LUNADRAGON's SparkPeople Blog LUNADRAGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Don't ya love it? When you take Friday off, and it feels like Saturday, and you still have Saturday? <BR> <BR> When you think of an idea, but cannot execute it, and know that your husband can build it for you? He feels good for building it, and you feel good for thinking of it. I wanted to make a lamp, but I don't know how. He put a bottle lamp together for my son after I got the supplies, and he built another one for me out of a mason jar. <BR> <BR> When you take the time to find the coupons then save a bun... Fri, 9 May 2014 20:44:18 EST Got it - Gizmos, Gadgets, and Whatnots I figured out how to sync my fitbit with Sparkpeople. I do it from the online Sparkpeople fitness page, it gives me the option to sync my fitbit with Sparkpeople. It does synce my fitness, but not my food :( that I can tell anyway. <BR> I think it is supposed to. Maybe it is delayed. I will let you know. <BR> I did have a 7 day streak of logging in, then I missed (I thought I had logged in). I am now on a 3 day streak. At least I can log in from the Sparkpeople app on my iphone. <BR> Gadgets,... Wed, 7 May 2014 18:59:55 EST No news is no news Well, after calling the doctor repeatedly this week, trying to get results, and no explanation of the message left on my machine, I have been told that my neurologist is referring me to another one in his group that has more expertise in the EEG department. That will be the doctor I wanted to see in the first place. So, I still don't know what is going on with my brain, dizziness, memory lapse (selective at that), headaches, etc. Oh bother. Now I have to wait until next Thursday morning to fi... Fri, 2 May 2014 20:57:24 EST results and not quite results I walked two miles, two stores. Over 5,000 steps. <BR> I balanced the checkbooks and paid a couple bills. <BR> We got the headlight changed free that was out on our new car. Our first time trying to drive at night we realized it was out, so brought it back to the dealer. <BR> We made supper together - ground turkey meat in spaghetti sauce with Rice Pasta spaghetti. I bought veggies, v8, bananas, and other good things at the store. <BR> I got a medical provider to resubmit one of my husband's ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:51:11 EST Mojo Looking for my mojo. <BR> I have a five day log in streak going, and 5 out of 7 days I have logged my food on here. I do have a three week walking goal streak going on. <BR> <BR> Up to this morning, my headache seemed to be subsiding. It is back today. My eyes hurt, sinuses too, and yes, I have been taking my prescriptions. <BR> <BR> So, now I will go do my prescribed de-stressing and relax for the rest of the night. I will get this thing going soon. baby steps count. They always do. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:11:34 EST Question for Fitbit Flex users I just went to the SparkPeople page to sync my Fitbit flex with Spark People. I saw some notes that the food doesn't register. Any idea if it works? It would be so helpful, because right now I am double logging it, between my fitbit and Spark. <BR> <BR> I will see if it works for me this week. <BR> <BR> Today - relaxing. <BR> rain. so we went to a movie. <BR> Trying to eat healthy. <BR> Aiming for de-stressing and better sleep, and keeping up with my water, and avoiding caffeine. <BR> My o... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:40:54 EST Tracking and how do you count this... So, I am trying to get back to tracking. Everything. One step at a time. I have not been spending much time on the computer, but have a four day streak going of logging in. I am tracking water, walking, sleep, food, between my i-phone, fitbit and here. <BR> <BR> My big faux pas - yesterday - the bunny, the bunny, yes it was the bunny. <BR> All it took was one nibble and next thing I knew, the bunny was gone! It just plumb disappeared. I called an all points bulletin, but even my cats didn't ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:03:50 EST Making steps towards healthiness This weekend, I caught more sleep than I have in a while. <BR> I am fighting sleep nearly nightly, and am in a big row with myself over it. <BR> I went to the neurologist on Friday. He says - bloodwork for Lyme, EEG to check if there are mini seizures happening, or it could be something with the medication, or stress. In other words, no actual answers yet. Then I noticed a weird rash on my neck last night when I was trying to sleep - more sleep delays after that. <BR> <BR> Hubby went to his ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:52 EST First Day Back at Work So I went back to work today. I am tired. The best part was coming home in our new (used) car. Typically I am very fatigued driving. The vehicle ride was smooth and nice and I was not as fatigued coming home. <BR> <BR> I have been diligently eating my potassium <BR> <BR> bananas with apple oatmeal for breakfast, with 1 cup of coffee <BR> orange juice <BR> <BR> v-8 strawberry banana at break <BR> tomato soup for lunch with a quaker oat bar <BR> break - yogurt <BR> <BR> I walked 1 1/4 mile ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:53:02 EST Fuzzy wuzzy was a Monday If the fuzzy wuzzy bears had to be days of the week, fuzzy wuzzy would definitely be a Monday. <BR> Thinking shouldn't be so hard, but it sure feels it. And it makes me nervous, which probably makes me more fuzzy wuzzy. <BR> <BR> Out here in cyberland. <BR> <BR> The weekend has come and gone, and today I must make doctor phone calls. It makes me nervous. Mainly I am better, but I seem to have a very difficult time retaining some short term stuff. Like what did I just sit down here to do (ch... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:58:28 EST Must revert my bad habits It has been a wild and crazy week, well couple of weeks, and if you get right down to it, over half a year. <BR> In a very small nutshell - Our van was breaking down, and couldn't get it to pass emissions and it is leaking oil. We have been trying to get the problem resolved since about February - with no luck. The deadline to fix it is Monday. That is the extension. <BR> Last week we heard from Christians in the south that want to glorify God by helping us with our vehicle. I anticipated the... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:46:05 EST Ouch! A month? I know I have been busy. And tired. Too tired to make friends with my computer. At all. Especially since with my promotion I spend 25 hours linked to a computer and headphones. I come home and I crash. Literally. As soon as I put my feet up, I pass out. <BR> <BR> So, sorry folks if I haven't been here. I haven't been much of anywhere to tell you the truth, except running my husband to physical therapy twice per week, plus his doctor appointments, running myself to the allergist twice per wee... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:18:20 EST My Achilles Craving Ahhh, the sweet bliss of a craving fulfilled. <BR> Ahhh, the sweet curse of a craving denied. <BR> Or is it. <BR> I find the thing I ended up really really craving - chocolate - is typically my demise. <BR> Recently I read, that some people with food allergies, actually crave the very thing they are allergic to and that can wreck havoc. <BR> I am not allergic to chocolate. <BR> But, it is my bugaboo. <BR> <BR> I think I can handle it, and let it sneak by - oh, just a cup of cocoa, just a li... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:40:16 EST Let's get Physical Today I brought my hubby to physical therapy for his humerus fracture/recovery range of motion exercise. We also went to the mechanic, and walked around one store briefly. He didn't even use his cane, nor use a riding cart. <BR> <BR> After supper, he sat down in our dual recliner and wiped out. Other than neuropothy really making his feet hurt (I gave them a gently rubbing with coconut oil mixture - a homemade salve from a friend that makes it, along with some tiger balm). I also got him a b... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:04:57 EST Why is it? When you don't feel so well, <BR> or hurt, <BR> you look for comfort.. <BR> a warm blanket, <BR> a soft kitty, <BR> a cup of something hot to drink, <BR> something to relieve pain. <BR> <BR> That's my day. going to just relax, <BR> and hug my cat, <BR> and stay warm. <BR> Have a good weekend. <BR> <BR> Comfort. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:51:06 EST Another Sparkversary Oops, Missed it. <BR> It was two days ago, but I did not get on the computer at all. <BR> Now that I am glued to a computer for work, I have not been getting on at home. <BR> This weekend - I came home with a migraine, and my neck and shoulder have been suffering since about Monday. <BR> Between Sunday and Monday I painted in my "new" studio. <BR> I think I overdid it. <BR> I went way beyond the 10,000 step goal on my fitbit. <BR> Now I have been suffering. <BR> <BR> This morning - the after... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 07:59:46 EST Checking off the list I love lists. <BR> Perhaps too much. <BR> I love the act of crossing things off my list, just to show that I have accomplished something. <BR> I started out making a list today, and dove right in to try to get things tackled. <BR> I got waylaid at the first turn. <BR> I went in the basement to get my laundry and we had water leaking from somewhere. I figured it was the dishwasher overflow. Then I started laundry, and that started overflowing too. <BR> Add to the list calling the septic system... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:55:10 EST Tremendous Thursday Good night's sleep <BR> Sweet husband home and recovering and getting stronger <BR> a job I really am enjoying (hey, I get paid to listen to audio books, way cool!) <BR> today I got to crochet at lunch <BR> I ate a good lunch, and healthy snacks <BR> My attitude has been one of gratitude <BR> I get to read library books and think creatively <BR> I leave my work at work <BR> I get to walk, though not as much as the other position <BR> I really am feeling happier than I have been for some time ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:48:20 EST Not Just November When November rolled around, I told myself I was not going to limit Thanksgiving to November. I told myself I would give thanks every single day. <BR> <BR> Despite the obstacles and trials, I have been giving thanks every single day. It makes me realize just how blessed I am. <BR> <BR> Thankfulness is a gift. It also blesses me with contentment, and inner peace. <BR> <BR> Have a thankful Thursday tomorrow, and perhaps begin giving thanks for all the little blessings, because they add up. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:21:00 EST Going forward With everything that has been going on with my husband and his health since this past summer, and just all the craziness in general, I haven't focused a whole lot on me. There has just been too much going on. <BR> <BR> I am not complaining. <BR> I really am content. <BR> I look at my husband and think about the fact he IS here, and I sigh, and run over and plant a kiss on his face. We are just as much in love, and are loving each other despite the obstacles with words, a touch, a caress, a j... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:50:11 EST Tired but smiling Hello everyone, <BR> I am still walking daily, although not quite as much as my other position at work. On a very positive side, I am loving working as an audio proofer, and completed my first book listen yesterday right before closing the week out. My first week working 24 hours (4 days of work). That is the most I have worked since my back injury in 2009. I also made an hour drive to Yale, and the drive back was 2.5 hours due to the storm on my "day off". Add that and yes it has been an acc... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:01:46 EST New Year, New Ordeals Well, This past Saturday night my husband tripped over his own feet, and broke his fall by breaking his humerus, up by the shoulder. I must say it is not very humorous. Far from it. Now, storms are on the way, and I have to drive an hour to take him to Yale for his neurology appointment. Yes, we could have cancelled, but I just started my new position, and I am taking time off Friday to take him to the Orthopedic surgeon, and really did not want to make more changes. Ooh, what a week. My firs... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:52:09 EST Making it count Today, I have had a purposeful lazy day, full of reading, rest, recreation. I am reading a novel - Painted girls a fiction about a ballerina the artist Degas used as a model for his bronze statue, and his paintings. I rested watching "You Got Mail" for the kagillionith time with my dear hubby, actually watching instead of falling asleep to it. It was raining, and dismal. I planned to paint the walls in the room I am moving my studio/guest room into, but I rather have a sunnier day to work. To... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:30:48 EST I love my fitbit I have a fitbit flex. I got it in November before Christmas, and paid under $100 for it at a retail store. I am happy with it. It shows I do walk as much and more than I thought. It shows I do sleep, and actually much better than I thought. I can sync it to my computer or my i-phone, I can log food, mood, journal, water, as well as the ability for the device to track my sleep and waking, and walking. It also has the ability to have a built in silent/buzzing alarm. I set it for me to get up, a... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:59:49 EST New Year Newsy Hello my friends. <BR> It has been busy. <BR> House being worked on - kitchen, doors, windows, garage, paint, etc. <BR> Holidays (still have to pack it up). <BR> Work, work, work. I begin the new position as an audio proofer January 20th, and I can't wait. Members from the department have been expressing their welcome to me, and that is way cool. I had my work review and that went pretty well. My down side was the interrupted work schedule due to running off for hospital and doctor visits thi... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:46:44 EST Lots of baby steps Today we have snow. I walked in it with baby steps, being careful to not fall. I got my allergy shot for bees. Funny when they ask me if I have been stung. It is kind of frozen outside :) <BR> <BR> I found out today I will start my new position at work on January 20th. <BR> Yesterday I went to my orthopedic back doctor and told him about the progress and promotion at work, and asked about my hours (possible increase), and brought my job description. I can begin to increase my hours as tolera... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:40:25 EST Holidays and a lost pound Thanksgiving was good and bad. I spent the entire month of November giving thanks daily, and I won't stop there. Thanksgiving needs to be in your heart daily. <BR> <BR> We got a locally raised organic turkey (13 + lbs) - it cost a lot more than the grocery store, but it was very good. So good, there were no more leftovers by the next day, except for the legs and wings that I threw in the freezer and just made curried turkey rice soup yesterday, along with my egg-free oatmeal banana chocolate... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:24:31 EST Exciting news It has been busy. very busy. I am using my fitbit to track my sleep and walking, and that is working well. With Thanksgiving, and other stuff going on, I have been too busy to log anything else. <BR> <BR> I FINALLY got the audio proofing job I have been trying to get for the past two years and will begin in that department in the new year. <BR> I am so stoked! <BR> <BR> Happy Belated Thanksgiving. Never forget to give thanks. I am grateful. <BR> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>429</em... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:28:02 EST November nick nacks Hello everyone, <BR> My dear husband is healing. Taking time, but is doing better. <BR> It has been hectic here. very hectic. <BR> <BR> Good things - <BR> I just got myself a fitbit, but have to figure it out. <BR> I found my lost pedometer at work today. <BR> We ordered a locally raised fresh turkey for Thanksgiving. <BR> I have an interview tomorrow at 2:30 <BR> and an MRI at 6:30 pm Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:29:28 EST Grateful ... It is November. <BR> Time to vocally remember to be grateful as often as possible. <BR> <BR> I AM grateful <BR> for my husband <BR> for his life <BR> for God's grace, and gracious kindness <BR> for my life, <BR> for love, <BR> for joy, <BR> for autumn leaves. <BR> <BR> Thankful it is Friday and I have the weekend to rest. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:35:24 EST Home again Yesterday afternoon when I went to visit my honey after work, I was told he was being discharged. Oops, I did not have any clothes for him except socks and underwear, and he had his shoe and airboot for his fused ankle. <BR> <BR> A sweet nursing student got him a pair of scrub pants, and I went down to the gift shop and bought him a Yale sweatshirt. Now he can officially say he had a week long medical residency at Yale Medical. <BR> <BR> Praise God. Glad he is home. <BR> Some kind of Herpe... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:30:10 EST End of tests? For my hubby - Maybe. I think so. <BR> Throat/larynx ok. <BR> Having some kind of other ultrasound tomorrow. Today's lumbar puncture (spinal tap), done. What a day. plus a test with a camera to look at the larynx, say "eeee". <BR> Exhausted. <BR> Today hardly a breakfast, good lunch, not so good dinner <BR> Yesterday light breakfast, good lunch, good dinner, <BR> <BR> Home. <BR> Maybe my honey will come home in a couple days. My first night home before 8 in a week. <BR> Going to go put my ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:55:02 EST mini update Oct 2013 Ron is improving, responding to the antiviral medication for the Encephalitis. Another lumbar puncture - spinal tap, today to verify which kind. Perhaps he can come home by the end of the week. He had been highly delusional and hallucinating. It has been an extremely rough week. <BR> He is much more lucid, and slowly healing. <BR> Thank you for your prayers. <BR> Still scary,. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:06:24 EST Scary Things are still very scary. <BR> I do not have time to update. <BR> Narrowing it down to some form of encephalitis. <BR> Ron is hallucinating frequently, combative. <BR> This is not a trick or treat. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 01:41:37 EST Challenging Updates Last night my husband was sent to Yale New Haven. He is currently stable. They did another onslaught of tests, which continue. He did eat some soup tonight, and last night did give me a kiss, and wanted another one. Definitely wanted one tonight too. <BR> <BR> Today I slept all day since I didn't get home til 3 a.m. <BR> I got out there about 5 pm. <BR> <BR> Results of MRI - probably not a stroke - they suspect a viral brain infection and will do a spinal tap, reverse the blood thinner, and... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:47:50 EST More Crisis, just when you couldn't stand any more. Yesterday my husband suffered a stroke and is back in the hospital. While there he also had a seizure. I may be too swamped to post for some time. I don't know. <BR> <BR> I am really lost in a fog on this one folks. <BR> <BR> It has affected his left side sight. He did respond to verbal commands, and squeezed hands, and moved feet. Not sure of the prognosis at this time. Too tired to think. <BR> <BR> Love ya. <BR> me <BR> Deborah <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:19:39 EST Feeling the fall in the air Last night it got chilly, and this morning the leaves are showing a little more color. Work went fine, but I am very tired, as I usually am on Thursdays. Exhausted is more the word. <BR> I need to make some supper, and relax. <BR> Relaxation has got to be top on my list, next to getting enough sleep. I am feeling the effects of stress and not quite getting as much sleep as I need. I also have to reinforce my efforts to make sure I am staying hydrated, and get more salads in. <BR> Life is a c... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:02:32 EST Crisp Morning Sunshine Good morning fellow Sparkies, <BR> The sun is shining, the air is crisp. <BR> Today is the first day off in a few weeks I do not have to run off somewhere else. I had a small breakfast, and have a banana bread in the oven - gluten free, egg free. It smells wonderful. <BR> I am parked at the computer ready to tackle bills, grocery list, etc. <BR> <BR> My husband says his visiting nurse and physical therapist each have about one visit left, that he is doing well enough to be discharged from th... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:57:59 EST More Candles Today is my birthday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am grateful <BR> <BR> I am weighing 192, so that is 20 lbs less than last year. I didn't lose any more since August, but haven't gained any either. <BR> <BR> This is the 5th family birthday celebrated since the end of July. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Grateful I am NOT 85, yet... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 15:11:17 EST Breakout! Back to the doctor today. <BR> Too many appointments to count. <BR> I squeezed in making an emergency appointment to the dermatologist. My facial rash went from bad to worse as of Friday. I needed some answers. So in between going to the DMV, and my husband's physical therapy appointment, and blood draw appointment, i shimmied in a dermatologist visit (first time to this office). <BR> Right now, he says Rosacea. Change in medications, again. I am just so exhausted. Over exhausted, over extend... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:03:30 EST A week later Busy. multiplied. <BR> I didn't get that job. Sometimes I think getting my MLIS was for naught. <BR> Working. Pushing a wheelchair for dr. visits has been rough on my back. I have been exhausted, and sleeping as much as possible. <BR> I ate something that I shouldn't have. The trouble is, I do not know what has caused the problem. I am severely broken out. Itchy, patches, red, yuck all over my face. <BR> <BR> Besides that. <BR> Busy. <BR> Tired. <BR> working when I can. <BR> TGIF, and it's ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 16:51:32 EST 33 years and counting Yesterday my hubby and I celebrated 33 years married. Imagine! We are blessed. I am grateful that he is home and not in the hospital. He is getting stronger. <BR> <BR> Dinner - shrimp cocktail on lettuce, broiled scallops with boiled baby potatoes with herbs, and zucchini casserole (from my garden.) <BR> Movie - something recorded on the DVR then we fell asleep. <BR> <BR> Happiness is being married to your best friend. <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:09:26 EST Running on Pedometer Time I have been averaging at least 2.5 miles on my pedometer every day for the last nearly 7 weeks. <BR> Today it will reach 4 miles. <BR> No wonder I am tired. <BR> <BR> I did not get the job. <BR> Romans 8:28 Although I do wonder at times why I have a MLIS. Such is life. At least I do like the job I have, even if it is not back in a library, though I will need a new one when we move to RI. <BR> <BR> Ron is home. Last night was his first night home. Neither of us slept very well. Sort of like... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:35:04 EST Lots of stuff - good and bad Life has its balance. <BR> Often it feels off balance. <BR> Perhaps the last 6 plus weeks feel off. Way off. <BR> Perhaps I just need new sneakers. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my husband comes home. <BR> He came for a visit yesterday to see if he can manage the ramp, the bed, etc. He got the ok to come home. I am so happy, as our 33rd anniversary is Friday. I feel happy. Very happy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, when I was bringing my hubby back to the rehab, I got a blowout on the highway. It was scary. My ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:10:04 EST More delays So, it was raining where the builder lives. But not here. Now I am waiting for Bob the builder to arrive, and my older son stayed out of work and is here. The lumber has arrived. So it is waiting. <BR> <BR> I am eating. Not always the best. But I made shepherd's pie this week, and from a roast, I made kale soup. This morning my older son made me gluten free, egg free pancakes, with very thin bacon. <BR> <BR> I went out and trimmed my roses, and front bushes, and swept my porch for the insid... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:29:52 EST On edge Right now, I am waiting for friends to help build a wheel chair ramp (temporary) at my house. It is being delayed until tomorrow. My sons who wanted to help have today off. <BR> <BR> I am constantly just on the edge. <BR> My stomach is constantly nervous, as am I. <BR> Constant butterflies. <BR> I am not getting enough sleep either. <BR> I know this probably goes with the territory right now. <BR> I jump whenever the phone rings. <BR> <BR> If this is my new normal, I don't like it. <BR> I h... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:20:25 EST Fried Day Yesterday I was too bushed to Blog. Just worn out, tired out, tuckered out, wiped out. <BR> <BR> On my way home from work, in the midst of Labor Day weekend rush hour, I felt myself really really tired, drowsy tired, exhausted. I got off the highway by my allergist, and decided to go the back way. I pulled over, and called my son to let him know, so he could tell my husband I was going to pass on our visit. That is uber tired. And I was. <BR> <BR> I spoke with him briefly by phone. His pota... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:04:47 EST Blessings Last night the interview went well. Very well. <BR> I am now one of three being considered for the position. <BR> They are having their final interview tonight. <BR> Then they will present the candidate names to the board of trustees, and I guess may have another round of interviews, though I am not sure. Each library is different. <BR> <BR> Reason for looking for another job: I have a Master's in Library science and since my surgeries and recovery have not been able to break back into my ca... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:16:20 EST