PURPLESPEDCOW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PURPLESPEDCOW PURPLESPEDCOW'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/ An unexpected day with a doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659555 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260698840.jpg"> <BR> first - check the baby's temperature <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l759818688.jpg"> <BR> then, look at her eyes <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1810139663.jpg"> <BR> don't forget to listen to her breathe <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986425479.jpg"> <BR> have to give her medicine <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:14:08 EST Making up Snow Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645534 My county finally came out with how the county will make up the snow days: <BR> students are forgiven all days, <BR> certified employees (me) will add June 3 and 4 to our year (they were furlough days, so furlough days were switched) plus 40 hours of flex time! So my last work day is June 4 - the day before my birthday. At least we have all of March, April, and May to make up the flex hours. <BR> paraprofessionals will have to work on May 30th and June 2nd and have 15 flex hours to document. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:56:18 EST A Day with DGS with pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637242 My DH and I took our DGS up to Chattanooga to visit the aquarium and the creative children's museum. We all had a blast all day long. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157590877.jpg"> <BR> first thing we got to do was pet a corn snake. I didn't realize how soft snakes are. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018289669.jpg"> <BR> He loved watching the fish. We only got through one of the buildings today. Took 2.5 hours going at DGS's pace. <BR> ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 22:16:12 EST Winter Storm February 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623009 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1168566445.jpg"> <BR> Round one gave us at least 1/4" of sleet Tuesday night. Luckily, my DD and new DGD had been discharged from the hospital before this hit. As you can see, it was on the roads and sidewalks as well as the ground. I am glad that we had sleet and not the freezing rain other places got because we kept power. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1508405917.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of my backya... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:13:54 EST A Blessing Before the Storms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l218769498.jpg"> <BR> <BR> meet my new little granddaughter. She was born yesterday at 1:39 PM. Weight: 7 lbs 12 oz <BR> length: 18.5" <BR> Once she decided she was ready, she came very quickly. I am very glad that she decided Monday was the best day to be born because the state is ready for very bad storms tonight and tomorrow. <BR> Family is now home and resting. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:21:43 EST Georgia Had Snow Today - and What a Mess! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145263197.jpg"> <BR> my front yard at 3:30, now you can't see anything but snow! <BR> Georgia is under a state of emergency! We had snow today that came in fast and heavy. Schools closed at noon in several metro counties and transportation was a nightmare. My little ones all made it home safe. It took me 2 and half hours to get home (normal time 30 minutes). Some students were not picked up or buses had to return to schools. My county ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:16:21 EST Just Called Me Confused! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604716 The state employees in Georgia are all covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield HRA health insurance now. What fun it has been to learn about how an HRA works and earning extra money for your account through wellness incentives. <BR> I thought I was doing well in starting to learn about things at the beginning of the month. Under United Healthcare, I had a co-insurance waiver program that paid for most of my supplies and medications for my diabetes. Being on insulin, that saves big bucks! So I c... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:15:27 EST Totally Frustrated with Doctor's office http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601474 I saw my doctor's nurse practioner on the 8th. Got all my prescriptions written because as of the 1st I have new insurance. sent all prescriptions into the mail order service we are supposed to use, which I have used before without any problems. well since they got my prescriptions, I have had to deal with three problems. First my prescription for my syringes was written incorrectly. Dealt with that easily because I had ordered from there before. By the time I got home, there was anothe... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:06:35 EST New Baby is Going to Be Here in a Few Weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600516 DD1 had a shower yesterday for her expected daughter. Her friends were so sweet to throw her a shower since it is her second child. She got tons of clothes for her little girl. However, her MIL and I noticed no onesies or sleepers in newborn or 0-3 months sizes. So when I told DD1 to let me know what she still needed those were the sizes she had little to nothing in. MIL and I got together (love texting) and I went out today since it was a day off and headed to my favorite consignment sh... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:52:58 EST Spark Solution is ranked by US News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586151 For the first time Spark Solution was added to the diets US News ranks. Just thought I would pass on the link. PS. Spark was ranked at 13th out of 28 different diets. <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/<BR>us-news-ranks-best-diets-weight-loss-h<BR>ealthy-eating-and-more </link> <BR> This what was said about Spark - "Follow the Spark Solution, and there’s a good chance you’ll shed pounds. The plan emphasizes a winning weight-loss combination of exercise and healthy, reduced-c... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:11:45 EST Another Thing the Diabetics Must Watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559180 First some background: <BR> In October, my doctor took me off my long time medication for my restless legs and put me on Requip. Okay, worth a try. I had been on the other meds for years and taking one medication over two is cheaper. So I spent the next month weaning off of one medication and onto Requip. That was finished the beginning of November. And then I noticed that every afternoon, my legs would jerk and twitch. Then the pain started. Add in muscle cramps at night. I also was ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 15:13:57 EST Things a Special Ed. Teacher is Called on to do...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546355 After a long day of children not listening or following directions (more so than usual), I finally take my 2nd loaders down to wait for the bus. I have four kiddos with me. We are sitting and waiting very nicely when my KK student, jumps up and starts pointing down the hall and crying. He is nonverbal, so I start doing my "20 questions". He is insisting that we go back to the room. My room is in the front wing and we are in the back hall waiting. He is pulling me and trying to get me to... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:33:41 EST Have a Decision to Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539580 Background: <BR> 1) I have little to no cartilage in my feet which causes my toes to go in weird positions at times that was painful and hard to return to normal. This can happen at different times of the day, but is worse when walking or jumping. <BR> 2) The lack of cartilage also affects the top of my left foot which results in pain and burning. <BR> 3) I have restless legs syndrome which is uncontrollable movements occupied with pain, itching, burning and the need to move or walk. This c... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:42:20 EST I Am Disgusted...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528479 ...with myself. So weighing myself once a month is NOT going to work because I put on 4 pounds this month! So new plan time. <BR> Need to turn unhealthy habits into healthy ones. <BR> First up: no more snacking at night. That's it. One snack leads to a major binge so I have to stop with dinner. <BR> Next up: using Netflix to do strength training. I hope there are some videos on there to use. If not I will find a few DVD's to use and either way will buy hand weights to use at home. <BR... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:42:53 EST An Interesting Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527779 It was a wonderful day in my neighborhood today. My para had to leave to take care of a family emergency around 8:30 this morning. So there I was with 7 little kiddos to take care of and keep busy while being productive. This is because I teach students with autism and routine is very important. At first we thought she would be gone a couple of hours, so no problem I thought, and told the office not to worry about a sub for a couple of hours. So we did what work we could and I kept every... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:27:51 EST A Wonderful Day with DGS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524645 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280864855.jpg"> <BR> riding my foot powered bike <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1947494536.jpg"> <BR> clean out the pumpkin <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622717127.jpg"> <BR> finished product <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1103980720.jpg"> <BR> played with Mai Mai's Thomas train (I love Thomas) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 13:26:24 EST Way to do Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513431 I won a raffle basket at our fall festival on Friday night. It is a sports basket and I am using the items as Christmas gifts for my sons-in-law and my DS. The basket contained a tailgate table, a gift card to Dicks Sporting Goods, a Falcons hoodie, koozie, hat, football magnets, Braves hats (4), Braves, tee shirt, travel mugs (2), two pairs of flip flops, and two tomahawks. I have divided it all up and think it is good. Everything new so I am thinking I made a very good investment of 20 ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:46:27 EST Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503665 got my lab results today. <BR> cholesterol is good at 180 <BR> HDL is good at 49 <BR> LDL is good at 89 <BR> Triglycerides need work at 210 <BR> A1C is 6.4 <BR> Potassium is high and I am to stop any supplement with potassium and have it rechecked in two weeks. <BR> So right now, my multivitamin is out because of the potassium. Back to eating Cheerios for breakfast. <BR> More exercise is in order. Hello Wii! <BR> also track blood sugar and call in the numbers in two weeks. My fasting blo... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 16:28:31 EST If You Can't Laugh, You Would Cry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498127 My doctor's office is changing over to a new computerized record keeping system that will give all doctors in the system access to health records. About time, I mean Kaiser had that years ago! But no one ever told me what a pain it was to do this process. <BR> I went in Monday for my lab work. Normally, I have a 7 o'clock appointment, get in, get out and to work on time (sorta). Well, I went in Monday and they informed me that the new system was starting up that day and like any new thing... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:00:58 EST Beautiful Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493070 Pictures from Mt. Sugarloaf <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1787095184.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l464349390.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2101700993.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1437788320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and the reason for the visit: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2094360705.jpg"> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 19:20:52 EST Just Had to Share My Little Fashionista! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476100 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519645260.jpg"> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 20:44:58 EST How To Get Your Car Washed (the fun way) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465787 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256141528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1920083210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> He helped washed. Then I waxed the cars while he napped. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:41:15 EST New Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463273 First I want to thank the encouragement I received from my Spark friends on my previous blog. <BR> I did a lot of soul searching and thinking over the past 24 hours. <BR> Question: What do I want? to be healthy and have my diabetes under control; to be around to see my grandchildren grow up. <BR> Okay, nowhere did I think of weight loss in that answer. That is secondary to me right now. So my plan is: <BR> 1) eat enough to have my after meal blood sugars where my doctor wants them, between ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:37:39 EST Talking the Talk, but not walking the walk....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462181 I am struggling big time. I know what to do, but I am not doing it. I am over eating at night and probably not eating enough during the day. Sounds like a circle dance. I can't seem to care enough to really work at weight loss. I keep losing and regaining the same 4 pounds over and over and over and over....... <BR> I am only doing the minimum on Spark, but to be truthful; it is more out of habit than making a decision to work on my weight. I feel I should leave Spark and give up becaus... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:16:31 EST 8-4-13 motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443885 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1268934824.jpg"> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 07:29:48 EST 7-24-13 Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431575 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l762112192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Find which letter works for you! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:54:19 EST 7-22-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429181 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471984334.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Need I say more! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:51:33 EST 7-21-13 Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428009 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l48932962.jpg"> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 08:11:23 EST Motivation for 7-20-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427116 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794945727.jpg"> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:09:23 EST Motivation for 7-19-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426079 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1949739016.jpg"> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:06:39 EST Today's Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425047 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517742237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> borrowed from goggle images. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:38:37 EST Today's Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423887 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194422875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> borrowed from Brainy Quotes Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:21:07 EST Today's Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423404 I am borrowing this from Sparkpeople's quotes, but it fits today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l385018066.jpg"> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:21:53 EST And finally the guest bathroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414499 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103016671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45476066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My painting is over finally. After five years, with about four years of not painting in between, my house is all painted. Next step will be redoing the floors - that I will leave to the professionals! <BR> Just thought you would like to see the final room. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:09:56 EST My Hubby's New Hangout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411586 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2023827461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1864165516.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700491843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is a work in progress. I think he likes the bookcases for his books. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 14:11:28 EST Introducing the new playroom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409794 I now have the playroom downstairs! The prints on the walls are all Disney lithographs that my sister sent me years ago. Definitely have room to add things for the kids! One thing I am going to add is a magnetic board for them to use. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772286528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259025112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l64252129.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:44:43 EST New Master Bedroom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406211 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l765454528.jpg"> <BR> You can see the walls of the den, which still needs lots of work! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l787507391.jpg"> <BR> My grandfather's shelves being put to good use. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986259079.jpg"> <BR> a wall of family pictures, from great-grandparents to our children. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495184077.... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:23:31 EST New Bathroom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l409659601.jpg"> <BR> <BR> wall color is more of a red clay color <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1985308807.jpg"> <BR> <BR> New curtains over the bathtub. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1192913068.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope the new storage works at keeping clutter down on the sink! <BR> <BR> Two days of hard work = new bathroom! <BR> <BR> next DH's den! Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:15:13 EST Updated Repost about BIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384771 My BIL was a jerk. He would call only when he wanted something. He brought a dying woman (his mother) to my daughter's wedding. We ended up calling an ambulance and putting her into the hospital here and then to hospice until her death. He carried a loaded weapon with him at all times, to include into the church during the rehearsal for that wedding. The weapon fell out of his pocket and could have killed my DH if the safety didn't work. <BR> Then he called to tell us he got married, which ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:59:53 EST Another Step for Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381513 Today I tackled the middle bedroom's closet. It is used to store my children's things and I will not do anything with those. I did clear out all sorts of old teacher materials that haven't been used for years. I cleared enough room that I now can store all the infant equipment for future grandbabies. Doing that cleared out one other complete closet and to clear the last will depend on if my DD wants me to keep her floral arrangements from her wedding. Two days, and about three hours equa... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:25:48 EST Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380462 Who knew that cleaning out your closet could be so freeing! I got rid of clothes that I haven't worn in years, clothes that I out grew years ago and hope to pass on to my daughter, any old shirts, any item that just didn't feel right on me any more. I got rid of anything I felt was too short for me. <BR> Now I also found two pairs of pants I thought were too small, but fit! <BR> I have an organized closet of clothes that fit, look good on me, and I feel comfortable in. My clothes are eas... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:50:18 EST Why I Love Being a Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371358 I love being a cat because cats support each other. Cats challenge each other to do their best. I like being a part of the accountability of a group. I find myself thinking about the team progress when I reach for something to eat. I also want to do more exercise to move the team along towards the team goal. <BR> I was very happy to be made a part of the cat team of the 5% challenge. I am a cat person. I love the way cats stretch their bodies. My own cats are lean and long. <BR> I wa... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:41:52 EST Freezer Organization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367629 I bought six wire bins and now I can find my stew meat, ground beef, sausage, steak, chicken, roasts, pork chops, and fish. The chicken and roasts are in-between the bins, but everything else has its own bin! Now I can see what I have and what needs to be refilled! So much easier to find things. Why did I not think of this long ago? Sat, 25 May 2013 13:51:31 EST A Priceless Gift from a Student http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364803 For those who don't know me, I teach students with autism in a self contained setting which means I have my students for multiple years. <BR> This is the gift I got from one such student today: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073440946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This parent saved a sample of his writing the first year in my room and added a sample of this year's writing. there is a math sheet from the first year and a math sheet from this year. Pictures from the first year a... Wed, 22 May 2013 16:28:19 EST Hubby's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361098 Today is DH birthday. I am planning a meal to grill out and it is raining! Have to plan for my diabetes, WW DD1, Palo DS. Came up with steak, zucchini, brown rice, and salad. If I can't grill, will use the broiler instead. <BR> Everyone in the family is now eating healthy and I love it. <BR> <em>496</em> <em>491</em> <em>140</em> Sun, 19 May 2013 12:40:14 EST Mindless Eating Put To Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360383 I have tried to stop the endless eating by keeping my hands busy with crocheting. I still found ways to eat. Then I started to play mindless games on FB like Candy Saga. They are free to play and the time spent just melts away. By the time I think about eating, it is time for bed. Try it for yourself. They are simple games that are total time wasters, but challenging enough to want to keep playing. Since I have started playing, I haven't snacked at night. Sat, 18 May 2013 16:56:29 EST Why Am I Doing the 5% Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345379 Assignment #2: Why am I doing this? <BR> I want to be at a healthy weight. I want to be around to enjoy my grandchildren. I want to look better. I want to control my diabetes. Most of all, I joined the challenge to help keep me accountable for my diet and my exercise. Sat, 4 May 2013 14:24:32 EST What We Found Out Today BIL cont. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343699 DH made phone calls today about his brother. Found out several things: <BR> 1) yes he is dead <BR> 2) he died alone, in a fleabag motel penniless <BR> 3) his girlfriend left him after they were kicked out of their apt. for non-payment (four months over due) <BR> 4) apt was in bad shape <BR> 5) girlfriend told the coroner that he had no next of kin so they cremated the body (BIL was Jewish) after 14 days <BR> 6) arrangements have been made to transport the remains from CA to Alabama for buria... Thu, 2 May 2013 21:30:33 EST How Do You Mourn An Estranged BIL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342365 My BIL is a jerk. He would call only when he wanted something. He brought a dying woman (his mother) to my daughter's wedding. We ended up calling an ambulance and putting her into the hospital here and then to hospice until her death. He carried a loaded weapon with him at all times, to include into the church during the rehearsal for that wedding. The weapon fell out of his pocket and could have killed my DH if the safety didn't work. <BR> Then he called to tell us he got married, wh... Wed, 1 May 2013 19:15:10 EST How do you see yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332036 watch this dove commercial. It is an eye opener as to how women see themselves vs how others see them. <BR> <BR> <link>www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c4#/video/<BR>us/2013/04/18/sbt-dove-real-beauty-ad-<BR>campaign.cnn </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:39:02 EST