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 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 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