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/ Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037469 Just wanted to take a minute or two to wish all those who celebrate/observe a Happy Thanksgiving. I realize not everyone celebrates or observes this day and to some it may be a heart breaking day or just not an important factor in your lives. <BR> <BR> We will be having a full dinner on Friday since Thanksgiving is not observed or celebrated in this country (currently we are NOT home in the USA) and it is a regular work day. We do try to make the best of it. Thanksgiving and the 4th of ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:12:01 EST Options http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036721 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS & LOTSA COFFEE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a48a571-e7ed-494b-99b5-43bdb7f518e2.jpg"> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:08:43 EST I QUIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032326 8 Years may not be a long time, but I am DAMN proud of myself!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/858ee856-9753-461f-b0c2-5ef5c40c0a36.png"> <BR> <BR> <em>270</em> <em>104</em> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <em>236</em> <em>279</em> <em>285</em> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 02:50:42 EST World Diabetes Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031814 In light of what happened in France on the Evening of November 13, this really has no meaning right now. <BR> <BR> World Diabetes day. <BR> <link>www.idf.org/wdd-index/ </link> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 01:51:01 EST Rock On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030767 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d136ebf-95b7-4c38-a2e2-0b6dda27857a.jpg"> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:47:09 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030246 Thank you Daddy and many, many Veterans who have served my country and others <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb148ade-aa58-41e4-ad8e-dacfd3d9cb31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3d35532-82ce-49fc-a219-116f48a4204b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband was a Marine from just out of high school in 1975 until he got out in 1981 but during Peace time. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:10:05 EST Happy Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029867 240th Birthday! My husband was a Marine when I married him in 1977 he got out in 1981 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7a50e2c-30d0-449a-9b46-e632d69e20b8.png"> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:49:04 EST Orthorexia: An Unhealthy Obsession With Healthy Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026691 Just came across this article. Worth a read. <BR> <BR> <link>health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-f<BR>itness/brain-and-behavior/articles/201<BR>0/12/14/orthorexia-an-unhealthy-obsess<BR>ion-with-healthy-eating?src=usn_fb </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 14:11:20 EST My ALMOST completetly made from scratch dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024489 Had an almost completely made from scratch dinner last night. A Ruben sandwich. Home made corned beef on home made rye bread, with made from scratch Russian dressing topped with home made sauerkraut. <BR> <BR> NOTE FOR THOSE THAT WILL PICK APART THE ITEMS USED TO MAKE THE SANDWICH: <BR> I DID NOT RAISE AND SLAUGHTER THE COW USED TO MAKE THE CORNED BEEF. <BR> <BR> I DID NOT GROW AND HARVEST THE CABBAGE USED TO MAKE THE SAUERKRAUT. <BR> <BR> I DID NOT GROW AND HARVEST THE WHEAT TO MAKE TH... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 03:40:51 EST A delicious, healthy snack, lunch, appetizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023562 Cucumber "sub", saw this on another webiste and tried it. <BR> Take a cucumber and cut in 1/2 then cut in 1/2 length wise and remove seeds. Roll up deli slices of turkey ham or low fat/low salt deli meat. Spread with Laughing Cow cheese spread or low fat/fat free cream cheese. Add chopped/sliced green onion. Put cucumber halves together and enjoy! We thought it was pretty good but I could have put more meat on it. <BR> <BR> The original photo <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:25:29 EST Not apologizing for this one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023048 SORRY BUT I THINK THESE ARE FUNNY! I don't have kids that trick or treat, and there is no trick or treating where I live so there is NO candy in MY house! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80abe0b3-01cf-46ce-b577-84b16c3a8752.jpg"> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:26:38 EST Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022390 Hey Robin, pay attention to this!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a340539-efb6-4ad1-90d9-2a374210fadf.jpg"> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 05:16:17 EST Sorry SparkPeople but................ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021239 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03a0c4f8-3da9-4194-847c-eeaa75080a4d.jpg"> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 02:15:34 EST THIS IS A FUNNY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020206 THIS IS MEANT TO BE A JOKE, A FUNNY, A LAUGH, HUMOROUS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3f93c20-6b9f-4649-855e-817c99526054.jpg"> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 05:38:08 EST Once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018522 <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>236</em> <em>524</em> <em>475</em> <em>35</em> <em>44</em> <em>494</em> <em>301</em> <em>255</em> <em>181</em> <em>297</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 01:11:06 EST I wish you............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017987 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS AND LOTS OF COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/516f6417-162e-498d-b316-6759b2823a52.jpg"> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:01:43 EST Another finished cross stitch project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017330 Pumpkin Patch Welcome by MarNic Designs. Took 2 years to stitch due to the stupid floss color symbols and 1/4 stitches. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3103b80-9d1d-4205-af0e-ddfc620e5afa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:02:54 EST A finished cross stitch project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014417 I finished this tonight, I love cross stitching. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf1f1dcf-6171-4f1f-a8d4-b7e71f82e3cc.jpg"> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:36:01 EST The scale says.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012086 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/536e706b-70c2-4ea4-8110-505caba1721f.jpg"> Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:27:14 EST Around the Bend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010171 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM J.V. MANNING AND RANDOM THOUGHTS AND LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89074e1f-5366-4e48-8de1-313e414da20c.jpg"> Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:56:11 EST Finally settling down to my...................... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989748 Finally settling down to my vegan, gluten free, soy free, antibiotics free, raw, non GMO, organic, fat free, low carb, low sodium meal! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1854a128-85da-40c6-a583-38b91fbb35c2.jpg"> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:07:21 EST My Summer vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979634 I keep getting Spark e-mails from people telling me to read their blogs over and over and it is nothing I am interested in, guess I will have to block them or report them to SparkPeople <BR> <BR> It's been a very short, busy summer but a wonderful one. <BR> Spent time with my daughter when she picked me up at the airport in May, we went on a short trip for a couple days to Kittery Maine and up the coast a short distance. <BR> <BR> Then in June I went to Central NY to pick up my Mom and 2 ni... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:46:36 EST It's going to be a long 2 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930536 THIS BLOG WAS POSTED MAY 19 2015 <BR> <BR> 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 11:3... 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