MESANDEE's SparkPeople Blog MESANDEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community is Me Sandee again...... Today is the last day of April 2017, here in West TN, like many other places has RAIN !!! and More Rain....... it was very loud last night with all the Thunder...My little Rat Terrier was so scared........but she made it thru another storm. The last few months I have gotten a little relaxed with my "Good" eating and have gone up 8 pounds......So here I am again to get myself back with the "Program" ...... I have a Autoimmune Disease and tend to not feel well a I tend to ge... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:17:50 EST October 8, 2013 The fall weather is finally here again !!!!! I think of all the months October is always my favorite. <BR> Seems I always feel better in the fall as tho my body & mind is reborn. This week so far I have felt pretty good and have a little more energy. Sunday I even baked a cake (Spice cake ) which is so good !!!! But did notice that when I go to bed the spice tends to burn my throat...but not too bad to keep me from eating it. My Doctor has told me I needed to get more exercise, stretchi... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:17:22 EST August 12, 2013 I am still Sparking along..... We have had so much rain here this summer that it is more like <BR> spring. <BR> I have been doing good at keeping my SPARK.... <BR> Hopefully you all are doing good too......... : ) Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:13:40 EST August 7, 2013 Good morning everyone. <BR> <BR> We are having thunderstorms here this morning, so that has put my little Rat Terrier into her panic mode. <BR> I just finished eating my breakfast and thinking now about taking a nap seeing how I didn't sleep that well last night. <BR> I am doing pretty good staying on my eating program but for the most part not getting very much exercise. I know the Scleroderma is what makes me feel so sick most of the time....but some of it may be depression too. I sleep ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:00:05 EST August 4, 2013 I am still trying to keep up with my spark page when ever I can......seems life feels so blaaaaa. <BR> I wish I could feel better and have my energy back....but it just don't happen. For those who did not notice on my page I have Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis / Scleroderma....which is an Auto Immune Disease . Lately I have been getting a lot of leg pain and a burning / itching sensation ....whenever I scratch my legs I end up with a very large black & blue bruise.......My Doctor had told me ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 01:17:00 EST June, 13, 2013 I haven't been on here in a few months......but, I am still alive and doing the best I can. <BR> Weight wise, I have not gone up or down....I'm staying as active as my body will let me. <BR> But, I do tend to sleep a lot....Of which my Doctor told me my Scleroderma can do that. <BR> I hope everyone reading this is doing good............... <em>102</em> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:06:08 EST Another Day in Paradise..... 2-19-2013 Well it seems I got away from here again.. <em>245</em> ...So have to start once more. So far I am not liking this month. I had my 60th Birthday on the 2nd... <em>40</em> Last week I went in for a MRI of my Brain and neck area.....This week I will see the Doctor for the results. I am not sure if I have had a mild stroke or the Scelroderma is progressing... <em>33</em> I just don't seem to get it together lately....I filed my Taxes and made a mistake. <em>46</em> ended u... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:04:50 EST Expecting a Cold one tonight. Well from what the weather man is saying they are expecting for tonight to be the coldest here yet this winter........calling for it to be around 12 degrees in the crazy seeing how the last couple of days have been so sunny and warm........anyway, tonight I put on my warm flannel P.Js so I am ready........Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr <BR> <BR> As for my eating I am still doing great.....tonight I had Red beans & rice and fried some Tofu slices......I know some of you are going to say YUC... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:41:54 EST Nothing Much going on Today was Saturday and nothing much to report.....about the only thing exciting today was I washed the bed sheets. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day, sunny and 54 degrees....but now they are calling for the upcoming week to have some COLD days.....Crazy weather. <BR> <BR> As for my eating today I did good....I think I've lost about 6 pounds so far.....I usually see it in my face before anywhere else....but did notice that my jeans are getting saggy in the just means I... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:06:04 EST It has been a Ho-Hum day.......... I guess my Spark done sizzled out today as I think I slept most of the day......I just had no energy at all.....but I seem to go thru those days a lot. If I am the least bit busy one day it takes me two days to rest up.......I've been told by my Doctor that my disease (Scleroderma) causes me to be this way. <BR> <BR> I have been doing really well on my eating program....but as time goes on I just get so I really don't want to much of anything........I must say that I have eaten a lot of B... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:48:54 EST I am Freezing !!!!!! Even tho it is not all that cold temp. wise in the house today I am shivering cold....I am thinking about going back to bed and turning on my Electric mattress keeps me toasty warm, I like it cause the heat comes from beneath me........Only problem is sometimes the heat makes my legs jumpy & that drives me batty. <BR> <BR> I know I should try to do something today....but it seems everything is so overwhelming ....... My house is not dirty but so so cluttered........This year I ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:19:17 EST It is warm in west tennessee today. Looks like it is going to be a nice day here in west Tennessee far it is sunny and warm. Yesterday was beautiful , I finally took my sister her Christmas gift........... she only lives 50 miles away but at times it might as well be 5000 miles. <BR> I am doing well getting my Spark back & starting to see a difference. But, as the Scleroderma goes my body is getting stiffer.....I am doing light stretches but it is so hard to be motivated to do them when you hurt.........but I am... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:25:55 EST Hello, it is a rainy day here in West TN. Well here I am again...starting over. I have been back to "Sparking" for the past week far I am doing pretty good. As I read my last Blog posting thought I'd give a little bit of an up-date. My son had his biopsy which was free of any cancer cells. My husband decided he did not want to have the Lung transplant. I still have Scleroderma as that is not gonna go away....I lost my job over it as it was getting harder for me to do my after I turned in papers from my doctor to... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:38:43 EST September 9, 2011 It has been awhile since I've been here.....seems so much has happened in the past two years.....In the last month alone I have been told that I have " Diffuse System Sclerosis / Scleroderma.....which is not good news. Also, my oldest son will be having a biopsy for possible cancer......anddddddd to top it all off the doctor wants my husband on a waiting list for double lung transplant !!!!!! Needless to say I have been slipping up a bit and have gained back some weight....seeing how pota... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 10:53:03 EST November 6, 2010 Let me start off by saying hello to all you fellow Spark People. Many things have happened since I was last here......some good and some not so good......but I am alive and life goes on....... <BR> I hope you all have been meeting your goals & doing well......after gaining back a few of my pounds ( not a lot ) I am off and running again to a good start. <BR> I am still eating Only Veggie....and doing great with that cause that is just the way I eat..........but did get off track with some ... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 03:23:57 EST Sunday May 9th 2010 Mothers Day Just thought I would stop by to say hello to you all. Hope everyone (the Mom's) had a great Mothers day. <BR> I haven't been here too often lately and have gained a few pounds 6 to 8 that is. <BR> Seems since my Mom's funeral back in Feb. I have this slight depression hanging over me like an on going rain cloud. Work also has been very stressful with all of their crazy changes that never seem to make anything better. But then I know those are just excuses for my bad food choices lately and... Sun, 9 May 2010 23:47:24 EST Saturday.... March 27, 2019 Just stopping in today to say HI ..... Nothing special to report..... Spring time is here once again... it shows here in West TN ......A sunny nice day.... I can see my daffodils are blooming in the back yard. <BR> Yesterday I really slipped up with my Food choices.....and paid the price as I felt so sick last night.....but all is well today & I'm ready to "Get It Together" once again. I have noticed I've slipped up quite a few times lately.....Mom passed away Feb. 8th and I have been in a f... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 14:28:32 EST March 2, 2010 Here it is a new month....I did not like the last one at all this year....hopefully this one will be a much better one. <BR> Good Luck to us All !!!! Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:36:20 EST 2-27-2010 Just stopping in to say hello to you all. Here it is almost the end of the month and I barely remember it starting. I had a Birthday on the 2nd of the month but had to go to Michigan as my mother was so ill ........ she passed away on the 8th...... the rest of the month has been a blur!!!! of a funeral , sorting thru things, driving back & forth between TN. and Michigan.....It has just been a month filled with sadness and I will be happy to see it end.........I hope you all have had a bett... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 22:49:16 EST February 6, 2010 Saturday Day 318 Just stopping in to say Hi and let you know that I am still alive & well. For the past week I had been in Michigan staying with my Mother who is very ill and now bed ridden....I expect to be called to return soon. <BR> As I checked my mail when I got home today I was very shocked to see all of the Birthday wishes I had gotten from all of you wonderful SparkPeople............ I can honestly say it brought tears to my eyes..... yet made me feel Happy at the same time.....indeed it was nice t... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 13:47:41 EST January 23, 2010 Saturday Day 304 What a dreary looking day here in West TN...... kinda fits my mood today, The last few days I have not been feeling well so I'm rather down. I worked last night and had volunteered to work tonight but they wouldn't let me.......right now they are in one of their "Cut Hours" least once a year they shake everything up.....some people seem to get all kinds of hours & others not many....... Everyone gets upset and feel like you will go crazy !!!!! Then it all settles back down for... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 16:05:24 EST January 20 , 2010 Just stopping in to say hello to you all.......hope things are going well for you and everyone is staying warm. <BR> Today I am not feeling very well...and plan to spend most of the day in bed. I know I should be thinking about getting ready for work but cannot face it today......besides being sick... today is 2 years since my brother died.........I don't think I can deal with the public today. <BR> I'm afraid the only exercise I will get today is pulling the covers over my head. <BR> Sorry ... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:57:57 EST Day 296 Jan. 15, 2010 Friday Friday again.....Oh, will be busy in the store tonight. <BR> All is going well with my eating plan....except I made some wonderful muffins from a recipe found here at SparkPeople........I have ate WAY too too many of them myself......they are soooo good. I have shared them with my husband and son and even our dog LOVES them.......LOL. <BR> Funny how vegetarian foods can taste so GOOD !!!!! <BR> I got a friend at work to try Hummus a week or so ago........she found out how ... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:14:08 EST Jan. 13, 2010 Day 294 Moving right along.....Had the day off work so I did a little shopping and just enjoyed myself. For dinner tonight a made a really good veggie fried rice and some great muffins....both were so good. It is wonderful that we can come here and find so many exciting recipes to fit any taste.......I would like to say Thank you to all of you who summit them......... So far my husband who joined the band wagon a few months ago has lost around 30 pounds......a woman I work with started showing inte... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:17:27 EST Sunday JAN. 10, 2010 Day 291 January is moving right along......and, it has been so cold !!!! This winter I am so thin that I am freezing all the time........ LOL !!!! The women I work with keep telling me I need to get some "meat" on my bones. <BR> I gained a little weight during the Holidays from taste testing.......but have gotten myself back on track once again....... sometimes getting back on the right road can be hard. I think we all get lost once in awhile......We just have to know when to stop and ask dire... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:09:12 EST Dec. 28, 2009 Day 278 Starting of a New week.......Christmas Fudge is gone.....I took the rest of it to work and left it in the break room. When I was a child the only time we had Fudge or really sweets in general was at Christmas or that is what I am doing again...... There is no good reason to have such things every day.......will only have them on special holidays....... <BR> Today I am making a veggie soup for my dinner.......smells good, now I hope it will taste good seeing how I have a larg... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 10:03:26 EST Dec. 26, 2009 Well another Christmas Day has come and gone......How did you all do with your goals???? Myself...... I am up 5 pounds ....... I will not beat myself up over as I enjoyed the holiday.......But today it is back to plan..........and, maybe back to "Normal" whatever that is........ <BR> Where ever you are and whatever you do today........Be Safe and Have FUN !!!!!! Sat, 26 Dec 2009 04:28:19 EST Monday.......November 16, 2009 Just stopping in to say hello. Hope everyone is having a good month and meeting their goals. Tonight after work I have to do some shopping for my Thanksgivings dinner. I have thought & planned what I will be buying to keep things healthy..... <BR> On another note, My son will finally be closing on his house this Wednesday....I am more excited about it than he is........LOL. There has been many stumbling blocks to jump over but I am so happy the end is now in sight......It will truly be a... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:00:34 EST November 1, 2009 Day 222 Well another Halloween come & gone....... I am happy I didn't buy tons of candy to hand as we only had 3 children stop by.....Our neighborhood was so quiet.......Most of the neighbors had their lights turned off. I didn't buy candy this year......had packs of gum and snack size bags of corn chips. So looks like I will have corn chips to pack in my work lunch a few days next week. <BR> I spent last night watching movies with my husband.......we watched some old horror fil... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 17:52:17 EST October 31, 2009 Saturday..... HALLOWEEN !!! Just wanted to stop in to say Boooooooooo to you all..... Hope everyone is having a great week-end and remembering to laugh a little and have some good old fashioned FUN !!!! We all tend to take life too serious. <BR> Tonight is Halloween ...... I remember as a child how much fun that could be....we would dress up in a silly costume to wear to school and would have a parade thru other classes.......each class would have parties where the room mothers would bring cupcakes & other small treats... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 15:10:58 EST October 27, 2009 Tuesday Day 217 Just saying hello to everyone and updating...... <BR> Yesterday I had tests done at the hospital so actually it was a very relaxing day as I slept thru it.....then still slept after I got home. Most people would have been waiting to eat !!! as I was not able to eat or drink anything for "hours" ahead of time........all I wanted to do is sleep!!!! <BR> I have been on vacation from work the last few days.......Most likely will be going to visit my Mother in Michigan in a few days.........hop... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 02:46:21 EST October 14, 2009 Just stopping in to say hello.......nothing going on so far today. In a little while I have to head off to work. <BR> Today it is so dreary looking outside......we have had rain off & on the last few can tell Halloween is close. <BR> Last night after work I bought myself a new pair of a size I had not bought in a LONG time.......One of my sisters told me I was getting too bony as I was always the one who needed to lose a few pounds..........she was always thin her w... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 12:31:13 EST Sunday......October 11,2009.......Day 201 Good Day everyone.......hope this finds you well & happy. <BR> Today my two oldest sisters are coming for a lives in Kentucky and one in Michigan.....I also have a younger one living in Michigan. There were 8 of us in all but three have passed. <BR> Yesterday was day 200 for me which ended up being a crazy day for me..... LOL!! I cleaned house all day like a mad woman...even gave the dog a bath.....I got wetter than her I think.......I kept finding more things to do.....jumpin... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 13:02:17 EST October 6, 2009 Tuesday Hello, hope this finds you all happy & well this dreary morning. It is a rainy morning here...... the rain fits my mood. If I could I'd crawl back into my bed and Sleep !!!! but, it is a work would be so nice not to worry about money or going to work........... <BR> I am still doing well with my eating plan and getting plenty of walking weight has dropped more ..... I have finally ordered myself some new work pants seeing how mine are ready to fall off me............ Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:33:16 EST Sunday September 27, 2009 Just stopping in to say Hello to all. <BR> Life is still pretty crazy around here........My husband is doing better now....not in as much pain as he was a week ago...............I guess his ribs are starting to heal. At least he is moving around some now and eating. His feet & legs are still very swelled.......not sure if it is from sitting so much or from the pain med.s <BR> For a couple of days it seemed I was wanting to snack more.....I guess from stress and worry about him. <BR> Today... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 04:03:19 EST Day 183 September 24, 2009 Thursday Finally, a day off ....... it seems like this week has been so long....I am tired!!! <BR> Last week- end I had to take my husband to the E.R. at the local hospital.....he fell off a ladder while putting up new gutters on the house......He broke 3 ribs in his back and bruised himself up. He has been in a lot of pain all week.....I have tried to help him all I could and still go to work......he has been so miserable...his feet and legs are swelled bad from sitting so much......tonight has been... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 04:56:39 EST Thursday September 17, 2009 Day 176 Well today I had a doctor appointment and was weighed....... I am down another pound fully dressed with shoes on........ I am now getting warnings from my oldest sister and oldest son about Not loosing too much weight.........My son has told me that he thinks I have gone too far........and should eat a bologna sandwich !!!!! LOL !!!! Sometimes he just cracks me up........he is 38 years old .... I think he is trying to be my parent now..................LOL.... <BR> <BR> I feel my body is ... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 00:56:47 EST Saturday September 12, 2009 Day 171 Well tonight it is back to work after having two days least tonight it is a short shift......only 5 hours...same Sunday. <BR> The 10th was my husbands birthday and we went out to dinner at Ryan's and also had a small birthday cake........which for me is never a "small" piece.......I Love Birthday cake !!!! LOL. <BR> I think he enjoyed his special day........he is now age 60. We have known each other for 43years !!!! <BR> Our oldest son is still trying to buy his first house..... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 13:42:49 EST September 11, 2009 Friday Day 170 Hello World it is Me again...... <BR> Hope this finds you all well and happy. <BR> Yesterday was my husband's Birthday he turned 60.......he has followed SparkPeople for about a month now and has lost approx. 20 + pounds..... all I know is he is back down to the size he was for YEARS !!!!! before he retired. He has lung problems but is feeling so much better and is able to breathe easier than he has in 5 years !!!!! I feel very proud of him....... <BR> Myself, I am doing great......still n... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:59:10 EST Monday...... September 7,2009........ Day 166 Hello to you all out there in Spark land. Hopefully everyone has had a safe weekend without any sort of mishaps. Here at home things have been pretty calm. I have worked all week-end and will be working today. <BR> Looks like it is going to be a nice sunny day.... No rain in sight so the store will be busy no doubt. <BR> This coming Thursday will be my husbands 60th birthday so most likely I will be taking him out for dinner & maybe the movies. I will be taking notes of what I eat tho...... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 11:44:49 EST Sunday September 6, 2009 Day 165 Good Day Spark People..... <BR> I hope this finds everyone in a wonderful mood today. Here in West TN. I am hearing a few rumbles of Thunder.... Most likely we will get a little rain today which is alright by me. Later I will go to work for a short shift tonight....only 5 hours. <BR> I got on the scale and I am at my goal of 138......which is good. Now, I will continue to eat the way I have been and if I drop a little more that is fine. I am feeling so good lately that it is almost scar... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 14:25:26 EST Friday September 4, 2009 Wow here it is friday again.....the week seemed to go pretty fast. I am so happy August is over and it is time for the fall weather to start.....October is my most favorite month of all. At the end of October I am planning a trip to Michigan to see my Mother as it has been a year. That will be a test of my strength when it comes to my eating plan as vacations are usually a challenge.......But, I will bring my notebook to keep track of all I eat so I can calculate my calories..... I write i... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 09:28:43 EST Wednesday.... September 2, 2009 Just stopping in before I head off to is back to work tomorrow. Well, I got papers returned to the bank this morning for my son....and called around for insurance, the ball is rolling for him to buy his first home.......I am happy for him and hope it all goes smooth. <BR> Today I went a little bit higher on my food I was not as careful in my selections.....but still did not go wild !!!! I have now lost enough weight that I feel people are looking at... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 23:47:11 EST Sunday August 30, 2009 Day 158 Just wanted to stop in to say hello to everyone........hope this has been a great week-end for you all. <BR> Here, I am trying to do my SparkPeople stuff ....... fix dinner .....while ironing my work clothes & getting ready for work....... Tonight I have a short shift which is always nice. <BR> So enjoy the day.......... I am !!!!!! <BR> <BR> MeSandee in TN. <em>9</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2009 16:39:38 EST August 29,2009 Saturday All most the end of August......... I am almost excited at the thought of September starting...... <BR> It looks like my oldest son "might" be buying a he has been staying here with us since selling his mobile home two years ago. I love him dearly but it is time for him to be back on his own again. This house is just too small for so much stuff !!! He has been approved to buy a nice little 3 hope nothing goes wrong now. <BR> Work has been going pr... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 13:29:56 EST Sunday August 23, 2009 Day 151 Just stopping in to say a little while it will be time to head off to work again. <BR> Today my mind is filled with thoughts of "HOW" to help my oldest son buy a nice little house that is close to us..........I Will just have to put it all into the hands of the Dear Lord and the Bankers !!!! as they know more than I do............but, in the mean time it is driving me batty trying to figure things out..........I am a natural born worry wart....LOL. <BR> Food wise I am doing Gre... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 14:02:34 EST Sunday...August 23, 2009 Day 152 I have not been on here in awhile ..... I am still sticking to my eating plan...have not eaten meat in a long while and do not miss it at all. I have lost approx. 40 pounds from where I began. But not only the weight ...I just feel so much better...I am not hurting as much and at times I have so much energy I get on my own nerves LOL !!! <BR> I hope you all are feeling wonderful and meeting your goals you have set for yourself....... <BR> Best Wishes to all. <BR> MeSandee in TN. <em>... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 01:14:38 EST July 18,2009 Saturday Nothing much has been going on with me is about all. <BR> I have still been losing weight and most of my blue jeans are now too of my work friends told me that I am getting too small...........don't really think so. <BR> I am still not eating meat and do not plan to ever start.......I feel I am eating much more healthy foods than I have in years. My husband has now started on SparkPeople and is eating more healthy too. He had never had any weight problems in ... Sat, 18 Jul 2009 17:47:16 EST June 12, 2009 Friday Day 80 !!! I am doing quite well with my protein weight is at 149. <BR> Yesterday I saw my doctor and finally gave in for a prescription for Arthritis medicine......(Don't like to take any Meds).........I hope it will work as my back has been giving me fits for about 3 weeks I went to work even tho I was hurting before I left......just walking across the parking lot had it in spasm's .... I ended up coming back home before I even got clocked in........One of the Managers ... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 23:39:20 EST Monday June 8, 2009 Day 72...... Another Day Another Dollar........ ????????........ LOL.... I made it thru last night at work.....hurt like ###%%*** when I left but still made it. <BR> Hope tonight will be a little easier. My next day off will be Thursday & at that time I will see the Doctor. <BR> Food wise I met all my Nutrition Goals yesterday.....and, looks like I will long as I don't suddenly go wild and eat a big chocolate bar or <BR> No, I will be a good girl and eat my veggies....... 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