JEANINNEWCASTLE's SparkPeople Blog JEANINNEWCASTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Status Report It is almost one year since my last frustrated blog post. I am no longer frustrated! In the last 69 days I have lost 15 pounds. (Neither Sparkpeople nor Fitbit reflect that weight loss because I couldn't figure out how to log my weight properly at first. They say that I have lost four pounds but I know the truth!) <BR> <BR> So what has finally worked for me? <BR> <BR> 1. I doubled my step goal. I was getting 3000 steps (more on good days). I doubled that 69 days ago. The first mo... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:21:28 EST My Billionth Reset I am starting back on a eating plan today for the billionth time. Not that I wasn't already gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free - so it's not like I was eating everything in sight. But I have to somehow get control of this. So I'm going back on a plan that I have had some success with in the past - a 40-30-30 diet. That's 40 carbs, 30 protein, 30 healthy fats. I can't remember 40 what though. Is that percent? grams? widgets? I have a book with recipes around here somewhere in th... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:50:50 EST Sunday night My daughter and son ran races today. My son ran a 5k. My daughter ran a half marathon. They did well though both admit that they didn't train as well as they should have. I honestly wasn't sure how I was going to survive the day because of the whole fibro thing. We had to leave at 7:30 am. And we had to park quite a ways from the race and walk. By the time I got two different teens to their start times and waited at the finish lines for them, I was on my feet for four hours. I feel guilty c... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:51:51 EST Back to Zumba It's been a long time since I've been to Zumba. I had been going five or six days a week. I loved it but by the end I was literally dancing with tears running down my face from the fibro pain and I just couldn't take it any more. So I stopped. Then I got sick. Really really sick where I was on antibiotics for six months straight. Then I went back to Zumba - for one time. And I got really really sick again - this time on antibiotics for seven months. Then when I got better I was scared... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:42:34 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Last week I went to the doctor and asked to be put on the experimental drug that he's been talking to me about for the last three months. I was at the point of crying "uncle". That, and I had done tons of research and decided that it was worth trying. <BR> <BR> 2. It's been a bit of an adjustment. I had a really bad night the first night I took it. The next day wasn't so hot either. Each consecutive day was a bit better. Today is the first day where I feel back to normal. The ma... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 02:44:28 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Last week I went to the doctor and asked to be put on the experimental drug that he's been talking to me about for the last three months. I was at the point of crying "uncle". That, and I had done tons of research and decided that it was worth trying. <BR> <BR> 2. It's been a bit of an adjustment. I had a really bad night the first night I took it. The next day wasn't so hot either. Each consecutive day was a bit better. Today is the first day where I feel back to normal. The ma... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 02:40:10 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Last week I went to the doctor and asked to be put on the experimental drug that he's been talking to me about for the last three months. I was at the point of crying "uncle". That, and I had done tons of research and decided that it was worth trying. <BR> <BR> 2. It's been a bit of an adjustment. I had a really bad night the first night I took it. The next day wasn't so hot either. Each consecutive day was a bit better. Today is the first day where I feel back to normal. The ma... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 02:39:07 EST What Went - Friday I was driving to drop dd off to workout with a friend. And OMGoodness. A toddler was just walking down the middle of the busy street straight for a bus. I stopped and Dd jumped out and grabbed the baby. Another lady stopped and grabbed his puppy. I called police. We gave statements and waited 20 minutes with police. No signs of parents. We didn't want to give the little guy up to the policeman who clearly was freaked out by a child. But we did. <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been an hour and just n... Sat, 28 May 2016 01:41:56 EST What Went - Thursday I met with a personal trainer tonight for a free orientation to all of the strength training machines. He showed me how to adjust each of the machines to my height and to the lowest weight setting. He showed me how to do each exercise and then I tried it. I was having some muscle spasms tonight as a result but I'm glad that I know how to do them. I will be trying to do some very very light and slow strength training. <BR> <BR> I was very glad to do our nightly PT stretches tonight. Fri, 27 May 2016 02:58:45 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Today I hit 3.60 km on my quest to be able to walk a 5k. I'm just going as fast as I can in an hour or less. Today I was going the fastest yet - 2.6 mph (at least I think it is mph). Since I started out only going 1.0 mph, I have improved a lot over the last year. Adding this new faster walking speed and longer distance on the treadmill to my usual walking for the day means that I'm getting step counts in the mid 7000's to 8000's which is up from my old step goal of 6300. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 23 May 2016 02:24:27 EST What Went - Saturday 1. I can't remember if I mentioned here that dd14 is wearing her heart monitor for a month. She's called in with recordings of abnormal rhythms twice now in the few days that she's had it. We hope that all this data will help the doctor to know if this is a benign something or something that needs medical attention. <BR> <BR> 2. I got dd some Ruffles chips. She is thrilled because they are "prescribed" by her cardiologist and so I have to buy them. And all this time I was telling her "... Sun, 15 May 2016 02:46:18 EST Insert Title Here I've said this before: <BR> <BR> I wish that I drank soda so that I could just "cut out the soda and lose weight." (I never have so my weight has nothing to do with that). <BR> <BR> I wish that I didn't eat fruits or vegetables so that I could just add those in my diet for health and weight loss. (I eat a mostly Asian diet - there are a lot of vegetables involved and always have been) <BR> <BR> I wish that I drank juice or other beverages other than water so that I could just "drink w... Thu, 12 May 2016 14:18:13 EST What Went - Thursday 1. My situation is good overall. Good enough to allow myself to push myself a bit physically. I'm hoping to improve my overall fitness level so that I can be more functional. But pushing myself physically is very painful. I'm hobbling around last night and tonight because my feet are so sore and swollen. <BR> <BR> 2. On another front, my dd will go to a pediatric cardiologist on Monday. She's having almost daily episodes of her heartbeat changing and everything going dark. It doesn... Fri, 6 May 2016 02:10:40 EST What Went - Monday 1. I've been spinning my wheels the last couple of months. I had slowly worked my way up to over 6000 steps a day. No matter how I eat, it doesn't seem to matter and so I'm just not motivated to eat no grains, no nightshades, no dairy if I weigh exactly the same while eating them. I'm doing everything the doctor has told me to do I'm taking all the supplements and meds. I'm doing all the exercises and stretches. So now what? <BR> <BR> My family are all running 5ks and 10ks and half ... Tue, 3 May 2016 01:34:09 EST What Went - Friday 1. i had just gone back to bed this morning after seeing dh and ds off to work when the phone rang. I muttered under my breath as I picked up the phone, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was the daughter of a good friend of mine. She was at the airport not far from here and wondered if she and her baby could stop in for a visit. I of course said yes. But then as I hung up the phone panic set in! <BR> <BR> I woke dd14 up and the two of us flew around like crazy women picki... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:43:58 EST What Went - Wednesday <img src=""> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 01:16:51 EST What Went - Monday 1. This morning, due to record breaking heat that was forcasted for the day, we turned the day on it's head and went geocaching. We found two caches. Despite my physical failings, I was the one who directed dd to the caches because there is nothing wrong with my brain. (Which makes it sound like there is something wrong with hers, which there isn't. I just have more life experience finding things.) <BR> <BR> At the end though, as we were taking a new-to-us trail and hoping that it led... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 02:54:17 EST What Went - Saturday This actually isn't about what went today. Though it was triggered by a conversation that I had with someone today. The conversation had me thinking about exercise. <BR> <BR> 5 (? not exactly sure on the timing of all of this) years ago I was a semi-invalid. This was on the advice of a doctor who told me not to do anything that caused pain. That was stupid advice. <BR> <BR> Anyway. . . . I started up at the Y with Zumba. I absolutely LOVED it. My face would get so red that I would ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 02:04:58 EST What Went - Thursday 1. My Alien children woke up at 5:30 (not 5 as they had originally planned), went running, came back, did showers etc. and then ds went to work. I'm not sure that I can handle being the mom of Alien children. <BR> <BR> (I am not complaining about them. I am intensely proud of the young people they are becoming. But 5:30 am!) <BR> <BR> 2. My ds stood up for himself at work. I am glad that my Aspie has learned to do so. But I am mad that he had to. He's 18 though and Mommy is not go... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 02:15:13 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. I think that my kids have been replaced by Aliens. They have agreed to wake up at 5 am tomorrow to run together. I support their healthy choices but man, this is going to wake me up. Early. And I don't wanna! <BR> <BR> 2. Today at the Y I was looking around at some of the other settings on the treadmill. I thought that I would try out a 15 minute fitness test. As a background, due to my chronic pain and mobility issues, I've slowly worked myself up from a very slow pace of 1.0 to... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:59:03 EST What Went - Sunday Things have been crazy busy. <BR> <BR> Saturday am., Dh and Dd got up at 4:30 am and were out the door for their race by 5 am. I went back to bed after they left and slept until 6:30 when I had to get up with Ds. Shortly after 7, once he was at work, I went back to bed again. <BR> <BR> Dh and Dd's 10k went really well. It was a huge deal. 13,000 runners on the new "longest floating bridge in the world". Local and state police and the FBI were there to make sure that there were no secu... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 02:59:02 EST What Went - Wednesday Dh and dd are participating in a historic race across the new floating bridge that was just built. Today was race packet pick up day (say that fast, 10 times). It was craaaaaaaazy. There were hundreds of people trying to pick up the packets in a small running store. They were trying to direct people to park down at Lowe's and walk back but apparently runners don't like to walk a few block to park. So they snarled traffic and honked at each other. Just as we were leaving, the police arriv... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:43:54 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. I got a new incurable but hopefully manageable diagnosis to add to my list. This is the second in two weeks. <BR> <BR> I should note that I'm not having new problems. Instead, I have a good doctor (finally) who is putting names to the problems that I've had for a long time. And he's actually treating them instead of shrugging and giving me the doctor's version of "It sucks to be you". <BR> <BR> 2. After the doctor, dd and I went to the zoo. She pointed out numerous times that we h... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:30:33 EST What Went - Sunday I'm posting this on Monday but it's about what went on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Dd got permission from the pastor (aka dh) to bring Rusty to church on Easter Sunday. No, bunnies don't have anything to do with the story of resurrection. But it was a cute idea. I had some reservations because I didn't think that Rusty was going to think it is such a fun trip and I thought he will be a distraction in Sunday school. But I didn't say anything on this because who wants to be the bad guy on Easter? <... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:16:07 EST What Went - Friday Dh and I had a date night. We went to this Vietnamese restaurant and I was brave and ordered these crepes that I didn't know how to eat. So I ate them wrong. Afterwards I found a YouTube explaining how to eat them. They were still yummy even wrong. <BR> <BR> Afterwards we walked at a park along Lake Washington. I got in my steps so I get halo points. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a coot. I do... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:25:32 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats: 1585 calories <BR> 6535 steps. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd completed her first half marathon yesterday. We were all able to go to cheer her one. It was a flurry of activity and then a two hour wait while we sat around and she did all the work. We are so proud of her! <BR> <BR> 3. I am super busy and feel a bit like I'm drowning. Unfortunately it's not like I can tell people to stop eating or wearing clothes or needing to go to school. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:50:45 EST What Went - Friday 1. I'd like to be more upbeat but I"m pretty miserable. Dh thinks that I might have kidney stones. I know that last time I had them I had the same kind of symptoms (which don't totally match most people's symptoms). The ER nurse was shocked when the scans showed them because I was walking around joking. In between being miserable enough to go the ER, of course. It is the same again. I actually kind of hope that they are kidney stones because those will pass (eventually) and things wil... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 01:44:48 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I went over my calories today. <BR> <BR> 2. Today I was able to get back to doing yard work and working in the Schoolroom of Doom. <BR> <BR> 3. Ds practiced driving today. He was absolutely thrilled that I let him drive us on a steep, winding road along a precipice. He drives at or under the speed limit though so we weren't living life dangerously. <BR> <BR> 4. Dh is still gone on his trip. I don't think I'll get a chance to talk to him tomorrow but fortunately we can text. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 02:59:00 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Yesterday I drove dh to the airport. He got out. I almost drove away before he could get his luggage out of the trunk. Almost is the operative word. Oops! Love ya, dear! <BR> <BR> 2. As proof that I was really tired from getting up with the chickens, I then drove from the airport and overshot my doctor's office and had to backtrack 20 minutes. Another oops. <BR> <BR> 3. I was stuck with needles at the doctor's office. It was fine. It doesn't hurt. In fact, I have to look to ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 03:07:05 EST What Went - Monday 1. Thanks, Jenne for checking up on me. I'm ok. Just a bit overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> 2. Stats - 1788 calories <BR> 6649 steps <BR> <BR> 3. Yesterday we had no power for 7 hours as a result of a big windstorm mixed with rain, hail, thunder and lightning. We were all so grateful when it came back on! <BR> <BR> 4. I don't have breast cancer. Today was further testing which confirmed it. I wasn't super worried since I don't have a family history and I know that it isn't uncommon for women... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:55:00 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Stats - 2004 calories. I'm always embarrassed to admit it when I've gone over 2000 calories but it is, what it is. <BR> <BR> 7824 steps. I was able to go exercise at the Y today. <BR> <BR> 2. I had my dental cleaning and exam today. No cavities. I told dd that it was her turn to take me out for frozen yogurt since I always take her as a no-cavity reward. That's fair, right?! <BR> <BR> 3. I made split pea soup for dinner today. It was really thin. But then an hour later, it ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 02:34:56 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Took dd to the dentist in the morning. Good report there and no cavities. <BR> <BR> 2. Took ds to the doctor at his request in the afternoon. He has a bad cold. Which I knew. He also has an ear infection. Which I suspected. They gave him antibiotics and a spacer to use with his asthma meds to make it more effective while he's trying to breathe. <BR> <BR> 3. I made one mistake with food last night and am in agony today. Normally I would leave for the Y in 20 minutes. But I"m not... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:16:08 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Stats: <BR> 1658 calories <BR> 8463 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I've increased the speed that I walk on the treadmill one tenth. This makes a difference. <BR> <BR> 3. A very naughty grand-bunny discovered that he loves to eat the corner of my foam mattress tonight. No! No! No! Bad bunny! <BR> <BR> 4. Ds is having a very hard time with a pretty awful cold. I have the same cold but very mild. <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 02:56:42 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats for yesterday and today: <BR> Sunday - 1545 calories <BR> 7390 steps <BR> <BR> Monday - 1781 calories <BR> 7216 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a bit of a down day. I have the cold and cough that ds has so "thoughtfully" shared. And I'm tired. It shows up in how I look at the world. I was feeling overwhelmed and like a loser. I knew that a nap would probably solve some of that. I tried. I was just dropping off to sleep for a nap when some stupid neighbor started to rev his mo... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 02:43:33 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Stats <BR> 1681 calories <BR> 7871 steps <BR> <BR> 2. This morning I walked down to Dh and Dd14's 5k. I got there just in time to see their backs as they ran by. The people who ran the race did not mark the course correctly so well over half of the participants got off course. There were runners going everywhere. This made it impossible to really tell what their time was. But it was a fun race and a fun chili cook-off afterwards. I voted for Jason's chili, whoever he is. <BR> <B... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 02:38:06 EST What Went - Friday 1. Stats: <BR> 1754 calories <BR> 7349 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I am super duper proud of ds18 who had a black belt practice test tonight. He did so well. And he was so confident. And he kicked so hard! The next test he has in 3 months (I think) will be his actual black belt test. <BR> <BR> #unabashedmommybrag <BR> <BR> 3. Because I knew that I would be at the belt test tonight, I turned my normal schedule on it's head and went to the Y in the morning. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 02:42:31 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Stats - 1543 calories <BR> 7714 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Time for a bit of a personal inventory. <BR> <BR> In the last year I've gone from walking 3000 steps a day with much difficulty, to walking an average of 7671 steps last week. <BR> <BR> I've gone from having a hard time vacuuming and having to recover for two days afterward, to doing weekly vacuuming. <BR> <BR> I've gone from being in "emergency mode" most days a week to not having an emergency mode day for months. <BR> <BR> I gaine... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 01:54:57 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Stats - 2022 calories. <BR> 9038 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I tried to figure out why my calorie count comes out so high. I didn't eat really any differently today from other days. The only thing I can think of that was out of the ordinary and higher calorie is that I ate some cashews today. I guess it just all adds up. But so does the exercise. According to SP I still came in just under what I needed to eat today with that step count. Who knows. <BR> <BR> 3. Today was a pretty ordinary... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 02:29:40 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Stats <BR> 1326 calories <BR> 4864 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was not a stellar day but it wasn't a horrible day either. It was more about survival through the face of adversity. My calorie count is low because I did not feel good today. I'm still struggling with the whole acidic body thing and am working very hard to eat a low acid diet. This puts a lot of things off limits for me. The steps are low because we had a storm and the power at the Y went out. So I couldn't walk there an... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 02:46:09 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats: <BR> 1630 calories <BR> 10589 steps. Yup. You read that right. I was a beast! <BR> <BR> 2. OK - I"m going to get some TMI stuff out of the way first. This morning I tested the ph of my urine. The most acidic a healthy person's urine should be is 6.5. Mine was 4. No wonder it feels like I'm peeing pure acid. Plus, I have a lot of trouble with acid reflux, so there's acid all around. I already eat a pretty low acid diet but I've now cut out all chocolate and meat in an att... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 02:51:32 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Stats - <BR> 1515 calories <BR> 6942 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Naughty Rusty bunny has discovered electric cords. Now we have to watch him like a hawk so he doesn't electrocute himself or ruin all our stuff. <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:13:30 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Stats: <BR> 1948 calories. I'm embarrassed at typing that but it is what it is. <BR> 7627 steps. <BR> <BR> 2. You know that tri-colored bumblebee that was in my birdhouse? He definitely lives there. . . I started to gingerly take the house off of the wrought iron post that it was attached to and he came barreling out at me again. Fortunately he did not sting me. I feel badly for taking his post but I really do need it for the bird feeders. I put his house on the ground. I hope... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 02:27:38 EST What Went - Friday 1. Stats - <BR> 1788 calories <BR> 7071 <BR> <BR> 2. My body is being jolted from having IBS problems to IC problems. I am eating a very bland diet right now as I try to figure out what my triggers are. I'm actually a bit scared to eat anything Today at lunch I had oatmeal because I had nothing else in the house that seemed safe. (Obviously, from my calorie count I did find things to eat). <BR> <BR> 3. Today when we were doing our yard work, we decided to put out the bird feeders. ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:56:27 EST What Went - Thursday 1. Stats - <BR> 1442 calories . Is that right? I did fast this morning and thus had one meal less than usual. So maybe it is. <BR> <BR> 8140 steps <BR> <BR> 2. This morning was a two arm in the wastebasket of hot water phlebotomy visit. Eventually they did find some blood in there. <BR> <BR> 3. After my labwork, dd and I went out for brunch. I ordered Eggs Benedict. I totally forgot that the hollandaise sauce has lemon juice in it. A couple of hours later and my interstitial cy... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 02:14:18 EST What Went - Wednesday 1. Stats - 1718 calories <BR> 7364 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Dd14 and I went to the chiropractor. After he was done and had left the room, she said to me, "What if he just snapped my neck one of these times?" I said "I always say a little prayer." then I saw her face and quickly added "that he Doesn't!" <BR> <BR> 3. Tonight while I was walking at the Y the heart rate monitor built into the treadmill registered 262. I know those sensors can be pretty wonky but I also didn't feel too good at... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:26:03 EST What Went - Tuesday 1. Stats - <BR> 1708 calories - ok I'm a bit annoyed about the tracking of this. I tried over six times over the course of a couple of hours to try and track my food. The site would let me select the foods, I would press the "add food" button and nothing. There was no record of it at all on my log. I understand that sites might go down but everything else on the site seemed to look normal and I really did try numerous times and let time go by between trying to do it. Just a frustration... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 02:29:23 EST What Went - Monday 1. Stats - 1708 calories <BR> 8175 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Day 2 of no chocolate. My bladder spasms are so much better but I'm going through chocolate withdrawal! <BR> <BR> 3. I did get outside for my 15 min. of yardwork. I meant to do the 15 min. in the Schoolroom of Doom but ran out of time and then forgot to do it later during commercials. The slide into letting these resolutions fizzle out has started. Oops! <BR> <BR> 4. OK - maybe some of you super cleaners will have a solution to m... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:31:41 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Stats: <BR> 1695 calories <BR> 7324 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I went on the treadmill at the Y today in my dress and tennis shoes. I am out of pants! I washed a load and have it in the dryer. <BR> <BR> 3. Dh and dd ran 8 miles today. Dh was moaning about it. I told him to remember that he is doing it out of love for his daughter. :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 01:56:22 EST What Went - Saturday 1. Stats - 1589 calories <BR> 8070 steps <BR> <BR> 2. I did not eat any chocolate all day and my interstitial cystitis calmed down. But at what a price! <BR> <BR> 3. I got out and did my 15 min. of yardwork today. <BR> <BR> 4. It is already midnight and I need to sign off here. I stayed up to finish watching "It Takes a Thief" with Robert Wagner. I always loved those shows. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 03:00:53 EST What Went - Friday 1. Stats <BR> 1632 calories <BR> 6486 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was a paperwork day: filing, shredding, comparing, paying. <BR> <BR> 3. It was storming today. I've been really good about doing my 15 min. outside but I drew the line at going out in the wind and rain. <BR> <BR> 4. It's Godzilla Bunny! No wait. . . Rusty discovered the dollhouse. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 20 Feb 2016 01:33:24 EST