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/ How closely do you track your carbs, fats and protein? What about fibre and salt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300104 I've lost 34 lbs. since starting SP, and have 8 lbs. to go to meet my goal,of 150 lbs. I've belonged to SP for 6 years, and went up and down for the first 5 years. Last May I "got serious", mainly because I'm 73 and want to be around, and able to play with our 20-month-old granddaughter. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've lost 30 lbs., and I think the main reason is because I carefully track my calories, carbs, fats, proteins, fibre and salt just about every day, even when we're on holiday. I e... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:27:20 EST Started using my 6-month swim pass today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299308 Peter gave me a 6-month swim pass, and today I went to the seniors swim from 10:30-11:30. <BR> We had 3 lanes of the pool, and there were only 8 of us, so lots of space. I mainly swam lengths, although I did do a few of the exercises I remembered from aquafit. In comparison, the lifeguard told me there were 47 people in the aquafit class this morning. Way too many for me! <BR> <BR> I was the only person who swam hard for most of the time. Some people definitely use it as a social time,... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:37:29 EST Ukrainian Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292542 As some of you know, my husband belongs to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which celebrates Christ's Birth on January 6, known to most of us as Epiphany. <BR> <BR> The special meal is served on Christmas Eve, traditionally beginning when the first star appears in the sky. Since our daughter's family can't come until they get home from work, we'll probably eat between 6:30 and 7. <BR> <BR> There are 12 dishes in the traditional Christmas meal, which cannot include any meat or dairy. The mea... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:40:42 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291348 Day by day, sometimes hour by hour, we make choices which affect our lives in big and small ways. When Peter and I met, 16 years ago, we each had a mortgage-free house. When we decided to get married, we sold both of our homes and had a new one built, in the town where he lived, so that Siobhan could continue in the same school and not have to move away from her friends. Peter was already retired, but I was still working. The move doubled my travel time, from 2 hours/day to 4, and was one... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:09:29 EST Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289804 One of the days I was sick, I had tv on but wasn't really paying attention until I realized they were talking about 4 different kinds of clutter that we have to deal with. They were: <BR> - indecisive clutter <BR> - emotional clutter <BR> - guilty clutter <BR> - over-shopping clutter <BR> <BR> As those who've been reading my blogs for a while know, I'm relatively well-organized, but my DH is a collector... BIG TIME... bordering on hoarding. Before we married 14 years ago, he'd lived in the... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:52:34 EST The "Different" Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285486 Since my oldest daughter's family moved to Calgary three years ago, Christmas has been smaller, but still great. In the morning we open our gifts to each other and things that have been mailed to us, talk to my son & his wife in Nova Scotia and my daughter's family from out west, and have a brunch of tourtiere, a baked egg/tomato/spinach and cheese dish and of course cookies. <BR> <BR> Since Aria's birth, we've gone to Siobhan & Will's mid-afternoon to exchange gifts and enjoy dinner with... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:49:18 EST Christmas in a Small Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278132 Uxbridge Township has a population of just over 20,000 people... but this includes many square miles of farms and little villages, so the "town" itself is probably between 10 and 12 thousand. <BR> <BR> For the tree lighting ceremony at the hospital last night, I think at least 2,000 people came out. It was a clear, cold evening; perfect for the event. The hospital cafeteria provided hot chocolate, warm spiced cider and sugar cookies. The Roxy Kids, a group from our small movie theatre... ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:43:40 EST Bit of a meltdown yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277088 I love Christmas. I love the shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking... but mostly, I love being with the people who matter most to me. <BR> <BR> And there's the problem. Of our 4 children, only one lives close enough to visit regularly. The others are widely scattered... one on the east coast, one in Alberta, one in Europe. I'm so proud of all of them. They're bright, ambitious, hard-working people who have all done well in their chosen careers... but we seldom see them. Even going to... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:52:23 EST December Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275386 Since I finished working in the garden, my exercising has been spotty, to say the least. For December my commitment is to exercise a minimum of 10 minutes each day. Last night I was in bed when I realized I hadn't done anything... after a long moment, I got up and used the free weights and did some leg exercises. <BR> <BR> My first goal is to weigh 160 lbs. by December 31/16. At the moment, that means losing another 1.5 lbs., which isn't much, except for the season and all the extra eat... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:55:25 EST Christmas Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269580 I always look forward to baking at Christmas time. I bake for our family, but also for gifts for some neighbours and friends. I usually make a combination of traditional family recipes (shortbreads and my mother's sultana cake), cherry loaf, rum balls and fruit/nut/marshmallow treats that Peter loves, and many batches of nuts and bolts. <BR> <BR> If I'm going to reach my goal of 160 lbs. by December 31, I have to cut back, because I usually end up eating most of the baking myself. So.... ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:43:41 EST Vimy Ridge and The Ontario Regiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268348 Last night Peter and I went to a meeting at the high school about Vimy Ridge, where the Memorial to Canadians who served in the First World War is located. Some of the Canadian soldiers were from the Ontario Regiment, formed by Colonel Sam Sharpe who grew up near where we live, and who went from village village, farm to,farm, recruiting young men to join him in France. In total, 1106 young men answered his call. <BR> <BR> Vimy Ridge had been held by the Germans for a long time, and they w... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:36:32 EST It's a slippery slope... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266317 The holiday season is upon us, and one of the hardest things for me is not being in control of what is served, especially at pot lucks or dinners out. <BR> <BR> I've worked very hard and am down 25 lbs. since May. I don't want to gain over the holidays, so here are some of my plans for coping... <BR> <BR> ... eat at home as much as possible. Get the slow cooker out and make some vegetarian chilli to have on hand when we're in a rush. <BR> <BR> ... Roast a chicken, surrounded with veget... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:28:47 EST Does anyone remember... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264786 ... "Bend and stretch, reach for the sky... stand on tippitoes oh so high..." It was the theme for a program my kids watched back in the 70's. Perhaps a small, Canadian program. <BR> <BR> That's what I was doing today. Over the last couple of days, Peter pruned a maple tree, an apple tree and two lilacs. My job was to chop up the branches, save the bigger ones to burn next year in our chiminea, and put the rest out for yard-waste pick-up. <BR> <BR> I did lots of bending, stretching ... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:23:58 EST November... A dangerous time and place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260894 I realized today that this is the third time I've been down 20 lbs. (actually down 27 as of today!) since I joined SP in 2011. The other times, I regained all, or most, of the weight before getting myself in hand. I am determined to make this time different, and continue on until I've reached my goal of 150 lbs. <BR> <BR> November is dangerous for another reason... Christmas baking, lunches out with friends, special events at church... so many tempting foods, and less sunshine. No more ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:25:01 EST It's always nice to be home again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257101 We left Toronto by the VIA train just after midnight on September 27. The train had been late arriving in Toronto, so it couldn't leave until the crew had their minimum 6-hour break. Peter and I stayed up in the dome car until we left the city lights behind, then retired to our tiny cabin with bunk beds and a toilet compartment. The shower was "down the hall", one per train car and serving about 20 people. Crew did a great job of keeping it spotless. <BR> <BR> The meals on the train we... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:05:24 EST August Report and Plan for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228440 My goal for August was to lose 4 lbs. I actually lost 3.5 lbs. That means I've had a loss each month for the past 4 months, and am now down 17 lbs. since the new year. <BR> <BR> We will be away from September 27 until October 21, without regular internet access and of course no scale. The first 5 days and the last 5 days won't be difficult because we will be on a train and the meals, although very good, are on the smallish size and there is little opportunity to snack except on the fruit ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 13:42:29 EST Kincardine Scottish Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226074 Kincardine is a small town on the shore of Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario. This past week-end the community pipe band there celebrated it's 25th Scottish Festival with a gathering of 8 bands plus individual pipers and drummers from probably another 8. <BR> <BR> The Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums were invited to take part, and since our daughter's husband wasn't available, we took her and our granddaughter with us. We left on Friday morning, stopping in the Mennonite area west of Tor... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:02:21 EST Don't Get Taken in by "Free" Offers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223776 I've always thought of myself as a smart consumer and careful shopper. Probably most of you would say the same thing about yourself. <BR> <BR> Whoa... not so fast... if I'm that smart, how come I signed for a free sample, "pay only the shipping", offer for what's probably the world's fastest-selling weight loss product currently. It's everywhere... tv programs, magazines, pop-ups on the computer... it seems like all the stars are using it and shedding pounds the way I shed my winter coat a... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:57:03 EST Thomas the Tank Engine & the Carpets are Dry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216666 Back in the early 90's Peter was one of the local people who formed the York-Durham Heritage Railway, to bring tourism to our small town. After 3 or 4 years of fundraising and acquiring rolling stock, the railway opened. Peter remained a volunteer until about 2005, when he realized he didn't have time for both the railway and the pipe band. <BR> <BR> For the next couple of week-ends, though, he's back on the train. YDHR, working with Mattel, has brought Thomas to Uxbridge. Thomas origina... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:57:42 EST Ontario's Algonquin Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212421 Today we went for a long drive in our '59 Austin-Healy Sprite Mark 1 - Peter's first car, and his pride and joy. He bought this car when he was teaching in Belleville, and took it north with him to Red Lake, where he was principal. He's very proud of this car, and takes excellent care of it. <BR> <BR> We drove a total 375 miles, north-east from Uxbridge to Barry's Bay then west through Algonquin Park. About 95% of the park is accessible only by boat. The one road (besides some seasonal r... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 22:12:22 EST Plan for August... Be Strong, Lose 4 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210880 Good morning everyone. <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe that summer is half gone. It's been very hot and humid here. Temperatures often in the low 30's with humidex 37-39. Very unpleasant, and not conducive to exercising outside. To make things worse, we had less than half the usual rain and some of my annuals, planted to provide colour in between the perennials, didn't survive even though our water bill was twice what it should have been. <BR> <BR> We had grandchildren here for 14 of t... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 09:36:06 EST DH and I Had Our Check-Ups Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199430 And the results were generally good. He was very pleased with my weight loss, and told me to keep doing exactly what I've been doing, except he told me to eat regular whole grain bread rather than gluten free, as he says there is no indication that I have celiac disease, and (and I didn't know this)... if I keep on eating gluten free for a while, and then go back to regular wheat breads, I may find that I can no longer digest it properly. <BR> <BR> He said we should have red meat no more t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:06:12 EST Cham Shan Buddhist Temple, Bethany Ontario http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190058 Yesterday Peter and I went to an open house at the site of the largest Buddhist temple outside China. <BR> <BR> The Cham Shan Buddhist Temple is being built at Bethany, Ontario, about 2 hours north-east of Toronto. It is modeled after one on a Chinese mountain top, and will cost $80 million before it is finished in 2-3 years. <BR> <BR> About 20 years ago the Buddhist Association of Canada began buying up land near the village of Bethany. The site was chosen after considering many differ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:15:53 EST Home after a rainy 4-day break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181154 Peter and I decided to take a little trip... in between the church activities, the gardening and the many piping commitments... and after checking the long-range weather forecast, decided to leave last Tuesday for a trip to the Eastern Townships of Quebec, about an 8-hour trip from home. <BR> <BR> Somehow the weather forecast was way off, and we left in the rain, in the Sprite (Peter's first ever car, a 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite), weighing only 1200 lbs. It's a little 2-seater with a remo... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:43:01 EST Why I Hate Clothes Shopping at Big Stores with Thin Salespeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176004 I am most comfortable in gardening cloths, or in the pyjama pants and loose t-shirts I wear to work around the house. I seldom wear high heels, and even when I do, they are only 1 1/2 to 2" high. <BR> <BR> The other day, going to a memorial service in Toronto, I dug deep in the back of my closet for a black and beige patterned shift, and wore it with a beige jacket and black patent shoes. I was the only one of the Uxbridge contingent who wore a dress, so I was quite pleased with myself. ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:18:53 EST Acid Reflux... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168348 I've been having some trouble with Acid Reflux (GERD) lately, and have been doing a lot of reading up on the food triggers. If I can, I'd rather control it by diet and lifestyle changes rather than taking more medications. And I know that losing weight will probably help reduce the incidents. <BR> <BR> The foods I'm reducing or eliminating in my daily meal plan include tomato products (I love tomato-based soups and casseroles), citrus fruits, carbonated beverages and alcohol. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 22 May 2016 20:32:55 EST Low cost housing options http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139927 On Saturday I went to a seminar in town put on by Habitat for Humanity and North House, a local social service agency working with the homeless and those in danger of becoming so. <BR> <BR> I live in a small town town about 50 miles north-east of Toronto. It used to be mainly agricultural but now is becoming a bedroom community attracting commuters and seniors who want to move out of the city. The average price for a detached home in Toronto is over $1 million, with most condos costing wel... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:52:26 EST Virtual Walk Around Nova Scotia - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102406 I'm finally leaving the suburban sprawl behind as I approach Musquodoboit Harbour. When I was a little girl, people had summer cottages Porter's Lake; now people live there full-time and work in the city. With the new 100 series highways, it's only a 30-minute drive to the city, although once you get there, it will probably take at least that much time again to get across one of the bridges and to your destination. <BR> <BR> More later, someone just came in. <BR> <BR> From Lawrencetown Bea... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 21:20:29 EST Virtual Walk Around Nova Scotia - week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090350 A couple of my Spark Friends have gently reminded me that I promised to start a new virtual walk. Thank you, Kate and Audra, for giving me the push I needed. <BR> <BR> I grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, a city across the harbour from Halifax, the province's capital. Halifax was founded in 1749, and Dartmouth a year later. Both cities were settled primarily by people from Britain. As I walk around the province, I will talk a little bit about the people who first settled specific areas. ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:57:42 EST What's Changed?... Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080588 So what's going on? I recommitted to SP on January 4 after regaining 12 lbs last year. Since then, I've lost 4 lbs and am exercising regularly. I'm switching things around in the house, planning lots of sewing projects, sleeping better and staying within my calorie/fat/protein/carb range just about every day. Still struggling a bit with salt, and realize that I have to almost give up eating out if I'm going to stay below 2000 mg/day. The good news is that I've been off BP meds for 3 weeks,... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:01:26 EST Pride goeth before a fall... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076174 I have to admit I've been feeling really good about my "fresh start" on SP a couple of weeks ago (see previous blog). Well last night I crashed in a big way. I wrote just yesterday to a Spark Friend saying that my binges were fewer and not nearly as bad as they had been. Or so I thought... to quote Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral. <BR> <BR> Last night I couldn't sleep, and wandered downstairs around 2 to read by the fireplace. 5 minutes later I had a package of crab-flavoured p... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:22:16 EST Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072664 For the first time in months, I'm really excited about SP! I feel like I did when I first started the program 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> I got careless, exercised less and didn't track my food carefully or honestly... a few cookies can't really hurt, can they? Over the past 18 months I regained almost all the weight I'd worked so hard to lose. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I didn't throw in the towel. I didn't quit. Instead, I recommitted. <BR> <BR> Since January 4, I've lost 3.1 pound... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:07:32 EST Spark Teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065642 As most of you know, I've chosen to limit the number of Spark Friends I add so that I can really get to know those I correspond with. <BR> <BR> Today I've decided to cut back on the time I spend on teams as well. Currently, each morning I spend about an hour on the iPad, updating my own account, reading articles, playing team games and checking on my friends. <BR> <BR> The games are fun. I especially like the word-type games... last letter starts the next word... A-Z on some topic... b... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:23:55 EST Ukrainian Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063519 My DH goes to the Ukrainian Catholic church (he's Irish, English and German, but that's another story), so we celebrate two Christmases each year. <BR> <BR> Today is Ukrainian Christmas Day, 12 days after December 25. Traditionally the Ukrainian Christmas dinner is eaten on Christmas Eve, beginning when the first star appears in the sky. There are 12 traditional dishes, beginning with kutia, wheat or barley mixed with poppy seeds, honey, water and nuts. Borscht, beet soup follows, then k... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 21:17:24 EST 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059016 Has GOT to be better, weight-wise than 2015. <BR> <BR> My plan for 2015 went all to heck. No legitimate reasons; I simply ate too much and exercised too little, promising myself that I would "start tomorrow". The holidays were an absolute disaster; I ate as if I would never see food again, resulting in a 5lb. gain from December 1. <BR> <BR> Today, January 3, 2016, is the first day of my new plan. I will blog weekly about progress, successes and failures. Hopefully more of the former a... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:52:43 EST Some people have kindly asked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043332 about our last trip. It had its good points, but was definitely not as good as the spring trip. <BR> <BR> The good points included a stay at the Opryland Resort (ridiculously large, but worth a visit), attending a service at Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Orleans, (neither of us is Baptist, but the singing was wonderful and the congregation made us so welcome), visiting Tulum Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula and Peter's first-ever visit to Graceland. He's a huge Elvis fan and had never... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 16:40:39 EST Disney World with my daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027087 When our children graduated from university, I took each of them on a special trip of their choice... all except my oldest daughter, Jennifer, who was starting a job out of town the week after graduation, and who was getting married in the fall. We always planned to do the trip "someday", and this year we were finally able to plan it. <BR> <BR> Some people would think Disney World was a strange destination for two women, 48 and 72 years of age, but it's probablyJenn's favourite place in the... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 08:42:39 EST Cutting back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013699 I've cancelled most of my team and newsletter subscriptions. What's the point of getting lots of points when the pounds aren't coming off??? <BR> <BR> I need to hunker down and WORK at this program. I know the program makes sense, but I haven't been doing my part consistently. <BR> <BR> I haven't been exercising consistently. I haven't been using the treadmill. I can't seem to commit to a new virtual walk. <BR> <BR> Some of the time I've been spending online, accumulating Spark po... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:11:13 EST Do You Try New Recipes Very Often? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985380 I must admit that I don't. I've spent hours yesterday and today going through magazines, clipping decorating ideas, recipes, knitting patterns and exercises. Then I got out my recipe files - 1 envelope each for appetizers, breakfast, beef, breads, chicken, desserts... you get the idea, and yes, I even have my spices in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> Before adding the new recipes, I sorted through each envelope, tossing duplicates and things that sounded too complicated or needed too many e... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:59:52 EST Today I Lost a Spark Friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984498 ... I'm so glad I found her again! As some of you know, I limit my number of Spark Friends. Probably because I think of you as penpals, and want to keep the number low so that I can keep in touch with you regularly. I may never meet any of you, but you are carefully chosen, and are definitely "real", not "virtual" to me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I clicked on the See All Friends button on my page, there were 17 of you rather than 18. Two full rows, but only 5 in the third row instead of... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:51:58 EST Do you really believe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980172 that you can reach the goal weight you set for yourself? <BR> <BR> That's one of the questions in an article I read yesterday on the SP site, under the heading, Weight Loss articles. The article is called, " An Obesity Expert Tells Us What Really Works in Weight Loss". <BR> <BR> When I joined SP in 2011, I weighed 192 lbs. and set my goal as 150 lbs. I've reached the low 160's a couple of times, but each time scuttled back to the high 170's/low 180's which seems to be my comfort level. ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:45:16 EST Bit of a Wake-Up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975377 Hi all... <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I've been sick for over a month, with various diagnoses ranging from a virus to bronchitis. I've been on Flovent for 2 weeks and an antibiotic for one, both prescribed by a doctor at walk-in, as I couldn't get a quick appointment with our own doctor. <BR> <BR> Today I saw our family doctor to see whether my lungs were clearing, and how long I should stay on the Flovent. <BR> <BR> Going way back, this coughing thing started when my office moved into... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:10:22 EST Taking a fresh look at my plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964880 My goal weight, from the time I joined SP in 2011, has been 150 lbs. Once I actually got down to 159 point something; another time to 161... then each time I scuttled back to the comfort of the 170's. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to rethink the process. I'm setting smaller, shorter goals. The first is to reach 165 lbs. By October 25, when I leave on a week's vacation with my oldest daughter. To reach this goal, I need to lose 12 lbs. in 13 weeks. Yikes... writing that number scares me.... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:40:50 EST Ringing the Bell 1181 Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948738 Today is National Aboriginal Day in Canada, and after church we rang the bells 1181 times to honour the 1181 Aboriginal women murdered or missing in Canada. This number is 3-4 times the number of non-Aboriginal women murdered or missing over the same period of time. <BR> <BR> Most of those killed, like most murdered women in Canada, are the victims of domestic violence, killed by their husband, partner or another family member. Most of the missing women are presumed dead. <BR> <BR> I rece... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:01:35 EST Funeral Planning Can Be Quite Interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943510 Guess this means I'm finally grown up. Peter and I visited two local funeral homes this week to gather information for our (we hope long-in-the-future) funerals. We both want pretty much the same thing. Cremation, visitation one afternoon and evening, church funeral with visitation in the lounge one hour beforehand, reception at the church, and internment of the ashes later the same day or the following morning. Our criteria for deciding between the two funeral homes was to be mainly base... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:18:36 EST 3 NSV's in One Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938645 Maybe, just maybe, it's starting to sink in. <BR> <BR> I've had 3 food-related successes this past week, and I'm feeling very proud. <BR> <BR> Peter likes fast food, and brings it home a couple of times each week. It's a challenge. If I know ahead of time, for example, that he's getting a pizza, I plan one slice into my meal plan for the day. <BR> <BR> Last Friday we were at church until after 7, and he suggested getting fish & chips on the way home. I ate the fish, but had only about... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:00:39 EST Reminder to self... never add an emoticon at the end of a blog. It makes them disappear. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936005 I just wrote an amusing (to me, anyway), blog about getting things ready for a sale at church... I've rented a table and am trying to get rid of some stuff... but when I tried to add an emoticon, it disappeared. <BR> <BR> So... I'll write after the sale instead. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> Gail (no emoticon) <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 00:30:37 EST Mid-May, and I'm Not Where I Planned To Be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929191 and that's because I made a realistic plan but didn't follow it consistently. <BR> - I didn't start another long-distance walk on the treadmill after completing my hike from Land's End, Cornwall, to John O'Groats Scotland <BR> - I didn't consistently drink 8 glasses of water each day <BR> - I didn't use smaller plates to encourage smaller portions <BR> - I didn't reduce my sodium consistently enough <BR> - even though I have resistance bands, a medicine ball, stability ball and free weights, ... Sat, 16 May 2015 15:36:59 EST Time to Regroup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898996 I've been struggling since November, and have regained some of the weight I worked so hard to lose last year. <BR> <BR> I think that part of the problem is that I am especially busy in the winter, particularly with church activities. First there's the budget process, then all the extra Christmas programs, vestry meeting, filling in with reading, chalice and projector for the people who go south for the winter. I chair the Advisory Board, write for the newsletter and help distribute it, a... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:55:38 EST Woo Hoo! I'm an Hourglass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857831 Hourglass - top and bottom equal, middle narrows in... only problem is, I'm sure there is supposed to be more narrowing... <BR> <BR> I joined a 90-day challenge started by my friend PIXIE-LICIOUS (check out her Spark Page, she's a great Spark Friend, and sets up some very interesting challenges). She took front and side pictures of herself on January 1, and challenged others to do this once a month, for 3 months. Another option was to weigh and measure yourself, and that's the one I chose... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:01:32 EST