LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog LADYFROMTHEWOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 39 - MommaCat is Home I had some lower abdomen cramps last night that left me with only 4 hours of sleep. Hubby ended up waking early too, so we sat around and cradled our coffee mugs. As soon as he left for work, I hurried to get a shower then crated MommaCat up for her vet appointment to have the tumor in her back removed. Oddly enough, this was the first ride to the vet's that I noticed MC sat so calmly and quietly the whole 35-minute trip. Even the receptionist commented on how quiet MC was when we came in... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:19:35 EST Day 38 - In the Woods <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are now baby syrup-ers! Hahaha! We don't really know what we are doing except for what we've learned on the internet and from my dad. I don't think we have any actual sugar maple trees on our whole farm, but any maple (and even some other types of trees) can be tapped. We improvised on the equipment with what we had, because we don't want to spend money on a venture until it proves to... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:38:25 EST Day 37 - Yesterday's Update MommaCat had a late afternoon appointment to check out the knot on her back. So we planned to have supper in town. Since I knew the calories would automatically be a challenge, I ate low-cal at breakfast and lunch. The result was that I was able to eat at the Mexican restaurant without worries about my range being busted. I only ate half the order and brought the other half home. <BR> <BR> MommaCat did not receive good news though. The vet took a sample to check under the microscope and... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:31:43 EST Day 36 - A Reference I had been planning to write some of the things that were swirling in my head as it pertains to this lifestyle. But while reading blogs this morning, this one said everything much better. Plus, he isn't as wordy as! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088330 </link> <BR> <BR> I think it deserves to be a popular blog post so everyone can read it, don't you? Hit the "I like this blog" on his post to see if we can make that happ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:05:06 EST Day 35 - More Sitting I never thought I would learn to hate sitting down on the couch. Or at the table. Surprising how that changes when you "have to" spend time at the computer to do training and schoolwork. Now I understand why my hubby has no desire to be on the computer after work. And he isn't even tied to it since he also has to load trucks and wait on customers. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I started the Red Cross training online. It's free for volunteers, but it's more time in front of this computer screen. ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:44:38 EST Day 34 - Normal Things here promise to be pretty boring today. School, housework, and all the normal things that make up a normal day. <BR> <BR> Hubby came home from the interview disappointed. The guy that he spoke with seemed to dodge questions and play word games. Two of the office workers were people that used to work in a place Hubby worked before, and he remembers them as been grouchy and unhelpful. The workers spoke of 60 hour weeks because they are understaffed. Red flags all over the place. W... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:42:53 EST Day 33 - Interview Hubby has a job interview this afternoon. Actually, he is interviewing them more than the other way around. It promises to pay almost twice what he makes now as middle management, but it's a skilled labor job. And it would be evening shift. And possible overtime. Lots of numbers to crunch and pros/cons to be weighed. <BR> <BR> The weather is sunny and warming quickly here. I'm washing the 3rd load of laundry today to be hung outside to dry! I wanted to take advantage of the weather to... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 12:21:08 EST Day 32 - Taking Care of Business My dad called on my birthday. He mentioned that a 20-day bus tour out West is coming up in July and he wants a travel buddy. He asked if I would be his back-up (his dime) if his girlfriend or one of my kids weren't able to go. It only happens every 3 years, and he is worried that he'll not feel like going when he is 77. (I'm not even mad that I was his 4th!) <BR> <em>534</em> <BR> <BR> His girlfriend has knee and back problems and says she probably can't handle such a lo... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:44:38 EST Days 30 and 31 - My Birthday and Beyond Oh, what a wonderful weekend this has been! Daughter arrived on Friday night to spend the whole time with us. <BR> <BR> Well, it started out kinda yucky. I was up until 3 a.m. the morning of my birthday, trying to do my math homework online. I caught 5 hours of sleep. Then I was back onto the homework because I didn't want it hanging over my head all day. Finally, the computer program was so fed up with me that it was practically giving me the answers. Seriously, I had tried so many ti... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:35:01 EST Day 29 - Next Month's Body We all sometimes have a week, or a month, when we look at our body and think it's just not happening fast enough. Especially when it seems others are losing faster during their journey. Remember, this is YOUR journey. Your genetics. Have DNA that makes your hips thick or fat easy to store? Well, you aren't that special there. Join the millions of others of us and quit whining about it. The only one you have to do better than is yourself from yesterday. And it doesn't even have to be l... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:32:04 EST Day 28 - Of School and Volunteering I just woke up from a nap. My weekly average of sleep is still below 7 hours a night, so maybe I'll catch up tomorrow. My brain has just been so full of my to-do list that it's hard to go to sleep and stay there if my mind starts clicking. Oh, and I have SO found my weakest moment. It's right after I get up but am not quite awake yet. I want to tear into sweet, processed foods like a rampaging baboon. It's worse if I haven't slept nor eaten in the higher range for a few days. I'm blogg... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:33:28 EST Day 27 - An interesting evening I made a new friend last summer. She is older than me (61) but not ageist herself. She was part of the crew that kept Woodstock going after it's initial year. She downplays it by saying she was mostly picking up garbage and feeding everyone. A true "hippie" if you will. She didn't pick up a guitar until 2 years ago and has taught herself to play. She does this raspy, kick-butt, type of singing. She is proud that she beat alcoholism through the 12-step program. <BR> <BR> We had planned... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:35:51 EST Day 26 - Sleep Good morning! <BR> Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed greetings! (Despite a little brain fog.) <BR> <BR> How have you been sleeping the past few nights? I don't want to go to bed at night, despite being sleepy and tired. I've been sleeping restless with extremely vivid dreams. Then I wake up before the alarm even goes off. This morning, I was shocked to see 4 a.m. and forced myself to lie there until I drifted back to sleep. <BR> <BR> And these dreams, my goodness! For instance, last night ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:37:40 EST Day 25 - I Love Mondays <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (The little cemetery at the end of our driveway.) <BR> <BR> I have said it before, but I'll say it again. I love a good Monday. It just feels like a fresh start. Weekends are for catching up and doing weekend things. Monday is the beginning of a routine, a healthy routine. A chance to reboot and try again. <BR> <BR> Of course, I don't have to go off to a job I hate every Monday. In f... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:37:25 EST Day 24 - A Little is Better than NONE The county finally got to our road today. It wasn't a perfect job, but it was better than nothing. We put my new (used) Jeep to its first test today and it did beautifully. So much, in fact, that Hubby plans to drive it into work tomorrow so he is sure he'll get there safely. I'm tickled with my Jeep. Did I tell you I only paid $1,500 for it? <BR> <BR> We went down to the closest store to get some of this-n-that, mostly just to get out and see the sights. The beauty of the snow-laden... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:23:48 EST Day 23 - Slow and Snow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In this photo, it is 9 p.m. last night. That's not drift, but actually how much we got of Jonas yesterday. More fell overnight and into the morning. I'm guessing we ended up with 14-16 inches after getting tired of measuring it and shoveling it... lol. <BR> <BR> Hubby spent hours today, clearing off our vehicles (which looked like they were sporting white-haired comb-overs) and grading t... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:07:45 EST Day 22 - A Better Day MommaCat is a bit better this morning. She even talked back to me. I think your prayers help her. <BR> <BR> Turns out that the problem I was having with my math lab was due to the instructor not giving us clear instructions, but linked to a confusing "help" page that told us to sign in the wrong way. I want to chide him for wasting our time (and costing me an extra $20 in fees) but sometimes I just roll with things and count them as life lessons. Not everyone thinks or does things in the... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:30:26 EST Day 21 - Fingers Crossed If I could control the weather, I would be mighty tempted to step in and change tomorrow's predictions. 3 stations. One has us in 5-10" of snow and "wintery mix." That means freezing rain and ice as well. Another says 8"-12" of heavy snow. The third say 4-9" with significant ice and freezing rain. The last time we had freezing rain and ice like that, trees and powerlines snapped from the weight. It was beautiful, but dangerous. <BR> <BR> I would not like it if I cannot sign into SP to... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:44:19 EST Day 20 - SparkStreaks Rock! We've had a mild virus. Nothing serious, just enough to make us want to be lazy and baby ourselves when we should be moving. <BR> <BR> Yesterday at 8 p.m., I still hadn't done any cardio to count as active minutes. I didn't even feel like walking around inside the house. But my SparkStreak for exercising at least 10 minutes a day was in the toilet if I didn't. That was just enough for me to set the kitchen timer for 10 minutes and walk. I ended up with 14 minutes. SparkStreak saved! <B... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:42:25 EST Day 19 - A Letter to My Body (I found this in my saved emails while I was decluttering the digital backlog. It's from July 2013, but still applies today. Thought I'd share it.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Body, <BR> <BR> First of all I want to thank you. Thank you for sticking it out with me. I know I have done some pretty abusive things to you: giving you mostly pop-tarts, kool-aid, and ramen noodles in my teens, overdosing you with acetaminophen at 14, not feeding you very well or giving you much rest in my 20s, ripping... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:15:58 EST Day 18 - Repetitions You know I have this hair-brained idea to choose an exercise each month to add to my daily routine. And that I plan to add repetitions of said exercise according to the day of the month, until I get to 30. Then to keep that exercise in my routine throughout the year. <BR> <BR> For instance, January is crunches. By the end of the month I will be up to 30 crunches a day. Then in February, I will add squats, 1 more each day. <BR> <BR> Does it seem reasonable to do 3 sets of 10 reps a day o... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:12:27 EST Day 17 - Hubby's Birthday I can't believe I managed to stay in range despite the rich foods of today. <BR> Let me suggest you never make Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the waffle maker. You will want to eat more than usual because they don't puff up yet have a nice crunch. I ate THREE with a topping of the icing mixed with real maple syrup. <BR> And I had an Oreo truffle. (Daughter made those.) <BR> And I had a full supper AND peach cobbler for dessert. <BR> <BR> How did I do it? Kept chugging the water, had a late ... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:39:58 EST Day 16 - Migraine This is really more about yesterday. I was so tired and couldn't figure out why. I managed to get in my exercise, but nothing much beyond that. I forced myself to throw together some soup for supper. I just felt so guilty for not doing more. I called myself lazy. <BR> <BR> Then, at 6 p.m., that crescent-shaped shimmer became noticeable in my vision. Ah, so that's it. A migraine. I only get visual auras, never the painful, make-you-nauseous headaches. I've only had the painful kind o... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:57:01 EST Day 15 - Habits Once again, I went straight from bed to the floor for my crunches. I plan to make that a nice habit. Bam, do it and I'm done. I split my crunches into 3 sets of 5 reps. I think I'll add squats in February, but I want to add planks in March. Any suggestions how to progress through a month on planks? Just hold it as long as I can each day but time myself for signs of progress? Anyone out there that regularly does planks that can give me some insight on this? <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening,... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:29:13 EST Day 14 - Rolling Good day to you! I hope you are here because you are all Sparked up and doing well. We are two weeks into 2016, can you believe it? <BR> <BR> I'm having a great day so far. We got to bed at 9 p.m. so I popped right out of bed this morning. Then I immediately hit the floor and did today's 14 crunches. Hubby looked at me as he passed by and jokingly said, "you're crazy, you know." Yeah. Crazy hot! Hahaha! <BR> <BR> You know something? It's much easier to make your bed if you don't ha... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:27:32 EST Day 13 - Meh I'm ready to go to bed, so I'm not all Sparky at the moment. Just wanted to check in. Nutrition actually below range today and water at 8 cups. Did some walking, but nothing major. Lots of puttering around the house in between homework. Hubby is very close to the point of frustration over the fireplace insert and debating taking it out altogether. MommaCat seemed to slide backwards in her recovery today. She seemed to feel like I felt. Sluggish. <BR> <BR> I'll be back again tomorrow,... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:34:24 EST Day 12 - Crazy Weather Today's big news was the clipper that moved through the area. The morning arrived. Smooth clouds, tinged with purple, lay low like a felt blanket in the sky. The places where these clouds parted filled in, blocking the last of the sun. I watched the radar loop on the t.v. while doing my Sparking, planning my daily food and reading blogs. <BR> <BR> By noon, the wind had picked up. The chimes on the front porch clanked melodically. The fire in the stove struggled to do more than smolder ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:45:40 EST Day 11 - A New Semester Begins Today is the day. The day I begin my math requirement! Getting it out of the way so that I might enjoy the rest of my journey toward a degree in Human Services and Counseling. I can do math. I just have to talk myself into doing it on-demand for a grade. Back in 3rd grade, when we had to recite our multiplication tables in front of the whole class, that's the beginning of the trigger for my math aversion. It got worse as I progressed through grade school. I was the writer, the actress,... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:18:27 EST Day 10 - Winter Is Coming Correction, Winter is here. After a December of above normal temps (Christmas was 64 degrees!), today we are waking up to 32 degrees. That will be our high temp for the day. In fact, it is not predicted to be over freezing for the next 5 days. My daffodils were already poking out of the ground by 3 inches and the daylilies were greened up. <BR> <BR> No injuries yesterday! We did get the woodstove moved out of the house and onto the front porch. We are leaving it there until we know for... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:11:42 EST Day 9 - Change to the Fireplace An update from yesterday. I went to bed at 8:30 p.m.! And, oh, I slept so good until 2:30 a.m. My body is just wired to sleep for a 6 hour stretch then a 1-2 hour nap. My weekly sleep average is right about 7-8 hours so no complaints from me. I stayed in bed this morning, being it's Saturday. Up around 7 to let Lucy out and feed her, Maggie, and MommaCat. <BR> <BR> MommaCat had a clean cage this morning! This makes me so happy. And she seems happy as well. I even got her pills admin... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 09:34:55 EST Day 8 - Vet and Doctor You know that our cat has Bartonella and that she is experiencing what we hope is TEMPORARY paralysis of her hind quarters. We've been keeping her in a large dog crate with adult incontinence pads under her. We have to express her bladder ourselves twice a day. Well, beginning yesterday afternoon, add diarrhea to the mix. It's from a new med they changed her to. It seems to be working well, but with this nasty side effect. Imagine a cat that can't move her tail or back legs, can't use t... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 19:32:42 EST Day 7 - My Fitbit Bling My Fitbit replacement bands arrived this afternoon! <BR> Sorry the photo is so fuzzy. I've never been able to figure out how to take a good photo with this new cellphone. Aren't they cute! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The bands are stiff for now, but I think they will soften with wear. I haven't opened the pack of solid colors yet, but they look good as well. <BR> <BR> I'm running behind on my Sparking today. ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:38:31 EST Day 6 - Some things just for me Good morning! <BR> I got 5 hours of sleep last night. I wouldn't trade it in though. The reason being that our daughter (19) asked if she could come over to do laundry. I already had a good supper planned so I doubled the recipe. That way she could have as much as she wanted as well as leave 2 people a nutritious lunch for today. She arrived just as I was finishing it up. She even snapped a photo of the recipe so she can make it at her apartment with the venison we gave her at Thanksgiv... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:56:51 EST Day 5 - Tuesday Although we had the woodstove going, at 2 a.m. the electric heat started kicking on despite the low thermostat setting. By 4 a.m., I was awake from the unusual noises (whirl of the unit, blowing from the vents, Lucy stirring as well.) I see a nap in my future. <BR> <BR> Bad rest triggers bad cravings for me. In fact, by 4:15, I was lying in bed thinking about coffee with cookies. Hubby and I have both noticed my energy levels have dropped considerably of late. Either my iron levels have... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 08:24:59 EST Day 4 - Monday <em>342</em> Hubby went back to work this morning. I miss him yet enjoy my alone time as well. He helped me to pack up the last of the Christmas decor yesterday. We watched a few BBC murder mysteries on Netflix. He even fixed spaghetti (which I was craving) for supper last night. AND cut wood. He is the best. <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> vs <em>69</em> I did indeed recover my calorie range yesterday after having cookies for breakfast. In fact, I stuffed myself at supper just to ge... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 09:18:30 EST Day 3 - Sunday We put an air mattress in the living room floor last night, for it was cold in the bedroom. The woodstove was simply too inviting. It had a feel of camping or a sleep over. However, I slept fitful and my spine and hip joints complained early. I was up by 7 a.m. for coffee and the comfort of the couch! (I miss being my lowest weight on SP because I slept deeper and more comfortably anywhere.) <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had enough leeway in my calorie range to eat the final 4 Turtle candies f... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:26:58 EST Day 2 It's a Saturday and I was up before daybreak. Cat and dog fed, coffee made, woodstove filled. Hubby still snoozing. Dog actually still snoozing as well. After an abnormally warm December, January is suddenly providing frosty mornings. <BR> <BR> January goals: <BR> <em>106</em> Let the hazelnut creamer run out then switch back to milk-only in my coffee. (Ever since my sister-in-law left her "must have" creamer here at Thanksgiving, I've relapsed willing.) <BR> <em>402</em> Add a cr... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 08:06:42 EST 2016 Begins Hey there! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are geared up for this new year. <BR> <BR> This is just a quick check-in for me before bed. Went out this morning to pick up a fireplace insert. Got stuck out for brunch. Hubby chose Dairy Queen. I had to record that I amazed myself by only eating HALF of the onion rings. I THREW THE REST AWAY! I can't believe I didn't bring them home for later. I was full and decided I need to show love to myself by stopping then and not tempting m... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:03:56 EST Searching the corners I am still playing with the idea of ditching (at least seriously cutting back) the sugar and processed grains. I checked out some library books on the subject and got conflicting advice. *sigh* One had a "no" list of fruits. And 90% of the recipes are complicated. I have decided to make small changes starting with what we normally eat. For instance, this morning's coffee contains no sugar. "Why hello there, coffee! Nice to meet you! I had no idea that you tasted so good when not maske... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:59:52 EST Weird week Ever had those days when you sense something is about to happen? <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> I restarted SP more seriously this week. And have been having dreams about family abandonment issues suddenly. <BR> <em>128</em> <BR> After two years of not speaking to me, my sister called me out of the blue yesterday morning to apologize. To say I was caught off guard is an understatement, yet I had been experiencing synchronicity that told me this was on the way. I hadn't thought much about if... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:34:26 EST Hiya Just a quick update. I'm still kicking. <BR> School is going well. I've finished my first two classes (earned A's) and have begun another two. Online work is set up so I finish 4 classes in a semester, 2 each 8 weeks with a 1-week break in the middle. This means I'm cramming in a lot of textbook reading each week (at least 2 chapters in each class) on top of assignments. I'm not sure how those with full-time jobs or young children manage. But a C is as good as an A when it's time to grad... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 09:23:52 EST Hello, hello! I hope all of you have been having a wonderful summer! Mine has been a whirlwind. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some of you have wondered where the heck I've been? Mostly trying to keep up with the garden and yardwork while dealing with day-to-day issues. I just planted a plot of Fall green beans and dehydrated the last of the yellow squash. There has been lots of zucchini bread baked, ratatouille eaten, and tom... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 09:00:48 EST A boring entry I have nothing major to say, but lots of little things. <BR> <BR> Like, I'm so relieved that the major family events are over for this month. But I'm still dreading possible pop-up things since the pins are set up for a major strike. <BR> <em>294</em> <BR> My sister may end up needing us to take in my brother's kids and pets between now and Thursday if she finds she has bit off more than she can chew. My brother's whole family (and pets) may end up wanting to stay with us Thursday-Fath... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:48:15 EST That went well Reunion day surprised me! The visiting cousins got to meet a decent chunk of the extended family despite many needing to work in hay last night. An uncle came so they saw how much their dad had resembled his brothers; it almost brought them to tears. Connections were made. I saw a lot of laughter and stories being told. They are amazed at how big everyone's yard seems to be in KY (both my parents live on farms) and the long distances we drive between homes, work, and businesses. <BR> <... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:59:29 EST Family Reunion Day This blog is therapeutic as I procrastinate the start of this day. <BR> <BR> Good, healthy decision I made yesterday was to nix the cake plans. (Uncle Doogie, I love you but you aren't here to eat the cake. I know you understand.) Instead of a chocolate cake with the chocolate-covered strawberries, I decided to just buy more strawberries and forego the cake. Who doesn't love just chocolate-covered strawberries? And we bought a watermelon and a cantaloupe to cut up into chunks to serve a... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:02:33 EST Yoga You know that I just recently started to go to the local yoga class. So far, I'm liking it. It begins with about 10 minutes of guided meditation, then the instructor goes through some positions (asanas), then we end with relaxation meditations. Daughter has gone with me every time, and Hubby even joined us one afternoon. I have only two classes left on my gift certificate. <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> I enjoy the meditation exercises. I am finding that I need those way more than I thought ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:30:11 EST I am safe For the past month, the family has been dealing with stuff. 3 separate pull-the-rug-out-from-under-you type of issues, so lots of emotions and stress. I've been putting up a wonderful steel face for my loved ones, the epitome of strength. A facade, really. I could use a day to fall apart then rebuild. <BR> <BR> But I am needed. I can fall apart later. After things have regulated. All shocks seem better after a few days of just breathing through it. <BR> <BR> I haven't turned to food.... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 13:42:59 EST Stalling I've taken up the bad habit of weighing every few days. I have questioned myself "why?" The answer is that last month the losing 5 lbs. was such a high that I want to feel it again and again. I'm trying to get a hit every morning. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> Pay no mind to the fact that I have noticed that my belly is starting to deflate, like a party balloon that hid behind the sofa for 2 weeks. That little wrinkle in my lower belly letting me know that the outer layer is no longer stretc... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 09:03:08 EST Stress Fracture After research (prompted by my foot becoming increasingly tender) I have concluded I may have a stress fracture of the 3rd metatarsal. This is my warning to not walk barefooted on hard surfaces for extended periods of time as exercise. It is not too serious, but not letting it heal would cause it to become serious. Nothing much a DR. can do for it except charge you for a leg and put a boot on the foot. Recommendations are 6-8 weeks of healing rest. I will certainly be mindful of it. <BR>... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 08:41:28 EST June 2015 Goals Hiya! Been awhile. I came down with a virus that was like a 36-hour flu over the weekend, but have been steadily recovering. My goal of increasing my steps from 7,500 to 8,000 per day has been working out. EXCEPT that I need to remember to wear my shoes when getting those steps in my house! I've somehow bruised my right foot. I began to feel something not-right in the ball of my foot just below my middle toe yesterday. Then as the day went on a bruise appeared below my middle toe on th... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 08:20:38 EST