EOWYN2424's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EOWYN2424 EOWYN2424'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/ Time to get SERIOUS with myself!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835758 I am not waiting till January 1st! I am starting NOW!!! <BR> <BR> I will track every single bite of food, even if it's only a little mouthful! <BR> <BR> AND I will make sure I exercise every Tuesday, Thursday and the weekends! <BR> <BR> This is because on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I have dialysis. I am REALLY not a morning person but if I can, I will also try slotting in morning walks in addition to my regular evening workouts! But if I can't wake up in the mornings, I will still make ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:15:30 EST I MUSTN'T Give Up!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831730 I am having a really tough time atm. Every single thing I eat or drink becomes extra weight! You see, I am on dialysis and it's a real struggle to keep my weight gain to less than 3kgs, especially during weekends! Because it's 2 days instead of the usual 1! <BR> <BR> My heart is getting weaker because I almost always extract more than 3kgs. 3kgs worth of food and drink really isn't much, especially on hot days when you just HAVE to drink! To make matters worse, I have practically stopped uri... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:01:43 EST I hate my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827309 Why did I get SLE?! My Uni friends only put on weight but why did I have to get sick?! I know many worse ppl than me so why did God single me out like this!? I have been on dialysis for 10 years bcoz of SLE. I watched my diet like a hawk after my SLE diagnosis in 1997 but my kidneys still failed anyway after abt 7 years, I started dialysis in 2004. I have a friend also having the same form of SLE but to date, she still doesn't need dialysis. Why can't I b like her?! To make matters worse, my ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 03:37:20 EST Just had a girlie day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822780 In honor of the church Christmas party this Saturday, I had a pedi with nail art on all my toes as well as a facial today. This is my long awaited treat. I haven't had a facial in years and the extraction hurt a bit! <BR> <BR> I now have Christmassy nails! <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298261718.jpg"> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:34:23 EST Of appetites and all that..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813959 I am on dialysis but I still enjoy eating and even fantasize about my next meal often. This can be disastrous if it causes me to overeat. I have to force myself to stick to proper portion sizes! <BR> <BR> I thought I was unfortunate until I met someone who couldn't eat, and I mean literally! She gets hungry but can't stomach beyond a few mouthfuls because of nausea, while I have the opposite problem, having a huge appetite but trying not to overeat! <BR> <BR> And that's not my only problem!... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 04:57:26 EST Back to the drawing board! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808599 After a disastrous few weeks where I haven't managed to extract all excess water from my body (I'm on dialysis), I have decided to get serious with myself. This is because I can't extract as much as I want now because my blood pressure keeps dropping towards the last hour of the 4 hour dialysis treatments. <BR> <BR> This is bad news, it means that I have breathing difficulties and anxiety attacks toward the last hour of treatment. The anxiety attacks mean a few hours of discomfort after dial... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:35:38 EST A pedometer in my mobile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804471 Did you know you can download an app into your mobile that acts as a pedometer? You don't have to buy a separate device anymore! Isn't technology wonderful? If you have an android phone like I have, just go to playstore and search for pedometer! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The one I use is stepwalk. So far, I m loving it! It is quite accurate. Now I am certain to get my 10,000 steps in! So far, I have been clocking in a little over 10,000 steps during my walks! The number of steps displayed keeps... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:29:40 EST Proud of myself today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802042 I honestly didn't feel like exercising. It was raining cats and dogs in the evening, well nearly every evening now. Malaysia is now in its monsoon season. So, I couldn't go for my usual walk. <BR> <BR> Instead, I popped in a DVD in my computer. The DVD player in the hall has broken down, so now the spare room and the computer is where I do my workouts now. I did a 50 minute Latin Dance workout. I didn't dance as well as the instructor but I got moving. I was sweating by the end of it! <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:15:11 EST My belly roll is driving me NUTS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799640 But what can I do? I don't have the stamina and fitness to run. So I walk, mostly for an hour or so 2 to 3 times a week. I also try doing mat Pilates about twice a week, for 30 to 40 minutes. But I still have a belly roll/muffin top. It drives me mad! <BR> <BR> I also watch what I eat but I have to admit, my diet isn't perfect but when I do snack, I keep it to below 300kcal and reasonably healthy. I also watch my portion sizes. <BR> <BR> As for sleep, I sleep quite well most nights but ocas... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:41:34 EST Bad week...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796744 I wanted to take a walk on Thursday but ended up chatting with friends. Friday, I had dialysis as usual. Normally, I don't exercise after dialysis. Saturday, I was busy. I had a prayer meeting early in the morning, then singing practice, a short rest, then a chronic illness support group meeting. I didn't sleep well despite going to bed early on Friday and Saturday night. This morning I had to wake up early because I had singing duty in Church. When I got back, I just felt so tired that I spe... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:03:35 EST I HAVE to do this!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793175 Hi, I am a dialysis patient and I am trying to lose weight! I have to stop the constant snacking and extra meals because truth to say, I have been putting on weight! Not a lot but enough to give me a belly roll! Even worse, I am in the top 3 of interdialytic weight gainers in the dialysis center I go to. This means the weight increase for my meals and drinks in between treatments. <BR> <BR> I really need to control myself. Today, after the weekend, my weight increased by 4.3kgs! This won't d... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 05:38:51 EST Stuffy nose! NOT fun!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789453 I've had a slight flu since Friday, scratchy throat and stuffy nose too! Not fun! Not fun at all. Because of that I'm taking a break from exercise and my belly roll is STILL there, ever present evil entity! I HATE my belly roll! I wish I could just take a knife and get rid of it but we all know that's not possible. <BR> <BR> I have been walking and doing Pilates regularly but it is STILL there! Sigh! It makes me want to scream, esp now that I have flu and can't do anything! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:44:55 EST Perservered thru a 60 minute cardio session! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772351 I did a 60 minute Jane Fonda aerobic dance workout yesterday afternoon. It was abt 4:30pm. I had a Bible study at 8pm but had to get ready by 6:30pm to car pool with a friend. <BR> <BR> When the clock showed 4:30, I told myself : "just do it!". So, I turned on the workout on my PC and just danced away! There were times during the workout when I wondered if it would ever end but I was determined to finish it and I did! I was sweaty and very satisfied by the end of it! <BR> <BR> I took a refr... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 03:57:12 EST I just don't understand it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770872 I have upped the cardio, and started easing into a regular Pilates routine, with the exception of last week bcoz of flu.....and yet, I seem to have put on a whole kilo in the space of 2 weeks! <BR> <BR> I just don't understand it! I have also been watching my portions and taking a lot less junk. The strange thing is, my clothes all still fit! <BR> <BR> What's happening? I feel very desperate right now! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 04:18:59 EST This is just sooooooo hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767755 I just can't believe it. I put on 5.7kg over the weekend! I am on dialysis and that is a massive weight gain. All I did was drink a little extra water. I also drank some coke while shopping with a friend on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I am just beside myself with disappointment! I am so mad at myself! How can I keep my weight down? Stop drinking altogether? Most of the other patients in the dialysis center have little weight gains of below 2kgs! I just don't know what to do! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:25:32 EST Saddened over former friend's selfishness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764654 I had a close friend who was recently pressuring me to invest heavily in this referential affiliate scheme. While I understood where she was coming from, she just didn't or refused to believe that I just didn't have the money! <BR> <BR> I told her I needed more time but I was shocked at her pushiness and beligrence. She even asked me to sell my white gold cross that was a present from my Mom. I told her I couldn't possibly do that because it was insulting both my Lord and my Mom. But she too... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:03:59 EST Counting My Blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762448 I used to blame God and moan and complain constantly because I am on dialysis but now I realize how wrong I was. True, I have a disability but I have also been very blessed. I have my 5 senses, my 4 limbs, my eyesight is still good enough to do my beloved needlework, I have a roof over my head, regular meals everyday..... I could go on! Really. You just have to pause and reflect when you feel down. <BR> <BR> God has indeed been faithful to me. I am only sorry it took me so long to see it! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:43:27 EST God works in mysterious ways....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752619 I was supposed to be on church worship duty next Sunday, the 10th of August but I misread my calendar and thought I was on duty yesterday. Turns out that the female vocalist for yesterday didn't turn out at all, both on the practise Saturday and service on Sunday. No phone call either. <BR> <BR> So, maybe God made me misread my calendar so that service would go on smoothly. However, I am still on duty next week. But I don't mind! I enjoy singing for the Lord! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 03:03:19 EST God will take care of you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743136 I just bought 3 nice hairclips last night at the local night market. I was about to put them with the rest of my hair accessory collection when a still, small voice said to me : "surely you don't need so many hairclips, give one to your friend! Surely you can spare one! Don't be so selfish!". <BR> <BR> Apparently, the said friend has been wanting a hairclip because she doesn't have enough of them. So, you see, God cares and looks after EVERYONE, no matter how small our needs! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:36:37 EST Worried of impending death...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741231 I have been on dialysis for about 10 years and am very likely to be on it for the rest of my earthly life. But statistically studies show that dialysis patients normally live to at the most 20 more years. So, I probably have 10 more years to go before I meet Jesus, my Lord. <BR> <BR> I am worried about my parents. How will they feel? I know they love me very much by their overprotectiveness and concern for me. In Chinese culture, the eldest daughter is usually the one who looks after their e... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:34:49 EST Shopping on a Budget!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740635 I did a good deed today. I introduced my excellent hairdresser to someone who badly needed a good haircut! He gave her a very stylish short style! She was very happy with it, and I felt happy to know that I have given my stylist another client! <BR> <BR> After that, I took a train to my favorite mall. Actually, I have a few favorite malls, but I had to go to this one to collect my membership card at the discount bookstore. I also got a new book, more Peter Rabbit stories, but this time by a ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:38:45 EST I had a Pedi on Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739078 Check it out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283127767.jpg"> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:46:12 EST Feeling Good After Workout then a Shower! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732906 It was another hot, muggy day and I just didn't feel like working out but I made myself do it anyway! I picked a short 25 minute Jane Fonda workout, convincing myself that it will be over before I know it! 25 minutes! Just 25 minutes! <BR> <BR> Well, 25 minutes later, I was done! And sweaty! I then took a cold shower and washed my hair. I feel so good now! I have to keep reminding myself of how good I always feel after a workout to motivate myself everytime! <BR> <BR> Ever feel lazy about w... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:26:42 EST Ever had a cat chase your shoelace? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731279 That's what happened when I was visiting with a feline friend today. I am not sure but I think he is the reason my shoelace came undone in the first place! I moved my foot away but he kept chasing and pouncing on my shoelace! I was worried about getting scratched but thankfully he stopped. <BR> <BR> Then I saw a dried up coconut leaf which is pretty big and long. I quickly tied up my shoelace and spent some happy minutes teasing him with the coconut leaf! Problem was I didn't walk much today... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:43:09 EST Heat, Humidity & Aching Legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727612 I suppose I should exercise indoors more but I've been a little lazy. Prefering instead to lace up my sneakers just before twilight when it isn't so hot. The problem with that is my frequent stops to play with my friends! Huh? My 4 legged friends, to be honest! And I love both dogs & cats! Lol! <BR> <BR> There's this beautiful Norwegian Forest Cat named Chico de Pico and various Golden Retrievers. They seem to be very popular in Malaysia. Then there is that pair of Siberian Huskies named Don... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:20:03 EST Feeling Generous, Magnanimous and All that good stuff!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720336 I went to the movies yesterday. I went to see "How to Train Your Dragon 2"! It was a good movie! I really enjoyed it! That's all I'll say! Ha! Ha! <BR> <BR> Before the movie, I had lunch at a Japanese restaurant. I had a serving of pork gyoza (6 pcs) and a serving each of ebikko and salmon sushi (2 pcs of each). I could have ordered a bento set, it would have been more value for money but I decided to eat less because I was already heavy enough (I'm on dialysis and I have to keep monitoring ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 04:50:10 EST Overconfidence will be the death of me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711339 I woke up this morning with a weight of 57.8kgs. "Yippee!", I thought, "I have allowance to drink and eat more!". (For those new to my blogs, I am on dialysis, so what I eat and drink has to be monitored closely). <BR> <BR> Well, by the end of today, I weighed 60kgs! What?! Did I take in that much?! I will now go on my knees and ask God for a miracle. A miracle where I will suddenly drop a kg or 2 or I will be in trouble tomorrow when I go for dialysis. I will be reprimanded by the nurses an... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 13:09:55 EST Proud of myself today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709694 I really, really didn't feel like exercising today. It was a hot, humid and muggy day! I was about to start my workout when my parents wanted to us to go out for dinner. So, I had to shower and go out with them. <BR> <BR> Now, I could have thought : "oh well, that's that, no exercise today!", but no! When we got back home 2 hours later, I figured it was enough time for my dinner to digest and I did about 45 minutes of mat Pilates! I was sweating too but I just took another shower! No biggie!... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:30:34 EST My age seems to be catching up with me...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708067 I seem to ache all over these past few weeks. I have been walking a lot. Not very brisk but I walk for about an hour in the evenings. I have decided to aim for morning walks. I will go to bed earlier gradually starting from tonight. Hopefully I will be able to change my habit of waking up after noon in a matter of a few weeks. <BR> <BR> What's up with the aching body though? I must be getting old! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:07:14 EST Sleepless in Malaysia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704520 I am supposed to be in bed right now but I just can't sleep! It is already 4am right now so I guess I'll just use the time I have productively, if you can call surfing and sparking on my smartphone productive. And while I am at it, go for a walk at 6:45am, since I am already up. <BR> <BR> I will join my Mom in her morning walk shortly. Won't she be surprised! I normally wake up after noon! I am a nightbird, not a morning person but I normally don't have much trouble sleeping, when I get ard ... Tue, 27 May 2014 16:11:17 EST Oh No! Not again!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697671 Another weekend has gone by and I've done it again! Eaten and drank too much and now I am too heavy again! I keep making resolutions that the following Monday weigh in will be lighter but I have failed again! <BR> <BR> I need to keep my weight down bcoz I am on dialysis. Most of what I drink and a lot of what I eat gets stuck inside me and causes my weight to go up much more than a normal, healthy person. <BR> <BR> I am very disappointed in myself right now! Won't I ever learn!? <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 18 May 2014 12:52:02 EST I REALLY Hate my life right now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692899 My Mom cooked some delicious tumeric fish and steamed minced pork with salted fish on Saturday. I had 2 helpings of rice and some red bean dessert and now my weight has increased by 3.7kgs! I am on dialysis and every gram counts! <BR> <BR> What is the point of living if I have to watch every morsel I eat or drink?! It's even worse than watching what I eat because I am trying to lose weight! I feel that my own body has betrayed me by increasing so much in weight just because I had a little ex... Sun, 11 May 2014 22:07:23 EST Flu Blues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683668 I haven't been exercising this week bcoz I caught a chill last Thursday from being out in the rain. I was buying fried bananas, yam and sweet potato slices as well as curry puffs. My Mom had a craving for fried bananas and it was raining heavily that afternoon. I was under an umbrella but I still got a little wet. <BR> <BR> Well, it's flu season and lot's of ppl are sick. I ended up drinking extra fluids during last weekend bcoz my throat was hurting. It's Wednesday today and I am feeling b... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:59:05 EST Gosh! I'm aching all over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679935 I did a very tough mat pilates workout yesterday! It was about 45 minutes long and it was focusing on the abs. It was actually a combination of 4 shorter videos. It was so tough that I couldn't even complete all the reps! I had to rest a few times in between! <BR> <BR> Then, I went for a walk that lasted 2 hours 30 minutes but I chatted with neighbors in between, I'd say I put in 90 minutes. <BR> <BR> Man! Today when I woke up, I was aching all over, especially my arms! Bcoz I was in plank... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:32:11 EST Being afraid of putting on even a single gram! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675531 Strange title yes? But not to a dialysis patient, like me. Most people think of weight gain in terms of kilos or lbs. But when you're on dialysis, every ounce or gram counts! Because, everything you eat or drink gets stuck in your body and adds to your weight! The food is not so bad, because it will pass out eventually but the water content in the food will get stuck in your body until your next treatment. What if I put on too much? <BR> <BR> For me, I can't put on more than 3kgs, because, ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:07:10 EST Missed stitches & mistakes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674243 I am doing an 18 count, big cross-stitch project called Woodland Winter. It's a winter scene with 5 deer! I was just filling in my crosses when I discovered a missing stitch! ARGHHHHHH!!! <BR> <BR> Earlier, I misunderstood the instruction and made full crosses where there should have been just diagonal stitches (what they call half stitches). Fortunately, I discovered my mistake before I did too much damage, but I really hate it when I make mistakes! <BR> <BR> And, my half-stitches are in t... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:06:52 EST When you don't feel like excising..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667105 just do it! I really didn't feel like exercising today but I set up my tab anyway and ended up doing a 40 minute mat pilates session. I just opened the blogilates ap and did 3 videos. I ended up sweating too! I really felt good esp after my shower! I am heading out for Bible study right now. <BR> <BR> I hope I will be this commited to exercising everyday! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 07:05:53 EST Some Berets I made! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664739 The pinkish one : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768253841.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l984148150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The peach one : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223209946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my first time making any kind of beret! My Mom took the pinkish one, I was supposed to give the other one to my Aunt but it didn't fit! Sigh! But at least now I sorta know how to crochet berets! ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 01:50:22 EST My Little Cactus Garden!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664730 Hi, all! I just planted my first little cactus garden! I hope my little cacti will establish themselves and hopefully flower! I don't know if the majority of them will flower nor what color the flowers are, if any! But I love each and every one of them! They are so cute!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l740414273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Notice the one wee little white flower! <BR> <BR> They came in cute little pots like this, but they don't have enough place to grow... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 01:06:23 EST How does anyone get ready for death? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657846 I am afraid to die but I have a feeling that death is very near for me. <BR> <BR> Allow me to explain, I have been on dialysis for 10 years. Lately, I have been constantly experiencing low blood pressure. The nurses have told me that is because my heart is getting weaker. I have a feeling that I will be dying very soon. <BR> <BR> The nurses have also told me that I have to keep my weight gain to 1.7kgs or less, which is sheer impossibility! Especially with the current hot weather! It's she... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:05:55 EST Water Rationing and the Start of a New Project! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637388 What a pain! The water levels at the state resevoirs are low, so we are forced into water rationing for a month! 2 days there's water supply and 2 days there's none, alternately till the end of March! My parents have stored some water in huge pails in case we run out of water during the 2 dry days. When there's water, we will fill our pails, so it can tide us over till the next water days! So, this means I can only exercise 2 days, then rest 2 days! What a pain! Because I don't want to get al... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 04:27:56 EST My good deed for the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626079 I bought a nice hardcover book on animals on Saturday night. It has heaps of illustrations and would delight any young child! But it wasn't something I would like to keep because it was a bit too simple for me, so I sold it to a friend of mine with 2 boys, 5 and 7. <BR> <BR> She was delighted with it as she doesn't have time to shop. I got it at a book sale. I did lose like 50 cents from the sale but it felt good to let the book go to little kids who will enjoy it more than me! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:11:28 EST God has a purpose for everything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614908 It was super super hot today! I was deciding whether or not I should go for my walk. I initially decided on exercising indoors today with a workout DVD but my Dad was on holiday and was parked in front of the TV so I had no choice but to head outside for my exercise. <BR> <BR> I laced up my shoes close to twilight. During my walk, I passed by a neighbor's house. Immediately, their persian mix cat walked up to me an miaowed. There was something about that sound that made me take notice, like ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:26:31 EST Giving God my Firstfruits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605287 I'm about to finish a very complicated and intricate piece of cross-stitch. I went to my church's CNY (Chinese New Year) party today. I was planning on waiting in a nearby cafe while working on it but I ended spending time talking to guests instead. <BR> <BR> I was showing them what I've done so far (it's 80% complete) when they all suggested that I donate it to the church. At first I was taken aback because this took me more than 3 years to complete and I still haven't completed it yet! I h... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:09:24 EST Some Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600977 I have friends who receive dozens of roses. I have never received any bouquets. All I have received are single roses on only 2 occasions. It's a bit humiliating to know that I have never and possibily will never have the chance of being courted romantically! <BR> <BR> This is because I'm already middle aged and chronically ill! Who would want me now? When I was 19, there was this guy that was crazy over me but I just couldn't stand him! My instincts about him were proven right when he decide... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:29:52 EST Still aching........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598676 I did some Pilates earlier this week and I'm still aching (DOMS). I think I had too much to drink this weekend (a can of shandy and a cup of ginger tea in addition to my regular iced water, pre-measured, of course). I'm on dialysis and I have to limit my fluids, among other things! <BR> <BR> It's a real pain to have to limit your fluids. I would give anything to be normal again! Oh! What a joy to be able to glug down as much iced water as you want! What I wouldn't give to have that privilege... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:55:48 EST I'm so proud of myself today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597862 The day started not so good but it ended good, I think..... <BR> <BR> I had half a seed bun for breakfast. Then I went for a 1 hour walk. When I came back, me and my Mom settled down to watch a Korean drama. I felt hungry, so I had a small pack of raw instant noodles without the seasoning bcoz I'm watching my sodium. <BR> <BR> Then I had half a cup of rice with veggies and a kind of tofu, I had to have that before heading out to the dialysis center because I just felt so hungry. But I was t... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:38:10 EST Time to get SERIOUS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582765 Ok, that's it! Time to get serious with eating clean and exercising. I plan to buy new running shoes and do pilates more often. Also, I will do my workout DVDs too, when the DVD player comes back from the repair workshop! <BR> <BR> Some of my clothes are getting tight! Sigh! I will still have food treats, just in smaller portions and less often. New year resolution? No! Everyday resolution! <BR> <BR> It's just not fair that it's so easy to put on but so hard to lose weight! Don't you agree? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:47:28 EST Closeups of Lace Shawl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576261 Hi, Friends! <BR> <BR> These are the closeup photos of my lace shawl that I took nearly a year to complete due to procrastination! LOL! It was motif work, I did the motifs one by one and then joined them making a repetitive pattern. I laid it on my comforter for a dark background. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> To give you an idea of the length : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l527558859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A view of the corners : <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:07:20 EST Christmas photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574371 Here I am in my new black dress and my lace shawl that I crocheted myself on Christmas day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222196442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1803113231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1079714097.jpg"> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:57:43 EST