SHARPISTOL's SparkPeople Blog SHARPISTOL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hey, everyone! I just would like to wish, and, everyone a Happy, Productive, and Successful, New Year ... 2014!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Shar Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:40:00 EST Dinner, anyone? ~~BLESSINGS~~ on this **SPECIAL** Day! It is Mother's Day! I am having a gourmet dinner ... check it out, on my Sparkpage! lol <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 21:28:51 EST This Has Been A Horrible, Depressing Weekend! I have been in a highly stressed depression, all weekend. Can't help it ... tried. I am so anxious to speak with my Doctors! My fault. They have tried to get in touch with me; they, even, emailed me ... an email that I ignored until Saturday, when I decided to look at it. I had some blood tests on April 22. The result for my Sed Rate was not so good. The maximum normal number for a Sed Rate, for a female, is 30. Mine is super, super high, 89; which means there is a chance that my Auto... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:01:03 EST Okay, I may, at times, I weigh myself, these last few days, be under 200 pounds ... Sort of fluctuating with the 199, between it, and 200; so, I am not going to celebrate, yet, that I am under 200 pounds. I am trying to take losing weight, seriously, (this time around) and stick to what I am doing, for now, for ME. So, for me, that is a success, in itself! This plan, that I have devised, is working for me. It may be a, really, really, slow process; however, it is something that I seem to be able to handle, right now, without getting discouraged, and/or bored with! <BR> ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 22:05:47 EST I Carry My Weight Well?!? What?! Um ... I just had a friend tell me that I carry weight well! Excuse me! Maybe, it's just me! I do NOT want to carry my being over weight, well ... I want to lose the excess weight that I gained, since I was ill. Yes, I could have slapped her! Of course, I really didn't, or didn't, really, want to; however, I am sure that there are a lot of people, that understand where I am going, and what I am trying to say. I just think that on people that are tall, like me, 200 pounds, or more, I gue... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 14:32:02 EST Hi! Just checking in, to let folks know that I am well. I do try to sign in, everyday, to track my nutrition, to record my sugar; and, every so often, I plan to weigh in, and record that. L8r! Hope that everyone is well; and doing SP well! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 22:19:41 EST Hi, just stopping by to say Hello! Well, I am sure several peeps have noticed that I have not been on, in a while ... I had to make a choice of what was/is more important, to me. I still want to lose all of this weight that I had gained, from being on steroids; and I still plan to do so. However, I decided to focus on my online stores. The one on my website is still there; however, I have opened up two store fronts on Etsy (, and Zibbet ( I invite SP... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 22:11:02 EST I am back; I think ... well,I hope,I pray Family/Personal problems have kept me away! Anyway, I chose Thanksgiving Day,to return! Thu, 22 Nov 2012 17:57:45 EST WOW! I just spun and got 1,000 Sparkgoodie Points! First time I ever got this; or, even, saw it on one of my spin wheels! Later, today I am going to share them with my SparkPeople Friends, for goodies. If you are one of them, and there is a special one that you have your heart set on, it is do-able, by me, please let me know! Remember, I have several people to spend it on. And, it is only 1,000 points (not a lot, lol). Or, if it is a certain one that you prefer, compared to others, etc; so that I do not give you one that you already have ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 01:28:52 EST Look what I came across ... a 5K! I love this idea! Anything Is Possible 5K! Check it out! Cities across America, maybe Countries, are participating in this! <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:37:32 EST Great Day! I got, practically, everything that I wanted to do today, completed. I received 50 goodie points on my SparkPoint's Daily Spin and 25 Bonus Points, on my Bonus Spin. I set up a business online, with Etsy; for myself, and mom! Everything just seem to be falling in place! Happy, happy me! Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:40:21 EST Just Busy! Anyone missing me? Just checking in; so that you know that I am still around; and keeping up ith my SparkPeople goals. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:32:38 EST Easy To Make Walnut Smoothie (Recipe) I stumbled across this yahoo article/video and want to share this recipe with my SparkPeople Friends! Yummy! <BR> <BR><BR>nut-smoothie-30477404.html <BR> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:35:54 EST Just stopping by to say HI to my SparkPeople Friends! Between my health and keeping busy; I'm not finding much time to be on the computer, except to record my tracking, on SparkPeople (and my Affiliate work). I am trying to keep busy; to get back used to being an empty nester. I almost don't want one of my daughters to visit ... lol; if I am always going to feel lonely, again, after they leave. Of course, I will never tell them that. *wink* I just wish they can come home, more often; then, maybe I won't miss them so much. If you still have... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:53:36 EST Today, indeed, was Labor Day! Labor Day, now, that my children are grown and gone, is just like any other day, to me. However, I did put an extra little spin on Labor Day, this year. I did a little bit more labor, so to speak, around the house, than I, usually, do. I, also, added some extra walks, to my daily routine. I, also, did a little extra walking, on my treadmill. I walked to, and from, my local grocery store; just to do more walking; I didn't do any shopping. I did walk around the store, just to add some ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:15:48 EST What is; and how do you use, a Kettle Bell, while exercising? I know while reading SparkPeople articles, they have been mentioned several times. Just the word kettle made me think of cast iron kettles, lol, so I never had any interest in, even, getting one. Now, this awesome deal is being offered; therefore, I am considering taking it up; however, first, I would like to know if it is anything that I may find joy, or usefulness, in using, for exercising, and something, that I will continue to use, or if it would be a waste of my money? I am on fixed i... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 17:17:47 EST I am so missing my daughter! Well, my daughter left early this morning around 6:30 a.m. CST. She had about a 15 hour drive. She just made it there, about 1 hour and a half ago. I am so glad that she arrived, safely; as this was her first time doing that length of a drive. In fact, she just got the car, a few days before! I was so worried (as part of it was driving through the mountains); but, I knew that she must learn. I will miss the days, that we had, of spending time together, like we just had the pleasure of d... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:50:38 EST Having to mend my broken heart ... My daughter didn't, even, leave, yet; however, she is packing up her car, preparing to go. My heart is already breaking; and I am already missing her! Now, I have to go through this, all over, again. I do not, even, know when I will see her, again. Plus, she has hopes of getting stationed in Korea, or somewhere overseas, in the near future. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:48:56 EST :( About, two more days, the latest! My daughter will be here, only, about, two more days. She is deciding between leaving either Friday night, or Saturday morning. Yesterday, she bought a car, used; however, it is nice ... a 1999 V6 Ford Mustang Coup, silver. A family friend sold it to her; so no contract, taxes, etc. - just a flat fee, and at a bargain! She should pay in full by December, before Christmas. Jokingly, we are calling it an early Christmas present. And, of course, as her Mom, I will help her out, if, and whe... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:14:20 EST Sharing an article with my SparkPeople family! Do These 9 Things in Your Kitchen to Lose Weight | Healthy Living - Yahoo! Shine: <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>things-kitchen-lose-weight-213900535.html Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:04:30 EST First, I am disappointed in SparkPeople ... I signed on, last night, to enter and read, for my earned SparkPoints, for the night. I, usually, try to enter everything at the end of the day because it is too time consuming to stop what I am doing, trying to keep track of like nutrition, fitness, etc. Anyway, while I was reading an article, everything regarding SparkPeople went into error mode, on my computer, stating that the SparkPeople's server could not be connected to. Then, a little later, SparkPeople put up a "Sorry, we are upda... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:02:56 EST Now, they are saying that 8 glasses of water, per day, may be too much! These scientists, doctors, whatever, can't make up their minds! It was on the CBS news! In fact, I watched, and heard it, several times, today. This scientist/doctor is stating that you should ONLY drink water, while you eat, while you are exercising, and, only, if you are thirsty. He, also, stated that if you find yourself going to the bathroom every half hour, then you are drinking too much. I meant to look on CBS News Station, to see if I could google the web, for the story. I don't ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:51:51 EST Re: Read Entries on the Sparkspoint Page Hi, SparkPeople! Is there a way to clear the check marks from the already 'Read Entries' so that I can continue to earn points for reading them? I am having a hard time finding any that I didn't read, yet. I tried clearing quizzes, articles, etc.; however, those clearings had no effects on the Read Entries. Thank you, in advance, for any help! Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:50:37 EST I Had To Share This Inspirational Story! Somehow this woman need to learn about SparkPeople! A lot of the life changes she made are already suggested, and being done, right here, on SparkPeople. Still, I applaud her for her determination! <BR> <BR><BR>loss/how-i-lost-140-pounds <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> and <em>386</em> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:57:44 EST Exhausted & Mellow! Just chilling before turning in, for the night. Nothing much to say; except Good Night! Although, it means that my daughter's departure is getting closer; I am looking forward to the end of the week. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:49:02 EST Good Night! A new day! A new start! <em>211</em> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:54:17 EST Just Checking In! Everything going on well, here! I hope everyone else's day was just as great. My daughter and I strolled around the block; after enjoying ourselves doing one of our favorite past times ... hitting the thrift stores! I shop for things for my craft business. My daughter shops for clothes! All in all we enjoyed ourselves. Plan on going, again; before she have to leave! And, nutrition and exercise wise; I have been very good! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:59:26 EST BUSY! Spending Quality Time With My Daughter! I can't believe it! One week gone by, too fast! I just have one more week with my daughter. She have to report to her AF base, in a week. I guess that we have to try to squeeze in a lot, in a week. Then, I have to start missing her, ALL OVER AGAIN! <em>46</em> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:54:37 EST Tomorrow is Monday! Make the most of it! Think of it as a brand new start! Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:19:55 EST WooHoo! LEVEL 11!!! <em>334</em> Need I say more! Sat, 18 Aug 2012 23:33:45 EST Thanks for the comments and the Support, that I received ... Thanks to everyone that made suggestions about sending mail to my daughter, when she reports back to her base, First, I always try to text, or email, her; as much as possible, already; however, I feel that these are so impersonal. I think that a child, seeing, and recognizing a loved ones handwriting, makes it that more special; this is why I prefer to write. Yes, and sometimes, some mail may be received, by her, two, or three, at a time, per day; however, if I get in the practice of send... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:21:27 EST My Prodical Daughter Has Come Home, Today! <em>334</em> No, really, my daughter has been away in the Military, since March, 2012; and, I haven't seen her since. She is here to spend the week with me, before she have to report to her assigned base; however, I will try to stick somehat to my SparkPeople plan, etc., and check in. Today, eventually, we did have a lovely day, of catching up, etc. When she first came home; she erupted into tears, stating that she hates being in the military, wished that she had listened to me, and st... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:58:40 EST Joy! Joy! Joy! *Doing The Happy Dance!* My daughter is coming home; and will be able to visit for several weeks, before she have to report to her assigned base! I am still somewhat sore with her, for enlisting in the first place. We shall see how the visit goes. I know that our family dog will be excited, also; once he get a whiff of her scent, and realizes who she is! The poor dog is always going by my children's old bedroom doors, standing, and listening, to see if he can hear them moving about inside. I believe that being ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:03:00 EST *Sigh!* I miss 'shopping for Back To School!' Such great sales; and my children are grown NOW! And, no GrandKids, yet! Smh! Sometimes I think the sales are better than when they were growing up! But sharing this for those that do still have school-aged children. You can be an awesome parent; although, I am sure that you already are! *wink* You can give them a special Back To School gift, with an awesome PERSONAL touch! : <BR> <BR> Create an awesome individual Sleeve or Case with your favorite design. Available for iPad, Kindle, ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:12:25 EST Where have I been, you ask? I am watching the Summer Olympics; especially, now that they are nearing the end! So, just dropped by to say a quick hi! So, hi! And, bye, for now! Have a good night! And, I hope that all of you are enjoying your weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>356</em> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:53:45 EST I have been cheating myself! I **LOVE** my Cardio Tracker App! I just realized today how much I was really walking, on the average, per day! I have been undercutting myself in steps! Today, when I would remember to start my Cardio Tracker App when about to walk to do anything; I have quadrupled what I have been entering on my finess tracker before today! This App is so awesome! It tracks my steps, pace, calories burned, distance; and I can set it to walking, track walking, running, track running, etc. I can, even, ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 01:00:22 EST TREAT DAY!!! I treated myself today! I took it easy, hung out with my friends! I just had fun! I did manage to stay within my calorie, etc. ranges; however, I believe that I burned more calories than I have other days because of all the walking that I did. What was, even, more enjoyable; I never once the whole time had to sit down somewhere, to rest! In fact, it was funny because one of my friends kept asking me if I anted to sit don and rest some. I kept saying no. Then, finally, one of my other f... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 23:40:13 EST Congrats to all of the Olympians; They ALL Are WINNERS! They are all so inspiring! However, you want to know which ones inspire me the most? The ones over 40! A 52 year old won Gold today! WOW! It just goes to show that you are NEVER too old to obtain your dream! GO SparkPeople! Think of yourselves as Olympians! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:21:27 EST I am going to miss the Summer Olympics! As it is nearing closer and closer to the end; I am missing it already! I can't wait until the Winter Olympics! The Olympics is one of the few shows on T.V. that I will watch. I can keep it on all day! Yes, there are some sports that I just am not into; however, I love the way that they try to cover everything that is being competed for, and switch between them. Now, I am into the track portion. I use to run track (and cross country) in track clubs, Jr. High, High school, and College; s... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 22:50:41 EST Watching the Olympics! I just love the Olympics! Gymnastics and track are my favorites! I am watching track, right now! Oh, to be young, again! *sigh* The U.S.A. Olympians are doing so well, too! :DD GO U.S.A.! *wink* Sorry, SparkFriends, from other Countries; however, U.S.A., we are the best! *Picture me waving the US Flag* lol And, I am not, entirely, selfish ... as long as the U.S. takes Gold, the other Countries are welcome to Silver, Bronze, and anything lower! lol See, how generous I am! lol <B... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 20:25:45 EST Just Chilled today! That's all! Everyone have a good night! I know that I will enjoy a good night of sleep! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Sat, 4 Aug 2012 00:01:51 EST Hi, again ... important question, for me, as I do not have much experience ... Okay, I saw this on Groupon, and, for the price, am thinking about trying it! Did anyone ever use, or try this, or anything similar? And, if so, how was it, and/or did you like it? Of course, I am still crazy about everything that Sparkpeople offer, also; but I am always open, to try other stuff ... as long as it is healthy, safe, etc.! <BR> <BR> Here is the link: $39 for an iChoice 30-Day Health and Weight-Management Program - $179 List Price. Free Shipping. #pd - ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 23:28:47 EST Going for LEVEL 10! I believe that I am going to cross over to the next level, today ... LEVEL 10. At the moment that I am blogging about this; I am 16 points away from my goal! How exciting; to have come this far, since joining SparkPeople on May 8, 2012! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:37:58 EST My Cardiologist is going to check out SparkPeople's site! He was interested in it because he noticed the changes in me, not just physically, but in my improved (for the better) disposition, and attitude towards being in his office, for my appointment! I told him about finding SparkPeople; and about all that you can do on the site. He wants to see if it is a site that he wants to tell other patients about! LOL He stated that he may, even, join it himself; when I told him that it is not only for people trying to lose weight. He is interested in t... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 00:35:15 EST Making a big change!!! I am tired of trying to keep track of everything I do, the minutes, etc., re: exercising. I made this decision; when I hit 30 minutes, that is it, as far as keeping track of minutes. I will still continue to exercise, go on walks, etc. if my heart desires; however, I stop counting minutes at 30. My official tracking entry will be 30 minutes, regardless. I know that I did more than 30 for the day; and that is what I feel is important. Plus, the scale will tell, at my weigh-ins. I know if... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 00:50:21 EST Finally, a hot streak weather break! It was still hot out; however, not as hot as it has been for the longest time. Because the heat was so much lower; ha! ... it, actually, felt somewhat cool out, in comparison. lol Well, I could tolerate it much better. Anyway, I decided to go out with my BFF. Both of us decided that we deserved a small treat, so, yes, we went to DQ. I had a Groupon, that cost only $15 (I used $15 worth of Groupons that I acquired as their affiliate, to get it); and it allows me to get 10 SMALL blizzards... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:49:35 EST I'm in disbelief, still! Well, yesterday (Friday) was my weigh in day. Just for anyone that doesn't already know; I broke my scale last week (and, no, not because of my weight). Anyway, I had thought that I had to buy another one; however, I remembered that the scale that my daughters used, when they were growing up, was still in their bathroom. So, I took it, and put it in mine. Anyway, when I weighed myself on it, it showed my weight UNDER 200 pounds (199, but it is under 200). I decided to wait to weigh mysel... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:11:58 EST This Yahoo Article May Be of Interest to Some ... I am up burning the midnight oil; and came across this article on yahoo. Sparkpeople may be interested in it (I'm not sure); however, I do not know how to get it to them, so I decided to blog it. Here it is: <BR> <BR> 8 Diet and Exercise Mistakes That Age You <BR> <BR><BR>hotos/8-diet-and-exercise-mistakes-age<BR>-you#0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 06:05:39 EST :( Trying to avoid going to the doctor ... I know that I shouldn't; however, with the auto-immune disease, and all, that I have dealt with, in the past, and for years ... I don't, really, want to hear any bad news, like the Sarcoidosis is back, etc. I know that ignoring the pain, that I have been having, etc., will not make it just up, and disappear; although, that would be great if it did; but, it is still hard, for me, to just make up my mind, and just go. Instead, I'm sitting at home imagining the worst ... like cancer, another d... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:44:36 EST So sleepy ... Sorry, I couldn't hang last night, for anyone that is used to me being online. Can't hang tonight, neither! Good night1 <BR> <BR> Yes, short and sweet Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:12:00 EST