Happy Thanksgiving to all my Spark friends active, & not so active. This is my first blog in many months, but I have not forgotten all the friends I have here on Spark people who are a daily encouragement...even if I do seem off & doing other things.
Today I was lazy and decided instead of bringing the saddles back out to the barn and bringing the 6 ft. tree down from the attic I would just decorate the saddle tree. How do you think it looks? Silly or sweet?
I took myself off both my High blood pressure medication & my Diabetes medication after I read that the BP meds cause high sugar! Left my doctor...he has misdiagnosed me several times, once telling me I had Rhumatoid Arthritis when it was heel spurs (plantar fasitis). Now I find my meds are working against each other!
I have been to accupuncture a total of 8 times. No weight has been lost, but I feel great.
So it has been a full week without meds and I am monitoring my sugar & BP numbers and they are better now than they were when I was on the meds. I'll continue to monitor. For now I am sticking with the acupuncture.
No that's not me.
I turned 55 on Friday and really wanted to go to Manhattan for dinner and a Broadway show, but the "dinero" is tight.
I wanted to do something memorable for my "double nickels" so I decided to go to the pool and instead of swimming my usual mile (44 laps) I would swim 55 or 1.25 miles.
Since a lap is two lengths of the pool and I swim a lap a minute, it took me 55 minutes.
I felt great when I got out of the pool and even wrote it down on the pool's dry erase board (with the lifeguard's permission of course).
I guess this would fall into the category of what I call "Bragger's posts" that I often read on FaceBook, you know, the ones that are put out there to tell the world: I AM GREAT AND MY LIFE IS WONDERFUL.
But here on Spark People we have no such thing. Here we revel in each other's success & we cheer each other on when a goal is reached, no matter how small. This is just one of the reason's
Thanks for the encouragement and celebrating my 55th with me Spark friends.
This is the year of the horse. It is also the year of Francesca! I am determined to do this once and for all. These past four years I have managed to go from 260 to 215.
And then... back up to 225 in the last month! My poor old Zeus does not deserve to carry me and a 50 pound saddle (even if our trail rides only last 20-30 minutes) He does NOT need to carry this extra weight any more than I do & if I am blessed enough to still have him this spring, I vow to be a lot lighter!
For Zeus & for Me.
Today was great. The pipes froze but I stuck to my exercise & meal plan.
2014 The Year of the Horse & Me!
Maybe I'll even make it on Meg's saddle this year.
I have not been blogging much this year. No big changes to report or brag about. 2013 has been pretty quiet and just been spent trying to get used to the loss of our first sweet little mare Onyx and beloved Spaniel, Timothy late in 2012.
Our new mare Meg is doing well as is our new rescued terrier, Winston. Like someone told me after we lost Timothy; the only thing he had to leave behind was a good, loving home for another unfortunate who needed one. So this year we have all become very close and though our broken hearts still miss Timothy & Onyx...Winston & Meg have filled our home with love & joy.
Papi has lost his job due to cutbacks. Our only grandchild will be moving many, many miles away once a home is sold. But there is still so much to be thankful for and optimistic about for 2014. I have decided to begin acupuncture this week and try harder than ever to lose this weight and get healthier. Like many others, I believe 2014 will be much better than 2013. Francesca