BECCABOO127's SparkPeople Blog BECCABOO127's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Dear Boy, Larry This is a tribute to my poodle mix, Larry, who was my first dog, not counting our family dog we had when I was a child. <BR> <BR> Larry came to me when I needed him the most. He had a rough start on life but was such a well behaved, sweet dog, that I knew that somewhere down the line, he must have had a loving owner. <BR> <BR> Larry was found as a stray near a high school in California. He was only fourteen pounds. The week he spent at the pound enabled him to get to 17 pounds. I adopt... Sat, 20 May 2017 13:35:39 EST First Steps Club (100+ FSC) Blog #2 The 100+ First Steps Club challenge is to blog about the 5 things I look forward to when I've lost the weight which I've listed below: <BR> <BR> Looking better in my clothes; <BR> <BR> Moving better (less stress on the joints); <BR> <BR> Improved blood work; <BR> <BR> Being more active; and <BR> <BR> Being more social. <BR> <BR> I think that the above improvements occur during the time period that I am losing weight. We have to look forward to living our lives as well as we can each ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:32:01 EST Consistency, a 100+ First Steps Challenge I need to be more consistent in my routine to help my weight loss: <BR> <BR> Consistent walking, chair marching, chair dancing; <BR> <BR> Consistent low carb eating; <BR> <BR> Consistent "spot" tracking, where I track at least the main meal of the day; <BR> <BR> Consistent self care, taking meds timely, taking vitamins daily; <BR> <BR> Consistent at home physical therapy exercises. <BR> <BR> All the above items will help with my weight loss. <BR> <BR> However, when I don't feel well, d... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:11:45 EST Spring Time is Here and Also Spring Cleaning! They say your physical surroundings affect you. I believe it. I know when things are tidier and more organized, then I am more likely to succeed in doing positive things for myself. <BR> <BR> I found a blog on the topic which is below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-the-house-can-help-you-lose-weight/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is another article that stresses that broken things bring negative energy into the space. (Please see "Fix It or Dump It" and "Livin... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 14:45:01 EST A Compassionate Act There is a trend to paint rocks and leave them in places for people to find. <BR> <BR> I had an idea to paint rocks years ago. However, I did not think to put them where people could find them and put a little light hearted joy in their day. <BR> <BR> We need more compassion in this world, and this is a little way we can do it! <BR> <BR> Below is the article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-a-rock-paint-a-rock-hide-a-rock/ar-A<BR>AnbgQz?ocid=spartanntp </l... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:04:18 EST Paul Eugene Revisited Here is another helpful link to a whole list of Paul Eugene videos! <BR> <BR> <link>pauleugenefitness.businesscatalyst.c<BR>om/7-day-workout.html </link> <BR> <BR> I love doing his chair exercises, and believe it or not, it gets my heart rate into the fat burning category. <BR> <BR> I do still walk outside, but I am trying to make sure that I move more during the day. These videos fit the bill! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:11:07 EST Holiday Laughs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is definitely my stance! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This captures my general demeanor! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> One of my favs! <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:40:35 EST Thunder in the Distance We had a few storms move through here last night, but it wasn't too bad. By 5:15 am, it was freezing per my weather app. I went to get some anti-itchy meds for my pooch, Daisy, as she woke me up at 5:15 by furiously shaking the bed for a good scratch, and I walked back to the kitchen/back porch area to find water dripping down all over the place! I actually thought I was dreaming. No such luck though; it's for real. <BR> <BR> I think God always knows when I have a little dough, as he mak... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:40:30 EST Overeating I am interested in knowing the reasons why peeps overeat. <BR> <BR> For me, it can be that I am remembering good times, bad times, boredom, mainly. <BR> <BR> Today I overate. I am in the middle of saying goodbye to my Aunt's house which I've always loved. Her house was close enough to my parent's house, so I'd ride my bike over there when I was a kid to surprise her. I have good memories from my time there. <BR> <BR> It is also the cutest little house built in the 40s to 50s with all t... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:15:09 EST How to Start Again, A Great SP Article, What You Can Do Today <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1062 </link> <BR> <BR> "Not long ago, you were energetic and determined to start your healthy lifestyle. Starting with enthusiasm and hope, you watched your food intake diligently, exercised like it was going out of style, and even avoided the temptation that seemed to lurk around every corner. You were confident that you were going to reach your goals once and for all! <BR> <BR> Then certain tragedy struck! You ate an ext... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:41 EST Enjoy the Fall Colors with Me! I was driving around my hometown the other day, and wanted to share some pics I took of the Fall colors. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While driving around the park near the house. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beautiful Fal... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:16:32 EST Low Carb Diet, Once Considered a Fad Diet.... "Once a fad diet, the safety and efficacy of the low-carb diet have now been verified in more than 40 clinical trials on thousands of subjects." <BR> <BR> That is good to hear! <BR> <BR> I try to get less than 125 net grams of carbs per day. I've been told that anything under 150 carbs per day is low carb. I will never do a no carb diet. I've tried, and I am unable to do so. It makes me too hyper and dizzy. <BR> <BR> I low carb diet I can do. When I don't stick to my 125 net grams... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:09:27 EST What Foods Improve Your Eyesight? BBC News has a good article stressing that greens are important to your eyesight. <BR> <BR> The article states in part: "boosting the diet with the three macular pigments - lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin - led to significant improvements in the protection of the delicate macula, as well as improved eyesight.... <BR> <BR> "...for all of those whose mothers and grandmothers told them that carrots would improve their vision the message is this - although lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-ze... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:11:13 EST Loneliness is a Public Health Concern Loneliness can affect your health. This New York Times article explains in part: <BR> <BR> "...loneliness affects several key bodily functions, at least in part through overstimulation of the body's stress response. Chronic loneliness, his work has shown, is associated with increased levels of cortisol, a major stress hormone, as well as higher vascular resistance, which can raise blood pressure and decrease blood flow to vital organs. <BR> <BR> Professor Cacioppo's research has also sho... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 21:36:08 EST I'll Take a Cold Brew, Please! ....A cold brew coffee that is! <BR> <BR> Cold brew coffee is apparently becoming really popular. I know I like it. Have you tried cold brew yet? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Couresy of the Washington Post <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d/whatever-happened-to-plain-iced-coff<BR>ee-cold-brew/2016/09/02/ecad64e0-5fe7-<BR>11e6-8e45-477372e89d78_story.html </link> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:26:00 EST Exercising at the Beach! Another Paul Eugene Video! Paul Eugene makes me happy when I workout and that, in itself, is inspiring. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don't let those waves get you! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> (image courtesy of Google) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:16:41 EST Not All Calories Are the Same I've read so often that it is just calories in, calories out. I knew that it is more than that, contrary to popular belief. However, the below Spark article helps to explain why. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=9_health_fitness_fallacies_we_fell_<BR>for_10_years_ago </link> <BR> <BR> For example, I gain weight easily when I eat gluten. I also have terrible body/skin issues when I eat gluten. <BR> <BR> Not everyone is the same. Truly, "one man's meat is ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:09:51 EST "I Can and I Will" Below is a link to the Secrets of Successful Families. One father used to whisper to his sleeping girls each night, "I can and I will." <BR> <BR> I love the quote. <BR> <BR> "I can and I will" proceed to the next level of my fitness journey. I've lost 100 pounds and I thought that was all I could do. Well, my thinking is different now. My next part of my journey will happen. I commit to it. <BR> <BR> The article speaks of the "immigrant drive." That is definitely in my family. ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:55:11 EST Cuban Black Bean Recipe from Three Guys from Miami So, I tried out a wonderful mom and pop Cuban restaurant nearby and had the best black beans I've ever had in my life. I found a good recipe for the black beans and other yummies on a website called "Three Guys from Miami." <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I hope you get a chance to do the recipe and enjoy it as much as I will once I've fixed the recipe! <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:53:06 EST Another Great Chair Workout! Here is a fun chair workout. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In case you have trouble accessing the above link, you may see Paul Euguene's blog at <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Also, Paul Eugene has a seated chair stretch out here: <link> </link> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:50:11 EST Exercising, the Antidote for Deadly Diseases "High levels of physical activity linked to lower risk for two cancers, diabetes, heart disease and stroke" <BR> <BR> Please see the below article for the details. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've been working at my local physical therapy place to get more aerobic exercise, and not just the strengthening and stretching exercises. Of course, all types of exercise are important for us! <BR> <BR> Here is another good article from ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:33:22 EST Great Recipe Resource! Below is a link for a diabetic recipe website, and as you know, even if you are not diabetic, you can enjoy these healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ting/Sticking-with-it/Recipes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Now, I can find this resource easily, and enjoy making all these new recipes! <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy it too! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Courtesy of <B... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:02:12 EST Seated Chair Workout Shape has a good seated chair workout. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ted-moves-work-your-whole-body </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Thu, 4 Aug 2016 22:19:07 EST Still Improving Just wanted to share that the physical therapy (PT) with Tony is doing well. I work out on average 1 hour and 20 minutes; although, I was able to add a lot more exercises to the routine in that time. I am combining Tony's routine with an excellent routine I got with a physical therapist, Jennifer, when I was in Cali. Her routine really focused on my knee (as I had a torn ACL), and she graduated me to a maintenance routine. I was doing so well, even if I didn't do the maintenance as often ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:55:25 EST On This Day in History...Bugs! Bunny that is! <link><BR>orm=AMAZWB&q=On+this+day+in+history&fi<BR>lters=tnTID%3a%22C8C624D4-DD9D-46c3-B0<BR>9E-84C6C84F57A4%22+tnVersion%3a%221527<BR>119%22+Segment%3a%22popularnow.carouse<BR>l%22+tnCol%3a%2218%22+tnScenario%3a%22<BR>TrendingTopicsAPI%22+tnOrder%3a%228e2d<BR>16ed-96d8-4aef-9af8-77afed5b7fe5%22 </link> <BR> <BR> I found this by accident, and love it as I love Bugs Bunny! My Dad grew up with Bugs and loved him too. Enjoy! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:32:40 EST Exercising with Fibro Article I found this article most helpful about exercise and fibro. I found the article through a SP article, which is listed below for your convenience. (See all the links in the SP article-quite helpful!) I have only quoted a very small part of a very helpful article. I am most interested in exercising with vibration and Nordic walking (walking with Nordic pole). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1823 </link> (the entire SP article <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:32:14 EST My New Vision Quest Plus Motivational Quotes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am new to making a collage online, and here is my first attempt, along with some of my favorite quotes. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:20:58 EST Buff Bodies at Senior Games <link><BR>ng-athletes-buff-bodies-battle-at-seni<BR>or-games/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first pic is a lady who is 58 years old and very buff! <BR> <BR> I want to be fit as I age. I want to have defined muscles and good muscular support for my arthritic joints. I want less pain, and so far, I have experienced less pain while exercising regularly. <BR> <BR> These are my new goals, along with continuing to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I will visualize... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:41:38 EST Physical Therapy is Helping Me! I signed up at the local physical therapy (PT) place, and the PT worked up a routine for me. I have appointments two times per week for starters, but I can go there to do my aerobic exercise on the treadmill or bike any time I want. <BR> <BR> I don't even have to take my morning pain pill any more! <BR> <BR> I am also using this opportunity to get back with the low carb program, and start tracking my carbs again. I've been a little lax, and am up two pounds. <BR> <BR> My new goal is... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:20:23 EST Looking for Doc #2 I don't know what to say about the first doc I went to here, other than he was dismissive and insulting. He wasn't the worst doc I'd ever run into, but that doesn't mean he was good either. <BR> He refused to give me physical therapy. There were other very insulting comments directed toward me which I won't go into here. Let's just say I have enough self esteem to do what is the best course of action....RUN AWAY! (That's also my favorite line in a Monty Python movie.) <BR> <BR> I found ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:06:22 EST Starting Again. I am going to my new doc to get a script for physical therapy. My knees need help again. I have already located a good physical therapist close to my house. I see that as a positive step. I've been busy tending to a sick dog and a sis who didn't feel well. I felt like a momma as I had to perform whether I was feeling well or not. All my pals call me a nuturer. Perhaps I was a mother in my past life? lol! Well, now it is time to take care of me. God speed in all your endeavors. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:27:31 EST This Day in History I found a wonderful website that will tell you what happened on a particular day in history. The link is at the end of the blog. I had to find some good news to help me counteract the terrible news of the past few days. I feel for everyone affected by it. I always turn to positive news to help me cope. <BR> <BR> This day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:32:29 EST Great Resource! Calories Burned Calculator Below is a resource I just found today. I haven't "logged" in or joined it, but was still able to use the calculator. SP doesn't always have a listing for the activity that I am doing; hence, this is quite helpful. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/cbc </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> I fixed the link per Dawn's suggestion! It works! Fri, 27 May 2016 22:57:55 EST I Had to Share Proverbs31Julia's Blog! I am sharing the above blog, as it really explains what helps people with diabetes: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168379 </link> <BR> <BR> I had been introduced to Dr. Jason Fung last year. I have to remember to get back to my IF (intermittent fasting) as it really works to decrease my blood glucose numbers. I do the type of IF that I eat low carb each day during only an eight hour period. For example, when I was doing the IF, I... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:16:14 EST I am Very Fortunate I read some great affirmations on one of my teams, and it reminded me how fortunate I am. I have gone through a period of acquiring. I always want something. Now, I remind myself that I have a sufficiency in all that I need, and I want for nothing. This attitude helps me be more at peace with myself instead of always searching for something material to soothe myself. I can then turn to doing things I enjoy, such as watching Netfix or reading a good book. <BR> <BR> I have my health issue... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:33:15 EST Update I sure wish things were easier these days. I am so busy giving pills to dogs, all three now, and pills for myself, and taking care of my sister. I think I am working just as hard now as when I worked for real, and I had a really busy job back then. <BR> <BR> I am hobbling around on my knees now. My good knee has tendonitis from what I can tell. I am trying to let it heal but have to walk around to tend to the "family." I haven't had the time to go to the doctor myself, yet. Plus there a... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:49:47 EST Changes I woke up at 5 am today without an alarm. I then took a really nice longer walk at 7 am with two of the pooches. It was cooler and I could go a longer distance. I told myself before I fell asleep that I wanted to get up earlier and start my day. I want to continue to wake up earlier. I got my clothing order from Catherines, and most items worked well and looked nice. I am five (almost six) sizes down! I figured out why I slept so much the other day. I had a hidden infection in my toe.... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:55:23 EST A Simple Way to Give Back to Your Community I ran across a great article at Goodwill, which describes how to give a box of items to Goodwill. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>make-more-room-for-new-stuff/ </link> <BR> <BR> You just go to the GiveBackBox link within the article, and print out a label to place on your box. You pick a time for pick up. You then place the box on your front porch to be picked up on the day you select. <BR> <BR> It is a good article about cutti... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:01:42 EST Cold Brewing Bounty (of Coffee)! Well, I read the article from Spark People the other day about cold brewing coffee, and I went on Amazon immediately to get a "toddy" system. <BR> <BR> I love cold brewing. I have to remember to do it the night before, but it just needs to sit in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours. I let it sit 12 hours, and it tastes great! <BR> <BR> I like to drink iced coffee so this is the best way for me to do it. <BR> <BR> Does it taste better than regular brewing? Yes, it does a bit. It is smooth... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:02:54 EST Happiness for a New Year! I wish everyone the best for the New Year! <BR> <BR> I have been struggling to be on program; however, I am doing better than not. I try to do good choices each day, and I don't guilt trip myself when I slip, as I know that I get back on the wagon immediately! I don't say to myself to wait until tomorrow. I just get back on it right then! <BR> <BR> I hope in the new year to start sharing some pics with you. I like my new part time home, and the backyard is so pretty! I like to walk my ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:43:12 EST Holiday Joy I went to the grocery today in my new neighborhood, and the produce was the freshest I had ever seen. I got a lot of good foods, and only got one "treat," which was the Lactaid version of holiday nog. <BR> <BR> I was very happy to see that most of the stuff I need is really close by. I found a post office, a Big Lots, the laundromat, a Walgreens, and the grocery in one little mini-mall which is not only not far from my house, but also it is in the non-busy part of town. <BR> <BR> I can't... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:11:22 EST I am still here! So far so good on getting serious again. My recent goal is to get more exercise and get my blood glucose into the high 100s. Those would be the two most wonderful holiday presents for me. <BR> <BR> I will also keep away from holiday treats. <BR> <BR> I love my fitbit flex, as the spark people tracker kept on trying to fall off my foot. I learned how to sync the fitbit with SP, and it is keeping track great. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. Just remember to ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 11:59:24 EST I am gearing up to get serious again I am vowing to make the best effort possible to walk at least a little 5 to 7 days a week. Even the smallest amounts of walking (like around the block) help with my blood glucose. <BR> <BR> I am also vowing to keep on with my positive attitude. It sure does help with the journey. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well and that you are having some fun, too. <BR> <BR> God speed! <BR> <BR> We can, we will, and we are doing this! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 9 Oct 2015 16:42:29 EST Update on Me! lol! I have been going nutz the past three months since coming to the good ole' KY. Everything on the house went south, my dog went south, and I went south. <BR> <BR> The dog is past his crisis now, the house is nearly okay (just a few more items to fix), and I will hopefully be okay soon too. <BR> <BR> I went to a diabetes specialist who over corrected my insulin with oral meds regime, and yesterday, I had a true hypoglycemic crisis. I never want to have one again. It turns out that my ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:36:52 EST Update on Larry the Poodle Mix My pal, Larry, has done well in surgery. The doc thinks it may be a cure for him. He is an older dog but did really well. I attribute it to a good surgeon. Larry started to get sick while I was driving across country, specifically, in Shamrock Texas, when all the flooding was occurring. I told Larry to hang on until we got home, as it would be impossible to find an ER vet in such a small town who could handle his condition, especially during the flooding. <BR> <BR> Larry did what I said... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:32 EST Doing the Best I Can Every Day! I seriously feel pretty punk today. I've been working so hard with the spring cleaning that I've caused myself to have a flare up. <BR> <BR> It is not fun, and feels more like one has the flu. <BR> <BR> I get depressed when I don't feel well. I was cleaning my bedroom a little bit, and unearthed the scale. When I got on it, I discovered that I was 249.6! I am now officially in the 240s! That discovery cheered me some, and that I know that I will succeed. I just have to remember that... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:47:14 EST "Harvey," a Brief Review A graphic novel by Herve Bouchard and illustrated by Janice Nadeau <BR> <BR> Harvey is a wonderful little read about a child who loses his father, and how he feels about the tragic event. The illustrations are so expressive and really help to tell the story. <BR> <BR> Harvey has a vivid imagination both before and after the tragedy, which makes one step into the shoes of the child and relate to him. <BR> <BR> I usually read library books through my kindle fire, which is so convenient,... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:44:58 EST "An Innocent Soldier" A novel by Josef Holub. <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful book, and it is well worth reading. It is officially the first book I've read from our local (walk in) library. I read tons of library books through my kindle fire, but searching for a real book off the physical shelf is a treat I haven't had in a while. <BR> <BR> Possible spoiler alert: <BR> <BR> It is a book about a young man who is way too young to go off to fight in Napolean's war against Russia. He was a young, orphan farmer... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:06:21 EST Tip 'O the Day! I thought I'd start sharing whatever really works for me whether it be a strategy, a recipe, or a good product. <BR> <BR> King Arthur Muffin Mix (Gluten Free) <BR> <BR> King Arthur is great! It is the only mix I have found thus far that doesn't have too much sugar. It also has fewer carbs. There are 12 portions to the package; (I make them in 6 mini loaves and then halve them. Obviously, it would be great for presents too.) There are around 33 carbs per portion. That is really low co... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:16:42 EST Just for Fun One of my spark pals, Amanda (BlessedBeing), wondered where the idiom, "making a clean sweep," originated. Well, I am still working on that one. If any of you ladies and gents know, then please let us know! <BR> <BR> Here is a fun link for idioms. Now, I can understand my other sister when she is quoting Shakespeare! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sayings-shakespeare.html </link> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:48:37 EST