YICHE12's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=YICHE12 YICHE12'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/ Back home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435982 I am still jet-lagged. There is a 5 hour difference between the eastern coast and Senegal. It's not easy readjusting to the time change. <BR> <BR> I do miss my family ever so much but it is nice being home again in my bed, kitchen, yard etc. What joy it was to see my fur babies again. Another thing that is making me happy is seeing all those beautiful smiles from the local community -- they are so radiant when they smile. <BR> <BR> I am back online and will be participating as much as I... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:28:58 EST Traveling today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434535 <em>46</em> I am leaving Canada today to go back to Dakar, Senegal. Michael and I had a lovely time. I should be back online on Monday, November 27th. Have a lovely weekend. <BR> <BR> Hugs. Lise Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:37:23 EST Off to Niagara Falls (Canada) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422600 Well, we are off to see the Niagara Falls today. We shall return tomorrow (Thursday) during the day. I will not have my computer with me so I will not be available for SP. <BR> <BR> See you all tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Hugs. Lise <BR> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:22:08 EST I was on the road yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420430 My husband and I are presently visiting with our niece in London, Ontario. We were on the train from Montreal all day yesterday. The day started with our missing the first train but managed to find an alternate schedule afterward. It was kind of tough because after the Canadian Thanksgiving which was on Monday, so many people were traveling. Anyway, all is good and we have arrived. <BR> <BR> However, I am a bit behind with my SP duties so I must catch up today. That's OK because the wea... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:10:08 EST Unavailable today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383482 I just want to give you a heads up that I will be unavailable today as we are getting our electricity at home updated. We have been procrastinating on this and now is the time. <BR> <BR> Later folks! <BR> <BR> Lise <BR> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 03:40:52 EST 40 things about ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341643 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Yes <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Yes, for one year but stopped entirely at 19. <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? <BR> Ice Tea <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or certification(s)? <BR> HS Diploma and Clothes Design certification. <BR> <BR> 6. At a BBQ - what's your favorite food? <BR> Chicken. <BR> <BR> 7. What is your favorite movie: <BR> Dirty Dancing because ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:49:19 EST Internet Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939655 For the last couple of days, I have been MIA on Sparks. The internet would come and go and finally went at 1 p.m. yesterday. The technician came by this morning and fixed it. Now, our phones, TV and internet are all working A-OK!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. The fault lay with our service provider!!! Thu, 4 Jun 2015 13:20:13 EST Relieved... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908931 Since Monday after Tai Chi, my ribs were very painful so I decided to go see my doctor yesterday (Thursday). I did an X-Ray this morning and also a sonogram. I do have bruised ribs but nothing is broken and the organs have not been touched. I am still taking pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication and also wear a girdle, but overall, everything is on the mend. Phew! Glad about that. <BR> <BR> If I had not been exercising, I am sure that something could have broken during last we... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:56:55 EST Thank you for your comments -- The importance of exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904136 Today, I am sore at the knee level, my right breast and my left side just below the ribs. I may have overdone it yesterday by exercising but I really do believe that when you are sore, you should continue exercising (to a limit of course). <BR> <BR> I will be resting today as I did not sleep very well last night. Sitting down stiffens my knee so I go about and walk around the house every now and then. I do what I can. <BR> <BR> Thank you for visiting my blog of yesterday. <em>247</e... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:07:01 EST The importance of exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903637 Today, while going to the store on foot, I fell down basically kissing the ground because I was avoiding a vehicle who was in the process of parking on the sidewalk. My knee hit the ground first, then my breast hit a post which I took down with me. I was hurting, I must admit, but I was able to get up and continue my journey after reassuring the people who came to help me. I dusted myself off. <BR> <BR> When I was walking, it hit me that if I had not been exercising, I could have injured... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:50:59 EST Computer is fixed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813103 One thing that I love about living in Africa is that once you have good contacts they will take good care of you. We just relayed our problem, opened up the back of the laptop and took out a barrette. It had died on me. After all my frustrations in the last couple of days, this has relieved me immensely. I love my tablet, but I do not like doing emails and such on it. Way too slow! Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:06:35 EST Computer problems! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812957 My computer is down . I will be going to the technician this afternoon but am unsure as to how long this will take. I am presently using my tablet but compared to a computer, it is very slow. Please bear with me... <em>247</em> Lise Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:38:08 EST No connection at all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711806 These last couple of days were very trying for both my husband and me. WE HAD NO CONNECTION AT ALL! Anyway, with my husband's insistence, a technician did come over and found out that our wire was cut outside (we do live close to the ocean so things do get rusty more quickly). He fixed it in a jiffy and we now have a connection to the server. I still have issues because I am far away from the modem so the technician said he will come over to fix me up. I am looking forward to this immens... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 04:51:19 EST Connection problems... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693363 Of late I have been having connection problems with our server. Therefore, if you do not hear from me, this is the reason why. It seems as though I get an excellent connection when everyone is sleeping -- not exactly convenient for me though! Anyway, the only time I will do this during the night is when I have insomnia and I do try not to be an insomniac as it ruins the next day, not only for me but for those around me!! I get kind of ....... when I'm tired. Mon, 12 May 2014 11:48:31 EST Wow, what a month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659159 Since joining Spark People nearly 5 years ago, March 2014 was my slowest month. To date, I have only 615 fitness minutes (due to no time available to me, I may have forgotten to insert my information) for this month. April is just around the corner and it will be a better month. I did gain some weight again, but surprisingly, it wasn't that much. <BR> <BR> For those who responded to my blogs regarding my husband I wish to thank you for your thoughtfulness. He is up and about and is bas... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:47:46 EST I'm happy to be back online! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641831 Thank you all for the encouragement sent our way. My husband is back home and is recovering quite well. On Saturday morning, we just need to go in to change the bandages and do follow-up visits to the doctor's office but that's it. I'm taking his temperature morning and night just in case he starts a fever but that's nothing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was able to start my exercise routine again. I went easy... After nearly two weeks of doing nothing, it is best to start in a reasonable m... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 04:24:51 EST Hubby still in hospital. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640061 Hello everybody. This is to let you know that my husband is still in the hospital but we expect him to come out either tomorrow (Thursday the 6th or Friday the 7th). He's doing really well and is in good spirit. I do spend my entire day and evening with him. By the time I come home at night I am exhausted and usually just relax in front of the TV for a bit until I come upstairs to sleep. <BR> <BR> <em>382</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 04:28:03 EST Busy these days! Husband in hospital. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632154 Lately, I've not been online much. My husband has been hospitalized and had some surgery this last Saturday. He's recuperating well but he does need help getting around. This week will be taken up by my being with him but I will try to come online when I come home at night or early in the morning. <BR> <BR> Hugs. Lise <BR> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:08:11 EST More quotes from Nelson Mandela http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561209 On Al Jazeera News, I was watching part of Mandela's commemoration in Johannesburg. I wish I could have been there... <BR> <BR> Here are some more of his famous quotes: <BR> <BR> "Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front." <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." <BR> <BR> <em>526</em> <BR> <BR> "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hop... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:49:01 EST Nelson Mandela: Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559522 "A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special." <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> "It always seems impossible until it's done." <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> "There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." <BR> <BR> <em>525</em> <BR> <BR> "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 05:35:41 EST In commemoration of Nelson Mandela http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558382 In commemoration of this wonderful man, I would like to share some of his quotes for the next little while. <BR> <BR> "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear". <BR> <BR> ~ Nelson Mandela Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:29:22 EST December 1, 2013 - Thought of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554202 "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." <BR> <BR> ~ Dalai Lama Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:41:22 EST November 17 - Thought of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543234 I love this quote by Abraham Lincoln. <BR> <BR> "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:44:33 EST October 23, 2013 - Thought of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521496 "The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools." <BR> <BR> ~ Confucius Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:41:10 EST September 28, 2013 - Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498883 "How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?" <BR> <BR> ~ Anais Nin Sat, 28 Sep 2013 22:24:12 EST September 26, 2013 - Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497247 "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about." <BR> <BR> ~ Albert Einstein Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:52:23 EST September 25, 2013 - Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496128 "Wisdom is not the product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." <BR> <BR> ~ Albert Einstein Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:51:24 EST September 24, 2013 - Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495125 "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." <BR> <BR> ~ Abraham Lincoln Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:30:59 EST August 11, 2013 - Thought of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451519 "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." <BR> <BR> ~ Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Comments: It is better to try achieving than just laying back waiting for success to happen. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 08:15:10 EST August 9, 2013 - Thought of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449922 "Good fortune shies away from gloom. Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things." <BR> <BR> ~ Glorie Abelhas Fri, 9 Aug 2013 12:30:19 EST August 6, 2013 - Thought of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446094 "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be". <BR> <BR> ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Tue, 6 Aug 2013 07:49:08 EST July 21, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428313 I just saw this quotation from a blog. I thought it was great and wanted to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." <BR> <BR> ~ Authur Ashe Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:07:05 EST July 10, 2013 - Thought of the Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416840 "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." <BR> <BR> ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:28:49 EST July 5, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411765 "Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." <BR> <BR> ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:44:56 EST July 3, 2013 - Thought of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409313 SparkPeople's Coach Tanya says: <BR> "Pursuing your health and fitness should be in balance with time spent in other areas of life (family, friends, work, etc.). If it's not in balance, it will never last." <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 07:28:41 EST June 30, 2013 -- Thought of the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406377 "Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus." <BR> <BR> ~ Susan Longacre <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:32:00 EST June 29, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405544 "To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal." <BR> <BR> ~ Abdul Kalam Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:16:43 EST June 25, 2013 - Thought of the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401300 "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do." <BR> <BR> ~ Helen Keller Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:44:08 EST June 23, 2013 - Thought of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399133 "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." <BR> <BR> ~ Charles Darwin Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:02:13 EST June 21, 2013 - Thought of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397145 "We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves." <BR> <BR> ~ Dalai Lama Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:08:43 EST June 19, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395053 "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." <BR> <BR> ~ Barack Obama Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:20:18 EST June 18, 2013 - Thought of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393325 "How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?" <BR> <BR> ~ Anais Nin Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:14:16 EST June 17, 2013 - Thought of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391857 "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." <BR> <BR> ~ Mohandas Gandhi Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:46:14 EST June 16, 2013: Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390865 Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. <BR> <BR> ~ Mohandas Gandhi Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:43:33 EST June 13, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387710 Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success. <BR> ~ Abdul Kalam Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:46:05 EST June 12, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386647 Perseverence is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. <BR> ~ Julie Andrews Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:14:25 EST June 11, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385448 "Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality -- in your own mind." <BR> ~ Bruce Lee Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:49:58 EST Away all weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384111 My husband and I went to a hotel resort outside of Dakar for the entire weekend. It was a total success but the internet was not at all reliable. That's OK though as we both got a chance to do much needed rest. I'm back home now so watch out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915576249.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1888708107.jpg"> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:39:57 EST June 6, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379918 The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. <BR> ~ Confucius Thu, 6 Jun 2013 06:02:14 EST June 5, 2013 - Inspiration of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379916 Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. <BR> ~ Confucius Thu, 6 Jun 2013 06:01:01 EST