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just an overall pretty decent day despite one or two small complaints

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First, I am just going to say this, and this is just my own opinion, I do not care at all for the new format on SP.
I constantly have trouble finding my friend feed and I dont like these changes, I never liked the new start page.
It is getting as bad as FB to make changes when everything was working just fine.
Ok, that being said, moving right along.

I have been trying to add some personal touches to my home. I bought some little plastic bowls, filled them with the seashells I found at the beach and added a small candle for the center. I bought some pretty colorful picture frames, and printed off some of my own pictures from the beach.
I found an idea to use poster frames, with old newspaper as the background, and add a post card of my choice in the center, or to use several in a pattern.
But all of these ideas I came up with on my own, or just found while surfing online.
For the life of me I cannot figure out how to use Pinterest.
I created an account, but I go on it and see something I like, but I cant find the instructions and if I try to navigate to the page, it tells me I need Java.
I am not really computer savvy.

The last 2 days I have done really well. Today better than yesterday.
I have stayed almost to the point on my calories. I have walked, I have gotten my veggies, taken my vitamins, drank my water.
And I hope to be able to stay on this streak.
It is really is true, even the smallest bit of exercise can change your outlook on the situation.
I had forgotten how I used the walking track and that hour with my music to help me think, work thru problems and find solutions and try to also lose weight and get healthy.
I am finding that place again.
Also, I am just really feeling good.
Energized, coming home to clean house and do some much needed declutter-ing.
I am working on some small artsy projects for my living room walls.
Maybe if they turn out ok, I will post some pictures.
Next, today I called once again to check on the results of my foot tests.
I was told the doctor had read them and forwarded a preliminary report to my doctor.
But the nurse told me that all she got was a fax, saying that they would be sending the report, but they never did.
It would be funny, almost like the confusion and misunderstandings of Three's Company, if not for the fact that I am going on a month without any news.
All I can do now is hope they tell me something soon.
I want to ask how they would feel if it were themselves, or their mom or sister.
I want to say to them, why do these tests if no one there is competent to read them.
I want to say all of that, but, I try to hold onto my temper and stay calm.
Well, I will just walk it off.

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GORDON66 8/27/2014 10:41PM

  Walking is so much better than working on an ulcer. You take care of yourself, and I hope you find your craft projects soothing.

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some good gains and some great losses

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

So far today has been pretty good. Compared to yesterday. I called to ask, after 3 weeks if there were any reports back about my foot.
I was spoken to in a very rude manner by the woman at the Neurologists office. This was my own fault, I had my reservations about going there but I gave in and wanted fast results, well, lo and behold, still nothing.
I called my doctors office and asked her nurse to see if they could get any news for me. And as of yesterday, they were told the tests had not been read yet.
What good was it to perform a test on someone if you didnt plan on reading it for a month???
I have to be in that area on Thursday so I am going there and requesting the disc and the test results so I can take them elsewhere.
I will follow my instincts better next time.

But back to today. I walked 40 minutes, and my foot didnt hurt, but did get a little more numb about half way thru, so I stopped and took a short break.
I have no idea if I am doing further damage to my foot by walking. If I had those test results I might.
I cannot put my life on hold any longer waiting for them to get their act together.
Then I came home to find the county working on my driveway.
I had hoped they would and they did a fair job, but they only worked on the part that connects to the main roadway.
It is still broken off pretty bad on the inside, making the driveway much more narrow.
I stuck a reflector down into the area where its still broken.
The guy pulled a small dozer over it so I am sure it will hold my car, its just a very narrow turn already out onto the roadway and I fear my tires slipping off.
Hopefully my land lady will find someone who can come out and fix it.
I had a nice lunch of veggie burger and salad and now its time to get started on some housework.
Oh and I almost forgot the best part, I got on the scale and I was pretty happy with the number.
While I am still 20 pounds heavier than I was, I am happy with the results of today because I am down 6 pounds and that is a start.
I will be overjoyed once, IF, I get those 20 pounds off and I will begin from there.
I plan to reset my whole SP plan soon, I am slowly moving in on maximum points, levels.
I dont know what happens when you reach the top level. But once I reach 20 pound goal, I am going to begin all over again.
So, there is some good and some not so good but the good of today outweighs the bad and that is the way I hope to keep it.
and back up early again tomorrow for another walk.

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GORDON66 8/26/2014 2:36PM

  Making progress is always a good thing!! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 8/26/2014 2:06PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love makes everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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nothing new

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I havent been here much the last few days.
I have been dealing with a flooded driveway, that will need a new drain pipe across the creek to keep from future flooding. This is my landlords issue to decide upon.
I can not get to my place right now without parking across the street and walking. Not a far walk, but a nuisance all the same.
I was lucky, the drain could have clogged much worse and flooded my whole yard.
Also, I have been dealing with a jimminy cricket, the nicest word I can use to describe this nuisance!!
Maybe a whole colony of them, as the sound is so loud.
So, that is the next project, among many for the Honey doo list next week.
A list that is very much overdo!!!
To find and rid my home, or outside of my home, of the loud, annoying invaders!

So, as said, the rain has been terrible here the last few days and no walking for me.
Yesterday the heat was awful, after a night of downpours, steamy.
I am restless.
There is nothing to do around here and I am about to lose it from boredom and anger at the situation.
I need a plan.

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GORDON66 8/25/2014 9:48AM

  It's either drought or flooding. We've had a lot of rain too, and the humidity is miserable.

Take care of yourself!!!

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OMNOMNAMASTE 8/24/2014 7:56PM

Ugh, so sorry!

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on second thought

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Walked again today. For only 30 minutes, but it was ok. My problem wasnt my foot alone.
I had other things I had to get done this evening, namely cleaning the kitchen and getting things moved to get ready to paint next week.
I went to the cemetery to visit my brothers grave and had to check the mail and go to the bank.
So, while I was there I went ahead and walked since the track is right there.
and it was still very hot out.
I really need to try next week to do morning walks, early.
I was feeling really down earlier today, depression is a strange thing.
I posted a blog about how im struggling, but I took it down. It was a practice of sorts I guess, get it down where I can see it, and read it and figure out what to do about it.
So, no late evening snacking today.
I stayed busy all evening and that is something that has been on my mind alot lately.
If I can ever get my issue with my foot figured out and can get treatment and start healing from whatever it is, I really want to find a part time job.
I just really stay home too much and let too much play on my mind.
But getting outside in the sunlight today was just what I needed,
Walked just enough to get the blood pumping and came back and started getting things ready for painting.
Stayed in calorie range today and feel pretty good.

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GORDON66 8/20/2014 8:45AM

  Good for you! Isn't it funny how exercise can be energizing?

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fiber filled sunday sumday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I spark and I track and I track my food!!
and yet no matter what I add or change or exchange I can never get my fiber up on SP.
I think when those foods were added onto sp the fiber content wasnt added.
So, from now on I am going to manually add my own foods and spark from my food favorites list. It is the only way I can be sure I am tracking my fiber.
I know I am eating more than 2 grams of fiber. I have been adding ground flax to alot of my meals. I dont understand why so little fiber is being tracked. It is the same as recently when my calcium was OVER tracking. I was eating around 200 daily of calcium, more or less, and my tracker was showing around 600 daily. Something was way off with that.
Anyway. I have been doing alot better with my meals.

No late evening or night snacking. and the snacks I do have are planned, and are healthier, or at least not so very unhealthy.
For example, instead of a bowl of ice cream, I have a weight watchers 80 calorie fudge stick.
or if I am really craving something chocolately, I will have a fiber one bar.
But I am not having them late night as I might have before.
I am being alot more mindful of what I eat, however, I am seeing alot of my meals being taken up by carbs.
I really need to find a solution to this, I really need to cut some carbs out of my diet.

So, I have gone to the walking track the last 2 evenings.
Trying to start back slowly, 35 minutes does it for me. The foot is still pretty much numb all the time, but my new shoes feel good. No excessive rubbing, so far no blisters, they arent at all tight, they are comfortable.
I havent had them on any dirt roads or trails yet.

I have found myself a little out of breath after 15 minutes or so and that is from sitting in the house for nearly 2 months.
It is alot different to walk for exercise than it is to walk around in a store shopping.
If people dont believe that they should really try the track or trails and find out.
But I am feeling ok about it.
I hope this will be the week I will find out what my nerve/muscle tests show.

Hummus.....I tried it for the first time this week.
I find it to be an acquired taste. I see alot of recipes and alot of people on sp who seem to live on the stuff.
I tried some on a baked potato.
and I tried some on a piece of whole wheat toast.
I am going to look for some recipes on here that might have less carb content.

But today is a kind of a day where all I want to do is lay around and relax.
But I am going to lift weights today and get in some exercise.

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GORDON66 8/17/2014 10:54PM

  I have hummus sandwiches and add all kinds of veggies.

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TRIM180 8/17/2014 10:46AM

    Here are two ways to add fiber
Fiber one cereal 14 grams 56% of daily fiber needs
Shirataki noodles insoluble fiber Zero calories "This fiber contains more than 16 amino acids and several vitamins and minerals. Many potential health benefits come from the glucomannan in shirataki noodles, including weight loss, decreased cholesterol, diabetes control and gastrointestinal regulation. These noodles are available online, as well as in Asian and natural food stores."
Experiment you are on the right track emoticon

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