BRIDIE5's SparkPeople Blog BRIDIE5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Signs of spring.. The crocuses are blooming, daffodils are up, a flock of robins in the neighbor's yard..could it be? If so, it's just in time to save me from my last gasp with the winter blahs! I come alive when winter ends..and I can feel it beginning! Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:42:48 EST Gym re eval.. Lost 6 lbs, 8.5 inches, and my BMI is now within normal limits since last eval! I'm pleased. I also may be getting a handle on the health issues that have plagued me since our move down here, and be on the right traack..allerges, big time. Amazing how much better i feel over all when those are under control Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:06:34 EST Begone 2012..bad cess to you, I won't miss you.. C'ead Mile Failte 2013!! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:55:34 EST Haven't blogged for awhile.. between the election, the family upheavals, and the new puppy I just hven't hd the focus to do that. Feel like things may not be normal re family just now, but are becoming our new norm. If it'll fly I will ride it. My life and time seems once again my own, I am eating well, exercising again, meditating, and reclaiming myself. Enjoying friends, taking pleasure in nature, and keeping my weight stable. 3.5 more lbs to get where the doc would like to see me stay. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:28:02 EST I am proud of myself today.. My A1C level was 6.4..controlled by diet and exercise only. I am still "overweight"..but only 2 lbs overweight now. I deserve my own applause because I have learned and made the the lifestyle changes I needed to and am healthier and more fit than last year. Go me! Thu, 27 Sep 2012 06:51:30 EST My energy is back! So is my drive toward increasing exercise, and healthy eating. Given the messes we've been through this summer, the amount of quick pick up meals, and the dearth of home cooking and deccrese in the good veggies we're both kind of blah. My stomach rebelled finally..better now. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:22:54 EST Low on clories nd everything else today.. not feeling well. My tummy only behaves with broth and yogurt. I did get a brisk walk in however. <BR> <BR> We're adjusting to the loss of our dog, but it's still so strange and we miss her. Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:10:47 EST Long time since I blogged.. On the personal front, our DIY home reno on our fixer upper is done, just this week. We also had to put down our beautiful canine companion due to cancer, and it's frankly killing us. <BR> <BR> On the political convvention front, I think Michelle knocked it right out of the park last night. Awesome woman! <BR> <BR> Rededicating to focus on diet and exercise. Joined a walking challenge, mde sure my gym membership is up to date, and have a ton of fresh veggies in the fridge. Appreciate all... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 08:54:16 EST Rocking the exercise.. working on the food intake..portion control, limiting carbs to wht my nutritonist wnts me to have daily for the diabetes, and finding portion control a rel bugger. Sigh. Like the new gym, nice enough most days to wlk outside too, and I am feeling more energetic at least, if not skinnier. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:01:55 EST Bad habits are easy to form and.. hard to break. We got into the habit of eating quickie meals, prepared foods, and unhealthy choices when without a kitchen all that time. I am finding it hard now to cut the carbs, eliminate the junk, and get back to what once was our easy normal. Need to lose 10 to 13 lbs, which i swore wouldn't ever happen again, am great bout walking, but hven't been to the gym since Mondy, because I dread running into a woman there so intense I feel invaded, and I need to get over myself and stop making e... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:04:11 EST Renovation madness.. In the past three months we have: stripped wallpaper and old nasty carpet from 6 rooms and 2 bathooms, repaired walls throughout, painted all the rooms, laid hardwood floor in every room but the two baths, gutted the kitcvhen and installed new cabinets, sink, applainces, and countertops.. and the only thing not done 100% by DH and i with a bit of help from one of our sons were the countertops. Lots of work, lots of carry out meals and quick fix stuff, 10 lbs to lose. So glad to have a kitchen... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:25:16 EST Wonderful 12/25/11 yesterday.. Four different cultures around the table, four different countries represented, four different world religions, four different cuisines, joined by affection and understanding.laughter and tolernce. Fun, interesting, relaxing and special. If our family and friends can do it, why can't the world? Mon, 26 Dec 2011 07:26:40 EST We've finally moved! The peace is blessed! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 20:48:25 EST Busy busy.. Haven't written in my blog for quite the mentime, have gutted a kitchen, denuded 6 rooms and two baths of wallpaper of a hideous nature, removed nasty dusty carpet from 6 rooms and two baths, patched walls , primered, and have four rooms painted...two coats each plus primer. Flooring will start going in tody, if Dh nd YS re ready to roll. I am now proof positive of my own theory thaat exercise alone cannot promote sufficient wt. loss. I need to lose 9 lbs. I am physiclly busting, ... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 09:26:08 EST Sanity gradully returning.. Friend saw her psychiatrist today, and he will help. Her SO will return to the US in the next two weeks..we can do this.. <BR> <BR> Our grandchild is doing well..preliminry findings are for childhood OCD, not autism. <BR> <BR> Closing is tomorrow morning on our new home. Finally, after endless hassle. I had reched a point where the excitement was lost in the angst of the process, but it's returning. Can't wait to get stated bringing this retro '70s place into the new millineum! Also can't ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 20:02:02 EST stress increases.. mentally ill friend in crisis mode, grandchild being evaluated for possible autism spectrum disorder, travel necessary for a few days, friend arriving Thurs, closing looming, no packing done..aaaaarrrrrgggghhhh.. Tue, 4 Oct 2011 08:29:19 EST Two weeks until closing.. I am beginning to feel stressed but it's all do-able. Exercise has been really good, cuz I am usually less stressed when I exercise, so am making crertin I get enough. Food is OK too. So are portions. Wt hasn't moved in awhile, but think I have plateaued. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:25:53 EST Home purchase continues.. inspection done, list presented to sellers of things that need repair and replacement, those things agreed to and under weigh, appraisal done and awaiting details, HOA data received and under perusal, everything applied for and moving toward completion. countdown: 22 days to closing. Who's counting? Me..cannot wait.. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 11:27:23 EST Our offer was accepted.. we have a new home! Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:02:28 EST think we've found our new home.. Offer is in, and waiting to hear. Feel confident and content to wait ..should hear Monday or Tuesday. I will be happy dancing and so excited if it's accepted. The place needs to be yanked out of the '70s and '80s, but is in great repair, the perfect size, has the features Dh and i both want, space, air, light and good floor plan and flow. It's right up our alley in the things that need updating..all stuff we've done before. I cannot wait to have my own home again! I have been stress eating si... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 18:28:14 EST Continuing to look for a place to buy.. want to move so bad! House hunting is frustrating..a buyers market perhaps? But..if in our modest price and size range, the competition is fierce, I am beginning to find the process amazes me that people expect you to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase a home they didn't care enough about to keep in repair, clean deeply before showing, declutter, or air out. Craziness..all that says is that with that much visible neglect, worse probably lurks to be revealed d... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 08:22:50 EST Irene treated us relatively gently.. slogging rain yesterday and still falling steadily today, some pretty good wind gusts, but only a few brown power lost in our neighborhood. We re very lucky. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 09:32:48 EST Househunters IRL Much happier now that we're actually looking at homes,with pre approval, credit check etc. done and are on our way to being autonomous homeowners again. Oddly enough (or maybe it is not odd..) I find it easy to limit my eating and follow my nutritional plan now that I know our present situation is temporary. I am busy and happy working to change the real things I don't like about my world, rather than using food as a panacea for what really ails me. We're both pretty enthusiastic about havin... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:13:30 EST Very unhappy here.. hoping to move soon. Not sure where. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 12:15:32 EST over a month since I did a new blog entry. A lot going on..I'm up a few lbs. Considering moving, will be looking into that when we get back from vacay. Headed for Bermuda..just DH and I..cannot wait. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:48:21 EST Just realized i haven't done a blog entry in ages.. been busy living life. Haven't lost, haven't gained. I would sorta like 9 more lbs off, but obviously it's only sorta..or I would do it instead of posting a bout it. In the words of Yoda : "Do or do not do..there is no try". Which of course is dead on truth, howev er I may wiggle and squirm to avoid accepting it. I am in control of me..or not. That's a choice, pure and simple. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:04:11 EST Spring is busting out all over.. I am euphoric that the winter has ended, and My vegetable garden is in, and I am enjoying walking miles through the woods and seeing the dog woods bloom now that the cherry blossoms have fallen. It's indeed a beautiful world.. Sat, 30 Apr 2011 10:40:06 EST Definately feeling better.. and ready to roll. Feeling like cooking again, have started my walks again, have energy for daily living again! May not sound exciting, but it is to me. Sat, 2 Apr 2011 11:05:31 EST ABX done, better now.. Discouraging to keep getting sick and having to work so hard to get my fitness level back to baseline, then getting sick again. sometimes I wonder if this move south was a good idea. Love the weather, by comparison, but this area does not seem to love me. Maybe i will acclimate in time, physically? Hope so. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:36:27 EST Strenous morning.. digging sod, and transplanting it lesewhere. Working on the new raised beds in the yard. Winter weak muscles are gonna pay me bak tomorrow, but it felt so good to be outside, and doing yard work! I so love both.. Tue, 8 Mar 2011 12:10:43 EST thinking about aging.. while it beats heck out of the alternative, I mislike it, and am trying to come to terms. It was hard enough as a young woman having "miss' convert to "ma'am' in stores. Now it's sometimes (*thankfully still rarely..) 'dear' as I age. Condecending much? Oh yeah.. <BR> <BR> Was a pretty girl and a pretty woman..slim most of my life despite b irthing five kids, and energetic and agile. I could and did take all that for granted, seldom gave it a thought or bothered to gild the lily. Gravity a... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 08:08:34 EST 6 days straight of exercise.. and going for seven! the miles I walk have gotten easier..soon I'll need to add to them in order to continue to challenge my body and increase my stamina and abilities. Meanwhile, I am thrilled with how much easier it is to walk those miles, even the uphills..I guess it proves that you can improve your fitness no matter your age or physical conbdition. Sat, 5 Mar 2011 17:29:02 EST So now our dog is overweight..yikes.. cuz we all know that a chubby dog is proof positive it's owner isn't getting enough exercise, right? So we have adjusted her diet, adjusted her daily walks to longer brisker routes with more inclines, and hopefully this wll do the trick..for BOTH the dog and me! As a friend said today..when our dog is fat, we know what to do about it.simply .decrease the food, increase the exercise, and voila..thinner dog given time. when it's us? We have long dissertations about feelings, time allotments, s... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 16:55:19 EST Finding a life of balance.. I've long believed that a person needs a balanced life in order to thrive. Time spent working hard,accomplishing, time spent playing hard, loving hard, contemplating, creating, and relaxing.We all have a spiritual side that needs nourishment, even if we follow no religion..the nourishment can come from a quiet walk in the woods or a church service of one's choice, inspiring literature, or music, meditation , prayer or art .Whatever floats our doesn't matter, as long as a bit of our... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 15:18:47 EST Did a two mile hike today.. uphills winded me a lot, but as Dh said..two weeks ago I had to rest half an hour after taking a shower, could not climb the stairs, etc! Feels wonderful to have my health and strngth returning so fast now.. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 18:26:44 EST WT stable at 137.. all of which is good, but the Dr. wants me 8 lbs thinner. I don't know what is best. Ultimately I know I need to lose the last 8 lbs. Presently? I am gradually getting my strength back after an illness that began with the New Year and lasted weeks, I'm regaining energy little by little, and would frankly prefer to simply focus on healthy eating to achieve that just now, gradually increasing my exercise, and keeping myself 137 or below by that means. I really don't want to limit my carbs b... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:38:32 EST Applause due.. Re the friend I went shopping with yesterday..I have been sparking with happiness ever since! Formerly around 300 lbs at 5'2 1/2 " tall, she sailed easily into a pair of siz 6 jeans yesterday and looked smashing! I am so overwhelmed with pride in her determination and achievement! She's full of energy, enthusiasm, good health, fitness and emerging self confidence..fills my heart with joy to see it! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 10:40:05 EST Had fun today.. shopping with a friend, lunch out, relaxing..fdidn't push , just ambled and dawdled over lunch and laughed a lot and scored some great pieces from jjil's vintage denim collection. Now back in size 8s..finally! Tired, but not exhausted. Beats the heck out of shopping with my DH! LOL! Sat, 5 Feb 2011 16:58:32 EST Gaining strength gradually.. I will be very glad when I am cleared for exercise, but that may not be for awhile because of the risk to tendons levaquin presents. Meanwhile, ( have been grocery shopping once, bathed a reluctant 105 lb golden retriever today, have been back in my kitchen cooking, and it feels pretty good. Crashing a little due to ceasing the steroids, but that too shall pass. Breathing on the whole is wonderful..I can fill my lungs clear to the bottom..YES! I've been playing with my meals a lot, trying to... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 12:22:20 EST Recovering from pneumonia.. almost did me in. Scary. Feeling better now..on the mend anyway. Weak still, shaky still, but breathing. We sort of take that forgranted, until suddenly we can't..what a gift life is! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:53:40 EST Wt is finally coming down.. craziness. Right now am avoiding all prepared foods, wheat, gluten, soy, sugar, and alcoho. It's working and I'm not hungry in between. Down 6 lbs. Want to get to three gym days a week, presently doing two..I beat myself up about that, but then realized for a month or so there I was managing to go far less, and do less while there. My present goal is to make going there a twice a week event for awhile, and work out according to the fitness eval I had last month. Will try to up it to three whe... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:28:30 EST Did my first 5 K today.. mostly walking,short bursts of actual running, but I completed it! Ahead of some, day, gorgeous weather, good company and a real sense of satisfaction! Also for a good cause.Hope .the Homeless. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:18:21 EST Feeling housebound.. It's the second day home with a sick 5 yo, and it's raining cats and dogs outside. He's doing well, thankfully, and its a good kid and easy to entertain but his Gram is getting a bit stir crazy from the inactivity! We've decided to do some yoga in a bit..hope it helps. I am so used to my walks and my gym time now that I miss it when i can't do it. Who would ever have thought that I would miss exercise? LOL.. Thu, 4 Nov 2010 12:22:10 EST Learning as I go.. News at, the definite correllary between exercise and blood sugar is rapidly becoming apparent.. yesterday was not a good food or water day. I was at the National Mall for the Jon Stewart Rally and healthy choices were hard to come by in the press of many thousands of bodies. Came home starved and ate a moderate amt. of fries, and hot dogs, and veggies and had some wine, and ack! However, my exercise was downright stellar, and I logged miles on foot at brisk paces all over DC, ... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 09:15:19 EST Diabetes management classes now completed.. New nutritional guidelines received, new things to understand, adjust to, and make part of my daily life. 1300 cal limit, 147gm. carbs a day, spaced through three meals and two snacks, daily exercise, not three times a week, and the beat goes on. I need to lose 13 lbs. I need to take my blood sugar at least twice a day..fasting, and again 2 hours after a meal. Part of me is angry..I already ate healthy. Larger portions than I should probably, but healthy choices. I already exercised regularl... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:04:39 EST Interesting changes in my diet.. I've never eaten too many carbs..dislike sweets pretty much, don't do soda, white carbs aren't my thing. do like the rest, but have always limited them a lot. Oddly, my nutritionalist (I see her for diabetes management advice) now has me on 30 to 45 grams of carbs with each meal, 15 to 30 grams per each snack..three snacks a day. Meanwhile, I am monitoring my blood sugarand it's amazingly stable, and my wt. has actually come down 2 lbs in 2 weeks. Shaking my head here. Compared to what I was ... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:43:10 EST Sometimes it seems like life has narrowed ... to shopping for meals, planning meals, counting carb grams, eating three meals a day and three snacks whether hungry or not, pricking my fingers, walking, gym time..doesn't leave much time for anything else actually. Perhaps it will all streamline when diabetes and I become better acquainted and there will be time and space for other more interesting things again? This is necessary, yes, but it is also a bore. I hate regimentation..I am right brained. AARGH! Thu, 23 Sep 2010 14:41:27 EST Back to the drawing board.. Answers falling into place. I begin nutritional consults on monday as a brand new type 2 diabetic. Hoping to keep this in line with further wt. loss, increased exercise, and diet tweaking. Dunno..already do not eat sweets, seldom drink, don't eat prepared stuff or take out, do eat whole grains, etc. I'm sure there's room for improvement 'tho..isn't there always if we're honest? Meanwhile, b/p is now stable. Time will tell. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:28:02 EST Darn it.. Not at peak right now..blood pressure inexplicably way up there again, new meds aren't touching it. Still doing exercise, but milder until we figure this out. I so resent being hampered, or even thinking of myself as not a perfectly well person. Luckier than many 'tho i know.. Mon, 6 Sep 2010 11:42:08 EST Exercise is back in my life.. and that feels good as far as it goes. it cannot do the job alone 'tho, and i am really having trouble recommitting to healthy eating since our move. I need to just do it.. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 10:23:15 EST