SPARKLINGME176's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPARKLINGME176 SPARKLINGME176'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/ Happy Friday, this & that of my amazing life! 7-11-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736874 Today is "date night" with my sweetheart. We try for EVERY Friday night. I am SO blessed he is home & getting better everyday. Still about a month to go before wound from Jan. 3 is finished healing. (YES! Long time but he better!) <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> Also, my Mom, (I haven't seen her since Oct. 4th last year) Surprised me with a call saying she is coming for a quick visit Monday & Tuesday. I usually go visit her, but I haven't traveled since last November, because of DH healing. This m... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:56:08 EST Thank you all for your love & support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734646 Back to you! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> *~LIGHT <em>90</em> <em>355</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:33:33 EST My Bday is July 6. Spark People has helped SO much! I'm trying to maintain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731366 I'm up over my 3# limit. Trying to get back to reality, for my Bday. My body is craving SO much more than I am use to eating. The temps have been up to 116 degrees & I am still working & delivering & doctors appt. for DH, in this extreme heat. I AM drinking LOTS of water & trying to stay hydrated. Sun screen every 2 hours, but my body wants/needs salt! So I have been adding salt to hard boiled eggs, eating more concentrated foods like popcorn 100 cal packs, etc. Still 4 cups of raw veggies, d... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:10:19 EST Thank you to all my Spark friends! You helped me through the hardest year of my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725591 You have all helped me so much these past 6 months! WOW! We are finally seeing the rainbow at the end of this VERY long trying time of DH staying alive! He is still having nurses, daily to help with his wounds from hospital. Truly wonderful people! IF you live in Las Vegas & need at home nurses, they are AMAZING! Integrity home health. <BR> <BR> I'm flying to dance & play with Zumba today. I'm on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, an 11 today as far as joy is concerned! Your the bes... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:50:07 EST I am FINALLY feeling like our life is going to be 'normal' again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720903 <em>250</em> It's been a LONG, LONG year so far. Plus I am really waiting for it to start! Yes! I still have our Christmas tree up. When DH is strong enough, he will reopen his presents! <BR> <BR> I'm getting a new computer, so I will be able to Spark SO MUCH FASTER!!Got it, now all have to do is figure out how to access ANYTHING!3 hours looking for stuff & found nothing! XP to windows 7. It took teck guy 4 hours just to set up. I'm on tablet......I sure feel dumb! <BR> <BR> I'm flying no... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:13:52 EST Feeling a little overwhelmed with caregiving my DH. SP helps SO much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714305 I'm feeling a little guilty about feeling overwhelmed caregiving DH, today. Sometimes I 'over due it' & sometimes I have several places I feel I could do better:-) :-) <BR> This has been an VERY intense 1/2 year! He was in hospital 4 months, rehab 1 month, & now home since May 7, (wow a month!) I DO have help! A nurse comes daily to clean his level 3 wound, he got in hospital Jan. 3. It IS healing, but I feel I need to be at the house, to let them in. I always try to make people who come to... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:10:59 EST I have tried EVERYway I know to peel a hard cooked egg. I Give UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702930 I keep trying, but I just can't do it. I have followed Martha Stewart, Spark People, Julia Child's, my Grandmother &&&& I loose more egg than it's worth. They are a staple of mine. With my veggie packs when I leave the house. I buy organic & like to eat them them. I have heard of a gizzmo that I can use by opening a raw egg & put inform & cook. But can't find it. <BR> <BR> Help! <BR> Love you! <BR> *~Light <BR> <em>490</em> <BR> So I found already cooked eggs at Costco. Very low priced. S... Sun, 25 May 2014 17:30:16 EST May 9, 2014 DH home, NOW the real healing begins! 17 weeks later! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691480 We are learning to the new home processes. He is doing REALLY great!! Physical therapy & a daily nurse helping us with his wounds from being in hospital. He is doing great! Walking pretty good, etc.. <BR> <BR> Lot's happening, just a quick note! He took back most of his business things & the bills..... I'm a VERY happy camper! <BR> !!! <BR> Love you all!!!!!! <BR> <BR> *~LIGHT <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> Fri, 9 May 2014 18:18:32 EST An open letter to my Mom, The Tool of the Timer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685157 (I have written this for a workshop my Mom is teaching this weekend, The Inner Child Workshop, she asked me to share my experience with the attendees)!! <BR> <BR> The Tool of the Timer 4-30-2014 <BR> <BR> I won’t go into all the details of my last 4 months. Just to say they have been some of the hardest, most emotional & stress filled of my life’s experience in most recent years. I recognize many people are going through these types of changes, too. I know I am not alone! I have been helpi... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:47:39 EST Happy Earth Day! I'm taking our world VERY slowly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678030 It's the only way I can handel NOT going into over whelm!! <BR> <BR> My Mom helped with a solution, take a timer, set it for an hour & for that 1 hour, do NOTHING else except the project I choose. When the bell rings, STOP! This has REALLY been helping me! I find I get things done SO much faster!! When I have time left over, I use it to do "me time". PLUS I add 'me time" anyway!!! So I am handling almost everything, 1 step at a time. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU so much for your continued support.... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:00:23 EST So today is SO filled with chaos, I'm ready to give up all the stress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675318 This week has been the hardest, since DH went into the hospital. Dec. 31 He IS doing better, but his business REALLY needs HIM, not me. I've taken it as far as I can, putting in 10 hours a day. I have gone into overwhelm. There are so many things I WANT to do, can't do 'cause I am trying to keep his business going, ( I DO have help with 2 other people who work with us, it's not just me). Let me make it clear, his business pays for our life. Our home, our cars, our pets, EVERYTHING. I have not... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:31:32 EST 5 minutes before I leave for Zumba, BUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669262 Just had to write & let you know, DH is in rehab, as of Saturday! He walked 90 feet! First time since all this roller coaster started, 12-31-13 he has released 35 pounds & has only 30 more to go! I am so happy!! I'm doing my happy dance! Off to Zumba!!! <BR> <BR> I'm doing REALLY well, too! Flash mob Saturday for earth day!! I'm loving my life today & YOU! Thanks for all your support!!! <BR> *~Light <em>356</em> <em>291</em> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:49:54 EST Day 380 of maintenance! I am TRULY amazed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660978 I went through ALL of my pants yesterday, Yoga, Zumba, Jeans, Slacks etc. I am donating the last of my 14/16/18's. This is a BIG step for me. It means I am VERY serious about this health thingy I am on. IF (I do not believe it will happen, as I have made my lifetime chose to stay healthy, NOT worry about my weight or the scale) I were to gain back weight I would have to buy the bigger sizes. I had donated the 18/20/22/24's before, now I am back to getting to the pairs that do not make me feel... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:35:38 EST My Spark People journey My HOW'S & WHY's Justyna7 inspired this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655295 <em>244</em> for Justyna7 !!!!!! The old saying "When the student is ready, the teacher appears"! Sounds like what is happening! That how it was for me! I FINALLY asked my Angels for weight help & SPARK PEOPLE came to me in 10 minutes after my prayer! No really! Once I joined, I started seeing SPARK PEOPLE everywhere! Even in places magazines, etc. I had read before, but I never became aware of the site, before I asked for spiritual help with this situation. I believe since I asked, VERY ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:06:13 EST Spring cleaning &&&&&& http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654083 I had NO idea when I woke up today, that I would be cleaning & gardening for 6 hours! Watering! trees that are weepy. Needs more moisture in soil. Before I start 'doing' anything else to them, I'm going to learn what they like in this up scale desert! They are 'bottle' trees. The pics I've seen so far, do not look like anything we have. We planted 5 of them about 5 years ago & now they need some more love. YES! I'm a tree hugger.... but there is one that doesn't really want to play any more. ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:32:19 EST This is it! 2 years of amazing life, because of Spark People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649321 I'm feeling a little better, today, I think I had a cold. I do Sheppard pilates as my form of yoga, Zumba as my form of play & sweat & Flash Mob is my 'volunteer' job for our community. Eating perfectly for my body, etc. I truly thought I had the stress under control, DH still in hospital, day 74. I guess I was wrong, or I wouldn't have gotten sick. <BR> <BR> I have done a zillion things I didn't think I could do, including keeping his business going. It IS getting time for him to get back ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:17:29 EST 2 year Sparaversary!!!!!! Spark people saved my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647906 Spark people saved my life! <BR> <BR> This week has been a double edged sward. I have an allergy to 'something' making me not to want to go out side, or do anything for that matter! REALLY WEIRD FOR ME. I tried a allergy medicine last night & it made me almost pass out. REALLY ruff night. I just can't do drugs. I keep trying to find relief, but hot teas & soup are about all I feel like eating. Yes, I am under goal for the first time in MANY years, that feels good, but not being able to go o... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:43:43 EST I ate a tangerine today! A poem dedicated to IAMJETTA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645331 The little tangerine <BR> <BR> The color of the sun with it its' white corded core <BR> and vein sack, holding the womb of its fragrant juices. <BR> <BR> Being a tree hugger, I "see" the baby growing with it's friends, <BR> under the sun and wind and rain and lush soil and <BR> think of the 7 years of growth it took before it could give me it's life. <BR> I am so grateful for the ultimate sacrifice this tiny being gave me! <BR> <BR> Branded as a "halo", the gift of a tiny sticker, smili... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:09:57 EST A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642824 My stress level has been 8 or above since Dec. 31. DH still in hospital. I AM learning to listen to my angels & have faith. It has helped me cope with SO much. He is getting a little better. He had the flu this week, over that now. Next step is to learn to walk again. Phanomia (I do NOT like this word, can never spell it & spell checker can't figure out my spelling either! ) gone, finally! He wants to come home now, but he still has several issues we can't address at home. So daily I am takin... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:58:28 EST A quick update on this Sunnyside up day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634335 So fun reading about all of you & your life!! <BR> <BR> I have been dreading & putting off going into DH email for his business. I FINALLY did, yesterday, now that I have the passcode. 600! Then I found 500 more in his 'old file, aol is SO dumb! If you even just click on an email, it goes into the old file. I spent 4 hours <em>40</em> going through the junk in this email, yesterday! I have to be VERY careful, as this is the email that brought the encryption virus into his computer, that ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:03:25 EST I have lost yet another blog trying to up load a link! BOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632595 No time to re write right now! Darn it! <BR> <BR> 2/8/14 - FMLV (Flash Mob Las Vegas) - "Let My Love Open the Door <BR> <BR> Still need to learn how to link, the link will not stay highlighted long enough for me to even copy it! Sorry! I have to get back to work!! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:00:04 EST I believe ALL weight issues are because we do not have self love: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617907 I believe ALL weight issues are because we do not have self love. You may not feel this way, but I think it is true for everyone. We are born & spend the next 18 years creating our own 'story'. Then we spend the rest of our lives learning who we are & what we need to do to become the best "us" we can. We ALL have a story. How we learn from it is how we change & grow. What is your story? Share here!! <BR> <BR> Spark People has helped me come to this realization over the past 23 months!! As mo... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:59:23 EST My world is becoming less stressful, finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615406 <em>244</em> DH getting a tiny bit better, daily! He so frustrated every time I go in, cause he can't communicate, yet. To take the stress off both of us, I'm not visiting everyday. I have a zillion things I want to do, so cutting back on the frustrated time, with my sweetheart, helps both of us. <BR> <BR> Today, after working with DH business, I did my ZUMBA DVD, as my instructor is in Australia, teaching! She's fabulous!! I KNOW she is having fun! Its not as much fun for me, but keeps m... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:59:36 EST An open letter to CRISTALITE: You are doing great! Your blog 'jaded' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605860 I agree with JUDYAMK, all of this is about stress that is in our lives. I just updated my spark page, with the subject of stress. I, too am going through a tremendous life threatening stress of my DH. He might pull through, it is still ify. I am having to bring up incredible strength right now just to keep my world going from hour to hour. He runs his own business, so 1 thing I am doing is trying to keep ALL the balls in the air, so he has a business to come back to, which pays for our home &... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 06:39:17 EST Tomorrow is my 22 month SparkVersary! I have learned to handle stress! DH in icu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595026 What I Have learned: <BR> Patience, my life is a process, not a destination, sounds cleshey, but it is true! <BR> <BR> When life brings on the biggest stresses, ever..... REMEMBER who I am; how far I have come, it is my example that helps the people in my life, NOT my words, when I am physically hurt to stop & heal (as I am today, my right hip is sore from stress in my home life) feeling OK!! <BR> <BR> I'm SO much stronger, smarter than I realized in the past, I CAN tackle things with grac... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:59:39 EST DH still in ICU, I need to remember this won't last forever! Baby steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587831 It feels like months since I have been here! DH still in ICU Very sick. A tiny improvement. It has been 9 days. WOW! He is still very drugged so he will heal his lungs. I am praying he will recover, still ify, but better now than when he went in! I am handling his business, so we can continue living in our sweet home! I'm doing it! That is my <em>244</em> going to hospital daily, Zumba, taking care of the household, pets, & trying to simplify my life! I'm eating perfectly! I thought I wo... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:15:06 EST I am keeping my world together, even though DH is in ICU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581552 The strength I am having to experience, is making me a better person. I am having to put "my big girl pants" on & just do WHATEVER is required of me. He has been in ICU since 12-31-13. Lung infection. He is not conscious, yet. BUT, yesterday he moved when I held his hand & he moved his lips when I told him I wanted a kiss. For me, this was HUGE. I KNOW he knows when I am there. I try to be with him at least 3 hours a day. I wish it could be more, but I need to take care of me, LUCY & Lucky, h... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 06:20:17 EST Boxing day thoughts & photo of a new marionette Whoopie Goldberg I received! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572516 <em>244</em> looks like everyone stayed to their goals for Christmas! No over indulging, for ME TOO! Hip hip hooray! <BR> <BR> My DH & I started the very early morning with the lights on the tree, a real wood fire in the fire place, oatmeal breakfast & sharing the presents we gifted each other. Also the presents from my Mom. She gave me a marionette she made of Whoopie Goldberg AS a teapot! SO darling! (sorry the photos aren't very clear! She is holding a saucer with pretend food in 1 h... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:47:16 EST After 8 years of being 51# more I can fit into my favorite dress! Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569908 I'm thrilled! I do wish I had gotten back to my goal of 7# down by Christmas.... but I still have more work to do! Oh! Well! As I always say.... onward to my next goal! <BR> <BR> Here are photos to show you of my progress because of Spark People! <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays! <BR> *~LIGHT <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1176135853.jpg"> <BR> before the weight gain.... 2005 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1511909789.jp... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:39:34 EST A Christmas Gift poem to all of Spark People & especially my Spark Friends!Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567948 CHRISTMAS GIFTS <BR> <BR> Angels everywhere rejoice lighting Peace on Earth, <BR> the diamond planets, a sparkling bracelet in a line, <BR> as I breath in the fresh cold mist, <BR> with the tree filled scent of Christmas, <BR> the Sun plunges into the fog. <BR> <BR> Joy abounds, <BR> bouncing between me and all the children <BR> when marionettes dance and sing Christmas in their laps. <BR> Music swimming around my ears, <BR> tickling memories and laughter of my heart, <BR> Streisand then a... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:55:48 EST 21 months with SPARK PEOPLE! Photo from office party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566541 21 months! <em>503</em> + <em>518</em> = 21 months! <BR> <BR> I find if I do not get at least an hour of sparking a day, my motivation is VERY low! So here I am again! Day 6 of focused eating goal of 30. STILL the hardest thing I have EVER done for my health! But I DO feel so much more aware of what I am eating! I smell the food, before I put it into my mouth. I think of all the people who grew it, the trees it came from. Have you ever smelled an almond flower? It is truly amazing! I e... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:55:35 EST Day #5 of 30 days of health for my goal FOCUSED EATING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565670 <em>244</em> <BR> I have figured out, that I do MANY things at 1 time. I am a 'multi-tasker"! I used to think this was a GOOD thing! NOW I recognize when it comes to eating, for me, it is NOT! <BR> <BR> My journey to this little goal continues. We went to a company party, Saturday night. I did OK as far as this goal is concerned, at the party. Enjoying the people, instead of the food. ALL of the food was VERY cream filled. I don't like cream even if it is lobster soup. (YUCK) I tasted it ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:40:07 EST This FOCUSED EATING goal is the hardest thing I have done to be my healthiest me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564175 WOW! This is day #3 of 30 days! Yesterday I made it through ALL day, till dinner, our official 'date night'. We eat in front of the TV, a VERY focused TV show we pick out together. (I don't watch much these days.... exercise instead!) It is like dinner theater, no really. But even just closing my eyes on each bite doesn't work, the show has MANY details! I set it up so we had a huge salad & broccoli before the pizza & I only ate a few pieces, without the crust..... but dinner broke my goal. ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:44:11 EST Focused eating day 2 of 30! This is HARD for me, but worth it, as am I! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563657 I am finding I keep hovering at 6 # above goal. I want to stay closer to my actual goal, which is 7 # above where I truly want to be! I had a fall this past autumn & REALLY needed to stay focused in order to exercise. I had to heal my arm, first. It has been hard for me to get back to focus! <BR> <BR> SO, my new plan is FOCUSED EATING for 30 days! I had NO IDEA how distracted I am when I eat! This is day #2. WOW! I am going to give myself a HUGE reward if I can do this every day for a mont... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:47:38 EST OK, I am fessing up! Christmas cookies are getting to my mouth! Here is what I will do to change tha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563060 My favorite cookie is a ginger cookie! The more ginger & molasses the better they are! I have found myself slipping back into old childhood patterns..... eating cookies when they are offered! As my weight inches up to 6# above goal....I HAVE GOT TO STOP IT & GET REAL WITH MYSELF! <BR> <BR> I generally only eat VERY healthy foods. Ginger is a healthy food, molasses, etc. My favorites are from Trader Joes. Triple ginger. I CAN NOT buy them or they will find their way to my hips & belly. I used... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:42:04 EST LV Santa 5K walk/run & some photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561278 It was a fun race! I completed it in 54 minutes! I usually walk about 20 minutes per mile. 3.2 in 54! Woo Hoo! Plus about 6 more miles to get to everything, parking etc. It was 32 degrees & snowed while Shania Twain was talking. She was grand marshall & lovely! A very timid woman, in my oppioin. Sweet & wonderful! <BR> <BR> There were many entertainers before the walk. All fun & in the spirit of charity. The walk is to benefit & raise money for Opportunity Village, in Las Vegas. We also ke... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:20:58 EST Fun times, finally! Angel clouds.... photos.... amazing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556043 <em>244</em> <BR> Flash Mob last Saturday! It was SO fun! It was for a surprise B'Day! <BR> <BR> We took a business trip Sunday for 2 nights 8 hours up north! <BR> <BR> Now we are home, I walked LADY LUCY THE WONDROUS CIRCUS DOG, today & going to Zumba, soon! <BR> <BR> THIS Saturday is the Santa 5K walk/run. For the most Santa's gathering in the world! Ginnis record... we won 3 years in a row! It is suppose to snow! (We get snow maybe 1 time a year!) I am doing this for a charity AND ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:43:43 EST I met LJCANNON & GWCANNON! My first SP members in the physical! Photos, too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549234 OK! So to say we had a blast is an understatement! We have SO much in common! WOW! Fun day, but VERY rainy & rather cold (46 degrees) when we went to the Neon Museum. Since we had walked, & got rained on, we were drenched & pretty wet! But we had fun anyway! Such lovely people! I am pleased to be able to call them "MY FIRST". Eating lunch was great, they eat like I do, again, WOW! We are 'lifers' as far as SP goes! <BR> <BR> When I came home my DH had dinner & a fire built for us, we watche... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:46:00 EST Today has been the first emotional eating day I have had, since starting SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546516 Not sure what is happening... so I thought I would blog about it! MY support system, is SP. (I am SO excited, I am actually going to meet a SP person in the physical, this weekend! Sometimes I wonder if there are REAL people out there, or not! HAHA! This could be all internet generated! After all, the computer knows which ads to send me!) <BR> <BR> It's funny, this is the second blog I have written today, my computer shut off in the middle of writing my last 1! Hopefully I will be able to ge... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:40:36 EST Home & happy to be getting back into my world! 20 Months with SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542005 WOW! The changes I have gone through these past 20 months, are amazing! I am just SO happy! Spark People changed my life, my world & many around me, because I inspire my family & friends AND that feels wonderful! <BR> <BR> My arm injury in Sept. helped me realize I need to slow don a little bit. I gained 6 above my goal weight, but now I am getting back to it! Already down 2# from then. My arm is almost completely well, just being careful lifting things! This injury showed me I was eating ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:36:53 EST Still helping Hollywood friend, she is better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536740 Not much internet. 1 letter at a time! Friend surgery went great & she is healing quickly! Love helps! I took her to library gardens... Lovely! Hike yo top of hills, can see ocean! Here are some phone picks ! <BR> <BR> Also, at home we had to replace ac/heater, sad face! <BR> Picks of above..... <BR> Photos won't up load... Another Time! Sat, 9 Nov 2013 17:59:34 EST An unexpected trip back to Hollywood to help a friend! Our anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529482 So as it turns out, my forever friend, N*, (the 1 I went to to help out with reception, last month) called me. She was putting the millions of things away & fell off her step stool. She had surgery on her right arm, she is right handed. 10 pins & a plate later & she will be out of commission for 3 or 4 MONTHS! I leave Sunday. Not sure how long I'll be gone, at least a week. <BR> <BR> I offered to help her figure out how to move around in her world, as I am just getting over my own right arm... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 18:12:00 EST The compassion I have REALLY learned these past 7 weeks....Photos, too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523249 I have so much compassion for all of our members who, (or whom) because of a disability, can't work out like they want to. OK, so it has finally caught up with me. 7 weeks without ZUMBA, or sweating of any kind. I sprained my arm on 9-9-13. After the emotional shock wore off that I was not going to be able to do all that I wanted to do, (I am right handed, that is the arm that got hurt) I KNEW I needed to do SOMETHING. So back to a limited Sheppard Pilates DVD. I needed to be VERY careful, as... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:27:17 EST A poem I wrote & mask I made, while living in beautiful Sedona, AZ 7-21-2004 Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522677 (I'm not really sure this is of interest to anyone by me, but I felt with the comments you are giving me for the last 2 poems.... I thought I would share a piece of my past!) <BR> <BR> QUEEN OF THE CATHEDRALS <BR> <BR> The Sun rises in the Canyon of the Jacks. Horses of the Court, smiling regally, Clancydog, our court jester and ‘truck’ driving us over valleys of red rocks to the parking spot, he will watch over until Clancy and I return. <BR> <BR> We hike on the Bald head of the earth, to... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:03:06 EST A TREE'S GIFT- a poem I wrote re-blogging for TREV (a little racey) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520418 A TREE’S GIFT <BR> <BR> <BR> Her spirit rejoices in your heart, <BR> you can feel her graciousness with your eyes, <BR> you can taste her beauty with your nose, <BR> you can hear her as her gorgeous long legs lift up to the sun, <BR> her thousands of toes all dressed in nature’s finest greenery. <BR> Her erotic twists, turns, cracks and crevices, <BR> moon and swoon on an autumn’s warm afternoon. <BR> <BR> <BR> She swims waist deep, <BR> her hair of roots and hands underground, <BR> s... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:49:10 EST A MOON CHILD'S DAY: A poem I wrote-re-blogging for Trev http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517773 A MOON CHILD’S DAY <BR> <BR> Leaves, <BR> releasing from their trees, <BR> pretending to be butterflies, <BR> landing on the sable velvet moss. <BR> <BR> The Stream, <BR> singing its songs as it plays unencumbered to its home. <BR> <BR> Birds, <BR> Black and white, green and pink, <BR> Hummers kissing me, reaching for the Starr. <BR> <BR> Airplanes, <BR> a species all their own. <BR> Blue jays speeding from tree to tree, <BR> buzzing bees see the flowers too, if they please. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:26:48 EST I am making it through my amazing life, with flying colors!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515366 (Edited on computer 10-17-13, 1st version was on phone) <BR> Hi everyone thanks for checking in with me! Your support means the world to me! It has been an amazing busy time for me! I'm home now, hope things calm down before the holidays! <BR> <BR> My shock was when my arm got sprained Sept. 9. I had no idea it would take so long to heal! I do not get injured very often. I am happy for that! I just had to face it & get to healing! I'm better now, still a little sore, but so much better! I h... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:44:59 EST DAY 558 OF sp: MY ARM FEELS SO MUCH BETTER, I COULD EVEN DO LAUNDRY!PHOTOS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496201 I AM DOING BETTER! i STILL NEED TO BABY MY ARM, BT IT IS AMAZING THE THINGS I HAVE FOUND TO DO WITHOUT ZUMBA! WALK SWIM, SHAPPERD PILATES, GENTLY, WALKING UP & DOWN THE STAIRS MORE; COACH NICOLES 11 MINUTE CARDIO (I AM STILL A LITTLE AFRAID TO DO REGULAR CARDIO UNTIL I CAN TIE MY SHOES & DRIVE) MEDITATE & VISUALIZE MY TRUE HEALTH (I USUALLY DO THIS WHILE WALKING) TYPING WITH MY LEFT HAND, COOKING OR RATHER FRESH VEGGIES ALREADY CUT UP PLUS THINGS FROM THE FREEZER I MADE BEFORE, LEFT HANDED SH... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:44:01 EST I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO NEVER HAVE TO LOOSE WEIGHT AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495116 SOME OF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE, BUT IT DOES REALLY HELP ME, IN MANY SITUATIONS! IT MIGHT HELP YOU, TOO! CLINK ON LINK BELOW! <BR> <BR> MY RIGHT ARM IS HEALING, yes! (I HAVE BEEN DOING PILATES, DAILY, PLUS WALKING IN THE POOL FOR CARDIO, BUT IT IS GETTING TO COLD, EVEN WITH SOLAR!) I NEED IT TO, AS I AM STARTING TO PACK FOR MY FAIRY GOD DAUGHTERS WEDDING RECEPTION. I NEED TO DRIVE & PUT ON SHOES.... I WANT TO LEAVE SATURDAY. I HAVE A TON OF LAUNDRY TO DO BEFORE I GO. I HAVE BEEN SO OUT OF ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:22:06 EST I GAVE MYSELF A GOLD STAR! i DID MY SHEPPARD PILATES W/ 1 ARM! 40 MINS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490558 I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER ABOUT MYSELF, TODAY! I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR & COULD TELL I NEEDED TO DO SHEPPARD PILATES. IT IS HOW I STAY REALLY TONED. THE ZUMBA BURNS CALS. BUT THE PILATES, THAT IS THE HOW OF MY STRENGTH! I AM STILL HEALING MY RIGHT ARM, HAVE GAINED 3 #'S AS i HAVE TO RELEARN HOW TO EAT WITHOUT ALL THE CARDIO. THIS REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING I LEARNED IN SCHOOL ABOUT WRITING. <BR> <BR> I HAVE 6 HONEST SERVING MEN THEY TAUGHT ME ALL I KNEW, THEIR NAMES ARE WHAT & WHERE & WHEN & WHY & ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:38:19 EST