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See this image largerHappy Easter !See this image largerLoving the beautiful weather here todaySee this image largerAlcohol Free Day #13See this image largerReally enjoyed dinner at The German Restaurant with friendsSee this image largerLove my bike.See this image largerGod Bless Everyone on this Independence Day ! Stay safe !See this image largerHappy to have AC again. Feeling cool and comfortable. See this image largerMy mom (84) still has the same big black rotary dialed phone on the wall since 1957 with the same phone number ! lol(1 comments)See this image largerMy son visited me yesterday. He is SO awesome !(3 comments)See this image largerGrateful to God for my wonderful LIFE !See this image largerLove makes the world go round.See this image largerHave a Lovely Day !See this image largeris having a quiet weekend before payday on the 1stSee this image largerMaking a rotisserie chicken for the first time. Can't wait until it's done !(2 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerFINALLY - we're cooling off a little down here in Florida. We've been in the upper 80's until now we're dropping into the 70's. Thank GOD !See this image largerHAPPY THANKSGIVING !(2 comments)See this image largerSpring 2015See this image largerFound out my sweetheart, Johnny, is going to be a grandfather (and he's 10 years younger than me !)See this image largerHope everyone had a Merry Christmas !(1 comments)See this image largerHow is your New Year so far ?See this image largerMy New Year is starting out GREAT !(1 comments)See this image largerFound a new hobby: adult coloring books(2 comments)See this image largerGod Bless all those Veterans that have fought for our freedom !See this image largerMy sweetheart's new grandsonSee this image largerSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerMy old dog, JasmineSee this image largerMy son's pet fish(2 comments)See this image largerFlorida wildlife(1 comments)See this image largerOur kitty catSee this image largerMy pet parakeet(2 comments)See this image largerMy pet cockatiel(1 comments)See this image largerZeppelin(1 comments)See this image largerPet lizard on the patio todaySee this image largerBird in the Backyard(4 comments)See this image largerI bought produce today off the back of a truck from Farmer Dan ! Love it !See this image largerWrote a blog today about "Sticking-To-It". Check it out.See this image largerA visitor on our patio(2 comments)See this image largerNature's beauty(2 comments)See this image largerWrote a blog about "If I Should Die Before I Wake". Please check it out.See this image largerWrote a second blog of the day on "How Does Your Garden Grow?" Please check it out.(1 comments)See this image largerMy son's pet fishSee this image largerMy son's pet fish(1 comments)See this image largerMy musical cat(1 comments)See this image largerDinner on Date Night: Flank steak with mozzarella cheese on a bed of argula and corn on the cobSee this image largerDinner on Date Night: Flank Steak with mozzarella cheese on a bed of arugula with buttered corn-on-the-cob. Awesome!See this image largerI like hot tea better than coffee.(1 comments)See this image largerBird on our dock(1 comments)See this image largerOur pet cockatielSee this image largerweek 2 of my streak for "Stay Alcohol-free 6 times per week" earned 6/26/2016See this image largerMy son's kitty-cat STERLING(2 comments)See this image largerMade a new vision board and wrote a blog. Check it out.(1 comments)See this image largerHope everyone had a great (and safe) 4th of July weekend !See this image largerMaking my tap water special with fresh lemons and limes. Cool and Refreshing !(1 comments)See this image largerGoing to write a blog entitled, "The chicken, the scale, and the witchdoctor" Check it out a little later.See this image largerMy son babysitting for a 4 month old. Too bad he's not his son. Sweet baby.(1 comments)See this image largerEat fresh fruit and veggies ! Yummy ! See this image largerMade Stuffed Green Peppers for dinner last night. Really good.(3 comments)See this image largerSorry I've been MIA. I'm Back ! Here is the jig saw puzzle I worked on until 3 am last night to keep me busy.(2 comments)See this image largerI'm committing to 60 days of being alcohol-free before I see my new doctor. My blood work and weight should be GREAT. I CAN DO THIS !(4 comments)See this image largerFinished my first ROUND jig saw puzzle. It was tricky.(1 comments)See this image largerWrote a blog about my doggie, Jasmine. Please check it out.See this image largerWe lost our parakeet after 7 1/2 years so now we only have our Cockatiel, Cornell. He's doing well.(6 comments)See this image largerWoke up at 5 am this morning and walked for 45 minutes - to the beach and back. Full moon was out.See this image largerI've been doing jig saw puzzles to pass the time. Here's my latest.(1 comments)See this image largerI enjoy adult coloring books.(1 comments)See this image largerMy sweetie and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary this month. Love him so much.(1 comments)See this image largerAnother picture from my adult coloring book.See this image largerContemplating deep thoughts(2 comments)See this image largerMy DIL having a virgin strawberry smoothieSee this image largerOur apartment flooded and the ceiling collapsed in the recent hurricane. We're settled now in a nice mobile home. Thank God we're ALIVE !(8 comments)See this image largerLots of sandhill cranes in our new neighborhood.(2 comments)See this image largerHorses grazing in our new neighborhood(2 comments)See this image largerMy kitty-cat (3 comments)See this image largerMy new hibiscus plant: a gift from a friend.See this image largerGrazing by the lake.See this image largerrelaxing at our new mobile home park(2 comments)See this image largerFalcon in my backyard(3 comments)See this image largerMy new puppy, Jackson(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerOur rat terrier loves his pet rat(2 comments)See this image largerMy two sweeties (1 comments)See this image largerTime for a dog treatSee this image largerJackson is getting me to go outside. That's a really good thing.See this image largerHe gets me to go outside. That's a really good thing.(1 comments)See this image largerbecoming friends alreadySee this image largerdiscovered HE was a SHE when there was an egg in the bottom of the cage the other day(2 comments)See this image largerMy new puppy(2 comments)See this image largerMy puppy chased these cranes into the lake - but fortunately no one was hurt. Need to keep him on a leash from now on.(1 comments)See this image largerMy new puppy, JacksonSee this image largerSee this image largermoss in the trees where I liveSee this image largerTook a little walk today and got a photo of these adorable Sandhill crane babies having lunch. Love my new neighborhood in Florida. This really lifted my mood today as I have been quite depressed, laying in bed most of the day. Feeling a little better now.See this image largerLove to take wildlife photos. This blue heron reminds me to drink lots of WATER.See this image largerGot new eyeglasses today FREE from the Lion's Club. So GRATEFUL and HAPPY !(1 comments)See this image largerSome people in the "alcohol recovery" world compare the urge to drink like a "wolfie howling". Proud of myself today to report I'm 7 days alcohol-free. Going to keep this streak going.See this image largerThere are hundreds of squirrels in the giant oak trees in my Florida neighborhood. Wish I had half of their ENERGY !See this image largerRemember to eat your "greens".See this image largerMy kitty-cat sure knows how to RELAX ! (1 comments)See this image largerCool and foggy this morning - but going to get up to 90 this afternoon. This is no April Fool's Joke. Dreading the LONG HOT Summer down here in Florida. Most of our neighbors are "Snow Birds" and are starting to head back up north. Won't see them again until November. Meanwhile - this bench by the lake is a great spot to rest and think. What are your plans for the summer ? Going to lose some weight?(1 comments)See this image largerI feel like this guy. I started a 30 Day Challenge yesterday and messed up on DAY 1. Hopefully the rest of the month will be better. (1 comments)See this image largerThis new flower on my hibiscus bush cheered me up this morning.See this image largerMy mom in Wisconsin said the temperature got down to "freezing" today. Here in Florida it reached 93 degrees today. Who said there's no such thing as "climate change" ?See this image largerIf someone says something negative towards you - you need to have "armor" like this armadillo and "shrug it off". Just keep on doing your best, and you will succeed.See this image largerWatched this mama turtle laying eggs in my yard near a lake. Reminded me that "slow and steady wins the race". See this image largerDo you love WATER as much as this guy ?See this image largerFeeling "bright and chipper" this morning like this squirrel. What are YOU having for breakfast ? Something healthy, I hope.(1 comments)See this image largerday 10 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 4/5/2017See this image largerMiss the sunsets where we used to live on the Gulf. Went through a hurricane/flood and had to move inland. Still this place has a lot of wildlife. Have you seen my photos of squirrels, cranes, armadillos, turtles, etc. ? Check out my SparkPage. I'll be posting more. Love animal pictures. How are YOU doing this evening?See this image largerwith my sweetheart, Johnny(1 comments)See this image largerBeautiful weather today in Florida - probably the last cool day until November. lol See this image largerSome people actually need to GAIN weight as you can see from this picture of my sweetheart - as hard as that may be to believe. He's 6'1" and recently gained five pounds from 121 to 126. That was GREAT for him. No he's NOT anorexic and actually eats lots of fattening things. Some people are just genetically lucky I guess. I wish I had HIS problem. Anybody else out there need to GAIN weight ?See this image largerEnjoy a tall cool glass of refreshing ice water with lime or lemon !See this image largerEat a RAINBOW of colors !See this image largerI'm glad they're "best friends" !See this image largerDon't forget to drink WATER !(2 comments)See this image largerThis lilly popped up in my yard today and really cheered up my mood.See this image largerThis is how I relax and watch NetflixSee this image largerTook a little walk today with this camouflaged puppy. Now he's down for a nap. Think I'll join him.See this image largerFull moon on the rise tonight. Going to see my doctor tomorrow. Followed all her orders: PAP smear, mammogram, eye exam. Everything normal. She should be happy with me. Hoping to get something for sciatica pain.See this image largerFound out "he" was a "she" today when we found 2 eggs in the cage !See this image largerFound out "he" was a "she" when we found two eggs in the cage. She's proud of herself. I'm happy with myself today also as I made it to the doctor's office and she was very helpful. Started taking Neurontin for sciatica nerve pain and Tylenol arthritis and it's really helping. Feeling good tonight.(1 comments)See this image largerMy doctor today suggested I find something to "go to" as a substitute whenever I get an urge to drink alcohol. My plan: ice water with lemon or lime AND sign on to SparkPeople to post a photo. I think that will work for me. Feeling good tonight.(1 comments)See this image largerThis is an old photo. Wish I had all this delicious produce in the house today ! See this image largerMy new pain medication is helping my sciatica and I'm feeling rather relaxed today. Yay !See this image largerA neighbor gave us a new cage for Shania. She's a little freaked out right now, but it will be a lot more room for her.See this image largerMissing my home before the hurricane. This was a great place to take a walk. Do you have a beautiful view for your walk this morning ?(1 comments)See this image largerNeed to take a break and calm down. They're cutting down trees in our mobile home park and it makes me sad.See this image largerMy favorite tree where I go to sit and think.See this image largerAre you going to take a walk today ?See this image largerAre you having a SUNNY day ? !See this image largerHave a HAPPY EASTER ! ! (1 comments)See this image largerday 7 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 4/16/2017See this image largerMy new rose bush bloomed for the first time this morning on Easter. It smells beautifully ! This really was a wonderful surprise. Hope you have a Happy Easter as well !See this image largerRemember to drink WATER today !See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerHaven't ridden my bicycle since we were in a hurricane last September and moved inland to a hilly area in Florida. Now I've been diagnosed with "Lumbar Spinal Stenosis" and have been in a lot of pain in my thighs. Doesn't look like I'll be riding my bike any time soon. Sigh.See this image largerDoes anybody else do adult coloring books to relieve stress ?See this image largerLearn to love WATER ! See this image largerAnybody else do adult coloring books to relieve stress ? I enjoy it.See this image largerI can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13See this image largerAre you relaxing tonight after a good day ?See this image largerday 10 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 4/19/2017See this image largerHave a GREAT DAY !See this image largerGood Morning! Have a lovely day !(1 comments)See this image largerDid you take time today to smell the flowers ?See this image largerFind some time today to stop and smell the flowers.See this image largerDid you drink WATER today ?See this image largerMy kitty likes to climb trees. Did you get any exercise today ?See this image largerTry to get some exercise this weekend !See this image largerDo something special for EARTH DAY.See this image largerBreakfast today was a hard boiled egg. Less than 100 calories and packed with protein and other good things like choline and B Vitamins. The Incredible Edible EggSee this image largerLunch today was breaded and BAKED eggplant dipped in homemade salsa (gift from a neighbor). See this image largerday 14 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 4/23/2017See this image largerGood Morning ! Have a lovely day !See this image largerDonated blood today. Quick and painless.See this image largerMy sweetheart got me a "foot massager bath" today. I feel pampered.See this image largerDid you have a good weekend? Are you going to make this a great week? Eat right, drink water, and try to get some exercise. You can do it !See this image largerJust got a copy of my blood work results from my wonderful doctor and everything was "normal": no diabetes, no anemia, no leukemia, liver and kidneys working fine, etc. Very happy about that ! See this image largerMy dinner tonight: stir-fried veggies. (green pepper, onions, carrots, eggplant, & tomatoes). All those anti-oxidants !(1 comments)See this image largerWhat did you do today ? Eat healthy ? Get any exercise? Drink water ?See this image largerMy visitor this cool morning here in Florida. Looks like it's going to be a lovely day. What are your plans for today ?See this image largerMy neighbor is a "thorn in my side". She always makes the same offensive comment. I've got to learn to ignore her and "let it go". How is YOUR day going ? Do other people encourage you? or make snide remarks?See this image largerOur dinner tonight: stuffed green peppers made with ground turkey. They were so big we split one in half and shared it. Really yummy and peppers are so good for you - lots of Vitamin C. Bon Appetite !See this image largerGood Morning Everybody ! Are you eating healthy today ? My breakfast was a hard-boiled egg and a 1/2 piece of rye toast. Perfect.(1 comments)See this image largerAre you relaxing tonight after a good day?See this image largerHave a lovely Spring day !See this image largerMy dinner tonight: stir-fried veggies (eggplant, zucchini, carrots, celery, onions, and tomato) Love my Veggies !See this image largerTGIF ! Have a BALL this weekend !(2 comments)See this image largerHow about taking a walk this weekend ! ?(1 comments)See this image largerGuess I'm going to be eating a LOT of carrots and mini-zucchini over the coming week ! (gift from a friend)See this image largerI made carrot salad: shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, raisins, and Hellman's Mayo. Really good and good for you.(1 comments)See this image largerDinner tonight: stir-fried veggies (zucchini, eggplant, yellow bell peppers, carrots, and onions) Love to eat healthy !See this image largerday 21 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 4/30/2017See this image largerHere's what's for Sunday Lunch: Grilled Chicken Thigh Skewers with Sriracha Sauce (2 Skewers = 190 calories and 2 Tablespoons of sauce = 40 calories) See this image largerWhen I was severely depressed last fall, I adopted this puppy from a shelter, and he "saved my life". He gives me a "reason to get out of bed in the morning". Jackson is my "buddy".See this image largerI had a good day today prepping food for the week ahead and this rose blooming in my yard was my reward. See this image largerChillin' tonightSee this image largerRemember to drink water today !See this image largerBought a file folder box and filed my important papers. Proud of myself for getting more organized.(1 comments)See this image largerday 25 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 5/4/2017See this image largerJackson saved my life from "depression".See this image largerHere's what was for dinner tonight: Zucchini Casserole. See this image largerThis is me in my "Cinco de Mayo" dress. lol I'm planning "Chicken Fajitas" for dinner. Maybe put on some special music and dance around. Hope you enjoy the day too !See this image largerGorgeous weather today of 70 degrees down here in Florida so got outside and did some gardening. Planted an avocado tree I started from a pit. Also planted ferns, lilies, and a couple of pineapples. Here's a hibiscus flower that bloomed today. See this image largerA big salad for lunch today: baby spinach, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes and ranch dressing.See this image largerMy healthy lunch today: fresh baby spinach, cucumber chunks, sliced yellow crook-neck squash, tomato wedges, scallions, and a hard-boiled egg with Ranch dressing.See this image largerMy dinner tonight: Roasted Veggies including Brussel sprouts, yellow crook-neck squash, baby carrots, and onion slivers with fresh steamed green beans on the sideSee this image largerEating healthy at Captain D's: baked white fish with 2 sides of broccoli and unsweetened iced tea. See this image largerMy Mother's Day gift from my sweetheart: a bougainvillea. Going to plant it in our yard. They grow into a very large bush. I just love it !See this image largerHere's my dinner tonight: beef shish-ka-bob with red and green peppers, zucchini, and onions. See this image largerMy dinner today: Lamb seasoned with Rosemary with a side of homemade coleslaw. Shared some of the meat with my doggie - and we still didn't eat it all. See this image largerHad a wonderful Mother's Day with my two fantastic sons.See this image largerHad Sushi on Mother's Day. Loved it !(1 comments)See this image largerMade homemade chili with ground turkey to save some calories. Also skipped the cheese, sour cream, and crackers. Still tasted great.See this image largerMy dinner tonight: roasted baby potatoes, carrots, and onions. (sprayed with PAM)See this image largerMy dinner today: baked tilapia fillet with onions and lemon and a side of fresh steamed green beans.See this image largerHow's this for a meal ? Canned Veggie Plate: black beans, kitchen cut green beans, sweet potatoes, sweet peas, whole kernel corn, and mixed vegetables. See this image largerHow's this for a meal ? Canned Veggie Plate: black beans, kitchen cut green beans, sweet potatoes, sweet peas, whole kernel corn, and mixed vegetables. (1 comments)See this image largerMy kitty checking out my tomato plants, loaded with tomatoes.See this image largerCan't wait for them to ripen !See this image largerHopefully this milkweed will attract some butterflies to my yard. See this image largerWe're both having a great morning after a good night's sleepSee this image largerMy lunch today: Fresh Veggie Plate (slices of tomato and green bell pepper, cucumber wedges, and scallions) drizzled with homemade red wine vinegar dressing.See this image largerHow about a salad ?See this image largerTaking it easy this afternoon with my sweetheart and my puppy. See this image largerI had a visitors in my yard today - Sandhill Cranes. I gave them old bread. And then we had a "sun shower". Just cool !See this image largerMy afternoon snack: cucumber spears, green bell pepper, scallions, and lowfat Ranch dressing.See this image largerSandhill Cranes came to my yard to eat old bread today. That made me "happy". I look at moments like this as "non-food rewards". What makes YOU smile?(1 comments)See this image largerMade homemade "cucumber salad" quick and easy with my manual food processor and a bottle of "Lite Ranch Dressing". It will be even better tomorrow after it marinates.See this image largerThis is breakfast today: one jumbo egg over-easy with PAM on a slice of multi-grain toast (no butter). See this image largerThis is lunch today: a canned veggie plate.See this image largerBaked Tilapia Fillet Drizzled with Lemon Juice and Topped with Fresh Diced Tomato See this image largerSpring Mix Salad with cucumber, green bell pepper, tomatoes, scallions and Asian Sesame Salad Dressing (70 calories for 2 Tablespoons) topped with seasoned croutons (30 calories for 2 Tablespoons)See this image largerLunch today: Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad with Asian DressingSee this image largerSeveral people mentioned that I should have some protein for lunch - so I topped my cucumber salad with some solid white albacore tuna. Love it !See this image largerI wrote a blog today about an article in TIME magazine titled "The Weight Loss Trap". Please go to my SparkPage and check it out.See this image largerI've been alcohol-free for 7 days and my weight dropped 7 pounds (192 down to 185). Sure it's water-weight, but it encourages me to keep on keepin' on !See this image largerHere's what's for Dinner: beef pot roast with baby carrots, potatoes, and onionsSee this image largerThanks to all those who have read my blog and especially thanks to those who took the time to comment. If you haven't seen it yet, check out "The Weight Loss Trap" on my SparkPage. See this image largerRemembering what Memorial Day is all about - and staying alcohol-free (Day #9)See this image largerAfter moving, I started up an old hobby of growing roses. This one bloomed this morning. See this image largerMy hibiscus is blooming this morning.See this image largerHomemade Cabbage Soup in the "new" crockpot I bought at a Thrift Store today for $5. Happy it works. And happy I'm eating "healthy". See this image largerI wrote a blog about TRANS FATS from an article in National Geographic this month. Check it out on my SparkPage.See this image largerPlease check out my blog about Trans Fats from an article in National Geographic this month. Just go to my SparkPage. Thanks !See this image largerEnjoyed a walk around the mobile home park with my sweetheart and puppy. See this image largerMy sweetheart got to meet his one year old grandson for the first time. It was really a great day.See this image largerMy Veggie Plate tonight: fresh steamed green beans with mushrooms, sautéed pea pods with soy sauce, and roasted carrots, potatoes, and onions.See this image largerCutting up a fresh pineapple for breakfast.See this image largerCanned TUNA is one of the most affordable proteins in the supermarket, and it's packed with omega3's, vitamin D, and selenium. "Snack on it with whole-grain crackers." -- Kate Geagan, MS, RD,nutritionist and author of "Go Green, Get Lean"See this image largerInclude BERRIES in your meals and snacks. "Berries have high levels of antioxidants that may lower your risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, diabetes, and cognitive decline." David C. Nieman, DRPH FACSM, director of the Human Performance Lab at Appalachian State UniversitySee this image largerEnjoy a cup of brewed TEA. "Brewed tea raises metabolism rates. Be careful not to cancel out the health benefits: If you like sugar in your tea, use one teaspoon or less.: --Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN, author of "The Trim Traveler"See this image largerMy favorite snack is DIY (Do It Yourself) Popcorn. I have a microwave popcorn bowl but a brown paper lunch bag will also work. According to Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, this is microwave popcorn "without the chemicals and trans fat."See this image largerSuccess ! I grew tomatoes for the first time in my life ! I used to live in an apartment until flooded by a hurricane last September. Moved an hour inland in Florida and now have a yard to grow my own fresh veggies. Lovin' it ! The hurricane was a "blessing in disguise". See this image largerHave you ever tried SARDINES ? "They are loaded with omega-3's, selenium, vitamin D, and high-quality protein." --Kate Geagan, MS, RD(1 comments)See this image largerDrink More Water ! Small studies show that water has the potential to boost metabolism. "I suggest aiming for around two liters a day." --Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, founder of nutritionstarringyou.comSee this image largerSee this image largerFRIENDSHIP is to People as SUNSHINE is to Flowers . . . See this image largerThe Reader's Digest (Feb. 2017) suggests trying "overnight" oats. "Combine old-fashioned oats with milk in a Mason jar. Leave it in the fridge overnight, and the oats soak up the milk. The next morning, add mix-ins like fruit, seeds, nuts, honey, peanut butter, or maple syrup. One serving of oats has 40 grams of whole grains and 4 grams of fiber, plus the milk has protein." Rebecca Scritchfield, registered dietitian and author of Body KindnessSee this image largerSALT may be less of a risk than scientists thought. "If you don't have high blood pressure, you can be more liberal with salt." Hypertension patients should still follow their doctors' sodium advice. --Marc Gillinov, MDSee this image largerLow Fat Dairy may not necessarily be Better. According to David Ludwig, MD, PHD, "Studies suggest that people eating low-fat dairy either gained more weight or were at a higher risk for diabetes and heart disease than those eating equal portions of full-fat dairy."See this image largerThe Sandhill Cranes in my yard love the bread and seeds I put out for them. They need to eat too !See this image largerFirst Day of a New Challenge to exercise at least 10 minutes. Walked around the park and spotted this Cardinal. Enjoyed that.See this image largerAccording to Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DRPH in the Reader's Digest (Feb 2017) FRUITS may be better for you than VEGGIES. "People always say to eat your vegetables, but if you look at all the scientific data on long-term health and preventing chronic diseases, fruits have a slightly stronger protective effect than veggies."See this image largerSee this image largerI made lentils for the first time in my life. I cooked them in a slow cooker with chopped onion and peppers in "vegetable stock" instead of water to add flavor. 239 calories. 42 g. carbs, 1 g. fat, 18 g. protein, and 16 g. fiber. See this image largerAccording to Michael Greger, MD in the Reader's Digest (Feb 2017) "Processed meats like bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, and sausage were designated by the World Health Organization as carcinogens in 2015. That means they can cause cancer and are in the same category as asbestos and smoking." (though their risk is not as high)See this image largerWatch out for Flavored Yogurt. "Plain yogurt that you add whole fruit to is very healthy; it typically has about seven grams of natural sugar. Guess how many grams of sugar in a strawberry yogurt? Depending on the brand, you could have up to 23 grams. That's not a health food; that's dessert." --Robert Lustig, MD, author of Fat ChanceSee this image largerThis is lunch today: Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms (prepared at the grocery store). 120 calories each (with 6 grams of protein) See this image largerI received a great gift from a friend today: a cantaloupe and several mangos. They both have about 200 calories. The mango has more than 500 mg of potassium. The cantaloupe has over 300 percent of your minimum daily requirement of both Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Wonderful "desserts".(1 comments)See this image largerHere's a terrific snack: a fresh ripe PEAR. For about 100 calories, it has 6 grams of fiber, and more than 200 milligrams of potassium. ENJOY !See this image largerAdded veggies to my breakfast this morning: 2 medium scrambled eggs with chopped Kale, Tomato, and Onion, and a slice of Marble Rye Bread. Only 250 calories and 16 grams of protein. Plus, according to Kris Gunnars, BSc, "Of all the super healthy greens, kale is the KING" (Authority Nutrition, June 4, 2017)See this image largerMake Kale "Chips" for the first time in my life. Just Spray with olive oil and bake @350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until crunchy. A VERY healthy snack.See this image largerToday I made it OUT of the "OBESE" BMI category! It's been one month since I really started "Sparking" and lost 12 pounds! So happy this is working for me !See this image largerToday I made it out of the "obese" BMI category into the just "overweight" BMI category. It's been one month since I've really been "sparking" and I went from 192 to 179. THRILLED that this is working for me. See this image largerDonated blood a few days ago and they report a free cholesterol result. Mine was only 169 (normal <200). WOW ! See this image largerDonated blood a few days ago and they report a free cholesterol result. Mine was only 169 (normal <200). WOW ! See this image largerWhen I donated blood the other day, they tested my cholesterol and mine was only 169. (Normal is <200) and my blood pressure was only 112 / 77 (Normal < 120 / 80). FANTASTIC !See this image largerWhen I donated blood the other day, they tested my cholesterol and mine was only 169. (Normal is <200) and my blood pressure was only 112 / 77 (Normal < 120 / 80). FANTASTIC !(1 comments)See this image largerWhen I donated blood at the Blood Mobile the other day, my blood pressure was only 112 / 77 (Normal 120 / 80) and my cholesterol was only 169 (Normal <200). OMG ! I'm really getting healthy !See this image largerMy breakfast today: 1/2 whole wheat pita stuffed with 2 scrambled eggs, kale, tomato, and onion. 231 calories and loaded with good, healthy things like choline, lutein, and B vitamins. See this image largerA friend gave me these two orange bell peppers today, so I googled them. Found out they are SUPER HEALTHY. An excellent source of Vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. Also a good source of folate, molybdenum, Vit E, dietary fiber, Vit B2, pantothenic acid, and potassium. A great addition to my spinach salad later.See this image largerA friend gave me these Campari Tomatoes today. (He knows the way to my heart. lol) Going to save some seeds from one of them and grow my own tomato plants in my back yard for a few months down the road. We can grow tomatoes year-round down here in Florida. See this image largerTonight's dinner: 3 oz. of veal, small ear of fresh sweet corn, small red potato. 368 caloriesSee this image largerFresh Sweet California Cherries make a terrific evening snack.See this image largerMy Dinner tonight: 3 ounces of veal (173 calories according to the SP food tracker) and a spinach salad with Campari tomato, orange bell pepper, and red onion. See this image largerMade a homemade pasta salad with a bag of frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Even made my own Italian Dressing and sliced up the black olives. See this image largerTry fresh fruit salad for a healthy dessert. Mine has red seedless grapes, nectarines, pears, red delicious apples, and pineapple. (Wish I had some juicy strawberries.) But it's delicious. See this image largerDinner tonight: Roasted chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, and green beans with balsamic vinegar. Enjoyed it.See this image largerHere's my lunch today: a salad including Roma tomatoes, Vidalia onion, green bell pepper and cucumber, drizzled with French-style dressing (2 T = 90 cal.) and topped with a small scoop of low-fat cottage cheese.(1/2 cup = 80 cal.) Really enjoyed it.(1 comments)See this image largerI'm including veggies in my breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with sautéed Vidalia onions, green bell pepper, and Roma tomatoes. (Skipped the toast) Healthy and Delicious.See this image largerLook what a friend of mine brought me this morning ! red potatoes, red bell peppers, English cucumbers, a variety of cherry tomatoes, a red onion, and a fresh lime. I'm going to be eating healthy ! This was a real TREAT ! Who needs flowers ? lol See this image largerMade a veggie tray this afternoon for healthy snacking. See this image largerI made a veggie tray this afternoon for some healthy snacking. (The dip is low-fat cottage cheese and French-style dressing.) See this image largerMade some fried rice today. (brown rice, carrots, celery, onions, green pepper, scrambled egg, and soy sauce) My sweetheart was surprised he really liked it.See this image largerMy evening snack: a fresh seedless Mandarin orange. Sweet and delicious.See this image largerCheck out the blog I just wrote about a new treatment for depression, from an article in TIME magazine (August 7, 2017). Please leave a comment. Thanks.See this image largerThis pretty black horse lives at our mobile home park now. I enjoy seeing him on my nightly dog walk. See this image largerThis mare was practically "starved" to death. She has new owners now and is being nursed back to health with lots of fresh grass to eat. I enjoy seeing her every evening when I walk my dog.See this image largerMade a delicious quiche this morning for a brunch/birthday for my son's girlfriend. It has bacon, bell peppers, onions, and cheese. It was a big hit.See this image largerRoasted Veggies Seem to be Popular This Evening ! (Red Potatoes, Carrots, and Vidalia Onions with "Larry the Cable Guy" Veggie Seasoning)See this image largerBrunch today: a two egg omelet of red, green, & yellow bell peppers, and onions with a homemade roll. Enjoyed it.(1 comments)See this image largerHappy 11th Anniversary to Me and My Sweetheart ! (I baked the cake myself. Now I have to resist eating it. lol)See this image largerEver tried a PLUOT? They are a crossbreed of 70% plum and 30 % apricot. With only 80 calories, they have 3 grams of fiber, no fat, 225 mg of potassium and 10% Daily Value of Vitamin C. They are sweeter than plums and make a healthy and tasty snack.(1 comments)See this image largerMy Geraniums are still blooming down here in Florida, but we're having our first COOL day in the 60's, which is such a relief to me after 6 months of 90 degree weather. I've been absent from SparkPeople for months and gained 14 pounds which is very upsetting. Decided to get back on track today and lose this weight AGAIN. So today is Day #1. I've done it before. I can do it again !(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerWent shopping this morning and bought all kinds of healthy produce !See this image largerMade Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie) for the first time. It was fun to try something new. I had never used "fillo dough" before. Turned out really delicious.See this image largerA salad for dinner including black olives, walnuts, and Red Wine Vinaigrette dressing.See this image largerMade a Quiche this morning from scratch with no recipe and it turned out delicious. I really enjoy cooking.See this image largerFixin's for soft tacos. Enjoyed dinner tonight.See this image largerThis is me starting over again for the 100th time. I hate my double chin ! Got to "stick with it" this time.See this image largerday 3 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 10/24/2018See this image largerLost 30 Pounds ! WooHoo !(3 comments)See this image largerOne Year Sparkiversary !(2 comments)See this image largerAlcohol-free and Sugar-free(2 comments)See this image largerJohnny - The Love of my Life(1 comments)See this image largerEnd of 2013See this image largerMother's Day 2014(1 comments)See this image largerMy new glasses(1 comments)See this image largerJune 2014(1 comments)See this image largermy backyardSee this image largerremember to drink waterSee this image largerI'm watching you . . . See this image largermy younger sonSee this image largerThis was the sunset last night. We went down into the 30's last night. But we'll be back into the 70's by tomorrow ! Nice to live in FL this time of year !See this image largerMy best birthday gift: my sweetheart, Johnny (with his beautiful blue eyes)(1 comments)See this image largerMy son gave me a WONDERFUL birthday(1 comments)See this image largerI love JesusSee this image largerI love my backyard !(2 comments)See this image largermy husband is a singer/songwriter(1 comments)See this image largerI've lost 27 pounds! WooHoo!(3 comments)See this image largerMe - Valerie(3 comments)See this image largerMe and my two fantastic sons(3 comments)See this image largerJohnny, the love of my life(3 comments)See this image largerMe and my puppy, Jasmine(6 comments)See this image largerLooking out my back door(5 comments)See this image largerMy son, Charles, and his wife Nancy(1 comments)See this image largerMy Mom(1 comments)See this image largerMy son, David(2 comments)

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