SHAMROCKY2K's SparkPeople Blog SHAMROCKY2K's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A vacation.. and an ooops.. plus I lost weight Can't help but smile when you are in Aruba they say and it is true. Even though the morning I left I managed to fall off my brothers step and wrench my hip I was determined to go. I was offered a wheelchair at the airport and whisked through both airports. A friend I grew up with invited me to go along for the week. She had another friend going as well. I was glad they both had someone else to do things with. Mostly in the beginning I was in too much pain to do anything. Day 2 I went t... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 21:37:40 EST A photo or two <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been trying to take some outdoor pictures. I was in the car after my daughters orchestra concert yesterday. It had rained and when I walked out of the school the blue sky and the white puffy clouds were brilliant. As I drove up the road the clouds almost made an arch that was amazing. Alas, though, there were no scenic overlooks on my short drive home. The picture above was taken... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:11:38 EST Updates and Thankyous I wanted to let you know that I got through the anniversary of my late husband's passing. Partially it was due to everyone making a big deal of my birthday. I had two celebrations. My daughters as well as my dear neighbor of so many years are to blame. We all reminisced about Bill but are looking to the wonderful times to come as well. <BR> <BR> I read another Sparkers blog and it made me reflect on my time on Spark People. The friends I have made here have gotten me through the toughes... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:03:21 EST A year ago March 2nd, the first anniversary of my Bill's passing in the early morning is upon me. I thought I was very emotionally prepared. Basically, I don't feel that way at this moment. I was asked yesterday "What are you doing to honor him for the anniversary?" Yikes. I didn't know that was a thing..but of course I will be thinking of him. I am sure my daughters and my husbands 2 sisters are in the same boat. My birthday is the following day and I see everyone trying to prepare to make it a ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 17:41:42 EST A good read. I just read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. In it he says, "Human knowledge is never contained in one person," he realizes, noting that a doctor, patient, engineer, economist, pearl diver, alcoholic, cable guy, sheep farmer, beggar and pastor all see the world differently. "It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete." <BR> I love that! <em>58</em> <BR> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 15:11:28 EST Resolution word - BE I was introduced to the concept of using just one word as a resolution. My friend chose her word, LISTEN, after much thought. That struck me as an excellent word. I think she is already a good listener though. This will perfect her listening skills even more so and she will learn a lot. This year though I think I need something different. I am at a different point in my life and I need to live not being someone's other half. I need to BE my whole me. It will give me confidence and hop... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 15:26:24 EST No DIET.. lesson learned I guess I have always known this but for me I cannot deprive or even limit some type of food. I got down to my goal weight and had lost my appetite for ice cream. Well, I rediscovered ice cream and the scale was going up. I have a suspicion that the low fat variety makes you crave it more. SO I signed up for the 21 tame your sweet tooth challenge, OUCH! I stepped on the scale and gained almost 2 lbs since starting the challenge. <BR> <BR> So.. Lesson learned and back to: <BR> walkin... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:30:24 EST hip to waist ratio I did reach my original goal and was excited to take measurements. I had not done it in a long time. Lots of things were better including a larger calf measurement. One thing that is discouraging is that my hip to waist ratio actually got worse.. more into the danger zone. <BR> <BR> I know it is said you cannot target certain areas but how does anyone try to improve that risk factor? I dropped 2 pants sizes. I think the issue is I lost too much in the hips. <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 23:32:49 EST May Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dear departed Dad was born on "May Day" 87 years ago. He reminded me and my 4 younger brothers of that often. Lately I have felt his spirit trying to remind me of who I am. It gives me comfort. He was one to sing loud in church and at ..well every event, family or otherwise. He also made everyone comfortable. He was a great father who worked diligently with his kids well into adulthood. <BR> <em>285</... Fri, 1 May 2015 14:54:13 EST It's been a month It's not hard to believe really. It's harder now than it was the first week. Part of it is my worry over my future. I am unsure of so much. Being 60 and going through this is tough enough and I cannot imagine being up into my 80's and losing a long time spouse. I have to be together to help my daughters through losing their Dad at such a relatively young age. Truth be told they are helping me more. My oldest is currently working 40 hours a week AND taking 9 tough credits in school. It... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:05:30 EST Tears I have not wanted to say much here. Have never been a fan of complaining about things. The grief support set for tonight was postponed for a week. It's probably a good thing.. I cannot stop crying. I had a friend stop over today for coffee and then she asked me where she could plant my Lenten rose bush. How sweet of her. She also placed a ceramic angel that has a solar light in it beside the roses. I will think of my hubby when I see it. <BR> <BR> This is not a good picture but gives... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:34:27 EST The Funeral is tomorrow for my dear hubby <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That picture, one of my favorites, was back in October. We were married for 34 years and I surely hoped it would have been longer. I wish there had been a recent sign. He had had a coronary bypass in his 30's. He lost weight after that but it gradually came back. 7 years ago he battled legionaries disease and we almost lost him. He also had depression and gout along with diabetes. All that was not him thoug... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:32:06 EST The news on fats and cholesterol - Big Changes. For those of us monitoring those levels here are 2 important links. <BR> <BR> The first one is about fats: <BR> <link><BR>guidelines-heart?ecd=wnl_chl_021715&ct<BR>r=wnl-chl-021715_nsl-promo_1&mb=Z1Vk9N<BR>ca%40Z0QcKeO9%2fV2O%40HnVev1imbC77H7TpRG2C4%3d </link> <BR> <BR> This next one is about cholesterol: <BR> <link><BR>/news/20150210/us-advisers-rethink-cho<BR>lesterol-risk-from-foods-report?ecd=wn<BR>l_chl_02171... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:11:04 EST An update Looks like between some cold bug from last week and the temperatures here falling colder than I can actually ever remember I am so up and down weight wise. Water aerobics starts back in 2 weeks. THAT will get me going. A blade of grass will get me going actually. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did have a nice weekend though. (Outside of being in hubby's truck when it spun out then righted itself..whew!) We went to an 80's ma... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:11:23 EST A question to make you think. "Before I leave this earth I will not be satisfied until I..." Asked by Barbara Walters to Oprah today. Deep question. <BR> Not sure of MY answer yet. Hers was weight acceptance, surprisingly. <BR> <BR> What is your answer? Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:18:51 EST Don't let this happen to you! It's happened to us.. well to me at least.. in the past. WE cannot let it happen again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:37:54 EST Streaking.. won't say struck. I am happy the scale dropped again today. I have been in the Fit2Feast challenge since before the beginning. It is to exercise everyday up to and including Thanksgiving for at least 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Maybe I can get like an A minus? <BR> <BR> I didn't exercise yesterday after a very active day the day before. Drove for 6 hours to get my friend to the hospital, stayed for her procedure and back and made it back for water aerobics which I run. I ROCK!! WOOHOO! LOL <BR> <BR> Any... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:00:37 EST Chair 1 - Pam 0 Saturday evening.. Son in law sets up a campfire alongside their pond. <BR> <img src=""> I was I guess lost in the conversation when I felt like things were moving. Was I dizzy??.. NOOO.. I was falling in rather slow motion. It took me a second to abandon my cellphone and reach to brace the fall. The chair, you should know, was on a hill. I feel like a klutz! <BR> <img src=""> <... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:33:37 EST A Sweet moment - maybe it will help you too. SWEETS.. <BR> <BR> For me it's dark chocolate and ice creams. <BR> <BR> I would eat everything sweet very very slowly when I was a child. I would still have Halloween candy left at Easter. Maybe we can all do that? I surely did enjoy those treats back then. I was always underweight growing up but college happened and unlimited food in the cafeteria.. WHAT? It's been decades. Now it's more sweets but less enjoyment. <BR> <BR> As we approach the season(s) of these goodies I will try... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:51:10 EST Sparkpeople is the first thing I now see.. This calendar is now the first thing I see when I go into my browser, ie my home page! <BR> <link><BR>track-calendar.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Right away you see a calendar with calories and exercise that you did today and in previous days. <BR> <BR> It also shows upcoming birthdays I had saved years ago. I have to find a quick link to set up appointments. <BR> <em>189</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:20:35 EST a fellow sparker asked how to keep in the habit of exercising. I have found an accidental way to keep exercising. I volunteer to chair the water aerobics program. I don't teach it.. but I have to be there to verify the lifeguard and teachers are there and to make any decisions. It doesn't cost me anything to attend since I have this position. Before I was the chairperson, I easily gave into excuses not to go. Hey, it works for me! There is time and effort but that is something that makes me feel good about myself. <BR> <BR> Years ago I had luck ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:55:38 EST Low carb advise needed. I am proud of my hubby..he's lost 47 lbs within the last couple of months. HIS secret is all meat.. pretty much. In that time I have probably not lost a pound. Currently I eat whatever meat he is having and add a vegetable and possibly a small starch for dinner. I did Atkins many years ago and while it jump started weight loss it didn't all stay off of me. I also ended up with osteoporosis after that and just remember the awful feeling I got after eating any carbs. My question is whethe... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:11:34 EST Roads less traveled I like taking different routes when I travel. I am not sure why more people don't. Today's trip I let mapquest tell me the route. Just to the north of me is some beautiful countryside that I rarely see. <BR> (insert beautiful photo of rolling green countryside.. ooops.. I can't drive and take pictures. Trust me though, it is awe inspiring.) <BR> It's like with exercise though. If we take the same route we can get bored and then stop visiting altogether. Pick a new activity. It doesn'... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:22:52 EST This was at the Zoo wedding this weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He was cute. 10 years old and tilted his head when the trainer talked. The bride and groom got pictures with him. I was glad to hear no one could touch him. <BR> The wedding was very nice. I shed a tear for the couple as they are truly wonderful together. There was enough food where I ate smart.. then I danced it off. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:39:52 EST My favorite Maya Angelou words. Rest in peace, Maya Angelou. What an inspirational positive woman! My favorite quote of hers: <BR> “I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.... Wed, 28 May 2014 17:09:44 EST This happens... Whoops.. or however you spell it. I forgot to get onto Sparkpeople yesterday at all. Hubby and I were busy with outside stuff and before I knew it it was time to meet long time friends for a reunion of sorts for 10 of us. So.. you sit and chat.. occasionally looking at the menu. You have it all picked out (and consider the calories, etc.) and then someone orders appetizers for all. WAY too many. I figured this was dinner. Nachos, wings and fried pickles. At least there were some carro... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:36:32 EST What if you posted a blog and noone responded? It happens. I feel bad especially for the new sparkers when they write and write with no responses. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A SOLUTION. When you track your points hit the button for "comment on member blog" So often you will find new sparkers looking for help. It doesn't take much time and you can actually change someone's journey here. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>213</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:54:36 EST A bad word.. BLAME <BR> "Doesn’t matter what problem. Snowstorm. Family crisis. Marital gridlock. <BR> When blame is the first move, it creates barriers rather than solutions. <BR> <BR> In many ways, blaming not only removes the blamer from taking any responsibility in the situation, it also amplifies an atmosphere of emotional reactivity. <BR> It clouds the room with defensiveness. <BR> It hijacks the conversation and steers it in distracting circles where individuals who are already on edge just ke... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:51:28 EST A cruise and a trend Last week my husband and I went on a cruise. What better timing that our 33 1/3 anniversary. Last time we went was for our 25th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't think I will wait that long before the next one. I was active mostly because the ship is so large and we tended to get turned around. I took part in whatever activity was available including 2 ping pong tournaments. I took 1st place for one... woohoo! <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:24:12 EST Self serve fan? I don't know about everyone else but I prefer having a cashier ring up my order. Last night as I finished up at the grocery store there was a line at least 12 deep for the one cashier. There were 6 or so self service lanes with small lines. A few of us gathered wondering where to go.. unsatisfied with this lack of help. One lady got loud asking for a manager and the clerk tried to get her to go to self serve. She got louder.. but had a group of many fans backing her up including me. It ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:03:23 EST Today's the day! Throwing a Surprise Birthday party for my husband. Actually our 2 daughters are doing most of it. Gosh, I remember loving being the one in charge of that kind of event. My oldest is definitely the one in charge. She is cooking everything for our crowd of 60. Wish I had her knack for cooking.. <BR> My worry is just getting hubby to the place. Would LOVE for this to actually surprise him. I asked one of his friends to ask hubby if he wanted to go to an evening turkey shoot (which never h... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:03:34 EST It all balances out. This wouldn't fit as a status .. so a blog it is! <BR> At the end of an older spark mail I saw this: <BR> "SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says: <BR> At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live." <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 15:24:29 EST Strength Slow and steady is definitely winning this girls race! My most recent revelation is that my right elbow, which was consistently locking up, is fine now. By exercising, mostly through water aerobics, I have become energized. <BR> Added in a 30 day plank challenge.. day 7 so far so good! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 15:08:50 EST Gotta laugh sometimes! I heard this on Wipeout and thought you might get a chuckle out of it: <BR> "That guy's so skinny I thought I recognized him from a game of hangman." <BR> <BR> I just love corny jokes! I groaned when my Dad said them but now I thrive on 'em. My one daughter and my oldest brother are usually cracking up at the same things as me. <BR> <BR> Another thing I smile at is camping.. and we are going soon so I will try and post a reflective blog afterwards. <em>295</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 13:03:21 EST gratitudes I have so many blessings in my life! <BR> <BR> 1. I spent a nice evening yesterday with our youngest daughter and her husband! It was a free concert. The walk to get there was quite long and we stood for the entire time. (It must be beneficial to stand.. clap.. shift weight?) <BR> 2. Tonight is an overdue visit with good friends. <BR> 3. My new DOG wakes me up and makes me smile (and move more). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 4. I feel... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:41:20 EST Eating out vs eating well I read a comment here someone posted last week. They were talking about the owner of a restaurant making them special food that he makes for his own family. How wonderful it would be if more and more restaurants would be like this on a consistent basis. Maybe they could post a sign saying.. "ON A DIET OR LOOKING THE HEALTHIEST OPTION? ASK US!". I'm friends with a local restaurant owner and even then I would hesitate to ask. If I knew the chef wouldn't mind such requests I would go out m... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:39:29 EST Where oh where? It's not that I am getting older. I am 58 but about umm 42 in my mind. My body IS getting there! All my summer pants are not staying up even though I am about 2 lbs heavier than last year at this time. Last night at water aerobics we ended up just having free swim. I rarely swim anymore but gave it a try. I swam with so much less effort than I can remember in the last 20 years. Woohoo!! <BR> <BR> All that aside, my mind played a trick on me once again. I put something down somewhere ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:37:46 EST Feeling it.. Spark Spring Fever! I am in day 5 of my exercise spark streak. It surprised me that I woke up looking forward to exercising. I think Spark Guy had it right when he noticed how self motivating a streak can be. I've inadvertently had logging in streaks and food tracker ones as well. Now they are habit! <BR> This past Sunday was the big St Patrick's Day race followed by parade in Baltimore. A friend and I decided to go. It was a good sign finding the nice parking garage not filled up yet. Next we had a goo... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:06:28 EST Star <img src=""> <BR> We lost our "granddog" today. This beautiful girl had worked her way into our hearts like none before her. Just 5 1/2 yrs old is way too short a life. I hope she is playing in puppy heaven. I feel so bad for my daughter and her husband but know time will help us all. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:39:24 EST Setting goals It is the time of year where we get a clean slate.. a fresh start. <BR> I didn't hit my goals for this past year, especially towards the end of the year. I will set those goals for this coming year and be positive about it. I did, after all, lose some weight AND I feel great! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy 2013 .. We can all do this together! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:36:30 EST The storm was no excuse. Been eating like a nervous whatever as hurricane Sandy approached and went over and by us. Hopefully I was conservative enough in the quantity of what I ate. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be me using the videos on here for exercising. WOOHOO! After that will be the trick or treaters coming through followed by the neighborhood Halloween bonfire with more goodies I will have to carefully choose from. I would hate to offend by not trying Kim's spider cupcakes or Bill's peanut butter fudge. E... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:32:52 EST Who is your positive influence? Mine is my neighbor of 24 years, Ann. She is simply contageous. <BR> I think when I first met her I didn't believe anyone that genuine existed. Actually on the first day we really met my then first grader (now days away from turning 30!) was due to get off the schoolbus and didn't. Her 5th grade son was allowed to get back in the bus to look for her.. and didn't see my daughter. The bus rode away. I was in panic mode and fell apart right there in front of Ann. She was a positive rock ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:43:09 EST The tale of our daughters wedding My daughter was married Saturday and it was hot as anything for our outdoor waterside event. The tent was set up and tables as well as the chairs when, on Friday night, a violent storm took the tent mostly down. There were tree branches everywhere. The power was blown out. We had a houseful all staying there. No one slept much with the heat. We all got up early and got to work at making it work. calming the bride down was no easy job as you can imagine. My inner positivity came out. :... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 23:16:55 EST Calcium supplements increase heart attack risk 85% I had finally given into my doctors orders about taking calcium supplements along with my fosomax for bone density. Now I will be trying to get good low fat sources of dietary calcium instead. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cerns/calcium-supplements-linked-heart<BR>-attack?cm_mmc=Twitter-_-Prevention-_-<BR>blog-pvnnews-_-calciumheartattack </link> <BR> <BR> I posted this since I didn't see anything in health news here. Tue, 29 May 2012 15:17:45 EST I must have done something right over the weekend. I dreaded getting on the scale this morning. After all, I had been to 2 events and only got in one small workout. My calories yesterday were slightly over my goal. (Can a burger with blue cheese really be over 900 calories?) I started thinking about these events and how I can get these results more often. <BR> The first one was a blue jean ball where you wear denim as part of your glamorous outfit. FUN! I wore jeans and a glittery top! Everyone looked so good. The walk from where we p... Mon, 7 May 2012 12:20:38 EST Teach an old dog new tricks? No.. it's not a blog about dogs.. <BR> I joined here almost 6 years ago with weight to lose but more to be a motivation to my husband who has had obesity issues which have led to heart bypass in his 30s and stints in his 40s and many more health issues. I almost lost him 4 years ago (in his early 50's). He loves to cook and I let him as the family was growing up but now I try to get in the kitchen before he can to cook. He either turns his nose up or eats just a little. I use mostly sparkr... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 13:28:10 EST Future birthday planning It's really more like WHY are we still following old traditions of cake at a birthday or wedding? My family keeps asking me what I want to do on my birthday. The girls have been used to going out for dinner to celebrate. I used to enjoy it but now that I want more control of what I eat, I don't. SO.. instead of going out, I say lets all take a hike together or bowl if the weather doesn't cooperate. I can only make this statement because it's my birthday next. <BR> What happens in your ho... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:30:39 EST Eating the low sodium way I had written this in response to a question about trying to eat low sodium for lower blood pressure and wanted to share: <BR> I am relatively new to doing the low salt thing. THANK goodness for the food tracker. <BR> I know from years ago when I was pregnant and taken off of salt that it doesn't take much time at all to lose your taste for salt. <BR> Recipes here in Sparkpeople and other sources you will find by searching low sodium have a bunch of good recipes. <BR> Some things you eat ar... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:55:54 EST Didn't realize how scared I was. I had a Mammogram last month and got called back in today to do a follow-up. The radiologist took a couple views, looked at them and left, came back needing to do more. They next sent someone to do a sonogram on me and afterwards left me for probably 20 minutes and told me to not move. Evidently they were showing the pics to the doctor but never told me that. There I lie, scared of the outcome, with not an ounce of kindness from the lady that did the test, looking at the ceiling tiles. A... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:23:59 EST Comedian says it well. I got up early and am reading along in Ellen DeGeneres's latest book when I come across this quote from a wise person, "Happiness is a journey, not a destination." I just might have to have a T-shirt made with that. They say the happiest people are the oldest.. so that fits, but it's more than that. Enjoy the ride. There are so many layers to every person, every event you go to, every place you pass by. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 08:23:51 EST