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/ TBT, but on a Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342297 I'm trying to sell these dresses, and the best way to show them, is to have someone in them. So I went back and scanned in these two pics of me in my prom dress (black) and senior dance (red). This is back when I was thin. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26569f80-8b3b-4f35-9a88-d8da2dfe545e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5629014-e95c-4855-8365-49396126d808.jpg"> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 16:01:50 EST Our Kitties' First Christmas (2016) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285448 Everyone has been asking for new pics of our kitties, since they've grown so much. I decided to take pics of them yesterday, celebrating their first Christmas. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d2c7ede-525c-47e3-8e4f-86d6e35af41c.JPG"> Spice on top of the wrapping paper - checking it out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b46e8fbb-5095-4a0a-8aa5-bb4f53e6689a.JPG"> Spice under the wrapping paper - trying to figure it out. <BR>... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:28:33 EST Pics of our new kitties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261514 Yesterday hubby and I adopted two kittens (sisters). Since our cat died a month or so ago, we've thought about adopting. I wasn't ready as soon as hubby was, but I did get there. Then I decided that we should adopt two (hopefully siblings) so that they could keep each other company. So that is what we did. We named them Sugar and Spice. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> Deirdre <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e042c7b4-3359-4997-9b9f-60e52b1f1457.JPG... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 17:48:25 EST I DID IT!!! I'M PSYCHED!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203722 I started my journey here on SparkPeople a little over 5 years ago with many fits and starts. I lost a lot of weight in the beginning, which helped to keep me on track, then, I hit the dreaded plateau that I never thought would end. I was gaining and losing the same pounds over and over again. It was so frustrating. <BR> <BR> In the beginning the weight loss was easy because my MD helped me switch from ANY drug that had weight-gain as a side effect to other drugs where it wasn't a side effec... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:57:42 EST First time in EIGHT years... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185798 Today we took our bicycles out for the first time in 8 years! It was 8 years ago this month that Mike popped a wheelie on his mountain bike, fell off, and broke his femur (the biggest bone in the body!). Our friend tuned up the bikes for us so we could ride them. I think I should've done some workouts prior to the ride to get ready, because all of my muscles are killing me now! <BR> <BR> We only lasted 45 minutes, but I think that's good for our first ride in so long. We took the rail trail ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:23:44 EST Trying to go "scale-free", but not "Spark-free" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169551 I've been too reliant on my scale for my weight-loss journey. I only go on once a week - some times more, but I still want to stop. Why, you might ask? Because I know that due to medical reasons I cannot keep weight off of me anymore. The 20-odd pounds that I lost at the beginning of my journey here were due to the changes in my medications. I spoke with my MD and told her that any drugs that have weight gain as I side effect, I wanted off of. So we switched it so I was on different meds. Th... Tue, 24 May 2016 14:23:50 EST STRESSED OUT to the max!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033164 Life has been sooooooooooo stressful. My Mom was in the hospital for almost a week. She got diagnosed with diabetes and they also found a growth on her kidney. They didn't call it a tumor, just a growth. It's about 98% the size of her kidney, so they have to remove the kidney. When we had a family meeting with the doctor, he told us that it's cancer. I was surprised that he could say that without doing a biopsy, but there it is. <BR> <BR> December 16th she will have the surgery to remove th... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:59:25 EST Graduation Pics, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019432 Just wanted to share with all of you that I passed EVERYTHING and graduated today. There was a chance that I wasn't going to (long story) because of some things that happened at clinical. The instructor told me what was going on, what needed to be changed, etc., and I was able to do it all the next day so I passed clinical! <BR> <BR> Here are the pics: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f814faaf-00cf-42ff-bf3d-11f5faee8503.JPG"> - receiving my packet with all my cert... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:31:31 EST My Training Program - so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007691 The first day we did CPR and spent hours on the concrete floor practicing. My knees were killing me. At one point they let me do it on the table instead, but the damage was done. I woke up the next morning barely able to move because I was in so much pain. I was ready to quit. <BR> <BR> Spoke to the program manager, who called in one of the nurse instructors, and we worked it out. It would not be that physical anymore. That was what I was worried about - would I be able to handle the physica... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 22:32:58 EST Final Vacation Blog with tons of pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982111 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64e5cde9-0edb-4f61-8520-6a8e12222d85.JPG">OK. This is it. The final installation of my vacation pics. There's a lot here, so bare with me. These were taken the Wednesday of our vacation. We were dressed in pants and regular t-shirts thinking it would be cooler on the water - it wasn't. We were so hot that we couldn't complete the hike we wanted to. <BR> <BR> The first pics are of the Sea Shuttle, the boat the provided the tour of Salem Sound... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:43:48 EST I feel that I was discriminated against - what do you think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980896 I've been working as a home health aide (HHA) for the past 2 years. My client went into the nursing home and then later died. I've been without a new client since then, so I've been on unemployment. One thing that I MUST do to keep collecting is to do a Career Center Seminar at the Career Center. I did that and have been going to workshops there. <BR> <BR> Another good feature of the Career Center is that they can get you funding if you want to get a certification or degree, etc. I found a p... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:58:30 EST Monday of Vacation - Beautiful Sunrise and Self-Guided Walking Tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979657 Most people sleep in during vacation. Me, being the strange person that I am, woke up earlier than ever. First morning I was up at 5:11 AM because of the birds. Then the rest of the time I was up around 6 AM. Monday I got some nice pics of the sunrise: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f5d974f-9915-4a4f-8100-d93bda3fb233.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33ef3837-7df8-4c90-8687-6e3b03ebb282.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:26:34 EST Car Show Sunday of Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978942 We went to a free yearly car show .on by the Phillips House. Mr. Phillips was a famous architect and built many houses in the area. We went of a self-guided tour of his houses. That took place on a different day, so I will share those pics later on. There are just a SMALL sampling of some of the cars at the car show. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42d0a177-367f-4bf1-85d2-97a29c9e9267.JPG"> '57 Chevy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55f9c... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:39:17 EST Vacation Blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978425 We did a lot of walking during our vacation. There was one day that we did over 11 miles and another day we did over 12 miles. There was one day that we took a boat to Misery Island for a hike. We would've hiked more but it was too hot, and the boat was coming back for us. It was nice. When I put those pics up, I'll put the link there too so you can see it. The first set of pics is of our campsite - right next to the beach! <BR> <BR> This is our tent - part one <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:33:40 EST Pics of the hot air balloon outside my house at 6:30 AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962282 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a561e2e-9781-4246-b513-b63dd7359c82.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f672d29-84ae-4cb3-a064-5aff35b96cad.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b35abfc-4dfe-4286-9389-65e00658ad48.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2d3e403-7f4e-4e82-b662-c2563127fe4f.JPG"> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:17:22 EST OMG - I'm gonna lose it! I need mental help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961819 I had been seeing my therapist Marie for a long time. Then she introduced me to Terry, who could do some specialized work. At one point, the company said that I can no longer have two therapist, even though they do different things for me. I chose Terry, since he could do it all. About a year ago, Marie left the company. I was glad that I chose Terry, since he was still there - until... <BR> <BR> I just got an e-mail from him (yes, and e-mail) telling me that he's leaving the company and goi... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:48:49 EST I'm on Exercise Restrictions - UGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954509 Last week I was in pain. Then I over did it over the weekend. Sunday I was in so much pain I could barely move. I didn't even make 3,000 steps for the day. I went to the chiropractor's and he made an adjustment. My right hip was bothering me more than anything so he told me to stop hula hooping for a while. When I got home I did some yoga and walking and then ended up in pain again. I was just at the chiro's this AM and now he doesn't want me to do any exercise for a week! I listed things out... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:08:46 EST I Need Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916440 I need help, so I thought I'd post a new blog looking for some help from my great friends at SparkPeople. Lately, I have been overeating and it's getting difficult to stop. I will eat healthy meals, but then gorge on snack. <BR> <BR> Hubby didn't help me last week on my birthday by getting me a big cake and some ice cream. I tried to exercise more on those days, but I guess it didn't help because I gained a few pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm constantly gaining now and it's driving me nuts. I was doi... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:36:50 EST Snow, Snow, and More Snow - UGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873330 For those who have been following...New England has been inundated with snow. Last week we had a 3-foot blizzard. Luckily it happened on days that I didn't work, so I didn't miss any days. Any day I don't work, I don't get paid. Then we got another foot a few days later. This past Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, we had a 4-day snow event that brought us another foot of snow. We're due for a Thur - Fri snow storm this week. Then another one on Sunday. The weather people I think are afrai... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:50:08 EST Cute blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858871 OK, I've got it all straightened out now and can add the pics to this blog. Here they are: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749635858.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l273356631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are our "kids". The cat is named Lucky and the bunny is named Storm. They don't usually get along. Usually Storm annoys Lucky until she takes off. This was a new one. We came home one day to find the kids laying down on my recliner. The... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:02:07 EST 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