VINGRAM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VINGRAM VINGRAM'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 am NOT a morning person! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705922 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1279881896.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Going to escort a vet today on his way to Honor Flight. Woo hoo! Thu, 29 May 2014 10:10:44 EST SP Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705382 Got to have a lovely lunch with my SP friend while in KC. Also got to meet her husband. Enjoyed it Irene! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l631742790.jpg"> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:04:15 EST Five grand girls with grandma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695252 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484540109.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love, love spending time with these little girls! Wed, 14 May 2014 22:24:15 EST Got a new toy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675054 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330831316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's called a stallion. It's classified as a motorcycle but has features of a car. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:40 EST Lazy....again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668299 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006701109.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is pretty much me these days! <em>198</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:42:15 EST Motorcycle ride today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663700 <BR> The Legion Riders from American Legion Post #202 led the Honor Flight for some of the patriots of The Greatest Generation as they left on an Honor Flight to Washington D. C. to visit the World War 11 Memorial. What an honor to participate in this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1389893027.jpg"> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:10:46 EST Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662637 Read this in a devotional today......thought it applicable to me with weight. My priorities are skewed! <BR> <BR> Friend to Friend <BR> <BR> Balance always requires a fierce and ruthless examination of priorities. Our true priorities are not mere lists of activities completed or goals set, but candid reflections of our heart desires. What we deem important receives the most time, energy, attention and resources. The importance of right and balanced priorities is illustrated by the life of ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:36:40 EST Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646429 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1834685838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yep....my bad decisions have me right back to square one! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:42:59 EST Valentine Pic 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627700 As you can plainly see, I have gained a bunch!!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831809085.jpg"> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:49:20 EST Band 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625715 Back at it....I think this my 5th year to play with the kids in our local university band. Fun, fun! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620172743.jpg"> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:13:29 EST Day 300 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619564 Diet is non-existent, but I am celebrating day 300 without a real cigarette. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781561791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 15:48:11 EST DH 78th birthday and snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613574 Celebrated dh birthday Thurs-Sat! Then today we had snow! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367105491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l598373064.jpg">what a busy weekend! <BR> <BR> He is 78 and going strong! Mon, 3 Feb 2014 01:10:08 EST Explanation of sleep apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601165 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562369994.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Basically, it forces air so I don't stop breathing. The slep test showed I did stop. Very hard on your heart. Kern, you asked.... <BR> <BR> Sleeping better! Getting up earlier and more rested! <em>244</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:23:35 EST Sleep apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596861 A lot of years ago I was diagnosed with apnea. Used the machine for awhile, then quit. Subsequently, a year or so ago, had an overnight oxygen level test done. Put on oxygen at night. Changed docs. New doc said low oxygen caused by apnea and oxygen would do no good. <BR> <BR> New apnea machine received yesterday. They have definitely improved. Much smaller and quieter. DH says I had a "much quieter" night. Don't feel any different. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:39:25 EST Organization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593474 I'm a pretty organized person. My house is always picked up. My clothes are put where they need to be. However, when it comes to meal planning I am terrible! So, I'm going to try to start planning meals ahead of time instead of sitting around going okay what are we going to have for dinner tonight? wish me luck! <BR> <BR> I have a Sparkpeople recipe in the crockpot as we speak for porkchops and cream of mushroom soup.... <em>249</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:16:08 EST I lost some!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592190 Don't know how, but I lost almost 4 lbs!! <em>334</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:37:40 EST Oldest granddaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590166 My oldest has my smile, my blue eyes and freckles. Each of the 5 are so different but very sweet. Their mom home schools them. I cannot express how much I love them! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Do have sleep apnea....yeah...I just love getting older....NOT! <em>198</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:26:11 EST Profile and this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589263 Changing profile pic again. I like this one better. <BR> <BR> Mon massage. <BR> Tues hair cut and sleep study <BR> Weds finished sleep study <BR> Thurs to Plano with friends for doc appt for them <BR> Today my doc appt knee shot <BR> Today dh pick up our new washer from sears <BR> <BR> Whew....I'm tired!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l640602950.jpg"> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:25:07 EST Profile pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583304 Just changed profile pic to this.... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367175763.jpg"> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:02:37 EST Collage for the end of 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576608 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1486290590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My son and his family..... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:32:15 EST Me with granddaughter, Miranda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572644 My sons oldest daughter, Who will be 12 tomorrow.. <BR> ll <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1813260303.jpg">be 12 tomorrow. Love, love this young lady! <BR> <BR> And I am WELL!! Finally, a few days before Christmas... <em>244</em> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:23:41 EST Still sick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563223 Finally gave up and went back to doc today. Head full of gunk. Second and stronger antibiotic for 2 weeks....ugh.... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1640279959.jpg"> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:54:59 EST Vacation cut short http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542799 The plan was to go to KS, then TN, then <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1788027152.jpg">MS for visits with family. Got sick while in KS and came back home. Upper respiratory gunk. Antibiotics, fluids, rest, blah, blah! Not a happy camper! Here are my girls with a neighbor boy. Good visit until I crapped out! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:10:44 EST Veterans Day parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530140 The Veterans Day parade with a week early. We had our choice of riding with the patriot guard or the American Legion. Today we chose the Legion, for no particular reason. <BR> <BR> Here we are on the gold wing..... me and my favorite vet! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1676809621.jpg"> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 14:52:17 EST Pics from stand down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529580 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1801885071.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182821211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1117724975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:55:12 EST Stand down report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529461 We had a rather low turnout, but this was our 1st year to do, so we considered it a success. The vets were appreciative of the free food (they paid for it in full by serving our country). We served breakfast and lunch, provided benefits counseling, hair cuts....all kinds of stuff! <BR> <BR> We have a local Air Force base. They provided additional volunteers. <BR> <BR> Now on to tomorrow......an early Veterans Day parade. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My dh is retired USAF. We are so bles... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:26:24 EST Veterans stand down tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528667 Eek!! I have to be there at 0600!!!!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l761659072.jpg"> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:00:42 EST Comparisons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526135 " a foolish comparison, but all comparisons are. Yet don’t we do it all the time? If only I was like her. . . if only I had a house like hers, a husband like hers, a job like hers . . . if only my children behaved like hers . . . If only ________, then I’d feel significant . . . satisfied . . . secure. ". Copied from Rene Swope <BR> <BR> Guilty of this....... <em>198</em> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 03:28:29 EST Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526106 Today, October 29th, is both National Oatmeal Day and International Internet Day. Just thought I'd share this invaluable info! <BR> <BR> I absolutely HATE oatmeal, so I won't be celebrating it. <BR> <BR> Internet? You bet....love it!! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:14:33 EST Please let the spark stay alive!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525574 The mind is a funny thing to comprehend. The last time I was losing weight I was weighing in on Saturday. This time i changed to Monday. It seems to make me more aware of what I'm eating on the weekend. <BR> <BR> Two more pounds down this week!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The spark is alive and well.... Please please let it keep burning!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799741374.jpg"> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:23:02 EST Short and sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524875 Saw Jacksgran post...short and sweet. <BR> <BR> I'm in that kind of mood, too, so here's mine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327374630.jpg"> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:33:02 EST AM or PM ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523073 In the same way a radio has AM and FM frequencies, so do our thoughts. They are either AM (against me) thoughts or FM (for me) thoughts. The truth is, we are often our worst critics and have a lot of AM thoughts. And if our thoughts are against us, our feelings will be too. Credit to Renee Swope! <BR> <BR> From a devotional this morning....wanted to share! <BR> <BR> One more day of success. One day at a time....slow and steady!! <BR> <BR> How do you like my new helmet? <img src="http... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:27:05 EST Two more...and 100 points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519360 Happy happy Monday! I am tracking food again. I know it works. How did I let myself regain 70 lbs? Make that 62......down 8 since I began tracking again!! Yes, even counting out the number of nuts.....whole almonds....24.....160 calories! <BR> <BR> And.....100 points on the wheel... <em>244</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:57:46 EST First time blog in 1.5 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513740 Think I am finally back on track. Two lbs down last week, 4 this week. Since I had regained the 70 I lost, I have a long way to go....but it's a start....AGAIN! Tracking food is a total pain, but a necessary pain! <BR> <BR> For all the new Over 60's peeps....you have picked a great team!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1537992220.jpg"> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:19:00 EST A funny story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470760 I have been sleeping 12 to 14 hours a day for several months. I was beginning to think I needed a psychiatrist. The second option was that I had something seriously wrong. Then my computer crashed. What does one have to do with the other? <BR> <BR> I had to re-create my medicine list. Found out I was taking a medication that had two different names but was the same med. I've been overdosing four months!!! <BR> <BR> Taking the prescribed dose now. I'm slowly waking up from my fog!... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:09:23 EST One more month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447784 My program is non-existent! <BR> <BR> We have taken up riding with the Patriot Guard Riders...dh bought a 3 wheel Honda Gold Wing. I'm not afraid of it like I was the 2 wheeled Harley! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1693524244.jpg"> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:44:06 EST New curtains 6 Jul 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412452 Some of you know I am a smiley face person. Got new curtains for the smile room! Woo hoo! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095718657.jpg"> <em>213</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 14:30:51 EST Gained on the cruise....surprise? NOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381296 Gained about 3.5 lbs....not too bad considering all we ate! Yes, there was a gym on board. Never saw it! Too busy being entertained, napping, and eating!!! <BR> <BR> Here's another pic from the trip.... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l70718945.jpg"> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:20:45 EST Cruise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379054 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518952396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friend, dh, and me....cruise last week....Honduras, Belize, Cozumel on the Carnival Magic from Galveston. Totally spoiled! <em>104</em> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 11:26:17 EST I'm still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366995 F8cone8 reminded me with her blog that I hadn't done one in almost a month! My DILs dad passed away and we have had her, my son, and 5 little girls....son stayed 1 wk, the rest are still here. They go back Sunday. 2 yr old twins are exhausting! <BR> <BR> Still here. Had a very down period for a couple of months, sleeping 12 plus hrs a day and doing NOTHING. Better now. Helps that summer is on its way here in N TX. <BR> <BR> I do log on every day and look around, even if I don't po... Fri, 24 May 2013 19:26:13 EST On my fridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344396 Just wanted you to see what's on my fridge.... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1975063943.jpg"> Fri, 3 May 2013 12:48:34 EST New profile pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341079 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1330648485.jpg">Honesty is good for the soul....so here I am as of May 2013. <em>198</em> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:02:05 EST A - Z Quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245327 From Claire to Maritimer to me - here are my answers.......this is a cool quiz! <BR> <BR> A - Available or Married - Married <BR> B - Book reading - now 2 of them: Addictions, A Banquet to the Grave and Full Disclosure <BR> C - Cake or pie or cookies - COOKIES <BR> D - Drink - Sobe and Coffee <BR> E - Essential item - glasses, phone, iPad, cigarettes <BR> F - Fav color - blue <BR> G - Game to play/watch - Words with Friends (iPad) <BR> H - Hometown - Greeneville, Tennessee <BR> I - Indulgen... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:44:35 EST Oops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238767 Good intentions. Was going back to water aerobics today. Operative word WAS. Slept right thru em. Oops! <em>198</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:09:55 EST Hello February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233520 I have a total of 104 points today, counting thus blog! <BR> <BR> Now......to get the eating under control! <em>198</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 16:49:14 EST It's that time of year.......band has started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222113 Love, love this time of year......band practice with the local university has begun for 2013! Mon, Weds, and Fri, don't even look for me.....I'm there! <BR> <BR> For those of you with band experience, you will understand the caption on the shirt: <BR> <BR> "Last chair is better than no chair at all." <BR> <BR> That's me.....last chair.......and LOVING IT! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329355093.jpg"> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:38:06 EST Released from ortho http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218854 Had last appt w ortho doc yesterday. A couple more character scars and limited movement ....probably forever. But hey, who cares? I can do almost everything I need. T do now, so I'm happy! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1817582479.jpg"> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:51:26 EST New gadget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210905 All of you probably have one of these, but I just one and I love it! Makes apples in slices in one swift move! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2089720706.jpg"> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:38:51 EST Square I love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195219 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l677321668.jpg"> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:42:12 EST Christmas gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195217 What a treasure! A friend gave this quilt to us for Christmas....she made it! So beautiful. One square is especially funny/true for me! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l340138964.jpg"> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:41:08 EST