Sunday, September 19, 2010
Hey Fellow Sparkies! I hope you are doing better than I.
I wiped out all of my alloted calories with breakfast. And I am not even full.
I do things like this when I am convinced my body is betraying me. I eat at it. Not really a stellar thing to do, but there it is.
My body has been betraying me for a couple weeks now, and I am really p---ed at it.
I can't tell if it is my back or my hip or both. You know how pain radiates? Well, mine is radiating big time, and I am terribly grumpy about it.
I went to the Doc on Friday, and couldn't get in to see my regular guy. Instead, I got their "new man".
I saw him with an attitude of co-operation, and was willing to have a good rapport with him. I think he saw things differently.
I live in a small community where everyone is very open and friendly with everyone else. We care about each other, and it shows in the way we treat each other.
This guy has a long way to go if he is going to fit in here!!
There I am, telling him what is going on with my 66+ year old body, and his eyes glaze over.
I know he is not listening to me when he asks if I have taken any aspirin for my aches and arthritis.
I try to tell him that I have had the same body for a long time now, and know what goes on with it.
He asks me to stand and try to touch my toes. Another sign he is not listening. I tell him if I could bend over and touch my toes without excrutiating pain, I wouldn't be there seeing him.
He decides to see if my legs twitch when he taps them with his little hammer. They don't.
Then he says for me to make a fist of my right hand and see if I can keep him from pulling my arm away from my body. Instead, I pull HIM toward my body, which he obviously doesn't like.
This guy has the "bedside manner" rating of dirty laundry. That charming!
Anyway, he then brings up kidney stones, which I have already told him I do NOT have (proof of his great listening talent), and he asks me to deliver a pee sample.
He says he is "about 100% sure that I have a kidney stone or infection of the bladder". I tell him he is wrong.
So he does the pee check test, comes back and says "There is no sign of infection at all", for which I suppose I should have thanked him. Instead, I said "I told you that in the first five minutes of the appointment".
Any way, he decides I do not need any pictures taken of my hip or back "because all it would show is the metal in your back". Then he writes me a prescription for 600 miligrams of ibuprofen and another for a muscle relaxer.
They do nothing but cause constipation.
He has greatly increased my sense of body betrayal, and I begin to act accordingly to my old patterns. I begin to eat at my body.
DH came home with one of those big tins of Royal Dansk butter cookies, and the can is nearly empty.
He also brought home some Costco Apple Crumb muffins, which he knows I love. They are now gone, too.
Let me tell you about those muffins. I looked up the information AFTER I had eaten one with butter and milk for breakfast, and it is 970 calories PER MUFFIN.
So, with the muffin, butter and milk, I succeeded in wiping out all of my alloted caloric allowance for the day. And it isn't even lunch time yet.
I wonder if they are worth it, and still haven't answered my question about that.
So here I am, putting on tonnage like there is no tomorrow, and not being able to do much of anything that resembles working out.
My Team Leader, Karen, has asked my to co-lead the team Port Angeles and the Surrounding Areas. I was going to say "no", but I don't think I should.
I think it just might be very good for me. I like leading, and I love the team.
Perhaps if I accept her offer, I won't wipe out on muffins or cookies before ten in the morning!
It would no doubt get me back in gear, so I guess I better send her an acceptance letter and start all over with doing the program the RIGHT way!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I love my local Spark Team, Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas. But we have been lagging for a while, so it is time to Spark things up a bit!
Our fearless team leader, Darcey, has been battling the first trimester of pregnancy. Remember all that nausea and exhaustion? She has gone through it big time, along with some other life issues.
Darcey's baby is due toward the end of February, 2011.
TEAM: STEP UP TO THE PLATE!!
I asked Darcey if I could throw a baby shower for her, and her reply is that she will "think about it".
I have, obviously, already "thought about it".
I am having a shower for her, and I want it to be from our Spark Team.
The gala celebration will be held at my house, in Sequim, WA in the spring sometime. As time draws nearer, I will give the date, time and address.
Now here is what I need you guys to do.
1. Send me an email that you are coming. You will be put on my list, so I will need to contact you by snail mail for the invites. Therefore, I will need some personal information about you that you normally do not give out.
2. Or, if you prefer me to contact you via Spark, I will figure a way to do that.
3. EITHER WAY, I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU.
4. Our team has been lagging the last several months, and we need to pull together again. That means PARTICIPATION.
Here, we get the support, encouragement and tips on how to get ourselves into healthy shape.
Here, we get the momentum to keep going.
Here, we form new friendships that can last a lifetime.
Here, we are instigated to explore our beautiful outdoors.
Here, we get ideas about new foods, new interests and community spirit.
Here, we are not alone.
Here, we do not have to spend a boat load of money to belong.
Here, we can vent our frustrations, sorrows, difficulties.
Here, we can blow our own horn, and no one says we are being conceited. In fact, when we do blow our horns, the Team joins in and blows theirs for us too.
Here we learn how to celebrate ourselves.
But there is one little key to all of the above.
WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE!!
So get off your duffs and join in already! You don't have any excuses not to!!
See you on the boards!
Monday, September 13, 2010
My favorite team is Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas, because that is right where I live. We have had a whole lot of laughter, tears and support for one another. Great friendships were made.
Then we started to drift off. Fewer and fewer were posting on the site, and I pretty much withdrew from the team spirit, too.
I didn't give up on getting in workouts, but not as frequently as I was used to. I did other stuff as workouts.........heavy cleaning, some walking, hiking, dancing, etc. But almost none of the stuff on Spark.
I was missing the challenges that we used to have, and it seemed like our team was disintegrating before my eyes.
Amy and I were keeping in good touch, and once in a while we would hear from Darcey and Cat. But for the most part, our fellow teammates were becoming more and more silent.
Not good. Not good at all.
So Amy and I were talking about this, and she came up with a terrific idea for a new team challenge.
CONTACT A MINIMUM OF THREE DIFFERENT TEAM MEMBERS EACH DAY BY EITHER EMAILING THEM, POSTING A MESSAGE TO THEM, OR SENDING A GOODIE TO THEM.
We are going to see if we can contact every member of our team during the month of September.
When you make a contact, just post a smiley face for each one you made on a daily basis. Example, Amy and I each contacted six members, so we posted 6 happy faces on the chat challenge place.
This is too important for us, Team!! We cannot lose the encouragement we get from each other!! We all know what trying this alone can lead to............inertia!!
So get busy, and send a goodie to a few of your wonderful team mates! Let everyone on the team know that we love them.
We could all use it today!!!
Just doing the contacting and setting up a new challenge led me to do the "Fit, Firm & Fired Up" 10 minute workout with Nicole.
It feels GOOD to be part of a wonderful team again!
Friday, September 10, 2010
A lot of you have commented on the watermelon whale, and asked how I do it. Here goes!
As far as stuffing the whale, here's what I do.
First, draw the shape you want the watermelon to be when it is finished with a marker, right on the outside of the melon. Example, I drew the outline of a whale.
Then carefull cut around the outline, so that you can lift off the "top". Scoop out the innards with a watermelon baller..........this is a VERY messy job, so don't mop your floors or wipe down your counters first! You will have to dump out the water occassionally, or you are going to be in a big mess..........even messier!!
I put the watermelon balls into a large wooden salad bowl, because I also want to add cantalope, blueberries and strawberries. So cut them all up, adding it to the salad bowl with the watermelon.
After you have scraped all the excess melon from the whale, mix the fruits gently, and put them back in the whale.
No sugar or seasoning needed. Refrigerate it, covered with Saran Wrap for a couple of hours, and bingo! You are ready to be the hit of the party.
As for the BBQ part............let THEM do that!!! You will be too busy eating that wonderful healthy, low cal fruit!!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Admin. II, Dee Check out the discussion 'Obama Issues EXECUTIVE ORDER amending COURT MARTIAL RULES!'
Tell us your opinion on this and provide us with any additional information you might be able to locate.....because the Annex document isn't posted at the White House site or usual places!
Discussion posted by Admin. II, Dee:
President Obama signed an Executive Order that amends the Manual for Courts-Martial on August 31, 2010. The cover document is on the White...
Obama Issues EXECUTIVE ORDER amending COURT MARTIAL RULES!
Go to Patriotic Resistance to find out more.
Here is yet ANOTHER example of Obama's sneakiness with the American people. Once again, his promise for honesty and openness is gone with the wind, replaced by secrecy and sneakiness.
Please don't sit idly by and do nothing.................stand up for our country!
How do you like his new $50,000,000,000.00 Stimulus idea..whoops......he doesn't want us to use the word "stimulus", or "bail out" or any of the other words he has used in the past either.
Once again, he is pointing the blame to the GOP and George W. Bush and ridiculing any who do not agree with him.
This man is juvenile, immature and petty, to say the least. He won't accept any personal responsibility, and always has someone to blame for his actions.
We here on Spark learn that WE are responsible and accountable for our behaviors, and can't blame others for our messes or weight. We learn that we must take ownership, and then course out a plan of recovery.
I wish Obama would join Spark. Maybe he would learn a thing or two!!
Now on to my title, which is a direct quote from Obama.
No, Sir. We DO NOT TREAT YOU LIKE A DOG. Or a DAWG, either.
We love our dogs, and respect them for the intelligence they have. Our relationship with our dogs is one of mutual comfort, love, nuture and care. We can trust our dogs, as they can trust us. We protect each other, and honor each other's dignity. We bring joy, understanding and well being to each other.
We recognize the need for each other for life's embetterment. We cherish what we have, and are always eager to help each other. When our dogs need medical care, we supply the best there is, and not some watered down version of supposedly Socialist medicine where our dogs would have to wait until someone from government decides what kind of treatement our dog needs, or even if the dog warrants treatment at all.
Our relationship with our dogs (dawgs) is a Spiritual one. We learn from our dogs how to be kind, loving, caring and steadfast. We learn unconditional love from each other.
We are proud of our dogs. We know we can rely upon them, and they upon us.
We listen to our dogs, and respond to their needs. We believe we are responsible for our dog's well being, and act accordingly.
When our dogs have a need, and it will cost us money, we do not ignore that need and traips all over the globe shouting at how burdensome and stupid our dogs are.
We do not invite our enemies to build dog houses on our property, nor do we invite them to our lawns for days of prayer while we ignore our own needs for days of prayer.
We do not betray our dogs, as you have betrayed us with your decietfulness.
That all being said, Sir, you can see that we do NOT treat you like a dog (dawg).
You do not have the capacity for honesty, integrity or trust our dogs have. Your behavior demonstrates that on a consistent basis.
You denegrate us to the world, lie to us as though we are morons, and treat us with disdain.
You never listen to us, or pay heed to our wonderful Constitution. If you have your way, our Constitution will be done away with.
You mock our patriotism, religious ferver and American loyalty, encourage the contempt and hate from other nations who are bent on destroying us and continue to financially support them while we as a country are being crumbled into oblivion by your financial morass.
You give sanction to criminals, entitling them to our citizenship when they have crossed our borders illegally and with the intent to do harm. (Kidnapping and drug sales among those charges.)
You ridicule any American who stands up for our laws, and you attack our liberties.
You make up new rules as you go along, grinding our laws into the dirt as a means of serving you and your agendas. You surround yourself with law breakers and thugs, and encourage separatness within our beloved nation.
You mock those who question your citizenship, yet won't stop the rumors or evidence that perhaps you are not a citizen of this country by showing a birth certificate. (A simple act, which should not be too difficult to do, since the rest of us can all present our birth certificates, or proof thereof, whenever necessary.)
No, Mr. Obama, we do not treat you as a dog (dawg). We do not have enough respect, love or trust for you.
As for you, perhaps you ought to re-consider your behavior of treating America like your own personal fire hydrant.
Oh, and by the way: I can see November from my house!!
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