ZOORHO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZOORHO ZOORHO'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/ Samuel and Richard A Story of Love and Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285893 This is the original story about my son's buddy. Decided to post it here too. So many have been kind about our loss. <BR> <BR> Samuel and Richard A Story of Love and Loss <BR> <BR> Richard’s Story <BR> <BR> We lived in Uganda from Aug 2001-June 2002. Samuel was 11, Lucas was 6. We went to help build an orphanage-Children’s Center for The Rafiki Foundation, Inc. We were there just at the very beginning stages, so there were no children at our place. <BR> <BR> Samuel and I went about on... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:50:17 EST No Shelf life to Grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284684 There is no shelf life to grief. You grieve as long as you grieve. You grieve because you love. <BR> <BR> 11 years have passed since we held a baby boy that changed our lives forever. Samuel and I learned how love can transcend so many barriers. And how love continues on, once you love someone you can never forget. <BR> <BR> Today there are tears, almost as fresh as that Wednesday so long ago that I sat on Samuel's bed and told him his buddy had died. How hard it is to help your child thro... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:37:35 EST Going to bed early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247049 Well trying to go to bed early last night sort of backfired. But at least it caused a good laugh. I'm trying to get better so last night I went to bed earlier than usual. I had a harder time falling asleep. Then I had weird dreams. Like dreaming I was in a panic packing bags for a camping trip and couldn't get it all done. I was running around like crazy. <BR> <BR> Then I woke up had to go potty, and ws feeling tired from all the dream running around I had done. Did get back to sleep,... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:13:55 EST The rebuttal blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231075 I wrote this as a response to someone else's blog. It was about caring for elderly parents. It stung. Everyone's life situation is different. <BR> I decided to repost it as a blog so I'd have it for myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ouch, I clicked on this because I did use/call A place for Mom. They are wonderful people and really helped me out. <BR> <BR> I don't live in my parent's state, they have lived there 50 years. They have a great network of friends there and my brother lives there ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:39:57 EST Happy New Year 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189227 What will this year hold for me. Last year was an unbelievably difficult year. But there were good things too. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to continuing my goal of healthy living. Not just dieting and exercising but living healthy. I want to make healthy choices in moving my body and in what I eat. I also don't want o beat myself up when things aren't perfect. <BR> <BR> I'm still hoping to get back to blogging here. <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 23:45:56 EST Still trying to keep on the Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131926 Ever since my dad passed I've struggled with staying on the wagon. Told someone the other day I felt like I was on the tailgate, just barely hanging on. <BR> <BR> But so far I did better with working out last week. I'm determined to do better this week. <BR> <BR> The other thing I'm challenged with is Sparkpoints, OKAY I KNOW they can be silly but I was also doing better with all health things when I was determined to get at least 100 points aday. SO I'm about 6 shy right now so I dec... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:08:17 EST Getting back into the groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067058 This has taken much longer than I dreamed it would. I have so many emotions rolling around in me and then also trying to do the catch up from being gone so much of the summer. It is taking a mental toll on me. <BR> <BR> I do have a very supportive family here so that is good. My husband is a great support to me and loves me more each day. <BR> <BR> I think my mom is doing okay, she seems like it when I talk to her. I need to call some of the people I know there to see what they think a... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:19:39 EST Needing to Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998882 So much has happened in the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> The biggest was my dad passed away. While he had been declining in health, it was sudden. I knew just a few hours before he passed that he was in his final hours. I did get to speak to him on the phone so that gave me comfort. <BR> <BR> But then I had to travel down to TX for the funeral and helping my mom out. So I was there from the 13th to the 31st. Mom came back with me. She will be with me till the 16th. And this weekend we g... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 00:31:29 EST Home Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955774 My youngest son bought a home gym today. <BR> He is wanting to do some weight lifting /body building stuff. He was already in shape, he has been a competitive swimmer for many years. He recently stopped swimming though. <BR> <BR> He is also excited for me to use it as part of my weight loss journey. He is so proud of me and how I have really stepped up to get in shape and lose weight AND really build muscle. <BR> <BR> We shall see how it turns out here soon. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 23:55:49 EST June Goal Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949649 Well I hit some and I missed some, but progress was made and that is what I focus on more. I did get 3,500 cals burned every week. That makes 9 weeks in a row. Hoorary. <BR> <BR> I didn't quite get to the 3,000 fitness minutes this month. I got 2781 so close. I need to get motivated earlier in the month, to do just a bit more each week. <BR> <BR> I did get a few more fruits and veggies in. I need to do better about using the fruit/veggie tracker though. <BR> <BR> I did finish the 28 ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 23:48:17 EST Hot hot hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948385 It is going to be a scorcher this weekend. Keeping myself hydrated and hopefully taking care of the garden too. <BR> <BR> My youngest is a lifeguard so we have been getting him to take lots of water with him. the oldest is the lifeguard supervisor so he is in his car or the office also. <BR> <BR> Just hope this isn't what the rest of the summer will be like. <BR> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 23:44:33 EST Making progress or at least close.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942511 Well, I don't think I'll make my 3,000 fitness minutes this month. I'll be close but no cigar as the saying goes. But that is okay. It was a stretch. I probably could have done it, by adding about 20 more minutes a week to my workouts. But alas I didn't. <BR> <BR> I really am okay, just setting that goal has made me stay focused for the most part. I can't talk myself out of skipping a day, or slacking once I start. I knew I'd have to keep up to even try to make it there. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:50:46 EST The Good and the Bad.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939552 The good <em>30</em> since I've started working out i'm in much better shape than I was a year ago. A year ago it would have just about done me in to mow the yard. Today, I finished mowing the back. lickety split. <BR> <BR> and that is the BAD <em>39</em> I finished it Lickety Split, so I'm not earning as many minutes for the same amount of work I had done a month ago. BUT <BR> <BR> The good, I still had energy to do a bit of raking so I did that. So now I'll probably try to do a b... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:59:31 EST Catchy titles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936887 I can't think of one. <BR> But I want to try to do a bit of blogging each day. <BR> <BR> I did get my workout in today. I'm shooting for 3,000 fitness min in a month. I'm a bit behind so I'll really have to work on it this weekend. My boys are going camping so I'll have a chance to do things without interruptions. <BR> <BR> My oldest son did ask me to go to dinner with him tomorrow night. Got to keep some calories for that too. I've been doing really good with my food though so that ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:54:48 EST New fitness tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935371 I'm not to sure about the new fitness tracker. I really liked how the old one would set up the strength training for you. <BR> <BR> Guess I'll have to see what I think and set up some groupings before the old one is gone. <BR> <BR> That said. The new fitness tracker is working in Google Chrome. I had to go to IE to do the fitness tracker. It seems really simplified now. AND your strength training helps burn the calories too. <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:35:56 EST Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932096 I wished I could be clever about my blog. I just am not that way. <BR> <BR> Today, I did exercise. 60 minutes. It is getting easier to do now. I remember when 30 min could do me in. I also did strength training. I also ate right too. <BR> <BR> I still have lots of things to do on my to do list that just seems to grow longer and longer. <BR> <BR> I also weighed less today. It is so encouraging to see a new lower number. <BR> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:40:59 EST Summer Clean Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925551 I have tried for 2 days to make a Summer Clean up list. <BR> <BR> Things that are a bit more out of the ordinary to my regular cleaning. I have parts of my house that are a total wreck. I still haven't even done the summer change over of clothes. That will be on the list for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I need to clean up all the hs materials from this year and put on the shelves the things for next year. <BR> <BR> Then I need to really go through each room of the house and clean up and declu... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:51:14 EST Garden work today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922568 I have ants and something else in my garden having a feast. Working hard to get them in control. I have gotten 4 yellow squash and a few strawberries. Hoping to get much more though. <BR> <BR> There are tomatoes growing and so is the fennel. <BR> <BR> I can't seem to get the carrots to grown really strange. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:59:54 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915599 Couldn't come up with any profound goals. <BR> <BR> So here is what I'm donig for the month. <BR> <BR> 3,500 cal burn per week, working on week 6 of that now. <BR> 3,000 fitness minutes a month. <BR> <BR> More fruits and vegetables. Hopefully the garden stuff will help with that. Trying to find where the farmer's markets are too. They don't do the one I went to last year. <BR> <BR> and I picked up the 28 day Challenge here on Sparkpeople. <BR> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 23:53:45 EST June is almost here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901843 I did the Spring bootcamp Challenge it was really good for me. I did loose some weight with it too. SO now that is done and a new month is here I need to figure out how to do some changes for June. <BR> <BR> I do know I want to challege myself with upping my fitness minutes. I was shooting for 2,000-2,500 minutes. I've already hit that and may make it to 3,000. So that will be one goal. <BR> <BR> I need to eat more veggies and fruits. I really need to get some fresh fruits to eat. My ... Mon, 28 May 2012 21:46:21 EST Same number going up, coming down.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896934 I hit a new low weight today. It was a new number in the ones spot. I called my dear husband to tell him. I really was so happy. But as I talked to him I realized at some point in my life I had hit that same number years ago. BUT it was on the way up the scale. I remember when I was gaining weight. I was bummed. I felt fat, out of shape, depressed. <BR> <BR> Today though. I was happy. I came home and did a great cardio work out and strength training. I felt good. I had energy. ... Fri, 25 May 2012 00:00:41 EST May Challeges Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895286 I set a goal of between 2,000-2,500 fitness minutes for the month of May. I hit it. So now can I get all the way to 2,500 before the end of the month. <BR> <BR> I'm going to work hard to get up there. <BR> Wed, 23 May 2012 21:49:03 EST Burn Baby Burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866983 Huge workout burning calorie day. <BR> <BR> I wished in some ways I could do it every day, but that is probably unrealistic. Today I did my regular workout regime, 50 on the nordic track, 10 min cardio blast video. and my strength training and a strength training video for the Spring Boot Camp. <BR> <BR> Then I needed to mow the grass and I had to rake up some of the yard. That was about an hour and a half. I then did some other general yard work/gardening work. That all took 3 hours... Fri, 4 May 2012 22:23:11 EST Keeping Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858237 Well, since my last blog I have lost a few more pounds but not what I was hoping. March was a tough month, out of town, sick and then discouraged, BUT I remotivated myself in April. <BR> <BR> I decided that continuing to eat right/better and working out is still worth it for my overall health. I am also going to do some body measurements to see how that progresses too. <BR> <BR> I am feeling better and I really want to loose some more weight. I've got a new team going and I hope we... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:23:55 EST Finally, My First Blog, and First Real Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4407883 Finally after several weeks + I have finally lost some significant weight. I am so happy. I was beginning to think I couldn't lose weight at all. It was making me crazy. I have been working out consistently and eating right too. But nothing was moving on the scale. Finally last week I dropped below my old low weight and now I am down more. <BR> <BR> Whew. It happened <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I posted this on a message board here, I did it to encourage others just starting out. I've been worki... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 22:52:08 EST