ANGIEN9's SparkPeople Blog ANGIEN9's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 A better day. Today is a beautiful day. I feel better today than yesterday. I was very depressed. That is part of my mood disorder. I hope my mood stays up today. Doing two loads of laundry and watching I Love Lucy. Have a good day! Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:25:17 EST Log in day 316 It is so hard to believe I have logged in for 316 days. I get on the Spark People site everyday. Some days I get more points than others. At least I have a goal to log in each day and then I usually get more points. <BR> <BR> I enjoy the mobile app, too. I like chatting and making comments on blogs from my phone. Then when I get to my laptop I add more things to my day and get more points. <BR> <BR> I track my food, but I haven't been doing it on SP. I do it in a little book my doctor gave... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 23:06:14 EST It is finally Friday. So glad it is Friday. It has been a long week. I haven't made it to the gym, but I did make it PT in the pool yesterday. That felt wonderful. Especially the hot tub afterwards. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hope the weekend goes well for everyone. Enjoy the fall weather and please don't pray for snow. It will come soon enough!! I know some people like to ski...and that's okay. I used to cross country ski and even tried downhill skiing. I am just enjoying this beautiful fall weather. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:00:59 EST Oh what a nice rainy day. I know most people don't find rainy days nice. Today I do!! We really need rain here in Montana. Most people have had their sprinklers blown out already and are no longer watering their yards. I have seen people watering their flowers lately. Until we get some snow, which I personally am not ready for, rain is great!! Have an awesome day!! Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:48:49 EST Better day today. I am having a better day today than yesterday. You see it was the aniversary of my Mom's death. It has been 12 years, but I still have times that it really hits me hard. Now my Mom is looking down and I hope knows I miss her being where I can talk to her in person. Someday I will be reunited with her and we will have perfect bodies and a even better relationship than ever before. She is my guardian angel. Have a good day and remember those that have gone. They are gone but not forgotten. ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:47:12 EST Happy Sunday Everyone!! My day started out very well. It was warm in my apartment despite the wind howling and the temperature not too warm. Forecast says 67 degrees for today. Not sure it is there yet!! <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <em>333</em> <em>275</em> <em>419</em> <em>421</em> <em>420</em> <BR> I went to the Dollar Tree and spent $9 on my great nephew. He had a Christmas tree up with the lights on the other day in his room. I said, "Why do you have a Christmas tree up already? It isn't even Hall... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:44:43 EST I will head home today. I have a conference call today at 10 am. I decided to stay over night two nights instead of one at Paula (my sister) and Terrel's (B-I-L). I have had a great time here. I always do. She is such a good cook and always has so many fresh fruits and veggies at her home. I run out fast and don't restock as often has she does!! Although I should!! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> It will be another 2 hour drive home. Not a bad one, though. It is flat and the road is good, if you don't get behind a semi-t... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:34:07 EST Took a two hour drive yesterday. <em>213</em> decided to drive to my sister and bil yesterday. Took today off from volunteering today. Wednesday's are not usually very busy anyway. <BR> <BR> TOM started. Good. <BR> Lost my place, so that is all I will blog for now. Maybe I will edit it. <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> <BR> Angie <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:49:20 EST Great day in my neighborhood! How about you? How are you doing this morning?? I feel great. Another good night's sleep and get to go do PT in the pool and sit in the hot tub at Noon. I am also going to JCPenney's this morning. I ordered some sports bras on line and they have come in and I also have a coupon for $10 off so going to get a new bath sheet for the pool. I haven't gotten a new one for years. Mine are getting old. They are only $11.88, so will only have to pay $1.88 for it. What a deal!! I ordered two different ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 10:50:03 EST No Rain now. Not sure, but it isn't raining now, so maybe it has past. It is cool in my apartment. Had to put on a sweat shirt. <BR> <BR> Watching General Conference again today. Sessions from 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. Very good talks yesterday!! Looking forward to the talks today from learned men in the church. <BR> <BR> Might go out in between sessions today. Hard to sit for that long. At least for me anyway. <BR> <BR> I got almost 9 hours of sleep last night and feel much better today. My ri... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 11:37:16 EST Here it is day 295... I just keep that streak going!! It gets me on the site everyday to log in and keep my streak going. It also helps me contact my spark friends and read their blogs. <BR> <BR> It is a rainy day here. We really need it so much. If there were any fires burning, they will be out soon. The cooler temperatures are great!! <BR> <BR> Ran errands today and watched General Conference on BYU TV. <BR> <BR> Have an awesome Sunday!! Might watch the packers tomorrow or at least listen on SiriusXM internet... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 22:00:56 EST Log in day 290... yes, it is day 290 of logging in to SP. I try to make sure if I don't get many points I at least log in to SP. That is a big accomplishment for me. 2 years ago I got out of the hospital and hadn't used a computer in 8 weeks. It took a long time to start tracking food, exercise or even look at the website. <BR> <BR> What a change in the last 2 years!! <em>521</em> <em>211</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I am feeling really good. I am very stable on my medications. I hope to get off an... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:52:18 EST Productive day... I had a busy day. It was very productive. Yesterday was, too. I have gotten errands run both days. Today I got 2 three way light bulbs for my lamps my friend gave me a few weeks ago. I also got some more bulbs so I don't have to go to LED or CFL bulbs any time soon. They are so much more expensive. Since I can still get the others, that is what I choose to do. <BR> <BR> I have lost 10 pounds since July. It is coming off slow, but I still eat what I want and if I do go over calories I usuall... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:56:31 EST Not sure...but I think it is day 280 of logging in to SP. I received a spark trophy a few days ago for logging in 275 days!! <em>244</em> I haven't blogged lately. Just been way to busy. I have something to do every day to get me out of the house. I really like it that way. I told the manager and my friend at the distribution center that if it was really cold this winter and I didn't want to come in I wasn't going to come. She said that is fine. I don't have the excuse of not being able to get there as I have a 4x4 <em>... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:24:55 EST Day 263 of logging in... Wow! That is all I can say. I lost another 2.5 pounds in 4 weeks. Doing better and hope to lose more over the next 6 weeks before I see the doctor again. Getting my protein and more steps 5 out of 7 days a week. I tend to get less on Saturday and Sunday. Usually only PT exercises those days. <BR> <BR> Great PT session today. She showed me a corrective move if my SI joint is out. It is easy and I can do it by myself. Woo Hoo!! <BR> <BR> Hot here today. Smoke not bad at all. Looking forward... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:16:17 EST By the way... today is day 253 of logging in to the Spark People site!! Woo Hoo!!! <BR> Angie Sun, 23 Aug 2015 01:44:00 EST Thunderstorm woke me up! I woke up. Not really sure if it was the thunderstorm or needing to use the bathroom. Anyway, I hate thunderstorms. I grew up in Wisconsin and we had bad thunderstorms and tornadoes. I was very afraid of them and still am. I know. Feel like a little kid when we have the lightening and thunder. The rain is okay. It doesn't rain much here, but without it being a thunderstorm I don't mind rain. <BR> <BR> Had a good day despite getting up at 3:11 am. It is really smokey from all the fives in 5 ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 01:24:13 EST Another early morning. I was up before the sun today...way before!! Decided to go get gas in my Jeep and go to Walmart. I like it when it is quiet. Got some fruits and veggies and a nice salad for lunch. It is ready made, but i need something fast and tasty , but not fast food. We will probably get a big order today at the distribution center. Might be almost put away by 1:00 p.m. when i start. Hope you have a good day! Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:52:17 EST Great day for PT in the pool. I had a really good pool exercise day today. My back feels better today, but I haven't sat very long either. I received a spark streaker award for 250 log in days. Wow!! Quite an accomplishment for me!! I am even tracking my food on the SP tracker again!! Getting my PT exercises at home twice a day. I am looking for good results!! And I think i will get them. 30 years ago i injured my back and didn't have massages or PT. Makes a big difference. Well, better get on with my day. Happy day ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:08:28 EST Awake too early. It is going to be a long, busy day. I woke at 3:30 am. Already put 1.5 hours in on my family history mission at my computer. I have a chiropractor appointment then a massage. The massage is a birthday gift from my nephew. Then i go visiting teaching and to volunteer at the distribution center for 3 hours. Might even go shopping this morning...although I doubt I feel that energetic. Need some groceries, mostly fruits and veggies, just haven't felt like shopping lately. Eating canned and froz... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:18:22 EST Another day to my streak. Since I am on the mobile site it doesn't show my streak, so not all together sure what day I blogged last time. Was it really just yesterday?? 50 minutes doing moderate exercises in the pool and my steps. Came in range with calories and protein when I subtracted the calories from exercise. Started using the spark nutriyional app again. I still have write it down for my doctor, but that is okay. Slept well last night and disdn't wake until 8 am. 2 more hours than yesterday. WooHoo! Love gett... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:02:42 EST Day 248 of log in streak... I am getting logged in every day. WooHoo!! I don't spend lots of time on spark people site anymore. Enough to log in and try to get at least 50 points. Some days I get more. Just depends on what else is going on that day and how long I have already been on the computer. <BR> <BR> Still having physical therapy for my low back pain from my accident. Doing somewhat better. Birthday lunch tomorrow from Pita Pit at my apartment. My good friend Marie always does lunch for my birthday. If will hav... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:52:35 EST Sunday...a rest day. Did some computer work for my church service mission this morning. Had some refresher training yestetday with a Sister in Az. We train over the phone and she taps in so she can see what I am doing. The refresher was just what I needed. Church is at 2:30 pm. Will be glad to start at 8:30 am next January. (We change times with other wards in the same building each year.) Lost another pound and slept great last night. Hope very one has a great and restful day. Angie Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:20:22 EST having a great week... This has been the best birthday week in a long time. I am older and becoming wiser!! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:17:44 EST Special day.... for me. Only comes around one a year. I received some beautiful cards. I like the one from my great nephew the best!! He wrote "The secret of a happy life is to think kindly of the past and live fully in the now." He did have help from my sister, but it is a beautiful card!! Have a great day! Angie Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:03:29 EST Thursday August 6th, 2015 August is already here. Went shopping with a dear friend that I dont see very often. Hoping we can go next week for my special day. I got a couple coupons and only window shopped the other night. Down 10 pounds in the last 6 weeks according to my psychiatrist scale. Very excited about that!! Writing down food every day. Not exercising much except getting steps and two days in the PT pool. Looking forward to a great August and all the adventures it holds!! Thu, 6 Aug 2015 12:48:46 EST Saturday Not as sore as I was from the accident. Going to start exercising on Monday. I get a massage today and hopefully after that I will feel even better. Most of my bruises are gone except the one on my knee. It looks ugly!! <BR> <BR> Still logging my calories by writing them down. Save time going to the computer as my phone is not very reliable with data. I have gone over my range a couple days this week. I have lost a couple pounds in the last 3 weeks. Yeah!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a grea... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:59:58 EST The log in streak continues. Day by day I login and get points. Some days more than others. I get here everyday. I am tracking my food everyday. Not on SP, but on paper. Works for me as i have a cheap cell phone that is not very reliable. Glad to be healing from my car accident and to have wheels again!! Hope everyone had a good Monday. Angie Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:21:02 EST Day 222 of logging in.... I was in a car accident last Thursday. Unfortunately I totaled my car. Really an inconvience more than anything else. I walked away with bruises, but no broken bones. My passenger was okay. I went and got checked out. I was given 2 prescriptions. One for a pain killer and one for nausea, if I needed it. I did!! <BR> <BR> I won't get my settlement until around my birthday which is August 11th. Hopefully my new title will be here by then. I have to wait until August 5th to apply for it as the ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:19:58 EST 210 day log in streak!! The longest streak I have ever maintained!! Woo hoo for me! <BR> <BR> Not tracking on the spark tracker, but using a little handy booklet. So now I am tracking everyday. My phone doesn't work too great for tracking food. Needless to say I like writing it down. It works. I am in my range most days. I try to stay below 1450 calories. Not counting fat or carbs right now. <BR> <BR> So glad tomorrow is Saturday. I don't have to do much. I am going to try to make it to the gym. Been slacking on t... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:40:42 EST Happy 4th of July The day for freedom. Yet some of us are not free from the issues having to do with our weight. We all know the ideas society has about obese people. I refuse to say fat. Fat is almost derogatory. It leads to connotations like lazy. Or she must have no will power. If she did she wouldn't be so fat. Doctor's bring it up at every visit. They tell us what to eat or not eat. They tell us to get more exercise. They patronize us and treat us like second class citizens. People stare and laugh. <BR> ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 05:18:12 EST 188 days and counting Feels so good to be on this streak of logging in daily. It encourages me to exercise and I track all of it. I went this morning and did strength training and rode the recumbent bike. Took me about 30 minutes to do all of that. Then I went and did my exercises in the pool for 30 minutes. Tonight I will do my neck PT exercises. I have a lot of exercises to do lately!! <BR> <BR> Getting back in the swing of things since getting back into town. Overeating and I know it. Have some not so good foo... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:33:36 EST Day 186 logging in regularly has paid off. I lost 2 pounds since my last doctor's visit. That is encouraging, because I ate like a pig this weekend. Not really. But I did over do the eating and I am still not tracking my food. I do track my exercise. <BR> <BR> New exercises at PT yesterday. Some I have already been doing. <BR> <BR> Saw the psychiatric nurse practitioner today. My doctor is so busy sometimes I see her. I really like her. She was a nurse at his office before she became a nurse prac... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:19:29 EST Day 2 in Bozeman Went swimming and hot tubing last night. Then took a nice hot shower. I slept so good!! Had a good breakfast. Probably too much, but may not have lunch until late as I will be driving during that time. I feel good and rested. Just what I needed was time away. <BR> <BR> Hope I make it home okay with the check engine light on. Kinda worries me, but don't see how it could be anything big. <BR> <BR> Have a super Sunday! I will go home. Unpack my stuff. And rest some more! <BR> <BR> Angie Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:22:14 EST Day 183 Came up to Bozeman yesterday. Decided to stay an extra night. Hope to get in the pool and hot tub, since I missed my pool exercise on Thursday. I had a whopper of a headache. Good to be out of town. Good to know that my niece is okay!! I was super worried about her. Seems to be in better spirits and planning her future. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I have been eating too much the past two days. We went to the grocery store and got watermelon and fruit already cut up. That will be good for sup... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:17:09 EST Day 179...and going Another day of logging in and another day of getting on with life and this journey I have before me for a healthier life. The scale is being really nice to me. The more I work out the better I eat and the lower it goes. <BR> <BR> I have a NAMI barbecue tonight. I made a really good pasta salad. Probably not the best thing to eat, but I know others with bring veggies and fruit. Of course there will be the guys that bring chips and dip. I will have a few chips and skip the dip. <em>224</em>... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:41:34 EST Log in day 178... I just keep going. The more I log in the more I do on the site. Love to get the bonus points for the teams. <BR> <BR> Did pool exercises today and then went to the gym and did my strength training and rode the recumbent bike. 30 minute workout... <em>198</em> It is getting easier. <BR> <BR> It is 90 degrees here today. Stayed in the apartment with air conditioner on after my workouts today. <em>259</em> It is only June. Wondering what August and September will bring!! <img src="http://p... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 20:46:32 EST Day of rest I am so glad it is Sunday. This is a no exercise day for me. My body is really sore from starting the strength training at Anytime Fitness. I was pleased that I went yesterday. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I have been surprised when I go there are not very many people in the gym. I like that! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I leave for church soon. Have a headache today and would like to skip church, but I better not. I can have a headache at church just like I do at home. Hopefull... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:50:07 EST Log in day 176!! Still streaking...with my clothes on!! Worked out at Anytime Fitness 3 times this week. I met with a personal trainer. She is tough! I can do the strength training she gave me and I ride the recumbent bike more every time. <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> Trainer thinks I should go Paleo. Not sure I can. On limited dairy...butter and eggs only. Drinking almond milk. Still have a couple diet soda's a day. Started writing down my food intake. She would like me to use Anytime Fitness' tracker so she ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:13:39 EST Log in day 172 <em>244</em> I am on a log in streak!! I also track my exercise. Not so good on the food tracking. Joined Anytime Fitness today. Rode the recumbent bike for 11 minutes and made it 2 miles. Then did a cool down. A little sore tonight as I also volunteered this morning for 2 hours and was on my feet the whole time!! <BR> <BR> Over 6,000 steps today. <em>250</em> The more I move the better I feel. <BR> <BR> My sister is coming to stay on Friday night. We are going to have some time alone ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 00:13:09 EST rain Today it was warm and the clouds rolled in about 4 pm. I was at the eye doctor's getting my new progressive glasses. They are going to take awhile to get used to for me. Anyway it started raining while I was getting fit for the glasses. By the time I got home it was pouring. About an hour later it wasn't coming down quite so hard. Then it just stopped. It was pretty humid for us today. We need the rain and I wouldn't complain, if my knees didn't rebell everytime! I am hoping once I start at A... Wed, 27 May 2015 00:34:24 EST Enjoying new apt. <em>334</em> I am happy in my new apartment. I called a friend I hadn't talked to in about a year. It was so good to talk to her. She can relate to the weight challenge. We are the same age and it was so good to talk to her. She is only working one job. The last 20 years she has had 3 or 4 jobs at a time. Now she is traveling and enjoying herself. She still works, but has good vacation time. She made me feel really good. We talked for an hour. <BR> <BR> I have a good log in streak going.... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:16:02 EST Almost moved in... yes. I had some help over the weekend and my storage shed was emptied. It is all in my new apartment now. My own furniture in my own space. I didn't realize how much I had missed having it. The recliner I bought used along with my desk (it looks smaller now). My kitchen table makes me want to make some cards or do some scrap booking. (it is bigger than the one in my soon to be old apartment.) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have more help and hopefully we will finish moving things. Now I mostly have bo... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:56:47 EST