JOESFARMGIRL's SparkPeople Blog JOESFARMGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm going to try a new strategy Today is Tuesday and it is my usual weigh in day - and I am afraid to get on it. With my back being so bad the last month, I think I might have gained. I don't want to see it. <BR> <BR> Last night was the 2 year anniversary of my husband and my first date. We both realized we've gained weight since then. I can fit in the same clothes I wore - but the back fat is gross. So rather than a dinner out at our restaurant, I made a low calorie Italian dinner. And instead of an anniversary gift - I ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:29:07 EST Whoop! Whoop! I got a NEW Driver's License You know that Progresso Soup commercial where all these women call on the and say "It fits!" get a high five and celebrate with the Progresso ladies but that one woman says it to a guy and he's clueless? She then says, "Is there a woman I can talk to?" <BR> <BR> Well, my friends, THAT is the key to getting a new driver's license photo. Talk to a woman. And pay another $26.50. <BR> <BR> I got my license in the mail and if I thought it was bad in black and white, techno color is a whole other... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:42:39 EST New Driver's License Photo - ugh. Well - if anyone out there ever needs additional motivation to keep on trucking with your SP plan, go get a new driver's license picture taken. <BR> <BR> I finally got around to doing that yesterday. I've been needing to get the address and last name change now since June and of course the DMV makes it really easy. After assembling approximately 14,248 documents to prove that I was actually born in the US, making 3 separate trips 20 miles from home with various bills with my new name, and 1 ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 09:51:21 EST THIS takes confidence! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I absolutely love this but I think one had better be an XS to confidently parade about while sporting elephants upon oneself. <BR> <BR> Perhaps that is a worthy goal. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:25:20 EST When they laugh - FORCE them to participate! So I'm doing the 30-day shred challenge that Vintagepage on Sole Sparkers put out there and ... well ... I've learned some new things about myself. <BR> <BR> First - it is absolutely possible for every square inch of your body to hurt all at the same time. Including your fingernails. Remember that scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indy says "its not the years honey, its the mileage" and then points to the one spot on his body (elbow) that doesn't hurt??? Yeah - its also the years and t... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:35:24 EST OH! I'm back where I started - and that is actually a GOOD thing I was having a bad week. I hurt my back and couldn't work out. I'd regained all the weight I'd lost and then some over the last 2 months and holidays due to stress over the job situation. <BR> <BR> So when I restarted Spark, it was with a little motivation, but mostly disappointment. I was up to 160 pounds - my highest point ever. I was disappointed in myself for allowing this to take place. I say "allowing" because I did nothing to stop it. I used food to make me feel better. <BR> <BR> L... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:14:24 EST Making Time for ME - How do YOU do it? I think I am experiencing the typical thing most women experience. I can't justify taking time for me, "because there is just so much to do." <BR> <BR> Oh - how many times have I said that? <BR> <BR> Since I work out of our house, I feel like I can't take even 10 minutes just for me. There is a farm to tend to. We have our online business to take care of. There are projects to get done before the weather gets nice and we move our focus back outside. <BR> So I feel guilty if I stop to log ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:32:32 EST I'm in Cell Phone Hell I am not a techno-geek. <BR> <BR> I do not have to have the latest gadget or newest deal. I don't know (or care) what the difference is between Android/SmartPhone/4G/3G. I actually resisted even getting a phone for years. The only thing I do insist on is an actual key board so I don't have to count how many times I pressed a button to type "Hi Joe." (I almost always end up typing "IG J6F" before I get completely aggravated and yell "74IT.' <BR> <BR> Anyway - I need a new phone. I do not th... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:38:42 EST My Dog Came Home Yesterday with a Prize - A Head I bet THAT title got your attention! Let me start by assuring you it wasn't human, or this story would have a whole different bent. <BR> <BR> This past weekend my husband got up on Saturday morning and was really sick. He fully succumbed to the cold he'd been trying to fight and, well, looked and felt like crap. So I tucked him in bed, fired up the Vicks humidifier, started making a pot of homemade chicken soup, and was determined to get him over the worst of it before Monday morning. <BR> ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:55:49 EST Somehow I ended up in a mud - mosh pit... I try. I really do. But for the life of me - I simply do not know how I end up in these situations, other than for the amusement of others. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I woke up and decided that in order to launch my online vintage store today, I was going to stay inside and work on my photography, listings, and pricing. That was it. Nothing else. And to guarantee that, I took a shower and put a fresh set of pajamas on. (The irony of that considering a prior blog was not lost on me but in all honest... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:13:28 EST Almost Ready to Launch! I had to share this. My store is almost ready to launch on Etsy. I needed to list 8 items and they are ready. I'm trying to add 4-5 a day so there is a variety. I was going through my photography and came across this photo I took. I love it! It was an attempt to be 'artsy' (which I am not) and I couldn't believe it. I took advantage of the sun that decided to appear for a few minutes and it made me retake a bunch. <BR> <BR> Well - I've got to go mail that 56 piece vintage dish set I sold ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:53:56 EST Ok - The snark monster in me is coming out. I have a pet peeve. When did I turn into my mother? Or worse - when did I become cranky Clint Eastwood in Grand Torino? I am metaphorically yelling at all the teenagers out there who are metaphorically standing on my lawn. <BR> <BR> Please - someone tell me when the 'fashion' trend of wearing your pajamas out in public will end. I live in a small farming town and its not like we expect anyone to dress to the nines to go to Safeway. But shouldn't you at least 'get dressed?' Does it really take that much effort t... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:45:04 EST It was worse than I thought and other updates Ugh. I got on the scale today after a month and a half of illness and I was right. I not only gained back ALL the weight I'd lost, I added 3 pounds for good measure. So it is back to the beginning again. <BR> <BR> Again. I have said that so many times in my life where weight loss is concerned that you'd think I'd have had enough of it. I think I have. After today, I will NOT start over on losing weight again. This is the last time. <BR> <BR> But - how do you start something for the very ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:15:13 EST Starting over ...because (GASP!)...I'm wearing MOM JEANS So - the past few months have been - well - difficult. My lupus flared up in October and I have a bad habit of disappearing when it does. I feel like no one wants to be around sick people. Then my arthritis kicked in and my feet went wonky so I had to back off the exercise. Oh - and then I got pneumonia and the doctor put me on complete bed rest. (Well - theoretically complete. The only person who would ever put someone on that is someone who has never been sentenced to it.) <BR> <BR> As a r... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:29:54 EST Was there a full moon last night? Hello all again. I've been away from blogging with a nasty flu and cold and through the fog of Nyquil - well - words were difficult. Spelling was even worse. Somehow I managed to not only sound like Elmer Fudd, but write like him too. I fwelt weewy weewy bwaaad. <BR> <BR> Anyway - quick question. Was there a full moon last night? Or some kind of cosmic joke directed at me and all things electrical?? <BR> <BR> I ask this because the home renovations continue under very dubious circumstance... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:41:50 EST I had a pudding malfunction today... First off - I am a GOOD baker. Seriously - you don't gain the weight like I did if you can't hold your own in the baking department. But what happened today is truly humbling to my baker's ego. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my sweet husband's birthday and I asked him what kind of cake he would like. He said 'pudding.' <BR> <BR> I had no idea what that meant. Is this some kind of British thing I asked? <BR> <BR> No, he explained, instead of a frosting or fruit filling between the layers he wante... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:04:37 EST 10 pound and 1 wedding ring - Lost. Well here is a side effect of SP I wasn't expecting! I mentioned earlier that Joe has lost 10 pounds on my SP plan. Apparently it came out of his hand because we lost his wedding ring. The other day he was washing his hands and it flew off in the sink. He caught it but it was quite a surprise. <BR> <BR> Then over the weekend, while we were packing up his garage, he apparently lost his wedding ring and we didn't notice until later that night. We've gone through all the boxes and can't find it... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:50:49 EST An actual weight not-loss blog from me I'm stumped. I really am. For the past month I have been eating really carefully (even though I haven't had time to log it) and physically active almost continuously. The proof? My husband has lost 8 pounds. Me? Zero. Nada. Nothing. I'm pretty sure he isn't losing it via osmosis. <BR> <BR> We are eating the same thing only he in greater proportions. We have been working the farm and grounds at night together, walking the property for fence repair (very labor intensive). And I've been busy ... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:24:09 EST OK Nature - you win. So... it has been quite some time since I've posted anything. Not that we haven't been deluged with oddities (and I mean oddities - like me chasing Dudley through the house trying to retrieve a deer or elk leg - hoof still attached - he found somewhere and managed to get through the dog door). But I've mostly been in a battle royale with Nature. You see, we finished the garage before the rains came but that meant a little neglect to the gardens, fruit trees, and alas, the farm animals. (No wo... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:09:55 EST Emergency Room Visit and Pig talk Well last night was eventful! We had another late night because my husband may be slightly more clumsy than I am. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, deer season started, and Joe went-a-hunting. As I have said earlier - my adventures in hunting have not been much fun so I though I'd much rather be productive here. I stayed in bed and slept. So off he went at 5:15 am. At 7:15 am my phone rang. He got a buck and I needed to bring the cart to him. <BR> <BR> Crap. I really wanted to sleep in but duty... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 13:10:09 EST I lead a very weird life So - for the past 2.5 weeks I've been MIA from SP and have missed it terribly. We have been literally overwhelmed with building the shop/moving my husbands household/prepping that house to rent (oh and it is 100 miles away from us)/harvesting enough food to feed the county/pet death/and a back injury (me). Nevertheless, I still lost a few pounds and several inches. Yea me! <BR> <BR> But no one wants to hear those mundane things and I sure don't feel like writing about them. I do lead a very ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:41:48 EST Really?? Can the make job searching any more rediculous? I got this today from LinkedIn - the 'premier' job searching web base: <BR> <BR> Tina! Jobs you may be interested in: <BR> <BR> Nuclear Engineer <BR> <BR> NuScale Power - Oregon (Corvallis, Oregon Area) <BR> Apply Now <BR> On Fire! 133 people have applied <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm a paralegal. <BR> <BR> Let's see ... paralegal ... nuclear engineer ... nuclear engineer...paralegal.... Yeah - I can see the connection. <BR> <BR> But I'm not sure I would have used "NuScale Power is "On Fire!!... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:46:14 EST Sigh ... my cat is a better writer today than I am. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meet Harold. AKA Hairy-toes, aka Buttercat, aka Fatty McButterpants. <BR> <BR> He is driving me crazy today. I am trying to design my brochures for my business and he apparently not only has quite a bit to say (and very loudly I might add), but he also wants to type it out. It generally looks like this: <BR> <BR> aleraweehrwl34r328n)(*%%IMdkjra4rqp32skj<BR>vmmrautyppppppppppppppppppppp <BR> <BR> Very hard to tra... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:52:19 EST The things we dread the most may just be the path to success... I've had a rough couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> No weight loss (although I'm smiling at my smaller pants size). <BR> No job interviews but lots of job rejections. <BR> I was put on a new medication for my rheumatoid arthritis that had me so off balance I apparently woke up in the middle of the night and was talking about suicide. (I have no memory of the late night conversation but my husband was so upset he begged me to call my doctor and sure enough - suicidal thoughts are a side effect - so ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:42:33 EST Inspiration and Encouragement are Everywhere I decided to check in on my friend feed and found MOMCATT's entry for today. In it she was talking about making changes. We are both going through the job search ordeal. One of the things she said was she was going to ask 2 ladies she's knows for mentoring. She was going to bite the bullet and do it. <BR> <BR> That really hit home. Literally. This morning at breakfast, my husband said 'so are we still on for the barbecue tomorrow?' I've been dreading this question all week. <BR> <BR> The BB... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 12:29:42 EST Cucumber Bread - No - seriously- It isn't gross I'm posting the recipe based on a few requests. First off, it really isn't gross. I've discovered that cucumbers have such little flavor that all they do is add moisture to the bread. ALOT. So instead of zucchini or carrots, I added cucumbers in a "what if" kind of experiment. With 30 pounds of them and more on the vine, I was willing to sacrifice a couple of them. <BR> <BR> In the end, add enough cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla, and anything tastes good! But the cucumbers gave me a nice mo... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:59:31 EST We, the cats, would like a rebuttal blog.... It has come to our attention that we, the cats, have been horribly maligned in some previous blogs. Further, any comment on us was done without our permission and we are seeking legal counsel against one said JoesFarmGirl, aka, Mom. <BR> <BR> As the senior feline of the household, I, Harold, aka Hairy-toes, aka Fatty McButterpants, will do the speaking for the crew. <BR> <BR> > wait - why can't I talk? (Kiki) <BR> > because you're a cat. (Bugg) <BR> > will you two shut up? I'm trying to ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:26:55 EST "THIS is a chicken farm..." "and we're the chickens." <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think we need a bit of background first. This is not a chicken farm, I am not Mrs. Tweedy, but we do have chickens who are trying to make a run for it. And I have more critters trying to join the plot to kill me. <BR> <BR> Meet Agatha and Esmerelda. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I gave them nam... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 14:13:18 EST Bless his little foot in his mouth ... it tastes like sock I read a blog by OLIVIANIGHT today and in it was a quote by her boyfriend. He was trying to give her a compliment and it went totally awry. <BR> <BR> That reminded me of a series of comments I've gotten over the years that - well - just missed the mark. Starting with last night and my own poor dear husband. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor yesterday because my lupus and arthritis have been flaring so badly that I can barely walk without pain. Add to that, I have developed a nerve condition i... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:54:53 EST Did the size 0 girls just vaporize? Why are all their dresses for sale??? This inspiration for this blog is SP member Nataligenz who is wearing the MOST adorable dress in her picture. She was kind enough to tell me where she got it (Anthropologie) and warned me that the prices online would make my eyes pop out of my head (and that just sounds uncomfortable). <BR> <BR> Being properly forewarned about potential eye poppage, I went onto the sight, and sure enough - <BR> <BR> HOLY S&%#!!! - are they freaking kidding? <BR> <BR> OK - undeterred, I went to ebay and t... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:49:59 EST I think my cats are plotting against me .... The alarm went off this morning and I didn't hear it. At all. My husband rolled over and turned it off for what we call 'snuggle time.' When he turned back, mere seconds later, he was greeted by a wall of animals between us, all staring at him. <BR> <BR> We have 4 critters who live with us. Or have allowed us to live here with them. <BR> <BR> Dudley is the dog. He is half basset and half corgi. I call him a corsett. He has eyes reminiscent of Barbara Bush and a little French mustache. I am... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:44:03 EST This has been bugging me - 1 lb of muscle vs. 1 lb of fat We've all heard it. In fact, I think we've all probably SAID it: a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat. <BR> <BR> We say it when the scale hasn't moved. <BR> <BR> But the logical part of my brain can't accept that. A pound is a pound is pound. <BR> Does a pound of feathers weigh less than a pound of gold? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Does a 20 pound chihuahua weigh less than a 20 pound cat? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:27:49 EST I went hunting - and not in the grocery aisle First off - let me say this - I am NOT a hunter. I'm the gatherer. And I am, as much as I wish I wasn't, a carnivore. My husband, however, is a hunter and we eat a lot of venison, elk, antelope, and fowl. He is also the best fisherman I've ever encountered, so we have a lot of fish too. He makes sure we get through the year. <BR> <BR> Because he works so hard at this, and because my doctors said I need animal protein for my specific health issues, I've decided I should go and see what goes ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 13:26:17 EST I Don't Want to be a 'Whoa!' - or maybe - I do! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok - So I know this is kind of mean (and obviously photoshopped) but it still made me laugh and became my new motivation. When I first saw it, I said that's my new mantra: Don't be a Whoa! <BR> <BR> Now, I'm betting that anyone who might read this is thinking that the only motivation I got from this picture is: lose the weight. Don't be a whoa! <BR> <BR> But it isn't. In this picture I saw something else. I saw... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:25:23 EST Climbing my way out of the abyss to appreciate the beauty around me First - I want to thank all of SP for the kind and uplifting words left yesterday. I was so sad I just didn't know how to get out of it. Writing about it made it easier and getting the views of others made me realize that I did the right thing. Even though it wasn't the easy way, it was the RIGHT way. <BR> <BR> Today I got up and every part of me hurt. My bones ache and my ankles won't bend. I know it is my RA and it always flares up when I'm upset. I called and tried to make an appointment ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:32:22 EST Lowest of Low Points I had to convince myself today to do this. I had quite possibly the lowest day in my life yesterday. I'm writing this only so I face it head on and don't let it throw me into a spiral of emotional eating and a deeper depression. <BR> <BR> Last night my husband came home and I immediately asked him what was wrong. I can tell - no matter what. Well, a check I wrote to a friend of ours bounced. I've NEVER bounced a check and still don't know how that happened. But I've been unemployed now for... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:18:00 EST My Own Boot Camp Weekend Adventure This weekend my husband and I went to the Oregon coast to go camping. Now, that sounds relaxing doesn't it? Camping. Sitting by a fire at night, spending the day on a river bank with a fishing pole. Occasionally going in for a dip to cool off and warming up on the rocks in the sun. Ahhh - relaxation. <BR> <BR> Allow me to introduce you to my husband. <BR> <BR> Joe - this is everyone. <BR> Everyone - this is Joe. <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:22:15 EST Really?? What is WRONG with my family? This is going to be short and really more of a WTF? blog than anything else. I'm getting us packed up to go on a hiking/camping/fishing/computer free weekend. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I harvested a whole lot of zucchini from our garden. I needed to do something so I made a low cal zucchini bread and froze one of the two loaves. My mom had sent me the cookbook and I wrote her to tell her that I used the cookbook and thanked her. <BR> <BR> The response: "Just don't eat too much." <BR> <BR> WTF... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:37:43 EST Did I cheat? Did I fail? Should I beat myself up? Yes - I gave in to the craving yesterday for ice cream. It was unbelievably hot and I was working outside all day in the gardens and vineyard portion of our property. And all I could think of was I wanted a small scoop of ice cream. <BR> <BR> I made our dinner (elk, no fat/low cal mini mac and cheese, and home canned green beans) ... and thought about nothing but that ice cream. I did the dishes ... and thought about ice cream. I got another glass of water ... it didn't taste like ice cream... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:18:27 EST Officially have passed a week of diligence - now what? Oh my. It is so easy to have that first week 'raring to go' motivation, isn't it? You count every calorie, log every minute of movement, diligently track EVERYTHING on SP. And lose 2 or 3 pounds which is fantastic. <BR> <BR> And then week 2 starts. Wahwaaaaaaaaa. <BR> <BR> Will I still have my enthusiasm at the same levels? What if I don't lose any weight this week? Will my raring to go attitude, well, go? <BR> <BR> This is the dreaded week 2. This is the week that will determine if I wi... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:24:50 EST X-treme Canning?? I think I invented a new sport - and it comes with its own injury. X-treme canning. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are canning a lot of our fresh vegetables and we had to hack back a lot of the tomato bushes which have gone haywire. To save most of the tomatoes, I had to prune a lot of branches off but I just couldn't justify throwing out 5-6 pounds of green tomatoes. So I decided to make green tomato salsa from them. <BR> <BR> (This is where I go back to the blog title.) So, to save the tomato... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:51:47 EST Superficial goals. I LIKE them! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is something so satisfying about having a goal that is no more than a superficial, selfish, 'damn I look good' goal. That's what this is. I want to weat THAT dress. Oh - and say - damn I look good. <BR> <BR> I know that "getting healthy," "being a better me," "living a good life" yada yada yada are all the right goals. The noble goals. And I want all those. But I want to look good while doing all that! I d... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:38:45 EST They're called Rheumatoid Nodules ... that sounds sexy doesn't it? They're called rheumatoid nodules - little pockets of fluid and schmutz about the size of a quarter - that form around the joints. They feel like trying to walk on tennis balls. <BR> <BR> This is the best way I can describe the physical challenges I have to face on a daily basis. I don't mean this in a 'poor me' kind of way. I mean it more in a 'crap - they're back - how do I work out?' kind of way. When it is unbelievably painful to walk - how do you jump and kick and twist in taebo or PX9... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:17:01 EST Live today like Phoebe ran in the park!!! Remember the Friends episode when Phoebe and Rachel ran in the park? She ran like she was 6 years old, enjoying every step. It was sheer joy and not caring what anyone thought about her. <BR> <BR> That is my goal for today: Whatever I'm doing it will be with sheer joy and like nobody is watching. <BR> <BR> I won't let my normal inhibitions take hold. That is a big deal for me. I'm naturally a wall flower, hiding in the background. I don't like to run in public because someone 'might be wa... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:50:11 EST Arthritis, PX90, and Discovering My Superhero Alter Ego! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yup - I'm Elektra! Woohoo! Well, according to the Superhero Quiz at least. And I kind of like that. Elektra 's 'powers' are mainly attributed to her extreme skill as a ninja. She does not have any super abilities, she has just naturally enhanced her physical form to the point that her movement and reflexes seem superhuman. And isn't that what we are trying to do? Enhance our physical form and transforming our heal... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:14:50 EST Day 3 and 2.5 pounds gone FOREVER <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yea me! 2.5 pounds gone. Ok - so I know it is water weight, but 2.5 pounds of water weight gone means a whole lot to someone with chronic arthritis. <BR> <BR> 2.5 pounds of less water weight means my ankles don't hurt. <BR> If my ankles don't hurt, it means I can walk further. <BR> If I can walk further, it means I can burn more calories. <BR> If I can burn more calories, it means I am closer to meeting that Augu... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:33:25 EST Spousal support - day 2 <img src=""> <BR> (and this just made me giggle) <BR> <BR> <BR> Well it is day 2. Phew. It is always hardest to finish that first day. I am beset by my body/brain trying to convince me not to do this. First it is uncontrollable hunger - most of it not real. I call it panic hunger. When I wouldn't give in, I got a horrible headache all day. But I made it through. <BR> <BR> Day 2 is now being faced with my body's second assault on my det... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:21:57 EST First Day! Well, here we go! This is the first day. Why have I decided to start down this path AGAIN? Well, because I know I can do it for one thing. I lost 35 pounds 2 years ago and never felt better. Then a series of injuries and a flare up of my RA put it all back on in the last year. I got married just over a month ago, and while I loved my dress, I ended up getting a shrug to avoid the back fat issue. <BR> <BR> So why today? Well, it took me a month to come to grips with what got back to me abou... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:35:13 EST