PATTYSPENCER's SparkPeople Blog PATTYSPENCER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community March 4 2018 - So GLAD it's March!! Had to go to a new doctor as the one I had for many years retired and closed his office. Haven't needed to go as (so far) I'm really healthy (for over 1 1/2 years) but I needed a refill in prescription. Can't decide if I like this one or not as he has a whole different bed side manner to him but he was highly recommended by friends who do go to him. One of the first things they do you know before you even see the doctor is take your blood pressure and weigh you. Over the last year and a h... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 08:48:37 EST 12/21/17 Almost Christmas. Today is the Winter Solstice - a day I've been waiting for since we changed out daylight savings time. Now the day will start getting longer and I can see better to drive at night. <BR> <BR> Haven't been on here for many many many months. I got overwhelmed with trying to keep up with this site - other sites - emails - daily life. I've removed myself from a little more than 1/2 my groups as they were no longer relevant or no longer active. That's a good feeling! <BR> <... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:09:32 EST Turning page 4 April 1 - wow - where did the month of March go!? <BR> <BR> Really nothing new - continued to go to the gym 3-4 days a week. I have quite using the bike (hurt my tush too much) and concentrated on the treadmill and then about a week ago I added the rower. I don't spend a whole lot of time in the gym but I am consistent which to me means more than any goal setting (because I'm not about setting goals I may not achieve which would make me feel like I've failed somehow - which I haven't) <BR>... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 12:51:01 EST Turning page 3 - March Been a while since I last wrote - didn't want to set myself up for a set back ya know? - too much of myself is......well TOO much lol <BR> <BR> Consistency - since my last writing (2-10 I believe) I have continued to go to the gym now 3 days a week instead of 4 because my son is now off on Mondays - when he has to work again on Mondays I will be doing that day again as well. <BR> <BR> Did you notice I DIDN'T use the word ONLY? I ONLY went 3 days and not 4? That word ONLY to me means NOT EN... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 10:46:15 EST Turning pages - week 2 Interesting - I'm only in week 2 and I'm beginning to think about things different - more on a subconscious level maybe? <BR> <BR> 1) After the gym last week I couldn't wait to get to McDonalds and shove food into my mouth - I was so hungry after the workout I could of eaten an elephant! <BR> <BR> 2) Went to the gym Monday and again today - neither time did I feel that urgency to stuff myself <BR> <BR> 3) I'm feeling more energetic - not so lethargic now - even tho my home routines haven't... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:07:21 EST Wow - talk about turning pages!! Something over the last month or so has really changed me - not sure if it was IN myself or the talk I had with my son who said for me to take care of myself - which quite frankly was probably that because it took a huge weight off my shoulders because (as I've said before) we moms/wives tend to take care of everyone else first and we forget about ourselves. <BR> <BR> 1) started making and eating what they call breakfast in a jar. Looks terrible but tastes pretty good. Got the recipes off ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:43:19 EST An update and me possibly turning a page in my life First an update on my toilet disaster - NO MORE leaks!! Nothing has been done in the bathroom (typical male - starting a handyman project and not completing it lol - no offense to those who do) - my son is using the upstairs bathroom - I'm downstairs but even with him using the upstairs there have been NO MORE water on the ground. <BR> <BR> On - on this turning the page in my life.........I belong to a cross stitch group and they have a couple of other sub groups - one is a get healthy/fitn... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:36:20 EST Why can't life be simple?? Why can't things be simple in life (sigh) - yesterday morning I discovered I had water around my toilet and discovered it was dripping down into my basement (do you feel the moment of panic I was feeling??) I have had what I thought was a small drip when the hot water ran but I hadn't run any so that wasn't where it came from - hence it had be the toilet. After 2 hours of sopping up water (and me not using that upstairs bathroom) it quit and it all dried out. Deciding that this was the tim... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:59:54 EST Life happens (even when you don't want it to) Well I've turn 65 this last December - not good - not bad - it is what it is - there are worse things that can happen lol. <BR> <BR> On turning 65 - Medicare and trying to maneuver through that system is hazardous to say the least - I'm trying to get something adjusted so I called Medicare since that's where I received my notification from - they said "nope not us - call Social Security" - called Social Security "nope not us - call your insurance" - called my insurance "nope not us - call ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:56:16 EST Sunday May 10 2015 - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Kinda sad and if I really think too long about it I'd be really sad so I'll say what I need and move on and push it out of my mind. <BR> <BR> My son is a wonderful son - most times. I'm a single parent - always have been - always tried to teach him to celebrate those special days because some day he'll have a girlfriend - a wife - children - all of whom will expect special treatment on those special days. <BR> <BR> Early on I succeeded on that - I got gifts - cards - treated to a meal out.... Sun, 10 May 2015 08:50:55 EST Thurs April 30 2015 - Honesty Day Honesty Day - hummm - interesting - we American's actually need a day (and only 1 day too) that we should be honest. Really??????? Being a Boy Scout Leader (for almost 20 years now) we teach our boys to be honest EVERY DAY!!! Not sure if I should be insulted or find this laughable to whoever came up with this idea and then talked whoever ever it is who decides to make a "day for this". <BR> <BR> Are we in such a bad state human wise that we need to be reminded to be honest with ourselves ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:06:14 EST Hunger Today one of my emails was about hunger and ways to stave it off - the very first sentence really hit home for me - "Do you do really well with food for a while, then suddenly you are feel like you are starving and overeat" <BR> <BR> I've gone through that many many times and quite honestly I think its my body telling me that I'm not getting the nutrition/food in me that I need. I've tried many things on the list to try and help - eat when not hungry - drinking water thinking I might just b... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:36:21 EST Hunger Today one of my emails was about hunger and ways to stave it off - the very first sentence really hit home for me - "Do you do really well with food for a while, then suddenly you are feel like you are starving and overeat" <BR> <BR> I've gone through that many many times and quite honestly I think its my body telling me that I'm not getting the nutrition/food in me that I need. I've tried many things on the list to try and help - eat when not hungry - drinking water thinking I might just b... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:35:51 EST Wed April 22, 2015 "My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness." <BR> <BR> Michelangelo <BR> <BR> Happy Earth Day! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:40:14 EST Monday April 20 2015 Beginning of a new week - nothing new that I'm doing - cross stitching - ceramics - taking my kidlet back and forth to work - I am adding garding time in to my daily todo's. The stuff about sitting less and moving more has really stuck with me and I've got to get it in my head that moving more doesn't necessarily mean a walking routine (which is nice) or an excercise routine - it just means getting off my butt and moving around more - even if it's just to get another glass of water or cup of... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:20:56 EST Sitting too much There was a Spark group challange in my today's email about sitting too much - I sit way too much - really way too much - I figure I sit 6-8 hours a day or more - staggering really - I'm retired so I do 99% of everything at home (note to self - get out more - enjoy the outside) Anyway I thought this was a good saying that I found on the MarieClaire site. <BR> <BR> 'You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.' Margaret Thatcher <BR> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:41:32 EST Thursday April 16 2015 “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”– Arnold Schwarzenegger Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:20:04 EST Thought for the day - August 1st "It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company" <BR> <BR> Have you even had a friend (or loved one) that was toxic? By that I mean someone who constantly complained about something or always was negative - sarcastic -said things to you that that hurt but said "only joking"? I'm sure you have. I have - I had one for many years and at the time she was the only friend I had. Sad now that I look back first because I limited myself to her and second because now I realize how much time/ene... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 00:32:18 EST Thought for the day Wed July 31st “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” <BR> <BR> ~ Walt Disney ~ <BR> (1901-1966) <BR> <BR> Definition of courage - <BR> 1.The ability to do something that frightens one <BR> 2.Strength in the face of pain or grief <BR> <BR> My thoughts - especially on #1 is that we create most of our limitations in our own minds - there is probably very little we can do if we set our minds to do them. Sometimes it takes encouragement from others - sometimes more educatio... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:38:38 EST Thought for the day Tues July 30th If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. <BR> <BR> My thoughts - how very true!!! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:37:43 EST Thought for the day Monday July 29th Saying someone is ugly doesn’t make you any prettier <BR> <BR> Sometimes people don't think that what they say means anything to another but it truly does. And most times people say ugly things because they themselves feel ugly inside. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:12:31 EST Thought for the day Sunday July 28th Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Sunday! Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:20:49 EST Thought for the day Saturday July 27th Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it <BR> <BR> I agree - we can only control how we react to any situation or another person - we can choose to lash out or simple walk away. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:19:15 EST Thought for the day July 26th No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying <BR> <BR> I say - amen to that! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:56:19 EST Thought for the day July 25th “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” <BR> <BR> ~ Abraham Lincoln ~ 16th President <BR> (1809-1865) <BR> <BR> The motivation(s) and successes that others give here brings real meaning to what ole Abe said. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:04:18 EST Thought for the day July 23 Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. <BR> <BR> Bernice Johnson Reagon (born October 4, 1942) singer, composer, scholar, and social activist, who founded the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock in 1973 <BR> <BR> I'm trying to work through mine - hope everyone has a sparkling day Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:23:26 EST Sat/Sun July 20/21 It's now past midnight - time to be heading to bed but I wanted to post something before I did. I will be busy all day today (Sunday) so if I post it will be short <BR> <BR> Was able to get a walk in today - my hip wasn't hurting today and I was between things to do so I thought I'd get a short walk ing - maybe 10 min - that was until I ran into (not literally) 2 older gentlemen. One I had seen walking along a busy road while I was on my way to take my son to work - as I passed him we exch... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:55:08 EST Thought for the day July 20th “So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” <BR> <BR> ~ Og Mandino ~ <BR> An American Author (1923-1996) <BR> <BR> I like this saying - in simpler terms it's what my mom always used to say to me - "if at first you don't suceed, try try again" Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:34:49 EST Thought for the day July 18th “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” <BR> <BR> John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) <BR> (6th US President) <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:52:38 EST Thought for today July 17th It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere <BR> <BR> Agnes Repplier - was an American essayist <BR> (April 1, 1855 – November 15, 1950) Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:36:45 EST Nothing special today... Just a posting I saw and wanted to share - <BR> <BR> May every SUNRISE <BR> <BR> Hold more PROMISE <BR> <BR> And every SUNSET <BR> <BR> Hold more PEACE <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a sparkling week! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:02:34 EST Monday July 15 When we face our fears, we can find our freedom - Joyce Meyer Ministries <BR> <BR> I'm beginning to face mine - my "fear of". My fear of walking in jeans when everyone else is walking in shorts has been a big one for me but I'm slowly overcoming it as I'm realizing that as I'm walking and saying hi and them move one way and I the other that they really don't care what I'm wearing as I don't think they really are paying attention. It has been ALL IN MY MIND!!! You all knew that (those that... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 02:33:30 EST Sunday July 14 When people say negative things to you, tell yourself, “I know that’s not true. I know I have gifts, talents and abilities, and I know God created me, and I believe He is going to use me to do great things - Joyce Meyer Ministries <BR> <BR> Wow how we fall into this trap - not only believing what others say but what we say to ourselves. After spending many years myself in this trap I slowly (and I mean very slowly) began to think of my self as a worthy person - someone with something to con... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:18:32 EST Thurs July 11 Today is your day to start believing something good is going to happen to you! <BR> Joyce Meyer Ministries <BR> <BR> I think I've found what may work for me - podcasts on my IPhone <BR> <BR> I took another walk today in my local park and this is what I've decided - <BR> <BR> *Gym - no <BR> *Counting calories - no <BR> *Tracking steps - no <BR> <BR> *Walking - yes <BR> *Keeping an eye on my choloestrol intake - yes (do you all realize just how little 300 mg is??? But I'll try - may not s... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:48:16 EST Starting over (again - lol) I've been absent from the site for several months - just was getting overwhelmed with trying to keep up with this site - my yahoo groups - my regular email - etc. I was also walking at the local park - that stopped. I wasn't participating in my Boy Scout Troop like I had in the past. <BR> <BR> Then something changed - last week I went for a doctor's appt. All is well but confirmed what I already knew in some aspects - arthritis - I have it in my right hip and have had pain mild/not so mil... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:07:19 EST I did it - part 3 First - thank you everyone who left me a comment!! I really appreciate it and your words of encourgement make it easier for me. <BR> <BR> Ok - well yesterday I said I probably wouldn't be able to get in a walk because I would be busy busy - I still wore my tracking and by the end of the day had found I had logged over 2800 steps (see? I told ya I was gonna be busy - lol) <BR> <BR> Today is Wednesday - after taking my son to work I stopped off again at the park and walked - I'm usually doi... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:14:07 EST I did it - part 2 Ok - so I walked again this morning - sometime around 9:30 am. Beautiful morning - breezy. Took the same path and then tried the new path. Only walked 30 min (my legs were really tired) - came home and had breakfast. <BR> <BR> Don't know what happened but about an hour later I could not keep my eyes open - felt so exhusted but I fought it because I had to take my son to work at 1 - I didn't get over this exhustion until sometime in the middle of the afternoon. What the heck!!!?? I thoug... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:29:09 EST I did it!!! Pat myself on the back - jump up and down - I DID IT!! <BR> <BR> My last blog was wondering what the heck was wrong with me that I couldn't get myself out to walk - that was dated July 2012. Takes me a while but I finally stopped at my local park on the way back home from dropping my son off at work. <BR> <BR> No one was there (it was around 9:15 am) - my hip wasn't hurting so I took the plunge! Wasn't so bad - walked a new trail they had put in last year and saw the new plantings the gar... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:59:30 EST What is wrong with me! What is wrong with me that I can't walk in a park that is within walking distance of my home? <BR> <BR> What is wong with me that I can't walk in my own neighborhood? <BR> <BR> I drive past the park at least 2-4 times a day and (obviously) live in my neighborhood. <BR> <BR> My neighborhood is nice - no real threat of dogs. My park is really really nice with some nice walking trails. <BR> <BR> So what's stopping me?????????????????? <BR> <BR> * I'm polerized by thinking my neighbors will... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:43:23 EST Groundhog day or senior moment day Ok - here's the story - <BR> <BR> I went out this morning around 7:30 to get my Sunday paper. Didn't see it on the porch so I went off the step and looked down and saw it on the ground next to the porch. Picked it up - took it inside - noticed that it was really skimpy for a Sunday paper - took it out of it's sack and noticed it was Friday December 2. <BR> <BR> Called my local paper letting them know that I was having a groundhog day since I had already received a Friday December 2 paper ... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 09:31:43 EST Picture of my Sammy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Really will miss you! Sat, 13 Aug 2011 00:11:08 EST Sammy cat Sammy cat died tonight. <BR> <BR> I'll try to explain but not really sure what happened. My sonwas up in his room - I was in the family room. <BR> <BR> I heard a tumble from the kitchen and thought that Smoky (new little kitty) and one of the cats were playing -- then I heard hissing and I thought they were going to fight so I went up stairs to break it up. <BR> <BR> Sammy was lying on the floor gasping for air - I yelled for my son to come down and by the time he did (maybe 1-2 min) she ... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 22:27:04 EST Out with the old - In with the new Well I just spent a hour cleaning out my refridgerator and freezer. I think I must have taken a dozen plastic grocery bags out to the trash can. My fridge looks wonderful now! I can actually see what I have. <BR> <BR> Wish we could do that with ourselves - just toss everything that's old or that's not wanted anymore out to the trash and start clean and fresh every couple of months or so. Would make life much simpler if we could Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:20:34 EST Great doctor's appt Well it seems that the medication that was needed to fix my low citric acid/potassium levels has worked. The benefit to that is that I have more energy to do my daily walks. Woohoo!! Still need to stay on the medication but that's ok - whatever works. And a great benefit to this is that I don't need to see the doctor again until February! Bigger woohoo!! <BR> <BR> As for my walks I'm either going to have to go out early morning or after 7 - these 90 degree days are a killer. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:37:59 EST A new chapter Well I'm no longer a Boy Scout Unit Commissioner with my Ohio Valley District. <BR> <BR> I've been a Unit Commissioner for over 8 years and before you all fall out of your chairs - I'm happy about it. I'm still with my Troop but I've been wanting and talking about dropping that part of scouting for over a year now. <BR> <BR> The District Commissioner and I talked as we had talked back in February and we're both ok with it. My schedule with my son just didn't allow me to attend their meeti... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:09:03 EST It's been a week Well it's been a little over a week and I've stretched myself in walking. Other than one time that my hip seems very tired everything was fine! I've forced myself to walk to the corner store and back several times and I'm not in pain. Whatever is working I hope it keeps up. <BR> <BR> I've been consistant in tracking my food and rarely am I over my limit on anything. Sad to say I just can't force myself to eat if I'm not hungry. Water - the same - try as I might I just can't get more tha... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:32:43 EST So far so good I walked a little today - not much - maybe 20 min total but I noticed that my hip didn't feel like it was grinding into itself - yea!!! That's pretty much what has kept me from walking and I don't know whether the meds that the doctor now has me on has been helpful or not. I do know tho that this month I've felt better than I have in many many months. Not as tired and I'm not taking afternoon naps either like I was. <BR> <BR> I'm also tracking my food. I've noticed that I'm always below ... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:48:12 EST The last 6 months I can't believe it's been that long since I've actually updated anything on this site - wow - so sorry <BR> <BR> A lot has gone on. I turned 60 in December and everything was fine - mental health wise - body wise - life wise. Suddenly in January everything goes to pot - lol It's like my body was on a timer and it went "ding" - time's over - you're officially an old person! <BR> <BR> Maybe the first hint that any thing was about to happen was a week before my birthday in December I got my... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:32:59 EST Question of the week – If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? My answer to this would be no - and I’ll tell you why – <BR> <BR> When I was working a friend did win a million dollars in the lottery. It was to be made in yearly payments over a 20 year period. After taxes my friend received only – are you ready for this? - $50,000 a year. Did she quit her job? Nope – nor did her husband. Is $50,000 a year the million you dreamed of? Hardly. <BR> <BR> Now I know you may think this is crazy but if you’ve ever followed lottery winners that have quit ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 22:07:00 EST Question of the week - Do you like Christmas? Oh my gosh – I actually said the word – Christmas! Not “do you like the holidays” but that’s a discussion for another time and another forum. <BR> <BR> My question is – do you like Christmas? <BR> <BR> I use to – it was a fun time of year when I was growing up. Of course it helped that my birthday was the day before – lol. But I was lucky – my parents didn’t hold that against me. I had my birthday on the 24th then family Christmas the next day. After our family Christmas in the morning ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 07:35:56 EST