LUNADRAGON's SparkPeople Blog LUNADRAGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just wait one itty bitty little moment <img src=""> <BR> Oh dear. Over a month. How did that happen? I guess injuries will do that. They creep up on you, then WHAM! Down and out, and out for the count. Then when You come to, it is "wah, wa, what happened?" <BR> <BR> My ankle is doing better, about 90% of the time, except if I try to walk to fast, too long, or just happen to turn it, again. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, my back reared its ugly little head to te... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:28:04 EST On my feet Finally, walking with less pain. This feels like it was my worst sprain, perhaps due to the aging process, but maybe because of re- turning it a couple of times. Top that with some hives, and it has been a trip. ( too many strawberries). Anyway, I am positively working towards cleaning up my eating, and eliminating a couple bad habits, and opening my day with quiet time and my Bible. Making it happen, one day at a time, one step at a time; getting healthier is my job. Tue, 16 May 2017 21:52:25 EST Stepping carefully Good morning. Best night sleep in a while but still exhausted. Slept over 6 hours. With one brief wake up. I got up sat at my computer for just a couple minutes then went back to bed and sleep. Highly unusual. The swelling is down in my ankle and am moving carefully. I don't want to turn it a third time. My attitude is better. Sleep will do that. Wed, 3 May 2017 08:42:05 EST May the Second trickles on <img src=""> <BR> Ugh, Tell yourself to get up. Get over it. Get on with it. <BR> But your body says NO. And stops. It just doesn't want to move. Can't move. The pain takes over and your brain checks out. <BR> Sleeplessness from pain does that. <BR> Also I sprained my ankle. <BR> And it feels worse than that, but isn't, according to x-rays and a visit to the urgent care office. <BR> So I have been using the RICE me... Tue, 2 May 2017 05:02:26 EST Sooo stormy <img src=""> <BR> Watchful Pumpkin above, chill Peaches sleeping. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my phone blasted out a warning, there was a tornado in the area. Yikes! Having only lived here since October, I really didn't expect that. Within the next 30 minutes my husband and I both got two more warnings with the same blasting alarm sound as the emergency warnings on the tv. Our inner room was the hallway between the rooms,... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:04:14 EST tiny moments of encouragement <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's me, Mrs. Storytime today. <BR> It went well, and I already surpassed my daily walking goal (5000 steps), and we still have Bible study tonight. <BR> <BR> I did the Very Hungry Caterpillar, a coloring page, a paper plate craft with pom poms to make a caterpillar, and round stickers for eyes. There were 11 children who attended. I will be doing the story time (volunteer right now) ever... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:28:59 EST beleaguering the briefest bbblog <img src=""> <BR> Looking out my window, forget the rose colored glasses, I've got lace, and it is green out there! <BR> Good morning, <BR> I won't take up too much time. Although I got up early, waking in some pain, I got more sleep than some days, but never enough. <BR> I finished a work project yesterday, am ready to embark a new one today. I have SO much to do. Don't we all. <BR> I got in 16 minutes of morning... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:20:05 EST Distractions diversions and dimples So along the way, there are always things to distract us from our goals i.e. Real life. Kids Kats kars katastrophes. Excuse my alliteration and lack of spelling corrections, it just looked fun. Trying to juggle so many balls leaves one on a short leash. That's me at the moment... freelance work, paperwork, housecleaning, and oh, the library job had turned into a volunteer situation because the town hasn't the money, yada yada yada. It's ok, it puts my big toe back in a library. So, guess who... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:48:27 EST Tiny drops in big buckets <img src=""> <BR> Life is like a carousel, It goes round and round and round, and up and down. <BR> <BR> Little drops matter, tiny steps in the right direction become great strides. <BR> <BR> Today <BR> Here are tiny drops <BR> I did 6 minutes of gentle back stretches. <BR> I slept a little better. <BR> I am walking more. <BR> I packaged two books up to send via paperbackswap dot com using recycled packing materi... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:25:10 EST First time in a long time <img src=""> <BR> Probably one of my very last story times in 2010.... <BR> <BR> Prior to my back surgeries, <BR> Prior to my recoveries, <BR> Prior to my current editing/proofing freelancing <BR> I was a librarian. <BR> I mean, I still am, but I have been a librarian in a box, <BR> a librarian without a library home. <BR> Today for the first time in about 7 years I assisted at a library story time. <BR> Next week... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:21:33 EST Just because <img src=""> <BR> There are good and bad things that happen every day. To each of us. All the time. We need to remember that, because as we deal with our daily struggles, we need to remember, keep in mind, be thoughtful, that every single one of us is dealing with something that feels insurmountable. <BR> This is a list, not necessarily mine, but of those things that people I know deal with daily: pain - fibromyal... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:36:16 EST Another one in the books Literally. I've been working on proofreading, but my stamina is rather "eh", because I woke early exhausted and back hurting. Grr. So I did maybe 3 minutes of stretching my ham string and did not make my walking. Tomorrow I have a lot of work to tackle. I rue that I haven't gotten back on the wii again yet, nor anything else. Outside stressors, but I am basically watching what I eat. Yesterday my husband and I made stew, so today that was lunch and supper for me. Today's focus - working at... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 23:55:22 EST Alternating Sleep <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Observation: My sleep varies from night to night. One night good, one night bad. I don't like it, but at least I am figuring it out. I wake with back pain of one sort or another, want to sleep, but can't with the pain, so get up, walk, sit down for a while. Then try to sleep again. <BR> I am at the sit down for a while mode, as I have been up since 5:55. For the win, I did 10 minutes of stre... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 06:40:39 EST Fast Friday First - I slept. Got up once, hurting, but was able to walk it off, then go back to sleep. <BR> Now, it is Friday. Ate my healthy breakfast - the usual - oatmeal, banana, blueberries, coffee with cream and sugar. <BR> And finally - I have a ton of work to finish, no time for anything else. Not sure what I will do fitness wise today. Perhaps walking later. Retail therapy - walking in a store to pick up the couple things I need. <BR> For now - off to the headphones and editing. <BR> <BR> It wa... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:13:50 EST Tired Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Ok, I am just getting a handle on things. I had to really think. Regarding my wii fit, after my back surgeries in 2011, I did not get back on the wii fit as much as before. I think that might be the problem to my back pain. I will aim to get on it every other day. I had a bad night sleep last night, less than 5 hours, with lots of mid back pain from my degenerative disc disease, from here on out r... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:50:58 EST Working it Wednesday! Good morning! Sleep - check Wii fit 22 minutes - check Healthy breakfast - check Ready to rock my day - check Making it happen one day at a time, one step at a time, getting healthier is my job. But now I have work to do! Working at making healthier decisions. The roast turkey breast last night was great and now I have healthy protein for the week. Healthier choices count. I am grateful I slept better last night than the other nights. Now I'm ready to go! Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:56:38 EST Almost blogged the Boing! Oh Dear. You know what that is like. <BR> Sleepless. <BR> I mean... <BR> SLEEPLESS! <BR> I slept about an hour and a half before waking with my back hurting, and knowing there was no place I could sleep. I finally fell back to sleep early in the morning. My brain was going BOING! on top of all the sleepless, and the back pain, shoulder pain. I think I have to adjust how I am doing my fitness. I get all gung ho, and forget that I had back fusions done, and that I have added a few years and pou... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:11:03 EST Magnificent Mondays <img src=""> <BR> The view of the apple tree in my front yard. Looking forward to apples, but for now, spring. <BR> <BR> Good morning, at least a few minutes left of it. <BR> <BR> I got over my really bad back pain that kept me from doing a lot for a couple days. <BR> I went of wii fit for 22 minutes this morning, and fit in my 5000 plus steps yesterday. <BR> I am trying to make healthier food choices. I don't ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:03:44 EST Rest Stop: I did NOT drop off the face of the planet! <img src=""> <BR> After keeping a pretty good streak this week, I logged in, but kept the activity to a low. Thursday, I actually took as a "down" day, and did not intend on exercising. I had a freelance project due, and spent most of the day finishing and turning it in. Somewhere along the way I overdid something, and that evening my back suffered the brunt of it. I barely slept, waking at 5 Friday morning with ex... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:40:54 EST Wobbly Wenesday <img src=""> <BR> From My Desk <BR> Raining Daisies in my office. <BR> <BR> Good late morning everyone. <BR> Last night, my reactions to the allergens hit my stomach, so my sleep was a bit disrupted. <BR> This morning, my back is aching, and I have a lot of work to do, so figured, let's just get this written and posted. <BR> <BR> First - I got better sleep than I actually intended, though I woke pretty exhausted.... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:37:04 EST Testing, testing, 1-2-3-... Today I had new allergy tests. That meant 54 needles. And a touch of asthma, followed by the nebulizer and shakes. It totally wiped me out. When I got home I crashed and slept. It seems the dog allergy has lessened. The mold, mites, dust increased, and trees are down to the Oak family. I am glad that I did stretches this morning and that I followed it with a wii fit chaser. Sleep will be sweet tonight! I lost another pound. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:48:11 EST Monday Monday! <img src=""> Well! When I got on that Wii little scale, it showed some downward movement ! 207! It's been about a week since my son helped me get it re-set up here in our Virginia home. I worked on it about a half an hour and also got more than 800 steps in. So, super sigh! Not super-size. I still do not drink soft drinks. I also cut out caffeinated coffee and just drink decaf. One day at a time. Here are my wor... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:48:22 EST Sunday Sunday <img src=""> <BR> Peaches my 17 year old furry friend. <BR> <BR> Good early evening everyone, <BR> It has been chilly the last couple weeks, though not as cold as New England and Connecticut, my body does not like the cold. <BR> <BR> Because I did so much yesterday on Wii fit, I was a bit sore today. Also, I am currently off Naproxen due to allergy testing on Tuesday, so the only pain relief is tylenol. Between t... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:17:13 EST Ok, Ok, I'm Back! Really. Truly. This Time I'm back. I have been on my Wii Fit twice this week, and already am kicking some poundage out the door. <BR> Still allergic to eggs, cut out gluten mostly, and am noticing for sure that soy protein bothers my stomach. <BR> Doc (new one) said that I am "pre-diabetic". Nope. Not gonna happen. I am going to take control of this situation and do something about it. <BR> Again. <BR> <BR> I said it wouldn't happen. I said I wouldn't gain it back, or slip, but I have. <BR> ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:01:52 EST 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