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/ Be the captain of your own ship! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337231 Hi, <BR> <BR> For those just getting to know me, let me start out by saying I live on an island in the North Atlantic so ships play a bigger part of my life than I would care to admit. I'm not a lover of boats in any shape much to my husband's chagrin. Anyway, I digress. <BR> <BR> I subscribe to a "feel good" website and this is the quote they sent today: <BR> <BR> “Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happe... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:46:19 EST Who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335990 Hi, <BR> <BR> First of all Happy First Day of Spring to those in the Northern Hemisphere. I am laughing as I type that because the snow plow just went down our street! <em>20</em> I was actually off today but the local schools closed this afternoon due to the weather so "spring" is just a polite suggestion. <BR> <BR> I sort of hit a bit of a slump last week and when I was doing a bit of reflecting I realized those were also the days I didn't track my food. It's like, "what came first, th... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:55:14 EST Changes with SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330704 Hi, <BR> <BR> When I first joined SparkPeople I was thrilled to find such a great community of people like me who were interested in establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The easy-to-use format was one of SparkPeoples greatest assets. It wasn't so challenging that it would offput the users who weren't technologically savvy and yet offered plenty of customizations to keep the interest of techies. <BR> <BR> Over the years, SparkPeople has slowly but surely been destroying the ver... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:26:34 EST My Action Plan March 7-13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328639 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm writing these for my own benefit so they might be kind of boring. If you wish to continue reading, please do so but consider yourself warned <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Last week, I followed through with my commitment to have full blood work done. To be honest, I was worried I had developed Type 2 diabetes. The results are in (my goodness I sound like Jerry Springer!) and everything is okay but my cholesterol is sneaking up. I'm relieved about my blood sugar and I will work ... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:46:01 EST Baked Oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323318 Hi, <BR> <BR> A friend gave me this recipe so I'm not sure where it originally came from. I made it last night and it was pretty good. <BR> <BR> 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant) <BR> 1/2 cup brown sugar, not packed <BR> 1 cup walnuts, divided <BR> 1/2 cup raisins <BR> 1 teaspoon baking powder <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 2 large eggs <BR> 2 cups skim <BR> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract <BR> 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, <BR> 2 apples cut up in 1/2" cubes <BR> Instructi... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:30:45 EST My action plan February 28th-March 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322787 After consultations with my family doctor, chiropractor and dietitian this past week I've come up with a one week action plan. <BR> <BR> I will have complete blood work done....doing that tomorrow morning. <BR> I will continue to work on the one stretch I am allowed to do and try to work up to three sessions a day. <BR> I will record everything I'm eating for the dietitian to review. No measuring, no counting calories - just writing it down for one week. <BR> <BR> My co-worker and good fr... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:04:43 EST In a bit of a funk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319978 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm in a bit of a funk lately but I'm not too concerned as "funks" seem to be a normal part of my battle with depression. Everybody experiences highs and lows in life but mental illness means the lows are more prolonged. I know when a medication is working when out of the blue I'm struck by a funk and can honestly say I couldn't remember the last one. Ah, if only that were the case now! <BR> <BR> I started seeing a new psychiatrist in November and started a new regime of medi... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:03:10 EST And I owe it all to Ernie and Bert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315314 <em>524</em> this blog is brought to you by <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b45e775e-9a43-4f06-b0b0-2053d27ab222.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got the idea to write this blog after reading a message on the F.L.Y. (Finally Loving Yourself) team. The leader's challenge this week is to declutter everyday for just 15 minutes. Some of you might scoff at this but it has been one of my strategies since I was seven years old. Yes, you read that right! <BR> <BR> You see, I was home watching ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:47:03 EST Sciatica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313867 Hi, <BR> <BR> Ouch, that's all I have to say. Several years ago, I experienced my first bout of sciatica and it wasn't pleasant. I saw my doctor who referred me to a physiotherapist and I went faithfully for three months. Interestingly, the pain stopped abruptly once I stopped going to physio. That was the winter I was doing a lot of walking and when my back got really bad I would sit in a snow bank (seriously) and "ice" my back. <BR> <BR> I never had a hitch afterwards until returning from... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:25:20 EST I taught my old dog a new trick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311470 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05b5c769-1066-4a46-9112-61629fa302ac.JPG">Hi, <BR> <BR> As I write this it is a little after midnight on a fairly cold winters night. I was in bed, asleep, for a few hours when I was awakened by a cold, wet snout nudging my hand. I knew immediately which dog it was and what she wanted. <BR> <BR> Ginger came into our lives quite suddenly about four years ago after we received an urgent call from our veterinarian. Ginger had been brought in to... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 23:23:18 EST The dash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309536 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm sure most of you have seen that inspirational message about the dash that has been floating around the internet over the past few years. Perhaps you've heard the poem read at funerals or maybe you own the author's book by the same name. Due to copyright, the author, Linda Ellis, will only allow a link to her page to be published and not the actual poem so here is the link. <BR> <BR> <link>www.linda-ellis.com/the-dash-the-das<BR>h-poem-by-linda-ellis-.html </link> <BR> ... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:09:16 EST Love is the weapon of the future - arm yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308334 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm sure most of you are aware of, and maybe afraid of, the volatile political climate many of our countries are facing. There are widespread incidences of hatred, intolerance, and misunderstandings all around us and it only takes five minutes of news to raise one's anxiety levels. <BR> <BR> Just recently we, in Canada, had two gunmen open fire at a Mosque where they killed six people. Those six killed are probably the lucky ones for they won't suffer like the innocent childr... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:49:12 EST The physical affects of mental health - please read and share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304877 Hi, <BR> <BR> A long time ago I needed to gain weight. You see, this 235+ pound woman hiding behind her computer screen wasn't always big. I was born long and thin and was practically nothing but skin and bones for most of my childhood. Food was something I used to fuel my energy and nothing more. Rarely did I truly enjoy a meal. I'm still like that....except now I have extreme cravings for foods high in the unhealthy carbohydrates. Notice, I wrote "unhealthy carbohydrates" because not all c... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:50:19 EST Accepting the things I cannot change and doing something about the things I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303140 Hi, <BR> <BR> For any of you just getting to know me, I've lived with major depression since childhood. It's taken me years and years to accept that I, Susan, have an illness over which I have no control. It would be so easy to slip into a lifelong pity party and, believe me, I've spent a long time at that party - too much time, in fact. <BR> <BR> Yes, I realize a lot of you live with depression and other illnesses that play havoc on your mental and physical health. I'm not here to do a ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:30:11 EST Life lessons from a diabetic dog (as told by Louisa our ten year old Lab-mix) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299897 Hi, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7a6ecb9-f4fd-4528-a5fe-6bd3f98acba9.JPG"> I'm Louisa and I have canine diabetes. It's a little bit different than human diabetes and taking daily insulin injections has become part of my life. I was diagnosed a few years ago and I'm now 10+ years old. <BR> <BR> Mommy and daddy (hee hee) had to learn pretty quickly how to give me injections but also how to test my blood sugar. Unlike humans, I get the same number of units of in... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:19:20 EST Lazy Day - a getting things started kind of day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298015 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm still under the weather a wee bit with a not so lovely headcold that I picked up somewhere about ten days ago. But, the main thing is, I'm coming around. I always marvel how a headcold can make us feel so miserable and I'm very thankful that I don't get many of them. Unfortunately, I seem to have given it to my husband and he is propped up on the chesterfield with two of our dogs by his side. We call them our furry nurses! <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and started think... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:30:05 EST A funny thing happened on the weigh scales - pictures only http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296518 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8e5714f-5fce-4316-a327-2f3747552979.png"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c5288cd-e397-4518-8d51-957240f11b4a.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f81c2d2-059e-4f1c-99e6-866207d00b2f.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/808bd2f3-f590-482f-b3bc-7ada64191c02.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26a3723f-2252-4090-b50c-fe4846576830.jpg"> <BR> <img src="h... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:45:57 EST Come along with me while I walk my dogs (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290484 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Shortly after lunch today I took off my dress clothes (I only work mornings) and hauled on some comfy jeans, shirt, fleece jacket, outer jacket, boots and a wool hat. The dogs were pretty excited and off we (just the dogs and myself) went in our old pickup. I guess I drove for about ten minutes and we were across the river and "in the woods". I found a side road and got the truck parked and off we went. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:03:39 EST You guys (and I hope you know that includes all you gals!) are the very best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283694 Hi, <BR> <BR> Where would I be without all of you wonderful people I've virtually met (and continue to meet) through SparkPeople? You've encouraged me when things have been going well and you've dragged me kicking and screaming when things are rough. Thank you!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is a cute "getting to know each other" quiz I came up with - let's play: <BR> <BR> 1) how long have you been a member of SparkPeople? <BR> 2) what country is home? <BR> 3) what holiday do you celebrate the most? <B... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:13:22 EST Depression and Christmas - does anything help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281993 Hi, <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, my husband doesn't enjoy Christmas and since he is susceptible to situational depression, Christmas is always a a time of stress for him. Also, unfortunately, it's my favourite time of the year so you can see the problem. <BR> <BR> I met John close to 30 years ago (eek) and we truly are soulmates. Not always the most romantic couple but we do enjoy each other's company and people comment all the time how well-suited we are for each other. <BR> <BR> That being ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 07:59:12 EST Reading this could save your life - please read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279872 Hi, <BR> <BR> First off, thanks for reading this and I'm not trying to win "popular" blog post. I'm writing this because this happened to the vehicle I was in yesterday afternoon and it could happen to any vehicle in any country. <BR> <BR> I was along for the ride (and a bit of company) to the airport yesterday with my friend. C was dropping her parents off at the airport (about 100km away) and we were going to do some Christmas shopping before heading home. Anyways, about 90 km into our jo... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:32:40 EST And yet there really is so much to be thankful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276596 Hi, <BR> <BR> If you are like me, you often get overwhelmed especially during the holiday season. There seems to be so much to do, so little time to do it in and for many of us, limited funds to pay for it all. Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> This fall I have been plagued with recurring anxiety and depression so I really feel 'm behind the eight ball. Last year, I had made all of my presents and was looking forward to having a quiet and relaxing Christmas with my husband. This year? Well, not so... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:21:25 EST When having a good day stands out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273279 Hi, <BR> <BR> Warm thanks to all of you who have reached out to me over the past few months when I haven't been very active here on SparkPeople. It's been a rough ride but I'm still here and I'm slowly picking up the pieces and carrying on. Yes, my journey was side railed by mental illness yet again! Sometimes it can be so frustrating but I'm learning to be kinder to myself and learning to let go in gentler ways. <BR> <BR> The good news is the rain has stopped and yesterday we had our firs... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:55:11 EST Introduction to Meditation - any suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253408 Hi, <BR> <BR> My gracious, many thanks to all of you who wrote such encouraging messages on blog from yesterday. A few of you suggested I try meditation so I'm going to give it a try. I admit I'm a bit in the dark about meditation and thought I was just too hyper to meditate. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all of you Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:50:43 EST "Living in a dream world" - except it's a nightmare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252887 Hi, <BR> <BR> I know many of you are very anxious to hear about my recent trip to Australia but I'm just not up to it. My mental health is spiralling out of control and I really feel like I'm in a fog. I promise I will write about it, but just not now. <BR> <BR> No, I'm floundering. I can see why (which is helpful) so I'm going to list the reasons here for my own benefit. <BR> <BR> 1) Family doctor retired and new doctor, while nice, is not as familiar as my doctor of 33 years. It really ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:04:32 EST Anxiety, 9/11, leaving the 5% challenge, packing AND a bit of humour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233967 Golly, I just wish my anxiety would just "poof" and disappear into thin air but alas it seems to have made itself a little too comfortable. At least I've never had both anxiety and depression at the same time because that would just be awful. <BR> <BR> Speaking of awful, I cannot believe it's been 15 years since 9/11! As many of you know, I live in Newfoundland, Canada but it did, and still does, affect most of us. Our firehall has been flying the American flag and we watched it being lowe... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:22:02 EST Are you all up for a challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232157 Hi, <BR> <BR> The quarterly 5% challenge is starting again in a few weeks and YOU should join up. It's quite a bit of fun and you get to meet new friends who are in the same boat as you....striving for a healthier lifestyle. Nobody expects perfection and we are all at different stages of our journey so there is always something fun going on. <BR> <BR> This is a sample invitation one of the overall leaders sent to us to try to get more of you all interested: <BR> <BR> <BR> "Fall 5% Challe... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:07:32 EST Latest picture of our dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231000 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88a19fd0-f05e-4a6c-b98e-a0e77c7efab8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was taken last weekend in a seaport town about 40 km away from us. Maddy wasn't too keen on smiling for the camera as his eye caught the seaplane trying to take off....the Pomeranian in him couldn't resist barking! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:54:09 EST I gave myself permission to take a break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226372 Hi, <BR> <BR> A little over a month has gone by since my last blog and at first I felt guilty about that but then my voice of reason spoke up. This has been an "interesting" summer and I have to say that despite the emotional turmoil of my depression/anxiety, I had a good one. <BR> <BR> I returned to work today and usually I detest returning to work after having four glorious months off but this year I am at peace with it. I was actually very excited about it last night and this morning. ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:06:36 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207114 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still here but not as active these days due the very frustrating anxiety/depression that has taken root in my body. Notice I didn't say, my head? That's because, in my experience, both of these things affect your body as a whole. The good news is I'm slowly crawling out of the ditch and am gradually getting back in the driver's seat. Take THAT mood disorders! <BR> <BR> I'm sleeping better than I was over the past three months which is a huge deal in itself. My... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:02:22 EST Thank goodness for my sense of humour (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202025 Hi, <BR> <BR> If you've been wondering where I've been lately I can sum it up in one sentence "I've been knocked nearly flat by the latest change up in my medication for depression - but I haven't lost hope" <BR> <BR> But I'm not going to dwell on that - instead I'm going to post a picture blog of things we've done or images I find particularly humourous: <BR> <BR> Yes, it's a given that I don't run for anything <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10d4d1a4-2ef2-4663... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:13:30 EST 100 years ago today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192904 Hi, <BR> <BR> For those interested I'm going to link an article which I think is well-worth the read. 100 years ago my province of Newfoundland and Labrador was not a part of Canada ( we joined Canada in 1949) so while the rest of Canada celebrates Canada Day many Newfoundlanders view July 1st as a solemn day of remembrance. <BR> <BR> The battle which the article talks about occurred 100 years ago today. Our town had a reading of the those men who went over the top and a candlelight servic... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:15:23 EST A whole lot of nothing - actually some things to make you laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192277 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been collecting some "funnies" to share with you and since I really have nothing to blog about today, here they are: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/588e3e90-4d0c-4b08-ae88-278e9e9d9e46.jpg"> yep, there's a lot of truth to that one. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e92c3feb-38f9-46e2-93f8-df331243a615.jpg"> if you ever find yourself downtrodden and feeling sorry for yourself check out "People of Walmar... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:49:48 EST Anybody out there try Ideal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187682 Hi, <BR> <BR> Over the past year I've watch a co-worker lose an amazing amount of weight with Ideal Protein (IP) so I'd be lying if I said joining hasn't crossed my mind. Really, if we are honest with ourselves, don't we all crave weight loss that is quick and easy? I know I do! <BR> <BR> So, I'm writing this not as an Ideal Protein user or salesperson. I'm writing this as a fifty year old woman who wants to drop 50 pounds. Not only do I want to lose that weight - I want to keep it off, be... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:21:33 EST I've got a new friend and you can have one as well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184637 Hi, <BR> <BR> Actually, I do have TWO new friends and one is probably going to read this and thnk the title is referring to her (hi C!) but, alas, it's about the second friend I'm writing about. <BR> <BR> This friend doesn't have a name, race, sex or religion but is doing more for me than a lot of friends who are actual physical beings. This friend, of course, is me....or should I say "part of me". I'm taking myself under my own control and have an imaginary set of arms wrapped around me i... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:30:19 EST Do you know what happens when you don't eat all day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182210 Hi, <BR> <BR> Do you know what happens when you don't eat all day? You get hungry!!! <BR> <BR> You see, that's my problem. I have somehow lost the concept of eating when hungry because I'm rarely ever hungry! And why am I never hungry, because my eating patterns have been so varied throughout my life that I've even got my brain confused. <BR> <BR> Today, I got up and drank a cup of coffee. Then at 3:00 p.m. I walked 4km with Louisa in the pouring rain. Still didn't feel hungry. At 5, I wa... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:12:44 EST What I learned from watching Miss America and my wee little geranium plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177616 Hi! <BR> <BR> Yes, I hit bottom (again) but there it is and I'm crawling back up. I'm very thankful for my humour, my medications, my dogs, and family/friends who help carry me through these times of despair. Another day punched is another day I'm fighting and, believe you me, I'm in it to win it. <BR> <BR> I watched Miss America last night and you know what struck me? It wasn't the physical beauty of those women nor their outfits or witty rapport. It was that each of those women had a team... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:54:07 EST Lady Louisa needs pawsitive thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171726 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3630cb4-d4e1-4068-8953-17f5c19fb651.jpg"> needs some "pawsitive" thoughts. Brought her to the clinic yesterday for a suspected urinary tract infection and casually mentioned a lump on her hind leg. We've only just noticed this lump, and to be honest, probably wouldn't have given it much initial thought. <BR> <BR> So......surgery scheduled for Wednesday as the needle biopsy showed cancerous cells. Being a diabetic is throwing an added curve i... Sat, 28 May 2016 04:47:37 EST Change - ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170243 So, I logged into Spark after being missing for a few days and discovered SparkPeople have been busy designing new templates for our SparkPages. First impression is UGH! I really enjoyed being able to make my SparkPage a complete reflection of my own unique taste. <BR> <BR> That being said, however, if the only reason you are coming to Spark is to decorate a page, maybe it's time to up your ante. <BR> <BR> Have I told you how much I dislike change? I find the new layout sterile and about a... Wed, 25 May 2016 15:51:58 EST Relapsing into depression - how it physically feels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168084 Really wish I didn't have to write this BUT since this is the only thing that piqued my interest I figured I'd better grab that idea with two hands and cling on. <BR> <BR> Ugh, is there any other illness out there that plays such mind games as depression? I'm truly sorry if there are because the way I feel when I'm slipping back into a depression is truly horrid. And I think the more times it happens the more we approach it with complete dread with disbelief tossed in for good measure. <BR>... Sun, 22 May 2016 11:07:16 EST I am (_____) enough. P.S. So are YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165068 Hi, <BR> <BR> After years of thinking I was never ________enough, I'm realizing it's time to STOP! For me, that blank could be filled in with such words as "smart", "kind", "thin", "pretty", etc. Actually I can easily think up at least 20 more words to fill in that blank and, I'm thinking, so can you. <BR> <BR> At first I thought it was my depression that gave me such self-doubts but take a look around you. We are bombarded daily with messages that we are somehow not good enough. Don't beli... Tue, 17 May 2016 19:18:19 EST When depression comes calling you don't have to put out the welcome mat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160814 Hi, <BR> <BR> I know I might tick off a few people but I really believe that once you've got a good grasp on the whole concept of living with depression, there are a lot of things you can do. Left unchecked, a depressive episode will sneak in and have you in a death grip before you know what's happening. It will be like a plant that's pot-bound...roots will wrap around each other so tightly they'll suck the life right out of the plant until you are left with nothing but a dry, dusty ball of ... Wed, 11 May 2016 12:11:12 EST Have you missed me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157496 Hi, <BR> <BR> Talk about tooting my own horn! Of course, you've all missed me ( <em>211</em> ) because you have nothing better to do than wonder "where is Susan". LOL <BR> <BR> I'm here trying hard to fight off my seasonal depression that accompanies my annual lay off from work. I've had a week off thus far and haven't been real productive. That being said, I haven't been hosting private pity parties either, which is an improvement. <BR> <BR> Highlights of the week included: <BR> <BR... Fri, 6 May 2016 09:32:11 EST You can't compete with the foods you eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149882 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been reading "The Diet Fix" by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (which I highly recommend) and I'm thoroughly hooked. In fact it's the first "diet" book I've ever read that makes sense. Not to steal his thunder but he believes we each have a best weight - the weight which we can sustain the rest of our lives. <BR> <BR> My dietitian loaned me a copy of "The Diet Fix" and I liked it so much I have it downloaded to my iPad AND bought the soft cover version. I'm weird like that - I like a... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:22:47 EST Knowing when it's time to stop, rethink and start over (images) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147169 Hi, <BR> <BR> Are you becoming mired in the mud when it comes to weight loss? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a02af921-83ee-44a5-b042-48a32d0c0434.png">Are you following the same routines and seeing no progress? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e539e102-d453-4a0a-9d97-6384fb204dda.png"> Are you so rigid in your journey that you are putting all of your faith in your dashboard GPS and have left common sense a few miles back? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:33:51 EST I turned 50 today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145505 Hi, <BR> <BR> I was born at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19th, 1966. Apparently my mom had been up late on Monday night ironing (because that's what every woman should be doing at midnight when they were already overdue on their pregnancy <em>246</em> ) and had just gone to bed around 12:30 when her water broke. By the time they got dressed, my brother taken to neighbours and mom to the hospital I was more than ready to be break free. Her doctor is amazed I wasn't born in the elevator. As M... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:37:52 EST I love my husband but.........a little humour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140816 Hi, <BR> <BR> Let me say upfront that I love my husband. Love doesn't mean that I love every single thing he does or words that come out of his mouth. Sometimes that man needs duct tape and believe, you me, today was one of those days. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My psychiatrist called over the weekend and had an appointment free for this morning. This was it my last time seeing her professionally after 12 years as she is retiring. She's a wee bit on the wacky side so I wasn't sad to see this... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:08:03 EST "Into each life some rain must fall" and other musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139785 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said it best, didn't he? <BR> <BR> The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; <BR> It rains,and the wind is never weary; <BR> The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, <BR> But at every gust the dead leaves fall, <BR> And the day is dark and dreary. <BR> <BR> My life is cold, and dark, and dreary; <BR> It rains,and the wind is never weary; <BR> My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past, <BR> But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast, <BR> And t... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:19:06 EST ~ To deny your age is to deny your life ~ Oprah a.k.a. Susan is fast approaching 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136911 Hi, <BR> <BR> Let's go back to last year this same time. Turning 49 filled me with complete dread, to be completely honest. I'm not sure but it was like 49 was a turning point and everything was turning except me. I was definitely stuck in quick sand and I was getting pulled deeper and deeper. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f88a9f4a-f413-4db4-8efb-eaeaedb8c61b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I read my blogs from that time and before, I'm filled with sadness. I wish I could go back and... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 08:00:09 EST Week 3 dietitian, April Fool's Day, and a few pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133906 Hi, <BR> <BR> Confession time. I couldn't meet with my dietitian this past Thursday because she was out of town with her boys at hockey tournaments. Because of that, I felt I loosened up a bit and snuck/sneaked in more of the less "appropriate" foods than I have been. Overall, however, it was a good week as I walked 17 km, tracked my food every day, drank my water and lost 2 pounds. Oh, and I finally nailed off my passport application! Ha! <BR> <BR> It seems I fooled some of you with my Apr... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:19:05 EST