LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog LADYFROMTHEWOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Day 214 - Tofu I did it. I bought tofu. And I cooked it despite not really knowing what I was doing. I emptied the water out of the package, then cut it into cubes. Then I browned it in a non-stick pan, no oil. After that, I added soy sauce (mistake, b/c it went soft again), garlic, grated ginger root, and veggies (bell peppers, mushrooms, and a little bit of eggplant.) <BR> <BR> I ended up with a bowl of vegan yumminess that filled me up. I learned I should not add liquid to the tofu while cooking. ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:18:22 EST Day 213 - A few pics I am only getting a few photos from my dad at a time. And a few from others that took the trip with us. Thought I'd share a few. <BR> <BR> Here is a pic of my dad and I in Washington State, as we visited with a distant cousin in the hotel. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This one is of me hugging a redwood tree in CA. This place helped me to recharge my batteries. So quiet. I felt so small. One could easily ima... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:29:56 EST Day 211 - Back from the Trip Good news... I lost 1/2 pound. Let's not discuss the fact that I am 9 pounds over goal for the year. A loss is a loss! And this is the lowest weight I've been all year! Pretty good for eating out every meal for 21 days, eh? <BR> <BR> I tried to eat vegan during my trip. I had to give that up pretty quickly. I did well to eat vegetarian. This trip was not the type to consider any meal possibilities beyond the SAD. I did break my vegetarianism in search of good fried oysters on the Pac... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:21:14 EST Day 188 - Long haul Woke at 4 a.m. to get ready for this trip, so to say I'm sleepy at 11:30 "my" time is an understatement. We are spending the night in Wisconsin. Tomorrow we will head to Minnesota to the Mall of America. <BR> <BR> I walked at every stop. At the hotel, I got in an hour on the treadmill and some upper body strengthening. Had veggies and fruits all day, at Shapiro's Deli & Cafeteria and Cracker Barrel. I made vegan zucchini bread late last night and brought a loaf, some fruit, and raw al... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:31:01 EST Day 187 - Preparations Hi, buddies! <BR> Today is my last full day at home. I leave for the bus trip with my dad at 5:15 a.m. tomorrow. We will be riding all day, from central Kentucky up to Wisconsin. There are scheduled breaks, 3 at rest areas and 1 lunch, so I am planning to squeeze in a short walk each place. I've also checked that the hotel has a fitness room. A nice one, actually, including dumbbells. <BR> <em>362</em> <BR> I can see that food choices will be a problem. Most of the restaurants on th... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:29:53 EST Day 182 - Life Keeps Coming Hi, friends! <BR> Sorry I've been awol lately. I finished strong on my classes. Two more A's. I just discovered today that I had made the President's List for all the semesters since I returned to school last Fall. That means a 4.0 for those semesters. So, now I'm looking for scholarships to cover the $5,500 that I will have to borrow this coming year to graduate. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> It took me almost two days to realize I am on a summer break now. Once that set in, I became almos... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:33:09 EST Day 174 - Southern Style Cooking Now, I live in KY. We have plenty of Southern-style restaurants and fast food. But last night's dinner out... just blew my mind. <BR> We went to the visitation of Hubby's uncle, then out to dinner. I ordered the veggie plate. Steamed broccoli, baked sweet potato fries (was shocked that they didn't offer baked sweet potato), and then a naughty order of fried green tomatoes. I knew Hubby would eat at least one slice of the tomatoes, so I didn't feel too badly. <BR> But I got tickled at wha... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:14:42 EST Day 173 - Doing better Yay, I'm blogging! <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> Things that have happened... <BR> There is a kitten living in the big garage area at Hubby's work. We've been feeding it and trying to get it to not be afraid of people. Hoping to make it a workplace pet/mouser. <BR> <em>239</em> <BR> Daughter came to the house for Father's Day. She cooked pork chops and made a banana-split dessert. (We also did a Red Cross run together as a family for a young couple with 3 children under the age of 3! It ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:57:14 EST Day 159 - In for a penny, in for a pound Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. I know you probably do too. All this time spent tracking. All this time spent doing schoolwork. I guess I feel the moments slipping through my fingers. Existential questions about purpose and vision have whispered incessantly in my ear all morning. What am I doing with my life NOW? Am I living it well? <BR> <BR> I have a fridge full of super-healthy foods. But I have to prep so much of it that I miss the convenience. I've spent an hou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:14:23 EST Day 155 - Busy, but Healthy Good morning! <BR> I am at Hubby's work, in a back office all set up to do my schoolwork. Here I am! My plans today are to meet an old friend for a rare lunch, then go grocery shopping. This evening, I am hoping Hubby and I can catch the hot-air balloon race even though he isn't too keen to stay in town that late. I've brought my tennis shoes in case I can fit in a walk at the park as well. <BR> Tomorrow, we have a date planned. The farmer's market, then lunch at the same ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:35:47 EST Day 154 - Tests I am taking two college courses at the moment. One is on Christian beliefs, a general ed. requirement of the institution. The other is on Testing and Assessment as it relates to casework and counseling. I thought the latter course would be boring. Instead, we are taking a lot of online versions of tests that we might administer to clients. It's been interesting! Personality tests, career interests, how conservative we are concerning attraction, and so on. <BR> <BR> I'll share the links... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:29:43 EST Day 153 - Go with the Flow I had such a healthy, happy start yesterday! <BR> Lucy the dog and I even went for an impromptu morning walk. <BR> I had a tropical smoothie for first breakfast. <BR> Then something happened. Family stuff. An unexpected trip of 230 miles with no planned snacks/meals. <BR> But did I let it throw me off track? NO! I refused to let my interrupted flow be an excuse for unhealthy choices. I did grab two water bottles on the way out. I read snack labels at the gas station. (Geez, the granola... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 13:42:18 EST 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