ANAIS57's SparkPeople Blog ANAIS57's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Frozen.... continued <img src=""> <BR> Went to the ice caves on Tuesday and talk about frozen; however, we weren't frozen...for once! Spent 5 hours out there on Lake Superior. Just amazing that we could walk on the lake and more amazing at the stunning beauty of the ice. Now we have snow. Great snowshoeing but I need to drive down to the cities. My son blew out his knee snowboarding and he will need surgery and I will need to help with the babies. I was goi... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:01:49 EST Frozen... not the Disney version <img src=""> <BR> We've been consistently below zero for weeks. For some reason, -17º sent me over the edge today. It's sunny and I was just hoping for a pleasant snowshoe excursion. So for now I have burrowed under the comforter in bed and have been playing on the computer ever since. It is nearly 11am. I'm delaying taking the pup out for as long as I can. I rarely spend this much time in bed but for some reason it just feels luxuriant.... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:52:36 EST end of the month... and the scale moved!!!! finally, after all these months, the scale has moved in my favor. 145! it took upping fasting to 3 days a week. i did gain weight over the holiday. i probably went up as high as 152 in early january. so it took the time to get back to 147. and now to finally a break through. i am nine pounds from goal!!!! <BR> <BR> we are in the end run around here. we are 28 days from launch. we leave march 1st for southern new mexico. we will be in the southwest for 3 months. my connection to sparkpeople ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:18:52 EST it's been 10 days 10 days since i have last been here. my granddaughters wore me out, but we had fun and then i was able to escape these subzero temps by flying down to naples, florida... just for 4 days but it was a break. had to get back here to do taxes this coming monday. i will head back down for a a few more days in a couple weeks. my dad has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis from asbestos exposure. at least we know now why his breathing isn't getting any better. so in these next weeks before we he... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:37:51 EST On the mend and a good fasting day the doc determined it was viral bronchitis... but who knows. i still ended up with an asthma in haler. i've been out each since snowshoeing of course the temps outside have warmed up considerably... we're in the 30s! so on the mend and it feels good to be moving again. <BR> <BR> had a good fast today. 485 calories. heading down to take care of my 3 granddaughters for a couple days... so not sure whether or not i will get much sp time. i probably won't fast again until friday and probably ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:15:28 EST finally... the doctor tomorrow tomorrow i will finally get the verdict... is this asthma or bronchitis and then hopefully get something that will calm this cough down. i want to also get back outside now that the temps will be going un into the 20s... and that's 20 above zero! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> fasting day today. i have been really struggling with fasting, but it has been a good one. i can't pinpoint exactly what makes today so different. it could be because i slept until 8am. which is usually unheard of. then th... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:28:08 EST hibernating... no if... ands ...or butts Ayyiyi.... when will this cold end? temps and whatever is going on in my chest. I have no energy mostly cause I can't get my breath and I can't seem to get off my butt. Yoga has to happen today it just has to. Watching CBS Sunday morning buried under blankets on the couch. -19º and -37º windchill <em>40</em> It was a rough night too. I think I did something stupid....really stupid. Took nyquil. It has been helping the cough at night, but then I took an oxycodone for the raging headache. I... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:51:34 EST Headed for the deep freeze I think I have it figured out... I don't think I am sick. I think the snowshoeing in below 0 temps have triggered asthma. I can't get into the doc until Wednesday. Even if I am better I think I will have to go in to get inhalers, so if this happens again I won't have to struggle so much. <em>273</em> <BR> <BR> Our housemate has helped with the morning walks yesterday and today... poor Sitka, he then doesn't get out for a long excursion until the hubby takes him in the afternoon. The next ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:04:18 EST We will get to above 0 for one day but I am down with a nasty cough Where did this cough come from? I am such a hermit. Whose germs have I been exposed to? Today we will be finally above 0 and I was so looking forward to a nicer and longer snowshoe excursion, but I won't be leaving my couch in front of the fire. The next few days we will be back into the way below zero. Sunday a high of -20º! <img src=""> me under a kittie blanket <BR> <BR> I had a successful fasting day yesterday. Will do my best to fa... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:11:44 EST -24 degrees is putting a damper on playing outside. Day is breaking at 7am. -24º and the windchill is -56º. <img src="">Love the cold cloud on the lake....some call it lake smoke. Started a fire and did a yoga routine. Now having coffee in front of the fire and going to spend the day playing catch-up with business stuff. Got the xmas decorations packed away and back in storage yesterday, a bit more cleaning to do and I will welcome the new year in quietly with a glass of wine and some m... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:18:57 EST Successful holiday celebration including pics for proof <img src=""> We're missing my brother and his family, but we did fit all these people in my house for 3 days of celebratory meals and gifts. Copious amounts of wine and sweets were consumed. I took my sister and nieces snowshoeing each day and we had a great time while packing down some new trails. <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:38:20 EST Day 706 Steady below zero temps....way below It is difficult to want to be very active. We have been -16º with -27º windchill. I just want o be burrowed under the blankets. But I am getting out there for a walk or a snowshoe. The snow is so deep, it turns into a sweat drenching workout. Have to get home before the sweat turns me into a human ice cube <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Got my 2 days of fasting in this week. Have no idea where I am weight wise. Probably the same but not losing. Maybe I'll weigh in the morning. <BR> <BR> We ha... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:57:34 EST Day 700 -16º this morn.... -33º windchill. this may be a long winter headed down the road to stillwater. will be without internet mostly so i won't be back to sp until monday. <BR> <BR> the sun is beautiful this morn and no wind thankfully, so the pup and i made it 2 miles. his feet were getting pretty cold ... he wanted to keep going, but i didn't want him to freeze those pads. <BR> <BR> packed and we are headed out. hope there will be a good turn out for this festival even with the cold Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:58:02 EST Day 699... So.... .... so..... so....tired. 28 inches of snow fell and now it's shoveled. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> what a work out. i am done. goodnight Thu, 5 Dec 2013 22:49:22 EST Day 696... holding steady...seemingly forever i guess i should just be happy that i won't be gaining weight through the holiday season. but the scale isn't budging. maybe when the snow really comes and i am snowshoeing daily the weight will start to shift. maybe fasting 2 days a week is what i need to maintain.... arghhh <em>234</em> that would not be ok. i won't make my goal weight by end of year. maybe by next summer. i have 12 more pounds to go. but that's what i get for all the yoyo weight shifting all these years. <BR> <BR> today... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:51:20 EST Day 695....tis the season back from florida and home in front of the fire decorating the house for the holidays. it's very cozy and i am feeling accomplished. i love when the house is festive.. all the outside light i put up on a nice 50º day. all i had to do when i returned was flip the switch. <BR> <BR> i didn't fast while in florida so today i squeezed a day in. just one meal. i will be back on my regular schedule of monday and thursday. <BR> <BR> today: <BR> roasted chicken breast, roasted broccoli and 1/2 a sw... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:45:23 EST Day 686... another week has gone by feel like i just wrote here, but it was last thursday already.... arghhh. been dealing with headaches for the last couple days. i don't think i can keep up with this fasting day if the headache won't let up. i need to go eat something now. i don't think i want to fast tomorrow instead. just want to get it done with. tomorrow we set up for festival of trees. it will be a very busy next few days. <BR> i also need to pack for florida as we jump a plane monday morning! going to spend a few days... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:04:07 EST Day 685 Reprieve from winter Gosh it's been almost a week since I've written. Busy getting ready for Festival of Trees. Took on making 3 pieces with individual crystals that have been time intensive. I made each crystal bead and we make our own sterling all takes so much time. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, the mercury rose and today was the day to get outside and button up the yard as well as put up the christmas lights. By this weekend we wil... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:16:18 EST Day 679..... winter wonderland yep... it is snowing. i woke up to a beautiful sunrise and had a lovely hike through the woods on the golf course. it wasn't even 30º when we headed out... winter is upon us. <BR> <BR> very busy today in the studio, very productive and easier to fast today. no headaches today. i made the most amazing whole roast chicken in the slow cooker.... so flavorful! <BR> <BR><BR>ic-lime-chipotle-roasted-chicken/ <BR> <BR> now this evening i need to get pics ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 17:55:48 EST Day 678... skipped my fast day.... maybe tomorrow I've been struggling with headaches. They've been coming on at night. Don't know if they are part of this crud I have had or some recent family stress... or both. Sometimes fasting days bring on a headache., so today, I just couldn't get into it. I couldn't imagine waiting until after 12 noon to eat. As soon as I ate this morning, I felt better. Hubby let me stay in bed and made and brought me coffee. That's a real treat because he is the one that usually sleeps late. <BR> <BR> Had the last ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:43:50 EST Day 676 Feeling accomplished It was a great day.... still have such a nasty cough that I am not getting much sleep, but I felt really organized today <em>244</em> <BR> Got jewelry repairs complete and sent out two orders today. Updated the website and finished my framing projects. Then made a yummy dinner. Love days like this. <BR> <BR> I am not sleeping well at night and now I am completely tuckered out. So I think, I will retire upstairs and when I fall asleep, I fall asleep. Hopefully I can stay in bed all night ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 19:57:03 EST Day 674 stuffed to the gills Need to go log some food... think maybe I overate. Feeling really full. Think I am eating for comfort. Go figure... then I am uncomfortable. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Beautiful, albeit chilly fall day. Gorgeous hike and took on some painting projects. I want a central theme of my photo frames. So I spent the day taking down light colored wood frames and spray painting and brush painting them black. Cleaned up my work bench and need to get to work on some jewelry tomorrow. I have a custom orde... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:10:14 EST Day 672 No better....the ugly cough has moved in Yep, after a cold it seems I always get viral induced asthma. The deal is I rarely get a cold. Hopefully, this is it for the year. The cough kept waking me up all night. I might just have to sleep in the recliner so I am upright to keep this junk out of my chest. <em>282</em> Right now I am buried under blankets and 2 cats. Wish I could be here all day. <BR> The hubby is gone today so I have to take the pup out for his walks. <BR> <BR> Will get more protein in today. It think I've been r... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:51:52 EST Day 670 fasting and recuperating and being grateful Decided to fast today as I have a wedding tomorrow evening. Fell asleep at 7:30pm last night and slept until 8am this morn. So grateful that my cold isn't worse than it is.... just exhausted and a cough. No runny nose cause it is all a post-nasal drip which might result in an ugly cough...we'll see. <em>527</em> . Pretty much just staying in bed and playing on computer. Catching up on Bones. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself this morn and I am back on track and hoping to break through and get dow... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:19:27 EST Day 668.... I'm baaaack Trip to Chicago with the 5 and 3 year old g-baby girls.... a success, but somewhere along the line, I picked up a cold. I don't get sick due to the fact I am practically a hermit up here in Duluth. I just don't have a lot of contact with germs here at home. The girls aren't sick and hopefully I didn't give this to them. I am one tuckered out g-mama. We went to a pumpkin patch and had 2 birthday parties. <img src=""> (jammin' to tunes on ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:59:04 EST Day 659 fasting day is easy today~ for once! Fasting. And no problem with it today. No real craving and no hunger pangs today. Been crazy busy day with updating photo collages and photo frames. Ran out of ink. It will all have to wait until tomorrow. Another rainy day. Joints hurt and I got busy with yoga this morning. After my morning hike, I started a fire and just hunkered in. We will be below freezing the rest of the week at night and in the mid to upper 30s during the day. Snow is forecasted for this weekend. Nothing that will re... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:09:33 EST Day 657 Blustery, stormy day.... good day to tackle to-do list Fasting day today <em>43</em> . It's pouring out there and blowing. Trying to muster up the desire to take Sitka for a short walk. Have a roaring fire going and just finishing my coffee. Going to put pots of beans on to cook today. Cleaned my make-up brushes. Figure I will do some house cleaning and maybe even get a couple of pieces of jewelry made. Right now I don't want to come out from under my down throw. So cozy here. <BR> <BR> It's one of my granddaughter's birthday today. Myla is 3... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:47:13 EST Day 654 Off day...taking care of a headache I think I slept crooked. Woke up with a wicked headache and sore neck. Long hike in the woods helped clear the head a bit. Got home and did some cleaning and now need to finish my website, but I am procrastinating. I probably should throw some hulu on and catch up with Grey's Anantomy and just veggitate. Just gotta do that some days. <BR> <BR> Even though the scale didn't move this week, my pants are even bigger.... good sign. I am finding it easier to stop throughout the day and do littl... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 15:46:57 EST Day 652 ~Hunger and my brain chemistry The only time I have ever felt what a thin person must feel like is when I've been on drugs. Yes, back in the day, I did phen-fen and it was quite literally a miracle. But of course came the news of the lethal effects it could have. Have never used anything again until recently when my doc gave me Belviq. New FDA appetite suppresant that is touted to be safe. It wasn't as powerful as phen-fen, but it definitely did the trick. I did 2 months of it, but it is $40 a month and I gave it up becau... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:06:47 EST Day 650- website work today, hiking and baking and I better up my exercise to make my December goal. Gorgeous sunrise this morning. <img src="">A lot to squeeze in today. We are hosting an event for our housemate's school board campaign and we are suppose to bring stuff to share... pumpkin spice bars seem to fill the ticket. We are having gorgeous weather. 70s today. Going to head out shortly for a hike and then need to be back to meet my girlfriend who will help me with our website. I am redoing it and I am kind of stuck. <BR> <BR> My a... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 09:52:18 EST Day 649 fasting...scones...fasting... scones....both! i had a meeting this morning and made the most unbelievably delicious caramel apple scones. was going to wait until tomorrow to fast... but realized i would just start at 11:30 am and go for a 24 hour fast instead of my longer one. but with the scones and the quinoa salad i think i was under 500 calories anyway. i won't have anything until after 11:30 am tomorrow. <BR> <BR> worked in the garden...packed up the tchotchkeys. a gorgeous day to do that instead of waiting until it gets cold. ther... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 21:13:02 EST Day 645 ... warm temps give into a chill in the air Windy, cold and a ton of rain coming. Good hike this morning. Working in the studio today. 5 pieces of jewelry out the door today. Love it. <img src=""> There is much more to do. Inventory is getting low and speaking of inventory we need to do a full inventory of product and materials before tax time. Also designing a new website so folks can order straight from the site. Most of my sales are from facebook! <BR> <BR> Today is a fasting d... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:36:52 EST Day 642....Extraordinary autumn days ahead. Good day to fast. Gorgeous sunrise this morning. Saturday and Sunday were also extraordinary sunrises with my granddaughters. First time they have experienced a sunrise. My almost 5 yr old said, "Meme, what is that?! Is that the sun saying good morning?" <img src=""> <BR> The next 2 days it will be sunny and mid 70s. Good day to hang out some laundry. <BR> <BR> Yesterday...we took a drive through the fall colors. My hubby and our pals on their on thei... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:24:03 EST Day 638... Chip is still at large and still struggling with fasting So Chip is still behind the bookcase and has managed to get the walnuts out of the trap without tripping it. Doesn't he get it? Once he lands in the trap, I get to set him free! <em>219</em> The little bugger, he has outsmarted me for sure. <BR> <BR> This is my third fasting day this week and I am still struggle with headaches and a gnawing in my belly that doesn't pass. I do my best to psych my belly out as fasting day is my repairing day and my anticancer day, so I won't give up or give ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:42:12 EST Day 637 saga of Chip continues... Little chipmunk is still behind my bookcase. I just watched him run through one of the traps without tripping it...dang! There are also 2 cats keeping guard. Sure wish he'd get in the trap so I can carry him out to safety. <img src=""> <BR> Chippy made a break for it. He is now in the downstairs bookcase. I've got all the cats outside and moved a trap downstairs with walnuts and bread leading to it and in it. Maybe I can get him now. <BR>... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:30:44 EST Day 636... Chip and Dale... okay only chip Have a chipmunk in my bedroom. One of the cats brought it in. Wildwoods gave me 3 live traps but with one of my cats standing guard... I just don't know if he is going to make attempt for that peanut butter. When my hubby is home we have managed to catch them by getting them cornered and getting them into a basket, but with no one helping me get it cornered, I am having no luck. Hopefully, in the morning I will be able to let the little critter go free. <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> Today is a f... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:34:52 EST Day 634 ...glorious fall day for a ballon festival Last day of the hot air balloon festival. We live over Lake Superior and that lake and its winds won't allow for the balloons to take off, but it was still impressive to have such a festival. My parents were here visiting and it was a nice visit and great to have festivities going on. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My folks were the last of the summer company. They've been going through some very stressful times and it was nice to have them here... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:50:55 EST Day 629.... struggling with this fasting day...argghhh! So hungry.... letting the feeling go and then it comes raging back. Not sure why it has been so hard today. Enormous headache for a short very intense period of time. I got through. My husband said he really struggled today too. <BR> Made 3 new pieces of jewelry today ... no a very good day. <img src=""> Tried to keep busy with cleaning and prepping for my parents arrival in the morning. They are flying in from Chicago. My gra... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:31:19 EST Day 627... routine return My cousin and her husband were visiting for 3 days. The hustle of cooking and cleaning and then playing tour guide kept me away from the computer. A lot of hiking hopefully offset the feasting. But maybe that is old thinking. So far, on non-fast days, what I eat doesn't seem to make a difference. It's a test to just trust the process. <BR> <BR> I ran out of Belviq and have not refilled the prescription. It's expensive and I am wondering if I can go it on my own. I did notice much more hunge... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:34:48 EST Day 622....coming out of the fog into the last days of summer Fog has lifted. heavily overcast but in the 70s today and tomorrow. Then the mercury drops to fall like weather...low 60s. Woke up with a massive headache. Slept with a crooked neck? I was so looking forward to a good nights sleep. Oh well... maybe a nap this afternoon. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I was looking forward to my breakfast ... it was delicious, but the headache kept me from truly enjoying it. I can't put off hiking with the pup. So off we go. I'll stop in here later. <BR> <BR> Tod... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:15:40 EST Day 621... in a fog....literally can't see across the street. temps are cool. today was a great day for cleaning and baking as we have guests arriving on wednesday. so glad they didn't arrive today. i have been boasting about the extraordinary scenery and it has disappeared completely in this fog. today is a fasting day so the aroma of all the baking made it a little more difficult than usual, but i made it. looking forward to a scrumptious breakfast. <BR> <BR> i am wiped out.... didn't sleep well last night and today the... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:21:18 EST Day 618 lost a pound! only 11 lbs from my goal It always seems I have 30lbs to lose and now there are only 11 more to let go of. <BR> <BR> I am down with my g-baby girls and completely tuckered out. don't know if i will be back here this weekend, but i had to stop in tonight to record the loss. small celebrations count big in my book. <BR> <BR> After the 3 hour drive, I picked up the girls and headed to the library, then out for a picnic and swim at the beach. It was 94º here <img src=" Fri, 6 Sep 2013 23:25:04 EST Day 617 most fast paced summer ever and starting to enjoy fasting days wow.... where have the days gone? after all the funerals, we had such an amazing time reconnecting with family... invitations led to cabin stays and folks passing through our house. and now i am off for 2.5 days to be with my granddaughters. i have cousins coming through the end of next week, a 3 day trip to tucson and then my parents arrive. so not sure how often i will be blogging if at all. <BR> <BR> clothes are getting looser. don't know my weight exactly.... decided not to get on scale ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 19:28:58 EST Day 607 Hot Stuff We survived nearly 100º yesterday. It will be another hot one today. We don't have air conditioning as this is a rare day(s) in northern minnesota. Out for my walk at 6:30am. I think it will be a 3 shower day. It rained hard last night and oh how we needed that. Sitka needs a thorough brushing to thin out his coat. So we will be off to the doggie wash today. Working in the basement would be a good idea as it is very cool down there. But right now, I am comfortable just sitting under the fa... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:15:24 EST Day 604.... feeling off today Woke up to having our cars broken into and one of our cats gone. After figuring it all out, I am even more creeped out. They came in our back yard leaving the gate open. And one of the cats got out. He was no where to be found, but I found him this afternoon luckily. I had entertained the thought that maybe they stole him <img src=""> but Moscow is safe at home. So why did the car burglars come in the yard? To try the back door? The two... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:12:53 EST Day 603....hmmm where did yesterday go? Wow, time is flying this summer. I am trying to to remember what I did yesterday. Overall, I guess I have been gettin ready for Hillside fest on Sunday. So making new pieces of jewelry and organizing. We will be heading back down to Minneapolis on Sunday for Ken's funeral.... heck Gerard hasn't even gotten home yet from his dad's funeral. He is riding up from the cities today. Day after tomorrow we will make the trip back down. He's kept to his fast while being gone. I am glad we've kept to e... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:40:34 EST Day 601.... The scale moved!!!!!!!!! Got up this morning early. Hopped on the scale as yesterday was a fasting day and today it said 148!!!!!!! I have been holding at 150 for weeks <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> 7am We were on the lake shore. Perfect temp for a walk. Fog was so ethereal. By mid-afternoon we will be in the 90s. Came home to clean before I can't do anything but lay under a fan. Had both roombas going(Robby on the 3rd floor and Robby Too on the main floor....) and hauled out kirby to do stairs and the first floor. Even ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:13:20 EST Day 600 -Easy Peasy Fasting day.... no problem. It's getting easier. Today's afternoon meal was filling and had to eat in two portions. It was only 168 calories and I couldn't eat it all! And I get to eat again yet tonight! I made a whole package of shiratake noodles with roasted tomatoes and swiss chard from the garden with a 2 slices of provolone cheese. Think I will just take a tortilla and black beans and mango salsa for dinner. <BR> <BR> Returned yesterday from my father-in-law's funeral and now a friend... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:30:23 EST Day 597.... still no movement yet the pile of give away clothes keeps growing I was really hoping this morning would have been the morning for the scale to take a dip.... but nothing. But every thing I pull from the closet is too big. So it's all good. Yesterday, I blogged about figuring out the fasting and I am surprised at how easy yesterday's fast was. <BR> <BR> Need to get moving this morning. Got to get out for a hike and do some ab exercises and yoga before I get on the road. Tomorrow morning is the funeral and celebration of my father-in-laws life. Not taking t... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:59:57 EST Day 596 finally have this fasting thing figured out. Wow...4 days since my last blog. Life kind of sped up. My father-in-law passed this week and we've been rallying to get things taken care of and get down to minneapolis for the funeral. The passing was a good thing. He was 89 years and in the last stages of COPD. He was ready. <BR> <BR> Today is a fasting day and I finally have things figured out. My goal is to stop eating by 5 or 6 pm the previous day. I then wake up and just have coffee until 11am or noon. Then I have either 300 calories o... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:14:41 EST