CATHOLICCORGI's SparkPeople Blog CATHOLICCORGI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community An update... Hi! I've been MIA, but not actually missing from Sparking. Between the major move from big house to smaller apartment and working 2 jobs, I have been slightly overwhelmed. <BR> Continuing to eat totally gluten free, with a bit of grain here and there. Carbs are still low, but not as low as I would like. <BR> Rheumatologist says he is pleased. Reached 2 year mark on GF back on May 24, 2017. I'm still in remission! PTL! So how could I go back to eating gluten or grains if it keeps me pain free ... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:41:20 EST February 2017 Accountability Blog FEBRUARY! And 10 days have already flown by! Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow of Life... I was very encouraged by my January Blog, and it DID help me start to develop good habits... it enhanced the solid habits I already had, too. FlyLady says, "You are never behind... you just have to jump in where you are!" <BR> So, I'm jumpin' in! My "storm" I'm navigating that I am trying feel better/heal, take care of DH, and work, too. Learning to TRUST and "act as if"... <em>521</em> <BR> ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:37:56 EST Hello February 2017! <img src=""> <BR> Not sure what the plan is for February... other than doing my best to keep being committed to the goals from January. I admit, I sort of liked having a daily accountability to check in to. The days that were where Life Happens took a hit, but overall, I think the Accountability Blog was a success for me. Work is crazy until Friday night, so that is probably when I'll make my February Accountabilit... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 20:31:53 EST Midweek of 4th week in January... <img src=""> <BR> It's been one crazy day after another since Saturday. This afternoon I was able to leave work earlier than usual. No traffic, too! So, I stopped at my local Wally World and treated myself to a leisurely walk around the perimeter of the supercenter. I sat in the car for a moment and considered what I was planning to do about supper for DH and I. Sticking to the outer limits of the store allowed me ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:45:11 EST Finishing up week 3 of January 2017 <img src=""> <BR> So every day wasn't "perfect"... but each day was filled with blessings! I've had a lot on my plate this week. I've reached Saturday with a sense of accomplishment. It's enough. <BR> I'm tending to complicate things. I try to do my Wii-in in the same clothes(or lack thereof) every morning. That's taking it too far to be able to do it every morning consistently. So, new plan is to weigh-in the bare... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:10:09 EST Recap of the second week of January... The beginning of the week was good. Laptop crashing on Thursday upset the apple-cart... I was up late Thursday getting computer fixed and doing damage control until midnight. Had long day on Friday, too. I crashed on Saturday. And here I am already almost done with Monday... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So I'm jumpin' in and filling out my January accountability blog for TODAY. Gonna go from there. <BR> There were far ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:08:30 EST Recap of the first week of January... <img src=""> <BR> I can see it isn't going to be easy to hit all of my goals for each day and get them into the blog unless I make extra effort. Goals are supposed to stretch us, so this fits the bill! <BR> Working three solid days in a row, which add up to a weeks worth of work, strains my focus when it comes to putting in my emoticons for each day. While at work I only have my iPad, and it is not compatible with ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:10:26 EST My January 2017 Daily Accomplishments... keeping ME real! <em>590</em> Every day I am going to check in to my blog, and make an entry. It takes 30 days to establish a new habit, and this is one that will benefit me for a LONG time! Everything that has worked for me and helped me accomplish my goals has worked because of constant, consistent daily progress. I have the proof in my daily writings in my journal. This blog spot will give me a place to come each day and check in with myself! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> This is my motivation text for Janu... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:11:24 EST Tying up loose ends...making bows! <img src=""> <BR> No New Year's resolutions for me. I'm going to take note of what has worked in the past year and TRUST that it will work again this year. Starting with what worked and tailoring it to each day. You only get one day at a time anyhoo... Make the most of it! <em>407</em> <BR> So, let's see... <BR> <em>248</em> Tracking works. <em>248</em> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> Low Carb works.... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:56:41 EST How I began my GF/LC journey... I happened upon a PBS "infomercial" one afternoon about the Grain Brain and Dr. David Perlmutter. (He is a neurologist and had done the special for PBS and their fundraising attempts.) He spoke of how grains affected the body and what differences it could make if you gave them up. I got his book from the library. Most of it made such clear sense to me that I thought about it, but didn't decide to attempt it until I saw Dr. William Davis' PBS program called Wheat Belly(or something to that eff... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:26:15 EST Not feeling like blogging... But I committed to writing once a week, so here goes... <BR> Last week was a good week. I would get up, do my Wii-in, and then take my BP(which is like 116/76 almost every day!). I write in a little notebook the BP and how many hours I used my C-Pap the night before. Keeps me honest. Allows me to write a note about why I think the BP is like it is, or why I didn't wear my C-Pap. <BR> Tried to eat well. Had a few more carbs some days, and I can tell. <BR> Phone died. Spent an hour trying to fi... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:43:59 EST Sorting it all out... 1 Goal at a time. Life doesn't come with a playbook unless you write it yourself! <BR> Since my body has acclimated to my eating plan, I'm at a level plateau. If I want to lose more pounds I need to either exercise more or cut back on my food consumption. I'm not eating a whole lot now as it is. SO that leaves the more "movement" option. If I move more, I will need to eat even better nutritionally. Make the calories count. This is going to take some trial and error, and TIME. My sleep neurologist says it will... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:52:47 EST Reframing and Regrouping... and Random Thoughts All Over... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been wasting time. Sort of. Comfortable can be dangerous. Each hour, as it passes by, is gone forever, technically. Sure, you can remember it, but it is just that... a memory. Then we get to tomorrow. DUH! it never arrives! LOL! <BR> So that leaves us with the Precious Present <em>407</em> . Yes, I just read Spencer Johnson's book with that as the title... <BR> Being successful is a ni... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:58:52 EST In the past 6 months.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've continued to eat a lower carb, pretty much grain free, and higher fat and protein plan. The benefits for me is a declaration by my rheumatologist that I am in remission, as far as my RA is concerned. My weight has stabilized, and not gone up or down more than a pound or two for months now. I'm still pain free. My prescription meds are down to only two. My clothes fit differently, and my... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:53:22 EST I'm approaching the completion of 3 year long challenges I've made for a bit of rambling Check into SP every day. Do a Wii-in daily. Be 90% Grain Free. I'll reach these goals before June 1, 2016. <em>104</em> <BR> And I think the one thing I have learned in the past year is that I have to take it day by day. When I think I've fallen, I have to get right back up. I'm keeping track of the things I have to be grateful for... I'm attempting to journal every day and have TAG(Time Alone w/God). As far as eating, I've done this long enough now to know what works and what doesn't. Tra... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:10:28 EST Morning thoughts about Thanksgiving... <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> I've SO much to be thankful for! <BR> I'm celebrating my 183rd day grain free/low carb. No food could make me feel as good as I do right now, so I am focusing on my wonderful friends and family... I am VERY grateful for every one of them, especially my Spark Friends! It's all about the relationships and giving back Love. It's time to let people know you care about them! <BR> I'm making sure I take good care of myself, too, so I can "be pres... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:37:20 EST A Small Bump In The Road Just sort of musing... I seem to be in a period of dryness. Spiritually, energy-wise, even physically "dry"... Skin and all. I'm drinking extra water, I'm faithfully praying, and I'm making the effort to do at least the basics to keep life rolling along. Sometimes that's all there is to do. <BR> So I had this quote show up in my readings this morning. Going to just throw it out there... <BR> "In times of dryness and desolation, we must be patient and wait with resignation the return of consol... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:57:37 EST Some thoughts about the past four years... <img src=""> <BR> I am proud of myself for sticking to something for 4 years... SP has been a great gift. My life has improved since I joined, and Sparking each day is still making a difference in how I live. <BR> I believe we all need order in some shape or form in our lives. SP has helped me establish habits which grant me a sense of order in my life. This gives me a feeling of some control, that I have choices. ... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 08:33:09 EST There is no failure, only feedback! <img src=""> <BR> I've stuck with being able to do some walking every day, either with Chevy or just extra here and there. Over the last 18 days I have looked at the daily walking challenges and processed them into my brain. That is a good thing. <BR> I've increased my awareness of walking, and how good it makes me feel! Chevy and I can easily do 30 minutes now. <BR> I've not been consistent with this challenge, so at some point I will... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:12:56 EST The Walkabout Challenge:Day 3-9 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walking is good... whether indoors or outside! The strength exercises are good before and after you walk, too! <BR> I've walked every day... either in the house or outside. <BR> Yesterday was simply beautiful!! Chevy and I walked twice... once to get the exercise, then to visit the ponies in the upper pasture. The fresh air stimulates your energy levels. It makes you just feel good! <BR> My walking buddy is my Cor... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:38:10 EST The Walkabout Challenge:Day 2 Today's challenge, besides the 10 minutes of walking, was to read the recommended article about injuries. It was a very good article!! <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1839 </link> <BR> The information about Plantar Fasciitis was right on target(besides giving me the correct spelling!LOL!)! It clarified some things I didn't quite understand about PF, and gave me useful info on other problems that could arise if I am not careful. I tend to go whole hog wh... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:36:55 EST March 1... a new challenge! I CAN DO IT! <img src=""> <BR> I've chosen a challenge for March that will truly be a challenge. One that I am not sure if I can do it. But then THAT is what a challenge is all about... the past two challenges I completed were just warm-ups. <em>104</em> <BR> I haven't been using my treadmill for several months. So I want to develop the habit again, as walking outside is not always an option for me. There is more than walking involved with this c... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:32:53 EST Day 24-27:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Well, weather and not being able to work are two real stress makers... The forecast was several inches on Tuesday, after we already had a good dusting. On Wednesday the snow total kept growing, clients in a panic. I went to work, I was able to move all but one client from Thursday to Wednesday, and one to Friday( if I could work). <BR> The snow started Wednesday evening around 6:30pm. Heavy wet snow... I kept telling my... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:45:17 EST Day 22-23:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Sunday and Monday were good days... the weather forecast was a bit unsettling, and now that there is an inch of snow on the ground I have a bit of stress... BREATHE! <BR> I have not eaten at night. I exercised, have followed my Lenten plans to the T and am doing well limiting my time on SP. Tracking my food, etc. is easy when you have a plan! <BR> Now, as to easing my stress for today, I have a plan! I have a doctor appo... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:15:35 EST Day 21:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <em>104</em> Week three complete!! <BR> What patterns do I notice that causes me stress during the week? <BR> The three days I work each week have two areas where stress can try to weedle in... with clients it is if they are late for their appointment, or are too emotionally draining. This issue is solved by my paying attention to how I book "repeat offenders" and allow time for their "patterns", and to be "in the moment" with each client, setting a boundary and sticking to it. <BR> The da... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:29:20 EST Day 18-20:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge The last half of the week was good. The days flowed well, and I see I really do not have the stress issues others may have. I am greatly blessed... <BR> I took extra care to have quiet time each day. To begin my day with a proper attitude. Easier some days than others, but a putting a smile on your own face WILL make you feel better! <BR> When I focus on the needs of others, I don't have the opportunity to stress about myself. The negative brain tapes cannot get a stronghold. Working outside ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:08:54 EST Day 17:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Awakened to everything white... <BR> There is a bit of stress involved when you have to get the Corgi to go out... and he doesn't want to. Since the usual way for him to go out is down stairs, they were not an option today due to an inch of sleet on them. The front porch is a sheet of ice. He could handle it, I couldn't stand upright if I tried... So that leaves trekking through the an icy driveway. I figure... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:05:39 EST Day 16:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Bowling relieves stress! <BR> Spent the morning preparing in case the weather turned bad... which it did. As we were leaving the bowling alley, it was sleeting, then snowing, then ice pellets. <BR> If I am home, inside, the weather doesn't bother me. We were ready if things got bad. Our power didn't go off. The yard is white, with about an inch of sleet on everything. Poor dog is not happy! <BR> I bundled up and went t... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:50:26 EST Day 15:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <em>521</em> Here's to the third week of the challenge!!! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Week 3 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Review your stress tracker. Find out what is causing you the most stress in your day to day life and discover any patterns (are Mondays more stressful?). Determine the cause of these stressors and create action steps to help prevent them or deal with them. <BR> Well, after almost 38 years, I don't think I can get rid of my DH... the action step for me here is to choose m... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:47:49 EST Day 13 & 14:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <em>244</em> Week two complete! <em>104</em> <BR> Friday was a really nice day... long, but very rewarding. <BR> I'm a hairdresser, and I work for myself. So I can choose when I work, and for how long. My commute to work is 25 miles each way. A very pretty drive, and because it can take me 40-45 minutes to get to salon, I can listen to music or motivational CD's as I drive. The only real stress during the drive is the occasional traffic backups. I have three routes I can take, the scenic... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:21:48 EST Day 12:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge Yesterday was a long day, but the morning exercise kept me going all day. I was very tired, and went to bed shortly after I arrived home. <BR> I had to leave very early this morning, so getting in a ride on the bike wasn't possible. It was another long day. Not much in the way of stress except that I had two 12 hour days back to back. The drive home was a bumper to bumper experience, with a few deer sightings thrown in. I listened to music. I tried to think calm thoughts. I felt pretty good ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:23:46 EST Day 11:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <img src=""> <BR> I don't know how this Wednesday will end, but I know how it has started! <BR> I rode my bike for 30 minutes first thing today. I kept waking up during the night... from little sniglets of "what if?" So when I finally got up, I decided to refocus. I let the Corgi out, I took my first meds, and I got on the bike... and watched an old Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. It re-framed my mindset, and I'm ready for my morning TAG(Tim... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:37:22 EST Day 10:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge Tuesday was just another day... errands, a doctor's appointment. General, ordinary stress. A bit of tension waiting for the car to be ready... it had new tires and front end alignment done. I sat and breathed... while I checked my emails from SP. The doctor appointment was a follow up. BP was normal, as was everything else. Good!! <BR> I began the day with prayer, and expected the day to go well, with nothing happening that God and I couldn't handle. <BR> Tuesday was a good day! <BR> <img sr... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:10:14 EST Day 9:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Mondays are usually fairly stress free for me. DH and I go bowling, which releases any anxiety I have prior to getting to the bowling alley. <BR> My husband is a stroke survivor. To look at him, you would not see any physical effects from the strokes(there have been several). Even after three years, I am still learning to embrace the fact that DH is not, and never will be, the person he was before. We have had wonderful... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:20:09 EST Day's 7&8:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge Day 7 was Saturday... it was just a normal day of running a few errands and going to Mass. <BR> Day 8 was Sunday...I went to 8am Mass, as I was a Lector(reader). No stress there... just peace. Sunday IS my day of rest...we go out for lunch, and just putter around the house. I do a basic SP check in, and a basic FB "look at". No stress. <BR> Let's look at... <BR> <BR> The Week 2 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Learn the 7 stress-busting secrets. Pick at least two stress reducing activities that you... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:12:21 EST Day 6:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Friday was a really nice day. My client from Atlanta was unable to make it in, but we rescheduled for next month. She was last for the day, so I was able to leave a bit earlier than planned. Nice. <BR> I looked for moments when stress could creep in, and I transformed the nudges to stress into moments to breathe. Sometimes I forget to breathe. We often don't realize how a deep breath can diffuse tension! <BR> I had a ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 09:46:05 EST Day 5:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge Thursday held no surprises, and the only stress related tension was the drive in. There was a bit of traffic backup on my way into work, and I chomped on a bag of baby carrots to diffuse the irritation. When I saw what the problem was, I truly let the irritation go... people were allowing others to make left turns on to a busy road. Acts of kindness are more important than being somewhere 5 minutes faster. I always allow extra time, so I was fine. It was nice to see drivers being considerate ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:45:39 EST Day 4:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge Wednesday was a good day. I began the morning with riding my recumbent bike. It cleared my mind and allowed me to focus on what the day could hold. Everything was ready when I got up...clothes, jewelry, lunch made. I took my shower after I had my TAG(Time Alone w/God) and felt ready to face whatever the day would bring. Work was stress free. I made time for my lunch, and sat and ate it in peace. Since I am self employed, I have the ability to take the time for lunch as I see fit. A healthy lu... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:54:31 EST Day 3:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge I kept giving myself positive talks today... the stress of this morning faded after more prayer and silence. I reclaimed my peace, and have had a really nice day off from work. <BR> To ease stress tomorrow morning, I have my purse changed over, my clothes for the day hanging(with jewelry) and I've already looked over Wednesday's schedule. Everything is in order to take my shower tonight and go to bed at a decent hour. <BR> Having routines is one way to help manage stress. My day-planner(tha... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 17:59:41 EST Day 2:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge Monday's main stress came from myself... I got a text from someone who is an emotional leech. That is the only way to describe this person. They blame everyone and everything but themselves for whatever problem they encounter. Then they text everyone they know and whine. I deleted the text, but the lingering aftereffects are obviously lingering... sigh! I can self talk myself into the truth, it has nothing to do with me. But erasing the brain blip isn't so easy. I just have to reject it every... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:00:50 EST Day 1:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge Sunday is usually my less stressed day. DH and I go to 5pm Mass on Saturday, so Sunday is truly a day of rest for us. He watches TV, I read. I didn't really have any stress to write about yesterday... <BR> So, it's Monday... <BR> This is the Week 1 Action Plan: <BR> 1.Take the stress test. Test your stress level and discover ways to overcome your vulnerability to stress. <em>104</em> I completed this Saturday as I was checking out the challenge. <em>380</em> <BR> 2.Start a stress jour... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:30:40 EST The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <em>198</em> Ah, STRESS! After being sick for a month, I had my share the last 30 days... <BR> So the idea of a stress busting challenge appealed to me. <BR> I took the stress quiz. I'm not too stressed. There is always room for improvement... <em>211</em> <BR> So I'll begin week one tomorrow. <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:27:10 EST Day 30 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...So it's finally here! Thirty days!!! I am blown away that I completed the challenge. I could have had every excuse to not stay with it. And I thought about quitting, too, several times. The important thing is that I didn't. <BR> The most important lesson I have taken from the challenge is that I can do anything I want to. The next thing is a new sense of awareness of my movement, and lack thereof. I was really on a great streak with my riding of the recumbent bike until I got the bottomless carp the first week of... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:13:10 EST Day 29 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Getting out of a workout rut... The rut I need to get out right now is not doing any exercising at all... my daily riding the recumbent bike has halted since I began with the crud. it will be 1 month Saturday. Really since I began the Challenge, my regular working out has all but ceased. I'm trying to move somehow/someway every 30 minutes. That challenge has stuck with me. Even though I left the house at 7:30 am today, and just returned home, I stopped and at least walked in place every 30 minutes to get the blood flowing. ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:54:22 EST Day 28 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Where is that sugar hiding? <img src=""> <BR> Well, I thought I was going to get by easily on today's challenge... until I looked at the slide show! <BR> Of the 16 items mentioned, I had three things I need to tweak and change. <BR> Pasta sauce! I admit, I go for cheap and convenient. A can of Delmonte to make a small lasagna. (I really shouldn't eat tomatoes. They are a nightshade food and affect my RA) So, I'll check the labels and see what other options I have. ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:18:56 EST Day 27 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...No complaining zone! <img src=""> <BR> Becoming aware of what you say makes a difference in how you do... <BR> It isn't easy to not complain...especially to yourself! As I've gotten older I've learned to not speak out loud. But not muttering under my breath, to myself, doesn't come so easily. That was my goal for the 27th day's challenge. I accomplished it. It's all a mind game. When the idea came to complain about something, I turned it around into a gratefu... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:54:09 EST Day 24, 25, 26 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge... Let's see... Day 24 was to do one of the glute stretching exercises. The one with the chair and lifting the legs looked promising. Didn't happen. It was not a good day for concentrated exercise... <BR> Day 25 was ways to get more fiber into your diet. I added some Halo tangerines, and salad to the day. It's little additions, like eating whole fruit or whole grains that may seem small initially, but they add up as you go along. Fiber is a good friend to have! <BR> Day 26... Today I am feeling ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:27:10 EST Day 23 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Workout after dinner I guess if there was one day of the challenge I just couldn't do, it was this one. I was so tired after I came home from work, I went to bed. <BR> I've not worked out all week, nor have I reached my daily SPAT goal. <BR> Know what? It's OK. I've eaten well. I definitely had plenty of water and sleep this week. This is where I forgive myself... but wait! Forgive myself for what? I didn't intentionally make myself sick! I did everything I could to speed this crud along it's course and move it ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:08:29 EST Day 22 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge... Today's challenge was to listen to one of the motivational workout songs. I'm not quite back to where I am able to work out, but I CAN listen to a good song! I chose Carry On by FUN. Because that is exactly what I need to do right now, in this moment! I need to focus on what I CAN do, not what I cannot do(at this moment). I'm up and going to work. I feel better. I even may feel well enough to ride my bike later today. <BR> But for this morning, I am going to carry on, and smile, and be gratef... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:56:27 EST Day 19, 20 & 21 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge... Day 19 was planning your meals to keep on track. Well, as I wasn't eating much on Monday due to how sick I was, it was easy to plan what I ate... saltine crackers with a touch of peanut butter. And LOTS of water with crushed ice! Planning what I eat is a fairly normal thing for me to do, so the day's challenge was easy. Add in the sick factor, and it made me think carefully WHAT I ate. So the challenge was good this day. <BR> Day 20's challenge was to go for eating 100 calories less for the d... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:35:38 EST