AAEEFDCA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AAEEFDCA AAEEFDCA'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/ Hello September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472432 Sept. 1 2013 <BR> Last month I slacked off, did not record my intake regularly & sporadically logged exercise. Thought I was doing well. Now looking back, I did not gain weight but did not lose either. Some cloths fit better, most do not. <BR> <BR> I’ve been pretty stressed the last year. DH’s mom died and he has been severely depressed. Finally got him to agree to treatment and is doing much better. Back in January, I tried to semi-retire dropping my status to per Diem. In February, I wa... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:15:17 EST Lunch with Sister-in-law$20, making the minister laugh till he cried, priceless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202420 <BR> Some may remember my mother-in-law passed away last summer. We have spent many weekends at her home cleaning out over 60 years of stuff not an easy task since she was a hoarder. It has been an interesting process and Hubby and his siblings have been amazed with some of the things found. Report cards, diplomas, letters, all stuffed in kitchen cabinets or in cookbooks: certainly, there will be more treasures as we progress into other rooms. <BR> <BR> The bulk of the work falls on us and... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:17:33 EST Someone asked what my user name stands for. Here goes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083669 My Dad’s cousin did our family tree. Once he got back to the family patriarch in the America, he decided it needed to be organized. If you're not a family tree climber don't be too confused, we are just a bunch of twigs and branches with a few nuts thrown in for fun. <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> a= Samuel (first of the family in Massachusetts from England) <BR> a = Joseph (oldest child ) <BR> ........ b = Nathan ( 2nd child of Samuel ) <BR> ....... c ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 11:22:04 EST Evaluating the last two weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003807 Thank you all my spark friends and team mates for your encouraging words, goodies and emails during the last two weeks. It helps knowing even those we have only virtually met care in our times of need. <BR> It would have been so easy to console myself with all the wrong foods with two kids home for a week, it would have been easy but thankfully my daughter kept me on track. we even had time to evaluate a couple favorite recipes and figured how to make them more healthy with out loosing the... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:53:18 EST It is Well with Mother-in-law's soul. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990667 My mother-in law was hospitalized last Saturday evening with exacerbation of her Congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Things were going ok until Tuesday morning when suddenly her breathing became very difficult. I was called and upon arriving, I knew it was the beginning of the end. While she was being moved, I called my husband and his sisters, all were over an hour away in different directions that day. My co-workers were wonderful, fortunately th... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:45:54 EST What happened to my original goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894931 In January 2011, when this weight loss journey began, the goal was to weigh 150 by May 27, 2012. After a long discussion with the doctors, it was obvious that this was unattainable, so I revised the number to 180 and set the goal date to coincide with my nieces wedding the end of this summer. Doctor Supportive thought this was still high. He insisted that I have a complete workup before starting any sort of program. We have all heard this, agreed it’s the right thing to do, but do we. Good t... Wed, 23 May 2012 16:52:30 EST Recipe for Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871019 Found this in a Health Letter @ work <BR> Recipe for Healthy Living. <BR> 5 daily affirmations (positive statements you make about yourself) <BR> 24 hours of being kind to yourself every day <BR> 3 balanced meals <BR> 2 healthful, tasty snacks daily <BR> 2 hugs from someone special <BR> 2 good daily laughs <BR> 3-6 days of moderate exercise weekly <BR> 1 handful of close friends <BR> Mix all ingredients slowly and with care. Pour into your life evenly so as not to spread yourself to thin o... Mon, 7 May 2012 17:48:44 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863325 One deadline is fast approaching; my original goal in January 2011 was to weigh 150 by May 15, 2012. I realized last November that because of health problems that wouldn’t happen. It’s okay, because over the last fifteen months I’ve gotten into shape, have more endurance and feel better about myself. While others have encouraged me, I have had to opportunity to encourage others. That weight is the ultimate goal and will come in due time I must remember slow and steady wins the weight loss rac... Wed, 2 May 2012 15:36:56 EST Mother of the groom has a dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821986 I’ve been searching for a dress to wear to my son’s wedding. It seems most designers think mature mothers of the wedding couple are either fuddie duddies, want to show off the girls, or think slit up to WooHoo is great on a 60+ grandmother, really. Then look at the price, some of the dresses cost more than the bridal gown. <BR> Finally, I have found something, blue chiffon, with flutter sleeves and the price, well; it doesn’t hurt to look at consignment/resale shops /overstock warehouses etc.... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 14:09:48 EST R.O.P.E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719954 I have had this taped inside my recipe box for decades it came from a church bulletin in Canton New York where I went to college. Have a great weekend <BR> <BR> A strong rope is a valuable piece of equipment for any mountain climber. It helps him reach his goal safely. <BR> Each day we face many mountains in our lives. God has provided a lifesaving rope that, once we grab hold of it, will guarantee us reaching our heavenly destination. Jesus Christ is that Rope. <BR> Every mor... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 08:30:23 EST Found the Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697118 Today I went to the basement to feed the wood stove and to my surprise <em>40</em> the treadmill was there just inside the door. Now how could I have missed that for over two months. I had looked high and low for it and just didn't see it since just before Thanksgiving. <BR> On the shelf next to it was a box of old tape cassettes and a tape player. After I fed the fire, and was heading out, I got the feeling that treadmill was lonely, so I got on and found a tape (best of the Beach Boys) ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:30:03 EST update on Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666293 Thanks for your kind words and prayers. Mom is home and back to normal, although she gets very tired. We remind her that she needs to take her medication AS Directed, not as she thinks she should. We are also fortunate that her doctor is a good friend of the family who has known her for over 40 years and understands her quirks, where most doctors would be totally frustrated. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:11:16 EST Don't hesitate, it could mean your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643238 I'm sitting in my Mother's hospital room. Yesterday she started to have weakness, tingling, and slight confusion. i'm 2 hours away, so told her to call the ambulance. Long story short, I get there, she's feeling better but her speech isn't quit right. Finally get her to the hospital over 3 hours from the start of the episode. Her blood pressure was very elevated, very forgetful, respective, and weak. <BR> We are fortunately it was a TIA and not a full blown Stroke. Today she is doing bet... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:04:33 EST It's almost Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633810 Three consecutive days off, should have gotten a lot more done. Monday was a lost day, I was so exhausted after working 5 long shifts in a row, due to short staffing and high census. Guess I ain't as young as I use to be. <BR> Monday we had a pot luck to attend for our small group from church, could barely stay awake. I did potato skins with artichoke filling, didn't have a single one left, not bad for a group that said they didn't care for artichoke and yogurt! Tuesday I felt better and did... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:46:07 EST Visit to the Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606367 I have a good relationship with my regular doctor and the other 3 established doctors in the practice. This is due to the fact I've worked with them at the local hospital for over 20 years. Now there is a new doctor in the practice. <BR> <BR> I have an infected big toe, which was getting worse so called the doctor’s office. Of course, my doc was booked so opted to see the new doctor in the practice. She walks in, mumbles her name and this is the conversation that follows: <BR> Dr: so you’... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:49:18 EST A great week away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489806 My husband had to work out of town last week and I was able to travel with him. First it was a miracle I could go, but the lack of planning by my manager gave me the choice of taking time off or floating to other departments (not a happy choice) so when DH said he had to travel, it made an easy choice. <BR> The hotel is company put us up in didn't have an exercise room. So since the weather was nice I walked the perimeter of the parking lot, 1/4 mile around, then I did the stairs, three fli... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:17:59 EST Thanks for the encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4391996 <em>213</em> Thank you spark friends for your encouragment this week. Your words, suggestions and support mean so much. <BR> I'm sure this crazy schedule I've been working is the cause of my rollercoaster. Just two more days and life will get back to normal, well as normal as possible. <BR> Off to exercise before work. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:26:21 EST Not a great weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4387310 When I weighed in Sunday, I gained this week, 3 lbs this week <em>24</em> . <BR> Why did this happen. I exercised a little more than normal, tried some different exercise suggested by the employee health trainer at work. My calorie intake was lower than normal except for last night, which was within my calorie range. Think this was due to the unusual heat and humidity of the week, I didn’t really feel like eating and DH was out of town so meals weren’t a priority. The only thing that was dif... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:08:00 EST The visit to the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364881 Just an update, Doctor was pleased with my weight loss, think my <em>244</em> when I got on the scales impressed him ( and 2 other docs in the hallway). Still a bit concerned about the old BP and EKG still was a little wacky. This guy is great, I always schedule my appointment at the end of the day so we have time to chat. Told him everything I've been doing and we talked about making some changes after I see the cardiologist in August. <BR> <BR> Side note: so today I'm at work, and one... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:04:44 EST Big day Wednesday with my Favorite Doctor (PCP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358268 Last week DH and I had a staycation. We spent July 4th with friends, celebrated our 20th anniversary on the 5th and took a day trip to my Mom’s and split and stacked firewood and did our respective honey do lists. Sunday was a totally goof off do nothing but read a book day. The whole week was actual very relaxing. The first day back was great, my manager took a few days off so it was easy to be back into the routine and catch everything up. Ah, if every Monday were this good I wouldn’t be t... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:28:24 EST July 4th Weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340847 Last week was very stressful at work, first it was very busy, then one day a call out so had to fill in for that person & was behind all day. My husband was on call for his job so neither of us slept well. Friday couldn't come fast enough. <BR> Saturday, was very low key, spent most the day sitting on the deck reading and doing laundry. Boy, there is nothing like fresh sheets from the clothesline to help me sleep good! <BR> Sunday weighed in, I lost a whole 1.4 pounds. <em>244</em> This is... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 16:19:21 EST Graduation Party Survival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307225 Back from 2 graduation parties. One was family event, where I HAD to try everything my mother-in-law & sisters-in-law made or their feelings would be hurt. Knowing this, I brought a 1/4 cup with me and measured everything I know was bad or questionable. They had casseroles, pasta salads, and chips & chips etc. They just rolled there eyes. Guess after 25 years, little I do surprises <BR> them. But you must realize that 3 of them are very overweight and don't care, the other can eat any thin... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 18:31:32 EST Not a beached blue whale ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4294955 Today I’m cleaning out a closet. One of the things pulled out was the dress I wore to DD’s wedding 4 years ago. That day I felt like a beached blue whale. So I try it on, now I look like a whale in it. The fit through the waist and hips was much better it wasn’t tight at all. Now the bust is a different story, not so bad but still another inch or two would make it a great fit. a visual hat I am making progress.This is good, <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> <em>224</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 07:01:23 EST Project of the day, part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293843 Saturday morning, 5am, <BR> DH, “where are all my work shirts, <BR> Me: In plastic container on your dresser, <BR> DH: Why? <BR> Me: I cleaned your dresser and reorganized it and made more room <BR> DH: oh. <BR> Then he goes over and looks in my dresser. <BR> DH: why are your drawers so neat? <BR> Me: I did mine too. <BR> DH: Oh, why do you have so much more room? <BR> Me: I got rid of stuff <BR> DH: Okay <BR> Me: Growling, It’s 5 am, I’m trying to sleep, leave me alone! <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 16:11:57 EST Project of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4286371 Today my after work project was cleaning out DH's dresser. That man has more socks and Saturday tee shirts than he'll ever wear. Some are in the trash and many in the rag pile. The 3 (yes I said 3) sock drawers were worse. We have year round sock, winter socks, and winter working outside socks, at least now they are together in pairs and the worst ones are gone. Guess I should mention he out of town this week and I was tired of off the stuff just hanging out the drawers and on top. <em... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 20:16:46 EST Slowly making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275320 I joined Spark people in January; my weight loss is 15 pounds of a 50-pound weight loss by May 1 2012. The first few months were a struggle because of exercising according to the doctor’s restrictions. I’ve been able to add things that I couldn’t handle last year at this time. <BR> Changing eating habits has not been extremely difficult. The nutrition tracker is an excellent tool for me. A problem has been eating most my calories at the evening meal and a distorted sense of serving size. O... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 17:10:24 EST I’m Venting………. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4155923 My stepson and spouse were visiting last week. <em>104</em> They asked to use the computer; we let them use the little laptop since we only use it while traveling. Should have been no problem, right? Boy was I wrong. I had to leave town early Saturday morning because of a family emergency (that’s all under control) and left in such a hurry I didn’t shut down my computer. I said good by to the kids, since they were leaving early this morning. So I get home there is a note on my desk. “Sorry k... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:55:14 EST Not Giving in to Discouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4096440 It has been about six weeks since I posted to this blog. The scales have been stuck at 194 for weeks now. The last weigh in was depressing because I felt smaller. <BR> Sunday I was able to be with my son and his fiancée who I hadn’t seen since before Christmas. At dinner he noticed I was carefully filling my plate and his first question was mom, are you okay we noticed you look like you have lost weight. Those words were just the motivation I needed; someone noticed I had lost weight! When ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:26:53 EST I a made a goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992517 My goal is to lose weight and keep it off. As stated before, I did not become overweight overnight, or in a year, it has been a gradual process over the last 10 years. At 60 I am still young and have a lot of living to do but with the added 50 pounds plus many goals cannot be reached and my self esteem is low, as is my energy level. <BR> <BR> Today I made a milestone, 199. It has been a slow and steady losing streak for the last month. Some changes are: <BR> 1. I’m slowly changing my eati... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 12:32:11 EST Cardiologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3961753 It started out as a happy sunny winter day, then I went to the Cardiologist. Blood pressure was to high, a little irregular heart beat. New rules. Slow down, less strenuous exercise, BUT keep exercising and just sop in after work next week ....On the good side since saw here 6 months ago I've lost 8 pounds. <BR> <BR> A little setback but that's ok, I'm not discouraged, the whole goal of this is to get healthy, and that Will take time, I didn't get this way over night and it won't be fixed... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 06:21:29 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3953033 It's cold, about zero. There is no motivation to go any where. What are my goals for this week? <BR> 1. Increase treadmill time by 5 minutes - per Dr's orders <BR> 2. Continue be more conscious of what I'm eating <BR> 3. Be more positive <BR> 4. Get at least 8 hrs sleep a night <BR> Again these are small goals, but I can achieve them. To many times we set ourselves up to fail by setting goals that are physically and emothinally out of reach. Then we are discourge and throw in the towel, t... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:35:25 EST very small steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943082 Ok so I've only lost 2.6 pounds. For some that would be discouraging and it is a bit for me too. I must evaluate my last two weeks. First I can not exercise like I want, doctors orders. That Will com eventually. I am doing what I am allowed to do, that is good. <BR> Second, I have lost this weight by my diet, this is good I am eating much more healthy. Can I do better, yes. <BR> As Eliza Doolittle said at the races, "come on Dover, move your bloomin .......... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:25:58 EST Dr's visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3938132 Trudging through the snow to the doctors is always fun. Today the visit had good and bad results. Fist the good, since we first started making a concentrated effort to loos wait 3 months ago I have lost 5 pounds, my A1C is good, & cholesterol is better . <BR> The bad news is the old blood pressure was up, and I still can't do as much exercise as I'd like. Waling is limited to 2 half miles a day MAX, and at a slower pace than I ike. I can increase some other exercises YEA. <BR> Over all it... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:41:30 EST A New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3934300 The weekend went well. Having the full water jug and taking it with me was a great idea (note to self), the effort has been made every day to eat breakfast and have HEALTHY snacks. <BR> <BR> Who is my enabler, my hubby, coworkers or friends. Deciphering this puzzle is a goal, dealing with it will be a success. <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:50:49 EST The Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925410 I tend to over eat on the wrong things come Saturday and Sunday and drink less water. So I'm preparing for tomorrow: <BR> 1. Water jug full and will go with me as I clean house, exercise and do errands <BR> 2.Start the day right by Eating Breakfast <BR> 3. Prepare healthy snacks and success keep handy <BR> Because I want to Major Success this time, making small changes for success rather than major ones and set up failure <em>306</em> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:41:14 EST