ANGIEN9's SparkPeople Blog ANGIEN9's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Trying to get it together. I have been lurking in the back ground. Trying to get back on my program. <BR> <BR> Motivation is very limited. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:57:33 EST Sunday Great weekend with my sister and nephew and great nephews. BBQ on a fire pit. Pork ribs were the best!! Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:12:05 EST Spending Saturday with great nephews. I have my great nephews for the day. They are teenagers and I am so happy to have them with me!! They make me happy!! Hope everyone enjoys their day. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:30:45 EST Friends How thankful I am for the friends in my life. Those that stop by and check on me. That text me. And those on SP. I am blessed!! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:44:26 EST Would like to show u a picture of my little sis and her grandsons. <img src=""> <BR> And sleep just won't come tonight¡! So what to do...get up and get a snack. Sloppy joe sauce with meat over a bun. Better than some things I could eat. I will see if that helps me go to sleep. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:15:39 EST Party, food oh my!! <img src=""> <BR> I went to a graduation and homecoming party. Lots of food. I ate over my calorie range, but not going to beat myself up about it. Tomorrow is a new day!! I will pick myself up, dust myself off and start a new day tomorrow. Have a great Sunday!! Sat, 20 May 2017 21:59:28 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> The sun is shining today. Forecast is for cooler and rain/thunderstorms. I tried a new recipe in the Crock-Pot the other day and liked it so well I am making more today. It is cabbage rolls without rolling them. Calls for shredded cabbage, hamburger...I cook mine before putting it in, quinoa, tomato sauce and tomato paste. Season as you like. I could have cooked mine longer as the cabbage was a ... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:53:42 EST Friday It was a good day. I am off pop since April 29. I crave it sometimes...but I have even been in the store I usually buy soda pop and resisted!! <BR> <BR> Water is getting boring. Have to get some crystal light powder. <BR> <BR> Happy Mother's Day to all those moms in Spark People!! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>593</em> <em>220</em> <BR> Sat, 13 May 2017 00:00:12 EST From a friend <img src=""> <BR> Live Fully. Create Happiness. Speak Kindly. Hug Daily. Smile Often. Hope More. Laugh Freely. Seek Truth. Inspire Change. Love Deeply. Have a great weekend!!! Here is my great niece!! What a happy girl!!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:40:01 EST Getting ready for Easter <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Today I did water aerobics for 60 minutes. I started in the shallow end of the pool in 2011. I was lucky if I could stay in the pool for 30 minutes back then. Hope to continue to go to water aerobics 3 times a week. Must share..this awesome picture of two of my great nephews. Wish I could see them in per... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:19:03 EST New scale I bought a new scale yesterday. My old one quit working. I am hoping this will help keep me on top of my weight. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:10:04 EST Sunshine I got up late today. Usually happens a day or two after a poor night's rest. <em>102</em> Just got a call from a friend that is coming to visit. She takes priority over this blog! Hope you are all having a great day!! <BR> Angie Tue, 4 Apr 2017 19:25:41 EST Let's do this... <img src=""> <BR> I am trying to blog more often . Getting on the SP website and getting points. The tracking of meals is slowly happening. Exercise is not happening. Hope you have a great week!! Here is great niece. She is cheering me on!! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 02:22:55 EST Have been lurking... <img src=""> <BR> I have been lurking in the back ground since I came back. Last year was rough. Finally figured out my app on my phone!! So here I am. 30 pounds heavier than last year. On a positive note... I restarted my Y membership. Doing water aerobics. Smiles, Angie Sat, 1 Apr 2017 02:19:37 EST Another early morning. I had another early morning today, but I went to sleep on time and feel pretty good. I have a 7 am appointment, so it was a planned thing that I knew about before I went to bed. That does help as I know I have a certain time I need to be in bed. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I have a friend coming over this morning after my appointment. We haven't seen each other in months. It will be nice to see her. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I finally started to hang my family pictures on the wall in the li... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 07:59:23 EST Early Morning Today I was up with the <em>67</em> . I just have a very hard time picking a warm enough yet not too warm blanket for this time of year. ( I woke up sweating a bit!) I wasn't feeling good yesterday <em>282</em> after I finished at the doctor's appointment, so stayed home the rest of the day. (I feel much better today!) I had a conference call at 5:30 pm MST. <BR> <BR> My sister arrived here at about 9:45 pm. She is just going through and must be to work by 1:00 pm in Basin, Wyoming. ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:34:54 EST Another month has gone by... It is already June 1st. Don't know why, but time seems to be flying by!! Where did May go? <BR> <em>411</em> Almost half a year down already! Wow! The older I get the faster it goes. Anyone else feel like that?? <em>58</em> seems like yesterday I was graduating from high was over 30 years ago!! <BR> <BR> My great nieces and nephews are graduating now or have graduated in the past few years; from high school and college. My niece got her CPA license this year. Yay!! Her siste... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 18:34:51 EST I have a SP twin!! I just read a blog and wish I had the link to it. <em>245</em> If I some of my family or friends read it they would think I wrote it!!! <em>230</em> The blog was by AUTIEJ. (I think that is her full spark name.) Anyway, she hit the nail on the head for me. She is a worrier. So am I! Not just about little things, but everything. Things that have never happen or will never happen again. (At least that is what I worry about...and it sounds like she is the same!!) She mentioned cortisol and... Wed, 25 May 2016 09:16:01 EST Fruit Loops and multi grain Cheerios... Okay. So last night I took two servings of Fruit loops to bed...dry. And then I took a serving of Special K wheat flakes with strawberries with almond milk...unsweetened. I finished the Fruit Loops and got tired while eating the Special K, so set it on the night table. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning and thought to myself...did I really set that down before I went to sleep?? <BR> It was mush and looked terrible!! But I hadn't eaten much of it, so I figure that is a <em>521</em> for not... Mon, 23 May 2016 01:14:11 EST Sunshine and warmth I am enjoying the warmer weather. We must have had rain last night or a thunderstorm. I didn't hear it, but saw the rain on my Jeep this morning. They are forecasting more thunderstorms this afternoon. Probably due to the warmer temperatures we are having. <BR> <BR> It is almost the end of May and it could still snow, but maybe only in the mountains. Memorial Day it is known to snow in the mountains. First big holiday of summer. I don't have any plans. Probably hang around the house. Maybe ... Thu, 19 May 2016 17:01:59 EST Has it really been two weeks since I blogged?? I just find it amazing how fast this year is going by!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I went last Wednesday and had x-rays and a cortisone shot in my right knee. My partial knee replacement in my left knee is intact, even after my fall. Guess that was about a month ago. I have a spur on the inside of my replacement, arthritis on the other side of it-- pretty bad. And my right knee is bone on bone. Guess I will have to think about when the right time will be to have them replaced. Not now or in... Tue, 17 May 2016 23:48:43 EST Wow! May 1st, 2016 Already I can hardly believe it is May 1st today! I thought it was about time for a blog. I haven't written one in awhile. <em>411</em> <em>335</em> <em>449</em> Do you remember May Day baskets? We made them every year at school and then dropped them off at elderly people's homes in our little town. It was fun to ring the bell and run then watch their faces as they saw them on their step. That was a big deal to me. I loved several of the elderly people in our town and my neighborhood. They ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:38:53 EST Bummer.... I just noticed that I broke my streak of logging in everyday!! And I was over 450 or more. Well, guess I was busy and tried to log in on my phone and for some reason it isn't working. Need to check my password again!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I will start over now. I know I can get another good streak going. <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> We have rain today. Much needed rain!! <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> I also heard today that we are suppose to have a ve... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:37:08 EST Friday is here, finally!! TGIF!! I got a good night's <em>102</em> . I feel refreshed. Friday's are usually a busy day for me. I go to therapy at 8 am , today and from now on I will go to my friend and neighbor's home and get her breakfast. She is 80 years old and her daughter lives with her and is her caregiver. I can walk over to her home. She is a sweet lady and I have known her for 20 years now. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I worked at a senior center as an activity director when she was the President of the Boa... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:29:21 EST Log in day 475!! Wow! I have logged in and then spun the spark points wheel for 475 days consecutively. That is definitely a record for me. <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> I also usually do other things once I am on the site. I score spark points and often comment on others progress or comment on wall posts. <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> I am so excited that I am able to continue this streak!! I may not blog or vlog every day anymore, but when I do I make it worthwhile instead of just rambling on about my day to da... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:11:25 EST Sleep is a beautiful thing!! I slept so well last night!! <em>102</em> I feel so good today. Not hypomanic or depressed. Just normal...whatever that means. Guess for me normal means stable mood and getting a lot done. <BR> <BR> Taking a friend for surgery this afternoon. <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> Did a load of laundry and waiting to put it in the dryer. <BR> <BR> Going to get a shower and go. <BR> <BR> Sorry so short. Just thought I would give everyone that wants one an update!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR>... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:35:30 EST Spring ahead... It is hard to believe tht we are already so close to spring!! We had such a mild winter here in Billings, Montàna. Now they are forecasting some snow for this next week. It has been nice and mild temperature wise most of January and February... Now mother nature wants us to be cold again!! Too bad really. As the trees are starting to bud out and if it freezes again lots of plants, bushes and trees might freeze. <BR> <BR> Still enjoying the quiet at my new place. Think I will stop calling it ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 07:58:28 EST Finally moved and it is time to blog!! I am finally moved. It is a wonderful apt. I have a bigger space and my niece will finish painting today. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Today is day 454 of logging in and spinning the spark wheel. I make it a habit to get on here first thing in the morning to log in and spin!! <BR> <BR> My move has been amazing. The 4 plex I now live in is so quiet at night and really quiet during the day. Most days I am the only one home when I am home, that is!! I try to leave my apt at least once 6 days a week.. I hav... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:37:03 EST Woke up early and chilly!! I was awake at 4:30 am and my heat has only rose one degree from last night. It had gotten down to 66 degrees in my apartment yesterday. I called the maintenance man and he told me what to try. The heat, we have a boiler in the basement, hot water heat did start to work. The registers were warm last night so I know it had turned back on. Well, it is 67 degrees. <BR> <BR> Not that bad. But it is cold enough that I have a sore throat now. Could have been getting sick already, but when my heat ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:09:51 EST Lost another 4 pounds! I hadn't been to the doctor for weight management for 6 1/2 weeks, since before Christmas. I put on 10 pounds over about 3 weeks at Christmas time. Took that off and another 4 pounds. My next goal is 199. Only 8 pounds to go!! I am not at 207 pounds. I have lost 26 pounds since July 2015. Guess that is not too bad. I am at 37 % body fat. I did lose some lean muscle mass, but dropped my protein needs to 80 grams. That should be easier for me. (She said she lowered it, because I weigh less and ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:58:07 EST Hello Fresh Box I received my Hello Fresh Box on Thursday. I had to try one of the recipes that night. I chose the Butternut Squash Agnolotti with Apples, Spinach, and Sage-Brown Butter Sauce. I didn't peel the apple like I was suppose to, but I figured more fiber. Right!! It was very tasty. Easy to prepare and only took about 35 minutes to prepare and cook. It is a meatless meal. But that was okay. If I ever make it again I would cook some chicken or fish with it. <BR> <BR> Today I am cooking Sugar-Rubbed... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:55:53 EST Day 403 of logging in and spinning the spark wheel. I can hardly believe I have been on here consistently for 403 days. Now if I could start a blogging streak that would be awesome!! When things are going well I tend to not blog as much. I feel like I have nothing to share that is full of wisdom or worth reading. Maybe not even full of wisdom. I do share a lot about my depression and mood disorder. I get lots of comments about that. I think people are glad I share that as it is so hard to understand for people that don't experience it. <BR> ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:06:37 EST Finally adding my goals for 2016!! Well, I have been saying for 14 days now that I would add my goals to my blog. A little procrastination and here they are: <BR> <BR> 1. By June 2016 be at 190 pounds or less. (I think I can exceed that!!) <BR> 2. When I want something sweet I will substitute a healthy fruit instead of candy. <BR> 3. Do pool PT at least twice a week. (I have since added a day. Let's see if I can do that!!) <BR> 4. Continue seeing my psychiatrist; taking medications as prescribed and see my therapist <BR> ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:42:56 EST Thinking of the new year. Today I am thinking about 2016. Thinking of goals and plans I want to accomplish. Dreams to reach for in 2016!! I know I want to be healthy. So far 2015 has been a pretty good year for that. I want to exercise more. Once my toe heals I will work on that. I want to visit my sister in Wyoming more often in 2016. I think that is totally doable. <BR> <BR> That is just a few of the things on my list. I also want to stay out of the hospital and do PT in the pool twice a week regularly. <BR> <BR... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:09:23 EST Snow Day! We had snow yesterday. Lots of snow. In fact for the first time I can remember since I have lived here they called a snow day. Not just in Billings, but surrounding communities. The kids will have a great day. Hope not too many are on the roads. Teenagers that is. They tend to take more risks than more experienced drivers. And they like to spin around and do circles in the snow. Than is fun to them. Not Me!! Keep me on the straight and narrow path going down the road and don't let me slip too... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:40:50 EST I made it! 365 days of logging in and spinning the wheel! <em>244</em> Now let's try for 2 years!! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! <BR> <BR> Angie Sat, 12 Dec 2015 14:39:37 EST One more day!! Tomorrow is day 365!! I whole year of logging in and spinning the wheel. Thank you all for encouraging me. I might not have done it without the praise and inspiration of others. I wrapped up my shopping today. Feels good!! Working on one other project for my grand nephew. That will done today. Then I need to get my cards out. Some of them should be in the mail today. I am hoping anyway. I don't like to be late with my cards. <BR> <BR> Recovering from having my toe nail removed yesterday. Nev... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:46:48 EST The good news is... I lost 9 pounds in 8 weeks!! <em>244</em> I was so excited when I weighed. The doctor is so encouraging. I am well on my way to One-derland! Now if I can keep losing throughout the Christmas holiday I will be very happy. It is not easy when going to church dinners, parties and having others over. I love to bake and try to give everything away except my energy bites!! Those I can have and they are delicious!! <BR> <em>302</em> no picture to show what they look like. <BR> <BR> I hope ev... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 20:36:37 EST Almost a whole year... of logging in daily. I am up to day 360, <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't think I could do it. This is much better than Facebook, except I don't see my family pictures that they post. <BR> <BR> I go to the weight management doctor today. I think I am down to 211 pounds. We shall see. I try to use my scale and add 5 pounds as that is usually what her scale says. Maybe it won't be that high today as I haven't eaten much today. <BR> <BR> Plan to go do a load of laundry then do some comput... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 12:10:35 EST December 1st, 2015 December has begun. I went to the post office yesterday and encountered a large line. The Christmas mailing season has begun. I have a few more things to mail, but will wait until I have more time to stand in line. <BR> <BR> I doing better not eating at night or at least not right before I go to bed. Lots of sleep last night and improvement in my weight today. Seems the more sleep I get the better I do. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Remember to eat healthy and get your sleep this Christmas sea... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 15:06:35 EST Going out today. It is cold here. 3 degrees F and wind chill of -5. Burrr!! I am going to venture out today. I have a few errands to run and a friend needs to go to Walmart. I probably won't go in, although I slept on top of my glasses and they could use some adjusting. I know. How did I do that? Well, I fell asleep with them on and during the night must have taken them off and put them on the bed. Never know when I do things in my sleep!! <BR> <BR> It is chilly in my apartment. I had to turn the heat up, bu... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:24:43 EST Day 350 Here we are at day 350 of logging in to Spark People. Quite a victory for me. It gets me to work towards more points every day and teaches me new things. Love the articles and going to my teams; making comments on others pages and blogs. <em>252</em> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:10:07 EST Day 349 happens to be Thanksgiving Day!! It is getting to be so close to a year of logging in every day. And I am especially thankful for today. Thanksgiving Day is a day to be thankful for all we have. We may not have much, but the material things are not that important. The family, friends, spark friends and my church family are truly blessings in my life and I am thankful for each and every one of them!! So I am thankful for you!! I have been on SP since 2011. I have had lots of success and some relapses. My mental illness has b... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:54:33 EST 340 days of logging in and going strong!! I get closer and closer to a year of logging in everyday. I also spin the wheel, blog, read articles and visit my teams. I also love to spin the bonus spins for my teams. I am down to five teams. Hoping for some suggestions about some good teams to join. I just joined the Bipolar team and am really glad I did. Wow! People just like me!! Not only trying to lose weight, but dealing with a difficult mental illness at the same time. Considering the medication we must take to remain stable, it is ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:26:23 EST Beautiful, Sunny Sunday It is beautiful and sunny today. Amazing for November 15th. Usually we have snow by Halloween or at least it is cold then. The weather is just beautiful. The sun improves my mood and makes me glad I can see it. <em>67</em> Last year at this time I lived in a basement without much light. It contributed to a lot of depression and tears. <BR> <BR> The holidays are tough for me. I hope I can make it through them without major problems. I will have some more days off from my volunteer positi... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 12:34:05 EST Log in day 337 Another big achievement. Almost a year of logging in to Spark People everyday. Not sure why that is such a challenge for me, but I used to have a very unreliable laptop. No longer. I purchase a refurb. one through my church. Yeah! It works super. I am so anxious to use it I don't have any problems getting on in the morning to log in to SP. <BR> <BR> It is Saturday and I did my sweeping and mopping yesterday. I am unable to be on my knees as I have osteoarthritis, so the missionaries from my ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:05:20 EST Skyping..what fun I am going to skype with my sister in Wisconsin today. Her grandson turned one yesterday. What a cutie. And quite the head of hair he has!! He looks so different since we skyped last time. Of course, I haven't seen him when my sister and I skyped for a couple months. He sure has changed!! <BR> <BR> His older brother, who is 4 yo, loves him to pieces. He often hugs him and doesn't want to let go!! They will be close and that is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I have gone down more in weight and actu... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:43:27 EST Terrific Tuesday I feel great today!! Sleep does wonders for me. Truly blessed to be getting enough the past few days!! Have a couple errands to run today. And some house cleanimg to do. Rain and snow showers expected today and tomorrow. Sunny the rest of the week. Can hardly believe it is already November 10 and no snow accumulation. Guess we should enjoy it for now. Hope the mountains have snow by Thanksgiving so Red Lodge can open for skiing!! I am not a skier, but know plenty of people who are anx rea... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:41:40 EST Monday...It still a good day!! It is a good day even though it is Monday. I slept well and got about 8 hours. I need about 8 hours to feel really good. I don't function well on not enough sleep. <BR> <BR> I am still losing weight. I am currently and have been since July on an appetite suppressant. It is non addictive and helps when I would normally binge. With it getting dark so early and being in an apartment...I eat more at night. This has helped me to eat just the amount that satisfies me and not everything in sight!!... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:59:43 EST Go to bed early and get up early. The earlier I go to bed...the earlier I wake in the morning. Went to bed last night at 9:30 pm and was up at 4:00 am. I tried to go back to sleep, but my arthritis told me to get out of bed!! It can do that some mornings!! It doesn't pay to stay in bed if I hurt. So I get up. I have to be quiet as I live in an apartment complex and have someone above me and someone below me. <BR> <em>2</em> this is how I feel about apartment living sometimes!! If I need a break, I go to my friend Melissa'... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:03:45 EST