LUNADRAGON's SparkPeople Blog LUNADRAGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Whirlwind I can't believe I last posted early August, and that it is nearly the end of September. <BR> <BR> In the meantime: <BR> We had our 36th wedding anniversary. <BR> I became a grandma to a sweet little baby boy Liam James <BR> and took a trip to PA, WV, VA, NC, and SC and <BR> my back survived without any kind of major grief. <BR> <BR> The best is that my hubby has been offered a preaching position and we will be moving to southern VA the weekend of Columbus Day. <BR> So I figure, you still ma... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:21:03 EST walking water challenge at work Today starts the walking and water challenge at work. We have three teams. I think there are at least 49 people participating. I am on team 2, and we have several people that are already counting steps and daily walkers. Work will be awarding gift cards for participating, most steps taken, water drunk etc. <BR> On the down side, is I am starting this from home today because I had to take a sick day due to my back. <BR> <BR> My lumbar is inflamed, and been painful for going on two days. I bel... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:09:28 EST thirty three days This is a good day. I have faithfully logged in 33 days! Best I have done in a few years. Also, keeping up with my walking challenge - Since May 19, I only missed two days of not meeting my 5000 step plus challenge. That is only a two day miss out of 72! <BR> New challenge this week - I am sleeping better. I have averaged 6.5 hrs per night - and have slept at least 6 for 5 out of the last 7 days. Best week in months! <BR> <BR> Now, I have things to do, places to go, promises to keep. <BR> Ha... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:30:28 EST Re-beginnings Today, I have walked nearly 6000 steps already. <BR> I went to the dentist, had a filling, and survived. I am a total dental wimp. <BR> I spent most of the day pulling important family financial papers together, and nearly completed the task. <BR> Then, I went to my doctor for semi-annual check up. <BR> I am not proud to say I gained weight, but I need to say one thing. i spent two weeks on a tapered prednisone series for an allergic reaction to insect bits, and just finished Friday. Every ti... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:12:26 EST pop <img src=""> <BR> Quite a few years ago I gave up soda, pop, cola, carbonated drinks. It is rare that I will imbibe. I drink water mostly, with some milk and coffee or tea. But there are those sometimes when it becomes necessary to pop the no pop rule. Last night was one of those times. <BR> My stomach was upset, and the heat has gotten to me. <BR> My husband went out to get a bottle of carbonated soft drink. I kno... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:45:55 EST mini reward day I have been logging in for over two weeks. <BR> I have been working at logging my food, not perfect, but been doing it. <BR> I have been walking over 5000 steps since May 19 (only missed one day, and that by about 500 steps) so out 57 days, only missed one. <BR> <BR> Today, I had the opportunity to get a chair massage at work at a reasonable rate, <BR> Nice break, got some relief for my low and upper back. <BR> Time to relax for the night. <BR> <BR> This is a "Go Me! " day. <BR> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:24:51 EST Choosing your Battles <img src=""> <BR> Good evening, friends. <BR> Have you ever had to make a decision about things you want to do? Not just about what you have to do, but those things that might bring some sunlight and joy into your day. I do. I have to do that all the time. <BR> Living on this side of back and neck surgeries (2011 - 5 years already), I still have occasional pain issues that flair. I am no longer on any pain medicat... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:46:52 EST walking and painting <img src=""> <BR> I JUST finished my 5000 plus step daily goal, after I finished the upcycled window I painted as a commission. It is of sunflowers. I used modgepodge to seal the cracks in the window glass, and also to seal the frame after my husband brushed all the loose paint off the frame with a wire brush last Saturday. I started it last Saturday, after the window has sat in my house waiting to get done for an ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 20:10:58 EST funny little workout <BR> <img src=""> As I have mentioned, I am working hard to try to get up every hour, and aim for 250 steps, but sometimes I fall short of it, and can't take that long to walk around, or go back out during the hour. I have taken to making my circuit, taking a bathroom break, and while in the rest room, jogging in place to the count of 60-100 steps to try to make my time. Not enough to get totally winded or sweat... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:10:57 EST Summer Heat Eczema i am keeping a positive attitude, despite the fact that my hands are itchy itchy itchy and I am breaking out in eczema. it used to be just around my fingers, and the side of my foot, but this year it is all over the top of my hands, and partly on my arms. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Benadryl helps. I also cannot use antibacterial soap, and that is all they have at work right now. <BR> <BR> I just finished my evenings freelance work, and now I am going to go and relax. <BR> It is day 15 of logging in. ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:45:56 EST Building up streaks <img src=""> Today is day 7 of take 2 of 5000 plus steps per day personal challenge. It also marks two weeks of logging in. I also have planted a mini portable herb garden - chives, parsley, basil, French Tarragon, Rosemary, oregano, lemon balm in two ceramic strawberry pots. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:41:58 EST Day Three - 250 steps per hour more or less <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My FitBit app is suggesting walking 250 steps every hour. <BR> That led me to suggest a challenge at work, and my boss said to research it. <BR> I turned in my research yesterday. <BR> Today I walked at least 150 times every hour from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. and already am over 5,500 steps for today (8 p.m.) <BR> <BR> My Work Daily Walking Challenge <BR> 250 steps every hour (2000 steps d... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:18:49 EST Take Two - Day Two <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Success is starting over when you miss the mark. <BR> Success is not giving up. <BR> Success is not just a bag of rice. <BR> Success is doing it, even when the results don't show,...yet. <BR> Success is being the little engine that could, no matter what. <BR> Success is not taking your age into consideration. (At least trying not to) <BR> Success is staying positive no matter what (as much a... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:21:01 EST Missed it: Do over Time "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." <BR> <BR> - Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had every intention of finishing my 5000 step goal. I really truly did. <BR> But I came home from work and needed to freelance, and ran into some major hiccups. Then by the time I got offline, I was wiped out, and totally totally, I mean totally forgot about my fitbit, and steps, and everything. Sat on the couch, and did not realize I missed it until after m... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:54:40 EST Next goal on the horizon As I near the early evening of June 12, I am pleased to say I have made over 5000 steps for 25 days, and today well over 6000 steps! My next goal, once I make the 30 day mark for 5000 steps, is to reach for 6000 daily steps. That will be a little tougher to reach for, but I will. <BR> <BR> Today was warm here, and asthma was trying to kick my butt. <BR> <BR> The other night I listened to my son play music at a local venue. Then I went home and played my guitar for two hours. I want to be a... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 18:44:11 EST Changes <img src=""> Day 21 of walking over 5000 steps! In answer to my friends questions regarding our move. Our home is for sale. We'd like to head south, my husband is looking to preach again. We've visited Louisiana twice, and South Carolina but we are in a holding pattern, waiting on God. So we are not sure where or when we are going. Half our household has been packed for the last year. An adventure for the Lord. Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:49:14 EST Chalking it up Just went upstairs, and packed more of my studio away, for our pending move. I don't know where, I don't know when. I wanted to empty a shelving unit my dad made me that I am passing on to my son. <BR> <BR> So, It was walking, working, packing, sweating, and I just made Day 20 of over 5000 steps. I know for you young whipper snappers, that is nothing. It is two miles. Remember, I am post back surgery, even if it is now three years. I was told I would most probably never work, never find ligh... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:57:49 EST one little step at a time In order to achieve my current streak of 18 days straight walking 5000 plus steps - I have been more diligent, even at night, to tell myself to get up and make that goal before midnight strikes. Now that I have a pretty cool streak going, I don't want to let myself down, so I am doing the circuit around my living room, kitchen, bedroom, computer room, and back again. My husband cheers me by grinning, and being encouraging, even if I look silly and just walked by him about 6 or ten times alrea... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 16:58:10 EST Twelve day streak Finally have a great streak going . Trying to walk 250 steps every hour, a quick 3-4 minute walk around the office layout. Goal of at least 5000 steps every day- 12 days going strong! Over 6000 today! Mon, 30 May 2016 21:40:37 EST Spark-a-versery <img src=""> <BR> I sparkle, I shine, I am still here after all this time. <BR> SIX years. My fit bit tracker has kept me "active" when I have not gotten on as often as I'd like, but I have recently recommitted and am making it happen by baby steps once again. <BR> <BR> I am getting more sleep. <BR> Drinking at least 8 cups of water daily. <BR> Aiming to walk 5K steps daily, although I miss the mark, I am still mo... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:18:41 EST Snow Since we will be most likely moving, I have been packing. For nearly a year. No, I don't have that much stuff, it is just the market is lousy and our house hasn't sold. Meanwhile, since we started packing in March, I packed all my winter clothes away. Ugh. I couldn't dig back far enough into the storage unit to get to them, since they went in sometime in May. I was able to come across some, but not my favorite sweaters, and pants, so I have been making do and bought a couple sweaters. I have ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:59:21 EST Wow! This morning, I decided to try my back stretches, forgetting that we aimed on trying something else this evening. Bowling. I have not been since before my surgeries. I am sore. But I bowled, and actually can say I got a few strikes and several spares. And did 11 minutes of stretches this morning. Go me. <BR> I know, you haven't seen me. Believe me, I am busy. Besides working, I am freelancing. <BR> I will write more next time. <BR> <BR> Sorry I am a stranger. <BR> I have been still logging m... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:19:17 EST Catching up on an Autumn night <img src=""> <BR> I have been busy. Working 40 hours feels like more. I come home pretty spent. <BR> I am still trying to walk 5000 steps per day, and when I last went on the scale, I had lost the few pounds extra I had put on, so am back to what I have posted. <BR> <BR> My focus has been better sleep. Sounds ridiculous but I am trying to get at least 6 - 6.5 hours of sleep, which is still not enough, but better... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 17:22:20 EST My first 5 k <img src=""> <img src=""> Last Saturday I walked my first ever 5 k for Wounded Warriors. My son age 22 very kindly was my walking companion and coach along the way. When the hills got tough he chided me to keep my chin up so I could breathe better. I walked it in 99 minutes, and of the 27 people from my team, I was the last to cross the ... Sat, 23 May 2015 23:28:50 EST Melting Snow and streaking So, the weather has been warming up this week and melting the snow. The flower bed by the house, is now devoid of snow, although there is still a couple of feet of it in front on the lawn. Happy Happy Happy! <BR> <BR> I started tracking my food yesterday, and did it again today. Here I go starting a mini streak in the melting snow! <BR> <BR> Happy weekend everyone. I have actually worked overtime the last two weeks, would you believe! Only about two hours each week, but that is miraculous i... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:42:17 EST Just like Groundhog Day Every weekend for bookoodles of weeks, there has been snow and ice to fight our Sundays, and Mondays. Today there is more of the same. There is at least an inch or two of ice on our front walk right now. And no salt to throw down. <BR> We got milk before this one hit, but just didn't get any salt. Frozen slush. Ugh. <BR> <BR> On a good note, I have work from home, at least for Monday. So at least I don't have to drive out. <BR> <BR> My focus: sleep. Good sleep. Every night. It is getting be... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:13:22 EST Snow and work Snow. Lots and lots of snow. At least 16 plus inches, not to mention the taller drifts, and the fact it was still blowing snow when we measured. <BR> The car is pretty much dug out, except for anything reburying it. <BR> I worked from home a few hours yesterday, and all of today. Tough to do, because being home, I wanted to play and not work. <BR> <BR> I just finished an interesting health book - Adrenal Reset Diet. Very interesting, being released as an audio in February. <BR> <BR> Now, t... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:49:47 EST More sleep more rest = improvement This morning I woke after another 8 hours of sleeping. I rested, snuggled with my cat, drinking water, doctoring my lips most of the day. Crocheting a spiral stitch scarf (of sorts), then around supper time, I realized my sore throat was gone, my headache was gone, and I felt a lot better. So I got up and puttered around a little, and sorted some stuff to keep and get rid of, and I am so glad. <BR> Hoping to get decent sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> We woke to snow, and iciness, so it was a great... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:40 EST Sleeping towards better health I got a lot of sleep last night, and when I got up at 9 am (wow!) I still felt like I could sleep more. Alas, I did not fall back to sleep until this afternoon. Lots of down time, resting, sleeping, with one very cozy cat. I can feel storminess coming in, my wrist was killing me for a while, so used my soft "beanie" that goes in the microwave to help that. <BR> <BR> One of my aims, has been increasing my sleep, and trying to wean myself off my electronic gadgets in the evening. It is a work ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:21:03 EST Sick Day itty bitty blogh ah ah ah Choo! Well, I was sick a few days last week, then went back to work, but started in with the chills and other symptoms again. Really really bad chapped lips, no matter how much water I was drinking, and keeping humidifiers going. So I have an upper respiratory infection (again) and a virus, and Doctor sent me home til next week, he said stay home as long as I have bad chills. My eczema is bad too. Blah. <BR> <BR> So - I am aiming for my chair, and blanket, and cat. <BR> I just had my chicken soup,... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:25:34 EST A-Ok Woo Hoo Today was a Shirley Temple "Oh my goodness" kind of day - colder than 0 here. <BR> My sweet husband climbed up in that big ol' SUV this morning and started it for me so it wouldn't be so cold. <BR> <BR> Then I went to work. Changes going on at work. Ok, but just makes ya feel funny. I left early for my dr. appointment. <BR> <BR> Regular check up - blood pressure good again today. <BR> Weight - Up (heck, I knew that) I was cheating at Christmas, and have only recently re cut out the wheat ag... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:52:48 EST So cold Well, I thought I would have our car back from the repair shop, but instead I turned in the rental (a cadillac) and got the loaner from the repair shop, a humongous Dodge Durango. Oh my. I think I really need a ladder to climb in. When I go to slide out, it feels as if the ground will never reach my feet. I am only 4'11" and this feels like I am driving a bus or an 18 wheeler. <BR> <BR> It is also extremely very very very, very cold. Brrr has a few more syllables. <BR> I need a little bit to... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:54:25 EST At the start of My New Year Here we go folks. Forget the resolutions. We know what we need to do, so let's just do it. <BR> <BR> Mini steps. <BR> I did good avoiding gluten, until New Year's eve, when I inadvertently had a few crackers with my shrimp. I didn't think about it until later. <BR> <BR> I am watching it. <BR> Now to cut out the chocolate. I will appease that one with strictly hot cocoa, until I can lessen that one. <BR> <BR> And I intend on cutting the caffeine of coffee as much as possible. I chose herb t... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:08:49 EST After The Wrappings Gone You are left with torn paper, tangled ribbons, empty boxes. You are given gifts that make you smile, make you jump, make you cry. Reuse the bows, and boxes, recycle the cards, and resolve to step away from the chocolate. Or whatever was your downfall (or mine) this holiday season. <BR> <BR> I cheated by eating gluten/wheat. And more chocolate than I should. <BR> The scale told on me yesterday. <BR> <BR> I kicked it back under the bed until next week, or at least til New Year's. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:46:29 EST Moments of forgetfulness Today was rip roaring crazy. My fitbit let me know I had made my 5000 step mark somewhere before lunch, and the day is not done. <BR> I had back to back meetings at work, and was listened to because of my being a degree holding librarian. It was a most impressive day. <BR> I worked hard, and was recognized for it as well. <BR> <BR> Then, my hubby had supper waiting for me when I got home. <BR> I am blessed. <BR> <BR> In the middle of all that, I forgot the doctor appointment I had changed d... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:27:38 EST Work, Backs, Collisions, and stuff My oh my oh my! <BR> It is that season of ultra busy ness. <BR> <BR> I have been working full time since August, so I rarely get on the computer at night. Work is going well, and I love it. <BR> <BR> My back was doing pretty good, without a whole lot of extra bad stuff going on. I was feeling pretty good about it until.... <BR> <BR> Forget the drumroll. It was more like a thunderbolt. <BR> <BR> We had a front end collision this past Saturday night in the rain. Hubby is bruised where he h... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:59:30 EST Choosing to stay positive No matter what we do, no matter who we are, we are faced with daily choices. It could be as simple as choosing between which shoes to wear, or as complicated as what college to attend, or whether or not marrying that special someone is the right path for us. <BR> <BR> Other choices encompass how we think, how we approach what comes into our lives, what our attitude is going to be in the face of whatever calm or calamity in our way. <BR> <BR> When I was very young, in my teens and sometime b... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:01 EST Repeat and say again Since my husband and I have been through all our health issues, and especially how far he has come, we have an ongoing mutual admiration society going. <BR> <BR> Every time we just glance at each other, sit in the car next to each other, or anytime we touch hands or elbows while sitting together, we both gush over each other - Saying - I love you so much. <BR> <BR> You know what? <BR> EACH day is a gift, and there is no time like living in the present. I praise and thank God daily for each ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:32:57 EST MIA Motivator Oops. <BR> Imagine my surprise when I looked at my e-mail from a couple of days ago, that I was motivator of the day! <BR> Thank you. <BR> I am grateful for your support. <BR> <BR> It motivates me to do more than I actually am. Life is hard, but we overcome and keep on keeping on. <BR> <BR> Now, let me make things clear. I wear a fit bit and I walk, not as much as I should, but I walk. I did lose weight pre-surgery, but gained some back. Then I went through a ton of stuff with my husband's ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:04:38 EST Mini Milestones Today marked 90 days logging in, logging water, steps (from fitbit). <BR> I also made my 5000 plus steps today. <BR> It also marked completion of two full weeks of full time work. <BR> <BR> I also did 5 minutes of back strengthening stretching this morning. <BR> <BR> So, I got a much needed reward - shoes. Comfortable shoes I can wear to work with a dress, or pants (flats), slippers, and a pair of low boots for fall. It was a buy one get one half off, so my hubby got a pair of shoes too. Pl... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:48:04 EST One step at a time On Sunday August 10, I developed a "floater" in my left eye, so I went to the ophthalmologist. He says no retinal detachment, so that is positive, but the darn floater is driving me nuts. It looks like a fruit fly following me everywhere. <BR> <BR> Augh! <BR> So, I ordered prescription sunglasses to help cut it out of my vision while driving. <BR> <BR> I go back for a recheck in late September. <BR> <BR> This past Monday I began full time at work. First time working 40 hours since 2008. <... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:42:15 EST Counting my blessings: One year post A year ago, my husband was in a wild cyclone of health issues and drama, having suffered a cardiac arrest after his ankle surgery, followed by punctured lung, cracked ribs, blood clots, infections, fever and more. When he finally got home in September, we thought we were on the mend, only to have him develop encephalitis in late October, then he fell over his own feet in January and broke his arm. <BR> <BR> I am blessed. <BR> He is alive and well. <BR> He is off the blood clot medication, of... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:42:47 EST Fleece and Streaks and Goals (63 Day Streak!) Since God answered the prayer regarding the job fleece, and I have about 2 weeks to get used to getting to bed earlier, and up earlier, I figure God must know I can handle it. <BR> <BR> I have logged on SparkPeople every day for 63 days! That is my first huge streak since before my back surgery. It is a beginning. Now I need to add to to that goals. <BR> <BR> Earlier to bed. <BR> Earlier to rise. <BR> More sleep. <BR> Add better exercise besides walking to the mix. <BR> Increase walking. <B... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:23:16 EST So Excited! Wow. <BR> That is all I can say. <BR> I went to a meeting of minds with Christian women about the retreat up north in Maine in September yesterday. It was long, I was tired, and my back still is not very happy. I endured, but it went well. I will be leading two hour long discussion groups, speaking for a five minute devotional, and leading a fireside prayer in commemoration of 9-11. <BR> I am looking forward to it, as I haven't gone up to camp since before my back injury in 2009. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:53:43 EST Superb The last several days, I have consciously increasing my steps, and had a 6000, 7000, and two 5000 steps days. <BR> <BR> My interview went well, followed up by another with my boss. Good things coming up on the horizon, but not in the place to say for sure yet. The fleece is definitely being responded too. <BR> <BR> I have seen lots of answered prayer this week. I keep praying, and wait for the answers I have not received yet. <BR> <BR> My husband went to the dr. this week, his cholesterol... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30:18 EST More walking It started out relatively cool this morning at 59 degrees, but warmed up. After being out in the shaded sunshine, and walking around a lot, I had it after about 4 hours at the book sale under the canopy. Hot, tired, headachy. <BR> <BR> We started the day with fasting bloodwork before heading out to the library book sale. We splurged and had Starbucks. I had a hot latte with a toasted bagel and cream cheese. One of the few things that has no eggs. <BR> <BR> Outside at the sale I drank lots ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:06:46 EST Setting out the fleece Many of you who have known me over the last few years on here, know that I have gone through back injuries, and surgeries, and am finally on my way back to a new normal. <BR> <BR> I was not able to return to work at a public library, but found an awesome job that I just love. I am an audiobook proofer. <BR> <BR> Now I started with the company as a temp, and got called back for Christmas 2012, then was hired permanent part time that December. I worked in assembly, and was a second proofer (L... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:34:59 EST 45 Day streak and 6 lbs in one year (since 8-2013) I have been logging in, spinning the wheel, logging my food (mostly). <BR> The phone app helps me do this, and so nice that it coordinates with Fitbit to grab my walking fitness. <BR> <BR> I am feeling mostly good. The stormy weather has my back a little achy, but I am doing well. <BR> <BR> My job is going great. I love being an audiobook proofreader and am having a blast doing it. Right now I am proofreading a Yale publication on Augustus Caesar, as I just finished the one on Julius Caesar... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:30:47 EST Thirty-One Day Streak It may not sound like much, but considering the past year, a thirty-one day streak is awesome. No, I haven't blogged, I have logged in every day, and have logged my food nearly every one of them, and logged my walking every day. <BR> <BR> It is a start. <BR> <BR> I also finally began doing my back strengthening exercise again, a few times per week, and using hand weights. I have been using a squeeze ball for my hands at work, and doing stretches. <BR> <BR> Then I decided I better increase ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:03:09 EST Let's streak! Finally starting a decent streak going. I have logged in 10 days in a row. First time in a long time. It helps I can do it from my phone. I have a headache today, though, with all the allergens in the air, and may have eaten something that is a no-no - as in egg allergy, because my mouth is breaking out. I took antihistamine to fight the situation. Time to go relax. because it is my day off. <BR> <BR> ps I have been logging my fitness - walking - with my fitbit automatically daily. cool app.... Wed, 21 May 2014 16:07:46 EST