MUSTANG_SALLY2's SparkPeople Blog MUSTANG_SALLY2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Memories While I was driving to work today, I had a very vivid memory of my dad from back in the day when I lived at home with my parents and worked at a bank nearby. It was a situation in which he came to see me at my job when I really, really needed him but knew I couldn't ask him to come. (What would work think?) He showed up anyway and hugged and hugged me. It was such a bitter sweet memory. His hugs were the best! I miss him so much but keep thinking I'll go see him at the VA home when I head sou... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:27:04 EST My life as a Lifetime movie idea? Short Version: (relatively speaking) <BR> *************************************** <BR> <BR> - 9/19 Toby dies; tumor on his leg <BR> <BR> - 9/20 - 12/29 Numerous medical tests to try and diagnose my health problems <BR> <BR> - 12/9 Sonogram uncovers 6cm cancerous tumor on my right kidney <BR> <BR> - 12/26 UofM kidney specialist agrees to see me on his normal day off; Dr. Hafez was amazing. In under 2 hours he cancels his vacation, assembles 3 surgical teams, misc. staff and schedules my s... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:15:31 EST My idea - festival for dogs **Warning: Rant ahead.** <BR> <BR> They have a festival in a nearby town that I really enjoy but had a bad experience this year. The whole reason I go is to walk the dogs (now singular) around and practice their manors in a crowd. They do beautifully (did - ugh) and it's a nice outing for us. <BR> <BR> Saturday, we put Maureen's pumpkin neckerchief on her and took her to the festival to walk around. She always gets lots of love and lots of compliments and I adore that part of the day. I wa... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:45:26 EST In memoriam, Tobius McArthur <img src=""> <BR> Toby <BR> June 30, 2004 - Sept. 19, 2014 <BR> <BR> A part of me has been cut off and there were no pain pills involved in the surgery. <BR> <BR> I took Toby to his final vet appointment on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was 10 yrs and 3 mo old. He was my little brown boy and I miss him terribly. My heart is surely broken, not to be repaired any time soon. <BR> <BR> He had suffered enough. It was time to let him go. Fun... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:25:20 EST Cabin time Toby is not doing well. His tumors came back with a vengeance and brought some friends. The area is bleeding continuously. We have figured out how to handle that with some specialized bandaging. The problem? Yeah, Toby thinks they taste great. He's eaten eight so far. Not sure how he's still able to move. <BR> <BR> We're trying various things to try and stop his new habit. I'm not sure how much longer he can keep going. We are managing his pain fairly well but still worried that the bandag... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:12:25 EST Points abound Can you believe your eyes? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to look twice! Nice, eh? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:46:12 EST Difficult day Toby's tumor is back with a vengeance. The hair hasn't grown back, but the stupid tumor has. I am not amused. <BR> <BR> This morning his leg was bleeding profusely and I couldn't get it to stop. I called the vet and they worked us in. The diagnosis? Nothing we can do, it's a matter of time. <BR> <BR> That was hard enough to hear but then the vet started talking about putting Toby down. Um, not just no... How do you know when it's time? Just because his leg bled on my floor doesn't feel l... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:48:38 EST Cookie explosion... sort of My family has two major events coming up and I have been baking & decorating sugar cookies. The best part? They do not tempt me at all. I look at them and my hands hurt, my back hurts and my back side hurts from all that time decorating. I'm so tired! <BR> <BR> Sweet 16th: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HS Graduation: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I won't bore you with all t... Mon, 19 May 2014 16:42:38 EST Vibe vs. Bambi <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Alas, the Vibe, in its smashed up glory faired well compared to Bambi. Yesterday was NOT a very good start to the month. <BR> <BR> Insurance rep, "Did the deer run out in the road in front of you?" <BR> <BR> Me, "Um, no, I had to chase it thru three corn fields before I caught it and ran over it." <BR> <BR> What the heck did they think happened????? <BR> <BR> Sigh. Fri, 2 May 2014 14:04:16 EST New - calorie free - obsession I simply cannot get enough! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>!/live-cams/player/serv<BR>ice-puppy-cam-2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok, admit it, they are truly adorable, right? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:01:57 EST Royals What is it about this song? I keep hitting repeat. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And I can't stop. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> <BR> Queen Bee Thu, 6 Mar 2014 08:32:32 EST Immediately if not sooner... <img src=""> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:58:23 EST I'm sorry... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If only I could say this during my day. It would truly relieve a great deal of stress. LOL Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:29:29 EST There comes a time... I got this in an email this morning and really enjoyed it. Thought you might too! <BR> <BR> ============================= <BR> <BR> "There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. <BR> <BR> Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. <BR> <BR> Falling down is a part of life, getting ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:35:58 EST So true! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you don't know how true this is, you haven't spent enough time up north. LOL Fri, 7 Feb 2014 14:49:35 EST Snow from dogs point of view <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Toby loves the snow. This is how he came back in from a romp in the blizzard of 2014. Silly puppy! Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:46:05 EST My sentiments... exactly. Ugh. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:05:28 EST How do you see yourself? <img src=""> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:22:05 EST Develop a Growth Mindset I read an article this morning that gave me a serious boost and I wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cessful-people-they-have-a-growth-mindset </link> <BR> <BR> I've thought of developing a growth mindset in many areas of my life but not my healthy spoke on my wheel of life. I feel like a total failure on that avenue. Even tho I'm eating healthier than ever and controlling my portions without feeling deprived, I'm not losing like I hoped... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:53:41 EST Calories - finally I understand <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got this in an email this morning and for the first time, I finally understand what a calorie is. I've seen this in action, so I know it's true. LOL Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:30:36 EST Out of the loop on purpose. I'm about to embark on the journey to my own personal paradise. Oh how I love time at the cabin. <BR> <BR> Who could resist this? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or this? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After the morning puppy walk, I'll be sitting on that front porch with a stack of books. Even my toes are sighing at the thought of it. See you in two weeks! <BR> ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:39:01 EST How's your brain? Dealing with my mom's alzheimer's is pretty tough. It makes me adamant that I have to exercise my brain. Yes, physical activity is great but so is brain exercises. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How flexible is your brain? Give it a 5 second test: quickly identify the color of each of the above words (don't read them). Say the colors out loud. <BR> <BR> How accurate were you? How long did it take? The above task, called the Stroop T... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:20:42 EST Time to relax? Then maybe you need one of these! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A friend sent me this in an email. I can't stop laughing. So true! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:48:41 EST Rough week (giggle) Someone emailed this to me and it is so true of the past few days. I just had to share it with you. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a good weekend. Gonna be a busy one at my house. Anyone wanna come help clean? Yeah, I didn't think so. Sigh. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:29:08 EST Difficult Day This morning, my alarm went off for class and I got up and started my routine to get ready to head out. I made it out of bed but was blindsided by a tsunami of grief. I totally did not see it coming. I miss my girl so much. <BR> <BR> I've done well all week but I woke up with the thought rolling around in my head that this time last week, I still had her with me. I had even been blessed to have awakened to her laying beside me. Lots of soft furry snuggling to start my day. I had no idea t... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:04:49 EST In memoriam, Daisy Dot May <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just back from emergency vet appointment in which we were told that Daisy was a very sick little girl. They offered to refer her to UofM vet in Southfield, MI but said there was only a small amount of hope for her and that it would cost thousands of dollars for her treatment. We discussed it and I finally decided that I didn't want to put her thru all of that and we decided to let her go. She only had 1/3 of one l... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:43:30 EST Babies, babies and more babies (zoo picts) If you asked anyone who knows me, what is one thing they can tell you about me, they would probably all say, "she loves babies." Tis true, tis true. All babies! The more the merrier. <BR> <BR> A friend and I went to the zoo on Saturday and spent a lovely day. The weather was perfect and we walked 3 miles during our outing. Such a fun way to burn calories! <BR> <BR> And first up, my favorite zoo baby: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:44:18 EST CBAILEYC's Summer Mileage Challenge My Spark Pal, CBAILEYC, is offering up a Summer Mileage Challenge. I'm going to try it. How about you? <BR> <BR> Her blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397240 </link> <BR> <BR> Her Template (posting here so I can have it to use) <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> Template for Summer Mileage Challenge <BR> <BR> June Mileage Goal/Estimate: <BR> 06/21 <BR> 06/22 <BR> 06/23 <BR> 06/24 <BR> 06/25 <BR> 06/26 <BR> 06/2... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:57:57 EST Gardener's Glory Wanna see my bug bites? For some reason, even with my gloves on, the stupid skeeters love to attack my hands, oh and my elbows. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I got so much done this weekend. Two of my three garden boxes are planted; my herb garden is in; my tomato patch is done; my wild flower garden is planted; yard mowed; and 18 bags of mulch down. (I ran out.) I have learned that there are muscles that I didn't even know I had and every single one of them are screaming at me at this very moment. I will... Mon, 20 May 2013 09:31:09 EST Weebles Wobble and contrary to popular belief, they do absolutely fall down. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like a Weeble. Do you remember them? My baby brother had the airplane. They were a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> I keep thinking that any day now, I'll be over my weekend eating fiasco and feel better. Any day has not arrived. I still feel icky and even my joints ache. I know that is all the crap I subjected my body to that I had been off of... Wed, 15 May 2013 14:33:05 EST Struggling to stand <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For awhile now, I haven't written about all the icky things going on with my parents and their health and my siblings. I feel so defeated and nothing can be done about it so why whine here? Alas, I'm going to whine anyway. <BR> <BR> This past weekend, I went down to see them. Five and half hours driving to get to my mom and she is out of it. We talk a little but she thinks I'm an employee of the facility. "No," I ... Mon, 13 May 2013 09:45:26 EST Spring Time in Michigan From my lunch time walk: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On a day like this, I can believe anything is possible... well, almost. Thu, 9 May 2013 13:56:03 EST Jazz it up! So years ago, I joined Jazzercise and loved it. Long story short, I quit to do "my own thing" and promptly gained all my weight back. Another one of those times when I told myself that I had learned, I knew what to do and I'd NEVER put that weight back on. Yeah, about that... <BR> <BR> Since the boxing classes that I adore are so expensive, I decided to look into Jazzercise again. Waived sign up fee and its monthly fees are less than a third of boxing. I signed up. <BR> <BR> My back is stil... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:44:23 EST On the ropes but not out. I'm still on my feet and still gritting my teeth. <BR> <BR> My inspiration: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Check out those arms. Sigh. Lots of work went into making those. I now know just how much. <BR> <BR> Boxing class was tough last night. I felt like my gloves were attached to wet noodles. Monday night's instructor, John, was so great. He kept coming around and encouraging me and helping me modify the numerous move... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:44:48 EST TKO <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remember the Rocky movies? All 500 of them? (Hehe) I loved Rocky. I wanted to be Rocky, except when the guy was hitting back. I didn't think that looked like fun. <BR> <BR> My friend, Julie, and I bought a 2 wk pass to try "Title Boxing Club" for unlimited use. I've been wanting to try boxing for a long time now. Biggest Loser uses it, Ruby was learning it and I'm crazy about Laila Ali - who is fabulous. I just w... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:44:33 EST Scram! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't feel like blogging, I feel like eating chocolate... but I'm not. Well, I had my standard mini peppermint patty but I'm sitting here fantasizing about the chocolate in the vending machine. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Goals - yeah whatever. I'm sticking close but not fighting tooth and nail. <BR> <BR> I'm ticked off. I'll be happy another day. <BR> <BR> Now scram! <em>234</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:52:59 EST January in review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jan. sparkly calendar. Blue stars for walking and silver for doing the DVD. I'm kind of proud of it. I forgot my star for the 30th so mentally add one on there for me, ok? <BR> <BR> <BR> January Goals <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Drop 5 pounds - this one is confusing. The doct. office was different than mine. Since I (blessedly) go rarely to his office, I need to use my scale. So I had to adjust. I think it was... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:34:42 EST Stress Snacking Toby is on his way to the vet. He had accidents in the house today and the diarrhea was bloody. I'm so stressed. Luckily, I have apple slices to help me with stress induced snacking. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was so crazy, I didn't even blog. Now today is even crazier. Sigh. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Burn 325/day - done <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Cut calories 300/day -slight over today but better than it has been. <BR... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:16:29 EST Serious Aim at Target Weight Even with all my complaining about not hitting the goals and not working harder, my scale still showed a loss this week. I think the scale likes to mess with my head. I like losing. I like how I feel after hitting the 2 mile mark on the DVD but I hate how my jeans feel. I want to wear my cute things and currently, they fit just fine if I don't need to breathe. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Burn 325/day - a little over <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Cut calories 300/day - just inside range <BR> <BR... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:05:44 EST Wishing is not working The weekend was pretty uneventful. I got caught up on some of my chores and had two delicious kitty naps. To me, that's the most important thing to accomplish. A snuggle with my buddy. I also held my 80 lb pocket puppies, twice each. They are such big babies but I'm glad they love me! <BR> <BR> I have my goals in place and I'm determined to hit my mark. If I'm so all fired up then why am I moving forward in mediocrity? Sort of trying is not what I had in mind. Sigh <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:31:34 EST Ideal Idiocy Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Until I did my tracking, I thought I had done very well yesterday. Um, yeah. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, one of my brothers loved to hold me down, take my hand and make me hit myself in the face, all the while saying, "Stop hitting yourself. Stop hitting yourself." Oh how I hated those sessions. ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:24:24 EST Countdown to Conquest Today had a difficult start. I had to go for an annual test that all ladies should go for but many do not. After having to take my second dose of pain reliever, I lean toward their train of thought and wonder why on earth... no, I know why. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I resisted both the lure of the bakery (best donuts ever!) and several fast food joints one of which has lovely hot chocolate which pulled me toward the drive thru... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:53:13 EST Provisional Plans So when Hungry attacked last night, I ignored him as best I could. I didn't continue to eat even though I still felt hungry, which was very tough. I thought about making popcorn since that would have been a crunchy snack w/o a lot of calories but decided against it. These will be my temporary plans until I can get back into the swing of eating within my range and not ending up still hungry. I know it happened before so I'm hoping it will happen again. I have to relearn my boundaries. <BR> <... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:29:59 EST Calorie Calamity What is wrong with me? I'm not doing well with this whole calorie thing. I know what to do, I know how to do it but when the time comes, Hungry attacks and I eat more than I should. Even now, I've had my breakfast and am sitting here watching the clock for my 10 am snack. I need to work on this. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Burn 325/day - done. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Cut calories 300/day - ha! over, way over my range. Sigh. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Walk 30 min/day - it was 3º when I got t... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:41:56 EST Weekend Warrior... or not. Saturday was sunny but bitterly cold and super windy. As in if I'd had a kite I could have been some where warmer cheaply, not including hospital costs. We walked the pups and then took them for their monthly bath. I love having clean puppies and wish I could have them more often than that. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Saturday night, I went to game night with some friends. It was a lot of sitting and a lot of eating but I did OK with the food. (It was icky for the most part.) It was all the yummy dess... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:29:01 EST Jagged Journey I know that the saying goes that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" but I'm pretty sure they didn't mean off the side of a steep cliff. This week's calorie tracking goes a little summin like this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself that at least now I'm tracking and I know what the numbers tell me. Data is almost always good to know. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Burn 325/day - over <BR> <B... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:15:35 EST Sleepless in Seattle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok, I'm not in Seattle but I'm exhausted. I didn't sleep well Sunday night but made it thru the day and then didn't sleep well Tuesday night either. By Wednesday morning, I was nearly in tears. I'm too tired to breathe. Well, not that tired but I think you know what I mean. <BR> <BR> So yesterday, I mulled over what I wanted to do at lunch to work on some of my goals. I decided to take Wednesday as my day ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:42:56 EST DVD Defiance One of the recommendations that I received while trying to figure out the cardio part of my goals, was to find Leslie Sansone's DVDs, of which, I have three. (Good tip! Thanks for reminder!) Yesterday, I had a doctor's appointment which made me late for work, which meant I had to take a shorter lunch. It was really cold out and I didn't have time to go to the mall so I pulled out the DVD that I keep here. I found an empty training room, shut the door and did 30 min. with Leslie. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:17:41 EST Frozen Footslog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maybe I should have borrowed some of these winter wrappings! <BR> <BR> Ok, there was no mud on yesterday's walk but I was so terribly cold that it felt like it. I completed the full neighborhood lap but the cold must have hurried me along because instead of taking my usual 33 min. to complete, I was done in 27 min. Good in one way but messes with my goal to walk 30 min. every day. Hmmm... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:15:54 EST Weekend update - Not SNL I conned a friend into walking the pups with me on Sat. and we did a little over a mile on the bike path. The cool thing? I walked Toby at his necessary slow pace and she took Maureen on short running spurts. They would run ahead and then turn around and run back. I wish I had taken a picture of Maureen's face as they ran back toward us. She was in fast-pace-puppy-heaven. Her dream of going faster had come true. I was so happy for her. It is a dream of mine that I can do that with her one day... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:39:56 EST