TUBLADY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TUBLADY TUBLADY'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/ Cat Waylays Foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035427 Here's a photo of my Artistic black cat. He sits in the corner by the front door . I use him sometimes to hold the door open. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5ed7b19-2f04-4567-a451-68a0c9a05214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Somehow by accident I caught my right foot in the whiskers , injuring my toes. Needed a few stiches and some recovery time. <BR> <BR> Warning, I have ugly feet. My big toe is smaller than other toes. Trait that runs in the family. <BR> <BR> Here's how feet look t... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:48:08 EST Days of My Life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009855 I live in the beautiful state of Oregon. <BR> This last week we had a terrible senseless mass killing in Roseburg. <BR> Roseburg is south of Salem, about 170 miles. <BR> The first craft show I do every year is in Roseburg. <BR> as I watched the announcer's on TV, one couldn't help but see the beautiful background . It's a beautiful country, tranquil and very friendly. Now it's suffering, we all are suffering. <BR> It hit me very hard. I had a few rough days. Finally had to turn off the... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:30:33 EST Nostalgic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935325 At certain times I get very nostalgic about the past and what I remember as being so yummy and tasty I want to recreate it. <BR> <BR> My Grams strawberry shortcake with home made sweet biscuits and heavy whipped cream, served with loads of fresh picked strawberries. <BR> <BR> I picked the berries at Greens Bridge Gardens on Tuesday. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18f35662-6e95-40c8-bf12-01908bfcaeee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted the sweet biscuits Gram used to make. <BR> None ... Wed, 27 May 2015 19:04:51 EST FIVE Years, Still Here, Going Strong. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930125 Thank you Spark <BR> Thank you Spark Friends. <BR> Thanks to all Spark members who I have interacted with during my five year journey here on Spark. <BR> <BR> I was already working on my weight loss on May. 17. 2010. Sitting in my office staring at a list of support groups my dietitian had given me to contact. Spark was not one of them. <BR> I happened to glance at a stack of magazines I was giving away. Top one was Good Housekeeping. I didn't think I had looked at it. <BR> When I open... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:22:12 EST Normal ??? What's That ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920315 Normal is an Adjective. <BR> <BR> 1. conforming to the standaed or common type, usual, not abnormal, regular, natural. <BR> <BR> 2. serving to establish a standard <BR> <BR> 3. psychology: if we take this as normal <BR> a. approximately average in psychological trait, as intelligence, personality or <BR> emotional adjustment. <BR> b. free from metal disorder, sane. <BR> <BR> Normal as a noun. <BR> <BR> a. the average or same <BR> b. the standard or type. <BR> <BR> No... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:13:19 EST Spent More Than Usual. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915985 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138681565.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1914346634.jpg"> <BR> As some of you know I design and sell jewelry. <BR> I had a three day craft show last month. During that show I realized that I had to reconfigure how I set up my booth. It was getting too crowded. Also sometimes I don't have three open sides . That means I have to have some displays that go up not out. Customers have to enter into the booth area. <BR... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:02:35 EST Chic Thrifty Shopper. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908320 You know I am a Thrift Store shopper. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l479237581.jpg"> Money doesn't grow on trees. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1868608652.jpg"> I have a very chic wardrobe. and almost every piece came from a Thrift Shop. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1143183150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have blogged and posted photos of earlier finds. I have shopped so much I find that I don't need much... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:23:50 EST Walk in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898824 I try to walk everyday. <BR> My walking buddy is Titan. My little adorable Yorkie <BR> I live in a suburban area, nice streets and areas to walk in. <BR> Most days we head out to the park. <BR> This is one of our favorite ,Woodmanssee. <BR> Yesterday , it was cool and rainy. <BR> I had to go to the store, took Titan, he loves to ride. It doesn't matter where we are going, he's ready. <BR> When I came out of the store the rain had stopped and since I was only a few blocks from Woodmanssee, d... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:36:24 EST RENEWED,REFRESHED,I'M STILL DOING MY THING. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896544 The last six months have been rough. <BR> Emotional. financial, difficulties created turmoil, depression in my life. <BR> There was one week where I could hardly get out of bed. <BR> I just didn't want to deal with all that was happening. <BR> I'm a very private person. <BR> I never discuss much about my personal life. <BR> But when I felt my life was falling apart. I needed to talk to someone. <BR> I kept asking myself why? Why is all this happening? <BR> I chose to pray , ask God for gu... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:08:07 EST Disappointment..But Life Goes On!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873956 I have been so preoccupied with my different ailments that have seemed to shadow my life relentlessly. I have failed to notice the speed at which the calendar is speeding through the days. <BR> <BR> Back in October I spoke with Lisa Maxbauer, a writer with First for Women magazine. She was interested in doing an article on weight loss. One that stressed the importance of vitamin D. <BR> Which my Doctor absolutely says is very important in the obesity, weight loss program. <BR> When a pers... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:00:54 EST Lost in Translation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823343 Wong Chow calls into work and says" I can't come in, sick, got headache,stomach ache, legs hurt, I no work." <BR> <BR> The boss says," You know Wong, I really need you today. When I feel sick like you do, I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex. That makes everything better and I go to work. You try that." <BR> <BR> Two hours later Wong calls again. <BR> <BR> "Boss I do what you say and I feel great. I be at work soon. Boss ,you sure got a nice home. <BR> <BR> The End. <BR> <BR> Hop... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:19:17 EST A Dog's Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820702 A guy is driving around the back woods of Virginia and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty style house:"Talking Dog For Sale." He knocks on the door and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. <BR> <BR> The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966247479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> " You talk." he asks. <BR> <BR> "Yep," the Lab replies. <BR> <BR> After the guy recovers fr... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:02:26 EST It's Never Too Late. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816815 Here I am at 68, 335 lbs, . 235 lbs, after 100 lbs loss. Then goal 135 lbs. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1339868069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I embarked on this weight loss, some women I knew thought I was wasting my time. I should lose a little, but don't try to go back to who I was before the weight gain. After all the time had passed. I should accept that women change, we get old. gain weight, hormones change. I would only make myself miserable when I realized I was figh... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:03:45 EST Tisha's Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808379 Here's what the Trick or Treater's see when the come to my place. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1995293574.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l272799191.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1520932252.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455918543.jpg"> <BR> These are out side and some in office window. <BR> Oh don't forget the candy. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1007291445.jpg"> <BR>... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:58:56 EST Summer Almost Over, So Far.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765544 Summer 2014 is coming to an end. <BR> The unwritten rule is after Labor day, summer 's over. <BR> It probably seems like that. With kids back in school. Most summer vacations over. <BR> It's really the time I like to vacation. Crowds down and weather comfortable. The extreme hot season passed. But all likely hood i'll stay close to home. <BR> Not as interested in flying anywhere these days. Too complicated. <BR> Wouldn't mind taking a train trip. <BR> <BR> When I was in grade school the te... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:28:35 EST Summerfest Art in the Park 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748899 Some of you might have seen my comments in friends feed about my working to create more jewelry for my Art in the Park show. <BR> It was this past Sunday, July 27, 2014. <BR> This is the seventh year I have been admitted. <BR> There were a few years I didn't apply. <BR> There were a few years I never thought I would be able health wise to participate in doing a show. <BR> I was so obese, it was impossible for me to get around. Since I am single, there was no one to help me set up and tea... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:28:23 EST Health Risk Assessment, And A Few Thrift Finds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735507 A couple of times a year, I have to fill out a Health Risk Assessment. It gives my insurance company a better understanding of what care I might need. <BR> It starts out with :"In general what would you say your health is?" <BR> Excellent...Very Good...Good...Fair...Poor. <BR> July 2014, Very good. <BR> July 2009, POOR <BR> <BR> Compared o a year ago: <BR> Much better...Slightly better...About the same...Slightly worse..much worse.? <BR> July 2014, Slightly better <BR> July 2009, MUCH WORSE.... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:37:48 EST What do you think is the healthiest food to eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710508 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564205001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I think the healthiest food is a humongous, homemade sandwich because it's healthy and delicious. Mostly because it's good." Grade 5. <BR> <BR> The question ,"What do you think is the heathiest food", was asked to grade school children , Pre-K through 6th grade. <BR> One wonders if it reflects what they eat or just think is healthy. <BR> <BR> "I think chicken nuggets because you dip it into sweet and sour sauce... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:58:47 EST Dress For LESS and Have FUN!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672104 With age comes wisdom. Or at least that's what we hear. <BR> I have come to believe it's true in how much I spend on fashion. <BR> Or maybe it's the fact that I can't afford to spend thousands like I once did. <BR> <BR> I really believe it's because I have come to realize that you don't need to dress in designer clothes. Most people can't tell, after all the label is on the inside. <BR> Unless its a designer handbag, and then it could be a fake. <BR> Women feel the need to ware designer c... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:37:26 EST A to Z , What it Means to ME. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626489 Ever so often the A to Z blogs are posted .. I always like to read them,for it gives me more insight to the member. <BR> After reading Tina's a few days ago I though I'd see just what the letters meant to me. <BR> Here Goes: <BR> <BR> A, Apples (have to be cold, crisp, sweet, juicy) <BR> <BR> B. Beaches. ( Hot, sunny or cool, windy, both have charm.) <BR> <BR> C. Clothes. (No brainier, I am a clothes horse.) <BR> <BR> D. Dogs. ( Have had a dog or multi dogs most of my life.) <BR> <BR> E... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:39:16 EST Bling-Bling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621660 Bling , Bling <BR> Noun: <BR> 1. expensive and flashy jewelry, clothing, or other possessions. <BR> 2. the flaunting of such possessions or the flashy lifestyle associated. <BR> <BR> Adjective: <BR> 3. Flashy;ostentatious. <BR> <BR> Verb: (used without object) <BR> 4. to flaunt one's material wealth; live in a flashy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> verb (used with object) <BR> 5. to dress or adorn in a flashy way; Bling up your wardrobe! <BR> <BR> Word Origin and History. <BR> Bling also Bling Bli... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:18:30 EST Good Till Year 2021. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607344 That's when I will have to renew my drivers license. <BR> I had to get a new one as the old one expired on my birthday, Dec. 19, 2013. <BR> I had the old one since 2005. Here's a look at me back then. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l940119480.jpg"> <BR> I was obese , about 258 lbs, but listed my weight as 240. I couldn't bring myself to write an amount over 250. At that weight no one can tell the difference anyway. Of course I was to go on to 350 before I took control of m... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:55:03 EST Milestone Event of 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592543 It's been some time since I wrote a Spark blog. <BR> There have been times I thought about a blog. <BR> The fantastic time I had last July doing an outdoor craft show for the first time in 6 years. It was a great day for me to return to selling my jewelry at a craft fair. One where I had to set up a canopy and tables in a grassy 15 x 15 foot area. <BR> Where I had to unload bins, boxes and create a selling area that showcased my jewelry to attract the passing potential customers. <BR> I h... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:23:12 EST The Unofficial End of Summer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470884 Labor Day that's what many consider the end of summer. <BR> Memorial Day was the beginning. <BR> School usually ends at Memorial Day and starts after Labor Day. <BR> Although there are exceptions. I read where some states had to let kids out of classes due to extreme hot weather. Seems some states start school early, but they have no A/C and the temperatures were in the 90's., ouch!!!. <BR> I think all schools should start after labor Day. Give the kids summer , all of summer. Just my opin... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:08:28 EST Summertime and the Living is Easy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407448 Oh , how I wish that was true. <BR> Summer brings nicer weather. Great cookouts. Camping. Vacation from school. Sometime that is not a blessing, according to parents. <BR> Summer also brings us the fact that the year is half over and the realization that time is going too fast. <BR> Summer also has it's down side, like forest fires. the tragic death and injuries of fire fighters . People lose their homes. Animals are displaced , some parish. <BR> The extreme heat causes the elderly the fra... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:04:20 EST Be Thankful For What You Have.!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334117 Someday I am overwhelmed by the beauty that I see as I go outside and take in all that nature is offering. <BR> <BR> To begin with I live in a beautiful country. The Pacific Northwest reflects what some call Gods Country. Majestic green forests, sprawling rolling fields, blue skies, clean air, vast expanse of the might Pacific Ocean. That's just the west part of the state of Oregon. <BR> <BR> I live in the Willamette Valley, between the coast and the cascade mountain range. Believe me w... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:18:20 EST Chisel, Muscle,Sizzle Fat !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263856 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1740841234.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l693114307.jpg"> <BR> This is Coach Nicole's Total Body Sculpting DVD. <BR> <BR> Most of you know me as a die hard exerciser. I am also a certified Gym Rat. <BR> I have been attending the gym for over two years , usually five or six days a week. <BR> When not at the gym or on days I can't make it I work out at home. <BR> <BR> One day in December I heard a knock at the door... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:05:34 EST Three Years, One Month ,Three Weeks and Counting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257962 That is the length of time I have been on my weight loss fitness journey. <BR> <BR> When I think back on the time that has passes, it doesn't seem very long. <BR> But what has transpired in that time has been life changing. <BR> <BR> On January, 1, 2010, I started a weight loss journey that would test my strength and determine whether I would have more productive years to live. <BR> I weighted 335 pounds. I suffered from high blood pressure. Was pre-=diabetic. I had to use a C-Pap machine... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:47:34 EST ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175282 <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Through out my life what I have wanted for Christmas has changed. <BR> <BR> As a child growing up during the 2nd world war years, out in the country on a farm, with no electricity, no TV, far from city stores. Our Christmas wish list was from the catalogues that arrived in the mail . The Sears and Roebucks, and Montgomery Wards wish book... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:17:11 EST Have My Cake and Eat It Too.!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172355 No , not the whole cake, <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84512608.jpg"> <BR> This beautiful Spice cake has 555 calories per serving, It serves 16. 74 gr. carbs and 57 gr. of sugar. This cake is not welcome in my house. Unless there are enough people to eat it and then I would have only a small piece. <BR> <BR> I celebrated my 71st birthday this week. I had cake , had no regrets, for it was a small square, less than 200 calories. But gave me the taste and satisfied... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:20:59 EST Is It Luck? Or Being At The Right Place, Right Time.??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136703 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1187450668.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Five years ago I had become so obese and disabled I <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1127488431.jpg">could no longer get up the steps into my home. We talked of a ramp, and some remodeling, but in the end I wanted to sell and move into an apartment set up for handicap person. <BR> <BR> Found the apartment I now live in. Sold most of my furniture, as it was too much for a small apartment. <BR>... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:28:38 EST Back Flips Never Were My Thing!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124021 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749847826.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1609338648.jpg">What a gorgeous day . Warm , 73*, blue sky, a few white fluffy clouds, hard to believe it's November 4th. <BR> I just came in after a nice walk with Titan, my little Terrier dog. <BR> When we walked this morning it was nice, but still needed a light jacket. How the weather changed in a short time. I kidded with my neighbor, better not get any warmer, I'v... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:06:33 EST MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094204 WILL YOU JOIN THE OCTOBER 27 ACTION ? <BR> <BR> Make A Difference Day is America's largest annual day of volunteering. <BR> Saturday, October 27, 2012. <BR> Millions of us will help our communities. <BR> We will help our neighbor hood. <BR> We will better our environment. <BR> <BR> To me interacting with people in need is much more than a monetary donation. <BR> You can feel their need. These are people who have been written off. You realize that sometimes the difference between somebody... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:26:41 EST Anticipation ,Expectation !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089378 When I started my weight loss I anticipated losing weight. I just didn't know how much. <BR> I didn't know what to expect. I knew I would not look like the image I had in my mind. For that image was of me looking fit and younger something like this one taken in 1987. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l732083169.jpg"> <BR> When I became obese, I took down all the mirrors in my house and refused to see myself in any full length mirror. Sometimes I would catch a glimpse of... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 21:04:53 EST Queen of Bargains. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007232 Today started out OK. <BR> I had a good night sleep, although my shoulder was stiff this morning. <BR> My sprained ankle seemed better. I taped and wrapped it and went out for a 2 mile walk with my walking buddy, Titan. <BR> Got back and prepared to go to the gym. I felt I could do most of my circuit training and water aerobics. <BR> Just as I was leaving the apartment, my business phone rang. One of the men that's works for my business had jammed a nail into his head. He was under a jacuz... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 20:11:17 EST I AM MY MOM ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005694 Some of you might know I moved to Salem, Or. from Miami Beach, Fl. in 1995. <BR> I thought I could retire, but some stock losses and a big business loss, had me looking for work. <BR> I went to work at a large department store, in the ladies department selling on commission. Needless to say I was a top notch super sales women. Earning top commissions and getting recognized as the sales person of the month numerous times. The store would name a women and a man. The same man would usu... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 20:26:24 EST What's Going On. !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988017 What is better than thrift store prices, FREE!!!. <BR> I walked with Titan this morning and when I went to the garbage/waste area to get rid of the junk mail I had just gotten, I saw this in the bin. <BR> It's a Toastmaster, Breadmakers Hearth. Breadmakers & Cook Oven. Has a timer, temp.. Controls for Bread, Oven, Toast. Really nice. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l732209710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I put Titan in the house and went back out and managed to get it up out of th... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:59:36 EST Low-Fat Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Nut Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979655 The last couple of weeks I have been making do without the use of my right hand. <BR> I had surgery on my thumb joint. I intend to blog and fill you in on what's been going on and how things are, but not this blog. <BR> This is the fabulously rich yet healthy blueberry/banana/nut/oat bread that I made today. This recipe was adapted from Weight Watchers. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25440433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Low-Fat Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Nut Bread. <BR> <BR> 1... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 19:26:49 EST Top 10 Things I Am Grateful For. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950970 Well I am going to follow other members and list the top ten things in my life that I am grateful for right now. <BR> I love some, I like some, I am happy about some. But most of all I am grateful. <BR> There is no order to these 10, other than this first one. It is #1. <BR> <BR> 1. The most important thing that I am grateful for right now is "I'm here". <BR> You think why is that? <BR> You see a little over two and a half years ago my doctor told me I probably <BR> had a cou... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 21:33:56 EST Positive Attitude and Friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925385 I pride myself on being a positive thinking women. Usually very up beat. <BR> There was a time that I wasn't. During my most morbidly obese years, I had lost hope. Negativity , doubt, and despair had found a home with in me. I had no positive thoughts, hopes, desires for a better life. I had given up, I was accepting my fate. I was worn down, no more fight left. <BR> Then I was given a second chance. A life line was thrown my way, I had the good sense to grab it and hang on for dear ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:51:37 EST Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915081 On Friday June 1, I had carpel tunnel surgery on the right hand. <BR> The surgery was quick and went very well. <BR> I was in at 8:30 , released at 11:00. <BR> Spent the weekend recovering at my BF's. <BR> Am able to do almost everything I normaly do. What I miss is going to the gym, doing my workouts. I have been walking, doing my daily pilates and Zumba to keep me active. <BR> If I am not doing some form of exercise I feel like a slug. Can almost feel the pounds creep back on. <BR> Tita... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 16:51:39 EST 279 POUNDS, I WAS SO HAPPY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901575 That was from my blog on Memorial Day, May, 29, 2010. <BR> I had weighted and was 54 lbs down from my starting weight. I was so excited to be in the 270's now I could work on the next 10 lbs and get to the 260's. <BR> That's how I worked at losing, 10 lbs at a time. I didn't set weekly goals. That is too easy to set yourself up for disappointment. Whatever I lost was good. Then when I got to the 10 lbs. gone, I would treat myself to some reward. Never food. <BR> I looked up my Memorial... Mon, 28 May 2012 17:44:56 EST Thank You Spark for TWO Years. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886191 There are dates in our lives that are very meaningful to us. Our wedding day, the births of our children. Perhaps the day we graduated collage. <BR> This date, May, 17, 2010, I remember as a turning point in my life. <BR> My weight was 285 pounds on that day. <BR> I had been keeping a journal of my weight loss and all foods I was eating. <BR> I had started my weight loss on January 1, 2010 at 335 pounds. <BR> I was on the biggest journey of my life ,trying the best I could. But I n... Thu, 17 May 2012 18:41:19 EST GOOD INTENTIONS...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878933 are not enough. You have to follow through. If all we do is think about what we want to do, or need to do , even if we make lists and plans , we have to put the work in to make those intentions happen. <BR> I started this week out with the best of good intentions. <BR> I was going to plant some veggies and flowers. <BR> Last Saturday I bought 2 Geranium plants. I had one from last year. <BR> On Monday I went to the store and got 3 tomato plants. Some basil, thyme and rosemary. And four ... Sun, 13 May 2012 00:35:08 EST One Day Of Food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873042 I usually don't do food blogs. But when I was eating this Greek inspired salad today I <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l574364169.jpg">though why not share it with you. <BR> 2 cups Spring Salad Mix. <BR> 2 oz chicken breast, diced. <BR> 1 tomato <BR> 1, 4 inch piece of English cucumber sliced <BR> 4 large black olives, sliced <BR> 2 ,4 inch pieces of hearts of palm.( Optional ) <BR> 2 or 3 thin slices of red onion <BR> 1 oz. feta cheese <BR> 4 cubes of croutons. <BR>... Tue, 8 May 2012 21:53:45 EST Yesterday is a Memory. Today is My Tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850292 When I was in this shape and for the next year even after losing over 100 pounds I need these items to get around. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l988264384.jpg"> <BR> This little sturdy <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287816119.jpg">walker was the one I put by the tub to help me get out without falling. <BR> It was compact, folded up, didn't have wheels , so no worry about it rolling out from my grasp. <BR> I used this larger walker, with front wheel an... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:22:54 EST M & M, It Isn't What You Think. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833961 Maintenance and Maintaining. <BR> Thirteen weeks of maintenance and I have varied from my goal weight of 135 by only a few lbs one way or the other. I set a range of 135 to 140. I even got down to 133 for a few days. But have never went past 138. <BR> I still track my food everyday. Try to stick with the food I list. If I vary off by much I will change what I ate that day. <BR> I always stay at the low range of my calories. That way I am giving myself a little room for something une... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:39:34 EST Easter Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823777 As a child growing up I always looked forward to Easter. <BR> We were raised in a religious home. Attended church every Sunday. <BR> The week before Easter my Grandmother took me and usually my sister who was usually staying with us, to town and we got our Easter outfit. New dress and shoes. And back in those days we wore Easter bonnets too. <BR> You see back then we had Sunday church clothes. School clothes and just plain older play or work clothes. And don't let Grandma catch us pla... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:37:00 EST Disproportional Divide Between the Sexes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822263 Let me begin by stating unequivocally that I am for equality among the sexes. <BR> I believe every person should have the right to hold any job that they are qualified to do. <BR> Every person should receive equal pay for that job. <BR> There should be equal education for all. <BR> With that said, that is about as far as the equality among the sexes goes, especially what society perceives as acceptable appearance. <BR> Here's an example: <BR> When a man gains a little weight, he's called ... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 18:06:47 EST MURPHY'S LAW !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820758 Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." <BR> Today was one of those days, things seems to go wrong right and left. <BR> <BR> I usually look forward to Wednesday. The week is half over and most of the difficult business work is out of the way. <BR> This morning I was feeling a little like time is passing to fast. I want it to slow down. <BR> Although I know I can't do anything about it. Just take each day as they come and make the best out of them. <BR> I got up a little l... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 19:03:57 EST