LADYVOLSFAN1954's SparkPeople Blog LADYVOLSFAN1954's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wishing y'all a happy holiday season this year When I think of the holidays, it's more than just Christmas, it's a collection of so much more. Over the years I have tried to learn more about more than Christmas holiday but the others that are celebrated by many of my friends. I can say learning about people and their thoughts and beliefs and celebrations will enrich your life if you will let it. However you celebrate, I want to wish you much love, family and friends - fun and sharing good times, happy places and enjoy the reason for our ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:30:02 EST On Netflix: Untangling Alzheimers Being sick sucks. My emotions are in high gear. Things make me teary eyed more so when I'm sick than when I am feeling good. <BR> With my Dad suffering from dementia possibly Alzheimer's, I have been doing research into studies on Alzheimers lately. I"m in one online study from New Zealand which just basically does periodic checks on your memory using simple online memory tests. I have been on it about 9 months because I've had the six month follow up test already. <BR> I saw another study av... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:24:23 EST Thoughts on the upcoming holidays I know some people are already stressed out and worried about what they will do about eating over the holidays. I quit that ages ago. Why? Well, you see I learned there are no guarantees in life but death. I've had my own brush with death, and it has changed my attitudes and outlook considerably. <BR> For most people holidays are about traditions. Among those traditions are food - specific rich calorie laden foods. Most people don't worry about the calories and eat with total abandon and don'... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:05:40 EST oh the challenges of medication side effects I got home on October 1st. These past two months have been terrible. I am going to directly put the blame on the Setraline that my doctor prescribed on August 15th. That's when the problems began. I took my last dose on September 27th, after going online and double checking all the side effects. <BR> That was when I realized all these "bruises" I had started with the first dose. I'm still getting them plus "regular bruises" too. These dark red/purple/almost black bruises are strictly on my a... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:09:31 EST Migraine update... I saw my psych dr Monday and told him I was done taking Lamictal because it was a migraine trigger. I was on day 5 of a bad migraine that afternoon and was he'll bound and determined to get my meds changed. He reluctantly changed it because he was in a really pissy mood and acted like this was something new. I tried explaining it and all he was doing was I don't see that in your records. The records are now electronic and only go back 3 years. I'd been on this med for at least 6. I was furiou... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:31:31 EST Update with the migraines...I know y'all are wondering! Yes today I woke up with a wonderful migraine. I got up let the dog out and when she came in I took my migraine pain meds and laid back down until I knew I had to get up and get functioning and ready for the doctor's office. <BR> Well, I had over an hour wait. Why is it all the doctors are getting new programs and have to redo everything in your charts right now? I hope like heck it's not like that Monday for my psych appointment or on August 31st for my primary care doctor appointment. <BR>... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:48:36 EST Realizations... I just realized that I've finally gotten the image of the old me out of my head. I don't see it in the mirror every time I look in there. Instead I see me as I am now and I'm happy but unhappy at the same time. <BR> Happy because I'm about 80 pounds lighter than when I started. I've lost about 23 of those pounds since December 1, 2016. Yes I could have lost more but that's not important. What is important is that despite everything that has been going on this year, I managed to lose weight. I... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:08:04 EST Important Information on Heat exhaustion and heat stroke Since a lot of the US is having excessive heat warnings and the temperatures seem to be going up up up, I thought I'd include some information on Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, especially after I got hit with the heat exhaustion out of the blue. <BR> <BR> This is an article on WebMD about heat exhaustion. There are three pages to it. <BR> <link><BR>exhaustion?page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> This is the article on WebMD about heat stroke. There are four pag... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:20:05 EST Less stressful Well since I got home late Saturday afternoon I have been working on stressing out less. I'm taking things slower and easier to try and find a happy place where migraines are not an everyday occurrence. Since Saturday I have had two minor ones. By minor meaning I can take my pain meds and within a couple hours it's either gone or at a tolerable level. I can deal with that much better than the constant migraines I was having. I'm not thrilled with the heat and humidity we're having because th... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:49:09 EST Creation Kingdom Zoo, Gate City, Virginia Last Friday, we visited the Creation Kingdom Zoo in Gate City, Virginia. Our reason for going was to see the two baby tigers. Unfortunately when we got there, there were two bus loads of school kids and they were running and yelling. One of the staff told us that Momma Tiger was really stressed and so her and the cubs were hiding out in there little house where you couldn't see them. The other animals were enjoying themselves though. Here's some of the photos my brother and I took. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:48:56 EST Bay's Mountain, Kingsport, Tennessee Here's a few photos of our nice walk around Bay's Mountain. It was a pretty warm day out there - trying to avoid the "hot" word (lol). Enjoyed the animals and walking the trails. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:41:23 EST Roan Mountain - Rhododendron Gardens on the Tennessee/North Carolina state lines Here's a few photos from our adventures at the Rhododendron gardens up on Roan Mountain. We had a great walk through the gardens on paved and the old torn up trails <BR> Plus we were in the clouds too! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:35:38 EST Home from vacation... I'm sure everyone is going to be sick of hearing about me and my various trips to Tennessee and Florida. I feel like I have three homes: mine, my brother Scott's and Florida - New Smyrna Beach to be exact. <BR> Anyway, my brother only had one week's vacation during my three weeks at his house in Gray, Tennessee. The last week I was there he was officially on vacation. Wouldn't you know it, it rained every single day of his vacation at some point. <BR> Our first outing was at the Rhododendron... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 23:19:51 EST What a surprise!!!! My brother, Scott, called to ask if I'd like to join him for a month in Florida in January at an oceanfront condo. I was totally and completely floored! I'm always joking around saying I can't take January in Barlow so this will be so welcome especially after my holiday baking frenzy. <BR> Oh my gosh! I haven't told my son yet. He's not going to be happy with his Momma when she tells him what my Christmas present is from Scott this year. So that means I'll probably be leaving Christmas weeken... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 23:06:02 EST How do I explain? How do I explain migraines to someone who has no clue what headaches are like? How do I explain irritable bowel syndrome to someone who has an iron stomach and can eat anything? How do I explain fibromyalgia pain? I love my brother to death but he has absolutely no clue what I deal with and explanations leave a blank look on his face. My youngest brother understands because he remembers the problems our Mom had before she passed away. She had terrible migraines. She died at age 47 with a cer... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:17:31 EST It's Tuesday...sighs As most of you know these past few weeks have been brutal on me. I've had some of the worst migraines I've had in a long time. It's just been an extremely stressful year. First my Dad with the fall and brain bleed, then my brother with the triple heart blockages and now my Aunt with the heart attack. Add in my son's knee problems just before having to leave to help with my Dad. <BR> Needless to say I haven't gotten anything really accomplished this year. I gave up worrying with it. If it get... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:18:41 EST Random thoughts for the day While I have been sidelined somewhat due to this migraine, I've had an active mind that just won't shut up! Maybe if I could turn it off, I could get rid of the migraine. Alas, that's not happening. <BR> So I took my dog on a short walk a few minutes ago and was thinking about how much I weigh now and before. Before the highest I knew of was 278 - which probably wasn't my highest weight but it was the weight I was before the gallbladder surgery in 2007 which was my starting point. So I've los... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 21:41:05 EST Insanity in the neighborhood...just a get it off my chest kind of thing Okay, I've been here there and everywhere this year with my Dad's falling and having a brain bleed. He's doing great. No problems and getting more back to normal, or as normal as a dementia patient with Alzheimer's can be. My youngest brother, who's his caretaker, isn't nearly as stressed as he was. While I was there in January/February we discussed a lot of different options to help him and Daddy. This month, we discussed a few more things. He's like me and will look up things on the interne... Tue, 31 May 2016 18:38:01 EST 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