WISHICOULDFLY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WISHICOULDFLY WISHICOULDFLY'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/ Moving on...July WILL be GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729856 June was pretty much a disaster for me for a LOT of reasons, BUT I am following the example of another SparkFriend and using it as a “Teaching Moment”. <BR> <BR> I have gained 8.2 POUNDS <em>39</em> since my low weight of 248.6 on March 16th. What have I learned? <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I MUST weigh in DAILY. If I don’t, I “put off” eating as well as I should and exercising because I think I can catch up if I am really good the next day (which obviously did not happen). I fall right ba... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:51:56 EST It's time for another get to know your Spark friends.  http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728586 Your go to chewing gum flavour… Pretty much avoid gum. TMJ problems AND I am avoiding artificial sweeteners! <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… When you KNOW the depressing winter is OVER <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what colour would you be…. Revlon's Chilliest Rose (circa 1973) <BR> <BR> Favourite pie.. Coconut Cream <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… The Beatles: Hello Goodbye ("'I Am the Walrus" was the B side <BR> <BR> • Current perfume you use...None...BUT would use ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:41:20 EST Handling Disappointment: One of my Greatest Weaknesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718425 <BR> <em>227</em> Disclaimer: Do not read this if you are not in the mood for "Pity Party". <BR> <BR> I have been trying to work on this, but I do NOT handle disappointment well. At all. ESPECIALLY when it involves something that I have been anticipating for a very long time. My brain is wired to visualize future events and it does. Frequently. In fact, I can have almost as much fun anticipating a vacation as the vacation. I am not kidding. It is like a little movie in my head. For year... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:09:08 EST Special Dinner Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686290 Tonight we are getting together with my daughter and going out to dinner at a fabulous restaurant at a the beach. This will be an advance, joint celebration to include her 29th birthday, my 57th and Mothers Day. My best friend (and also a surrogate grandma to both of my kids, so she is really family) is coming along and my daughter's girlfriend will be there too. I am going to eat well today with lots of veggies and water. We plan on getting there early and doing a lot of walking, so that is ... Sat, 3 May 2014 08:27:15 EST Plan for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684590 <BR> My plan for May is to: <BR> <BR> 1. Weigh in every day (that I am home). <BR> <BR> As my sister would say "This keeps me honest." <BR> <BR> 2. Knock off the binging and get a Binge Free streak going. <BR> <BR> I have had some rough patches in my life and crumbled, but I have to get a grip. Binging only makes my stress WORSE. <BR> <BR> 3. Give the lemon and cayenne beverage a try in the morning. <BR> <BR> I tried this for the first time this morning. AWFUL. Maybe I... Thu, 1 May 2014 06:29:17 EST My Niece Loves Horses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682899 ...and this was on her FB page this morning. This even LOOKS like her as a little girl! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1693722644.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a blessed Tuesday! <em>41</em> <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:32:01 EST The Bra Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667679 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1652303894.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1255122217.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296592726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: This blog may contain TMI. If you cannot handle a frank discussion about breasts and bras, leave now. If you decide to read on, you will at least know that you are not alone. If you are male and do not wear a bra, at least this will give you one more thing to... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:28:41 EST April is off to a good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665530 Although I am not "delighted" with last week, I AM pleased. I am back on track with my eating, not perfect but definitely an improvement. I hit my minimum <em>550</em> 5 servings of fruits/veggies, <em>194</em> 8 cups of water and I did not binge <em>224</em> . I feel like I have a realistic plan and my start in April gives me the boost to do even better this week. <BR> <BR> I struggle with overcoming my "all or nothing" way of thinking and I have devised a simple spreadsheet to ass... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:56:02 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659979 The last 2 months have been a nightmare. I won't go into details for A.) legal reasons, B.) I do not want to relive it. Suffice it to say I have been stress eating. It had been YEARS since I had been in the 240s and I was so excited about really making it to my goal "this time" and now I have crept back up to 251.4 as of today. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so sick of spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. I need to figure out how to motivate myself to be consistently committed, regardless of outs... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:23:41 EST Truth Be Told... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648989 Truth be told, "Fabulous February" turned out to be not so Fabulous. <em>39</em> Sigh. As much as I tried and fought my way, I'll admit that I did succumb to my usual winter depression. I neglected my Spark Friends because I did not want to bring anyone else down and I did not feel I could be positive enough to help anyone. I felt guilty about it but I could not help myself, let alone anyone else and I did not want to "infect" anyone with any negativity and failure. So I backed off from in... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:42:05 EST Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629388 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l992061493.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Little darling <em>335</em> <BR> It seems like years since it's been clear <em>335</em> <BR> Here comes the sun <em>335</em> <BR> Here comes the sun, and I say <em>335</em> <BR> It's all right <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I went for a walk a lunch time today and listened to Abbey Road. I am so glad to see the snow melt, even it is IS only a brief respite. There is more snow on tap for early n... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:53:34 EST Steppin' Back to 1973 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613432 Anyone remember the Marshall Tucker Band? I just got back from my walk and listened to the entire album. I had forgotten how friggin' awesome they are. Great Blues! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3neDglqhEI </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1484056990.jpg"> <BR> I had another great day today food-wise and exercise. I am all set for tomorrow and have pre-tracked my meals and am all packed up for the morning. I feel really good about having a... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:45:08 EST Moving DD this Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604046 We are moving our daughter to her year round rental tomorrow. She took a position at the beach back in September and there were no rentals available except for a furnished vacation rental which she was renting month to month and had to move out no later that April 30th. This will be the FOURTH move for her in less than a year. Hopefully she will stay at this place until she can save up enough to buy a home. <BR> <BR> She has had a crazy year. Her first move was from a studio apartment to mo... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:18:48 EST Monday - Fast Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599209 This is what I will have on my fast day tomorrow for 500 calories and 66 grams of protein: <BR> <BR> 6 oz. Fage PLAIN yogurt <BR> <BR> SOUP <BR> 1 C. chopped bell peppers <BR> .5 C. chopped onion <BR> 1 C. chopped celery <BR> 1 C. Bob's Red Mill Organic TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) <BR> 1 T. Better Than Boullion Vegetarian Chicken Base <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1432760225.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will make the my "fast soup" tonight . I thought this would be awf... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:37:10 EST Trying Something New (and tortuous!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596319 I finally decided to give "The Fast Diet" a whirl. <BR> If you are not familiar, "The Fast Diet" AKA the 5:2 Diet is basically this: <BR> <BR> Two days a week you keep your calories to a 500 per day (for women, men get 600) and the rest of the week eat normally. I have been stuck at 252 for a while so I am going to see if I can do this. My SparkFriend FIFIFRIZZLE has had great success with this method. I'll let you know if this breaks my plateau. I think I will try to do my "fast days" on Mo... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:24:44 EST Dreary Day for a Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583214 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1550823323.jpg"> <BR> ...but I got myself out there anyway. That's something. I am really, really, really trying to keep from falling into my usual January depression by getting out for some fresh air and sunshine a few days a week. It was so bleak and miserable out. I was starting to think that maybe I should have stayed inside on the treadmill. Then I saw THIS: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774744128.jpg"> ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:36:41 EST One Guinea Pig at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579991 My <em>223</em> _KATHY_ reposted the hilarious, "thought-provoking" blog: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579416 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know I can reach my goal, one Guinea Pig at a time. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> What is YOUR goal? Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:55:42 EST Planning + Prep + Follow Through = Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577983 <BR> <BR> One of the things I have been making recently and thoroughly enjoying is homemade vegetable soup. It tastes so much better than the canned soups and is SO EASY (and cheap) to make. Not to mention , it is packed with nutrients, fiber and I can control the sodium. I can zap it in the microwave for a warm snack or add it to my lunch at work. <BR> <BR> The only problem I was having was that I was storing it in ziploc containers and it kept getting jostled and would leak in my lunch ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:48:00 EST Taking a POLL: Should I Join Biggest Loser Competition at Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576425 Disclaimer: This is a LONG, rambling blog intended to organize my thoughts. If you are here to help me make a decision and want to skip the preamble, go straight to paragraph 4. <BR> <BR> 1. First off, let me say that I work for an AWESOME small company. Since I started 3 years ago we have grown from 21 employees to 27 and are slated to hire 2 more in the coming months. We have outgrown our space and will be moving to a brand new facility in 2014. Business has been phenomenal and shows no ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:02:36 EST Emerald City Cue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573028 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208873562.jpg"> <BR> I went to get a BADLY needed pedicure yesterday. I used to do it myself (and not nearly as nicely!) when we had kids at home and then in college. Finances eased up a bit a few years ago and I started treating myself to a pedicure every 3 weeks when I started my current job. One of the things I enjoy is that I am permitted to wear open toed shoes or sandals in the workplace. I feel that if you show your toes at work... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:12:45 EST Decorations- #16 - - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565361 Decorations- #16 <BR> <BR> I am a little sad about the light situation. I wanted a LOT outside and only got them on the front door. My fave is lots of blue lights. When we are retired I WILL have excessive lights! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Front door. Boring. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1321789862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973760950.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:05:15 EST Relaxation - #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564187 Relaxation - #14 - - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge <BR> <BR> I got to sleep in today, <em>106</em> drink coffee, read and relax. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I will be going to do some shopping today and we were going to go out for breakfast, but he wanted to go to Bob Evans. I knew that by the time we showered and got there it would be LATE and I would be STARVING and probably would make bad choices...SO….I decided to treat myself and make something I do not have time to do during the work wee... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:03:11 EST Someone I Love - #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563337 Someone I Love - #11 - - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> Of course I love my human family, but I also dearly love my <em>172</em> rabbits. This is Gerard and Violet decked out in their holiday garb at the vet's office last week. <em>460</em> HOPPY HOLIDAYS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583935305.jpg"> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:03:15 EST Breakfast - #11 - - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562658 Breakfast Salad! Not for me - for my rabbits, Gerard and Violet: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843245756.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sandwich thin with Yves Veggie Bologna: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342231333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Grapefruit juice (soon to be blended) with frozen Strawberries: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l948055991.jpg"> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:45:04 EST Look What I Found! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561845 I was reading an article on my Start Page about feature that SparkPeople has that we might not be aware of and I discover the Spark Summary. I think this will be a HUGE help to me in staying within my calories ranges. <BR> <BR> I think this is the link to get there <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stay-on-<BR>track-calendar.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If that does not work, go to: <BR> <BR> -My Reports <BR> -Spark Summary <BR> <BR> I see now why I am not losing i... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:24:40 EST No Snakes - #8 - Best Part of Winter - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559990 I am not really crazy about winter once Christmas is over, but I have to say, I DO enjoy hiking and walking and not having to worry about snakes. I am terrified of them! <BR> <BR> I googled "NO SNAKES" and the pix I saw were too scary for me to look at except for this one. This is a "No Snakes Allowed" for a garden. Ha ha hahaha! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65939553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:56:46 EST Gerard & Violet go to the Vet (#6 - To-do list - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559175 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l439231823.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I took Gerard and Violet to the vet for their <em>282</em> "well-bunny check-up". This has been on my <em>52</em> "To Do List" for quite some time. Rabbits can take cooler temperatures but are vulnerable to heat, so I always take them in the late fall so they will not get too warm in the car while I stop at the Dansko Outlet afterward. This year I was later than usual. <BR> <BR> Gerard will be 7 in A... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 14:58:39 EST #5 - Homemade - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557885 <BR> <BR> I have 2 homemade apple pies in my freezer for Christmas . They are extra special this year because I was able to find Cortland apples at the Farmers Market. My apple pies made with Granny Smith apples have always gotten amazing reviews from my family, but this year, they went Cah-RA-Zeee! <em>4</em> I was so tired of peeling, coring, slicing and making pie crust; I made 6 of them in November for Thanksgiving. I have these two made ahead and my hubby does not want to share them... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 20:08:31 EST #4 - Winter Beauty - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556525 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1355966884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I put in a 100 miles a day driving to and from work. Last year I had a few icy, snowy commutes that were horrendous. This year I am prepared. I just got brand new Bridgestone Blizzak Snow & Ice Tires. Trust me. They ARE a thing of beauty to ME. <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 06:37:56 EST #3 - Morning - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555669 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l263104600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I enjoy taking the time for ME in the morning to Spark and sip on my coffee. I make it a point to get up early enough to have my "me time" and it sets the tone for the day. Must have: insulated to go mug! I drink one or two cups at home and another on the drive in to work. <BR> <BR> On a side note, last year when my coffee maker died, my hubby wanted to get me a new one - Kuerig. I told him absolutely NOT. ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 06:28:21 EST SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge - 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555458 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440051791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 - Lights <BR> This is not my home, BUT if I could talk the hubby into it, I would have LOTS and LOTS of lights! I always say, "You can never have too many Christmas Lights"! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l144206045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 - Tradition <BR> My "kids" are 28 and 30 and they still look forward to seeing their Christmas stockings. I made them for them when ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 22:00:49 EST No Bugs, Artificial Sweeteners or Fructose in MY Yogurt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549643 I stopped buying the Dannon Light & Fit Cherry Yogurt when I found out the carmine (bugs!) that they use to color the yogurt. It just grosses me out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wjla.com/articles/2013/07/bugs-u<BR>sed-in-dannon-strawberry-yogurt-91930.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> I also have been trying to avoid artificial sweeteners and fructose because I have discovered that they really do make me crave sugar. <BR> <BR> It is quite pricey and also hard to find yogurt without these additives... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:41:12 EST 2 Month Follow Up at the Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544940 Last night I went in for my follow up appointment with the doctor to get the results of my bloodwork and to weigh in after 2 months. During my initial appointment in September, she asked me if I had considered bariatric surgery and I freaked. It was indeed a wake up call. I could no longer ignore that my morbid obesity is dangerous enough to my health that extreme measures needed to be considered. This was not a personal affront to me. It was simply FACT. I KNEW that I had to stop talking ab... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:48:27 EST Self-Destruction AVERTED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541377 I am very proud of myself tonight. I had to stop at the grocery store and was STARVING. The grocery store I go to always has cake by the slice and I saw they had red velvet with LOTS of icing. I picked it up. I put it down. I picked it up again and thought, "well, I suppose I could have just this and nothing else for dinner. That would not be too bad.". Mind you, this cake probably has no less that a half a cup of icing! I thought about eating it in the car in the parking lot and throwing awa... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:18:15 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530787 258.6. I am frustrated and very annoyed that the scale is barely moving. At the rate I am going it will take FOREVER for me to reach goal. At least it is going down and not up. My sister is right, if I want to lose weight I have to get used to being hungry. Apparently 1600 to 1800 calories is not low enough for me to drop 2 pounds a week. If I go below 1600 I am hungry. I eat plenty of veggies and whole grains and make sure to get my protein in. I'm off the crack (AKA Diet Coke), so I am not ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:36:48 EST First Visit to a Chiropractor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521975 I have had a stiff neck for a few days now. I have been taking ibuprophen and I thought it was getting a little better but it was killing me yesterday morning. My new boss has been suggesting a chiropractic /physical therapy group for a while. Several other coworkers highly recommend them, so I called and they got me in. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I have had neck and TMJ problems and off and on for YEARS. They used the electrical current thingy on me (I think they call it TENS?) and put ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:34:44 EST New SparkPeople Start Page is a DAILY Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520024 <BR> I love the new start page and that we are able to personalize it. This is something I want to work on even more this weekend because I KNOW it will be extremely important in helping to KEEP me motivated. <BR> <BR> You list your goals and they pop up in a banner in pretty little colored posters that speak privately and exclusively to YOU. Yep your own personal messages, whatever they might be. And no one see them but YOU. You know what THAT means don't cha? <em>100</em> You can be a... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:36:06 EST Friday NIght Sunset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517768 This is what I saw on my way home last night when I was nearly home. I am not too crazy about Maryland's Eastern Shore as I miss hills and trees, BUT they DO have amazing sunsets. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480094285.jpg"> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:13:25 EST Weekend was FUN, Productive, Relaxing AND Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512886 I had a wonderful weekend. The hubby was (and still is) away on a fishing trip so I got to do what I wanted without any distractions or having to consider anyone else. <BR> <BR> Friday after work, I stopped and visited with an old friend I had not seen for ages. Then I went home and walked Ren, put in some laundry and hunkered down in bed, and caught up on some Nashville and Parenthood. It is awesome being "Queen of the Remote"! <BR> <BR> Saturday, I ran errands with another close friend,... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 06:32:28 EST Rain, Rain, Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510445 Such a treat to go out in the cold rain <em>27</em> to walk my hubby's dog this morning at 5:40. Not. Hubby is away on a fishing trip and will not be back until Tuesday afternoon, so I have to walk him and I hate it because he pulls and goes crazy when he sees other dogs. Ren (short for Renoir, inherited from DD) is a German Shepard and is great with people but HATES other dogs. This probably has something to do with a Pit Bull attacking my daughter while she and Ren were out for a run. <... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:23:56 EST Why This is a Tough Time of the Year for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507463 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850634812.jpg"> <BR> Candy Corn. I LOVE it. Very, very much. I had to stop at the store tonight for a couple things and there it was calling me. I picked it up. I put it back. I picked it up again and then I talked myself out of it knowing full well that I would eat the entire bag and then have to sleep it off like a drunk after a binge. <BR> <BR> <BR> Then I saw THIS: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1647716375.jpg... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 22:41:33 EST 30 Years Ago TODAY, I Weighed 186 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498284 ...And I thought that I was GINORMOUS! <em>29</em> This was the weight when I checked into the newest state of the art "Birthing Center" <em>79</em> to deliver my firstborn Chase. <em>183</em> <BR> <BR> I always knew I wanted kids, but I was not prepared for the INSTANT bond with my baby and the overwhelming realization that "This is it. I'm am now a full fledged adult. I am a MOTHER. I am responsible for keeping another human being ALIVE." Scary. <BR> <BR> I learned more about ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 06:39:01 EST This is the Decor in my Son's Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492555 Sorry. I posted this from my Ipad and could not get the pix right side up! <em>40</em> <BR> All fixed now: <BR> His living room: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l27011171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The "base" for his Ironman Halloween costume. There will be lights in the final product and more (he majored in Art) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073113522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The "must have" TV for watching Star Trek, Ironman, X-Files,... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:33:53 EST My Doctor Visit Tonight and the "S" Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487730 So, I had my annual physical scheduled for today. <em>282</em> I was not looking forward to it because of course I have not lost any weight since last year. So what's new? <em>39</em> I have been "maintaining" for about five years now. I had to bite the bullet because I needed to go in to get a flu shot, a refill on my acid reflux meds and I wanted to see about getting a Shingles vaccine. Both of my sisters came down with Shingles last year and it was awful. I also am due to have my cho... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:14:18 EST Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484279 9/13 262.8 <BR> 9/12 263.4 <BR> 9/11 264.6 <BR> 9/10 263.2 <BR> 9/9 264 (sodium for party is likely the culprit) <BR> <BR> 9/8 263 OK. I am not upset because I know I will fluctuate. It is the loss over time that matters AND I have peace with myself that I am consistently doing my best and have stayed in my calorie range and got in my exercise. I WILL continue to chip away! This makes 2.4 pounds lost for one week. 24 pound in ten weeks from now at this rate? I'll take it. <BR> 9/7... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 06:24:41 EST Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483344 9/12 263.4 <BR> 9/11 264.6 <BR> 9/10 263.2 <BR> 9/9 264 (sodium for party is likely the culprit) <BR> <BR> 9/8 263 OK. I am not upset because I know I will fluctuate. It is the loss over time that matters AND I have peace with myself that I am consistently doing my best and have stayed in my calorie range and got in my exercise. I WILL continue to chip away! This makes 2.4 pounds lost for one week. 24 pound in ten weeks from now at this rate? I'll take it. <BR> 9/7 262.2 <BR> 9/6 ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:06:06 EST I KNEW it was too good to be true! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482990 <BR> Last week I tried Ajinomoto Vegetable Chow Mein from Sam's Club in the frozen section. There are 6 individual packages in the box for $8 or $9 (I do not remember, but it was very reasonable). I rarely eat meat or chicken, so I snapped this up to try. I figured I could toss in some shrimp or tofu to boost the protein. It is SO easy to make. Take out of the wrapping and place in a microwave safe bowl microwave for 3.5 minutes. Then stir and let sit for a minute. Done. It is DELICIOUS! ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:49:26 EST Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482320 9/11 264.6 <BR> 9/10 263.2 <BR> 9/9 264 (sodium for party is likely the culprit) <BR> <BR> 9/8 263 OK. I am not upset because I know I will fluctuate. It is the loss over time that matters AND I have peace with myself that I am consistently doing my best and have stayed in my calorie range and got in my exercise. I WILL continue to chip away! This makes 2.4 pounds lost for one week. 24 pound in ten weeks from now at this rate? I'll take it. <BR> 9/7 262.2 <BR> 9/6 264 <BR> 9/5 264... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:27:00 EST Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481295 9/10 263.2 <BR> 9/9 264 (sodium for party is likely the culprit) <BR> <BR> 9/8 263 OK. I am not upset because I know I will fluctuate. It is the loss over time that matters AND I have peace with myself that I am consistently doing my best and have stayed in my calorie range and got in my exercise. I WILL continue to chip away! This makes 2.4 pounds lost for one week. 24 pound in ten weeks from now at this rate? I'll take it. <BR> 9/7 262.2 <BR> 9/6 264 <BR> 9/5 264 I KNOW this has g... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:08:58 EST Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480187 9/9 264 (sodium for party is likely the culprit) <BR> <BR> 9/8 263 OK. I am not upset because I know I will fluctuate. It is the loss over time that matters AND I have peace with myself that I am consistently doing my best and have stayed in my calorie range and got in my exercise. I WILL continue to chip away! This makes 2.4 pounds lost for one week. 24 pound in ten weeks from now at this rate? I'll take it. <BR> <BR> 9/7 262.2 <BR> 9/6 264 <BR> 9/5 264 I KNOW this has got to move d... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 06:30:45 EST