ONTHEPATH2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ONTHEPATH2 ONTHEPATH2'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/ Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370637 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49745aca-2cf5-45b5-bdac-ab19d020b252.jpg"> You get a warning....like when you get off the paved path and into the woods only to get poison ivy......or when you are making the never ending climb to the cheap seats and reality of you physical condition slaps you in the face. Warning heeded! Making better choices! Thank you for the warning signs in life!!! More later.... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 09:20:25 EST my daily five... and da funk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369471 Today I really don't want to think about a daily five - which means I must really must NEED to think about it. I really would rather not write anything. I actually kind of hate my body right now. <BR> <BR> So here they are: <BR> <BR> 1. I'm grateful for my lungs. I have never seen them - but they manage to filter in the air I need and do all those wonderful things that lungs do. I have been blessed to have healthy lungs even though I did subject them to smoking for a few years of my ... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 11:55:43 EST The daily five and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368700 So my daily five are: <BR> <BR> 1. I love my back. I don't think about my back much. I can't really see it unless I have a rearview mirror! However this weekend when stretching and crawling around weeding my garden, I felt some tinges of pain in my back. I hobbled back into the house to take my shower and while enjoying the hot water dropped the shower gel. When I bent over to pick it up I felt this pulling and popping sensation - not good. I could barely move! It was hard to sleep, ... Tue, 30 May 2017 17:33:37 EST The daily five http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366573 How long does one keep doing a daily five? How creative can one be with coming up with five different things? Is it ok to keep have the same things appear on the list? I'm sure people are sick of reading my daily five...... <BR> <BR> So here's the deal..... how long will I keep doing a daily five? As long as it takes for me to find acceptance of my body right now, not the body I would like to have - but the body I have. How creative can I be? Not very. Is it ok to have the same things... Thu, 25 May 2017 16:47:55 EST Daily 5 and grrrrrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365705 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5a0a2ab-f699-4b36-b8e4-d709b28d19b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Body to mind "Beyoncé wasn't built in a day." <BR> <BR> Today has been one of THOSE days. The kind where my mind is running all over just being a bully- not to others - to me! I've been working real hard trying to reel it in and give myself positive affirmations. Ugh. <BR> <BR> So here are my daily 5: <BR> <BR> 1. My feet. Reality - my feet haven't been feeling very good. I'm not su... Tue, 23 May 2017 17:12:45 EST Daily five and other stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365265 The five things I love about my body: <BR> <BR> 1. I love my heart - my physical heart because it is beating away in my chest - and my HEART which at times is probably a little too big and gets hurt - but always seems to recover. <BR> <BR> 2. My facial wrinkles - I have those mostly around my eyes and mouth - mainly because I smile a lot! I wouldn't trade a smooth face for those smiles ever! <BR> <BR> 3. My body is strong. Really it is. I know I can't bench press much weight but, i... Mon, 22 May 2017 16:52:12 EST Daily 5 ... taking a different path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362759 So today I am thankful for these things on my body: <BR> <BR> 1. My nose. Yep, another thing I really can't say I like - its too big, too long, too lots of things - but it functions! It brings me all those yummy smells - and some yucky ones too AND it holds my glasses on my face so I can see! Loving it a little more now! <BR> <BR> 2. My neck. Critical me - its too short, too wide - but it swivels my head from side to side. Can't imagine only being able to see what is directly in fron... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:32:05 EST Daily Five and one of THOSE photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362305 The Daily Five: <BR> <BR> 1. I am grateful for my smile! I know, my teeth are less than perfect and for years I didn't want to smile. I went to a few different dentists, orthodontists and even oral surgeons to discuss correcting my bite and straightening my teeth - but with no dental insurance, needing surgery on my jaw which wouldn't be covered by my health insurance, the bottom line was more than I was willing to spend! My choppers aren't real pretty - but they get the job done! I hav... Mon, 15 May 2017 14:57:27 EST Death threats...... and my daily 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359825 Let' see - it started with a wellness program on stress management. The company ordered Jimmy John's subs and sandwiches for the lunch. The comments from our healthy bunch - "What an oxymoron - wellness and Jimmy John's". Oh boy. Really? It could be worse! <BR> <BR> Then after lunch it happened. This large white box arrived. It was from "Cops and Donuts". It was heavy. I lifted the lid and there inside were these large cookies - lots of them. Peanut butter, chocolate with frosting,... Tue, 9 May 2017 16:31:59 EST The Daily Five and.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359349 Getting outside the box. This past weekend I pushed myself outside of my normal box. I went to an event where I knew very few people and was outside my comfort zone. Guess what? I had a great time. People were welcoming and I even joined in the bingo game AND won a prize. It's good to get out of that box once in a while! <BR> <BR> Sunday I took my dog for a long walk in the woods by the creek. We were greeted by trillium, blankets of blue wild flowers and a variety of birds including ... Mon, 8 May 2017 14:59:39 EST The Daily Five http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358033 Starting to reconnect! It looks like I will have my computer back next Tuesday night. Yippee! <BR> <BR> So here are today's five things I love about my body: <BR> <BR> 1. I love my arms! OK, so I tell myself those bat wing things are really awful looking and could use some toning - but really - My arms are great. They lift things, reach things and best of all - wrap up those people I love in warm hugs. I can't imagine not being able to hug. Yep, I love my arms. They bring my joy. <B... Fri, 5 May 2017 11:58:20 EST Disconnected! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357218 Oh boy. I feel very disconnected. Since my daughter's house fire, I have let her take my laptop - which leaves me with just my phone! It has been hard to spark! I must admit - I prefer to be on my computer than the app on the phone. So reality - I haven't been sparking much. I feel so disconnected from my teammates! <BR> <BR> So what's going on? Well, the weight has basically stayed the same, up and down the same three pounds depending on the day. The diet has improved a little, but ... Wed, 3 May 2017 15:37:21 EST 40 questions..... and answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339782 Borrowed from MISSDORKNESS, ONEKIDSMOM, POLSKARENIA, ADAKARA, et. al.: <BR> <BR> Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? No, no, no! <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? Yes, but quit that habit 40 years ago! <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? No.... does a super soaker count as a gun? <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? Coke Zero I know its bad for me but it is still my fav. <BR> ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:18:32 EST What on earth????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336549 Where's Barb? What has she been up to? She hasn't been sparking much. I hope she is ok! <BR> <BR> Some days I feel like all I do is pick up broken pieces from the floor and try to assemble them into something... anything! My job is that of an office manager - so I get lots of broken pieces at work! <BR> <BR> I have a co-worker who was expecting twin boys. How exciting is that? First babies...twins...you get it. Last Monday I got the horrible news that she went into labor and gave bir... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:10:35 EST Help Ladies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327280 I am having a horrible time finding a sports bra that fits! Anyone else have these issues? <BR> <BR> I am in plus size clothing. A few of the stores in my area carry plus size workout clothing, but none of them carry plus size sports bras! <BR> <BR> An extra large doesn't cut it, it is just too small! <BR> <BR> I am so tired of seeing all these really cute sports bras that are size XS and Small, with nothing on the other end of the size spectrum. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any sugge... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 14:59:28 EST Really it's March? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323529 Today someone came in my office and jokingly said, hey it's March you need to change your calendar. I looked at the photograph of the snowy scene above the month of February and thought to myself yes, its time to change the calendar. I was pleased to be greeted by a photo of some bright and colorful sculpted flowers from a gallery nearby above the month of March. No more snowy scenes! <BR> <BR> Holy crap. It's March!!! Which invoked thoughts of two months gone.... what have I done? am I... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:31:55 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322389 I haven't been sparking like I normally do. My son had influenza A and pneumonia. He came home from his group home and spent the week with me. I swear I have been following him around like a puppy with a bottle of Lysol, Chlorox, and doing lots of laundry! He has spent most of the week sleeping or lying on the couch. I have spent most of the week cleaning and disinfecting things! He is now up and moving, but still not quite back to his normal self. He still has a heavy cough. <BR> <BR... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:10:51 EST I'm so excited!!!!! Celebrations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317043 Are you singing that old Pointer Sisters song now? <BR> <BR> I have to start with the so excited part, I'll close with the celebration. So I had my annual physical yesterday. Last year at this time my doctor brought up the fact that I was in the obese II category. She made it clear that there were health issues related to obesity and closed her brief statement with "You are an adult. You know what you need to do" and quickly moved on to another thing. I swear I felt as if I was flogge... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:24:06 EST Alone on Valentines Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316100 I am single. Most of the time I am completely content with that, notice I said most of the time. There are times when all my friends are with their mates and I feel pretty alone. Feeling alone is usually self inflicted for me. I can be in a room full of people and feel alone. It usually has more to do with my personal space than actually being alone. Of course there is that little part of me that wants to blame my body size for being single. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up and put m... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:54:26 EST Free dinner and a box of donuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315509 I love to wander. If I take a vacation I prefer to go by car. When I travel by car, I have a habit of making unplanned stops when I see something interesting along the way. Sometimes the unplanned stops turn out to be better than the destination! <BR> <BR> So here I am on this journey. Here too, I find myself wandering off the planed route. Experience has taught me that those wanderings have only kept me from my destination and have rarely been worth the side trips. <BR> <BR> Enter a f... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:41:27 EST What is success? My challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314025 The question was raised in one of my Spark Teams "What does success mean to you?" <BR> <BR> Now, there was a time when I would say "reaching my goal weight" but today is not that day. I have been attempting to reach my goal weight for years. If my definition of success was reaching my goal weight - so far I have led a very unsuccessful life! What a depressing thought. <BR> <BR> Reality check time. Today, I define success differently. A successful day is one where I can go to bed at ni... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:16:02 EST My declaration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313438 I follow a group called Fellow Flowers. February 4 was Fellow Flower declaration day. This was my declaration. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28beed75-6604-4cd8-9152-123774babdca.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the last thirty five years of my life I have talked about it, skated around it, attempted it, thought about it, analyzed it, tried to find an easier softer way, felt overwhelmed by it........ <BR> <BR> It is time to Just do It! <BR> <BR> What is it? IT is to sto... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 12:24:59 EST Oh the games we play...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312981 I had a rough week. There were temptations galore - bagels, cookies, two pizza parties, Super Bowl festivities and more. I managed to do pretty well with most of them either totally avoiding, careful planning or limiting the amounts of my splurges. I am really a bit scared to get on the scale! That number on the scale can make or break my day. I try not to let it - but it really gets in my head. I have to PUSH it out! <BR> <BR> Tonight I am meeting a good friend for dinner at Red Lobst... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 17:06:01 EST Holes, pits, and those places you don't really want to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307969 I just read CompuCathy's featured Blog "The Pit and the Path.... Revelation". <BR> <BR> I could so relate to her blog. I have found myself distracted and at the bottom of that pit many times. It reminded me of a story I have heard along the way which I am going to share for those of you who haven't heard it. I'm not sure where it originated, so I am going to tell the story in my words. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I walk down the street. <BR> There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. <BR> I fa... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:41:51 EST Feed me more!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305095 Some of you remember the old cartoons that showed the "good angel" whispering into the character's ear, followed by the "devil" whispering in the character's ear and the struggle the character faced of who to listen to. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5cdd00fa-968b-4c6e-b321-41da94083ade.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yep, that was me on my treadmill last night. I hadn't been on the treadmill since Friday. My weekend gatherings and getaways did not allow for any face time with the t... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:04:43 EST Uncomfortable spots and procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304520 Ever procrastinate? Well 15 years ago at Christmas, I didn't call my sister to make plans for the holiday. The holiday was the only time we got together during the year. We are not close. She lives about an hours drive from my house. She is 14 years older than me. she moved out of the house when I was 5. Sometimes I feel like she is a stranger and I know some strangers better than my own sister. I hate that. <BR> <BR> So that one year I didn't make the call and neither did she. The... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:07:47 EST I did it!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301420 Last Thursday, I got on the scale, looked at the number, got on my computer and logged it in as my weight. It was my first step to getting back on the path to a healthier me. I started Sparking....again. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I tracked my food. I tracked my water (heck, I started drinking water again). I started exercising. I started looking at the number on my fitbit. I vowed this was a decision I would stick with for 30 days and after those 30 days I would revisit my decision. ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:49:06 EST Location, location, location...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300643 I have a rather nice large office at work. I used to have a crappy small office tucked away in a corner. I kinda liked it there! However, the powers that be wanted me more visible and moved me to an office in the central hall - right across from the entrance to the kitchen! Every person who was in that office lasted a few months and asked to be moved because the noise was a distraction. I am good at tuning out noise. Distraction helps me focus (if that makes sense). I like my office - ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:41:38 EST OMG! Hidden Figures.... hidden rock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300112 Yikes, I tripped over a rock! I stumbled and fell - flat on my face! Stunned, I got up, I dusted myself off and continued on the path. <BR> <BR> OK, I really didn't trip over a rock physically. <BR> <BR> Here's how it unraveled..... <BR> <BR> I tracked my food choices, my water, I sparked, I blogged, and then the workday ended. I got in the car and was driving home when I heard the theater was showing the movie Hidden Figures at a reduced rate of $5 for MLK day. So spur of the moment ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:34:36 EST You say you want a revolution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299344 Yep, I'm old. I loved that Beatles song. I've taken the liberty make a slight change. You see, I want an evolution. <BR> <BR> That's it an evolution - as Webster puts it "a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change". <BR> <BR> Every year I pick a word to focus on that is of importance to me. I usually pick a verb. I started with enjoy - because I was going through some dark times. Enjoyment was hard to come by. I had a keychain with the word on it which I took with me everywh... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:38:45 EST How did I....get here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297414 I've been on SP for some time. Every once in a while I stop and scratch my head and say "How did I get here?". Here is usually a long way from where I intended on being. When I got on the scale yesterday, I was about to utter those words. It had been a while since I had gotten on a scale. In my silly mind, I didn't think it would be THAT bad. I imagined I was right where I left off - but my body was telling me otherwise. <BR> <BR> I stopped myself. I knew how I got "here". I quit doi... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:59:35 EST There is no perfect time Barb, just do it..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296836 The first of the year came and went. Many people were making resolutions, setting goals, starting healthy eating and exercise routines..... not me. I had holiday cookies left in the house to eat. I had baked a ham on New Years and had leftovers to eat. These things aren't part of a healthy eating plan - and I was not about to throw or give them away - so why start, right? Well the cookies and leftovers were gone, but then it was an old friend coming for dinner that I was going to meet, a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:04:08 EST Things that scare you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266871 Public speaking is one of those things. I am not a public speaker. I am a quiet person. I do not seek out the spotlight. I'd rather work away behind the scenes. Every now and then I find my self in the spotlight. Saturday was that day. <BR> <BR> I find this to be true. When I am uncomfortable - I turn to food for comfort. I am aware of this. Sometimes I do it anyhow. Sometimes I am able to see it for what it is and choose something different. <BR> <BR> Personal triumph - I made it... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:07:23 EST It was - one of THOSE weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259907 It started off with a friend's dad passing and then I got a call from another friend, his dad also passed the same day! Which meant one funeral service and one memorial service, both two hours from my home. Toss in organizing and hosting the kid's Halloween Party at work with over 75 people attending, (including setting up, decorating, cleaning up and un-decorating in one day!) Toss in a doctor's appointment for my son, a haircut/color..... you get the idea. It was hectic. Long days, fol... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:14:09 EST How do you dream? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246321 One day I woke up and discovered my body is fat. My doctor confirmed it, obese category 2 on her weight charts. OK, it didn't just happen over night - but I lived in denial for a long time. I quit looking in mirrors below my neck, hid from cameras and at times, like when it involved wearing a bathing suit, hid from life. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d768121-5a11-4814-9751-0063a9b47edc.jpg"> <BR> Yep, that is me and no, it isn't the puffy jacket making me look puff... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 15:21:41 EST First day of the 5% fall challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242702 How committed are you Barb? <BR> <BR> I started the 5% fall challenge. The very first day I was going to be out of town. I vowed with this challenge to put my all into making progress - with my eating, exercise and weight loss. I truly want to see that 5% goal. (We all want to see that goal, right?) <BR> <BR> So day one rolls around. I had plans for the day which included a drive across the state to Detroit and then Hamtramck with a friend. Knowing I'd be up early and the morning wo... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:49:31 EST National Dog Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224967 I have a big, black, hairy dog. He is a newfoundland/lab/retriever mix that I got at a neighboring county's shelter. I really didn't intend to bring him home. I was just going to "look" and thought I would schedule an appointment with my daughter later thinking she would talk me out of it. While at the shelter, the shelter employee went on to tell me what a good dog he was - he had stayed with her family some of the time as his days in the shelter were close to their end. She was hoping ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:50:55 EST Like sands through the hour glass so are..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219777 the days of our lives. The opening line of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. Not sure what brought that to my mind this morning, but it just popped up in my head. Sometimes things do that. <BR> <BR> I got out of the shower. Ahhh, the days of our lives. I have a birthday coming up this month. One of those so called milestone birthdays. 60 <BR> <BR> I dried off and stepped on the scale. I had been putting off doing this for a few days. I didn't want to know what the scale had to sa... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:32:57 EST Hot hot hot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190559 No, I don't like it hot, hot, hot!!! The heat and humidity is contributing to my feeling like a wet rag! Saturday I took refuge at the beach for a few hours. Yesterday it rained and only added to the humidity. It is pretty miserable out. <BR> <BR> I took Mr Dog for a walk - but after about half a mile he was panting and looking miserable. We turned for home. Luckily my treadmill is in my basement - so it is a bit cooler down there! I did manage my steps for the weekend and got my ex... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:26:25 EST Captain's Log: Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180411 Spark Date: June 10, 2016. Unfamiliar territory. <BR> <BR> The fireworks and drama at work have run their course and a less stressful, peaceful environment is being restored. The dog's digestive system has returned to normal and there have been no more surprises to greet me when I get home from my work day. My food choices have not been perfect, but have been within my calorie range and much better than in the past. Yesterday I got my first 10 mile day on my fitbit this week and was hap... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:27:10 EST Day 7 the path challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179010 So yesterday (Day 6) was a totally challenging day for me. I overslept. I got to work later than normal. I arrived to some furniture installers who were here to install furniture in an office. The scheduling department called the day before to set up a time. I returned the call and left a message - but never heard back from them. Well, of course we were the first stop and no one else here knew what they were here for. Feeling silly and looking less than professional on that one. <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:14:29 EST Day 5... I feel good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177724 Day 3 - I cleaned out the refrigerator. I haven't tackled the freezer - but everything came out of the refrigerator, I washed it down. The things that went back in? The farm fresh eggs from my daughter's chickens, the butter and spreadable butter with olive oil, the baby spinach, asparagus, pineapple, blackberries, strawberries and some of the condiments in the door, ohhh and some different cheeses. That is it. No soda! No leftover pizza! It looks pretty bare in there! But not much th... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 15:43:50 EST Day 2....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175845 Yesterday I decided it was time to step up my game here. Midway through the day. Not tomorrow, not later - but right then. I had my granddaughter's 8th grade graduation ceremony at her school. I had just enough time to get home, let the dog out, change clothes and head to the school. No time for dinner. I grabbed a protein bar and a bottle of water. <BR> <BR> The ceremony was great and I am so proud of her. After snapping pictures afterwards, I headed home. It was about 8:45 when I... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 13:52:13 EST Somebody push me off the ledge....please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175215 About 15 years ago a group of us decided to get our adrenaline rush and jump out of an airplane. It was a static line jump. It sounded like no big deal. It sounded pretty fool proof. Step out of the plane, the chute opens, you land on the ground. Number of people who have died doing a static line jump from the place we were going? Zero. No big deal. <BR> <BR> We got there in the morning and took the required training course where they taught you basic safety stuff and how to land. Ho... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:43:37 EST Onward to Scotland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164095 Saturday I finished the GR20 trail in Corsica on my virtual walk. It was quite the hike. Funny, I got sucked in by the quaint old church they showed in one of the photos and thought it'd be this hike through the old European countryside. Ha! It was a rugged, rocky hike along the ridgeline, where the hikers actually stopped photo journaling the hike because of hurricane force winds and freezing temps on the ridge! Luckily they made it to a descending point where the winds subsided a bit a... Mon, 16 May 2016 11:50:37 EST Beautiful Corsica! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156895 It's a beautiful sunny day here in Michigan! I am hoping to sneak in a short walk on my lunch hour. I am going to a play in a neighboring town tonight so there won't be a walk with the dog on my agenda. Want to get my steps in to check out the ground I covered today on my virtual walk. <BR> <BR> I am doing a virtual walk of the CR20 trail in Corsica. It is more like a climbing expedition! Thought I'd share some of the sites of the ground I covered yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 5 May 2016 11:06:35 EST Life - on life's terms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156334 Life is good. I just got back from a mini vacation. I had a great time. I enjoyed some great things I love and came home feeling rejuvenated. I have some great little things planned for this summer... concerts, ball games, road trips, family birthdays and outings... lot's to look forward to. Lot's of things I love with people I love - it doesn't get much better than that! <BR> <BR> Today, it's a gloomy day. It's raining and gray. I just found out a person I know committed suicide. Hi... Wed, 4 May 2016 15:08:30 EST Corsica? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155690 Well I finished my virtual walk of the Florida Keys trail while I was off on vacation in Minnesota. I was pleased that I managed to hit all my step goals even with some long drive days. I was grateful that the person with me also has a step goal, so we tried to keep each other on track and snuck in some steps between workshops, etc. I was also pleased to see that Mr Scale didn't take a huge upward climb. I even used the phone ap to log in daily - so my streak continues! I even had one 20... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:21:40 EST Managing time..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148059 I am having a hard time managing time. I work. By the time I get home it is 6pm. I usually change out of my work clothes and put on my walking clothes and head out with the dog. We usually are hitting our feet to be pavement around 6:30. Notice I did not mention eating dinner. <BR> <BR> Dog and I walk for about an hour and a half which brings me home near 8pm. I then change out of my sweaty walking clothes and shower. It is now 8:30. Time for dinner. By the time I cook something or ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:49:10 EST Changes..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145103 Sometimes it takes a series of little things to happen before you see the light! Well, yesterday I saw the light! <BR> <BR> A year ago my daughter and two of my granddaughters and I took part in the Gazelle Girl. The Gazelle Girl is a women/girl only run. The event has a half marathon for the distance runners and a 5k for others. Last year my daughter and granddaughter ran/walked the race. My oldest granddaughter walked half the race with me, and then ran the last half. She ended up pa... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:00:47 EST