JULIETTECAKE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JULIETTECAKE JULIETTECAKE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Memory Loss and Death of a Loved One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649697 My Uncle died quietly in his sleep Wednesday/ Thursday. He was a quiet man with a good sense of humor, and always a twinkle in his eyes. I knew his health was not great, but am surprised to find him gone. He will be missed. <BR> <BR> My Mom, has vascular dementia. She has been asking to go and visit him and Aunt Muriel. Because she has a fractured pelvis we have told her that we would wait until spring time to visit. Hopefully, pain would be less for her and her walking improved. <BR> ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:09:56 EST Insomniac Special http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541642 Not such a good week as far as sleeping has been. I am only getting about 3 hours a night. Not much, I can do about it. Nothing really seems to work long term. So, I try to be positive about it. This morning, I was up early, so I let the dog out early, ran a load of laundry, and had extra time on spark people. Hopefully, will have time for a longer morning walk. <BR> <BR> I guess it's because the stress level is higher this week at home and work. At work we are heading in to physical ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:39:57 EST Sleep Journal 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532607 I've decided to start a sleep journal, to try and track what is happening. Also, not so good at communicating. <BR> <BR> I fell asleep in five minutes. Slept for 3 hrs 50 minutes. Woke 8 times during the night and was up and 3:30am. I hour before I need to wake. Last food was at about 8:30pm. 1/2 whole pita w/ 1/2 slice cheese. 2 glasses of red wine. <BR> <BR> My sleep med was Nyquil, as it helps with allergies and sinus pain. I used to take a sedative. But, found I don't really s... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 06:54:36 EST Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525168 So, tired. It is 3am and I have had 2.5 hours of sleep. That's it for the day. Ugh, welcome to Monday. I've been doing better, sleeping longer. I slept an entire 7 hours on Sunday. I honestly don't remember the last time I slept that well. Then, it's followed be 2.5 hours. Kind of feels like no progress. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 04:00:44 EST Building a Healthy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522896 Well, it kind of feels like starting over. Since I am down only about 10 pounds since I started SP. But, without SP I don't know that I would have made it through this last year. It was a year, August 25th that my Dad died (day after my birthday). Mom has vascular dementia that is getting worse. It is heart breaking to watch her. <BR> <BR> So, what have I accomplished this year? That is what I keep asking myself. Well, having insomnia/ depression means that I am tired all the time. ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:08:56 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299082 I'm not sure where to begin on this blog. But my purpose is to begin to become happier and stronger. Right now, I am struggling with insomnia and depression. Because of this my weight is slowly creeping up. I'm not sure which comes first the insomnia or the depression. I think it's the insomnia causing the depression, but it's really hard to say after everything that has happened. <BR> <BR> I do take a trycylic antidepressant to help me sleep. Without taking it I am up more than I am... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:29:18 EST Long time, no blog (1 Year SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207537 I see me last blog was back in November as we were moving my Mom. We moved her essentials in November. But, with the holidays are now moving the rest of her things. January 26th is when the moving truck is scheduled. After that we will have to paint the walls, clean carpets and find places for the rest of her furniture. <BR> <BR> It's been a difficult last year in many ways. Yet, physically and emotionally I am much stronger than a year ago when I began my journey. I am apx 40 pounds ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:26:30 EST Moving Mom to Assisted Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150214 Hello! <BR> <BR> Just a quick note to my sparkfriends, that an opening happened in the Assisted Living Apartments my Mom is wanting. She will be moving on Saturday. As I have two days to prepare for the move, I will not be on Sparkpeople until after the move is completed. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:41:57 EST My Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108073 Just a note to let you know that I had to take my Mom to the hospital last night as she was very confused. It turns out she was dehydrated and has a UTI. They are keeping her for observation, OT and PT today. So, hoping if she is fine that she will be discharged today. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:19:05 EST Hip Bursitis with tendonitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088909 I visited the orthopedist, and he confirmed that it is hip bursitis with tendonitis. They gave me a hydrocortizone injection to help with the inflammation. I will also need to visit a physical therapist for a while. <BR> <BR> So, it will be a little slower than I had anticipated in returning to my usual exercise schedule. I will see the therapist once a week and will then need to practice each day. That will give me something to do to help my progress. I also did the chair video on Sp... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:28:59 EST Possible Bursitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083487 I went to the doctor yesterday as I was having sharp, burning pain in my right hip. My doctor says it may be bursitis and would like an xray to check. Hopefully, I can schedule an evening time when my husband is home with the car. Not sure, how this could happen. I am not aware of hurting my hip. I haven't been jogging on the treadmill since my daughter's surgery. I have just been gradually adding exercise back into my routine. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:08:24 EST My Daughter & Her Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059183 I am writing this blog from my daughter's hospital room. Imagine, wireless internet in a hospital. <BR> <BR> My daughter's surgery went very well. After the overdose this spring, this is such a relief. I had worried about her being in pain, but with the pump she is able to control it. I am surprised at how little she uses the extra bump. <BR> <BR> She stood up for the first time this morning, and I am so looking forward to her being able to eat solid food. So, much like when your c... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:44:46 EST My health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050916 It has been such a long time since my last blog. So, much has happened since I last wrote, that I will just talk about me today. I received my test results back and they were all wonderful. My doctor was very happy and said, "I would be happy to give these test results to any of my patients". I was quite surprised. I had expected some improvement but not glowing test results. She also wrote out a new prescription for my BP med where I will take essentially half a pill twice a day instea... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 11:43:42 EST Cholesterol Panel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004260 Tomorrow I go to the doctor's office to have a cholesterol panel & my glucose checked. I feel like I am getting ready for a final exam. I have given 100% to becoming healthier and stronger. If the test doesn't come back the way I'm hoping, then I will just have to accept help getting to my goal. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:44:03 EST Mother-Son Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982404 We had such a fun day today. Quinn and I went on a boat ride on the Mississippi today. We both love boats and water. On the way up we saw two eagles in trees. On the way back I saw a Great Blue Heron. We also went canoeing, while he fished. I think the fishing was his favorite part. So much fun, so much sun, soooo tired. Such a lovely day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501130631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And of course, a picture of Quinn fishing. <BR> <... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:56:26 EST Surgery Cancelled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947017 Just a quick update on my daughter. Shortly after beginning prep for surgery my 15-year daughter's blood pressure elevated. It was high enough that surgery was immediately stopped. The surgeon came to let us know what was happening. As soon as he stepped out of the OR my daughter had a seziure. Shortly, after she continued to have 3 additional seizures. They kept her heavily sedated to prevent additional seizures. She was given 8.5 times the reccomended dosage of one of her meds. It ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:36:52 EST Bad Day Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940115 Yesterday started out a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning. We decided to go down to the new Menard's for the things for the new garden. We were going straight through an intersection when an eighteen-year old making a left turn failed to yield and hit the front passenger side. <BR> <BR> Everyone is fine. Our only car, isn't. I would estimate it will probably be in the body shop for about a week. We are insured, so insurance will take care of most of the damages. <BR> <BR> The timin... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:36:43 EST So tired this last week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938147 It's been some time since I posted a blog. I have tried, but was so tired I couldn't string words together. I had so much fun on my anniversary, but we stayed up late and my body woke me at my usual time. For someone struggling with insomnia and etc. this is a bad thing. I have been catching myself eating to stay awake. So, I have been at the upper end or over my calories several times. This is why I was so surprised to be down a pound this week. Well, I guess it just means that what ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:13:00 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913891 My June goal is very simple, I want to get as close to weighing 135 pounds as I can by the end of the month. That is a 10 pounds loss, to reach by the end of June. So, more realistically, if I could just break into the 130's I would be happy. Maybe, 139 pounds? That definitely sounds good. It makes me feel good to achieve some of the goals that I set, that I wasn't even sure I could achieve. <BR> <BR> The reason 135 pounds was my original target weight, is that at that point I will... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 21:47:03 EST Blood Pressure Readings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910560 I thought about the visit with the cardiologist for about a week. I understand why he didn't want to reduce the dosage, from his perspective the safest thing to do was to maintain the status quo. After all, reducing or eliminating the med could cause harm. <BR> <BR> From my perspective, as a 40 something person, I am just too young to be dizzy on a daily basis. I find it unacceptable to be at a high risk for falls. Also, it's hard to exercise when you don't have energy. <BR> <BR> So, I ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 21:19:45 EST When are you beautiful? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909022 Beauty is something that I have been thinking about. I see on pages people saying, "I want to lose weight to feel beautiful or sexy." So, if you lose XX # of pounds, you automatically become beautiful &/ or sexy? Well, maybe.... or maybe not. I am 2/3 of the way through my journey and some days I feel beautiful and some days, so not. <BR> <BR> That made me start thinking, what is beauty anyway? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a p... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:00:38 EST Cleaned Out My Closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888925 I cleaned out my closet today. It was something that I really have needed to do for some time. But, I just couldn't go any longer with multiple sizes in my closet. I could no longer tell what would fit and what wouldn't. LOL!!! <BR> <BR> What really helped was evaluating the item based on how it made me feel. There were some items that fit, but I feel awkward or dowdy wearing them. Out they went!!! I also saved one pair of baggy sweats for those rare days of relaxing at home. All ... Sat, 19 May 2012 19:51:14 EST Disappointing Doctor Appointment about Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883369 I went to the doctor today because I have been dizzy. Essentially, he did agree that periodically my blood pressure was bottoming out. His answer, was to tell me to sit down when I become dizzy. Essentially, unless I actually pass out he won't change my meds. Hmmm, this doesn't work so well for me. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I get where he is coming from. He sees a middle-aged, over weight woman, with high-blood pressure. The current medication is effectively lowering her blood press... Tue, 15 May 2012 22:48:03 EST Building a Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878818 Today, we worked on the new garden all day. The kids helped us remove the remaining sod this morning. My husband spent the afternoon building two small retaining walls in the garden. I worked on amending the soil with peat moss. Tomorrow we will finish amending the soil, and will put the landscape fabric on, and finally put in the plants. <BR> <BR> It was a physically exhausting day. It was a wonderful day!!! A year ago I didn't have enough energy to even feel happy looking at my garde... Sat, 12 May 2012 22:42:49 EST Here's what is blooming in my garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l834823447.jpg"> Bleeding Hearts <BR> <BR> I took these photos last week when i was feeling down. I spend a fair amount of time weeding my garden and maintaining it. But rarely do I take time just to enjoy. I was so glad I did that day, it really lifted my spirit. What do you do when you are feeling down? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l668190454.jpg"> My crabapple <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 6 May 2012 11:34:00 EST Dr. Appt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866847 I scheduled a doctor appointment today with a new cardiologist. I have nearly passed out two days in a row. Both days, I was in the file room, so lots of bending and standing. I am thinking that my blood pressure is dropping. But, my readings in the evening are still pretty normal, so they must be coming back to normal. I am seeing a new doctor as my old clinic has moved. Also, I didn't feel comfortable with the Nurse Practitioner. She was very nice, but I prefer someone more straigh... Fri, 4 May 2012 20:26:07 EST Visit with Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856635 We are back from visiting Dad in the hospital. It is about 2 hours 1 way to visit him in the hospital. He is in a locked ward in a small town. I feel so much more peaceful after seeing him. He is still very angry, with Mom, Eric and I. But that's OK, because he is where he needs to be. He is on several antidepressants and a med to improve his cognitive function. He is also cooperating with the counseling. I suppose he will be there another week. I would imagine we will begin looki... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:21:18 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854032 I've been looking back on April, and realized that I only lost 3 pounds this month. I felt bad, until Eric pointed out that we had so much going on. OK, so if this had been a year ago, I would have been lucky to only gain 3 pounds. I haven't been able to go to the gym like I want, but I have been walking. As stressful, as this last week has been, I did find time to walk each day. Definitely, a victory. Maybe exercise is becoming a habit? <BR> <BR> Still, I would like to continue moving... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 22:06:45 EST Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852534 On Sunday, we removed the battery from my Dad's car because he was driving drunk. On Monday, I phoned his doctor to express concern that his behavior was dangerous. Tuesday afternoon she called back. I am very thankful for her phone call and the timing. Dad's lung cancer, while slow growing, is terminal. My parents, have been resisting putting Dad in a nursing home, because they have been thinking that he would live longer than the long-term care insurance will pay for. My Dad will no... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:13:14 EST Horrible Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847207 We went to visit my parents tonight. Eric and Quinn were sweeping out the garage and Dad wanted to watch and supervise. Dad fell and hit his head against 100 yr old metal trunk. We took Dad to the emergency room where he needed 6 stitches above his eyebrow. <BR> <BR> Dad was drunk and slurring his words. The ER doctor could smell it on him. The neighbors are scared of his driving. He recently was visited by the sheriff as someone driving behind him complained about his driving. I'm af... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:42:23 EST New Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838283 I have updated my photo gallery with new photos. It's hard to believe that it has been 3 months since I began my weight loss journey. The new photos show me at 24 pounds lost. I also colored my hair this weekend and tried a new hair cut. I was also feeling pretty confident, so I tried my black dress that I haven't been able to wear in quite some time. Amazingly, the dress fits. So, cool I can wear it to Cassie's confirmation. By the time I reach my wedding anniversary, I think I might ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:34:38 EST Feeling Lighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832562 I find it hard to believe, but I am actually beginning to look forward to weigh in day. It is the day I used to dread and anxiously anticipate. It's on Wednesday, because that is as far as I could get it from the weekend. Yep, don't do so well in an uncontrolled environment. But, bad or good, Weigh In Wednesday, has simply become the beginning of a new week. Doesn't matter how good or bad I did the previous week, in the new week, I need to try to lose another 2 pounds. <BR> <BR> On Wei... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:43:57 EST What a day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819101 It has been quite the day today. Most of it was spent at the doctor's office. They ran two additional sets of x-rays at the office. It was neat that we were able to view them immediately in the exam room. I think it probably saved us several visits. It is just a rather large amount of information to absorb. Cassie has two curves in her spine, both 58%. So, she does need surgery. The plan is to fuse the upper part of the spine. This should help to correct most of the curve in the lo... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 19:23:08 EST It's Been the Best of Times, It's Been the Worst of Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803231 This week has been such an odd week. I was so glad for Weigh-In Wednesday to come and just log that I was up a pound. It felt good just to be done with it. I had struggled the previous week with getting enough sleep due to nightmares. Something was off and I just couldn't seem to fix it. I finally figured out that I was back, doing the negative self-talk. Realizing it, made it easy to fix. Getting the needed sleep helped too. It's much easier to be positive after a full night's slee... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 21:28:47 EST Phone Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793600 Friday evening, while at Lifetime Fitness, I received a phone call from my Mom. She called to let me know that Kevin, a childhood friend, who I haven't seen since we were teenagers, had died. Apparently, Kevin had 3 heart attacks and had stopped breathing. Also, his blood sugar was 900. How can that be correct? If a borderline blood sugar is 103 and a high blood sugar is in the 250's. That number can't possibly be correct. <BR> <BR> I met Kevin and his family because our fathers worke... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 16:27:38 EST Tuesday (Tomorrow is Weigh In Wednesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786391 Just thought I would post a blog about my week before weigh in day. Each morning I check the scale and it's still a surprise on Weigh-in day. <BR> <BR> This week, I have done well on tracking and staying within my range. I have even managed to keep it to the lower end most days. The toughest day for me was the day of my Mom's surgery. I had packed fruit for my snacks, but no lunch figuring I would just grab something. My stomach hurt by the time I was able to eat lunch. No fat combin... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 22:31:38 EST Journey to Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771239 Although I joined SparkPeople right before New Year’s, my journey to weight loss began this summer. In fact, it began with my co-worker receiving the diagnosis of pre-diabetes. Her high blood sugar levels that were causing her to fall asleep at work. She was understandably upset. I told her it would be OK and that she just needed to make a couple, easy changes to her diet. So, she stopped drinking her daily Frappecinos and began bringing fresh fruit to snack on. As she gradually began ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 07:21:17 EST Visited my Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770619 We visited my Dad today in the nursing home. It was good to see his beautiful hair growing in all short and spiky. His eyes seemed a little brighter. He's mad at the nurses for putting posy alarm on his wheelchair. They put it on his chair because he fell when trying to walk on his own. <BR> <BR> Over all, it was a good visit. One of Dad's doctors wants to speak to me about his DNR/DNI order. My Mom and I spoke about it and she wasn't aware that you could choose one and not the other. ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:59:03 EST Month 2 - In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769117 This month I am down 7.6 pounds for a total of 15 pounds lost. A total of 3.5 inches are gone from my waist. It's been kind of a strange weight loss month. I lost a couple pounds the first week then hit a plateau for 2 weeks, I rounded out the month with a four pounds gone in one week. If I average that out it's a little over 1.5 pounds a week. I really think that's how my body has been losing weight, slowly and steadily. <BR> <BR> I now work out six days a week. I have increased my... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 20:46:02 EST Losing Weight is Like a Video Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758749 Losing weight is a lot like playing a video game. In every video game there are obstacles. You know there is a way around these obstacles, it's just a matter of finding the secret. Lucky for us, there are plenty of Spark friends ready to share their secrets. Also, we know that we can win this game, because we will not be the first to play this game. And I hope, that like playing a video game, everyone is enjoying the journey. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:03:09 EST Weigh in Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752045 Today was my weigh in day. Today the scale registered exactly the same weight as last week and the week before. Today I am thinner than last week. It's frustrating as I have been down 1-3 pounds all week. This morning, right back where I was last week. I felt really down at first. Then I started doing my weigh in Wednesday check list. Did I stay within my calories? Check. Did I exercise? Check - 6 days/ week. Did I do a good job this week? Check. <BR> <BR> So, my next questi... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:31:20 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4748595 Typically, Mondays are my most dreaded day of the week. Today looking back wasn't bad. I slept last night with no early morning waking. I think this is the first week in several. I think writing about my Mom helped. <BR> <BR> I am feeling stronger and even a bit thinner. Although, the scale does not always agree with me, I am sure it will catch up to my brain sooner or later. I am having one of those weeks where the scale wobbles up and down. It's a bit like russian roulette and I a... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:40:23 EST Body Gallery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4746743 I have been trying to visualize what I would look like thinner, but am having a difficult time. I found a website called, mybodygallery.com. You are able to search for photos of real women, based on height, weight and body type. It's interesting. It's the first place I've found that has photos of real women. I played around a bit. As much as I hated what I looked like at my starting weight. I think all of the photos of women at my height and starting weight are beautiful. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:33:25 EST My Mom's hemorrhagic stroke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742573 Three days after Easter 2011, I received a phone call from my Dad at work. The conversation went something like this, "Julie, your Mom is insisting today is Saturday and we both know it's Wednesday, right?" Me, "Yes, Dad you're right today is Wednesday, call 911 and have Mom taken to the hospital, I think she's had a stroke." My mom absolutely refused to go to the hospital, after all she wasn't the one with the memory problem, my Dad was. And on any other day of her life, my Mom would ha... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:15:08 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735813 It was a nice, quiet day today. I started out feeling sick from the food yesterday. I stayed in my calorie range and somehow within my carb allowance. But, I did learn that I would rather skip the food and not feel sick. I drank lots of water and had a high fiber day in attempt to flush the nasty stuff from my system. I am also learning that exercise is a good pick-me up and pain reliever. I certainly need all the healthy pick-me ups I can find. <BR> <BR> We went to the store and I bou... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:50:36 EST Saturday, Feb. 11th - Uncle Vernon's birthday and Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734422 Today was a beautiful sunny day. It was a perfect day for a long drive, which is great since we spent 4 hours in a car. We took a different route today than usual, and it was much prettier. Normally, in Minnesota we have a foot of snow on the ground, but this year there is barely any. So, today instead of grey skies and snow there were golden grasses, red twig dogwood, and an eagle. Also, not all the lakes and streams are frozen. It was beautiful with the sunshine. <BR> <BR> At my Uncl... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:32:22 EST Tomorrow - Saturday, February 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732982 My Dad went into the hospital on Wednesday with fluid in one of his lungs. He is very weak right now after receiving his first round of radiation. Because, he is so weak he has been falling down. After speaking to the social worker, my Mom and Dad have decided that he will be going to a nursing home for a while. I feel a little sad, but mostly relieved that he will be safe for a while. He will also receive PT to become stronger. I don't know if he will become strong enough to come home.... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:27:32 EST Happy Groundhog Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719453 Groundhog Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Yep, better than Christmas. Our official Groundhog Day Celebration will be this Saturday. For this one day, we crank up the furnace high enough so that we need only wear shorts and t-shirts. For this one day, we pretend it is summer time at our house. Tropical food is served. When the kids were asked what they wanted, they said Tropical Fruit. So, tropical fruit it will be. <BR> <BR> Also, for breakfast we are having Egg McMu... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 22:14:32 EST Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717286 The last several days of taken more effort to do everything. I haven't slept well in 3 days. Same old pattern, go to sleep right away and wake up and hour or two before I'm supposed to. It' frustrating as I'm taking meds for it. I do not want to increase dosage because then I can't quit anytime I want. <BR> <BR> However, the "funny" headaches have not let up. I haven't hit the point where I get sick again. But, definitely not fun. My dh is recommending slowing down tonight. I want t... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 20:30:11 EST Month 1 Weight Loss Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711084 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l218138118.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l479205065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have seen other Spark Members do this on their blogs and think it is a wonderful idea. We use scales every week to measure weight loss. But when ever I'm having a skinny day, my scale says I've lost nothing or worse am up. The reverse is true too. When I am having a day where I feel so bloated and uncomfortable even my lips and eyeballs feel ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:24:15 EST