GRANDMAMAOF3's SparkPeople Blog GRANDMAMAOF3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Good morning everyone. I've been moving and trying to get into a healthy routine. healthier... I haven't tried VERY hard; I can always find an excuse to NOT do something or TO eat something I really don't need. I'm back going through the recipes, looking at old favs... and I have to start moving. I'll be looking at the SP videos... building back to where I used to be. the pain in my hip, back and knee are awful, and I know if I lose the weight, they will feel 85% better... easily, if not more. <BR> well, ju... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:49:06 EST It's been 6 1/2 months In that time, through the depression and sorrow I have gained my weight back. Years to lose, months to gain...something has to give. I can't keep doing this, so I am back again, trying one more time. perhaps this time I can know the success that I keep just out of reach. <BR> I know this works... and I can do this Wed, 4 Jun 2014 19:49:36 EST Today was certainly different. I went to my class like I do on Mondays; Kickboxing for an hour then pool for 1 1/2 - 2 hours... Well, in Kickboxing class I became very weak, broke a sweat (like none other I ever had before); felt sick to my stomach and thought I would pass out. I went to the locker room and sat it out for a few minutes then returned to class, but couldn't stay...same thing. Apparently my blood sugar dropped. I have never had a problem like that before, pretty scary. I had to reschedule pool for tomorro... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:19:00 EST Hello all Sorry I haven't blogged in a while. I have been here every day; I think today was 111 or 112 day streak! I've been working, working out, eating right (most of the time) and losing weight (slowly but gong in the right direction). I have good days and bad days, especially thinking about the holidays, but I'm doing well over all. As long as I can keep going to the gym, I'll be good. The cold is rather depressing but I've been able to stay warm so I'm feeling blessed. <BR> I hope you guys hav... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:41:22 EST So sick I have been so sick the last couple days... I feel weak and feverish. MD starting antibiotics soon; called them in. I can't wait to feel better. <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:19:17 EST Another morning at the gym walked on the treadmill then did the weight circuit...all told, about 1 1/2 hours! My body id feeling the burn!! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:04:33 EST Happy Monday It was a stressful weekend at work. When I got off, I met a friend at the tanning bed. Feeling some relief, we went to Applebees and had French onion soup. Not too bad, right? Well WRONG!! after soup we had dessert...I had a triple chocolate meltdown, it was OOOOOHH, SOOOOO good! Well after that, we decided to go tot he gym and walk off some of those calories. <BR> This morning, got up and went to kick boxing class...then over to the pool, laps for about 20 minutes then worked out wit... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:38:03 EST so far, so good I've done well this week, worked out hard and ate much better. Down a pound! woohoo!! <BR> Going into the weekend I hope to keep up the momentum! <BR> Enjoy your weekend and have a fantastic day! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:44:20 EST Good morning! Happy Tuesday; Have a fantastic day! Get up and get moving! Tue, 15 Oct 2013 04:32:47 EST good workout today! gym early, kickboxing class followed by 10 minutes weight circuit, 45 minutes of slow laps then cardio swim for an hour. OMG by body is spent. Can anyone tell me why my muscles are cramping in the pool and how do I stop it? Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:29:18 EST Oh my gosh!! I was 20 calories away from meeting my goal...20 cals!!! I wish I would have noticed that last night; I could have danced to 1 song and met it! I bet I pay closer attention from now on...UUUGH!!! <BR> Still, it was a great week; great workouts, great workout buddies, did MUCH better with the food; turned away sweets that I didn't need... and it was MUCH better than last week, so I won't complain...much... <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Have a terrific week; I'm off to work! Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:22:03 EST close to goals I've been working out hard every day this week. Most days I have exceeded my daily goals. Hoping for a strong finish to end the week! <BR> Have a fantastic weekend! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:20:05 EST Good morning! Happy Monday. Well, I didn't meet my activity goals for this past week. <em>39</em> ; but today is a new day. A new week, a work still in progress. <BR> Well, I hope everyone has a terrific week! Good luck with your goals <em>104</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:06:27 EST I'm making progress!!! Went to the doctor for a follow up appointment; weight is down 4 pounds!!! wooohooo!!! <BR> then THE conversation...have you ever had a colonoscopy? <BR> me: no <BR> him: do you know what a colonoscopy is? <BR> me: yes, I am a nurse... <BR> him: (looks up from charting, then back down to computer) Do you know you're supposed to have one? <BR> me: 55? (I'm 52...) <BR> him: 50. <BR> me: Oh good; I still have a couple years! <BR> he looks up Well, I'm holdin... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:44:55 EST Happy Birthday to my love He's gone, but never forgotten. I do miss him so much. I got up early this morning, went to the gym; did the morning Active class (60 minutes) walked on the treadmill (40 minutes) then did the Zumba Tone body is really feeling it, but t feels good. Even better, is I had the endurance to do all that today. I was starving when I left, but I drove home (50 miles) and passed by EVERY fast food place; got here and fixed me a chicken sandwich... <BR> Healthy choices all day (and I'm h... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:23:22 EST Another Monday Went to the gym and worked out then to the dentist for a crown. I thought if I worked out hard enough I could sleep through the dental appointment; NOT... nothing like the sound of a drill to keep you awake, even if you can't feel anything. <BR> Planning another trip to the gym in the morning! I will do a couple classes (try, anyway). I figure that's a good way to begin ( very depressing) my husband's birthday. It's so hard without him. Oh, well...working it out...working out the grief..... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:26:32 EST Happy Monday I got up this morning and went to the gym, worked out for an hour in the water, did laps for about 10 minutes after that. When I cane home, I had a salad for lunch and I took a nap. Amazing what a nap can do for you. Now I'm ready to clean up some. <BR> Have a great evening! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 17:42:38 EST needing help I need to be able to focus on a more healthy lifestyle, be consistent. Consistency is a big issue. I bought a Fit Bit Flex today. I don't know how to sync it to Sparkpeople. please help. <BR> Thank you. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 19:08:07 EST week-end end... I don't generally like rushing time away, but I am glad this week is over. It has been particularly hard. I went through all mu husband's clothes, washed them and bagged them up. I will take them to give to his brothers and nephews. They can pick then give the rest to Goodwill or Salvation Army. That was so final. Hard to believe this is it... <BR> I know I'll have bad days, sad days, days filled with sorrow; but days but some days are getting better. I think it'll be hard t... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:17:28 EST It's a nice day. Went to the gym, worked out an hour with a friend then swam laps an additional 45 minutes. Met another friend for lunch at Zoe's Kitchen, had spinach rolls. They were good; came with a nice side salad. Still full...or just too tired to think about dinner. That's ok, if I get hungry later I'll eat a yogurt... <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day. Enjoy your evening. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 17:53:57 EST Happy weekend! It was a long rough day at work but not as bad as last week. Glad it's a holiday weekend! I still have to work, but it will be a little quieter! <BR> Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:44:05 EST Thursday Morning I'm hoping everyone is having a fantastic day. Today, I did 30 minutes of Combat!! yesterday, I went to the gym; Zumba for 50 minutes then swimming laps for 30 minutes! <BR> I'm on a roll... <BR> Now, for work. <BR> Have a terrific day! Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:40:47 EST YAY, Monday! This morning I went to the gym, swam for 1 hour and 20 minutes! When I came home I made Borsch for dinner. I'd never heard of this before; Cindy Lauper was eating that the other morning on Anderson Live...He like it (and he's rather Monk...) Anyway, I figured if he liked it I could try it. I saw several high fat recipes so I went to our site (SP recipes) and found a low fat/ low cal version that looked good. (After all, why try something high fat when you're going to s... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:01:34 EST TGIF I sure hope the rest of the weekend goes better than the past 2 days at work. WOW, feeling irritable, aggravated and ill for the past 2 days. Seemed like everything went wrong. After work, I went to the gym, worked out 40 minutes in the weight circuit. I feel better; came home, fixed dinner (did NOT stop by fast food anything! :D ). Now to wash dishes and get a shower. Tomorrow is another day! I sure hope it's a better one! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:09:06 EST An interesting week. Good morning everyone. This week has been interesting. First, I got a washer and dryer. Get it all set up and it floods, the drain pipe was clogged. That's fixed and I'm catching up on laundry. Second, I went to the doc yesterday to have my hip checked. The pain was getting worse and I wanted to have it checked. Well he gives me a cortisone shot in my hip (muscle). Feeling better today!! I have to say that all this time, after watching my DH get cortisone shots in his shoulder (joint... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:00:49 EST Getting frustrated/ needing help fast. I'm doing ok, trying to be on SP every day to get and give support. I love this site; like a family of sorts but I'm getting really frustrated with all the pop up ads that come up when I'm trying to do something. Irritating, build a bear toys, etc...trying to read and roll over a word and another pop up. I don't know how to stop it. I don't have much patience for it. I will leave this site if I don't figure this out; I hate that stuff. When I get ready to shop, I know where... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:33:30 EST What a day Went to work today and also assisted a friend; went swimming with my grand daughter for several hours. By the time we were finished she could swim across the pool (short ways) all by herself. (she didn't know how to swim before although I taught her in April). She was so happy; then I taught her how to float on her back. We had a blast. I am so tired. I think I'll go to bed. Have a great night. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 23:05:13 EST Happy Thursday! I got up early this morning and did 35 minutes of Tae Bo! YAY! Tonight is Belly Dancing night! I hope everyone has a fantastic day! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:23:58 EST What a day Went in to work for a couple hours today to admit a few patients; (we got slammed!) then to the gym- 55 minutes of water aerobics then 50 minutes of Zumba. My body is currently screaming at me, but it'll be ok; I'm going to bed! Work for real tomorrow then Belly Dancing class tomorrow evening! I'm feeling good! <BR> Have a fantastic night. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:51:28 EST Home again! Just getting home; nephew got married and I was out of town for the weekend. Seems longer, and not long was great. Spent time with family (1st time back since DH died); it was hard being there without him, but it was great to be there. (Bet that didn't make a bit of sense!) <BR> Well, back on track tomorrow and ready to see results! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:43:01 EST A good day Went to the gym and worked out today. It kicked my butt, but it's all good. Cooking dinner right now; resisted the urge to stop along the way home...yay! <BR> I registered to the Rugged Maniac and several of my friends registered with me! Now I am committed to getting ready. (Not that I wasn't before, but now I have others supporting me and I have to do the same for them!) We'll have a great time! <BR> I sure hope you guys have a fantastic day! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:53:59 EST Happy Saturday. I got up this morning and fixed a healthy breakfast and lunch to take to work with me today. No fast food for me! Now I have to get ready for work. Maybe tonight I will go ahead and slice/chop the veggies as to be more time-friendly in the morning. <BR> Have a fantastic day. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:08:21 EST Happy Friday! Got up this morning and packed a nice salad for lunch! I'll be cooking dinner, enough for lunch tomorrow, when I get off work tonight. I hope everyone has a safe, terrific day! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:40:28 EST Working on it... It's taken most of the week but I finally have been through the cupboards and fridge, throwing out old stuff and I got a few groceries tonight; healthy only; and a little single serve blender for smoothies! <BR> It's a process...doing fine. <BR> Have a wonderful night! Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:35:36 EST I did VERY bad yesterday Work was long, diet very unhealthy all day; didn't realize it was so bad until I entered it today; what an eye-opener! I really need to start cooking's hard with just me, but if I want to be successful, I need to get cracking! No more days like yesterday! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:47:24 EST Rugged Maniac This mud run will be coming to NC in April 2014. I'm going to start training now. I'm going to get registered next week and I will succeed! It is my goal to complete this. My brother may even come from Chicago and do it with me! Good family fun! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:33:03 EST Yay! I broke down and got a new computer I love it. Touch screen, Windows 8...trying to figure it all out. So glad to be back on a regular basis! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:09:18 EST Computer down My computer is down so I will be winging it; I will keep track of everything on paper and chart when I have access. Sorry everyone. <BR> I am with you in spirit; and I will be here when able. <BR> <BR> Take care and good luck! Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:19:04 EST Day one I got up this morning, took son to meet ride, ran some reeands then went to the gym. I worked out ( 15 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the weights and 40 minutes in the pool). My body feels good! (and a little sore) <BR> I took my car to get brakes. The young boy broke the calliber and so it is going to take longer than planned. They gave me a ride home and I am waiting for them to call me. I do hope they get it done today. I have to work tomorrow! I really can't afford to sta... Wed, 29 May 2013 17:30:34 EST New begining. I have been having a difficult time doing those things I need to do, but today I have decided to re-set my spark page; change my pictures, and begin anew. As I am struggling to redefine myself, I need to go it right; you can visit my spark page for details, <BR> I just have to get out of this slump! Tue, 28 May 2013 11:46:31 EST special day I'm going to get my grand daughter today for the night. I can't wait; what a nice distraction! I think we'll make crafts...soap and bath salts. Making it a magical day for her. <BR> I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! Sat, 4 May 2013 10:38:56 EST Thank you all I would like to thank all of you that reaponded to my blog yesterday; the goodies. Your prayers and support mean more than words can express. Thank you all. <BR> <BR> I got up this morning with the bright idea to start the Insanity workout...after all, it seems to the way I'm feeling; burning off the stress... <BR> Wow, I just did the fitness test today; feeling whipped! I hope I can make it through a workout tomorrow! I'm going to try, anyway. In 2 weeks I can only feel better. <BR... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:59:10 EST So sad On April 22 my beloved husband died. We only found out about the cancer on the 9th. We had our last aniversary dinner on the 16th and on the 25th we had his funeral. My heart is broken and I have a hole in my soul; I didn't want him to go. <BR> <BR> Today I am back on SP and trying to move foreward as I know I have to do. One day at a time. <BR> I want to thank my friends for your support and prayers during his brief illness. I am so happy he didn't have to linger in pain, but I miss hi... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:10:52 EST Happy anniversary sweetheart. Today is our 32nd wedding anniversary. Looking back we have a wonderful life. We've been through good times, bad times, happy times, sad times and everything in between. Now it would seem we are on a different journey, walking our last bit of road together. This is to be our last anniversary together. My DH has been diagnosed with cancer and hasn't been given much time left. Today, we will have chicken and dumpling soup (he loves it AND he can hold it down) and ice cream cake! I know... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:40:46 EST My worse nightmare Took DH for a CT scan Monday; that evening, office calls and wants us there yesterday am. Seems he has pancreatic cancer, it's spread throughout his abdominal cavity and there is no treatment; only comfort measures from here on out. I was really hoping that I'd wake up this morning and it would all be a such luck. We've been together since I was 17 years old; I'm 52 now and I feel like my world has ended. my brain hurts... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:29:35 EST Happy Friday. April is off to a good start. Have worked out some every day; some days more than others, depending in the time, but not less than 10 minutes; today, 40 minutes of Tae Bo! I love cardio kickboxing; I did really well today. It feels good. <BR> Now, a shower and I must get ready for work. Happy Friday everyone; have a safe and wonderful weekend! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 06:40:54 EST It's April already! Time sure flies. I saw something once, it said 'Life is like a roll of toilet paper...the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.' Well, sure seems to go by fast for me. <BR> I got up this morning, 40 minutes of Turbo Jam. It kicks by behind. I really hope the weather gets so I can get out and walk; I'm doing a 5K on the 20th...mud run...I haven't even begun to get ready! It's quickly approaching. <BR> I hope everyone has a terrific day! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:32:36 EST Happy Tuesday I worked yesterday; the weather folks were talking about allthe snow that was coming our way; I just kept praying that I'd get home safe before it started hard. Well, I get off work; plenty of snow is blowing around but none sticking, I am happy...I get home safe, feeling blessed. Within the hour the ground is covered and today we have about 7 inches. I'm off today, thank goodness...and I know I am blessed. It really is beautiful outside; when I don't have to get out and drive! <BR> I g... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:51:17 EST rough week It was a long hard week at work this past week. 11-12 hours each day. I don't much mind; it's not always like that but it was just one of those weeks that everything that could go wrong did; and some thoings that shouldn't have did, too! Today was much better; got off work and went to the gym. Man, have I ever missed the gym. I have to get going again. I swam for 40 minutes; DH started feeling bad so out of the pool and into the hot tub! <BR> Off to bed now, I'm working agian tomorrow... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:48:46 EST 3/19 I was watching an "Insanity" infomercial, thought about ordering it and thought about all the DVDs I already have from all the other 'trainers of the moment'; decided to pull out my Billy Blanks Bootcamp workouts and thought about how they aren't working because I am not doing them! If I gave them a chance I may not need to order anything else! (WOW, what a concept...sarcastic to myself...) so I did the Basic Bootcamp workout. 40 minutes in when I thought my body would spontaneously combu... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:00:26 EST