HEALTHYLU1's SparkPeople Blog HEALTHYLU1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Leadership Skills I am practicing leadership skills with two roles in my life - president of my Toastmaster club and chair of the quilt show. This is stretching me in ways that I did not expect, but it's good. <BR> <BR> One of the things that I am learning is that as a leader, you are involved in making or driving a lot of decisions. Sometimes you make these decisions without knowing all the impact they will have. Yesterday, I had to reach out to one person to ask if they were going to actually be able to do ... Thu, 7 May 2015 06:10:59 EST I got to walk with my Buddy today! I decided to remove an edging on the shawl I was making, since it wasn't looking good. All I have to do is weave in the ends and I am done! <BR> <BR> For exercise, I walked in the AM and Danced in the PM and just tooled around otherwise. I did check out a neighorhood open house - a house I liked from the street. Not so much inside though, which is fine since I do not want to move and it's very very expensive (and much bigger than mine). <BR> <BR> I made orange cupcakes for a work event and ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:01:41 EST Work Semi-Drama This week I had some semi-drama at work. A group wanted a report, and I needed to create it by querying the database. Unfortunately, my skill at database queries is a little lacking, so I got help from a colleague. He's a really decent guy and likely to be my next manager. That said, I was kind of hoping I would have a chance to be the next manager. <BR> I'm, quite frankly, jealous of him. He is doing a lot, but he is also getting the opportunity to shine in a very real way in front of the h... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:31:10 EST Good Friday Well I am posting today because I did a little yoga. Naturally, I am feeling pretty good. I did record two of my meals yesterday. I don't tend to be very structured in the way I live my life, so recording is always a bit of a challenge. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I brought all the paperwork I did to the tax guy, and he filled everything out. I owe the IRS but my spouse gets a refund. Note to self: submit form to start having more withheld when at work today! <BR> <BR> My preference is to get just... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 07:49:53 EST Remembering a Friend Yesterday I went to the memorial service of a friend. She had kidney problems her whole life, and it eventually got her. <BR> <BR> Ginny was one of those people - not perfect, but sweet and loving most often. I remember her making me feel welcome and taken care of in a situation where I was a newcomer, and her wanting to join in on a small group that I led for about a year. She made me feel like I was someone worth knowing. <BR> <BR> She was great for a hug or a kind word, and I enjoyed vi... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:01:25 EST Philosophy - reasons why I can Today I want to say something about what I tell myself. There is a philosophy I got from a tape that I got from the Shad Helmstetter organization. It is "I'm always finding reasons why I can get something done, instead of finding reasons why I can't". <BR> <BR> This is probably my main mantra. You know how it is when you tell yourself you are too tired, too busy, too whatever to do (or not do) something? This philosophy helps me keep from falling into that trap as much. It's not that I am su... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:58:01 EST Sensitivity I have been spending time thinking about when I feel very sensitive (mostly at work), and how to keep from letting it get in my way. I, not unlike many others, want everyone to like me (actually I want everyone to adore me). <BR> <BR> This gets in my way. I have a colleague who does a good job prioritizing and barely considering what other people think. I know it will not be the same for me, I am a woman and we walk a finer line in the workplace - it's not a choice, it's a requirement to wa... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:39:35 EST Lots of things done, but not getting to the big picture things. It's been ages since I posted. This has been a busy weekend in a good way, but I am not getting anywhere with some of my big picture plans. With the weather being lots of cold and some snow, I have been eating too much, especially too many snacks and sweets. I am finding my knees are annoyed a lot (that is, frequent, low level pain). <BR> <BR> This weekend I taught a quilting workshop, went to dinner and a concert, went to training, danced twice, went to the gym and did some errands. Today I... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:53:13 EST New Year Cleanout I've been in my kitchen, throwing out long expired food, ancient spices and cleaning the fridge and cabinets. Lots came out of the cabinets and fridge, yet they are still pretty full. Throwing out is a somewhat challenging task for me, my mother was child during the great depression and some of those habits have become mine. <BR> <BR> In addition, I am using up a few things that will expire so that I won't be faced with this again soon. I am putting the things that need to be eaten toward ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:00:50 EST How it went... In some ways it totally worked. Everyone chipped in, and we had more than enough food. I think there was more appreciation for the work that doing this is. I actually did a Turkey Trot 2.5 mile walk in the morning. I felt I had to because I had told my health coach about it, and it was sponsored by my company (which means I got a discount on the registration, which went to charity). I had thought I was going to have company, but as it turns out, that just wasn't in the cards. I even thought a... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:20:22 EST Thanksgiving This year I asked everyone to pitch in and be more helpful by telling the men they had to cook. Typically they do nothing, and my DH's family is largely men. This year, with one pregnant and one recovering surgery, and it happening at my home, I figured I could make this happen. The rule is that a woman can coach but is not to cook. I am allowing an exception for the widow, who would not come if she could not contribute. <BR> <BR> DH made quiche last night with my coaching. It went well. Phe... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:13:30 EST Today I Leave for Vacation I will be seeing family members and having fun. I got really lucky in the family lottery, my siblings are people I love and respect. My parents are deceased, and because their families were small I have only one uncle left and then six half-cousins. Two of my siblings had children, and I married into a larger family so I have a good number of nieces and nephews. <BR> <BR> The bad part is I will miss walking Sunday in the park with the buddy. She is an inspiration to me. While her challenges ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:38:53 EST Most Days are a Mixed Bag Today my plans were to take a 1/2 day off work today, so I could use 2 two tickets to see the Shadowbox lunch show. I had the idea that this would not be expensive because I already had the tickets - but between both our lunches and the parking, it was not. The show was good anyway. Oh and we made a small donation before the show. I guess if I want to be more frugal, I will have to do more planning to be frugal. <BR> <BR> This morning work was ok but I did not get all the stuff I need to do,... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:29:57 EST New day, fresh start I've been struggling with food, and yesterday I hardly walked at all, getting in about 1/3 my steps (just incidental walking). There were doughnuts, cookies, fruit, and cake at work. Although I ate only 1/2 a doughnut, I also had a piece of cake and I think, 3 cookies. I had a little fruit but there wasn't very much and I did not want to be the one who ate all the fruit. I could not stop thinking about this food, and went to the room it was in more than once. I moved some of it into a more co... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:15:40 EST I got to walk with my buddy! I am very happy I got to walk with my buddy today. I am afraid I may have talked her ear off! I am lucky, she's pretty forgiving about that kind of thing. It's been a while since we were able to walk together. <BR> <BR> It really is a highlight of the week to walk in the park, and enjoy the company of someone else who I like and respect. We don't have a million things in common, ours is more a friendship of common purpose (getting healthier) and support. <BR> <BR> I am doing fairly well wit... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:24:25 EST A successful day I tracked all my food, I walked, exceeded my steps goal (14295!), did a little weight workout, drank my water and I still can get to bed at a reasonable hour. At work I made progress on an old thing that's been bugging me that I haven't worked on it. Pretty great day! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:52:09 EST walking commitment Well today I did not let excuses and changes of plans derail my walking commitment. I made it to 10,314 steps today! <BR> <BR> I also did some chores and some sewing. I wanted to dance, but with the spasm and my chronic knee issue, I just knew I had better not. Yeah it's depressing, but I am going to focus on what I can do, not what I can't. <BR> <BR> I am starting a work program tomorrow for 10,000 steps a day. I am going for it! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:45:21 EST Back Spasms This morning before work my back started to spasm. This is my first time, and is very painful and scary. I took a couple of tylenol and a prescription anti-inflammatory, and headed off to work. While at work I called a masseuse and got an appointment at 2 PM. I am hoping this takes care of the issue, but I may have to make other adjustments. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:42:22 EST Green monster I find myself feeling jealous a lot. I am all over the map with this - I am jealous even in situations where the other person clearly does not have it "better" than me. That is, whatever they have that's different and good, but I never take into account what the "price" is. So if they have it better because they have more free time, but have otherwise more limited resources, I am jealous of that time. I am jealous of other people's relationships, even though I have good relationships. <BR> ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:32:45 EST Tired Sick I have had a stomach bug since Friday - I am so ready to be over it! I haven't been able to eat much, but really, who wants to lose weight by being sick? <BR> <BR> I missed the heck out of activities I planned, and now I need to figure out how to catch up without too much challenging myself. Because I do not do that great a job of keeping up normally, well, a few days and I feel even worse because I know if I were more organized, the sense that I am not going to be able to catch up would b... Mon, 19 May 2014 23:25:48 EST Using Quotes as inspiration Sometimes I find quotes inspiring, other times I find them - well sort of shallow and lazy. I ask myself, am I integrating quotes or just spouting them? If it's not going beyond finding and posting, it's probably the shallow and lazy thing. <BR> <BR> A Sparkfriend who I really like and respect posted this quote from Vincent Lombardi "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." <BR> <BR> It struck me t... Thu, 15 May 2014 07:21:04 EST Moving Well, I am moving in the right direction - I am down 4 pounds since January! What am I doing right? Eating real food mostly, and a moderate amount of exercise. <BR> <BR> I heard Chris Crowley speak, and I'm reading "Thinner This Year". I'll all about sensible eating, so this is helping me nearly eliminate the crap I was eating! As Michael Pollan put it "Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" <BR> <BR> I am going to a quilt retreat, I hope all is well with everyone! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:01:02 EST Weather and Cats In spite of having the challenges with weather, (in Columbus Ohio - we are having snow and extreme cold) I'm moving in the right direction (down or stable). I am focusing on doing what I can from where I am right now. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago we adopted 2 cats. We understood them to be adults, but learned that they are more like teenagers! They are both very loved, in spite of this. I love being a catmom. <BR> <BR> I won't mention any details, but work has been challenging. <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:58:34 EST Reflections on Cancun Well, Cancun was fun and interesting. The outstanding parts were Chichen Itza and swimming with a trained dolphin. We were actually in Playa del Carmen at a resort. To some extent, being at a resort is like summer camp or Disney. Fun, sort of like the reality but with some of the edges sanded off. I'm not sure I would spend the money again, but it was nice and low key. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I did not gain but a couple of pounds, which I have already lost. <BR> <BR> On to the new y... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 06:51:19 EST About to go on Vacation You won't see me Sunday through Saturday. I'm going to Cancun! In the meantime, I am trying to wrap up all my work and pack. That won't be me in the sun, I'll be in the shade with sunscreen so I won't get burned. <BR> <em>534</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:30:33 EST Bad eating choices I started out ok, with yogurt, fruit, pb and a mini waffle - then I got to work. The big boss brought in "breakfast" - I had a asiago bagel and veggie cream cheese - and a salad at lunch. But then I had 1/2 a chocolate donut, then a honey donut, then a pecan roll - plus about 6 pieces of candy. So I came home and had 6 almonds, then I ate about 1/2 cup of granola ( I served half, then ate the other half). <BR> <BR> No shock, I am feeling sluggish. <BR> <BR> I have stopped eating for today. ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:41:35 EST Thinking about love When I am not thinking about all the things I haven't done yet that I need to do, I am thinking about love. I have been listening to "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. One of the themes and quotes in the book is “Love wins, love always wins.” <BR> <BR> Am I being loving enough? Am I choosing kindness most of all? That is, am I mostly choosing to be kind over choosing to pass judgement? I want to be the kind of person that is attractive because I am interesting, kind and engaged in livi... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:05:58 EST Knee Frustrations I went to the doctor, and my knee, while still seriously swollen, will get better if I am smart about activity. She gave me a stronger anti-inflammatory, and told me that I would need to limit activity in the next two weeks, especially involving twisting. That puts a huge hitch in my giddy-up! <BR> <BR> She also wants me to make sure not to sit for more than an hour without getting up. That is often a challenge. <BR> <BR> I am thinking very much about exercises I can do that are not going ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:03:31 EST Scary Knee Well, I am having trouble with my right knee. Any time I exercise with any intensity, I use a support on my left knee. Well, I am not sure why, but my right knee is swollen and painful. I worked from home yesterday to stay off it (mostly). <BR> <BR> I see the doctor later today. This weekend I planned to do a lot of activity, with WinterFair (art show), Winter Warm up (contra dance weekend), my regular walk in the park with my buddy, and then a ballroom lesson on Monday. I have to figure out... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 07:05:55 EST Yay Betty! Some time ago, I bought "Betty goes Vegan" - well, tonight I actually cooked up one of the recipes (vegan Beef Brisket and Cabbage). Actually I was so late from work, we both ate something quick and just had a some of the cabbage when it was hot. I also tasted the "beef" part (using Gardein's Beef tips - which is not actually a meat product). Well it was terrific! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to eating this tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Also, for the last 4 days in a row I have gotten in 10,000 ste... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:15:09 EST One woman's early.... My walking buddy and I get together weekly to walk (Sundays). Funny thing is, that for me, the time we walk is much later than I get up. For her, it's early! I am not sure we are in sync for today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we were part of a memorial service and also went to a costume party. Both were positive experiences. A good friend's brother, whom we knew but were not close to, passed last week. It was sweet to see how much love and kindness was present in the room. My dh helped his friend r... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:01:21 EST WIP (work in progress) I've had some ups and downs lately, but I am feeling pretty positive. I paid my visit to court for speeding in a school zone (had to appear because I was going that fast). In my defense, the route is new to me since I moved offices, and it's very close to a highway on ramp. Court was fascinating, and I felt like I learned a little bit from the experience of being there. The judge was very interesting to observe with the different cases, he was very reasonable. <BR> <BR> I paid the fine. It ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:06:54 EST Making Choices I'm struggling with my eating choices. I have had a lot of change lately, from the dishwasher breaking down to moving to a new office location (where there is no cafeteria). However, that is all part of the landscape that I am dealing with, and it's really not a good reason to make bad choices (and really, there are no good reasons for making bad choices). <BR> <BR> I need to find the right way to make this work for me. I am not typically one to plan meals. I haven't been tracking either. Ac... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:18:04 EST Talkin' Turkey Today my walking buddy invited me to do the Turkey Trot with her (a 2.5 mi walk on Thanksgiving). I am going to do it with her. She's very good at blogging and I am inspired by her attitude and progress. <BR> <BR> Today I attended a knit-in for Warm Up Worthington, and had a nice time chatting with several women of all ages and backgrounds. I am very proud of the 8 blocks I turned in that I had already done, and I had one almost finished that I finished there. Then I worked on a knitted one... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 22:40:17 EST Gee, how lucky can you get? I am feeling pretty good. My new fitbit is really giving me insight into my incidental exercise and sleep patterns. Yeah, I don't sleep enough, but this gives me quantitative information. I am looking for details on napping, but I haven't figured out if I need to do anything special. I guess I will try setting it like I do when I sleep. <BR> <BR> I got together this morning with my walking buddy and we had a lovely walk in the park. I was surprised by two things 1. My fitbit counted last nig... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:46:30 EST Struggles My weight has been seesawing, but the general direction has been up. Things that I handled with ease before have become challenging. My work has been particularly frustrating and stressful. <BR> <BR> The bright spots: Support I get from fellow sparkers! I have not given up. I've done it before, I know I can do it again. DH is supportive and sympathetic (also needing to work on his program). <BR> <BR> On the other hand: I still miss Katie tons. My work is going to stay problematic. I am cha... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:10:21 EST Goodbye my lovely On Wednesday, we took Katie to the vet for the last time. <BR> <BR> It's so very hard to face these decisions and then live with them. <BR> <BR> Although Katie was only with me for 3 years (having adopted her at 10) and she was sometimes a difficult personality to live with, she could also be very endearing. I loved her and love her still and miss her terribly. <BR> <BR> I know that I will remember all of her characteristics, good and bad. Over time the less desirable ones will become me... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 07:19:25 EST Sadness to come My cat Katie got a cancer diagnosis today. It's quite extensive, pancreas and bowel. I brought her home to love and care for her. I will bravely face up when it's clear that she is suffering and do the honorable thing so she won't suffer too long. <BR> <BR> For now I just will be kind and gentle, giving her favorite foods, petting her and treating her like a queen. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:10:10 EST I want to make consistent, good choices I have been struggling. Food is so available, especially junk. I mostly do not keep bad things at home. <BR> I have trouble after lunch, and often through the evening. It's not a big binge problem, it's a little of this, a little of that, and not keeping track. <BR> I want to be consistent without being rigid. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 07:47:04 EST OMG! Fast food experience Yesterday I had a lunch at Jersey Mike's. I had a "mini" veggie sub, baked chips, and a diet soda. Imagine my shock when I realized I ate 600 calories in the sandwich alone. Thank goodness I chose the baked chips. <BR> <BR> I did record it, so yay about that. It will be a while before I choose that sandwich again! Fri, 24 May 2013 05:39:45 EST May goals 1. Eat a good breakfast <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses or water <BR> 3. Eat 6 servings of fruits and vegetables <BR> 4. Participate in SparkPeople <BR> 5. Do some exercise every day, no matter how small <BR> <BR> This is what I decided yesterday - they are pretty much easy-peasy for me, but I need to work with easy-peasy right now. I can adjust with more ambitious goals when I am ready. <BR> <BR> So far in May, I am doing fine with this. I need to do a better job of tracking though. Fri, 3 May 2013 06:35:21 EST Finishing Finish each day <BR> And be done with it. <BR> You have done what you could. <BR> Some blunders and <BR> Absurdities have crept in. <BR> Forget them as soon as you can. - Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I love this quote. I am great at starting, but not so much at finishing. I tend to complicate things and get stuck, sometimes even just before finishing. It really makes no sense. Further, even when finished, I do not move on very easily. Wed, 1 May 2013 07:05:37 EST Returning to normal I'm doing tons better, and getting on track with eating and exercising and living. I have my share of challenges, of course. Work can be stressful, and there are always lots of things to do. <BR> <BR> I walked in the neighborhood this morning. Nothing strenuous, just something. My eating has been off-track, but I am working on that also. <BR> <BR> I am feeling optimistic about the challenges ahead, known and unknown. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:17:55 EST I've been sick, really really sick... For those who hadn't heard, I came down with pneumonia about a week and a half ago. I got the diagnosis a week ago, and spent all week coughing. I am back to work 1/2 time for this week, and should be back to normal in a week or so. Still coughing, but not like before. <BR> <BR> Coughing enough to tire my core muscles! <BR> <BR> So I have been losing weight, and I can't exercise at all right now. I hope to be back to normal in another week or so. The main thing right now is to take it slow... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:36:50 EST March 1 - working on doing just 5 One of my Sparkfriend's doctor gave her instruction to lose 5 in March. I thought I would do this also. I have been drifting, and it's showing. <BR> <BR> I chose 5 because it's not radical. It will not require radical changes, just doing a little better. It is being a little more consistent on the path, just a little bit more often than I am now. <BR> <BR> It's gentle. I like that. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:39:46 EST The girl I want to be... I want to be the girl who changed everything. <BR> the girl who made a difference. <BR> I want to be the girl who gave you a story to tell. <BR> <BR> I was searching around the internet for a quote for valentine's day. I couldn't find who wrote this, but I really liked it. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:16:12 EST What causes this? I am an analyst. What that means is that I am always looking at what is happening and trying to figure out the underlying reasons why something is, or is not happening. Often you can change something short-term, but still have to figure out the root cause in order to stop it from happening in the first place. <BR> <BR> Well, it's true for health and weight-loss also. When we chose a quick-fix diet or exercise program, we can often get those short-term fixes. However, there still needs to be ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:16:47 EST Streak in progress - day 4 After the last post, I still floundered for a few days. Then on Sunday, I started to track - seriously track, my exercise and eating. So far, it's going extremely well! <BR> <BR> Here's to Day 4, today! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:31:30 EST New Year - going in the right direction Well, we are well into January. Here are some things that are going well. My walking buddy and I are doing a good job sharing, so thus becoming friends as well as walking buddies. She came to the farmer's market with me yesterday, and that was fun even though I couldn't hang around long! I am not just excited to get to be friends, I am also honored to be part of her making her own life even more wonderful. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent time with my DH and 4 different friends (including my bu... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:42:07 EST Cheerful I am feeling the Holiday spirit. It's not that everything is wonderful, I am feeling positive because, well it's just good to be alive, to be able to breathe deeply and remember that life is really really good. <BR> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 07:13:23 EST