MJEFFERSON23's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJEFFERSON23 MJEFFERSON23'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/ Good News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716005 I found my tracker! Now all of my steps will count! Not blogging too much because of my thumbs!But I'm still hanging in here! Keep Sparking, everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:49:36 EST Preparing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711571 For the next three days I will be at a seminar from 8am to 6pm. I have bought all of my food, snacks, freezer packs, and bottled water. I plan to walk around on breaks. I think I will be okay! <BR> <em>43</em> <em>104</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:21:49 EST I don't know what it is, but it's good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707005 I wanted something different so I browned some chicken parts, added chicken broth, covered and simmered that down. Then I added lots of coarse ground black pepper, minced garlic, oregano, fresh chopped onions, green peppers, and celery. <BR> I cooked this about 15 minutes more. <BR> Then I added a small can of sliced mushrooms, and a regular can of diced tomatoes in juice. I thought about adding thyme and ginger, but changed my mind. (everything doesn't have to have an island flavor!) <... Fri, 30 May 2014 18:51:56 EST Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705104 Happy is getting back on track and losing the 7 lbs. I gained last week plus one more! Yay! For me, low carb is the way! Wed, 28 May 2014 10:16:04 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702312 As we remember those who we cherish. stay on track this weekend and take care of yourself! <BR> Have a great weekend, everyone! Sat, 24 May 2014 18:59:44 EST Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700303 I got a little off track, but now i'm back! <em>244</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:51:22 EST Heeding my own words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698538 It's time for me to heed my own words, "Success is getting up one more time than you fall down!" <BR> <em>521</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:57:36 EST Tying a knot and hanging on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697046 I'm not as enthusiastic as I have been about my fitness goals, but I'm not giving up! Right now, I'm just putting one foot in front of the other on this journey. Every day is not going to be a Gung-ho day, right? So, I've tried to distract myself with other interests. right now I'm interested in flipping houses, so I watch a lot of house flipping shows. I have been trying to watch this one in particular called "Flipping Vegas", but it has caused me more stress than it has informed me. The h... Sat, 17 May 2014 13:06:14 EST Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694940 I don't feel like watching what I eat, and I certainly don't feel like tracking it. I don't feel like exercising. I feel like there are better things I could do on the computer than to log in to SP. It's so easy to stay off the site and fall off the wagon, so to speak. But you know what? It's not about feelings, I'm here, I've tracked, and worked out and I have made a conscious decision to do it anyway! <BR> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:04:52 EST Amazing Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692724 I had an amazing mother! She nearly died when I was born and was hospitalized the first 11 months of my life! I was born weighing 3 lbs. and 10 oz. and not expected to live myself. She was so sick for most of my life. All I ever prayed was "God, please don't let my mother die on me". When I was 10 years old, I came home from school to find an ambulance taking her away! She had many strokes throughout my life, the first one when she was 35 years old. In the midst of her illness, she cooked, ... Sun, 11 May 2014 16:43:57 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692225 I may have lost my Spark Tracker, but not my spark! I'm happy that I exercised very well today without it! <BR> HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>146</em> Sat, 10 May 2014 21:41:58 EST I'm Going to Keep Pushing, No Matter What! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690198 I have to see yet another hand doctor! But so what? I will, whatever it takes! My treadmill still needs to be assembled, but I still want to do more exercise. I bought a really low cost mini-stepper, so I'll use that in the meantime! I'm going to keep pushing, no matter what, in healthy living and in life! I don't think I've ever been so focused! I think it's because I'm a Sparker! Thanks, Spark Friends! <BR> Unfortunately, my hands are hurting right now, so I'll stop here. Thu, 8 May 2014 01:05:02 EST Well, maybe not finally, but I'm advocating for myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688947 The orthopedist was a very sympathetic man, my exam went well, and it was informative. However, he wanted to refer me to yet another specialist. He was certain that I could get in to see this next doctor quickly. However, I can't because of insurance red tape and mumble-jumble. I was about to concede to this and wait more weeks. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Then, I came to myself (the pain this morning woke me up in more than one way!) <em>39</em> and called the original orthopedist and sa... Tue, 6 May 2014 12:31:46 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687517 I am so happy that I get to see the orthopedic hand surgeon tomorrow! He is supposed to be one of the top in the country. I have been waiting for months, and the time is finally here! I hope that he can help me. I know that I should show him all of the meds that the other Drs. have prescribed for me, and copies of my x-rays and MRIs. Now I have to write down all of my questions, such as; Why does my thumb just "give out" at times? and Why do they hurt so much at night? Who would have ever ... Sun, 4 May 2014 21:41:36 EST Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684369 My treadmill was delivered today, I'm so happy! No more walking in place! <em>224</em> <em>315</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:23:06 EST Happy Birthday to Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682833 Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> I have to honestly say that this will be the most unique birthday that I've had so far. I have a testimony. I was born weighing 3 lbs. and 10 oz., and not expected to live one year, let alone 61 years! When it comes to healthy eating, I've finally got it! First of all, I will make a gift to a Feeding America. While I have over indulged for so long, many have been hungry. It's the least that I can do. Secondly, I have no plans to use this day as an excuse to "fall... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:40:07 EST THE TOUCH (Just wanted to share) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681761 Hello Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> As the the fat is coming off, my memory and creativity are coming back. I'd like to share one of my original poems I just ran across. <BR> <BR> THE TOUCH <BR> <BR> Velvety skin soft to the touch <BR> He never imagined he'd love it so much <BR> When he touched her hand <BR> <BR> Surrounded by his drawn up to her face <BR> Asking forever to share her space <BR> He touched her hand <BR> <BR> Lifting the ring with loving care <BR> Trembling as he placed it the... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:06:58 EST I don't think it's wasteful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680581 Many believe that we should have a treat now and then. But what happens when your treat comes only in a large size can be disastrous. That happened to me, I bought it because I couldn't resist. So, I had a serving, and took the rest outside and put it in the dumpster! For many reasons, I had no other choice. I felt guilty, but not as guilty as I would have if I ate the whole thing! I'm okay now, and I didn't mess up too badly. Plus, it was on sale! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:41:00 EST Two Thumbs Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677865 As some of you may know, I was in a car accident last August where the tendons and muscles in my thumbs were quite injured by the air bag. I discovered Spark People while I was laid up. I try to surf the net to learn new things and take my mind off of them. I do have household help. I thought that they would be better by now with the warmer weather, but not so much. It takes me forever to type which is why my comments are so short, and why I don't answer right away! So forgive me if my ans... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:57:28 EST The Devil and the Angel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676533 The devil on my shoulder says I took the easy way out. The angel says it was a great decision. Instead of cooking up a large Easter dinner, or going to relatives only to bring home leftovers, I choose to take my family out to our local Best Western's Easter Buffet. Loads of great gourmet food that fit my eating plan, beautiful ambiance and decor (with an ice sculpture, yah!), excellent service, wonderful family and friends! AND I didn't overeat, drank lots of water and enjoyed my family! I ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:33:01 EST Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675972 To All My Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> Everyone have a safe, blessed, healthy, holiday season! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> MJ <BR> <BR> <em>449</em> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:52:41 EST What I've Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674340 In this journey I've learned several things; <BR> <BR> 1. Weight loss is not a perfect calories in minus calories out equation. <BR> 2. Food is not the enemy. <BR> 3. What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. <BR> 4. Healthy eating and weight loss is a life style not a program. <BR> 5. There is strength in support. <BR> 6. If you fail to plan, plan to fail. <BR> 7. The scale is not the final verdict! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:59:41 EST Elementary My Dear Low Carber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673588 Okay, maybe this is not groundbreaking, but I've discovered a way to help myself out. Being in the car too long and running errands is a challenging time for me. Plus, who needs to spend extra money? I use EAS Carbcontrol shakes for snacks and pick me ups at home. So, I decided to pack a few in a lunch bag, put them in the trunk, and when I need them, stop at a restaurant and get a cup of ice to go, and enjoy. Simple, I know, but everything that I can do to help myself stay on track, I got... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:48:35 EST I'm Not Dieting!!! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672719 We call it eating sensibly, eating everyday foods, and not depriving ourselves, etc. So why am I eating celery stalks and drinking chicken broth for my snack? I guess old habits die hard! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:37:04 EST Great Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671966 Well, my daughter's party was a great success! Many friends and family attended. Unfortunately, I did not stay on my plan! How could I? There was wings, meatballs, pitas, spinach pies, ribs, guacamole, hummus, tortilla chips, spinach dip, fruit bowls, vegetable trays, gourmet chocolate, cupcakes, marble cake, gourmet cheesecakes, chicken strips, mini quiches, pretzels, nuts, sparkling juice, punch, and I can't even remember all. My family really all pitched in, even the kids! They sang "Let... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:24:00 EST Update on party plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665885 Well, my daughter got wind of her birthday party, which is okay, because she's out of her funk and looking forward to it. It's coming up next Sunday, and plans are going well. I'm glad that I decided to have it, and thanks for all of your encouragement. I'll let you know how it goes! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 18:27:07 EST Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663557 So today was going to be my "Get Her Done/Housework-Cardio" Day". I washed and conditioned my hair and put it up under a heating cap, with a clay masque on my face. I put a load of clothes in the washer AND the dryer, put my cell phone on the charger, a chicken in the oven to bake, sprayed my tub and face bowl with scrubbing bubbles, ran up and down the stairs to the tune of "Happy" with my water bottle clipped to my side, watched a Spark People video as I vacuumed! Boy, did I feel productiv... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:49:34 EST Bad News/Good News/My Own Outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658161 I WAS looking forward to going to the doctor today, because I know that I have been eating well, exercising, and drinking lots of water. After she looked at my chart, she said that I needed to move more and drink water! Are you kidding me? I politely told her that I was walking or cycling 60 minutes every day and drinking 80 ounces of water! Well, she was upset that my blood pressure was so high! "What is it?" I asked. By the look on her face, I thought it was astronomical! "140 over 95" ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:56:29 EST Not My Normal Behavior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655844 My daughter will be turning 40 soon. All year long she has been looking forward to having a big celebration, which my family usually does for what we call milestone birthdays She is a loving and giving person and has lots of friends, who have been looking forward to celebrating with her. Over the past couple of weeks, she has been very depressed about work-related troubles, unexpected household expenses, and pressure in her post graduate program. She has not even mentioned her birthday. Her... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:57:20 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655481 Yesterday, I started over with the Induction Phase. Today when I weighed I lost 1 pound! It may not seem like much, but I had been stuck at this weight for the longest. I should have stayed on Induction longer but I thought 2 weeks was enough and decided to cruise into Phase Two. Well, obviously, my body wasn't quite ready for phase two. Also, as soon as I went back into Induction, the "Induction flu" came in the form of a headache. that lets me know that I have more toxins and burnt fat cel... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:03:33 EST A Good Low Carb Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654952 Breakfast: Cheese and Mushroom Omelet <BR> <BR> Lunch: Turkey Slices, Onions and Peppers <BR> <BR> Snack: 1 EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control Shake <BR> <BR> Dinner: 2 Chicken Legs Sauteed Onions, Peppers, and Mushrooms <BR> <BR> Snack: 1 Kroger Carb Master Yogurt, Plus 80 ounces of Water <BR> <BR> It was a good day! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:55:51 EST Reading the Grain Brain Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653473 Well, I'm in the middle of reading the book and it is very good. It is clear, concise, and offers great research. I love a book that doesn't just tell me that something is true, it provides research, facts, and examples. Dr. Perlmutter has devoted over thirty five years of research to the subject of how nutrition affects our brains and the study of brain diseases. I also learned a lot about inflammation. He explained that too much grain affects out brains, especially in the area of inflammati... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:40:26 EST Grain Brain Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652701 I got my Grain Brain book in the mail from Amazon today! Hooray! I can't wait to read it! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:38:01 EST Getting the Hang of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651590 Today I made myself a lunch that I never thought I would, I fried two pieces of fish with almond meal/flour. I had one cup of steamed cabbage, lemonade with Stevia, and baked some kale chips for a snack later on. It was all very tasty, filling, and lo carb! I feel good! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:39 EST Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650818 I've finally realized that getting in shape and getting healthy is a total life style change.While I wasn't expecting dramatic results in a couple of weeks, I was expecting better scale results in these past five months. Basically, I've only lost 2 pounds per month and I've been very faithful to diet and exercise. I haven't been truly appreciative of my many non-scale victories, such as more energy, less flab, better fitting clothes, better sleep, and more importantly no more prescriptions... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:50:33 EST Still Learning This Site http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649362 Every time I finish tracking for the day, and do my report, I'm always dismayed when it says that I haven't had enough iron, calcium, etc. I know that I have, because I take vitamins daily. Finally it occurred to me to do a search for vitamin tracking, and Voila! my vitamins were listed! Wow! Now I'm more accurate and I feel better! <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:39:38 EST Best Wishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647832 I wish everyone a great weekend! I wish you an awesome week next week. If you fall down, I hope you bounce right back up! I hope you feel the warm sun, feel the warm breeze, and see some Bluebirds, butterflies, and blossoms. When you pass a store window, I hope your reflection makes you smile. Keep looking forward, Spring is coming! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:34:11 EST Restaurant Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647265 One of my most difficult challenges to eating healthier has always been eating out. Well, today we went to one of my favorite "pig out" restaurants, The Sahara for Mediterranean food. The atmosphere is so nice, the food is so delectable, and the portions are huge! I had one bite of the foods that I have chosen to limit, ate a large salad, a serving of vegetables, small portion of the delicious chicken, and wrapped up the rest to take home. I savored every morsel and took time to taste all the... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:15:17 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646551 I'm feeling so much better today. It's amazing how pain can effect your mood. I guess I was trying to comfort myself, because yesterday I ate 3 Breyers Carb Control Almond bars! :( <BR> The good thing is, I still didn't go over my calorie allotment. The paraffin at therapy was very soothing, too. Thanks for all your well wishes! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:52:09 EST I'm Just going to count my blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645171 Today is not such a good day for me. My hands hurt and I'm on my way to PT. I hope it helps! I won't complain, just count my blessings! <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:02:40 EST My Rant on Reality TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644462 Is it me, or is television absolutely absurd these days? Now, I understand how reality TV came about. The writers were on strike and networks had to fill the time. Turns out, reality shows are cheaper, and the TV audiences loved them! :( I really don't see why! Now a few of them are inspiring and educational, but most are just pure trash! My daughter says it's the "train wreck" syndrome, one can't help looking. Another explanation is people feel better about themselves when they see others l... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:49:02 EST Anybody Sleepy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643665 I thought I would be too sleepy this morning, so I decided to go to the Saturday worship service instead. Does anyone beside me feel kind of jerked around with this Daylight Savings Time thing? I mean the sun comes up when it comes up, and goes down when it goes down, right? What should politics and economics have to do with it? Oh well, the good thing is, I will go to bed at a decent hour tonight! Oh wait, it will be the same time to my body! LOL! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:38:38 EST A "New" Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643177 I am the queen of simplicity and the queen of efficiency, so I have decided to boil down my diet success strategies into one. I will no longer analyze, "philosophize", or go over and over my supposed transgression. I no longer think it matters why I got off track. It doesn't matter if I am sick, ravenous, greedy, tired, overbooked, craving, unprepared, undisciplined, or whatever, I will simply employ this one strategy, and I think it will work every time, all I have to do is use it right aw... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:31:06 EST Isn't that always the way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642195 Like I wrote before, I went grocery shopping and bought everything I needed. I bought chicken parts, turkey, fish, ground turkey, pork chops, cubed steaks, roast, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, brussels sprouts, various salad mixes, you name it. I cooked almost everything and made up lots of my own "lean cuisines"and froze them. I even portioned out and bagged up my snacks and protein bars. When it came time to eat, wouldn't you know, I didn't want any of... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 12:59:44 EST Ready for the week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641270 Went grocery shopping, cooked all the food, separated, portioned it out, and put them into meal containers and froze them! Put protein bars into snack baggies, and put them into the bread box. Separated everything, yogurt, berries, etc. into little cups to grab and go. I feel ready! No excuses <BR> Woo-hoo! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:35:21 EST Better Customer Service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640754 Well, after the first cell phone store didn't serve me, I went to another one about five miles away today. It was like another world! They were fast, considerate, courteous, patient, and explained everything in great detail. This helped me make an informed decision. Of course I bought a new phone! I'm playing around with it and getting to know it now. Companies need to understand that people need to be treated well, after all we are spending our money. I will never go to that other store and ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 20:03:17 EST Bad Customer Service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639594 Last night I ordered a new cell phone from my wireless company. I wanted to pick it up from a local store, rather than have it shipped. I had a store in mind, but the computer would only direct me to other stores. I chose one and made an appointment. There were many warnings on line about how important the appointment was and to be sure not to miss it. Also, the computer, as well as customer service agents, were constantly asking me to pay my bill, which isn't even due for another week and a ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 14:17:48 EST March 3, 1918 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638482 Today is my dear mother's birthday. She would be 96 today, but she passed away at 84, after having several strokes. I had a stoke myself in 2003. That made me really take my health seriously. Obesity and Hypertension run in my family. I really miss my mom, but I'm not depressed. I know that the best way for me to honor her memory is to get myself as healthy as possible. I know that's what she would have wanted. It's not hard to watch portions and exercise when I look at it this way. This is ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:06:03 EST Glass Half Full II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637652 There's an old saying in my community; "I'm not where I want to be, but thank God, I'm not where I used to be" that about sums it up! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 12:11:19 EST Glass Half Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636747 I couldn't wait to weigh in this morning, since it's the first of the month. I thought that I had lost lots of weight. My clothes are much larger on me, I have lots of energy, my face is thinner, etc. Well, it was only one and one half pounds. At first i was despondent, but now I am more determined than ever! Oh boy is it ever harder when you get older! I've decided to really step up the strength training, that's at least one thing I can do. I'm not going to cry about it, I'm truly doing my b... 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