WAGTHEDOG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WAGTHEDOG WAGTHEDOG'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/ Drawbacks of a Perfectionist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213198 Are you a perfectionist? <BR> Definition: a person who is displeased by anything that does not meet very high standards <BR> <BR> Do you have high standards for yourself? Is this your downfall? <BR> <BR> Sometimes I find myself being too critical and not giving myself an inch. I am not satisfied with status quo. I feel that I should be able to lose weight quickly and admonish myself for not staying on track. <BR> <BR> Today, I am thinking that I need to relax a little and give myself so... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:50:56 EST It Never Tasted Soooo Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207221 Well, I am halfway into the third week of my detox and adding back some dairy, sweet potatoes, yams, potatoes, corn, peas, bananas, and starches like grains and rice. They never tasted so good! When you are away from a food for awhile, you tend to gain an appreciation of its natural flavor. The first night I had brown rice, I'd thought I'd died and gone to heaven. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying the increased energy that comes with this program. Cravings are at bay and I am fully satisfied with ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:10:07 EST Start the Year Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197020 Boy, I had no idea that a detox program could feel so good! I am almost done with my second week and I feel wonderful every day. I have also lost a total of eight pounds which makes me feel even better. After years of not being able to lose weight, I am FINALLY able to make the scale go down. This has been a frustration because despite the exercise and eating "right" my weight stayed around the same. I have been working towards losing weight intentionally now for over a year and it is fi... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:24:48 EST Detox Day 7 - Woo Hoo 1 week down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190167 This has been a great week to really think about what I am eating and how I am eating. With this detox program, I realized that even though I was eating about 3 vegetable and 3 fruits a day, it wasn't near enough. Nor was there a big selection of vegetables as I would stick to the same ones. I have ventured out and tried some that I didn't think I would like and don't normally buy. One of these is kale which is great roasted in the oven until crisp with a little olive oil. Another one is... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:15:34 EST Day 4 Detox Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184012 After about three days of headache, I am feeling pretty energetic today. It is day four of the detox program I am using and I can tell that the caffeine, sugars, salt and fats that I have consumed through the holidays has been working against me. <BR> <BR> Sometimes you have to wonder why we do this to ourselves. I mean if you feel better eating fruits and vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats, why do we continue to eat the garbage or not so healthy stuff? I am going to revisit this q... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:57:08 EST Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179898 Well, after the Christmas fun and fest, I felt like I needed to get back on track. Too many Christmas cookies and treats were put before me during this vacation so my husband and I are embarking on a detox program to eliminate caffeine, sugar, salt and anything else harmful from our bodies. This way I figure that we can then begin a new "diet" afterwards but our bodies will be ready for it because all the cravings will be gone and old habits abated. <BR> <BR> We both need to lose the 40-... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 13:44:06 EST Carousel of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149577 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1650574358.jpg"> <BR> While in Colorado for Thanksgiving, I drove up the winding road to Nederland only to get a pleasant surprise. There in the mall of this tiny town of about 1600, there is an indoor carousel. This was an undertaking by a man who only had a music box while serving in the armed forces during the Vietnam era. The music box was one of the things that kept him going so when he returned, he started to carve the animals for t... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:53:08 EST Our Inner Lighthouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827155 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l302827428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just got back from a long vacation at the beaches of Oregon. One thing quite common are the lighthouses along the shoreline. Some are newer and have more updated equipment but the one pictured here is my favorite, the Yaquina Head lighthouse. The lighthouse shines through the night to warn seafaring craft of the rocks that rim the shoreline and to stay away. They are faithful illuminating far out into the da... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 13:51:59 EST Skies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742251 Just watching the beautiful skies that are everchanging (like some of us). <BR> <link>smilebox.com/playBlog/4d7a41784e444d<BR>794e54673d0d0a&blogview=true </link> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:46:07 EST To Be or Not to Be Gluten Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715078 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l394519450.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gluten free...Me? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These days it seems that everyone is going gluten free. I have many friends who when invited to my house say, "Oh, no. I can't eat that because I am gluten free." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My son has decided that he is gluten free too, not to follow a trend, but because he has gotten word from the horses mouth. That is to say t... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:24:19 EST Guess Who's Coming For Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701418 Going out to eat is so much easier these days than going to someone's home. As a host, I appreciate someone telling me that they have special diets that need to be considered. However, this isn't always the case. <BR> <BR> My husband is a type I diabetic and I am gluten free so when I tell someone this, they get a blank, spacey look that tells me that they are wondering what the heck to feed us! <BR> <BR> Okay, but it isn't that bad. Basically, we can have meat, vegetables and fruit. W... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:18:25 EST 12 Days Gluten Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676223 The experts say that it takes time to realize if a change in diet is evident in your body. I have been eating gluten free now for 12 days and while I haven't noticed any huge changes other than losing 2 pounds after not losing any for the year on SparkPeople, exercising daily, watching what I eat, etc. I guess that is huge considering my weightloss has been virtually nill. I am hoping that this is going to continue as I continue to exclude gluten. <BR> <BR> I have arthritis in my hands ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:23:56 EST Gluten Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659685 So I have been online looking for gluten recipes. Last night we had homemade split pea soup with corn bread made with gluten free flour which turned out fantastic if I do say so myself. I am looking at all these recipes thinking all you have to do is stay away from prepackaged foods and read the labels! Many sauces and condiments have flour in them to thicken, etc., so it is important to look at the ingredients. I guess this means that I have to prepare more food from scratch which is a c... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 13:37:11 EST Gluten Free???Me??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657283 After visiting my son for Christmas, he was able to stay on a gluten free diet and is recommending that I do so as well. <BR> <BR> After just a couple of weeks he is seeing more energy, need for less sleep, digestion problems going away. <BR> <BR> It is still out on the allergies. <BR> <BR> I have started and kept to a diet free of gluten for three days now. I am hoping that it will eliminate my allergies which make me feel rotten most of the time and sap my energy. I would also like t... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 15:17:02 EST One Month Shy of a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4567369 I had my physical today. Although all the numbers seemed good, my cholesterol was up a couple of points. HDL was very high which shows the exercise I have been doing. The LDL is what I have to tackle which comes from what I eat. <BR> <BR> So here is the snafu! I don't view myself as eating very much. Today I had less than 1000 calories, but all good stuff. My husband is diabetic so I watch our menus pretty closely. We have red meat 1-3 times week, chicken and/or fish once a week (t... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:44:30 EST No News, Good News? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507431 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l285054279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Two friends of ours have passed away within a week of each other. One we have known for 20 years or so and the other more like six. I just heard about one of them today so I will be attending another funeral this weekend. <BR> <BR> I am sad. I wonder if they had changed their lifestyles or habits if they might still be here today? One was diabetic and quite overweight, however, active in his logging job. Hi... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:03:58 EST Food that Revives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4483618 We have a kennel rescue dog that has liver issues, heart issues, and stomach issues. This past three weeks she has been steadily going downhill because she won't eat and when she does, she throws up. <BR> <BR> Just by chance, we had purchased an angel food cake at the store to hide the pills in for the dogs. She eats people food anyway so we thought, "Why not!" <BR> <BR> Well, talk about a miracle food! She ate a whole plate-full and has been eating it ever since. I have given her ham... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:27:24 EST A Time of Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4471424 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l925473400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383786442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know what it is about fall that makes me think of parties. Maybe it is the time where kids start school, summer schedules are put aside, new schedules are being planned, and different events are penciled in to attend. <BR> <BR> One of our favorite events of the season is the large fair in the city of Spokane which is close by... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:47:56 EST It's a Win-Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4451404 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l649073040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A good friend of ours was diagnosed with lung cancer a few months ago. He was told it was terminal. <BR> <BR> Noooooo <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> We called to talk with him today. He thanked us for praying for him faithfully. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> After a round of chemo, he was told this week that he is in remission!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I 've heard about most peoples' experiences... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 14:27:24 EST Flight Formation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4441915 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l938862808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The geese are forming groups to go south already. Each morning they fly back from the fields to the river. Each night around "gloaming hour" when the sun is setting, they fly from the river to the fields. It is like clockwork. Their excitement is noted with the cacophonous sounds emanating from the skies as they fly over. This tells me that fall will soon be upon us. <BR> <BR> It is pretty amazing to watch th... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:22:17 EST Piece of Cake? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419538 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172398650.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My grandson, Noah, didn't think much of the colorful and sweet cake put before him. You see, it was his first birthday and he hasn't had much sweet food other than fruit. He is just beginning to eat solid foods regularly. <BR> <BR> Would our systems reject cake if we had never had it? I wonder...sure wish.... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:35:20 EST Wii Can Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402462 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l253007308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am not a gamester. In fact, prior to my addiction to Wii, I didn't play any computer games. I need to say here that I enjoyed others playing computer or video games. <BR> <BR> Now, I am very much in favor of Wii. It really makes you feel as if you are there. My favorite is Wii Resort because how else would I ever get the experience of archery, sword fighting, canoeing, wave running and all of those fun spo... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:47:52 EST Just Get a Puppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4395717 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878353847.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We acquired a 3 month old stray Chocolate Lab last weekend. We only had him overnight for 2 nights much to the shock of our other two dogs who are much older. <BR> <BR> I forget just how much energy a puppy takes to train. This was an energetic puppy, but aren't they all? If you read the book Marley and Me, you know what I am talking about. We got home after church and had all of our gardening shoes, dog toy... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:42:28 EST I Am Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374828 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l3888409.jpg"> <BR> "Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive." ... Howard Thurman <BR> <BR> This is a meaningful statement. There are so many people out there who aren't passionate about anything! How does passivity creep into our lives? Why aren't w... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:05:40 EST Kids Keep Ya Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358565 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481427305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So our grandkids came to spend a week with us. It was a whirlwind of activity. We met them at a theme park doing rides and playing in the waterpark all day. Then we spent the rest of the week bowling, going to a circus, hiking, playing in the slip and slide, riding the lawn mower, going to the movies, playing card games, playing on the Wii having competitions, having picnics, playing with their toys and other ma... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:31:10 EST Signs Along the Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335435 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45590258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a carin. It notifies you that you are going the right way along a hiking trail. <BR> <BR> I sure wish there were more visible signs along the way that would have told me that I was putting on more weight than was healthy. Wait a minute! What about the uncomfortable pants, the rolls around the middle, the inability to do the things I used to do, the shortness of breath, the stomach aches from overeating? ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 13:34:24 EST Grammy and Poppie Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333431 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l105010897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My two grandsons are coming this week to play with their Grammy and Poppie. We are starting off by meeting them at Silverwood Theme Park for a day of crazy rides and waterslides. Couldn't get any better than that and think of the exercise I'll be getting! <BR> <BR> We have plans to make a fort out in the grove of little pine trees, build a treehouse in the small apple tree, take several hikes, swim and play in... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:45:59 EST Hike to Myrtle Creek Pump House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4317641 Getting ready for the first hike of the season is always an extreme challenge for me. First of all, I am never familiar enough with my backpack. I don't use it everyday so each time I plan to go hike, I have to look through the whole thing to check out all the pockets, hidden zippers, let the belts out, see where the Velcro fastens, and determine where all the hooks are and to what they hook. Also, the list I have compiled over last year's hiking adventures has all the necessary items that... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:22:34 EST Yikes...hikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4298770 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l93404801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next week will be our start-up for hiking this season. It is still raining off and on, but most of the snow is melted in the mountains. I am excited to get going and hope I can take to the climb with a renewed vigor. I have been sparking for about six months now and feel like I have developed more muscles and endurance so we will see! We will do an easier hike to begin with and build up to more strenuous ones l... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:48:13 EST Peaceful Feelin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4267802 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l605570237.jpg"> <BR> We all like a peaceful place or retreat where we can rejuvenate and collect our thoughts. Some people need this more than others. I like to call it "alone time" for I am a person who likes to be around people, but too much of time around people or time around a lot of people can drain me just like a car is drained of gas when it travels too far. I have always needed time to recharge my batteries. <BR> <BR> On the o... Tue, 31 May 2011 15:23:38 EST End of the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253300 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l685895058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> You know, with all these predictions about the world ending, I was thinking I would get off easy this week! Just think, no exercise, no calorie counting, and best yet, a brand new body with no pain, no aches, no issues! Whew! <BR> Well, as you know, that didn't happen! <BR> <BR> Even though I am not meant for this world, I still have to carry on and be the best I can be here and now. After all, it is al... Tue, 24 May 2011 13:12:47 EST Life...and Death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283431900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> No matter who we are, everyone has to live life. Things interrupt the flow of daily life and we aren't in control! This past week, we had to put down our oldest dog due to extreme pain and breathing difficulties. It has been a very sad and emotional week. She has been a part of our family for eleven years and one of the best dogs we have raised. I think it was her playful spirit that won our hearts. Eve... Mon, 16 May 2011 13:04:58 EST Seeds to Flowers, That's Us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4204950 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934936352.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love to garden and see the results of my work. Each year I plan out what plants I need and where they will go and usually have a different color scheme. I also think it is great exercise digging, pulling weeds, bending over, hauling trash, raking, edging, spreading fertilizer and weed kill, lifting and hauling rocks, picking berries, and the list goes on. It is one way to get out in the fresh air and really en... Mon, 2 May 2011 14:10:03 EST Yo, Dude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4192399 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l462588066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was at the park this weekend and everyone seemed to pop in their activities due to the rare sunny weather. I asked some boys if I could take pictures of their skateboarding antics. I am amazed how nonplussed they are when on the edge of something that looks like a huge swimming pool that has been drained. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l506993344.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Their bodies are... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:35:32 EST Laughter is Good for da Belly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4179215 I don't want to offend anyone (blondes) but this is a funny joke. Substitute any person you want.... <BR> <BR> <BR> A blonde is terribly overweight, so her doctor puts her on a diet. "I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you'll have lost at least five pounds." <BR> <BR> When the blonde returns, she's lost nearly 20 pounds. "Why, that's amazing!" the doctor says. "Did you follow my instructions?" <B... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:20:38 EST One Way or Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4176939 I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. <BR> I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. <BR> I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. <BR> But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:43:33 EST Stubborn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174384 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730320958.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...and then there's stubborn! You know, a little stubbornness is good at times. But then there is the bad side of the coin. <BR> <BR> It can help us stick to a goal, stand up to something or someone, or not give up. When it interferes with reaching a goal, building a relationships, or viewing ourselves as failures, then it becomes a detriment to our health. <BR> <BR> In dealing with elderly parents, we encou... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:33:39 EST Company http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4158451 Company puts a glitch in my routine! I cannot just walk off and tell everyone, "Hey, I'll see ya later. I'm going to go do my strength exercises!" This would not speak well for my hospitality gifts. <BR> <BR> Even though company is exciting, fun and rejuvenating, it really disrupts the food plan as well. <BR> "And here we have the sprouted bread toasted with black beans and tofu silken fruit dessert!" This is where the company suggests that we go out to eat. <BR> <BR> Anyway, having... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:08:32 EST Nanoparticles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147028 My husband braved the weather these past few days to spread fertilizer on the lawn and scratch the grass up with the attachment on our lawn mower so it can begin the growth season. We have had rain predicted everyday on our spring break week so trying to find a patch of weather where this could be done was challenging <BR> <BR> So my prayer today is to grow more in my faith. I wish I could have fertilizer thrown on me and then have a nice cleansing rain really soak it in resulting in fabul... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 14:09:47 EST Teeter-Totter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146808 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296267282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since I have joined SparkPeople I have definitely gotten in the habit of watching what I eat and getting an exercise routine. I love those things. But I hate the fact that I gained back three of the pounds that I thought I'd lost. <BR> <BR> This week my daughter, who is a trainer and small group fitness director at a gym, suggested that I really watch my caloric intake and limit it to 1200 a day as an experimen... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 12:45:03 EST Fools Abound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134384 I know that every time I eat fried food, my stomach pays me back big time all night and the next day. There is nothing better than fish and chips and I love them. Anytime I am out to eat at our favorite restaurant I know these are available and it is like a magnet drawing me make that choice. <BR> <BR> Sometimes the fool takes over and I eat them anyway which always ends up with the same results. You would think I'd learn. I see many "fools" out there at restaurants in particular overeat... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:27:20 EST And the Walls Came- a- Tumbling Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4129844 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909765194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've heard the story about Joshua and the walls of Jericho many times. I've been online looking at the excavation sites of the stones that have been scattered and heard the testimonies of the archaeologists who have documented that it occurred at precisely the same time as Joshua's story. It was nothing short of a miracle! <BR> <BR> Having just posted on one of the message boards, someone replied that it m... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:28:09 EST Snowblowing vs Yardwork http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4124589 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l798873743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now that the snow is gone, it is time to think about cleaning up all that stuff that accumulates under the snow throughout the fall and winter. I went out the door and saw some crocus blooming in the sunshine and I just couldn't justify staying indoors. <BR> <BR> Finding all the tools and accessories needed to work in the garden is always an adventure as I never can remember where I put everything while getting r... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:00:56 EST You're Never Too Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113362 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970901314.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My ten pounds to her 50? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243536012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l113086908.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664953206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am speechless.. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:53:34 EST Hit Me With Your Best Shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4109718 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l759701515.jpg"> <BR> My granddoggies, Frida and Bandit <BR> <BR> <BR> Most weekends are pretty quiet. We take walks, read, do projects around the house, go to church, shop and play with the dogs. This weekend proved to be one we would remember for a long time. <BR> <BR> We were having dinner at our new friends' house. We got to know them first by my husband's work at the charter school where their son now attends. Their son has also be... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:45:11 EST Fartlek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4103116 This is the Swedish term for "interval" training using both aerobic and anaerobic exercises although it is often referred to in running/walking. <BR> <BR> This is a great concept and one which I can live with due to the fact that it makes exercise interesting. The only time I might run is when I'm caught in a severe storm while walking, however, I like to mix up my exercise. I might walk one day, do Wii Sports the next, dance or some other form of exercise like snowshoe. Same with stren... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:09:12 EST Speaks to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091145 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861843124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. <BR> Anais Nin <BR> <BR> This quote speaks to me. Staying as we are is seldom gratifying. Comforting, yes, in some ways. Not changing and doing things the same way brings on a life that has ceased to live, one that is stale, and one that can bring no satisfaction. It can stifle you and leave you pa... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:47:43 EST Come Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4078763 Psalm 51 <BR> In reading this psalm and my devotional today, it is apparent to me that part of my weakness is not admitting to myself when I have done wrong. I can justify and make excuses for anything. Why does this come so easily to me? If I eat something that is less than healthy, rather than put it into the tracker, I can tell you that it was only one little square of chocolate and it won't make much difference. If I have an argument with my husband, I can come up with all kinds of r... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 11:47:47 EST Dancing Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4073361 Sparks were flying! An electrical "POP" could be heard. The air was quivering with currents. <BR> <BR> Oh, that wasn't because I was dancing. I used to love to dance as a kid (teenager, young adult) but as the years went by, I danced less and less. Today I put the Wii Dance 2 in to see how it would go after purchasing it at a good price this weekend. <BR> <BR> I had just finished 60 minutes with Wii Dance 2 and really getting my groove on and shaking my booty, just finished with my showe... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 13:46:45 EST Saving Myself for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4066421 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l963399832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All day yesterday I was beating myself up for not getting out and walking because it was a beautiful, sunny day. I hadn't done any strength training either so I felt really awful that I stayed indoors working at chores and dabbling in a little art project. <BR> <BR> But I made up for it today! Whew! My girlfriend called and wanted to know if I wanted to go snowshoeing at the Wildlife Refuge. We've had some rec... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:52:11 EST