Friday, May 11, 2012
I just realized this am that I haven't been thinking much about cake. It's actually been a few weeks. Except I saw a pound cake in the store the other day and I picked it up and looked at it, read the calorie count, and said to myself "do I want to wear this?", and then put it back. I am very proud of myself since cake used to be my favorite food! LOL It is funny that I don't even really crave the thing I used to want the most. Oh, the calories I have consumed eating cake! If I could take all those calories back, but alas that is not possible. At last I am finding some comfort in veggies. My sweet treat these days is a serving of skinny cow icecream. Even two servings of that doesn't equal one piece of cake. I usually drink my herbal tea with the agave nectar after meals. The sweetness of the nectar usually minimizes the cravings for other, not so healthy, things.
Well, that was my thought for the day. Anyone else care to share their thoughts on the matter of cravings. Past or present? I'd love to hear about it.
Thanks for everyone who shared their fav tea flavors with me. I think I'd like to try some of them. Esp the peppermint. Love to all, have a great day everyone! Love Joyce
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Yes, I am finding out that eating your veggies is a very good thing. I have been adding a healthy portion of cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, carrots etc to my meals. I feel full longer and seem to be able to control my cravings better. And I am feeling better too.
I never cared for veggies too much, but since I have started including them in all my meals, I seem to want them there. Especially the cucumber, it is a refreshing treat to have a bite now and then while eating dinner. Even if I don't have salad or dressing, I like the cucumbers all by itself. This am I found that a touch of banana pepper juice tasted very good on them too if you want a little kick. LOL
I also enjoy a cup of herbal tea with agave nectar after meals and it helps with my digestion and I think the nectar has greatly improved my inflamation issues. My pain has been significantly decreased the last couple of weeks. I still have some issue with swelling but I think that comes with sitting too long. (At the hospital and in the car for the last few days) Today the swelling is noticably down.
I have been tryiing different flavors of tea. I like the blueberry, but I still think orange spice is my fav. I like the cherry pretty good too. Any suggestions on what flavors to try? What are your favorites? I would like to know what my friends like in the herbal tea arena. :)
Well, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I think I am gonna relax and play games for awhile on facebook ha ha ha. I have been neglecting my flower shop. LOL I have meeting tonight and my studies are all done. Time for play :)
Love to all.....Joyce
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I got a very late start today. I was awake til 4 am so I didn't really get out of bed til 11 am. I read my e-mails, worked out, did the dishes, then made breakfast. All said and done, I didn't eat breakfast til after 1pm....Oh well...every day is different for me. I do like it better when I sleep at night though and get up early. It doesn't always happen for me though.
My mom looked a little better yesterday. We can't go down there today though. My hubby has to work the rest of the week. After my blog I am gonna try and call though. The tests results were not conclusive (complicated issue). The doctors are trying to get her oxygen levels up before they let her go home though. I don't know for sure when that is going to be yet. An occupational therapist was supposed to see her, but as of yesterday, that still had not happened.
I appreciate all the loving concern in the blogs from my friends. You are all a blessing to me. It is nice to remember that we are never alone in facing the challenges of this system of things. And that there are people who really do care about each other in the most wonderful way.
I went over my calories yesterday. Its hard to keep track when you are running around all day. But I didn't do too bad, and I have been working out more every day than I count in my logs. I usually try to count 10 minutes less than I am actually doing. That way I have a small amout of flexibility in the calorie count too. I know I wasn't supposed to look yet (I weigh in on the 1st of every month) but the scale was down over 3 pounds from my weigh in on the first of May. It was good to see it go down again, instead of up. I feel mellow today and just taking things slow. I don't feel bad at all though and that is good!
Sending much love to all the friends. Have a happy day! Love Joyce
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Well, I am getting ready to do my workout, eat, shower, and then head back to Columbus to visit my mom. They are supposed to be getting some test results back today. I wish I trusted doctors more, but the one that visited my mom yesterday did not seem to have any compassion. She was a young, tiny little thing. Cute as a button, but immediately started harassing my mom for her weight. The doctors have her on all kinds of medicines that cause weight gain too, but she was just saying unkind things about her weight and what is she doing to change it. I did not say anything, but I was not happy. I just kept watching her and thinking how much I dislike doctors.
At least the occupational therapist that came in next was very kind and understanding. She is going to try and show my mom some things she can do, sitting in her chair. I have been talking about sparkpeople to my mom, maybe she will let me show her some stuff on here the next time I visit her at home. It is hard for her to even sit at the computer.
I have been talking to her about just setting small achieveable goals. Just 5 or 10 minutes a day. I have been encouraging her to stop drinking diet sodas and stuff. I try not to be demanding in any way or go overboard with my suggestions. Just little things that I believe she could do. A lot of small changes over time (one at a time) can lead up to a big change. I also mention that any progress would take time. That is why so many give up, but immediate results are not always possible. Its the small, permanent ones that will make the difference in the long run. What good is it to lose 50 pounds and gain back 60 because of setting unreasonable goals that could not be kept? Its better to lose 5 and keep it off, lose 5 more and keep it off, etc...
Well, I really have to get hopping so I am gonna bid you all farewelll for now. I will update when I know something. Much love to all.. I will try and check all your blogs in the near future. Thanks for the kind thoughts and words, I really appreciate the concern from my sparkfriends. Joyce
Monday, May 07, 2012
Well, my mom is in the hospital. They are doing some test. She has congestive heart failure, enlarged heart and fluid around the heart, and she was sick and got bronchitis. She has been in there since Saturday night. I found out Sunday, so we have been going back and forth to Columbus, Indiana, from Indianapolis to visit her.
She seemed better today than yesterday, but still not good. At least she was laughing and telling jokes and stuff. I know she didn't want us to leave but she needed to get some rest and we had over an hour drive home to make and still have dinner and rest up for tomorrow. We plan on going back tomorrow, but I think Paul will have to work the rest of the week after that. He can't use up all his vacation time so soon, it just kicked in on May 2nd and he is already scheduled off next week for our Anniversary.
Well, that's all for today, except I have made sure to log (most) of my food and I have been doing my workout before we leave in the mornings. It makes for a tiring day and my feet dont like me right now (swollen) LOL.
I hope everyone is having a good day. I will log again when I find a minute. Love to all ...Joyce
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