SLCB1023's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SLCB1023 SLCB1023'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/ So where is Sharon??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4316310 On my three year anniversary here on Sparkpeople, I thought I would just take the time to check-in. First thanks to everyone who stopped by to wish me well, say HI, or leave goodies. Thanks, thanks, thanks. <BR> <BR> To catch everyone up, I had a rough time after my shoulder surgery. Did PT, massage, etc. but still was in pain. went off to see an acupuncturist figuring... what could it hurt. Well, I found out that I had muscle trigger points up and down my shoulder and into my neck that... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 19:48:08 EST a-ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3271596 surgeru went fine. bone spurs removed, bicep tendon moved. the surprise for the surgeon was finding adhesions. he removed those too and said i would be 100% improved ...woohoo. <BR> <BR> right now the shoulder is feeling no pain.... total shoulder nerve block. it will wear off sometime early am tomorrow. then vocodine here i come. <BR> <BR> feeling pretty good right now. grogginess is wearing off. will be sleeping in my laziboy tonight. lol <BR> <BR> tnanks for the shoutout!!!! i ... Wed, 26 May 2010 20:41:53 EST Surgery coming up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3264754 I am going in for surgery on on left shoulder this Wed. Just a rotator cuff cleanout, getting rid of bone spurs and moving the bicep tendor around so it does not rub anymore. <BR> <BR> I will be reading your blogs and threads over the next few weeks but not sure how much typing will be going on. <BR> <BR> Have a great upcoming Memorial Day weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> This is me trying out my new arm. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Sharon Mon, 24 May 2010 23:08:27 EST Lots of April 4ths to celebrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3079111 Many good things have happened to me and my family on April 4th. <BR> <BR> My DH and I were married on April 4, 1981. It was a beautiful spring day just as it is today! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l674724612.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One year later, here we are baptizing my DS: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169277274.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am sure that there were plenty of other great April 4ths. But the only oth... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 15:07:13 EST Sad Family News ~ Need your Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3016881 Last week we got a call from DH's brother that our SIL was in the hospital with chest pains. The doctors found that they were caused by blood clots and she was put on medication to help with that. She was in the hospital for a week while the doctors did tests to figure out why she had blood clots. DH talked with his brother today and SIL has colon cancer that has spread to three other places already. No other warning as far as we know so far. Tomorrow they will meet with the doctors for ... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:11:42 EST Saturday Night Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2999483 DS and I had gone to see Avatar on Wed BUT it was not the 3D version SO we decided to try again. We found that it was playing at the local mall so planned on going to the 3:30pm showing. After doing my banking, errands, and doing my workout at the gym, DS showed up late and we left. <BR> <BR> Questions: <BR> <BR> 1. Yes, I know it was a RAINY day BUT why did everyone decide to go to the MALL? It was packed... even more than for Christmas shopping. But we finally found a parking place a ... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 21:17:59 EST On Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2920260 DH and I were worried about the coming weather front here. We were supposed to leave Thusday AM for a trip to visit my MOM in TX. DS is going along too. Anyway, weather people are calling for a "winter hurricane" to rumble thru Wed night into Thursday. Not too much snow called for where I live but further north and east by the airport, things could be iffy on our chances of getting out. <BR> <BR> While we were discussing our options, we received an automated call from Southwest advising ... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 23:05:52 EST Potholes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2885541 For years and years and years, I ate snacks while driving, reading, watching TV, working, relaxing, and ... amazingly while eating my dinner. No wonder I was just a smuge under 300 lbs. All that eating took up a lot of my time and well just numbed me to anything happening around me including the reading, driving, watching TV, working, etc. All I was "enjoying" was stuffing my feelings down with the snacks and once they were gone, emptiness set in. <BR> <BR> Getting rid of all that eating ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:33:00 EST In Control or In Charge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2877284 Sometimes I wonder if I am "in control" or "in charge" of my healthy lifestyle choices. <BR> <BR> To me, In control reminds me of trying to get those Leggs pantyhose back in the little plastic egg container. You push in one place and it just pops up somewhere else. That is how I feel when I think I am in control. Things might look good for a while but sooner or later the whole thing is just going to pop back open and all that "control" is just going to fly all over the place. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 12:08:55 EST Good News from DD and SIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2862357 Talked with my DD yesterday and she and her DH were doing well even though they were snowed in. They found out that the insurance will most likely cover the cost of replacing their barn (collapsed under 34" of snow). So the arguements with the insurance company will begin. <BR> <BR> They attempted to shovel out but their driveway is way too long and the snow too deep. So they jumped on their ponies bareback (warmer that way) and headed out in search of a farmer with a tractor and front-en... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 17:40:08 EST Bummed and Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2853421 I have to say I am really tired of winter now. We got over 24" of snow over the weekend and DD and SIL got around 34" at their place over in VA. I surrender..... put up the white flag. <BR> <BR> I woke up with my rotator cuff bothering in my left shoulder so not much shoveling going on for me. DH woke up with a bad cold but he went out and at least shoveled a small path down the driveway to the 4-wheel drive car parked there. Neighbor helped him a bit so that was good and we are thankful... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 19:56:44 EST Downtime ~ 50+ FEMALES, FIT AND FEELING FABULOUS style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2828068 Need to blog about my how I spend my downtime for the 50+ FEMALES, FIT AND FEELING FABULOUS team. <BR> <BR> I like and enjoy my downtime. I really need it to keep me from getting too stressed. I have a wide variety of things I like to do when just relaxing. Some of my favs are: <BR> <BR> 1. Reading a good book. I keep books everywhere.... in my car, in several rooms of my house, in my office.... and yes I read all of them. You just never can have too many good books. <BR> <BR> 2. Musi... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 21:48:16 EST Be Kind to Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2801796 Mondays are YOGA nights so last night after my cardio and weights, I went in for my yoga class. My instructor started by discussing the yoga yamas. Yamas are roughly translated into restraints/attitudes/behaviours/disiplines<BR>... anyway you get the idea. <BR> <BR> The first yama is: <BR> Ahimsa (Harmlessness) - The word ahimsa literally mean not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person in any way whatsoever. Ahimsa is, however, more than just lack of violence as adapted i... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:46:02 EST Just tired and hungry all day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2783679 Tired and hungry all day long. So I am listening this time and eating more today and cutting back on my exercise. Just my bootcamp video, 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical at just barely over 80% max HR, and then a 20 minute cooldown on the bike. No weight training today....tomorrow maybe. Or maybe just nothing tomorrow. <BR> <BR> BOSU is just not for me. So you will not be seeing me gently balancing on one. LOL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/1/b913616190.jpg">... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 21:23:58 EST New Emoticons.... WOOHOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2779048 Oh boy, new emoticons. I am going to use them to describe my workout. <BR> <BR> After a busy day of work, then errands involving DS and DD, I start out my workout with doing the bootcamp video at home..... lower body workout today.... <em>418</em> . <BR> <BR> Then I slip on my HOT PINK shoes <em>331</em> (yes, they are really this color) and was off to the gym. <em>306</em> I started off with 30 minutes of cardio on the <em>315</em> Sorry it was the ellpitical.... so just prete... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 20:40:34 EST 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2774307 Business first: worked with my trainer tonight and I definitely worked up a sweat tonight. Dripping, abs aching, arms aching, legs rubbery. Over 500 calories burned, 85% max heart rate for the hour with max over 100%. Did the bootcamp video before I went so that is checked off. <BR> <BR> I am happy with the progress I have made so far. Except for a couple of days down with a cold, I have stuck to my food and exercise plan. I know I will continue with this after the bootcamp is over. <BR... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 20:53:19 EST Unstuffed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2769711 First, I worked late so no time to get to the gym but did do the Bootcamp Video. Also glad that I got in three 10-minute high cardio sessions during the day. <BR> <BR> I was reading the Spark Weekly today and read the article on Hunger an Cravings. The article listed the Hunger scale which I have found useful in the past to judge my hunger level and also my fullness level after eating. I have always had trouble judging the fullness level. When I was "eating", I often would eat my snacks ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:19:58 EST 'Ems Lying Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2762586 Went I was sick as a kid, my MOM would treat us to 7-up and ice cream. To this day, I just cannot stand 7-up.. but I still love the ice cream. LOL <BR> <BR> I have been sick with a cold the last few days and those old memories and desires have come back to haunt me. I am hearing "you are sick so you DESERVE something special", "just one little treat won't matter", "you are eating anything anyway so those special treats won't count up", and my favorite " those special treats will make you... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:46:14 EST Simple is not the Same as Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2755322 How many times have I tried to conquer some new skill because I assumed that just because it looked simple that it was also easy??? I remember one time I bugged my MOM for a ukulele because a friend picked one up and just started playing it like she was a pro. Never did I remember that she was musically gifted and played several other instruments. Nope, I bugged MOM until she relented and used her precious Green Stamps (yes remember those) to get one. Well, as you can guess, the playing o... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 22:12:25 EST SP Bootcamp Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2750845 Sick sick sick. Hoe with a terrible cold. I don't think I have had a cold in 4-5 years so I guess it is time to pay my dues. LOL <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I did get up enough energy to do the 6 minute boocamp video for today. And I doubt if I will have ANY trouble with getting in 7-8 hours of sleep tonight. It was interesting to see my readouts from my FitBit today. Tossing and turning last night until 2:00 AM when I got up to take a cold pill. Then calm sleeping. <em>102</em> So wil... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:25:23 EST Sp Bootcamp Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2746889 Feeling yucky today. I think I picked up some cold germs somwehere. Runny nose, stratchy throat, just dragging. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym right after work cause if I had sat down for any length of time, I would still be sitting. 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical, 20 minutes of something or other on the recumbent bike, and the sp video. Done for tonight! <BR> <BR> Checking out for today. I am hoping it is allergies. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/9/b596035... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 20:55:50 EST SP Bootcamp Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2741862 My day started with my 3-month visit to my endocrinologist. I really like her. She is very easy to discuss things with and she actually remembers little details from one visit to the next. AND she is one of the top rated doctors in the DC area. I would love to have her as my family doctor. But it will not happen since she is a specialist and does not have the time for family practice. Oh well, I actually see her more often than my family doctor anyway. <BR> <BR> All my blood tests came ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 20:29:16 EST SP Bootcamp Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2736822 Whee, what workout today! One of my co-workers is having surgery on Thursday so we have been working like crazy to get everything lined up and in order before she is out. SO I got home late. I decided rather than go to the gym that I would run through Jillian Micael's No More Trouble Zones video. Some things in the video had to be modified for my knees... like kicks instead of squats, knee lifts instead of lunges. My ouchie knee got caught in a stuck mode in some leg kicks while on all fo... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:16:48 EST SP Bootcamp Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2731662 Mondays are YOGA night. Since I started taking my yoga classes, I like to go work out for an hour or so before yoga. THEN by the time it is yoga time, I have already worked out much of the stress from the day and therefore get so much more from my class. <BR> <BR> My pre-yoga workout usually is cardio and abs/core work. But due to bootcamp, adjustments were made. 20 minutes cardio on recumbent bike, 20 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes of bootcamp arms workout, and 15 minutes walking... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 21:35:16 EST SP Bootcamp Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2724042 Success in anything means changes in habits. I have been reading The Spark and one of the things discussed by Chris are Streaks. He speaks of changing one small think and trying each and every day to extend the streak of performing that small task. <BR> <BR> Like the person Chris discusses, the first streak I started four years ago was cutting out sugary sodas. It was small and pretty easy to do. That combined with cutting out sugary treats such as candy and one year later I had lost 35 ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:28:06 EST SP Bootcamp Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2720770 Today started with running a bunch of errands included loading and unloading about 500 lbs of traffic cones from my truck to my friends. (Equestrian games equipment). That went great except for the idiot who asked me to move my truck. I was in a parking lot with plenty of room for two lanes to pass. Yes, I was blocking one of the lanes while I unloaded the cones from my truck to my friends. However, the idiot who asked me to move my truck was the one actually blocking the other part of t... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 19:49:59 EST Song Lyrics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2718835 We have all heard the funny song lyrics before. Well, I just had a mis-hearing happen to me. <BR> <BR> I have been listing to the Pussycat Dolls song, "When I group up" since it first came out on iTunes. I always thought the following chorus line was funny: <BR> <BR> When I grow up <BR> I wanna see the world <BR> Drive nice cars <BR> I wanna have BOOBIES. <BR> <BR> Well just today, I found out that was not the correct lyric. It is supposed to be: <BR> <BR> When I grow up <BR> I w... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 11:05:34 EST SP Bootcamp Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2718595 ARGH! I had just finished up writing last night's blog and was ready to hit the POST button when my computer just froze up. ARGH! I was tired and now crabby so just went to bed. <BR> <BR> So now here I am rewriting the blog from las night summary mode style. <BR> <BR> It was Friday so telecommuted from my Laziboy with laptop on my lap for around 10 hours. A stressfull day! Read in The Spark that 5 minutes of stress last for up to 5-6 hours afterwards on your body. If that is true I am... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 10:12:12 EST SP Bootcamp Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2712314 Well the day started with me feeling out of sorts just like a square tire. If you grew up where it gets COLD, you might know about square tires. When I was a kid that was what my Dad would call the car tires on really really cold days. We parked the car outside, no garage and the tires would get good and cold and inflexible on some of those cold Iowa mornings. So when we would drive off, the car just did not roll right. It took a bit of time for those "square tires" to regain their flexi... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 22:28:32 EST SP Bootcamp Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2706203 It is trainer night and my legs and arms are like rubber right now. OUCH!! <BR> <BR> I was doing great today, got in lots of walking around my office floor, some stairs thrown in for good measure ...at least until the knees said NO MORE!! Even ate all my veggies. <BR> <BR> Whipped through the SP Day 4 video. Not too bad ... I work out alot with the SB at the gym. <BR> <BR> Next onto my trainer for my hour workout. Tonight was BOSU BALL. For those who don't know what that is, let me te... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 20:29:57 EST SP Bootcamp Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2701255 I just HATE winter. When I was wearing my "fat" coat winter was my fav season because it was the only time of the year that I could wear all those clothes to hide my body and not sweat like a pig. LOL <BR> <BR> Visited the gym again tonight. Most of the "January Resolution" people had cleared out by the time I got there. Not that isn't anything wrong with NY resolutions... I have seen it too many times at the gym. It is crowded with people with good intentions in January but by February... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 22:40:57 EST SP Bootcamp Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2694219 The gym was back open again after a furlough for the workers last week. County is trying to save some money at the end of the year. <BR> <BR> So did 20 minutes cardio on the recumbent bike, the day 2 SP Bootcamp 10 minute video, did another 20 minutes of upper body workout stuff, and then finished off with a hard 85% max HR workout on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> Now I am home fixing dinner and planning on watching the Fiesta Bowl while humming "I FEEL GOOD, I know that I would now......" <... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 20:28:34 EST SP Jan 2010 Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2686167 Just finished my day 1 sp jan bootcamp video and 30 minutes of cardio. Time to post a before picture. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/9/b797353110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am doing the bootcamp to kickstart my exercise program. Since my knee surgery in October, I have been pretty off and on with the exercise. Time to get things in order again. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/2/b727712004.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Sharon Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:06:16 EST On Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2684398 I was ready The Spark and sat up about the part where he is describing the fire of happiness that he feels. AMEN to that. When I am following my food program and exercising regulary, I feel a tingling, humming coming from the middle of my chest. I feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. I am abuzz with happiness and confidence. I love this feeling and really never thought much about it until I read it from Chris. Now I know I am on fire with happiness. <BR> <BR> How about... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:38:30 EST My New Geeky Toy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2676996 I love gadgets. So when my last pedometer committed suicide last June (jumped right off my waistband into the toilet and was flushed away). I started looking for a replacement. I flirted with a body bugg and then checked out the Omran pedometers debating the pros and cons of each system. <BR> <BR> Then I came across the FitBit.... kind of a glorified pedometer... it works on the same motion logic as the Wii (COOL) ... but it also tracks sleep patterns too. WOW now that was different. And ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 17:37:39 EST New Granny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2649585 MSWEEZER (Louise) the co-leader of the 50+ FEMALES, FIT AND FEELING FABULOUS because a Grandma this week. <BR> <BR> I just want to pass on a short story to her. <BR> <BR> When my DS was around 5 and attending Montessori School, we came from work one evening to pick him up for the ride home. He was very excited about his day. Seems that the daughter of one of the teachers had a baby that day making the teacher a Grandma for the very first time. DS was telling us about how excited all the ... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 07:47:35 EST Cabin Fever Day # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2648573 Well, I could have gone into work today BUT the Federal Agencies were closed. I still could have gone as the driveway was shoveled and the roads were clear BUT staying home and telecommuting in my sweats while siting in my Lazyboy with the Christmas tree lights on and Christmas music playing softly just made so much more sense. <BR> <BR> That also meant that I could just walk to the kitchen for my lunch and afternoon snack. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I could also be available if DH had any ques... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 17:15:19 EST Cabin Fever Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2646456 Oh happy day, I woke up to sunshine and to DH already hard at work shoveling. After a nice high protein breakfast, I went out to help and added aches to my already existing pains. BUT the driveway is cleared and melting a bit in the mid-day sun. The cars are all tucked safely back in the garage facing out. So I am ready to head out for work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The afternoon was spent doing my weekend challenge.... that would mean sleeping... I mean deep in thought... meditating. Yes, med... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 18:11:48 EST Cabin Fever Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2644744 I don't know about you but if I am forced to stay home with no hope of getting out, I develop cabin fever pretty quick. I could work all day at home with no problem as long as I know that I could get out and about if I wanted to. But today with the snow storm going up the East Coast, there is no way I will be going anywhere. Its that totally losing control going on stress thing. <BR> <BR> SO....instead of letting that cabin fever stress set in and cause a bunch of off plan eating, I made ... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:11:36 EST Finally Wedding Announcement Craft Pix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2631028 I know I promised pictures of my completed cross-stitch project. I picked it up last week BUT there was a tiny piece of lint on it and had to take it back to be corrected. I will be wrapping it for my DD and SIL for Christmas. <BR> <BR> The project is 13" x 16" in size and stitched on 28 cnt linen.... just in case you are a x-stitch crafter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/0/b703694672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I also took some closeups of the top and bottom so you could se... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 17:47:01 EST Reindeer Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2630989 My MOM sent this so I thought I would share with you: <BR> <BR> REMEMBER THIS AT CHRISTMAS TIME <BR> <BR> According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, ... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 17:22:07 EST First Snow of the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2612507 It has been snowing all day here today. I think we have around 4-5 inches so far. Not so much if you live soomewhere that is used to snow. LOL DC though has a combination of lots of traffic and drivers who THINK they know what they are doing when driving in the snow. Best to just stay off the roads. LOL <BR> <BR> I got out and ran my errands early this AM. Picked up the makings for some good chicken soup for tomorrow. YUM. <BR> <BR> I stopped by the gym for a workout this AM but the... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 16:41:13 EST Holiday "How Come" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2610452 How come when we are small children Crhistmas cannot come fast enough. The time just drags soooooo sloooooowly. Then when we are older, time just flies and there is never enough time to get everything done. When does that happen and how come?? <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, my brother and I were not allowed to get up until 7:00 am. That did not mean that we weren't awake and checking things out... LOL. But just from a distance trying to see what was under the tree from a across the room a... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 16:01:43 EST I OWE MY MOTHER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2596520 Sorry just could not resist sending this out to those who enjoy a good laugh or two... and yes, I got this list from my MOM. LOL LOL <BR> <BR> I OWE MY MOTHER <BR> <BR> 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE . <BR> "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." <BR> <BR> 2. My mother taught me RELIGION . <BR> "You better pray that will come out of the carpet." <BR> <BR> 3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL . <BR> "If you don't straighten ... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 20:45:36 EST November/December Accomplishments and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2596428 Time to report in on the Nov/Dec accomplishments and goals for the 10k steps per day team: <BR> <BR> November: <BR> 1)What did you accomplish that you had committed to? <BR> I committed to finishing my cross stitch project that I started months ago for DD and SIL. I completed that about 10 days ago and it is at Michael's to be framed. Look for pix coming soon. I also committed to eating according to plan and not getting crazy over the holidays....mission accomplished. I also wanted to ... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 20:06:09 EST Food Portions and Sizes Rising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2581747 I was finishing my closet cleaning today and got down to clothing from my college and Peace Corps days. Yes, I like to keep those rememberances. LOL Anyway, I held up a pair of jeans from those days thinking they were a size 10 or 12. Looked and was surprised to see size 16. I pulled out a pair of my now size 14 and held them up and was shocked to see the difference in the sizes from now and from 35 years ago. <em>40</em> I guess the clothing makers are just trying to keep up with our ... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 21:36:55 EST YES!!!! The project from hello is finally DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2572024 Yes, everyone, last night at around 10pm I FINALLY finished all the stitching on my daughters wedding announcement cross-stitch project that I have been working forever and ever. Yes, the wedding was Oct 3 BUT her birthday is tomorrow... so I did hit that goal. Well, sort of, I still need to wash it, iron it and get it framed. But the hard part is DONE!!! <BR> <BR> I AM FREE!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <em>250</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> ... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:05:52 EST Simply Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2563180 I woke up just in the mood to do some pitching and throwing. So off I went to clean my storage closet and my everyday closet. After about an hour, I had accumulated THREE large laundry baskets piled high with a variety of sizes of clothing. It was amazing to see the changes in my clothing styles over the 30 plus years covered. LOL I used to wear lots of skirts, fancy blouses and dresses. NO more. It was kinda fun going back through my memories of when I bought and wore such and such. ... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:18:33 EST Ricotta Pie Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2552710 Several of my dear SP Friends have asked for my Ricotta Pie recipe. I think I added it to the SP recipe file a while ago. But I will list it here to save you searching for it. I found the recipe in the book "The Diabetes Diet" by Dr. Richard Bernstein. If any of you low carbers have not read Dr Berstein's books, I would highly recommend them. <BR> <BR> Ricotta Pie <BR> <BR> Makes 6 servings, 3 g Carbs, 3.8 oz protein <BR> <BR> 3 eggs <BR> 1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 15 oz whole m... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:48:24 EST The weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2545198 This weekend was the final equestrian mounted games competition of the season. My friend Diane and I organize the one in May and the one in November. We have not had decent weather for the entire weekend for years and years. Finally our turn at decent weather came this weekend. It was 74* today..... in November ......in MD. Unbelieveable.... we all loved it ... especially the 20 Canadian riders and their entourage that came down from Toronto. <BR> <BR> Anyway, everything went smoothly a... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 20:15:14 EST