FITSUNE's SparkPeople Blog FITSUNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Joining Weight Watchers A friend of mine and I are going to join Weight watchers. We are both the same height and weight and we both go to the same water aerobics class. I think having a buddy to share ideas and progress with will be a lot of help and fun. Mon, 2 Oct 2017 20:54:40 EST Black Bean Buritos II calculated my recipe for black bean and cheese burritos. I hope you check out my recipes and try it. I will be working on my tatting book later today. The pattern today is a heart that looks like a honeycomb with a bee on it. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:30:43 EST Tatted earings to match the pendant. <img src=""> <BR> I've been making jewelry from the book Tatted Jewelry by Marilee Rockley. <BR> These earings are my own design to go with her design "Belle Pendant". Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:06:45 EST Planting Season I planted corn and beets yeasterday. My squash and peas are just little seedlings but they are coming along very nicely. This is the first year my grape will bear fruit. There are lots of little green bunches all over it. Yeah! <BR> Today I will pull up the weeds in the gravel and butterfly garden. I keep all dandylions to feed my chickens. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:11:23 EST Butterfly Garden I've decided to make a section of my garden dedicated to attracting butterflies. <BR> First I tried to plant dill seeds for the Tiger Swallow Tails and I also bought seeds for milk weed to help save the Marnarch butterfly. However nothing but weeds came up and I lost the milk weed seeds. So yesterday I ordered plants online. <BR> <BR> I am so excited about this project. <BR> Today I bought some steer manure and got some exercise hauling it to my backyard. Tomorrow I will get some exerc... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:26:17 EST Simple September Tatting Pattern <img src=""> <BR> Pocket Accent <BR> <BR> This medallion matches the edging of the previous pattern for the pinafore dress. I used it as a pocket accent. You might want to sew it to a matching head band or sun hat. <BR> <BR> Materials: <BR> 1 Tatting Shuttle <BR> Variegated tatting thread size 20 <BR> 1 button <BR> <BR> Abbreviations: <BR> R ring <BR> ds double stitch <BR> Lp large p... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:57:47 EST Starting the maintenance program. Well I went to the first meeting of the Kaiser maintenance program today and I can tell this is going to be really great. We were given an overview of the progam and nutrition basics and we have four goals for the week. 1. Track one meal. (No problem there I do that often and just need to do it mor regularly.) 2. Eat every 3 to 4 hours. 3. Include protein and healthy fats at all meals and snacks. 4. Do 20 minutes of continuous movement three times during the week. <BR> <BR> Oh and ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:21:26 EST Two Times Around the Block! Well, I did it. I went around the block two times. <em>30</em> <BR> I know that doesn't sound like much but when you consider that I have arthritis and that when I started this program I couldn't even reach the corner without severe pain, I am elated. Last Saturday I also got myself some new jeans and T shirts that actually Fit! I am so happy. <em>9</em> I am a size 12 now and I could lose 14 more pounds safely. So maybe I will go down to a size 10 eventually but for now I ju... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:28:19 EST Dress part is done. Well I had company for two days so I didn't get to work on the pinafore dress then but I finished the dress part this morning. Here is a picture. The tatting is on the neck and sleeves. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I will start the pinafore. It has a yolk that comes to a point so I made a sample corner for the tatting when I get to that point. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:33:50 EST Tatted Fringe for Toddlers Pinafore Dress <img src=""> <BR> My Neighbor invited me to her Granddaughter's 2nd birthday on the 16th. So, today I pulled out an old pattern that I used when my girls were young and found some material to go with it. I made up this little fringe pattern to use instead of the eyelet. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Simple Fringe <BR> <BR> Material: <BR> Lizbeth tatting thread color 145 size 20 <BR> One ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:37:35 EST Onward to maintenance Tomorrow will be the last meeting for the Fast portion of the Kaiser Positive Choice program. I still have optifast shakes left over and I have 10 more pounds to loose so I will continue with the shakes on my own for a little while. On August 26th the maintenance program begins. I will definitely need this so as not to gain back everything that I worked so hard to loose. It is a nutrition corse and involves logging everything we eat and continuing with exercise. I will be using the spark... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 15:53:38 EST No More RoundUp Well I used to use Roundup to clear weeds in my gravel pathways and in the lawn and sidewalks. I thought it was biodegradable but it isn't. Then I found out about Monstanto company and GMOs and drugs given to our animals and control of the cotton industry in India. Monsanto makes RoundUp. <BR> So, today I went back to the old fashioned way of controlling weeds. I just pulled them out. The soil was moist and the day is cool so it wasn't hard to do at all. This isn't going to be so bad... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:35:12 EST Making Rhubarb crumb. I've decided to make a Rhubarb recipe that doesn't have any flour in it. I will make an oatmeal crumb and cook it in a muffin tin so that individual portions can be easily frozen for future use. I think it will be a good dessert alone or with icemilk and it will go well with yogurt too. <BR> Soon I will be ordering my own yogurt maker so that I can be sure that my yogurt is made with nonhormonal nonfat milk. All this news about Monsanto products and our food supply is very disturbing. <B... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:20:17 EST No feedback on recipes. Hi everyone. I've been on Spark People for several years now and only one recipe has ever been rated. Its a little disappointing. I tell you what. I'll try your recipe if you try mine. Please leave a comment so that I can go to your page and pick from your recipes. What do you think? The chili is especially good. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:44:37 EST Tatting Xmas Gifts Hello. I am working on tatting some towel sets edging. As soon as it is done I will share the pattern with you. It is a variation on the simple edging pattern that I showed before. Then I will get going on making large victorian tree ornaments for my Sister-In-Law and some tatted necklaces for my Daughters and Nieces. <BR> It is a lot to do and unfortunatly very sendentary work. I will have to force myself to stop and take breaks with walks around the block. <BR> Also the neighbo... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:44:28 EST Making Pizza with the kids well today the children came over to visit and we made ham and pinapple pizza together. One of the girls only likes pinapple and cheese so she was able to make it just the way she likes it. They each get thier own pie pan and there was plenty left over for them to take home. <BR> Please check out my recipe. <BR> We fed the chickens as usual and Lyla still has that sneeze. Now I am thinking that it is only a "snark" because it looks like she swallows a little bit afterwards. <BR> May... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:27:52 EST My chicken is sick. Lyla, my little lavendar Ameracauna, has been sneezing for a few days and today she is not her usual active self. I am afraid I might lose her. Is there anything I can do? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:06:07 EST Back on the sugar rollercoaster Well I had some cookies last night and sure enough..... I was hungry about a half hour later. I wasn't really hungry when I ate the cookies. I just wanted something to munch. When I got mildly hungry later I ate a whole meal of chili and mozarella cheese and ended up going over my calorie limit for the day. <BR> That does it....NO MORE COOKIES. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:25:17 EST Making Cookies Today I will be baking cookies with the children of the neighborhood that come over to visit me. (They say my house has the most fun on the block.) I am pretty sure that I won't be able to resist eating a couple but if I can limit myself I will call it a victory. <BR> The children like to feed and pet the chickens, (Pamela, Freida, and Lyla). <BR> Today I will be pulling weeds the old fashioned way. NO MORE ROUND UP. <BR> I just learned about the company Monsanto and GMOs. I will only b... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:40:14 EST Looking for nonGMO foods My Parents and my brother read the book "Seeds of Deception" and they have been telling me all about it. Apparently the genetic alterations in our food actually cause the plant to form its own insecticide and this can be attributed to the raise in infant death mortality and increases in Cancer. <BR> I had breast cancer and so did my Mom and Sister. So I asked my doctor if it was genetic. He said that the type I had (intraductal) was not genetic but that ther was a higher incidence of this... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:59:16 EST Back to tracking food Now that I am near the tail end of my Optifast Diet, I am going to start tracking foods. They will be visible to the public and I think that will help me to prevent overeating because I don't want to be ashamed of how I eat. Also, If I have a particularly good day of eating nutritionally within my calorie limit of 1400 calories you might want to use it as a guide for your own meal plans. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:44:29 EST Confessions about the pie Best laid plans....... <BR> I was going to resist the pie. The first one went to my neighbors untouched as planned. I was keeping the second for my parents and so I resisted it pretty easily yesterday. <BR> I called my Dad today and I won't see them until Monday afternoon. Monday morning is the Positive Choice meeting and I wondered if the pie would keep in the car in the hot sun. So, I decided it would be alright to keep it for my other neighbor's boy who I expected would visit toda... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:37:20 EST Making Strawberry rhubarb pie. I went to the grocery store to get more fresh vegetables for the chickens and strawberries were on sale. My rhubarb is doing well too. So, I am going to make a pie or two. I will eat a small piece and give the rest to my neighbors. The second one will be given to my parents. Or maybe I will freeze them. <BR> Nevermind...this will be good practice for me. I will resist eating strawberries when I cut them up and I will resist eating the pie. Yep.... on second thought ...I had better ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:08:38 EST Went to the movies My Sister and I went to see Godzilla. It was just what you would expect from a Godzilla movie: Monsters fighting, Tromping through the city and destroying buildings etc. . It took me back to the times my brother and I would stay up late to see the monster movies. It was really cool to see Grandmas bringing their grandchildren to see it. <BR> I wasn't tempted at all about the soda and popcorn. I guess preparing myself mentally and drinking a shake before really made a difference. In... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:03:41 EST Going to the movies. Well I just did a little walk around the block and my Sister-in-Law is coming over so that we can go to the movies together. I am going to be really tempted to get a soda and popcorn. So, I am drinking my noon Optifast shake a little early. <BR> It should be a lot of fun. Maybe I will take another walk around 4:00 pm. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:31:45 EST Three steps forward. Two steps back. Here I was so proud of myself for doing well last week. Then last night I told myself it would be OK to do the modified version and I made myself a nice little meal of Lemon Pepper Salmon and dandilion greens. It was very good but I wanted more. Then I broke the fast. I knew there was a frozen package of Crossaint rolls and I told myself "It won't hurt to have only one" and then I put them in the oven. <BR> I ended up eating 2/3 of the package! I will probably be constapated today. I am u... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:25:24 EST I lost three pounds! This week I made a concerted effort to go back to a strict Optifast instead of the modified version because I hadn't lost any weight for three weeks. As you can tell from previous blogs, I did cheat a few times but I also got in my exercise. <BR> I think it was the exercise that made all the difference. <BR> I'm so happy.... I am going to take a walk around the block at 4:00 when it gets cooler to celebrate! Tomorrow I am back to the water aerobics at 9:00 am. <BR> I would do th... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:13:46 EST Walked around the DMV parking lot five times. Yesterday I drove my friend to the DMV. Instead of waiting inside I decided to walk around their large parking lot. I made it around five times before my arthritis started to act up. So I am very proud that I got my exercise in. <em>41</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:45:34 EST Lost Zelda. Still working on resisting food. Today, when I went to go check my chickens, Zelda was missing. Their perches were in disarray and feathers were everywhere. I found that the berried chicken wire had been uncovered and a small opening was made at the seam. <BR> I rewired the cage but it will be a while before I can get a new chicken to keep Pamela company. <BR> Taking Positve's advice I will do my tatting when I start to get cravings. Yes, I think the binging is partly out of habit but it also happens when I am tired and m... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 14:31:03 EST Cheating on the fast Well, I haven't been loosing weight for three weeks but I have been cheating. <BR> Last Saturday, I ate pizza all day. A few days ago, I made myself sick on Almond slivers. Yesterday, I went out for KFC buiscuits. I am really losing my confidence in my ability to resist temptation. It is almost like being an Alcoholic. Being able to stop eating once I have started (especially in the evening) is really hard for me. Do any of you have any suggestions? I am open to your ideas. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:58:46 EST Fires in San Marcos Well we had fires close by this week. I could see the smoke and flames across the freeway near Cal State San Marcos from the hillside in my backyard. The firemen were excellent in puting out the fire but it still took two days. I watched the planes and helicopters dropping flame retardant contiuously. The freeway exit to my home was closed but I only went out once to pick up Meds. My friend's daughter had to evacuate but her husband stayed and had all the trees removed and watered the hou... Sat, 17 May 2014 18:50:12 EST I bought two chickens yesterday. Well I have been busy making a chicken pen and coop and yesterday I bought two Wheaton Chickens. I hear they are very tame and lay blue and green eggs! <BR> So far they are adjusting very well to their new home. I have named them Pamela and Zelda. Today they came to me for some meal worms that I had in my hand. They ate thier fresh greens yesterday and they like the egg laying pellets as well. They don't pick on each other either so I am very happy about that. <BR> Zelda is younger than P... Sun, 11 May 2014 14:25:25 EST When the Optifast Ends Well I am getting closer to my goal and I should be in the maintenance part of the program soon. Its time to start thinking about what my lifestyle should be to KEEP the weight off. My plan so far is to start each morning with oatmeal and apples and walnuts and a glass of non fat milk. (I need to incorporate more calcium). I know a friend who had a poached egg every morning and cottage cheese on lettuce with fruit for lunch every day. I may want to go that route. <BR> Any way, I am looki... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:29:12 EST On the Modified Optifast Well I reported that I was still feeling a little fatigued. All my blood work turned out fine. So its not anemia or thyroid. The Nurse said I could switch to the Modified Optifast which allows 3 oz. lean meat, a salad (restricted to the salad items listed) with dressing 18 cal. or less, and a green vegetable (not starchy). So far I am very happy with this change. Of course I won't lose as quickly. I guess I will start logging in the nutrition guide on Spark People again. <BR> Tonight I ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:35:38 EST Patty's Tatted Pansy Pattern. I hope you enjoy this Springtime Pattern. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Patty's Pansy <BR> Materials: <BR> Yellow or orange tatting thread size 10 <BR> Purple thread size 20 <BR> 2 shuttles <BR> embroidery needle <BR> scissors <BR> <BR> Instructions: <BR> 1. Pull 14 inches of purple thread from shuttle. R 6ds, p, 6ds, cl. <BR> 2. Do not reverse thread. Ch 1ds p, 1ds. <BR> 3. R 12ds, 4ds, Lp(3/4 digit long), 4ds, p, 12ds, J to twisted Lp of sa... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:19:40 EST Gardening and tatting today This morning while it was still cool I planted four tomatoe plants. They are all heirloom. Then I trimmed the ice plant from the wall and made a huge pile of refuse. When it got cool in the afternoon, I went up to the top of the hillside several times adding new top soil. Then I planted iceplant in the patches that were barren. <BR> I pulled a few weeds. There actually weren't that many! <BR> A couple of crabgrass plants tried to come back. <BR> I am still working on empting the compo... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:50:58 EST How to find my recipes To find my recipes click More at the top of the spark page. Then choose favorites. <BR> My favorite articles and recipes will show. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:58:44 EST Allowed 3oz lean meat on the Optifast. Last week I reported to the Kaiser staff that I was feeling fatigued. They did extra tests on my blood and told me that I can have 3 ounces lean meat every day. <BR> It is hard to stop eating once you have wet your appetite with the meat. I ate more than just the 3oz last week. I still lost one pound. I thought I would gain. <BR> Yesterday I was back on track and stuck to the Optifast shakes and lean meat. <BR> I reminded myself that this is lent and that helped me control the urges. <... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:55:25 EST Planting strawberries Two of my newly planted lemon cucumbers got too much sun and wilted away. <BR> So I bought two strawberry plants and planted them in the same spots. <BR> This time I moved the weber barbeque over to give them a little more shade. <BR> The weather is overcast today. Maybe they will get a light shower as well. <BR> <BR> The pots also had some extra little plants in them so I replaced two of the strawberry plants in my strawberry pot as well. <BR> <BR> My rubarb plant is doing well. Maybe ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:45:34 EST Counting Calories: How much is the right amount I don't have to count calories just yet because I am on the Optifast diet right now. Still... I learned that to figure the number of calories you need to support the weight you are at just multiply your weight by ten. So... to maintain 170 lbs. weight, I would need to consume 1,700 calories. This is just a rough estimate and it can be changed to adjust to the amount of activity or exercise you do. <BR> <BR> No wonder I gained when I first started at Spark people. I was planning for 2... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:36:08 EST Planting Corn I planted the corn yesterday at dusk. I may have planted them too close or too deep. We'll see what happens. I also planted some radishes and beets. The radishes should be ready long before the corn gets tall. <BR> I wanted to cover the seeds with a clear plastic mesh but I couldn't find it in the stores or nurseries. I've had good luck with keeping the soil moist and warm using this method. So I'll keep on looking. <BR> Do any of you gardeners out there know where it is sold? <BR>... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:45:02 EST More work on the lawn and no pain. Yea ! I got another sectionof the lawn area deweeded and turned over. Then I went to Lowe's this time and got some ground topping soil for lawns and a different seed mix. This time it came in a bag and I know how much I am getting. I am going to wait until 4:oo pm when it starts to cool down before working on it again. <BR> I am definitely getting enough sun and exercise. I feel great! Three months ago I would not have been able to do this yard work without severe pain to my hip and knees. Los... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:19:12 EST Working in the garden Well yesterday I cleared two sections of my lawn from crabgrass. That was a major endeavor. Then when I opened the huge jug of complete grass mix, it was only about a quarter full! What a huge disappointment! So anyway I only seeded a small little patch. Now I am off to prepare another section of the lawn and I need to go back to home depot for more of the ripoff seed mix 'cause I want it to match. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:14:09 EST Time for setting up the garden. I already have two pear tomato plants in pots but it is time to work in the compost and manure into my main vegetable bed. I am planning to plant corn this year. I have never planted it before so this should be an adventure for me. <BR> Turning over the soil will be a great work out for me. Its funny... I hate "exercise" but I love working in the yard. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:15:06 EST Ate a dinner last night. Well I am on Optifast and shouldn't eat but last night I was just too tempted. <BR> Last week the people from Omaha meats called me and I ordered the seafood mix. One for my Dad for Father's day and one for me. At the time, I figured they could just stay in the freezer until I am off the Optifast. <BR> Yesterday it all arrived and last night it haunted me. I just couldn't wait to try the stuffed fillet of soul. It was deliscous but very buttered so probably not very good for me. I also h... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:43:19 EST Tatting Pattern for a clover Here is a clover pattern I will remake it into a Shamrock pattern later. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Little Clover <BR> <BR> <BR> This clover is a little more difficult to make because the large picots on each ring need to be measured. I use the tip of my finger to measure them to be ½ digit or approximately 2 mm. This same picot is twisted and caught within the same ring before it is closed. <BR> Abbreviations: <BR> R ring <BR> ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:04:07 EST Best Layed Plans In my last blog I was all optimistic about how the day would go but it turned out badly. I found out that my contractor had not paid one of his bills and I was sent an intent to lean notice. I went to him and he said he would take care of it first thing Monday morning. By Friday I still had not received info from the company that they had received anything from him and he had told me on Monday that it was done (lie). The rest of that evening I binged on anything I could find. I ended up e... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:55:48 EST Back on Track Yesterday I did very well and stuck to the optifast. I didn't even have very strong cravings. This morning I had a mocha optifast and two kumquats. I think that is alright as long as I stick to it for the rest of the day. Only 45 minutes till the next drink . Yea! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:16:52 EST Giving Into Munchies I have been on Optifast since October and I should have reached my goal weight by now but I cheated along the way. I do fine during the day but in the evenings I get terrible cravings for something to sink my teeth into. I know I need to learn to overcome these cravings. I am going to try journaling and visualizations of myself at goal weight. I will blog later to let you all know if it works. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:30:06 EST Lost 2 pounds this week. I lost 2 pounds this week on the Optifast but I have been cheating and should have lost more. <BR> I had another sewer flood Dec. 7th and I am under construction repairs at home. The whole sewer line had to be replaced in addition to the water mitigation and repairs. So anyway I blame the stress. <BR> Today I went to Pollo Loco and got an avocado salad and yesterday my friend asked me out to Brunch. I have a real problem saying no to people especially when it is so tempting. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:52:51 EST