PARKERB2's SparkPeople Blog PARKERB2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Solve this riddle YYUR <BR> YYUB <BR> OICUR <BR> YY4ME Wed, 22 May 2013 09:33:11 EST Will be sunny In spite of all that's going on at work, I will choose to be sunny, bright and cheerful today. How we choose to go about our day is up to us. Even when things are not going so good, think of one or two things that are, (and there is always something to smile about), and make up your mind to be positive. Counting your blessings is a good way to go to achieve this attitude. You got up this morning. You were out the door to work on time. You were greeted by a co-work in a friendly manner who see... Tue, 21 May 2013 08:33:57 EST Why didn't she take one of us? The office administrator took a trip to Utah this week for training for our new computer program. The three of us who are left here, who have to work in the program, are wondering why one of us didn't get to go. We actually are the ones working in it the most so that's doesn't sound like we are to be trained anymore. I feel we need more training as it's a complicated program with lots of new things added to help the entire company function more efficiently. GO figure! That's end of my rant so... Mon, 20 May 2013 10:21:34 EST First time in a long time Visited with the daughter in law this afternoon. Had not been to her house in a while and was surprised by how she had fixed it up from the last time I was over there. She's real crafty so she had added special little touches to the things she did. Hope you are enjoying your Sunday afternoon. Keep go keeping on the most of all, Keep Sparking. Sun, 19 May 2013 16:37:04 EST Hit or miss You have heard this saying, I'm sure. Right now, it's me in relation to my journey. I have gained some weight and thus feeling a little low, as can be expected. I started back to eating right and exercising Monday, gung ho as I had been off and on for awhile. I also slacked on some Sparking, just doing bits and pieces but I will take the time beginning now to get at least 100 points per day a lot of those by exercising. Hold me to it, I need support. Thanks Sparkers for all the encouragement.... Wed, 15 May 2013 12:19:18 EST Bicycling and weights Meant to get outside today and walk but time got short so I biked in the gym. Also did my weights. I might take a quick walk when I get home, depending on my tiredness. I hope all my Spark Moms had a good day yesterday. I didn't get to wish you Happy Mother's Day as I got bogged down by events going on. So, here a belated one. Have a good night. Mon, 13 May 2013 16:22:35 EST Cool, calm and collected That's the kind of day it is been today. Not stressing over the things I did or didn't do. Did the work thing for 2 1/2 hrs. got things caught up I the housekeeping here at home and the rest of the time I have just hung out. Left overs for dinner so that won't be stressful. All in all a good day. Hope you have had a good day. Don't forget to Spark. Sat, 11 May 2013 17:17:14 EST Wow, my new recipe was good! Tried a new pasta receipe tonight and it was pretty good. Whole wheat pastas, 93 7 ground beef, my good canned tomatoes from the garden from last year, some onion, green pepper, garlic. fat free cheese, just a good combination of wholesome things. It is under Kraft Recipes on the internet. All was well at work today. No new things going on at lease for now. Hope you have a very fun, relaxing, good times weekend. Fri, 10 May 2013 18:53:13 EST Dare to be bold You can be bold without been overbearing. I am saying what's on my mind now more than I used too. There is a fine line between being self-assertive and down right rude and hateful about things. I am not sure when I started being a little more blunt without being rude. I guess is just evolved over time and I also hear age has something to do with it. You are forgiven if you are getting up in years, or so I've been told. I do know the grandkids tolerate me. One even said Memaw was not "aware", ... Thu, 9 May 2013 14:59:20 EST Contented Had a good day at work. I'm pretty contented right now. Hope it stays that way for awhile. Wed, 8 May 2013 20:13:44 EST What to do with these Dogs? 4 mutts here. 3 Jack Russells and a Blue Heeler. The Blue Heeler was here first so he's #1. The biggest and oldest Jack is second, then the two little Jacks who are about 1 year old and came last. But, guess what. I'm attached as well as the DH. So, we will be keeping the dogs. Didn't take long to figure that one out. Hope you have had a good day. It's sunny here after a weekend of cold and rainy weather. Glad to see the sun. Have a good night. Mon, 6 May 2013 18:59:29 EST Good times Do you count the good times in your life? I do, be they small, medium or large. A small one would be the good time getting through an hour without the harmful thoughts of I just have to eat something. Medium one would be the good time I have with the SIL every Sunday on the way to church, stopping and getting our diet soda each Sunday morning. A large one might be the good feeling I get at the end of the day when I wrap the day up thinking about what all I have accomplished and the pleasure o... Sun, 5 May 2013 16:33:21 EST Recap of the day Was extremely busy today with paperwork and end of week duties. But, now it's Friday night and a time for a couple of days of other things besides official work. Will do housework tomorrow and have a friend over for dinner. That will be a good time to get caught up on the community gossip and find out what's going on. Will catch up with family too. What are your plans for the weekend? Fri, 3 May 2013 19:31:24 EST Work emergency A pump failed at work yesterday. So it was a long, stress filled day. Thankfully I am just a paperwork, computer guru so I wasn't on the firing line. Things had calmed down by this morning so it was back to routine as usual. How was your day? Wed, 1 May 2013 19:23:25 EST Excited May is here and it's full of birthdays for me and the family. I reach a milestone this year and I don't want a big fuss. Just the usual out to eat with the girls at work will be fine with me. Hope they don't make a mess of my office, trash it, etc. It's been an exciting day today what with lots going on at work and busy doing the job as well as just that bit of goofing off we all do from time to time. You do have to stop and smell the roses. Keep Sparking and have a wonderful night. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:36:15 EST Will this never end? Had trouble since two weeks ago on Thursday with the sinsus and they are still bothering me. Hope it clears up soon. I'm doing all I can to clear them up but this time of year makes it hard to do that. Hope you have had a good day. I have and I'm planning a relaxing evening with the dogs. They will welcome me home with open arms. Good to know after a long, tiring day. Take care. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:15:54 EST Great Had a great work out today. Intervals and bike riding. Hope you had a good day. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:22:05 EST Feeling fine I got a lot accomplished today including work at work for 5 hrs. Good overtime money and you know we all need that now. It's chilly and rainy today with a high in the 50's, bad for here in Western North Carolina in April. Just feeling strong and confident in my ability to take problems and rise above them. I don't want to brag but I am finding I can do things I thought was too hard for me to do. Resisting that donut, making the effort to exercise even if I don't want too, just a couple of thi... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:21:36 EST Ideas come easy? I do know ideas come easy at times, then they are a bit harder. Blogging is one of those times for me. I usually find it harder to start a blog (get an idea) than it is to let the flow of thoughts come out. Previous experiences are a big help at these times. Once I get to writing and thinking about the topic I put experiences together and come up with something to blog about. They don't always make sense, expect to me, either. Hope I don't bore you or otherwise waste your time reading my blog... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:21:53 EST Fit as a fiddle How many of you are from the old school when they used to say Fit as a Fiddle. I remember it well and I know most of the Sparkers are striving for that saying to fit. The fiddle isn't the perfect shape and neither are we. Some are tall, some are short, some are bigger is some areas than in others, etc. So if you are fit as a fiddle you are striving to be the best you can be given your particular body size, shape. Be pleased with all the effort you are putting into being the best you can be, f... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:56:56 EST Now it's Tuesday Missed blogging yesterday but today is a new day. Isn't it good we can start the day off fresh each morning and make the most of that one day instead of having to look back and try to correct everything we didn't do or did wrong. Tomorrow will also take care of it's self. If we can really learn to live 'one day at a time" them we can live a more normal life. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:53:03 EST I am going to get over it Had cold and scratchy throat since Thursday, or it could be sinuses acting up. Not sure which. I have had to miss a few things so I wouldn't spread it around. That makes for long days when you don't get to be around the friends and family. I hope you are all doing well. Hope the weekend has been a good one too. Take care. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:20:28 EST An accomplishment We have a college graduate in the house now. She just graduated from Georgia Tech, and we are proud. The granddaughter that is. Hope you have a good night. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:29:55 EST Has it been a couple days? I haven't blogged since Monday. Didn't realize that until just now. Boy, can we get caught up in the every day busyness and time flies. Hope all you Sparkers have had a good week so far. Just one more day to go and then it's party time. My well laid plans for today and tomorrow got blown away by my feeling bad for a while this morning. I was supposed to go to my granddaughters talent show and then spend the night and come back home tomorrow. But got up this morning with a sore throat and a st... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:13:43 EST bummer Just found out we did a bad job in January on our new computer program as well as making more mistakes in our old program. So, it's back to the drawing board trying to figure out how we messed up with the program we had been using for years. I believe some of the problem lies with trying to keep both programs going, the new and the old. But I don't count, I'm just a worker. The day went good otherwise. The grandson came by and said Hi. Called the daughter and granddaughter, they are fine. So ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:17:53 EST I love that song I will survive is a pretty song and hits close to home. It has a quick beat and the words express how we as Sparkers on our healthy journey feel about ourselves. No matter the odds, we will survive. So, keep striving and YOU CAN SURVIVE. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:09:10 EST Winding down and all that jazz Friday!! Wind down day. Have plans for a GBO in the morning, that's "Girls Breakfast Out". A friend had a birthday in March and we are just now getting to celebrate, hence the breakfast. IHOP will be the place. I forsee eggbeaters, turkey sausage, etc. I think I can eat fairly light. Then the rest of the day will be taken up with housework and work for here, the drudgery work. I do hope you have had a good week and have a fun filled weekend. Take care. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:57:29 EST Steak and Shake A new Steak and Shake is opening in our area today. Think I will go and do the veggie burger, no fries but I brouht green beans this morning so I can have those with it. Shouldn't be too bad, getting in my veggie anyway. Have been really busy the last couple of days, how have you been? Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:14:00 EST Technology is beyond me?? Or so I thought. But I took our digital camera and the instruction book and figured out how to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer. Duh you say, I knew that, or who doesn't know how to do that, well I didn't and I found out I can learn even at my age. ( I do consider myself young) Ha Ha. I grew up when computer knowledge was young and was only available to a few. Seriously, I do feel better that I can accomplish anything I want to. That includes weight loss. So I won't give up a... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 19:51:11 EST Longer days So glad the days are longer now. There is plenty of time in the afternnon for outdoor activities. Then it will be time to plant the garden and get my hands dirty. Nothing as pleasant as the warm soil running through your fingers. Sure, it can be tough and tiring putting out a garden but the good fresh veggies are worth it. Take care and happy Sparking. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 20:07:44 EST Movie watching Sparking and watching a movie. What a way to go! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:42:23 EST Not much exercise but I think it really counted Didn't do a formal exercise session today but the following is what I did. Several weights for the upper body and walked the stairs for 10 minutes. Otherwise I would have had to sit at this computer all day and not moved. I do know every little bit helps so I feel like I accomplished something, even though it wasn't a long session. Normally I do get plenty of movement and a formal session just about every day so today wasn't typical. It is supposed to be really pretty and warm here in Wester... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 16:13:26 EST Grandson's birthday Celebrated with the grandson for his birthday today at lunch. Went to a steak house. Had loaded potato soup, lots of cheese in it and a steak sandwich, one half of one. So I know I have to really limit what I eat for dinner. Something very very light. Of course, had to give him some money, money is always good for 20 year olds. I can't believe 20 years have gone by. How has your day been? Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:59:18 EST Physical today Had my 6 months check up today. Had held my own with the weight from 6 months ago, so I was happy with that even tho I have gained a little recently. It averaged out. But onward and downward we go. The Spring has Sprung. Hope you have a good night. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 19:30:00 EST Thanks to you Thanks Spark Friends for the words of encouragment yesterday. They all were a big help and I have done much better with the eating and exercising today. Just did my leg exercises and plan to walk a few minutes after dinner. I do realize I can backslide and still get back on program and achieve my goals for April. They are simple and only involve two things. No food after dinner except my treat, a Weight Watchers Giant Choloclate Ice Cream and at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. I have done... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:16:18 EST HELP. I'm gaining weight. All the reasons why, eating too much. not enough exercise. Support and encouragement needed. THANKS. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:29:31 EST Fun, Fun, Fun Being here at the granddaughters since yesterday afternoon and we have played games, watched movies, and played cards. I do enjoy my time with family. Hope you are getting to spend time with friends and family this Easter. Happy Easter. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:00:51 EST Where did it go It's 7:30 and the day is nearly done. Where did it go? I stayed busy with work from work here at home, did the usual at home work in the house, went shopping, got groceries, fixed supper and now I'm Sparking. It all went by so fast! I'm sure the weekend will go as fast and Monday morning will be here before we know it. But I am going to take extra special time to be with family and friends this Easter. Hope you do too. Happy Easter and Happy Sparking. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:23:47 EST WW weigh in this morning I had gained 1 lb in WW weigh in this morning. I was within the 2 lbs up or down range so I didn't have to pay. Picked up a 3 month trackers and 2 boxes of popped chips, barbecue, my favorite. So now I have to get busy and lose that lbs and hopefully a few more before my beach trip in September. I have 6 months to whip it in shape. <em>381</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:34:19 EST Losing it Sometimes I look back on what I have done and wonder, Am I losing it. Stupid, silly mistakes that I probably could have avoided if I had paid better attention to what I was doing and what was happening around me. I have noticed my attention span is not what it used to be. Things don't sink in like they used to. Just an all around break down in communications happen more frequently also. I believe I can chalk it up to things that happen as you age and I am beginning to accept it as a normal ac... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:12:21 EST Do I look like the boss? One co-worker just called me twice to ask me questions that should have been answered by the boss. Old softie me, answered them and didn't say "ask the boss", "I'm not the boss, etc." And I won't get the boss's pay. I guess that goes with being "good at what you do". I glad she has trust in me to do the boss's work but sometimes I feel used. Do you feel used in these circumstances? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:13:40 EST Thursday is monthly weigh in This Thursday will be my official monthly weigh in at Weight Watchers. I can't wait as I have stayed within goal for the month of March. But I really would like to lose a little more to give myself some slack and not have to rush to try to lose a lb or two each month as weigh in gets closer. Plus I feel I should lose at least 7 or 8 more lbs. Are we never happy? Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:07:52 EST What? lazy? not me! Did I have a lazy day today? You be the judge. I cleaned house, went to the week job for 5 hrs, and then just played the rest of the day. I needed a day off from the hustle and bustle. But, I did have unexpected company for dinner, so that was a little more work, washing his dishes, LOL. I'm satisfied with my day. How do you feel your day went? Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:23:50 EST Perfection Don't strive to be perfect. No one is and everyone makes mistakes. Only when we learn from our mistakes can we grow and move on. So, keep trying and keep moving. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:34:38 EST Hi Sparkers After a night off, I'm back. She's BACKKKK! Boy has it been a busy time. Still doing catch up at work and will probably be doing overtime for at least another month. That's fine with me. So, How are YOU doing? Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:21:17 EST It's so slow My computer is so SLOW this afternoon. Makes me want to quit Sparking, but I won't. I will do all my Sparking and be patient, or at least as patient as I can. Hope you have had a good day. I still doing checking behind us on the work orders for the new system so I have been busy. Hopefully we can solve most of the problems with the new computer program soon. Have a good night. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:46:15 EST So it's catching up, I knew it would Now that we're 4 months into the new computer program, mistakes are showing up. I knew they would as you can't change something and not expect all working in it to get it right 100 percent of the time. We all make mistakes so I'm not excusing myself from the mistakes I made. I will just caulk it up to be normal and human and go on from there. We will learn from our mistakes, the 4 of us and move on. Thanks for letting me blog this one as I needed to get it off my chest. Have a great night, Sp... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:57:17 EST My age group agrees We, the ones in my age group here at work are in agreement of 1 thing. We all are getting forgetful. This is here at work, at home, out in the public, every where. I know this for a fact as it the one thing we all agree on and can remember. lol. Have a great day. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:43:43 EST Shared two recipes today Shared my roast recipe with a friend at work and then my Weight Watchers soup recipe here on Spark. Hope they turn out ok as I usually tweek my recipes and don't follow one exactly. Experiment is a good way to go. <BR> Everything is going good here. It's still wintertime here, with temperatures below average. <BR> Hope you have had a good day. Here's to a good night. Keep Sparking. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:12:30 EST Stuffed I'm stuffed. Didn't eat anything that was overly unhealthy, but plenty of the good healthy stuff. Weight Watchers soup, wheat crackers, skim milk and then a Weight Watchers Giant Choloclate Ice Cream. The soup had lots of good veggies in it. That is my standby when I am pressed for time as you make a lot of it at one time. Hope you have had a good day and I'm wishing you sweet dreams. Take care. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:19:59 EST