NIMBUS-NEEN's SparkPeople Blog NIMBUS-NEEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bye for now Hi all. To-morrow is my surgery for hip replacement and of necessity, I will be gone for awhile. Perhaps 3 weeks? I don't really know, but thank you to all of you for your wonderful caring ways. I haven't been on here very much lately, due to a flurry of appointments and getting the house and freezer prepared for post surgery.... and aquatherapy and other exercises. As I said... it's all about ME. ( i hate this type of concentration but it has been and will be important) <BR> Since star... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:20:06 EST An AWESOME 3 day weekend My son from Ontario came for 3 days. The weather was perfection plus. We all had such a wonderful time. To sit back and just listen to 3 brothers bouncing off one another was a laugh a minute. Revisiting old times and watching the grandchildren hear about their fathers' childhood exploits was delightful. Lots of cooking, planning, but with the boys doing most of it was wierd for me but GUD! We went to the beach for one day... I watched my 82 year old husband playing beach volley ball wi... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:26:28 EST Upcoming surgery Well ! After waiting for a year and a letter to the premier and cc to patient care, I have a date for my hip replacement surgery. I don't know if the letters actually accomplished anything or if it is just a coincidence. I did get decent replies , which kind of surprised me. I guess letters or not doesn't matter (for me) But I do intend to continue to bug the powers that be, for others. The current system has to be better designed. Living in limbo for a year is not good for anyone. <BR... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:55:38 EST June To Do List Planning and Planting <BR> Watering on a regular basis. <BR> Weeding <BR> Wearing a hat and long sleeved shirts.  <BR> Enjoying fresh vegetables and fruits. <BR> Mulching <BR> Training vines on support structures.   <BR> Enjoying the blooms. <BR> Chatting with friends and neighbours   <BR> Turning and watering the compost pile.  <BR> Removing spent roses & other deadheading  <BR> Exercising in the pool <BR> Strolling in nature <BR> Feeling the sun <BR> Relaxing &Reading in the shade.  ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:16:17 EST The Three 'R's Sunny10K has inspired me to (in her words) Regroup: Recharge; and Recommit. Actually she suggested being really kinder to herself, but for me....well, I've been kind enough. It's time for me to get serious and commit or fugeddahboudit. So far to-day I've done pretty well EXCEPT for the exercise. However, we went on a "field trip" yesterday, I walked for over an hour, I did a wee bit of climbing too. Had a simply fabulous sunny day in places we'd never been, met new people, had new exper... Fri, 31 May 2013 23:56:50 EST I am so fortunate I am having a beautiful day. Just sharing some joy. The sun is shining. <em>67</em> A slight breeze. Riding my recumbent cycle (up to 20 minutes now & changing tempo for cardio) Upright rower (up to 100 push/pulls - 4 min) 10 minutes of exercise in the pool and 20 minutes exercise in the hot tub. I am fortunate to have all this at my fingertips in the complex where I am now living. I am fortunate to be able to do this with severe arthritis. My reward? 20 minutes basking in the sun ... Tue, 28 May 2013 15:45:30 EST Conquering fear Well, I am nervous writing this blog, but here goes... <BR> I am following the program ( along with personalized coaching) in a hap hazard way. I KNOW I must lose this weight or lose myself and I have not been able to understand my sabotaging myself almost every day. Since January I have lost only 7 pounds. Yo Yo. <BR> I realized yesterday, that while yes, I am eating to comfort myself, it is comfort to mask my fear. I am developing so many health issues, my sister is in a nursing home in... Wed, 22 May 2013 12:24:15 EST The mind is a garden Personalized Spark program is THE Best !! <BR> <BR> Your mind is a garden <BR> Your thoughts are the seeds <BR> You can grow flowers <BR> Or you can grow weeds <BR> (anon) Tue, 21 May 2013 10:51:51 EST Motivational Quote (SparkCoaching) “Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a LIGHT that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul.” <BR> Simone Weil <em>67</em> BELIEVE! Wed, 8 May 2013 11:38:41 EST Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind - jonathan lockwood huie I am a Spiritual Being,I am not my mind nor my body. My mind and body are my tools - to use as I choose. Sometimes my body appears to have a will of its own as when pain takes over. Sometimes my mind seems to be in command, filled with resentment, frustration, anger and sadness... the Rattlesnake striking out on its own. <BR> I believe that over the years, I have tamed my rattlesnake mind. It no longer threatens me. For the most part it dances and sways to my tune. <BR> My mind is my ally.... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:17:37 EST To-day's Challenge SparkGuy has thrown out the challenge for to-day.... 'Do something you fear'. I did that the other day...going in the hot tub when it's so cold out. SO! I'm going to use that as my challenge and add in buying a new swimsuit, but that will be to-morrow... no car to-day. Does anyone enjoy buying a swimsuit? Ugh!!! I've been putting THAT off all year too. But aqua fit is necessary for me and my current suit is starting to fall apart... so I've not only put off buying a new one, I've quit ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:37:19 EST Celebrating <em>244</em> I'm celebrating. All winter long, here in Canada, I've been having a dialog with myself about using the outdoor hot tub across the road at the Clubhouse. Wanting SO much to use it for my poor joints (feels so good) but, being the wimp I am, talking myself out of it... It's too co-o-old etc. <em>20</em> To-day, I just did it and it felt wonderful. The sun is shining but the temp is 6*C (42*F) <BR> Yay !!! Isn't it like so many things, the thought is worse than the act... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:18:58 EST There are many ways to garden..... "Self-discipline is the Gardener of my soul" <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:09:10 EST Off the PityPot ! Well, I'm back on track thanks to all the encouragement from my Cyber Friends. Awesome. <BR> I am walking with Nordic Poles. Yesterday, I did 25 minutes...a real struggle...but it was worth it. <BR> Can't believe that only 5 years ago I was hiking the mountains for 3 to 5 hours. Now I'm patting myself on the back to do even 15 minutes. Lose the the door to the Future. <BR> Life is what we make it and I'm enjoying finding new and exciting things to do. <BR> The sun is shining. ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:21:59 EST Oh Joy ! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks Judy. I had it right all along. I just didn't trust what I was observing ! We learn and we learn and we learn in so many ways. HAPPY DAY ! Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:52:14 EST Frustration versus alternative When frustration escalates because your wings are clipped, remember that clipped wings are better than no wings! <BR> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:42:11 EST Struggling My arthritis is acting up and I am struggling to stay in line. Not getting any exercise to speak of. And I'm starting to turn to food again for comfort. I am also having vision problems (this can be corrected but not for 4 more I'm not discouraged) BUT in the meantime, it is driving me nuts ! Deep breaths. My challenge for to-day is to get outside and boy do I know that will lift my spirits. I shall try walking with the nordic poles. My exercise class is to-day but not sure... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:50:34 EST Overwhelmed ! I dunno... I apparently can buy myself a sparkgoodie or give one away, but I can't figure out how to give and I don't think I deserve one for myself. Not yet anyway. THEN I see I received some spark goodies from my cyber friends and staff and wish to say Thank you to all of you. My this is a great community !!!! <BR> My challenge to-day is to invite a buddy to work out with. Since I haven't been living here very long, I wouldn't know who to invite. However, I have joined the Clubhouse ex... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 16:28:23 EST SparkCoach Program Well, my Spark Coach Challenge for to-day is to think about my long term goals beyond just losing weight. <BR> I would have to say that I really wish to get back to hiking in nature. It is such a beautiful thing. I am missing the gorgeous surprise spring flowers in the mountains, but I am making up for it with our own and our neighbours' tulips, daffodils, hyacinths etc. <BR> I am hoping to go Geocaching with my sons one day. I've done it before. Maybe I will do it again. <BR> Another thi... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:54:58 EST Journey in SparkLand I'm not even sure what a Blog is but here goes. I'm wandering around in Sparkland every day and every day I feel my spirits lift (I'm not a morning person). I am so grateful to be in the Spark Coach program. It seems to be just what I need to set my day RIGHT. And whenever I need a boost I just come back here to read another article, to visit the community, and get my all my ducks in a row. Thank you Spark Coaches. It is such a joy to see their smiling (and healthy) faces. I come from ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:44:39 EST