MAGGIEROSEBOWL's SparkPeople Blog MAGGIEROSEBOWL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Everytime You Say "NO!" It's a Victory! I struggle every day with temptation. And sometimes I just think I'm never going to win. I think to myself, "Sure I'll say no this time, but I just can't keep doing it every single time, it's too hard." But I suddenly had the realization that all those single times of saying "NO!" add up over time. Every single time I resist the urge to give in and have that snack, it's a small victory. And all those small victories do add up over time. They add up to a major WIN! <BR> <BR> I remember starti... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:18:52 EST Saving Lives and Other Important Stuff This morning, Du is off giving a ride to someone through the Road to Recovery Program sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Du volunteered for this, and completed the training. We both had to have a background check--guess we came out okay on that! Du enjoys being able to help at this stage in his own cancer battle, and identifies so strongly with others who are fighting the battle. I have nothing but pride and awe at how he lives with his diagnosis. I usually go with him (sitting i... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:14:43 EST Honesty Even though I continued to resist those darned wedding cupcakes (forgot to mention they were served at lunch the day after the wedding, making it FIVE times I had to resist them), I'm struggling with my snacking again. I get bored, and anxious and look around my kitchen for something to eat. There's not much in here that's unhealthy, but I still manage to overeat whatever is available. <BR> <BR> And when I'm struggling, blogging does not sound appealing. I am making myself write something (a... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:59:19 EST Resisting Those Wedding Cupcakes OVER AND OVER.... Those wedding cupcakes just keep showing up. I resisted them at the actual wedding reception. I didn't resist much else, I ate candy and fattening food, including wedding mints (my real nemesis). But the cupcakes weren't much of a temptation. Oh sure I would have enjoyed eating one, but not nearly as much as I enjoy wedding CAKE. Now wedding cake would have been a real temptation. But they had cupcakes, which was fine with me--not as tempting for me! <BR> <BR> The day after the wedding we h... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:24:21 EST Day 30 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Write about Your Favorite & Least Favorite Memory of the Year It's been quite a year. We've packed so much into the last almost 10 months and I'm proud to say I'm back at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I'll start with my least favorite memory--It probably has to do with one of the many physical therapy (PT) sessions I endured after my knee surgery in February. It was excruciating when they tried to get me to bend my knee as far as possible. As I told my Du, "It hurt as bad as childbirth." The surgery honestly wasn't so bad, the knee didn't even hurt all tha... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:02:55 EST Day 29 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Write about something/someone you can't live without Wow! I'm almost done with the 30-day challenge. I have to say that went very quickly! When I started this 30-day blogging challenge it was Sept. 12, and I had just hit my happy weight of 150, weighing in at 149.4 that morning! This morning, I weighed 146!! So I've maintained my happy weight for a month now and that makes me HAPPY! That month included a lot of celebrations, especially that wedding over the Oct. 8 weekend and lots of food! So I'm feeling really accomplished that I managed to ge... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:34 EST Day 28 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Write about a Favorite Memory As you can imagine, after living 65 years, I have so many wonderful memories, starting in childhood, through early married days with young kids, and right up to last weekend when we watched with such pride as our youngest son married the girl of his dreams. <BR> <BR> But a memory that just stands out, and of which I have no pictures (this makes me very sad!), is a day our family spent at Pioneer's Park, probably 35 years ago, I know at that time we only had the two oldest sons, (Chris came a... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:57:22 EST Day 27 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--"Write a Letter to all Your Spark Friends." Well, now that I can breath again....after our Husker football team squeaked out a win against Indiana 27-22 this afternoon. WHEW! Last night we were biting our nails watching our Husker Volleyball team get revenge against Ohio State, who is the only team who has beaten them this season. The Huskers did it, winning in four sets, but it wasn't easy! <BR> <BR> You might have noticed my status earlier today about all the cookies on the kitchen counter at my son's house. They were calling my nam... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:51:52 EST Day 26 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Explain Why You Choose Your User Name My user name "Maggie Rose Bowl," is goofy, I realize that. But it has deep meaning for me, as it is the name of one of the sweetest dogs I ever owned. <BR> <BR> Our Maggie was one of the puppies that was produced when we used to raise Maltese. Maltese are beautiful dogs, a pain to groom (they have long white hair, if you let it grow, it can also get very matted without constant combing), very affectionate, but also very tough to housebreak. Maggie's parents were our pets, and her Momma Scarl... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:43:43 EST Day 25 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--If you could meet/have one fictional character fall in love wit I have to say this is an absurd topic for today, one that I'm struggling with. Fictional characters? I suppose that could be on TV, in movies, or books huh? <BR> <BR> Okay--here goes nothing. I have long been enamored with George Clooney, how gorgeous is he? And he seems to be a genuinely nice person, interested in things outside of himself, working for the public good, and is such a jokester. So perhaps I should choose some character he has played in a movie, because even though it's a fic... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:11:53 EST Write About Your Day--Part 3 (The Reception--This is the last Wedding Post--I Promise!) Stretching out Day 24 of the Blogging Challenge. Unfortunately, I had it all written, then was adding my apology to the title, and accidentally hit a key and lost it all. ARGH! I hate when that happens. So here goes again--Attempt #2 at the third blog about the wedding. <BR> <BR> The Reception <BR> <BR> Jordan, Chris, their attendants and her Mom had spent the day Friday decorating the O'Neill Community Center, where the reception was held and it was beautiful (We didn't help with that, as ... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:29:24 EST Write About Your Day--Part 2 And now on to the wedding day, and what a day it was. One of my favorite local newspaper writers, Cindy Lange Kubick, wrote the BEST column about being the mother of the groom, nine years ago when her oldest son got married. I love all her writing, but this one really hit home and my two oldest sons had gotten married in the prior two years to her writing this, and it described so beautifully my feelings and emotions on their wedding days. I lost track of it, and asked her to send me a link a... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:39:28 EST Day 24 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Write About Your Day (Part 1) What a great topic for today, cause I've had some wonderful days since I last wrote!! <BR> <BR> Last Thursday, Du and I headed 200 miles north to O'Neill, NE, where my youngest son Chris's wedding was to take place on Saturday. That evening, we took out my brother-in-law and sister-in-law (Du's sister, Joyce) for dinner to the Blarney Stone Restaurant. Like Tia Zia's, the Mexican restaurant in O'Neill where we would have held the rehearsal dinner), they are closing soon. O'Neill is not going... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:37:13 EST Day 23 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Guilty Pleasure I enjoy many things that might not be considered classy or life-enhancing or even very good for me. But I'm past the point of feeling guilty for enjoying them. I figure if I like it, and it isn't hurting anybody else, then what harm is it doing? I like TV, lots of TV, (The Dugger's HUGE family, and the 16 and Pregnant Shows are a couple reality shows that I enjoy--no excuses!), I like to spend time on Facebook, and playing Words With Friends on my phone. Once again, these thing are serving no... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 09:08:09 EST Day 22 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--What Is Your Style? My Style? My style? Do I have a Style? This, I think is definitely a topic for the younger set. <BR> <BR> I guess I'd call my style, "Classic." I don't usually embrace the far-out, newer styles that sometimes flare out as quickly as they appear on the scene. I prefer the styles that have been popular for many years, which is probably fitting for a woman of my age. Once in a while I'll see something I like, for instance this Spring, I bought a sleeveless white jean jacket, which I see much yo... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:20:08 EST Day 21 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Your Most Embarrassing Moment First of all--Update on the Podcast. Sean e-mailed me this morning, explaining that he hadn't finished post-production work on it yet, but assuring me it will be out there soon. I'll let you know when he sends me the link. I'm pretty excited to hear how I sound, and apprehensive. Sean assures me I did great--we'll see. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to Sean's first two podcasts, it's contained in his blog, I'm not sure how to find it any other way. If you're interested in listening to Sean talk t... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 10:44:06 EST Day 20 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--What Are Your Hobbies and Why Do You Like Them Oops! I forgot to blog yesterday, even forgot to log into Spark. I haven't done that in a while. I have a good excuse, however. Sean Anderson of Transformation Road (that's his very well written weight loss memoir) fame, has started a podcast, focusing on people who have lost weight. I have followed Sean's blog for years. He is a radio DJ in Oklahoma, and has lost around 300 lbs. A couple years ago, he experienced a relapse/regain, and put 160 of thos... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 10:18:07 EST Day 19 of 30 Day Blogging Challenge--Who Is Your Idol (Explain Why) Oh my goodness, this one is a real challenge! I admire so many people, but I realize everyone has their own struggles in life, sometimes not readily apparent, but usually very real and very difficult, so I will have to do some thinking on this one. <BR> <BR> There are of course many celebrities, whom I admire, mostly for their talent: Barbra, Celine, (those ladies can SING!) Melissa McCarthy (who doesn't let her size hold her back in life--a role model for many of us), George Clooney (okay, ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:55:43 EST Day 18 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Write About Your Favorite Book, Movie, Song, Food, Color, Anima Today's topic is my Favorite Things, basically. It's really difficult to choose just one from each of these categories, but I'll try. <BR> <BR> Book: A Lantern In Her Hand, by Bess Streeter Aldrich. Mrs. Aldrich lived her adult life in Nebraska, during the first part of the 1900's. She wrote stories of the pioneers who settled her adopted state, and A Lantern In Her Hand is my favorite. It follows the story of Abby Deal, who Aldrich based on her own grandmother, and who came to Nebraska as a... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:51:55 EST Day 17 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Write about Something/Someone You Miss At my somewhat advanced age, (65), I have lost many loved ones. I remember I used to think for just a moment about how horrible it would be to lose my Mom, but would quickly push that thought out of my mind, because it was so unimaginable. Then one night, it happened, very suddenly and unexpectedly, I lost her, and it was just as horrible as I had imagined. It hurt so badly for so long, the pain was incredibly raw. Over the years (26 years since she's been gone), the pain has gotten less raw,... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:53:59 EST Day 16 of 30-Day Blog Challenge--What Is Your Biggest Fear? As much fun as yesterday's blog about my first kiss was to write--This one is JUST THAT DIFFICULT! I live in terror, abject, constant, overwhelming terror, and have ever since we got Du's terminal diagnosis over three and a half years ago. <BR> <BR> When you have spent basically your entire adult life with someone and love them more than life itself, the prospect of living that life without them, is terrifying. I spent the first 18 and a half years of my life living with my parents, before m... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:45:22 EST Day 15 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Write About Your First Kiss My first kiss, huh? It was back in the Fall of 1969, about 47 years ago. Du (you knew my first kiss was Du, didn't you?) and I had been dating since early May but we moved slowly. It took us several months just to hold hands. Neither of us had ever had a boy/girlfriend before and we were very inexperienced. But we did know we enjoyed being together and when and if we touched, it was electric!! <BR> <BR> When we'd go out for the evening and Du brought me home, as the months progressed, we'd j... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:47:57 EST Day 14 of 30-Day Blog Challenge--Explain What Your Favorite Holiday Is and Why This is an easy one! I LOVE Christmas! I have about 20 or 30 of those storage totes full of Christmas decorations, and every year I consider not putting them all out, but every year, I don't stop decorating until the totes are empty. I remember last year, wondering if it might be the last year we are in this house, so I wanted to put everything out, "one more time." And here we are a year later--still here--Du still feeling okay, and I know I will be decorating to the extreme at least one mor... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:04:54 EST Day 13 of 30-Day Blog Challenge--Write About Something That Happened to You This Week I write about what happened to me every day during this 30-day blogging challenge, so I guess that just leaves yesterday's events to write about. <BR> <BR> It didn't start out well. Du had a very bad night fighting a clog in his supra-pubic catheter. He has been successful twice in the last month at getting it flushed and un-clogged, but could not get it flowing Friday night/Saturday morning. I think he was up most of the night, I slept off and on, but not well. Finally about 6 a.m., we head... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:15:46 EST Day 12 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Who Are Your Best Friends? (Why?) If you had given me this topic even a month ago, my answer might have been a little different. Of course my very best friend for the last 47 years ago (since that very first date in 1969) has been my Du. He is my confidant, my supporter, my love, my best friend, my everything. After we met, as I mentioned in my last blog, I never felt a need for anyone else. My friends from high school who were vitally important to me before Du and I started dating, faded into the background. The two of us ar... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:11:53 EST Day 11 of 30 Day Blogging Challenge--What Is (Was?) Your School Status School was a long time ago. In fact a group of us from my high school class are meeting tomorrow to begin planning our 50th reunion for 2019. It's early, but one of my classmates was pushing for it. Through another friend, I was told the classmate who is pushing to start the planning's wife of 40 years left him suddenly, and he's lonely. I think I've written here before about working on reunion committees, then skipping the actual reunion, because I was so embarrassed by my obesity. This time... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:25:43 EST Day 10 of 30 Day Blogging Challenge--Free Day!!! WOW! I'm ten days into this challenge already, one-third of the way done. Time flies... When I saw today's topic was "free day," it occurred to me, "Wouldn't it be nice if once in a while we got a free "eating" day?" I do love to eat. And not the good stuff. At least not all the time. I can now eat a salad again, after feeling totally burned out on them during my regain period. Then I realized why a salad didn't appeal to me anymore during that time. I wasn't all that hungry. Now that I've al... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:59:28 EST Day 9 of 30 Day Blog Challenge--What Is One Thing You Use Every Day? The ONE thing I use every day is my FOCUS, (will, determination, self-discipline, whatever your want to call it). It's not tangible. But it IS essential for me to keep this weight off. I call on that Focus constantly to help me say NO, thank you! <BR> <BR> I have an addiction to food. I wish that wasn't so, but I can't change it, I can only learn to deal with it, and try to keep it controlled, much like a drug addict in recovery. I consider my maintenance, my recovery. And I don't mess with ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:12:12 EST Day 8 of Spark Blog Challenge--How Did I Find Spark? I first joined Spark during my original weight loss journey, back in March of 2010. I took down my page for about a day in October of that year before immediately rejoining, knowing how much I needed the support I found here, and feeling as if I was floundering without the help of Spark. <BR> <BR> But how I found it? I'm not sure that I remember. Perhaps it was through Katie from "Runs For Cookies," I follow her blog to this day, but she is not active on Spark much anymore. I honestly do not... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:44:42 EST Day 7 of 30 Day Blog Challenge--Favorite Music The article about Duane's prostate cancer battle made the Lincoln Journal-Star website last night and the newspaper today. It's almost as if now that it's out there in the world, it's more real. I don't know that I like that feeling. But, as we battle and fight this awful beast, with every ounce of our being, perhaps it's good to let the rest of the world in on our struggle. Here's the link to the article. <BR><BR>te-cancer-run-lets-families-know-they-... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:11:32 EST Day 6 of 30 Day Blogging Challenge--"What Is Your Favorite Quote?" Another busy, busy day. We didn't get home until almost midnight, after another quick stop at the grocery store on the way home from the volleyball game. Our Huskers did it up right yesterday, with the football team getting an unexpected win over the Oregon Ducks, then the volleyball team finishing up the night with a tough win over in-state rival Creighton. The grocery store had a weekend sale on beer and pop and we wanted to get some more at the great price they had, as we are buying for th... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:19:02 EST Day 5 of 30 Day Blogging Challenge--Obsessions Okay, yesterday was super busy. That's my excuse for not blogging. I was up early, but spent the morning cleaning my bedroom and bathroom upstairs. As I mentioned, company is coming for lunch Sunday after the Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, and although I doubt if anyone ventures upstairs, I always feel better if it's (sorta---you all know my 'messy' secret) clean. I put all of Du's pills in a weekly container/dispenser every Friday morning, and even forgot to do that, before we had to leave j... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:43:52 EST Day 4 of 30 Day Blog Challenge--Write About Your Biggest Secret Okay. Today's topic is to write about my biggest secret. The instructions on this topic say, "It's okay, you can trust us fellow Sparkers. We won't tell anyone." Well you better not! <BR> <BR> I probably have way too many secrets. Things that are too embarrassing and/or humiliating to tell anyone. I have always been honest here, feeling somewhat anonymous. Of course everyone knows how much I weigh, both now and when I was at my high. I went on national television and talked about it. I had s... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:28:10 EST Day 3 of 30 Day Blog Challenge--Who Are You Closest To? Today, The 30-day Blog Challenge Question is an easy one for me to answer. If you read my blog much, you KNOW my closest ally, friend, lover and confidante is my husband Duane. I refer to him here as Du. <BR> <BR> I don't actually have any close lady friends, for some reason ever since Duane and I started dating back in 1969, I haven't felt a need for anyone else in my life. I had many good, good friends throughout high school, they were all in my wedding in 1970, because I had no sisters or... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:50:57 EST Day 2 of 30 Day Blog Challenge--My Dream Profession At first when I thought about this topic, <BR> age_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_i<BR>d=6229498 <BR> I was considering naming teaching as my dream profession. I always wondered what it would be like to have my own classroom, establish rules, procedures, and have some CONTROL over those kids, unlike what I was able to do as a substitute teacher. I used to actually have dreams where I had been given a real classroom at the beginning of the school year, and I... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:53:40 EST Connecting with a Fellow Lincolnite on Spark Yesterday when I was in the Spark app on my phone (which I don't like much--I have a lot of difficulty maneuvering around Spark with that app, much preferring to do it on my desktop computer--how old fashioned am I?), I discovered a blog written by someone who had just finished a race at Pioneer's Park in Lincoln. That's the park that we visit often for walks with Juno, it's just down the road from our house, and we will be there Sunday to participate in the Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk. So ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:56:34 EST Cookbook Picture Revisited Back in June 2011, not long after I hit my goal weight, somehow Taste of Home (the recipe magazine/cookbook company) found out about my losing 178 lbs., and contacted me to be in their latest Comfort Food Diet Cookbook. Happily I agreed, even though it meant traveling over 100 miles into the middle of Nebraska to some photographer that Taste of Home had used before for someone else who was in one of their cookbooks and who also lived in Nebraska. I'm guessing that this other person lived a li... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:39:59 EST Goal!! Once Again! I was so sure the scale would read 150 or below this morning, I took the camera upstairs with me last night when I went to bed. You can imagine my disappointment, when I stepped on it this morning and saw this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I set about getting dressed, thinking, "Maybe tomorrow!?" Then I needed to use the restroom, so I took care of that, wondering if it would amount to .4 lbs. (Hey, it might be ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:23:02 EST JOY in the Closet I know I've mentioned it before, but I'm having such fun finding old clothes that fit again in my OWN closet. I found a beautiful fall blouse, in auburn colors, and I remember how much I loved it. It reminded me of a dress my Mom made me and I wore as my "going away" dress after my wedding in 1970. I tried it on again this morning and it fits beautifully. SO EXCITING! Now I just need more places to go so I can wear all my pretty clothes! <BR> <BR> I finally tried on my "mother of the groom" ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:40:40 EST 150 Reasons 150 Lbs. is my Happy Weight--Okay--Only 50, I couldn't come up with 150! Almost four years ago when I appeared on the Today Show for my weight loss (Nov. 2012), I had to fill out a questionnaire and write a little blurb about my journey, which I pre-recorded at a local NBC affiliate in Omaha, and which they played while showing my pictures on the show, before I came out as the "after" version of myself. I wrote down that I weighed 150 lbs. I know I DID weight 150 lbs. but my weight fluctuated between 150 and 160, usually in the mid-150's, kind of like it is doing ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 12:00:41 EST Anniversary Weekend and a Binge I'll start with the binge. Yes I slipped. It was last Thursday afternoon. A hunger overcame me. I tried to resist, but I didn't try very hard, I'll admit. I didn't try the trick of waiting 5 minutes or 20 or 30 or whatever it is, and see if the urge passes. I didn't drink a big glass of water to try to fill me up. I just gave in to my cravings. I saw a package of Pop Chips at Shopko a week or so ago when we were shopping for something else. I bought it. First mistake. They were the "crinkle" ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 14:30:14 EST One Last August Birthday Celebration Last night, we had the family out for a late celebration of Duane's 64th birthday since we were out of town this weekend. We ordered sandwiches from our favorite barbecue restaurant, but they gave us the wrong sandwiches. I ordered the ones Du loves, the "Big Red"--they have brisket, melted cheese and a barbecue mayo. I've never had one but he really likes them. Unfortunately she misunderstood me on the phone and sent the "Carolina" sandwiches that have cole slaw on top. Oh well, we made do, ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:46:26 EST Wedding Shower Weekend We traveled to O'Neill, Nebraska, (200 miles north) for future daughter-in-law Jordan's wedding shower. It was a delightful weekend, filled with family, friends, gifts and love. Jordan got many lovely gifts, and there was so much good food at the shower. Jordan's sister, Stevie, hosted, and had asked me months ago if I'd like to help some. Of course I couldn't do much, living so far away, but I did print out the wedding shower games Stevie wanted to play at the shower and made the infamous su... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:26:45 EST Happy Birthday To My Du! 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! 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 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! 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=""> <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! 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 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 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