TEXASLYNN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEXASLYNN TEXASLYNN'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/ Weekend Was Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315949 Saturday, I wanted to eat a house and feel like I did, and Sunday I ate fried chicken. And a yeast roll. And rice with gravy. Should I continue? Probably not, just suffice it to say I strayed. Backtracking and back tracking today but this is going to be a bad week. Wednesday and Thursday I will be at the hospital with Mom getting her pacemaker, finally-TG! - and Friday I will be on an audit. Anyway, I'm doing the best I can and I got in an afternoon of yardwork Saturday with lots of help from... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:52:03 EST Bummer-definitely too much salt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311517 Don't you love it when you step on the scales after being so good only to discover your weight is up - 5 #? I knew my fat little feet indicated some problems. Oh well, I go way down on sodium and way up on water, and weigh again about Saturday with hopefully better results. <BR> <BR> Work is vexing as heck which just makes me want to eat but so far, so good. Next week will be harder as I will have to be on the road a couple of days and Sonic is my favorite food place. Somewhere I have a wee... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:47:06 EST Too Much Salt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310228 Tomorrow is weigh day and my feet swelled up like footballs yesterday and have not come down despite my Lasix dosage. I hate that, knowing I have to weigh tomorrow and it will no doubt be up which is such a huge bummer! I had a smalled serving of mixed nuts yesterday afternoon and some pistachios today which don't help the situation. Hopefully if I drink some extra water the salt will move on out or hey it may just be a poor function day or two. I think I have to see the nephrologist some tim... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:35:00 EST Fell - but not far and not for long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308907 TGEIO or thank goodness Easter is over! but I actually did pretty good. The ham Mom bought was icky with lots of fat. Yes Mom, I really am the best ham-picker in our house. There were enough nice slices for Easter dinner's company but the rest will need to be fried or something, the "or something" probably being frozen until past edible, then tossed. I tripped over the lemon pound cake and the jalapeno cornbread-three slices of one, four of the other but that is as bad as it got and that was ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:01:04 EST Strawberry Shortcake and Yes It Was That Cold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302073 Much warmer this am, only 36 degrees up in the country, 43 on my patio. Out here where the prison is there are no highways, loops, streets to store all the radiant heat so I guess that is why it is so much colder. Some days, I go out and get in the truck thinking I want need a coat and when I get 15 miles up the road I'm glad I have one in the back seat. I don't mind the cold but I'm tired of it being 77 one day and 34 the next night. As if I get a choice! LOL <BR> <BR> Dessert is strawberry... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:29:06 EST Brrr! Icicles for the Easter Bunny? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300851 23 degrees when I got work this morning but no wind, thank goodness. Spoiler Alert: I'm blogging daily as a disciplinary action so this won't be very exciting. : ) <BR> <BR> My back, neck, shoulders are really paining from the extra reps of those exercises so I'm giving myself a day off from them and only doing lower body. I've done one set of each and will get the rest in as I move back and forth from my desk to the printer. <BR> <BR> I still haven't come up with a dessert for Easter but ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:31:44 EST Day 7: Trying to Replan Easter Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299289 It looks like we will have a house full of company for Easter including a bunch of picky, as in vegetables never cross their lips, eaters. My menu is down the drain as the foods of choice seem to be ham, pinto beans, jalapeno cornbread, coleslaw, and pie[s]. Kids usually eat green beans so I'm going to add green beans with new potatoes to the mix. The coleslaw uses a vinaigrette-type dressing so that isn't too dangerous. The pies are going to be my biggest problem: chocolate silk and pina col... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:25:23 EST Wow-Day 6 Here Already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298528 I'm down 1.6 pounds this week-hurrah! Next week's meals, including Easter, are planned and granted, that Easter menu is going to be a tough one. I may just have a slice of ham and strawberries instead of strawberry shortcake. One day at a time though and today has been good. <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day here but cold and windy. Except for watering the greenhouse and checking the heat, I've stayed indoors after returning home from church this morning. For supper, I'm having a big mug of li... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:35:16 EST Bitsee and the Bread Machine; Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297608 Here is my funny for the day: When we remodeled last year, we had custom cabinets built and I asked for a roll out shelf to hold my breadmaker. I've only made bread once since then and Bitsee was too young to notice much then. Today, I decided to make french bread, got my mix ready, loaded the pan into the machine, and cranked 'er up. To keep my nosey girls out of the cabinet, I rolled the shelf back in and closed the doors. When the kneading started, Bitsee went wild. She heard the thumping ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 21:00:14 EST Four-day Streak Despite... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296454 ...major stressors: up all night with sick puppy. My Peanut ate something that didn't agree with her, probably a rancid pecan she dug up from the squirrels' stashes and we played poop games all night. Then, I'm working on my April budget which is a chocolate initiative all by itself. Nearly finished with that. Now for 2012 IRS prep because I've got to make an appt. with the tax lady. Anyway, I squirted one shot of Hershey syrup in my coffee with some sugar-free cream and made a halfway decent... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:13:15 EST Three-Day Streak... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295140 Which to those of you who go for days, weeks, months sounds insignificant but I'm working on a do-over and it has taken me several months to get the mojo moving. I've decided I really don't want to spend $450 to have a lapband adjusted so that I eat less when actually I think it is already working well and it is not how much I eat but what I eat that is kicking my rear. I so very much want to be healthy so I've turned to my best ally, God and prayed for grace to get through just one day. He's... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:38:37 EST Money is a Wonderful Motivator! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292847 After checking with the aftercare clinic and discovering my next lapband adjustment is going to cost a total of $450, I'm asking myself do I really want to give that money to a doctor or would I make a car payment with it? Or the electric bill and two weeks worth of groceries. If Beth can do it with no lapband, can I manage it with the capacity I have until I actually have money going spare to have the band reviewed and/or adjusted? The thoughts kept me righteously on track today I can tell y... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:24:50 EST Blew It Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291630 Started well, did okay at lunch, downhill from there: craved a chocolate cupcake. Ate it. Followed by sausage dip with doritos. Not a lot of it just a few bites but the combo was deadly and I went over my calories a bunch. No more goodies this week. <BR> <BR> Trigger: getting ready for IRS! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:06:25 EST Reprise: Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right? Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288738 Some things are worth repeating so y'all bear with me. <BR> <BR> Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right? Part 2 <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 29, 2010 <BR> <BR> First, let me say thanks to all of you who read my blog yesterday, and give an even bigger thanks to those who responded to it. I hit my lowest weight since surgery today and only need to lose 113.4 more pounds to reach my goal. My butt will probably still look fat when I look at it in the mirror but maybe I won't need a kidney/li... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:03:47 EST Reprise: Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286622 Some things just need to be repeated periodically so here is an oldy from awhile back. Please read with an open mind, no offense is intended to anyone! <BR> <BR> Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right? <BR> Wednesday, July 28, 2010 <BR> Recently, I read a great blog. The blogger had lots of good information and I enjoyed it, told her so, then vexed for a week about one sentence she had written in which she stated she didn't want to go for a bariatric quick fix-no bands or bypasses for t... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:01:45 EST Quote of the Day: "Big shots...only little shots who keep shooting" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285175 Christopher Morley: "Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting" <BR> <BR> Since my college degree is in history, I find myself reading history a lot when I need to order my mind. Weird but there it is. Lately, I'm reading a couple of books that have been so fascinating. "The Last Stand" by Nathaniel Philbrick and "19 Stars" by Edgar Puryear. The first, as you probably guessed, is about Custer, Benteen, Reno and the Native American participants of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. th... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:40:14 EST Philippians 3:14: Keep on truckin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283849 Philippians 3:14 KJV "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." <BR> <BR> The Apostle Paul realized the prize is always in front of us, not behind us, beside us, beneath us. While he was referring to the ultimate prize, salvation, I think any prize is like that - always in front, meaning we can't turn back, we can't look around for anyone else to get it for us, we can't bow our heads in defeat. <BR> <BR> Ergo my paraphrase: Keep on truckin." <BR> <B... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:35:20 EST My Last Blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258809 Wow, I had no idea it had been so long since I posted a blog, about 6 months. Looking back, that has to be one of the most stressful 6 months of my life: two new puppies, a major remodeling, surgery on both hands and one elbow. I didn't quit but admit to gaining 10 pounds, three of which are gone again. When I started, my goal was to lose 150 pounds and I still have a 100 to go. I look at folks like Indygirl and am shamed but inspired. The weight can be lost and I have to keep getting back up... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:33:23 EST Never Ever Give Up! Never Quit! Pledge Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012590 Wednesday, August 08, 2012 <BR> <BR> I Will NEVER Quit! <BR> <BR> Wednesday August 8, 2012 <BR> <BR> Never quit pledge <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 20:29:56 EST Hard Time Getting Back On Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917582 Know how we make excuses not to do stuff? What about the alternative: life really is trying to jam 36 hours into 24 for dats, weeks, months...? That's where I am with literally no time, every minute sucked up with tasks and chores, activities both pleasant and unpleasant, and all absolutely necessary. Sleep is 5 hours on a good night despite knowing not sleeping makes losing weight that much harder. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433132229.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Afte... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 10:59:22 EST Happiness Really is Warm Puppies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893550 Some of you may know/remember that we lost our beautiful Precious Baby in early March, when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with her Grandpop in heaven. Her picture is on my Homepage. It has been almost impossible to make it over the gaping hole her presence left for us but my mom has been quite ill with pulmonary emboli and is only now recovering. <BR> <BR> We were committed to obtaining our next dog children from a rescue or a shelter due to our profound belief that pets are not merch... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:15:42 EST Bummed Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845159 I've been really down for awhile due to ongoing health issues. Now, I'm trying to fight my way back out of the pit, and as we all know, that is a hard position to work from. The job change I made in December has gone better than I could have hoped but the work environment is stressful - hey, it's a maximum security prison! This week has been spent in inservice and I realized during defensive tactics training just how out of shape I had let myself get. Somehow, I have to overcome this bum knee... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:08:28 EST Is Piddling Reserved for Guys? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695234 If you don't read Rick Bragg's monthly article on the last page of Southern Living each month, you're missing some funny stories and some solid Southern philosophy. This month's column is about the male pasttime of piddling. According to Rick, when guys piddle they occupy themselves doing things that have absolutely no value like tinkering with the lawnmower in January, knowing they ain't fixin' ta mow. If they were repairing the snowblower, see, it wouldn't be piddling, it would be a necessa... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:35:53 EST First Big Wardrobe Buying Spree in 3 Years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694056 Three of my BFFs went outlet shopping yesterday and I had a wonderful time at Dress Barn, where I bought nearly $600 in garments on sale fot $250. And used my coupons to get a cute leather bag for $1.15! There was the perfect black sleeveless sheath dress from Jones New York and I bought 6 different jackets to wear with it plus a couple of skirts, a denim jacket, and a couple of tops. It was the biggest wardrobe splurge I'd had since prior to lap band surgery. The best part was when the size ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:34:20 EST Give SP a Break on the "Share" Conspiracy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684805 Y'all, I know most of us are really p.o.'d about the whole thing but it appears to have been an honest mistake. Obviously, some of us are not comfortable about some of the things we've shared and maybe that should be a wakeup call to police ourselves a little more. <BR> <BR> When I went back to work for the prison system, I knew my facebook days were essentially over and now I know I will also have to be more cautious about SP. Let's face it, anyone who wants to know anything about us badly... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:52:56 EST Evening Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682509 Today's Editor's Choice resonated with me. I do so wonderfully well all day then blow it! I can't eat much breakfast and get too busy during the day to think about food until I get home. Then, I'm starved and will eat anything that isn't moving. <BR> <BR> The biggest issue I'm trying to overcome is getting enough protein because that also affects hunger. <BR> <BR> And I'm just rambling so I may as well hush! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:05:31 EST You Have a Lot to Be Thankful For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679810 If you don't live in Nome, Alaska, be thankful! <BR> If you aren't homeless in a city with a serial killer of the homeless, be thankful! <BR> If you slept in a warm house and bed last night, be thankful - and change the sheets so you won't get dust mites! <BR> If you have a Keurig coffee maker and are swigging away at your second cup, be thankful. <BR> If, unlike me, you have all your Christmas decorations taken down - and packed away - be thankful. <BR> If you can attend a house of worship t... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:22:30 EST Made Goal This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666719 To lose the 5 pounds/month I committed to, I have to average 1.25 pounds each week. This week, I got 3.4, hurray! <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:52:26 EST Tired of Maintaining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664118 I'm glad I haven't gained but I'm ready to lose. Maintenance would be a great thing if I was at goal. Who knew it would be so hard to lose weight after you hit your 40s. Supposedly for a woman over 60 has to exercise 60 minutes a day to maintain, and more than 60 to lose. I wonder how many woman over 60 work fulltime and do really well to find 60 minutes to exercise much less the extra it takes to lose. I sure don't. <BR> <BR> My InStrider arrived in the mail this morning and I at least got ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:38:21 EST Disappointed in Myself Yet Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650626 I weighed in this morning for the first time since Thanksgiving. Ewww! I's so disappointed that I've gained 15 pounds since my summer low, when I was coming off pneumonia and eating nothing but cantaloupe and tomatoes. But I was so proud that I actually lost .6 pounds from Monday after Thanksgiving until today. No bragging but I really tried to stay out of the Christmas goodies and did a pretty good job. <BR> <BR> Now, I have to tackle the 122.2 pounds I need to lose to get to goal. Dean And... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:29:00 EST Sappy Blog Day - Read at Your Own Risk : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648424 2012 opened in East Texas with a glorious sunny day. I feel so blessed to have a solid roof over my head, a good job, a new truck to get to it, plenty of clothes to wear, and lots of food on my table with good friends to help me eat it. God has been so good to me; in all the things that matter, I am rich, rich, rich! <BR> <BR> Maybe you can tell: I opened my year by reading the Bible, praying, then exercising. I added a book to my sales inventory, cooked peas to go with my greens, and listen... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:08:10 EST Reflections on 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646396 Since I try to reflect each week on the current accomplishments and goals, maybe I've forgotten some of the the things but these are the two that stand out most: I realized that I was miserable teaching school, and when an opportunity came to return to my old job as an investigator for the prison system, I had the guts to take it. The second thing is that when my dear old mother gave me a big check for Christmas, I didn't spend a single dime of it but banked it and started a savings account. ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:50:42 EST Sometimes Grown-ups Get Do-overs! Mine Starts in One Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610530 I worked as an investigator for the Health Services Division of the Texas prison system for nearly 10 years when I had the brilliant idea to go be a school teacher. Big, big mistake! So a couple of months ago, when a job opened up in the department, a friend encouraged me to interview for it. Generally, they look for folks a lot younger than me so I did a lot of praying and hoping. Low and behold, God gave me a do-over. <BR> <BR> Scared to death and more excited than I've been in 8 years! Sat, 3 Dec 2011 12:05:29 EST Okay, I'm Ready to Get Down to Business! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601000 My second Bandiversary was Nov. 20 and I've persuaded several other people to get banded because of my cheerleading the band. I've talked the talk but what I haven't done is walk the walk. So they're all getting skinny and I'm still fat. My friend, Nancy, is getting banded tomorrow and has already lost 18 pounds. That's my wake-up call, y'all. No more M&Ms, peanut brittle, cheetos, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm about to change jobs, going back to my job as an investigator with the state prison system,... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 09:58:41 EST Industrious Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477479 We haven't had significant rain in 4 months now so I'm watering our sandbox again this weekend. Thank goodness the temps have dropped though. This morning by 9, I had the patio pristine, furniture and rugs vacuumed, Vivaldi on the cd player, a candle in the chiminea, even the storage room where I keep birdseed cleaned out. I've done everything I can do to bring rain except wash the truck and I'm going to do that on the way to church in the morning. <BR> <BR> Once back inside, I started grade... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:23:38 EST So It's Been a Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464732 since I posted last. Unbelievable how fast August went by and we're already 2 weeks into the school year. 34 more to go. I'm almost overwhelmed by the changes although I can't say I'm unhappy with my class - probably the most mellow group I've ever taught - but having duty twice a day, every day, and three times a day on Wednesday and Thursday is very wearing, especially with a planning meeting on Wednesday and a faculty meeting on Thursday. I know my principal is probably as stressed as I am... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 19:33:58 EST Shout-out for SYLPHINPROGRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402372 Thanks for writing, Laurie. <BR> <BR> I've had knee surgery and mostly just haven't been in the mood to spark, reading books and watching movies instead. And I got sort of bummed out because of others. <BR> <BR> It's silly of me but I really set out this summer to connect to other Sparkers because I've seen so many get discouraged and drop out, especially banders or people who had lots of weight to lose. So as I read the blogs and huddle posts, if I saw someone who was really down, I would ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:08:58 EST Not Having a Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4395980 I did so well Thursday that I decided to do errands yesterday and after walking around various stores for a couple of hours, it came to me I'd just had knee surgery. So I'm laying around today and feeling sorry for myself. I seem to have picked up a cold in the interval and I'm sneezing and harking. Hopefully, it's just the anesthesia working its way out of my system but I feel ratty. <BR> <BR> Nothing some flowers and a kind word wouldn't help! Hint, hint! Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:21:47 EST Black Eyes and a Bloody Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392217 I've wondered all morning why both my eyes have circles of purple going to black under them and it just dawned on me the anesthesiologist must've paper-taped my eyelids closed when he intubated me yesterday. Adding to the general crappiness of the day, my knee is still bleeding a little and I'm about to barf from the vicodin and tramadol I have for pain, can't take nsaids, and have already had my two aspirin so my pain relief is confined to this giant ice pack. <BR> <BR> At least Mom is wor... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:07:48 EST Does Someone You Know Suck the Joy Right Out of Living? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4381173 My dear mother is driving me crazy. If I have ever done anything that suited her, I don't know about it. She gives, gives, gives, insists on giving with one hand, and writes in down in a ledger to hold over my head with the other. At the moment she's p.o.'d because I had the unmitigated gall to take issue when she said I spent more on groceries than she would have. Well, yeah I probably did because she wouldn't take the time to cook what I cook. But I did go to the store and buy the food, and... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 14:10:23 EST Celebrating Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380165 It sounds trivial so we keep it to ourselves - are you guilty? While it sounds small, for me leaving the salt shaker on the kitchen stove has been my biggest victory this summer as I stuffed myself with cantaloupe and tomatoes. I love salt and come from a family where it was never stinted on in cooking, at the table. Heck, we would crunch on rock salt used with the ice cream freezer. <BR> My late father would be appalled at the cooking Mom and I do now. <BR> <BR> It wasn't easy. First, I s... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:24:42 EST Really Stressed Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377593 My summer vacation is drawing to a close, 3 weeks left until staff devt. starts and arthroscopic surgery between now and then. It seems like I have stuff to do every day between now and then. The month of June seemed like it was six weeks long and July has seemed like two. I haven't done half the things on my list of stuff to do! <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:16:34 EST Hurray, Another Trophy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366413 Even though I missed tracking several days in June and this month, I've made my next trophy level - with no "tracking ahead" shuck and jive! With school starting in a month, it will probably be Thanksgiving before I make the next level. Guess I'll just give myself a Goodie! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 12:56:50 EST Finally, A Diagnosis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4365078 After stumping around five years, I find that a torn lateral meniscus probably contributed to the breakdown of my knee, which is now bone on bone, fortunately only on one side. It ticks me off that the doctor I saw when I first injured the knee didn't do an MRI and it makes me mad at myself that I didn't insist. Meanwhile, in 4 1/2 months, I get a partial knee replacement and can resume doing a lot of the things I used to enjoy: wearing high heels, going to Canton [First Monday Trade Days - b... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:04:25 EST Tomorrow is the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355676 It seems as though I've waited all summer for tomorrow, when I find out whether I'm going to get a new knee or repairs to the old one. Lord only knows I'm hoping for the latter because I will have to wait another year if a replacement is necessary and the thought of hobbling along like this for another year makes me want to stick my head in a gas oven. Luckily, ours is electric! <BR> <BR> Losing weight has been such a hassle because of not being able to exercise consistently. I think most da... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:25:25 EST Do You Ever Wonder? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349598 About people who can amass 5,000 points or more by the 4th or 5th day each month? Yeah, I've read the blurb on the leaderboard page but let's get real. If you managed to score every single point available every day of the week, and tracked ahead for months at a time, you couldn't get that many points unless you spent all day, every day sparking. What makes it even odder is that you never see where these folks huddle, you never see where they post to a discussion thread, they don't have pictur... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 14:05:58 EST Kind of Like Almond Joy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4347554 ...some days you feel like a blog, some days you don't! Thu, 7 Jul 2011 15:52:37 EST Give Someone a Goodie Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345075 If you're really feeling punky, an almost unfailing way to pick yourself up is to do something nice for someone else. You will give yourself a boost and maybe help them as well. <BR> <BR> I was looking at my Spark Friends page today and noticing that several had apparently fell off the path of their journey. It made me stop to consider whether anything I could have said or done would have encouraged them. <BR> <BR> Whether you have 5 pounds to lose, 55 or 155, it's hard! People disrespect ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 14:44:14 EST Can't Imagine Retiring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342743 I'm already bored with summer vacation, so I can't imagine what it would be like to know you are never going back to work at a job. It's too hot to want to go outside and I don't want to do any of the things I have to do indoors. Gas costs too much for me to spread my errands out and most of my friends are at work. Even if I watched tv, it's all reruns. I've heard all the music I can stand and my family is having a Jerry Springer experience on facebook. What can I do? I'm bbbbooooorrreeedddd... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 14:18:39 EST Hurray for the USA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340792 Hope you are having a rip-roaring 4th! My street is quiet so everyone must have gone to the lake or is conserving their energy for this evening and hoping we will get another cool-down shower. Saturday, we got the shower and the cool; yesterday, we only got thunder and cool but hey every bit helps. <BR> <BR> I cranked myself out of bed at 6 this morning to get my outside watering done before the sun raised its ornery, hot head over the trees. It was nice to harvest a cantaloupe, some cucumb... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 15:44:41 EST