LADYPIPPIE's SparkPeople Blog LADYPIPPIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Big "C" Has Reared It's Ugly Head Again! In September, my oncologist said I was doing so well in my 8 years since breast cancer diagnosis. He thought when I reached the 10 year mark, he would release me to my regular doctor. How excited I was. I had no trouble after the mastectomy and the chemotherapy, although difficult, was completed with no complications. <BR> <BR> In January I saw the plastic surgeon about having the implant removed because it was causing pain. He decided to have an ultrasound done first. During the ultrasound... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:14:27 EST 45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old 45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old <BR> <BR> 1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. <BR> 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. <BR> 3. Life is too short not to enjoy it. <BR> 4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. <BR> 5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. <BR> 6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself. <BR> 7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone. <BR> 8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:10:24 EST I Blew It (For Now) I have been working so hard to keep my calories & carbs down and the blood surgar is not going down! I am very discouraged. So what happens? My husband brings home Mint Oreo cookies. I have not had trouble saying no to things like that. But not this time! I thought, "Well, I'll just eat 2." Yummy. Went back in the kitchen, the cookies are still on the counter, so I said, "OK 2 more." Double yummy but now I am feeling guilty. My husband stood in the kitchen talking to me and the cookies were R... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:34:30 EST Unbelieveable - 8000 calorie burger Anyone hungry? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/heart-attack-grill-video-order-an-8-<BR>000-calorie-burger </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:59:42 EST Good Day Today has been a good day. I was busy cooking, sewing, washing clothes, cleaning. I was able to get a couple of projects done that have just been hanging for way too long. <BR> <BR> It is a good feeling to accomplish so much. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:53:36 EST When are we going to slow down? Environmental activist Jeremy Rifkin was one of the first to raise questions about the desirability of speed in his 1987 book Time Wars: <BR> <BR> We have quickened the pace of life only to become less patient. We have become more organized but less spontaneous, less joyful. We are better prepared to act on the future but less able to enjoy the present and reflect on the past. <BR> <BR> As the tempo of modern life has continued to accelerate, we have come to feel increasingly out of touch w... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:10:39 EST Don't Believe Everything You Hear. A gentleman was meeting a friend in a restaurant and as he went in, he noticed two pretty girls looking at him. <BR> <BR> "Nine," he heard one whisper as he passed. <BR> <BR> Feeling pleased with himself, he swaggered over to his buddy and told him a girl had just rated him a nine out of ten. <BR> <BR> "I don't want to ruin it for you," he said, "but when I walked in, they were speaking German." Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:50:42 EST Be sure to come to a complete stop! A police officer stopped a motorist for failing to come to a full stop at a stop sign and proceeded to give him a ticket. <BR> <BR> The motorist protested, "Don't I get a warning?" <BR> <BR> The officer replied, "Sure. If you don't come to a complete stop next time, you'll get another ticket." Wed, 16 Feb 2011 07:00:25 EST Carbs Help You Lose Weight Carbs have been an issue for quite some time. I read this interesting article yesterday. I hope you glean some good info from it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sons-carbs-help-you-lose-weight-2442968/ </link> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:05:44 EST Changing Up Things I am doing well with exercise & nutrition but I am stuck in a rut. Basically I eat the same things because it requires little thought and they are healthy. I am doing the same exercises because it requires no thinking or planning. <BR> <BR> This is working right now but I am sure my body will adjust to it and the weight loss will slow down. <BR> <BR> I need to change up my nutrition and exercise. It just takes time & energy to do this but it is necessary. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 05:47:44 EST I've Learned My Lesson I am meeting a friend for brunch at Panera Bread and thought I would go to their website to check for calories/fat/carbs, etc. Was I ever surprised! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Often, when I went out to eat, I would order 'healthy' food, such as a turkey sandwich. I never checked their nutrition info. After all, it was turkey, lettuce and bread. That's healthy. NOT!!! I didn't realize that I was eating enough sodium for the week! <BR> <BR> When I checked out Panera Bread's website, the calories... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 08:57:39 EST Life is Uncertain This blog is not directly related to healthy living but it is on my heart. One of my friends mother is dying from cancer. It is very sad. The family is very tight knit and Mom is the center...keeping everything going smoothly. She is only 65 and to me that is young. <BR> <BR> What my friend is going through is very familiar to me. I lost both of my parents to lung cancer and my brother to a brain disease. These losses were very difficult and still are. I miss them very much and often think I... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:35:01 EST Balance? I am still spending way too much time thinking of and planning my food each day. I either have trouble getting in enough calories or carbs or getting in too much sodium. I'm not even concentrating on fat, potassium, fiber, cholesterol or calcium. <BR> <BR> In the past I mostly concentrated on the calories...every once in a while I'd consider the carbs. This time, I accepted that I needed to watch my carbs as well. It wasn't until I saw a program about sodium and how it can hurt your body th... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:55:16 EST It is Getting Easier I am not struggling so much with eating healthy. I still have to stay close to the nutrition tracker but I am sure that will get easier in time. <BR> <BR> It is also easier in the grocery store. I stay away from the aisles that have things I can't eat. <BR> <BR> I pray this continues. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:32:32 EST A Test of My Determination Things have been going pretty well since I started my healthy living on Jan 1. I eat healthy and exercise. <BR> <BR> Now I am facing a pretty significant change in our lives and it is very stressful. I hope I am able to handle it without resorting to food. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:22:58 EST Pizza I am so excited. I worked my food out yesterday where I could have my favorite food for lunch...PIZZA...and did not go over my calories or carbs! <em>480</em> Yesterday was a great day. <em>104</em> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:54:36 EST Stressed Out! All week I have been trying to think of some "healthy finger food" to take to a church function tomorrow. Of course there is always the veggie tray but that is not filling for me. It will be difficult for me to eat just veggies while there is all that other wonderful food there. <BR> <BR> I guess I will have to fill up with healthy food before I leave and just stay away from the tables. This will not be easy! Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:25:34 EST Food Food is too much of a focus in my life. I do not want to go over calories/carbs/fat/sodium, etc, so I am constantly entering food, deleting food, entering more food just to be sure I don't go over. <BR> <BR> I haven't gone over the calories or carbs since the first of the fact I can't get enough food in. <BR> <BR> Whew....this is exhausting. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:44:06 EST Twelve Days Today is the 12th day of healthy living. I have eaten healthy and exercised everyday...some days more than others. I have been challenged with food at a church function and was successful. I am very happy that it has been a successful 12 days! <BR> <BR> has only been 12 days (actually 11 until the end of today)! I have many more days ahead of me with many more challenges. I don't want to get discouraged and give up as I have so many times before. I lose weight very slowly so it is e... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:14:52 EST Recipes I am looking for a recipe to take to a church 'finger food' function. The category in Spark recipes includes soup, which there are many soup recipes. I wish there was a sub-category option. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 19:48:02 EST Tracking Yesterday was such a busy day that I didn't log in food until after supper. I thought I had guess-tamated accurately. I was fine with my calories & carbs but my sodium was way too high. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking everything today and planned ahead but it looks like I will need to add some more calories in before I go to bed. <BR> <BR> I wonder if I will ever be within range of all the things I track. I'll keep trying. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:40:32 EST Church Meals I went to a meal at my church today. <em>24</em> I do believe we have the best cooks in the world but they are typical southern cooks which translates to 'not healthy". The only healthy thing they had to eat was turkey. What's a hungry girl to do? I was (somewhat) reasonable. I got only small portions, which made me very proud of myself. <BR> <BR> But when I got home I didn't know how to enter this food in my journal so I had to guess-tamate. I hope I over guessed but probably didn't. <BR> ... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 20:29:32 EST Food is always on my mind I know it has only been 6 days of healthy living for me but I am looking forward to the day that I am not thinking of food, planning meals, changing the tracker so that I can meet (and not exceed) my calories, carbs and fat. I look forward to the day when healthy eating will be a habit. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:29:31 EST Recipes I am trying to get into making some of the recipes from SP. Most have been terrific. The problem I'm having is a lot of them don't indicate a serving size. <BR> <BR> I've also looked at very similar recipes...some exactly the same, yet the nutrition information differs, sometimes quite a bit. Of course, I am going to go with the best information but I would like them to be more consistent. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 14:42:28 EST Best Laid Plans I planned my food yesterday through supper, leaving a little room for a snack. Plans were changed so what I had planned for supper didn't work out. I had to re-figure my food for the day and I had difficulty getting within my calories and not going over my carbs or fat. <BR> <BR> Planning is key. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 06:26:39 EST Made a Mistake This Morning I was not going to become obsessive about the scales. I would weigh once a week and remember the scale doesn't say it all. So, it has been just 2 days of healthy eating and exercise. I felt good about my success so when I got up this morning, I thought, what could it hurt to see what the scales say. I gained a pound in 2 days. Now I know I probably did not gain a pound but the scale said I did. Talk about disappointing! <BR> <BR> I just read Dean Anderson's blog "Putting some Resolve in my ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 06:03:47 EST Day 2 I made it through Day 1 successful! Praises to God. I ate within my calories and carb range and exercised 35 minutes. Unfortunately, I am driving my husband crazy trying to balance my food. I didn't eat enough calories but I didn't want to add many more carbs. My healthy cupboards are bare so I had to keep checking the calories vs. the carbs in SP. <BR> <BR> I had told my husband that I had to be excessive on this weight loss because I had to re-program my brain. He asked me last night if ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:33:54 EST Here I go again! Every January 1, it is the same thing. I will lose weight. This will be the year that it will happen. <em>24</em> I don't lose weight quickly and I hate exercise. I do it because it is necessary but I get so discouraged. I went 4 months last year exercising 5-7 days a week and lost no weight. I gave up. <BR> <BR> I would love to start one year without saying, "I will lose weight". Will this be the year? Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:03:18 EST Stress My ability to deal with stress is getting harder and harder. Lately there have been many stressful things going on. I find myself wanting to run away, go shopping or eat. Realistically I can't run away. Our finances are such that I can't go shopping and I don't NEED anything for which I praise God. So what do I do? EAT! I can't get full. I rarely feel satisfied. <BR> <BR> I drink water all the time. I eat my fruits and vegetables. That is never enough. This is an area of my life that I hav... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 06:34:11 EST Demanding Challenges by Ralph Marston Be eager to take on the difficult tasks. For they're the ones that enable you to create great value. <BR> <BR> Meaningful challenges will motivate and inspire you to be your best. They'll compel you to sharpen your skills and to discover new resources. <BR> <BR> As long as you're going to be passing the time, you might as well make it count for as much as possible. So spend your time solving the complicated problems and tackling the difficult challenges. <BR> <BR> When you're willing to ta... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 08:05:16 EST Do Better by Ralph Marston What makes disappointment so disappointing is that you know you can do better. So instead of sinking too far into the disappointment, get up, get going, and do better. <BR> <BR> The very feeling you have that life can be better is proof positive that it can be. What you're feeling is your most positive vision of how life can be, calling to you. <BR> <BR> Answer that calling, quickly and decisively. Make something good and positive and valuable out of the setbacks that have disappointed you ... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 09:50:19 EST Live in a Beautiful World by Ralph Marston Life is so robustly interconnected that you cannot possibly know all the consequences of the actions you take. What you can know for sure is that even the small things you think, say and do will have a big influence on your world. <BR> <BR> You are far more powerful than you will ever realize. So it is important to always make positive use of that power. <BR> <BR> Even the little things you do can end up changing the world. So even when it doesn't seem to matter much at all, be sure to do y... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 07:34:33 EST Choose Again By Ralph Marston You have chosen every thought, every feeling, every response and every action. Now you have the opportunity to choose again. <BR> <BR> If you're completely satisfied with where you are, keep making the same choices that have brought you here. If you prefer to experience more valuable, fulfilling results, then make more positive, appropriate choices. <BR> <BR> Any outcome is within your power to create because any choice is within your power to make. The priorities you choose determine the r... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 06:42:42 EST Creative Energy by Ralph Marston Worry is a misuse of your amazing creative energy. Think of what would happen if instead of wasting it on worry, you used all that creative energy to imagine positive outcomes in your life. <BR> <BR> There is no limit to what you can imagine, and there are no restrictions on the kinds of things you can imagine. Your imagination is filled with precisely the things you choose to imagine. <BR> <BR> If you have nothing better to imagine, it can be much too easy to imagine all sorts of disastrou... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 05:58:57 EST Right Here by Ralph Marston You are right where you should be at this moment. Now it is time to move on to what is next. <BR> <BR> Whether your life up to this point has been easy or whether it has been difficult, you are here just the same. And your destiny does not care about your past. <BR> <BR> There are plenty of reasons why you find yourself here at this time. What matter much more, though, are the reasons you now have for moving forward. <BR> <BR> As good as they have been, your triumphs of the past are now li... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 05:53:55 EST Pure Joy by Ralph Marston Look closely at the world around you and see beauty in every direction. Listen to the harmony and rhythm of life's sounds. <BR> <BR> Give yourself the powerful, refreshing and energizing gift of pure joy. Give yourself a moment, or even longer if you wish, and just feel the incomparable joy of being alive. <BR> <BR> Feel the warmth of bright sunshine, the coolness of running water, the rush of a breeze on your skin. Take a long, deep relaxing breath of fresh air. <BR> <BR> Experience the o... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 05:50:03 EST Your Vision by Ralph Marston Your vision <BR> What is your vision for your life? Have you thought about it lately, or ever? <BR> <BR> There is some vision, some dream, some goal so absolutely compelling that you cannot help but make it happen. Find it and connect with it. <BR> <BR> There is a purpose within you that longs to be expressed. In following that purpose you will bring great value and fulfillment to your own life and the lives of those around you. <BR> <BR> Feel the intensity of that purpose. Surrender to it... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 07:01:18 EST Not Too Late by Ralph Marston It's never too late to richly live the moment you're in. Don't let regrets about the past destroy the unique opportunity you have right now. <BR> <BR> Do you feel frustrated by your lack of progress? Then tap into the energy of that frustration to bring yourself fully to life in this moment that you now have to work with. <BR> <BR> Today, you are more experienced and knowledgeable than you've ever been. Today, you can be more motivated than ever before to reach in and connect with your own ... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 08:00:02 EST The Courage of Fulfillment by Ralph Marston When you make a habit of expecting the best, you will occasionally be disappointed. Though it is a risk, it's a risk that's well worth taking. <BR> <BR> The alternative to being occasionally disappointed as a result of your high expectations is to be continually unfulfilled. Which would you rather have? <BR> <BR> Everyone has the ability to live a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, many people fail to summon the courage to do so. <BR> <BR> Working to fulfill your most profound desires is a ri... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 08:15:56 EST Smile at Life by Ralph Marston No matter what else you have or do not have, you have the beautiful experience of life. No matter what may have happened before, or what might come next, you have this moment. <BR> <BR> Now is when you can make it count. Now is when you are connected with unbounded opportunities to make a positive difference. <BR> <BR> Don't waste your time complaining about what you lack or worrying about what you might lose. Invest the best of what you have in this moment to create new value. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 07:58:38 EST You Deserve by Ralph Marston You deserve <BR> You deserve the best in life. And you deserve the experience of creating it. <BR> <BR> You are worthy of a life that's rich and filled with meaning. And you are worthy of working through the difficult challenges to make that life a reality. <BR> <BR> At any given moment, including this moment right now, you are fully deserving of life's greatest experiences. It is never too early and it is never too late to fully feel how it feels to be uniquely alive. <BR> <BR> You deserv... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 05:44:24 EST Difficult is Not Impossible by Ralph Marston Difficult is not the same as impossible. Indeed, the very fact that something is difficult confirms that it is possible. <BR> <BR> Whatever is difficult to achieve, can be achieved. Whatever is difficult to reach, can be reached with effort, with time, with commitment and persistence. <BR> <BR> Difficulty does not stand in the way of achievement. Difficulty in fact provides a path to that achievement. <BR> <BR> In addition, difficulty gives real value to achievement. Those goals that are t... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:28:28 EST Even So by Ralph Marston Some days it may seem that your actions are not very effective. Even so, the best thing you can do is to keep doing all you can. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it may feel that although you care deeply about the world, the world does not care much about you. Even so, it is much better that you continue to care. <BR> <BR> There will be times when you give all you have, and end up with nothing to show for it. Keep giving though, for the rewards are surely there, even if they are too profound for you to ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 05:54:10 EST Foolish Worries by Ralph Marston Most of the things you worry so much about would never happen if they were left alone. Yet by your persistent focus on them, you greatly increase their likelihood. It is wise to be concerned and to take actions that will address those concerns. Yet it is foolish to simply worry, day after day, until that worry is soon manifest into something real. <BR> <BR> Each day you fill your mind with thousands of thoughts. Those thoughts have much power because they influence every little thing you do,... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 06:37:01 EST Let Go of Limiting Beliefs by Ralph Marston You have the power to change your life. You have the power to change the world. <BR> <BR> You can take action, you can make a difference, and you can respond in a positive, creative way to any situation. You can do whatever must be done to live the life of your dreams. <BR> <BR> Yet in order to do so you must first believe that you can. In order to do so you must let go of the limiting beliefs you use to hold yourself back. <BR> <BR> Each limiting belief you have is nothing more than a tho... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 07:59:14 EST Uniquely Valuable by Ralph Marston You have made it through what has come before, and you can make it through what is yet to come. Every day brings more experience, and each experience brings new strength. <BR> <BR> You have moved beyond more obstacles than you can remember. That's given you what it takes to move through the ones that are now appearing on your horizon. <BR> <BR> Feel your doubts, feel your fears, and explore your concerns. Learn from them, adjust your approach, and then move on ahead. <BR> <BR> With each ne... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 19:46:15 EST Celebrate Abundance by Ralph Marston Good fortune is measured not merely by what you have. Life's true fortune arises from what you have the opportunity to become, to create, to give and to experience. <BR> <BR> Celebrate life's limitless abundance by making a positive, meaningful difference in your world. Feast upon life's delicious richness by allowing genuine, unrestrained joy and thankfulness to flow out from you. <BR> <BR> Celebrate life's abundance by doing something new and unique and beautiful and loving with it all. R... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 07:56:36 EST Laugh at Every Excuse by Ralph Marston The easiest thing in the world is to come up with an excuse for not taking action. No matter what the situation, there's always an excuse that sounds perfectly reasonable and that can provide you with permission to do nothing. <BR> <BR> Rarely does it help to fight against the excuses, because that just leads to even stronger and more compelling excuses. So how do you get around them? <BR> <BR> Connect with a dream that is bigger than any excuse could possibly be. Grab hold of a dream that'... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:50:31 EST One Thought Away by Ralph Marston You are one thought away from being supremely and authentically confident. You are one thought away from stepping powerfully, effectively and decisively in the direction of your dreams. <BR> <BR> With just one positive, empowering thought, you can turn toward achievement, toward excellence, toward discipline and commitment. From nothing more than a thought that resonates with your true purpose, you can change your perception of the whole world. <BR> <BR> Reach into the place within, where y... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 05:59:08 EST The Limitless Power of Being by Ralph Marston Give in to the beauty and completeness that is now. Let go of your complaints about what should or should not be, and embrace the fullness of what is. <BR> <BR> Now, you are whole. Now, you are present and aware and entirely alive. <BR> <BR> Accept what is, without condition or judgment. Feel the limitless power of being. <BR> <BR> In the perspective of now, excuses have no meaning. Worries make no sense and have no power, so they fall effortlessly away. <BR> <BR> Feel the connection to a... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 06:05:01 EST