CHEFROSE's SparkPeople Blog CHEFROSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hurting I haven't been the same since I had to have my knees replaced. For a while I could go without my cane but I had to get another surgery last September. I also am wearing braces on both of my legs which go up to my knees. I don't think that I am getting better. I was fired from my job and I must find another another one so that we can pay our bills. God will make a way. <BR> <BR> Uploading a picture from the day we went to The Price is Right.. My husband got on stage with a chance to win $10,... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:57:32 EST Finally back! I had abandoned spark people and I have returned. My dh has joined and we have very different dietary needs. I have just planned my meals for tomorrow. He is on his laptop doing the same. We have gone to the gym everyday this week. I am going tomorrow but he isn't because he has tracked his activity and doesn't need to go tomorrow. <BR> I have made a lot of items and have posted pics on Facebook. Check me out- Thu, 10 May 2012 22:22:09 EST Over Whelmed Wow! I am tired! My mother died on Friday, April 30, 2010. The funeral arrangements have been made, burial arranged, obit brother, son, and dil come in tonight. <BR> This morning my husband had to get a heart cath done. The nurse said we need to watch him because he may bleed. I guess it is my state of mind, but I am on edge! <BR> I know I need to chill and keep telling myself to chill, but it doesn't happen. <BR> One of my church sister's lost her sil to cancer today. She went ... Tue, 4 May 2010 14:56:02 EST I am disappointed in myself I started a Bible study that was supposed to help me with weightloss but instead I feel more helpless than ever. Overeating is a sin and I confess that I am an overeater. I need to eat much less now I am obsessed. I know that I am still overeating because I am stuck. I know I need to exercise more, harder and I am doing the best I can. I have not reached the amount of exercise I was doing when I started losing weight. I am trying my best-still I'm not doing enough. Today I was so stessed that... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 21:22:14 EST Too much! Since I made 7000 steps virginhealthmiles has finally says that I have completed an activity session. They gave me 100 points for reaching it the first time. I believe they give 60 points for each 7000 step day. So far today I am at 7548-let me tell you how I got there. <BR> This morning I rode the exerise bike,the I walked at lunch and both breaks. I went to water aerobics but that doesn't give any steps, just 10 points for exercise. When I got out, the car battery was dead and my husband c... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 22:33:25 EST Woo Hoo! I always walk at work. Yesterday I actually passed up some people! I can hardly believe it. I know that I need to kick up some exercise and doing as best I can, but the scale is not moving. So while I am stronger I am still weak. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:05:41 EST God's provision Since the children are in Alaska for 3 years, I am able to spend more time on Saturdays at the wellness center. I started with the 9:45 with Get Pumped and Master H2O then 11:00 Water Wellness. The Get Pumped and Master class is in a regular pool and Water Wellness is in the therapy pool. There was a lady there and it was her first time and she was afraid of the water. I think that she didn't want to get her hair wet. I went over and helped her out. Before the class was over she was moving-a ... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 09:30:40 EST God's still blessing me! I decided to do a weightloss Bible study recommended by a spark friend. I didn't realize it's been over a week since I have made a blog. <BR> The basis of the study is to put God before eatting. God should be first in my life anyway! I haven't lost any weight yet, but my body fat has gone down. That's always good. <BR> I walked today during breaks and lunch, my current pedometer reading is 4924. I went 30 minutes on my bike and did the 20 minute resistance band video from sparkpeople. Still ... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 19:57:25 EST Praise to the Lord! I started with 30 minutes on the bike this morning and stretching. Walked during breaks and lunch. When I got off from work I was hurting and limping. Went to water class-got to get on the water cycle. The teacher let me go for about 20 minutes. Then I got in the hot tub. After a shower-I was no longer in pain or limping!! <BR> Praise God from whom all blessings flow! <em>237</em> <em>68</em> <em>108</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 21:20:30 EST Another Sunday without air conditioning We still haven't purchased a new unit at church, but it wasn't very hot again today. I think we are working on purchasing an effective security system before getting another unit. We are still very blessed! Sun, 30 Aug 2009 19:23:47 EST Working hard Today I still did not make the 7000 steps per day needed to get extra points on the virgin healthmiles website. I made it to the water class and walked during breaks and lunches. Don't know how I will get that many steps. <BR> This week is customer service appreciation week. Yesterday the bosses gave us bananas, apples and donuts. There were quite a few bananas left so I thought that I would make some banana bread. I picked up 3. While I was away from my desk, someone put a grocery bag on my ... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 22:15:48 EST Trying to start right I just finished 30 minutes on the bike and 20 minute chair video on sparkpeople. I plan to go to the water after work and hopefully walking during breaks and lunch. The turtle is moving today! <em>237</em> <em>68</em> <em>108</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 25 Aug 2009 06:36:21 EST The Lord's Day We had morning service at 9am instead of 11. Someone stole the airconditioning unit from the church. Someone stole the unit last year also. <BR> This was a beautiful day. This morning it was 68. It was a cool day-didn't need the air. God truly blesses! Sun, 23 Aug 2009 19:03:23 EST Almost 7000 steps I was really aching yesterday. I bearly got in riding on my cycle and I knew I didn't get very many steps in today. <BR> Feeling better today I looked down and saw that I was getting close to 7000 steps. So after I cycled I walked to get over 7000 steps for today-quite an accomplishment for me since the operation. The pedometer doesn't work on the cycle so I was really excited. <BR> I should have known the turtle hasn't made that many steps. I downloaded the pedometer and only made 4,753 s... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 22:23:25 EST Am I setting myself up? Yesterday was the first workday that I could cycle before work and go to a water class after work. My legs would barely move when I got home. <BR> I got up this morning and cycled 30 minutes. I felt stiff all day. Only walked around the building at work 3 times. <BR> My mom had to be moved to a different nursing home. We drove to see her then came home and ate dinner. I did the 7 minute upper body with resistance bands video. I started to do the lower body, but there is too much bending for m... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 20:26:49 EST It's a good day Thanks for all the support from my SP friends. <BR> Our son came to visit because he wanted to see how his parents were getting along. <BR> The tests show DH already had the stroke but they don't know when. He had the symptoms of the stroke because he was out trying to do yard work and should not do that any more. He is on Plavox for at least 9 months then maybe he will just have to do an aspirin per day..just have to wait and see. He had lab tests done on Friday. We will see if he will have... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 10:34:54 EST My husband and I need to make big changes DH had a mini stroke. He has been in the hospital since Thursday. The doctors don't know what caused him to have the stroke. He needs to stop smoking. He also needs to change the way he eats and start exercising. His blood pressure has been very low to high for him. I don't think that he will be going home tomorrow, but he does. I know it's hard to get comfortable in a hospital bed. <BR> Since I've been back to work, my blood pressure has been really high. I know I need to do more exercising... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 21:32:18 EST There was a big storm! This morning there was a great storm. At 8:20 am it was dark as midnight. The electricity went out at work. It was out for several hours. Several streets were flooded. The main public library is flooded. Many people thought that we would go home early. I didn't want to leave when it was raining so badly. I got so stiff that I had to use the cane to move around. I was in disbelief when I couldn't get my legs to move. I don't know if the weather will affect me like this all the time, but I gues... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 19:33:51 EST Congratulations to the New Food Network Star I didn't get up early this morning to exercise,but I have to thank trainer_t who gave me some sound advise. I went to the water class after work. After dinner I cycled for 30 minutes then did some strength training. I am sleepy now, but I will have to get the iron out before hitting the pillows. <BR> I am so excited that Melissa won Next Food Network Star. She will have her own show. I hope everyone will check her out. She is a mother of 4 small children-not a professional chef. Her show will... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 21:08:14 EST Contemplating AM exercise routines I keep reading about how great it is to exercise in the AM. Before my knees gave out and when I lived just 10 minutes from work I got up every morning and poped in an exercise dvd. At work I walked with exercise balls during breaks and lunches. When I got home I did a DVD or 2 before doing anything else. Then my knees said enough! <BR> As most of you know I got bilateral knee replacement in January. I am feeling a lot better, but I walk so SLOW! <BR> When I said that I am comtemplating AM exe... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 13:44:52 EST Free Lunch Again! There was free food at work. There was a choice of spaghetti and meatballs, meat or vegetable lasagna then they also had tossed salad, cake lemonade and sweet tea. The managers call themselves having a balance of "healthy" choices and not so healthy choices. I give them a thumbs up for trying. <BR> Would you believe I have to go to another training class tomorrow? This training is something that everyone in collections has to go to. Yesterday I went to a new hire training which is designed to... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 20:52:24 EST They made it to AK The godchildren made it to Alaska. They haven't found a house yet-they are living in a residence hotel until they find a place to live. I thought they had a place, but they didn't want to do a lease on line without seeing it. <BR> DH is still under the weather. I really am upset that I can't do more for him. He has done so much for me especally during my illness. <BR> I caught "The Notebook" on Oxygen last Saturday. It reminded me of my mother and my step father. It is a wonderful love story... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 20:28:06 EST Mmmm fajitas! I walked 30 minutes at work today. Met with the trainer after work and did my land workout. Then I went home and made the fajitas. They were so good! We haven't had anything like that in a long time. Glad I haven't lost my touch. I will need to cook up some more vegetables for tomorrow, but I don't mind. <BR> DH still isn't feeling better. He has made an appointment to see the doctor tomorrow. <BR> We got a postcard from the godchildren today. It was from St.Louis their first stop. We didn't... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 22:19:07 EST A little tired DH is still not feeling well. He is very congested and is planning to call the doctor again tomorrow. <BR> He let me drive to the wellness center yesterday. I gad a great workout in the pool. I was really looking forward to the workout because I was still stiff and sore from going to the beautician Thursday night. I was there for 3 hours. I got a relaxer and a hair cut. My hair looks a lot better. <BR> I promised to make a cake to raise money for the American Heart Association. So I baked th... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 21:10:05 EST Busy working out Well, the godchildren left yesterday. I'm glad that they left while I was at work. They needed to go to St Louis to drop off one of the cars. When they got there, the place was closed so they had to wait until today to ship the car. I told them that they could have stayed here for another day since they had to wait! <em>46</em> <BR> I did my land program Monday and today and will go to the water class on Saturday. The personal trainer went out of town so I will meet with her on next Monday a... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 20:11:44 EST Large Zucchini! A friend at work gave me a large zucchini that she grew in her garden. I wish I took a picture of it. <BR> I made a dish with the zucchini, red onion, garlic, tomatoes and brown rice. Yum! I will add some shrimp to the left overs. <BR> I also made 2 zucchini breads with the same vegetable! <BR> I am also making broccoli quiche for the god children. <BR> My knees aren't swollen today! I still have to watch my ankles. That is why it is taking me all day to make these dishes. <BR> Last night I ... Sat, 18 Jul 2009 18:04:38 EST Spending the last few nights Last night when I went to the wellness center, my trainer said that she charged me for the visits, but I they should have been free. So I will get 2 more visits next week with the trainer. I am glad. DH says that I will be back in the pool next week so they should refund the money. I am going to see the trainer so that she can set up a land program. I will go to the pool next Saturday. I think that my body will like the mix. <BR> All 4 godchildren plus 3 cousins stayed overnight last night. T... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 18:58:55 EST Chef Rose is not just my screen name Hi all, <BR> Yes I went to culinary school. All those who are wondering, it was not worth the money I spent. If you really want to become a chef, find a job in a restaurant and hope the chef is willing to take you under their wing.Then watch Food Network and practice your craft. Save a lot of money. <BR> I met with the personal trainer today who just wanted to see what I could do. She thought that I was one of those ladies who went to the pool just to get wet. She found out today I am serious... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 21:15:35 EST Birthday Cakes Today is my god children's mom's birthday. I baked her a cake. We are going to their house later today. <BR> Their cousin's birthday is Tuesday. She is staying with my god children. She already asked me for an ice cream cake. I also baked the cake portion this morning. <BR> Now my ankle is swollen. I have put ice on it and am resting until my husband comes back from an afternoon program. Then we will take the already finished cake to Kendra. Yes I bake from scratch. I think that is why so man... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 16:46:27 EST Personal Trainer The pools are closed at the wellness center next week for annual maintenance. I spoke to a personal trainer who will meet with me Monday so I can get a land program going. The plan is to meet three times next week. It will cost me $40 each time, but it should be worth it because I am wanting to get stronger and both programs may be the way to go. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:08:42 EST Kinda tired I had a great workout this morning. I am kinda tired this afternoon. As a matter of fact I just woke up from a nap. I need to go to the market to buy some things to make a birthday cake. DH isn't home yet. I hope he gets here before I get out of the notion of making the cake. It's hard to do a lot of things since my legs aren't up to par. Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:04:42 EST Graduation Day Finally the last day of training! The company had a dinner for friends and family. Fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and cookies. Not a diet friendly meal. Plus, I hate fried chicken. However my husband enjoyed the spread. It's nice of them to always provide big spreads-but also provide a program that rewards you for exercise. Whoa! <BR> DH found my WATP! I will start with a one mile then add each day. I don't want to hurt myself! <BR> Tomorrow I will go to the wate... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:43:07 EST Need to walk more I am walking better so I feel that I need to put on my shoes and get to stepping! I am very slow, but I did a little walking today. I can't wait until I have my own desk. I will walk during breaks and lunch. This will be a good way to get stronger. DH hasn't found my WATP dvds so I am thinking about buying new ones. <BR> I turned in the slip this morning requesting consideration for the open position. It will be a little while before I hear anything about that. <BR> Our trainer was out toda... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 18:24:28 EST A little swollen I went to the doctor today and he says I am healing well. Just a little swollen. I guess I need to go back to being wrapped in ice. <BR> I went to the low impact water class today since I got out of the doctor's office in time to go to it. <BR> The job I really want is on the job posting today. I just need to get my new manager to sign a transfer request. Of course I have to be interviewed again. I tried for this job once before and they hired a person outside of the company. She quit the jo... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 21:15:41 EST Pedometer I received my pedometer from Virgin Health Miles last night. I got it registered and started walking today. I don't go very far, but I figure that I will be able to walk further each day. Tomorrow I will go to the doctor. Tue, 7 Jul 2009 18:34:41 EST What? Today was a big do nothing day in training. We had a worksheet leftover from Friday. Did another 2 worksheets then listened to some calls. The air made me stiff but at least I am not swollen. <BR> Another lady who had surgery returned to work today. She went out 10 days after I did, however she was able to return to her job. All I can say is, I am glad that I have a job to go to even if it is not the one I had before the surgery. <BR> I need to learn to swim. I'm not sure when the wellness ce... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 20:48:47 EST The cheese did me in! We went to the godchildren's house Friday. Kendra made some cheesy food and we had some raw veggies. The cheese did me in and I was sick. Had to rest yesterday. Feeling better today. <BR> Will finish the pair of socks I made for DH. I am going to iron some clothes for the work week and that will be all for the day. <BR> Hope everyone had a great weekend! <BR> Sun, 5 Jul 2009 11:07:24 EST At Last! I love the website <link> </link> .There is a space at work where you can take your weight, body fat and blood pressure. The site gives points for improvements in each. This is a great tool for keeping up with my measurements! <BR> My blood pressure was high probably because I had a diet Dew today. I haven't had a soda since January. I drank the Dew because I was feeling sleepy today. Can not make that mistake again. Have to find a better way of dealing with sleepyne... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 21:47:52 EST Walking without the cane...Oops! Training is almost over! We observed people on our teams for a couple of hours...tomorrow we will discuss what happened <em>102</em> . Next week is the last week of training and I will be glad to get on the floor. It may not be a job I would want to do the rest of my life, at least I still have a position and opportunities will come in time. <BR> I was trying to walk around the office today without the cane and if a chair wasn't near by, I would have landed on the floor. I have got to keep u... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 20:02:43 EST Day Six Still in new hire training. Again nothing that I didn't know...I am just glad that I haven't fallen asleep in class <em>40</em> <BR> I wasn't as swollen today. This is a wonderful thing! I will use my cycle tonight so that I can get some exercise in. I will go to the wellness center tomorrow. <BR> Kudos for my job. Since I have been out they have started a program camed health miles. They give you a pedometer where you rack up points for exercise. The points can be converted to gift certif... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:25:09 EST Evaluating Last Week It's a new week and I am praying that it will be better than last week. I got up at 5:30 every day but didn't have time to exercise before I got to work. In the past this would have been enough time to get exercise in. I don't see me getting up any earlier because I will get sleepy before the end of the day. <BR> DH will be able to take me to the wellness center. He was not able to take me last week because the church had VBS and a block party every night. <BR> Since the children are leaving... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 14:59:23 EST It's Saturday-Ankle pain-Need to sell afghan My ankle is not swollen today; but I have pain in the left knee and ankle. I have confirmed that the cause of the ankle swelling is not being able to keep my legs elevated. I need to figure this problem out so that I will be able to do this job. <BR> I also need to figure out how to get more income so I am selling the afghan pictured on my blog. I think that I will have to make a whole lot of other items to sell so that we can make ends meet. I am not used to selling things so I know that wi... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 15:43:58 EST Day Five: A new hire...not quite Whew! I was really tired today. Came home and went to sleep for two hours! <BR> There was a test today-no challenge. There were system problems but remarkably we stayed on schedule. <BR> <BR> The guy told you about that was late every day was in the classroom before anyone else. However he started snoring before the end of the class. <BR> I hope he does better next week! <BR> I still have to take pictures of the hats and mitts I made for Kayla and Jaurice. I know that I will see them tomorr... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 22:16:21 EST Day Four back at work as new hire.... Before I get into my life, I am tripping that two celebs died in one day...three this week. I am watching CNN and they keep saying that they have not confirmed but E! CBS, LA Times even Fox News statted that Michael Jackson has died. CNN has spoken to the family and they did not confirm. Wow! When I was a child, I hoped to meet them because I had a friend in Gary, IN. I liked Jermaine at the time. <BR> My ankles have swollen up again today so I will not be on the computer very much longer. <... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 19:29:45 EST Day Three: At work in Nikes Today was a shorts day. We were allowed to wear shorts and sneakers. I had no swelling so I need to get a doctor's excuse to wear my Nikes. <BR> Another boring day in New Hire training. Today he taught how to get on the system. I worked there for 6 years so this was not new to me. We also took a tour of the building... <em>102</em> I should have stayed behind because my knees started to hurt. I walked around outside of the building at lunch. I wanted to build up my endurance. My knees weren... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 19:55:31 EST Day Two: Meet the new boss Today was my second day in new hire training. I met one of the supervisors on the team I was assigned to. I accepted the fact I would not be working 8 hours during training which is three weeks! Now I learn that for 2 additional weeks I would not be working 8 hours. I voiced my disapproval. She went to HR and the person asked me if I was unhappy being in new hire training. He also said that he would try to find something for me to do so that I would have 8 hours a day. I don't want to sound u... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 19:52:20 EST Back to work as a new hire I went back to work today, but there wasn't a desk ready for me. I went back to HR and after about an hour I was placed in a new hire training class because they didn't have a place for me. Of course there were people who were very upset, but as I see it at least I still have a job. Today was very boring because it was orientation. Tomorrow they are providing lunch...I don't know what it will be. I am thinking about bringing my lunch. Oh and there is free ice cream for everyone in the compan... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:58:15 EST Sponge Bob As you know my godchildren are moving to Alaska on July 19th. Jaurice loves Sponge Bob and I saw a hat and mittens set that I wanted to make for him. I don't like the pattern so I am making my own pattern that will look similar to what I saw. Of course Kayla is jealous and wants a hat and mittens also. I made the hat which is going to be for her. I haven't put the face on it yet. I made one mitten which I have put the face on. I will post the picture when I finish. If she lets me, I will take... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 21:15:37 EST It stormed today! What a storm! I didn't get to go to the wellness center.Glad I have the cycle! I cycled yesterday and today I really need that exercise! <BR> Now I am working on some socks. Hope everyone is having a good day! <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:26:45 EST Lazy Today I woke up this morning feeling my sinuses! My right eye was watery and burning so I needed to take off my contacts. My nose is running. Got out the spray! Didn't feel like eatting-which is bad! Took my meds, washed my hair, got on the cycle. Still feeling blue. <BR> The water company tore up our driveway yesterday. My husband said that they fixed it today but tore up the front yard. Oh well! At least that part of the grass won't have to be cut! <BR> The kids are leaving on July 19th. Need to ... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:25:40 EST