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  • Just Resting

    12/21/2014 5:22:56 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Today is a quiet day. The SeaHawks don't play until this evening, so the TV is off. I got out when I saw the sun shining to get my 30 minute wa... Read more

  • Playing Hostess

    12/20/2014 6:54:31 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Today the Tapestry Group of our local guild came to my house. It was a lot of fun, and everything went so well. When I bought my table loom... Read more

  • Trying to keep motiviated

    12/20/2014 2:07:10 AM, by FRAYEA

    I am trying to keep motivated and wanting to keep going on this. I am having a rough time doing so. I dont eat on typical times. Its very random ... Read more

  • A Day in the Sun

    12/19/2014 10:54:10 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Today was actually SUNNY. Not a very long day, of coufse; still, it was pretty, not raining, and not too cold, either. I took the opportunity t... Read more

  • A New Normal

    12/18/2014 11:06:51 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Today I realized we have settled into a "new normal". I get up at 5, get dressed and putter around until Ed gets up. Then I fix him breakfast a... Read more

  • Back into Society

    12/16/2014 3:38:01 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    After my husband's being discharged from the hospital, I didn't want to leave the house. What if he needed me? What if his blood sugar got too ... Read more

  • How We Do It--One Up & One on Maintenance

    12/14/2014 3:44:26 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    The Dietitian at the Hospital gave me a sheet of ideas to help Ed gain weight and estimated he should eat 1600-1810 calories a day. SparkPeople g... Read more

  • Hi, I'm Ed (via my wife PATTI_PAL)

    12/14/2014 12:15:04 PM, by MASON_ED

    I'm really PATTI_PAL1 writing as my husband Ed. So far, I'm using SparkPeople to keep track of his food intake as he was slowly (maybe not so slo... Read more

  • Around Capitol Lake in the Fog

    12/13/2014 5:50:29 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    This morning I fed my husband his breakfast and then left him for a few hours to do something for myself. A RUN!! Well, I didn't run it, but I ... Read more

  • And the Beat Goes On....

    12/12/2014 8:25:45 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    My husband DID do his three times of exercise yesterday (as agreed, one was a shower). Today the challenge was four. He did very well. I'm so ... Read more

  • Exercise, Too

    12/11/2014 2:29:48 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    This morning when my husband woke up I told him I'd like him to walk around the house 3 different times for exercise. (That's all the exercise h... Read more

  • Fattening Him Up

    12/10/2014 11:23:49 AM, by PATTI_PAL1

    My husband was in the hospital for 2 broken ribs (lost his balance and hit the metal bedstand), pneumonia, and acute diabetes. The antibiotics h... Read more

  • Gratitude

    12/9/2014 9:57:31 AM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Well, this morning my heart overflows with gratitude. So, with an apology for anyone who's had way too much Thanksgiving lately, here goes: ... Read more

  • Day 2 Home From the Hospital

    12/8/2014 7:56:41 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    I went to see my counselor today and my friend came to be with Ed. She had told me back in September that I was doing so well that I didn't need... Read more

  • Day 1 Post Hospital

    12/7/2014 9:22:37 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    We've had a full day home now, my husband and me. I continue to be amazed at how well he is doing. I do see the signs of his weakness, too. I'... Read more

  • He's Home!

    12/6/2014 8:23:57 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Ed (my husband) came home today. He'd been in the hospital a full week. That's almost unheard of these days. He had multiple problems, and has... Read more

  • Wonderfully Tired

    12/4/2014 7:34:03 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    It's been an eventful day. On my personal calendar, it looked like the quietest day of the week. Only my friend Julia coming at 11 am. Julia o... Read more

  • Helping Him Eat

    12/2/2014 10:09:17 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    After visiting my husband in the hospital today, I realize that he needs what all of us do--good food and nutrients, exercise, and the care of ot... Read more

  • My Day at the ER

    11/30/2014 11:16:18 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Early this morning I found out that my husband was having trouble walking and feeling extremely weak. He has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary... Read more

  • Tending to Home

    11/29/2014 1:57:01 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Today is a "tending to home" day. My husband has broken two ribs and is in a great amount of pain, so I'm taking over some of his chores today. ... Read more

  • Thanksgiving went smoothly

    11/28/2014 8:35:42 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Yesterday I was scared Heather would fall or I'd injure myself helping her transfer. We had to do it 5 times! Actually, it all went smoothly. ... Read more

  • Walking In the Rain

    11/27/2014 6:02:27 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    I walked in the rain! It's Thanksgiving and I heard this morning about a friend who didn't have a place to go for Thanksgiving dinner. I cou... Read more

  • Quilting

    11/26/2014 10:06:58 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    At the "Inspire Your Creativity" Group last week, we talked about our failures. I told the group about my current project--making a quilt for my... Read more

  • Creativity Group Today

    11/24/2014 5:53:19 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    We had seven in our group today. It was lively, with lots of ideas and crafts in the air. I got my pots. now fired and ready to plant something... Read more

  • A Day to Remember

    11/22/2014 9:31:14 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    My daughter Heather and her Caregiver joined SparkPeople today. I had fun helping each of them get through the sign-up process and join the team... Read more

  • "ME" Day

    11/21/2014 1:10:29 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    I am playing hookey from the Weavers Guild today. I'll see some of the same women tomorrow at the Tapestry Group, and the subject of the program... Read more

  • My favorite Salad Dressing

    11/20/2014 9:45:02 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Thought I'd relay what I use for salad dressing. It seems that the regular salad dressings are so rich in fat that the calories go sky-high. Th... Read more

  • Fighting Honesty

    11/19/2014 5:06:44 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Cheese is a nemesis of mine. I do like a chunk of cheese after exercise. And there's nothing wrong with that...except I fight honesty and have ... Read more

  • My "Exotic" Day

    11/17/2014 7:25:29 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    One day last week, for breakfast I had some quinoa with blueberries, cinnamon and sweetener. Not really exotic, but a different type of food tha... Read more

  • My Top Tip for Team Leaders

    11/15/2014 12:15:26 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Two months ago I reached Maintenance with SparkPeople helping me all the way. I knew to keep off the pounds I needed to do something to stary in... Read more

  • Why I Ride the Bus

    11/13/2014 10:56:41 AM, by PATTI_PAL1

    My Maintenance Buddy here on SparkPeople asked me why I rode the bus since I like to walk so much. Here is the story: "Downtown" for around... Read more

  • Not Much Today

    11/12/2014 9:26:43 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    I thought I'd have a nice leisurely day to work on crafts. That couldn't have been further from the truth. I've been in the ER with a frien... Read more

  • My Shoe Story

    11/10/2014 10:24:11 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    This morning I was ready to go walking. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. I remembered that I needed to buy a new pair of w... Read more

  • Getting Younger?

    11/8/2014 10:14:27 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    When I go to my Personal Trainer (every two weeks) he weighs me on this special scale. It's one of those which can tell how much body fat and mu... Read more

  • My Story

    11/7/2014 10:11:59 AM, by PATTI_PAL1

    My story with SparkPeople started in 2012. It was after the worst 2 years of my life when I was seriously depressed. I had been told by my doctor... Read more

  • My Image

    11/6/2014 3:53:45 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Just today it hit me (as I was buckling my belt) how much "my image" has changed. I no longer choose all elastic pants, baggy shirts, etc. I ha... Read more

  • Oops!

    11/5/2014 1:29:48 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Well, as you know if you've been following my blog, I'm feeling pretty good about Maintenance. I hit 125 then 124 then 125 for the last 2 months... Read more

  • My Tips for Maintenance

    11/4/2014 12:24:25 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    I'm new to this--only two months at my goal weight now--but I'm holding it right on target and I'm pleased. Here's what I did when I neare... Read more

  • Half and Half

    11/3/2014 9:17:15 PM, by PATTI_PAL1

    This morning was crazy busy. My Personal Training session was at 7 am. I started out walking at 6:30. We had a different kind of workout where... Read more

  • Busy Day with Local Two Events

    11/2/2014 10:43:25 AM, by PATTI_PAL1

    Gonna go out and "race" (walk) this morning for the "Turn Back the Clock" local race. My daughter who has Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair and... Read more

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