LIFE-FAITH's SparkPeople Blog LIFE-FAITH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community May Goals My thyroid is balanced and I feel so much better! <BR> I am sleeping better and able to function better health wise in all ways. My thinking is clearer and I am able to get more things done. <BR> I am however still very tired, no matter how sleep I get. My Vitamin D levels are still very low although I have been sitting in the sun some days. Doc has put me back on 50,000 IU a week. <BR> <BR> Three goals: Get my vitamin D above 30 (be in the sun everyday it is out) and continue to eat he... Sat, 2 May 2015 10:47:33 EST Where I am at today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been working on my health one day at a time... my thyroid is still OFF, my kidneys are doing ok (blood work will tell - I have back on nsaids for 3 months due to my back...), speaking of my back - when I was more than 14 days pain free - I posted my back is back to 100%, while the piriformis pain is gone more than not it still flares up when I sit at my desk too long. (now I am the kitchen table) so it is ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:40:24 EST saying goodbye again... Fred <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Fred. My 9 year old cat. I had to take him away today... <BR> <BR> The last year and half I was sick more on than off, I finally insisted on going back to my allergist... I am allergic to my Freddy! I have gotten a lot of flak from people because I have been seeking a new home for him. <BR> My health has not been the greatest in a while... I have to do what is best for me. <BR> With having chronic k... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:35:31 EST World Kidney Day March 12- Love your Kidneys! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love your kidneys! <BR> <BR> Kidney disease is considered a silent killer.. 8 golden rules to follow: <BR> <link><BR>e-of-your-kidneys/8-golden-rules/ </link> <BR> <BR> What can you do for your kidneys? <BR> Kidney diseases are silent killers, which will largely affect your quality of life. There are however several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disea... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:56:45 EST It is Kidney Awareness Month... a few facts On average: <BR> Nearly 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month. <BR> 12 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant <BR> Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list <BR> In 2013, 4,453 patients died while waiting for a kidney transplant. <BR> Acceptable organ donors can range in age from newborn to 65 years or more. <BR> Donor organs are matched to waiting recipients by a national computer registry called the National O... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:20:13 EST Do you know how to love your kidneys?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-everyday-things-you-can-do-now-kidney<BR>-health </link> <BR> <BR> Three things you can do right now to impact your kidney health <BR> <BR> 1. Increase physical activity <BR> <em>363</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>332</em> <em>355</em> <em>548</em> <em>313</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Try to treat minor pain symptoms without medic... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:05:50 EST woohoo 26 years!!! <em>244</em> <em>384</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> My husband and I are celebrating 26 years of marriage this weekend! <BR> <BR> We are going to dinner at a special restaurant we have been trying to visit for two years... there is always a 2 - 3 hour wait... they do not take reservations... but I called and got a very nice gal manager to break the rule for me - I will surprise my husband with this treat this weekend. <BR> <BR> So happy and excited! <BR> Four kids, two dogs, four cat... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:46:45 EST back pain is much better <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <BR> I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!! <BR> <BR> My back pain is 99% gone!!!! <BR> No doctor! <BR> No Chiropractor!!! <BR> <BR> Just sparkpeople's back stretching exercises!!!! <BR> Day 1 - I could not hardly stretch at all the pain was intense <BR> Today is day 16 and I am able to move without much pain at all <BR> <BR> I will still be going to the chiropractor when my referral comes through... apparently it takes 7 -14 days (never has before...) <B... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:19:11 EST update on my back...chiropractor visit <em>524</em> <BR> first I must confess I am under the influence of pain meds as I write this so please forgive me for any typos and such... <BR> <BR> I went to see the chiropractor last night as planned... well they did not get my referral from my doc... gee do you think they could have told me that when they called to confirm my appointment??? geez! I am so tired of people NOT doing their job, really I want to know how people keep their jobs... OK I know people make mistakes, I make the... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:34:40 EST This is how strong and determined I am I have had a slipped disc for 8 days... <BR> I know from experience with my husband - you can lay around and let it get worse or you can stretch, stretch some more and keep moving <BR> YES the pain is unreal... thank you Lord for pain meds and muscle relaxers... (due to my ankle I always have these on hand)... otherwise I would have been in the emergency room with the awful pain!!! <BR> <BR> I have been stretching each day and I refuse to lay around... my husband wound up having surgery b... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:07:48 EST feeling some relief... health journal and diet changes I am finally feeling some relief, with my medication change 13 days ago I am surprised to feel the difference in just a short amount of time, now I am concerned the med change may be too much for me, as I have 57 days to go to my next blood work. <BR> As I do not worry about tomorrow, I have given this to God and have let it go. It will be what it will be. <BR> With my health journal I am tracking my symptoms daily, as most are now gone, the one thing that is lingering is the cramping...... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:17:27 EST Cell Phone vs. Bible Cell Phone vs. Bible <BR> ============================ <BR> I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat <BR> our cell phones? <BR> <BR> <BR> What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? <BR> <BR> What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it? <BR> <BR> What if we flipped through it several times an hour? <BR> <BR> What if we used it to receive messages from the text? <BR> <BR> What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it? <BR> <BR> W... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:54:55 EST writing a health journal - daily Ok so to get back on track... I am writing a health journal daily <BR> <BR> included in this journal is my nutrition, my sleep, my exercise, how I feel that day, and what my symptoms are <BR> <BR> I am going to overcome my thyroid issues! I am going to feel better than this! I am taking control of what I am able to, sleep, exercise and move to the other side of this chaos.... being healthier, feeling strong, sleeping well... <BR> <BR> God willing I will do it! My goal ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:47:21 EST A GIANT step forward... HUGE leap back - hashimoto thyroiditis OK so a few days ago I was happily blogging about no longer being pre-diabetic... today I get a phone call telling me I have hashimoto disease.. I already have Graves disease... so really!!!!! <BR> <BR> These are thyroid diseases. We killed my thyroid 20 yrs ago with radioactive iodine, I have been on synthroid since then. <BR> <BR> For quite a few months I have known that my thyroid has been off... I have had my blood drawn and my doc wanted to up my meds 900 mcg a day! I pick my battle... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 16:00:57 EST Wow! NO longer pre-diabetic I have been pre-diabetic since 2012... I am NO longer pre-diabetic. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> I DID IT! (wish we had a emoticon for that!) <BR> <BR> If you are pre-diabetic there is hope for you - you can avoid diabetes... <BR> <BR> this is how I did it.... (if it sounds familiar - this is what I do to maintain my kidney disease too) <BR> <BR> I eat healthy... YES it is a bland diet... no dressings or condiments, no processed or fast foods, everything is pretty much ho... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:05:55 EST meeting my goals... day 31 Jan 1 I started a new journey to meet my goals. <BR> <BR> So far I have lost 7 pounds... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My blood pressure is back within normal range without meds... <BR> 106/72 <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I am NO longer pre-diabetic... (been working on this for a bit longer than Jan 1) <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I took this week off of exercise due to leg cramps... so back on the bike tomorrow... <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Still eating healthy for my kidneys and heart! <... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:00:42 EST 17 years ago I was hit by a drunk driver 17 years ago I was hit by a drunk driver and I am blessed to be alive! <BR> <BR> When they say one bad accident can impact your health for the rest of your life... it is true! <BR> <BR> I have had more health issues and surgeries, but I do not let it <em>227</em> me. I continue to strive for health and well being. <BR> <BR> I am handicapped. My left ankle was damaged beyond repair in that accident... oh I had reconstructive surgery, but I cannot walk well, stand for long, run at all..... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:29:03 EST moving on... <img src=""> <BR> Being thankful... moving on... <BR> <BR> Sticking to my plan... ride my bike 4-5 miles 4 - 5 times a week... eating healthier within my calorie range... limit my snacking... <BR> <BR> I am doing well with my goals... <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:08:50 EST meeting my goals today is a good day... I rode my bike yesterday and today 30 mins each and rode about 4 miles... I am spending time in prayer and reflecting upon God's word to help me through this difficult time. <BR> Take care and God Bless you! <BR> Jean Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:42:48 EST I am just having a hard time right now I am riding my bike most everyday... more than meeting my goal of 3 - 4 x a week. I am just having a hard time...everything seems off. <BR> As a psych major I am very self-aware... I have been to the doctor seeking some meds to relieve my my "overwhelming" thoughts and emotions... too many deaths in such a short time (total of 10 between Nov and Jan 8th within my family and family friends)... too much! (the doc will not give me anything!) <BR> School is too much as it all has to do with m... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:41:39 EST jan9 I rode my bike this morning 30 mins... did 5 miles... yeah! <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:48:38 EST jan 7 - the circle of life oK I missed a few days... I rode my bike for 30 mins on Jan 4 <BR> Jan 5 I went shopping for 3 hours... it counts as walking to me <BR> Jan 6 30 mins on my bike <BR> jan 7 30 mins on my bike... <BR> <BR> I have seen so many deaths this season... <BR> We lost three family members and a friend in Nov.. my friend lost two family members as well and we lost another two in December, my moms neighbor died as well as a close friend of my cousin... <BR> <BR> I know there is a circle of life in ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:48:34 EST jan 3 today I met my goals for the day - got down most of my Christmas decorations, I always leave my tree up until the 8th... drank my water, ate healthy, although I have to finish tracking for the day... <BR> <BR> Tough day today - preparing to say goodbye to gram.... <BR> <BR> Jean Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:51:21 EST meeting my goals.. saying goodbye to my gram Part of my new plan: blogging about what I am doing to meet my goals: <BR> today I got on my bike for 30 minutes, drank my water, ate healthy... met my nutritional calorie range... woohoo! <BR> <BR> Saying goodbye to my gram this Sunday. She passed away on New Year's Eve morning... love you Gram... thank you for all of the JOY you brought into my life. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:17:53 EST Happy New Year <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> I am still on a break, but reset my goals this morning. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> I will use my exercise bike every morning for 10 minutes, after lunch for 10 minutes, and after dinner for 10 minutes...4 x a week and strength train for 2 times a week... <BR> <BR> My gram passed away yesterday, the third death in three months, I know they say deaths happen in threes, but we have lost so many in the last seven years, I feel like all I... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:59:18 EST Taking a Break from Spark <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> Merry Christmas my spark friends <BR> I am on a spark break... we had a tragic death in our family last week, I am experiencing health issues and I am overwhelmed with my classes right now.. I just need a break to take care of me. <BR> God Bless you! <BR> Jean <BR> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:34:19 EST My sweet sweet nephew My sweet sweet nephew passed away Thanksgiving morning in his sleep, possibly from an aneurysm. <BR> Rest in peace JohnBoy... we love you so very much! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:27:50 EST Do you get a flu shot? Do you get a flu shot? <BR> <BR> I do, although many years ago I did not. I started to get the flu shot after I was dianosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), because it seemed as if I walked by someone who sneezed it snowballed into everything from a sinus infection to the flu... now I know realistically that does not happen... but when your immune sytems takes a hit and you are trying to maintain your health, it needs all the help it can get! <BR> <BR> I am an advocate for the flu shot!... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:51:20 EST Love this quote by Coach Nicole SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: <BR> When you are consistent in your healthy habits, magic is happening in your body and mind, even if the scale isn't moving. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 13:13:54 EST im having a hard time, but im not giving up If you deal with a chronic illness you will get what I am saying.... <BR> <BR> I am having a hard time! Plain and simple.... <BR> <BR> Having chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects most everything! Sleeping, eating, thinking, and doing! When you just dont feel well, you just dont feel well... there is no pushing yourself when half the night you were up and down all night with cramping, itching, and other kidney disease stuff... when you are not feeling well due to other issues as well it co... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:23:32 EST Inspiration today <img src=""> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:05:04 EST Nut information Almonds fight diseases. These nuts are rich in fiber and vitamin E, which helps fight risky health conditions such as lung cancer, inflammation and cognitive decline. <BR> <BR> Brazil nuts protect from cancer. These nuts have selenium, a mineral that slows the growth of cancerous cells. It protects you against bone, prostate and breast cancer. <BR> <BR> Cashews preserve memory. These nuts are rich in magnesium, which improves memory and protects you against age-related memory loss. <BR> <B... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:05:13 EST my reply to "Changes on the site" + info With Spark being a FREE site where we can create teams to our personal life circumstances with people who deal with the same issues we do - specific teams - in regards to health, hobbies, tv shows, faith in God, ect and it is unparalleled any where else on the internet. <BR> <BR> I am THANKFUL for all that spark has to offer, even with the changes. <BR> <BR> This is not going to please some people... life is an ever changing dynamic we do not have control over... we either roll with the c... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:34:31 EST God is ever present! <img src=""> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:32:01 EST out of sorts... I am feeling out of sorts this week... <BR> <BR> Don is still not back to work, his recovery is not going well. <BR> <BR> I have been to the ortho doc again due to my darn ankle! I am looking at surgery again... went for a MRI yesterday - have an appointment next week to discuss the results and more than likely set up surgery. This is NOT how I planned to spend my summer! <BR> <BR> With graduation a month ago, I was hoping to take some time and spring clean everything in my house and... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:58:23 EST Stuff going on <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> It is hard to believe that I graduated two weeks ago.... I have been filling out a job application to teach at a community college.. while I earn my masters degree. <BR> <BR> The transition I am going through is felt by many of my peers - I go back and forth between being confident and feeling anxiety about moving forward. I am excited and scared at the same time!! <BR> <BR> I applied for a job that entails doing trainings at lo... Sat, 10 May 2014 13:02:48 EST Graduation ... now what?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been accepted to attend Grand Canyon University, working towards my master degree to be a professor of psychology. I will be done in 14 months and already have a job lined up. <BR> <BR> I do not want to counsel people, but I love psychology!! <BR> <BR> I will be mentoring at my Alma Mater for new students. <BR> <BR> I am applying to substitute teach while I work towards my master degree. <BR> <BR> I wi... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:23:40 EST Did your getup and go up and went? Did your getup and go up and went? <BR> <BR> I shared this with my Love Your Kidneys team this morning and thought you know... it may inspire someone else who is not on our team... <BR> <BR> (I will post an update about graduation tomorrow... <em>244</em> I DID it!) <BR> <BR> Here are some tips to feel more energetic and to get your "getup and go back" <BR> <BR> Being tired is part of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and depression is also very common in those with CKD and both ca... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 13:41:29 EST Twiggy? (the model) The average American woman is... Twiggy? <BR> ============ <BR> The average American woman is 5ft 4in, 164 pounds, and a size <BR> 14 to 16. In fact, over 50% of women in this country wear a size <BR> 14 or larger. <BR> <BR> The average man wears a 44. <BR> <BR> I was talking to someone recently who was stressing about <BR> gaining three pounds. <BR> <BR> You should be concerned about your health and weight and this <BR> issue is no excuse for not taking care or yourself but don't let <BR> the average fashion model wh... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:40:44 EST Still Answers Still Answers <BR> ================== <BR> A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible study. <BR> The pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the <BR> Lord's voice. <BR> <BR> The young man couldn't help but wonder, <BR> "Does God still speak to people?" <BR> <BR> After service, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie <BR> and they discussed the message. Several different ones talked <BR> about how God had led them in different ways. <BR> <BR> It was about ten o'clo... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:58:25 EST Have stress? ... an update... and more... Have Stressssss? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> An update: <BR> I have three weeks left of classes and I graduate in 22 days! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I will be attending a graduate school to get my masters degree in psychology... but it will be on-line, I am not becoming a counselor, I am going to be a professor teaching psychology. <em>150</em> ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:55:45 EST encouragement today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> never stop dreaming <BR> never give up on yourself <BR> never stop loving yourself <BR> <BR> when life gets you down remember it is only temporary <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> jean Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:33:32 EST update - on all <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Don is still pretty dependent upon me - not able to care for himself. <BR> <BR> I am doing well juggling finals and taking care of him. (thanks to one of my professors) <BR> <BR> Running up and down the stairs is havoc on my ankle, but I cannot work downstairs with the tv on. I need quiet! <BR> <BR> Don is on a heart healthy diet, taking a baby aspirin a day, and not doing much! We have to wait for a release from t... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:55:00 EST Caring for Hubby - heart attack I am currently taking care of my husband, as 17 days ago my husband had total knee replacement and then he had a heart attack a few days ago. We had a few scary days this week, but he is home and resting, while I am feeling stretched beyond all things - GOD IS GOOD! As I graduate in about 10 weeks so my plate is fuller than full, again God is good and we will get through this. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your support and encouragement! <BR> <BR> jean Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:30:29 EST Some of my health journey story..... First of all let me say that I cannot believe how short life is and how fast time is gone... <BR> <BR> Just a bit about me - I am going to be 51 years old this year (April), I have had 13 surgeries and procedures, most within the last 9 years. I have a left ankle disability, I live in stage 2 Kidney failure, Graves disease and thyroid disease, I have overcome many other health issues since being on spark - it will be 6 years in June. <BR> <BR> On January 8 so many years ago, I gave birth ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:50:43 EST Doing My Best - pushing through <em>521</em> <em>252</em> <em>345</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Well 2014 started out nasty for me - I was hugging a bowl for 6 days!! <BR> I spent New Year's Eve in the hospital - in the ER - dehydration and just wanted to be sure my kidneys were OK, ect. I have known 2 people who have died from flu complications while maintaining their chronic kidney disease. <BR> <BR> I started my new semester on Jan 4 and went to class sick, however, I kept to myself and kept my hands in my ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:11:58 EST Recipe For A Happy New Year <BR> Recipe For A Happy New Year <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are <BR> thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate. <BR> <BR> Cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all <BR> specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these <BR> months are freed from all the past. Have them fresh and clean as <BR> when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. <BR> <BR> Cut these ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:40:45 EST P.U.S.H. P.U.S.H. <BR> ====== <BR> <BR> A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room <BR> filled with light and God appeared. The Lord told the man He <BR> had work for him to do and showed him a large rock in front of <BR> his cabin. <BR> <BR> The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock <BR> with all his might. So, this the man did, day after day. <BR> For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders <BR> set squarely against the cold, massive surf... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:55 EST What To Count What To Count <BR> ============ <BR> <BR> Count your blessings instead of your crosses; <BR> Count your gains instead of your losses. <BR> Count your joys instead of your woes; <BR> Count your friends instead of your foes. <BR> Count your smiles instead of your tears; <BR> Count your courage instead of your fears. <BR> Count your full years instead of your lean; <BR> Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. <BR> Count your health instead of your wealth; <BR> Count on God instead of yourse... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:25:54 EST Too Heavy Too Heavy <BR> ========= <BR> <BR> A young man was at the end of his rope. <BR> <BR> Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. <BR> "Lord, I can't go on," he cried. "I have too heavy a cross to <BR> bear." <BR> <BR> The Lord replied, "My Son, if you can't bear its weight, just <BR> place your cross inside this room. Then, open that other door <BR> and pick out any cross you wish." <BR> <BR> The man was filled with relief and said "Thank You, Lord," and <BR> he did as he was t... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:51:59 EST