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/ Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309617 Yesterday I watched a couple episodes of my 600-lb. Life on TLC. Those shows really intrigue me. The first episode was a "Where Are They Now," show with two women who had lost so much weight (over 400 lbs. as I recall, one had lost over 500 lbs.!) and they were both going through skin removal surgery. I assume that is part of the deal when they sign on with TLC to have their surgery (they all have WLS with a surgeon in Houston), because it appears few of these people have actual jobs. And eve... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:10:45 EST Procrastinating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304439 I hate procrastinating, yet I am a champion at it. I like to be done with things, back in the days when I worked I really hated long drawn-out projects. I want to attack something and be done with it, as I used to say, "Get it off my desk!" <BR> <BR> Today, I am still guilty of procrastinating. I took on a BIG project, with a group of friends from my high school graduating class of 1969 last fall. We met at a small restaurant in my hometown (about 15 miles from where I live today), and deci... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:18:33 EST Oh The Places You'll Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301349 With thanks to Dr. Seuss for my blog title today, it occurred to me yesterday as I was putting away Christmas decorations and getting my photos back out on display, that I've done SO MANY wonderful things in the years since I've been on this journey. The pictures tell the story! <BR> <BR> My very first excursion in celebration of my weight loss was a journey to the middle of nowhere Nebraska (Ashton) to have my picture taken for inclusion in a Taste of Home Diet Cookbook in June of 2011. The... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:21:07 EST Seven Years Ago..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292565 This morning I bundled up (two scarfs, boots, three sweaters, etc.) to head out my driveway and get my newspaper on a snowy -5 degree Nebraska morning. I thought back seven years ago to 2010, when I had just started on my journey to get healthier. I actually began on Dec. 14, 2009, and was almost a month into it by this time seven years ago. Seven years. That's a long time. You'd think some of the things I've been doing (for the most part) would be more of a habit, and they are somewhat, but ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:11:21 EST A Good Day, Then a Bad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291108 The days when I keep my snacking under control are "good days," while those times when I seem to constantly need something in my mouth to chew on are "bad days." I'm a slow starter, but hopefully soon I will be having more good days than bad ones. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> In reading my People Magazine this week, I came across a couple quotes from and about people that made me sad. First of all, there was a story about George Michael who passed away unexpectedly in December. He had been consid... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:15:22 EST 2016 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289385 I think Du and I did up the year right! We crossed off some items from our Bucket Lists, tried to be more active, both dropped some weight, and got our youngest son (the last one!) married off to a wonderful girl. And most importantly, we are still ALIVE!!! That is MUCH to be grateful for! <BR> <BR> I finally had that long put-off knee surgery in late February. The physical therapy was the most painful thing I have ever endured (and I have birthed three BIG boys, had multiple root canals, an... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:43:53 EST Back in the 160's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288005 After weighing in at 174.4 on Thursday morning, I was happy to see 171.4 yesterday morning, and even happier this morning to see 168.4. It's just that first weight drop, mostly water weight, when you get back on track. I know it will slow down considerably now, but I'm going to enjoy this quick drop and feel grateful that my body is responding so well. It certainly responded (in reverse) when I was over-eating, by gaining rapidly! <BR> <BR> However, I know I still have almost 20 pounds to lo... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:31:21 EST DIET: Did I EAT That????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287092 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acf9a5b1-d78f-460d-b373-43dd47a4b761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saw this on Facebook just now. It pretty much sums up the month of December for me. I just saw my last blog from Dec. 6, where I report that the scale read 154 pounds which was my pre-Thanksgiving weight. I am ashamed to admit that this morning, when I finally made myself get on that scale it read 174 pounds. HOW DID I DO THAT, in just a little over 3 weeks? WHY did I do that? And HOW can I... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:31:10 EST Somehow, I've returned to my pre-Thanksgiving Binge Weight!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277175 This morning, the scale once again was back at 154.4! WOOHOO!! Go me!! I haven't been great, but finally all the Thanksgiving desserts and treats are pretty much gone and nothing is left in the house to tempt me, and I won't lie....I have looked for something to binge on. I am a firm believer, if you resist the temptation to buy it at the grocery store, you only have to resist that temptation ONCE and not repeatedly, as you have to do once it's in your cupboard. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed Spark's c... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:17:38 EST A Four-Day Binge = SEVEN POUNDS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273910 You might ask--WHAT was she thinking? The answer is: I was NOT thinking, I was too busy stuffing my face. How does this happen? I was SO focused and self-disciplined, starting in late April until son Chris's wedding on Oct. 8. I was thrilled to be back at my happy weight of 150 lbs. and determined to stay there this time. <BR> <BR> I did okay for over a month. I wasn't at 150 lbs., but not much over, fluctuating between 152 and 154 since the wedding. And I was happy with that. Then I started... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:19:42 EST Still Here...Still Fighting....Still Hoping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264906 I have never been so worried about a Presidential election, and I'll be honest, the outcome was my biggest fear. Now, all I have left is HOPE that things will work and it will be better than I had imagined. So far, it seems to be okay, I'm just hoping these big changes aren't all BAD, and won't destroy the life we have built for ourselves. Last night I went to a Husker Volleyball game (they won and are still ranked #1 in the country--GO BIG RED!), and the singing of the National Anthem befor... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:46:07 EST Sympathy and Obsession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262298 My friend, Jon, who was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club on the Today Show before I was, recently posted an article on Facebook. I don't actually know Jon in person, but he reached out to me via Joy because since his appearance on TV, he moved to Lincoln (where I live). I know he is currently struggling with a regain/relapse, and I can certainly relate to that. Here is the intro he wrote to the link he shared: <BR> <BR> "I could say all sorts of things about this article. Kind of ironic ... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 11:48:37 EST You Never Know When It's the Last Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261495 Yesterday an old friend from high school posted on Facebook that her husband, who has had serious heart problems over the last several years, is failing. She asked that old friends send good, funny, but not schmaltzy, stories about him, because his spirits are low. I never knew him all that well, so I don't have any good stories to share, but it made me sad to think that he is losing his battle with his heart problems. Perhaps, my sadness has something to do with what is in my future. It's ha... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 16:41:33 EST Starting Slowly, But Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260974 I have been a slow starter in all of my weight loss attempts during this almost 7-year journey which started way back on Dec.14, 2009. I won't go through my boring history, you've all heard it before, but I never went gung-ho at the beginning. I made small changes, no sugared soda pop, no snacking, eating smaller portions, before making the BIG changes, low-cal cooking, exercise, counting calories, and of course jointing Spark! <BR> <BR> I hope yesterday was another start for me. It wasn't g... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 15:05:03 EST Halloween Is Over--Thank Goodness!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260287 Holidays are hard for me. I love 'em all, and tend to over-do, over-eat, over-decorate, over-celebrate. I had my kids out for a pre-Halloween pizza party on Sunday, and bought too much food, and made too much food, and ate too much food. I sent almost all the left-overs home with them, however, so I would not be tempted, and that did help. But as is my history, taking a day off from my "plan," is never a good idea, as I struggle to get back on that plan. <BR> <BR> So I have decided that TODA... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:06:41 EST More Wedding Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258854 Jordan, my new daughter-in-law posted some pictures on FB, that her wedding photographer sent her. I LOVE pictures, and pictures of this wedding are currently my favorite. Jordan posted 55 pictures, but I'm hoping there's more on the disk she got, because I want a picture of my family, (3 sons and their families) for my Christmas card this year. If it's good enough, I may get an 11x14 print made of it to replace one of my family pictures on my family room wall. It's a three-year old picture, ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 13:09:42 EST Halloween 2010, 2011, and 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258323 Years ago, I put together a comparison picture of me in a Halloween shirt from 2010 and 2011. I had lost over 100 lbs in 2010 (the picture on the left), in fact I hit ONE-derland just after Halloween that year. I was finally able to shop at stores again and found this long-sleeved (very important, because even at Halloween you don't want to see MY bat-wings!) at Shopko in a 3X. I was so proud that at last I could find clothes in stores that FIT! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:22:06 EST Taking Vernita to the Doctor for Radiation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258038 Yesterday Du drove a lovely older lady, Vernita to her radiation treatment as part of his volunteering with the ACS's Road to Recovery program. What a delight she was. I rode along, sitting in the back. Vernita is the grandmother of the wife of one of Du's co-workers. Her granddaughter's husband is Mark's (my oldest son's) age, (in fact they are school friends) and his wife also graduated with him, so she has grandchildren that are at least 44 years old. I would guess that means she is in her... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:40:33 EST Weighing In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257429 I had a bad day yesterday. I didn't snack much. That was not the problem. But our lunch (leftover stroganoff) and our supper (grilled steak (I did have a small portion of THAT) and hash browns--my favorite of all potatoes) were not exactly low-fat meals. And I did not go light on my helpings. It's hard when you're at your happy weight--you think to yourself, "I should be able to eat a little more now, I'm not trying to lose weight anymore." But I'm also trying NOT to gain weight! And that tak... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:07:54 EST Everytime You Say "NO!" It's a Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256916 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256440 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255360 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254997 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253501 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252978 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252448 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." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252096 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251522 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250990 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!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250476 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250025 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249959 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247250 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246749 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246198 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245620 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, http://losingweighteveryday.blogspot.com/ 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244651 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244298 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243615 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243309 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242728 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242241 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241489 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?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241127 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240621 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240047 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239682 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239062 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238448 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> http://journalstar.com/news/local/prosta<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?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237989 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