MARITIMER3's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARITIMER3 MARITIMER3'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/ Two inspirational quotes for today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815395 that I read on SP today <BR> <BR> "If it was easy, everyone could do it!" <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> "Tired of starting over? Just stop quitting." <BR> <BR> Remember... <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Hugs, Gail Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:59:12 EST Not sure what to call this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809609 This has been a bad week. I've been doing lots of extra cleaning, because I won't be able to do a lot of bending for the next month because of my cataract surgery. I haven't done as much walking, under 15 miles last week, and haven't done my ST. <BR> <BR> We went away for 2 days, then Peter started selling poppies for the Legion, in preparation for Remembrance Day (Veterans' Day) on November 11. We've hardly eaten any meals together over the past 3-4 days. I haven't cooked the way I norm... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:56:03 EST Better to err on the side of safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805508 As a result of some unwanted posts from someone called JESSICA4LOVE, I've been reminded not to be quite so open with my activity feed. From now on I won't be posting that I'm going away, for example. I'll wait until I'm home again to comment on a vacation. <BR> <BR> I'm sad that there are people out there who attempt to use our posts against us. I certainly don't think that JESSICA4LOVE is anywhere around here, or that she/he? is stalking me in particular, because many of my friends have r... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:08:59 EST This Week We Lost Our Innocence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803262 Canada lost two soldiers this week, and Canadians lost their innocence. We grieved when terrorists killed people in other countries, but now it is home-grown terrorists, on Canadian soil, and somehow that makes it more real. <BR> <BR> Last night, instead of continuing with our regular sessions, our study group discussed the tragedies and how they affect our lives. We agreed that we must be vigilant, but must not allow this to make us distrust and fear someone simply because they look, or d... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:18:37 EST Plan for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802429 1. Up, shower, breakfast <BR> <BR> 2. Go over readings for morning study group <BR> <BR> 3. Eucharist and study group <BR> <BR> 4. Drop off church kitchen laundry <BR> <BR> 5. Drop off toque and knitted squares for AIDS orphans at church <BR> <BR> 6. Lunch with Gwyn <BR> <BR> 7. Grocery shopping <BR> <BR> 8. Drop off fabrics, quilting materials at seniors' centre <BR> <BR> 9. Gardening - spread corn gluten, prune shrubs. If Peter is available, prune trees <BR> <BR> 10. Skim fat off ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:57:17 EST I'm 10 lbs. from goal, and getting scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801608 You see, I'm really good at losing weight. I've done it successfully many times, both on my own and following a variety of programs. <BR> <BR> What I'm not good at is keeping the weight off. I'm so determined that this time will be different, but I'm still scared. <BR> <BR> This time, though, I've lost weight more slowly (32 lbs. In over 3 years). I know many of you have lost way more than that, and in less time. And while I've been losing the weight, I've been learning a lot. For ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:17:04 EST The walk continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799344 Time to catch up a bit. <BR> <BR> Since I last posted on September 6, I've stepped it up and walked 118.60 miles <BR> Total walked to October 11/14: 939.82 miles <BR> <BR> I left you at the Falkirk Wheel, built to connect the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canals without requiring a series of locks. <BR> <BR> From there, I followed the Forth and Clyde Canal to Drymen, the beginning of the Highlands, and joined the West Highland Way, a 95-mile walking trail from Glasgow to Fort Wi... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:17:02 EST Heart of Europe, Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789208 We've been in Vienna for 3 nights, and leave in the morning for Salzburg. My first impression of Vienna wasn't great. I found it a cold, unfriendly city... but my impression changed today when I chose to walk around some of the areas near our hotel to see how people live, and especially tonight when we went to a fabulous restaurant in a part of Vienna which tourists would usually never find. <BR> <BR> Did you know that many restaurants in Vienna allow patrons to being well-behaved dogs ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:40:05 EST Heart of Europe Trip and What I've Learned So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787964 Hi all... <BR> Day 5 of 14 of our trip through what Craig Travel calls the Heart of Europe. Flight was fine. Smallish group, 32, about 8 couples, the rest women, some in pairs and a few on their own. I was surprised to see at least 4 women on their own, paying single supplement (the downside), but doing exactly what they want to do, when they want to do it (the upside). <BR> <BR> Bus driver, European guide who is with us the whole time (airport to airport), Canadian guide who travelled fro... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:25:40 EST What I Learned Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782463 I've always exercised at night, and was very proud of myself for walking 3-4 miles on the treadmill most nights, especially since I started my virtual walk the length of Britain late last October. I've walked almost 900 miles since then. <BR> <BR> My thinking was that I would get my housework, gardening, laundry etc. done during the day and then have the evening for myself. <BR> <BR> Today, though, because I left home at 3:15 to babysit the twins while DD#3 and SIL go out this evening, I... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:24:24 EST Virtual Walk... past Edinburgh, heading for Loch Lomond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776662 Hi Spark Friends. I haven't posted about my virtual walk in about three weeks, but have added 78 miles and am now past Edinburgh, a wonderful (if mostly grey) city, heading for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. If you look at a map of Scotland and draw a line between Glasgow and Edinburgh, I would be about half way along the line, and a little bit north. <BR> <BR> Edinburgh gave me a chance to see some of my favourite spots. Didn't go to the castle, but did walk up Arthur's S... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:56:18 EST Couldn't Find My Earlier Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774679 Seven or eight months ago, I wrote asking how you knew that it was time to give up on a friendship. When I went back today to look for it, I remembered that I felt so guilty about writing it in the first place that I deleted it. I read the replies first, though, and most of you agreed that sometimes we outgrow a friendship. <BR> <BR> Well today I'm writing to say that I'm cautiously optimistic that a friendship that has deteriorated over the years can be revived. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:26:59 EST Cleaning the Pantry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771102 Our kitchen is U-shaped, with the fridge on the left end of the U, stove in the middle of the bottom of the U, and sinks in the middle of the right side. There are upper cupboards on the left and bottom sections, the right side is open to the table, and looks out into the back yard. <BR> <BR> Across from this upside-down U, on the wall dividing the kitchen from the living room, we added 6' of floor to ceiling cupboards, 7 shelves each, which I use as my pantry and for storing extra small ap... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:36:18 EST I Challenge You... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770565 to add 10 minutes of ST to your daily exercise routine. <BR> <BR> I love my cardio. Cardio comes easy to me, and when I think about adding a new exercise, it's usually in the cardio group. For example, I will keep up my treadmill, but will add swimming lengths in the fall. <BR> <BR> HICKOK-HALEY, one of my Spark Friends, and I were discussing this recently, and we decided to challenge ourselves to do 10 minutes of ST most days, with arms/legs one day and abs/core the next. <BR> <BR> M... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:59:57 EST Re... calculating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766711 Does the voice on your GPS say that (with a rather disgruntled pause after the "re") when you don't follow her instructions to the letter? <BR> <BR> Spark People is sort of like that. I've been sparking for 3 1/2 years and have lost and kept off 27 lbs. so far. My goal is to lose another 15. My doctor is pleased that my cholesterol numbers are better and I no longer use my puffers. I shop, cook and eat differently, and at age 70 I've become an exerciser. I'm doing a virtual walk the leng... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:06:32 EST 10 Minute Daily ST Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757528 As most of you know, I have no problem doing lots of cardio exercise every day, as I walk 20-25 miles each week on my virtual walk. <BR> <BR> ST is a different matter. Although I have a stability ball, resistance bands, free weights, a medicine ball and a brand new kettlebell, I often go 4-5-6 days without using them. <BR> <BR> I am determined to reach my goal of 150 lbs. by March 31, 2015, and believe that regular ST is essential to achieve that goal... so today I joined Spark Guy's 10-Mi... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:40:45 EST Yard sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756485 Up at 6, showered and started putting things out at 6:30. First buyers arrived before 7. Bev arrived around 7:30 with her stuff and we were busy off and on until 2. Heated up left-over shepherd's pie, put out home-made coleslaw and grape tomatoes. Apple cider, which tasted really good. Called it a day at 3 and went for ice creams (small, but believe me, we deserved them). <BR> <BR> Bev packed up her left-overs, we sorted out donations for hospital store and for diabetes society. Some t... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 18:46:00 EST Better habits finally kicking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755285 As some of you may remember, I made a shepherd's pie yesterday. Cleaning out the fridge, I cooked and mashed turnip, which I like but Peter doesn't, to have with it. <BR> <BR> Turns out the weather was good today, so he decided to take the Sprite to the car show which is held in town every Thursday during the summer. They get as many as 380 cars each week. He took some snacks with him, and will probably eat a small supper when he gets home around 9. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to eat that ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:49:57 EST Reducing our intake of processed foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754609 Let me start by saying that we don't eat a lot of processed foods. I make most things from scratch, but processed foods sneak in... deli potato salad, low fat cold cuts, an occasional can of "healthy" soup... and I still find the sodium creeping up. <BR> <BR> This week I bought extra chicken breasts, on special, cooked, diced and froze them to use in casseroles or salads. I cooked the trimmings from the chicken to make broth for soup. <BR> <BR> Lean ground beef was also on special, in t... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:06:15 EST Protein and Sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753122 Tonight I grilled extra boneless, skinless chicken breasts so that I would have some ready-to-eat protein for a salad or wrap. <BR> <BR> I try hard to stay as close as I can to the 50% carbs, 30% healthy fats and 20% lean protein recommended by SP. At the same time, I try to keep my sodium intake below 2000 mg./day as recommended by my doctor. <BR> <BR> Protein for our main meal isn't difficult. We eat fish twice each week, chicken twice, pork and beef once each and have one main meat... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 19:06:45 EST Does anyone else have trouble getting below a specific weight number? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749307 My highest weight, before I joined Spark People 3 1/2 years ago, was 192 lbs. <BR> <BR> Since then, I got down to 165-166 lbs. twice, and twice my weight quickly went back to 180. That's where I was in January 2014. <BR> <BR> I've worked hard at both eating properly and exercising more over the past 6 months, and when we returned from our trip to Calgary my weight was once again 166 1/2 lbs. <BR> <BR> What is it about that number? Am I complacent because I can wear a smaller size an... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:19:34 EST Virtual Walk Update... Have Reached Scotland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743353 Hi all, <BR> It was difficult tracking my mileage while we were travelling as I lost my Fitbit just before we left home. I estimated, and feel quite sure that my estimates were low, and last night I got out the maps and added up the miles while we were away (73) and added in the treadmill miles since coming home, and realized that I have finally crossed the England/Scotland border and am about 7 miles south of Jedburgh, one of the cities in the Scottish Lowlands known for its ruined cathedr... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:32:49 EST The good and the bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742159 ... of being home... <BR> <BR> Of course it's nice to be home. I love our home, garden, cat and routine... but when I was away I didn't snack in between meals and I seldom ate before going to bed. <BR> <BR> So why is it, now that I'm home, that every time I sit down I want to eat? I wasn't hungry when we were travelling, and I was eating 1200-1300 calories most days. Now I'm eating 1400-1600 calories each day and nibbling. Granted I'm exercising more, so I suppose it balances. <BR> <... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:54:25 EST Home again, home again, woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740327 The cat and the garden both missed us. The cat even slept with us last night, which is quite unusual. <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful trip. I think everyone, if possible, should drive across the country, simply to see how vast it is and to see the wide diversity of countryside. <BR> <BR> I think the prairies (Canadian name for the plains) are beautiful. I loved the wide-open-ness and huge skies. We had a great visit with our oldest daughter and family in Calgary and enjoyed the Stamped... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:25:12 EST Montana http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733489 In a word, spectacular! Yesterday we drove from Calgary, Alberta, to Shelby, Montana. We drove the 52 mile "Going to the Sun" highway, which snakes its way through high mountain passes and 2 tunnels. At the summit, the banks of snow adjacent to the road were 20-30' high. In other places, waterfalls of melting snow came down onto the roads. We saw a number of people on motorcycles and several open convertibles. The people must have been drenched, and the water would be icy to say the lea... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 02:12:49 EST Leaving for home tomorrow morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732216 Tomorrow we leave Calgary and go down into Montana to start our trip home. We were looking at maps tonight, planning our trip, and there are many things we will see on the way, all new to me, but most of which Peter has seen before. <BR> <BR> We will start by driving the "Going to the Sun Highway", which is in Glacier National Park, and will be very spectacular. Later we will visit a museum about the Lewis and Clark expedition, and perhaps visit the home and studio of Charles M. Russell,... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 23:28:10 EST Should explain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730917 Losing weight while on vacation isn't adding stress for me. I almost always lose a few pounds when we travel, because I'm away from my fridge and cupboards, and don't eat "simply because the food is there". <BR> <BR> Generally it's easy for me to choose a healthy option from a menu. When we're away, I seldom eat in between meals and don't eat before going to bed. At home I plan afternoon and evening snacks. <BR> <BR> I do recognize that restaurant meals are usually higher in sodium tha... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:18:43 EST Too many meals out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730212 We are eating way too much food! My daughter and her husband are both overweight. Both travel extensively for business, and seem to eat out quite a bit when they are home. <BR> <BR> Calorie wise, I'm staying within my range, but it is taking a lot of self-discipline when everyone else is having cakey muffins, bagels and desserts. Then, because they should be eating carefully but aren't, I feel like I'm being priggish by not just giving in and eating everything. Last night I went to be... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:58:22 EST Staying on track on a driving vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723073 Today is the first day of our 3 1/2 week driving trip from Toronto to Calgary via Northern Ontario and the Yellowhead Highway, a week with our daughter & family in Calgary, and then driving back through the Northern U.S. <BR> <BR> We will have a number of long-distance days (600-700 km), or 7-8 hours. I packed food for picnics along the way including low sodium cold cuts, home-made bean salad for me and potato salad for Peter, mini cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, dried apricots and prunes, and ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:31:37 EST "The Mulch Lady" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710618 That's probably what my neighbours call me, whispering behind their hands, as they watch me pull yet more jumbo bags of mulch from the trunk. Three bags, 9 cu.ft. each, completely fill the trunk of our Hyundai. I've lost track of how many trips I've made to the garden centre the past two weeks, but I know I'm not finished yet. I will empty at least one more of the bags I have on hand this afternoon (the 3rd today) and make trips again tomorrow and Friday so that I have my stock on hand for... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:20:56 EST Catching up on my walk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704504 ... spring has been busy with the bridal shower, sale at church, wedding and grandson's high school graduation, but I've managed to walk another 42.53 since I last wrote, and am now 98.12 miles from the Scottish border and roughly half-way through my walk from Land's End, Cornwall, to John O'Groats, Scotland. <BR> <BR> Britain is well known for its long-distance walking trails, and today I crossed the Coast-to-Coast walk which goes across Northern England from St. Bees Head in the west to Ro... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:43:48 EST When I was a little girl... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699981 we lived in a fairly big but very run-down house on a large lot at the end of a dead-end street. There were lots of kids my age and it was safe enough back then, that we were allowed to play outside until the street lights came on. <BR> <BR> My mother worked very hard. My father was often ill and out of work, and my mother supported us by sewing for better off families. She even made drapes for some of the historic houses owned by the Province of Nova Scotia. <BR> <BR> Her garden was... Wed, 21 May 2014 11:46:21 EST Best advice i've read today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697535 One of the articles I read today was about being inefficient. When I was working, I was proud of being able to multi-task. As I got older, it got harder to keep all the balls in the air. <BR> <BR> Since I got my Fitbit One for Mother's Day, I've been learning to be inefficient. I keep two baskets by the stairs. One at the bottom for things to go upstairs, and one at the top for things that have to come down. As the basket got full, I would take it with me when I was going up or down. ... Sun, 18 May 2014 09:19:55 EST Still slowly walking across the British Isles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687420 I haven't given up on the walk, but I must admit that I'm not enjoying it much at this point. Perhaps it's because I've been busy lately with wedding preparations, and with the big sale at church, or perhaps it's because my walking partner hasn't been able to continue... But I must admit that I'm just plodding along, and not meeting my 20-mile/week goal. <BR> <BR> However I haven't given up, and am just past Skipton, on the Yorkshire Dales, and have completed 510 miles, with another 150 mile... Sun, 4 May 2014 19:32:57 EST Groomzilla http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683201 I have 3 daughters, and the third one is being married in 11 days. <BR> <BR> I thought the first one was too young, and was giving up her dreams (finding a job as a chemical engineer which would allow her to live in another country). They are happily together after 25 years, have 2 university-aged children, and she is doing lots of travelling with her job... so I was wrong. <BR> <BR> I thought the second daughter had the sort of romance seen only in movies. She was 29, well established i... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:27:56 EST Giving myself a break for a couple of weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679793 The wedding is 2 weeks from Saturday, and company starts arriving a week Thursday. <BR> <BR> I'm getting stressed trying to get everything ready, and not sleeping well. When I can't sleep, I get up and eat. I joined a challenge to burn 3500 calories each week, and have been trying to have a 500 calorie/day deficit. <BR> <BR> It just isn't working right now, so I'm giving myself a break until things quiet down after the wedding and company has all gone home. <BR> <BR> The most importa... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:32:54 EST Blessing of the baskets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675863 I just got Peter out the door - late as usual - for the traditional Easter blessing of the baskets at the Ukrainian Catholic church. Since the Julian and Gregorian Easters are the same day this year and I'm reading at tonight's Easter Vigil, I can't go with him. I helped him get ready as much as I could, but he was late starting, and of course late leaving. It's really frustrating! He leaves in a bad mood, I think he's mad at me (he's really annoyed at himself for being late), and I end u... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:58:41 EST Good Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675149 I've always wondered how Good Friday got its name. If you've wondered too, I'm sorry, but I don't have the answer. My husband's Ukrainian Catholic Church calls it Holy Friday,which makes more sense to me. <BR> <BR> I try to go to church each day of Holy Week. There is a definite progression with a simple prayer service on Monday, stations of the cross on Tuesday, Taize music on Wednesday, Maundy Thursday's simple supper followed by communion around the table, then the silent stripping of... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:23:46 EST My Pumpkin Soup Needs Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655728 I tried a recipe for pumpkin soup today that was recommended by Dr. Oz. It wasn't very good, and I'm looking for ideas on how to modify the rest of it... it's either that or throw it out. <BR> <BR> The recipe called for pumpkin, carrots, green apple, onion and garlic tossed in olive oil, cumin, coriander and turmeric, and roasted for 30 minutes. The cooked vegetables went in a blender with vegetable broth and coconut milk, pureed until smooth and then heated. <BR> <BR> It tasted really bl... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:37:28 EST How to be successful even when you're overly busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654604 ...but actually that's okay. This will be our last child married, and 8'm going to enjoy the preparations and the wedding even if it does get crazy at times. When I think of the years I've wasted when I could have been losing weight, what's another 7 weeks? I'll eat carefully, but will enjoy a few treats too. I'll exercise when I can, but I know I'll miss some time too. I'm not going to beat myself up about it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had a surprise party at church for our priest's 40th ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:19:21 EST Virtual Walk Update... March 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637803 Where has February gone? It's been 3 weeks since I last posted, but in that time I've walked 67 miles from Penkridge to Edale, where the Pennine Way starts. But before I tell you about Britain's first long-distance walking trail, let's go back tp Penkridge and do a quick catch-up. <BR> <BR> The names of the places I passed through, or near, were for the most part more interesting than the terrain, which was mostly farmland, often soggy, and at times almost requiring a mask... or full bre... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:35:41 EST Think I'm Getting Old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637194 This month has really tired me out! Seems like I just haven't stopped all month, and yet I don't feel like I've accomplished anything significant. <BR> <BR> There have been some routine medical/dental appointments, lots of snow to clear, meals, laundry, shopping... all the usual stuff. <BR> <BR> Church has been busy with study groups, book club, all the regular services, ACW and vestry meeting... then minutes to be done. Organizing our Easter/Spring sale and coordinating table rentals. ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:24:40 EST Meatless Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626930 I try to have one meatless main dish each week, and this week I made a macaroni and cheese dish with lots of added vegetables. I used whole wheat rotini, drained stewed tomatoes, sauteed onion and celery, and some frozen peas. I always save the water I cook vegetables in, and used it as part of the liquid for the cheese sauce (low fat cheese and skim milk). We had broccoli and cherry tomatoes with it, for a nutritious, colourful dinner. <BR> <BR> Knowing that tonight would be meatless, ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:32:52 EST What will I wear to the wedding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624768 Siobhan's wedding is less than 3 months away, and it's time for me to decide what I am going to wear. I waited until Sarah, Siobhan's maid of honour, chose her dress. If she had gone with a long dress, I would have too, although I preferred a short one. Happily, Sarah found a short dress that both she and Siobhan loved. The groom's mother was pushing... hard... for a long dress. I hope she will follow my lead and wear a short one now, but that's a story for another day. Let's just say sh... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:50:34 EST Best Laid Plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621846 We went out for dinner tonight with Siobhan and Will, and had a very pleasant evening. <BR> <BR> As we were going to a new restaurant, I spent some time studying their menu and nutritional information online, and planned exactly what I would have. I was especially careful with the sodium count because I have high blood pressure, and try hard to keep my daily sodium intake below 1500 mg. Very hard to do when eating out. <BR> <BR> I was proud of myself for planning so carefully, and ever... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:55 EST Virtual Walk Update to Sunday, February 9: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620758 This week's walk totalled 30 miles and took me along the Staffordshire Way, another of Britain's long-distance walking trails, and in part followed the Shropshire Union Canal. It was interesting to see more Telford-designed bridges and aqueducts. <BR> <BR> Three counties, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire together form the "Staffordshire Knot", a tourism and industrial area named after the Stafford family. <BR> <BR> This area is known for the pottery and ceramics industry, formed ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:31:43 EST Last Night's Tribute Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619874 Peter and I went to the Ed Sullivan Caravan of Stars last night. It featured a group of tribute artists doing songs made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, Johnny Cash and the Everly Brothers, all introduced by a man who did a wonderful impersonation of Ed Sullivan's voice and mannerisms. <BR> <BR> The show was sold out, and there was hardly anyone under 60, with many in their 70's. Surprisingly, the show went on for 3 hours, with a half-hour intermiss... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:50:58 EST Sometimes I Get Tired of Working So Hard To Be Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617175 I've battled being over-weight since I had my first baby. Sorry, Jenn, I'm not saying it's your fault, just establishing the time line. I've done WW probably 6 or 7 times. I spent a small fortune at Herbal Magic. I took diet pills back when they were legal. I tried to do it on my own more times than I can count. <BR> <BR> I've belonged to SP for just over 3 years, and am having some success. It is a great program, and I'm definitely learning more than I learned with any of the other ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:26:51 EST Souvenirs and Family "Treasures" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615115 I consider myself a practical person, so when I travel, I usually choose a small, useful souvenir to remind myself of the places I've visited. Two of my favourites are coffee mugs and tea towels. DH buys a lot more souvenirs than I do; but lately, since we've started travelling with only carry-ons, he's begun to buy shot glasses. <BR> <BR> We also choose one Christmas ornament each from our trips. I choose angels or crosses, he prefers something with the name of the place and, if possib... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:16:37 EST Virtual Walk Update, Sunday February 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613095 This week's walk was not one of my favourites. I've been following the Severn River since Gloucester, and it's been a boring, flat, muddy trek most of the time. Fields in some areas are fenced right down to the river, with stiles at each trail intersection. Sheep and cows graze in many of these fields, requiring the walker to watch their footing. <BR> <BR> In other areas there are vacation chalets and caravans (cottages and trailers to us North Americans). Some are tidy, well maintaine... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:22:35 EST