MAUITN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAUITN MAUITN'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/ 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/14/17 - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375095 6/14/17 – Day 30 <BR> 30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the last month? <BR> <BR> I was not on a diet during this 30-day challenge. I was eating whatever I wanted. I also didn’t lose any weight. I did a lot of thinking. I did pay attention to what I’m doing now and how I feel. I’m not feeling the way I want to feel. I don’t have the energy I want. So more changes are coming. Watch for an update. <BR> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:57:06 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/13/17 - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374562 6/13/17 – Day 29 (sorry for the gap. I was out of town) <BR> 29. There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise. <BR> <BR> I struggle with how to introduce myself or describe myself. It gets old saying the same old things. Especially when I’m trying to change many things in my life. I’m trying to determine what makes me happy, to move from a couple mentality... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:28:10 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/9/17 - Day 26, 27, 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372912 6/9/17 – Day 26, 27, 28 (going to be out of town for a couple of days) <BR> Day 26 <BR> 26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? <BR> <BR> I find it even harder to make myself exercise alone than with people.....something about not disappointing friends if I have told them I will be there. <BR> <BR> Day 27 <BR> 27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:45:18 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/7/17 - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372020 6/7/17 – Day 25 <BR> 25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try? <BR> <BR> I tried yoga and Tai Chi and gave up because the person leading the classes billed it as beginners, while in actuality it had other teachers and very advanced students in the class and the leader was “trying” to accommodate all levels and in my case, not succeeding. I tried a local Gentle Exercise for All Ages (read Seniors) ... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:00:45 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/6/17 - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371560 6/6/17 – Day 24 <BR> 24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.) <BR> <BR> Definitely after. I put off exercising as long as possible. Even now, the only exercise I do is walking the dog. I haven't picked up the weights in a long time. This morning did I get down in the floor and do some stretches for my back because I was feeling so stiff. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 08:33:22 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/5/17 - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371059 6/5/17 – Day 23 <BR> 23. What are your current fitness goals? <BR> <BR> I want to keep the symptoms of old age at bay for as long as possible. That will include having to begin work on being limber and having good balance.. I also need to begin upper arm exercise for strength. <BR> Mon, 5 Jun 2017 07:47:33 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/4/17 - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370606 6/4/17 – Day 22 <BR> 22. What is your current workout/fitness routine? <BR> <BR> I’m walking my dog 3 to 5 miles every day. I will begin some strength work today. I’m starting to journal more and track some habits I want to enforce so that will be one of them to check off each day at the end of the day. <BR> Sun, 4 Jun 2017 07:52:18 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/3/17 - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370223 6/3/17 – Day 21 <BR> 21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food? <BR> <BR> No, no, nothing like that. Quite the opposite. I usually eat/want a larger portion than would be normal for a person my age. I’ve always had a “healthy” appetite. I’m working on getting more exercise. I have the walking down pat, but need to start ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 08:10:12 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/2/17 - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369807 20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits? <BR> <BR> I love the cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, etc.) I love my veggies. I have always been a "foodie" and interested in the cutting edge of food and cooking. My bedside table books for reading are cookbooks (Larousse's Gastronomique, The Culinary Institute's The Professional Chef, Peterson's Glorious French Food, etc.). I experimented yea... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 07:46:10 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 6/1/17 - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369806 19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely? <BR> <BR> Obviously I haven’t given up many or I wouldn’t still be battling these last ten pounds. I already eat what I consider a healthy diet. I don’t do soft drinks, fast food, fried food, etc. I refuse to give up my cheese, nuts, bread, and wine. I consider them healthy foods. I may have to learn to limit those, but I don’t want to give them up. I will be happy if I can limit o... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 07:44:35 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/31/17 - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368954 5/31/17 – Day 18 <BR> 18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available? <BR> <BR> No, and that may be a problem. If I planned my meals and snacks, I would be les likely to grab something not so good like salty nuts or something sweet. So one of my new goals will be to begin planning. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got a much needed hair cut, a filling replaced at the dentist, met my niece and great-niece for lu... Wed, 31 May 2017 09:02:02 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/30/17 - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368450 5/30/17 – Day 17 <BR> 17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they? <BR> <BR> With this new diet (Mediterranean), I’m going to concentrating veggies, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, fruit, fish and a bit of hardy wheat bread and cheese. Last night I sautéed fresh beet greens with onion and garlic and roasted the beets. Almonds, almond butter, avocado and olives. <BR> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:14:12 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/29/17 - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368116 5/29/17 Day 16 <BR> 16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life? <BR> <BR> Obviously some of these questions are not fitting with where I am in my search for a healthy, happy way of life. In the past, I have been all over the place with diets. No more. As I said in the last post, I am just starting the Mediterranean diet and have much to learn. Whatever happens, I plan to stick with a healt... Mon, 29 May 2017 13:26:44 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/28/17 - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368112 5/28/17 – Day 15 <BR> 15. What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> I don’t think I read another “fitness” blog. I do have lots of food (what else?) and general health blogs. Right now, I’m reading <link>https://oldwayspt.org/blog </link> to learn about the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. <BR> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:19:24 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/27/17 - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367388 5/27/17 – Day 14 <BR> 14. What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was? <BR> <BR> Since I have not made progress with any recent diet, I will address other life activities. Having adopted a dog last July, I have consistently walked 3 to 5 miles per day. Even when I broke my ankle, I managed a mile to a mile and a half and had help to walk the dog on the longer walks. I have finally returned to attending a garden club and a weekly faculty club lun... Sat, 27 May 2017 18:19:38 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/26/17 - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367195 5/26/17 – Day 13 <BR> 13. What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier? <BR> <BR> Sticking to a diet. I have gone back and forth from vegetarian/vegan to low-carb and after a few days of losing, the weight has gone back up. So frustrating. When I went vegan before, the weight came off easily and I enjoyed the food. Now, nothing is working. I’m still battling the last 10... Sat, 27 May 2017 08:15:19 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/25/17 - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366792 5/25/17 – Day 12 <BR> 12. Post a picture of your inspiration. Thinspiration if that's your thing. Fitspiration if that's what you're after. Heathspiration if that's your primary goal. Why is this person inspiring to you? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2087a4a1-3e25-4cc0-90f6-c57b1b681c07.jpeg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cfd58c07-fedd-49f5-bdfe-cc3b096fa338.jpeg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84a3b063-90e0-4018-ac8f-16b22... Fri, 26 May 2017 08:03:34 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/24/17 - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366068 5/24/17 – Day 11 <BR> 11. What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your body changed as you've progressed towards your goals? <BR> <BR> Then (How I responded 5 years ago) - I have been trying to figure out what I like best about my body. That has changed over the years. I use to say my eyes. At another time I said my legs, or being short. I have liked any number of different things over the years, but I’m having trouble now at age 66 picking one thing. I have be... Wed, 24 May 2017 12:13:21 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/23/17 - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365541 5/23/17 - Day 10 <BR> 10 Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal? <BR> <BR> I would like to stay as healthy and independent as possible for as long as possible in my life. Living my remaining years as a invalid is not what I want. I also want to feel lighter and look better. <BR> Tue, 23 May 2017 09:20:28 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/22/17 - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365128 5/22/17 – Day 9 <BR> 9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time? <BR> <BR> I’m 71 years old now and I never really thought about weight before I was age 53/54. Now it is a struggle to lose weight. Of course age changes our daily lives and perspective! After 50 years of living with a loving husband, you find yourself suddenly alone. Your life is different. At 71, I really don’t need to be climbing on ladders to chan... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:51:47 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - 5/21/17 - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364661 5/21/17 – 140.8 - Day 8 <BR> 8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different? <BR> <BR> Nothing different happened before when I was in maintenance except that I didn’t freak out at an occasional splurge or two in my diet. So I would expect the same. I do feel more “normal” at a little lower weight. My body just feels right. <BR> Sun, 21 May 2017 09:46:31 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge-5/20/17 - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364262 5/20/17 – 139.2 (same) – Day 7 <BR> 7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other? <BR> <BR> I measure by the scale and how my clothes fit. Of course, I have different sizes of clothes so that’s not always a good indication. I suppose I should do something about my closet and limit the size situation. But some things fit in a 12 and others in a 10 and even one or two 8’s! It depends on the garment. <BR> Sat, 20 May 2017 08:30:09 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge-5/18/17 Day 5 (Sorry, out of order) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363862 5/18/17 – 139.4 (down .4) - Day 5 <BR> 5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others? <BR> <BR> I never needed to or even thought I needed to lose weight until October 22, 1999 at age 53 I had a car accident followed by several surgeries over three years leading to being less active. Five years later, I was lucky enough to retire early however that led to even less activity. Age, le... Fri, 19 May 2017 08:04:15 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge-5/19/17 - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363860 5/19/17 – 139.2 (down .2) – Day 6 <BR> 6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)? <BR> <BR> First, trying to relax and find a balance. If I gain 2-3 pounds, I freak out and am afraid that the scale will keep moving up. I, then, try to change too many things (different diet, extreme diet, etc.), which may or may not work for a day or two and then the scale will go back up. I need to adopt a reasonable diet and stick with it for the long haul de... Fri, 19 May 2017 08:02:38 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge-5/17/17 - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363448 5/17/17 – 139.8 (up 1.2) - Day 4 <BR> 4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss? <BR> Just that I wouldn’t be able to lose the weight and I would be disappointed in myself and not feel as good as I know I can at a lower weight. All those feelings of weakness, guilt, anger and shame would come bubbling up despite knowing better. The same ones that occur when our house is not as clean as we would like it to be or don’t get decorations put up for every holiday like our neighbor does... Thu, 18 May 2017 08:37:15 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge-5/16/17 - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362583 5/16/17 – 138.6 (same) - Day 3 <BR> 3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals? <BR> <BR> I have shared it here on my blog, in a Spark team and with my friends. Sharing is good if you have friends who will support you and it keeps you working hard to not let yourself and everyone else down. Talking about your challenge keep the concept fresh in your mind. <BR> Tue, 16 May 2017 08:14:44 EST Day 2 of 30 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362434 5/15/17 – 138.6 (down .6) – Day 2 <BR> 2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way? <BR> <BR> For my height and age, all the charts seem way to low in my opinion so I chose a number for my goal weight at what I have been before and felt and looked good. I haven’t set any mini goals. <BR> <BR> B – Cooked apple, cinnamon, rice, coconut, almonds), coffee <BR> L – Pasta ... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:52:46 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge-5/14/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362141 I am so close to being at a good weight that I’m finding it harder to lose those last pounds. I have been yo-yoing up and down the same three pounds for way too long. I sometime think that at my age, I shouldn’t worry whether I get those last pounds off, but then I have to admit to myself that I feel a little bit too fluffy! I’m frustrated by the up and down scale and I don’t want to wear the bigger size clothes! So, I will continue to struggle and strive. To that end, I am going to do t... Mon, 15 May 2017 08:32:58 EST Dietless and happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350089 I've been dealing with the scale going up and up and getting more and more frustrated. So yesterday I decided not to diet. I ate three healthy and reasonable portioned meals. I had a better mental day. Going to do the same thing today. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:37:47 EST Good Friday 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348352 It is a beautiful day here with blue skies, a light breeze and Sunshine. And not a day that I should be struggling, but I am. The scale just continues to go up and up. I'm struggling with cravings - I couldn't possibly be hungry, but I can't be filled. So I know it is all in my head. I have never been depressed before in my life, but that's the only thing I can figure this is. <BR> <BR> I'm taking a friend to my Good Friday Church service later today. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:49:54 EST Day 3, 4, & 5 Spring 5% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347410 Back on the horse. <em>572</em> After the previous two days of off plan food, not only is the scale way up, but my system was feeling the upset (bloating and gas). So, bring on the horse. <em>572</em> Now today I have two social (food) events. One at lunch and one at dinner. At neither event do I have a choice of what foods will be served. So I will have to rely on myself to pick carefully and only eat what I know I should. No grain, no dairy, no sugar. Protein & veggies, coffee ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:01:22 EST Day 2, 2017 Spring 5% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345965 I have lots of little plans for the day. Church, checking out a flea market, and puttering in the yard. Oh, and spiffing up the house in prep for having the Bible study here Tuesday morning. Things like digging out the coffee urn, plates, napkins, forks, finding some new tea, and some refreshments. I already have the Easter decorations out on the dinning and the kitchen table. <BR> <BR> As for my food, I’m combining Whole30, Keto, & Clean Eating. Because of the area of the country I l... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:04:54 EST Day 1, 2017 Spring 5 % Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345723 Day 1 of the 2017 Spring 5% Challenge <BR> 136.4 <BR> 5% = 6.82 <BR> The day started off rising early, feeding and taking the dog out for a long walk. I dressed and headed out to pick up a friend and her daughter to drive to East Ridge, Tennessee (just outside Chattanooga) to a Garden Expo. We met up with other members of our local garden club and were on the search for a few plants to add to the small garden in the middle of the town that the garden club has chosen to take on as our projec... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 20:55:47 EST Whole30 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343051 4/2/17 JRNL <BR> Day 2 of Whole30 <BR> I slept well last night and feel pretty good this morning. Church, continue to clean up house and 4th of July party planning and appetizers at neighbor’s house tonight. <BR> B – slice of pork roast, Roma tomato, ¼ avocado, coffee <BR> L – Romaine lettuce, mushrooms, Roma tomato, 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 slices bacon, Balsamic vinegar, olive oil <BR> D – Potato, boiled shrimp <BR> S – <BR> Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:44:30 EST Whole30 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342573 Day 1 was easy and only had some cravings in the late afternoon, thus the snacks. <BR> <BR> 4/1/17 – 136.4 <BR> B – coffee, 2 strips bacon, 2 sm eggs, 1 Roma tomato, 1 plum <BR> L – Lettuce wrapped meatballs (2), Roma tomato, avocado, mustard <BR> D – Gr beef pattie, sweet potato, zucchini <BR> S – half carrot & almond butter, sm apple <BR> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:34:46 EST March 31 JRNL Jobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341917 Today’s Job # 1 – <BR> I have been making a few changes in my house and before it could get better, it sort of had a "tornado blew through it" look. So my job today is to clean up and put things back in place. <BR> <BR> Today’s Job #2 – <BR> Plan & write out week’s meals <BR> Prep meals for Day 1, Saturday <BR> <BR> Soul Searching <BR> I have started a new diet, exercise, whatever so many times and yet I’m still not where I want to be. I end up quitting or cheating and giving up. I can... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:51:46 EST March 30, 2017 Two New Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341358 March 30, 2017 JRNL <BR> <BR> I’m beginning a new diet on April 1st and a new 5% Challenge on April 8th. For the diet, I’m reading and planning to do a lot of prep work tomorrow. There is still time to get in on the 5% Spring Challenge. The site is here www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ<BR>ual.asp? <BR> gid=68315 <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mysp ark/groups_individual.asp? gid=68315 </link> <BR> and is filled with fun and supportive team mates. Come join us. <BR> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:10:48 EST A Very Blessed Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330452 I spent a very short time with a neighbor and friend today taking down the last of her Christmas decorations and packing them away. This is a second home but a very loved one for her and she has not been able to be here since December 9th when she began heavy treatment for her second round with cancer. She was not able to take down the last of the decorations and was unable to get back up here to her home until now. So, she directed from her chair and her husband and I packed away the last... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:40:51 EST January 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306927 Three years ago today, my sweet husband took his last breath as I held him in my arms. I have told people that the second year was the hardest, and it was. I believe the first year the spouse that is left is in such shock, and having to deal with all of the realities and duties of arranging the funeral/memorial, taking over all of the finances and responsibilities of the home, family, and then left, alone, to find their way in their remaining life. People go away after the second year. <... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:06:36 EST Challah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306884 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d88e09e6-c1b3-4fc1-9df5-69ae2a1cd1fc.jpg"> <BR> Spent the afternoon making Challah! Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:40:22 EST Two Days of Baking (and an change) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306622 Two Days of Baking (and an change) <BR> <BR> I ran to the grocery early yesterday morning to pick up a few things for a soup and bread lunch for some friends. I invited three ladies over to bake homemade dog biscuits at noon so provided them with a light lunch. I went by a friend's house and pick fresh mint to go in the dog biscuits and had all the supplies out and ready for them to bake. It was fun and each woman went home with two dozen dog biscuits. <BR> <BR> Today, I have been invite... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:46:54 EST Turning Loose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293227 January 2017 - Turning loose of past sorrows and self-defeating practices. Looking upward and forging ahead to a new and better life. Creating new. <BR> <BR> 2014, 2015, and 2016 were difficult years. I struggled and coped, but I didn't really live. I feel that now I am ready to move on with my life. I hope to make 2017 a year of discovery. After living most of my life with the love of my life and truly considering his likes and dislikes, I now need to discover what will make me happy... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:55:32 EST 1/2/17 The Click - Changes Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289645 Every time in my life when I have made some decision to change, it has happened when a little switch has clicked in my brain. There have been times when the changes have been modest, but some were more dramatic. These clicks were times when I could see clearly what direction my life should take. The end of 2016 has been one of those times and I am in the midst of making some changes. My life has changed immensely over the last three years and now I am ready to bloom. I am in a position t... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 15:26:46 EST Ready for 2017 & the 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286458 I'm looking forward to participating in the Winter 2017 5% Challenge. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i nd ividual.asp?gid=67977 </link> <BR> I'm turning over a new leaf this year and changing things up. You remember the old saying about doing the same things and expecting different outcomes. Well, I'm doing things differently and expecting wonderful and exciting results. Come along and play with us. This is the year of the Rooster! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:05:39 EST Morning View http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274379 My morning view taken 11/23/16 while walking the dog. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f96b87a-cc19-4750-b304-d6acf100dbe1.jpg"> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:42:38 EST Celery & Leek Spicy Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274377 I just made the best soup. I cooked celery and leeks in chicken broth, added garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, Harassa, threw it in the blender and add coconut milk. Spicy, warm, comforting! Serving it with half a Yarlsburg cheese sandwich and mandarine orange. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/679d0855-69cd-40a1-931f-96bfe4f9a210.jpg"> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:38:17 EST We're Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271557 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea45807f-b98d-4dd2-afe8-dfbd70f32015.jpg"> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:12:56 EST November 18, 2016 My Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269124 My Day <BR> My Birthday <BR> My Life <BR> Woke early, as usual <BR> Long walk with the dog <BR> Enjoyed the beauty of the morning, the colors, the warmth <BR> Gentle day of home and errands <BR> Got a flu shot, gassed up the car, grocery haul <BR> Tried a new recipe <BR> Calls from family and friends <BR> Thankful for everything <BR> My Day <BR> My Birthday <BR> My Life <BR> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:35:33 EST Broken and Sprained Ankles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225294 Sunday evening, August 14, 2016, I was walking my new dog late before we turned in for the night. I was foolishly star gazing and despite having my flashlight with me, stepped into a hole in the yard. I managed to hobble into the house and went to bed thinking I would be better in the morning. No such luck. My morning, I knew something was badly wrong and got to the ER. I had a broken left ankle and a sprained right ankle. I am now in a boot for I don't know how long. I have someone wh... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:46:17 EST Spicy Vegetarian Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212644 Just this morning I came across this blog which speaks to me and all my tastes. I can't wait to try some of her recipes and ideas. <BR> <link>foodbod.wordpress.com </link> Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:15:37 EST