HEATING1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEATING1 HEATING1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ YEE HAWWWW!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976195 HECK YA!! I got a second job!! I applied for several positions, one of which was a personal caregiver for a 72 yr old lady moving to phoenix. Her brother contacted me wanting more information and subsequently offered me the job!! 4 days a week, 6 hrs a day, $500 a week!!! OMG!!! That's 2000 a MONTH!! With this job, I will be able to afford to pay rent (one week will cover that!!), pay off (and not use) the credit card, fill up my gas tank (haven't done that in a while, just put $20 in i... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:14:00 EST nutritionist appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969163 Well that was WELL worth the 100$!!!! <BR> <BR> Somethings she told me: <BR> get 45-65 grams of Carbs per meal and 20-30 grams of carbs per snack <BR> <BR> I can eat startchy foods <BR> <BR> I can eat white foods <BR> <BR> try diabeticlivingonline.com for good recipes <BR> <BR> eat 3 meals and at least 2 snacks per day--she put me on Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Snack <BR> <BR> Look at total carbs and serving size when looking at food labels <BR> <BR> Don't worry about % of daily v... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:23:45 EST Prayer please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968342 Today is the last day that I spend money (except for bills) and go out to eat for a month. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:57:27 EST I have decided http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948116 I have decided that I will use my talents to make custom hats, scarves and headbands (knitted, of course!) $5 for supplies, $3 for head bands, $5-10 for Scarves and $10 for Hats Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:26:55 EST AWESOME start to my day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946038 my cereal is being discontinued, so i got it for 1.39 per box instead of 4.49 per box--I bought 5 boxes. I only had 10.43 on my food stamps--my total? 8.94--so it all went on the card. Then I went to get gas--at 3.37 a gallon. Plus I had my frys fuel rewards so i got .20 off, bringing it down the 3.17 a gallon. Which meant I could fill up for UNDER 30$!!!!! The only bad thing was my cereal being discontinued, which is actually ok, I'm going to go back and pick up 5 more boxes making a tot... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:41:19 EST knitting lessons/respite care for the elderly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943037 I am going to be offering knitting lessons and/or respite care for the elderly in phoenix, Az. If you know someone who lives here and would like knitting lessons or needs respite care for the elderly, let me know! Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:08:40 EST Health care SUCKS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941636 Sorry for the language, but I am trying to find a psychatrist and the cheapest I can find is 200$ for the intake. That is WAY too much!! I need my meds!!! NOONE covers mental health--not even the major medical companies (which won't accept me anyway!) I am feeling very frustruated right now. and I don't know what to do. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:52:04 EST YEA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938155 I finally get to go see the nutritionist!!! I can't wait!! My appointment isn't until July 13th though, so I have a while to wait. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:25:42 EST GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931221 Thanks to a new thyroid med (or the fact that I am actually taking the bipolar meds), I am gaining weight like crazy again!! I thought I left the 170s behind for good and now, though I am feeling bloated which may have something to do with it, I am 174!!! I am REALLY frustrated with all these stupid meds that make me feel better but make my weight go straight up. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:41:06 EST dissapointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927581 I've been trying to swim in the pool but they haven't been unlocking it lately. I am up 6 pounds. BAD start to my day. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:49:29 EST What a difference!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927164 Wow--what a difference a few years makes!! Here are a few pictures of me--2010, 2011, 2012! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125401704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279374433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l187920115.jpg"> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 01:32:39 EST New Hair cut for a new me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921796 Well, I am down almost 20 pounds since march. and I needed to get my hair cut. So what do you think <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107914656.jpg">? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l414828896.jpg"> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:26:13 EST Pool time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916124 After only being in the pool 15 min the first day (Monday) and skipping yesterday (didn't feel good), I am already up to being in the pool for 30 min! I did leg lifts, side leg lifts, back leg lifts, arm raises to the side, arm raises to the front, pushups, tricep dips, 4 laps and walked the shallow end 20 times. I am enjoying this a little more than my walk that I was doing. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 10:55:12 EST first time in pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911347 first time in the pool today this season for exercise--I have been in my stepmoms pool but not for exercise. It felt pretty good, though I only lasted 15 min. I walked the shallow end several times (forgot to count), did leg lifts to the side, front and back 10x per side, only swam 1 1/2 laps today, want to get it up to 2 tomorrow, and finished with some arm lifts, 10x per side. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:48:10 EST good news and bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906162 Why is it that everytime something good happens, something bad happens to balance it out?? So today, I found out that the client I had been working with made some false accusations. So i was pulled off that client. Hopefully I will get a client closer to my house, which will save on gas. (I was filling up my tank every week! at 35-40 $ a pop, that takes quite a bit out of my paycheck!) <BR> <BR> The good news, though is that I almost made rent this month. I also didn't touch the credit... Thu, 31 May 2012 16:42:05 EST Health update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892605 Well, I went to see the doctor yesterday. My thyroid is low, my A1C only went down .3 points (it's headed in the right direction, but not as fast as he would have liked) and he's sending me to a nutritionist (FINALLY! I've only been to one nutritionist and then i lost the insurance that I had. Can't wait to go!!) He also reccommended trying a different exercise since my right leg has been hurting--so starting tomorrow I will be heading to the pool at 730. (the pool opens at 7, but I think... Tue, 22 May 2012 08:45:28 EST my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890988 Will I always have a "belly" even though I am loosing weight? Or will that go away as I loose these final 30 pounds? So far I can't tell WHERE I've lost the weight, just that I have lost it. I know this shouldn't bother me, and it doesn't usually, but today it does! Mon, 21 May 2012 10:16:04 EST Welcome 160s~I have missed you!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889432 I am SOLIDLY in the 160s and have said "Bye Bye" to the 170s FOR GOOD!! I have NEVER had weight loss that was permanant and yet this seems to be. Is it dropping the soda for good this time (it was a comfort food), is it eating plant based meals 2 out of 3 meals? I don't know. I am REALLY craving meat and real milk, so I don't know how much longer this vegetarian thing is really going to work, tho I think it may be contributing to the weight loss as well. I am really excited about the reci... Sun, 20 May 2012 08:19:53 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885368 Well, since I haven't blogged in a while, thought I would do so today. I am having problems with my meds--they all three seem to be causing drowsiness, including the metformin which isn't suppossed to cause drowsiness. Tried to remember to take them at night, but am usually so wiped out that I eat dinner and go to bed. I am afraid to take them in the morning since I have to drive freeway to get to work. Using a calendar to motivate me (I get a star every time I don't go out to eat and a st... Thu, 17 May 2012 09:05:29 EST I have decided http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872098 I have decided several things--that's what I like about being alone on my walk! <BR> 1. Even if my dr allows me to go back to eating fish and chicken, I will only eat it once a week, dairy once or twice a week and vegan the other times. <BR> 2. I have decided to go back to Sylvan and most likely drop Michaels. Michaels is getting to be too stressful-we HAVE to have at least 10 people sign up for the email program. If we aren't working at 90% then we don't get the hours. plus my superviso... Tue, 8 May 2012 10:52:50 EST interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864352 So I alreaday have 2 jobs that I like. I am a cashier at micaels and I provide caregiving services for the elderly. Just got an email from my old boss--she wants me to come back to work at Sylvan. Don't know what to do--do I turn her down or see what she has to offer? Thu, 3 May 2012 09:10:21 EST Good news and Bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860892 Well, I am still in a "funk". I am not sure it is full blown depression, though I think I am heading that way. and my fasting blood sugar was 171 this morning!! AHHHH!!! I don't think it's been that high since I got diagnosed!! It is VERY unusual for me to be this high (about 20-30 points higher than usual) so I am not toooo worried about it, though I did have things with cinnamon in them (soy milk with a dash of cinnamon and pumpkin spice muffins with extra cinnamon added) so I am hopi... Tue, 1 May 2012 09:46:15 EST RIP Meeko http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853546 RIP Meeko 4/16/12. Thank you for all the good times--I will always remember you curling up next to my knitting, purring next to me in bed and always wanting to go onto the patio. I loved you dearly and will miss you like crazy. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:10:06 EST Sitting in the closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852229 Well, I am sitting in the closet so that I can be closer to my cat, whom I am pretty sure is dying. At the very least she's in a lot of pain. She can't get her right leg under her long enough to support herself. I just brought the food and water in so she doesn't have to walk as far to get to them. <BR> <BR> I have had her since September 02. We've been through moves, job losses, family losses, health issues. She has been nothing but loyal to me. She is my first pet of my own. We've ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:45:26 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849494 Well, I have now worked with this lady 2 days. She is a very nice lady. Tried reading a book to her yesterday but she couldn't follow along. Get to do showering today--that will be interesting, seeing as I have never done it before. <BR> <BR> In other news, while I have done AWESOME on the no soda thing, I've not done so well on the no meat thing. I do GREAT when i'm at home, but if I'm craving something (mexican) or if I am out to eat because of other circumstances during lunch or din... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:12:47 EST Don't tell God your plans---He'll just laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842252 So I thought I had a handle on this months finances. Then my paycheck came in 75$ lower than I thought. And I didn't get my full 4 hrs yesterday because the lady hadn't come home from the hospital, so there was nothing for me to do. That's going to hurt as well. Oh well. One more month of depending on mom. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:41:28 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839314 got a M-F caregiving ongoing assignment, 4 hrs a day for a 20 hr work week! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:39:30 EST Once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838746 Well, it is 3 AM and I am so congested I can not sleep. I have a love/hate relationship with spring--I LOVE the flowers and the weather, but can't breathe through most of it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to share that I am now 48 DAYS WITHOUT SODA! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 05:58:14 EST Learning (or RElearning) is tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832463 So learning to eat right (basically I have to RElearn EVERYTHING!!) is really tough. I am finding that the things that I enjoy (popcorn--ate WAY too much today) will really spike the blood sugars. I didn't realize that I had eaten as much as I had and pretty soon the rest of the bag was gone. Testing BS (2 hrs after snack)--192!!! AHHHH. I am really not sure about the carbs thing--thought all I had to do was look at the sugar content. Things have a LOT of sugar and a TON of carbs in them... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:37:20 EST Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826635 Got through easter without eating too many sweets--didn't even have a piece of Mom's apple pie (though that was due more to the onset of a migraine than anything else!) Hope everyone had a happy easter!! Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:14:46 EST Why can't I get it together??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823075 So I did really good on my goal of keeping a clean house in January and part of Feburary, but then started slipping again. Now it is a COMPLETE mess again!! I'm mad at myself that I've let it get this far again. I can' t seem to get it together--and at 32 I should be able to keep a clean house!! I've tried just doing a room a day, cleaning for 1 hr a day--nothing seems to stick. I get behind and just give up. Or something throws me, like this whole new world of diabetes and vegetarianis... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:03:26 EST Vegan vs vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816452 So i am really considering getting the new vegan cookbook from SP. Has any one tried it yet? I think I am 95% vegetarian now (I ate meat yesterday, but found I didn't like it that much) I don't know that I can go completely vegan (I do like my eggs and cheese) but will try to go vegan 2-3 times a wk. How do I get enough protein in my diet though?? Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:06:37 EST Confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813238 OK, so I've been testing all over the place--140s in the morning, 175-185 after breakfast, 166 after lunch and 156 after dinner. Yesterday, I actually had a pretty good test--120 after lunch. Am really confused as to how I did that!! Especially since I had a piece of peach pie for dessert--don't worry--once a month thing, not all the time! So I am a little confused on how to get my testing blood sugar down to where it should be, which i'm still not entirely sure where it should be yet, an... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 08:30:31 EST New job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810244 YEAH!! I get to start my new job today. This is going to be caregiving for the elderly. Most people think that I'll be good at it, but some feel the need to remind me how hard it is. The really nice thing is that by the end of the day, I'll be a CERTIFIED caregiver--much better than not being certified AND it is a 200-300$ course, depending on where you go. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:24:12 EST Testing and other truly random things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803686 Ok, so I know I've been testing high, I just can't figure out how high I am. Since the cat woke me up this morning, I got the kitchen cleaned, knitted/crocheted for a little bit, and joined a new sparkteam (8 wk diabetes challenge) I can't wait to see if I've lost any more weight next week when I weigh in (I only weigh myself 1x per month, usually) So far, I'm down 10 pounds from the beginning of the month. I am now 95% vegetarian, eating meat only 1x per week, if that. Going to try a ne... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 09:23:15 EST Calling all diabetics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795482 Ok, I have a ton of questions about my diagnosis <BR> <BR> 1. What should my readings be? I am testing once a day, rotating the times of day that I test. <BR> <BR> 2. What should my A1C be? <BR> <BR> 3. Can i have any sugar or do I have to give it all up? <BR> <BR> 4. Can I reverse this? <BR> <BR> 5. What is a good pick me up when you are on the go that would get my sugar levels back when they are low but that I can have with me just in case? I have almonds in my locker at work bu... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:55:44 EST Long time,no blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790602 Well, I have had a really rocky first few months in the new year. <BR> In Jan, i did really good with all my goals (clean one room a day and no eating out--only ate out 3 times) and got new health insurance <BR> in Feb, I did not do really good with my goals--ate out a lot. I also finally saw the doctor for a nagging cough (he put me on antibiotics) and then had a routine blood test--with the results being anything BUT routine!! come to find out that I am now a diabetic, allergic to any and... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:32:53 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576058 Woo hoo!! longest streak in a while! 40 min walk in brisk weather--the house feels almost hot now!! Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:06:37 EST goal for exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575061 My exercising goal is at least 20 min of exercise every day from now till the new year! Tue, 8 Nov 2011 17:56:31 EST 3rd day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575009 40 min of wii--wii age 63 Tue, 8 Nov 2011 17:11:27 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572877 AllRight!! 2nd day in a row I've gotten exercise in! 30 min wii--wii age 67 Mon, 7 Nov 2011 12:54:29 EST And one more time with day one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572275 Don't remember if I exercised on Saturday or not, but Sunday I walked all over work--I'm counting it! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 07:42:26 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568475 40 min walk Fri, 4 Nov 2011 15:04:07 EST Day 1 AGAIN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4567150 Skipped exercising yesterday. Walked 25 min today. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 18:41:32 EST Out of Control!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564749 My eating habits are out of control!! I spent over $100 on fast food in ONE MONTH!!! Part of it is a mild depression--I don't feel like making anything--too much work! So here is my plan for November. <BR> My starting weight is 174.5 (based off the last reading in October--my scale broke this morning!) <BR> I will boycott all fast food for the month. <BR> I will boycott all soda, including sprite/7 up for the month. <BR> I will cook breakfast and lunch and have left overs for dinner... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:21:04 EST Days 2 and 3 of 10 min challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564112 Day 2--walked to Wendy's and back. 10 min walk appx. <BR> Day 3--walked to the corner by my house and back. 20 min walk appx. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:41:50 EST Day 1 of a 10 min challenge streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559589 Broke out the Wii and played bowling for 20 min. this morning. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:39:33 EST Oh rats!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492205 Well, I found out a VERY important piece of information!! I was NOT getting 1200 calories a day. Now that I've started inputting my food, I'm hitting it, but the first part of the month, I wasn't and therefore wasn't loosing any weight. I am going to clean this place today. I am going to hop in the pool around 10:00 for my exercise today. I am going to work hard all morning so that I can sleep (since I'm writing this at 2:45 AM) or play with my knitting/friendship bracelets (they are goi... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 05:43:29 EST 46 lbs to loose--can I do it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476992 With the help of a dietician, I think I can do it. She is putting me on the mediteranean diet. I have to find a new recipe for vegetables every week. (and use it!!!) I have to start exercising again. I am doing this for me. I am so close to being diabetic, it isn't funny. I HAVE to get my blood sugars normalized! This morning, I am having a half a veggie cheese omelet from dennys (went out last night and had grits (not bad, prefer cream of wheat though), 1/2 an english muffin (it was... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 10:32:47 EST I will do better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462114 I will do better this month at: <BR> 1. stopping the soda habit. I have a few more to drink then I will only drink them on Sundays at lunch. hopefully next month I can stop it all together. <BR> <BR> 2. going to the gym. I will start off by going to the exercise room at the complex. hopefully in 2 wks I will have the courage to get back to Curves--I have been out for 3 mos now due to my plantar facitis and my ankle hurting. I'm hoping if I do the treadmill at least once a week it will ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 08:33:25 EST