MIMULUSBUG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIMULUSBUG MIMULUSBUG'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/ getting closer to selling Sacramento house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667390 Well the 4th offer on our house has survived negotiations (3 counter offers and an addendum to help spell things out). Unfortunately the buyer's funding is FHA, which is notorious for very low appraisals and inspections that can sometimes be overly picky -and result in deal breakers. In addition buyer needs us to provide 2% of the agreed house price; 100% of owners title insurance, 100% city/county transfer taxes, $525 towards 1 year home warranty plan. As we head into escrow hubby and I hope... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:45:28 EST Veggie DIP-AHOLIC needs help!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663952 I'm one of those people that loves to have something to dip my raw veggies (carrots, celery, bell peppers, zucchini...) into. You know, sour cream-mayo-spicy goodness is just so hard to give up or replace. <BR> <BR> This week I'm dipping my veggies in a concoction of plain greek yogurt, almond milk and ranch dressing seasoning..... It's not disgusting, but I'll sure be glad when I finish it this week. <BR> <BR> Sooooooooooooooooooo, I'm reaching out to the Sparkdom for help! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:56:57 EST Join Sac Area Spark Friends 1pm Friday at Garcias in Carmichael http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657056 If you are a Saramento area sparker please join me and other Sparkers this Friday/March 28th 1pm for a late lunch , at Garcias in Carmichael: <BR> <BR> Garcias <BR> 6049 Madison Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608 <BR> (916) 344-3177 <BR> <BR> Please let other area Sparkers know and RSVP to this message, so others can see who will be coming and to give me a count of how many seats I need to reserve/make space for. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you Friday at Garcias! <BR> <em>148</em> <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:25:40 EST Yesterday, Tomorrow & Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655538 Sparking this morning & read MEDDYPEDDY's March 22nd blog: 'Wishes from the dying'. <BR> <BR> It made me think of a lot of things, including the following sayings: <BR> <BR> YESTERDAY IS A CANCELLED CHECK; <BR> TOMORROW IS A PROMISSORY NOTE; <BR> TODAY IS CASH IN HAND <BR> - SO SPEND IT WISELY! <BR> <BR> <BR> TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE <BR> <BR> Alright Sparkers, lets kick it into overdrive! <BR> <em>148</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:12:37 EST A little joke... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654705 Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, "Jesús is watching you." He looked around and saw nothing. He kept on creeping and again heard, "Jesús is watching you." In a dark corner, he saw a cage with a parrot inside. The burglar asked the parrot, "Was it you who said Jesús is watching me" The parrot replied, "Yes." Relieved, the burglar asked, "What is your name?" The parrot said, "Clarence." The burglar said, "That's a stupid name for ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:15:15 EST low Potassium, Calcium, & Magnesium anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654270 I've started to run the daily nutrition feedback this week and it indicates that I'm not getting enough calcium, potassium or magnesium. So was wondering if the nutrition feedback tool is trustworthy and if any of you are coming up low on these nutrients? <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:18:28 EST Would you throw away perfectly good Key lime pie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653503 Running errands yesterday w/my cousin and ended up at Target on Alta Arden. I had not been in a target in so long I didn't realize that they had a food section, so we had to check it out. She got ice cream and I got an Edwards Key Lime pie to share after dinner w/her, friend Tobey, & my self. It was delicious BUT it was also 450 calories a slice. <BR> <BR> So of course this morning I gave into the refrigerator siren call of having a slice of key lime pie for breakfast with coffee. <BR> <B... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:44:03 EST Sac restaurant: Mirage (indian banquet halls & rest.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652373 Has any Sacramento area sparkers tried the new Mirage indian restaurant at 2159 El Camino? Sacramento Yelp is giving it 4-stars, 2 dollar signs ($$) w/59 reviews posted... <BR> <BR> I haven't been there yet but would be interested in checking it out w/some Sacramento area Sparkers. <BR> <em>148</em> <BR> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:45:58 EST Your favorite Sacramento area "sparking" restaurant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651852 Ok folks, I'm looking for some input on choosing an area restaurant to have a Sacramento Sparkles get together. Please post your favorite go-to restaurant for fresh nutritious food and warm chatty environment to eat and catch up with old & new friends. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <em>148</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:01:56 EST IHOP chicken florentine crepes - YIKES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651251 My cousin Alma invited me out for late lunch yesterday at IHOP on Arden Way, here in Sacra-tomato. Alma was craving some IHOP crepes and her talking about it got me wanting some too. As soon as I saw "chicken florentine crepes" made with swiss cheese (my fav cheese) , and sauteed mushrooms, spinach and onions on the menu I had to try em. When they arrived I had not realized that they were topped with a 'rich holandaise sauce'.... As I ate the first crepe w/the 'sauce' on it started to wonder... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:21:32 EST Back in Sacramento & the 'joys' of home ownership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642202 Oh how time flies! Since putting the Sacto house up for sale in July, I've been busy with a the fall holy days (Atonement/Yom Kippur, Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah & Tabernacles/Sukkot), a trip back to the farm in WV & visit to mom-n-sisters in VA, and 6 weeks of sickness (glad I survived that without antibiotics). So now back in Sacramento, trying to find the right price to sell the house without loosing too much buckeroos. <BR> <BR> Since getting back, about 25-feet of our back yard fence collap... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:06:24 EST The stress of keeping a neat house... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428385 Hi kids! I can't believe how quick time passes when you are working hard, I've been away from the Spark Pages too long. <BR> <BR> My Las Vegas cousin made it up to Sacto to help me with the final items for getting the house on the market and to celebrate July 4th. Happy to report we got it on the market. For the curious you can check it out on the Sac MetroList: http://metrolistmls.com/, ML #13038510. With this event, comes a new kind of stress: keeping the house neat and tidy for the pote... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 15:42:24 EST Getting closer to my WV farming adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399770 This week my cousin Johnny came up from LA to help with things at the Sacramento house. It has been so wonderful to have his help and company. I'm now down to finishing the cleaning/de-cluttering and staging of the home office, breezeway and garage area. The "for sale" sign goes in the yard this week, YIKES! <BR> <BR> During the visit we've been talking about the 25 acre 'farm' I'm moving to and remembered photo I took on the Seneca Trail/WV Route 219 of a stuffed dummy hanging from his bar... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:49:34 EST Down 5# & tracking "home" exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388116 My working on the house continues and since my last post I decided to be more diligent about tracking my hours of "home" exercise: you know, painting, re-landscaping (how many giant bags of mulch, soil, and yard trimmings can you haul out in an hour or two). I also found out you can "tweak" your back something fierce, just bending over and spraying round-up on invasive crabgrass & other weeds. I'm so thankful I have a pool and jacuzzi to use at the end of the day when I'm in pain and bone tir... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:32:18 EST Endless work on the Sacramento house... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379238 Well, work on the Sacramento house continues for me. One thing after another pops up. Most recent 'problemo' resulted from me flipping the on switch of an old wall heater we haven't used in 12 years (I had a table in front of it and pulled the table out to clean HA!) and the electric motor exploded, and flipped the main house electrical breaker off. SO; have had electricians out to remove the heater from the wall and repair the electrical lines. This week I've got drywall working being comple... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:04:06 EST Family wounds, therapeutic art & new SP background page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339543 With dad's passing I was contacted by a cousin -who I had to cut off communication with over 9 years ago due to her verbal abuse & attacks on my family & I (she & her siblings had a troubled youth due in part to horrible mental/physical/sexual abuse in the Illinois foster care system.) She wanted to express her sympathy and regret for never meeting her uncle Pete. <BR> <BR> I have continually prayed for her over the years, asking that God/Yahweh would heal her heart/mind/soul; that she ma... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:39:45 EST Dealing with a parent's death & the fear of sparking?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338597 As some of you know my father passed away April 9th in Norfolk VA and we buried him April 15th . Saying good bye to him begins a whole new chapter for my family and I. Thanks to all for your kind words, thoughts and prayers -they really do help! <BR> <BR> Now that I'm back in Sacramento, I want to simplify my life more. I'm thinking that I should just stop Sparking. I've never been a good-consistent Spark Person. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have anxiety from not sparking when you know that y... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:53:17 EST Garage painting finishes today, & decided I hate wall paper... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240310 We got 1st coat of paint on the garage done yesterday, and will be working on doing touch ups today and then moving on to painting repaired/new wood areas around the breezeway doors and soffits at the front of the house. MAN do I hate cleaning up paint brushes! But things are looking good, YEAH! <BR> <BR> Then last evening after dinner I got a little rambunctious and decided to remove funky old "fake wood" wall paper that's been hanging in one of the bedroom closets since we bought the hous... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:56:42 EST Painting garage today w/hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238687 Well the work on the house continues. New drywall is up in the den, kitchenette & laundry room; new vinyl floor and new base cabinets are done in the kitchenette. We've finished all the dry rot repairs to the garage, breezeway and soffits so it's time to paint the garage today. Hoping the weather stays nice today. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:06:28 EST Rafting on the American River w/family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181077 With 2013 coming up shortly I thought I should update my profile photo with snapshot of the family rafting down the American River this August. It was a blast! Shooting rapids, whether in California or West Virginia, is fantastic fun with the family. On this float we met up with some senior ladies that were ultimately interviewed on the local TV station after their trip down the river! The 4th lady was 93 years old!! What an inspiration for staying active. Can you imagine, 93?! They are my i... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:21:00 EST Help needed for a CLUTTER-BUG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135338 I'm a clutter bug and a procrastinator in need of some helpful encouragement. I'd appreciate any and all helpful comments on de-cluttering... <BR> <BR> Thanks. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:29:01 EST Back in Sacramento http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131439 Hi all! <BR> <BR> Sorry about being MIA for so long :-/ <BR> <BR> But as I wrote earlier my family is in process of moving to farm in West Virginia. At the end of September we moved most of the furniture from our Sacto home to the farm with the help of my parents. In early October we sold our cabin in the El Dorado National Forest (bitter sweet life event). Then hubby & I drove a Penske moving truck, with the cabin furniture & my 3 cats (!!!###***!!!) hauling my beloved "beater truck" -to... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:06:39 EST Having a great August :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031864 Hi all, I hope that you are all having a great August :-) <BR> <BR> My sister's family from Virginia came out for two weeks and we managed to get trip up to our family cabin in El Dorado County; got to take them up to Silver Lake to swim in the potholes -they loved dead man's hole LOL!! Then there was boating and swimming at Silver Lake as well. I love hot august days and swimming or just getting wet in our cold sierra lakes. <BR> <BR> My two favorite cousins from Arizona came up to Sac... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:24:26 EST 5 bonus points today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985245 I'm trying to track my food better this week and when I went back to my spark page to log in my afternoon snack (animal crackers & an apple) I got a bonus spin for 5 extra points. It's funny how the bonus spin & points puts a smile on your face :-) Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:55:55 EST Mim update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971584 Hi all - <BR> <BR> Just wanted to give you an update. The end of May and most of June my dad has been in a critical condition. The end of June we had a brush fire at our cabin property we are trying to sell. There's several other significant things that are going on as well but just too complicated to share here. Sorry about just not having the time or spiritual energy to be a good Sparker or team member or leader. <BR> <BR> -Sabrina <BR> <BR> DADS DETAILS. <BR> The Friday before memoria... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:21:05 EST Back in Sacramento http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891381 Well the trip back east to buy a farm and visit my sisters (and the drive back home) obviously took a lot more out of me than I thought it would. For me it was hard to stay connected w/Spark People at our new 25 acre farm (no internet connection available at the farm house); then when I was visiting family it was just awkward to bug them so I could access the computer/internet; and I just really could not use my iphone much either (letters just way to small for me to read). <BR> <BR> Now tha... Mon, 21 May 2012 13:28:45 EST Enjoying cross country trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749430 Hi all! Things have been so busy for me these past few months I've not been able to stay connected w/my Spark Peeps :-( <BR> <BR> Have no fear, I'm doing good but have been involved in purchasing a farm property in West Virginia. Hammered things out and ultimately drove from California to West Virginia with my parents to finish all the paperwork!!! <BR> <BR> Now currently visiting with my baby sister in Virginia. <BR> <BR> Hope all are doing great! <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:51:43 EST strange garden tomatoes & broke my toe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476604 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Thought I should report that while working on my "todo" list around the house (washing windows on outside of the sun-room) earlier this week, I slipped in the suds off of my step ladder and broke my toe, Ouch! So won't be out walking much for next 3-4 weeks. Otherwise its been a pretty good week. <BR> <BR> BTW My tomatoes are doing good, but have been gathering some fairly strange ones. I actually took photo of one of my goofy tomato to share with you guys: <BR> <img s... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 01:16:23 EST 500 Points! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4458430 At log in today my wheel spin got me 3 points, not great but better than those 1 point spins. Then I started Sparking. I like to do the Trivia and actually answered all three questions correctly, WooHoo! Then I started to Huddle w/my teams, and catch up w/what's been going on; adding a comment here and there, THEN got the notice that I had Sparked enough to get an additional wheel spin. WHAT??? Yeah, another spin and I got 500 spark points!!!! Can you believe it???? <BR> <BR> So now will sp... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:01:20 EST &#8206;"Life is not the way it's supposed to be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402249 A friend of mine shared the following quote w/me: <BR> <BR> &#8206;"Life is not the way it's supposed to be.. It's the way it is. <BR> The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference." <BR> <BR> And I totally agree with it, but too often forget. (Especially, when I coping badly of course...). <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week. <BR> <em>148</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:18:18 EST Yoga-meditation funny :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4379242 I chuckled a bit when I received this little ditty from Cathy Thorne & thought I'd share it here (since I have her permission to): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459630067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:31:19 EST 'Pole dancing' exercise class? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4378067 I Started sparking this morning, to log my food and see what my teams have been up to. <BR> <BR> One of my team members is thinking about taking a "pole dancing" class and wondered if any would like to join her!! Hmmmmmmmmmmm, the thought of me dancing on a pole for fun/exercise made me giggle; then wonder how many Sparkers have actually taken such a class? Have you?? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 22:09:50 EST Feeling like a Sparkie-Wienie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4360456 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I just can't seem to Spark regularly when things are a little bit crazy at the house. My parents live w/hubby & I, so when dad was hospitalized again in June (complications w/congestive heart/kidney failure & diabetes) I just could not seem to 'find the time to Spark'. Then my brother (who's been in Iraq for a year) flew out to visit for a week. When my LA cousin heard his Tio was in the hospital, he came up and ended up staying for 2 weeks. Plus before dad went in the ho... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:14:59 EST Enjoying the rainy weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4278743 My Sunday morning volunteer work at the native plant garden gets canceled on rainy days, so am totally enjoying today home w/family and spending some of this morning touching base w/SP friends. <BR> <BR> I see that so many of you are doing so well! You are so inspiring to me, keep up the great work! <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling to keep things in better balance for a healthier me. I've been doing pretty well w/getting in at least 10-minutes exercise each day; but having difficulty getti... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 16:19:03 EST Fighting excuses not to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4227920 We all know 'that we could make time to exercise if we really wanted to'. I keep thinking that I really want to, but some how find myself putting off regular, consistent daily exercise so I can: ___ (fill in the blank, LOL!). <BR> <BR> One of the common threads for not getting in regular daily exercise has been thinking I needed to have at least an hour or two to get the exercise in; and then deciding that I don't have an hour or two to squeeze into a day full of "To dos". <BR> <BR> Soo... Thu, 12 May 2011 12:06:53 EST I LOVE SPRING TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165397 Spring time in Sacramento is AWESOME!!! but keeps me sooo busy. <BR> <BR> Am sorry about being on "silent running" for a while, but have been totally involved with California Native Plant Society activities/events this Spring (see: www.sacvalleycnps.org/) and then getting ready for the Spring Holy Days (Leviticus 23:1-5 ie: Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread, etc.) Plus keeping up w/my Sunday gardening management at the native plant demo-garden in the historic city cemetery. <BR> <BR> I've... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:51:53 EST Walking at Arden Faire & in the neighborhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4130308 I made it to Arden Faire Mall for walk last night, but no one else was able to make it (I waited to about 6:15pm). This was fine with me, since it was such short notice. I also got in some extra window shopping, and new tea tasting a TEAVANA (yummy) I love that place! :-) <BR> <BR> This morning I was able to get walk done in the neighborhood. The nice weather really does inspire me to get out and walk! <BR> <BR> Hope all are doing well. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:54:44 EST Join Walk @ Arden Faire Mall Tues. March 29th 6-8PM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4124892 Spark Sacramento: March Fitness Walk <BR> <BR> Tuesday March 29th, 6-8pm <BR> Arden Fair Mall, Lower level entrance <BR> Next to Sears adjacent to the parking garage <BR> 1689 Arden Way <BR> Sacramento CA 95815 <BR> <BR> Sorry about the short notice, but if you are up to it please come out and join some Spark People from around the Sacramento area for an informal 1 mile (2 loops) fitness walk at the Arden Fair Mall. <BR> <BR> Please use the lower level entrance next to Sears adjacent... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:38:46 EST Company on jet plane this morning! (what a whimpy excuse to back slide)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105366 Well, I put nephew #4 on jet plane back to Boston at 4:30 this morning! Such a crazy, goofy eating-drinking late night energy machine!! When combined with the whacky energy of nephew #1 who lives with us -I totally consumed too much, drank too much and never got enough sleep. We made sushi, ate sushi, drank sake, went to the Kasbah on J Street for: sheesha, drinks, belly dancing entertainment... I am too old for this stuff. <BR> <BR> On the positive side, we laughed a lot, talked a lot, saw... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 17:44:09 EST Good intentions & the road to hell ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4067516 Sorry about just not having time to maintain my Spark-Accountability through the end of February. <BR> <BR> This time, I opened my home to a woman who needed a place to recuperate after having female surgery (hysterectomy, ovaries removed & old adhesions cleaned up). According to her she had no family or friends in the area to stay with. She was desperately in need of a place to recuperate from her surgery. After hearing her troubled story I told her that if something does not fall into pla... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 01:58:42 EST Day 6 & 7: Busy Sunday & late Monday & fear of the scales... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4035278 DAY 6. Sunday was busy. I headed out to the garden at 8am. The morning was UGLY -cold, foggy-wet- for about 1.5 hours, but started to clear up and get a little bit warmer. I worked til about 12:30pm, then drove back home for quick lunch. <BR> <BR> After lunch I touched base w/friend that's currently in the hospital, but will ultimately be recuperating at the house w/my family once she's discharged. She asked me to connect w/her friend who has her personal items she was not able to bring to t... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 12:41:29 EST Day 5 - enjoying the day of rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4030544 Today I slept in late, had nice leisurely breakfast, messed w/my kitties and just basically kicked back. Called friend of mine who's in the hospital recovering from female surgery on Thursday to try to make her laugh :-). <BR> <BR> Poured myself a cup of coffee w/bailey's Irish cream, and sitting down to Spark for a while, before heading out for services & fellow-shipping. <BR> <BR> No scale today -cuz just seemed like too stressful of a thing to do. <BR> <BR> Shabbat Shalom! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 15:37:35 EST Day 4 (back sliding a bit) but down 1# anyway ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4028096 Did not get up at 5am today (hubby's alarm did not go off; cuz he's off work today) so looks like I'm back sliding a bit today already. BUT when I got on the scale this morning I weighed in at 264# - so apparently I lost another pound??? This is crazy (4 pounds lost in 3 days since being more accountable to myself and you guys)!! <BR> <BR> I was happy to get to Sparking this morning, but I kind of got crazy w/my Pottery team (trying to inspire some to post pictures of their ceramic work on t... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:54:31 EST Day 3 - Accountability & scale says: 265# ????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4026888 After the weigh in yesterday at 268# I was pretty bummed. I tried to meditate about it a bit, but hubby was home and asking for help on the computer; then remembered I had an 11am & 2pm appointment -so I had to stop sparking and get on w/the day. <BR> <BR> So yesterday: I got a yoga session in, my bible study & prayer in, had vegie soup for lunch; home made chili-con-carne for dinner; and then 2 sweet oranges for desert and an evening snack. Was able to have some 'quality time' w/mom; then... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:38:06 EST Day 2 - Accountability & overcoming fear of THE SCALES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4022217 Since my 2/14 program update, I decided to blog every day for 30 days about trying to be more accountable. I know that I may not be able to blog when we head up to the cabin (no internet up there). Happy to report I kept w/my updated program & short term goals. <BR> <BR> I'm not the best food tracker, and yesterday I was out and about getting my beater truck smogged and other errands and found my self hungry at lunch time at the McClellan BX & ended up grabbing a Whopper Junior and ice tea... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:56:48 EST Day 1 Trying to be more accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4019899 Yesterday I updated my program, so today is my new "Day 1" of trying to be more accountable to myself. <BR> <BR> Happy to say I was up at 5am (easy to do on my hubby's work days cuz his alarm goes off at 4:30am); got my prayer & bible study (PBS) in; and have logged in to Spark. I've got quite a few things to get done today; so will be back later this evening to update this blog. I'm hoping that I'll get some Spark streaks going this week, like logging on & drinking my 8 glasses of water fo... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:00:02 EST SOS: For Encouragement & Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4017401 CALIKIKI inspired a new SacSparkles team goal of commenting on a blog a day, or 7 blogs week. So today I read MRSBIGDOG916's 2/14 blog about her daunting commitments to family/work, her renewed commitments to herself and a new schedule she's going to try out. At the end she says: <BR> <BR> "PLEASE!!!!! I will need ENCOURAGEMENT and ACCOUNTABILITY in order to do this!!!!! And I'm asking for help!!!! So PLEASE help me. " <BR> <BR> This of course got me to thinking about all of us and our nee... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:05:52 EST Hummingbirds sipping nectar from manzanitas today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4015705 I had a wonderful day in the garden watching hummingbirds sipping nectar from the large 'Dr. Hurd' manzanitas. The manzanitas at the native plant garden started blooming in early January and I just love the pretty white to pale pink clusters of blossoms they produce. They also have a very delicate sweet smell that is just lovely. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68194900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another interesting plant in bloom at the garden is the California pipevine/dutc... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:55:29 EST Pottery for the Soul & an updated profile pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4002897 I've limited my SP team memberships to 8 teams, but tend to spend most of my time on the SacSparkles, SparkSacto, & Shabbat Keepers team sites. This week I decided to go through my teams to see if I should drop some. In the end I could not drop any of my teams and had a great time catching up with the 'Pottery for the Soul' team. <BR> <BR> After cruising the pottery team page, I decided to pull out a few of my "old" ceramic pieces and take a few photos to share w/my pottery friends. One of... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 01:23:31 EST PS: Be sure & check out SLIMKATIE's 1/31 video blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3988537 PS: Be sure & check out SLIMKATIE'S 1/31 video blog "journey of 125 pounds", it is awesome!! <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3978432 Thu, 3 Feb 2011 21:50:45 EST