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/ We will have a Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433019 1st off, I am American born and raised, my husband is American born and raised but for 30+ years he has been working and we have been living in Saudi Arabia. I hate it, but my husband is here, our kids are grown with kids of their own, so this is where I belong rather than sitting in our house in the boonie mountains of New Hampshire. Enough about that. <BR> 2nd, Thanksgiving is the only holiday I REALLY enjoy other than 4th of July for PERSONAL reasons, too much hurt, heartache and pain t... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:55:45 EST I quit!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431509 10 Years ago that is, gained 25 lbs, developed Thyroid problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and menopause. Don't know what started what chain there but it all fell downhill from there. Except my nose, I can smell everything, even things that others cant. Now I can't stands to be around cigarette smoke! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8097afc-5238-4460-a18c-8ba70820a06f.png"> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:30:03 EST World Diabetes day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431182 Today, NOVEMBER 14, is World Diabetes Day! EVERY NOVEMBER 14TH is Diabetes Awareness day! Please find information on this, find a cure! There should be more information made public about this day! I guess National Donut day is more important or love your dog day, NOT in my book! <BR> I struggle with this every day, some days are great and some days are not! It doesn't matter what I eat, what I don't eat, how much water I drink, how much exercise I get, how much sleep I get, it's a daily ... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:51:28 EST Another Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427379 For today's EMERALD GEM BIGGEST LOSER TEAM weigh in I was down another 3 pounds. I think most of that was from being the toilet a lot the past couple of days. Something I ate just didn't agree with me. I fixed chicken noodle soup from scratch the other day because my husband wasn't feeling well so that could be also. <BR> I have increased the time and length of my morning walks so that could also help. I have been more active in the house, more energy. <BR> <BR> Go me! <em>104</em> ... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 06:30:05 EST BOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426809 Halloween is not celebrated, Not observed or recognized in this country, it is forbidden, NOT allowed and against the culture here. Once upon a time when the compound I live on was ALL Americans or all Westerners we would all decorate houses inside and out and there were lots of kids we did have Trick or Treat, Halloween parties etc but everyone left and it is now Saudi military officers and no Western/American kids anymore. No decorations, no candy. <BR> When I went for my walk this morni... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:52:37 EST Better Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425775 This past week is was cool-er here in the land of sand to get outside and walk. I am starting out slow and working up and this week was a good walk week. I got out 4 out of 4 week days and am building up the time and distance. <BR> Eating healthier too. <BR> I put 2 pounds in the trash this week so I am satisfied, eating healthier much to husband's dismay. <BR> <BR> Hopefully it will start cooling down more so I can get out and clean up the patio and get the privacy fence put back up. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 06:02:16 EST So discouraged today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422856 Today was my weigh in for my Emerald Gems Biggest loser Fall challenge and it did not go well. This is getting me so very discouraged! <BR> I ate better this week, I got better sleep, I drank my goal of water, I got in real walking workout outside, I did not snack, I did a few extra strength training exercises and what happened? I friggin' GAINED 2 lbs this week. GAINED!!! That is getting so very discouraging for me. <BR> <BR> No body is going to do this for me, I have to get my self ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:10:17 EST Restart update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422560 It's finally cooled down a little bit in the mornings and less humid so I am able to start walking outside again. Start slow with short distances and timings and build up. It may only be mornings so far but I have to start somewhere and I am damn proud of myself for staying with my goals! <BR> <BR> 3 days till the B I G 6.....0!! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:04:12 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422297 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c454124f-9fcb-43d5-b022-784631efe415.jpg"> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:13:24 EST Restart update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421290 Doing ok, some days are better than others due to husband's schedule. My schedule revolves around his. since his stroke a year ago, I have to wait and see what his plans are day to day. He does work 5 days a week, he walks after work then does a short workout to help strengthen his left arm/hand but I still have to dress him, get him food and drink, move things out of his way, fix this, look for that etc. He doesn't like to eat healthy food because it doesn't have any taste so he smothers ... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:26:29 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418723 Today's National Day Calendar day is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b45e538-1716-4c9b-8832-bf50e70a5126.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Introducing #PlusSizeAppreciationDay - recognizing the stigma of how we are supposed to appear in society often doesn't match reality, and that our appearance affects our daily life. Today we push aside those stereotypes and celebrate the extraordinary talent found in people everywhere. Let's everyday be about boosting one another's confidence... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:39:32 EST Restart day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417534 I think it's day 3, I lose track of days, dates here. <BR> I'll be honest, the exercise is progressing, walking, strength training but the eating has to get better. Had a "discussion" with husband and told him this fried, greasy crap has to STOP! We need to eat better to say healthy so I made a weekly menu and will stick to it. May not be 100% healthy but a lot better than before. No more gravy, only light sauce, no more buttered vegetables, just pepper and maybe lemon juice, no more frie... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 04:31:09 EST This has got to stop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417322 All these horrible events need to just STOP! <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Mon, 2 Oct 2017 14:21:10 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416030 I've been thinking about this for a few days now, I am going to start over from square 1. I know a lot of people have and I'm going to join the group of those who did. I've been a member since 2008, I lost 20 lbs in the beginning, regained, lost, regained. <BR> <BR> My husband has been no help with my eating habits lately, all he wants is greasy, deep fried, butter coated food, does not want to eat healthier. I fixed different food for me the past few days but that's enough. He had a stro... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:04:54 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413405 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5256d5ad-2e44-4521-9e09-212ac2ea7f86.jpg"> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:12:06 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412161 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c08d410-20a0-4ea5-8423-3ebc7db4c72b.jpg"> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:21:04 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411144 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a609adc2-f9d9-44c9-b7b0-0eb779301b80.jpg"> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:43:45 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410497 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfc13f1c-74cc-4fbd-a78d-6c4f2e691f1a.jpg"> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:34:41 EST September 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409898 Today would have been my parent's 71st Wedding Anniversary but sadly my Dad passed away in 2013. My Mom still obvserves the day, as she should! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c23d939-3820-4759-9bca-e93a5e55cd21.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99153b06-2704-4d94-8e03-6e2e4124768f.jpg"> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 02:45:56 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409061 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e679acab-90a4-44bc-9122-b98a93bf40b9.jpg"> Fri, 8 Sep 2017 14:08:28 EST Just another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407097 Took a leisure drive around the "outskirts" of the city today, not much traffic but it's a MUSLIM holiday here. It was nice. Stopped and got some shrimp for grilled shrimp for supper, can't wait. <BR> <BR> Other than that, laundry, exercise and cleaning the mold out of the kitchen cabinets. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 06:43:39 EST Science Says............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406868 Sleeping In a Cold Room Is Better for Your Health, it works for me but DH has to cocoon in blankets. <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/sc<BR>ience-says-sleeping-in-a-cold-room-is-<BR>better-for-your-health/ar-AAr5NGj?OCID<BR>=ansmsnnews11 </link> Sat, 2 Sep 2017 13:51:21 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405638 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e55901a-a14e-43fd-bb48-d71438447bdd.jpg"> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:19:50 EST Kindness of strangers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397541 No, this is not about diet, fitness, nutrition, motivation which I know some of you only want to read about, but as the title says, Kindness of strangers. <BR> <BR> Monday afternoon/evening we went to the grocery store for our after vacation grocery shopping. Came out with a trunk full of cat food, people food and cold stuff that I had coolers for. Car wouldn't start because the battery was dead. DH only has the use of one hand/arm but I helped him put up the hood of the car. One person came... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:13:19 EST Time to move on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397305 Vacation is over and I'm back in Saudi Arabia. Vacation did not go so well for me, but people don't like negativity here so won't go into details. If you have a partially disabled family member that you are the caregiver for, you never get a true vacation. Some days were ok, some days were horrible. <BR> <BR> So now it's time to put away the suitcases, put on the new fitbit zip and walk forward and count down to whenever his next vacation is. <BR> <BR> And with that, on to exercise. Tue, 8 Aug 2017 01:32:56 EST Our annual Sunrise drive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394858 On July 30 we got up at 2 AM got dressed for winter weather and drove up to 6288 elevation on Mount Washington in New Hampshire to watch the most beautiful sunrise ever. It was perfectly clean and the sunrise was beautiful! We took one of our very long time friends from 40 years ago, he was impressed. There was even a bride and groom getting married. It was cold and windy up there but beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab67eca7-1022-49d2-9686-fe6b722723... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 22:07:41 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389447 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6206274e-afb5-47f2-819f-5876ef986ee5.jpg"> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:50:13 EST Enjoying vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379180 Flight to USA was not full, we had empty seats to stretch out in, flight went well. the rain was so refreshing when we landed as was the nice cool air. <BR> Took DH to Weir's Beach for Bike week on Saturday morning, walked around for about 5 hours <BR> Sunday we had to catch up on groceries and pick up a few things, walked around for about 3 hours.ours <BR> Monday took my car for oil change and browsed shops, shopped and walked around for about 3 hours <BR> Tuesday had eye appointments, more... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:02:24 EST Vacation time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375595 Friday June 16 is our travel day for our vacation back HOME to the USA for 6 weeks. Our flight leaves at 6AM local time Friday morning in Saudi Arabia which is 11 PM Thursday night back home in New Hampshire. We arrive in Washington DC at 12:30PM Friday afternoon, but it's a 12 1/2 hour non stop flight that is totally full. Not fun. We then have a 5 hour layover for our flight home.. DH then needs to go to the local mall to an AT&T place to get a phone chip so his phone will work at home... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:24:09 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372432 This is the view from the beach that is across the road from my house in New Hampshire. I added the quote <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad375ea5-199f-43c2-b8da-af6598a5b3c2.jpg"> Thu, 8 Jun 2017 07:43:51 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371580 IN MEMORIUM: June 6 1944 D Day 73 years ago Tue, 6 Jun 2017 09:09:14 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370784 Saw these on Facebook and I think it's funny. If you don't like it, just back out and don't leave rude comments. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0a0e5b9-d917-4cc0-84f1-f2b03cd408ab.jpg"> Sun, 4 Jun 2017 16:58:02 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367553 Remembering the reason for your 4 day weekend, your beach trip, your cook out with friends <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5317178f-7419-4fac-9c0d-3a1114ca9b6b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82f33a97-8ff9-4a45-b5a9-8665686b2015.jpg"> Sun, 28 May 2017 04:50:02 EST Overnight oats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365449 Lately I've been having "overnight oats" for breakfasts. Regular oats, ALWAYS USE REGULAR, NOT quick cooking, a fruit or 2, Almond milk of one flavor or another, nuts of one kind or other and sometimes a sweetener or sometimes not. It's pretty good and ready to eat in the mornings. I've found some recipes right here in the Spark People recipe section and some from pinterest. <BR> Good Stuff! <BR> <BR> 24 more days till I get home. Tue, 23 May 2017 02:39:33 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363393 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a5b0243-2dd8-462f-a6cd-df0d11039b95.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No special reason <BR> <em>334</em> <em>236</em> <em>213</em> <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e4c58bd-e427-4b57-9d25-d8a675e1b9eb.jpg"> Thu, 18 May 2017 05:33:24 EST May 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362308 31 Days until I am in the USA for 5 weeks. Too short for me but I gotta take care of husband. Mon, 15 May 2017 15:01:42 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361707 Wishing all those who observe/celebrate a Happy Mother's Day. Hope you all have a lovely day. <BR> <BR> To those who don't observe the day, have a great day. Sun, 14 May 2017 08:25:19 EST May 11, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360539 I should have been home in the USA by now but due to husband's stroke in September, I can't leave him by himself for any length of time. He can function almost normal but he can't use his left hand so he can't cook for himself and he needs help getting dressed. I don't know how he functioned on his own while he was on a business trip last week, but he survived somehow. He has gone back to work and he does drive. We do not travel well together when flying so this year will be very stressfu... Thu, 11 May 2017 09:24:03 EST Sad anniversary day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355916 Today is a sad day for me. Today is the 4th anniversary of my Daddy's passing. He was 93 when he passed away and was not all that well, we knew his time was short. I miss him and think of him every day. He was a Mason, a Shriner, a husband, Dad, Papa and Great Grampa. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5c5afac-491c-41e6-952d-de61ceda307f.jpg"> Mon, 1 May 2017 03:51:44 EST Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355449 Thank you to those few that stopped by my blog yesterday to wish us a Happy Anniversary. It is much appreciated. <BR> <BR> My thought for today, THIS IS MEAN TO BE FUNNY. IF YOU DO NOT FIND IT FUNNY, PLEASE JUST MOVE ON. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e13637ce-1b91-474a-9e17-086df55505cb.jpg"> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:26:53 EST Milestone year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355037 Today begins our family year of Milestone days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e992072b-30ba-489a-bbfe-095014695c04.jpg"> <BR> Today is my 40th Wedding Anniversary, my DH is away on a business trip and won't be back for a few more days. It's been a journey of many ups and many downs, tears and laughter, kids and grand kids but we managed to get through. <BR> <BR> June would have been my sister's 70th birthday, sadly she is not here to celebrate. <BR> <BR> July ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:11:37 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354660 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99b17737-28b6-4125-bfe8-7cef9e2178eb.jpg"> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:20:11 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353626 This is the WAY I feel, I THINK this is FUNNY. If you don't like it, back out, no need to leave rude, snarky remarks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ebd0145-8632-4759-876d-1c3c0d5c9785.png"> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:10:56 EST April 25, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353159 Miscellaneous blabber today <BR> One day last week I made it to the top points level, Level 25, whopee! <BR> Every 30 days you are active on the site -- 3205 days on sparkpeople <BR> Current login SparkStreak: 997 Days <BR> <BR> I was sick for almost 2 weeks with a combination of different stuff, but feeling better now. DH didn't want to take me to the hospital because he didn't want them to keep me, then he wouldn't have anyone to get him dressed, make his coffee, cook for him, clean up hi... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:14:12 EST That famous Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350136 Paul Revere’s Ride <BR> <BR> By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear <BR> Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, <BR> On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; <BR> Hardly a man is now alive <BR> Who remembers that famous day and year. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.paulreverehouse.org/long<BR>fellows-poem/ </link> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:11:55 EST MY PERSONAL OPINION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345586 THIS IS THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT MYSELF, ME PERSONALLY, THIS IS ME, NOT YOU. IF YOU FEEL OFFENDED, THEN BACK OUT AND GO AWAY, NO NEED TO COMMENT. I FIND IT FUNNY AND TOTALLY ME! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07c65d07-bd88-4e9f-ae99-678b6a84f337.jpg"> Sat, 8 Apr 2017 13:25:57 EST LOVE these pants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345202 Just my speed! If YOU don't like it, back out! This IS MY speed , all except the skinny, 1/2 naked person <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/004fb18d-0682-4717-91f1-72b6758912c9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you like these, here is the site": <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.teezidi.com/sloth-runnin<BR>g-team </link> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:54:35 EST April 4. 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343504 JEEP 4X4 DAY – If only we were HOME in the USA we could celebrate this all day! <BR> <BR> NATIONAL HUG A NEWSPERSON DAY – <BR> <BR> NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARIAN DAY – <BR> <BR> NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY – <BR> <BR> NATIONAL WALK AROUND THINGS DAY – I walk around things all day trying to maneuver around stuff husband leaves around the house <BR> <BR> NATIONAL CHICKEN CORDON BLEU DAY – <BR> <BR> NATIONAL SAAM DAY OF ACTION: Nationally recognized in the United States and observed annua... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 05:40:16 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343190 THIS DID NOT HAPPEN TO ME, I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72b01da1-1e9f-4006-8c83-a11ed73bbe87.jpg"> Mon, 3 Apr 2017 13:02:54 EST OPENING DAY! PLAY BALLLLLL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342543 Finally, <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e01d9953-c0b1-4cec-9819-d6fa23af4604.png"> for the Baseball season!! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95216d3f-6d11-476e-947a-c7b5b6ac15c5.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b4aff9c-3f16-41aa-ad19-cb781f7195e4.jpg"> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 06:39:16 EST