TERI99's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TERI99 TERI99'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/ I Would Never Have Imagined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4076542 In a million years, I would never have imagined that I would miss exercise. Having spent the better part of the first 45 years of my life as the proverbial couch potato, I could never have dreamed that at some point if I were told that I could NOT exercise I would miss it. But here I am. I have still not gotten clearance from the spine specialist to do any sort of exercise but walking (slowly, mind you!) My muscles are losing their tone, and menopausal gravity is taking a real toll on my ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 15:25:52 EST Here We Go Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3883815 Well, I swore that my yo-yo would stop going up and down.....but I guess I lied. I saw it start to creep back up, but instead of stopping it, I watched. And now, I am right back where I started when I first came to SP, having packed those ten pounds right back on again. Looking back, it is almost like I was determined to gain them, as I mindlessly ate cookie after cookie. Sometimes I think, especially over the holidays, that I just have to get sick of the sugar to want to walk away from i... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:40:23 EST A New Appreciation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3742732 I know I've been scarce lately. Partly it is incredible busyness. But partly it is because I have been really struggling with back issues for the past two months. I finally went for an MRI and found out that I have a bulging disc and arthritis in by lower back. I'm not really surprised; I think I've had the arthritis for years, but when I injured my back a couple months ago, it has really flared up, and relief has been elusive. So my exercise has been lacking lately. It is amazing how fa... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 22:27:00 EST But I Don't Want To... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3588068 To quote a phrase of my Spark friend Susie, "you gotta wanna." Oh so true. And I do want to stay healthy. I do want to fit in my clothing and be comfortable. I do want to be fit and feel strong. But...lately, I also want to eat dessert, and stay in the AC and be cool. I don't find myself wanting to think about every bite I eat. I don't want to go outside and sweat bullets while I take my walk, or weed my garden (if you can call that bed of weeds a garden!) I don't even want to stay i... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:13:04 EST I'm Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3421540 Just a quick note to my friends to say that I am still here, checking in each day and trying to keep up. Life has been quite busy, and I haven't spent quite as much time here interacting, but I'm still thinking of you and praying that you staying on track. Still checking your blogs, though you may have noticed my responses are a bit shorter. <BR> <BR> As my caretaking job ended, I find that God has opened many new doors for opportunities, all of which are pointing me to some long range g... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 21:19:09 EST Grief=Fitness Rollercoaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3366047 Just a brief word here. <BR> <BR> Grief. One day I have no appetite and have to force myself to eat. The next, my house is full of meals and sweets brought by friends to make life easier. A blessing because the last thing we feel like doing is cooking, but then there are all those cookies sitting there, just waiting to be eaten mindlessly. And of course the exercise consists of plans, sorting through belongings, driving to another state, writing eulogies...obviously nothing more aerobi... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:15:52 EST Butterflies Are Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3334818 We all know that caterpillars crawling on the leaves in a garden become winged beauty in the form of butterflies. How amazing to think that such a stunning creature was once so very different in form; from crawling to flight. The caterpillar eats plant leaves for nourishment, shedding layers of skin as it grows. As the weather cools, the caterpillar creates a hardened case around itself, which protects it from harsh weather, and becomes a chrysalis or pupa. Within this protective shell, th... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:08:23 EST She's Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3328836 Many of you know that I retired in the winter to care for my mother-in-law. I believe that it was a gift to both of us, as we grew very close in the time we spent together, sharing much of our hearts. Yesterday, without a struggle, she suffered a massive stroke and went home to be with the Lord. We are rejoicing for her, that she is no longer suffering so many physical ailments (all of which she dealt with graciously and positively,) and that she is today with Jesus. She was ready to see ... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 06:50:14 EST I Never Promised You a Rose Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3326702 As promised, here are some pictures of the lovely garden that I visited with my parents last week. It was a perfect weather day: blue sky, 70s with no humidity, breezy, sunny. And roses upon roses! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l352097517.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l33073701.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l852380172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 10:33:47 EST Too Many Restaurants, Too Little Movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3325720 I had a lovely visit with my parents this week, though I am glad to be home. Save breakfast, we ate out twice a day; my parents just love restaurant eating. The servers all know them, which was kind of fun; and we actually did a fairly decent job of eating healthy throughout the week. Still, I ate more than I normally would, I know. And I did splurge and have eggplant parmesan one night -- yes, it was fried. The worst part was that the only times we were actually moving was the morning we... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:34:27 EST A Week Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3308609 I'm off to visit my parents for the week. I look forward to having some quiet time to spend with them, talking, shopping, relaxing. My parents tend to eat most of their meals except breakfast out; my mom just doesn't cook much anymore. So eating this week will be my challenge, along with trying to get some fitness minutes, other than shopping (I can hardly count that!) I might be able to coerce one of my parents into a walk, but likely I'll have to steal away on my own now and then. My m... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 09:00:13 EST Maintaining vs. Losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3300634 Why is it so much easier to focus when the goal is to lose? Is it the lessening number on the scale that provides such a rush? Is it the eyes fixed on the prize at the end that makes those healthy choices so much more important. I've been in maintenance, fairly successfully, for almost six months. My weight fluctuates within about a three pound range, which is normal for me. But the longer I am in this place, the easier I am finding it to make excuses. <BR> <BR> "It's a special occasion;... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 13:59:28 EST Let Us Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279298 As we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, let us remember that it was not originally set aside as a weekend to have cookouts and picnics with friends, or even to have a long weekend to kick off the summer. Originally called Decoration Day, it was first celebrated on May 30, 1868, with the purpose of commemorating those who died in service during the Civil War by decorating the graves of those fallen soldiers. It did not become an official federal holiday in the U.S. until 1971, to be celeb... Sat, 29 May 2010 09:35:15 EST The ABCs of me (or a good blog to do when lazy and out of ideas) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3273357 Please feel free to make this your own on your blog! I got it from GEODAWG and SUSIEMILO, who got it from Dianne. <BR> <BR> A - Age: 51, for another 3 weeks <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: King; actually my own twin, pushed next to hubby's twin: together with our own space! <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: It would be easier to list a chore I like, but I can't really think of one. The one I hate most is probably dusting. It makes me sneeze. <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Honey; the best golden retrieve... Thu, 27 May 2010 10:48:31 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3257371 I've had a busy week and have spent less time here on Spark, and I realized that I haven't blogged all week. I have been checking in each day but not as active. Still thinking of you all, though! I'm doing fairly well on my program; I've crept up one pound, but I always have about a 3 pound range, and I'm still on the lower end. My eating has been on track, even without using the nutrition tracker each day. I've been very active, especially in the garden, but I have been slipping at the ... Sat, 22 May 2010 17:12:26 EST The Journey May Be Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3232488 I received this in an email today, and I thought I would share it with you. I loved the message in these pictures. Life is certainly not always easy, but there is a reason, and we are not alone. May God bless each of your journeys. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l155076052.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l98069222.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l421067237.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 15 May 2010 12:58:03 EST The Shirt Ironing Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3226555 My poor husband went to work today wearing his last shirt on his back. When I retired, I happily (or so I thought) declared that to save money at the cleaners, I would iron his shirts for him. He has this crazy thing about wanting a starched crease down the sleeves. While I was working, he took them to the laundry because of the time issue, even though I don't mind ironing. It really does take a chunk of time. If he wasn't the gem he is (who loves to cook and make my coffee even though ... Thu, 13 May 2010 15:48:02 EST Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3213485 What a delightful day yesterday. My husband had my breakfast ready for me when I came downstairs - a mushroom and Swiss cheese egg-white omelet with a piece of whole wheat toast and coffee. He doesn't even drink coffee, but he makes it for me on Sunday mornings. After church, our house was the gathering place. Both our mothers were here, my brothers and my husband's brother, all of our children except my son who is stationed overseas (but we talked to him on the phone,) and my daughter's f... Mon, 10 May 2010 09:44:49 EST Numerical Payoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3200382 Yesterday, I had my physical exam, including the first full blood work-up in way too long. Since I am basically healthy, I tend to let going to the doctor slide a bit, though I always stay on top of my yearly gyn exams/tests. Now that I'm into that "golden" decade (50+) I figured it was time to stop putting off the regular checkups, and act my age. <BR> <BR> Happily, the benefits of eating a healthy diet really do pay off. All of the numbers on my report were within range. Overall cholest... Thu, 6 May 2010 08:20:47 EST My Experiment: Checkup #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3188130 A week of not logging food, but I'm still as mindful of my food choices as ever. My weight has stayed the same, I am happy to say. With all the gardening I've been doing, I know that I'm burning plenty of calories, and so I am balancing the occasional splurge - like my ice cream during my walk in the park last week. <BR> <BR> I pretty much eat the same thing for breakfast and have a couple of options that I choose from for lunch when I am at home, so I always know that if I don't stray t... Mon, 3 May 2010 08:46:08 EST A Walk in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3181843 Thursday was a stunningly beautiful day. I took my son's girlfriend to lunch and then we walked through the park just soaking in the vitamin D. Ahhh... <BR> <BR> Our walk took us by a creek that has been redesigned for flood control. There are several small walking bridges over the creek. The first was laden with ivy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l837464290.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sky was such a breathtaking blue that I had to snap these tree blossoms overhe... Sat, 1 May 2010 10:02:52 EST Experiment Revision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3166022 Thanks to all who responded to my blog yesterday. It gave me cause to think. I still feel that my biggest problem is staying on track with the exercise on a regular basis. However, I know that they do go hand in hand. I think that perhaps instead of jumping off the food track totally for a month, I'll take Lee's suggestion as try it a week at a time. I do tend to be pretty tuned in to what I'm eating, and if I feel like I'm sneaking too many extras in that aren't being balanced with exer... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 08:48:56 EST An Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3161745 I have been doing better with my food intake and have managed to maintain my weight loss successfully for about 4 months now. I'm going to try to stop logging my food and see what happens, still being mindful of my eating, but without logging each meal. I have been getting a bit lax about it, logging only a couple meals each day but not always the whole day. Have I learned enough to be able to sustain my success without the accountability of logging everything, or even anything I eat? Can... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:45:11 EST Tiller Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3156017 This morning my husband and I were working around the yard. I wanted to till up an area of the yard for a vegetable garden, something I'd had to give up for the last few years due to too many time constraints. Now that I'm retired, I am looking forward to tomatoes, peppers, squash, etc. My husband got the tiller out to see if it was in working order, as it hadn't been used for some five years. Believe it or not, the first pull started the tiller to humming! <BR> <BR> One of the things I ... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 14:31:29 EST Teri, Teri, quite contrary. How does your garden grow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3129280 Since retiring, I have more time to work in my gardens during these lovely spring days. I love the flowers, just blooming and showing signs of rebirth after a long winter. The tiny green shoots of the perennials peeking through the ground are signs of beauty to come. So magnificent! <BR> <BR> Last spring was tumultuous time. My mother-in-law was in the hospital and rehab for over 3 months, and then we had to move her into assisted living. As a result, my garden suffered -- no mulch, litt... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 10:11:40 EST A word of thanks buried in a LONG rant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3119355 Since becoming the primary caretaker for my mother-in-law, I have learned a substantial amount about the medical system and how it doesn't always work. I have met innumerable doctors, nurses, hospital and facility administrators, and therapists. For the most part, all work hard and care deeply about the patients they are serving. Indeed, all are overworked and most likely underpaid, though that is an assumption on my part. Sadly, however, the demands of the system of state regulations, no... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 15:23:22 EST Sleep and Pedometers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3102506 Well, after two nights, I caught up on my sleep last night. Slept like a log for about 10 hours. Ahhh...what a difference those zzzz's make! <BR> <BR> Thanks to GEODAWG's post a few days ago, I realized there is a tool here on Spark that I had never taken advantage of. I had a pedometer that measures miles that I would use, but it didn't count steps. So based on the advice of many posts and research, I bought an Omron, which measures steps, miles, and aerobic activity minutes. Maybe I d... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 10:49:24 EST Early Morning Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3098237 So yesterday while I was at the grocery store, I used a Starbuck's gift card to get some iced coffee. Venti. (Fancy Italian way to say large.) While she's making it, the girl said she usually puts fours shots in a venti, but she has this extra one; would that be too strong for me? I love strong coffee, so I said it was fine. I could always add a little milk. Then I asked if I'd remembered to tell her to make it decaf. Whoops! She was willing to remake the coffee, but it was my mistake;... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 05:16:24 EST A Day in DC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3088299 Well, the cherry blossoms had passed their prime, but on such a stunning spring day, who could complain? Up close, the cherry trees still sported pretty blossoms, as you can see here in this shot of the Washington Monumnt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494187347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There were actually as many petals on the ground as there were on the trees. It almost looked like it was snowing cherry blossom petals! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 19:00:58 EST Cherry Blossoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3081275 No time today for an official "workout." I will however, be on my feet and walking all day. It's been over 40 years since I went to DC to see the cherry blossoms in bloom, but today I will rectify that. Along with WAY too many tourists, I am heading into the city with my camera to spend the day taking pictures. I'm not sure how many calories that will burn, (and I'm sure fighting the crowds ought to be worth some!) but I am looking forward to a day with a friend and our cameras! <BR> <BR... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 08:45:09 EST God's Son Has Made Me Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3075667 One of the things I love the most about being a singer is that I always have a song in my head. This morning, my "brain music" is one of the songs we are singing in church tomorrow morning. I decided to research the poem, which is even better than the song lyrics. I thought I would share it with my Spark friends. I wish you all the most blessed of Easter celebrations! <BR> <BR> God's Son Has Made Me Free <BR> <BR> God's son has made me free <BR> from Satan's tyranny, <BR> from sin and sha... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 10:21:16 EST March Madness - Goal Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3068224 Well, it was an admirable goal. I did spend a good bit of time in my office/sewing room. Alas, it is not reorganized, which I thought would be possible in a month. I WAS successful at tidying up the room and getting some small semblance of order in there. But as I unearthed projects that I began several years ago, I found myself stuck: do I put them away, thus never to be finished, or do I work through the piles, completing the projects I love and giving away the ones I've lost interest o... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 08:58:23 EST Ribbon Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3064421 No real wisdom or wit here. I just thought I'd share a picture of the roses I'm trying to learn how to make out of french wired ribbon. It's quite the challenge for me to roll the ribbon loose enough to simulate the beauty of a real rose. I tend to want to wind the ribbon too tightly. I wonder if that says something about me?!? Maybe I need to loosen up a bit! <BR> <BR> Anyway, here are my three best efforts, ready to be appliqued onto a quilt block. The bottom was my last, and best ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:03:23 EST The Battle of the Azaleas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3033835 I have been battling dead bushes. They have put up quite a fight, feeling quite comfortable and at home in the front garden where they have resided for almost 20 years. For the last five years, segments of these bushes have been dying, and I have nurtured them and pruned the dead growth hoping to bring them back to health. They have finally reached the point of no return. Hence, the battle. <BR> <BR> Azaleas put down some serious roots. I would dig and pry, then yank to get the plant to... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:15:55 EST Tennis, Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019466 My son's girlfriend asked me if I play tennis; she wanted someone to play with her. Now, she is very athletic, coaches basketball and softball, and she even taught tennis for the rec center last year. The last time I played tennis was in junior high school (that's what they called middle school back in my day,) and the only thing I was really good at was chasing the balls that I missed. But she said she just wanted to hit the ball, not have a competitive game. I bravely (gulp!) told her t... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:11:34 EST What a difference a week makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3016846 Last week I took a walk and was amazed by the juxtaposition of winter and spring. One side of the street was covered with snow, the other side was grass, albeit a bit brown. Crocuses were in bloom beside a mound of snow. <BR> <BR> Today, I took a walk and was amazed by the change...crocuses, daffodils, green grass; not one sign of winter. The sky was an azure blue that could never exist except in God's glorious sky. <BR> <BR> It dawned on me that last week, I was struggling in my own w... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:02:02 EST Thanks for forgetting your glasses!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3012385 So I went to the doctor for my yearly exam today, and as I’m checking out and getting a referral for my mammogram, the woman says, “Have you had a mammogram before?” <BR> <BR> I look around to see who she’s talking to. “Um, yes, I’ve been doing this for years!” <BR> <BR> “Well, I had to check your chart; I wasn’t sure you were old enough to be getting mammograms.” Is she serious? There is no one else in line. Then she ices the cake: “I hope I look just like you when I’m your age!” <B... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:52:40 EST The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3001304 The Good – There are way too many to list them all, but here are the top few. <BR> <BR> • My faith in God, who loves me, saved me, and never leaves me to face anything alone. I take enormous comfort in the fact that He carries me through any hardship and helps me learn and grow through those experiences, and that His blessings abound in my life. <BR> • My husband, who is my best friend and greatest human supporter and encourager. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t make me laugh! We have suc... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:16:57 EST “You’re turning Violet, Violet!” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2992721 In the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka states that “It always goes wrong when we come to the dessert. Always.” Some days I feel that way. I can eat healthy foods all day long, but put those desserts out, and I’m in trouble. Especially if they include chocolate…or blueberry pie. Oh, the temptation!! <BR> <BR> Blueberries. One of my all-time favorite foods. I can eat them just about any way, and I do almost every day: with my cereal, with yogurt, in smoothies, by... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:53:55 EST Single Word Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2988408 Copy and paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. (Seriously!) <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> wonderful! <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> straight <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> sings <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> works <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> beauty <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> school <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> water <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> family <BR> <B... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 17:47:02 EST When Winter Meets Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2983327 Today, I took my camera with me on my walk, as was suggested by some dear friends. I tried to capture the fading of winter as spring is beginning to burst forth. This is a rather unusual year for the Mid-Atlantic, having had about 60 inches of snow over the winter, easily 5 times the norm. Rarely do we still have snow on the ground for months running. What a gift, however, to see the maple trees budding against the backdrop of white snow blankets. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 15:27:11 EST Introspection Can Be Icky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2978871 I found myself challenged today to look inward. I didn’t want to. It is so much easier to hide. I knew I was hiding; I always know when I’m doing it, but I don’t always know why. And I’m not overly fond of the process of figuring out what I’m hiding from. <BR> <BR> I took a long walk today. Just me and God. Long talk. Four miles worth, in fact. I have been really struggling to find motivation lately – to do anything. I force myself to get some exercise, and I try to eat healthy. ... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 16:10:24 EST The Truths Revealed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2956617 1) I have five children who are grown, the youngest being 20. All are in their 20s and only one is still at home, but not for long! Only my youngest is currently dating someone seriously, but they are still in college. Much as would love to have grandchildren to cuddle and spoil, I'm glad the kids are taking their time and waiting to find that "just right" person! I predict my youngest son will be the first to marry, so I may have a while to wait. <BR> <BR> 2) Several years ago, my hus... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 08:18:11 EST Two Truths and a Lie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2951853 It's my turn to jump into this game. Can you guess which one of these statements is not true about me? <BR> <BR> 1) I have five grown children, but I am not a grandma. <BR> <BR> 2) The best cup of coffee I ever drank was on a coffee farm in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. <BR> <BR> 3) My favorite vacation was a ski trip with my husband in the Swiss Alps. <BR> <BR> I'll post my answers tomorrow! Wed, 3 Mar 2010 07:52:35 EST March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2941825 I don't know how, but I managed to weigh in this morning maintaining status quo. It was a rough weekend, food wise. We went out Friday and got ribs, (I was still full the next morning!) and had a big dinner with friends on Saturday night, and again I ate too much, though not as badly as the night before. In addition, I was so busy (or pretending to be) that I didn't get any real workout time in. Last week, instead of my goal of 5 aerobic exercise sessions, I only managed to do 3, though t... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:07:02 EST A Woman's Week at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2934033 I received this as an email and thought is was too good not to share. I laughed until I cried. (I have had to clean it up a bit...) <BR> Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <BR> A WOMAN'S WEEK AT THE GYM <BR> <BR> If you read this without laughing out loud, there is something wrong with you. This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted to get into a regular workout routine <BR> <BR> Dear Diary, <BR> For my birthday this year, I purchased a week of personal training at the local health club. Alt... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 09:19:31 EST Blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2914930 I am sooooo sick of winter. The excessive snow was exciting at first. I've always loved snow. It is beyond beautiful, and I even enjoy the workout of shoveling...up to a point. But after a winter of three blizzards, I'm done. Gray skies, muddy piles of snow on the side of the roads, wind, cold...it all adds up to a gloomy feeling in me. <BR> <BR> I have had the hardest time getting myself up and off my chair this past week. I can't figure out why I am dragging so. I think it must be ... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 20:05:32 EST My "Menopot" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2909735 Every once in a while, my husband gets lured in by an infomercial, especially when fitness equipment is being sold. His latest purchase was a set of intense workout DVDs. We challenged each other to stay with this program for a month and see how we did. Of course, everyone in the video is either a fitness instructor or serious athlete. We, on the other hand, are in our fifties, just trying to be fit. My twenty-year-old athletic son even thinks it’s a great workout. That should have been... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:53:51 EST The Morning After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2851807 Just a few pictures to show the beauty of the snow reflecting the morning sun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/8/b181168579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/7/b471192354.jpg"> <BR> I don't think we'll be having any cookouts on this deck any time soon! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/8/b582032186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/8/b887268973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the beauty! <BR> Most... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 11:36:30 EST Winter Wonderland Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2849539 Okay, so I know I've made it pretty clear that I love snow. I love its beauty and could just sit and watch it fall for hours and be content, enjoying the peaceful quiet that envelopes everything when it is snowing. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/9/b898560475.jpg"> <BR> I love the pure white against the green of the pines. I love the swirling flakes as they fall from the sky. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/9/b596634846.jpg"> <BR> But can there be too mu... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 18:24:31 EST