STLOUISWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog STLOUISWOMAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A new reality <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm a realist. I think I was born a realist. I know my good points & accept them for what they are. I also know my not-so-good points & also accept them for what they are even as I work on changing them. I prefer to accept things for what they are in the beginning & am sometimes impatient with people who spend their lives in denial. Yes, I'm a realist. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:20:34 EST As 2017 comes to an end <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As 2017 comes to an end, I as well as many other, reflect back on what the year has brought to them. It has brought many changes but I'm just going to talk about myself personally. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As well as becoming older, my body has become lighter - only 4 pounds but that's better than 4 poun... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:19:32 EST My Christmas Gift <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I do believe that God is good.....all the time. Even when I can't see it. <BR> <BR> I absolutely believe that God can cure us of any physical, mental or emotional problem without any outside help. I also believe that He gave us doctors & that He gave them the knowledge to use to treat those same conditions. I've seen.....and experienced.....God's miracles. This time He chose to use a d... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 12:57:22 EST Doing my homework My Spark Coach homework for today is to share my goal with someone. You are the lucky someone. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While I have various goals, my main goal at the present time is to get my lower back & leg muscle damage repaired & get rid of the pain that it causes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It probably would have... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:45:33 EST World Gratitude Day World Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September. The celebration of Gratitude Day allows both individual citizens and organizations within wider society to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude in a variety of ways. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for something that I used to take for granted & many others still do. I am grateful for being in better physical shape today th... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:36:39 EST Is slower really faster? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> According to Aesop, the answer to that question is "yes." My physical therapist seems to agree with him. Her answer to that question is also "yes." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For several years I've been replaying this cycle of exercise, lower back & leg pain, easy stretches, pain gone, start exercise, etc.... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 13:17:39 EST My Best Gift to Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was going to Curves. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was reading their online magazine one day & it was there that I saw an article about Spark People. I didn't go to the website but I didn't forget it either. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 4 Jul 2017 13:42:37 EST Yes! I am lazy! Yes! I am lazy! I admit it! <BR> <BR> Now that we have that established & out of the way, I'll explain a little better. I won't make excuses.....I don't think. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This idea began with the Question of the Day that I posted to my teams today. That question was "Do you stick to just one type of exercise or do you do a variety of different exercises to strengthen your whole body? What t... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:51:06 EST Gratitude First of all, I need to explain that this should have been yesterday's blog. I woke up with this blog on my heart & knew I needed to write it but then I put it off & life got in the way. I didn't forget, I just procrastinated. So here I am today with yesterday's blog. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like the word gratitude. It means that things are good in our lives & that we have something to be thankful for.... Tue, 30 May 2017 10:26:45 EST In God's time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've recently returned to work part-time. I really need to get some bills paid off so that I can live on my Social Security all month long. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The job is as a cashier at a major crafts store. I really like the people & like the job but have developed a lot of pain from the standi... Tue, 23 May 2017 10:55:42 EST What would we do without the internet? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've been spoiled by the internet. It has made many things so much easier & instantaneous - communicating, shopping, bill paying, etc. <BR> <BR> So, now that we've got it, what would we do without it? I recently had the opportunity to find out. It was weird because I could access email & Facebook but everything else - including Sparkpeople - came up a blank page. AT&T insisted that it cou... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:32:28 EST What's going on? I'm not sure what's going on, but something sure is. And I'm curious as to how I didn't notice it sooner. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I first noticed it a week ago. Not sure how long it had been going on, but that's when I first noticed it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I walked into the store & they had Doritos on sale. Not... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:15:03 EST I like me. I really like me. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I know! It sounds a little weird to say I like me. But I do like me ..... finally! I took me many years to reach that point and I won't apologize for it. It's a really good feeling. <BR> <BR> For many years, I was well aware of a basic fact in life. Everyone doesn't have to like me. It's really OK if they don't. That doesn't make me less of a person. As a matter of fact, I often taug... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:58:59 EST Sometimes it's good to be lied to <img src=""> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:29:22 EST 2017 Resolutions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I don't make New Year's resolutions, this could be a very short blog. But let me tell you about my goal for 2017. My goal for next year is to end the year healthier that I began it. Nothing wrong with my health now, but as you know, no matter what, there's always room for improvement. I'm not just talking about physical health, I'm including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual & fi... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:13:00 EST A great suggestion for 2017 <img src=""> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:37:40 EST Hey, wait! I thought I was retired! I remember when I was thinking about retiring. I wasn't sure I'd do well withy it because I expected to be bored all the time. As a matter of fact, after I retired I was offered the chance to change a part-time volunteer job into a paid job. I jumped at the chance. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then in 2014 I really retired. Couldn't wait for all that spare time I was going to have, but I was a little worried... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:45:05 EST Taking time off.....good or bad? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyone does need time off from life at times. Being retired makes that more possible than being employed did. But is it all good or all bad? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I knew I was spending too much time on the computer & decided it was definitely time for a computer break. I quickly realized that it is... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:45:43 EST I'm just me I like being a member of Spark People! I like all the Spark friends I've made on Spark People! You know why? Because I can be ME and all of you will accept me just the way I cam. You may like me or not, but that's OK because you will still accept my right to be who I am. I saw the following & it immediately made me think of Spark People & all of you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:21:14 EST What have I gained from Spark People? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What have I learned from Spark People that's changed my life? Actually it's more of what have I learned from Spark People & applied to my life that has changed things? A lot of things on Spark People I knew before but didn't practice. A lot of things I learned on Spark People were good ideas, but I didn't apply them to my life. That down't do any good at all. <BR> <BR> So, let's look at wha... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 19:15:23 EST Disappointment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was very disappointed today! Yes, I've been disappointed before & know that I will be disappointed again, but just for today, that doesn't help a lot. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was the Race for Refuge & I signed up a couple of months ago to do it. I signed up for the 5K walk, not the run. I was so... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 14:26:09 EST Wednesday: Time for the midweek inventory Usually, my wall posts are something like Don't forget to stay hydrated; Let's move it today; Refresh your spirit; Time for the midweek inventory. People often respond with how they are doing that day on that particular day or say thanks for the reminder. That's great as I am interested in other people & how they are doing. I wonder if they realize that the reminders are as much to me as to them. <BR> <BR> For instance, Wednesday - the middle day of the week - is the perfect day for a midwee... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:46:22 EST Calling All Genealogists Charles City records taken by Union soldiers during Civil War are now returned <BR> By KATHERINE CALOS <BR> Richmond Times­Dispatch | Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:00 am <BR> <BR> Nearly 300 pages of Charles City County records that were pilfered by Union soldiers during the Civil War have returned to Virginia — filling in some of the blanks on wills, deeds <BR> and other court filings from the 1600s. <BR> <BR> “It’s a godsend, an absolute godsend,” said John Metz, deputy of collect... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:02:08 EST Overcoming another obstacle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all run into obstacles in our lives.....some small and some large. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the two. <BR> <BR> I ran into an obstacle in 1993 that caused quite a bit of change in my life. I was in a car accident that caused me a lot of damage, both physically & financially. The driver who hit me head on had no insurance. He had an insurance card, so they let h... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:09:27 EST Don't quit now <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 7 Jul 2016 00:26:17 EST You have to do it <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw this picture & it really spoke to me. How often do we try to blame others for our lack of success. The truth is that no on can do it for us. Others may make it more difficult, but ultimately we have to do it ourselves. <BR> <BR> I also thought about the tools we need to be healthy. We may have to do the work, but we don't have to do it alone. SparkPeople gives us the tools & then they... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:20:28 EST Now that I'm here, where am I? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the question on my mind the last few days.....or weeks. Now that I'm here, where am I? I know that I'm not where I was and I hope I'm not where I'm going to end up. So where am I? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This maze illustrates how my thought processes sometime go, so I hope I don't lose you alon... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:55:40 EST Memorial Day Sometimes we forget the real meaning of the day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 May 2016 11:16:37 EST It's my body & I'll love it if I want to As spring arrives & summer gets closer, we seem to start paying more attention to our bodies & the shape that they are in. After all, we'll soon be showing more of those bodies to the public. It's time to get working on achieving that perfect body......or at least the perfect body presented to us by the media. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is this really a realistic viewpoint? I don't think so. After all, our... Tue, 17 May 2016 13:42:33 EST I Feel Good Years ago, I exercised on a regular basis & was very active in addition to working all day. Yes, I was younger, but there's no reason I can't be more active now. It's really a choice & if I could find time then with working full time & caring for a family, I can surely find time now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm retired & live alone. I can do what I want, when I want. That can me good or bad, depending on... Sat, 14 May 2016 15:58:00 EST Does it count? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> EXERCISE!! It's been on my mind a lot lately. That's a good thing because it's helped me to exercise more consistently & harder. It's even caused me to sweat lately & I don't sweat. At least I always thought I didn't. Guess I was wrong. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was no different. I exercised, breathed hard & sweated with Richard Simmons to the oldies, but goodies. Then I logged in my exercise & w... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:00:54 EST Progress Report That's what I get for blogging about how well I was doing. My, how quickly things can change. For the past couple of days, the allergies have kicked in. That means the itching, watering eyes & runny nose.....which brings on a sore, scratchy throat. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you're like me & also have asthma, that just adds to the fun. Then you get to add in the coughing, wheezing & inhaler. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:46:39 EST One Day at a Time; One Pound at a Time It's really bad when your electronics start telling you "I told you so." So why was I surprised when my Wii Fit said that today? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, it didn't say it in those exact words, BUT I know what it was thinking. Actually, it was very polite when it suggested we review the goals I had set & suggested that we may want to make a change or two. The sad thing is, I did make the suggested c... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:17:05 EST Wii Fit may be too smart for me Took me two days, but I finally have my Wii Fit connected & set up. I could have done it in one day, but I forgot to get the remote control for it. You tell it your name, when you were born & how tall you are. It does the rest. It informed me of my weight, my BMI & what my weight should be. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tried it out briefly yesterday with a yoga post & it informed me that I don't have rea... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:00:16 EST It's just a simple task!! It's just a simple task. It won't take me very long. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How many times have you said that same thing? Please tell me I'm not the only one who does. Well, that's what I said this time, too. <BR> <BR> All I had to do was put the new entertainment center together. I'd do it in the kitchen because there's more light. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:16:18 EST Great ideas for living <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I don't know the author so that I can give credit where credit is due. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:50:47 EST Goals Inventory for 2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As 2015 is ending, many people start thinking about making resolutions for the upcoming year. I don't make resolutions because I feel like that would be setting myself up for failure. I do, however, review my goals and see where they're working and where I need to make some changes. This is me going through that process. <BR> <BR> For 2015, I wrote - <BR> <BR> My goal is to live health... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:16:13 EST October 21, 2015 Today is "Back to the Future" day because October 21, 2015 is the date that Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown travel to in the movie. The classic film makes several fictional predictions about the future, including hoverboards, flying cars, remote-control dog walkers and the Chicago Cubs winning the 2015 World Series. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:46:44 EST The 30 Day Small Changes Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I chose this challenge because of the name. I like small changes. They're much easier to stick to than large changes. Besides, I had just finished the Better Sleep Challenge which required a lot of thought & dedication. That was a huge change for me. <BR> <BR> Just what is involved in making 'small changes' that change your life? That sounds like big changes to me! Let's take a look a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 12:17:27 EST SparkPeople goes to the Doctor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a follow-up visit with the doctor today that was later than it should have been. Last time I went for the follow-up my car died in their driveway so I couldn't see the doctor. He was very thorough & I was there for two hours. <BR> <BR> He was very happy that I was sleeping without any meds. I told him about the SP Fit Food Challenge that I was doing now & a couple of the other chal... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:55:23 EST Better Sleep Challenge is Over <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I started the Better Sleep Challenge, I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't have any high hopes for getting a good nights sleep on a regular basis, but it didn't hurt to try. <BR> <BR> I have completed the challenge & I'm here to tell you........I'm sleeping. I'm sleeping an average of 7.5 hours a night without any pills, etc.. I wake up about 5 times a night & Fitbit shows ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:45:58 EST Reflections on Week 2 of the Sleep Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been two weeks now that I have been sleeping without the assistance of a sleeping pill. That part was much easier than I had expected it to be. I am actually sleeping better without them. <BR> <BR> No I don't go to bed, asleep in 5 minutes, sleep 8 hours & awake full of energy. But there have been nights that I went to sleep in 25 minutes & I am sleeping at least 7 hours m... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:36:26 EST What a morning! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hate cars! <BR> <BR> This started out as an average, everyday morning. Had breakfast, answered emails & logged onto Spark People. I was wishing I could go to the Y, but I had a doctor's appointment so I got ready & left with plenty of time to get there. <BR> <BR> I pulled into the driveway & got right in front of Metro Imaging's driveway & my car died. It wouldn't start & I was blocki... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:54:50 EST Better Sleep Challenge - Week 1 Sleep Journal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There have already been some major changes in my sleep patterns. I have stopped taking sleep aids & I am sleeping better & waking up easier & more rested. <BR> <BR> Background - I had been taking prescription sleeping pills since right before my son died 4 years ago. Because of health warnings from the manufacturer, my doctor had cut the prescription in half about a month ago & then chang... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:39:39 EST Better Sleep Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have trouble going to sleep & then staying asleep. I got sleeping pills from the doctor some time ago, but still have a problem going to sleep. On my last visit to him, he cut the dosage in half because of problems they discovered with Ambien. Now he has replaced it with something else because of the health warnings with Ambien. I want to stop taking the sleeping pills if possible; he woul... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:00:20 EST Not my best weekend What a daySaturday was. I went to give blood in the morning just like I do every couple of months. Usually have no problems. Then I went to the grocery store afterwards to get some bread. While walking across the parking lot to the store, I started feeling very tired. Got my bread & went to to the self serve check out lanes. All of a sudden I started shaking, sweating & thought I was going to faint. The girl working there took me to a chair, got me a bottle of water & some crackers. They want... Mon, 18 May 2015 19:33:20 EST It's springtime in St. Louis It's springtime in St. Louis! What exactly does that mean? <BR> <BR> It means we can expect dark cloudy days as well as bright sunny ones. It means we will spend a lot of time getting rained on, usually cold, hard rain rather than soft, gentle rain. It means hearing the sirens telling us that there are tornadoes headed our way. It means flash floods in both city because the old sewer systems are overloaded and rural areas because the ground is saturated and cannot hold any more water. <B... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:56:09 EST Goodbye Phil <img src=""> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 09:47:06 EST 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople on July 3, 2010 and I'm so glad that I did. No, I haven't reached all my goals but since they keep changing, I guess that's good. <BR> <BR> I don't make New Year's resolutions. To me they are too stressful & unrealistic & I always feel like I'm setting myself up for failure. <BR> <BR> However, I do set goals. These are not new things to do; they are usually revising the goals of the past y... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:45:55 EST A new incentive For the past 6-1/2 years I have been part of a research project on pschylogy & aging. I have been one of the approximate 1,630 participants. A year or so ago, their funding for the project ended so it was discontinued. They recently contacted me to say that the study had been newly re-funded and asked if I was still willing to be a participant & I said sure I would. <BR> <BR> All along the project has been a combination of both surveys and interviews by psych grad students. <BR> <img src... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:53:32 EST