BMCOLLEY's SparkPeople Blog BMCOLLEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sometimes You Can Do All of the Right Things, but... Several people have told me that they would not inform people what I am about to share. <BR> <BR> End of 2014, I had a heart attack on December 19. Exactly 28 days later I had a heart failure. Since joining SP I have started eating right, regular exercising (every day), and relieving myself of stress. These are all good things. My problem was that I damaged my heart years ago when I didn't care what I put in my body. Well! The heart has a way to wake you up. <BR> <BR> Amazingly, I feel... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:24:32 EST Medical Update I went to see my cardiologist today. We will have #5 surgery in 2 to 3 weeks and #6 a month after that. This time I want a stent which he is willing to do. The only thing I dislike about this is that I won't be able to exercise for approximately a week---that is the lower legs--I will be able to exercise my upper body for strength. I have just now figured out how the exercises are supposed to be done and I don't want to start this all over. <BR> <BR> I am scheduled for the ultrasound of ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:34:46 EST I Love You Dearly, But---You Have to Stay Out of My Bed My brother died in 2007. For the last 6 months I have been dreaming that he has been visiting me. Of course, it is always after I turn in for the night. I have a queen size bed. Usually, he comes in and lays on the left side of my bed. He gets off the bed a lot. I have never gotten up to see what he is doing. <BR> <BR> I have gotten up to see if he was really there. Usually, the covers on the left side is in the shape of a person. I always want to pull the covers down so that I can ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:10:19 EST It's All In How You Look at an issue Perhaps my activities of the recent months has not caught up with me. These are some of the things I have to deal with now: <BR> <BR> 1. I am now in a wheelchair because my legs are too painful to have them support me for too long. I can still exercise because I take it a few minutes at a time, all day long. <BR> <BR> 2. A growth has been found on my brain. My neurologist says we have to do additional testing to determine what it is and how it is affecting my body. <BR> <BR> 3. I hav... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:29:39 EST OCD and Me In the past there was a saying "when the going gets tough, the tough goes shopping." They didn't realize it at the time but they were suffering from OCD. They went shopping because thing were tough and hard to cope with. When you shop you should purchase things you need or a reward for yourself. <BR> <BR> For the last couple of months I have been shopping with no control. I am on medication for OCD; however, it appears that it is no longer working. I realized what was happening to me la... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:34:46 EST Want to Screen Yourself for OCD???? <link><BR>0=17&100=3&200=3&300=3&400=3&500=2 </link> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:20:57 EST The Machines Earlier I informed you all that I was going to join the machine race. Well, I have decided to remain where I am because the machines would be nothing if humans did not build and repair them. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:13:03 EST Words Can Make a Difference I was working on the Start screen when I noticed that I was feeling really good sitting here. I checked the screen and, -lo & behold!- there were words popping up. Some of the words were “You can do it! Ready! let’s go Keep it up! etc. <BR> <BR> This is called subliminal seduction. I love it because it helps me to keep going when I feel like giving up. <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:17:16 EST Do You Remembers the Cylons? For those of you needing a refresher or has never seen the tv show Battlestar Gallicta. Well, these people were traveling on space ships looking for a place they could call home. <BR> <BR> They built robots, some looked human, to take care of the 13 colonies. Anyway, the robots took over because they thought they could do a better job than the humans. <BR> <BR> Well, I feel as if I am in that movie. I have to continually turn my computer off so that the contact between the computer and... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:18:41 EST Three Treatment Issues when you have OCD and Social Anxiety Janine is a 38-year-old married woman with two young children. She obsesses continuously about whether her house is neat and clean enough. She frequently stays up until three in the morning scrubbing and straightening. In addition, Janine is socially anxious and has few friends. She worries about what other people think of her and is terribly afraid of rejection. Some of her neighbors get together with their children to play in a nearby park or each other’s homes, but Janine never joins them.... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:05:58 EST Have you had a chance to determine where you are…? “Schizoaffective Disorder <BR> Difficult to define and difficult to diagnose, schizoaffective disorder combines elements of a mood disorder with those of schizophrenia. <BR> <BR> What is Schizophrenia? <BR> Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, incoherence and physical agitation. It shares symptoms with bipolar disorder. <BR> <BR> Definition: <BR> Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinat... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:03:36 EST Where are you…? Mental issues are a major part of why people are not able to achieve their goals. Mental issues are not a new concept; however, it is not tangible so it is difficult to measure the amount of one mental [issue to another] to another. What happens with you when you have…? <BR> “Sudden, uncontrollable crying, and sometimes laughing, characterize a little-known illness called PBA, pseudobulbar affect. A majority of patients with these and other symptoms are misdiagnosed with depression and,... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:22:08 EST Getting Back on Track We have all taken time off from our exercising with the intent of getting back on track in a few days. After a while we realize that a great deal of time has passed. Now, you don’t feel so back about missing the exercises. What should we do? <BR> “Most of us feel guilty when we've gotten off track with our workouts and maybe we're even afraid to get our bodies moving again. As a result, we often keep putting it off until we're so far away from regular exercise, getting back in shape s... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:01:15 EST Computer Warning! Last week I lost 3 days on my computer because DASH LANE had planted itself in other applications. It took to specialists to find and delete it. They say they will remember your ids and your passwords so that you will always be able to access to that you have problems remembering. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:16:09 EST How Do You Turn Low-Impact Exercise to Less than Burn 1. While walking <BR> a. Walk faster <BR> b. Try Interval Training <BR> c. Use your arms <BR> d. Mix things up <BR> 2. Walk the stairs <BR> 3. Hike <BR> 4. Step aerobics <BR> 5. High intensity workout <BR> a. Cycling <BR> b. Swimming <BR> c. Add upper body movement <BR> d. Go faster <BR> e. Use big movements <BR> f. Involve the lower body <BR> g. Etc. <BR> <BR> {{ExerciseForYourLife} Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:26:41 EST Top 12 Rewards of Exercise Note: We are all able to get substantial benefits from exercising; yet, we don't commit serious time to exercising. <BR> <BR> Better Mood <BR> Cranky? Get moving. Exercise makes you feel happier. When you work out, your body makes endorphins -- "feel-good" chemicals in the brain. You can actually start to feel better within a few minutes of moving. But the effects of regular exercise can last for a long time. <BR> <BR> More Energy <BR> You might not expect it, but using energy to exercise ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:06:56 EST Multiple Mental Disorders Types of Depression <BR> <BR> Although people with depression may exhibit many of the same symptoms, thoughts and feelings, there are actually several different types of depression. Your doctor can evaluate your symptoms to make a proper diagnosis. Each type of depression has different patterns, triggers, diagnostic criteria and treatment methods. <BR> <BR> (1)This paragraph does indicate one person could have symptoms that apply to different types of depression. If that is the case, shou... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:19:25 EST ExerciseForYourLife 360 Plank: Hold weights and lunge to the left (right leg is straight) taking the weight in the left hand down to the floor. You should now be in a runner's lunge with the right arm pulled up into a row. Put the right weight down as you straighten the left leg into a plank. Now pull the right weight up again into a row as you step forward with the same leg (that would be the right leg). Stand up and now you should be facing the back of the room, at which time you repeat the series again with y... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:19:52 EST Multiple Mental Disorders What Are the Symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder? <BR> <BR> Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or personality states that continually have power over the person's behavior. With dissociative identity disorder, there's also an inability to recall key personal information that is too far-reaching to be explained as mere forgetfulness. With dissociative identity disorder, there are also highly distinct memory variat... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:29:15 EST Thank You I am very thankful and grateful to those who missed me and let me know it while I was out. I am in the process of responding to each one of you. It is going to take a bit of time so be patient with me. I love you all! <BR> <BR> I missed you all so much while I was out. <BR> <BR> Bettie Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:01:20 EST Multiple Mental Disorders How About Panic Disorder <BR> By: Katharina Star, PhD. <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone to the hospital because you thought you were having a heart attack? At that visit, you were diagnosed as having a panic attack. How comfortable were you with this physician’s diagnosis? You may have said something like---If I go home and die it’s your fault. <BR> <BR> You are taken to the hospital with, possibly, two medical problems that need to be addressed by your physician. Oh no! Your head hurts ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:04 EST Multiple Mental Disorders How About Panic Disorder <BR> By: Katharina Star, PhD. <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone to the hospital because you thought you were having a heart attack? At that visit, you were diagnosed as having a panic attack. How comfortable were you with this physician’s diagnosis? You may have said something like---If I go home and die it’s your fault. <BR> <BR> You are taken to the hospital with, possibly, two medical problems that need to be addressed by your physician. Oh no! Your head hurts ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:02:06 EST Joseph Pilates and Pilates exercises What would Mr Pilates think if he was to come back and visit those of who practice or are in the process of learning? <BR> <BR> First, he was German born with maladies. As he was not a very strong person, he used exercising the Pilates moves to develop his body. During WWI he was interned in an English prison. He continued to work with building his body. He worked with other prisons where his exercises were name Pilates. After WWI he was sought after by the German to train their solders... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:40:21 EST OCD--The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder <BR> <BR> What is obsessive-compulsive disorder? <BR> <BR> Obsessions are intrusive, irrational thoughts—unwanted ideas or impulses that repeatedly appear in a person's mind. Again and again, the person experiences disturbing thoughts, such as "My hands must be contaminated; I need to wash them"; "I may have left the gas stove on; I need to go check it fast"; "I am going to injure my child by accident; I need to be very careful or else something bad will happen... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:25:40 EST Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder <BR> We are often surprised by the things that create and control our lives. I am currently being treated for bipolar as well as other mental disorders. <BR> I found the following from Dr. Melton: “Bipolar disorder is a chronic, relapsing brain disorder that causes exaggerated shifts in mood, sleep, energy, concentration, and activity levels, and it impairs function in daily life. Bipolar disorder often develops in the late teens or early adult years, with half of all case... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:33:04 EST Dealing With Multiple Mental Disorders Recently I had a horrible, yet, gratifying experience. I have been telling my physicians for the longest time that these mental diseases were not me: depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder…They explained that as we get older we tend to experience these symptoms. <BR> <BR> My thyroid has been monitored for the last two years for cancer. You would think they would have found my low T3/T4 thyroid in all of this time. Only recently because of my constant complaints, I had a ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:04:56 EST Remedy For Holiday Stress Meditation for Beginners <BR> How to Start Meditating at Home <BR> <BR> By Ann Pizer <BR> <BR> Updated December 10, 2013 <BR> <BR> As contemporary life is more and more reliant on non-stop streams of information from our mobile devices and constant stimulation becomes the norm, people crave a way to unplug and give their minds a rest. Meditation offers one way to do this. If you've been feeling like you'd like to try meditation but you're not sure how, here's one basic method to get you st... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:50:30 EST What blocks your ability to listen to yourself You may have heard the saying, "The issues are in the tissues." What this means is that psychological issues such as anger, depression, neurosis, hostility and free-floating anxiety are not simply psychological. They have a correlate in the brain, and through the central nervous system the brain makes every cell in your body aware that you have an issue... <BR> <BR> ...When you withdraw awareness, disruptions occur. Feedback loops no longer operate as they should. The flow of energy and nour... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 07:49:15 EST What did you do the last time your body spoke to you So often, people go to the doctor expecting him/her to fix the person without telling the doctor what is wrong. They can't have a decent conversation with their physician because they have not been listening to their bodies. <BR> ........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................... <BR> The key to happiness starts with your body's signals. Simply ask yourself right now, "How do you feel?" What you do with the answers ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:23:28 EST Feeding OCD I have been working hard to get rid of the symptoms associated with OCD. This new tracker that we have has brought the OCD issues back in a big way. I am running to the computer after every workout big or small to see the difference. I also check it when I have done absolutely nothing. <BR> <BR> The way I deal with it is to admit I have lost control to OCD. I will have to retrain my brain to control how many times I check the computer. It is really not so bad just annoying. I am defini... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:33:06 EST Have You Ever Heard of a Dog with OCD? Obsessive Compulsive Disorders <BR> From Krista Mifflin, former Guide <BR> <BR> Why they do the things they do ... over and over and over again. <BR> <BR> Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in dogs, also called OCD, is a behavior that seems out of context, odd, and directed towards objects, be it the dog himself, or an inanimate object such as a food dish, or wheeled things like cars, bikes, or strollers. <BR> <BR> OCD often manifests itself in dogs who are stressed, anxious, or bor... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:44:10 EST Medications Are Not the Only Way to Lower High Blood Pressure 10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication <BR> <BR> By making these 10 lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. <BR> <BR> By Mayo Clinic staff <BR> <BR> If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure (a systolic pressure — the top number — of 140 or above or a diastolic pressure — the bottom number — of 90 or above), you might be worried about taking medication to bring your numbers down. <BR> <BR> Lifestyle plays an... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:54:05 EST What is Hydration to Me? Most people count hydration as drinking a certain amount of water per day. I count the water I drink along with the daily juices as the amount of fluids (not just water) I need to intake on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> According to a daily hydration calculator, my needs are: <BR> "Daily Hydration Calculator Results <BR> &#8232; &#8232; &#8232; <BR> &#8232; 99 ounces or 3 liters, per day <BR> <BR> If you eat a healthy diet, about 20 percent of your water may come from the foods yo... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 02:25:58 EST Managing Your Cholesterol (and high blood pressure) Members Did you have an opportunity to review and copy the following from Spark People? <BR> <BR> The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol <BR> Do's and Don'ts for a Healthy Heart <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> Heart disease is a scary thing. In the face of dire risk factor statistics and horror stories about cholesterol, you can easily get rattled. You might feel overwhelmed by the whole cholesterol question, and feel like you face uninformed life and death decisions ev... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:38:55 EST Motivation is Within Us The Elements of Self-Motivation <BR> <BR> Preparation <BR> <BR> Once you've decided to exercise, make it as easy as possible to follow through. That means having what you need and getting it all ready for your workouts -- pack your gym bag, prepare meals or snacks, and plan out what you'll do that day. <BR> <BR> Discipline <BR> <BR> routine and habits. If you can make exercise a habit, you're that much closer to making it easier to do. It helps to have a regular day and time you work ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:56:48 EST Motivation is Within Us The Elements of Self-Motivation <BR> <BR> Preparation <BR> <BR> Once you've decided to exercise, make it as easy as possible to follow through. That means having what you need and getting it all ready for your workouts -- pack your gym bag, prepare meals or snacks, and plan out what you'll do that day. <BR> <BR> Discipline <BR> <BR> routine and habits. If you can make exercise a habit, you're that much closer to making it easier to do. It helps to have a regular day and time you work ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:56:47 EST Further Discussion on Protein I was conversing with someone about protein--what it does for us and the best ways to eat it. In case you missed this, check this out: <BR> <BR> Here are a few food combinations that will help you meet these guidelines for protein. <BR> <BR> A breakfast with at least 8-10 grams of protein would be: <BR> --1 cup oatmeal with 1 tablespoon nuts and 1/4 cup milk <BR> --1 large egg with whole wheat toast and a half a grapefruit <BR> --6 ounces of vanilla yogurt with 1 tablespoon nuts and gran... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:57:20 EST Teaching How To Breathe is a Big Part of Pilates Pilates Tip: Control, Flow, and the Breath <BR> By Marguerite Ogle, GuideAugust 12, 2013 <BR> <BR> "Control" is one of the by-words of the Pilates method, but so is "Flow". I think these two are a wonderful counter-balance for each other. Too much control and you get locked down and too tight to move gracefully and easily. Too much flow and you lose the control and concentration you need for the precision required in Pilates. We're looking for that sweet spot flow and control where... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:12:26 EST Proper Measurement of Your Body How to Take Your Body Measurements <BR> By Paige Waehner, GuideAugust 15, 2013 <BR> <BR> What's worse? Stepping on a scale in the doctor's office and having the nurse note the number...out everyone can hear? Or having a personal trainer measure you around what are, essentially, the widest parts of your body after you've just gotten back from vacation...a really, really fun vacation? <BR> <BR> I ask this because a client once pondered this question as I took her measurem... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:06:46 EST Motivation... Many of us taught our children how to commit to whatever their goals were. I guess we are a "do as I say and not what I do" society because now someone has to hold our hands and guide us through motivation and commitment. <BR> <BR> Bettie Sat, 6 Jul 2013 04:06:39 EST One Possible to Get Rid of Sodium in Bags Once you start cooking the processed foods that are in bags throw in a peeled whole potato. If possible bring the food to a boil. Potatoes soak up sodium, other spices, and smells (or food odors). I am sure there are other ways to limit the sodium in processed foods that are in bags. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 00:12:02 EST Today SparkPeople re-introduced the Topic of Reducing Sodium Something is never see is how to cut sodium of foods in cans. If you are working with a food like canned beans, you can rinse the beans before adding it to your food or serving it to your family. This does not affect the taste --at least, not to me-- or the consistency, but it cuts the sodium in the can greatly. I don't know what to do with the sodium in bags of food. You can't rinse bagged food because it would lose its taste and consistency. Maybe someone reading this blog has an answe... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:54:58 EST Invasive Thoughts There are many variables that have to be dealt with to remake your life into one that is healthier physically, emotionally, and nutritionally. To deny the existence of these variables will delay your growth. <BR> <BR> One such variable is call obsessive compulsive disorder. There I am. I used to have thoughts that would, in effect, take possession of me. Sure, in your opinion, I should be able to control all of my thoughts—because you can. I can control most of my thoughts; however, man... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 02:33:22 EST Savoring My Food It is still a little difficult slowing down eating to 20 minutes. Let's see, how many distractions have I been allowing to take my attention away from my food? Television, what is it like to eat without watching Hannibal bite someone's face off.--television off. Computer, I have actually put my food down and went over to the computer to fulfill a thought I had.--computer off. Windows, I love to hear the birds chirp. More than that I love to watch them fly around.--windows closed. Very i... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:44:25 EST Dangerous....But Best Salad In the World This menu for a salad has many carbs and calories, so be careful when filling your plate. <BR> <BR> This salad is made of the foods you enjoy. I open my refrigerator and cabinets doors and take out food that I would like to put in my salad. This is the usual: <BR> <BR> Can whole kernel corn (always rinse foods in cans to cut the sodium) <BR> Can purple beets (rinsed) <BR> Fresh Apples <BR> Fresh Pears <BR> Fresh Peaches <BR> Can green beans (rinsed) <BR> Fresh Cherry Tomatoes <BR> Fresh s... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:00:03 EST Love the One You Are With…Author/Performer Not Known This song is not about what I am concerned with; however, the title is excellent. This author was telling people to not cheat on their mates. He suggested you stay true to the one you are with and not stray. <BR> <BR> My interest is in loving the one you are with: You. Today, I find that I am very proud of myself and have a great deal of love for myself. At times past, if I was asked who I loved most I would respond that I loved my children, my parents/grandparents, my mate, some foods,... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 13:41:42 EST Response to SparkCoach challenge--Blogs Don't Always Have to be Positive I had surgery in October and November of 2012 on both calves. I had to have 3 pints of blood in March of this year. Now, I am told today I have to have surgery on my left thigh because of blockage. This was not diagnosed in October or November. <BR> <BR> The sad thing is I don't know if I should continue to trust my physicians because they are handling me with kid gloves. I believe this is because they think I am going to sue for failure to diagnose and undue and unnecessary pain. When ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 23:03:43 EST Is This Spooky or What?... I was recently on Walmart's website where I put some items in the shopping cart. I changed my mind about the purchases and removed all of the items from the shopping cart. Well, I just logged back in SparkPeople, and believe it or not, there were all of the items I had put in the shopping cart and removed. Just like any of the other advertisements, Walmart's just appeared as nice as you please to solicit a buy from me... <BR> <BR> I am not sure what to think of this except my ID with Spar... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 20:11:00 EST Flavored Coffee I am a lover of coffee and am very grateful for the flavored coffee, both regular and decaffeinated. The flavored coffee took away my need to sweeten or add creamer to the coffee. <BR> I have been thinking about having a good-hot cup of coffee all morning. I cannot enjoy coffee all day because, unfortunately, if I drink regular coffee too late in the day it affects my ability to have a good night's sleep. <BR> <BR> Bettie Fri, 31 May 2013 13:12:35 EST Bonsaiiiiiiiiiii... I ordered a money tree that is part of the Bonsai family. I just received it and I am so very satisfied. It is a little to tall for the table I was thinking I would use. That is o.k. because it will fit anywhere in my living room. <BR> <BR> Bettie <BR> Thu, 30 May 2013 18:23:54 EST