CURRAHEE68's SparkPeople Blog CURRAHEE68's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Excuse Maybe it was an excuse too. I did absolutely nothing today, exercise wise. I slept 11 hours and then some more rather than get up and do something. I was tired and feeling punk, but these are th days I need to get myself up and about. Too bad I don't practice what I preach. <BR> I ate another buffet dinner last night. And again, ate reasonably, only one small piece of cake, and felt good when I finished. Can't believe I am finally learning to eat a buffet and stick to healthy choices on the m... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:17:49 EST Decision or excuse ? I decided to put my effort into attending the AA convention over following my healthy routine to the letter. I do stretch and do wheelchair exercises several times during the day. Dressed warmer but still cold waiting for a bus. <BR> Also, I ate a buffet. Had half a piece of pumpkin pie. Main part of the meal was green salad and healthy stuff on and in it. Also ate about a cup of antipasto. The rest I measured in tablespoons full.Ate a little longer after I was full, but not much. Was a good ... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 02:06:25 EST AA convention Went to the AA Roundup (convention) here in Las Vegas today. Ate well under my limits again, except protein. Only 1 gm short, so far. <BR> First time I road a bus on my wheelchair. That not exactly what I mean, but you get the gist. Just about froze coming home waiting at the bus stops. Will dress even warmer tomorrow. Did not do my walking today. I keep making excuses not to walk. Excuses, not reasons. But I am striving for growth, not perfection. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:31:20 EST AGAIN !? Ate when I was full again last night. Did not go over calories, but not good doing that 2 days in a row. Sounds like I am setting myself up for failure again. Did not walk or exercise today. Lots of pain, yes, but no excuse. Start again tomorrow. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:06:25 EST more new stuff Went to the bank today. Then went across the steet and joined the Las Vegas Athletic club.. They have a pool that is made for walking. That was one of the best exercises I was doing in the Philippines when I lost so much weight. <BR> Spoiled the day by ending up overeating tonight. Still did not go over my calorie goal, as set by SP, but ate even though I wasn't hungry. <BR> Have to not give in to those feelings, but not going to condemn myself for it either. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:38:00 EST Getting better Went to an AA meeting again in the wheelchair. Also went to Wal-mart again. I can't carry too much with me so I will probably go often. Hope to make it to the bank tomorrow. (a different direction) But lots of places to explore in that direction too. <BR> Pigged out last night, eating lots of yogurt and non fat cottage cheese. Finally hit my goal of calories, but didn't go over. <BR> I appreciate people reading my blogs. I tend to post answers to questions in the comments after your comments.... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:09:28 EST Got out on my own What a great feeling. Went to the AA meeting by myself. Road my wheelchair there. Took 45 minutes. Almost crashed and burned several times because of my poor control of the chair. But I didn't crash, only almost. Then I went to Walmart and bought some reflector tape for my chair. Although I will try to be home before dark. Just a little added safety precaution. <BR> GREAT DAY Sat, 21 Nov 2015 21:24:31 EST a little excitement Just got back from my initial ride on my new electric wheelchair. Got here about 2 months early! Will try running it a longer distance tomorrow. Maybe even go someplace. Couple minor problems. I can't get back inside the house by myself, so will have to make sure someone is here. AI am working on a plan to overcome that minor obstical. <BR> Was able to ge back out and walk my 250 steps this morning. Have to keep that up, wheelchair or no. <BR> Missed my shower yesterday, as my aide was schedu... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:30:02 EST Urology Made my urology appointment today. Doctor checked me a bit, had me give a urine sample for them to culture, checking for infections, and scheduled me for a cystography. Going to shove a tiny camera into my uretra to look at the inside of my bladder. Depending what the doc sees, she will either withdraw the camera, not likely, or take a biopsy. She says I have to go under full anesthesia to have this done. So I figure if I survive then they should be able to put me under for a hip replacement.... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:50:56 EST KISS Keep it simple, Steve. <BR> Split pea soup turned out tolerable. Needed salt. I didn't use the flavor packet, plus I rinsed the ham with water to shed some salt there. But came away satisfied with 2 cups for my meal. <BR> Blood pressure was really high this morning again. Makes me think my cuff is off and needs recalibration. But wait. I took it again later in the morning and it was normal. Thats strange, high B/P in the am when getting up? <BR> My urology appoitment is tomorrow. Looking for... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:28:13 EST ODAT ODAT = One Day at a Time. That will probably be my title for a majority of the time. <BR> Bought some sweat pants recently, finally tried them on. They all fit, except the legs are too long. Will have to get 2 of them hemmed, but the other 4 have elstic bands around the ankle areas. <BR> Fixed fish tacos for dinner tonight. Had no cabbage so I used steamed brussel sprouts instead of cold cabbage. It was actually good like that. <BR> Had blood in my urine again this evening, about 5 minutes a... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 23:07:36 EST another doctor's appt Had another doc appointment today for all the tune up procedures I am getting fixed. I used to use a C-PAP breathing machine while sleeping. I lost it in all the moves I made in the Philippines. Haven't used on in several years. But I had an appointment with the sleep clinic today to schedule an appointment to see if I still need it. No doubt, I still snore very loud, and numerous other signs of sleep apnea. Also made an appointment with opthamolgy to schedule a cataract surgery.I think I am ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:44:26 EST New SP discovery Goodness. I am sure I knew this when I was on SP before, but had forgotten. Just found out several people are leaving my notes or comments about my blogs. I didn't realize anyone even read them. So from now on I will try to get back to you with a comment from me. Thank you all for your participation in my recovery. <BR> Walking dailey is one of my goals. At least 250 steps for a week, then raise it to 300. Just got back from my walk today. Tried to make it to where I thought there was a bus s... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:36:51 EST interesting day Had an optometry appt this day. Dilated my eyes and lots of testing. Turns out I have cataracts in both eyes. Left one not too bad at this point, but right side is real bad. No wonder I felt like I have been going blind last few years. So I will be scheduled for eye surgery "soon". Wonderful news, I will probably see clearly again. <BR> When I returned home I had to pee. My urine was a dark red. This happened once before about 3 weeks ago. But I didn't doanything about it then. Today Jd drov... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 02:22:02 EST electric W/C Got eveluated for an electric wheelchair today. And approoved. <BR> Doc Mosh also told me my last chest x-ray showed I have a small anuerism in my aorta. Feeling a bit anxious about that. Will ask for a cardiology referral tomorrow. Told Maribel about it. She is anxious also. Maybe I should not have told her, but wanted toshare that with someone that cares. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 01:58:53 EST didn't do Have spent the last 2 days almost motionless. At least today I have stretch a bit and did a tiny amount of aerobics. The chair aerobics hurt my right hip when I try to raise that leg or knee. Muss not give up though. Persistence is far more important than perfection. <BR> Ate too much last night. Really stuffed myself. But again, I ate less calories than I am "supposed" to. <BR> Hope to go to the grocery soon and get some more ham for split pea soup. Sounds really good. Get to control the s... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 21:27:30 EST To do or not to do Been sitting here debating on going for a walk. Find lots of excuses to not do what is neccessary to get that new hip. But that just motivated me, a new hip. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 18:25:07 EST walk Just got back from a walk. Went 417 steps this time. I don't think it will be that much longer than I can make it to the bus stop. Maybe I should take money with me in case I can't make it back. Then I just ride until it gets back to my stop, all rested and refreshed. Like anyone actually gets off a bus refreshed? <BR> Made meatless burger and eggs with cheese for breakfast. Was good and I cooked it again. Having a wheelchair back to sit in sure makes kitchen chores easier, or even possibly. ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:19:09 EST Goal My long term goal is to get a new hip. <BR> To get there I am setting some short term goals. Todays goal setting is: <BR> I will walk 2000 steps on a consistent basis. <BR> To accomplish this I will walk at least 250 steps daily, but more than that every other day. <BR> I have this set up for steak watching. And I will blog about my progress daily. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:50:39 EST cooked today Am almost finished making pumpkin squash soup. Steamed all my fresh ingredient before combining in a pot on the stove. The carrots and onios arn't disolving so I may blend it when it cools off. Still needs salt and pepper, but will let everyone put in the salt they want. I use the K+Cl. Let you know how it tasts tomorrow. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 20:19:01 EST Wahoooo ! The Va just delivered my manual wheelchair. I can now go back to cooking a bit. I've had my friends old wheelchair until a week or so ago. He needed it back for a few days, so I ordered my own. With the wheelchair I can stand in the kitchen and then be able to sit down as I get tired. I get tired quickly so have not been cooking. I still cook simple things. I expect I will make someTex-Mex beans tomorrow. I will have to get some more ham to make my split pea soup. I gave the last buncg away s... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 16:19:28 EST Day after Halloween. It is past 7 pm and I still have not had any of the candy I bought. I was just thinking that I am below my calorie goal again, sooooo why not? Thank goodness, I only thought about it a short time before sanity returned! Sun, 1 Nov 2015 22:15:02 EST feeling good Just had a shower, feels good to be clean. Also rearranging my room bit by bit. Starting to look like a civilized person lives here. <BR> Today is Halloween. I had my aid open thecandy bags so she could have a couple pieces. Now I need to not eat any myself. I know there are no bad foods, just bad portions. But it seems like I am uncontrollable when I eat chocolate, and have no control over portion control. My mind is telling me this is not true, but I think it is high time for me to use my ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 15:09:37 EST new bed I have been sleeping on an old mattress and bedsprings. Very lumpy and had to use pliers to get the springs to quit poking me. So this morning I got a new one. The owner of the store (delivering the bed) was not pleased with me at first because I had not taken the old bed out. Plus he had not been planning on setting up the new one.But when he found out I was unable to walk, he took care of me cheerfully. Even refused the tip I gave him. But I convinced him too. It was well worth it to me. <B... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:54:49 EST Bedtime I've been up since early morning with only 5 hours sleep. Very tired now, close to midnight. Followed my food plan again today. Ooo-rah. Good night, all. <BR> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:39:19 EST CLEAN My home health care aid came this morning. She does several things to make my life a little more comfortable. But, the best thing she does is give me a bath. After spending over 2 months of only having self bed bath using baby wipes, it feels wonderful having a soap and water and scrubbing bath. She has been coming for a week now and I feel like a new person being clean!! <BR> Under ate yesterday calorie wise. Didn't try to, just the way the day went. <BR> Good day today and its only 9:30 am... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:27:36 EST Snafu I started back on SP Sat, but my foods were written as if it were Sunday. I forgot I have crossed the international date line since my previous entry. I was going to enter the food on Sat, but I ate so much that I decided not to bother. I had eaten at a Hawaian resteraunt and had Kalua Pig and cabbage. Lots of fat and enormous amount of salt. I am quite edematous today. Anyway, back with the program today. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:02:30 EST Once again Back again. Need to loose enough weight for a hip replacement operation. Doing it this time! Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:53:24 EST good Have been eating 3 moderate meals a day with nothing i between this week. One exception was eating an apple yesterday before dinner. Was really hungry. Have been hungry most of the time. I think maybe because I had stretched my stomach from eating so much past 3 weeks. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:56:15 EST Once again Once again I am starting to write down my foods, and a couple other things. Writing the foods though is what I am told by the experts that helps the food control the most. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:23:08 EST crashed ! Met a newcomer Tue evening meeting. Promised I would meet him Wed at the NA meeting. Luckiloy he is Pinoy as the meeting was conducted in Visayan. Was a good meeting for me anyway. When I got home my foot was very bloody where I scraped some of my thinning skin right off. Did the epsom salt thing. Then a couple hours later I stood up to go to bed, lost my balance and crashed to the floor. Scraped another dime size piece of skin off the same foot right next to the other wound. Both on the bac... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:35:57 EST trouble Having lot of trouble getting back in step with loosing weight and getting healthy. Need to continue working on it and keeping track of things even when I don't do it up to my expectations. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:36:48 EST long hiatus Haven't written since I decided to be sure to write every day. Guess I'm not too good at follow through. Not that that is any new discovery. <BR> Didn't loose any weight this week, but didn't gain either. Other than this week I have been loosing small amounts every week since last time I wrote. Writing foods down accurately most of the time. <BR> Started exercising a bit last week. Walking on treadmill for a few minutes about half the days. Lifting light weights 3 times a week X's 1 week so ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 03:17:07 EST better control Not eating compulsively toady. Still eating more volumn than I want to, but never really felt full today. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:17:55 EST poor impulse control ate continuously and compulsively most of day yesterday. At least mostly healthy foods, but way too much. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:42:13 EST Back on track Got back to my vegetarian diet. Other than the whey protein powder, I was vegan today. I sure seem to feel better when I follow the vegetarian diet. Didn't loose much this week, I believe because I was full of sodium and water this am. Too much salt yesterday, I guess. My feet still feel a little swollen, but I don't want to take a diuretic unless absolutely necessary. See how I am doing tomorrow. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:22:51 EST poor impulse control I ate compulsively yesterday. Then today I broke my diet. Ate everything in sight. Ate some cereal and then some grape juice, so I even indulged in a lot of sugar. Hopefully I will be back on my food plan in the morning, and after. I started out with oatmeal this am, but then I blew it. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:12:46 EST thought Well, at least I thought about exercising this morning? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 22:49:09 EST write Have plans to write every day, not so much here, but want to write down some of my stories. Not sure if anyone will ever want to read them, but I would like to write some. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:14:01 EST doing good not much to say today. All is going good. Am considering adding protein powder made from whey. Need to double check how much sugar is in it. Feeling so good physically and mentally, I don't want to chance screwing that up with sugar intake. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 00:23:35 EST no diabetes ? Did not take any diabetes meds yesterday. Again my blood suger stayed in normal perameters, although a little on the high side of normal. Am getting in the 100 teens and would like to see it get better. Probably will if I start taking exercise seriously. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:07:51 EST Hyperglycemic Have gone all day without diabetes med. Started out this am at 108, then stayed around 120 until 11 pm. Then 181. Did about same yesterday but I took the med last night when I showed higher B.S. Tonight I go without so that I can check in the morning without meds. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:05:36 EST nuts Had small meals yesterday, then binged last night. Ate a whole can of mixed nuts, 1300 calories. Not good! But,,, I still ate within my calorie goal. <BR> Went to the grocery store yesterday and bought more varieties of nuts and protein foods, including split peas. They made a great soup for lunch today. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:19:09 EST slow progress I started my exercise yesterday. 1 minute of squats. Today I did the first warm up exercise in my pilates book. About 2 minutes. I did walk a fair bit last night going to the AA meeting. Not a lot, but more than I am used to recently. <BR> Trying to accomplish some of the other goals I set, one of which is writing this blog. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:38:24 EST must stop gaining I started a radical (for me) way of eating Sunday. A friend recommended I go on the "potato" diet. I did a little research and thought I would try a modified potato diet. More vegies than potatoes, plenty of fruit, no processed foods. Since I am also not eating animal produts such as eggs or milk, I guess I am on not just vegitarian, but a Vegan diet. I need to do more research on that to see different recipes and different ways to get protein. Last 3 days I have been eating about have my pro... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:46:59 EST Been awhile I m back up to me beginning weight, so lets get going again. <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:23:37 EST SOS (SAME OLD .................... S...TUFF) GOOD DAY FOLKS, <BR> <BR> IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY HERE IN CEBU. AND I FEEL PRETTY GOOD MENTALLY TOO. TODAY IS MY SEMI-WEEKLY WEIGH IN DAY. I LOST OVER A KILO THIS TIME, CHEESECAKE AND ALL. I AM STILL BEHIND MY GOAL OF A POUND PER WEEK, BUT IT IS OK. I THINK WITH THE ADDED ACTIVITY I AM DOING I SHOULD CATCH UP IN A MONTH OR SO. JUST NOT ALL THAT CONCERNED ABOUT IT. WHAT REALLY GETS ME, IN A GOOD WAY, IS THAT I CONTINUE MY DOWNWARD TREND. LOOKS GREAT ON THE GRAPH. <BR> <BR> TALKING ABOUT BI... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:39:13 EST sos A GOOD THURSDAY EVENING TO ALL. <BR> <BR> I REALLY BLEW IT YESTERDAY. I BOUGHT A SMALL CHEESECAKE WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS. I WAS GOING TO EAT ONE PIECE, ABOUT 1/4 OF THE CAKE. WE WERE WATCHING A MOVIE AND I HAD A SECOND PIECE, AND THEN THE THIRD AND LAST PIECE. I ATE MORE CALORIES IN CHEESECAKE THAN ALMOST ALL MY OTHER FOODS FOR THE DAY. REALLY MESSED UP MY CONTROLED PORTIONS. <BR> <BR> GOT IN OVER AN HOURS WORTH OF EXERCISE. TREADMILL, POOL WALKING, AND 3 MINUTES OF SWIMMING. CAN'T BE... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:53:26 EST ALL IS GOOD HOWDY ALL, <BR> <BR> BIG DAY FOR ME YESTERDAY. SEPT 11 HAS A DIFFERENT MEANING TO ME THAM 9/11 DOES. I GRIEVE WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND MUCH OF THE WORLD FOR THE LIVES LOST. I PRAY GOD GIVES THE STRENGTH TO THE FAMILIES TO LIVE THROUGH ANOTHER DAY OF SAD MEMORIES. <BR> <BR> SEPT 11, 1978 IS THE DAY I GAVE UP ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. SO FOR ME, THE DAY IS ALSO A REMEMBERANCE FOR ME OF A MIRACLE HAPPENING. <BR> <BR> REGARDING MY CALORIE INTAKE: I HAVE READ MANY TIMES IN THE SPARKS READING... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:06:44 EST JUST DO IT I ATE 2300 CALORIES YESTERDAY, INCLUDING 600 CALORIES OF WHEAT NUTS. I FEEL LIKE I REALLY OVERDID IT, BUT 2300 IS AT THE LOW END OF MY RECOMMENDED RANGE. MAYBE IT WAS SO MANY WHEAT NUTS CAUSING MY MENTAL DISTRESS. OH WELL, THAT WAS YESTERDAY. I AM DOING FINE TODAY. <BR> <BR> I AM ALSO FINDING IT HARD TO GET MOTIVATED TO DO MY EXERCISES. I USUALLY GET THEM DONE, BUT HAVE MISSED 3 DAYS THIS MONTH ALREADY. AND I AM UNDER 500 MINUTES FOR THE MONTH SO FAR. I MAY NOT EVEN MAKE 1500 FOR THE MONTH A... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 01:58:56 EST