MISSUSRIVERRAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSUSRIVERRAT MISSUSRIVERRAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Consistency -- #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432209 My last blog gave info about the habits that are going well. <BR> However......one thing that is still erratic is the food plan. Apparently, with all the conflicting information, thoughts, perspectives that surround me, I haven't been able to a handle on the whole issue. <BR> <BR> I am starting to think that this lack of clarity is related to lack of motivation. Yesterday I had a thought that seems unrelated to food management practices, yet I think it may very well prove important t... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:50:43 EST Consistency-- #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431573 We were at the Kentucky cabin for a week. Yesterday we returned to our primary residence because a family member requires medical treatment over the course of over two months. <BR> Of course we want to celebrate the holidays with family and they live near our primary residence, not our Kentucky cabin. <BR> <BR> Today is a chance to do basic catch up here at our primary residence. I did very well with my <BR> exercise, meditation/spiritual quest, and craft projects while in Kentucky. S... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:30:40 EST Consistency -- #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425168 It is easier to be consistent at our cabin in Kentucky than when we are at our primary residence in Illinois. In Kentucky we have no internet, work, family, & friends. Shopping is about 10 miles away. <BR> <BR> I decided to reevaluate the habits that I performed consistently. Mainly, I wanted to see if the time & effort that I invested was really paying off and then think about what I needed to change or modify. <BR> <BR> 1) Oxycise -- Investment: 20 minutes per day <BR> ... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 07:03:31 EST Consistency -- # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421621 Knuckling down and focusing on being consistent has been working. <BR> I have found that following through with what I say that I want to do makes me feel more stable....like I can count on myself. <BR> <BR> The main way that I have established consistency is to add the activity on to a behavior that I do on a regular daily basis anyway (getting up in the morning, morning coffee, brushing my teeth, getting dressed in am, going to bed at night, just before eating supper). Also, I find a sp... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:42:09 EST Consistency -- #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420155 This builds on my Consistency #1 blog. <BR> <BR> I am continuing with what I was successful with before. <BR> Additionally, I have become much more regular with dental care and hair/skin/nails. <BR> <BR> Still need to work including spiritual growth, Oxycise, and getting rid of "stuff." <BR> Those things are not happening as of right now, but I will keep trying. <BR> <BR> Biggest change is with FOOD. I think a plan is starting to gel. <BR> Things to know about me: <BR> ~I really do n... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:10:08 EST Consistency -- #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419295 I am trying to build consistency for my self-care/ personal health plan ! It is so annoying to get ideas and plans and then not have follow through. It is like making a promise to myself and then not keeping it....letting myself down. Trying to turn this around and recording my attempts. <BR> <BR> What I've succeeded at in the past 2 weeks: <BR> ~Drinking a gallon of fluid per day. <BR> ~Eating more fiber. <BR> ~Taking my supplements daily. <BR> ~Getting better sleep. I am getting to bed... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 08:24:36 EST Reassessing/ Making Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413237 Kind of disappointed in my self because I have been so inconsistent and not followed through with various endeavors that I have wanted to do. I have been weeding out possessions and at the same time realizing that I need to make decisions and pare down to basics. This process involves of a lot of physical and mental "letting go" of worn and obsolete physical stuff and mental attitudes and emotional attachments. <BR> <BR> I need to FOCUS on the projects/plans/goals/efforts that are most im... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:07:16 EST Note To My Sparkfriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334472 Just so you know.... <BR> Nothing is wrong. <BR> I will be staying away from Spark for at least a week. I believe that I am getting too withdrawn from those around me and my everyday life. So, I am going to see if staying away from Spark helps this. <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Missusriverrat Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:10:00 EST HDL went way up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311060 HDL is the "good" fat that is supposed to remove the bad fat. <BR> Anyway, it's good to be higher. <BR> Can you tell I'm not medically trained? <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway..... <BR> Usually mine is in the 40's no matter what I did (Eat healthy but not too much, plenty of regular exercise, get enough sleep, maintain normal weight). I just could never seem to raise that HDL and thought it was going to be impossible for me. The rest of the test was always good (triglycerides, LDL, rat... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 07:54:42 EST Beautiful Clip About Diversity, from Denmark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308645 You will also get a chance to hear Danish spoken. Most of the clip is in English. There are subtitles for the Danish. <BR> <BR> <link>www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a25<BR>144/danish-ad-all-that-we-share/ </link> <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:49:51 EST 2017 -- From the Soul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302949 Something is moving me to reach deep within my soul. Perhaps it is the increasing awareness of my own mortality. Perhaps it is the recognition that avoiding things does not make them go away. There are changes that I did not anticipate and seemed to be happening almost spontaneously. <BR> <BR> I know I need to get away from the couch and the screen. <BR> I feel that one hour of cardio, strength training 3X week, and daily stretching is the right program. This is what will keep me fit fo... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:01:21 EST Interesting blog about your authentic voice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297222 I found this article very helpful and freeing..... <BR> I'm not saying that I agree with it 100%, but it does offer an interesting perspective on a few things which helped me see a few of my "issues" differently. <BR> <BR> <link>waitbutwhy.com/2014/06/taming-mammot<BR>h-let-peoples-opinions-run-life.html </link> <BR> <BR> I especially like this response to the myth: <BR> <BR> 'If I try really hard, I can please everyone. <BR> <BR> Yes, maybe in a 40-person tribe with a unified culture.... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:39:56 EST 2017 -- From the Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296539 I thought about creating beautiful afghans for my children as keepsakes and evidence of my love for them..........yet I learned it would be an exercise in futility that would only wear out my arms, sedate my body, and use up my time. From deep inside, I feel that the best way to show them my love would be to listen to them, encourage them, and help them in their very busy, demanding, stressful lives.....NOW. <BR> <BR> I thought that I could build up my strength, endurance, and flexibilit... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:22:21 EST 2017 -- Rough Draft of Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288454 <em>550</em> Eat more nutritiously on a daily basis. 35 grams fiber. 48 oz of water. 400 grams magnesium. <BR> Read book about magnesium in diet. Get information from local grocery store and perhaps meet with nutritionist. <BR> Get information & advice from doctors and upcoming appointments about healthy lifestyle. <BR> Try new recipes for incorporating more nutrition in daily food. <BR> <BR> <em>557</em> Enjoy nature around me and the river lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> St... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 08:41:25 EST Opening up about 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284095 Keeping it real...... <BR> <BR> Jan-June -- My Mom's health was clearly declining and various medical problems/issues involved increased involvement and decisions for me. <BR> <BR> March --I had cataract surgery on my right and then my left eye. Very successful. <BR> <BR> April-- Extensive dental work which corrected my bite and replaced worn teeth. <BR> More to do, but it can wait for now. Very expensive. $6,000 so far with $12,000 to go. <BR> <BR> June -- My Mom passed away at age 9... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:09:36 EST Goofy Goals-- Goofy Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279800 These seem to be my goals right now: <BR> <BR> 1) Make every eating experience include high fiber and protein ! <BR> Yesterday breakfast: Fiber-one cereal with milk and one egg. <BR> lunch: a huge salad ( lettuce, cuke, red pepper) with chicken and low-fat <BR> grated cheese on top <BR> supper: chili and one boiled egg <BR> snack in evening: frozen mango and pineapple bits with vanilla protein drink ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:04:27 EST Adventures in Feeling Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279351 Due to a medical problem (OK .....constipation) my doctor prescribed more fiber, more water, and more activity. I am already farily active, so I set out to increase fiber and water. <BR> <BR> This led me to stumbling on something that seems to be somewhat of an ah ha moment for me. I thought this might help others, so I thought I would share. Increasing fiber and water, besides moving things along, really does help me feel full ! I am starting to think that this may be a really important... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:16:23 EST Interesting article about "Bad (Eating) Days" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279343 <link>shrinkyourself.com/public/read.asp?f<BR>ile=The_Truth_Behind_Good_Food_Days_An<BR>d_Bad_Food_Days.htm&utm_source=Shrink+<BR>Yourself+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=8f7<BR>032a53b-Newsletter_12_11_2016_nm&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_term=0_26d4536828-8f7032a53b-242447593 </link> <BR> <BR> "Her bad eating days kept her preoccupied with food and guilt and kept her from seeing the pieces of reality that she did not want to deal with." <BR> <BR> "When you want to deny or avoid an uncomfortable ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 07:55:31 EST Avoiding Distractions & Downers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259163 This is a follow-up to my blog about "Focus," <BR> <BR> For me, channeling my energy to work on my main Focal Points has meant avoiding things that divert my energy. For me, it is about NOT doing certain things. For me, these have been <BR> --Excess time on the internet ("researching", reading blogs, reading articles, checking social media, reading my own e-mails and clicking on stuff) <BR> --Playing games on my phone (apparently very addictive) <BR> --Watching too much news on the preside... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 08:06:54 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258299 This fall I tried a strategy to Decide, Commit, and Focus. <BR> I felt that it was too easy to get overwhelmed with too many goals/ demands/ expectations. <BR> I decided to organize my energy to progress with the following: <BR> <BR> 1) My physical and mental health <BR> Leslie Sansone work-outs of all kinds with occasional walks outside <BR> Oxycise (breathing work-outs) <BR> Eating more fruits & vegetables and less junk food <BR> <BR> 2) Improving my relationshi... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:28:36 EST It Occurred to Me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236525 I realized something today in relationships with a couple people that are very important to me. One is with my daughter. It seems that there is a sense of discomfort in many of our conversations because she makes judgmental,disapproving remarks about just about everything I say or do. Even if I monitor everything I say and the way I say it, etc. etc. there are always a few things that evoke remarks from her. I don't expect to get along well with anyone 100 % of the time. But, even with ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:17:13 EST Ridiculed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224722 This week I have tried to be the best hostess I could be for my Mother-in-laws visit. <BR> It have intentionally departed from my usual routine and made it all about adjusting to making her visit nice for her. This has required quite a bit of patience on my part and also extra effort in some areas to accommodate her, her needs, likes, abilities, and special interests. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday afternoon I really felt like exercising. There was a lull in the activities & meals and she was ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:06:16 EST This week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222958 Mini-update. <BR> Movement: <BR> I decided that the constant sore muscles were signs of overuse and overtraining. <BR> Athletes take a week off every now and then to recoup. That's what I plan to do. I don't plan to sit around, but I will not be doing any intentional exercise or yardwork except for gentle stretching. That works great with having my Mother-in-law visit, since I am devoting most of my time to being with her. I will see how I feel at the end of this week and then go from th... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:52:54 EST "My Day -- My Way" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221323 That was my motto yesterday. I kind of like it ! <BR> Stuck with the basic foods that I know agree with me, even though we went out to eat. I experimented with adding beer ....2 Bud 55 Lights which are only 55 calories each, a few carbs, and about half the alcohol of one normal light beer. That did not trigger extra eating, although it put me in a noticeably different state. My muscles were limper, I had trouble mentally focusing, and was a little silly. Yes, I got tipsy on that little be... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:18:35 EST Taking Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220519 Thanks to all who commented on my long blog about all my troubles. <BR> It was quite therapeutic to put it out down in writing. <BR> <BR> So, here's how it went yesterday..... <BR> I did do a lot of stretching yesterday, but did make myself do any cardio or weight training. <BR> My muscles were still sore from all the yard work and some other exercising I had been doing. So stretching is what my body seemed to want and need. <BR> <BR> Also, yesterday I decided to experiment with redu... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:14:45 EST Just Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219892 Kind of long, rambling blog... Mainly I wrote it to record & process my feelings. <BR> <BR> I was all enthused with my "Youth Preservation/Happiness" Plan that I blogged about. <BR> <BR> However, a tree fell on our house during a storm with extremely strong winds 2 weeks ago. It crunched the corner of the roof, but thankfully it didn't leak even with all the rains we have been having. Plus, the 2 wooded acres that we live on looked like bomb went off, littered with branches, sticks, and l... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:14:14 EST Interesting Article About Lifestyle Changes as People Age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214765 <link>money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-bes<BR>t-life/2012/05/01/10-ways-older-people<BR>-withdraw-from-life </link> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 08:18:38 EST My Youth Preservation/ Happiness Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205357 General Food Plan: The MIND Diet This is a combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet with a new book coming out in November. I read some articles about this and think it sounds great. I don't really eat like this now, so I am making changes and working towards it. This is supposed to be a very nourishing diet. I am not trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Gut Health: At least 35 grams of fiber per day and enough fluid. Avoid pop. <BR> <BR> Movement: Leslie Sansone DVD's ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:15:06 EST One Year Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194747 Last year on June 30, 2015 I posted the blog entitled "Me and Mom" (see link below). <BR> To the exact date of one year later my very sweet Mother, at the age of 95, went to join her loved ones that have passed before her. It was her time to get her wings. <BR> She slipped away June 30, 2016. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953190 </link> <BR> <BR> I would say "rest in peace," but rest is not what I hope for her. I wish her an activ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:55:53 EST June 27 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190999 Food:1700 Calories <BR> Foods included that are designated as healthy for skin/eyes/brain/muscle retention: <BR> Chocolate protein shake blended with frozen strawberries <BR> Ancient whole grain combo blended with sweet corn <BR> eggs <BR> grapes <BR> Green tea with lime <BR> Greek yogurt mixed with 100% chocolate powder <BR> Brazil nuts <BR> Cukes <BR> Chicken <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Leslie Sansone DVD 3 miles <BR> 1 hour yard work <BR> Oxycise Workout # 2 <BR> <BR> Physical/Mental care:... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:39:48 EST June 26 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190361 Food: I did a little research on foods that are good for skin, eyes, brain and muscle <BR> retention. Although there is a little different emphasis for each need, basically it's <BR> the same foods. (Interestingly enough, it is also basically the same foods on the <BR> popular weight loss program, the 21 day fix) I will be trying to incorporate more of <BR> these foods on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> These are the foods th... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:16:26 EST Two Week Wrap-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189748 What has been working for me: <BR> --Productive exercise (getting lots done; environment looking better) <BR> --Oxycise (feel more relaxed & calmer and sleep better) <BR> --Stretching & Massage (really seeing results with less muscle aches and more flexibility) <BR> --Deep breathing during the day when I think about it (feel calmer and have more energy) <BR> --Increased vegetables (better digestion) <BR> --Casual chats with husband (better communication; getting more projects started) <BR> -... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:36:15 EST June 25 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189742 Food: 2400 Calories (approximate) <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Scrubbed east side of house (3 hours) <BR> Oxycise Level #1 Work-out <BR> Stretched <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> Massaged sore muscles <BR> Worked outside in cooler AM. Came inside into a/c when it got hot. <BR> <BR> Mental Care: <BR> Sparked <BR> <BR> Notes: Really feel like my muscles are less sore and stiff Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:51:41 EST June 24 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189213 Food: 1650 Calories <BR> Protein = 5 <BR> Freggies = 4 <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Did 9 loads of laundry at laundromat <BR> (Carry up from basement to car to laundromat then back again) <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> Sat with feet up <BR> Deep breathing throughout the day <BR> <BR> Mental Care: <BR> Went by boat to go to a restaurant on the river <BR> <BR> Notes: Spent a lot of time at the nursing home doing Hospice intake f... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:01:50 EST June 23 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188667 Food: 1600 Calories <BR> Protein = 7 servings <BR> Freggies = 5 servings <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Oxycise Workout #1 <BR> Lots of Stretching <BR> (Did the movement while watching TV program) <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> --Hot shower in AM <BR> --Took break from cardio and strength activities <BR> --Deep breathing while watching TV and while laying in bed <BR> --Noted that bra re... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:56:10 EST June 22 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188047 Food = 1450 Calories <BR> Protein - 5 servings <BR> Freggies - 9 servings <BR> <BR> Movement = <BR> 3 Miles Leslie Sansone DVD <BR> Oxycise Workout # 1 <BR> Stretch <BR> A little upper body strength training -- one set of each exercise with 8 lb. weights <BR> <BR> Physical Care = <BR> Hot shower in AM <BR> More water (Bringing to-go mug that matches my outfit; For some reason I think this <BR> i... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:53:20 EST June 21 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187393 Food: <BR> 2100 Calories <BR> Protein = 8 <BR> Freggies = 5 <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Yard work = 1.5 hours (trimmed bushes, deadheaded flowers) <BR> Other = walked 4 miles (takes about 1 hr & 10 minutes) to boat ramp and back <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> Walking seemed to help loosen sore muscles. <BR> Hot shower in AM. <BR> <BR> Mental Care: <BR> Sparked <BR> Talked with husband <BR> Watched a little TV while I completed various other tasks. <BR> Skimmed (very quickly) a couple books <B... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:13:37 EST June 20 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186720 Food: 1700 Calories <BR> 8 protein <BR> 7 freggies <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Cleaned up after week-end <BR> Oxycise Workout # 1 <BR> Leslie Sansone 3 Miles <BR> Watered outdoor plants <BR> <BR> Physical Care: <BR> Iced sore spots <BR> Massaged sore spots <BR> Lots of gentle stretching <BR> Took a 1 hour nap <BR> <BR> Mental Care: <BR> Spent time talking with husband while sitting on deck <BR> Sparked <BR> Watched TV <BR> Read magazine <BR> Looked at pretty pictures on ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:33:05 EST June 18 & 19 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186081 It was our week-end to have to whole family out at the river. I am on the go from early AM to late at night getting things set up, preparing food, cleaning up, making sure everyone has everything they need, and participating myself in the many activities. Weather was hot and sunny. We took boat rides, took kids tubing, played on the beach, fished, had golf cart rides, camp fire, a basketball shooting contest, squirt guns, water balloons, and a "Zombie Hunt." <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> Calorie... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:36:45 EST June 17 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185032 Food: 1800 calories <BR> Protein = 10 servings (includes dairy) <BR> Fruit/Vegs = 5 <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Various tasks to get ready for family gathering this week-end <BR> Feel very stiff. Wish I would have stretched. <BR> <BR> Physical care: <BR> Iced legs <BR> <BR> Emotional care: <BR> Read blogs and Sparked <BR> Looked at Pinterest <BR> Ate out with husband <BR> Took a boat ride with... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:36:13 EST June 16 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184428 Food: 1615 Calories <BR> Protein = 7 servings <BR> Fruit/Veg = 6 servings <BR> (Now that's more like it!) <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> 2 hours yard work (weeded, picked up sticks, deadheaded, moved some <BR> plants) <BR> 1 hour cleaning <BR> 1 hour sitting on the floor to do project (made cardboard... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:39:10 EST June 15 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183851 Food: 2190 Calories <BR> 8 servings protein <BR> 1 serving vegetable (unless you count potato chips) <BR> Not such a great day food-wise. <BR> <BR> Movement: Did 6 loads of laundry at the laundromat <BR> (involves carrying clothes up from basement and to car and into laundromat, <BR> then getting everything back). <BR> <BR> Physical care: <BR> Legs elevated <BR> Iced wrists <BR> <B... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 07:33:57 EST June 14 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183207 Food: <BR> 1550 calories (8 protein, 4 fruit/vegs) <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Rather sedentary day except for a few errands. <BR> I am OK with this since I had been active the previous few days and probably needed a break. <BR> <BR> Physical Treatment: <BR> Massaged sore muscles <BR> <BR> Mental Treatment: <BR> Kept thinking about my relationship with my daughter. I always feel that she is critical of me and am not sure why. This always makes me feel insecure and upset. I have worked on... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:02:11 EST June 13 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182529 Food: <BR> 1500 Calories <BR> Variety of lean protein (includes dairy and PB2) -- 10 servings <BR> Vegetables -- 4 servings <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Swept driveway -- 1 hour (Done in the AM in the cool part of the day) <BR> Washed car -- 2 hours (Done in the PM. Thought spraying myself down would <BR> keep me cool, but I was dripping with sweat) <BR> <BR> Physical Treatment: <BR> Nothing unusual. Not nearly as sore today. <BR> <BR> Mental Treatme... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:07:06 EST June 12 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181891 Food: <BR> 1925 Calories which included 7 vegetables and 7 protein <BR> Did not eat dessert at the family gathering (birthday party). Three servings of vegetables had heavy sauce (creamed corn and cheezy potatoes). <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> Cleaned bathroom and other household project for about 2 hours <BR> <BR> Physical Treatment: <BR> Hot shower in AM <BR> <BR> Mental Treatment: <BR> Tried to wear a nice outfit. <BR> Prepped thinking about family gathering and decided ahead of time th... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:12:22 EST June 11 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181258 Food: 1355 Calories <BR> 8 servings of vegetables <BR> 6 lean protein <BR> 3 starch <BR> 1 healthy fat <BR> Very hot day and I think appetite was down. <BR> <BR> Movement: (no formal exercise) <BR> Errands to the south-- bank, post office, library, Wal-mart <BR> Errands to the north -- Visit Mom in nursing home, Goodwill, Dollar Tree <BR> Back home -- Cleaned living room, dining room, kitchen, por... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:00:32 EST June 10 -- Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180711 Food: <BR> 1725 calories which included -- <BR> 10 servings of vegetables (3 of which were starchier) <BR> 1 serving of fruit <BR> 4 servings of protein <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> (No formal exercise) <BR> Watered plants <BR> Straightened up & organized house and basement which included lots of <BR> up and down basement stairs and carrying light loads <BR> Went through fridge for expiration dates and cooked up older stuff <BR> Prepped Goodwill donation & library returns <BR> <BR> Physia... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:51:29 EST June 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180360 After once again trying it in May 2016, I believe that I don't really like intuitive eating all that well. My eating gets too chaotic too quickly and my food choices deteriorate. I did reaffirm some food choices and habits that do NOT make me feel good, so trying it again was not without some benefit. There are some foods that are thought of as being healthy that just do not agree with me such as beans (green beans are OK) & nuts. Unfortunately, as I get older, there seems to be an increas... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:01:17 EST June 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180359 After once again trying it in May 2016, I believe that I don’t really like intuitive eating all that well. My eating gets too chaotic too quickly and my food choices deteriorate. I did reaffirm some food choices and habits that do NOT make me feel good, so trying it again was not without some benefit. There are some foods that are thought of as being healthy that just do not agree with me such as beans (green beans are OK) & nuts. Unfortunately, as I get older, there seems to be an increas... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:01:00 EST Communication/conversation thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163316 The new technique that I'm trying for bringing up difficult topics that just might possibly work..... <BR> I decided that I needed to sound very casual and undramatic when I bring things up that are really bothering me (and apparently aren't really bothering other people). Getting all dramatic & emotional and/or trying to schedule deep conversation (as in, "We need to talk") apparently is the way NOT the way to get someone's attention in an effective manner..... <BR> <BR> I am trying the ca... Sun, 15 May 2016 09:34:33 EST