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/ 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 I did it!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140695 I am beaming brightly and smiling from ear to ear. Today's going to be a good day! <BR> <BR> Ok, so I will start with the not so good. I did not finish the PCT virtual hike yesterday. I had planned on coming home from my board meeting and hopping on that treadmill and knocking out the remaining steps to make a 7.5 mile total. That didn't happen. The meeting ran long. After I went out for coffee with a group of people. When I got home, I let the dog out, took off my shoes, watched the ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:14:26 EST What have I been up to? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140054 No, I haven't been on spring break to some warm and sunny beach. I was home completely jealous of those who were! Here in Michigan, Old Man Winter refuses to loosen his grip and we were having temps in the 20-30's, snow, sleet, rain, and lovely gray skies. I was beginning to lose faith that the sun was really up there above that gray sky! <BR> <BR> However I haven't been blogging much. I was in a bit of a funk. Between feeling a bit depressed, the crappy weather and a touch of the flu..... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:24:44 EST Mama got some new shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130883 Well, the shoes the running store ordered for me came in. I finally made my way there to try them on. I was apprehensive after my last experience. I had spent over an hour trying on shoes and went home with none. <BR> <BR> I slid my feet into these shoes and they felt wonderful! Who knew? A wide width. I guess there is a first for everything! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, being totally excited, I got home, changed, put on those new shoes, got the dog on his leash and headed out for a walk. The f... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:24:28 EST tick tock, tick tock...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126756 I haven't blogged in a bit. The end of the month is almost here! Easter is just around the corner too! <BR> <BR> I've had a busy month at work, trying to hire staff for one of our smaller offices in a nearby town. Lots of commuting between offices. We are almost there!!! Yippee! I will be glad when someone is hired and things get back on track. <BR> <BR> I've also had many things going on this month. Heck, I always seem to have many things going on. I am one of those people who beli... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:30:54 EST You can't always get what you want...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119120 Singing the Rolling Stones here. So I had a busy weekend. I got my steps in on both Friday and Saturday. Sunday was a bit of a challenge AND I went out to dinner. I had a small sirloin steak with a baked potato dry - no butter, no sour cream, and broccoli. I thought I did ok with my choices. However, Mr Scale still went up 1.6 pounds today. After I got home, I was soooooo thirsty. I drank 3 glasses of water. I am blaming sodium/seasonings? I really watched my breakfast and lunch know... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:04:14 EST One year later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114310 I have been on this site for a while now. At first I joined, jumped in with a strict diet and exercise plan, dropped about 30 pounds and then quit. A year or so later, with my tail between my legs, I quietly rejoined SP. I decided no more drastic dieting. No more quitting. <BR> <BR> I don't do snails pace well. I want to see results. I want to feel results. I want some instant results to keep me motivated to stay the course. <BR> <BR> On one of my spark teams someone started a challe... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 12:18:39 EST Do you ever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113445 Do you ever do something that you really didn't plan on doing, didn't really want to do, but did it anyhow and afterwards found yourself scratching your head and thinking "Why did I....?" They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Sometimes I question my sanity when it comes to healthy eating. <BR> <BR> It's been a stressful week for me. Saturday I had a relaxing day planned to go to dinner and a play in Detroit. I was looking forward to it. Di... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 12:26:32 EST Here, add a little more stress..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110465 How you doing? Here, take just a little more. It's ok, you can handle it. You got this girl. <BR> <BR> Ever look at your calendar and think you don't have much on it and you are going to have a pretty easy week with some time for yourself, only to have things hit the fan? <BR> <BR> We had a storm on Tuesday. The roads were pretty bad. The plows seemed to be waiting for the snow to finish falling before they tackled the roads. Add to that some of that freezing wet stuff that coats your... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 15:52:54 EST The Temptations and goals..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108637 Well it's March! New month, clean slate. My goals for March? Repeat of February! Eat healthy, exercise, drink water AND lose 5 pounds during the month. <BR> <BR> So what happened in February? Well, I didn't reach any of my goals perfectly. My goal to lose 5 pounds in the month, well, it was about 3 pounds. Goal not achieved. <BR> <BR> My goal to drink all my water - well I did pretty good on that. Giving up soda helped. However, I did sneak in one orange soda. I think there were o... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 14:37:57 EST 2 hour delay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104692 This morning my phone rang at 6:30 only to tell me that we had a two hour delay in my work start time. Yippee! 2 more hours in my comfy bed! I rolled over.... only to THINK <BR> <BR> I can't lay here to long, there is snow to shovel. I better get up and get started. I put on some warm clothes, grabbed the shovel and took the first scoop. Holy crap, that is all slush under that snow. Heavy stuff! There were about 8 inches on top with about an inch of slushy snow on the bottom. I had ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:54:09 EST the silver lining.... one more time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103893 It's snowing and blowing here in Michigan today. Winter storm warning they say. I really don't want to leave work and drive home..... but I don't want to stay here either! So, I will bundle up and head out there. My son has basketball practice tonight and as of yet, it hasn't been cancelled. So I may be doing this a couple more times. Truly hoping they cancel by the time I get home. <BR> <BR> I must say it is a bit pretty, those snow covered trees... however so were those blue sky, sun... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:37:44 EST Day of rest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102900 I am one of those all in or all out people. I try really hard to find the middle of the road, but it is difficult for me. It doesn't come naturally. <BR> <BR> When I start working out, I do something and find my ability isn't where I thought it was. I get frustrated. I push myself to get that ability back. I push myself to be better. If 10 reps are good, 20 are better - right? More reps, more weight, more miles, more distance. More, more, more. I've watched the biggest loser. I've ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:26:16 EST I've been sparked!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101975 Friday it was a warm and sunny day in Michigan. Something we haven't seen in a long time! It was crazy windy though, gale force winds off the lake. Anyhow, I had to leave work early to take my son to get his hearing aids, which meant I got home early! I loaded up dog and took him for a long walk before I dropped him off to the kennel. It felt so nice to be able to walk and not be wearing boots and winter gear! <BR> <BR> Saturday I went to Toledo with a friend. We were going for a conve... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:37:14 EST The body and the mind are not on the same track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099787 Yesterday was a tad bit warm here in Michigan.... as in the 40's! The snow is rapidly melting. When I got out of work, it was light out. I had a tinge of spring fever. I put the leash on the dog and took to the streets. I only had about an hour to walk because I was meeting a friend later at the Y - but the dog loved it! <BR> <BR> Got home and changed into my workout clothes. It took a couple changes of shirts because the ones I wore last summer were to clingy! Yikes! It really was... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:31:16 EST How it works... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098985 Today was weigh in day for my weight loss challenge at work. We weigh in every Thursday. I was hoping to see a BIG number! After all, I gave up soda. I stayed on track with my food. I exceeded my step goals every day. When the scale flashed 1.8, I must say I was disappointed. I felt I worked harder than a 1.8. I felt Mr Scale was being stingy again. <BR> <BR> Last week the person with the highest weight loss lost 5.71%, mine was a mere 1.1% When I started talking to people to see ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:02:59 EST Gasp! Another reality check! Where's the sunshine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097424 Saturday I was home doing housework. It was cold outside. I decided I wasn't going to go out for anything. I had everything I needed to make meals, I had lots to do (laundry, general cleaning) and I even got sidetracked by a couple episodes of Fixer Upper on tv. While watching the end of Fixer Upper, I looked at my facebook. I have a friend who is obese. She has been going to the gym lately. She joined the Y. She has been posting every day after her workout saying "another workout don... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:41:57 EST I deserve it...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095826 It's Valentine's Day. Today is day 5 of soda free me. I have three bottles of Coke Zero hiding in the refrigerator (yep, I hid them behind some taller bottles of stuff in the door). A little voice in my head said to me "Hey, it's Valentine's Day. You should crack open one of those hidden bottles of Coke Zero. You know you love it. Share the love. Don't deny the love. It's all about love. You deserve it." <BR> <BR> Hmmmm. Well, I ate some strawberries and drank my water. <BR> <BR... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 16:40:17 EST Tests, challenges and what you REALLY want... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094386 Well I joined a weight loss challenge at work. We are on our own to choose what diet/exercise we want to do. Of course each week there are all sorts of tidbits of information floated our way. Week 1 I lost 1.11%of my weight. Not great - but not bad. The leader lost 5.76% of her weight. I did the math. That would be 12.4 pounds for me. from my starting weight. I can't see myself doing that! I would have to do on a water only diet and work out 24-7. Maybe next week will be better with... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:36:02 EST giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093645 First I need to say, I am not giving up - as in quitting this journey. You hear the word diet. Your first thought? Deprivation. Giving up..... I am Catholic. This is our Lenten Season. This is the time of year many people give up things they love, things that are hard to give up. Some of my friends are giving up their coffee, others are giving up sweets, others are giving up "junk food", some are giving up soda or alcohol. I even have friends who are giving up tv or becoming "unplugg... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:05:44 EST I didn't want to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088057 I have had a busy week at work. I had a busy week in my after work hours - meetings, son's basketball, appointments. Tonight I got my haircut and colored. I got home and sat on the couch. It felt so good to sit and do nothing! I turned on the tv. I thought to myself "I should do those reports for the meeting this weekend". I didn't want to. I thought to myself "I should get on the treadmill and walk a half hour like the doctor wanted me to". I didn't want to. I sat on the couch. I ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:44:10 EST Another milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085751 I haven't blogged much about my virtual walk lately. However, I have been plodding along on the PCT. I have loved this stretch of trail in Oregon. The mountains and lakes are so beautiful. I am certainly planning on making a trip out there someday! I will set my feet on a stretch of this awesome trail! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, yesterday marked day 332 on the trail. I have been averaging 6.7 miles per day. I left Mount Hood behind me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fa... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:54:03 EST It's February! Share the love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084996 So this morning I get out of bed. I was going to hop on the treadmill, but I didn't. I putzed around and ran out of time. However, I did hop on the scale to record my February 1 weight. Guess what? Another pound slid off that scale! If only it had done that yesterday, then I would have hit my 5 pound goal for the month. Oh well, now I have a good start for February! <BR> <BR> We are having a break in our weather today. I was so tempted to stay home from work and get out there and wal... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:17:07 EST oh geez you posted THAT on facebook? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084190 Friday I went to a Detroit Pistons game with a friend. We stopped to have dinner on the road. While waiting for our food, my friend snapped my photo. She laughed and said one more - just as I was laughing about her snapping photos before I am ready. She laughed again and posted it on facebook. I had no idea what it looked like. I had my fears..... <BR> <BR> Later I looked at my feed and saw the photo she posted. At first I was moritified. I was going to delete it but then I noticed i... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:21:22 EST More numbers..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079879 Numbers seem to be a big part of our lives! I am a numbers person. I like to think I have complete control over numbers. Numbers are black and white. There is no gray with numbers. That being said..... <BR> <BR> I got the results from my lab work for my physical. My overall cholesterol remained the same as it was last year. That sounded good, right? However, my overall cholesterol was 219 - which is higher than it should be - but not high enough for my doctor to want to put me on med... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:48:09 EST Numbers and winning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075398 My son had a Special Olympic basketball game yesterday. It was their first game of the year and he has several new teammates, some of whom have never played in a game. The team they were playing outsized them in height. They were quicker. Now you would think that would have intimidated our team - but it didn't. That is the thing about Special Olympics, the kids rarely get intimidated about things the rest of us would. They just go out there and do their best. Unfortunately, the parents... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:09:02 EST My body...... my moment of clarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072800 It's in the single digit temperatures. I'm worried. Summer is coming! Yep, summer. The time of year when you can't hide under baggy sweaters and layers of clothes. Summer, when you put on a bathing suit and go out in public. Gasp! <BR> <BR> I was reading a SP article on loving our bodies at any size. I thought to myself, ya right. If only I had those long lean legs, tight abs instead of a jiggly belly, arms that didn't wave back at me. If only I could fit into regular size clothes, w... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:18:47 EST Amazing! Guess what I missed on vacation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067778 I left last Friday to visit my 51 year old nephew who had 6 way heart bypass surgery. He lives in upstate New York which is about a 10 hour ride from my home in Michigan. The trip there went smoothly. We stopped and stretched, took in some sights along the way and arrived at our hotel about 7pm. <BR> <BR> Good stuff? I packed a sandwich for lunch and brought healthy car snacks and water! Bad stuff? The healthy sprouted grain crackers I brought were icky! Neither me or my daughter liked... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:42:55 EST Inspiration went out the window! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062070 After I wrote my blog yesterday I received a phone call from the kennel that my dog will be staying in this weekend when I make my trip to visit my nephew. They informed me that his shots would be expiring over the weekend and he would need to have them updated BEFORE I leave. Well, tonight I have to take my son to his Special Olympics basketball after work and have a full schedule. Tomorrow I have a physical appointment for myself and will need to be leaving early for that and it is the l... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:09:14 EST Where is inspiration? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061259 I have a Y membership. I think maybe I have been there a couple times this year. Listen to this silly reasoning: <BR> <BR> I haven't been to the Y because I now have a dog. Yep, a dog. I work all day so dog is home alone. After work, I walk dog. After walking dog, I am too tired and don't want to go to the Y. I'm ok with that BECAUSE I walked the dog. <BR> <BR> Now why would I keep this membership I don't use? Well, because I like the pool and someday I am going to go swimming. I m... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 16:02:01 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059960 I haven't been very active on the site over the weekend - but that doesn't mean I haven't been sparking! <BR> <BR> New Year's eve a small group of friends got together to watch the Cotton Bowl. I brought some open faced chicken sandwiches. They were quite the hit and relatively healthy too! Kept me within my calorie count! Unfortunately we were a group of Michigan State fans getting out butts kicked by 'Bama so that was a bit of a downer. As the evening unfolded, the host started to noti... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:51:09 EST A needed lift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055314 I have been reviewing the past year. I'm not ending the year where I thought I would on this journey. In fact if you told me at the beginning of the year I would have ended here, I wouldn't have believed you. I was fired up and had high hopes! And now I am facing reality and those high hopes are long gone. I lost ground on this journey to a healthier me. In fact, I am not far from my starting point. <BR> <BR> I made some wrong turns. I didn't put forth the effort I could have. I made... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:18:35 EST Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054804 I've been doing lots of reading, researching, listening, searching and examining. <BR> <BR> Things have got to change in 2016. What I have done in the past hasn't worked. SO: <BR> <BR> I'm revamping my spark page - and revamping my plan. <BR> <BR> Step 1 I started out with my page color. Simple little change - not a big deal to most - but meaningful to me. I chose a color that represents where I want to be on this journey. <BR> <BR> Step 2 - my goals. I changed my goals. I real... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:30:34 EST Accountability and Mary the elf on a shelf... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052077 So I was talking to my daughter the other day about the struggles I have been having with all the holiday treats. I told her I really wish right now I had to weigh in like you do at Weight Watchers - so I had some accountability with someone other than myself. My little granddaughter was listening in on our conversation. She pipes up "Grandma, you better be careful! Mary (her elf on the shelf) is watching you!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/784b5032-d151-4e48... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:48:47 EST Accountability and Mary the elf on a shelf... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052076 So I was talking to my daughter the other day about the struggles I have been having with all the holiday treats. I told her I really wish right now I had to weigh in like you do at Weight Watchers - so I had some accountability with someone other than myself. My little granddaughter was listening in on our conversation. She pipes up "Grandma, you better be careful! Mary (her elf on the shelf) is watching you!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/784b5032-d151-4e48... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:48:42 EST Redesigning my spark page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051843 So I picked a new color for my sparkpage. I was aiming for magenta but it is really hard to find that right spot on the color wheel. I actually researched colors! <BR> <BR> Magenta is a color that helps to create harmony and balance in every aspect of life; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is an instrument of change and transformation. It helps to release old emotional patterns that prevent personal and spiritual development and aids us in moving forward (goodness kno... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 21:02:20 EST Visions of Sugar Plums? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051735 We've all heard that line.... "Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads". <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb87aa4c-90c2-4938-9563-7d3568e43629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Which got me doing what I tend to do, thinking! Can't say I've had that vision! What exactly is a sugar plum? I confess, I had to look it up. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ef9bdd7-c93b-4c94-95e3-8de9cfe11325.gif"> <BR> <BR> It is a candy made from plum jam which is coated in sug... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:59:10 EST Tis the season...ever evolving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050774 A few years back my daughter and I started the tradition of a trip to Chicago with the granddaughters. We visited the American Girl doll store, had deep dish pizza somewhere, took in the windows at Macy's and had our family photo taken with Santa. <BR> <BR> Seems the girls are beginning to outgrow American Girl dolls, the oldest wasn't interested this year - she wanted to visit some of the clothing stores instead, so we had a few more stops on the shopping side. After shopping we made our ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:23:05 EST When stuff starts weighing you down.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048413 I was in a Hallmark store yesterday. They had this wall plaque that said "Denial is my happy place." I smiled. That's been me the past year. Clouds of denial with an occasional break through of reality. <BR> <BR> Denial be gone. Today I got on the scale and looked at the number - which I have been avoiding for far, far, far tooo long. The number reflected the same thing that my ever tightening pants, rounding face and other signs do. Weight gain. Lots of weight gain. <BR> <BR> The f... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:26:33 EST Where's Barb? No, really... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043788 Where's Barb? <BR> <BR> Really, it's been a long time since I've blogged. Holiday time for me is very busy. I live alone - so all the holiday decorating, shopping, etc is on me. I swear as I get older, it is more of a chore! I am finding it really IS less about the decorations, the tree, the holiday festive stuff and more about time spent with those I love. <BR> <BR> This year the pre-lit tree was a challenge - a little section didn't light. Then it was trying to figure out why, findi... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 12:25:47 EST Where's Barb? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030413 This week of hiking included Seiad Valley back on day 243. The Seiad Café has a pancake eating challenge..... 5 pancakes...... however each one weighs one pound! I passed on that one. I eat a lot some days, but even I couldn't do that! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9245171-ef91-4d7f-849c-9653bca2d774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So on we hiked, leaving the valley behind us. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0fcc899-7970-4aaf-9798-fc0f91d2f9a2.jpg"> <BR> <... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:46:24 EST Pecan pies, sadness, loss and feeling lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023756 My dear friend's son committed suicide a few years ago. She called her best friend in Detroit to break the news to her. Her friend dropped everything got in her car and made the 3 hour trip to Grand Rapids. My friend immediately went to a bakery and purchased a pecan pie (her friend's favorite). She brought it home and put it on the counter. While waiting, she thought to herself "I think I'll test that pie to make sure it is good". She cut herself a small piece. She waited, alone in her... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:33:52 EST My dear friend died last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020579 I am unable to blog right now, but I just wanted to share that my dear friend that I have blogged about in the past died last night. I am extremely sad, but grateful for the time we had together. Rest in peace Cat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0021373-e1fc-47f4-8238-890720d48f87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will post more at a later date. Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:42:27 EST I wish I was a little bit taller..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014892 Anyone remember that song? Got you chanting away? <BR> <BR> Yep, I've always wished I was a little bit taller. I always wanted longer legs. <BR> <BR> I wish a lot of things. I wish relationships didn't end. I wish friends didn't move far away. I wish we could forgive each other with no regrets or expectations. I wish I never got hit by that van. I wish my knee was MY knee, not a mechanical piece of titanium and plastic. I wish I had the mobility I had before the accident. I wish I ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:22:15 EST Routines, the daily grind, the rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014310 I always like to think..... if I didn't have to work, I would do this and that and other things. However, I have to work. I have a routine - which at times feels like a daily grind - and even a rut a times. <BR> <BR> Of course I shake it up a bit - but they are little, tiny shakeups - maybe instead of walking the dog I will go to the gym, or get on the treadmill. Maybe instead of making dinner, I will stop by the mall, do a little shopping and pick up or make something quick to eat. <BR> ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:08:32 EST