MISSUSRIVERRAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSUSRIVERRAT MISSUSRIVERRAT'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/ This week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222958 Mini-update. <BR> Movement: <BR> I decided that the constant sore muscles were signs of overuse and overtraining. <BR> Athletes take a week off every now and then to recoup. That's what I plan to do. I don't plan to sit around, but I will not be doing any intentional exercise or yardwork except for gentle stretching. That works great with having my Mother-in-law visit, since I am devoting most of my time to being with her. I will see how I feel at the end of this week and then go from th... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:52:54 EST "My Day -- My Way" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221323 That was my motto yesterday. I kind of like it ! <BR> Stuck with the basic foods that I know agree with me, even though we went out to eat. I experimented with adding beer ....2 Bud 55 Lights which are only 55 calories each, a few carbs, and about half the alcohol of one normal light beer. That did not trigger extra eating, although it put me in a noticeably different state. My muscles were limper, I had trouble mentally focusing, and was a little silly. Yes, I got tipsy on that little be... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:18:35 EST Taking Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220519 Thanks to all who commented on my long blog about all my troubles. <BR> It was quite therapeutic to put it out down in writing. <BR> <BR> So, here's how it went yesterday..... <BR> I did do a lot of stretching yesterday, but did make myself do any cardio or weight training. <BR> My muscles were still sore from all the yard work and some other exercising I had been doing. So stretching is what my body seemed to want and need. <BR> <BR> Also, yesterday I decided to experiment with redu... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:14:45 EST Just Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219892 Kind of long, rambling blog... Mainly I wrote it to record & process my feelings. <BR> <BR> I was all enthused with my "Youth Preservation/Happiness" Plan that I blogged about. <BR> <BR> However, a tree fell on our house during a storm with extremely strong winds 2 weeks ago. It crunched the corner of the roof, but thankfully it didn't leak even with all the rains we have been having. Plus, the 2 wooded acres that we live on looked like bomb went off, littered with branches, sticks, and l... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:14:14 EST Interesting Article About Lifestyle Changes as People Age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214765 <link>money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-bes<BR>t-life/2012/05/01/10-ways-older-people<BR>-withdraw-from-life </link> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 08:18:38 EST My Youth Preservation/ Happiness Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205357 General Food Plan: The MIND Diet This is a combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet with a new book coming out in November. I read some articles about this and think it sounds great. I don't really eat like this now, so I am making changes and working towards it. This is supposed to be a very nourishing diet. I am not trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Gut Health: At least 35 grams of fiber per day and enough fluid. Avoid pop. <BR> <BR> Movement: Leslie Sansone DVD's ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:15:06 EST One Year Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194747 Last year on June 30, 2015 I posted the blog entitled "Me and Mom" (see link below). <BR> To the exact date of one year later my very sweet Mother, at the age of 95, went to join her loved ones that have passed before her. It was her time to get her wings. <BR> She slipped away June 30, 2016. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953190 </link> <BR> <BR> I would say "rest in peace," but rest is not what I hope for her. I wish her an activ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:55:53 EST June 27 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190999 Food:1700 Calories <BR> Foods included that are designated as healthy for skin/eyes/brain/muscle retention: <BR> Chocolate protein shake blended with frozen strawberries <BR> Ancient whole grain combo blended with sweet corn <BR> eggs <BR> grapes <BR> Green tea with lime <BR> Greek yogurt mixed with 100% chocolate powder <BR> Brazil nuts <BR> Cukes <BR> Chicken <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Leslie Sansone DVD 3 miles <BR> 1 hour yard work <BR> Oxycise Workout # 2 <BR> <BR> Physical/Mental care:... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:39:48 EST June 26 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190361 Food: I did a little research on foods that are good for skin, eyes, brain and muscle <BR> retention. Although there is a little different emphasis for each need, basically it's <BR> the same foods. (Interestingly enough, it is also basically the same foods on the <BR> popular weight loss program, the 21 day fix) I will be trying to incorporate more of <BR> these foods on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> These are the foods th... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:16:26 EST Two Week Wrap-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189748 What has been working for me: <BR> --Productive exercise (getting lots done; environment looking better) <BR> --Oxycise (feel more relaxed & calmer and sleep better) <BR> --Stretching & Massage (really seeing results with less muscle aches and more flexibility) <BR> --Deep breathing during the day when I think about it (feel calmer and have more energy) <BR> --Increased vegetables (better digestion) <BR> --Casual chats with husband (better communication; getting more projects started) <BR> -... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:36:15 EST June 25 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189742 Food: 2400 Calories (approximate) <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Scrubbed east side of house (3 hours) <BR> Oxycise Level #1 Work-out <BR> Stretched <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> Massaged sore muscles <BR> Worked outside in cooler AM. Came inside into a/c when it got hot. <BR> <BR> Mental Care: <BR> Sparked <BR> <BR> Notes: Really feel like my muscles are less sore and stiff Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:51:41 EST June 24 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189213 Food: 1650 Calories <BR> Protein = 5 <BR> Freggies = 4 <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Did 9 loads of laundry at laundromat <BR> (Carry up from basement to car to laundromat then back again) <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> Sat with feet up <BR> Deep breathing throughout the day <BR> <BR> Mental Care: <BR> Went by boat to go to a restaurant on the river <BR> <BR> Notes: Spent a lot of time at the nursing home doing Hospice intake f... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:01:50 EST June 23 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188667 Food: 1600 Calories <BR> Protein = 7 servings <BR> Freggies = 5 servings <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Oxycise Workout #1 <BR> Lots of Stretching <BR> (Did the movement while watching TV program) <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> --Hot shower in AM <BR> --Took break from cardio and strength activities <BR> --Deep breathing while watching TV and while laying in bed <BR> --Noted that bra re... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:56:10 EST June 22 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188047 Food = 1450 Calories <BR> Protein - 5 servings <BR> Freggies - 9 servings <BR> <BR> Movement = <BR> 3 Miles Leslie Sansone DVD <BR> Oxycise Workout # 1 <BR> Stretch <BR> A little upper body strength training -- one set of each exercise with 8 lb. weights <BR> <BR> Physical Care = <BR> Hot shower in AM <BR> More water (Bringing to-go mug that matches my outfit; For some reason I think this <BR> i... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:53:20 EST June 21 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187393 Food: <BR> 2100 Calories <BR> Protein = 8 <BR> Freggies = 5 <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Yard work = 1.5 hours (trimmed bushes, deadheaded flowers) <BR> Other = walked 4 miles (takes about 1 hr & 10 minutes) to boat ramp and back <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> Walking seemed to help loosen sore muscles. <BR> Hot shower in AM. <BR> <BR> Mental Care: <BR> Sparked <BR> Talked with husband <BR> Watched a little TV while I completed various other tasks. <BR> Skimmed (very quickly) a couple books <B... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:13:37 EST June 20 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186720 Food: 1700 Calories <BR> 8 protein <BR> 7 freggies <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Cleaned up after week-end <BR> Oxycise Workout # 1 <BR> Leslie Sansone 3 Miles <BR> Watered outdoor plants <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> Iced sore spots <BR> Massaged sore spots <BR> Lots of gentle stretching <BR> Took a 1 hour nap <BR> <BR> Mental Care: <BR> Spent time talking with husband while sitting on deck <BR> Sparked <BR> Watched TV <BR> Read magazine <BR> Looked at pretty pictures on ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:33:05 EST June 18 & 19 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186081 It was our week-end to have to whole family out at the river. I am on the go from early AM to late at night getting things set up, preparing food, cleaning up, making sure everyone has everything they need, and participating myself in the many activities. Weather was hot and sunny. We took boat rides, took kids tubing, played on the beach, fished, had golf cart rides, camp fire, a basketball shooting contest, squirt guns, water balloons, and a "Zombie Hunt." <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> Calorie... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:36:45 EST June 17 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185032 Food: 1800 calories <BR> Protein = 10 servings (includes dairy) <BR> Fruit/Vegs = 5 <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Various tasks to get ready for family gathering this week-end <BR> Feel very stiff. Wish I would have stretched. <BR> <BR> Physical care: <BR> Iced legs <BR> <BR> Emotional care: <BR> Read blogs and Sparked <BR> Looked at Pinterest <BR> Ate out with husband <BR> Took a boat ride with... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:36:13 EST June 16 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184428 Food: 1615 Calories <BR> Protein = 7 servings <BR> Fruit/Veg = 6 servings <BR> (Now that's more like it!) <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> 2 hours yard work (weeded, picked up sticks, deadheaded, moved some <BR> plants) <BR> 1 hour cleaning <BR> 1 hour sitting on the floor to do project (made cardboard... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:39:10 EST June 15 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183851 Food: 2190 Calories <BR> 8 servings protein <BR> 1 serving vegetable (unless you count potato chips) <BR> Not such a great day food-wise. <BR> <BR> Movement: Did 6 loads of laundry at the laundromat <BR> (involves carrying clothes up from basement and to car and into laundromat, <BR> then getting everything back). <BR> <BR> Physical care: <BR> Legs elevated <BR> Iced wrists <BR> <B... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 07:33:57 EST June 14 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183207 Food: <BR> 1550 calories (8 protein, 4 fruit/vegs) <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Rather sedentary day except for a few errands. <BR> I am OK with this since I had been active the previous few days and probably needed a break. <BR> <BR> Physical Treatment: <BR> Massaged sore muscles <BR> <BR> Mental Treatment: <BR> Kept thinking about my relationship with my daughter. I always feel that she is critical of me and am not sure why. This always makes me feel insecure and upset. I have worked on... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:02:11 EST June 13 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182529 Food: <BR> 1500 Calories <BR> Variety of lean protein (includes dairy and PB2) -- 10 servings <BR> Vegetables -- 4 servings <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Swept driveway -- 1 hour (Done in the AM in the cool part of the day) <BR> Washed car -- 2 hours (Done in the PM. Thought spraying myself down would <BR> keep me cool, but I was dripping with sweat) <BR> <BR> Physical Treatment: <BR> Nothing unusual. Not nearly as sore today. <BR> <BR> Mental Treatme... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:07:06 EST June 12 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181891 Food: <BR> 1925 Calories which included 7 vegetables and 7 protein <BR> Did not eat dessert at the family gathering (birthday party). Three servings of vegetables had heavy sauce (creamed corn and cheezy potatoes). <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Cleaned bathroom and other household project for about 2 hours <BR> <BR> Physical Treatment: <BR> Hot shower in AM <BR> <BR> Mental Treatment: <BR> Tried to wear a nice outfit. <BR> Prepped thinking about family gathering and decided ahead of time th... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:12:22 EST June 11 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181258 Food: 1355 Calories <BR> 8 servings of vegetables <BR> 6 lean protein <BR> 3 starch <BR> 1 healthy fat <BR> Very hot day and I think appetite was down. <BR> <BR> Movement: (no formal exercise) <BR> Errands to the south-- bank, post office, library, Wal-mart <BR> Errands to the north -- Visit Mom in nursing home, Goodwill, Dollar Tree <BR> Back home -- Cleaned living room, dining room, kitchen, por... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:00:32 EST June 10 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180711 Food: <BR> 1725 calories which included -- <BR> 10 servings of vegetables (3 of which were starchier) <BR> 1 serving of fruit <BR> 4 servings of protein <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> (No formal exercise) <BR> Watered plants <BR> Straightened up & organized house and basement which included lots of <BR> up and down basement stairs and carrying light loads <BR> Went through fridge for expiration dates and cooked up older stuff <BR> Prepped Goodwill donation & library returns <BR> <BR> Physia... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:51:29 EST June 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180360 After once again trying it in May 2016, I believe that I don't really like intuitive eating all that well. My eating gets too chaotic too quickly and my food choices deteriorate. I did reaffirm some food choices and habits that do NOT make me feel good, so trying it again was not without some benefit. There are some foods that are thought of as being healthy that just do not agree with me such as beans (green beans are OK) & nuts. Unfortunately, as I get older, there seems to be an increas... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:01:17 EST June 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180359 After once again trying it in May 2016, I believe that I don’t really like intuitive eating all that well. My eating gets too chaotic too quickly and my food choices deteriorate. I did reaffirm some food choices and habits that do NOT make me feel good, so trying it again was not without some benefit. There are some foods that are thought of as being healthy that just do not agree with me such as beans (green beans are OK) & nuts. Unfortunately, as I get older, there seems to be an increas... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:01:00 EST Communication/conversation thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163316 The new technique that I'm trying for bringing up difficult topics that just might possibly work..... <BR> I decided that I needed to sound very casual and undramatic when I bring things up that are really bothering me (and apparently aren't really bothering other people). Getting all dramatic & emotional and/or trying to schedule deep conversation (as in, "We need to talk") apparently is the way NOT the way to get someone's attention in an effective manner..... <BR> <BR> I am trying the ca... Sun, 15 May 2016 09:34:33 EST Decluttering -- Toss Ten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162611 I'm not ready to move to a tiny house yet, but I do think it is wise for me to realize there may be a move to a smaller residence in my future. Plus decluttering is something I do periodically. I invented a game that works for me. It's called "Toss Ten." <BR> <BR> Every day I get rid of ten things. They either go into the garbage, to a family member, or into the donation box. Just think...30 days means 300 things go out of the house ! Just think of how much progress this would be over ... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:38:36 EST Positive Body Mantras !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162000 Great article with lots of positive ideas....Rah ! Rah ! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>greatist.com/grow/body-positive-mant<BR>ras </link> Fri, 13 May 2016 08:04:36 EST Attitude Somewhat Adjusted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161817 This blog is a follow-up to the venting blog I wrote earlier today. <BR> <BR> Where my head is at right now is this...... <BR> All the problems I vented about center around two things, money problems & communication. The problems are in some ways intertwined. And what perpetuates them is my lack of facing the truth about my financial reality and allowing myself to be too passive with my situation and in relationships. I am taking all this on my shoulders and blaming myself for not facing a... Thu, 12 May 2016 23:01:47 EST Working on an Attitude Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161283 Warning ....vent ahead. <BR> I have been very bummed out and am trying to figure out why. This happens every now and then to me. This is what I have come up with to deal with. <BR> <BR> Problem areas: <BR> <BR> Husband -- I opened up to him about a month ago about a couple of areas in our life that troubled me greatly and hoped we could work through. It took a lot of courage for me to bring them up. Amazingly enough, I expressed my thoughts very calmly and coherently. Husband seemed t... Thu, 12 May 2016 06:35:21 EST Additional May Focal Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154984 I wanted to add this to my May Focal Point Blog of May 1 <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>129</em> Family First <BR> Help adult kids with their plans and goals. Attend important events of grand kids. <BR> Create family memories. Nourish relationship with spouse. <BR> (Reduce work hours -- that is why I am trying to economize in other ways) Mon, 2 May 2016 17:51:10 EST May Focal Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154280 <em>334</em> Teeth <BR> Me -- 5 crowns prepped on May 2. 5 crowns installed on May 16. <BR> Mom (95 year old frail elderly) -- Multiple extractions on May 26. <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> Money <BR> Spend less by getting things for reduced prices at Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Aldi, and resale shops. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Femininity <BR> Enjoy things that make me feel more feminine. <BR> Hair styled -- make-up -- earrings -- clothes put together even if casual -- scent spra... Sun, 1 May 2016 20:58:19 EST My Images of Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134040 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc704485-4cf0-439e-b630-07b4ec25b440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ea8cd0e-daa9-4337-80a1-a2c4010f9e28.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ad99f4b-a415-4ee0-91d4-fd35224ac961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8c51ba8-423d-4651-b799-94583754dcca.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e68fc6b4-0a89-4066-bab9-f33b41407979... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 14:45:13 EST Self-Care Assessment Worksheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132263 This is from a website and I couldn't get the link to work, so I copied and pasted some of the material. I thought the Assessment was quite helpful in brainstorming to determine specifics of a Self-Care Plan. <BR> <BR> Self-Care Assessment <BR> Adapted from Saakvitne, Pearlman, & Staff of TSI/CAAP (1996). Transforming the pain: A <BR> workbook on vicarious traumatization. Norton. <BR> The following worksheet for assessing self-care is not exhaustive, merely suggestive. Feel <BR> free to add... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 07:02:34 EST Another March Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122710 As it turns out, the first eye operated on decided it wanted to get a little more near-sighted. <BR> Apparently some eyes do that after cataract surgery...some go to more farsighted and some go to more nearsighted. So that meant the correction in the implant didn't fully correct for distance. However, that meant I could still see mid distance (computer screen) and relatively close (read at arm's length, food prep, eat at table, ). Knowing this, the doctor said that she would bump up the pre... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 07:39:02 EST Mid March Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118770 The right eye after cataract surgery is healing very well and the vision seems to be stabilizing. It was 20/25 the day after surgery and also I was able to read things at arms length. Throughout the next week my right eye went through a variety of changes that I am sure are normal for recovery. Then I had a bout of very blurry vision. I called my surgeon <BR> and she felt that it was dry eyes. This is typical post-surgery.. So I implemented some strategies to deal with that: <BR> <BR> a)... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 07:27:14 EST Mini March Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110924 Thanks to my Sparkfriends that read my last blog and wished me well on the cataract surgery. The right eye is done ! Everything went very well during surgery and the eye is healing. The vision is already amazing even though there is still a little swelling remaining for now in the eye. There is only minor discomfort. At the one day check-up yesterday my vision was 20/25 and that is great for this stage of the game. They fully expect it will be 20/20 and that I will not need correction e... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 07:39:13 EST February Progress / March Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108263 My main focus for March is cataract surgeries -- Right eye tomorrow & left eye in two weeks. I prepared as much as I can for this by stocking the fridge, cleaning the house, catching up on duties, & planning ahead. Actually, it was a nice impetus to get more organized and caught up. My efforts this month will be to comply with the treatment, make all the appointments, obey medical instructions, and then get whatever glasses may be needed after the vision settles down. Insurance is covering... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 06:58:26 EST Getting My Act Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085625 I've got some big stuff coming. In March I will have cataract surgery. Although my cataracts are not quite advanced enough to qualify as far as typical 20/40 vision requirement, they do qualify because of the multiple ghost images in each eye....classified as "double vision" for insurance purposes. Lucky for me I happened to mention this to the doctor, huh? This means that insurance will cover the surgery, etc. except for a relatively small co-pay here and there. So, February will be a mo... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:24:06 EST More Color ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084576 We can see the rainbow of color in our food and "eat the rainbow" for health! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fbd1dd02-2f62-401d-b031-82823e4c82de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or we can use a rainbow to understand and balance our emotions ! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5719ac8b-d1e6-4e15-b53a-bad1c320b698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or we can use a rainbow to understand ourselves and heal! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e125d99f... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:44:23 EST Craving Color ??!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083695 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10569c82-77a4-4e48-a33e-51dfa7607d0d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69f3902c-726c-4067-bad7-051bf8b6a128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Better??? <BR> Doesn't that help?? <BR> <BR> It's a little bleak around here this time of year and I needed a burst of color ! <BR> So, I tried to come up with some easy ways to bring some color into my day ..... <BR> This was not a typical Saturday...the only scheduled event on my... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:43:42 EST I'm In LOVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077622 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2e0ca8c-6f55-44da-bc33-9aa9bf776dd1.png"> <BR> <BR> "Love isn't something we have, it's something we feel." <BR> "Start by aiming to experience the feeling of love, regardless of a partner." <BR> "To do this, make a love list." <BR> "Throughout the day, look for things to love and be joyful about." <BR> <BR> <link>spiritualityhealth.com/blog/eve-hoga<BR>n/simple-practice-feel-more-love-your-<BR>life </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:54:27 EST An Attitude of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076813 Here's a list of things I'm grateful for (in no particular order): <BR> <BR> 1) We have enough money to buy fruits and vegetables and other foods that sustain me. <BR> 2) My legs work great. The rest of me works pretty well too ! <BR> 3) I am flexible, move easily, and enjoy dancing. <BR> 4) I can still read and do computer work. <BR> 5) My husband and bosses are supportive of me. <BR> 6) My husband has amazing eyesight. <BR> 7) My husband is very strong, energetic, and handy. <BR> 8) I live... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 07:08:29 EST A little rattled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074357 Trying to cope with a few things: <BR> 1) Cataract surgery is needed in both eyes-- I determined that I have 3 ghost images in my weaker left eye and 1-2 very noticeable ghost images in my right eye (plus a few other symptoms). I am self-limiting my driving <BR> 2) Husband reinjured knee and will probably need surgery; In the interim his activity is quite limited <BR> 3) 95 year old Mom is having challenging health problems that could be very serious. <BR> She is in a nursing home, but I a... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:02:38 EST Asking for your input..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065768 I have identified a bit of a general problem that I seem to be having. <BR> I can't get people to slow down, be thorough, and be somewhat patient with me. <BR> Since I have this problem with everyone but my female friends, I am thinking that I am the problem. <BR> <BR> Here's the situations: <BR> I feel this sense with members of the medical profession who seem flippant, rushed, and irritated. <BR> <BR> I feel this sense with my boss who seems like he has ADHD. He has a 3 second attent... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:40:27 EST Feeling kind of psyched ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062324 Well, for a while I was feeling pretty geriatric...... <BR> in the recent months I had a dental specialist explain the need for a full mouth dental reconstruction in three stages totaling $21,000 - $24,000. Prior to that I had eye doctor tell me that I had cataracts developing in both eyes, with the left being the worst. Recently my eyesight has proved to be deteriorating in the left eye and changing in the right eye. So, that has kind of put the teeth issue on the back burner for the time b... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:40:31 EST 3 Week Experiment -- Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059693 My experiment was very messed up because first my husband got sick and then I did <BR> (very bad cold that lingers). I was making progress and did the best I could. <BR> I do have a few thoughts to share. <BR> 1) Oxycise -- When I felt well enough to do them, these exercises give me a major boost. <BR> They give you that "I feel like a million bucks" feeling. These will be part of my daily program. Basically, they are breathing, stretching, and contraction exercises all rolled into one and... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:40:39 EST Temptation - I've Got It Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046759 It struck me how some aspects of my life make dealing with food a lot easier for me than for others. Just thought I'd share my thoughts. <BR> <BR> I live in a relatively remote, rural setting. The nearest fast food is 15 miles away, unless you count what you can get at our gas station. (Actually, the gas station pizza is delicious and a back-up plan for unexpected company.) There are no "quick trips" anywhere. <BR> We have to plan our errands and purchases so we don't waste gas. The c... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:56:07 EST