GEEKSMEGGLY's SparkPeople Blog GEEKSMEGGLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sharing - Where I Am Now The last few years have been a roller coaster of stress. My parents were ill. My daughter had a high risk pregnancy. My husband had to shift careers. My dog passed away. And I continued to struggle with fibromyalgia. <BR> <BR> To fast forward, both my parents passed away in the fall. I miss them and am still dealing with all that goes along with settling their affairs. <BR> My daughter was blessed with a beautiful healthy little boy. <BR> My husbands business is slowly growing. <BR> I have... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 15:56:55 EST My Dad has passed on also- nine weeks after Mom I really don't know what to say. <BR> <BR> I just feel like sharing what has happened. For my parents to be physically gone does not seem real. <BR> <BR> I will always hear their words of wisdom in my mind daily. They taught me well. <BR> <BR> I loved them and wish I could have done more. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 10:03:07 EST My Mom Passed Away Unexpectedly My Mother was my world. <BR> <BR> The last few years have been so emotional for her and myself coming to terms with different health battles she has had to deal with. She firmly stood her ground to remain as independent as possible. <BR> <BR> The last few days have been a whirl of activity that I was not really prepared for. <BR> For a long time my routine has been consumed with thinking and anticipating her needs. I have not really accepted that she is not here to take care of. <BR> <... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:27:39 EST Hot for Shorts It is the end of April. <BR> <em>47</em> In central Florida the heat and humidity has returned full force. <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My mini goal is on. I want to wear my jeans shorts and soon. Don't have too far to go so I will give myself two weeks to button and breathe. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:16:50 EST “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” - Will Rogers These strategies are from Craig Jarrow, the author of Time Management Ninja. <BR> They seem so appropriate for me at this time. <BR> <BR> <BR> How To Get Out Of That Hole <BR> What hole are you stuck in? <BR> <BR> Behind on your work? Email inbox overflowing? Out-of-shape? <BR> <BR> Here are some tips to help you get out of that hole: <BR> <BR> Stop the Behavior! – Stop the digging. What has gotten you here? That is the question you will need to answer if you want to stop digging deeper ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 09:26:24 EST Meet my walking partner. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to introduce my new little buddy. He is a Chug (cross of a Pug and a Chihuahua). We found him with our local rescue group and he is surprising me so far. Walks very nicely and is calm submissive. (Ceasar would be proud.) His age is estimated to be <BR> around 1 year. <BR> Now my biggest problem is between my husband and I on what to call him. Will he be a Cosmo or a Topper? <em>30</em> <BR> <img ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:43:39 EST New Year-New Vision "Your destination is a life of meaning, fulfillment, creativity, and joy—a life free of your fears, obsessions, compulsions, and addictions, without the insecurities that others activate so easily and the torments they create in you."-Gary Zukav <BR> <BR> This quote sums up where I am in life and where I know I want to be. <BR> My intention this year is to drown out the constant babble of negativity that surrounds us all and replace it with as much positive and uplifting self talk as I can c... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:25:25 EST "Do you make your own history?... Or do you endure the life that others make for you? When you choose a direction and dedicate yourself to it, you make history. When you listen to naysayers who convince you that it can't be done, you endure history." <BR> This quote came from today's Healthy Reflections email. The most perfect reminder for me especially at this time of year. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Because I'm a people pleaser from way back, <em>211</em> saying no to food offerings of others can be very uncomfortable. Now ... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 09:33:58 EST Hard Freeze in Florida The prediction is for 25 degrees. The tropical plants have been dragged inside. The cats are excited to get at the plants. I will need to be vigilant or dirt will be everywhere. The pool pump is covered and running. I placed a flood light on a tender bush out front. The oranges have been picked so the ripened fruit does not freeze. <BR> This is the usual course of action for us when the temperature drops here in central Florida but I love it. Feels very Christmassy! <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:40:09 EST Fourteen Years of Love and Devotion My dear little pet dog Dakota has been struggling with heart congestion for the last 6 months. After a rough few weeks and now her increasingly weakened condition we are taking her back in today. I'm so sad she will not be coming home with me this time. <BR> <BR> I have had many dogs over the years and enjoyed each one. Dakota came to me in a particularly rough time in my life. A time when I was coping with the long illness and passing of our first grandson. I have always regarded her as a ... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 10:18:36 EST Update on Thanksgiving 2010 This year Spark People has been a major influence in my progress toward a better me. <BR> <BR> I can honestly report how much better I felt this year compared to one year ago. My physical endurance is improving slowly. I was able to take on the preparation of dinner and enjoy the process. There was energy left over to enjoy the family activities too. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all the encouragement I receive here from Spark Friends I have been able to focus on my health priorities and find strate... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 19:28:53 EST Thanksgiving Blessings What I'm thankful for this year. <BR> <BR> All the blessing I receive each day. <BR> A bouncing happy new grandson. <BR> My mother returning to health after a summer of cancer treatments. <BR> My family pulling together through a year of financial ups and downs. <BR> Spark friends for their support in my journey to make my health a priority each day. <BR> <BR> Thank you all. <BR> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <BR> Have a Blessed Thanksgiving. <BR> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 10:31:35 EST Fibromyalgia <BR> After returning to my Doctor with severe Fibromyalgia symptoms I was prescribed a three week cleanse followed by a two week drainage regimen. This is the first time I have ever seriously practiced an elimination diet and after six weeks I am very surprised in the improvement of so many of my symptoms. I understand the food plan is basically used for anyone trying to pinpoint an allergy. I will continue following the food plan but am gradually reintroducing some foods to test for sensiti... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 11:29:17 EST I have not failed. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> Found the above quote and it reminded me of my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I feel optimistic that with the help of Spark Friends my search could be over. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all Sparkers who have been so generous with support. You are the key. <em>252</em> Sat, 21 Aug 2010 22:10:04 EST Who's taking care of ME? Week Two I was able to slow down and focus on a few steps this last week. Mainly worked on my plan to get my hypoglycemia under control. Eating regularly and low glycemic has tamed my over the top appetite. I feel so much better and my mood has improved. Planning ahead so I have the right foods around me is my challenge. <BR> I'm working in some gentle exercise. I do not want to go all out because I easily become exhausted and then have little or no energy the rest of the day. <BR> I'm practicing str... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:14:31 EST Who's taking care of ME? Week One This was week one of consciously practicing stress reduction techniques. <BR> Well, the stress opportunities just kept on coming. I'm currently caring for my Mom as she undergoes chemo/radiation treatments. This week my Dad found out he too will undergo radiation for brain tumors. <BR> My happy stress is our newest grandson is on the way in a few weeks. <BR> <BR> What I accomplished: <BR> <BR> I practiced deep breathing exercises and listened to stress reduction CD's while falling asleep.... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 21:14:32 EST Who's taking care of ME? The answer can only be ME. <BR> <BR> Today is step one. Creating my Self Care plan. Investing time and effort into my own health and well-being. <BR> <BR> I will begin with giving up the expectation that others will know what I need. <BR> <BR> Recognize my ongoing struggle with healthy eating and an exercising routine and emphasize realistic achievable steps toward my goals. <BR> <BR> Recognize my frustration with my inability to manage stress and exhaustion which leaves me depleted at ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:22:26 EST