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/ 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 it was AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697365 After struggling, and struggling, and struggling through rehearsals, (and 3 performances) we FINALLY <BR> <BR> FINALLY <BR> <BR> NAILED THE SHOW TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Which is good, because it was the last show. <BR> <BR> I am so relieved. It was great. The energy was so palpable. Everyone was "ON" and it built and built. I almost cried during when the emotions got intense [ i had to tell myself to FOCUS because i still had lines to say and didn't want... Sat, 17 May 2014 23:45:08 EST Being with creatives is so cool. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696028 we had the most interesting evening. a friend wrote/directed a short movie <em>272</em> (15 minutes) and tonight was the premiere showing. it was very good. 2 of the actors are people that i have been on stage with so that was also fun. and the audience? it was great to see so many of the people who were there to show support. <BR> <BR> the "creatives". that's what i think of them as. those who DO and MAKE things that weren't there before. <BR> <BR> of course, conversation is alwa... Thu, 15 May 2014 23:33:18 EST WOO-DOOODLE-DEE-HOOOOOOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695256 So many good things about today: <BR> <BR> My A1C tests results were good. 6.6 <em>244</em> (they were up from 6.4 last time, but that's okay). <BR> <BR> Doc says that since i am doing well - i can <em>227</em> taking one of my medications!!! <BR> <BR> I am down 6 pounds since the last Dr visit 3 months ago. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My car <em>226</em> passed inspection!!! (this is a stressor every year — and a relief when it passes!) <BR> <BR> and… <BR> <BR> Brush-Up Rehea... Wed, 14 May 2014 22:32:14 EST Thank Goodness Tomorrow We Get Another Chance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692287 Tonight was Opening Night for 2 One Act Plays that i am acting in. <BR> <BR> The first show went great! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> … the second show, not so much…. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> A saving grace is that the 2nd show is about Alzheimer's disease. It is confusing. "The man" is confused. We all who represent him are confused, and the audience can't help but be confused, too. So what if there is a little extra confusion — the audience doesn't have a script and doesn't know we mess... Sat, 10 May 2014 23:05:41 EST Crazytown! — and blood work tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689303 My life is crazy <em>100</em> right now. Everyone's life is crazy. There is no exception. We all have a lot on our plates (literally??)… yeah, i do. <BR> <BR> Rehearsing for 2 one act plays. <em>103</em> We open on Saturday. EGADS! I am not ready. We have 2 more rehearsals. I am doing okay on one of them, but, the other? it's CRAZY-hard. Not logical and very off the wall. <BR> <BR> And I had a killer dentist appt today. Rehearsing for our choir concert tonight was …. um…. ... Tue, 6 May 2014 22:07:08 EST Sharing memories and saying good-bye… and a surprise sighting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686711 Last night was the calling hours for my friend Janet. I saw many people i haven't seen in many years. This was one of the good things about the night. It was sad. But also celebratory. They had the usual flowers but the thing that caught my eye was the <BR> <BR> ABSOLUTE RIOTOUS FORSYTHIA. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1375436451.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Huge bouquets. They were Marvelous. Absolutely marvelous. and SO like Janet. <BR> <BR> BRIGHT. CRAZY. ... Sat, 3 May 2014 20:56:38 EST 365 WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1891509515.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TODAY WAS # <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l399572689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF WALKING OUTSIDE!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595360153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm really happy I made it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1957664136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now I need to go 635 more days to make it to 1000 days. <BR> <B... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:09:04 EST Crazy emotions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683610 it's been a day of crazy emotions. <em>100</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Highs <em>49</em> and Lows <em>55</em> . (but, come to think of it, many more lows than highs. ) Very frustrating. and to top it all of my blood sugars were pretty low several times. Adds to the confusion. Literal confusion. it makes it really hard for me to know what and how to eat. <BR> <BR> And a pretty difficult dentist appt. I am still sore and it was over 8 hours ago. OWWW. <em>28</em> <BR... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:55:45 EST Just BE Super (or as Super as possible at the moment)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682784 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1843306765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am trying to be my own super hero. <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> sometimes i dont feel super. sometimes i dont feel heroic. <BR> <BR> sometimes i just dont want to do it...... <BR> <BR> i dont want to walk <em>311</em> ... <BR> <BR> i dont want to eat veggies <em>550</em> ... <BR> <BR> i dont want to do ANY of it......... <BR> <BR> but, <BR> I DO DO IT. <BR> <BR> i keep going. and then... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:52:54 EST Inspired by memories, and still learning. Always learning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681286 My friend Janet would always sing: "Grab your coat, and get your hat/Leave your troubles on the doorstep/just direct your feet/to the sunny side of the street," and "Life is a celebration" was her motto. She was an inspiration and we don't often know how much we have been influenced until someone is gone. <BR> <BR> i can hear her saying so many things. In her exuberant and expressive voice. She expressed so much with her physicality as well as with her words. <BR> <BR> I wore my pi... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:57:02 EST Grief and Food and Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680640 Yesterday i found out a friend died. It was a shock. She was always so vibrant and full of life. A little energizer bunny. And now she is gone. it leaves such a huge hole in so many places and lives. <BR> <BR> A group from the theatre got together tonight to remember, tell stories and support each other. it was really a blessing and we all felt better at the end of the evening. <BR> <BR> we went to UNO's . i had a salad (!) and 1/2 of a BBQ chicken flatbread pizza (packed the rest t... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:58:48 EST feeling very sad, and grateful, too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679820 a friend and mentor died today. it was a bit of a surprise to me. <BR> i am so saddened by this loss. She was an amazing woman. full of energy, life and joy. <BR> She got me into community theatre and it changed my life. Literally. <BR> We worked together, as well, and i learned a great deal from her. She was a great colleague and over all human being. <BR> <BR> she will be very missed in so many areas of life, by so many people. <BR> <BR> i am filled with gratitude that i knew her a... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:15:45 EST Outside the box?? NO! I'm going back in! [and back out again!] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679032 I have (re)discovered something. <BR> <BR> For quite a while now, I have been staying away from any cereal that doesn't have at least 5g of fiber in it. I have type 2 diabetes, and this was suggested to me from the Nutritionist. So, I complied. Ate high fiber cereals. Then, in January, DH and I decided to cut back on processed foods, and going (mostly) wheat-less. It's truly wheat LESS, not wheatless. [ let me just say, i miss bread. i literally DREAM about bread… <em>467</em> hot ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:25:39 EST This is something only YOU can do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678296 I read that in a Spark article today. Don't remember which one- sorry! <BR> <BR> It reminded me, though, that it's true. <BR> <BR> Oh sure, i can fantasize about having a personal trainer, and personal chef etc,,,, but, ultimately i would still have to DO the exercises and still have to CHOOSE the right way to eat in order to be successful. <BR> <BR> It's all on ME. I can handle that. (Mostly) <BR> <BR> I know i will have slip ups, but, i also know that it doesn't have to derail me for... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:13:57 EST Met most of my goals today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677494 I'm pleased. I met most of my goals today. <em>244</em> Was a little over on fat, though. <BR> <BR> I cross-country hiked <em>295</em> with DH (2.5 miles), and walked an additional 1.5 miles on the street. Hooped for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> i even managed to get a bunch of stuff done that was overdue. Filing, run errands for mom, wash sheets and laundry (and now the bed is made and the laundry is put away and not in a pile waiting to be folded!) cleaned the bathroom. After all tha... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:32:23 EST Peace, Sparklers, Peace. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676044 That's all. <BR> <BR> sending Peace to you all. <em>532</em> <BR> <BR> G'night, Sparklers Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:44:23 EST deciding to try something that is a stretch for me- but i am insecure. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674699 i have been a "singer" for my entire life. many of my early memories involve singing. <BR> <BR> IT IS ONE OF MY GREAT JOYS. <BR> <BR> i have been singing in choir(s) steadily since 1998, and occasionally before that. <BR> I have been performing in community theatre for 12 years. <BR> <BR> here's the problem…….. I CANNOT READ MUSIC. <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> i am very fortunate to be able to sing "by ear". if i hear something 3 or 4 times, i usually have it, unless it... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:55:45 EST happy, tired and grateful. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673940 DH's test results came back negative. Which is <em>250</em> !!!!! <BR> <BR> (The only thing that is frustrating <em>234</em> is not knowing why any of it happened, or what caused it. ) <BR> <BR> I am happy and grateful, nonetheless. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a long few days— <em>102</em> i'm tired. <BR> <BR> now, it's time to resume life. just in time for a busy Easter <em>449</em> weekend. <BR> <BR> Goodnight, Sparklers. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:53:59 EST gratitude, inspiration and being our own super hero! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673142 <em>252</em> <BR> it has been so helpful to hear <em>244</em> 's and <em>243</em> 's. <BR> especially when i feel down about a back slide. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> to all who have been kind, supportive, funny and just plain honest. it's been very inspirational. <BR> <BR> we can fight <em>530</em> for ourselves, our health and well being. <BR> <BR> we can be our own <em>531</em> <BR> <B... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:20:00 EST on babysitting bruised egos- and when would YOU make phone calls??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672382 DH is home from the hospital. Thank Goodness. <BR> <BR> Stress tests tomorrow. It will be good to get test results. To know what the heck happened. <BR> <BR> I am doing OK. Got a walk in, ate pretty well. Dealing with the stress of it all moderately well, but it is amazing how many people you need to <BR> "babysit" <BR> when something happens. <BR> <BR> All these people are annoyed that we didn't contact them sooner - <BR> LOOK, we are the ones in this problem and we will deal ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:09:08 EST