AJAYZCHAOS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AJAYZCHAOS AJAYZCHAOS'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/ A little luck, a little deception, a little surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336393 So, in 1 2 3 order. I got lucky on the bonus wheel this week and won one of Coach Nicole's DVDs. One of the two I was considering ordering this month so "Yea me!" <BR> <BR> I input my exercise information before I go to the gym because I know it's already there and if I don't do what I say I've made myself the worst kind of liar. Well, twice this week I input the info then could not do the entire routine because apparently I'm still recovering from the 'mild' case of pneumonia of the last... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:02:00 EST Can someone 'splain please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328767 Okay, I've been on SparkPeople for quite a while now and I've been pretty faithful in using the food tracker. Lately I've noticed changes, particularly today. It used to be that anyting you put in counted toward your total up to 15 items. I've noticed lately that things such as mayo and margarine don't count. Okay, I understand they are not really healthy for you but today I ate an avacado, 3 oz lean steak, a whole wheat pita and 1/2 tbs mayo. The tracker gave me 1 point for these four ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:48:56 EST Spring has finally arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325364 I enjoy spring, I really do, but this year it seemed to be just out of reach. I live in coastal Mississippi where the average yearly temp is , oh 80 F. But, this year spring has barely risen above 60 on most days. I dont mind really because I prefer cooler temps but...those temps don't allow for things like the blooming of roses-my bushes are full right now, tomato, cucumber, pepper, squash and watermelon plants that are showing flowers, or blackberry and blueberry bushes that are sproutin... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:57:38 EST Fortnight of ........fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318396 Yeeesh, it's been a bad two weeks. On the way home from the gym last Monday my car dies, at a red light at rush hour. Was Thursday before the verdict came back that my Kia was deader than dead. So, had to go car shopping Friday, got a clunker but it'll get me where I have to go. <BR> Was looking forward to getting back into the gym Monday. Yeah. The weekday nanny had an allergic reaction to shrimp Sunday night and I had to stay over. Didn't get out of there until 11 p.m. Monday nig... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:30:42 EST Getting, umm, better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303215 Okay, so have heard from some of you that you are having the same prob w/the BodyMedia, glad to know I'm not alone. But, the last few days it has gotten more accurate, or at least closer to the same count I'm getting as far as work out time. I've also been counting my own steps and it is usually 100-300 steps ahead of me. I'm sure I forget occasionally to count or start my next trip on the wrong number. Tested it while I was at the track yesterday and the counts came up just 3 off. So... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:27:07 EST disparities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294033 So I do 30 minutes on the bike, 5 minutes on the staircase to no where, 5 minutes on the rowing machine. Now, in my math that adds up to 40 minutes of aerobic training. Add in 20 minutes of weight work. That should be an hour, right? Well, I plug in my BodyMedia to my puter and it says....9 minutes of total activity for the day. <BR> EXCUSE ME?!? How the ??? Does anyone else have this problem with this gadget? Am I nuts? Okay don't answer that last one but any ideas on why the dispar... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:09:11 EST New toy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284088 Got a BodyMedia Fit today. After syncing it w/SparkPeople I suddenly realized that I can no longer get away w/fudging some of my fitness info. Yeah, I know we're not suppose to exaggerate but I'm sure I have more than once. But now, I have to be more accountable. Maybe a late birthday gift from my brother will become the thing I need to get me back on track. <em>40</em> <em>317</em> <em>319</em> <em>34</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:48:54 EST Pride goeth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277705 So I've spent the week reviewing what I SHOULD be doing, what I am doing and how I feel about it all. Yes, I could be doing alot more toward getting healthy. I could be doing even more about losing weight but the steps I've taken this far is much more than I've EVER done before so I am proud. I AM PROUD of how far I've come! I haven't been this proud of my physical self since I played basketball in elementary school and got up at 5 am to run 5 miles every morning. <BR> So, what am I doi... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:50:55 EST Where's the TARDIS when you need it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268700 Do you ever wish you could go back in time? Say if you had been overweight your entire life, lost 77 lbs when you were 23? Of course, you gained it all back. Would you want to go back to that time even if you knew that you only lost that weight because the rest of your life was so miserable you could not even think about eating most days? Or, would you go forward in time and see if you had finally conquered your weight and health problems? Perhaps you would go to a time period where more "... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:41:49 EST Boy, have I fallen behind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258549 Just realized it has been well over a year since I posted to this blog. <em>40</em> It doesn't seem possible but... Tuesday was my 48th birthday and I told myself I needed to come here to write something. Uh, yeah, that didn't happen, then I told myself yesterday I needed to get here. Well.... <BR> The birthday went well though. And I do not have a problem being a year older. I'm just happy to still be around to have birthdays. So, I sat down to evaluate my life. <BR> I've been ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:50:58 EST Recommitting works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577717 Got on the scale this morning, I've lost four of the fourteen pounds I put on lost month. That made me happy. Now, to continue this journey and lose the rewst of that so I can start moving even further along my way to fitness. <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>48</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:41:39 EST why does October exist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563010 October has always been a bad month for me. It was even worse this year. After my 3 month check up w/the edocrinologist I was informed that I had GAINED 14 lbs in three months. I knew I had gained and I even gave up on SparkPeople the last two months, but 14 lbs is way more than I thought. So, I am back and determined to rededicate my life to getting healthy. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:09:19 EST Back in the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113594 Thanks to all who offered good wishes for my surgery this morning. Everything went wonderfully, the procedure actually took less than an hour with no complications. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My six yoa niece insisted on going with us. Believe me when she flashes those violet eyes and the tears start rolling even the strictest disciplinarian (in this family that would be yours truly) CAN'T say no. And naturally everyone fell in love including my 63 yoa doc who spent 20 minutes explaining ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:01:40 EST Surgery tomorrow, exercising again Friday YEAH!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4111107 So, tomorrow is the big day. I go in at 7:00 am to have the stricture in my throat stretched out. According to my surgeon, Dr. Butcher (YES, that's his real name) I should be able to get back to a regular work out schedule in a day or two since my breathing should be back to normal. Things are looking UP. <BR> <BR> On the other hand pre-op procedures took 6 hours today because other patients didn't follow their pre-printed instructions. Um, frustration does NOT begin to describe my mood ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:14:20 EST Sharing progress, set backs and hopes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4099075 I haven't written in a while because I haven't had news. But, today I went to the enocrinologist, I've been having low blood sugar incidents, on average 2-3 a week. Well, today I was told my A1c is 4.7. Yow! My cholesterol, overall, is 88. Now you would think this would be good. So, why was I lectured? Apparently low cholesterol levels are as bad as high ones. <BR> <BR> The growth in my throat is scheduled for removal on Tuesday so at least I can get back to a normal exercise rou... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:57:07 EST Big day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031211 So, today's my birthday, the big 4-6( never thought I'd make it this far <em>244</em> )and I'm finally back on the internet after two months. My kitty Remi is still looking a little sorrowful everytime I sit down without logging on so hopefully she'll get back to normal soon. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it has NOT been a good time off. I did not gain any weight while away from my supportive Spark friends but nor did I lose, basically I remained between 172 and 176 but I also was not able to keep up... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 21:52:42 EST It's a New Year, a New Decade; a New ME? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3876729 Happy New Year! I realized last night it is also the beginning of a new decade. WOW! Time does fly. So, to begin all this newness I am recommitting to a new me. I've made some strides in the past few months but plan to pursue my goals with more gusto this year. I am in a mind set at this time to get things done as I've never been before. Hey, I've cleaned three closets just this morning! Yikes! <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are ready to pursue your goals as well. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:37:13 EST Happy Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3861667 Hi everyone. A little over two weeks ago my silver tabby, Remi, made a boo boo. No, I made a boo boo. I left an open container of o.j. near my lap top and Remi made a leap for the curtain above the computer desk. Long story short, kitty, juice and puter went down. Incidentally neither computers nor kitties like to be wet, so I'm w/o the net until I can replace my laptop. I'm 'borrowing' one today to do my greetings. (Trying to get on at my local library is a joke. It's like shopping in... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 12:23:08 EST Just settling down for a long winters nap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3827936 Temps tonight are suppose to dip in the hard freeze zone for 8-10 hours. I stopped on the way home this morning and picked up good stuff for my bro to make me chicken soup. I'll have something light and filling to eat for the coming days which are supposed to be bone chillingly cold. I also have salad makings, cheese to snack on and sugar free hot chocolate. I have no place to go for the next two days, I'm going to stay home, wrap presents and watch old movies. Oh, and nap. Sounds good ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 15:32:54 EST Double victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3821839 Had my audience with the rheumatologist yesterday. Remember the bone scan a month or so ago when the guy asked about bone cancer? Well, no cancer. Also, no rheumatoid arthritis which run highly in my family. JUST, inflammatory osteo arthritis in my heels, ankles,knees,pelvis, right hip, left thumb, wrist, elbows, right shoulder, and neck. So i look upon it as a victory. <BR> <BR> Secondly I stepped on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh in. After the Doc's edict that I increase... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 13:32:42 EST And, it's a new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814420 Called my endocrinologist first thing this morning & she moved my appointment up from Thursday to immediately. Pretty much agreed it was the stomach virus that did me in so I have to be careful about taking in a little extra calories until I'm back to normal. Seems counter intuitive when you're trying to lose weight but health trumps vanity at times like this. <BR> My aunts, uncles and cousins who live around me now know what happened yesterday so I have an extensive network of people who a... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:15:28 EST A Scared 5 year old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3813339 I came home with a stomach virus today. I laid down for a nap around 3 p.m. Started having odd dreams about my 5 yoa niece and her mother. At 5 p.m. I woke to find my latest dream was real. I was being force fed a regular Coke. It seems that when they showed up I was wandering around outside in my nightshirt, talking nonsense, and not quite myself. Well, my blood sugar was 23 so... after trying several things Brandi finally fed me the Coke or at least a little of it. Seems everytime ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:40:42 EST A Thankful Day of Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805547 We had our big dinner last night. My brother is a lead chef at a local casino, his wife is head of buffet at another, their son is a sous chef at a third; all of them scheduled to work today so we had Thanksgiving last night. At least I didn't have to cook. It's good to have chefs in the family. <BR> <BR> I did good, stayed well within my calorie, fat and carb counts. My blood sugar did go up to 200 after the big meal last night but was back to 111 this morning. <BR> <BR> Now I get t... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:05:33 EST Rainy days and Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3785884 Ugh, it's a rainy, dreary Monday on the Gulf Coast. And I started this day with a big breakfast of bacon, toast, oj and grits; a southern staple I rarely indulge in. Because of the weather, I'm assuming, we all overslept and breakfast was actually brunch so I skipped lunch and had a snack at 2 p.m. A cup of carrots, pepper strips and celery dipped in 4 oz hummus. I'm planning a late supper of left over Chinese. I've already checked the nutrition counts and will come in well within my ca... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:48:16 EST A winning week over all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3781158 Today has been a good day so far! I lost 2 lbs this week. <em>244</em> I've slept good the last three nights in a row despite my depression over my friend, perhaps she's been looking over me? My blood sugars have been between 80 and 130 meaning no highs or more importantly, lows. And, my boss has been human lately. <BR> I've increased my veggie intake this week as well as my low fat dairy and have gotten better about measuring everything. My negative? The nutrition tracker keeps tell... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 11:09:45 EST So not a good day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3778049 Happy Veteran's Day to all my military friends and Happy Birthday to my best friend of over 30 years Lisa. Too bad she's no longer around. Lisa was what I would have to call my soultwin. I miss her dearly and still do not understand her death two years ago. She was a vegan of 15 years yet she died of a massive coronary with no warning. She was one of the healthiest people I ever knew, far healthier than I have ever been I can tell you. So, today I am some what depresseed. <BR> I have ho... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 19:47:26 EST Dyed, fried and denied http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3762481 Yesterday was not good. I didn't even get a chance to get on the computer. I spent all day getting bone scans done and redone. Then when all was said and done the tech brings the radiologist in who says, "Is there much bone cancer in your family?" Um, no, none. Then he says the doc will have my films today and will call. Well, it's after 5 p.m. and no call. So, either doc hasn't seen them, was extremely busy or the radiologist scared me for nothing; in which case I'm going to g... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 18:18:13 EST Isee blue skies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3756638 Today is much better! I got 9 hours sleep, ate a good healthy breakfast and have the energy and the inclination to do major pre-holiday cleaning . My house is about to be scrubbed top to bottom. Good thing the place is small. <em>211</em> I don't plan on going overboard on food or locomotion today. I WILL keep my balance. Yesterday was bad enough. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 10:52:46 EST Still questing for brains, at least one, my own http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755345 Another night of no sleep. NONE. And, at 5 a.m. I got that shaky, moving underwater feeling. Blood sugar: 52. Not good, I tend to pass out under 55. So I ate a banana figuring I'd pay for it at breakfast reading. Naw, it was only 110, usually it raises it 80 or more points. It's why I save them for special treats. Anyway, I work 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday taking care of a handicapped child. When I got home I thought I could sleep. As soon as I closed my eyes the phone rang, do... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 20:44:55 EST Brains have how many calories or Zombies diet too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3752499 I got 1 1/2 hours sleep last night. one and a half. So, today I could star in any zombie remake filming sans makeup. Not only am I droopy, drained and drooling but I'm grumping and craving everything bad for me. And I've fought it all day. I am NOT giving in to the bowl of Tootsie Roll treats I have out for tricks or treats. I'm not. I keep looking at them and telling myself that they're brains like in the zombie movies. (I've actually been tricked into trying calves brains so at lea... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:55:21 EST Paging Mr. Spock or Most Illogical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3750437 Today was my weekly weigh in. Boy, was I dreading it. I over-indulged last night in fried chicken, cole slaw and onion rings. This after two weeks of the scale refusing to budge from 184 then going UP to188 last week. But, I took a huge breath and stepped up, when the numbers stopped flashing, 183.6! Blink, blink. Stepped off, tapped, stepped back on, 183.6, okay. Illogical, Captain. Sat, 30 Oct 2010 16:02:41 EST It's been one of those days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3748193 We finally got some cool weather on the coast last night. Yah! Opened up ALL the windows in the house to sleep. Pulled out the heavy comforter, cuddled down, my favorite sleeping weather. Uh, yeah, right. Before I could crawl my weary bones into bed the Empress, Silke Bella, my 7 yo long haired Chihuahua decided on her spot for the night. In all of a queen size bed she wanted the foot, as in where my feet belong and believe me when she gets settled you don't move her, 6 1/2 lbs or not, ... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:40:31 EST The devil comes in threes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3745991 My life has been visited by three demons this week, and none are weight or food related. The first, my brother brought home a new puppy who immediately decided she belonged to me. She is velcroed to my side, howls when I'm out of sight and does nasty things where I can step in them. Happy, happy, joy, joy. <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> Secondly, doctor's visit on Tuesday did not go well at all. Lupus is definitely on the table on top of the fibromyalgia, kidney failure and entire list of othe... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:31:33 EST