LADISHEFFLADY1's SparkPeople Blog LADISHEFFLADY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 030413 today is the first day I've gotten out of the house since I got sick a month ago. I'm mostly better....still fatigued, but overall, better. I went and did the grocery shopping early which made me feel productive....also motivated me to get back in the healthy eating swing of things. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:26:54 EST 030113 I haven't been out of the house in a week now and I'm going out today to get my hair done. I hope it gives me some motivation 'cause right now I don't have any. I am very, very tired and don't want to do anything. Maybe the fresh air will help. Sure hope this tooth extraction site would heal. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:56:37 EST 022813 Feeling much better! Tooth extraction site remains the same...still hurts and doesn't seem to be filling in the hole. Will see the dentist next Wednesday and see what he thinks. It will be two weeks by then. <BR> <BR> Since I've been sick, I've been eating whatever I wanted but that stops now. Had a nice fish dinner with baked potato and green beans last night. A little less than 4 months before summer and I'd like to have a nice hunk of weight off by then. <BR> <BR> I know that I eat ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:48:56 EST 022713 I am feeling a little better. I'm going to enjoy the next two days of rest I'll be getting. So far, the snowstorm we were supposed to get, is rain. Hope it stays that way. <BR> <BR> I had a molar extracted a week ago and it isn't healed and it still hurts. I know I am a slow healer because of the diabetes and the prednisone I take but I don't know if this within normal limits or not. I have an appt. with the dentist next Wednesday. If it starts to hurt more, I will call for an emerge... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:11:05 EST 022613 Boy, I'm still sick. We're having another big snowstorm here so I can just stay home and rest. I've just kept going during this sickness and I think I need to lay low and rest. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:12:01 EST 022513 My husband saw his pyschiatrist today and she told him he needed to lose weight! When even the pyschiatrist is telling you that, it's time to get moving. It would be so wonderful to have him on the same page as me....would make life so much easier. So, when he gets home we're going to discuss how we're going to do this and hopefully we can make something work. Neither one of us likes to cook so we've been eating out a lot ... which I know has to stop. He's always hungry and I don't know ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:23:35 EST 022413 I've been concentrating on why I want to lose the weight as one reply to my blog yesterday had mentioned. She had said that to believe you can do it you have to know why you want to do it. I want to do it so that I can serve the Lord, do activities with my grandchildren, do housework, not have to scout out a chair that will be comfortable and hold me when I go places, be able to go places without worrying about seating, not be so tired, stop my ever increasing list of medical problems, not ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:10:20 EST 022313 I just read a story about a woman who talked about finding the ability to lose all the weight she lost. She said one thing that really struck me....she found the belief that she could do it. I think that's what I lack....I don't believe I can do this....I don't believe that it will ever happen. I don't know what to do to turn that around. I am too comfortable (despite all of my medical problems and limitations)where I am and I can't see the change actually happening. What is holding me b... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:25:01 EST 022113 The Vicodin they gave me for the pain after the tooth extraction, is making me sick to my, no pain med for me. <BR> <BR> I guess it won't kill me to be nauseated for awhile...cut down on the old calories and the weight loss will provide me with some motivation. <BR> <BR> Still sick from the flu/cold we've had for 3 weeks's mainly just the cough and fatigue that's left. Still just eating soup and drinking juice. I'm going to try spaghetti for supper t... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:33:05 EST 022013 So, I had that bad tooth of mine extracted....It took 30 minutes just for the extraction because he was being extremely careful not to hurt the crown next to the tooth to be pulled. He finally had to cut the tooth in two and pull the halves out individually. Was a bit of a nightmare but it didn't hurt. <BR> <BR> I didn't eat this morning before I went because my stomach was queasy and now I can't eat until the bleeding stops. My calorie level will be too low today for sure. <BR> <BR> I'm... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:29:04 EST 022913 Well, today is weigh in day and I haven't done well this week....I fell off the wagon and stayed off it last Tuesday. Today is a different day and I've started out well with egg and toast for breakfast. I will do better this week! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:50:18 EST 021813 Came across a new diet book on a talk show this am. They tell you exactly what to eat though you can make substitutions. There's more variety in it than I'm used to but the thought that I won't have to think (but once a week when making the shopping list) about what to eat constantly, is very appealing to me. It's a very healthy diet regarding food choices and it includes exercise (which is going to be a real pun intended, for me) I'm going to spend this Tuesday through Monda... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:07:06 EST 021713 Well, I've finally learned an important lesson...and I just read about it today on Spark People so that's confirmation! I can't do low calorie or 100 calorie treats. I eat the whole box or container the same day I buy it. So, no more of that. <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:32:46 EST 021613 I'm getting a new book today called "Enjoying Every Sandwich, Living Each Day as Though it's your Last." I want to start doing that. Instead of waiting for weight loss to transform my life, I want to start now by enjoying and appreciating every minute I have. Finding pleasure in the small things that often go unnoticed. I've been trying to lose this weight for decades and haven't yet (emphasis on yet) succeeded, but I will one day. In the meantime, I don't want to waste the time that I h... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:22:41 EST 021513 Another new day! I'm all done with the soup and juice. My weight has gone up from the sodium but should get back down in the next few days. <BR> <BR> I am supposed to be getting some velcro compression hose for my lymphedema. The company just called me and said medicare wouldn't pay for them because the Wound Center said my wound was on my knee, and they don't pay for that, just if it's on the leg. Well, my wound is on my's 1 cm deep! How can that be on my knee! So, I had th... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:15:54 EST 021413 Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! My husband and I are doing anything special as we are both very sick. I've been drinking a lot of juice and eating a lot of soup. My calorie intake is okay but the sodium level is way too high causing my weight to go up a bit. It will come right back down again though as soon as I stop eating the soups. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:26:41 EST 021313 Lost 1.5 lbs at weigh-in last night! that is very motivating. Still feeling very sick unfortunately. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:57:39 EST 021213 Still so sick. I had a good eating day yesterday but I don't think I'll make it to weigh-in tonight. I'm going to try taking a TheraFlu at 11:00 am and see what it does for me. If it makes me feel a lot better, I'll take one at 3:30 and head out to weigh-in at 4:15. If it doesn't, I guess I'm not going. I'm the Treasurer of the group so I really try to be there all the time. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 08:42:53 EST 021113 Had a maintenance kind of week. Weigh in is tomorrow and my weight is about the same. I've made some good choices this week but have made some bad ones as well. I've been sick and my stomach hasn't felt good....that's probably why I was able to I feel a little more motivated for the upcoming week. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:31:19 EST 020613 Weigh-in went well....I stayed the same. This morning my weight at home was lower than it's been in awhile so that's good. I had a stir fry last night and though I did have some ice cream, it wasn't a lot and I didn't cheat big like I usually do on weigh in night. So, I'm encouraged. <BR> <BR> Saw the lymphedema specialist today and my legs have decreased in size from the bandaging we've been doing. She has ordered velcro strap compression hose for me which will be easier to do than the... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:22:23 EST 020513 Today is a new day! I've got to keep telling myself that I can do it. I had a really encouraging comment on my last blog..."you can do this".....and I need to remember that. I am not going to give up no matter how many times I fall. <BR> <BR> Today is a lean eating day....protein shake with almond milk for breakfast. Fruit for lunch and stir fry for dinner. It is weigh in day and I'm afraid I have gained for this week but I will do better for next week. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:12:05 EST 0204132 I decided to reset my program. I need a fresh start. I did not set my weight goal but let SparkPeople do it. They gave me an initial goal of losing 50 lbs which seems a lot more doable than tackling the whole 125 lbs. I have decided to eat basically a Paleo diet. I tried it last summer and the swelling in my legs went down drastically. I've done a lot of reading on adding lots more fruits and veggies to one's diet and I even bought a NutriBullet to help with that. I believe that my po... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:34:22 EST 020413 Starting over once again today. I guess the only way you fail is if you don't get back up after you fall. I'm getting rid of dairy and wheat today. The last time I did this, last summer, the swelling in my legs went down quite a bit. I'm hoping for the same results. My weight was up to 284 today which is higher than last week and weigh-in is tomorrow. I hope I can make a difference today. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:49:39 EST 020313 Well, today didn't go so well. I just wanted snacks for the SuperBowl and I had them....only trouble was, I didn't even watch the SuperBowl. I had salty stuff which is so bad for my lymphedema. I have managed to keep the bandages on for 11 hours so far and I'm headed for 12+. I have to find my motivation somewhere and I just don't know where to look. If my health problems don't do it, what will? Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:51:52 EST 020213 I had a scary experience yesterday and it derailed my eating plan. I took my Lasix late because I had two morning appts. When I finally did take it, it was late and I started drinking my water fast to get it all in. I drank 6 - 16 oz bottles when I started having PVC's (extra heart beats that are not good). I must have so much diluted my blood volume and dropped my sodium level which disrupted my electrolyte level causing the extra beats. I ate some salty Ramen noodles to get my sodium l... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:54:11 EST 020213 I had a scary experience yesterday and it derailed my eating plan. I took my Lasix late because I had two morning appts. When I finally did take it, it was late and I started drinking my water fast to get it all in. I drank 6 - 16 oz bottles when I started having PVC's (extra heart beats that are not good). I must have so much diluted my blood volume and dropped my sodium level which disrupted my electrolyte level causing the extra beats. I ate some salty Ramen noodles to get my sodium l... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:54:11 EST 020213 HAPPY GROUNDHOG'S DAY TO ALL! Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:50:47 EST 020113 I thought I would do well yesterday but I didn't. I ended up eating doritos and cherry pies. The problem was that I didn't think I'd be hungry in the evening after having a protein shake, yet I was. I need to be full in the evening to avoid eating and overeating the wrong things. I should've had a regular supper and then the shake. I will do better today. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:27:00 EST 013113 Well, yesterday I finished the crackers and cheese that I brought into the house Tuesday night. I have learned...if I don't bring it into the house, I won't eat it, 'cause I sure won't go back out later to get Today I went out to eat for lunch at Olive Garden...had one serving of salad, one roll and one bowl of soup. I counted it all and will have a protein shake for supper...maybe a piece of fruit for snack. <BR> <BR> So the lesson of the day is....don't bring trigger food into... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:25:01 EST 013013 Had another good eating day yesterday and lost 1.5 lbs at weigh-in! I was very encouraged by this. I'm going to continue my pattern of shake for breakfast, fruit for snack and vegetable soup and salad for dinner. Lunch might be a Lean cuisine if I'm hungry. It is encouraging to lose weight! If I could get below 270 I would be so encouraged! I would feel like there is hope. For some reason my cravings are not very strong at all right now and usually they are terribly much s... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:38:54 EST 012913 So, yesterday didn't go so well...though my weight did not increase this am. I knew that I shouldn't buy the crackers at the convenience store...nor should I have bought the salsa when grocery shopping...I knew it....yet I did it anyways. I know I can't portion control that stuff and staying away from it is the only answer for me. How can I keep myself from sabotaging myself? This is a really big dilemma for me....I do this all the time. I don't seem to care about myself enough to not do... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:43:45 EST 012813 Had another good eating day yesterday. Weight was the same this morning. I need to get a little off before weigh in tomorrow. I did eat ice cream again last night but a proper amount. I'm a little encouraged because I'm eating better and not so much salt. A little encouragement goes a long ways. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:16:51 EST 012713 Yesterday was much better though I did eat ice cream, I did not eat salty things. The olives stayed in the garbage can. My weight is down this morning which is motivating as well. Looking forward to another good eating day today....I probably will eat ice cream again but that's okay. I had a salad yesterday too....hoping for another one today. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:22:35 EST 012613 Well, I threw away the olives and had my husband hide the Cup of Noodles. I intend to eat right today. Have a salad for lunch and supper...some fish. I need to have my protein shake this afternoon because I didn't have it this morning. No more salty stuff for me. I hoping that I can sustain this motivation for awhile... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:32:37 EST 012513 I am still so unmotivated it's pitiful. Nothing seems to make a difference to me. I understand the health risks yet I don't seems to care. I understand how it impacts my daily life (and with morbid obesity it certainly does impact my daily life) yet I still don't seem to care. I really don't know what to do....what would make me care. I've read a lot about how fresh fruits and veggies can make a big difference in your health and I find the idea attractive yet I just don't implement it. ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:54:40 EST 012413 Well, the new diet book and workbook plus the arthritis and chair yoga exercise videos came last night. This afternoon I will watch the videos and tonight I will get started on the workbook. The diet book is about eating more fresh fruits and veggies...actually, eating mostly fresh fruit and veggies. This coincides well with my NutriBullet that I just bought. I've been afraid to use it and I'm going to have to take the plunge sooner or later. <BR> <BR> I joined the Mindful Eating Team. ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:37:50 EST 012213 Well, I did something really stupid. Weigh in day is tuesday...On Sunday I saw that a big snowstorm was coming so I figured I didn't have to weigh in. I ate like crazy sunday and, no snowstorm and I'm 7 lbs heavier and needing to weigh in. I have no idea why I did that. Even if I didn't have to weigh in, why would I want to be 7 lbs heavier? My own behavior baffles me sometimes. Now, I've got to work extra hard to get rid of those 7 lbs and get back on track. It wasn't th... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:15:23 EST 012013 Today is the day I start using my Nutribullet. I'm going to do one fruit smoothie and 1 veggie drink. I ate way too much salt yesterday and need to get a lot of fluid off quick....weigh in is on tuesday and I don't want my weight to be up. I will Nutriblast Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and hope for the best. Then I'm going to do 2 Nutriblasts a day and a regular supper. The morning Nutriblast will include protein powder. I'm hoping this will give me the energy to get motivated to do a lit... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:21:22 EST 011913 Hi <BR> Went to my TOPS Group get together is inspiring. I lost 6.5 lbs during the holidays and lost 2 more pounds this past week. This week hasn't been so good. I have been very depressed since taking a new medication for arthritis which is known to cause mood changes....I didn't know. When I told my rheumatologist, he took me right off it but I am still depressed and don't want to do anything....especially eat right. <BR> <BR> I bought a NutriBullet and I am going to try an... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:34:13 EST 123112 I did not do so well this year but at least I didn't gain any weight. Next year is going to be better. I have my goals all lined up and steps underneath them which help me accomplish them. I have found that in past years I've quickly forgotten what I had written for goals and steps so this year, I will read them once a day to keep them in front of me all the time. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:24:28 EST 122312 Well, I've had an interesting few months. I fell and dislocated my shoulder and put a deep gash in my leg. They set the shoulder and now I'm in PT for it. They tried to suture the gash but it was too deep and it got infected and the sutures let go. I now go to the Wound Center where they had to clean it out which left a big hole in my leg that is now slowly healing with treatment. They said it would take months to heal <BR> <BR> My husband had rotator cuff surgery during all of this and... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 14:43:50 EST 102012 I am trying something different to help me get through the late afternoon/evening hours. I hate to cook then so I am cooking (with my husband's help) earlier in the day and having it ready for evening. I'm also trying to eat enough during the day which helps me not be hungry at night. I'm not strictly trying to control my sodium right now though I will have to go back to counts haven't been too too bad. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:31:03 EST 100812 I did great avoiding problems at Dunkin Donuts yesterday and all in all my day went well. I'm still having a problem with getting up at night and eating....I'm going to have to start locking the fridge again at night. Sounds drastic, I know, but it works. <BR> <BR> Today and tomorrow I am fasting...for spiritual reasons though it cleans out your system good too. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a bit more motivation coming on...hope it lasts. <BR> <BR> Donna~ Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:08:59 EST 100712 Did well with not overeating yesterday and my weight went down 1.8 lbs...I know, I know...most of that is just fluid but it weighs the same and drags me down so I'm glad that it's gone! Planning on doing well today....just need to get breakfast in before I go to Dunkin Donuts and get my coffee....don't want to be tempted by bagels and donuts there though I could fit a donut into my plan....we'll see. Sometimes the sugar sets me off to overeating for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Well, it'... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:21:02 EST 100512 Beautiful fall day....I sat on the back porch and soaked in every last bit of it <BR> <BR> Donna~ Fri, 5 Oct 2012 18:01:16 EST 100412 Today is just a blah day....found out I might have psoriatic arthritis so I have to go research that. I've got to have several xrays and some blood work then back to the rheumatologist in 2 weeks. I already have polymyalgia that I've been on prednisone forever for even though polymyalgia is only supposed to last 2-5 years. I've weaned down to 2 mg which is good but I've started to have the pain again....I hope I can stick it out and get my body to adjust to this dose....I'm praying that my... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:55:26 EST 100312 Hi~ <BR> <BR> Was very pumped up after last night TOPS meeting. I was Best Loser of the Month of September. But lately I've been stalling. I was doing so well until evening (as usual) and then gave in to olives, chips and cheese. I did buy salad stuff with the bad stuff though and will have a salad and sandwich tomorrow for lunch <BR> <BR> Donna~ Wed, 3 Oct 2012 20:24:51 EST 100212 How do I get motivated again? I come to SparkPeople every day and read everything I can and yet I still stumble and fall every day. The food cravings are so strong....what is wrong with me? I drink all of my water and more. <BR> <BR> I have tried the paleo diet and a juice fast and it's been since then that I've been stumbling. During the paleo diet my cravings were gone....perhaps I should go back to that. <BR> <BR> I will start tomorrow with the paleo diet! <BR> <BR> Donna~ Tue, 2 Oct 2012 11:05:16 EST 100112 Didn't do so well trying the juice fast but I am on track with healthy eating. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:05:24 EST 093012 I feel like the beginning of October is a fresh start. I will resume my exercise program (finally!), I will juice fast for a few days to clean out my system (fall and I will start getting up earlier. <BR> <BR> New beginnings are great....I usually have one at the beginning of September but I missed it this year...I was too into summer. Now I'm ready for fall and a fresh start. I will keep my sodium under 1500, I will exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes and I will lose 7... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:59:11 EST