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/ Vacation so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6495634 Made it to New Hampshire ok. Both husband and me had 3 seats each to stretch out on, so that was fine. That's about all that went well, so much hassles and problems and BS about the trip. <BR> Then get home to the house and find out there is no internet and my phone wasn't working. Found out my phone had been shut off and my number given out to someone else, had to buy a new cable modem for internet to work then had to fight with Spectrum to get that up and working. Haven't slowed down ... Mon, 28 May 2018 21:00:01 EST My long day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494141 Friday May 25 is our travel day for our vacation back HOME to the USA for 6 weeks. Our flight leaves at 6 AM local time Friday morning in Saudi Arabia which is 11 PM Thursday night back home in New Hampshire. We arrive in Washington DC at 12:30 PM 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, landing at 7 PM. Daughter picks us up, then we'll go out to supper. We should be home around 10 PM <BR> <BR>... Thu, 24 May 2018 03:13:51 EST Vacation time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493859 Friday, May 25, I will start my vacation back home to the USA. Can't wait for fresh air, family hugs, cooler temps. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bb6fe9a-2d0b-45bb-b133-44138dadd95b.jpg"> Wed, 23 May 2018 04:13:00 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492302 OK people, this is supposed to be FUNNY, NOT REAL, A JOKE, FOR A LAUGH. If this offends you or you don't like it, please just move on, no need to leave a nasty message. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ec145e5-4882-45ae-94ea-ed482d67a35c.jpg"> Thu, 17 May 2018 16:19:48 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488818 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4e28098-a99a-41b9-919e-705ecd80af3c.jpg"> Sat, 5 May 2018 11:16:30 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6486448 This is FUNNY TO ME <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d172074-c997-4daa-a9c4-f425a0bb6f3c.jpg"> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:18:12 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483633 I remember having to learn part of this poem in school (back in the dark ages) <BR> <BR> Paul Revere's Ride <BR> Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> Listen my children and you shall hear <BR> <BR> Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, <BR> <BR> On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; <BR> <BR> Hardly a man is now alive <BR> <BR> Who remembers that famous day and year. <BR> He said to his friend, "If the British march <BR> <BR> By land or sea from the town to-night, <BR> <BR> Hang a lan... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:43:08 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480648 I thought this is FUNNY, if you are OFFENDED, JUST BACK OUT AND GO ON YOUR WAY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0f168ca-07db-4421-ab2a-0dafdacb328d.jpg"> Mon, 9 Apr 2018 10:55:30 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480195 NOTE: I like this saying, that's why I posted it. If you have a problem with what it says, just back out, no need to leave a comment. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da7f0ba0-beb3-499a-acc3-eff6e88c0c0b.jpg"> Sun, 8 Apr 2018 03:53:52 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479232 I love this quote! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/101fc6c2-2d8f-499e-a746-5fc140637d03.jpg"> Thu, 5 Apr 2018 02:27:22 EST New Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477836 A new month for new goals both exercise wise and food wise and health wise. <BR> <BR> I do not observe/celebrate easter and I despise the april fools jokes. <BR> <BR> Have a great day Sun, 1 Apr 2018 05:58:21 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477537 You Can do it! You can set your mind to more exercise, healthier eating and a better lifestyle. Sit down, make a plan and do the best you can. It won't happen over night but with focus, it can be done. <BR> <BR> Good luck on your journey! Sat, 31 Mar 2018 05:11:37 EST Play ball!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476979 It's a wonderful day! Today is opening day of Baseball season, YAY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88bbf277-deb4-4ad1-b8d7-c26e887b2e02.jpg"> Thu, 29 Mar 2018 08:37:12 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476272 ATTENTION PEOPLE: THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY, HAHA, A JOKE, DON'T READ INTO IT, RELAX AND LAUGH! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/266b3be5-a6c7-40b2-b37a-688d169a7446.jpg"> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 02:43:34 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475943 Have a GREAT day! Mon, 26 Mar 2018 06:11:42 EST My Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466732 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/869e4df1-94af-4566-9186-3d2972b73b22.jpg"> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 02:33:53 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464506 ATTENTION READERS: BEFORE YOU GO MAKING A OFFENSIVE REMARK, THIS IS A QUOTE THAT I LIKE, IT IS FOR ME, IT IS NOTHING THAT I AM GOING TO DO OR HAVE DONE, I JUST LIKE THIS QUOTE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24ed16ea-edb0-419e-b0c9-dd656c549a25.jpg"> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:33:32 EST Happy Birthday to my Daddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460857 Today is my Daddy's 98th birthday but sadly he is celebrating in Heaven with my sister. I miss him every day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf31991d-4880-47a5-9a02-ea99431abe3c.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 8 Feb 2018 02:53:53 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459729 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d898bb6-3be0-46c2-a04d-df3efa9ed009.jpg"> Mon, 5 Feb 2018 04:38:48 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444254 OK people, this is supposed to be FUNNY, A JOKE, A HAHA to make you at least smile. THIS IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED TO ME NOR WHAT I AM PLANNING TO DO. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e81c0c88-be35-4058-9879-fd8a1f98acd0.jpg"> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 05:02:53 EST Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440790 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27e1d229-8376-406e-8d73-7660a147122a.jpg"> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:31:35 EST A life changing anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438493 34 years ago, December 7, 1984, I took my two small children, (THEN aged 3 & 6) and got on a plane with a good friend and her daughter left the USA in a snowstorm. 13 hours and 8 time zones later, we landed in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. My friend only lasted 2 1/2 years and went home. Our children grew up and left, now have families of their own but my husband and I are still here in Jeddah. No, it's not fun but being here with my husband is better than sitting my self in our home in the booni... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:38:28 EST The day that will live in infamy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438109 Today is Pearl Harbor day, the day that will live in infamy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f081f1c1-c00c-4ce1-beb7-791ce9ec6662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Dec 2017 23:52:29 EST YUMMY veggie burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437228 A friend posted this video to facebook, some of them sound Delicious!! <BR> 8 Amazing Veggie burgers <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.buzzfeed.com/delaneyratz<BR>ky/8-amazing-veggie-burgers?utm_term=.<BR>cn52dmApjG </link> Mon, 4 Dec 2017 05:22:19 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433976 To all those who celebrate/observe the day, Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you have a lovely day with family or friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/346b445a-c865-47bf-80d4-d44ead6681d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am not cooking the whole big Turkey dinner thing because I am not feeling well and don't feel up to standing for hours then having to clean up. Maybe next weekend when i feel better. <BR> <BR> To those of you who don't celebrate/observe the day, have a wonderf... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:03:39 EST 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