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/ the way it is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879370 I am tired. I am frustrated. I am cold. I am sick of all this below zero weather. I feel lazy. I have no energy. I need help today. Sooo throwing out this simple prayer: <BR> <BR> Dear God, Please remove my desire to binge eat today. <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:55:40 EST the way it is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879369 I am tired. I am frustrated. I am cold. I am sick of all this below zero weather. I feel lazy. I have no energy. I need help today. Sooo throwing out this simple prayer: <BR> <BR> Dear God, Please remove my desire to binge eat today. <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:55:40 EST Really? dang ads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878711 I get it that SP probably gets funding for having ads on their site - but really, in two places I have Jets deep dish pizza duos complete with photos popping up? What happened to healthy food ads? <BR> <BR> Please go away. I didn't come here for temptations - there are enough of them in the real world! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:08:46 EST Pass the magic fairy dust please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878251 I fell asleep on the couch last night while watching tv. I transplanted myself to my bed only to discover that my dear son (who has down syndrome) decided to be helpful and made my bed. While doing so, he moved my furniture. I noticed my nightstand was not where it usually is. I went to turn on the alarm and noticed the radio station had been changed - so I changed it back and went to bed. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to morning. I could see the brightness of the sun outside. Wow, I thought t... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:33:50 EST Fat Tuesday, paczki and mardi gras beads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877547 I remember asking my Polish grandma why they called it Fat Tuesday - after all, a day can't be fat! I don't know that I quite understood her answer about the upcoming Lenten season and fasting - and people indulging because they needed to eat enough to carry them through the 40 days of the Lenten season. <BR> <BR> I do remember the paczki. For those who have no idea what I am talking about paczki are a Polish pastry much like jelly filled donuts. Grandma and I walked to the neighborhood ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:53:42 EST Wild ride.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876832 Sometimes life can be a wild ride. Things happen we do not expect. Usually when we least expect them. That is my life right now! <BR> <BR> My son's housemate committed suicide this weekend. It has been a rough couple days. I am praying for him, his family, his housemates and friends and sending warm loving thoughts their way. <BR> <BR> Balance in my life is a bit precarious right now - however, it is nothing like what his family is dealing with. My plans have all changed due to my son... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:51:52 EST Barb is back.... thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875107 Jane Doe is gone and Barb is back. It feels good to be me! Yippee! <BR> <BR> I got home, ate supper and I looked at the total steps on the fitbit. I thought about this journey. I really didn't want to do much more than sit on the couch and watch tv. I looked at the clock and decided I was going to hop on the treadmill and walk 60 minutes. 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> When I started that treadmill, 60 minutes sounded like forever. I put on my granddaughter's favorite radio station and starte... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:27:34 EST Flip, flop and Jane Doe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874493 Yesterday I was pumped. I woke up and I felt good. I was ready to tackle ANYTHING and I had no doubts I would overcome whatever obstacles were in my way. I think my words were "beaming bright" (on that gray day). <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Flip, flop. <BR> <BR> Today the sun is shining and there are blue skies! WooHoo! I couldn't get my butt out of bed. I hit the snooze three times. <em>102</em> I cut my morning walk short. I don't wanna. Everything feels like mountain climbing. ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:40:40 EST The things you leave along the trail.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873273 Now I'm going to date myself - remember watching those western movies of wagon trains heading out west? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l935103032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The pioneers packed their wagons with tools, grain, linens, some even brought grandma's fine china - for their new homes out west. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158635869.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ahhh, but the terrain changed and there were mountains, deserts. Their mules and horses s... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:48:08 EST Spring Training, lies, denial and discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872613 Today we kicked off our spring training program at work. Those participating got an insulated glass for all that water we will be drinking! We get points for exercise, eating freggies, drinking water and bonus points for trying some new form of exercise for 30 minutes - which gives me yet another reason to stay on my path! <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get the max points each day (8 for water, 6 for freggies and 30 for exercise). This week my plan is to try snowshoeing - which will give me 30 ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:27:41 EST ground hog day, the rut, the box..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870739 Ever see that movie Ground Hog Day where every day is the same day, over and over and over? Ever get stuck in a rut or inside the box feeling like everything is always the same and never changes? Ever try to get out? <BR> <BR> Push! Real hard! You CAN get free! There is so much more out there! <BR> <BR> So, just this one time, do something new. Something you haven't done before - or something you haven't done in a long time. Try it! Break the routine, take a different way home from ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 14:31:16 EST Really? Balanced equations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869492 I thought all I had to worry about was calories in, calories burned. As long as calories burned were more than those calories in the result would be weight loss. How simple is that? <BR> <BR> Wait - that is an equation. Remember balanced equations in math class or chemistry? UGH! All those variables they'd put in there and maintaining balance? What a challenge! If it didn't balance, it didn't work! <BR> <BR> I know that for this girl balance is an essential part of my journey - and I... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 16:05:42 EST Mountain climbing..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868785 I have never climbed mountain. I did ride up the little train to the top of Pike's Peak though. I got to enjoy that beautiful view from the top without having to do any of the work to get there. I even have photos to say I was at Pike's Peak to prove I was there. <BR> <BR> What I didn't get that those people who got to the top on foot got..... that sense of accomplishment - you know, the kind from putting in the hard work and time - and then getting to reap the reward. Instead I got to... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:56:30 EST Divine Intervention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867832 I was concerned about Sunday with a Board Meeting scheduled in a nearby town for most of the day and a superbowl party following that at a friends in a different nearby town. <BR> <BR> The weather forecast for Sunday included a winter advisory. I usually am not intimidated by those and will drive through most weather, not to mention our local weather people tend to push the panic button. Regardless, I allowed myself an extra half hour travel time. <BR> <BR> When I got up Sunday I could t... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:33:14 EST It's coming.... one of THOSE days.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866016 Super Bowl Sunday. <BR> <BR> I have a board meeting to attend that morning at 9am. It is in another town 1.5 hours from home - so I will be getting up early, getting ready and driving - followed by the meeting which will run past the lunch hour and until about 2-3pm. Hopefully we will wrap up early because people will want to get home for the game. <BR> <BR> Top that off with another hour drive to a nearby city to a friend's Super Bowl Party - sitting, watching the game, food - most of w... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:39:58 EST Help please??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863707 I don't even want to say this - but I need to. I don't like veggies. <BR> <BR> I grew up in a meat and potato household - meat & potato every night with a side of green beans or corn. We were not big on vegetables. Maybe peas and carrots would work their way in there or cauliflower with cream sauce but that was rare. I can't say any of those veggies blew me away. I'd eat them because I had to, but once I moved out and didn't have to, I didn't - at all. <BR> <BR> My grocery cart rarel... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:12:56 EST Put the oxygen mask on yourself first..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863113 If you've been on a plane, you've heard it... put the oxygen mask on yourself first. <BR> <BR> It sounds selfish - until you take a minute to think about it and rationalize it and convince yourself that it is not a selfish act, but a smart one. <BR> <BR> We all have people in our lives who rely on us - our children, our spouses, significant others, elderly parents, friends, co-workers, employers, our pets - the list goes on and on and on, heck, then there are the things - the housework, t... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:26:55 EST In the blender....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860961 Whirl, whirl, whirl..... <BR> <BR> Ever feel like you are in the blender? That's me today. My head is spinning. I want a million things. I just want them. One of them is being healthier. Gee that sounds pretty simple - just eat those food groups in proper portions and move a bit each day. How complicated is that? <BR> <BR> Obviously for this girl, it is complicated. Perhaps it isn't complicated. Perhaps I make it complicated. Yep, it's really pretty simple but I am pretty complex... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:42:46 EST What worked, what didn't..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858622 Yesterday I fell to the twizzlers in the kitchen at work. I was going to have one - sound familiar - well I did. Then sat and obsessed about another for fifteen minutes, drank another glass of water and had #2. Obsessed about another, drank about half a glass of water and decided to just have 2 more to make a complete serving for tracking purposes - or so my thought process told me. Thing I know - if I have one it will NOT be enough. Moderation is not a word in my vocabulary - unless it ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:31:01 EST MLK Day - I have a dream... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1597264665.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite Martin Luther King quotes. Thought I would share it with you. <BR> <BR> Those words apply to more than just civil rights. How true, nothing like apathy to suck the life out of something! <BR> <BR> I started thinking about how that happens on my healthy living journey. When I start looking the other way and don't do what is right - which takes me from my goal, erodes my confidence ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:43:07 EST Accomplished! Sparkle, sparkle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857026 Today I have reached level 18 in SP points. Yep, I have been around a while! I can't say I ever had level 18 as a goal - but it feels pretty good to know I have been persistent! <BR> <BR> Today I have reached my destination in my virtual walk. I started out on May 1 from Grand Rapids, MI and headed towards Phoenix to visit a friend. As I logged in my steps from yesterday, I found I had 3 miles to go to reach my friends house. So, I got on that treadmill and knocked out those 3 miles! <B... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:43:40 EST I wanted.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856300 Today was weigh in day for the 5% challenge. I really wanted to post a HUGE number for my weight loss. I wanted that weight to magically disappear. <BR> <BR> Reality? I posted a .8 weight loss. Not quite one pound. <BR> <BR> Normally this would have me feeling defeated. I would feel the week was a loss, that I fell short, that I let my team down. <BR> <BR> Reality? I feel strong and am ready to take on week 2. This past week has been a rollercoaster. I have learned some things abo... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:43:21 EST Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855729 Sometimes I feel like my blogs are a constant never ending whining about my struggles, my poor choices - well not today! <BR> <BR> Did you know that I - as in little ol' me - have an 11 week, 90 minute exercise streak going? Who knew? <BR> <BR> I also have an 11 day streak of drinking at least 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> I have a 5 day log in streak (I missed Sunday when I was out exploring beaches). <BR> <BR> I have tracked my food all week. All my food, not just what I felt like... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:28:44 EST Can I get your approval???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854387 I was reading some SP blogs and I read one about being hypocritical It sparked some thinking about my struggles the last few days. Yep, I thought I was done thinking about it and had moved on - but I think there was one more lesson in there for me. Funny how those things come up when sparked! <BR> <BR> Note to self: Barb, quit seeking approval! Approval from others or the scale does not make things that are wrong become right. <BR> <BR> After my weekend and Monday of poor choices, the ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:15:24 EST Can I get your approval???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854386 I was reading some SP blogs and I read one about being hypocritical It sparked some thinking about my struggles the last few days. Yep, I thought I was done thinking about it and had moved on - but I think there was one more lesson in there for me. Funny how those things come up when sparked! <BR> <BR> Note to self: Barb, quit seeking approval! Approval from others or the scale does not make things that are wrong become right. <BR> <BR> After my weekend and Monday of poor choices, the ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:15:24 EST The things I do.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853618 Sunday after our hike along the lake we stopped in a little restaurant/bakery that is on a farm. There is an orchard and they grow various fruits. The restaurant serves apple pies, deserts, etc, made from the fruits they grow and offers food from local farms and businesses. After all that hiking on the ice and being out in the cold, I chose the burger. Just a plain burger, no condiments - and I splurged adding a slice of cheese. This was my first food of the day other than a couple bites... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:06:27 EST Gasp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852759 It's no longer a question of "Can I do it?". It's a question of "Do I WANT to do it?" .... Brene Brown <BR> <BR> OK that one knocked the wind out. Another thing I would tack on is "Am I WILLING to do what it takes?" <BR> <BR> I know I can do all the things required to live a healthier lifestyle. I want to. I am not sure I am willing to make the changes required. I have doubts. Big doubts. <BR> <BR> I have started many good things for the wrong reasons. This I learned: if I didn'... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:14:56 EST Thief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850497 Teddy Roosevelt said it "Comparison is the thief of joy". <BR> <BR> Sooooo, just for today I will not compare myself to you. I will not judge my success or failure based upon yours. I will not fall into a spiral of self pity because I don't measure up to you. <BR> <BR> Just for today, I will put forth my best effort. I will be joyful knowing that I did my best. Just for today, I will believe in ME! <BR> <BR> Dang - that is one tough thing for this girl to do!!! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:54:26 EST Housecleaning - be real! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849567 I like a clean house - but I don't like housecleaning. I hate spending time doing household chores when I could be doing fun things! However, some things, are necessary - like those household chores. <BR> <BR> I need to clean house on my spark page. I've been putting it off. I'm not very techie - so it is a challenge to me. I need to update the things on my page as may of them are just simply not where I am at or where I want to be! <BR> <BR> I need to clean out my Spark Teams, my Sp... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:15:41 EST Housecleaning - be real! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849566 I like a clean house - but I don't like housecleaning. I hate spending time doing household chores when I could be doing fun things! However, some things, are necessary - like those household chores. <BR> <BR> I need to clean house on my spark page. I've been putting it off. I'm not very techie - so it is a challenge to me. I need to update the things on my page as may of them are just simply not where I am at or where I want to be! <BR> <BR> I need to clean out my Spark Teams, my Sp... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:15:40 EST Walking Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847868 I always wanted a walking buddy since my friend Linda (who was my walking buddy) became sick. Now Linda was a great walking buddy, but I must admit there were times we could talk each other out of going - it was too hot, too rainy..... yep it was! Well walking friends are hard to come by so <BR> I decided perhaps it was time to get a dog. <BR> <BR> I felt a bit guilty getting a dog because I work full time and the poor guy would be home all day alone - which sounds like the makings of a p... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:09:42 EST New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846619 Happy New Year everyone! This is my first SP blog this year! Unlike many of you with resolutions and new goals, I have decided this year to not do that. <BR> <BR> I have heard if you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. Well, for me that was broken resolutions and unmet goals. I don't want that again this year. So I am doing something different. <BR> <BR> OK - I DO have goals. My goal - to be healthier. Not a size 4, not 115 lbs, not to run a mar... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:02:36 EST Not waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840571 It seems that New Years Day is when everyone starts the healthy eating, working on taking off those extra pounds and making resolutions. Not me. <BR> <BR> I am starting today. I need to make a trip to the grocery store. The holiday cookies and treats are all out of the house. I am planning on laying in some healthy foods and focusing on making better choices today. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale after my holiday binge. Funny, every year I tell myself "I deserve to eat that" and I do. ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:18:06 EST Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836793 I am a bully. I am mean to myself. I am trying real hard to change that. The holidays have been a real challenge. I have not done well in the eating department. However..... <BR> <BR> I have walked my dog EVERY day since I got him! Which means I HAVE WALKED every day! Not just around the block - but 2-4 mile walks every day, rain, snow, dark, cold or sunshine.... we walk. <BR> <BR> I was able to be there for a friend this weekend who has walked some rough roads with me. I am gratefu... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:05:15 EST who knew? no way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834942 So I am on mile 1650 of my virtual walk, which puts me in St Johns AZ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865452556.jpg"> <BR> Not a lot to look at out here! I am on AZ 191 heading towards Phoenix. I have 219 more miles to go to get there. My goal is to be there by February 1. Actually, I should arrive there before then! <BR> <BR> From Phoenix, I have decided to head west to the Pacific Crest Trail in Campo, CA. That will be about a 362 mile trek from Phoenix. <BR... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:22:04 EST An uncomfortable first... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833468 Nothing changes if nothing changes. <BR> <BR> So this time around something is changing! That something is me! I am HERE during the holidays!!! Usually I drop out of sight around October not to be seen again until sometime in January or February! <BR> <BR> Last Saturday was our work Holiday Party. They go all out for this thing. Open bar, food galore and to top it all off - a desert ROOM! I attended the party. I wore a dress. I feel uncomfortable in dresses because I am not one of t... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:45:43 EST Declaration: Today is Walking Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830819 I am a mere 9 miles from having walked 1600 miles since May 1. Today my goal is to get in those 9 miles on my fitbit! I am a quarter of the way there so I have my work cut out for me but I WILL make this happen! <BR> <BR> How simply amazing is that? Who would think I could have walked THAT far? Me, the girl who has a bad knee! All those little steps add up! Just like all those other right choices! <BR> <BR> OK with that said, I am going to take a short trek around the office before ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:16:38 EST My new furry friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830375 Here is a photo of my new furry friend, Tucker. I adopted him from a local shelter last Friday. So far, so good! I was a little apprehensive because of his large size, but he is a gentle giant! He is an awesome walking buddy. In the morning he nudges me and has that look on his face like, come on, let's go! I try to squeak in a short walk with him in the morning and usually take a longer one with him after work. He loves to walk, which encourages me to walk more! <BR> <BR> One slight... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:17:51 EST Making it Happen Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829732 So today I was blessed by the scale..... it didn't move upward after a weekend of times with family and friends! I was also blessed to have had a great weekend with family and friends. Feeling fortunate! <BR> <BR> Friday, I went to the Newaygo County Animal Shelter and got a new dog. It was about an hour drive to the shelter. I brought home my new furry friend and couldn't wait to take him for a walk. He is the BEST walking buddy! He needs a little work on weaving from one side to the ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:01:56 EST Walkin Wednesday and the reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827561 I decided this week I would challenge myself to one day where I really put in extra effort to rack up some steps on the fitbit. I called it Walkin Wednesday. In fack I think I may have a walkin ____day one day per week this month! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I got up early and put in two miles on the treadmill before work. I managed some steps on my lunch hour, although not an official walk, just running errands, doctor's appointments, a little shopping, banking - however I parked as far away ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:18:13 EST I hate the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826396 Actually, it isn't the scale...... it is the choices I made the past week. The scale just was one of those wishy washy friends (actually, not a friend) who co-signed my poor food choices on Wednesday which encouraged me to think I got away with it...... only to decide it was time to quit encouraging my bad behavior and give me a reality check. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I went to Chicago with my grandkids and daughter. We had the time of our lives, checking out the Miracle Mile <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:07:01 EST Thankful, yet somewhat lost. Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822783 3 more for today: <BR> <BR> Thankful for hot chocolate on a cold morning. <BR> Thankful for a car that gets me through the snow. <BR> Thankful for a warm house. <BR> <BR> I seem to have lost my way. I have been trying real hard to get back to my path, only to give in to those temptations along the way. I am not quitting. I am still trying. <BR> <BR> I grew up with a lot of criticism. I heard "you can't do that", or "you will never be able to do that" frequently. Instead of trying, I ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:37:30 EST 3 more things...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822241 I missed the weekend, I am not going to post nine things for the 2 days I missed, but trust me there were at LEAST three things each day! <BR> <BR> 1. Grateful the snow has pretty much melted. <BR> 2. Grateful I didn't have any water leaks from the melting snow! <BR> 3. Grateful that when I stop and take a deep breath, common sense usually returns! <BR> <BR> This weekend I went to the Santa Parade. I met my youngest granddaughters and son-in-law there. My oldest granddaughter and daugh... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:52:25 EST Lucky me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820592 And today I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> 1. Dental insurance which will cover a part of the implant I am getting. <BR> 2. Granddaughters who never cease to bring a smile to my face. <BR> 3. Blue skies and sunshine (NO snow today!!!) <BR> <BR> Life is good! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:08:27 EST 3 more things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820063 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> A car that gets me through this snow. <BR> A son who shoveled my driveway. <BR> Hot soup! <BR> <BR> What are you grateful for today? Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:15:54 EST 3 things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819595 I am grateful for today... <BR> <BR> 1. That the snowfall here has been manageable for me! (Shoveling is a good form of exercise!) <BR> <BR> 2. That I have a warm house during these cold days and nights. <BR> <BR> 3. Hugs from those who are there during this time of sadness. <BR> <BR> Life is good! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:46:55 EST Life..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819019 I swear, usually I am a pretty upbeat, positive person but life has been throwing me a few challenges lately. <BR> <BR> My computer is in the shop - it was supposed to be there a week - it is still there - week 2 plus a couple days. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I was running a bit late. I let the dog out one last time before I left. When I went to let him in, I didn't quite have him in the house with the door closed before I detached his tie out line. He quickly pushed past me and b... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:42:59 EST Veterans Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814841 I remember as a small girl, walking downtown and standing on the curb with my dad. There was a parade coming! I had visions of balloons, marching bands, baton twirlers, floats and people throwing out candy - like the Santa Clause Parade. Usually the parades in my town were held on a Saturday morning - however this parade was at night. It was windy, cold and dark. <BR> <BR> My dad and I stood on the curb, looking up the street in anticipation. Look! There were the police cars with thei... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:26:18 EST November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810087 Oh boy its November! My computer is STILL not fixed. Which makes sparking difficult. So to cap off those October goals - well lets just say I had zero percent. I decided there were just far too many of them to keep and track all of them property in my limited time. Soooooo this month will be different. Only three goals: <BR> <BR> 1. 10,000 to 12,000 steps on the fitbit DAILY! <BR> 2. Strength training three times per week. <BR> 3. Drink all my water/limiting myself to 12 oz soda dai... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:02:29 EST Sir Oliver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807537 Yesterday I took my grandkids to the shelter to meet the dog I was thinking about adopting. They fell in love with him. He is an English Setter who was running as a stray. The shelter calls him Ollie - but we thought Sir Oliver sounded like a pretty good English name for him. <BR> <BR> He is very skinny. He was infested with fleas and has an ear infection of some sort. The shelter treated him for all those things, but he is still a bit itchy and flipping his ears. I don't think he has ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:02:42 EST