BLESSEDGMP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BLESSEDGMP BLESSEDGMP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734993 I have been MIA for over a year. I only gained back a few lbs but I am going the wrong direction. I just can't seem to get motivated so I am back again for some accountability. I don't have lofty goals I will be happy with a lb a week. There are 21 weeks to the end of the year so my goal is 21 lbs by 12/31. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:25:33 EST I am a size 0. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351984 0X that is. It finally got warm enough for capris. My size twentys were falling off so I went to Catherines for their 40% off sale. I ended up with size 0X which is a 14-16. I have up in my closet a reminder skirt that is my biggest size. It is a size 30. I can put me and my grand daughter in it with room to spare. I have been bummed out because i have been stuck at the same weight for several months but this gives me a big boost to keep on keeping on! Fri, 10 May 2013 10:33:14 EST 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180392 I want to lose 55 lbs in 2013 since that is just over a lb a week it should be doable. In order to do that I will track my food every day even the bad days and exercise at least 4 times a week. <BR> <BR> I also want to volunteer more. I volunteer 3 times a month now but would like to increase that to once a week minimum. <BR> <BR> I want to stay in His word and pray EVERY day. <BR> <BR> Pat Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:26:44 EST My favorite Christmas present... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178255 I got all four Sweating to the Oldies in DVD form. I know they are hokie but they make me laugh and are fun to do when it is too cold to walk. Second favorite gift was snow for Christmas not something that happens very often in TX. I take that back my very favorite present was two different neurologists both agreeing I can drive again, so after two years of depending on others I can go where I want when I want. Now I just need to find a car. I am not going to drive far the first few months ju... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:21:25 EST thought for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170557 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1999967622.jpg"> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:16:41 EST My goal for my next Spark year is to be overweight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067927 In otherwords no longer obese just overweight LOL. I need to lose 37 lbs in the next year to bring my BMI under 30 which brings me down to the overweight catagory instead of the obese catagory. Only my fellow Sparkpeople would understand that it is a great accomplishment to be overweight LOL. <BR> <BR> Hugs Pat Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:33:09 EST Today is my one year Sparkaversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067853 I have lost 30 lbs in that year. My goal was to lose 52 lbs and get under 200. I guess that will be my goal for this next coming year. I did learn that the more I exercise and TRACK that exercise and the more I TRACK my eating the better I lose. I did have several bouts of illness and hospital visits but that is no excuse what about the rest of the year that I slacked off. I need to get back into exercising and tracking my food. At my age that is the only way I can lose. I also do much better... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:37:43 EST Warning major rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058005 I am so MAD at American Airlines. I was sick so had to change my flight dates so they charged me $60 in higher ticket prices and $150 change fee. Today one day later the ticket prices went down a total of $141 and would they give me the lower price NO of course not. That is not right. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:10:46 EST I ate 4000 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057368 total in the last 10 days. I have been really sick and only had water or 7up for several days and crackers and toast when I finally started eating. I of course lost weight but that kind of "sick" weeight never stays off. The worst part was I was supposed to leave on a two week visit to my sister in Sacramento and had to postpone. Changing the plane tickets cost $210. So of course once I changed the tickets and paid the money I am starting to feel better LOL. I was afraid I would end up in the... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:55:58 EST My disability hearing was today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046135 After a year and a half of no income and being turned down twice this was the final chapter. My lawyer said if I was turned down this time that was pretty much it. We get there and my lawyer said he tried to call us and I thought uh oh what now but the judge decided to give me full disability without my even having to go to court. Whew I was mainly worried about medical insurance but now I will get Medicare next July. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:51:43 EST 20 lbsin 20 weeks challenge week two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024109 How did you do the first week? Our goal is twenty lbs in twenty weeks which gets us to the end of the year. I only excised 3 days and tracked food Three days but lost four lbs so I am a happy camper. How was you first week? <BR> <BR> Pat Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:12:51 EST 20 weeks 20 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014875 It is 20 weeks until the end of the year. I am challenging myself to lose 20 lbs in that 20 weeks. I have not food journaled In months and exercise has been spotty. I need to get back on track. I am headed the wrong direction I read somewhere that health insurance companies will deny you coverage if you are a woman over 210. My cobra runs out in January so I HAVE to get those 20 lbs off. If anyone wants to join me just reply to my blog on Monday's how you are doing. I will report in every Mo... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:06:14 EST I am proud of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954488 And a little shocked. Even thorough I have been sick as a dog and weak as a kitten I still have exercised at least a little every day and I went to rehab today. I finally feeling somewhat better praise the Lord!! I have already exercised over 200 minutes this week and have been sick since Friday. We aren't talking go to the gym exercises we are talking lay on my bed and do the PT exercises and ride my stationary bike while in my pjs but hey it all counts LOL <BR> <BR> Pat Wed, 4 Jul 2012 01:08:03 EST Over 2500 exercise minutes for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951480 That is more then I did for Jan- May combined LOL. It is because of all the rehab work I have to do to get my new knee in shape. I am almost where they want me to be so when I go to the doctor on the 17 th he will proably take me off of rehab . I just hope I continue with the exercise after I am done with rehab. So far for July I have done diddly squat. I have been sick in bed with my friend pancreatitis. I can't eat and barely drink water as it causes pain . I am tring to avoid going to the ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 08:45:58 EST Whoohoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934066 I am under 220 for the first time in over 30 years also I have lost 100 lbs since my highest weight. When I moved to TX 16 years ago I was 320. It took me 16 years but I lost that 100 lbs. I would lose 20 or 30 lbs then stabilize at that weight for a few years then do it again. My current goal is to get below 200 then I will be more then happy to stalize there for a while. So the moral of the story is Never Give Up and Slow and Steady Wins the Race <BR> <BR> Pat Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:33:50 EST A Skinny woman inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915908 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l820799191.jpg"> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 08:38:29 EST Seriously!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893852 I went to see my ortho pedic surgeon 3 weeks after my knee replacement. He wants me to exercise my knee for one hour out of every two. Really really? It is extremely painful no matter what position it is in 6-7 hours of exercising it a day will be living hell. I tried it this afternoon after my appointment and spent the hour I between sessions crying on and off from the pain and from the feeling of being totally overwhelmed. But I know it will get better a nd easier a little each day but ri... Tue, 22 May 2012 23:35:00 EST Surgery went well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863433 I have alreadt gotten up and walked down the hall. Care has been excellent. Everyone seems surprised by how well I am doing but I am not surprised I know I was covered in prayer. <BR> <BR> <BR> pat <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 May 2012 17:04:44 EST Knee replacement time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861999 Tomorrow morning I am getting a total knee replacement. This is my second one so I know what I am in for it is pretty painful and the rehab is really hard. Last time I lost 30 lbs during the rehab. That would be great if it happens again. I have totally lost motavation and lost and gained the same 5 lbs since January. Once I get through this rehab hopefully I will be able to exercise more. I am taking my laptop but will probably be MIA for a few days becuase you are pretty drugged up those fi... Tue, 1 May 2012 21:21:09 EST That will teach me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846912 I had 3 pieces of pizza at my grand daughters birthday party. I don't do well with dairy and I know better. I am laying here in bed 24 later still with horrible stomach pains . I need this to go away quickly as tomorrow is my preop appt with my doctor and Tuesday I go in for the hospital preop stuff. If they find out I am feeling do bad they may cancel my knee replacement surgery scheduled for May 2nd. That day works perfect for me I have several things I want to do in June so I want to gitt... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:59:39 EST I had to quit jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831011 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182294153.jpg"> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:38:39 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818614 Only two main goals for April. To get below 220 (227 now) and to do my thigh strengthening exercises my surgeon gave me Every day. I am supposed to strenthen my thigh muscles before my knee replacement surgery. It is supposed to help a lot with recovery. I have been doing them and can see I have been getting stronger but I need to do them every day not just when I feel like it LOL. <BR> <BR> Pat Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:25:02 EST Pictures of my April Fool meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339709229.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921387920.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l776065432.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I put food coloring in the bottom of the cereal bowl so when we added milk it turned blue. The "ostrich egg" is cool whip and pudding frosting with a peach half. The "worm" sandwich is thin strips of hot dogs. The "fries" are toasted pound cake with frosting for catsup. <BR> I also ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 22:48:19 EST Excrcise and April fools tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813386 I have already blown well past the exercise goal Sparks set for me for the year. I wonder where they come up with that number it seems pretty low. I am playing several food related April fools jokes on my grandkids. For breakfast you put blue food coloring in the bottom of a bowl then add cereal to cover it up then when the milk is poured the milk turns blue. For lunch you cot thin strips of hot dogs and score them and when you cook them they curl up and look like worms. French fries are ma... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:21:20 EST GRRRR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809866 The food tracker is tripling everything I put down so I keep freaking out thinking I am WAY to high on calories, fat etc but it is because it triples everything so then I have to go back and take two off. Is anyone else having problems? <BR> <BR> Pat Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:16:07 EST GRRRR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809865 The food tracker is tripling everything I put down so I keep freaking out thinking I am WAY to high on calories, fat etc but it is because it triples everything so then I have to go back and take two off. Is anyone else having problems? <BR> <BR> Pat Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:16:07 EST 6 month Sparkaversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803304 My six month Sparkaverary just snuck past it was on the 20th. In those six months i lost 25 lbs which sounds great until you find out I lost 25 lbs the first 3 month and for the next three I have been bouncing up and down the same 5 lbs. I wanted to get under 200 in one year which I am on track to do if I just stop bouncing around. I have come to realize the more I get involved in this board the more likely I am to stay on track so I recently signed up as a back up leader for the 50's 60's sa... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 22:28:13 EST Back headed the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4775651 I finally lost back the 5 lbs I gained while I was sick so headed back down! YEAH! <BR> I was getting together my too big clothes to take to a charity I volunteer at and my daughter in law went through some of her stuff too. She gave me some things to try on. They fit but were a little tight but they were a LARGE. Not an extra large or a 2x or a 3x bit a regular ordinary large. WOW!! I was going to buy a new dress for Easter but I may just wear the outfit she gave me. It is too cute a burgand... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:50:00 EST Definition of CALORIES hehehe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766200 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l384220781.jpg"> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 22:03:02 EST Time to get back to it no more excuses and whining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745399 I have been out of the hospital 3 weeks time to start exercising again. 4 weeks of no exercise equaled a 4 lb gain. The plan is to start slow 3 min 3x a week and work back up to 250 min a week by St Patricks Day. So hold me to it LOL. <BR> <BR> I went through mu closet and pulled out everything that is too big which didn't leave much. I just bought 2 pairs of pants and 5 blouses at Women Within online for $60 plus free shipping. I hope they fit and I like them it is a pain to send stuff back... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:48:27 EST pnuemonia is gone YEAH but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737762 I am still super tired all the time and get nauseated a lot. Going back to the gastro guy next week. I haven't exercised in three weeks maybe by thursday or friday I can give it a try. I am just afraid of a relapse. At least I am not gaining back any of the weight. Not losing but not gaining. For now I am happy with that. <BR> <BR> Pat Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:05:55 EST I am home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720596 Finally out of the hospital and able to eat. Still a little queasy so mostly eating carbs that is all that agrees with me when nauseated. I lost back the 16 lbs of fluid weight I gained in the hospital. Let me tell you that was disalutioning when they would weigh me and I would be up 5 lbs a day there for a while. Even though I knew it was water weight it was disturbing to see my 3 months of hard work to lose 20 lbs go away in three days.. I hope this current queasyness does not lead to anoth... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 14:31:35 EST ROFL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712146 Chilis has a new lighter menu. Nothing on the lighter menu is more than 750 calories and 25 grams of fat. Light??? LOL Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:59:50 EST Got a little present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710550 While in the hospital recovering from pancreatitis I got a nice little gift I now have pnuemonia. Sigh Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:56:01 EST I refuse to log my food for the next few days because ............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704190 I am in the hospital with pancreatitis and not allowed to eat or drink for several days it has already been 5 days with little food or water and and no exercises of course. I have a weird auto immune disorder that causes chronic pancreatitus. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:48:20 EST I lost 100 lbs in a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674333 At least on my tracker. I put in 131 for my weight instead of 231 so I instantly lost 100 lbs LOL. If only it were that easy hehehe. But NOOO we have to work for it!! I have lost 20 lbs in 3 months which for my age and metabolism is amazing. I haven't been this low in over 30 years I am so excited the 220's are just a breath away. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Pat AKA Blessedgmp Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:33:25 EST Finally!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4671217 I finally hit the 20 lb lost mark. I stayed the same all of December but was happy not to gain during the holidays now thanks to the 100 Day Challenge I am back on track. I finally hit the 20 lbs Yippee. I went to see an ortho pedic surgeon today and talked about getting my other knee replaced. I already have one done and now need the other, I only have health insurance (Cobra) for another year so i want to get it done this year. I think the end of may because my daughter in law who will end ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:01:40 EST Fitness minutes GONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650011 It kind of freaked me out to see all my hard earned fitness minutes disappear and everything is back to zero. The old year is gone and a new year is here time to get even more fitness minutes. I am pretty proud that in just 3 months I almost doubled the yearly goal Sparks set for me. Started the new year out right I went out and bought a bunch of orgainizing shelves cubes ect to organize my craft stuff and room. I moved in with my son and his wife and kids so now I have everything I used to ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 23:34:47 EST Rule for 2012 and beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l588658375.jpg"> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:17:53 EST Is Christmas ever what you expect it to be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638234 This one sure wasn't. I spent the morning watching the grandkids while my daughter in law took my son to the ER with level 10 back pain. They never really decided what it was other then probably a pinched nerve they did a bunch of tests and sent him home with major drugs. We eventually opened Christmas presents but the turkey dinner is waiting until tomorrow. It is funnly we joked last week that no one was allowed to go to the ER this Christmas and we mainly meant me because I have spent more... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 23:02:55 EST Disappointing doctors appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634111 I only lost 15 on her scale not the 20 I was hoping for. She was very impressed though that I could actually lose not gain over the holidays. I told her about sparkpeople and she is going to tell some of her patients about it. That part was all good but when my blood tests came back my glucose level went up not down. I was hoping it would start going down. It went from 96 to 97 that is getting way to close to the diabetes range for comfort. I guess instead of closly watching calories I am goi... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:04:48 EST My doctors appt is Monday how close am I to the 20 lbs I wanted to lose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629645 I last went to my internist the day before I started Sparks three months ago. My goal has been to lose twenty lbs before my next visit which is Monday. How close am I? One half lb away!!! Think I will make it? Even if I don't I got darn close! Of course I last weighed in summer clothes and now it is winter so her scale probably won't agree with mine but I'll know. AND I also that same half lb from losing the five I wanted by the end of the year. My new goal is to get into the 220's only 3 lbs... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 22:48:10 EST attention my 5 lb challenge friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619682 For those of you who took the 5 lbs by the end of the year challenge how are you doing? I am half way there. Only 2.5 to go. I might make my sub goal of a total of 20 lbs by the 19th. The 2.5 would get me to 20, <BR> <BR> pat Fri, 9 Dec 2011 22:21:23 EST How to wrap a cat for Christmas for all my kitty moms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619384 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TImDi1gXYm4<BR>&sns=fb Fri, 9 Dec 2011 16:44:27 EST Show of hands who cried while watching Biggest Loser? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615629 It was so moving watching the old fat contestants talking to theit healthy future selves. What do you have to say to your future thin healthy self? Tue, 6 Dec 2011 22:40:05 EST A different perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612599 I had my worst day yet since I started Sparks 2 months ago. At first I was freaking out because I had 2000 calories today 500 over the top of my range. But as I thought about it I realized two months ago I was having 2000 plus calories every day and a pig out day could have easily topped 4000. Yes I had cake and chips and dip but just a small amount of each and I journaled every bite. Before I would have said well I blew it so I might as well just keep eating what I want I can't stick to a he... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 23:41:45 EST Christmas Mall Survivial Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608652 Christmas Mall Survival Guide <BR> By Jon Acuff <BR> <BR> If I listen closely, I can almost hear the mall rumbling. Like a dormant volcano about to explode in a wave of crazy consumerism, it sits across the road from my office. As we march closer and closer to December 25, it will turn into a shopping free-for-all. Are you ready this year? Need a few mall survival tips? You've come to the right place. We've got 16 different ways you can shop smart at the mall. <BR> <BR> 1. Park deep. People... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 23:04:30 EST My quest for a 1000 fitness minutes this month and Dec goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606860 I was on track to blow that target out of the water I had 750 min by mid month so I was counting on maybe getting close to 1500 then I got sick. I was sick for a week and a half and if I do anything but rest when sick I end up in the hospital so I didn't exercise for over a week and I am easing back in gradually 30 min yesterday and today. So I only got 872 but I will get there next month. <BR> <BR> My goals for December are simple I want to lost 5 lbs by my doctors appt on the 19th for a to... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:44:40 EST Feeling better finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603631 I actually ate something besides bread and crackers today. I feel mostly well. I haven't exercised in over a week though. I haven't felt well enough to eat anything but crackers and toast so no fruits or veggies all week. Oh well back on track. Instead of gaining 5 lbs through the holidays like I usually do I am challenging myself and anyone who wants to join me to not just maintain but lose 5 lbs by the end of the year, We can do this ! <BR> <BR> Pat AKA Blessedgmp Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:06:51 EST Feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600530 I am not all the way well still don't feel well at all but I am much better then I have been the last few days. Only ate crackers and tea today all my tummy wanted to handle so no temptaions with grandson's birthday goodies. <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised all week and probably won't until I feel better so it will be tough to break 1000 minutes in a month but there is always next month. I thjnk I am around 850 so I have a change of getting to 1000 if I hurry up and get better LOL. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 22:05:43 EST