LUNADRAGON's SparkPeople Blog LUNADRAGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Blasting into the New Year <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A cold blast that is! It has been in the teens the last couple days here in the southern part of Virginia, and though better than Connecticut and Massachusetts, my body can tell it is cold. TOO COLD! My brain wants the rest of me to move further south. Then in the summer I will be TOO HOT! At least we only had a dusting of snow a few weeks ago. <BR> <BR> 2018 is here. I did my yoga physical... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 12:03:43 EST Getting all Sparkly! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's that time of year, where lights get sparkly, food is tempting, and your heart grows bigger. Pay it forward! <BR> Smile. <BR> Visit friends and those confined to nursing homes. <BR> Play with your children or grandchildren, and cherish their smiles and giggles. <BR> Play with your cat or dog, or help out at an animal shelter, bring them some yummy goodies to help them out. <BR> Send some... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:59:23 EST Aiming for “One”derland My name should be Alice as I chase the white rabbit around Oz looking for the golden snitch in a place I’ve been before. It is getting within reach, and I hope that desire is enough to keep me motivated and hep me stay the course as I am down 12 lbs since August. Yesterday I canned apples for jam and rings for Christmas gifts, to add to my growing stash of mason jars filled with goodies to give like pickles and relish. Last week I tackled the mighty cranberry and made an orange cranberry con... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:37:33 EST Thanksgiving Sunday before Thanksgiving Just thinking about the day, and saying Sunday before Thanksgiving seemed out of sorts, because we need to give thanks everyday. Not just Thanksgiving. Sunday before Thanksgiving was one of those things that sounded off. Always give thanks. <BR> <BR> God bless you, and have a prosperous week. Leave the goodies alone. Choose your battles. Decide before Thanksgiving what your special treat will be, and stick to it, and don't pick on anything else. Well, if teeny itty bites of something make yo... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:46:13 EST Woosh! MAJOR health goal met!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That is time. The last three weeks I have been working on the largest project ever on freelance, although when I actually worked for the company (not virtually), I did work on one much larger. Whew! Glad that is done. Then yesterday I spent 3 hours in the car driving back and forth to the Richmond VA area to see an allergist. I was then tested for another couple hours with about 40 different... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:56:13 EST You've got to track it all <img src=""> <BR> In order to be successful, you really, really, really need to track it all. <BR> It all works together, if you let one element slip, they all slip, and go tumbling to the ground. <BR> That is at least how it seems to work in my book. <BR> I have gotten busy in life. Real busy. So busy, I have not been tracking my food, other than my breakfast because boring old me has the exact same thing for brea... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 10:59:56 EST Don't get tricked <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ahhh - treat day for the young'ns. Be careful as you have temptation in a bowl under your nose. Find something to do rather than pick a treat and eat. <BR> Last year we had over a hundred kids and actually ran out of candy. I raided my kids old toys, and my gift box and handed out things like matchbox cars, little dolls, and pumpkin pot holders. <BR> This year, I have a stash of candy, inclu... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:27:25 EST three month milestone status <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Left is August 3, right is today. I've lost 2 inches in my waist, and two in my hips since August <BR> <BR> Today was the day I needed to weigh in for group I was part of. I lost 10.3 lbs since the initial weigh in 218 lbs and am down to 207.7 for three months. The last time I lost weight before my back surgery, I lost about 2 lbs per month, so I really did much better this time. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:23:26 EST Freckles ...are moments in time that delight you, they make you smile, and make you feel like you are a flaming redhead even if you aren't. <BR> When I was younger, I would get freckles in the sun, even though I am a brunette, though it is wintering over nicely into a lighter shade of pale. <BR> <BR> Just a moment, in between finishing up my step goal for the day. <BR> <BR> about 1200 or less to go. <BR> One step at a time, one day at a time. <BR> Getting healthy is my job. <BR> <BR> Consider the s... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:40:28 EST Broken streaks are meant to begin again Phoey! I broke my logging into SP streak. I made it close to 80 days, and then a few days ago, got so wrapped up in work, and not feeling good, I missed it. I was able to log my water so that is an 81 day streak. <BR> When you break a streak, just pick yourself up and start again. <BR> I am proud I went as long as I did, but between my being sick, and my husband, I am surprised I hadn't missed it already. <BR> Anyway, I had a bad night last night with pain, and I am currently totally exhauste... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:52:20 EST What, it's Monday already? That is what I was thinking a few minutes ago, as I had to stop and think about how long my pause has been. I've had trouble sleeping the last couple nights as my laryngitis turned into a hacking cough. Somehow I got a good amount of sleep in between lots of tossing around, and getting up with the cough, and going to sleep in the guest room so I wouldn't wake my husband. <BR> I just caught up on my food log, and it actually is pretty close to what it should be, but I had 4 days out of 7 so fa... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 02:50:54 EST Pause button Don’t forget to take your rests and listen to your body cues. Even great music benefits from the pauses and rests, the rhythm not static but staccato with life and body of its own. I walked 5000 steps plus for 40 day’s without a break. Then I got my cold, sore throat , cough , laryngitis. Hmm. I know I rested from my other exercise but not my walking. Yesterday I did. Pooped out. I have my freelance work to get done so have to stay on target with that. And I’m supposed to have a phone confere... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:28:40 EST In the creases of the day <img src=""> <BR> When you unfold your newspaper, or unfold yourself out of bed, there are creases. Wrinkles, lines, bent over itself. <BR> There are creases on me, I noticed even with my lousy sleep, that my mid back has been more quiet, even if my low back is not. I notice that though my upper thighs hurt, it is not the same pain wakening me in the night. It is the pain of putting my body through its paces, rele... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:12:49 EST Back to normal... but what's normal? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok. Yesterday around suppertime my hubby was released to come home. Meanwhile I feel like I am fighting something, with a sore throat. Oh bother. I barely remember yesterday. I made my 5000 plus steps, no idea on much else, but I sat too long at the hospital, I know that. I fell asleep on the couch briefly after supper. Got to bed at midnight, and actually slept 8 and a half hours. Wow. That... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:30:42 EST Out of the blue Today my husband got sick while teaching Bible class, and had to go to the ER. He is being kept overnight for observation, and will have stress test in the morning. Long day. I am beat. Was going to work, but no energy. <BR> I cherish your prayers right now. <BR> <BR> Getting healthy is my job. One step at a time, one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Some days are harder than others, some days are hard to stay focused, positive. <BR> Need to get some me time and rest. <BR> <em>459</em> Sun, 8 Oct 2017 21:50:39 EST When you feel strong Yesterday was quite the day at PT, and by last night I felt the effects of the extra demanding work I did. I felt it some in the night, but got up, and used my TENS unit (ok, I ate some pb gf crackers and a glass of milk) Then I went back to sleep. Got up sore. Did 28 minutes of yoga, stretches, and weights, followed by 15 minutes on the wii fit balance board. mostly balance, and step board, a little yoga. Then ate breakfast. <BR> Now, I need to work. I have two projects. One due Monday or T... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 12:05:18 EST Slight change in schedule tilts my world sideways <img src=""> <BR> This morning, we took Peachy cat back to the vet. It seems we have to bring him every six weeks or so for shots - he get mouth infections. He is 17, but he is my super sweetheart. People who know me, will remember him as my therapy cat, who spreads his warmth and purrs on me when my back and body hurt. I am so sorry to be seeing him not well. I don't want to even begin to add up what we have spent... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 16:52:44 EST Birthday Greetings <img src=""> Hello fellow sparklers, It's that day that comes around once a year, and can sabotage all your good efforts - all for the sake of cake. I am 6 2. No, not 6'2". I am 62. I think I just might fall over. No, I'm not unsteady on my feet, it is just hard to believe just how fast time flies. Now... for my birthday wish. I didn't meet the outrageous weight loss I aimed for and missed a year ago, or even t... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 19:29:54 EST Sober reckoning on Spark People today <img src=""> This was me in 2009 when I realized I was fat. <BR> <img src=""> This is me last month when I realized I forgot I was fat, and got fatter, then began to lost weight again. <BR> <BR> Today, on this rare day that I can come and go what may, and wander here and there on the Internet in wanderlust, I decided to check out my old... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 16:13:03 EST Taking a moment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful day in Virginia. It feels like fall, for here. The temperatures this morning dipped into the 60's and even when we left church it was chilly. I took a short sleeve sweater, but it wasn't quite enough. I am wearing leggings and a 3/4 length sleeve tunic around the house. <BR> When we got home, hubby and I sat in our front room. In the quiet. With the cats. One sprawled in a ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 15:08:00 EST This is 75 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday to my biggest supporter, my best friend, my love, my husband. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He is feeling better than the last few weeks, Shingles are rough. Get the vaccine. It will make a difference. <BR> <BR> The cake - this is a gluten free eggless chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:53:42 EST In the House <img src=""> <BR> My son came, and left, but will be back. <BR> We had a chance to have a jam session last night. <BR> I used to play with my brother in a band years ago, but I seem to play guitar so much smoother and without hassle with my son. <BR> It was fun. <BR> His guitar is the one I bought for myself when I was 14. I had to wear my computer glasses to read my music. <BR> Looking forward to seeing him again... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:09:00 EST Happy day My son is visiting from back north, and it is so good to see him and hug his neck. I am currently finishing up the day's PT with TENS unit and heat after 11 minutes on nustep machine and 25 minutes stretches/ yoga style. I also took the week off work! Go me! Getting healthier one day at a time one step at a time. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:50:38 EST Overcoming little battles One baby step at a time. Morning physical therapy home exercise - check. Ten minutes on Wii fit plus weigh in - check. Plan meals and healthy goodies to make for my son's visit - check. Got balance of groceries and balanced check book - check and check. Working on my step goal for the day - check. Now on to the rest so I can rest this evening. On my grocery list - madgool dates,yogurt, lettuce, blueberries, potatoes, cheeses and fixings to make small gluten free lasagna. Milk, crackers, ri... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:56:20 EST That dangerous day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It happens to all of us: that day when everything seems to go wrong and Murphy rules. But it is what you do with it that matters. <BR> It is a fighting day. Fighting with yourself to make things happen in a positive way. <BR> <BR> Hubby has been ill with shingles so I've been sleeping in the guest bedroom, so my sleep is kinda "eh." <BR> Also due to that, and an over abundance of work unde... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:01:06 EST Let's get physical So, I have had several sessions of physical therapy, and I noticed last night my dizziness seems gone. I still am having mid back and low back issues waking me up. I have had just under 6 hours sleep each night for the last three nights, and I feel exhausted. <BR> After going out for an appointment, I came back and did a quarter of an hour of my physical therapy/yoga. <BR> Now I have to go mental - and work, utilizing my brain and eye muscles. <BR> <BR> Getting healthy is my job. One day a... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:05:22 EST Is that really me? <img src=""> <BR> Think about it. As you run across this article. Think about your weight loss journey, wherever you are. Is that really me? Is that really you? Yes! Emphatically, it is. You and I are making this thing happen. You, and I are losing weight, getting stronger, getting leaner, getting more flexible, able, mobile, day by day, moment by moment. Even if all you are doing is walking to the mailbox when you... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:57:08 EST Daysong Be like a bird! Sing your day! Sing it outward, sing it in your heart! Sing it in your inner spirit, your creativity. Embrace it because this is what you have. Today! Make the best of it, Enjoy it and let its joys uplift your heart. Look at the bright side, and let the shadows fall and fade away. <BR> <BR> I just got back from physical therapy. I am tired. I did my yoga style cat, camel, sleeping child, other core and back stretches, and about 10 minutes on the recumbent bike (Newstep) befor... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:27:54 EST New mornings There is nothing like a better night's sleep after not sleeping well, and after a long exhausting day. It makes the sun shine a little brighter and bird song sound more beautiful. Positivity CAN make you feel better. Even when you have to fake it until you make it, and honestly, we know that sometimes that's what we have to do. I have a lot to do today, but it's a little brighter today because after several days of running to doctors and worrying over my hubby, he is feeling or at least looki... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:52:03 EST Show it the door Don't let words of discouragement drag you down. <BR> Get up, open the door, and kick it out. <BR> Let good things spring from your lips, <BR> rejoice in all things. <BR> Be an encouragement to others. <BR> Be a sparkle of sunshine in others' days. <BR> Be a listener, be a friend, and don't ever, ever, ever let discouragement overtake you. <BR> If it is a threat, put on some favorite music, look at something beautiful in nature (today I looked at pinecones, and mushrooms in the yard, the leav... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:41:33 EST It just takes a few words He noticed. <BR> He looked at me, and smiled. <BR> And told me he noticed. <BR> He could see and feel the difference in my waist, and the fluff on my back and said it is visibly less, and he can feel the difference in me too. <BR> That is one sweet husband. <BR> Lifted me off my feet and into the air with those few words. <BR> Wow! <BR> <BR> If you see a difference in someone you know that is fighting a battle of any kind, the bulge, smoking, anger issues, addictions, whatever, TELL THEM! T... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:38:25 EST That moment It happens to all of us. That moment when.... <BR> We feel invincible. <BR> We CAN do it. <BR> We CAN make it happen. <BR> We ARE making it happen. <BR> We are full of hope and expectation. <BR> We see results, even if they are small ones. <BR> We see results grow to bigger ones. <BR> We make and reach little goals one by one. <BR> Like climbing a mountain, <BR> or hiking a long trail, like running the distance, or walking a mile, or two, or three. <BR> Like making a lap in the mall, or the p... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:46:48 EST How lack of sleep affects me <img src=""> <BR> I made this guitar strap for my brother when I was around 12 or 13. I designed and did the beadweaving. I sewed it to a double band of rug wool, and did a blanket stitch around the edge. I made about 3 of these. One for me, one for my mother, and one for myself. I still have mine, I think it is on my banjo. This is about 50 years old, or close to it. <BR> <BR> That has nothing to do with my lack... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:02:32 EST Mandatory rest day Yesterday I was wiped out. Not sure if it is the antibiotic, but am sure it was partly the headache. I slept. A lot. More than usual, for me at least. <BR> Today, I had a headache when I woke up, but it faded. Right now I am just worn out from doing nothing much. Yesterday I didn't even make my 5k steps. Today I might. I know I have about 3000 at least right now. <BR> <BR> So, I plan on curling up with my cat, again, and resting, because my eyes just can't take any reading right now. Maybe a... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:50:29 EST Ticked Off! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Grrr. This made me blow my steam. Imagine, I was in the shower, and felt what could have been a skin tag, or low and behold, an insect, a tick maybe. <BR> I am sure my jaw dropped when it was a tick I held between my little fingers. A teeny weeny blood filled tick, who had been sucking and lapping at my lifeblood, the little bloodsucker! <BR> <BR> I don't have time for this. But, it does le... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:38:58 EST Getting physical Keep on moving! Morning stretches done Wii fit balance board done Physical therapy done 5000 plus steps done And at the dr's office my weight showed I have lost in the month since my last visit. Small victories matter and add up to big ones. Getting healthy is my job, one day at a time. Fri, 8 Sep 2017 22:54:50 EST On track and staying there <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes there are roadblocks (This was a picture from March), and at that time I sprained my ankle, and hit a roadblock. Instead of losing weight, I was gaining weight. I had to cut back on my renewed workout plan, and slept awful. <BR> Now, I am just starting physical therapy on my back, and have lost the added weight, and dropping just below what I was in March. <BR> <BR> I am staying on trac... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:27:17 EST Travel, Work and Play <img src=""> <BR> Alternative to eating cake, eat the plate. <BR> <BR> Goodness! What a busy few days! <BR> Traveled south to visit our grandbaby for his 1st birthday. We drove over 700 miles round trip from Friday through Monday evening, or rather wee hours of Tuesday. Needless to say, I slept pretty heavy when we got home, then even last night wasn't too bad, some back pain, but I managed to get close to 7 hours... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:30:41 EST Working around while walking around Just made over 5 k for today. I am tired. Travel and the steps of the previous two days will do that. My nutrition is not spot on, but I have been trying to make the best of the options during travel. Some decisions are good, others not so much. In fact, I went downstairs so I could walk out my final steps to meet goal today. Now I am done. Snacks for travel Grapes V-8 low sodium Plenty of water Gluten free eggless walker shortbread cookies (only 1 or 2 at a time) had one yesterday, one toda... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 19:27:40 EST Yesterday Wowza! I surprised myself! My daily walking goal is normally 5000 steps but yesterday I walked 4 miles and topped 10000 steps! Today I had hit 5000 by noon. Over 7600 right now, but I'm ready for sleep. Getting healthier is my job, one step at a time. Fri, 1 Sep 2017 22:43:17 EST Oh my, where DID that inch go? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I must say, I knew something was happening. I pulled out my trusty yellow measuring tape, and was pleasantly surprised to find I HAVE lost another inch in my waist. <BR> I know the pounds will follow. <BR> Don't bother looking for that inch. <BR> <BR> It. Is. GONE! Along with the 7 lbs it took with it, and the other inch and a half or so. (two gone from my waist.) <BR> <BR> Back to w... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:49:47 EST Oh those inches Sometimes the best indicator of a program is how it makes you feel. Although the scale is being stingy this week, I can feel the indentation forming at my waist. I can feel my arms getting toner ( been listening to that Wii fit balance board voice in my head too much). Since I know muscle weighs more than fat I know there is some mystical interchange going on. And that is that. Yesterday I was so tired out that I missed my 5000 steps for the day for 400. Ah well. Not a problem. I had logged m... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:16:52 EST Don't you hate it When you watched what you eat and exercised and the scale does not look at you favorably? Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:47:22 EST Fast pace blog <img src=""> <BR> Got to get this done. Quick quick. <BR> I got work to do. <BR> Today is a "rest" day, meaning no "official" exercise. Meaning - Random acts of fitness. Walked to and from church, around the house. Maybe will get on my recumbent bike later. <BR> Random. <BR> Right now - SO MUCH TO GET DONE. <BR> Project due tomorrow, lots of errors to fix. <BR> Chop chop chop. <BR> So, <BR> Getting healthy is my jo... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 13:47:37 EST This Snail is Losing IT! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now really. <BR> I think this time I'm really losing it. <BR> No, really. I truly am. <BR> <BR> My weight loss is a little easier, then again the only main sugars I needed to cut out was ice cream and frozen yogurt. And determine that everytime I eat anything with gluten I feel horrid - my back flares up. I have exchanged sugar in my coffee with dextrose, and have found if I forget, coffee... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:53:17 EST A two Blog Day Positive reinforcement day - <BR> <img src=""> <BR> One if by land and two if by see. <BR> I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw. <BR> It has been one of those days. It feels like two days. <BR> I am tired, but still have yet to hammer out my work for the day. <BR> I did hammer out my workouts, and go to the physical therapist to make an appointment, but alas it will not happen until the 11th~... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:08:23 EST So goodbye to some little pounds Yes! I am SO making this happen this time. <BR> Goodbye little pounds, you might be small, but you add up, and just plain get in the way. <BR> I don't want to measure you any more. Good riddance. <BR> Good bye my little friends, oops, no, you are not my friends, little pounds, you are my enemies, though you think you are my frenemy. Get LOST for GOOD! <BR> <BR> Since August 2 I have gone from 218 at the dr. to 210.8 this morning. This is actually working better than the last time I tried to ... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:34:48 EST The speedy checkout line no time to blog blog <img src=""> <BR> Today I spent the majority of the day at the orthopaedic dr. This is a new doctor, in a new city, new state. Gulp. Always challenging. <BR> He is on the same page as me in regards to treatment, and respects how I want to stay away from any kind of heavy medication to solve the pain. That just doesn't "solve" it. <BR> He is sending me to physical therapy, and changed one medication, and ask that I ... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 20:10:49 EST Random Acts of Fitness <img src=""> <BR> Next week I will be seeing my grandson for his 1st birthday. Yes, he is beginning to walk, the climbing, cruising, fall down learning stage. This picture was taken in March, and he is well over the 20 lb range now. In fact, his daddy was 26 lbs at 13 months of age when we adopted him, so I have a feeling this little bruiser has outdone his daddy. When I last saw him in May he was HEAVY. I just hop... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:19:28 EST The Blushing Snail <img src=""> <BR> So I just got onto my Spark page and found out my blog won an award! (Featured blog post) Woo Hoo, That was truly a feather stuck in this little snail's cap. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402044 </link> <BR> <BR> Photo credit to Keith Ewing on Flickr <BR> <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> Still snail... 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