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/ Let's try this again.....video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799216 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm attaching (err, trying to attach) a link to a wonderful video that was recently shot in the capital city, St. John's, of my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. <BR> <BR> Many of you know that I struggle with mental illness and some of you are encouraged that I share my struggles so that others may know that they are not alone. 99% of us may never meet face-to-face ,(I'm holding out hope that one day I will actually meet a few of you), but we are virtual fri... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:22:46 EST Very inspiring picture for those struggling........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798694 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903678521.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For those of you who can't see what it says.... <BR> <BR> "On particularly rough days when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days is 100%...and that's pretty good." ~ author unknown Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:16:57 EST Why I am the worse possible choice for "motivator of the day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794190 Hi, <BR> <BR> While I sincerely appreciate the congratulatory messages, I really have no idea why or how I was selected as "motivator of the day". And I feel like a big, fat failure! Right now I couldn't motivate a slug, and in fact, that's what I feel like. A slug! <BR> <BR> My mental state is so bad right now that we considered hospitalization (we being my psychiatrist, myself and my husband) but "we" decided I would take ten days off from work, run more blood work and submit a request to... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:36:04 EST Sick, tired, overwhelmed - but still pushing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793275 Hi, <BR> <BR> Whew, I'm really fighting the good fight with depression and anxiety right now. My moods are all over the place but mostly fluctuate being crying my eyes out and feeling normal. Luckily, feelings of anger are rare, although there are times! <BR> <BR> This is taking a horrible toll on our marriage. Yesterday I didn't even want to see John's face nor be receptive for a hug. I felt angry and I guess he was in my line of fire. <BR> <BR> True to form, I had to give myself a stern... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:02:53 EST For anybody struggling to eat healthy on a budget - check out this free resource http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786002 Hi, <BR> <BR> I guess because I work in a library I come across all kinds of sites, newsletters, etc when I'm doing a bit of research. Anyway, I found this site that mentioned a woman who is trying to make sure all people, even those on food stamps, can afford to eat healthy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.leannebrown.com/cookbooks/ </link> <BR> <BR> You can choose to download for free or purchase a book and the money you pay will go towards providing the book for somebody in need. What a great... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:08:34 EST A funny picture for those doing the 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784872 Yes, I walked today! I had to force myself and this is what I looked like after 40 minutes of walking........... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l635335366.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tropical Storm + Not wanting to Let My Teammates Down = Satisfaction <BR> <BR> Cannot get this to post right side up......aaarrrgghhhh <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:56:49 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783618 Hi, <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your concern, as always. I've been advised to keep a "mood" journal (I actually typed in the moody, which is perhaps more apt <em>20</em> ). This will also keep track of my food, moods, pain, exercise sleep habits, etc. Ugg, it sounds like sooooo much work but my doctor wants to see it in a month. I've just got to figure out a way to do it so it's something I don't dread, I.e. and give up doing! <BR> <BR> Metallic taste on my lips is still there but even str... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:28:04 EST Oh, dear! Hi, my name is Susan and I'm an Emotional Eater! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780164 Hi, <BR> <BR> A special shout out to my SparkFriend, CERIOUSLY, for reaching out through the miles and giving me a gentle nudge in the right direction. Because of her, I've joined up with the next 5% challenge and I'm proud to be a teddy bear once again. <BR> <BR> I'm going through some unexpected challenges right now so my fellow cubs have been warned they have to "bear" with me. My depression is in full force with daily bouts of anxiety thrown in for a bit of interest! I'm weepy for no r... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:11:37 EST When all else fails .... # 1 habit of healthy lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774503 Hi, <BR> <BR> As many of you know I've been on a self-imposed Spark break for several weeks. I left, not knowing when I would return but confident that I WOULD return. As I write, I'm not even sure that I'm back, despite blogging at this very moment. <BR> <BR> One of the basics of SparkPeople is to establish good, healthy living habits. Habits are small, but effective changes that slowly, over time, become second nature to us. On a random search in Google, I found this image that basically... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:44:16 EST If you read my last blog this is the follow-up....please read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766138 Hi, <BR> <BR> As many of you know by now, my last blog struck a chord with many SparkPeople members. Some of you wrote on my SparkPage, some sent SparkGoodie, some sent me a private SparkMail and MANY of you commented directly on the blog itself. The support I received is both overwhelming and very touching! <BR> <BR> Depression is a very misunderstood illness and I believe to the depths of my soul that as bad as it may feel to admit you have been diagnosed it is much, much worse to suff... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:54:45 EST A very hard blog to write - why I'm walking away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762182 Hi, <BR> <BR> Most of you probably don't know this but I'm in a horrible place mentally, right now. I've never one to be overly anxious but these past few months have seen my anxiety levels reach unprecedented levels. My psychiatrist and I have delved into this and I told her my stomach feels like a huge knot and I'm no longer finding joys in the very simple things life has to offer. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, John and I, drove to a very secluded lake. As each mile passed under the truck's tire... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:08:04 EST Cutest dog picture ever? Yes, I might be biased http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753557 Maddy was a very busy Pomeranian at the beach......... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386964515.jpg"> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:45:51 EST I'm a success story!!! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747593 <em>244</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> to , non-other but, ME! Yes, I'm a success story and let me tell you how YOU can join the inner circle of success. <BR> <BR> Insert sound of screeching tires......why haven't you heard about this, you ask? Well, I'm so secretive and devious that I kept all of to myself <em>2</em> . I've so mastered the art of success that it just comes so easy so it's like a habit. Isn't that what Spark is all about? <BR> <BR> I know you are all dying to kn... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:03:56 EST What to do when you lose all motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745906 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm rendered out with the heat we've been experiencing. Environment Canada says this is the hottest July on record for inland areas of our island. It's been between 28-32 degrees everyday and with the humidity it's much more icky! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I've lost all motivation but I've decided to stay put! I'm not losing weight but I'm not gaining either so that's fine right now. I'm putting my anchor in and although my motivation ebbs and flows, I'm staying put. <BR> <BR> Sor... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:48:33 EST Beautiful day at the lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742922 Hi, <BR> <BR> Armed with three maps (one hand drawn by my husband), a GPS, and a cell phone I took the three dogs on an adventure today. Our destination was our friend's cabin but it was mostly dirt roads that twisted and turned that would have been utterly confusing without the maps. Anyway, I arrived there safe and sound and spent a wonderful afternoon with them. Our dogs LOVED every minute of it. Whether it was a ride in our truck, stopping for pee breaks, stopping for a quick dip in the... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:12:44 EST More pictures!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740676 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931708937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097754160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045749252.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912637962.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543136970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2134026240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:18:10 EST The long-awaited iceberg blog (pictures!!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738634 Hi, <BR> <BR> Some of my dearest SparkFriends have noticed that I haven't been "with it" lately and they are, of course, quite right. I'm overwhelmed by our weather which is kind of weird because Newfoundland isn't known for heat! 30 degrees is not hot for many of you but we went from 8 to 28 practically overnight. I still trying to adjust. The dogs don't want to go anywhere and are curled up in the house next to a fan! Seriously, we are down to one short walk a day plus, of course, time in ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:43:53 EST Getting to Know Your Spark Neighbours - copied from somebody else http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732590 <BR> Your go to chewing gum flavour… <BR> Spearmint or Cinnamon <BR> <BR> Best time of the year... <BR> Fall <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what color would you be… <BR> Coral or a pale neutral. <BR> <BR> Favorite Pie <BR> Coconut Cream (homemade with shredded coconut) <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… <BR> My brother bought me Elton John's 45 of Little Jeannie when I was 10!!! He won a trip to NYC for his academic achievements and that was a huge trip for him at age 14. ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:36:17 EST I love you guys! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726573 Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the feel-good comments on the blog I wrote yesterday. I was having a rotten day and simply writing about it seemed to help. Of course, what really helped was reading your words of wisdom and for taking my own advice and following my coping plan. <BR> <BR> The stray dog was finally trapped by animal control and we think will be a lovely pet for somebody. So far we don't have a foster home (despite what my heart says I simply can't commit to t... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:49:47 EST Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725817 Hi! <BR> <BR> What was that commercial about stress and never letting others see you sweat? Obviously it must have been a commercial for antiperspirant!? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm stressed because I'm worried about my father-in-laws heart surgery. I'm stressed because we are trying to trap a dog that has been roaming since the winter (thankfully we finally spotted it yesterday after weeks of not seeing it). I'm stressed because my best friend is out if town and I am now in charge of h... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:04:33 EST A LONG day behind the wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724461 Hi, <BR> <BR> My father-in-law will be having open heart surgery on Wednesday and the only place to have that done is about 500 km away. He had to be there for pre-admitting tests tomorrow so John and I drove him and John's mother out to the hospital today. It was a very LONG day for many reasons but the last hour and a half of the return trip was in the dark in moose country. To say we were on high alert was an understatement! Luckily we arrived home safe and sound. <BR> <BR> Even with al... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:02:24 EST Anybody out there know about pain on the side of the knee? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723011 Gosh, it's weird how things can happen. I was spending some time sitting on the floor in a quarantine room with a wee five week old kitten. All was well until I went to stand up and felt a sudden, sharp, snapping pain on the very outside of my knee. This happened a few days ago and since then the pain is getting sharper (but only when I bend it a certain way) and today I casually mentioned it to my psychiatrist. She was quite concerned and thinks I need to see my doctor ASAP but I'm not sure.... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:23:28 EST Summer 5% Challenge starts tomorrow!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721928 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been doing the 5% challenges off and on for a few years now and I have to say they work IF you put the effort into them. It's ironic that I'm just making this discovery now because I've never quite made the 5% weight loss and my interest used to fall off towards the end. <BR> <BR> So here is my game plan on making this 5% Challenge work for me <BR> <BR> 1) I became a leader of the Teddy Bear team (I'm an extra-leader so I'm learning the ropes) so I'm obligated to stick ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:35:22 EST Sunscreen works! Just back from yearly checkup with dermatologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721234 Hi, <BR> <BR> The sun <em>67</em> is the bane of fair-skinned people everywhere. As most of you know, I'm a redhead and I have the pale, yet sun-damaged skin that goes with it. When I was a child I had several nasty burns (I can remember being slathered in Noxzema afterwards) and I've had less severe sunburns as an adult. <BR> <BR> I've just returned from my yearly appointment with a dermatologist for a head to toe mole check. I started three years ago and it's been an eye-opening exper... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:23:28 EST Confession of a junk food addict - split personality when it comes to food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719987 Hi! <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think there are two of me (lord help you all if there are more than that <em>20</em> ) but surely I can't be the only person with a split personality when it comes to food? <BR> <BR> So one side of my is the "all" and one side of me is "nothing" and neither one is cuter, smarter or better than the other! Actually all they do is fight <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> HELP! I want to reconcile these two "friends - enemies" so I can be average. The "ALL" wants to be p... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:22:28 EST Judging a charity dog show! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715075 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm slowly returning to "normal" <em>211</em> and have a huge pot of chicken soup on the stove as "speak". This, honestly, was my first attempt at making homemade stock so I'm hoping it is as tasty as it is nutritious. I roasted two chickens yesterday and what we and the dogs didn't eat is in the soup. <BR> <BR> Speaking of dogs, I was asked several weeks who if I would volunteer my time to judge a charity dog show. It was held over the past weekend and what a blast of fun... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:18:02 EST If you fall along your journey.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713603 Hi, <BR> <BR> It seems like ages since I've blogged and you know what that means. Yes, I stumbled along my journey and I've had two weeks of being very busy with the bad eating habits that accompanied my being off schedule. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, when I get busy and feel overwhelmed, all of my carefully laid plans and lessons I've learned from Spark seem to get tossed out the window. My appetite is insatiable, I don't want to exercise and I use a lapse of judgement as full permission to ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:24:58 EST Day six of seven day blog challenge - Louisa had a bath (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705996 Hi, <BR> <BR> Our weather sure is fickle but I'm happy to report that today is warm and sunny. John is off for four days so he took the dogs for their morning run in the woods. I was at a cat site trying to trap a pregnant cat (we managed to trap a blue jay - which we released!) and Louisa managed to find a moose carcass and had herself quite the roll! <BR> <BR> She doesn't like baths but needless to say she had to have one....I didn't attach photos of her in the bathtub to spare her some ... Thu, 29 May 2014 11:42:19 EST Day 5 of seven day blog challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705018 Hi, <BR> <BR> Despite my scattered whiney blogs, I'm really not a unpleasant person. Scratch that........it takes a lot for me to be a negative Nellie but today I am one so this is it. What, pray tell, has me is such a foul mood? I'm tired, I'm stressed and it's flipping freezing out. Yup, I walked the dogs yesterday wearing my winter coat, wool hat and boots and this morning there are snow flurries. <BR> <BR> END OF RANT! <BR> <BR> Hugs to you all Wed, 28 May 2014 08:54:22 EST Day 4 of seven day blog challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704393 Hi, <BR> <BR> Proclaiming victory for yesterday with regards to my self-esteem. John's sister and her two children are visiting from England. John's family doesn't much like him and they feel even worse about me. Mostly his Mom. I know I'm not supposed to judge but she is one of those church goers who doesn't have a Christian bone in her body (no offense to other religions!) <BR> <BR> When I left work yesterday I took a deep breath and drove to their house and rang the doorbell. John's fath... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:05:37 EST Day Three of seven day blog challenge (whew, you soon won't have to put up with my ramblings) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703569 Hi, <BR> <BR> Many thanks to all of you who reached out and sent me a word of comfort, commented on my blog or sent a goodie all because I was feeling stressed! What a great bunch of friends I have made here on Spark! <BR> <BR> Was called into work this morning and have to work for the next three days. It is good in a way (I mean aside from the obvious $ I will earn) as it will keep my mind busy. <BR> <BR> Charlotte is settling into her new foster/forever home and even slept curled up wit... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:29:58 EST Day 2 of seven day blog challenge (warning whine-fest ahead) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702904 Hi, <BR> <BR> Funny how this 7-day blog challenge is not turning out to be an enjoyable one for me and I usually have no problems churning out a blog every couple of days.. <BR> <BR> I know I'm an emotional roadblock right now - one I'm sort of helping out a new friend of mine deal with her suicidal son (I'm not a therapist and all I keep suggesting is to seek professional help) <BR> <BR> He needs to be seen by someone before it's too late but the mother doesn't want to alienate him by fo... Sun, 25 May 2014 16:07:38 EST Day One of seven day blog challenge as part of the 5% team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702393 Hi, <BR> <BR> Am having an emotionally tough weekend. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l816813886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we say goodbye to Miss Charlotte (on the left) as she moves to a home willing to foster her in the hopes of adopting her. Nice family - school principal married to a social worker, two older kids, all animal lovers (dog, horses, etc) and live on six acres of land. Their dog gets walked daily and goes on all kinds of adventures but still I'm worried sic... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:40:12 EST Update on Charlotte -Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700278 Hi, <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> for all of the love and support you've shown to me and for the many prayers for wee Charlotte. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1591675417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her vet appointment went really well - she was sedated (went to sleep in my arms) and her grooming was finished while she was under. X-Rays were done (nothing significant showed up) and she was thoroughly examined. <BR> <BR> Tonight we interviewed a perspective foster home BUT this is a ... Wed, 21 May 2014 21:19:20 EST Animal Rescue - the sad reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698984 Hi, <BR> <BR> I was having a great weekend until we got the call. If you've ever volunteered with animal rescue you know what I mean. The call came on Saturday morning - a dog was found in a wooded area where it had been dumped by it's family because they didn't want it any longer. It lived in a bog for at least three weeks but her hell started long before that. <BR> <BR> Three baths, three hours at a groomers and only getting half the matted fur off her wee body. The open sores, the snarl... Tue, 20 May 2014 07:44:59 EST Does anyone else beside me follow Loca the Pug? Link to video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696257 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been following Loca the Pug on Facebook for over a year and every post "she" makes brings a big <em>334</em> to my face. <BR> <BR> Loca is a pug, who due to a neurological disorder, can't walk or run "normally". She has some videos but I think this one is my favourite. <BR> <BR> <link>https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YqyED1<BR>QgtoE </link> <BR> <BR> Anyway, Loca and her family live on Northern Ireland and her daily musings just crack me up. She is always scheming ... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:17:52 EST Northerly winds, polar bears and icebergs - a blog to cool you off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695102 Hi, <BR> <BR> The sun is out ( <em>334</em> ) but the winds are up do it's still a bit cool. It was -6 when we got up around 7:00 a.m. but the sun really helped to warm things up. I think it got to about 10 during mid-afternoon. <BR> <BR> This morning I hooked up my iPod shuffle and walked 4+km and then walked another 4 this afternoon. My new sneakers are wonderful!!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Because I live on an island our weather is affected by whether or not there is a lot of sea i... Wed, 14 May 2014 17:57:49 EST Needs a kick in the bum.....any takers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694121 Hi, <BR> <BR> Yes, I really do need a kick in my bum but at least I'm admitting it. Our weather has been miserable (which is big deal for somebody with S.A.D.) but I'm trying to make the most of it. Who really cares that it's almost mid-May and I had to wear a fleecy jacket underneath another jacket and wear my mittens yesterday. I mean, at least I got out and had a lot of fun with my dogs, right? Some days you really have to push it! <BR> <BR> Okay, I'm ending it there! Tue, 13 May 2014 11:31:05 EST Dog-sitting, tax-filing, and slipping on ice! And a kind compliment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690694 Hi! <BR> <BR> Oh dear, I seem to have been rather lax with our income tax and only just mailed them today. Here in Canada, ours don't have to be postmarked until April 30th (which was turned into May 5th this year) but I'm late as usual. How late? Well, I sent off 2012 and 2013 together! My husband used to do all of this stuff but I think his depression has been visiting him as he has lost interest in our finances. Maybe its just a reminder to him of the good job he used to have? Anyway, I f... Thu, 8 May 2014 16:24:20 EST Snow in May?! Why, yes, this IS Newfoundland after all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689047 Hi, <BR> <BR> Had an out of town appointment yesterday and since the forecast was calling for a chance of flurries, both Mom and I were prepared. Bare feet in shoes, short-sleeve tops, and long pants were worn BUT in the backseat we had wool hats, parkas, mittens, boots and sweaters! <BR> <BR> Here is a picture my friend posted of her patio this morning <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l297693910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Luckily we were home and off the highway before much of anyt... Tue, 6 May 2014 14:51:48 EST A picture blog of my dogs (yes, another one!)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685057 Hi, <BR> <BR> Am really enjoying my time off. Today I was up at 8:15, washed clothes and lined dried them. Cleaned the oven (it cleans itself but the fumes are awful so I needed a day I could open windows), cooked a batch of chicken for the dogs, applied for employment insurance, did some banking, walked the dogs, and ran errands for my mom. <BR> <BR> Oh, and I ate right! Bonus! <BR> <BR> Here are pictures from today's walk. It was about 10 degrees (c) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Thu, 1 May 2014 15:00:40 EST Wow ..... two blogs in one day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684287 Hi, <BR> <BR> Just a quick blog because I felt truly awful after writing my previous one. Thank you to all who wrote such supportive words! <BR> <BR> I had my hair hacked off today (I don't think it looks all that great but it will grow back) and had a great discussion about weight loss with my hairdresser. She has lost twenty pounds following Weight Watchers but when we were talking about what we each eat it became clear we are doing this quite differently. I believe in eating wholesome fo... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:35:34 EST Dog blog - saying goodbye to a special friends special dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683914 Hi, <BR> <BR> Well, today is my first day off of a long summer holiday and the sun finally showed her pretty face. It is about 6 degrees (C) and I'm washing dog coats. <em>246</em> It sounds like my dogs are fashionistas, doesn't it? Well, they each have a coat and we have a few old ones lying around from our time with Peaches. I even found a beautiful purple heather cabled sweater I once knit for Peaches that might fit Ginger so that's all being washed and will be hung out to dry. I'm ev... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:46:14 EST Twisted thinking : not trying to succeed so you don't think you are a failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682164 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am participating in a 5% weight loss challenge here on Spark (I'm a very proud Teddy Bear!) and this time I've basically thrown my heart and soul into it. I used to do these things with only half a heart (sorry to have to admit that, but it's true) and my results always reflected it. I think in a way, I justified my thinking by saying to myself, "If I don't really put any effort into it I can't really say I failed" <BR> <BR> GUILTY AS CHARGED!!!! <BR> <BR> I've lived my who... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:26:18 EST Are YOU happy with YOUR journey? (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679252 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark for 3+ years and I'm only now really concentrating on weight loss. Yep, what I just wrote is so true. I know I went through the motions before but never have I believed in myself like I do now. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> So, what has changed? To be honest, I can't really tell you. I think my depression is so much more under control and I'm much more "happier with who I am" than I was when I started my journey with Spark. One of these days I'm actual... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:33:15 EST When a water bottle is no longer just a water bottle................. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677650 Hi, <BR> <BR> For those who are just getting to know me, let me begin by saying I am very lucky that I have a job I simple adore. In fact, I would do it without being paid but sssshhhhhhh <BR> <BR> And, speaking of shhhhhh, I work in a library <em>211</em> of a small post-secondary college in my hometown. I work mornings only (four days a week) and am laid-off at the end of April until late August. Its enough to keep me out of trouble, helps my depression by keeping me partially busy and... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:02:04 EST Birthday Blog (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676408 Hi, <BR> <BR> Happy Easter to those of the Christian faith! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I turned 48 (so much better than the alternative) and for the first in many years I actually had a really nice day. I used to have so many expectations of the "perfect" day but this year was amazing. <BR> <BR> It started early when my brother called from Australia. It as Good Friday there and still Holy Thursday here. Anyway, it was 28 degrees in Brisbane (their Fall) and 2 degrees here (our Spring) - they w... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:07:55 EST Another example of how the best gifts cannot be bought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674120 Hi, <BR> <BR> Gee, I'm not sure how this happened <em>211</em> but apparently I will be turning 48 this Saturday. I received my first "gift" last night when my brother sent me a rather long, chatty, e-mail and said he will try to call me over the weekend. The time zone thing is what gets us as he is in Australia and here I am on a rock in the mid-Atlantic! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I arrived to work this morning and one of my "break" ladies brought in a lovely bouquet of carnations (my favourite... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:04:49 EST What to do when you have the blues - let's share ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673424 Hi, <BR> <BR> So my question of the day is "what do you do when you have the blues"? I suffer with depression coupled with the oddest form of SAD and this month has been bad for the latter. I'm doing what I can but I have to really push myself. Luckily, I have a husband who is very supportive and three dogs who know nothing about mental illness. <BR> <BR> So here is what I try to do. I'm eating correctly and have been making sure to eat my fruits, veggies and protein. I figure anything tha... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:18:33 EST I'm seeing some progress (yay) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672286 Hi, <BR> <BR> Well, I joined WW on March 24th and I'm seeing progress. I haven't missed a day of tracking my meals (even though the days I was sick I barely ate anything). I still have a LONG way to go but the biggest change is that I'm not starved to death at night. <BR> <BR> My secret? I gave up my morning muffin from MacDonalds and traded it for a homemade peanut butter sandwich. I knew I wasn't going to take the time to eat at home so I came up with the sandwich idea. I've even got Joh... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:31:16 EST