CHESAKAT41's SparkPeople Blog CHESAKAT41's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Autumn's Cycle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ribbons of Autumn <BR> Circles the sky in dance <BR> Waltz its golden leaves <BR> Moves from their branch of birth <BR> Shallow graves below the sun <BR> <BR> and so it goes on my side of town... <BR> <BR> Thanking you in advance for visiting - <BR> <BR> Expressions Poetry Journal <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:16:10 EST Take a Moment... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bring moments of joy to the soul <BR> enhancing completion to the body <BR> thus, happiness will be contained <BR> within the spirit guiding the <BR> struggling goal on its path <BR> to mental and physical success... <BR> <BR> Take a moment to visit: <BR> Expressions Poetry Journal <BR> <BR> <BR> and so it goes on my side of town... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:29:02 EST Month Three... The main goal with me is to control my sugar reading levels which were out of sight a couple of months ago. I can honestly say the readings are now in control. Oh, don't get me wrong, if I eat something I shouldn't my sugar level goes sky high!!! So, I try not to do that. But, lets face it - we are prone to eat a pastry or a burger just because we long for it. Carbs, carbs, carbs and that is a killer for someone who is watching their carbs intake amounts. Carbs turn to sugar and sugar is a ba... Fri, 1 May 2015 10:28:19 EST Month Two... It is the beginning of month two and I am continuing my mindset to 'cut the carbs'. It has been easier than I thought compared to last year at this time when I tried the same thing. Only went a month and then back to the bad eating habits again. But, this year I seem to be stronger - mainly because of a high A1C reading with the Diabetics. The A1C rates your sugar level over a 3 month period - and it is suppose to read 6.5 or less - mine was 9.2 going up from a 7.2. Well to say the least I wa... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 11:19:04 EST Eating Out... I know and you know eating out is the American way of life! All the food that is offered is so tempting and sometimes it is cheaper for me (being single) to eat out and enjoy the company of others as it is also a social time for me. I am a Fast Food Junkie and this is where I run into problems with my weight. So now again (because I never give up), I am in control. Yes, I have gone to McD's twice for the Fish Fillet Sandwich. But, I had a Side Salad with Balsamic Dressing instead of French Fr... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:53:54 EST Day 22 - Carb Watch... I have to admit I have been really good with watching my Carb intake. My sugar readings have gone down immediately from 170+ to 100- on a fast in the AM - in 22 days. I am amazed, for sure! I have cheated twice, but have been determined to watch my carbs as this is a lifestyle change because of being Diabetic. I am a fast food junky, so this mentally is no easy task - but honestly this time around it HAS been easier. I believe because I am limiting the carb intake to the minimum (carbs turn t... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:36:53 EST St. Patrick's Day Blow Out... I went with the girlfriends to an Irish Pub yesterday and we all had a St. Patrick's Day blow out! We ate and ate and ate again! My choice for lunch wasn't too bad - the Corn Beef with some Cabbage a couple of Gold Potatoes and Carrots. Yum! But, the blow out came when we all had dessert!!! I thought, 'this Chocolate Cake is a killer' as I licked my sweetened lips between each and every bite. Today I was a good girl, right back to watching those Carbs - I'se happy... <BR> <BR> and, so it goe... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:08:16 EST Lifestyle Change... The beginning is the beginning <BR> for it now starts to develop with <BR> small steps taken that are in the <BR> right direction - choices controlling <BR> our desires, a new path to a forever <BR> healthy environment - it is called... <BR> lifestyle change <BR> <BR> and, so it goes on my side of town Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:10:17 EST 14 Days... Been 14 days since I seriously cut the Carbs with my eating. It has been good for it is mind over matter and I feel more level with my moods. As long as I have the proper foods in the frig and cupboard, I am Ok. I am concentrating on lots of protein and veggies. On occasion I have a bowl of bran cereal, but am careful with this. You know, one can only eat so many eggs!!! My sugar reading immediately dropped from 170+ to 100- in the AM for the past 14 days. As for weight loss - only lost 3 lb... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:00:43 EST I'se Back Again... Goofing around with bad eating habits just doesn't pay. My sugar is up, I feel lousy and that is only with gaining 7 lbs. It is not the weight so much, it is the carbs adding a lot of sugar to my system. With the sugar levels going up and down, it affects the mood, sleep and in gentle one's over all personality. So this is a good place to me to be - making me accountable for my bad habits by posting what goes into my mouth. I cleaned out my cupboards, bought lots of protein and I am ready, se... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:14:03 EST I'm back... Where does the time go. I have pretty much maintained my weight only putting on 2 lbs since April. So that makes me happy!!! But, my sugar level has gone up this past month from all the 'junk' I have been shoving into my mouth - so Sparkpeople 'I'm back'. Need to keep track of those Carbs again. Gracie and I are fine and happy, that is the most important thing - will keep you posted and hope to lose better this time. Getting a head start with my weight loss plan a month early and I do plan t... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:33:55 EST Time Flies... Here it is July 9th already! I am happy to say all is well with me and Gracie. Upon moving to a downstairs apt in January, I think that helped with turning my page. The apt is set up the same as before so Gracie is happy - but, she doesn't like going outside as she was so use to looking out the window 20 ft. down. <BR> <BR> I have close down 'Expressions' upon turning my page in life and I am Ok with that. I still can write, but just need a break from it all. Please visit my webpage at chesa... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:36:38 EST Rhoda and Gracie Survived... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a note to let you know I am fine. I had a really bad year of grief and I didn't handle it well. But, I am a fighter and I wouldn't give in to the anxiety. <BR> <BR> On top of all this the Daughter who is ill (recovering) and I had a severe falling out at the beginning of September. I really became sick over this - but you know what? It is her loss. I am doing fine and if she does contact me again, I will ask... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:24:33 EST Rhoda's Update... Just a brief update to let you know what is going on... <BR> <BR> My daughter is still having testing for her ailments. <BR> My mother pasted away on July 21 - no funeral <BR> or anything, just a cremation. She lived in Reno, NV. <BR> Gracie had difficulty for 6 weeks after Max died, <BR> she is now back to normal for the past 3 weeks. <BR> I suddendly had stress problems and heart issues <BR> of which it seems all is Ok at this point. I requested <BR> a mild tranquilliser to take if needed.... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:15:28 EST 'Expressions' Lives... <img src="">Dear <BR> <BR> Spark Friends - <BR> <BR> Upon re-consideration, I have decided to continue with my website 'Expressions Poetry Journal' - established in 2009. The website will only consist of the posting of poetry and its style format along with an occasional posting of a funny joke or picture. <BR> <BR> I have decided to end the posting of animals and my feline friends upon the passing of my Max who was 17. It is time for... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 07:21:02 EST Good Morning... Dear Spark Friends - <BR> <BR> Just a note to update you...Cheryl is doing just fine and as it turns out, she does not need surgery on her back at the present time. The Bell's Palsy is almost gone with the Steroids and the B12 has improved her immensely. She is under a doctors care and going through tests to see if and where there is nerve damage that is leading to the numbness in her hands and other areas. <BR> <BR> Upon the passing of Mr. Max, I will get through it. Actually, I feel a bit... Fri, 24 May 2013 08:57:44 EST King of the Feline World... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A Royal Feline - <BR> His Name is Mr. Max <BR> <BR> Dear Mr. Max - <BR> <BR> For Seventeen years, you gave me <BR> your devoted love and companionship. <BR> You never complained or whined <BR> or show a moment of wanting <BR> anything else, but what you had. <BR> <BR> Always a purr in your throat <BR> never a howl or hiss from you. <BR> Your royal beauty out stood all <BR> other felines around you. <BR> <BR> Fo... Thu, 23 May 2013 19:35:05 EST Taking a Break... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need a break from the computer <BR> as I am finding it is taking way <BR> to much of my time. <BR> <BR> I will be checking in now <BR> and again - wishing all <BR> of you best wishes for <BR> continued success with <BR> your lifestyle change... <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> from, <BR> <BR> Rhoda <em>204</em> Max <em>240</em> and Gracie <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 07:42:51 EST Shopping - Gett'in Steps... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeahhh..... <BR> <BR> Mom's going shopping, <BR> Fancy Feast is on sale <BR> for $.45 a can! <BR> <BR> You know Mom, what a <BR> bargain hunter she is - she <BR> won't pass this sale up... <BR> <BR> Mom feeds us good - <BR> We'se blessed Kitties! <BR> and, she's getting her <BR> steps in!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs from, <BR> Max <em>240</em> and Gracie <em>241</em> Mon, 13 May 2013 00:12:16 EST Mother... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One who is the strength <BR> the one you can lean on <BR> who has the right answer <BR> when questions are undone <BR> <BR> One who gives her heart <BR> and wipes away our tears <BR> shares her love from the start <BR> fixes our messes rids us of fears <BR> <BR> One who taught us from day one <BR> all that our lives shall come to be <BR> taking pride in daughter and son <BR> our Mother, God watches over thee <BR> ... Sun, 12 May 2013 09:15:50 EST Spring... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spring is in my corner <BR> came to visit me today <BR> sunshine and gentle breezes <BR> whisper throughout the meadow <BR> as if, she wanted to say <BR> <BR> Come see the birth of spring <BR> hear nature’s gentle song <BR> within the birds wings <BR> it’s a clear blue sky <BR> see them gliding along <BR> <BR> Garden work to do <BR> plant with loving care <BR> water brings the growth <BR> blooms with delicate h... Sat, 11 May 2013 10:10:53 EST Victorious Nature... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Struggle is on going with <BR> an up and down motion <BR> the mind becomes tangled <BR> with confusion of its body <BR> <BR> Intimidation, a wall of black <BR> divides the want and will as the <BR> mind drives one into a depth of <BR> despair, almost dead and defeated <BR> <BR> Heart of strong will grasp the <BR> situation at hand gains control, <BR> overpowers the dark invasion of a <BR> untimely disruption dee... Fri, 10 May 2013 10:50:29 EST MRI Results - Cheryl - UPDATE Dear Spark Buddies - <BR> <BR> Just got news tonight that the MRI showed a Herniated Disk ruptured in Cheryl's upper back and is leaking. This is an injury from a car accident several years ago. So, she is dealing with 2/3 different conditions - the disk is what caused the hands etc. to go numb - not the low B12 - but, boosting her B12 is helping her. She now needs surgery, but she wants to investigate this more and find a surgeon she is confident with. <BR> <BR> I feel confident that when ... Thu, 9 May 2013 19:26:09 EST Yeah Maxine... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I can't lose weight - <BR> I think I am going to faint! <BR> Got on the scale and it <BR> registered 223! Say what? <BR> <BR> The other day it was 227! <BR> I know this was some <BR> water weight, but with <BR> me walking these stairs <BR> that could have helped <BR> me lose a pound or two! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> from Rhoda Thu, 9 May 2013 11:52:54 EST Cheryl's News... Dear Spark Friends - <BR> <BR> Got a bit of news - the Dr's. thinks Cheryl's condition - numb hands, upper forearms, upper back is from Vitamin B12 deficiency. Can you imagine??? She had a blood test a week ago - Dr. said her B12 was borderline low - but no suggestion about taking anything or a shot to boost her B12. <BR> <BR> The stroke like area to the left side of her face is (they think) Bell's Palsy (don't know if this is the correct spelling) - caused from a Virus, takes about 14 days... Wed, 8 May 2013 18:13:43 EST Prayer Request... My daughter was taken to the hospital yesterday - <BR> she is going through testing for numbness in the <BR> hands, forearms, back and left side of her face. <BR> They thought a stroke, but no it isn't according <BR> to a cat scan. Having MRI today. Please remember <BR> Cheryl (53) in your prayers. My heart thanks you... <BR> <BR> Will keep you posted my Spark Buddies... <BR> <BR> Rhoda <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 May 2013 11:17:36 EST Yesterday... <img src=""> <BR> Here I am as I promised! <BR> <BR> Yesterday - Well, what can I tell you, my day just went from worst to worst poo-poo everywhere I turned. To help correct my mood, I decided to go out...I wanted to have my totally filthy car washed as it has been a while - so went to the local car wash which made me happy for that moment, until I saw the increase in price. Last year the price was $8.99 and yesterday $12.99! I was alre... Tue, 7 May 2013 05:44:49 EST Streak Broken... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi to all my Spark Buddies... <BR> <BR> Today is the 31st day of my streak and I am now breaking it. I have tried <BR> for 31 day to exercise, eat right and do everything I am suppose to - to <BR> develop a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Well, I think I have done that - but I just weighed myself and I am up <BR> 3 pounds. Do you think I am a little discouraged? I would say so! <BR> <BR> But, you all know I am a... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:21:32 EST Goals... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The mind is full of thoughts <BR> pick one for your goal today <BR> keeping in mind - tomorrow <BR> you may start anew if today you <BR> didn’t complete what you intended… <BR> <BR> - Rhoda Galgiani <BR> Fri, 3 May 2013 09:17:42 EST Save the Beauty... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wilted leaf, I cry for you <BR> for your innocence does not <BR> warrant your untimely destruction. <BR> <BR> You long to be nourished and <BR> to grow into your full beauty, <BR> and nourish you I will for you <BR> are the lifelines within us all. <BR> <BR> Feed your sprawling stem <BR> and become ever so strong, <BR> as you balance your tender foliage. <BR> You have cried for the food of life <BR> and give it ... Thu, 2 May 2013 10:41:15 EST Steps & Me... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, so it has been 25 days since I started my exercise kick. I weighed myself (again) and I am down one pound this morning. Whoopie! Now remember, I am Diabetic on Insulin and that keeps me fat. Still want to cut down the Carbs and with the exercise see what happens. If I can lose another pound, then this will show what I am doing is working! <BR> <BR> But, I know it is water weight that I lost. I will keep trying... Wed, 1 May 2013 09:40:13 EST Dreams... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When one dreams with starry eyes <BR> visions within becomes their reality... <BR> <BR> - Rhoda Galgiani Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:57:05 EST SparkPeople Let's Go!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am woman hear me roar <BR> as I stumble through the store <BR> I am getting my steps in as I go <BR> <BR> I am woman who’s the best <BR> as I put myself to the test <BR> think thin to all I want to show <BR> <BR> I am woman on a kick <BR> lifestyle change to a new chick <BR> now my heart is all aglow <BR> <BR> So come on my Spark Friends <BR> join me with new trends <BR> we will take it nice and slow <BR> <BR... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:34:21 EST The Strength Within Me... <img src=""> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:17:28 EST Is the Same... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wherever I go, my Father is with me <BR> He shows me the right direction <BR> gives me wisdom and confidence <BR> how to handle the strife before me <BR> <BR> Whenever I cry, my Father dries my tears <BR> gives me comfort and a contented heart <BR> for He knows I am deserving of His grace <BR> and blessings to complete my spiritual life <BR> <BR> Whatever I dream, He fulfills my thoughts <BR> gives my spirit th... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:40:45 EST Think of It This Way... <img src=""> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:09:21 EST First Planned Walk... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 19 of my kick trying to learn how to love exercise - I must admit it is going quite well for someone who hates exercise. I start out with the Wall Push-Ups, 2 sets of 15 against my closet door. I know in time there will be two hand prints there on the dark wood doors, so I must find something different to lean on or wear gloves! I am walking my stairs 5 times a day and every other day I am walking with Leslie ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:10:57 EST Maxine & Exercise... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WTG Maxine - this is positive thinking - <BR> I can't spill my coffee either as I <BR> wouldn't get mov'in until noon <BR> without my morning fix!!! rg <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:43:55 EST Determination <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mind enables the body <BR> to complete its will, <BR> with determination <BR> goals set by the mind <BR> will reduce the body, <BR> bringing its structure <BR> back to a normal state <BR> of health and delight <BR> <BR> - Rhoda Galgiani <BR> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:57:54 EST Hipposuction... <img src=""> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:19:08 EST Emotional Thoughts... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are tears and then there are tears, <BR> tears of sadness and tears of joy, <BR> tears of anger and tears of happiness <BR> Which shall my tears be of? <BR> <BR> There is laughter and then there is laughter, <BR> laughter of hysteria and laughter of delight, <BR> laughter of disappointment and laughter of surprise <BR> Which shall my laughter be of? <BR> <BR> There is heartache and then there is heartache, ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:21:48 EST A Morning Ritual... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You wake my senses with love and charm <BR> as you, caress my sleeping form, <BR> that brings me out of a deep slumber <BR> you wake me to the light of an early morn <BR> <BR> Sleepy eyed I look at you <BR> excitement stirs within your heart, <BR> knowing I am now awake <BR> brightens your waiting day to start <BR> <BR> Each morning you come to me <BR> touching my closed eye or my cheek, <BR> some days you lean ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:03:00 EST Let Me In... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let me in, please lady <BR> for I see you're having fun, <BR> you're exercising and not lazy <BR> me either, I had my run <BR> <BR> I know you are full of spice <BR> you are jumping up and down, <BR> having a good time that's nice <BR> can I come in and roll around? <BR> <BR> Hey lady, let me in... <BR> I want to join you today, <BR> we can have a laugh and win <BR> with exercise mov'in our way! <BR> <BR> What ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:16:17 EST Faith... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Faith is a word instilled in the soul for <BR> it came ever so gently giving direction <BR> how to follow His guiding light <BR> <BR> - Rhoda Galgiani <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:47:11 EST Mom's Resting Today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mommy and I <BR> are resting a bit <BR> today - <BR> <BR> We send love <BR> and hugs until <BR> tomorrow... <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:02:28 EST We Shall Overcome... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One remembers the younger days <BR> with glee and adventure on the horizon <BR> happy with the moment spent within <BR> oneself - accomplishment completed <BR> <BR> Years wander by giving the aging soul <BR> new goals, new thoughts and beginnings <BR> challenges to strengthen the inner structure <BR> preparing one self for changes again to begin <BR> <BR> Determination to complete a given goal <BR> to sustain on... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:47:36 EST Own Given Strength... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A spring breeze touches my shoulder <BR> as if to say, come walk with me <BR> through a meadow of calm, not to <BR> worry about what’s around the bend <BR> <BR> For all shall come to keep one safe <BR> with faith that is carried deep within <BR> knowing problems may arise today <BR> but, conquered in tomorrow’s plan <BR> <BR> Peace in one’s heart feels thy grace <BR> guiding one along the path of change <BR> mom... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:28:59 EST Mommy Needs a Boost... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Mommy needs a boost I think as <BR> she measured her steps yesterday, <BR> The total was 1,296 which is a far <BR> cry from 10,000 wouldn't you say? <BR> <BR> So, I am here to push her along <BR> giving her strength and added support, <BR> as my Mommy struggles with Jump'in Jack <BR> cause she's falling a little bit short! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mommy!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:36:17 EST FitBit Has Arrived... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The FitBit One has arrived! I took this picture <BR> with my glasses so you see what I am talking <BR> about size wise - my new found gadget! <BR> <BR> 1. Silicone and Metal Clip <BR> 2. Charging Cord <BR> 3. The One Tracker <BR> 4. Wireless Sync Dongle <BR> 5. Wristband (not pictured) <BR> <BR> Total cost with free shipping - <BR> $101 from <BR> <BR> There are no instructions, only a www. addre... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:38:29 EST Maxine Says... <img src=""> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:11:59 EST