MEXGAL1's SparkPeople Blog MEXGAL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Nice lunch yesterday with Ladies of the Lake <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> There were about 70 of us ladies this time. I always try and sit at a table where I can meet new people. I know many ladies sit with the same gals all the time, but I like meeting new interesting people. Had a great time. <BR> <BR> I did some networking for Mina at the lunch and handed out several of her... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:47:50 EST Happy Father's Day to any Dads out there in sparksville <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We went out to visit with FIL today for Father's Day. We had told the nurses it would be good to get him in his wheelchair and wheel him where there was good internet so we could call his daughters who were waiting for us to call. So when we got there they were putting him in his wheelchair. We got to call each of his daughters but after only 15 minutes or so he start throwing up so they ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:58:08 EST checking in. Still feel like I am stuck so I decided to switch it up and went out and bought lots of veggies and some tofu. I made a stir fry with it and ate it on my tortilla napals. Filled me up and satisfied me. I went on line this morning to review again anti-inflammatory diets. I am going to try and stick to that and see if that helps move things. So eating totally clean for a few days. <BR> <BR> Not much else to report. I do hope you all are having a great week end. <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Sallie Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:25:54 EST Big storm this morning <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> These photos are taken by our next door neighbor's weather station. Love seeing them. Yep our rainy season is here full blown... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:15:54 EST A bit dicouraged but not giving in I thought I ate really light yesterday...calories say so but was up in weight. yep I know salt, etc can have an impact but really didn't expect a gain. I only had air popped popcorn for dinner with butter spray(without calories and salt)..and a 90 calorie fiber one bar. Oh well not going to give up. going to keep the faith and do the right thing. <BR> <BR> So this is my short checking in as I committed to do everyday. really want to get those cushion pounds off before heading to Seattle... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:16:40 EST Good eating day yesterday I am happy to report that I stayed in line yesterday eating out with my friend. I had a tossed salad with chicken and asked for the dressing on the side. The salad was so delicious that I didn't need the dressing. And then for dinner had my yogurt and fruit. so not bad. <BR> <BR> My friend has a rough road ahead. Her DH admits that it was all his smoking and eating wrong that caused his throat cancer. He is now on a feeding tube but still gets out and about. He has obviously lost weig... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:01:43 EST Stayed within calorie range yesterday As promised to myself...blogging everyday to keep me honest. <BR> <BR> I stayed well within my calorie range yesterday but I think too much salt in canned veggie soup. so need to make homemade if I am to eat it. Isn't it a pain in the butt as we age how slow our metabolism gets. Just not fair! <BR> <BR> I have a lunch out today with a dear friend who's DH is in stage 4 throat cancer. I really didn't want to eat out but I want to support her through such a hard time. I will order salad ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:13:23 EST Slipping into some old bad habits So have any of you found that you have been maintaining just fine for years and then you slowly start into some old bad habits? I have no idea why I am slowly doing some things that I haven't done in snacking between my meals. I haven't done that in years but have been doing that. and with complete crap. My DH buys things "for him" to have around to snack on and they are calling my name. Stuff with way too much salt and sugar....and the whole cycle thing starts ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:41:06 EST Fun fashion show and lunch <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was asked to model today for... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:57:21 EST Scary travels Going to Seattle I was held up in Houston an extra 5 hours and coming home the trip took 24 hours. To say I was tired was an understatement. If you watch the news you will see that I was in the middle of a record breaking storm. My cell phone knew where I was and kept sending me notices of tornado warnings and flash floods. I had flights canceled and then got onto one flight that stayed at the gate for 3 hours but we were not allow off the plane as they wouldn’t let us on the runway due... Wed, 27 May 2015 13:01:56 EST Wonderful Bridal Shower <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> It was a lovely day at the Seattle T... Sun, 17 May 2015 16:24:10 EST Heading out we had lots of thunder and lightning tonight...hoping it isn't around when I fly out tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I am excited about my trip. will try and post so photos from Seattle. <BR> Sallie Tue, 12 May 2015 20:48:01 EST Happy Mother's Day Hope all you mothers out there have a wonderful day today. And for those of us who are not "human mothers", Happy Mother's Day! And also Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women out there that do so very much for others. <BR> <BR> I noticed that I haven't blogged for a while. Just got out of the habit of it and really wasn't a whole lot to talk about. I have had folks email me and stop by my page to check up on me which is just so very nice to know that you are missed. Love, love... Sun, 10 May 2015 10:49:50 EST Sparks really slow Do any of you experience this occasionally? It is so incredible slow today that I am going to walk away and do something else and come back later. I rebooted my computer and modem for internet and everything else is working fine but sparks is stalled all the time. I guess it's a sign that it's a very popular site. <BR> <BR> So hope this gets posted. Hope you all have a great Tuesday. <BR> Sallie Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:50:15 EST What the heck? Our weather has been rain no wind, etc. so why did we lose power for like 24 hours???? Must be living in Mexico <em>211</em> !!! It is so weird that this sometimes happens. So yesterday I went over to the home where FIL is to plug in my devises and get them charged up just in case the power was out for a long time. Got Kindle charged and downloaded a new book so I had something to read, charged cell phone so that I could be in touch with the outside world and then went o... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:04:56 EST thank goodness Yep, as many of you said, those pounds that came on overnight from eating a pork chop are working themselves off my body. whew. But as I said, I am really not worried as it always is temporary now. So much peace of mind knowing that I can get right back on program the very next meal. <BR> <BR> I do think though that I am meant to be more of a vegetarian. I just feel better when I eat that way. As I have mentioned before, when you look into eating right for your blood type, meats of al... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:30:13 EST Isn't it crazy...overnight weight gain. I know, I know it's got to be the salt and water weight but geez. I had a lean pork chop that I made and ate with just broccoli. My calories were actually low for yesterday...but what the heck...2 pounds up. I also know that I rarely eat meat so my body is probably saying "what the heck is this stuff". Anyway the best part is that things like this simply do not get to me anymore. I know with complete confidence that I will get right back to my "clean eating" and those two pounds will dis... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:39:46 EST Alone on Easter and loving it. Got up this morning and focused a bit on the true meaning of Easter. Our little village is over flowing with people. Many of the folks from Guadalajara come out to lake side for the week end. I got everything I needed on Friday so I can stay inside and work on my crocheting projects. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a Happy Easter if you celebrate it. <BR> best of everything to all of you! <BR> Sallie Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:55:55 EST Happy April Fools On this day I always think of my Dad whom I miss dearly. I guess he has been gone now for like 11 years. But on this day many, many years ago he proposed to my Mom. He loved holidays. I guess you would if you were born on New Years Eve. Oh and my Mom was born on Forth of July so they both used to say the fireworks were for them! So watch out today that you don't get fooled! <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:23:06 EST Big celebrations here in Ajijic for Samanta Santa Yes, it's that time of year again. I think this is one of the biggest celebrations and holidays. And yes the cohetes(fireworks) have started. I hear the "production" of the passion play is getting more elaborate. I have been to it many times and have decided to hang at home and away from the crowds. There will be plenty of photos on facebook to enjoy. I went out on errands yesterday and I couldn't believe how crowded it was on the roads. Mucho traffic! I have plenty of provisions and ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:16:00 EST DH left this morning. Mixed feelings Our neighbor drove my DH to the airport as it was dark and my honey doesn't like me driving in the dark. My eyes just aren't as good as they used to be. So very nice of our neighbor to take him for me. So when I got up DH was gone. He likes to get the first flight out so he leaves home at the crack of dawn. He is one that can sleep on planes. I can't so I always like leaving a bit later if possible. He knows that and has me scheduled to fly up to Seattle on the 13th of may and my fligh... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:10:26 EST Lunch with Jantheblonde and good friend Gail <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We ladies had a nice time yesterday. The husbands went to a different place and they too had fun. Really enjoyed me time getting to know Jantheblonde in person. They leave today and I wish them safe travels. <BR> <BR> Today is my DH's last day here until like after Father's day. I will meet him in Seattle for a couple of weeks to attend future... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:23:57 EST Ajijic Colors <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thought I would start the morning by showing you all some of the colors of Ajijic, our Mexican village. This is some of the colors that Jantheblonde and her DH have been seeing. I love our village. <BR> <BR> L... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:55:12 EST Fun brunch with Jantheblonde and neighbors <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Great time for all at the brunch yesterday. My dishes seemed to turn out pretty good and not very many leftovers...always a good sign. <BR> Jantheblonde and her DH really fit in with all us "mountain" people. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:34:00 EST Another photo of Jantheblonde and I <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jantheblonde and I have so much in comment it's funny. Looking forward to her and her DH coming to our brunch today to meet the "mountain people", our neighbors. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a terrific Sunday. <BR> Sallie Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:19:54 EST Finally got to meet Jantheblonde <img src=""> <BR> Had a wonderful time yesterday with Jan and her DH. Our spouses really hit it off as well. And of course she is even more fantastic in person! <BR> Looking forward to them coming to brunch tomorrow so they can meet some of our neighbors here on the mountain. <BR> Love you Jan! <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful day. <BR> Sallie Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:24:28 EST Getting excited about meeting a sparks buddy So Jantheblonde and her DH are on their way to Ajijic! Many of you know her here on sparks. She is a constant visitor to many of our blogs and comments on many postings. She is a wonderful person who always is positive and upbeat. We have chatted on the phone but now, finally we will met in person. They will be staying at a B&B near our casa. We are going to pick them up tomorrow and take them to lunch at one of our favorite spots. Just so excited. Can't wait to meet them. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:41:39 EST Yeah sunshine today! It's still a little cloudy but I have seen the sun today. And it's still a bit chilly. Here are some photos that are from a day or two ago from the flooding in our village. Geez. I am hoping we are on a good path now with mucho sun! <BR> I hope you all have a great day. <BR> Sallie <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:37:14 EST Happy St. Patrick's day! Hope you all have a terrific St. Patty's day. We are still in a bad storm. Setting all kinds of records. It rained again all day yesterday and really hard last night. <BR> When I got up this morning our coffee table in the Living room was wet...finally a leak with all the rain. grrrr. <BR> <BR> But the bad weather gave me plenty of time to make some fun birthday cards for the grandkids. Lots of work on the computer but fun to do. Here is the one for Sean The inside said <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:52:13 EST Sounding like a broken record But still rain all day. Yesterday it was raining so hard all day and even wind gusts up to 20 miles an hour and 52 degrees. I know I am complaining a bit but enough now! Today is again dark and dreary. We just are not used to this. Even during our rainy season it typically only rains in the evenings, not all day. they are saying that it should only last through the end of today. Here's hoping. <BR> <BR> big eating day yesterday...I guess the weather made me do it! LOL Had a great ti... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:36:25 EST Rain, rain go away! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So we haven't had rain in March in 8 years. So very weird. And chilly for us folks that do not have heat in our homes. Good news is we can crank up the outdoor living room fireplace and the space gets really warm. So we might camp out there and watch some shows recorded. I might take a day off from walking the dog as I don't want a smelly dog s... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:35:08 EST Darn that sugar monster!!! Had a great time out with friends for lunch yesterday. Nothing like good friends at a great little place down here.....I was doing good and had only tortilla soup at lunch. my DH had many margaritas and after lunch wanted to stop for ice we brought some home. he also sneaked in my favorite candy bar Snickers. So for dinner I had ice cream and snickers.....geez, why did I do that??? but it was fun and tasted good while watching House of Cards. But of course today I am a bit sl... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:32:24 EST Thank you all again for FIL advise. Hate when you type a whole blog and then it disappears. bummer <BR> <BR> anyway I was saying that FIL has tried several anti depressants and the problem with them was that they mess up his stomach and decrease his appetite and digestion. he then goes down hill fast and loses weight and of course then gets no energy from food. that of course wouldn't happen if he were up moving around more and not just laying in bed!!! so vicious cycle. the good news is that he now loves to eat again and... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:00:36 EST Tom Hanks video so cute On the Today show this morning they just showed clips from the new video with Tom Hanks lip singing the Carly Rae Jepsen song I Really Like You. It just cracked me up. I loved it. Made me giggle this morning. If you haven't seen it here is a link for it. <BR> I sent the link to my DH and told him he needed to watch it and learn some of the words as our granddaughter will be all over it and singing it so he should know some words to sing along. I can just see her giggling over DH singing ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:37:22 EST Clocks went forward in the states Here in Mexico our clocks don't change until April 5th. So it is weird. That makes us 2 hours off from the east coast where family is and also where the TV comes from. So you look at the clock on the tv and it says 11 and look at your computer and it says for this short period of time it's weird. <BR> <BR> Nice bright and sunny here. I hope for those of you who live in the north your are safe and warm. I know my Mom who lives with my sister in PA is really tired of the cold. She... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 11:15:31 EST Sad to hear about Harrison Ford He is one of my favorite actors. I pray he will get well. <BR> <BR> Also feel bad for all of you that are suffering with more snow. My Mom, in PA, is whining that enough is enough! The photos on TV look rough. Hope all of you are safe and warm. I surely remember snow storms having grown up in PA. I remember on really big on in April that had us without power for 4 days so we lived in one room next to the fireplace. Melted water on fire and such. We were just kids so we thought it w... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:07:49 EST Good News about little Ava Some good news regarding my friends granddaughter. I have cut and pasted the email from the little girl's mother for your all to read. Thank you all so much for sending your thoughts and prayers for dear Ava. I am so thrilled that she is getting better. <BR> Hope you all have a great Thursday <BR> Sallie <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay in sending out an update. Ava continues to improve each day! She is breathing well, eating much better, and looking and acting more like her norm... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:34:32 EST Learned something new from our attorneys yesterday First of all I really do appreciate all of you comments and good wishes regarding this stupid law suit. I do want you all to know though that I am a very strong woman and do not let this get under my skin. My DH and I are fortunate that we have the resources to fight this all the way to the supreme court if need be. And our attorney told us at that level the law would hold and we would be again found innocent. The higher court system can not be bought by bribes. And we have been reading ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:42:36 EST Happy Tuesday Not a whole lot to report. I am at my goal weight of 105 today which is nice. <BR> <BR> We have several meetings today. The first with our attorney regarding the "endless" lawsuit from the crazy people next door. Again, we have done nothing wrong and their claim is all lies again. For those that follow me, you know this has been going on now for 4 years. The first suit was a criminal one where they said we took gas tanks off their property(they were hidden in their garage). They also... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:54:57 EST Friend Greg came in second place for margaritas Got a call yesterday from his new wife with the news. the one that won was from a restaurant and two of the owners are young gals who really work it. They are adorable and were calling their margaritas Huggy Margaritas and giving of course free hugs as they passed out their samples. Way cute. So if Greg had to come in second to anyone it would be good if they won. He agreed. <BR> <BR> Nothing else to report all is good here. <BR> Hope you all have a terrific week. <BR> Sallie <BR> <B... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:52:15 EST Nice time at the chili festival <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Had a really nice time at the Chili Festival yesterday. We had to go to support our friend, Greg, and vote for his margarita. Haven't heard yet if he w... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:49:37 EST Had a wonderful birthday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a great time with dear friends for my birthday dinner. The food was awesome and even our picky friend Lee thought the food to be great. I kept celebrating yesterday when I got my facial as a gift as well as another lunch out with dear lady friend....but of course today I am a bit slow due to too much sugar and salt. When you are not used to eating it, it sure plays havoc with one's body. It makes me feel lik... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:40:46 EST Please, special request for prayers! Hello dear friends, <BR> I was going to blog today about getting older and write about funny things that happen to one's body and that I am celebrating now one whole year on Social Security. Yes it's my Birthday. <BR> <BR> But I would rather ask all of you to please pray for a dear little girl who is the granddaughter and only grandchild of a friend of mine. I received the following email this morning. So please pray and ask others to pray for dear little Ava. She is an adorable little b... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:40:56 EST My Oscar review LOL Well, a bit tired today as I stayed up to watch the Oscars and it threw my sleeping routine out of whack….very funny how that happens. If I don’t do lights out at 10 I can’t get to sleep. Oh well it was fun anyway. I can’t believe that Birdman won for best picture. DH and I turned it off and just couldn’t watch it. And then the other one that won a lot of award The Grand Budapest Hotel, we also turned off after about 20 minutes. Both were not our thing. I think that it is so funny what... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:57:47 EST Nice time celebrating BD with neighbors My neighbors wanted to celebrate my BD early(not until Wednesday) as they will be away on the actual day. It was a great time. Yummy salad and pizza and the owner who has a wonderful voice sang a song for me and gave us a bottle of Champagne. Then everyone sang Happy Birthday over my Tiramisu. I ate a lot and yet was surprised that I didn't gain any weight...woo hoo nice present. Oh and my friend Toni gave me a neat necklace that when you look close is made out a fork....very fun. <BR> H... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:52:49 EST Carnaval in Ajijic, Mexico Yesterday was Carnaval day in Ajijic, Mexico, or Mardi Gras as it is known in New Orleans. I have lived in Mexico for 10 years now and every year I see more and more efforts in the floats and parades. We were headed to a meeting yesterday and forgot that it was carnival and were wondering why there were traffic jams. well now we know. It appeared that throwing flour on spectators is replacing confetti. <BR> The Mexicans say, “Carnaval, carne va.” which loosely translated means , for “Carn... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:21:35 EST FIL Someone recently asked about FIL so I thought I would give a quick update. He hasn't made any progress to get up and move about. All the doctors and nurses say that there is nothing wrong with him accept he is completely lazy. the nurses do everything for him. change his diapers, help feed him, shave him, etc. They all just say he is lazy. It is sad to say but we don't expect him to work at it and therefore he will be mostly bed ridden. We are frustrated to say the least but it is his ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:10:36 EST The Roaring 20's wedding event <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So the weather... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:40:07 EST Happy Valentine's Day to all! I started my morning with a fun ecard from DH. It really made me giggle. He said he was sending me two things that I really love.....disco and mexico. It was so funny. It was a mariachi band playing a disco song...Get Down Tonight and they were funny looking guys some with big bellies dancing. Really nice way to start the day. <BR> <BR> Today is the day that we go to the wedding of a dear friend who is getting married to a wonderful Mexican woman that we love. there will be 120 people ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:12:04 EST Appreciate all the friend feedback but.... I get like 200 emails a day notifying me of someone "liking" something that I did. It has just gotten out of hand so I think I have clicked off the link that notifies me. I hope that I do not offend any of you, but it just got out of hand. I will try and remember to go to the friend feed and see what's going on occasionally but for now I won't get notice if you "liked" something. I do love you all though and will continue to blog and keep in touch and will do better to follow all of your... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:20:06 EST