KARENA-G's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARENA%2DG KARENA-G'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 Newest Jeans Upcycle Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430595 I don't wear synthetic fibers because I can't. The fibers stick in my skin like other people experience when with fiberglass. That makes wearing swimsuits impossible. Luckily, I know how to sew rather well. <BR> <BR> I made this top & shorts to use as a swimsuit when we went to the beach the 2nd week of July: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532872907.jpg"> Since the pattern pieces for the bra section were small, I didn't have to piece them. <BR> <BR> I'm trying ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:33:12 EST The Tree That Fell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421431 It seems I've being faced with more challenges lately. The most recent was a big Southern red oak that fell on our carport/shop building. My husband & I share a duplex with my parents who are 81 & 83. And since my husband was away from home during this incident (he's a truck driver), it was left to me to deal with it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1059541810.jpg"> <BR> Due to all the rain we've had here in NE Georgia, the root ball just came right out of the grou... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:51:27 EST My Weekend Projects 6/22 & 6/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399245 With DH not home this weekend, I undertook some projects I would usually assign to him: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430645584.jpg"> Yep! A toilet seat installed by me. The other one was made of wood & was getting moldy. It's in his bathroom which is closed up during the week while he's on the road. It's the first one I've ever done--easy peazy! <BR> <BR> The next project is for me--a shelf in my sewing room for books. I only got it half done because I need a few... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:11:26 EST Week 2 of the BSG Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975550 What I'm experiencing this week has happened to me before--more times than I like to admit. I take on a challenge, get overwhelmed, and want to quit. Right now I'm trying to convince myself to stay the course. <BR> <BR> I know it has helped me in the past to be part of the Buddy Support Group Challenge on the Aspire & Inspire Sparkteam, at least as far as the numbers on the scale going down. I'm wondering why it worked. I suspect being accountable to others was a big part of its success-... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 05:01:26 EST Last Month & This Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958439 For the Aspire and Inspire Buddy Support Group Challenge for July, we get 100 points if we write a blog about our progress last month and our goals for this month. <BR> <BR> Well, I just came back to SparkPeople after a long hiatus so I did little to progress in the right direction last month, at least as far as my weight loss is concerned. I did begin to be much more mindful about my eating, especially after reading Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh. It's come in handy now w... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 19:43:32 EST The Pilgrim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957029 I just finished watching the movie, The Way, starring Martin Sheen. Sheen plays an ophthalmologist, Tom, the disgruntled father whose son has just died while trying to walk “The Way of Saint James,” or the Camino el Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage of over 500 miles through France and Spain. The scenery throughout the movie was spectacular. I've always wanted to travel around different parts of the world, but I haven't done much for various reasons, mostly monetary. Plus I doubt, given... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 20:03:17 EST Feasting on Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3981009 I heard Jon Kabat-Zinn use the phrase 'feasting on life' during an interview on American Media Radio. Imagine the implications for those of us who have eaten for other reasons than actually needing to eat. <BR> <BR> If I was 'feasting on life', I would be eating to live, rather than living to eat. My life would be full, no pun intended, but the analogy works. Fullness of life would replace overeating to feel full. <BR> <BR> As I practice twice daily a 20 minute time of Centering Prayer (... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 14:53:07 EST Wait Until Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3974913 Today turned out to be a pretty good day. Yesterday I wanted to escape the plans I'd made for today. It was my husband's birthday yesterday and we planned to have his birthday dinner and cake today. We invited my family and his mother. I felt unsure how I was going to deal with a few individuals, but after much prayer and a little action I was able to turn what could have been a tense situation into a blessing. <BR> <BR> Now I'm exhausted from all the socializing. Being an introvert (an... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:55:35 EST What Is It About Housework? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3970145 Why does housework seem like such a chore? Is it because it never really seems to be done? Is it because I've been doing it for so many years I can't remember not having to do it? <BR> <BR> A couple of years ago my husband, my daughter and her husband, and I went on a cruise. It was so great having someone cater to my every need. Need something to eat? Go visit the 24 hour buffet. And no dishes to wash. Ready to go to bed? Open the cabin door to a turned down bed with the lights turned... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:32:58 EST Coming to Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3964108 "God does not love us if we change. God loves us so that we can change" (Richard Rohr). What would happen in our lives if we truly understood that God loves us no matter what--whether we're skinny or fat, healthy or unhealthy. <BR> <BR> My ex-husband recently died. I suspect he never really knew he was loved by his family, friends or God. The reason why I believe this to be true is how he died--alone, unwilling to deal with his recent diagnosis of heart problems and shortly after he was a... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:02:03 EST Food and Tiredness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3960613 I haven't been feeling well today. I'm not sure what is causing the problem. I have my hunches, but I don't know with any certainty. Not having insurance, I'm not prone to going to the doctor unless I absolutely have to go. Discovering if how I'm feeling is related to an abnormality I have will require at least one expensive test. I've decided to wait a few days and see if this resolves itself. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I'm feeling tired & apprehensive. When I'm tired, I crave food, especia... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:46:57 EST The Mighty Pen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3957812 Today's Health News article concerned how writing something by hand makes more of an imprint on our brains then typing something down on a keyboard. My experience proves this to be true. <BR> <BR> Not too long ago, I was in college, working on getting my bachelor's degree. In order to remember what I read, I took copious notes. One reason is that I don't like to highlight books. But the main reason is that I remember something so much better when I write it down. Reading this article ( ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:09:31 EST Stress Buster Week 1 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3917166 I've joined the Sparkpeople Official Stress Busting Challenge. You can look at me and know my body had adversely responded to stress--I'm apple-shaped. I've had an anxiety disorder since I was 12 years old when I had my first memorable anxiety attack. <BR> <BR> As part of the first week challenge, we're encouraged to start a 'stress journal'. I'm choosing to blog about it since that has seemed to help in other areas of my journey here on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> This week has been particul... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:12:02 EST More of the Same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3876105 I want more of the same this year because I like what I've accomplished so far with the help of all my Sparkpeople friends & the tools that Sparkpeople avails me. <BR> <BR> Having only joined in late October (for this LAST time), I'm amazed at how well I've been doing. This isn't the first time I've Sparked, but it's worked so much better for me. Most of this I can contribute, as I've written before in another blog, to the Buddy Support Challenges on Aspire & Inspire. Through those I've m... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:30:16 EST 'Twas the Night Before Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3867314 ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, <BR> Not a person was arguing, not child, not spouse. <BR> The family was waiting, watching with care <BR> To see if Christ would manifest there. <BR> <BR> They brought out their Bibles from under the stacks <BR> Of books they had intended to read but were lax <BR> From the beginning of Matthew & Luke, but not Mark, <BR> They read stories of the birth of the little monarch. <BR> <BR> In Matthew they discovered Joseph coming up wit... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:35:14 EST Dec. 21st & Nothing to Say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3856530 I can't think of much to write about today. But since I'm doing this challenge in the Aspire & Inspire Sparkteam, I decided I would attempt to write a blog in order to earn the 25 points for the challenge. I didn't do as well at this challenge as I did in November. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure whether I'm feeling rather blah because it's the shortest day of the year, the weather was so dreary, or as a reaction to the upcoming holiday. I'm not all that good at celebrating holidays, as I've men... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:22:39 EST Stressed Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3852666 I admit it--I was stressed out today! Actually, it began last night when I found out my husband was planning on being home for 2 weeks. Since he's a long-haul truck driver, if those wheels aren't turning, there's no money being made! And since I pay the bills, I knew that wasn't good--nope, not good at all! I didn't sleep very well, which, of course, added to the stress! <BR> <BR> Even though I didn't sleep well, I did make it to church this morning. That helped to reduce the stress, b... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 19:02:11 EST Dec. 17 - 'Til Death Do Us Part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3849887 I've been pondering how to incorporate exercise into my life. My body throws out some obstacles to the exercise I would prefer to do--walking. If I walk more than every other day, & even then for only short distances, the bursitis in my heel acts up. <BR> <BR> Walking fulfills more than one purpose. It gives me exercise & feeds my soul by getting me outside in nature. I have a favorite park I like to walk my dog in because it has a beautiful asphalt path with several boardwalks that go... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 20:01:27 EST Dec. 16 - Under the Covers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3847646 <em>425</em> "The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful . . ." And so the popular song goes. We've been having a difficult time keeping our heat pumps working. My father & I were commenting on how nice it would be to have a wood stove! <BR> <BR> Being cold seems to bring my desire to exercise to a screeching halt! I'd rather sit under a warm blanket. I suspect I'm not the only on. <BR> <BR> <em>196</em> When I was a kid, the cold didn't stop me. We lived in Wis... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:49:22 EST I Wished I Would Have Prayed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3845402 Last night I was pulling through a parking spot and hit another car in his passenger door, leaving a large dent. My car didn't sustain very much damage--only a large scrape across the bumper. But my ego took quite a hit. <BR> <BR> I don't have a history of doing well when I make a mistake. When I was only 12 years old, I had my first major anxiety attack which happened while I was taking a math test. I ended up going to the hospital, being subjected to innumerable tests, only to be sent ... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 11:50:13 EST Really Listening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3842875 I've begun to realize how much I don't really listen. So many areas of my life involve listening if I'm to fully engage in life at all levels. I need to listen to the people in my life. I need to listen to my body, mind & soul. And most of all, I need to listen to my Higher Power speaking & guiding me on this journey. <BR> <BR> I've never considered myself a good listener. I tend to talk too much, which means that a dialog of what I want to say next overrides listening to what the other... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 06:14:10 EST Appreciating Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824371 We went to visit my husband's uncle and his family this evening. Keith's aunt, Beth, just died. In June, she went to the doctor and found out she had stage 4 cancer. Obviously, she waited too long to go to the doctor, leaving very little that could be done to save her life. She wasn't a whole lot older than I am. My mother-in-law is only 13 years older than I am and her brother is younger than she is, making Beth no more than 10 years older than I am, if that much. <BR> <BR> It's so eas... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 21:45:56 EST NO Fuming, Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3822494 I have chemical sensitivities. Perfumes, cleaners, glues, and other chemicals cause me to experience some rather weird symptoms. I suspect I've had these problems ever since I was a child, but I have only recently given a name to it. <BR> <BR> A couple of years ago, I would spend hours with pains that migrated to different joints. Shooting pains would show up in one joint, only to travel to another joint a few minutes later. I would also experience mind fog--a weird dizzy feeling in whic... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 20:39:37 EST Transition Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812585 This Monday finds me in the midst of many transitions. The kids started back at school (I homeschool my 4 grandkids.) <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55375134.jpg"> My husband went back to work. (He's a long-haul truck driver). And the holiday is over and I needed to get back to my regular diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> As I've mentioned before in another blog, I find it challenging to switch gears. I have so many 'pots in the fire' that I often wonder what to do next af... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:40:33 EST The Importance of Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3807913 When I face a challenge, I do much better if I have support from people who have been or are where I'm at in the experience. That's the premise of why Sparkpeople works. We are all here for the same reason--to become healthier, especially with our food and exercise choices. <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople before this time. It didn't appear to work for me. It's so easy to fall through the cracks of cyberspace. People can seem too distant to make into friends, becoming mere words on a... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 07:23:39 EST Walk in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3802058 I have chemical sensitivities. It doesn't take very much of most chemicals to induce at drug-like state in me--not fun. <BR> <BR> My mother, on the other hand, suffers from allergies. Today they decided to spray for fleas in their side of our duplex. Since what separates us is only a bedroom door, I suddenly found myself needing to go somewhere to be safe from exposure. It only takes a little exposure to cause a reaction in me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:04:59 EST Thanksgiving Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3800183 I'm not sure I fully grasp the importance of holidays. For most people, I imagine, it's a time for getting together with family members that they don't spend a good deal of time with on a regular basis. However, I live in a duplex with my husband and parents and I homeschool my grandchildren. <BR> <BR> Here in the United States, the majority of us don't need a reason to eat too much. We seem to do that rather well without much of a reason. But that's what Thanksgiving seems to represen... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:45:55 EST Transitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3797617 I remember how disoriented my daughter seemed when she returned from visiting her father. He never really played that big of a role in our life. But there were some periods when he would want to see her. Whenever she came back from visiting him, it would take her a good day to adjust to being back at home. <BR> <BR> Being I'm a long-haul trucker's wife, most of the time I live with only me and the pets. Without much notice, my husband will show up at home (dragging in the laundry that's ... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 14:07:30 EST Gentle Persuasion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3796408 It seems I'm in the minority when it comes to how I am motivated. I often hear people talk about needing a 'good kick in the butt'. My rebellious self doesn't react well to that type of help. <BR> <BR> I do much better if I am loved into making a change. If I 'should' on myself too much, I will grind to a halt. On top of that, my creativity begins to lessen. <BR> <BR> Recently, my spiritual mentor gave me permission to "Rest in the Lord." I had been pushing myself to move forward in a ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 19:38:10 EST Creativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793525 I'm looking forward to 'sparking' some creativity in me today. I love to work with denim and applique. <BR> <BR> My skin is very sensitive so I can't wear synthetic fibers. The fibers get under my skin, itching like other people's reaction to fiberglass. Denim and I have been good friends for years because of this. <BR> <BR> When I feel better about myself, when I honor the gifts I've been given by my Higher Power, my creativity increases. And I eat less! Fri, 19 Nov 2010 07:17:37 EST Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793056 I had a quiet day today with time for creativity and time to go to the healing service at church. I even went for a short walk with my dog, Lady, at my favorite park. The colors are still pretty and the squirrels were plentiful, out scavenging for acorns. <BR> <BR> Although I may pay for the walk today with increased heel pain tomorrow, I'm glad I went. My experience with the bursitis in my shoulders has taught me that my body doesn't actually get rid of the inflammation. It just shifts ... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 21:58:57 EST Blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790435 I have been recently blessed with a spiritual mentor. Spiritually, she is where I want to be. <BR> <BR> As you may know from my previous blogs this week, it's been an emotionally and physically difficult week. <BR> <BR> In a recent e-mail with her, she suggested I "rest in the Lord"--when in pain, rest; when angry, gently release. These are such simple words but with a profound message for me. I tend to push myself, never quite believing I am doing something or being good enough. <BR> <... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:09:03 EST Living with Chronic Bursitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3788362 Today I'm limping around because of bursitis in my left foot, my right knee hurts from chondromalacia, and my right shoulder bursitis is acting up. Yes, I've been to the doctor about this before today. And I spent some time researching it AGAIN on the internet. The treatment is the same--rest the joints and take NSAIDS. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm discouraged. I came to back to Sparkpeople in order to get support for eating a more anti-inflammatory diet with more Omega 3 foods, and to lose w... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:18:20 EST Dizzy and Confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3785411 I have chemical sensitivities. When I'm exposed to chemicals, I can get dizzy and confused, and feel like I'm on some drug! I must have been exposed to something without realizing it because today is one of those days. <BR> <BR> In the past, I would indulge myself on these days with lots of carbs. But today I'm attempting to continue to follow my healthy eating plan. I'm not sure how I'm going to exercise today. <BR> <BR> I have problems with bursitis in several joints which seems to be... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:18:18 EST