SYLVIALYNN2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SYLVIALYNN2 SYLVIALYNN2'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/ Haven't felt this way since I was 11 and had meningitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313872 I am not myself. Feel chilled and feverish. Temp is 99.3. Arms and legs feel like dead weights. Went to bed and slept as night. Have slept off and on all day. Trying to stay hydrated. Have no appetite which is extremely unusual for me. Head hurts and when I cough, feels like my brain is bouncing off my skull. Cough is dry. Went to Wal-Mart with hubby this morn to get a few necessities. Was watching a couple with baby and started crying. So want to go see grand daughter, Lyra. Fell like I a... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:12:37 EST Grand Daughter, Lyra, at Pilates class. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302434 So proud of my daughter-in-law, Inta starting Lyra out right. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194499419.jpg"> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:04:59 EST 3rd Chemotherapy Treatment Completed June 9th-One More to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4312066 I have been so blessed that it does not seem that I am on chemotherapy. I had my 3rd treatment June 9. I have done very well due to all the support and prayers of my friends (on and off line) as well as family members. I have done so well, that the oncologist said I did not need to come in for the weekly CBCs. <BR> <BR> I do well the day of treatment and the day after. Then for the 3rd and 4th days, I want to sleep a lot and have to force myself to eat and get my liquids. I am just no... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 23:50:31 EST The safest and best sunscreens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302282 Now that school is out and summer is in full swing, I wanted to share this information from Environmental Working Group (EWG) on sunscreens and protection. They say the best protection is a hat and a shirt. For their list of "Top Sunscreens" follow this link (A rating of 0-2 is best and indicates the product has the lowest hazards.) : <BR> <BR> <link>breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/b<BR>est-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscr<BR>eens/ </link> <BR> <BR> EWG states that mineral sunscr... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:54:20 EST Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning--Read if you live near water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4259377 I copied this from the following link. I have lived in Florida and been around water most of my life and I did not know this information. Even years ago when I took advanced Life Saving, I did not learn this. It is a little long but very important to know. I encourage you to go to the link and read the entire article but I have pasted the most important information below. <BR> <BR> Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning <BR> <BR> <link>mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/ </link> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 27 May 2011 09:24:54 EST Thank You All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4244421 Thank you all for reading my blogs about my breast cancer journey. Thank you for your kind words, thoughts, support and prayers. I am having a hard time keeping up with all of my emails and Spark Teams. Please forgive me for this global thank you. One of these days, I will get around to personally thanking each of you. Rudy and doctor visits take a lot of my time and I have to plan around their schedules. <BR> <BR> My pastor's wife said she did a buzz cut and then has short, prickly hai... Thu, 19 May 2011 22:59:09 EST I'm losing it--my hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239658 I finally started losing my hair about day 15. It is now really thin but I have not cut it yet. I over indulged on sodium Sunday evening and was on my feet all day Monday, walking the local mall and purchasing some hats and scarves. Result-swollen ankles. Today took it easy and kept my feet elevated, drank plenty of water, had only blueberries, yogurt, asparagus and brown rice, ham, cabbage and tomato soup. Probably should not have had the ham but hubby said he had not eaten much and som... Tue, 17 May 2011 21:06:14 EST Day 9 following first chemotherapy treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215570 Woke up at 4:30 and have been going strong all day. Fed and walked dog at 5:30. Finally found my new ATM card. Had to call Brighthouse and have them fix the home phone line before I could activate the card. Started the chicken and dumplings that I promised my neighbor. Realized I needed my frozen seasoning blend and some celery but realized I needed to walk the dog before leaving for a presentation on Functional Nutrition from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Cancer Support Community. After the pr... Fri, 6 May 2011 23:51:33 EST On a Good Note--stomach and other problems better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213339 Stomach feels better. Appetite is back with a vengence. Using witch hazel and cotton pads along with A & D ointment every time I go to the bathroom is helping the other problem. Also keeping up with the fluid intake. Thu, 5 May 2011 22:21:20 EST Is it me or are people getting more inconsiderate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213258 Yesterday, I ran into Wal-Mart looking for a sturdier litter pooper scooper. I have put out a couple more liter boxes in the den since Parker is now sleeping in there with Max as she is more skittish with the dog. One I had bought was too flimsy. Another has little pointy fork like tines on the end and it does not do as well as the one sturdy one I have in the hall way. Well they did not even have one. I walked back to my car and a giant white pickup with huge tires was parked so close t... Thu, 5 May 2011 21:50:06 EST Day 8 after first chemotherapy--whiny and bitchy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213211 Went to a Dr. Love/Avon Army of Women meeting last night. For some reason, my lower back began to really hurt after I got there. I think I was stressed and upset that my husband fails to notice what needs to be done and when I ask for one thing, he turns to go do it instead of waiting until I am finished. <BR> <BR> I have read that chemo can make you whiny and bitchy. I was in the shower when he got home. He asked if I had fed the animals. When I said, "No," he took off before I cou... Thu, 5 May 2011 21:28:29 EST Caution may be too much information-Day 7 after first Chemotherapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209768 I put my weight watchers scale up on a shelf when pest control came yesterday. I did not want anything I use to get sprayed. I had a box of swiffer duster refills on top of the scale. When I got on the scale this morning it read 81.8. I know I could not loose over 100 pounds in a couple of days. Nor do I want to weigh that little. More likely 181.8. Weighed 206 at Thanksgiving when I joined Weight Watchers before I knew of my pending medical issues. Weighted 196 when had mastectomy Ma... Wed, 4 May 2011 12:32:50 EST Who is wearing who out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4208403 I wore him out today. Pest control came and sprayed house and we had to stay out 2 hours. Before that, I ran around the house putting things in plastic bags. <BR> <BR> Being the over achiever that I am, I stayed away 3 hours. Came back tied Rudy outside and opened the windows to air the house out for an hour and swept and cleaned all food surfaces. Had put lots of things in the big black trash bags so they would not get sprayed. Now washing a few things. Took him for long walk then ca... Tue, 3 May 2011 21:36:38 EST Son, Rudy and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4202919 Rudy, granddog and I slept most of the day in between walks. It is getting hot here in FL. I have been remembering plastic bags and cell phone but realize I better start wearing a hat and make sure I have my keys. Good thing hubby home today. Not feeling very hungry and forcing the water. <BR> <BR> Thought you all would like to see Rudy. He obeys commands, "sit, heel, stay, down, etc. <BR> " He did not even try to chase the squirrels nor ducks we saw on our walk. Such a sweet dog and ... Sun, 1 May 2011 18:23:53 EST Now that I am tied up with doctor visits, treatments and future surgeries I get job offers. Bummer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201165 The biggest bummer is that I have been wanting a full-time job since 2008 with no success. Now that I am busy with Doctor visits, 2 more surgeries in the future for reconstruction and chemo treatment have had 3 people call out of the blue and offer me some very good opportunities. Have had to turn them down. <BR> <BR> One was working with 4 year olds and I didn't think I needed to be around them while on treatment. I love working with them but they are often sick and are just learning ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 21:46:27 EST Day 2 after 1st chemo treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201087 Today, Hubby and I drove 3 hours to son's house to get granddog. Then drove 3 hours back. Part doberman and part german sheppard. He is a great big gentle giant. Will be babysitting for the next 3 weeks. Most likely will be 4 weeks. I don't want to drive that far by myself so will wait till weekend when hubby can go with me. Son's vehicles are older and don't trust driving too far from home. He was willing to meet us half way, but I didn't want to worry about him breaking down. <BR> <BR> I t... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 21:12:00 EST 1st day after first chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4199476 Was told I might not be able to sleep pumped up on the prednesone. I slept like a baby. Never had any nausea and did not get around to getting the pills until 3pm today. Took one then as we were going out to eat. I had only had lots of water and 4 oz of plain yogurt until we went out to a new place called Square 1 Burgers and Grill. Can get different kinds of beer and mixed drinks. I got water and the SRQ Dog. Maybe not the best choice but that was what I wanted. I ate the whole thing... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:02:22 EST Decision made and first treatment today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4197592 Had first Chemotherapy today. Was thinking only seeing Doctor to get more details on chemo. Then call on voice mail last night to remind me of dr appointment and first treatment. Called and asked what I needed to bring first thing this morning. Also called cousin who has just finished her chemo treatments. Drank 32 oz water before treatment and working on last 32 oz. Took book, blanket, yogurt snack and my last bone density report which they had not yet received. One down and three to go. So ... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:31:38 EST Are the side effects worth it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4177673 Saw Dr. Silver this morning and got the results on the OncotypeDx results from Genomic Health in Redwood City, CA. <BR> 1. Breast Cancer recurrence Score = 23 which puts me in the Intermediate Risk Range. <BR> 2. If I only take Tamoxifen, I will have a 15% chance of distant recurrence (means metastasizes to another area of my body meaning the cancer would then be considered Stage 4). Or, an 85% chance of living for 10 years. <BR> 3. With Tamoxifen and chemotherapy, I will have a 10% chanc... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:00:06 EST OncotypeDx report back--see oncologist tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4175273 Hi Friends, <BR> Got a call from my oncologist. She got the report back from the OncotypeDX testing. She asked if I wanted to come in early to get the results. My original appointment was for April 28. I will go in tomorrow morning at 8:45. Hubby is going with me. She said I am one of those folks who are sitting in the middle of the fence concerning chemotherapy treatment. I had hoped since nothing was found in my lymph nodes, that I would only have to do the hormone blocker for estrog... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:40:21 EST Doing Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4120599 Came home Wednesday at 3:00. Feeling great but not good enough to run race or clean house. Doctor called. Tumor was 1.2 centimeters. No cancer cells found in final lymph node exams. Stage 1. Thanking my Heavenly Father for the good report. Will see my doctor on Tuesday to go over the pathology report and decided on the next steps. Falling asleep at the keyboard, so better go back to bed, Don't want to risk falling on my head! <BR> <BR> Thank you ... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 23:14:38 EST Surgery report--back home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113819 Hi all, <BR> Surgery went well. Only took general surgeon 2 hours and plastic surgeon an additional hour. Was not as bad as I had anticipated. Feeling really great but not so good if I bend over or stretch too far. Will be sleeping proped up in new recliner. <BR> <BR> Praise God and give Him thanks. Took out 2 lymph nodes and no cancer was found in the preliminary pathology tests within either lymph node. Additional tests will be done on the lymph nodes and the breast tissue. Pray th... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:38:21 EST Asking for Prayers--Surgery Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4109287 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> Today is launch day. Right breast mastectomy for invasive ductal carcinoma. Praying for no lymph node involvement and that God will guide the surgeons and their assistants. Asking for blessings for each person praying for me today as well as for each person at the hospital who cares for me today. Praying for safe travel for my sister who is coming to be with me. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your care, concern and support. <BR> <BR> Calling this launch day since it ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 07:43:35 EST Most Cancer Patients Should Not Take Multivitamin with Iron or Iron Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4104435 I recently attended two presentations by a nutritionist at my local Cancer Support Community. At both, she mentioned that most cancer patients should not take multivitamins with iron nor iron supplements unless prescribed by your doctor (usually for anemia). So look for multivitamins that do not contain iron. As with any medical issues, check with your doctor first before taking any supplements or over the counter medicaitons. I had been searching for the reasons but not finding much inf... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 09:32:14 EST A NEW TWIST TO PURSE SNATCHING -- Please keep your purses on you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102548 This is a new twist on purse snatching. After mine was taken out of my shopping cart, I now wear a fanny pack. I am amazed at the number of women who continue to be careless even after I share my story about my purse being taken from the shopping cart in the very same store. <BR> <BR> Women, we can't be too careful. I am saddened that we can not trust or help others in this day and age. Please keep your purses on your body. Even strapping it in with the baby belt would not have helped... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 09:10:04 EST Pen and Paper Can Keep Your Mind Sharp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4078084 This is a quote from The Art of Manliness. I get their newsletters and find them informative. <BR> <BR> You can visit the web page at <link>artofmanliness.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> By scanning the brain, researchers have found that writing by hand improves memory, cognitive activity, and the expression of ideas. Because writing by hand involves making multiple strokes to form letters as opposed to simply pressing a key, it activates and lights up different parts of the brain. That’s wh... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 07:14:27 EST Detaching from Ego http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4074600 The following is from a newsletter I get from Dr. Ben Kim. Here is the link to the article: <BR> <BR> <link>drbenkim.com/detaching-from-ego.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Dr. Kim says, "The more we detach from our egos, the greater potential we have to experience peace." This is what detaching from ego means to Dr. Kim: <BR> <BR> It means when someone intentionally or unintentionally criticizes or insults me, deep down, I don't feel terribly wounded because everyone is entitled to an op... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 22:14:49 EST Hidden Veggies Help Diners Shed Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4071660 Hidden Veggies Help Diners Shed Pounds <BR> <BR> Adding puréed vegetables to entrees reduces the number of calories the meals pack without sacrificing texture or taste, according to Pennsylvania State University researchers who tried it on unsuspecting study subjects. <BR> <BR> Using "stealth vegetables" to pad dishes provided a double helping of dietary benefit, the University Park group reports, because some of the participants more than doubled their intake of fiber- and vitamin-packed v... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 22:23:05 EST Tips for shutting down Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4069821 Shut down depression before <BR> it shuts down your immune system <BR> <BR> The following are suggestions and you should check with your doctor before using any of them, especially if you have any medical conditions. The following came from an email newsletter I receive from: <BR> Cancer Defeated <BR> PO Box 1076, <BR> Lexington, VA 24450 <BR> <BR> Depression can be overcome. The following 10 tips are meant to help. However, for long-term or severe bouts of depression, you should seek p... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 08:09:32 EST Surgery to be scheduled and me with hair 3/4/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4067036 Hey Girlfriends, <BR> Here is a picture of me with hair taken this evening at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe. Will send an update in about 6 weeks of me bald. <BR> <BR> Will have date of surgery by Wednesday of next week. It will take about 6 phone calls to schedule with both doctors, Sarasota Memorial Breast Center, Pre-op registration, nuclear radiation and the surgery room. The show is on the road at last. Ken and I will meet with Dr. Shulman on Monday to go over paperwork and pre and p... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 20:33:13 EST Would You Believe--Same Store in the Daylight--Hold on to your purse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4056511 On February 19, my purse was stolen out of my grocery cart at 7:30 p.m. by a woman with long blond hair. This past Sunday, February 27, I was in the same grocery store after church at 1:30 p.m. As I started shopping, I heard a woman scream and an announcement for one of the store managers. I did not want to get in the way or in the middle of the commotion, so I continued shopping. As I was checking out, I asked what all the commotion was about earlier. <BR> <BR> Guess what. A woman wi... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 07:52:59 EST Purse Stolen out of shopping cart--Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031848 1. Hold on to your purse. I usually do but for some reason this time did not. <BR> 2. Carry only minimum cards and ID information <BR> 3. Make a list of credit cards and store account cards you have in your purse or wallet and keep in a safe place at home. <BR> 4. Make a list of all your credit cards and store accounts that you do not carry and keep in a safe place at home. <BR> 5. Be more aware of people around you. <BR> 6. Stay at home at night and do not go shopping by myself at ni... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 08:41:19 EST Breast Cancer--Update and Changing Surgeons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4024497 Here is latest update. I had not been comfortable with level of communication with the first surgeon I was referred to. After doing a lot of asking around, finally one name surfaced to the top for this area's breast surgeon. There is not one surgeon who specializes in breast surgery in this area. Have to go to Ft. Myers or Tampa. I did find one in Sarasota that primarily does breast surgery but he also does some other surgeries as well. <BR> <BR> Met him yesterday and was impressed fro... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:48:41 EST Breast Cancer--First Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3968099 This is more detail of the assembly line. <BR> <BR> On November 24, 2010, I had a mammogram. I had not had one in two and a half years. The technician lectured me and I was feeling: <BR> 1. That does not motivate me to come back for several more years. <BR> 2. Why is she so upset? <BR> 3. When I decide to get another mammogram, it will not be here. <BR> <BR> A few days later, the nurse at my doctor's office calls to say they want more pictures. When questioned she does not have an... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 06:56:27 EST Breast Cancer--Assembly Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3968096 I am feeling as if I have been placed on the Breast Cancer Assembly Line and someone else is controlling the conveyor belt: <BR> <BR> Stop 1 get on the conveyor belt. <BR> Stop 2 get second mammogram. <BR> Stop 3 get an ultra sound. <BR> Stop 4 see the surgeon. <BR> Stop 5 get a biopsy. <BR> Stop 6 be stamped defective with cancer and be scheduled for a MRI. <BR> Stop 7 go back to breast center to have incision checked and take two mammogram pictures. <BR> Stop 8 go back to surgeon and let h... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 06:53:35 EST Breast Cancer--Motivation to Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3968060 I joined Spark People in July 2008. I have very seldom posted blogs. The reason? I just did not have any thing overwhelming that I wanted to say. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, January 24, 2011, I learned I have breast cancer. Now my brain is spinning. There are so many feelings that want to be expressed. Those of you who decide to read my blogs will be exposed to my Breast Cancer Journey. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 06:15:20 EST Just For Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3952753 Survey about me - Sylvia! <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? <BR> 11:15 a.m. Hubby is using desk top desk to study so I couldn't get on computer and must have needed the sleep. <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? <BR> Medium Rare <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> So long ago, I can't remember. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? <BR> Dr. Oz <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? <BR> Gainesville... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 12:48:17 EST Broccoli Brownies and Sneaking Vegetables in Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943068 Having trouble getting your children or spouse to eat vegetables? Here is a link to five recipes such as Broccoli Brownies, Zucchini Cupcakes, Spinach Sandwich Cookies: <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/5-veggi<BR>es-disguised-as-desserts-2421814/#phot<BR>oViewer=5 </link> <BR> <BR> I came across this and wanted to share it. I recently read a comment on one of the Weight Watcher's forums where a mother said she could not get her children to eat vegetables. I shared with ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:05:38 EST Portion Control? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3895667 Why is it that I find it so hard to practice portion control when I cook my own meals? <BR> <BR> I like making one pot meals (soups, stews and casseroles). I come from a long line of southern cooks who "eyeball" their measurements. The only time I really follow a recipe is when I am baking (and I no longer do much of that). Without measuring, it is hard to figure out the calories or WW points. And then, what size and how many servings was in the dish? That is hard to tell unless, I meas... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 07:18:08 EST Starting Over for the Last Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804082 Today I rejoined Weight Watchers. I also joined a fitness club. Fellow Spark People, butterflyemerge, is my role model. We both joined WW about the same time earlier this year. I only half heartedly played at weight loss and did not even try exercising. I watched butterflyemerge, follow her plan consistently and with determination. I loved reading her blogs along her journey and really miss her insights and ways of painting pictures with words. She has reached her goal, is in maintenan... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:48:46 EST The Time Has Come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3752307 The Time Has Indeed Come! <BR> <BR> For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest was to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform ... ... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:45:58 EST Pumpkin Patties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3705465 I have not tried these yet but often make Salmon Patties. Posting here to try later this week. I also have not tried the pumpkin chili yet but will be trying it when the weather cools here in Florida. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> • 2 slices firm sandwich bread, crumbled <BR> • Several leaves of fresh Italian parsley, chopped <BR> • 1/2 cup fine, dry bread crumbs, plus extra for coating <BR> • 3/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar or Monterey Jack <BR> • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil <BR> • 3/4 c... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 13:11:43 EST Pumpkin Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704135 Pumpkin Turkey Chili <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 10 Minutes <BR> Cook Time: 20 Minutes <BR> Ready In: 30 Minutes <BR> Servings: 6 <BR> "A chili for autumn! Turkey, pumpkin, and traditional chili ingredients go together well in this spicy concoction." <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 tablespoon vegetable oil <BR> 1 cup chopped onion <BR> 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper <BR> 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> 1 pound ground turkey, beef or chicken <BR> (or may s... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:38:36 EST Craving Fresh & Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3369721 I am a savory person and have been craving fresh and green foods. A friend was talking about non-salad salad. In a recent Spark email, there was a recipe for Cold Cucumber Soup. I made this years ago and loved it but had lost the recipe. I did not get a birthday present from hubby (long story), nor did I treat myself. There is a point to all this background. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday I went to Wal-Mart to treat myself to one of those "Bullet" personal sized blenders. I did not find any e... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:07:24 EST What I Did Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280894 I went to my Weight Watcher meeting, then to Subway to try their new Western Omlette sandwich. Then I went to Bradenton Beach. There are trees and benches under them. I swam from 10:00 to noon. Then I showered off and read a book until 5:00 pm. In between, I talked to some nice folks sitting near me. At 5:00 I went back in the water for another 2 hours. Got out at 7:00, showered and dried off. Sat and watched the sun go down over the Gulf of Mexico. Today the water was crystal clear.... Sat, 29 May 2010 22:15:03 EST Have a Safe Memorial Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279148 Nothing new to report. Nothing really planned for this weekend. Will spend time remembering my father, who was a disabled WWII veteran. My parent's wedding anniversary was May 25. They would have been married 64 years. Dad died of lung cancer at age 65 in 1983. Mom died of heart/diabetes at age 67 in 1995. I am claiming their siblings genes as they all lived up to their late 80s and 90s. Sat, 29 May 2010 08:35:41 EST Clay Balls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3185197 Got this in an email. Think I have seen it before but it resonated with me after reading another person's blog about Beauty. <BR> <BR> Clay Balls <BR> A man was exploring caves by the Seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the bea... Sun, 2 May 2010 11:59:36 EST Soluble Fiber vs Insoluble Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3176610 Lately, I have had fiber on my mind. Why is it that some fibers cause gas and others are not as bad? I was also wondering about soluble and insoluble fiber and found this article. I found it interesting and wanted to share with my friends. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fiber 101: <BR> Soluble Fiber vs Insoluble Fiber <BR> <BR> Written by Gloria Tsang, RD of HealthCastle.com <BR> Published in November 2005 <BR> <BR> <BR> Benefits of Fiber <BR> <BR> (HealthCastle.com) We all know the ben... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:00:10 EST Just P.U.S.H. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3115739 I haven't seen this one before, but I thought it was awesome enough to share. Just keep pushing <BR> <BR> Subject: Just P.U.S.H. <BR> <BR> A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with <BR> light and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and <BR> showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man <BR> was to push against the rock with all his might. <BR> <BR> So, this the man did, day after day. For m... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 18:44:19 EST Guidance--This is a must read if you like to dance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2960870 I copied this from an email sent to me by my sister. I just wish I knew how to download the animated picture that went with it. <BR> <BR> G U I D A N C E <BR> This is amazing that someone <BR> even thought of this! <BR> <BR> Dancing With God <BR> When I meditated on the word Guidance, <BR> I kept seeing "dance" at the end of the word. <BR> I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing. <BR> When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. <BR> The movement doesn't flow... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 07:22:22 EST