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Today was a Great day for me!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Thunder Storm is gone and I went to the pool this morning, got in 70 minutes of jogging in the pool, then came home and got busy on house work including helping to clean the patio, which meant moving and cleaning furniure.

I burned a total of 1158 calories and ate 1138 calories. So that ratio was great.
I was withing all my limits and under in some I was aiming at. I stayed under my low carb level and did great on my worst enemy, portion control. I can do this! emoticon

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KERRYG155 8/20/2012 9:19PM

    sounds like a great Dr visit!

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FLORIDAGHOST 8/20/2012 5:23PM

    Today was Doctor day for me. I didn't officially weigh less, but I had on heavy combat boots and sox as he looks for them. I'm not taking all that off to weigh in. I know I am officially down two pounds from the last time I was there because he told me I didn't lose anything from last time. I didn't wear combat boots last time and he got a little upset because I was wearing something akin to Barbie shoes - no sox.

Good Grief! What else. Oh yes! Now instead of 1.5 miles a day x 7 a week, we (the DH and I) have to do 3 miles a day. Doesn't care how we do it, just do it! Other than that, okay!

Thanks for your comments. I appreciate the pep talks! Need them too! Have SparklingDays!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2012 11:07AM

    Good job on the exercise.

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A Thunder Storm is Hogging the Pool!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I usually go to the pool every morning. Since it's that time of year where the T-Storms come in the afternoon, I've been going at 7am to ensure I get my tine in the pool. However, today, it was storming early so I rescheduled my pool time for later. Unfortunately, the T-storm hasn't left and has invited guests to hog the pool all day long.

Not to be defeated by a stubborn T-Storm, I went to the exercise room in place of the dangerously crowded pool. There was a line outside the door. They were taking numbers and watching clocks! Apparetnly everyone decided today was a good day to do the exercise room instead of their usual outdoor exercise! Rats!

Since this T-Storm and his buddies have refused to leave yet (it's now nearly 3) I will declare this an official Day Off! and go enjoy the afternoon pool party that is now being held inside due to the dangerously crowded pool by T-Storm and friends, of which I am not one!

I hope T-Storm and friends move on sometime tonight so everyone here can get back to their regularly scheduled programs.

I might as well get used to it. It is that season anyway!

Have a SparklingDay, All! emoticon

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    I love rain but hate to have my schedule disrupted and I hate to be cooped up.

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KERRYG155 8/18/2012 7:53PM

    I wondered where today's rain was! We had a few clouds earlier but it's mostly been a sunny day. Hope you get some pool time tomorrow.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 8/18/2012 7:25PM

    Darn storms!

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July Goals!

Monday, July 09, 2012

I hate making monthly goals. I don't think they change, but just keep going. But this month is my Sparkversary month and I am trying to keep track of more than one thing so it's write it down in order to keep better track.

I always want to start with 1. Keep it perfect!
Sure. Who doesn't want that, but it's not going to happen. I'm not perfect. In fact I'm so far from perfect I shouldn't know that word.

However, I can do this:
1. Learn how to use the food tracker everyday. (that's probably going to be hardest!)
2. lose 5 pounds this month!
3. Continue my exercises on a daily basis.
4. Continue my strength training 3 times a week.
5. Learn how to drink WHITE tea and find BLACK rice.
6. Stretch for my ultimate goal by reaching the smaller goals.

Well - that looks a lot more like something I can do so I'm not feeling like a failure before I start. Now, to print this out and start working on it.

Have a great one everybody!

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CINDYMM4 8/13/2012 6:58AM

    I have realized I do better with short term goals.....the big ones apparently become to overwhelming and I give up. My goal for August to to cut out bread and pasta.......my thyroid issues along with being a borderline diabetic have made me realize I just can't seem to eat these things. So far so good, it's amazing, after the first week, I don't even miss it. LOL YAY. White tea....hmmm, maybe I should try that.

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    I scaled mine back as well and am trying to make and be satisfied with small changes and goals.

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    Great goals!

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CRAZYWOMAN10 7/9/2012 5:55PM

    mini goals are the best...

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KERRYG155 7/9/2012 3:34PM

    I like white tea. Green tea took some getting used to so I use the flavored ones.

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My Incredible Journey On SparkPeople!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Or Why I Will Never Ever Give Up!

I love writing stories. It's actually my job. I'm a published author so I write stories for a living. But I'm living proof that never giving up is the greastest thing you can do when trying to make healthy changes in your life.

Almost 5 years ago, I joined SparkPeople. I had just been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes 2 and was looking for a calorie counter. I literally tripped over SparkPeople.com and back then, it was nothing like it is now. But it was still a great place to come and learn healthier ways and I started following the "plan" without feeling like was on a plan. I couldn't afford to just throw away stuff because it was processed food so my DH and I ate our way, conservatively through our inventory of things that were not considered healthy and replaced them, slowly with things that were healthy, like plenty of fruits and veggies.

Living in Florida might make this a little easier for me than for some of you, because we have so many fresh fruits and veggies all year long, like tomatoes all year long, and other fruits and veggies. At any rate, I think we know where every farm you can pick your own fruit or veggie and every farmer's market there is in a 20 mile circumferance around our home is. Sometimes, the only thing we buy is fruits and veggies. We took a $100.00/week grocery bill to $40.00. We've learned to minimize most things we use and we've learned how to cut waste. But that's a different story.

The main story is that I've learned to Never Ever Give Up! Learning how to live a healthier life is not an overnight thing, it's not even a two week thing. It takes a couple of years to make it all the way through all those articles on the Nutrition Articles List. My original intent for reading them was to see what was in there and I might as well get some points for my work, too. But you learn things and sometimes you don't even realize you just learned something that is going to push you into something else to learn.

I lost 45 pounds with what I learned on SP and what I changed in my life and my doctor was surprised and happy about it. I have been stuck here for 18 months, nearly, but my blood sugar level has dropped to near normal, I've learned to stop eating potatoes everyday, hard for an Irish girl, and I've also learned to cut the fat and sodium and stay away from bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta and nevermind that its brown rice, whole wheat or whole grain pasta and bread. I gain weight and my blood sugar levels skyrocket when I eat them. True, I have a piece of bread as toast, or in a sandwich occasionally, but that's the magic word for me, OCCASIONALLY.

So while I'm not appearing to lose weight, which I am still working on, I have learned that you can reach goals without realizing it or going through the back door. I actually don't care what door I go through as long as I reach goals, set goals or not. My biggest goal is to reach goal weight, another 40-45 pounds down the road, but living healthy is my actual goal. Doing that gets me to the other goals, like losing another 40-45 pounds. I'm also learning to make intermediate goals, like learning how to exercise everyday to beat the pre-diabetes 2 and cholesterol. Having my blood sugar levels down to near proper levels has proven to me that this is the right journey for me and I wouldn't be here without SparkPeople.

My doctor has recently taken me of the double-hit med for diabetes 2 and put me on a single-hit med, which costs me a ton of money less than the double-hit med. But it also confirmed that I was doing the right thing. Another weird milestone is that when I do my exercise, which is what I call pool jogging early in the morning, when the weather permits, which is most days in Florida, and then come back and take the med, I get lightheaded because my blood sugar level is already down where it belongs and the med is no longer really needed, but it's a crutch that I'm afraid to let go of. Eventually, I'll test the theory and talk to the doctor to see if I can really drop the meds.

Then, I will have reached another milestone, a healthy senior citizen (64) and not taking meds for anything. I don't have sinus headaches any more, and I've learned how to use exercise as a near cure-all. If a headache even things about coming to my head, I start doing exercise. It goes away. Now if I could just change my internatl clock to let me sleep at night instead of the day, I'd be SuperWoman!


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TAMMYTH64 6/16/2012 8:57AM

    Excellent work! Way to go on your healthier lifestyle or what I like to say "keep on keepin'on"! Big hugs!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/12/2012 10:29PM

    Loved the blog. It was really interesting to learn about your spark journey.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/3/2012 6:16PM

    Can't like this blog enough!! That's WONDERFUL! Congratulations on your progress and your fabulous attitude and all your success! Way to go!

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WETPTARMIGAN 6/3/2012 11:58AM

    Well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYWITKOSKI 6/3/2012 11:19AM

    You are doing great! You have made big lifestyle changes that have made you much healthier. Way to go! Keep on Sparkin....

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CRAZYWOMAN10 6/3/2012 7:59AM

    You have made wonderful progress...and will continue. Thanks for sharing...I never thought about the fact that we are achieving other goals other than weight loss on the way...its an eye opener :)....and you are right...we should never give up.

Congrats on your progress!

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Who would have thought Silcon Dioxide is good to eat?!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Okay, I will stop flaming out over SILICON DIOXIDE in my food. I first "discovered" SILICON DIOXIDE in my chili powder. Thanks to Chef Meg's recipe for Taco Seasoning Mix, which I rate as a 5 star recipe, and can be found on SparkRecipes.com, a SparkPeople member wrote a comment that if you are going totally salt free, read the chili powder label as commercial chili powder has salt added (Not a direct quote, only my memory of what she wrote). So I grabbed my chili powder and read the label. "CHILI PEPPER, SPICES, SALT, SILCON DIOXIDE, GARLIC." Why does my chili powder need salt and garlic? Okay, I am reducing my salt intake, I don't believe anyone should go totally salt free as we need salt, however, I'm not a doctor so if your doctor has advised you to go salt free, maybe you produce your own salt so you don't need to eat salt in any way, shape, or form. I have a girlfriend who's mother produces enough cholesterol naturally that she has a hard time eliminating it fast enough and she has to run for hours, literally, every day in order to keep it at some acceptable level.

Anyway, while looking at the chili powder label, I noticed SILICON DIOXIDE. Sounded like plastic and I wondered what the heck it was and why is someone adding plastic to my diet? I didn't taste it, but why add it to chili powder? So I Googled SILICON DIOXIDE. The link above will lead you to Buzzle.com and there is a good explanation of what SILICON DIOXIDE, also known as SILICA does for the body, adding a mineral to our bones to aid in fending off osteoarthritis and arthritis and also fending off aluminum, which apparently promotes Alzheimer's.

I'm okay with SILICON DIOXIDE now, so I won't be giving it another thought, but I thought I might save someone else from flaming out over it in their food.

On the other hand it reminded me about how much I have learned on, or because of SparkPeople.com. The information you find on SP is fantastic and if you don't find it in an article, someone is going to tell you something and you'll do something like I did, go word search it and find out what it is. Next time, I may not be deflamed, I might be inflamed, but at least I found out what it is and I can react accordingly.

It also reminded me that my health class I took in high school was a joke as far as health is concerned. I learned how to put on bandages, and how to treat shock. Two important things, but basically that was my health class. After reading most, if not all the articles at least once on SparkPeople, I can tell you I've learned more on my own volition than I ever learned in my high school health class! Maybe I'll sue due to their lack of educational value.

It's amazing what SparkPeople.com can do for us. I don't have time to sue my former school district. I'm too busy learning healthy ways and making myself healthier and I thank God everyday for Chris Downey and his brain child - SparkPeople.com. Thanks Chris. I know for a fact you can leave SparkPeople.com, but you can't get SparkPeople.com out of your system. I tried for a few months and I came back and I am now the healthiest I have ever been in my life and we're talking a long life at 64 years old.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/12/2012 10:31PM

    I love sparkpeople too. It has really helped me.

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KERRYG155 5/30/2012 7:42PM

    Thank you for the information. emoticon

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MAMAOFTWINS 5/30/2012 1:32PM

    Thanks so much for sharing. This is good info to know :)

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MIRAGE727 5/30/2012 8:16AM

    So, we make our own chile powder!
Have fun with it! Google "make your own chile powder!" You'll find several options. The cool thing is that most grocery stores have so many different varieties of chiles, you can combine your own! It's fun and you can call it "FLORIDAGHOST'S HOT DUST!" When you start to sell it, I'll only ask for 5% profit!
Can ya tell I'm havin' fun in the kitchen?

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AZMOMXTWO 5/30/2012 7:47AM

  I need to read lables more closley I never knew that thanks for sharing

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