DOLLBABE56's SparkPeople Blog DOLLBABE56's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Any Day <img src=""> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:15:15 EST Me now <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is me now. Well, actually in June on Father's Day. I have joined a wellness center and attend an adaptive yoga class once a week. 2 - 3 times a week my husband and I go and use the machines. Still not losing anything. So now I've come back to spark to where I can track my food and exercises, and get the support I need. I also am going to add some swimming at the wellness center a couple of days a week. ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:45:01 EST Head in the sand I've been living with my head in the sand. At least for the past year. I've gained over 20 lbs. since last June. It has been too hard to stay motivated. It's stupid to say this, but I have regressed to binge eating. Something I had thought I'd gotten past. I guess I've been depressed. Come to think of it, the weight started going up after my dr. upped one of my medicines last June. Then, I was put on 2 other meds. by October. But I can't blame it on that. I just gave up and over ate ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:43:12 EST In Pain and Depressed Within the past few months my arthritis has started getting worse. At the end of the day when I get home from work, (no matter what shoes I wear) I can barely walk because my feet hurt so bad and my legs feel like lead. My hands are changing too, fingers are turning. The dr. did blood work and found out a month ago that my thyroid is low, so I'm on ANOTHER medicine. I feel I am in limbo, and sinking fast. I have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, but I am afraid of getting Rheumatoid Arthr... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:17:25 EST Figure it out Today I didn't do as well with my food choices/calories. I did great yesterday. <BR> I've got to forge a plan. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> I did track ALL my calories. <BR> I didn't plan out/track all my meals this morning, which meant when I came home for lunch, I ate too much. Not all healthy either. <BR> I did walk Poppet 2x's. <BR> I did exercise this evening with dh. <BR> <BR> All in all, today wasn't a total wash. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure out what I need to do. One thing t... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:45:14 EST Not weighing in every week has been a mistake I didn't weigh myself for 2 weeks. In those 2 weeks I started out positive, watching what I ate, and began simple exercising. Well...... that didn't last long. If I had weighed myself after the 1st week, I may have thwarted the mindless eating that happened the 2nd week. <BR> <BR> Okay, I realize this. I weighed in Sunday, and was about the same as I was 2 weeks ago. I know if I had weighed a week ago the numbers might have been better. Why do I sabotage myself like this? I wonder, sh... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 07:53:05 EST Today was a challenge I'm still being positive, but I have to admit that today challenged me. Monday's are my day off. Today I took Poppet (my dog) and Teazer (my cat) to the vet. First time taking them together. That wasn't bad at all. However, the "girls" both have issues. Poppet has arthritis, and her gums are receding. She has other, ongoing issues too. Teazer's gums have not improved after being on antibiotics, so we are going to try a medication that I will rub on her gums and teeth. <BR> <BR> Ok, t... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:44:41 EST I'm Positive I've decided to be more positive. the past 3 days I've had a positive attitude, and you know what? it works! I've made better food choices, and have started an exercise routine in the mornings before work. It's only 10 minutes of easy stretches and a little yoga. then 5 minutes of meditation. what a difference in me. i'm able to breathe better, too. I didn't realize how shallow my breathing has been. No wonder I'm so tired all the time. Of course, I do still walk Poppet a couple tim... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:12:54 EST Determined To Succeed! I've been having a hard time staying motivated, doing well for a couple days and then binging the next day. Like yesterday. I didn't plan my meals by tracking first thing in the morning. Breakfast went well. But, lunch was another story. Ended up eating sweets. Ok, I ate 1 mini fat boy ice cream sandwich. But then I ate 2 Klondike Bars (at least they were sugar free). And another after dinner. Needless to say that I had a little "flatulence" in the evening from all the artificial swe... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:54:46 EST Having a rough time I am having a rough time. I have bipolar depression and acid reflux. My doctor upped my lamictal strength last week and also added klonopin because of anxiety I've had since last summer. This has been getting worse, so I finally gave in to klonopin, but only a couple times a day (doc has tried to prescribe it in my last few sessions). Thing is, my depression is soooo bad. I've gained 6 lbs. (actually, in March I'd lost some, so I have really gained 10 lbs.) This just makes me more depre... Mon, 13 May 2013 08:06:47 EST Wow, it's been a long time Wow!!! I didn't realize I hadn't posted a blog since January. Well, to tell the truth, I haven't been focused and committed to a healthy lifestyle for a long time. <BR> <BR> Today was the first time in (I don't even know) long time that I have done exercise. I did 20 minutes of low impact aerobics. And then took Poppet on a long walk. In fact, we went on 2 long walks today. <BR> <BR> I feel good tonight. I'm happy with myself. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:37:16 EST THANK YOU! I've been down with a bug the last 3 days, but I'm feeling a lot better. I purchased SparkCoach back in November, but I haven't used it except for the 1st, maybe.....week? Now I am ready. I guess being sick has given me perspective. I went to the doctor yesterday (wanted to be sure it wasn't the flu) and got on the scale. 170.6 lbs. granted I had my shoes on, etc... , but that does not matter one bit. I weighed 170.6 lbs. I've been utterly, unmistakably, and completely out of control.... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:52:57 EST Yikes! Yikes! I realized day before yesterday that I've got to get my displays ready for a bridal fair next Saturday. I thought I had a couple more weeks. Yikes! Oh, and YIKES! I don't have anything dressy to wear to it that fits. <BR> <BR> Yikes! My husband and I got fitbit ones and a fitbit aria (scale) for Christmas. We setup it up today, and....YIKES!!! I knew I had gained weight, so it is NOT a surprise that I now weigh 168.7. What IS A SURPRISE TO ME IS THAT MY BODY FAT IS 41%!!!! YIK... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:43:38 EST Sunday Afternoon "Me Time" I had a long day at work yesterday, and my feet sure did hurt. I had packed a nutritious lunch, and ignored the urge to visit the snack machine. Had Taco Bell for dinner - too many calories, but enjoyed it. Didn't exercise, but did my stretching late. Watched "BAMA" win last night. <BR> <BR> So, today is Sunday. I taking time for me this afternoon. Catching up on sparking with my peeps. Already done the grocery shopping. Doing well with calories, and have already taken Poppet (my dog... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:42:14 EST Halloween Candy Binge Okay. I did well with my food choices yesterday. Until...... after dinner. All day I had told myself that "no, you are strong enough to resist it". I felt empowered. But the funny thing? I started to obsess about it. So, I caved. Baby Ruth minis. Okay, I ate 18 of them. But, I'm okay. It's over and I am STILL motivated to be on track. <BR> This morning I discovered a piece that I had missed. I promptly deposited it the trash. No sadness. <BR> This is possibly the best Hallowee... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:53:05 EST Jenny Craig vs. nutrisystem I'm considering my options tonight. I'm desperate to get a handle on my appetite. <BR> <BR> I need to know if anyone has had luck with Jenny Craig or nutrisystem. <BR> Mon, 14 May 2012 20:17:30 EST Closet Time Yep, I finally organized my closet. It was not a pretty sight, let me tell you! But, I did it. That was my goal for today. There are sooo many more things that need to be done - Spring cleaning things, and yes, I know that it is not Spring yet. Just getting an early start. Our youngest daughter (26) moved out last May. I have done nothing to her room since the day she moved. And she left such a mess of things in the room - "you can do whatever you want with my stuff, but don't throw ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 18:48:13 EST It's Sunday It's Sunday. So why on earth did I decided, today of all days, why did I decide to change my "weigh-in" day from Monday to Sunday. BAD idea.... <BR> <BR> Last week was another stressful one. I am really trying to leave work at work. This didn't work last week, but my resolve is still here. Anyway, stress does not help my reflux. Nor does poor eating choices. Enter the reflux meds. Yes, they were beginning to work (I only started using them Tuesday), but my appetite picked up too. ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:52:07 EST I love my job, but....... No really, I do love my job. I am the bridal consultant at a very unique gift store. The thing is, I have been so busy with brides, decorating my department and decorating displays for 2 bridal shows. It's very difficult to get all of it done. And it has been only me. About 3 weeks ago the owner hired a girl to assist me. Well, unfortunately she has not gotten to be with me much because the other department need her because we had someone out for a week. Well that was okay until today. Let... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:50:08 EST About 6 Weeks Ago About 6 weeks ago I "turned off" my Spark emails. I noticed I didn't get much email after that except for mostly junk. <BR> <BR> About 6 weeks ago I started to gain the 9 lbs that I have gained back. Bummer, to say the least. <BR> <BR> About 6 weeks ago the stress at work was starting to consume me. <BR> <BR> About 6 weeks ago I began the emotional eating again. <BR> <BR> About 6 weeks ago I started "sneaking" to Starbuck's to "secretly" consume 1 (sometimes 2) Chocolate Chunk Cookies. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:16:16 EST Here I am again. Here I am again. It's the middle of February and I've gained weight. Not over Christmas, mind you. But during January and February. Every year. I don't make New Years resolutions because I feel it puts unnecessary stress on me to succeed. But I really must get a hold of myself before I regain all the weight I had lost last year. <BR> <BR> Starting now, I am tracking my food again. This works, but I have been sooooo stressed that I gave it up for a few weeks. Now look at me. I reac... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:29:36 EST PHSS I believe I have PHSS. Post Holiday Stress Syndrome. That's what I've named it, lol (ooops, there may actually be a syndrome by this name.... ) <BR> <BR> I don't really have a problem during the holidays with eating. Not really..... Okay, maybe a little. But my point is, I seem to experience the whole binge-eating, weight gain thing in late January. I guess that is when the old stress monster attacks. This year seems a bit different though. This year I am aware of how I am feeling. ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:40:05 EST The Green Thing My brother posted this on facebook: <BR> <BR> The Green Thing <BR> <BR> At the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should <BR> bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the <BR> environment. <BR> <BR> The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing <BR> back in my day." <BR> <BR> The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care <BR> enough to save our environment." <BR> <BR> He was right -- our gene... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 09:38:10 EST Starting Spark Again Yesterday I began Sparking again. Tracking water, food, and exercise. Visiting my friend feed more. I've taken a break from this due to some burn out and emotional turmoil - some elf inflicted, but some not (like the horrible tornadoes of 4/27. I feel better, and have really missed my spark friend - which just would have been my dear mom's 95 birthday. Yep, emotional issues. Feeling better now and ready to go for the gold. Tue, 10 May 2011 08:11:37 EST Less Time On The Computer As a lot of you know, I have bipolar depression, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and allergies that I take meds for. In fact, my dr. gave me a new perscription Tuesday. I began it that night. It will take a few weeks before I will know if it is helping. Even though I have been "diagnosed" for these conditions, I do not use them as excuses. I try not to use them as a crutch. I have been VERY depressed the past couple of weeks. During this time I have been on my computer/spark more than usual. ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 09:36:48 EST Getting down to the real me - a work in progress I had this long blog typed and something happened and I lost it. I can't bring myself to retype at this time. Or ever. I'll post something later because right now I'm to upset. <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 09:42:44 EST What? What in the world is wrong with me? I feel like I am mentally paralyzed and WON'T get up and exercise this week. And I DON'T. I feel so sad that I could cry, but the tears don't come. I don't know. I guess the gloomy weather has something to do with. I take my meds, etc.. but just have my heels dug in and won't get going. Stupid, I know. But this is how it is. Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:08:38 EST Yesterday Yesterday. As some of you know, I am on a yeast free/mold free diet per my ent. I've been eating like this (and being mighty careful about it too) since the end of January. Yesterday I ate a chocolate covered strawberry that my daughter had brought me. I snapped. Yes I ate it. Then proceeded to look for a bag of Nestle Toll House chocolate chips that "I thought" just might have been overlooked in the food purge. Yep, found 'em in the freezer. Got out my trusty place spoon and proceeded... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 07:27:42 EST Thank you to all my "Sparkies" Thank you for being so kind to me yesterday regarding my vlog. It took me quite a while to figure out this video "thing". lol Can anyone give me pointers on recording one? After about a minute the sound begins to drag and get deep. I tried recording it 6 or 7 times, and decided to just record for a minute. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 08:27:19 EST Vlog Okay, today I (might) will try to record a video blog. No promises here. I've wanted to do this for a long time. I first need to: 1-make myself presentable (a girl's got to look her best for her first vlog, don't you think? lol) 2-Get up some courage 3-Have an idea of what to say (because I just know I will flub it up) 4- well heck, I don't know what #4 would be except that I just know there has to be one. :) <BR> <BR> Here's to you "seeing" me later. (I hope) Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:50:56 EST Confused I'm in yet another depression. At least I recognize it. Extreme ups and downs. That's bipolar depression for ya. Maybe I should talk to my doctor about my meds. May need an adjustment. I felt this coming on yesterday and the result was, no exercise. I know I would've felt better. I just couldn't make myself. Today it's worse, but I am going to do the total gym - just won't do c25k. C25k was suppose to be yesterday. I guess I needed the endorphins. I have some stress at work which ... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 08:27:02 EST Why am I so tired after finally getting a good nights sleep? Why? I don't know, but I am... and feeling a bit depressed. Okay, so I have bipolar. So what. I know if I get out and at the very least walk Poppet, that I will feel better. So why am I stalling? I don't have to get ready for work for another hour. I am suppose to do my c25k training today, only 30 mins. So what is holding me back. I just want to go back to sleep. I've been up since 5:15 and it is now a quarter to 8. So what. I'm up at 5:15 every morning. I don't go back to bed. ... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:49:12 EST I am soooo tired of these @#!!! hot flashes I'm really getting tired of the hot flashes. Last night I must have awoken at least a dozen times. Hormones are not an option. Oh well, this to shall about 15 years. lol Fri, 18 Mar 2011 07:42:37 EST Thank goodness it's Monday I've been sick for a couple of days now. Thank goodness today is Monday - my day off. Mike and Jen have gone to work, so I can rest all day and maybe I will feel better. I hate feeling sick (I guess that most of us do). <BR> <BR> I may try and walk Poppet this morning. May do us both some good. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:34:29 EST Monday is off day Today is my off day, so I've got quite a list of things to do. Or not do, it just depends on how much I CAN do without overdoing it. That's whole lot of do/do not doing. lol <BR> <BR> My list today is: <BR> 1. Clean bathrooms <BR> 2. laundry <BR> 3. vacuum & dust downstairs <BR> 4. dishes <BR> 5. pay dr's office <BR> 6. shop for a few items missed at the grocery store yesterday <BR> 7. walk Poppet at least 1x <BR> 8. do some hemming <BR> 9. bring total gym <BR> and last BUT NOT LEAST BECAU... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 08:53:34 EST Better and better days When I got to work yesterday the store was in utter chaos! In fact, they were worried that I how I would react to my department being in ruins. The owners had decided to rearrange the whole store. Well almost all of it. My department had dishes all over - under tables on counters - well, just everywhere. They moved to big display cases out of my department. BUT, I got 4 huge "lighted", cases in return. Today I have to put everything back. I actually do enjoy it though. I am soooo hap... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:15:15 EST Today is a better day Feeling better today. Exercise has a way of doing that. Finally began C25K training. Again. Felt good. Used treadmill, but can't wait for the weather to get a little warmer so I can take it outside once in a while. <BR> <BR> Hey Christelle! I logged over 12,000 steps yesterday! Cool. <BR> <BR> Exercising yesterday sure set the tone for the rest of the day. Isn't it amazing what setting goals and actually meeting goals can do for ones self confidence? Now, going to the treadmill s... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 08:55:43 EST Body Flex+ Update Well, forget body flex+, already moving on to something else. Got bored real quick. <BR> <BR> Joined a couple new challenges on Spark to keep me accountable. Plus, I've been using my pedometer that my bff bought me (you know who you are ) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So, even though I feel "icky" today, I'm heading up to the treadmill in a few minutes to mark off one of my challenges and afterwards doing the other 5 minutes challenge. Bet I'll feel be then. Just saying..... <BR> <BR> This ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:46:23 EST Body Flex + I have been so "inactive" other than working and walking Poppet (however, I don't walk her as much as I should) that I am really feeling the negative effects (or is it, affects? I can never remember...) <BR> <BR> So this morning I broke out the old trusty Body Flex + dvd and gymbar. I've always had good results with this. Especially with the aerobic breathing. Anyway, I did the dvd about an hour ago and bruuuutherrrr, I am already feeling it. lol In a good way. I wonder if the is a S... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 09:41:46 EST Yesterday I Restarted Sparkin' Yep, that's right. I've started over, and I must say that I feel revitalized. I am refocused on me. I had a terrible eating 2 months, with virtually zero exercise. I started working in October after a 2 1/2 year period of unemployment. I just couldn't organize my time and felt overwelmed. Anyway, yesterday I began Sparkin' again. Did great with tracking my food. Water consumption is another story. Today I will also focus on that, plus I'm going to do 10 minutes of yoga. In fact, whe... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 08:47:50 EST December Calendar December. December has many special days for our family. These special days will make for a VERY challenging month. lol Several birthdays.... <BR> <BR> November was not good because I just couldn't get motivated. Look how awful I did: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> December's calendar will be better. I can make it through alright, I know I can. Focus. I started working in October after 3 years being at home. It has been ver... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 07:35:42 EST Boy, it's been a long time.... I haven't posted in a long time.... I've been too "ashamed" of my lack of control to post October's calendar. Well, time to face up. So here is October's: <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> See! Baaaaaddd... <BR> <BR> The beginning of Novemeber isn't any better: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My thinking is, by posting my results I am more likely to get serious a... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 07:35:26 EST 50 Things About Me 1. What time did you get up this morning? <BR> 5:30 <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? <BR> medium rare <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> The last Harry Potter movie <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? <BR> Toss up between: NCIS/Bones/Modern Family/Chuck/Amazing Race <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? <BR> England <BR> <BR> 6. What did you have for breakfast? <BR> a banana sandwich and coffee <BR> <... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 19:45:02 EST My First Day Of Work Today I started my job as bridal registrar at a new gift shop in town. The store is beautiful and full of merchandise. Tomorrow night is the grand opening. <BR> <BR> Okay, so today I basically got to know the merchandise and learn the register. Of course it will take me more than 1 day to learn everything. lol <BR> <BR> It was strange being there because I felt like I was still in my old job 3 years ago. I guess what I mean is I felt comfortable. Everyone is very nice. It should work ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:36:55 EST September Calendar Finishes Today - October Calendar Starts Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, this is my calendar for this month. I did okay. This really did help me and it was fun. I did miss a few exercises and didn't always eat within my calorie range. Yes, and sometimes I had an eating brain cloud from emotional eating. Still need to work on that. <BR> <BR> Now, October begins tomorrow, and I am ready for it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:48:52 EST The Completed August Calendar And The New One For September Today is the last day of August. It's hard to believe it. Now just bring on the cool of autumn. <BR> <BR> So I thought I would show you my completed August calendar. Here it is: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have also gotten my September calendar ready to go. Here is what it looks like: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Note the Pink Panther theme? That's because I joine... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 19:30:37 EST Updated August Calendar I thought that I'd share the updated calendar so that you can see how it's working for me. It seems to help me a lot. And it's fun. I really went over my calories an a couple of days, so I used pictures of the trigger foods. Having this visual really makes a difference. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 29 Aug 2010 16:53:55 EST Instructions for making my calendar Instructions for making my calendar: <BR> <BR> Using PowerPoint: <BR> <BR> Select new presentation <BR> <BR> Layout <BR> <BR> Blank <BR> <BR> Select 2010 calendar template <BR> <BR> Change header to what you want it to say <BR> (you will have to do this for each month) <BR> <BR> Insert clipart or insert a picture <BR> <BR> Now just play with it. <BR> <BR> SAVE AS BOTH PO... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:45:00 EST Update on my August Calendar My calendar is working out great as my background on my laptop. Check it out: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has really helped me to stay focused. As I complete my routine I check it off. It's great! I made it in PowerPoint and update it about 4 times a day. <BR> <BR> The numbers in red are the total calories I've consumed each day. The yellow numbers on Sunday's is my weigh-in weight. <BR> <BR> I'm just having fun with ... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:21:37 EST August - Time For A Calendar I decided that it is time to make a calendar that I can have fun constructing and at the same time it will serve as inspiration - for exercise that is. This is what I've come up with: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I will weigh-in on Sunday's now; walk Poppet 2x's a day; use WiiFit+ 2x's a week; and just plain have fun! <BR> <BR> I got this idea from a blog I read last week by ABETTERCHERYL. Check out her blog from 7/29 - Making It Fun. I deci... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 12:18:12 EST