OKANOG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OKANOG OKANOG'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/ Birthday Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4310780 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159731770.jpg"> <BR> Avery my grandaughter turned 2 years old June 10. My daughter had a good turn out of 8 moms,10 tots and 4 grandmas! The weather was sunny, warm and windy. It was too windy to blow out the candle so we never lit it. Hot dogs, juice and cake, which the kids loved and playing with the bubble wands, chasing balloons! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:44:24 EST Election Night Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207898 I started voting at the age of 20. Been voting now for 44 years. I have never missed an election to submit my democratic right to vote. <BR> <BR> Last nights election was one of the best, outcomes I have seen in a long, long time. When I first started voting I supported the struggling New Democratic Party. When Elizabeth May of the Green Peace Party, who won a seat in the house of commons last night, I was thrilled for the parties achievement. It reminded me of a previous decade when t... Tue, 3 May 2011 16:51:37 EST Strange Things Can Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4077883 I was brought up in a non religious home. I really don't know if my mother believed in God, as she died way too young, for me to even think of asking. Though I know my sister is and our father was an ethicises. <BR> <BR> When I was 35 I had a heart attack. I was put on life support for two months in a comatose state. I did have the most incredible experience. First I felt like I was flying backwards in a spiral motion. When the motion stopped, music so tremendous, it seem to come s... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 01:04:46 EST Some days ....coulda woulda, shoulda went back to bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059342 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l306277166.jpg"> <BR> My digital box for the TV & other remotes crashed after 5 years or more of service. Replaced it today with a tiny new version. Only one wee problem, I can't seem to program it, as the TV keeps shutting off. Oh, hum after 6 hours of trying, I gave up. <BR> <BR> Went to spend some time on the computer, but reaching world wide web was out of service. Which I didn't realize till I had defragged, debugged everything ... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 00:57:23 EST Filtered Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3907201 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778048359.jpg"> <BR> Back in December, my gas furnace was not working. Had a repair person in to see what was wrong with my funace. Turns out I needed a new part. So paid for the part and the service of installing. Alls well... <BR> <BR> Coming closer to Christmas Eve, I turned on the ice maker in my spare fridge. Usually with in a six hour period the ice bucket is full. Not this time, I ran the ice maker for a 24 hour period. Look ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:04:26 EST Oh, Boo Hoo so Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3328016 . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l559252605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed having Emphysema which is a lung desease and not curable. <BR> A person's weight (very low weight is bad in this case), hence I have gained some weight back for health reasons. <BR> Some people lose weight as just the work of breathing burns up all the calories they consume. Most will require oxygen. <BR> There may be more potential for developing acute bronchitis or pneumonia. <BR> <BR> L... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 20:41:15 EST Little things I have changed since joining SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3111264 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223879713.jpg"> <BR> Picture of Grandaughter 10 months old <BR> 1. <BR> Eat open face sandwiches - less bread eaten <BR> 2. <BR> Quit drinking colas <BR> 3. <BR> Quit drinking alcohol so often, actually haven't had a drink since last summer. <BR> 4. <BR> Drink more water and milk than ever before <BR> 5. <BR> Went from eating vegetables and fruit on a rare occasion, to eating them several times a day, everyday! <BR> 6. <BR> Boycott fast ... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:42:55 EST February Monday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2826642 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/8/b382220152.jpg"> <BR> Avery my granddaughter is 7 1/2 months old. She is babbling alot, recently started saying da-da and sounds like she is form the word mom, actually sounds like muum, <em>30</em> <BR> Thank goodness January is over. Seems like the longest month of the year! <BR> Not much walking lately, it is either the osteporosis affecting my back and legs or all the damp weather. I moved from coastal B.C. 20 years ago, to escape ... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:29:49 EST Monday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2794914 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/5/b854250745.jpg"> <BR> I am looking forward to a great week! <BR> What's so special not much <em>30</em> recently became an <BR> Author @ Writing.Com! <BR> <link>www.Writing.Com/authors/purpleiris </link> <BR> My user name there is decora. <BR> Just getting started there, have posted a couple poems, beginning of a short story and a couple word seach games. <BR> <BR> I love writing, it keeps my mind off of what's in the fridge! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:30:28 EST WOW! Getting closer to 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2642819 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/7/b771382654.jpg"> <BR> It's about this time of year, I reflect back on the passing year. <BR> What will I change in the New Year approaching? <BR> Got to get out my yearly journal and see how I did. <BR> <BR> I did join a new group recently. <BR> It is a very small group that needs a few new members.... <BR> Here is the link if your so inclined to stop by for a peak and hopefully join <BR> <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/50plusnsingle </link> Fri, 18 Dec 2009 15:15:00 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2601767 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/2/b627265610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Computer woes, kept me away, from the teams. <BR> Have a new computer! <BR> <BR> Recently have had my grandbaby staying with me for several weeks, as my daughter and son inlaw came down with HINI. <BR> <BR> Touching wood for goodluck, hope baby and I don't get that darn flu. <BR> Picture of baby Avery, as she spotted the bling on her almost out grown capri pants! <BR> <BR> What a surprise! Avery has green eye... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 14:27:42 EST Month of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2277109 WOW! I am really getting used to being a grandmother. Didn't understand what I have been missing all these years! Just hope I don't become a bore by dragging a brag book out <BR> every where I go. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/8/b387763681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My garden plot is the best it has been since starting with the community garden 4 years ago. Just looking at every one's beautiful gardens is a pleasure! It is a nice space to visit any time of the year. <BR> <BR... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 00:56:43 EST Month of June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2192507 Lots happened on a personal level and my creative side, this month <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/8/b388740243.jpg"> <BR> Became a grandmother for the first time! <BR> Turned an old coat rack into a hanging flower basket stand. <BR> Repainted a bunch of old picture frames, a garage sale find! <BR> Cooked up first zucchini from my garden the other day! <BR> <BR> Sad note a life long friend passed away, from an aneurysm. <BR> He was up on a ladder and fell to his death. I ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:36:52 EST Month of May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2077310 Tonight's Dinner <BR> Salad, 1/2 of a left-over baked potato [twice baked] and frozen <BR> breaded chicken breast. <BR> <BR> Lately, I just can't eat enough salads. Which to me is amazing, since I never really liked salads, till I started loosing weight. The breaded chicken breast, landed in the garbage. What a waste, not buying them again, thank goodness it was the last one in the box! <BR> <BR> The weather is not co-operating this month, with the low temperatures, winds and just gener... Wed, 20 May 2009 02:03:13 EST Single Household Shopper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1973349 Shopping for a single household, presents a few challenges. If you buy too much produce, it is rotten by the time you get around to eating it. <BR> Frequent shopping, twice a week purchase less is my solution, for getting the freshest produce and dairy foods. Meats I buy in bulk and divide into single portions, for future use and for some items, paper products, cleaning supplies, kitchen helpers such as non-perishable items such as stocks, coffee ect. <BR> <BR> Grow my own vegetables ... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 21:30:10 EST Shopping Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1905571 During the journey to the obese size I became, my shopping habits changed. I no longer enjoyed shopping for clothes. Nothing fit or looked right anymore. So I just gave up on buying or sewing any clothes. Instead I shopped for shoes, bags and jewellery. Thus ignoring my ever increased size. <BR> <BR> One thing for sure my regular old rag bags, no longer fit. Pants hung like a sack, skirt & pant waist lines, were gaping, tops were big but comfy. I discovered my coats were too big for me... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:00:13 EST Adding a Regular Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1826042 I was the type of kid that used to skip P.E. classes as hated it with a passion! I was not a fat but skinny kid. Still hate doing exercises today. In order to compliment my diet and weight loss, this is a necessary tool one must DO! Joined a women's gym once, wasted a whole lot of money as only went a few times. <BR> <BR> I decided since I hate exercise so much I best find activities, that would work for me now and into my late senior years. Walking how hard could this be? When I firs... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:40:33 EST How I found Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1814007 How I found sparkpeople and the changes that occured ..... One day, I did a web search for a weight loss group. I looked at several, spark people came up on the search. I liked right away that the site had a daily food tracker. <BR> “How great is that I thought, no more writing everything out by hand.” <BR> At the time spark people was not free. However, it was more reasonable than the other sites. I could afford this one and joined right away. I did the spark people steps, one, two, t... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:14:13 EST My Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1805753 Firstly, I was raised by a single parent father. He did not cook, I did not know how to cook at the age of thirteen when my mother passed away. We ate from several dial up menus ~ till I left home at the age of seventeen. <BR> <BR> I had rented a basement suite and my dinners consisted of Swanson TV dinners. I did not eat breakfast or lunch, back then. My land lady was a wonderful Italian cook. She taught me how to cook in exchange I babysat her two little boys on weekends. <BR> <B... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:00:01 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1799448 Hmm, starting over with my bog entries. <BR> <BR> I wish there was a Mastercook program for Vista! <BR> As my old program doesn't work on Vista. <BR> <BR> I ended up putting Cookin' Recipe Organizer on, my computer. <BR> I did not want their recipes as most were incomplete recipes. <BR> at least the ones I look at were. What a consumer sham, that is! <BR> I took the program off my computer and loaded it with no recipes. <BR> I only wanted the program for nutrient values per serving fo... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 04:10:03 EST