LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog LADYFROMTHEWOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "Click" I just finished week 2/7 of classes last night. It took me that long to catch up on the chapter readings since week 1 began so intensely. So far, so good on my grades. <BR> <BR> But, as you know, I have also been dealing with my mom and what looks like Alzheimer's Disease moving from a trickle to a flood warning in her life. AD prevents or distorts the encoding of new memories. She used to have to check her calendar daily just to remember simple things that we take for granted. In one m... Fri, 25 May 2018 10:11:12 EST MIND diet Yep, procrastination. LOL! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to pop in to share this. The MIND diet. It's a "best of" combo of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet. It is just a simple list of 10 types of foods to get more of and 5 types of foods to get less of. They did 2 observational studies of 58 to 98 year olds and found this diet when followed closely reduced the risk of Alzheimer's and dementia by 54% and when followed loosely reduced the risk by 34%. <BR> <BR> Honestly, it's the way ... Thu, 17 May 2018 08:40:07 EST Week 15 Recap <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a strange week! <BR> <BR> Canceled our camping trip because tom was due. Then tom didn't show. Not until 6 days late. ugh! <BR> <BR> Mom had a fight with her dh over money for she has in her head it's HER money. She has either hid (and forgotten her hiding place) or lost a large amount of cash that she withdrew. The next day, she forgot what they fought about. I have turned more... Tue, 15 May 2018 10:00:11 EST Week 14 Recap I know what I need to do. Haven't been doing it. I've let my emotions about my mom be the excuse to eat comfort food and be a lump. I'm still coming to terms with how to be the daughter that is equipped best to help, yet is the one that she least wants. Mom has always played favorites, and I am the lowest on the totem pole. I thought I had come to terms with it over the decades, but this shows I have not. I'll figure it out. Hopefully sooner than later. <BR> <BR> We have canceled our c... Tue, 8 May 2018 07:39:23 EST Move It May! I just found my goal for the month! I was commenting on a friend's blog when it hit me. <BR> <BR> It's no secret that exercise and I aren't friends. More like acquaintances. We see each other, catch up, then go our separate ways "until next time." And who knows when next time will be?!!! <BR> <BR> I need to move more. <BR> <BR> Moving with a PURPOSE (other than just losing weight) means I'm too busy to think about snacking or junk food. And who wants a heavy meal when you are hot or ... Thu, 3 May 2018 10:45:30 EST Get out of your head <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you read the perfect advice at the perfect time. Well, maybe not the perfect time... because I wasted all of yesterday feeling sad and overwhelmed by the things in life that aren't great. I read the above quote late in the evening and realized that I spent all Sunday-Tuesday in my head and it wasn't a good place to be. Each day, I sank lower and lower. This morning, I have pled... Wed, 2 May 2018 09:04:46 EST Mid-week 13 I've lost 3 of the 5 pounds I had regained in the past 2 weeks. I'm starting to cut back on sugar/processed flour products and add fat. Also no snacking past supper time. <BR> <BR> The meeting yesterday was good. My sister was able to go as well, so we discussed Mom's behaviors each time we learned something new that applied to her, and how we can help her feel safer. We are hoping we can get her husband to realize the importance of a routine and tasks that give Mom a sense of purpose, a... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:31:49 EST Week 12 Recap Weighed in this morning. The scale confirmed what I already suspected; I’ve regained 5 pounds. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The trip is over though, which means Mom is safe at my brother’s house until Friday. This is a temporary weight off of my heart. Just knowing she is being taken care of by my SIL and happily enjoying the grandkids means I can spend these next 4 days without guilt or worry. And my brother and SIL are learning how Mom actually is now. Already they caught her about to ... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:49:04 EST Week 11 Recap During week 11: <BR> <BR> I didn't weigh-in. <BR> I didn't purposely exercise, although we did clear some brush one afternoon. <BR> I didn't eat well. <BR> I didn't sleep well due to my TOM. <BR> but... <BR> <BR> I did keep drinking water. <BR> I'm 2 days away from hitting the 1 year mark of giving up pop! <BR> <BR> We finalized the plans to take my mom to visit my brother's family. I will be glad to have done it because she will be happier and I will get to see my brother and the kiddos ... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:44:43 EST I declare, it's finally Spring in KY! The Redbud trees are finally showing pink, and there is a cold front moving in even as I type. This means Redbud Winter has arrived! I always look forward to Redbud Winter because it means the cold spells get shorter and the warm days become more abundant. Soon, the asparagus will start poking the first spears up out of the garden plot and we will have fresh, tender veggies! Can you tell I'm ridiculously excited? <BR> <em>784</em> <BR> <BR> There will be several more cold fronts as w... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:54:28 EST Week 10 Recap This morning felt like the end of an era. I clicked for points on the very last of my SP emails. I used to be subscribed to every one that would offer us a point. For 5 years! I had quite the backlog. I unsubscribe on March 1st. This morning I used the last 7 emails for points. Well, not entirely true because I still have 57 days worth of the recipe emails to get through in another folder, but one email per day versus 8 will mean 5 more minutes added to my morning instead of on the lap... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:21:04 EST Caught Myself I am waiting on a text or call back from fellow Red Cross workers. I found out about a local home fire this morning and the client just called me this evening for help (even though the fire was Friday evening.) After speaking with him, I found out he is staying in an area closer to two other responders, so I felt I should pass it on to them for the sake of time and distance. BUT they are not replying. And it's been over an hour. I could've been there by now! <BR> <BR> I'm making supper ... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 17:19:46 EST Week 9 Recap <img src=""> <BR> I am back to my week 1 weight. I can tell it in my joints and sleep quality and the bottom of my feet. Just 5 pounds make a massive difference. <BR> <BR> Yet, I've been working on and having success with recognizing when my emotions drive me to eat instead of hunger. I have hope that as I learn to find other things to soothe my emotions, to control my emotions, that I will eat less and less. ... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 10:26:00 EST Decluttering <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I continue to feel lighter and lighter. Emotionally anyway. <BR> <BR> DH and I had a chat last night while sitting on our front porch in matching, vintage, metal chairs. He and I keep updated on one another all day through email, but then we have a chat in the evenings about the whole day or any pressing issues or plans. I hope that what I have learned has helped him to look at his feeli... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:46:31 EST Clarification I must've sounded devastated or really low? Or maybe others are so empathetic that they imagined how it would feel to be dealing with what I mentioned? I didn't mean to come off as struggling. Actually, rather the opposite! I was trying to be forthcoming as to what I was conquering. I have been through the worst part of the emotions and am a couple of years out the other side and recognizing it may just have had some influence on my weight regain. (duh, me) <BR> <BR> So, I am trying t... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:27:34 EST Week 8 Recap I've gained weight. Mostly because I took off my Fitbit and quit purposeful exercise. Also, I got distracted from tracking my food and began trying to only recognize my emotional eating. Although I've mostly eaten really well, I've also made a few bad choices I'm still learning so much and feel like I'm on the right track in getting to the bottom of my emotional eating. Carrying on. <BR> <BR> My mom keeps pointing out that I haven't gotten a job yet. She doesn't intend to be mean, but ... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:37:06 EST Good Book I've been reading "Life is Hard, Food is Easy." I've stalled in chapter 4, the one about self-esteem. I've long known that I need to do some heavy work in this area. I've spent 3 days on this one chapter so far. All of you, my Sparkfriends, are very introspective like I am, so I highly recommend this book to you (thus far.) I have made a nice, long list of my strengths this morning that I will be reminding myself of daily. I never realized that I have so many true and good attributes. ... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:13:28 EST Week 7 Recap I didn't weigh-in this morning. In fact, week 7 has been one off for me. Or should I say "7 off?" Well, more like 4 off days. I was gradually wearing down to the low point yesterday but am feeling myself starting to pick back up again. <BR> <em>55</em> <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> And you'all! I swear, I may not have many friends in my corner of this big world, but I sure have true friends here. So many of you saw yesterday's entry as honest and even related to it. It felt like a sist... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:10:22 EST Emotional Today I'm a bit worried about myself. I've been slipping in and out of a mild depression. It's not the weather (although it certainly doesn't help that Winter is sticking around like an aching tooth that we wish we could pull.) <BR> <BR> Some years ago, some of you may remember that I went through some sudden relationship upheavals. Two very false friends ended up doing some damage to my reputation in the local homeschool group and women's social circle in town. I thought that the truth would ... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:16:55 EST Week 6 of 52 Recap/Mid-week 7 Update I probably should blog more often so things don't get long and boring. <BR> <BR> Been taking more hikes. Did you see my last blog with all the daffodils on our hike? The very next day, my hike looked like THIS! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Poor daffodils! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Can you spot Lucy? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:21:51 EST Spring Hike Hubby and I took two hikes on our farm this weekend! It is so much nicer than taking a 4-wheeler ride and great cardio climbing up some of our hills. <BR> <BR> The Saturday hike taught us a lesson. Be sure to take a spare house key! Somehow the door was locked when we got back. It was then we realized that the spares we had hidden had been moved into the shed... and the shed was locked too! Hubby literally crawled through the doggie door of the shed (gee, so glad we thought to make on... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:19:20 EST Mid-week 6 I got downright depressed on Wednesday. Probably from the supper we had at O'Charley's on Tuesday evening. I even had pie. I thought I was doing good. I chose the healthiest salad minus the blue cheese crumbles, used only half the dressing, and ate only half of the "half-order." But then I had pie. I skipped my old favorite and had the one I knew traditionally has the least calories, cherry. But when I got home to put it all in, that slice still had 600 calories! I ended up with 2194 ... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 08:24:03 EST Week 5 of 52 Recap I've lost a total of 2.8 pounds in 5 weeks. Had a hiccup in week 2, but I think I'll be able to keep the slow roll going now. <BR> <BR> I've tracked my food daily for the past 2 weeks and can see that around 1400-1500 calories is my current "sweet spot." Going to try to hit that more often. <BR> <BR> This week's exercise was walking, elliptical, and yard work. Well, woods work. We spent a good chunk of Saturday clearing briars and brush from a property line for a future survey. We plan... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 09:02:03 EST Mid-week 5 Good things have happened this week already. <BR> <em>192</em> I've finally started dropping some weight. <BR> <em>311</em> I've been exercising a bit more consistently. <BR> <em>341</em> We've been cooking at home more and eating out less. <BR> We bought one of those nice cat trees for Tootles and Nibs. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A few stressful things have happened this week already. <BR> <em>12</em>... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 12:08:24 EST Week 4 of 52 Recap I'm down 2 pounds from last week. But that is only .2 pounds down from what I started 4 weeks! I'll still take it. Considering everything this past month, I'll take it for sure. <BR> <BR> Last night, I got an email with my classes for May and June. Human Development and Cultural Competency. Class will start May 14th. <BR> Today, I will need to send in my loan deferment application (but I plan to start paying it down as soon as I get a job.) <BR> Yesterday, I sent the "I'm st... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:40:25 EST Mid-week 4 What a week this has been already! <BR> <BR> Spent 2 of 4 days with Mom. Her DH is not being very helpful at this point. He says he wants help but then seems to ignore or sabotage. Mom and I have had some great moments, despite a few problems that have arisen. <BR> <BR> Today is a retirement party for DH's co-worker. I was put in charge of getting a cake (sigh) and meat/cheese platter, and today I will need to pick those up along with other junk. I'm going to sneak in some mixed fres... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:19:30 EST Week 3 of 52 Recap First of all, I realized I had confused myself on which week I'm on. I just FINISHED week 3. I changed my blog titles to reflect that. <BR> <BR> This past week was full of stress and I did not do well. DH and I made big decisions on how the next year would play out by deciding I would not put off getting a full-time job despite my mom's health, because she isn't going to want me as a caregiver anyway. And that I should ease into graduate school as a part-time student instead of jumping i... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:14:04 EST Week 3 Update Last blog, I told you about the diet that hubby wanted to try. Basically it says you are one of 3-4 body types based on your prominent glands: adrenal, thyroid, pituitary, and gonadal (ovaries.) You are supposedly born this way, and it it evident by your body shape. For instance, adrenal types are stocky and muscular (think Mary Lou Retton or Jack Black) while a gonadal is like Beyonce (hips/thighs carry weight, curvy waist) and the thyroid type is generally slender originally and gains we... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:17:46 EST Week 2 of 52 I lost a pound this week! I don't know how, considering that the Girl Scout cookies arrived. Hubby says maybe we should try "the cookie diet." Hahaha! <BR> <BR> So, get this. Hubby sent me an email from work, wanting me to look up The Body Type Diet by Dr. Elliot Abravanel. Seems one of the regular customers came in so changed that Hubby didn't recognize him. This guy swore by the diet that he went on after seeing his mil lost amazing amounts of weight. I did the research. It's an ol... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:33:33 EST Mid-week 2 update You'all, the sunrise is amazing this morning! Well, I can't actually see it because I sit on the other side of the hill. But the sky is all soft pinks and purples like watercolors on denim paper. <BR> <BR> I slept last night! A full 6 hours! I'm ridiculously giddy to have possibly hit drooling stage on my pillow instead of fighting imaginary bedbugs and invasive thoughts of how to solve world problems. Ever have a bed tantrum? I have had too many lately. Now I claim VICTORY is at hand... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:15:32 EST Week 1 of 52 It's been a week into my Year of Health on my way to age 50. I lost a pound pretty quickly, but I blame the virus I had for making all food seem unappealing. I recorded my starting weight and my body measurements. This morning I've gained .2 pounds over the week, but I know it's because I actually ate last night and haven't been sleeping since I quit taking Nyquil. Can one become dependent on Nyquil? Seems so. I'll get that beat this coming week. I haven't had any the past two nights. ... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 07:56:17 EST Birthday 49 Sunday night, it began with what I thought were allergy symptoms. Runny nose and a few sneezing fits. I took my allergy medicine and went to bed. <BR> <BR> Monday morning, I became convinced I had a head cold. Sneezing, runny nose, a few coughs. That afternoon, intestinal problems added to the mix. By that evening, I knew I was in for a bumpy ride. <BR> <BR> Hubby had arranged to take off for my birthday if I wanted, but I didn't want him making a big deal out of it so I told him "no, ... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:53:21 EST Home from Marshall County <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the cliffhanger! I got home late Saturday, but we still had to return a company car on Sunday, so I'm finally back to "normal" today. <BR> <BR> I think I did some good while deployed. I had some direct contact with students, teachers, local church leaders, KSP, EM, EMS, and the FBI's victim's advocacy department. The ARC really worked hard to provide comfort and services. The ... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:11:29 EST On Standby Yesterday, I was on fire. After Sparking and breakfast, I made soup using the WW 0pts soup recipe as a guide. I felt very clever when there was no cabbage at the store for my soup, so I bought the pre-cut coleslaw mix instead. No cutting! LOL! I used veggie broth and home-canned tomato base, then added carrots, onions, garlic, zucchini, dehydrated yellow squash, cabbage mix, and seasonings. While it was simmering, I planned ahead for the next day by chopping the 1.5 zucchini I had lefto... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:52:52 EST Change is gonna come I decided I didn't like how my crochet afghan was turning out. Way too heavy and would take way to long to finish. So I am frogging it and using the same colors to do a patchwork of large granny squares with a heart in the middle of each. Basically, I've switched from the Sweetheart Ripple pattern to the Heart Dishcloth made as a throw from Lily & Cream (but using my Red Heart stash.) The point was to make a red, pink, white throw for our bed for the feng shi of it. LOL! <BR> <BR> The s... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:03:27 EST Positive I had the most negative day yesterday. I struggled with comfort eating and feeling very blue. The bright spot (which felt like a real struggle to do) was that I was able to help someone with a little financial aid from Red Cross. He lost his home to fire on New Year's Day. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm trying to stay positive. Even though the scale is up. <BR> <BR> I have engaged a few, easy Feng Shui techniques in the house. Hubby is surprisingly interested in the Feng Shui as well. He even... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:47:55 EST Working on it... The person I was dealing with yesterday is definitely someone I want to keep in my life. So, I expressed myself (after giving myself time to calm down and process what I was really wanting to say) by using "I feel that..." and being direct. The truth that I suspected came out and we are now working on the changes we need to make to keep the relationship moving forward instead of backwards. <BR> <BR> I still feel like I had to let the crazy show a little to be heard though. *eye roll* <BR>... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 09:45:39 EST Help Got any good advice or article links on how to UNteach someone how to treat us? I've changed so much over the years that I've reached a point that friction is beginning to heat up between what I am and what others expect me to be... because I used to be that one way and now I'm not. <BR> <BR> I've talked many times and feel like what I said was forgotten. <BR> I've expressed possible changes and hopes and feel like I was punished for it today. "Well, if you are going to do 'x', you can't a... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 14:27:02 EST Practicing What I Preached (Dangit) Remember me getting off subject yesterday? About the cold and animals and how we try to catch the feral cats at Hubby's work? And how he caught a kitten yesterday? <BR> <BR> Well, guess what he came home with. <BR> <BR> He called the shelter all day, but no one answered. Then he drove the kitten to the shelter and the gate was locked. On a Friday during business hours. <BR> <BR> The mamacat refused to be caught. So we have the little baby (old enough to be away from mom, but still ver... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:01:30 EST Setting the Stage I've superglued the lid back on the top of my Fitbit Flex and am letting it set up. Waiting for a day in hopes that it still works. <BR> <BR> I started tracking my food again yesterday. It kept me from overeating last night. I have put in my breakfast this morning as well, so have the day started right. <BR> <BR> Meeting a long-time friend for lunch today! I've checked out the menu online and have a plan. <BR> <BR> Bought a new bottle of iron supplements. Been taking one every other d... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:47:55 EST Onward! Oh, the day after Christmas was delightful! Nowhere to go, a fire in the stove, pure relaxation. And no decorations to take down... HAHAHA! <BR> <BR> The trip down to our son's for Christmas dinner went ok. Except DD was a gloomy gus. Matters of the heart... again. But the meeting of the future (maybe) in-laws went well. The dad is a bit, metrosexual, but so is my ex-husband. I reassured my hubby that he is the man they wish they were, with their lumberjack beards and plaid shirts but... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 08:51:29 EST Merry Christmas! <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <em>67</em> Happy belated Solstice! <em>31</em> <BR> <em>500</em> Happy Belated Hanukkah! <em>499</em> <BR> <em>501</em> Happy upcoming Kwanzaa! <em>501</em> <BR> <BR> Peace and joy to each of you, my friends! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I only have plans to drive down with our daughter to visit our son two hours away, on Christmas Day. So, we are not even bothering to put up th... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 10:26:57 EST Arrival Fallacy In the Bible, there are several prophets that did big things... then fell into a depression immediately afterwards. There is a term for that: post-achievement depression. It is also somewhat connected to the "arrival fallacy." The feeling that you should be glowing with joy once you finally earn or get what you worked so hard for, but instead there is an empty feeling. Almost a let-down. Connected to weight-loss, the thought of "I'll be happy when I reach ____ pounds/stone." But you get... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:09:22 EST Graduation (photo heavy) <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BA in Human Services and Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College. <BR> Today (the day after) I am in my ... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:09:55 EST So Close! I drove an hour to the college campus yesterday and spent 6 straight hours in the math-tutoring lab. I wasn’t very successful in getting my work done because each time I thought I knew how to do it (figuring compound interest under various circumstances) another tutor would come along and point out my mistakes. I did end up meeting a young man who is taking the exact same class as I am, and I was able to help him understand the assignment he was working on (which I had already finished.) We ... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:20:33 EST Thanksgiving Feast Today Today is when my family can get together for a Thanksgiving meal. (Except my son, who has to work.) <BR> <BR> I made a pumpkin cheesecake last night and have the turkey in brine. Today I'm making a ham (because we have that one person that won't eat turkey), dressing, gravy, sweet potato crunch, and sweet tea. My mom is bringing deviled eggs, corn, and baked beans, my dad is bringing cranberry sauce and apple cider, my sister is bringing pumpkin roll and mac-n-cheese, my daughter is bring... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 07:50:41 EST Little Triumphs My record for 'days without a pop' was 215 back in 2015. Today, I hit a new streak of 216 days! I plan to keep going. <BR> <BR> I've been drinking 8-12 cups of water every day since I started back to SP again in April of this year. (About the same time I had my last pop!) <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I drove an hour to the college campus to take advantage of the math tutoring center. When I showed them 3 major problems I missed, they confirmed what I suspected. I didn't miss them. Something is... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:15:50 EST Stress I'm tracking my food and walking daily. But the stress of my math class is taking a toll on my weight loss efforts. My legs seem to be shrinking, but my belly seems to be swelling. The scale has settled into a plateau, which is better than rising like I'm sure it would if I weren't being proactive. Is it cortisol? This instructor, my goodness, he is a high school principal teaching college math online (probably for extra money.) His class is highly disorganized (one week the homework wa... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:59:00 EST Kegel Update I know you’re dying to know. LOL! I tried out the KegelSmart today. It was strange at first, of course. It takes a AAA battery and went through about a 3 minute “workout.” The workout starts 30 seconds after turning it on. It is completely covered with silicone and hygienic. There was a “warmup” of small, short indications to squeeze and relax, I counted 10 times. Then it went into the routine of indicating to squeeze and release about the same space of breathing in and out naturally. Then i... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:45:08 EST KegelSmart I’m gonna be blunt (because my blog is set to private for only my female friends.) <BR> I’ve had it with stress incontinence and worrying about decreasing pelvic floor strength as I age. <BR> I can’t remember where my glasses are, much less to do my Kegels. I've heard the good things Pilates can do for this issue as well. But I do well to walk my 10,000 steps a day while trying to finish school. <BR> <BR> Enter (literally) the KegelSmart. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:56:35 EST