JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's our Plan B, But God's Plan A Today is our first full day of Bible camp. I've nicknamed this year's camp "Camp Plan B". Every year we have to be flexible during camp week but this year seems especially so. Our lead guitarist dislocated his shoulder on the way to camp. He had it "fixed" and came anyway. We didn't have enough counselors for the girls after we had some "day of camp cancellations of staff". I was planning to stay with my co-teacher but my co-teacher became the teen girl's counselor, I got a new co-teach... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:12:00 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Another very busy day. Everything is printed out. I have supplies for activities and games. Sleeping bags and towels are already packed in the car. Other expensive items are waiting by the door to be packed tomorrow morning. I've been to the bank and the pharmacy. All laundry was done prior to packing. Phew! <BR> <BR> 2. but despite all that busyness my Fitbit only says 2024 steps. How did that happen? Oh well, I''m too tired to try and get 3000 more steps. <BR> <BR> 3. My da... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:01:57 EST What Went - Friday 1. I survived the day. Well, technically the day isn't done yet but I'm saying that on faith. It was a super busy day today. In the morning I went to the chiropractor and gassed up the car while ds17 volunteered at the library and dd12 baked an order of chocolate chip cookies for a customer. Then after lunch at McDonald's (yeah, I know), I dropped dd off at a friend's house then took ds to get his allergy shots. Then we went shopping for camp stuff. I didn't know that chocolate coins ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:46:35 EST What Went - Thursday 1. My kids were thrilled to find 'play with Legos' on our to-do list today. We made a 6 foot racing track for Lego cars that we will use at Bible camp. Tomorrow we will need to dismantle it very carefully and figure out how to transport it in pieces. 3 cars didn't work with the track so we went out and bought new sets that will work. <BR> <BR> 2. One other activity we were going to do at camp didn't work out when we tried to execute it. That's why we do all these things now ahead of ti... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:16:15 EST Hyperfocusing There is too much to do. So much so that I feel a bit out of control whenever I think about it. So I'm choosing to mono-task, aka hyperfocus on one thing only. Of course you still need to eat, sleep, run the dishwasher, but for the most part, I'm focusing on the main thing. <BR> <BR> This week that is getting ready for Bible camp. I've now written all nine lessons and have sent them off to my co-teacher. Today I need to read all 9 of those lessons as a whole, check them for continuity... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:16:47 EST Difference between There and Here I lost 5 pounds while I was out of town for my dad's death and funeral. I did not stop eating out of grief. So I'm comparing food choices/ exercise between there and back home to figure out what I did right. <BR> <BR> Medications: <BR> Took all my meds with me. I mostly kept up with my Metformin but forgot some days. I had my glucometer with me but did not test my sugar once while I was there. I ran out of gabapentin while there and did not renew it until I came home so I didn't take ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:59:49 EST Tired I'm too tired. Some of it is jet lag. Some of it is working through some stuff that got stirred up by my dad's death. <BR> <BR> I really really need to finish my Bible camp lessons. I've written 5 out of 9 lessons. I was supposed to write lessons 6 and 7 today. I wrote half of 6. And I'm tired. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:33:35 EST A Look Back My dad was a complicated man. He was raised in an abusive family that he never talked about. He left home at age 16 and never looked back. He was a difficult person in many ways. And yet my dad found and was changed by Jesus profoundly. <BR> <BR> He came to know the Lord when he was 15 years old. He had a call to overseas ministry not too long afterward and took the time to get the education and training he needed. He was very intelligent and yet had no support for education from his... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:09:39 EST Home I am very happy to be home again. I am so tired. I did get 7606 steps today from all the walking in airports. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:45:25 EST Heaven My dad passed away at 8 pm tonight. Dad stopped breathing for a few minutes, my sister called all of us to tell us that he had passed away, called a nurse to call time of death and then suddenly Dad started to breathe again. As strange as it sounds, God worked that out for the best because it allowed the rest of us to bring mom back to say a final good-bye before he stopped breathing for a final time. My son, my two sisters, my mom and I were all with Dad when he died. My husband and daug... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:42:09 EST Monday Just a few short notes here. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving in a few short hours to go see my family. My dad is still alive at this moment. We don't know how long he will hang on - he could surprise us or not. But we know his fate is in God's hands who knows the best time to bring him home. <BR> <BR> I may or may not be checking in here. It may be a nice distraction or it may be a distraction that I don't need. We'll see how it goes. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:31:22 EST My Dad Just got a call from my mom. My 92 year old dad was found unconscious this morning. He's got a bad UTI. His heart has stopped twice now today. He has a do not resuscitate order. We're scheduled to go see them next week. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:34:05 EST What Went - Thursday Another busy day, but isn't it always with kids? <BR> <BR> First, I drove into the big city before 7 am for adrenal and liver testing that had to be completed before 8 am. At least the adrenal had to be done that early and it's not like I was going to go in later for the liver test. I got to talk another phlebotomist through how to get blood from a turnip. After a couple of tries he was successful. Honestly, don't they teach these guys how to do a hot pack any more? <BR> <BR> Ds17 impul... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:20:18 EST What Went - Wednesday I rediscovered why I had such a good pain day yesterday. Or at least I have a theory. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat today and that reminded me that right before I get even a minor illness I have a good day when I suspect that my immune system has kicked in full force. Then it fails and I get sick and go right back to my normal pain and fatigue. I hadn't remembered because it's been months and months since that's happened. <BR> <BR> My daughter survived her babysitting. She was s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:07:50 EST What Went - Tuesday Today was day 2 of my 12 year old's babysitting adventure. She was so much calmer today and so were the children. I took her to the house and got her settled but left shortly after the mom did. She was there for about six hours before she called me. The kids wanted to go to the park and I did not want my daughter attempting that on her own. We're only a minute away by car so I buzzed on over there and walked with them to the park. My daughter was whispering to me that she couldn't wait ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:27:50 EST What Went - Monday I only got 3 hours of sleep last night because my 12 year old daughter was up crying in the night scared of her big babysitting gig that started this morning. Once I got her settled the second time around 1:30 am, I was too wound up to sleep. I got up at 6:30 and took dd to babysitting at 7:15. I was a mousie in the corner and worked on my next Bible camp lesson while dd took care of the kids. The little boy was literally bouncing off the walls (not figuratively!). I'm glad I was there... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:35:45 EST What Went - Sunday 1. I made it to church. I wrestled with getting dressed this morning. I tried to get my pantyhose on this morning (yes, I'm an old fogie who still wears it - partly because my legs look pretty bad due to edema and other issues) but I could not put them on. My daughter tried to help me but by the time we got them on, I realized that there was a humongous hole in them! So I ended up going bare legged but I absolutely cannot wear my leather church shoes without anything on my feet. I tried... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:29:59 EST What Went- Saturday 1. Today was a fatigue and pain day. I sort of expected that to happen after getting so tired yesterday. But it's never fun to have that sort of prediction come through. <BR> <BR> 2. Today was also Reptile Rally at Petco. I took my 12 year old to it. The website said that there would be someone there showing their reptiles as well as some games etc. for the kids. There was. . . . nothing. So I asked an employee if they were having the event. He called the manager and she came o... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:52:09 EST What Went - Friday 1. I got all the medical bills paid. This was a torturous activity that went on for hours. I have a lot of bills that are monster bills that include up to 15 different procedures and visits, all with their own insurance EOBs to match up. I suppose it would be faster if I didn't do all that but I've found more than one mistake so I meticulously go through all of them and keep records. The good news is that I happened to have the money to pay them. The bad news is that the money was actua... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:32 EST What Went Well - Thursday 1. I had my fasting labs - an A1C and cholesterol. We'll see if they've changed any from the last time I had them done pre-medication. <BR> <BR> 2. My daughter and I went out afterward for breakfast at IHOP. I had pancakes along with my eggs and bacon which are NOT on my diabetic breakfast plan. So maybe this is not a "what went well" item but from my tummy's perspective they went down very well indeed. I did not eat all the pancakes - just about one. <BR> <BR> 3. The cat's bathroom ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:51:56 EST Revamping I'm going to try just cooked vegetables instead of raw. There are some good frozen vegetable mixes out there that I can easily prepare for lunch. Today I had one with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots in a cheese sauce. I don't normally ever put cheese on my vegetables but if the vegetables are my only lunch then I figure the cheese as protein isn't bad. <BR> <BR> I put a call into the doctor asking about labs before my doctor's appointment on Monday and they want me to do some fasting la... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:58:14 EST Tuesday I think I'm going to have to do something about my diet. Daily diarrhea is taking its toll. I think that it is exacerbated by salads and other raw foods. This has been going on for over a month. (And yes, I'm going to the doctor on Monday.) <BR> <BR> I went to see a friend at IKEA today. It was a cool way to get our exercise while pretending that we were in nice clean rooms! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:17:59 EST Not Sure Sunday, I slept pretty much all day. I only threw up the one time on Saturday so I don't know if that was a hypoglycemic reaction that wore me out or if it was a virus. <BR> Today (Monday) I was functional. I was able to exercise and did a lot around the house. I had a doctor's appointment with the ENT and he confirmed what I suspected - I have a small sinus infection going. We're going to try and tackle it without antibiotics at first. But we are going to tackle it. I added in a small ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:30:12 EST Earth to Me Went to see Earth to Echo. Really liked it but got violently ill during the movie. Tried to hide it by sneaking out and getting food (thought it was due to low bloodsugar) and was partly successful because I managed to stay for the movie and didn't ruin my family's day out. Got even more violently ill in the car on the way home. Thankfully dh was there to drive. I am very wiped and my sugar appears to be out of control. The family has gone out to eat but I can't manage to get out of bed... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:25:05 EST Good, Better, Best - Dinner Dinner is a family event. I try to cook meals that appeal to all of us and meet all of our needs and dietary restrictions. Sometimes my kids will cook too. I've taught my kids to look for recipes with lower sugar content and to include vegetables. <BR> <BR> I made dinner on Monday - chicken, carrots and apples in a teriyaki sauce. I served brown rice with it for the family but skipped the rice for myself. <BR> <BR> My 12 year old made dinner on Tuesday - shrimp scampi with a Caesar side... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:25:24 EST Good, Better, Best - Lunch When I'm lazy my go-to lunch is some kind of leftover grabbed from the fridge. They weren't bad leftover's - usually some kind of meat/veggie stir fry that I would have with some brown rice. But for me and my diabetes the brown rice would tip me over into bad bloodsugar territory. So what was a "good" lunch was also a "bad" lunch - for me! <BR> <BR> Now that I'm trying to be more proactive, my go-to lunch is a salad with protein. This is usually a bed of mixed greens (I like the 50/50 mi... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:43:17 EST Good, Better, Best - Breakfast Pre low(er) carb, my go-to breakfast was one Eggo waffle or one Ezekiel English Muffin spread with peanut butter and two eggs. Not horrible like if I was eating a box of Krispy Kremes (love those!) but not maybe the best. I would rate it as a "good" breakfast. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm trying to focus (again) on getting my diabetes under control my breakfast is two eggs and a piece of fruit. "Better". <BR> <BR> Is it the best breakfast out there? Probably not. I'm sure if I whipped up som... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:31:18 EST Grumpy Virtuous Day 2 I ate low carb again today. The food is all food that I like. It is all healthy. It isn't extreme low carb in that I eat fruits and vegetables. I even get my 2 squares of organic dark chocolate at lunch time. But I'm grumpy. It isn't the kind of grumpy you get from not eating enough. It is the kind of grumpy you get when you need an attitude adjustment! I'm not sure why I'm being such a baby about this. Oh well. As I tell my kids, "You can make a fuss, but you still need to do it!" ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:24:38 EST Day 1 of Low Carb Done It wasn't bad. I actually didn't eat much differently than normal. I just cut out the breads and rice. But I still want a waffle. <BR> <BR> Late in the day - a few hours after dinner - I started to feel pretty nauseated. I thought that my sugar must be low but was shocked to get a reading of 153 when I tested. Then I realized that I had forgotten to take my Metformin. So just eating low carb (for admittedly only one day!) wasn't enough to keep my sugars in check. So as much as it kill... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:10:06 EST Getting the Diabetes Under Control Could you please pray that I can get my diabetes under control? I know what I need to do in terms of diet. It is really hard though when you feel terrible and are in pain, to eat 'right' because eating 'right' requires more effort. Plus, high carb things taste nice and comforting. But I have to put all that aside and just do it. <BR> <BR> So - today I'm monitoring my sugars. And it's low-carb today. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:52:48 EST Taking Stock I went shopping today. It actually was for the kids but while I was there I tried on a couple of pairs of pants. How depressing. That woman in the mirror is not me. Honestly, that was enough to make me want to spiral into depression because I cannot do any drastic thing to change my weight and feel rather helpless with the tiny baby steps I'm making in my life. <BR> <BR> But I've been telling my kids that life is about problem solving. We can't waste a lot of time feeling bad about th... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 23:13:49 EST Family Fun Day We went to the science center today. It cost only about ten dollars more to get the year family membership than to just get our tickets for the day so we got the membership. I think my kids would really benefit from going often but I have to take them there - which basically is an all-day affair since we have to drive 40 minutes to just get there, plus pay for parking. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad that my husband was able to come with us. This was the main thing our 17 year old asked for his ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 19:45:19 EST Exhausted I don't know why but I have been so terribly tired today. I slept well last night so that isn't it. My CPap is in great working order so that isn't it. I'm on the meds my sleep specialist prescribed so that isn't it. I've had three naps today. And I've only taken 895 steps today. Which is way under my 5000 step goal. But I have nothing in the tank to push with. So I'm not going to. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:05:34 EST The Plan Today I had my next to my last physical therapy appointment. I had noticed that my therapist had seemed a bit hesitant about more therapy so I came out and asked her if she thought I should continue or not. Her feeling was that I am now working on gaining stamina and endurance and that only time and practice would help there, not more therapy sessions. <BR> <BR> I have two ways that I gauge my progress in stamina - my daily step count and the timer game. I'm at 5000 steps a day now and ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:24:47 EST Feeling the Heat Heat and I are not friends. Today my feet were so swollen that my 17 year old son had to put my socks and shoes on. "Your socks are too small, Mom". "No, son. My feet are too swollen." I am hurting from head to toe. <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to have a pity party so here is "what went well". <BR> <BR> 1. I thought that the chicken pot pie turnovers actually came out pretty well last night. They looked a lot better when cooked than before they were cooked! I thought it tasted good too.... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:11:28 EST Tied up in Knots I'm working my way up my body with stretches to try and get my body pain free. My entire body has been tied up in knots for years so this has not been a quick process. I've been working now with a physical therapist for five months now. My legs and lower back have gotten much better. They are still tight but at least now they aren't so tight that they are pulling my knee and hip out alignment. Now I'm working on my neck, shoulders and arms. I'm realizing that as I get tired my shoulders... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:59:16 EST The Timer Game I have difficulty getting through my responsibilities during the day. I have chronic pain and doing the simplest chores are. . . well, a chore. So I have developed the timer game. In the timer game you put on the timer for 15 minutes. So I go work in the kitchen for 15 minutes until the timer goes off. Then I get to sit down with a book or the computer for 15 minutes. Then I go work on laundry (or the kitchen again if I wasn't done) for 15 minutes etc. Occasionally I will find 15 minu... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:09:31 EST Friday and Saturday I was approved for two more PT sessions by the insurance company. They are approving smaller and smaller increments but they are still seeing it as medically necessary. I am trying to loosen up my neck and shoulders and my left ankle. <BR> <BR> Today my 12 year old daughter and my husband were signed up to run a 5k. At the last moment my 17 year old son decided to run too. My husband was a bit skeptical about it since our son has done no running recently and has been having asthma from... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:54:23 EST Twenty One Years Today is our twenty-first wedding anniversary. I had actually forgotten until my daughter reminded me. I'm lucky that I decided to actually make a nice chicken dinner for my husband today! I've been watching "Ten Dollar Dinners" on the Food Network on the t.v they have attached to the treadmill at the Y. I saw the episode with this chicken dinner a couple of days ago and it inspired me. <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:37:05 EST 17 And Still My Baby Today was my son's 17th birthday. He keeps growing up! He's growing into a fine young man. (When he isn't suddenly regressing!) <BR> <BR> My left foot has been giving me stabbing pain in my toes. Both feet are constantly swollen but I don't think that is why. It's been keeping me from sleeping at night. Tonight I soaked my feet in epsom salts with a touch of tea tree oil. I also tried to gently stretch it out. It is throbbing at the moment. I got out my prescription anti-inflammator... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:14:04 EST Directing Traffic I walked on the treadmill at the Y for 30 minutes right after breakfast. Then I came home and organized tidying activities so the guys cleaning the airducts can get to the airducts. Exhaustion struck and I had to sit and direct "traffic" for my 12 year old daughter who would stop working every single time I stopped watching. I finally gave up after she started to get back at me by "misunderstanding" everything I told her to do. That said, we did get a lot done. My 16 year old son and hus... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:54:06 EST New Experiences My daughter asked me today to take her down to the little swimming beach we had checked out yesterday. Today she wanted to check it out from the water. She said it was so cold that she couldn't get her breath when she ducked her head under water. I had taken a book and was going to just read on the beach while she swam since it is a lifeguarded beach. In fact, there were 3 lifeguards for just three people swimming in the small swimming area. But, the lifeguards (teen boys) were so busy t... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:29:48 EST Sunday I didn't sleep well again last night and I figured out that I need to replace some things on my CPap. So this morning before church I went to my supply company's website and put in an order. <BR> <BR> Church was pretty good. I teach the kids during Junior church. My son keeps inviting his gamer friends to join us via Skype. I had two new people join us today. One was in Holland! And the other was somewhere in the SW US. They listened and had good questions and good contributions to... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:31:09 EST Saturday Highlights 1. While I was out at my daughter's 5k training I saw a wren hopping along. I knew it was a wren because of how their tail tilts up instead of down. <BR> <BR> 2. At the same park during the 5k training I got a bit of a kick out of one little boy. His mom is the coach for the kids and is very athletic. So is his bigger brother. This little boy though hates to run! He was moseying along way after the rest of the group had gone ahead. He was having a grand time picking up sticks and r... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:55:48 EST Mountain Beaver! So Rocky and I were out on our evening walk and took our normal turn into the woods. We were clomping along noisily, turned a corner and there was this animal about the size of a very large guinea pig sitting about 5 feet from us busily nibbling on a blackberry vine. I had a good hold of Rocky who was quivering with delight at the sight of a late dinner sitting so close. We sat and watched him for a good minute or two. I was a bit surprised that this animal would have stayed since I figure... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:00:57 EST I'm Here - Stomping ANTs I haven't left Sparkpeople. I still log on every day. I haven't done my daily blog for a whole week though. The main reason is that I haven't had energy to say anything and I don't want to whine. For some reason upping my steps from 4500 steps a day to 5000 has left me with very little energy to do anything else. I'm keeping up my step count because I think I need the steps but even my husband asked me last night if I shouldn't cut back down since I'm so wiped out. I'll discuss it with ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:54:40 EST Thurday's Hodge-Podge I'm still bone tired but I'm trying to rest as I can. With two busy teens that is easier said that done sometimes. I have been too tired to watch t.v. the last couple of nights. I'm hoping that might help me sleep better anyway. I did get 8 hours of sleep last night - not continuously but close enough. <BR> <BR> Today we got to the Y for our exercise in the morning. Going to the Y to walk on the treadmill has made it possible to then get my 5000 (or more) steps by the end of the night e... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:19:35 EST Too Tired Part 2 I only got 5 and a half hours of sleep last night. I wanted more! But as it just so happened, my husband had a low blood sugar episode at 5:30 in the morning and I could not get back to sleep even though he went back to sleep just fine. No one's fault of course, but not what I needed when I was already so tired. <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day. My son was doing a five hour First Aid/CPR certification and needed to be driven into the big city. Because traffic is so terribly bad (4th worst... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:32:46 EST Too Tired I'm trying to keep it going but it isn't working. Today we had errands. It took me 2 hours just to get the vehicle license tabs because they kept sending me from one office to another. I was so tired after all that. We did get the basics done but nothing else. I did not walk today other than the walking I did for errands. I did not make my step goal. I did nap some in the afternoon but I have such burning pain when I sleep that it isn't exactly refreshing. My son has a class all after... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:09:58 EST Maniacal Monday Today was the first day on our Saturday schedule. Exercise at the Y went well. Then somehow work that should have only taken 15 minutes took an hour and I didn't have time to get my husband's stuff together for work and so he was stressed and aaaaaugh! We totally ditched one plan and I've put off some others to another day. And now I am not only exhausted but have a sore throat. And I have nothing planned for dinner and no energy to think of something healthy. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:58:24 EST