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/ I "AM" Obese - wake up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422016 Hi, <BR> <BR> It is taken me quite awhile to admit to myself that I am obese rather than pleasingly plump. At my highest I was 250 pounds and I'm slowly (read so slow it is tempting to give up!) losing a few pounds. Honestly, how could I have been in denial? <BR> <BR> Up until my mid-30's I was quite slender so the past 15 years have not been easy ones and I'm more than a little ashamed that things have gone this far. BUT, I am making changes that I hope over time will result in a healthie... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:29:18 EST Trying to sneak food around my dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421048 Just a heads up....we have three rescued dogs. Louisa is our beautiful Lab who has diabetes, Maddy is our feisty Pomeranian who bosses Louisa around and Ginger, our delightful wee mutt who lives on my lap and wouldn't say "muffin" if her mouth was full of it <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee7a09e4-e3fb-43fb-b1b4-cf61143775bd.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Drooly McDroolyson keeping an eye on me, err, on what I was eating. For all those lonely people out there - get a dog and you'll n... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:38:56 EST Photo-blog of my 8 km walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420335 Hi, <BR> <BR> Yesterday I felt like walking a trail within our town instead of my normal "in the woods" excursions with our dogs. Because I felt this was going to be a bit much for our 11 year old, diabetic lab I left them home. This was Louisa's reaction <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73834b5e-f6b1-4467-958a-8bcb677e725b.jpg"> <BR> It is such a sin that she doesn't have any toys to play with, isn't it? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Here is the beginning of the trail <img sr... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:14:21 EST The Day After Gobble-Gobble Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420033 Hi, <BR> <BR> As some of you know, yesterday it was Thanksgiving here in Canada and because it is a holiday, I had an extra long weekend. For the most part, the weather was awesome (20 degrees - celsius) and the sun was shining. <BR> <BR> My weekend started out with returning to the counselor I was seeing a year and a half ago. I knew it was time to return and I'm glad I did. This time around we are going to be working on assertiveness and I have a few workbooks to "work" through. <BR> ... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:13:41 EST Pictures from yesterday - lots of dog pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417244 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Beautiful fall day here in Newfoundland although we did have to scrape the frost off the car windshield this morning. Oh well, that is what I love about this time of the year. <BR> <BR> Yesterday John and I took our dogs in the woods where we walked and picked partridgeberries (logan berries elsewhere, I think). They are very tart and some people use them instead of cranberries. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e106256-8297-496f-8138-35ea43c797... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 10:15:34 EST Are you looking for some inspiration and motivation that works for YOU? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414855 Hello! <BR> <BR> Who is with me - I love SparkPeople <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f765c68-3995-44d0-a6ee-ff31bbb58880.jpg"> and I'm very thankful it exists and that I discovered it. What's not to like? SparkPeople is free, accessible promotes a healthy lifestyle as opposed to a quick fix. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2716a1d-9acb-457f-8e2f-b407da8c0533.jpg"> versus <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bb0a177-3776-4b52-8652-c... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:21:59 EST Just 5 - my game plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412759 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm struggling with my attempts to get back into the swing of things here at Spark and within my own life. I know I CAN do it - it's just making it happen. Isn't that always the way? <BR> <BR> After giving it some thought, I came up with my own "Five Step" program - feel free to use it too if you are struggling like I am. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c195162e-dfe2-446b-904a-965de263df39.png"> <BR> <BR> So here goes: I am ashamed to admit it but... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:04:46 EST What a bizarre year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410376 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've gone from a regular ( and tell it from the heart) blogger to one who rarely and with little information. Well, it's time I changed that (do I detect a collective groan?) because I made a decision on September 1st that I was going to change my outlook. To celebrate, I even dusted off my second pair of progressive lens glasses (I like to call them my tri-focal) so I don't have the excuse of "where did I put my glasses"? <BR> <BR> 2016 and the first eight months of 2017 were... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:36:25 EST Working on a new habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402054 Hi, <BR> <BR> This week we (participants in the Summer 5% challenge) have been asked to work on a new habit. I've been having a rough go of it so I knew my choice had to be about establishing some "me" time. I decided my sewing room is the place I'm vowing to spend 10 minutes a day in - either I'll be in there or I'll be coming up with some ideas on paper. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95c5ce5c-afe0-47ce-84a6-66b448d4ab2f.jpg"> This is what I made yesterday and... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:12:50 EST What I've been up to lately....no exercise allowed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397135 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Just call me calamity Jane (err, Susan <em>211</em> ) because I did something really silly and I'm still unsure exactly what happened. About 10 or more days ago, I fell asleep in my lazy boy rocker which was a victory because I've had trouble sleeping all summer. Anyway, I woke up around 5:00 a.m. and could not move my neck. Seriously, I know it sounds bizarre but I somehow kinked my neck to the point it caused a migraine. Three days later I was still quite unable ... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 15:29:17 EST Seven years with SparkPeople and I still haven't run a marathon....nor do I want to! Humour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394854 Hi, <BR> <BR> Despite being physically laid up for the past five days I haven't forgotten that tomorrow, August 2nd, will be my seventh year anniversary of joining SparkPeople. Wow! I transferred some of my earlier blogs to a jump drive some time ago and, after reading them, I'm amazed I'm still here! And, I truly mean that with all sincerity. <BR> <BR> I honestly think I joined Spark thinking I'd be converted to a health nut all the while I'd take up running as something "fun" to do. Of c... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 22:00:47 EST Out of commission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393968 Hello! <BR> <BR> Short, sweet and to the point.....I'm out of commission (doctor's orders) for the next few days. My apologies to my Teddy Bear team. <BR> <BR> Susan Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:27:56 EST One of the funniest things I've read in a long time - enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387673 Please note I did not write this nor do I know who did <BR> <BR> Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. – <BR> Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. <BR> <BR> This is how it manifests: <BR> <BR> I decide to water my garden. <BR> As I turn on the hose in the driveway, <BR> I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. <BR> <BR> As I start toward the garage, <BR> I notice mail on the porch table that <BR> I brought up from the mail box earlier. <BR> <BR> I decide to go through ... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:16:26 EST My mind is wandering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384813 Hi! <BR> <BR> My mind is wandering this morning so if you see it approach with caution <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> First of all, my "honest attempt approach" to the 5% challenge plan is working!!! See a few blogs back if interested. Today was our first weigh in and I have lost 4 pounds. I'm eating three meals a day and doing a lot of healthy snacking plus I didn't miss a day of my commitment to doing 10 minutes of exercise a day. <BR> <BR> It's been a hard week, mentally as we have had my mo... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:31:02 EST Progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382884 I'm happy to say that I've met my goals (outlined in the previous blog)over the past three days. I'm eating fairly well, am tracking, am drinking my water and have been fitting in some exercise minutes. <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 15:50:42 EST Progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382883 I'm happy to say that I've met my goals (outlined in the previous blog)over the past three days. I'm eating fairly well, am tracking, am drinking my water and have been fitting in some exercise minutes. <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 15:50:41 EST My game plan for honestly trying to lose 5% of my weight in 8 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382092 Hi, <BR> <BR> Despite having done many of the great 5% challenges, I have never actually lost 5% of my weight. Although I might not this time, I plan on giving it an honest effort. I need to because both my physical and mental health are suffering. <BR> <BR> My plan is pretty basic: <BR> <BR> I am going to eat at least three meals a day and just as many snacks For my meals I am going to try to include 3 out of 4 of the food groups as outlined by the Canada Food Guide. <BR> Basically the C... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 16:07:57 EST Changes coming my way (also a cute new dog picture for the dog lovers out there) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379086 Hello, <BR> <BR> Today would have been my parents 56th wedding anniversary so I'm doing a little reminiscing. For those who don't know, my dad passed away in 2006, and my mom has struggled ever since. Mom was never in the best of health, neither mentally or physically, and shortly after his death she moved to a personal care home. She has lived there for 9 years next week and things have not been great lately. <BR> <BR> Luckily Mom has her wits about her so she sees how dismal the resident... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:47:21 EST Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369899 Hello, <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you who took the time to read my last blog. Today, I saw my psychiatrist and we've decided to shake up the medication I'm on. He was asking how I was feeling and I started to cry but that's okay because he is such a gentle soul. This is what I basically told him: <BR> <BR> I don't want to get out of bed <BR> I certainly don't want to shower or wash my hair <BR> I have lost all interest in cooking <BR> I haven't walked my dogs, regularly, in at least eight m... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:39:32 EST How do you get back on the path? Confessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368981 Hi, <BR> <BR> Gosh, I've really fallen away from blogging on a regular basis which says a lot about my mental state. I'm not going to write about combined depression/anxiety (do I hear a big sigh of relief?) <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> No, I'm writing this wondering how in the world do I get back on the path! Figuratively, I haven't fallen into a mud-filled ditch <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6feed7a-fc51-4903-9a36-9659a3c2f712.jpg"> but rather one awful crevasse! <img src=... Wed, 31 May 2017 09:46:58 EST For those of you who struggle with sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361865 Hi, <BR> <BR> Like a lot of people with mental illness, I struggle with sleep. When my depression is raging I sleep too much and when I'm anxious I can't seem to sleep at all. Lately, however, I've had great success with the idea in the article below. Fingers crossed the link works. <BR> <BR> I don't know why it works or whether any of you will find this technique useful but I am having success. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-colum<BR>bia/sfu-sleep-trick-luc-beaudo... Sun, 14 May 2017 16:25:47 EST Just not feeling it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361038 Hi, <BR> <BR> A very quick blog to basically touch base. I'd be lying if I said all was well but I'm sick of writing about my mental state. I'm fighting one day at a time but I'm still fighting! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Susan Fri, 12 May 2017 12:34:18 EST The Tongues (dog picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354403 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a283ba1d-b135-4e34-8e34-9c2cc6276a0a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This was taken three years ago - this year that guard rail is still pretty much covered in snow! Oh well, it could be worse. <BR> <BR> Just a very quick blog to get my toes in the water...lol Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:21:53 EST I'm back..... (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346029 Hi, <BR> <BR> Ugh, the past ten days or so have been nothing but a blur. In my last blog I mentioned how our dog Maddy had taken sick and I thought it was an attack of pancreatitis after my husband fed our dogs scallops. That was almost two weeks ago. <BR> <BR> The vet did complete blood work and nothing of particular interest showed up but Maddy was still very under the weather. They kept him overnight and by the next morning his liver values were gone from normal range to completely off t... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:47:52 EST Remind me again why I love my husband - funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340105 Hi, <BR> <BR> For the record, my husband and I have a pretty great relationship when all things are said and done, however, I advised him this morning that I could gladly strangle him today. John is a smart, intelligent, funny individual who sometimes just doesn't stop and think. <BR> <BR> Last night, I baked some scallops and salmon for our supper and I had dotted butter over the scallops. It was all so delicious that he decided to share with our dogs. I generally don't feed from the tabl... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:14:34 EST Recap of four weeks of seeing a dietitian weekly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339763 Hi, <BR> <BR> I know the burning question most of you have is "but did you lose any weight"? so I'll cut to the chase right away. I'm down 3 pounds. There so you can stop reading if that's why you think I'm seeing a dietitian just for weight loss. <BR> <BR> I started seeing Rhonda after I approached my doctor because I gained twenty pounds in 8 weeks AND I was afraid of developing Type 2 diabetes. She has been very encouraging and I'm basically just learning how to follow Canada's Food Guid... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:19:15 EST 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