IRISHRAVEN's SparkPeople Blog IRISHRAVEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fun times My doctor wants me to do 30 minutes of cardio every single day. Today I began to work on making that happen. I didn't do so good. <BR> <BR> I did about 10 minutes of T'ai Chi. I used to be able to get 30 minutes of that in. <BR> I did 11 minutes of a cardio walking dvd that I have... 11 MINUTES!!! Ok to be perfectly fair to myself I do have a pulled muscle on the right side of my back. So the reason I had to stop was my back. But still.. I feel just horrible that I could go longer. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:59:57 EST My Gratitude Journal I first heard about a gratitude journal when I was still working with TCFV during a Wellness Meeting. Now I have a few friends who do this. The basic idea seems to be that it helps you focus on the good things in your life and there-by giving you a motivational tool. <BR> <BR> Now, I know my track record with journaling. I enjoy doing it. I want to do it. But I never remember to do it. So instead of making promises that I know I will fall short of I am simply going to state that I will... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 15:36:45 EST UPDATE: MYSTERY DOGGIE ILLNESS For those keeping my cousin's dog, Rex, in your thoughts and who have offered suggestions and advice. Thank you all so much! You have been a comfort and a help. They did finally do an x-ray this morning and they did find a soft mass in his stomach. They then did a sonogram and discovered the mass was actually his swollen kidneys. So the illness was diagnosed as acute renal failure. There was only a 10% chance of survival and he was in a lot of pain and misery. Danielle and her husband, Sammy,... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:09:55 EST MYSTERY DOG ILLNESS. PLEASE READ! My cousin has a 3 yr old Boxer. He went in for shot a week ago. Since then he has been extremely ill and doesn't respond to anything the Vet has tried. Below I am going to list the symptoms he has followed by what they have already tested for and tried. The Vet says she has exhausted everything she can think of to test for and try. I know that in medicine there are times a doctor can become so involved that they may overlook something. I am praying that this is the case with sweet dog. I ... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 17:07:28 EST My Rant For The Day Ok so there have been some interesting, fun, scary, things going on in my world. I've been in the ER once with sinus tachycardia and a blood pressure of 210/183. They called it a stress reaction due to PTSD. Ok I can buy that under the circumstances. Then I have to call 911 again due to weird light headedness and shortness of breath. Looks like a vertigo issue brought on by allergies causing fluid in my ears. Ok. I'll buy that. Boils down to needing to go see a doctor and figure out ex... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:18:30 EST Weight Loss and Cedar Fever Hello All. <BR> <BR> Well it's that time of year again. Time for Cedar Fever to kick my butt! From January to March is just rotten for me in Austin. Some days are better than others. I still don't know why they call it Cedar Fever when it's not cedar that causes the problem. From what I understand it's the juniper that causes the allergy symptoms. But I walk around in a zombie state of being for pretty much the entire season. I hate it. <BR> <BR> On a more positive note... I have ... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 17:30:53 EST 2010 This isn't going to be very long. I just wanted to drop in quickly and write a little note. <BR> <BR> I feel very positive about this up coming year. I see nothing but good things happening in my life. <BR> <BR> The Calotren seems to be working well so far! I was told that for the first month or so not to look at the scale. So I haven't. But I have noticed my clothes feel looser!! And I feel better!! So I will keep you posted! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a really wonderful 2010! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 17:16:41 EST It's Here! It's Here! My Calotren has arrived! I'm excited! But nervous! <BR> <BR> There is some information on here about over-growth of yeast and what symptoms may occur. I have most of them! Soooo I think I'll be asking my doctor about that when I go in to see him in January. It says here that it can cause difficulty in losing weight too. Hmmm.... <BR> <BR> It has all these "for optimum benefit" things but I don't think they make sense for me at this time. I'm already changing my eating habits. And they ... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:29:44 EST Up-date and news The Vegetarian thing is going really well. I am loving it! Because Jordon has been doing some night class kind of things the last month, we have been living on Amy's frozen meals. And really they are very good! She has this Asian Noodle Bowl that is just to die for! <BR> <BR> Last night I finally had a chance to actually cook. I made a SP recipe for pseudo-beef stroganoff. It was really good. I had to tweak it a little bit though. It called or 8 ounces of portbello mushrooms. Even on m... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:17:43 EST I'm really doing something now! Ok so a while back I blogged about starting to eat a mainly vegetarian or vegan diet. I've been researching for a couple of months before taking the plung, so to speak. But last Friday my sweet Jordon child approached me and said "Mom, I'm going to do the vegetarian thing again" (she's done it three times before for a couple months and then it's back to regular meat and junk food). I was like "GREAT!" and thinking "this gives me motivation to get a move on with the eating changes!" I disc... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:17:20 EST Damn Computers... I'm been out of pocket lately! Sorry! <BR> <BR> My computer caught a virus and got wiped out. I am on a friend's computer today so I thought I'd post and let everyone know what was going on. <BR> <BR> Health wise... well... I dunno. <BR> <BR> I am finally all signed up for the Gym. I have a 2 year commitment to Anytime Fitness!! WOoo Hooo! And guess what.... I haven't gone once in the week I've been signed up. Why does it always seem that something comes up? I have to move past that... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:23:03 EST Not so great..but getting better Ok so I have proven to myself 3 things the past 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> 1. I am committed to changing my life and my health...finally and for real! <BR> <BR> 2. I DO have the ability to make good healthy choices when I go out to eat (so long as it's a place that has healthy offerings.) And that extends to my beloved Starbucks and numerous other coffee shops. No-Fat Latte's are yummy as are No-Fat less sugar mocha frappes. Still trying to figure out how to make my Caramel Apple Spice less fatten... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 11:16:03 EST I got a battery for my scale and now I wish I hadn't! Ok so I'm trying not to freak out or be mad at myself. I know this is probably just bloated water weight due to it being around my time of month. But I got on the scale and guess what..I'm UP 2 pounds. That makes it official. I am officially the biggest I have ever been. I'm sitting at 290. <BR> <BR> Gotta change this. <BR> <BR> I mentioned my plan in my last blog and that I was looking into joining a gym. Well I got the information and Crystal approved of it. So I am joining Anyti... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 14:24:46 EST A Stone Before Yule/Christmas I joined a new team called No Topic Off Limits. Well a few days after joining I get the post saying "A Stone Before Christmas" with the following message. <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>__________ <BR> <BR> ""Well Christmas is coming !! <BR> <BR> As most of my Sparky friends will be celebrating in the USA, here is a link/paste, to a nice page that will explain what most of the USA gets up to over Christmas, you call it Thanksgiving dont you? <BR> <BR> http://www.s... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:02:48 EST Tonight On Fridays at my house we have Pizza and Movie night. It's a tradition in our family and a night I love and look forward to! I'm learning about healthier choices for my pizza too! Papa Murphy's has DeLight Pizzas. The Chicken and Artichoke hearts kind of sucks. They use marinated artichoke hearts that are WAAAYYYYY too marinated! LOL But I'm still looking at the DeLights and trying new ones. <BR> <BR> Tonight's movies? We watched House...surprisingly good. Then we watched The Haunting of ... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 02:26:36 EST Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning? Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 I was working for an import/export company at the time. Our office was right next to the very busy Austin/Bergstrom International Airport. It was my first real day at work (as opposed to just training). My boss was sitting next to me, we had just booted up my computer, the owner stepped from his office and said "someone just hit one of the Twin Towers with a plane". Then all the TVs came on and we saw it. I was sitting in a room full of strangers (I only had met my boss the week before) but w... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:38:35 EST Sometimes being a girl just sucks For the past 3 days I have been balled up on the couch in so much pain I can't even knit! I have severe endometriosis. It hasn't been too bad for a while. But it's making up for it right now! Even vicodin didn't kill the pain. Jordon keeps saying I should go to the doctor and get some pain meds, but I don't have the energy to go anywhere. I woke up at 3:45 this morning. I felt ok. I laid there a bit and decided at 4:30am to go ahead and get up. I felt pretty good too! No pain. Then abo... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 10:10:35 EST Today and stuff Just couldn't think of a snappy Blog Title today! LOL <BR> <BR> Well I didn't put anything in my tracker yesterday but I DID write every single thing that was put in my mouth down in my dayrunner. It's easier. I will add to my tracker when I can but the reality is that I'm not always online. I will not allow myself to feel bad about this either! I do not have to be perfect! (see I'm working on that not having to be a perfectionist thing!). <BR> <BR> I have been up since a little before ... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:00:51 EST A Brand New Day Hello All! How's everyone? <BR> <BR> Well, today is Monday and it is the first day of school for Jordon. Which means daytime hours are once again available to focus on doing stuff I need to get done without distractions. And one of the things I need to get done is to focus on myself. I need to start doing more for myself. Taking care of myself. I have been thinking a lot lately about my weight, self esteem, most importantly, my health. All these things are related, I know that. But I ... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 08:12:47 EST Update on Crystal Well WOooo Hoooo Crystal got the job! I have really mixed emotions about it. She will move to Baton Rouge over Labor Day weekend and begin her new awesome job on Sept. 8th. I'm really excited and happy because this means we will be getting back on our feet finally. But I'm also really sad and kind of scared about her being so far away. Not long ago we gave Jordon this long talk about how long distance relationships don't work because she is dating the loser from Elgin (about an hour from... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 15:28:45 EST Back from Louisiana Ok I'm back. Crystal's interview seemed to go very well. I hope she gets this job. We should know something in a week or so. <BR> <BR> Louisiana was very nice. I love visiting there, just don't want to live there again....ever! LOL <BR> <BR> K.. more later... gotta study... blah Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:37:47 EST We talking Vegan here A friend of mine, Kim, has decided to go Vegan. Kim's lost weight doing this but she says that is just a nice bonus, that she is really doing it for health reasons. She read about the people in Okinawa, Japan who have crazy long lifespans and are very healthy and they are Vegans! So I've been looking into Vegan dishes so that I will be prepared when she comes over for our dinner and game nights. I have to admit that the recipes are actually yummy sounding! I don't think I could ever go fu... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:44:27 EST Here we go again... 106 degrees outside today. It has been in the triple digits here for a couple weeks now. Wouldn't you know it.. I finally get good shoes to go walking in and now it's so hot out that there is a public health advisory to stay indoors if at all possible. Yeah right! <BR> <BR> Cooking is not easy right now either. If we try to cook it heats the entire house up to the point that if feels like we are living in a blast furnace! So when it comes to eating we're either having yummy raw veggie n... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:33:47 EST Just stuff Well ok so I haven't been blogging like I want to, but it's kind of hard to when I don't have internet at home except on my phone with it's itty bitty keyboard. LOL so I'm revising my commitment to sya that I will blog as often as I can and that may be each day and it may not. I feel comfortable with that! <BR> <BR> I haven't been walking everyday. But I have been doing other stuff almost each day. I walked around at Crystal's batting practice and moved my body in a neat twisty fashion whi... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 19:47:45 EST My Nala and an Evening walk Yesterday was an extremely hard day. My oldest and dearest 4-legged friend, my darling Nala Kitty, passed away. She was 13 years old. We knew it was coming but no amount of preperation can really stop the pain when you love someone as much as I love her and then you lose them. We've been through so much together. She has been in my life since she was 2 weeks old. We found her covered in grease and oil, barely alive. We bottle fed her and loved her back to health. She got the name Nala ... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 23:12:48 EST Doin a bit better Well as you can probably tell from my last post I've been in a bit of a blue funk as of late. But I am feeling a little better. Not all gung ho and motivated but I do feel a little more motivated and have been trying to make myself do stuff. Even just housework at this point is a good sign of progress for me. <BR> <BR> I got on my treadmill yesterday, finally. Only on for about 5 or so minutes. The thing started making this loud ringing noise that pretty much freaked me out and I stopp... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:47:16 EST Motivation and such How does one get motivated when they want to get motivated but can't seem to find it within? <BR> <BR> I have a treadmill. I now have a hike and bike trail literally a step outside my back gate. I have a new pair of New Balance 505 cross trainers specifically for walking off this weight. But I have no energy. No drive. No motivation. No nothing. I say to myself "I want to start walking and get get this thing going" but then just sit here. Wanting to do nothing but eat and sleep. What... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 16:40:31 EST Treadmill My step-mom just gave me her old treadmill!!!! Woooo Hooo!!!!! Will tell you more later! <BR> <BR> ------------------ <BR> <BR> So we got the treadmill today. It's an old Pro-Life (I think that's the brand name) and beat-up and a bit loud but it works. And that's all that matters. Now, the all-or-nothing part of me that sets unrealistic and loafty goals says I'll be on that thing every single day for an hour or so a day. But I'm recognizing that as unrealistic and as setting myself up ... Sun, 10 May 2009 15:56:00 EST First Thursday The first Thursday of each month, on South Congress, in Austin is a festival/bizzare of sorts. You park you car, usually a few blocks away, and walk...and walk...and walk...and..well you get the picture. There are food places (I had my first frozen banana on a stick freshly dipped in chocolate and rolled in toasted coconut...amazing!) And shops and street performers and markets all over the place! I've lived in Austin for 15 years (minus a 7 month stint in Louisiana) and have never experienc... Thu, 7 May 2009 23:17:25 EST Lots To Lose 100+ Weight Loss Meet-Up I attended my first weight loss meet up Sunday. I loved it! I met other women who are dealing with the same issues as I am. It was a small group but hoping it will grow with time. Most were my age and all were in the same weight range. We were mostly all Emotional Eaters. I suggested maybe starting a calling circle type safety net so we would have someone to call during those times when we find ourselves sitting on the couch with a bag of chips and no idea how we got there. We are also... Wed, 6 May 2009 13:09:03 EST Does This Count? Today I felt better so we worked in the yard today. So I wonder if what I did constitutes a workout. Weed eating front and back and clearing some trees a friend came and chopped down. This all took several hours and it was in the 80s today. So... does this count as exercise? I sure was sweaty and dirty by the end of it! LOL Sat, 2 May 2009 23:29:24 EST Feeling a bit icky Well today the PMS Monster is growling around my house and keeping me kinda pinned to the couch. Stupid cramps (I have endometriosis and it can be extremely painful) . Ugh! So I'm not walking today. <BR> <BR> A friend gave me a couple bags of clothing in various sizes. I'm following the lead of my Sister and a couple others for this idea. I'm going through them and taking what I like even if too small right now. I am going to put them in bags with lables of sizes and have them physicall... Fri, 1 May 2009 14:50:31 EST Today's News Well I met with a friend this morning for Kolaches and Coffee. YUMMY! But i have been working super hard on making better choices and instead of ordering 3 jalapeno and cheddar kolaches I only ordered one and ate slowly. Filled me totally up without that yucky over full feeling! Then we went for a walk. I didn't make it that long today. Only 17 minutes start to finish. But still! I got out there and did it! Felt great! <BR> <BR> Crystal and I are talking. She has applied for jobs i... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 16:11:35 EST Guess What I Did Yesterday! I went walking! I took a friend to Central Market downtown to show her an old oak tree that is on the grounds. We then called another friend to make dinner plans and while waiting for the time to go meet her we decided to walk the trail they have there! The trail is a little over a mile (from what we were told) and I did the entire thing in CONVERSE shoes...can you say uncomfy on the tootsies?? LOL But I did it none-the-less! I only stopped twice due to lower back ouchies. I feel so good ... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 18:00:50 EST You have to love life's curve balls Ok so I've been doing a lot of heavy thinking since my last post. I have to make some changes and bring some balance into my life. It won't be easy. <BR> <BR> Of course there is the common sense stuff of making better food choices, cutting down on sweets and salty snacks, increasing my water intake, getting exercise, and so on. But there are also 2 things I'm adding. <BR> <BR> 1. I am committing right here, right now, in front of everyone that I WILL make the Lots to Lose Meetings w... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 18:24:07 EST (SCREECHING BREAKS AND CRASHING SOUNDS) I hit a wall...hard! On Thursday morning I weighed myself. I have been in a bad place every since then. Gods it's so hard to write this, but, I weighed in at 289.5 pounds!! 2 years ago I weighed 288 pounds even. I worked on it and lost some weight. Felt pretty good about myself. Now I feel like I just hit a wall. I feel disgusting. I have never been this big. I didn't go to the meeting because I felt so humiliated and embarrassed. Even though I know the group is called "100+ pounds or more to lose" and ... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 21:18:25 EST Hello All I am happy to report that my sister is doing well! So far so good! <BR> <BR> I have been so busy settling into my new home! It's been a bit hectic but I love it. It's all so exciting! We moved in with nothing in the way of furniture or kitchen stuff or anything. We had our clothes. We bought 2 air mattresses and some cooking pots. We ate off paper plates! LOL It was like the best camping trip ever! LOL Now we have a little of our stuff from Louisiana. Our kitchen things mainly. We also ... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:05:22 EST WOW! I didn't realize it had been away so long. SORRY! <BR> <BR> Soooo UPDATE TIME!!! Life is beautiful!! It really is! I have re-fallen in love with life! <BR> <BR> We found a house! I will take pictures and post them when I can get a chance (and a computer capable of handling it)! But I love it. It is an older home with a HUGE yard that I get to work and play in. We are not just renting... oh no... WE ARE OWNING!!!! WOOO HOOO!!! Who'd of thought this? I sure didn't. But we are very hap... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 13:21:08 EST Such a good day~ I just had to write again. Today I got to go outside and play in mulch and dirt! Kim and Michelle were outside doing yard work. I keep telling them that I want to help around the house and outdoors but they never tell when they are doing it. Kim says she doesn't want to bother me or ask for my help. Well, today I caught them in the act! So I joined them! They got black mulch and I put it in the little flower bed out front and by the front walk. I helped clear away some dead leaves and ... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:39:39 EST Hi ALL Well just wanted to stop in. I'm not doing much. Crystal is out of town for the weekend. I'm bored and lonely. <BR> <BR> I went to and signed up for a couple volleyball meetups, a tennis meetup, a meditation meetup, a wellness meetup, and a women's healthy weight loss meetup along with a few others! I'm hoping it will help me get out of the house and get to living like I want to! Sat, 21 Feb 2009 14:42:04 EST Just another day... Hi y'all! <BR> <BR> Well I am not even trying to diet right now. Matter of fact I'm not eating much at all. I know it's not the healthiest thing to do. But I have my reasons. I can't go into it right now. But I do have my reasons and I feel they are very valid. Crystal has started her new job. Jordon is settling in at her new school. I am anxiously awaiting a phone call to set up an interview today! We are awaiting our income tax to come in. Once we get that we can move into our ow... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:51:47 EST My Annual Valentine's Day Blog (And again I have to ask...why do we celebrate this day?) <BR> <BR> History <BR> <BR> February fertility festivals <BR> <BR> On the ancient Athens calendar, the period between mid-January and mid-February was the month of Gamelion, dedicated to the sacred <BR> marriage of Zeus and Hera. <BR> <BR> In Ancient Rome, February 15 was Lupercalia. Plutarch wrote: <BR> Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lyc... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 00:30:08 EST And now I'm scared I've been experiencing some strange and uncomfortable feelings in my chest. When it happens it feels like a heaviness in my throat and chest, kind of dizzy, short of breath, and I can feel my heart racing in my throat. Come to find out it's A-Fib. That's Atrial/Arterial Fibrillation. From remember enough from my medical background to know that this can be fatal. I could have a stroke or heart failure and that's that. Game over. I'm only 36 for crying out loud!! I am so angry at mysel... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 16:09:54 EST Austin Well, we are back in Austin now! I'm having my yearly bout with Cedar Fever. I'm a little stressed because I'm worried about the future. This is normal I suppose for someone who's just moved. I'm also feeling sad for what I've lost moving here. It was so strange waking up this morning and hearing construction and traffic and noise, instead of the beautiful caw of the Crows outside. So I've decided to list all the things I'm going to miss and I'll the things I'm looking forward to. <BR>... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 14:50:03 EST Tomorrow Tomorrow I love ya Tomorrow.. You're only a day away!! Well tomorrow is the big day! We are loading up the car today and leaving tomorrow morning for Austin. I have such mixed emotions. But mostly I'm just happy and feel like I'm moving forward with my life again. I'm going to miss the quiet solitude of St. Francisville and the lovely small town atmosphere so much. I'm sad that I'm not moving to Colorado afterall. But I'm also excited about the new living I'm going to be doing and about being with my family and friends in Texas again. I'm ... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 13:07:43 EST And the Wheel Turns...and another unexpected change... Hi everyone! I'm sorry I've been out of pocket for a little while. My car broke down and I was stranded out in the Boondocks for over a week!!! No internet, no cable, no nothing! Talk about B-O-R-I-N-G!!!! But my car is back and running and I'm out and about. <BR> <BR> My plans have changed. I have mixed feelings about it too. See, we went to Austin for Yule/Christmas and my wonderful Daughter (Jordon) joined us for a visit there. During the visit she came to me and asked to talk. She s... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:21:47 EST A crappy realization So last night our AC froze up. Not an unusual thing since I like to keep it arctic in our home. Well, while Crystal was thawing it out I was milling about the house. Suddenly there I was, in front of the fridge. I thought " What the hell am I doing here?? I'm not even hungry!" so I shut the door and walked off. Then all the sudden, and I can't figure out how, there I was again! Door open, staring into the vault that is the fridge! Why? Well, that got me to thinking. I find myself stand... Sat, 20 Dec 2008 21:25:14 EST Ok it snowed in Louisiana! WHAT? Yep,,, you read it right. South Central Louisiana got SNOW on Thursday! It was a hoot to see all the folks who have never seen snow freak out. They shut down schools and businesses and highways. It was amazing! Of course, I do have to keep in mind that I grew up around lots of snow and that the folks down here are simply not equipped to handle it. it was so fun to see everyone, even grown ups, outside building snow men and playing in the snow. How fun it must have been for those folks ... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 12:01:45 EST Re-evaluating Ginger: <BR> I am learning that I like ginger. I've avoided this particular root for a long time. I always thought it too pungent for using in cooking and too pungent to use in EO form. A relative loves candied ginger and I've always thought it disgusting. I didn't like gingerbread cookies, ginger snaps (way too sweet), Gingerbread Men, Gingerbread, Asian foods with ginger in them... nothing. But recently I am finding that I like it! How funny is that? I love that as we age and grow our taste bu... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 11:53:04 EST Twas the Evening of Samhain Twas the Evening of Samhain <BR> <BR> 'Twas the evening of Samhain, and all through the place <BR> Were Pagans preparing the ritual space. <BR> The candles were set in the corners with care, <BR> In hopes that the Watchtowers soon would be there. <BR> We all had our robes on, as is habitual <BR> And had just settled down and were starting our ritual <BR> When out on the porch there arose such a chorus <BR> That we went to the door, and waiting there for us <BR> Were children in costumes of v... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 14:27:13 EST