4RASCALS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=4RASCALS 4RASCALS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Know the Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983185 <BR> <BR> <BR> Once again it's time to reflect on things that I wish to accomplish. It's definitely been a rocky road for awhile now. I've learned that it is up to me alone to make better choices. Yes there is a difference between a setback and failure. I'm not a failure. I've struggled with many set backs, obstacles, & challenges, yet I continue with my quest towards a healthier lifestyle. I'm sure there will be more obstacles (surgery is one n them). Hopefully I will be better equ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:15:14 EST A Fresh Start Begins Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934140 This is Day one of new beginnings. I've reached that point where I need to come to grips with my health & makes some necessary changes. My intention is to start slowly. <BR> <BR> Getting back to basic .. that means <BR> <BR> Exercise daily if possible for ten minutes or longer <BR> Eat healthy .. No more junk food or processed foods <BR> Shift my thinking back to positive thoughts <BR> Stop looking backwards & living in the past .. I'm moving forward so focus on what's ahead of me <BR> ... Mon, 25 May 2015 19:00:13 EST Good Bye 2014 .. Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841959 Some of the lessons that 2014 have taught me are: <BR> <BR> I am stronger than I give myself credit for <BR> I learned to let go of some of my fears. A step in the right direction <BR> I'm grateful for the people & things in my life. I am blessed <BR> I learned to eat healthier. I still need improvement, that will continue in 2015 <BR> That exercise matters <BR> That I am a work in progress. Nothing happens over night <BR> I'm learning to keep a positive attitude <BR> I'm learning to tru... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:20:38 EST November 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814186 This has not been my best year. I have allowed fear to hold me back from doing what I needed to do. That will stop today. <BR> <BR> Last week I had surgery to remove my entire thyroid. The nodules had grown larger & was beginning to press into my chest. It should have been done last year. I've been prescribed medication that will work just as the original thyroid did. I don't feel any different, just very bruised & sore. <BR> <BR> This week I embark on a new beginning. A beginning ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:20:59 EST Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750601 The time for action starts NOW!! My health must be my first priority. <BR> <BR> Today I had the EMG Test. My results were given to me shortly after the test. Yes, there is some nerve damage & I also have mild to moderate Carpal Tunnel. I will continue to do physical therapy. I see my Fibromyalgia / Pain Specialist in four weeks. She gave me a brace for my hands. I will need to wear it as much as possible, even when I sleep. The brace is not flexible, it seems very stiff. I will ask... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:40 EST Making Progress the Slow and Steady Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670718 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1163749805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The key to success is in my hands. It's up to me to make the changes I need to make. <BR> <BR> I have set four goals for myself: <BR> DIET: <BR> * To eliminate chips of any kind for this month. <BR> * To be willing to try new foods <BR> * To start reducing my intake of processed foods <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> * To exercise for 3 days a week for at least ten minutes <BR> <BR> MIND: <BR> * To listen to a s... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:57:10 EST December 18, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567574 So much information today. I continue to reflect on this past years & years gone by. What I have realized is that I truly am stronger than I give myself credit for. In the past eight years I have taken steps to improve my health. I'm now a non smoker, I no longer drink soda. My beverage of choice is water. These to me are huge steps in the journey to getting healthier. Eight Years ago I didn't belong to Spark People, yet I was beginning to realize & accept the fact I needed change. ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:58:15 EST August Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472727 I have successfully achieved my goal of staying "Chocolate Free" for the entire month. Feeling very proud of myself for that. It started out hard but as time progressed I finally began to accept it. I embraced the fact that this was a step toward getting healthier. To make the process easier ... I avoided that isle in stores. Now I am looking forward to my reward, which will be a 26 lb. Kettle Bell. <BR> <BR> I have made the decision to continue to stay chocolate free for the month of Se... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 16:03:18 EST Moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466224 The start of a new week begins today. This is the last week of the month, so I would like to finish it with some positive results. <BR> <BR> So far this month I have taken responsibility for my actions, and am moving forward in my journey. No, it's not been perfect, but it's more about taking steps to improve my over all health. I have made steady progress, and I'm proud of how far I've come. Learning from our mistakes is part of the journey. <BR> <BR> Still on my quest to remain chocola... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:41:13 EST Route called CHANGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413431 Fresh Start. This begins week 2 in my quest to a healthier lifestyle. My journey has had a lot of obstacles, some of which I now realize that I placed in the way. Today I continue taking a different route. This route is called CHANGE. Change can be difficult but it can be maneuvered towards success. It just takes some determination & a willingness for something better. When I hit a detour or roadblock, I will make better choices. I will not give up. I will instead look for another wa... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:02:49 EST Making changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406905 Wow, this year is already half over. Time to stop the excuses, games and get down to what's important in my life. That is moving forward towards a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The results from my Vector DA were not so good. I am in the high level of disease activity. <BR> In short my RA is highly active & could be doing damage to my body. Despite the pain, I must push myself to exercise. Ten minutes is not so long. I will just do the best I can and try to gradually increase my tim... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 00:12:58 EST Just the push I needed, but didn't realize until now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399548 As usual it takes me awhile to come to grips with health issues. Yesterday, when I opened my mail there was an envelope from my Rheumatologist. I didn't open it when it first arrived as I thought it was my referral for my Follow up visit. It was not that. It was a letter from my doctor that results from my Vectra DA test were back. The results show HIGH RA Activity. She wants to discuss changes in my medication, and if I want can schedule an appointment sooner. This information really u... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:32:37 EST Gotta keep pushing forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351136 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l462945998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every day is a new day to begin again. So with that I have decided to make some changes in my goals. Most are the same, a few new. <BR> <BR> 1st Goal is 4000 or more steps each day. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 2nd goal is to exercise for ten minutes each day. <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> 3rd goal is to focus on the positive - Each day I will repeat a new affirmation , or posit... Thu, 9 May 2013 15:31:52 EST Goal results May 3rd and 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345849 Goal # 1 take 4000 steps daily <BR> 5/3 4360 steps and 5/4 was 4068 steps <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Goal # 2 being grateful <BR> 5/3 that my drawer balanced and 5/4 I start my vacation .. I really need a break <BR> <BR> Goal # 3 Exercise 10 minutes or more <BR> 5/3 No exercise, was tired, a long day, so I took a rest day <BR> 5/4 Only did 5 minutes of working with weights ... Better than nothing at all <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm pleased with the results of my goals for this week. I know I need... Sun, 5 May 2013 01:15:00 EST Results for May 2, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344833 So far I feel that I'm making some progress. <BR> <BR> Goal # 1 4000 steps vs 4076 actual YEAH!! Hey it's a start in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Goal # 2 I'm beginning to appreciate the fact that I'm okay. I don't need to be perfect. <BR> <BR> Goal # 3 To exercise for 10 minutes. Yes I did it. I did ten minutes of walking in place, <BR> side to side lunges, toe touches. I really want to be able to do the yoga <BR> tree pose. It just seems... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:31:55 EST May 1st Goal results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342813 Day one yielded some results. Not quite what I wanted but it was a start. <BR> <BR> Goal # 1 <BR> Goal 4000 steps vs 3738 steps <BR> <BR> Goal # 2 <BR> I'm grateful for the supportive people in my life. Those who encourage me to <BR> keep trying, not to quit. My support system consist of spark friends, & a <BR> couple of great friends. I appreciate you all! <BR> <BR> Goal # 3 <BR> Exercise for 10 min's. I didn't quite make ten minutes closer to eight <BR> What I did was so... Thu, 2 May 2013 06:08:22 EST Setting new goals starting today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341509 Starting today I am setting new weekly goals for myself. While I need to work on many issues in my life, I will instead focus on just three. <BR> <BR> Goal # 1 4000 steps daily or more <BR> <BR> Goal # 2 Find something to be grateful for daily <BR> <BR> Goal # 3 Exercise for 10 minutes or more daily <BR> <BR> I believe that if I can accomplish these goals they will start me moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I've been sitting on the sidelines watching everyone pass me... Wed, 1 May 2013 04:42:50 EST My March Challenge for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263928 I started the year with such high expectations. A new month will be starting, a great time to <BR> revisit what I hope to accomplish. <BR> <BR> <BR> Positive thinking is still a priority. What you think is what you attract. I've been listening to Kelly Howells Secret Meditation. I do know I feel better when I listen, also sleep better. Problem is consistency. I don't listen every night as directed. <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise has been lacking. I have experienced RA flare's and ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:51:24 EST Getting ready for 2013 My journey continues with new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173869 1ST Focus on myself... As selfish as it sounds I have a lot of self improvement to accomplish. <BR> I need to love myself, and heal my inner child <BR> I will learn to meditate to relieve stress <BR> Work on what I say & think. You attract what you think, so goodbye negative thoughts <BR> I will keep a gratitude journal, be grateful for what I have including my spark friends <BR> I will use affirmations & vision boards, to remind myself of where & what I need to accomplish <BR> <BR> Getti... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 19:01:53 EST A new week..New beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162607 I've decided that I need to start taking very small baby steps to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Last week I tried doing a few yoga poses. It was very difficult to hold the pose. Kept losing my balance, but I plan to try it again this week. Practice is the only way we get better. <BR> <BR> I also continued to work on reducing my clutter. Gave all my Christmas wrapping paper to a friend at work. She was happy to get it, I was glad I got rid of it. I have a bag of shoes, and <BR> will hop... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:25:47 EST Help .. Why is this so hard?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155657 Yesterday started on a positive note. However, it didn't stay that way. Gloomy foggy day that seemed to match my mood when I got to work. Nothing seemed to go right. Missing stock, <BR> computer errors..I could go on and on. The dampness makes my body ache more. I'm riding <BR> an emotional roller coaster that doesn't want to stop. My depression is a major cause, but I'm sure other forces are at play also. Lack of appreciation at home & work doesn't help either. I <BR> just want to r... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:17:23 EST END OF YEAR ... GOING TO MAKE DECEMBER COUNT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154407 November wasn't my best month. I did not achieve the goals I desired. I need to push myself out of my comfort zone & push myself forward. <BR> <BR> New Goals for December are: <BR> <BR> Continue to reduce clutter <BR> Keep a positive attitude..Don't let negative thoughts overcome you <BR> Exercise for 10 minutes each day <BR> Eat Healthy .. Write it down <BR> Make yourself accountable <BR> Make medications a priority <BR> Practice Gratitude <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 08:29:26 EST Moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131014 Norman Vincent Peale wrote" Stand up to your obstacles & do something about them. <BR> You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have" <BR> <BR> It's time for me to start moving forward again. I'm not sure how far I will get this time. <BR> One day at a time is how I will proceed. I need to refocus on what I want to accomplish, <BR> so I have reset my goals. <BR> <BR> New goals are: <BR> <BR> Exercise every day for at least 10 minutes. <BR> Try doing Tai Chi, Q... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 22:29:34 EST Feeling lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123181 For the past few weeks I've been feeling lost. It's like I can't seem to get myself motivated to start moving forward again. Yes, I do want to move forward. I want and need to get myself healthy. Feel like I;m stuck in quick sand, unable to free myself. I need to dig deep within...Remove the road blocks (Not sure what they are??) ...,so I'm looking for some suggestions, possibly some support. <BR> <BR> My health conditions do not help. They would be greatly improved if I lost more we... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 04:44:23 EST I will NOT quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093156 The past three weeks have taken there toll on me. On Sept. 14th I went to see my primary doctor for my check up. She took several test. She was very happy that I had lost some weight, told her I had gotten serious. We also discussed something that I was not comfortable talking about. I told her that for the past six months, I have episodes of crying for no reason. Several of these episodes happened while talking to my best friend. There was nothing unpleasant about in our talks. I j... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 20:17:23 EST Results for WEEK 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072050 Week three was a tough week for me. Doctor appointment on Friday the 14th. A follow up on my health issues. A blood draw show that my A1C is stable at 6.1. That's good news. BP was good, and I lost weight. Other test were not so friendly. My Vitamin D level still remains low. They will re-test in three months. My C Reactive Protein, which measures inflammation levels remains high. That is not good news for my RA, Fibro, and Sjogrens. We talked about fatigue that I have been exp... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:23:56 EST week 1 results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053777 My goal for September is to Exercise, Stay Positive, and Reduce my debt. <BR> <BR> I'm proud to report that I have been successful on all three. <BR> <BR> Week 1 lead to a 5 lb weight loss. Exercise has been a key reason. By managing to do <BR> 15 min's of exercise daily, and by staying within my calorie range, weight loss happened. <BR> <BR> I have maintained a positive attitude for the week. Some days were more challenging than others, but I do see improvement. " What you think is w... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 03:27:56 EST Update on September Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044542 This is day four for me in making September the best month ever. I'm proud to report that I have exercised every day for 15 min's. Wasn't able to workout at the gym, they had a power failure, so I did my workouts at home. Working with weights & Resistance bands. I've also been working on a positive attitude. Today however, is really a challenge. Glad I go back to work tomorrow. Way less stress then being at home. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great day. Keep pushing forward Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:21:33 EST Making September the best month ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041729 I've needed to give myself a kick in the butt. I have not be consistent in working toward my goals. I get started but somehow slack off. That is going to change starting now. I'm joining Pixie-Licious September challenge. <BR> <BR> I have made a list of goals that I will accomplish this month. <BR> My Weight loss goal is to lose 5 lbs for the month .. Less than 2 lbs per wk.. I can do this. I will achieve this goal by exercising every day for at least 15 minutes. I plan to get to th... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 22:22:12 EST