CAROLLEE57's SparkPeople Blog CAROLLEE57's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Things on the upside Well after 6 years I got my car back, 1600.00 later just to inspect it but it felt so wonderful to go for a ride in the county! Now I can have a social life again. NO MORE BEGGING FOR A RIDE TO THE STORE OR WALKING IN FREEZING RAIN OR SUB ZERO WEATHER TO GET TO WORK! <em>355</em> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:17:33 EST In a funk and ticked off yesterday I was really disappointed with my grown child, she had borrowed my Chevy Malibu for 6 years and had promised to keep the car in good condition. Because of my grand daughter I walked and rode the bus for 6 years and made car payments and insurance payments. When the car broke down she got another one. <BR> When it came time to give me back my car it needed inspection, which only cost 1,600.00 plus a tune up for 500.00! I am so ticked at my daughter, I had to borrow money to get to ge... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:07:09 EST Challenges and more Challenges I am on a summer challenge team, Biggest Loser Fall Team Challenge, and at work a I will be on a 12 week challenge for carb cycling <em>40</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 11:44:23 EST Thank you All Thanks for responding with all the wonderful ideas! <em>252</em> <em>304</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:46:33 EST Diet Anxiety The toughest thing mentally seems to the fear of being hungry, and the contrary nature of getting so worried about eating that you start munching frantically Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:24:32 EST My Mentor He is the employee wellness coach, he showed me how to get through my first 5k and he is stll helping me with a new carb cycle 12 wk program. <BR> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:56:21 EST Reciepe for Wieght Loss Calories in verses Calories out <BR> Quality food and enough fiber <BR> Getting the right amount of exercise (strength and aerobic) <BR> Some fun <BR> Motivation Motivation and Support <BR> Tracking Weighing and Measuring <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:26:12 EST Back to the gym, first time in Months I didn't want to go because I was tired from the walking the day before. I went swimming in the underground pool, it's carved out of the red rock so the pool looks like it is in a red cave after that I felt more like working out, did the elliptic and the stationary bike. <BR> I started a new streak that I would go to the gym 3 times a week even if it is just to go float on a noodle! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:09:45 EST Just out walking I was out walking from 930 am until 3pm, up and down hills, until I was really tired Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:26:11 EST Forget the All or Nothing Thinking I'm thinking smaller and more consistent is the way to go. Also not letting myself get over tired <em>40</em> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:24:09 EST Train Wreck Today I thought my scale was possessed by demonic forces! Last week I weighed in at 204, I worked a lot of overtime but didn't' eat anything unusual. The scale said 211 and 212 respectively! I was flabbergasted. I had thought I went off the tracks a bit but this is a train wreck! <BR> <BR> Well it's operator error in reality, breath deep repeat positive things and get busy. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:29:24 EST Falling of Tracker but getting back on Sooner I fell off tracker but now I am getting back on sooner. Formerly I would fall off track and stay that way for weeks or months. Thanks to the 5% challenges I am catching my self sooner and getting right on track again! <BR> I am also learning to accentuate the positive. <BR> <BR> My daughter is repairing my car that she has had for 5 years and while it is beaten up and has 160k on it I will still be able to drive it around town . I can take my bike to somewhere more conducive to learning ho... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:25:02 EST twelve hour shifts I've been working 12 hour shifts at the hospital, add to that 45 minutes of walking each way doesnt leave time for much else in my life. Still I do need the overtime especially weekend overtime! Not much to Blog on today, just try no to eat off the charts while I'm here <em>414</em> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:51:50 EST My Every Day Life Every Day I wake up and appreciate the fact that I am able to walk to work up a very steep hill. At times in my life I have been unable to walk because of arthritis. <BR> <BR> I appreciate that I only live 1.5 miles from work and that I have a full time job with benefits as before my health was too bad to work. <BR> <BR> I also appreciate that I live in section 8 senior housing that is safe and secure as I have been homeless because of my health. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:18:20 EST New Diagnosis Osteoarthitis I have had psoriatic arthritis for decades and now to introduce Osteo arthritis, I should not be surprised with my weight issues and so on. xrays and physical therapy and a new drug, one more pot hole to navagate <em>40</em> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:00:17 EST Plan B In light of feeling old, tired and achy-er I made an appointment with an arthritis doc and an appointment to see a chiropractor. <BR> <BR> NSV I have worked at my job for 12 years, today was evaluation day and my supervisor gave me the highest rating possible, which is hard to come by blah blah blah, professional appearance etc continual improvement and positive attitude <em>211</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 08:11:42 EST Arthritis pain in shoulder and c5 neck pain These haven't acted up in a long time, between the bike riding and the heavy back pack I guess I over did it. <BR> Breath deeply, calories in verses calories out, keep moving, repeat <em>24</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:15:09 EST Day 7 of Five Percent Challenge I'm still working hard at trying to tame my grazing habit and still walking to and from work, however I still feel zonked after work. Neck and shoulder are aching. I'm working on an earlier bed time Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:05:22 EST Day 5 of 5% Challenge Argh, Yesterday after walking home from work I was so tired that I had to take a nap in order to fix my lunches for today. I think I will try an earlier bed time, like 9 pm <em>102</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:24:19 EST Day 2 of challenge Today is day two of challenge, yesterday was ok, every day is a learning challenge. <BR> <BR> Today everything aches and I come to realize that it will have to be one day at a time, one decision at a time. <BR> <BR> I need to stop and think about what I put in my mouth especially when I am tired. <em>40</em> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:41:36 EST The Lake Champlain Monster I live in Northern Vermont near Lake Champlain. We have a beastie much like the Loch Ness Monster. My high school guidance counselor Walter Tappen and his family took pictures of it. My dad, an Abenaki Indian, said he saw it when he was out fishing. <BR> <BR> This Saturday morning I met the real Lake Champlain Monster. It came in of form of a Dark Chocolate Almond Carmel Cluster from Lake Champlain Chocolate--the best of the best- a whole big bag of free assorted chocolates! Left in the ICU ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:54:36 EST Really Busy Yesterday I was so tired from biking,walking, shopping and cleaning that I fell asleep at 5pm, woke up from 9 to 11 then over slept this am- so I am behind the eight ball again, woke up late and took the bus instead of walking, working an other 12 hour shift again <em>198</em> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:57:33 EST Getting Ready for the 5% Summer Challenge Reasons to lose weight: <BR> To feel better <BR> To run faster <BR> To outlast and endure <BR> To retire later <BR> To keep up with my Granddaughter Nami <em>9</em> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:09:14 EST Pow wowing with out Fry Bread! I will be out of communication as my family is going to Mt Kearsage powwow. I will be back Tuesday. It will be hard to track exercise ( walking around dance circle) trying to eat healthy and camping out. But it will be a great deal of fun with my family. Last year my daughter was head lady dancer, this year she is pregnant traditional dancer lol! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:23:12 EST Appreciating what I have and being careful where you walk Last week I found that my younger brother was in the hospital that I work at. We are both in our 50s, he had tripped over a door jam leading to the back outside stairs. The railing gave way as he fell two stories. <BR> <BR> He has broken tibia, fibia, two broken heels, broken ankles, broken pelvis and a back broken in two places. He has a halo on one leg and non weight bearing on both, and a chest brace. He just left the hospital today to go to rehab till the swelling goes down then back ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:54:12 EST First Time Kayaking I went kayaking with my daughter, granddaughter and My daughters' boyfriend Josh. Things went well until they coerced me into jumping out of the kayak and in to the resevior . <BR> I was not able to climb into the kayak and had to be towed via inter-tube by my daughter hunky policeman boyfriend like dead on the water ship. <BR> It was fun and good exercise but I don't have the upper body strength to climb back in Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:05:48 EST Waiting for My Bike <img src=""> this is the used bike that is being fixed up for me. I am excited and scared at the same time. I haven't ridden in years and I live on a very steep hilly area with very busy traffic. I used to have a really hard time with my wrists Sat, 29 Jun 2013 10:07:29 EST Reconning Day I had a really good time last week, I drank, I danced and I ate and celebrated, I also regained some weight. It's still raining here in Vermont, wettest June on record. I'm still wearing the high water pants and water shoes. <BR> I need to focus on my health <BR> I need to work some overtime because I am operating in the red <em>40</em> <em>27</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:12:29 EST This last week Thunder, Ospreys, Watermelon Cake, Drumming and Dancing In this last week I traveled up to Missisquoi Bay which is the area that my tribal band calls home, I had a great birthday, saw eagles, osprey and hummingbirds however there is no internet. <BR> <BR> Then on Sunday we went to the Maritime Museum for a Abenaki encampment where we basically had a good time dancing, drumming and singing. Some of our cousins are spread through out New England. Many of them work in fiber arts , wampum and bead work <BR> <BR> My cousins who I had not seen in a ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:24:40 EST Turning 56 Tomorrow I have some pretty serious health problems to deal with but lately I've noticed that I am not doing all that bad. <BR> Some of my contemporaries say that they "are pushing 60" when I ask them what they do to stay active. Years of disuse and abuse are catching up with them. I on the other hand had to struggle to walk and to be able to get up off the floor unaided. <BR> Thats' whats on my mind as my birthday approaches. What kind of old lady will I be? Today I used my nordic walking poles to w... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:03:10 EST Singing in the Rain I walked into work but expect to get very wet going home. Since the weather is so cool and wet I decided to just deal with it. I wear capris with my Keen watershoes, then I have a poncho to cover my backpack and an umbrella. Weather do your worst. <em>27</em> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:35:24 EST Up at 430 am Yup, this is my new wake up time! Getting older it now takes me that much longer to chug coffee, take all my meds and vitamins, cook and eat breakfast and walk to work. I have made up my mind that what ever the weather I will walk. <BR> I have turned down my free ride to work who is the opposite of me in that she likes to get there the last minute. Thats' a whole hour of walking worth of spark points! Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:27:52 EST Back on track Again I went to the Doctors and got some medication for my asthma and stuff. I have resigned my self to the fact that this maybe a less than optimal summer for exercise and just live with it. I will have layers and waterproof stuff available. <BR> <BR> I restarted my 5k plann back at the beginning and restocked my gym locker. I have been watching the message boards for Meet Up groups "Plus 50 outdoor groups" is a good one. I did a two mile walk with one group and met some nice people Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:35:23 EST First 5k Biggest Loser Walk/Run in Plattsburgh Ny I have been sick with a lingering cold for about a month. But since I paid to do the 5k, I decided to ride over .with my team mates and at least walk. I was terribly out of shape but I was 11th in my age category, Three days later my feet still hurt <em>364</em> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:57:35 EST TGIF Going to Boston Tommorow, Red Road Cruise My daughter and granddaughter (and exhusband) are going to Boston for a harbor cruise. It's a Red Road Sobriety Cruise. That is to say my friend Don is a Mic Mac Indian and his family run this cruise a couple of times a year to raise funds for the Native American equivalent of AA. <BR> <BR> For 25.00 we get a three hour cruise with a dinner, DJ on the first floor, and traditional powwow drum and speakers on the second floor. Hopefully on Boston Harbor the heat won't be so bad. Then we are ca... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:07:59 EST And This Too Shall Pass Between the feeling miserable and the miserable relatives and the miserable weather, I found my self trying to revert to comfort eating. I found out that I just make my self sick nowadays! <BR> <BR> The good side of this bad equation is that I would not have recognized it as emotional eating a year or so ago. At least I have not gained any weight through this. <em>27</em> <em>257</em> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:28:52 EST Flooding, Raining and Snowing in Vermont We had more rain in one day then we do in a month, still have the cough and feeling weak. I did some stretching last night Sun, 26 May 2013 11:45:13 EST Veggies Really Do help out with hunger I thought it was just like an old aunt nagging "eat your veggies" but when it comes to counting calories and cutting back on hunger veggies really do help out a lot!!! <em>267</em> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:29:33 EST Reality Check It takes a while to recover from this nasty cold I'm like an impatient child, it's hard not to jump right back into things, But I still have a nasty cold and am running a fever. I thought I would be running a 52k in early june, but it will be a walk instead Wed, 22 May 2013 11:30:54 EST On the other side of this cold now Yippee I am so thankful that my cold is going away. Apparently I will be babysitting my grand daughter more but thats' ok at least I will feel up to it! <em>224</em> Sun, 19 May 2013 11:36:30 EST Blargh I've been sick for a week now I hate being sick, I missed a couple of days of work and I am still feverish, it's beautiful and sunny out. still it could be worse, I could have a much wo <em>39</em> rse condition Sat, 18 May 2013 13:50:34 EST aftermath of week 5 workout 1 Ok the heat really got to me. Keep it Simple and do it at my own pace, I was totally wiped out after the last run. <BR> I am officially repeating week four, I am not trying to keep up with any one else trying to please everyone is meeting no one's work out need. <em>311</em> Tue, 7 May 2013 12:21:31 EST Starting week 5 of c25k It's a beautiful sunny day and afterwork is my first day of week 5, I'm still tired from my last work out! I don't think I can do it but I will try! I know some of my team mates feel the same way Sun, 5 May 2013 11:26:49 EST Week 4 day 3 of Couch to 5k I figured out that music and finding my own pace is the key to my training sessions. I can't keep up to the lighter people. I barely made my last run so I may repeat the week 4 training <em>185</em> Sat, 4 May 2013 09:01:14 EST Reality check! Hi All Week 4 Day 2- <BR> Here in northern Vt the temp went from freezing to 80 degrees, I did the first half of my run then started getting woozy so I stopped. I had been out all day walking and at 5pm I just could not do it. <BR> <BR> My nutritionist also wants me to stick to my 1400 calorie food exchange, I did not realize what one starch exchange meant. It means 15 grams of carb and about 70 calories. Not one muffin or one donut! <BR> <BR> I went to my podiatrist and asked his advise ... Thu, 2 May 2013 16:51:05 EST Spring finally arrives Week 4 begins of 52k training When the weather gets warmer then my bat wings come out! I have have lost 92 pounds since my highest weight. I fear is the wings are here to stay. Especially with the running, I will be flapping in the wind sigh <em>39</em> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:25:19 EST Feeling Better I came down sick and was out of work for a few days. <BR> <BR> I surprised myself becuse I was able to do the week three training session with my team mates, although I was the slowest person ( what with being 209lbs, 55yrs old and with arthritis) but I was able to jog when it was time to. <BR> I also walked to and from work (at 530 am then back at 730pm). So far no foot or leg problems!! Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:35:22 EST Yesterdays run/walk for Boston My 52k team participated in this but the wind was out or the north at about 35 mph on the lake front and the tempurature was in the 40s. <BR> <BR> We were psyched to go but with all the people and dogs it was chaos, I have asthma so sucking in all that cold air reminded me of icefishing in bad weather (which I have experiance with). I lost sight of our pace keeper and gave up and walked the rest of the way. As did most of my team. <BR> <BR> In the last couple of weeks it has been wet, win... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:00:04 EST Breathing a bit better today And my co workers and I are supposed to do our training down by the waterfront after work. Still not up to snuff though Sat, 20 Apr 2013 13:03:40 EST Still feeling under the weather and the wind is something else Kind of conflicted, should i work overtime or go home after work and rest up? Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:46:23 EST