OVERWORKEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OVERWORKEDJANET OVERWORKEDJANET'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/ Leef peeping part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256069 We took a cruise on Lake George. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7e17feb-1f6f-4473-abc0-be042d142d7c.jpg"> <BR> It was a bit hazy so the further trees are a bit blue. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/442e77cd-76f8-4298-958a-c6befd55dcc0.jpg"> <BR> DH was enjoying himself and even managed to climb up the stairs to the second deck, then outside. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de307796-3ac8-480e-aa4d-ed16155685e8.jpg"> <BR> The ... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:41:20 EST Leaf Peeping 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254899 Lake George. We've found a new place to visit over and over again. The leaves were in full autumn color <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a073e5a-a08b-4681-a126-38d78626db5a.jpg"> <BR> I found new things to view at every turn <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95bdd42c-8713-4ecd-9906-06c8f6bccc49.jpg"> <BR> We continued on up the road and stopped at Fort Ticonderoga <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a831fcda-b5a7-4999-ac45-3c44b9761d... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:45:53 EST Enjoying days away. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253341 Happy birthday DH! <BR> Last year I thought he wouldn't see many more months, yet here he is, all 65 years of him. Snoring softly as I told him to go back to sleep to gain some energy for today's adventure. <BR> We've been taking drives through the Lake George area. The leaves are spectacular in their fall colors. Pictures will follow when we get back. <BR> Visited Fort Ticonderoga yesterday and my honey was able to walk into the fort and see some exhibits. Today we take a luncheon cruise o... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:53:37 EST Cinderfella- from ashes to party-goer. Sort of. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251861 This last hospitalization taught DH a few things. <BR> Hydration is key. <BR> Always listen to your wife. <BR> The hospital staff, two doctors and his physical therapist told him so. <BR> So when I picked him up at discharge and said I was driving him directly to physical therapy, he said "Yes, dear." <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> What has all my care and nagging accomplished? <BR> Last night he dressed in a shirt and tie, real shoes without Velcro, and walked into a venue on-his-own to meet ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:38:03 EST Time out for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250297 I was at the pharmacy yesterday to get my flu shot. Being in healthcare as a career, I've always gotten mine at work AND it was mandatory. I've had no ill effects, haven't gotten more than a bad cold in the past 15 years and I blame the colds in the last 6 years on the grandkids! <BR> <BR> Speaking of grandkids, Lucas decided last week that I have to have another sleepover just like we did when his mommy was having the baby. He wants to include his little brother and I still have to sleep on... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:58:17 EST Thanks for tunning in. All is going fairly well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250035 The source of the high fever cannot be located, but DH should be discharged tomorrow and I am taking him right to physical therapy. No rest for the slightly weary. PT is his best friend right now. <BR> And water. <BR> In retrospect he realizes since he has been helping himself to his meals, he has not been drinking enough water. He admits I have admonished him for the past week and will do better in the future. We assume he had another infection due to his frequent constipation. <BR> DRINK m... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:03:06 EST Oh, $#!t it happened again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249564 I got back from the hospital at 6pm, been there since 6am. I left the man there in good care in the preferred facility an hour away (!) with several IVs but allowed to eat food at the moment. <BR> I rolled over at 4 am to find a furnace in my bed. Liters of IV fluid later, 2 liters of tropical fruit contrast dye for the scans and no one is sure where the infection originated this time. <BR> I told both my girls this is what we are going to be up against forever; the uncertainty and spontanei... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:02:50 EST Working toward a new old goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248830 Everything old is new again. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> My goal is to get back into what I was into before I stopped doing it. <BR> I spent yesterday shopping for then roasting and toasting vegetables, baking chicken so that I can slice my own and generally getting the house ready for a better me. The chicken and beef strips packaged for instant use are great when on sale but I've got to start thinking like the retiree that I am! Why buy when I have the time to cook and store? <BR> <em>267<... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:55:31 EST Trying to get my goove back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248169 The wind has fallen from my sails. <BR> Sigh. <BR> No alarm bells going off. I'm eating the same, continuing 3 days of strength training, one aerobic pool workout. I've lost the move to walk my miles. <BR> It's because I'm back home facing the routine responsibilities that come with home, caregiving and general life. I woke up in a cold sweat at 4:30 thinking I had to get a bunch of gardening done before the winter comes. However it's too dark at 4:30 so I cleaned the kitchen. <BR> I had anot... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 06:18:04 EST Valley of Fire, Nevada. The heat was on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246671 I LOVE red rock, hence my wish to live somewhere in the US southwest or Kauai which has the added benefit of native palms! <BR> <BR> This glimpse of ancient sea bed geology in 90 degree heat was new for my BFF. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72439374-443b-4bee-8c87-87a7534472da.jpg"> <BR> It's just darned breathtaking. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40ddbf7d-c35b-42d5-aade-4377570a04fc.jpg"> <BR> It is unfortunate that these petroglyphs have be... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:56:35 EST Feeling like a sun-baked lizzard. It's too cold in NJ. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246101 Burr! It took about 2 minutes outside the plane to make me want to turn around and go back. Even though the temps at GCNP were cold at night, it wasn't bone chilling damp. <BR> Oh well, we can view my pictures. <BR> I couldn't tell you the names of the views. They all were breathtaking and as anyone who visits can tell you. Pictures don't do it justice. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fa8ac02-79c9-4c91-ac32-9a92a0214bef.jpg"> <BR> BFF and me <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 07:11:46 EST A Grand time in a Grand place with a Grand friend. And surprises at home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244921 I've almost lost my voice. <BR> We started talking at 4 am Monday before the driver picked us up and didn't stop until my friend drove away from my house at 1 am this morning. Although we've been BFFs since I was pregnant with my youngest, now turning 34, we've not traveled together. We've decided this is a good thing to do again. <BR> <BR> I have plenty of pictures, but only a few ready for a blog. You see the first on my page banner. Since DH wasn't there to be goofy for me, I had to show ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 23:56:11 EST You get the rest of the blog challenge in one day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240999 I've met my goal of finding something fun to do so I'll be away for a week, ending my over a 440+ day logging in streak. <BR> <BR> Day 24 and 30 I'll skip as they are "free" days. <BR> <BR> Day 25. If I could meet on fictional character, it would be Tom Bombadil. You'll find him in Tolkien's writings and in arguable scholarly articles.I need a fireside chat and a good cup of tea with honey. And some twinkly eyes. <BR> <BR> Day 26 I chose my username because I am and I have an aversion to... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:44:53 EST Challenging myself to finish the blog challenge while challenging my life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240524 22. What is my style? <BR> Odd question for a 62 yo, overweight female "lack of" fashionista with a farm leaning. I'll take this idea off of my wardrobe and put it onto my personality. <BR> My style is kinda tough. I think fast, act fast and regret almost nothing. I'm a heifer in a china shop. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7292dd46-aecf-452b-95ad-c948ecc7f86f.JPG"> <BR> If it needs done, I get it done as neatly as possible but don't check my work with a magnifying ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:30:27 EST Day 21. Most embarassing moments. Ha, who me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239528 I'm the queen of OMG. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> I think I've lost the ability to be embarrassed by things I do! <BR> See previous blogs. <BR> <BR> However, and it's a big however, I am embarrassed by my judgmental behaviors in the past. One value of living for many years is that I can review my life and evaluate what I did, how it affected people and see if I learned from those mistakes. <BR> I was not always a nice person. In fact, I could be mean. <BR> I learned from my mistakes and change... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:47:18 EST Back to the challenge: Days 19 and 20 Idols and hobbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238937 Idol is a funny word and I like STRONGDAWGs take of "role model". <BR> I value people who are kind, living and dead, and try to emulate their behaviors. For instance, my dad is still my hero. Those who knew him were treated fairly, honestly and with affection. I like Pope Francis, although I have not had the personal pleasure of his company. The list could be ginormous! <BR> <BR> Many of my role models are those who make a difference in others' lives by being there. The man at Home Depot wh... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:00:02 EST Not in my backyard. Not anywhere. Stop it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238718 All politics aside. <BR> I am astounded and saddened that the recent violence of the past few days is in my backyard. <BR> Streets I've walked. <BR> For years we've been living with "See something, say something." <BR> Telling my daily city commuting children to look under benches and around corners. <BR> Every bag left on a floor is viewed with second glances. <BR> <BR> I hate no one. <BR> I treat everyone humanely. <BR> I feel we have a right to our beliefs without imposition of other's id... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:02:36 EST bonus blog. Cemetery olympics. The sound of no hands clapping and my laughter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238075 We went to visit Dad's resting place today as his birthday is tomorrow. A nice two hour ride, good conversation and I felt relaxed. I pointed out a few things to DH as he hasn't been there in two years. Here's this improvement and here is where I lean against the split rail fence to talk to Dad. <BR> Did I mention Dad is in a Veteran's cemetery and he go the last plot by the road, directly opposite a STOP sign. It's now a family joke. Stop and talk to him! DH toddled over to the sign to gain ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:43:04 EST Bonus blog: Keeping my chin up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237727 I've re-read my own recent blogs and see the downer quality to them lately. <BR> <BR> Do not despair, oh friends who give nice comments! I'm in a bit of a funk and it will pass. <BR> "Not all those who wander are lost" (Tolkien) <BR> <BR> I've been mentally rearranging my life and moving on with some projects. DH has improved in some aspects, not in others. He continues to become more mobile but is still dependent on me for the "little " things. Dressing. I cut food as he considers himself... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:26:26 EST Challenge blog 18: These are a few of my favorite things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237722 Singing yet? <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Book. <BR> It's all about hobbits. Am I the only one to have had a map of Middle Earth displayed on their living room wall? My family thinks I have a shrine to Lord of the Rings. Perhaps I do. <BR> <BR> Movie: <BR> I don't venture out too often to see new ones. By virtue of TV and timing it's probably the Ten Commandments. State of the art (time) graphics, Charlton Heston, Yule Brenner and a cast of thousands. Yes, I am older than I look. I can recite... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:07:22 EST Challenge blog 17: Something or someone I miss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237265 I miss Mayberry... <BR> Sitting on the porch drinking ice-cold cherry Coke <BR> Where everything is black and white <BR> Picking on a six string <BR> Where people pass you by and you call them by their first name <BR> Watching the clouds roll by <BR> Bye Bye... <BR> Thanks, Rascal Flats. <BR> <BR> I miss the feeling of innocence, the simplicity of getting up in the morning and facing the day with a fresh look, excitement and hope of a child. <BR> <BR> I encounter some of those moments wh... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:34:47 EST I Fear (catching up on the blog challenge as I'm lagging) Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237085 September's 30 day challenge of daily blogs. <BR> I've considered myself one of the strongest people on the planet. This one takes my breath away. <BR> <BR> My biggest fear? <BR> I've been living it for the past year and a half. It's wearing me down. <BR> We vowed to grow old together, the "better or worse" vows and "as long as we both shall live". <BR> <BR> The doctors did their thing, hospitals and rehab did theirs and "here you go". <BR> I take him home. <BR> <BR> He tells everyone I'm... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:01:43 EST Challenge 15: First kiss. Blech! First romance is a different story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236746 It was on a dare at around age 12 or 13. Imagine being slobbered on while your friends cheered in the background. I hope he got better with practice. I know I did! <BR> <em>40</em> <em>18</em> <BR> On to the romance... <BR> I was 7, so was he. <BR> We were in second grade together. I'll never forget his name or his bright red hair and freckles. We were adventurous kids who climbed the hills in the sand pit (where we were not allowed to go), trekked through the pine forest and all ov... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:36:04 EST Day 15 blog challenge. My favorite holiday. Not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236181 As an adult with a lot of years behind me, I do not have a favorite in the excitable sense. In fact, with most holidays becoming advertisements for sales or frantic trips to get to Grandma's house or theme parks, I've become a disinterested bystander. Or perhaps I'm simply tired. <BR> <BR> The thrill of removing strings of lights from a drying tree that shoots pine needles 15 feet across the room to be found in my socks months from now is equal to finding the chocolate bunny melted between t... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:03:21 EST Challenge: What's happened so far this week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235666 Nothing profound. The usual. Kids came to visit; both big and small. <BR> Just before the firetruck parts are bashed together. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35a997ee-d62b-4d93-93de-c64c5e434e2c.JPG"> <BR> Watching the game <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b66b791-a71f-4bb2-83b8-8a14e480bf19.JPG"> <BR> Watching the game with Uncle <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c73b3a6-3bf2-4784-b351-2ffe169a91cb.JPG"> <BR> Watching everyone... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:28:18 EST Day 12 Challenege: Best Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234443 People let me tell you ‘bout my best friend, <BR> He’s a warm hearted person who’ll love me till the end. <BR> People let me tell you bout my best friend, <BR> He’s a one boy cuddly toy, my up, my down, my pride and joy. <BR> (Nilsson; from the Courtship of Eddies Father) <BR> <BR> DH of course, then closely followed by the rest of my motley crew. <BR> I have a few others such as my bestie cousin in Florida and my local BFF of 34 yrs. We girls can chat about everything and nothing for hou... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:58:07 EST Day 10 and 11 of 30 day challenge: Free to choose what to write and schooling. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233767 Day 10 was a free day. I chose to write nothing as I was busy. <BR> Day 11 challenge falls on a most auspicious day. 9/11/2001 changed the history books of the world. <BR> <BR> I'm no longer a student in any formal school. Quite a student of current events, though. And I don't forget things that are burned into my brain. <BR> I hear my coworkers discussing what type of plane must have crashed into the building as we watched the news at break in the cafeteria. There was a local airport that ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:18:15 EST Day 9 Name one thing you use every day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233001 Where to begin? I've got a million of them! <BR> Toothbrush and floss. <BR> Spark People (452 days straight logging in!) <BR> My mind, although sometimes I think I've lost it! <BR> Computer <BR> Kisses! <BR> Coffee. <BR> On and on and on. <BR> <BR> How about you? Fri, 9 Sep 2016 17:30:40 EST Discovering Spark People. Day 8of the challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232192 Day 8: <BR> How did I discover Spark People? <BR> I was fat(er)! <BR> I was looking for an on-line venue as I had absolutely no time to go to meetings. I started years before on eDiets, I don't know if it's still around. I remember it was more of a forum for accountability. I was not very accountable. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> On a typical January 1st, when I announced to the world I am NOT making any resolutions in 2009, I internally resolved to try something else as I felt awful. <BR> Here... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:24:14 EST "These are a few of my favorite things" Challenge day 6 and 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231563 Day 6 What is my favorite quote? That depends on the day and the situation and almost all have a humorous bend. I stick with dumb stuff. <BR> <BR> "He's dead, Jim." <BR> Star Trek's Dr. Leonard McCoy Starship Enterprise doctor. Uses extensively throughout the series to the point of absurdity. So I use it in absurd situations. <BR> <BR> Variations on Dorothy's "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." and "There's no place like home." <BR> <BR> Rafiki in Lion King- "Change is good... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:20:05 EST Obsessed. Day 5 of Dawgs challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230876 What are your obsessions? <BR> Where to begin? <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> The dishwasher MUST be loaded a certain way. Ask DH. I rearrange it after he loads it. <BR> <BR> I have a need to arrange the items by color. Makes for some strange looks as I move confetti into piles. I cannot tolerate multi-colored SMALL items. Pick-up-sticks, confetti, Legos. No rainbow sprinkles on anything for me! <BR> <BR> I check the weather on the computer several times a day. Not only mine. Sparkers g... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 05:44:24 EST Catching up to Dawgs 31 day challenge. As if you needed to know MORE about me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230421 I did this in 2012 with some of you. I gave me some inner reflection. Catching up a few days. <BR> <BR> 10 Facts about me. <BR> <BR> 1. I am always right. My way is the most logical, shortest or financially responsible. I bring facts into conversations to prove I'm right. I don't speak up until I have all the facts. It probably drives others nuts. <BR> 2. I'm a good looser. If you proved I'm wrong, I'll accept it (as longs as you have the facts) graciously. I will not sulk. If I later find ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:23:35 EST Meeting my September goal 5 days in and keeping it going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230373 I am going to rock this month! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> My BFF of 34 years doesn't like flying but I am taking her on a 5 hour flight. I'll drug her or get her drunk! It will be odd to go someplace distant without DH as we always have traveled in each other's pockets. As for Vegas, it's only a place for me to people watch. I rarely gamble, rarely drink and she looked like I had two heads when I said bring a bathing suit. I do not expect to keep a strict diet on those 5 days but lots of walk... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 07:59:26 EST Standoff at the OJ corral. When food goes bad (cattle rustlin' bad). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228857 Cue the Western music ala Clint Eastwood.... <BR> I lost the fight last night in front of the TV while watching DIY shows. <BR> <BR> The bad guy arrived as a "two gun" chocolate coated outlaw. <BR> First it was one sugar free ice cream snack. <BR> Then it was two. <BR> Shortly thereafter the herd stampeded through onto my lap and I finished the cheese curls in the bag. <BR> Dipped in spicy ketchup. <BR> Follow that with a string cheese stick to create the final hangman's stock and noose for... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:23:36 EST What happens in the Grand Canyon will stay in the Grand Canyon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228010 Also Las Vegas but I don't want you to get the idea I'm a totally bad girl. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> My BFF came through and I am going to take her on small hikes for a few days then R&R in Sin City. As if two hot blondes can behave on their own! <BR> <BR> My DD1 will care for her dad for 5 days! He's capable of making some sandwiches, microwaving items and general care now... how great is that? <BR> She'll do the medical stuff and socks and shoes. <BR> <BR> The trade off is I get to babys... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:51:29 EST Goal for September: Find some fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227518 My new goal is off to a rocky start. I made tentative plans with a newly retired BFF who was all over it. <BR> We were going to be Thelma and Louise, sorta. <BR> She was looking into kennels for her dogs. <BR> I found a willing victim to watch DH. <BR> I made an itinerary. <BR> <BR> Then I get the text: <BR> "I'm scared (of flying)." <BR> "I know I said I wanted adventure, but I'm not sure." <BR> <BR> Sigh. I can't tie her up to get her on the plane and I don't want to drug her into submiss... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:11:02 EST Oh, no! 2 days to my 30 day challenge and I have been sorely challenged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226592 Protein. <BR> Those amino acid building blocks we rely on to make our own muscles strong. <BR> Filler of stomachs. <BR> I've tried to increase my proteins and have not been very successful. More than likely I have added other foods, surprisingly veggies or fruit, which may take the place of proteins. Wrongly thinking more veggies are better? <BR> I've been keeping most of my days at 1300 or lower calories and not sweating the higher days as well, &&it happens! <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:56:19 EST Laughingly loving the Sparkiverse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225250 Thanks for all your comments on my recent blogs. <BR> In no particular order: <BR> <BR> Pureed dinner (broccoli, cauliflower, chicken and rice with teriyaki sauce) was at best filling. <BR> My babies were raised on blenderized table food, no jarred stuff here. <BR> I now apologize for the textures and hope they haven't been scarred for life. <BR> <BR> I have been declared ok to chew stuff again (I also had misaligned repair which was filed down by the dentist this week) and promised myself ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:08:34 EST Confounded by the ketosis diet I saw on tv yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224752 I don't watch TV much. <BR> I never watch Dr. Oz but he was on the tube at the dentist office and I was a captive audience. I kept trying to read my book but my attention would be grabbed by the show. I admit I missed a lot of it and have not fact checked what my brain took in. <BR> Ketosis diet was touted as a "short term" diet. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Coffee with butter and coconut milk? That's what brought my head up quick. Some buff guy was giving a sample of what he'd eat in a day. He... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:46:40 EST Challenging 30 day challenge. Protein hunting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224156 Bow and arrow. <BR> Rope snare. <BR> Net trap. <BR> Crab trap. <BR> Grocery cart. <BR> <BR> She who walks on soft feet and leaves no mark has still not bagged the daily protein! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I either almost hit the mark or just hit it. I'd like to see more in my diet without eating high protein cottage cheese or Greek yogurt every day. <BR> The balance to a low-cal diet is eluding me. Sure, I throw some beans into the mix but the calories keep me vigilant. <BR> My dental ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:31:17 EST Pictures of better health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222365 DH and Caroline in March when she was a week old. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac12cc0e-34cf-439b-9679-cbceb24ebd5d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They both had some good lovin' and good healthcare. <BR> <BR> Here they are 5 months later! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e0be236-9fa4-4763-aa99-b93be8d9366c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's amazing what some good lovin' can do! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:18:06 EST Health milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221277 I reread my blogs from this time last year. When I thought it was getting better, it got worse. Then it really got worse. <BR> By Christmas we were shopping for nursing facilities or funeral homes for my wheelchair-bound DH. Once his diagnosis was squared away and excellent doctors made excellent decisions, he was on the very slow road to recovery. <BR> He thinks he isn't getting better. <BR> Yesterday, for the second day in a row, the walker stayed home in the house while we went to PT. <BR>... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:02:47 EST Chewing slowly. I-am-not-an-animal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220187 Last night I remarked to DH. <BR> "You finished before me!" <BR> That has never happened. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I am the hyena who must eat the food before someone else gets it. <BR> The snake that swallows the rat whole. <BR> See the dragonfly on the ...oops gone, the frog got it. <BR> <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> I think it's also part of the "mom gene". <BR> Bites taken in between cleaning up spills, trying to keep schedules, packing lunches and eating breakfast with one hand while gett... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:41:26 EST Ultimate donations, my career and how it hits home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219297 I needed to blog about the intersection of my chosen (now retired) profession and the lives of my loved ones. And yours. <BR> <BR> Those who have followed me for years probably figured it out. My career has been dedicated to transfusion medicine. Giving and receiving. Manufacturing and regulation. <BR> Life and death. Some of my time was in supervisory capacities, research and education. <BR> <BR> Donors for blood are unpaid volunteers. Pharmaceutical products and reagent manufacturers may... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:31:08 EST Beach babies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218945 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c94bbb2-f7e0-4a53-8fe9-90eaf005a97f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wish we were there! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:58:55 EST Enforced changes and changing my tunes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218592 The enforced change is the dental repair scheduled for tomorrow. I have been fighting an infection for months as I broke a molar who-knows-when ago. I've been on several bouts of antibiotics over the months until I had the time to get this done. I get the tooth pulled, a bone graft put in and wait about 6 months before an implant is planted. My first and hopefully last. <BR> I'm no chicken but I think this will bother me for a few days. <BR> <BR> It shall keep me compliant in the eating depa... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:06:54 EST Three generations of happy girls. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217658 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e4ed5f5-f090-4837-8143-b3e29ff2fbe6.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Selfies rarely do a body justice. <BR> I am at the point of "who cares?" since I like being happy. <BR> This is happy! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:34:38 EST Rebuilding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216288 Rebuild: (Merriam Webster) <BR> 1 a : to make extensive repairs to : reconstruct <BR> b : to restore to a previous state <BR> 2 : to make extensive changes in <BR> <BR> I've thought about this word for most of the day. When my computer crashed, I think I avoided some computer malarial fever, I was able to bring up a screen which asked me the question do I want to "restore computer to previous version? Data will be saved. Apps will be removed." <BR> Geeze. I NEED those files! <BR> The l... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:23:47 EST Carbohydrates are complex. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215116 Thanks to all who commented on my recent blogs. <BR> After reading such good thoughts, I went back to the data and moved it around a few times. <BR> <BR> I pretty much gave up carbs. No bread, pasta, rice, sugar (a touch). <BR> In doing so I unbalanced the universe. <BR> <BR> My carbs were coming from my morning fruit. Mostly strawberries, craisins and peaches. There was rarely any fat other than the occasional cheese slice and no more carbs during the day which is why my pies were unbalanc... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:01:27 EST The ghosts of meals past. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214146 I'm determined to find the how and why of my past successes. I have been diligently tracking for several months and have not lost a thing. I upped my exercises and thyroid meds as well. I feel a bit better, my clothes fit differently (my fat is in new positions) but I can't excuse the lack of weight loss. <BR> Unless as some of you suggest I'm eating the wrong/right things. It's very easy to have the "pie" cut in the right proportions while the ingredients might be all wrong! <BR> I have gon... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:00:39 EST