MAGGIEROSEBOWL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAGGIEROSEBOWL MAGGIEROSEBOWL'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/ Happy Birthday To My Du! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225282 Du turns 64 today. We won't be able to celebrate with family, as we are headed out of town to go to prospective daughter-in-law's Bridal Shower, 200 miles north of here. But he and I (and DGD Amber, who is going with us) will go out for dinner tonight up in small town Nebraska, and have a little celebration, before getting together with family to go out to eat sometime next week. We also went out to dinner with old friends last night, so that was kind of an early birthday celebration. I asked... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:08:39 EST A Scale Victory AND a Non-Scale Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224768 This morning, I hit a new all-time low on my journey down the scale trying to lose my latest regain. I've officially lost 50 lbs. of the 53 lbs. I put back on last year. At first I thought, 50 lbs wasn't much, until I realized it was 25% of my current (then) 203 lbs. That's when I realized I had quite a journey ahead of me. So I hit the ground running, well.....walking. I walked 10K steps/day for 17 days straight during July and early August. I worked hard at limiting my calories each day, an... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:09:20 EST Staying Super Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223678 We have remained super busy since returning from Vegas, with all the August birthday celebrations, and doctor appointments. I like to be busy, but sometimes I yearn for a day with no appointments during the day and nothing to do in the evening. Our pickleball time is so limited, and I'm missing the days when we had time to play twice, once in the morning cool, and once in the evening cool. Our busy schedule won't let up anytime soon either, as this weekend (Du's birthday weekend) we are heade... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:36:48 EST You might have seen Batwings before, but THESE, my friends ARE BATWINGS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222480 I have (bravely) posted pictures on my blog before (several years ago I think) of my horrendous, and horrifying batwings. Someone said I should be brave enough to go out in public without covering them. Well--check these out: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f141163-5144-4175-a466-b089928767a8.jpg"> <BR> Now is this something you would expose outside of your home? I don't think so. It would just be inviting the stares....and I'm not into that at all. <BR> <BR> Her... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:10:51 EST Celebrating Yet Another August Family Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221876 Our crazy, busy August continues with another birthday party yesterday to celebrate Granddaughter Mia's 7th birthday. First was the "kid's" party at a local theater. It is closed, but they rent it out for private parties, so we all gathered to see the movie "In and Out," and celebrate this sweet girl's 7th birthday party. My daughter-in-law asked me to bring a pumpkin pie. Mia had requested cheesecake and pumpkin pie for her birthday instead of cake. I decided I would make TWO pies, one regul... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:12:15 EST Plateaus and How to Beat Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221639 Okay so I lied. The title to this blog says I'm going to tell you how to beat a weight loss plateau. But I really have no clue. The entire month of July I was stuck in the mid 160's. I had set an interim goal to get into the 150's before we left for Vegas on 8/5, but the scale was not budging. So I put it into HIGH gear. I cut my calories way back, probably to an unhealthy level. I started walking and walking and walking AND WALKING. For 17 straight days I got in over 10K steps every day. I d... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:25:12 EST There's a Bright Golden Haze on the Meadow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219561 This morning when I looked outside, I noticed a "bright golden haze" on the field next door, and that brings to mind a song made famous by Gordon MacRae in the movie, Oklahoma, "O What a Beautiful Morning!" And indeed it is. <BR> <BR> The morning started out as usual, with a quick step onto the scale. It is once again cooperating and dropping like you would expect, even though I have not returned to my 10K/steps per day, and have upped my calorie count to around 1,200/day. This morning? 156.... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:18:57 EST Those Cringe-Worthy Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219170 Those of you who have obesity (either current or in the past) in common with me will know what I'm talking about....Those times when, unwelcome as it is, you have to put yourself out there in front of people. And I'm just talking about the times when all it requires is that you walk through the crosswalk in a parking lot on your way inside Shopko, or Target or Walmart and find yourself having to walk RIGHT IN FRONT of a waiting car. You just know that everyone inside that car is judging you. ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:13:39 EST Catching up with Old Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218526 This morning was Du's 3-month appointment with his Oncologist. The Doctor was so pleased with Duane's weight loss and wants him to keep going. He said obesity has been shown to be favorable to cancer growth. Duane is NOT obese, but he's lost 25 pounds and is looking really good. I know the way I've been cooking and his support of my attempts to get more active by walking with me, have helped him as well. The Doc was very pleased with how Duane is doing, and said we don't have to come back for... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:07:41 EST More August Birthday Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217879 Thanks for the kind comments on my last blog, about my being too hard on myself. I guess the point I was trying to make about "being tempted," was that I had NOT been tempted since joining WW at the end of April. I was SO STRONG in my resolve to lose weight and FOCUSED my whole being in working towards that end. So my lack of strength around those cookies and crackers while the grandchildren visited scared me. In the past, when I fell off track (16 months the last time, from Jan. 2015-end of ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:20:34 EST Just When You Think You've Got It All Figured Out..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217323 You figure out you will NEVER have it all figured out. I struggled yesterday. I have seriously not even been tempted to binge since starting WW in late April. I've been super focused on hitting that goal and doing whatever it takes to get there. I was frustrated in July with a stagnating scale, so I upped my activity (a 17-day streak of 10K plus steps!), and cut down on eating even more. The day I left for Vegas, very early in the morning my scale read 158.4--so I met that interim goal of bei... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 14:51:50 EST To Paraphrase Babs: "Oy....What a Trip!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216812 We got back from Vegas late Tuesday night, and after a slight snafu with our luggage, made it home around midnight. We knew Du was having problems with his nephrostomy (kidney) tube, so headed to the specialty clinic where he goes bi-weekly to get the dressing changed Wed. morning, per instructions from the radiologist's office. Of course when we got there, as we had known, they could do nothing for us there and called the radiologist's office who denied the fact that we had already called th... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:31:31 EST Made my 150's goal and Even kept the 10K streak alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213206 Here I am at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas! Before we left yesterday (before 4 am), I weighed myself and finally hit those 150s, which was an interim goal before we left: 158.4. Now I need to be diligent while we are here so I don't find myself back in the 160s before we get home. <BR> <BR> It was a busy, full day yesterday. We arrived in Vegas about 8:30 and were in our room by 10. We explored the MGM ( in our five previous trips we've never stayed here before), and had some lunch. They gave u... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 11:12:51 EST We Leave Tomorrow to See Miss Barbra Streisand in Concert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212252 I've been busy all day, packing, trying to think of everything we will need, preparing the pets for their time without us, and asking my kids to check the house. Chris has agreed to stay here while we're gone. That will work out nicely! <BR> <BR> The scale this morning was a HUGE disappointment. I really pushed it yesterday, had cottage cheese with tomatoes for lunch, with some home-grown cantaloupe. For supper, I made a very calorie-conscious flatbread pizza, with veggies only and very limi... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 15:34:03 EST ONE MORE DAY TIL BABS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211640 Okay, technically Barbra's concert is not until Sat. night, but we leave early Friday morning, so there's only Thursday between me and Vegas and Miss Streisand. I am beyond thrilled. But now I am also worried something will happen between now and then and we won't get to go. I pray for Du's health everyday anyway, but now more than ever. <BR> <BR> Du had been fighting a clog in his supra-pubic catheter for several days before it completely plugged up yesterday morning. We made a quick trip t... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 14:48:46 EST Kept the Walking Streak Alive--Barely!!! ONLY TWO MORE DAYS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211067 Last night at dinner, which was late because we went out after bowling about 8 p.m., I only had 6,400 steps in for the day. We had picked up Noah (2-year-old grandson) from his daycare provider's house about 3, when he got up from his afternoon nap and spent the time before bowling started at 7 with him. He is such a joy, and starting to talk more and more which is always FUN! I handed him a glass of pop and said, "Here you go." He says, "Thank you!" SO POLITE! He was wondering where the dog ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 15:25:17 EST THREE MORE DAYS! And the walking streak continues!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210438 Only three days until we leave for Vegas. It's getting real now. We have a suitcase sitting out in the spare bedroom, and are starting to throw things in there, as we remember them. I usually make lists--haven't started any lists yet, but I may. With Du's cancer, there's lots of pills and we are also taking spare bags, etc. for his nephrostomy and supra-pubic catheter, in case one springs a leak. <BR> <BR> I had a hard time getting in my steps yesterday. Church in the morning took the place... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:03:59 EST TEN Days of 10K Steps/Day and Only FOUR Days til Babs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209655 I had to go back and edit my blog title from yesterday. I had titled it EIGHT Days of 10K/steps per day, and it was actually NINE days, not EIGHT, and today it is TEN Days. It is difficult to get in that many steps, but I know how good it is for me. It tends to make my left knee ache if I take too many steps at one time, so I try to spread it out throughout the day. We had a couple of nice Pickleball sessions yesterday, it was super nice here, never got higher than the low 80's, which is incr... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:44:30 EST Nine Days of 10K Plus Steps and only FIVE Days til Babs!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209310 I am very very proud of my latest streak of 10K+ steps/day. It's at nine days now, with no end in sight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2a3c6e6-d20e-4c36-863e-dcf98fd4a54e.jpg"> <BR> Last night, I was short on steps, and it was beautiful weather, so we headed to the shopping mall on our end of town (South Pointe--for those familiar with Lincoln), where they have a weekly Friday night concert out on the Mall, featuring a local band. Du told me he had heard about... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:30:54 EST Six Days Til Babs!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208720 One week from today we leave for Vegas and Barbra! I am so excited I could pee!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday we were playing Pickleball, and sometimes I get so tickled by something Juno or Du does, that I laugh so hard, I leak a little. It's part of the joy of being 65. I even had surgery a couple years ago, and the weight loss helped a lot with my leakage problem, but when I get to laughing, sometimes it happens. I don't mind so much, because I figure laughing like that is good for you, and it's e... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:27:31 EST Seven Lonely Days Makes One Lonely Week! (One Week Til Babs!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208282 Anybody remember that old country song? Back when I was a kid, my parents collected their Lucky Strike cigarette packs, and sent away for a free "Greatest Hits" album. Of course even back in the 60's, they were OLD songs, but I listened to that album so much, I knew almost every song by heart. "Song From Moulin Rouge," "The Wayward Wind," and "Seven Lonely Days." I would sing along, doing karaoke all by myself in the basement where the stereo was. My parents also had some old 78's (the album ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:10:46 EST Eight Days Til Barbra, and EXTREME FRUSTRATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207686 Okay--I just saw my blog from yesterday, which I forgot to post. I went ahead and posted it. So now it looks like I'm blogging twice today. But the one that says NINE days til Babs, is from Tuesday. Like today's "Pluggers" cartoon said today, "The Only Thing I Retain is Water." I cannot remember anything. We've been playing a lot of Pickleball, which is thoroughly enjoyable and a good way to get some light exercise. But if I don't immediately go chase after an errant ball, which might be in t... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:28:18 EST Nine Days Til Babs, 10K Streak Continues, and the WW Experiment Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207669 I can hardly believe, that after planning this trip to see Miss Streisand in concert for months, it's only 9 days until we leave for Vegas. It doesn't seem real. I was listening to some of her recordings on my computer yesterday, some excerpts from her new duets album (which won't be available until the end of August), she is simply amazing. She is doing duets with all kinds of people on this new album--Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, people you don't think of primarily as singers, but oh my goodn... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:47:15 EST Only 10 More Days Til Barbra and Pickleball!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206331 The countdown til Vegas and Babs continues! Only 10 more days. I'm just hoping nothing happens to change our plans to go. Duane's health is precarious, but I know he is determined not to let anything stand in our (my) way. He cares more about me than himself, and he is so very strong, which I know will serve him well as he continues this fight for his life and more time! So I know, even though he may not feel his best, he will do his very best to make sure this trip that I am SO looking forwa... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:05:17 EST 12 Days Til Barbra! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205260 The countdown continues. Only Twelve More Days! I am planning in my head, what clothes to take along. When we went to NYC in late 2012 (for my Today Show appearance), I bought an expensive (for me--it was $90) blouse at one of the fancier stores in town, Dillards. It is a very simple, red, sparkly, and I adore it. I haven't worn it much, on that trip I wore it when we went to the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. I also wore it at my retirement luncheon a few weeks later, and I ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:16:55 EST 13 Days Til Barbra--and A Milestone Reached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204814 I was complaining to Du about the scale not working, and asked him to bring the new scale out of the hiding place he found (to keep me from weighing daily). He got on the old scale last night, and it kicked in. Like I said, it's wonky. So before I took my shower this morning, I hopped on it, just to make sure it was still working. IT WAS! I weighed in at 163.4. That's a 1.6 lb. loss from Wednesday! WOOHOO!!! <BR> <BR> This is a significant number for a couple reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. 163.4 rep... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:23:36 EST Countdown: Two Weeks From Tomorrow We Leave for Barbra! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204455 I have been looking at some of the featured blogs, and am so impressed with everyone's journey. You all continue to inspire me, not only with those blogs, but when you comment on my blog, it means so much to me. I love to read your thoughts, insights, and helpful hints. You would not believe how many times I have tried out something one of you has suggested, so I want to say THANK YOU, if I forgot to do so earlier. <BR> <BR> Du accidentally left the scale in our bathroom, from my Wed. weigh ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:29:51 EST 15 Days Til Barbra--The Countdown Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204069 Today was spent with my two oldest grandkids. They came out Monday night after bowling, and went back home tonight (Wed.) after bowling. Tuesday we went to "The Secret Life of Pets." It is $5 day at the theater, so the place was packed. We were lucky, we decided to buy tickets on-line before we left for the noon show, because it sold out. I took in my own popcorn, a small ziplock back I had stuck in my purse. Part of the $5 deal on Tuesday is a small bag of free popcorn for each paid ticket, ... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:25:24 EST The Countdown Begins: 16 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203158 It is only 16 days until we go to Vegas to see Barbra. I am so excited about this trip, I think the anticipation may be more fun than the actual trip. I hope not. I hope we have a grand time. I know I am up for all the walking that happens in Vegas, just inside the HUGE casinos! I'm already thinking about which clothes to take along to endure the incredible heat. I bought one of those casual long dresses to wear to the concert, it's sleeveless, so I will have to wear some kind of cover-up for... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:36:44 EST Busy Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202612 Du and I have become champions at finding things to do, it seems. We stay pretty busy for a couple of retirees, and personally I am enjoying this phase of our life immensely. It's so nice to finally have time to be together, (and it turns out we get along really well, even though we're basically together 24/7), to do things we both enjoy, and sometimes, just to do nothing! <BR> <BR> Saturday was a work at home kind of day. Du did some burning (of tree branches he had to trim), and I did some... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:21:04 EST New Recipes, Wedding Rings, and Living to 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200517 I made a new recipe last night, then had leftovers for lunch today. It is a Monterrey chicken variation, like they used to have on Chili's Menu. Evidently they took it off--don't you hate that? I think I wrote a blog about restaurants removing favorites from their menus, didn't I? This chicken is pretty easy, you fry the bacon, then fry the boneless skinless breasts in the same pan. Put the breasts on a cookie sheet, top them with barbecue sauce, a couple slices of the bacon, some shredded ch... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:18:10 EST Frustration, With a Capital "F"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199827 After not weighing for a whole week, I was sure I was going to see some significant progress this morning. Du brought in the scale from its hiding place, and I hopped on, and saw a whole 1-lb. loss. ARGH!!!! I was hoping for 2-3 lbs. I was being unrealistic. But I don't know what else I can do. We've been doing our Walk it Off in 30 Days with Leslie Sansone every day this week, and I've been staying below the 30 allotted WW points every single day. That alone should give me a 2-lb. loss. I gu... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:40:27 EST Looking Forward to a Summer Filled with GOOD STUFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198734 It is only 25 days until we leave for Vegas to see Streisand!!!! I bragged about it during my biopsy last week. I bragged about it at Du's appointment Friday to get his nephrostomy dressing changed. I bragged about it at lunch yesterday with some old friends. I brag about it all the time, because I am so very EXCITED! And that trip is only the beginning of a bunch of fun events to look forward to. <BR> <BR> 1. Streisand (see above). Also seeing Donny and Marie, and Penn and Teller while we'r... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:34:00 EST Basking in the Sweet Relief of Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197540 I am still de-stressing after my "Benign" phone call. It feels so good to know I am indeed healthy. I was pretty sure I was, but with a 20% chance of cancer, you tend to worry, and since worry is my middle name, that is what I did. Of course my happiness is always tempered by the over-riding knowledge of Duane's terminal diagnosis, it's good to know I'll be healthy and able to take care of him when he needs me most. <BR> <BR> Now, to work on this weight loss thing, and get back to my goal. W... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 12:09:25 EST On The Other Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196910 For a few days there, I entered that cancer world that so many inhabit every day of their lives. I Have lived in it vicariously through my Du for the last 3.5 years. But I found it is completely different when you are on the other side, when you might actually have the disease yourself. I also found myself realizing more what Du has gone through and gaining insight and more empathy into what he endures. He has had biopsies, tests, shots, surgeries, and more doctor visits than I can count. And... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:50:28 EST Tomorrow is Hopefully 'R' Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195942 R' stands for RESULTS. Waiting for the biopsy was stressful, made more so by knowing even after it was done, it wasn't done. I would have to wait a couple days for results. So at least the biopsy is over, and I won't go into much detail other than to say, the table was obviously designed by a man. SO UNCOMFORTABLE! They tried their best to make it more comfortable, but when there's about a 6" space for your head, and a pillow the size of an acorn to rest your head on, and your neck hurts so b... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:37:45 EST Tomorrow is "B" Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194721 It seemed like when she told me last Thursday that I couldn't get in until Tuesday for my biopsy, that time would drag. But it hasn't. "B" Day is tomorrow. It makes me nervous and I will be so happy when it's over, but I still feel like I have nothing to worry about. God wouldn't be so cruel as to give us both cancer, would He? <BR> <BR> Sometimes when I think about all that Du and I are dealing with, it is really overwhelming, so I try not to think about it much. Having my knee surgery was ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 15:55:59 EST I hate my boobs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193109 Seriously. Always have. Always will. <BR> <BR> I started developing so early, it was so very embarrassing in front of all my young flat-chested friends. Gym class was a nightmare. And they didn't quit growing. Of course my obesity helped with that, and eventually they were just huge. To this day, I think women with small boobs look better in clothing. <BR> <BR> With the weight loss, of course I have also experienced droopage.. Gravity is not my friend. Due to their humongous size, there was... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:22:58 EST Why Do Restaurants Change Their Menus? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191762 For years, I have enjoyed a chopped chicken salad at a small chain restaurant in town called Granite City. Yesterday after the Mammo, I suggested we go there. It's hard to guesstimate calories or WW points on restaurant food, but if the restaurant is not in the WW system, I just try to do my best. I had eaten this particular salad often during my initial weight loss and maintenance period, and never gained weight from it, so I'm guessing it was probably about 10 WW points, and perhaps 400-500... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:29:42 EST I Wish The Phone Would Quit Ringing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191296 We are hanging on to our landline phone, probably because we are old fashioned. I can't imagine life without that phone, even though both Du and I have cellphones. I do not take my cellphone upstairs to bed with me, however, I leave it on the charger in the family room, and I always think, what if there was an emergency in the middle of the night, that landline phone upstairs in our bedroom will be invaluable. <BR> <BR> But we still get so many telemarketers calling us on that landline, fiv... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:55:06 EST Colorful Wardrobe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190507 I walked by my coat closet in my entryway yesterday and admired my new jackets: a bright yellow jean jacket with sparkly adornment, a sleeveless white jean jacket, a pastel blue raincoat, as well as those jackets from before when I was at my goal, a white jean jacket, a blue (lace covered bodice) jean jacket, and a pink Husker jacket. A few years ago when we were traveling regularly to Chicago to Cancer Treatment Centers of America our flight to Lincoln was delayed for hours and we sat with s... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:22:30 EST No Magic Button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190132 Sean Anderson, over at http://losingweighteveryday.blogspot.com/2<BR>016/06/june-25th-2016-click-is-created<BR>.html blogged today about how he got started losing weight. This is what he wrote: <BR> <BR> "It's a question I get quite often: "What finally made it click for you?" <BR> Awe yes, the magical "click," the imaginary boundary between chaos and order." <BR> <BR> I like how he compared our lives today to our lives back when we were obese--the difference between chaos and order. I use... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:54:57 EST 25% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189357 I was frustrated back in October when I saw 203 pounds on my scale and knew that NOW I had over 50 lbs. to lose to get back to goal. I hated leaving ONE-derland, it was like a defeat. Still, 50 lbs. didn't seem like much, not compared to that 178 lbs. I lost to originally get to my goal. I thought to myself, "This will take no time at all, it'll be EASY!" <BR> <BR> Fast forward to today. I am still not at my goal weight, over eight months later. Of course, my efforts starting last October we... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:26:57 EST Going for a Walk on a Cooler Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188764 I correspond regularly (via e-mail) with a cousin of Du's dad's. I think she puts out a generic e-mail, then personalizes it to several relatives, but I always send her a personal reply, with lots of pictures. I like to write, so I enjoy our correspondence. She and her husband are in their 80's, and in pretty good shape. Of course it helps that she is a tiny little woman, without an ounce of fat on her. She takes twice daily 1-mile walks, in all seasons and encourages her husband to do the sa... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:35:04 EST Trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188332 I have always loved trivia, starting when I was just a kid, and would watch the Art Fleming version of Jeopardy with my Mom. It was fun to see if you know any of the answers (questions), before the contestants. I still watch Jeopardy every day and enjoy the quick pace of this particular game show. When the board game Trivial Pursuit was popular in the 1980s, Du and I were huge fans, owned several versions of the game and would always try to talk our kids and friends into playing with us. Then... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:27:54 EST Wearing those old clothes again.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187025 This morning I decided it was time to try on the top I bought for the Fourth of July back when I was at my goal weight. I remember it was a little snug across my belly, but was hopeful it would look "okay." My belly got big when I gained weight this time--even Du noticed. I've never had a huge stomach, even at my heaviest, it wasn't enormous (big yes, but other parts of my body--hips, butt, legs, were even bigger, so the stomach didn't stick out so badly), but I have been wondering if I will ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:39:39 EST LOG in that food BEFORE you EAT IT!!! (Lesson Learned) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186252 After our great Father's Day celebration/barbecue yesterday, Du and I were talking about middle son this morning. Physically, his weight is really started to be a problem for him. He sat in Du's recliner yesterday (even with the cancer in Du's hips making it hard for him to get up out of a chair, he felt like his son would have an easier time sitting and getting out of his recliner, so my extremely considerate Du sat on the couch while we watched baseball after lunch), and still struggled mig... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:27:23 EST Relay for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185883 Yesterday, Du and I spent the day in downtown Lincoln at the American Cancer Society's Relay for life. We both got free-shirts, and free dinner (Runzas, which we brought home with us), and had a great time. I had bought a luminaria in honor of Duane's fight, and we found it right away. Then we found three more luminarias with his name on it. One of the volunteers, who was in charge of the Relay, was an old friend of ours, we had run into her last weekend at the Cancer Survivor's Day dinner, a... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:50:41 EST Feeling Successful Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185176 It was a long period of feeling like a failure. After maintaining my 178-lb. loss for nearly three years (from 2011-2014), (and feeling so good about myself) I had a regain back in 2014, but managed to get it turned around and lost the 33 lbs. I had regained by Christmas that year. So what happened? I immediately regained all 33 pounds, plus 20 more, over the next 10 months, and floundered aimlessly, trying in vain to get back on track, and failing in attempt after attempt. For over a year I ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:32:35 EST Good News From the Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184761 Today was my appt. with my primary care physician (he's actually a PA), to get a new scrip for my Xarelto. The ER doc gave me 15 mg. tablets to take twice a day for the first 21 days, with instructions to see my doctor for a new scrip in the meantime. <BR> <BR> I wanted to be below 170 at my weigh-in before the appt. today. This was one of my interim goals, at first it was my goal to be below 170 before my pre-op physical, which I had to cancel, since surgery was cancelled, so then I change... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:11:27 EST