LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog LADYFROMTHEWOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ahhhhhh... Normal Nothing like having coffee uninterrupted while hearing the wind in the trees and birdsong. Nothing like being able to sleep in if I wanted (but hopping up at daybreak instead) to toss a load of laundry into the washer then hang the clothes out to dry on the clothesline. Oh, Normal! How nice you are after a week in someone else's role, their home, with their children. My own nearly-grown child, glad to have my quiet presence in the house, is enjoying Normal as well. She keeps saying so to... Tue, 26 May 2015 11:06:54 EST Home, Sweet Home Today was my first full day back home after babysitting for my brother. Good news, they were able to find a house and had their offer accepted! They will be moving next month. <BR> <BR> It was a busy week. Lots of constant movement to take the little ones to the potty, washing hands, making meals, and cleaning up messes. I managed to keep the dishes and laundry caught up and take all the kiddos to their scheduled activities all week. I even had to deal with unexpected trips to the Dr. f... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:48:04 EST Dancing and Babysitting Last night was our final waltzing lesson. This time we learned to travel across the room. I was hoping we'd learn to travel in a circle, but that is probably for the next level of waltz that starts at the end of summer. They are going to offer swing dance lessons next. I'm giving my hubby the puppy dog eyes. We are just getting to know a few of the other students. <BR> <em>350</em> <BR> <BR> As we were dancing last night, I broke out in a sweat that cannot be explained except that m... Fri, 15 May 2015 11:35:40 EST Phases: A Plan of Attack I regained my first SP weight loss back last year, so I am working on re-losing that 30 pounds plus 10 more to get to my goal weight. Something I learned from my first journey here is that breaking the goal into smaller segments works much better for me. It seems to go faster and doesn't feel so overwhelming. It also (supposedly) works better with SP since my calorie needs will change as I lose. My ticker looks pitiful, but why should I care that it appears I'm trying to lose only 10 poun... Thu, 14 May 2015 09:28:19 EST Turning Point Bad thing, good thing happened this evening. <BR> <BR> My sister called (we've not been speaking for nearly a year.) Toxic relationship. She ranted and screamed at me for more imagined offences. Daughter heard the whole thing. She says I handled it very well and stood on the truth although it seemed to do nothing to heal the rift. <BR> <BR> That was the bad thing. <BR> <BR> Good thing was my dealing with it afterwards. The thought of turning to food, sleep, or alcohol for comfort were... Wed, 13 May 2015 21:46:27 EST What's Going On? It's been a few days since I've blogged. We've been busy here with garden and life in general. I had our first strawberry! Organic and fresh off the plant, it tasted like red sunshine. Tart yet incredibly sweet at the same time. <BR> <BR> Two days ago, I began a routine of body-weight exercises. My plan is to alternate days of upper and lower body strength training. I surprised myself with a 2 minute plank! <BR> <BR> I've made a paper chart to better track my monthly progress. The co... Mon, 11 May 2015 14:32:02 EST Fitbit Friends Oh. My. GOSH! This article is hilarious for Fitbit users. Y'know, because truth is funny. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-real-and-emotional-struggles-of-havi<BR>ng-a-fitbit-or-does-your-fitbit-have-you </link> <BR> <BR> My brother is coming down tonight. He has a Fitbit but doesn't know that Hubby and I have had one. I've put off adding him as a Fitbit friend b/c I KNOW he would drive me crazy being so awesome. I love when my friends are awesome, but my b... Fri, 1 May 2015 21:55:51 EST Push Mow <em>379</em> <BR> This is my favorite form of exercise. I think because I see instant results! In the yard anyway. LOL! It's an easy way to get in my Fitbit steps because my mind is on the strip of grass in front of me. <BR> <BR> I got a late start on the yard yesterday. I was busy with laundry and hanging it on the clothelline during the day. I managed 4 loads by nightfall since I added some of daughter's things to the fray. The air was crisp, but the sun was shining warmly. It w... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:22:03 EST Now read this <link><BR>re/ </link> <BR> <BR> The article link is to an excellent read titled "Your Predisposition is Not Your Future." It doesn't take a long stretch of the imagination to apply it to our Sparkjourney. Are you predisposed to stuffing your emotions? With food? Are you predisposed to laziness or dislike of sweating? <BR> <BR> We all need a good kick-in-the-pants to call us out sometimes. Myself especially. <BR> <BR> I've recently been enjoying t... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:24:07 EST Flexcam show-up I just had to share this. BAM! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>A6-fN4A </link> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:10:53 EST 1, 2, 3, turn, 2,3 "1,2,3,1,2,3, please don't let me step on this guy's toes, 2,3. Oh, Lord, why am I sweating so badly? I bet I have pit stains. I hope I don't smell. And that my breath is ok." <BR> <BR> Yeah, it was kinda like that. But so FUN! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I dressed rather casual/comfortable. I had an idea in my mind what class would be like (biggest mistake.) We had assumed that we would be a couple the entire time while watching the female teacher and a partner demonstrate and critique. No... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:18:31 EST I did it anyway (I apologize in advance for the randomness of this post. It's just the way my morning brain is working today. Hop, skip, and jump.) <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I felt so "meh." I thought it could be the dreary morning weather or the busyness of the early week and stress of the tractor buy. Nope. I came down with virus symptoms. Mild, but still. I even blamed the physical symptoms on possible stressors, but then Daughter came down with the same mild symptoms. *hands up in the air* Ok, ok, s... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:53:58 EST Hump Day What a week already. I'm glad for a calm day with no plans. Today has been cold and dreary thus far. Daughter is off work today. Tomorrow, Hubby and I begin dance lessons. Saturday is daughter's prom. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was full of busyness and travel. <BR> <BR> Andrea, your comment yesterday made me pause to think. In rural communities like ours, it's pretty normal to use Craigslist for buying and selling farm equipment. Or FB. There simply aren't used tractor lots. Hmmm... maybe... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:53:36 EST Tractor Trip Not much time to Spark this morning. Hubby found a tractor on Craigslist yesterday. He is trying to coordinate the buy today. This means I need to be ready to leave by noon with Daughter so I can go by the bank to pick up the money. Then get dropped off to Hubby's work. I'll have about 2 hours while there in which I can fit in my walk. Then we will leave to drive down 3 county lengths, about 1.5 hours, to meet the seller. If all goes well, we'll load it up tonight and bring it home. ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:59:16 EST SV and Up'ing Steps Again Having gained 1 pound since restarting SP in January, then only losing 2 (so really 1) in 3.5 months, I was beginning to wonder if my "small changes" were ever going to pay off. My last weigh-in was a week ago. I had promised myself monthly weigh-ins. But I felt a bit lighter. <BR> I pulled out the scale to weigh myself. I've lost 4 pounds! In a week? I was reluctant to post the loss. Sometimes my scale is touchy. I weighed again this morning to double-check it wasn't a fluke. Nope. ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:00:05 EST A few random photos from here From our 20th wedding anniversary rose ceremony. I included the little bunnies that topped our wedding cake from our Easter wedding. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My finished Rubix's Cube tissue cover, a prop replica of The Big Bang Theory. If you are a fan of the show, you often see this prop sitting on the end table next to Sheldon's spot. I also included my previously made, DW TARDIS box as well. You can tell that I was in the "Rose"... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:47:19 EST Stiff Anniversary I woke up this morning a bit stiff and sore from all the weeding and walking I did yesterday. I ramped up my intensity while getting in my steps and can really feel it as I do the robot walk for coffee. I'm paying for it this morning. I should've thought ahead, b/c today is our 20th wedding anniversary! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I dated 3.5 years before marrying. We had planned a December wedding, and I had even bought decor for the eventual day. But on the Tuesday before Easter of 1995, both... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:59:55 EST WEDNESDAY First, let me share a recipe that I made last night for our dinner. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=489137 </link> <BR> You can see what I thought about it in the comments below the recipe. <BR> Served with brown rice, it was the perfect weeknight meal. Quick, simple, hearty, and so yummy. With the fresh asparagus from our garden, it seemed almost gourmet. I felt quite accomplished. Asparagus is in season now in the South. Should be so in the North soo... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:05:29 EST Check-in Nothing much going on here, it seems. It's a dreary day, with the rain coming down in sheets. It began yesterday evening. I was on track to push mow the yard before it rained, but neighbors came by to ask us to feed their livestock while they are away. It turned into a nice visit. Unfortunately, the yard only got 1/6th of the way mowed between them leaving and the rain beginning. <BR> <BR> I did mow the little cemetery at our entranceway, having started on it earlier in the day. I pick... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:05:36 EST SV, NSV, and ramble I lost a pound! That was the hardest won pound I think I've ever lost. Hahaha! Actually I lost 2 pounds, having gained one at the beginning of my restart. I also lost .5 inch in my hips but gained .5 inch in my waist. I thought it weird this morning, but this afternoon I've come down with a stomach bug. I guess it was bloat. I do feel fine though. My jeans are getting slightly more baggy. And the definition in my calves and ankles are coming back. NSVs! All that from just walking a... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:20:43 EST Music Lyrics My daughter likes a band called Icon for Hire. They are a young, Christian, ROCK group. While we were out shopping, I caught some lyrics that I thought were perfect to share here. I cut the repeated lines and added my take on things in parenthesis. <BR> <BR> IODINE <BR> I say I wanna be healthy but I turn up the noise. <BR> (Boy, how do we distract ourselves?!!) <BR> And the IV drips a steady stream of poison. <BR> (What is my IV? The TV, toxic relationships, plus various other thing... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:03:06 EST Prom Bomb Yesterday, Daughter and I went to town to shop for anything that she could use for her prom outfit. Fitbit (and my feet) said I got over 13,000 steps by the time we got home. We were exhausted but had a wonderful time. <BR> <BR> We didn't find a dress and were too pooped to look at shoes, but we DID find a couple of funky, eccentric shops and antique/vintage stores off the beaten path. She bought a black, Victorian umbrella with a beautiful metal handle and an antique choker jewel on velv... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 21:09:22 EST Goings on Thought I send a little (yeah right, windbag) update on my past week. Having spent Saturday morning through Monday afternoon without internet makes me feel a bit behind. It certainly put an end to my log-in streak. <BR> <em>198</em> <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> Let's go back to a week ago. My brother's family came down to visit unexpectedly, but stayed at our dad's. We went over for a visit last Thursday, but it was cut short when my sister showed up. We excused ourselves to go home. ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 08:06:20 EST The List <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> 1) DO MORE. That is, spend time on the things that accomplish something (like weeding the gardens, dividing daylilies, creating new things) and less time on time-wasters (like getting Sparkpoints for the sake of points, checking FB, waiting for that email, letting my mind wander to the past.) Basically, TRADE UP so that I will feel that sense of accomplishment, that sense of purpose, that 'thing' that I can look back on at the end of the day and say "I did that." ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:06:45 EST Ask for Help I've known for some time that my world has been getting smaller. I've withdrawn a little more into myself each time I've felt betrayed or hurt by others. It has been a long process, but the past 2 years were real doozies. <BR> <BR> I thought it was necessary to withdraw to a safe place so that the process of rebuilding my heart and hope could be done without fear of being damaged while in the foundation re-building stage. I've done a lot of soul-searching and self-analyzed why I've never ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:28:15 EST Books, Wine, and Chocolate I went to the library on Tuesday and checked out two books from Anne Lamott. I enjoyed her book "Stitches" as she spoke her truth concerning life. I'm a cautious fan. She seems to have many things in common with my own way of thinking and learning, so I can relate and glean from her life. One of the chapters was titled "The Over-Sensitive Child"... hahaha! <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> I'm getting ready to start the other book "Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers." <BR> <BR> TOM ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:29:22 EST New Neighbors I met them today because I asked Hubby to go for a walk after supper. We headed up the road with our bellies full from venison meatloaf and baked potato. I took a grocery bag to pick up the trash that is easy to see now that the leaves have settled from the winter snow to reveal some bottles decades old and some blown in this year. <BR> <BR> They are from TEXAS! In their 70's and retired, they traveled for 2 years across the U.S. while deciding where they may like to settle down. They fe... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:19:27 EST Not enough calories I've not been too active on Spark this weekend. On Friday I slipped into a familiar (thanks to my SP past for making me self-aware) lapse in my eating that was an obvious sign my calorie range has been too low overall. When you start craving things you don't even like any longer (like Mtn. Dew) that's a red flag. I had one can, even sending Hubby to the country store for it especially. And chocolate. And wine. It was as if my body controlled my spirit. Healthy Teresa was in the backgro... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:04:51 EST Rainy Day It's chilly and rainy this morning. My usual cup of coffee is not as tasty as usual. I had disturbing dreams last night in which someone had dropped off a mother dog and her 3 pups (all of whom were fluffy, sweet, and loving) so that I was torn over our decision that we will not adopt any more pets. I also dreamed that I was suddenly inundated with company that started cleaning my house and cooking while judging my abilities as a homemaker, gardener, homeschooling mom, and cook. I felt ou... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:01:25 EST March Winds Knowing the temperatures were predicted to be warm, I saved up laundry for the first part of this week. I enjoyed hanging our clothes on the line again! The bird song serenading me as I breathed Spring air. Lucy taking full advantage of my coming outdoors, playing keep-away with an old bone and practically grinning as she would sprint for joy across the yard. Monday was a fine day. Tuesday was a good day to fly kites! I had to hold on to each piece of laundry and pin it with extra cloth... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:39:20 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! In celebration, you get an easy comment point! <BR> Just post your favorite St. Paddy's emoticon! <BR> Wishing each of you a wonderful day. <BR> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>441</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:45:22 EST Of Bread and Bottles This weekend we cleared the vines off a dead Ceder in the front yard to make a bottle tree. This included clearing the bottles off our ceder porch posts to give the house a more uncluttered feel. Which led to also removing several grapevine wreaths for the sake of putting up the clothesline again for the summer. I'm liking this feeling of minimizing. We are also giving away two antique dressers to our daughter's friend. This will declutter our office further. I also cut my book and dvd ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:23:17 EST Happy The weather and a good sleep are fueling an already good mood. Our day is predicted to be sunny and hit the low 60's today! And I went to bed early last night, exhausted from the visit from my son and his gf. They aren't exhausting, but I love to pamper my company. I cooked like nobody's business and stayed on top of the housework whenever they were asleep or showering. This was so that I could sit and talk with them in between meals. I could totally run a bed-and-breakfast(lunch/supper... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:02:55 EST Sleep is Important Son and his gf arrived yesterday about 7:30 p.m. I wasn't sure when they would get here, so I made two suppers. Yep. I know I'm crazy. But at least I won't have to cook lunch today. <BR> <BR> Supper one was venison chili. It's quicker to put together than my venison roast and the fixins' which I really wanted to make for son. The chili was for just in case they were late getting here so that the food wouldn't be cold and so that Hubby could eat soon after work so his sugar wouldn't cra... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:23:31 EST Visit from son Sometime today or tonight (who knows?) our son and his girlfriend plan to visit and spend the night. Daughter is off work tomorrow so they planned the visit so they could spend some time with her also after they all wake in the morning. I'll be making a venison roast with all the usual fixins': dilly beans, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy, and homemade rolls. <BR> <BR> While I was at work with Hubby yesterday, Daughter (being her day off) cleaned house! I was shocked. It's evide... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:20:06 EST Work Day I managed to have a good day yesterday despite the emotional side of it. I kept checking myself and rerouting my thoughts to positive things. I stayed in my calorie range and exercised. I even decluttered more books and dvds! In fact, I was the rock which Hubby and Daughter both turned to whenever they felt anger/hurt. I'm a little bit proud of my accomplishment. <BR> <BR> Today I came into work with Hubby. I have stayed busy designing and making a tissue box cover like the Rubix's Cub... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:53:53 EST Hurt Today, I woke up to an emotional hurt/snub from what used to be a very close family member. My sister. Instead of letting it bother me or escalate, I am finding solutions that will cause no harm on my part. Instead, I am having my morning cup of coffee, as usual, and watching the birds at the feeder. Later, I will call my ex-brother-in-law and arrange to see our niece on her birthday with his side of the family. <BR> <BR> People, never, never, never pull your children into a personal mat... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:03:32 EST Today's Activitiy Today, I have spent the day moving books, the bookshelf, vacuuming under furniture, moving all our good china out of the cabinet, moved the cabinet, then arranged the china back on the shelves again. Hubby worked all day at transforming my upright piano into a desk. He and I have been through the gambit whilst deciding how it should function and how to arrange the pieces for that. After lifting it up and down several times, we finally moved it across the room to await it's final transforma... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:58:35 EST To-Do List Today, I hope to... <BR> <BR> *Vacuum all rooms. (Halfway done. Will carry over to tomorrow.) <BR> *Move the china cabinet, desk, and bookcase to their new spots. (Will have to continue tomorrow.) <BR> *Change the sheets on 2 beds. Wash sheets. DONE! <BR> *Cook taco soup in the crock-pot. (Oh, I forgot today is our one take-out meal for the week. I did bring in the meat from the freezer though, so this will be tomorrow's planned meal.) <BR> *Bring in a full ring of firewood. DONE! <BR> ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:50:58 EST Snow Day Another snowfall. The town in which Hubby and Daughter work received about a foot of snow by 7:30 a.m., and it's still coming down. Daughter's work called this morning to say they were going to remain closed today. Hubby then decided to close his office as well. <BR> <BR> Daughter's manager allowed her to come home 2 hours early last night, just before the precipitation changed over from rain to sleet. She arrived safely. The flooding has subsided overnight. <BR> <BR> This means I have my f... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:22:16 EST Flooding Daughter left for work then had to call me from the country store in the valley (about 3 miles away.) Water was across the road very high. I could hear other customers in the background talking about it. School let out early; not due to the possible snow coming later, but due to flooding concerns. A river runs right through the heart of the county seat. <BR> <BR> Daughter had to take a long detour to work. Hubby has already talked to her manager about making sure she leaves at the first... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:17:23 EST Fitbit steps For my future reference... <BR> <BR> Walking around and around the circle inside the house for 30 minutes = 3160 steps! <BR> <BR> <em>543</em> <BR> <BR> For my dear readers, that means walking from our kitchen to the utility room into the bathroom then the hallway, great room, then back into the kitchen. Roughly 32 steps for one go around. <BR> <BR> Maggie, the white cat, waits around the corners to tag me at least once. <BR> Mommacat, the black kitty, sits down in the middle of the... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:53:24 EST February Review / March Goals Another month has gone. Hallelujah! I seem to recall EVERY February being the longest month for me despite it's short day count. This year it was due to the weather. I got outside more in January and December than I did this month. But I did play in the snow, so I have to count that as a plus. <BR> <BR> I am finding that it is much easier for me to give up my bad habits than it is to add the good ones. <BR> <BR> February's goals were to: <BR> <em>347</em> Continue to sign in daily -... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:12:25 EST Do you wanna build a mailman? I meant to post these photos last weekend. The 14" of snow we got last week was just starting to turn from powder to decent snowman snow on Sunday. Daughter and I decided to go out to play while Hubby was using the tractor to scrape our driveway. <BR> <BR> You may have seen a similar creation on Pinterest. I had pinned the idea (so it's not my creativity) a couple of years ago b/c I thought it would be a hoot to try it. If only we would get enough snow. <BR> <BR> And "enough snow" we go... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:32:18 EST It's just snow... right? I'm about to tell you a funny, but completely true story about what went down yesterday. If you don't know by now, I love to be a little creative in life. I stop to smell the roses. <BR> <BR> Hubby had jury duty yesterday so I went into our little town with him, hoping he wouldn't get picked so we could have a day together. I had been in the house for nearly 2 weeks straight. Despite being an introvert, I do need to see other humans and interact. <BR> <BR> It took from 9 until noon to p... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:05:27 EST You Have a Beautiful Body <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I give you this link, as a gift from a friend. Watch it. Don't skip the end. <BR> <BR> Not all of you struggle with this, but watch anyway as a refreshing affirmation. For those of you that do struggle with body image and feelings of low self-worth, know this: I don't see what you see. Each of you are my friends b/c I see an irreplaceable and extremely important friend with much to offer in just by being yourself. Yes, you.... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:23:13 EST Hubby Initiates... ... a walk! Hahaha. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I planned to just stay home, do some household chores, and a little indoor hooping. About lunch time, Hubby wrote me an email to ask me to ride into town when our daughter went to work so that he and I could go to the park after he closed the office. He suggested we go to the city park for a walk! <BR> <BR> What? Hubby initiating exercise? WooHoo! <BR> <BR> So I did. And we did. <BR> <BR> It was a crisp walk in a nice park. Other than a few c... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:38:43 EST Adventures in walking When Hubby arrived home from work yesterday, I asked him if he felt like going for a walk. It was 50* after all and snow was expected to arrive overnight so we knew today would not be a fun temp to walk in. (For us, that is. I'd bet 26* would feel like Spring to some of <BR> <BR> This is our first walk together for, idk, months, maybe even a year! To say we huffed and puffed a little on the hills would be kind. We choose the short route toward the deadend of our street and ba... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:40:27 EST Short check-in So far, I'm enjoying my fitbit. Here is my user id if you want to friend me! <BR> <BR> <BR> When I track my foods on SP, it updates to fitbit as my calorie intake. If I change a food though I have to manually delete it from my fitbit dashboard to reflect the corrected change. And my hooping did not reflect in my FitBit graph except it was the only time I was into the very active movement range. But my steps on Fitbit automatically sync onto SP's fitness... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:02:06 EST New Fitbit Last night, Hubby came home with my new Fitbit Flex! Unfortunately, I was dealing with a mild virus and felt like doing nothing more than setting up my account. (I am feeling better this morning though.) <BR> <BR> I Googled how to sync my Fitbit to my SP account and found that it is really simple if you have the link. SP doesn't give out points any longer for that, but already I am reaping the benefits. I've also sync'ed my RunKeeper account with both the FtBt and SP as well! Now, when ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:47:13 EST