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/ 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 Fair Time Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742063 It's that time of year again when food vendors are everywhere. Pronto Pups, Elephant Ears, Funnel Cakes, Kettle Korn, etc. etc. etc. and, of course, everything is deep fried. <em>24</em> <em>15</em> We attended a Gold Miners Jubilee in the park yesterday surrounded by food vendors. I succumbed to a frozen strawberry lemonade which turned out to be just ok. I think the best defense is to eat a healthy meal or snack before attending these events. I could also choose to eat lightly for th... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:39:59 EST Breaking up with my scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735664 So, I think I've been spending too much time with my scale. I need to let go of this painful relationship. It is a daily emotional roller coaster ride. Instead, I will embrace healthy food choices and consistent exercise. I will visit weekly per my challenge agreement but I will bid farewell to a daily encounter. <em>253</em> <em>193</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:37:17 EST Great Article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731358 Just wanted to share this article... good information for everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditio<BR>ns/cancer/expert-blog/functional-foods<BR>-and-cancer/bgp-20095804/?utm_source=n<BR>ewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaig<BR>n=living-with-cancer </link> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:50:59 EST NSV Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723688 A TCBY treat was calling my name loud & clear today. I was driving home after an upsetting experience (related to my post traumatic stress disorder) this afternoon when I started thinking about how much I would love to indulge in a Cappuccino Chiller. BUT I DID NOT! Instead, I had an apple cinnamon rice cake with crunchy peanut butter at home. It was good. <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>521</em> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:03:47 EST 2014 5% Summer Challenge Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722394 I need to focus on increasing my water intake, limiting meat intake, staying within guidelines for total daily fat, enjoying more fresh fruits & veggies, and avoiding high sugar treats. <em>227</em> <em>495</em> <em>468</em> <em>494</em> <em>521</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <em>9</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:30:38 EST 2014 5% Summer Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716745 I commit to 30-45 minutes of exercise daily to include 15-20 minutes on the stationary bike, a minimum of 5 minutes stretching throughout the day, and gradually increasing my walking time to 20 minutes daily. <em>521</em> <em>185</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:32:56 EST Summer Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712100 Now that school is out, I'm adjusting to new routines. I'm also creating goals for myself which include 30+ minutes of exercise daily, Fly Lady missions, and 30 minutes of reading daily. I'm going to organize, clean, and declutter our office (maybe buy a new hanging plant & curtains). <em>41</em> I will do some trial Holiday baking to make sure the new recipes are actually good (maybe I should half those recipes to keep calories in check!) Anyway, I'm so grateful to have this time to mysel... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:49:06 EST Temptation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707059 Today, after 5 meatless weeks, I decided to indulge in a small slice of sausage pizza at my favorite Italian restaurant. I love their sausage and was really looking forward to that first bite. Well, guess what, it didn't taste so great and I ended up giving half of that small slice to my hubby. I went back for a second slice and this time I chose veggies only. It was great! Isn't it remarkable that over time our food preferences can change for the better? Now, if I could just learn to hate b... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:29:53 EST Time Flies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703897 In just 9 days, I will have completed my 6th year as a school crossing guard. I love my job! I'm so grateful that I have this opportunity to interact with the children everyday and to continue to be an active member of my community. Each year seems to go by faster than the previous one. Now, summer is almost here and I'm looking forward to the slower pace but I will miss "my kids". Soon, it will be back-to-school and I will be looking forward to their smiling faces. <em>41</em> <em>150</... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:21:54 EST 51 Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703136 I have been consistently meeting or exceeding my exercise goal for 51 days! This is a major accomplishment for me! I think I have finally established a habit that will stick with me for a long time! <em>521</em> <em>316</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 22:47:00 EST An Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702313 One month ago today, I decided it was time to take Meatless Mondays one step further. So, I challenged myself to a meatless weekend, then decided I could make it through the end of April, soon it was 2 weeks, then 3 weeks, and now here I am at my one month Anniversary! The surprising thing is: it wasn't really that hard for me! I guess because I have gradually learned to replace meat with other protein options and I have come to realize that I prefer these other sources. Also, I'm an animal l... Sat, 24 May 2014 19:02:09 EST Flexitarian? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697243 So, I have been meatless for over 3 weeks now! I'm proud of my success! Lately, though, thoughts of BBQ chicken and a good old fashioned burger have been creeping into my brain. Today, I found myself wandering over to the roasted chickens, just to take a look, hoping for a little aroma therapy. <em>211</em> Anyway, maybe a burger or piece of chicken once or twice a month will satisfy these cravings and, ultimately, keep me on track. Sat, 17 May 2014 20:47:24 EST Streaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691148 Yes, I am streaking! I have logged in 47 days in a row. I have exercised 10+ minutes daily for 34 consecutive days. I'm also meatless for over 2 weeks now! <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <em>250</em> Fri, 9 May 2014 09:16:26 EST 8 Days ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685594 I made it through the last 8 days of April meatless! My new challenge is to continue this streak through Mother's Day. We'll probably eat out with the in-laws Mother's Day so that will test my commitment. <em>521</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 09:11:20 EST Weekend Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682447 <em>244</em> I made it through a meatless weekend! I'm feeling better and have no desire for meat at this point. My biggest challenge is getting enough protein with minimal fat. I will be eating salmon, tuna, shrimp, etc. on a twice weekly basis. My weight was down slightly this morning so I'm feeling very positive about making this work! <em>224</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:30:29 EST A Personal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680251 I have thought about eliminating meat from my diet for a long time now. I have not been successful with consistency over time. So, the challenge is on: Will I make it through the weekend, maybe through the month of April? <em>521</em> <em>253</em> <em>497</em> <em>489</em> <em>261</em> <em>53</em> <em>496</em> <BR> <BR> Day 1 <em>248</em> April 24th <BR> Day 2 <em>248</em> April 25th <BR> Day 3 <em>248</em> April 26th <BR> Day 4 <em>248</em> April 27th <BR... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:57:27 EST