KEIKOS_MUM's SparkPeople Blog KEIKOS_MUM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community some weight gone. Well the week has flown by again, the warmer weather is here ( well it is not in the minus anymore) and the bulbs are making brilliant headway. My oldest son left for his job this morning and by now he is an hour and a bit away from York. I guess even though he is a windup merchant i will miss him loads , but i know i can contact him on the phone , and internet , but six hours away far if i want a real life hug. <BR> The visit to the dr's yesterday was good news again...... i have lost anoth... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 04:00:39 EST thank you Thank you for all the positive comments and sharing your journeys of such time with me. The sweets do not feel so bad now. <BR> Today's goal is to try and get the fitbit thing to register me climbing up and down the stairs ten times. ( because i stop halfway up it doesnt always register this as climbing a set of stairs for some reason. ) Trouble is i cant run up those stairs like i used to , or i may end up falling and that would be no good. <BR> i also want to see if i can persuade one of ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 03:57:48 EST say no and mean NO........................... Woke up this morning and the sky is full of fog... when my oldest son was little he used to say that the clouds had not got up yet... It kind of feels like this. i am looking for something positive about it, as it is the kind of weather that goes straight to the chest and with the peak flows being bad at the moment i dont think i want to risk going out in it. Ahhh well chair dancing it is then.... but.... my flower on my fitbit does not grow to this <em>24</em> . <BR> Foodwise was difficul... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 06:08:39 EST Happy lovers day Yesterday was a mad flurry of removing furniture from the front room and getting it prepared for the carpet, ( i didnt know if i wanted this BUT, i have to say now it is down it is warmer and the dog is less noisy that she was on our floorboards~ we will see if it stays clean for long though lol) . I also got taken out for a meal as our kitchen was full of the front room stuff and i couldnt cook. i had a vegetable thai green curry , and it was lovely, however i didnt eant to eat for the rest ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:11:56 EST happy Tuesday <img src="">Its back to the cold weather again here in the UK where i live... i guess that i shouldnt have been so happy at thinking that the snow had all gone. (not that we have any yet, although it does keep trying to) Went out and looked at some beautiful materials today and managed to knock up quite a few extra steps on my fitstick thing... i am still battling with how this works at the moment although i think i managed to find out ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:54:18 EST where did my week go I somehow got to Saturday without knowing where the rest of the week has gone to. We have had appointments... a sick day... more appointments and at long last a visit to the cinema with two thirds of the family to see Les Mis...... <BR> Ahhh how wonderful it was, ( although i spent lots of the time crying , this in itself was a tribute to the actors that they could move not only me , but three young adults and my Kenzie to tears.) <BR> Food was not to plan that day, and a few treats were con... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 06:12:13 EST happy monday Its so cold today, but i managed to get outside with Keiko and have some fun in the garden. (She had a new rope ball in her christmas stocking , and this is the first we have been able to play properly with it. )All that bending down and picking up her ball must have done something for my waist line.......... <BR> Keiko is also getting her spring coat, todays fur shread was a half carrybag full when i finally finished grooming her... she will need doing again tomorrow. If i was more adapt ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:35:04 EST whooo hooooo Yesterday was a mini landmark for me... i got weighed have lost 9lbs this month. I couldnt believe it and had to restep on the scales again. It is a weird feeling knowing parts of the body are shrinking away , and yet i still can not see where from , but i know it must be true because of the scales and the clothes sizes. <BR> I was also surprised because i have not been able to do as much as activity as i would have liked, but i am not going to think that this would happen all the time if i... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 07:05:06 EST waves At last i feel well enough to sit up at my pc and see how things are going with all my spark people. Once again i have had another chest infection and have been waging my own mini war. I actually managed to get out and about yesterday and Kenzie took me for some well earned clothes shopping. Away i went to the larger than large labels to pick some new trousers etc, anyhow i was gently steered away from the big big big clothes, and taken to the ones that were two sizes smaller, and even these ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:25:58 EST sunday blues <img src=""> <BR> i found this picture while surfing about on the internet, i guess next time i say i have only lost a pound it is one that i should remember.. <BR> Today was/is a i want to go back to my cave day and vegetate.... and i am fighting every ounce of my body to stop myself from doing this. It started off not to bad, but late last night i had a drop in my sugar levels and ever since then i have felt pants. I know i dont wan... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:16:51 EST trys again i spent ages typing out my blog the other day and was really upset that the internet connection where we are caused the page to freeze then cut out and i lost all my blog , not only this but also some email that i had been working on as well. Ahh well i guess there is a saying if you dont succeed try again. <BR> I am glad that we got all our food shopping done before the latest flurry of snow came as it now comes up to Keikos elbow s ( yes i know dogs dont have elbows but i cant think what e... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 05:54:41 EST A question <img src=""> the bottom third of the garden.. covered in snow. <img src=""> Bird food....... <img src=""> Keiko having a mad running spree.... <img src=""> looking for her ball........ <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:46:50 EST its all white. Well i woke up this morning and it had happened... the colourful world that used to live outside was blanketed by a layer of snow. I suppose i shouldnt be to surprised by it as it has been trying to snow and lay ever since the weekend. (and for those of you that live over the pond , i realise my thin covering of snow is mega compared to yours , but, its there all the same <em>20</em> ) <BR> Positive things about it... It makes the world seem brighter while it is here... The colours that ar... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:41:22 EST Its cold outside Today has been a good day, if not just a little bit cold. Somehow i have managed (for now) to get the whole family onside in doing housework and helping plan for healthy meals. Kenzie and i went for our daily walk, and i had to keep moving because it was so cold outside if i had have stood still i would have froze . The cold played havoc with my joints and i really knew i had been out today with each step towards the end feeling like a knife in my knees and feet, but i made it. ( and i am pr... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:04:23 EST tired but very happy Sorry for the lack of blog entries of late , but we seem to be having internet connection problems at the times i am online, and i have been out and about alot more , doing exercise and having Dr's appointments etc. <BR> True to his word Kenzie has taken me out walking ( or in my case marathon walking) every day so far. He has been getting up earlier and making the most of the nice (if not cold) weather we have been having. I think that i slow him down alot , but it is nice to be able to vis... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:43:02 EST a long talk Kenzie and i have just had a massive talk about health and nutrtition and getting better. He has been worried about me the past few weeks with my health issues and not feling well and has noticed how my oxygen levels have gone down before even looking at the peak flow results. He made me so proud in the fact that he has said that he is going to help me and himself with the healthier lifestyle , and is even talking about making me a new herb garden and plot for the veggies . <BR> 2013 is loo... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:47:43 EST i need sleep <img src=""> <BR> This is just asmile from keiko and i and a hug to say wasnt that good last night , with a silly asthma attack, but will be back later (maybe tomorrow) because of mega lack of sleep. Thinking of you all Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:26:31 EST Old ending and a new start to the year. If somebody was to ask me how i feel at the moment , the answer would be at peace with the world, content and happy. So many things have happened this year, ( i guess that's kind of normal though, as there has been twelve months to get through). As i look back , each month had its own lesson to be learnt and i know i am ending it a richer and happier person. ( although it didnt seem like it whilst i was learning about some things. ) <BR> The most valuable thing i think that i learnt is that... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:08:38 EST Why is my blog important to me <img src=""> <BR> So why is my blog important to me? <BR> I may not always blog about conventional things that you as readers and visitors want to read about ( i apologise for this bit, but not for writing it if this makes sense.) How ever if i do blog about it , it is normally because it touched a place in my heart, or, it was important to me in some way, or i am untangling it from the mass of memories over things that bind me to the p... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 04:46:17 EST Just call me sleepy) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, something happened last night ... i actually slept for seven and a half hours. i dont know why, ( if i did i would try and do it every night) . My normal sleep pattern is about two hours max, and then lay there or get up and potter again until i get tired ( which never really happens quickly and so i have to wait till the next wave swamps over me.) It was a refreshing change and i must admit i feel alot more ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:08:08 EST happy and content........... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Well i hope everyone is having a fun time , i know i have had the most peaceful day yesterday that i have had in a long time. Kenzie decided that he was cooking the turkey ( we had it at night , and it was so nice not to have to cook that i didnt really mind. Today it is nearly eleven and both the men are still sleeping . ( i guess they were late to bed last night. ) <BR> Sometimes i think ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 06:05:19 EST My present to myself <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>247</em> <BR> I really hope that each and everyone of you have a wonderful holiday season and manage to survive without straying to far from the journeys that you are on. <BR> i myself have become addicted to raw asparagus....Having seen a programme on UK's vegetable farmers it was mentioned , how many people in general cook veggies and do not eat them raw. As my Dr. has been trying to convince me to eat more veggies, ... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 07:02:33 EST i found the secret to being happy This mornimg i woke at 4:30 and no matter what i did i couldnt get back to sleep again. So i feel as if i have been up ages.. and done a whole days jobs before anyone else in the house got up. Plus my chair dancing and Keiko got some special time as well. ( she is far more happier today , and i hope that she will not gulp at things that drop on the floor again after the poached egg incident. ) The only trouble with starting this early is that my body gets out of sync and i get worn out by 2... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 05:00:31 EST the water bottle <img src=""> <BR> This is my new water bottle . It comes from Lakeland and has a built in water filter ( i am something of a diva in that i really do not like the taste of the tap water) and so far this seems to have made the water taste a little better for me . Part of the plan is that i fill it up everytime i have a drink of tea ( i love tea and drink far to much really ) Or at meal times . <BR> I am determined to get to drinking the c... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 04:30:29 EST i have a plan <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While i was wrapping parcels yesterday, i was thinking about my weight loss, and how easy it is for me to put weight on, but six times more difficult to take it off. Kenzie keeps on telling me he and i are going on a diet next year, but lets get the holidays over first, ( hmmm i have been on a healthy eating plan all this year as well) <BR> So this little voice kept saying to me, ok you have holi... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 03:25:21 EST two pictures to make you smile. <img src=""> <BR> This is the first knitting project i have finished since my hand was broken and i got atheritus in it. I cant hold the needles properly in one hand , i have to grip it under arm.....and its not as tidy as i used to be able to do... BUT i created it and its finished ... ( now it has to be posted off to my sister-in-law. ) All i kept thinking of when i was stitching it up was that picture i saw on BENI's blog about i'm po... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:31:08 EST I'm Pooh Bear who are you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think that my body and mind got muddled up with pooh bears... i like honey and sweet things.. i like hugs , i am not that keen on exercise , and i love the song about rumbleys in my tumbley... Yes i think i could have made a good Pooh bear. Although i am not yellow.... i do have a bright red tee shirt... <BR> Seriously bears hibernate , i have that trait as well, and my mind still seems to want to store food to... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 03:54:36 EST happy weekend all Today has been a good day, despite a really early start , i feel good ( although a little tired atm) Food wise i seem to be keeping on track , Although i have a new passion for chestnuts and may have to be careful on how much calories they contain.. One lasts for ever though, and Keiko enjoys them also. <BR> Yesterday i went for a ride into the town near where i live and got a few bits and pieces for the house . There was a market in the town , and i managed to resist the free samples that... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:45:47 EST the results are in. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well yesterday was kind of a "D" day for me .. seeing my Dr and being weighed , possibley for the last time this year.. and the results were , that i have lost nothing since last weigh day. However it was pointed out to me that the drugs that i have been on and were still taking actually cause weight gain, ( i was mega down, but i did already know this) <BR> It still didnt make me feel one million do... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 04:04:02 EST how not to have a weight loss.... Ever done something in your life and then thought five minutes later .. i really shouldnt have done this. I think i have just had a week like this. I have spent the best part asleep. ( coming off the tabs i was on has knocked me even further for six) and now am playing catch up on everything again. In truth my peak flows just were not strong enough to cope with the cold. and i suffered big old asthma attacks again. <BR> Kenzie, bless his heart has tried tempting me with oranges ( my fvourit... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 04:56:55 EST 3/12/2012 <em>334</em> <img src=""> <BR> After feeling like i imagine a ninety year old would feel for ages. i finally woke at six this morning and had some energy. For the past week the steroids and meds combined with the virus/illness has left me washed out and drained. ( a couple of times i have come close to being placed in a hospital, and only my phobia of them has kept me out , that and some sterling work from my Doctors. <BR> Now i have ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 04:35:40 EST news flash i am here still , just not online as took a bad turn the other day and ended up yuck and visiting the nice dr's and nurses, Now i have to rest but will try and pop back when i feel alot better. ( its just a virus flu thing that is having a fight with my body , but cos of the asthma etc is winning..................) <BR> ANyhow im off to read and sleep. <BR> <em>247</em> <em>234</em> <BR> keep well and safe Sun, 25 Nov 2012 07:34:53 EST the sun is out to play Well............ something happened yesterday, i ddint go and see the nutritionalist person. No i wasnt bad ( and missed it) They phoned up and cancelled because the man was off sick. Instead i got to talk to a lady one on the phone and she said to bring some print outs of my spark people menus with me. and ......................i got an appointment for next week instead so i have time to work out what i need to achieve and share with her. <BR> The rest of the day was a flurry of making ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 03:58:59 EST waves <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First of all thanks for the support on the previous blog . Today is going to be a hard one for me .. because i have to meet this new nutritionalist and i am scared. Scared i will stuff up and not learn , scared that i will get worse and somehow all the weightr will go back on because they will decide i need more tablets , and scared that i will let myself down again. <BR> As i type this i am concious that my... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 05:48:50 EST wolfman gangman style Bit late on the old blog front today as coldgatge is still happening and i am forgetting what it was like to have a day without it. Jobs are done, and exercise is reduced to chair ones again as my balance seems to have taken a nose dive over night... i made my daughter laugh by messaging her i was doing a wolfman gangman style in my chair... she could imagine it and pranced around her bedroom to join in with me on skype lol. Sometimes the silliest things make you feel good and give you streng... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:45:41 EST some days............................. Yesterday was a no no for a blog entry, i felt way to ill and wanted to just curl up in a ball. The good thing about when i feel like this is that i dont feel like eating anything, the bad thing is when i start to eat again my body is going to store every milligram of fat it can because it has been starved. <BR> Both of the young adults have disappeared for the weekend.. and so it was just Kenzie and i, who decided to delve, whilst i felt like yuck , in to what type of mental illness i had. ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 04:26:45 EST :-) ps i didnt wear my teddybear......... Well as promised here is the second of the photo from the challenge.. <img src=""> Daughter posted her clothes in the washing machine as she forgot to take it. Today's picture is going to be a little more difficult as i am meant to take a picture of a cloud, but the sky is full of fog that has shown no sign of lifting , and so i may have to draw it instead. <BR> I got up at some ungodly hour having an asthma attack... and then decided to... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 07:17:14 EST Smile Our house is still a hospital in disguise, the other half is now hibernating in bed , but has penicillan , as i phone his Dr. up and told her of the wheezy sound that he was trying to ignore, and was worryiing me. ( she thinks he has some virusey flu thing also complicated with a chest infection...............he should have had his flu jab <em>24</em> ) <BR> The positive thing that happened was that middle son and i got to do the shopping ysterday and we got loads of soup making veggies a... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:13:40 EST sunrise <img src="">Well this morning i was given a gift. Not one that i could hold in my hands, not one that i could take out on the dark days that come sometimes, (unless of course i viewed it in my memory) but a visual gift , of the sun rising in the sky. Nothing new about this i hear people say , it happens in general once every twenty four hours.... and i often watch it. BUT to me today's sunrise was special. It looked like crushed dusky pi... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:34:10 EST Ouch <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today i have aches in parts of my body i didnt know existed and i am tired......... and so i am just going to say i hope that you all have a good day and go back to chair marching for today... with a little jiggle thrown in. Have a good day <em>41</em> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 03:02:30 EST How have you spent your money/calories <img src=""> <BR> When i first started this journey, i used to get so frustrated at the thought of weigh in days at the Dr's . ( having used bulimia as a way to control my eating and starvation, i no longer trust myself weighing my fat... instead let the Dr have this pleasure) i still found myself hording my calories on days when things went wrong, or spending far to many of them... and so, Kenzie started to call them my pennies. <BR> He... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 02:30:27 EST What would you use a magic tablet for ? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a definite nip in the air this morning.. and i think that the frost definitely tried to arrive last night as well. ( Mind you i guess i should be grateful... some parts of the UK <BR> have snow already, and the closest we have had is hail stones.) After consulting again with the Dr yesterday i have now been given extra large clear up ear problem and sinus problem tablets... ( and they are massive )... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 03:41:24 EST stupid colds <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Urghh i think that the stinky germs have caught up with me ,and i offically now have an ear infection and sore sinuses. ( making themselves known with the pain in my left eye) Yesterday afternoon i gave in to the war that was going on in my head and went for a rest in the bedroom....only to fall fast asleep for an hour. I felt really lazy , because i know how much i am meant to be getting done, and its like wa... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 03:01:54 EST i want to be the rolling pin I have come to the conclusion that i am the pastry in this house... Stretched and moulded by everyone to fit and hold things together . Fragile that i break if i am poked to hard , but not so fragile that i cant be patched up. ( how i would like to have my turn at being a rolling pin at times....... BUT then again, rolling pins get bashed about and rolled in mess....rolling pins get scorched marks on them.....and they are fat and lumpy. Maybe i dont really want to be a rolling pin.) <BR> I fo... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 03:48:59 EST peeboo... i see you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am still about.. We have spent nearly a week truding about during the day ( oh what goood exercise this is) looking for three piece suites. Kenzie not wanting one of these modern ones with hundreds of cushions on them, and agreeing that we need something that will be big enough for all of us but small enough to actually get in the house. Its not as easy as it sounds. <BR> Anyhow today he said we wou... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:13:16 EST a cupboard or a tardis................ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well , i never knew we had so much junk under the stairs.. there was literally 100's of dvd's and i must have waded through heaps and heaps of letters and knick knacks that used to be in our sitting room... i still have not uncovered the drawers to the pine dresser, and believe me i am seriously beginning to think that the cupboard is a tardis in disguise. <BR> i have found treasures that i didnt think... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 04:33:17 EST a moan (sorry) The past few days have been spent getting plenty of exercise you will be glad to know, as we have been decorating our front room.. Maybe i should correct this to say that the men in the house have been decorating and i have been bannished upstairs aprt from making drinks and washing brushes etc... ( well that was until 5 am this morning when i decided to get up and paint the walls so they would be dry for when our three piece arrives. <BR> By 8 am i was exhausted but had done most of the wa... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:41:49 EST How to deal with a mole. <img src=""> <BR> Grrr , i am at a bit of a loss, as last night i recognised a little theme that was circling in my family. At night time we used to have chocolate or some kind of sweets when watching a film. i have been managing to have fruit instead , right the way up until last night , and then i got offered a chunk of the new chocolate bar that is out. *not green and black which is my prefered choccy if i have some, but cadburys .... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 05:18:30 EST Which of the seven dwarfs are you <img src=""> <BR> That feels like me.. minus the big white beard of course... <BR> <BR> Dont know if it was all that bopping about on Thursday, all be it in my chair , but i had a poo day yesterday. ( am i allowed to say poo... well if i am not sorry if i offended you) Sleepy was the name of the dwarf that visited me , and despite a nap i could not shake him. This morning i feel shakey and the weather is grey but hey ho i think i will ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 06:28:31 EST Lol... how to start the day with a laugh I really managed to start my day off with a laugh today. Mind you i can not say it would work for anyone else. Whilst browsing through my vast ipod colection for songs to chair march to i came across the worlds silliest songs... and so now i am singing along to them ( in my head as so not to disturb the rest of the house) and having a giggle at the likes of papa-omm mow mow and general custar.i have not heard some of these since i was a girl, when Nonna used to stick on her records on a satu... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 02:46:53 EST