INFLATED's SparkPeople Blog INFLATED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I had a very nice birthday. Day 51 <BR> Walking 0.72 Miles /1.16 Kilometers 20 minutes 89 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son and his fiancee came over for dinner tonight and we had Butter Bob's beanless chili and grilled cheese sandwiches. <BR> <BR> No cake or ice cream or sweets since I am trying to lose weight and I don't need that because of being diabetic. <BR> <BR> They bought 4 bottles of foaming soaps and a metal soap holder to put the bottle in. There was also a 10% off coupon in the bottom of the gi... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:55:42 EST My last night of being 64 years old. Looking at sales in the newspaper today, I found a good deal on ceramic coated pots and pans and bought myself a set and a stock pot. I have it full of Butter Bob's chili and we are waiting for it to finish cooking. <BR> <BR> The instructions say not to use high heat on these and not to put them in an oven heated hotter than 375 degrees F. I really like them. <BR> <BR> I had an old set of Faberware from 1977. The screw was missing from one handle and I got rid of pans that seemed to cause f... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:45:54 EST My daughter and son-in-law sent me flowers and candy. The doorbell rang today and lying on the front porch was a long box. My daughter sent me red and white tulips and pine branches and a box of candy. I got my kitchen organized last night and now there is a clear glass vase with my flowers on the kitchen table. There was also a small box of candy in the shipping box. <BR> <BR> My birthday is Monday and I am hitting 65. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:55:16 EST My husband is home from his Thanksgiving trip to Wyoming. Blood glucose 114 after breakfast <BR> <BR> My husband called me yesterday from Charleston, West Virginia to tell me he would be home around midnight. He called again later to say he was in the area and to call our son or his fiancee because he couldn't get a hold of them and he needed help unloading the car. <BR> <BR> Facebook posts last night: <BR> He got in around before 10 PM. The car is unloaded and nearly all the stuff is put away and his laundry washed. I was expecting him about m... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:35:42 EST My silly dog, Bayau. (I know her named is misspelled, but I left it that way because that is what Th Thursday <BR> 12/01/2016 <BR> 49F Daytime 36F night time <BR> Thursday 0 Precip. 0 in <BR> Overcast. High 49F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. <BR> Thursday Night 10 percent Precip. 0 in <BR> Partly cloudy. Low 36F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. <BR> <BR> It is cold today because of the wind. The house seems chilly to me. Crellie is snuggled up on the covers on the bed. I run an infrared heater in the basement so I can stand to do my laundry down there. Crellie and Bayau slept on the bed with ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:05:13 EST The War Zone Have you ever gone to the bathroom and just as you get situated, the phone rings? I know that many of you have had this happen to you. <BR> <BR> Well, such was my location today when I heard the Emergency Alert System on the TV. Within a minute I heard a loud boom, shortly after that the lights went out and then came back on. <BR> <BR> There is a daily Emergency Broadcast System test on TV. The boom? Squirrels are out gathering food, so I assume one got fried and blew a transformer a... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:37:58 EST I am not going to say, "I can't" until I try. My son invited me to dinner at his house last night. I cannot see well in darkness and I don't like to drive when it is dark. <BR> <BR> His fiancee offered to come get me if it was raining. I looked online and saw that the rain was not to begin until after midnight. They also wanted me to bring Bayau over. I have not driven by myself with her. I wasn't looking forward to putting her in my son's girlfriend's car so I loaded her in the back of my van. She made it up into it in one jump... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:27:56 EST My goal wasn't met, but that is not going to deter me. I did have one evening of hunger and ate extra ham. I also have problems with bowel motility at times, so that could be the problem. <BR> <BR> I don't worry about such things or give up because of them. I ate a meal late last night because I was busy around the house and had not eaten. Hubby is going to Colorado today to visit a couple he knew while he was in the Air Force. They witnessed to us of our need of the Saviour before we married and I will always be grateful to God for them. ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:19:03 EST Almost to my next goal, just .4 off. Blood glucose: 131 before breakfast <BR> <BR> <link><BR>014/11/Funny-Diet-Meme.jpg </link> I hope you will be able to see this. Copy and paste it into your browser. <BR> <BR> This has been my thinking through the years. Now I have learned to celebrate in non-food ways. I went out last night and bought a new lazy Susan for our kitchen table. It has a Fleur-de-lis design and I really like it. I bought myself a Complete Art Studio with an easel to... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:47:04 EST Goal met, time to set another one. Blood glucose 137 before breakfast <BR> Weight 233, down from 237.2 = 4.2 pounds <BR> I am putting here that I was at 240 pounds and at a standstill with weight loss on 11/21/16 because the ticker changes when I put my weight in the tracker. <BR> <BR> I will try for another two pounds by Wednesday, November 30, 2016. I didn't have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. My family wasn't around, so I had: <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <BR> Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 14 fl... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:36:41 EST Grace Gems. "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18 <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> In all circumstances! This comes as a surprise when one considers the vicissitudes of human life. Sickness and health, poverty and wealth, joy and sorrow--are all ingredients of the cup placed to human lips--so all must come within the scope of thanksgiving. Why be thankful for everything? Because God causes everything to work together for goo... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 01:30:33 EST Happy Thanksgiving to all. Happy Thanksgiving to all that have ever replied or made comments to me here at Spark People. I know that many of you are doing food preparations and final preparations for guests and family, there is no need to comment or reply. Just know that this wish is heartfelt from me to you. <BR> <BR> My praise is to the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:56:30 EST Goal met. Weight 237.2 with shoes, but without my coat <BR> <BR> Time to set another goal. I will try to get another 2 pounds off by Monday, November 28, 2016. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:53:02 EST My husband is sick. My husband and son left last Wednesday evening to drive to Wyoming to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and son-in-law. She made 144 sugar cookies in the shape of pigs because my husband ate a bunch of them when she got married and we were at her wedding. My son's fiancee flew out to Wyoming on Saturday. <BR> <BR> A few years back, my husband had chest pain and we took him to the ER. He told the staff that he had "sugar cookie deficiency. They thought that was funny. <BR> <BR> The f... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:38:38 EST Day two toward my goal of losing two pounds by Monday. Day 50 <BR> 2.46 Miles / 3.96 Kilometers <BR> 68 minutes 316 calories burned <BR> <BR> It was such a nice Fall day today. I took Bayau on our long walk this evening. <BR> <BR> My husband phoned today and thinks he has strep throat. He is talking about going to Urgent Care when he gets to our daughter's house. I sent her a message for her to try to get him to go. <BR> <BR> I have been reading many blogs on Spark People and some Spark people have been sick for a week at a time. <BR>... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:50:42 EST Setting a goal for Monday, November 21, 2016 I don't know how others list the weight they want to lose by a specific date on their page. Just about the time that I learn how to do something on Spark People, it changes. So l decided to make another blog and post it here as a reminder to myself. <BR> <BR> Self, see if you can knock off two pounds by Monday. Handling Bayau on a walk is a workout. The kids in the neighborhood were getting out of school when I decided to head home instead of going on a long walk with her. One boy ran p... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:15:35 EST Thursday, November 17, 2016 Day 49 <BR> 1.05 Miles / 1.69 Kilometers <BR> Walked 33 minutes 153 calories burned <BR> <BR> I am sore from hip pain from sleeping in the recliner, but I am trying to lose the weight that I have regained. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:42:07 EST Food Haul. Today is Veterans Day. I save the names of businesses that give something free to veterans. My husband made a list yesterday of places around here and then we decided where we wanted to go. Sometimes there are several places offering breakfast or a different meal. <BR> <BR> I went to IHOP for the first time today. They had red, white and blue pancakes, 2 eggs, a choice of ham, bacon or sausage, hash browns and I think that the drinks may have been separate. Someone may have paid for w... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:37:52 EST A Sterling Walk Day 48 <BR> Walked 61 minutes 339 calories burned <BR> 2.46 Mi / 3.96 Km <BR> <BR> I took Bayau on her slip lead and went for my long walk. I had to stop and rest for three minutes and that is deducted from my minutes. <BR> <BR> I saw something glinting at the bottom of a hedge. It turned out to be a spoon ring that was bent open. It was engraved and I am guessing the couple broke up. It was marked .925 which is a mark for sterling silver. I also found 3 cents. <BR> <BR> There were... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 15:57:02 EST What a warm Fall! Day 47 <BR> Walked Around the block 15 minutes 70 calories burned <BR> <BR> My husband and I went to the dentist today and had our 6-month checkups and cleanings. All went well there. <BR> <BR> I have been looking online at videos about leash pulling. After our dental appointments, we went to Petco and I bought a slip lead with a slider for Bayau. I have been working with her with her leather lead, but this lead helped. <BR> <BR> Hubby is working at the polling place tomorrow. <BR... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:01:24 EST Bayau pulled me on our walk. Day 46 <BR> Walking 23 minutes 104 calories burned Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:15:25 EST A time capsule. A mother had friends and relatives write to her one-year old daughter something to be given to her on her eighteenth birthday. She put everything into a chest and gave it to her daughter on her eighteenth birthday. Some of the people were deceased by the time the young woman opened the chest. It was called Letters From Heaven. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>official/videos/1158452414246842/ </link> <BR> <BR> My sister posted this on her Facebook page a... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 23:50:17 EST A co-worker get-together. Blood glucose 147 after dinner <BR> Day 45 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 15 minutes 131 calories burned <BR> <BR> Hubby went to a steak house tonight to gather with former state prison guards that he worked with. He retired from the state in 2000. He said he thought there were about 60 there. This was not a reunion, but one of the former guards had the idea and called everyone and told them about the get-together. No wives or family were to come along and each one paid for thei... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 21:25:43 EST Bayau, the prankster. Blood glucose 157 after lunch <BR> Day 44 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 46 minutes 403 calories burned <BR> <BR> I had one of the worst cravings last night that I can remember. Thanks be to God, I didn't begin to eat anything. I can undo the work of weeks when I binge. <BR> <BR> Tonight we had leftover sauerkraut and hubby got some franks to have with it. They were high in carbs, 7 carbs each. I slept through breakfast and so I still had enough carbohydrates to use and keep t... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:57:17 EST My weight with no shoes. Blood glucose: 142 <BR> Day 43 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 15 minutes 131 calories burned <BR> <BR> I got on the scale today and I have dropped some pounds. 241 pounds on Tuesday and now I am 234.8 pounds, a loss of 6.2 pounds. <BR> <BR> I know walking is helping. I get IBS from eating Fresh Express Spring mix, but figure if it has gone through my system, I have derived the nutrients from it. The gastroenterologist doctor recommended a high fiber diet after my colonoscopy. ... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:01:12 EST I am discovering sugars in all sorts of stuff. Blood Glucose 204 after lunch <BR> Day 42 <BR> Around the block 15 minutes 70 calories burned <BR> <BR> I think I may have made a discovery today. I use Zing artificial sweetener in my coffee. I have a mug that holds about 14 ounces of coffee and I use a Tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and two Zing packets in it. Today I had the coffee later than my lunch and tested two hours later and got a high reading. I don't have the Zing box here to check what is in it. <BR> <BR> Aha! I just... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:27:57 EST Doctor's visit and comparisons. Blood glucose before supper-158 <BR> Day 41 <BR> 1.91 mile run/walk 39 minutes 226 calories burned <BR> 2.9 mph 4.7 km/h <BR> <BR> Date-10/25/16 <BR> Weight-241 <BR> Blood Pressure-126/80 <BR> Pulse-82 <BR> Temperature-97.5 <BR> Resp.-16 <BR> <BR> Date-07/29/16 <BR> Weight-225 <BR> Blood Pressure-130/62 <BR> Pulse-100 <BR> Temperature-97 <BR> <BR> If you read my blogs, you know that my husband makes sure he has the junk foods that he likes to eat. I haven't been out to buy what I need b... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:01:23 EST A party put on by a car dealership. Friday, my husband went to a steak and shrimp feed at the Redman's club. I stayed home due to IBS. <BR> <BR> Saturday, he went to Skyline Drive with our son and our son's fiancee. I stayed home again. <BR> <BR> Today, a local car dealership invited us to come out for free food. They gave each person a nylon folding chair with a net cup holder and carrying bag for the chair. We went and there was a band too. A little girl danced to the band and she was so cute. They had a screen with a... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:02:58 EST I couldn't get to Spark People yesterday afternoon. I had internet problems yesterday. Whether it was connected to problems nationwide, I don't know. I know I wrote answers to some comments made on my page, but I couldn't send them because the site wasn't working. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:14:34 EST Aches and Pains. I haven't been feeling my best. I think whatever it was is over now. <BR> <BR> For several days, I had a pain in my right side about waist level. I have to admit, I was afraid that it was my kidney. It has gone away. <BR> <BR> IBS did not stop with the colonoscopy and it seems to be subsiding too. <BR> <BR> Sunday, we had our monthly pot luck at church. We decided to do turkey since most have family obligations in November. We had turkey breast, mashed potatoes (real potatoes, not a... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:48:39 EST Colonoscopy Wednesday morning. I was up all night Tuesday into Wednesday morning. My prep went like this: <BR> <BR> 2 PM: Drink a bottle of citrate of magnesia <BR> 6 PM: Mix two pouches of powder with lukewarm water and drink down to each line on the container in 15 minutes. Drink 16 ounces of water when finished. <BR> Midnight: Mix two pouches of powder with lukewarm water and drink down to each line on the container in 15 minutes. Drink 16 ounces of water when finished. <BR> <BR> I finished it at 1 AM. I typed... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 02:21:41 EST Visit with my gastroenterologist today. I have the old IBS problems again and now I can't blame them on Metformin. I had my last colonoscopy in 2005. My doctor moved his practice and I had to go out to his office and fill our a form to have my records transferred. I went today for my consult visit prior to getting a colonoscopy scheduled. <BR> <BR> All these offices are in one big medical center and the hospital is there too. My records hadn't been picked up, so the doctor did not have them. They had to call and find out the ... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 17:15:52 EST Leash training Bayau. Day 40 <BR> Walked 63 minutes 347 calories burned <BR> <BR> I didn't walk Bayau twice today. My husband takes her out to walk twice a day. I didn't sleep well with him not being here. So we walked another long walk this evening. He walks holding her leash behind his butt and lets her pull. <BR> <BR> I worked with her last night about sitting when we come to an intersection. She has that down and will sit when I stop walking. I make her sit when she gets excited at seeing a dog beh... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:00:58 EST Chewing, digging and catching crickets. Day 39 <BR> Walked 75 minutes 345 calories burned <BR> <BR> Whew! I just came in from walking Bayau and it is 88 degrees here at 7:27 PM. We walk Bayau twice a day, but she still manages to get into trouble. She has been digging holes in the back yard. Last night she chewed two holes in the comforter I had on our bed. Hubby lets her get on the bed to sleep with him. <BR> <BR> Crellie, our cat, made another visit up on the main level, but she didn't stay up here, she stays in the basemen... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:20:36 EST The new grill. Hubby has it in his head to order a new regulator for the gas grill. This man is not handy at all. I tried to teach him when putting the grill together, to orientate the way the grill was with the illustration he was looking at. There was a hole cut in the bottom of the grill for the bottled propane gas, but he would have it on the left, when the diagram had the hole on the right. <BR> <BR> Our son came over yesterday and looked at the grill and said there is something wrong with the re... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:51:19 EST Lists and checking things off. Day 38 <BR> Walking, Speed: 2.4 mph 4.0 km/h 12 minutes 64 calories burned <BR> <BR> Today, our son came over after work. We bought a grill for him for his birthday, but he wanted the bigger gas grill. My husband and I put the grill together yesterday, but when he and our son went to hook up the propane to it, the gas leaked around the connection. Now, unless we can get another connection from the store, this grill is going to be a big headache. We cut up the box for recycling and ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:42:45 EST What's Your Story? We are eating from the pantry and awaiting my Social Security check. Our son had a family get together at his house on Saturday. Tomorrow is his birthday. He will be 34. We got him a gas grill, but he had given a bigger one to us and decided he would rather have it since he does a lot of entertaining. We took the new one to his house Friday and our son and his fiance will be bringing it back this evening, be the Lord willing. <BR> <BR> During my time away from Spark People, I have done ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:15:16 EST Having a blast with Bayau. Day 37 <BR> Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) 20 minutes 89 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son had us bring the dog to his town house on Thursday evening. They have a black cat named, Lillian or Lily for short. Bayau was there once before, but this time she got too close to Lily and Lily spat at her and fluffed her fur out. Bayau wanted to play then, but we kept her away from Lily. Lily wants to get close, but I am thinking she wants to fight. I have seen a cat jump onto a dog's back ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 20:21:01 EST Spreadsheets and our finances. I completed putting the month of April 2016 onto a spreadsheet today. We keep our receipts and I compare them to the entries in the check register. My husband writes with his left hand and I have trouble telling his 3's from his 8's, his zeros and once I get caught up, I plan on doing our finances. We have been in the red nearly every month. <BR> <BR> I missed two Bible conferences because we could not afford to go. We both tithe and give an offering on our gross income. Our church trea... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:29:45 EST Active days. Day 36 <BR> Around the block going to Linganore Avenue 27 minutes 120 calories burned <BR> <BR> Last night, I put January's receipts onto a spreadsheet and hubby helped me today to go over three check registers for errors and to make corrections. This is always a major stressor for me because then I find out how he does with our finances. We have been in the red many times this year. I have adjusted my spending, but he counts that the Discover bill hasn't come due and that our church tre... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:22:05 EST The pool party was a success. There were nine of us here for the pool party and to celebrate our son's fiancee's birthday. <BR> <BR> Vacuumed main level <BR> Dusted Mom's sewing machine cabinet in the basement <BR> Dusted Mark's chest in the basement <BR> Dusted black stand by Jaime's couch in the basement <BR> Washed a load of dark-colored clothes <BR> Cleaned two buckets and dusting brush <BR> Rodger Swiffered the kitchen ceiling <BR> Made a blueberry dessert for the pool/birthday party <BR> Cleaned up after the part... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:35:31 EST House cleaning for the pool party Day 35 <BR> Friday, August 19, 2016 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 120 minutes 1030 calories burned <BR> Day 36 <BR> Saturday, August 20, 2016 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 180 minutes 1545 calories burned <BR> <BR> Last night, I vacuumed and edged the basement and work shop while my husband and son scrubbed the carpeting on the main level. Our son straitened stuff in the work shop. I went back down today and dusted the furniture and scrubbed empty pool chemical buckets. ... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:00:31 EST Exercise for Thursday Thursday, August 18, 2016 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 60 minutes 515 calories burned <BR> Day 34 <BR> <BR> We went to our son's house for dinner tonight and shut Bayau in the bathroom. We were gone for 2 hours and she peed on the floor. I just washed the floor on my hands and knees. I also cleaned the vanity, mirror and toilet and a box that we put towels in and everything on the vanity and back of the toilet. I wiped off the toilet brush holder and brush and plunger, a big round... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:24:19 EST Wall washing. Day 33 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 120 minutes 1030 calories burned <BR> Blood glucose after lunch 124 <BR> <BR> I am washing my walls in the kitchen. Hubby had to go to the store and buy latex gloves, spray bottles and a big container to store the cleaning solution that I made, but didn't use. We have one light that needs replaced over the kitchen table. I had to stop because it stormed here this evening and I couldn't see well enough. <BR> <BR> It will be nice to get this fi... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:35:08 EST Puppy love. Day 32 <BR> Around the block 15 minutes 67 calories burned <BR> <BR> Bayau had a good day today. She got to go for a walk three times. My husband took her twice and I went walking with them the third time. <BR> <BR> A woman in a car stopped my husband and asked him if that was Bayau and gave him a box of Milk Bone dog biscuits for her. The neighbors that I took the genealogy papers to the other evening, asked me if I knew of a woman that worked at the Humane Society in the surgical de... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:35:34 EST The first time Bayau was left alone, she didn't do very well. We went to church this morning and came home right after services were over. I found my son's fiancee's sweater on the floor and a paper our son gets on the floor with the corner chewed off of it. <BR> <BR> As I ventured further toward the back of the house, I found that Bayau had soiled on the carpeting in our bedroom. I left the door open, thinking she might get on the bed and sleep while we were gone. <BR> <BR> This dog does not stand still when she poops. She walks around in circle... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:17:54 EST Bayau's second day. Bayau came to me this morning and woke me up to take her outside. She has not had any toileting "accidents." <BR> <BR> She got her last dosage of medicine last night and vomited before we went to sleep. Today I moved her food and water bowls and she ate some of the kibble they were feeding her at the shelter. No vomiting today, I feel that the medicine was upsetting her stomach. I forgot to call the shelter today. She has a vet appointment on the 18th. <BR> <BR> My son, his fiancee and... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:55:43 EST Bayau's first full day. Blood glucose after dinner 151 <BR> Day 31 <BR> Walked around the block 15 minutes 67 calories burned <BR> <BR> Bayau stayed in our bedroom last night. I shut the door in case Crellie ventured upstairs. Bayau grunts in her sleep. Today I made an appointment for her with the vet for next Thursday, <BR> <BR> She has been sick all day. She vomited two times after I gave her medicine this morning, two more times when she was outside, and my husband just found two more places in our bedroom ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:07:12 EST I have been looking online and today we got a dog from The Humane Society. I saw two dogs last night online. The one was free, but was too far away. I looked online and saw a young dog at The Humane Society. Her name is Bayau. She is a black and white border collie/husky mix. She has one eye that has two colors like the huskies sometimes have. She is 9 months old and taller than my knee. She is very smart. <BR> <BR> The kids came for dinner tonight and we had eggs and chipped beef (venison) gravy. At the threshold to the kitchen, I made Bayau lie down. I... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:51:31 EST We cancelled our trip to Michigan today. We had to put new brakes on our car before we went to Alabama. When we came home, the heat pump that runs our central air-conditioning was broken. We had a new motor and a new capacitor put in yesterday, but the repairman didn't know what the charges would be. Yeah, that's right, so we have an unexpected amount to pay. <BR> <BR> On the trip home from Alabama, we ran into rain and the wipers left streaks on the windshield. Hubby replaced all of them today on the front and back of the ca... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:40:42 EST