JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What Went - Friday 1. i had just gone back to bed this morning after seeing dh and ds off to work when the phone rang. I muttered under my breath as I picked up the phone, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was the daughter of a good friend of mine. She was at the airport not far from here and wondered if she and her baby could stop in for a visit. I of course said yes. But then as I hung up the phone panic set in! <BR> <BR> I woke dd14 up and the two of us flew around like crazy women picki... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:43:58 EST What Went - Wednesday <img src=""> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 01:16:51 EST What Went - Monday 1. This morning, due to record breaking heat that was forcasted for the day, we turned the day on it's head and went geocaching. We found two caches. Despite my physical failings, I was the one who directed dd to the caches because there is nothing wrong with my brain. (Which makes it sound like there is something wrong with hers, which there isn't. I just have more life experience finding things.) <BR> <BR> At the end though, as we were taking a new-to-us trail and hoping that it led... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 02:54:17 EST What Went - Saturday This actually isn't about what went today. Though it was triggered by a conversation that I had with someone today. The conversation had me thinking about exercise. <BR> <BR> 5 (? not exactly sure on the timing of all of this) years ago I was a semi-invalid. This was on the advice of a doctor who told me not to do anything that caused pain. That was stupid advice. <BR> <BR> Anyway. . . . I started up at the Y with Zumba. I absolutely LOVED it. My face would get so red that I would ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:04:58 EST What Went - Thursday 1. My Alien children woke up at 5:30 (not 5 as they had originally planned), went running, came back, did showers etc. and then ds went to work. I'm not sure that I can handle being the mom of Alien children. <BR> <BR> (I am not complaining about them. I am intensely proud of the young people they are becoming. But 5:30 am!) <BR> <BR> 2. My ds stood up for himself at work. I am glad that my Aspie has learned to do so. But I am mad that he had to. He's 18 though and Mommy is not go... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 02:15:13 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. I think that my kids have been replaced by Aliens. They have agreed to wake up at 5 am tomorrow to run together. I support their healthy choices but man, this is going to wake me up. Early. And I don't wanna! <BR> <BR> 2. Today at the Y I was looking around at some of the other settings on the treadmill. I thought that I would try out a 15 minute fitness test. As a background, due to my chronic pain and mobility issues, I've slowly worked myself up from a very slow pace of 1.0 to... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:59:03 EST What Went - Sunday Things have been crazy busy. <BR> <BR> Saturday am., Dh and Dd got up at 4:30 am and were out the door for their race by 5 am. I went back to bed after they left and slept until 6:30 when I had to get up with Ds. Shortly after 7, once he was at work, I went back to bed again. <BR> <BR> Dh and Dd's 10k went really well. It was a huge deal. 13,000 runners on the new "longest floating bridge in the world". Local and state police and the FBI were there to make sure that there were no secu... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 02:59:02 EST What Went - Wednesday Dh and dd are participating in a historic race across the new floating bridge that was just built. Today was race packet pick up day (say that fast, 10 times). It was craaaaaaaazy. There were hundreds of people trying to pick up the packets in a small running store. They were trying to direct people to park down at Lowe's and walk back but apparently runners don't like to walk a few block to park. So they snarled traffic and honked at each other. Just as we were leaving, the police arriv... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:43:54 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. I got a new incurable but hopefully manageable diagnosis to add to my list. This is the second in two weeks. <BR> <BR> I should note that I'm not having new problems. Instead, I have a good doctor (finally) who is putting names to the problems that I've had for a long time. And he's actually treating them instead of shrugging and giving me the doctor's version of "It sucks to be you". <BR> <BR> 2. After the doctor, dd and I went to the zoo. She pointed out numerous times that we h... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:30:33 EST What Went - Sunday I'm posting this on Monday but it's about what went on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Dd got permission from the pastor (aka dh) to bring Rusty to church on Easter Sunday. No, bunnies don't have anything to do with the story of resurrection. But it was a cute idea. I had some reservations because I didn't think that Rusty was going to think it is such a fun trip and I thought he will be a distraction in Sunday school. But I didn't say anything on this because who wants to be the bad guy on Easter? <... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:16:07 EST What Went - Friday Dh and I had a date night. We went to this Vietnamese restaurant and I was brave and ordered these crepes that I didn't know how to eat. So I ate them wrong. Afterwards I found a YouTube explaining how to eat them. They were still yummy even wrong. <BR> <BR> Afterwards we walked at a park along Lake Washington. I got in my steps so I get halo points. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a coot. I do... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:25:32 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats: 1585 calories <BR> 6535 steps. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd completed her first half marathon yesterday. We were all able to go to cheer her one. It was a flurry of activity and then a two hour wait while we sat around and she did all the work. We are so proud of her! <BR> <BR> 3. I am super busy and feel a bit like I'm drowning. Unfortunately it's not like I can tell people to stop eating or wearing clothes or needing to go to school. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:50:45 EST What Went - Friday 1. I'd like to be more upbeat but I"m pretty miserable. Dh thinks that I might have kidney stones. I know that last time I had them I had the same kind of symptoms (which don't totally match most people's symptoms). The ER nurse was shocked when the scans showed them because I was walking around joking. In between being miserable enough to go the ER, of course. It is the same again. I actually kind of hope that they are kidney stones because those will pass (eventually) and things wil... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 01:44:48 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I went over my calories today. <BR> <BR> 2. Today I was able to get back to doing yard work and working in the Schoolroom of Doom. <BR> <BR> 3. Ds practiced driving today. He was absolutely thrilled that I let him drive us on a steep, winding road along a precipice. He drives at or under the speed limit though so we weren't living life dangerously. <BR> <BR> 4. Dh is still gone on his trip. I don't think I'll get a chance to talk to him tomorrow but fortunately we can text. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 02:59:00 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Yesterday I drove dh to the airport. He got out. I almost drove away before he could get his luggage out of the trunk. Almost is the operative word. Oops! Love ya, dear! <BR> <BR> 2. As proof that I was really tired from getting up with the chickens, I then drove from the airport and overshot my doctor's office and had to backtrack 20 minutes. Another oops. <BR> <BR> 3. I was stuck with needles at the doctor's office. It was fine. It doesn't hurt. In fact, I have to look to ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 03:07:05 EST What Went - Monday 1. Thanks, Jenne for checking up on me. I'm ok. Just a bit overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> 2. Stats - 1788 calories <BR> 6649 steps <BR> <BR> 3. Yesterday we had no power for 7 hours as a result of a big windstorm mixed with rain, hail, thunder and lightning. We were all so grateful when it came back on! <BR> <BR> 4. I don't have breast cancer. Today was further testing which confirmed it. I wasn't super worried since I don't have a family history and I know that it isn't uncommon for women... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:55:00 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Stats - 2004 calories. I'm always embarrassed to admit it when I've gone over 2000 calories but it is, what it is. <BR> <BR> 7824 steps. I was able to go exercise at the Y today. <BR> <BR> 2. I had my dental cleaning and exam today. No cavities. I told dd that it was her turn to take me out for frozen yogurt since I always take her as a no-cavity reward. That's fair, right?! <BR> <BR> 3. I made split pea soup for dinner today. It was really thin. But then an hour later, it ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 02:34:56 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Took dd to the dentist in the morning. Good report there and no cavities. <BR> <BR> 2. Took ds to the doctor at his request in the afternoon. He has a bad cold. Which I knew. He also has an ear infection. Which I suspected. They gave him antibiotics and a spacer to use with his asthma meds to make it more effective while he's trying to breathe. <BR> <BR> 3. I made one mistake with food last night and am in agony today. Normally I would leave for the Y in 20 minutes. But I"m not... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:16:08 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Stats: <BR> 1658 calories <BR> 8463 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I've increased the speed that I walk on the treadmill one tenth. This makes a difference. <BR> <BR> 3. A very naughty grand-bunny discovered that he loves to eat the corner of my foam mattress tonight. No! No! No! Bad bunny! <BR> <BR> 4. Ds is having a very hard time with a pretty awful cold. I have the same cold but very mild. <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 02:56:42 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats for yesterday and today: <BR> Sunday - 1545 calories <BR> 7390 steps <BR> <BR> Monday - 1781 calories <BR> 7216 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a bit of a down day. I have the cold and cough that ds has so "thoughtfully" shared. And I'm tired. It shows up in how I look at the world. I was feeling overwhelmed and like a loser. I knew that a nap would probably solve some of that. I tried. I was just dropping off to sleep for a nap when some stupid neighbor started to rev his mo... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 02:43:33 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Stats <BR> 1681 calories <BR> 7871 steps <BR> <BR> 2. This morning I walked down to Dh and Dd14's 5k. I got there just in time to see their backs as they ran by. The people who ran the race did not mark the course correctly so well over half of the participants got off course. There were runners going everywhere. This made it impossible to really tell what their time was. But it was a fun race and a fun chili cook-off afterwards. I voted for Jason's chili, whoever he is. <BR> <B... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 02:38:06 EST What Went - Friday 1. Stats: <BR> 1754 calories <BR> 7349 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I am super duper proud of ds18 who had a black belt practice test tonight. He did so well. And he was so confident. And he kicked so hard! The next test he has in 3 months (I think) will be his actual black belt test. <BR> <BR> #unabashedmommybrag <BR> <BR> 3. Because I knew that I would be at the belt test tonight, I turned my normal schedule on it's head and went to the Y in the morning. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 02:42:31 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Stats - 1543 calories <BR> 7714 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Time for a bit of a personal inventory. <BR> <BR> In the last year I've gone from walking 3000 steps a day with much difficulty, to walking an average of 7671 steps last week. <BR> <BR> I've gone from having a hard time vacuuming and having to recover for two days afterward, to doing weekly vacuuming. <BR> <BR> I've gone from being in "emergency mode" most days a week to not having an emergency mode day for months. <BR> <BR> I gaine... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 01:54:57 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Stats - 2022 calories. <BR> 9038 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I tried to figure out why my calorie count comes out so high. I didn't eat really any differently today from other days. The only thing I can think of that was out of the ordinary and higher calorie is that I ate some cashews today. I guess it just all adds up. But so does the exercise. According to SP I still came in just under what I needed to eat today with that step count. Who knows. <BR> <BR> 3. Today was a pretty ordinary... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 02:29:40 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Stats <BR> 1326 calories <BR> 4864 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was not a stellar day but it wasn't a horrible day either. It was more about survival through the face of adversity. My calorie count is low because I did not feel good today. I'm still struggling with the whole acidic body thing and am working very hard to eat a low acid diet. This puts a lot of things off limits for me. The steps are low because we had a storm and the power at the Y went out. So I couldn't walk there an... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 02:46:09 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats: <BR> 1630 calories <BR> 10589 steps. Yup. You read that right. I was a beast! <BR> <BR> 2. OK - I"m going to get some TMI stuff out of the way first. This morning I tested the ph of my urine. The most acidic a healthy person's urine should be is 6.5. Mine was 4. No wonder it feels like I'm peeing pure acid. Plus, I have a lot of trouble with acid reflux, so there's acid all around. I already eat a pretty low acid diet but I've now cut out all chocolate and meat in an att... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 02:51:32 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Stats - <BR> 1515 calories <BR> 6942 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Naughty Rusty bunny has discovered electric cords. Now we have to watch him like a hawk so he doesn't electrocute himself or ruin all our stuff. <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:13:30 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Stats: <BR> 1948 calories. I'm embarrassed at typing that but it is what it is. <BR> 7627 steps. <BR> <BR> 2. You know that tri-colored bumblebee that was in my birdhouse? He definitely lives there. . . I started to gingerly take the house off of the wrought iron post that it was attached to and he came barreling out at me again. Fortunately he did not sting me. I feel badly for taking his post but I really do need it for the bird feeders. I put his house on the ground. I hope... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 02:27:38 EST What Went - Friday 1. Stats - <BR> 1788 calories <BR> 7071 <BR> <BR> 2. My body is being jolted from having IBS problems to IC problems. I am eating a very bland diet right now as I try to figure out what my triggers are. I'm actually a bit scared to eat anything Today at lunch I had oatmeal because I had nothing else in the house that seemed safe. (Obviously, from my calorie count I did find things to eat). <BR> <BR> 3. Today when we were doing our yard work, we decided to put out the bird feeders. ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:56:27 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Stats - <BR> 1442 calories . Is that right? I did fast this morning and thus had one meal less than usual. So maybe it is. <BR> <BR> 8140 steps <BR> <BR> 2. This morning was a two arm in the wastebasket of hot water phlebotomy visit. Eventually they did find some blood in there. <BR> <BR> 3. After my labwork, dd and I went out for brunch. I ordered Eggs Benedict. I totally forgot that the hollandaise sauce has lemon juice in it. A couple of hours later and my interstitial cy... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 02:14:18 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Stats - 1718 calories <BR> 7364 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Dd14 and I went to the chiropractor. After he was done and had left the room, she said to me, "What if he just snapped my neck one of these times?" I said "I always say a little prayer." then I saw her face and quickly added "that he Doesn't!" <BR> <BR> 3. Tonight while I was walking at the Y the heart rate monitor built into the treadmill registered 262. I know those sensors can be pretty wonky but I also didn't feel too good at... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:26:03 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Stats - <BR> 1708 calories - ok I'm a bit annoyed about the tracking of this. I tried over six times over the course of a couple of hours to try and track my food. The site would let me select the foods, I would press the "add food" button and nothing. There was no record of it at all on my log. I understand that sites might go down but everything else on the site seemed to look normal and I really did try numerous times and let time go by between trying to do it. Just a frustration... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 02:29:23 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats - 1708 calories <BR> 8175 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Day 2 of no chocolate. My bladder spasms are so much better but I'm going through chocolate withdrawal! <BR> <BR> 3. I did get outside for my 15 min. of yardwork. I meant to do the 15 min. in the Schoolroom of Doom but ran out of time and then forgot to do it later during commercials. The slide into letting these resolutions fizzle out has started. Oops! <BR> <BR> 4. OK - maybe some of you super cleaners will have a solution to m... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:31:41 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Stats: <BR> 1695 calories <BR> 7324 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I went on the treadmill at the Y today in my dress and tennis shoes. I am out of pants! I washed a load and have it in the dryer. <BR> <BR> 3. Dh and dd ran 8 miles today. Dh was moaning about it. I told him to remember that he is doing it out of love for his daughter. :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 01:56:22 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Stats - 1589 calories <BR> 8070 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I did not eat any chocolate all day and my interstitial cystitis calmed down. But at what a price! <BR> <BR> 3. I got out and did my 15 min. of yardwork today. <BR> <BR> 4. It is already midnight and I need to sign off here. I stayed up to finish watching "It Takes a Thief" with Robert Wagner. I always loved those shows. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 03:00:53 EST What Went - Friday 1. Stats <BR> 1632 calories <BR> 6486 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a paperwork day: filing, shredding, comparing, paying. <BR> <BR> 3. It was storming today. I've been really good about doing my 15 min. outside but I drew the line at going out in the wind and rain. <BR> <BR> 4. It's Godzilla Bunny! No wait. . . Rusty discovered the dollhouse. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 20 Feb 2016 01:33:24 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Stats - 1580 calories <BR> 7764 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Hmm. What to say. I'm am boringly consistent with everything I said that I would do: track my food, get my steps, take my meds, log into SP, do my 15 min. of yardwork, do my 15 min. decluttering in the Schoolroom, do our studies. On the weight loss front, I have pretty much nothing to show for it, but I am doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I am a bit angry about that. I don't really know who I'm angry at - probably the situatio... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 02:33:18 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Stats : <BR> 1563 calories (though honestly that sounds a bit low. I did log everything but I don't always trust the tracker) <BR> 8067 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Someone asked me if the acupuncture treatment yesterday hurt. No, it did not. In fact, in most of the spots where he put a needle, I could not even feel if I had a needle in me or not. The couple of places where I knew, it was more like a slight prickle. <BR> <BR> 3. Today dd did not want to do our 15 min. of yard work outsi... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 02:21:41 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Stats: <BR> 1960 calories <BR> 7104 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I went for my first "stick you with needles like a porcupine" (aka acupuncture) appointment. No, I don't know how it went. I mean, it went fine. But I don't know if it did anything or if I just paid to lie around with needles stuck in me while it did nothing. Maybe time will tell? <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 02:19:45 EST What Went - Monday Stats : 1888 calories <BR> 10616 steps. <BR> <BR> Dh and I had a lovely all day date today. We went up north to a small tourist town and browsed antique stores and galleries and kitchen knick knack shops. Then we came back to our area, did a bit of shopping at Target and then went directly on to the Y. My feet are tired! <BR> <BR> Dh was shocked at how often I have to go to the bathroom. Interstitial cystitis is not for wimps. I did take an OTC test to make sure that I don't have a UT... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 02:24:26 EST What Went - Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Dd's project. That is Rusty bunny checking it out. <BR> <BR> My body has quit from exhaustion today. It does that from time to time. It's actually been longer than normal since the last time my body went on strike. I was stressing a bit about not getting to everything on my to-do list but then I thought - to heck with it. It's not like the world will fall apart if I don't ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 02:28:19 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Stats - 2132 calories - the high calorie counts yesterday and today are because I made pulled pork in the crockpot - just pork, broth, onions and vinegar - nothing sugary at all but according to the calorie counter, it was higher than the foods I usually eat. <BR> <BR> 6105 steps (yup. It was a struggle today but I just barely made my step goal of 6100.) <BR> <BR> 2. A very achy day. I got a lot done today - vacuuming, 15 min. yard work in the pouring rain, 15 min. in the Schoolroom... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:39:50 EST What Went - Friday 1. Stats - <BR> 2068 calories. I feel embarrassed typing that even though that is at the bottom of what SP told me to eat. <BR> 9327 steps. Of course that is a great deal over my goal of 6100 steps. I'm not embarrassed to type that. <BR> <BR> 2. Today has been so busy. But overall happy. I like project day (afternoon). <BR> <BR> We checked out a new to us library way down south to us. The library itself was fairly safe but there was at least one drug deal I'm pretty sure went on ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:43:50 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Stats: <BR> 1722 calories <BR> 8458 steps <BR> <BR> 2. My right and left ribs were not dislocated today. My right side is still very sore from yesterday's dislocation. I mention the left, not just because it keeps happening over and over again, but because I'm favoring my right side a bit, my left side is getting sore and thus more prone to it happening there too. Wouldn't that be a misery. I'm not going to even think about it. <BR> <BR> 3. We've been studying at the library every... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:30:11 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Stats - <BR> 1722 calories <BR> 7012 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I had a very bad night last night and woke up knowing that my ribs on the right side had come out. So terribly painful. I have it happen all the time, on the left side, never on the right. So when I went into the chiropractor and explained what was going on, he did a double take and said "Don't you mean the left side?" Nope, I was very well aware that it was the right side! He put them back in and oh my. . . I almost yelled w... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:35:21 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Stats: <BR> 1902 calories <BR> 7919 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a bad pain day. The muscles on my right shoulder blade area are one mass of quivering pain. It's what happens over and over again - I use my muscles in simply ordinary ways and my muscles tighten up into knots that won't release. Ds does PT on my legs and back but doesn't really know what to do for the shoulder and upper back. I did look at stretches for the upper torso and shoulder and did them but they didn't really ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:23:08 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats: <BR> 1691 calories <BR> 8440 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a school holiday. Dd's friend, who also had a day off from school, came over for the day. The girls went to a local mall for shopping and lunch and then hung out at our house until evening. I had plans to get together with a friend tonight at Starbucks. So I took advantage of the girls being gone, and went early to the Y to get my workout in. <BR> <BR> 3. Oh boy, I am sore! Dh just finished my nightly "torture" - aka... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 02:08:30 EST What Went - Sunday 1. My stats were great for a Sunday. The different meal schedule and a different Y schedule just makes it difficult. <BR> <BR> 1712 calories <BR> 8470 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was also a test of our resolution to do our 15 min. daily yardwork and 15 min. daily Schoolroom of Doom cleaning. We did it even though it would have been really easy to blow it off. We even took a load of stuff to Goodwill and got rid of it forever. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm also getting dh into the habit of doing my... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:12:37 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Stats: <BR> 1874 calories <BR> 8046 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Our Sat. chores are done. <BR> I am glad that we rotate chores every week. This ensures that things will get cleaned really well to my specifications at least once a month when it is my turn. <BR> <BR> 3. Dd and I did day 2 of our vow to do 15 min. of yardwork a day. Of course we vow this every year and never last more than a week or two (if that) but hey, this year is going to be different, right? <BR> <BR> 4. Ds, dd and I ju... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 02:22:57 EST What Went - Friday 1. I had a tough night last night. I recently started four new meds. I started two at the same time with no problem. Then yesterday I started two more. I think one or the other, or perhaps both really messed me up last night. So this morning I played "match the pill" to try and find the two offending pills in my pill boxes so that I could take them out. Once I'm back to normal, I will add one, see if I react and then the other. <BR> <BR> 2. Today was super busy. In fact, I was "no... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 02:23:24 EST