WALKING_WONDER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKING%5FWONDER WALKING_WONDER'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/ My Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756428 We had a great time. We always do. It was our annual camping trip at Winter Island in Salem, MA. We went there on Friday August 1st and came back Tuesday, August 5th. I brought my camera, but forgot to use it. The one time I wish I had it, we were on the beach and a mamma duck was walking along with her babies. The camera was in the truck and by the time it took for me to get it, they would've been gone. <BR> <BR> We did a lot of walking every day. We went hiking one day. We tried that hike... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:03:43 EST Awesome Weekend I Had http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729890 I'm just so psyched about this past weekend, that I had to share it with all of you! <BR> <BR> Saturday we went to a bunch of yard sales. On the way to one, that turned out to be crappy, we found another one that was great. The best part is that they were selling a recumbent bike with all the bells and whistles (programmable, battery screen) for $25. The seats all ripped so hubby asked if they'd take $20 and they did. It's awesome. Much better than the regular stationary bike I had. I'll be ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:43:43 EST Not Liking My Spark Activity Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727190 I've been using it for a couple of months now, and it's just not what I had thought it would be. I guess I should have stuck with my Fit Bit instead. I just figured that since the Spark counted my activity minutes it would be better than having to try to keep track of my minutes. The problem is that it doesn't track them all. I understand it won't count my yoga and strength training, but why not all my walking and hiking? That it should, and it doesn't. I've posted on the technical support se... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:46:42 EST Birthday Party Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704474 Sorry this took so long to do, but I was having problems with my laptop. Once that was finally working, I didn't have the time. But now I do. <BR> <BR> My party was at Fire and Ice Grill in Cambridge, MA. We had a great time. If you've never heard of it, I'll explain it. You go to the meat section and pick your meats and put them in a bowl. I went with the shrimp. Then you go to the vegetable section and add your veggies. Every section is like that, including the sauce section. You bring you... Tue, 27 May 2014 14:50:02 EST Sorry and Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694254 First off, I want to apologize for not spending much time on here, and for my lack of updates. Last month my hours at work doubled. I went from not working for years, to working 12 hrs/week and now I'm up to 24 hrs/week. I'm still trying to get adjusted to the time constraints that I'm now faced with. I used to work three 4 hour shifts to three 8 hour shifts. I'm still trying to keep up with my fitness though. <BR> <BR> Second, I want to apologize for not blogging lately. I've been waiting t... Tue, 13 May 2014 14:58:43 EST A Pep Talk in Every Drop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660964 Here are words of wisdom from Halls cough drops: <BR> <BR> Push on <BR> Conquer today <BR> Put a little strut in it <BR> You got it in you <BR> Elicit a few “wows” today <BR> Tough is your middle name <BR> Turn “can do” into “can did” <BR> Don’t wait to get started <BR> Don’t waste a precious minute <BR> Don’t give up on yourself <BR> Get through it <BR> Take charge and mean it <BR> Power through <BR> Bet on yourself <BR> Hi-five yourself <BR> Go get it <BR> Get back in the game <BR> It’s yo... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:05:30 EST I need help - big time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656392 Just when I thought nothing more could happen related to my bacterial infection... <BR> <BR> ...I woke up today with a rash. As the AM progressed, so did the rash. I already had an MD appt. today so I bring it up. Seems I'm allergic to the antibiotic they gave me to treat me for it! Now it's covering 95% of my body and it's starting to itch. They have me taking Banadryl to help clear up the rash. Now I have to use a cortisone cream for the itching. UGH!!! <BR> <BR> So to help with my upsett... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:38:41 EST Am I Not Eating Enough? Is that the problem? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643662 I'm beginning to think that my lack of weight loss is less an issue with my thyroid and more an issue of not eating enough to back all of my fitness minutes. Can you help me? This is an idea of what I eat throughout the day: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 2 packets of oatmeal <BR> banana <BR> Greek yogurt with granola <BR> Ensure <BR> <BR> Lunch at home: <BR> 2 pieces of toast with fake butter and strawberry preserves <BR> apple <BR> <BR> Lunch at work: <BR> yogurt <BR> orange <BR> protein bar ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:36:13 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631721 We've been having warm weather since Friday. It's been great! Yesterday and today hubby and I were able to go outside and walk. I really have spring fever now. With all the snow we've had it's still not all melted. Now we're in for another freeze. I wish I could afford to fly south for the winter. <BR> <BR> Regarding the MD appt. The OBGYN noticed that I have polyps and/or fibroids that might have to get removed. I asked if this could be effecting my thyroid. She said it was probably the oth... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:19:45 EST Why is the scale going the wrong way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625573 I don't understand. I'm exercising like crazy and eating healthier. So why am I gaining weight instead? I understand when I reach a plateau - but this is different. What am I doing wrong? Can somebody please help me figure this out? Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:42:45 EST Overdue Update - I Need Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619509 I didn't realize how long it had been since I've blogged. I know why though. Not many people respond, so it's like not many people are reading them. So, why bother, right? Well, I'm going to try it again because I need some support. I'm feeling depressed lately. It just seems that nothing is going my way. The fact that the scale is going the wrong way this week - it doesn't help matters. I know I cheated bad yesterday so when I did my weigh-in today I knew it wouldn't be down. I just thought ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 14:22:32 EST They FIT Me!!! AND other good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593615 I kept some of the clothes that I wore before I gained all that weight and they fit me!!! I'm so excited!!! I was looking through clothes to donate to the VVA and I found some clothes neatly folded at the bottom of my closet. That's what was there - the clothes I used to fit into, and they fit. I'm so psyched! <BR> <BR> Also, I now weigh the same that I did before the surgery at the end of last year. I was unable to move much, so I gained some weight. But now it's all gone again, so I'm back... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:19:46 EST Pedometer Problem - help needed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586947 First, I'll give you the background. I got the pedometer that I use every day years ago for free. I'd like to have a back-up one for when this one dies (it's extremely old). There is a feature on this one that I love that I can't find on any of the new ones, and I'm hoping that someone out there in Sparkville can help me out. <BR> <BR> What is this fabulous feature? It's a timer. I use it when I start an activity, so I know how many minutes/seconds I was doing that particular activity. The p... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:24:19 EST New Year, New You - This is YOUR Year!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579694 So I decided to start the new year off on a positive note. I know that there are some of us that have been on SP for years, and some of us that are new. There are some of us who have reached their goals, and some who have not. I've been here for almost 3 years. In that time, I have lost over 50 pounds (yea me!). I have plateaued (sp?) a lot. It's been tough, but I've done it. <BR> <BR> When I made my new year's resolutions/goals, I decided that this would be the year that I reach my goal wei... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:12:38 EST Choose or Refuse and Thanks!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569394 Guess I'm really overdue for a blog posting. Last post was November 6th. Oops! First off, I'd like to say thank you to all of my Spark friends - especially those of you that respond to my blogs and those that like and/or comment on my feeds. I really appreciate it! It really means a lot to me. My goal next year is to spend more time doing the same things for all of you. With starting the new job and not having as much time available as before, I've been letting things slip, and this is one t... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 16:07:09 EST Scary Morning - UGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534042 First, let me give you some background: <BR> <BR> Monday, on my way to work, I had to use my rescue inhaler again. I've been having to use it more frequently, so I knew it was time to call the doc to let her know, which I did. She prescribed me a pill to take to help. I also brought up the Raynaud's that she thought I might have a mild case of last year. I told her how much worse it's been, so she gave me yet another pill. Needless to say, I'm upset about having to take more meds. <BR> <BR... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 15:00:51 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530997 So, I went to the neurologist Tuesday and told him about that weird episode I had earlier in the month and he suggested that I contact my cardiologist to see if someone can read my cardiac implant to see if the issue was cardiac-related. I see the cardiologist later in the month to find out. The neurologist is all set with me. I have a 6-month follow-up. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I went to the endocrinologist (my thyroid MD) for a follow-up on my enlarged thyroid. Everything checks out OK with him... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 14:19:57 EST I Will NOT Give Up!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514304 For those of you who've been following my blogs, you know that I underwent gallbladder surgery last month. Due to the surgery, I have had to deal with exercise restrictions. Because of that, I have gained weight. It has upset me, to have gone through the pain and suffering of the surgery and the aftermath, and then to have gained weight. It depressed me, and I'm pretty sure I was whining about it on here. <BR> <BR> This past weekend I was able to get a regular workout in, and almost all of m... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:29:24 EST Overdue for an Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506030 Just realized that it's been a while since I blogged, so I thought I should fill you all in on what's been going on with me. I have been off the Vicodin since last Saturday. I'm trying to go off the prescription-strength Ibuprofen, but it's not time yet, apparently. I've tried yesterday and today, since I'm not working, and I still needed the meds. I'll try again on my next two days off, which are Tuesday and Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Today I tried to put jeans on - first time since the surgery, ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 13:32:03 EST My Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496014 It's been a rough ride since the surgery last Monday. The first couple of nights I slept on the recliner because it was only comfortable position I could get into. The third night I was able to get up all the stairs to the bedroom to sleep. Saturday night was a rough night. I was in sooooooooooo much pain and I couldn't get comfortable and was crying even. Almost went to the ER that night. Luckily hubby was there and was able to run downstairs and get my pain meds, and that helped and I did f... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:02:11 EST My Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490248 Yep, you read the title of the blog correctly. But before I go into that, I'm going to bring you back to last week, where it all went downhill. Last Tuesday I had a HIDA Scan done at the hospital to check out my gallbladder. We knew there were stones and that it could be giving me the pain I've been having, so we checked it out. I'm glad the surgeon wanted to check it out first. Unfortunately, it wasn't working at all. <BR> <BR> Wednesday AM I had an appt. with my PCP and told her about the... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:24:19 EST I Give Up!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479640 I just can't take it anymore! I gained weight during vacation, which was fine. I was having trouble losing it because of complications from my newly diagnosed asthma. I got that taken care of a week or two ago. I've had more energy, so I've been working my butt off to try to lose that weight. Well, when I weighed myself today, I realized that I gained even more weight. I thought that maybe since I'd been working out more that maybe it was muscle. I measured myself and I've grown out more. <BR... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 15:36:42 EST Vacation Blog with Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462148 We had a wonderful vacation at Winter Island Park (campground) in Salem, Massachusetts. We were there for 6 days and 5 nights. I did not eat properly because it was vacation. I've gained a bit of weight, that I'm now trying to lose. I want to get back to my pre-vacation weight soon. Last year I lost weight while on vacation, but not this year. Even with all the swimming, walking, and hiking. <BR> <BR> Here are the pics: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l486680653... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:26:10 EST Big Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452647 First off, I want to update you on the status of my laptop: it arrived at the "hospital" DOA. The motherboard is fried and Dell doesn't make that kind anymore, and no third-party makes them either. Therefore, I need to dip into savings and buy a new one. I'm not very happy about this, since it's only 2 years old and my last Dell laptop lasted forever. I also didn't want to have to dip into savings either, but it must be done. Using my Mom's computer only works on days she's working - otherwis... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:59:30 EST My Computer is in the "Hospital" so I won't Be on Here that much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438506 Sunday I used the computer without any problems. Yesterday (Monday) when I tried to turn it on, it wouldn't turn on. It wouldn't do anything. So I took it to Geek Squad and they were stumped too. They have to send it out to have it fixed. The problem is so bad that I stumped all the geeks over there. Now I will be without it for 2-3 weeks - UGH!!! I have the old desktop at home, but it doesn't do well with the internet - some times it works, and some times it doesn't. <BR> <BR> Right now I'... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:25:22 EST Roller coaster weight and vacation plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435275 For some reason, lately, I've been gaining and losing the same 3-5 pounds. I just don't understand it. I know it will be going up next week when I go on vacation. I consider vacation to be from stress, work, home, diet, etc. It's the one time when I eat what I want to eat and don't care about the consequences. I'm going to be active, so I'll be working it off. We leave Thursday 8/1 and come back Tuesday 8/6. Almost a full week! <BR> <BR> We're going on our annual camping trip to Winter Islan... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:28:42 EST Another update....with more "fun" health issues - UGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420751 Well, I haven't been spending much time online lately, so not on Spark much either. I've been taking as many "extra" hours as I can at work, so I worked 3 days last week, instead of just the one. This coming week, it will be 2 days. I can't wait to see my next check in two weeks. It will feel like a windfall. I do a lot of reading when I'm at work, so I've been getting caught up in the books that I've been reading. I think I'm in the 'addicted' stage right now - lol!!! <BR> <BR> Doing lots o... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:32:18 EST June update...with a question at the end... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408648 Hello everyone!!! I've been offline since Weds. or Thurs. or last week. Had my colonoscopy on Thursday, and it was normal. This is a good thing, and a bad thing. Good for obvious reasons, but bad because it means they still don't know what's going on with my GI issues. So far, since I've had it done (knock on wood) nothing has been bothering me (knock on wood some more for extra protection - lol!). Maybe my colon just needed a good cleansing, and now that it has happened I won't have anymore ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:05:39 EST I Surpassed My Previous Steps Per Day - woo hoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399163 I went for a long walk last year with a friend of mine who was training for the Avon 3-day. I couldn't make it all the way. But when I got home, I checked my pedometer and saw that I was around 39,000 steps. I have been in the 20s and 30s lately - which is above my 17,000 steps per day goal. <BR> <BR> Thursday, I ate horribly because we were away for the first time for the year. So I had to go to my favorite fried food place and favorite bakery. I had the worst heartburn and indigestion ever... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:38:21 EST Long Overdo Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392088 Guess it's been a while since I've blogged. I used to be so good about it. I've been busy working on my health issues and fitness minutes and cleaning and.... So I decided that I should update those of you who've been following my journey. <BR> <BR> Regarding my health issues - the only issue I'm dealing with right now is the heartburn and indigestion issues. I'm still having them, but not as bad. Since I don't have acid reflux, it's been said it's bile reflux. I take the same medications, b... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:37:24 EST Today is my 2-year Sparkversary - woo hoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379320 I was thinking about all that I've accomplished since I've been on SP. I've lost some weight and started exercising on a more consistent basis. With eating, I've been trying to control my portions more. It's not easy, but I am working on it. That's what I want to focus on the most for this year - my eating habits. I will try to eat more fruits and veggies - which is what I have the most trouble with. <BR> <BR> I'm also hoping that this is the year that I reach my goal weight. I've been havin... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:46:30 EST New Month, New Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376882 I got my hair cut shorter this morning and I like it. Don't know how good it will look when I style it tomorrow, but I think it will be fine. I spoke with the hairdresser, and she gave me some advice about it. <BR> <BR> I'm going to get more in the habit of a regular workout schedule. I still don't have any regular clients at work yet, so I'm figuring that if I can make a workout routine now, I'm more likely to stick with it when I do get my own clients. Regarding last blog - I did speak wit... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:38:25 EST I've Made Some Decisions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368477 One decision I've made is to get back into my exercise routine that I haven't yet gotten back into since the surgery back in April. I've got nothing planned this week, so I'm going to use this extra time to get back into the swing of things. I've been slacking off, so I just need to do it and get back into it. <BR> <BR> The other decision I made is related to work. I still don't have any of my own clients. I've been filling in for other people, but still don't have anyone on a permanent basi... Sun, 26 May 2013 14:24:29 EST Confused about my lack of weight loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360298 OK, so I've been having trouble losing weight again, and it's been really getting me down. I have my Spark stuff set up right - amount of exercise time, weight goal, nutrition, etc. but I'm still not losing. Then, when I was reading the Spark Solution, I read that I shouldn't change my calorie range since I have a low thyroid. That made sense,, but to be sure, I e-mailed a SparkCoach. They say that the site is more correct, since it takes everything into account. Now I'm at a loss again. <BR>... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:33:27 EST Weekly Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352171 OK. It's been a week since I blogged. Guess it's time for another one. This AM I helped hubby take down a sign that he's going to refurbish. While we were there he noticed a pond where he could go fishing and I could sit and read. When I checked it out, I noticed a path because there was someone walking on it with her dogs. I asked her and she said that it loops around the pond and it's about a mile. I now know what I'll be doing if he decides to fish there! <BR> <BR> For some reason, this a... Fri, 10 May 2013 12:58:31 EST The Biopsy Came Back as Benign http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344538 I'm so excited!!! I was worried about it since I got the biopsy done Monday. Now I have to go back in six months for a follow up, but that's OK with me. One thing checked off the health issue checklist. <BR> <BR> Regarding the GERD issues that have been unresolved - they found out from that horrible test I did (tube up nose, down throat) that I don't have ACID reflux, but I do have some form of reflux. Apparently that's why the medications work some of the time, but not all of the time. So,... Fri, 3 May 2013 15:07:17 EST Medical Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334324 OK. I FINALLY got an appt. with an endocrinologist and he was able to squeeze me in this past Monday. He did his own ultrasound and wasn't very concerned. He knew I was, so he decided to do a biopsy. He said he was in no rush to do it, but they scheduled it for this Monday. Does that mean he really is concerned and didn't want us to be? It's confusing. <BR> <BR> Today I met with the gastroenterologist and found that the horrible test they did on me last week (tube up the nose and down the th... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:45:08 EST I live in MA but not anywhere near Boston's bombs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325371 A lot of you know that I live in Massachusetts, but don't know where. Some of you were concerned that I could've been in Boston for the marathon. I was not. I live over an hour away, so you don't need to worry about me. I'm sorry I didn't get online yesterday to let you all know. Yesterday was the day I had to go to the hospital to get the tube inserted up my nose and down my throat, so I wasn't in the mood to do much - including going online. <BR> <BR> As for that tube - it was horrible. It... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:04:18 EST My Minor Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320883 Just wanted to update you all on my minor surgery that I had on Wednesday. It went well. It looked horrible - there was that orange stuff they put all over the area and something that looked like blue marker here and there. I was able to clean most of it off that same day. After dinner I had to take my bra off because it was bothering the incision site. had to do the same thing yesterday too. Today I was in more pain, so I had a slow start to the day. I haven't been able to do as much exercis... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:35:18 EST The Job... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312844 I got there soooooooooo early I had to hang out on another street to kill time. I got to meet Peg, the client and her daughter, Karen. I was there while Karen was gone from 9AM - 5PM. I wasn't thrilled to have to clean the bathroom, but I did it. I definitely didn't like seeing her naked while she "washed up". That is something that I have no desire to do again. I do not want to see people naked. It's just not my cup of tea. I had to make lunch, which was supposed to be easy - a sandwich or h... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 16:32:23 EST I Need Support - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304441 Went to MD today for thyroid check, since my dentist mentioned it yesterday. It is enlarged, so they're doing the TSH bloodwork and then I have to go for an ultrasound. I'm doing it the 10th when I'll be at the hospital any ways to get that chip implanted. This is such a nightmare. I feel like I'm falling apart. I'm too young for all of this to be happening. What's gonna happen when I get older? <BR> <BR> I'm just sort of depressed about all of this. All I do is go to MD appts. it seems. So ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:10:59 EST Medical Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302231 I know that some of you want me to keep you updated about my health issues. I just went to the MD today for a TB shot and bloodwork. The bloodwork is for a "surgery" I'm having done to implant a chiip into my chest to try to see why I'm having those black-out/pass-out episodes that didn't occur while I was wearing the event monitor. <BR> <BR> While I was at the MDs, I asked about my test results that they couldn't get to last week when I had my physical. It shows that my cholesterol is high.... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:07:26 EST I Got the Job!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299675 At the interview today, I was offered the job. I'm going to be a companion for the elderly. Still have stuff to get done before I can start working, but I've been hired. I'll be making a good hourly rate and it's per diem, so I can make my own hours. <BR> <BR> The woman that interviewed me is the owner of the company. She was so nice and friendly. We met at a local town's library, in their solarium. It was nice. She was easy to talk to. It didn't even really feel like an interview. <BR> <BR... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:16:30 EST Awesome Owl Event... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298353 Yesterday hubby and I went to this awesome owl event. They had 6 live owls that are unable to survive in the wild. There were hundreds of people of all ages there. It was standing room only at some times. I learned a lot about owls, and it was so cool to be able to see them up close! If your interested in owls, go to <link>www.eyesonowls.com/ </link> to check out their website. It was an awesome event! Oh, did I say that already? LOL!!! I just can't say it enough! Hubby forgot to bring the... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:03:15 EST Update on What's Been Going on This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296318 Monday I had my fun yearly visit with my doctor - lol!!! Still waiting for lab results on that visit. Hopefully I'll hear something soon as I'm curious about my thyroid, cholesterol and HPV. Tuesday I was supposed to go walking with my mother, but we got a snow storm instead. We were planning on the mall for walking, but she said no because she'll get plenty of walking in while using the snow blower. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I had a therapy session. It went well. Thursday I met with my cardiologi... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:16:53 EST I Feel Like I'm Going in Circles on Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292551 OK, so I've only been on maintenance for a while, but I just can't seem to figure it all out. I'm eating more and exercising more (since I currently have the time). I feel like it's all evened out. Unfortunately the scale doesn't agree. So others told me not to add too much food right away, to start slowly. I'm doing that, and it's still not helping. It's making me wonder if I should bother with maintenance or not. I just feel stuck and don't know what to do. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:47:05 EST Fit, Firm and Fired Up DVD vs. other SP DVDs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281327 I pre-ordered the new Spark book and got the two free DVDs. The DVDs came in yesterday's mail - yippie! I already had the cardio one, so I'll spread the Spark and give it to someone else. The Fit, Firm and Fired Up DVD is new to me. The surpirsing difference between the two DVDs is that the cardio one has a warm up and stretches, and the new one doesn't. That shocked me. Does that mean we don't need to worry about warming up before we do this new DVD? <BR> <BR> I started Day #1 yesterday and... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 15:15:00 EST Moving to Maintenance Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277525 I'm not yet at my goal weight, but through numerous "conversations" with people on SP, I've finally decided to take the plunge and move to maintenance. I've been having trouble wrapping my head around having to eat so much more. I mean, wouldn't that make me gain the weight back? I asked about it on the boards and on SparkCoach. None of the answers were really clicking with me until... <BR> <BR> I read an article in Outside magazine. I tried to find that article online, but I seem to be havi... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:56:12 EST Finally Made My Vision Collage - Here it is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274449 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l682879172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope this shows up OK. I've been wanting to make a vision collage for the longest time, but never got around to it, until today. Let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> Deirdre Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:02:37 EST Thought I Would Share This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272843 I read this yesterday, and wanted to share it with all of you, because I could relate. <BR> <BR> To me, maturity means: <BR> <BR> - Knowing myself. <BR> - Asking for help when I need it and acting on my own when I don't. <BR> - Admitting when I'm wrong and making amends. <BR> - Accepting love from others, even if I'm having a tough time loving myself <BR> - Recognizing that I always have choices, and taking responsibility for the ones I make. <BR> - Seeing that life is a blessing. <BR> - Ha... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:13:52 EST