BECCABOO127's SparkPeople Blog BECCABOO127's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hello Again! Hope all is well with you ladies and gents. <BR> <BR> Here, things have been wild. Also, my illness prevents me from getting on the computer very often these days. <BR> <BR> I am still here though, and hope all your wishes and dreams are coming true for you. <BR> <BR> I finally hit my goal of 260, and set my new goal of 240. I do so much better just setting the new goal for 20 pounds and don't worry how long it will take me. <BR> <BR> The time passes anyway right? lol <BR> <BR> Chr... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:39:49 EST I am Finally to 266 Yay! Never thought I'd see this number. I actually thought, when I first started trying to lose weight, that I'd never be able to get under 300. I've been under 300 for two years now, from a starting point of 345. <BR> <BR> Baby steps of changing my diet, life, and my mental focus has helped in staying under 300. <BR> <BR> I've also been more hopeful lately, and will do more tracking to keep things going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I also commit to exercising at least 2 times ... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:14:09 EST Day Three of Keto Lifestyle The last few days have been hard, but I am now transitioning to burning fat instead of burning glucose for energy. The cravings have decreased, and my meds are decreasing somewhat, too. <BR> <BR> Keto isn't for everyone; it is even more strict than Paleo. I'd suggest anyone wanting to try it to be under a doctor's supervision, and to test your blood glucose all the time (even if you are not diabetic) so that your blood glucose don't fall too law. In fact, I'd suggest that you don't go on... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:49:06 EST Once more, a change of eating regime First, I went gluten free which was pretty sweet as it has allowed me to lose 75 pounds. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, due to a side effect of a certain drug I took (which helps to cause diabetes), I am a diabetic. <BR> <BR> Sigh! I thought I'd changed my diet for the better, but my new internist, who is a very wise, professional, and nice lady, told me it was my diet. She wants me to only eat lean meats, a little good oils, and lots of non starchy veggies. She is allowing me very little c... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:56:57 EST "Hanging in There When the Going Gets Rough" The above title is my personal mantra, but I never believed that it would be so true. I will spare you the details, but suffice it to say, I am struggling with prolonged illness. <BR> <BR> However, I do not use illness as an excuse. I was at a high of 280 from 269 during the holidays, and I am now back to 268.8, basically 269, but I love to see those 8s! <BR> <BR> Please remember, never ever give up--no matter what! <BR> <BR> I am hanging in there. What about you? <BR> <BR> Do not le... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:49:35 EST The Start of a Delightful Sunday. ***Spoiler*** Foodies Take Note! I started my Sunday with my homemade version of a Starbuck's coffee. I ground Don Francisco coffee (one of my favs) and made fresh coffee. Since I didn't have my usual milk (out of it-darn!), I put a couple of teaspoons of Archer Farm's (Target brand) Seasalt Caramel hot cocoa mix, and made a deliciously tall glass of iced coffee with it. Now, I know it has sugar in it, but it tastes barely sweet, which is perfect for me. You have to wonder just how much sugar/corn syrup there is in some ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 15:01:55 EST I Wanted to Share... favorite all time song by John Prine. Plus the youtube person really did a nice video with it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (copy and paste) <BR> <BR> Hello in There <BR> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:51:33 EST Words for Today As of July 2013, I finally hit the 260s--269 to be exact, from a starting weight of 345. I cannot wait to get to 260. Then my next goal will be 240. <BR> <BR> My words for today, "you can take a rest from time to time, but never ever give up!" <BR> <BR> Or as my momma would say, "There is always room for improvement." <BR> <BR> Keep on keeping on, and God speed in your endeavors. <BR> <BR> This is your life. It is not a dress rehearsal. Just do it! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:44:49 EST Just an Update Just wanted to let you know that I am doing better. I am now on long acting insulin and am being followed by an endocrinologist. <BR> <BR> I broke a bone in my foot near my toe--ouchie. It seems like I take one step up and three steps back sometimes. However, the ending result is that I am stepping forward which is better than being left behind. <BR> <BR> I haven't had the strength to be online much lately, but I think about all of you and hope that you are well. <BR> <BR> Do not ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:25:26 EST Dear Mother.... Even though you left the earth plane ten years ago, I still feel your loving presence, especially during times of trouble or angst. <BR> <BR> I thank you for that. <BR> <BR> I feel you in the little things in life, too, such as, pouring mostly a cup of milk and putting a splash of coffee in it. This is my favorite memory, as I recall begging you for coffee as a toddler. You'd pour a cup of milk and a drop of coffee--just enough to taste the coffee. I would be so excited and know it was s... Sun, 12 May 2013 14:36:19 EST Could It Be....? That exercise is lowering my blood glucose! <BR> <BR> My readings about one week ago averaged 377-whew-not good. My fasting BG came back as 289 from one week ago. <BR> <BR> Now, my BG is averaging in the 220s! <BR> <BR> My butt is sore from the exercise bike, but so what! I am bringing a little pillow along with me now to put on the seat. <BR> <BR> I've been doing 30 minutes of consistent aerobic exercise (stationary bike) whenever I go to the PT place (averaging around 3 time... Thu, 2 May 2013 23:09:54 EST Hanging in There and Making It Count! I am hanging in there and am pleased of my progress thus far. <BR> <BR> I've been working out steadily at my physical therapy place under their "general exercise" program. It is like a gym but better, as the PT assistants are easily available to help you. In addition to doing my general fitness, I am going twice a week for PT for my shoulder/neck/back areas. I am seeing improvement in my posture, and learning what body positions are getting me into trouble in the first place. Part of ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:05:40 EST Up Only Two Pounds! Well, folks, I am pleased to report that I am up only two pounds from eating gluten for the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> I have to remind myself how important it is for me to stay away from all gluten products. <BR> <BR> First, it makes me want to eat a lot! Second, it raises my blood glucose to bad levels. Third, it makes me tired. <BR> <BR> These are only a few reasons why I need to stay away from it. I forgot that it makes my tummy hurt, too. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd be up further... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:27:10 EST Emotions and Havoc with Attempts at Weight Loss Well folks, between illness, boredom, and emotional upsets, my weight loss has been up and down in the past month. I hope to get things together again, and start my downward trend. <BR> <BR> Wellbutrin keeps my food cravings under control for the most part, hence, it is just my fear of becoming less than my current self. I use my fat as an armor. However, I don't need the excess fat, as I am becoming older, and I need to weigh less for my joints and other considerations. <BR> <BR> Illn... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:02:15 EST Great Link I Wanted to Share. Lady Lost 222 Pounds.... <link><BR>16/woman-loses-222-pounds-to-become-tr<BR>iathlete/ </link> <BR> <BR> Those of you who have had gastric bypass surgery may find this particularly interesting. <BR> <BR> It just goes to show, never give up and there is always hope. <em>247</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:59:48 EST Happy Update! I am down 4 more pounds and have hit my first "goal" of 280! Yay! <BR> <BR> Now, my second goal is 260. I don't know about you, but we ladies that have tons to lose are better off setting mid point goals than realizing exactly how much weight one has to lose overall. Plus, it is a huge thrill to get to one of your goals. <BR> <BR> I thank you ladies and gents for all your good support. I am sure that I will make the goals I intend to meet. Gluten free is still working for me, and I sur... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:36:33 EST Happy 2013! Just a short blog to update you--I managed to not gain one ounce during the holidays. I don't know what it is but I just don't have much of an appetite lately. <BR> <BR> I hope to regroup and actually start working my program again. Perhaps I will make some good progress in 2013. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, and that they have a wonderful 2013. <BR> <BR> Love and peace to you! <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:10:14 EST A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens <link><BR>.htm </link> <BR> <BR> The actual book was scanned onto the Gutenberg Project. I will be reading it shortly! Hugs to all and much joy in the New Year! Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:15:02 EST For Your Enjoyment, the 1935 and 1910 Versions of "Scrooge." I found a film archive where you can watch the classics for free. Today I watched the 1935 version of "Scrooge," which I had not seen before. I think this is one of the best Scrooges or "A Christmas Carol" that I've ever seen. The lead actor, Sir Seymour Hicks, was 92 years old at the time the film was made, and a fantastic actor. He certainly did an exceptional job of portraying Scrooge. <BR> <BR> It may be a day late in viewing this, but here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link>archive.o... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:49:59 EST A Fun Project! I have begun making melt and pour homemade soaps, and instead of buying a book about it, I search the net! You can buy the glycerin base at Michael's Arts & Crafts store, or at Amazon, but it is vastly cheaper at Michael's. <BR> <BR> I bought silicon molds in the shape of Christmas trees, snowmen, and gingerbread men. I decided to color the soaps naturally, and put peppermint tea in the soap for the Christmas trees. It turned out kind of nice as it looks like the leaves of the tree. <... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:58:40 EST Christmas Moderation This month, in the Spark Mail Art Team, we are each doing a holiday moderation collage. I downloaded Microsoft photo collage, which was free, and started making my collage. The elements of the collage included exercising, which I think is a nice way to get all that holiday stress out of the ole' body. One of my favorite quotes is "Keep Moving." I think it says it all. I also added pictures of fruits and vegetables to remind me to stay on track with the basics. <BR> <BR> Why do I cra... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 02:16:18 EST Bee Well for Life I just wanted to share a cool resource I found today, Bee Well for Life, sponsored by Bumble Bee. I can track how many miles I've done and how many calories it burned for my height and weight. The site also donates to the causes of diabetes or women's heart health, just by you logging in to it. Below is the link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Since I cannot walk a mile, I can cycle a mile and keep track of that; hence, I am really happy the site tracks mor... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:51:25 EST December Goals Here are my goals for December: <BR> <BR> 1. Count carbs via tracker, and to not exceed 45 to 50 carbs per meal, no more than 25 per snack <BR> 2. Exercise 4 times per week by walking and using the ellipitical <BR> 3. Do my leg/knee exercises--my home PT routine once or twice per day, every other day <BR> 4. Check my blood glucose regularly. <BR> 5. Call my doctor if the blood glucose does not drop soon. <BR> 6. Chair dance more often-at least 2 to 3 times per week <BR> 7. Do more s... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 12:40:27 EST The Glorious Sweet Potato! I learned to enjoy sweet potatoes later in life. I really couldn't stand them in my youth as it was usually covered with tons of marmallows. I can't say why I didn't like it, but I surmise that it was a bit too sweet. The glorious sweet potato has its own natural sweetness. <BR> <BR> Below is "All Hail the Sweet Potato" from Mark Bittman's blog from the New York times: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/20/all-hail-the-sweet-potato/?src=me<BR>&ref=general </lin... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:33:24 EST The Weather is Changing I wonder if a change in weather, brings about a change in people? <BR> <BR> We finally went from extreme heat and sunny days to cooler days and some sunny/some rainy days. I always look forward to Fall. I don't look forward to the bugs/viruses that seem to be going around. <BR> <BR> One of my sisters visited the other day, and both me and my roommate sis now are sick. I slept all day yesterday, (and all last night!), and feel better today. <BR> <BR> Early this morning, I announc... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:32:36 EST If You Talk the Talk, You Have to Walk the Walk In keeping with my "No Excuses" blog about exercise, I have set up an exercise schedule which I think will help when I exercise at home. <BR> <BR> Every other day, I will use the elliptical. This is most important to keep my knees bending at the right degrees. I have committed to doing this, and I am doing this. :) I will build my time on the machine and have to let my knee dictate that. I am sure the knee will continue to get better, and in time, I may have my old knee back. <BR>... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:05:36 EST "No Excuses!" Here is the link to the No Excuses knee exercise link through the Dr. Oz show. Dr. Oz's own personal trainer, Donovan Green, has done his own, "No Excuses," chair exercise video. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hair-workout </link> <BR> <BR> This year, I decided there were "No Excuses" after I damaged my knee, and had a long knee rehab which lasted about 9 months. My physical therapist told me today that I've done as well as I can. I can bend my knee at 107 ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:28:01 EST Moving on Up and Out! Well folks, I have talked about moving before, but the time wasn't right. I have determined that the time is right-now, and am very happy with my decision. <BR> <BR> I just ordered a nice set of cheap boxes through Amazon, along with 3 wardrobe boxes, as it really is easier to just place all your clothes on a hanger and move them that way. It is so easy to place them in your new closet. <BR> <BR> I have lived in the Los Angeles area since 1989, basically just about as many years here as ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 19:32:07 EST A Wonderful Message from MISSM66 I read this message from MISSM66 on a pal's Spark page, and I had to share: <BR> <BR> <BR> "Good Morning Spark Friend,Think on these words. <BR> <BR> 1. Honor Yourself: Remember what the flight attendant says, "Put your own oxygen mask on first." You are of no use to anyone else if you have not taken care of your own needs first - this includes your own emotional, as well as physical, well-being. <BR> <BR> 2. Forgive Everyone For Everything: Forgiveness is a gift to yourself. YOU created ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 15:10:28 EST "18 Things You Can Get Rid of Today" Here is a great article about how to get rid of too much "stuff." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nization/clutter/18-things-you-can-get<BR>-rid-of-right-now/?page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:02:32 EST What's on the Menu Today? My sis says we can make the coconut lime soup even though we don't have ginger or shrimp. We do have chicken and garlic. <BR> <BR> Here is the recipe which sounds so good: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-soup/2/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think this website is my new favorite place! It is so much cheaper than going out to eat, too, and I don't mind cooking. I do mind the cleaning up, but I try to clean as I cook so it is not too difficult. <BR> <BR> There is s... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:55:17 EST Authentic Pancit (Filipino Noodles) Recipe It took me a while to find this recipe, but the search is well worth it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/2/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is what we will be having for lunch today! <BR> <BR> My coworker would always bring a big tray of it for our potlucks, and it was the first thing to go! She used the fish sauce, too. It smells really strong but you only use a little of it. Most people I know say they don't like the fish sauce, but they probably put too much in.... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 16:12:30 EST "What's For Supper, Maw?" I dedicate this blog to my dear beloved brother, Stephen, as he always asked each day, "What's for supper, Maw?" Stephen passed in 2003 around this time of the year, so he is especially in my heart during the holidays. <BR> <BR> For supper today, is another creation out of my head and whatever is available in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I made a bulgogi sauce the other day by combining soy sauce, and seasoned rice vinegar (about a 60/40 split), with dried garlic, dried onions, cayenne pepper... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:44:08 EST How Did Your Trick or Treating Go? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dedicated to all of us who love "Peanuts." Thu, 1 Nov 2012 01:22:09 EST Halloween-Monster Mash-Agh-Mash Good! Here is a version of "Monster Mash," for all who remember it from back in the day. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> (modern version) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> (original version) <BR> <BR> Agh! Mash Good! <BR> <BR> Happy Halloween! <BR> <BR> <em>420</em> <em>421</em> <em>420</em> <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:19:32 EST And for Your Listening Pleasure... Moonlight Sonata <BR> <BR> What a way to relax before retiring to bed. Nighty night! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:34:54 EST "I Want!" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> God speed everyone. This really touched my heart today. <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:40:37 EST Hungry Girl's Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>654 </link> <BR> <BR> I have gluten free brownie mix but need to check the carb count. This sounds pretty good for a nice, lower fat treat. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:07:33 EST Soup of the Day Chicken noodle soup <BR> <BR> Sautee chopped garlic, onion, celery (with leaves) in a pot with a little olive oil. Add chopped chicken, chopped carrots, dried parsley (about 1 tablespoon) and a pinch of dried rosemary, crushed. I also added chopped jalapeno pepper but that is optional. Sautee the chicken until the pink is almost gone. <BR> <BR> Add large box chicken broth and a couple cups of water. Let it cook for about 20 to 25 minutes. <BR> <BR> I soaked Vietnamese rice noodles ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:22:22 EST A Flip on Pancakes Pancakes--they are not just for breakfast anymore. See below for the details. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ncakes-for-dinner-syrup-optional/?emc=<BR>eta1 </link> <BR> <BR> I am trying to figure out how to make a slimming Korean seafood pancake, which comes in at a whopping 1800 calories! Perhaps it can be done. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the recipes! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 01:05:55 EST A Few Fun Facts About Halloween or All Hallow's Eve Halloween typically means a time for children and adults to dress up and have fun. When we were little kids, fun meant to grab a bag and go door to door in search of treats, with idle threats of tricks. As adults, it is just another excuse to party. <BR> <BR> The roots of Halloween come from many sources--far to vast to explore here. (You may explore the varied roots of Halloween in the below link.) It is interesting to note that Halloween was not popular in the United States in the late... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 04:07:32 EST Soup of the Day I often fix soups of the day during the Fall months. There is just something about Fall that makes me want to eat soup! I will take whatever ingredients I have on hand, and make something yummy out of it. <BR> <BR> The soup of today was: <BR> <BR> 2 fillets salmon, chopped into squares <BR> 1 onion, thinly sliced <BR> 2 heaping teaspoons of chopped garlic <BR> 1 large & quartered yellow crook neck squash <BR> 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, & chopped <BR> 1/2 bag frozen peas <BR> 2 la... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:26:46 EST Improvements All Around! The main improvement is my blood glucose. I've been trying to adhere to 45 to 60 grams per meal, and 20 to 25 grams per snack. It is a really low carb regime. I don't want to be on insulin though, especially as it conflicts with the medication for my ADD/depression. <BR> <BR> I started out at a high of 366 about one week ago. Then I decreased to 255. My readings were then 267, which decreased to 216. My lowest blood glucose was 187 last night about 2 hours after dinner. All the num... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:05:15 EST Need a Little Tea, Please A good tea can be hard to find. Here is my list of favs at the moment: <BR> <BR> Stash lemon ginger herbal tea. This tastes particularly good iced. <BR> Haney & Son's Hot Cinnamon Spice tea. This tastes good with a dash more cinnamon in it. <BR> Good Earth Original Spicy tea <BR> <BR> Right now, I am enjoying a little iced cinnamon tea. The extra cinnamon is not only delicious, it is supposed to help my blood glucose, too. <BR> <BR> What sort of teas do you enjoy? <BR> <BR> <img ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 14:00:07 EST To Remain Healthy, Stand Up for a Few Minutes Every 20 Minutes of Sitting I found a good article that recommends that one stands for a few minutes for every 20 minutes of sitting. <BR> <BR> I spent 20+ years in a cubicle related environment. I swore that my next career will be one that I get to move around instead of just sit. Sitting too much can lead to factors which increase the incidence of heart disease and diabetes. I have full blown diabetes now, and a friend of mine had to retire due to having trouble with her heart again. She is the healthiest person... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:33:43 EST An Unusual Breakfast I got up early this morning and started chopping onions and garlic for a veggie soup. I had a dried soup packet that I got from World Market, but I wanted to add some fresh stuff to it. (I am trying to get all of the older but still good stuff out of my kitchen.) <BR> <BR> I added a can of drained green beans, a can of chopped tomatoes, some chopped up steak which I cooked with the onions and garlic, some rosemary, parsley, 2 bay leaves, and some chicken broth and water. <BR> <BR> My si... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:03:47 EST "The Journey of 1000 Paintings" I wanted to share this great blog from one of my Weight Watcher's pals. I am interpreting this blog literally, as I want to be an artist again. I was an artist in my young adulthood, before life took over. Somehow, I found myself in a very left brain, analytical profession for 20+ years. Now, I am exploring the right (artistic, creative) side of my brain. <BR> <BR> I am sure you don't have to interpret this literally. You can apply any goal to be "a journey of 1000 paintings." Enjoy... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 15:08:37 EST Progress, and Not Just in Weight Loss Some of you may know I went through a devastating depression a few years back, and have been climbing out of the abyss since then. <BR> <BR> I am usually a very positive person, even when depressed, and try my best to look at all the positives. I also tell myself that these matters are just little "blips" (whether they are or not) and that it may be here now, but it won't be here forever. I also believe in positive affirmations and vow to not give my issues any power of their own. They ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:23:22 EST Gluten Free is Working for Me! When we start this wonderful Sparkin' experience, we just try to track our food and exercise. Somewhere along the way, we also try to figure out other elements of our life, and how to make our new way of eating a lifestyle change. I've heard that toward the end of our analysis, our actual identity in how we relate with ourselves actually starts to change. <BR> <BR> Well, I am in the stage of figuring out what works for me. Exercise definitely works as it helps to keep me practically p... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 11:15:36 EST How a Wrong Can Turn into a Right Just a short blog to share what I did last night while creating the flower ATCs for my Aunt. <BR> <BR> I was busy messing up one of the flower ATCs, and wasn't at all pleased with it. Then I thought to add glitter glue in silver and a brownish violet, and now I love it! <BR> <BR> Just that one simple act brought what I consider a mess to a new beautiful light. Just think of what we can do if we apply that same philosophy to sparking and achieving our goals! <BR> <BR> I never thought ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:46:07 EST