_LINDA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%5FLINDA _LINDA'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/ Smart Start March! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884930 My stats for February were 261.9 miles for a daily average of 9.35 miles a day. Steps were 597042 for a daily average of 21322 average steps per day. <BR> I got in a 5.75 mile hike in 1 hour and 47 minutes today. They day started with light flurries but ended in glorious sunshine and pleasant warmth. -7 C, feels like -13 C (19 F, feels like 9 F) In the sheltered woodsy paths it was wonderful. So good to get out in the fresh air!! I had the paths all to myself. Only the paved pat... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:58:04 EST Back Intact http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884430 Felt a lot better today and Mom and I set off for a nice hike. Still fairly cold (14 F, feels like 0, -10 C, feels like -18 C) So off to the off leash dog park area we went. It was very busy, all kinds of dogs out. We quickly went down to the lower less used trails, one along the river then up to a mid level trail. On the way back I took the biker's trail (up down, up down, repeat :-P) while Mom took the easier, but crowded main walking area. Separating us meant Daisy frantically kept r... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:35:39 EST Bad Luck And Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883419 Mom and Angus picked me up from home, we did a brief grocery shopping trip and went to her home. <BR> I was bending over to grab my slippers from the closet when all of a sudden an excruciating pain radiated from my back to my right side, above my hip. I could barely walk and just made it to the chair nearby in the kitchen. Mom asked if I needed to go to the Medical Center. I did not really know. I just sat and waited for it to ease. Sitting was okay, but when I tried to walk aga... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:47:07 EST Best Fitness Week Yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882198 Spending a lot of time on getting my steps in for the challenge. My weekly Fitbit stats: <BR> Total steps 171,558 daily average: 24508 steps! 74 miles, 10.58 miles daily. <BR> Sleep is 5 hrs 48 minutes with average 4 wake ups -because I don't move much, I don't think it gets all my wake ups. There is only one position I can comfortably sleep in. Still dealing with the stuffed, bloody nose. A mask may be the way to go. <BR> Yesterday I got my most steps ever 34684. Its ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:49:08 EST Trying To Teach An Old Dog New Tricks.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880551 So my very helpful relatives want my trip to go as smoothly as possible. The first step was installing something called Dropbox. Oh its so good, you can put your photos in there and all your important travel documents and not worry about losing them if your electronic device blows up or is stolen. So my first attempt at putting an important document in there was to transfer my medical file, whoops didn't know you had to right click to send a COPY of it, watching as it disappeared from my ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:39:56 EST Feeling Groovy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878100 So I woke up feeling pretty good this morning (except for the stuffed nose) The pain was quite manageable so I dove right into exercise. I did a variety of movement from cardio to those nasty plie squats. I find balancing work far more challenging then the toughest cardio :-P Since I was feeling so fine, I decided to step out of my normal fruit smoothie comfort breakfast zone and added a cup of spinach to it. Other than turning my gorgeous purple shake into a darker duller color, it real... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:10:06 EST Good Day But.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875274 Thanks to the overpowering tiredness from the allergy medicine I have been sleeping longer in spite of the pain, but also think its not as severe thanks to the knees being up on a pillow. I am now getting a good five hours nightly, which for me is huge. After a series of pills and waiting, got into my workouts and pushed out 125 minutes this morning. Then discovered my keyboard had letters that stopped working. Spell check only corrected a few of them :-( It was a $3 keyboard I had g... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:47:06 EST Adjusting to My New Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873665 Changes in my disease can happen lightening quick. As did this spinal pain. I now have constant pain from my mid to lower back that radiates out to surround my right side and all around my hip. It feels like my hip is toast, but I can move it freely thankfully as it makes it easier to get my shoes and socks on. But bending over is a nightmare. As is getting out of bed. I put a pillow under my knees to see if this would ease some of the pain, and it seemed to and I was able to get fi... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:23:12 EST Spine Report Rotten (Warning: Medical Terminology) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870781 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l282365015.jpg"> <BR> The results of my X-Ray of the spinal column were worse than I thought. My family Dr. was shocked at the progression, saying I am facing some serious issues. <BR> Upper back: <BR> There is straightening of the normal cervical lordosis, due to degenerative changes in the lower cervical spine. <BR> Severe disc space narrowing is seen at C5/6/7 (mid neck) with posterior osteophytic activity (bone... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 16:04:50 EST Mileage & Steps For the Month Of January! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867283 As I am in a senior Globe Walk to the Moon challenge, for the first time I am tracking my steps and mileage in a month. <BR> I averaged 19051.39 steps in a day, going 8.55 miles daily. I was kind of hoping I would hit 20,000 but oh well. When you have a body that is failing even the most willing of minds can't always grind it out daily. I am supposed to be the team's ringer ;-) I do love to get as much exercise as I can in, no lack of motivation there! I am fortunate to have gott... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:33:50 EST Winter Shines Festival Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866659 There were two locations holding winter festivals on this bitterly cold day. One was at the Farmer's Market. <BR> They had a petting zoo: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2064850051.jpg"> <BR> Sleigh Ride: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l121609438.jpg"> <BR> There were pony rides and a wondrous ice park for the children consisting of a climbing wall, slide and big dome tent. <BR> The ice sculptures were magnificent: <BR> <img src... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:55:19 EST Flaw In Nutrition Tracker? Rant Alert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866248 As I do more and frequent workouts daily and track them in the Fitness Tracker, naturally the calorie range on my Nutrition Tracker rises, sometimes to amazing levels! BUT, and it is a big but, the range for fat and carbohydrates remains exactly the same!! I challenge you to try get into the range of 2300-2600 with only 132-256 carbs allowed! Fat I can see, but the carbs? What about post workout recovery? 60% of your calories should come from carbs. I guess I should be posting this que... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:42:06 EST Plans, Planes and Pondering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864778 My first plan is to stop procrastinating and get busy booking a trip or two. Mom suggested going to Las Vegas with my brother and his son. His son wants to play in these Magic (fantasy card game) tournaments so my brother will be free to wander around most of the time. Its a thought. I do not gamble, but enjoyed the sights, shows and sound of the city when I was there last and know it changes rapidly and there is always something new to see and do. I think I need to see a travel agent... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:37:22 EST Help! Need Canoe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862629 Started out my morning with my favorite activity, working out, decided to push on the elliptical with intervals. Was 40 minutes along when*SNAP*!! I just about fell off! Tentatively carried on, it hadn't seem to have affected my elliptical and I could see no parts lying around and there were no grinding or clanking sounds so I finished 28.1 km in 60 minutes! <BR> I had to go out to pick up a prescription and go to the club to set up my game for tomorrow. I was expecting it to be ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:46:25 EST Workout Work-A-Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861789 It was time I started organizing in ernest the transfer of materials to the new club manager. I had accumulated a lot of outdated material and am ready to take my second lot of papers to the recycle bin. To make sure I was not sitting on my posterior all day sorting it out, I worked out at periodic intervals. I am up to 170 minutes and its only 7 pm. Once I start a project, its hard to stop. <BR> The stale smoke coming in is bothering me, and I would love to get outside and go for... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:53:16 EST I Am Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860558 Its official. February 1st there is a new club manager to take over my position! I have to fully train him first of course, before he can actually take over. He was a past president of our club and a wonderful man, very well liked, a perfect replacement! <BR> I had a day off, so I decided on this warm, sunny day to go see a movie. I enjoyed my walk in the sunshine there, but the puddles of water and slush not so much. It took me 25 minutes of fast walking. I thoroughly enjoyed th... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:17:47 EST Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859667 I started off my morning with my favorite routine, exercise. I enjoyed a low impact 35 min DVD, then switched to online videos. I discovered a chair cardio and did that for 25 minutes -it was actually a good workout, using a towel held firmly in your hands with your arms apart to boost the workout, and it was really a good challenge on the abs to keep up with the arm and leg movements, actually harder to do sitting then it would have been standing. Then I did a 40 minute high impact cardio... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:26:20 EST 190 Fitness Minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858396 Ran an easy game, came home and napped for an hour, then started working out. I had some niggling little injuries, so stuck with low impact workouts. This meant I could handle more of them, and Jessica Smith makes them all fun and interesting. I really like her workouts! She is an engaging energetic individual and has a secret weapon Peanut, the French bulldog. She has a variety of ideas and makes them challenging to keep the heart rate up in spite of them being low impact. She works ou... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:58:24 EST Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856624 I started off the morning doing a 60 minute Zumba DVD, followed by a 50 minute Boxercise (with weights) and then showered. I managed to cut and file both my toe nails and fingernails! So now I was ready to shop for groceries! Costco here I come! Stepdad had to get gas so he dropped Mom and I off so we could get started. It was hugely busy so we took our time. Angus wanted food and he had to wait in a long line up so we went all around again. We spent an hour and a half there and my wal... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:09:47 EST Three Appointments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855474 First up was the spinal surgeon. He did a thorough head to neck examination, then sent me for X-Rays. He concluded the changes in my spine are similar to the changes that the RA made in my hands. People with RA tend to get these spinal changes more often. He does want to send me for a MRI. I am not so sure I can and he said the metal implants in bone wouldn't be bothered. but I am thinking what about my arm? The strips holding the bone graft in place are around the outside of the bone ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:53:19 EST Addendum to Yesterday's Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854283 I was bullied in elementary school for being different, a gimp, ugly, the usual, but I did have one friend who I hung around with throughout my years. But one day she invited me over and when I got there the guys who bullied me were hiding behind her couch. I immediately left and they followed me home, teasing, taunting, pushing me around and spitting at me. My friend walked along behind chatting and laughing with the school's most popular girl. Needless to say, I didn't have any friends... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:58:46 EST So Incredibly Sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853706 I was playing with my bridge mentor Barb today. 21 years ago I came into the club not having a clue about bridge. After taking the lessons, the very first game I played in was one she was running. I had no partner so she played with me. She saw some kind of potential in me. So began a wonderful partnership. When I wanted to play in the open games, there were naysayers who said I was too new and would get turned off, but she stood by me and we showed them all. Gradually, she would teac... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:34:24 EST I Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852570 I put in my request for a transfer to a new apartment building downtown. I specifically asked for a south facing suite and requested all linoleum flooring for ease of movement and cleaning. I said I would wait for these conditions to be met. So I have no idea how long it will take. My Mom was surprised that I would be willing to leave the bridge club behind. But the fact of the matter is my only two partners are very elderly, one being quite frail and the other close to age 90. When t... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:36:13 EST Better Ball Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851480 Tried my hardest to sleep in. Ended up 6 hrs 42 min with an 11 min wake up with 7 restless times totaling 19 minutes. Really just made me overly tired and groggy and had a hard time getting it going. Ended up having breakfast late, then found some online videos totaling 60 minutes to do, one being cardio low impact and a dance inspired one. <BR> Then I got down to work, updating some club work at home, then walking to the club to do some updating there. Also did a little cleaning ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:26:49 EST Now This is Cold!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850046 The big story around here is how cold its been. Currently its -24 C, but feels like -34 C (-11 F, feels like -29 F) The cold wouldn't really be that bad, but its the non stop wind on the flat prairies that makes it dangerous :-( So my outdoor walking has been confined to trips back and forth to the bridge club -a round trip taking 30 minutes. No exercise classes because its just too cold to walk to them. The last time I tried my knees just about froze in spite of wearing wind pants. For... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 07:04:26 EST Nice News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848866 I got a letter stating Safeway was giving me 1000 air miles for being a good customer! <BR> My mentor and I came first in a tough bridge game of 15 tables. Scores were low, we won with a 59% while the next closest was 56% <BR> I got another cool Fitbit badge: <BR> FrodohYEAH! <BR> You've earned the New Zealand badge <BR> This is a day of great importance, because you just walked the distance between Mordor and the Shire—990 miles, and the length of New Zealand. Looks like you've... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:44:10 EST New Fridge & Phone Call From Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846079 I had another relaxing visit with my sister and niece. Another feast of turkey, curried bean quinoa, sweet potato baked fries, too much again. Spencer plated another dessert -a pineapple ring covered with a sauce she cooked on the stove using rum and spices and then topped of with a small amount of ice cream, very nice. The other dessert was a merangue ring for those not knowing what pavlova is. After lunch we all soaked up the sun streaming in the floor to ceiling windows and read. Then... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 21:33:33 EST Dinner And A Movie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845230 My sister and her daughter were in town and spent the day shopping for shoes. I met up with them at Mom's, in time for a nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings, then Spencer presented her dessert, a pavlova, nicely made and topped with kiwi, blackberry and raspberry with a small amount of ice cream and a sauce, all beautifully presented of course. <BR> We then went to see a movie John Wick. It had been a while since I had seen Keanu Reeves in a movie. It was a movie about an assas... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:30:00 EST New Year -Not A Great Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843984 It turned out there was a bridge game on New Year's Day after all. Seven full tables. I played with my old friend, one of the club's worst players and we came predictably last, with a 38% game. People brought snacks and someone brought an incredible selection of home made goodies. I did overindulge and had a brownie and a few slices of lemon poppy seed cake as well as a little cupcake which I thought was chocolate, but turned out to be a cream cheese mini muffin with chocolate icing on to... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:35:04 EST New Year's Eve! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842134 Going to be a quiet one at home alone. I don't usually celebrate it. For those of you who do, wishing you a fun evening in moderation! <BR> No plans for the New Year, just a continuation of what I am doing now. Trying to get back in shape after almost a year long layoff from exercising. Seems to be harder and harder with each new roadblock my health issues are challenging me with. But I love to exercise so no worries on ever giving it up! <BR> Right now I am enjoying some rocki... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:11:29 EST Cabin Fever In The Frozen North http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841566 2014 is going out like a lion. Daily warnings about dangerous windchills. We were spoiled by having a mild winter up to now. Walking to the club in the wind is a challenge. Bundled up like the Michelin man lol. <BR> I am cleaning and decluttering bit by bit. Getting ready to turn everything over to hopefully a new club manager. But no one is stepping up just yet. I get daily encouragement to stay. They don't want anyone else. I have very mixed feelings about it. I really enjoy... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:06:03 EST The Grinch That Stole Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838589 The morning started out far earlier then I would have liked. Mother decided to get up at 4 am, so another sleepless night for me. I tried use the extra time to get Spark goodies out to all my friends -a tall order on a slow connection. <BR> Mom wanted to go out for a hike with Daisy one last time before she went off to the farm. So we suited up as the temperatures had dropped to -14 C (7 F) with a windchill. But the sun has finally found us and it was wonderful to see the brightne... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:48:02 EST Christmas Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838121 Mother and I started out our morning with a hike to the off leash dog park. Someone had put up a few decorations on the trails and we wanted to add to it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1664774806.jpg"> <BR> One of the decorations we saw: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l123913310.jpg"> <BR> Mom thought of using Tim Horton's Christmas cups as decorations, a little bit of a statement as so many people throw their cups out on the trails.. <BR> ... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:19:33 EST Mournful Morning Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835852 It started with a sore finger. I thought I had sprained it. Then another one. Then it spread like wildfire. In three months I went from lifting 50 lb bales of leather and taking zen karate six days a week to being bedridden and admitted to hospital. My rheumatoid arthritis had returned with a vengeance. Affected joints: shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, feet and hands. Not much left to work with, I wrenched my back struggling to get out of bed. I was age 24 and my life as I knew it wa... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:17:07 EST Triple Workouts -Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832464 The sidewalks were totally covered in ice, but the streets were okay, so I drove my scooter to the fitness center and enjoyed my three classes back to back, Zumba, Boxercise and Step! Woohoo! <BR> I got my Fitbit July 17 and my notice that I had walked 736 miles Dec 10, so if there is anyone out there who can do math, maybe figure out my average daily mileage. I am having a bit of trouble with it. I had charged it two days ago and it said it was low, so I put it on charge and it showe... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:23:53 EST Glimmer of Hope? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832146 I have said it before, I will say it again, a good physiotherapist is worth their weight in gold! Maybelle gave me a treatment today and suggested I may get nerve regeneration, but that it could take 1-2 years. In the mean time, she is sending me to an occupational therapist get splinted so the thumb won't contract into my hand. She also made room in her busy schedule to give me an extra appointment close to Christmas. They are very busy with several therapists off sick so I am lucky to h... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:40:28 EST Little Frustrations.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831662 I am not progressing with my arm. I can't even budge the yellow band to straighten out my tricep. Two and a half months after surgery and it still doesn't feel like a normal human being arm. It feels weird to the touch. <BR> I have a mysterious rash on my back, so in case it was an allergic reaction, I took a strong dose of Benadryl nighttime. Well, I had the best sleep I have ever had in a long time, in spite of waking up seven times. But unfortunately, I couldn't stay up in spite... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:21:23 EST New Eyeglasses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828686 I purchased two pair, one for reading and close up work, of which I do an incredible amount: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1296548775.jpg"> <BR> They are in my favorite color for eyeglasses, bronze, brown, and gold tones, probably hard to see with Spark's poor resolution. They had a scratch on the frame, so they are actually going to replace them!! <BR> These are my daily, rough and tumble workout glasses, made by adidas. I love the way they wrap around the ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:27:54 EST Back Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828313 I am fully moved back home now. Eating a care package of parsnip and carrots from the Farmer's market and some snap peas for supper and Mom's home made lasagna. When they dropped me off with my boxes of stuff, Mom insisted on scrubbing off the tape from a failed attempt at sealing my cupboards from the smoke coming in. It was very hard to get off, they had to use paint scrapers first, then GooGone. The white bits and pieces went everywhere, including inside my cupboards and all over my fr... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:08:43 EST I saw my surgeon today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826548 ..and as it turns out my hip is fine. My spinal column, not so much. It is an abnormal curve that wasn't there three years ago. I am being referred to a spinal surgeon. Yet another one to add to my speed dial ;-) In our health care system, all the orthopaedic surgeons specialize in one body area. So now I will have one for every body part, head to toe :-P So now I know my bad back pain is, *gasp* really from my back! <BR> Onward the trials go.. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:00:00 EST Last Photos From BC: Glacier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825072 The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes' of the Columbia Icefield. It is the most visited glacier in North America because its easy to access. It is close to the Icefields Parkway between the Alberta towns of Banff and Jasper, very popular tourist destinations. <BR> This was one of the many glaciers we saw on our way there: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837908878.jpg"> <BR> The parking lot was at the foot of the glacier, and there wa... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:04:37 EST Winter Wonderland Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823581 The cold is hard on me, but I wanted to capture all the snow laden trees and bushes in our hiking trails before the winds laid waste to them: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324439893.jpg"> <BR> Snow laden tree: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1098616624.jpg"> <BR> Snow log: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l299208534.jpg"> <BR> Daisy's great recall: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2003874950.jpg... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:17:30 EST Small, But Mighty Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822530 I surprised myself when I was able to cut my fingernails today, on my LEFT hand, by my RIGHT hand. It helped the nails were very soft from the shower. It helped I had a sharp clippers. It helped that nail clippers are spring loaded to go back into a start position because I am not able to open my thumb. Baby steps. My arm still feels like a lump of dead meat but is sensitive to touch. But I was able to do 50 min boxercise with very gentle range of motion with my right arm, and also plow... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:36:28 EST Punch Drunk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820140 I feel like Rocky, having gone ten rounds used as a punching bag. Just reeling from the bad news. My right arm surgery was very complex and had many complications the young surgeon ran into. He did do the very best he could, but working with finicky nerves, tendons and tissues, things can go wrong and did. My right thumb does not work properly. The physiotherapist pointed out how the muscle there was atrophied. This would explain the numbness on the arm. Apparently the nerves that had ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:29:43 EST Masterful Maintenance Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816380 I first joined Sparkpeople May 13 2009, but long before that I was on the old weight rollercoaster of fun, starting in my 20's. Living with a chronic condition and having multiple surgeries over my life lead me to being a real expert at weight loss. But finally, through this website and the amazing friends on here, a goal weight was found and kept. <BR> The Game Changers for me were: <BR> 1. Accurately tracking my food. <BR> 2. Always weighing or measuring anything that goes into ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:50:41 EST Decluttering The Home And the Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812140 I was a serious paper pack rat. I saved magazines, article clippings, whatever interested me. I had a huge metal Office Filing cabinet, three drawers high and three feet long stuffed. Fortunately, when I had to move into a much smaller apartment, I could see this wasn't going to fit, so got rid of it all out of necessity. But some things I kept. Like all my credit card bills, receipts, manuals, warranty papers from anything I ever bought when I first started earning money, at 17. I thou... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:46:35 EST Incredible Bryce Canyon Falls. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805942 This was the most breath taking vista we saw. The bridge entrance over the falls: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l552932810.jpg"> <BR> View from the top: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367412179.jpg"> <BR> Long view: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521585739.jpg"> <BR> Just was soaking in all these incredible views: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1300859431.jpg"> <BR> Rooty path down: <BR> ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:37:46 EST BC Trip Into The Clouds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804933 It was still overcast and foggy when we went to see the 2nd longest falls in Canada: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1448580896.jpg"> <BR> We had to go up this very narrow switchback road to get there: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953525559.jpg"> <BR> There had been an avalanche here, always a risk in the mountains: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326554453.jpg" <BR> Takakkaw Falls: <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:16:32 EST Tough Hike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802881 We started out on a gorgeous well above average temperature fall morning: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2048279556.jpg"> <BR> Scrambling down a boulder and rock strewn steep path to get to the bottom of that bridge where the trail started we looked at the graffiti: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l164906076.jpg"> <BR> The rocks weren't so bad, like uneven stepping stones: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l415613904.jpg"... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:42:04 EST BC Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800971 We went from: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234243161.jpg"> <BR> and this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l290789206.jpg"> <BR> To this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l752031169.jpg"> <BR> rain as we got higher into the mountains: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l573141705.jpg"> <BR> We drove by an avalanche area: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045585412.jpg"> <BR> ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:14:38 EST