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Bobbing Along

Monday, October 07, 2013



The past few weeks I have been just bobbing along. I am managing to stay afloat at work, but I am not being propelled forward. I am at rest. I am not eating particularly well; I am not exercising at all; and I have let my blood sugar get out of control again. I start out the day with the best intentions, but by 4:00, poof, all that intent is gone. The worst thing is that it isn't bothering me that much. I wish it did.

I have to find a way to the current and not bob along in the shallows, staying in one spot or even going backward.

  
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SPARKLISE 10/14/2013 7:42AM

    Don't give up! Keep going on spark and one day your " spark" will come back!
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CATANTIGO 10/11/2013 7:08AM

    I find so often that your blogs seem to be about me. I, too, feel like I'm just bobbing along. How do we change this? The comments seem easy, but it's much more than it appears. I think we need to start with something small, and accomplish that. Let's try to find our way back again, my sparksister.

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WASCALLYWONE 10/8/2013 7:44PM

    Linda, you know that keeping your blood sugar numbers in line is more important than losing weight to look good and you know that you are worth the effort! You don't want them to get worse, or get bad consequences from that situation, do you? PLEASE get ahold of yourself and get back to the plan! Your Sparksisters are here to help...thanks for writing this blog. emoticon Send me a private SPmail if you want to chat further.

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JANET552 10/8/2013 12:11PM

    I've certainly been in the same stream as you are right now. You know what works for you and you start each day ready to do it. I usually poop out earlier in the day than you but I give in just like you do. I find it helpful to change my actions at the time I tend to give up. Instead of choosing to eat, I choose to accomplish a task or go outside or something. If I'm bent on eating, I make sure it is something I haven't been reaching for. Just something to shake myself out of the doldrums. I hope you find what makes you shake yourself out. You deserve to treat yourself well!

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DDHEART 10/8/2013 11:02AM

    Though I'm sorry to hear you are "phoning it in" these days I know you will get into the mainstream current again soon. Why? Because you posted this blog. It's a step in the right direction when we organize our thoughts and reach out. Let's face it, for whatever reason, we all go through this at times. The doldrums are just that...a place where there is no current to carry us along and it's easy to get more and more stuck in place...but when that happens, we have each other to boost us along. The picture is adorable...make like the pied piper and lead those duckies into the mainstream! You can do it.

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NGCHILD 10/8/2013 9:09AM

    Sorry to hear this. FIND YOUR GROOVE! You can do it!!

HUGS!

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SHOURESSOOTE 10/7/2013 8:57PM

  I feel you. Whenever everything else in my life piles up and gets stressful, taking care of me seems to take a backseat, and I'm so indifferent about it! I hope you can find your stride again, because you are so worth it. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 10/7/2013 8:56PM

  Just keep moving and take care of your blood sugar levels. Good Luck

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JAMBABY0 10/7/2013 8:55PM

    you can do it, remember YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

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August Goals

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I don't usually make monthly goals, but August feels like a month that needs some. I am going to take part in the SP Consistently Challenge and tweak some habits that I have.

1) Take at least 5 minutes, preferably 15, for Linda Time. No interruptions, no phone, no computer. Take time to focus on the positive things in my life.

2) To ride my recumbent bike at least once a week. I enjoy doing it and I have gotten away from it.

3) To keep my eating in my calorie range at least 25 out of the 31 days (80% of the time--80/20 rule)

  
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SPARKLISE 8/5/2013 3:35PM

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SPARKCHANTAL 8/5/2013 3:04AM

    i'll join you, except i'll replace the bike with walking. used to do a lot more, and I feel the difference.

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DDHEART 8/2/2013 9:31AM

    I love it! Especially #3 because you gave yourself permission to be human while not providing an excuse to chuck it if you have a day that adds up too high. Very smart.

I believe August will be a great month!

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CATANTIGO 8/2/2013 6:36AM

    Wonderful goals. I know you can do it.

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JANET552 8/1/2013 7:18AM

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NGCHILD 7/31/2013 10:26PM

    Attainable and sensible goals. You can do it!!

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ARNETTELEE 7/31/2013 9:39PM

  Great goals!

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Book Review--"Big Girl Panties" by Stephanie Evanovich-- May contain spoilers

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A fun book by the niece of Janet Evanovich of Stephanie Plum Fame.

A fun, funny romance that has a heroine many of us can identify with. Holly is a young widow who has turned to food to cope. Sound familiar anyone? She gets on a plane and much to her chagrin she is wedged into a too-small plane seat next to a gorgeous guy. The gorgeous guy is not perfect. He makes it perfectly clear that he despises overweight people and being crammed into an airplane seat next to one is his own private hell. We soon find out that gorgeous guy is none other than Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to professional athletes.

After talking for awhile, Logan finds Holly interesting and witty. He offers to take her on as a client, although he has been turning away professional athletes left and right. When Holly begins working out the sparks begin to fly!

I thought this was a great book because Holly sounds like many of the people on SP, including me. She gets started on exercise and hates it, like me. Her inevitable transformation is realistic and hard-won. This funny book will keep you laughing and cheering for Holly and for anyone who is on a weight loss journey.

  
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NGCHILD 7/31/2013 2:55PM

    I love Janet's books. Will have to check out this one. Do you belong to paperbackswap? I know you are a librarian and all but still thought I would ask. I haven't been out of the house to get a book in 5 years. Besides kindle. LOL

Thanks for the recommendation!!

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DDHEART 7/26/2013 9:51AM

    I had seen this book but like Janet, I thought it was not likely to be my choice...Now, I think maybe I should take another look. Thanks for sharing!

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JANET552 7/26/2013 8:42AM

    Although I do not read romance, this book does sound interesting. I'll add it to my books-to-read-before-I-die list. I'm pretty sure I have to live forever at this point.

Thanks for sharing!!

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CATANTIGO 7/26/2013 7:26AM

    I'll have to see if I can get that book on my Kindle. It sounds good. Thanks!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/25/2013 8:27PM

    Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the info.

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Frustration at the Food Tracker

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yesterday I had a fabulous eating day. I even went out for lunch and stayed within my calorie range (without preparing ahead of time). I felt great and was really proud of myself. Then, my diabetes decided to play games with me. In the evening, after dinner, I kept feeling "off". I can't describe it, but my body didn't feel right. I went to check my BG-blood glucose and found that it was 95. This is a great reading, but it was less than an hour after eating so I thought it was a little on the low side, but I wasn't going to worry about it. Sometimes I get that "off" feeling if my BG is just moving quickly up or down so I chalked it up to that.

Another half hour passes and I still feel icky, so I check again and I an down to 81. I have learned from experience that hen I get in the 78 range, I don't feel capable of driving so I knew I was heading low. I had a great snack of cheese and crackers: carbs, plus protein and fat. I was still within my calorie range, but heading for the top. After 30 minutes my BG registered 80. It should have gone UP with the snack. Feeling more concerned, I had some peanuts: protein plus fat with some dried fruit for carbs. Just over my calorie range, but not by much. After another 30 minutes I checked and had only raised my BG to 84. I thought, well I have to get out the big guns and had a half cup (probably too many) chocolate chips. Now I have blown through my calorie range in all categories and what I thought was a great day, turned into a disappointing one. So here I am sitting in my living room, snarfing chocolate chips like they were water with one hand and testing my BG in the other and watching my calorie intake for the day shoot through the roof. Not a good way to end the day.

After about 2 hours all that extra food caught up with me and my sugar went up enough that I knew I wouldn't go low.

So after all my good work eating in range and being happy, I ended the day disappointed I knew there was a possibility all along that I would have to choose food over calories, but it hadn't happened until now. I know that this one night will average out and I will still have a pretty good week, but I don't like having to make that choice.

  
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CATANTIGO 7/12/2013 7:01AM

    I'm sorry you had to deal with such a frustrating situation, but you did the right thing. Kudos for being so 'in tune' with your body. Now today is a brand new day. Have a great one!!

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GINIEMIE 7/11/2013 5:26PM

    I know that my sister's sugar would fluctuate dramatically if she eats sweet potatoes. My husband, who was part Italian had to watch is pasta intake-that was back when whole wheat pasta just came out and it tasted like cardboard.
What did you eat differently? What foods keep you balanced. Journal what you are doing so you can try to figure out when this happens what caused it.
Like you said it'll balance out, but learning what sets it off would be a great tool for you.
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JANET552 7/11/2013 9:52AM

    My husband has been a diabetic for 39 years (he's a type 1) and handling blood sugar highs and lows can still be challenging. The BS changes can seem random at times. Yesterday's over and you can move on. Good luck!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/11/2013 9:18AM

    You made the right choice. Stop beating yourself up. You can just move forward! emoticon

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DDHEART 7/11/2013 9:08AM

    Hard to face a choice like this because we get fixated on our efforts to stay in calorie range....BUT...you're smart enough to know that you had to take care of the BG reading/your body's signals and you did....now you need to buck up and remember to be smart enough to put the calorie intake into proper perspective. As you said, the days average out so one day does not make or break and I think a person needs to give a little thought to what caused the drop in your sugar in the first place...something different about your activity or something else going on?

Deep breath friend....it's another day and you will take this day as it comes and you WILL do it well over the long run!

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NGCHILD 7/10/2013 8:02PM

    Sorry to hear this Linda. What a scary situation! Glad you are ok. Your blood sugar and getting your levels adjusted is what is most important. You ARE making progress! Keep up the good work.

Like your orange says, Carry on!!

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SHARONCAPPS 7/10/2013 7:40PM

  I don't know much about diabetes but wonder if there are certain foods that you need to eat and I know that carbs can be bad but hope that you will feel better and tomorrow will be a better day.

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Pretty Woman Part 2

Saturday, July 06, 2013

I promised pictures of my "Pretty Woman" dress so here they are. My hair is a little funky, but it is what it is. The woman in pink is my sister.




  
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SPARKLISE 7/10/2013 1:51PM

    Love the dresses! emoticon

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NGCHILD 7/9/2013 7:16PM

    Linda -- I LOVE the dress!! You were rockin' it too! You and your sister look very much alike. Love your necklace too.

You will have to wear it again soon!

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GINIEMIE 7/7/2013 6:03PM

    You and your sister have beautiful smiles and your hair looks absolutely healthy and shimmery. The dress looks good on you, I don't wear brown either and I don't buy too many sleeveless tops or dresses, but I love the lady like feeling I get when I wear a pretty dress, one whose cut fits my figure.
You look glowing, and I hope you pin this picture on your mirror with the statement "Pretty Woman" or even "I believe I am a pretty woman!"
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MARYBETH4884 7/7/2013 10:53AM

    you look Great! It is always nice to have something that makes us feel pretty! emoticon

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JANET552 7/7/2013 10:37AM

    The dress does look like the one in the movie. What a beautiful dress and you look fantastic in it!!

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DDHEART 7/7/2013 10:29AM

    It is so much like the one in the movie! I love the way it drapes so soft and ladylike.

Aren't you glad you let the sales girl talk you into trying on the dress?!

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CATANTIGO 7/7/2013 8:00AM

    Beautiful! I love your dress, and you have the big smile going on too! (maybe Richard Gere is hiding in the crowd)

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