JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What Went- Saturday 1. My mom has a very nice 90th birthday. I'm sorry that my dad is no longer here to celebrate with her but I am glad that she is happy and healthy. She is really enjoying her watercolor class. My kids talked to her on the phone for her birthday and ds misheard and thought she was enjoying her water polo class. At 90, that would be quite the feat! <BR> <BR> 2. Day 3? 4? 3, I think of this zone diet. Dh was expressing interest so I made him the same lunch as I had today. He looked at ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:20:39 EST What's Going - Friday I decided to do day 2 of the Formula 40/30/30 plan's 21 Day Fat Flush. I am much less nauseated today. So was that just due to yesterday's menu? Was it because I wasn't quite used to eating so much fiber and protein? The protein amount is the same today so I don't think it is a reaction to the protein itself. Plus, I used a ketostick this morning to check to see if I was spilling protein. I wasn't. Since that was the main health concern I had with this plan, I am much more relaxed. I'... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:00:30 EST What Went - Thursday Last night after posting my blog listing the pros and cons of staying on my current eating plan or going on the 40/30/30 plan, I actually sat down and entered a sample day on the SP nutrition tracker. That was interesting. The day's calories came out about 400 calories less than I've been eating. The percentages based on the food I entered from the meal plan was not exactly 40/30/30. It only hit that if I rounded up or down. Which is probably expected but I was trying desperately to get... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:53:56 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. I met with the personal trainer today. He reworked his approach and we spent a lot more time working on stretching and abs. He wants me to give him a report in the next day or so. I'm going to write down how I feel today so that I won't forget. <BR> <BR> * My left shoulder blade has been spasming off and on ever since we worked out in the morning. <BR> <BR> * I did much better at Zumba tonight. My legs did not buckle at all. <BR> <BR> * My right ankle, which the personal trainer... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:30:06 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Last night we went to the store and got some better apples. Honeycrisp apples. I paid extra but they are soooooo good. <BR> <BR> 2. Today I went to the supplement store and got the colon version of the Ultima Flora brand of probiotics. I hope that helps my IBS. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm researching diastasis recti. I'm getting conflicting information. I really want the personal trainer to help with me my core but I don't want to make anything worse. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:22:32 EST Breakfast on Monday I'm being both a saint and a rebel this morning. I found a website last night that was very helpful in helping me to figure out foods for the 40/30/30 diet recommended by my personal trainer. What helped is that it gave me (using a calculator) amounts for carbs, protein and fat for each meal in actual grams. So for breakfast, I should be eating 27 g. of carbs, 21 g. of protein and 9 g. of fat. Armed with this information I sat down to tweak my normal breakfast. Normally I eat one gluten ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:33:22 EST What Went - Sunday Nailed my 6000 plus step goal again. This is becoming a habit! :) <BR> <BR> I tracked my food. I'm getting angry with macros. I wish I'd never heard of them. Since trying to follow the personal trainer's recommendations I've gained 3 pounds. Now I never actually hit his numbers but I was trying to do it his way. Today I did it my way. I still didn't hit his numbers but at least I felt better about what I ate! I really am not trying to use this as an excuse or anything. But it got m... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:23:06 EST Some Saturday Chuckles Just to give a counterbalance to my grump earlier. <BR> <BR> I took ds to the family night at the Y. He had fun playing with their interactive exercise games. He was doing one where he was kicking these lighted displays as they lit up in different combinations. People were impressed and were asking me what martial art he does. He doesn't do it right now but he was doing taekwando. Earlier today he had run on the treadmill and did his arm workout. He told me that he's trying to get back... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:49:43 EST A Saturday Grump I'm going to grump here for a minute. Grump. I wish that I hadn't asked for the personal trainer for my birthday. I hate being back in constant pain again. And now I'm all uptight about my food when before I felt pretty good eating all my fruits and veggies, lean meats, good fats and low carbs. Because I'm worried about my macros I'm trying to up my carbs which feels yucky to my body. This morning I made baked oatmeal because it was suggested on a 40/30/30 site and my body is reacting v... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:54:48 EST Ratios Smatios I hated ratios in school. I hate ratios in real life! And now the personal trainer wants me to keep my macros to 40% carbs / 30% fat / 30% protein. I am really struggling to get my protein up to even 20%. I cannot eat any more meat! And I know that beans have protein but that messes with the carb ratio and nuts mess with the fat ratio. Aaaaaargh! Tell me to be patient while I wait for the Zone and Formula books to come in at the library. <BR> <BR> I got my 6000 step goal today but it ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:20:35 EST What Went - Wednesday Despite pain today that I already blogged about, I still went to the Y and walked on the treadmill and gave Rocky his evening walk. I am not very far over 6000 steps, but I made my goal. <BR> <BR> I've put holds on a bunch of Zone and The Formula books and cookbooks at the library. Both of those diets follow a 40/30/30 ratio for macros. <BR> <BR> I logged my food today. I upped my carb and protein ratio but they are still not at the ratios the personal trainer wanted. I think it is a ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:16:51 EST Wibbly Wobbly Ball of Pain I'm typing this out partly as a way to think with my fingers. Help from fitness experts and fibromyalgia sufferers wanted especially, please. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I worked out with a personal trainer for the first time. We did about 15 min. of basic warm-ups (and what I assume was assessments of my abilities on his part) - stuff like walking on heels and toes and swinging my legs and arms around. He showed me two weight machines where I did a back/arm exercise 4x and a leg exercise 4x. W... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:23:07 EST Personal Trainer - First Session I met with the personal trainer this morning. It was a combination work-out and assessment. To his credit he did not seem to be frustrated when I could not give him good feedback on whether things hurt or not. The problem is that I don't feel the pain for at least an hour after I do something (for the most part). He showed me two routines on weight machines - one for my arms and back and one for my legs. He also sent me three full routines - two are stretching and one is strength traini... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:56:22 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. I mastered 5th grade on Khan academy! LOL The story behind that is that now that dd is working on 6th grade stuff, she told me "Mom, you should do Khan too." I do have a LD in math so I think she wants to make sure I can help her as she goes up in skills. So I sat down and did a bunch of mastery challenges on Khan and they've told me that I mastered 5th grade! I'm also 40% mastered on 6th grade. Then they wouldn't let me do any more mastery challenges so I'll have to wait until to... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:27:28 EST What Went - Monday 1. We handed in ds17's work paperwork to the grocery store. Because we homeschool I had to fill out school paperwork for the Dept. of Labor and Industries. I didn't know that schools have a say in whether teens work, as well as the parents. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd is on a math roll. She's got some learning difficulties and started out two years behind in math. On she Friday she finished up 5th grade math. Today she did a placement test and tested out of 30% of 6th grade math. So we're chug... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:07:01 EST Another Bad Day Achy but other than that the pain isn't too bad. But fatigue - the kind of fatigue that makes it hard to keep your head up. I did take a long nap after church (and a much shorter one during church). I'm still so terribly tired. And perhaps depressed. I realized that I've let the magnesium lapse. That could be part of all of this. So I'm drinking my magnesium mixture now before bed. <BR> <BR> Eating was ok today. I didn't track it though. Too tired. <BR> <BR> Even with taking a w... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 02:14:31 EST Turning a Bad Day Around Another achy day. An unmotivated day when I wanted to eat nothing but carbs. But I got in my 6000 plus step goal. And while breakfast and lunch were pretty much nothing but carbs and protein, I did have a very good salad for dinner. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:26:56 EST What Went - Friday It wasn't such a hot day today. Ds is sick with the virus I had a week ago. He feels pretty miserable. Unfortunately I'm having twinges of a sore throat again. I am so frustrated. <BR> <BR> I did not get my step goal today or even close. I am achy and tired and trying not to get sick. <BR> <BR> I binged on food. Relatively speaking. I logged everything. My calories still came out lower than my limit. But I ate a lot of carbs and I know that isn't good for me no matter what it says ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:02:18 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I replaced my bathroom scale today. I got on the scale this morning and got a very low reading. Great! But I didn't trust it. So I got on again and the reading was off by 30 pounds! I haven't really trusted the readings lately and I have changed the battery. So I got a new scale. I went to a number of places before I found one I wanted. The one I really wanted - the one that got the best rating by Good Housekeeping wasn't available at any of the places I went. But this one looks ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 01:12:30 EST New Personal Trainer This morning I met with my new personal trainer. Ironically, I didn't get my walk in because of our meeting ;) I like the trainer. I knew him to say hi to before today but this of course was a lot more personal. Basically, I feel satisfied that while he doesn't know too much about fibro, he does know a lot about muscles and about losing weight. My first assignment is to track my food and to give him a food diary when we meet next week. I'm trying to have a good attitude about this! I ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 00:25:18 EST Can We Fix it? Yes we can! It looks like dd is getting another cold. Aaaaaugh! Contagion! Get away from me! She works almost daily with small children so she's exposed to a lot of stuff. She's also been coming home a lot with cuts and bruises from children who leap on her or aren't looking where they are going. Last night it was a swollen wrist, not from a child, but from a lid that came slamming down on her when she was putting things away. She tells me that she has it all under control. ;) <BR> <BR> Ds got h... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:13:58 EST What Went - Monday This morning I drove what was supposed to be a 20 min. trip in one hour, past stalls on the freeway etc to get to the doctor's office. I had ds call ahead for me when I realized that I would't make it in time, and ask to talk to the nurse and assure her that I was coming. I got there and had the stupid receptionist tell me that I was too late and that they couldn't see me. I briefly contemplated reaching over the desk and throttling the receptionist but instead told her that I had ds call... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:12:30 EST What Went - Sunday Day 5 of my over 6000 step streak <BR> <BR> Fruits and Veggies eaten today: <BR> <BR> mikans (mandarin oranges) <BR> banana <BR> red onion <BR> mushrooms <BR> <BR> I continue to be extremely tired. I did use my CPap last night and I think that helped. I also feel really nauseated tonight and my stomach hurts. Sigh. I really really would like to have consistent good health at least for a while. <BR> <BR> I'm not looking forward to tomorrow. I get yet another shot. And we have to star... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 02:05:59 EST Finding Joy My life has been a series of routines for years. Routines have been the only thing that has allowed me to get anything done in life. Most routines have been gritted out sometimes in 2 or 3 or 5 minute increments. I never get to the end of my routines. And my routines never get to the place where they are truly maintenance because I'm always trying to dig myself out of the pit of having gotten behind year after year. It's like accumulated debt but in stratas of house maintenance and clutt... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:33:32 EST What Went - Friday Day 3 of my new over 6000 step streak <BR> <BR> I gave my name and number to the personal trainer. I'm waiting for him to call me to set up an actual time to talk and then to train. He was working with a small group when I saw him and I wanted to take less than a minute of his time to just give him my information. <BR> <BR> I was not able to get into see a nurse for my second shot in the hepatitis B series that the gastro doc wanted me to get. So I'm scheduled for Monday. This particula... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 22:22:13 EST What Went - Thursday Yup, this is my second blog. The first was my New Year's blog. This one is my check in / accountability for the day. <BR> <BR> Day 2 in my new over 6000 step streak. <BR> <BR> Fruits and veggies eaten today: <BR> <BR> cucumber <BR> seaweed <BR> carrots <BR> avocado <BR> banana <BR> tomato <BR> broccoli <BR> red onion <BR> baby corn <BR> peas <BR> <BR> Functional fitness/ household organization: <BR> <BR> Worked with the kids to clean out and reorganize the closet under the stairs off o... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:17:23 EST Akemashi te Omedetou! Literally in Japanese that means "Congratulations, it (ie. the New Year) has opened!" (I had to divide up the words funny because SP thought I was using profanity. I'm not!) <BR> <BR> I've been enjoying reading the various blogs of Sparkfriends which review the old year and or prepare for the new year. <BR> <BR> Not too much will change for me in the new year. I plan to continue to meet my 6000 step goal now that my health has improved again. I plan to continue to write down my fruit... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:53:23 EST What Went - Wednesday It's the end of the month and I have a total weight loss of 3 pounds to report. I was a bit afraid that somehow between yesterday and today that I would gain back 3 pounds, but I didn't! <BR> <BR> I'm still recovering from this virus. Each day it's a bit better. <BR> <BR> Today right after morning chores we headed off for ds17's allergy shots. The holidays are a horrible time for trying to stay on track with those. There are so many days when they are closed or only open half days and... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:34:24 EST What Went - Tuesday Today I went to eat lunch with my friend of 40 years. As usual, they had to kick us out of the restaurant when they closed. We tip well ;) In my defense, it hadn't really gotten through my thick skull until today that they actually close the restaurant between lunch and dinner. I love this friend because we never have to waste any time on small talk but hop right into meaty subjects like mental health, elder care, pot use among teens etc. I also love that she has such a servant's heart.... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:05:14 EST Trying to Pace Myself I'm actually improving somewhat on my symptoms. I need to keep doing the saline rinse that I hate so much to keep it going the right direction. I'm so tired today. But of course there are responsibilities. I'm working hard to try to get a balance between resting (and really my body is insisting on it) and getting some necessary things done. <BR> <BR> The worst thing today was that I spent three hours (yes you read that right) battling the phone company this morning over a bogus $200 char... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:05:14 EST Cold Virus I am mega miserable. I drove the kids to church because today they were doing music and dh couldn't take them home afterwards. I managed to avoid coughing so hard that I threw up (it got close there) by finding some lemon drops that someone had left in a cabinet probably a year ago. The kids did very nice music for us. I sat in the very back and wouldn't let anyone near me as I didn't want to share what I have. As soon as the first service was over, I gathered the kids and high-tailed it... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 21:55:35 EST Grumpy Christmas OK - I was sad that I didn't make the extended family Christmas party today because of illness but now I'm a bit glad because I don't feel well and am grumpy and would have lost it when: <BR> <BR> FIL not only refused to come to the family dinner but refused his gift from the entire family. (I think his personality which was always nice before is changing with Alzheimers) <BR> <BR> Crazy BIL threw out all our Christmas gifts to all the cousins that we had worked on for days. They rescue... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:38:20 EST It's Happened Again What I feared happened and the cold I got from dd last week has moved into my throat. My entire neck is swollen and so very tender. It hurts to swallow and my voice is a croak. I am so dizzy when I stand or even sit up. (Which is why I'll try to keep this short). <BR> <BR> What is worrisome is that last year's three month battle with infection started exactly like this and at Christmas time as well. I've jettisoned today's plans to sing with the teens since I couldn't do it even if ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:42:54 EST A Healthy Christmas Every family has their own Christmas traditions. I can't remember if it was before or after we were married, but fairly early on, my husband and I talked about what we liked and didn't like about Christmases growing up. And we talked about how we wanted to make Christmas meaningful for our new family. The main thing we agreed on was that we wanted the focus to be on the birth of Jesus Christ and the reason for that birth: to be the unique God-Man who came to later die on the cross for our ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:44:05 EST What Went - Wednesday Colonoscopy is done. I'm still loopy after a nap. The family thinks this is funny. Ds won't let me near the stove. The house is an absolute mess. I just ate a meal. i tried earlier and dropped the plate in my lap because I fell asleep holding it. I'm going back to sleep in a minute. <BR> <BR> Dd's ear still hurts. I can't drive in this state and dh thinks it isn't bad enough to take her to the ped's clinic that is open. He's not the one who has gotten up to take care of a sobbing ... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:59:42 EST What Went - Tuesday I'm breaking my step streak today as I prep for my Christmas Eve colonoscopy. There is no way that I can go out for walks because a) I can't be out of range of a certain room in my house and b) on a liquid diet I just don't think I'm getting enough calories to spend on exercise. I'm checking my sugars to make sure I don't go too low as it is. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:35:54 EST What Went - Monday Day 23 of getting over 6000 steps. <BR> <BR> I've lost 3 pounds since upping my exercise to 6000 steps a day. I'm very cautiously happy. One of the things you lose when you gain so much weight and have chronic pain is confidence in your ability to really make a lasting change in your health and weight. <BR> <BR> My heart sank when I started to get a sore throat a few days ago. I was really afraid that this would totally derail my progress. My next hurdle is tomorrow and the next day. ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:57:39 EST What Went - Sunday Day 22 of getting over 6000 steps. <BR> <BR> Dd is still sick. She doesn't have a fever any more but she still has a sore throat and a bad gunky cough. I felt ill too. I stayed in bed all morning, mostly reading. I did get up at noon and showered and dressed. In the afternoon I decided to go to the Y and walk on the treadmill. The plan was to walk only as much as was comfortable. I actually went faster than I was expecting to go because the faster pace was the one that felt the most n... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:12:01 EST What Went - Saturday It is 11:26 pm and I just finally got my 6000 step goal (ok I went a bit over but just by about 50 steps). Today was hard because dd is pretty sick with a fever and a very gunky chesty cough. I was struggling with a sore throat too. I've been guzzling Airborne. Tonight after the kids were in bed I was at a crossroads. I had only barely gotten 2500 steps all day. Should I just let the streak die and start again tomorrow? Should I try to get the steps in anyway? But it was dark and a bi... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:31:48 EST What Went - Friday Is it really Friday already? <BR> <BR> Today was day 20 for my 6000 step streak. <BR> <BR> Ds cooked for us tonight. Not only did he cook, but he plated our dinners for us and made them restaurant worthy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fruits and Veggies eaten today: <BR> <BR> cucumber <BR> cabbage <BR> tomatoes <BR> green onion <BR> mikan (mandarin orange) <BR> pinto beans <BR> lettuce <BR> avocado <BR> onion <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:49:05 EST What Went - Thursday I'm tired today. Part of that is because it is the end of the week. Part of it is because it is gloomy and dank around here. I'm so sick of rain, rain, rain! I'm still getting things done but it's been a gut-it-out and do it sort of a day. Fortunately having exercise and housework routines make that easier to do. <BR> <BR> Today is day #19 in the 6000 step streak. <BR> <BR> Fruits and Veggies eaten today: <BR> broccoli <BR> onion <BR> mung bean sprouts <BR> carrots <BR> snow pe... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:41:47 EST What Went - Wednesday Today was a better day than yesterday. I made an effort to calm down my own reactions to teen drama and that helped them to tone down the drama itself. <BR> <BR> Fruits and Veggies eaten today: <BR> broccoli <BR> onion <BR> mung bean sprouts <BR> carrots <BR> snow peas <BR> asparagus <BR> mushrooms <BR> cucumber <BR> cabbage <BR> tomatoes <BR> green onion <BR> avocado <BR> seaweed <BR> mikan (mandarin orange) <BR> <BR> What's really amazing is how much more functional I am. In the past tw... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:33:52 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Another morning work-out at the Y. Dd met her running partner this morning and the two of them worked out together. I'm glad that she has a friend to do that with. Ds worked on strength training as well as the exercise bike. I did my usual treadmill. <BR> <BR> 2. Morning teen angst. <BR> <BR> 3. Today was the first time in at least two months that I craved gluten filled bread products. I didn't eat any. ;) <BR> <BR> 4. After lunch we went to one of the church teen's house an... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:50:30 EST What Went - Monday Today dh was off of work. He took both kids on a 12 mile bike ride. Ds17 vows never to move again! I'm talking up how proud I am of his effort, though. He has a predilection to follow in my footsteps weight and fitness wise and I don't want to let him! Dd13 is a natural jock and took the ride in stride (I think there might be a pun in there somewhere). <BR> <BR> I felt a bit bad having them ride off into the sunset (well, afternoon sun anyway) while I stayed home. But I'm not there y... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:39:35 EST What Went - Sunday Day 15 at 6000 steps! <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day. We had church in the morning. From a spiritual health standpoint that's good. From a physical health standpoint there is a lot of sitting and a lot of junk served at the "Fellowship time". Being gluten free has it's perks though - I don't have to do the "should I" or "shouldn't I" dance with the goodies. They all have gluten so I can just say no. I did bring some cuties or mandarin oranges or mikans (depending on what you want to ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:18:49 EST What Went - Saturday Another mildly achy day. I think I'm feeling a bit depressed as well. That didn't keep me from my morning routine at the Y. Today is day 14 of my 6000 step streak. I've also been steadily working on my Motivated Moms list. Today's special thing was stripping all the beds and washing the sheets. I absolutely hate doing that in in the master bedroom. Our frame is very tight against the mattress and I almost lose a finger or two every time I try to get those sheets back on! <BR> <BR> T... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:59:30 EST What Went - Friday Today was a hard day for some reason. I was tired from a long week. I'm stressed because of all the IL drama. My husband has responded to all the stuff with his parents by not sleeping well. And then today he didn't want to take any calls from the retirement home or deal with it. I sympathize but he really can't just ignore this. So I took messages and sent them to him. I really hope they get this worked out. FIL is worried about how expensive everything is, but he's not thinking corr... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:55:08 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Day 12 of hitting 6000 steps! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> 2. Today was actually my daughter's 13th birthday but I'm glad that we celebrated it yesterday. For one thing, my husband was off of work yesterday and worked today, so we got to celebrate as a family. And for another, today was also what would have been my dad's 93rd birthday. Originally the plan had been to go now to celebrate their 93/13th birthday together but of course I'm glad that we went in the summer since he died the day a... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:00:53 EST What Went - Wednesday Ohhh! My feet are so sore! I got over 10,000 steps today. I walked on the treadmill this morning as usual. Then after eating out for my dd's 13th birthday, we walked at the mall, not long but long enough. Then I debated this a long time, but in the end I went to Zumba. Wednesdays are the only day I go right now and I wanted to keep to my routine. But my feet! <BR> <BR> Speaking of dd's birthday dinner, we went to The Olive Garden. They have a gluten free menu. The thing is, that t... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:34:16 EST What Went - Tuesday Tenth day in a row to reach my 6000 step goal. 20th day out of 28 days (I don't know why FitBit counts 28 day periods). <BR> <BR> I am doing so well. I am doing a trial of an app called Motivated Moms. It is a housekeeping to-do list. Some things (like the vacuuming I mentioned) are a stretch for me but I'm doing it. I do like that it splits some tasks like bathroom cleaning into smaller tasks that you do once a day. <BR> <BR> There is more IL drama but I'm staying out of it. Basi... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:30:08 EST