SCARECROWISCOOL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SCARECROWISCOOL SCARECROWISCOOL'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/ What I want (and don't want) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875404 I don't want to worry about my weight. <BR> I don't want to track my food or my exercise. <BR> I want to be healthy. <BR> I want to be able to keep up with hubby & the girls. <BR> I want to go on walks & enjoy nature. <BR> I want to be strong. <BR> I want to feel good about my body. <BR> I don't want to feel like I'm a failure if I don't exercise one day. <BR> I don't want to feel like a failure if I eat cheesecake. <BR> I want to enjoy my life. <BR> I want to enjoy food... mostly healthy f... Thu, 10 May 2012 11:21:32 EST BabyCat went to Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853092 Yesterday afternoon BabyCat finally had enough, so we took her to the vet & she went to Heaven while in her Daddy's arms. It is very rough on our whole family. The girls don't know life without her as she was our Fur Baby before the girls were ever here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726676671.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783101104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our other cat, Weasel, died way back in 2001. <BR> <BR> RIP BabyCat April ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:22:49 EST Best.Greek.Yogurt.Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844037 If anyone is looking for a delicious Greek yogurt & getting their chocolate fix at the same time, try this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11554400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is soooo yummy!! It is yummier than ice cream & healthier too!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> editing to let you know that I found it at Target in a 4pk. <em>224</em> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:00:32 EST Anytime Fitness vs. YMCA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763699 Matt & I have been members of Anytime Fitness for over 3 years. It is a very nice new & clean gym with private changing rooms... it is right across the street from my work. We chose it because I would go to the gym during my lunch hour. Because of my health issues, I haven't been going very much lately. Matt doesn't go unless it is bad weather because he prefers to run outside. <BR> <BR> For the same amount of money, we could switch to a family membership at the Y. The kids could go wit... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:40:26 EST Dulera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751224 The new inhaler I was put on is Dulera. This replaces my daily inhaler & my fast-acting inhaler. I had to stop my fast-acting inhaler (pro-air) due to high heart rate. Doctor says if this one does it, I'll have to go to a cardiologist. <BR> <BR> Well, at first I thought it was my imagination, but I think Dulera is causing high heart rate, jitteryness, hoarse voice & shaky hands. I've been on it for almost a week. When I go in for my allergy shots tomorrow, I am going to ask the nurse. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:22:49 EST Switching to whole food diet....and other random events. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712794 I am trying to switch to eating whole foods (to avoid an allergic reaction to corn, which is in EVERYTHING!) This is harder than I thought it would be... especially lunches during the work week. Does anyone have any quick lunch suggestions? <BR> <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> Another stressful issue lately is that Macy now has asthma in addition to her dyslexia & epilepsy. I took her into my allergy doctor to have her tested, and she is breathing at 57% capacity. She is taking 2 inhalers daily... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:29:30 EST Corn allergy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688885 So, my corn allergy is getting worse. I had pretty much stopped eating sweet corn after I found out I was allergic in August. Then in December in Kansas City, I HAD to eat my very favorite cheesy corn bake from Jack Stack BBQ...YUM! <em>4</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l811241587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I lost my voice & had a sore throat, but was otherwise fine. I used my inhaler & improved after an hour or so. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had a Smart Ones frozen meal for lu... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:00:30 EST I'm having a "me" day tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625297 Tomorrow I am taking the day off of work and have plans just for me. I'm getting my allergy shots at 8:30am. My haircut at 10am. Massage at 1pm. Picking Macy up from school at 3:20 & then we are driving down to DesMoines to watch Hailey's last basketball game of the season. (Matt & Hailey ride the school bus) While we are in DesMoines, I think I'll get more Christmas shopping done. <BR> <BR> I've never had a massage before. Any tips?? Can I bring my Kindle & read during the massage? ... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:45:15 EST Allergy appointment yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541998 So I had my allergy shot extravaganza yesterday. The allergist calls it "Rush" (they try to give 9 shots per arm in order to boost the effectiveness right away. I was able to get all 9 shots in my left arm (that was for dust, mold & cats), but only 4 in my right arm before I started reacting too much (grass, trees & other outdoor stuff). Today, my left arm is all bruised & swollen & my right arm has a welt on it about the size of an egg. Other than that, I feel fine. (my butt doesn't eve... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:48:04 EST I Feel Like An Old Lady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510338 Yes, I realize that I am only 39 years old. I feel like double that. Yesterday, Mom, Hailey & I went to Kohl's to buy Hailey some clothes for her birthday. I got so winded & light-headed that I had to sit down on the chairs outside of the dressing room. I was losing my voice & panting & wheezing & coughing. My mom is 62 & has way more energy than me. I feel like such a loser. <BR> <BR> Matt is doing great!! He runs 4-7 miles 5 days a week. His new heart medication makes him feel bett... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:46:04 EST Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497100 My husband needs to eat his veggies. My daughters & I <em>26</em> veggies, but Matt will only eat raw carrots or cooked corn... and now I can't eat corn because I am allergic. <em>427</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any cookbook recommendations or recipes that taste like there are no veggies, but really there are??? I need to sneak vegetables into his diet. It is especially important now that he has these heart issues again. He HAS to eat his veggies. <em>267</em> <em>... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:49:52 EST pulmonologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482963 Wasn't too impressed with the pulmonologist. He was more interested in talking about his car insurance and the Michigan/Notre Dame game than he was my lung spot. <BR> <BR> He did say that my spot looked different (less dense?) on yesterday's x-ray compared to August's. He had me do ANOTHER chest x-ray today. He will call me in a couple of days to let me know if I have to do a CT scan or not. If he thinks the spot is nothing, I won't see him again until December. I can't remember 1/2 of ... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:26:39 EST Is this week over yet???!!!??!?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462582 This was supposed to be a fun week. It is my Birthday week. ARGH! <BR> <BR> Monday was super busy at work. So what, big deal. I know I have Wednesday off, so I can handle it. <BR> <BR> Tuesday right before I was supposed to go home for lunch, I get a call from the ER nurse.. Matt is there, please get here ASAP. He has atrial fibrillation http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health<BR>_a-z_detail.asp?AZ=44 <BR> This happened before about 6yrs ago when he had the flu on Christmas Day...... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:30:53 EST Golfing??? Me???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4441881 It looks like I might have to golf tonight. I have golfed once in my life (unless you count miniature golf). <BR> <BR> Monday nights Matt & Macy have father/daughter golf lessons. Matt can't make it tonight, though, because the school he teaches at has an open house for the new school year. I've been trying to get a hold of Matt's dad to see if he can take Macy, but he isn't answering his phone. <BR> <BR> Matt says it is putting lessons tonight, so I can learn how to putt. I'm thinkin... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:07:49 EST Allergy/Asthma appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4436463 Yesterday morning was my appointment with the allergist. He is very nice & very thorough. <BR> <BR> First, they poked me all over my back & arms to see what I'm allergic to. The answer: pretty much everything, but especially grasses, trees, mold & dust mites. One of the grasses on my arm swelled so much that I can barely move my shoulder joint.. it is about the size of a baseball. <BR> <BR> Next, they did a breathing test. I breathe in okay, it is breathing out that gives me the prob... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:35:12 EST Excuses, excuses, excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4404226 Thanks to my friends for trying to light a fire under my tushy. <BR> <BR> I have not been doing very well this summer with Sparking & exercise... my eating has been mostly ok. I have been making excuse after excuse for my bad behavior & need to knock it off. <BR> <BR> Here are my lame excuses: <BR> <BR> 1) I got a Kindle in May. Now I read books & play games on that during the time I used to Spark. <BR> <BR> 2) I've been having a hard time breathing (especially since allergy season st... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 10:02:09 EST Bloodwork results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374778 My doctor's office just called me with the results of my bloodwork they took yesterday. Everything is ok except I am vitamin D deficient. I need to take Vitamin D3 2000 units daily. Evidently I'm not getting as much sun as I thought. <BR> <BR> My total cholesterol was 162. Triglycerides 105, HDL 34 & LDL 107. Anyone have any suggestions on how to increase HDL? <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:47:41 EST Weekend better than expected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4370779 So, the weekend wasn't as bad as I had expected. Deanna's birthday was a lot of fun. Didn't really even have to hang out with Kurt at all. The girls had fun too... we didn't end up leaving until 11:30pm because all of the kids were outside playing kick the can, hide & go seek, capture the flag etc etc. I guess that playing in the dark is fun! HEHEHE <BR> <BR> My dad's dad situation was weird, but at least he didn't act mean. I don't know if he said more than 2 words to me, but he did ta... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:04:05 EST Not excited about the weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364338 So, this weekend will be full... wish I had nothing going on instead. I much prefer weekends where we get bored so we drive down to Des Moines & go to an Iowa Cubs game or drive over to Cedar Falls & visit our old haunts. <BR> <BR> Saturday evening is my BFF Deanna's 40th bday party... normally this would be a fun event.. BUT last year she & her hubby were separated & almost divorced. She vented to me A LOT about the crap that he did/was doing. He really was a jerk. They are back togethe... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:44:00 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283080 Could my yo-yo weight recently be caused by stress?!?! I was journaling the other day & realized that I'm under more stress than I thought. <BR> <BR> 1) Preparing the house to put on the market. Did you know that you can accumulate a LOT of stuff in 12 years in the same house?!?! Hubby has thrown away or given away so much stuff & I have no idea what he is doing because he is doing it while I'm at work. ARGH! <BR> <BR> 1b) I'm unsure if I even WANT to move. Hubby desperately wants out ... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:01:42 EST Feeling more positive today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270010 Sorry for being such a downer yesterday. <BR> <BR> Went to the grocery store last night & bought all healthy foods. Ate a good breakfast of raspberries & Greek yogurt. Had a Clif MOJO bar for snack. I have a salad all prepared for lunch (romaine, spinach, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, boiled egg, and 1 slice of bacon). I'll eat that with a cup of 80cal soup. Then I'll go to the gym & work hard on the elliptical & then do some ab work. Have a banana & string cheese for my after w... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:50:49 EST Does allergy medication cause weight gain? & other rants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4266532 I am in a really grumpy mood this morning. Could it be because I finally fell asleep around midnight & then inexplicably woke up at 4:14 & couldn't fall back asleep? Could it be because the Tuesday after a 3 day weekend is always Heck at work? (why do people always have car accidents on Memorial Day weekend??!?) No, I think it is because I am fat again! <BR> <BR> I am almost back up to my fattest weight ever. (only 6.5 lbs & I'll be there.) I have steadily been gaining weight since Spr... Tue, 31 May 2011 06:28:00 EST Trying not to get discouraged. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4181337 Good morning, friends! <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> I am feeling discouraged & could use some support. I just can't seem to lose any weight & am stuck. I was hovering around 140 lbs for the longest time & wouldn't budge. In March, it finally started going down. On April 8, I was actually down to 135! YAY! Then, Aunt Flo showed up & I gained 2 lbs... no big deal. But, Aunt Flo has left & I gained 2 more pounds so far this week. YIKES! I went to the gym & worked hard both Monday & Tuesday.... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:45:06 EST Wisdom tooth pulled tomorrow morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4109658 Sorry in advance for a rambling post... I am so nervous that I can hardly keep my thoughts together...... <BR> <BR> Well, I probably won't feel up to sparking the next day or 2 because my brother-in-law is pulling my naughty wisdom tooth tomorrow... <BR> I am so scared!! I have never been put completely out under anesthesia before. I've witnessed my daughter & my hubby coming out of it before, and they get SOOO sick. I am told that this is not a common reaction, though... hopefully I'll ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:23:31 EST Survey I stole from my friend Anne http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4079459 Saw that Anne (AWOLF24) did a fun survey, so I copied it from her. Here are my answers: <BR> <BR> A. Age: 38 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: who likes chores???? I hate all of them except cooking & grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> D. Dogs (or other Pets): 1 calico cat named BabyCat (she is 13yrs old) <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: watch the local news/weather before getting out of bed <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: turquoise/aqua <BR> <BR> G. Gold ... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:54:11 EST I'm finally not starving. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4066321 For the past week or so I have been SOOOO hungry. I've been eating mostly healthy things, but way too much of it. I just couldn't get full. <BR> <BR> Finally, last night I ate spaghetti until I was comfortably full. AH, sweet relief. And I weigh the same as I weighed yesterday morning (138.0 lbs), so I didn't do myself any harm that way. <BR> <BR> Now, today, I am not snacking all day out of ravenous hunger. I drank a Vitamin Water (instead of a Dew) and ate an TLC bar for breakfast. ... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:04:57 EST I think I might like mushrooms - gasp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4047457 All of my life I have hated mushrooms. Blech!! <em>485</em> I was an EXTREMELY picky eater as a child. I am a lot better as an adult, but still have a lot of hang-ups. One of these hang-ups has been mushrooms. I have never bought them. Never order anything at a restaurant with mushrooms in it. Fungus = gross. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> However, I LOVE LOVE LOVE hot & sour soup. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177782797.jpg"> It has mushrooms in it (I don't know what... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:21:53 EST Grocery Store traitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038454 When I was sick last week, hubby bought the groceries. <em>341</em> This was very nice of him. HOWEVER, he went to the new Fareway store instead of the Hy-Vee store I always go to. <BR> http://www.hy-vee.com/ vs. http://fareway.com/ <BR> <BR> He is all excited about 1) how inexpensive it is & 2) how good their meat department is. He thinks we should switch to Fareway & shop there from now on. NO WAY! <BR> <BR> I know where everything is at Hy-Vee. I know the employees there... (they... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:04:46 EST Macy's "Gotcha Day" again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006781 So, today is Macy's Gotcha Day!! 10 years ago today she came home to us from Korea as a big bundle of an 18lb 6 month old baby. She was so cute with her big cheeks and sticky up black hair. (she still has both!!! LOL) We took her out to eat last night to celebrate since Matt is coaching a basketball game tonight. Next week we'll take her to Des Moines to go shopping at the Oriental Grocery store. (We are always trying to find Asian foods that she likes, but she tends to prefer Italian!!... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:21:35 EST Quest for the perfect Greek yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3969252 I have tried every single Greek yogurt that I can find. Some of them were good, some were disgusting & some were ehhh ok. BUT none were DELICIOUS. Until today. I don't know if Anderson Erickson (AE) products are available nationwide or not, but if it is available to you... I highly recommend AE Blueberry Greek Yogurt. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l754627372.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is wonderfully delicious. <em>4</em> I think it is new, so it may be hard to find. ... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:45:06 EST Almond milk, shoes & misc. rambling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3962373 I ran to Target last night & happened to notice Silk dark chocolate almond milk. It looked good, so I bought it. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l739687648.jpg"> <BR> It is SOOOO delicious! <em>4</em> (and good for you too). I would highly recommend it. <BR> Also, at Target, Hailey noticed some shoes that she liked: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757816459.jpg"> <BR> She tried them on and ended up with a size 8! Wow! My 12 year old now has bi... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:39:30 EST My new hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3959520 I just took a picture of my new hairdo. It is not a perfect hair day, but what the heck, we are all friends here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133087066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, I am a dork. <BR> <BR> Edit: why is my picture sideways???!?!? Sorry if you hurt your neck turning your head to see me. LOL Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:40:37 EST I didn't know that I like cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3944322 I bought a meal from Schwan's & didn't realize that it had cauliflower in it. YUCK! I ate it anyway & it was delicious!! <em>4</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726348726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've now ordered in a few more times & I still like it! YAY! I think I might buy some cauliflower at the grocery store this weekend & see if I like it any other way besides this one meal. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know any good cauliflower recipes?? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:47:23 EST Weird Wild Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3941241 Ever have one of those days where so many little things go wrong that it would be funny if it was happening to someone else?? That's the kind of day I'm having. Here is what has happened to me so far: <BR> 1) I spilled my hot tea on my coat when I was locking my house door. <BR> 2) I put on brown shoes even though I am wearing black slacks. <BR> 3) I ate a ton of licorice & ruined my food plan for the day. <BR> 4) I noticed that I have a chocolate stain on my sweater (my very favorite sweat... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:11:23 EST Haircut suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3924853 I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow & am thinking of trying something new. Has anyone seen any cute hairdos for someone with huge hair and a small square face?? Also, this is for a lazy person who doesn't want to spend more than 15 minutes a morning on it. <BR> <BR> Editing to add samples of hairstyles I'm considering... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l582552654.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234863179.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Does anyone think... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:05:07 EST Fiber?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3845453 According to my tracker, I have not been getting in enough fiber for a while now. I eat a banana, an orange & an apple almost every day. I also eat lettuce, carrots & other vegetables. Where else can I get fiber?? I was eating Fiber One bars for a while, but they give me gas. (Sorry TMI) <BR> <BR> Also, you'll all be happy to know that my bathtub & my dryer are both fixed now!!!! Yay!! The dryer dude came 2 days early. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We have a Panther bb game again on Friday... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:18:35 EST Craptastic Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841475 Mondays are icky. I'm sorry in advance for being a whiny baby. <BR> <BR> 1) It is -1 this morning with windchill of -18 <BR> 2) I only have summer slacks available because all of my corduroys are dirty.. my stupid dryer broke down this weekend. I'm trying to figure out if it is worth fixing or if I have to get a new dryer. In the meantime, I'm going to have to wash my clothes & hang them up in the basement to dry. <BR> 3) It took me a while to start the van this morning. It was SOOOOO co... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:57:49 EST What I need to do: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3787874 I have fallen back into some pretty bad habits. Here is my list of things that I need to start doing AGAIN. These things worked for me before, so I don't know why I've gotten away from them. <BR> 1) STOP DRINKING MOUNTAIN DEW <BR> 2) Clean the fridge out weekly <BR> 3) Make lists <BR> a) meal plans for the week <BR> b) grocery list <BR> 4) Get back into my exercise routing: cardio @gym 3 times/week, strength training @ gym twice/week. outdoor hiking once a week. rest on Wednesdays... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:59:59 EST New Car!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3774881 We got a new car last night!! It took us 5 hours of wheeling & dealing (and 2 1/2 hours driving there & back), but we got it done. We got a Honda Insight. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543203937.jpg"> <BR> It is a hybrid, so it gets excellent mileage (43mpg). I wanted the CR-V, but the lease special on the Insight was too good to pass up on. The charcoal colored one was prettier but not worth an extra $20/mo when color was the only difference. I think I will be... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:51:03 EST Man Vs Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3701617 You know those blogs that people post with pictures of "gross" fattening foods??? Well, I can't read those blogs because they look DELICIOUS to me & make me hungry!! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, the Travel channel's "Man vs Food" was in Des Moines, IA (less than 2 hrs away from me). Of course my family & I watched the episode & now we're all hungry for this delicious/gross food. Hailey wants to go to The Science Center in Des Moines this weekend to see the DeVinci exhibit... ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:25:00 EST Macy is sooo cute! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3699031 This past weekend, Hailey had a slumber party with 7 of her friends to celebrate her 12th birthday. (Never again!!!) I wasn't able to take pictures because Matt took the camera with him & Macy to the UNI Panthers football game. Here are a couple of pictures he took: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l600588541.jpg"> (I can't believe he let her wear lipstick!! LOL) <BR> <BR> They went to the volleyball game afterwards & got to sit next to the mascot, T.C. (stand... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 11:14:30 EST Hypothyroidism & caffeine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3661596 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism more than 5 years ago and have been on medication for it since. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor told me that I should stop gaining the weight once the meds kick in, but I'll probably never lose the weight... and I believed him & didn't try. <BR> <BR> March 2008: I finally had enough & joined a gym. I joined SparkPeople January 2009. I lost 22lbs by July 2009. This is one of the articles that helped me: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resou... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:15:10 EST Blown up like a balloon. (warning - TMI) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3573541 I don't know what my problem is lately.... a couple of weeks ago I gained 7 lbs in 2 days... I thought it was because Aunt Flo was late, but evidently not!! I didn't lose the 7lbs.... in fact, I gained 3 more!! I don't understand it at all. I've been working out, I've been eating the same as I have been all summer (admittedly not as well as I should be, but still...) <BR> <BR> I just don't understand this!! Why bother even trying?? I was 127lbs this time last year... The gyno put me on ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:26:58 EST Get me out of Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3461625 If it weren't for being so close to family, I would be out of Iowa in an instant. The weather is terrible. (Cold & snowy all winter, 2 weeks of spring, hot & rainy all summer, 2 weeks of fall.) I like living in Minnesota way better (even though it was colder in the winter, the rest of the year made up for it -- and there were things to do!!- sporting events, concerts etc.) <BR> <BR> Right now we have water in our basement. What a pain that is... and it is the 3rd time this year! Next ti... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 11:19:26 EST Belly Dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3455639 I think I am inspired to do belly dancing. When we were in the Morroco part of Epcot Center in Disney World, they had these gorgeous belly dancing costumes... (I almost bought one because hubby thought they were hot, but didn't because I don't like to spend money on myself.) <BR> <BR> Well, I've been thinking about it for the last month, and today I bought myself a cheap belly dancing top & belly scarf on eBay. Hopefully it doesn't take too long to ship to Iowa from California. <BR> <BR... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:14:09 EST Orange Peeling 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3427111 <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> As you may or may not know, peeling oranges is my 1 true talent <em>246</em> . I peel my oranges in 1 peel almost every time. Thought I would give some hints on peeling oranges so it won't be such a chore: <BR> <BR> 1) Never peel a cold orange... room temperature is MUCH better <BR> <BR> 2) Before peeling the orange, the skin must separate a bit from the fruit. In order to do this, simply roll the orange around on a hard surface applying some pressure. You can... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:38:26 EST Florida vacation (with pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3400532 Other than airplane delays, we had an awesome vacation!! <BR> <BR> The girls went on their 1st airplane trip: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55376028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went to Magic Kingdom <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l98913819.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went to the Kennedy Space Center <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l58137869.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We hung out at the beach: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 12:07:52 EST mmmmmm ice cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3386789 This is for my friend, Sandra, who LOVES ice cream!! LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575624390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went to Cold Stone Creamery in Bloomington, MN the night before we left for Florida. It tasted oh so good!! I got the apple pie a la mode. French vanilla ice cream, caramel, apple pie filling, cinnamon & graham cracker pie crust. It tasted just like eating a slice of apple pie with a gigantic scoop of ice cream. Don't ask me how many calor... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:54:14 EST Starting to feel human again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3273881 Hello everyone! Thanks for the well wishes & all of the goodies to make me feel better (soup, tea, oranges etc etc). You gals are awesome friends. <em>334</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I am finally starting to feel alive again. I was so sick that I finally went to the doctor. (I NEVER go to the doctor, but I had to give in this time.) The doctor thinks I have pneumonia. He wanted to send me to the hospital to do a chest x-ray & a breathing test, but I talked him into just giving me an... Thu, 27 May 2010 13:13:10 EST Miserable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3262603 I am feeling terrible now. My sore throat & cough have worsened & moved into my sinuses. I have a terrible headache because I am so stuffed up & congested. My eyes are matted shut when I wake up in the morning. <BR> <BR> Now, to top it all off, I went to Matt's softball tourney this weekend & fell asleep in my lounge chair.... my chest, the tops of my legs & my face got fried. <BR> <BR> I am a mess! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I called the Dr office, and they don't have any openings unt... Mon, 24 May 2010 12:00:17 EST