MARILYNROBERT's SparkPeople Blog MARILYNROBERT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Zack and Sammy If you look at my last blog, there is a picture of Milly Goat, and Jack and Zack, our two Great Pyrenees dogs. Zack died on Feb 16 (he's on the right in the picture). GPs, although big dogs, can live 10-12 years and Zack would have been 9 in June. We got the boys when they were 2 1/2 years old and almost from the beginning, we could tell that Zack had health issues, which we treated throughout his life. <BR> <BR> I gave him a lot of extra attention because I felt like he needed it and I sen... Fri, 6 May 2016 13:08:45 EST Milly Goat, Jack, Zack, and Mika <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jack and Zack are twin Great Pyrenees and Milly Goat is our little Boer goat. We call them the triplets because they are always together and Milly Goat sincerely thinks she is a dog. They are all 9 years old and I try to keep them groomed but it's a never ending job. Milly Goat will tug on my clothes with her mouth, when I'm grooming Jack or Zack because she wants all the attention. She is t... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:29:09 EST Never Quit Pledge I copied this from Ceri's (CERIUSLY) blog today. She reblogged it from JAZZEJR's blog. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:47:58 EST Seeing a naturopath I've posted this on two of my teams but thought I'd post this here too. I have such a hard time making myself write blogs so it's nice to have this one already written. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> R and I feel best when we move so sitting in a chair and listening to a naturopath for 4.5 hours, just about slayed us. <em>246</em> Luckily he gave us written material of what he said and and what he wants my husband to do, because it's going to take us a while to even figure this all out. Backgr... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:06:36 EST My Garmin Vivoactive Smartwatch I used the Bodymedia armband for over 3 years and the Spark Activity Tracker for a year. At the end of last year, both of them wore out and I knew I wanted a tracker that could do more than either of those trackers. Also, I didn’t want to use a tracker that required a paid subscription to be able to access the information, which is what the Bodymedia tracker required. <BR> <BR> After reading about all the options out there, I settled on the Garmin Vivoactive Smartwatch and have been very ha... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:39:11 EST A blog for Linda and a goodbye to Ammamma Mani I'm way behind on blogging but my Spark friend Linda aka IMUSTLOSEIT1 blogs every day. She was looking for some blogs to read that were written by friends so I decided to get back to blogging, to give her something to read. So this blog is especially for Linda. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I met Linda when I saw her posting on another friend's page and her avatar was a picture of her Great Pyrenees, Duke. My husband and I have two Great Pyrenees, named Jack and Zack and I adore tha... Thu, 28 May 2015 23:59:36 EST My SPAT, Bodymedia, and Garmin Forerunner 305 The Spark Activity Tracker's system for uploading our stats from our devices to Spark, has not been functioning for several days now. I have continued to wear my Bodymedia device also since I still have almost a year left on my Bodymedia subscription Plus, Bodymedia connects to Everymove and Earndit. With Everymove, my activity allows me to earn points that I put to donating to Make A Wish and with Earndit, I am able to get discounts on a variety of products. Another reason I haven't give up ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:35:08 EST 2014 Summer 5% Challenge The 2014 Summer 5% Challenge begins today. My goals are: <BR> <BR> Lose 8 or more pounds during this 8 week challenge <BR> <BR> Eat 1500 or less calories <BR> <BR> Walk 60,000 steps a week <BR> <BR> Bike 3 x week <BR> <BR> Strength train 3 x week <BR> <BR> Add a new Living the Good Life habit each week and continue each new habit as the challenge progresses. <BR> <BR> This week the LTGL habit is drinking 8 cups of water a day. That's something I've been practicing for a very long time ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:28:32 EST Sammy, my emu and Firecracker, the mini mule Sammy is doing great, more than a year after his near fatal dog attack. Not only is he completely healed, he adopted his "intensive care" stall as his forever night time stall and continues to sleep on a deep bedding of shavings every night. Before the attack, he was already a very friendly pet but since the attack, he is even more fond of our time and attention and scratching and neck rubs. In fact, when I walk with him in the pasture, I have to be careful about petting him too much out ther... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:22:03 EST Join the 5% Summer Challenge...there are still openings! I'm on the last week of the 5% Spring Challenge. I won't have lost my goal of 5% of my weight by the time the spring challenge is over but I have lost weight. I am going to continue to work on my weight loss during the few weeks between now and the start of the 5% Summer Challenge. Then I will try to reach my new 5% goal during the Summer Challenge. <BR> <BR> The folks on these teams are very supportive and inspiring. There are still openings for the summer challenge. Here's the info about i... Thu, 29 May 2014 19:26:39 EST Spring Challenge Update April was a difficult month for a variety of reasons and I felt that I should drop out of the 5% Challenge because I wasn't even able to get to the computer to log my data for many of the days of April. But with the encouragement of a co-leader of the team, I have stayed in the challenge and I'm very glad that I did. <BR> <BR> Now I'm getting back to my regular workouts and nutritional goals and I know I'm going to continue making progress. Sometimes life gets us down and it seems hard to c... Fri, 2 May 2014 21:42:26 EST Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment This will be my first time to participate in a 5% Challenge <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment. <BR> <BR> Strength Training at home Mon/Wed/Fri 60 minutes <BR> <BR> Stationary bike at home Tue/Thur/Sat 60 min <BR> <BR> Weekly step goal (SPAT) 60,000 steps Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:57:40 EST Making a conscientious decision to not overdo my exercise I've belonged to SparkPeople since 2007 but only started using it early last year so this is my first time to really go into a new year sparking. I'm very self motivated at working out so don't need a lot of outside encouragement, especially since I have a husband who works out regularly. My Bodymedia and SPAT do encourage me to get in more steps when I'm on the low side and and I do enjoy my big and little gadgets: devices that record steps, treadmill, stationary bike, GPS, weight training e... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:42:30 EST More thoughts on the Spark Activity Tracker My blog right before this one compares my experience with my SPAT vs my Bodymedia armband. Today another Spark member asked me a question about my SPAT so I thought I'd put the question and the answer in this blog for those who interested in my answer, a month after I wrote my other blog post: <BR> <BR> QUESTION <BR> <BR> Hi. I just read your review of the Spark People Activity Tracker. I am interested in purchasing one, but I am concerned over accuracy, the big pitfall of other pedometers ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:23:57 EST Bodymedia vs SPAT I've been using my Bodymedia armband for over two years. I bought the Spark Activity Tracker when it came out because I wanted to compare it to the Bodymedia armband. Bodymedia requires a paid subscription to work and also the device causes a rash on my arm where it touches my skin. I wanted to see if I liked the SPAT enough that when it's time to renew my Bodymedia subscription (I still have a year left), I'd be willing to stop using the Bodymedia and rely on just the SPAT. <BR> <BR> I alwa... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:12:09 EST Getting in 8 mile hikes regularly and Spark vs Bodymedia :-) My foot is doing very well and I've been able to hike 5-8 miles just about about everyday, for some time now. Robert's knees are better now and although he's not doing much running yet, he is hiking with me. <BR> <BR> I've been wearing my Bodymedia Core and have another year on it's prepaid subscription but I also have the Spark Activity Tracker now too, so I can compare them. After calibrating the Spark to a measured mile, it's doing a good job of tracking my distance and steps accurately.... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:36:38 EST Foot, knees, rain, and Sammy :-) My foot continues to improve and I can easily walk 5 miles a day now. My husband's left knee also continues to improve without surgery. He's an air traffic controller and spends most of his time at work standing. When he sat down in a new chair at work, it broke and sent him hurdling to the floor onto his right knee. By the next day it hurt worse then the left knee has hurt at it's worst. <BR> <BR> So back to the doctor for more xrays and an MRI. The doc said the right knee had been broken ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:25:37 EST Foot is fixed and no surgery for husband! My foot really is fixed this time around. I'm now able to easily walk 5 miles a day with no problem. <em>104</em> After an MRI on my husband's knee, the doctor said that his meniscus tear is slight and can heal without surgery. He does have cartlidge pieces in his knee but the surgeon is still holding off on surgery. <BR> <BR> R had been running 50-70 miles a week since high school and now at age 55, it's time for him to limit his running to 10-15 miles a week. So in about 4 weeks he can ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:47:08 EST Husband having knee surgery but I can walk now! :-) So much as been going on here that's it's been hard to stay caught up on things or even to start working out like I plan to do. Still, my foot is healing nicely and I've done some three mile walks with no problem. Finally the neuroma seems to be gone after this second operation. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> What has made things really hectic here is that my husband tore the meniscus in his left knee and will be having surgery on that knee soon. That's the same surgery I had on my left knee two... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:31:59 EST Wed, July 24, 2013 MORE stitches out! Today was 26 days since I had a bunion and a neuroma removed from my right foot. I'd had the same neuroma surgery 7 months earlier but either the neuroma came back, it hadn't all been taken out, or a new one developed right after my first surgery. After the first foot surgery, I'd had problems with the internal absorbable stitches not absorbing but instead, being ejected from my body. Not technical terms by any means, but my own non medical description as I saw the situation. <em>40</em> ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:51:47 EST Foot update: the stitches are out! The stitches were taken out of my foot on Thursday. The foot is still swollen and sore but not infected and definitely getting better. I'm not able to walk in a normal fashion yet because I have to favor the foot a lot. It's still stiff and the toes don't touch the ground and I'm just a hobbling around but now that the stitches are out and the steri-tape is off, I think my foot will be able to relax into a more normal position and that will help me to walk better. <BR> <BR> No one has to wo... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:33:07 EST foot surgery progress I had my surgery on Friday to remove a large neuroma like mass between my third and fourth toe on my right foot. Also the big toe joint bone was remodeled on that foot, at the same time. The operation went very well and I was home that afternoon. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Two night later, I woke up to my bandages being filled with blood so we had to make a trip to the ER (over an hour away each way) to get my foot checked and cleaned up. Everything looked good other the the blood and ooze an... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:57:31 EST Busy week ahead! I'll have a busy week ahead, with doctors appts and paperwork concerning my upcoming foot surgery. I am so ready to have it since I want my foot to feel better. <BR> <BR> I stayed out of the pasture for about 4 weeks after my first foot surgery since my horses and goats and Great Pyrenees dogs are just too energetic for me to be hobbling around on a healing foot. But this time, I'm going to wrap my foot up really well in plastic bags and with the help of Robert, get out into the barn and Sa... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:14:41 EST Doctors appts next week I have several doctor's appointments next week concerning my right foot and my upcoming operation on it. I keep walking and staying as active as possible but it hurts most of the time. Riding my horses hurts as much or more than walking so I haven't gotten to ride much. Still I sure do enjoy it when I do ride. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've ordered three Pilates DVDs and look forward to doing them in the future. I even have dreams of someday running again. I ran very competitively for decade... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:16:22 EST Rain, wildflowers, and baby rabbit We'd had two inches of rain this year so this is the extent of our wildflowers in our front yard. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last year, we'd gotten a little more rain so our flowers looked like this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We did get .4 inch of rain yesterday evening so maybe more things will grow. Normal here is 9 inches a year but previous two years just yielded 5 inches a y... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:41:28 EST Sammy, Billy Goat, and Milly Goat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sammy, my emu, is doing really well. Today was his last day of two antibiotic pills a day. Who would have thought I'd have such an easy time of giving an emu two pills a day for 22 days. But Sammy loved the attention and trusts me, so we just incorporated neck rubs and pills and the whole thing worked. His wounds look horrible but he seems to be doing just fine otherwise. We will probably be doctoring them for many... Wed, 29 May 2013 19:14:25 EST Sammy continues to do well & Spark Solution <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pictured above: Sammy in one of his water trough pools. We usually will run the hose over him too. He loves water. And mud. Make him a mud hole and he'll wallow back and forth, trying to get as wet as possible. This picture was taken last year. Right now we do hose him down but we don't let him wallow in mud. Once his wounds heal he can get back to his wallowing. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Sammy is still doing ver... Sun, 19 May 2013 20:30:41 EST Sammy is doing great! It's been really good therapy for me to write about Sammy here so I'll just keep doing it. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> He is doing great! It makes my heart sing. If you didn't see his massive loss of feathers and his very obvious wounds, you would not know he was injured at all. He is moving as normally as he ever has. He looks great. It's a big challenge to doctor him since he's got all his strength, energy, and wits about him. But he trusts us and we are very careful and take our time. <BR>... Thu, 9 May 2013 20:24:53 EST Sammy update I had written this in the comment section of my last post but then realized I might as well put it in my blog as an update. So here goes: <BR> <BR> For anyone who get's notified of comments or anyone else who reads this, I wanted to update you on Sammy so far. He'd doing remarkably well considering his severe injuries. I slept with him in a 12 x 20 stall filled with wood shavings and he even let me drape a big towel over his torso since he's lost so much of his feather insulation and I know ... Wed, 8 May 2013 15:53:30 EST Sad Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At 6am this morning, our neighbor's dogs got into our pasture (they jumped our 5 1/2 foot no climb pasture fence) and attacked my 17 year old emu Sammy. Because our dogs Jack and Zack know the dogs they didn't protect Sammy like they would have done if coyotes had attacked Sammy. <BR> <BR> Sammy is in very bad shape and the vet was here working on him for 3 hours. Now Robert and I will be tending to his wounds se... Tue, 7 May 2013 17:33:29 EST Weight For a about a month my stomach had been bothering me. It may have had to do with Mobic, which I was taking for foot pain. I'd had a neuroma removed last year, which had helped with the foot pain a lot, but there is still something wrong with my foot. <BR> <BR> Because my stomach had become so sensitive, I was having to be very careful about eating, but I was also getting to walk less. Now I seem to be getting back to normal by not taking anything for my foot right now. I'm still walking, ev... Mon, 6 May 2013 19:28:51 EST Billy Goat Billy Goat is the handsome dude gracing my wall. He's the sweetest thing and loves attention. Recently he's had a runny nose and congestion. The vet gave us two types of medicine to give him for 7 days. That's 2 shots a day. <BR> <BR> So Robert and I go out to the pasture and he sees me coming with his halter. He meets me halfway so I can put on his halter. Then he practically drags me to the barn, where we give him his shots. If we don't do it in the privacy of the barn, little Milly Goat a... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:31:12 EST I'm so glad that Bill Iffrig is ok I will not be watching videos of the bombing and aftermath. I feel so much for the people involved without actually seeing it. But I did see a little bit of a video when I went to a story about the bombing. It showed a older man right at the end of the marathon, running those last steps, when the first bomb went off. He was running and you could see the explosion and then he fell. I know I would always be wondering if he was okay. <BR> <BR> I was so happy to read this excerpt below because ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:24:19 EST Adjusting My Sails! I'm struggling with my eating and my sleeping right now. Any time I can get a handle on my sleeping, other parts of my life seem to go a lot better so that's where I probably need to focus the most right now. And once I get a few days of good clean eating behind me, then my eating seems to get easier for me to handle. I know I've got clean eating days ahead of me in the near future. I just know it!!! I CAN DO IT! <BR> <em>258</em> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> I have stayed a... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:12:15 EST Babysitting 4 dogs I'll probably have 21,000 steps today because Robert and I went for a long, hilly hike AND because we are watching dogs for 2 neighbors. Dana is a 14 year old Aussie mix who we'd already been watching since her owner's dad is in the hospital in another state. Then another neighbor's daughter had emergency surgery so we're watching Toby, Bookie, and Blackie. <BR> <BR> I usually walk several miles with Toby and Bookie on Sunday, the only day my neighbor is off work. So now, since I'm taking c... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:03:22 EST Walking on Hueco Ranch Today Robert and I hiked 5 miles. My Spark friend Carrie Ann teases me that I ride my horse to get in my mileage and she even sent me a Spark Goodie camera so I could take pictures of me on a real walk. <BR> <BR> So Robert and I set off on our walk today with my real camera so I could have some pictures of me on my own two feet. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walking north: The first picture shows me with Cerro Alto... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 21:48:47 EST Feeling good again! I'm feeling better after being sick earlier this week. And after putting the floor down, I had to sleep late yesterday AND go to bed early yesterday. One must do what one must do. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today Robert and I hiked over 5 miles on some large hills. It felt good to get back out there and enjoy our walks. Now I plan to add biking and strength training back in with my walking. <BR> <BR> I've been on shaky eating ground but have turned the corner back to healthy eating. I did i... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 23:15:41 EST The floor is down! It's 2:10 am here and I just finished putting down the floor in the bathroom. I wanted to do it all in one day since we had to take the toilet up to put down the floor. Now the floor is down and the toilet is back in place. I do still have to add quarter round moulding to the baseboards and do some caulking and painting in the bathroom and then I'll be finished with that redo. <BR> <BR> Working on the floor all day really killed my lower back and hips. I'm glad I work out as much as I do or ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 04:19:18 EST I was sitting on a fountain (bouncing around) instead of a mountain...oops Today's visualization was: <BR> <BR> Daily Visualization <BR> For today's visualization, spend 30 seconds imagining that you're sitting on top of a MOUNTAIN overlooking a vast body of water. Capture the calming sensation you get from this image and come back to it whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed today. <BR> <BR> Except I misread and thought it said to imagine I was sitting on a FOUNTAIN. So I did my best to picture myself sitting on top of this big spurting water thing, but I kept... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 00:52:00 EST Don't ever feel bad for getting discouraged. It is just part of the process, not a permanent state This was on one of my Spark emails: <BR> <BR> Paul the SparkPeople programmer says: <BR> Don't ever feel bad for getting discouraged. It is just part of the process, not a permanent state. <BR> <BR> I want to remember this because sometimes, when I get discouraged, I don't remember all the good I've done, all that I've accomplished, all the progress I've made. In my discouraged moments, I often only focus on my disappointments. <BR> <BR> I want to see past those moments, I want to see th... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:37:31 EST Seeing dessert ads next to my nutrition tracker Today, as I was adding an orange into my nutrition tracker, right beside the tracker was an ad for Edwards pies. There's a picture of a slice and an entire pie. Yikes, I'm pretty much working at eating right all the time and trying not to give in to my former binging habits. I've eaten entire Edward's pies in one sitting. I didn't expect to be faced with a picture of one at that moment, when I'm doing my best to follow my program and make right choices. <BR> <BR> I've been reading Spark art... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:36:48 EST Sat, March 16. 2013 Had a good day of over 19,000 steps and ate really well. Spent time with the animals after hiking with R. Tomorrow I plan to start alternating biking and weight lifting. That will probably mean fewer steps but overall my program will be better balanced towards a fitter, healthier body. Sun, 17 Mar 2013 00:31:41 EST My first blog :-) I've never blogged before so I may need some time to figure out what I even want to say. But here it is, my first blog entry! <BR> <BR> (I just spell checked and it says that "blog" isn't a word. ha ha) Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:46:19 EST