MCFITZ2's SparkPeople Blog MCFITZ2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Website changes Sometimes in trying to improve things, people confuse things. <BR> I must admit after several years on spark people and many website changes this new round of "improvements" is just too much. I am too busy to try and unravel what was simple and easy access to my friends feed, favored blogs, the fun games posts and so on. I just do not have the time or patience to find my way through this maze. I will continue to use the trackers, but feel cut off from the community aspects. Also the fact t... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:37:38 EST This is a journey This round of the BLC has now started. My weigh in could have been worse, but it could have been better. I gained all fall through the last round. I just was not in a place mentally to to deal with the good habits I know I should have maintained. So I am telling myself. It Is OK <BR> Remember today's WI is a starting point. It is what it is. Please no self hate over it. <BR> Love yourself, set your goals and start or restart or continue on your journey to better health. <BR> It is lik... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:02:22 EST Happy Thanksgiving Wishing you all a kind and blessed day. Make happy memories to last for years. Share old family stories so they are not lost to the younger generation. Really listen to others and speak your love. <img src=""> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:24:09 EST There is an egret at the lake in our complex Enjoyed watching and taking photos of this elegant bird <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:02:13 EST photos from our walk yesterday at agua caliente park <img src="">We had a nice time visiting the park. It is not too far a drive and is a nice open space to relax at. We saw several professional photographers doing picture sessions with clients. <BR> Here are a few of the photos I took <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:18:41 EST After so many years of dieting, self flagellation and self shame, I think I have turned the corner. <img src="">It seems strange for it to be Sept. and to be planting squash, dill, and tomatoes. <BR> Now in the 90's and even 80's. Night temps. also dropping. <BR> One of the things I have come to terms with is that losing weight is not my ultimate goal. My ultimate goal is to live as healthy and happy as I can. For me that means eating healthy and exercising and stimulating my brain, doing things I enjoy. Live... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:15:56 EST Little league game tonight Tonight we watched our grandson play baseball. It was enjoyable and we met another couple who are also grandparents of one of his teammates. <BR> Next time I need to have a jacket or sweater. It was cold. Dsown in the low 70's high 60's. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:21:58 EST Some recent photos <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:38:17 EST Relaxed Friday Just one of those days I thought I was busy doing things and poof the day is almost over and can not really point to anything done. Do you ever have days like that. <BR> I have been working on labeling folders in my Picasa photo program. I had just been uploading for the last few weeks and everything was simply identified by date. <BR> Here are some not so new photos from some of the folders. Enjoy and Happy weekend. <img src=" Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:52:14 EST A nice time at the community pool <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> After we ran errands hubby and I went home had a light snack we went down to the community pool and to our surprise we were the only ones there Since we had the pool to ourselves, it was very easy to do over an hour of pool walking. It was fun watching the birds on the lake and a young boy learning to... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:39:45 EST Hike in Madeira Canyon Our daughter, son-in-law, hubby and myself did a 1.8 mile hike on an "easy" trail. Was not a walk in the park. I described it and then zap the post vanished. So this is a much shortened account. <BR> Here is us starting off. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:48:37 EST Last Monday we went for a hike on Mt. Lemmon Our daughter, son-in-law took us up on Mount Lemmon for a picnic and a hike. <BR> Lunch was by a stream and I was amazed of much sent the pine trees gave off. After 4 months in the desert, it was heavenly. I also saw my first yellow eyed junco. Much different looking than the Juncos I was use to in the Northeast. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 15 Aug 2016 01:32:26 EST monsoon Well we have been getting some rain, thunder, lightning on and off over the past week. Amazing how fast weeds will pop up when there is rain in the desert. I have enjoyed the cooler weather. We have stayed in the ninety's during the days and down in the 80's and even high 70's at night. Here are a few photos I have taken this week. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 4 Aug 2016 00:01:55 EST Sort sort and sort some more <img src=""> <img src="">Before we moved I did a whole lot of sorting. Well today I went after some medical files that I simply did not have time to sort through. About half is shredded and the rest is organized by person,date, their lab and procedure results , Dr.s notes etc. Now when I need to put hands on information I should not ha... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:02:44 EST Enjoyed today Started reading a new book co-authored by Graham Brown and Clive Clussler and it is starting out really good. <BR> Did 30 min on a recumbent bike and took pictures at our daughter's house. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:55:53 EST I enjoyed my day Did errands, paid bills, went to the fitness room and did 30 min on the recumbent bike, and took a bunch of photos. A really nice day. Oh and my sweet hubby fixed supper and had it ready when I came back. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="h... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:18:28 EST relaxing day <img src="">Took hubby to church, went to pharmacy, fed daughter's cats, came home took nap, and read. <BR> Just relaxed. Did a little ST. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 4 Jul 2016 01:37:22 EST Picture taking this week I have enjoyed trying to get out and get more photos this week. AZ is a lot different than NY. <BR> My eye is learning to see more interesting things. At first little things get overlooked. <BR> Here are a few of my efforts from this week. <BR> <img src=""> a roadrunner <BR> <img src=""> male Gambles Quail <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 02:34:31 EST Sporadic workouts I did 4 Coach Nichole workouts today. Spur of the moment decision. Since our move I have not been on a regular schedule for workouts. If truth be told I just am not there yet. I need to find a fitness center I like that has what I need. I have been to 3 so far and have not been impressed. <BR> My old fitness center was so great it will be hard to find anything close to it. Maybe I will tour LA Fitness next. <img src=" Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:23:09 EST June is hot It looks like June will be in the 100's every day. Thank goodness for working AC. It was 107 before 10 this morning. <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 01:15:27 EST Adapting to AZ I have been taking pictures of flora and fauna. Trying to adapt to the much higher temps. and getting things unpacked and organizing the household. This is on going not done. <BR> I want to share some of the photos I have taken. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 11 May 2016 02:52:47 EST First day I have felt well enough to photo shoot Took hubby to church and sat quietly in the side drive way and took pictures. Saw a bobcat stroll past, but shrubs made getting a good picture difficult. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> That is the bobcat minus the head end <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:32:54 EST Sorting and unpacking I wonder how long this unpacking will take. I have put the Holiday things in an area of the garage and unpacking boxes of books and bedding. Today I focused on trying to start setting up my office. I do like things orderly, not that things are neat but at least in predictable places. Sleep sweet. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:44:42 EST New used car delivered today My used Camry was delivered today and we took a ride around the complex. <BR> This afternoon I was able to go grocery shopping and we are good on a lot of staples. <BR> My internet service will be set up on Monday morning. Slowly but surely things are getting done. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:55:19 EST Greetings from Tucson We are here. Our flights were safe and on time. However we have had some drama. <BR> Water heater at house leaked lots of water and is being replaced. We found a ground nest of bees in the back yard which will be addressed later this month. One of our rockers did not arrive. <BR> I have a "cold" type illness. It started at our old home and has slowly gotten worse. Sore throat , tight feeling when breathing and fatigue. <BR> We picked oranges tangelos and grapefruit off the trees in the... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:45:51 EST movers forgot several things Not too happy that some of the things I wanted to go got left here. Some I can ship, but there are things too big to make it worthwhile to do so. <BR> Have two rooms to finish going through. My office and the things in my bedroom. <BR> Getting closer, but need to focus and work it to finish it. <BR> Tonight was my last Dare to Lose work out. Will miss the group a lot. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:44:34 EST movers are here sitting here keeping out of the way. What got done got done. What didn't didn't. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:49:30 EST MOVERS The movers are coming tomorrow. YIKES Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:59:22 EST another day of sorting. So much to still get done so little time before the movers come. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:29:35 EST blew my cool with all the packing and sorting and the comments that I am trying to take too much I blew. <BR> As Scarlet said, Tomorrow is another day.. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:44:58 EST Good day and busy started sorting photos <BR> daughter and family arrived safely from Az. <BR> very busy week ahead. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:59:15 EST More sorting and dare to lose The highlight was going to Dare to Lose tonight. We had Meg and we did ST and cardio. <BR> For fun at the end we had to do wall sits in a row and pass a ball down the line and then pass it back up the line by passing it under our legs to the next person. We did the up and down the line 3 times. Definitely could tell it was a long wall sit. <BR> The contractor is to come tomorrow to start on the shower. <BR> We have the bird channel. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 8 Mar 2016 20:29:35 EST no sorting Today family taxi and fitness center and overeating. Not the best of days. Back to sorting tomorrow. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 21:12:15 EST Cook book are done. Finished going through the cookbooks and have eleven boxes in the car ready to take to the drop off for the friends of the library. Have also gone through the art books and gardening books. Sad to see them go, or not go with us. <BR> Dare to lose was fun and challenging and my neighbor across the street was my trainer tonight. <BR> Heading for bed soon. Sleep sweet. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 22:00:37 EST cookbooks almost sorted I only have one shelf left to go through on my cookbooks. I have finished going through 4 bookcases and pulled out around 2/3 of them to donate to the friends of the library. The rest will move with us. I enjoy the community cookbooks as they have some interesting information. I have several that are from our area that were fund raisers that I know some of the ones who submitted recipes. <BR> Tomorrow I will go through gardening books <em>46</em> <BR> Can't take most of our belongi... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 23:42:43 EST Dr. appointments done Hubby and I saw the dermatologist today and had some spots taken off. Then he had another appointment I sat in on as we are seeing our Dr.'s here for the last time before we move cross country.Dropped off 3 more bags to Salvation Army store. Need to focus on getting more done after his cardiology appointment tomorrow. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:01:04 EST another day of sorting. I had hoped to finish my bedroom, which has had many things moved into it so other parts of the house are presentable . i thought to be finished 2 days ago and am still not done. However I am much closer in the boxes that had been building up are much fewer. <BR> We have Dr. appointments tomorrow so that will take most of the day. <BR> We will also load bags for the Salvation army and the catholic charities.. <BR> I need to start on friends of the library items again. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:15:38 EST Sorting belongings again Less than a month before the movers are here and so much to still go through. <BR> Concentrated on my room today and need to get back in there as I want to finish before I go to bed. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 20:21:24 EST good Dr. visit- good work out Took hubby to neurologist for a follow up appointment and things look good. <BR> Then we went to the fitness center and he did is work out and then read while I did the Dare to Lose program. I took some yarn in and gave it to one of my team mates to use. Felt good to give things we are downsizing to someone I know and know they will use. <BR> It was sunny and cold today and to be much warmer and sunny tomorrow. Maybe a chance to crack the windows open for some fresh air. <BR> <img src="ht... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:01:38 EST Had a wonderful visit with a friend This afternoon, Hubby and I went to visit a mutual friend. We watch a movie and had cabbage rolls and carrots for supper. I was a nice break from the sorting. <BR> Here are some pictures from earlier this week <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="h... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:11:06 EST no emails Wondering how and why my setting on getting the e-mails from spark people keeps getting turned to don't send me any e-mails. <em>38</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:50:16 EST sort workout Was able to fit in a 30 min workout today. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 23:52:35 EST Busy day Went to town this morning for errands. Donated stuff to Salvation Army store, filled up with gas, got hubby's prescriptions, dropped off our information for the taxes to be done, went to the pet store for food and litter, and then groceries at Aldis. <BR> This afternoon it was back to town for the Dare to Lose. Great fun, great workout, and some quality me time afterwards. <BR> Right now listening to the wind blow in gusts. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:45:54 EST water zumba Dare <img src="">to lose was cancelled tonight due to the weather. Had to take my sister to town so went to the fitness center anyway and worked out with cardio and ST then went to the warm water pool to stretch out. Well A water Zumba class had just started so I did that. It was a fun change up. <BR> Sleep sweet Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:56:26 EST stayed warm Took hubby to mass. Did some errands, some cardio at the fitness center and ST at home, pulled together some figures for the move and found where a mouse had built a nest in a drawer of a seldom used room. Let the cats in to search around that room. Have most of the bedding in the living room to sort through. <BR> In 2 months this will be done one way or another and we will be in Tucson. <BR> People on the lake where it is frozen. The back is not out of focus it is steam from the water. <... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:15:04 EST What did I do today The day has gone and I don't feel like I did a lot. Tomorrow I will have some me time and hopefully get a lot more done. <BR> Here are some memories of summers past to counteract the sub zero temps. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:39:05 EST Dare to lose This morning I went to the sleep clinic and they are pleased with the read outs from my new c-pap. <BR> Tonight I had dare to lose and we started off with a cardio warm up then on to circuits of st <BR> then 15 min of cardio and then more st circuits then 5 min of cardio and 5 min passing a soccer ball and the last 5 minutes stretching. It was a good and challenging work out. <BR> I thought Meg said 5 min. on a cardio machine and went to the rower got off after 5 min and she walked over and... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:19:39 EST no sorting day Took hubby to cardiologist appointment, trash providers office and then home for very quick lunch. Picked up sister and took her to the pantry truck, Dr.'s, and a grocery store. Helped her unload and waited for her to check her house. She had a break in yesterday and her medicines and rent money and a ring were stolen while she was in town. <em>234</em> <BR> Then home for supper and a little relaxing. Tomorrow I have an appointment and dare to lose. <BR> So much to still do before we m... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:46:16 EST more sorting Worked on bagging up some coats and went through paper work hubby had in his room. Still need to a little bit more in there. <BR> Need to measure some of the furniture that is going and guesstimate the weight on each piece. <BR> Bought our plane tickets today. So now I have a firm deadline. <BR> more snow today <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:17:46 EST Dare to lose night Took Hubby to fitness center so he could work out. I went to Treman Marina to see what I could take pictures of. There were Canadian Geese, Mallard Ducks and some gulls. <BR> Tonight was Dare to Lose. It was a solid work out and since only 4 of us were there we worked hard. Our trainer had 3 interns from IC and so we had lots of supervision. <BR> Good blend of ST and Cardio. Went and got groceries after that. We have snow more that they predicted. Here are some pictures from today. <i... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:43:39 EST