week 13 of 2016 - March 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131592 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ Catching up on doing my weekly blogs! Whew! I'll try not to get behind again! <BR> ~ Good Friday at church. Noon service, An hour long vigil (nice to have Charlotte do it with me), and a 5pm children's service that was really interesting. <BR> ~ I kept my walking streak going, thought it may not happen today... <BR> ~ New New Balance sneakers! On sale for $29- I really needed new sneakers so badly. <BR> ~ My best friend ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:18:29 EST Week 12 of 2016 - March 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131575 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ Going to my best friend's birthday dinner. <BR> ~ Good conversations <BR> ~ Her mom's carrot cake recipe was yummy! All kinds of things in it besides carrots- it didn't even need the creme cheese frosting! <BR> ~ Miniature Golfing inside my library with our Grandson's and my Niece and her 3 children. My work (library) does some really cool things for the community! <BR> ~ Local theatre production of "You can't take it with y... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:08:00 EST Week 11 of 2016 - March 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131560 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ Ran into someone from high school. So good to talk with her. I was surprised she remembered me. She was several years ahead of me. Bright smiling lady! <BR> ~ Watched an interesting video: The Goddess Project. <BR> ~ Hooped for 15 minutes <BR> ~ Went to a party with our Theatre Friends. It was fun. <BR> ~ Went to a Contra Dance with DH. We laughed a lot and had a blast! Highlight of my week! <BR> ~ Walked at the Leomins... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:56:25 EST Week 10 of 2016 - March 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131550 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ A Chocolate-chip-cookie-for-One recipe. Much better than having too many cookies around! <BR> ~ I love quiet. <BR> ~ Watched the movie: Ricki and the Flash. Meryl Streep is always great and the movie was good. Hard to watch sometimes but the end made it worthwhile. Great soundtrack too. <BR> ~ Feeling better from the cold. A quick turnaround! Yay! <BR> ~ PBS special on Loretta Lynn. Really good. Learned so much! <BR> ~... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:44:40 EST Week 9 of 2016 - March 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131542 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ So happy to have found our church. St Andrew's in Ayer MA. & to sing in the choir. <BR> ~ Went to see the modern version of Cabaret at a local theatre. They did a good job and worked hard but I realize that I never want to see that show again. It is too upsetting. <BR> ~ Saw 3 deer on my way to work! <BR> ~ Hiking locally at The Cowdrey Nature Preserve with DH. Beautiful and 5 minutes away. <BR> ~ Belly Dancing at the mont... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:36:10 EST Week 8 of 2016 - February 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131530 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ War of the Worlds radio show stage performance. A good show. <BR> ~ Visiting with neighbors. <BR> ~ Our favorite restaurant: A taste of Vietnam <BR> ~ Hooping in the sun! <BR> ~ Watching AntMan with DH <BR> ~ Lenten talk at church - And the fire alarm went off! All was well, Thank Goodness. <BR> ~ Gallery opening for a friends art show <BR> ~ Lunch at Evviva Cuchina. Good pizza and soup. Much less than we normally eat! <BR... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:22:44 EST The 1/2 Mile Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104092 A little while ago I was going to post that I stopped my streak today. <BR> <BR> My 1029 day streak. <BR> <BR> The day was hectic and full of good things, but most of which took longer than planned. This left me without a daytime walk. <BR> <BR> Now, over the course of 1028 days <BR> I have walked at night before. No big deal. <BR> It's cold. I have walked in the cold before. No big deal. <BR> It's pouring rain. I have walked in the pouring rain before. No big deal. <BR> <B... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:09:27 EST Week 7 of 2016 - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099640 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ A going away party for a lovely friend. It was sad but fun. Will miss her a lot. <BR> ~ Met a new person who was telling me about an adult ballet class that I might try. <BR> ~ Seeing our Grandsons. <BR> ~ DH is such a good cook. Perfect pulled pork. <BR> ~ I took time for myself, right in the middle of a party. I was over eating out of anxiety and feeling sick. I left the room for an hour and a half just so I wouldn't eat... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:25:00 EST Week 6 of 2016 - February 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093890 Keeping things positive and remembering good things. <BR> <BR> ~ Singing in the choir at church. <BR> ~ Preparing and pulling off a Mardi Gras party for 60 people. We raised about $600.- and everyone had a great time. It was exhausting but well worth it! <BR> ~ Folks volunteering to help out with the party- so grateful for them. <BR> ~ The "King" of the party- he got the right piece of King Cake. He was hilarious and dove right into the roll. It couldn't have gone any better! <BR> ~ Grea... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:36:03 EST Week 5 of 2016 - February 4, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093867 Keeping things positive and remembering good things. <BR> <BR> ~ Ran into friends at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Surprise! <BR> ~ Listening to a music CD of French bistro music. Remembering Paris. <BR> ~ Had a small dinner/birthday party for DH's daughter. Got to see the Grandsons. Always a good thing! And DH cleaned and cooked for the evening! <BR> ~ A Holiday party/Yankee Swap with one of our Theatre groups. <BR> ~ Purple nail polish. Don't judge, it made me really hap... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:13:14 EST Week 4 of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081957 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> It was a very social week! <BR> ~ Dinner at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant with a couple from church. We've been friends with them for a long time but never spent individual time with them. Fun! <BR> ~ The next night, a dinner party with 4 more friends. Testing out the menu for the Mardi Gras party we are throwing as a fundraiser for church. A really great night. So good to see friends. <BR> ~ Sunshine. <em>67</em> <B... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:26:12 EST Week 3 of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075305 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> ~ Still enjoying coloring labrynths. <BR> ~ My singing voice is finally starting to come back! Had church choir rehearsal, church and we are back for a new semester for the Community Choir. Always good to be back. <BR> ~ We put the Christmas tree outside for the birds. They love it and we love to watch them. <BR> ~ We watched a live action Disney Cinderella. It was good! <BR> ~ Went to a surprise 50th birthday dinner for our ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:20:11 EST Week 2 of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069275 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> January 14- wow time is flying by! <BR> <BR> We have a new member of the family. My newest great nephew, Warren. So sweet. <BR> <BR> Also, time spent with our Grandsons, playing games, making muffins, having dinner. It was great. <BR> <BR> I walked even more. Drank lots of water and tracked food for 3 days in a row, so far. <BR> <BR> We watched "Inside Out" which is a great movie. <BR> <BR> Went to my nephew's hockey gam... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:05:16 EST Week 1 of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069267 Keeping things positive and remembering good things: <BR> <BR> Thursday January 7?! Wow, a week has gone by already! Egads! Highlights of the last busy week: A funny movie "Spy", a long overdue visit from a cousin/friend, a party, Contra Dancing, a nourishing women's meeting (parafin hand waxing), football/fellowship, lovely church service, a woods hike, taking photographs, and coloring in my new adult-coloring book. <BR> <BR> Sparkle On! <BR> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:56:15 EST I feel really GOOD right now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032132 Things have been difficult as of late. Medical tests/worry. Stress. Depression. Food. Not exercising enough. Getting Mired. Feeling somewhat aimless, disconnected, isolated. <BR> <BR> Well, I feel really Good - Right Now. <BR> <BR> I'll hold on to that and try to perpetuate it. <BR> <BR> Do I have the answers to the medical tests? Not yet. But I cannot worry because it wont help. <BR> <BR> Am I still stressed? Yes. But I am trying to find ways to move through it. <BR> <BR> Am ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:44:22 EST 900 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017239 Just a note to commemorate a day in a journey. <BR> <BR> Today marks my 900th day of walking an average of 3 miles a day, outside, in all weather. (OK there were a few days that I was in the hospital and they wouldnt let me outside so i walked the halls with my IV pole trailing along....) but I continued onward. <BR> <BR> I still have 100 days left to go. It's still a long way. It's still going to be hard. Especially since the winter is coming... <BR> <BR> But, <BR> <BR> I. CAN. DO. T... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 22:46:22 EST The Terrible Too's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007889 I hate the terrible too-s! I should never let myself get there... Too hungry, too tired, too hot, too busy, too overwhelmed. Etc... It is a recipe for disaster and bad choices in overeating and not exercising enough and not paying close enough attention to my blood sugar. I will try to be more aware of these triggering terrible too-s! <BR> Spark On, Sparklers! <BR> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:49:32 EST How things are at the moment - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996097 I walk and fundraise for the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes. I have type 2 diabetes... it is often a struggle. Here is the letter on my page. It explains how I often feel and what I hope to do to change things. <BR> <BR> ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE, ELIMINATE THE NEGATIVE. <BR> <BR> I turned 50 years old last week. Wow. It does not seem possible. And when reaching a milestone it is often time for reflection. Is my life the way I want it to be? Are there changes that need to be made? W... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 15:03:08 EST Bliss-ing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973401 I went Bliss-ing today. <BR> <BR> OK so I actually went swimming, but it was blissful. <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> It was such a joy. The water was lovely and it felt so good to be in the lake. <BR> I actually swam for 15 minutes straight (which is a lot for me!), and then just hung out for another 15 minutes before I had to go get ready for work. <BR> <BR> Spark ON, Sparklers! <BR> <em>14</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:03:34 EST For the next 2 weeks I will.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972445 1. Stretch daily for 10-30 minutes. <BR> 2. Do one of the following each day: Ride a bike, swim in the lake, go to the playground, HOOP or hike Mt. Watatic. <BR> 3. Reflect on the good things in my life. <BR> <BR> Spark On, Sparklers! Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:41:35 EST Well now, THAT was FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950845 So first, a story. <BR> <BR> I was walking one of my usual walks but at a different time of day. Two kids just got off the bus. Their mom was with them, walking. Their Dad was driving his truck down the hill toward their house. The boy took off on the grassy side of the road trying to "beat" his father home. (Impromptu race? Or does this happen regularly? I do not know.) Meanwhile, the Mom and daughter were walking. The girl went on ahead, hiding behind trees, etc. while the Mom and ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:02:55 EST Refocus. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896318 I am in REFOCUS mode. <BR> <BR> I am working on getting my walking back up to an average of 3 miles a day each week. I was down to about 1-2 miles (but mostly 1) for 5 weeks due to the weather. I still walked everyday but it was just too difficult to go further. Now i feel the negative effects of not exercising enough!! <BR> <BR> So far I have done it for 12 days! It's good to be back. <BR> <BR> Next: <BR> 1. get back to doing my physical therapy exercises. <BR> 2. eat even more f... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:53:14 EST What a relief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894436 Yesterday I had an eye <em>463</em> doctor appt. It was postponed from last April. In the meantime I had laser surgery in both eyes (that turned out fine) and once that was done I could go back to my original appt. Finally. <BR> <BR> Well the Doc said, " You have NO sign of diabetes and NO sign of glaucoma in your eyes!" <BR> <BR> I am thrilled and relieved. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</e... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:49:41 EST Kindsight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878600 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25496675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> this image is one i saw this morning and it says it all. <BR> <BR> DH and i ate an entire box of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies last night. <BR> Not in line with the goals- already- on day one. Oh well. Today is another day! <BR> <BR> Have a KIND day, Sparklers! <em>126</em> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:30:56 EST 6 months from today and a new beginning for Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877909 6 months from today I will turn 50 years old. I want to be stronger, more flexible and lose that stubborn 10 pounds (or is it 15 now...?) The point is: I want to be better at 50 than at 40! <BR> <BR> How am I planning on doing this? <BR> 1. Exercise: do something MORE than just walking! <BR> 2. Begin incorporating strength training into my day. <BR> 3. Get flexible - in body AND mind. <BR> 4. FIND THE FUN. Do something fun, everyday. EVERYDAY. Sounds simple, no? Well, think about it... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:57:51 EST I said NO and actually followed through! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869685 The temptation: mini Reese's peanut butter cups AND Hershey kisses. <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Today's response: (first to myself and then to my castmate, Fatima) I am not going to eat any of these. I am saying it to you too, I am not going to eat any of these. Please don't let me eat any of these." <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> I made it through 2.5 hours of them sitting just inches away from me! INCHES! <em>207</em> <BR> <BR> And others were eating them, including Fatima.. She said "s... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 22:12:10 EST Day 3. The good, the not so good, and the OMG chocolate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855396 Today is day #3 of tracking everything i eat. <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast was good <em>48</em> , lunch was good <em>48</em> , snack was good <em>48</em> , dinner was good <em>48</em> ....... <BR> <BR> ...... then, i went to my "Respect" rehearsal. The director brought snacks. <BR> Fruit. <em>277</em> OK I can have that. Wheat thins.... OH NO <em>230</em> zone .... i avoided that <em>104</em> (SO hard for me). Then later i saw th... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:43:56 EST a realization, pulling out of a funk and What the heck is up with getting on a roll at 10pm!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832186 tonight (friday night - i suppose it is saturday morning now...) <BR> i was very depressed. couldnt get a grip. i was wallowing. i have a cold and i am singing in a quartet in church on sunday morning and a community choir concert in the afternoon. i am lonely. DH is in a show and is gone several nights a week, including 2 weekends in December. 2 HOLIDAY weekends. This has made me sad. I am happy that he is enjoying the show but I am S-T-U-C-K and cannot seem to get myself UN-stuck... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:34:38 EST From discouragement to feeling okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821358 I have been feeling discouraged lately. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Doing many of the right things.... walking <em>311</em> for an hour every day, eating at least 5 <em>550</em> freggies daily, getting enough sleep <em>102</em> , drinking my eight glasses of H2O <em>194</em> , not eating between meals (at all!), limited wheat, and limited extra sugar ...... <BR> <BR> and NOT seeing any progress on the scale!!!!!!! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I had an A1C blood test for my diab... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:02:30 EST Whew! That was close! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817500 Today was a day FULL of potential pitfalls. <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> 1. We had goodies in the break room at work. <BR> 2. We had an event at work and there were goodies at that.... <BR> 3. I went to a concert tonight and there were goodies there too. <BR> <BR> home made goodies. sigh. <em>475</em> <BR> <BR> i can pass up store bought, but home made? that's tougher. <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> but, <BR> <BR> I DID IT! I DIDN'T EAT ANY OF THOSE THINGS! NOT A BITE. <... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:18:07 EST Day #4 - on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815825 It's been a long long time, but i am on Day #4 of being back on track! <BR> <BR> ~ Limiting wheat. But i did eat meatballs which had breadcrumbs in them... <BR> ~ Limiting "sweets" - (i did have my small gluten free banana-oatmeal-choc chip muffins). <BR> ~ 561 days in a row of walking. <em>311</em> <BR> ~ 7-9 freggies per day <em>550</em> <BR> ~ working hard with the Physical Therapy and making progress! <BR> ~ havent eaten between meals at all. <BR> ~ at the PT appt today they had co... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:24:32 EST help! i'm in danger of eating stuff i dont want to!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813741 i had such a bad night of sleep last night because my blood sugar was really bad... my legs and feet were throbbing and it kept me awake. <BR> <BR> i have done well so far today-- 7 freggies by lunchtime... <BR> 5 mile walk-- <BR> <BR> and now, i am home, alone and HUNGRY! <BR> <BR> i am trying to stay away from sugar and wheat. <BR> <BR> i need a lifeline! <BR> <BR> thanks. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 17:55:36 EST full disclosure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812969 yesterday i blogged about a NSV and it definitely was one. <BR> <BR> and then..... <BR> <BR> i went out to an event an ate about 12 (or more?!) cookies!!!! <em>24</em> (they were delicious) <BR> i was out of control. it was stress eating of a different sort. i was having a good time. surrounded by good people. enjoying good music. but, i still ate out of stress. and compulsion. <BR> <BR> so, while i was happy i didnt eat the bread yesterday - i couldnt hold on to that feeling onc... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 08:02:56 EST a definite NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812732 i had a very stressful day at work. <em>28</em> <BR> i came home to more stress. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> there was a bit of bread on the table (I LOVE BREAD with LOTS of BUTTER) <BR> <BR> I reached for it and then said "NO". <BR> <BR> I couldnt say no to the the M&M's today, but i said no to the bread so i consider that a pretty big VICTORY! <BR> <BR> Thank you, Sparklers. <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:55:14 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789407 October Goals: <BR> ~ Stretch more (and find a yoga class?) <BR> ~ More freggies and water. <BR> ~ Oral care and foot care <BR> ~ Track food regularly <BR> ~ General Health Care: <BR> *Make eye Dr appt. <BR> *Make ear Dr appt. <BR> <BR> My September goals were not all met. I forget about looking at them. Hopefully I will be able to make progress on my October Goals. <BR> <BR> Goodnight Sparklers! <em>102</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:19:37 EST This IS the treat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787085 Yesterday I went for a bike ride. <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I passed an ice cream shop. <BR> <em>76</em> <BR> <BR> I thought about several things to eat... <BR> I thought about that I was working hard and deserved a treat. <BR> <BR> THEN I REALIZED: <BR> <BR> THIS is the treat. Being able to ride a bike on a gorgeous September day. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It was definitely a big NSV. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Goodnight, Sparklers <em>102</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:19:37 EST woohoo! woohoo! WOOHOO! 500! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778451 500 <BR> <BR> yes 500 <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> 500 days in a row of walking. <BR> <BR> I am halfway to my 1000 days goal. <em>531</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Sparklers! <em>67</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:06:33 EST September Goals - a small list that I hope I can keep up with. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771335 I have been struggling lately with a lot of things. <BR> <BR> Eating right, good dental care, stretching, strength... and I have signed up for the 28 day challenge a few times, and didnt do it hardly at all. Which I found really frustrating and got down on myself. And the depression is sometimes nagging at me. <BR> <BR> One good thing is that I walk a lot. <BR> <BR> So I decided to try a few goals for September. Now I need to remember to look at them and keep them in mind. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:41:35 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768374 Hi! <BR> I am too tired for a long blog. <BR> Hello and Goodnight, Sparklers. <BR> Sending good things your way. <BR> Sleep well. <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:24:53 EST A long (long) range goal (January 26, 2016) and 2 NSV's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758553 Have to tell you the beginning to tell you the rest... <BR> <BR> On May 1, 2013 i decided to actually set out to do 1000 days in a row of walking an average of 2.5 miles daily. <em>311</em> My completion date is January 26, 2016. Well, as life happens, some days were not 2.5 miles... in March of 2014 i decided to play "catch up" so i could honestly say that i did average 2.5 miles a day. Much to my surprise and dismay the total miles needed was a whopping 148.5 miles. <em>24</em> ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:06:56 EST I DIDN'T COLLAPSE FROM EXHAUSTION! NSV!!!!! (and Thank You!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756034 Hello! <BR> I haven't blogged in a long time. Things have been crazy. Some not-so-good crazy and some OK crazy… no time to go into it at the moment but i thought i would share a NSV. <BR> <BR> Last night while at a local band concert (a slice of Americana in my old hometown) i was with my great-nephew and great nieces. (11, 7, 5 years old) I was running around the bandstand with the 5 year old and… <BR> <BR> I WASN'T READY TO COLLAPSE FROM EXHAUSTION!!!!! <BR> <BR> well, it didn't ev... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:58:15 EST still streaking, but i've learned it's okay to back off… and a Non Scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723746 on thursday evening i went to the emergency room with gastronomic symptoms no one wants to hear about. anyway, i was admitted and spent several days not eating. on IV with fluids etc… <BR> <BR> while in the hospital, i managed to walk the halls (very very very slowly) for 15 minutes each day. i have a goal to walk 1000 days in a row "outside" - but now, that has to include some inside time since they wouldn't let me out! <BR> <BR> slowly they introduced clear liquids, then bland non-fi... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:37:22 EST Hello! and a false sense of security... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720202 I haven't blogged for a while. Life has been crazy. I have been online less and have been tracking less (i know, i know… it's a slippery slope). <BR> <BR> But, things are good. <BR> <BR> Rehearsing for a series of 9 plays that are each approximately 10 minutes long. (One i am acting in with DH, and another one i am directing. He is also directing one). <BR> <BR> So, like I said, DH and I are in a show together. we've had the script for weeks- (5 and a half weeks…). it's only 8 m... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:29:45 EST Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709285 very busy day! <BR> <BR> 1. we had to drop DH's car off for an oil change/service <BR> 2. we went to breakfast. NON SCALE VICTORY : I managed to stay wheat free and when I logged when i got home I was still within my ranges!!!! <BR> 3. Car's finished- gotta go pick it up. (this car stuff wasn't part of my plan for the day…) <BR> 4. Walk 3 miles. <BR> 5. Eat lunch. <BR> 6. The dreaded dentist appt - root planing! (Ummm, Yeah, OWWW) <BR> 7. Go to Mom's to mow the lawn and finish some yard... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:58:31 EST june goals - stream of consciousness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708470 haha, when i wrote stream of consciousness in the title i typo-d STREAK of consciousness! <BR> that could be a whole other blog….. <BR> <BR> sometimes it's just good for me to write things out without thinking too much because then i get mired down,,, so here goes! <BR> <BR> June Goals: <BR> <BR> ~ finish staining box for Joyce <BR> ~ continue with gluten free as long as possible <BR> ~ begin hooping again - try learning something new <BR> ~ Jeep care - clean it (DH spilled shrimp stock i... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:23:38 EST freaking out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705612 OK, I am pretty freaked out. <BR> <BR> I went to my annual eye dr appt. Standard procedure is to dilate so he can check for diabetes issues- so, in years past i have been told i have the early early early stages of cataracts - but it wasn't a worry for the doc or for me… well, today, i have so much narrowing that he "wasn't willing to take the risk of dilating my eyes because it could result in spontaneous glaucoma" — and now i have to go back - have laser surgery (which is only scheduled on... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:10:16 EST Not bad, not bad at all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703885 DH and I just returned from Delfest. It is a music festival in Maryland. It was such a lovely venue. We had a <em>250</em> time. The music <em>276</em> was so very good. The weather was <em>67</em> fantastic. It was our first time there and it was a blast. A little too far away for us to go every year but we are very <em>334</em> we went. <BR> <BR> Made several good choices on food, lots of <em>550</em> freggies, lots of <em>194</em> and we <em>311</em> walked d... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:08:11 EST Great concert yesterday - patience tonight??? and now, we pack. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698800 The Greater Gardner Community Choir "Broadway Concert" <em>335</em> went really well! The audience loved it and we had a really fun time performing. <BR> <BR> Tonight we rehearsed for the next Short Play <em>103</em> festival which will take place at the end of June. It was an exercise in patience because the director of our play makes me really <em>100</em> crazy — one of those people who loves to hear themselves talk but never actually says anything… it is a 10 minute play and... Mon, 19 May 2014 22:50:56 EST