AYLAZON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AYLAZON AYLAZON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Huston...We have progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284266 Things are moving along here...25 lbs lost during my current short term goal of being at 299 by March 10. 15.8 lbs to go. I haven't seen that "2" for SO many years...it's really weird to think that it might happen. <BR> <BR> I've been wondering what the difference is this time and why it's working and I'm sticking to it. I think it's several things. <BR> <BR> 1. In August and Sept I was to the point of being in a wheel chair again only this time it was due to tendon problems, inflammat... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:18:10 EST Whew...what a weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236285 Just got home from a weekend with Jori's family for good friend Dave's wedding. I love her family, but, gees, can they be dysfunctional! The short version...all are extremely intelligent and love to talk...about anything intellectual that has to do with imparting wisdom to others, mostly useless facts. And ALL at the same time! But, there is little ability to listen and even less ability to plan or follow through with plans, making doing anything productive a feat relative to climbing mou... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:41:06 EST Progress is in the air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229479 Time for an update. I saw an orthopedic doc Monday, finally. Once again, it's confirmed that I have a high pain tollerance. I'm thankful for that, I guess. After the exrays, the doc told me that my left knee (the same side as the infamous broken foot) is "really bad." My right knee is "horrible." Well, I could have told him that! But, in actuality, it was a relief to have it confirmed. For years, whenever I've fallen, my right knee takes the hit to protect my ankle. We've gotta add i... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:39:48 EST Limping along and wishing I was running!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155057 I don't have a lot of time, right now, but I've been wanting to writ and can't seem to find the time. I'm very thankful that I am getting a massage by my good friend, Joann, tonight. She does cranio saxral work and myofacial release. AHHH, heaven! It is so nice to have a few minutes when she is done that I have a break from pain. It really wears on a person! <BR> <BR> So, in August, I was trying to watch the calories and increase my activity level. Ya know those mixed messages yo get... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:10:39 EST The path through the jungle...and some signs of light ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135191 It feels like I've been back in survival mode for a long time and I want to be past it. There is a lot of progress in some things happening, and I need a serious attitude adjustment, here, so that I can get out of my own way. <BR> <BR> So, first, the positives: <BR> 1. Last weekend we had an amazing crew of people from church who came for the day on Sat to help us reclaim the house. It was amazing. I so love these people. At the end of the day (and some finishing up yesterday,) we have... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:50:43 EST It's been a long, hard time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960013 I've done a lot of thinking and writing...but not here in a long time. The long and short of it is that life has been REALLY hard for the last couple of years. I have to admit, though, that I have done pretty good at not letting my eating get out of control for the most part. Sometimes for a few days or so, maybe a week, but I always seem to come back on track to at least maintain. <BR> <BR> Warning: I'm writing for me, and to update my friends. I don't want anyone to feel they have t... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 01:52:58 EST So far so good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2199439 It feels weird to be able to sit down and not be running the schedule through my head. Since early May, it's felt like I've been like that old poster of the cat that is splahed out and gripping a screen for dear life. We used to have that poster at camp when I worked there and it would get turned side ways or upside down or even on the ceiling of the staff lounge depending on the mood of the day. Today I think its on the floor. Still hanging on, but face down and able to get a little rest... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 23:51:51 EST The day after.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2110944 Ouch... yep, I'm feelin' it. Ok, so I have to clear something up, the Peter Pan play was on Friday night. Last night, no way. I barely made it up the steps to bed. Today was the fall out. I had taken a half of a flexaril, so I had to be awoken from my half comatose state this morning to go to church. Then our dear friends relieved us of our children for the rest of the day so that Jori could study for her mock registry, which she has to take in the next couple of days, and I could work ... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 00:04:54 EST I'm going to regret this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108469 Whew! Today we worked in the yard and garden from 11am to 7:30. Our poor yard has been sorely neglected for years. We are on the end of a culdesac, so we have the pie shaped yard at the end. About 195' wide and 130' front to back. The huge yard is what hooked us, but it is a lot of work that hasn't happened. Thistles have taken over a lot of it and it is my personal mission to wipe those critters out. So today I started with my rose garden, pitiful though it is and pulled thistles and ... Sun, 31 May 2009 02:04:13 EST Rolling, rolling, rolling, Like the proverbial hamster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2103130 I have been so busy, I don't even know if I'm coming or going sometimes. I think a lot of the hamster on a wheel and how hard they race around on there and get no where other than where they have been all the time! There is a new commercial out with a couple of hamsters cruising down the road, driving a sporty car and tapping their paws to the music. I want to be one of those hamsters!!!! <BR> <BR> Some of the business has been good, though. We have built ourselves a garden. We figured ... Thu, 28 May 2009 23:24:28 EST It's been a long time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1770037 It really is amazing what a little self care can do. Things here have been so stressful the past couple of months, I could hardly function. Minimally at best. I made it to work ( often in body only), couldn't think to cook or plan, so there was a lot of eating out, which is stupid considering the money issues and economy. I justify it by thinking I am keeping them in business, though. The house was a wasteland and we were all basket cases. Why, you might ask? <BR> <BR> 1. One income s... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 15:00:11 EST Ponderings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1582091 Let's see, where are we? Monday and this morning the scale said 340.8. Don't know how or why, but I'll take it. I did pretty good until supper today. I'm afraid it has been a fast drop to no where since then. <BR> <BR> Things: (I like Vicki's lists...so I am pirating the idea. It seems more controlled somehow and boy do I need to see/feel that lately!) <BR> <BR> 1. I have to fess up and admit that I was a tyrant this weekend. Poor people. Nobody could do anything right. I finally m... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 00:16:15 EST Still coasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1573178 Update: <BR> <BR> 1. No behavior contract (meaning expulsion if he screws up again) thanks to his teachers, who all told the Dean that he is their favorite student and is a wonderful kid. Thanks, God! <BR> <BR> 2. Chris "beaten up" on the bus on Friday and called into school again. This time, no consequences for him after interviewing students. He was the victim. He is fine, just had the scare of his life, not from the kid who hit him, but out of fear that he was in even more trouble. ... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 02:16:31 EST The sun will come out tomorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1554288 Ok, so I don't know what is up around here, but I am ready to be done with whatever it is! I feel really bad that I have been so negative...it really isn't like me. I am a little better today, though, after blowing it all off and rebelling some. <BR> <BR> So here is the latest that I need to spew forth, then we start on the plan for turning things around. <BR> <BR> 1. Chris, still suspended, but not expelled. Trying to behave and do the work we are getting for him from school without t... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 15:55:53 EST And the saga continues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1549300 I continue to be amazed. There was some progress made on the house. There is a kitchen counter now and the living room floor was visible for a couple of days. It's gone again, but not that deep. <BR> <BR> The latest....my dear son was suspended for the first time in his life after being in 2 fights, one on friday and another yesterday. He is ADHD and has PTSD from traumas before we got him at 12 mo and from being sent back home to violence, drugs, domestic violence and swat team raids ... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 20:14:22 EST I've lost myself, has anyone seen me anywhere? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1543909 Where to begin? I have a new toy. Expensive and I shouldn't have it, but it's one thing that I hope will help...something. I got one of those internet anywhere things. It works great, but it's another monthly bill. Oh, well. Something happened and I couldn't get online at work anymore, so I wasn't logging, posting or much of anything, because by the time I got home, I was too tired. Now I have to behave though and not be on messing around too much when I need to be working. <BR> <BR... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 22:05:40 EST Houston, we have progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1479803 Things are looking up and if I can only remember this in the future, there might be hope. <BR> <BR> 1. Even though the salt content is sometimes high, and it's more expensive, I do much better if I have low cal frozen dinners at work. <BR> 2. Yogurt works for breakfast <BR> 3. Measuring food is a good thing <BR> 4. Having Jori cook the yummy food is safer, because I am not there "testing" it through the entire process! <BR> 5. When I eat right, my brain is less fuzzy and I get more done... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 00:39:30 EST The garden warrier bites the dust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1471799 Ok so I have felt like I got run over a few times by a herd of stampeeding buffalo today. This is the problem. Moderation is a good thing and I know this. But, I have these spurts when I feel like I can do things and I go all out, because it feels good at the time. Then today I was longing to use the handicap elevator at church, but was too embarrassed! <BR> <BR> See, here is how it was. I have been overweight since about second grade. I don't know what happened really, except depressi... Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:46:15 EST Trying for positive today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1469382 I woke up this morning to hearing the wood chippers going and mowers, etc. before 8am. I decided to get up and get out there before it got too hot, which felt good. For over 3 hours I pulled wild grapevines, thistles, stupid nightshade, gathered branches and whatever else the size of small trees that were along the back fence. We are the end of the culdesac, so our yard is super long along the back, 195 feet. That may not seem big to some people, but in the city, it's pretty big. It has... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 12:20:15 EST Let there be light! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1467831 We were in the lucky category, I guess and our power came back on Wed. night for late evening and through the night. It went off again in the morning and was off most of the afternoon, but was back on by evening yesterday. <BR> <BR> There have been 3000 crews from all over the country and Canada here working on the power issues. I passed nine trucks in a caravan yesterday from North Carolina and more caravans from who knows where today. They have set up a staging sight in front in a big... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 11:39:28 EST Still in the dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1464436 Well, still no power. I took yesterday off and worked on cleaning up and grilling everything we could. We burned what we could of downed limbs all day yesterday in our little fire pit and grilled our meals. Grilled "frozen" pizza. It works, sort of! LOL! <BR> <BR> I got my first shower this morning after finding out that our babysitter has a gas hot water heater! It was a very dark shower, but a shower none the less. <BR> <BR> This all has been really amazing. I will add some pict... Wed, 17 Sep 2008 14:41:09 EST Wow, what was that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1460443 Was it a monsoon? Was it a tornado? Was it a hurricane? Or was it all of the above? <BR> <BR> Not a lot of time to write. I only can access internet at work. This one block has power, for some reason. The word is that there are 2 million customers without power in Ohio after the high winds yesterday. 1.5 of them are in my county! <BR> <BR> So, here we are, up at camp, having already had a tough week with the childcare thing. Jori got to come up on Sat. one of the staff said to c... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:44:45 EST Off to the woods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1455394 I am off to a weekend in the woods and am hoping it will be a relaxing time once I get there. It's been a busy and stressful week at work, with lots of crisis people. It hurts my heart what people go through, just trying to survive. Sometimes I wonder if I really am doing anything to help. With all the HIPPA laws and paperwork rules it seems that the people and their needs get lost in the shuffle, which is really frustrating and defeats the purpose. Oh, well, time for a break. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 12 Sep 2008 12:54:10 EST Stop my mind, I want to get off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1403150 Lots going on in my head. It gets pretty busy in here! What I need is action, not thinking.... <BR> <BR> Well, I'm down a little more. 5.8 lbs lost since starting spark. Would have been more if I had only eaten half of my dinner out last night and left over pizza for breakfast yesterday. Duh!!More, really because I was back up 5 lbs over my start weight there for a minute. So really it's 10.8, but that doesn't really count. <BR> <BR> I finally used my new Walk Away the Pounds DVD yest... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:54:35 EST Reflections on progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1399954 The end of another day. Whew! I really should get home and get to bed, but first...some time to reflect. <BR> <BR> Eating...doing pretty well. The scale is not being as mean as it was there for a while:) I notice a huge difference in my energy when I am eating healthy...my head is clearer too. <BR> <BR> Work...doing much better at keeping up on the paperwork and less stressed about that. I have been here for over 10 years. Why did I rebell so long and refuse to go along with the m... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 22:13:11 EST Not the best way to get results, but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1382597 Well, it's not the way to get results, but the scale sure does look good! 340.0 yeah! I've had this stomach/intestinal virus thing since Sunday morning, boo! I know it is mostly water that is gone, but one can hope, right? <BR> <BR> In between trips to the bathroom, I have been doing a lot of computer...go figure and have a good list of places now to search for nutrient info if I can't find things on SP. I also discovered that I can look up things on the shared foods list and add it to ... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 15:34:53 EST Finally it's working!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1371881 I have been really busy and haven't had time to post as much, but I am proud of myself. I have ben logging every day and all except for one day have stayed in my calorie limit with nutrients doing pretty ok, except for the dreaded sodium. The scale is starting to move and that is exciting. <BR> <BR> I am amazed at how much better I feel when I am eating healthy, even with the weight just only changing a little. I don't feel as lethargic, I can move easier and it's not a chore as much to ... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 13:15:49 EST This is my first time at this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1361377 Really my second, but the first one I goofed up somehow and lost it! <BR> <BR> Well, I never left the house today, but it was a busy day! We have family coming later in the week and that means.....Cleaning! We spent almost all day in the kids rooms and we can now see their floors and have gotten a lot of stuff packed up to go anywhere but here. <BR> <BR> We have been foster parents for about 11 years and have had a lot of kids come and go and a lot of heart ache along the way. Don't ge... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 23:06:38 EST