BYEPOUNDS's SparkPeople Blog BYEPOUNDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community yesterday am....dunken donuts :-) Yesterday am I couldn't sleep so I went to the fitness studio only to find another person about two minutes ahead of me reserving the video room to do a workout. I'm too shy to ask if I could use it with her. <BR> <BR> So I left to go back home, only there is a dunken donuts that I passed. Opps. I got a large coffee and one donut. <BR> <BR> The donut didn't taste that well. Next time, I believe that I can just get the coffee..will let you know. <BR> <BR> went to the trx class later... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:09:46 EST A successful grocery shopping trip. At my successful grocery shopping trip on Sunday, I bought whole wheat bread, colby cheese, lunchmeat ham, beef, eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber, canned red beets, can of zuchinni (a nice shelf option) and I think a couple of other things. A head of lettuce. Apples. <BR> <BR> My rule for grocery shopping....only buy enough that I can make one trip from the car to my kitchen...... <BR> <BR> I prepared the beef and froze it in individual packages. I cut up the cheese into one ounce... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:06:11 EST I eat out for the following reasons I eat out for: <BR> <BR> 1. convenience <BR> a) I can't get the menu planning to be realistic as to what I will eat at home <BR> b) I haven't gotten the meal planning into the lunch bag so I can have the flexibiltiy to go when and where I wish <BR> c) My kitchen is not set up to experience the type of foods to have prepared when and where <BR> d) I waste a lot of food when I plan and prepare at home. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:56:10 EST missed the trx because I paid my cable bill got to the cable paying place at 9:00 am with six people ahead of me and I didn't get out until 45 minutes later. <BR> <BR> so by that time the trx class would have started. shucks <BR> <BR> but then I went and got a new battery in my glucose reading <BR> <BR> I'm struggling with my menu and eating out, I've been battling this for such a long time, will it ever get better for me? With my reading last month of 7.4 up from before and my Aug 11th dr appointment, I'm hoping that she will n... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:50:28 EST video yoga Someone on sparks suggested that I do the yoga videos on netflix with my ages 5 and 9 granddaughters, and I followed that suggestion. LOL. They were use to their vigorus mom moving quickly. I have built my stamina and flexibility, I just can't do the opening movements and transfer from one pose to another quickly, yet. <BR> <BR> So, while they got tired the of waiting for me to catch up the 5 year old used my downward dog as London Bridge, and we all had a good laugh. But it prompted me ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:41:22 EST Extra yoga practice maybe my morning yoga instructor suggested that we meet for a half hour of working on a one to one. <BR> <BR> Interested if my schedule permits. In fact, looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> My schedule hasn't permitted me to do my lunch time yoga classes for a while and today, the day off, just catching up on some errands, but I don't have a Wed Class. <BR> <BR> Then in a few weeks it's possible that some instructors will be adjusting their class load to accommodate their own career needs. Unfortu... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:11:32 EST from 7.1 to 7.4 a1c since my last a1c of 7.1, I have been exercising more and I thought eating fewer carbs, but I think I was eating fewer pepsi's, fewer fries, fewer etc. but the total must have been up there still. I have my work to do. I also went from 132 to 145. <BR> <BR> So, now I'm watching it a whole lot closer, went down three pounds. I still cannot sit next to those cheese curls. I'll allow myself the small piece of cake and small spoon ful ot ice cream. <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:07:00 EST Saturday, back into the groove Well, now, it is time to reorient my apartment, I'm washing the blankets and towels that were in Ella's favorite perches and resting places. I still have to do the towel from the big basket under the tv and the pillow that was designated to her on the patio chair, which I had given up sitting in. <BR> <BR> I am removing the cat pans and getting new ones for my remaining cat. I have a Maine Coon who is five years old and they were quite the pair together. Old/young, female/male, passive/ac... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:22:56 EST Tribute to my cat, Ella I took my 10 year old cat to the vets today and they discovered a tumor on her left side of her tounge. I elected not to have chemo or biopsy, as it was pretty big, she was losing weight. I had her put to sleep. <BR> <BR> Ella came to me after at least three other places did not work out for her and that was approximatley six years ago. She was born out of state on a farm where there were many cats and was part of a large rescue. Then she went to someplace and then right before me was my f... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:25:27 EST waiting for the a1c results last friday I had my aic and I'm still waiting for my results <BR> <BR> Not sure why the difference, but a fellow diabetic goes every three months and gets a a1c test with a finger prick. I wonder what the difference is <BR> <BR> With the a1c, it's always like a new beginning, I cleaned out my head and the slippery things that I know I was goofing on, over the weekend, I stopped. <BR> <BR> a new beginning Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:01:22 EST an interesting Saturday Well, the rain continues and the city has cancelled the Paddlefest, I think that the lost of the officer had something to do with it. I was talking to a friend of mine at a restaurant this morning and several officers came in who my friend was friends with, and they hugged, and I felt their loss. I had seen the deceased officer there several times, but never had spoken to him other than to respectfully say hi, and then remind myself to make sure I had my seatbelt on. <BR> <BR> Then I went t... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:59:02 EST an interesting Friday Well, I missed my Friday morning yoga class because I scheduled blood work for my diabetes a1c. not sure how it will score. Last one was in November and then I started doing a lot of exercising and then started focusing on better food to stop the constipation since what my diabetic educator told me to do--mucilex and stool softeners just wasn't for me--but cabbage and apples are helping. Sorry if this is too much information. So, rather curious as to how the scores are going to be. Since t... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:07:46 EST Volunteering I'm giving a lot of my time to volunteering, and then to exercising. The exercising is needed, i'm missing some backbone--lol, where do I find that to face the volunteering? Sat, 6 Jun 2015 05:59:50 EST Car radio, yoga music Instead of a book on tape, I've been playing yoga breating exercising on the cd as I drive, really fun! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:33:32 EST Ladies group once a month or whenever I can, I go to a ladies luncheon at various restaurants in town and I like meeting them and hearing about them and what they've done, yet I have nothing in common with them. <BR> <BR> I try to distance from them and then I answer the email and off I go. Bother. Sat, 30 May 2015 14:57:47 EST Goal: music and the timer at least 30 minutes a day on the paperwork and floor--away I go Fri, 29 May 2015 17:02:21 EST Another milestone In yoga class last evening, I was able to put my fingers between my toes and balance on my buns with feet in the air in a v-shape. Then I lost my balance and floated onto my must have looked graceful eventhough it was not planned, I lost my balance. Cause the class, when oh....and the instructor told me nice job, and I said well it wasn't planned and she said that I have come a long way since I first started. Lucky for me, she never indicated my shortcomings. <BR> <BR> Then I w... Wed, 27 May 2015 17:10:46 EST yoga and wind yep, finally figuring out what they are talking about when they share about the energy in the body. <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 05:57:02 EST Signatures, food stamps and a change of plans I wrote about the some of the older people who I've seen locally who are still working. And then I got some more insight. The woman, Millie, who is working is in her late 70's, and operates a mom and pop restaurant which is on the main street of one of the subburbs. At Thanksgiving she roasts her own turkeys, and has a daily special which is really reasonably priced. <BR> <BR> I was in two days ago in the mid afternoon and across the cafe was a customer who was coughing, said she was stres... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:24:20 EST Older people Moving to a large city several years ago, I was surprised to see some over 75 aged people still working and maintaining their home and being active. This morning as I left the Y, the lady who lives at the corner, was walking to the grocery store some 6-7 blocks away. We have some history as she yelled at me some time ago for putting some litter on the street--(I was working on decluttering my car, and I was in the wrong for sure when I decided that I under no circumstances could keep that p... Thu, 7 May 2015 13:46:50 EST May, a time to get it back together ok, back in the wagon and going back to yoga/pilates this evening. Went to my monthly discussion group today and posted my response. dishes are done. Need to stop at the grocery store, making it a goal to eat out less....long term goal, for sure. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 May 2015 15:44:24 EST behind in my house work all of the things that happen at the first of the month, and I'm feeling overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> so, even though there was a sub for today's yoga class, I got there right at the beginning of class but didn't stay. I've had this sub before and she is great. but if I don't have the time to compose myself before the class starts I feel overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> Also, with yoga, some emotions happen--sometimes happy ones and sometimes sad ones come sneaking out as I do the yoga. I wonder if it ... Tue, 5 May 2015 12:36:35 EST beginning May as a grump...... beginning May as a grump.... <BR> <BR> constipation and working on the diet, etc to change it <BR> <BR> Three days of not exercising via great family happenings over the weekend, and today, just could not get into the exercising of 8:45 Tai Chi; 9:30 TRX, and 12:15 Yoga. The new schedule at the Y changed some of the scheduling, and I'm not familiar with the instructor's names except one, I'll call her Nicole. In a class announcement last week, the director referred to the sessions by the ... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:47:04 EST Oatmeal drop cookies without sugar Ok, I experimented with a recipe and made the drop no-bake cookies without sugar, and they were dry. Only, for me they turned out to be a success. <BR> <BR> I miss the sugar......for sure. <BR> <BR> But I made them, and spooned them out, and when they cooled, I put them into the freezer. <BR> <BR> I don't eat them because I like them. <BR> <BR> I eat them sometimes because I like the taste of the chocolate. So, I don't eat one on a dailly basis. I eat them maybe twice a week, and th... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:04:56 EST Compassion and yoga these things I noticed today about my changes after being in an exercise class <BR> -last evening I watched some children who have a hyperactive dad, who by trying his best, flew in, got food on a plate for his children, and readied himself and one of the children to fly out to the activity of the evening. He was getting all huffy about what needed to happen in the few minutes that he was there, as if his life depended on getting twenty years of discipline into those few minutes. And the f... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:19:38 EST Yoga class cancelled The instructor's car was towed as she left wherever she was at to get into her car--that so sucks! Especially for her and partially for me. I remember when my car was towed and someone helped me find it. The instructor, said via her supervisor, was at a loss as to where the car was. Maybe that is a job for the drones of the world. They need these little critters to hover over the spot where the car was at when it was towed, with a little sign hanging down from it saying, this ......... is w... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:16:22 EST What's your best advice for losing ten pounds Well, I've gained it back, what's your best advice for someone who has to get onto the wagon again? Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:31:10 EST ten pounds to lose well, after my surgery, I've put on ten pounds <BR> <BR> Looks as if I have some work to do <BR> <BR> Best to you! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:05:09 EST Walked in the rain On Sunday, I arrived at the park to watch the soccer game and no one was there. Evidently I didn't get the message that the game was cancelled. <BR> <BR> I drove away, and then saw a runner on the sidewalk who was running in his exercise gear, rather wet at that. I had on my gym shoes, my old slacks and a plastic poncho, and I thought that I was a real quitter. So, I drove back to the soccer field and I walked from one end to another in the grass watching the dandelions grow. Then I walked... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:50:45 EST Left the Cloverleaf team I'm using the library's computer and don't go there every day, so I'm limited when I do make it. <BR> <BR> I joined the Cloverleaf team and they have lots of rules and expectations one is to post more often than I could. Someone sent me an email and shared that I was going to be suspended if I didn't post more often. <BR> <BR> Rather than fuss, I couldn't keep up with their expectations, I left the team. <BR> <BR> Fyi--At the bottom of the team page, on the left hand side, is a button ask... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:24:35 EST Swimming again The y repainted the pool and today was the first day that I had a chance to get back in and complete some laps, felt great. <BR> <BR> Last evening I took a nap and slept into the evening, not sure what that was about, but ok, guess that happens sometimes. <BR> <BR> It's nice now, so will go home and complete some things there. <BR> <BR> Best to you! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:25:55 EST Tracking Today was the second class with a support group and diabetic educator. The educator has real common sense and I found some things to improve on. <BR> <BR> I am doing more detail on my tracking of food. My goal is to have less food waste and better accountability on what I eat. I'm also gaining some weight, and I want to feel better in control of how to deal with it. <BR> <BR> It's never ending, right? LOL and best to you! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:23:01 EST food in the car and I had an emergency I went without eating last Saturday and I got low blood sugar with no food nearly. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was on my way to meet someone for dinner and I hit a pothole and it took the tow truck two hours to get there. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I put protein bars in my car. I didn't think I would need them so quickly. <BR> <BR> Gratitude! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:11:56 EST diabetic educator group I'm having a 2 hour weekly session with others who have diabetes for several weeks on Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> Went once so far and it's nice to hear all of the things I knew <BR> <BR> Starting to collect food to keep in my car, as I had an experience with low blood sugar because, I didn't eat lunch....I was really proud of my time management skills that day, opps.....for got to eat. <BR> <BR> Valuable lesson <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:17:00 EST errands didn't go out this am until the roads were getting snow cleared <BR> <BR> wish I would use the time more effectively doing some chores <BR> <BR> but read about Abraham Lincoln and one of the cases he was working on prior to his becoming president, good book <BR> <BR> picked up my meds <BR> <BR> did some banking business <BR> <BR> broke a key <BR> <BR> came to the library to order the next three book discussion books <BR> <BR> ate lunch <BR> <BR> now, I'm going to exercise <BR> <BR> b... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:10:23 EST When a student is ready, a teacher will come I live in a zone that the big major storm is going to arrive. We are waiting for it soon to be here. <BR> <BR> The school system that I live in cancel today's classes even though nothing has happened yet. Today, my yoga class, other members did not arrive. But the only action at the Y this am was my awaiting yoga teacher and lots of other things were not working. The pool is empty and there are workers scraping paint and applying primer. Soon they will be adding that pretty aqua color of... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:12:29 EST Exercises for back pain Exercises for back pain:<BR>s_articles.asp?id=110 <BR> <BR> Ten days without exercise and as I became able to move and walk without pain, I went back yesterday to my trx and activtrax. Today, I decided to tackle the laundry and get things in the house back in gear. <BR> <BR> Then I found this article and I'll do some of those exercises today. <BR> <BR> It feels good to feel better. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:31:09 EST out of kilter...... It's been ten days since I've exercised and with each day I feel better. <BR> <BR> I've also done some research here at Sparks about what poses would be good for me. One is a glorified reach over and touch my toes with spread eagle legs. And I can tell you that my body is not ready for it. So I went ahead and accepted an invitation to go out of town this weekend, and then start my exercise program slowly, the way that I did last October. I'll leave the most recent class to the last, and se... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:28:02 EST Yoga injury went to a new class that was supose to be a gentle beginners stretching class, and it was, on my back a lot. Folded my knee towards my chest with the other leg between the knee and my chest. <BR> <BR> Nothing happened that evening but about 24 hours later, I felt the pain in my lower back and then I couldn't move without pain for the next five days. <BR> <BR> I used ice, heating pad, stopped going to the gym. Now not sure if part of my problem is an old mattress or the new seat in my new t... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:38:50 EST cold weather, attendance low in classes but it was a boost for me, the instructor was able to individualize the class for the few of us who were there Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:06:44 EST Snow, cold day here Yesterday, I watched a sick child, we vegged on the couch together, and it being President's day, there was no school, a good thing for her as she didn't miss school. Today, I'm sure she is home again. And there is also no school again, so she won't get behind in her school work. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Today, we were told through the media to stay off the roads although there was no official snow emergency in our immediate area. So, I'm working on my dining room table, to kee... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:53:02 EST Saturday, Valentine's Day Pilates class is done.....library, no new books in, reading The Great Gatsby, and not getting far in it <BR> <BR> Last night watched some kids and the four year old wanted the blanket that I was sitting on for her livingroom tent, ok <BR> <BR> Then she wanted me to sit on the floor and she wanted to sit in my lap..... <BR> <BR> The nicest thing about the exercising that I'm doing.....I was able to sit and hold her with my legs extended for quite a while without wiggling. Thank you Sparks ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:46:51 EST Friday, Valentine's pre-day <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I don't have anything else to say today. If I talked about exercise, it would be that I wish I had stayed up when the alarm went off, my clothes were already laid out, so I could have been up and out of the door. <BR> <BR> If I talked more about exercise, it would be that I stopped by the library to see if the books I requested on swimming had arrived, but they hadn't. <BR> <BR> If I talked more about my organizing the dining room table, I would say that I have fo... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:15:07 EST Yoga class moving to a later time yay, the Wednesday yoga am class is moving to a half hour later...that so helps. <BR> <BR> I'm finally ok with going to an early class that even if I'm short of time, I'm making fewer excuses as to why I can't go. <BR> <BR> This morning, as usual the leader was in a touch toe position and she flattened her hands to the mat and jumped back to almost a down dog position. Then she challenged the class to do the same. Today, I was able to jump back about three inches...hey, hey, hey....progre... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:17:36 EST Motivation to stay for the entire time in Tai Chi Well, got out the door late and on to Tai Chi There was 15 minutes to go in class when I said enough and started easing myself row by row of people to the rear of the class and was next to the door when another member of the class turned to me and no one else could see what he said. He said, "Sneaking out, are you?" LOL, I smiled and it was the motivation that I needed to stay. <BR> <BR> I also grabbed a can of green beans and a plastic fork when I left home this am, and... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:00:38 EST I got called skinny I counted the times that I was active in my ActiveTrax, and it was as follows: October--I joined on Oct 3 and was active 28 days. For November, December, and January--average of 19 days. <BR> <BR> From February 3 through 9th I didn't do any exercise groups anywhere. I just hibernated. My physical therapist asked me a weekend ago whether I wanted to be stretched again, and I said yes. Not sure how she can tell that I was ready, (that's why I'm not a physical therapist and she is). My s... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:30:04 EST Old fashioned peanutbutter cocoa no-bake cookies <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 2 cups sugar <BR> 4 tablespoons cocoa <BR> 1 stick butter <BR> 1/2 cup milk <BR> 1 cup peanut butter <BR> 1 tablespoon vanilla <BR> 3 cups oatmeal <BR> Waxed paper <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened. <BR> <BR> Reci... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:48:38 EST Saturday Lots of things to do today, and I didn't go to yoga class today. <BR> <BR> I'm housesitting today, and am going home for a few hours in a little bit. I feel as if I'm behind today. <BR> <BR> Got some monthly things to do, my February goal is to get the dining room table clear. <BR> <BR> Last night, I could have done more, but I walked in and then phoned a friend. How about that for procrastinating? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:31:55 EST Lunch boiled egg <BR> string cheese <BR> chocolate milk <BR> trail mix with nuts raisins and m&m's Wed, 4 Feb 2015 14:24:24 EST Cheap food site <BR> <BR> found this on one of the message boards <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>ea <BR> p-and-healthy-cooking?cm_mmc=ExactTarg <BR> et-_-email-_-Good-food-newsletter-427_ <BR> 2015_01_28-_-email&utm_medium=Email&ut <BR> m_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=Good <BR> -food-newsletter-427_2015_01_28 <BR> <BR> <BR> I got 'volunteered" to house sit this weekend and I almost fussed. I will be volunteering my services. Need to get some assertivenes in my vocabulary... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:00:11 EST