CHARTHESTAR's SparkPeople Blog CHARTHESTAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community hello again... it has been a long time since I have written. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to continue with telling how my taking Reliv is going. I am still taking three products. the biggest change I have had is with the arthoeffect. I have arthritis in my knees and many days it hurts. It still hurts but the pain is less sometimes a lot less now that I take this supplement. <BR> <BR> I take Athletic Greens everyday so the other two I haven't noticed a difference with for the most part. <BR> <BR> I will... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:24:28 EST week one of reliv to start off I did miss one day and I did notice a difference in my energy level and how I was feeling. until then my knees had hardly hurt and I was feeling good. I have had a couple of time where my knees have hurt a lot but over all I feel very good about this supplement. I like the energy one. <BR> I started with taking the whole serving in the morning of two of them which I was not supposed to do. Now I take half in the morning ad sometimes take the other half later. I really have ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:51:27 EST Reliv Day 2 / Reiki I started a new product today from a company called Reliv. I want to document my progress. <BR> <BR> I am taking: <BR> Arthaffect (for my joints especially my knees which hurt most days and I have trouble doing simple things like going up stairs) <BR> Innergize -scientifically designed to help you perform your best. <BR> Now- Reliv's epigenetic superfood, and loaded with vitamins, minerals and super-powered antioxidants. supposed to help on a cellular level. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I didn't n... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:22:32 EST Being an inspriation My daily challenge today was to tell about 3 people who inspired me. <BR> 3 People who inspire me: 1. I met last week was a 'young at heart' gentleman who was on his way to ND Hesburg Library to do some research on some old maps he had. He was 93, walked with a cane and was going out to learn something new. he had been in the air-force in two wars, and received metals one for saving his unit from being taken over by the enemy. <BR> 2. My grandmother. she was her own person and didn't follow... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:45:12 EST Bathroom behavior- I am not reflecting this Bathroom breakthrough. <BR> For those of you that know me and have been following my life at all you will know just what a big breakthrough or transformation or revelation I had today about my attitude and Helene. <BR> A brief background for those that don’t know my story Helene: She is my lead where I work and when I first started she was very nice. Later that first year I was asked to become a full time employee which meant switching to nights. Maybe that is where all her animosity towards... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:39:48 EST surgery wellness update The pain is not gone but is definitely better and way better than the first two days. <BR> I couldn't figure out what they had done-- it hurts so bad to bend my knee more than like an inch. <BR> Then I forgot about it and bent my knee and the kneecap popped back into place. <BR> Just walking in a normal pace people don't know I had an operation. <BR> Yesterday I had my pinky checked out at the wellness center. It is Just sprained by the way. <BR> I got a little down because I have lost any we... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:52:44 EST Surgery Day: A scene from a comedy movie <BR> So are you ready to hear about my day of surgery? I am finely ready to share it. If you saw that in a comedy you would've laughed. <BR> <BR> My surgery was her personally supposed to be at 1 PM. Got moved to two and then three. My mom picked me up at 12:30 to take me to the surgery center. I put my crutches in the backseat and climb in the front and off we went. She pulls up underneath the awning to let me off. I got out open the backseat to get my crutches out and she started driving.... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:11:58 EST Daily Challenge: Move your alarm How to do it <BR> Move your alarm clock so it's across the room from your bed, or at least far enough away so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Be sure to test the volume to make sure you can easily hear it from bed! <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Are you getting late starts in the morning because you continually hit snooze when the alarm goes off? Moving your alarm clock across the room, or far enough away that you have to get out of bed, will make it more likely you'll ge... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:39:58 EST Daily Challenge : set a recurring alarm / Update on work and knee Set a recurring alarm that will remind you to start preparing for bedtime. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Set a recurring alarm on your watch, cell phone, computer, or kitchen timer to go off 30 minutes before bedtime. (If you aren't able to set an alarm to go off each day automatically, write a note to remind you to set it, and stick it where you'll see it each day.) Get ready for bed as you normally would, and spend a few moments doing something relaxing, such as reading or taking a warm ba... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:05:29 EST Crisis at work I work at Notre Dame University at the South Dining Hall. All kinds of interesting things happen while you're feeding a bunch of people. There have been football games or regular meals where we haven't had any electric. Those are usually a short term problems. <BR> Yesterday we had something happen that's going to take some days to get fixed and it's very troubling to me. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how things work on campus. Yesterday we our boiler went out that creates our steam that the dishwa... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:31:21 EST Daily Challenge : share an experience/ details on Lead problem <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Think back on something you bought that gave you the chance to have a new experience. Did you purchase equipment to try a new sport? Needles and yarn when you learned how to knit? Camping gear for a trip with friends? Whatever you purchased that led you to something new, share it here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Researchers have found that people who spend their money on experiences - or items that create an experience - are happier overall. Refle... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:13:47 EST My Daily Challenge- Sit and squeeze/ a very challenging and emotinal day. How to do it <BR> Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on the seat of the chair outside your hips and bend your elbows slightly. Squeeze your knees and buttocks together. At the same time, push your hands into the chair, straightening your arms. Release your muscles, bending your elbows again. Repeat 9 more times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Doing exercises like this one can help build strong muscles in your buttocks and inner thighs. A ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:19:26 EST My Daily Challenge-Prettify your plate My Daily Challenge-Prettify your plate <BR> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> The next time you're about to eat a healthy meal, take a few moments to amp up the visual appeal of your food before you dig in. Arrange slices of vegetables or meat in a spiral pattern or layer them together. Drizzle sauce or dressing around the edge of your dish. Use an attractive plate or bowl. Or, add a garnish of fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Taking a ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:26:02 EST Daily challenge: snow angel Lie on your back and slide your arms along the floor until your hands touch above your head. <BR> <BR> Not getting on the floor today but will attempt to do this on my bed. <BR> Worked a couple of hours and now my car fixed. Don't think I am going to get much else accomplished. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a peaceful Sunday!! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:31:58 EST My Daily Challenge~Review Medications / My depression problem In my opinion It is important to review your medications every 4 months or so for a couple of things. Not Just Dosage. <BR> 1. directions- just to make sure you are taking the proper dose. I know this sounds funny but if you get a refill sometimes- the milligrams can be changed and then your amount would change. This happened to me once and I was only taking one pill instead of two. Luckily it was only a water pill and nothing supper life protecting. <BR> 2. Refills- see how many refills ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:31:37 EST Todays Daily Challenge* Reach for the Sky / Doctor Dementia- yes Amazing what a lift this little stretch/exercise gives! <BR> <BR> It is beautiful outside! So I'm going to take a walk around my yard and clean out my car. <BR> <BR> Hope you all good to do something you enjoy today! <BR> **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** <BR> From my spark friend Millisma: <BR> <BR> Here's another trick of Doctor Dementia to test your skills... <BR> <BR> Can you meet this challenge? I did... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:10:54 EST Regrets- I have a few Regrets <BR> I have a few. I think most of us have some. I don’t have many and the ones I do have are for things I did not do rather than for things I have done. <BR> Personally I have two: <BR> 1. Not keeping my weight off the first time I took it off. And not keeping off the little I did take off after that. <BR> 2. Not keeping a personal journal (and blogging more on Spark people). These last several years a lot has gone on and I being able to look back on the events would have been a hel... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:39:52 EST Day one with AG (athletic greens) I received 21 day trial of athletic greens. <BR> I have heard about this Several years ago and tried other greens. <BR> Now what trial offer was offered and I'm going to see if there's any difference. <BR> I actually had quit taking it for the last several months. <BR> I know shame on me. <BR> Athletic greens was talked about in 'the four hour body'by Tim Ferris, and by Isabel De Los Rios. <BR> I slept a lot yesterday so I didn't get a lot of sleep the night before. But it did seem to give m... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:55:21 EST a redo that I wish wasn't I didn't end up doing much of anything today. Took my cat to the vet, slept and watched a video. And ate things I know I should not have. I don't think I went over my calories for the day but nothing I ate today was healthy for me except for my medicines and my multiple vitamin. <BR> I did a sad depressed day and really wasn't that sad or depressed. why do I do that to myself? <BR> I have so much to do and want to do. Let alone what needs to be done and I sleep instead of making myself happ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:27:27 EST Going back to something new- a review I went to church. thought about sleeping but... I didn't. <BR> It wasn't spiritual but nice. The hymns chosen could have been better or maybe if they had familiar to all or there was more of us. anyway... something didn't work. <BR> <BR> What I really liked is they lite a candle, called the lighting of the challis (?), and put it in the center of a shallow bowl that had sand in it.Someone had taken time to smooth it out and put a nice design in it so it was pleasing to the eye even witho... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:12:14 EST Going back to something new. I work Sundays Have been for So many years I lost count. <BR> The rare instance I had a Sunday off-- I slept. <BR> I had last weekend off and I slept it away. <BR> I slept in this morning but tomorrow I'm getting up and going to Back to where used I used to go a lot. Church. - At the same time I'm going back I'm going to try a new congregation A nondenominational group That I haven't experienced in a service setting. <BR> My mom's been there several times and has been wanting to get act... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:19:26 EST I am too old. Yep-- after being carded for looking under 40 Saturday night. <BR> This new doctor tells me the procedure he can do for the problem with me knee --- really doesn't do much for people who are 40-45 or older. Really. NOT what I wanted to hear. <BR> <BR> What I have wrong with me knee is NOT FIXABLE. YEP. While the pain will eventually get better there are no guarantees that it will go away. <BR> So after being down about all that. I decided while I can not be the best. (never could any... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 22:26:34 EST CARDED--- for the first time in years! So I was at the store and I had a couple of those wine frozen coolers 5/$10 They even had some that were a third less calories. I like to splurge once in a while and have a frozen item. <BR> <BR> So I was at the self checkout Scanning my items in this lady comes up and says 'need to verify Age' . <BR> I know they have to do that Then she says 'Can I see your ID please?' <BR> I replied ' Seriously! I just turned 52 last month..' <BR> She said 'yes'. So I said'Just take them off I don't ha... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 23:48:54 EST I miss walking! I had twisted and fell my left knee several times over the years. Then this year- twisted it on a Tuesday, May 21 getting out of my seat on the airplane the first day on vacation. I haven't written since then I have been very depressed. It was the most perfect place to walk. At least a place were I have only dreamed about where I could walk regularly. I was in La Jolla, California staying at a hotel on the beach/ocean (bucket list) . We were right across from a very popular park with a wal... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:42:59 EST acupuncture how long... part 2 acupuncture. <BR> <BR> went today for my 3rd treatment. On my days off I don't do near as much so my pain level is very low. <BR> at the end he said that he thought that I had done enough with this treatment for this incident with my knee. he recommended several other things to do. Ti Chi or something like that to strengthen my whole body. <BR> I found out I have some arthritis in my knee from an x-ray I had taken. He said that I can make that better so it will not give me any problems b... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:16:59 EST Acupuncture- how long should I try it? <BR> I wanted to know how long to try going to an acupuncturist. It works but the pain is still coming back. I really wanted an impartial person’s view on how long to work on a specific problem. <BR> I had found a blog through a search with spark people. CHRISPINI had shared about her acupuncture. It had the answer to my question- how long should I give it a try. Her info is great about my question in her blog was Short and to the point. Her blog was just what I needed. She has been going ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:06:43 EST behind but still walking I am so far behind getting ready for my trip. <BR> I need several days of sleep, one day to pack, several more days to clean my house and get it organized for the friend who is going to feed my cats AND>>>>>>> what do I do? <BR> take my granddaughter for another walk in her 3 wheel stroller for 4 miles. My knee still hurts so it took me about 25% longer than it usually does. <em>311</em> <BR> I must be crazy.... <BR> Plus tomorrow I have to go to the bank, I am scheduled to get a manicure... Mon, 20 May 2013 00:41:53 EST Went three wheeling! Took my granddaughter for a walk today. Tried out out new to us stroller with three wheels. <BR> I really liked it! It went over most bumps In the sidewalk Without any trouble . <BR> Definitely a big improvement over strollers with four wheels. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up Wednesday with my knee really hurting and swollen. I didn't do any fast-paced walking today because it isn't all the way healed <BR> This was after putting in 18,000 steps at work so I just took time to stop and s... Fri, 17 May 2013 22:36:35 EST A WICKED MOTHERS DAY I had a very wicked mothers day and just loved it. I went to see the Broadway Musical WICKED with my daughter, friend and Aunt. <BR> It is a very long story but my mother gave me her seat for graduation because the plans that I had to go to it had not worked out. (that is another blog topic) <BR> <BR> Can I get a nicer mother than that? I think NOT! <BR> <BR> I saw Wicked in San Francisco 4 years ago with my best friend and soul sister and my mom. It was fantastic and changed me in a ve... Tue, 14 May 2013 00:01:38 EST over my range yesterday and that's ok. I went way over my range for calories yesterday. It was cinco de mayo. and I had some specialty items at work- mexician wedding cookies and caramel flan. should have stopped there but then went out for dinner. I did good- just a salad (although it did have a small amount of cheese and meat in it) and 2 small pieces bread and butter. I brought home some salad and my whole entree and had that for my meals today. <BR> <BR> This doesn't happy very often. I don't stress about it because now tha... Mon, 6 May 2013 17:34:56 EST Positive Attitude = Higher Altitude! We have a new guy on our shift. As long as I have known him he has worked the night shift. about 4 weeks ago he moved to days. I talk to him- he is super nice. <BR> <BR> When I switched from nights <em>31</em> to days <em>67</em> - I was a zombie <em>40</em> for months and it really took me several years to 'wake up' in the morning. <em>41</em> I am naturally a night person. I had told him that I really was not a morning person. He told me today.... he just doesn't agree with m... Sat, 4 May 2013 15:43:32 EST I love Mine! I had taken the body image quiz when I started SP and I did like myself o.k. knew it had potential. <BR> I reset all the quiz's and let them be for a while now I occasionally take them again. I took this one again and got a "I love My Body" statement back. I am sure I got last time because I have always been more on the positive side than anything. <BR> <BR> However THIS time- I really could answer the questions easily and honestly. And I love it more everyday because My body is so awesom... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:14:33 EST Not Anymore! Not anymore! <em>30</em> said to myself when I read my poll question for today. <BR> Which was " Do you sneak food or hide food from others?" <BR> <BR> I live alone but I had things not sitting out just in case somebody came by. <BR> At work I used to grab a donut as they were just sitting there ( and free for me) take it around the Corner to the empty dining room and scarf it down. <BR> <BR> I am proud to say I no longer do that. Don't even think about. <BR> In addition to that I ha... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:19:59 EST NSV: Inches Lost I haven't been keeping up with my measurements but did them today. <BR> Total inches lost 9.25 since when I measured in July last year. :) <BR> <BR> I think I need to do them on a monthly basis to keep me motivated! <BR> It is way to much fun to input smaller numbers! <BR> <BR> I updated all my information. I had to reset my goal because I didn't have enough time to loose what I input last time. But that is o.k. I have made positive progress and got to add DONE to a mini-goal. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:28:47 EST a CURVY 4 NSV Whammy Day! It was a NSV day for me. 4 of them. <BR> I walked to my chiropratic / zero balancing appointment today That was the first NSV - yes it was small but still- it was a voctory and something new. I have never before walked to an appointment so that was a nice first. <em>311</em> <BR> Anyway... it was late in the day. 2 miles there. Had a great adjustment and a wonderful zero-balancing session. <BR> 2 miles home-so I am walking- sun is behind me setting. I am looking at my shadow. I think ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:23:45 EST Poll: what do you admire about your body? A poll allows you to ask one multiple choice question. Participants can choose from among answers that you predefine. You can allow the voter to select just one answer or allow them to choose multiple answers. You also have the option of adding an Other field to allow a voter to enter their own answer. <BR> <BR> If it is a question to get a discussion going then just ask the question! <BR> I was sent another email with POLL in bold letters and it wasn't a poll. <BR> COME ON PEOPLE!! GET WI... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:13:16 EST Frustration with a featured blog Blog today featured in my mail: <BR> Confession: I Don't Change in the Locker Room <BR> (<BR>p?post=confession_i_dont_change_in_the<BR>_locker_room) <BR> This was a good blog actually with lots of comments. This was my comment: Number 718: <BR> <BR> Where is the POLL?? I was already to pick mine. Seriously--don't advertise something and then not have it be there. <BR> <BR> I LOVE COACH NICOLE!! Her videos- blogs- her looks- how she dresses- her attit... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:19:04 EST NAPS VS Power Naps I took a nap today- I heard naps are good for you. however- not when you take a 2.5 hour nap. <BR> How do you take a Power Nap when the timer goes off an all you want to do is go back to sleep? <BR> <BR> I hate it when I sleep most of the day away. Sometimes your body needs it but I think I give in to much. I am fine while I am sleeping but then I get up- see all that has to be done and end up adding irritation with myself to the stress. <BR> Irritation that I have given in again to sle... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:46:27 EST want exersize shorts w/pockets Why don't they make exersize shorts with pockets? they com in so handy especially when you want your hands free to use? <BR> <BR> I want the ones that are fitted so they stay in place and won't ride up but can't seem to find any with pockets. Maybe I will just have to start wearing my fanny pack again. <BR> <BR> ideas anyone? Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:11:43 EST NSV crossing legs I just noticed I was sitting with my legs crossed. <BR> When I was chubbier I didn't do this. I did sometimes Rest my ankle on my knee but not crossed My legs. <BR> <BR> While I have heard it might not be Real good for your legs-- it does make sitting more comfortable at times. <BR> <BR> Anyway... Getting back to what I was able to do Before is always a step in the right direction. <BR> And gives you a big smile on your face! <BR> <BR> I just want to add I REALLY appreciate everyone's com... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 22:34:58 EST HELP...Visiting San Diego Need advice <BR> On where to stay.. should I change places depending on what I am going to be doing? <BR> <BR> Should I rent a car or take public transportation or taxis? <BR> <BR> on what to do <BR> I know I want to do the safari <BR> <BR> ?? Zoo, balloon ride, day trip to mexico? <BR> <BR> arriving Tuesday May 21 at 11PM leaving Sunday My 26 <BR> <BR> Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:28:46 EST My Spark had a High Five Day! Today was a high Five Day with my granddaughter. <BR> I didn't even know she knew how to high five when I stopped by her house and she looked like she had to go to the bathroom- so my daughter scooped her up and took of to the bathroom and put her on the potty. I followed and she asked me to go get a book. <BR> So they read three little piggy's and she went #2. <em>244</em> . <BR> So I said "Give me a high five!" and Elizabeth, my spark, gave me one. <BR> Then she gave me several more.... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:55:31 EST THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPIENSS!! Today is the FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPIENSS!! declared by the united nations. <BR> Take part <BR> <BR> Included in this is the Sustainable Happiness Week <BR> &#8203;Week of activities in the US supporting the move to a new economic paradigm focused on Happiness. <BR> <BR> <BR> What would make each of us totally happy is different. But In the core of this for most of us are basic needs that have to be satisfied before concentrating on the differences. Clean Air and water, nutritious ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:54:10 EST I made it through the hardest week of my streak of NO Donuts/Muffins <em>473</em> <BR> Donuts have ALWAYS been one of my very favorite things. More so than chocolate <em>493</em> , which can get stale around my house, or ice cream which would get freezer burn before I would eat them. But donuts <em>473</em> and cookies <em>495</em> and pies <em>471</em> and such <em>475</em> <em>35</em> - I eat until they are gone. I don't buy them or have them in the house. <BR> <BR> Not giving into having a donut or muffin <em>473</em> is very hard f... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 19:12:29 EST O.K. I admit it- I am a white carbolic I had intended on giving up white bread & rolls Plus donuts or muffins Basically all white stuff except rice and cauliflower. <BR> I started keeping track of it but I didn't make it a week SO I revised it to having no donuts of muffins. I didn't change it on my spark tracker because I didn't want to miss out on the positive part of the streak. (Now I realize how I could have done that - which is neither here nor there) <BR> Keeping my intake of breads to a minimum wasn't easy but I did it- ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:01:46 EST I can't wait to walk outside more! I can't wait for it to be a little warmer. Then it will be warmer in the morning and I can walk outside. <BR> Right now I walk after work when the sun is out and it is over 35- but I still have to wear my ear-muffs and gloves. <BR> <BR> The Notre Dame campus is SO beautiful! so time soon I am going to share some of the pictures that I have taken around campus. Around the lake is my favorite but right now it is too muddy and snowy to walk all the way around. I tried today during my walk but... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 18:57:39 EST lack of sleep can make you snack just read this blog based on a Swedish study. <BR> <BR> Not getting enough sleep causes us to eat up to 500 more calories in a day- <BR> Another lifestyle area that effects our physical wellbeing. <BR> <BR> I thought this was especially interesting because so many people are overweight and tend NOT to get enough sleep a night. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is the address of the blog: <BR><BR>s-being-sleepy-make-you-snack <BR> <BR> <BR> For me this is hard... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:26:23 EST MAINTAINING THE GOOD AND THE BAD <BR> I have been able to maintain my weight up and down between 5 pounds. That is the good. It is always good not to gain fat weight. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I am not where I want to be to just maintain. That is the bad. <BR> I guess I should just be happy that I haven’t gained any. AND I am happy about that. I just have gotten lapse about what I have been eating and not exercising as much as I had been. <BR> So time to get back with it because I have several vacations planned to th... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:49:37 EST With FitBit- I HAVE BEEN CHEATING MYSELF I love my FitBit ONE! REALLY! it tracks all my steps- when I wear it which is over 99% of the time. <BR> Here is how I have been cheating myself. 1-3 with the most import last. <BR> 3.Sleep: It tracks my sleep- when I hit the timer- if not I usually don't get it logged. I think I will remember the times and then I don't log them soon enough and I forget. So I am on utilizing all the benefits of the ONE. <BR> <BR> 2. Floors Climbed: It tracks the 'floors' you climb by the changes in alt... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:16:41 EST One thing at a time it would be wonderful to say that everyday I make progress. But I don't. <BR> <BR> Some days not sliding backward is all I can manage. For example during holidays and vacations NOT gaining is a success. <BR> <BR> doing one thing better than the previous day would be a good goal to incorporate. Not sure if that is enough- because the next day I could do something else better- but backslide on the previous days one thing. I guess I should focus on ONE THING to do better everyday for a w... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:28:56 EST