BARBEQUESUE's SparkPeople Blog BARBEQUESUE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy St Patty's Day Since I was still feeling bad with my cold...I just stayed home and watched a lot of TV, played solitaire and drank my water. <BR> The Elks Lodge in my town does a St Patty's meal that you can eat there or get one 'to-go'. <BR> The closer it got to dinner time I just had to go out and get a meal to go <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> It was so good too. <BR> Hope you all enjoyed your St Patty's Day. <BR> <em>137</em> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:26:57 EST Boo Hoo...No Gym today... feeling too sick My throat was pretty scratchy at Choir last night and when I woke up this morning, I knew my 'Get Up and Go to the Gym" was not going anywhere except for some medical attention. <BR> I went to the 'Walk in Clinic' for some 'hand holding' and advice. <BR> <BR> I'm home now. Presently made a big pot of hot water. In addition to my H2O,. will be drinking lots of tea. Later I plan to order Hot n Sour soup for lunch. That always helps to clear the sinuses and makes me feel better for while.... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:09:04 EST Slowly making my way back to SP <em>213</em> <BR> Thanks to a 'Water Challenge' started by a friend...I'm slowly getting back into SparkPeople. <BR> When I first joined years ago, I found this site to be very supporting and helpful. (It still is) <BR> It was easy when I was working to log on and keep in touch. Since I retired, I've been busy with other things and not on the computer as much. I hope to change that. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> I've been reconnecting with my groups and updating a post here and there...I ... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:04:57 EST I'm making progress :o) Hi All <BR> What I’ve been doing… <BR> I had this very old stationary bike by ‘Vitamaster’…I think this was from the 60’s and daily I would cycle for an hour. It worked for fine for a while…then the tension indicator stopped working. No problem…I just kept pedaling without it. Then the bike chain kept slipping off. That was just an aggravation to keep putting it back on, so I took it off. I was still able to bike and that was ok with me. Then I started to experience grinding noise. I... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:54:10 EST I'm still here and I'm making a difference I’ve been MIA from Sparkpeople since I last wrote, but haven’t stopped my efforts in making a difference in my eating and exercise. <BR> September 25th I have an appointment to see my Doctor…then I will know for certain if all this effort has been worthwhile. (I hope so, I feel like it has… I’ve been very pleased with blood sugar readings and the scale is definitely showing a lower number. The latter will be posted on my page once I get it official from my Doctor. :o) <BR> I haven’t gott... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:43:13 EST Hope I don't jinx this... Hope not to jinx this, but sometimes sharing is good. I hope that I can keep to the goals that I have set for myself. <BR> Last time I was at my Doctor’s office, I requested an RX to attend a Diabetic class that was being provided by a local hospital. <BR> I was looking for that ‘kick in the pants’ to wake up, to be better educated about food and to try and make a difference in my sugar readings. <BR> The class met once a week for four weeks. I came away with a much better understanding ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:32:27 EST Week 2 - I'm still hanging in there. I've been MIA on the posts for a while...but for a good reason. <BR> Last Monday (2/20)I joined a gym and I feel real good about this. <BR> If you haven't read them, check out my earlier blogs on my taking the plunge of joining a Gym again. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> So far I've been attending classes every day. Mostly in the wee hours in the morning, but that works for me. <BR> This way I still have a full day to do whatever I want and that works for me. <BR> So far I have taken classes i... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:49:47 EST 3rd Day Miracle Well following my TRX experience – The next day I was definitely feeling the burn… plus pain and soreness too. Well that is to be expected. That was some work out. <BR> The next day I attended a ZUMBA class and followed it up with YOGA class. Now I have had YOGA in the past….but that was a while ago. I think a lot of my arm soreness is from this class. Those ‘Down-Dog’ positions can be brutal. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> This morning (note that I could barely move out of bed and lift the comf... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 09:35:33 EST ROTFLMAO I had to get clued in to this as well, but for those that don’t know the abbreviated phase stands for: <BR> Rolling on the floor laughing my a—off. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> After my initiation into my first TRK class, that is what I did during the floor exercises. <BR> Yesterday was flying by, but I wanted to take advantage of the classes at the new gym I joined. So I hurried off to attend the ‘TRX’ class. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and for those that don’t know... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:11:47 EST Taking the plunge…again <BR> During my younger years I was a member Elaine Powers (does that ring a bell with anyone?)….Basically it offered floor exercises, it had a wall to wall shag rug and a small dressing room and the equipment was limited. <BR> <em>416</em> <BR> Then a “New Woman” opened up and it offered so much more with a pool, hot tub, sauna and showers. They had an assortment of equipment along with energetic aerobic classes that made you sweat. <BR> <em>324</em> <em>237</em> <em>34</em> <em>32... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:09:52 EST UPDATE on my Concerns Hi All <BR> I was able to get an appointment with my Doctor this afternoon. After he questioned me and did some rotating of my leg, he advised that I may have pulled a muscle. <BR> After thinking about my recent volunteer activities at the Church, I think I know how I did this to myself. I really put a stretch in this area and if I wasn’t in so much pain, I would kick myself. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> My problem with getting older is that I keep forgetting that I’m not as limber as ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 18:26:25 EST Concerns... Well, I have to lay off the Gazelle for a while…don’t know if that is the cause or not, but I made an appointment with my Dr. regarding my hip. Hope it is just aggravated and it just needs a break. I definitely feel discomfort in getting up from a chair. Maybe it is arthritis? I hope not. :o( <BR> Bursitis, I had once, and that which eventually stopped bothering me, but that pain felt very different from this pain. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Gee I know I ‘m getting older, and all my fr... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 07:25:18 EST What a Workout! I recently got a second-hand stationary bike…what a workout I had this morning. <BR> <em>324</em> <BR> <BR> I barely make a sweat on the Gazelle, but after an hour on this bicycle my head was drenched. YAHOO!...that felt great!!! <BR> <BR> I feel I will really burn the calories now. <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:58:55 EST Going slow…but still on track! So far so good…getting an hour on the GAZELLE every day and when I’m ambitious, I do it twice. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Watching my food portions and I’m also just trying to eat better. My biggest thing is NOT eating late snacks. The scale is slow in moving, but it doesn’t discourage me. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I was thrilled this morning to have a LOW blood sugar reading. It was under 100, WOW! Finally a difference! WOO HOO! <BR> I know I am on the right track, just hope t... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 07:49:26 EST No More Excuses “No Excuses”…this season’s theme for the Biggest Loser and for me too! <BR> Excuses…I know them well and we all have them. <BR> Not an ‘official New Year’s resolution’, but a determined effort on my part. <BR> I’m trying to make better food choices and avoid the ever tempting French Fries (which in some restaurants always accompany a hamburger) Much to my regret I have no will power if it is on my plate, BUT I’m getting better. <BR> I’m trying to get better about the food choices and have bee... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:42:20 EST 5K Race - 17 June 2011 In the wee morning hours on Friday, June 17th, I was greeted with a thunderstorm and a downpour of rain. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> The race wasn't until 8 there was time for it clear up. I kept my fingers and toes crossed. <BR> I was the first to show up, but it wasn't long afterwards that I was joined by others. <BR> The sun blessed us we took off. The runners were off in a flash and I was doing my best with my' fast race walk'. <BR> In the 'race trail' of participants, I was in t... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 06:54:09 EST Great Quote from CHAS1949 Had to copy to this for myself as I thought it was a great quote and it depicts to me what we all do for one another in SparkPeople. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." - Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> Isn't that neat? Thu, 19 May 2011 09:37:33 EST There are five things that you cannot recover in life: There are five things that you cannot recover in life: <BR> <BR> (1) The Stone......after it's thrown, <BR> (2) The Word.......after it's said, <BR> (3) The Occasion...after it's missed, <BR> (4) The Time.......after it's gone, and <BR> (5) A person.......after they die. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 06:58:59 EST So how would you spend it ??? I've posted this on my teams...but wanted to keep it here as reminder to make the most of every day. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: <BR> <BR> Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use. However, this prize had rules, just as any game has certain rules. <BR> The first set of rules would be: <BR> 1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day w... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 07:18:49 EST Some interesting Facts of Life I've posted this as a topic on my team pages...but the message I wanted to keep for myself as I think they are 'so true'. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned I’ve seen this article years ago and sometimes there is a reason when things circulate back in your life. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Written by Regina Brett, 53 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio. <BR> "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:29:26 EST I'm Slipping.... :o( ...and pretty upset about it too. Menopause? Thyroid?...I don't know...I'm almost back at my beginning weight again. Boo Hoo. Really makes me mad. <BR> <BR> The new numbers are from my weigh-in at my Drs office in late June. My new starting point. There has been a change in my meds. I don't think I'm eating that bad, but it could be what's going on with my body. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've slipped off on tracking my food in SP...and writing in a diary. In order to figure out what is going on, I think I better... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 07:32:51 EST Italy 2009 - CIAO! Here's a glimpse of my Vacation Diary Friday, Nov 6th <BR> Excitement in the air…the anticipation of starting my vacation was within just a few hours and I was ready. <BR> After finishing up some last minute work things that I had to do, it was farewell to my co-workers and then I drove to our departure meeting area where the bus was scheduled to pick us up. <BR> <BR> I got my ‘lock’ for my suitcase which I was able to set on the first try. That made me happy. I felt more comfortable having a locked suitcase. Those that nee... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 07:35:41 EST My Epiphany…or ‘How Barbara got her Spark Back’ I don’t know what happened…was it the long plateau of no weight loss? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Something changed for me because for a while now I’ve not ‘Sparked’ like I did when I first joined Spark People. <BR> Besides the weight plateau I was experiencin, I have other excuses too. August was a bad month as far as sinus, and cold issues, made it hard to exercise. I’ve also been very lax with writing things in my food/exercise journal and I’ve not ‘Sparked’ on topics as much as I did in th... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:39:36 EST "Light the Night" - Walk for Leukemia “Light the Night” was a special walk that was held on Saturday evening on Sep 26, 2009 in Red Bank, New Jersey for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. <BR> <BR> My co-worker was organizing a team to walk that evening. A lot of family members, their friends and co-workers jumped on the band wagon to participate in the walk by raising money for this cause. In honor of her mother we were known as Team Cardinal as she had a fondest for Cardinals…the bird, not so much the team. <BR> <em>211</e... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 09:02:45 EST Labor Day 5K RACE - YAHOO!!!! Very excited this morning…besides being LABOR DAY and being off from work I had signed up for my town’s 5K RACE. And I was excited that the day finally arrived. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Gosh where do I begin? <BR> This was the third night in a row that I’ve woke up at 1:30 am… (Hate that) <BR> I purposely avoided drinking ice tea so that it would not affect my sleeping…but I think it was hot sweats that woke me up. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> (Menopause…what a wonderful thing…NOT!!!) <BR> <B... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 14:45:56 EST An act of kindness... This was one of the those stories that circulate around through EMAIL...and of course had me tearing...and again as I type it here. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this with you. You never know when you will be given the opportunity to show our soldiers that we care. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> "Sack Lunches" <BR> <BR> I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. ... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 08:07:55 EST 9 to 5 . . . Great Play! Originally I was scheduled to see this in October, but because it was going to ‘close’ early the trip was re-scheduled for today. AND despite my cold…I was still going. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> I mainly wanted to see this play as the actress from West Wing, Allison Janney was going to be in this production and I thought it would be neat to see her on Broadway. <BR> If you have seen the original movie and enjoyed it, you won’t be disappointed with this play. It followed the movie pretty c... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 21:13:15 EST A good deed...while in training. :o) 8/15, Its early, Saturday morning... the Sun hasn't quite reached over the tree tops to start warming everything up. <BR> Thought to myself...lets see how well I can do this morning and fast walk to post box...drop off some mail and walk to the end of the road and back. I haven't clocked the mileage, but I felt pretty good about my performance...did the entire trip in 70 minutes. <BR> <BR> The good deed part. On way out I noticed a couple of cards in the gutter and thought, I'd check ... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 08:49:14 EST You never know when you'll be able to spread the Spark! Had a great 'Spark' experience today (8/13). <BR> I was just getting ready to leave the house when the phone rang...oh well, I thought to myself... pick it up and see who it was. Maybe I won the lottery LOL. <BR> It turned out to be a representative from my health plan. She was calling with regards to their wellness program...they call periodically to see how you are doing, send literature, etc, etc. <BR> I told them I was aware of this and related to them about my experience with SparkP... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 21:38:32 EST My First Year Anniversary with Spark People Hard to believe that it has been a year today that I ventured into the <BR> Internet to check out the 'SPARKPEOPLE' website. <BR> Better late than never is what I say...but sure wish I had found this <BR> sooner. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> For health reasons I needed to make a drastic change in my life. It <BR> seemed no matter what I did, I just couldn't get started on my own and <BR> as an aging diabetic it was very important to shake up my present life <BR> style to something healthier ... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:29:16 EST second 5K!!! 34 Minutes I was so ready for this....very excited and nervous this morning. In fact I was up before the alarm and couldn't wait to get started. <BR> Though I knew the runners would be in the lead, I got as close as I could to the front. When the 'GO' was given...I was off pumping my arms and doing my fast walk. My goal was pass anyone walking in front of me. These little mini goals helped keep my momentum up. <BR> I even got a compliment from a younger walker, 'You're walking faster than I'm run... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:44:00 EST 5K Walk with Co-Workers There was a special walk today at work...Rain or Shine. It was overcast and looked threatening, but it actually held for the walk...YAHOO!!!. <BR> For me anyway, I think the weather conditions made it even better for walking. <BR> Officially it was a 'RUN', but there were many others there were walking too. We even had a Mother jogging with a special stroller with two of her little ones. WOW! <BR> All the runners were in the front and I was mid-way in the back. Didn't want to get tram... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 19:15:38 EST Saturday walk with Spark People members. Well, the weather was very unpredictable today, but luckily it was just foggy and we didn't have to worry about the rain. <BR> We all met up at the Asbury Park Convention Center - Asbury Park, New Jersey. <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> Walked the boardwalk from Asbury Park to Ocean Grove then to Bradley Beach and back - the round trip was 4 miles. I think it was clocked for an hour and I thought that was pretty good. Got to meet the organizer, HOTTIPPY and other team members from the 'Spark Ne... Sat, 16 May 2009 14:30:34 EST Starting another New third one now! Its just your standard Composition book with the black and white marble-like cover with various measurements and the multiplication table on the back cover. You know the kind mean. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> The journal helps me in tracking my food, water and exercise and when I have time I record any special events that occurred that day. It also makes it easier to record from it to SP's trackers. Anymore I'm getting very forgetful and I need all the help I can get. <BR> <em>24</em> <... Fri, 1 May 2009 20:44:06 EST It never fails... It never fails…I was looking forward to my Doctor appointment today to weigh in AND to see how I did with my blood work. <BR> I don’t know if it was the anticipation of that, but my body did not cooperate this morning as far as ‘usual morning habits’. <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> I know the Dr’s scale weighs more than my home scale…but I was truly disappointed in the results. <BR> DAMN! 165.2 …up three pounds! <BR> No sooner when I got home…guess where I had to go? Now that really annoyed me... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 21:10:53 EST Ninth Month Anniversary with SP 28 April 2009 <em>184</em> <em>185</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> I’m so glad that good weather is finally here. <BR> I got a couple of days of walking at lunch time. It was great being out in the sunshine, feeling some breezes and catching a glimpse or two of wildlife. One day I heard a couple of frogs croaking to one another. If I wasn’t walking, I would have missed hearing their ‘music’. <BR> <BR> Since my last report…I’m still hanging at the same weight..but at least I haven’t gained. <BR> <... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:52:20 EST Eighth Month Anniversary with SP 28 March 2009 Just realized I missed posting in February and as I was about to log off tonight I saw that today is my Anniversary date, so thought I would jot a few lines to update my diary. <BR> In the beginning I started off like gang busters in losing weight and for a while now I have been at a plateau. :o( (Guess we have all been there, right?) <BR> <BR> Since my last posting I have been in a 'holding pattern' I can understand why and I'm not upset...just can't wait to get back on track again. ... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 20:38:14 EST Sixth Month Anniversary with SP 28 January 2009 January has been a rough month for me...but considering my 'lack' of commitment to exercise this month and a bout of 'food poisoning' I'm still maintaining my current weight. <BR> I love reading what people write, especially Pressingon3:14, she inspires me to do better. <BR> I just need to set a side 'time for me' so that I can do the things I need to do to make a difference. <BR> I hope that next month I can say, 'Yeah!, I Lost 5 pounds!', but that will be up to me. <BR> <em>211</em> ... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 07:09:54 EST Fifth Monmouth Anniversary with SP 28 Dec 2008 Well, based on my scale it looks good, but then that's my scale and not my Dr's Digital one. :o) <BR> Considering I did indulge in Christmas treats and a weight gain that I could see and that's ok with me. <BR> Somehow I managed to get through the Christmas holidays without doing to much damage to my 'numbers', but of course I still have New Year's Eve to get through too. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> If I'm going to reach my goal, I'm going to have to buckle down and get serious ab... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 20:12:25 EST Weigh in at Dr's - Dec 2, 2008 This is what I was waiting for, my appointment with my Endocrinologist. <BR> I wanted her to see how well I have been doing since I joined Spark People. <BR> AND I was also very curious as to what I would weigh on her electronic scale. <BR> Needless to say, anything I could remove, I did. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Very pleased to have some more weight loss...not big numbers, but that's ok. <BR> Every little bit helps and that helps keep me motivated. <BR> Present weight: 162.6 <BR> Poun... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 12:57:57 EST Fourth Month Anniversary with SP 28 Nov 2008 Just realized I was late in reporting in on Anniversary date...guess it was all the Thanksgiving celebration that continued till Friday. :o) <BR> Felt very good about how I ate on Turkey Day and that was due to all the good suggestions I got from SP and fellow team members. It really helped. <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> As far as my weight on my scale, I am still the same...which is pretty good since this is the 2nd day after Thanksgiving and we are still enjoying leftovers. :o) <BR> I see my ... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 12:39:40 EST Third Month Anniversary with SP - 28 Oct 2008 Had to slow down on some of my exercising, but I still managed to loose weight. <BR> FIVE POUNDS!!! Whoopee! <BR> I couldn't be happier. <BR> Many THANKS to SP and my Team for keeping me motivated in my efforts to make a change in my life. <BR> <em>185</em> Tue, 28 Oct 2008 20:43:57 EST Second Month Anniversary with SP Its been two months since I started with SparkPeople. <BR> I couldn't be more pleased...weighed in this morning (sans any clothing)...and I lost 9 more pounds! YAHOO! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I pray that I don't stray and that I can keep this up. <BR> I have a goal and I want to reach it! <BR> Many thanks to my team members for all the encouragement and support. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, later it yields the... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 07:37:25 EST First Month Anniversary with SP - 28 Aug 2008 Its been a month with SparkPeople for me and I'm so happy to have found this website and my team. <BR> Though my scale and the Dr's do not agree, I know I have lost weight. <BR> This morning (of course minus any clothing) <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> I weighed in at 179...I lost 7 pounds. <BR> YAHOO! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> If I can keep this up I know I will reach my goal. <BR> I basically do cardio (walking or biking), but I need to make time for some weights and exercises too. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 21:12:10 EST My 21 Day Commitment (No that is not a picture of me...but what flexibility!) <BR> <BR> Hi All <BR> <BR> I got the following idea from Pressingon3:14 and thought I would make it as a Motivational chart for myself. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ©×§´¯`•.,¸My 21 Day Commitment¸,.•´¯`§×© <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Daily calorie range 1200-1550, following nutritional range provided by SP, keeping at the upper range for protein and fiber. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:06:47 EST First week with SP...Yahoo! Hi Everyone <BR> I just joined the beginning of this week (7/28/08)...and I'm hooked. :o) <BR> I know this is what I've been needing and I thank my sister for sending me the web address. <BR> I was able to successfully lose 50 pounds eons ago with a Church support group called C.O.D. - Circle of Discipline. My mindset was pumped when I joined that group. Because of the disciplines of the program, member support and prayers; I succeeded <BR> Unfortunately you get comfortable and you s... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:03:45 EST