56ROSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=56ROSE 56ROSE'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/ Reflecting on 10 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161610 <em>511</em> Today is my 10 year Spark Anniversary! It has been a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs. I'm proud to say that I've finally reached my weight goal and maintenance is going well. <em>224</em> This is due in part to digestive problems that keep my food intake in line. Eat too much and I pay the price. Also, I've learned that Persistence is key to success. Don't ever give up! Learn from your mistakes. <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 12 May 2016 16:23:13 EST Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106385 Goal met! After ten years of Sparking, I have finally reached my goal weight! <em>185</em> <em>248</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 21:35:38 EST Mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100797 So, I've been playing it safe most of this week with my food choices. I've been limiting myself to liquids and semi soft foods. This diet seems to decrease the bloating and cramping that comes with Gastroparesis (although the symptoms are unpredictable at times). After feeling good most of the day & feeling really hungry, I decided to try a Lean Cuisine for dinner. Well, I think that was a mistake! The bloating has already started! <em>28</em> <em>15</em> I guess it is back to liquids ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 20:33:03 EST Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095256 So, I'm starting to feel better & consequently my appetite has returned. I know that sounds like a good thing BUT with Gastroparesis a good appetite can be dangerous. It is so easy to make bad food choices that will end up making me sick again. I use the nutrition tracker daily to keep track of my fat grams (my upper limit seems to be about 40 - 45 grams). I'm also avoiding high acid foods and eating smaller meals more frequently. I just need to keep focused and take care of myself. <em>521... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 20:15:00 EST Winter Carnival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089643 So, tomorrow we're headed to McCall for the Winter Carnival. We'll ride the city bus downtown and then view the ice sculptures before checking into our timeshare for the night. I'm excited since our last visit was in July of last year. It will be good to get away for awhile. <em>433</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:21:15 EST SMILING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082260 <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> So, when I originally bought my current scale, I set my weight goal to 179 ( 5 + years ago). Today I weigh in at 183! We're half way through the 5% Challenge and I've lost 4 lbs so far. At this rate, I WILL reach my scale goal weight. I'm excited! <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:39:18 EST Blessing in Disguise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077320 So, looks like I'm dealing with Gastroparesis as well as acid reflux. UGH! I'm limiting my fat to 40 grams daily and fiber to 10-15 grams daily. Hopefully, this will get my nausea and vomiting under control. I'm also eating several mini meals throughout the day. The good news is I'm losing weight! <em>250</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:54:37 EST Winter Blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071343 Winter has just begun and I'm already wishing for Spring! <em>126</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <em>449</em> As I've aged, the gray skies really seem to affect my mood in a negative way. I feel generally depressed and tired. Luckily, today I was able to take a short nap. <em>102</em> Sleep is good! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 21:05:32 EST This is the Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065004 Well today I started using the Nutrition tracker again. Sometimes I forget that it is the best tool out there for monitoring & controlling eating habits. My weight gain over the Holidays was minimal so I'm happy about that! I'm determined to reach my final weight goal this year. My hubby is participating in the Winter 5% Challenge with me. It is good to have a weight loss buddy! <em>185</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:25:08 EST Candy Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019430 Well, I succumbed to Whoppers, Milk Duds, and Twizzlers. <em>39</em> The really good news is: It was actually disappointing! I think I can do without these little Goodies; no problem. <em>211</em> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:22:32 EST Sad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012809 Our old cat, Butters, is still not doing well. He is losing weight; not eating or drinking much. <em>39</em> We decided to give him pain medication today. Every morning, I fear that I will find him dead. I know that he will leave me soon. It is so painful! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ddb1413-80a8-4d10-9546-f5b928cd0e97.JPG"> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:45:01 EST Mediterranean Struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008856 So, I'm supposed to limit my red meat to one serving a month. Since I'm not a meat fan, I thought this would be relatively easy... not so! The "natural" lunch meat I bought for my hubby the other day was surprisingly delicious. UGH! I think sometimes I develop cravings for the very foods I'm trying to restrict. I've always liked the saying "all things in moderation" so maybe the issue is moderation, rather than restriction. Food for Thought.. <em>189</em> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 23:55:17 EST Mediterranean Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003353 So, I've been fascinated with the Mediterranean diet for some time now. It incorporates so many of the foods that I like such as dairy, olives, whole grains, nuts, etc. with an emphasis on less meat and more plant proteins. So, why do I have such a hard time sticking with it? Well, one problem is: sweets are limited to once a month! I'm a sugar addict so this seems next to impossible! On the other hand, limiting meat has become a priority for me in recent years so this I can do. Anyway, I nee... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:40:38 EST Life Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999939 This has been a really hard, depressing week. Our old cat, Butters, has been to the Vet several times this week (twice just for hydration). He is on antibiotics, anti vomiting/nausea med, steroid, appetite stimulant, and a pain patch. He is drinking more water lately but still not eating very much. <em>46</em> I know that I must eventually let him go, but it is so hard to say goodbye. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:03:01 EST Plans Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996276 It's often said that "change is the only constant in life". We had planned a getaway for this weekend but our old cat, Butters, was obviously not feeling well. We took him to the Cat Doc yesterday and it appears that his pancreatitis has flared up again. Now, we are home giving him multiple pills twice daily. I'm just hoping he will get better and we will have his company for a few more years. It is hard saying good-bye. <em>39</em> <em>240</em> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 21:45:59 EST A Chill is in the Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991558 It is afternoon here in Boise and the temp remains in the 50's. I really do love the cooler weather but sometimes it is hard to adjust from the high 80's to the high 40's in just a few days. Welcome to Idaho! On the other hand, I really like the seasonal changes and always look forward to the Fall here in Idaho. October is my favorite month... the autumn leaves are gorgeous. Can't Wait! <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2015 14:20:07 EST Fall is in the Air (and smoke!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986329 We have been under a hazardous air quality warning for almost 2 weeks now due to the smoke from multiple statewide (Idaho) fires. UGH! Luckily, I do not have to go outside too often. The air is improving, though, and my hubby and I have resumed our morning walks. We decided to buy a bigger air purifier; this one handles 320 sq. ft. I think it helps with the smoke and also our many allergies. We have 6 cats and the fur flies often! Anyway, I'm excited about cooler temps and better air quality!... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:04:03 EST Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936974 We arrived home Thursday evening after spending 2 nights/1 day in Bend, Oregon, at our timeshare resort. We spent 3+ hours at the High Desert Museum in Bend Wednesday morning. I really enjoyed the animal exhibits! I weighed myself Friday morning and had only gained about 1 lb. <em>224</em> Wish we could have spent more time there but I don't like to leave my fur babies for too long! <em>240</em> Sat, 30 May 2015 21:33:39 EST And The Fun Continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931452 So, just when I started feeling better after dealing with flu symptoms for over 2 weeks, my husband & I are hit by the stomach flu (IE FOOD POISONING!). For me, it was relatively mild but a nuisance, nonetheless. My poor husband was hit hard!! Then, Monday, I twisted my knee and I'm still hobbling around. <em>198</em> We have a road trip planned for next week so I'm hoping all goes well from here on out. <em>433</em> Wed, 20 May 2015 13:57:55 EST Keeping it Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929353 I was fortunate to lose almost 3 lbs while sick with the flu recently. My challenge now is to keep those pounds from creeping back. So far, so good. <em>521</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>244</em> <em>9</em> Sat, 16 May 2015 23:09:31 EST When it Rains, It Pours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924325 So, I've been dealing with the flu bug for over a week now. It just seems to linger on & on. A few days ago, I noticed that my right ankle was swollen, sore, and painful when I walked. This is an old fracture injury that flares up now & again. Then, to make things even more fun, I woke up Tuesday @ midnight to nausea & vomiting. This happens occasionally due to problems with acid reflux. <BR> <BR> So glad I'm retired and able to hibernate! <em>527</em> <em>24</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 14:13:48 EST Sneak Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921413 I've been sick with the flu this week. For the past several years (5?), I've been faithful about getting my flu shot with good results. Well, this year, the vaccine didn't target the prevalent virus, and, I was lucky enough to be selected for a sneak attack. Anyway, I'm still very tired and struggling to get my energy back to normal. Time for a nap! <em>527</em> <em>527</em> <em>527</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 17:07:25 EST Self Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917642 Well, I didn't make it through Vegan Week, but, truthfully, I'm ok with that. I'm beginning to understand my nutritional needs better and that's a good thing. I'm still basically not a meat eater. I do enjoy meat occasionally, though, (in small amounts) so that is an option. I identify as a Flexitarian and will continue on that path. <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>284</em> <em>373</em> <em>22</em> <em>498</em> <em>53</em> <em>190</em> <em>140</em> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:59:32 EST Vegan Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912943 Vegan Week, sponsored by Compassion over Killing, is fast approaching and I will be participating again this year. Last year, I avoided meat for over 5 weeks! I now consider myself a Flexitarian. I eat meat, but only small portions and not at every meal. I'm looking forward to this challenge which begins this Monday, April 20th. Please Join Me!! <em>227</em> <em>496</em> <em>53</em> <em>497</em> <em>487</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:58:23 EST An Easter Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906561 So, I'm on my way! I made it through Easter with no weight gain! Now, the next challenge is my Birthday this Thursday and then a get away weekend in McCall. <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:57:52 EST My Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902990 This is so beautifully stated and expresses why I love animals! <BR> <BR> • via Animals Australia • <BR> Because they bring us joy. <BR> Because they are at our mercy. <BR> Because they teach us kindness. <BR> And compassion. <BR> And understanding. <BR> Because they are voiceless. <BR> Because they wish us no harm. <BR> Because they are our companions. <BR> And because we are all animals. <BR> We will never stop being a voice, for them. <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> <em>239</em> <em>2... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:38:49 EST Big Challenges Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901256 So , the Spring 5% Challenge begins April 4th, followed the next day by Easter, then my 65th Birthday on April 9th, and finally, an out of town trip to McCall on the 12th to celebrate my Birthday which will include a BBQ. Wish me Luck!! <em>230</em> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:21:25 EST Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896927 <BR> My Commitment : 30-45 Minutes 5x/Week <BR> <BR> Stationary Bike: 10-15 Minutes <BR> Stretching: 5-10 Minutes <BR> Walking: 15-20 Minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>316</em> <em>521</em> <em>311</em> <em>521</em> <em>135</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:21:32 EST "Pi Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893068 My hubby & I decided that we needed to celebrate Pi today by eating pie. So, we went to Sherri's restaurant and each ordered the lunch trio which included a slice of pie. We eat pie only occasionally so this was a treat. I think overall I was able to keep my daily calories in check so that is a victory. I guess the scale will tell its own story in the morning. <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>55</em> <em>38</em> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:58:27 EST Slow & Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888940 Today was the official final weigh-in for the 5% Winter Challenge. I'm happy to report a loss of 4.2 lbs!! That averages out to 1/2 lb per week over the 8 weeks of the challenge. Now, my challenge is to keep the weight off! <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <em>248</em> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:54:29 EST The many faces of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884508 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l313789525.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1198492204.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l212047322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just thought it would be fun to share some personal photos. I usually run the other way when someone starts shooting; but I guess I'm becoming more comfortable in my own skin in my "old age:. <em>211</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:47:14 EST 9 lbs. and Counting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879813 So, I decided to check my progress reports, specifically weight loss. On this very day last year, I weighed 9 lbs. more than I do today! WOW!! What a wonderful surprise! <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:30:26 EST Keeping it simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875895 Since my hubby & I are both working hard to lose weight, we decided to skip the usual Valentine's Day dinner out. Instead, we grilled asparagus for the first time along with roasted red potatoes and sirloin tip steak. I rarely eat steak but decided to have a small serving. Everything was good! Then, the plan was to splurge a little on a piece of cheesecake at the Factory. After checking out the cheesecake calories online, we decided in favor of 2 small chocolate ice cream cones. <em>76</em>... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:41:23 EST Day 6: 100 Days of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870711 My hubby & I have completed 5 days now. We spend @ 15-30 minutes daily on each lesson; usually after dinner. He downloaded the book to his Ipad and I'm reading it on my Kindle app. Anyway, this is a time for us to connect (since we both have issues with weight) and he remarked the other day that he is enjoying this time with me. <em>381</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:38:08 EST 100 Days of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866442 I have decided to work the 100 Days of Weight Loss program. Tomorrow will be my first lesson and I'm ready to go! This program is based on the book by Linda Spangle. It addresses behavioral/psychological issues related to weight loss. I will let you know how I progress through the 100 days. <em>521</em> <em>249</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:09:04 EST Dealing with another Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858777 My first husband's Mom passed away last week. <em>39</em> I adored her and we were good friends. She was my true Mom; filling a big void left by my own abusive Mother. Although we didn't see each other very often these past couple of years, she was always in my heart. RIP MOM <em>26</em> <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:08:21 EST Christmas Miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852598 I'm happy to say I kept my weight down over the Holidays... only gaining one lb.!! This is a miracle because normally I gain 5-8 lbs this time of year. Something must be clicking!! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:55:16 EST Update: Passages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845672 My mother-in-law passed away on December 4th.. just 2 weeks after moving to a new assisted living facility. We were informed that the cause of death was due to a blood clot to the lungs/heart. Although this was unexpected, I guess it has saved her from having to endure the last stages of Parkinson's Disease. She will be missed! RIP MOM! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:46:32 EST Changes in the Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789129 My mother-in-law has been living in a care center attached to a hospital. She has been receiving excellent care for Parkinson's disease. This has given my husband & I peace of mind, knowing that she is getting the best possible care. Unfortunately, we were informed this weekend that the care center is closing. We have less than 2 months to find another facility. My father-in-law is almost 76 years old and is dealing with his own health issues. My mother-in-law needs round-the-clock care for a... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:11:25 EST Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788142 Tomorrow morning we'll be heading to Baker City, OR to visit my husband's family. My mother-in-law has Parkinson's disease so we'll be visiting with her at the care center and then taking her to lunch. My stepson, his wife, and 3 year old son will be traveling with us. Sometimes, it is nice having a change in routine. I will need to stretch and ride my stationary bike before we leave in the morning. <BR> Have a great Sunday! <em>213</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:07:05 EST Moving On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783560 So, I was successful with my exercise baby steps last week.. This week I will aim for that elusive 30 minute daily goal. <em>521</em> <em>311</em> <em>316</em> <em>414</em> <em>185</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:47:23 EST Exercise Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779322 Why can't I be more consistent with my exercise goals? My goal is 30 minutes daily to include stretching and some type of cardio; usually walking and/or riding on my stationary bike. I've been successful with the 10 minute daily challenge but my progress seems to stop there. I know I can do this! Maybe if I take baby steps... so this week I will aim for 15-20 minutes daily. <em>521</em> <em>216</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:24:35 EST Art in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774251 Tomorrow my husband & I will be attending Art in the Park. This is an annual tradition for us. We met for the first time at this event and we were married in the Rose Garden which is centrally located in the park. Hopefully, we can stick to our food plan while there. So many temptations await! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:10:32 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770161 Butters was found this evening 2 blocks South of our home. He is worn out and dirty but seems ok. Thanks so much for the kind words of support. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:17:30 EST Sad couple of Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769932 My beloved cat Butters has gone missing. He is 14 years old and has been part of our family for 11 years. I really don't think he could survive for very long outside so I am very worried. He has the typical signs of aging including arthritis, loss of hearing, and digestive upsets. I miss him! <em>39</em> <em>240</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:26:27 EST Bug Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765742 Today was Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. We attended with our 2 Grandchildren, ages 8 and 10. The weather was gorgeous; not too hot with a refreshing breeze. It was great being outdoors with the little ones as they discovered the world of bugs. I also got in some walking and enjoyed the garden flowers and plants. <em>148</em> <em>88</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>214</em> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:51:35 EST Jackpot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761144 I went to the Goodwill store today with my hubby; not expecting to find much of anything for myself. I have such a hard time finding clothes that fit. I usually walk out empty handed more times than not. Well, today was a surprise! I bought 5 tops that fit nicely for under $5 each. Some of them were new or almost new. It's amazing that a 5 lb. weight loss can make such a difference in the way clothes fit! <em>345</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:39:09 EST Grand Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756589 Today we returned from a 2 day trip to McCall, Idaho. This was our first trip with our Grandchildren, ages 8 and 10. Initially, I was somewhat apprehensive about how this adventure would turn out. Despite a few bumps here & there, I think all went well. The children had a good time and seem eager to make the trip again. <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:22:13 EST Still losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751929 I have lost almost 5 lbs in the past 6 weeks! Although the bloating has subsided, I'm still cautious about my food choices since I'm also dealing with chronic acid reflux. All these digestive issues seem to keep my eating under control most of the time. On the flip side, it is sometimes really hard to know WHAT to eat. Anyway, it is a daily challenge and sometimes my best efforts to pick the right foods doesn't pay off. Last month, I woke up nauseated around midnight, ended up vomiting, and ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:29:17 EST FODMAPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747191 I have been dealing with digestive issues (mostly chronic bloating) all week. After doing some online research, I stumbled across FODMAP diets for IBS symptoms and other digestive issues. This diet addresses sensitivities to lactose, fructose, and other substances. I'm hoping I will find some relief soon. The good news is: I'm losing weight! <em>15</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>41</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:02:37 EST