JEMPOWER's SparkPeople Blog JEMPOWER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Well, Hi Everybody, Election is Over! Actually I managed to contract guillome barre and I have been a mess. I did get to vote but coming back to me has been very difficult. Tomorrow I'm going to record my food. Today I was not organized enough. <BR> <BR> I don't have enough energy to sit up for more than a couple hours at a time. So, I'm working on getting stronger. The pool room got remodeled but they didn't make it more accessible for me. So, I have to figure out how to get help to get in and out of the pool still. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:32:58 EST Why am I up so early? Because I remembered I forgot to take my new Cholesterol medicine. So, at 2:30 a.m. I rolled out of bed and prepared my Questra by mixing it with a 1/2 c. of unsweetened applesauce and taking it. I actually like eating it this way. They suggested that I could mix it with water and dink it but I couldn't handle the taste. So, I started mixing it with apple sauce and taking it twice a day. But, I forgot to take it tonight with my evening meds. So, I got out of bed and took it. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 04:08:50 EST two day streak I recorded all my food I ate today too. <BR> <BR> I did manage to water walk for 45 minutes and felt a lot better after I was finished. <BR> <BR> I went to the library today and enjoyed picking out some books to read. <BR> <BR> Went to the food coop today and talked to my favorite butcher and bought ground turkey just to be nice. I know I'm strange but I haven't seen my butcher guy in a long time. Did I tell you on my mom's side of the family that the family business was being a butche... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:40:13 EST Recorded all my food today Hip Hip Hooray! I recorded all my food today. Of course, I ate the same thing for supper that I had for lunch but that just made it simple. <BR> <BR> I did not exercise today. I was going to water walk but didn't have it in me because of this dad gum cold again. <BR> <BR> I did use the nettie pot after I washed supper dishes. That was a real cleansing effort. Dishes and sinuses hip hip hooray. <BR> <BR> My chest is still rattling. I'm getting ready to shut down for the day. <BR> <... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:40:06 EST Sept. 6, just barely I can't believe September 6 is here already. I have a raging cold, I have been busy trying to recover, go to Dr., and become informed about getting a fair shot and a fare share for everyone. <BR> <BR> So, I've missed you all very much but been very busy. <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work dear friends!!! <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> <BR> Jem Thu, 6 Sep 2012 23:03:37 EST Clarification Joe is one of my very best friends. We have been friends Since April 1, 1999. But, he is not my dear husband. My dear husband divorced me for a younger, slimmer, model in 2003. <BR> <BR> Joe has just always been there as a good friend. I'm sorry if my spark friends got the wrong impression. He is a neighbor, good friend, and someone that everyone I know finds special. He often takes me to Dr. and we used to go to lunch a lot but have cut down on it since I've been more serious about spa... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:57:25 EST Dr. Apt. Report My BP we 102/68. That was good. Temperature 98.6 F; good. Dr. heard wheezing sounds when she listened to my chest. She didn't tell me anything else about the chest. She gave me exercises to do for my inner ear infection. She thinks it's a virus. Weight was up 5#, darn. <BR> <BR> I went water walking before my appointment. Joe and I went to lunch (cobb salad) after appointment. Went to pharmacy but the line was too long. Joe will pick it up later. <BR> <BR> Took a nap. Got up later t... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:05:10 EST Sunday and enjoying the day I did enjoy swimming. I am still not going to DQ. However, I have been very, very tired. Actually, bone tired and pushing myself to exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm very glad that I have an appointment with my family practice physician tomorrow. I'm having a fasting blood test for sugar and cholesterol. I'm hoping all is well. I have been a little dizzy because I still have inner ear infection. <BR> <BR> So, I look forward to seeing how I'm doing than just guessing why I'm tired. I haven't be... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:44:15 EST Is today already Thursday? This week is going by so fast. I very rarely drink but I saw this 4 ounce bottle of Merlot and I bought it. I thought it won't hurt. Well, I poured it in a nice glass and I'm drinking it while I prepare supper. <BR> <BR> I made hourdevours I think I misspelled that snacks before supper. I cut up green and red peppers. a little bit of feta cheese and some (y cocktail rye bread pieces.) <BR> <BR> In the meantime I put two chicken breasts in the oven with some tomatoes that are about ready ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:39:19 EST So I went ahead and e-mailed my application as an attachment to an email. It was OK but then they didn't have my original signature. I did spend time yesterday looking at copy machines that are also fax machines. Do you know they are only $99.00? Boy, has life changed. There is no reason not to have fax machine. So, I'm going to buy a fax machine with next check. <BR> <BR> I am excited about the opportunity to have this new job. It was be in my own home working for a firm in New Mexico. ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:49:51 EST Hope Floats Yesterday I got a job offer to do Pass Plan Work for a Firm in Santa Fe New Mexico. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> So, they sent me a computer literacy test and a intelligence test to take on the internet. I know I flunked the computer literacy test but the owner of the agency just sent me an e-mail that she is going to take a chance on me because she knows I am great at doing Pass Plans. Wow!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> So, some kind of angel must be sitting on my shoulder because I ... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:25:07 EST Tried Intermittent Exercise Today Today I tried Intermittent Exercise. I got up, ate breakfast, rode stationary bike for 35 minutes, then, I did dishes and sat down to watch a TV program. then I got up and rode stationary bike for 30 more minutes and then I did two sets of crunches and couple other sets of exercises and some stretches. <BR> <BR> Then, I took a shower and got ready for the day. I didn't do much. I hung out and read. Took a nap, cooked supper, and now I'm doing some sparking before I go to sleep and I'm r... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:04:21 EST Today Was My Birthday And I really had a good time. I didn't track food but I also didn't just pork out. I didn't even get around to eating anything until 2:30 this afternoon when I had half a cup of applesauce and a cup of tea. <BR> <BR> I decided OK, today is my day, so, I'm going to have a good day and quit being pissed off at myself. So, I slept until 9:30 a.m. when my sister called me and sang happy birthday. Then, I took a shower, washed my hair, got dressed and walked in the hall with my walker but dec... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:23:06 EST I wish my job was to get healthy When I worked I would go right into work and work from the minute I got there until the minute I punched out. I knew my tasks and my goals for the week the months and the year. <BR> <BR> I think I could do that in real life but I always seem to have days where I don't eat right or I don't exercise or don't drink enough water or walk oover to dairy queen. Did I tell you I live two count them two block from Dairy Queen, I personally think that's just not fair. <BR> <BR> Anyway, getting back... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 15:58:04 EST No MeD Fit Today I didn't go to med fit today. I don't have an excuse I just wanted to go nowhere today and stay home. So, that's what I did. I read a book, and ate and exercised. That's it. <BR> <BR> Jem Tue, 7 Aug 2012 23:04:40 EST Still Dizzy I'm taking the Meclazine. I'm supposed to take it every six hours and I get dizzy about 4 hours after I take the Meclazine. So, I'm hoping it will build up in my system. I plan to talk to my physician about the exercises that people talked about. <BR> <BR> I mostly laid around today. Everytime I laid down in the bed I would be very dizzy. I'd hold up onto the bed and close my eyes until the room stopped spinning. I have used walker when I'm not in my chair. <BR> <BR> All else isn't re... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 22:57:39 EST Went to Dr. Today I went to the Dr. to check out my dizziness. My appointment was not until 3:00 p.m. So, I was careful about what I ate because of the scale but because I was so dizzy they didn't make me step on the scale. Boy has the world been spinning for me. <BR> <BR> I thought I had an inner ear infection and the Dr. thinks I have Minier's Disease I don't know the difference but I plan to look it up. The only thing I ate before the Dr. was crackers and water because the dizziness makes me nauseated.... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 01:26:32 EST Looking for something sweet I have fresh fruit and canned fruit but I'm looking for a cookie or a candy bar. So, I don't have a candy bar or a cookie. So, I guess that's pretty good. So far this evening I've allowed myself to eat 15 fresh cherries. Quite delicious. <BR> <BR> I guess that's the best thing I can do for myself. <BR> <BR> Jem Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:23:29 EST Life is Good I slept a lot today because for the previous 3 days my apartment did not get below 92 degrees because air conditioner was broken. Well, landlord kept trying to fix it and everything he tried did not work. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday he brought a new Amana air conditioner and put it in my apartment. I feel blessed. So, anyway the 3 days was before the airconditioner was replaced by a brand new air conditioner. It is great!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo!!!! <BR> <BR> My apartment is now down to 74 ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 03:26:07 EST Got in Pool Today I got up at 5:30 a.m. and water walked until 7:00 a.m. Then my friend Larry helped me get out. What a great feeling to get some exercise I Love. <BR> <BR> Spent the rest of the day trying to get caught up on laundry and eat right. I had six loads of laundry. <BR> <BR> Jem <BR> <BR> I don't know how one person makes so much dirty clothes. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:15:08 EST I'd like to get better At figuring my menus plan. I don't use the computer but I try to develop a plan before I go to the store and farmer's market using Calorie King's book. But, I never give myself enough food because I want to give myself some lee way in case I get a chance to cheat. <BR> <BR> Yes, I said that, in case I get a chance to cheat I never figure out all my calories for the day. But lately I have not been cheating so I have not been eating enough calories, protein, etc. I wake up in the middle of... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:32:35 EST I did not fire Dr. Goodheart I learned a lot about my new cancer Dr. yesterday so I think I'll share it with you. I learned that he sees people that don't have appointments and have been having a crisis and talks with over an hour with them even if he has appointments waiting. <BR> <BR> I learned his nurses are very protective of his time. <BR> <BR> I learned the clinic is physically very cold but their blankets are heated. <BR> <BR> I learned it is no fun waiting over two hours after being checked in to see my ... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 00:35:47 EST Yesterday on the way back from the cancer center I had a visit with the lymphedema specialist. I've lost 20 inches in my legs since my last consultation. Thank God for the water pills. Anyway, it was really hot yesterday. When I was coming into the building from my appointment I took one step into the building and then my legs gave out and there I was down on the cement laying on the threshold between inside and outside the building. <BR> <BR> Nothing got hurt but my pride but I couldn't get up by myself. So, we dialed 911 and the han... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:56:35 EST Job Update One hour and five minutes before I was going to leave to go to the interview I got a call from the owner of the agency. He stated, "We hired someone over the weekend so we won't be needing to interview you, sorry for the inconvenience." And then he hung up. <BR> <BR> I was disappointed that he hung up so quick. I tried to say if he had a part-time position I would be glad to interview for the position. I called back and said I was great at training into his answering machine. But, then I... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:46:51 EST Tomorrow is my job interview Yep, job interview is tomorrow and I'm pretty excited. I hope all goes well. <BR> <BR> Today was pretty good too. They got the elevator inspection done pretty early and so I was off and running around early in the day. I didn't really get breakfast eaten before I got out of the building so I ate a corn dog at Kwik Star. Maybe not the greatest choice but I felt if I didn't eat I'd end up eating way too much later in the day. <BR> <BR> The sun was beautiful. I feel like I soaked up plent... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:19:06 EST Napped off and on all day Saturday <em>102</em> So, I woke up at 2:00 a.m. and did my exercises because I didn't get any exercises done on Saturday. I don't think I even got supper done on Saturday but I ate snacks and had a gigantic lunch. So, that's OK. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> It's funny that all I did yesterday was eat and sleep and spark. I tried to write a blog yesterday but then I got sidetracked by another nap. Of course, I blame it all on the fact that our elevator is being repaired and I'm not able to get out of ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 04:38:16 EST It's 3:00 a.m. on Friday 13 and I can't sleep I've actually been sleeping pretty good lately except I've been trying to get to sleep since midnight and I'm still awake. I just got up and ate something to try to put myself to sleep. It won't do the trick. It was just some feta cheese and now I'll probably worry it's too salty. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm hoping today is a good day if I ever get to sleep. I need to turn off the computer because it's thundering. I don't think it has started to rain yet. But, I worry it could short out my c... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:21:51 EST Nice Day Got up early. Did some work around the house. Ate some food that was good for me and exercised. I didn't have a gigantic appetite today. I did forget to record a snack. As soon as i finish this blog I'll go back and record it. It was a whole wheat tortilla (small) and 1 Tbsp of peanut butter and a cup of brewed black tea. <BR> <BR> I was going to call the Coop today and ask them today if they would deliver some healthy fruits and vegetables because I've eaten everything except a little... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:25:10 EST Hopeful News I've been hoping to find a good job since last April. Today I got a phone call from an Agency in town asking me to apply for a job as a clinical coordinator for their agency. I was shocked. I did not even apply for the job. A couple different professionals in town recommended me. They asked me to come over for an interview (the agency is actually catty corner from my home). I told them the elevator situation and interview was scheduled for Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. So, I'm happy that there... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:26:37 EST Today didn't go so well I stayed up all night and read. Then, I slept until 4:00 P.M. <BR> <BR> First I had tea. Then whole wheat tortilla with a pat of butter. Then three hours later I boiled 7 shrimps and ate them as I peeled them. I haven't exercised yet, but I feel tired already.. <BR> <BR> I went ahead and made oatmeal a couple hours later with apple and milk and cinnamon. So, I ate that too. I feel full to the gills and not even ready to exercise because I'm so full. I'll see if I can get some burpi... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 22:33:48 EST Anticipation I'm looking forward to having a lot of time to re-evaluate my goals and get my house clean this coming week. <BR> <BR> You see we won't have an elevator all week and so I'll be in the house getting cabin fever during the middle of July. Unless I get up the nerve to try to do the stairs. I'm no good at stairs and I usually need help getting up and down by myself. So, we'll see what happens. <BR> <BR> Tonight I plan to shampoo the carpet, clean out drawers, stuff like that as well as exer... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 00:39:53 EST 12:40 a.m. and all's well <em>102</em> I decided today that I needed to make up for all the lost sleep that I've had lately due to my bruised rib, and my air conditioning being broken. The air conditioning is a little better so at 1:00 p.m. yesterday I went into my bedroom took off my clothes put on pajamas and went to bed. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> At first I had a hard time falling asleep then I put on a relaxation tape and I was asleep before I knew it. I slept hard until I would say 11:00 p.m. tonight when I go... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 02:04:16 EST Pneumonia My good friend, Patti, who helps me get in and out of the pool when we exercise has pneumonia. I have not been in the pool all week and I am crawling the walls. <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> So, I'm down on myself for not doing any exercise for a week. I have not sparked for a week but I have eaten things like fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Hamburgers and strawberry shortcakes. This has been a r-e-a-l-l-y long period of eating wrong. <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> So, I won't be able to get to th... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 23:34:00 EST On the Mend <em>244</em> I am on the mend. I got up this morning and went to the pool with my pool pals. It was great. I water walked the full 60 minutes and did 15 minutes of strength building exercises. I feel wonderful. <BR> <BR> <em>258</em> Came back to the apartment and had fresh and delicious tomatoes and lelttuce for breakfast plus two cups of tea. GREAT!!!! I don't have any other major plans today except resting and trying to get my rib to heal. <BR> <BR> Jem Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:11:34 EST Another Good Thing about Bruising One's Rib It hurts to eat! Really, I had two pieces of toast (homemade sliced thin) and one slice of tomato (fresh from farmer's market) for breakfast and after I had eaten about half of my sandwich I was so full it literally hurt to breathe. So, I went in the kitchen, washed the dishes, and cleaned some green beans for lunch and came back and finished the sandwich because I was really hungry. I know a half sandwich should have been enough but my stomach was still growling at me and I wanted more... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:28:30 EST A funny thing happened to me on the way to the pool I was running around my apartment in my t-shirt getting ready to put on my swim suit to go swimming. I decided I'd better go to the bathroom before I put my suit on so I was now running around sans underpants. <BR> <BR> You guessed it. . . I fell in the bathroom with nothing on but a tshirt. I hit my rib cage against the toilet. I tried but I was in so much pain I could not pull myself up off of the floor in the bathroom. I was drained of energy because of the procedure and my ribs hurt... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:21:35 EST Wow, I took a long break! <em>224</em> I had my final cancer procedure on Monday! Yep, I had two of the same procedure two Mondays in a row and I'm glad that is done!!!!! I had to be under anesthesia for 5 hours at a time and I came out of the surgery covered with bruises. But, the bruises don't hurt. <BR> <BR> I'm tired but excited about getting well now. I am very low on energy today. I wanted to get on the blog and tell you I'm OK and the procedures are done (I hope.) I don't see my cancer Dr. until July 19,... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:18:17 EST Today was a better day <em>102</em> I had a hard time sleeping last night because all those candies did give me diarrhea. Gas was almost unbearable and I thought my tummy would explode. I learned my lesson about overeating candy. OW! <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> So, I got up this morning and I went to the pool and worked out for an hour. Had a great time with my friend and in the middle got food coupons for the farmer's market so I climbed stairs twice in the middle of my workout. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> Repotted a ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 19:38:51 EST Russell Stover Sugar Free Toffee I thought I'd buy two bags of these candies because they were on sale and I thought it would be nice to have these in the house because I've been doing pretty good. <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> I bet you know where this story is going. I ate 11 pieces of Russell Stove Sugar Free Toffee. The problem is they were full of fat. I didn't look at that until I recorded them. <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> I exercised this morning and I invited a friend for dinner. I made a real nice sweet corn and ramp sou... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 23:31:39 EST Sunday No exercise planned for today. I got up and had egg whites and french toast for breakfast. I felt so decadent. Then, I called my dad and fell asleep in the living room. I missed lunch because I took a 5 hour nap. I know I'll never fall asleep tonight. <BR> <BR> I had a flank steak thawing out so I had steak tomatoes and mashed potatoes for supper. I could not eat it all. I feel a little down today. I don't know why. Just tired and know I need to do a lot of laundry. It's grey and... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 19:44:36 EST Best Way to Start the Day <em>237</em> I think I told you yesterday that one of my swim partners went on vacation yesterday. Well, last time she went my other swim partner and I just didn't get in the pool because we weren't being encouraged by our friend. Well, today we both met up at the pool, after talking on phone last night, and yep did the jogging in the pool. Woo Hoo!!!! The very best way to start the day is to do some exercise and get the blood flowing!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> After swimming I came b... Wed, 30 May 2012 12:27:03 EST Today was a fun day! I said, "Jane, glad you woke up today!" <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> So, I gave myself a hug and went and saw my friend who I swim with off on a two week vacation. Then, I went back to my apartment and took a nap. I am taking this vacation thing very seriously. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> I'm still not able to eat much fruit without getting diarrhea and I was out of applesauce this morning so I had an english muffin, cottage cheese, and coffee for breakfast. <BR> <BR> <em>258</em> I went down to the... Tue, 29 May 2012 19:57:32 EST Finished Stage of Radiation I will miss the folks at the cancer treatment center in Waterloo. I'm done with radiation treatment for a while. Woo Hoo! I go to Iowa City to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) on June 8 for an anesthesia evaluation. I think I would not have even had to have the evaluation except I was having an asthma attack on the day of my last UIHC cancer clinic visit. <BR> <BR> My family practice Dr. has put me on Prednisone to help me get through this Asthma Attack. Of course, I'm a... Mon, 28 May 2012 15:10:29 EST Goals I have not discussed my goals lately. Today I wanted to discuss my goal of enjoying my life. Lately I've been going to the cancer center every day and trying to enjoy it. Don't get me wrong, I think it could be a lot more fun if I didn't have to worry about surviving,so I try to do everything they tell me. <BR> <BR> I enjoy the exercising after the radiation treatment and the radiation team has got the treatment down to 20 minutes a day. I'm pretty happy with how efficient they are. I h... Thu, 10 May 2012 13:33:07 EST Today was Interesting I woke up at 8:00 a.m. and ran into the bathroom. I sat down on the toilet and fell asleep until 8:30 a.m. I had to call my swimming buddies and tell them I took and unscheduled nap but we made it down there by 9:00 and stayed in pool until 10:00 a.m. <BR> <BR> Went into Cancer Center, had treatment and went into class. I did 500 more steps on nu step today than yesterday. Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> Then went to WalMart and goofed around with my friend for 3 hours. I was really zapped by the ti... Wed, 2 May 2012 23:57:08 EST Upped my Exercise Quotient I have been swimming in the mornings before I go to the Cancer Center for my radiation treatments and I really enjoy how it makes me feel. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Then I have been trying to have something good for me in the breakfast category. Yesterday and today I made a breakfast shake with mandarin oranges, greek yogurt and skim milk. I have not added anything else because it's just simple. It hits the spot. <BR> <BR> It seems to hold me through the radiation treatment and I have also... Tue, 1 May 2012 13:43:18 EST Food and Exercise The key: <BR> Burn more calories than you take it? <BR> <BR> Really, is it that simple? <BR> <BR> I also think it's about eating healthy organic food and maybe cutting out white sugar and white flour. I'm still working on that. <BR> <BR> Jem Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:53:41 EST Lovely Day Today with Family <em>345</em> Finished my first week with radiation on Friday. Then on Saturday my sister Margaret, her daughter, and grandson came to visit to help me get caught up on some housework. I had fallen behind. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> The radiation tech put butterfly on my tattoo to celebrate the end of first week of radiation. Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> My sister also brought along her dog. So we (Cayden - great nephew),( Rocky - dog) and self had lots of fun running around. I'm so gra... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 01:32:22 EST Darn I think I told you my swimming buddy went to Florida for 10 days. Well, I was going to go swimming anyway but so far the guy that helps me get out of the pool has bowed out every day so I haven't been swimming since the day before Rosie left for Florida. I think I need to go to physical therapy and get training on climbing stairs. I am so bummed that I cannot get out of the pool by myself. ( I am calling the Dr. tomorrow for a referral.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, tomorrow is a big day it is my fir... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:01:35 EST A lot more encouraged I went again to the Waterloo Cancer Center. That's Monday I went for the Look Good Feel Good Seminar which was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> Tuesday I went to meet the Radiologist and discuss my plan of action. What a difference it made from Iowa City to Waterloo. I'm ready now. <BR> My new Dr. is a woman and I'm a woman so I like that. I communicated with her a lot better. She acts like she wants to listen to me. I like that. She said she would evaluate me tomorrow on the cat ... 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