JUSTME9898's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUSTME9898 JUSTME9898'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/ my no excuses exercise pep talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742234 Think about why you are exercising and the results you have seen. When I started Spark people my blood sugar would be anywhere from 120 to 150 in the mornings, now it is between 100 and 120 in the mornings. When I started my cholesterol was 260. It is now 170. I need to exercise for my health. If I start skipping exercise I run the risk of kidney disease, foot amputation and blindness. I am keeping my diabetes under control with diet and exercise. I do not want to take medicine that in... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:32:40 EST baby steps that led to giant changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740209 One year ago I began spark people. My goal was to get on the elliptical and use it for 30 seconds a day. I was consistent and persistent. When I started it was very painful. I would get off and limp to my chair, my knees in pain and so stiff they would barely bend. I could stand in one spot for about 3-5 minutes and that would cause intense pain. I was going to water aerobics 2 days a week. <BR> <BR> It is now a year later. I can use the elliptical for 10 minutes without intense pain.... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:45:16 EST Finally a little more energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730011 I have spent the last week dragging from place to place. Finally, I have some energy today. Went to water aerobics and have stayed on target with my food. It is so hard to keep on track when you are just worn out. This is a NSV for me to really keep on track without any energy. Now that I feel better I think things will get easier. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:46:11 EST No longer plateaued but now into some self sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727378 Finally broke my plateau, but now for the first time in a year I am having a hard time doing my exercise. I am making the water aerobics 3 days a week and exercising at least 10 minutes on 3 more days. But I was exercising an hour or more. I seem to be getting more sleep, but do not feel rested. I am dragging myself all the time. I am also getting sloppy about what I am eating and measuring. <BR> My blood sugar is better, I am maintaining, but I know I could be doing so much better. <BR... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:28:00 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721811 This is one long vent. Sometimes it is really frustrating when you are doing the best you can and then you read an article that just tells you to do what you are already doing without much results <BR> Here are the 50 what to cut 100 calories and my venting about each and every one of them. <BR> This is why I get frustrated <BR> <BR> 50 ways to cut 100 calories <BR> Beverages – I drink water, unsweetened ice tea, black coffee and club soda <BR> • 1. Split a 20 oz. bottle of regular soda wit... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:05:54 EST travel plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721450 Tomorrow I am leaving on a long weekend which means restaurant eating. I do not know the restaurants in the area so I will be going in blind. I just hope they have nutritional info on their menus. It also means I will be missing my water aerobics, I hope there is a pool I feel comfortable using. This will be a challenge, but one I think I am ready to take. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:04:45 EST 3 Great things I have done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719165 When I woke up today I got on the elliptical first thing. It makes me feel better and gives me a positive outlook for the day <BR> <BR> I spent some time really thinking about my journey and journaling about the path I am traveling <BR> <BR> I reached out to my DDL. I need to mend fences. This was a start. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:08:41 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717452 My motivation is like the changing of the tides. It ebbs and flows. It comes and goes. I wake up usually filled with positive energy and as the day wears on my motivation wears thin. <BR> I have done some serious thought and journaling. I have new plan. <BR> On water aerobic days I do great. My energy is better, My attitude is better. My motivation lasts. <BR> So I am aiming for somehow getting my tracker to register 10 minutes of aerobic exercise on non-water aerobic days. That sou... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:08:01 EST A new Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716403 Today is my first day of the Biggest Loser Challenge. I am energized. My motivation is better than it has been for a couple of weeks. <BR> I need to do some journaling to re-orient myself. So off to water aerobics. <BR> One step at a time. One day at a time Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:20:49 EST keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711633 First - my son's Great Dane had 13 puppies <BR> Second - I felt as if I had no motivation today, but I ate correctly and did my exercise. So I must have had motivation even if I did not realize it. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:55:16 EST Planning for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710847 So Spark Coach said I need to blog my meal plan for the next few days <BR> so tomorrow <BR> breakfast - eggs, tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and grapes <BR> Lunch - left over - home made chicken veg soup <BR> dinner - red bean and rice, with collard greens and peaches <BR> <BR> Friday <BR> Breakfast - poached salmon, tomato, apricots <BR> lunch - left over chicken veg soup <BR> dinner - shrimp and scallop stir fry with Asian salad and oranges <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> breakfast - spinach ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:03:12 EST Physical improvement NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709947 I still cannot walk for extended periods of time, BUT I can walk. I walked into the post office today and waited in line for about 5 minutes and walked out without pain, something that would not have happened a year ago. <BR> I actually went shopping and went to two stores without carts, walked in knew what I wanted and walked out. Again something that could not have happened a year ago. <BR> The change has been so subtle that I did not even realized it had happened. Small victories. Stea... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 18:44:18 EST Yeah Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707644 I made 10,000 steps again. 2 hours of water aerobics and 4 sessions on the elliptical. I am so proud of myself. I am also amazed at the improvement in my physical ability. A year ago I would have to have my inhaler at the edge of the pool and I had to go at half pace, now I have not used my inhaler for 6 months and I am setting the pace. <BR> When I started I was unlucky to get to 1000 steps, now on my long water days I am multiplying that by TEN!!! <BR> So sorry but I am just sitting her... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:18:38 EST irritation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705937 I am really working at tracking my steps. I woke up this morning and immediately got on the elliptical withOUT my tracker. Bummer! <BR> But I did the same workout an hour later so I could see how many steps I had done. Irritating but not the end of the world. Thu, 29 May 2014 10:26:43 EST 10,000 steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702434 first time made it over 10,000 steps - going back tomorrow for more water aerobics - I can't wait until I can walk on land like I can walk in the water Sat, 24 May 2014 22:52:11 EST broken plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700058 FINALLY!!!! <BR> down 5 pounds after a 3 month plateau. I have been doing the Sparkcoaching for plateau busting. I think it was calorie cycling that finally worked, I tried eating at the low end with no result, then I tried 2 days low and one day at the high end and after 2 weeks it worked. <BR> I have also upped my water aerobics by a very minor tweak - between exercises I jog while everyone else stands still for the 15-30 seconds it takes for the next exercise. So between these two thi... Wed, 21 May 2014 13:41:44 EST Exercise blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698444 I had really gotten into a good place with exercise and then my children hit. <BR> I am babysitting and will be for most of the summer so that my DDIL can keep her wonderful new job. That is not sarcasm. She just got hired at what seems to be the perfect job for her, so I am more than will to step up this summer so that she can go to work without child stress. <BR> Watching the grannies is no problem, I go to their house where they have things to do and they are very good and pretty indepen... Mon, 19 May 2014 12:32:18 EST 6000 steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695978 Today I made 6000 steps, this is the third time this week. That is a real change from the under 1000 where I started. Thu, 15 May 2014 21:57:50 EST It's a new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694268 I feel strong and on track. I am not ecstatic, or joyful in my motivation, but rather steady and determined. I really feel like this is a turning point. I am ready to take this journey step by step <BR> Exercise <BR> Healthy eating <BR> Portion control <BR> Sleep <BR> Stress reduction <BR> It's a new day. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:25:37 EST changing direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693508 I have not had a good week. No motivation, yet really managed to get the exercise in. I do not see exercise as having anything to do with my weight, rather as essential to my health. It controls my diabetes and it is essential to maintaining the limited mobility I have. As a result, I always exercise even when I have no motivation. BUT!!! Eating correctly - that is a different story. I have not been eating my fruits and veg. I am finding that makes me feel heavy, and unclear. <BR> So t... Mon, 12 May 2014 15:19:41 EST going to break this plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690710 went to water aerobics, then on to the elliptical, made my 6000 steps <BR> eating at the low end of my calorie range - on track today <BR> my next goal is to eat 10 fruits and vegetables in a day - read that it will detox your thyroid - can't do any harm Thu, 8 May 2014 16:56:34 EST trying something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688077 I am going to try calorie cycling to break this plateau. I am aiming for 900 calories every other day and then 1200-1500 calories on the other days. <BR> hopefully it will have an effect Mon, 5 May 2014 13:49:54 EST Non scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687618 Blood work <BR> one year ago 6 month ago now <BR> Total cholesterol 260 183 171 <BR> triglycerides 300 258 212 <BR> HDL 40 50 51 <BR> LDL ... Sun, 4 May 2014 23:46:23 EST day at the docs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685178 Went to get all my misc. tests done - blood work, mommo and foot exam today. All went well and so far the results look good. I have a "well woman" exam coming up, do not know what that is but I guess I will find out <BR> Last time I had really improved on all of my stats - I hope that continues Thu, 1 May 2014 18:38:19 EST Evening slow down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684402 finished eating for the day, relaxed and slowing down. Tomorrow I go to the doctor's for a group of tests, then wait for the results. For the first time in a long time I am a little uneasy, I just discovered a lump. I am glad I was already scheduled for the tests, blood, mammo and others. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:04:14 EST positive energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682439 Today is the first time in a long time that I can feel positive energy flowing through me. I have been motivated, but it has been work. Today, I feel like a winner. I feel like I will change my life for the better. <BR> May be part of this great feeling is getting out in the sunshine. I was out taking the grannies to school and then shopping, basking in the beautiful day. Clear skies, 65 degrees, soft breeze, green hills and snowy mountains behind. Oh! glorious day! Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:23:31 EST steps, food and motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681302 Three times on water aerobic days I have managed to get to my 6000 step goal. Now I am trying to get closer on my non water days. It is a real challenge. But I am seeing improvement and I owe it all to my tracker. <BR> Food, food, food - Just when I think I am doing better I start to slip, not tumble, or fall, just slip enough to keep me on this plateau - self sabotage - not as bad as it used to be when I would eat everything in sight and binge, now it is overeating just enough to stay in... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:51:22 EST Walking more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679036 I have very limited mobility so walking seemed to be a problem. But since I got my tracker I am finding ways of adding to my steps without adding to my pain. Every hour I get up and walk to the front gate and back. I have gone from around 1000 steps to almost 4000 steps and I see more in the future. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:31:22 EST Made a big goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675995 what a change a day makes. For the first time I met my 6000 step goal!!!!! Yeah me! I'll say it again I exercised the equivocal of 3 miles and 6000 steps. I went to water aerobics an hour early and walked the pool for an hour before the aerobic class, then got on the elliptical 3 times (3 minutes each time) and got up every hour to walk from my chair to the kitchen and back. YEAH! <BR> I also stayed at the low end of my calorie range and ate healthy all day. Yes, right now I am full of mysel... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:36:46 EST Dealing with Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675250 I have recently realized that I do have issues with stress. I have constant pain and very limited mobility. I often turn down invitations because I cannot walk, even short distances. My friends are older and cannot push a wheel chair. <BR> When I realized that these issues are sources of stress I also realized that I had to deal with that stress. <BR> # 1 daily meditation <BR> #2 getting enough sleep <BR> #3 journaling <BR> #4 focusing on what I can do and finding ways to increase the can ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:57:55 EST What is stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673828 I had an epiphany today. Stress! I log my stress level and I usually log it as low! I am getting along well with my family. Money is ok – not great, but I am living within my means. Health and sleep are improving. <BR> <BR> Then I realized I live everyday with stress – the stress of pain, the stress of physical limitations, the stress of not being able to participate in activities I love, and the stress of surgical needs that are not being met. This helped me put my life into perspective. <... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:50:17 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671950 Every Monday is a new beginning. So Happy Monday! Started on the elliptical this morning and now am off to measure my food. One day, one step, one action at a time. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:05:25 EST Back to , back to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671643 Last two days have been really rough for exercise. Went to an all day baby shower on Sat. and then drove 30 miles to my water aerobics today and it was closed. So a 60 mile round trip for nothing. Tomorrow is a new day. TTL Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:24:14 EST one step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668581 Really working at staying on track. Weighing and measuring have always been hard for me. Today I weighed everything. Before I put anything on the scale I would guess how much it would weigh - every time I was 1 ounce off. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:16:20 EST Changes in attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666417 When I used to "diet" I would stop if the scale did not come down and then my weight would go up plus ten. I have been stuck at the same place for a long time now and the idea of stopping seems obscene. How can you stop doing what is good for yourself? So now instead of giving up and saying this doesn't work, I am saying, "Why isn't this working?" I am making changes. I am adding fruits and veg to my breakfast and lunch and doing more intermittent exercise. We will see what happens this ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:51:17 EST tracker really is water proof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666118 My new tracker lived through swimming and water aerobics on Saturday. I am very pleased with it. <BR> Very tired today only managed to get on the elliptical - hopefully tomorrow I will have more energy Mon, 7 Apr 2014 00:16:51 EST spark tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664481 Just got my spark tracker today - it was very easy to set up and appears to be working correctly! Minor miracle for one of us grey haired Fri, 4 Apr 2014 17:13:23 EST plateau busting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662772 Just started the SparkCoach Plateau Brusting Program. <BR> <BR> I really have to work on weighing and measuring. <BR> <BR> Today I can celebrate that I have been on the elliptical 3 times and am not in pain because of it. When I started one minute on it left me stiff and in pain for the rest of the day. Now I am 3 times at 5 minutes a time. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:29:51 EST motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661022 I have changed my calorie goals and my exercise goals <BR> lowered the calories and upped the exercise <BR> <BR> This is the week I break that plateau!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:01:38 EST What a diffference a Day makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659947 The frustrated defeatist feeling of yesterday have changed into feeling powerful and successful. I made it through that day and stayed with my program - that is success when you are hit with that ##//## feeling and still mange to control your demons. <BR> <BR> So Happy Sunday to all - it is a new day Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:45:43 EST pushing back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659409 I am feeling like a failure right now. I am not losing weight and not making progress toward my goal of being able to walk. I need to be able to walk to live my life the way I want to. <BR> <BR> So I am pushing back against myself. If I want to be a success then I need to embrace the routines and life style changes that I need to become a success. Giving up is not an option. Giving in is not an option. Moving forward is the only path. <BR> <BR> Feeling and doing are two different t... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:44:07 EST One more day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658141 As I said it I have to find my correct calorie range for losing. I have been in my range for a long time without losing, so the obvious thing is that this is not the correct range. <BR> Some people are saying that it may be too low - I have been aiming for 1200 calories - and have been averaging between a low of 900 to a high of 2000, with most days between 1200 - 1400. So this is not the right range, right now I am working on the 3 weeks of no wheat so I am going to go for this 3 weeks ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:34:29 EST Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657064 Now that I am retired there is no hump to get over. But Happy Hump Day to all you worker bees out there. <BR> <BR> I am really motivated to make some changes in my eating and exercise. <BR> I have a good exercise routine, but I need to incorporated a movement routine. I have been using the excuse that I cannot move because of the pain in my knees. The doctor said I would not be creating further damage when I experience pain, so I am just going to have to learn to live with a little more p... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:35:13 EST one step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656664 stayed within my calorie range, but it is amazing how one food changes everything. I had a piece of Popeye chicken for lunch - that one piece of chicken was higher is calories, cholesterol and fat than any other complete meal I ate today. Good thing the rest of the day was healthy Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:51:52 EST back from Vegas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655440 Came back pretty even, even in money, even in weight. <BR> Did not exercise enough, but managed to managed those buffets and eat healthy without stuffing. So I am energized for success. <BR> Have a great week all and thank you for the well wishes before I left Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:10:56 EST on my way to Vegas and buffets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652737 Going to Vegas for my birthday, the land of the mighty buffet. The nice thing is there are usually healthy choices, so all I have to do is fill up on shrimp, fruit and veg and then while my luck is running hot win something. <BR> Have a great weekend all Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:35:03 EST Feeling flat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651018 Tomorrow is my birthday. Right now I miss my husband. I miss the fact we never got to be retired together. He died 6 months after he retired. I would like to have him hold me. He has been gone for ten years but sometimes it seems as if it was only yesterday we were laughing together. <BR> I have so much to be grateful for. My life is great. But right now I am just missing and wishing. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:18:04 EST Success has its humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649549 I did not think I would be able to go to my water aerobics class today because I HAD to buy a new toilet. <BR> Well success!! toilet is bought and installed (thank you daughter) and I got back in time to go to water aerobic <BR> So all my needs were met today Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:35:59 EST weekend thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648514 I retired about 8 months ago and I thought that everyday would feel like the weekend, but I have found that it is not true. During the week my schedule is determined by my family's working schedule and by the schedules of the various activities I take part in. <BR> I resent anything that interferes with my weekend time. Maybe even more than I did when I was working because I have become a hoarder of time. I need to relax and be a little more generous with my time. In some weird way thi... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:38:07 EST new focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647848 My focus has been to loose weight, but I have been thinking about that as my focal point and have changed my mind. I wanted to lose weight so that I could have knee surgery and enjoy life more because I would be mobile again, but there are worse things that not be as mobile as you would like. <BR> My new focus is on controlling my diabetes. I do not take medication at this point in time and I want to keep it that way. <BR> I have to start counting my carbs. I have to start becoming aware... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:09:10 EST