KACAR51's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KACAR51 KACAR51'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/ Oct 18th Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517121 I probably should wait to blog about what is going on with me, but I will give a quick update here today. <BR> My abdominal scan confirmed that I have two masses around my left ovary. What they thought was a fibroid is now suspect. I have an appointment with the GYN on Monday to discuss a biopsy. Biopsies of this sort require major surgery. I may have Ovarian Cancer. To compound issues, my brain scan shows that my tumor is growing and that we need to discuss surgery for that also. They will ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:42:03 EST Friday Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510947 Well, I have had my scans, but I don't have any news yet. I suppose I will hear something next week. <BR> I still am not eating much. When I don't eat, I don't hurt. When I stopped eating, the pain went away. When I tried to eat, the pain came back. It is really frustrating! I can eat things like yogurt, pudding, eggs, toast, but anything else is a problem. I hope that someone figures out what is going on soon! <BR> It has been raining heavily for the last two days! I got soaked going to an... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:08:51 EST Pushing through the Pain.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505041 I realized that our journey here on Spark People is like what I am going through with my health issues. We have to "push through the pain" to get to our goals! The only way that I am going to get better is if I push myself to eat a little more each day! Eventually I will be able to eat healthy again and I will feel stronger! <BR> With SP, we have to do the same thing! We have to push past our fears and "hungers" and move toward feeling healthy and strong! Most of it is mental! Our attitudes a... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 08:59:04 EST Checking in.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504644 Things are not getting better and I still can't eat most things. I can eat pudding, eggs, toast and tea. They don't seem to bother me and they stay down. I am having three MRI's next week, one for the Brain, one for the Abdomen, and one for the Pelvis. Maybe they will be able to figure out where the pain is coming from! <BR> When I am feeling bad, I have little enthusiasm for anything. I know that I need to get back to SP, and I am hoping that the docs will fix me up so I can do that! I hope... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 18:29:10 EST Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500617 I want to apologize to all my Spark Friends for being such a downer lately! <BR> I had a really bad night on Sunday night. I was having chills and then I was too hot. I was having really bad stomach pain with nausea and dizziness! I didn't get much sleep and I felt like I was going to die sitting in the Neuro waiting room for 11/2 hours! I am feeling somewhat better now and I hope that I will sleep better tonight! I have an appointment with my regular doctor tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Well.. the ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:08:21 EST Busy days comming.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499494 Today was another lazy day, but I have appointments for the next two days. I get so wiped out when I have doctors appts! Tomorrow is the Neurologist. I haven't had a Brain scan in a while. With this tumor, I am supposed to get a scan every six months. I wasn't able to for a while because my Medicare hadn't kicked in yet. Now I can go! <BR> Tuesday, I have an appt with my regular doctor. Nothing important really. I am going to tell her about the stomach issues and see what she says. I also ha... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:00:48 EST Lazy Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498777 Today it was cloudy most of the day. I like to make soup on this kind of day! I made wonderful Cauliflower Cheese Soup! <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2584828 </link> <BR> <BR> It turned out really good! I had a big bowl of the soup with a multi-grain roll and a banana for lunch! Great lunch for a cloudy day! Soup is so soothing to me. The ultimate comfort food! And then I had more comfort food for dinner. Scrambled Eggs (Egg beaters and reduced fat mild ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:30:39 EST Busy day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498036 My scooter is off to Washington AGAIN. They said they would pay to ship it and pay to repair it. If they can't repair it, they will replace it with a floor model or a refurbished scooter. Now that I have the power chair, the scooter is just back-up, but I will still be glad to have it back in working condition! <BR> <BR> Today the pest inspectors were in the building and came to inspect! I have fruit flies and an mice. They don't do anything about those! <BR> <BR> I got my grocery delivery... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:58:09 EST Lovely Autumn Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497121 I am feeling a bit better today. I still have lingering stomacj pain, but I am much better than yesterday! <BR> Went to the Farmers Market! It was such a warm, lovely autumn day! They had wonderful cauliflower and broccoli! I got some green beans also! I got Honey Crisp apples and Bartlet pears again and I bought a quart of Apple Cider! (I may use some of the cider to cook pork chops) <BR> I stopped at a table that I usually pass without looking! The homemade bread! I got multi-grain rolls t... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:29:09 EST Feeling better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496216 Well, I am feeling a little better today. My stomach is still a little touchy, but I am eating soup and toast and it should be back to normal soon! Today being Pay Day, I paid my bills and then took a trip to Walmart. It was cold today! (about 47 when I went out!) I needed to get a pair of gloves for my travels out in the weather, so I got this really cute pair of knit gloves with half fingers (finger tips open) They have a little pouch the folds back and you can flip it up and have mittens! ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:01:47 EST Another short blog.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495374 I have been sick with some kind of stomach thing since last night. I can't eat anything but toast. Hopefully I will be back to normal soon so I can get on with my plan! Tomorrow is Pay Day and I have things to do! Getting back to normal is what I want more than anything! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:26:02 EST Long day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494136 I am going to make this short today. <BR> I had an appointment with the cardiologist today. (Dr. appts are all day affairs for me because I have to take the Mobility van) The doctor wants me to have a Holter monitor, an echo cardiogram and a test called a Tilt Table test. Another three long days! I am exhausted and I need to crawl into bed! Tomorrow should be a better day after I get some rest! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> .... <em>172</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> By the wa... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:53:05 EST Rainy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492155 It has been raining most of the day! I just had the lights flicker a few minutes ago and was worried that the electricity was going off! It didn't so here I am blogging. <BR> <BR> I get really sleepy on rainy days. I got 15 minutes of exercise in, but that's all for today! I am going to curl up with a book and a cup of tea! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> .... <em>172</em> <em>205</em> <em>9</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:52:56 EST Eating and blogging... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491373 Hello everyone! I decided to share a picture of the soup I made. (see my blog for 0/18) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l769594816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am eating this wonderful bowl of soup as I am writing this blog! The bowl is a new one that I bought at Dollar Tree yesterday! They are beige with stripes of burgundy, gold and green! So Autumn! I think the soup is even better after a few days! I am going to keep making this soup now that fall has set in! I love to ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:03:46 EST Another day at the Farmers Market.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490635 It is really interesting, the changes that occur at the Farmer's Market with the change of season! Now I am seeing squashes, pumpkins and sweet potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower and broccoli. There are still peaches (not as good), didn't see cantalope, but there is now a booth from a local orchard. They have many varieties of pears and plums, apples of every sort and of course apple cider! All of the fruits are mix and match for 1.99 lb! <BR> <BR> I passed by the booths selling wonderful brea... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:07:33 EST Soup day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489645 Since tomorrow is Farmer's Market day, today I made "Clean out the Fridge" Vegetable soup! <BR> I used onion, celery. carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, green beans, and red potato, to that I added 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of yellow corn, 2 cans of reduced sodium chicken stock, 2 bay leaves, oregano, thyme,marjoram,cilantro, black pepper, worchester sauce and 2 Tbsp of tomato paste! I threw it all together and let it cook for a couple of hours! It is delicious! I ate a bowl of the... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:12:59 EST Quote for the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488502 “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~Michael Jordan <BR> <BR> I am trying to scale mountains right now! I am looking for the right path! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> ..... <em>172</em> <em>192</em> <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:58:52 EST Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487655 Today was a tough day for me. I had to go to the hospital for a pelvic ultrasound. I have been having pain and the doctor ordered this test to fin out what is going on. I had to drink 32 oz of water 1 hour before the test and then I couldn't go to the bathroom until after the test. My appointment was for 1:30 pm and I couldn't eat lunch because as soon as I eat I have to run to the bathroom. So I drank my water and went to the appointment. Of course there was a wait and I felt like I was goin... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:02:31 EST Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486485 I want to thank all of my Spark Friends that have helped me through this tough time for me! I am finally starting o feel like I am back! I still have a few things to "tweek",like drinking more water and increasing my exercise, but I am on the right track! Thanks for all the encouragement! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> ..... <em>172</em> <em>9</em> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:05:02 EST My new Hoveround! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485566 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1367250340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So here are my new "wheels"! I am so glad to finally get through this process! I really like the chair! It has a lot more power than my scooter! I can get over bumps on the sidewalk now! It is taking some time to get used to the touchiness of the controls. (I put a hole in the wall by running into it with the foot plate! OOPS!) <BR> I wasn't sure how I was going to do my shopping, but I figured out the perfect so... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:47:12 EST New responsibilities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484503 I have been struggling lately! I seemed to be lacking the motivation to get back on track after the scooter/power chair ordeal. Today I found that I had an e-mail from on of the leaders from my JE Team. She said she was stepping down as a co-leader and was looking for someone to take over for her. This was just what I needed! Motivating others, motivates me! This will get me to spend more time on SP and interact with people here again. I seem to be able to stick to my plan much more easily wh... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:03:49 EST Things are looking up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483052 Well.... <BR> <BR> I got my power chair today! Now I am feeling secure again! I can get to the stores and my appointments again! After getting the scooter back( the second time) I was feeling good! But when I plugged it in to charge, it wouldn't charge! I e-mailed the company and they told me how to fix the problem. I fixed the battery problem and thought everything would be great. Then I took a ride out to WalMart and the scooter started doing the same stupid thing it was doing in the first... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:38:07 EST Struggling along.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481930 I am having a hard time getting back into my routine. I am eating like I used to and tracking again, but I am having trouble with exercise and using the SP site. I have spent the last 5 days cleaning and getting ready for the power chair to be delivered. We have a trash chute here at the apartment , but we are not allowed to put metal, glass or heavy cardboard down the chute. I have to cart loads down to the dumpster. I broke down many, many boxes and I am so glad to be rid of them! I needed ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:29:54 EST Busy day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478898 I didn't get my exercise in today, but I spent most of the day cleaning. I was so tired when I got done. I didn't feel like eating, but I stuck to my plan. I hope tomorrow I will have more energy and get some exercise in! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> ..... <em>172</em> <em>208</em> <em>205</em> <em>9</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 19:28:12 EST Starting again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478149 Well... <BR> I had more difficulties with the scooter today, but the tech told me what was wrong and I fixed it myself. I am so glad that I am getting the Hoveround next week! I am sure that it will be much more reliable than the scooter and all the repairs are covered by Medicare! WOO HOO! No more worries!! <BR> <BR> I am tracking my eating again, and trying to get back to my routine! I didn't exercise today and that is going to take a bit to get going again. I was so down about not being ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 21:43:15 EST Tomorrow is the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476938 Tomorrow is the day! I will be back in full force! <BR> <BR> I got my scooter back today after three weeks without it! It is fixed and works perfectly! I went to the Farmers market today and am fully stocked with fresh fruits and veggies again! WOO HOO! I will be tracking my food again starting with breakfast! I am going to do more exercise again too! (And blogging, etc.) <BR> <BR> This has been a hard three weeks! I had very little fruits and veggies since I couldn't get out to get them. ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 16:09:46 EST Just to check in.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461369 I will make this short to let everyone know that I am still here. I can't really follow the regular eating plan that I have been doing because my scooter is off to be fixed again (I won't have it back for about three weeks) and I am out of things like milk, veggies, onions, and stuff like that. I can't get out to shop and I don't have enough money to pay anyone to go for me or to order from the store I usually order from. I am just going to have to eat what I have in the house and wait it out... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:33:55 EST Make it happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458368 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45312226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been in a bit of a slump! I am upset about the scooter not working and I have let that interfere with my exercise. I realized that the only way that I can make progress is to push myself when I get this way! Today I got in 30 minutes of exercise and I am glad that I did it! We have to make things happen in our lives! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> .... <em>172</em> <em>248</em>... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:48:14 EST I'm back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457529 I haven't posted a blog for two days! I have been busy with doctors appointments. I will be back to my regular routine tomorrow! I am grateful that I ate well. I didn't exercise, but I will be doing that again tomorrow too. When I have to go to the doctor, it is an all day affair. I have to take the Mobility van and there is a lot of waiting for them to show up. Yesterday, I had to wait for two and a half hours after my appointment. Needless to day all I wanted to do was come home a lay down!... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:22:47 EST Dream a dream... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455415 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l669554117.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter how old we are, there are still dreams to dream!I think that sometimes people who are overweight give up their dreams! It's too hard , I can't do it, I'm too old or tired! It doesn't have to be that way. There is always time for dreams! Just take little steps to improve yourself each day and you CAN and WILL reach your goals! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> ..... <em>17... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:03:48 EST Changing your focus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454330 When I first started here on Spark People, I was really focused on results! I was looking for those numbers on the scale to drop and I wanted them to drop NOW. <BR> Now I know that I was focusing on the wrong thing! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1532469532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Worrying about the numbers on the scale just made me frustrated and upset! When I stopped the "scale watch" and started concentrating on eating better and exercising more, the weight start... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:23:43 EST Woo Hoo! My brain is working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453179 As I said yesterday, my scooter is acting up! I was really upset about it because I can't afford to pay for repairs or to buy a new one. My scooter is my "link to life". Before the scooter came to live with me, I never left the house. I would get dizzy and feel like passing out if I walked only a few feet!(I know now that is because I have an arrhythmia) The scooter lets me take part in life! I ride to the store, the bank,and to doctors appointments and stuff like that! <BR> <BR> So... When... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:24:13 EST Excuses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451994 Today was a tough day for me. My mobility scooter is not working again, and I am facing being trapped in my apartment again! I was feeling down about it and I wanted to skip my exercise and feel sorry for myself! Then I found this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1941542281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We all have days when we don't feel well, things don't go as planned or weather doesn't cooperate! But we have the choice to give up and skip the exercise or to "Just Do It" ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 18:20:40 EST New enthusiasm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451039 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255333848.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Everyday, I try to write down five things that I am grateful for. One of things that I am always grateful for is a new day full of possibilities! <BR> <BR> Some days, I have a hard time seeing the possibilities. The past couple of days have been grey and rainy, and it has been hard to get out of bed and start the day. But today the sun was shining! That makes me get up and get going! <BR> <BR> Trying to get hea... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:33:06 EST Life is too short.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450174 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l829530429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1002083765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l121143006.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l9770468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529530571.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1068179762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life really is too shor... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 17:56:52 EST Jackpot at the Farmer's Market!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448812 I hit the Jackpot at the Farmer's Market today! I was worried about what things I could buy today, because I don't have a lot to spend this week! I was going to cut back on what I got and only get the essentials (veggies, mostly). <BR> I was riding around looking at things trying to decide and a woman walked up to me and handed me a token. They were handing out $10 tokens that we could use at any vendor! Awesome! Ten dollars worth of free fruits and veggies! Problem solved! <BR> My $10 chip ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:29:24 EST Summer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447917 I am sad that the summer is almost over! Every time I look at my Spark page background, I think about what I will miss when summer is gone! <BR> I will miss the weekly trips to the Farmer's Market and all the lovely fruits and veggies! <BR> I know that we are supposed to eat with the seasons, but that is harder to do in the autumn and winter. I go love squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and things like that, but there is nothing like all the fresh food you can get in the summer! <BR> <BR> Well... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 17:28:32 EST Improving yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1176757805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Each of us has things that we can do and things that we can't. But we all have the ability to improve! If we spend a little energy each day doing something, no matter how small, to move toward our goal of health, we will achieve that goal! No matter what our challenges,there are things that we can do to improve ourselves! <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 17:26:01 EST Daily Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445198 I am writing today's blog to try to understand. <BR> <BR> I have been e-mailing daily "Motivational Quotes" to all of my Spark Friends. I started doing this because of a challenge that I am part of. The Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Plum Team has an ongoing challenge in which we earn points for daily healthy tasks in categories such as eating fruits and veggies, exercise minutes, tracking food and exercise,etc. A destination is chosen and a number of miles to that destination is posted. Each... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:50:15 EST Spark Friends...Cherish them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444475 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l266835415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is how I feel about my Spark Friends and I do cherish you! Thanks for being there to cheer me up or calm me down! My life wouldn't be the same without you and Spark People! <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> ..... <em>172</em> <em>248</em> <em>208</em> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:14:31 EST Falling into place..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443510 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1725404563.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of my younger years "falling apart". Every time something went wrong, I would get upset and think that my life was over! Lots of drama and chaos! I would cry and complain, but nothing I did would change the facts of the situation! <BR> <BR> Now that I am "matured", I no longer fly off the handle! I know that every time I have come up against what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle, I have been a... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 19:01:10 EST Being there.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442657 I have been making it a habit to e-mail a "Quote of the Day" to all for my Spark Friends.This morning I was looking for some more quotes and I found this: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l390030930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we don't even need to day a word! All we have to do is to be there! <BR> <BR> Thank you to all of my Spark Friends for "being there"! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> ..... <em>172</em> <em>248</em> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 20:23:38 EST Healthy Habits.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441347 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2139985279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am addicted to buying and cooking fresh veggies! Today was Farmer's Market Day again! Today I got an eggplant (going to make Ratatouille ), a zucchini, 1/2 dozen of Sweet Corn, green beans, a cantalope (the size of my head!!!) and two giant peaches, all for $11.00! Another great day at the market! <BR> <BR> I really look forward to picking out veggies and fruits! I am also enjoying cooking them in new and diffe... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:31:39 EST Test results.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440218 My doctor called me with my blood test results last night. <BR> She is concerned because my red blood cell count, and H&H were high. She didn't tell me what we would do about it yet. My cholesterol was slightly high (216). I told her that I don't eat much meat or eggs and I have been trying to eat healthy fats. She said that it was what I eat, but the parents that I picked! It's not too high so we are going to keep an eye on it. My INR was too low, meaning that I have to increase my dose of C... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:18:53 EST Drinking more water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437791 When I first started here on SP, I had a really hard time with water! I was not a water drinker. I didn't like to drink water and I would do anything to avoid it! <BR> When I do drink water, it has to be "ice" cold. Warm water turns my stomach, even now when I drink anywhere from 64 to 96 oz of water everyday! <BR> How did I get from 0 oz to 96 oz? <BR> Well... I started out by using water additives, like MIO. But that gets to be pretty expensive. I like Fruit2O flavored water so I bought t... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:25:46 EST Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436306 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1850807693.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like who I am and I am so glad I found Spark People! It only gets better! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>134</em> ..... <em>172</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:38:29 EST "Magic" purple beans! Market Day revisited.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435101 I got a request for a picture of the purple beans that I got at the Farmer's Market on Thursday! So here is the picture and a few others of what I got! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1161500077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are truly "magic" beans! I washed and snapped them and put them in a pot to steam! When I came back to check on them, they were GREEN! I read about them and it said that there is a chemical reaction when you cook them and they turn green! They were... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:25:56 EST New Doctor! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434177 So, I went to my new doctor on Wednesday. She is WONDERFUL! I told her about the problems I had with my old doctor. I told her about that doctor calling the Hoveround people and telling them that I didn't need a wheel chair, I could use a walker and that he felt that all my problems would be solved by losing weight. My new doctor,Dr Nolan was appalled! She said that it was obvious from my medical history that my problems had nothing to do with my weight! Yeah, Dr Nolan! <BR> <BR> When I fir... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:25:04 EST Market Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433471 Today has been a long day for me! I went to the Farmer's Market today. As you know from my previous blogs, I love the Farmer's Market! I spent too much, but I am stocked up for a while.I got something that I have never tries before, Purple beans! <BR> I looked them up and it says that they change from purple to green when you cook them! I am going to cook them tomorrow ans see what happens! <BR> I also got my grocery order today too! I was out of a lot of essentials and now I am stocked up a... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:26:54 EST Dinner recipe help.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431598 Yesterday, when I was reading blogs, I came someone who was looking for 500 calorie dinner recipes. ( I am sorry I don't remember the username) ,So today my blog is going to be a list of some of my favorite recipes! <BR> I really enjoy coming up with new recipes! And I love the recipe calculator here on SP. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calcu<BR>lator.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Here are some of my favorite SP recipes: <BR> <BR> Brown Rice Meatloaf <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:10:37 EST