RITAROSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RITAROSE RITAROSE'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/ The Little Engine that Could! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010977 I think I can, I think I can.......I am slowly building a little streak of good, healthy eating to go with my vigorous exercise! Getting stronger about saying "no" to bad choices. Yesterday was easier than the day before. I grabbed a bag of chips and put them on the counter to have a little snack yesterday without thinking. Before I opened them up I remembered and pushed them aside and reached for an orange instead. Sounds like a little thing, but it was actually a big victory that made ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:19:51 EST Day 2 of a new journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010308 Day 2 <BR> Yesterday was not without temptations, but I was able to make good choices with food. I've started with a group studying how to put our affections and cravings toward the Lord instead of things like food, sex, power etc. <BR> I am so thankful for Spark People and how it's helped me with my health. And, now I am eager to find more help on a spiritual level. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 09:13:10 EST ONWARD!! HI HO HI HO IT'S OFF TO WORK I GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009719 Gosh, I just haven't utilized my SPARK like I did in the beginning! Today I am off to a very good start--great walk enjoying the beautiful fall weather, 1 1/2 exercise classes and now after finishing a healthy breakfast I'm ready to attack my day! I need to plan what I will eat the rest of the day and then stick to only that. I weighed myself this morning and need to take measurements to show myself that I mean business! My health depends on it!! <em>252</em> <em>30</em> <em>224<... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 11:50:44 EST Surgery went very well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802993 I had my second cataract surgery today. As far as surgeries go, it was an easy one, but one that I'm hoping to not have again. Shouldn't unless problems develop. Wasn't able to eat or drink for 6 hours before surgery. That's ok. I had lunch and dinner. The most exciting thing is that I can see better! I've worn glasses for so many years I feel lost without them. I am wearing readers atop my head so that I can hopefully find them! :-) <BR> <BR> I'm on my second week of being a tutor ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:05:52 EST Today's Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797883 Didn't sleep very well last night because of my cataract surgery this morning. I know it's the easiest surgery to have, but I am uncomfortable thinking of having my eye cut despite knowing that it will be numbed. Such a baby I am! haha I've had so many surgeries and shouldn't be so wary. I am thankful that I won't be under a general anesthesia. They always give me reactions. After a rest at home, I will go tutor 4 kids for the first time. It's testing day so I will be reading and doin... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:38:02 EST Changes Yield Results Little by Little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788877 This is my second go around on SP for weight loss. When I had health issues that lead to several surgeries I abandoned my healthy lifestyle that included lots of good exercise to recuperate and the weight came on so FAST! Now, I have other health issues that my doctor tells me will be helped by losing weight to get my to a healthy level. I've been on a new eating plan that is the most restrictive I've ever had for the past two weeks and I have been able to stay on it, increase my exercise ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:51:30 EST Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781438 Today is day 2 of my renewal to weight loss. It's been such a hard journey the past three years. I am dealing with much daily pain. Exercise is part of my weekly routine, but it often comes at a price in the pain department. No exercise creates its own pain. Please don't get me wrong. I have accepted my condition and I'm not complaining. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that I have a chiropractor that has helped me immensely. He has told me several times that I will feel better when I lose ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:38:40 EST HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694141 My mood is surprisingly <em>67</em> considering my weight gain! I have been working the spark for several months in the area of fitness, but the food area has been sketchy at best. It's not that I am not trying, because I am trying very hard! <BR> <BR> I went to a chiropractor 6 weeks ago to use his biomat for pain management. He forgot to have it there so he talked to me about my health. I told him that my doctor could not help me with the pain stemming from arthritis except to pr... Tue, 13 May 2014 11:52:57 EST Getting food in check again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604374 Time to get some things written down. I have struggled, struggled to get the weight off that I put back on. My exercise is excellent, but still the weight has hung on. The joy of getting older!! <BR> <BR> I have realized that my food must be in order too in order to lose so finally I am back on tracking my food which does help tremendously. There's nothing like the second thought before eating something about how it will look and add up on my food diary!! Good accountability!! <BR> ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:12:17 EST Back on Track, Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475393 I haven't blogged since January! I have been busy at home since then. My dear, dear client died in January and I have needed to take time off from elder care to grieve her loss. In the mean time, my middle son's family moved from Seattle to Montana where he is able to work remotely. They lived with us for 3 months while they sold their house and bought one a mile from us. It was a good time, but a very difficult time too. Now that it is over as of last Friday, I can breathe and get my h... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 07:36:10 EST Grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215175 For the past 24 hours I've been dealing with grief from losing the 90 year old client I cared for and loved for the past 2 years. Yes, we knew she was dying, yes, it wasn't a surprise, but it still hurts. She was the kindest person I ever knew. Her two kids (66, 62) and their families took me in as one of the family. The past two weeks they've included me in the bedside vigil at the hospital and told me how much she loved me. <BR> Less than a week ago when I went to her hospital room she ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 07:28:47 EST Official Streak in Process! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201824 Today begins day 3 of my streak of 1) staying within my calorie range and 2) not eating at night to satisfy emotional deficit. It doesn't sound like anything, but I've been trying and trying to get myself back to not falling into the snacking at night for a long, long time. Someone suggested saving some calories for a snack and that's a great idea if I have any calories left. Meal planning is next on my to do list to refine my eating plan even more. Have a great day Spark Friends! <em... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:21:56 EST Progress, Slow, but sure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197383 I love the promise of a new year! I am so very motivated to work my food plan and add to my exercise program by walking more. It has worked for me to walk to work and home yesterday and today. Tomorrow will be another opportunity to do that also in addition to my Pilates class. I have been more active on SP too. I love reading about others having success and comiserate with those who are struggling. SP is such a great vehicle for those of us who are using the tools, esp the food tracker... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:39:47 EST Bright start to 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189694 2012 was physically very difficult with 3 surgeries to go through and recover from. I had a weight gain and had to get refocused over and over to getting the exercise I need and had worked up to before I had health problems. Bob and I are in the swing of walking to the Y three mornings a week in the early morning. We come across a woman who has physical challenges every morning at 5 without fail. Yes, we've failed to be there, but she hasn't! She told us this morning that she walks sever... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:29:09 EST Back to Exercise! Oh happy day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4671390 What a great day this is! Today was the first day I was able to return to my vigorous water aerobics class since I had my hysterectomy November 28th. A few weeks ago I swam for a half hour, it felt great, but I suffered for two days after that. It's been so hard to just walk for exercise, but that's just what we did last week to prepare for the WA class today. I'm at work and can feel that I probably overrworked, but I should be able to rest after lunch. I was sad to break my streak of ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:17:58 EST A Friend's Mark on My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4397275 My heart is heavy this morn with the news of the death of my dear, dear friend Cindy. <BR> She was a believer in the Lord and is now in the presence of our Heavenly Father, no longer suffering from the ravages of cancer that she so valiantly fought for several years. I rejoice for her! She taught me so many, many things that I treasure! She was an artist who could see a piece of beat up old broken down furniture and see a treasure that was waiting for her special touch. I would see nothin... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:08:39 EST Seattle--time with family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4188780 My husband and I are visiting our middle son, his wife and our amazingly adorable granddaughter who is turning 1 in a few days. It was so good to be with them on Easter. We only see them 2-3 times a year so this is very precious to us. <BR> I always heard that being a grandparent was a very special thing. I can attest to that personally, but one cannot appreciate it fully until they experience it for themselves. <BR> <BR> We have 3 granddaughters, ages 2 1/2, 1 1/2, and 1. Any day we w... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 09:19:17 EST Goodbye Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4052274 Today my mother died. Last Tuesday she stopped taking food and water. We had a difficult relationship since my birth. She let me know that she only wanted two kids and had five. I was the fourth. <BR> <BR> Three weeks ago she was in a nursing home recuperating from an infection. I visited her quite a bit even though it was very difficult for me to do so. I listened to her go on about my different siblings and how they had mistreated her. One day she started on me. I was so done wit... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:04:05 EST A Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3827360 Greetings Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> This is my second blog on this subject, please forgive me, I'm a MOM! This afternoon my son and I are traveling to Bozeman for my son's military interview tomorrow morning at 8:20 MST in front of 6 military officers, including one Brigadier General. He will be questioned and grilled for 20 minutes in his quest for an appointment to the Air Force Academy. <BR> <BR> I am asking my praying friends to please lift Levi up in prayer! Our prayer request is t... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 11:19:09 EST A Mother's Full Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3795542 Greetings Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> My heart is overflowing with thankfulness at God's provision in my family's life. <BR> A few years ago my youngest child, Levi (almost 18 now) came home from a leadership camp that his youth director took him to in NM telling his dad and I that he wanted to go to the Air Force Academy. (We have home schooled our 5 kids since 1983 and him being the tail end, I have to say, I'm tired! ) Our youth director is a grad of the AFA and took the three students he... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 09:25:32 EST Vegetable Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3712598 Recipe: The best vegetable soup ever, no kidding <BR> Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and author of "The Food Matters Cookbook" <BR> Ingredients <BR> 3/4 cup olive oil, more or less <BR> 2 onions, peeled and chopped <BR> 2 carrots, peeled and chopped <BR> 2 celery stalks, peeled and chopped <BR> Salt and freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1 bunch parsley, washed and chopped, thick stems discarded <BR> 2 or 3 cabbage leaves, chopped <BR> 1 bunch chard, preferably white, washed and chopped... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:19:28 EST September 1-- A New Beginning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3595420 I am tired of failing to work my plan! It's been a challenging two months of being sick and having all of my family home for my son's wedding, changing jobs, losing a dear friend that I worked for and starting two new jobs. The excuses need to be put back in the drawer and a new plan has to be implemented. I have composed a list of my goals for the month and will check back in at the end of the month to tell how I did. I made them do-able goals. Since I've been out of the practice of goi... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 07:43:38 EST Lowest lows and highest highs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3510561 Sometimes we are called upon to do difficult things that we think are beyond our abilities. Today was one of those for me. I was asked to eulogize the man I cared for over the past two years. He was my hero and had a huge impact on my life. What complicated the request is that our 5 children are home from all parts of the USA for our oldest son's wedding. The rehearsal dinner is tonight. <BR> <BR> We just got home after the service. It was an honor to talk about this man that has tau... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 18:33:26 EST My Most Unforgettable Character--Gene-- His Life Lessons for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3464512 What an emotional week this has been! For the past month I have dreaded Tuesday when I would be losing the job I've loved. I have taken care of Gene, an 89 year old man with Parkinson's Disease for the past 2+ years. He has been such a source of inspiration to me as I've seen him fight his disease with grace and strength and very little complaint! This while I was trying to learn to eat more appropriately and exercise regularly to lose weight and improve my health. <BR> <BR> When I didn'... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 10:37:06 EST 70# in the rear view mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3430385 I'm literally shocked that I've lost 70#! The journey began April 2009 on my own after my doctor told me I was going to be a diabetic. I tried to exercise and eat better. I think I lost about 12 pounds until August when the program my doctor signed me up for started on diabetes prevention. To get into the program I had to agree to 1)track my food daily and 2) weigh myself daily. I was upset on both accounts, but to be part of the program I had to do it, so I did! <BR> After a month, I wa... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 08:47:29 EST Look for EGGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3353086 It must have been 15 years ago that I heard a sermon from one of our elders on EGGS. The acronym stands for EVIDENCE OF GOD'S GRACE. Ken is such an eloquent speaker, I wish I could explain it like he did! He talked about how every day we commonly bypass the little things that are evidences of God's grace in our lives. We take our health, our family, our friends, our jobs, our comfortable homes, etc. for granted. It's so easy to ignore the beautiful sunny day, the full moon, the rainstorm... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 16:10:56 EST Lifestyle Change is Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3292602 We have been on vacation visiting our middle son, his wife and our new granddaughter, Lily (a living doll!) in Seattle. I've was surprised to see that I've actually lost weight while here. I know scales vary and all of that, but I'm hoping that the change of food, schedule and fitness have encouraged the weight loss. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we head home. I will be anxious to see if the weight loss holds. If it does I am considered, "overweight." Even though that doesn't sound great, it's a... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 11:44:11 EST A Revelation of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3248431 I weigh myself every morning when I get up. I was in a program before spark people where we had to do that, now it's a habit. I got on this morning like usual and saw I had lost a pound. Good news! After several hours it finally dawned on me that pound put me at 60 pounds lost since April 2009! WOW! I was shocked to realize it even though I knew I was close. I just hadn't given it much thought. <BR> <BR> I told the elderly man I care for in the evenings that I had lost a total of 60... Wed, 19 May 2010 22:44:21 EST Pedometer fails again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3169711 Two weeks ago I received a new pedometer for my birthday. Exciting since I had been without one for months after running it through the laundry! EEK! I'm walking so much now I really would like to keep track. <BR> <BR> The new one worked for a day before the numbers started cutting out. We took it back and go a different brand. Tonight as I was walking I pulled the new one out of my pocket to check it and noticed it had stopped counting. I had to reset it to get it to go again and th... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 04:16:38 EST Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3126576 This morning I walked up to my doctor's office for a regular visit. It was last April that he read me the riot act telling me that I was going to be a full fledged diabetic if I didn't change my ways and lose a good amount of weight. He was very pleased that in the past 50 weeks since that visit I've lost 55 pounds and my numbers have decreased for blood sugar, blood pressure and I feel GREAT! He asked me how I was continuing to lose after the program he told me to get into was over and I ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:19:39 EST Family Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3078108 Wow! It's been a whirlwind since my daughter Amy, granddaughter 71/2 month old Helen and son in law Benji hit town! I'm exhausted!! It's been a wonderful time, especially getting to know our smiley little Helen better! <BR> <BR> It's fun to see your child parent also. I'm happy that I am staying out of parenting her. She's the type that wants to do it all by herself, and with the help of her husband. I think she is relaxing, knowing I'm not going to give her a barrage of "how-to's." ... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 07:55:22 EST Green Tea inquiry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3003310 I keep hearing about how green tea is so good for health. I tried some and didn't like it. In fact, I got rid of it. Now I'm wondering if maybe I had some that was not good quality or a variety I don't care for. It occurred to me that possibly my spark friends would have some suggestions of green tea that has been tried and enjoyed, or possibly, there's a certain length of time to steep that is different from black tea's 3-5 minute steep. <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated. The g... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:50:51 EST A week of surprises, some bad some good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2968083 What an emotional week this has been! The man that I care for suffered several TIA's last Monday. It has effected me in a powerful way and I spent many extra hours with him so that he would not be alone. <BR> <BR> The thing that really pleases me is that even though I had many extra hours with him, I didn't throw the exercise out the window. Instead, I didn't go to my normal classes, but did vigorous walk/run intervals while listening to my ipod. Six months ago, I would have easily bag... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 07:59:12 EST Priorites out the window http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2938837 I was just goint o go for a long walk in the sun when I aw that USA/CANADA hockey game for the gold was going to be on. I am hoping to go on that walk after the exciting game! Do you all remember watching the 1980 game for the gold at Lake Placid? I hope this will be a similar outcome! (If you're from Canada, please accept my apologies! I don't mean to be nasty, just patriotic.) Sun, 28 Feb 2010 15:28:18 EST Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2933157 Finally, I've come to realize that even though I would rather not do strength training, it's a must for weight loss. I've been going through 12 machines at the club to build muscle. Looking forward to the day when I don't experience extreme muscle soreness. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend all!! Be active! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>299</em> <em>318</em> <em>185</em> <em>135</em> <em>417</em> <em>294</em> <em>260</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 23:09:43 EST Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2875231 I wanted to wish all of the Spark community a very Happy Valentine's day! I hope you set aside time to have a special celebration, whatever that might be! <BR> <BR> I'm so thankful for my dear husband who has stuck with me as I ballooned from the 110 pound bride to, well let's just say, the bride was twice as big! He never said anything negative to me about my weight. He was supportive when I wanted to exercise. He was always willing to do anything I wanted to try. When I had medical is... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 18:58:33 EST MOST INCREDIBLE Barley Bean Toss Salad---Try it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2867140 This ultra-fresh salad is bursting with flavor! <BR> <BR> Salad: <BR> 1 C regular pearl barley <BR> 3 C water <BR> 1- 15.25 oz can Mandarin oranges, drained <BR> 1 - 15 oz can kidney beans, drained <BR> 2/3 C finely chopped red onion <BR> 1/2 C chopped red bell pepper <BR> 1/2 C chopped green bell pepper <BR> 3 T chopeed fresh cilantro leaves <BR> <BR> Dressing: <BR> 2/3 C whilte wine vinegar <BR> 1/3 C olive oil <BR> 2 T granulated sugar <BR> 1 t. salt <BR> 1 t. ground black pepper <BR> 1 ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 19:00:49 EST SNOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2848740 I am so invigorated after walking for an hour in the snow. The wind wasn't blowing, I was warm and my ipod was my companion. As one who loves the snow, I couldn't ask for a better start to my day!! Have a great weekend all!! <em>444</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 13:57:40 EST Thankful heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2836092 Little by little, every day I am exercising, building strength, stamina and endurance that I haven't had for so many years! An unexpected outcome is how much I'm enjoying the process! <BR> <BR> Even though I'm over 50 I'm stronger than I was in my 30's. My sleep has been better as has my mood. Even though I have sore muscles after a good workout it's a good kind of sore because I know that my workout caused it. My husband doesn't have to give me foot rubs every night now. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:39:51 EST Update on my friends/prayer request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2733120 First, I thank those spark friends who prayed for my friends Erich and Jackie. I asked for prayer for Erich after he suffered a stroke while on vacation in Hawaii last week. I spoke with his daughter and found out that they are very encouraged, even though his left side is paralyzed they were able to get him to walk yesterday with the help of a walker. He also came through the mental tests with flying colors and his speech has not been affected. <BR> <BR> The women who cook at church wi... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 08:01:05 EST Need prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2719931 An hour or two ago I received a call from a friend who told us that our mutual friend from church had a stroke while in Hawaii on vacation. This brings back memories for me of when another friend from church was with us in TX for our daughter's wedding and the husband had a stroke the day before the wedding. It was a devastating time. I'm broken hearted for our dear friends and would like nothing better than to do something to help. <BR> <BR> I am praying! If you are a believer please ... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 15:50:49 EST Winter getaway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2701049 This will be short and sweet as the hot springs are waiting for us! My dear husband and I finished our gourmet dinner and I couldn't be happier with the result! I'm a bit over for the day, but I was able to leave food on my plate as an exercise in self control. No, I didn't want to leave that last two bites of delicious salmon! No I didn't want to leave the last of my dessert, but I am trying to remember the adage, "eat to live, rather than live to eat! <BR> <BR> The waitress was so he... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 22:10:15 EST Need time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2684380 This morning my son and daughter in law head back home to Seattle. My oldest son is here until Tuesday with his two dogs. I am finding it very hard to find any time to work seriously on my goals and how I will reach those this year! I love my kids and am so glad they are here, but I need to do this soon! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:34:23 EST 2010 A look forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2674578 I must admit I'm very excited at the possibilities of a new year and new decade. My hopes have been bouyed by my fellow sparkies. For the first time ever I KNOW I can reach my goal of losing 102 pounds. The journey began last April when my doctor gave me a dire warning that I was soon to be a diabetic if I didn't increase my exercise and decrease my weight. He told me to get into a diabetes prevention program which I did, that really helped tremendously as I did what I committed to do upo... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:18:38 EST Christmas outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2656433 Christmas with my family was wonderful! My two oldest sons traveled to come home which made it more special for our teenage son and my husband and I. Sorry our daughters, their husbands and our only two grandchildren couldn't be here, but we understand! <BR> <BR> I was afraid about losing control yesterday with food. I had decided to loosen the reigns that I have on what I eat and did go over my usual. I had a sugar cookie that my daughter in law made, but told myself to leave some of ... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 09:12:26 EST Christmas Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2643937 Dear Fellow Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I am praying for all of us, that we will proceed through the next two weeks by taking steps to make sure we don't sabatoge our weight loss efforts! I, for one, have been on several plans through the last 23 years that I've been overweight and know how very hard it is to get back on track after falling off. IF, you do get off track, I encourage you to get right back on. That has always been hard for me in the past, but now I focus on my goal and my health an... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 09:15:19 EST Christmas musings and plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2641906 As I sat in my comfortable chair by the fire this morning it hit me that in one week it will be Christmas. Even though my two daughter's families won't be with us this year, all three of my sons (and one expecting daughter in law) will be! I am so thankful for that. <BR> <BR> I am thinking I need to make a to do list and plan the meals for the next 10 days. I haven't made any treats of any kind and to be honest, I'm afraid to! I am going to have to make some things. I was trying to t... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 07:44:50 EST Can I stop obsessing about my lack of weight loss to be a blessing to others today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2634832 I have been yo-yo-ing with one pound for about 2 weeks! Up one day, down in two, up the next, you get the idea. I'm very frustrated by this as I'm within my eating plan and my exercise is very good. There should be a weight loss!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday a friend from church, same age as I am lost her 3 year battle with cancer, it was expected, but it made me sad. I am happy for her to be in heaven with no pain, sitting at Jesus' feet, but I will miss her. I think about her grandchildren... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 07:33:47 EST Sad, sad, sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2618800 For months my husband and I have been planning on having all of our 5 children and their spouses home for Christmas, all but our teenager are spread all over the USA. At Thanksgiving we found out that our daughter, son in law, and new granddaughter can't get leave from the Air Force as my son in law is in special training. We were very sad about that, but kept saying that our other daughter, son in law and 15 month old granddaughter were still coming from Dallas along with our two sons and ... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 08:48:25 EST December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2600403 The first day of December is upon us! After getting on the scale this morning to discover a small loss since Saturday I realized that my fears about the holidays are unfounded as long as I continue to work the plan! I pray that we will all stay focused this month! It's okay to say no to foods that would sabatoge our eating plans. Just say, "No Thank You!" <em>460</em> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 07:03:04 EST