LIFE-FAITH's SparkPeople Blog LIFE-FAITH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 The Village Idiot The Village Idiot <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a village named Egoville hidden away <BR> in the mountains. Now, this village, like most villages, had <BR> their own idiot. His name was Hugh Millety. <BR> <BR> Hugh, the village idiot, was the ridicule of Egoville. <BR> The towns folk would often set him up with silly choices in order <BR> to laugh mercilessly at him when he made the wrong choice. <BR> <BR> "Hugh," they'd say, "would you rather have this shiny... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:16:34 EST revamping my goals Finishing my psychology degree with full time classes 54+ hours a week, missing dad <BR> I need some support and encouragement and love <BR> *************************************** <BR> I am working on my goal - one day at a time <BR> Living with chronic kidney failure - is challenging some days! <BR> <BR> My goals and commitment: <BR> My commitment is to ME - FOR me <BR> <BR> Revamping my goals: <BR> Do 4-6 strength training spark videos 2x times a week - with walking in between - even if... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:49:55 EST Trust <img src=""> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 14:46:21 EST I am the clay <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My prayer today is for God to continue to mold me the way He needs me to be. <BR> <BR> Jean Thu, 7 Nov 2013 15:30:53 EST God changes us.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am always in transition... God is always changing me - I am so thankful for His word! <BR> <BR> Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 <BR> <BR> Jean Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:43:10 EST A Different View of Halloween A Different View of Halloween <BR> ======================== <BR> A woman was asked by a coworker, <BR> "What is it like to be a Christian?" <BR> <BR> The coworker replied, <BR> <BR> "It is like being a pumpkin. <BR> God picks you from the patch, <BR> brings you in, <BR> and washes all the dirt off of you. <BR> <BR> Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. <BR> He removes the seeds of doubt, <BR> hate, <BR> greed, <BR> etc., <BR> <BR> ...and then He carves you a new... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 11:32:33 EST Only God keeps you going <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:50:01 EST peace <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stand firm in the knowledge that God holds my life in His hands. <BR> All things on this earth are temporary... God's peace is eternal <BR> <BR> Jean Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:13:01 EST its up to you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this is so true! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> jean Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:29:16 EST good nutrition or disease... your choice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am working on a Group Proposal for one of my classes, I came across this - and wanted to share it, as it is so true!! <BR> <BR> Although not all diseases stem from diet, most do. <BR> And it is a choice. <BR> <BR> We can either eat healthy or we can deal with disease. <BR> <BR> I have iatrogenic kidney disease - caused by a medical procedure or treatment, but some kidney diseases are caused by diet. I am ma... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:01:52 EST loving memory I think someone emailed this to me.. so beautiful! <BR> I miss my dad! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:44:54 EST Do you tell family you LOVE them? My grandkids are my motivation to keep on keeping on! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Last weekend I had three of our six grandkids for most of the weekend. <BR> I need time with my grandbabes, there is healing in spending time with them. They are my legacy. <BR> <BR> Families are changing today - technology has replaced interpersonal interactions. Research shows that newer generations are not traditional in visiting family as back in my day..... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:33:07 EST Stage 2 kidney disease??/ it is possible to change stages?? I got my labs back today - I am officially in stage 2 kidney disease. <BR> <BR> YES, my nephrologist doctor changed my status... my numbers have been consistent for about 2 years, now. <BR> My 1st nephrologist said my status would never be changed - he said as long as my numbers fluctuate, because I was stage 3 when diagnosed, I will always be stage 3... well my new neph changed my status. <BR> <BR> The status of stage 2 or 3 does not worry me, what worries me is this disease - period... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:31:59 EST Happy Fall <em>524</em> <em>223</em> <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> I am back - gearing up for the fall challenge, wanting to lose a bit more weight! I stopped losing when I lost dad... however, I have maintained what I lost... <BR> <BR> I am working through my grief, getting back on track... working out with Coach Nicole - eating healthy. <BR> <BR> I go see my kidney doctor on Tuesday - I know my numbers are not as good as a year ago... I have been doing too much (school 54 hours + a week is not go... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:46:17 EST looking for ways to burn some calories? I dont know where I got this - found it in a draft email <BR> <BR> Based on a 40-year-old 5’5", 140-pound woman. Men, and women weighing over 140 pounds will burn more caloriesduring the same activities.) <BR> Bathing dog (to look and smell pretty for guests!): 15 minutes = 56 calories <BR> Wrapping gifts or making crafts (hello party favors): 30 minutes = 48 <BR> Bagging grass & leaves: 30 minutes = 127 calories <BR> Light baking (of all your favorite treats): 1 hour = 159 calories <BR> Ten... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:36:09 EST Note to my sparkfriends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have decided to take a spark break - I am juggling too many transitions right now... I keep thinking I CAN DO IT ALL - school, spark, continue to help my mom, 60 hours a week of school work (OK that is what it is suppose to be - but I have GREAT professors - my work load is about 12 hours of work a week instead of 20!!! per class I have 3, with the exception of one class it is about 20 +... ) but the truth is I... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:04:34 EST Day 9 - Note to self... Struggling with the juggling.... too much school work and not enough down time! tomorrow morning - spark videos are MINE! Eating healthy... trying to get my kidney disease back on track... stress is bad for me! water, water and more water! More fruits! more Veggies!! and sticking to my plan! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:32:15 EST Day 6 - another transition <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am doing my best to BE STILL and just KNOW that HE IS... <BR> <BR> My mom is moving out of my community - 30 miles away. I have been an emotional mess most of the weekend, but I knew this was coming! <BR> <BR> I have been doing well - both getting back to my Kidney friendly foods and getting in my exercise every day. <BR> <BR> Friday mom and I went shopping - we were gone for 5 hours, got a lot of walking in..... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:00:19 EST Day two - back to the videos <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did a 20 minute strength training video yesterday and today I did a 10 minute cardio workout... I am now going for my 10 minute walk. <BR> <BR> I am starting slow - to rebuild my strength. <BR> <BR> Can I just say - I am tired! But the exercise feels GOOD. <BR> <BR> I am getting back to it! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Jean Wed, 4 Sep 2013 14:07:53 EST Day one, Doing this for me... getting heathly and strong and dealing with life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am counting my blessings today <BR> <BR> When dad passed away in July I got off track - I have no idea what day I am on - I just know I am struggling to get back on track with consistent exercise (30 - 60 mins a day), better sleep, sticking to my kidney friendly diet and pushing my water. <BR> <BR> So I am trying to regain my focus - I am DOING this for me! I want to look strong and healthy, I want to feel st... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:00:35 EST Jawbone vs fitbit <link><BR>bit-flex-review/ </link> <BR> <BR> To see a fitbit video: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A fitbit tracker is on my Christmas list this year. I am doing my homework - I have read blogs on spark that have to do with the little device too. <BR> <BR> I thought I would share the link for some info I found this morning. <BR> <BR> I will post an updated blog soon. I am busy spending time with family and doing homework and house work. ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:41:37 EST I cannot eat like a college student!!!.. feeling unwell <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This fall's transition back to school is not going well! <BR> <BR> I have an hour drive to school on a good day and on a bad day with lots of traffic it could take an hour and half to two hours. UGH! So I always leave for class atleast two hours before. You never know what you are going to run into. I eat before I leave, take water and apple and other snacks with me. I may eat something when I get home, if I... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:39:19 EST Getting back on track... tracking and doing! Transitions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Grief is a hard road! I am doing my best to get back on track with nutrition plan, sleep, exercise, ect. Of course tracking all of it!! <BR> <BR> Today is the first day in a month that I got up and exercised, ate - tracked it all for the day - before I did anything else - trying to pick up the pieces of dad being gone. (dad has been gone a month now - I still pick up my phone and push #3 and he is not there... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:05:12 EST Spark-Jean to Life-Faith - read the meaning here <BR> To have faith in God is not knowing that God exists or knowing that he will act, rather it is that the one with emunah will act with firmness toward God's will. <BR> <BR> I live my life by faith! Without God as my Rock! Jesus as my Savior! and the Holy Spirit as my Comforter - I am nothing but Dust that is Lost and Alone! <BR> <BR> OK if you saw my other update about Emuna-hhai - I had second thoughts and just changed my name to english - and what I exactly wanted to say. <B... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:31:46 EST The Snooze Button <BR> The Snooze Button <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> What if life had a snooze button? <BR> <BR> It does. <BR> <BR> It is labeled procrastination. <BR> <BR> A snooze button simply allows you to stay where you are a little <BR> while longer instead of getting up and going. <BR> <BR> That's exactly what procrastination is. <BR> <BR> There is a funny thing about sleeping after you hit the snooze <BR> button on an alarm clock; it seems like that sleep is more <BR> precious. Not only i... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:52:39 EST