YIGOBUTTERFLY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=YIGOBUTTERFLY YIGOBUTTERFLY'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/ When and Why I Came to Guam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197327 I came to Guam in August 1964 to attend the College of Guam for two years. My eldest sister had come here in 1962 as a contract teacher for the Department of Education, Guam. When she renewed her contract in 1964 she negotiated to bring me to stay with her and her three daughters who were closer in age to me than she was. Soooo I have lived out here for more than 50 years. <BR> <BR> Second semester I was here I met a young man whom I eventually married and had three sons with. We divorce... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 03:46:41 EST My Trip To St. Luke's Hospital, Manila http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931773 May 7th I saw a cardiologist at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City Manila. I had gone there for a consultation after the cardiologist here recommended having my heart shocked to see if it would go back to a smooth beat. Within a short time I was admitted to the hospital and my son returned to our hotel to check us out. The cardiologist at St. Luke’s had another EKG done that was more thorough than the one on Guam and then recommended a Cardiac Catheterization which was done the n... Thu, 21 May 2015 04:50:18 EST I Am Left Handed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796680 I am left handed and do most things with my left hand but I iron with my right hand. Go figure. <BR> <BR> I say this because I had an Eureka moment today. I am right footed! Well, no big deal, really? I broke both of my long bones at my right ankle two years ago and I am still having navigation problems. I want to step forward first with my right foot, or down when going off a curb and other places that do not have a railing. Even with a cane I have trouble because I want to step off... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:24:33 EST On My Way To Church... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616574 I left the house around 6:15 last evening to go to Wednesday night Bible study and prayer. There is a newish road that connects my housing area past the schools to another road and I often take it to stay away for the busy five lane main road. <BR> <BR> I came to where the new road meats another one and stopped. There were several cars going both ways and it was sprinkling very lightly so I was trying to be careful. The line on the other side went by and the next car was quite aways from ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 06:22:02 EST Cast Removed, Told To Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987425 I had been told that I was not to put any weight on my right foot for 6 to 8 weeks. With my weight and age I figured it would be 8 and perhaps longer. God is good. The cast was removed today, x-rays were taken, the bones are healed and the doctor said to start walking. Right now that means with a walker and I am being careful but progress is being made! <BR> <BR> For those of you who have been praying, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I know those prayers were heard at the throne of God. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:03:31 EST Suparman Did NOT Save Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983850 Several people have asked how I broke my ankle and I promised to let everyone know as soon as I could write it all out. <BR> <BR> Three of us were traveling from Branson, Missouri to Bardstown, Kentucky and stopped in Metropolises, Illinois to see the Super Man Statue. <BR> <BR> My friends wanted some more pictures so I took their cameras and walked to the point in the star that was raised about two feet above the ground. There was a fence around the outside of the star with a couple of s... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:26:58 EST Stateside I Will Be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906813 Some have asked where I am going when I go stateside this year. Yes, I will be visiting family and friends and putting a bit of a twist to it this year. <BR> <BR> Lord willing I will fly from Guam to Tennessee via Hawaii and Chicago arriving the same day as I left but at least 21 hours later thanks to the International Date Line. I am visiting a retired teacher and will be going to Branson, Missouri for the musicals and then going to Bardstown, Kentucky for the Stephen Foster program. The... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 03:18:14 EST Christmas On Guam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633589 A few of you have asked how we celebrate Christmas on Guam. Most of the Chamorros and Filipinos on Guam are Roman Catholic. That means midnight mass for the faithful with some families opening gifts afterward while others wait for day light. Many families go to the beach for the day and that means grandparents, children, grandchildren and even great grands with all the aunts and uncles and their families. Other families go to a family home that has the yard to hold the crowd. The childre... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 04:20:33 EST I AM MAD!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4015410 This may not be the best place to let others know about what is going on here on this beautiful island but if any of you will contact your US congress personnel and get is stopped please do. <BR> <BR> The military owns and uses over 1/3rd of the island! Well that may not seem like much but when the island is only 32 miles long and 4 to 9 miles wide depend on where you are that is a lot of land. There is to be a build up of Marines that are being moved off Okinawa soon. I have no problem... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 22:29:08 EST Sleeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902665 When I started with SparkPeople one of the problems I was having was sleeping for more than one hour without awakening. I would awake to turn over or have to get up to use the bathroom during the night. Now I am drinking more water through but the last few nights I have been sleeping for six hours! I know it should be eight but I am pleased to get six at this time. I do not wake up to turn over during the night, nor are my arms going to sleep on me. <BR> <BR> No, my weight is not where I... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 07:34:58 EST Yes, That Is An Octopus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806419 Thanksgiving day one of the little boys of our extended the family got into the freezer and got out a bag with a fish and octopus that had been caught not long ago. Several of the children play with it over the afternoon. <BR> <BR> In the evening my grandson went over and watch for awhile finally touched the octopus and finally picked it up! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l554268405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When his mom saw what he was doing she was shocked but just watched... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 07:49:21 EST Yesterday I Started My Third Year With SparkPeople! With Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3757820 Yesterday with everything else going on I celebrated my third year with SP! I have made progress in getting healthy. <BR> I will let these pictures show what has happened. The first picture was take in Manila in March '2007 before I was introduced to SP. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611229459.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The next picture was taken with my grandson and shows how big my arm was. The picture was taken within days of my joining SP with his birth about a month b... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 20:02:41 EST I Am Stronger!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3663788 I realized this morning that one of the exercises I had to modify before I can do! I have had trouble with my lower back and hips and found stretching them helps. When I started doing the Lying Single Knee Hug I had to raise the knee of the leg I was not hugging and put my foot on the bed as I do not get on the floor. I could then start bending the knee I wanted to hug but had to grasp it with my hands to finish pulling it up into the hug. I could then lower the other leg and continue the... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 01:43:26 EST Talofofo & Ugum River Cruise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3605746 In mid June I took my grand girls on the Talofofo River Cruise. This is a popular tourist excursion and one I wanted my family to enjoy. I got to take all five because the eldest girl drives and wanted to go so we did! <BR> <BR> The river may be small by stateside standards but a lot of water flows out to the ocean from this and the Ugum River. During the cruise i found out that Talofofo Falls is actually on the Ugum River not the Talofofo! i have lived out here for 45+ years, taken Hist... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 06:05:30 EST Masso River, Piti Watershed Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3538323 This should have been written before I left for the states but... <BR> On Saturday morning I picked up my friend and we went to Piti for the hike to view the planned fishing platform and improvements on the Masso River that runs through Piti Village and into the reef that has had a lot of silt deposited into it because of fires and improper care upriver. <BR> <BR> Below is a picture of my friend and I at the beginning of the hike. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 05:42:04 EST Mt. Hood From the North Looking South http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3517196 I flew into Portland, OR, about 8:30 in the evening on June 29th. It was clear with a few clouds around the mountains. I was sitting on the left side of the plane by the window and saw the Three Sisters, then Mt. Jefferson and finally Mt. Hood. They were beautiful! As we neared Mt. Hood I realized I could take a picture of it. Most pictures we see of Mt. Hood are from Portland, thus from the west looking east. This picture is from the north looking south. We flew down the Columbia Rive... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 06:33:03 EST Best Made Plans of Mice and Men... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3342844 Today I was to take the grands around the island. We started south and one of the girls lost some of her breakfast. I thought it might be because she was hot. We stopped at a Mom & Pop's store and got cold drinks then went across the road to the Chamorro Cultural Center and were given a tour of an older home that was built in 1901 that has ifit wood floors that were hand scrubbed and buffed with a coconut shell until they were glossy. <BR> <BR> Went back across the road and were shown h... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 04:50:01 EST Atantano / Sasa River Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3331728 I am not sure of the name of the river that is being I will be hiking down with other interested people on Saturday, June 19th. I heard part of the information on the radio and got enough to decide to make the hike. <BR> <BR> Meeting place is across from the Catholic Church in the park at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to be transported to the beginning of the hike. If people are unable to hike they can go in the bus and get out to listen to the information given at each of... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 06:08:11 EST Japanese Cannons in Piti http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3311804 Today I took three of my grands to Piti and Agat to view some of the WWII artifacts. If you go to the Piti Mayor’s office on the left is the Catholic Church and next to it is the Community Center. Take the gravel/grass road next to the center and park near the sign that gives information about the gun site. <BR> <BR> It is a bit of a climb with steps part of the way up the hillside/cliff to where the cannons are. There are some other large war pieces that you can see near the first gun. ... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 23:15:43 EST Talofofo Waterfalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3299244 I took my grands to the Talofofo Waterfalls today. We are doing field trips or being tourist each week until I go to the states and then hopefully before school starts for them. I was a tour guide many years ago and an elementary teacher and enjoy telling others about our beautiful island. <BR> <BR> We left Mangilao and went through Yona into Ipan. As you are leaving Ipan if you look up at the end of the cliff you can see the turtle touching noses with the hound. It is a natural confi... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 07:12:42 EST Doctor, Doctor, Am I Sick? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3261373 I have had a sore throat and cough for over three weeks. One doctor gave me something for my cough which really did not help. Another thought it might be allergies and gave me a nasal spray. Today I was given an antibiotic and exrays to check my lungs. The problem has been in the throat and does not seem to be in the lungs at all but the doctor wants to be sure. <BR> <BR> The scary thing is at night I will wake up unable to get a breath. The first time it happened I was not sure if I wa... Mon, 24 May 2010 04:29:09 EST Guam Changes From 1964 to Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3216884 This is in answer to some questions I have been asked. If you have more questions let me know. <BR> <BR> I came to Guam in August of 1964. At that time Marine Drive, now Marine Corps. Drive, was a two lane road from Naval Station to Andersen Air Force Base. It is now a five lane highway. There was one stop light on the island. Only a few years before the road had been extended all the way around the island. People use to have to go from Merizo to Umatac via Agana. <BR> <BR> We did have... Tue, 11 May 2010 05:34:06 EST Guam My Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3196084 Several of you have asked how I came to Guam. I hope this answers at least some of your questions. It may answer more than you want to know. Sorry. <BR> <BR> I came to Guam in August ’64 to go to college for two years and then go with my eldest sister and her three teenage daughters around the world. At least that was the plan at 19 almost 20 years old. The College of Guam had gotten its four year accreditation a few years before so this was a way to fulfill my dream of becoming a teach... Wed, 5 May 2010 01:55:16 EST Found the Books! Found the Plant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3185954 Some time ago I was asked about a tree here on island and said I would check my plant books and get back to those interested. <BR> <BR> Found the books this morning! I have looked off and on for weeks. <BR> <BR> I think the plant is the Siris Tree or East Indian Walnut. The picture I see has a light yellow blossom that reminds me of a lacy/feathery powder puff. <BR> <BR> You can google this using Siris Tree and see some pictures. <BR> <BR> Jane <BR> <BR> Confirmation that this is the p... Sun, 2 May 2010 16:43:21 EST Cherry Blossoms at Kanuma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3147219 This is the last of my pictures for the trip to Japan. After leaving Nikko I stopped at the city of Kanuma to view the blossoms there. There was a large park on a hill a few miles from the train station so I took a taxi there. On the way I saw a Shinto Shrine that had several different types of trees. <BR> <BR> The taxi dropped me off and I took took off along a path that looked like it went around the hill. Below is a picture of this path. The trees were all around me. <BR> <img src="... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:41:34 EST Walking Walking Walking in Nikko! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3139268 The park shrine in Nikko is beautiful with lots of hills and stairs! I went there on the train from Utsunomiya, took a bus from the train station and then walked! The main building is under remodeling in the back but you can see the steps going up. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675858829.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This park was started around 1638 or even earlier. My family came to America in 1639 so it really blows my mind. The picture below is a walk into another part t... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 02:40:45 EST Sakura in Japan 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3125499 One of my goals when I joined SP was to be able to travel more easily so I chose as a reward to see the Cherry Blossoms of Japan when I lost 50 pounds. That happened last fall but the cherry blossoms occur in the spring so I had to wait. Monday morning, April 12, 2010, I left for Japan from warm sunny Guam. I arrived in Japan at mid day and found it cold, wet and cloudy. It was cold enough that when I got out of the train station at Utsunomiya that I could see my breath. (I know why I li... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 07:50:44 EST Shot Weekend! Grrrrrrrrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3059307 Next Monday, April 5, I am getting a colonoscopy. It was originally planned for March 29, but the medical people changed the date to April 6, which is Tuesday. OK, I could live with that because that meant I started the liquid diet on Sunday and then the junky stuff on Monday, meaning I stay at home and love the bathroom. <BR> <BR> I get to the center where the procedure is to be done for the prep and am told that it will be April 5, which is Monday. That means the liquid diet starts Satu... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 02:21:41 EST Japan's Cherry Blossoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3044971 I am planning to to go to Japan April 12 - 16 for the Cherry Blossom Festival or Sakura as the Japanese say. I have been to Japan a few times in the Tokyo area but because the blossoms should be gone by then I will be going more north probably around Sendai. I am anxious and excited. <BR> <BR> This is the reward for loosing 50 pounds which happened awhile ago but the trees have not blossomed yet. I am going this week because I am going with a friend whose school break is at this time. ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 07:15:44 EST Guam USA Sparkers have a Team Digest Page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3024465 This is a first for our team! We started last fall and now have 11 members! I am delighted. <BR> <BR> Hope we get some more soon. <BR> <BR> If you live on Guam join us! We would love to have you. <BR> <BR> Jane Sun, 21 Mar 2010 06:32:14 EST Woes Of A Pedometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2998945 My pedometer kept falling off when I am doing yard work! Also, I would bump it when using the hoe so that there were times my steps were off. I had tried switching sides when I changed hands with the hoe but the thing would still fall off and I would have to find it. Frustrations! <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago I had the bright idea of putting it in the middle of my back while doing yard work. If I do it at other times when I sit down I feel it but it does not fall off when I am bending... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:40:40 EST My Yard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2951135 I am going to try something. Pictures in this blog. Hopefully I can remove the blog if it does not work. <BR> Many of you have asked about pictures of my yard which is my exercise project. I started this project a year ago January with clearing out the junk grass in the section between the sidewalk and the street. When I left for the states in the summer there were patches of Japanese grass in this area and a clump by the driveway that still needed to be removed. <BR> <img src="http://ph... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 23:29:22 EST CHICKENS they're at it again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2925242 I live in a housing area. On Guam that can mean the neighbors have chickens and other farm animals in their yard. It does not bother me to hear a rooster crowing and has freaked people out who call from the states which can be kinda fun. Buuuutttt, when the chickens are wild, which means no one claims them and they come into my yard and mess it up and ruin my work, grrrrrrr! <BR> <BR> I came home this evening after dark and as I am nearing my front door I start crunching on something so I... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 05:30:21 EST Education With Example http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2902839 I just read a blog about a survey that says our example of eating properly does not affect our children. Perhaps with older children that may be true due to peer pressure but I would like to know if these children's parents ever talked to them about why the family is eating healthy. We know TV commercials affect what the children want to eat so does Mom and Dad say or do anything about these commercials? When at the store looking for food items is there a discussion about why a food is put... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:09:44 EST Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2891722 I have been depressed for a few weeks. There is an issue that i cannot deal with that has caused it. I find that I am eating when I should not be and going over my calorie allowance. I have gotten in my exercise at least walking because i hurt my back a couple of weeks ago so the yard work went by the wayside for awhile. <BR> Sorry this blog is so down but thank you for allowing me to vent. <BR> Jane on Guam Wed, 17 Feb 2010 06:48:51 EST My Clothes Are Too Big! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2842781 Two years ago I was given a nice dressy dress that I would never have bought for myself but really enjoyed wearing. I have worn it a few times and at first it was tight. Today I tried it on to see what I looked like in my new full length mirror. It is too big and I do not know how to fix it up so I can wear it again. In some ways I am disappointed and yet I am really glad I have reached this milestone. <BR> <BR> This is true of a lot of my clothes. I need to clean out my closet but I am... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:05:09 EST One Year of Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2823592 I joined SparkPeople in November of 2008 and started drinking 8 or more glasses of water every day. At the beginning of January 2009 I add exercise, starting with 10 minutes of yard work that winded me. I had not gained any weight during the holidays but had not last either. <BR> <BR> On January 31, 2009, I started counting calories and the weight started coming off. As of January 31, 2010, I have lost 75 pounds! When I consider my thyroid condition I am very pleased. <BR> <BR> I want t... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 03:22:59 EST Teachers/Parents Beware/Be Aware http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2747767 Many years ago while teaching kindergarten I had a little girl come into my class at the beginning of the school year. She was exuberant and a delight to have, buuuuutttt. When I started teaching the children songs she sang a half a note below me aaannnd a half a beat behind me in a very loud voice. Now most teachers would have stopped and corrected the child and told her to listen and perhaps not sing until she could do it right. Some how I realize that I needed to ignore her and let her... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:45:09 EST Fuel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2702426 My fuel for improvement must come from within. My friends can and have encouraged me but i am the one who gets up in the morning to exercise/do yard work. The other benefit is my yard does look different, or is it better. I asked my son about the yard improvements a few days ago and he showed by his stymied reaction that he could not see it. He did not recognize the new grass that has grown in areas that had junk grass before. I see the improvements and the people who mow my lawn see the... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 07:54:59 EST My Book Came Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2689821 January 4, 2009, here on Guam and my copy of "The Spark" was in the lock box today! That is good timing for way out here in the Pacific. <BR> <BR> I have looked at the pictures and glanced at the table of contents but not started reading yet. Had to write this first. <BR> <BR> Almost like a Christmas present that just got here! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>252</em> <em>9</em> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 04:21:10 EST Almost The New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2670339 it is 2:00 p.m. here so the New Year is 10 hours away. A new decade in this century. <BR> <BR> I am delighted that since I joined SparkPeople that I have dropped (no, not dropped) 70 pounds, have lost inches in many places and feel healthier than I have in years. <BR> <BR> I am starting a new year but planning to keep up the work to be healthy for the rest of my life. I hope I can be an encouragement to others. Some close friends i have tried to prod but nothing has happened yet. Some S... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 23:08:01 EST Bali Spa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2654969 One of my son's family gave me a Gift Certificate for a Bali Spa for Christmas! It will be a Creambath and Foot Massage! I have never had something like this before (although I have had massages by a lady that works through my chiropractor). <BR> <BR> My daughter-in-laws mother was telling me about what she had gotten a few days ago and urging me to get it also. Now I can! <BR> <BR> Some friends and I will be staying at the hotel this is given at for the New Year so we can watch the fire... Fri, 25 Dec 2009 07:01:13 EST Best Made Plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2650865 Yesterday I took my grands on our Christmas outing. I started this last year and they enjoyed it so much that I plan to continue it indefinitely. (Thank you SP that I have the agility and energy to do this. <BR> <BR> Some things have been discontinued, the Double Decker Bus is gone so no ride through Tumon to see the lights. I was going to take the girls on the Trolley but the weather changed on us and so we went in my car. The Village and Train display at one of the hotels. Others hav... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 18:52:40 EST 7 cans of vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2649097 Today I took 7 cans of vegetables to the Salvation Army Food Drive. That stands for 7 pounds gone since the 3 I took just before Thanksgiving. That is ten since the first of October. A couple of those cans are there because I have been down farther than I am today but I am will to give them in anticipation of what I will do before the end of the year because I had lost down to them a couple of times and I don't want them anymore. <BR> <BR> I never did find the team that was doing this wit... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 22:22:02 EST Helllllp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2634337 Which team am I on that is doing the weight loss and giving a pound of canned goods to the charity of our choice? I have looked and cannot find it. <BR> I want to be sure to do this next Monday so they can use it for the Christmas holiday. <BR> I gave three cans of green beans to the Salvation Army Food Bank just before Thanksgiving and am looking forward to doing this again. <BR> Thanks and Merry Christmas, <BR> Jane on Guam <BR> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 22:41:04 EST Stranger on a birthday card. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2625759 There are a group of teachers who have lunch together a couple of times a month. One of our group is stateside but we keep in contact and send cards signed by those of us still here. Mary received her card which had a picture of the group on it and signed by all. Another teacher had called her and Mary mentioned the card asking who one of the ladies was. I had lost so much weight that she did not recognize me. I have known Mary since my sons were in high school. <BR> <BR> Thank you Spar... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 22:14:53 EST Snakes! Two of them, dead. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2549088 This morning when I went to do my exercise/yard work I found two Brown Tree snakes in my front yard. One was about two feet long and the other a bit bigger. it is not uncommon to find them in the jungle or around where farm animals but I live in a small housing complex. Yes, we do have dogs, cats and even chickens in the housing. These snakes are venomous with fangs at the back of their mouths so they have to gnaw on an animal to poison them. They have bit humans, some of whom I have kno... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 02:19:48 EST Sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2513985 I am sleeping for longer periods through the night! Not always, but much better. I usually go to sleep after 11:00 p.m. and don't wake up until after 5:00 a.m. instead of every few hours or every time I turn over. <BR> Some of this I think is because I have lost weight (hurray!) and perhaps the foods I am or am not eating. I find my nose is not all clogged up and I can breath through it instead of my mouth. <BR> Anyway had to share. <BR> Jane on Guam <em>223</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> ... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 00:06:54 EST Five more gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2476831 Today I started a new ticker! Five pounds gone! I notice some of the clothes that were tight are not so tight. Gotta keep going! <BR> Jane on Guam <BR> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>30</em> <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <em>91</em> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:40:37 EST Fat Clothes Gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2462027 Last Monday I gave all my clothes that were too big away to a family that can use them! I did keep one dress to remind myself where I was. I may take it to a Spark Convention someday! <BR> I am now wearing clothes that I have not worn in over 10 years. Yes, I do keep things but no more fat clothes. <BR> Jane from Guam <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <em>9</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 8 Oct 2009 03:53:26 EST