ELISADENK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELISADENK ELISADENK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Good things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746641 Wearing my 'skinny' shorts. <em>9</em> <BR> <em>192</em> Lowest weight in three years (before health crisis). <BR> BP meds cut in half. (readings were 'good') <em>244</em> <BR> <em>240</em> Jenny-cat acclimating. See improvements daily. (still have a ways to go) <BR> Actually LIKE my new doctor! <em>334</em> <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:22:47 EST Cat Adoption Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742893 Yesterday I blogged about our new cat. <BR> <BR> Thank you , my SPfriends for your input and prayers. <BR> <BR> Today, she actually came out of hiding, sat on me (ugh) and purred for a bit. :-) <BR> <BR> Weighs in at 11 .2 pounds! <BR> <BR> Changed her name from Lilly to.... Jenny Lillyanna Hidee Patience Meow. <BR> <BR> AKA: Jenny-girl, Jenny-cat, Cat <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:26:15 EST I gone and done it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742136 Remember, after Nicky passed onto Cat Heaven in December, I decided that Jasmine cat was plenty? I quickly discovered with delight that taking care of one cat was much easier. <BR> <BR> On and off through out this time, I would look at the free cats and dogs on CL. Just for fun. <BR> <BR> Well.... this last listing was of a cat named Lilly. Didn't think much of it. But when an hour later, I couldn't get her out of my mind, I decided to find out more info on her. <BR> <BR> But this ti... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:52:26 EST Please help me name my Zhus. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706328 Please help me name my Zhus. They didn't come with the tags. <BR> <BR> Left is a cat. It purrs, 'dances' to music, and makes other cat sounds. <BR> <BR> Middle has a butterfly 'tattoo' and makes a few cats sounds and twitters. <BR> <BR> The one on the right I think belongs to the "Rockstar" group. He says, 'woohoo', giggles and dances to music, and snores. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1111460400.jpg"> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:16:46 EST Pumpkin seed butter RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705451 Thank you my <em>223</em> for your advice. <BR> <BR> I mixed a bit of the butter with a bit of honey and spread it on my Ezekiel bread. <BR> <BR> Tasted.... better. But sure is weird looking!!! <em>246</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:01:37 EST Pumpkin seed butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703782 Since there are quite a few foods I can no longer have, I've had to branch out and try different ones. <BR> <BR> Hence, a jar of sprouted Pumpkin Seed Butter! <BR> <BR> Label says: organic, creamy, crystal salt, a light and sweet tasting butter rich in enzymes, nutrients and easily digested. 1 oz = 151 calories <BR> <BR> Hmmm.... it's an ugly shade of green! <BR> <BR> Yes, it is creamy. <BR> <BR> Taste? It doesn't taste sweet to me, yet not bitter. <BR> <BR> WHAT is the WORLD do... Mon, 26 May 2014 19:31:40 EST My Zhu birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702975 Thank you, my SPfriends for all the wonderful birthday wishes. Sorry for the delay. <BR> <BR> Oldest and youngest SILs are in town for the week. Plenty going on, but they all were able to take the time to celebrate my birthday. <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> As for gifts ~ I received some wonderful new clothes, and a bunch of Zhu Zhu pets. I now have my own Zhu family. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1598465305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 May 2014 18:55:57 EST Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700148 "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." ~ Mark Twain <BR> <BR> <BR> Read this and laughed. <BR> <BR> From the book, "Toxin Toxout, Getting harmful chemicals out of our bodies and our world" Wed, 21 May 2014 16:18:34 EST Storing lettuce? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690821 H e l p ! <BR> <BR> Need advice!! <BR> <BR> How do you store lettuce? It seems to always go bad before I finish eating it all. (I eat a salad every day). <BR> <BR> I've tried different methods, but none seem to work very well. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be helpful..... Thu, 8 May 2014 20:21:22 EST How to lose Weight without exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643120 1) Discover you have Gluten Intolerance including cross-reactors such as corn, dairy, etc; and are too tired and sickly to go grocery shopping which means eating only fruit, veggies, a bit of carbs, and protein. <BR> <BR> 2) While doing research on what you CAN eat, you discover you have a Leaky Gut, which means at least temporarily eliminating more foods. <BR> <BR> 3) Throw yourself into Emotional Turmoil (You really believed you were eating well? Why didn't you pick up on these sympt... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:46:19 EST Live is over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634615 Life is over as I know it. <BR> <BR> Finally had the courage to read the label on the jar of Nutella that is hiding in the back corner of my fridge. <BR> <BR> Soy..... whey <BR> <BR> Two of the many ingredients I can no longer enjoy. (Going gluten-free includes other food items as well.) <BR> <BR> Did I toss the jar? Nope! <BR> <BR> I placed it back into its hiding place to deal with later. Maybe, someday, I can ask DH to toss for me. <BR> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:32:35 EST Countertop Grills? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630388 In SP's cookbook, Meg mentions a Countertop Grill. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about getting one. <BR> <BR> Any advice? Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:55:37 EST Do you think this statement is true? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625714 My SPfriend posted this as a tip. Have been pondering it for a while. Thought I'd ask Sparkland..... <BR> <BR> 'Every day you can do 1 of 2 things; you can build health or you can promote disease in yourself.' <BR> <BR> Is this true? <BR> There is no in between? <BR> Is it an either/or? Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:10:47 EST Water containers??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623412 What type of bedside water container do you use? <BR> <BR> Ya know, when you get thirsty at night and don't want to get up to get a drink. <BR> <BR> I'm using a plastic one w/ a short straw that somehow leaks. So I'm looking for a better container. Needs to be covered, of course. <BR> <BR> <BR> Any recommendations and/or links would be appreciated. <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:10:55 EST Interesting tidbits I found on SP. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617226 Food should help you feel good. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Beans & Other Musical Fruits <em>24</em> <BR> (Here's a short list of foods that are known to trigger gas and bloating for many people: beans, cabbage, onions, apricots, prunes, bananas and wheat germ.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:28:59 EST No sugar; now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606555 The problem with being off sugar is what does one do for a treat when going out and about? <BR> <BR> When DH has an icecream at the local store, what do I get? <BR> <BR> When DH has a doughnut, what do I get?? <BR> <BR> H E L P!!! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:38:20 EST Hey Bloggers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598410 I enjoy reading blogs. <BR> <BR> However, it is difficult to read many lines; one upon the other. Think it has to do with old age. <BR> <BR> So could you PLEASE use paragraphs? <BR> <BR> A paragraph is "a distinct section of a piece of writing, usually dealing with a single theme and indicated by a new line, indentation, or numbering." <BR> <BR> OR just hit the 'enter' key two times. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Appreciate it!! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:38:44 EST Video link of 100 pds lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589618 3-minute video, time-lapse <BR> NOT a Sparkie <BR> Turn on volume. <BR> <BR> 'Lakeisha Shurn records a video diary every day for 100 days on her efforts to lose weight and boost her self-esteem.' <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.wimp.com/womangym/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:14:37 EST Emotional Eating? Answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574059 Thank you for commenting on my previous blog. After contemplating all of your comments, I pondered and prayed and this is what came out: <BR> <BR> Very simple answer..... <BR> <BR> Ready...... <BR> <BR> Because it works! Only temporary though. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:00:32 EST My favorite! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570048 What did Adam say the day before Christmas? <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> "It's Christmas, Eve!" <BR> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:58:55 EST Ginger man? :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568202 What did the Gingerbread Man put on his bed? <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> A cookie sheet! Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:21:36 EST Say what? :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567474 Dear Father Christmas, this Christmas could you please send me a yellow door. <BR> <BR> Yours, <BR> Sherlock Holmes Watson <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "So why do you want a yellow door Holmes?" <BR> <BR> "Lemon-entry my dear Watson." <BR> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:28:15 EST Cold? :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566730 Why is it so cold at Christmas? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's in Decembrrrrr. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:34:39 EST Black Friday Smarts :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552526 A small business owner was dismayed when a brand new corporate chain much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read, BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS. <BR> <BR> He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading LOWEST BLACK FRIDAY PRICES. <BR> <BR> The small business owner panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop. It read... MAIN ENTRANCE. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 01:11:58 EST Just be yourself! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551729 When standing in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, ya start to get mad at turkeys. <BR> <BR> There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami, etc. <BR> <BR> Someone needs to tell the turkey, "man, just be yourself!" Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:52:07 EST Turkey question :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550949 If you call a large turkey a gobbler what do you call a small one? <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> A: Goblet Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:22:12 EST STUFF Happens! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550191 1) My digital clock didn't seem to be working, I noticed when getting out of bed this morning. Thinking of different reasons: <em>56</em> <BR> A) electricity is out <BR> B) clock finally bit the dust <BR> C) cat, who likes to lay on top of clock finally did something. <BR> <BR> Outcome: It was unplugged. Whew! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2) Freezer randomly popped open! Looked like a Winter Wonderland. <em>425</em> Evidently I (yes, me) over stuffed the freezer and it... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:07:48 EST For Pizza people :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548431 While working at a pizza parlor, I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. <BR> <BR> He appeared to be alone so the cook asked him, "would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6?" <BR> <BR> He thought about it for some time, then said, "just cut it into 4 pieces. I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6 pieces." Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:54:28 EST Bubbles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547229 When I was pouring dish soap from a large container into a smaller one, out came tiny bubbles. <BR> <BR> Made me smile. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Made me think of summer. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What do bubbles make you think of? Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:16:37 EST What's the BIG deal about Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542239 I'm not being cynical or whatever. <BR> <BR> I'm being... analytical. <BR> <BR> What does Thanksgiving mean to you? <BR> <BR> Does it mean an excuse to eat a lot? <BR> Does it mean a reason for family to get together? <BR> Is it important because it is a tradition? <BR> <BR> Take a moment, think about it, and if you feel comfortable, let me know what you are thinking. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:26:37 EST Opinion Requested http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537553 Is it okay for a 50+ yr old woman to wear a headband, who also wears eyeglasses? <BR> <BR> The only headband I have broke today. I've been wearing it to keep my hair out of my face while it is growing out. <BR> <BR> Hair still hasn't entirely grown out. Now what? <BR> <BR> DH says, "No". <BR> What do you say? Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:37:03 EST New car and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536948 One of the 'joys' of getting a 'new to us' car is relearning old habits. i.e. instead of going to the right to open a window, have to go to the left (controls are center w/ stick shift). <BR> <BR> Ended up hitting my head on the opened hatch while reaching in to retrieve a bag of library books I was returning to library. Evidently, the thing weighing a ton NEEDS to be up all the way. <BR> <BR> Hurt so bad, I teared up, said a bad word (a lady walking by glared at me) and while rubbing my he... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 23:30:08 EST Needing SP Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536119 Referring to my last blog, "Babbling", I mentioned why do I need so many SP Points? <BR> <BR> Well, what happened was: I wasn't Sparking much in the meanwhile I used up most of my SP Goodie points. I wanted to send SHAWFAN and BERRY4 each a gourmet dinner for their birthdays. I didn't have enough points. :-( <BR> <BR> <BR> So, now, I need more points to send the Very best Goodies to my Very best SP friends AND I want to give myself a Luxury Goodie when I lose 3 certain pounds. <... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 21:12:21 EST Babble Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535208 As per KERRYLEE66 's comment on yesterday's blog about "Blogging", I'm going to try to babble. I'm not very good at it. I'm a 'bottom line' kinda gal. Like it when it's only a few sentences or less! <BR> <BR> I've been writing a story that has a female character that likes to babble. Others wonder when she breathes, you know the type? I'm having a difficult time just writingandwritingandnotstopping. LOL Okay, I digress. <BR> <BR> So, what to babble about? I'm thinking........ Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:20:55 EST Blogging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534281 Why are we supposed to blog? <BR> What are we supposed to blog about? <BR> <BR> The SP url thingy says, "DIET blog Entries" <BR> Seems rarely anyone blogs about their diet. LOL <BR> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 20:43:19 EST Clocks, clocks and more clocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532315 The questions came up yesterday: <BR> <BR> Why do we, as a culture, have so many clocks? <BR> <BR> Do you actually NEED them? <BR> <BR> Do you actually look at them? <BR> <BR> How much electricity (i.e. money) are we wasting by having so many clocks? <BR> <BR> Also, does it drive you crazy when your clocks are not in sinc with each other? Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:32:10 EST Ageless Aging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531258 As I'm looking older, this comment is making me ponder: "Mother believes in aging as gracefully as financially possible." <BR> <BR> How can one age gracefully? <BR> <BR> What are you doing to age gracefully? <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 20:02:29 EST For Christians only... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518785 Just wanted you to know about this really neat SP Team. Please feel free to check it out. <BR> <BR> 'This Team is for those who have a heart that seeks after The Lord, who hear His voice; wanting to make a difference in peoples' lives in the natural and supernatural by declaring the Word of The Lord.' <BR> <BR> copy and paste: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group <BR> s_individual.asp?gid=19005 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 20:28:08 EST Old, used greeting cards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367152 I was going through my mom's wedding scrapbook from over 50 years ago. <BR> <BR> I love old greeting cards. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions as to what to do with the old cards? <BR> <BR> I really don't need to remake tons of wedding cards. LOL Fri, 24 May 2013 22:39:39 EST Why? Oh Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267653 Why is it easier to make bad choices than it is to make good ones? <BR> <BR> I was doing fine until 11:00 a.m. Then, it was making bad choices one after another. <BR> <BR> Do you find it easier to make bad choices than good ones, as well? Why? <BR> <BR> How can I stop making bad choices? I know better!!! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:45:49 EST DAY 4 Rutting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255337 Weighed in: lost the 2 oz, I gained yesterday, which I lost the day before. LOL <BR> <BR> Bottom line: I am now establishing a healthier rut! <em>246</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:17:52 EST Oh, the JOY of Modern Technology! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246922 We now have THREE (3) remote controls in our living room with the possibility of having even more. <BR> <BR> Where does one put them, when not using them? <BR> How do you keep track of which remote goes to which item? <BR> <BR> This is getting to be a bit much, in our tiny living room. <BR> <BR> Any ideas/help/tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:45:38 EST Mixes anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205678 Not 'sounds mixes'; nor when singles mingle --oops that's 'mixers'. <BR> <BR> I'm talking about the kind where you mix all the dry ingredients in a container, and list the wet ingredients that need to be added. <BR> <BR> Kind of like a Christmas gift, but for one's own use. For example, homemade pancake mix in large containers. <BR> <BR> See what I mean? Do you do this? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about doing it, and have a few questions. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:57:24 EST An Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181490 This afternoon at 4:00 p.m. was the Anniversary of DH's wedding proposal to me! :-) <BR> <BR> I remember clearly (after 19 years): we were cuddling in my family's basement. <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> I mentioned, "It is all over but the paperwork." <BR> <BR> So he replied, <em>290</em> "Will you be my wife?" <BR> <BR> My answer? "With all my heart!" <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Now, the truly interesting thing is ~~ our first date was 2... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:21:07 EST Veggie Song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178046 To the melody of "Mary had a Little Lamb": <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> ~ Veggies are my very best friend. <BR> Very best friend. <BR> Very best friend. <BR> Veggies are my very best friend <BR> and I eat them all day long.~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you handle a second verse? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>339</em> <BR> ~I eat them to be thin... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:19:35 EST Sad Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177023 Goodbye fudge. <BR> <BR> Goodbye Christmas treats. <BR> <BR> Hello veggies. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:58:45 EST Not sure I like getting Christmas Letters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168594 Received 2 Christmas cards with letters today. <BR> <BR> One, telling me that my uncle passed away. :-( <BR> <BR> Another telling me w/ pictures about my adorable little nieces who live in a different state. I will probably never be a part of their lives. :-( <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:12:46 EST Turkey anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135370 Read a blurb in a popular magazine that said, "The smaller the bird, the easier it is for both white and dark meat to come out juicy and tender. That is why we prefer a turkey in the........ <BR> <BR> 12-pound range." <BR> <BR> Had to laugh! My size turkey? See previous blog. LOL <BR> <BR> So, what size is YOUR turkey????? Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:08:32 EST Turkey in a crockpot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134503 Today, after scanning multiple recipes, I decided to go ahead and put a 6 lb turkey breast in my crockpot. <BR> <BR> AND thus started a comedy of errors. <BR> <BR> I ask DH to help skin the turkey (as per most of the recipes) while I worked on getting the rest of the ingredients together. <BR> <BR> Ended up having to wash the dishes, sink, counter, drawer, DH's slipper and the floor!! <BR> <BR> About 8 hrs later, the turkey meat is now in the fridge. Whew! <BR> <BR> This method works...... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:59:35 EST Good plastic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130855 Found a more modern plastic storage container for food. <BR> <BR> Label says it is BPA free. <BR> <BR> Is that good enough? <BR> <BR> Glass containers still cost a fortune, here. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 19:47:46 EST