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/ This Christmas will go down in my personal history as 1 of my favorites! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838855 I've been alive for many years. I can remember most of every Christmas <em>446</em> , especially when I was 3 & 4 & 5 & 6. <BR> <BR> My Mom <em>251</em> made sure we had a wonderful time, even though we were very poor. She made the decorations out of popcorn strings, etc. She created the "Norman Rockwell" vision for us, & actually still does! The present she sent & gave me this year, was SO perfect for me, I cried <em>46</em> when I opened it. She paid for it over several months, on... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:42:41 EST A note to Spark People, Joy & health to you, all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836807 "THERE ONCE WAS A CHIOR OF ANGELS THAT SANG ABOUT A WORLD FULL OF JOY. PERHAPS WE'D HEAR THEM EVEN NOW IF WE WERE AS STILL AS SHEPHERDS" From my daily Angel by your side, calendar <em>90</em> <BR> <BR> I understand MANY of you do not believe in Angels, but I feel their presence all the time! You do not have to believe the same way I do, I just enjoy sharing what I 'hear & see' from them, with you. SP means the world to me, YOUR participation lightens my load. For that, I am VERY grateful... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:24:40 EST Quote from my Angel daily calendar! Photos from this & that: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835009 "In the lights & glimmer of modern Christmas decorations we see a tiny speck of the brilliance that is the reality angels see, share, & return to when their task on earth is complete. It's brilliance we can one day see for ourselves when our task is done well". <BR> <BR> I LOVE twinkle lights! I have them up all year & add as they need changing. I know some people think it is tacky, but all I see is what it must look like INSIDE of a rainbow! <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> I've been involved in ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:27:42 EST A quote that came to me today. It is perfect for so many! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831913 "Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us." <BR> <B... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:49:47 EST I am promoting Spark People, tomorrow for the LV Santa 5K walk/run, FUN!!!! Check out my teams!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828192 I am promoting Spark People <em>252</em> , tomorrow for the LV Santa 5k <em>364</em> . (My 4th year, the race's 10th, Ginnis World records <em>205</em> will be counting us! We have won several years in a row for the world record of most Santa's <em>444</em> walking, together at 1 time. Last year we beat out London AND Japan! With 10,000 Santas!) It is a fund raiser for Opportunity Village, a group of wonderful people, needing a little help <em>224</em> ! I have my head dress & bi... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:57:09 EST It's been a THANKFUL week, but truly a thankful life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824754 I found this on my team SPARK PEOPLE'S LARGEST WEIGHT IN <BR> <BR> Thanks to STORMIE62 "As for the things that we do enjoy, the pleasures and pastimes that recharged our souls, may they remain forever on a “to-do” list." <BR> <BR> Isn't this sweet? I always have a big to do list. I'm happy for it, actually, as it means I am ALIVE & being creative! Right now I am training for next weekends spark people team LAS VEGAS SANTA 5K WALK/RUN <em>364</em> . <BR> <BR> I Also decided to start... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:06:30 EST I KNOW there will be allot of eating, for the USA Sparkers, celebration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821717 Yogi Tea says, "Where there is love, there is no question". PLEASE remember to love yourself, even MORE this week, rather than eat your way to 12#'s heavier for this holiday season! & I will do the same! We are in this together, RIGHT? <em>220</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>90</em> <em>104</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> YES! It is not about the food, but, rather the JOY we share with each other! Happy, healthy, celebrations to the world! <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> It's a wonde... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:59:05 EST I am SO thankful to Spark People & my spiritual beliefs, for this amazing journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819407 I am SO blessed to be alive <em>355</em> & living in a world with my Spiritual support <em>536</em> <em>296</em> , DH <em>337</em> , my family <em>251</em> & friends <em>338</em> & my Sparling friends <em>223</em> ! I am still Sparking to help support other "Sparkers"! I have found my healing answers here <em>252</em> & want to share it with you, if I can! <em>90</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l585548744.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:30:39 EST This message is from our team, INDY.... by Beth Donovan... perfect! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816641 <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want a Cookie- Bargaining- Holidays <em>445</em> and the Food Demon by Beth Donovan <BR> <BR> The Holidays have foods galore sparking around like ornaments on trees glowing to get our attention. What's worse is these are EMOTIONAL FOODS! They bring back memories of childhood or better times, nostalgia. <BR> <BR> So we see, we want. Ask yourself a few questions about EMOTIONAL FOODS: <BR> <BR> 1) Ask yourself WHAT you are wanting to... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:29:15 EST Update on 11-12-14 Do the Spark streaks & Challenges help me? WHERE ARE ALL THE SPARKERS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814187 DO THE CHALLENGES & SPARK STREAKS HELP ME? (Little Black Dress <em>346</em> , team, daily question) <BR> <BR> The hard thing for me <em>198</em> , I am finding, is when I break a streak or challenge, for what ever reason, I want to give up on all of them! The first one didn't happen till my computer quit & I lost my sparking points check in daily, streak, around day 600 or so. I KNEW I did it, but the trackers do not show it. (my smart phone didn't register the log in) I've been streak... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:21:17 EST Another fabulous reward to me, my health because of SPARK PEOPLE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812527 I get ANOTHER gold <em>141</em> !Down 1.8# since Oct 24 It was scary to get up above almost 9# above my new high goal weight! Too much & more than my 3# limit above goal. I am trying to figure out when I became 'unconscious' to eating VERY well, again. (I find that when I break a streak, I just give up on so many levels) I am living a life style & do NOT want to be a yoyo dieter.... I want to be in the 11% of people who release weight & maintain, as Chris Downing talks about. My clothes we... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:01:46 EST Yesterday was a day of getting businees done! YES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810660 We did So many wonderful things for our business yesterday & finally went to dinner for our Anniversary <em>337</em> ...I over ate, <em>29</em> but back on track today <em>104</em> ! Feel FAB! <em>20</em> How RU? <em>220</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> PS.... 11-6-14 I am feeling SO much better about my choice! 2 days of clean eating & feeling GREAT! I always get plenty of exercise, it is the food choices that get me. I am eating focused, right now & it feels SO much better! <em>5... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:27:31 EST November 1, is our wedding anniversary! All Saints Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807521 DH was in the hospital for 4 months & 1 month of rehab! & 4 months of healing at home! My world changed SO much because of this! I learned I am VERY strong & looked the tiger in the face & just did it! I ALSO learned the main point, is that we love each other more than ever! We are living for the moment & loving each other, better than ever! We are childhood sweethearts & married as young adults. Yes, we have had our ups & downs, but I realize NOW is the best part! He has a clean bill of hea... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:39:07 EST Photos added 10-25: Please read to walk for the 12-06-2014 Las Vegas Santa 5 K run/walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803941 From our team: LAS VEGAS SANTA 5K WALK/RUN <BR> <BR> www.opportunityvillage.org (sign up) <BR> <BR> The Las Vegas Great Santa Run, the 10th time! <BR> Freemont Experience, downtown <BR> Dec. 6, 2014 8am: pre-race party & pre-register <BR> 10 am: 5k run/walk <BR> <BR> We have won the Ginnus (sp) world record for the last 4 years! Let's do it again, for this FABULOUS community- charitable event! VERY fun! I promise! Please go to my Spark Page SPARKLINGME176 & let me know if you are com... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:57:46 EST I have been helping teach in a small spiritual group & performing BARBRA STREISAND marionette! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801674 This past weekend's teaching was VERY enlightening for me! The saying goes, you teach what you need to learn! <em>43</em> <em>90</em> I am catching up on all the things I couldn't do for the past 4 days..... including work! LUCY <em>338</em> needs her walk & we are off to it, before Zumba, <em>355</em> <em>353</em> this afternoon! <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! & I will too! <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:53:51 EST After several weeks of eating perfectally, I over did it last night. I think I know what happened... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796347 Happy Saturday: <em>211</em> <em>91</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Last night I over ate. It was good food, but over did it by a lot. <em>33</em> I have been trying to release 5#. So I have been REALLY watching every bite & exercising more. Yesterday I cleaned our pool. <em>237</em> I haven't done it lately because of being on my trip. <em>433</em> The temp dropped to 68 <em>444</em> .... I added the solar for a few hours & it got up to 73. <em>67</em> Our pool is 9 feet d... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:58:40 EST Traveling helped me remember, who I am, what I want & goals important to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794587 1 great thing about traveling is coming home! It takes some time recalculating, but I had a fun time, learned a lot about myself & glad to be back on a computer! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Looks like everyone is doing pretty good, too! Happy HuMp day! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I made my green drink today! Lot's of pumpkin, yogurt, protein, greens galore! I feel GREAT! Happy Friday, (date night w/DH) <BR> <BR> Back into the swing of ZUMBA classes & walking the sweet LUCY, the wondrous Circus... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:59:39 EST Vacation over tomorrow, drive home then Zumba when I artive' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792897 Hi! STILL not accessing the whole sp site! But I was able to get in here! Vacation going great! Home tomorrow, could use another week, but I feel DH needs me. BIG Dr. Appointments this week. <BR> <BR> I guess I'm FINALLY over the rich deserts representing a vacation ! Fresh apples are what I am eating & craving for desert! Yes! For me ! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well ! I hiked Hollywood hills for 1.5 hours today, before too hot! The costume exhibit was AMAZING!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 16:42:34 EST Vacation is a blast! Weight doing well, no scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791816 But clothes are looser! My phone is the way I am sparking! It won't let me go where I need to sign into teams..... Hope you are all well! <BR> <BR> Miss sparking on a computer! <BR> <BR> Be the health you want to be! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036061235.jpg"> <BR> Photo of me at Safari park, last Sunday, 10 mile walk took. 6 hours of seeing wonderful animals! <BR> <BR> Today is costumes at the Academy of motion pictures, exhibit just opened! Tomorrow is Hunt... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:38:42 EST Traveling on vacation & doing GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789067 Lot's of activity & healthy eating.... no scale so I am judging weight by my jeans! They were a little tight when I left home. <BR> <BR> The Safari park was a blast! 6 hours of walking up & down hills. <em>311</em> I came 'home' VERY tired... haven't been walking like that for about a year! The new tiger exhibit was AMAZING! I brought protein bars, but got hungry & instead of frozen sugar treats I opted for carrots <em>210</em> from a children lunch, GREAT FOR ME!!!!! Grilled salmon fo... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:15:44 EST Before I go on trip.... Just 1 more handi hint from me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786828 My 'go-to snacks" I pack several raw veggie packs, quart sized bags, at beginning of week. Carrots, radishes, peas, celery, cherry tomatoes, cabbage chunks & hard eggs-separate, grab 1 pack & 2 eggs & put in my ice pack lunch pail &sometimes a 100 calorie pack Trader Joes, lite popcorn & I am off & running! I work at home, so I also use this for lunch sometimes, too! I eat about 7 cups of raw veggies a day... so these packs REALLY are convenient for me! Hope this helps someone, too! <em>55... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:47:41 EST Getting ready for a trip, working & playing to catch up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786221 I haven't traveled since Oct. 4 2013. I use to travel about every other month. DH is finally able to totally take care of himself, so I feel 'safe' to go. I know it will feel a little odd, but I need to take some 'me' time with my friends. I'll be gone about 10 days & hope to see many friends! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I'll be on Spark just enough to keep my goals in focus! I leave Saturday. So you may not hear from me for awhile, BUT I am thinking of you! My weight is finally coming down, b... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:19:52 EST Sure is fun being a featured SP blogger! I all most didn't do it at all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783026 <em>381</em> It sure is fun being a featured SP blogger! I all most didn't do it at all! <BR> I have never been on 'social media' SP is my only 1. I didn't think what I had to say was really important to any one else! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who wrote to me! I'm SO glad the teachings of SP that have helped me, help YOU! That's what SP is all about, right? <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Happy, healthy weekend! <BR> *~L <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <em>504</em> <em>516</em> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:41:05 EST This past weekend was a blast! I need to rest, but back to work & ZUMBA!!! Walking LUCY pup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780429 Happy Monday! I performed BARBRA marionette this weekend, the audience LOVED her! She sang "AT THE SAME TIME" <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Flash Mob on Sunday was a BLAST off! A couple from Mexico got engaged! About 70 of us, dancing Salsa! IT was SO fun! <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> Making plans to perform at a Renaissance fair near San Diego at end of Sept. Full costume (which fits because of SPARKPEOPLE!!!) , I will bring my Jester marionette, PIPPIN & another little 1 I bought, (we usually ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:22:05 EST Down a pound! Watching sodium VERY carefully & added 30 more exercise minutes a day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778633 I'm flying today, again! Added 30 mins a day of more exercise.... LUCY loves it! I'm down a #, also REALLY counting sodium levels! It's all working! HOW RU? <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! It's date night with DH! <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I perform my BARBRA STREISAND marionette, Sunday is FLASH MOB!!!! Fun weekend! <em>351</em> <BR> <BR> I'm having a blast with the Spark People Community team! WOW! They are great! Just what I needed because of getting above goal, motivation! <em>25... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:00:39 EST OK, you've heard me say it before, BUT I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE! Have you read Chris Downie new 10 minut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774023 OK, you've heard me say it before, BUT I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE! Have you read Chris Downie new 10 minute mini book? OMG...Way to go, Chris! Not sure where to find it in SparkLand, search for it in help.... maybe in there! <BR> <BR> I was trying to figure out WHEN I 'forgot' to keep to my goals, (although kept tracking), that I am an athlete in training & started gaining weight, again. When I joined SP I PROMISED myself NO MATTER what, I would always weight in, even if I am going up in weight. I... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:58:21 EST How I eat in restaurants & maintain.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767449 <em>346</em> I am finding if I take just a couple of minutes & VISUALIZE my goals, body weight, clothes fitting, etc. BRFORE I order, it REALLY helps me stay focused! (Sometimes I have to go into the wash room, but whatever works, right?) Then I ALWAYS ask for a take home bag, even for salad. & split it up right then, before a bite, that way I can finish EVERYTHING on my plate & not feel guilty. It is odd for some people, But oh well! This is MY journey not theirs. I also drink at least 8 ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:03:50 EST My rude awakeing.... glad it happened! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765405 Yesterday my DH brought out a video he made of our cruise in Aug. 2010. OMG, seeing myself 51 pounds higher was a RUDE awaking! I've been struggling with 5#. Do you know the saying it only takes 1 thought to change your world? Seeing myself, 2 years before Spark People & in a video, (not a photo I could choose different angles or delete) helped me REFOCUS on my goals. I have been reading them almost daily, but NOW, I am REALLY visualizing my true desires. I did not even recognize myself, THAN... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:45:18 EST A funny thing happens when I try to plan! A trip to walking Lucy, the wonderous Circus Dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764903 I do not usually walk Lucy on Friday mornings. The park behind our home, 10 acres, gets mowed. The big machines are too hard to maneuver around. Also, Fridays are a busy work day for us.... I do Sheppard Pilates, DVD. (I also can't swim, I don't like the gas fumes from the cutters, our pool is right on the other side of the park. This is NOT a complaint! I LOVE the open feeling we have because of this beautiful, green older park in the city!) BUT this morning, Lucy NEEDED to walk. I could fee... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:44:35 EST My weight is up, again. Scary! Open letter to STEPH-KNEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760144 STEPH-KNEE: I am SO happy to read your blog, "Disappointment & a lesson from Sparkey", no, really! ! <BR> I live in Vegas & this past few weeks has been VERY hard for my eating. I keep celebrating my DH's return home from hospital (5 months there)! Today I am over by 6# from my high goal. When I got off the scale I 'got real". I'm still making MUCH better choices than I did before SP, but this upward mode has me a little scared. I just can not keep my weight in check eating 2,300 cals a day.... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:48:53 EST 30 Months of SPARK PEOPLE! WOW! Maintaining 18 of them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758874 Our world IS so different because of SP! I've been maintaining for 18 months of my 30 months with SP. The first 12months I released 52 pounds. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I spread the SP word, too! My DH has been in the hospital & rehab & now home since 12-31-13! I take him to doctors offices..... I am sharing SP with EVERY doctor & Nurse I can talk with. I hand out my printed SP cards & try to inspire everyone who will listen. I even printed out 'before & after" photos to help show people wh... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:27:04 EST Happy Friday... it is for US! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755768 I'm finally catching up on DH business, because HE is! I'm doing a Happy Dance for that! He was in hospital for 5 months.... he is STILL healing from pressure wounds from Jan. 3, but able to do so much more. Our clients are STELLAR! <em>8</em> They were able to wait until his return. WOW! Truly prayers answered! We are so blessed, his business is our main income. <em>528</em> <BR> <BR> I am performing my BARBRA Streisand marionette this Saturday.... lot's of rehearsal. FUN! Happy Frid... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:04:47 EST How I decided to change my goal weight, it is only 3# BUT..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751741 I have been REALLY struggling to stay at my goal weight. Especially these past 2 months. So I went to my weight tracker since I started SPARKPEOPLE & found I was only at my old goal weight about 3 months out of 30. So I decided instead of giving myself a hard time, I put my goal up 3#. It may not be allot, but it seems to be where my body functions at it's best. When I was 3# below my old goal, I felt sick. Tired, low energy, etc. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I had always promised myself my bod... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 15:10:58 EST Another healthy Birthday celebration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748307 Yes! Another celebration for my B'Day, last night! (July 6, good thing I celebrate for a month!) Plus DH B'day & 2 more, we both did VERY well! His first outing since Christmas! Healthy & fun! We ate VERY well & had a tiny sliver of cake made just for me, chocolate with almond frosting, delicious! I worked it into my food plan, no guilt here! <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> LUCY the wondrous circus dog, enjoyed her extra long walk this morning, before the temps go to 107. We h... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:03:43 EST When life is great REJOICE! When we have challenges, have faith! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747526 Today is a new day! A new week & our choice for a new life! Go for it!!!! <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1259848617.jpg"> <BR> Flying peacock <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1057125042.jpg"> <BR> Life with my DH his birthday last year! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:48:48 EST PS...What I have learned about the Sam's Club peaches, necturens, plums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745687 About the recall of Sam's clubs peaches. The recall is nationally. A bacteria, Listeria, rhymes with wisteria. It is worse than e-coli, (usually found in hotdogs, etc. not fully cooked). Hard on people with diabetes & over 65. Hits & damages nerves, flu symptoms may take up to 2 months to show up. From what I have learned, it was in the fertilizer. It is SO sad because they were the BEST peaches we have ever eaten!!!!!2 a day since June 16. (The recall is for July) Hopefully DH will be OK, he... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:06:39 EST My life is SO full of joy & LIFE, today! DH said..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743505 I am his reason for living! He wants to make sure I am "taken care of" after he has passed over. WOW! We have been SO close since his trip to the hospital for 5 months. It's the little things we do NOT take for granted. I am/we are SO blessed! <BR> <BR> I hope all of my Spark friends have found the love of YOUR life, too! You deserve to have this kind of joy, also! It really makes the small 'glitches' in our relationship mean nothing! <em>337</em> (we met 46 years ago, I still feel like a ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:31:49 EST Happy Friday, this & that of my amazing life! 7-11-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736874 <em>224</em> <em>524</em> 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,... 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