WVAWACKADOO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WVAWACKADOO WVAWACKADOO'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/ Missed 3 days of blogging...gained 4 lbs. I believe there is a connection... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169170 I did not fall off the wagon, but I have not blogged since Thursday. Anything that I'd say would be just excuses. I hit the Kroger hard today & am back on the scene. The best Sparkpeople tools that work for me are...weighing in daily...tracking my food...blogging...drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water... getting 7-8 hrs. of sleep...food portion & eventually...soon...exercise will be added...That is all for now. I need to head for bed & get my beauty sleep... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>24</em> ... Mon, 23 May 2016 23:38:35 EST Wam, Bam...No Thank You, Mam... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166542 I was NOT happy to see a 2 lb. gain today on the scale...and yet...I spent the day eating junk. I feel lousy but I am not jumping off the wagon...just tired & disgusted. Plan to go to bed early. I have another long 12 hour + day tomorrow, so my plan is to absolutely eat healthy food, watch portion control & to take three breaks tomorrow & WALK around the perimeter of the property which is about a mile. It is supposed to be nice weather, so I have no excuses. I have not tracked my food yet tod... Thu, 19 May 2016 21:13:27 EST OK, it is really Wednesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165842 Today was a long but busy day. My husband & I went to the Waffle House this morning. For me, that will be a ONCE a YEAR activity...the food all tasted heavy & greasy...I only had 2 scrambled eggs, 2 sausage patties, 2 slices of raisin bran & a small glass of OJ. I did not have any lunch & had a late dinner...I fixed some Tilapia fish (yuck...I think that I will stick to flounder) & some veggies. I am tired & plan to get to bed earlier this eve. I am still down 20 lbs. this morning but I did g... Wed, 18 May 2016 21:01:47 EST Tuesday again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165223 I stayed up till 2:00 A.M. last night...not a smart move...but fortunately, because I am an old retired fart, I could sleep in. Unfortunately my bladder was up 3X, so I was very tired when I crawled out of bed at almost 11:00 (almost 9 hrs. but interrupted sleep). My day got better when I got on the scale...I remember when I was a lot younger & when I turned 31, I said...OMG, I am IN my thirties...when the scale read 239.6, I said OMG, I'm IN my thirties. Back on April 4th, I weighed 260 lbs.... Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:05 EST It is actually still Monday for me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164542 It is 1:05 A.M. & even though it is after midnight, I still consider this Monday. I so appreciate all the wonderful supportive comments & suggestions that I received after my Not-So-Good day on Sunday. I had a much better day today...ate healthy & a lot less. I was floored to find 1 less lb. on the scale this morning..I think my body must have worked overtime to get rid of all that fat..haha. ANYway, it is almost 1:30 so I better head for bed & get my Beauty Sleep, Take care. <BR> <BR> JANEY... Tue, 17 May 2016 01:20:43 EST Did a lot of Wrong stuff today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163584 I did not sleep well last night...had an early full breakfast, knowing that I had a busy day. Went to church with a friend & ended up having lunch much earlier in the day than I usually do. We went to O'Charley's & I let TWO rolls WITH butter suck me in...I wasn't all that hungry & I still had the Ultimate Omelet (which is 4 eggs +). I should have quit RIGHT there...but I didn't. Later in the day, with the same friend...went to her daughter's piano recital. There were some delicious cookies &... Sun, 15 May 2016 18:26:54 EST I Need More Balance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163043 Once again, I put off eating breakfast & had a late lunch instead. It wasn't a real busy day & as a result, I found myself eating when I wasn't even hungry. I had a total of 1,213 calories, but 730 of them were snacks. Even though I stayed within or below my nutrition ranges, I still feel like I could have made better food choices...& tomorrow is a NEW day & I shall do better...Take care everyone & enjoy the rest of the weekend... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>211</em> Sat, 14 May 2016 21:01:11 EST Friday the 13th... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162427 I found myself saying OMG...here comes Friday the 13th, but today was a pretty good day...I sort of put off breakfast till later as I had to be somewhere at 12:00 & I figured that there would be a lot of not so good food choices...but surprise...there was hardly ANY food there...no big choices to be made. Came home & had a late lunch & dinner & stayed within or below my nutrition ranges. Hoping to sleep better tonight. Take care & have a good weekend. <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 21:48:04 EST Mr. Scale Still Winking at Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161808 Really surprised...down almost another pound...260 on April 4th & 241 this morning. I find myself dreading the day (probably soon) that I get on the scale & it just sort of stays there & there's no more losing that day. I know that it is not that big of a deal...it's not about the numbers. I have heard that it is not good to weigh yourself every day, but it seems to help me stay on course. I had two snacks today that were pretty "pricey" but I still stayed within my nutrition ranges. Maybe I'... Thu, 12 May 2016 22:42:12 EST Mr. Scale Winked at Me again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161113 Happy to lose some more weight this morning...I must have worked out in my sleep...haha...I sometimes wonder if my blogging is being done right. I feel more like I keeping a journal or a diary, rather than helping any SP people. I really need to take the time to read other blogs & help others w/supportive comments. I so appreciate all the wonderful SP support & I need to give back more...I will make that one of my goals...I am now down 18.6 lbs. & thrilled. Hope that you all are having a good... Wed, 11 May 2016 21:48:23 EST Good to Relax... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160383 I slept pretty well last night & it was nice not to have a time & place to be this morning. I basically did laundry & tried to get back in the groove. Was pleased with another lb. down today..not sure, but I must be doing something right..I'm just glad that eating healthy is becoming a pretty good way of life. I miss my sweets, but the fresh fruit helps. Hope that everyone had a great weekend & will have a good week. Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> Tue, 10 May 2016 21:05:13 EST Monday, Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159702 I slept well last night & hit the ground running...my daughter, Jan-Marie & her husband drove in from Michigan for Mother's Day & left this eve. JM & I spent most of the day, running around looking at houses...JUST IN CASE...her hubby gets a job here in Dayton & they relocate. JM & I had a fun day on Sun. too. We went to see the movie...Mother's Day...it was great show...very funny & a few sad moments too...just like life...I did pretty good today with my food choices & stayed within my nutri... Mon, 9 May 2016 21:32:23 EST Missed a Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159072 Can't believe that I finally missed a day of blogging...it was my first day that I missed since April 4th. Sat. was a busy day...I got my son settled into his apt. & then left town (Wheeling, W.Va.) & drove back home to Dayton, Ohio. I brought my husband up to speed about my week away. I was exhausted & went to bed & didn't even remember to track or blog on SP. I was thrilled when I got on the scale this morning. Prior to my trip to W.Va. I weighed myself daily. I really expected to lose more... Sun, 8 May 2016 23:50:53 EST OMG...I am Sooooooo Tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157915 I will make it short & sweet...My son's surgery is over...he is fine...I am exhausted & I will be heading for home tomorrow. All week long I have been below my nutrition ranges...WAY below. Today? Not so much...I hit the DQ at lunch time & had my favorites...a small chocolate milkshake & a hotdog...didn't really feel guilty...but it was a good example of Don't Get Tired & Don't Get Hungry...I was too tired to care & I headed right for the DQ...Oh well...tomorrow is a new day. Take care & have... Fri, 6 May 2016 23:33:25 EST Another Busy Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157246 My son, Farley is feeling better & I think that I will be comfortable leaving here on Sat. & heading for Dayton. I met with my son's landlord & made some arrangements for my son's apt. to be cleaned & some repairs made...I went to bed last night about 10:00 & slept almost straight through till 6:00. I ate a healthy breakfast this morning & it is a good thing that I did, as I was so busy, I skipped lunch & didn't eat any dinner till about 8:00 P.M. I have only had about 754 calories, so I am g... Thu, 5 May 2016 23:16:33 EST Home Sweet Home...from the Hospital, that is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156526 I am still in W.Va. & I finally got my son released from the hospital. It has been a long 3 days (surgery was on Mon). I made it a point to eat breakfast but sort of skipped lunch, as I was busy getting Farley checked out & then we stopped to get his Rxs. Ate dinner late & am still happy with my food choices & nutrition ranges. I am tired & hope to get some sleep tonight..won't have to set the alarm for 7:00 to hurry & get to the hospital, to catch the doctor...That is all for now. Take care.... Wed, 4 May 2016 21:24:05 EST Still "Hangin" out at the Hospital... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155907 My son is still in the hospital but hopefully will be discharged tomorrow...then the fun begins...taking care of him myself at the hotel...I did better today eating, only had time for a banana for breakfast...ate a late lunch at 1:30 in the hosp. cafeteria & then met a good friend for a late dinner...fell just below my minimum nutrition ranges. Am tired & going to bed...hope that all is well in your part of the world. Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> Tue, 3 May 2016 23:30:15 EST A Long, Long Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155178 OK, I'm back...I didn't have time last night to say much. I was tired & ran out of time. TODAY was a Long day... I am in W.Va. with my son, Farley had what was supposed to be outpatient surgery today for a hernia. I had to have him there at 9:00 but they didn't start surgery till 1:00. After talking with the Dr. & waiting for him to get out of the recovery room, I was informed that the Dr. had decided to ADMIT him. He was having breathing problems (sleep apnea maybe) high BP & possible blood ... Mon, 2 May 2016 23:06:14 EST a Quick One... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154401 Tired...more tomorrow <BR> <BR> JANEY Sun, 1 May 2016 23:59:53 EST A Good Time...but Too Many Calories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153530 Well...I went to a college graduation party at a Mexican reception this afternoon. I am not a big fan of Mexican food...way too spicy for me. It seemed like a safe idea to get chicken quesadilla & some rice...also had one small piece of cake...OMG...had no idea the calories were going to be so much. I wasn't sure how to track the quesadilla, so just used the nutrition info from Taco Bell. ANYway...dinner will be LIGHT...if anyone has a good way to track food when eating out (if the info is n... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:25:23 EST Poor choices, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153001 Played euchre with the "old" people at the Sr. Ctr. today & somewhat caved in & had one too many snacks there. However the day is still young & I still have a good many calories, etc. I am determined to stay in my nutrition ranges before this day ends. Take care & have a great weekend... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>24</em> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:32:52 EST Just a quick check in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152442 Had a pretty good day...busy with friends & staying on track. Mr. Happy Scale winked at me this morning. When I started back to SP, earlier this month, I weighed in at 260...this morning I weighed 247. I am tracking my food religiously & really watching portion sizes. ANYway, that is the latest from me...Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:36:04 EST Stop the Madness at 9:00... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151708 I am typing as fast as I can, because tonight I plan to get OFF this laptop, take my meds by 9:00 & get to bed by 11:00. Maybe I will sleep better today. G'night sweet SP friends...Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>24</em> <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:57:25 EST Just a nice day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151069 Did not sleep well, but still managed to get up at a decent hour...had a good breakfast. Went to a monthly support group at a local nursing home. I started attending the meetings back in 2005 when my Dad was a resident there. Many people helped me through that part of my life & I have continued going to the meetings to stay in touch & also to help the new family members attending. I pretty much missed lunch but ate a healthy dinner. Now I just need to get off my laptop, take my eve. meds & ge... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:35:14 EST Just a little bit of cake...hmmmmmm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150351 Did not sleep well & got up late...did not have breakfast, but ate a solid lunch before heading out...again...that ole thinking...well, I didn't heave breakfast...so a couple pieces of cake won't hurt...hmmmm...dangerous thinking. I helped to host a Hiring ceremony at the Beavercreek Fire Dept. & the refreshments were cake & punch...I better get OFF the Social committee. The food is usually junk -fun food. I am also on the On-Scene committee & the Victim Assistance committee, but they were sh... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:41:11 EST A Run Around Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149470 I slept better last night...even though I did a lot of things wrong...in that I ate dinner too late, stayed on my laptop too long & went to bed too late. I spent most of today, running around looking at Open Houses. I am just sort of scouting the area for possible houses, should my daughter, JM & her husband eventually move back to the area. I ate breakfast about 10 & actually didn't take the time to have any lunch. I fixed some flounder for dinner but I think that I've only had about 1,000 c... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:54:50 EST Another Fun Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148893 Played euchre with some other "old people" at a different Senior Ctr. that included a meal. I enjoyed the cards, declined the meal & WON...yes, I WON the 50-50 raffle...$104.00 Could not believe it. Went out to dinner with two friends at Longhorn Steakhouse. I had a 6oz. prime rib, potato & a small amt. of rice...did not have any dessert & had about 4 large glasses of water. It was a fun day...good friends, good euchre & my wallet is a little bit more heavy...haha. Take care everyone & enjoy ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:11:48 EST A very disrupted schedule today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148303 I slept better last night & had a great day...played euchre with the "old people" at the local Senior Center & yes I fit right in, even at 67. I ate breakfast at home & had two cookies & some strawberries at the Ctr. instead of a healthy lunch. I made a meatloaf but just had a small amt. before I was out the door again. Played euchre again from 7-10:00 P.M. I had 2 deviled eggs there & a handful of M&Ms...I will have to take a wild-A-guess to track my food today. Did a lot of talking & laughi... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:44:28 EST Just another Rainy Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147334 Did not sleep well, but thank You, Lord that I am retired & was able to sleep in a bit. Did not have breakfast, because my husband & I were meeting friends for lunch. Even though I got my stitches, I still find myself looking for soft food. I chose a bowl of broccoli & cheese soup & some applesauce...I was tempted to have a sandwich too, but I am really working hard on portion control & I feel a lot better not feeling "stuffed" after a meal. Trying to increase my water intake, but I hate gett... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:06:27 EST It's not really Thursday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146922 I was typing as fast as I can but couldn't get my post in before midnight, but I still consider this my Wed. blog. I had a busy day, running errands...I broke down & had a pkg. of M&Ms...the first chocolate (REAL chocolate) since my dental surgery (April 7th). It tasted wonderful & it did not throw me into a tail spin. I tracked it...230 calories...pretty pricey but I still stayed within my nutrition ranges. Went to see a movie this eve. with a good friend...the name of the movie was "Hello, ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:26:03 EST A nice but expensive disruption in my schedule... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145818 My husband & I drove to Lebanon, OH to meet my sister-in-law & brother-in-law for lunch. The restaurant (Golden Lamb) was beautiful, but pricey & the menu was limited for me. Because I get my stitches out today, I am still limited as to what I can eat..also it is hard to track the food. I had to just take a wild-A guess. We stopped at an ice cream parlor...always a downfall for me...but my lovely little mind said to myself...well, you didn't have breakfast...soooo...OMG, when I tracked what I... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:37:06 EST Tried something new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145026 Slept better last night...woke up & found myself in the kitchen trying to decide on something different for breakfast. I ended up creating something new for myself. I don't drink coffee & my husband seldom drinks any, so I decided to put away the coffeemaker & bring out the ole blender. I figure that if it is OUT on the counter, I am more likely to use it. ANYway, I made a very tasty smoothie drink ...1/2 cup of strawberries, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1 sm. banana, 1/2 cup of skim milk & one Je... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:45:36 EST Not much going on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144337 Pretty normal day...tracking my food, drinking my water, walked a mile with a neighbor & happy to be back in SP world... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> JANEY Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:44:21 EST Keeping Busy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143864 Did not sleep well...had a busy day though...managed to get a lot of household "chores" done in the morning & spent a good part of the day, making some calls to good friends & then I had to go to a BFD Aux. meeting that lasted 3+ hours. The weather was beautiful & I also managed to track my food & prepared my food ahead of time, which helped me make some smarter decisions with my nutrition. Hope that everyone has had a great weekend. Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 22:36:51 EST Living on the Edge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143234 I slept better, but did not stick to a very healthy food plan today. My schedule was sort of off & I made some poor decisions choosing trigger foods. I stayed within all my nutrition ranges, but I will feel better, when I get back on my regular schedule...tracking my food right away, eating my meals regularly & blogging earlier in the day. Oh well, Tomorrow is a New Day. Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>24</em> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:36:18 EST Real food... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142360 Slept better...had lunch with some friends today & felt like it was my first Real Food meal...had a small portion of grilled meatloaf (never had it that way) small amt. of mashed potatoes & a side of applesauce. It was all soft enough to eat & I enjoyed every morsel...washed it all down with gallons of water. Got my haircut today & think that probably relieved me of a few lbs. Haha...ANYway, am having a good day & I hope that you are too. Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>41</em> <BR> <BR... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:33:24 EST Another Good Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141705 Did not sleep well...am really tired of saying that...Hoping for a better night tonight. My husband, Henry & I went to see a movie this afternoon...Big Fat Greek Wedding #2...It was so funny & sad at times too. Laughter is good for the soul & I enjoyed relaxing. I have to continue eating soft food until I get my stitches out on April 18, so needless to say, I had no popcorn at the movie...not a good idea anyway...not much else to report...am glad though that the weather is getting better. Tak... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:51:36 EST Hangover Tuesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140726 No, I didn't get drunk...seriously. Every Monday night I get together with some friends & we party hard...no food or drink...just TV & laughter. We don't get started till 8-9:00 & I often do not get home till after 1:00 A.M. After I got home last night, I got on my laptop & stayed up way too late & then had a difficult time getting to sleep. Once again, it was well past 4:00 by the time I fell asleep...Got up about 10:30 this morning (yes, I am SO retired & thankful that I can sleep in) & fee... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:56:13 EST Monday, Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140165 HI EVERYONE, <BR> <BR> Did not sleep well again last night. I take Melatonin every night but last night I tossed & turned until after 4:00 A.M. Maybe some of the meds from my dental surgery, have side effects concerning sleeping. I went to the dentist this morning & got a "touch-up" on my new smile. I still have some swelling, but my smile is back & for that I am very thankful. My dentist still wants me on soft food until Thurs. Certainly has helped with my weight loss... down almost 6 lbs. ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:33:54 EST Lazy Day Sunday Afternoon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139298 Did not sleep well again last night...which really disturbs my schedule. I am not eating normal food because of my dental surgery on Thurs. Because I am just eating small amts. of soft food, I feel hungry & I think that I am eating too close to bedtime & that might be keeping me awake. Whatever...not much else to tell you. Take care & have a good week... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>24</em> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 18:02:20 EST Just checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138670 HEY EVERYONE, <BR> Did not sleep well last night & took a short nap this afternoon. Still eating soft foods & drinking lots of water. This is The Masters weekend of golf. I used to watch it every year with my Dad. I used to play golf a lot, but haven't played in years. Pinched nerves lead to spinal injections & I'd just like to steer clear of doctors for awhile & after 3-6 months, hopefully I will be clear of my dentists. Hope that you all are having a good weekend. The sun is a little deceiv... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 18:15:48 EST Birthday Girl with a Great Smile... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138173 TODAY is my Birthday...woke up with a nice big, much prettier smile on my face, than I have had for years. My surgery yesterday went well & no problem with pain &/or bleeding. My diet consists of soft foods & lots of water. I woke up to a beautiful, wonderful text from my younger sister. She put Hallmark to shame with her kind words. Jan-Marie called me as my husband & I headed off to lunch. My son called this afternoon, my older sister called this eve. & my daughter & her husband, JD came in... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:54:14 EST I'm a Survivor... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137472 Survived my dental surgery this morning...had three teeth extracted. My "flipper is in place & tomorrow, just soft foods...mashed potatoes, eggs & any (any suggestions welcome), I guess that this is a good time for my body to get used to smaller portions. Thank you for your many comments, encouraging me, as I do this "Dental Dance" Take care... <BR> <BR> JANEY <em>334</em> Thu, 7 Apr 2016 23:12:31 EST A Busy Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136714 I slept better last night which always helps. Had an appt. with my family doctor this morning just for a follow up...she had seen me at my worst back in Jan. when I was dealing with a serious pinched nerve. She was pleased that I was feeling so much better...me too. afterwards I went shopping & bought a few new tops & a sweater. My birthday is Fri. & I just thought I am going to treat myself to something that cheers me...I met with some friends for lunch & paid close attention to my portion s... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 22:48:59 EST Day #2 of My Re-entry to SP World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135638 Feeling pretty good today. Did not sleep well, so I didn't really have breakfast at my regular time. Need to correct that...getting to bed at the same time & up at the same time. I do much better if I have some structure. I know that most plans discourage daily "contact" with the lovely scale, but for me, it really helps to keep me on the straight & narrow & encourages me...most of the time. I so appreciate all the SP supportive friends...even made a few new friends...can't ever have too many... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:57:06 EST I Think That I Need a "Hello, My Name is Tag" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134930 HELLO, MY NAME IS JANEY, <BR> <BR> I have no excuses...it has been almost 8 MONTHS, since I have even looked at the Sparkpeople website. It is so hard to start OVER again...but it is not going to get any easier, so today is as good as any to grab hold of that Sparkpeople Wagon & get ON it... <BR> <BR> 2016 had a tough start for me (medically) I had a pinched nerve, abdominal pain & a few other concerns. (My Mom had colon cancer & my sister is 3 yrs. down the road with Stage 3 breast cancer.... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 17:27:10 EST Here I am...3 weeks later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985969 HELLO SPARK FRIENDS...my last blog on Aug. 5 was the day before I went on a road trip to a wedding & to visit family & friends in West Virginia. I have been "on call" since Aug. 12th to help a dear friend/neighbor through her double mastectomy & reconstruction. She is a single mom & this is her second round with breast cancer. I have been focusing more on her & her twin girls than I have on myself. I finally got to the store this past week & got some decent & healthy food. My friend was in th... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:50:14 EST Busy week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972823 I did not realize that I had fallen behind in my blogs...but here I am...a week later. I had a busy week & unfortunately it involved 4 meals at restaurants...but I did pretty good & made healthy food choices. My husband & I went to Michigan for a short visit to see my daughter, Jan-Marie & she really helped us stay on the straight & narrow. I am going on a road trip tomorrow & probably won't be able to blog, as I don't think that I am able to do it on my phone, but I will be tracking my food ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 21:55:13 EST Down 10... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967977 I know that most programs do not encourage people to weigh themselves daily, but for me, it helps to keep me on the straight & narrow. I am down a total of 10 lbs. as of today. Sorry to say...I had gained almost 12 lbs. more that what I started at 248 in Dec. 2011...I don't want to get all caught up in the numbers, but sometimes doing the math...works for me. I have a meeting today at 1:00 & we are taking our neighbors out for dinner this eve. Both will be a challenge, but I am up for it...I'... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:50:17 EST Monday, Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967409 Missed a few days of blogging but stayed on course...Sat. was a challenge...I drove to Columbus for a quick visit with my sister & my niece at a conference. I did not eat much of a breakfast because I was not sure what the lunch scene would be. I did drink a lot of water all day. We were given a box lunch at the conference, which had a container of fruit, a salad, a turkey wrap, a bag of chips & a fruit bar...I did not eat the chips & only ate the ingredients of the wrap. I drove back home to... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:11:38 EST