LIFEJUGGLER's SparkPeople Blog LIFEJUGGLER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community HAPPY HUMP DAY Happy Wednesday everyone!!! It is going to be a warm one here in Indiana, but it is so welcomed after the winter we had. Today I am going to strive to track! Tracking is a very important tool when we are trying to change our eating habits! It is also one of the hardest things for me to you for some reason. So, today is the day I will track everything that goes into my mouth. Whether it is nourishment or <BR> stress eating. Stress eating, is my addictive behavior. Now learning what I c... Wed, 21 May 2014 07:16:51 EST New Beginnings Yesterday I started my day (after getting my son to school) with the Qi Gong video. I wasn't able to do the whole thing. Needed to stop and sit to rest my back a couple of times but got right back up and continued with the video. It is 15 Minutes of quietness. Boy do I need that. I am learning that food cannot be a Coping mechanism for stress. I need to learn how to cope in a more healthy way. <BR> Today when I did the video I was able to make it all the way through! <em>244</em> ... Wed, 14 May 2014 11:23:33 EST What I learned yesterday Yesterday started out being a pretty good day. I have a habit tracking my breakfast and lunch pretty well and then by dinner time life gets in the way and everything goes out the window! Yesterday I tracked everything. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack. I did have a binge last night, which I thought wasn't a big deal but because of the binge I put away. 3156 Calories !!! Going into dinner I was at 766 Calories! Wow that was a real eye opener. Tracking and being honest about you're ea... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:56:02 EST Try try again This time I am going to live within my means. What I mean by that is that I am going to go slow get one thing down at a time, then an only then will I move on. This is not a sprint. It is a marathon. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:54:47 EST A Letter to Myself Today is Sunday April 21, 2013 <BR> The Spark Coach challenge for today is to write a supportive letter to yourself, but writing it as if you are yourself. <BR> <BR> Dear Ann, <BR> <BR> I know your journey has been a little rough as of late. But know that I believe in you. I know you can conquer the issues your are having to regain your life, health, and just in feeling better all the way around. Why is it, that the habits that are the hardest to break are the ones that weigh the heavie... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:50:29 EST just checkin in I am hoping to get back to <em>313</em> today or tomorrow. my left arm is bandaged from my thumb to past the shoulder, little discomfort but not too bad. pain pills are working nicely. I didn't track or any <BR> thing yesterday, so today my goal is to track, take meds as directed, and walk if I get the ok from the doc. have a GREAT SPARK DAY!!! <em>437</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> PS I'm back on the Celebrex! Life is good! Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:38:34 EST Pushing through the discomfort <em>273</em> I have been off my Humira going on two weeks not and off the Celebrex for 6 days. I am getting really stiff and it would be so easy for me not to exercise. But I am persevering ... the dogs need the walks and my liver needs me walking. So there you have it. stopping is not an option. <BR> <BR> Surgery on Wednesday. Can't wait! my left arm should start feeling better once the pinched nerve, thumb catch and carpal tunnel in my left arm is taken care of. Plus I'll be abl... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:19:27 EST Day #5 of Fitness Streak <em>311</em> Today the weather was icky. I did not want to walk. I think the dogs thought no way were we going for a walk but, WE DID!!! <em>200</em> <em>313</em> The sky looked like rain but it wasn't raining at the time. My exercise buddy and neighbor and I started out. She really didn't want to walk either. So misery loves company. lol <em>220</em> We walked about a block then it really started coming down. WE PERSEVERED!!! <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>257</em> ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:07:54 EST I didn't poop out!!! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I am not sure what my body is doing these days. Today I woke up and felt like I was the Tin Man before Dorothy lubed him up. I didn't want to move ... or exercise ... or move. I tracked today and kept saying I'll walk later. Towards evening I realized that I still hadn't gone for that walk. When I'm sore like this I really don't want to walk. And my family was no help. David was working. Sarah had homework. Sam just didn't feel like walking. I texted my neigh... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 22:03:21 EST Slow but sure Today is day 2 of walking with my dogs at our dog park. It really felt good. I am starting out slow. 3/4 of a mile a day. I have a bad habit of trying to do too much then getting off track. The dogs are loving it and so am I. David my husband has been going with me...tomorrow I will start going alone. (well with the dogs but only me taking them) So far so good! <em>311</em> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:48:06 EST Working for success I have been side tracked in accomplishing my healthy life style changes. Between the flu going through my home and other health issues, I was doing really well to make sure I tested my blood and took my meds. So, now I am getting back up and dusting myself off, and starting all over again. Giving up on myself is not an option. Failure is not falling it is not trying again. As long as I keep getting back up I am in the process of succeeding. <BR> <BR> Also, I have noticed something about... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:02:06 EST It lives! <em>282</em> <BR> I'm back! This is the first day in about two weeks that I feel like myself. We had the virus going through our house. It started out with my son ... he was out of school for a week with a high fever cough and just feeling miserable ... then I came down with it then my daughter and lastly my husband. David has been home sick all week and just went back to work today. I am feeling much better though I don't have any energy...I know that will come. So I am with it enou... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:18:49 EST day 3 of fitness streak!!! Today is day three of the my fitness streak! The dogs are loving it and it is nice to walk with someone. Tonight Sam and I walked and had a great conversation. I know all too soon he isn't going to want to spend time with his dear old mom. But, he is still at that age that he shares things with me. He wants to tell me how his day was and such. Yesterday I walked with my neighbor and her friend ... that time we had 3 dogs with us. Amie' and her dog Spudnik made it an adventure. All the... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:39:50 EST Walking with my kids Today I walked with my kids. We had so much fun ... each of them had a dog and I walked briskly with them. If we started slowing down I started to jog, which, made them crack up! Whenever I would start jogging Sam would power walk right passed me. lol We really had a good time and got some exercise! Good Day!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:42:05 EST Here we go Last week I had an MRI and EMG to try and figure out what is going on with my hands and elbows. At 3:30 today I will get the results of the tests. In the past I always handled stress by seeking out comfort foods. This time around ... not so much. I still did a little bit, but I had to keep in mind that my sick liver wouldn't tolerate any abuse by having high blood sugars. Sigh, I know no one ever said that life would be easy but, I hoped life wouldn't be so hard. <BR> <BR> The game of... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:15:24 EST I am thankful for Today I am thankful for. <BR> <BR> My faith ... if it wasn't for my faith in God life would be just way too hard. <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople ... Even though I am NOT perfect in any way shape or form, SparkPeople has taught me that it is ok to, fall, fail, or really mess up ... as long as I get back up, dust myself off and start again. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I refuse to give up on myself!!! This is the hardest journey I have ever been on ... but I am worth it! <em>185</em... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 03:15:16 EST I'm baaack! <em>282</em> I am feeling much better, thank you very much! <em>334</em> I am getting over pleurisy ... still on steroids but am feeling, much much better. Now I am ready to get back to work. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. To be on the path to a healthier life style. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> 2. To have some me time and making it a priority. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 3. My family, who love me just the way I am. <em>129</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:17:01 EST Three things I am thankful for !. A sense of humor. To be able to laugh at myself, it makes the tough times easier. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 2. To laugh, a lot with friends and family. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Striving to make positive changes in my life. <em>252</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:20:53 EST Short but sweet I am not feeling well today. Went to Urgent Care and found out I have Pleurisy. I will be on Prednisone for about 9 days. Keeping good blood sugars will be a challenge but I will do the best I can. I'll post when I am up for it. I might need to take a couple of days and just veg out and rest. I'm going to try and track. Good Night all. <em>2</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:38:15 EST Going ok I am doing alright at the moment. Tracking seems to be getting easier to do what I need to do. This is going to be short tonight. I am reallly tired and just want to go to bed. See you all tomorrow. <em>102</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:23:29 EST Prepping *&!# <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am not getting the prepping down very well. I wrote out all of my meals and snacks BUT, I ended up adding and changing things. So I think I might have some favorites in the food tracker that I can just click on and keep the tracking simple. I am so afraid of going backwards. Thinking about what I am going to eat when the time for the meal comes seems to work for me. I try and keep a healthy snack in my purse and will write it down if I use it. <em>102</em> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:11:48 EST I'm enthused So, I am prepping for the next day ... at least for two meals. Breakfast and Lunch and my snacks. I need to decide what we will have for dinner. I picked up lots of veggies and fruits as a matter of fact I am having my snack for the evening as I am writing this. I took my blood sugar before I started on my apple and it was 94!!! 94 for a before bedtime snack is unheard of in my diabetic history!!! The apple will give me what I need for the night. I'm excited to see what tomorrow will b... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:51:55 EST Prepping for success! Ok today I am going to prepare my meal plan for tomorrow and plan what I am going to eat the day before instead of as my stomach is growling and I want to eat NOW! So that is my challenge for to day. I will edit this blog later with what I am doing as I'm doing it. Gotta go for right now. Be Back later. <BR> <BR> Well life got out of hand a little bit this evening. But I am going to have toast with a little peanut butter on it for breakfast. I didn't get to the store so I will need to ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:04:24 EST Apology to myself Dear Self, <BR> Today was a tough day for you. It was a happy occasion my niece invited me to come along to shop for a wedding dress. She picked a beautiful one. She has grown into a lovely woman and my sister Joan would be so proud of her. There was a part of me that was so sad that Joanie wasn't with us. <BR> <BR> I was running late for the appointment so I didn't eat dinner. (grabbed an apple to tie me over) by the time I came home I was so hungry. I had a chicken breast in the f... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 01:59:02 EST So far so good I am slowly learning that I am responsible for my own actions. I can choose what I want and don't want in my life. I stopped being a victim of my surroundings. The way I respond to adversity can be in a positive way or a negative way ... I choose to be positive. <BR> <BR> Life is Good today. Good Night all <em>381</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 00:02:44 EST January 1st 2013 <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>135</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year everyone! Today is the first day of the year that great things will come to pass. I wish you all Health, enough wealth, and strong positive streaks. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:30:10 EST 2012 is ending ... 2013 is almost here <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are ending 2012 on a sad note. Our beloved cat Flag needed the decision that all pet owners hope they will never need to make. Last Thursday we needed to end his discomfort and pain. He was 13 yrs old and we've known him since he was 5 days old. My daughter was 5yrs old when we got him and my son wasn't born yet. He was an end of an era. All the pets we had when the kids were tiny are now gone. So now w... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:57:16 EST bubble bubble toils and trouble I think I figured my problem area. It is dinner. I don't know if I eat dinner and then my snack too close together or if I have too much of either dinner or snack but my before bed time blood sugars are in the 200s. I think I will try taking a 2hPP before I eat my evening snack and see where I am then. I'll get it figured out, just need to keep plugging away. Good Night All <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:35:06 EST It is hard but worth it This was my first full day of working the program. I still had trouble with my dinner. I think I might need to take time before dinner to get my mind engaged so I can eat smart. To night we had shrimp and clams...both frozen fried ... they tasted good so I picked after I was finish with dinner. I need to put food away with people in the kitchen with me so I don't sneak. My goal for tomorrow is to keep my blood sugars under 120. <em>381</em> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:43:22 EST Very Sobering week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a week! Our cat Flag has severe arthritis in three of his legs. We are trying our best to keep him comfortable and he seems to be doing better. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I on the other hand had a very sobering appointment with my GI Doctor. I'm in stage three out of four stages of liver disease. I'm not really surprised by the test results. I'm su... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:36:47 EST It's been a while Hi All, <BR> I haven't been doing too much with Spark People recently. Life just keeps getting in the way...but I am wandering back to SP a little faster these days. Even when I am not on SP I am still working on myself and taking small steps. That is one problem I have. I want to do it all in one swoop and I am finding out it doesn't work that way. I try all the other ways of doing things before I come to realize that SP has the right path for me. I just need to follow the Spark way fi... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 14:21:24 EST Started back at the YMCA <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I started back at the YMCA and it feels really good!!! I have a new exercise buddy too! My son Sam wanted to become more active and wants to work out. Since he quit Tae Kwon Do he is slipping back into old habits. We tried football for him but it wasn't a good fit. So today I went to strength train (I need to work on my core) so I can walk my dogs without back pain. Anyway Sam went to the game room and they h... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:40:15 EST Happy Birthday Sarah <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my baby girl is turning 18yrs old. It seems just like yesterday that she was little. I am so in awe of her and how she has grown into this beautiful woman...beautiful on the inside, outside and everything inbetween. she has a kind heart and a passion for our faith. It won't be long that we will be packing her up for college. I guess I... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 22:33:25 EST This weekend was a WEEKEND!!! My beautiful daughter was in a play this weekend. Between the play, making cookies for a retreat her class is putting on (they had a run through this morning) and a dear friend who is sick in the hospital it has just been a weekend from you know where. But I feel pretty good about how things went. I did what I could and didn't sweat what I couldn't. Tomorrow is another day. <em>386</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 21:44:40 EST Priorities took a back seat Today started with me getting up later than I should. Had to be out the door with out breakfast. Ate on the run ... didn't track, didn't do anything. But that is life. It is messy. Sometimes I think we need to give ourselves a break when life is not in our control. So, tomorrow is another day. Good Night everyone Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:37:00 EST The day went great...then the sun set <BR> <BR> I have always had the brunt of my trouble with eating in the evenings. I'm a snacker. Today I tracked my meals and snacks. It gave me insight to where my problems areas are. And yes, my challenge is the evenings. I snacked a bit more than I should have. I didn't really over eat. I just didn't plan what my snack would, I had popcorn, 6 triscuts with tuna salad on it and nibbled on some things my family was snacking on. I need to plan what my snack will be, measure ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 23:56:09 EST Articles are wonderful! <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> I read my first article today on Spark People. It is called MIND OVER BODY and it is dealing with Emotional Eating. I don't know about anyone else but I need help in this department big time! It gives tools on how to treat EE and how to tame the beast before it gets out of control. I'm not quite finished with it. I will most likely be reading and rereading it until I get it down. I am taking control tonight...I will no longer be a victim of my circumstances. ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:37:36 EST 1. Tracking <img src="">Ok So, I have been having little fits about tracking...I don't like to track, it bugs me. It takes time to write down everything that goes in my mouth. And the biggest reason I don't like to track is you see what you are eating!!! If you don't write it down you can just forget about eating it and if you forget about eating it there are no doesn't count. No wonder I've had this weight issue for most of my li... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:51:36 EST I am back and ready for action I decided to sign up for SparkCoach. It is very exciting so far. I'm trying to take things slow and not get all excited with no action or results. Wish me luck! All things are possible when God is on your side. I believe God brought me to Spark People. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I'll keep everyone posted...and if any of my spark buddies are working with SparkCoach. If you have any pointers please share! <em>30</em> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:51:21 EST 1 st agaun Well I am going to try the Spark Coach... just finished up my free trial and I think It might just be what I need. Wish me Luck!!! <em>381</em> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:36:05 EST Job interview I had a job interview today that I think went really well. I wanted part time....found out it was for a full time position. It is high stress....I need to have something with less stress. I will have people taking out their frustrations on me....all for minimum wage. My husband doesn't want me to take the job. He is probably right ... it's just that I have been trying so hard to find something. Maybe I'm not supposed to work right now. What to do ... what to do.... <em>24</em> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 23:07:15 EST May have hit the wall but I will bounce back! Today is September 30th, 2012...I took some time off. Just having overwhelming health issues. But I am back and will start working again. Sigh. No one ever said life would be easy. <em>465</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:54:40 EST It is what it is Yesterday and today have been much better days. I'm keeping my food journal and my numbers are looking better. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:01:36 EST Aaarrrrgggghhhhh!!! <em>234</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> I have so fallen off the wagon it isn't funny. I need to pick myself up and start again. I think I am learning that yes, I can indulge myself from time to time but it comes with a price. Getting back on track is just so hard to do!!! Starting right now...this very moment.... to be continued. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:51:18 EST quick update I am getting back on track...had a Wedding shower that threw me off my game with eating goodies. I am not beating myself up about it. But, I will be working extra hard at the Y to get back on track. Does anyone know if Spark People has a low carb food plan? Because of health issues I need to be on low carb and South Beach diet has been suggested to me by two of my doctors. Any suggestions? Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:29:43 EST I don't know what day it is.... Ok so today I started back at the Y. I went to the cardio room and worked out on the PreCor for 10 minutes. I set the time for 15 minutes but I only did 10. It felt good and it felt right. I am going to be in there 3 time a week and work out for at least 10 minutes with slowly working up to an hour. I know it wasn't much but I am proud of myself. My joints are complaining a little bit but that is ok too. I'll post more tomorrow. <em>381</em> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:37:26 EST Day 31 I know what I have to do. I need to lose weight, exercise, and get off of as much medication as I can. And that is what I am doing. I haven't joined the YMCA yet ... need to wait for pay day. I am trying to get 10 minutes of exercise a day. Drinking my water, and eating low carb. I really wish I could cut carbs out all together. I guess that is what I was trying to do ... yesterday and the day before I had bothersome low blood sugars. So I realize now I need to have low carb. But ho... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:13:42 EST Day 29 <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> This past week has been a whirlwind. I had a liver biopsy and have been diagnosed with Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. So once again I need to change the way I eat. I happened to go to my Endocrinologist the day after I got the news. I was thinking I need to eat low fat. She explained to me that the fatty liver is caused from my diabetes! The higher my blood sugars the more my liver will store the high sugars as fat. <BR> <BR> I have a number of issues to... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 01:09:56 EST Day 16: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to check in. My blood sugars are wonderful. I am starting to use a regular log book, instead my big journal book. I'll keep the book for when I am have trouble. I have lost 8 pounds (they are still in my up and down range,) so I am not quite thrilled but I am going in the right direction. Slow but sure. That's my motto. <em>188</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:46:35 EST Day 10: This will be a sort blog. I feel I need to get back into the swing of things. I need to refocus on what my goal is. Through my journaling I am finding that it is a struggle to adhear to my 2-3 Carbs per meal. I start to crave more carbs. In the beginning I was able to not giving in to tempatations but now it is getting harder. Tomorrow will be my regroup and reboot day. I know I am in it fo the long haul. I can do this the easy way or the hard way. I guess the easy way doesn't work a... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 02:09:28 EST