Thursday, July 21, 2011
I belong to a small team called, QOTD! (Question of the day!) It was started, as I understand, by a great lady in my old stomping grounds, of Washington State! She just wanted to get to know more about her friends and started a team where she starts a new thread everyday asking a simple question. Everyone chimes in and gives the answer. We are long past the favorite color, zodiac signs, eye color, hair color and some likes and dislikes, but we are still having fun. I was my usual crazy self one morning when I started the morning huddle. I put something about coffee being on and breakfast ready and all to join, or some sort of thing and some of the others came in behind me and said they would have coffee, tea, something and it took off. We've become pretty good cyber friends and while I am planning a trip back to WA in 2013, if Jenn is still there, I want to meet her, give her a hug, and thank her for making the team. There are some really great ladies on the team and I'd like to meet them all.
Today, Jenn is a little later than I and a couple others, so we did our huddle with coffee and now we are sitting around the team locker room (which is quite unique in my fairytale mind - knotty pine walls and ceiling, a picnic table with attached benches down the middle and the corner pot-bellied stove holds the huge cast iron frying pan for making everything. A huge spoon hangs beside the stove. The rock fireplace along the wall nearby has the huge coffee pot hanging from a chain to the side of the flames. It's heavy, but if you swing it outwards on the chain, you can tip it so it pours into your cup. Use a pot holder because that pot is Hot!)
So we're kicking around waiting for Jenn, drinking coffee and chattering about past questions, dreaming up new questions and just having fun in general. Great bunch of ladies and I'm wondering, "Why can't we do this on all the teams?"
I guess we could, but a lot of the team locker rooms are going to have to be a lot bigger, designed by someone else. And would it be as inviting as the QOTD team room? Probably not, but then, it doesn't have to be. Well, I'mgoing to sit here a while and continue to wait for Jen. Have a Sparkling day, my friends.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Well the doctor's report has arrived and I am doing well, could be better, but not bad for all my frustration. New instructions on meds and diet. Exercise is grand so he has no comment on that - TG!
So now I eat more and maybe that will help me. Why he didn't listen when I told him what I was doing and what SparkPeople says to do. He wanted me at 30 carbs a meal, or no more than 130 a day. Now he says to balance it. That means I eat more to balance out correctly. Yea! My frustration level should lower a lot now.
Have a sparkling day!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
It has been four years ago that I started my journey with SparkPeople. It was an immediate adventure and one I don’t just enjoy, I love.
I had just been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes 2 and given no other specifics so I was on a quest to find a calorie counter to start a new lifestyle and I was full of apprehensions and fear. Surfing the internet for a calorie counter and all the information on diabetes 2, that I could find, I accidently fell over SparkPeople.
I had some criteria on what I was looking for. First: it had to be FREE! SparkPeople fell into that category. Second: it had to be user friendly and FREE! Again SparkPeople fell into that category. The fact that there was a “support group” attached to it didn’t hurt it either, even though I wasn’t looking for that at the time.
I joined SparkPeople and immediately read the SparkDiet. I learned a few things in my hasty approach to the start line. I could see my goal way off in the distance and I was willing to run as fast as possible to get there as quickly as I could.
At the same time I joined SparkPeople, I had discovered that I could no longer tolerate Pepsi or Coke, with or without caffeine or sugar. It was hurting my stomach something terrible and I stopped cold turkey, spent day’s reeling with migraine headaches but managed to get past them. We changed to water, which I can’t stand, and then found an additive that had no calories or anything else but flavor and color. At the same time, I stopped eating red meat and we switched to ground turkey. I was a chicken lover, but I still loved meat (which included fish, chicken, turkey, and pork) and potatoes. I had to ditch the potatoes! I’m Irish! I still eat one, occasionally, but I am learning that no matter what, they make my blood sugar levels soar so it is becoming easier and easier to stop eating them.
I started my SparkPeople Lifestyle journey when I was at 250 pounds. I had been about 260 pounds before I found SparkPeople. Now I am at 210 pounds. I have lost 40 pounds with SparkPeople and it has taken me 4 years. I have been working on the last 10 pounds that will put me under 200, which is my intermediate goal because at that point, my doctor has advised I can get off the meds that cost us more than we can afford and not worry about Diabetes 2. I will continue to my goal, but when I get to 180, my doctor and I will revisit the issue and make a determination on my goal and maintenance, which will always include exercise and healthy eating.
One thing I can claim is that I lost 40 pounds and I did it with SparkPeople. I have also learned more than I can remember (a senior joke) and the neat thing is that I can go back and find it on SP. It’s there all waiting for my digging and reading and enjoying. My husband has lost nearly 40 pounds, too, and we do a lot of things together and because we are losing the extra weight we never needed in the first place we will continue many more years of doing together.
The “support groups” are fantastic. They are the SparkTeams and I love my SparkFriends, which I have to credit for getting me where I am. I quit SP once when I fell and could not do any exercise for almost 6 months, then I finally came back because I missed my friends. I opened my page to “public” and started getting SparkGoodies and comments on my page that encouraged me to keep going, no matter what.
I have to say, I love SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends. You are the reason I am losing weight and why I will finally release the 10 pounds I have left to go to beat a disease that is not controllable as far as I am concerned. I cannot begin to tell you what SparkPeople means to me. I’ve tried so many times. Now you know what an author feels like when they can’t put something into words. Thanks SparkGuy for SparkPeople and thanks SparkFriends for all your support. I’m now a SparkMotivator and I can only say, Thanks and I just love SparkPeople and maybe, just maybe, I figured out how to put it in words.
I want Chris Downey to get the Pulitzer Peace Prize - We all know how positive and wonderful SparkPeople is and it's worldwide making so much of a difference in the lives of people all over the world!
I wish all of you Sparkling success in reaching all your dreams and goals, health, wealth, and happiness.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
You know how, when you are a kid, your mother does certain things that drive you up the wall? Now I find myself doing something and it dawns on me that my mother used to do that and how irritated I would become.
My mom had this thing about the kitchen. She was a grand cook, but she was the sloppiest cook West of the Mississippi, well at least the south side of the Green River (as in killer). She would leave every cupboard door open (she was never through with the cupboard even hours later), every drawer was left sticking out at various degrees, which gave it a haunted look. Occasionally, a towel would be draped over one as though thrown there in haste. But her floors and counters were the cleanest in the world. She was always smashing her head into the overhead cupboard doors she left hanging open. You would think 3 stitches in the top of her head, the pain and suffering it apparently gave her, and a definite nasty bruise would have caused her to reconsider her inability to understand that hinges swung both ways. As a kid, I always considered it the way she was brought up. Grandmama didn't have cupboard doors. Just open cupboards so she could drag out and put back without the doors getting in the way. I always thought that was weird until my dad told me that she'd had them removed years before I was born. She left them open, too, apparently, but had learned her lesson and had them removed. Nobody was going to make her shut those cupboard doors!
So today, I'm in the kitchen. No, the cupboard doors were all closed, I'm a fanatic about that, and the drawers were all closed, but I was wiping the counter for the umpteenth time and it reminded me that my mom used to wipe her countertops every time she went by. The kitchen in her house was smack in the middle and you passed through the kitchen often. I remember there was never a drop of water, or piece of goo anywhere on her counters, but she'd be mopping those counters all the time.
Was I mopping the counter, yes! There were little puddles of water running across them, but that wasn't the point. The point is that I felt like I was channeling my mother, again, and I wondered, "Is that Okay?"
My mother was a sweetheart to everyone but me. That is not an exaggeration. She was a self-admitted meany-at-heart and she would take it out on me because her oldest sister lived in CA while we lived in WA. Since she was so far away from her oldest sister, she took her meaniness out on me. I never understood it. I didn't hate my mom, now gone since 1999. I, somehow loved her and to this day wonder why as I don't take that kind of crap from people, but I guess it was the way I was brought up. I still love her. I can stand here and point out the failing point of my mother, after alI we all have failures, but I can look back and not be upset, angry, or resentful. It was part of life and I pray I didn't inherit that part of her. I dislike meanspirited people and manage to find ways to avoid them.
I keep telling my DH, "If I do that - just shoot me as I'd rather be dead than be that way!"
So is it okay to channel my mother. Maybe in small, insignificant, harmless ways. I hope so, otherwise I have a lot of work to do.
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