SUECHRIS50's SparkPeople Blog SUECHRIS50's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Im fighting a demon Its called sugar!I gave up soda 17 months ago but replaced it with candy,honey buns,Little Debbie's you name it!!My DH brings home donuts everyday and before the night is over they are gone <em>18</em> I have gone a week without eating anything sweet but fruit but the demon is on my back and I'm beginning to make excuses as to why one candy bar wont hurt.I know it wont be just one though <em>198</em> The good girl/bad girl are on my shoulder.I know what to do because I have been down this... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:13:52 EST The beauty of Gods plan I was having an off day and felt grouchy. My DH knows better than to expect much of me when I get like this. My life has changed from get up and go when I want to planning packing and car seat buckling for lil guy. He patiently sits in the grocery cart, visits with people and has the biggest brightest SMILE ever! I mean I couldn't ask for a better behaved kid!! When we get home it's another story he goes a hundred miles an hour. I had to stop myself today and count my blessings because GOD ha... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:23:25 EST Jamming to the Oldies My nursing home oldies love to get up and dance. Charlie has been there 10 years because his son thinks he's better off since his wife died and nobody has time to help him out. Anyways when Ralph(his son) is around visiting Charlie, He sits in a chair and pretends he's asleep so Ralph will leave. He's a helicopter son that when around he nags Charlie endlessly to ACT like he is 80!! I brought in some old record albums I found at a thrift store...Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. Bing Crosby, Elv... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 23:44:28 EST I can do this because Gods got my back It has been a long time since I have felt like blogging. I have yo-yo'd my weight and cant seem to lose a pound until I prayed and asked God to guide me. I have lost 8 pounds since Sunday!! We have our 15 month old grandson Aaiden living with us and I can barely find a minute for ME!! It started as "Oh it will only be 6 weeks" when he was 6 months old.Well let me tell you 9 months later I am a full time MOM/Grammy. He is a total running, climbing, getting into everything baby machine! I have ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:32:05 EST I need a new pedometer watch! I hope you all are doing your best for you.It's a long road and ive spiraled out of control always taking care of everyone but me.I quit drinking any soda 5 months ago,started dancing,pool aerobics,walking the Lions park and housewalking has been my main angle.I had a nice pedometer watch but I lost it while hiking.Can anyone give opinions on the best one to buy??God Bless ya'll <em>247</em> SUSAN Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:47:59 EST Its been a while but im back! Thank the good LORD that I have made some major changes in my life and I'm losing weight,getting my steps,drinking my water and eating my fruit and veggies.I am seeing alot of my oldies at the senior center,walking our neighbors dog while they are away and loving seeing our new grandson Aaiden bloom more everyday!He's laughing out loud now!! He just turned 13 weeks and weighs 13.2.! He is an unexpected blessing that God meant to happen!!I Hope and pray ya'll are finding PEACE and if not you a... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:08:52 EST Please put down your cell phones,they can wait! I watch my grandkids talk and interact with my daughter. She is so busy texting and internetting she forgets her kids are there.They grow up before our eyes anyway. I saw a two year old run in front of a car because mom was engrossed in her phone! I cannot believe the senseless deaths on the highway because our phones cant wait. NOT ME!!I pay close attention on the road, talk to my grandkids and watch little kids when mom or dad is not. Since its New Years Eve DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!!! <em>247... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:22:18 EST Misery loves company I was out and about December 22nd running errands. I was feeling rotten and after stopping in at the nursing home to drop off some gifts and food I wished everyone Merry Christmas and went home. I took Motrin laid down and the pain just got worse.The next day on Tuesday I couldn't even fake it. I had a fever, pain in my back I started vomiting while doing dishes and it soon turned into diarrhea. I was in and out of bed all that night and ended up in ER on Christmas Eve. I thought it was a yuc... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:30:54 EST My housework workout I am suffering greatly from Shingles nerve damage but It wont get me down. I have too many things to do!!I baked so many goodies for friends and family, raked leaves, did laundry, mopped floors, Christmas shopped, Danced to a workout video(slow-motion)decked the halls and made dinner. Visited an ailing elderly neighbor lady sat down to read her mail came home drank a cup of chai tea and listened to some relaxing music before I take Aaliyah to see Santa Claus!!No I have not caught my tail yet ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:39:32 EST a wonderful thing called a smile I have been smiling since I was a baby no matter the circumstances. When I'm having a bad day I still smile. I was at a checkout asking about some shoes when I looked up to a frowning cashier(Ralph). I told him to put a smile on his face and fake it and eventually he will feel it. He Said I doubt it but it's worth a try!!A few minutes later I felt a tap on my shoulder and the cashier was telling me he was getting raves about his smile making people's <em>224</em> day a lot better!!By the w... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:40:08 EST I love all my black brothers and sisters I Love you all from the bottom of my <em>26</em> I know a lot of crap is going on out there but just let it be known God has my heart!!So let Love shine through yours also!! <em>247</em> SUSAN Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:54:49 EST 3 Happy Pit Bulls! So we're out there taking a long walk feeling really good, Out of nowhere comes not one but 3 friendly pit bulls ready for some loving, we racked up a few hundred kisses in about 5 minutes.2 were blues and one was black. My Husband had them under control in minutes safely locked in our backyard. Our neighbor was screaming like they had attacked her and were in the process of eating her! LOL we took a picture of their smiling faces and went door to door but no Luck. We returned home called th... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:42:30 EST My soda wagon After 35 years of being a diehard diet soda drinker,I have undertaken the journey to quit soda completely! I am a total addict and I admit it. There is no in between or cutting back I went cold turkey 60 days ago today.I don't even think about it anymore! Yes I'm on the wagon and will most likely stay on it. I was telling a friend I was out of soda and that I was not buying anymore. After she got through laughing and wiping tears from her face she bet me a new outfit I couldn't go 30 days. We... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:40:24 EST The birth of Aaiden November 4th 2014 was a great day in our family.Our youngest daughter went in to see her Dr.on the 3rd and learned her blood pressure was too high.She had to be induced for her and her baby's health.We soon discovered she was already 5 centimeters and in labor!!She went straight to Labor & Delivery and 9 hours after getting Pitocin gave birth to one of the cutest kids ever(LOL)We all say that!!Aaiden was 7 lbs and 18 1/2 inches and began nursing right away...We breathed a sigh of relief!Kayla... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:55:37 EST 37 years married Yes to the same man!!I have been busy trying to carve out time for myself and it's not easy.Our 20 year old daughter is getting ready to become a mommy and due on 11/11.I have attended every single ob appointment.1st to know the's a boy..his name is Aaidan Markiece and I'm ecstatic to be a labor coach for her.Her Husband is queasy type and dont like blood but plans to come in the delivery.I have lost 23 1/2 pounds since Sept.16th and stopped drinking soda 22 days ago.I'm on the soda a... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:40:18 EST You are beautiful in every single way I'm not a head turner beautiful but my mama taught me to keep a smile on my face and a pep in my step.Do good for others not expecting anything in return.I have a beautiful attitude,heart,and soul.I am a wonderful Mom of 4 and Grammy to almost 10 with 4 Great Grandkids and I'm a super great wife.God blessed me with a positive outgoing personality.I can accomplish anything I attempt to do.One thing I am not is patient with MEAN people.Don't get me wrong I'm not a saint by any means.I laugh at ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:06:14 EST Sometimes being a good citizen backfires! I was running after the neighbors grandson and of course he was in the busy street. I know not my business,but I'm human and nobody was watching him. I'm not going to ignore a 2 year old in the street!! Of course I rang the doorbell to hear them all hollering his name.. JUSTIN!!!His gram answered the door, snatched Justin and asked "What are you doing with him"? Before I could answer his mama comes out the door screaming She could be a kidnapper!!Really would I be changing my mind and bring h... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:46:40 EST I once was lost but now I'm found... I loved that song as a child and would shamelessly step up on stage and sing my heart out to my minister Granddad. Folks I have been wallowing in grief for my dog! I realized I have not been caring for myself in the last few months. It seems I always jump into taking care of everyone but ME!!I let my weight creep back on noticing my tightening waist in my shorts but not doing anything about it. I have been taking care of so many people and problems this Spring and Summer that I got put on the... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:03:30 EST With God's help I will overcome! Where do I begin?Everything seems to have gone haywire!I guess I will start with my beloved mother in law.She had a relapse from a previous stroke.We rushed to her side and were thrilled to see her sitting up giving the nurses grief(they love her)Our grandsons son was born(that makes us 4 greats)our AC did a nosedive,the car broke down,Our new roof sprung a leak,Our pregnant daughter fell from a rotten porch at her home..scary!She is ok!!We got the car back and on the way home it stalled at a... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:24:28 EST One thing after another I am superwoman ;) I have been so busy with neighbors and family I have barely had a chance to enjoy being LAZY!!Our neighbor had a stroke and I cared for her until she got a daycare nurse, my mother in law also suffered a mild stroke and I stayed with her for 2 weeks! Then our granddaughter broke her leg, we had a house full of grandkids and adults for 10 days, Then our grandsons wife gave birth 5 weeks early(a girl)His brother's wife has preeclampsia she's due with a boy next week, I returned in time to taxi ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:06:28 EST Being happy isnt hard,Just Smile!! My friend was commenting on all that I manage to do and I'm always smiling and HAPPY!Well for a lot of reasons I count my blessings daily.God has made me see whatever I'm going through can be handled and other people are not as lucky.Someone else has it ten times as bad and I'm counting my Lucky Stars.Life in general makes me happy and so smiling makes others or most grateful.We've been getting plenty of rain in Texas and our garden is so busy we can't keep up.Of course if the weeds were mone... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:29:14 EST God Loves me!! We had saved for a vacation when our computer went on the fritz,my car broke down,our heater fan broke in the house,the water line had to be replaced in our guest bathroom,We just got a new roof in October and then a hail storm came along and dropped baseball size hail last month!My dog broke her leg,My oldest grandson had us help him move and my youngest daughter is pregnant.WOOHOO when it rains it pours.I can handle anything that comes my way because above all else I know God Loves me!!Im s... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:29:35 EST The DEVIL puppy I'm usually very patient with animals until this cocker pup moved in <em>198</em> She has bitten me so many times I can't count!I picked her up to dry her feet and she bit my chin.She snarls and keeps to herself.I had exhausted all other forms of training her and began to pray...Lord help me help this little girl get adopted.As I was praying she scooted over and put her paw on my knee!!I handed her a small treat and she sat when commanded to receive it!! <em>200</em> By Golly I was ready ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:29:00 EST Evil thy name is soda I did a crazy thing when I saw some soda on sale..I stocked up telling myself I could take it or leave it.A big fat no!Well my sweet friend challenged me to cut back from 3-4 a day to one.After a week im drinking 1 or 1/2 a day and I'm happy to say Im losing my taste for soda!! <em>334</em> The kitten,Squeak and dog have been adopted <em>46</em> I really miss them both.I went to the Goodwill and found about $700 worth of Adidas/Reebok/Nike workout gear for $50..3 pair Nike sneakers like ne... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:43:15 EST my oldies baking goodies My friend Mona swears I treat my seniors like 10 year olds.It's not true but just because a person ages does not mean they want to sit in a rocker on the porch.I consulted with staff nurses before I got some people(almost all)together.We hosted a bake-off of sorts and by golly them was some delicious bread,rolls,strudel,cake,pie,brownies and cookies!!The high school kids were having as much fun as the seniors!!I have to pat myself on the back for that.I put on some music and a dance and fun w... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:16:41 EST I finally have time for me again! Yep!It's true It seems like everyone had a virus going back and forth and I've been a caregiver/ entertainer/errand runner.I'm at the gym daily now to chase away the FAT monster.At least the weather turned nicer.I'm having to go easy because I sprained my ankle mildly.I've had some time with my nursing home patients...doing nails and hair,going shopping(they are so fond of getting away)I took Bernie,Eliza,Rupert and India to the mall.Constance,Millie Thomas and Jake to the movies and Marty to... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:35:17 EST Little kitten lost Why am I a kitten magnet?I don't know how little squeak got into our garage but there she was curled on a pile of folded towels,dryer going full blast.I walked out saw her and she was so weak she was squeaking.Skin and bones with beautiful blue eyes.I quickly grabbed my heating pad,wrapped her up in a towel and fed her from a bottle.It was kitten formula!She isn't that old.She gobbled as much as her tummy could hold and literally went limp as a dishrag.I took her photo,printed it out and tape... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:09:31 EST this crazy weather! I cant tell ya'll how many warm gorgeous days we've had this fall and winter 2-3 days it's unbelievably warm then bam!20-30 degrees. Right now its 17.The Dog hesitates at the door runs out to potty and zooms back in the door. I know the feeling when I'm taking out trash or going shopping for food. I love Winter don't get me wrong but brrr! It's super freaking cold. Our youngest DD's pipes froze up and busted and she called me! I said I'm not Wonder Woman Plumber besides I quit that job, There... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 21:31:53 EST Having a plumber with Buttcrackitis! In the middle of trying to move my ungrateful daughter Kayla, The plumber says it's the only day he can install the new toilets we purchased. Of course our next to the youngest granddaughter is home from school sick and camped out in front of the giant living room tv with the volume way too high. She is a character. Dry cereal is littering the floor and blanket, she is playing the sick card to get a popsicle when the doorbell rings. Graaaaaaaammy she yells.I came running thinking she's needin... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:02:25 EST Grandchild #9 I took some time away to give our expecting daughter some love and attention and see our Granddaughter Lay'lah born.She was born 1-13-14 7lbs.3 oz. and has a head full of black curly hair. Her cousin Alahna was born the same day weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. I'm glad I took some time away because I can lose track of time on the computer! I'm worn out from jet lag, need to do a lot of housework and a long nap. My dog was ecstatic to see her mama and acted like a puppy instead of almost 16 years old. M... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:39:36 EST Gathering coats and canned foods My good friend Maria was helping us do our coats.Maria is 81 and feisty as they come!We have another helper Rob aka hot lips that just so happens to have a crush on Maria.We spent the day making the day for a lot of people that couldn't afford new coats.Rob was making us laugh with his dancing and singing.We had Subway and hot cocoa for lunch.Rob told Maria that she was even hotter than the cocoa!!Rob is 79.Maria told Rob that she is not a "cougar"and we laughed until our sides ached.Our teen... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:58:34 EST I looked like Rudolph <em>460</em> <em>442</em> Walking out there in the breezy cold crisp air had me invigorated but having a red nose made a little kid laugh when I asked "Do I look like Rudolph?"He squealed with laughter and said YESSSSSSS! <em>447</em> This is how red my nose was! <em>247</em> SUSAN <BR> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>425</em> <em>500</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:09:36 EST Doing for others,it's my Christmas gift to me! I am writing this blog with a realization shining bright.A light bulb moment if you will.I worry about people and animals to the point I cannot sleep.When I lay my head on my pillow,my mind goes everywhere!We've seen some non-Texas like weather.The thought of a human or animal being cold hurts my heart.Once at age 6 I found a dead frozen bird and wanted mom to make him warm so he could fly again.I will,against my DH's wishes,see a stray dog/cat and try to catch it to feed/turn it over to the ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:52:58 EST blustery cold winds/5k Texas is cold today.My walking/5k cohorts bowed out gracefully from todays 5k.If I had any common sense so would I.But being the hard headed ex-Missourian that I am I took it like a champ.A shivering,shaking,red ears and nose,champ!I came home and had to take a warm bath to get the feeling back in my body.I felt amazing and invigorated until I came down off my high.Then My ASS froze!Coffee nor cocoa has warmed me until my dog climbed up on the sofa and now I'm ok.Isn't it strange how dogs sen... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 16:21:19 EST Kicking Cancers ass! I'm doing 5k a day for a week to honor my aunts memory.I hate Cancer and am getting health-ier doing this.I hope ya'll are doing well.I am extremely glad my aunts pain is over but miss her everyday.I know she is in great company in heaven.My mama and grandma are there already.Cancer runs in our family.I'm sad but moving forward with a vengeance to kick cancers ass!! <em>247</em> SUSAN Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:00:59 EST An angel just got her wings My precious aunt died this morning.I am dreadfully saddened by her passing and will forever have another angel waiting for me in heaven. <em>90</em> <em>247</em> SUSAN Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:34:02 EST I'm a door holder! Today I was out shopping at Sears and was leaving .The doors are heavy and a little old lady with a walker was coming out.I stood there holding the door for her as about 25 people rushed through it.Only 2 people thanked me!!!As I was leaving and grumbling <em>211</em> A woman walked up to me and said "It's a great thing you just did"I smiled and Thanked her.Wait!!She hollered.I turned back in time to see her running to me.Here,she laughed handing me an envelope,Merry Christmas!!She was runn... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:33:45 EST God reached into my heart today Do you ever have a moment,where you hear God speaking to you?I call it God reaching into my heart!It's unusually cold and very windy here in Texas.I Love helping people and usually just keep it to myself.My older daughters think I'm too gullable and so I don't share the wonderful things I take part in.So I was driving down the road and spied an elderly lady waiting for the bus.The wind was moving my car so,I knew she had to be taking a beating herself."Help her"a voice said!I turned my car ar... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:36:50 EST my aunt is dying of cancer She was there when I took my first steps.She was there when I learned to ride a bike.She stood by my side and watched me be married.She saw my first child born.She held my hand when my mom(her sister) was buried.I've seen this courageous woman after a severe beating from her loving husband,stand tall,proud and leave him with no money and 2 kids under 5.She taught herself many lessons.From driving to cutting hair to sewing clothes to cooking.She started a battered women's shelter and ran it fo... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:11:05 EST Three funerals,a wedding and a birthday I am worn out from running here and there.We lost 2 nursing home friends and the husband of a church member.My BF married her daughter off to her lifelong fiancé/friend.My neighbor turned 80 and had a huge party then our temps took a nose dive into the upper 20's.I am sick now with the flu and have not stopped running to and fro for a week!Having had our youngest DD back for 5 weeks now and I'm seeing a lot of growing up she's done.I'm her taxi and she's depending on me.I'm not charging her a... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:27:49 EST Judge not lest ye be judged! Lets face it kids can be how you say..Selfish at times.Yesterday at Ross I was watching three teens counting money when one held up a jacket and asked "Mam do you think this coat will fit a 130 lb boy?"They went on to tell me a boy they go to school with shivers from the cold because he has no coat.They were putting their money together to buy him a coat!!With tears in my eyes I hugged them and paid the remainder of their total.Rick the one in charge thanked me and asked my name.I told him an... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:42:41 EST Goodwill:My place to shop! My DD works at Goodwill.She loves being around all kinds of people.Her heart is as big as the moon.One day while searching for a job I mentioned the Goodwill taking apps.She looked at me like I had lost my mind.She asked me if I had any other ideas.She moved out exactly a year ago,decided it wasn't as cool as she dreamed it would be and begged to come back for a few months.I wasn't about to let her think she could come back and be a couch potato,doing nothing being penniless and have me waiti... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:36:26 EST Some old habits are hard to break I don't take kindly to naysayers as friends.Example,my good friend Torry.She is always poo-pooing my plans.Telling me I shouldn't be walking in the rain.Saying my exercise pants are not my color,they are too form fitting(they are lycra)She can't stand the color of my shoes,jacket etc.My hair is too short on and on.I tolerate her mouth because I think that is what God wants from me is my faith in others.Torry is an exception to that rule.So,we were sitting in the car waiting in traffic,I'm dri... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:49:44 EST I don't diet I live-it Being in a place where I no longer feel like I'm cramping someone's style by NOT eating the same high calorie foods is one day at a time.I still hear all the time....can't you just eat burgers this once?Then it just snowballs from there.I have to stick to this lifestyle for a while before indulging in anything sinful or off limits.I have alot of support and also alot of bullying from friends and family.They try to say how I look wonderful the size I am or oh girl you don't need to lose any mo... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:26:03 EST 36 years married(to the same man) My friend called me today to wish me a Happy Anniversary.How long has it been?she inquired.36 years I replied.To the same man?she laughed...WOW this is my 4th time around its just shocking!First of all like anyone else we have our ups and downs but we respect each other and take care of each other always.We don't yell or curse.We hug and kiss daily and say I LOVE YOU! <BR> <em>247</em> SUSAN <BR> <em>408</em> <em>214</em> <em>408</em> <em>129</em> <em>384</em> <em>242</em> ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:07:43 EST shes like the wind I am a busy person.I love to do for others.My favorite times are when I'm at the retirement home and the animal shelter helping out.I realized today its been 3 weeks since I took any ME time!I woke,took a shower,put on some exercise clothes,took my treadmill for a spin and sacked out on my backyard chaise with a book and some green iced tea.My dog curled up next to me and WOW I relaxed all morning!I have since did nothing but relax and talk on the phone.I see some dirt on the floor and some d... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:52:08 EST Do you ever feel like you are being followed? My daughter and I went into Dillard's and though they are really helpful and nice,we kept looking up to see a store clerk following us around.At first we thought it to be a coincidence then we moved to the shoes and VOILA!There she was again!We moved on to the lingere and there she is pretending to dust,watching us.We laugh a lot and find a lot of funny things in life but after returning from the restroom we found her slinking around behind the purses.She followed us to the bedding then to je... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:10:50 EST Little bird flew back to the nest! We woke up to a very cool morning.The lower 50's and rain.I threw on my sweatpants a parka and proceeded to take a walk.The sweet fresh air was making my eyes tear up and seeing all the leaves falling made me feel good.We still have a lot of green grass and leaves but its starting to transform into Fall.Our daughter has had to move back home.We were hoping she would go to school.But she decided to do her own thing and a year later is regretting it.She moved out to live with her sister and the... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:19:20 EST Some people hate to see others succeed Mom always told me to get rid of the people that are negative.They always seem to drag a person down!They cant stand to see others accomplish goals that they wont even try to reach for.I'm going to talk about my ex-friend Rachael.I said I would never speak about her but I am going to now.She was the one negative in my life I kept around until recently.The day started beautiful enough until I met this bitter,angry,overweight,negative human in the park to walk and have lunch afterward.I am a po... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:05:29 EST I believe in miracles Waiting for the phone to ring was agony.Everytime I picked it up and looked at the caller ID My heart fell.I was waiting for word about a lump I had in my neck after it was biopsied.Finally the call came and with a dry mouth and racing heart I answered.Susan?Yes I answered it's okay just tell me quickly.It's benign she yelled with as much relief as I felt.I couldn't speak because I had tears pouring down my face.I cried,I laughed,I danced!!Praise the Lord is all I can say!!I have to go next F... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:51:25 EST