RABBITART's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RABBITART RABBITART'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/ Sucess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913464 I am happy to say the pain I was having from the antibiotic is just about gone. What is really making my day is another pound gone and more inches. <em>104</em> My tall boots are fitting better each time I try them on. I even had to retrieve a pair of jean I had put in a bag ready to give away because they were too tight at Christmas now they are fitting just right and my current jeans are getting to big. I may have to go back and go through the give away bag and give it a second look. lo... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:09:59 EST Feeling Much Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905075 I am very happy to say most of the muscle and joint pain is going away, I still have a little bit of pain in my calf muscles. I was able to see the doctor on Wednesday, he said for me to stop taking the antibiotic and he is going to send me for CT scan to try and find out why I am having so many issues with my sinuses. I am still having pain in my left eye but is nothing compared to the muscle and joint pain I was experiencing. <BR> <BR> At least that part of life is looking up, looking f... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 23:49:27 EST Having A Setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902666 Today was not a very productive day for me. I have been struggling with a sinus infection for almost 12 weeks now my doctor finally but me on antibiotics last week. I have discovered this past week in taking them it is not the right medication for me...Oh boy, I've been having the worst muscle pain, joint pain and headache all week since starting this med and not mention it has not even helped the sinus infection at all. <BR> <BR> This morning I finally decided I could not longer deal with ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:28:45 EST Feeling Less Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900940 Today I am finally starting to feel less stress out about my husband getting laid off from his job. I have been worried sick I was going to have to give school completely but for now we received a very healthy tax return which can keep us going for quite awhile plus the job he is currently doing is lasting longer than we thought. I have applied for a couple of part time jobs so hopefully I can get one and keep my schooling going. <BR> <BR> With all this stress I have been under it has ki... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:14 EST Rollercoaster Type Of Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895396 It was so nice having my husband home on days off. I was very busy going places with him and eating out. I was happy to say I was able to keep up on my steps and ate moderately healthy. <BR> <BR> The big problem of this past week was my stress levels, my husband's full time job has been put on hold to the fall and we felt extremely blessed for him to been able to have found a contracting job with another company. On Monday we were just getting ready to leave for the airport and he received... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:14:40 EST NSV and Inches Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888947 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1020169268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am having a much better day than the other day. I measured myself and I have lost 1/2 inch off my calves and thighs! <em>104</em> All my walking and leg work is paying off. I noticed the difference in my calves when I went to put on my rain boots for the first time this year. The boots slid off and on. <BR> <BR> I love lifting weights but some days I get so hungry I want to eat the paint off the walls. I m... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:04:08 EST Bad Day, Skipped Meals And Stress Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888120 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1312890022.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay....Yesterday, was just one of those days, the night before my middle son received an eye injury at work. I told him I would go and fill the prescription for the antibiotic eye drops he needed. When I went to drop off the prescription I was told there were a couple of problems, number one the drug the doctor prescribed was on back order for months. No big deal, I asked if there was a substitution they said ye... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:07:13 EST Day In The Life Of My Fuzzy Alarm Clock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887656 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622533831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After Scarlett wakes me at 5am she usually goes back to sleep for the rest of the day. One particular morning I found she had crawled under the blankets put herself to bed in "my bed". She is just too darn cute to move so I left her and took a picture and the cat slept there most of the day. <BR> <BR> When she is not sleeping she is sitting in my purse, dragging laundry around the house and she does like to torme... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:25:09 EST My Fuzzy Alarm Clock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886991 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1157598254.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Scarlett, my Siamese Ragdoll cat who insists on waking me most mornings at 5am to bring me her favorite toy a ribbon or she brings socks or bras up from the laundry room. She leaves quite the trail of clothes in the morning. She comes and has a little snuggle in my neck and she's off for the day. I lay in bed sometimes go back to sleep until 6am and then take my daughter to school for 7am. Even though my c... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:43:26 EST Successful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885959 My day started off very early almost too early for me.... oh like at 5am my cat woke me up to come into my bedroom to say hello. Why can't cats wait until 10am lol. I tired to go back to sleep but we were having terrible winds all day today. I honestly thought the roof was going to blow off the house. Because of the wind I've had a terrible headache, the joys of living in Alberta but thankfully we will be in the plus for temperature in couple days. <BR> <BR> I go my workout in and I am plea... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 01:57:12 EST Recharged My Batteries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885223 Today was a great day, I finally had the opportunity to sleep in <em>224</em> . I was just relaxing in bed and my dad called me just to talk. I must have talked to him for over an hour then I talked to my mom for over an hour as well. I needed that. <BR> <BR> My oldest son, came over and we were talking about food and exercise and we found a recipe for cauliflower pizza. I sent him to the store for the ingredients we made the pizza and it was amazing! I was going to take a picture of the... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 01:22:38 EST Thankful For Setbacks, Weightgains and Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895751994.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know the title of blog sounds funny but I am truly thankful for all of my sets backs, weight gain and failure I have have endured this past two years because I have learned so much about myself and my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I said to my hubby and my oldest son if loosing weight was easy everyone would be at their goal weight. I have also come realize eating differently and exercise are easy it is the m... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:43:17 EST Finding Balance In My Crazy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872070 I am very happy to say, I just completed my latest university course Law and Legislation with a 94% <em>198</em> . Now I can take some time this week and enjoy some time with my family. <BR> <BR> I hoping to get back into my workout schedule but that went the way side with school and on top of it all I have not been feeling 100%. I did go and see the doctor and I need to go for x-rays later on this week. <BR> <BR> Even with not feeling well, I was able to de-junk my walk in closest an... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:50:50 EST White Carpet and My Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868804 Did you just ever have one of those days? It's seems I am having one and it's kinda funny. To start off I woke up this morning with a very sore back in the, in my kidney area, my mind started running away with it's self thinking I must have a kidney infection. Darn you Google, it doesn't help I did not sleep well last and I am feeling a little under weather today. <BR> <BR> When I got my mind to stop running away with million aliments it could be I remembered I shoveled the drive way yeste... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:29:24 EST Self Talk & Healthy Lifestyle vs Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830966 I had to take a great big step away from the computer and many other things in my life just to reduce the stress and refocus my life and in the process I have discovered so my many things. <BR> <BR> The minute we say we are on a "diet" we instantly start thinking "good and "bad" foods. We even feel shame and quilt if we eat the "bad" or forbidden food" . I decided for myself I was going to take the pressure off myself and stop that type of talk and thinking. The word diet has always been a ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:34:51 EST When In Doubt Wear Red Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787453 My life has been a non-stop whirl wind since June when our youngest son gradated high school. Over these past few months, I have gained a whole new insight about myself and my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> As with most of us, when we have special event happening in our lives we hope to loose that magic number of pounds before the event. Before my son graduated, I was busy with my university courses, trying to get things organized for son for college, planning our holidays and my parents 50... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:35:43 EST Things Are Going In The Right Direction Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717202 Since coming back from holidays, I have been under a great deal of stress and I have struggled with being injured again. My weight went up a couple of pounds which added to the stress. The stress was so bad, it was starting to effect my vision, I talked to my doctor and clearly it was just stress when I started to letting things and getting rid of toxic people in my life. The extra weight has just fallen off with out massive amounts of exercise because my leg is still not quite there yet and ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:42:20 EST I Had A Wonderful Vacation! But.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693694 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1950509448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful time on my vacation! I got to spend time with two of my favourite men in my life my hubby and my son. A big plus no snow, I did a ton of walking everyday, I gave a my Spark tracker a work out too. I also got to hand feed a giraffe, that was so much fun! <BR> <BR> The only sad, thing about my vacation is I fell down a hill on the the beach and re-injured my left calf again! I came home and imme... Mon, 12 May 2014 20:49:31 EST My Scale is Lying to Me Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674423 I can't stress this enough you can't just depend on the scale to measure your weight loss. I have been using my Spark Tracker faithfully and adding an extra work out as well - P90X and now my new one I am trying Turbo Fire - oh man, that is a workout . <BR> <BR> I jump on the scale this morning and it shows my weight is up but when I take the tape measure it shows something complete different - I am loosing more inches. I have lost another half inch off my hips which have always been my tr... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:06:59 EST New Workout, University Courses and Other Fun Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673873 I find the Spring time to be a very busy time of year in our household, my daughter dances and most weekends are filled with dance competitions and this year was no exception. I was feeling stressed out keeping up with her schedule and trying to fit in my workouts and I had just started new University course. The course needed to be finished before 6th of May and I was feeling the pressure. I am happy to say, I just completed the course yesterday with 95%. <BR> <BR> Tonight my two younger... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:09:12 EST Loving My Body - Even Though It's Not Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658963 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l378204882.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First of all let me say, I suck at taking selfies! lol But what I do want to say is for years my weight has gone up and down due to medication and at one point in my life I was well over 200 pounds. I would wear less than flattering clothes, I would not be caught dead in a pair of shorts, sleeveless top, short skirt etc. I thought because I was over weight it was best to wear baggy clothes and try to hide myself. ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:56:28 EST Don't Always Believe The Numbers On The Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650989 About a month ago, I went out and bought one of those very fancy bathroom scales one that does weight, body fat % and muscle. I weighed myself and wrote down all my measurements, (sorry not ready to share yet). Two weeks ago, used a tape measure and took all measurements as well, so now I had the whole picture. <BR> <BR> Since purchasing the scale, I have been work very hard doing Ten Minute Trainer using my Spark Tracker which by the way I am addicted to it. I am proud to say I have been ex... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:49:32 EST I Think I Am Addicted.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647416 To my Spark tracker but that is good thing. Right? lol <BR> <BR> I spent most of the day sitting at the kitchen table surrounded by my main computer, my lap top, tablet, cell phone and house phone I was attempting to get my new university course to down load on to my tablet and it took me most of day. The whole time, I was still there I was stressing out over the fact I needed to meet my goals for my Spark Tracker. <BR> <BR> Before I knew It was time to take my daughter to dance class, so ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 01:45:13 EST Thankful For Sore Legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646621 As I was sitting here getting my sparks points and reading blogs etc my legs were feeling sore from last night work out and all the walking I did to meet my Spark tracker goal. I felt so grateful for my sore legs considering I have been either sick or injured for last few months and was unable to work out. <BR> <BR> I am getting addicted to working out and I love my Spark Tracker! I wished I would have ordered one sooner, it makes me constantly think I need to keep moving in order to reach ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:48:57 EST Received A Great Compliment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637007 The other day I was doing some grocery shopping for my family and when it came time to check out with my purchases the clerk said to me "Wow, your family eats so healthy". <BR> <BR> I didn't think I would ever hear those words! I said we are not perfect but we are definitely trying to eat better. We no longer buy the processed stuff, nothing with gluten in it, no gluten junk food either, we stopped eating beef and pork as well. I walked away feeling like a million dollars! <BR> <BR> I f... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 15:42:45 EST Life Has A Reset Button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632776 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1435936032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am so thankful life has a reset button! These past couple of weeks, I ended up getting sick again and was on antibiotics and stuck in bed unable to work out. So rather than feel sorry for myself I took upon myself to review my eating and exercise plan. I read up on very motivational people who started their weight loss journeys in their 50's and older, so I did not feel that far behind. <BR> <BR> I even made ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:37:46 EST Feeling Blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567684 Monday started out as a very crazy and horrible day and it just continued on in Tuesday. By Tuesday morning 10am I was ready for a do over of the week. I am very happy to say things have sorted themselves out and I am feeling very blessed and grateful. I am truly gratefully for my family and I am looking forward to seeing my parents on the weekend. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 01:39:40 EST First Work Out In Months!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562981 I am feeling very happy right now after months of illness and injury. I was able to do a 40 minute work!!! I am very happy to say my my ribs did not come out of place, I did not pass out, i did get a little dizzy but I won't be doing the exercise that made me dizzy in the first place and my left leg did not give me grief either. <BR> <BR> It was not my usual P90X but it was a start. I feel better and I noticed this morning after using the Wii board I lost 1 pound. Things are looking up. I k... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:53:44 EST No More Sports Tape Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561734 I am happy to say, I have removed the sports tape from my back five days ago and my ribs did not come out of place. I have not had the need either to put the tape back on. Tomorrow, I am thinking I might try some gentle exercise and see if everything stays in place. <BR> <BR> I have not worked out in ages and I have been missing it so much. Wish me luck. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:20:12 EST Missing Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552924 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l533784779.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I read this quote the other day, I love it it is so true. I am missing not being able to exercise to full extend because of different injuries and illness these past few months and some days I am frustrated and very sad. I am happy to say the sports tape is working and my ribs are staying in place more and less ribs are coming out of place. It is getting better. <BR> <BR> I've a had a horrible few days and I wish... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:46:39 EST Feeling Sad - Sport Tape & Pain Killers Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536257 Woke up this morning with a horrible headache and my back was killing me again. So off to my favorite Chiropractor, good news the five ribs that keep coming out of place have stayed in place finally thanks to the sports tape. Bad news - I had a different rib pop out of place....grrrr this is really starting to frustrate me. I got new tape put on my back. Thankfully my headache did go away but my crummy mood has not. I just want to go back to my "normal" workout. I am just tired of being in pa... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 00:55:20 EST Sports Tape Is My New Best Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531401 I am going to start off this blog by saying I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> 1. Sports Tape <BR> 2. My Chiropractor <BR> 3. My Acupuncturist <BR> 4. My Physiotherapist <BR> <BR> Since July, I've had my leg injury flare up again, I had an inner ear infection which made me very dizzy and just recently I've had five ribs that refuse to stay in place. Thankfully sports tape has worked wonders and I can't speak highly enough of using sports tape on injuries. My leg is better thanks to my physiothe... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:33:12 EST I Lost 20 Pounds in One Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529427 Yes, it is true I lost 20 pounds in one day no magic pills etc. What did I use, I have been using a broken bathroom scale for about the last two years. My bathroom scale is now off by 20 pounds. I have been nearly loosing my mind and so have been family. I have been constantly complaining to my doctor telling it had to be my medication causing the weight gain not realizing it was the bathroom scale. <BR> <BR> I got frustrated with the scale today and decided to used the Wii fitness board t... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:36:13 EST Weight loss - Goal Or A Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425688 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l546400458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think we have all heard the statement a million times and have possibly used those words ourselves lol. "I am hoping to lose blank amount of pounds". Of course when we use the word "hoping" there is no commitment with it. It is wishful thinking and we usually go on some crazy diet and deprive ourselves or some workout plan that is not suited to our lifestyle. <BR> <BR> When you make a goal and write it down an... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:43:52 EST First P90X Workout In A Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423695 I have not done a P90x workout in a year. I injured my left leg and then I got sick with a million different illness. I got full permission from the physiotherapist to start up with P90X again. <BR> <BR> I am doing the Classic version. I think it will suit my needs better. I had success with the Lean version so I am curious to see the difference. I did Chest and Back today for a workout. Boy, do feel it tonight. <BR> <BR> For an eating plan I am using Chris Powell's eating plan. I find P90X... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 01:13:23 EST Not My Circus Not My Monkeys - Better Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420798 Today is my DD 15th birthday, I am very proud of her and the young lady she has grown up to be. She dances five days a week plus she has an apprenticeship at a doogie daycare. She is honour student too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1361751972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning after I dropped my son off at work I was pulling into the front of my house. I noticed a cat stumbling across my front garden. I thought, someones pet cat had been hurt. When I approached t... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:30:52 EST Angry Emails and Sleeping Pills Don't Mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419766 I normally try not to let things get me upset or get me down but last night was my tipping point. I just discovered after talking with my sister I am not invited to my nieces wedding. It came as a complete shock to me. After all my parents are invited and my brother is officiating the service. When I heard about the wedding my mom kept asking me if I had received my invitation yet. I thought because I moved mine was late in coming. <BR> <BR> When I called my sister to find out if my invit... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:29:33 EST Family Vs Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419428 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436037199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:20:17 EST It's Going To Be A Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418979 The clean up still continues in Southern Alberta from the massive flooding we had a few weeks ago. I am going to go a volunteer all this weekend to help families clean up their homes. It's great way to get a good work out in but most of all you are helping out a neighbour in need. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1603403417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> As for my food intake, I am so proud of myself I am right where I need to be. I finally taking in enough calories an... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:12:43 EST The Green Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416004 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592569928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I struggle to eat enough calories and most of all enough protein. I think I have finally come up with a solution for myself. The Green Monster Spinach Smoothie I've had the recipe for sometime but was honestly a little put off by it. I decided it was the night to try it. It was excellent and you can not taste the spinach what so ever. I did change it to suit my allergies. <BR> <BR> i just put a frozen banana, soy... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:44:26 EST Giving Up Foods We Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414562 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l931659448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband was recently diagnosed with glaucoma. He has gone for laser surgery at his last appointment his pressures were still too high. His doctor told him, he needed to start taking drops and hopefully things would improve. I immediately came home and started to research what foods my hubby should be avoiding. Of course it was all of his favorite foods and drinks. He was not a happy camper but he said he would t... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:15:00 EST Cookies Make Me Depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411641 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1921476746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, cookies make me depressed! Not only if I eat too many of them but specifically if they contain gluten. My middle son has always had an issue with gluten ever since he was little and could never eat it. I always cooked separately for him and we continued to eat regular foods. I noticed about two years ago I was starting to get arthritis symptoms in my fingers once in awhile. I always had a sensitive sto... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 15:22:23 EST Re-Thinking My Weight Loss Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410132 Since I injured my left calf a couple of months back I have not been able to work out to the intensity I would like, plus I was sick for four months and we moved. I gave my eating patterns a good long hard rethink these past couple of weeks. I struggle each and every day to eat enough especially protein. <BR> <BR> I am happy to say for most days, I am eating enough and the weight is starting to come off. It helps at times to sit back and just rethink things. I am pleased to say, my leg is ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:26:44 EST Giving Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401850 I am finally felt like I had a purpose today. I had the honour of feeding our local police (RCMP) and firefighters. Our way to saying, thank you for working so hard during these floods. Let us do something for you. <BR> <BR> My son is working for a construction company and they are helping with the clean up. They have been working with the Military. I sent 3 dozen cookies with my son to work to give to the soldiers. He said, they loved the cookies. <BR> <BR> I was impressed with myself, I... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:28:47 EST Floods in Calgary and Area http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398421 I have been trying to keep as busy as possible. I am so worried for some friends who have been evacuated. Thank goodness for social media. Most of here are waiting for the waters to go down so we can roll up our sleeves and start helping our friends, family and neighbours clean up. I am so grateful to have the Military arrive. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l910098105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2064711299.jpg"> <BR> <... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:20:59 EST Lions, Tigers and Bears in Jail...Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397928 The flooding in Calgary and Southern Alberta is completely unbelievable. The entire down town core of Calgary is under water, some areas are under large amount amounts of water. The zoo even evacuated some of their animals out of the zoo due to flooding. The zoo's contingency plan was to evacuated the big cats such as the tigers, lions and leopards to the city's courthouse and to put them in the cells if needed. <BR> <BR> Some of friends have been evacuated and are waiting to see if they c... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 01:17:36 EST So Much Devastation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396855 It has been a very crazy day few days for Mother Nature here in Southern Alberta. So many communities are underwater due to flash flooding and the rising waters. Many communities have been evacuated. I worry for my friends in these areas. Even in the city of Calgary today, order 100,000 people to evacuate from the river area. I worry too for my many EMS friends working in these devastated areas. I pray they stay safe. <BR> <BR> I am grateful to live east of these areas, away from the floo... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:09:28 EST I am.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395528 Strong <BR> <BR> Healthy <BR> <BR> Talented <BR> <BR> Focused <BR> <BR> Blessed <BR> <BR> Creative <BR> <BR> Beautiful <BR> <BR> Secure <BR> <BR> Excited about my future <BR> <BR> <BR> I wake up in the in the morning and I say "Thank You" for my presence in the universe. I try not to let negative thought come into my head, so the above is a list I will say to myself. I truly feel blessed at this time in my life. <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:22:37 EST Today I Took a Me Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392578 My hubby left for work out of town for next few weeks. I sent the kids packing off to school and the oldest son out the door to work. I went to physio and booked the numerous appointments for the next two weeks for the kids and myself. I came home had a cup tea and some breakfast. <BR> <BR> For the rest of day, I did what I wanted, which was I played on the computer, watched tv, and had a nap with my kitten. It was a wonderful day. It is important to recharge our batteries so we can take ca... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:02:01 EST Laughing at Funerals and Other Things I Learned From My Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391021 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1504083613.jpg">This morning I called my Dad to wish him, Happy Father Days and we talked for about an hour like we always do. I wished he lived closer so I could spend more time with him. When I got off the phone I starting thinking what has my Dad taught me over the years. <BR> <BR> I am very proud of my dad. He is the second oldest child of seven children. His parents came from Poland and were farmers. He quit school at the age of 15 to ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 17:20:51 EST