LINDYPOWER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LINDYPOWER LINDYPOWER'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/ March 12 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891684 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1764115345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gl%40+ljD%5Dv%40mI+itLwvaR_&sidn<BR>ope2=Fyb_4%40Q+MbIh&vliqsparentpg=%2Fm<BR>yspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNum=15<BR>9988018&dteDateShowing=3/12/2015&bGetE<BR>lementByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> Every day is a struggle to get by. I'm not talking about losing weight. I'm tal... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:57:15 EST Why Does Everything I love Have Carbs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880427 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gl%40+jnC%5Ew%3CnE+ipPsuYL_&sidn<BR>ope2=Fy_c4EP+MbFg&vliqsparentpg=%2Fmys<BR>park%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNum=1599<BR>88018&dteDateShowing=2/22/2015&bGetEle<BR>mentByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1703218196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Reasonable calories for a breakfast, but the carbs are always off the chart. <BR> ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:37:09 EST too much work for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876014 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1541314332.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since the pipe burst in 86 year old basement, not due to winter cold but to corroded brass pipe joint, I've had to rip up the ancient asbestos tiles that were mastic glued to counter and floor so mold wouldn't settle in. I'm so overwhelmed with this extra work. The basement rooms need much organization and cleaning but this is the old kitchen room I didn't think needed work until now. <BR> <BR> You can see why... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:37:34 EST Day 1, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852553 Can it be January 12th? I've barely journalled. What have I done since New Year's Day? Basically plowing through mountains of work, attempting to survive, eat, keep warm. Work work work on all the clutter and mountains of work to be done. It's getting worse as I rip more out and gather and bag and toss and clean. I've just about had it with my life. It doesn't get better. It gets filled with more and more work. Today is a miserable, cold, rainy day in NY. I'll be cleaning, bagging, ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:16:07 EST So Look Who Pops Up After weeks of Plowing Through The Piles of Crap That Block & Frustrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838713 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1260526761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just mountains of work. No plan. Just getting up and grabbing this, sorting that, cleaning whatever, always under great duress and stress. <BR> <BR> And the place still looks like crap even though I don't stop. No rhyme, no reason, just freaking work work work. <BR> <BR> but last night I took the time to gather all the cleaned heavy blankets that were washed one by one over the past week and make my bed th... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:47:44 EST 23 & 22 days until Thursday, January 1 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831550 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l485671885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757765952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had our first sprinkle of snow last night. It's bitter cold. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to meet sailing friends at Houlihans yesterday. I forced myself to get the hair looking good, even put make up for the first time in over a year. <BR> <BR> I asked via a text where the place was. No reply. We had floods that night and I feared... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:44:33 EST 23 Days until Thursday, January 1 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830240 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558963914.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Winter wellness resonates well with me. I have little tolerance for the cold. My internal organs shiver from the cold. <BR> <BR> I feel like I awoke from a nightmare this morning. I dreamed that I had to be somewhere very important. My estranged husband was getting impatient with me to get ready. I tried two outfits on and they were so small the buttons and buttonholes on the cardigan sweater were about 8 in... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:48:39 EST 25 & 24 Days until Thursday, January 1 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830230 Freezing cold, incessant rain & snow flurries, I barely survived for Sunday. I could have gone to the Christmas festivities in the village Sunday night but I was just too depressed, hair wild and matted with knots, and freezing cold. A lost day. I hurt because I can't even remain consistent for one stinking month. <em>46</em> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:31:39 EST 26 Days until Thursday, Januray 1 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2139199231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A cold, chill to the bone, Saturday with rain forecast ALL day and night. I set myself up. No socks on even though I did turn the heat on after 7 days keeping it off to save on the fuel, but I was still chilled to the bone. My feet were frozen so what did I do? Get under the quilt on the sofa, turn the electric heater on, eat Wasa crackers and cheese instead of putting socks on and cooking an appropriate hot ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:35:48 EST 27 Days until Thursday, January 1 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937807113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's so cold sitting here at the computer. I've had the oil burner off for a week now to conserve oil for when the snows & deep frigid air envelopes Long Island, NY. So I can go under the blankets or layer up (I still don't have a winter coat that fits me) and get outdoors to finish mowing down the fallen leaves to mulch them for the compost pile. At 64 years old, I have to keep moving, keep tracking calories, ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:46:06 EST 28 days until Thursday, January 1 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827518 Getting on the scale every morning, measuring my food, keeping busy, & being positive as well as making sure I get some MUFA's (monounsaturated fatty acids each day to help lose belly fat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2131751552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm giving my two elderly dogs some loving care this morning, making organic red lentil/freshly dug up turnip soup with many flavors of freshly ground up coriander, home grown turmeric, dried rosemary from the garden,... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:08:45 EST 29 Days until the New Year (you) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826884 <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1068799794.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l593529928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's focus on the four most important things for our optimum health today. Eating healthy, sleeping well, exercising, and drinking enough water. <BR> <BR> I hope you all slept well and woke up refreshed. Try chamomile tea an hour before bed if you have difficulty ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:49:30 EST 30 Days until Thursday, January 1 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826263 <em>196</em> <em>359</em> <em>85</em> <em>135</em> <em>237</em> <em>309</em> <em>223</em> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJvM<BR>uVbzQeE </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/winter-<BR>wellness.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Will you challenge yourself along with me and spend the next month working on small ways to move forward toward an even better you? <BR> <BR> Today start journaling about how you see yourself in the mirror. And find a 30 day m... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:38:41 EST Scale dropped 2 lb. in 2 days. That can't be accurate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826256 I was disgusted that not only did I gain 4 lbs. over the past month by eating normally - not starving myself. But Thanksgiving day, I ate. I drank soup the next day and gained another 2 lbs. Scale said 209.0. Then the next day I ate salads and gained another 2 lbs. Today I lost 2 of those pounds - water weight. That has to be water gain, not weight. Now I'm exactly 207.0. Now I'm still back to being 6 lb. more than my lowest weight in September ( 201.1) after a wilderness camping by myse... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:21:05 EST Hello December. Day 1 of 31 day Blogging for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825629 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1293486631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208702042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm going to track my food all month. And be very mindful of what I put into my mouth. No sugars for starters....a good read below. <BR> <BR> ARE YOU A CARBO-HOLIC? by Richard Simmons ~ Saturday, Nov. 14 2014 <BR> <BR> I'm not trying to get personal here but then again, maybe I am! LOL. In fact, I'll be honest and personal enough ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:09:03 EST Be the Fit Girl or Guy You Want to Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825060 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l299970518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have choices. We don't have to remain in the status quo. It's all up to our drive, desire, will power to stick to a plan with consistency & intelligence. <BR> <BR> What's your plan? <em>300</em> <em>237</em> <em>319</em> <em>318</em> <em>135</em> <em>363</em> <em>332</em> <em>362</em> <em>260</em> <em>329</em> <em>350</em> <em>313</em> <em>360</em> <em>294</em> <em>... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:42:28 EST Success is not a Race - Be Patient http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824899 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1361724324.jpg"> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:55:45 EST Good Night Organic Garden ~ See you in Springtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824683 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261843416.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pulled out the marigolds and cleared this section to turn over the soil, amend it for the springtime. I made furrows, wood chip pathways, added horse manure, wood ash, compost, and planted 75 garlic cloves. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1889772811.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891522106.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:48:02 EST Good Night Sloopy ~ Sailboat's Winter Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824673 A Woman's work is never done. 5 hours hard work. My body ached from head to toe doing this extra work to keep the tarp from its yearly caving into the cockpit from winds and snow - causing water to ice up and create havoc. I've spent 12 years outside in storms with ice picks attempting to get the cold expanding ice out of the hull which cracks and warps and damages boats. Praying this is sealed and shored up tight for all the winter's storms. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:23:51 EST Spark On to Great Health & an Average Weight for Longevity. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824645 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l828872509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We can giggle but losing weight is very serious business. Our lives depend on our discipline and will power. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2108787201.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 pound of fat. I have 50 of these to eradicate from my old body. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l677069764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I miss being on Spark People as of late. My entire life ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:28:06 EST When There's No One Else - You can't quit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810113 This is the new filter that I bought for $3.98 at Home Depot. I've been trying to change the filter but the bolt was on so tight on the oil filter cannister that I couldn't do this job. I greased the bolt overnight and used leverage to work it free from being on so tightly. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743118657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the oil filter that was in the cannister. It's really dirty. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:38:06 EST It Takes Forever To Do Things By Myself - Patience is a Virtue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809971 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l663918405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73242465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weeks ago I took babysitting money and went to Home Depot to buy a filter and bag for the shop vac to vacuum out the oil burner, and a wooly oil filter for the cannister filter that connects the oil tank to the oil burner. I can save a lot of money with a new clean filter. <BR> <BR> Finally got it all set up, turned the spigot off und... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:57:35 EST I Do NOT like Running!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809317 "I hate running." I can't bear the pounding of my feet on concrete and running in the cold makes my lower gums ache. <BR> <BR> Yes running is just the pits. I'd have to become a martyr to start running. <BR> <BR> Yoga is gentle. Yoga gives the old joints the stretching my body needs to limber up. I am amazed that 50,000 people showed up in this frigid wind and chilling cold to participate in the 26.2 mile marathon this morning. I can't even imagine running 1 block. <BR> <BR> <e... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:03:43 EST Combining all the leftovers for a Sunday meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809306 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1607802008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cooked brown rice on Oct. 18th and froze a container for future use. <BR> <BR> Boiled red beans on same day and froze a container for future use. <BR> <BR> Made a weird stew yesterday with garden white fingerling eggplants, potatoes, leeks, garlic, and cooked in a can of low sodium french onion soup that I bought in Sept. for $1.00. <BR> <BR> And the garden soup I made on Oct. 25th with everything I picked. ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:53:37 EST Doing it all on my own http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809305 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1297890727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 86 year old oil burner that I'm servicing on my own. Oil Burner men want $200 to come in and do this work. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319538133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Boiling steam chambers and burning chamber. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l497861581.jpg"> <BR> <BR> the oil cannister where wool filter fits inside. This is located in-between the... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:47:12 EST 34 Days since House Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804571 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21601507.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352508708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> House is basically condemned and this is the 2nd gigantic dumpster filling up as of Friday October 24th. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I continue to help there everyday with the massive clean up, and also helping in the mobile home with cleaning, cooking and laundry only to be mistreated by my daughter and agonizing over the OCD hoarding night... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:00:17 EST Jeopardy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794147 Our son, Brendan, is on the show, Jeopardy, tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 7th, at 7 PM. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:50:52 EST Fire Damage Restoration Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1784824720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 12 days after the bedroom fire, this is what my daughter's room looks like after we spent days emptying the charred remains. <BR> <BR> I'm too exhausted to write. Today is the 3rd. The time I food shop with my allotment. I was too exhausted after coming home from another long hard, filthy dirty day preparing the mobile trailer for my daughter and her father while the long restoration begins. But I'm hungr... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 19:04:37 EST Hot Peppers Are In Abundance & Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775349 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679119428.jpg"> <BR> Red Hot Cherry Peppers <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l179898972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They are all bright red now and hot. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1392944418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Red cherry peppers and jalapeno peppers fresh from the garden. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l385944146.jpg"> <BR> Garden tomatoes, garlic, hot peppe... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:26:04 EST A Garden Shocker - Cucuzzi Squash Climbed the Neighbor's Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775345 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746844865.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found a pack of opened seeds in the compost pile at the community garden last year. Date expiration was 2010. I took them anyway and planted a few. <BR> <BR> Transplanted by fence (THANK GOD I DID) in June. Lots of flowers around 4 ft. high but no pollination. I didn't have any hopes. Only 2 small plants. <BR> <BR> Little did I know it quickly grew up the 6 ft. fence and onto the neighbor's tree. <BR> ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:17:38 EST Endless Hard Labor By The Veggie Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775329 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1112214064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I covered this area with a green tarp all summer to kill the grass that was creeping into the vegetable beds. I decided to put a table on the tarp to have an area not needing a mowing. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l403507793.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After I babysat from 8 - 10:30 AM I came straight home and mowed the entire property in intense heat and dumped all the clippings into the compos... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:44:23 EST Eating From the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771966 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1505142045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had an unusual meal. Along with a fried egg, 2 sausage, I had a buckwheat raspberry pancake with sweet 100 cherry tomatoes - lushious. Bite into skins and they burst into your mouth the sweetest juices. Sweet & sour red cabbage is awesome. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075153457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lots of leafy lettuce, little cherry tomatoes, and raw walnuts wi... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:29:09 EST Diversified meals with garden treasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771692 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1577010074.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1253877801.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l336446420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1709705748.jpg"> <BR> Buckwheat flaxseed raspberry soy pancakes with no sugar or eggs <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1076726321.jpg"> <BR> Garden cucumber, tomato, potato, carrots, garlic, and onio... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:17:33 EST Growing, Preparing Food, and Cooking for My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769239 My world revolves around growing, preparing "all" my meals. Before convenience foods came into the market - pre-1950's, a woman spent up to 6 - 7 hours a day preparing her family meals. By growing your own food, knowing what came from the... air, soil, water, and knowing you have used sanitary methods to handle food, yes, it can take up a good portion of the day. Keeping only healthy food items in the refrigerator controls what you put into your body. Soaking grains like oatmeal overnight, or... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:24:59 EST Pancakes Using more seeds & nuts than loaded with 100% gluten flours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764144 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l508930124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Using 1 TABLESPOON each of coconut flour, cashew meal, flaxseed, self rising white flour, whole wheat flour, raw sunflower seeds, raw hemp seed, and cardamom seeds - anything course or whole was ground up in the coffee grinder. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1288401575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup. I yielded 1/2 cup of ground up ingredients. <BR> <BR> Oatmeal would h... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:36:58 EST Still Sick with Lung Condition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756401 Saw a doctor at the Local Walk-In, Urgent Care Center after my doctor said he was booked. I asked for a digital ex-ray & a culture. Done. Found Pulmonary doctor a few miles away who'll see me next Thursday; I have to bring the ex ray on CD disk with me. I picked up prescriptions but am holding off on taking steroids & powerful antibiotics until culture is analyzed. It's hot - no A/C by choice this summer to save on electricity. Haven't heard back from daughter since she texted, "Go to ER". I... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:01:01 EST I feel the mid-section of my body becoming concave & gushy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742909 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1523886108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Which is the front and which is the back..........aha....but the waist is now down to 37 and the bellybutton line is 40. For me this is amazing. It's happening. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746333505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm at the lumps and bumps stage of weight loss and this is not pretty.... <BR> <BR> but I'm not inflamed and bloated with a hard abdomen sticking out like a matr... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:42:33 EST Neverending Dirty, hard work by Hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740420 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808028734.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l33903458.jpg"> <BR> 40 ft. tarp laid over thick ivy 6 weeks ago to kill it but its still growing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l106784991.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was outside at 6 AM gathering even more weeds for 7 AM pick-up. <BR> <BR> I had 1,000's of weeds with their seeds in giant cans to be taken off property so there'd be no fu... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:14:51 EST Figuring Out How to Balance Meals Since Going Vegan 32 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739980 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681853892.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2062984451.jpg"> <BR> At 387 calories, I had some satiating old fashioned oatmeal, soaked overnight in water, cooked on the stove for 5 minutes with almond milk, banana, chopped walnuts, Ceylon Cinnamon, freshly ground flaxseed and cardamom seed. No salt or sugar added. <BR> <BR> It's all too beige and brown looking isn't it? For lunch I'll make a big colorful salad... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:16:12 EST First Egg Since June 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739367 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l693996099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l567839305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gm%3C+jkAbz%3DnM+fpNpw%5FP%5E&si<BR>dnope2=Mxd%5E3%40++MNeI&vliqsparentpg=<BR>%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNu<BR>m=159988018&dteDateShowing=7/15/2014&b<BR>GetElementByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:42:55 EST 32 day VEGAN diet lowered all lipid numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737312 April 7th my numbers were high. <BR> <BR> They probably continued to go higher until I started the VEGAN challenge for 32 days. But I only have the numbers from April 7th and July 8th when I was tested, again. <BR> <BR> The Vegan challenge began on June 6 - July 8th. I did not use a statin drug. <BR> <BR> Here's the results; <BR> <BR> Cholesterol went from 268 down to 239 ~ 29 points <BR> <BR> Triglycerides went from 334 down to 283 ~ 51 points <BR> <BR> LDL went from 157 down ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:40:10 EST Next Mini Goal is Getting Back to Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734613 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90740576.jpg"> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:49:00 EST I kept saying NOTHING was working... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734385 I've eaten clean food for....ever. <BR> <BR> But I eat good portion sizes as I work like a chain gang member with a pick axe and pile of rocks. I'm hungry when I work so hard. <BR> <BR> So if nothing worked, not even reducing portion size.....I changed the foods I was eating. <BR> <BR> I know I'm allergic to many foods, did rotation diets years ago, but nothing worked. <BR> <BR> So I've eliminated dairy, meat, fish, poutry, processed foods, prepared foods, sugar and salt. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:46:06 EST Day 32 of Vegan challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734061 I just spent a long time posting about 30 pictures of food I made over the past several days and there is something wrong with the computer after I just got it back from computer place - it was down for 2 days. <BR> <BR> You would have loved the photoes. It's all too exhausted to redo it. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I get the blood work for lipids. <BR> <BR> I've been true blue for this entire challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75068128.jpg"> <img src="h... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:04:58 EST Day 32 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734060 My computer crashed from a software product that Staples Office installed on June 3rd. I spent the last penny to my name getting computer fixed with virus clean up and Anti Virus program installed. Something went wrong & it started asking me for $39.99 to use it for another year. WHAT??? Then when I didn't do it by July 4th it crashed my computer. <BR> <BR> Thankfully Staples fixed this weird problem for free and now I'm back online. <BR> <BR> I stayed home the entire holiday weekend ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:00:44 EST Day 30 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732469 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1020642228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup combined ground raw sunflower seeds & raw almonds <BR> 1/4 cup whole wheat flour <BR> baking powder <BR> 1/2 cup soy milk <BR> 1/4 cup fresh blueberries <BR> 1/2 teaspoon CEYLON cinnamon - lowers cholesterol <BR> <BR> coffee <BR> <BR> I was 216.1 at my highest weight in the beginning of June then got down to 212 ish soon into the vegan plan. <BR> <BR> Today the scale read 205.9 lbs. <BR> <BR> I can... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:16:08 EST Amended Blog with Pictures - Day 29 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731959 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553228106.jpg"> <BR> blueberries, orange, cinnamon, coffee <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1188459180.jpg"> <BR> oatmeal soaked overnight and cooked with soy and almond milk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l381383378.jpg"> <BR> chick peas, tofu, asparagus, potatoes, olives, turmeric root, onion, garlic, 2 cups salad greens walnuts, avocado, mushrooms. <BR> <BR> I was so exhaust... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:47:35 EST Day 28 of the 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731128 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175895260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ground old fashioned oats soaked overnight in filtered water to break down the phytic acid in the grain. <BR> <BR> Cooked 5 minutes with soy and almond milks - unsweetened, freshly ground flaxseed, cardamom seed, and Ceylon cinnamon. <BR> <BR> Perked coffee on the stove top with a combination of soy & almond milk. <BR> <BR> Having this for breakfast grounds me with eating a food staple that I'm accustomed to h... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:22:52 EST Vegetarianism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731112 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363380772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The simplest definition of vegetarianism is a diet free of meat, fish, and fowl flesh. But eating habits of vegetarians cover a wide spectrum. At one end are lacto-ovo vegetarians, who avoid animal flesh but eat eggs and milk products. At the other end are vegans, who forgo eating (and often wearing) all animal-based products, including honey. Raw foodists are vegans who eat mainly raw fruits, vegetables, le... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:08:46 EST Day 26 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730738 I'm just not hungry. My daughter picked today as the day we'd spend together this summer. First she said last Friday, "next week some time" and I said I needed her to make a commitment to a specific day because this is how last summer went.....we slid through all the days until summer was over (except for her birthday of course where I killed myself for days on long end preparing the sailboat with massive projects to get it ready.....to take her and two friends sailing to the ocean with all... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 17:11:10 EST