SUZIEQW's SparkPeople Blog SUZIEQW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mad? Sad? No place to vent but here! OK...another crisis with Mom. 3 weeks ago she fell and fractured a vertibrae requiring neurosurgery to put a pin in place. After a week in hospital and a week in rehab, she made it home last week - really a miraculous physical recovery! However, due to Alzheimer's, she's not in very good mental health - can't remember or process too much these days. She fell again last night, breaking her arm this time and landing her back in the hospital. <BR> <BR> Here's the biggest problem of all -... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 12:31:20 EST I did it! As a new runner, I set a goal for competing in a 1/2 marathon about 5 months ago. This may sound like a simplistic goal, but believe me, there was plenty of angst in deciding to take my onagain/offagain hobby to a different level (ie registering took a couple of weeks of mental conversations LOL). My training for this event often felt torturous. Really, if it weren't for the encouragement of some of my SP friends, don't know if I would have amassed the miles/time this training required of... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 08:41:39 EST Trying to be green I'm worse than I thought about leaving lights on and things running. Caught/corrected myself around 12x yesterday. Let's see if today is better. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 08:11:39 EST Making my corner of the world a little bit better Trying to do something extraordinary each day seems like a gargantuan effort, but I've decided to take baby steps to make my corner of the world a little better. While I've always been into recycling, today I took another green step - unplugged all the countertop appliances and turned off lights, tvs, etc (that my kids left on - bad habits). I know, I know, sounds like silly stuff, but I feel empowered to do more. If my kids see me making the effort (and talking to them about it), maybe... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:14:16 EST Saying what I mean/meaning what I say As per my 2009 NY resolution: <BR> <BR> Coping with my mother's Alzheimer's Disease has been very difficult for every family member involved. My father, God bless him, at age 85 is her primary caregiver. He does virtually everything for her. Lately, under stress, she has been wandering out of their apt. She forgets her name and apt. #. It's happened twice. Their social worker has told Dad to treat her like a child in an adult body - "never leave her unattended." <BR> <BR> This weekend... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 18:12:23 EST Beauty All Around In keeping with a recent SparkJew challenge, I took the time to notice gifts of nature along a regualr walking path. I saw iguanas, cows and variety of other flora and fauna because I took the time to actually "see" them. What a difference when you take the time to observe the things typically taken for granted. What a great challenge! Sun, 17 Jun 2007 17:18:54 EST Action is empowering Action, whether it is about making a decision or actually doing something, is empowering. I believe that our actions are based on the social structure of the our lives - a function of timing and environment - it is as much as our culture and socialization as it is movement. However, doing something - mobility - is one of the most important types of action we can take. It helps us learn our strengths and weaknesses (both literally and figuratively). It helps us understand our place in the ... Sun, 20 May 2007 17:51:42 EST Sharing your spark Never realized how important sharing oneself was until SP. Chatting with others online has helped me be more open and upfront, not only in cyberspace, but with my family and friends. I've been having so much fun growing as a person. Sat, 28 Apr 2007 13:48:42 EST Showing gratitude As a mother of five, I know what it's like to be taken for granted. However, I'd like to break out of that mold and show my appreciation for others efforts on my behalf. Positive reinforcement is a wonderful thing. Tue, 3 Apr 2007 14:33:19 EST Suzieqw, PhD Got my PhD today. Whew - never thought I'd see this day, even though I've worked very hard to get here. Wed, 28 Mar 2007 22:20:45 EST New experience I've entered a couple of thoughts on the journal page before, but I thought I'd try to take the blog page more seriously. I got 1 lb. away from my first goal ((I've since changed it to lose another 7 lbs) just before taking a cruise in Dec. 2006. I tried hard to behave on that vacation (ie exercising everyday) but somehow, 4 lbs crept back on despite my intentions. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit disappointed with myself, but am trying really hard to knock off the extra weight and get to my original a... Wed, 3 Jan 2007 20:20:53 EST (no title) doing the right thing...postponing a vaction so that your child can take a chem final...paying for car damage caused by me. Wed, 8 Nov 2006 06:17:57 EST (no title) Good morning and mean it! What a lovely thought. Thu, 14 Sep 2006 15:41:14 EST asking It's so hard, especially for women, to ask for things. I think we are trained that way early in life - to nurture others before ourselves. However, to get what one wants and needs, whether it's a promotion,love, or simply recognition for things typically taken for granted, I say communicate your feelings! It's hard and it takes practice, but it works. Wed, 6 Sep 2006 11:43:42 EST My Blessings How true, those of us with computers are so very blessed, but this amazing technology is so taken for granted. It has changed my life in so many ways. I communicate on it daily with people around the country and globe, I teach with it, I'm ready news and other interesting articles on it...all of these help keep my mind and body sharp. Sun, 3 Sep 2006 11:33:57 EST