GLYPNIRSGIRL's SparkPeople Blog GLYPNIRSGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still walking! I have been walking at least 6 times per week for at least 30 minutes per day for many months now. Ian and I have worked up to 2.5 miles at an average pace of 20-22 minutes per mile. I can feel myself getting more stamina, more strength and better general better health. I feel good about what we are doing. <BR> <BR> In order to make sure that this gets done, we wake up at 5:30 in the morning every week day and some weekend days also. <BR> <BR> I feel great! Tue, 5 Oct 2010 09:14:23 EST FIVE DAYS IN A ROW I have walked for at least 1/2 of a mile for 4 days in a row! I am up and have my shoes on to make it day number 5. From what I have read, doing something for 30 days in a row makes the activity a habit. <BR> <BR> Here's a big glass of water to me for being 1/6th of the way to making this a habit. Mon, 9 Aug 2010 07:38:27 EST Why don't we do what we know will be good for us? Yesterday, Ian and I went for a walk. This was the first walk that I have been on since my surgery on June 18th. I was able to go further than I thought I would be able to. We walked about half of a mile. I have been walking in the pool and moving my arms and legs around in the water. It worked better than I thought that it would to get me back in shape. <BR> <BR> I am up early this morning and I am drinking a large glass of water as I speak to get ready for a walk today also. I wake up earl... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 07:06:12 EST I HAD cancer I had cancer. I got diagnosed in the middle of May. From the time of my diagnosis until now, my whole life has certered around that diagnosis. The first month, I was being poked and prodded and made to drink yucky stuff so that they could take CAT scans. Then a weekend off to attend my bonus daughter's graduation from the University of Virginia Law School. Back home to work for a few days. The doctor told me to go ahead and take my planned vacation to Disney World and that he would operate wh... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:37:20 EST Feeling Good! Today, Ian and I walked about 1.5 miles at a leisurely, but purposeful pace. We visited with each other throughout the walk and would speak to our neighbors as we walked by, but did not stop. It was pleasant and rewarding. The weather is on the chilly side, about 62 degrees, with very little wind. The light jacket that I wear around the house was fine for the walk. I got pleasantly cool. <BR> <BR> Ian has cooked all weekend. He has made baked beans, Tuscan beans, Gumbo Z'Herbes ( a recipe fr... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 18:51:46 EST Enjoying family time Jordan (my son) and Rose (my beloved daughter in law) are home for the weekend. I am always thrilled when they are here. I enjoy seeing them together. They love each other so much and get along so well. It really makes me happy. <BR> <BR> Jordan had a doctor appointment this morning so he came in a several hours earlier than Rose. I got to enjoy several hours with just the two of us. I actually took off from work for a couple of hours early. We did simple things - playing cards and playing o... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:18:03 EST Saving money at the grocery store Ian and I have been on a strict budget lately (supporting three kids in college will do that to you). One of the places that we have managed to save LOTS of money is on our groceries. We have completely changed the way that we eat and it is saving us money and calories --- and we are improving our health at the same time. <BR> <BR> We are using beans as our main source of protein. We buy them in bulk and cook several varieties on the weekend. This past weekend, we made split pea soup, black ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 20:56:26 EST Sleep apnea --- and treatment Yesterday I went to my second follow up after being diagnosed with sleep apnea in March, 2008. I have so much more energy now that I can get a good night's rest. Anyone of you that suspects that you might have sleep apnea, I urge you to get tested for it. I had it so bad that I would fall asleep just from sitting still. Before I went in for treatment, I was so depressed by my lack of energy and I had gotten to the point that I thought I was going to die in my sleep. <BR> <BR> It took awhile ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 23:37:50 EST Walking without the dog Ian and I decided to walk to the grocery store this evening. It is something that he does fairly regularly (he loves to walk), but I have never gone with him before. <BR> <BR> I really enjoy walking with my husband. It is especially enjoyable without the dog. As much as we love her, she is distracting and we pay more attention to her rather than to each other. So, this evening we made it just the two of us. We did not really talk much. Just enjoyed each other's company. It was a very pleasa... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 20:56:57 EST I have lost 7 years of weight! I weighed this week. I now weigh what I weighed while I was engaged to Ian in 2003 - about 6 pounds less than I weighed when we got married. <BR> <BR> At my age (55) the scale is not moving too quickly. To keep a positive outlook. I have determined that I should measure my weight in years rather than in pounds. So my next goal is going to be a hard one. I gained alot of weight from September 2002 when I weighed 240 to April 2003 when I weighed 285. (Yes, I really gained 45 pounds in a 8 mon... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:11:54 EST Losing again Yes I am one of those people who does not believe that we should be defined by the scale, but by our actions. Still it is nice to see when the actions result in movement on the scale. I have been stuck at 282 for 6 months --- well not really stuck there, my weight has gone up from there --- as high as 290 in the last 6 months, but not down from there. Friday night, I got in 10 glasses of water and finally got 8 hours of sleep. When I woke up on Saturday morning, I was down to 280. WooHoo. It ... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 22:11:28 EST Not looking does not change reality For so long, I would not look at myself. I refused to see what I had done to myself. I would not go to the beauty shop because I did not want to look in the mirror. I would not try on clothes, so I bought everything on line. I just refused to look. When we had our bathrooms redone, the contractor wanted to put in a full length mirror. I objected. I did not want to see myself. <BR> <BR> The one thing that I did do over time though was to be in pictures. I had such a poor body image when I wei... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:49:38 EST My dog is driving me crazy! I have an old dog. Her name is Spanky - she is beautiful. She is a red lab and chow mix with amber eyes. I have had her since I was single. She was a great watch dog while she felt like she was responsible for the safety of our little pack, but since I have gotten married, she recognizes Ian as the pack leader and has abdicated her watch dog role to him. <BR> <BR> Any way, she loves to go for walks. While my bonus daughter was here, she took her on walks twice a day. And Spanky was ecstatic... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 22:37:38 EST I did it again!!! I managed to hit the correct calorie range 2 days in a row! I got the right amount of all of my nutrients except for B12 and protein (just a few grams short). <BR> <BR> It is a real stuggle for me to get all of the nutrients I track in the correct range. Usually if I hit the calorie range, I am short on fat. It is unusual for me to hit the calorie range and be low on protein. I ate lots of plants today and some of them - yummy avocado - were high in fat. So that helped. I also had olive oil... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 01:33:54 EST I ate exactly what I felt like eating ... Yesterday, I did something that I have rarely done lately. I did not feel like cooking dinner and I had the leftovers that I still had in the fridge for lunch (yeah, I know, but you know what I mean). So I ate exactly what I felt like. 10 stalks of celery with peanut butter (5 tablespoons), soy milk heated up with hershey's syrup. I had a healthy lunch - my home made vegetable soup, homemade pinto beans and homemade bread (am I a domestic goddess or what :-). Breakfast had been the bread toas... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 01:25:21 EST Let's talk about me - lifted from Ravenlocke who lifted it from ? "If you've are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog." <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? 7 - a little later than normal because I did not pick up my sister for work, she is sick <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Medium rare <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? On Saturday, "It's Complicated" - really enjoyed it. I frequently go ... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:09:27 EST Taking it easy... The weekend is always a little scary for me. I lose the structure of workm and with no children at home any longer, I have little structure at home. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I decided to set goals for the weekend to give myself some structure. I decided I would (1) plan mealsl (2) grocery shop: and (3) cook healthy meals to eat at home all weekend. <BR> <BR> I did plan the meals. But when I came home and looked in my refrigerator, I realized that I had plenty of healthy food to eat, I just... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 20:38:45 EST The smallest things can make me happy! It has been a tough few days for me. Ian is gone. The weather has been cold and rainy. I am broke. We have agreed to not spend any money. I am eating leftovers. And still, I am happy. <BR> <BR> All day long I get to help people. All day long, I get to make others' lives better,. All day long, I get to be productive. Its a great feeling to be productive, helpful, needed and appreciated. Not many people get to give as much as I get to give. <BR> <BR> I have several employees. Today, one of ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 00:41:43 EST Putting temptation behind me ... Thank you all for your concern. I was tempted, but did not take ANY steps to move forward with the temptation. <BR> <BR> I kept my son and daughter in law with me all day long. I took my dog for a walk, went to Dallas to my son's favorite place for breakfast (where I was super good - an egg white omelet with vegetables, no cheese and whole wheat toast). I planned my meals for the next week so that I can stop at the grocery store on the way home from work tomorrow evening. I started a pot of... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:25:42 EST I am tempted ... to cheat on my husband Ian is out of town. He is in Chine for two weeks and I am doing the worst that I have done on my diet in two years! And I finally figured out what was going on with me (and it is not a very nice reflection on me). I am truly tempted to cheat on him. <BR> <BR> When he and I met, I was at 240, and though that is a lot. It was less than I had weighed in 10 years. My office had been destroyed by a tornado that had hit downtown Fort Worth and six weeks later, my mother passed away. I made a tota... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 10:06:56 EST Embracing freedom the saying is that it is all in the attitude. And I have decided that instead of dreading the next two weeks while Ian is not here, I will embrace the freedom of it. I do not have a great deal of freedom as I am so imbedded in my job. I have daily deadlines to meet and I have to work consistently to hit them. <BR> <BR> But, I do not work all the time, and I have gained a few hours of freedom per day by Ian being gone. So, I am going to use the planner to plan my time. I have also decided to... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 20:52:27 EST I am dreading the next two weeks- ARGGHH Ian leaves today for China. He has been so supportive in my weight loss efforts. He does the cooking and makes sure it is my diet plan friendly. He will not be cooking for the next two weeks. It will be up to me to do the cooking - and I dread it. I have been doing so well while it was easy because he was cooking things that worked really effortlessly on my diet. Now, its up to me. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:33:42 EST Another lesson learned! The refrigerator is empty. Ian and I are both tired. Its raining outside so we didn't feel like going to the grocery store for just one meal. We have eaten the same three meals (gumbo z'herbe (gumbo with turnip greens, mustard greens, and collards--- fantastic), black bean chili, and minestrone with chickpeas) for the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> So, Ian suggested we go out to dinner. We used to eat out for dinner three to ten times per week. We can't afford to do that any more with 3 kids in ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 01:39:09 EST So I wasn't feeling good ... and then I let everything go (briefly) out of whack. I did something that I have not done since re-committing to losing weight - I went through a fast food place. I ate what I ordered. And realized it did not taste that good. It was expensive. And had WAY TOO MANY CALORIES. It was a poor calorie value. I tracked everything, even risking letting my husband see what I had done because I KNEW I had to be accountable. After all, leaving it off wasn't going to un-eat it. So there it is, not feelin... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 14:50:48 EST When you know you are feeling lazy! Yesterday I went to the doctor to have my eyes checked. I go to a retina specialist due to a chronic disease that affects my eyes. Because he is a retinal specialist, I am there with many elderly people, a couple of people below 60 who suffer from diabetes, no one is young. I dread going to the doctor because I frequently get sick from the sick people that are there to be treated. One of the really elderly people was complaining about feeling ill. The only place to sit was across from her and... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:33:15 EST Happy with progress What I have realized about the SparkPeople website and Sparkpoints is that they are completely set up to reward actions rather than results. It does not require achieving the result of losing weight, it requires doing the actions necessary to lose weight. So you get points for tracking food, water, making blog entries, and relating with other people on the same journey rather than for actually losing weight. <BR> <BR> It is appropriate to reward actions rather than results. Weight loss may n... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:20:37 EST Gardening again It sounds funny, but Ian and I had decided to NOT grow a garden this year. Last year, we figured we spent over $400 for the bushels of tomatoes, 3 eggplants and one green pepper that we were able to harvest. It was a bad return on our investment, not only the money, but the time and labor spent. But today, I decided that I would plant a garden again anyway. I really enjoy the sensory experiance of planting the seeds, watering the plants, looking for bugs. And then there is the reward of a war... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 18:23:56 EST a new adventure Today, Ian and I went to the Farmers Market in Dallas. I don't live in Dallas any longer, but I grew up there and the Farmers Market was one of my favorite places to go as a child. My sister and I would go with our grandmother who took care of us during the day while my mother was working and in school. Grandmother had grown up on a farm in Louisiana and really knew her produce. She took the time to teach us what to look for in vegetables and fruit. And what was the right scent for ripe fruit... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 18:13:25 EST Why I want to lose weight For so long, I was satisfied being fat. I do not judge people based on their appearance and did not think that I should be judged on my appearance either. I thought that people that did so were "fattists" (I do not know if that is a word, but I bet you know what I mean). So I went around being defiantly fat. <BR> <BR> Before I was defiantly fat, I tried hard to lose weight. I struggled with being overweight. I weighed 145 pounds (I am 5'7") when my ex-husband told me that I was fat, I belie... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:56:51 EST