LINDAK25's SparkPeople Blog LINDAK25's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Chinese New Year Happy Chinese New Year! (Okay, so I'm a day late.) <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:23:26 EST Still Tracking--Starting Week #2 <img src=""> <BR> I'm still tracking. Hard to believe, but I made it through the week and when I weighed myself this morning I'd lost 4 pounds. Not bad for the first week of getting back on the program. I'm hoping to lose between half a pound and one pound a week. I lose weight slowly. As much as I want to lose weight, I need to be healthy and feel good and I don't want to be hungry all the time. Tracking definite... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 14:02:59 EST Tracking Again I’ve been Sparking since May 2012. In the first six months I lost 40 pounds. I’ve spent the remainder of that time gaining 32 pounds back. What happened? Among other things, I stopped tracking. I’m on Day 2 of tracking now. I’ll have to see how it goes. I hate tracking so much that it becomes a great motivator for not overindulging. Sat, 3 Feb 2018 14:35:31 EST Post Valentine's Sale Glad Valentine's Day is over? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went to a meeting last night and ended up talking to someone in front of the desserts table. I wasn't even tempted! I couldn't believe it. Everyone at my table had dessert and I didn't even notice until we were done for the evening and I saw what was left on the table. Thanks to my Spark Friend FEEDTHEHUNGER, I've been able to get better control of ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:36:20 EST Confession Confession: I tracked before Christmas and did really well. I even tracked the morning of Christmas Eve. Well, there you have it. I intended to track over the Christmas weekend, but didn't. Ack! Then I got a really bad cold (still have it). Bad news: still not tracking. Good news: haven't gained any weight and somehow lost two pounds. Starting to feel better, must start tracking. <BR> <BR> Why do I keep doing the same thing over and over again? Careful how you answer that! <img src="http://... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 19:54:40 EST I Hate Tracking I hate tracking what I eat! It seems to be the only way I lose weight, though. Sigh. I'm on day 6 of tracking after not tracking consistently for, oh, um, two years or is it three? I'd forgotten how much better I feel when I eat right! I know I'll eat more over the weekend. It's Christmas. Still, I am determined to track whatever I eat. All. Of. It. <BR> <BR> In October I sprained my knee. It's better now, but my plantar fasciitis is acting up. I'm terribly frustrated about this. I'm trying ... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:51:31 EST 2016 Still Here I haven't blogged in over a year! It's been a difficult year for me. I haven't been Sparking much at all, but I'm still here. I've had some health problems. Still, that's just an excuse, isn't it? I've been at SparkPeople for 4 1/2 years and lost 10 pounds. At one point it was 40 pounds. I need to just keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> My Dad passed away in the beginning of October. He had been ill for awhile. He was 90 years old and although the PET scans showed he was cancer free in September... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:35:34 EST Woo Hoo--Challenge Day 8 Whew, I made it to day 8--an entire week! I got in my exercise every day. Stayed on track with my diet. Boy, did I want some bread yesterday. Or chocolate. Chocolate would be nice. I did manage to get to bed at 10:30 every night, but that's not the same thing as getting to sleep. Just have to keep working on it. <BR> <BR> We have Christmas Eve at our house every year and we celebrate Christmas Day at my son's house. Since they have a big dinner, I try to have something lighter. I've decide... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:45:30 EST Love The Spark Challenges Thanks to my Spark friend, DESERTJULZ, I joined Spark's "Walk This Way Challenge" today. It fits into my December Challenge well. I'm loving these Spark challenges. I learn new things, develop better habits, and I become more aware of what I'm doing when focusing on each challenge. You also get tons of points. I don't know why, but those points always make me happy. <BR> <BR> So far, my challenge is going well. The hardest part is going to bed at 10:30. Last night I had trouble falling asle... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 09:48:53 EST My Christmas Present I'm giving myself a Christmas present this year. I'm calling it A December Challenge. Starting November 30th thru December 23rd, I am going to work on reaching these goals: <BR> <BR> -- Exercise every day. Nothing difficult, just a twenty to thirty minute walk or my usual strength training routine will do. <BR> <BR> -- Eat a healthy diet by eliminating simple carbs and high fat foods. Remember it's just for three weeks. I'd like to keep my blood sugar steady, eat 25 to 30 grams of fiber, an... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:20:55 EST I Have A List Confession is good for the soul, but is it good for motivation? I confess I've been doing horribly. There, I said it. I’m still floating just below 200 and still off track. I know what works for me. I know what doesn't. I know what to do. <BR> <BR> SO WHY CAN’T I JUST DO IT? <BR> <BR> I have a list: <BR> <BR> Eat less or don’t overeat. Sort of the same thing. <BR> <BR> Don’t eat peanut butter except in small amounts less than half a tablespoon. Don’t ask. <BR> <BR> Move more, preferably... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 19:14:29 EST Whole 30, Yes I Did It! Yes, I did Whole 30. The entire thing. It's a nutritional reset, so when the 30 days are over you're still eating whole foods, adding one new food at a time. Here's what I learned: <BR> <BR> I lost 7 pounds. I could have lost more, but I wasn't exercising enough. Not exercising made me even sicker. I hurt my back and the only way for it to heal was to stop moving. It got so bad, I couldn't stand up straight. I've gotten my back to a point where I can walk again. Finally! By the end of July I... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:24:00 EST Comfort Food Just sitting here and thinking about comfort food. When someone asks what you feel like eating do you think of the past and comfort food? Or is it something we only turn to for solace and warmth? <BR> <BR> For my mother-in-law, food was love. She poured herself into everything she made and shared it with us. Watching her and writing down what she did as she cooked, we saved and cherished each recipe and each memory. Whenever we all get together and cook, we remember those times that came bef... Tue, 20 May 2014 11:58:01 EST You Can't Always Land On Your Feet! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, well! I couldn't manage to continue my 14 day sleep streak, because I got sick. I did get a flu shot, but this one obviously wasn't covered! I spend my nights roaming the house, going from bed to chair, trying to get comfortable. Sleeping from 10:30 pm and getting out of bed by 8:00 am regardless of the amount of sleep I get, is impossible. I'm able to sleep only in two to three hours increments. I'll go back ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:57:17 EST Spring and Day 4 Almost time to say goodbye to my pansies and violas. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's spring and day 4 of my current 14 day mini streaks. I'm still tracking--eating too much, but tracking. My sleep streak is killing me. I get to bed by 10:30 only to lie awake. I've been getting out of bed at 8:00 every morning. I've been getting at least seven hours of sleep, it's just that I'm awake off and on all night. Last night was the first night ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:41:40 EST 14 Day Streak -- Results Steph-knee asked how we all did on our 14 day streaks and I'm pleased with my results. I had two mini-streaks. To walk everyday and to eat out only once a week. <BR> <BR> I walked 13/14 days. I think I'd change that to exercise and not limit it to just walking next time I choose to do this for a streak. My other streak was to go out to eat only once a week and I did it! Yeah! The exercise streak wasn't hard, I just have to get enough sleep. I also found that I do better when I exercise in t... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:58:47 EST Challenged to a 14 Day Streak Steph-knee wrote a blog about starting a 14 day streak and challenged her readers to join her. I've decided to join her, too. From March 18 to March 31, I will walk every day and will go out to eat only twice. So far, so good! I like the idea of short term challenges, because I can try out new ideas or get back to better habits without becoming obsessive. <BR> <BR> I did great through the holidays, but then I fell apart. Am I afraid of change, failure, or success? Am I punishing myself by c... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:14:17 EST Snow! We got snow! Two days of snow. Snow that sticks to the ground and hangs around all day kind of snow. The roads are covered with snow. We don't get that very often. They say that the Charlotte Douglas Airport measured 8 inches of snow. We're a bit further southeast than that. My ruler on the picnic table says 5.5 inches, but the wind has been blowing so perhaps we got more. This is the most snow I've seen since we moved here seven years ago. It will be gone tomorrow. The forecast was for tempe... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:56:51 EST Cousin's Cancer Is Spreading Sorry to be depressing, but if I don't say anything, I'll end up depressed and eating my frustration. I don't do that ANYMORE! I'm forming a new habit. I don't have to let my emotions rule what I eat. Okay, so I'm not going to tell everyone I meet that I'm frustrated and why, either. But since about two or three people ever read my blogs anyway, I'm safe. I figure if I put something depressing in the title, no one will want to read it. <BR> <BR> Cousin Jim's cancer has now shown up in his l... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:04:38 EST Struggled Through January My back hurts. There, I said it. I've been dealing with this since I went to Florida in the beginning of January. A long car trip and sleeping in beds other than my own and my back is not happy. I've been exercising less and trying to be careful, but yesterday afternoon I began having muscle spasms and pain. I've had back problems for years, but especially since I started Sparking my back has been great. Losing weight and exercising really helped. <BR> <BR> The thing is, when I don't exercis... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:30:46 EST So I weighed myself to see how I did in December --and I weigh the same. Cool. Okay, it would have been nice to lose weight. Let's see, going to holiday parties, family dinners, lunches with friends, week in Florida, visiting the cousins overnight (they want to run a B&B--food was heavenly). What a month! I even went to the gym a couple of times when we were in Florida. And I didn't gain any weight! <BR> <BR> Ah, but now the trick is to get back on track. Not so easy. I need to JUST DO IT! I've been procrastinating for a week now. I have t... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:46:53 EST Amber Colored Glasses You've heard of rose colored glasses, well I have amber colored sunglasses. They're an old pair I'd forgotten about. When I put them on to rake the leaves last week they recolored my whole world. <BR> <BR> When I first got them it was summer and that fall was the most spectacular fall I can ever remember. Several years went by and the color started to fade so my eye doctor retinted them for me and then it hit me. The glasses made every day a sunny day. The colors were spectacular. My prescr... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:47:34 EST What Is Failure? Had a bad day yesterday. Oh, I stayed in my calorie range. It was one of those days where I didn't end up eating lunch for 5 hours and then had a piece of pizza. Found out later the pizza had 700 calories, definitely not within the calorie range for the meal. After I ate I got all shaky. Messed up my blood sugar and couldn't help but wonder what that will do to my A1C test. I failed. But what is failure? <BR> <BR> Is it better not to try, than to try and fail? Sometimes our expectation of pe... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:41:36 EST Feels Like Starting Over It's been a while since my last blog! This one isn't funny or clever. It won't get any attention. It's just a summary of what's been going on with me. <BR> <BR> I had my yearly physical at the end of August and was told that I'm now pre-diabetic. My A1C is 5.8 so that's a good number. I changed my nutrition tracker setting to the diabetes nutrition plan. Wow, was that an eye-opener. Each meal has the same range of calories and is supposed to be balanced. Not what I was doing at all. Oh, my ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 15:47:05 EST Walking on the treadmill with pictures. I figured everybody takes photos on their walk, I could, too. Probably not as scenic. <BR> <BR> I'm on the treadmill--seriously. See: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the view out the window: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's a cloudy day. Here's a picture of what I see when I look straight ahead, boy, I wish I was reading instead! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:40:38 EST Oops, Hadn't Intended to Maintain! Yikes! I've got 65 pounds to go and I seem to be on maintenance! Not what I intended. Well, I did put myself on maintenance for December and January. With having gallbladder surgery at the end of December I decided I didn't want to try to lose weight at the same time. <BR> <BR> In December I felt so ill that I did very little exercise. Even walking hurt. But now I'm totally healed. I've slowly started exercising. Slowly, because that's what the doctor ordered and my body tells me when I've ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:32:21 EST Pictures of The Hawk I was standing at my front window drinking my coffee the other day checking out the birds at the bird feeder. Suddenly, I see this beauty come to check out what all the fuss is about. I called her a falcon, but my husband says she's a hawk. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't know, but that is a big bird. You should have seen me scrambling around looking... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 16:25:14 EST Recovery is slow but steady. It's been two weeks since I had my gallbladder surgery. I ended up having hernia surgery, too. I finally went for my post-surgical visit. I found out that the recovery time for the hernia surgery is four to six weeks. Great. The gallbladder recovery was supposed to be two to four weeks. <BR> <BR> At the end of November I put myself on maintenance. I was walking, but not doing strength training. Every time I would do ST I would end up hurting myself, so I figured it could wait until after my ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:13:11 EST My Christmas Present Is Surgery! Merry Christmas to me! I went to see the surgeon today and scheduled my gallbladder surgery for December 26! The best Christmas present. I can't wait. No, really, I can't. Every time I go to the doctor I feel worse. Maybe I should stop going to the doctor! Ha, Ha! <BR> <BR> I have been telling people how the sun is always shining here and how we need rain. Well, for the last 5 days it's been cloudy and rainy! Fantastic! It's a light rain so we don't have flooding. My grass is now a nice spr... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:34:51 EST Yes, I have an NSV! I have an NSV! Yesterday, I bought two pairs of jeans in the next size down. Yeah! The jeans that I've been wearing were bought in the 1990's and that means that they have a higher waist than most of today's fashions (although I've seen some higher waists recently). Owing to the higher waist my jeans didn't fall off. I kept having to pull them up though. It becomes uncomfortable to wear clothes that are too big. Well, that, and, I swear, when pants don't fit right in the butt it can look like... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:34:37 EST Here I thought I was having problems with my liver . . . and it was my gall bladder, instead. I saw my doctor yesterday, had more blood tests done and had an ultrasound of my liver and gall bladder today. All my blood work came back normal except I'm slightly anemic. <BR> <BR> I get this call from the doctor's office to tell me about the ultrasound results. Terry, the woman who called was so excited! I have an 8 millimeter gallstone blocking the neck of my gall bladder! Alrighty then! I have to have my gall bladder removed. I'm not as excited as ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:44:18 EST Much Better Day! I'm feeling better today! Yeah! It was a dark and cloudy day. I loved it. Sometimes it seems like the sun never stops shining here in the Charlotte area. Even on rainy days the sun will come out. Then again we've had very little rain this year. I like some cloudy and rainy weather. <BR> <BR> I've discovered that if I take more than two days of exercise off in a row, I feel yucky. I was going to take a week off just to help my body heal. By day four I was ready to exercise (or scream at the ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:50:27 EST Having A Crummy Day Having a crummy day. I had to stop taking Crestor because I'm experiencing liver problems. I had the blood work today. I'll have to see what the doctor wants to do. I really haven't been feeling well for weeks now that I think about it. <BR> <BR> I've been working really hard, but lately it's been difficult. Really difficult. I started waking up in the middle of the night in pain. My right shoulder and side hurt so much I couldn't fall back to sleep. I thought perhaps I was overtraining. I h... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:14:26 EST Santa Threats I was singing "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town" to my four year old grandson the other day. I thought he would think it was fun, but he got very quiet. He had this look on his face. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Well, think about it. The song is a little threatening. Santa knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been good or bad! Kind of creepy, isn't it? Why do we sing these songs to our children? Do we really need Santa threats to get them to behave? No, I nev... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:24:31 EST Shoulders Relaxed, Abdominals Engaged! I have earned the dubious distinction of being able to walk with my shoulders relaxed and my abdominals engaged. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but achieving this has been my obsession for the last four months. <BR> <BR> I blame this all on Coach Nicole. I was reading one of her blogs or articles and she mentioned that when walking, your shoulders should be relaxed and your abdominals engaged. Right. So I tried it. I literally laughed myself right off the treadmill. All I could th... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:43:55 EST In six months of Sparking I've changed! I've noticed lots of changes in the last six months of Sparking. I eat better. I exercise. Clothes that didn't fit before, do now. My blood pressure is normal. My depression has gotten better and I'm more positive now. The big thing: the way I see myself is changing, too. <BR> <BR> I was cold last night. Well, I'm cold whenever the temperature goes below 73 degrees in the house. It's getting colder and we keep the heat on 68 degrees so I know I'm going to just have to get used to it. Anyway... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:06:38 EST You Can Relate I've got a woman, calling love hate. La, la, la, la, la, la, la . . ." oh, sing it Kris. Right. After about two days of that in my head, I wanted to scream. I had a great walk Sunday. Walked at 3.75 mph for five minutes as part of my treadmill cardio routine. I turn on the roku, get my 80's Pandora station blasting over the radio speakers and walk. Hadn't heard Kris Kristofferson sing that since the 80's. <BR> <BR> I cannot get that song out of my head. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Now, it's ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:35:08 EST What is my motivation? Spark Coach asked what is your true motivation. I think most of us would say that we fear going back to where we were and what the worst case scenario would have been had we continued on that path. It is for me. I've already written that blog. It's depressing and negative and I don't need that anymore. <BR> <BR> I've decided that a key part of my motivation is being positive. Sounds simple, doesn't it, yet sometimes I really have to work at it! I still get anxious and frustrated, but I can s... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:27:13 EST I have some NSV's! I have some NSV's! <BR> <BR> - I've graduated to 8 pound free weights, yeah! (I know, I'm such a wimp.) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> - I can walk at 3 mph on the treadmill without holding on! It's taken me all this time to change my gait so that I wasn't limping. I still hold on at 3.3 miles an hour, but I'm working on it. <BR> - I had to buy smaller underwear. I never realized how annoying it is to exercise in underwear that's too big! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>334</em> <BR> - I have to go bu... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:11:05 EST Saw my doctor today I saw my doctor today. I was hoping for better news. I usually just put this stuff in my private journal, but I'm so frustrated. Other than my weight, nothing's changed. <BR> <BR> Okay, tell me why do they weigh you before they take your blood pressure? I take my blood pressure every day. Today it was 124/80, which isn't bad, but it's higher than when I take it. And I still have to take the blood pressure medication. So I've decided that they should take my blood pressure first and then weig... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:12:06 EST How to get 4 glasses of water in at breakfast, hot, hot, hot! My poor husband has a rotten cold (which he had better keep to himself), so I cooked breakfast this morning. He usually cooks breakfast, bless his heart. I made coffee and I decided to make two of his favorites: oatmeal and hash browns with eggs in them. <BR> <BR> First I open my bottle of water and start sipping. I measure out the oatmeal into each bowl, heat the almond milk and pour that over the cereal while I make the rest of breakfast. So far, so good. I see I have a whole already bake... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:18:23 EST Meal Plans with Some Recipes (low sodium) Well, Spark Coach has asked me to record my quick and easy meal plans. Ha. Okay, I don't actually have meal plans per se. I am very consistent so I know week to week that we'll have one or two fish meals, beef for one night and perhaps one lunch, two or three or chicken meals and one or two where beans or nuts are the main protein. So, quick and easy is one protein served with a salad, a starch/grain, and veggies. <BR> <BR> First of all, because of allergies, I can't eat: pork, dairy other t... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:23:00 EST Hey, I Really Like Spark Coach! My friend, HANAHSCLOUDY talks about Spark Coach in her latest blog. She said at first she wondered if Spark Coach would be redundant, but she's found that it helped her get her MOJO back! <BR> <BR> I was also wondering if Spark Coach was redundant. Instead I found Spark Coach makes me more accountable. It also helps me to see the good things I'm doing. I never feel as though I'm good enough and I don't handle compliments well, so I never give myself enough credit for doing well. I'm very har... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:05:01 EST It's been a good week. I just walked 50 minutes! Yes! Happy Dancing to RESPECT, go Aretha! I know it may not be much to other people, but I've just spent two weeks slowly restarting after over training. Again. It's so hard to take it slowly! <BR> <BR> I've had a good week. One of my friends decided she had to get me out of the house. She promised to take me shopping for clothes. My clothes really do hang on me. I ended up with two outfits. They weren't even black! My friend had all these places she needed to go so... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 13:32:39 EST Learning to Trust Myself Over the years I've been on many diets. What did I learn? All the things everyone else knows about diets, too. I also learned not to trust myself. I learned to tell myself that I can't. It didn't matter what it was, my answer was always the same. I can't. I can't lose weight. I can't exercise. I don't have to tell myself this, I just know I can't. <BR> <BR> Ten weeks ago today I decided I can't. No, I mean I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE! I don't want to be the person who can't lose weight. I don't... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:41:47 EST Much harder to use Spark when my internet connection keeps going down! And then a couple of hours ago I tried to open my SparkPage and was told it wasn't available, to try again later! Arrrgh! I'm hoping the cable company is updating their equipment and it's not some kind of problem on my line. I do need to call, this has been going on for almost a week now. They have one of those phone system menus that's so annoying that by the time you speak to an actual person you're either really agitated or you've forgotten why you called! Mayb... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:06:22 EST Funny Thing Happened Yesterday Well, I never saw myself as some head-turning babe but, . . . <BR> <BR> My husband and I went out to Panera Bread for lunch yesterday. (I do get out of the house, sometimes.) As we were finishing up, the restaurant really emptied out and I was sitting at our table while my husband was across the restaurant getting milk and sweetener in his iced coffee. There was just one other couple there. <BR> <BR> I look up and there’s this little old dude, (my age) with long hair in a ponytail, glancin... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 09:25:05 EST The Heat is Getting to Me It’s Saturday morning. I've been awake since 4:25 am. Five hours of sleep last night, thus breaking my streak of eight days in a row of sleeping for at least seven hours each night. Granted, Wednesday and Thursday nights were not as restful, what with waking up four or five times during the night. No, this morning I was awake because my husband was snoring. I tried to wait it out but after an hour my neck and shoulder started to cramp. Time to get up. So I’m fixing the coffee and my husband g... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 07:09:19 EST New Recipe--Using Kale I was making up my menu this morning and decided I was going to have kale. I love mixing kale with other veggies. I have this recipe where you take onion, chick peas, and ground cumin and sauté it until it browns. It's delicious. So I was thinking I would add the kale to that recipe. I had some leftover sweet potato and thought that might be really good, too. I like to use whole cumin seeds instead of ground. You throw the cumin seeds in some hot oil and stir once they become fragrant. I put ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 20:03:16 EST Mirror Mirror When you think of me, how old am I?” My mother asks when she phones me one day. There’s no good way to answer this. Ever the diplomat, I say: “Gee, Mom, why do you ask?” <BR> <BR> She goes on to explain that she’s never minded getting older. She’s never seen herself as a number, not her age, or her weight. She can remember how she felt and thought at age twenty as easily as she can remember fifty or sixty. (Really?) She is just herself. However, that morning she looked in the mirror and what... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:49:10 EST