SUNNYWBL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUNNYWBL SUNNYWBL'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/ Getting Back in the Swing of Things And New Adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775272 I am back to logging my food and exercise (again). I have stopped drinking alcohol again, even wine, my favorite! <BR> <BR> In August, I turned 75. I started thinking about what accomplishments might be written in my obituary. <BR> <BR> For years I have listed 'organ donor' on my driver's license. Last year , after thinking about it for years, I acquired a Donor Card in the University of MN Medical School's Anatomy Bequest Program. Shocking? If you want to know about my reasoning or detail... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:26:05 EST Feeling Bad About Your Lousy Trivia Score? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775252 This is a response that I wrote on one of my three Trivia Challenge pages. The gal had also asked whether every one got the same questions. <BR> <BR> The questions are totally random, I believe. If you want to feel better about your score so far, go to the leaderboards on the Trivia page. Make sure you check the box to 'show me on the leaderboards' and then click on 'see full leaderboard' . Scroll down to the bottom of that page, then click on 'last page'. There you will see folks doing wors... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:46:38 EST My Longest Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658773 This winter has been especially hard to deal with and the weather guy finally gave me some reasons as to the why of it. It has been the 9th worst winter for snow here. When shoveling, I could not throw it high enough to reach the top of the pile, I ended up walking further up the street a bit to where it wasn't piled as high. More than once a kind stranger stopped who was able to throw the snow higher and make short work of it. PTL that my driveway is only 2.5 car lengths long! The weather gu... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:42:30 EST Making Progress in War on Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598594 I have been going to the local Counseling Center for talk therapy. <em>39</em> I also had my current medication level evaluated by their consulting shrink. My dosage was increased and I see him again in a month for follow-up. Using the lights daily. <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> I am still chipping away at my to-do list. <BR> - I mailed the completed forms for energy assistance. <BR> - I am pretty well caught up on the laundry that piled up while I had no cold water to my washing machine aft... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 03:55:30 EST You KNOW It's the Start of a Bad Day When .......Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560997 The plumber and I spent about an hour clearing the furniture, umbrellas and garden 'stuff' out of the mechanical room to allow the installation of the gas water heater therein. Then the plumber's boss came back to put the kabosh to my plan. He had a bunch of 'reasons' to not do it, but basically he didn't want to do it! m <em>40</em> $1100 to install another electric in place of the failed one, and 'at least' $3000 to put in the gas heater. He Won. I wish I had just fired him, and found an... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 03:48:49 EST You KNOW It's the Start of a Bad Day When .......Part One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552498 .....you find both of your bare feet in cold water and you have carpet, not an indoor pool. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> It was about 6:50A.M. and I was headed to the bathroom thru my living room. My second and third steps landed in that cold water. The problem turned out to be the electric water heater, located in a kitchen closet. It had probably rusted out and dumped part of it's 50 gallon contents into the closet, which then flowed under the wall and into about half of the the living room's... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:51:23 EST My Not So Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489806 This is what I've been doing today, being brave! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> Today while picking tomatoes, <em>370</em> I took a tumble in the front garden. I jammed mt right index finger, sustained a cut under my chin on a flower pot, got my (head) bells rung on a large rock, and broke my left wrist. Oh, and I squished a tomato! After a few unanswered phone calls, I drove myself to the Urgency Room and got treatment and was allowed to drive myself home again! My friend will... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 01:03:29 EST Sunny was MIA, but Now I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451356 I was in a perfect storm of events, <em>40</em> refinancing my house <em>436</em> , changing to a wireless internet, programing the the rotation unit on my new rooftop HDTV antenna <em>24</em> and getting a new bed frame for my bed. Included in this mess was all the extra stuff ~ getting estimates for home improvements, gathering and transmitting the myriad of required documentation to the refi bank in CA. <BR> <BR> I am scheduled to close on the 14th, <em>224</em> ' If the Good L... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:21:58 EST Advice from Mayo Clinic about Mosquito Bites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402592 HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK <BR> Treat mosquito bites <BR> Bitten by one of those pesky little bloodsuckers? Don't scratch. Apply a hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion or a paste. To make a paste, take about 1 teaspoon (about 5 milliliters) of water and mix with an equal volume of dry meat tenderizer. Apply several times a day until your symptoms subside. A cold pack or baggie filled with crushed ice may help, too. <BR> <BR> PS, I finished day 6 of my Streak. <em>334</em> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:17:25 EST Finished Day 4 of Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399768 Sunday was day 4 of going to Snap Fitness every day. I got my 10000+ steps, mostly on the Treadmill and on an evening walk. No weight training today. <BR> <BR> I went for a walk in the moonlight this evening to boost my steps to over 10,000. <BR> <BR> Every day, my goal is to do strength training alternating days of upper and lower body machines. I will also spend time on the cardio machines, SF is delightfully air conditioned. <em>334</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:43:00 EST Facing my Reality (Again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396884 This morning I topped my scale at 168 pounds, <em>40</em> an increase of 12 pounds since mid-March. <BR> <BR> I have not been logging my food, doing any strength training, and my food choices not the greatest. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> My Body Media armband, on the way to totally failing has been racking up too much activity. This is reality, not an excuse. I have to get a new one as this is my favorite place to log food. <BR> <BR> I made a start today by going to Snap Fitness, my first... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:46:55 EST My Newest Cat ~ Tiger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312097 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1229297066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I brought Tiger home from the St Paul Humane Society on Friday, March 29,2013. She is very small (less than 7 pounds) and two years old. She is very gentle. She was given up because someone in her family was allergic. <BR> <BR> I have to say that the whole process of adoption there was a very positive experience for me. She even came with a 30 trial period! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 00:24:04 EST Photos of My New Kitty and some Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215046 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1726985363.jpg"> <BR> First photo of 'Baby'. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620803271.jpg"> <BR> 'Baby' <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481277133.jpg"> <BR> Bargain pot of 6 tulips from Sam's Club for only $3.88 +tax. <BR> <BR> Fresh flowers really brighten my day, all of my Amaryllis have bloomed, although two of them have have a third stalk growing up! <BR> <BR> Baby is still... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 01:17:06 EST Information that might Benefit Teachers AND Students! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205489 Research Reveals Which Learning Methods Get an 'A' <BR> Flash cards, pre-test quizzing work best, highlighting and rereading don't make the grade <BR> <BR> FRIDAY, Jan. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Students, get out those flash cards: A new study finds that they may be a better study option than some of the more popular methods -- such as highlighting or rereading material. <BR> <BR> The study appears in the January issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest. <BR> <BR> "Schools and pa... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:02:30 EST Good News and Bad News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199078 Vitamin D ~ Do we get enough? <BR> For us here in Minnesota, the only opportunity we have to get Vet D from sunshine is between Memorial Day and Labor Day! Channel 4 did a 'Good Question' on this issue this week. Wearing a sun block during the summer months blocks 95% of sun UV exposure ! <em>24</em> So for us a Vit D supplement is a MUST! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> January thaw? <BR> We have one this week, giving us temps in the mid 30F*s! <em>244</em> It ends tomorrow and we go back in... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:05:41 EST A Wonderful Surprise from My Medicare Provider! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172542 They are offering the Silver Sneakers Program which this year offers a membership in the twentyfour hour Snap Fitness! The best part of that? I can walk to it and it is FREE! <em>330</em> <em>324</em> <em>231</em> <em>315</em> <em>316</em> <em>322</em> <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> What a Christmal present! <em>460</em> No more excuses!!! <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>91</em> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 01:07:15 EST Sunny's New Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072316 Today is the 7th day of upping my exercise and logging every bite on Body Media.Tomorrow is weigh in day. <BR> Yesterday evening I ran around madly bringing all my plants either into the house and/or garage because frost was expected. Also covered my most prolific tomatoes to get a few more growth days from them. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to see if there will be any pounds or inches lost! I'm thinking positively! I don't let the scale determine how I feel. I just write the number on my calende... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:57:34 EST Iris Pseudocorus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942602 Some years ago I planted a nursery pot of these because I liked the yellow color. It got maybe 3-4 blooms each year, but the foliage slowly spread a bit. I blamed the lack of blooms on the soil which is very sandy and usually dry there. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I learned that the plant is considered invasive in wetlands. I wasn't concerned due to my dry soil. Last year I gave a shovel full of Virginia Bluebells to my next door neighbor, Elaine, along with a bit of the above Iris. I did w... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:11:39 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936979 I got a ride on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Today, after five hours weeding in the back yard, my yard waste container is jammed to the max. I borrowed my neighbors, hers is only half full so they are both in my garage. <BR> <BR> The car is running, one neighbor helped with a loong extension cord, another supplied the charger. It's all good. I'm off to give the car a run and treat myself to some low fat, no added sugar ice cream. <em>334</em> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:15:51 EST Bad News, Good News, and More Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934137 When I went out my front door in the early afternoon today, I was amazed by the fact that my car trunk had been open all night. It was parked in the street in front of my house! I live on the busiest cross street to the main street - Highway 61. Even more amazing was the fact that the trunk contained a bottle of wine, a bottle of vodka, a mixed case of Modelo Mexican beer and a big bag of brown bark mulch and It was all still there ! The alcohol is about a 6 month supply for me (longer in t... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 02:32:12 EST The pounds have added up quickly, Yikes! Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693884 Recently (these past 4 weeks or more),I have been bringing bad snack choices home (KNOWINGLY!)and scarfing them down quickly. Not only that but I didn't even want to remedy the situation. I was puzzling as to why, as it had been YEARS since I did this the last time. <BR> <BR> Thanks to my Spark friend, -LINDA and her most recent blog, I had an epiphany! <BR> <BR> 1. It is winter and I have SAD. <BR> 2. This winter is weird and I slacked off on my walking. <BR> 3. My mental health professio... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:32:36 EST Sunny Becomes Her Own Private Geek Squad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551900 In the past few months I've been having lots of problems with my computer locking and/or being very slow. I have a ten year old CPU running Windows XP. I ran a program (that I downloaded) that evaluated it's capacity to run Windows 7. It reported that there was not enough memory to run 7. Several years ago, I had upgraded the memory with new thingys in the CPU. I talked to a Geek Squad guy that said that adding more now would not be cost effective. He suggested adding a portable hard drive wh... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:02:20 EST Wasps and the First Moon Landing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448397 Re : KASEYCOFF's blog, Day 209: Photo Blog # 28 - Wherein she describes her father's long-ago encounter with ground wasps whilst mowing the yard. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Wow! did this bring back memories! <BR> <BR> Back in the early '60s we all went camping with my Aunt Marg (not Marge! Never Marge!) and all the sisters, cousins, brothers ( A s___ load of relatives). This weekend was the time of the first moon landing. The second day we were to hike out to the ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:06:32 EST The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423286 I am finally current in my miles walked, and ended up in Missouri! <BR> <BR> This time I promise to be more attentive and KEEP my log current! Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:34:03 EST Progress on my Virtual Trip Across the USA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4415696 Sometime last year, I joined the team, "The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge" I started logging in my walking miles. I was in Kentucky when I got behind in logging my miles. Soon after, I dropped out of the team. I did contnue to walk every day, and track the daily walks with my Omron Pedometer. Dutifuly, I kept downloading the miles to my Omron database. <BR> <BR> Quite by accident, I saw an entry someone had made about where they were on their trip! That inspired me to kick up my efforts, go b... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 23:58:01 EST Becoming More Physically Active - from AOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4412662 I found this article to be very useful information! See the origin of the info at the bottom. <BR> <BR> Bring on the Heat with Summertime Exercise <BR> <BR> Imagine what it feels like to step outside on a hot and humid day, with the air heavy and sticky on your skin. Now imagine lacing up your tennis shoes and going for a run on that hot and humid day. What does it feel like? And how does the warm outdoor temperature affect your body and overall physical performance? The temperature of ... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 16:54:55 EST My Neighbor Joe's 50th Birthday Party - Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394546 Joe's wife Roxy is quite a good singer. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887753558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joe, the birthday boy, is playing the guitar. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256841675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There was a violin, a bass. a drummer and sometimes another guy 'playing' the slab of wood. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l948018080.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Much later, around 11pm, another guy who catered the party and b... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 17:02:54 EST My Neighbor Joe's 50th Birthday Party - To Be Cont.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4379586 Joe is a musician and many of his musician friends came along with their varied musical instruments for a Birthday jam session! The street in front of our houses were packed with vehicles. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l537694024.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Note the guy on the left playing a slab of wood like a bongo! Is this a real instrument? <BR> <BR> Note: I started having severe problems adding more pics! <em>24</em> <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm frustrated and sweaty a... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:34:30 EST Please Name the Mystery Flower! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4379505 About 3 or 4 years ago, I purchased some non-hardy (in Minnesota) flower bulbs. Over time I have lost whatever info came with this one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l984911623.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the mystery flower just starting to open. It is in the same large pot which also contains a brugmansia, an angel trumpet flower. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724909215.jpg"> <BR> Here, the flowers are in full bloom, and also ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:42:52 EST Getting Stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4339093 This is the season many folks are making resolutions, which might include exercising more. I thought I would let you, my friends, in on a little secret I've found for building my arm and shoulder muscles. You might wish to adopt this regimen. <BR> <BR> Three days a week works well. I started by standing with a 5lb potato sack in each hand, extending my arms sstraightout to my sides and holding them out there as long as I can. <BR> <BR> After a few weeks, I moved up to 10 pound potato sacks,... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 16:28:02 EST About the Lotteria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4299506 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l346821851.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65984760.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68441425.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am sorry that the purpose of these photos is not clear yet. This is the first time I have scanned and uploaded photos to a blog. <BR> <BR> I got this game in Mexico during a visit in 2004. It was a Copper Canyon Tour with Overseas Adventure Travel. The leader was teaching us a bit ... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:25:16 EST Trivia Winners for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207620 Grand Prize winner is Monty with 98% <em>209</em> Way to go! <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Running alone in second is Marcy with 95% - Great job Marcy!! <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Tied in third place are me and MOM4407 with 92% <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Very close in 4th place is Irene with 91% <BR> <BR> Every one at or above 90% won a Monthly Trivia Award from SparkPeople ! <BR> <BR> Audry finished at 80%, a very respectable finish! <em>242</em> Tue, 3 May 2011 14:34:40 EST More about my life in"Sunnyland" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4196946 <em>213</em> To everyone! <BR> <BR> Tuesday we got 1 1/2" of rain and so I drove my car to the library, plus going to the gym was the next stop in my plan. Now I've said before that life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. Driving to the library, 'life' happened to me again! <BR> <BR> The car was difficult to accelerate and I tried another gear which didn't help. Then, like a big light bulb going off, I realised that I probably had a flat tire. I haven't had one in... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:27:59 EST Re: KASEYCOFF's Blog - Day 109: Routines(To Be Cont.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4177257 I would like to tell you I'm a rollercoaster type of gal, but on average I'm not! But planned roller coaster ride,s I like! When I was in my 'formative' years, we sometimes went to an amusement park near Willow Grove, PA. It had three levels of roller coaster rides - easy called the ___?_, medium called the Alps, and a scare you to death - The Thunderbolt. I was born logical . I pondered how to achieve The Thunderbolt. I longed to ride The Thunderbolt, but it scared me spitless! <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:11:01 EST Facing My Reality, Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4153929 <BR> Whether you noticed or not, I reset my weight tracker - again. <em>39</em> Sigh... <BR> <BR> I have not been logging my food and getting enough exercise and we all know where this always leads - Repeat after me - We gain weight! <BR> <BR> The first thing I did was take all my LARGER slacks , jackets, jeans, and blouses to Good Will! That gives me NO LARGER CLOTHES TO GROW BACK INTO! <BR> <BR> I recently mentioned that my Omron was not tracking well and sometimes not working. I took ... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 15:14:55 EST And The Envelope Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134945 Results of the March Trivia Challenge:- <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>209</em> Monty68 with 90% <BR> <BR> #2 - Sunny with 89% <BR> <BR> #3 - Irene with 87% <BR> <BR> #4 - Marcy with 76% <BR> <BR> #5 - Addy with 74% <BR> <BR> Honorable Mention - Tee with 67% but only 4 entries..... <BR> <BR> Among the missing - Mom4407 whose last entry was 3/17/11 and was 88%! I wish that you posted more often and helped push all of us to better scores! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> What a great Challenge Te... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 16:25:45 EST WBL's New Chore Service & The Provenance of My New Profile Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3974523 Last year my area was blessed to see the start of a Senior Chore Service. The program originated with funds from a one year grant. The purpose was to help seniors stay in their own homes longer with help for chores they either couldn't do or could no longer do. Although the chores are done strictly by volunteers, there is a sliding fee based on income. The fees collected will enable the Service to continue to operate. The volunteers are fully 'vetted' by background checks before starting. <BR... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:11:37 EST Not the Best of News! But, a Great Lesson Learned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3974340 This morning I got on the scale and saw a number I had not seen for a long time - 157 pounds! <BR> <BR> Chasened, I sat at my computer and logged part of the last 7 days of food. I have been writing it down, but not logging it! NEVER a good idea! <BR> <BR> All of the days I logged in were showing surplus calories eaten. The worst day was yesterday - I burned 1633 calories and consumed 2361 calories! (data from logging and my GoWearFit armband). Only 11% of those from protein, (I aim for a... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 14:48:23 EST On Hand Warmers and YaksTrax, Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3928496 Though I have had the Yaks Trax for over 6 years, there is no rust. The newer versions are probably made with stainless steel. I most recently saw them at Famous Footwear for around $12-13. <BR> <BR> I bought the handwarmers at WalMart in the sporting goods section ($1.97 +tx for three sets). I've also seen them at Sam's Club in larger packages. <BR> <BR> The funny thing I noticed with the handwarmers , they took a while to start warming up( 10-15 min). When I had gotten home and was done ... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 20:08:24 EST On Hand Warmers and YaksTrax http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925766 I've had my YaksTrax for a number of years, my first pair was a gift from my school bus supervisor during my school bus driving days. That winter, I broke my left ankle thoroughly by stepping down onto snow covered glare ice. My first clue of impending trouble was the thought that then flitted through my mind, "Huh, I didn't know my ankle could turn that way." Well, it really couldn't! About 8 weeks after surgery to fix the ankle and install a permanent 6" x1/2" steel plate thereon, I returne... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:39:44 EST On Microwaves, Splenda, and Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902464 I wrote this originally in response to questions about the safety of using microwaves and Splenda. I thought it might be of interest to my friends..... <BR> <BR> I cook mostly veggies in my microwave, never meat. For meat I prefer to broil, bake or using a sauté pan with a daub of olive oil or spray. <BR> <BR> I prefer to use Splenda, but I don't use it frequently. I do use some honey, but again, not often. Frequent use of any sweetener encourages us to prefer sweetened food too much. Simil... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 02:21:35 EST Getting Through The Door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3901230 I finally got to Gold's tonight. I did ST and ran on the treadmill and achieved 43 aerobic minutes, including 33 Vigorous minutes and 7806 steps! <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my status report, I finally went to Gold's. They greeted me at the front desk. "Hello, Stranger!" My heart wasn't in this trip, I just kept mumbling to myself, "Just do it, Just do it, Just do it..... <BR> <BR> I got changed and did just that. I spent 15 minutes on the T-mill getting sweaty, and then did some ST. I h... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 17:45:57 EST The Opening Door, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3886958 I logged all my food again today. <BR> <BR> I went fora 50 minute walk in the falling snow to the bank and to get my newspaper. The snow was crunchy under foot and the streets were otherwise pretty quiet. Fifty aerobic minutes, and 20 of them were even vigorous! <BR> <BR> While watching the Biggest Looser - Where Are They Now? I fixed dinner and even got in another 20 minutes walking in place. Overall I had 7283 steps and 4.13 miles. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a challenge. I'm meeting f... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 00:35:30 EST When One Door Closes, Another One Opens? Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3880841 Last night I went out for the newspaper AND a walk. 44 aerobic minutes and 4 were vigorous! .............. <BR> <BR> I logged my food today............... <BR> <BR> I joined the January Bootcamp................. <BR> <BR> It's a start........ <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 15:57:19 EST When One Door Closes, Another One Opens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3880716 Well, here I am, The Curves door closed due to finances, where do I go from here? As the fini to Curves approached, I fell off the Spark Wagon with a Thump heard nowhere but in my mind. <BR> <BR> Peanut brittle, wine, cookies, lack of body movement - those were the chosen weapons of my downfall. <em>4</em> True, I didn't gain all that much weight back - 6 pounds. <BR> <BR> Curves, my GoWearFit armband and determination had been my weapons of weigh loss for the last two years. From a hi... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 15:09:19 EST A Walk on Thanksgiving Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805949 It was 12*F with a brisk wind as I started out on the walk. I was wearing my new boots, hoping they would keep my feet warm and keep me from falling on my butt. They achieved their mission! My neighbors, across the street, were sitting in their dining room along with friends having their Norman Rockwell moments. The two inches of fresh snow from yesterday's storm was sparkling white. <BR> <BR> Me? I was setting out to: <BR> <BR> 1. Return 2 books to the library <BR> 2. Get the T-Day editi... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 20:58:01 EST And the Streak Goes On............Through Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3733966 The original blog of this title was better but the blame thing froze up on me! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> The streak has two parts : walk/jog a minimum of three miles or more per day and log every bite of food consumed every day. <BR> <BR> The last two weeks data - <BR> <BR> Average Calories Burned = 2246 <BR> Average Calories Consumed = 1687 <BR> Average Calorie Deficit = 559 <BR> Average Daily Activity (in hours and minutes) = 7:47 <BR> Average Daily Vigorous Activity (in minutes) = 42 <BR... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 21:02:30 EST Pride Goeth Before the Fall and The Streak Goes On ....( Days 9 &10) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3708920 Yesterday got away from me and before I knew it, dark was fast approaching. Driving out to get my Sunday paper, I saw the sliver of the moon judt before it set! Beautiful! <BR> <BR> I parked at the library and started my walk in the dark. Why I didn't take my flash or headband light I'll never know. I walked along to the soiuth of the lake and into a small neighborhood........ On the way back, I needed to cross a divided street and fell onto the median which had a higher curb than I real... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:51:50 EST Day 8 of Sunny's Streak in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704524 For Saturday, 10/09/10. <BR> <BR> I went to Curve's and did my normal workout. Next door, I checked in for Gold's Gym Extreme Makover seminarand marked my seat with a water bottle. <em>91</em> Since I was early for that, I jumped <em>231</em> on a treadmill and got in 23 mins of aerobic walking. <em>198</em> (It was in the 80's again!) <BR> <BR> By the way, I packed my lunch becausse the seminar wouldn't end until 4 PM. I ate that during the lecture break, <em>4</em> <em>4</em> le... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 22:42:53 EST Day 7 of Sunny's Streak in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704460 For Friday, 10/08/10! <BR> <BR> <BR> I went to Curve's today and then to Gold's where I had 53 minutes of aerobic walking/ wogging and 16 of them were vigorous; on a T-mill in AC.( It was in the middle 80's outside.) Overall I got in 10511 steps and 6.03 miles. I logged all my food. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>315</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 22:13:14 EST