FELINA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FELINA FELINA'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/ Colonoscopy prep revelations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401295 Over the next few days I'm prepping for a colonoscopy, starting with a low residue diet today and tomorrow. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> As I was looking over what I'm allowed to eat, I thought, "Whoa, I can't eat anything I usually eat!" I'm used to eating mostly veggies, whole grains, brown rice, beans and fruit every day. I can't have any of that! The only veggies I can have are green beans and carrots if cooked until mushy. No thanks! Don't like mushy veggies! <BR> <em>42</em> <... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:34:42 EST Thoughts upon ending my Spark Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395916 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Since joining Spark in 2006 I've lost more weight than I've ever lost before (40 lbs) and kept most of it off longer than I've ever done before. I lost that 40 pounds slowly over a year, reaching goal in early 2008. <BR> <BR> Over the years life got in the way and being an emotional eater I ate back about 12 pounds of the 40 I lost. I've been trying to lose some of that regained weight for quite a while now. I lose a few, relax my efforts and regain it. Frustrati... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 10:46:42 EST On My Way Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267929 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> A little over a month ago I badly sprained my ankle, ending a walking streak I was really proud of (643 days). I was SO hoping to reach a full 2 years. I was so frustrated, disappointed and angry that I gave my activity tracker to my DH and decided I would not use it again. I'm sticking with that decision. <BR> <BR> I just started walking for exercise again, slowly. I'm doing up to 10" at a time, sometimes 3 times/day. The ankle is still swollen and sore, bu... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:57:21 EST Bummed, taking a Spark Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253944 <em>39</em> <BR> A week ago today I was walking down the driveway to get the mail, turned my ankle, fell, and sprained it. That ended the walking streak I was so proud of. <BR> <BR> 643 days <BR> 1/9/15 - 10/12/16 <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My goal had been to reach 2 years. I'm frustrated and disappointed. So bummed that I took off my Spark Tracker, disconnected it and have no plans to use it again. In fact, I'm giving it to DH for him to use. ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:01:01 EST 8 Year Maintenance Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117479 Yesterday marked 8 years since I lost 40 pounds! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I was reminded of my maintenance anniversary when I started receiving congrats goodies yesterday. I had forgotten that anniversary was coming up. At first I thought I didn't deserve to celebrate maintaining since I'm over my desired weight range. But later when I got to thinking about it I realized that yeah, I really have been maintaining for 8 years. It's OK that I'm above my target range because I've kept off... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:51:35 EST Just had to share this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108393 Last Wednesday, February 24, an F2 tornado hit a small Amish town in Pennsylvania, damaging 50-60 homes and farms. Within 24 hours more than 500 volunteers, both Amish and English, began the cleanup and rebuild. Twenty women prepared food at the firehouse to feed the volunteers. One home that had lost its roof had a new one within 24 hours. A schoolhouse was destroyed in the storm and rebuilt by the weekend. <BR> <BR> As of today more than 3000 community volunteers have worked to clean a... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:38:11 EST Updates and Winter Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021396 I've now been maintaining within 5 pounds of goal for over 5 months. I've had some ups and downs, going above target range a few times, but always returning to my maintenance range with a few days of being more vigilant. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> The past few months have been stressful, with multiple worries and concerns, and I did indulge in some comfort eating, but overall, I did pretty good for me, going 2 pounds over goal range a couple times. I'm happy with that. Most of my "worry l... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:11:54 EST Maintenance & Mom Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979482 As of this week I’ve been maintaining for 3 months and it’s going great! My weight seems to have settled right around 150, lower than originally planned. The first month or so it fluctuated up and down a few pounds but the last 2 months it’s been staying right there. I hit 152 once in the past 2 months but right back down the next weigh in. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My current plan – <BR> <BR> 1400-1600 calories daily, but go over sometimes <BR> “Recovery day” once/week as needed, ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:22:23 EST One Month Maintenance Blog/Mom Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945537 One Month Maintenance Blog/Mom Update <BR> <BR> So far, so good! I’ve surprised myself and how I’ve been following my maintenance plan. My weight has actually been staying a few pounds below my target range. My original goal range was 153-157. I hit 150 when I completed my 100 Day Challenge and have stayed at 152 or below for the past month, so I adjusted my target range to 150-155. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The past month – <BR> <BR> Calorie range – 1300-1500 <BR> Sweet/Goodies ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:42:31 EST Success! 100 Day Challenge complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930064 I did it! <BR> <BR> I completed my 100 Day Challenge on Wednesday, May 13! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I had two goals, #1 was to lower my cholesterol and #2 was to lose some of the pounds I had regained in recent years. I had my lab done on Friday and will know this week if I achieved that goal. As for goal #2 I succeeded better than I imagined, losing everything I had regained plus a little more. I had tried many times to lose those extra pounds but failed every time. I was hoping to ... Mon, 18 May 2015 09:49:22 EST Positive vibes needed for Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923614 <em>390</em> <BR> My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer again last week, the second time in three years, the other breast this time. Once again they're planning a lumpectomy followed by radiation. Her spirits are pretty good but she's apprehensive. She sees the surgeon today to discuss treatment. She did really well last time, Mom's a strong woman in spite of her age (85) and even went swimming every day during radiation treatment. She said she's anxious to get past the surgery so s... Wed, 6 May 2015 10:28:30 EST Day 77 of 100 Day Challenge, the good and the not so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914474 Today is Day 77 of my 100 Day Challenge and I'm confident I'll make the full 100 days! <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> As of today - <BR> <BR> 77 days eating on track <BR> No sweets, no baked goods, no junk food, for 77 days <BR> 17 pounds lost <BR> 1 pound to goal <BR> 4 pounds until I switch to maintenance (I'm giving myself a regain cushion) <BR> I've been choosing better snacks - yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese, cheese sticks, Dippers (frozen bananas or pineapple tidbits dipped in dark ch... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:19:07 EST Day 68 of my 100 Day Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908832 Today is Day 68 of my Challenge and I'm still going strong! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> How I'm doing - <BR> <BR> I've gone 68 days with no sweets and no baked goods, not even for Easter. <BR> I've lost 16.5 pounds as of yesterday and am now in goal range. <BR> I have 1.5 pounds until I hit the lower end of my goal range. <BR> My plan is to lose an additional 3 pounds max, knowing that I will regain some when I switch to maintenance. <BR> I haven't been tempted by any sweets or even b... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:46:06 EST Day 37 of 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891039 Today is Day 37 of my challenge! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> That's 37 days of no junk, no sweets, and healthy choices every day! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> When I went grocery shopping yesterday none of the junk food tempted me. I was even in the cookie and cracker aisle looking for some crackers for a crunchy snack, saw my favorite cookies (Oreo Golden Double Stuff), and passed right by! No temptation, nothing! I love that! I was actually more tempted by the can veggie aisle! I real... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:46:50 EST 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886845 I’m finally back on track! I’ve lost 8 pounds since mid January! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I restarted my Spark program on January 12, did OK for a week or so, then hit or miss for a couple of weeks. Then on February 2 my recent lab results came back, my cholesterol was up again. The Doc wanted to put me on Zocor but I convinced him to let me try to get it down without it. He agreed and gave me 90 days until I have my labs rechecked. <BR> <BR> That phone call lit a fire under me. The n... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:48:23 EST Thank You All & an Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873134 <em>252</em> <BR> Wow! <BR> Imagine my surprise when I checked my email this morning and there was one from Spark saying I was the Motivator of the Day! <BR> <BR> I was stunned and in disbelief! I read the email, clicked on the link, and kept thinking "this must be some kind of mistake". Nope, it was real. <BR> <BR> Wow and double Wow! I can't stop smiling! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Thank you all! You've made my day! <BR> <BR> <BR> Update - <BR> <BR> Back in October I left al... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:30:36 EST This is for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792811 A little over a week ago I quit my teams and streamlined my Sparking. <BR> <BR> Reason - <BR> Over the past year I've lost my Spark and I've recently realized that all my Spark activities are for points. I'm not reading articles, participating in teams, tracking, or anything to help with my program. <BR> <BR> I'm doing it all for points. That's not good enough. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I decided I was only going to post in forums that helped me in my program, and skip the games. The ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:12:26 EST Maintenance Anniversary Attitude Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639573 As I approach my 6 year maintenance anniversary I’m working on an attitude change. I reached my goal weight in March of 2008. It took me a year to get there. I hit several plateaus along the way but never gave up. I was determined I would make it this time, and I did. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Once I hit goal I maintained within a 7 pound range for about a year and a half. It wasn’t easy. It was definitely a struggle. The fall/winter of 2009-2010 was a difficult one for various reas... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:54:45 EST Spark break over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602117 Mini Break over. <BR> <BR> I took a Spark Break the last week and a half. I was feeling frustrated by the neck and upper back pain, which had returned with a vengeance. I was preoccupied with how miserable I felt and did a lot of comfort eating. My exercise plan suffered in that I was doing no strength exercises at all and doing less cardio than usual. My heart wasn’t in it when I Sparked so I decided to pull back for a little bit while I took care of me. I did minimal Sparking, only r... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:30:09 EST Unique items dropped on New Year's Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576736 I live in central Pennsylvania, and since living here the past 8 years I've noticed some of the things that get dropped for New Year's - Lancaster, a red rose; York, a white rose; Lebanon, Lebanon bologna! It made me curious about other odd things that are dropped on New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> My search turned up a list of things that are dropped, and Pennsylvania has the longest list, with New York coming in second. <BR> <BR> This is Pennsylvania's list - <BR> <BR> Allentown, Pennsylv... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:26:17 EST Fun Christmas! (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572963 <em>446</em> <BR> Several years ago we changed the way we do Christmas. Christmas shopping had become too much about how much to spend, what should we buy, would it fit?, would they like it?, would it need to be returned? It really wasn't fun. Plus, we're on fixed incomes (it's my Mom, DH, and me) so spending a lot on gifts didn't make sense. <BR> <BR> What started as a practical solution has turned into a lot of fun. We buy each other ten $1 gifts, wrap each individually and put them ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:05:34 EST Ho Ho Ho! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566606 <em>442</em> <em>425</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to All ! <BR> <BR> Turn up your speakers! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooc5eJc5SHA </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:41:54 EST December Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554940 A new month. A new beginning. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> Time to refocus myself. November ended pretty rough, the loss of Bravy, my upper back strain that resulted in muscle spasms and lots of pain, the effect of the flexeril, not exercising consistently because of the pain, and comfort eating. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I’m feeling much better now, spasms are gone, pain is much less. It’s time to get back on track. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> December Plan - <BR> <BR> Count and recor... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:02:47 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546173 Cosmo and Henry - <BR> <BR> They seem to be getting back to their normal routines. The first few days after we lost Bravy they were quieter than usual, less playing with each other, and I'd catch them looking around for Bravy or appearing to be waiting for him to come, at mealtimes for instance. The past few days they're doing better, back to playing with each other, wrestling and chasing each other, like they normally do. I haven't seen them looking around like they were. <BR> <BR> Bra... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:38:37 EST Kitties mourning loss of feline companion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541869 It always surprises me the way kitties respond to the loss of a feline companion. Tuesday, the day after Bravy died, Henry sat beside Bravy's bed like he was waiting for him to come and get in. He was still sitting there about half an hour later when I checked on him. He and Bravy used to take turns using that bed so I patted the bed and told him it was OK, he could get in. He did, and spent the rest of the day in it. <BR> <BR> Both Cosmo and Henry seem to be looking for Bravy at times. I'm... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:05:57 EST Goodbye Braveheart, 1997-2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539084 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393856081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Braveheart died yesterday. Such a hard decision to let go of a kitty who has been with us for so long, 16+ years. It’s harder to make that decision for a senior kitty than it is for a kitty with a serious, terminal diagnosis. He’d been diagnosed with kidney failure just over two years ago. Treatment was a special diet and infusions of fluid under the skin. He stopped eating the food after a few months. We cho... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:12:28 EST My Ghost has Struck Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509024 <em>423</em> <BR> A little background first - <BR> In 1996 we moved to a cute cape cod home built in the 1930's. We were the second owners. The first owners were a couple, no children, who lived there from the time it was built. The husband had died 18 years earlier and his wife died about a year and a half before we bought the house. <BR> <BR> Within 6 months of moving in odd things began to happen - the VCR would turn on by itself even though the remote was tucked away in a drawer, m... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:53:16 EST 10 Week Junk Food Challenge Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506886 <em>30</em> <BR> Ten weeks ago, 7/29, I challenged myself to get a handle on my junk food eating. What started as a one week streak resulted in my regaining control of my out of control junk food habit. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> Over the past month I’ve allowed myself to have the occasional junk food, usually potato chips or a sweet. I’ve found that I really don’t enjoy the chips anymore and have stopped eating them. I still enjoy the occasional sweet for the most part, but some not so... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:00:52 EST 6 Weeks No Junk Food Streak Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480372 <em>30</em> <BR> I began this streak as a challenge because my junk food snacking was way out of control. I challenged myself to go one week without junk food. I did that easily so added a second week, taking me to a two day visit from my Mom. I figured I’d never get through her visit without junk since she loves dessert and we always go shopping and buy candy at the checkout. I told her what I had been doing and she didn’t want to break my streak, so we bought no candy and dessert was ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:42:59 EST Challenged myself this morning and won ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477662 <em>67</em> <BR> We took one of our cars in for inspection this morning and since it’s such a beautiful morning I suggested we walk back. I wasn’t really sure I could do it but I was willing to try. I let DH think about it while I showered and he decided yep let’s do it ! I took my walking poles with me and used them. It wasn’t easy, hurt a lot, but I did it !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Along the way we passed a veggie stand at one of the Amish farms so we stopped and got some tom... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:30:49 EST Four Weeks No Junk Food ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466824 Four Weeks No Junk Food ! <BR> <BR> One month ago today I began a one week no junk food challenge that is now a 4 week streak ! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <BR> I plan to continue the streak to see how long I can do this. I’m not missing the junk food or the sweets, chips, pretzels, none of it. When I think about having a snack I think about having something healthy. That’s a new way of thinking for me. I usually go to the cabinet and pick out something sweet or maybe some p... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:55:04 EST Still on track limiting junk food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458754 Today is 3 weeks no junk food ! I still don’t miss it and that feels great ! <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> Friends were here yesterday. Instead of bringing an ice cream cake she bought cheese cake. It was a precut cake and the pieces were super small so we each had two. I could have said no thanks but decided to have it to see how it tastes to eat sweets after 3 weeks with none. I can honestly say I did not enjoy it. It was OK, but I wouldn’t have missed anything had I not had any. It fee... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:19:00 EST Two weeks no junk food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452601 <em>244</em> <BR> I just finished 2 weeks with no junk food ! <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> How I did it – <BR> <BR> I began by challenging myself to go one week without junk food as a way to get my unhealthy snacking under control. <BR> I only allowed myself to have yogurt and/or fruit for snacks. <BR> Every time I got the urge to snack I asked myself if I was hungry or was there another reason I wanted to eat something. Most of the time I was not hungry so I did not snack. <B... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:22:37 EST Going strong ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447321 I am on a roll ! Today is day 10 of my no junk food challenge and I’m going strong ! I have no desire for sweets or junk. I’m loving this ! Each day it seems to get easier. The best part is I don’t miss the junk. I’m making healthy choices without even thinking about it. That’s the way it should be. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> My goal is to go without junk food thru this weekend until Mom’s visit on Monday. I’m still thinking about how I’m going to handle her two day visit. I could ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 08:10:51 EST One Week Without Junk Food ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445019 <em>104</em> <BR> Wow and double Wow! I made it one full week, 7 days, with NO junk food and NO sweets! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <BR> It was easier than I thought it would be, I surprised myself. I never felt tempted the entire week. I think the key was simply saying “No” junk food. That took all the decision making out of it. When we had burgers or dogs for dinner instead of checking my calories to see how many chips I could have I had none. Instead I... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:24:59 EST Pain Epiphany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442074 In recent weeks I’ve been feeling sorry for myself, angry about the increased pain I’ve been having, beating myself up for not being able to do things I want to do, then comfort eating. Never a good thing. <BR> <BR> One day last week, on an especially bad day, I remembered something a doc once said to me and the pity party really got going. <BR> <BR> When I was in my early 40’s I saw a specialist who did some tests, then told me I had the spine of an 80 year old. That was 20 years ago... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:47:51 EST No junk food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438406 Great day yesterday ! I stuck to my eating plan, ate no junk food and no sweets! I thought about having some yogurt for dessert after dinner but I wasn’t hungry. I decided to “listen to my body not my mind” and skipped the yogurt. Good choice. There’s no reason to eat something if I’m not really hungry. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> In addition to eating healthy all day I also got extra exercise in, just because I felt like it ! WOW !! I surprised myself with all I did, spread throughou... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:08:38 EST Ducks in my swimming pool ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398207 <em>160</em> <BR> I opened the window next to my computer this morning without looking outside first. I heard a splash from the pool and saw a duck fly out of it ! There were two more still in the pool, enjoying a swim. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l281616727.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l536626251.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763999377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every year 3 ducks visit our bird... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:33:29 EST Beautiful day, Beautiful drive, Good news ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377941 <em>67</em> <BR> We’ve lived in Pa Dutch country for 8 years now and I still get a kick out of seeing the horses and buggies on the roads. I drove to my doc’s today, a ride that takes 30-45 minutes depending on traffic and time of year, since we live in a tourist area. I drive through small towns with interesting names, White Horse, Bird-In-Hand, Intercourse, and beautiful countryside. The Amish were out and busy today. I passed three horse drawn farm equipment pieces, three large wagon... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 12:30:09 EST Snack work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374434 <em>104</em> <BR> I've been focusing on changing my poor snacking habits. I do so well choosing healthy meals but blow it with the unhealthy snack choices. I’m changing my approach and being firmer with myself. <BR> <BR> SNACK WORK PLAN - started 5/20 <BR> <BR> Plan the day’s menu, including healthy snacks. <BR> <BR> Just Say NO ! - <BR> When tempted by sweets think - <BR> I don't want sweets <BR> I'm free from wanting sweets <BR> Would the healthy me eat this? <BR> How... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:00:21 EST Better ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351925 <em>30</em> <BR> I took the extra turmeric for about 5 days and it seems to have helped. The flare has settled down a lot. I'm back to taking my regular dose now. I'm also back to my daily exercise, not pushing it too much yet, but I'm going to start increasing it in the next few days. <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 10 May 2013 09:57:34 EST If it's not one thing it's another ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344290 Friday, May 03, 2013 <BR> <BR> I can’t get a break ! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> First the MVP acts up and I feel yucky, now the back is acting up. Geez ! The pain has been worse lately, but the past few days have been nasty. The turmeric doesn’t seem to be working as well as before. It usually takes the edge off, doesn’t make me completely comfortable, but makes it more bearable. Lately, not so much. I switched to a different formula that had worked well before, but even that ... Fri, 3 May 2013 11:11:16 EST Much Better ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327385 Definitely getting back to my normal routine. I've been exercising every day, mostly elliptical and walking. The heart pounding is much better, I'm not quite as tired, less winded. Guess I really do need the higher dose of med. Darn. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a nice day at my Mom's last week. We sinned for dinner, went out for a fattening meal - I had a chicken cheesesteak and some fries. It was delicious ! I rarely eat that way, so I enjoy it and never feel guilty. As... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:39:16 EST Almost there ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319425 <em>41</em> <BR> Slowly but surely I'm getting there ! The increased med is kicking in. The heart pounding has lessened, I'm sleeping better. Still tiring fast but not as quickly as earlier in the week. <BR> <BR> I haven't done any scheduled exercise yet, but did store walk Monday and yesterday. Monday I was exhausted when I got home but yesterday I was just a little tired. Nice ! <BR> <BR> Today we're headed to my Mom's for the day. That's a long drive so I'll probably be pooped... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:27:06 EST Still not there yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315593 <em>102</em> <BR> Rested most of the weekend. Did do some walking on Saturday that left me winded. I thought I'd be ready to start some walking today, but nope, not yet. Still have the pounding, get winded easy, tire fast. I've been on the higher dose of med since Friday. It is a little better - I was more comfortable when I went to bed last nite. So I'm going to play it by ear with the exercise and take it a day at a time. The doc did say that I might not notice improvement until l... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:41:22 EST Finally caught up to me so I'm taking a "me" weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312806 <em>198</em> <BR> I've been having a rough couple of weeks, thanks to my darn mitral valve prolapse. It's been in good control for at least 9 years, but last week symptoms started to return - pounding heart beat, short of breath, extra tired. It started gradually and I thought it would subside, but the past 2-3 days it's been almost constant. Uncomfortable, but not life threatening. I knew what it was because it's happened before so I wasn't alarmed, and I hate to complain. <BR> <BR... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 15:42:41 EST Fun with yesterday's strength exercises! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301743 I don't really like doing strength exercises so I tried something different yesterday. In the morning for my lower body I did 15" of the barre routine from my SparkPeople DVD. In the afternoon for my upper body I did 15" of Wii Sports Resort swordplay. That was a blast ! I then did my core exercises off and on through the day. I think I'll do that again, it made doing strength exercises less boring. Maybe next time I'll try boxing for the upper body. <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:15:12 EST I resisted ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292603 <em>224</em> <BR> Score one for me ! <BR> <BR> My husband and I went shopping at our local grocery store, the one with the great bakery, and I resisted temptation ! We did not even go thru the bakery, I steered the cart away ! <BR> <BR> We didn't buy any goodies, even though we were in the cookie aisle. My husband was eyeing a few but didn't say anything. <BR> <BR> Now, I just have to keep doing this. <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:29:41 EST 5 Years at Goal Today !!! I can't believe it ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282233 Major Milestone ! 5 Years at Goal !!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve never maintained a weight loss for so long ! I am so proud of me ! I’ve made changes in my lifestyle that I know will be with me for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Anniversary Notes <BR> <BR> I don’t stay on track 100% of the time, allowing myself the occasional sweet treat or pizza for dinner. Those are the most tempting off pro... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:16:42 EST Starting Spark Coach today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272529 I'm starting Spark Coach today (3 months free because I bought the new Spark book). I'm using the plateau busting program. I was doing good on my own but lost my momentum again. <BR> <BR> I’m doing this for myself. <BR> I want to be as healthy as I can be as I age. <BR> I want to feel as good as I did when I was maintaining in the mid 150 range, not the low 160's where I've been hovering for too long. <BR> <BR> Think before you eat. <BR> Remind yourself how good it felt when you we... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:41:40 EST