RD03875's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RD03875 RD03875'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/ It's going to be a long 2 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930536 It is 8:20AM local time on Tuesday morning in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, 01:20AM Tuesday morning Eastern daylight time in New Hampshire USA. I board a plane in less than 24 hours for the 13 hour, non-stop flight across the Atlantic taking me HOME for my 4 1/2 month vacation. I will go to the airport at 02:00AM Wednesday local time to begin the check in process, go through immigration and wait until the flight boards around 5AM. I arrive in the USA at 11:30AM local time(hopefully) Wednesday morning ... Tue, 19 May 2015 01:24:54 EST Day 12 Walkabout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874258 I've been slacking in posting. <BR> <BR> I didn't do the whole challenge for a couple days because I was lazy, THERE, I ADMITTED IT, I was LAZY. I did read the articles but I didn't do my 20 minutes of walking but I did get up and move, just not the full 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today I walked for 30 minutes and read the article. Now it's my weekend. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:51:46 EST Day 7 Walkabout challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871916 Today was supposed to be taking it up to 20 minutes a day walking but I was busy waiting or maintenance to come fix my large kitchen light so couldn't get it done this morning and just got lazy but i did get in 16 minutes late evening. <BR> The reading article was to find a walking buddy, well there isn't ANY women on the compound who speak English and I am not allowed to drive so I can't go anywhere so no walking buddy. So I guess you could say I didn't complete today's challenge. <BR> <... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 15:15:50 EST Day 5 & 6 #VionicWalkabout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870458 DAy 5 (Thursday) did not go so well, I wasn't feeling well at all so I couldn't do my 10 minutes on the tread mill but I did get in steps and read the article. <BR> <BR> Day 6 - Friday, it's my weekend, like Sunday is in the real world so I don't know if I will get in the strength training that is scheduled for today due to my husband being home. I don't like to exercise in front of him unless it's just the treadmill. I have gotten in my steps since we went grocery shopping and most all of... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 04:24:04 EST Day 4 Walkabout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869468 Done with my minutes and walking. Read the article. Ready to keep on going.......tomorrow, it's bed time. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:17:50 EST Day 3 #VionicWalkabout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868443 Today was some floor and lower body strength training exercises for walkers and made me see just how out of shape I really am. I used to be proud of myself for dong planks, pushups and today I could barely do any. So I guess I need to get busy. <BR> <BR> Did my 10 minutes of walking plus my 3000 steps that I set my goal for. <BR> <BR> Also trying to make my shopping list for when I go HOME to the USA this summer. Stuff like Advil that I don't trust buying here, dumb stuff like can opener... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:47:26 EST #VionicWalkabout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867597 Day 2 of the #VionicWalkabout done <BR> <BR> It said to just type in #VionicWalkabout and you would get help and support, that is a load of crap! Getting tire of SparkPeople outsourcing all their challenges to facebook, twitter, instagram and everyplace OUTSIDE of this site. WHY? They used to make teams for these challenges and now if you don't do farcebook, twit and take pictures all over the world, you get NO support! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 02:34:54 EST February 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866881 New month to try. <BR> Weight at the beginning of the month (today) is 150. I will try my best to lose a couple pounds. I never commit to how much so I don't upset myself but I will give it my best an that is all I can do. With asthma and other breathing problems, sometimes exercise is difficult and I can't do what I want to and need to because it's a bad day. <BR> <BR> I need to lose some pounds an inches because my husband and I are meeting long tine friends this summer that we haven't ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 01:51:47 EST The King has passed away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860740 I am an American, married to an American but we live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. <BR> Yesterday King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud passed away at the age of 90. He was the King of Saudi Arabia since 2005. May he rest in peace. My condolences to the Royal Family and the people of Saudi Arabia. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:04:59 EST Happy Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858553 Today is my Daughter's 37t birthday. Can't believe she is 37 already, where does time go? Wish I could be with her but I can't. I hope I can call her later but there is an 8 hour time difference between us and she is working today so i might have to stay up way past my bed time so I can call her. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>382</em> <em>236</em> <em>181</em> <em>44</em> <em>475</em> <em>76</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:03:17 EST I LOVE Maxine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321625301.jpg"> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:48:52 EST Cross stitch finished project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851621 I started this project on Jan 10 and finished it on Jan 11. It's a monthly series of patterns on the SanMan message board for members only. It's only 1 1/2 inches x 1 1/2 inches. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l928355768.jpg"> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:03:13 EST January 10, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850778 I gained pounds so I need to work harder to get them off. <BR> <BR> I am so very sad, my mom moved from her comfortable little apartment in her friendly retirement community to an assisted living facility. It just hurts me that she had to move but it was her decision since she is not stable on her feet and she is not well. She will still be active since she chose the facility, and both my deceased sister and father both worked there. She said there is a room I can stay in when I go visit ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 02:47:27 EST 1 January 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842663 Happy New Year <BR> <BR> <BR> I DO NOT LIKE THIS NEW LAYOUT OR WHATEVER Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:29:24 EST Stop beating yourself up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840984 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1520147613.jpg"> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 02:25:06 EST My snowman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832291 Ok, so it's not real snow, it's a rice filled sock snowman. Should have used a different type of sock but it will have to do. <BR> UPDATED PHOTO-gave him arms <BR> Need to make a Mrs for him <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l547490378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208407130.jpg"> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:39:28 EST Motivation saying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830625 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l993335093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138929757.jpg"> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:58:57 EST Sandstorm on Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830061 Saudi Arabia is home to a few sandstorms so all of a sudden Monday the sky got dark, orangeish brown dark. I looked up and saw a huge orange cloud rapidly coming towards the villa. I tried to upload a video but it won't let me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786360767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498214989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the sky not 10 minuts after the sandstorm: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 04:10:40 EST 30 years ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829441 On December 7, 1984 in a blinding snow storm, with a 3 year old and a 6 year old, I boarded a plane in Syracuse NY headed for JFK where I boarded another plane for a 14 hour flight landing in Dhahran Saudi Arabia. We were only staying for 2 years, it would be an adventure that not many people get to experience. <BR> <BR> 30 years later.................my AMERICAN DH and I are still in Saudi Arabia but our 3 year old and 6 year old are now adults with kids of their own living in the USA. It... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 04:15:53 EST Remembering Pearl Harbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828988 Moment of silence for all those lives lost and for our brave men and women who survived that "Infamous day in History" I may not have been alive back then but it is still my country. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1529484700.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564562505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1892950283.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:17:26 EST Housewalking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827303 Yes, I know this isn't new but this is the first time I've read it outside SparkPeople, and yes I am considering a fitbit thing. <BR> Hungry Girl's housewalking article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.hungry-girl.com/askhg/show/house<BR>walking-daily-steps </link> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 03:00:38 EST My American Thanksgiving in Saudi Arabia for NorasPat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823908 I'm American, married to an American but we live in Saudi Arabia. <BR> Sometimes trying to find ingredients for special holiday meals can be a challenge and sometimes my husband is on business trips during holidays since only Muslim holidays are recognized. Today, Thanksgiving my husband was on a business trip so I thought I would fix what I thought was a small meal for me. <BR> Whole roast chicken with stuffing, 1 mashed potato with pan gravy, roasted carrots and broccoli, butternut squas... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:04:32 EST November 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819283 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1406178722.jpg"> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:42:57 EST November 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818711 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778654352.jpg"> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:25:44 EST My turkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818079 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485947806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't he the cutest thing? I made him. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:34:21 EST Thank you to the ONE PERSON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817745 Thank you for the ONE PERSON that cared enough about my excitement on Saturday's blog that she left a comment. ONE PERSON?? Really? Where is all the support and motivation that Spark People is supposed to be about? Kind of makes a person thing Why Bother? Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:40:02 EST How/when did THAT happen & special Anniversary day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817041 Well I guess not being a obsessive scale watcher helps. Some HOW, some WHERE, some TIME in the past month I have lost almost 5 lbs. Must be the motivation to do more steps, another 1/4 mile or something with the spark pedometer. I thought the scale was broke so I had to go weigh on DH's scale and yep, said I had lost 1 more pound than my scale did. <BR> <BR> Today is also my 7th year anniversary of <em>270</em> I quit during the Great American Smoke Out on November 15, 2007 plus with... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:54:40 EST Thank you Daddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813949 In honor of USA Veteran's Day, THANK YOU DADDY <BR> <BR> These are the medals my Father earned during WWII. Sadly my beloved Daddy passed away in May 2013 at the age of 92 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1193711020.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165747932.jpg"> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 04:08:24 EST Are YOU up for a challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806091 I know I need one! <BR> Get Fit Before you Feast Challenge! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=get_fit_before_you_feast_a_november<BR>_challenge </link> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:39:59 EST It's that day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801896 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1320577446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1153159982.jpg"> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:28:13 EST Butter in your coffee??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800406 PLEASE NOTE, I FOUND THIS ON A MESSAGE BOARD, I HAVE NO OPINION, I AM JUST POSTING THIS FOR OTHERS!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.weather.com/health/latest-diet-t<BR>rend-butter-coffee-20141014 </link> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:20:26 EST I've been busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793808 I'm back overseas in Saudi Arabia until May 20 2015. The flight back was uneventful, luggage arrived on the same flight at the same time and thank you TSA for opening my luggage and rummaging through it, I hope you had fun. <BR> It's still HOT and excessively humid, my windows are all wet until mid morning and it's still over 110 during the day, BLECK! <BR> I'm making the best of it, DH had 2 weeks off for the Muslim Hajj holiday so for the first few days we cleaned and dusted the living roo... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 03:37:00 EST A day of rememberance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777915 9-11-01 was a beautiful September day shattered by death and destruction. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l758224320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today we remember all those lost on that terrible day <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1731136019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today also would have been my parents 68th Wedding Anniversary but sadly my Dad is no longer with us. I still miss him so very much every day. <BR> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:45:11 EST Insane Inflateable 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767394 Too bad I won't be here, this could be fun. Pass this along to your teams if these are in your area! <BR> <BR> <link>insaneinflatable5k.com/ </link> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:23:53 EST August 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757656 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1559008667.jpg"> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:16:40 EST 4th of July 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732069 Wishing all those who observe Happy 4th of July. <BR> I hope you are having a good day. It is rainy, dark, humid and icky here in New Hampshire. Most all of the fireworks around the area have been cancelled tonight. <BR> <BR> I found out my Godmother passed away the other day. I haven't sene her in many many years, she was my father's sister, she was older than he was. <BR> <BR> My daughter and her son are moving today, she and her husband are doing a trial separation even though he does... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:23:58 EST June 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729400 Still trying to deal with my sister's death, it is not easy. So many times i want to pick up the phone and tell her about a new craft picture I saw or a neat place I found to shop/browse through or a new place I found to eat or things to do while she is here for vacation. this hurts so much!!! <BR> <BR> I got a Spark pedometer, and to me, that is all it is, a step counter, a $60.00 step counter that syncs to my computer. It works ok, I wear it every day and it pushes me to go 1, 2, 10 ste... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:11:49 EST My Sister passed away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718186 My sister passed away on Wednesday June 11. I so very heartbroken, she was my only sibling, she would have been 67 today, June 15 her funeral will be Monday which would have been her wedding anniversary had she still been married. When will the pain stop? I am still hurting from my father's death May 1, 2013 and now this. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dimblebyfriedelfuneralhomes.com/<BR>obituary/Priscilla-A.-Vibbard/New-York<BR>-Mills-NY/1390498 </link> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:55:28 EST June 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410589009.jpg"> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:40:23 EST My long journey home begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698861 It is 7:20AM local time on Tuesday morning in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, 12:20AM Tuesday morning Eastern daylight time in New Hampshire USA. I board a plane in less than 24 hours for the 13 hour, non-stop flight across the Atlantic taking me HOME for my 4 1/2 month vacation. I will go to the airport at 02:00AM Wednesday local time to begin the check in process, go through immigration and sit until the flight boards. I arrive in the USA at 11:30AM Wednesday morning Eastern Daylight time. Hopeful... Tue, 20 May 2014 00:40:38 EST May 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697421 Food is on track today <BR> <BR> Sleep - 7 1/2 hours, close enough to 8 <BR> <BR> Water, may be short 1 cup (YES I MEASURE MY WATER CONSUMPTION IN CUPS) <BR> <BR> Exercise - does running up and down stairs several times a day count? cleaning-scrubbing down bathrooms <BR> <BR> The vet visit with Sammy cat did not go well, He did get neutered but he got away from the vet when she was putting him in his cage to go home, he raced, jumped and ran all over the "infirmary" room, under cages, b... Sun, 18 May 2014 04:30:51 EST May 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696834 It's my weekend, the day to do errands, get stuff done. Took the male cat to the vets to get him neutered, stopped at the pharmacy to pick up my medication to take with me on my vacation, stopped by the grocery store to get cat food - grocery store is in the mall so we walked a lot to get there and back, didn't really shop. <BR> On to another mall to get an internet chip for the hours I'll be sitting at the airport, again parked in the way back of the parking lot to avoid the morons that do... Sat, 17 May 2014 07:40:32 EST May 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695398 food - good and HEALTHY <BR> <BR> Sleep - 8 hours give or take a pee run in the middle of the night <BR> <BR> exercise - feels good to workout! <BR> <BR> Me time - yes, packing and organizing Thu, 15 May 2014 05:00:19 EST 1 week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694614 One week from today at 11:35AM Eastern Daylight Time I will be landing in the USA and will BE HOME IN NEW HAMPSHIRE for my annual 4 1/2 month VACATION! i will get to drive my car to where ever, whenever I want! I can wear whatever I want while I'm out, I can eat PIG MEAT, drink a REAL BEER, have Bailey's Irish Creme or Kahlua in my coffee! I WILL BE FREE! I can't do any of those things in this hell called Saudi Arabia. It's too complicated to explain why I am here but I am American born ... Wed, 14 May 2014 05:36:07 EST May 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694276 Exercise - Aaahhhhhh youbet <BR> <BR> Food - YUM healthy <BR> <BR> Spark - eh, sure, why not <BR> <BR> me time - yep, from 6AM-3PM every day Tue, 13 May 2014 15:34:52 EST May 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693520 Posted with permission from JV Manning @ Random Thoughts N' Lotsa Coffee an exert from her new book called "The Other Side" <BR> <BR> This has NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD, PLEASE DO NOT DRAG GOD INTO THIS BLOG! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1602065817.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:32:32 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692396 Wishing all the Moms, Moms-to-be, Step moms, Foster Moms, Co-Moms, Mothers-in-Law, Grandmothers, GREAT Grandmothers, Godmothers, Part-time moms, Aunts, Sisters, Nieces and even Dads who have to be moms. I hope you all have a lovely Mother's day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279677527.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A special Mother's day to those Moms in Heaven <BR> <BR> Thoughts and prayers to those Moms serving our country overseas and to those moms with Sons, Daughters... Sun, 11 May 2014 05:54:36 EST May 10. 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691713 Water - lots <BR> food - healthy <BR> exercise - 45 + 35 + 10 <BR> Computer time - not much today <em>253</em> Sat, 10 May 2014 06:42:07 EST May 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691422 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> This is a very nice saying that I like, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD, PLEASE DO NOT POST GOD STUFF ON MY BLOGS. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2118030720.jpg"> Fri, 9 May 2014 16:06:11 EST May 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689530 Two weeks from today these are the signs I will see: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l868414139.jpg"> Wed, 7 May 2014 07:53:20 EST