CHANGINGSEASONS's SparkPeople Blog CHANGINGSEASONS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Canning Day! And, other stuff. My Grandma's grapes were finally ready to pick yesterday. I've been waiting for them very patiently...since what seems like January! lol. So, today I'm in the process of making and canning grape jam. YUM. The kitchen smells glorious! I also scored some tomatoes from my mom/Grandma/and a few from the neighbors. So, I'm going to make some salsa and can it also. Just using the Mrs. Wages seasoning packets. I've never used that before so hopefully it's good. My sister in law mentioned really lik... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:35:17 EST I'm a work in progress So, it feels like it's been sooooo long since I actually worked on my fitness and health. And, getting into a routine is really important. It doesn't make much..if any..difference if I do great one day and then spend the next two days skipping workouts and eating junk. Or just to much food overall. That's been what has been happening for awhile now. <BR> <BR> So, small steps. I have been tracking my food on again. And, I am wearing my fitbit again. I didn't remember to put it on yeste... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:37:37 EST I'm back! I'm trying to get used to my new lap top hubby got me. So far it's annoying. lol. Just lost 2 paragraphs. Anyhooo Michael started school today. It's so early!! A month earlier than I went back to school as a child. I miss him. <BR> <BR> Updates: I know what's wrong with me. I ended up in the ER with bad pain and had a CAT scan. I have a quarter sized cyst where my left ovary was. That coupled with my endometriosis and all of the bouncing around on the riding lawn mower had my ureter dilated... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:34:44 EST New discoveries So, i've been scouring the internet to try and figure out what is wrong with me. I have been doing eliminations in my diet to pinpoint the issues. I cut out dairy first because I KNOW it's been an issue in the past. I felt amazing..until I ate a whole wheat tortilla and had to run to the bathroom when I got home from work. I'd eaten it just maybe 40 mins before that. So, looking back I think I may be dairy AND gluten sensitive..but not horribly ...all the time. Seems like my body can take som... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:45:24 EST Tired I'm tired. I've been tired feeling for awhile now. I think it's just mainly that there are so many things going on at one time. House buying/Ben's dad dying/working/Austin graduating/now..packing to move/working on getting truck running so we can do car shows and cruise in's again/planting some things/visiting the family where we used to live so they don't get mad at me/and all the stuff we have to do day to day in addition to everything else. <BR> <BR> See...I'm just tired. Some people thr... Fri, 30 May 2014 14:29:20 EST Lots of things to update on First, Ben's dad passed away. He went peacefully while sleeping and on morphine early in the morning..on May 14th or 15th. We had his showing this past Saturday and will be burying most of his ashes at the cemetery tomorrow afternoon. Each of his sons got a small urn with just a little of his ashes in it. They'll take a trip to California sometime and spread them in the ocean. He was a joker and had said he wanted that done and nobody knew for sure if he was serious so we're covering all base... Thu, 22 May 2014 08:58:30 EST The end is near So, it's been a long crappy 2.5 months. Ben's dad has steadily declined. He's now in a different hospital on the hospice floor. He's comfortable at least. He's no longer alert and aware now. Don't even open his eyes really. Hasn't acknowledged anyone for probably 3 weeks now..maybe longer. Everything is shutting down and he's likely to pass away today or tomorrow. We thought it would be last night but he's still hanging in. It's sad. <BR> <BR> I wasn't close to him though. Just being honest... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:16:56 EST Tuesday I'm not quite ready to go see a nutritionist. Doubt it's covered by my insurance and currently our main goal is buying the home we want. Plus, once my levels get where they need to be should be fine. I'm not sure how quickly the new meds will raise my levels back up but today I FEEL awesome. I woke up with a ton of energy and was finally down a pound instead of up another pound. A good rule of thumb is that it takes 6 weeks to 3 months to see a significant change in thyroid levels. ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:15:52 EST Thyroid woes So my blood test results showed that my thyroid levels were really low. I'm on a bigger dose of replacement drug now. At first I felt really relieved to know what the issue was because I keep gaining weight and feel tired and weak. Which is not me. BUT, now I feel kind of irritated because i'm going to have to re lose all this dang weight! And, it's not easy. But, I WILL do it. <BR> <BR> Here is just an example of what i've been dealing with..yesterday I walked up the hill out back and reall... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:09:15 EST Dreaming of Spring It's starting to get warmer here..bit by bit..with some odd days that are cold and snowy. lol. Indiana weather for you. 70 one day..snow the next. <BR> <BR> I did an inventory of my pantry the other day and I still have 33 jars of tomato juice that I canned last year. I still have a lot of canned green beans also. My jam supply is dwindling. <BR> <BR> I was planning on planting all heirloom tomatoes this year but my mom told me that bugs like those type the best so maybe just do half and ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:17:30 EST Shrugging off the negative Well, I'm not a 'take it slowly' time person. I went ahead and sent her a message yesterday. I kept it nice but was clear that I cannot keep going when I feel hurt or angry more than I feel happy and content. I did mention that the job thing was finally the thing that woke me up to the fact that we have a toxic relationship and I need a break from our friendship. I wished her well. She still has my treadmill but honestly it's old and I don't use it anyway. I did mention that we would come get... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:21:23 EST My thoughts on yesterday's post and comments Thank you all for giving me your opinions. I really appreciate it. I called my mom last night and talked to her also. She's been aware of a lot more recent situations between us also that I didn't get into on here. lol, yes there have been a lot more. Anyway, she mentioned Lazarus and Jesus having emotions also and told me that she's not being a good friend to ME and it's ok to let her go. <BR> <BR> I used to have a lot of toxic people in my life and allowed people to treat me poorly becaus... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:11:57 EST An issue that's been bothering me for a year at least I have a problem that's bothering me. Some form of this problem bothers me and affects my mood at LEAST 3 days out of every week. I have some good Christian friends here on spark. Not that you HAVE to be Christian to be a good person..just that you will probably understand the lingo and pressures to forgive and see the best in people. I know it was much much much easier for me to just cut ties with people before I was a Christian and had the knowledge I do now. And, life was fine but not near... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:02:10 EST When one door closes.. Hopefully another one will open. So, Jeff (hubby's step father) called last night and I had such a strong feeling he was going to say he would sell us the house and property. He was calling to tell us that he isn't going to sell it to us. Hubby said he talked about all these plans HE has for the place. Adding on the barn that is about to fall down..etc. It's sad though because he has no money to do any of these things and once he's here he just does things to tea... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:52:11 EST Stress is taking it's toll My weight is up. Stress has been up. I'm just tired of all the stress and feeling un-settled. I've got to put down roots soon or I'll go crazy. For me that means owning my own home again. Hubby talked to his step dad last night about buying this place and the property that goes with it and he just kept saying "you guys can live there rent free forever..I just need a room for myself.". But, i'm not living with him. And, maybe that sounds mean but it's not. He's had a drug problem for as long a... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:05:30 EST Possibilities Not much has changed with my FIL but I again thank everyone who has prayed and still prays when you think of him. It's appreciated. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Something we're considering: The house we're living in now belongs to my husband's ex step dad. We still call him his step dad even though his mom divorced him awhile back. He's the guy who basically raised them. Anyway, he's in prison for drugs. He had to much sudafed..or something like that..cold medicine basically..which I've discove... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:51:19 EST Thank You I would just like to thank everyone for the prayers and continued prayers for my FIL and family. I don't really have any NEW news. They may take the ventilator out today but with all the fluid I imagine they will have it back in again. But, maybe not. His CT scan just showed lots of fluid on lungs and lungs starting to collapse some from the pressure of the fluid...even with constant draining it off. Just a bad situation. One piece of GOOD news..when the Dr.s ask him to try and move his arm(l... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:37:10 EST The results of not taking care of yourself So, I was able to go with hubby to see his dad in ICU last night. His two brothers were there also and then his ex step mom showed up(mother of his adopted brother..who was there). We had a good time telling stories of their childhood..well horror stories really because their childhood wasn't good. Found out that his dad and step mom had actually tried to get custody multiple times because of the abuse their mom and step dad put them through. But, were never successful. She didn't know about ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:31:47 EST update and regular life stuff I wanted to wait until I had some GOOD news to post, about my FIL. So, the past few days he's been moving his left leg even though he says he can't feel it when the Dr.s ask. And, it's not muscle spasms. It's full on..lifting it and bending it..etc. On his own. So, they said that is very positive and he may regain full use of it in time. Also, his brain had been swelling and they had talked about maybe having to cut away part of his skull so it had room. But, the swelling is going down and th... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:27:19 EST prayers needed Yesterday my FIL had a massive stroke. He works in an area where he's all alone and they think he must have had the stroke around 1pm. He wasn't found until 3:30pm, by a trucker who stopped to pick up shingles. We rushed over there when it went over the scanner. He was air lifted to one of the bigger hospitals in Cincinnati. Prayers would be greatly appreciated. His name is Randy. Nickname: Rogue. Right now he still can't feel his left arm at all and can barely wiggle his left toes. Can't fee... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:48:52 EST Better day I decided to quit being crazy and just buy and eat the healthy foods that I ENJOY eating. I went to Kroger this morning and bought all of the good things I enjoy that are also good for me. They actually had some seedless black grapes so I bought three bags. I like to wash them and pluck them off the vine and freeze them in baggies. Me and Michael LOVE them that way. It's like frozen candy..that's good for you! <BR> <BR> Michael, the dog, and I took our walk last night. We froze our butts off... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:30:26 EST weekend Well, we spent the night Friday at my husband's best friend's condo so we could help him move to the house he just bought, on Saturday. We also looked at a home with our agent before heading down there. I spent to much time outside and caught a cold. Felt horrible Friday and Saturday..and Sunday. I also made bad food choices. Sometimes i'm not sure what to eat. I'm not dumb but I didn't want to eat salad for every single meal..and sometimes salads have more cals than a sandwich. First place w... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:50:39 EST Better day yesterday Ok, my day yesterday wasn't perfect but it was a lot better! <BR> <BR> cals:1762 carbs:292 fat:58 protein:39 fiber:23 sodium:1432 <BR> <BR> 8 glasses of water and I burned an additional 1367 cals from what my body naturally uses. That gave me 805-1155 additional calories I could eat at the end of the day..which I figure means..I was negative that many cals..towards weight loss. Which is good because the day before I was over by around 300 cals. <BR> <BR> I also ended up with over 11000 st... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:19:45 EST My bouncy mind Ok, so yesterday..on a whim..I decided I would become a vegetarian. I've done it before for a few months. But, it's just me and my bouncy mind. The juicing thing was a flop and by dinnertime the vegetarian thing was a flop. lol. And, there is really no reason WHY I need to go to extremes to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I tracked breakfast. It was a good healthy smoothie. Breakfast total was around 400 cals but it was chock full of good things for my body( who knew chia seeds had so man... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:18:35 EST I need a restart I'm getting so frustrated with my scale NOT moving down. It goes down for a couple days then right back up. I don't feel like i'm overeating! I'm just really frustrated. I know I'm not exercising that's a change that I will make today. My food hasn't been bad so I have no idea what to do with that. I guess tracking is a good place to start. I hate tracking. Hate it with a passion. It takes up time and is especially annoying when I have to plug in recipes all the time...takes even m... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:36:35 EST Juicing and stuff So, I watched the documentary 'Fat, Sick, and nearly dead' about a week ago. It really inspired me to go on a juice fast. The guy did it for 60 days and totally changed his life. HOWEVER...I think I was a bit to gung ho. I did order a juicer and his book and used both for the first time yesterday. I did get a very affordable juicer with good ratings just in case I hated using it. lol. I do think there is no way I'm going to do a juice 'fast'. I just cannot handle it. I made his 'Joe's Mean Gr... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:57:21 EST Tuesday School is cancelled again today. Got a handful of inches of snow overnight and it's really windy and super cold today. Brrrr...makes me thankful that I can stay here snuggled up in the house with Michael. I got a good fire going this morning and took the mama dog out and let the pups run around the basement for a bit while I got the fire going. <BR> <BR> I'm having one of my no cook overnight oatmeal jars for breakfast. This one has mixed berries and sweetened with 2 tsp of real maple syrup... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:50:34 EST Sunday it was a good day. I took Michael to church with me. It's a church that my best friend had been attening off and on for awhile. I enjoy the pastors sermon a lot. I'm frustrated a bit though because I'm looking for a church that feels 'right' to me. I feel like it's finally time to find one and settle in. But, I haven't been to the one that feels like 'the one' yet. My best friend keeps bouncing between 3 different ones and I didn't care for one of the others at all. I think next Sunday I'll c... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:47:02 EST It's snowing again :) <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I LOVE snow. School got delayed and then cancelled this morning. HERE anyway. At our old school they didn't even delay..which was silly..and Austin spent the night so he's stuck here for now. Trying to motivate him to go jump the old cherokee and drive it. It's 4 wheel drive and can go through anything with no... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:32:08 EST photo blog I tossed together some 'salad in a jar' earlier. I did a southwestern type salad using what I had on hand. To make: Put dressing on bottom..then veggies..then lettuce..then cheese/meat/etc on top. Screw on lid and keep in fridge. Most people are saying they will last 4-5 days in the fridge. You can just grab and go. Shake and eat. I dumped mine into a bowl because my wide mouth jars still have canned tomato juice in them. lol. But, if it was wide mouth you could eat right out of the jar. I m... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:07:56 EST Better day So, I tweaked some things yesterday and came out really well for the day. Carb/Protein/Fat was all in range and calories came out at 1600..which is great for me. I started feeling really cruddy around 11am so I went ahead and threw the Chicken Cacciatore freezer to crockpot meal, into the crockpot. It was pretty good but I doubt I make it again. I'm the only one who will eat it since it does have a lot of veggies in it. Which is good..but I don't want to eat it for days on end. I guess if I w... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:43:29 EST WOW I've been living in denial So, as part of our team challenge on Autumn Oaks this week, we are to track our nutrition info each day. I started yesterday just for the heck of it. This morning when I did my weigh weight was up. Just a handful of ounces..but still. I thought "This is SOOOO frustrating!! I did GOOD yesterday!". Well, after finishing plugging in lunch and dinner and a snack..from yesterday...I'm darn lucky my weight wasn't up more. I was well over what I thought I had taken in, calorie wise. Plus, fat... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:39:23 EST Autumn Oaks and life stuff I got placed on the team, Autumn Oaks, which was my number one choice. I love everything the team represents and it seems to fit me perfectly. I know that you get out of these types of challenges what YOU put into them. I'm going to make sure I'm a very active member of the team and the benefits of that will show up in different areas of my life. Our captain, fitlikenic, posted this as part of our team welcome and I LOVE it. <BR> <BR> "The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one th... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:21:20 EST Lots happened yesterday So, yesterday morning I woke up to odd sounds outside and when I investigated I found that our older female beagle had her puppies! She was a dog someone just dumped in town and we fell in love with her and took her in. In the springtime of this year. She's a sweetie and so well behaved and with a wonderful personality and disposition. I'm NOT a dog person..more of a cat person...but I LOVE this dog. Anyway, she got off the porch and disappeared for two days before we moved. And, then I start... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:40:13 EST Wednesday It's a dark gloomy day today but is supposed to be the 60's..which is awesome for us this time of year. We looked at the house yesterday and my brother in law came up with us and looked it over really well also. Him and my husband 'know stuff'. lol. They've both worked, previously, in jobs in the construction business. And, we're all big 'do it yourself-ers'. He gave it the thumbs up. Since it's a bank owned (previously forclosed) property there are a few things that we'll have to do... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:37:11 EST I'm back on a regular basis I need the support of sparkpeople and the social interaction so i'm back on a regular basis now. <BR> <BR> We got moved into our 'midway' house and I'm really enjoying it. Things are much more 'rustic' here. We burn wood for heat and have well water. The property is huge and there are a ton of wooded acres. All uphill. lol. But, we're right on a busy road so it doesn't always feel as country as it should. I've discovered that I really LOVE stacking and carrying and burning wood for heat. I ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:30:47 EST November 14th 2013 Ok, so updates for anyone following my blog. lol. Which is probably nobody because I've not been posting regularly or active on spark. But, that's ok. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So, the A-frame house I mentioned before...we did not get it. We've been waiting on our home loan pre-approval for like a month now. It's pretty ridiculous at this point. But, whatever. I go today to turn in some final paperwork and then should have our amount on Tuesday at the they say. We shall see. How... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:17:35 EST October So, I noticed it has been awhile since I posted a blog. I have updates. <BR> <BR> So, I was floundering doing weight watchers online. All the house stress was sending me to the kitchen to grab snacks..a lot. My weight was creeping back up. So, a couple weeks ago I switched to 'monthly pass' which is meetings AND online..and that is helping. Much more accountability that way. I've started doing the elliptical again and just striving to eat healthy and make better choices. The weight is comin... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:59:21 EST I WILL change things. So, i've talked enough and moped enough. Poor me. NOW, it's time for action. I can't bare to throw away all of the chips we have. So, instead I will weigh out portions and baggy them then mark each baggy with their ww points plus value. It won't be as easy to just grab handfuls here and there and mindlessly much. I will go ahead and wash/dry/and trim the strawberries I bought. I will start making sure I eat my daily servings of fruit and veggies. That way I won't be as hungry and WANT to snac... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:31:05 EST I'm floundering I've got to make some commitments and stick with them! In regards to my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> I have good intentions but by mid day everything is usually just 'out the window' and by late evening I figure since I 'screwed up' another day(eating) I may as well just have the ice cream I want. Or the cheese and crackers. Or the chips. Then, I wake up disappointed with myself from the night before. It's a very bad cycle!! The only way to stop it is to TAKE CONTROL. <BR> <BR> I'm mainly ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:14:22 EST Time to get back on track! The kids started school this week..Monday. IT's crazy that summer vacation flew by so quickly but we've definitely been busy so it's not surprising I guess. Austin is down to half a school year. He's planning on graduating early and so long as he keeps his grades up he'll be able too. He even signed up for an 'early bird' class to have all the specific credits he needs. Michael started first grade and seems to like it pretty well..even though he's still asking to stay home. He skinned his kne... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:36:50 EST I could use an emotional boost I feel down. I think it's because of so many changes in my life..all at once. None have happened yet but I can feel them looming closer. And, they aren't necessarily bad changes..just change. Also, Ben is going to Sturgis for a week with his brother and two best friends. All are responsible but i'm going to miss him. <BR> <BR> Our house is officially on the market. It hit the internet yesterday. We went with remax. It's really priced to sell so i'm thinking it may sell quickly..which is stre... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:23:07 EST So, it's a GO on the second moving attempt.. I picked a real estate agent that I think will work best for us and contacted him today. We're going to set up a meeting. He has several of the homes we're interested in looking at and possibly buying so if he has ours also I figure he'll be extra motivated to get it sold. lol. Plus, our good friends had him and highly recommended him so that's another plus. But, now I've got to get on the ball and get our home spruced up again and ready to list. Cause, i'd like to do it sooner rather than la... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:21:34 EST Lunch So today I made baked tofu for the first time and its tasty! I just made my own marinade and marinated it(sliced fairly thinly) for a few hours. Squeezed out some of the marinade then baked in the oven till they were firmed up. I used the leftover marinade in the quinoa and it's super tasty. I also made some fried cabbage then added some red wine vinegar and a dab of sugar. YUMMMM. So, it was a good vegetarian/vegan meal. And, plenty of leftovers for another meal. <BR> <BR> I have decided th... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 13:28:35 EST Some new goals So I picked up a copy of the book 'Skinny Biotch'(title changed because we cannot use profanity on here). I never really wanted to read the book..real badly..when it first came out but for a quarter I figured 'what the heck'. <BR> <BR> IF you can get past the pointless profanity it's not been a bad read. I'm almost done and it has inspired me to make some changes in my diet. Basically this book is pushing a totally vegan diet. I don't know that I could happily be a vegan..ever. BUT, I can c... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:07:57 EST Monday June 24th Weight Loss: The scale is down somewhat again. I've been watching what I eat again and eating more freggies. Turned down take-out a couple times over the weekend. I did get subway yesterday but overall that is a good choice that fits in with my lifestyle changes. It's nice to still be able to grab something quick without having it throw the whole day out of whack..nutritionally. Freggies are becoming more plentiful around here. Our fruit stand brings fresh produce up from the southern states ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:36:10 EST argghhh I've got to get back on track with my eating and exercise! PRONTO!! Weight was up 2 lbs. today. Again. We've been busy and eating out waaaay to much. And, I don't always make the best choices. If I get to hungry then I just order whatever sounds the best..and that's never something that's healthy or light. Not that the healthy light stuff is generally isn't. I've just really got to take back control and do better. <BR> <BR> On a bright note: I bought THE SPARK book today at the libr... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:13:57 EST Friday 6/7/13 I'm going to get my hair highlighted this afternoon. My current highlights needed touched up anyway but i'm going to add more blond to my hair since summer is almost here. I have the day off of work i'm going to make the most of it. <BR> <BR> I had time to make a better breakfast this morning(not that my usual fiber one bar or light eng. muffin with bad) so I made some oatmeal from scratch. That really hit the spot and will keep me full for a good while. <BR> <... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:09:08 EST BLC start of the round goals, etc. Before pics will be in my next blog entry, later this morning. Have to get them uploaded. <BR> <BR> <BR> Goals: To spend my summer continuing to make good habits and lose my extra weight. <BR> To continue to gain confidence and love myself more. <BR> To be active whenever I have the chance.(parking far from stores/walking to get the mail/walking the dog after dinner/plus actual workouts). <BR> Vastly improve my nutrition. <BR> Eat at least 5 freggie servings each day(this I struggle with f... 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