CANYON_GAL's SparkPeople Blog CANYON_GAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New look for a new life <img src=""> <BR> My daughter chopped alot of my hair off yesterday. It seemed to take a long time to convince her to cut it so short. I will admit that I like it better when its longer, but a short style will be easier to deal with when I start my new job, next week. <BR> <BR> To bad she could not of chopped off all that extra skin hanging around my neck and jawline. OMG, where did all that come from? The turtleneck shirt does nothing t... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:46:25 EST Minimalism and Thriving <img src=""> <BR> That is most of my wardrobe in this picture. My coat & pj's are missing. <BR> There is 4 pair of pants, 4 shirts, 1 hoodie type thing (only without an actually hood), <BR> 1 pair of purple slippers, 1 pair of white shoes and 1 blue beachtowel. <BR> <BR> This last weekend, I found myself homeless again. Yeah that seems to be the story of my life, but it's one that I always seem to survive and bounce back from. <BR> Mond... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:05:04 EST More shopping in Plymouth, NH <img src=""> <BR> This is from Hannaford grocery store, eggs are about $1 more in Walmart. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I bought Chipotle chicken breast. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These 2 pics are just to show the prices of some of the meat products here i... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:38:08 EST Grocery Shopping <img src=""> <BR> Have no idea how this tastes...first time I've seen these <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I like blueberries but not at this price <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bought bananas for the first time in about 2 months. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:24 EST Birthday Dinner A friend took me out to dinner. I had baked haddock, seafood stuffing, and squash. <BR> We both skipped the bread bar. <BR> <BR> Actually my 50th birthday isn't until tomorrow. Well actually it will be tomorrow in about 25 minutes. <BR> Time to get some sleep Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:32:55 EST Small Changes Really Do Work <img src=""> <BR> No this is not me, it's an old high school friend of mine. Kelly hurt her back somehow in Dec. 2013 (which is when she took the before pic) and as she said "red heads have a temper, so she got mad at herself and got her butt in gear". Before she will admit to leading a sedentary life. So she started doing yoga and Leslie Sanson walking videos all at home. <BR> She didn't make any huge changes to reboot her whole life, s... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:01:53 EST Yup, It's Monday <img src=""> <BR> Did you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? <BR> <BR> Well I woke up with a cold sore type thing on my top lip, after having severe chap lips for days. Almost dumped coffee grinds in my yogurt this morning. Had a salad for lunch and ended up with way to much dressing .The hot water did not last long for my shower this morning. I never did get around to wash my laundry today. <BR> <BR> <img s... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:16:53 EST I still got 24 hrs <img src=""> <BR> No matter if you live in a state that changed clocks this morning or not, we all still have only 24 hours in our day. <BR> <BR> I assume if you sleep 8 hrs in the Summer, that you might also sleep 8 hrs in the Winter. If you work 8 hrs now, you might also work 8 hrs later. Businesses are "NOT" staying open longer just because the gov't thinks it can regulate the sun. Banks will still be open 9-5 whether the sun is out ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:20:16 EST Don't Forget <img src=""> <BR> This was just 1 of many pics floating around facebook today. As if I really needed a reminder every hour today telling me to change the clocks tonight. <BR> <BR> Sorry, but I liked it when I was living in AZ, and never had to bother with the clocks because AZ, doesn't follow this silly tradition. But isn't it early this year? I always thought it was supposed to start in April. Almost like someone changed my calendar all... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 17:39:17 EST Have you tried coconut milk? <img src=""> <BR> on my way back from Manchester yesterday, I stopped in at Market Basket. I saw this coconut milk and decided to try it. I had read lots of articles about the benefits of coconut and figured it was about time to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Well I can now say I like it, and will get it more often. I had tried almond milk once years ago and did not like it at all...not even the chocolate flavor. Usually I get soymilk, which I... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 09:42:24 EST 4# Gone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now a week ago, I had only weighed 180, but then I gained about 1.8 pounds after I made that post. <BR> So for a couple days I did not step on the scale at all. So i went up and then came back down landing at 177.8# this morning. So from my highest point this week till today...I lost 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> <BR> Now I feel like shouting out the song "I'm so excited and I just can't hide it, I 'm about to lose control... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 05:22:31 EST It's Fat Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> For some reason it seems late this year. Guess that means Easter will be later also. <BR> <BR> I have always wanted to go on vacation to New Orleans during Mardi Gras...well so far I ain't never made it to New Orleans at any time of year. I did know a girl working at the Grand Canyon that was from Louisiana, and she did make us a King's Cake once. <BR> Who knew it was an English tradition to feast on pancakes today? I ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:24:22 EST Things I Have Learned Through 12 Levels of Sparkpoints <img src=""> <BR> I made it to lucky level 13 yesterday, here on SP. It must be lucky because I think some info has finally sunk into my head ( about time too). I joined SP in August 2006, so I have gone up about 2 levels per year. <BR> <BR> What I learned: <BR> NEVER GIVE UP: keep going, no matter what <BR> <BR> BE CONSISTENT: make your health a habit <BR> <BR> TRACKING: yeah, I have heard it before "writing it down real does help" ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 06:15:29 EST Springtime=New Beginnings <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes I am a little to stubborn to learn new things, especially when it comes to the subject of fitness. Nooo, I can read about it or watch youtube videos on the subject BUT, still have a hard time planting my feet & head into the fitness lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> or maybe its because I keep thinking I can change 1 thing while keeping a dozen othe... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:50:35 EST March Madness <img src=""> <BR> What will March bring us? Well if it starts out like this last will be windy. Actually I have a forecast of snow this weekend. Isn't it nice to know that no matter how long & dreary Winter is, that Spring will always come around? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I just always loved the friendship between pooh & piglet. Friends can get you through anything. <B... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:24:10 EST Got Fitness Trophies Today <img src=""> <BR> I was surprised when I got the email notification telling me that I had received the 500 minute fitness trophy. There are weeks, nooo months where I never take the time to track any fitness on here. That doesn't mean I don't move at all, its just that I am not consistent with tracking stuff. <BR> <BR> Now I have never gotten the 2,000 minute fitness award before, so that's what I will be aiming for in March. Not that a... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:20:45 EST Well...I didn't have to regret it <img src=""> <BR> The numbers are s-l-o-w-l-y going down but I'm not complaining. I'm just glad the scale is moving in the right direction. I was a little worried after eating the Reese's Sticks last night but it all worked out ok. <BR> <BR> Maybe now that the chocolate and my stash of cashews are all gone, the numbers on the scale might move faster. Yup, I am at 180 pounds today. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:37:10 EST Hope I don't regret this in the morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stopped Into Walmart this evening and while waiting in line to pay for stuff, I grabbed some Reese's. <BR> I bought the king size too...which means I just ate 440 calories of junk, with 46 grams of carbs in the whole package. <BR> For anyone on weight watchers, there is 12 points in the whole package. Wow, that's almost 1/2 of my daily points just in 1 purchase of candy. <BR> <BR> I was not really hungry when ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:38:29 EST What's For Lunch? <img src=""> <BR> Some days I like just having a big plate with salad for lunch. I used mixed greens, sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sliced cheese, and some deli mesquite flavored turkey. I forgot the pine nuts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> fish & broccoli with cheese sauce <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I had a mini ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:35:10 EST Update: Bloodtests & Medication <img src=""> <BR> I just thought this pic represented a good image for my thinking on this subject. <BR> <BR> Ok I finally got the results from my latest batch of blood tests. Still no clear answers yet but it seems that I might have some form of anemia. Did you know that you can get anemia in other ways besides just a lack of iron? I had a vitamin B12 test done last October and got a result of 473, which I thought was within the normal... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:06:34 EST Good Morning Everyone <img src=""> <BR> Physically I start my day by myself, BUT I am usually checking my friends feed to see what you all are doing & read some of the blogs on sparkpeople & looking to see what's new in my favorite teams. <BR> It's kinda like spending my early morning time with all of you here. And the fact that I got 114 extra team bonus points today helps the morning spirit also. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:47:03 EST Need to Change Things up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was 181.8 on Friday, and this morning I am still 181.8 pounds. Now when I saw the number on Friday I was glad to see it because I had been stuck on a higher number for a few days. But seeing the same number all weekend and again today is enough. <BR> <BR> I had gone on a quick shopping run yesterday. I bought 4 fuji apples & a small container of blueberries. Figured it would be nice to have something different fo... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:05:55 EST National Almond Day Who comes up with these food holidays? <BR> "A gourmet is just a glutton with brains" <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vory-almond-recipes_n_1273764.html#s69<BR>1432&title=AlmondAndLemon_Crusted_Fish </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/recipes/?theView=recipeDetail&recipeI<BR>d=32 </link> <BR> <BR> &#9829;&#9734;&#9829; &#9734;&#9829;&#9734; &#9829;&#9734;&#9829; &#9734;&#9829;&#9734; &#9829;&#9734;&#9829; <BR> Ok, got... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:41:40 EST I turned it down <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My brother bought his wife a bunch of chocolate-covered strawberries. She left me 1 in the kitchen, when they went out somewhere last night. Well I got the picture but decided not to eat it. 1 thing that made it an easy decision.....I don't really like white chocolate. So even if I didn't want to lose weight, I would still refuse it. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:08:38 EST 181.8# I had not weighed myself for a couple days. For awhile I thought it seemed like I was stuck at 183.2, so I was surprised and relieved this morning when I stepped onto the scales and saw a new lower # show up. <BR> <em>192</em> <em>9</em> <em>193</em> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> I had thought maybe my late snack of cashews were a problem. But then I just told myself that was impossible because even with nuts for a snack every night that I still wasn't eating enough. Now I feel like a ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:43:58 EST I have had enough! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My brother drove me to my neurology appt today, in a snowstorm. His driving was fine but I was ready to cancel the appt before we even left the house. I hate traveling in snowy weather. I was sooo glad when we made it back home. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Just before we got home, my brother commented that he was not going to use the snowblower on the drivewa... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:15:10 EST My Grandson I wanted to take a day of from posting about I could show off pictures of my oldest grandson who is celebrating his 15th birthday today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My grandson is sitting in the middle. This was taken in Maine, last November. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> He wanted to be one o... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:34:23 EST Camping & it possible? Today I found out there is a possibility that I will be taking a extra looooong camping trip in Colorado. Sounds like it should be fun & exciting. Well usually anything new can be exciting. <BR> <BR> But now I am searching online for ideas of what low-carb foods I can eat while camping. Yes, I <BR> like to prepare early. I did find some chicken & veggie recipes for tin-foil dinners. :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So if you have other i... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:42:47 EST Today's Breakfast (13 Carbs) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> it's not even 5:20am, and I already have my breakfast. <BR> <BR> That's 2 extra large scrambled eggs with a slice of melted cheese and a few slices of deli turkey mixed in. I'm having key lime flavored Dannon greek yogurt & black coffee. <BR> <BR> There are 9 grams of carbs in my yogurt, 2 grams of carbs in the deli meat, and 2 carbs in the slice of cheese. So I have a total of 13 carbs for breakfast. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 05:50:47 EST Eat when hungry I have read different opinions on how often to eat. Some people say to only eat when you're hungry otherwise you will be overeating. I have also read that you should eat 3 meals plus a couple snacks to make sure you get all your nutrition. <BR> <BR> Now if I ate 5 times a day (3 meals & 2 snacks) I would be stuffed everyday. Do most people really get hungry that often? Maybe somewhere down the line, I have forgotten what hungry feels like. I normally have 2 small meals & lately a handful of... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 18:00:41 EST What are you waiting for? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got up late today and have a bunch of stuff I need to get done today... so signing off, catch you all tomorrow Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:40:56 EST Catching up on some reading <img src=""> <BR> I bought this magazine last night when my brother & I went to Walmart. So I skimmed through it this morning while watching the snow fall outside. (20º in Plymouth, NH). <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> I wasn't all that thrilled with the Paleo diet article, even though that was the reason I picked it up. There was no weeks worth of menus to actually show what the writer got for $40. Ther... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:05:34 EST Yippee! Email Notifications Are Working Again Sometime last October I musta been fiddling around with my account settings in my email and/or here on sparkpeople. Since that time I have gotten no emails from sparkpeople...none, zilch and I missed them. This was also about the same time that my laptop bit the dust. <BR> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> After I bought my tablet, I tried to fix settings but nothing worked until yesterday. <BR> <em>353</em> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Now I am ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:58:40 EST Built-in Stairmaster <img src=""> <BR> This is a picture of the staircase in my brother's house. There are 6 steps from the mainfloor to the landing of this staircase & and 11 more steps toget to the 2nd floor of the house. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't need a gym, I just need better knees to go up & down those stairs a few dozen times a day. Believe me, after just a couple times on this stsircas... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 05:55:58 EST Sit On It..better yet, Don't <img src=""> <BR> Everyone says that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health & bad for the shape of your body. Well I found some pictures on pinterest that can get me off my butt. Stuff I cando in the privacy of my own room. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My ex-FIL, used to make jokes about ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:14:39 EST Ten Random Things About Me I updated this just a little from an old blog a did a few years ago. <BR> <BR> <em>532</em> Ten Random Things About Me* <em>532</em> <BR> <BR> 1. I like spending time alone <BR> 2. I have 1 tattoo <BR> 3. I have a wierd sleep schedule <BR> 4. Love small hidden away coffee shops, Hate Starbucks coffee <BR> 5. I love elephants! so don’t buy me any gifts made of ivory <BR> 6. Want to lose weight but still raid the candy machine <BR> 7. I have 7 children <BR> 8. I miss AK & AZ <BR> 9. Alm... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 05:30:08 EST Atkins Quick-Start Kit <img src=""> <BR> This came in the mail today. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> The quick-start guide has sample menus, a little helpful tips for each phase of the atkins diet, and some yummy recipes. I liked the looks of the Ginger Pork Tenderloin. I would just have to skip the candied sweet potatoes that was with it. <BR> <BR> I also got a couple coupons for Atkins frozen meal & a shake multipack. There were 3 Atkins bars in the kit. So far... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:50:31 EST Dr. visits Tuesday I went in for 2 MRI's. You never realize how much you move until your in a position where you can't. OMG- my nose itched and I could not scratch it, it about drove me crazy. <BR> <BR> I saw the orthropedics today. He said that only my scoliosis & arthritis showed up on the MRI. He couldn't see anything else wrong. <BR> <BR> So now I just have to wait for an appointment with the neurologist in a couple weeks. Hopefully he has an explanation about my peripheral neuropathy. <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:12:46 EST Sorry woubbie: I deleted it by accident I was checking out comments to my last blog post on my tablet. I am still not used to the touch screen. It makes everything jump around when I don't want it to, makes items larger or smaller whenever it feels like. <BR> <BR> An its impossible to reorder my teams around on my page because I can't click on something and drag it down. I click and it just moves the whole screen. <BR> <BR> Anyways, my thumb musta hit your pic in the list of comments and before I could stop was gone. Mayb... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:55:39 EST 185.2# Hurray it's going down I know, I weigh-in day is supposed to be Thursday, so I am a day early. <BR> But after the big lunch my brother's wife cooked on Sunday & the few frozen meal stuff I have had, & all the cashews I have been snacking on, I was just curious on what the number would be and couldn't wait another day. <BR> <BR> Last week it was 187, so that means I am down almost 2 pounds <em>192</em> <em>334</em> <BR> Oh heck it's almost 6 pounds since I got back to my brother's place on the 8th :... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:14:36 EST Atkins Frozen Meal...I just don't get it <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sure this meal was not the worst thing I ever ate, but not the best either. <BR> It didn't taste as salty as I expected either. The sausage was a tiny bit spicy. <BR> <BR> But I would of rather of had a big salad instead. At least the salad ain't got "Resistant Maltodextrin" or "Disodium Guanylate". Heck I don't even know what they are. <BR>... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:39:40 EST Sparkteam Bonus Points This is a new added feature that I did not notice until this month, after I left my aunt's place. So I'm not sure how long its really been a part of the site. (Hard to notice anything at her house because she does not get internet service) <BR> <BR> My question is: what are the points for, does the teams really use them? I mean I know that I get the points by it says to givethem to your teams. <BR> <BR> Some days I do pretty good and get around 100 extra points from this, and then some day... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:22:21 EST Why I "pigged out" on Salad Yesterday, I got the news that an old friend and ex-coworker died. This was the 2nd ex-coworker to die within a weeks time. <BR> <BR> So like most people who get bad news, I turned to food. But all I had that I wanted was a big salad. <BR> mixed greens, <BR> cucumbers <BR> cherry tomatoes <BR> pine nuts <BR> can chicken <BR> cheese <BR> and extra ranch dressing <BR> <BR> <BR> I went shopping this morning and forgot to get more can chicken or tuna, but at least I remembered to get more ch... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:24:10 EST Are you a carrot, egg or coffee bean? Are you a Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean? <BR> <BR> I want to share with you a story that was graciously shared with me. It’s a nice reminder of what makes a year, a life great: our freedom to choose. <BR> <BR> A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. <BR> <BR> .Her mother to... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:49:57 EST Let's All Go Nuts <em>334</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I just found out that today was National Peanut Butter Day, and Sunday will be National Pistachio Day. Well all I have right now is some cashews. <BR> <BR> A new friend on FB was helping me decipher the label on my package of cashews. <BR> from the bag: <BR> Calories 180 <BR> Total Fat 13 grams <BR> Carbs 10 grams <BR> Fiber less than 1 gram <BR> <BR> Take the fat grams and multiply by 9.  Then... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:09:00 EST $20 a week food budget & Dramatic Change I was checking out a low-carb forum site this morning, and came across a bunch of posts from 2009. <BR> They were doing a challenge to see what you could buy for $20. I cracked up at one person's answer of just eggs, chicken & cabbage, with a note saying it was going to be a gassy week. <BR> Now I can't imagine only eating 3 items all week, but that's better then someone else saying they would get $20 worth of ground beef. <BR> <BR> Now this challenge did not say if you kitchen was empty so ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:57:57 EST Eat less "or" Eat right <img src=""> <BR> I saw this pic above on facebook, and wanted to share it with all of you. <BR> <BR> Some people will look at a brand-name diet and think ok I can only eat "x" amount of calories. Then they start thinking of all the foods they can't have anymore. Course that leaves them feeling deprived & miserable. <BR> There is lots of info in the media about GMO's, and the benefits of eating real non-processed food, but quite alot of... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:14:16 EST 187# Good Morning Good Morning everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been back at my brother's house, after spending a looong christmas vacation with my aunt, for 2 weeks now. In these 2 weeks I have lost just around 4 pounds. I still got about 17 pounds to go to reach the weight I was when I first arrived back in NH, last year. Which is my first goal. Then I will have another 50 pounds to reach my all-time weight goal. <BR> <BR> it's -1º outside right now, so I am inside, enjoying my 2nd cup of coffee & yogurt. I have... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:43:26 EST Diets cure more then Doctors I was born with a heart defect ( had open-surgery in high school), also grew up with Rheumatic Fever & Scoliosis. Now I seem to have Osteoarthritis & Peripheral Neuropathy. <BR> When I go to Dr's with my list of complaints: headaches, blurry vision, heartburn, any stomache or bathroom issue, and different aches & pains...after bloodwork, xrays and a nerves test, (waiting for approval of an MRI) I end up with prescriptions for pain meds & antacids. Have you ever looked up the side effects of ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:50:38 EST So many diets = So much confusion <img src=""> <BR> I just wanted a pic to add with the blog, so here was todays breakfast...I'm still cleaning out the freezer. <BR> <BR> in high school my favorite teacher was a vegetarian and the first vegetarian that I personally knew. I have dabbled in the veggie life off & on a few times over the years. I just laugh at people when they ask me about protein and I ask them if they ever heard of beans, eggs or tofu. <BR> <BR> Then ye... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:52:42 EST