LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog LADYFROMTHEWOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 151 - Sunshine I've always known that 15 minutes of sun exposure is enough to produce vitamin D. For some, vitamin D is hard to get from food unless it is fortified. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Careful not to burn, I have begun laying out for 30 minutes each day, 15 minutes each side. I just hope the Google Maps satellite doesn't pass over when I'm out. Hahahaha! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> We stayed home today, Memorial Day. Hubby worked on his truck and I worked on homework. The only non-vegan food I've... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:06:02 EST Day 150 - Detox? I am learning as I go, researching every day, about veganism. <BR> <BR> I turned down my 100-calorie microwave popcorn and some Doritoes today when I wanted a crunchy snack. Both have milk. Instead, I had baby carrots with hummus, then raw almonds. I've learned to drink my coffee without milk. I made fajitas tonight, replacing the meat with portabello mushroom slices. I wanted a dollop of sour cream so badly! Instead, I added a dollop of hummus. Not bad, not bad! <BR> <BR> My daily c... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:15:39 EST Day 149 - Can't Complain! If asked how my day has been, I'd replied, "I can't complain!" <BR> <em>36</em> <BR> Woke early. Pondered my paper due by midnight. Made coffee. Ate breakfast and then showered. Went with Hubby to meet his siblings at the cemetery. Only one brother and his wife showed up. We put the flowers on their parents' headstone and strolled around the cemetery, chatting. <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> Headed to town where we ate at Mellow Mushroom. I didn't see the veggie burger on the menu, so I... Sat, 28 May 2016 19:18:02 EST Day 148 - Dealing Just a check-in. <BR> <BR> Have some stress concerning both the kids, but I'm dealing with it. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, these are just learning moments. But moms never stop worrying if their kids will be alright. Never. They might be at peace when they don't know the rough stuff, but mom's can tell when things aren't good in their kiddos hearts. I guess I should count it a blessing that they tell me the rough stuff (eventually.) <BR> <BR> I didn't lose weight this week, but I didn't gain... Fri, 27 May 2016 20:21:30 EST Vacation pics This gives you a little taste of our vacation in the Nolin Lake area of Kentucky. It rained a big chunk of the time, so I didn't bother taking pictures of us reading inside the camper... hahaha! If you get the chance to visit Mammoth Cave, do so. But if you get the chance to also visit the other caves in the area, I hope you will since they hold more beauty! We've seen Mammoth Cave many times, so we tried Diamond Caverns this trip. <BR> <BR> The campgrounds. <BR> Setting up camp... <BR> ... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:54:14 EST Day 145 - Living on Lake Time For some reason, I've struggled to get back to the old me since vacation. I look around and have no desire to make lists nor any guilt for not doing much beyond just enjoying my moments. I laid out this afternoon, hung more laundry on the porchline, watched what I wanted on Netflix. It's like I'm still at the lake, only I'm enjoying my ridgetop. Probably seeing my home like others do... like a vacation getaway with an awesome view and lots of peace. <BR> <em>47</em> <BR> <BR> I've be... Tue, 24 May 2016 16:06:41 EST Day 144 - Back to it! <em>436</em> Nothing like a vacation to make you appreciate home! <BR> <em>473</em> Nothing like eating too much junk food (chips, cookies, donut sticks, flavored creamer) to make you appreciate real food. I seriously started CRAVING eggs by day 4. This is despite planning good suppers for the week. My coffee tasted so good this morning, like REAL coffee instead of a masked diva imposter. <em>106</em> <BR> Other than the weather, vacation filled the need to unwind and learn to enjo... Mon, 23 May 2016 13:42:32 EST Day 136 - Determined I am determined to have stress-free days despite the stressors that pop up. Such as getting the camper stuck in the yard. Or busting a brake line. Or someone calling in the middle of the night for that "get you out of jail one time" favor. <BR> <BR> I am determined to enjoy our vacation despite having my first week of Summer classes the same week and learning that wifi will be unavailable at the state park campground. <BR> <BR> I am determined to exercise my butt off to work off the wine a... Sat, 14 May 2016 19:14:34 EST Day Something or Other Seriously, I have gotten off track on SP this week. Stress eating a little, and not tracking well. However, TODAY should be the last day of turning in assignments for class. Then, I will begin on next week's reading/tests to get a jump on Summer session so I can enjoy a week at the lake with Hubby. <BR> <BR> My dad's 5th wheel camper is parked in our yard, awaiting me to clean all the dead ladybugs out of it, then pack it up. He had not used it since 2011 or 2012, so we got a flat tire o... Thu, 12 May 2016 08:12:38 EST Day 130 - Slip, Get Up I spent so much of this week under the stress of school. I did manage to find a movie editor online, but it took 3 days to get the video to load, edit, and upload. Then I had the stress of the possibility of the volume being too low for my instructor to hear it. To say I've been waiting to exhale is an understatement. I sent the finished product to my instructor as I was walking out the door on Saturday to take my mom to an early dinner at Cheddar's. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:44:19 EST Day 129 - Sorry No blog of sustenance today. It's been a long weekend and I'm just vegging out. I plan to be back tomorrow (Monday.) <BR> <BR> Thinking of each and every one of you though! <BR> Teresa Sun, 8 May 2016 21:49:41 EST Day 127 - This is Working! This morning was weigh-in. I lost 2.4 pounds this week! By using my Fitbit to track my calories burned, and SP to track my calories in, and keeping burned higher than in... success! I suspect I'm burning more that Fitbit calculates, since that's almost too fast in the pounds lost department. My chart says I had a 3,043 calorie deficit for the week, which should be more like 1 pound instead of 2.4. I will keep an eye on that. I'm still charting everything on a paper calendar, so that hel... Fri, 6 May 2016 08:51:03 EST Day 126 - Brewed Good morning (or whenever you read this) my Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo today? Do you have Derby plans? (I enjoy watching the Derby race on t.v., seeing the fashion at the track, but don't buy into the hoopla surrounding it despite being a Kentuckian.) What about Mother's Day coming up? I'm calling my mom today to set up a time/day to take her out to eat either on Friday evening or Saturday. Sunday is supposed to be stormy and will no doubt be busy as well.... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:47:40 EST Day 125 - Percolating I rested yesterday, catching up on sleep with a nap. Shopping and schoolwork on Monday must've worn me out more than I realized! The meeting at the fire department went well last night. Afterwards, Hubby took me to Pizza Hut because I was so low on calories for the day and neither of us felt like making supper. Even after eating two slices of stuffed-crust, veggie-lovers pizza with garlic butter I came in on the low side of calories. I guess because I had gone back to sleep after first b... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:35:29 EST Day 124 - New Shoes I did not work on a new morning routine due to plans to go to town with the goal of finding new shoes for Daughter and myself. I started it off well with a homemade breakfast of oatmeal with fruit and seeds instead of processed sugar. And I filled my water bottle (3c.) and my regular water cup (3c.) to take on the road with me. <BR> <BR> We spent a long time at the shoe store, trying on different styles until we were almost burnt out on shoes. I did buy a pair of sneakers that feel divine... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:38:53 EST Day 123 - Upping the Ante With May comes a challenge to myself to tweak a few goals. <BR> * Go from a minimum of 5,000 steps/day to 6,000 <BR> * Go from 15-120 active minutes to at least a minimum of 20 <BR> * Go from 8 cups of water minimum to greater than 9 (so basically 9.5 or more) <BR> * Go from a minimum of 7 hours of sleep to 8 (naps can help when available.) <BR> * Keep the intake lower than the output on calories for the day <BR> Add - take a shower/bath at least 4 times per week (see previous blog "I've beco... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:07:50 EST Day 122 - May I? Can I? I don't know, can you? I mean, may I? <BR> Ever had that conversation with one of your elementary teachers? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, it's now May. The month of school ending for many students and teachers. The last month before what we all think of as the beginning of summer. Are you ready for summer? I like thinking I have this one last month before the official start of the season of tank tops and shorts, maybe even a bathing suit. I will need a new bathing suit fo... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:29:45 EST Day 121 - Loving Myself I have been dealing with some severe pain, monthly. Yesterday, I did the craziest (or sanest, depending on how you look at it) thing. I spoke inwardly to those places that hurt and told them I loved them. I thanked those spots for the part they play in my life. I thanked my hip joints for putting up with all the weight I've required them to carry and for the extra work they've done lately as I've exercised. I told my lady parts specifically how much I appreciate my children and even that... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:52:48 EST Day 120 - I've Become My Mother The following is a deeply personal revelation, mostly for my own purpose. It is quite the feat for me to recognize and face the following. <BR> <BR> My mother and I did not mesh well at all when I was young, so to hear someone say "you look just like her" or "that sounds like something your mom would say" just runs all over me even today. While we do favor in looks, she had this way of putting on a front for others that was contrary to the way she was at home. I swore I would never do tha... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:31:33 EST Day 119 - Holy Hostas, Batman! We got the craziest hail storm yesterday! It had already lasted longer than any we had experienced (and we've seen 'em plenty) before Hubby decided to start filming. Then it lasted even after he stopped. In fact, so long that we got bored of watching it! While rain sounds great on a metal roof, hail storms do not. A neighbor about 1 mile away had his barn roof blown off. Other than some holey Hostas, we didn't get any damage to our things even though we watched our vehicles get pelted. ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:56:06 EST Day 118 - Ugly Duckling Stage Here is the fixed link to my vision board video. I had forgotten that I had to take the "https://" off of the link for SP. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Oh, my, goodness. My body is in that ugly duckling stage of looking lumpy and flabby as I shrink faster than my skin. I know I need to work harder on toning up my muscles. I've been here before. It's just a stage. Like the chrysalis stage of the butterfly and the awkward stage of swans. I try not ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:36:19 EST Day 117 - Regaining Control My stress went off the chart yesterday as I had trouble finishing a homework assignment. I managed to finish it with only 20 minutes to spare. AND I did not realize another assignment had fallen into the late category until I went to turn it in at the usual time. I still turned it in and said a prayer. <BR> <BR> I felt so "a day late and a dollar behind" yesterday. I've decided I must get a system in place to help me keep up with deadlines. I'm so used to remembering well or not having ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:08:05 EST Day 116 - Walking the Dog Here is my vision board video! Click here. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> We drove down to visit our son yesterday so that Hubby could help him fix his starter. I had already planned to walk while they worked. Turned out that Son was dog-sitting for a friend. <BR> <BR> This is Arya (AR-ree-yah). I suspect she is a Collie/German Shepherd mix. Very high energy! But she hasn't been trained to mind or be calm. I took it upon myself to walk her and do... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:24:50 EST Day 115 - It's too easy to undo the good Ok, I overdid it on Wed-Fri and ended up being too tired and too hungry on Saturday. I still end up with a 581 calorie deficit at the end of last week though. Lesson learned yesterday? Don't stop at the Snak Shak for a caramel sundae. It's not worth the calories. And their ice cream, while lactose-free, still triggers my milk allergy. <BR> <BR> New day, new week. Today I do plan to have fried oysters at Toot's, so I will have to be careful about side items and my meal at supper. Hubby... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:00:49 EST Day 113 - Checking In I'll update my chart tomorrow because I am too pooped to do another single thing today except veg then go to bed. But I can tell you I knocked my goals outta the park yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> Went to town on a whim with Hubby. <BR> Had Hardee's (Carl Jr's) for breakfast. <BR> Got my engine light checked out. Sparkplug. <BR> Worked a little on homework. <BR> Bought lunch from Subway. <BR> Daughter dropped by for a visit. <BR> Walked purposely around the business three times today and ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:10:20 EST Day 112 - Charting as a Tool <img src=""> <BR> My class for Counseling Techniques includes the assignment of creating a vision board. I have to write a blog or create a video blog for this. If the video blog turns out well, I'll share it here as well! <BR> <BR> This little calendar is what I worked on last night as part of my vision board. I've decided to record my S(teps), W(ater), Z(zzzz's/sleep), I(ntake of calories), and O(utput of cal... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:11:27 EST Day 111 - A Little Math If I walk around the center of my house, that's about 33 steps. <BR> If I want to get in 10,000 steps in a day between 8 and 4, minus 2 hours in which I may or may not take a nap (depending on my sleep deficit), I'll need to walk 43 rounds every hour. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are in need of a little getaway, but planning it has proven to be difficult. I only have one weekend in between my Spring semester ending and Summer session beginning. We are going to take the chance... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:15:27 EST Day 110 - Purposeful The busyness of life has been an easy excuse for me to neglect my Sparklife. My health is important (and SP supports that) as well as the friendships I have here. I must be mindful to make my SP time a daily priority no matter what else is going on. <BR> <BR> And boy, has it been going on! Yesterday was the first day I've ever tried to sleep in since I had some insomnia during the night. Hubby woke me up to report that he saw a house fire reported on the news about 20 minutes away from u... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:01:34 EST Day 108 - Anniversary Weekend The weather has been nice. Too bad we've been missing it with naps and shopping. You'll never guess what we bought on our anniversary. A pair of binoculars for use on the farm and camping. That's us in a nutshell. <BR> <BR> We did go to town to eat at Bob Evans. That steak didn't even taste like steak! I brought 3/4 of it home to Lucy the dog. We grilled brats for supper and drank too much wine and beer and stayed up too late watching Netflix. <BR> <BR> I could be a spoiled crybaby a... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 15:05:52 EST Day 106 - Yesterday's Recap, Today's Plans Yesterday I spent around 6-7 hours working on Red Cross business. I woke up early and realized, "I have a job to go to this morning!" That was weird. Hahaha! I was successful at completing my first case! I learned a lot from it and know what I need to work on to be better next time. <BR> <BR> I came home for lunch instead of eating out. Win. <BR> I resisted the urge for a pop while out. Win. Today is day 90 of my "no pop" streak. <BR> <BR> I had supper in the oven (fish and roasted ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:57:16 EST Day 104 - Life Continues I went to work with Hubby today. Just because I could. And because I dreaded staying home where grief might sneak up on me and cause an unproductive day. We ate out for breakfast and supper, but took soup for our lunch. My Fitbit battery died mid-morning, so no steps recorded. I did manage to do schoolwork and check out a book from the library. Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning." It's a must-read for counseling students since he was one of the great theorists in therapy. <BR> ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:40:01 EST Day 103 - One Last Time The pain pill from the vet helped her. She finally ate last night, but hasn't touched her food this morning. Everything we've done for or with her in the past 24 hours has been unbearably hard. Her last outing in the yard. I'm thankful that it was warm and dry enough to do that. Her last pills. I packed all her meds up to give to the vet to dispose of or give to someone that could use the free meds. Her last meal, which she hasn't touched. Her last brushing. Hubby emptied her litter ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:59:22 EST Day 102 - Decision Made I've eaten within range for two days straight now. And I've gotten in 12 c. of water each day. (That makes the biggest difference in me.) I still have not exercised purposefully, but I've already walked this morning while the eggs were cooking just to get in extra steps. Hubby is wearing his Fitbit faithfully now. He still hasn't started tracking his food yet. Last night he made supper. Portabello mushroom caps cooked in a concoction of soy and spices, with sides of baked potato and sa... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:47:45 EST Day 101 - Getting It Together First off, thanks, friends, for commenting yesterday. I appreciate you. <BR> MC is currently lying on a flannel blanket beside me on the couch. I've decided to spoil her rotten for the rest of the time. I can tell in the past 24 hours that her anemia is indeed getting worse and she is starting to have moments when she just doesn't feel good. If she wants junk food (dry kibble) or outside to lick dirt, then by golly she's gonna have it. Time is too short. <BR> <BR> I didn't tell you that... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:57:24 EST Day 100 - :( This is an update on MommaCat. So if you're tired of hearing about her, skip this one. I just need to get it out on "paper." <BR> <BR> We took her for a follow-up appointment yesterday to check her iron levels. Not only has her iron not come up despite the shot and daily B-12 syrup, but her red blood cell levels are dropping pretty fast. 20% last week to 16% this week. This is the first time I've ever heard our vet give the advice to put down one of my pets. Always, before, she is very... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 06:59:05 EST Day 99 - Home Again, Home Again ... Jiggity Jig. <BR> <em>534</em> <BR> <BR> I don't see how those of you that travel manage to eat healthy. I mean, those continental hotel breakfasts are so full of processed junk! (Are those even eggs or are they powdered pillow-stuffing with yellow #5?) Thank goodness for fruit. <BR> <BR> The past two days I did not even track my food. It was just too hard to find "hotel egg circles" on the tracker. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see... I'll try not to be too random, but... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 07:58:15 EST Day 96 - Rough Start, Good Finish I do wish I had known that there would be a mini-fridge and microwave in the hotel room. I would have preplanned my meals! Instead, I am eating from the continental breakfast bar (passed on waffles, grabbed a raisin bagel and some fruit). Then there is the temptation of breakfast at the institute (today it was an assortment from Panera Bread. *drool*) Lunch ended up being platters from which to make sandwiches. What could go wrong there? I should've left off the bread and had a wrap fro... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 21:34:59 EST Day 95 - Crossed Eyed This will probably be a short entry because I am so whooped! I got on the road at 5:30 a.m. and arrived just before my first Red Cross class was due to start. Four hours in class, then a break for lunch, then another four hours, then a break for supper, then two more hours. I've basically had 3 workshops over 10 hours today plus a two-hour drive. My eyes are burning, but I just had to Spark before bed! <BR> <BR> I'm in a hotel room and am expecting a possible roommate. I feel guilty for... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 21:49:58 EST Day 94 - Hard Choices I made the unhappy choice of my homework over fun yesterday. I didn't finish it in time for a day trip down to Cumberland Falls. It's just part of the sacrifices I must make for the sake of the future. I guess. <em>234</em> But because of this, Hubby accomplished lots of things around the house yesterday. He mowed the yard, cleaned on the house, and MommaCat got to spend almost the whole day out of her cage. <BR> <BR> I made SP's recipe for Slowcooker Salsa Chicken for supper. It w... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:06:23 EST Day 93 - Saturday Plans As I write this, MommaCat is sleeping contently on the couch beside me. She seems to be feeling so much better that she vocalized her discontent for being a cage cat and wants to be a house cat again. She is even almost walking on her own. Still not using the litter box as consistently as we want, but we know the signals to watch for. It's so nice to have her beside me. <BR> <BR> Hubby is cooking breakfast. His comments on how well the chickens must be eating cracked me up. (Get it?) ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 10:13:32 EST Day 92 - Hubby Returns! Hubby says he's gonna restart on SP too! He'd better not come home and say, "April Fools!" Haha! He wants to lose about 30 pounds. I need to lose almost 40. We hope to start walking together in the evenings when the weather is nice. His SP name is WESLEYSHOPS. He probably won't blog or anything, just use the trackers. <BR> <BR> Well, my add-an-exercise a month didn't bring me success. I've gotten bored with it. Going to switch it up by going back to alternating strength training for... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:20:51 EST Day 91 - Sweet Sleep I've been operating without balance of late. My water intake dropped, my intentional exercise has been nearly non-existenant for the past week, my healthy eating habits were lacking, and I hadn't had a decent night's sleep for weeks. How do we (re)start a journey of a thousand miles? With one step. <BR> <BR> I broke my water streak of 89 days a few days back, but have been determined to not let that happen again. My eyes and mouth have actually been dry from the drop to 8 cups minimum. ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:27:16 EST Day 89 - Stress, Be Gone! School, volunteer work hours being too low, Maggie's passing, MommaCat's ongoing problems, another holiday of fractured family relationships, all these things have been heavy on my spirit for a week now. I think if not for SP, my heart would implode sometimes. Ok, a bit overly dramatic, but we've all had weeks that you can relate to what I'm saying. <BR> <BR> I know what to do. Been eating Easter candy that I shouldn't have brought into the house. That must stop. Not been getting in mov... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:06:23 EST Day 88 - Easter Trip A bit behind on blogging! Did you enjoy your break? LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm faced with a Monday at home, no transportation. Hubby has a power steering seal out on his truck so he drove my Jeep today. I need to do homework anyway. And rest up from our Easter trip down to see our son. <BR> <BR> So, Easter morning I was up here at home before 6 a.m., cooking deviled eggs, peach cobbler, sweet potato crunch, and a carrot cake cheesecake. I messed up and decided to follow Betty Crocker's instru... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:22:56 EST Day 85 - Progress I have been able to spend all day at home today, doing homework since 8 a.m. I need to spend at least one more day on it to catch up on my week. Thankfully, this week was an easy one. Not much movement today, but I drank water consistently throughout the day and ate low calories so that I could enjoy a higher cal dinner. Hubby brought home Mexican food and wine. I figured I'd better blog before having wine so I don't go all blubbery on ya! Hahaha! <BR> <BR> MommaCat has made amazing st... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:29:59 EST Day 84 - Better Day Yesterday was, of course, a horrible day. Once the vet put Maggie under to be able to do the surgery, they discovered that the tumor was larger than expected. They did an x-ray and could see that there were also places in her lungs. They called me to ask if I wanted them to proceed or not, but that surgery probably would not prolong her life. Suddenly, I was faced with the decision of taking her home and watching her die slowly or letting her go while she was sleeping under anesthesia. I... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:58:56 EST Day 82 - Maggie <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've just gotten home from taking Maggie, our white cat, to the vet. Yesterday we discovered a hard, lumpy area in her back teat area. I must say, Maggie did much better at the vet's office that I expected. She is my feisty one with attitude and even gets angry. I suppose being scared kept her meek. <BR> <BR> But we got bad news. Looks like a malignant mass. The vet said that if we w... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:09:58 EST Day 81 - In the Nick of Time I DID IT! I got both my paper finished and a journal report written and turned in today with 30 minutes to spare. Talk about stress though. I didn't have anyone to proof-read it for me since I had procrastinated. This worried me. But Hubby just read it and found not a single thing to correct and said "you'll get an A on this one too." See, this is not helping my tendency to pull the rabbit out of the hat at the last minute! <BR> <em>195</em> <em>172</em> <BR> Daughter arrived yes... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:37:10 EST Day 80 - Procrastination Blues I work pretty well under pressure. <BR> When I finish early, I pick apart my work until it's due. <BR> Live in the moment. <BR> I've let these mindsets become excuses for my procrastination. <BR> I must find a better way. <BR> <BR> Stress is bad. Waiting until the last days to finish a project (like this paper) increases my stress. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, our niece visited all day. Today and tomorrow, we are supposed to have our daughter over to stay. And here I am, knowing my paper must ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 09:01:23 EST Day 79 - Visit from Niece I had planned to write my paper today. This morning, got a call from ex-b-i-l asking if we would mind to let his 15yo daughter just hang out with us today. She will eventually be spending more days with me when her dad goes back to work for she needs supervision and he doesn't have anyone else that can do that. I look forward to it. She is very smart and we will be able to do schoolwork at the same time and exercise together. It is essential that I set a routine by the time she starts co... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:50:29 EST