FISHER011's SparkPeople Blog FISHER011's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hi Again! Hi Everyone! <BR> I have been gone a long time-just floundering around being sick, tired and unmotivated. <BR> I am going to go slow and jump back in each day. <BR> I have really missed everyone and my sucess with Spark People! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Debbie Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:05:33 EST Low Carb Diet I am counting carbs every meal and adapting a lot of my recipes, making them healthier with lower carbs, sodium and fat. <BR> I found this website <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If anyone has any recipes or ideas please share! <BR> <BR> I am on a new journey-lol! All the wonderful tools here at SparkPeople is wonderful and so helpful. <BR> I have a hard time believing I didn't use them for 6 months. <BR> But now I am back and using the tools I have here and that are on th... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 20:09:19 EST Awesome Diabetes Control Website <link> </link> <BR> <link><BR>s </link> <BR> <BR> So wonderful! So awesome to have this at my fingertips! <BR> I learned so much from Nurse Carol! This was my first visit and I am looking forward to many more with the Mercy Medical Group Diabetes Education team. <BR> Since my Dr. has me on a sliding scale of Insulin, and counting carbs I am very happy that I now have a site that is specifically for diabetes control. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:21:00 EST Diabetes Education Class Today First off- my heart stress came back good-no immediate danger for heart attack! <BR> Today was first day of my Diabetes Education class. This was awesome! I met with Nurse Carol who shared with me simply how A1C levels are and how this number is so important for a diabetic. <BR> I will share more tomorrow, it is late. <BR> <BR> I will say this-I shared with Nurse Carol is this great website=SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> ~debbie~ <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 02:50:57 EST I Am Having A Stress Test Done On my Heart Today & Tomorrow Will let ya all know how the procedure goes by Monday. <BR> HUGS <BR> ~Deb~ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>artAttack/SymptomsandDiagnosisofHeartA<BR>ttack/Single-Photon-Emission-Computed-<BR>Tomography-SPECT_UCM_446358_Article.js </link> Thu, 15 May 2014 05:44:52 EST I Am Back Sparking & Tracking-My 1st blog since January. I have missed Spark People & everyone here! I have been tracking for the past week & staying steady with it. <BR> In April I weighed in at 198! Being in onederland has been a struggle, but one worth fighting for! <BR> <BR> Spark People is awesome! I back slid big time when I stopped doing Spark People sometime in January. Many reasons, not just one thing took the wind from my sails. <BR> <BR> I will get back to doing blogs & getting back with everyone & my teams. <BR> I am just going slow ... Wed, 14 May 2014 19:18:00 EST Happy Days Pic of me with my Dear Son Stephen, after a long, hard day of work. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A look at how my knees look after a hard day. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The swollen one is my right knee that I need knee surgery on. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 02:06:24 EST Managing My Diabetes...I Now Use Insulin Pens! I feel as if I have accomplished a lot when it comes to managing my Diabetes. <BR> My last A1C was 7.5. I'm due for another blood work panel, but my new Dr is happy with the 7.5,considering my poor diabetes management & control starting in November. <BR> I did not have prescription drug coverage for the months of November & December. <BR> I paid what I could out-of-pocket & I made due with what I had as far as Insulin & syringes. <BR> I ran out of test strips, which hasn't helped my ability t... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:08:09 EST Yesterday...Mutitasking Burn. I made banana nut muffins for my roommate yesterday. <BR> As I was taking them out of oven the light weight aluminum pan flipped the muffins over, landing on the electic heating element- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These are the good ones_ <BR> . <img src=""> <BR> I can not multitask when it comes to baking. <BR> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:19:42 EST Shape Shorts Solved My Belly Slapping Issue! I have been struggling with my COPD & Asthma- I now have another Respiratory Infection that has made it necessary for my Endoscope to be rescheduled for February 13th. <BR> Hard to believe I am dealing with ear infections & water behind the ear drum, yet again. <BR> <BR> Life has been a struggle lately because I don't feel like eating. I'm sick to my stomach because of the Hiatal Hernia & stopping medications. I think it may be because I am still getting things stuck In my throat & heart bu... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:19:35 EST Rescheduled For GI Consult...My Thoughts... Monday I went to my appointment to see a GI Specialist about my Hiatial Hernia. <BR> After arriving I was asked for an authorization code that I did not have because my Insurance had changed- Insurance rules... <BR> I spent an hour filling out paperwork so all wasn't lost! <BR> I'll be going back on Thursday! <BR> My original reschedule was on the 17th. <BR> Today I called my PCP & asked if my authorization was faxed to the GI Dr.... <BR> I had gotten a call from the Insurance provider 2 hou... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 02:54:49 EST Happy & Loved (Photo) I am in a Happy place with my Companion & yesterday I got a call from my Dr. The appointment for my Counsel with the GI Specialist is on Monday afternoon- Woo Hoo! <BR> I've been having issues with the hiatial hernia for quite a while-so I am happy to get down to business & deal with it. <BR> <BR> As for my Companion-Rhylie is a sweetheart & helps me feel loved more than I can say! <BR> Last night I found him in my bed all cuddled up in my afghan & snuggling with my pillows! <BR> <img src="... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:47:16 EST Baby Steps...Time To Start Again! It's day 3 of a New Year & I'm just now feeling the energy of everyone getting geared up for 2014. <BR> I have to admit to being in a funk-lol ! My sizzle fizzled. <BR> After reading everyone's goals & New Year excitement, I feel like I need to get busy! <BR> 2013 I lost 44 pounds...I am down to 189. My goal weight was 180 by 1-1-2014. <BR> Even though I didn't meet my goal weight, I have faith that getting back into my cycling on my exercise bike & doing my stairs-workout will help me to fee... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 07:38:12 EST Feeling The Slump I've been in a slump for quite awhile & today I felt the downside of not doing my stair workout. <BR> I have not checked the mail all last week & this week, which means I didn't get my stair workout! <BR> I checked my Blood Pressure after coming back up the 17 stairs - <BR> my bp was 169/94 & my pulse was 120. <BR> So back to my workout! <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:41:01 EST Waste Not- Want Not~"Sell By" Dates and Other Misleading Labels This a good article I found interesting & helpful when it comes to "Sell By Dates" & expiration dates on foods. I am forever wondering about is it good to eat/drink or not? <BR> <BR> It does come from a website that has lots of helper articles, but it is up to us to decide if it's fact or fiction. Hope it helps. <BR> <link>"Sell By" Dates and Other Misleading Labels Cause Terrible Food Waste </link> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:22:15 EST Pain Keeps Me Up At Night! It's 1:00 am here in California... <BR> I can't sleep because of the pain I have in my right leg & Buttock. <BR> LOL! It sounds funny to admit that is keeping me from enjoying doing anything! <BR> I don't know if it's medication that is causing this cramping or if it's a new symptom with my knee injury. <BR> I can't sit for too long & it's hard to get motivated to exercise when I am in pain. <BR> I have had to use my cane & walker the last couple of days. <BR> I don't see the Dr until January... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 04:17:05 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! Photos Merry Christmas to All! <BR> These are a couple of photos from our Family Christmas 2013- <BR> This is a photo of my DS Stephen & I- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This photo is Me & DS James & My Mom- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:35:45 EST SPARKPEOPLE IS A FACEBOOK FOR HEALTHY LIVING... My youngest DS recently told me SparkPeople is like Facebook where everyone gets together like a social website, except we all discuss healthier weight loss & inspiring stories. <BR> Nice to know my DS looks at SparkPeople in a nice way. <BR> DS is very encouraging! He has helped through many things in life~ quitting smoking 12 years ago, & he's cheering me on with my weight loss. <BR> He is always understanding when I'm on SP. <em>104</em> <BR> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:10:05 EST Mourning Loss My family is mourning the loss of a vibrant, beautiful, talented young lady. <BR> My niece Rachel had pneumonia & complications with her kidneys shutting down & her heart stopped. <BR> Rachel was my DB only child. She was 19 years old. <BR> This loss has hit my Mom the hardest. <BR> I am the shoulder my Mom leans on & together we laugh & cry as we check out Rachel's Facebook and her many videos on YouTube as ohrachelrandom. <BR> I am finding comfort knowing she is with our Lord & Savior. <BR... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:26:34 EST My Progress (Photo) <img src=""> <BR> This photo I took! I still don't like others to take my picture. <BR> I'm making progress & I weigh 190 lbs. <BR> I still have 70 lbs to go to reach my goal weight. <BR> My short term goal is 180 by 1-1-2014. <BR> I know I am not going to make it even though I am only 10 lbs. away. <BR> I will be more realistic & say I will be happy with being healthy this holiday season. <BR> Spark People has helped me ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:39:00 EST Blessed Be Your Thanksgiving May everyone have a Blessed Thanksgiving. <BR> Remember to track your food & be conscious of serving size <em>4</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:59:55 EST Sobering Reality & More Weight Lost I am Diabetic. I have a large stomach that I always contributed to being diabetic. <BR> My stomach issues have turned out to be a hiatial hernia. <BR> All this time I thought my stomach bloating after eating, etc...was because of my medicine or because I'm diabetic. <BR> The sobering reality is that it has taken me a while to address this issue. <BR> I am now learning to adjust my eating & drinking & it's getting less painful. <BR> I got a call from Dr's office today & I am now scheduled for ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 05:30:33 EST Sunday~Walk In Dog Park + Made A New Spark Recipe Today has been a nice day. Got in a couple walks- at the dog park & at the grocery store. <BR> I made an awesome recipe tonight- Yummy! Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken- <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=145471 </link> <BR> This is a delicious way to make chicken! I love trying out new & different recipes at Spark People recipes. <BR> SP has many talented cooks-Thank you ALL! <BR> I find myself making a roasted chicken & then using the leftovers for sandwiches, ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:54:34 EST How To Track Stacking Fire Wood? How do you track exercises like carrying and stacking firewood? <BR> I have been able to figure out my stairs workout, but this has me at a loss...anyone have an idea of how to track? Does it count as fitness? <BR> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 02:02:13 EST Make-Over Holiday Meals With Myplate-USDA Blog Site <link><BR>our-holiday-meals-with-myplate-week-1/ </link> <BR> This is the USDA website. United States Department of Agriculture. <BR> <BR> The makeover for Green Bean Casserole is low in calories! Much healthier than original recipe. <BR> <BR> This info I took from the website: <BR> <BR> "The holiday season has finally arrived! It’s time to find your favorite family recipes and start cooking! While many of our favorite dishes help us to remember and c... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:07:08 EST Debbie's Doings Doing great! Seeing progress! <em>104</em> <em>9</em> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:59:26 EST Another Blissful Day Today was a cooler, beautiful day in California. <BR> I took some recent photos to share of the fall colors & my companion Rhylie. Enjoy! <BR> These photos are of the backyard I walk with Rhylie in. It slants up & the down... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 16 Nov 2013 02:27:08 EST Down Forty Pounds! <em>252</em> I've lost a total of 40 lbs! <BR> Each 2-3 pounds is a vicory for me <em>104</em> <BR> I love Spark People you are all <em>285</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>386</em> <em>324</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:26:28 EST 5 Years & Counting! Photo of Me With My Companions! So happy these days! Yesterday was 5 years anniversary for my CABG & Mitral Valve repair-Woo Hoo! <BR> Been keeping busy with taking care of Rhylie! Here are some new photos of us! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:43:11 EST CABG 5 Years Ago 5 years ago today I had my quadruple bypass- a CABG= Coronary Artery Bypass Graft. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:00:25 EST Tired Again Today I am feeling extra tired these days. I've been taking Benadryl for my allergies & may be feeling tired because of this. My allergies are kicking into high gear too! <BR> With day light savings time & falling back an hour, I feel out of sync & blah... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 13:38:34 EST 5 Years Ago I Had A Heart Attack This video is of me talking with my children that day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>er.3150 </link> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 15:09:46 EST Holding Steady In Onderland! The scale said I weighed in at 196 today...holding steady! <BR> No loss, no gain. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with my Diabetes. I have been having many lows. <BR> My Dr asked how I control the lows. The only thing that I have & knew about then are fast acting glucose tablets. <BR> Since this has been happening, I am finding myself not feeling good. <BR> I am fortunate to have a roommate who cares enough to educate himself & is helping me. <BR> I am educating myself & learning. <BR> I do... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 13:59:54 EST Teeth or No Teeth? LOL! I have an upper denture I am learning to wear. <BR> Today the teeth would not stay in, so I used more Fixodent. I usually use Poligrip. <BR> It says on the instructions not to use more, but I did. <BR> When the adhesive wasn't working, I pulled them out & used more Fixodent. <BR> LOL! <BR> When my roommate came home, I couldn't smile <em>234</em> <BR> My upper lip & inside lip were stuck to my teeth- I had used too much adhesive & the end result was a disaster! <BR> So I had to make a cho... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 19:52:52 EST November Is Diabetes Awareness Month This is from the Diabetes Awareness Ribbon Website <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 14:30:50 EST Meet My New Companion! My new Pal~ Rhylie <em>338</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 16:10:51 EST Happy Days! The results of my Barium Swallow shows I have a Hiatal Hernia + Gastroesophageal reflux. <BR> Now I have to see another Doctor- a GI Doctor. <BR> I am happy that I now have an answer to why I have a hard time swallowing & have the stomach issues I have. Happy Days! Sat, 2 Nov 2013 13:04:42 EST Barium Swallow...Done! I had my procedure done yesterday & will have results next week. <BR> The Barium Swallow was not as unbearable as I thought it would be <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I also saw my primary care/diabetes doctor. <BR> My blood pressure was 120/72- not bad, but my pulse was 100. I told the doctor it gets that way when I'm at the doctors-lol. <BR> I weighed in at 200 lbs with my boots & knee brace on! Finally I am seeing progress on the scale! <BR> <BR> I am going to have to get out my sewing mach... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:25:52 EST I'm In Wonderland! Finally made it to Onderland! I weighed in at 197 this morning... <em>9</em> <BR> I'm feeling much better today. <BR> Yesterday my Mom suggested eating lite & to eat my Maypo. It worked! <BR> My stomach is feeling almost normal, but to be on safe side ate my Maypo! <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:40:26 EST Chicken Noodle Soup Day Made a pot of soup because my body has been detoxing the last couple of days. <BR> I may have p/u virus at Drs office. <BR> I thought about doing a cleanse, but it looks like my body is taking care of itself! I lost 2lbs in 2 days-ugh! <BR> I have the Barium Swallow on tuesday <link> 5QhBvXsJ53E </link> <BR> I also see my Diabetes Dr that day. <BR> I have a follow up with the ENT Dr on the 28th. I am looking forward to these results because it's taken me 11/2 yea... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:32:41 EST How My Day Started...Like A Cheerios Commercial! LOL For Reals! I didn't know whether to cry or laugh! <BR> My sleep walking & eating hasn't been happening, until this morning! <BR> I woke up in a bed of honeynut cheerios & a glass half full of cheerios on the nightstand... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is a name for this <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I slept walked as a child & teenager. In my adult ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:10:25 EST Knee Update Instead of seeing my doctor on Wednesday, i saw his PA Christina. This was because I didn't want to talk about having the knee surgery at this time... <BR> <BR> Christina said she looked at my X-rays & she recommends the surgery because I now have bone on bone. <BR> I can't see how I went from an ACL tear to arthritis within 2 years, <BR> I read this article <link><BR>tis.html </link> <BR> I am still in the non-surgery mode. So, I will be starting bac... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:40:11 EST Morning Update...LOL! Woke up at 6am! Not on my own- <em>246</em> My phone rang at 6am, & a young female voice starting telling about how she was going the wrong way on the freeway & she wasn't dreaming... <BR> In my " throaty not-awake" voice I asked who this was & was she ok? The person asked who I was & I said Debbie. Then she said "Holy s____! And then hung up on me. <BR> Even though I had the # to call her back, I figured it was a wrong number- <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I ache all over today, especially my... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:01:22 EST The Greatest Gift You Can Give Is Time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:46:31 EST Set Back Woke up able to breathe this morning! My allergies subsided temporarily & I woke up without congestion=which is a great feeling! <em>224</em> I've been battling with my Asthma & allergies because of all the trees, grasses, & molds. <BR> When I took a shower I noticed I had a knot in my arm pit. I don't know if it's a cyst, but clear fluid is draining. It's not abscessed. <BR> I will be going to the Dr. tomorrow, so I'll address it then. <BR> My body may be going through a detox. In Dr. Fur... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:16:10 EST Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... From CANDOK1260 <BR> <BR> Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who tak... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:09:04 EST YES I CAN, WITH A NEW ATTITUDE! I ~love~ Sundays! A day of rest & revitalization...especially Spiritual! <BR> A beautiful day to spend with Family, Friends & Our Savior Jesus Christ. <BR> Bless everyone this day & always! <BR> <BR> I have spent the morning reflecting on my Journey` past, present & future... <BR> I did weigh myself again this morning...I am at 202 lbs- so close to Onderland! <BR> <BR> Reflecting back in time, I realize that I haven't been in the 100's for many years. <BR> It's been at least 6 years! <BR... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:08:14 EST Weigh In...A Loss! Weighed myself just now-202 lbs! <em>244</em> <BR> I may be less because I weighed myself mid-day with clothes & shoes on, minus knee brace. <BR> Last time I weighed close to 217lbs! So, about 10+ lbs down! <em>224</em> <BR> I thought my pants were getting a little baggy <em>9</em> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 17:34:48 EST Losing With The Help Of Spark People Mobility Center Workout Videos I love Spark People Videos & the Mobility Center. <BR> This one of my favorites <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1034 </link> <BR> I love that there are so many in one place! Like here, with the seated work-outs <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1713 </link> <BR> My Mom said I look like I'm losing weight! <BR> And! My pants are loose in the waist & crotch area! <BR> I need to buy a new bathroom scale, then I'll know how m... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:17:50 EST 12 Steps To Self Care <img src=""> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:18:25 EST