MASTERCARE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MASTERCARE MASTERCARE'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/ I believe in Angels.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762364 Just last week.....two nuns walked into the cleaners.....and I freaked out. I am NOT Catholic, but nuns freak me out all the same. One of the nuns.....cried out, "ELKS! ELKWOMAN!" I stood there ....in bewilderment. The last time I had heard those nicknames was in college.......and YET...I didn't know ANY nuns. <BR> <BR> Long story short....I went to college with her. Good ole Mary Deane. I couldn't believe it.....I KNEW this woman! She was WILD. I mean...we use to drink beer...pl... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:46:22 EST Showing up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761642 I have always believed in that Life is for those that show up. I even have that on my spark page. These past few weeks, my mantra has been tested. When Alice passed away, a huge part of me went with her. I almost gave up sparks for I couldn't take it if I had lost anyone else. Basically my thought process was ...I shall leave first so you cannot hurt me. Posting was hard for me......and yet...I still did anyways. <BR> <BR> The first week was the hardest. I barely slept....cried ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:19:07 EST The Package.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755971 Today was a very long day for me. We are always at work by 630am.....and on Friday we close at 6pm.....a shorter day! LOL!...Yet...tonight after we closed, we went to the funeral home for my aunt. I was exhausted. <BR> <BR> When we got home, there was a package waiting for me! FROM TEXAS! Alice's husband sent it to me.....now mind you...he had to have done it Tuesday for me to get it so quickly. I couldn't believe he took the time to do it with so much going on. <BR> <BR> <img src=... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:19:37 EST I smiled today...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755183 Last night I posted on FB and Sparks for those that knew...loved...missed Alice to wear green. Green was Alice's favorite color for it represented the National Kidney Foundation. That was special for Alice for her daughter had passed away in 2010 due to complications of kidney failure. <BR> <BR> This morning before I left for work.....I posted WEAR GREEN FOR ALICE. This morning my friend was laid to rest. <BR> <BR> I was having a hard time....wishing I could be there......I was in my... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 14:45:17 EST Wearing GREEN........for ALice...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754535 Tomorrow my friend will be laid to rest. <BR> <BR> ALice's favorite color was green. The color for her represented the Kidney Foundation. Her daughter passed away Thanksgiving 2009 due to complications of kidney failure. Green is special to Alice. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow ...I am wearing and carrying green. I have a Texas tee shirt...a green water tumbler from wws...and well as my salad bowl and a green spark plastic bracelet. <BR> <BR> I so wished I could be there.....physically......... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:31:22 EST Sharing Grief Helps..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753789 This morning one of Alice's granddaughters called me and we talked...and cried for the longest time. I am not sure I helped her, but she helped me. I know i have a lot of people have reached out to me...and I am so grateful...I am. I have received messages...poems...ETC. My closest friends have been there as well as my own family. The grief I feel is so deep. <BR> <BR> I haven't wanted to do anything, but sit and stare into nothingness as my mind reflects. <BR> <BR> Amazingly enoug... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 17:10:48 EST I loved Alice.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752317 I am not sure if I should blog right now or not. My grief is immense. My emotions are raw and tears hinder my view...and yet....I have to blog ....for my friend....she would know...she would understand. <BR> <BR> My friend Alice passed away this morning. Her granddaughter called me to let me know. Waymon, Alice's husband asked her to do so for he could not for his pain was overwhelming. I understand. <BR> <BR> Alice had a heart attack this morning and went rather quickly and hopef... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:54:07 EST The Ripple Effect.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750602 When my mother showed up at work today....I asked her for a ride home. She quizzed me....wasn't I going to weight watchers? Well.....I would RATHER have a ride home and stay there...then go to wws and back to work. She wouldn't give me one. She told me outright that if I didn't go....I would stop going. She could TELL that I have backed off on my enthusiasm with the program......with me. <BR> <BR> She was right. I have. I have NEVER felt this way...so strongly...so deeply....I have... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:53 EST A....B.....C..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747026 At my weigh in on Thursday, a woman ahead of me had a gain. Immediately I knew she was upset. She had the magic tracker for the week and told the woman.....it was NOT what she had expected. She asked her to give the tracker to the leader....and she left. In her disbelief......she left. I felt bad for her. <BR> <BR> My turn..... <BR> <BR> I expected a loss as well. I was CONFIDENT. I looked at my book as fast as I could. <BR> <BR> It showed a PLUS + <BR> <BR> I didn't believ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:58:23 EST MY INBETWEEN TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742755 Well....in our BLC wide challenge....we have to write TWO blogs......Since I am on a roll....getting my second one done now! LOL! We are suppose to write what we are going to do now until the next round starts in September. I don't mind this one....I understand it......The underline goal...is to make one think ...plan...and hopefully execute what one is going to do in the interim. How many GAIN weight during the BLC breaks? <BR> <BR> I plan on doing what I normally do. <BR> <BR> I hav... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:02:33 EST Round 25 BLC...what I liked the most.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742743 Yes...I am a blogger, but I tend to only blog what I am thinking or trying to sort at the time. It feels OFF to me to blog for a challenge on a team. I feel like the rebellious teenager....that doesn't want too..but going to anyways....for the TEAM. <BR> <BR> AND YET........it occurred to me..that perhaps some of my friends may see this and consider joining BLC 26 in the FALL. Would love to have you! <BR> <BR> My first round was number 9! To this day, that has been the most special ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:41:53 EST So spat was down..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734796 As fellow spat owners know....spat went down. The company that supplies our data crashed. I have to admit, it was unsettling at first for I too have become accustom to my friend...RAMBO <em>543</em> He does push me. He does. <BR> <BR> I know...I should PUSH myself. 20 years ago, I would have LAUGHED at the thought of an activity tracker. I WAS ACTIVE. I was as a child and throughout college. It was when I "became" an adult I seemed to have stopped. Perhaps it was the responsib... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:29:08 EST The Sparkler part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731866 Last Thursday as our meeting was ending, Lisa, our leader passed out a sparklers for us all. I smiled! Two years ago, she did the same thing and I had forgotten. The message was simple...INDEPENDENCE with our choice of healthy eating and living. <BR> <BR> Two years ago.,..... <BR> <BR> I thought I was on cloud 9. I thought I was ready for I had just earned my key chain. Life was grand and I even WROTE about it. <BR> <BR> I almost cringed. <BR> <BR> Two years ago.......... <BR> ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:21:39 EST The Hiding Place.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729355 Like many I am sure, I have closets full of various sized clothing. My problem lately has been...I don't fit into my old clothing like I once did. It is as though Mother Nature is playing a game with me. I am at the right weight for them, but my body has shifted. I feel self conscious so there they wait for perhaps another weight shift. Not sure. <BR> <BR> I have always liked LOOSE clothing. Part of that is that I do work in a hot place and it is physical. I also need the flexibil... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:04:11 EST In a blink of an eye! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727912 The other day...I realized that I had a streak going with my active link.....that I call Morgan. Morgan is not like pedometers for he records MOVEMENT in all directions and not the forward steps. My baseline is high and for me to reach it is quite a feat. To earn any activity points after my baseline.....is amazing. I have never paid attention to the streak of reaching my baseline. I usually don't do much on Sundays for it is my only day off. SO...as you can guess, my longest streak is... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:30:26 EST Willingness..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708134 Knowledge......needing.....wanting.....pro<BR>mises.......commitment........ <BR> <BR> are elements that are NOT enough in order to achieve a healthy balance in one's life. <BR> <BR> WILLINGNESS..... <BR> <BR> The final piece in the puzzle to obtain a successful balance is WILLINGNESS. <BR> <BR> To me...that is MORE powerful of a realization in how I carry myself to go forth. <BR> <BR> Some may ask the question are you in or out? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:00:32 EST AHOY MATEY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707026 I am getting to be a weight watcher meeting pro. There are certain topics I just happen to LOVE. I do. I look forward to them, listen intently and openly. I am totally amazed how my feelings/views have changed since the last time the topic matter was covered. This past Thursday was no exception. <BR> <BR> ANCHORS. We went over what OUR anchors are on this road of healthy living. Lisa does an outstanding job with her guidance as she draws out what we as individuals use. <BR> <BR... Fri, 30 May 2014 19:49:11 EST It is up to you really..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703411 I have been debating for several weeks now whether to write this blog or not. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l388035282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes.....friends.....online teams....families.......can affect you mentality on being healthy depending on where your mind happens to be at the moment. It seems that the people that complain the most....make the most excuses.....can spawn more to join in to their way of thinking. For others that are doing... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:05:25 EST I Sing the Body Electric.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695135 Sometimes I startle myself with how my mind wanders. This week at our weight watchers meetings as we were discussing the healthy guidelines, I had flashes of the movie FAME and the song....I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC. <BR> <BR> I love musicals....always have. I am fascinate with the choreography with the massive cast performing all at once. Every actor is an intricate part of a successful number. Yes...you have the main characters, but the other actors are just as important. They are nec... Wed, 14 May 2014 19:05:26 EST Your teeth can kill you..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692470 As my friends know...I have had more than my share of dental work these last 2 years and 4 and 1/2 months. It has been a very long haul and one that I never thought would end. Each time I thought I would be done...I wasn't. What could go wrong...did go wrong. Now....this Wednesday.....I shall TRULY be done. I am NOT afraid to say that.....for it is FINALLY TRUE. <BR> <BR> It had to be done. When it first started.....it was indeed serious. We had to work on the infections first......... Sun, 11 May 2014 08:35:32 EST Route 66 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683289 I wasn't sure if I would make it to our weight watchers meeting or not. The morning was filled with downpours of rain and I am not comfortable driving in such weather. I was fortunate and grateful to get a ride. <BR> <BR> The topic was THE TRIP....as opposed to THE JOURNEY of weight loss. As we all know, weight loss...being healthy can be quite the TRIP alright! <BR> <BR> Sherry broke it up into different categories of the ROAD.... <BR> <BR> FREEWAY <BR> SCENIC ROUTE <BR> BACK ROAD... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:23:32 EST Mother Earth..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681193 My mind is in a whirlwind right now......I need to collect my thoughts and decided to write to help sort out the pieces of awe that fills my head and heart. <BR> This week has been one of spiritual awakening for me. <BR> <BR> It started on Sunday, Easter morning. <BR> <BR> Our weather was perfect in that early morning. I had plenty to do, but was drawn to sit by the sliding glass door in our dining room. Our three cats were content as they watched the day unfold. I joined them as... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:45:10 EST For Brenda..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670574 My first experience with online friends was on the website for the Biggest Loser back in 07. It was very new to me and I was very fortunate to find two groups to be apart of. We all wanted to be there...I mean...it cost money to do so! We all had a purpose and .....I was so lucky to make the friends that I did. <BR> <BR> One of the groups was the Vanishing Vixens. Once a Vixen...always a Vixen. I cannot tell you the fun we had supporting one another in weight loss as well as in our ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:22:04 EST Power of Suggestion.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670049 I really try to go to two different weight watcher meetings per week. I like both the leaders and the members that attend each one. Since January, I have not been able to make the 2nd meeting. A number of factors...my teeth with dental appointments...and swear each week...bad weather arose. Yes, we had a harsh winter. This week...I was able to attend the 2nd meeting. <BR> <BR> Yes...it was good to see the regulars....and lots of new people too! You could tell they were close...and I... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:25:35 EST In a Year's Time..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667698 Almost a year ago to the date, our weight watcher meeting was on Hedonic Hunger. Our leader Sherry made the comment that she couldn't wait to see what I would write about our meeting. <BR> <BR> To be frank, I wasn't going to write anything. I wrote BLINDED BY SCIENCE a year ago dealing with Hedonic Hunger. What more could I say? <BR> <BR> I thought about that....for the longest time. I remember just questioning these so called scientists that came up with Hedonic Hunger. I didn't t... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:07:49 EST apples and oranges...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664561 I have never understood why some people have to put down others in order to feel superior. I don't think they truly understand or realize how they sound when they speak. Perhaps they do...but I prefer to think they do not. <BR> <BR> I truly comprehend how personal and touchy one can become when struggling......obtaining a healthy lifestyle. The trick is to find other mind like people as oneself. I love to be around people that are similar to me in my approach...if not stronger. It kee... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:06:30 EST Leash on Life..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660193 It has taken me quite some time to find MY way in becoming/being healthy. Just this past week, someone made the comment that "results not typical" as a disclaimer was made in reference to me on weight watchers. Sort of funny, perhaps a tad cruel, but a lot of truth in that statement all the same. I personally, don't care for I have TRULY found MY OWN way and I couldn't be ...more satisfied nor complete. <BR> <BR> On February 4th, my friend Kim and I both purchased our active links. I ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:57:00 EST I shall run..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649325 I have gone in spurts in obtaining the healthy lifestyle I wish to posses. My drawbacks are mainly due to my teeth. So much dental work since Feb 1, 2012. All but two teeth have been worked on. No...I don't live in the woods without running water, tooth brush, or floss......it has been my luck of the draw as far as being unhealthy. I am almost done. My latest endurance was a tooth pulled last Thursday in prep for my third bridge. I am not even 50. The stitches still cover my whole upp... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:22:28 EST My March Madness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637468 The day I have been dreading since December arrives this Thursday........the dentist. What was suppose to be done in December has been prolonged due to the last tooth cannot be saved. So..another tooth pulled.....another bridge put in. I dread the pain. The only saving grace I have ....is that this is the last tooth to be worked on. <BR> <BR> For awhile, I have been guilty of not going forward in my efforts in bettering myself in health. The depressed part of me wanted to put it on ho... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:39:55 EST You can't handle the truth.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633742 I just love that line uttered by Jack Nicholson in the movie A FEW GOOD MEN. <BR> <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I had a heart to heart talk with my dear friend Susie out in California. I opened up to her with my thoughts on why I struggle so at times with eating healthy and following weight watchers. I do so well....then....I don't. I am a on see-saw. <BR> <BR> I understand myself more and more as time goes by and when I THINK I have figured it out......I realize I have more to learn. ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:34:29 EST CHALLENGE REFERENCE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628647 This is not a blog, but an easy reference for a month long challenge I am doing.... <BR> <BR> by all means...if you wish to join in.....the more the merrier I say! <BR> <BR> <BR> ST. PATRICK'S DAY AND SPRING CHALLENGE: <BR> Starting FEBRUARY 19 <BR> <BR> Wednesday- 2 miles <BR> Thursday-3 miles <BR> Friday-3 miles <BR> Saturday- Personal Choice workout <BR> Sunday- Day off or makeup day or Personal Choice workout <BR> Monday- 4 miles <BR> Tuesday- 3 miles <BR> <BR> EVERY DAY YOU PLANK <... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:14:11 EST So you THINK you can....dance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618166 For over a year now....I have been eyeing the active link that is available with weight watchers. I have felt like a kid in the candy store looking.....dreaming.....of having one. I have held it in my hands......I have read everything I could on it.....I asked questions. <BR> <BR> I must admit...some of the reviews have been harsh.....I get that. Members thought that they were CHEATED in earning their activity points. I get that too. <BR> <BR> I mulled over the reviews, but didn'... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 21:03:52 EST Miles to go before I sleep......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597412 Not too long ago, a friend called me before she was to leave for her weight watcher meeting. She was thinking of wearing her shoes for her weigh ins. My immediate response was, "Why? Are you trying to mask your gain?" <BR> <BR> She become VERY defensive towards me. She wanted to know why would I ask her that? <BR> <BR> <BR> WHY? <BR> <BR> Because all week long she kept telling me that she had to get her eating under control. Her snacking was nonstop and she was making unwise cho... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:38:11 EST I AM A PEOPLE TOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590984 Oh yes...I should say ....I am a person too..but making a slight point here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently a good friend joined weight watchers after being on hiatus for 11 years. Kim and I have been diligent with our meetings and sharing with our friend Dot. It was hard to explain simplestart to her and we encouraged her to join to see for herself and get the much needed materials. Visuals are so valuable....at least for me they are! The plan is so well put together.....including pictures... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:55:28 EST The Power of Meetings to the 9th degree... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576778 Last day of the old year.....and I went to my weight watcher meeting. Wasn't going to miss it for the world. I felt pretty confident going in. I wasn't sure what that bad boy of a scale was going to say, but I knew in my heart that I had a good week. I didn't track......but I ate power foods and focused on the new Simple Start program. I BELEIVED in what I have been doing. I had the UPMOST FAITH in weight watchers......and more importantly...MYSELF. <BR> <BR> You see........I have g... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:08:23 EST CHEERS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573935 I happen to LOVE New Year's Eve and Day. I do. The time is MY time to do as I choose....no gatherings...no parties. It is MY time to reflect and be at home. The real world shall return soon enough. <BR> <BR> I never make resolutions. I actually do not believe in them for myself. Oh sure, I would like to do this or that, but personally, I understand the HOW with planning and not empty promises to keep. <BR> <BR> 2013 has not been my favorite year. It has been unkind to be quite frank... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:47:10 EST The GRINCH that (almost) stole Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572019 The first day of winter was Saturday, December 21st. The first day of winter we had a major ice storm. Our lights kept flickering and I prayed we would NOT lose power. <BR> <BR> In the early hours of Sunday, we heard a HUGE crash and our house shook and we lost power instantly. May I add when we lose power...we lose water. <BR> <BR> Huge limbs came crashing down and literally RIPPED the power lines off our house. This was NOT a good sign. Our phone lines we also affected. After... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:57:35 EST Our Walk in the Woods... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568255 Today was quite the eventful day! After weight watchers, my childhood friend Anna, came and picked me up so we could spend the rest of the day together. She is here from Las Vegas. She comes twice a year....a month in July and part of December. She is quite lucky. Her husband is a college professor at one of their universities therefore, they have the luxury of travel. <BR> <BR> I was a tad apprehensive. I was already preparing what I would do when presented with food options. I ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:52:36 EST SIMPLY .....ME...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564306 I LOVED both the weight watcher meetings I went too this week. I was so excited to attend my first one on Tuesday, I was like a little kid on Christmas Day. I say that because it is LIKE Christmas Day to me when they share the additions....changes to weight watchers for the upcoming year. New materials...new toys.....updated info.....it is so much like.....NEW START! FRESH ATTITUDE! <BR> <BR> The exciting addition is the SIMPLE START PROGRAM. It is almost like weight watchers has THRE... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:09:53 EST Parting is such sweet sorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559223 I joined BLC in round 9. A good spark friend, who also has become a good friend that I have met and text on a regular basis, got me in. I loved my first round as a Peach. I think because it was new and exciting to me. I thought our group was close knit and tons of fun. We gave our all on challenges and we also CHATTED. I remember fondly one Saturday afternoon when a teammie was at the home opener for the NEW Yankee stadium. The Yankees lost miserably and we kept talking and feeling bad... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 16:47:32 EST I looked down..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556243 When I walked into our weight watchers meeting today......I saw on the board that our topics for the day were anchors and the gift tag! I couldn't but help exclaim to our leader Sherry that THESE were my FAVORITE topics of all time! Sherry does them together every first meeting of December. For me they set the tone for the Holiday Season. <BR> <BR> I have learned that my anchors have changed as I have changed. The gift tag is one to me from me. On the back you write the amount of we... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 20:26:06 EST 100 = CENTURION = ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554302 I have to admit....since I had that nasty cold a few weeks ago....I have been LAXED in my steps. I use to take SUCH pride in getting my GLOW for reaching my 10000 steps per day. Now...it is like a huge chore! Before I would work so hard to see how much further I could go beyond that 10000.....now..as soon as I see I hit my 10....I stop! LOL! <BR> <BR> I still LOVE my RAMBO <em>543</em> He truly is a huge part of my daily life. I actually had a panic attack earlier today when he d... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 15:50:26 EST Off My Game... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543254 This past week I had a NASTY cold.....as all know, being sick is so not fun! I kept my spirits up by being grateful that if I were to be sick, better now than on Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> I did NOT attend a single weight watchers meeting. I usually go twice per week. My three year plus streak...ended. sigh. <BR> <BR> I also did not WALK. Rambo and I rested ....a lot. <em>544</em> No glow trophy for us! sigh. <BR> <BR> What I did do....was plan.....think....and prepared for WHE... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:18:40 EST Empty, but now full.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524812 Anyone that has a pet...lost a pet...loves animals will be able to relate.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Facebook has allowed me to reconnect to an old school friend. We were very close in our junior high years. Annette and I have always been alike, but she has more intensity to her personality than I do. Yes, she has a very dry witty sense of humor, but her humor is filled with intellect. Naturally, I was NOT surprised to learn that she is a college professor at a major university. She quite frankly... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:00:32 EST Blogging over time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524558 I have been blogging for quite some time...basically since I started sparks in 08. I have deleted many a blog, but I still remember writing..and perhaps still do from time to time....that I had planned on doing this or that. I have written game plans...why I have done what I have done..and that I am trying. I have even written how I was starting over...regrouping..etc. So much, I felt like a broken record. <BR> <BR> Today.....as we were driving back from the farmer's market....I realize... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:10:03 EST What makes a TRUE friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522582 I must admit, I have a lot of friends....good true blue friends. <BR> <BR> I also have HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TRUE BLUE FRIENDS....and they are sort of rare, but ones I value with all my heart. <BR> <BR> My oldest online friend is Susie....we go back from BLC website days from 07. We keep in contact every day. We text our food and how are day is going. Because of our friendship, we had to get the UNLIMITED texting plan! LOL....yet...as frugal as I am....it is so worth the extra 10/month. ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:04:18 EST Reality verses the Mind..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517963 I have never really enjoyed WORKING OUT. For me, fitness was activity/movement and not ...WORKING OUT. I could NEVER relate to those that ENJOYED that pastime. I had the fleeting moment of ...GOOD FOR YOU.....and that was it. Never saw myself as one to relish the time. I dreaded it and couldn't wait for it to end. <BR> <BR> I am changing. <BR> <BR> RAMBO has changed me. <em>543</em> <BR> <BR> I am changing. <BR> <BR> <BR> I totally understand the WORKOUT FITNESS MINUTES. ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:57:25 EST Trick or Treat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516174 I was reading some posts the other day on what some thought of Trick or Treating. The grand topic of conversation was how they don't pass out candy to anyone looking older than 12. They feel that is wrong and by principle alone..they weren't going to do it again this year as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The age of 10 was a difficult time period for me. I had a child's mind and attitude, but my body betrayed me. I was tall for my age...5'4 and still am that height... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:09:43 EST WHY you SHOULD name your SPAT...PEDOMETER...etc.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512511 I have always named my pedometers......Henry was my first. He was an ORMON....the older gray model and was shaped like a police badge...hence..he was my badge of HONOR. I am not sure why I named him Henry, but I did. He turned out to be one of my dearest friends. <BR> <BR> Henry and I walked many miles together. <BR> <BR> We have been to weddings dancing our heads off! <BR> <BR> We have been to baseball games....a football game... <BR> <BR> We flew to Texas one year for a week and did... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:27:22 EST IT isn't an issue....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512246 This is the time of year we go to the apple orchard every Sunday! Oh how I love to go! Only have two more Sundays in our area before for they close down for the season. sigh. YET...the drive is so worthwhile as the leaves are changing... the sky is a crisp blue as the sun shines. It makes my heart sing! <BR> <BR> Naturally, they have caramel apples with nuts or without. I cannot have them for two reasons: 1) my teeth and 2) I am NOT willing to use the points to have one. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 11:11:57 EST