SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Healthy Habits Challenge Team Messageboard Even the longest journey starts with a single step. Take time to focus on small healthy habits like drinking more water or stretching after each workout. Small changes can lead to big progress! SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Healthy Habits Challenge Team Messageboard THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD Have you started doing your Spring cleaning? <BR> *********************** <BR> Ours start this weekend. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:03:23 EST Wed., March 22nd Do you have a set time for meals? <BR> **************** <BR> We generally eat lunch and dinner about the same time every day. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:48:28 EST Tuesday, March 21st Do you go to Easter Sunrise Service? <BR> ************** <BR> <BR> I used to but haven't gone in years. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:54:42 EST Monday, March 20th Do you eat breakfast? <BR> ************** <BR> Very rarely. I've never been much on breakfast; just give me my coffee. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:41:55 EST Sunday, March 19th Do you have a special someone to talk to when you're really stressed out? <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> I have a friend here in town and I have a close pen pal. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:34:41 EST Sat., March 18th If you could do one thing to improve yourself physically, what would it be? <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> I'd get my teeth taken care of. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:48:54 EST St. Paddy's Day What money advice would you give to your grandchildren? <BR> ************************* <BR> I'd tell them to save all they can for their future. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:02:02 EST Thursday, March 16th Do you love doing crossword puzzles? <BR> ****************** <BR> Not really. I prefer the find the words puzzles instead. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:47:49 EST Wed., March 15th Do you have a favorite standby recipe? <BR> ******************* <BR> My homemade chicken noodle soup Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:55:51 EST Tuesday, March 14th Do you find that waking up slowly or quickly serves you better mentally, physically, emotionally? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> I do better waking up slowly. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:48:51 EST Monday March 13 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Is your tetanus shot up to date? <BR> ******************************** <BR> <BR> I have not had any booster shots so no Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:48:01 EST Saturday March 11 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you eat the daily recommended fruits and veggies? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> <BR> I try but have to watch how much I eat as I am diabetic and some fruits are very high so a portion for me is not equal to a portion for most Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:12:36 EST Friday March 10 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Have you ever chipped a tooth? <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> Thankfully I have not Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:58:24 EST Thursday March 9 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What's the first thing you look for on a nutrition label? <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> for me it is the amount of carbohydrates Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:58:35 EST Wednesday March 8 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What is the one thing you have been avoiding? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> dealing with the clutter on my balcony <BR> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 11:12:57 EST Tuesday March 7 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you think tracking food is an important part of weight loss? <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> I do but I am not consistent with it Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:05:30 EST Monday March 6 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How do you feel when you don't exercise? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> I feel guilty Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:33:08 EST Saturday March 4 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you eat a balanced diet? <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> I do try but there are times that I dont Sat, 4 Mar 2017 15:45:07 EST Thursday March 2 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How much water do you drink a day? <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> I make sure I get at least 8 glasses in Thu, 2 Mar 2017 20:17:31 EST Wednesday March 1 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have a "cheat" day? <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> I do not as I dont really stop myself from eating the foods I love but I need to watch my portion sizes Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:27:21 EST Monday Feb 27th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How much time do you spend on the internet? <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> <BR> I spend way too much time and I work on a computer all day Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:50:13 EST Friday, Feb. 24th Is making friends as an adult easier or harder than when you were younger? <BR> ************************* <BR> Much, much harder. When I was younger, I was a wild child and partied (A LOT), so it was easy to make friends. Now that I'm older and much more careful, it's harder. I have a handful of friends I'd call really close. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:51:17 EST Thursday, Feb. 23rd How did your kids leaving the house impact you emotionally? <BR> *************** <BR> It almost killed me when Chris moved out. I was a single parent and when he moved out I was totally alone. Scared me to death and I missed him to the point of being ill. But after awhile I adjusted. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:41:11 EST Wed. Feb. 22nd Have you had to convince a senior to stop driving? <BR> ************** <BR> I haven't personally but my stepmom had to be convinced to stop driving after a near fatal accident. She had alzheimers (2nd stage). Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:16:47 EST Tuesday, Feb. 21st Do you find that you feel more positive and happier when you exercise? <BR> ********* <BR> To a degree. At least I feel less guilty and not feel like such a slug. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:41:53 EST Monday, Feb. 20th Are there items of clothing you have given up wearing? <BR> ******************** <BR> I stopped wearing tank tops as I just don't have the body for them. Plus I don't think a woman should wear them past a certain age. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:58:21 EST Sunday, Feb. 19th Do you agree that there are certain types of people that we should avoid spending time with? Why or why not? <BR> *********************** <BR> I have to agree. Some people do nothing but put others down and I definitely don't need to be around them. I try to lift people up, not put them down. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:28:13 EST Sat., Feb. 18th Are you ready to move from “I’m not perfect” to “I’m good enough?” <BR> ****************** <BR> Yes, that's what I'm working on now, finally. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:28:19 EST Friday, Feb. 17th How do deal with the normal ups and downs in your life? <BR> ******************** <BR> I just take it a day at a time and do the best I can. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:27:47 EST Thursday, Feb. 16th Do you have a pet? <BR> ********* <BR> I can't have pets due to severe allergies. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:06:58 EST Wed., Feb. 15th Have you ever wanted to visit England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales? <BR> ************************** <BR> I'd love to visit Ireland, but it'll never happen as I refuse to fly. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:45:31 EST Valentine's Day Have you ever thought of buying an RV and travelling the world? <BR> *********************** <BR> Bob talks about it all the time, but with his health as it is, it's out of the question. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:18:03 EST Monday, Feb. 13th Have you ever had a really, really bad dream that you woke from that made you feel shaky and sick to your stomach? <BR> ************************* <BR> I had one last night and I hope I never have another one like it ever again. It'll take a longtime for me to forget that dream. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:46:55 EST Sunday, Feb. 12th If you had a fat amount of money in your bank account, do you think you would be happier?************************* <BR> <BR> Maybe not so much happier but a lot less stressed out. I could pay off all the doctor bills and do a few things that right now we simply can't afford to do. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:42:51 EST Sat., Feb. 11th How do you live your life with the mindset that age is just a number? <BR> ******************** <BR> I've never let my age stop me from doing anything I really wanted to do. I may be a little slower and I may have days of pain afterwards, but it's the only way I know to do things. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:08:07 EST Fri., Feb. 10th Can you recall your favorite pair of jeans? Do you still wear jeans today? <BR> **************** <BR> I had a pair when I was 19 that had a huge Indian along one leg. I loved those jeans. But after my son was born I could no longer wear them. When he was 2 I cut them down and made him a jean vest with the Indian on the back. Everyone thought he looked so cute wearing it. As for wearing jeans now; I haven't worn regular length jeans in over 20 years. I do wear a pair of capri length jeans thou... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:03:17 EST Thursday, Feb. 9th What memories stand out most for you from 2016? <BR> ************** <BR> Nothing much other than trading in our car and getting a new one. Oh, and our bedbug issue, of course. Thank God I finally got rid of those, but it took 3 months. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:43:08 EST Wed., Feb. 8th How would you describe what being 40 years old (or better) is like in 2 words? <BR> **************************** <BR> Freeing, sad Wed, 8 Feb 2017 08:22:06 EST Tuesday, Feb. 7th When you look at your wardrobe, what is the first thing that comes to mind? <BR> **************************** <BR> BORING !! Nothing in my closet makes me jump for joy when I wear it. They cover me up, nothing more. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:14:25 EST Monday, Feb. 6th What are you planning to do to cultivate happiness in your life this year? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I'm going to work more on NSV instead of the numbers on the scale. And I'm going to try and spend more time doing things we enjoy instead of the same old day to day things. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 08:06:09 EST Sunday, Feb. 5th Do you still care what other people think of your appearance, now that you are in your 40s or better? <BR> *************** <BR> Not really. People take me as I am. I dress to please myself. Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:32:20 EST Sat., Feb. 4th What do you think of the idea of living on a cruise ship? <BR> *************** <BR> I've heard it's cheaper than a nursing home and you're treated extra special. Sat, 4 Feb 2017 08:02:19 EST Friday, Feb. 3rd (early) Doing the QOTD early as I'll be off line much of tomorrow. <BR> <BR> What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? <BR> *********************** <BR> I wondered what time it was. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 18:13:03 EST Thurs.,Feb. 2nd If you could change anything in your life, what would it be? <BR> ****************** <BR> I'd have never allowed myself to gain all this weight back, back in 2005. I would have fought harder to keep it off. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 08:26:10 EST Wed., Feb. 1st Do you like playing crossword puzzles? <BR> ************ <BR> I prefer the find a word puzzles. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 08:13:47 EST Tuesday, Jan. 31st What are you doing to make a little extra money in retirement? <BR> ********************** <BR> I make address labels for my pen pals if they need them. I get $1.50 per sheet plus postage to mail them to them. It's not a lot but towards the end of the month, every little bit helps. And it's only now and then. Nothing on a regular basis. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:18:02 EST Monday, Jan. 30th What are your pet peeves about life in our modern world? <BR> ************************** <BR> Everyone is always in such a rush, never really stopping to be thankful for what they already have. It has to be more, more, more. I think life was harder but much simplar about 150 years ago. People took time to just "be". Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:42:27 EST Sunday, Jan. 29th Do you have any recommendations for women over 60 who are looking for a new way to style or cut their hair? <BR> ************************* <BR> I like the super short pixie style for myself. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:05:26 EST Sat., Jan. 28th What do you do when you feel a little lonely? <BR> ********************************** <BR> I'll usually either call my friend across town or else I'll write a pen pal. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:16:32 EST Fri., Jan. 27th If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? <BR> ************************ <BR> I'd be completely pain free and full of energy. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:08:39 EST Thursday, Jan. 26th What one accomplishment are you most proud of from the last year? <BR> ********************* <BR> I lost 17 lbs. in 2016. First year I actually saw a loss instead of a gain in the last 5 years. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:46:57 EST Wed., Jan. 25th What are the small things that make you happy? <BR> ******************* <BR> Being thanked when I do something for Bob. Getting a pen pal letter. Reading a good book. <BR> Lots of things make me happy that I tend to take for granted. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:10:39 EST Tuesday, Jan. 24th Do you ever feel like time is running out to do all of the things you want to do with your life? <BR> ******************* <BR> At times, but I know if I'm meant to do them, I will. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:12:48 EST Monday, Jan. 23rd What age do you consider “old?” <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> I guess that depends on how old you are now. Someone in their 20's would think 40-50 was old. I'm 60 and I know that's considered old but I look at old as someone in their 80's-90's. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:38:58 EST Sunday, Jan. 22nd Have you ever experienced a fire or another natural disaster? <BR> ***************** <BR> Yes, in 1990, in Colorado, where I lived then, a tornado came thru and our apartment was destroyed. It looked like matchsticks when it was done. Luckily we weren't in town when it happened. But that's what we came back to. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:20:17 EST Sat., Jan. 21st Are you planning to start any new hobbies in 2017? <BR> ******************** <BR> No, I'll just continue the ones I already have. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:09:38 EST Friday, Jan. 20th How often do you multi-task while eating? <BR> **************** <BR> All the time Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:38:15 EST Thurs., Jan. 19th Do you sit more than 8 hours a day? <BR> ************ <BR> Yes. Between being on the computer and then TV time, then I average 8-10 hours a day. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:10:08 EST Wed., Jan. 18th What is your favorite herb? How do you use it in your homemade meals? <BR> **************** <BR> I guess it'd be parsley flakes. I use it a lot in stews and soups. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:16:02 EST Tuesday, Jan. 17th When Was The Last Time You Baked A Cake , What Kind Was It ??? <BR> ************************ <BR> I made a cherry pound cake for New Years Eve. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:33:57 EST Monday, Jan. 16th Do you find smiling helps you get through difficult times ? <BR> ************************** <BR> Yes, but sometimes it's nearly impossible to still smile. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:37:26 EST Sunday, Jan. 15th Where do you store your important documents and data? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> We have a small safe that's fire proof that we use. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:56:21 EST Sat., Jan. 14th What is your mood when you wake up each morning? Do you bound out of bed, or want to pull up the covers and avoid the day? <BR> ********************** <BR> I try to get up quietly so as not to wake Bob. Usually it gives me about an hour to myself before he wakes up. In that time I have my first cup of coffee and I'll write a pen pal letter. That's my girl talk "over the kitchen table" so to speak. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:47:45 EST Friday, Jan. 13th Why do you think it is so hard for people to let go of resentment, even if they know that doing so will lead to greater happiness? <BR> ************************************* <BR> I think it's just human nature. I know when I feel put upon, it takes a long time for me to let it go. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:37:58 EST Thursday, Jan. 12th What healthy foods do you love? <BR> ***************** <BR> I think most any food can be made healthy if prepared with that in mind. But I am a big fan of most green leafy foods, yogurt, tuna, and other lean meats. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:43:17 EST Wed., Jan. 11th What do you do to relax? <BR> ************* <BR> I read Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:31:15 EST Tuesday, Jan. 10th What kinds of ads targeted at people our age do you hate? Which ones do you love? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I hate the ones about bladder control or Viagra. I really can't think of any I love. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:47:14 EST Monday, Jan. 9th What are the basic items in your wardrobe? <BR> ********************* <BR> capri pants, tee shirts or tunics, and sandals. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:58:25 EST Sunday, Jan. 8th Name something your mother or grandmother cooked that was your favorite. <BR> ************************* <BR> My stepmom made the best stew beef with rice and blackberry cobbler. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:28:28 EST Sat., Jan. 7th Do you do a lot of on-line shopping? <BR> **************** <BR> I don't really. Maybe 1-2 times a year. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:58:23 EST Friday, Jan. 6th Do you feel you're doing all you can to get healthier? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> I think I'm doing what I can at this point and will do better as I'm able to. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:58:15 EST Thursday, Jan. 5th What is your one word to sum up 2016? <BR> ***************************** <BR> Stressful Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:22:30 EST Wed., Jan. 4th What activities help you to feel totally connected to life? <BR> **************** <BR> I pen pal with women all over the world. And Bob &amp; I go fishing whenever possible. That gets us back to nature. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 09:00:58 EST Tuesday, Jan. 3rd What color clothing do you love to wear? <BR> ************** <BR> I love bright colors like reds or emerald green, but the last few years I seem to have been wearing a lot of black or blue clothing. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:31:28 EST Monday, Jan. 2nd What are you doing to stay fit and healthy? <BR> ***************** <BR> Working to eat healthier and move more. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:47:58 EST NEW YEAR'S DAY What gives you a sense of purpose? <BR> *********************** <BR> My hubby. Knowing he needs me keeps me going. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 08:46:25 EST New Year's Eve What do you do to get moving again when you start to feel sorry for yourself? <BR> ********************* <BR> I give myself a pep talk plus I come to spark people to make me feel better. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:44:36 EST Friday, Dec. 30th How often to you think about your long term future? <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> Fairly often since with Bob's health as it is I have to plan ahead as much as I can. And I need to be in the best health I can be to be able to do whatever may be needed down the road. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:11:04 EST Thursday, Dec. 29th What is your ultimate bucket list travel destination? <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> I'd like to take a cruise to the Virgin Islands. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:37:12 EST Wed., Dec. 28th What hobbies do you love? <BR> ***************** <BR> I enjoy making my own cards and address labels. And I pen pal with about 30 women all over the world. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:06:12 EST Tuesday, Dec. 27th What choices have you made to be happy in your life? <BR> ************************************ <BR> I'm learning to let all Bob's complaining go in one ear and out the other. I'm working to like me more and doing things that make me happy. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:36:31 EST Monday, Dec. 26th What motivates you to do a major downsizing effort? <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> Declining health makes it necessary for us. I just can't do all I used to be able to do nor can Bob. So less is better for us. <BR> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:38:59 EST Christmas Day Do you feel guilty sometimes as a caregiver? <BR> ******************* <BR> For me, sometimes yes. I get tired and resentful at times. But I love Bob dearly and want to help him as much as possible. But some days I do feel he takes advantage of me. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:26:58 EST Christmas Eve Have you ever done something at Christmas that was totally out of the ordinary? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> The only thing that comes to mind was years ago I rang the bell and collected donation for the Salvation Army one Christmas. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:16:50 EST Friday, Dec. 23rd How do you keep your food cravings under control during the holidays? <BR> ******************************** <BR> I try not to have the foods around that I know will cause me problems. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:51:01 EST Thursday, Dec. 22nd How do you feel about wearing jeans at any age? <BR> *************************** <BR> I love jeans and think it's ok at any age. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:40:04 EST Wed., Dec. 21st Do you care about what people think when you choose the clothes you wear? <BR> ************************ <BR> Not really. I dress for comfort and to please myself. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:59:39 EST 3 Fast & Easy Tips to Start Walking Off the Weight Walking has been researched and found to be one of the best forms of exercise. This article is about walking to help take the weight off. <BR> <BR> Three Fast and Easy Tips to Start Walking Off the Weight <BR> <BR> BY: Leslie Sansone <BR> <BR> The key to losing weight is to keep it simple. Here are three quick tips to help you start walking. You can start on the day that you are reading this. It’s never too early and never too late to get started. <BR> <BR> 1. Always Be Prepared <BR>... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:19:44 EST Tuesday, Dec. 20th What is your mood before, during, and after eating? <BR> • Happy or joyous? <BR> • Sad, depressed? <BR> • Bored? <BR> • Worried, or anxious? <BR> ********************************** <BR> For me, probably bored. I really don't enjoy cooking or eating anymore. It's just something that has to be done. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:59:53 EST Mon., Dec. 19th Do you find that you enjoy Christmas more or less now that you are a little older? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> Much less. It's become too commercialized for me. And with it being just the two of us, it's pretty much just another day, sad to say. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:38:22 EST Sunday, Dec. 18th What do you do to help avoid colds and flu in the winter months? <BR> *************************** <BR> I take more vitamin C Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:07:31 EST Sat., Dec. 17th Are there any specific commercials that upset you? <BR> ******************* <BR> I hate the ones that talk about bladder control, colostomy bags, sanitary pads, &amp; Viagra. I just think certain topics should be off limits. But I know these days anything goes. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:56:17 EST Fri., Dec. 16th Do you have a go-to outfit for the holiday season? <BR> ********************** <BR> Usually I do but not this year. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:33:30 EST Thursday, Dec. 15th What do you always take with you when you travel? <BR> *********************** <BR> My cell phone. It's only used for emergencies. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:02:48 EST Wed., Dec. 14th What do you do to have more energy? <BR> ********************** <BR> I drink coffee all day if I'm having an energy slump. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:52:36 EST Tuesday, Dec. 13th Are you trying to downsize? Is there one item you cannot let go of? <BR> ******************************** <BR> I have a number of knick-knacks that have been given to me thru the years by friends or relatives that are no longer living, and I'm not ready to let those go yet. I have them in my cedar chest that Bob made me for our anniversary 15 years ago ( another item I won't part with). Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:23:03 EST Mon., Dec. 12th What age did you start, or plan to start receiving Social Security? <BR> ******************************** <BR> The plan has been for me to start receiving it when I turn 62, but now I may have to wait til I'm 65. Not sure yet. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:09:05 EST Sunday, Dec. 11th What can you do to find joy each day? <BR> ************************* <BR> Do something that makes me happy, like my pen palling. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:12:35 EST Sat., Dec. 10th Would you describe yourself as a curious person? <BR> *********************** <BR> Only to a certain degree. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:32:12 EST Fri., Dec. 9th When was the last time that you experienced a random act of kindness? <BR> ********************************* <BR> About 2 weeks ago a friend sent me a bunch of assorted cards with envelopes for my pen palling. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:44:17 EST Easy Ways to Cut Sodium Intake Improve Your Health by Reducing Your Salt Intake <BR> <BR> By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator and Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> You consume sodium every single day, and that's a good thing! Our bodies need sodium to help maintain water and mineral balances and blood volume. But too much of a good thing (sodium in this case) can have negative effects on your health, such as an increased risk for high blood pressure (which contributes to heart disease and stroke). While most of us get... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:26:39 EST Thursday, Dec. 8th If you knew that living to 100 was likely, would you do anything differently? Or, would you keep things just the way they are? <BR> *************************** <BR> I really don't think I can work any harder to get healthier than I am doing now, but I'd try to do better. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:17:55 EST Wed., Dec. 7th On a scale of 1 – 10, how important is the opinion of others to you? <BR> *************************** <BR> Probably about a 3. Everyone will have their own opinion about things, and I have my own. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:57:52 EST Tuesday, Dec. 6th Do you send out Christmas cards? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> I do but it's a lot less going out than it used to be. Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:53:51 EST Mon., Dec. 5th Do you agree with Ralph Lauren that every day is an opportunity to reinvent yourself? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> I certainly do. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:51:22 EST Sunday, Dec. 4th What gift are you hoping your spouse gets you for Christmas? <BR> *********************** <BR> Bob will be getting me a watch. He knows that's what I want so he'll have me pick it out. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:46:13 EST Sat., Dec. 3rd What little act of kindness did you do recently? <BR> ************************** <BR> I fixed a pot of homemade stew and took it to an elderly friends home so she'd have 2-3 days of heat and eat meals. Her husband died last year and since then she rarely cooks for herself. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:40:11 EST Fri., Dec. 2nd Do you think you can ever really know someone? <BR> ************************** <BR> Only to a certain degree. Everyone holds a part of themselves back, no matter what. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:20:40 EST Thursday, Dec. 1st How often do you grocery shop monthly? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> We do 2 major shopping days a month plus if necessary I might have to make an extra trip if we need something. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:56:04 EST Wed., Nov. 30th Have you found that your sleep patterns have shifted as you have gotten a little older? <BR> ********************************** <BR> In my 40's I started having issues and then in my 50's with menopause, a good night's sleep <BR> was out of the question. These days I average about 4 hours solid sleep in between bathroom trips. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:34:15 EST Tuesday, Nov. 29th How would you describe your fashion style? <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> I go for comfort, no special style. I live in capris and tops year round. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:03:39 EST Mon., Nov.28 How many of you are old enough to remember duck and cover drills? <BR> ************************ <BR> I remember them well in elementary school. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:10:45 EST Sunday, Nov. 27th How do you feel about re-gifting? <BR> *********** <BR> I don't think there's anything wrong in it. Sometimes you get a gift you just can't use or maybe the wrong size and can't be exchanged, so I don't see anything wrong in re-gifting it to someone that might be able to use it. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:47:17 EST Sat., Nov. 26th What physical activities help you to stay in shape? <BR> ************************* <BR> Biking use to but I can't do that for the time being. Mainly I do some walking and we've just started back going fishing about once a week. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:44:36 EST Friday, Nov. 25th How would you summarize your life in a few sentences or paragraphs? <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> I graduated from the "School of Hard Knocks", and every once in awhile I have to go back for a refresher course. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:18:07 EST Thanksgiving Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving !! What will be your Thanksgiving meal this year? <BR> ****************************** <BR> I'm fixing a small turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, Hawaiian sweet rolls, cherry pie ( for Bob) and pumpkin pie ( for me). Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:09:09 EST Wed., Nov. 23rd Do you have trouble saving money? <BR> ***************************** <BR> With all the doctor bills still being paid on and medicines, saving money is out of the question for us. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:46:37 EST Tuesday, Nov. 22nd What is your favorite gift to receive at the holidays? <BR> ************************ <BR> I prefer gift cards to my favorite stores or cash. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:17:42 EST Mon., Nov. 21st Do you find it difficult to make new friends? Why? Why not? <BR> ********************************* <BR> In person, yes, because I'm a little on the shy side. But by mail or on line I find it easy to make friends. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:15:43 EST Sunday, Nov. 20th Have your feelings about the holidays changed now that you are older ? <BR> ****************************************<BR>** <BR> Yes. In the past, especially Christmas, it was all about the gifts, both giving of and receiving. But as the years have passed, it's more about being with those you care about and sharing memories. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:54:10 EST Sat., Nov. 19th Do you wear vintage costume jewelry? <BR> **************************** <BR> I don't wear costume jewelry at all. I have a few good pieces of jewelry that I wear all the time. Haven't worn costume jewelry in over 40 years. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:31:54 EST Friday, Nov. 18th What special treats do you have planned for your holiday meals? <BR> *************************** <BR> None for Thanksgiving but I make Bob the no bake chocolate oatmeal peanut butter cookies for Christmas. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:57:16 EST Thurs., Nov. 17th Have you connected with any friends from your childhood through social media? <BR> **************************************** <BR> Yes, I've kept in touch with a number of friends I went to school with. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:43:24 EST Wed., Nov. 16th What is your favorite soup? <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> Mine's split pea w/ ham Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:36:22 EST Tues., Nov. 15th What goals – big or small – do you have for the rest of your life? <BR> ************************************ <BR> Continue to work to get healthier and become more active instead of less active. To enjoy life more. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:45:38 EST Mon., Nov. 14th Have you put up your Christmas Tree yet? <BR> ********************* <BR> We aren't putting one up this year. Just going to put the wreath on the door. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:23:23 EST Sunday, Nov. 13th What is your favorite type of chocolate - white, milk or dark? <BR> ************************************* <BR> I know dark is healthier but I prefer milk chocolate. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:54:29 EST Sat., Nov. 12th What is your favorite happiness habit? <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> I pen pal and make my own address labels and cards. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:01:47 EST Veterans Day What colors do you love to wear? <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> I wear a lot of black but I love bright colors too like red or emerald green. <BR> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:24:07 EST Thursday, Nov. 10th Are you struggling with the thought of the upcoming holiday season? <BR> ************************* <BR> No, I'll do what I can to make it enjoyable for the two of us, but I'm not going to stress out over it. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:43:20 EST Wed., Nov. 9th Do you ever feel like no one really cares? <BR> ****************** <BR> There have been times in the past but not presently. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 14:48:44 EST 10 Healthy Foods That Lower Cholesterol By Shereen Lehman, MS - Reviewed by a board-certified physician. Updated September 25, 2016 <BR> Cholesterol and Your Heart Health <BR> <BR> Having a high cholesterol level increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and heart attacks. Making lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity and losing weight can help lower your cholesterol. <BR> <BR> As far as diet goes, start by eating whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes. ... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 14:40:28 EST 8 Practical Ways to Stop Resisting What's Good for By Melissa Rudy, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> There's a quote that says "Procrastination makes easy things hard, and hard things harder." This can be applied to anything you don't want to do, whether it's a growing pile of laundry, a time-consuming work report, the long overdue phone call to a chatty relative or a root canal you've been avoiding. In most cases, delaying these types of "necessary evils" only intensifies the evil. <BR> <BR> Consider how much energy you spend resisting the tasks, ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 14:15:12 EST Tuesday, Nov. 8th Have you ever thought about trying yoga? <BR> ********************************* <BR> I used to do yoga regularly but haven't done it in a number of years. Tue, 8 Nov 2016 10:19:59 EST Mon., Nov. 7th When was the last time that you realized that you needed to make a big change in your life? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************** <BR> It hasn't been that long ago. With Bob's health as it is I felt it was time to make changes so that when the time comes it would be easier on me, at least physically. That's one reason we've started down sizing. Mon, 7 Nov 2016 09:35:06 EST Sunday, Nov. 6th What kind of presents do you like to receive? <BR> *************************** <BR> I prefer getting Walmart gift cards from out of town family and Bob usually will restock my pen pal supplies for birthdays and Christmas. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 09:11:40 EST Sat., Nov. 5th Do you have grey hair or do you color your hair? <BR> **************************** <BR> Mine is more salt &amp; pepper these days. I stopped coloring my hair about 7 years ago when my hair started thinning so badly. <BR> Sat, 5 Nov 2016 10:09:24 EST Friday, Nov. 4th Are there any foods you have just stopped eating ? <BR> ************************* <BR> I don't eat anything that's real spicy or loaded with garlic or cinnamon. I've found strong spices bother my stomach a lot more than they used to. <BR> Another thing, I've given up most dairy products with the exception of cheese. They just don't agree with me. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:35:52 EST Thurs., Nov. 3rd Have you ever had to let go of a friend who did not uplift you? <BR> *********************************** <BR> Yes. It's heartbreaking but it had to be done. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:11:52 EST Wed., Nov. 2nd Name something that you have always wanted to do – but felt you shouldn’t? What is holding you back? <BR> ****************************************<BR>* <BR> I honestly can't think of anything at this moment. Maybe something will come to me later. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:53:18 EST Tuesday, Nov. 1st How involved are you on Social Media? <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> I get on here and on facebook usually 3 times a day for about 2 hours each time. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 13:29:30 EST Monday, Oct. 31st What foods do you no longer eat ? <BR> ****************** <BR> I no longer eat spicy foods; only because it gives me too much heartburn. But other than that, no foods are off limits. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:10:35 EST Sunday, Oct. 30th Looking back on everything you have learned over the years, what one piece of advice would you offer to women everywhere, young and old? <BR> ************************** <BR> To live your life to the fullest, with no regrets. Make the most of each day. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:02:54 EST Sat., Oct. 29th What do you love about your aging body? <BR> ***************************** <BR> <BR> I love that it allows me to still do most anything I want to do. Sat, 29 Oct 2016 10:51:56 EST Friday, Oct. 28th Have you ever felt like you were invisible? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> Not that I remember. Sometimes I wish I was though. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:18:33 EST Thursday, Oct. 27th As a child, did you ever have a favorite Halloween costume? <BR> ************************************** <BR> I don't remember ever wearing a costume. My friends and I would just take our paper sacks and knock on doors and hope we got good treats. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:05:42 EST Wed.,Oct. 26th Do you ever feel like what you do is taken for granted? <BR> ************************** <BR> Quite often, but Bob doesn't mean to make me feel that way. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:38:53 EST Tuesday, Oct. 25th Do you go all out for Halloween? <BR> ******************** <BR> No, we give out goodies but we don't decorate or anything like that. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:48:12 EST Monday, Oct. 24th Have you ever lost a lot of weight only to have someone tell you "so, you still have a long way to go"? <BR> *************************************** <BR> <BR> Back in the 80's when I was losing weight I had lost about 60 lbs. and had a doctor's appt. My doctor didn't say good job, etc. He just stuck his nose in the air and said to keep going, that I had a long way to go yet. Just say that was the last time I saw that doctor. I did go on to lose another 40 lbs., but his comment sure didn't he... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:28:34 EST Sunday, Oct. 23rd Which do you feel is most important; physical or emotional strength? <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> I think emotional because then you can handle most anything regardless of your physical strength. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:43:42 EST Sat., Oct. 22nd What's the last thing you do at night before going to bed? <BR> ***************** <BR> I go to the bathroom then I say a goodnight prayer. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:14:01 EST Friday, Oct. 21st What was the one thing you did not expect about getting older? <BR> ************************************ <BR> I didn't expect my hair to thin so badly I don't leave the house without a ballcap on. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:02:38 EST Thursday, Oct. 20th What one thing would you like to improve in your life? <BR> ************************************* <BR> I'd love to have more energy to do the things that mean the most to me. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:44:52 EST The Beginners Guide to Portion Sizes By Lindsay Cotter i(a gluten-free nutrition specialist and wife to a former pro athlete and endurance coach). <BR> <BR> Do you ever go out to eat or grab a quick snack at the store only to find out that the snack bag or chicken salad was actually three servings not one? It’s so frustrating. What is a legit recommended portion size when it comes to a meal or a food group? It can be confusing, right? Unfortunately, our food industry likes to double, triple or even supersize servings, leaving ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:47:09 EST Wed., Oct. 19th Do you play the lottery? <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> I haven't in over 20 years. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:12:50 EST Tuesday, Oct. 18th Do you like to go fishing? <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> Not as much as I used to. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:18:33 EST Monday, Oct. 17th When you start a plan, do you stick with it, or change it up? <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> If it's working for me, I stick with it. If not, I change it up. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:43:07 EST Sunday, Oct. 16th Sweet or salty? <BR> **************** <BR> Both Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:19:04 EST Sat., Oct. 16th What brings you happiness and purpose in life? <BR> *********************** <BR> My husband and son. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:30:49 EST Friday, Oct. 14th What's the most money you've ever had at one time? <BR> ****************** <BR> For me it was $2850.00 tax refund. <BR> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:42:47 EST Thursday, Oct. 13th Do you send out Christmas cards? <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> I do but each year the list gets shorter. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:20:35 EST Wed., Oct. 12th What is one hard &amp; fast rule you have? <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> I do my best to treat everyone with kindness, no matter how they treat me in return. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:22:33 EST 6 Ways to Deal with the Ups & Downs of Weight Loss 6 Ways to Deal with the Ups and Downs of Weight Loss (without Giving Up) <BR> <BR> By Ellen G. Goldman, Health &amp; Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> If you are thinking resiliency is an innate strength of a lucky few, the good news is you can definitely strengthen your resiliency muscle. Here's how to become more resilient in the journey of weight loss—and in life. <BR> <BR> 6 Keys to Resiliency <BR> 1. Accept and face difficult situations head on. Anticipate in advance that challenging situa... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:55:58 EST Tuesday, Oct. 11th Do you shop with a grocery list? <BR> ************************ <BR> I do always. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:20:33 EST MONDAY, OCT. 10TH Doing anything special for Columbus Day? <BR> *********************** <BR> We'll be working on stuff for our garage sale this weekend. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:14:45 EST Thursday, Oct. 6th Is there any snack you avoid eating? <BR> **************** <BR> For me, I try to stay away from chips or pretzels because of the high sodium. I know you can get both in low sodium, but those are just nasty tasting IMHO. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:13:13 EST Wed., Oct. 5th Have you ever volunteered for anything to help your town or community? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************* <BR> Bob and I were volunteers in the US Coast Guard Aux. for 5 years and we did a lot to help with safe boating and secured areas during launches at KSC. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 10:06:53 EST Tuesday, Oct. 4th Which do you prefer, shower or bath? <BR> **************** <BR> I prefer bath but due to bad back mostly have to do showers now. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 10:01:22 EST Monday, Oct. 3rd Have you ever been in a hurricane? <BR> *********************** <BR> What with living in Florida, I've been in a number of them. The worse was in 2003 ( I think) when we had 3 hurricanes in the space of 4 weeks. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:51:54 EST Sunday, Oct. 2nd How often do you brush your teeth? <BR> ***************** <BR> I brush mine 2 times a day. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 10:45:10 EST Sat., Oct. 1st What's your favorite snack? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> I love trail mix. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 08:32:12 EST Friday, Sept. 30 What's your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> I like to go to yard sales. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:37:39 EST Thurs., Sept. 29th Do you plan your evening meal daily or do you just pick something on the spur of the moment? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I ask or else Bob will ask me what we're going to have for dinner the night before ( usually while we're eating dinner). Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:58:34 EST Start Fresh for Fall: 50 Ways to Turn Over a New L Start Fresh for Fall: 50 Ways to Turn Over a New Leaf <BR> <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> December 31st might have a monopoly on noisemakers and “Auld Lang Syne,” but for parents and students, September marks the season of fresh starts. There's something about the flurry of back-to-school preparations and return to routine that feels like a clean slate, even for those of us who aren't boarding the school bus. In many ways, fall is an even better time to embark on a h... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:02:24 EST Wed., Sept. 28th At what age did you get your driver's license? <BR> ************************ <BR> I got mine when I was 21. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:43:57 EST Tuesday, Sept. 27th Did you watch the Presidential Debate last night? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> I didn't. I think the country is in a world of hurt if either one becomes President. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:48:00 EST How long to spend on the SparkPeople site? Thinking of health habits, how long each day should I spend on the SP website? There must be an optimum amount of time. <BR> <BR> If I spend too long then I am sitting down, sedentary, for too long and not up and about exercising and doing things all those things which need to be done. This is a huge site and it would be easy to spend a huge amount of time on it thinking it was helping; when really I would be better off being active. <BR> <BR> On the flip side, If I don't spend long eno... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:36:04 EST Monday, Sept. 26th What is the one thing you'd tell a up and coming teen, if you had the chance ? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****** <BR> I'd tell them to appreciate their body and never diet. That they're beautiful just as they are. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:36:14 EST Sunday, Sept. 25th Do you ever feel like your get up and go has got up and went? <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> Mine is like that a good bit. I have the want to but my back limits me. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:11:44 EST Sat., Sept. 24th Any weekend plans? <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> We'll be straightening up the garage and getting things set up for our yard/garage sale in 2 weeks. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:39:57 EST Friday, Sept. 23rd Do you feel obesity is a disease or do you think it's just a health issue? <BR> ************************* <BR> I think it's a health issue. I don't feel you should think of obesity in the same way as you would cancer, to name one. Unless it's a medical issue due to medicines or something like that, I feel we have options to losing the weight. No one has to be obese unless it's a medical issue, IMHO. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:24:35 EST Thursday, Sept. 22nd Do you think a doctor should push weight loss even though all your blood work is good? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I don't because as long as the blood work is good then over all the weight shouldn't matter. A lot of doctor's push the weight loss even if you're only 10 lbs. over what's recommended for your height and body build. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:38:53 EST Wed., Sept. 21st In Florida, there are a number of beaches that allow you to drive on the beach? Do you think this is a good thing or bad ? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I think for safety reasons it's bad. A number of people are injured each year because they run over sunbathers with their cars. They just don't watch out for the people laying in the sun or children running back and forth. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:01:53 EST Tues., Sept. 20th What's your favorite board game? <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> I liked Monopoly Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:45:46 EST Mon., Sept. 19th If you knew you only had one month left to live, what would you do differently than you're doing now? <BR> ************************************** <BR> I certainly wouldn't worry about calories and weight loss. I'd try to see all my loved ones one more time and try to make every single moment count. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:19:16 EST Sunday, Sept. 18th How often do you weigh? <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> I will be weighing daily but only counting it on the actual weigh in day (Sundays). Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:12:39 EST Sat., Sept. 17th Any weekend plans? <BR> ************** <BR> We don't have anything planned. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:52:49 EST Friday, Sept. 16th Do you play any games on face book? <BR> **************************** <BR> I play 3 different games. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:56:54 EST Thursday, Sept. 15th Do you take medication for high blood pressure? <BR> ********************** <BR> I've been on Lisinopril 20 mg. for the last 10 years for mildly high blood pressure. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:54:39 EST Wed., Sept. 14th How many siblings do you have? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> I had 5 total ( 3 stepsisters), but all but one have passed. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:17:46 EST Tuesday, Sept. 13th Have you ever fed or helped out a homeless person? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> I have a number of times. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:44:45 EST Mon., Sept. 12th Who is head of your house, you or your spouse? <BR> ********************** <BR> Bob is but he generally does what I want. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:31:38 EST Sunday, 9/11 Do you buy low fat, or fat free items ( like yogurt), or do you prefer full flavor ? <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> Most times when it comes to things like yogurt, it depends on the flavor I'm getting and if it comes in low fat or if only full flavor. I just get the ones I like best regardless of the labeling. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:47:51 EST Sat., Sept. 10th What's your favorite dessert? <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> I love carrot cake. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:10:12 EST Fri., Sept. 9th Do you feel your weight defines who you are? <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> I think in a lot of cases, people judge me due to my size instead of getting to know me as a person. First impressions and all. Because I'm overweight they determine I'm lazy and all I do is eat, when that's actually the total opposite of how I am. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:38:02 EST 4 'healthy' habits to ditch right now What do you think? Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:48:44 EST 4 'healthy' habits to ditch right now 4 'healthy' habits to ditch right now <BR> By: Keri Glassman, R.D. <BR> <BR> You grind it out at the gym, you chop your kale like a warrior and you pre-portion your snacks every Sunday night. You’re a wellness rock star. Or, maybe not? What if some of your tireless efforts were in vain? What if your workouts and your snacks were working against you? Here are four healthy habits that may be sabotaging your health status. <BR> 1. Being an exercise warrior <BR> “Wait, what? Exercise can be bad ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:37:24 EST Thursday, Sept. 8th What is your favorite lunch? <BR> *************** <BR> Generally I like a big salad with mixed greens, chopped egg, a little chunked up ham, a little shredded cheese, and Ken's walnut &amp; raspberry vinegrette. Yum ! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:46:47 EST Wed., Sept. 7th Does it make you mad if someone comments about what you're eating when at a restaurant? <BR> ************************ <BR> It would make me mad if a stranger made some kind of comment. Family knows better. Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:03:57 EST Tuesday, Sept. 6th What is your favorite small kitchen appliance? <BR> ******************** <BR> Mine is my coffee maker. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:11:47 EST Monday, Sept. 5th Do you have 20/20 vision? <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> With my glasses on I have 20/40 vision, but without my glasses, I'm almost legally blind. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 10:19:25 EST Sunday, Sept. 4th Have you ever seen a rocket or shuttle launch other than on TV? <BR> *************** <BR> We live right across the river from Kennedy Space Center, so we've seen many of both. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:24:04 EST Sat., Sept. 3rd Will you do anything special for Labor Day weekend? <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> We won't do much other than fly our flag, but Bob's birthday is on Labor Day this year so I'll fix him a special meal. Got him a couple pairs of his favorite bedroom shoes since he wears them 95% of the time. Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:08:11 EST Friday, Sept. 2nd How bad are the mosquitos in your neck of the woods? <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> Here they get really bad. The mosquito truck has to come out about once a week to spray. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 10:04:37 EST Hi Everyone! :) My name is Dawn and I am 36 years old. I'm a married, stay at home mom of three kids (ages almost 17, 13, and 7) that I home school. <BR> <BR> I enjoy doing stuff with my family, being outdoors, gardening, herbalism, and all things related to homesteading. I also dabble in fiber arts during the winter, but I'm not very good at it....yet. :D <BR> <BR> I started this journey on August 22nd after trying to for months. I'm not sure what my problem was...once I make a decision, I'm usually... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 05:39:49 EST Thursday, Sept. 1st (early) Due to tomorrow being our bill and shopping day, I'm doing tomorrow's QOTD this evening. <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> As a child, what was your favorite form of exercise? <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> I loved riding my bike and I loved the jump rope. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:03:41 EST Wed., Aug. 31st Who is your favorite game show host, if any? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> I don't watch game shows much any more, but I always loved Bob Barker. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:46:53 EST Tuesday, Aug. 30th Do you track your sodium daily? <BR> ************** <BR> I do. I try to keep it under 1500 grams a day. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:29:16 EST Mon., Aug. 29th Have you ever planted a garden? <BR> ********************** <BR> I grew up on a farm so we planted gardens regularly. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:20:52 EST Sunday, Aug. 28th How did you do this past week on your goals for a healthier you? <BR> ************************************** <BR> I cut back on my portion sizes and I stopped snacking in the evenings. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:34:51 EST Sat., Aug. 27th If you were offered weight loss surgery for free, would you accept? <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> I would because it would force me to eat smaller amounts or get sick. I've always been a big eater and it's extremely hard for me to cut back on foods I especially enjoy eating. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:47:14 EST Friday, Aug. 26th What is your favorite lunch? <BR> ************** <BR> I like a large salad of mixed greens, chopped boiled egg, a small amount of chopped ham, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and Ken's Raspberry &amp; Walnut Vinegrette. Yum ! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:00:49 EST Thursday, Aug. 25th Is there anything you'll do special when you reach your ultimate weight loss goal? <BR> ************** <BR> <BR> I'll buy all new clothes because nothing will fit by then. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:51:34 EST Wed., Aug. 24th Half full or half empty? <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> Half full Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:14:40 EST Tuesday, Aug. 23rd Do you split money gifts with your spouse when you get some? <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> Because we live totally off of Bob's pension and social security, when I get a money gift like for birthdays and Christmas, I always split it with him. He always splits what he gets if he gets any so I feel it's only fair. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:54:52 EST Monday, Aug. 22nd When does school start back in your area? <BR> ************* <BR> In our county, it started back last week. Other counties started back today. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:46:59 EST Sunday, Aug. 21st How much time do you spend on spark people daily? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> I average about 3 hours a day. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:21:39 EST Health Food or Fraud? The Truth About 12 Tempting I found this article to sadly be true. You just can't replace "Fresh". It does require prep time. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:02:39 EST Health Food or Fraud? The Truth About 12 Tempting Health Food or Fraud? The Truth About 12 Tempting Veggie Products <BR> <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> emoticon Your body loves vegetables. Not only are they rich in vitamins and nutrients, they also help ward off heart disease and certain types of cancers, and their low calorie count fits seamlessly into any weight loss plan. But when you're rushing from work to carpool to evening activities, it may seem next to impossible to get near a vegetable, much less a kitchen... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 06:57:59 EST Sat., Aug. 20th How often do you snack? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> I generally try to just have one snack a day. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:21:53 EST Friday, Aug. 19th Do you watch the Little League World Series each August? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> We try to catch as many games as we can. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:48:20 EST Thursday, Aug. 18th Do you have any brothers or sisters? <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> I have 2 birth sisters and 3 step sisters but all but one birth sister has passed. No brothers at all. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:23:28 EST Wed., Aug. 17th Did you have a favorite teacher when you were in school? <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> I did. Coach Martin was my math teacher in 9th grade. He was awesome. I had had his wife in 8th grade and was making D's in her class. He had me making a B+ average within 2 months and because of his teaching, I made the highest score on the mid term exams of any student in his class. I'll always be grateful for his teaching. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:39:13 EST Tuesday, Aug. 16th What's been your biggest challenge while trying to lose weight? <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> For me, it's trying to keep my sodium down. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:43:58 EST Monday, Aug. 15th Have you ever been homeless? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> I have been a couple of times. Once by choice, the other because of circumstances. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:21:39 EST Sunday, Aug. 14th How healthy do you consider yourself to be? <BR> ******************** <BR> I know I have arthritis, anemia, a bad back, and mildly high blood pressure due to my weight, but other than that I feel I'm in pretty decent health. Except for the blood pressure and anemia, when blood work is done all my numbers tend to be good. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:06:05 EST Sat., Aug. 13th Do you think all states should ban droopy pants? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> I don't think it'd hurt. You'd think people would have more pride in their appearance than to wear their pants like that. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:34:28 EST Fri., Aug. 12th When was the last time you went on vacation? <BR> ***************************** <BR> <BR> It's been 17 years for me. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:38:58 EST Thursday, Aug. 11th Do you believe in "fate"? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> I don't so much believe in fate, but I do believe everything happens for a reason. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:41:52 EST Wed., Aug. 10th Sorry I'm late today. It was grocery shopping day. <BR> <BR> Do you prefer the Summer or Winter Olympics? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> I prefer the Summer ones as I love watching them work the bars. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:17:08 EST Tuesday, Aug. 9th If you could pick out your own first name, what would it be? <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> Mine would be Regina. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:45:03 EST Monday, Aug. 8th Do you consider yourself a party animal or are you more of a stay at homer? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> These days, definitely a stay at homer. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:12:15 EST Sunday, Aug. 7th Do you take after one or the other of your parents? <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> I take after daddy's side of the family in looks but mother's side of the family in temperament. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 08:55:59 EST Sat., Aug. 6th Any weekend plans? <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> We have no special plans. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 11:26:41 EST Friday, Aug. 5th Have you ever had to speak in front of a crowd of people? <BR> ************************* <BR> I have, many times. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 10:29:11 EST Thursday, Aug. 4th What is your favorite breakfast? <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> I love biscuits with sausage gravy. Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:11:50 EST Wed., August 3rd Have you ever gone skinny dipping? <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> That's something I've never felt comfortable doing, even at my skinniest. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:26:28 EST Tuesday, Aug. 2nd Are you an early riser? <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> I tend to be but then have to stay quiet until Bob wakes up. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:18:21 EST Monday, Aug. 1st Do you like Reality shows? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> For the most part I don't care for them. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:30:05 EST Sunday, July 31st What will you do this week to help reach your goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> I'm going to really watch my sodium and stay on the low side of my calorie allowance. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:26:59 EST Sat., July 30th Sorry I'm late. Pension check came early so we went and paid bills and grocery shopped... <BR> <BR> When is your birthday? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> Mine is August 20th. I'll be 60 this year. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:41:29 EST Friday, July 29th Do you have a favorite website you spend time on other than spark people? <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> I go on facebook. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:26:13 EST Thursday, July 28th Do you have central air conditioning? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> We do, thank goodness. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:56:18 EST 5 Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life Use this forum to discuss the article on " 5 Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life" that is posted below in the Healthy Habits Resource Forum.(This should have been listed in the discussion forum, my bad, but this will work as well.} Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:16:49 EST 5 Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life Do these five things, and watch your mindset, and physique, change. <BR> By Jeff Haden <BR> <BR> Why do most people fail to stick to something challenging, like losing weight or getting in better shape? They don't start small. They immediately go all in.They change everything, which pretty soon results in not changing anything. <BR> <BR> Why going all in never works <BR> <BR> The temptation to go all in is understandable. Take losing weight. Losing weight is hard. So we decide the only w... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:06:38 EST Wed., July 27th When you were in the upper school grades, did you enjoy taking PE classes? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> I hated it because I was heavier than a lot of the other kids and it was hard finding the gym outfits we were required to wear. And we had to shower after the class and I was never comfortable doing that in front of others. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:55:39 EST Tuesday, July 26th What type questions would you like to see in the QOTD? Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:50:29 EST Monday, July 25th Which do you prefer: carpets or hardwood floors? <BR> *************** <BR> Hardwood floors for me. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:31:44 EST Sunday, July 24th What is your favorite Summer time activity? <BR> ************** <BR> Mine used to be gardening but I can no longer take the heat. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:31:14 EST Sat., July 23rd Do you know how to ride a horse? <BR> ********************* <BR> I do but haven't been on one in years. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:06:33 EST Friday, July 22ND Have you ever had to change a tire on your car? <BR> ***************** <BR> I've never had to but I do know how to do it. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:54:22 EST Thursay, July 21st Do you use a lot of ice in your drinks? <BR> ********************* <BR> I do. I fill the glass with ice then whatever I'm drinking. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:01:31 EST Wed., July 20th When was the last time you went on a picnic ? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> It's been at least 10 years for us. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:02:51 EST Tuesday, July 19th Which is more important to you; exercise or healthy eating? <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> For me it's healthy eating. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:33:54 EST Mon., July 18th Can you play a musical instrument? <BR> ****************** <BR> I can play a little piano by ear, but that's all. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:13:42 EST Sunday, July 17th How often do you weigh? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> I generally weigh daily but usually only count the Sunday weigh in. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:01:04 EST Sat., July 16th Did you have a happy childhood? <BR> ***************** <BR> For the most part I did. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:33:31 EST Friday, July 15th Do you ever play online games? <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> I have 2-3 I play on facebook. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:01:40 EST Thursday, July 14th Do you have a set routine daily that you try to stick to? <BR> ********************** <BR> I do and days like yesterday and today throw me completely off to where I feel I'm playing catch-up. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:03:31 EST Wed., July 13th Where do you go when you just want to be left alone? <BR> ********************** <BR> For me, it's the bathtub. That's the only place in the house where I can have complete privacy. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:16:38 EST Tuesday, July 12th If you could do anything you wanted for one day and money was no object, what would you do? <BR> ********************************* <BR> I'd go to Disney Land. I live only about 30 miles from there yet have never gone. It just costs too much, even for Floridians. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:23:10 EST Monday, July 11th Do you like walking in the rain? <BR> ************** <BR> <BR> I'm not a duck so no I don't care for it. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:24:43 EST Sunday, July 10th If you had an extra $500.00 for one month only, what would you do with it? <BR> ***************************** <BR> I'd restock as much of my penpal supplies as I could as well as buy a few other things for the freezer. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:23:00 EST Sat., July 9th What is one healthy habit you've developed since joining Spark people? <BR> ************************************ <BR> I drink a lot more water. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:18:06 EST Friday, July 8th What is your favorite hot weather drink ( besides water)? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> I love sweet iced tea. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:50:41 EST Thursday, July 7th How many teams are you in? <BR> *********** <BR> I'm currently in 4 but may add 1-2 more. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:15:08 EST Wed., July 6th Do you tend to eat lighter fare during the hot Summer weather? <BR> *********************************** <BR> We haven't been but we will be starting to next week. We'll be eating more cold foods like fruit salads or pasta salads. It's just too hot to eat heavy. Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:19:15 EST Tues., July 5th How you stay cool during the hot Summer months <BR> ******************* <BR> We stay inside with the a/c on as much as we can. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:50:40 EST Monday, July 4th What are your 4th of July plans for today? <BR> ******************** <BR> We have our flag out and Bob plans to measure the porch so he can make plans to repair the porch deck, where a couple boards have rotted out. We have fried chicken from Publix deli for supper. Listen to neighbor's fireworks this evening. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 08:42:23 EST Sunday, July 3rd Have you ever hitch hiked? <BR> ******************** <BR> That was how I traveled all over the country in my teens and for awhile in my 30's. I saw just about every state in the US this way. Sun, 3 Jul 2016 09:47:36 EST Sat., July 2nd Are you, or have you ever been a runner? <BR> ********************* <BR> I was never a runner but I used to jog. That was years ago though. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 08:34:48 EST Friday, July 1st What are your July goals? <BR> ******************************* <BR> Mine is to lose 5 lbs. and spend at least 15 minutes a day outside, daily, so I can get more natural Vitamin D from the sun. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:46:48 EST Thursday, June 30th Sorry I'm late. Had to leave early this morning to go for oil change in the car and we ended up trading cars while there. We now have a 2015 Mazda 5 Sport SUV. <img src=""> <BR> **************************************** <BR> How often do you get oil changes in your car? <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> We get it every 6 months. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:46:56 EST Wed., June 29th When was the last time you did something just for yourself regardless of what anyone else thought about it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> Probably 20 years or so. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:57:08 EST Tuesday, June 28th If you could be a super hero, who would you be? <BR> *********************************** <BR> I think I'd be Wonder Woman. No special reason. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:24:51 EST Monday, June 27th Do you feel a low carb diet is safe? <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> I do on a temporary basis. It's a great jumpstart to lose weight, but you need carbs to have energy and healthy brain function. Not all carbs are the same. Just need to keep away from the junk carbs, Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:51:03 EST Sunday, June 26th How much TV do you watch daily? <BR> ************************* <BR> Bob has our TV on from the time we get up til we go to bed, but I actually only sit down and watch TV in the evenings, so about 4 hours a day. On Saturdays it's different because we have a western channel of all the oldies, so I watch as many of them as I can. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:15:08 EST Sat., June 25th Any 4th of July plans? <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> We haven't made any. Bob MAY decide to grill but I won't know til the night before most likely. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:52:08 EST Friday, June 24th Do you wear sleeveless tops during the Summer? <BR> ************************************** <BR> I do even though I have bat wings. Florida gets to hot not to wear sleeveless whenever possible. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:38:28 EST Thursday, June 23rd Do you have set meal times? <BR> ***************** <BR> For the most part we try to eat brunch (we rarely eat breakfast) around 10:30-11:30 am, supper between 4-4:30pm and nothing after 8pm. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:36:06 EST Wed., June 22nd If you're like me and need to lose 100 pounds or more- if you were told you'd receive $1,000.00 if you lost the weight in a years time, would you take the bet and do it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********* <BR> I think that kind of bet would push me to work harder to get the weight off. I don't know if I could lose that much weight in a years time now ( did in the past), but I'd give it my best shot to do it. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:19:53 EST Tuesday, June 21st What is your favorite breakfast cereal ( if you eat cereal) ? <BR> *************************** <BR> I have 2. Kelloggs Frosted mini wheats and Kelloggs Frosted flakes. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:24:57 EST Monday June 20th Did you eat breakfast today? <BR> ************************* <BR> I'm not much of a breakfast eater, so no I didn't. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:10:33 EST Sunday, June 19th Do you feel you're staying consistant with your weight loss goals? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I haven't been but this is a new week and fresh start. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:35:38 EST Sat., June 18th What are your plans for Father's Day? <BR> ************************************* <BR> I plan to fix Bob waffles &amp; strawberries for brunch tomorrow and his favorite beef stew (homemade) with biscuits for supper. And my son will call him. Bob is Chris's stepdad but Bob considers him his regular dad. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:18:43 EST Friday, June 17th What is your favorite breed of dog? <BR> **************************** <BR> If I could have one, I'd either have a golden retriever or a pug. Due to severe allergies I can't be around animals. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:09:59 EST Thursday, June 16th What's your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I like to curl up with a good book. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:28:01 EST Wed., June 15th Do you have a couch in your family room? <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> We haven't had one in years but Bob's recliner messed up so he decided he wants a couch and he'll sleep on it with added pillows. The couch is being delivered this morning. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:20:28 EST Tuesday, June 14th Do you ever have friends over for supper? <BR> ************************************ <BR> It's been a very long time for us but we had a friend over last night and I made lasagna. Nice meal and enjoyable evening. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:46:42 EST 5% Weight Loss Challenge 6/13 thru 1/1-2017 This challenge is to lose 5 % of what you currently weigh today, <em>192</em> <BR> Weigh-in's are weekly, preferably on Sundays. Please edit your original post weekly so it's easier to find. <BR> REMEMBER: WE ARE WORTH THE EFFORT !!!!! <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********** <BR> St. Wt: 267.4 <BR> lbs. to lose: 13 <BR> <BR> June: <BR> 12th: 267.4 <BR> 19th: 266.4 <BR> 26th: 265.4 <BR> <BR> July: <BR> 3rd: 266.6 Up slightly this week <BR> 6th: 270 Restarted my plan. ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:34:29 EST Monday, June 13th What is one of your favorite "indoor" exercises? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****** <BR> Mine used to be riding my recumbent exercise bike. But I was told to no longer use it. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:20:49 EST Sunday, June 12th Our internet was down this morning so I'm just getting on now. <BR> <BR> <BR> What will you do this week to help you reach your weight loss goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> I'm going to be cutting my portions by half this week to see if that will make any changes for the better. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:24:12 EST Sat. June 11th When was the last time you went out to dinner somewhere? <BR> ******************************** <BR> <BR> We went out for BBQ Wed. night, after shopping all day so I wouldn't have to cook. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:12:21 EST Friday June 10 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you were a child did you work hard, save your money so you could get something you really wanted? <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes I did - I saved to help with food so that I could have a horse Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:54:44 EST Thursday June 9 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Name one country you would like to visit <BR> <BR> <BR> I would love to visit Italy to see where my fathers side of the family originated Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:04:09 EST