STEVEN2GO2's SparkPeople Blog STEVEN2GO2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Great 1st day of 2015 I went to Mass today to celebrate Mary the Mother of the Church and our Lord Jesus! <BR> <BR> Both the Ducks and Buckeyes won as hoped. Hoping for a Duck victory on the 12th! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thank God it is Friday. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:43:38 EST Why do we beat ourselves and others up for mistakes. Everyone, past current and future will at some point make an error in something or other. A judgement, thought or action. Not one person is 'perfect'! Sorry I AM NOT PERFECT AND NEITHER ARE YOU!!! So what do WE do now, FORGIVE yourself and FORGIVE each other. However, they tell you now you should FORGET, HUH, WHY? If we forget then we will just make the same mistakes again, over and over! So, instead of forgetting, remember learn and grow ~ evolve into a better self. <BR> <BR> From one who w... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:20:11 EST Kindle unlimited If you are a reader and/or listen to audio books and own a Kindle and/or amazon account, look into their new program kindleunlimited. It is a new service by amazon. "Enjoy unlimited access to over 700,000 titles and thousands of audio books on any device for $9.99 a month." You 'borrow' as many kindle unlimited books and/or audio books during a month, like going to a library. You also have the option to purchase the material borrowed. Also, like a library you may opt out at any time. Also, ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:46:57 EST Sporting week ahead... The Steelers won, fortunately without too many injuries. Now The Steelers, Bangles and Ravens all will be in the play-offs this year! Hey this will be the 49th Super Bowl, I am 49. My hope is a Broncos - Steelers Super Bowl. Having family in Denver and Pittsburgh, it would be a family affair. The 1st is Thursday & the college first play-off bowls. I will be routing for the Buckeyes, my neighbors to the west and I have a cousin who graduated from Ohio State. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 01:01:47 EST I kind of been missing in action with my blogs, so... Well I never found my house and mail keys, fortunately I do not have car keys. My only cost was for dragging the staff on call from his warm home, drive here and open my door. The next day they replaced the front door knob/lock and mail box lock. They gave a mail key and two keys for the door lock. So all is safe and well. <BR> <BR> I watched an exciting Penn State - 31 & Boston College - 30 bowl game. The difference came down to a missed extra point by BC. Tomorrow evening I will enjoy the ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:45:24 EST Oops... I went out to get the mail this evening and for a walk. Somewhere along the way I lost my keys. Luckily, I have an awesome neighbor and friend next door. I knocked on his door and he called the community office. <BR> <BR> If you lock yourself out of your apartment after 8 pm, an 'on call' maintenance staff member is assigned to come from their home to open your door so you can get in. <BR> <BR> After getting into my apartment, I got my wallet and walked to a GE to buy a flashlight. I ret... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:53:10 EST A gift - Silent Night by Bing Crosby Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:44:31 EST Peace May you find peace in your heart this Holiday Season. Be grateful for the many God given gifts, talents and abilities you have been granted ~ try to use the virtues of Patience & Charity & Love throughout this Holiday Season! God Bless you and your loved ones here and past and the strangers you may encounter today, for at one time everyone is a stranger or like me, just plain strange! <BR> <BR> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>445</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:07:32 EST THANKS I know Thanksgiving is past, though I would like to give thanks to the whole community here at sparks! From the coaches, the technicians, the advertisers who make this possible, and to the entire spark community members who pursue a healthy lifestyle. I have learned so much since I began about four years ago, this is my third username. When I have taken my needed Sparks break, long time friends were there to help pick me back up and keep going again. As in my last blog about unconditional lov... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:51:52 EST In my own words... The best present I ever recieved from God, my Parents, family and friends is/was unconditional LOVE... when you are given this, return it too. It is one of the few gifts that you can give back and the person will not mind! <BR> <BR> HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! <BR> <BR> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>446</em> <em>459</em> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:54:13 EST In my own words... Take each moment to improve YOU.....because YOU are worth every moment! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>500</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> yourself today! Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:47:03 EST I my own words... There is no mistakes.....just learning opportunities!!! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:39:30 EST A prayer... GOD'S "PHONE NUMBER" <BR> <BR> Hello God, I called tonight <BR> To talk a little while <BR> I need a friend who'll listen <BR> To my anxiety and trial. <BR> <BR> You see, I can't quite make it <BR> Through a day just on my own... <BR> I need your love to guide me <BR> So I'll never feel alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to ask you please to keep <BR> My family safe and sound. <BR> Come and fill their lives with confidence <BR> For whatever fate they're bound. <BR> <BR> Give ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:01:52 EST Words to consder... <BR> RESPECT the old when you are young... <BR> <BR> HELP the weak when you are strong... <BR> <BR> CONFESS the fault when you are wrong... <BR> <BR> BECAUSE... <BR> <BR> One day in life YOU will be OLD, that YOU are WEAK, and YOU are WRONG!!! <BR> <BR> ~ author unknown~ <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:57:16 EST Some words to consider... "Do not wait for another person to give you flowers. Instead plant your own garden and decorate your own soul." Author unknown. <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>146</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:24:38 EST Tuesday funny <BR> A busload of politicians were driving down a country road when the bus suddenly ran off the road and crashed into an old farmer's field. <BR> <BR> The old farmer heard the tragic crash so he rushed over to investigate. He then began digging a large grave to bury the politicians. <BR> <BR> A few hours later, the local sheriff was driving past the farmer's field and noticed the bus wreck. He approached the old farmer and asked where all the politicians had gone. The old farmer explain... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:04:19 EST Magical & Manic Monday. Let's see ~ three loads of laundry, lots of walking, core workout and the FINAL gift this year ~ treats for my cousin's pup Vegas. I am so worn out and I have to start writing cards and wrapping presents...One day at a time! <BR> <BR> Have a Terrific, Tremendous & Thankful Tuesday <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <em>144</em> <em>338</em> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:27:29 EST Motivation for Monday. You have heard that MOTIVATION just does not last. Well if you think about it neither does BATHING. That's why it's recommended daily & even more when it is needed! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> & DON'T GIVE UP BECAUSE YOU ARE WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT! Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:41:25 EST TO BE RICH.... TO BE RICH IT IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT <em>528</em> OR THE MATERIAL THINGS YOU HAVE... <BR> <BR> IT IS WHAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR <em>26</em> ! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:37:03 EST Thursday Joke The ABC of love... <BR> <BR> After being married for thirty years, a wife asked her husband to describe her. <BR> <BR> He looked at her carefully, then said, "You are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K." <BR> <BR> She asks ... "Well, What does that mean?" <BR> <BR> He said, "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous and Hot!" <BR> <BR> She beamed at him happily and said: "Oh, that's so lovely! But what about I, J and K?" <BR> <BR> He then continues and says, "... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 01:19:14 EST Facts to smile about today ~ 15 Facts That'll Make You Smile <BR> <BR> You can always pick up a newspaper and read sad facts. But there also some very happy facts in this world, so for a great start to your day, we'd like to introduce you to 15 happy, funny and adorable facts that'll plaster a great big smile on your face! <BR> <BR> Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart. <BR> <BR> Although each adult and independent juvenile forages alone, sea otters tend to rest together in single-sex gro... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 23:23:49 EST THE NEWS - YET ANOTHER FUNNY... Good News, Bad News <BR> <BR> A woman phones up her husband at work for a chat... <BR> <BR> He answers, "I'm sorry honey but I'm up to my neck in work today." <BR> <BR> She responds, "But I've got some good news and some bad news for you dear." <BR> <BR> He says, "OK darling, but since I've got little time now, just give me the good news, OK?" <BR> <BR> She replies: "Well honey, the air bag works..." <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>226</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:46:29 EST Another joke: Two women and how they passed on. How Did You Die? <BR> <BR> Two women were new arrivals at the Pearly Gates and compared their stories <BR> on how they had died. <BR> <BR> First Woman: "I froze to death!" <BR> <BR> Second Woman: "You froze to death? How horrible!" <BR> <BR> First Woman: "Well, it wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking form the cold, I began to get warm and sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?" <BR> <BR> Second Woman: "I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected my husband was che... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:10:10 EST Something to do after you get to retire :)! A working people frequently ask us, as a retired couple, what we do to make our days interesting. <BR> <BR> Well, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about five minutes. <BR> <BR> When we came out, there was a policeman writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, 'Come on sir, how about giving a pensioner a break?' <BR> <BR> He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. So I called him a fascist bastard. He glared at m... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:23:59 EST Oh no here comes the rain! A man goes into the confession booth at the church. <BR> <BR> "Forgive me father, for I have sinned." <BR> <BR> "What is your sin, my son?" Asks the priest. <BR> <BR> "Well, about a month ago I was in the library until closing time, and when I wanted to leave it started to rain very heavily and didn't let up. After some time me and the librarian lost our patience and... well.. partied all night, if you catch my drift." <BR> <BR> "That is bad but not horrible, my son," Said the priest, "if... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:46:21 EST This was sent to me by a wonderful spark friend, luckily I saved it so I can share it! Real life stories that teach you many things in life. Excellent reading! The following stories have wonderful shades of emotions. These are based on true incidences both wonderful and inspirational. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that's almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago.” <BR> <BR> 2. Today, my father told me, “Just go for it and gi... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:55:18 EST Guys ~ did you gain weight this Thanksgiving? Here is a quick loss diet plan for you :)! A guy calls a company and orders their 5-day, 5lbs weight loss program. <BR> <BR> The next day, there's a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old woman dressed in nothing but a pair of running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, "If you can catch me, you can have me." <BR> <BR> Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later puffing and puffing,... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:40:59 EST Let us remember what tomorrow is about! Let's us celebrate our thanks to the Creator for the gifts we receive every moment! Te mysterious Gifts of Life, Hope and Love. Enjoy a Blessed Holiday with your loved ones! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:59:47 EST Felling not that intelligent here are some quotes to cause you to believe you are not! -- If you ever feel a little bit stupid, just dig this up and read it again; you'll begin to think you're a genius.. <BR> ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, <BR> <BR> (On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.) <BR> Question: If you could live forever, would you and why? <BR> Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:23:32 EST Monday's Joke, this is a bit raunchy readers beware! I was studying to become a HigH School Mathematics Teacher, but life can make your plans switch. I met my ex-wife, awesome step-son, Dominic and Buzz their Pup who needed me. <BR> <BR> Well today's joke is about a Math teacher that thank goodness I did not become: <BR> <BR> A math teacher and his wife were both 54 years old. One evening the wife came home and found a note from her husband. It said: ''My dear, you are 54 years old and there are some things you are not giving me, so I am at t... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:26:02 EST Sunday funny :)! A rich businessman walls down the street when he spots an old man sitting with a fishing rod next to a puddle, trying to get fish. <BR> <BR> The businessman takes pity on the old deranged man, and invited him to eat lunch with him at the coffee shop close by. <BR> <BR> After the meal, the businessman asks him with a smile: "So? Did you catch any fish today?" <BR> <BR> "Sure did," answers the old man, "You're my third one." <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:35:25 EST I LOVE OUR WISE NEW POPE! 10 Tips On Living a Happier Life <BR> <BR> Pope Francis was interviewed by Viva, an Argentinean publication, and offered 10 invaluable tips on how to become a happier person. Some of the tips on the list might even surprise you a bit, and even change your perspective on life. I think if we followed the Pope's helpful advice, we would all live a happier and more fulfilling life. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are the top 10 tips to living a happier life: <BR> <BR> 1) “Live and let live.” <B... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:32:32 EST Never forget how unique and special you are! Snow flakes have nothing on us humans. We were all created equally, yet with such an amalgamation of different traits and personalities, wants and interests that we seem almost alien to each other. But we are all God's creatures, and we are all, every one of us - unique. <BR> <BR> <BR> In this holiday season gives thanks for how God created YOU! <BR> <BR> May you feel Blessed! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:37:03 EST Time & Money to GOD A man meets God and has a some questions and a request: <BR> <BR> Man: "God, how much is a million years for you?" <BR> God: "Like a minute." <BR> Man: "God, how much is a million dollars for you?" <BR> God: "Like a penny." <BR> Man: "Then, could you lend me a penny?" <BR> God: "In a minute..." <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>528</em> Have a fantastic TGIF!!! Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:45:13 EST Happy Hump Day After yesterday I want to de-stress by telling a Hump day joke: A handsome two hump male Camel saw a beautiful one hump lady camel. He was enamored so pursued her as his mate. She seeing his attention and handsomeness feel in love with him. So they got together and soon had a delightful no hump baby boy camel. So what did they name their new offspring...... <BR> <BR> "Humphrey" <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:34:43 EST A trying Tuesday. My nurse from the VA was suppose to visit around 1pm. About 9 am I called her but only got her voice mail, and so I left a massage to confirm we would meet around 1pm. She didn't call me back until 12:30 pm and would be here at 2pm. She eventually showed up around 2:30 pm. So I one for three and a half hours did not even know if she was still coming, and two I waited for 2 hours I waited for her to come. I would have been fine if she had called earlier with an approximate time of her arrival.... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:33:52 EST A marvelous & manic Monday! I was able to accomplish a lot today! I washed two loads of laundry. It is great having a dryer that works well, this has cut my time doing laudry down so much! I also was able to get a lot of cardio exercises in today! I worked out on the elliptical, stationary bike, treadmill and enjoyed walking around my community. During my walk I was greeted by 4 pups who were happy to see me. <BR> <BR> I also did some on-line shopping for Christmas presents for myself, A new electric shaver and a carry... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:44:29 EST Sunday I enjoyed a great night of <em>102</em> !!! I walked to the store and bought some needed groceries in case I have problems getting out due to the predicted snow coming, I also deposited <em>528</em> into my checking account. I had the gym all to myself today for an hour and a half. I had a very good workout and increased in reps or weight in every exercise I did. The rest helped so much! I managed two loads of laundry to. I love my new dryer that dries my clothes quickly, this one even ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:59:01 EST PFP I need <em>102</em> !!! So this is just a PF3P ~ post for 3points. Have a swell SONday!!! Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:39:10 EST Friday I deleted the updates that my computer installed and I am mostly happy now with the results. There are a few things still different, but this just means I will learn new things about how to use my computer. This is similar to spark updates and changes, I just adapt! <BR> <BR> I LOVE my new dryer, also today they replaced my 12 year old window blinds that over the years I had to tape broken parts together and they were so dusty, now I have nice new clean blinds in time for the Holidays! <BR>... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:35:31 EST Thursday Because my old clothes dryer was a fire hazard because the sensor that shuts down the dryer when it gets too hot did not work, they installed a new Whirlpool dryer today!!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning my peer support counselor will pick me up and take me to downtown Pittsburgh. I have all the paper work prepared and with patience on my part all will go well, also my peer support counselor will be helpful too! <BR> <BR> We had a light dusting of snow, still I went out and wal... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:53:27 EST VA care today for me. I recieved excellent Dental care at my VA today! My usual <em>100</em> is now a <em>334</em> ! Tomorrow I will relax though continue my healthy lifestyle. On friday my peer support counselor WILL take care of the difference between IN-compentancy and compentancy with at Department of Veterans Affairs, Today I had a telephone conversation with my field examiner from the fiduciary office. I found out she is also a fellow caring Navy Veteran, she gave me additional information that will b... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:20:19 EST Veterans Day As a service connected disabled Navy Vet I THANK first all my fellow Vets in all the US services. Next I THANK the loved ones of Vets for their support during and after service. I THANK everyone who has ever reached out in any way to help a Vet in any way! I would also like to Thank those who have not served for the appreciation of those who have so you enjoy the freedoms they earned for YOU!!! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:15:08 EST Monday It was a manic Monday. I made the calls to find out what was the problem with my VA pension competency review. After an hour with a very caring and qualified VA representative together we were able to establish the problem and hopefully the solution to the situation. <BR> <BR> At some point along the way an error occurred. I applied for a competence review. The Va representative found out that at some point somehow an incompetence review is underway. <BR> <BR> She then told me the steps I... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:21:47 EST Sunday Had a great time at our community annual Steelers <em>281</em> bash, over 50 people came through at some time during the game! Though there was one small detail I was unhappy about, the Steelers threw and fumbled away the game against the 1 - 8 Jets! Also my good friend Mike, one of those dirty Brown fanatics was, as he says, "living the dream", because now the Browns are currently #1 in our division now. I did warn him though that within a few more weekend his dream will turn up into anot... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 23:15:18 EST Saturday Looking forward to enjoying the Steelers - Jet <em>281</em> game in our community center with a big screen TV free food, drink, prizes and friends. Go BIG BEN #7! Hey I wonder how many pro football quarterbacks have thrown 12 TD passes in two back - to - back games? <BR> <BR> Just half a cigar today (so far)! <BR> <BR> Pleasant weather today! It is suppose to be a good walking weather week ahead! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a satisfying Saturday and a super SONday! Sat, 8 Nov 2014 23:14:22 EST Friday It was a great day. My field examiner for my VA Pension called today. I explained my difficulties and next week I will have a few things to accomplish that hopefully will correct the situation, if not she said she will help some more. <BR> <BR> To be honest I am really enjoying my fun, vivid dreams. I think the reason is due to I am lowering my cigars so the medications are having working better and causing the enjoyable dream time! I do feel rested sand relaxed when I wake. Also before it w... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 20:59:32 EST Thursday I had a good 7 - hours of <em>102</em> with strange and vivid dreams. I managed a load of laundry, enjoyed walking through mist and even accomplished 15 minutes of Jumping Jacks. I also finished a book I started yesterday, 'Ruins', book 2 in the series Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. I have some Sparking here that I want to do then it is <em>102</em> for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 23:32:56 EST The VA is confused About 6 weeks ago I applied for a COMPETENCY REVIEW. When I divorced 12 years ago I was assigned a Fiduciary or Rep-Payee. The main reason, bluntly, was my ex-wife spent...spent...spent the money and maxed all my credit. I declared bankruptcy. Over the past 12 years working with my Fiduciary, we have paid all my bills on time and have established decent credit. <BR> <BR> With my VA Doctor's approval and my Fiduciary, I applied for a Competency Review, for The VA to determine if I am capable... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 23:48:22 EST Terrific Tuesday Today I did not have any head pain at all! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I had a great upper body strength workout! <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> The weather was perfect, Lots of <em>67</em> & comfortable <em>259</em> ! <BR> <BR> I hope Wednesday is wonderful too! <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:35:51 EST