MUTTSBARK's SparkPeople Blog MUTTSBARK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rheumatoid Arthritis This is my first entry in years. I used to be "little miss healthy." I could run like the wind, six miles was never an issue. Even with my past year's diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, I can sometimes run. Doc says it's good for me ... try to walk my baby dog daily ... shih tzus in profile pic are gone. (Dogs just do not have long enough life spans.) My black and white Aussie sits on my lap this minute. <BR> .... so, I was put on a drug called methotrexate after developing this crippling dis... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:41:57 EST Dentists and Doctors: Motivation Enough! Dentists and blood tests: Ugh. Is there anyone out there with good childhood memories? When I was a kid, I regarded them all as MONSTERS! Nowadays, I am blessed with the gentlest dentist in Raleigh, and I actually look forward to getting my teeth cleaned, but the mere mention of Novacaine sets me into a panic. As far as doctors go, those yearly blood tests make me wince. I also despise the way my family doctor leaves me sitting for what feels like HOURS half-clad in those horrid paper gowns,... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:39:53 EST Celebrating! I met my goal. Woo hoo! What an upper! What a thrill! <BR> After I broke my hand, I was told not to do much of anything, and it changed me. After gaining ten pounds, I stopped sleeping well -- snoring and doubtfully close to sleep apnea, acid reflux that just would not stop, endless fatigue ... And, YUCK! The girl in the mirror was some old grouch that I didn't recognize ... Puffy, sunken eyes, bloated ... <BR> After a good two months of giving up, I opened an article on this site, and yo... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:29:09 EST It Runs in the Family -- Thyroid Issues, that Is! Thyroid problems are genetic. Right? At least, that's what I've read, and I'm the perfect example: I have Hashimoto's; my grandmother died of complications from a goiter, my brother had his thyroid removed ... <BR> <BR> But is it also in the air? <BR> <BR> My husband takes precisely the same amount of Synthroid as I. Could diet explain this? Well, we're not eating dog food, and the latest dieter in our little family is our one-year-old Aussie. <BR> <BR> Yes, my sweet Pete is overweight. H... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:24:19 EST Scale Watcher I'm a scale - watcher. <BR> It's a personality thing. Not looking at the scale for me is akin to not checking my bank account. <BR> Looking helps me understand whether or not my diet is working and whether or not I need to increase the amount of exercise I am doing -- what I need to tweak -- simple as that. <BR> So, although I understand the frustration that we scale enthusiasts have when the numbers won't move, when I'm trying to lose, I weigh because: <BR> I like to watch it go "down, dow... Fri, 31 May 2013 10:16:13 EST What Lone Runners/Walkers Need Yesterday,my exercise regimen was interrupted by an incident that had me shaking. As I live on the periphery of town, houses are separated one from the other. Just taking out the trash is exercise in itself, because our house sits far from the road. The norm out here is friendly, smiling faces, but yesterday noone was around when I took the dogs out for their morning walk, and I was greeted by something sinister -- namely, a man following my every motion, first with his eyes and, then, very p... Wed, 22 May 2013 08:23:57 EST 3 Pounds... Finally! Hope Arrives!! If the scale had not moved this morning, I swear I was going to scream! ... But it did. I was GOOD yesterday!! Two parties, with the most tempting junk food a girl could ever want, but I -- in spite of friends that might as well have been the devil himself -- I resisted! <BR> Thank you, Heaven and all the stars! <BR> My experience with this diet stuff is that when you get through the first plateau, it starts getting easier. That makes sense to me, because you naturally have more ener... Sun, 19 May 2013 09:05:47 EST The Potato Brigade Arrives ... Battle # 3 in The Scale War My apologies to Dr. Oz, but his suggestion of a three-day cleanse with smoothies simply doesn't work for me. I HAD to have one meal with solids. I'm probably not losing weight as quickly as I would on his plan, but "The Old Bod" is happy and full of veggies. Just adding a dinner that includes a salad and potatoes makes the day comfortable rather than miserable, and I don't see how it can possibly be less healthy. <BR> I continue the fight ... 8.5 pounds to go and we (the scale and I) can call... Fri, 17 May 2013 19:04:04 EST Battle #2 Me VS Oz Yesterday marked day #2 in the War of the Scale. I've been fighting it with the aid of Dr. Oz and his three-day cleanse. But, I'm afraid I modified it because by the end of the day, about 5 PM, I decided Dr. Oz was some kind of medieval torture expert. I gave in, and four red potatoes later with a sprinkling of butter, I was happy. <BR> This morning the scale gave me a defeated nod, and I now weigh one and a half pounds less. Petey and I made our half hour walk, and I ran half an hour. On to... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:25:54 EST War of the Scale Battle # 1:Dr. Oz and Smoothies I lost yesterday's battle, but I don't think I lost the war ... Yet. <BR> Yesterday, when I declared war with the scale, I tried Dr. Oz's smoothie plan. You do three days of green smoothies, which everybody on his site complains about -- as they call the lunch smoothie "nasty." I must have weird taste buds, because I didn't mind it. <BR> I did not lose weight, even after my normal run, walking the dog, vacuuming half the day, etc; however, I went out with friends last night and ate a small p... Wed, 15 May 2013 08:43:57 EST Declaration of War I'm declaring a formal war with the scale. I've had it! <BR> This sixty + issue that is exacerbated with a thyroid condition and a nightly craving for everything I'm not supposed to have has got to stop ... <BR> So today, I declare war. <BR> *I'm adding an eighth of a mile to my running. <BR> *I'm consuming green smoothies 'til they come out my pores. <BR> *I'm not giving in to the fried food, cheeses and all that good stuff that I love for dinner. <BR> I'm doing this 'til the scale says I'm... Tue, 14 May 2013 12:20:27 EST New Shoes New shoes, Cyberspace!! I got new shoes, Great Void! They're exactly the ones my big sis says I ought to have: Nike Air Pegasus -- on sale, bright pink so they can see me coming. If these can't motivate me to get these sixty plus bones out and running, there's no help. <BR> <BR> Would I recommend these new shoes? Well, you bet! They're lots cushier than my old New Balance -- and on sale for 79 bucks. (I tried on the $180.00 pair and, fortunately, since in my wildest dream I wouldn't spend t... Fri, 10 May 2013 09:17:27 EST Petey Flunked! My baby Australian Shepherd -- this is an update for Cyberspace since I have no idea if anyone but me ever sees my posts -- well, the deal is: He has now flunked out of obedience school ... Twice. What's a girl to do? Aussies are supposed to be super dogs -- like Border collies -- and here I am with a lemon. <BR> This is what my lemon is good for: <BR> 1. He wakes me up at 6 AM ... Fabulous alarm clock, and he even has a snooze button. (You take him out, feed him a carrot, bring him back in a... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:21:24 EST Momentum Means Everything Last time I wrote, I was running out of patience with the doggoned scale, but today I feel more optimistic, and I think it is due to momentum. <BR> I always feel an outside source when I go through phases of weight gain. I can simply feel that little nudge edging me toward all my little cravings. It is akin to centrifugal force. <BR> When I put myself together and start losing, that same feeling exists ... In reverse. <BR> So, the pounds have suddenly started melting away. So has my appetite... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:52:21 EST Slow Pace of Losing Bugs Me!!! This is my very first blogging effort. Here goes: <BR> I gained about eight pounds a couple of months ago and am struggling to lose them. Starting three weeks ago, I cut down from three to two cups of coffee in the morning and then this retired girl takes the new puppy on a thirty minute walk. Then, most days I run thirty minutes, and a couple of days a week I ride my bike for 15 minutes. That's a lot! No? So far, I have lost exactly three pounds. Aaargh! I'm eating a good cup of veggies ar... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:30:01 EST