FUNKYG1's SparkPeople Blog FUNKYG1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Reality part 2 <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I have found some of my triggers - things that make very angry (which is sometimes a good thing as I get a lot accomplished), things that make me very sad and then there are things that start out sad and end up angry. The sadness I can deal with mostly but the angry can be very, very destructive. It is at these times I feel my self esteem/worth is at its lowest and it is very difficult to stay on top of my posting and my nutrition. I finally told my DH about an e... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:11:03 EST My Reality <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Hello to all my Spark Friends, I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. <BR> As you see by my title I have discovered my own reality with regards to weight loss. Actually I think I have known it all along, I am just now in that place in my mind that I can accept it and work with it. <BR> <BR> I am NOT perfect! I am not able to follow a plan every day! I have health issues that I cannot control and therefore am unable to exercise every d... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:31:21 EST Very unexpected interruption <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Almost a month gone by without posting. The foot I had surgery on was run over by a small child on a bike (NOT my grandchild) and after seeing the doctor and sitting for many, many days with it up again, iced again, it started to not hurt as much. So got that done and BANG, out of nowhere, sick, sick, sick. Four days in bed or should I say four days in a make shift bed by the porcelain throne with a metal bowl in front of my face! Anyhow, that is behind me (fing... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:15:26 EST Incredible people <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> What a day I had on Friday. I took my 5 year grandson to his kindergarten class and picked him up again. SIL had an accident a while back and needs a custom made knee brace so he cannot do this. Any how, after that I went shopping for a pair of jeans and a couple of tops for myself and pants and shirts for DH. I got the jeans however, I now have to have them altered as they are about a foot too long. Clothes for DH fit him perfectly. <BR> <BR> At the store whe... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:43:07 EST Miscellaneous/for Kerry's friend <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Kerry, after I posted about my surgery I realized I left a few pertinent details out. <BR> <BR> First of all I live in British Columbia and all Canadians have universal health care. I did NOT take advantage of this as I would have had to wait 2 or 3 years to have this surgery, so we paid privately and the cost was $3,300.00CDN.. The surgery I had lasted approximately 1.5 hours as I also had the Tarsal and Metatarsal bones fused so the spur would not come back(thi... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:02:43 EST Wheat Belly <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know if any of you have read this book or actually tried the cook book but right now I am just reading it. It is very interesting what he says about our modern wheat and all the whole grains, etc.. I am taking a lot of what he says with a grain of salt but will talk to my doctor about it when I see him next. He is the one who recommended the book to me. <BR> <BR> Kerry if your friend is contemplating the foot surgery, I would say go ahead with it. I h... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 16:32:17 EST Back after 9 month absence <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Hello to all my Sparkfriends. As you can see by my title, it has been close to nine months since I last posted. What have I been up to? Well let me see. <BR> <BR> I have had surgery on the top of my foot to remove, for the third time, a bone spur and to fuse the Tarsal and Metatarsal bones so the spur does not return (hopefully). That is the bad part. <BR> <BR> Our eldest daughter got married last month and of course that was such a busy time leading up to the... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 14:39:27 EST First blog of 2013 <em>148</em> <BR> In my last blog, I told all of you what I had been going through during the last 6 or 7 months of 2012. I had even written a poem about it all (and I am not a poet in any sense of the word)! <BR> At this time I would like to thank all of you who took the time to read, consider and answer it. It is times like these that you find out where your support comes from. Now it is time to move forward until the next trigger hits because it will come sooner or later. I am now b... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 15:58:57 EST A long absense and a (not very good) poem <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> My friends, I have been absent since Sept. 9. It has been a very rough few months and I hope the poem below will explain things. <BR> <BR> Here I am, alone in the dumps <BR> Listening to voices, taking my lumps <BR> Inner voices cry "It's not fair" <BR> Outside voices that don't seem to care <BR> I feel adrift, don't know where to turn <BR> Don't seem to have extra energy to burn <BR> I am tired, so tired of constantly fighting <BR> My body, my mind. They both se... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 15:38:43 EST A great Saturday night <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Last night DH and I and our best friends went out for a great meal and a musical - Jersey Boys. What a great show! It took us back in time to a more innocent time and great music. I have always liked the Four Seasons but did not know the story behind their formation and their successes and failures. If you get a chance, go see it, I know I would go again. <BR> <BR> The last six days have been jam packed with activities. Long walk on Monday, housework Tuesday... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:41:35 EST Update on just about everything <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Since my last blog everything in our lives has turned around for the better. Knowing that our physical health issues have now been put to the very back of our minds, we can move forward. Personally, I have been walking everyday for the last 5 days. I am going for another walk after this posting. <BR> <BR> I never fail to be surprised at the outlook on life once the negative is taken over by the positive. I find I have more energy and the odd thing that may not... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 14:17:17 EST Good News Day <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Wow, what a good news day for our family. First of all, DH does NOT have to have further colon surgery. He goes back in three years for a follow up and that is it. Second, our son in law Mark does NOT have a recurrance of his bone or pancreatic cancer. He still has something wrong with his leg but it is not cancer. Third, I am still pain free, close to three weeks now. I have walked and done a lot of housework, trying to get the house in tip top condition after... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:06:11 EST Another beautiful day. <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> So I woke up with a foggy brain this morning and then slept for another couple of hours, made coffee and breakfast and read the paper. Our youngest daughter called to say baby Koby has diarhea and she did not sleep last night so I went over and watched the kids while she had a sleep. On my way, I stopped and bought a couple of baby gates as he is now crawling to beat the band and almost ended up outside! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I did go swimming but not for as long... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:33:51 EST Wow, what a busy time <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I have barely been able to keep up with everything now I am pain free. My house is clean, my laundry and ironing is up to date, I have been swimming, looking after the grandsons, walking and planning a deck with DH. We are hosting our DD's wedding ceremony next August and need to get the back yard ship shape and bristol clean for it. We spent yesterday getting rid of old plants, weeds and other unwanted things in the front and back gardens and after a long time of... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 18:22:20 EST Unexpected break <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Hello, hello. We are back after a surprise vacation. We went up to the Okanagan for a few days and just got back a few days ago. I even managed to lose 3 pounds while we were gone. I was at the pain clinic the other day, only a 7 month wait lol. It seems that I have bursitis in the hip and that is what was causing all the pain. The doctor gave me a shot of Cortisone and I have had no pain or very little pain since. I was even able to swim without any pain at a... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:46:58 EST "Serious" Challange, Day 2 <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Got up early this morning, stripped the beds and remade them and then did laundry. After most of the laundry was done, I went for a walk. It was a 30 minute walk, a bit shorter than yesterdays which was 45. At least I got it in today cuz I really did not feel like going, I wanted to sleep! See what I mean about lazy. I have also tracked all my food intake and my water (I am still short 2 glasses, but I have meds to take which will use that up). <BR> <BR> I tr... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:51:13 EST "Let's Get Serious" Challenge for myself <em>148</em> <BR> <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> I have had it with ME! It is time to really get serious about my life plan so that I have a life! I have been mired in something for a while and now it is time to leave it behind. <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> Starting today, I am walking or swimming or both every day. Yes I hurt, sometimes a lot and I will not be stupid about getting to the point of damaging myself further physically. I do, however, have to repair myself emotionally and mentally o... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 18:24:24 EST Character <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> I have read all your comments on my last blog and I wish to say I appreciate the opportunity to connect with the wisdom you have shown in your replies. When one is in the depth of depression, longing and paralysis, things look very different to a person. Your insights and wisdom have helped me immensely. I can see myself with a clearer perspective. Thank you all for that. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling to a degree but am not in the des... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:37:39 EST Thank you <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I want to say thank you to all of you who responded to my plea for support. I know that I did not contact anyone but just knowing you were there helped a lot. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my mothers birthday, she would have been 88. Since coming back from Hawai'i in May, I have been suffering depression, anxiety and a feeling of total lethargy and ennui. I could not concentrate on anything at all. I spent yesterday basically doing nothing except making homemade sou... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:57:20 EST Brighter outlook <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I read all the comments on yesterday's blog and they all have wisdom to them. I will be more open minded in future. And I will continue to blog. <BR> <BR> On a brighter note, yesterday I spent the day with DH #1, her fiance, the kids, her SIL to be and her kids. We had a picnic and went swimming. I got a lot of sun over the weekend which really helps me build up immunity and helps with my MS as well. I feel better overall and look forward to tomorrow after getti... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:53:07 EST Huddles <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I think I may give up on huddling. I huddled 5 teams last week and I got one reply (thanks Susan). I thought we were to use this tool as a means of staying in touch with our teams without having to leave a note on the message boards. I will check them periodically but I do not think I leave a message anymore. <BR> <BR> Whinging isn't nice to do or to hear so this will be my final whinge. <BR> <BR> Nora Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:40:49 EST Attack of the body <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> As most of you are aware, I have various health issues, not least of which is MS. Well, this little health issue decided that it would make itself known for a while. It has attacked my body and my spirit for the last two weeks with this weekend being the worst. I have paid the price in more than one way and I think, have come through the worst it can give me this time around. I also gained a couple of pounds because I have not been able to keep up the job of maki... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 13:36:31 EST Excuses, excuses <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Are so easy to come by, aren't they? I do not have time for this or that, I did not eat breakfast so my whole day is shot. Lately, this has been me and I do not want this to happen again. Today is DH's birthday and we will be going out to dinner so after tonight, that is it! Tomorrow morning I am back on track. This has happened so often in the past that now I am able to recognize the symptoms and not let it happen again. <BR> <BR> BTW, #1 daughter got engaged ... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:27:37 EST Forgiveness <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I must learn to forgive myself for what I view as failures. After returning home from Hawai'i, I have not followed my healthy eating plan instead I have had fries, mac and cheese and just generally allowed myself to become a blob. I know that part of this is the let down after all the planning for the wedding, the anticipation of a vacation and the actual arriving in Hawai'i. <BR> I am also aware of the fact that the last time I was there was to escort my mother ho... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:59:32 EST Hawai'ian wedding & vacation, part 4 <img src=""> <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> This picture is of the wedding party, starting from the left is Marks daughter Cass, Erin, Mark, Kai and Cole, the best man, holding Koby who has just turned 6 months. <BR> We arrived in Hawai'i the night of the 17th. On the Friday, the 18th was Erins stagette. We went on a catamaran sail for 1 hour and then, after getting changed etc., we headed over to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. Everyon... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 00:37:48 EST Grandson's birthday party <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Our eldest grandson is turning 9 on Tuesday so the party was today. We had a great time and lots of good BBQ food and of course birthday cake (which I tracked faithfully). <BR> <BR> I took my sister out shopping yesterday for groceries as she is currently going through a very rough patch. We spent most of the day together and then got together again today for the BD party. I am totally tired now and am heading for bed but wanted to touch base with you all befor... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:13:27 EST Hawai'ian wedding and vacation, part 3 <img src=""> <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Here is our little guy dressed up for the wedding. Both the boys wore the same outfit as the best man, who also held onto Koby. He looks so cute, even if I do say so myself. <BR> <BR> Well, I weighed myself and I have gained weight although I do think some of it is related to the meds I have to take. I have decided to set some new goals for myself for the month of June, ones that I can track on a ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:58:47 EST Hawai'ian wedding and vacation, part 2 <img src=""> <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> We have been looking after our grandson so have not been able to post anything for a few days. As you can see from the picture, the beach was great, the weather not too hot with a nice breeze. It was unfortunate that while they were cutting the cake, a thief took off with the audio portion of the ceremony. All of us were upset until yesterday when the happy couple arrived home and let us know they ... Thu, 31 May 2012 20:21:24 EST Hawai'ian Wedding and vacation, part 1 <img src=""> <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> We are back from our trip to Hawai'i. Pictured is our beautiful daughter and the bride. This was taken outside our hotel, the Ohana Waikiki West, just before we got into the limo. I will be posting more about our trip and the wedding in the coming days but for now, I just wanted to let everyone know we are back home. We got in at 5am today so I am now heading off for bed to catch up on some sleep,... Sat, 26 May 2012 21:31:29 EST What was I doing....... <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> For the past week mostly what I was doing was being very sick with a "spring" flu bug that is going around. I was told by the doctor that with my diminished immune system I am pretty much open to any and all bugs that are going around. So I have to build up my immunity. <BR> <BR> Good news department - my ECG is normal! Yeah, I just have to journal my blood pressure each morning and evening to keep track and if my pulse is over 100, I have to go see the doctor ... Sun, 13 May 2012 15:00:16 EST Great day <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Had a surprise visit from DD#2, mother of the two delightful boys on my profile page. Hard to believe that the baby will be 6 months old in about 2 weeks. The sun was out, the air was warm and DH and I enjoyed it tremendously. We had a bar-b-que roast and I made potato salad and a nice large green salad for dinner. After that, there was no room for desert. Tomorrow is also supposed to be sunny so I hope to get out and do some weeding. I once again hope everyone... Mon, 7 May 2012 00:24:14 EST The sun is shining! <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> After what seems like months but has only been 4 weeks, the sun is out. I love living in a rain forest environment yet I get very low when it rains so much. We have mountains to the north of us and they hold in the clouds unless we have a real whipping wind which I also love. Today, the sun is out and I plan to enjoy as much of the day as possible. <BR> <BR> Yesterday DD #2, my best friend Barb and I went out shopping. I got a couple of bras that are not only ... Sat, 5 May 2012 12:53:46 EST Another day... <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Wow what a great day! There was nothing spectacular that happened, I had no surprise visitors or mail, just a nice, laid back day. I always look forward to this type of day but am surprised when they come along unexpectedly. I went to the mall, got my new glasses but did not buy anything else, just wandered a bit, saw a couple of nice tops but again did not buy. Friday I am going shopping for DH for Hawaii and a new bra for me and maybe a pair of capri's or peddl... Wed, 2 May 2012 22:03:28 EST A new month and........ <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> 20 days to Wedding Day. <BR> <BR> I know my last blog said let's try this again and I have been pretty good, that is until the last two weeks. Number 2 daughter called me in tears - she has been a victim of identity theft and her mortgage would not be approved unless she paid $6000 to satisfy this debt which not hers. Wah, I just paid off my LOC and now I am into it again until she gets her accident compensation. She has her lawyer looking into the identity th... Tue, 1 May 2012 12:54:04 EST Let's try this again... <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I had a bit of a set back recently. I was at the pool, getting my workout and just as I finished it, a young kid, around 7 or 8 decided to show off to his friends. He jumped into the shallow end just as I reached it and he landed on top of me. Not only did he knock the breath out of me, he managed to push me to the bottom of the pool where my injured knee came in contact with the floor of the pool. I now have a brilliant purple and yellow knee, less than a month ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:13:32 EST M.I.A. <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Busy, busy, busy. #2 daughter moving, looking for a new place to move to, finding new place, packing for move and wedding trip, last minute shopping. #1 daughter starting to look for wedding dresses for her wedding next year, her son causing some mischief at school, neither daughter talking to each other! That about sums up the last few days of our lives. I can't even get mad at them for not talking because I went through the same thing with my sister only it las... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:05:33 EST Easter Sunday <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Just a short blog today. <BR> <BR> I want to wish all SparkPeople a very Happy Easter Sunday. I wish you all a rebirth in your determination to reach your goals, whatever they may be. <BR> <BR> Nora Sun, 8 Apr 2012 17:59:33 EST Holy Saturday <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Today is not just a Christian celebration it is also the first day of Passover. For Christians, we are awaiting the rising of Christ, for the Jewish it is the beginning of their flight from Egypt led by Moses. Today is a day of transition for all of us, the rebirth of Christ and the rebirth of hope. <BR> <BR> Today is also a day in which we should pray for those of any religion, especially the Christians in Egypt and Syria who are once again being crushed by a p... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 01:44:26 EST Good Friday <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> I read an interesting article in the paper regarding Good Friday. There are a lot of people who think it is not a good day considering what happened to Christ however, it seems like this term comes from "God Friday" or a term meaning "Holy" Friday. If a person is Christian, a lot of good has come out of this dark day and viewing it as God Friday or Holy Friday, to me, puts a more appropriate meaning on the day. <BR> <BR> Whatever you call it, today is a day of ... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 13:29:18 EST Deja Vu <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> DH went to our surgeon today to get the results of his follow up colonoscopy and he has to have surgery again in July of August. The doctor discovered a "flat polyp" and wants it to grow a bit before the surgery hence the delay. The biopsy was indeterminate so when he removes the polyp, he will conduct another biopsy. What a way to start our day. <BR> <BR> On the bright side, it is raining cats and dogs here so it is not too bright. I am going to the pool agai... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 17:52:26 EST I finally made it back to SparkPeople <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Wow have I ever been busy this last little while. We had company for a week, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We have been walking and taking short hikes as I am still not able to go long distances as yet. <BR> <BR> I had my nails done - acrylic nails - as mine keep splitting right down the middle, ugh, and they hurt when the quick is involved. So I opted for acrylic this time. I have also tried out new recipes, one for southern style slow cook pork roast which was... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 00:31:29 EST Wow, wow, wow <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Well so much for blogging every day. I had a call from DH the other day (he never calls during the work day unless there is an emergency) to ask me to get down to the bank |A|SA. There were 7 withdrawals done within minutes of each other all from different bank machines and all in the $220-260 range. Long story short my client card had been compromised to the tune of $1700.+ in less than 12 hours. It took almost 2 hours at the bank to sort it all out and to proce... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:37:49 EST Weekend? What weekend? <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> My goodness where does the time go? I had a doctor's apt on Sat AM and after that I had to go to one drugstore to get my Metformin (diabetes drug) refilled and then to another drugstore to get the balance of my prescriptions filled. Sunday started with me waking DH and telling him to get up or he would late for work(6:03 AM). He informed me that it was Sunday and that he did not have to work that day. Apologies to him and back to bed for me. I then slept until 1... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:44:15 EST Back Home <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Hello to all my SparkFriends. I have been out of town the last few days as one of our nephews was in a car accident and we went to support his mom and stepfather. It was touch and go for a while but he is finally on the mend. He is sitting up and talking coherently and apart from some broken bones, he is doing okay. DH and I felt we could leave knowing this and so here we are back home. <BR> <BR> I finished my Diabetes course and feel much better about control... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:46:10 EST International Woman's Day <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Just a quick note to wish all of my fabulous women SparkFriends out there a great International Woman's Day today. <BR> <BR> Not doing great today so that is it for my post. <BR> <BR> Nora Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:59:49 EST Today I promise... <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Today I promise myself that I will be more positive. I have started a new Yoga program for the mornings and will be doing a different program tonight - one for the evening. This morning I learned how stiff I have become so I will become more limber and more able to function properly. I am looking forward to the day when I can honestly say I am pain free and able to do whatever I want. So that brings me to my positive thought for today:- I am able. <BR> <BR> Nor... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:04:00 EST Another one.. <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Blessing, that is. A week ago we were #1 DD's who lives with her guy. Well, that night after dinner and a cigarette (them, not us) he asked for DD's hand in marriage. That does not happen very often but he said he wanted our permission and blessing to marry her. We said yes as he really is a great guy and a keeper. Thankfully the wedding is not until September 2013 so we have time to catch our breath. So far this year has brought blessing upon blessing so unlik... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 00:48:23 EST I bought myself..... <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> On Thursday my best friend and I went to Bellisfair in the state of Washington to do some shopping and have some lunch. We arrived at the border crossing at Peace Arch and the line up was not too bad, that is until I tried starting my car and all it did was click, click, click. Oh boy, here we are with a dead battery backing up traffic at the busiest border crossing in this area. What do I do now?? I called BCAA and was told it would be within 30 minutes but they... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 20:12:32 EST March-ing right along......... <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Well, as February's goals were left in the dust of lack of motivation, the WCS (who cares syndrome) with an added dash of pain, I am just going to repeat them for March. The only difference now is that I have a much better understanding of why I have diabetes - apparently my diabetes is a product of the major stress that I was under from Oct. 2010 to the end of 2011. As a result, I will be adding some more goals a little at a time and reducing some of my stress if ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 21:01:47 EST Hospital <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Hello to all of you. Quick update is that I have been in hospital for a few days due to the pain in my side; they gave me some nice drugs that took away the pain but also put me to sleep. I came home this afternoon after my Diabetes Clinic which lasted 3.5 hours. I have learned quite a lot but still have 2 sessions to go, next Wednesday and the Wednesday following that. It is a good thing that I have a week in between sessions because there is so much information... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:24:16 EST