KITTYF54's SparkPeople Blog KITTYF54's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Choices again Now there's something about Choices that I think you all need to know, because It was very interesting to me and has a real bearing on this discussion. <BR> <BR> Your brain can only field and commit to a certain number of choices a day, AND I'm betting from personal experience that our state of health and the stresses in our life are a limiting factor. <BR> <BR> For instance, you have a fight with your boss, your number of choices possible to make (wisely) that day goes down. Say you also... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:44:38 EST Options and Choices This morning I woke up thinking about the difference between options and Choices. but I'm going to give you some background about me so you can see where I'm coming from. <BR> <BR> I've always had trouble deciding about what to choose. as far back as age 18 and it might have been even earlier but I didn't have many choices as a child so I couldn't say. <BR> <BR> When I graduated High school and took the test to enter the military they told me I could do just about any job they had open and... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:17:37 EST homeostasis Well here it is more than 200 days since my last post, I'm not an enthusiastic writer I don't think. <BR> <BR> my last post still rings a bell for me. A friend said our bodies crave homeostasis. Now I haven't looked it up, so I'm not precise on it's definition but the usages says we crave a middle ground. and of course that supports life in this world. not to hot, not to cold, not to dry, not to wet, not to full nor to hungry, and not to fat nor to thin. <BR> <BR> We need that but we als... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:18:53 EST A life spent seeking comfort. Is anybody else finding that they have to accept that comfort, which I've pursued since childhood, is anathema to health? I'm not really saying that a moment of comfort, or even an hour of comfort is wrong, but that the pursuit of comfort, the eschewing of discomfort, is maybe the cause of some of our problems! <BR> <BR> I made myself do two chair workouts on spark people yesterday and my stomach is TIGHT, almost to the point of a cramp or something, and it made me think maybe I need to acce... Wed, 25 May 2016 16:25:27 EST Breaking away from the Comfortable to learn to be More! I posted this on one of my groups, and then realized that I'd like to be able to reread it, and reference it in the future. so I'm going to post it here, and hopefully it'll help you as much reading it as it did for me to write it. <BR> <BR> God is laying on my heart to abandon the tendency I've nurtured all my life to do what makes me "happy" whether it were watching tv, reading fiction, or even history, or sewing or overeating. I guess I should say that those things make me "comfortable" ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:59:43 EST Small Changes challenge Beth, the IndyGirl blogger has asked me to post this on the IndyGirl group. I did, but I thought I'd put it here in case it might help someone. this was in response to a challenge to send a list of small changes anyone might make to help themselves in their goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> drink more water, eat more veggies, have at least one salad a day, add some fat to your diet, take a vitamin, visit the dietitian, join a water exercise class, buy an exercise bike. turn on the wiisport and do fiv... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 21:09:01 EST mood, food and locations Wow. I read my entry from Last september and WOW. I got back to PA last January. in the first 2 or 3 months I gained back 20 of the thirty five or fourty pounds I lost. I'm holding there, 20 pounds down for the first time in a long time. but I'm very saddened that I'm not doing better. I eat more carbs here, exercise less and worry about this house and the hoarding more. It was easy to walk away, not to problematic to not have this stuff around me, why can't I toss it? I don't even hav... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:15:25 EST Corperate Motherhood- a poem Corperate Motherhood <BR> 11:14 4/1/2014 <BR> <BR> The World cries Shame, Oh mother, fear, <BR> your life was lived in vain! <BR> Your lonely days of motherhood <BR> spent wiping tiny noses, <BR> Will leave you lonely and bereft <BR> when strength and life are closing. <BR> <BR> You need a career is the battle cry, <BR> To fill your heart with joy, <BR> to give you memories and pride, <BR> there is no pride in the everyday. <BR> <BR> But my heart though lonely many days, <BR> and l... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:46:05 EST Helping sis take care of Dad turns into a good thing I've been coming to spark people very sporadically even before I came to Colorado. I was bored, I find the food tracker cumbersome, frequently my computer is at fault due to me overloading it, but hey, I'm a hoarder. now I'm even a hoarder of web sites. LOL <BR> <BR> After coming here in early May, I hardly had time to even remember sparkpeople. I come back as often as I do remember to track for a few days or to write a note, but nothing much. <BR> <BR> I came to Colorado to be with... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:55:21 EST waist to hip ratio ok, so it's a rant. so sue me, LOL <BR> lets first start off with semantics. What is a ratio. Usually it's a comparison of two numbers showing a relationship. it's not a single decimal number it's a comparison. <BR> but that asside, I must now break the bad news. that number that's been worrying you so? it means NOTHING> don't worry so much. <BR> <BR> Last month, for instance. my all important "Ratio" was .8 with a waist measurement of 48.5 and a hip measurement of 60. this, ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:53:19 EST Food, not food, relationships, Ok, a lot of different thoughts and experiences converge in... ANOTHER BLOG ENTRY!! aren't you thrilled? <BR> <BR> Thought, I'm supposed to be eating 90-100 gms of protein a day, according to a dietician I saw right after my diagnosis. so, how do I divide this up? three meals, and three snacks? four meals and a snack? four meals? five meals? to keep my blood sugar stable as possible I've been aiming for five, but four is more usual. <BR> <BR> Then came the discovery that two e... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:59:45 EST Consistency= building a routine. Well, even after all I wrote, I wasn't very good about DOING what I said. it's honestly scary to get down because it's such a struggle to get back up. but it's a great workout, for sure, and I'm still working on myself to make it daily. yesterday I got down and back up. today I got down, then did about 12 cat stretches, then twenty each of rear leg lifts. even though I didn't raise my arms too, I can sure feel it in my arms and shoulders so I think I did enough... for this time. maybe ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 09:59:13 EST The infant's exercise program, or Exercise like a baby Ok, I wrote this for the chair exercise group, and really, if you're not clinically "obese" it may not resonate with you, but for anyone who struggles for functionality when they exercise, maybe it will help you. I sure hope so. <BR> Ok, this is a new thought for me, and I'd like to talk it out. <BR> first though I'll give you some background so you can understand how i cam to this thought/plan. Also I'd like you to know right upfront. if this doesn't jive with you, let it go. It may not w... Wed, 25 May 2011 23:07:22 EST Diabetes is a BLESSING? I got this all written and started to end with what should have come first, so I'll start with it here. <BR> <BR> God's been really working on me about complaining and whining and gratefulness. and I find he's really changing my ATTITUDE about this and a lot of other "problems" in my life. He says in the Bible "be THANKFUL in ALL things" and boy am I learning that things that scare me or put me in a difficult time are VALUABLE!! what would we be without them except whining babies who ne... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:57:03 EST Changing my wanter OK, this is going to be BREIF because I can't think, can't focus and probably can't talk or type. <BR> <BR> the thought came to me today that One os the most difficult things to change is our subconcious. I know it is for me. <BR> I say I want to get up at 4:30 to view the sunrise but can't pry myself out of bed. It something I really wanted, but I just couldn't convince my subconcious mind to let me hear the alarm. <BR> <BR> Or I have a new job, but again I don't hear the alarm. <... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 23:58:26 EST Desiring the goal more than the Cake I'm still working on changing my mind and desires to desire the goal more than the immediate satisfaction. I've never done that with myself very much and it's an ongoing and hard journey. <BR> <BR> I mean I've never denied myself.. I've been like a spoiled child, I want it I got it. Now I NEED to change that (diabetes and arthritis), and it's taking me SO long (3 years so far) to do. I admit, I'm not focusing on that like I should. <BR> <BR> I started out leaving it up to God, and t... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:00:45 EST blog posts can be inspirational Just so you know, I doubt mine will ever be, but hey, that's what I'm writing about, so that's the title. I followed some link or another here on spark people and found some WOW blogs over on some Fit blogging site. Or something. one was a woman who lost about65 pounds so she could keep up with her kids instead of watching them play. YAY, wish I'd thought of that 20 years ago, or if I did, actually done it. <BR> <BR> A Disk jockey or radio personality went from 540 to 265. I was so a... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 20:23:43 EST Try HARDER!! Now this message is for me, not you necessarily, but here's how it goes. <BR> <BR> In '03 I was running down the stairs, care free and my knee folded to the side and allowed me to sit on the inside of my foot. That's how I learned what arthritis feels like. I also had torn ligaments on the outside of my knee so I spent six weeks on crutches. Unfortunately at the end of that time the knee still couldn't support any weight at all. I was sent to a physical therapist thankfully and given exe... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 20:55:15 EST Camping is dangerous! Well, the first thing I did Thursday when we took four grandkids camping at a perfectly safe state park was take the boys through the woods.... in open toed sandals. <BR> <BR> Well you may not realize it but saplings are like thin whips, TIGHTLY sewed into the ground by God. and when one of those babies gets between your sandal and your foot, your foot isn't going ANY FURTHER, even if your body tries to. So the end result is you end up doing a face plant. Into the ground. <BR> ... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 19:05:43 EST "Good" frustration I was picking up a piece of paper that had fallen to the ground the other day and realized that It wasn't an effort. I just did it and Had the strength to do it with no real effort needed. <BR> <BR> Then yesterday I was ready for bed and knowing I hadn't done my exercises which were prescribed to support my knees (which slip sideway) in a month or so I did them. forty reps Leg lifts, front, side, back, then Calf raises, then wall squats. Fourty reps. Now, here I have to say, Fourty wall ... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 13:46:45 EST Philosophy SO, I was sitting here reading something on spark people and Hubby turned on the TV. and for some reason someone was talking to a reporter, maybe a government official or a MOS/man/woman on the street who made what struck me as an asinine statement. <BR> <BR> they said "the rich have a responsibility to" something or other, share the wealth I think was the gist of it. <BR> <BR> Now lets take this and ask ourselves what gives us the idea that that the rich have any more responsibiliti... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 13:17:49 EST Exercise is HARD!! LOL OK, so I'm still puffing pretty hard after four trips up the stairs and 3 down, which is how I get to bed so I figure I probably shouldn't add any more steps til this gets easy. So far I did it three nights in a row. <BR> <BR> But I've been really neglecting my knee exercises since I've been doing this and I could really tell when my knee popped out in bed and I couldn't get it to go back into place. took me at least 30 seconds of pain and squirming to figure out where I needed to be to ... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:21:07 EST Stairs as exercise equiptment I've begun walking up the stairs and backing down. I did that about four days ago, then was so achy that I didn't do it again til last night. The first night I did it, I went up and backed down 3 times, 36 steps. Last night I did it again and though I was shaky when I got back up for the last time I wasn't as achy today so I'm thinking I can do this. I guess it's the same as step ups? but up 12 and down 12. LOL <BR> <BR> I'm encouraged that I found something that isn't so hard to p... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:48:44 EST Focus!! I need FOCUS!! I've been really struggling for over a year on how to motivate myself to exercise. My knees hurt most of the time, my back hurts if I walk around the block, I'm constantly tempted by carbs but when I eat them, particularly bread, I get so tired it feels like My bones are water. I"m also struggling with the constant discomfort of kidney stones. My back aches most of the time from them even when I'm not passing one. <BR> <BR> I tried walking upstairs and backing down the other day, and... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 13:36:33 EST New Year's resolutions I haven't made a formal "new Years Resolution" probably EVER, but I do have an awareness of the need to begin again in several areas. <BR> <BR> 1)I need to go ahead in exercise when I really am a very lazy person who doesn't WANT to move or do ANYTHING. Part of that is fear of success, meaning I don't want others to expect more of me if I loose weight. LOL <BR> 2) I need to read my Bible and pray DAILY, not "as needed". <BR> 3) I need to put my health ahead of my desires, when all I really w... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:33:40 EST Rambling I wanted to join this blog contest since I am STILL nearly 290 and struggling with both loosing weight and gaining strength. <BR> <BR> I have much more energy since I began being faithful to the low carb lifestyle, so I know part of my problem was the excess blood glucose and insulin levels. Now I'm facing strengthening my legs and arms and core muscles and am almost starting at the beginning like a baby. <BR> <BR> I can do about 10 minutes of exercise, though I CAN do my shopping w... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 10:38:19 EST progress Well, if this is my job, it took me six months to start it. FINALLY I decided to stop fooling myself, stop cheating on my diet and put some effort into exercise. <BR> I've <BR> 1)doubled my leg exercises. <BR> 2)Added a Laying form of the scissor leg exercise to try to strengthen the muscles in the inner thigh. <BR> (one of my main problems is knee stability and since I can't afford the gym I'm trying to duplicate as many of the machine exercises as I can using body weight or exercise bands... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:10:45 EST Fitness is my JOB? I don't know about any of YOU, but I've been watching Biggest Loser. Last week they voted off a girl who was very resentful of anyone pushing her to do more. She wouldn't even kick up her pace for 30 seconds. You could see the resentment and rebellion in her face when she heard the trainer yelling at her to give it everyTHING for just 30 seconds. she'd run for ten and then slack off. <BR> <BR> I'm not much for exercise, but even I could do 30 seconds, if my knees will stand up to i... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 20:51:12 EST discouraging I have such a hard time saying no to myself that I've been loosing and gaining the same five pounds for over six months. I'm sick of it. I want to see progress!! I guess Christmas time isn't the best time to decide this, is it? I guess I better be happy to stay the same for two more weeks, and be ready to not be such a wuss when the holiday gatherings are over. <BR> <BR> FWIW, kitty Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:27:04 EST Learn something new every day I just had to note this somewhere, I found out today that almond milk in coffee is very nutty and only 3 net carbs a CUP, so very economical in coffee also. what a bargain!! Mon, 3 Nov 2008 09:40:15 EST Diet and health WEll, I'm definitely not going anywhere at this rate. I struggle every day to get through the day physically. the exercise I do do is barely enough to keep me feeling able to get through the next day. I still haven't been able to start a regular regimen of walking. I'm seriously considering getting some sitting fitness videos and see if those could help me enough to get me on my able to walk regularly. <BR> <BR> I'm becoming more convinced than ever that I need to be rabid in follow... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 09:55:09 EST Slogging along Well, not to good on steps taken, but I'm working on building muscle in my legs to support my knees and hips. I think I need to get me back to a PT to get some extended exercises, the hips are still giving me trouble now and then, but I'm about ready to start out!! I wonder if there's any pictures on the web of the trail down into the Canyon. What a Blast that would be!! Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:32:23 EST GRAND CANYON OR BUST!! My daughter joined and we're working on getting healthy so we can go to the bottom of the GRAND CANYON!!! I have to loose half my weight and get stronger legs at least, she's going to quit smoking and take up hiking. LOL she has a lot going for her and she could be ready in a month, but I on he other hand, needed a year and a half min, so we're planning on August 2010 if the Lord tarries. <BR> <BR> At least as hard for me will be keeping believing I can do it, and keeping on trying. ... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 21:44:05 EST