PCOH051610's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PCOH051610 PCOH051610'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/ Inspiration - it's there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472468 Hi, <BR> <BR> If you are a keen observer you will know I've just changed both my Spark Page cover photo and profile picture to ones with a definite winter theme. Why? I know most of you long for spring and summer but to tell the truth, spring in Newfoundland is most often a dismal occasion. We have a lot of grey skies and temperatures hovering around 0 so it is definitely not my favorite time of the year. I am a girl who loves winter - the colder the better because the colder temperature mea... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:06:55 EST Where do you stand? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471487 Hi, <BR> <BR> I saw this article on FB just a few minutes ago and it made me stop and think. Tracking my food does make me feel quite anxious, guilty and inadequate BUT it does seem to work for weight loss. I know what the author means when she wrote about still feeling hungry and then feeling guilty for somehow going over my allotted calories. <BR> <BR> Not to bash Weight Watchers but I found tracking there easier BUT always felt I wasn’t exactly satisfied nor eating particularly healthy.... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:03:14 EST This is what I get for racing around like a crazy woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469910 Hi, <BR> <BR> The long and short of it is I was in a rush to get to my car this morning ( I wanted to be one of the first ones at a walk-in clinic) and failed to notice the black ice on our driveway. My coffee went one way, my water bottle another and I ended up in a sprawling heap in front of our car. John was just leaving to take our dogs out for their morning walk when he heard me calling out to him and, of course, the dogs saw me on the ground and instantly went into play bows. <BR> <B... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:20:10 EST Ever hear of "negative" motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467487 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I was just doing an internet search on something for a student and came across an article about there being two types of motivation. Intrigued (or I guess motivated?) I checked it out and it has made me think. <BR> <BR> I'm going to link the article but basically the author is saying that there are two types of motivation - positive motivation (which we've all heard about) and negative motivation. While reading through, I realized that I rely on a combination of bot... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:24:06 EST What make a great leader? I need your help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466852 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been a leader of the Teddy Bears of the 5% Challenge for two challenges in a row - I started out taking it on when the in-between challenge started last November and am the motivational leader for the current challenge - which ends this Saturday! Eek, where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> I think I will repeat the same for the upcoming in-between challenge (unless somebody else wants to) and will return as ML for the Spring 5% challenge. <BR> <BR> My question for you all i... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:16:27 EST The "crazy carpet" analogy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465642 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've felt the tug for some time now and, for the most part, I've managed to side step it but right now I know something has to be done and I'm the only one to do it. These past two weeks, however, I've gone with the flow and I feel like I'm on one of those crazy carpet sleds we used to slide on back in the 70"s. For those who don't know what I'm referring to 'crazy carpets' were a thin layer of nothing but plastic and you sat on them to go sliding. Boy, were they ever fast and ... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:29:57 EST Death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465431 Hi, <BR> <BR> I know death comes as the end (I think Agatha Christie actually entitled one of her books that) but this has been a rough two weeks. <BR> <BR> My beloved aunt’s mom died. One of our rescuers had to put her dog, Toni to sleep. The dog I sit (Abby) had surgery plus her owner’s son-in-law died by suicide and today, well today was just awful. Blaze the Vizsla was diagnosed with liver cancer. I’m gutted and I think it is hitting me so hard because our three will all be 12 this year... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:34:13 EST I did it all the while armed with a whisk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464323 Hello! <BR> <BR> Ugh, it’s just been one of those weeks and I feel like I’m crawling out of a ditch. First it was dog sitting, which was fine, although it meant sleeping in a strange bed and I quickly crashed when I arrived home. <BR> <BR> Then Tuesday, John had surgery on his ear....I think it’s called a mastoidectomy. We had to be there for 7:30 and they wheeled him off around 9:00. I didn’t see him again until almost 3:00 at which point I was imagining every scenario possible. He was gr... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:03:09 EST What do love and charity have in common? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463060 Hello! <BR> <BR> I wrote the following as a motivational message for our wonderful Teddy Bear team but decided to share since it’s an universal theme. <BR> <BR> “Happy <em>129</em> Day! I’ve always been a bit of a cynic when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day mainly because I feel it is yet another holiday created by companies like Hallmark. That being said, I think the concept behind the day is a great one. A lot of my single friends complain that they don’t have anybody to love... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:09:05 EST Do you have a contingency plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462284 Hello, <BR> <BR> Ugh, I learned a hard lesson this past weekend and am now having my own little "pity-party" while I deal with regrets. After years of flying by the seat of my pants I've have slowly come to realize that planning does not make me a boring old fart. In fact, with proper planning I am able to make more spur of the moment plans and have enjoyed a few adventures knowing that meals, etc had been planned for. <BR> <BR> You know what I failed at? Making a contingency plan and boy o... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:00:56 EST The “Mid-“ syndrome and why you might have it and not know about it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460572 Hello! <BR> <BR> I didn’t entitle my blog The Mid- as some sort of code but instead am referring to the abbreviation for the word middle. I know it’s just a word and a rather simple one at that but it carries a lot of weight (no pun intended). <BR> <BR> Here it is mid-week,mid-challenge (for those participating in the 5% challenge) and its mid-winter for those in the Northern Hemisphere. I’m writing this as a middle aged woman with a lot of excess weight around my middle. Thankfully I, not ... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 09:55:28 EST High Cholesterol and low iron - ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459923 Hi! <BR> <BR> Just had a full blog written when my iPad went blank - <em>46</em> so I’m going to do a quick blog instead. According to my latest blood work my cholesterol is elevated (she said it is 5.8 but I’m not sure what that really means) and she prescribed medication. When I asked if I could lower it with lifestyle modifications she scoffed as if to say “just look at you - you’re fat so obviously you don’t eat right let alone exercise”, I have to return in two months to have it chec... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 14:35:05 EST Walking in a convent.....and being scared to death......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458350 Hi, <BR> <BR> Yes, I know there are other forms of exercise but for me walking will always be my favourite so imagine my disappointment that Tuesday's snow storm forced me to stay home and yesterday the ground was covered in a very thick layer of ice. What's a girl to do. I think I used a tank of gas driving around trying to find a trail that was safe to walk on. I even went to our mall but didn't get out of the car once I saw how slippery that was. Yikes. Even wearing my ice-grippers on my ... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 10:17:00 EST But are you happy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457577 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> As I write this I'm sitting at my desk while looking out the window and watching the snow come down. I've just been to the staff room where there were many arguments on whether or not our campus should be closed due to anticipated snow. People were so stressed and I while I was watching their faces get redder and full of tension all I could think was how very few seemed happy. <BR> <BR> Despite having battled with a lifetime of depression and anxiety, I am, for the ... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:29:47 EST Yesterday (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453775 Hi, <BR> <BR> I’m very lucky to live where I do although some would consuder that living on an island in the North Atlantic less than ideal. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so I picked up my boss’s dog, Abby and we headed west on the TCH (trans-Canada Highway). I knew I wanted to go to a favourite fabric store which is about a 75 minute drive so off we went. <BR> <BR> View from my car while in my driveway <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44a70547-72c8-4e27-aad1-5228... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:34:47 EST Good intentions but...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452992 Hi, <BR> <BR> First of all, a very sincere and heartfelt <em>304</em> to all of my lovely SparkFriends and others who took the time to respond to yesterday's blog. I really did feel a bit better knowing that others can relate and/or are understanding. <BR> <BR> I got to thinking this morning about good intentions. There are many aspects in our individual lives in which we have good intentions but one prominent area is in our pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. How many of us start out each ... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:42:41 EST I've been leading a double life - confessions of a motivational leader who isn't! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452609 Hi, <BR> <BR> Confession time - I've been leading a double life these past two weeks and it would be so easy to continue with that lie but I feel I must come clean. I've been trying (and I think failing miserably) to simply put a smile on my face and be "motivational" when I'm struggling a bit. There, I said it (err, wrote it) and now you all know. I am not sure what is going on but it feels like a low-grade depression is enveloping me. <BR> <BR> Ironically, I'm the motivational leader fo... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:21:49 EST Lessons learned from disappointment at the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451358 Hi, <BR> <BR> If you read my blogs this is basically a follow-up to my “only” blog. However, if this is your first time you’ve read one of my blogs ( <em>235</em> ) and the reason “only” is in quotation marks is because of the silly significance we put on those four letters...O-N-L-Y. <BR> <BR> I’m really trying to break myself from using that word but it’s hard. It was the first thought on my mind when I hopped on the weigh scale yesterday morning for the weekly weigh-in for the 5% challe... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:26:41 EST My 8 reasons why I don't drink water - debunking my own beliefs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450207 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d749255-7529-4210-9e38-c6e92d07d9d0.jfif"> <BR> <BR> I, Susan, have a lot of trouble reaching the goal of drinking 8 glasses of water a day and boy do I have some dandy excuses! <BR> <BR> 1. I will have to pee too much. Guess, what - each time nature calls it is forcing me up from my desk and the walk back and forth to the washroom is good for me! <BR> <BR> 2. It's cold out....and cold water will just make me chilly. Nobody said I have to b... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:17:53 EST The four letter word we all need to banish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449455 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> The idea behind this blog came to me a few days ago when I read a response to a comment I made on one of my team’s threads. I wrote it in all innocence and sincerity and I really didn’t think much of it at the time. However, when I went back and read what I wrote my heart sank <em>40</em> I used that awful four letter word! Can you guess what word I’m talking about? No, it wasn’t a swear word (which would have been pretty awful!) - nor was it “d-i-e-t” <em>211</e... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 12:55:28 EST I have a secret..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447616 Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm writing this because I was just reminiscing about my past involvement with SparkPeople and especially my participation with the ongoing 5% challenges. I haven't always been a Teddy Bear - I did spend some time on the Cloverleaf and Firecracker teams - and I really can't remember when I joined the TBears. It's been long enough, however, that I'm now the Motivational Leader of the Teddy Bear Winter 2018 team and I did lead our team during the In-Between Challenge (which finis... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 11:02:18 EST Making a very important choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445518 Hi, <BR> <BR> So, here I am feeling quite blah and I feel like I’m forcing myself to blog. Why? Because it will be helpful to get it off my chest and will also serve as a reference for future “episodes”. Plus, it may resonate with one or two of you and we can help each other. <BR> <BR> As to why I feel blah, I think I can sum it up in one sentence. I stopped planning meals and succumbed to eating junk. That in turn affected me physically and mentally and lead to several days of inactivity,... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 11:28:28 EST ~ The Susan Plan ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444330 Hello, <BR> <BR> I’m in the mood for a bit of reflection this morning and as I was setting up my weigh-in post for the Winter 5% Challenge I was filled with some pretty serious self-doubts. Yes, I did lose 5% of my weight in the Fall challenge but does that mean I can do it again? <BR> <BR> Believing in myself or wishing something to be is not going to work but they do go hand in hand with making an honest effort. In the Fall Challenge I basically started walking practically every single d... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:15:30 EST Walking in subzero temperatures (picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443839 Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm sure some of you know I'm Canadian (and a few might even know I'm a Newfoundlander) but living on an island in the North Atlantic Ocean poses some unique challenges. All flights to and from the island portion have been cancelled for several days and the ferry between us and the mainland has been down for over a week. This means no groceries coming in so the shelves are getting a bit empty... nothing to worry about, all the same. <BR> <BR> I'm posting a weather map for ... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:15:01 EST I got a flashlight! WooHoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443165 Merry Christmas to all of those who celebrate. Actually my psychiatrist, who isn't of the Christian faith, says it is never wrong to wish somebody a Merry Christmas (or other holiday) because it just means you care. <BR> <BR> Christmas is certainly not like it used to be in our household and for that I'm eternally grateful. Long gone are the hours spent shopping for the perfect gift, the anxiety of getting the wrapping just right and the wondering if "do they like it". John and I decided a ... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 10:53:15 EST All because I wanted to save the batteries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442455 Hi, <BR> <BR> As some of you already know, I took a tumble while out walking a few nights ago and managed to strike both my head and my tailbone. It was basically my own stupidity that caused it but we all seem to do silly things when not paying attention. John and I were walking in the dark (like we normally do) but I had turned off the flashlight to save the batteries <em>40</em> and therefore didn't see the black ice. My feet went right out and I slammed my head down on the edge of t... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:29:14 EST T'is the season for giving - what are you giving yourself this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441278 Hello! <BR> <BR> Well, here it is exactly one week before Christmas Day - eek! I cannot believe it is that time of year again which is quite funny because it is not like they change the dates from year to year! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Our tree went up this weekend and is partially decorated. I am not "into" decorating but our tree has ornaments that remind us of the people behind them. Kangaroo and Koala ornaments from my family in Australia, handmade ornaments from our niece and nephew ... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:53:17 EST I love wrong number phone calls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440497 Hello! <BR> <BR> One of the joys of living in a small town is getting wrong number phone calls. Our number is very similiar to the local SPCA - not a good thing for somebody like me who LOVES dogs. My husband always jokes that when people call us instead of the SPCA he expects me to say, "we have a home all lined up - just drop it off to.......(insert our home address)". He is only half joking <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> We also receive calls for people looking for my in-laws and John and his... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:35:46 EST Who wants to start the New Year off with a bang? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439968 Hello my dear SparkFriends, <BR> <BR> Hands up who makes New Year's resolutions to become healthier and fitter? Do you need a gentle nudge? Do you need support? I think many of us begin each year hoping that this year will be different. I know I've spent many hours during the New Year wondering how I'm going to change. In the past, I made resolutions that I was going to lose so many pounds and I was going to join a gym. Guess what? My determination fizzled out each time and each time it did ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:29:36 EST 5 ways to not "fall off the wagon" this holiday season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439607 <em>524</em> T <BR> <BR> he holiday season is upon us and, if you are like most people, you associate this time of year with weight gain. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/508d1e1d-5efb-449e-a943-802282f18a10.jfif"> I’ve been reading several studies and although it has been shown that most Americans "only" gain an average of 1 pound over the holidays this 1 pound can be cause for concern in the long term. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f6b6ee1-f8d6-4ba3-bebb... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:30:08 EST My "me" day backfire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439349 Hi, <BR> <BR> I was all set to enjoy a "me" day today and even took the day off of work to enjoy. I wrote a list of things that I needed to do and then cross-checked with my "wanted to do" list and the same things showed up near top of the list. I want to get our Christmas tree up and decorated and I also want to be able to sit in a clean living room to enjoy the tree lit up at night. Problem was our living room needed major cleaning! John arrived home lunch time to see the chesterfield, cha... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:17:33 EST Not every day can be a good one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439168 Hello, <BR> <BR> As I type this it is about 9:30 p.m. and I'm in my pj's with Ginger curled into my side. John has taken the other two around the block and Ginger and I are just being lazy. For whatever reason yesterday was not a great day mentally for me. I'm not sure what caused such a tailspin but I think I've reached a point where I am putting less focus on the "why" and more emphasis on self-acceptance. I had a bad day, today I woke up in a fog, but that's okay. <BR> <BR> Like I said... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:14:23 EST Small victories are adding up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438756 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Just a short blog basically for me to look back on: <BR> <BR> Not getting winded when doing housework <BR> Being able to walk more <BR> Far fewer incidents of acid reflux <BR> Feeling better about myself <BR> Looking better in my clothes <BR> Fitting back into clothes I hadn't been able to <BR> Saving money by not buying (and eating!) junk food Sat, 9 Dec 2017 09:08:35 EST The Doritos Beckoned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437753 Hello! <BR> <BR> Ugh! It has just been one of those days. I attended a workshop today at work that was supposed to be a relaxing experience....except it wasn't! Our college is becoming interested in exploring wellness through artistic expression and since it sounded interesting, I signed up. I'm not sure what I was thinking but I have to say the whole experience was dreadful. Okay, let's get one thing out on the table, I cannot draw a stick figure properly so anything artistic is challengin... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:32:04 EST Just Imagine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436545 Hi, <BR> <BR> One of the key elements of each daily Spark coach lesson is to use the power of your imagination to visualize future events. Perhaps it is to see your future self walking into a crowded room and imagining the sense of pride you feel about yourself or maybe it is hearing your doctor give you a good health report. Regardless of the actual situation, the very act of visualizing gives us that much more control over making realities. <BR> <BR> I started visualizing what I would fe... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 20:09:14 EST I've been making a little money on the side....... pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435449 Hi, <BR> <BR> I figured I'd give my blog a rather provocative title just to make you all have a morning (or whatever time you are reading this!) giggle. So here goes: <BR> <BR> I've been making a little money on the side by .......sewing a few things. My apologies to all of you who thought I was doing a bit of stripping <em>40</em> or something equally unlikely on the side! Ha! Speaking of which, do any of you do rug hooking? It is a traditional craft here in Newfoundland mainly out of n... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:08:56 EST WIDTH (I'd like to hear yours) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434813 Hi, <BR> <BR> GENIE-B had commented on my blog about the mud I ended up in the other day so I checked out her SparkPage. I believe she is a new Sparker (go check her out!) and her very first blog struck a chord with me. She simply entitled it WIDTH and I was intrigued. Well, the WIDTH stands for "Why I do this" so I decided to borrow her idea as I think it is something we all should think about. <BR> <BR> My "Why I'm Doing This" list is as follows: <BR> <BR> 1) My physical health - I don't... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:37:10 EST To say there was a little bit of mud is an understatement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434046 Hello there! <BR> <BR> First off, I want to wish American Sparkers a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are all having a relaxing day and don't feel like a stuffed turkey when evening comes. Which reminds me of that scene from the show Friends when Joey showed up wearing his special expanding pants for Thanksgiving <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8240e9f7-67b4-448e-9974-6929db30ee99.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Speaking of Thanksgiving, back in October somebody sent me this for our Ca... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:38:46 EST There is no Google Map for weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432498 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Can you tell I'm just a tad excited <em>20</em> ? Why you may ask? Well, after a very long time I'm seeing progress on the weigh scale. My weigh in this morning confirmed that I've finally managed to lose 5% of my weight. Yes, I know there are people here on Spark who have lost oodles of weight (and I'm very happy for them) but I'm talking about my own personal journey. <BR> <BR> I've been a participant of the 5% challenges for about 5 years and this is the first... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:58:35 EST Happiness came like a thief in the night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431595 Hello, <BR> <BR> If you are new to my blogs or we've just recently become friends you probably are not aware that I have lived with debilitating depression since childhood. I blog about it quite openly because it helps me to "get it out there" but also because I want to tell people that there is always hope. <BR> <BR> I've been suicidal, I've admitted myself to a stint in a mental health hospital, I've begged my husband to leave me, I've been bedridden with depression but, and it's a big b... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:51:18 EST Compilation of funny pictures and memes I've been meaning to post but never got around to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431380 Hello! <BR> <BR> I've had the past four days off and somehow didn't manage to get much crossed off my "to do list" - a friend sent me this image which summed up my weekend <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8202f03-9bdc-4639-80bd-ca18bc40d549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did go fabric shopping for a "few" things but it ended up looking like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ecbeffad-d022-471e-a815-f5ce899c0953.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's not like I've been sitt... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:24:36 EST The History of the Poppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430432 Hello! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80b2b381-a604-4752-bab3-b1b32a806390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> During our drive yesterday John and I talked about what Remembrance Day means to us which lead us to the discussion of Poppies. We weren't sure about the history or how the Poppy became such a symbol of remembrance so I did a little research. The information below was taken from the website of the Royal Canadian Legion. I'm including the direct link to the RCL site below. <... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:55:11 EST Going on a little road trip tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429864 Hello! <BR> <BR> It's Thursday night here and I've just finished my "decluttering" task for the 5% challenge. I have to say, my pantry looks so neat and organized now.....after I checked expiry dates on stuff and ended up tossing a good deal! <em>40</em> Our kitchen is really tiny so it gets cluttered pretty quickly so it's a great idea to keep on top of it. <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day - after work I had a hair appointment which seemed to go on forever! My gracious the time and mone... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 20:10:03 EST It all started with a pair of pants - humour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428806 Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm sure we've all read various motivational stories and blogs about people who were motivated to lose weight by an upcoming special event or health scare. Maybe it was a photo that spurred them on - but whatever it was they had a "wake up call". My such wake up call came from a pair of pants. <BR> <BR> You see, I only work from September to April every year so from late April to late August, I pretty well live in stretch pants...sad, but true. So all summer long I lived i... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:26:10 EST It's never too late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428401 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> It's a pretty cold, yet very sunny day, here today and I'm having a rather lazy morning with my dogs (and you guys <em>211</em> ) before heading outdoors for a nice long walk in the woods. Anyway, my SparkFriend KILTORE had this image posted and it really struck a chord with me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4dafc39c-16ec-4b4a-af48-00d2310edecf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Such simple words but there is a lot of truth in them. I'm 51, which accordin... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 11:07:29 EST How much is too much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427433 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> It was a little cool this morning when I headed to work and we had to scrape our car windows. I believe the air temperature was -1 c or about 30 degree F but it is supposed to warm up to 8 (or 46 F). Some of you are probably shuddering but I LOVE this weather. The sun is out and the sky is blue - what more could I ask for? All I need is a t-shirt and fleece jacket and I'm set to get out there...only problem is I have to work a few more hours...drat <em>20</em> <BR>... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:20:08 EST Contest time* - Name YOUR dingbat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426468 Hi, <BR> <BR> If you haven't read my previous blog, "Silencing my inner dingbat" (or something along those lines) please take a moment to do so because the rest of this won't make a whole lot of sense. <BR> <BR> Most of you seemed to be able to relate to my inner dingbat (IDB) story so I thought it would be a little bit of fun if we gave that dingbat an name and some personality. I really don't think my dingbat is altogether a nasty one but rather one who likes to have a little fun at my e... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:35:08 EST Silencing my inner dingbat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425204 Hi! <BR> <BR> Am I the only one who has an inner dingbat? I'm talking about that inner voice that often leads you to make less than optimal decisions? I like to call my inner voice a dingbat rather than a drill sergeant - because often times I'm aware of the bad decisions and nobody is forcing me to go along for the ride. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my inner dingbat was having a lot of fun at my expense. She smiled when I bought a packaged Rice Krispie square in our cafeteria and she practically ... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:31:41 EST Motivation, err, lack thereof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424612 Hi, <BR> <BR> Well, for some strange reason I'm simply not motivated to do anything today. So I have two choices quit or just accept it and move on. Of course, I'm going to do the latter although there was a time I probably would have just given up entirely. I'm learning and trying really hard to break the cycle of my all or nothing thinking. <BR> <BR> After work today I went to a local coffee shop and bought a slice of apple cake (it was worth it!) and sat there for a little bit enjoying m... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:36:42 EST Monday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424250 Do you dread Mondays? I know most of my friends do whereas I've traditionally liked them. I think the reason I always liked Mondays is because as a child my mother would serve my favourite meals. Generally speaking, she would either serve baked beef sausages or fish sticks <em>40</em> along with potatoes, carrots and peas. <BR> <BR> Over the ensuing years nobody has understood my fondness for Mondays (my "off" day was Tuesdays because that was the day my mom served either a roast of beef ... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:54:24 EST