LINDAF49's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LINDAF49 LINDAF49's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Day 20 October Challenge; Learn about Intermittent Fasting; Water; carb/protein/fat%s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423312 OK, home from vacation and although the rest of October is very busy, several days totally away from home, I am committed to get back on track of the health challenge and goals. <BR> So reporting in .... <BR> ***weight only went up 4 # and the travel jeans still fit the last day of the trip - a bit tighter but not back!!! - will wash them and see if they shrink but still fit for travel next week <BR> ***NO CANDY purchased and only the one piece of fudge eaten the very first day. That is ama... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:56:35 EST Vacation and using jeans as a measure of weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421546 So fun and so thankful this morning when I put on the "travel" pair of jeans I wear on our long driving days - they fit over the support stockings I wear and I knew I would not be doing my daily weight-ins I am accustomed to at home. After eight days of family special meals [all in one city so no reason to put on the travel jeans] and using portion control I still fit into them!!! True, I haven't washed them but they fit!! and feel good and supportive!! Now we will be here 4 days so let's ... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:38:42 EST Happy Thanksgiving to my canadian friends and family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419719 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d97db5b-087f-44c4-bd3e-cf07bca26ae2.jpg">Thanksgiving (French: Action de grâce), or Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l'action de grâce) is an annual Canadian holiday, occurring on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. <BR> Thanksgiving has been officially celebrated as an annual holiday in Canada since November 6, 1879, when parliament passed a law designating a national day of thanksgiving. ... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 11:48:26 EST Day 9 Oct. Challenge; Day 6 of vacation trip; Be flexable and stay healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419706 We woke to SNOW blowing and swirling but temp is warm enough we know it won't stick and the forecasts say all warmer the next days we travel. For today, we sit and converse and enjoy family time and go no where!!! <BR> <BR> Am enjoying a mix of life long favorite foods at family meals and eating good nutritious breakfasts and meals that I control more - this is a lovely vacation for me to laugh , love , lift nd be healthy and still enjoy traditions and memories in taste and in pictures. ... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 11:25:44 EST Day 7 Oct. Challenge; Day 4 of vacation trip Be flexable and stay healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419079 Vacation day #4 Oh My, I thought I could stay on task better than I am doing - <BR> But I am sticking to NO CANDY Challenge, <BR> Staying celiac Gluten Free; <BR> Not going to try to record foods, will make notes of favorite discoveries and ideas. <BR> Being mindful of carbs - but also eating small portions of what is served if it is gluten free. <BR> New fun Grocery Store yesterday to get simple basics while visiting and had fun looking at all the gluten free items but way too many carbohy... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 13:18:54 EST Day 4 Oct. Challenge; Learn about Intermittent Fasting; Water; carb/protein/fat%s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418215 First day out on the road of vacation... NO candy eaten!!! Een walked by ice cream and all other treats of the mini marts - that is hard for me to do!!! Ate planned meats and cheese snacks, good breakfast and had gluten free restaurant meal saving part of the grilled chicken for snack tomorrow - Supper good choices today but did not track calories - late nite into motel and early start tomorrow ...not the way we planned but are making it work!!! <BR> <BR> Hubby did get good Dr report befor... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:26:44 EST Day 3 October Challenge; Learn about Intermittent Fasting; Water; carb/protein/fat%s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417869 Day 3 12 hour fasting; 4000steps; No candy, 88oz water, 1110cal 65carbs 23%carb 23%protein 54%fat <BR> <BR> Light on water today - has been a rough day of walking in circles trying to get final packing done for three weeks away - I have the morning list made and then get in the car and go.... <BR> <BR> Water or stevia sweetened drinks will be mainstays for the whole time - the rest will be hit and miss, enjoy and pass up; please be healthy through it all and happy and just enjoy this spec... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 01:27:59 EST Day 1 October Challenge; Learn about Intermittent Fasting; Water; carb/protein/fat%s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417276 First day of new month challenge and official weigh-in does show 1# lost and claimed a new official Low Number on the scale the month of September by seeing it for three days. <BR> Ready to start this hard month of being away from home and social days when we are home. <BR> *Intermittent fasting - will record the hours between last bite and first bite and see where I am to start and then learn to grow that time. <BR> *Water: I am really consistent in this but don't want to loose it in the ... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 11:49:18 EST Day 30 GF-SF-Low Carb - Lose that weight and walk those 6000 steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416614 Last day of the month and no weight lost but feel I did improve nutrition and averaged 6000 steps the last two weeks. I learned a lot about carbs this month and feel I am much more aware of carb levels in the foods I commonly eat and am amazed at the number in fruits - missing fruit will always be a part of the low carb life style I think - but will cling to my berries daily and add one other fruit serving probably on four days a week. <BR> So will move on to October challenges I have thou... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:17:42 EST Day 27 GF-SF-Low Carb - Lose that weight and walk those steps - aim at 6500 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415623 It is time to see some change in the scales ...inches and other markers don't work if the #s don't go down because I need to get weight off these joints!! and lighten the work load on my heart. <BR> <BR> So strict Gluten free and celiac tummy seems back in good condition <BR> Sugar Free - NO added sugars yesterday, had one serving berries for my fruit and Pure Protein bar has some in it but doing well in sugars and in LOW CARB. <BR> <BR> The steps were amazing - I was hurting big time by... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:39:30 EST Day 23 GF-SF-Low Carb - Lose that weight and walk those steps 6000and aim at 6500 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414396 OK - Yesterday I ate gluten and sugar and white flour and last night I had the "Celiac knives in the stomach pain" much of the night... tender today but doing OK..Inflamation was way up and scales showed 4 pounds water weight and could hardly walk due to joint pain . OUCH!!!! <BR> <BR> Started day with just protein and healing herb teas and by 5pm tried the strawberries I got at market - and then finished the day with some "keto - no sugar ice cream" comfort food that is appropriate for my ... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:58:50 EST First day of FALL and I really stepped away from my routine.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414057 Just went full on rebellious and had a large iced cinnamon roll this afternoon and now my tummy hurts!!!! Celiac does not forget or forgive the rebellious times and now I will regret it for a few days. Hoping that I don't get sick and miss our last Market day... It just looked so good and one bite and I was lost!!! ate every bit of it!!!! and I enjoyed it but it was all the "no's" wrapped up in a beautiful spiral of white flour, white sugar, white icing and GLUTEN!!!. <BR> <BR> I broke ever... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:49:49 EST Day 20 GF-SF-Low Carb - Lose that weight and walk those steps 6000and aim at 6500 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413352 Oh my goodness - I have got to work harder at getting more steps in early in the day - doing bike at end of day definitely caused chest tightess - but no nitro needed - stopped @25 minutes instead of doing the full 30. And not recovering as well as I would like. need to try to do that more consistently - think I will change my routine for the winter some after vacation time. <BR> <BR> Had good GF-SF-Low carb day and did get the steps in but just barely!!! <BR> <BR> Finally tried the spir... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:01:15 EST Day 18 GF-SF-Low Carb - Lose that weight and walk those steps 6000and aim at 6500 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412626 Dr appointments in the city today - 4 hours from my home to the med.center per Veteran's Van. First appointment was another "nitrogen freeze" of plantar wart on bottom of right heal - this is my weak side and now more pain for several days then will be back to normal --- keep pressing forward!! <BR> Second appointment was Echo Cardiogram which is like an ultrasound of the heart - painless and yet am tense to know what they saw - of course technitians are not allowed to say a word. I told he... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:43:03 EST Day 16 GF-SF-LowCarb and no refined sugar- 6000steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411935 Ok skipped a few days but busy and working VERY hard at goals. <BR> >GF is a given for me due to celiac - but It is essential so will remain in my daily accountability goals <BR> >SF- I would say about 80% compliance on day to day efforts - some surprises popping up but feel like I am getting educated and more willing to be compliant and learn ways to change or find similar acceptable foods for my real cravings - gradually using up some "sugar free" items of the past that have more chemicals ... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:48:59 EST Day 13**GF-SF-LOW CARB-Anti-inflammatory Way of LIVING with 6000+ steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410918 I think there is a poem that says "more miles to go before I rest tonight..." well the bike is still waiting for me - been a mixed up day and full of interuptions, study, fun moments and laughing times with daughter and pup and just good talk times but the steps are not in so I WILL RIDE TONIGHT when all other things are put to rest for the day. <BR> <BR> Other elements are all good - GF, SF, Fairly low carb ...under 50 but not at goal of 20-30, Anti-inflammatory 80% of the foods and choic... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:48:11 EST Day 12 **GF-SF-LOW CARB-Anti-inflammatory Way of LIVING with 5000 to 6000 steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410635 It has been a good day <em>250</em> - official weigh in is down to 204# - I read an article today encouraging to look at these weights s a five pound window and to watch for that window to slowly lower - not get hung up on a specific number but I have to see the lowest number each week go lower and if I see a new number 3 times in a week or so I CLAIM it!!! I think the number of steps has to also be like that and when the AVERAGE of a week is up each week I can be happy and accomplished!... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:17:05 EST Day 11 - 9-11 Patriot's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410140 Rather than dwell on diets and lifestyles...today I would like to quietly and proudly pause to appreciate the patriots that responded on 9/11 - to honor their lives and their memories - I did not have any immediate family or friends involved but am so thankful for our freedoms remaining, for the way that day pulled our country together in unity and and I honor those who lost their lives that day - not fighting for our country but dying because of the ever present fight to keep our freedoms. ... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:37:02 EST Day7**GF-SF- AI- Low carb - fast 500 -Walk 5000>6000** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408867 Day 7 an feeling like I really messed up the day - it was a long hard day of market prep and then went to market 12:30 to 8pm counting travel time, set up and break down - poor customer base today and few vendors and the air quality is terrible with smoke from so many fires in the North West. so no one feels up to par. Also learned that dear friend is depressed to suicidal levels and I am just getting up out of a depressive slump myself. <BR> <BR> OK, step by step,** GF --- the easy part... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 00:57:30 EST Day6**GF-SF- AI- Low carb - fast 500 -Walk 5000>6000** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408400 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8911aef-61cf-4ccb-b57a-015b27c03368.jpg">Hoping this is an encouragement to one of my encouragers .."Changing Turtle" <BR> <BR> I am so very slow at loosing weight and so want to get pounds off for my knees, hip, heart condition and mobility and balance issues. <BR> <BR> 9pm and time to sign off for day 6...Kept my fasting day to 600++ , steady gluten free, low sugar did some good Anti-inflammatory and walked 4950 around the house - too tire... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:27:21 EST Day5**GF-SF- AI- Low carb - fast 500 -Walk 5000>6000** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408118 Tuesday Farmer's Market day and it was a slow market, poor vendor and customer turn out and very poor air quality from fires surrounding our area. I did walk the circumference twice but very slowly and did not feel like I was really getting much exercise. <BR> GF - yes - requirement but have been through the learning curve for this one. <BR> SF - did fair - I really want brown sugar on winter squash but settled for "In the raw" as a measured, specific amount but is still refined sugar! Also... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:46:28 EST Day4**GF-SF- AI- Low carb - fast 500 -Walk 5000>6000** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407767 Doing well - especially for holiday!!! <BR> GF - yup - no problem when I m in my own home! <BR> SF - lerning nd getting closer but not totally free yet - no refine sugars added! <BR> Low carb ... 44 is getting close to goal of 40...but measuring the potato sald ws a good step forward for me - but also important to have the traditional foods so no pity parties ... I would rather learn to control portions and enjoy life nd family foods when I can without hurting the celiac or cardiac requirem... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 01:36:54 EST Day 3**GF-SF- AI- Low carb - fast 500 -Walk 5000>6000** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407339 Sunday and a quiet day of church, rest, study, correspondence... <BR> Gluten free - yep <BR> Sugar free - getting more comfortable with this each day ... thankful for healthy stevia substitutes for some things. <BR> A I --Noticed that in the title and in practice I need to be sure to include the anti-inflammatory [AI] foods...I have been working at that for years but always need to be alert and not just avoiding the anti-health foods but being sure to consume the anti-inflammatory and posit... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 21:20:47 EST 9/2=Day 2 **GF-SF- Low carb - fast 500 -Walk 5000>6000** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407048 Gluten free - yes!!! tried a new protein bar "Quest Beyond cereal Protein Bar" 110cal 4.5fat [2.5Sat.F] 17carb [7fiber,8 Allulose =monosachride,0 alcohols but labeled as 2 net carbs????] protein 12....tasted good, no upset tummy from it, able to do with no chewing teeth. <BR> <BR> Sugar Free - well, didn't do so well - the fish was GF Breading but had some sugar, plus the new bar was very processed, <BR> <BR> LOW CARB 61 ttal is over my goal of 40 but is also learning and coming down ... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 00:08:17 EST Sept. Day 1 - studied and planned and ready for NEW MONTH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406660 I have been sharing process of choosing a working plan and have finally decided on a plan for September - I had been studying KETO but with Cardio-Dr not very gung-ho about the idea and knowing I have not conquered low carb or sugar free lifestyle have come "The Plan" <BR> **GF-SF- Low carb - fast 500** <BR> GF=Gluten free for celiac <BR> SF=Sugar free - but also no questionable artificial sweeteners - Stevia is OK, small amounts or erythritol and occasional real honey or maple syrup but CO... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 22:40:29 EST Day 7 GF-SF-Cardio-Keto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406337 "One day at a time Sweet Jesus" became a favorite song when caring for my mother years ago - still is so true - my faith is strong that the Lord made this body and it is my responsibility to take good care of it. So I strive to do that - <BR> <BR> Today was Gluten free, no refined sugars so counting it as sugar free- cardio- not there yet and KETO is not---too many carbs...this is soooooo hard! Beginning to accept adding good fats and clean fats even if saturated...like the butter. Goo... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:49:45 EST Day 6 GF-SF CARDIO_KETO Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405932 Another day of reading and planning - managed to do the whole day's menu but then could not stick to it when hubby made his requests - so going to have to plan to do some meals ahead and just do two different meals some times - I am willing to do that if I am sure I am doing it all right and for the best ...I see the problem for me is back to getting the carbs DOWN from foods as well as from sugars... but label reading nd tracking foods is helping me learn. <BR> <BR> Then in all my effort... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:04:21 EST Tues - Day 5 GF-SF-AI-Cardio Keto learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405316 So after the day's accounting is done, I had the peanut butter and tea but will use that on todays tracking ....I think it might help me mentally to think of whatever I eat after 8pm will be "counted on tomorrow" Today's breakfast was more like a lunch meal going to be an interesting day!! Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:50:47 EST Reaching out - GF-SF-AI-CardioKeto practice day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404781 Practicing getting in the principle/prioritized goals and name of this health adventure. <BR> <BR> Did not do much for KETO learning today-Sunday is our day of rest and I napped in church and in the afternoon - know that I did a "no-no" at the end of day and am seeing potential problem that needs to be nipped in the bud - I am very weak in resistance skills after about 8pm in the evening - that is when I want the carbs and dairy in particular. How do I get past that desire for milk and co... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:34:52 EST Reaching out - practice day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404273 So priorities are set 1 thru 4 , Name the blog and wt loss effort: <BR> Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Anti-Inflammatory, Cardio agreed KETO Wt Loss Effort ...or... <BR> GF-SF-AI-CardioKETO <BR> <BR> So I did some vegetarian and Vegan KETO study last night and will continue to study that to get ideas of how to do KETO with out many saturated fats to satisfy the cardiologist that this is a safe way to lose this weight with two heart stents placed 5/14. <BR> <BR> Breakfast of two eggs, in VOO. I... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 17:44:54 EST Reaching out to all my teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403858 I have been trying for figure out a way to share the same news with all my teams without writing it 6 times ...thinking maybe blogging is the way so going to add that to my new accountability and wt.loss efforts. <BR> SO sharing priorities : <BR> 1 Gluten free for Celiac <BR> 2 Anti-inflammatory for heart, arthritis, GERD and general feelings of well being <BR> 3 Lose the sugar as part of anti-inflammatory and any lowering carb effort <BR> 4 KETO approved by cardiologist ONLY if I keep th... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:32:39 EST Aug 11 - new Dr, new official wt, new goals, new encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398866 Today I established a new primary care Dr. My old clinic closed and I had not wanted to face the change but today I met with my new Dr. - he has been husband's Dr. for some time so we were not new to each other and he did oversee my rehab after my back surgery so in a way he has even been my Dr. But delighted to say I have a new local Dr. Official Dr.'s office weight of 206# down and maintained from 238# May 5 2015, height was also down due to osteo arthritis and bent legs. But Blood press... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:56:19 EST Father's Day Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373915 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a45f3605-e246-4b61-9a65-460f045b2ce1.png">This is the week before Father's Day and I pause to honor my own Father - he died at age 54 with heart attack and all of his children now have heart disease but He was the best of Dad's - I always have been proud of him and miss him and so wish we could just sit and talk. <BR> Then I honor my dear husband - the father of my two children and the father figure for so many of the children we cared for ... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:33:21 EST Waiting to use gifts and gadgets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362717 We have a family joke that I always wait a year after I receive a gift before I will use it ...silly but has been truth in the past but I am working to break that and use things when given. <BR> Example - the food processor - sat in the cupboard for 6 months before I finally got it out and used it all by myself!!! Daughter had done a few things with it but I was afraid of the thing. Finally used it to make the pie crust like wafer breads for communion a few months ago - still not totally comf... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:24:59 EST May 5 - 2 years since Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357985 Two years ago today - the first time I heard the words "severe Spinal stenosis" and "You will be paralyzed from waist down, so go home and find your wheel chair and begin to adapt your life"... I was alone, 3.5 hours from home at a specialist's office...I went to the car, cried, and then prayed "OK LORD, you will use me whatever state of health I have - show me the way to deal with this and get me home safely in your will and in your time." <BR> The next day I called for second opinions, got ... Fri, 5 May 2017 10:31:05 EST May - This is the month that it all comes together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356446 I have strong intention of pulling all my efforts together and finally losing the pounds to allow me to see ONE-derland - I-think-I-Can I-think-I-Can I-think-I-Can ... <BR> Plan of action ... <BR> I have gotten to 30 min. on exercise bike at tension 5 <BR> I have a seated elliptical for 15 minutes - <BR> I see physical therapy Fridays for strength and balance training - Home exercises for that are running about 20 minutes per day <BR> Treadmill is at 5 minutes and plan to increase a m... Tue, 2 May 2017 01:50:10 EST April 9 - anti-inflammatory AND dairy free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346259 Have been told for few years I needed to try dairy free to cut my inflammatory and fibromyalgia pain...finally greed to give it month trial run - Day one is done nd feeling positive...I CAN DO THIS!!! Sun, 9 Apr 2017 23:03:26 EST April = ANTI-inflamatory diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342842 Those who know me know how hard I have fought to keep moving - strength and mobility is still primary goals for the exercise part of my efforts - the peripheral neuropathy and arthritis are still there and are relentless - Dr says the only way to maintain or ever improve at all is to take anit-inflammatory meds [which I cannot have due to heart stents] and lifestyle = diet. <BR> <BR> So in addition to weight loss efforts with calorie accountability and also intermittant fasting I now lea... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:26:44 EST 03/17 March Goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323681 Review of Feb :Goal 1 - learn every-other-day fasting =learned and successful 6/7days/wk. <BR> Goal 2 - exercise with pedometer/Fitbit counting the steps Failed... fit bit not working <BR> Goal 3 Shall remain till I finally see ONDERLAND. No loss, no gain <BR> Faith walk is strong - Joy journal is still getting three items per day too. <BR> <BR> March goals_ continue the efforts with M-W-F at 500 calories and T-TH-S 1200-1400 calories and Sunday not counted, learn to control and estimate ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 23:18:58 EST February Goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309344 Goal review and Setting Time <BR> Last month's Goal #1of getting well is 95% met - Still have one inflamed place on left leg <BR> #2 to get sugar out of life probably 90% and <BR> #3 FAILED ... saw .5# loss once but finished with 2# GAIN Take deep breath and work it again... <BR> <BR> Goal 1 - firmly learn the every other day fasting method - see team efforts Basically means 500calories M-W-F and 1200 to 1500 the other four days. I include some learning of Trim Healthy Mama food fuels, a... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 22:48:29 EST January 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292930 I am a little late posting new Year's goals and plans. <BR> <BR> Goal 1 is to overcome the painfull red nodule illness - now in week 4 of expected 6 and finally no more fevers and no new spots for several days. Swelling continues but I am accepting the idea of wearing support stockings all of my waking hours. Will also continue hour to hour and half early afternoon naps IN BED - not on the couch where they are interrupted and distracted <BR> <BR> Goal 2 Get Sugar out of my life - follow... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 23:15:32 EST 2016 ending with a mysterious illness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286133 After my eventful year of learning to walk again after spinal and back reconstruct, walked a 5K in June and then began to concentrate on weight loss harder Goal of ONEderland was not met but will keep working in the new year. <BR> Then in early Dec I had weird flu like symptom several days and on the 6th started developing red painful nodes on my right leg - the joints became very sore and legs swelled alarmingly, by the 10th the spots were on both lower legs and both elbows and running feve... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:36:04 EST Dec. 1 One year since surgery + Month's goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275077 Dec 1 - and exactly one year since the 8.5 hour spinal/ back reconstruction surgery - I had no idea what it would mean in my life but 24 hours later I was able to sit on commode and do my "duty" - the surgery had saved those nerves!!! NOW to retrain the walking nerves and build muscles and the horrendous pain and therapy that I would face for 6 months to be able to walk again - I walk slowly and tire easily but thank God daily I am not in a wheel chair and I am not wearing diapers!!! Have als... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:54:37 EST First Sunday of Advent 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273051 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a650375d-ecd2-482d-a9ee-ffa0a30273ca.jpg"> <BR> Lovely graphic of the Sundays of advent [I know it is hard to read but you get the overview. <BR> Wk 1 is the prophetic candle meaning HOPE. <BR> remember that Christ is coming Read Romans 15.12-13 <BR> Pray: Oh God by whol all things are created and sanctified, pour your blessing on this wreath and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and receive from Thee,... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:59:19 EST First day of Advent for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3151c80a-9c5f-4627-a822-cfab0711ddd7.jpg"> <BR> The day after Thanksgiving is the first day of Advent for me - with less abilities this year, our precious daughter put up our tree for us and encouraged me until it was decorated .. picture taken with the new -to-me smart phone and shared with you - the picture on one wall is dear husband's tractor and the other is me as a young girl probably 2 years old. This is the 37th year the nativity is un... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:19:47 EST Day two of grief is much more gentle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265756 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf45d863-b88d-40f0-9ca3-b72e3a21d008.jpg"> <BR> This was our family reunion - all five of us siblings and spouses and at least one child from each couple was there...No ways near all of the decendants of my parents but precious and just realized that was the last time were all together. When My youngest brother called to talk that first evening after brother passes, he answered the phone "....and then there were 4..." ...we are blessed with s... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:54:37 EST 11/10/16 My eldest Brother died this evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265068 Seems so very strange to know my brother really is gone ---I have had good preparatory time and knew this was coming but it is still hard to know that he is gone - that my dear sister-in-law must go on without him and their children now have no father. At age 72 he was very special to thousands of students and community members and will be greatly missed but for me - my big brother is gone, he won't be there to talk to, to laugh with, to hear him sing, to be reassured by. <BR> <BR> I am so... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:14:08 EST 11/08/16 Sad and yet so very blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264115 This has been a hard day for me - My oldest brother has been very ill for a month and this morning they signed the papers for hospice care - cancer is a terrible thing and I am so sorry for him, for the family and for the hundreds of people who love and respect and honor him. At 72 he has lived a very full life of teaching, counseling, inspiring guiding and encouraging others and it grieves us to see him gently but firmly set his house in order and wisely tell his family "I am dying and we m... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 23:59:55 EST 11/2016 Goals and comments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261867 Tuesday was my final appointment with Dr. 11 months following the 8.5 hour spine surgery - he is very pleased with my surgical site, my progress and is pleased that it seems I am still getting improvement in neuropathy symptoms - slow but sure and encouraged me to continue to Walk - Walk - Walk and to continue to lose weight. We talked some of the continued and increased need of total knee replacement but I can still not think about the idea of surgery again after the horrific pain of the sp... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:53:15 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244897 October will be a hard month of past sad memories and new concern for very ill eldest brother plus will be away from home on vacation with DH family members for about two weeks. <BR> <BR> *ONE-derland is in reach - 9/30 207# so 8 pounds would see 199# <BR> <BR> *Maintain healthy diet: Anti-Inflammatory, Eat to defeat cancer, Trim Healthy Mama principles, and gluten free for celiac with Every-Other-Day alternating days of Down Day 500-600calories and Up Day to 1200-1400 calories. <BR> <B... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 22:45:45 EST