LADYVOLSFAN1954's SparkPeople Blog LADYVOLSFAN1954's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Going to be offline for awhile Just so y'all know, I'll be leaving Monday for my brothers house on NE TN. He doesn't have Internet access. Then on Friday night my brother and I are leaving for Florida for a week. Our Dad and youngest brother live there. The original plan was for me to stay and help with Dad. Since his doctor appointment was canceled by the dr. I'm not sure what will happen. If my brother doesn't want my help then I'll be going back to TN with my brother at the end of the week. I don't know how long I'll be... Sun, 8 May 2016 00:09:56 EST Random thoughts It's been nice to get on the scale and see a number below 200. I haven't been here since 1978. Why do I know this? That's the year my migraines were finally diagnosed. All the different meds I was on and tried contributed to me packing on the pounds because I was tired and lacked energy. I wasn't the energetic 24 year old I had been. I was crippled by the migraines and the medications. Fast forward to now. In a few months, September, I will turn 62 and I still have the migraines and still try... Tue, 3 May 2016 01:18:00 EST "Running" I love it when my tracker says I've been running. For the longest time I couldn't believe it could be true, then today I had another facepalm moment. I was walking Precious and she was just trotting along like she's been doing and I was getting a little winded. That's when I took notice of my walking. I remember when I was trying to run and this was the pace I was running at four years ago. My body couldn't handle all the jolting so I quit plus my lungs hurt too bad. So now, I'm walking at ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 23:12:19 EST I've been whiny lately, sorry y'all Sorry for being so whiny lately y'all. I just don't know what's going on inside of my head lately? I've been so out of sorts. Top that off with daily migraines and I turn into a whiny whiner. <BR> Thank you for being there and being so kind and supportive! I love y'all. Sending you much love & hugs, <BR> Ramona <em>247</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 01:36:10 EST Face palm moment today Ever since I got home from Florida in early March, I've been looking for this pair of jeans I had. Last year I looked like I was poured into them. Plus they were so tight in the knees. I thought maybe they might fit now so I have looked and looked for them. While I was walking Precious a little while ago, I reached in the pocket of the jeans I had on and thought, are these the jeans I've been looking for. So when I got home and took them off I looked at the label and pockets and realized tha... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:18:44 EST Stressing out over family issues Many of you may know my brother, Scott, is my run around buddy. Every summer and September we do things together. Last night I was really distressed to learn he's been having all sorts of issues with high blood pressure and chest pain, as well as itching after starting on insulin last October. He said he's doctor finally reluctantly agreed that the one insulin he was probably allergic to (duh? you think) so he switched him to something else. He didn't tell me what but he's still having prob... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:42:21 EST Samsung Gear Fit Tracker update Okay, here's the downside to my tracker, it's always turning itself on during the night apparently. I know when I first lay down it comes on every time I move my arm. Case in point was yesterday. About 10:30pm on Tuesday I noticed the battery was low so I plugged it in on the charger. At 1:20am Wednesday I checked it and it said it was 100% battery. At 4:50pm Wednesday my tracker was completely dead - 0%. So I put it on the charger where it stayed until 11:25pm Wednesday - knocking myself 12 ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:34:05 EST Ramblings on a rainy day Woke up with pain from my IBS and have felt miserable all day. Just don't want to do anything at all. Drinking hot coffee seems to calm everything down some. Hot tea doesn't - wonder why? So I'm drinking hot coffee today - lots of hot black coffee. <BR> Did manage to get a short walk in with my dog, Precious before the rain started. We have a cold front pushing it's way in and of course, more wind and rain ahead with the possibly of storms (again). <BR> I've puttered around in the flower bed... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:05:37 EST Samsung Gear Fit Tracker Most of my Spark friends know I used to have a Fitbit Flex tracker. It worked pretty good for the first year, then the last seven months I used it was a joke. Some days it tracked correctly, some it wouldn't sync up with anything and some days it would just quit tracking all together mid way through the morning. I've reset it. I reinstalled the app on my phone. I contacted support and they were basically no help. I felt like they were saying I didn't know how to walk because they explained h... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 18:28:36 EST I'm in onderland Finally after spending the 1980s through this year over 200 I made my first journey into the 100s. I was so worried getting on the scale this morning, I just knew I had gained weight. But no, I actually lost. That's another 5 pounds gone since my Dr appts two weeks ago yesterday. A yot as l loss since December 2015 of 21 pounds. Wow! I still can't believe it. Fully dressed I still weigh 201 but in my underwear I'm 198.6. I Gauge my weight loss in my underwear because wearing clothes it's so s... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:02:01 EST Much frustration with fitbit support - a venting blog I HAD a fitbit flex. It quit tracking and syncing with my app and my laptop, so I quit wearing it. I went in and uninstalled the app, and took the fitbit off of my account so it wouldn't track. I tried to delete my account, after reading and doing all sorts of support info it said to contact support. I did. They gave me the third degree about everything. Told me of course it wasn't syncing because it wasn't attached to my account. Duh? What part of that didn't you understand? This has been g... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:54:05 EST Update on my Dad - fun time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my Dad today. My brother sent me this pic of him ready for some March Madness Kentucky Wildcats basketball (even though the game's not today) <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 22:11:54 EST It's a new day... Well, my fitbit flex and I have parted ways. I was so tired and frustrated with it always messing up - after every update something would happen. It wouldn't track my steps - it'd get to 3765 and decide I'd walked enough for the day. Looked up help on but opted out of my fitbit since my son was telling me more and more people were complaining about fitbit products. He works at Best Buy so he's had to help people reset theirs and has said the number of people coming in with complain... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 19:52:42 EST Rainy day blues and migraine It's a rainy nasty type of day here but at least the temperature's in the 60's. I've been depressed since I got up this morning and found out my son's uncle passed away during the night. I had texted his Aunt late last night and she replied this morning saying he was gone, he had heart failure and was awaiting transfer for dialysis last I had heard. I just had to go to my phone and the first thing I read is someone in the family passing away. Especially after I was dreaming about someone dyin... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 22:18:26 EST A big thank you to all my wonderful Spark Friends! I just wanted to let you know that I am so very blessed to have you all as my friends! Just catching up with all the messages and goodies I've received since word about my Dad's fall and brain bleed on January 25th and I'm just overwhelmed. When I left I had no idea what my Dad's condition would be like. Thankfully his brain had quit bleeding by the time I got there - thanks to all the wonderful people who prayed for him. I so truly believe in the power of prayer - I always say that's why I'm... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:29:23 EST Quick update Things are crazy here with my Dad and brother. This week was a follow up CT scan of his head and follow up with the neurosurgeon. No active bleeding on his brain. The blood that is on his brain may take 6 months to be absorbed. Follow up CT scan and neuro appointment in May. We have good days and bad days. I think Alzheimers and dementia are the absolute worst things that can happen to you. I'll have to work out when I can leave and have my brother pick me up-the one I travel with. Stay wit... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:47:45 EST Urgent prayer request I have an urgent prayer request tonight. A few hours ago my youngest brother, Todd, texted me that our Dad was in the hospital and to call our other brother, Scott, that he needed us both down there. Dad and Todd live in Edgewater, FL and he was in the hospital in New Smyrna Beach with a brain bleed from a fall earlier today. Apparently Daddy fell this morning, the paramedics came and helped him up, checked him out and said he was fine. Later in the day Todd called them back and they took him... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 23:42:31 EST Health Update As most of you know I've been having a terrible time with constant headaches and three times weekly major migraines. I classify my migraines as minor, medium or major. After suffering with them for 51 years I said enough. <BR> In October I stopped my daily migraine meds because they were intensifying them. My neurologist agreed when I saw her in December 2015. She wanted the MRI which I couldn't have done where she ordered it - guess my claustrophobia has gotten worse plus my back is so screw... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:39:14 EST Update on neurologist visit and my migraines Thursday I had my appointment with my neurologist to discuss my migraines and this constant headache I've had since at least September which has been a royal pain. Anyway, my prior visit we had discussed changing my meds (back in August) but usually my migraines were worse in the hot, humid weather so I wanted to see if when fall started they'd ease up. That's nothing new for me - the weather triggers my migraines. <BR> Well, while on vacation in Florida I had some really bad migraines - whi... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:52:44 EST Busy days ahead Starting Monday, life will be non-stop. Next week I have two doctors appointments and my Aunt has three. Plus she wants me to take her to the phone cooperative open house. The next week, so far is taking my dog to the groomer and I have another doctor appointment. My Aunt will probably have one too. She's been going to the chiropractor once or twice weekly for a while now. Then after my doctors appointment we have a family dinner with all us cousins and my two Aunts. Plus we have a graduatio... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:29:32 EST On a serious note... After the insanity blog, I thought I'd write a more serious one this time. <BR> <BR> Due to all the problems with my back, hips, knees and feet lately I've decided that my 10,000+ steps everyday wasn't helping me any. In fact it was causing more and more pain because I just had to get those steps in, then the pain hit and bam didn't want to walk. So I adjusted my daily goal back down to 8,000 a day. We'll see how that goes and see if it makes any different in my pain levels and muscle cramps... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:37:06 EST 26 hours of what the #@#$%#@& The past 26 hours have really been getting on my nerves...big time. I'm hoping it gets out of my system soon! <BR> Okay, so Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I had to take my 87 year old Aunt to the chiropractor. No big deal except it plays heck with my back doing the walker lifts. I joke about my upper body workout as being walker lifts. You see she has this walker with a seat that she has to use for everything. She still wants to go go go which means I lift lift lift. She insists on driving ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:03:50 EST October Update Well, I'm back from my trip to my brother's house and our two week trip to Florida with our friends. Needless to say I was totally and completely exhausted after I got home. <BR> We left Daytona Flea Market at 11:30am EDT on Saturday, September 26, 2015. We pulled into my driveway at 2:58am CDT on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Our 860 mile trip took an extra two hours this year. <BR> We had a two hour delay on I-75 northbound outside of Atlanta, Georgia. About 30 miles out we saw the highway ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:24:15 EST Update for September Just so y'all will know, I'm heading off on vacation with my brother again on Saturday. I have a million things to do later today into early Saturday morning before he gets here. <BR> <BR> Friday: clean house, do laundry - I've got maybe 5 loads to do probably, pack my clothes, get my camera ready, get my laptop and kindle fire charged up and ready to pack, find all my chargers, cables and such, get my fitbit bracelets and charger together, make sure I have my shampoo, etc, get my coffee pot... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 02:52:50 EST This little guy is just too cute <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=18 </link> <BR> <BR> This is too cute Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:38:52 EST Meltdown time's a long ordeal - read at your own risk It's that time of year when I go into meltdown after meltdown. Or is it just one continuous meltdown? Either way I'm a basket case at one time or another. <BR> <BR> Cause of meltdown: Multitude of mixed emotions that will continue through October. First and foremost is my upcoming vacation trip. My brother will pick me up on September 5th and then on September 11th, we will go down to Florida where our Dad and youngest brother live. No we don't stay with them but at a condo on the beach a ve... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:33:37 EST Here we go again... Well, I've been back on for the past four years. I had gotten off, thinking that I didn't need the tools here to lose weight. Well, that was the wrong thing to do. So I got back on here again. I've been tracking my fitness and food ever since. My weight has yo-yo'd up and down. Now it's back up again. So, I'm trying to get myself motivated and back on the road to success again. <BR> I'm a slow but steady person, so I'm not in a rush. Wouldn't do me any good if I was. So as of ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:35:36 EST First week home from vacation What can I say? I got home from three weeks at my brother's house and the first thing that happened was the seat of my shorts busted out when I went to pet my dog. I guess I wore the seat out! Thankfully it was in my own front yard when it happened and I had on a long shirt! Oh well, I wanted to put on a pair of jeans because it was almost time to go to the family get together. <BR> My cousins and I look for any excuse to get together. We had three last Saturday night - and no I was too busy ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:56:13 EST I'm Home (for a while anyway) As most of you know I've been at my brother's house for the last three weeks. I made it in earlier this evening. <BR> My cousins planned a get together for tonight so they could see my brother - they haven't seen him since the reunion in November 2010! It was so cool that my son was actually off work tonight so he could attend too. We celebrated two of my cousins birthdays tonight also. The two Aunts were there too. It was a lot of fun. Sorry no pics - we were just too darn busy talking, laug... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 01:39:06 EST What does it take to feel successful? I've been doing a lot of thinking in my down time since I've been having knee and ankle problems lately. How do you know you're successful in your weight loss journey? Is it some magic number? Some magic size? Will these things even matter? Are you obsessing over everything? Do you get depressed when you don't feel you're doing enough? What does it take to make us feel like we're accomplishing our goals? <BR> <BR> Those are some of the thoughts that run through my head a lot these days. How ... Thu, 28 May 2015 11:29:47 EST I feel like a failure - my status this morning This morning I said I felt like a failure. When I get depressed those thoughts enter my head. I'm sure y'all know what I mean. The scale's not moving, your eating habits aren't up to par, you don't feel like exercise of any sort and then you feel like you've failed. <BR> <BR> Guess what? You really haven't. If you can step back for a minute and look back on your journey, you'll see positive changes. It's not always negative. I don't care how long you have been at this. Or how much farther yo... Fri, 15 May 2015 14:12:06 EST World Walking - Great virtual walks you can do! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The above link is to World Walking. You sign up (it's free) and then you get to choose a virtual route to do. There are routes from all over the world. The neat thing is when you enter your steps or miles or whatever it'll tell you where you are, show some photos and even give you a history lesson to boot. So right now, in addition to my other walks, I'm walking the Great Wall of China. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndi... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:07:06 EST Checking in It's been a while since I wrote a blog so I thought I'd check in with y'all and let you know I'm still around. <BR> The last couple weeks have been rough. all the doctor appointments and other assorted problems I've been having. So here's the latest. <BR> <BR> Saw the neurologist about my migraines. We decided that they've been doing good on the current medication plan. Wouldn't you know it a few days afterwards I started having problems but they're back under control now. <BR> <BR> Saw th... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 17:50:03 EST Some spring beauty to cheer us up... I thought I'd share some of the photos from my flower beds last year. I just noticed my day lilies are coming up so here's something to look forward to. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:50:46 EST Things are looking up... This past month has been the hardest month for me. I've not cared about anything lately. I've been trying to deal with this weather and all the pain I've been having from the costochondritis and I gained weight. Thankfully it was less than five pounds and I'm getting it back off again but still.... <BR> <BR> I've really been trying hard to rein in my eating - it got out of control to the point of I was just eating to eat. I know some of you know how that is. I quit tracking my nutrition and ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:35:19 EST Time to relax...the missing component This month has been a horrible month for me. I've been stressed so much since I got back from Florida last September 28th. Never thought about it much until today. That's when it hit me, I've forgotten what it is to relax and do something I enjoy. <BR> This is actually the first year I haven't been crocheting my way through. I got a few pieces started for a patchwork granny square afghan. The thing is that I haven't done a thing to them which is unusual. <BR> So what have I been doing? Well s... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:18:22 EST Photos of our lovely weather Lovely weather if you're a penguin. It's waddle waddle waddle when you walk outside. We've had snow, we had sleet, then we had freezing rain. Today's it's 34 and a little rain falling on it all. Tomorrow brings us another cold front and below freezing weather again. I hate February. Wish I could just skip this month and January too. LOL. <BR> My mood has improved some today. I cringe though when I hear a crash outside. The snow's sliding off the roof of the house and off the pine trees behind... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:56:12 EST The week from hell... Before I start, I want to apologize for being a bitchy person and whiney too. Winter is not my season by a long shot. I live in Western Kentucky so this week's weather is one for the records. In fact our county has declared a state of emergency which means we are under a curfew from 8pm to 5am daily until further notice (since Monday). <BR> First off Sunday my son comes home from work, with a major toothache and pain. He said he thought he had broken his tooth. He is in so much pain I feel f... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:54:47 EST Love yourself and smile!!!! We should all learn to love ourselves, no matter what our faults, our weight or other perceived limitations we have about ourselves. We should do this today and everyday - NOW not "when I lose 50 pounds" or "when I can wear a size 6" or any other excuse we can find to not like ourselves now. <BR> <BR> It's said that unless we love and nurture ourselves we can never truly love someone else. Let me tell you, that's the hardest thing I've done - try to love myself now. I can look in the mirror... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:25:23 EST Recipes published... I had a surprise in the mail today. I received a cookbook. It had two of the recipes I had submitted in it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Darn why did they post sideways? Ugh! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:51:37 EST Tracking steps: Fitbit Flex vs Samsung Health Tracker on my phone Last night my son bought me a new phone because I was ready to throw my old one out the window and into the street to run over it. Yes, I was that fed up with it. <BR> <BR> Anyway I now have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (my old one was a HTC One M7). I love this phone! It does some fun stuff. The health tracker is nice. It checks your heart rate and it even does a pulse ox reading. Who knew phones did things like that? Anyway it also tracks your steps. <BR> <BR> So I had to charge my phone but ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:41:18 EST Step up your activity today! It's time we took charge and stepped up our activity levels. I'm seriously working on that too. I know it's a challenge for most everyone to fit in a little more in our already overcrowded days. <BR> <BR> My last blog was about me being terribly inefficient around the house to get those extra steps in. It does work. Sometimes I have to remind myself to be inefficient. I pace a lot these days especially when I'm walking my dog. She stops and sniffs it seems like every six inches. So while she... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:50:56 EST Fitbit = Motivation Since my son bought me an early birthday present of a fitbit flex on August 2, 2014 I've been using it. When I first started using it I didn't really pay attention to anything but my steps and miles. Well, looking back over the time I've had it I noticed that I really started noticing those "very active" minutes about midway through October. <BR> The reason I noticed was I was looking back through my log book and was truly amazed at how far I've come since I started counting all those steps.... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:41:09 EST One "major" goal accomplished... Back on July 24, 2011 I was just restarting to use I had been to the doctor who was wanting to put me on insulin for my diabetes. I asked for two months to start making changes before he did this. He agreed. Since then my medication has gone from Metformin 500mg twice a day and Glipizide 10mg twice day down to just the Metformin. This has been due to my walking. My doctor told me walking was the best exercise you can do. So I started walking - very slowly at first and not ver... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:41:47 EST Rainy weather I'm glad I got some walking in this morning otherwise I wouldn't have been able to. It's cold and rainy here today. I walked over to vote first thing this morning. My dog wasn't happy because she couldn't go with me. That's okay because we took two walks after I got home. The last one we barely made in before the rain started. <BR> I changed my food logging to account for my activity. I'm really not liking this method but I guess I'm stuck with it. I still try to keep it to my old numbers. E... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:54:36 EST NSV = Non Scale Victories Don't you just love it when you think you're doing lousy on your goals and you put on a pair of jeans that were too tight and suddenly they're loose? I was floored this past week by two pair of my jeans. The other day I had my usual pair of jeans on and boy were they loose - I mean seriously at the start of July they were still tight when I put them on. I thought well okay, they do have some spandex in them so maybe they just finally stretched out. Well, today I put on another pair that fit p... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:18:38 EST I'm Home and trying to get back on track again I made it home about 2am Sunday morning. Whew! That was one long drive - 860 miles. Glad I only do that once a year! I felt like I was vibrating up until Monday night. I hate that. <BR> At any rate it's been busy here unpacking, doing laundry, shopping and all that. I splurged and bought me a new camera - Nikon Coolpix L830. I got so made at my little camera over vacation I was ready to throw it in the ocean! The camera I used on my last vacation in June/July made me even madder so I said no ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:59:17 EST Hello from Florida Hey y'all! Hello from soggy New Smyrna Beach, Florida. We've had about 8 inches of rain in NSB the past 24 hours. Needless to say there's been a lot of localized flooding in the area. All over the Space Coast and even further south we've had a lot of rain lately. <BR> <BR> I've enjoyed walking the beach out front of the condos where we've stayed. The past couple of days, the Atlantic Ocean has been really rough. This photo was Shawn & Rhonda on the beach this afternoon trying to fly kites. ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:13:09 EST Fishing off the beach in New Smyrna Beach, Florida today <img src=""> Shawn taking the hook out of the shark my brother, Scott caught this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> My brother's shark <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Shawn's little shark <BR> <BR> <img src=""> another view of Shawn's shark <BR> <BR> We are staying on the Atlantic... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:26:20 EST Update before I leave on vacation Well, my sinus and allergy problems are driving me insane but it's that time of the year. Almost time for the corn to be harvested in the fields around us which is really reeking havoc on me. I got a shot yesterday and I have an antibiotic prescription to pick up. A new problem was the chest wall pain - ugh! I was at my therapist office on Monday and my allergies were flaring up terribly and I had a bad coughing attack. Major pain hit almost immediately so I knew what I was going to have befo... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:11:41 EST