LADYVOLSFAN1954's SparkPeople Blog LADYVOLSFAN1954's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Farmers Market Trip today I was so thrilled to get to the Farmer's Market today! Today they had more than tomatoes for a change. <BR> I got fresh green beans - already snapped and ready to cook! I also got tomatoes, yellow squash, onion, cucumbers and bell peppers. Wish they had other things but it's a small market so I am just thrilled to get all this. <BR> Took my nightly walk and came home to a fresh seedless watermelon waiting for me. My son's great uncle sells watermelons in the summer and he told me last night ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:53:55 EST I'm not all that I seem To many people I am not what I seem. They see a fat person and first thoughts are you need to lose weight. Well duh...don't you think I've tried? You don't know a thing about me but you rush to judge me on a three second look at. I smile and keep walking, all the time knowing what that scowl on your face is're disgusted by my presence. Well, suck it up buttercup because I'm not a size zero doesn't mean I'm not a worthy person. It doesn't mean I don't have feelings. You can't beg... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:36:39 EST The Greenbelt in Kingsport, Tennessee while on vacation My brother is always talking about hiking on the Greenbelt, although I think he rarely does because I wore him out on our short 3.35 mile hike there. In fact I know he doesn't get the exercise he needs anymore because I couldn't get him out walking unless we were hiking to a waterfall this year. He told everyone I walked him out. The tables were turned for a change and he had to keep up with me. I have to admit on a few of our waterfall hikes he did go further but that's another blog. <BR> ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:30:21 EST Vacation Adventures: Boone Lake My best friend, Rhonda and I walked around the Lake area a lot. It was a lot of fun. Waving at people driving by or out on their boats. We didn't make it out on the boat this summer. Too much other stuff going on so we either sat out by the lake or walked around it. Shawn and Rhonda live across the street from my brother, Scott and they are on the lake so we sat out on their back deck several nights, on the 4th of July by the bonfire next to the lake so we saw plenty of it. <BR> <BR> I'll le... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:45:11 EST I'm Home! It's hard to believe I've been home almost a week now. Whew! Where has this week gone? It sure has been busy. I like staying busy. Now to get adjusted to this hot & humid weather! At least when I got home the Missouri watermelons were just starting to come in. I bought my first two - oh they were so sweet! <BR> I finally got all my tracking caught up here on Spark. I think I have it all in - at least I hope so. <BR> I still haven't uploaded my vacation photos yet. My son has the camera becaus... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:33:31 EST Sharing part of my daily walks My dog and I walk several times everyday. Mostly just on our street and some of the other streets here in town. The honeysuckle has been smelling just wonderful as we walk along our street especially at night. When we walk we try to catch a sighting of the baby red foxes - there are three. They are adorable but neither myself or any of my neighbors have been able to make a photo of them. They stay well hidden. Late at night when you come down the street you'll catch them playing in the street... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:41:22 EST Update on health issues for May 29th As many of you know I've had a year that has been full of one health issue after another. My latest is a kidney infection. I had a reaction to the first antibiotic and am currently halfway through my second antibiotic. I am feeling much better. <BR> I had been having some right sided pain, middle to lower side. Well, I figured out what it was. When I went to my doctor he was kind of confused about what was going on, thinking maybe it was my kidneys. I figured it out last night. You see the p... Fri, 30 May 2014 00:22:05 EST Lyme Disease Book <link><BR>zeros-20 </link> <BR> <BR> As of 6:48pm CDT this is a free book on about Lyme disease. Be sure to check the price before you hit enter. There are free kindle apps for phones and if you have a windows 8 computer there's apps too. Tue, 20 May 2014 19:49:45 EST Landscaping photos from the weekend This is the photo of the house and yard before we started. This photo doesn't show the concrete bench, bird bath, etc but it's just to show where the work was done. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This photo is Shawn laying the pavers along the edge after he marked the beds on one side out <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planting some of the plants: One bed at the end has day lilies, poppies, re... Tue, 6 May 2014 17:20:50 EST Virtual Hiking Trails <link> </link> <BR> <BR> That is the link to these trails, you can pick one for a virtual hike/jog/run. Check it out. <BR> Camino Francés 566.5 miles <BR> <BR> Chemin Le Puy 458.6 miles <BR> <BR> Crater Lake Trail 36.0 miles <BR> <BR> Florida Keys Trail 138.8 miles <BR> <BR> Long Trail 278.1 miles <BR> <BR> Pacific Crest Trail 2,689.5 miles <BR> <BR> Tahoe Rim Trail 173.1 miles <BR> <BR> Wonderland Trail 140.7 miles <BR> <BR> In addition ... Fri, 2 May 2014 22:03:43 EST Tuesday ramblings... Thankfully we made it through all that nasty weather! We only had a severe thunderstorm warning once on Sunday night with 70mph winds. We had tornado watches through early am on Monday. I kept track of all the horrible weather via my Twitter account. It was just heartbreaking. Today's weather has been really windy but not too bad here but other places had tornadoes. I follow several weather agencies on Twitter so the news feed was just a mess. Praying for all those affected by these tornadoes... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:27:39 EST Total randomness tonight I've been having right sided migraines more lately. When I get those I get so sick and nauseated that I throw up and just want to crawl in a hole. That's what happened Monday when I had an appointment with my retina specialist so I had to reschedule it for next Monday. I'm just wondering if the surge in right sided migraines has something to do with the vision problems I'm having in my right eye, like the temporary blindness episodes. I'll discuss that with the retina specialist Monday. Then... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:28:39 EST My pineapple plant update <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are two of the most recent photos I made of my little pineapple. It's growing. Now my Aunt is bringing her friends over to look at it because they just don't believe you can grow a pineapple. She brought her neighbor over earlier today and she was just amazed. Now if my other six plants would produce (lol). <BR> <BR> Everyone says I have a j... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:50:13 EST My week and test results My 86 year old Aunt gave me a real scare the other day. We went to lunch and to the Dollar General Store afterwards. Well, we came out of DG and she said she had to sit down, so I told her to go on and get in the car while I put her walker and what she bought in the trunk. Imagine my surprise when I shut the trunk and walk around the car. I find her laid out in the front seat half in the car and half out. She wasn't completely out but it did take several tries to arouse her. Finally she allow... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:08:27 EST Update on health issues... As many of you know 2014 hasn't been too kind to me in regards to health issues. First bronchitis and respiratory problems, then with a bowel obstruction and subsequent hospitalization. Then the MRI of the head. Now we have more problems! <BR> <BR> I see a retina specialist. I've been going to him since January 8, 2009 for wet macular degeneration in my left eye. Well, now I'm having issues of temporary blindness in one eye (at a time) for up to 10 minutes. I saw him on Monday and he referre... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:08:52 EST Article about Sitting and becoming disabled I read this article and thought I'd share the link with y'all. I have to agree with it because if I had done more the last 20 years I probably wouldn't be in the shape I'm in. Plus I'll turn 60 in September so I feel it's important to keep our bodies moving as much as we can. I know it can be a challenge. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>279460759/sit-more-and-youre-more-like<BR>ly-to-be-disabled-after-age-60 </link> <BR> <BR> So let's move our beautiful bodies an... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:43:04 EST Sharing my new find: a pineapple Two days ago I was laying down looking at my plants (I had a bad headache and took something and just laid down) and I noticed that one of my pineapple plants looked different. So I got up and looked and this is what I saw: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, after several years of growing, this pineapple plant is finally producing a pineapple. I was so excited because I've never seen a pineapple growing on one. <BR> <BR> My Dad gav... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:02:17 EST Slowly feeling better Boy being in the hospital takes it out of ya! I haven't had the energy to do much this week but that's okay because apparently my body said "rest" and it's doing just that. <BR> My throat is finally feeling better. Hot green tea with honey has been a big part of that because the heat soothes and the honey is helping heal the raw feeling in my throat. I'm swallowing much better - never want to see another NG tube again - ever! <BR> We have snow and ice on top still on the ground with low teens... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 14:01:57 EST I'm home from the hospital Last week I wasn't feeling good all week. By Friday I knew something was wrong. Late Friday night I ended up in the emergency room. Turns out I had a partial bowel obstruction so I was admitted to the hospital Saturday morning real early. <BR> Since then I'm had a NG tube down my nose and nothing to eat until 8pm last night. Not a fun time at all. But the blockage was resolved yesterday and my x-rays came back normal again. <BR> Today I was released from the hospital just before the winter st... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 18:59:03 EST My "scrap" afghans I'm working on I've mentioned to several of my Spark Friends that I'm working on afghans using up my stash of yarn (big and small) and they asked to see what I'm doing. So here's what I'm doing, I've actually got four different afghans going on but here are what three of them look like so far. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is one of the blocks for my "big" block afghan. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> These ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:54:12 EST Not a good thing that MRI - made me sicker than anything Oh what a horrible day yesterday was. I had an MRI of my head scheduled. Well, that was a bust! About halfway through the MRI I got terribly sick and started throwing up. At least they got me out in time - I was so afraid of throwing up in the MRI machine. Sat there for a few minutes drinking 7Up and had a cool wash cloth on my face and I started to feel better. So we thought okay we'll try again. Wrong answer! As soon as I laid back down I got sick again. So we decided it would be best if I ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:35:54 EST Vision problems update Yesterday I saw my neurologist and explained what was going on with my eyesight and what the retina specialist had told me. So since my last MRI of the head was in December 2008 before all my problems began with my eyes, I'm scheduled for another on Thursday. <BR> I usually have MRI's more routine than this simply because of the major concussion I had back in 2006. My migraines seem to start in this area now. <BR> As of last month, I started having a few episodes of being blind in my right e... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:52:01 EST Vision problems - another challenge thrown at me As some of you may already be aware, I have wet macular degeneration in my left eye. I've been seeing a retina specialist for at least five years now regularly. In November I made an appointment for December because I was having problems. Well, my December appointment had to be rescheduled till yesterday because of an emergency surgery he had. Well, in the few weeks between appointments I had some new things happen with my "good" eye. <BR> As I told him yesterday I've woke up several times du... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:19:19 EST My virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail Back on July 24, 2011 I thought it'd be fun to do a virtual hike. Back then I really really wanted to hike on the Appalachian Trail. I knew I'd never be able to do the entire hike for real with all my health issues so I thought well, I'll just use that to mark my progress. Today at 3pm CST I made it to New York State at 13620.25 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia where I started. <BR> Well, back in June 2012 I did actually hike on the Appalachian Trail for real. Mind you it wasn't a rea... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:02:05 EST Girls Night Out at Patti's 1880 Settlement & Restaurant, Grand Rivers, KY My cousin sent me a message earlier in the week telling me she was going to pick me up this afternoon for a surprise. So I've been wondering what my Aunt & cousins were cooking up as a surprise for my other Aunt and myself. Found out! She had made reservations at Mr. Bill's Restaurant (since she couldn't get them at Patti's) at Patti's 1880 Settlement up in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. It's a little over an hour drive from where I live. <BR> So my cousin, Shari, comes and picks me up, then we go ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:54:26 EST Finally got my prize package from Crisco Just before Christmas I finally got my prize I won off Crisco's website. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is my letter that came with the package. Sorry it's sideways. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is my prize: a cookbook, a spatula, mixing bowl and apron. <BR> <BR> I had to laugh - the mixing bowl is 1 1/2 quart stainless steel bowl. So small since I'm always using much bigger bowls for... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:08:49 EST Reviewing my goals and establishing new habits now Okay, so I've been having all sorts of things going on in real life that has kept me from being on as much as I would like. I'm not following my easy goals for fitness. I'm not eating within my range. I'm off one dose of my diabetic meds and have been having trouble with low blood sugar again. In other words, I'm all out of sorts. As of today, I am determined to get myself up off the ground and get new habits formed. I've redone my goals. I may have to readjust them next year,... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:08:30 EST So I won??? As most of you know, I go all out baking this time of year. Cookies, cakes, pies and of course making candy. Well, a couple weeks ago I went to and rated a pie crust recipe that I use. I finally found one that will actually turn out right that I get rave reviews from family and friends for. So I submitted the review during a special promotion "contest" they're having. The price bundle is a "Michele Stuart bundle". Apparently she's won a lot of pie contests and has a couple cookbook... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 23:48:39 EST We made it through the storms safely Just to let my wonderful SparkFriends know, we made it through the storms safely. I had been keeping up with the weather all afternoon because I knew it'd get bad. About 1pm I got that feeling from checking the sky we were going to get slammed with rain and wind. Something just felt off. Well less than 20 minutes later that's when things started popping up closer to home in Missouri & Illinois. I knew then we'd be under tornado warnings soon. We were. <BR> I hate it when you get the CodeRed ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:40:28 EST Thoughts for the day I'm having new problems again. This time with my left knee which is nothing new. Back in September 1983 I had surgery on my knee and they basically rebuilt and moved things around and put two screws in to hold it all in place. That was a long recovery before I was able to fully bear weight and walk normal again. My knee hasn't been the same since the surgery. I have better range of motion but there are still a lot of things I can't do. If I kneel I end up with a very dark knee area. When I to... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:01:09 EST