MSBEKANATOR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MSBEKANATOR MSBEKANATOR'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/ Well, hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944289 Kinda feel like I should preface this with Hey, Remember me? Between the new job and a couple other situations in my life I have been one busy lady! <BR> I am glad for my phone, it has helped to keep me checked in here at SP daily! <BR> <BR> Overall I am still meeting my step goals (10000 a day) and have been adding to my other streaks also! There were a few short days because I got sick, but life happens and we just pick up and keep on moving! <BR> <BR> I haven't taken the time to blog... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:14:55 EST Million Step Challenge Day 24: New Job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2001738886.jpg"> Did you ever do anything on a whim? I just did. Last Tuesday a friend of mine and I went out for coffee. Instead of heading home afterwards, we randomly decided to head down to the music store we use to check out renting a viola, as the one she is using was lent to her by a friend and it needs to be returned. I noticed a sign on the counter that stated they were hiring, and decided to ask for an application, and filled it ... Tue, 5 May 2015 11:39:03 EST Million Step Challenge Day 23 Procrastination! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922391 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737763090.jpg"> Busy day yesterday. Almost missed making my goal! Yikes!!! Finished the last 800 at 11:50 because I had been on the phone with my daughter and instead of pacing I sat down as I was tired. When I got off I was talking to my other daughter in her room and almost forgot!! Lesson in that is to finish earlier, lol. Procrastination is something I struggle with at times, and I sometimes choose to put something off til later that I... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:42:32 EST Million Step Challenge Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921613 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1191644204.jpg"> Pretty exhausted, heading to bed! Night to all! Sun, 3 May 2015 01:56:41 EST Million Step Challenge Day 21 What's My Passion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921137 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1223821866.jpg"> Made it again!!! 21 days of 10,000 steps, 79 to go! Today was such a busy day! I spent the morning as a judge for the annual Science and History Fair at the school my 3 youngest children graduated from. The Science Fair is for 7/8th grade; History is 9/10th. I am always honored to be a judge and really enjoy getting to hear about the projects the students have invested so much time in. I judged in the history section and I h... Sat, 2 May 2015 03:34:52 EST Million Step Challenge Day 20- 1/5 of the way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920564 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l758095040.jpg"> I can't believe I've stuck with it so far!! There have been a couple of days that it seemed like an insurmountable mountain to get out that door and do it again. Then I'd get a text, or a fitbit cheer, or read a message on my blog, or get a notification of a new sparkgoodie full of encouragement. Somehow it becomes easier when you know someone else cares, and that they are cheering you on! I am thrilled to have made it this f... Fri, 1 May 2015 03:54:47 EST Million Step Challenge Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920004 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1723705619.jpg"> Glad to get the steps done, it's been another day of running behind in getting steps in all day long. The blessing side was a nice long walk with a friend to catch up and be able to call it a day! I am thankful for the encouragement! I have a knee doctor appointment tomorrow. I have been a little worried about it. There is swelling and pain going on in the knee I had surgery on last year. It's been happening for quite a whil... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:46:14 EST Million Step Challenge Day 18 -Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919448 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2083760386.jpg"> It seems like everyday is a busy day, just different types of busy, lol. Today I taught my pre-kinder guy, and was thrilled to have him sounding out words in his reader. I love teaching kids to read, it probably ranks as one of the best things I've done in my life. I am always thrilled to know that my students have a wonderful, solid foundation in phonics and math to build their academic life on...it's strange to think that ... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 02:47:15 EST Million Step Challenge Day 17 Celebrating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918869 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407538769.jpg"> Finished my 10,000 steps! Celebrating health, celebrating life, celebrating our 30th Anniversary! Can I be old enough to be married that long? LOL! Although it seems time has just flown by, it is pretty awesome to take account, look back, and realize how blessed we really are. I think we both agree our greatest blessing is our 5 children! We have weathered some crazy storms in these thirty years, but we are stronger for it! ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:08:31 EST Million Step Challenge Day 16 Just under the Wire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918279 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1261344553.jpg"> Today is finished! Feel like I am squeaking in just under the wire, as there is only half an hour til midnight! I've been circling around the "inside passage", lol. Living room to kitchen to family room, and then back into the living room again. Big dogs gave up pretty quick and left me; my little dog followed me for a bit and finally abandoned me for the couch. She kept looking at me, maybe wondering why we were not on our... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:38:54 EST Million Step Challenge Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528193355.jpg"> ....and I made my goal on Saturday! I am hoping for a semi calm week so I can blog a bit more and share this past week! It's been a good one! Night to all!!! Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:35:17 EST Million Step Challenge Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917758 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l937568568.jpg"> Such an incredibly busy couple of days, but so much fun! I made my goal on Friday! Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:32:29 EST Million Step Challenge Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916737 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1673380757.jpg"> Will have to post when I have more time! Just wanted to say the streak lives on! Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:53:00 EST My Million Step Challenge, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l815994686.jpg"> Made it! Such a crazy busy day of preparation for the conference that begins tonight. I tumbled into bed about 4, never thinking to post this before that, lol. I actually made my steps in just day to day stuff. No walk needed at all! Fitbit no longer counts it as active moments unless the activity is going on for at least 10 minutes. Most of my steps were in 3 to 5 minute bursts, lol. It looks so funny to see 10000 steps and ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:14:37 EST My Million Step Challenge Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915534 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1068993586.jpg"> Had a busy day, a good day! Spent most of it working on preparation of decorations for a Women's Conference at our church this week. I will try to post pics when we get it decorated! Went for some walks, and shopping! So glad I made it another day!! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:59:36 EST My Million Step Challenge Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914932 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942905144.jpg"> Had some hurtful, stressful news earlier today. I was feeling a tad unsettled earlier, but a good walk to finish off my steps helped a lot! Planning to sleep on it, think on it, and deal with it the earliest I can, which will be on Wednesday evening. In the meantime, life goes on and I will be living it. Time to get to bed to rest for a busy day tomorrow! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:06:24 EST My Million Step Challege Day 9-An Unexpected Surprise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914295 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l164826204.jpg"> Sundays are always busy days around here. I play with the orchestra in the two English services at church, and come back and play for the Spanish church about an hour later. Then it's home to fix a meal, eat, and back 2 hours later for orchestra rehearsal, followed by playing for our Sunday night service. Most Sundays I end up with about 6,000 steps by the end of night church, so during my challenge that means I get to enjoy... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:51:17 EST My Million Step Challenge Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913753 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l615849159.jpg"> Didn't get time to post earlier, but figured I'd at least post my woo hoo pic!! Night all!! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:29:18 EST My Million Step Challenge Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913249 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1174178861.jpg"> One week. I can't believe I have successfully completed an entire week of at least 10,000 steps a day! I am a lot less tired from the walking than when I first started; but I am pretty tired at the end of each day. Cool thing is is that so far I wake up refreshed and ready to do it again the next day. One of the neat things so far has been the different people I have been able to walk with this week. It really is pretty awe... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:45:51 EST My Million Step Challenge -Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912709 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l530320459.jpg"> <BR> Made it again! At least 10,000 steps for the last six days! 94 more days to go to make my goal. <BR> I think this is the most consistent I've been about exercise in a lot of years! When you challenge yourself to a goal like this, and tell others, there is something concrete about it. It's an "in your face and not going away" kind of goal. It's on your phone, on your wrist in the shape of a fitbit flex, on your friend ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:37:43 EST My Million Step Challenge Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912131 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l212044890.jpg"> Day 5 down!!! 95 to go!! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:03:55 EST My Million Step Challenge -Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095290113.jpg"> Well, this was a tough one! I had a very busy day; but it was a lot of computer work so I was also very sedentary! I meant to get up every hour and walk for 10 minutes, but I was pretty engrossed in what I was working on and forgot! At five I was only a little over 3,000 steps. Yikes!!! I walked a little bit before fixing dinner, then had to scoot out the door so I wouldn't be late for Orchestra Rehearsal at 6:30. We were d... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:53:31 EST My Million Step Challenge -Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910910 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l310253397.jpg"> <BR> I am so excited I made my 10,000 steps today! It's the first time I ever did 10,000 steps 3 days in a row, my old record was 2. My muscles are really feeling it, lol. I am glad my determination is stronger than my aching muscles. I am thinking those muscles will get accustomed to the extra workout pretty soon though! <BR> 3 days down, 97 to go! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:29:36 EST 100 x 10000, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910270 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1080794289.jpg"> Day 2: Mission Accomplished!! 10703!!! I am a little achy and sore, but ready to do it once more... tomorrow that is!! Excited to have taken another step towards realizing this dream I have! Just thought I should have taken a before picture, lol. Guess I will try to do that in the morning! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:48:59 EST A Million Steps?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909725 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1322982566.jpg"> Well, a few days ago I watched an inspirational video about a lady who went to the gym every day for 100 days. Since then I have been thinking what would be different in my life if I did something like that for 100 days... I have been wanting to get my steps up to 10,000 every day, so my thoughts immediately went down that path... say what? Me commiting to walk 10,000 steps a day? I am usually between 4 and 6 thousand, so it... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 03:41:32 EST Thankful in the Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884554 I am back at my Mom's, kind of an open ended thing as to when I head home. She is having some serious issues that stem back to the head injury from the accident, and we feel it's best that she not live alone anymore. So, I am here until we can get her situated in an assisted living situation. I would appreciate prayers; for wisdom, guidance, direction. And for her as she struggles with the health issues. It's a new area for all of us, and very difficult. <BR> I am pretty worn out emotionally... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:17:41 EST Just a quick Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873599 My life has been a lot on the stressed and busy side the last few weeks! My health is showing it, a little sickness, a lot of tired. Emotionally I am drained, but am thankful to be home to recharge and at least focus on some healthy eating, and getting life back to "normal" for however long I have for that. Things are a little uncertain with my Mom, and it looks like another trip (or 2) is in my very near future. Possibly another move (a lot of work, but I will be thrilled to do it if it ends... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:17:53 EST Yay For Computers and Other Random Thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866301 Haven't had much time on the computer lately, I have been having to rely on my phone for most of my internet activities. It really makes it difficult, especially when I am not near wifi, lol. <BR> Tonight is the first time in a while that I have been able to actually work on a computer, can I just say I forgot how awesome it is, lol. I caught up on a lot of sparkie things. <BR> Let me see if I can just add some random pictures to catch everyone up on my life... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:16:36 EST And This is What is on My Mind Tonight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857625 Read a couple of interesting articles tonight online as I was winding down from the day. <BR> <BR> The first one was comparing healthy diets from around the world. The link is below. <BR> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/16<BR>/healthy-diets-around-the-world_n_6446<BR>140.html <BR> <BR> I thought these quotes were very interesting... <BR> <BR> "To research his 2010 book The 5 Factor World Diet, celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak traveled to the healthiest countries... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:06:24 EST My Newfound Heroes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856851 I am still here at my Mom's, and I am very excited that the internet is finally up and running! There are truly limitations to using a smartphone vs a computer for many things. I have been thankful for the phone though. I think I would have been lost without it! <BR> We are almost done with the settling, unpacking, and placing of my Mom's things in her new home. She will have a lot of follow up to do things like put her books in order. Did I mention that there must have been at least a gazill... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:22:33 EST On the Road Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848871 Well, almost, I will be leaving here about 3:20 in the morning. Trying to get a bunch of loose ends pulled together, minor things like packing, lol. <BR> I am off to help my Mom unpack in her new apartment. I am excited because it is a day I really didn't expect to see again after the accident. She has a lot of pain, and is no longer able to do some of the things she used to, but I am so thrilled she will be able to live on her own and not in a facility. <BR> I am a little annoyed at the mo... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:54:14 EST It's Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846931 You cannot hope your way to victory! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124833071.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a quote I heard on New Year's Day, while watching one of the college playoffs. Now I can't remember if it is from a sportscaster, or a commercial. But the quote itself really resonated with me! <BR> <BR> It fits so many areas of my life. My business, my health journey, my dreams, my hobbies... So often I kind of splash out in effort, hoping to accomplish SO... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:00:34 EST Busy, Busy, Busy!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837105 2 concerts Saturday, 1 on Sunday, 1 Monday night, and 1 on Wednesday! So much fun! I love the Christmas season! Tonight's was awesome, it was a party/concert for the orchestra and their families. It totally brought out the craziness of a group of musicians, lol. So much fun! <BR> Hope to check in with you all soon! <BR> Blessings, <BR> Becky Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:00:26 EST I have joined the radical fringe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835582 I was talking to a close friend last night, and our conversation turned to another dear friend who struggles with weight issues. They were together last night, and the friend I was talking to was very upset about our mutual friend, as she couldn't even walk across the parking lot last night without breathing issues. When she told me that, I cried. I so understand our mutual friend's struggle. <BR> The friend I was talking to was frantic, telling me we needed to do something to help our mutua... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:43:02 EST 10033 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831716 Yep! I did it!!! For the first time since I got sick and had my surgery I walked 10,000 steps today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1730462611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am excited as I know I am pretty much recovered! Life is back to normal, well at least as normal as I can be, lol. I have been pushing for this the last few days, so glad I finally made it! <BR> <em>248</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:36:27 EST So much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830001 It's been a while since I have posted! <BR> So many things have happened. <BR> For those of you who have been praying for my mom, I am thrilled to report that she has started walking again (last week!) If all goes well, she will probably be able to move to an apartment in January! That is such a tremendous WOO HOOOOOOOOOO! Thank you so much for all of the love and concern, for those of you who prayed and sent good wishes. I am so grateful. <BR> I am slowly resuming life, good days and bad... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:54:31 EST One of Those Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810202 Did you ever wake up and just feel fat and ugly? That is kind of where I was earlier today. I was very achy and sore from doing a little too much yesterday, I didn't sleep well, and the pain meds seem to bring me down a little, lol. Not a good way to start the day! <BR> I stepped on the scale, fully expecting it to read a couple of pounds higher at least, because I just feel so swollen/bloaty/something... It is funny what games our minds can play with us because the scale read exactly the sam... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 18:56:38 EST 796 Days Ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806722 2 years, 66 days. <BR> <BR> That is the amount of time that has passed since I joined SparkPeople. I have managed to spin the Sparkwheel 555 of those days, which is 70% of the time. <BR> If I were looking at that number academically, I personally would have been distraught over my grade. But isn't it funny how numbers don't really define life? Isn't that the same lesson I had to learn about the scale? As the number on the scale doesn't define who I am, neither does the number of "log in" ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:46:43 EST Excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804839 I was able to get out today! It was the first trip since September 26 that wasn't a Doctor visit, lol. <BR> <BR> My awesome guy came home from errands this morning and offered to just go for a ride so I could get out, and so off we went. It feels like forever since we have had a date, lol. (and yep, after almost 30 years, we still go on dates, and I love it!) <BR> <BR> We drove up to one of the "apple countries" near here, a lovely scenic route on Oak Glen Road near Yucaipa. The weather wa... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:59:53 EST My Mom, and other updates... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803138 My sister recently sent this picture of my Mom. I was so excited to see how good she looks!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535483036.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My mom saw her doctors yesterday, and they evaluated the leg and hip. She is scheduled to have surgery early this morning to remove the external pins that were being used to brace the leg. They actually are in the bone, and protrude up through the leg, and several inches above it. It is kind of a scary looking c... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:29:43 EST One the road again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802376 I had my follow up appointment with the surgeon yesterday. He was very pleased with my progress, and said I could resume my regular activities... just not all on the same day. ;) We are back on this health journey road again! <BR> <BR> He said "slowly"... which is a word I usually don't like unless I am savoring something like chocolate, or taking a walk with a toddler and enjoying the world from their viewpoint. <BR> <BR> However, my body very clearly is reinforcing that slowly word... ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:34:24 EST Feeling Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799029 For the first time in 3 weeks I can actually say I am feeling good! The meds are keeping the pain from the surgery to a minimum, and I have to say that today I feel better than I have in a long time! Woo Hoo!!! It was awesome to be able to eat dinner tonight with absolutely no issues from doing so. <BR> Wow, I hope I never take health for granted again! It really is a blessing to feel normal again, lol. <BR> Looking forward to being released to do regular activities again on Monday! I am ev... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:42:05 EST Home Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798400 My surgery went well this morning. I am happily home, very tired and resting. I am also very thankful for pain meds to help keep the pain at a manageable level, and for cold packs to place over the incisions. <BR> Thanks to all for your sweet comments, goodies, and for your thoughts and prayers. <BR> I have been placed on the "Don't do anything" list til after I follow up with my Doctor on Monday. He did say I can walk around the house a little bit to keep blood clots from forming, but be v... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:09:44 EST Just Another Bump in the Road!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797196 I have been putting off writing this blog, mainly because I don't really like to think about it, lol. To continue this story my life is writing: I did the follow up with the GI doctor after having to go to the ER last weekend. <BR> She ordered bloodwork on my liver (9 vials, yikes!) My slightly elevated (ER Doc's words) liver enzymes were 5 times higher than normal according to the GI doc. <BR> She also referred me to another specialist regarding the gallstones, and the outcome of that appoi... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 04:09:34 EST On the Flip Side... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793126 This has been a crazy 10 days. I am not sure if I have ever had a bug like this one... Dr visits, ER trips; and now finally it's been 24 hours since I have vomited! That part is a big woo hoo!!!! After spending several hours in the ER yesterday getting tested, medicated and rehydrated, I woke up today feeling a lot better. Can't say it's great yet, but hey, we are on the way. I am thankful for the anti nausea meds, they are making life a lot better. My stomach hurt when I ate some crackers a... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:32:08 EST Down for the Count....But NOT Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789920 Friday night threw me for a loop. I'd been feeling a little off all day, but not enough to really think about it. My awesome guy and my younger son decided that it would be a nice change to go out to dinner, and we had an enjoyable time. <em>4</em> My guy and I stuck with the healthier option of steak and steamed broccoli, and though we did enjoy a few chips and salsa, it was minimal. (and that is a victory in itself!) <em>43</em> <BR> About half an hour after we got home I was in utter... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:31:03 EST Well That's That! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786522 I synced my fitbit to my phone about 10 tonight, and realized that my day had been very sedentary, and I hadn't even walked 4000 steps. My goals are a minimum of 5000 steps, and shooting for 10000 daily. Sometimes it's a tad more difficult with the knee, but I am hoping the continued weight loss will help with that issue too. <BR> Anyways, I decided I wouldn't go to bed til I at least reached my 5000 steps, so I started walking away. In the house. Around and around and around the circuit of ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:22:02 EST Finally, an Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781857 As many of my Sparkfriends probably noticed, we got home late Monday evening. It was a long drive, lol. They moved my Mom to a Skilled Nursing Facility on Thursday, and she has adjusted really well to it so far. She is doing really well with the recovery so far, which I see as answers to a lot of prayers. She is however non-weight bearing until her legs heal further, probably another 4 to 5 weeks. We are praying about the insurance, as they are saying they will only cover 9 days of the SNF. I... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:28:27 EST And the saga continues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774118 Mom is in her 2nd surgery as I am writing, she has at least 2 more to go. She is still in the surgical trauma unit, but thankfully she is out of icu. :) The other thankfully is that these surgeries are repair surgeries, not life saving ones. Any little thing is a good thing, and the fact that she is stable enough to do these surgeries is a major blessing! <BR> <BR> We did get a difficult report yesterday. The doctors are not optimistic about her being able to live independently anymore, and ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:18:46 EST Wasn't Expecting This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771590 Got the phone call that those of us who live a distance from family dread. My sister called Sunday night to tell me my mom had been in an accident. She is pretty badly hurt and is currently in the icu. We are leaving in a few hours to go be with her. If you are among my Sparkfriends who pray, please pray for her. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199920219.jpg"> <BR> My mom's car.... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 03:52:28 EST