MEANDMY3MUTTS's SparkPeople Blog MEANDMY3MUTTS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hello 2016... Another year has started, and so has my quest to lose weight via Sparkpeople. I have done it before, was doing great..then was sideswiped by a tornado (literally) that turned my life upside down, inside out and backwards. <BR> <BR> Its been 8 years now and I am tired of not being able to wipe my own butt. My fat belly seems to get in the way. My ankles and knees hurt. My depression has worsened (is that an actual word?). There is so much in my life I have no control over, and I understand... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:39:24 EST Kind of having a down day. I weighed in, am actually 236 today, which for a week is good, I lost 2 pounds this week, but I was 234 on Sunday, my not weigh in regular day so I am bummed. But I cant weigh my self everyday and expect to see the scale go down. I took the night off and just sat and watched tv and crocheted. My neck muscles were bothering me. Sorta slept better. Dogs woke me up twice. Poor things are getting old. Meko having some breathing issues.. But, there are some good things to share. <BR> <BR> #1-I ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:00:03 EST I AM FINALLY READY TO SIT ON MY BUTT! Since I got home I have done laundry, worked out, had dinner, did dishes, picked up the house, my office included, did my pills for the next 2 weeks, updated all my check lists on sparkpage, oh and grocery shopped on the way home. I am hoping I sleep good tonight. I was so looking forward to it last night, but my darn RLS was acting up again, AND the dog woke me up at 3 am sick again. (rolling eyes) I hated my alarm going off this morning. <BR> <BR> I had a couple cheerleaders with me tod... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:28:25 EST Today was a good day! I worked in the basement all day cleaning and re-arranging and setting up my "shop" area, all while doing laundry etc. (added electric lights and everything! ) 5 hours I busted my hump! I can feel it too. I did take some tylenol after I got out of the shower. I am really needing it. I cooked and ate dinner and updating my sparkpage, then I think I am off to my chair to do some crocheting while listening to some music. The birds are outside singing and its nice to hear them! I did get on... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:29:43 EST Lunch break! Just a few minutes while I have some lunch.I have been doing laundry and cleaning the basement. I have my work bench all set up am dthe light installed, now to just straighten up down there and vacumn. I got the kayaks out and they are ready and waiting for the ice on the lake to melt. need to do some grocer shopping later. am out of dog food. am looking forward to getting moe fruit. am out of apples and pineapple. Had some jello last night and it hit the spot. Need to get more. (And no it... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:52:41 EST What a gorgeous day! I feel inspired! I have more than 3 things that is gonna' make me happy today. <BR> 1.- its GORGEOUS out <BR> 2. I am going OUTSIDE <BR> 3. I am gong to rake the front lawn <BR> 4. I will have all the windows open <BR> 5. I had coffee on the deck this morning <BR> 6. last night I got my work out area in the basement all cleaned and ready to go. <BR> 7. after doing what ever yard work I have, I am then heading to a friends house for some good old fashioned New England Sap Steaming! <BR> <BR> It will also b... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:00:59 EST I WORKED OUT TONIGHT!!! As soon as I came home tonight I spent about 45 minutes stretching, using my resistance bands and some 5 and 10 pound weights. I only hit one dog in the head with a 5 pound weight (unintentionally) but she learned to move when I said move. <BR> <BR> I am feeling the burn, and it feels good. I did reps of 10 and on the 10th one, I held for 10. My problem.. I forget to breath SO! I started counting outloud, and that makes me breath. <BR> <BR> I am happy with todays outcomes, tracking, w... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:19:14 EST My 3 good things for today.. #1- I slept last night! WOO HOO! I am thinking thru the night, I dont remember waking up.. #2 - I only hit my snooze alarm once this morning. #3 - tomorrow is payday! <BR> <BR> I need to try some stretching this morning. My joints feel tight and achy.I just havent been feeling right the last few weeks. I feel very anxious also this morning. No real reason to be, just am. <BR> <BR> I hate when I feel like this cause I know and am sure it is all "mental" and I know I should and can do some... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:27:55 EST :( Am sad my weigh in got me nothing. The big easter egg "O".... But, I didnt gain any, and it has only been 2 days. <BR> <BR> I brought my lunch today, with the exception of the "innards" of my sammich. Bread is just bread with no stuffing, but its ok, I have a weight watchers lunch in the freezer for back up. Am eating cukes now, and wishing I had some growing in my garden right now, but there is still snow on the ground. I need to figure what I am gonna plant as my seeds shouldbe started... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:53:15 EST tomorrow is my first weigh in! It was hard not to step on the scale this morning. I usually do it every morning. Of late I just seem to add a pound or two a day I swear. I havent been eating that bad! I called my dog, even did some blood work. My thyroid was fine, sugar was fine... I am wondering if its menopause. My old frind "Mary" hasnt been around since February and I am more regular than Old Faithful! I have been VERY moody.. and yes its affecting my work. I dont need to be moody and unemployed! <BR> <BR> My 3 g... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:08:31 EST One small step for mankind! My 3 good things about today are: #1 - I walked an hour instead of the the half hour I had planned. #2 I ate what I had planned too, and I would have made my calorie goal if I hadnt put bacon in my sandwich. #3 - I didnt get up when my first alarm when off like I planned, BUT I got up earlier than I usually do. <BR> <BR> I was awake every few hours last night. I have 2 sick dogs. One apparently ate too many greenbeans I was feeding her as I made my salad for the week. The other, is hav... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:37:25 EST Time to change my habits and attitude One of my new goals is to write down 3 "GOOD" things from today. <BR> <BR> #1 - even though I am officially starting my Sparkpeople countdown yet again tomorrow... I have made preparations today for it. I re did my spark page, I went grocery shopping, in a few minutes I will go downstairs and prepare food for the week. I have set my goals lower than I usually would so that I try to not disappoint myself. <BR> <BR> #2- I had a really great nap this afternoon. Now that I am no longer worki... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:56:53 EST Ouch my legs hurt! lots of yard work this weekend. Its Tuesday and the backs of my legs are still killing me. I havent eaten great, (not bad either, just more than I should), but my daily comparison was screaming to me in red letters I needed to eat more. I was ok with splurging on a McD's chicken sammich for lunch, but with an onset of PMS and friends calling for scorpian bowls and chicken fingers for Easter dinner, who am I to argue? <BR> <BR> I sort of took last night off. I had to search for some pape... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:31:52 EST Discovery of.... The daily calorie differential report. SWEEEEEEEEEEEET! This is helpful. Knowing what my body actually burns, just while "being" is great. I was a bit confused as to why any exercise I did got put on that side of the scale, but in looking at it, If I have a differential of at least what I ate for the day that would help me lose weight. I think thats how its suppose to work. Anyway, just seeing a negative number while trying to lose weight is encouraging to me. The weather has been somewhat... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 06:34:56 EST hump day update been trying hard. can always try harder. been doing alot of raking outside. lots of dead grass. lots more to do. trees are budding and its nice to be outside again. lake is filling up so i will be able to kayak soon. spring is here. <BR> <BR> trying to stay focused. hard to do alone sometimes. but i have to learn, cause only I can do it. and its only me now. <BR> <BR> am typing like a 2 year old. just random thoughts, no sentences. not really losing weight. holding steady. am beginni... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:55:48 EST Good dinner tonight rice pilaf w/ sauted summer squash, zuchini, carrots, onions and corn. Hot, pretty edible and hope to be filling. <BR> <BR> I spent about 40 minutes today raking outside. I have missed yard work. Weather has been gorgeous. 80 here in NH yesterday while it actually snowed in arizona. go figure. <BR> <BR> I was bad today. I was starving on my way to work and I forgot to bring a granola bar or something, so I stopped at DD's for 2 plain donits w/ chocolate frosting. And I also had a few ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:39:15 EST Hmmmm Two weird things happened this week. One day, my cholesteral number was zero. I thought maybe the spark counter was broken. I went back in and looked at all my items to ck the counts, and it looks like it would have added to O how freaky is that? <BR> <BR> Then yesterday, (we found this new restaurant near work) I had a small bbq chicken pizza. Was thin crust, home made. I ate 4 out of six slices, it was yummy, but when i went to add my ingredients to my list (and I always quess high and... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 06:36:33 EST So far so food! been eating lots of fruits and veggies. calorie count has been in check. Protein amounts have been on the low side so I stopped and picked up some chicked and some cod today. Baked the fish and am finishing up a salad. Fish was awesome. Have been buying that alot lately. So far I havent had any real cravings, other than fresh pineapple, but I may have left it ripen too much. it tasted weird today. <BR> <BR> went to the doctors today to have my legs recast so I can wear them at night to ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:56:30 EST Look who is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's me again. Same old story... Too fat.. blah..blah...blah.. need to lose weight...blah..blah...blah... Gonna try and focus on the positive. <BR> <BR> Had a great batch of strawberries last night. They were yummy. Banana's were good too. Will cut me up a fresh pineapple when I get home from work today. My mouth is watering over that, it smells so good. Do some laundry when I get home, maybe cut up some onion, summer squash and zuchini to put over wild rice tonight for dinner. <BR> <... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 09:37:34 EST Better day today More normal of a food day. Did more painting. My bedroom looks nice. Back to work tomorrow I go. I am going to attempt to make it to the basement in the morning and maybe do a few minutes on the elliptical, or use my resistance bands... Its suppose to be really cold in the morning so maybe working up a sweat to get me going will save me some propane by turning down the heat! lol Some people say "One day at a time". I think I will do a minute at a time. Thats a small amount to commit to.. ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:10:05 EST Umm... About dinner last night.... It was darn good and WAY over my calorie count, but considering I spent all day painting my bedroom, it wasnt so bad. Ok, I am using excuses here. It was my favorite Marines birthday/going away party... I had to have the chicken nachos and gueso fundido for my country as he leaves today for afghanistan. I tried to get Sandy to split an order with me (we did get a side of grilled veggies to go on top) I skipped the marquarita... Blah Blah Blah. It was an unexpected dinner. It was a good din... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:26:51 EST It's been awhile Yes I know. I could blame it on all the snow, or not feeling well, or the way the wind blows, but its all my fault. My head is not in it. I think about it all the time though if that matters. I suppose if it actually did I would get off my butt. <BR> <BR> oh well. time to head out in the sleet and rain and snow. off to a mammogram, post op dr. visit and work... only to turn around and head home in the sleet, rain and snow. Gonna be a fun day! <BR> <BR> Oh Joy! Oh Rapture! Mon, 28 Feb 2011 06:25:42 EST Slugs need miracles too! <img src="">I didn't intentionally take a break it just happened. I thought it was for only a few days, but when I pulled my page up this morning, realized it had been a week. DAMN! Time flies when your not having fun. <BR> <BR> I do not know how many snow storms we have had in the last 2 weeks, all I know is there is another one coming Saturday. My body hurts, especially my hands, knuckles. Has to be from keeping them clutched for h... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 06:30:47 EST Random boring thoughts So many little things to do today. Work for a few hours, little projects around here that need to be done. More snow on the way...more snow on the way...more snow on the way. I dont mind snow, but I do mind getting it all in a 2 week period of time. <BR> <BR> Placed a personal ad yesterday on craiglist. Got alot of responses til someone flagged my post and had it deleted. (twice.. I put it back on) I thought I was desperate for a man, but apparently someone thinks if hers is the only... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:36:50 EST My thermometer says 14 BELOW zero........ Well, if shivering can burn calories, I am in like Fkynn today, 14 below zero and its not suppose to get above 7 above today. Warmest of warm clothes today. Style has no place on a day like today. I dont think I will finish snowblowing the driveway. <BR> <BR> Brrrrrr Mon, 24 Jan 2011 06:35:47 EST Steven Plumley - 02/03/64 ~ 01/23/02 9 years ago today, I lost my husband. He was my everything. He died from Lupus. He fought it for 20 years. <BR> <BR> We were on our way to the hospital to have him checked out as he wasnt feeling well and was having chest pains. As we were leaving, he grabbed a Slim Fast. I remember clearly cause I said he should have an empty stomach if they are going to do some tests etc. He drank it anyway. He had been on a diet since that New Years day, trying to lose weight for when we went to my 25... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 09:57:52 EST Where are the daffodils? I knew I should have snow blowed the driveway before the rain. I am an idiot. Oh well. Heavier snow means a harder workout. I dont mind winter, but all in one week? Gotta love New England! <BR> <BR> I am going to weigh in today. Dont think I will be down any, but I guess maintaining is ok. If I could just work out... Yesterday, I thought about it.. several times in fact. "Just 5 minutes" small baby steps, but no..... I take a nap instead. At least go down to the basement and dust off th... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:34:58 EST Single man wanted. <img src="">I was nice and warm under the covers, dreaming about a guy I "went out" with in the 5th grade who grew up to be HOT just like I thought he would. (Personality to match) Then as I was making coffee, realization hit. Its just me and the dogs. <BR> <BR> My husband died 9 years ago next week. I miss him. I miss being in a relationship. I need to meet someone. Need to have someone new in my life. Just dont have the umph to g... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 07:54:20 EST 01/11/11 - ????? Well. It's 1/1/11. This could be a very lucky day. Probably not, but I am going to pretend it is. <BR> <BR> I got up on time, coffee is awesome this morning, dogs are loveable and so soft after their spa day last week. I got another coat of paint on the trim last night, but am thinking it could still use one more. (but will save that for a time when there is daylight and I can see much better.) <BR> <BR> Am looking forward to having the muffler finally repaired on my truck on Monday. ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 06:32:30 EST Monday #2 Good news is I havent gained anything... bad news is I havent worked out like I should. <BR> <BR> I did however set myself up yesterday by doing all the laundry and picking up the house etc so that I have only 2 choices when I get home.. To either paint.... or work out... either of which will count as moving my arse. <BR> <BR> I think I am going to shoot for painting as I am so close to finishing that bathroom, PLUS we have a snowstorm coming in, and if no power, I cant paint in the dar... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:33:45 EST Just another day I need me a drill sargent who will get my ass out of bed at 0500 hours and work my muscles til they are well formed and toned. I need the will to overlook these sore aching muscles and get my butt back down to my work out area and work out the kinks. I need to get my head off the pity pillow . <BR> <BR> As i was sitting in my chair crocheting last night (you know that can burn up to 140+ calories and hour?) I realized that there are 24 hours in a day. Of that 24 hours I spend 23.5 of tho... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 06:36:17 EST I'm a "good" sore today Evidentally the stretching and lifting I did last night woke something up in my muscles. Woke up a few times in the night trying to roll over and it was a bit difficult. BUT that just means I accomplished what I set out to do yesterday. I had a stressful day, didnt feel good, didnt over eat, exercised and I survived. Lets see if today will go as well. <BR> <BR> (Keeping my fingers crossed... and uncrossed..and crossed.. hey, this feels good! LOL) Tue, 4 Jan 2011 06:39:36 EST Monday Blues Considering the very stressful day I had, I have stuck to my diet. I am sitting here eating my grilled chicken salad as we speak (I mean as I type). My plan is to throw a load of laundry in after dinner, and as that is washing, either ride the bike and read a book, or do some stretching and lifting. It will depend on what I feel like when I get to the basement. <BR> <BR> Heard alot about diets and "cleansings" today at the office. I purposely didnt chime in. I didnt want to be like them a... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:46:33 EST Sunday Well, made it through day 1 with a cold and all. Got the second coat of paint on the loft bathroom walls, did laundry etc. No I didnt work out in the basement but I did paint for over 3 hours which apparently burns alot of calories. Me walking up and down the loft stairs as well as the basement stairs has to count for something too. I did want to go out to eat, even for a salad, but talked myself out of that and had 2 bowls of homemade soup instead. <BR> <BR> More painting (trim) is sched... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:47:22 EST Day 1 of diet #2011 For New England, what warm weather we have for the New Year. I was planning to live it up last night at a friends New Years Party, but this cold I have been fighting off won out. I didnt think standing around a bon fire would help this sore throat much. I ended up taking more cold medicine and headed to bed about 10. Fireworks and dogs barking woke me up at midnight. Had my 2 minute "woo hoo" celebration, then went back to my nice warm bed. <BR> <BR> Am up now, having my coffee and plann... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:28:31 EST Not a good week I was doing so well. Got my gym equipment together, working out in the morning before work, losing weight, then had a tooth problem. Started antibiotics, a root canal, and the day after my root canal I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics, and have continued to have a reaction the last 4 days. <BR> <BR> I wasnt able to chew for a few days, and have been itching from hell from this rash. I finally got back into the doctor today and he put me on prednisone. My itching has FINALLY ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 22:15:29 EST My bra is not so tight! Well, I have to have a root canal and 2 crowns. There goes my savings account. At least the antibiotics are making a huge difference. I am actually eating a salad today for lunch instead of something mushy. I got on the scale today too just as a "lets see" and I was down another pound. That makes 12 since I started in Jan 2010. I have noticed I do not feel so bloated and fat, and my bras are not as tight as they were a few weeks ago, so I guess thats a good sign. <BR> <BR> I didnt work... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 12:54:51 EST Dreaming of thinner days. NOT!!!!! Well, I am trying to take advantage of it, but I am hoping it will be fixed tomorrow. I broke a tooth and I am thinking it has begun to abcess. It hurts like hell, BUT I am eating slower and less, because I can only chew on one side and only soft things. I have a dentist appt tomorrow morning so I am sure he will get me all fixed up. <BR> <BR> On a good note, I did use my new elliptical machine this morning before work. I had planned to use my gym equipment tonight, but had an u... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:06:05 EST Working out in your pajama's. After the "bandana" issue with Planet Fitness, and after them calling me a "lunk" (look that one up on line on the Urban Dictionary and you will see why I told them they could kiss my fat arse!) I was motivated enough to get my home gym put together and it actually WORKS! I also bought me an elliptical machine and I put that together last night. WOO HOO I am ready to rock and roll! I am planning on using the elliptical machine this morning before I take a shower. I am excited. Friends are... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 06:06:39 EST ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME? So I am working out at Planet Fitness, sweating my fat ass off on the elliptical machine when one of the employees comes up to me and says "You can't wear a bandana in here. Its against company policy." (I have one on my forehead as a "sweatband".) I ask her why not? And she tells me in some areas different colored ...bandanas mean you belong to a certain gang, so as an overall policy, no one can wear them in any Planet Fitness. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME? And they say they are a "JUDGEMENT ... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 20:12:06 EST Insert eye catching title here. I am sitting here drinking my coffee before I start my many runs to the dump. We are suppose to get hit with an ice storm later today so the faster I get this crap outta here the better. <BR> <BR> About my diet. I feel I have done well this week. Eating wise anyway. I didnt not work out all week, well, not at the gym. I have my "friend" so my back was killing me from that and all the shoveling I had to do the beginning of the week. I also spent my snow day from work cleaning my basement. I... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 10:27:07 EST End of week one. I feel I did alot better than I was expecting myself to. My biggest goal, to make sure I took all my meds every day and night for a week... I succeeded. Today I sorta ate bad. It was good nutritional foods, just over my calorie count. I am sure I will work it off tomorrow. Its snowing like a son of a gun out. Theplow guy has been by once. I am sure I will have alot of shoveling to do to be able to get out. Good for muscles, exercise etc.. but I am bout due to start "my friend" so my back ... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:54:26 EST Can I make it thru today? Never mind the whole day, can I make it to at least lunch? All I do is think about how I need to lose weight. I think about how to do it. I know it can be done. but to actually do it? I am sure alot of it has to do with I have not been taking my meds on a regular basis. So, my goal for the week is to make sure I do just that. I know I cant make my body any better until I make my head better first. My head is what runs the rest of this fat body. I cant expect to find a man who likes me for ... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 06:37:11 EST Just venting. Well. Its been a very long year. I was doing so well on my diet until 7/23/08 when my house got detroyed in a freak tornado here in NH. After a tomultuous year (if thats the correct spelling) I am finally in my new house and ready to start a new life. <BR> <BR> I had lost about 55 pounds up until the tornado, and since then have gained back 30 or so. Its all stress and having to eat out the last year. My new house has a home gym in it. (once I unpack all the boxes down in the basement,... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:18:10 EST No reason for a title... I will just put the date I am so mad that I spent so much time earlier tonight writing on my spark page what I was feeling and what I wanted to do, but I didn't save the damn thing. Maybe it was a freudian slip... Who knows, but I am back on this "plan".. <BR> <BR> We have had no power since Thursday because of the ice storm. During that time, since we had a generator, the house where I am currently staying was filled with 15 people, 7 dogs, 4 cats, a rabbit, a guinea pig and 2 pot bellied pigs all trying to stay ... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:49:16 EST Let's try this again! Well, things have not been going smoothly since the tornado hit me in July. I would say, gotten worse? Thanks to this economy I am not going to be able to get my house fixed/built. No banks will touch me. So........... Seems like the only thing I can control is my eating and my working out. <BR> <BR> I am tired of feeling helpless, weak etc. So come hell or high water I will get back to working out daily and eating right. I am going to tear down my house and put in a small foundation. I... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 06:53:19 EST Day 1....Again....and Again.... I know I said I was going to start again last week, but I didn't. One thing led to another and my week as usual didn't go the way I had planned. I haven't worked out since July 23rd. I need to burn some stress. Wear myself out at night. I slept like crap last night. It was well after 1, ate a whole stack of crackers w/ peanut butter, an anxiety pill and a sleeping pill. Hard to wake up this morning. <BR> <BR> I know its all about the stress. I need to get my life back. So many thing... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 06:54:59 EST I got hit by a tornado...(Part 2) Well. I am in my apartment. The 3 dogs, the cat and I are living in a "in-law"/studio apartment over a friends garage. I am trying to make it feel like home. It's quaint.. the dogs like being here with all the other animals. <BR> <BR> I think we may also be pretty much settled with the insurance company. I am talking to builders and banks now about tearing down my house and starting from scratch. It all depends on what the bank says.... If no, I will start to fix/rebuild everything. <B... Sat, 30 Aug 2008 07:51:25 EST There's No Place Like Home! Aug 2008- Yup. On 07/24/08 at 11:55 am I was hit by a tornado here in New Hampshire. No, we do not have tornados... But one seemed to find me! (My life in a nut shell). I wasn't home, but my animals were trapped inside. They are all fine, I am fine, my house? Not so much. <BR> <BR> I have been living in a hotel the last few weeks. (I HATE IT) and hope to move in to temporary housing in the next week or so. My house will take awhile to fix, or rebuild from the ground up, (the jury is st... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 08:35:21 EST I HIT 45 POUNDS TODAY!!!! <em>244</em> Mon, 9 Jun 2008 13:28:33 EST