LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog LADYFROMTHEWOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still at It I will not give in to being fat. I've seen the lives of too many family members that have given up and ended up living in the gargantuan misery of morbid obesity and type-2 diabetes. I want to live longer, live more fully, and feel better about myself. <BR> <BR> I'm still going. Still here. I haven't dropped out of SP. Actually, I've been trying to stay away from the laptop more. <BR> <BR> Last week I finally got around to taking my measurements: neck, chest, waist, hips, arm, and thig... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:32:36 EST Another Pep Talk and a Personal Shock Here is another pep talk that I've bookmarked. <BR> How can we inspire ourselves to be self-motivated? This can apply to our SP journey. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Cliff notes for the video... <BR> 3 questions: <BR> Can you do it? <BR> Will it work? <BR> Is it worth it? <BR> <BR> If you answer yes, then you feel competent. Do you feel competent on your SP journey? <BR> <BR> 4 "C" words that can fuel self-motivation: <BR> Competence (it helps to... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:16:58 EST Pep Talk? As part of my new, non-weightloss goals, I chose "give yourself a 5-minute pep talk" as a SP Fast Break Goal. This is harder than I thought! 5 minutes can be a long time to do anything you aren't used to! <BR> <BR> What I'm doing to help myself until I get my footing is finding motivational videos on YouTube and listening to those. Here is a good one that I found yesterday and want to share with you. It's more like 15 minutes because it's a TedTalk presentation, but she has some good poi... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:10:31 EST What Happened the Day I Stopped Dieting Yesterday, after I Sparked, I put my new life into motion. I accomplished something I knew should be done... finding some jugs to take to a neighbor's pond to get pond water to add to my fountain in hopes it will clear up. This was hard work, for the only jugs I could find were two in my freezer with ice frozen in them for our camping coolers. But I decided not to let anything stop me. I would melt the ice at the pond, which means I carried two gallon jugs of ice down the road over a half... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:52:57 EST Motivation and Vision Again, a SP article really spoke to me this morning. Sometimes we need to read something over and over until it truly "clicks." <BR> <BR> First, this quiz really focused my perspective and showed me my trouble spot when it comes to staying motivated. <BR> Become Your Own Best Motivator <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=694 </link> <BR> <BR> That led to my reading the other articles in the Motivation series. <BR> Which led me to this gem... <BR> Write ... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:02:35 EST New Goals, NONE weight loss Ever had one of those days when a SP article really speaks to you? Then the other suggestions for articles play right into the same theme? Today was one of those days for me. Of all the articles, this one spoke the most motivation and change to me: <BR> <link><BR>st=5_goals_to_focus_on_instead_of_the_<BR>scale </link> <BR> <BR> I will be setting new goals today, and none of them will be to "lose ___ # of pounds." <BR> Then I will write them on paper... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:39:47 EST A Break-Up Not for me, but for daughter. It was her first committed relationship, so her first hard break-up. Plus, she has anxiety disorder with panic attacks and some depression so she is having a really hard time dealing with it despite working up to this point for over 6 months. It's hard to watch your child go through something like this and not be able to pull them out of what they simply have to go through. I can only offer support and advice. <BR> <BR> But as I do, I am hearing some of th... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:13:07 EST So Much Going On! For the past month and a half, Hubby's truck has been in the shop for transmission repair. This meant I have been "stuck" at home. And last week, I began to have terrible fatigue and pressure headaches that scared us a little. That was the bad... <BR> <BR> But the good is that I am now recovered from the fatigue a couple of days ago and the headaches are easing off. AND Hubby's truck was ready to pick up yesterday evening! I have my Jeep all to myself, sitting in the driveway should I w... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:24:36 EST Regular Reemergence Whilst pondering today on my hormonal depression (which is about 2 days each month during progesterone spikes) I waxed a bit poetic and wrote this analogy... which I leave here mostly for myself, but if you can use any part of it, you are invited to ponder it as well. <BR> <BR> Cycles happen in life. Sometimes vicious. Sometimes healing and restorative. <BR> <BR> And, too often, we fight the cycles that are natural... all our lives... unless we learn to recognize that they are the nature ... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 16:14:38 EST Off to the Falls! All week I've busted my tail. I set about making our deck and porch the best it can be with what we have around the farm. I moved all the winter's firewood off the porch to a spot down into the lower yard next to our burning spot for summer campfires. That involved moving about 20+ wheelbarrows full of wood and restacking it. I moved and stacked a section about 10-12 feet long and about 4 feet high. I had to take a breather between each load!!! That showed me that my walking around the ... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:40:34 EST Weekend Over I took it easy this weekend. I even took off my Fitbit for charging and didn't put it back on for part of a day. I also took the time to look back through my old blogs to see what worked for me in the past. There is Zumba and SP's walking program for a 5K. <BR> <em>354</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> We didn't do a lot for the weekend. In our area, we observe "decoration day" during Memorial Day weekend. This is when it is traditional to put new flower arrangements on family headston... Tue, 30 May 2017 09:21:30 EST On the Case I'm gaining again instead of losing weight. And all the symptoms I mentioned in my last blog had me suspicious of hormones and too low of a calorie deficit. I've stumbled upon the most telling symptom of all... headaches. I thought it was due to drinking less coffee in the mornings, as it feels the same as a caffeine (or lack thereof) headache. But then I noticed the timing. Nearly every time I eat, no matter what I eat, I would develop a headache that really wasn't that noticeable unles... Sat, 27 May 2017 23:00:20 EST Something Ain't Right I've been feeling low-energy when I should be feeling energized. My limbs especially feel heavy. I am not sleeping well and need a nap during the day just to log up to 7 hours sleep. Last night I had to resort to a sleeping pill, which is an oddity for me. <BR> <em>273</em> <BR> I am suspicious that my calories are too low and I will bump the range up to 1400-1750. I've averaged 1,522 over the past six days. Or am I not getting some mineral/vitamin I need, like potassium or vitamin D... Fri, 26 May 2017 08:22:54 EST If Weight Didn't Exist... I have a backlog of Sparkpeople emails in a folder that I am going through each day I login now. I started out with over 900 and am down to the 600s. Haha! But I am glad I kept myself signed up for the emails since (a) I get points for the ones that have them and (b) there are some gems among the rocks. Like the one from last November that I came across this morning. <BR> <em>387</em> <BR> It asked the question, "If weight didn't exist, how would you measure your health?" <BR> <em>2... Thu, 25 May 2017 07:42:40 EST NSV Yesterday, I put on a shirt that had been too tight in the belly before now. It was more comfortable than before. My belly is starting to decrease! Yay! I could see it was so in the mirror. And I'm starting not to hate the mirror so much. <BR> <em>202</em> <BR> When I walked yesterday, I would change up which muscle group I would concentrate on with each new song on my playlist. Swing the arms to feel it in the shoulders, twist a little more to feel it in the waist, tighten the glut... Wed, 24 May 2017 08:47:33 EST updates Updates from yesterday's blog: <BR> I did email my advisor. She has not written back yet. <BR> <em>387</em> <BR> Hubby got the news that his truck may not be fixable. We plan to go pick it up this evening. I'm sure Hubby will tear into it to see if he can figure it out for himself before giving up. It wouldn't surprise me if he can fix it after the mechanic failed. If he can't, we'll have to go into debt for another vehicle. <BR> <em>343</em> <BR> I had not considered part-time w... Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:07 EST Figured It Out So, I mentioned before I've been struggling with a mood lately. Couldn't put my finger on why exactly. That's because, deep down, I guess I knew why but hated to admit it. So here is what I've realized and what I need to do about it. <BR> <BR> I have finished the semester. What next? Not having my next classes lined up yet leaves me feeling like I could possibly "miss the boat." In fact, checking on the final two classes I need to graduate showed that one of them is not being offered o... Mon, 22 May 2017 09:35:51 EST Water is Life I've been getting in about 12 or more cups of water a day lately. Last night, I got about 10 (which is still meeting my goal.) Yet, this morning I woke up with dry eyes! I have noticed that since I went from 8 cups/day to 10+ (usually 12) that my skin is starting to lose the dryness it had developed over the winter months. I plan to bump my goal up to 12 in June. Water is so good for me! 8 cups just isn't enough. <BR> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> On a side note, I found the Carolina Wren'... Sun, 21 May 2017 09:07:24 EST Soda Streak Today marks 30 days without any pop (soda.) <BR> I also lost 2 pounds. That is 3 down this month. 17 to go this year. <BR> Not sure what I'll get into on this Saturday. There are lots of places we could go, but I'm in the mood to declutter or myself. Introvert day? Daughter visited yesterday and plans to visit all day tomorrow, so maybe that is why. It was a good visit, but I'm not used to having company, even family. There are marigolds to plant in the tomato bed and tha... Sat, 20 May 2017 10:16:50 EST Daily Walking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am now in such a habit of walking around the house, that I am starting to see results. I looked down at my belly this morning and can see that little dent that starts to form between the lowest ribs at the top of my too-big belly. Later, I saw my legs (wearing shorts today) and had to do a double-take. Something is definitely beginning to happen. <BR> <BR> I am now in such a habit of d... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:52:07 EST Why Not Me? Will I ever NOT struggle with self-love? This translates to my struggle with self-care, including eating healthy instead of putting junk in the tank. I have to constantly remind myself, it isn't a matter of "deserving" to be healthy. I don't have to earn the right. What ever gave me that idea; that I have to earn the right to be happy, be treated well (by me), and be healthy? <BR> <BR> If I can't get over that, then I will at least ask myself this question in the meantime: <BR> Why not m... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:24:32 EST WHY in 2017 On Saturday, I had a brief moment when I actually felt "free" for the summer. Summer break began in that moment as we rode on the ATV, wind in my hair, sun shining down. I keep having to revisit that feeling to remind myself that I really do have a season ahead of me to work on ME. I'm old enough to realize how short a season actually is. Spark lit. <BR> <BR> And I realized that I need to get more serious about losing at least 20 pounds this year (with 40+ lbs. overall) because that will... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:19:18 EST I Rocked Wednesday Here's how I did yesterday while at home: <BR> <em>411</em> May goals: <BR> <em>248</em> 13,468 steps <em>545</em> Mon-Sat 10,000 steps per day, Sunday get 5,000 <BR> <em>248</em> 93 minutes <em>311</em> Mon-Sat 30 minutes or more of active time, Sunday 15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> 1,508 calories <em>4</em> Daily eat less than 1800 calories <BR> <em>248</em> <em>593</em> Track daily nutrition <BR> <em>248</em> 13 cups <em>91</em> Daily drink 10 cups of water <BR> ... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:51:39 EST A Day at Dad's Yesterday, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. (for no good reason) and gave up on going back to sleep at 4. I checked my emails, FB, and Sparked, then made coffee and got ready to go to my dad's. He had forgotten I was coming! But it turned into a good day. Even though I did NOT stay active (because then he would be tempted to do too much as well), I did cook us some healthy foods and tracked everything. I withstood the temptation to have a pop or beer; both called my name though. I did some basic ... Wed, 10 May 2017 12:14:33 EST Goal Tracking Here is how I did on my goals for Sunday and Monday (today being Tuesday at 4ish in the morning.) <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>545</em> Mon-Sat 10,000 steps per day, Sunday get 5,000: Sunday - 5,149; Monday - 10,550 <BR> <em>248</em> <em>311</em> Mon-Sat 30 minutes or more of active time, Sunday 15 minutes: Sunday - 17 minutes, Monday - 80 minutes <BR> <em>4</em> Daily eat less than 1800 calories: Sunday - 2,118 OOPS!; Monday - 1848 <BR> <em>248</em> <em>593</em> Track daily ... Tue, 9 May 2017 05:16:48 EST May Goals Here we are, starting the second week of May, and I am just now setting concrete goals for the month. Thankfully, I have been working towards them for the past week already. Just making it official and myself accountable here. <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> May goals: <BR> <em>545</em> Mon-Sat 10,000 steps per day, Sunday get 5,000 <BR> <em>311</em> Mon-Sat 30 minutes or more of active time, Sunday 15 minutes <BR> <em>4</em> Daily eat less than 1800 calories <BR> <em>593</em> Track ... Sun, 7 May 2017 12:53:08 EST Coping with the Unexpected I have been on a roll. I decided to take it easy on Wednesday, due to having a mild virus. My thinking was that I could make up for it on Thursday and Friday. Thursday morning, I fixed oatmeal with blueberries but got a phone call from my Hubby before I could eat. My dad needed help getting into car because his back hurt so badly that he was literally crawling instead of walking. Hubby took off work (because I didn't have a vehicle at home) and he headed to help then came to get me so we... Sat, 6 May 2017 12:20:07 EST Saturday Projects I am behind on blogging, so I will start with what I promised you. Here is a bit of what I did last Saturday... <BR> <BR> In preparation for my flower stand, I bought some Wave Petunias. <BR> Before.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before... <BR> <img src=" Wed, 3 May 2017 09:58:59 EST MHR Education Saturday, I worked outside all day. I will try to post photos of that tomorrow. <BR> So, TODAY was all about getting homework done. And resting my body. I had procrastinated long enough. <BR> I found this tidbit interesting as I was reading in my textbook. Thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wood, J. (2015). Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, & Culture (11th ed.). Cengage Learning: Stamford, CT... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:34:52 EST Getting There I am getting back into the groove of being active. I did well over 2 hours of garden and yardwork today. Probably more like 3-4, but over a period of 6 hours. I dug a hole to plant a 1-gallon azalea bush near our driveway entrance, which included cutting through some roots. I dug up a bunch of hostas out of my overgrown flowerbed, which included moving a heavy stone. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I divided the... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:28:59 EST Checking In Good morning! (or whenever you happen to read this. <em>67</em> <em>31</em> ) <BR> <BR> I am at Hubby's workplace today. We need groceries, so a town day made sense after two days of yardwork. I mowed again yesterday. Probably less than the day before, but I paced myself and did creative things too. Like paint the scar at the bottom of a tree trunk that looks like a perfect door for a gnome. I painted it red and made a doorknob out of a painted bolt. I moved rocks and broken lim... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:23:00 EST Out of Shape! I mowed and mowed and mowed yesterday. I would push for 10-15 minutes (sometimes even less) then have to rest for 10-15 minutes. Man, I could really feel how my heart and muscles were working hard. Granted, we aren't talking nice flat yard and it was overgrown, especially around the edges. I will be lucky not to get another round of poison ivy. <BR> <BR> I took a photo, but decided it wasn't any good. It doesn't show how much work I really did! <BR> <BR> Check out my step count for yes... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:21:41 EST This-n-That Random updates. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> <BR> I passed the last section of my exit exam! And I wrote two papers yesterday and turned in the last of my paperwork to complete my practicum class. That is two weeks early! That leaves my class on gender to complete for this semester to be finished. Then I will take the summer off (hopefully) and pick back up in the Fall with two classes to graduate. I'm getting excited! <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Better photos are on the way! My cell... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:36:37 EST I Love Ice Pellet ice, to be exact. Or "nugget" ice. Depends on where you live, I guess. The "good" ice. The kind you can get from Sonic and some other restaurants. You can buy pellet ice makers online, but who can afford $500 just for an ice maker? <BR> <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am crazy about chewing ice. It was a bad habit I picked up as a kid. I broke myself from it when I realized it was causing microcracks in my teeth. But recently, I've taken ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:01:02 EST Better Days Yesterday was indeed a better day. Despite having a raging patch of poison ivy on my leg (like 1/3 of my calf!) I was able to grab an hour nap to make up for a bad night. I got a load of laundry done and had a visit from Daughter. She came by to pick up some camping gear. She is headed to a weekend music festival by herself, meeting a couple of friends there and working undercover for security. She has been having a rough time deciding whether or not to stay with her partner as they look... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:21:01 EST Ups and Downs Getting back on track with SP and FitBit has been different for me this time. Purposefully slow. I've been careful not to do my usual thing of jumping in hard-core then wearing myself out. No more getting all the Sparkpoints I can in a day. No more counting myself a failure for not meeting countless daily goals (well, not countless; more like 10 or <BR> <BR> Instead, I've just been getting back into the habit of wearing my Fitbit Flex, trying to remember to tap it before I go ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:27:22 EST Mind-set Can we take a walk because we enjoy walking? Not because it will tick down the calories we eat today? <BR> <em>559</em> <em>126</em> <em>582</em> <BR> <BR> Can we do yoga because we enjoy the feeling of our muscles stretching under our skin and the peace it brings to our mind? Not because it counts as exercise? <BR> <em>135</em> <em>459</em> <em>532</em> <BR> <BR> Can we eat freggies with mindfulness because we are grateful for the freshness, nutrition, and health that... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:22:15 EST Finally, Fitbit! I have a Fitbit Flex, but my cheap cellphone would not accept the updates to the app. I haven't been able to sync my wristband since December. I had forgotten all about the dongle!!! Today, I got super-serious about making my Fitbit work again. It took a few hours to figure everything out, but SUCCESS! <BR> <em>590</em> <BR> <BR> Now, my laptop will sync with my Flex with the dongle. <BR> For non-Fitbit users, sorry about the alien <BR> <BR> Easter on Saturday with o... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:32:15 EST Back on Track Thank you for your input yesterday concerning my neighbor. I took some deep breaths and decided how to approach the situation with tact. I have steeled myself to speak with him the first chance I get. I did remove the rocks that I had lain around the wild, rosebush that is on his side of the yard (back when it was a different neighbor and we considered the whole area part of the cemetery for someone has planted flowers that are older than the property line on both of us.) These rocks are ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:33:18 EST Finnegan, begin again (1-paragragh rant alert!) I am mad at our neighbor. He surely meant to do a good deed, mowing our little cemetery that adjoins his border. But he mowed down all our daffodil greenery so that they will not gather energy for next year's blooms. I am pondering how to approach him. Our culture is very different, his is upper-class suburbia from MN and ours is lower-class Appalachian. Yes, this is the same guy that traps and kills the opossums and raccoons because he thinks he is saving the ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:16:35 EST 12 steps forward, 1 step back See, when I say it like that it doesn't seem as bad. I'm talking about my huge exit exam. It had 13 sections; all sections must be passed before the semester end. Any section not passed during the first test (yesterday) can be retaken in two weeks. If not passed then, we get one last chance to pass it via an oral exam. <BR> <BR> I failed one section by just one question. GAH!!!!! I mixed up validity with reliability and that covered 6 of the 16 questions in that section. <BR> <em>1... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:50:47 EST Made it... ... through yesterday's storms. Actually, we were never in any danger, but just 20 miles North in the area where all my family lives there was a funnel cloud. I don't think it touched down anywhere, but winds did do damage and my dad's electric was out for 10 hours. <BR> <BR> When I checked on my mom, she said she was fine like she wasn't worried about the weather at all. Yet, I could hear both the t.v. weatherman and the weather radio blasting in the background so loud that she was almos... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:30:16 EST Looking Ahead Thank you, ladies, for helping me with my homework this weekend! It was greatly appreciated. My homework was to speak to someone older than myself about their ideas of gender, then for me to choose what theory(ies) best align with your thoughts and compare my own ideas/theories of gender. I was able to write a nice assignment, thanks to you. <BR> <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> Now, I am on to the next thing... practice exams for my program exit exam... the big one. I admit, I am dealing with... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 11:39:56 EST Help Me with my Homework! I need someone (or more than one) person who is older than me (48) to give me your take on gender. Please don't read anyone else's comments before you add your own, so it won't influence you. You may think of something that is gold, but then be set off course by what someone else says! <BR> So, just reflect on gender. Perhaps gender roles or what you think makes a man a man and a woman a woman. Can gender change? Is it set from birth? What is masculine and feminine in your eyes? <BR> Do... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:31:47 EST How's It Going? A storm just blew through, so March can be said to have come in like a lion. I have the woodstove crackling just behind me while I do my school online. I am in my last full semester, but will still have two classes to finish my B.S. next Fall. As part of my classes, I am working 15 hours/week at a faith-based, pregnancy crisis center. The director is already pressuring me to consider the assistant director's position. I guess that is a testament to my work ethic, but I know this is a pla... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:00:46 EST That was rough, but over now Hi, Friends! <BR> So... I have been under the influence of "the pill" since September, as you may remember. It was prescribed to ease my symptoms of fibroids. I gave it a try for almost 5 months. Last month, I had to admit, the side effects were not worth it. Depression had crept back. No sex drive at ALL. Sure, my periods were a little less heavy, but my heart had taken on the heaviness. I decided in January to stop the pill. I'll just have to live with painful, heavy periods until m... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:42:52 EST Day 335 - Thanks! Thanks for your support and prayers yesterday. I had two appointments to discuss the results of my ultrasound which showed that my uterus is full of fibroids. This is why my monthly has been heavy to the point that I've been anemic for years (it once got down to 4.5 despite being on iron supplements) and I have low-pain pressure in my lower abdomen. Not unusual for a woman of my age and not a risk for cancer, so I quieted my nerves with online research. However, the nurse practitioner tha... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:30:54 EST Day 326 - Hi! Hello! Long time, no see! <BR> To say I've been busy with school and home is, well, the truth. <BR> My college courses are finally beginning to wind down for this semester. Part of my requirement this semester included working at the local middle school with the guidance counselor for 2-3 days a week until I reached 120 hours. That ended on Friday. <BR> So, what else have I been up to? <BR> <BR> I was in a play at our local community center. First one I've done in decades! Lots of fun. ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:53:12 EST Day 232 - Gonna do it I've lost 2 lbs. this past month without tracking or going hungry. I credit the change to a vegan menu. I bought an Instant Pot while they were on sale. Been trying out lots of new recipes. My tastebuds are really beginning to change as well as my energy level. Sometimes I eat lunch for breakfast. I only want sweets and fats when I am super-stressed, so it's still an old coping mechanism. However, I have been able to resist the old habits easier and easier. It felt good to exercise ye... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:30:20 EST Day 231 - Up for a breath Man, I've been battered ever since coming back from my trip. Hopefully the worst of it is over for now. Both our kids have had some serious issues that required more of our resources, attention, energy, and prayers than usual. One had to move in for a week while trying a new medication until the doctor cleared regular activity. Talk about scary and exhausting! <BR> <BR> Plus, Lucy had the surgery to repair her torn knee at the same time. So, she has suddenly required way more attention ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:18:38 EST