BYEPOUNDS's SparkPeople Blog BYEPOUNDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time to set the alarm clock I'm sleeping in longer and longer and then missing my first exercise class. So, this am the alarm clock went off at 7 am. Mentally though I still think that I have more time so I went back to bed. That's ok, because....well, the next morning or the one after that, I'll get the idea and get up. <BR> <BR> I bought a Swiffer and it has become my toy of the week, It's getting into the corners. <BR> <BR> Last evening I changed my plans and didn't do two sessions of exercise class because I... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 11:52:03 EST Happy Thursday Exercising better this week, I slowed down this summer and then when I had the time the excitement of exercising that I had last school year went away. So it was a new feeling to go to exercise when I was not necessarily motivated. I was ok when I was there but getting there was a real chore. <BR> <BR> I am having to adopt a no excuse policy. <BR> <BR> Well, my weight is at 139 today and I don't want to go into the 140's so will need to count the carbs and calories closer. <BR> <BR... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:08:58 EST I cleaned off my table and now it takes longer to leave in the morning, ha ha Ok, my plan to keep the dining room table clean, it was easier before. <BR> <BR> I could get up, grab things and run for the door. <BR> <BR> Now, I use the table top to measure my glucose, and I put it away. Before I carried it in my purse. <BR> <BR> such a small thing, I'm better now at writing my results on a notebook with graph paper, but annoyed that I have to allow extra time, oh well. <BR> <BR> Progress, I guess. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:05:42 EST Wait 15 minutes before you eat more This happened to me today, noticeably for the first time--- <em>4</em> <BR> A friend of mine invited me to share some of the homemade chicken noodle soup she made and I accepted. <BR> <BR> It was really good and we ate what she made and afterwards I was still hungry, really badly, and I was unsure what to do. (a friend, not a close friend where I felt that I could say, hey this is good, but I'm still hungry) So we sat and chatted and drank the ice water, ...a good treat in itself. <BR>... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:43:19 EST Yoga and toxins Over the past year of doing yoga, I have found that my digestive system cycles about and releases toxins. Sometimes I'm ok, and sometimes I gurgle, for lack of a better term. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I can go away and sometimes the quality of my life is not that great and I need to stay home. But after each cycle, my stomach is flatter for a while. I don't know if this is a permanent situation or after a while my tummy will get the toxins released. and I will do less overall gurgling. <BR> ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:39:46 EST made it to yoga class only five minutes late and then walked I thought I would be later, but decided that no excuses, I needed to get there asap. I did--five minutes late. The instructor was demonstrating how to do some deep breathing with nostrils--one side at a time, nice. Afterwards, I went to the fitness trail outside and walked the loop in the forest for one round which took me 45 minutes, no speed here. This week I read, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, about the 1996 walking that he and another did on the Appalachians Trail So this forest t... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:36:03 EST overslept I'm going to have to set my alarm clock. Have not been doing so, but this am, I wanted to go to an 8:30 am exercise class, and woke up at that time. by the time I got my things done, I would have crowded the time for the 9:30 class, so I went to the library instead. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:12:09 EST down 10 lbs I'm at 134. Guess there has been some advantage to the medication change and my not being hungry. Dr. will be ok with it as long as I don't go much lower. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:23:57 EST It's cool and I'm dressed in fall clothing had breakfast of oatmeal where I only ate less than half of what I was served. <BR> <BR> I've been able to do that now, reduce of what I need to eat, seems strange. <BR> <BR> Glad that I'm finally able to do it. <BR> <BR> The local neighborhood soccer team was finishing their after game meal/snack with their parents. They were orderly and full and they surrounded the check out register and the waitstaff was in a tizzy getting the right ticket to the right combination of people. <BR... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:51:50 EST a new growth for the fall of 1915 from a past blog, I wondered what other carbs mean on the box of shredded wheat. And the best answer I received is that it means net carbs (Carbs-fiber equals net carbs). So intead of saying net carbs, they said other carbs. How can a bunch of straw, which I use to really love, have so many carbs? <BR> <BR> When I was at the dr's office after my A1c went from 7.1 to 7.4, the dr discovered that I hadn't been taking two of my four metformin pills a day, and so as of last week, I'm changing tha... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:26:14 EST shredded wheat ok, I've been trying to do more low carb and then I came to a box of shredded wheat left in my cubbard. Ok, I'm going to eat the last two pieces because I like shredded wheat. <BR> <BR> Only I noticed that if I ate both pieces I would consume 37 carbs. Here's what I don't understand. Carbs were only listed as 6 carbs and then there was another category for "other carbs" , does anyone have an idea what that means? <BR> Fri, 4 Sep 2015 15:27:38 EST Today, all is well, best to you Eating well, exercising well, all the rest is well, <BR> best to you Wed, 2 Sep 2015 16:21:57 EST need to look up a route to walk Saturday morning pilates and I didn't go. <BR> <BR> So, what else to do? <BR> <BR> I was gifted with a book on walks in my town, and I need to look one up and walk it. It's pretty weather outside. Will let you know how I fare. <BR> <BR> Best to you! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:47:05 EST opps a hic been doing so well, then my car, with a mind of it's own (if you believe it?) turned into the ice cream shop's drive way. I got surrounded by aliens who drug me into the store until I got a sundae, they messed with my car and it wouldn't start until I downed the whole thing........ <BR> <BR> then they left........................ <BR> <BR> nothing to do, except get back up and drive a different way so that the aliens cannot find me <BR> <BR> best to you Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:54:27 EST Ugh, stopping to do laundry Yep, I had to stop all else and do the laundry. Not complaining because I'm grateful to be climbing the steps to and from the basement. <BR> <BR> With the clutter off the dining room table, I'm having to develop a new routine, ugh, slowly, to keep it that way. One good thing, I eat my meals there, imagine that.....novel idea. <BR> <BR> Best to you all. <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:26:37 EST today, I had some choices when I overslept and would have needed to walk in late to the yoga class, I decided to eat breakfast and go to a Barrs class (like fast yoga and stand like a ballerina) which I did. It has been a while that I did the class and I have a ways to go to really keep up with the class, yet, I could see progress from the last time that I was there. <BR> <BR> That is where exercising is really rewarding. I get stumped that I cannot do more, then my body surprises me and it moves another millimet... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:01:18 EST Today a new trx class. The one that I usually attend is earlier in the week and for older folks. The instructor stops and guides more. <BR> <BR> Today I found her teaching a more rigorous class and I asked her if I could join in, and she said yes. She made me warm up after I answered her question of how much activity I had earlier today, and I answered, "reading" <BR> <BR> The session went quite well. She does floor exercises and I need to work harder to push my tush up when my feet are in the straps. <BR> <BR... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:22:10 EST dr said to drink water and exercise for blood pressure ok, am monitoring that by measuring my blood pressure at the nearest pharmacy. <BR> <BR> I have also restarted drinking my water. <BR> <BR> It's lowered a lot. <BR> <BR> This am the local school started their school age childrens' programming so that means back to my own exercising program. <BR> <BR> Back to the swimming pool. Three laps in 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> Best to you Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:48:01 EST Happy Tuesday Now it's the blood pressure. <BR> <BR> Numbers are rolling upward. Dr. says to drink water and exercise more. I'm going to the different places to take and later submit to Dr. about my readings over a two week period. <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:13:02 EST wendy's I've been away all day and the traffic kept me out and stopped longer. <BR> <BR> I stopped at Wendy's and got a grilled chicken sandwich and threw the bread away, a side salad and a bottle of their white milk. Don't know the numbers etc, any thoughts on in a pinch like this evening, did I have a better choice? Thanks for your input. <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:31:23 EST Was in the Michigan Lake A quick road trip to Chicago this week and with some spare time on a boring summer afternoon and with a 9 year old, someone suggested the lake. I remembered the lake as a cold place and was pleasantly surprised that as someone else told me, the lake finally gets warm in August. It was. The waves were choppy and the guards kept the people together. The 9 year old was like a fish, and I thank goodness with yoga stood my own. I came away with some sore muscles showing me that I have more to s... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:53:56 EST grateful, don't have to go on insulin just got back from the doctor and I don't have to go on insulin. <BR> <BR> I go back in January again <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:35:02 EST a reward for a clean dining room table yep, finally, I did it...............I took a shortcut but my dining room table is clean <BR> <BR> my reward? a new table cloth and a promise to myself not to let things build up <BR> <BR> the shortcut, you ask? <BR> <BR> I put the things in a box and labeled it my "to do box" <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:07:33 EST 139 weight today The scales today said 139 down from 142. <BR> <BR> This week I was successful at buying food that I could menu plan with, and I cut down eating out alot. I like homemade ice tea, but think that I'm too busy to make it. And in fact when I made it this past week, it took a long time to make four individual bottles for me at home. <BR> <BR> I also bought a loaf of whole wheat bread, and at the beginning of the week I wanted it and I was hungry for it. As the week went by, I made an egg sand... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 11:58:54 EST 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