OBIESMOM2's SparkPeople Blog OBIESMOM2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community my favorite piece of gym equipment <img src=""> <BR> this is a stretch trainer. It's my absolute favorite piece of equipment at the gym...a reward after my workout. I even thought about buying one for home, but they are around $700! If I found a used one at a good price, I would definitely buy it. <BR> <BR> When I'm finishing up my bike ride, I'll stop by the YMCA just to use this. <BR> <BR> The personal fitness facility (KPF) that I go to f... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 01:48:28 EST last week's exercise recap and Sunday playlist I'm back at it with my morning exercise <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Monday - elliptical in the morning; dog walking after work <BR> Tuesday - same as Monday <BR> Wednesday - elliptical in the morning; spin class and dog walking after work <BR> Thursday - elliptical in the morning; Kettlebell workout and dog walking after work <BR> Friday - HIIT in the morning; bike ride and dog walking after work <BR> Saturday - bike ride in the morning; mowing the lawn in the evening <BR> Sunday - morning 5 ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 03:45:40 EST big changes? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my husband's first day of retirement. I've told him since he started talking about retiring (probably a year ago?) that he needs to retire TO something, not just retire FROM something. I really want him to live and enjoy what he's worked so hard to earn his entire life. <BR> <BR> I asked him a few nights ago if there was something he'd always wanted to do. He'd like to go to M... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 13:59:51 EST not a good day sometimes all you can say is WHY?!? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday morning I passed a road that I pass almost daily. There was a county deputy blocking the road. It leads to the county landfill. Turns out there was a body found on the side of the road. <BR> A family man robbed and killed late Saturday night...his body found on Father's Day. He had 5 children. He gave 3 people a ride after he stopped for gas on his way home from work. The restaurant where he worked is probably the most p... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:45:11 EST May wrap up & goals for June these were the goals from my May 1st blog: <BR> 6 blogs for the month <BR> 3 strength training sessions per week <BR> 4 morning exercise sessions per week <BR> stretching/foam roller 5 days MINIMUM <BR> low sodium <BR> limited sugar/artificial sweeteners <BR> 2 projects per week <BR> by month end - get donated clothes picked up <BR> <BR> so how did I do? <BR> BLOGS - I did 8 <em>104</em> <BR> STRENGTH TRAINING - I met or exceeded my goals 3 out of 4 weeks <BR> MORNING EXERCISE - I... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:47:54 EST Memorial Day 2016 <img src=""> <BR> I took this picture Sunday afternoon after lunch with mom. I noticed the local bank had their flag at half staff for Memorial Day. <BR> <BR> This is the devotional I read yesterday. I looked at quite a few before finding this one. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is a day that is set aside to remember, and honor, our brave soldiers who have given their lives to protect our land and keep us free. It beg... Mon, 30 May 2016 06:15:36 EST weekly recap & the 1st round of Botanical Gardens pictures still doing well with my morning exercise streak. I have exercised every morning since Apr 30 <BR> <BR> strength training - Mon, Fri, Sat (goal met) <BR> stretching - everyday, but not as much as I did last week <BR> Pilates - Tue, Thu <BR> M-F evening walks <BR> Sun morning - 5 miles in 68 minutes <BR> <BR> big projects - since we are STILL without a washer, laundry has become my BIG project. So far I've stayed caught up with it. Sis has let me use her washer; our dryer still works, so ... Sun, 15 May 2016 22:24:26 EST find the good in everything we inherited a client (Mick) who is dealing with a LOT right now. <BR> <BR> <BR> his brother, Joe, (who was our client) had been in a long battle with cancer. He was finally in remission. And his wife committed suicide. Joe was in the process of moving his wife's assets to his name. Joe's brother came to GA (he lives in AR) to help. Joe was weak from all the cancer treatments, so Mick was driving him around and making sure Joe didn't overdo. <BR> <BR> Joe's body finally just couldn... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:18:30 EST last week's exercise recap, Sunday playlist, pictures...and how about those May goals? I did GREAT with exercise last week! Two-a-days M-F. Morning Exercise everyday. And much more stretching. <BR> <BR> Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I made it to the 6am classes at the YMCA. Tuesday and Thursday morning I did Pilates. Angel and I got in our M-F walks. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning at the personal fitness center, we started out with a 1 mile run. Our workout was 12 sets / 12 reps of mountain climbers, squats (with weights), crunches (with weights), and lunges (with weights).... Tue, 10 May 2016 05:05:24 EST Mother's Day - so many blessings <img src=""> <BR> that is me with mom. Not recent (neither of us likes having our picture taken) <BR> <BR> I am so blessed to come from a line of strong, independent women. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> By the time my mother was 21, she was married with 2 daughters. Before she turned 30, she was a divorcee, raising 2 kids on her own. ... Sun, 8 May 2016 20:00:27 EST One Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> for some reason, this song is in my head today. Not a bad thing, I have loved it since I first heard it. And I love the artist, Matisyahu (pronounced Ma-tis-yahoo). <BR> <BR> He is as a Hasidic rapper/reggae/alt rock artist. I'm not a huge rap fan. I like the Beastie Boys, but that's about it for me and rap. <BR> <BR> Then the alt rock station in Atlanta started playing some Matisyah... Fri, 6 May 2016 02:39:58 EST Happy Anniversary to Obie's mom & dad! first thing - DH & I have always had the toughest time remembering our anniversary! The year is easy (2000). <BR> <BR> One year, DH called me at work. When I answered the phone, he said "Happy anniversary!" I was confused for a minute...oh, yeah. I guess it is today. The only reason he remembered that year was his co-worker just happened to ask on our actual anniversary how long we'd been married. When he thought about, he said "let's see it would be...hey! Today is our anniversary!" ... Wed, 4 May 2016 03:30:33 EST May goals & Sunday playlist I liked the way my Spark friend, VEG_GIRL04, did her blogs for April, so I'm going to try that for May and see how it goes. I have seen the power of written goals work for me in the past! <BR> <BR> so my goals for May: <BR> 6 blogs for the month - there are 6 Sundays in May, so that should be doable <BR> 3 strength training sessions per week <BR> 4 morning exercise sessions per week <BR> stretching/foam roller 5 days MINIMUM <BR> low sodium <BR> limited sugar/artificial sweeteners <BR> 2 ... Sun, 1 May 2016 21:51:32 EST April wrap up...LOTS of pics!!! I did well with my workouts in April. Eating is still really great some days...and a struggle some days. <BR> <BR> Spring is so NICE in Georgia. It's really easy to get outside when the weather is mild and everything is blooming. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:32:22 EST weekly exercise recap, spring pics from my walks, & today's playlist I did well with my morning exercise. Other than Monday, I did something every morning. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to use the elliptical at home if I don't wake up in time to make it to the 6am YMCA classes that I enjoy. I figure if I can burn an extra 2000 or so calories using the elliptical each week, that will speed up my 3500 per week deficit goal (which means ONE POUND down!) <BR> <BR> Angel and I got in our afternoon walks every day. I did some days that were just walking, and 2... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:12:48 EST the first of TWO busy Saturdays... I had figured I'd be spending a few of my Saturday hours at the DMV renewing my driver's license. But my wonderful boss surprised me early in the day Friday and told me I could leave early if I got to a good stopping point. <BR> <BR> So I got my license taken care of on Friday in about 35 minutes. GA has tightened the requirements, and if you haven't renewed since July of 2012 you must do so in person, and bring several proof of ID documents (birth certificate, SSN verification, utility bi... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:38:52 EST how did you start your weekend? <img src=""> <BR> 6:45 Saturday morning at the person fitness facility <BR> <BR> I'm already sore! And VERY happy that I went to the gym. <BR> <BR> Last week, I managed to get in daily walks after work with my friend's dog (except for Thursday when it was raining) and Friday morning Tabata at the Y. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> better do that today...tomorrow I probably won't be able to raise my arms <BR> <BR> Fo... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 14:17:49 EST how did you start your weekend? <img src=""> <BR> 6:45 Saturday morning at the person fitness facility <BR> <BR> I'm already sore! And VERY happy that I went to the gym. <BR> <BR> Last week, I managed to get in daily walks after work with my friend's dog (except for Thursday when it was raining) and Friday morning Tabata at the Y. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> better do that today...tomorrow I probably won't be able to raise my arms <BR> <BR> Fo... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 14:17:48 EST Yes, sir, yes, sir, Three bags full. I walk my friend's dog 5 nights a week (weather permitting). We've seen LOTS of interesting things on our walks. I've posted pictures of all the toadstools we saw during the extremely wet autumn that we had, various animals, flowers, anything of interest. <BR> <BR> Of course we also see a LOT of trash. The town that I live in is actually pretty clean. They still use street sweepers in the city limits to keep the leaves and pine straw from collecting along the curbs (once that gets rained... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 04:46:04 EST weekly exercise recap & Sunday playlist I got back to my morning exercise last week (yay, me). Turned out to be a good thing because Angel & I got rained out a few times for our evening walks. <BR> <BR> Monday (MLK holiday) - I was off work and the YMCA was closed. The personal fitness center I go to on Saturday mornings had a 5:30am class, so I went to that one. What a workout! Great way to start my week. Then I came home and did a LOT of housework. <BR> <BR> Tuesday - I did 3 of the Spark videos featured on the 28 Day Home... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:07:26 EST it really IS a small world! I got an email today that just made my day. Let me connect the dots (as best I can, anyway!) <BR> <BR> in 2010 I found a Reuters blog called Oddly Enough written by Robert Basler in Washington, DC. It was odd news stories and pictures from the vast Reuters library with fabricated stories...a humor/news blog. Very sarcastic. I read for a long time before I started posting. The regular commenters were a pretty tight group. Very intelligent and funny. I started posting and once they saw ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:07:29 EST busy weekend...but I took half a day for ME on Sunday Brad is still on the loose. No idea where he may be. He left the hospital in a hospital gown. No shoes, no money, no clothes, no phone. He's called a few people to come get him, but none have gone to meet him. The cops are still searching all his known hangouts. <BR> <BR> now the fun stuff: <BR> Saturday morning got off to a good start at the personal fitness facility. Did I mention that she lowered the price for weekend classes from $10 to $7 per session? YAY!!! <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 22:46:20 EST the drama continues... Brad was in the hospital following his attempt to evade police by jumping from a bridge into the lake. He kept calling my dad and asking him to drop the charges or bail him out. My dad refused, and called the cops to file a harassment complaint. <BR> <BR> So the phone in Brad's room was removed (I am surprised it was there in the first place). Brad decided to use the pay phone in the lobby to call my dad. Then he decided it was a good idea to escape. <BR> <BR> How in the world can ONE... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 03:25:57 EST busy can it only be TUESDAY??? I am in the midst of processing several estates at work. And we had 3 more clients die in the last few days. It can get very depressing. We get close to these people; they are more than 'customers', they become part of our family. <BR> <BR> One of the guys who worked with DH for years passed away. He was one of the nicest people I'd ever met. Way too young to die from complications of type 2 diabetes. He was in his 50s. <BR> <BR> I feel bad for these families; losing your loved one th... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 23:22:02 EST needing prayers disclaimer - this is a really tough read, so you may not want to take it on. It's tearing me up to type it. I'm probably going to take my Spark page private (available to my Spark friends only) for a few days. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this is the only picture ever taken of all 4 of my dad's kids. That's me, Chris, Brad, and Dyan. <BR> Dyan & I have the same mom & dad. Chris & Brad are from Daddy's second marria... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 05:02:20 EST busy time of year...even for the ANTI-social! I ended up taking Friday off. I have a few vacay days left to burn before year end. Not unusual for me. I usually work 4 day weeks for most of Nov and Dec. And I like it that way! <BR> <BR> our church participates in the Christmas parade, and Friday afternoon they were going to get the float ready to move into town for the Saturday morning parade. I asked the boss if I could take a half day on Friday to help. I work for one of the greatest guys in the world...he said, "take the whole d... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 06:18:45 EST no, you can't take that away from me! I headed to the YMCA this morning for Thursday morning spin class, the one I call 'mad hard spin'. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Jim is the instructor. He does a lot of really different stuff - pedaling AGONIZINGLY slow while standing (you wouldn't believe how that works your quads), pedaling backwards with no tension at all (the reverse motion seems to 'undo' all the forward pedaling), calf raises while standing ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 23:58:51 EST a fairly simple equation <img src=""> <BR> plus <BR> <img src=""> <BR> plus <BR> <img src=""> <BR> plus <BR> <img src=""> <BR> equals <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Dec 2015 22:00:39 EST weekly exercise recap gotta say, I'm proud of myself for getting in some exercise EVERY DAY for the week of Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> Monday - spin class after work & a 45 minute walk with Angel <BR> Tuesday - 85 minute walk (with lots of sprints) with Angel <BR> Wednesday - 60 minute walk with Angel, then spin class <BR> Thursday - 5 miles in 63 minutes (that's really moving for me!), then off to help mom with Thanksgiving prep. <BR> Friday - 10 mile bike ride <BR> Saturday - HIIT & strength training workout at th... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 21:07:25 EST what I like about the Y I've been a member of the YMCA for 12 years or so. Over that period of time, there have been a few other gyms open up in town and offer super low rates. The Y's membership will fall off for a while. Some members return, some stay with the new place. When asked if I'm going to try out the newest place, I always say that I'm not going anywhere. <BR> <BR> I've been going to gyms since the 80s. XH managed a Gold's Gym. The owner of that gym decided to start his own chain. He made it to ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:57:11 EST #tbt <img src=""> <BR> that's me & my sis for her kindergarten I was 4 (me in the white dress, Dy in the orange costume for her graduation program) <BR> <BR> remember when pictures had the date stamped on the white border around the photograph? I know we take many more pictures now because most people take them with their phone, and they ALWAYS have their phone, but how often do you look at photos you'... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:51:00 EST zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz my day started at 4am when I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. Better 4am than 1am, right? <BR> <BR> so I did Pilates this morning...went to spin class after work...and then took Angel for her evening walk. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this is sunset on one of my walks, looking toward the town square <BR> <BR> <BR> rest well, Spark friends <em>102</em> <BR> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:45:19 EST is that a smurf house??? (funky fungi pics - part 3 of 3) <img src=""> <BR> this one was behind our office. I took this picture on Wednesday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I took this picture the next day. Hard to get the perspective from a photo, but it was almost 2" taller! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this picture... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:03:52 EST oh, Egon... (part 2 of 3) <img src=""> <BR> how about some more pictures? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 9 Nov 2015 21:23:12 EST who ya gonna call? Egon Spengler! (part 1 of 3) <img src=""> <BR> did I mention how much rain we've had? <BR> <BR> for the most part I have been able to get in my walks after work. Sometimes it was just a humid break in the rain. Sometimes it was misting. Sometimes there was even a drizzle. <BR> <BR> One of the bonuses from the rain is an abundance of toad stools, mushrooms, odd fungus on trees, etc. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 8 Nov 2015 22:31:35 EST back in the game? so I made it to the Y for the 6am Tabata class on Friday. AND I made it to the 6:45 HIIT class this morning at the personal fitness center. AND I took a quick 4 mile walk tonight. AND I've been eating much better. Cooked a pork roast in the Crock Pot and baked an acorn squash to go with it. Stuffed the squash with brown rice and quinoa. SO GOOD and very filling. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did the 21 Day T... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 21:32:09 EST a different way to see things this was shared on FB - I thought it was pretty neat! <BR> <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> Today was the absolute worst day ever <BR> And don't try to convince me that <BR> There's something good in every day <BR> Because, when you take a closer look, <BR> This world is a pretty evil place. <BR> Even if <BR> Some goodness does shine through once in a while <BR> Satisfaction and happiness don't last. <BR> And it's not true that <BR> It's all in the mind and heart <BR> Because <BR> True happ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:38:08 EST happy birthday, mom! Today is my mother's birthday. She went out to dinner with her DH & a friend of theirs who is staying with them for a few days. <BR> <BR> My mom is pretty darn amazing. I know lots of people feel that way about their mom, but mine is REALLY special. <BR> <BR> She can do ANYTHING. My parents divorced when I was in first grade. Mother worked full time and raised 2 kids. Part of that time, she also went to school. <BR> <BR> When we were little, the woman mom paid to cut our hair cut it... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:18:44 EST 10 days in the hospital & counting my sister, Dyan, had her second surgery on Thursday. One week to the day after the initial surgery. The med teams were concerned because spinal fluid was leaking out her nose. Sounds much scarier than it is. Seems it's fairly common following the type of procedures she had. <BR> <BR> Once again, it took longer than they expected. She may have a case for malpractice against at least one of the doctors she had seen prior to finally getting some answers and something that produced results.... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:00:28 EST what a difference a day makes (part 3) - where we learn the BLESSING of a sleepless night my sister asked me to spend Saturday night at the hospital with her. <BR> <BR> I finished up a few things at the office and stopped by Kroger on my way home. Dyan loves fruit salad and I wanted to make some for her. She also wanted some bananas. The plums looked really good, so I grabbed a few of those. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I finished the laundry I started before I left the house, made Dy's fruit salad, then took a shower. After I threw together everything I thought we might nee... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 01:17:50 EST what a difference a day makes (part 2) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The pups have a place to go!!! <BR> <BR> They will get booster shots on August 27. Once that is done, I can go online and schedule spay/neuter appointments. They'll need a day or two of rest following surgery, then they are ready to go. <BR> <BR> The boys (Murphy and Bernie Mac) will go to a rescue agency in Cartersville, GA. The female (Bambi) will be headed to NJ. <BR> <BR> Three b... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:05:38 EST what a difference a day makes! (part 1) where we learn it's okay to end a Spark streak my sister (Dyan) was in surgery for over 6 hours...and she didn't even get to the OR until after 1! Yesterday seemed like the longest day ever. Probably doesn't help when your day starts shortly after 1AM due to insomnia, huh? <BR> <BR> I skipped spin class yesterday morning AND I drank Diet Coke. I don't feel bad abut either one. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When it was time to leave for spin class, I was fe... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 03:22:00 EST surgery day - FINALLY my sister (Dyan) will be having brain surgery today to remove a benign tumor on her pituitary gland. Minimum 4 days in the hospital. Tomorrow is her birthday. <BR> <BR> the good news is they will NOT have to cut her skull; they will go in through the nasal passage. <BR> <BR> I'll be doing my waiting at the office <BR> <BR> how about a Throw Back Thursday pic? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> that's Dyan on the left a... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:09:14 EST when it rains... forget 'it pours'. It's MONSOON SEASON! <BR> <BR> where to start? <BR> <BR> the foster pups are doing well. Mom has the girl (Bambi) until we can get everybody fixed, following the puppy 'booster' shots on Aug 27th. I have a house full of boys: foster pups Murphy and Hart, plus our three - Obie, Jack and Omar. <BR> <BR> my sister (Dyan) is having brain surgery on Thursday Aug 20th. She has a benign tumor on her pituitary gland than is causing all kinds of problems. She's also recentl... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:44:51 EST naming the foster pups the lady who is helping us get these sweet pups to good homes told us we needed to give them names. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this is Bambi. She has a little short tail and with those long puppy legs, she reminds me of a fawn. I know, I know...Bambi was a boy. Whatever! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this is Murphy (as in Eddie Murph... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 02:14:13 EST my Sunday run (including playlist) if you read my blog yesterday, you know I had a very busy day. One of those 'Army' mornings - "we do more before 6am than most people do all day". <BR> <BR> I have been doing my Sunday morning run on a sidewalk that runs beside a state hwy near my house. I had been going to the park, but there are areas at the back of the track around the perimeter of the park that are rather isolated. NOT a good idea for anyone alone. A really BAD idea for a female alone. As the instructor told us in t... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:45:03 EST busy sunday, so I'll blog early check off the 'to do' list: <BR> feed 6 dogs (and they have to be separated when they eat) <BR> crossed 90,000 Spark points <BR> finished laundry from last night <BR> changed in to running/walking clothes <BR> edited to add - over 11,000 steps before 8:00! <BR> I RULE! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> when I get back from my morning walk/run, I'll get cleaned up & ready for Sunday school & church. Mom & I are meeting my sis (Dyan) for lunch after church, then sis wants to go shopping. She'll be ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:25:40 EST a low key Saturday...the best kind! the pups woke me up E A R L Y wanting to get out of the crate. Last night they all slept together in Jack's big crate. But they were apparently thirsty. I opened the back door so they could go out, and as soon as I unlatched the crate door they made a mad rush for the water bowls. <BR> <BR> being puppies, they wanted to play instead of going back to sleep. Okay...I'll just let them play for a while, and they can get out if they need to. <BR> <BR> But Omar started barking. He's the re... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:39:02 EST a change of plans the surprise addition of 3 puppies (bringing our total dog count to SIX!) meant that I didn't make it to Tabata class this morning. <BR> <BR> I thought I would have to crate the pups all day, and I didn't want to add 2 1/2 - 3 hours to that time (I would leave the house at least 2 1/2 hours before my usual time to make it to the 6am class). <BR> <BR> so I opened the backdoor and let them go in and out while I got ready for work. I ended up leaving them in the yard for the day. The puppie... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:35:21 EST busy day...and house guests! I made it to spin class this morning. Sopping wet by the end of the class. <BR> <BR> then a quick trip to Kroger to restock my fruit supply at the office. Bananas, mangoes, white & black grapes, and a bag of apples. <BR> <BR> busy day at work - the boss flew to Alaska today for a week. <BR> <BR> then my mom called and asked if I could help out with some puppies that were left on the side of the road at our church. 3 puppies just dumped on the side of a state highway. SMH. One of the... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:39:16 EST