ANNIESADVENTURE's SparkPeople Blog ANNIESADVENTURE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community All in a Day It's snowing. My dog acts like he doesn't feel well this morning. Our computer router stopped working yesterday so no one has laptop access. <BR> <BR> I have the house to myself this morning. I made a pancake for breakfast, washed the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen. I've gone through the mail and paid a bill. My dog wants to be held while I read my computer messages. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had an appointment with the tax preparer. The silver lining to the cloud is that I owe less than I ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:11:10 EST Twenty pounds and counting... I've lost over 20 pounds this year. Twenty pounds doesn't look like much when I have so far to go. Does it show on the outside? Probably not. Sometimes I think I feel and move a little better. <BR> Today at the grocery store I looked at the 15 to 16 pound bags of dog food. They look big. The 30 pound bags were difficult to lift. <BR> Down 20+, and more to come. Stay tuned. <BR> <BR> <img src="" Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:44:51 EST Heartburn <link><BR>lth-center/8-simple-changes-to-curb-yo<BR>ur-heartburn/ </link> <BR> <BR> I found this information on, simple steps to help with heartburn. <BR> <BR> Foods to avoid because they affect the lower esophageal sphincter action: chocolate, peppermint, tomato sauce, citrus fruits and juices, carbonated drinks, and ketchup. Drink water instead of soda. Look for pasta dishes made with light, broth-type sauce instead of heavy toma... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:20:00 EST Value each day <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=35 </link> <BR> <BR> I found this video on Spark. It is not a feel good story. It will make you think about and value each day of your life. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:45:20 EST 10 pounds a month goal One of my goals for this year is to aim for 10 pounds weight loss each month. I know this is not always in our control because our bodies lose weight and inches at their own pace but I will have all the behaviors in place to make it possible ...if my body chooses to cooperate :) <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose to get to a healthy size so 10 pounds is not unreasonable. Small changes will make it possible. It does not require a massive overhaul. All-or-nothing doesn't work anyway. <... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:21:21 EST Success stories The January 13, 2014 issue of People magazine has inspiring success stories of people who have lost half their weight. None of them followed the same plan but they all found success. Yes, there is one that used Spark People. Tracy Meuschke was 373 pounds, and is now 157 pounds. She watched what she ate through the Spark nutrition tracker. It works! <BR> Read about Tracy's success here on Spark <link><BR>st=sparkpeople_success_story_in_people<BR>_half_the... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:05:49 EST Be your own cheerleader <img src=""> <BR> -Book of Quotes Thu, 19 Dec 2013 02:11:45 EST Monday, Monday. So good to me... Happy Monday, my Spark friends. Is it going to be a great week? Menus planned, groceries bought? Exercise on the schedule? Don't forget how important it is to get enough sleep. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's the big day for me...well, maybe not that big, but it feels big when I've been waiting. My doctor has been away for a few days. I will see him this afternoon and find out what the next step is for this infection in my legs. He switched my antibiotic last week, and I took the last dose... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:58:44 EST My current goals This is a blog I wrote (but didn't get around to posting) on the day after my last blog. I was pondering why I could stick with the plan for a few months or weeks in the past, and now have trouble being consistent 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Part of the solution is keeping it fresh in my mind throughout the day. Life gets busy. Saturating myself with the good stuff here at Spark makes a big difference. <BR> <BR> Here are my current goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Persistence, not perfection. Spark said... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:05:45 EST Note to Self: You Get What You Work For <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You get what you work for, good or bad. If you want success to reach your healthy goals, you must do the work. If you don't, you will get more of the stuff that brought you to Spark People in the first place. <BR> <BR> I don't want to spend each day, week, month and year full of starts and stops that leave me back where I started. I don't want to live with broken promises to myself. I don't want to start each ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:03:51 EST When it rains, it pours Yesterday I started having pain in my chest, like trapped air bubbles. I never learned the art of burping on command. I have no problem swallowing, but every bite or sip causes renewed pain in the chest. The pain increases and decreases in intensity at other times, never quite going away. <BR> My EKG was good. I'm scheduled for an Upper GI test at a Detroit hospital next week. I couldn't get into any of the closer facilities until late November. <BR> Doc prescribed more meds. He said if ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 21:31:49 EST Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? This is a personal health blog. No whining:) Just the facts, ma'am. <BR> <BR> I've had trouble with my legs swelling off and on since my first hip replacement in 2004. <BR> <BR> What is happening now? In July during one of our trips to the Upper Peninsula, my legs swelled from toes past the knees. By the time we came home, someone had to help lift my legs into the car. <BR> <BR> My doctor admitted me to the hospital for a week of water pills and IV antibiotics and tests, followed by 2 mo... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 20:06:28 EST What's to drink? Ice water is the favorite beverage at our house. Many times I feel that it is the most refreshing part of meal! We enjoy our good well water. <BR> <BR> Ice Mountain spring water is my beverage of choice when I go anywhere. It really helps to have it when driving so that I am not tempted to purchase carbonated drinks. I do not like the chemical taste of purified water that fast food restaurants sell. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:58:44 EST What's for Breakfast? <img src=""> <BR> Yummy black cherry and banana protein shake <BR> <BR> What did you have for breakfast? What's your favorite healthy breakfast? Sat, 5 Oct 2013 09:15:04 EST Sunday, Sept 29, 2013 <img src=""> <BR> -Green Thickie, FB <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> -posted on FB Sun, 29 Sep 2013 23:36:57 EST Saturday, Sept 28, 2013 <img src=""> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:39:46 EST Healthy Comfort Food <img src=""> <BR> -Hilarious Photos, posted on Facebook <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark People has an article on comfort foods that are good for you. <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=198 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oatmeal is yummy in cold weather. There are many healthy things we can add to it to change up the flavor. <BR> <BR> My father was an organic farmer way ahead of his time... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:40:52 EST Musings from the bottom of the barrel <img src=""> <BR> -posted by Purple Peony 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> -from Spark People <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:52:00 EST Don't stop. Don't give up. Don't stop. Don't give up. Don't stop. Don't give up. You'll get it right. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:25:06 EST Cherries in Greek yogurt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a favorite: sweet cherries coated with Fage yogurt. Mmmm, eyes closed, savoring every delicious bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you want to see it again? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yummy. <em>4</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:50:48 EST Through thick and thin <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this photo by Fit-abulous posted on Facebook today. The woman on the left is 250 pounds. The woman on the right is 130 pounds. While some of us were never meant to weigh 130 ever, most of us would prefer to look more like the woman on the right. She looks healthier. <BR> <BR> One can't help but find the heavier woman's health worrisome. Even at a glance, we can tell that this is hard on every part of he... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:42:25 EST Thought for Saturday, July 27, 2013 <img src=""> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:50:15 EST Home again Discharged from the hospital today with medications and instructions. Still have a ways to go. Lost more than 20 pounds in the week I was in the hospital. <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:31:34 EST Hospital stay I came home from vacation with cellulitis in both legs. Doc admitted me to the hospital. I.V antibiotic, Lasix, hot compresses. Losing fluid weight. I should be going home soon. I've been here 5 days. Doc says, "Patience. One day at a time." Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:01:59 EST Lean Cuisine Salad Additions bistro chicken <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had the Lean Cuisine bistro chicken salad additions for lunch. There were three packets: <BR> The packet to microwave had grilled white meat chicken, asparagus, yellow carrots, and red peppers. <BR> The dressing is sweet and tangy vinaigrette with bacon. <BR> The topping is crispy onion straws. <BR> <BR> I started with almost three cups of spinach and had more veggies left in the bowl when I finishe... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 06:46:01 EST The value of one pound This morning the scale said I lost 1.2 pounds. Big deal. What's one pound among so many? <BR> <BR> Here is the value of losing one pound. It's one less pound my frame has to carry around 24/7. It's one step in the right direction. It gives me a shot of encouragement. It adds momentum to what I am doing. <BR> <BR> One pound + one pound = two pounds. Then another, and another. Losing one pound a week equals 52 pounds a year. <BR> We all know that our bodies don't lose on our schedule. I... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:11:27 EST 7th Sparkversary - April 2013 My seventh Spark anniversary was April 6, 2013. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This picture was me in 2002. It was a good period in my life. I walked with a cane because of arthritis (which I was diagnosed with in my 30s), but I never let that stop me from doing almost everything I wanted to do. I was active, and enjoyed traveling. I worked out at the gym every day, usually ending with an hour on the treadmill. People thought I was you... Fri, 24 May 2013 04:12:52 EST Just for laughs: Perception vs Reality <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> You were expecting something else, weren't you? <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 May 2013 02:46:24 EST Empty feels good. Do you know that feeling you get when you're slightly empty? Not starved. Not too full. It's the feeling you have a little while before you eat. Doesn't that feel good? <BR> <BR> I used to think empty was bad. I have access to enough food so why should I equate empty with bad? We loosely throw the word "starved" around like it's more than a passing acquaintance. If I should actually get hungry, I won't die! <BR> <BR> A few years ago I joined a group that taught waiting for hunger to eat, a... Tue, 14 May 2013 10:08:33 EST Mindless night time snacking Mindless night time snacking, why did I let you back in the door? I was doing so well. I thought I was invincible in this area. Then I opened the door, and now you have settled in as a full-time resident who is going to be difficult to evict. The power of habit! They work for or against us. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:55:13 EST Today is my birthday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I am celebrating another year of being... ME! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> I love birthdays. <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:24:00 EST I think I can, I think I can... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=share </link> <BR> <BR> Do you remember the story of the little engine who could? "I think I can, I think I can" is an apt phrase for this journey. Everyday pushes us a little farther up the mountain until that glorious day when we can say, "I thought I could!" <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 10:46:29 EST Making slow progress Down .8 pound this week. It's progress, moving in the right direction. One pound a week = 52 pounds a year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 07:51:34 EST This is hard! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:24:19 EST Good health starts in the kitchen <img src=""> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:08:57 EST Healthy bananas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:35:47 EST Healthy fuel <img src=""> <BR> This Eating Raw poster was borrowed from my cousin whose cancer is now in remission. She remains dedicated to a healthy eating plan. <BR> <BR> Our amazing bodies try so hard to handle all the things we put them through. Be mindful of what we eat and drink. It all matters. <BR> <BR> Here's to looking good and feeling good and having more energy! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 02:17:32 EST You are never too old <img src=""> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:09:19 EST I made a difference <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made a difference. I feel good. <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 12:34:08 EST Open a new window. Dance to a new rhythm. Tonight I am having an Auntie Mame moment. When she comes down the stairs, dressed in mourning, and catches her sad reflection in the mirror, she pauses and then turns a mental corner, choosing to open a new window and live again. <BR> <BR> Open a new window, <BR> Open a new door, <BR> Travel a new highway, <BR> That's never been tried before; <BR> Before you find you're a dull fellow, <BR> Punching the same clock, <BR> Walking the same tight rope <BR> As everyone on the block. <BR> The fel... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 03:18:41 EST Clear Liquid Diet = Hungry! Today's menu is a clear liquid diet, prior to a medical procedure tomorrow. I am surprised to see pop listed on the Clear Liquid Diet. "Most pop is considered clear, even Coke and Pepsi, root beer, Dr Pepper and Sprite, 7-Up, Ginger Ale, Vernors, iced tea, apple juice, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, popsicles, flavored ice, etc." <BR> <BR> I've had jello, bouillion, coffee, Crystal Light, and water. I feel like I've been eating and drinking non-stop all day. The instructions are to choose someth... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 13:57:25 EST I am not going to eat food that doesn't taste good When we were at a restaurant a couple days ago, pancakes came with my breakfast. I ordered multigrain pancakes, hoping they would be similar to IHOP's harvest multigrain pancakes. They weren't. I warmed up the leftovers for breakfast today. They were just as dry and tasteless as they were the first time. I threw them away. I am not a garbage can. <BR> <BR> I am not going to eat food that doesn't taste good. Yes, it is wasteful. Wearing these extra pounds and paying with my health is more was... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:15:12 EST Green smoothies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been making protein shakes and fruit smoothies for awhile. I tried my first green smoothie yesterday. Another Sparker was excited about it. She said she has more energy and feels great. The fruity sweetness of the smoothie has decreased her desire for sweets. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079923 </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 02:08:50 EST Shiny red truck My car is in the shop for some repairs. Electric locks don't always work from the driver's side. Pretty silly to have to use the key clicker to open passenger doors when I'm behind the wheel! Slow leaking tire, only 2 years old, patched a couple months ago after picking up a tack. Oil and lube. It's hard to make an appointment because we are so busy but I need to do this to get it ready for winter. Dependable transportation is essential for me. <BR> <BR> They didn't finish the repairs tod... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:55:19 EST Low carb veggies Yesterday I made a vegetable dish starting with zucchini, and then added veggies I had on hand: carrots, banana peppers, garlic and onions. The peppers added a splash of red and green. Sprinkled with spices. Served with fish. <BR> <BR> Today I added the leftover veggies to soup for lunch. Yum. <BR> <BR> We love veggies. It's a challenge to work around what my family can eat. No cauliflower, broccoli, nothing in the cabbage family, no beans except green beans. That doesn't mean I can't ha... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:09:20 EST Never give up <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Take a look at this inspiring video. I was moved to tears as I watched his struggle. <BR> <BR> He said, "I fell many times... but I got back up." When he fell, he went right back into the exercise and tried again. <BR> <BR> "Just because I can't do it today doesn't mean I am not going to be able to do it someday." And he did. <BR> <BR> This is an amazing story of encouragement, persistence, and hope. <BR> Believe you c... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:23:16 EST Lesson from some successful fellow Sparkers We can learn so much by surfing fellow Sparkers pagers and blogs. Here are two out of many that I ran across yesterday. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>OKWORM27S </link> <BR> BOOKWORM27S has lost 185 pounds and kept it off. She lost 150 pounds before joining Spark. In the few years she has been here, she lost about 35 more pounds. She lost the weight on her own, without a nutritionist, trainer or gym. <BR> <BR> Her program: eating lean meats, low fat dairy produ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:31:07 EST Monday: Knee Strain, and Physical Therapy Monday morning I strained my knee, moving the wrong way. Can you say PAINFUL? Even my birds squawked in sympathy with my yelps every time I moved...or maybe they were frightened by the unusual noise I was making! <BR> <BR> My first appointment with the Physical Therapy Lymphedema Clinic was the same morning. I debated whether to reschedule but decided the best time to be at the hospital is when I'm in pain. It takes awhile to get an appointment. It was an effort to get dressed, and even m... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:41:35 EST Today's Blessings It's been a good day. <BR> <BR> 1. At 5 AM I woke refreshed and ready to go after a good night's rest. <BR> <BR> 2. Sis had a hot breakfast ready. My breakfast is usually a Nutrisystem bar and coffee while driving in the morning. <BR> <BR> 3. I enjoyed the 30 minute ride to my niece's apartment, listening to an audiobook. Not much fog this morning. The road was wet but the rain had stopped. Traffic a little lighter because it's Saturday. <BR> <BR> 4. It's great to spend some time wit... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 21:10:30 EST Almost 50 questions...from a fellow Sparker This is an edited list that used to be 50 questions, copied from a Spark friend RETURNTOTHIN. <BR> <BR> 1. Were you named after anyone? My first name is a Bible name for a woman who had a difficult life. My name means Little Lamb. I've always liked that. <BR> I used a shorter version of my middle name here. Mom waivered between Antoinette and Annette. <BR> I would have chosen Dorcas (also known as Tabitha), the woman with the big heart who was always helping others. Many mourned her de... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 09:45:50 EST