MMICKEYP's SparkPeople Blog MMICKEYP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Updated Life... :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thought I would give my Sparkfriends an update since I haven't been online in a while. <BR> <BR> My stepdaughter's four children were removed from her home and we have taken the two older girls, Haley and Lilly, ages 8 and 5. The little boys have been placed in a foster home. John and I couldn't handle all four children. <BR> <BR> It has been an absolute whirlwind and we've had to move into a larger apartme... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:49:16 EST Happy New Year To All! Wishing all of my sparkfriends a happy, healthy, blessed New Year! <BR> <BR> I'm ready for a new year, that's for sure! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I'm starting out this one with a wicked sinus infection and half my head hurts, eye is watering, teeth even hurts. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Well, this too shall always does. <BR> <BR> Don't party too hard and be safe if you're going out. <BR> <BR> Okay 2013, bring it on! <BR> <BR> Tiara's UP! haaaa (Ow, it hurts when I laugh..haha) <BR> <i... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:17:04 EST Ain't Life Grand and All That Jazz! OMG! Nobody ever told me, nor did I know enough to inquire...that laptops only have a life span of 5- 7 years and I guess mine is on its last leg. Sigh. <BR> <BR> My computer is fine but my laptop monitor is black. Talk about frustrating beyond frustrating!!! So thankful for my brother, though. He hooked me up with an "S-video" cord which is allowing me to use my TV screen as my monitor for the time being. It's a little weird but I'm so glad that this tv has the plug for this in the b... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 23:49:35 EST Be Inspired! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What inspires you? Hmmm. I know what inspires me and it's not chocolate...haaaaaaaa. <BR> <BR> Well, I lied. It IS chocolate but I think I feel a "break - up" comin' on. Oh, who am I kidding? I'll break up to make up, that's what I'll do. I know me too, too well. :) Haaaaaaaaaaaaa <BR> <BR> Well, I do know that LOVE inspires me, especially sacrificial love. <BR> Courage inspires me. Honesty inspire... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:38:10 EST Don't Forget You Are Beautiful! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You were born to fly! <BR> <BR> Have a happy day, everybody and don't give up! <BR> Little by little, we'll get there! Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:29:59 EST We Have So Much To Be Thankful For <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even though we've had alot of stressful situations in my family lately, I still have alot to be thankful for. Sometimes I just have to remind myself of those things. <BR> <BR> Every time I seem to be doing well, something or someone interrupts my progress. I am committed to keeping on, even if I hit a few rough patches along the way. <BR> <BR> I have little motivation but I'm here, anyway. Maybe it's hormones.... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:22:10 EST Don't Beat When You Blow Huh? Well, that's my way of saying; "Don't beat yourself up when you blow it." <BR> <BR> We all have those days when nothing seems to go the way we thought it would and life seems to reach out and simply bitch slap us. Well, I've got something to say to life... <BR> "You can knock me down, but I'm gettin' back up!" I hear an old familiar tune starting to play in my ears...."If you don't knowww meeee by nowwwwww, you will never, never, never knowww meeeeee." Haha <BR> <BR> Yes, it's al... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 08:23:14 EST Help! I think I'm being sucked into the VORTEX of cyberspace!!!! My stupid internet service provider, who shall remain nameless.. (It's best right now because sparkpeople won't allow profanity) sending me a new modem/router combo deal for the small fee of 87 smackaroos. Yikes! They assure me that this will solve ALL my problems. We'll see....we'll see. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I keep getting disconnected because my old router is malfunctioning and quite old. So, my time is short but I'm long on HOPE that it will be corrected in a couple of day... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 17:50:16 EST I Just Might "Accidentally" Exercise! Hahah I like that idea. Since I've convinced myself that I hate exercise, I think I'll just have to trick myself into it. <BR> <BR> Sparkfriend, Sheila used the term..."accidentally exercise" regard to the blog post I made about my local Kroger store changing EVERYTHING around. <BR> <BR> Yeah, just think of the "accidental exercise" I got, tooling around the store in a crazy daze! <BR> <BR> Well, I know me and I know that if you tell me NOT to do something or that I CAN'T do so... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:03:06 EST When Will I "Feel" Like It? That's only the second part of the question. The first part of the question is ; Exercise... <BR> <BR> The whole question is: Exercise...when will I feel like it? <BR> <BR> The answer: Never. That's how I "feel" right now, anyway. <BR> <BR> Why does it matter how I feel? It matters because I've made it matter. <BR> <BR> You see, even I know that inside that little word "feeling" lies a great big excuse. That great big excuse is the reason I continue to be me. ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 08:13:42 EST Now Why Did Ya Have To Go And Do That? Huh? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ohhhh Kroger, my Kroger. Going through the change? Yeah, I too. I only wish you'd have picked a day when I felt better but hey, you kept me on my toes...aisle after aisle. <BR> <BR> But seriously, did you really have to rearrange EVERY single aisle? I mean couldn't you have left the Big K pop in the same place it's been the or so? Could I at least have gotten a map? The only rea... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:41:41 EST Those Two!!! I typed in my trusty search engine, these words: What does the average person weigh? <BR> <BR> One site said...185, while another mentioned that industry know, airlines, elevators, etc. They deem 150 lbs as average weight. <BR> <BR> Okay, so ..if I'm 200 lbs overweight...that means I have the skinny me..(at 150 lbs), then an obese 200 pounder on my back. Or...I could get the one big fatty off my back and break it down to ...hmm...let's see....2 skinny models at 100 lbs e... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:27:52 EST Love That Food Tracker! Know why? <BR> <BR> Accountability...that's why. When I use the food tracker, I see how much and what I'm putting into my body and I like it. I also find that I'm consciously and mentally more aware of what I'm doing, as far as eating. I'm not just mindlessly throwing food into my mouth because I know I have to keep track of it. <BR> <BR> Boundaries. Boundaries are important, essential and necessary. We all need them. I've found that boundaries don't limit me, they help me grow. ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:03:18 EST How Will I Measure Up? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is measuring day. Quite appropo, if you ask me...since it's cold, wet and dreary outside. The weather matches my "measuring mood". I don't like to measure. Ugh. I will measure today, even if I don't like it. <BR> <BR> Let's see. Most of what I'm going to do ... in terms of health, I don't like...(physically). However, mentally, with the reasoning part of my brain, it makes perfect, logical sense. <... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:00:47 EST Okie Dokie, then...!!!! Here I am again. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm at a loss for words but they'll come. <BR> <BR> When I heard the still small voice of the holy spirit say, "Got any fight left in ya?"...well, that's all it took. (just enough to piss me off) "Yeah, yeah I do!!!" Know why? I'm not dead yet, that's why...and as long as there's still breath in me, I'll keep fighting. <BR> <BR> So, today...I begin again for the umpteenth trillionth time an... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:16:45 EST Sorry, can't get up to speed. We've had a recent death in the family. (That makes 3, this year and my children's day makes 4)... Riding on the waves of life and trying NOT to get sucked under. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm not able to spark the way I'd like. It always seems to be calling me but I know it's the people and not the <BR> <BR> I will pop in from time to time to check on y'all. <BR> <BR> So glad I have an anchor and a life jacket .... so I don't get totally flooded by life's Tsunami!!! <BR> <BR> I kn... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:54:48 EST Do it well... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Live well <BR> Eat well <BR> Laugh well <BR> Live well <BR> <BR> Love well <BR> <BR> Today is it well. <BR> <BR> (Keep lookin' up...okay, look down only so as not to trip on something and then look up!) haha Tue, 22 May 2012 21:04:13 EST Quack, Quack, Quack! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you heard the term; "Rubber Ducking"? <BR> <BR> I had never heard of it. What the heck does this mean??? <BR> <BR> It all started when I read one simple sentence: <BR> Some people solve their problems by "Rubber Ducking". <BR> Haaaaaa! Well, I'd never heard that one, before. <BR> What kinda' QUACK is that??? haaaaaaa <BR> <BR> They say: <BR> •Rubber ducks never interrupt your flow of thinking. (umm...... Mon, 21 May 2012 22:39:48 EST That ONE good thing! Sorry it's taken me so long to get back here. I certainly haven't forgotten about my spark friends, way! <BR> <BR> A few days ago, I decided that if I could do at least..ONE good thing for myself, it would be a start, right?! I'm happy to say that it's been going okay and I'm finding that my ONE good thing has been turning into TWO, THREE, etc. I like that. <BR> <BR> It's a start, anyway. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I watched my calorie intake and drank a big 32 oz of water instead of... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 09:10:38 EST Are you getting enough fiber? In the past, I've found it a real challenge to get that fiber into my diet. Good tips and suggestions from others really helped. <BR> <BR> Recently because of a digestion issue, I started taking some Metamucil as a way to increase the fiber in my diet. I was really suprised to find out the benefits and by reading their website...found out some interesting information about fiber in your diet. <BR> <BR> They have a cool page with fiber calculators, etc. <BR> <BR> Check it out: ht... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:19:40 EST It's A Brand New Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment--this day--is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day--each moment of this day--a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity. -D. Custer <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> Yes, every day is a brand new day..... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 06:36:36 EST Just DO IT!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't have to love it. I don't have to like it. I just have to DO it!!! <BR> <BR> Exercise, that is. I hate it! So what! <BR> Logging my what! <BR> <BR> Who says I have to love doing it?! <BR> When I do it ... am I successful? <BR> Yes! <BR> <BR> So...just DO IT! <BR> Look at all the time I've wasted. <BR> No more excuses. <BR> I'm fatter than ever and not happy about it. <BR> Enough i... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 06:15:26 EST When it pours!!! ...Just watch out for the lightning!!! YIKES!!!! <BR> <BR> Well, it really IS pouring right now. It's 3:30 am and the rain is falling down in buckets,'s not raining men...haaa. <BR> <BR> My children's father died...(not my current hubby, John)..but my ex, Alfred. He had a cancer tumor in his lung and the cancer went up his spine and into his brain. Sad situation. <BR> <BR> Just got finished with the funeral and helping my kids and the family. sigh <BR> <BR> So...t... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 03:37:27 EST UGH!!! Motivation, please! :) ..Whatever is wrong with me?? Just can't seem to get motivated! <BR> <BR> Can it be I've lost my MO-JO? Nawwww....not that! lol <BR> <BR> Everything is going fine at home...just don't feel like exercising, etc. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's the heat? Maybe I just feel old...who knows?! <BR> <BR> I guess I'll get that new battery for my pedometer...that oughta' help. <BR> <BR> I have been eating pretty well....lots of fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Need to drink more water. <BR> <BR> Forgi... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:39:46 EST Oh geeeeee So here I am...reading and researching about proper food combining....YIKES. It's an entirely different way of eating...and it doesn't sound fun...or takes the fun out of eating. <BR> <BR> Who said eating is supposed to be fun, eh? <BR> <BR> I may have to "tailor-make" my own program ...since everything I want to hubby is snarling his nose up at... ARGH!!! <BR> <BR> I know what has worked for me in the past...but him...he's the meat and potato guy...and he like to eat. He also ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:33:46 EST All moved in! We're quite happy in our new smaller place. Downsizing went well and what took hubby and I a month to pack, took two young men...2 1/2 hours to move... wow! <BR> <BR> It was hard for John, who usually moves and lifts everything, to sit and watch others do it...but we got through it just fine. <BR> <BR> Most everything is put away and still have a few pictures to hang up...but doing well. <BR> <BR> We're happy to be able to grill outside again and this place is sooo peaceful and conduc... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:16:55 EST 50 Questions 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> My mother took a French class in high school and always wanted to go to Paris. She intentionally spelled my name; Michele with one "L" so that there would be no "HELL" in my name...good catholic that she (I've been making up for that extra "L" all my life)..haaa. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> I cried this morning while praying. I have a soft heart and my tears play a melody that only God can hear...sniff sniff. <BR> ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 10:48:06 EST The Path Is Sometimes Frightening <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's all how you look at it, isn't it! <BR> <BR> The path can be frightening and full of rocks and cracks and potholes..and instead of turning around and running back to your comfort zone, can turn it all around by choosing to look at that very same path in a different way. <BR> <BR> Instead of "frightening", you can look at it as an amazing adventure, just waiting for you..full of new experiences and p... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 01:55:13 EST OH MY GOODNESS!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every time I get going..something gets in my way!!! My children's father was diagnosed with level 4 lung my daughter came up from Alabama for 2 weeks to visit and spend time with her dad. (not my current husband, John) <BR> <BR> So..there goes the plan..right out the window! <BR> <BR> I will keep mounting the horse and eventually...WE WILL RIDE!!!! haaaaaaa <BR> <BR> Life just seems to want to sweep... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:29:00 EST Welcome back, me! I'm tracking my food today and I got hubby to do the one mile walk /Leslie Sansone indoor/ with me today. He made it to a half mile and I finished the full mile. Well, that's a start..and I'm proud of us! We're going to start a healthy heart diet. The doctor says that he will have to have a defibrillator put in in several months and so that's that. <BR> <BR> He's been going through a depression. As an over the road truck driver, his world was always moving...rollin', rollin', rollin'... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:51:25 EST Happy Valentine's Day, Everybody! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Hearts Day to all of my wonderful Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wish you loads of Love, Peace, Joy and all things good. <BR> <BR> Love xoxoxo <BR> Mickey <BR> <BR> P.S. Sorry I haven't written in a while. Life has been a whirlwind and unfortunately sparking has taken a back seat. :( ...not you're always in my heart and my thoughts and prayers! I don't know if I'll truly be able to get back to w... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:15:25 EST Hard time ...little by little. Man, it's been hard to get going. But, I have been under the weather. Still dealing with the sinus infection but I can tell it's almost gone...YAY. Some days I thought my head was gonna fall off...WHOA! <BR> <BR> Can't taste anything yet. I did find my pedometer, though. Have to dust him off and strap him on. <BR> <BR> I had a plantar fascia problem but I purchased some new shoes that seem to be making it feel alot better...that'll help me with my walking. My hubby said he... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 06:30:39 EST It's gross...but it works! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, it's a Neti-pot and my husband thinks it's wonderful entertainment as he stands a short distance away...laughing his ass off watching me try to pour this pot of water up or down my nose..I'm not sure which...haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. (I wonder if he has alterior motives...hmmmm...he might not be feeling sorry for me...and my plugged upedness....he might just be waiting for the next entertainment moment!!!) <BR> <BR... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 09:25:44 EST Happy New Year and ahhhh ahhhh CHOOOOO Not a pretty picture by any Snotting, sneezing, congestion...I'm almost bad enough to star in a tv commercial for the stuffy sneezey so you can rest medicine...haaaaa. <BR> <BR> Nursing myself back to health....can't taste or smell anything...weak and miserable but... <BR> Better Days Ahead! I am feeling a little better today. <BR> <BR> Thank you to all my sparkfriends for commenting and wishing me well and Happy New Year on my means alot. <BR> <BR> I'll be s... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:37:56 EST Don't You Dare!!!! <img src=""> <BR> Don't you dare think that I've forgotten about you...because I haven't! <BR> <BR> I'm just over here in the "NO-ZONE" know, the one where you're "treading water" aka "Limbo-Land"....yeah, that's it. <BR> <BR> We've been fighting with insurance companies, waiting to get John's defibrillator, everything is terrible...yet, we're alive and thankful. <BR> <BR> Me? I'm just tired. Worn out and tired. <BR> <BR> And... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 09:55:52 EST Update Hello, to all my sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> Sorry, it's taken me so long to's been a whirlwind around here. <BR> <BR> John's heart is blocked and there's only one good artery working and that one had to have a stent put in. There's nothing to bypass. A large portion of his heart muscle is dead. <BR> <BR> It's a miracle he's still alive. The doctor says that he is at risk for sudden cardiac death. Scary. <BR> <BR> No more income. <BR> <BR> They are going to put a defibrilla... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 07:34:40 EST All is well! John is getting a much needed rest and a couple of weeks off work. In just a few days he has lost 20 lbs in water weight. (Thanks to the water pill) He was full of fluid and it's so good to see it go away. He feels so much better. Hey! Where do I get one of those pills? LOL <BR> <BR> Have been cooking Healthy Heart recipes and I've lost 3 lbs, that's a good thing. <BR> And, probably because I haven't had the extra stress of having Haley to contend with...which usually caus... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:14:36 EST Hubby is home and doing well! Thank you all my sparkfriends for your prayers and support. John has been released from the hospital and is now home resting comfortably. I'm so thankful! He has blood pressure medicine and heart pill, etc...but things should be alright and with some dietary changes, etc...his condition will be easily managed. <BR> <BR> I know that it is the love of God and the prayers that got us through it. <BR> <BR> Thank you, again! <BR> <BR> xoxox Sun, 10 Oct 2010 23:15:30 EST Please say a prayer... for my husband, John...who has been admitted to the hospital with mild congestive heart failure. He's doing well...Cardiologist is coming in the morning. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 01:57:43 EST Awww Heck!!!! Well, my friend Debbie called me and asked me out to lunch and we went to the China Buffet. It was good and I didn't over-indulge. It just felt so good to laugh and talk without interruption. <BR> <BR> Feels good to be me and good to be free! <BR> <BR> I slept great and even got on the scale and wasn't horrified by the result....well, okay, I'm generally horrified by the result..hahaah...but what I mean is that I hadn't gained as much as I thought and that made me feel good. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 21:34:42 EST A Song For My Spark Friends! <link> </link> Sat, 2 Oct 2010 14:18:12 EST 2010 - Begin Again!!!!! Keep doin' it til you get it :) Hello my sparkster friends. I'm baaaack! And, I'm childless....after 4years. It was time for Haley t o go back to her mother. I terminated my guardianship...well, technically, I'm still the legal guardian until January 10, 2011 if all goes well...which I believe it will. <BR> <BR> I delivered Haley, lock, stock and barrel to her mother yesterday. It was a bittersweet moment and a hard decision to make but a necessary one. I am thankful that her mother will have the mental health peo... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 03:39:10 EST Bloggety Bloggety Blog..What to write about? Hmmm I could write about how the birds are singing and it makes me happy. <BR> <BR> I could write about how I can't wait for Fall..because I really do enjoy "sweater weather". <BR> <BR> I could write about the green, green grass and very blue sky. <BR> <BR> I could write about a multitude of things... <BR> <BR> I guess today I'll write about; Peace <BR> <BR> Peace.... what is peace? What is peace to you? <BR> <BR> Is it peace and quiet? Is it an internal calmness? <BR> <BR> Is it that... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 09:28:35 EST Hair Emergency! Whoa! It's what color? I don't dare post a picture! Suffice it to say that it's a "good thought gone bad"..haaaaaaaa. <BR> I'm laughing my butt off over here because I went to Walgreen's and labored over the hair color aisle. Being the conservative that I am...I figured I'd be safe with a light warm golden brown. WRONG. What I have now is a dark cherry brown. AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Why me? <BR> <BR> This too shall pass. Trying to strip the darkness from my head so that I can go get a haircut. <BR> ... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:54:21 EST Okay, Okay..enough already!!! lol I know it's been a while since I've been on here...but gee...I've kicked myself off 3 times already!!! haaaaaaaaaa What's up with that??? <BR> <BR> Hmmm...maybe I'd better trim my nails or something. <BR> <BR> I do this stuff all the time...and have to laugh at myself. (Well, somebody's gotta do it!) hahaha <BR> <BR> It never fails! Whenever I put a plug in the socket...I always have to turn it around the other way. C'mon now...seriously... You'd think that once in a while I'd put ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 19:16:21 EST A much needed break... Well, we made it through Kindergarten! Yay! What a victory! <BR> <BR> Field day was fun for the kiddies. They had big huge blow up slides which turned into water slides because it started to rain. The kids were absolutely drenched but loved every minute of <BR> <BR> Hubby is back on the road again and daughter from Alabama is leaving tomorrow. It was so great to see her. Alabama is too far away. <BR> <BR> Am going on the road with hubby mid-July so tomorrow I begin again. ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 17:35:05 EST If "crazy" = okay...then I'm Well..I don't know what was worse...going through the angst of the second surgery...or trying to keep Haley from "busting a gut" AFTER surgery. Whew! I'll be glad when our 2 weeks is officially over so she can have a bath again and ride her bike again, etc. This has been hell !!! Soon it'll be over. <BR> <BR> Haley has ODD, ADHD, RAD, PTSD and Mood, needless to say...I have my hands full normally, anyway....but this.... UGH!!! <BR> <BR> Most of the time I just want t... Thu, 20 May 2010 00:23:15 EST Well, here we go again! Well, we went for our follow up Doctor visit for Haley's hernia and there is a hernia on the opposite side .... so, we're scheduled for another surgery this friday. <BR> <BR> Poor baby...we had been crossing off days on a calendar and she was supposed to be able to ride her bike again on May 15th but now it'll be pushed back another 2 weeks. sigh <BR> <BR> She's angry about it and I can't blame her...but I told her that we just have to get it done now so that she can ride her bike and swi... Wed, 12 May 2010 05:07:31 EST Happy Mother's Day and stuff :) Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers....(and you know who you are!) lol <BR> <BR> A Mother is someone who loves others. <BR> <BR> You may be a mother to a niece or nephew, neighbor next door, precious child of your own or dear little pet. A mother's true heart comes in a big, big package. <BR> <BR> Maybe you didn't have the best mother...but you've been or tried to be a better one to someone else. <BR> <BR> You see a Mother's love is something that comes from inside and it nourishes... Sun, 9 May 2010 07:41:00 EST Well, here I am! Can't get rid of me that easy! LOL Life has been ...hmmm...what's a four letter word for busy... BUSY!!! lol Oh, I'll survive it...I think. Rounding off the end of the school year. Trying to keep Haley from busting a gut. This child is SOOOOO active. She can resume all physical activity on May 15th. Yay! I'll be glad when she can ride her bike again! (And take a bath!) I've been standing outside the shower with her IN the shower and it seems like I'm getting the most water on me..haaaaaaa. What's up with th... Wed, 5 May 2010 09:58:34 EST