BABCIATEA's SparkPeople Blog BABCIATEA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community yesterday is gone tomorrow is unknown Life as usual is topsy turvey. Fell asleep way too early yesterday so am up way too early this morn, so it is time to take stock once again and redirect my path back toward true north, fbs was 148 and weight 212 this morning , I went off track yesterday on my way home from visit with 2 littlest grand girls ages1 and 3. Had a call from oldest friend back in hospital with possible emergency spinal surgery for severe pain, floor guy probably coming to put down new flooring in entry this week m... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:51:06 EST tough morning weight and fbs up today. plan tba. today have a visit planned with son and his family Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:22:40 EST Monday The rain is falling outside . The garden plants are drinking it up . My FBS was 140 and is slowly dropping toward more normal readings. Wt up slightly to 210.5. That part is frustrating but that is how it worked when i did this program before, down then slightly up down little and up I just need to keep going and eventually it will keep trending downward. Having the mental fog gone is a big positive and having more energy , sleeping better etc. all should keep me working at it. We can do ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:00:31 EST sunday week 2 Going to camp after church. FBS 148 wt down slightly. food plan ready for the day Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:59:08 EST saturday It has been 1 week of induction. blood sugars are improved and the mental fog has almost gone, energy is also improving. Bacon eggs and mushrooms for breakfast. Tuna steak cucumber tomato and red cabbage with parsley for lunch. Dinner will be turkey and zucchini Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:30:10 EST plan for the day wt up fbs down. I remembered my meds from last evening and fbs is 149. wt up to 211. Thankyou low carb friends for reminding me to keep potassium level up. Will be buying salmon, crimini mushrooms swiss chard and avocado today to help with that . Today , after morning prayers , will catch up on housework, go to gym, go to restaurant 99 to take 2 of the grand girls out for lunch. breakfast will be tuna salad and zucchini lunch a salad with chicken , dinner roast beef mushrooms and swiss cha... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:50:59 EST forgot pm meds forgot the evening metformin. FBS up to 157. Wt dropped .a quarter lb. UP 1.and a quarter from most recent low. The heat and humidity out side are better today so I hope to have a gym day today after a morning meeting. Food plan will be smoked salmon and saute spinach for breakfast . 12 macadamia nuts snack before meeting . cheese/ meat rolls and cucumber for lunch.dinner green pepper stiffed with crabmeat salad and zucchini sauted in olive oil. thanks for encouraging words sp friends . Gym... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:57:33 EST fbs continues to slip down fbs down to 147 from 148 yesterday. wt back to 210.5. But I expected ups and downs . That is the way my body works. Breakfast small steak and zucchini, lunch ham slices and cucumbers. dinner roast turkey breast from deli counter and steamed spinach. Yesterday trip to gym was tough . started to get light headed and weak so took shower and came home. ??? maybe stomach flu??? since other symptoms followed . All good today. Have Atkins meal bars in case of life getting in the way of my plan A ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:08:33 EST good morning FBS down to 148 this Morn and weight down to 209. Breakfast was salmon cream cheese rolled in ham slices. Lunch will be chicken , romaine , raddiochi salad on the road . Dinner pork portabella snap pea stir fry . keeping to one day at a time and plan plan plan. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:47:05 EST day 2 induction yesterday was the first full day of low carb induction. I have done it before bur this time with the grace of the Lord I will stay on track much better . Ate breakfast at around 6 AM . went to 8 AM Mass . Had a flat tire on the way home and was definitely hungry at 11 AM probably somewhere between a 1 and 2 for hunger scale. I hard boiled some eggs for the next few days and have sliced meats ready for hunger. Am checking blood sugars on awakening and prior to eating will also throw... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:14:56 EST lost is found The spat was on the floor at church where I sat yesterday yeah! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:50:36 EST lost 3rd spat. My 3rd spat is lost. It fell off my shoe somehow yesterday. I have one place to look away from home then under everything in case the sweet kitty used it for playtime. SO as ever we go to plan B which maybe a blessing in disquise as I have slipped away from the structured exercise and just relied on step numbers . Well who knows it may be better and. Hopefully I can shake this tightness in the breathing. Lets keep sparking whether we feel sparkish or not <em>381</em> <BR> <em>527</em... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:52:27 EST today Today I will walk outside with baby grand daughter for our vitamin D . We will play in the sand box for fun. I will giggle more than worry. Every time a worry pops into my mind I will replace it with a sweet thankful thought about my grand babies and my many blessings. So here I go prepping for the day. Spark cheers friends! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:24:02 EST better day Today is hubby and my 40th anniversary. We had a nice breakfast at home and are invited to our daughters house for dinner. Although my sleep last night was broken this morning after a hot shower the achy joints are easing. Maybe some ginger tea before stretching strength routine is in order. Spark cheers to all you spark pals. Have a great weekend. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:45:03 EST hard start today This morning took first dose of phosomax for bone thinning. and am out of sorts. FIrst I am somewhat afraid of the medication. and then... Pill is taken on empty stomach with water. then no eating or laying down for at least 30 minutes 60 is better so no morning coffee . It is a damp day my joints are aching and I sat too long at a meeting yesterday and am paying for it now. Now on the bright side I did number 30 of the classical stretch series season 8 and could do most of it. The knees... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:33:07 EST classical stretch This is day 27 of a 30 day cycle of strength and toning dvd. It looks deceptively easy . There is definitely an improvement in my flexibility and a decrease in pains in the back. There was a single program aired on PBS a while ago and It looked so good I ordered season 8 series. SOme of it is so hard I can not even do 1 percent but I am keeping at it and I can do much more than in the beginning. The teacher is Miranda Esmonde White . She is fantastic in her explanations of what is h... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 05:07:09 EST some how progress It is almost scary to say that things are starting to actually work but it seems true. I reset my goals down to one month increments and wow it is actually happened. I am back down below 200 from 199.5 to 199 this week. I found #2 spat after losing it and buying # 3 so I have an extra how funny . # 2 was attached to a shirt at the bottom of a drawer. Things are on a positive momemtum right now. I have eliminated daytime murder shows from my time wasters and have developed a habit of mo... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 05:47:22 EST new approaches I have recently added 2 new parts to my plan for optimizing my health and fitness. First is Classical stretch a program I saw on PBS tried and ordered as a dvd series. It is a 25 minute show it gently increases flexibility with ballet / yoga poses using a physio therapy model. I think it is helping my knees and hips. <BR> <BR> Second is an approach to eating using concepts presented by Dr ROsedale based on leptin research and neuro research by Dr david Perlmutter. Combining th... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:11:15 EST tough weekend Wednesday my son, who does not have health insurance for financial reasons had pain from a hernia and went to emergency, he needs surgery soon. Then the next day my daughter called for me to drive about 100 miles to pick up her daughter from school because my daughter believes she is having a heart attack and is driving to the hospital . I convinced her she should call for an ambuance rather than drive 12 miles. I saw daughter, brought granddaughter home with me and am scheduled to ba... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 06:37:39 EST three things Coach suggested writing three accomplishments then blogging on them. My three things are 1 walked the Leslie Sansone 5 mile walk in the morning then went outside with a friend and walked a mile outside in the afternoon as well as going garden cleanup. <BR> 2 was driving the 100 mile distance to my daughters house and staying over night with her. and grand daughter. a week or 2 ago <BR> 3 When same daughter called me on the phone with multiple complaints about me I did not respond in ang... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 06:10:52 EST planning for the weekend This Sunday I am driving about 100 miles to oldest daughters home to visit . It is a challenge for a number of reasons. My joints do not tolerate sitting in car more than 30 minutes. The place is out in the country and there are not may stopping places. Dear daughter is in financial difficulty and currently has a tiny dorm size refrigerator for her and 11 year old daughter. This is the surface. SO my activity plan is to stop each time I find a safe stop spot and walk . After a fall 3 wee... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 05:48:59 EST scary goals At age 64 blogging about 1,5 and 10 year goals is a little scary in 10 years at 74 I can not imagine my life. Who will be in it? Who is living? Am I ? So at this point I will stick to a 1 year goal. I want to be able to hike a beginner trail for 3 miles next summer. Also have more flexibility and stamina for gardening and playing with the granddaughters. Ok I will try 5 and 10 just generally. At 5 years out age 69 I want to be stronger than I am today and weigh less. At 10 years 74... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:46:00 EST blast the excuses wow my last blog was over a month ago and so much has changed. after emergency surgery everything seems possible. I feel so much better I do not want to return to how I felt before. If I plan and plan for life to get in the way I will not get discouraged. My way of thinking has changed from I WILL DO IT to ok Lord I trust in you to help me imagine a second, third , fourth or however many new ways I need to make the best choice available not the perfect choice I planned . Let us spark on. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 02:45:26 EST exercise routine Coach asks to decide if our exercise program is too big too small or just right. At the moment i am following Diabetes 8 week challenge along with Leslie sansone exercise book plan. I am using both because neither exactly fits me now. The book increases exercise and includes 2 rest or unstructured days always sunday and the second moves through the week. I need the diabetes challenge because of the focus on strenth training which is not as strong in the book . Today is weig... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:34:26 EST weigh in with support This week I will weigh in on Thursday with my weight support group. Coach suggested this and I have been doing this for a few weeks but I will commit now to use this weigh in as a basic tool. Sun, 12 May 2013 05:04:22 EST zeroing in Ok so today Spark coach had me recalibrate food and exercise on the trackers. this is the beginning of week 4 for me following Leslie Sansones walk book. this week I increase cardio to alternating between 3 and 4 miles 5 days a week and 2 unstructured days counting steps only on a pedometer. I will use Walk away the pounds videos for walking with and with out ab belts and 3 short spark people videos using bands that I just got in the mail. The plan is on my daily calendar. I have... Mon, 6 May 2013 05:42:08 EST this world "This modern world took our activity away. It is not our fault" Leslie Sansone . We can take it back, not the way it was before but in a new way . Our own way. We can choose to add it back by mindful living. Today I did 45 minutes 3 mile video walk. I am choosing to eat with the spar tracker . not slavishly but by making exchanges in each food group that fit my circumstances today. When I have a big driving in the car day like yesterday I will get out of the car at least every hour an... Thu, 2 May 2013 07:31:31 EST plateau don't know It may or may not be a plateau. I have not lost anything for a few weeks and it is time to switch coaching programs. So here goes a 4 week plateau busting program. In this I will be developing the 5 habits of weighing and measuring food, tracking fitness minutes more consistently, eating high quality foods, drinking 64 ounces of water and celebrating non food victories. I think I know where I need the most work. I think when I eat poor food choices I tend to binge and not enough water... Wed, 1 May 2013 05:44:32 EST what works ? Motivational tools that work for me ? what are they ? This is a tough question. At first it seems that It is just how I feel that day. but that can not be the whole story. The assignment from Spark coach was to blog about what works for motivation. It must be more than sunshine and the absence of illness. Most mornings I am ready to face anything and very motivated. as the day wears on I get less motivated in the evening. Yesterday was really good after breaking up my exercise into... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:21:26 EST two ways For your action plan, come up with two new ways you can mix up your program, whether it's setting a new goal, trying a new food, or re-energizing your workouts. Write down your plans in your journal or SparkPeople blog, along with your action plan for putting these changes into motion. <BR> <BR> Here is the plan to make 2 changes to mix up the program and keep it fresh. I will actually follow the food plan offered on the tracker. I have not actually done that before. the exercise portion i... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 07:05:38 EST new goal Something I've thought about is the plate concept of filling the plate with half vegetables one quarter protein and one quarter grains. So spark coach here goes new goal increasing proportion of non-starchy vegetables to 50 %. My action step toward this today is have a glass of low sodium v8 with breakfast. pack a big bag of vegetable sticks for lunch and make supper salad twice as large as usual. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 04:00:13 EST small victory this morning I had two little changes in thinking due to Spark coach. Firstly I am supposed to eat within 15 minutes of waking for medical reasons. This AM I realized an hour had gone by without eating. the old thinking would have said you blew it just do better You are a loser. New thinking. Add a meal category to the tracker . PLan and prepare a first breakfast grab and eat . Second mistake of the day by 6 30AM already . <em>246</em> I just started a walk plan from Leslie S... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:31:49 EST All or nothing <BR> Day before yesterday after the announcement about the Boston tragedy I stopped and bought ice cream and a candy bar then after eating those ate popcorn with butter over and above the regular meal plan. Now another time maybe I could just consider the snack gone mad as a meal. track it and have a very light version of dinner when I actually feel hungry. Although my preference is to have dinner with my husband he would not say anything if I told him why I was not eating with him. I... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:02:58 EST coach assignment non scale signs This assignment to write about signs that I am getting healthier without scales moving is a timely one for me. I have not lost but have gained each week over the past few weeks. this would have ordinarily completely discouraged me. How ever.... My exercise has been very consistent. I am not falling asleep in the afternoon from exhaustion now. and I feel hopeful. I am eating better foods generally . Evening binges are a continuing problem. But they are just that one problem area. For tonigh... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:58:52 EST todays spark coach visualization "Picture five things you want in your life, whether they are people, goals, experiences or things. How will reaching your small goals today help you achieve those dreams, too?" 1 Active participation in my faith community , 2 having fun with grandchildren and children and spouse, 3 health to feel well, 4 energy to make a garden grow every year,5 a clean and orderly home. 1 seeking motivational reading photos and daily prayer will be steps in a faith filled direction. 2 exercise and str... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:20:44 EST What does my life look when I am perfectly content ? question from Spark coach . I like this question better than yesterdays <em>246</em> . Perfectly content for me, equals harmony between spirit mind and body. Since my mind and spirit reside in this body to be perfectly content I think this body which houses the others needs to be a welcoming residence. When I am perfectly content; I have done my best, I have served another with love, I have behaved with integrity and I have served God in love for my neighbor. How does this look in my h... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:12:34 EST 10 year time travel Spark coach this time asks for a blog about imagining self 10 years in the future, then talking to current self about motivation and goals. since I am in my 60s it is not necessarily a pleasant thought to imagine life in my 70s. However. there are a wide range of ways to be a 70 something year old. Do I want to be able to do the activities that are pleasant to me now or gradually lose the capacity? I guess my future self says hey ! get off your butt so I will be able to stay of... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 05:42:06 EST action step to kick up workouts I have been using Leslie Sansone videos for most of my work outs. In spark coach today the suggestion was made to add intensity , time or change type of exercise done. My action step will be to add elliptical to fatique each time I go to the cellar to do laundry. This morning it was 3 minutes when putting laundry in . Also today after the elliptical I started the 3 mile fast walk video and did 1 mile mid morning I will do the second mile and the elliptical again each time I go down ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:35:04 EST areain my life to improve moderation I suppose foods are the area where I most need to increase the practice of moderation. Once I go over the top calorie limit I tend to just lose control and then binge. Or if I do not track a meal I have tended to just not track the remainder of the day or sometimes week. Maybe i should plan to just get back tracking immediately when I am able to and not try to get everything down after i have gone off. Today I will plan on doing this. maybe a quick note in the dayplanner as I go though ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 03:27:55 EST small set back Remembering my letter to my self I am thinking about how to avoid slipping back any more than I did over he past few days. I slipped back into some negative thinking with out thinking about what I was doing. I was away from SP for the weekend and could only log in at the retreat center which I was at no pop ups so no logging . the walk path was flooded bu I did walk a lot of stairs there. Things got out of hand from there. All meals prepared and served , It was a real luxury . Then i... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:07:40 EST letter to myself This morning spark coach suggested writing a blog letter to self to be as encourgaing to myself as I would be to a good friend about my journey toward weight loss. <BR> So this positive self talk sounds like it really could be helpful if I want to try it. Since our thoughts become our reality, I do want to be my own best friend. That has not been the case always in the past so- self, I apologise for the past and intend to move forward in another direction. Since God created me out... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:41:23 EST What will I do ? Spark coach asks what I will do when I reach my weight loss goal? I am going to visualize this with a list. <BR> I will peddle the paddle boat without having to stop so often. <BR> I will get down into the dirt of the garden and cultivate the little plants and pull weeds without being winded. <BR> I will make a snowman. <BR> I will play ball,run and jump up with my 5 year and 10 and 18 year old granddaughters and the one to be and not say Babcia is too old , tired, too weak, too some... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:30:28 EST excuses for not exercising 1 Hubby is still sleeping I can't exercise now. remedy took laptop to kitchen Turned on computer and turned down volume . Found 2 short seated videos on Spark people <BR> <BR> 2 I am taking care of my 5 yo granddaughter who is sooo active. remedy now really ! We can play passing soccer ball gently or air ball maybe indoors <BR> <BR> 3Hubby is home watching tv or exercising to his own video. remedy another no brainer. instead of being annoyed that I can't have my own video, follow him in ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:20:04 EST waiting Still waiting to see the scale move but there are other signs of progress. Those stretchy pants are feeling comfortable not stretched. I feel like exercising after the first 10 minutes which is a the team goal I joined . There are still hurdles and I will be happy when I see the scale move but for now I am moving forward. Thanks spark people and spark guy for being here Sat, 16 Feb 2013 06:54:42 EST base line <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am 2 days ago <img src=""> <BR> Not my best view but that is the point after all isn,t it to be clear about where the journey is beginning and see where it goes from here. The photo taken from a low angle is not at all flattering but shows where the problem lies. I am trying the free week of the coaching at SP . It suggests blogging so I will try a... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:10:12 EST begin again So much has changed since my last blog, that I am not sure that I am the same person who last wrote after surgery. Having breast cancer and the successful surgery in July of 2011 following that, was a life changer for sure but watching my mom go from a vigorous self sufficient person in June of 2012 to her death in September 2012 and everything that went with and after that has changed me forever. There is no going back to normal . Normal is something new and has become fluid. Somtimes ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:31:12 EST postoperative I had the planned surgery on July 29th. Dear husband has been home with me until today. A friend will drop in later this morning to help me with things that I am not allowed do yet and tommorrow I go for follow up visits with the cancer and reconnstructive offices. It has been quite a ride so far. I have discovered that I do not like narcotic medication. The pain of surgery was not as severe as I had feared . Recovery will probably be a little slower than <BR> I had envisioned. Over... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 07:19:02 EST plan started Yesterday I had a visit with surgeon #1 see the second soon. I liked the surgeon she gave me options which I liked . Now I want to find the most cancer fighting foods. I have tumeric, berries, broccoli and a big vegetable garden. This morning will walk with a neighbowr who is an 11 year cancer survivor. I am ready to face the challenge Tue, 12 Jul 2011 05:52:16 EST a new life is beginning for me Today my life will be changing. I visit a surgeon to make a tratment plan for cancer. I have been angry , scared and sad. Today I am pulling myself together for the fight. I believe God has more work for me to do . Now is the time for me to start the "training " for the remainder of my life. Today assess medical situation , change diet to support medical care , and resume aerobic, strength and flexability exercises for improvement. a little today a little more tommorrow. I am in hope of spa... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 06:13:44 EST some progress Hello to friends, I have seemed to be MIA but have actually getting exercise in with gardening and I think food has been mostly on track even if not on the tracker. . The weight is as usual up and down by 3 to 5 lbs day to day. I have taken on role of assistant leader in Poland team. Trying to think up ways to reeactivate a small quiet group has taken up most of my spark time. So far success is limited to a couple of people but each person is important in themselves. <BR> As to my se... Tue, 31 May 2011 05:28:26 EST