JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Summer Schedule Tomorrow the kids and I start our summer schedule. We're going to start with exercise at the Y for 30 minutes every morning after breakfast. Then we will put in an hour of "summer school" to keep skills sharp. We also have some organizing and landscaping goals for the summer. I've built some down time in there too. Honestly, the downtime is more for me than the kids - I just have such limited stamina. But if I overschedule then my whole world is going to come tumbling down. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 01:12:26 EST My Insurance Company Rocks! My insurance company has approved PT for me through the end of July. Then I will have used up my year's allowance. Everyone I talk to, including my PT, is amazed that they've allowed me to have five straight months of physical therapy, all doled out in 6 visit chunks! It really does help even though I still get flares and am in one now. I go to PT in about twenty minutes and I'm happy to do so. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 14:32:26 EST Life Called on Account of Stress My husband decided to eat out and then go in early to work. Smart man! (And his ducking out early actually relieved some stress for me because then I didn't have to run around like a chicken without it's head trying to get dinner ready and a packed "lunch" before he had to go out the door!) <BR> <BR> We had a half day of school today. Then we had a family meeting and the kids and I cleaned the house. I bribed the kids with the promise of a trip to the frozen yogurt place. We got a lot... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:19:29 EST Dd's 5K This blog is a bit late since she actually ran the 5K a couple of weeks ago. But life is so busy that I'm only getting around to to blogging about it now. This was the second 5k that I've watched and it was interesting to me to see what things were the same and what things were different. For one thing, this one was a lot bigger so there were a lot more booths and freebies for the runners set up around the finish line. <BR> <BR> My involvement was to drive my 12 year old to the park, he... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:32:36 EST Random Acts of Friday Life has been a combination of too busy and the same-old, same-old. <BR> <BR> The same-old is that I have routines that I do every single day. Every day I take my Metformin. How much I test my bloodsugar varies - I've cut down considerably now that I basically know what the numbers will be with certain meals. I get in my steps (4500 steps a day currently) every single day. I think we'll keep it at this level for one more week. I've been hard pressed on a few days to get those numbers ... Fri, 30 May 2014 21:45:44 EST Busy, Busy, Busy Every day I try to make good decisions. Some days I do better than others. This is directly proportional to how busy I am. And it sure has been busy around here! <BR> <BR> It has been pretty much a non-stop month. These are not things I can put off. They are things like allergy shots for my son and government or college required testing. This week we have allergy shots 2x, a doctor's appointment, required achievement testing, SAT test prep for next week's SATs, my physical therapy and ... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:13:32 EST Defy Your Limitations? One of today's motivational quotes said "Know your limitations and then defy them". Nope. Not going to do that. I've been working long and hard at learning to stay within my limits. Sure, I"m hoping that my limitations will grow less as I improve in my strength and stamina. But with the help of my physical therapist I'm learning to stop when my body FIRST tells me to stop. And I'm learning to only progress once I've been at a comfortable level for a little bit. I've come a long way.... Sat, 24 May 2014 16:37:28 EST Sluggish I slept well last night. I am not really in pain today. My muscles are fairly loose with no cramping. But I'm generally achy and feel sluggish and like I'm wading through molasses. I really hate this feeling. I'm making myself do my to-do list anyway. I hope that I can get another good night's sleep and might feel better. Wed, 21 May 2014 16:26:53 EST Hiking Trail Tonight the logistics of getting to kids to the Y at the right times made me decide to take Rocky with us and to take him on the Y hiking trail. As soon as I had walked about ten steps down the trail I went "uh-oh". It was steep! I don't really enjoy going on steep downhills that make feel scared that my feet are going to start slipping out from under me. But some people do run down this trail so maybe I'm just a wimp! There were a lot of switchbacks and we made it down the steepest par... Wed, 21 May 2014 00:19:56 EST Rocky Naggy-Pants Ignoring the fact that Rocky doesn't even wear pants, this dog is a nag! 7 pm comes along and there he is, looking all happy and hopeful at the same time. And if I don't get up off of my bottom, he starts prancing around going between me and the door. I mean, could he get any more obvious?! <BR> <BR> From an exercise and beauty standpoint, I like my new walking route. But I'm having some second thoughts about the woods. Every single time we've gone through there we've run into unleashed... Mon, 19 May 2014 23:08:05 EST 4500 Today my son and I up our daily step goal to 4500 steps. Sun, 18 May 2014 19:50:06 EST Wow! Wow, I reached my step goal by 10:30 this morning! I took Rocky and my daughter again this morning to 5k training. Rocky and I went on to the dog park for a doggy romp. Then we walked on the trail where I was able to walk farther than I have before. It is so pretty on the trail - big leafy trees on one side and a rushing river on the other. There were a lot of bicyclists out today - I counted four groups go by, each with fifteen or more bicyclists in the group. I met my daughter running... Sat, 17 May 2014 22:24:07 EST New Stomping Grounds I'm having to abandon my old walking route with Rocky since Mosquito Woods are (predictably) starting to become filled with mosquitoes. My new route is about 700 steps more than the old one which coincides very nicely with my new step goal that will start on Sunday. New new step goal is only 500 steps more than now but a cushion of 200 steps is nice for those days when I haven't gotten in many steps before evening. <BR> <BR> My new route also goes through woods but doesn't have the board... Fri, 16 May 2014 22:50:30 EST Getting their way Libby came with us to church yesterday. I had to wait for the gas company guy to change out the gas meter. Anyway, she was so funny, flopping around on the grass out front and then checking out the classrooms. I decided to do some vacuuming while I waited for the repairman and she did not like that. She's afraid of the vacuum and did not want to come after me but if I went around a corner where she couldn't see me, she would start howling. That's one way to make her feelings on the matte... Thu, 15 May 2014 11:32:23 EST Busy Days I have had at least one appointment for something for either me or the kids every single day this week. Today I had to go and wait for the gas company guy to come out to the church anytime from 1 to 6 pm to change out the meter. (The joy of being the pastor's wife in a very small church.) Fortunately God heard my prayer (and yes, I did pray about this!) and the man came by 2 pm. Since it took him 45 min. to do all the work, I didn't get to leave until almost 3 pm. While I was waiting, I ... Wed, 14 May 2014 20:03:00 EST This and That Rocky is a changed dog with his Gentle Leader! It was amazing. I almost didn't have to have my hands on the leash he was so good. My husband and daughter have him off on a run right now and are trying the GL on him for that. ETA: They've come back and said that he did really well on the run too! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> My son and I have one more week at 4000 steps. On Sunday we'll up it to 4500 steps. Not a huge amount but baby steps, right? <BR> <BR> The Metformin is really kicking in... Tue, 13 May 2014 14:33:40 EST Watch Out! Mama is on a tear! I am so tired of living in a pig sty. Guess what we're doing today? It's cleaning day! Mon, 12 May 2014 14:46:48 EST Rocky and the Dog Park So this morning I took Rocky with us while going to my daughter's 5K training class. The plan was for Rocky and I to walk on the trail while they did their exercises and run. What I didn't count on was all of Rocky's energy! Normally when I take my evening walk with him he's pretty mellow. But by then he's already run a couple of miles earlier with my daughter or husband and has had lots of play time in our fenced yard. This morning's walk was before all of that and he was full to the br... Sat, 10 May 2014 15:18:39 EST Good and Bad Days For bloodsugar, I mean. If I'm home and can tightly control my carb/protein/fat ratios I do really well. Yesterday was one of those days where all my numbers were perfect and I felt great as a result. But if I have a day like today where I'm rushing from one place to another, my sugars go up. Some of it is because I end up relying on ready-made food that probably has added sugars/carbs and some of it is probably due to the stress of rushing from one place to another. <BR> <BR> Tonight I ... Fri, 9 May 2014 22:17:51 EST Opportunity Corner Our local produce sellers have an area marked "Opportunity Corner". They are so used to me making a beeline for it that when I walk into the tent someone will often tell me what special goodies they have there! The produce in Opportunity Corner is sometimes past prime and needs to be used right away. But more often than not, it is perfectly ripe produce that simply is the wrong size to be displayed with the rest of the veggies or has a cosmetic blemish or two. Everything in the Opportunit... Thu, 8 May 2014 20:05:15 EST Memory Lane I needed to drag out my 16 year old's baby book to fill out some information for a doctor. Boy, that was a blast from the past and a trip down memory lane! <em>251</em> <em>178</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 18:30:35 EST What Went - Tuesday Most of these things are things that went well, some are things that just went. <BR> <BR> 1. I saw the most adorable mama duck and her ducklings going on a walk to the pond. She makes time for family fitness too! <BR> <BR> 2. I noticed that I was walking a lot faster today on my walk with Rocky. I was even able to keep up my pace going up the hill. <BR> <BR> 3. My son's A1C was not quite pre-diabetic but it was higher than normal. I guess I am glad that we know now at age 16 and can ... Wed, 7 May 2014 00:55:08 EST Find What Works for You I've been trying to actively lose weight for 6 years now. I haven't lost ANY (or more accurately I've lost some, gained it, lost some, gained it etc. with an end net weight loss of zero). But I am dealing with thyroid problems, bloodsugar problems (that started long before my weight problems), metabolism problems due to having been a semi-invalid due to chronic pain problems. . . you get the picture. Not all weight problems can be solved by following the advice of a motivational poster. ... Mon, 5 May 2014 14:02:52 EST