PENOWOK's SparkPeople Blog PENOWOK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 40 things about me (borrowed from Claire in Paris) 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Oh yes, I LOVE blue cheese, especially roquefort. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> As a rebellion teenager through my first year of college. I learned! <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> No <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favourite sweet drink? <BR> I guess coffee with a touch of sweetener... <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or certification(s)? <BR> I earned a Masters' in Communication Disorders (Speech Language Pathol... Sat, 27 May 2017 16:08:35 EST official! I have submitted my letter of intention to retire at the end of this school year. That's part one! The whole idea was that our youngest who lives in the area has a 3-year old, whom my husband cares for 3 days a week. DH has said from the beginning that he won't care for a second child...only this g-son whom he adores. So when the talk of having a second child came up, I had said I would make plans to retire if she gets pregnant, and I can team with DH on two little people. I did submit the le... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:25:56 EST back to work! They took the 25 staples out of my backside yesterday and we had the conversation about going to work. So today, I am back in the car and driving to work. I have a PT appointment that cuts the day in half. We'll see if I choose to return to work or come home for a nap! Feels as though Ive been gone forever, but then again, I've been getting texts from my families and co-eorkers, so they are keeping me in the loop!! Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:02:26 EST new hip! Tomorrow I will head to the surgical hospital for a new hip! I'm pretty exited and looking forward to having way less discomfort this one brings me. The crazy things you do to prep, though... For 3 days I use a special soap (hibi cleanse), and no lotions or creams, nothing that cuts, etc. So my body is screaming for some moisturizer! No mascara even! Yikes! Interesting event. Of course, I am bringing the lotions and moisturizer and mascara with me for my 2 day hospital stay. Dry skin makes me... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:27:45 EST Blog Challenge Day 29: Write About Something/Someone You Can't Live Without I couldn't live without knowing that my God has a perfect plan for me-for good and not for evil! I need to live to show that every day! <BR> <BR> from today's <BR> What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Da... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 08:14:10 EST Challenge day 2 and 26 Challenge 25 asks "If you could meet/have one fictional character fall in Love with you, who would it be?" <BR> My first reaction was that I have no need for any fictional character to fall in love with me...but I came up with one... or a group so to speak. How about Lassie! She was the perfect dog! She was always rescuing Timmy from all kinds of dangerous situations, never asked for much and loved everyone who was good. Almost any fictional dog would be right up my alley... except maybe Beet... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:02:17 EST Challenge for days 23 and 24 Day 23 identifies my guilty pleasure. I could say dark chocolate kisses, but I don't really feel guilty when I eat them. Maybe more accurately would be ice cream with m&m's and chocolate sauce!! That would definitely be a guilty pleasure. The good news is that I have learned to keep it to a small portion, unlike in my past. I use a small custard cup. Keeps me honest!! HA! <BR> <BR> Day 24: write about my day. I am up at 4:15 ion weekdays, closer to 5 on weekends. I check email, then get 30 m... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:10:55 EST Days 21 and 22 on the challenge Link to challenge topic blog:<BR>individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 <BR> <BR> I've been at a conference and then had the 2-tear old g-son when I walked in the door for the past several days. I was lucky to get online at all! Ha! So I've missed a few of the days. I'll try to give you days 21 and 22 <BR> <BR> 21 refers to the most embarrassing moment... I grew up in a messy dysfunctional household. That said my second grade Catholic School teacher (nun... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:48:38 EST Days 19 and 20 of the Challenge Link to challenge topic blog:<BR>individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 <BR> <BR> Day 19 (yesterday) was about my idol. Honestly, it would have to be Jesus. I cannot imagine any human being putting up with the constant harassment, bullying and finally torture as He did. And he did it all because I was so bad and deserved to be punished for my failures. Instead, He took my stripes. He makes miracles happen! I remember being single mom and out of money when... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:18:17 EST challenge for day 18 I'm a day late again. I'll make it up later... <BR> Write about your favorite book, movie, song, food, color, animal <BR> <BR> My favorite book is my Bible. I prefer the Message because it's a wonderful paraphrase with t <BR> ons of idioms, so its really fun to read, and I also love the New Living Translation. Both are so much easier to read than the King James, though there is a newer easier version. MY reading must be relevant or it makes no sense...! <BR> <BR> My favorite movi... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:35:42 EST challenge for Day 17 Yes, I skipped days 15-the first kiss and day 16-my biggest fear. Today is day 17-someone or something I miss: <BR> My mom died in 2002. She was my email buddy. She had been a smoker form age 13 until she was 58. It was a huge deal when she gave up cigarettes. She was a volunteer at a 2nd hand store for all my growing up years and took a paid job with the organization at age 62. This was the first job she'd held since she was married at age 23, so it was a really big deal. It wasn't a big pay... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:33:13 EST Day 14 of the challenge Link to challenge topic blog:<BR>individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 <BR> <BR> My favorite holiday: Well, I think mine is Christmas for lots and lots of reasons! I love to give gifts! I believe the Giver of all gifts gave us His Son all those years ago. No one is exactly sure of the actual date and it doesn't matter really, but the giving is how we remember. I am always challenged to find the right gift for each person, but I am thrilled when my list i... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:24:20 EST Challenge day 13 Link to the list of 31 topics:<BR>individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 <BR> <BR> Write about something that happened to you this week... <BR> <BR> far there has been nothing unusual. Every day is a little different based on the kids I see for therapy and the evaluations I complete. Today's eval will be interesting. At home, we share day care responsibilities with the other Gramma. My husband is Grampa Nanny 3 days a week, But Gramma Patty has ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:49:24 EST Challenge for day 12 Link to the list of 31 topics:<BR>individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is asking who is your best friend? This is actually a tough one for me. My husband is my best friend or we probably wouldn't still be married after 31 years. Yet he does sometimes make life challenging, as most spouses do. We fall in love with certain qualities, then when they get over-exposed, we don't like them quite so much. Funny, isn't it. My daughter... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:29:17 EST Day 11 Since day 10 was to blog about anything we want, I am leaving the 9-11 blog for that! Day 11: What Is Your School Status? (Are you a nerd, jock, prep, bully, etc. If you don't have school, or are home-schooled, talk about what you would want your status to be.) <BR> <BR> My school status is as staff! I am a speech Language pathologist, so my job is to see 3-5 year old children in the community-homes, daycare's and preschools, if they have an individualized education plan requiring speech so... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:42:53 EST 9-11 15 years ago, I had 5 family members who would have been right at the Towers when the attacks occurred. My sister's husband had a leg injury so he took a cab that morning instead of the subway and the cab was stuck in traffic. He didn't get there. Their daughter was in school several blocks away. I don't remember why but they avoided the Towers that day. My brother missed his ferry to cross over from NJ. He was lined up for the next ferry when the first tower fell. My cousin and his wife, who... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:45:32 EST 9-11 15 years ago, I had 5 family members who would have been right at the Towers when the attacks occurred. My sister's husband had a leg injury so he took a cab that morning instead of the subway and the cab was stuck in traffic. He didn't get there. Their daughter was in school several blocks away. I don't remember why but they avoided the Towers that day. My brother missed his ferry to cross over from NJ. He was lined up for the next ferry when the first tower fell. My cousin and his wife, who... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:45:28 EST challenges for days 8&9 Yesterday was so busy I don't get 2 minutes to answer these challenges, so tomorrow will have to be #10 and 11 to keep up with the days! The original challenge is at:<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 <BR> <BR> Day 8 is how I discovered SP: The truth is I was pretty frustrated with myself and my inability to hold down those extra pounds. I've lost weight in the past and knew I needed some sort of accountability. I was pretty good at getting e... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:31:22 EST Challenge days 1 and 7 Sorry I missed yesterday's challenge. Here is the link to the original challenge.<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229498 <BR> Today, I'm going to address Days 1 and 7, and tomorrow I'll pick up on Day 8 and 9. <BR> <BR> Day 1 wants 10 facts, so here we go: <BR> 1. I am a speech Language Pathologist. I have worked in this field since 1978 and wouldn't change a thing. My original plan when I went back to school was to look into Audiology, but becau... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:08:43 EST Day 6 challenge and Day 2 challenge These are taken from a 30 day challenge ONEKIDSMOM forwarded about 9/3. <BR> Day 6: My favorite quote is from the Bible: I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength. That was one of the first scriptures I learned, and I really needed it. I need to know that what I cannot do in my own strength, I can do because I can give it to my Maker to get it done. I have seen miracles happen when I give things to Him Who knows all things. <BR> <BR> Day 2 is my dream profession: really, I w... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:30:49 EST Day 5: Obsessions This is the series of questions form the challenge given to ONEKIDSMOM several days ago. My obsessions these days include my church family/my physical family, getting my stretching in, reading whatever I can, doing some crosswords, prepping for my youngsters at school and probably more! Things change, time passes, priorities shift. The weather is starting to cool, so some things will be different with less sun. <BR> <BR> Family is always number 1! I've been trying to read as many books as p... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 17:05:16 EST Day 4-Biggest Secret This was a challenge because I don't have lots of secrets, but here ya go: I am hoping to retire at the end of this school year. Our daughter and Son in law have held off having baby #2, because Grampa has said he can't take care of a second one (g-son #1 will be 3 in a couple of months). I am of age t retire. I enjoy our little guy so much I would love to be able to care for another little sweetie!! I haven't let the cat out of the bag at work yet. I'll wait till after the first of the year ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 07:15:25 EST Day 3: Who Are You Closest To? ONDEKIDSMOM has forwarded a challenge and here's today's topic: <BR> <BR> I am closest to my DH. His love language is my proximity to him, so I don't do much socially unless I am with him. My next would definitely be my daughter. Just left her a little while ago-we took the Grandson to Reptile Gardens. In fact we moved back to the Black Hills because she was recently married, fostering a niece and nephew, starting on her doctorate and building a house--whew! Soon, she was also pregnant, so o... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 16:25:50 EST the get-to-know you blog My sweet SP friend from Paris, Claire, wrote this questionnaire in a blog and I have struggled to get a response written, so here goes! <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? In my pocket <BR> Spouse? Yes, upstairs making dinner <BR> Your hair? Short, grey, maybe sassy at times, strong hair! <BR> Your mother? gone since ’02. She was my email buddy and I still miss her! <BR> Your father? Still in NJ-the other side of the country. I write him every weekend and he calls on Sundays. He had a stroke... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 18:38:49 EST Who You Are A friend sent this to my Bible Study group and I can't resist passing it on to all of you: <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:16:59 EST struggling... I am not sure where to go with this, but I am having tremendous difficulty making a bucket list. I am happy with my weight loss so far. I am down 33 pounds from last January and have just a few more to go. I am confident I will reach my goal but am not stressed about it. As I read and re-read Chapter 9m though, and it asked for a bucket list, I don't know where to go with it. I've read the helpful hints and ideas. I'll soon be 61. I have no desire to para-sail or make a million dollars. I lik... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 21:44:31 EST Goals and dreams I have failed so many times that long ago I gave up goals and dreams. Long ago, I would have said I wanted to weigh 135 pounds, like when I was in high school. Long ago, I would have dreamt about going to a beach and wearing a pretty swimsuit without having to cover all of the fat. There were so many things I would have done and would have wanted to do. SparkPeople, the book, and my success so far are re-awakening y hopes and dreams. I am down 21 pounds since the beginning of the summer with ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 18:19:12 EST high or low I like to challenge myself. It's as though I am always in a contest against my best previous score. I guess you would say I am competitive but not so much against others (though that happens at times). In this weight loss journey, I am really trying to settle in to doing my best day to day and not so much competing with myself to get the lowest number of calories. <BR> <BR> I am one of the fortunate ones. My husband makes most of the meals, so I can just enter the info into the nutrition t... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 20:41:23 EST Reflections on Chapter 4 Motivation--being the turtle--blaming others. Yes, these have all been challenges for me in the past. My motivation continues as long as I am losing weight...Oh, but if I skip meals or find a diet pill or a diet drink I think I can trust I could lose weight faster...And then my husband wants pizza for dinner and I am supposed to eat half of it... <BR> <BR> So what is different this time? I've been working this plan for about 3 1/2 months. I am the tortoise, and I have been losing weight stea... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:39:59 EST out of touch I was away for the Labor Day weekend. I took my IPAD but haven't yet downloaded the app from Sparkpeople, so I was on the internet with it and wasn't able to enter my food or exercise. In the past that would have been the excuse to just do whatever I want. We had some challenges finding healthy food, but I was able to work out what I wanted by asking. Exercise was not a problem, since we hiked mountain peaks. During the two days, we hiked 8 1/2 miles over the course of about 6 hours, with hal... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 19:17:11 EST routines We all have routines that we engage in day to day. For me, after I start the sprinklers to water the lawn, I come in to the computer and check the news. Then I check weather for the day, e-mail and a few other regular sites. Next I do 30 minutes of exercise, jump in the shower and get dressed. Breakfast and 30 minutes of reading are next. <BR> <BR> I've been doing this routine literally for years. When I am off my routine (e.g. my husband gets the the computer first...), it changes everythi... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:09:14 EST emotional eating I have made it through 5 weeks. I have lost 11 pounds, plus 10 more in the beginning of the year before I started Sparkpeople. I feel better. I look better (though there is still weight to go). Life is good.... except that my challenges still exist. I am definitely an emotional eater. I was able to address that ... okay, overcome that until this afternoon. Up to this point, I have redirected myself when I wanted that piece of candy. I was able to grab an apple or 10 almonds. Today I was readi... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:47:40 EST