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 Sunday, Oct. 22nd Do you have any tips from your personal experience with eating healthy? <BR> ********************** <BR> My biggest tip would be to keep the sodium count as low as possible. Sodium can really mess up the weight loss by retaining fluids. Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:59:42 EST Sat., Oct. 21st What would you tell someone in their 20's if they asked you how to live a healthy life as a senior? <BR> ****************** <BR> To live as healthy as they can in their 20's up so it won't be as hard to do as a senior. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:44:40 EST Friday, Oct. 20th Do you find it hard to let go of books when downsizing? <BR> *********** <BR> Yes, I'm a huge reader so I have a huge collection. But I find I need larger print these days so have started donating the smaller print books to the library. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:15:28 EST Thurs., Oct. 19th Do you think stress shows on your face? <BR> *********** <BR> I know it does on mine. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:20:59 EST Wed., Oct. 18th Do you use honey as a sweetner? <BR> ************* <BR> No, honey has too sweet a taste for me. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:32:06 EST Tuesday, Oct. 17th When it comes to food; what is your favorite guilty pleasure? <BR> ****************** <BR> Either peanut butter and crackers or cheesy doritos with bean dip. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:32:33 EST Mon., Oct. 16th Do you wear hearing aids? <BR> ************** <BR> No Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:49:54 EST Sunday, Oct. 15th Do you prefer online shopping or going to the stores? <BR> ***************** <BR> I used to love to go to the stores shopping but these days I prefer shopping for clothes online. Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:40:07 EST Sat., Oct. 14th Have you ever considered writing your life story? <BR> ************ <BR> Actually, I have considered it since I led a pretty interesting lifestyle in my teens and early 20's, I've been told more than once I should write a book about it all. Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:17:39 EST Friday the 13th Do you consider yourself an emotional eater? <BR> ************** <BR> Not really. I don't eat at all if I'm upset or very stressed. I tend to eat too much if I'm bored. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:03:48 EST Thursday, Oct. 12th Do you think you take good care of yourself? <BR> *********** <BR> Not as well as I should be doing. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:36:31 EST Wed., Oct. 11th Is it difficult for you to talk to your spouse about finances? <BR> **************** <BR> Not really. We're on a tight budget ad he knows that. Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:48:09 EST Tuesday, Oct. 10th Do you take vitamins? <BR> *********** <BR> Yes, I take a gummy multivitamin with added calcium &amp; omega-3's in it. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:28:13 EST Mon., Oct. 9th Have you ever asked your doctor about the risks of certain medicines you take or the combinations of medicines? <BR> ************************* <BR> Not for myself but I have asked concerning Bob's meds. Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:25:22 EST Sunday, Oct. 8th What type of music gets you up and dancing? <BR> ************* <BR> Beach or soft rock from the 50's, 60's, &amp; 70's plus country. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 10:13:35 EST Sat., Oct. 7th Will you give out treats to the trick or treaters on Halloween? <BR> ***************** <BR> We always do although we don't get a lot of kids on our street. A neighbor on the corner of our block always decorates his yard like a cemetery with tombstones and lots of ghosts, so we have kids coming to see that and some come over to our house as well since we have our porch light on. Sat, 7 Oct 2017 09:14:41 EST Fri., Oct. 6th When it comes to fashion for women over 40, do you think that there are any styles or patterns we should avoid? <BR> ******************** <BR> I don't think women over 40 should wear mini skirts or dresses. Or tank tops. I just feel they're trying to hold on to their youth by wearing styles better left to the younger women. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:08:49 EST Thursday, Oct. 5th If you could have one wish granted just for you ( no one else), what would you wish for? <BR> ********************** <BR> I'd wish for unlimited energy to do whatever I needed or wanted to do, forever. Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:06:12 EST Wed., Oct. 4th What would happen if you had no spouse, and you found yourself unable to do for yourself anymore? <BR> **************** <BR> I would hope my son would step in and help me. Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:06:10 EST Tuesday, Oct. 3rd What’s been instrumental in your life in propelling you toward self-acceptance and self-love? <BR> **************** <BR> I think just the fact that for me losing this weight is going so slowly, I have to accept the fact I may never get back down to the size I want to be so I need to be able to accept it even though I work toward making it happen. And I feel I need to be kinder to myself than in the past because I've been hard on my body thru the years. Tue, 3 Oct 2017 08:55:18 EST Mon., Oct. 2nd What are your October goals? <BR> ************** <BR> My biggest goal is to not weigh the rest of the month. I weighed yesterday and I want to see what I can manage to lose by Nov. 1st, without scale watching. I plan to eat in a sensible manner and stay within my nutritional limits as much as possible. Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:57:26 EST Sunday, Oct. 1st What's your favorite qoute of all time? <BR> ************* <BR> Mine's " When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on " by Ben Franklin Sun, 1 Oct 2017 08:16:17 EST Sat., Sept. 30th What kind of funeral would you organize for yourself if you had the choice? <BR> ********************* <BR> Bob &amp; I have already preplanned and paid for our funerals so it won't be a burden on whomever survives the other. Bob wants a military funeral while I want mine to be a closed casket and as simple as possible. I don't want families last memories of me as how I looked in the casket so there will be no viewing. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 14:30:05 EST Fri., Sept. 29th Do you set goals for the year? <BR> ************ <BR> I do, but never seem to follow thru completely. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:14:40 EST Thurs., Sept. 28th What do you do when you get angry? <BR> ***************** <BR> It depends on what or who I'm angry about . If Bob's made me mad I tend to get quiet. I don't want to say something I'll regret. If it's anyone else or a situation, I tend to raise hell about it til I have it out of my system. Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:18:03 EST Wed., Sept. 27th What is one step you can take today toward thinking positively about your age? <BR> *********************************** <BR> Stop looking back at what was and start looking forward towards what can be if I want it badly enough. <BR> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:28:34 EST Tues., Sept. 26th What goal did you have the most fun achieving? <BR> ********************* <BR> Learning how to use a computer. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:05:23 EST Mon., Sept 25th What crazy thing do you do that brings you happiness? <BR> ************************ <BR> I penpal to women all over the world. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:52:57 EST Sunday, Sept. 24th <BR> Did you like reading comic books growing up as a kid? <BR> *************** <BR> I loved them. Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:35:51 EST Sat., Sept. 23rd Would you call yourself a creative person? <BR> **************** <BR> Not really. Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:09:45 EST Friday, Sept. 22nd Do you read more than one book at a time? <BR> ********************** <BR> I have at one time or the other depending on what type books I happen to be reading. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:27:44 EST Thurs., Sept. 21st Do you agree that weight training for seniors is important? <BR> ***************** <BR> I do but it depends on their health. Some people simply can't do it because of health issues they have, or disabilities. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:47:45 EST Wed., Sept. 20th What do you love about getting older? <BR> ************************* <BR> Not having to deal with the monthly visitor. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:54:27 EST Tuesday, Sept. 19th Are you tired of buying new clothes? Or do you still enjoy shopping for clothes? <BR> **************** <BR> I only buy new clothes when I have to. I stopped enjoying clothes shopping years ago. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:43:17 EST Monday, Sept. 18th What are your greatest fears? <BR> ************* <BR> I guess my biggest fear is being alone should I outlive Bob and not having enough money to support myself and not being able to work if that happened. I'd have Bob's insurance and a portion of his pension &amp; SS but it wouldn't be as much as we have now and we barely make ends meet as it is. And I'd have to save the insurance money for emergencies since it's not a lot. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:20:20 EST Sunday, Sept. 17th How do you feel about your level of fitness? <BR> ****************** <BR> It leaves a lot to be desired. But I have to just do what I can as I'm able. Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:57:27 EST Sat., Sept. 16th How are you dealing with physical limitations as you get a little older? <BR> ******************** <BR> I just do what I can and let the rest take care of itself. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:40:26 EST Thurs., Sept. 14th Do you suffer from digestive problems? What do you do to get relief? <BR> **************** <BR> I have Gerd but decided not to take the OTC meds for it. If it really bothers me, I use baking soda mixed in water. Usually works very well. Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:10:41 EST Sunday, Sept. 10th Would you describe yourself as a confident person? <BR> *********** <BR> In some ways, yes, but in some areas, not at all. Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:22:55 EST Sat., Sept. 9th Do you feel like you allow the world to see your true self? <BR> ******************** <BR> I do. I used to try to be someone I wasn't, but over the last few years I decided either you take me as I am, or not at all. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 08:43:52 EST Fri., Sept. 8th Have you ever had a bad fall? How did you respond and recover? <BR> ******************* <BR> Yes, in 2012 I fell and badly broke my wrist, which required surgery. Had to have 3 plates, 8 screws, and 18 staples. Had to wear a wrist brace for 3 months, and home PT for another 6 months to regain full use of my wrist and hand. It as my right wrist so I had to use my left hand for everything, which wasn't easy for me. And I still had to help Bob with everyday things but he helped me where he coul... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 08:40:19 EST Thurs., Sept. 7th What is holding you back from getting more from life these days? <BR> ***************** <BR> Bob's health limits us from doing more of what we'd like to do. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:43:58 EST Wed., Sept. 6th What is your experience with memory loss? <BR> ****************** <BR> Over the last 10 years I've found my short term memory is getting pretty bad. I can say something and 5 minutes later repeat what I said because I'd forgotten I'd already said it. <BR> I make up my monthly bill check list and 2-3 times a month I have to refer back to the list because I can't remember if I added this or that bill. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 08:53:24 EST Tuesday, Sept. 5th Do you compare yourself with others and secretly wish you were them? <BR> ************************ <BR> No, I don't compare myself to others but there are some women I'd love to have the same shape as. Tue, 5 Sep 2017 09:52:18 EST Labor Day, Sept. 4th What's your favorite protein? <BR> ************* <BR> In actual meat, mine would have to be tuna. But I also eat a lot of eggs and beans which are another good source of protein. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 08:22:15 EST Sunday, Sept. 3rd Do you think they should remove everything "confederate" as they are doing now? <BR> ********* <BR> I think it's a crock. They can remove all the statues, etc. they want, but it's not going to change history. And I think taking down the statues, etc. are just plain silly. Doesn't change a thing. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 09:46:35 EST Sat., Sept. 2nd Do you feel appreciated by your loved ones? <BR> *********** <BR> Sometimes, not so much, but I know in my heart Bob appreciates all I do for him. And lately he has told me so. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 09:34:17 EST Friday, Sept. 1st Somehow I missed doing the QOTD yesterday. I honestly thought I had done it. Oh well... <BR> <BR> Who are your favorite singers, male and female? <BR> ******************* <BR> It would have to be Kenny Rogers and Reba McIntire for me. Fri, 1 Sep 2017 13:27:49 EST Thurs., Aug. 31st Do you think people can be fat and healthy at the same time? <BR> ******************* <BR> I feel you can be overweight and still be healthy, but not obese. If you're that overweight then there are bound to be health issues involved, be it high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, to name a few. I know at my size I'm far from healthy, but it's something I'm working hard to change. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:59:17 EST Wed., Aug. 30th Do you hand write letters or do you mainly just use email? <BR> ******************** <BR> I mainly handwrite letters. I feel emails are too impersonal. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:33:58 EST Tuesday, Aug. 29th How do you feel about the diet industry? Do you think they should make millions of dollars off of other's suffering? <BR> ******************* <BR> I think it's a shame that the diet industry is still strong and getting stronger. For every new "wonder" diet pill that comes out, millions of people will spend their hard earned dollars on it thinking it'll do what hard work and determination hasn't or will take it off faster. And in most cases, all they lose is the money they spent. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:39:28 EST Mon., Aug. 28th What's the biggest adventure you've ever had? <BR> ****************** <BR> I hitchhiked all over the United States. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:19:00 EST Sunday, Aug. 27th How do you see yourself 5 years down the road? Do you think you'll have reached your weight loss goals? <BR> ***************************** <BR> I'd like to think I'd be at the goal I had set for myself and a lot healthier, but unless something changes, I think I'll be struggling as I have been. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:39:01 EST Saturday, Aug. 26th Do you watch any of the Little League World Series? <BR> ****************** <BR> We've been watching it. Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:00:26 EST Friday, Aug. 25th Have you ever been a volunteer for anything special? <BR> ******************** <BR> Bob &amp; I were both officers in the USCG-AUX. for 5 years. <img src=""> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:32:11 EST Thurs., Aug. 24th Have you ever been homeless? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> Yes, a couple of times. Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:21:14 EST Wed., Aug. 23rd If you fell in love again, would you remarry or just live together? <BR> ***************** <BR> I doubt it'd ever happen again, but if it did, I think we'd just live together. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:38:58 EST Tuesday, Aug. 22nd Have you ever gone vegetarian? <BR> *************** <BR> I haven't completely. I'm more a flexitarian. I like fish and chicken. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:58:11 EST Monday, Aug. 21st How often do you wash clothes? <BR> ***************** <BR> At least twice a week and each time at least 2 or 3 loads. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:45:04 EST Sunday, Aug. 20th What's the best birthday present you ever got? <BR> **************** <BR> For me, it was my son. He came a week before my birthday, but I consider him my birthday present from God. Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:51:14 EST Sat., Aug. 19th What kind of movies do you enjoy? <BR> ************** <BR> <BR> I love Hallmark movies ( especially Christmas ones), and action movies (think Steven Segall). Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:02:27 EST Friday, Aug. 18th Do you prefer pie or cake? <BR> **************** <BR> Over the last year or so I've gone with pie because with cakes, I taste the chemicals in the frosting and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:55:18 EST Thursday, Aug. 17th Have you ever been to a spa? <BR> *********** <BR> I haven't but I plan to . Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:56:26 EST Wed., Aug. 16th Has your opinion of things that meant a lot years ago changed as you got older? <BR> ******************** <BR> In some ways yes. Like it used to mean a lot to me how others thought of me. Now, it's not so important. Either people accept me as I am or not at all. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:45:27 EST Tuesday, Aug. 15th What's your favorite song (songs) from the 60's/70's? <BR> ************* <BR> For me it'd be YMCA by The Village People <BR> and <BR> Johnny B Good (can't remember who sang it) Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:23:41 EST Monday, Aug.14th Do you use coupons when you shop? <BR> ******************* <BR> Whenever I can, I do. Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:36:40 EST Sunday, Aug. 13th Do you think pets should be allowed in stores &amp; restaurants even if they aren't "service" animals? <BR> ********************* <BR> I'm very allergic to animals and I don't think they belong in a grocery store, riding in the buggy, or being in restaurants. I understand a service animal is needed at times, but now it seems everyone is bringing their pets with them into the stores, etc. Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:04:59 EST Sat., Aug. 12th Do you hand wash your car/truck/van, or do you go to a car wash? <BR> ****************** <BR> Car wash for certain. Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:57:39 EST Fri., Aug. 11th Do you enjoy your own company? <BR> ************ <BR> <BR> I do. It's rare for me to have any alone time so it means a lot when I have it. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:18:56 EST Thursday, Aug. 10th Do you ever play the lottery? <BR> ********* <BR> I haven't in years. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:25:50 EST Wed., Aug. 9th Outside of your immediate family, do you have a favorite relative? <BR> ************** <BR> I do. I have a cousin that I adore. He says I'm his baby sister more than cousin and he's the one that gave me my middle name. Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:30:55 EST Tues., Aug. 8th How often do you go out to eat? <BR> **************** <BR> We go out to eat on our 2 shopping days per month but we usually go out for breakfast and for dinner each time so I don't have to do any cooking that day. Tue, 8 Aug 2017 08:11:41 EST Mon., Aug. 7th If you're a bread eater, what's your favorite? <BR> ***************** <BR> Mine's Italian. Mon, 7 Aug 2017 08:10:49 EST Sunday, Aug. 6th Are you on Facebook? <BR> ************* <BR> I am. You can find me by looking for Vicki Nelms Bishop. Sun, 6 Aug 2017 08:35:58 EST Sat., Aug. 5th What is one food you just won't eat? <BR> ********** <BR> For me it has to be sardines. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 08:25:37 EST Friday, Aug. 4th When you were little, did you have a favorite TV show? <BR> ************** <BR> I had 2. Mine were Sky King &amp; My Friend Flicka. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 07:24:54 EST Thurs., Aug. 3rd How much water do you drink daily? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> I average 10 glasses a day. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 08:04:41 EST Wed., Aug. 2nd Is there a specific number that you feel you have to reach to be totally satisfied for losing weight? <BR> ***************** <BR> I'll be happy to just get below 200 lbs., but won't be totally satisfied til I'm under at least 160 lbs. My happy place would be somewhere between 150-160 lbs. Wed, 2 Aug 2017 07:42:33 EST Tuesday, Aug. 1st How old were you when you got married? <BR> ****************** <BR> I was 19 my first marriage and 39 my current marriage. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:45:54 EST Monday, July 31st What's your favorite style of house? <BR> *************** <BR> I like the country style with wrap around porch or else log cabin style. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:42:28 EST Sunday, July 30th If you could go back in time, what topic would you discuss with your 20-year-older self? <BR> **************** <BR> Self-love. My self esteem has never been that great and it stems from my teenage years. Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:37:57 EST Sat., July 29th How often do you see the dentist? <BR> **************** <BR> I'd love to be able to go twice a year, but I haven't been able to go in a number of years. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 08:37:15 EST Friday, July 28th Do you think that there is such as thing as age-appropriate dressing? <BR> ********** <BR> Definitely. Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:31:40 EST Thurs., July 27th What home improvement job are you doing or having done ( if any) this Summer? <BR> ******************** <BR> We are in the first three days of getting a new roof put on the house. <BR> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:49:20 EST Wed., July 26th What's your favorite soup? <BR> *********** <BR> It used to be my homemade potato soup, but lately it's been my homemade chicken noodle veggie soup. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:24:35 EST Tuesday, July 25th Do you like to try new recipes? <BR> ***************** <BR> I do but Bob doesn't. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:16:26 EST Monday, July 24th Do you like watching the different awards shows for actors, movies, and music? <BR> **************** <BR> I love to watch them but Bob hates them and with only one TV, I lose out on watching them. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:50:05 EST Sunday, July 23rd Have you ever had a work from home type job? <BR> *************************** <BR> I've sold magazine subscriptions from home by phone, and I've stuffed envelopes for a company. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:14:44 EST Sat., July 22nd Do you like to play board games? <BR> ********* <BR> I do but haven't played any in years. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:13:15 EST Friday, July 21st What do you do to have fun? <BR> *********** <BR> I pen pal. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:02:35 EST Thursday, July 20th If your inner child could talk to you, what would they say? <BR> ******************** <BR> That I'm a strong woman and I can do anything I set my mind to doing. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:39:21 EST Wed., July 19th How would you feel if you knew you could live to be 100 years old? <BR> ************ <BR> As long as I was healthy, I'd love it. Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:03:10 EST Tuesday, July 18th If you won the lottery, but couldn't spend a dime of it on yourself, what would you do with the money? <BR> ******************** <BR> I'd first make certain my son was well taken care of. Then I'd use as much of the money as I could to help others that needed housing or needed food and basic necessities. <BR> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:56:25 EST Monday, July 17th What would you do if you couldn't use your cell phone for a whole day? <BR> ************* <BR> That wouldn't be a problem for me since I only use my cell phone for emergencies anyway. I use my landline phone mostly. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:13:01 EST Sunday, July 16th If you were told you only had one year to live, would you still try to lose weight? <BR> *************** <BR> Most likely no. I'd have more important things to do in the time left to me than worry about my weight. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:30:05 EST Sat., July 15th Do you think you could go all day without looking in a mirror? <BR> ************* <BR> I really don't think it'd be that hard to stay away from a mirror. Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:54:28 EST Friday, July 14th Where do you want to spend your retirement years? <BR> ********************** <BR> Right here in Florida. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:00:45 EST Thursday, July 13th Do you think the dead can hear you when you talk to them? <BR> ******************** <BR> I like to think in some ways they do. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:55:24 EST Wed., July 12th Do you sometimes feel like you are not good enough? <BR> ******************** <BR> No Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:24:03 EST Tuesday, July 11th Where do you see yourself in 10 years? <BR> *************** <BR> I hope to be much smaller and much healthier than I am now. I really don't expect Bob to still be here by then so I want to be as healthy as I can be so I'll be able to do whatever I need to do. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:17:07 EST Monday, July 10th Have you ever had a life or death experience? <BR> ************* <BR> Yes, when I was 17 I was attacked and held at knife point for 17 hours before being turned loose. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:53:40 EST Sunday, July 9th What was your first job? <BR> *********** <BR> I was a waitress, making $1.00 per hour plus tips. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:30:08 EST Sat., July 8th What do you do today that your mother would never, ever have considered doing? <BR> *************** <BR> A number of things but the biggest thing is I stand up for myself. My mother didn't. Oh daddy wasn't an abuser but his word was law in our home and mother didn't question it. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 08:46:05 EST Friday, July 7th If you could ask me just one question, what would it be? <BR> ********************** Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:57:24 EST Thursday, July 6th What keeps you from reaching your weight loss goals? <BR> ************** <BR> For me, it comes down to me. I don't push myself to stay on track. I allow others to influence me over what I eat, or how much. I need to have more backbone when it comes to my food choices instead of just letting myself be talked into less healthy options. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 09:00:02 EST Wed., July 5th Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? <BR> **************** <BR> No. I came close one time but it started snowing badly so had to turn back. Wed, 5 Jul 2017 09:25:35 EST 4th of July Will you do anything special today to celebrate the 4th? <BR> ************* <BR> Other than putting out our flag, and having hot dogs for supper, no. Tue, 4 Jul 2017 09:54:06 EST Monday, July 3rd Have you already made the switch to e-books for the majority of your reading or do you prefer paper books? <BR> ****************** <BR> Paper books all the way. Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:52:33 EST Sunday, July 2nd Do you worry about the future? <BR> *********** <BR> To a certain degree, yes. Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:00:28 EST Sat., July 1st Have you ever been on a blind date? How did it go? <BR> *************** <BR> Yes, once, and it went horribly. Sat, 1 Jul 2017 12:13:22 EST Friday, June 30th Do you get frustrated when you're doing everything you can to drop weight, yet the scale moves in the wrong direction? <BR> *************** <BR> YES, YES, YES !!! Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:30:58 EST Thurs., June 29th Do you like to feed the squirrels &amp; birds? <BR> *********** <BR> Bob loves to do it and watch them eat and play around. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:40:35 EST Wed., June 28th Do you think prescription meds should be so expensive <BR> ************* <BR> No, some meds are so expensive people have to chose between getting meds or groceries. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:47:49 EST Tuesday, June 27th Which is more important to you, diet or exercise? <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> Diet for me. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:43:25 EST Mon., June 26th Do you think your mindset on aging is affecting your ability to lose weight? <BR> ******** <BR> To a certain degree, yes. I get to feeling the fact I'm almost 61, a full time wife &amp; homemaker, and I'm not out to impress anyone. So it does tend to make it a little harder at times. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:47:08 EST Sunday, June 25th When you are craving sweets, what do you eat? <BR> *********** <BR> I usually try to keep yogurt on hand and I have a jar of peppermint. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:15:05 EST Sat., June 24th When did you get your first computer? <BR> ********************* <BR> I got mine in 2000. Before then, I had never had any dealings with a computer at all other than using the library computer to check on books I was trying to find. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:26:24 EST Friday, June 23rd Do you feel all Americans have the right to have guns? <BR> *************** <BR> I do, as long as they haven't got a criminal record. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:18:02 EST Thursday, June 22nd Do you think children under the age of 10 need cell phones? <BR> ******************** <BR> I really don't unless for emergency use only. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:12:53 EST Wed., June 21st Do you prefer cats or dogs? <BR> ************ <BR> Due to allergies, I can't be around either, but I prefer dogs. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:53:51 EST Tuesday, June 20th Do you ever batch cook for later heat &amp; serve meals? <BR> ****************** <BR> I do it all the time so I can spend as little time cooking as possible. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:33:19 EST Mon., June 19th Do you think it's right for our government to send money to all other countries when we have so many people here that are homeless or starving? <BR> ************ <BR> I don't think it's right. We need to take care of our own country first. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:53:15 EST Father's Day Any special plans for today? <BR> ********* <BR> I'll fix a special meal but that will be it. My son will call. Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:33:24 EST Sat., June 17th Have you ever tried yoga? <BR> ************ <BR> I haven't, but I'm thinking about trying it. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:35:34 EST Friday, June 16th Would you or have you ever gone up in a hot air balloon? <BR> ************** <BR> I've never been in one but would love to do it at least once. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:54:30 EST Thursday, June 15th Do you think a parent should be fined or jailed if their teenager breaks the law? <BR> *********** <BR> No, I think after age 12, if the child does wrong they should have to pay the consequences. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:30:03 EST Wed., June 14th What's your favorite TV show? <BR> ******** <BR> I have several but my favorite has to be NCIS. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:04:48 EST Tues., June 13th Do you prefer watching the sun rise or sun set? <BR> ***************** <BR> I love both but prefer watching it set. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:01:30 EST Monday, June 12th Do you think sports players in the big league games, should get the huge salaries they get? <BR> ******************** <BR> I don't. Some players get up to $5,000,000.00 over a 2-3 year time, and they get it whether they actually play all season or not. Noone should get that kind of money just for playing a game, IMHO. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:58:45 EST Sun., June 11th If you had the money to start up your own business and keep it running for the first year without any problem, what would it be? <BR> **************** <BR> I've always wanted to have my own book store. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:19:34 EST Sat., June 10th How do you celebrate birthdays? <BR> ********* <BR> We usually go out to dinner and will give a small gift. Usually Bob will give me pen pal supplies and I either give him clothing or something he's mentioned wanting. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 10:06:45 EST Friday, June 9th Do you follow your astrology sign? <BR> ********** <BR> I like to read it for fun ( I'm a Leo), but no, I don't follow it. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:00:10 EST Thursday,June 8th When you were in school, were you ever bullied? <BR> ************** <BR> I was never actually bullied but I was made fun of because I was heavy in my teenage years and I wore homemade clothes instead of store bought things. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:24:10 EST Wed., June 7th What's your favorite pasttime? <BR> *********** <BR> I love to read. I get so lost in my book that I hate to put it down. Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:01:03 EST Tuesday, June 6th What is your favorite "go to" snack when you just have to have something? <BR> ***************** <BR> Mine is peanut butter on saltine crackers. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 11:25:29 EST Monday, June 5th Are you a big soup eater? <BR> ***************** <BR> We do eat a lot of soups and they have way too much sodium, so I've started making my own soups so I can cut way back on the sodium. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:01:03 EST Sunday, June 4th What healthy habit are you going to do this week to help reach your goals? <BR> ****************** <BR> I'm going to do my best to keep my sodium under 1500 grams each day. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 09:22:01 EST Sat., June 3rd When was the last time you went to the movies? <BR> **************** <BR> It's been about 18 years now. We wait til it comes on TV. Sat, 3 Jun 2017 09:59:01 EST Friday, June 2nd What is your least favorite sport? <BR> *********** <BR> I have 2; hockey &amp; football. Both are way too violent for me. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 10:14:49 EST Thursday, June 1st What are your June goals? <BR> **************** <BR> Mine are to stay off the scale the rest of the month, trust myself to eat right, and cut way back on the sugar. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:23:05 EST Wed., May 31st Is your home all electric, all gas, or a combination of the two? <BR> **************** <BR> Ours is all electric. Wed, 31 May 2017 09:08:42 EST Tuesday, May 30th What sports and activities do you enjoy and why? <BR> ************************ <BR> I'm not much for sports at all but I enjoy fishing and biking ( when I can do it). Tue, 30 May 2017 08:41:09 EST MEMORIAL DAY <BR> What kind of end of life care would you want if you faced a serious illness and couldn’t speak for yourself? <BR> ************ <BR> If I needed to be hooked up to a machine to live, I'd expect family to honor my DNR. I don't want to be kept alive by artificial means. Mon, 29 May 2017 09:59:51 EST Sun., May 28th At what age do you think a woman should stop wearing the very short dresses or skirts? <BR> ************************ <BR> I think anything past 40 for the most part. Just looks better IMHO. Sun, 28 May 2017 08:17:15 EST Sat., May 27th Do you still use “to do” lists? <BR> ************** <BR> Yes, along with grocery lists. If I don't, I'll forget something. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:27:49 EST Fri., May 26th What's the last thing you do before going to sleep at night? <BR> ********************** <BR> I say a prayer. Fri, 26 May 2017 08:25:48 EST Thurs., May 25th At your current age, do you see yourself as old? At what age do you consider yourself old? <BR> **************************** <BR> I'm 60 and for the younger crowd I'm old, and sometimes I feel older than I am. But I'd like to reach the age my grandparents all were. They lived to be in their 90's. Thu, 25 May 2017 09:11:56 EST WED., MAY 24TH Would you generally call yourself a happy person? <BR> ********************* <BR> For me, that's hard to say. A better word would be content. Things could be a lot better but I'm thankful they're no worse. Wed, 24 May 2017 10:35:31 EST Tuesday, May 23rd Have you ever thought about moving to Mexico? <BR> *********************** <BR> Years ago, but not in recent years. Tue, 23 May 2017 08:10:13 EST Mon., May 22nd Have you ever taken a cruise? <BR> ************** <BR> No, but it's on my bucket list. <BR> Mon, 22 May 2017 09:44:19 EST Sunday, May 21st What's the most weight you've ever lost in a one month period of time? <BR> ******************* <BR> Back in the 80's, when I first went on my first major diet and lost 105 lbs. in 13 months, I lost the first 32 lbs. the first month. Sun, 21 May 2017 08:13:56 EST Sat., May 20th Any weekend plans? <BR> ************ <BR> Just resting at home and being here when son calls. Sat, 20 May 2017 09:03:02 EST Friday, May 19th How many hours a day do you spend on the computer? <BR> **************** <BR> I average about 6 hours a day. Fri, 19 May 2017 08:16:44 EST Thursday, May 18th Do you prefer to exercise with a group or by yourself? <BR> *************** <BR> I prefer on my own. Thu, 18 May 2017 10:16:50 EST Wed., May 17th Knowing both exercise &amp; weight loss are important; which do you consider the MOST important? <BR> ********************************** <BR> I think exercise since you can exercise no matter what your size and you need that movement thru-out your day. Wed, 17 May 2017 10:16:48 EST Tuesday, May 16th As an adult, at what age do you feel like you were or are at your physical best? <BR> ***************************** <BR> I was in good shape, size wise, in my mid 20's to mid 30's, but physically, I was in my best shape in my mid to late 40's. I was at a good weight and could do most anything I wanted or needed to do without pain. Tue, 16 May 2017 08:49:00 EST Monday, May 15th What's your favorite exercise? <BR> ************* <BR> Mine has always been biking. Mon, 15 May 2017 08:52:57 EST Mother's Day Do you believe everything happens for a reason? <BR> ************** <BR> I do. It makes us the way we are, good or bad, or somewhere in between. Sun, 14 May 2017 09:00:55 EST Sat., May 13th How do you deal with fear and uncertainty in your life? <BR> **************************** <BR> I pray a lot. Sat, 13 May 2017 09:10:20 EST Friday, May 12th If you were stranded on a desert island and only had one thing with you, what would you want it to be? <BR> *************************** <BR> I think it'd be a toss up between water proof matches and bottled water. Both would be a necessity. Fri, 12 May 2017 08:22:30 EST Thursday, May 11th How many minutes per week do you think you spend on exercise? <BR> ********************** <BR> I try to average about 300 minutes a week. The first week and mid month I usually have a good bit more because of all the added walking I have to do on the shopping days. Thu, 11 May 2017 09:27:31 EST Wed., May 10th What is your hardest challenge when it comes to eating healthy? <BR> ******************** <BR> For me, it's cutting the sodium as much as I can. Wed, 10 May 2017 14:36:43 EST Tuesday, May 9th Do you sometimes find yourself dwelling on the past? Or, do you live in the present? <BR> ************************ <BR> I try to live in the present but I do dwell on the past a lot; especially when it comes to my weight and how I used to look. Tue, 9 May 2017 08:54:43 EST Monday, May 8th What do you feel your ideal weight would be and what weight would you settle for if you realized you couldn't reach your ideal weight? <BR> *********************** <BR> My ideal weight would be between 150-165 lbs. But if I can't get that low, I'd settle for anything below 198 lbs. But right now I'd be thrilled just to get down to 225 lbs. Mon, 8 May 2017 10:02:31 EST Sunday, May 7th When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? <BR> ****************** <BR> So many different things. But the main two were: I wanted to be a lawyer, and I wanted to be a professional dancer. Sun, 7 May 2017 08:57:19 EST Sat., May 6th Do you love drinking fruit infused water? What is your favorite? <BR> ***************************** <BR> I do. I enjoy the grape ones as well as the berry, berry ones. Sat, 6 May 2017 09:13:52 EST Fri., May 5th Why do you think some people find it so hard to make healthier changes? <BR> ****************** <BR> I think we get use to doing things a certain way and it's just easier to stick with it than to disrupt everything we know and do something different. Some manage it ok, others, not so much. Fri, 5 May 2017 08:17:35 EST Thursday, May 4th How have you adjusted your eating habits over time? <BR> ************ <BR> I eat much smaller portions, and I work to eat foods that are better for me and not so much junk foods. And I try to watch my sodium a lot more. Thu, 4 May 2017 09:40:36 EST Wed., May 3rd What is your goal for the next year? <BR> ******** <BR> My goal is to be a lot healthier by this time next year. I intend to change a lot of what I'm eating so my weight comes down plus my blood work will be better ( in pretty good shape now but could be better). Wed, 3 May 2017 09:03:39 EST Tuesday, May 2nd Do you consider yourself to be a messy or a tidy person? <BR> ******************** <BR> For years I was a neat freak, but after marrying Bob and he did woodworking in the house, I had to be less neat or go nuts because of constant saw dust in the house. Tue, 2 May 2017 08:57:18 EST Monday, May 1st <BR> What are your May goals? <BR> ************** <BR> My main goal is to not regain any weight. I'd like to drop about 5 lbs. if possible. <BR> I'm also doing a no soda streak this month. The last no soda streak I did, I didn't have any for 13 months. <BR> Mon, 1 May 2017 10:00:29 EST Sunday, April 30th Would you ever consider living on a cruise ship? <BR> ******************** <BR> Yes, I've actually thought about it. You'd have a doctor on call, eat whenever you felt like it, people to do everything to keep you happy, and you'd see all different places and meet new people all the time, so you'd never have to be alone. And it'd be a lot cheaper than a nursing home. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:54:01 EST Sat., April 29th Do you feel comfortable in your own skin? <BR> ******************* <BR> For the most part, yes. It's only when I look in the mirror that I'm not happy. So I don't look in a mirror any more than I have to. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:37:22 EST Friday, April 28th Are you planning to buy a new bathing suit this year? <BR> ******************** <BR> No, I'd have no use for one. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:38:47 EST Thursday, April 27th Do you think it's wrong to spank a child when they do something wrong? <BR> ******************** <BR> No, as long as it's an actual spanking and not a beating. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:48:30 EST Wed., April 26th What is the one food you'd hate to have to give up if you were told you could never have it again? <BR> ********************** <BR> I think potatoes would top the list. But also rice or peanut butter. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:21:06 EST Tuesday, April 25th What makes a good friend to you? <BR> ***************** <BR> One that listens and that has my back when needed. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:08:03 EST Mon., April 24th If you could have any type house you wanted, what would it be? <BR> ***************** <BR> Mine would be a cedar log cabin, with hard wood floors, and cabinetry. It would have plenty of the convienences but very simple lines. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:12:11 EST Sunday, April 23rd What foods do you choose to eat in order to maintain a healthy body? <BR> ****************** <BR> I try to eat as many green veggies as I can, less sodium, and drink plenty of water. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:21:01 EST Sat., April 22nd Would you ever fly in a hot air balloon? <BR> ******************** <BR> Not in this lifetime. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:29:42 EST Friday, April 21st Do you believe in the death penalty? <BR> **************** <BR> I was brought up not to believe in it for religious reasons, but I do believe in some cases it's needed. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:44:03 EST Thursday, April 20th Sorry I'm late today, had someone here all morning. <BR> <BR> What's your go-to dish you always take for special gatherings like reunions, cook-outs, etc.? <BR> **************************** <BR> I take my special homemade German potato salad. It's a crowd pleaser. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:11:46 EST Wed., April 19th Do you have a "bucket list"? <BR> *************** <BR> I do. My #1 is finish my education. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:33:48 EST Tuesday, April 18th When is the best time for you to exercise? <BR> ****************** <BR> Usually mornings for me Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:02:36 EST Monday, April 17th Did you have a happy childhood? <BR> ******************* <BR> For the most part it was far from happy. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:40:15 EST Easter Sunday What's your favorite Sunday meal? <BR> ********************* <BR> I love stew beef with rice or chicken &amp; dumplings. Add cooked carrots and Hawiian rolls and I'm a happy camper. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:33:22 EST Sat., April 15th Do you chew gum? <BR> ********** <BR> Very rarely, but when I do, it's bubble gum. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:04:39 EST Friday, April 14th Are you married, and if so, how many years? <BR> ********************** <BR> I've been married to Bob 21 years as of today . Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:41:29 EST Thursday, April 13th Bath or shower? <BR> ********** <BR> A little of both. I use the shower but use a chair. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:12:21 EST Wed., April 12th Any Easter plans? <BR> ********** <BR> No, we won't do anything special to celebrate Easter. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:29:12 EST Tuesday, April 11th If you were to get the ultimate gift for yourself, what would it be? <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> The ultimate gift for me would be a housekeeper that would come in at least twice a week to clean the house and keep everything in order. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:32:24 EST Monday, April 10th Do you get a daily newspaper? <BR> ************* <BR> No, we get a freebie one once a week for our local news. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:14:22 EST Sunday, April 9th Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you work at it, you're getting nowhere with your weight loss goals? <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> Yes, especially like this week. I pushed hard all week and was having good daily loses until yesterday ( changed meds on Friday) and today I'm 3.2 lbs. heavier than last Sunday. That gets really frustrating. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 08:50:27 EST Sat., April 8th Do you think things get easier the older you get? <BR> ************* <BR> Certain things, yes, because you get well trained in how to do certain things and the older you get, the easier it becomes, because it's a routine thing you do often. But I think the older you get, some things become much harder because your body doesn't work the way it did when you were younger, so it becomes harder to do just because your body won't do all you want it to do. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:06:39 EST Friday, April 7th What's your favorite season? <BR> ************** <BR> Mine used to be Summer but these days I prefer Fall weather, where the temps are in the 70's. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:32:38 EST Thurs., April 6th When was the last time you bought something just for yourself? <BR> *********************** <BR> Last month. I bought 3 pair of deck shoes with memory foam inserts. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 08:46:22 EST Wed., April 5th Do you feel lonely at times, or do you love your own company? <BR> **************************** <BR> I think you can feel lonely in a crowded room. Generally I'm ok with my own company since I'm rarely alone. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:19:55 EST Tues., April 4th Do you still read paper style books? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> That's all I read. I don't read books online, etc. I average about 25 books a month. Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:55:34 EST Monday, April 3rd Have you found that there is a certain temperature that you sleep best at? <BR> ***************** <BR> We keep the house at 75 degrees year round and I use a fan at night as well. Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:04:06 EST Sunday, April 2nd What kind of vacation makes you feel like a millionaire? <BR> *********************** <BR> One where I'm totally pampered. ( It's never happened) Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:54:41 EST April Fool's Day Are you living within your means or struggling financially ? <BR> ************************* <BR> Yes, we have to. I watch every penny closely or we'd be in real trouble. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:26:21 EST Friday, March 31st Do you have trouble saving money? <BR> ************** <BR> Yes, between medical bills and other expenses, there's just never anything left to save. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:40:58 EST Thursday, March 30th How would you describe your style? <BR> ****************** <BR> Casual comfortable Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:08:23 EST Wed., March 29th What are the biggest sources of stress in your life? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> Bob's health is what I stress over the most. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:20 EST Tuesday, March 28th Do you think grown children should take care of their aging parents (if they can afford to)? <BR> ********************** <BR> I do. Our family has always taken care of our parents unless it was medically impossible to do so. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:30:59 EST Mon., March 27th Do you color your hair? <BR> ************** <BR> Not in the last 9 years. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:34:15 EST Sunday, March 26th Do you have grandchildren? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> I have step-grandchildren I have never met, but no grandchildren of my own. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:30:17 EST Sat., March 25th Have you watched any great movies lately? <BR> ************************ <BR> We haven't gone to the movies in 15 years. We wait til they come on TV. I think the last good one we watched was "Fast &amp; Furious Five". Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:18:42 EST Friday, March 24th What was your first paid job? <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> I worked as a spinner in a cotton mill and made $1.75 a hour. I was 14 years old. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:13:30 EST 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 Let's Chat in 2017 Haven't had any chat in the chat room since December. Can't believe that. How is everything going with everyone? Tell us about your day. <img src=""> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:06:19 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 5% Weight Loss Challenge 1-1 thru 6-1 This challenge is to lose 5 % of what you currently weighed on 1-1. <em>192</em> <BR> Weigh-in's are weekly or monthly, preferably on Sundays. Please edit your original post so it's easier to find. <BR> REMEMBER: WE ARE WORTH THE EFFORT !!!!! <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********** <BR> Starting Weight: 260 <BR> Pounds to lose: 13 <BR> <BR> Highest Weight: 272.2 <BR> ~~~January~~~~ <BR> 01/01/17= 260 <BR> 01/08/17= 254.6 <BR> 01/15/17= 255 <BR> 01/22/17=252.2 <BR> 01... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:37:02 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