JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 What Went - Monday 1. Made my 6000 step goal! This is the 9th day of reaching it in a row. It is the 19th day out of the last 28 that I've hit my goal (though to be fair, my goal didn't increase until after the 28 day period started). <BR> <BR> 2. I vacuumed today. I don't really understand it. I can walk my 6000 steps. I can even do my Zumba for one hour (though I am sweaty then!). But vacuuming leaves me short of breath, red faced and sweating buckets. Ds17 did come out and took over for the last ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:23:33 EST What is Going - Sunday 1. I'm only halfway to my step goal of 6000 steps today. I will reach it though. I'm very goal oriented. Dd suggested that we walk at the mall tonight. I know that is really because she wants to go to the drugstore there but I might take her up on it anyway! - Coming back to say taht we all walked at the mall and I made my goal despite my left thigh cramping up a lot. Now to push the magnesium. <BR> <BR> 2. I've been tired today again. After church we had a mini decorating session... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:03:48 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Day 7 of making my goal of 6000 steps. Actually more than 6600 steps today. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd and I are making some pretty neat Christmas gifts for the extended family this year. She found the idea on Pinterest - Initialed mugs that we will fill with chocolate peanut butter balls. We got the mugs today at Goodwill. I found 7 really nice mugs that all match there for 49 cents each. I looked on the bottom and these mugs were originally sold at a very pricy boutique kitchen store around... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:10:53 EST Control What You Can Control This is my new proverb or mantra or life saying or whatever you want to call it. I feel like life is a series of holes that I try to crawl out of. I'm in the crawling out phase now but sometimes I feel overwhelmed. That's when I start to tell myself (again) to "control what you can control" because I can't do anything about the rest. <BR> <BR> 1. Today is the sixth day straight in reaching my goal of 6000 steps. And it is the 16th day out of 28 days that I've hit my goal. Over half! E... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:19:59 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I learned that people's impressions of me can vary widely and can miss the truth by a lot! Yesterday the chiropractor happened to ask how old I was. He was shocked when I told him and a startled "oh, you're that young?" slipped out. (Yes, chronic pain and mobility issues make me look a lot older.) Today I saw a neighbor at the Y and she said "you've lost a ton of weight! How much have you lost?" Um.. . . nothing. But I think that going gluten free has made me much less puffy and sw... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:16:07 EST What Went - Wednesday I might add to this later. <BR> <BR> 1. I am thankful that dh is coming home tonight. <BR> <BR> 2. I am thankful that ds17 offered to cook supper tonight - tacos. <BR> <BR> 3. I am thankful that ds is going in for a sleep study tonight. <BR> <BR> 4. I am thankful that we went to the chiropractor today. My neck was especially out of alignment. <BR> <BR> 5. I am thankful that we got school done even though there was some frustration. My new mantra "control what you can control" ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 19:32:28 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. I'm having a bit of a struggle tonight. Nothing really has gone wrong or anything. I'm just looking around at everything and am feeling like it is all too much. But. . . once I stop writing, I'll get back into the kitchen and will finish cleaning it. That's always my go-to spot for where to start. I was working in there but as I was cleaning I knocked over my electric griddle and there are still bits and pieces that broke off and need to be swept up. It's still usable but very bange... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:29:58 EST What Went - Monday 1. I'm thankful that we can be flexible. Ds had to do laundry this morning so we put off going to the Y until afternoon. But we followed through. I got my 6000 steps in today again. <BR> <BR> 2. I am thankful that ds17 is following through on some of his goals. He really wants a job - any job at this point. He's interviewing for a job tomorrow at a local restaurant. He found out what he needed to do to get his county food worker's permit, studied and passed the test with 100%. He al... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 21:21:08 EST What Went - Sunday 1. I am thankful that I am finally warm! We are in an abnormally cold spell and last night and this morning all the furnace was blowing out was cold air. Brrrr! We were gone for Thanksgiving yesterday and didn't get home until after the furnace usually goes to bed, so I didn't notice anything was wrong. When I woke up in the morning there were practically icicles on my nose! OK - not really but I was very cold. At first I thought the problem was our air conditioner that is not air-tig... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:03:05 EST What Went - Saturday We celebrated Thanksgiving today. It was a long day. Good food. Good people (even my BIL behaved himself this year). We all went over and made a huge dent in cleaning out the ILs house. I got the ILs back safely to their retirement home where they seem to be settling in more and more every day. <BR> <BR> Despite the long day with a lot of work, I didn't get all my steps in today. I only got 3562 out of 6000 steps. <BR> <BR> Fruits and veggies I ate today: <BR> celery <BR> mini cucum... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 02:48:04 EST What Went - Friday 1. I'm thankful that the phone guy finally showed up and that he fixed our phone and internet problem. (It isn't quite good enough for ds17 but he's a bit of a geek about such things.) <BR> <BR> 2. I'm thankful that we got some decluttering done in the living room. There is still a lot more to do but there was a dent made in the process. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm thankful that I persevered despite feeling rather discouraged about life (specifically my health and weight). It was an achy day. <B... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:39:13 EST What is Going - Thursday HAPPY THANKSGIVING! <BR> <BR> 1. I am thankful the Y was open this morning. They are closed now - they closed at 11 am - but we got in our normal workout. <BR> <BR> 2. I am thankful that I was able to increase my walking speed to 1.8. I started out at 1.5 a month or so ago, increased it to 1.6 and then today I was going to increase it to 1.7. But there was a very annoying whine and shake in the motor at 1.7 so I increased it to 1.8 instead. I was able to do most of my workout at that ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:43:46 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. 9027 steps today! Today was Zumba day. Wed. night alternates between two instructors. The instructor last week is my friend and favorite instructor. But. . . she's my age and I noticed that she is slowing down. Tonight's instructor is a 20 or 30 something and man, did she have energy! I was dripping with sweat this week and even then I was modifying a lot. A friend was telling me that a lot of people had left Zumba last year because the really good instructors had left and we had ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:59:12 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Today is the 7th day that I've gotten more than 6000 steps! I am as awesome as a possum! (At this point my kids always point out that possums aren't that awesome. . . . Whatever!) <BR> <BR> 2. I got up too early for my abdominal ultrasound. I got the results by computer but still have to go over them with the G-I doctor tomorrow. What I understand from the computer message is that I do have some liver cysts as I was told previously. I don't know what that really means. I also ha... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:59:07 EST What Went - Monday 1. I walked over 6000 steps again today. I love it when I get that "hooray" on my FitBit dashboard. This is 6 days in a row. <BR> <BR> 2. I decluttered the shoe box (dd has outgrown a bunch of shoes) and vacuumed the landing and stairs. That did me in. I did that before lunch and I am still in pain now at about bedtime. <BR> <BR> 3. Dh was home from work today - a very rare 3 day weekend. He'll be working on Thanksgiving and the weekend though. After school he and ds did some wiri... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:20 EST What Went - Sunday 1. I had a bad night last night with cramping in my muscles. I had been doing so well without pain that I had slacked off on my nightly magnesium. That was a mistake. I've been drinking a lot of magnesium today which is hard on the tummy but has helped my muscles to release. <BR> <BR> 2, We had church this morning. I had a good time with the teens. I took a hard-boiled egg along with me for the "fellowship time" aka time that people eat pie and cake and other goodies. I also packed... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:25:28 EST What Went - Saturday 1. I walked over 6000 steps today. I've been so glad that I've been able to walk more lately. My knees are a bit sore from the walking but it is minor. <BR> <BR> 2. I vacuumed the hallway today. Vacuuming is my nemesis when it comes to functional fitness, so this actually was a big deal for me. What is nice is that I'm still functional afterwards. I also did 4 loads of laundry from washing all the way to putting it away. <BR> <BR> 3. My FIL is starting to get accustomed to the... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:28:07 EST What Went - Friday 1. Rain and traffic and congestion, today! The medical parking garage was so full that a number of us drove around the entire thing and found nothing. Fortunately when I was coming out of the garage wondering where I was going to find parking, an attendant had just come running up and he let me (and others) park in the staff parking. I wonder why everyone needed to go to the doctor today? <BR> <BR> 2. The receptionist was snippy with me because late to the appointment and I was a bit sn... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:31:54 EST What is Going - Thursday 1. I slept fairly well despite getting dh to give me my allergy shots right before bed. I woke up around 3 am to go to the bathroom and had a bit of a hard time getting back to sleep because my arm hurt and was itchy but I did get to sleep and then slept until morning. <BR> <BR> 2. I'm not too achy this morning. A little bit achy but a little bit achy is my norm so I don't see any bad effects from doing Zumba. <BR> <BR> 3. I am staring at my birthday fudge cupcakes. My dh was a sweeth... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:58:36 EST The Gift of Zumba I gave myself the birthday gift of going to Zumba tonight. It was the first time I've gone in a year. Bad pain, my dad's death, car accident and botched treatment that led to even worse pain, the whole IL elder care thing. . . all of those conspired to keep me away from my beloved Zumba. I had such a wonderful time! It was my favorite teacher. I saw some nice friends who were very welcoming. I was able to dance really well. I don't know if I will be able to move tomorrow, but tonight w... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:30:06 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. This morning I had fasting lab work done - I got a very good phlebotomist this time! I didn't have to walk her through the process of getting blood out of a turnip. <BR> <BR> 2. I came home to find dd Skyping friends in Kuwait. They met at summer camp. I am so amazed by technology even though most of what we have has been around awhile. <BR> <BR> 3. Ds is sick with some kind of a virus. I wonder if I have a virus too but since the flu achiness and my everyday achiness feel exactl... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:02:54 EST What is Going - Monday 1. I am achy, achy, achy today. I'm fairly sure I got into some gluten yesterday. The sweet potato fries were obviously coated in something and while the manager assured me that it wasn't wheat, some people think that "wheat" only means whole wheat and doesn't include things like flour. I didn't make a big deal out of it but after I ate a couple, I gave them to my husband. I can't find anything online to tell me for sure what the ingredients are in Kidd Valley sweet potato fries. I'm al... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:45:42 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Church was good. The teens and I are discussing what they want to do for a Christmas program. <BR> <BR> 2. We ate out at Kidd Valley. I had a burger with no bun. <BR> <BR> 3. We went to see Big Hero 6. It was great! It was also great to hear my husband laughing out loud. <BR> <BR> 4. I have had a bad headache and a bit of an upset tummy since the movie. I don't know if it was the food or what. <BR> <BR> 5. Dd and my husband went to see my ILs at the retirement home. I he... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:56:19 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Another night of good sleep. Yes! <BR> <BR> 2. Today was the second day in a row that I have felt good. (Since my normal good streaks are often only two days I'm not necessarily expecting this to continue but I'm very happy with it and will be ecstatic if it does go longer.) Dh, as usual, asked me "what have you done differently?" Nothing. <BR> <BR> 3. I have gotten some very good work done today on garbage. Yes, garbage. I took out all the household garbage, washed some garba... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:38:29 EST What Went - Friday 1. I slept much better last night. Yay! <BR> <BR> 2. My back and legs have been in so much less pain and have not been cramping since doing The Core Program. <BR> <BR> 3. Blood sugars are still high and I'm not sure why. I have a doctor's appt. coming up next week. <BR> <BR> 4. The ILs had their doctor appointments today. I don't know all the details but the broad strokes are that they are staying in the retirement home for now. I'm hoping that each week and hopefully month they ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:39:07 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I've been having insomnia during the night - probably because of all the drama with the ILs - at least that is what I end up thinking about. <BR> <BR> 2. Friday is their doctor's appointment. My hope is that the doctor will back up dh and his sister and will convince his parents to stay at the retirement facility. I'm afraid that might not happen though. <BR> <BR> 3. We exercised at the Y again. <BR> <BR> 4. My fasting bloodsugars are still really high - due to stress and insomnia... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 02:30:49 EST What is Going - Wednesday 1. Yesterday's drama started just after 9 am when FIL called to tell me that "we don't want to live here anymore. Please take us back to our house." I'm going to cut the story short to say that they've been convinced to stay until Friday when they go to the doctor. The doctor very very much wants them there and we are going to enlist his help in keeping them where they can be safe and healthy. <BR> <BR> 2. I've been taking a new supplement - Meditropin which is supposed to help your e... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:18:29 EST Blood sugar day I've been so busy with the ILs that I haven't been checking my own blood sugar levels (though ironically I was checking MIL's) and have been eating out a lot. This morning's fasting level was higher than it has ever been. So time to check religiously and get back to healthier eating. Though - I must say, I've been staying on a gluten free diet even when eating out so it isn't like I've been binging on carbs. Well, ok, fries are gluten free so maybe some binging. . . . which brings me b... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:36:50 EST What Went - Monday Got to the ILs. MIL was dressed - in the clothes that she's worn for five days straight. FIL was in his jammies. We loaded the car with "a few things" - aka enough to totally fill the back of my Rav 4 plus the trunk of dh's Corolla. SIL called me and told me to make MIL change clothes since she refused to change for her. Only problem was, SIL had packed and taken all of MIL's clothes yesterday. . . I did manage to find one t-shirt that would fit her and talked her into changing it. ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:05:10 EST What Went - Sunday God is gracious. I have not gotten sick despite feeling on my very last leg. Yesterday my lymph nodes were all swollen too. But I was able to go to church and to function today. <BR> <BR> I was able to do my IL duty by phone today. I was coordinating the ILs move by phone. Fortunately I hadn't left for church yet because the movers went to retirement home instead of their home, first. Once that was sorted out things went pretty smoothly. SIL, BIL, and their two grown children worked w... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 22:31:11 EST What Will Go - Saturday I'm on the cusp of getting very very sick. I know this feeling. I've been here before. It is due to sheer exhaustion. I have to get through today - at least through to about 2 pm. <BR> <BR> I have to drop the kids off at two activities, drive up to the ILs to work some more on their move (it happens tomorrow!) and then drive back down to pick up the kids. I'm very much hoping that I will not then have to drive back up to the ILs. <BR> <BR> Then my plan is to collapse. I don't want t... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:37:23 EST What Went - Friday Three more days. <BR> <BR> I am sooooo tired. And achy. But that's because I'm tired. <BR> <BR> I went to the ILs again - my daily job lately. I was pretty stressed at first, because I hadn't pinned down a time for the moving company to come. I was a super squeaky wheel with the retirement home and finally someone called me back. It took them less than a minute to give me the information I needed but I could not finalize the moving plans with teh moving company until I had that info.... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 20:52:49 EST What Went - Thursday Dh had the day off of work today. That meant that he could work all day on IL stuff but he was home for breakfast! <BR> <BR> Dd and I went over to the ILs and I "cooked" them lunch using the microwave. She complained a bit, but I coaxed MIL to the table. I shamelessly used dd to help me get MIL to eat. I had to laugh when after eating about 1/8 a cup of food she said that she was truly done. But when I tried to remove her plate, she told me "I'm still eating that!" I'd say I got 1/4... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:56:00 EST What is Going - Wednesday I didn't have to go into the in-law's today! Woo hoo! I'm very glad because I had a very difficult time getting out of bed this morning. Also I'm doing laundry like a madwoman because I am so far behind. <BR> <BR> My husband went over to his parent's house last night after work and stayed the night. Then he worked on the last of the paperwork. I had thought that it was ready to hand in but apparently I'm not as good at dotting every I and crossing every T. Plus. . . quite honestly, I... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:49:56 EST What is Going - Tuesday Ugh! We've hired home health aides to come for 8 hours a day to help MIL and FIL with their needs. The bad news is that in the week we've had them we've had only two good caregivers - one was a temp. and is not available to come again because she's now on vacation and the other one can only come twice a week. The others have been not horrible or abusive but . . . . needing a lot of direction that MIL with dementia and FIL with Alzheimers cannot give. So. . . I have driven 40 min. every si... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:48:53 EST What Will Go - Tuesday One more week. . . one more week. . . one more week. . . . <BR> <BR> FIL called again this morning to ask "Do we have to have the caregiver?" My answer. "Yes". His reply "ok". I'm going over there in a few minutes - well, starting for there in a few minutes. It takes 40 min. to get there and I plan to stop to get them some adobo so it will take longer. This is a new caregiver again so I hope they will be ok until I get there. <BR> <BR> I mentioned to dh that I thought gluten/wheat ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 12:46:01 EST What Went - Monday One more week and the ILs move into their very nice new apartment! Yes, I'm happy because it will take a huge load off of us but I'm mostly happy because this will be a nice safe move for them. Today was the cognitive assessment. The RN agreed that the Transitions floor for those with more minor to moderate impairment is best. I'm so glad because the actual Memory Care was nice physically but had no social interaction between residents because they were so impaired. That would not have b... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:42:24 EST