JENAE954's SparkPeople Blog JENAE954's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back in the Game Have been slacking off for the past few months; gained back 15 pounds and feel out of sorts. <BR> It is time for me to regain enthusiasm for the SP plan that afforded me great success. <BR> This week I am going to start tracking my food intake, re-join the gym, weighing in and getting back on track. <BR> Now is the time time to get that great feeling of success back. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:26:55 EST Trying to get Back on Track In March a car crashed into my kitchen nearly killing my Granddaughter. <BR> My hasn't been the same since. <BR> Had to move out of my home of 17 years for repairs to be made. <BR> It will take 6 to 18 months. <BR> I keep re-living the accident in my mind and it is causing me extreme distress! <BR> Having trouble sleeping, making decisions and eating everything in site. <BR> What I have is called PTSD. <BR> Have come to a decision to seek treatment for it. <BR> My life is out of contro... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:56:09 EST Up Up and Away First of all, thank you all for the love and support you have given me in a most difficult time in my life. It has made a huge difference. <BR> <BR> I received medical clearance to travel. <em>244</em> <BR> Just have to limit fluids and consume enough salt while I'm gone to keep the sodium level up. <BR> <BR> I am leaving for Germany tomorrow to visit with my family! <BR> We will all do some additional healing from this terrible accident while I'm there. <BR> <BR> No work has been star... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:48:20 EST Waiting for another shoe to drop Hi SP Friends. <BR> <BR> Ah, such is life. <BR> It has been one challenge after another for way too long. <BR> <BR> The end if March a car drove three feet into my kitchen and nearly killed my Granddaughter. <BR> <BR> That led to PTSD which is no fun. <BR> <BR> I had to pack all my dreams and belongings making ready for the temporary move. <BR> My condo had to be completely emptied out. <BR> My home is uninhabital the way it is. <BR> <BR> I lived in a hotel for almost three weeks and li... Wed, 1 May 2013 21:58:10 EST More in the process Hi SP friends <BR> <BR> Have been very busy with all the things involved with packing and making this temporary move. <BR> Never realized I had so much stuff. Good stuff but still too much stuff. <BR> This week I have to be out of the hotel and into the temp place. <BR> There are carpets to clean, furniture to clean, packing and then unpacking to do. <BR> Oh! the list is way too long and I am frantic! <BR> Everything will be done eventually. Maybe not when I want but, nevertheless, it WILL... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:56:20 EST In the process Hey Sparkers. <BR> Thank you for all the support. <BR> I certainly don't feel alone in my process thanks to SP and loving friends. <BR> <BR> They say time heals all wounds. <BR> I find myself wishing the process would go faster. <BR> I have to be careful of what I wish for. <BR> If the process did go faster an overwhelming feeling would be ever present. <BR> <BR> Now for a partial update... <BR> <BR> It will take 6 to 18 months to complete the repairs on my home. <BR> Thru a good fri... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 07:53:29 EST Gratitude in the aftermath It has been 12 days since that life changing morning when a car was driven 1/3 of the way into my kitchen. It was a very close call but my family and I are traumatized but alive and safe. There is so much going on even now. So much to do. <BR> <BR> I have to cut this short since it is after midnight and it is time to get some rest. Will try to find some time tomorrow to complete this blog. <BR> <em>102</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:39:57 EST Update a week later The accident remains in all my waking moments and all night every night. <BR> If you are wondering what I'm writing about please read my previous blog for clarity. <BR> All my days and nights are filled with flashbacks of the accident and tears flow easily. <BR> We all came so very close to death and remain grateful we didn't transition to the other side. <BR> They say time takes time. <BR> My condo has over $100,000.00 worth of damage and will take 6 to 18 months to repair the damage. <BR> I... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 01:54:15 EST When it rains it pours Family arrived last Tuesday evening from Berlin. I am thrilled to see them. We were doing the happy dance and heading for my kitchen to devour a big pot of yellow rice, one of the families faves. <BR> That was when a car crashed into my condo and caused a lot of structural and kitchen damage. Right now my life is in a whirlwind and I'm overwhelmed to say the least. <BR> Have to move out immediately because the structure is unsafe to occupy. <BR> I am heartbroken when my thoughts go t... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:22:42 EST Think I am in the problem solving mode now I know you all are tired of hearing me complain about non stop headaches for weeks now. <BR> Well, I still have it. <BR> Saw a great Neurologist today (finally). <BR> He does not think it is from stress. <BR> I will be starting physical therapy next week for traction, stretching and massage. <BR> <BR> I was getting really tired of hearing it was from stress. <BR> Just for tonight I am a happy camper. <BR> Really looking forward to getting back to the gym and, even more, feeling better. <BR> ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:24:18 EST New Internist Finally found a wonderful Internist who is close to home, communicates well with others, and is very thorough. <BR> We went thru my complete history and current concerns. <BR> I go in for extensive lab work in the morning. <BR> After she gets the results we will discuss the plan of action. <BR> Still having headaches but not as severe or constant. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sparkers for all of your support thru this rough patch in life. <BR> <BR> On a very exciting note, my daughter and family will b... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:56:33 EST Another Update It has been a while since the last blog. <BR> Still not feeling up to par. <BR> Headache is a little better but still not sleeping well. <BR> <BR> I am tired all the time and just not up to working out like I did. <BR> Yes, I still go to the gym on a regular basis but not whole heartedly. <BR> I force myself to do more walking to make up for the lack of enthusiasm to move the body. <BR> <BR> Have slacked off when it comes to eating. <BR> Have been doing way too much snacking. <BR> Poor choi... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:51:08 EST The Light is Very Bright <em>244</em> <BR> I am so grateful! <BR> I am feeling almost like my positive, motivated self. <BR> It has been a long haul. <BR> I remain in the dark about a diagnosis. <BR> The most important thing is that I feel so very much better. <BR> <BR> I joined SP to make the much needed lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> Never realized so much support was there for non weight issues that come up for all of us in every day life. <BR> <BR> SP cheerleaders are without a doubt the best in the world! <BR... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:54:12 EST Finally! I see the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. <BR> I have had this headache for almost four weeks now. <BR> It was getting worse daily. <BR> <BR> Had been to the Internist, ER, Doc in a box and a new Internist. <BR> No relief at that point. <BR> Have been put on six different medications for it. <BR> <BR> Then I was treated by my chiropractor and acupuncturist. <BR> Finally slept. <BR> <BR> A few days later I got a little relief. <BR> Not much but better than nothing. <BR> Now l... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 08:04:28 EST Update on my Saga It has been three weeks of having a constant headache. <BR> Have been to the ER; a walk in clinic; called my doctor's office five days in a row with no return call and saw a new doctor today. <BR> <BR> Still no answers an no relief. <BR> The nausea from pain really stinks. <BR> Sleep is disturbed by the pain. <BR> <BR> Trying different medications prescribed today. <BR> <BR> I am an upbeat person most of the time but this situation has made me a cranky grump. <BR> Grateful my friends u... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:11:00 EST Oh doctor, where art thou? Have not heard from my doctor since the day before labs were drawn. <BR> Have called daily with no return call. <BR> I am getting really ------. <BR> <BR> Have had a headache for a for two weeks now and it has gotten worse. <BR> This may be a symptom of possible Hyponatremia and the reason I went to the doc in the first place.. <BR> Have tried nasal spray, antihistamines , Motrin 800's, stretching and nothing has worked. <BR> <BR> Finally made the decision to go to the emergency room last n... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 19:57:17 EST Hyponatremia Update I saw my primary doctor and he looked at the lab reports I brought with me. <BR> He was alarmed. <BR> Then I got alarmed. <BR> Have to go in for special lab work in the morning. <BR> He told me I have to increase salt intake drastically. <BR> Limit fluids to two quarts a day whether I am sweating and exercising or not. <BR> Wow! <BR> That is a tall order for me to fill. <BR> I really don't like to go thirsty for very long. <BR> The only alternative is to be admitted to the hospital an... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:56:38 EST A word of thanks I have received overwhelming support about low sodium levels in my lab work. <BR> That support is very comforting. <BR> <BR> Have had some suggestions that I have looked into. Thanks for them! <BR> <BR> If you would like to research Hyponatremia, has been a source of enlightenment for me. <BR> <BR> By reading the articles I learned there is a danger in drinking too many fluids and that in itself can be a cause for low sodium levels and can be very serious if left undiagnos... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:26:20 EST Just got a call I had blood work drawn at the Rheumatologists office last week. <BR> Got a call about the results. <BR> I have Hyponatremia. <BR> That means that my sodium levels are low. <BR> <BR> Will go back tomorrow to have levels tested again. <BR> If levels are too low I will need to go into the hospital for treatment. <BR> Am praying my levels will go up without that happening. <BR> Hospitals and I just don't mix. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:38:50 EST Recipe Information I added my recipe for Vegetarian Stuffed Tomatoes in Spark Recipes. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:37:02 EST Created a new recipe that is fantastic! I decided to get creative in the kitchen today. <BR> <BR> I created Vegetarian Stuffed Tomatoes. <BR> Even surprised myself with this one! <BR> They are very filling, taste wonderful and low in calories. <BR> <BR> Another plus was that all the vegetables were a gift for doing some volunteer work today. <BR> My only expense were the other ingredients which were very cheap. <BR> <BR> Can be vegan by omtting the cheese topping. <BR> Check it out. <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> It is a real please... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:31:31 EST Not losing weight I haven't lost weight in almost three weeks now. <BR> The good news is that I am gaining muscle. <BR> Have been pretty steady at the gym and have stepped up the pace a bit. <BR> Actually walked five miles a few times which is a real accomplishment for me. <BR> First time in twenty years. <BR> <BR> It is such a big deal to me because there were two times I was told I would never walk again. <BR> Once when I had Polio as a child. <BR> Another was being in a coma which resulted in nerve damage.... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:41:03 EST Sweet Serenity Ah... It feels so great to be back in the land of balance and serenity once again. <BR> Car issues are a thing of the not so distant past but are in the past and staying there. <BR> I plan to get the car detailed to celebrate. This is for me and the poor car. <BR> <BR> Have upped the ante at the gym and finally accomplished walking on the treadmill for 10,000 steps A.K.A. 5 miles for the first time. That was a huge endorphin rush! <BR> <BR> Also am doing circuit training 3 to 4 times a w... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:58:14 EST Frustration and the car My car is finally repaired. <BR> Mechanic had it since December 24th. <BR> He returned my car to me yesterday without test driving it. <BR> It was making a weird knocking sound on the way home and I thought it was the road itself. <BR> Then it got worse. Gave him a call and had to take it back to the shop. <BR> I was there 3 hours. <BR> Now he tells me that this is a new problem. <BR> In order to repair it he needed to remove the tire which needed a lock nut. <BR> Mine was missing. <BR> ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:50:05 EST Update on car repairs Got a call from the mechanic earlier today. <BR> My car won't be ready until possibly Wednesday or Thursday. <BR> In the meantime the car rental is mounting up and up. <BR> The holiday rates are out of sight at $85.00 a day. <BR> <BR> My prayer of desperation these days is, 'Please God, keep me sane through this insanity'. <BR> <BR> Haven't been this out of sorts in a very, very long time. <BR> Don't like it at all. <BR> I am powerless in this situation and simply must let it go. <BR> Shift... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:14:22 EST Gifts from the produce fairy I got a call from a friend this morning offering me a huge amount of organic salad greens and clementine oranges. <BR> My kitchen is on overload with the produce. <BR> The salad greens are way too much just to be eaten as salad. <BR> Anyone have ideas about cooking with them? <BR> Also, any creative ideas for all these clementines? <BR> Don't want them to go to waste. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:48:18 EST Update on Car Still don't have my car back. <BR> They say it is because of the holidays and the transmission guys are just too busy. <BR> Wonder if I can believe what they are saying. <BR> <BR> The $85.00 a day car rental is freaking me out. <BR> It is the holidays is the reason its so much money for the car. <BR> This is a very costly lesson learned. <BR> It will not be repeated. <BR> <BR> My plan is to write a gratitude list tonight. <BR> Being stressed won't change things. <BR> It will only make m... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:07:23 EST Make Lemonade Making lemonade is really difficult to do at times. It is at least for me it is. <BR> On Monday I was out doing errands and some volunteer work when my car wouldn't shift into drive. <BR> My first words were -- ----. <BR> I remained calm on the outside while inside I was in panic mode. <BR> Got a push out of traffic and safely parked the car, called AAA and contacted my mechanic. <BR> Yes, it is the transmission. <BR> Very simply, It needs a new one to the tune of $2,000. <BR> Had ... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 20:37:47 EST Oh the Monitor Let me preface this blog with a confession. <BR> I have never nor will I ever be a computer guru. <BR> My computer was being quite testy lately and was about to call in the geeks for help. <BR> Then my monitor went black. <BR> When this happened to the television it was time for a new one. <BR> Figured it was the same in this case. <BR> Bought a new monitor and installed it myself. <BR> It actually worked. <BR> Problem solved! <BR> Yes, I am quite amazed and thrilled! <BR> I am back in ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:44:52 EST Received pictures I have pictures of my Grand daughter, Ophelia Zoi. <BR> She is perfect. <BR> Lots of hair and just beautiful. <BR> My daughter says she is a very good baby and loves to snuggle with her big sister, Alma. <BR> I am walking on air right now and will be for a long time. <BR> We are figuring out when I will visit. <BR> Probably in March. <BR> <BR> The only reason I am physically able to make a trip to Berlin is because of participating in SP. <BR> Six months ago I would never have thought a ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 14:26:58 EST Price of getting healthy Looks like I have a bruised rib as a result of working with the trainer on Sunday. <BR> It is uncomfortable but I continue to work out carefully and get in some cardio. <BR> Actually I feel better after a workout. Go figure. Must be the endorphins. <BR> <BR> The doctor has me on a Medrol Dose Pack for the arthritis flare and said it may help with the bruising as well. <BR> Just started it today so we will wait and see. <BR> In the meantime am drinking tons of brewed green tea. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:14:04 EST Oh! Ophelia has arrived! My Grand daughter, Ophelia arrived at 12:00 pm weighing in at 8 pounds 1 ounce and 21 inches long. I am thrilled! <BR> The time will drag on until my planned visit in April. <BR> This is a dream come true for my daughter and her family. Oh yes. For me too. <BR> Am way too excited to write anything else. <BR> <em>75</em> <em>173</em> <em>251</em> <em>173</em> <em>183</em> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 13:44:03 EST WOW! Thanks to Sparkers who gave me many superb suggestions about my pending and very costly dental work. <BR> They gave me lots to think about and take action upon. <BR> I will begin that research today. <BR> <BR> Have been dealing with lots of muscle spasms and achy joints the past few days. <BR> Had a massage last night and slept very well until 3 am. <BR> After that the pain set in again. <BR> I am not the brightest bulb on the tree. <BR> Would you believe that I forgot about havi... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:52:34 EST Update Had another appointment with the dentist for an in depth evaluation. <BR> The news isn't good. I need $6,000.00 worth of dental work. <BR> I plan to get a second opinion before I completely freak out. <BR> Please remind me to just trust the process and pray. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:47:20 EST Another busy day Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Today was another busy day. <BR> Didn't get much sleep last nite. I really need more than two hours sleep nightly. <BR> That was the first nite of insomnia since getting on a sleep schedule thanks to SP. <BR> That proved to me just how important it is not to mess with something that is working. <BR> Looking forward to a better nite tonight. <BR> <BR> Had a dental appointment this afternoon and was dreading it. I am phobic about them. <BR> Had too many negative exper... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:38:50 EST Had a fabulous day Today was full of things to accomplish and I did. <BR> Made a list and followed it thru. <BR> Saw the specialist and got a good report. <BR> Rheumatoid arthritis is being managed very well. <BR> We are both very pleased. <BR> She contributes it to a lot of work on my part with eating healthy, losing over 50 pounds and being more active. <BR> I agree... <BR> Never felt better ever. <BR> <BR> Have been invited to a close friends home for turkey day. <BR> To make sure there are things for me to... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:36:13 EST Jiggity Jog or Walk A.K.A. Treadmill Reached a goal today on the treadmill. <BR> Walked at 3.8 mph with an incline of 15% for over an half hour. <BR> For those who think that is no big deal, ok, you are entitled to your opinion and I am good with that. <BR> There is something that Sparkers don't know about me. <BR> I was in a coma about 15 years ago and was in the same position for four and a half days until I was found. <BR> As a result I have nerve damage in my right leg and a drop foot. <BR> I was in a rehabilitation hospital... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 15:05:33 EST The Gym Went to the gym this afternoon and did my first workout with the machines. Just did upper body. It was a real challenge but a very exciting experience. I feel like a little kid with a new toy. Sure hope it never gets old and boring. Thought I would be exhausted after the machines and treadmill for a total of an hour. Thought I would be exhausted but Nope!!! I'm raring to go! <BR> <BR> Funny how exercising doesn't make me hungry. Just thirsty. It is dinnertime and I had to force the ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:52:10 EST Update Am thrilled to report that I have gone to the gym three days in a row now. <BR> It feels wonderful to get my body going. <BR> Have done the same routine everyday and slowly increased either the weight or reps. <BR> I spend a half hour on the treadmill and another hour doing circuit training. <BR> So glad I finally joined the gym. <BR> <BR> My daughter lives in Germany and is expecting her second child any time now. <BR> Of course, my phone is right by my side all the time. I am so thrilled ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:08:09 EST Gym Time Have been blogging about joining the gym for a long time. <BR> Well, I finally did it this morning. <BR> This is the first time I have ever been involved with anything that has to do with exercise. <BR> It is just around the corner from where I live. <BR> The gym is clean and well equipped. <BR> While I was there I walked on the treadmill and did a half hour of circuit training. <BR> Oh, I feel like a big shot now. I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. <BR> Plan on going back tomorrow... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:27:33 EST Pain in the Neck All of the political calls have finally come to an end. <BR> I must have received at least fifty calls a day. <BR> Finally turned of the ringer on home phone. <BR> They were a pain in the neck to deal with. <BR> <BR> Speaking of neck pain, have had one for a week now. <BR> Hurts when I turn my head or tilt it to one side or another. <BR> Muscle spasms are waking me up at night. <BR> <BR> Think I can blame it on all of those annoying calls? <BR> Wonder who I could sue??? Just kidding. <BR> ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 22:17:50 EST Feelin' Groovy Again Hi All, <BR> <BR> Still have a bit of the sniffles today but feel really good in spite of being attached to a tissue box. <BR> <BR> Went to check out the YMCA in Parkland today. <BR> It was 14 miles from home and thought that was a bit too much driving just to exercise. <BR> The cost is over $35.00 a month and they have little to offer besides a dull looking gym and a few scattered classes. No pool either. <BR> <BR> Have made the final decision to join the gym right around the corner fr... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:10:12 EST How did my day start out? Not especially well. Felt like I was getting sick this morning. <BR> I had a book club pot luck-meeting to go to and a funeral in the afternoon. <BR> Then off to see a friend who had surgery. <BR> Was supposed to go with a friend but she wasn't feeling well and couldn't go. <BR> These are things I prefer to attend with someone. <BR> I was disappointed but planned to go anyway. <BR> So what happened? <BR> I went with another friend who felt the same way. <BR> Since I don't know if I am contag... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:51:16 EST What just happened? I really set myself up in the wee hours of the morning. <BR> The fresh iced white tea tasted great. I enjoyed lots of it yesterday and into morning hours. <BR> One little thing had been forgotten. It has caffeine. <BR> I can't sleep and it is 3:30 am. I am up for the day. <BR> <BR> I also finished off two cups of mixed nuts in the midst of all this. <BR> Why were they in the pantry? <BR> They had been for a potluck tonight. Too late. Will make better choices next time. <BR> Aware... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 03:38:28 EST Feels like summer! Something is wrong with this picture! <BR> Oh, no its not. I live in Florida! Duh <BR> Even so, it is just too warm for October. <BR> Have read a lot of Sparker's blogs about the cold weather. <BR> Would you please send some down my way? <BR> I wanna wear a sweater and long pants for a change. <BR> Guess I gotta have something to complain about. <BR> High class problems... <BR> Just for today I will be grateful for what I have received. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:02:43 EST Feelin' Groovy Hi all, <BR> <BR> Today has been yet another wonderful day in the neighborhood. <BR> It included some socializing, controlled shopping and four hours of work doing what I love to do. <BR> Tonite I am going to a meeting. <BR> Life is grand just for today. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:11:19 EST JCI What does JCI mean? <BR> Just checking in and that is what I'm doing. <BR> I got a call from my daughter who is expecting her second daughter in December. <BR> She lives in Germany which is a long way from sunny Florida. <BR> She is having some problems with the four year old. <BR> She wants to be the only girl in the family. <BR> She doesn't want Mommy to bring home another girl from the hospital. <BR> She told her to bring home a brother for her or no baby at all. <BR> The expectant mom's h... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:03:38 EST Back to the store again While I was exchanging the cordless stick vacuum last week I spotted what I thought was a great buy on a food processor. It was half price and looked like it was good quality. Looks can be deceiving. Well, I purchased one and went happily on my way. <BR> <BR> Stopped by the produce market and bought a pound of mushrooms and one of spinach. Both were on sale, of course. Decided to make a fritatta out of my purchases. <BR> <BR> Unpacked my new find, washed it and was a very happy ca... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:36:31 EST Shopping I have wanted a cordless vacuum for small jobs around the house for years. <BR> Found one that was 1/2 price with a good consumer rating at a local store. <BR> Yay!!! I bought it... <BR> You can see it doesn't take a lot for me to get excited about a household purchase. <BR> <BR> Had a busy day and finally had time tonight to put it together. <BR> Easy job, no? <BR> Well, I have to make another trip to the store to return this one. Why??? <BR> No battery! <BR> This is an easy fix. Jus... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 22:34:43 EST The close of a wonderful day Today is my 8 year anniversary in recovery and it has been a spectacular one! <BR> I worked part of the day and made some money which I will spend tomorrow for smaller size pants. <BR> Shirts are too big and will make do until I make some more money. <BR> Picked up my medallion at a meeting where many friends helped me celebrate my special day. <BR> Couldn't ask for a better day. <BR> Just for today I am a grateful recovering addict with another day clean! <BR> (And plan to stay that way.... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:00:24 EST