MYAKAYAH's SparkPeople Blog MYAKAYAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Its mid morning, feeling better! Working at making positive changes here. Its all you can do and have a lovely attitude. I joined a few teams this morning that may help me. I liked the Spark Teams better when you checked in that day and it noted you had checked in with that team on the main page. I don't mind change too much when its positive but that one was a bit rough since I liked being able to see where I had been at a glance. The articles are throwing me for a bit of a loop so far as well but I'll get on top of that on... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:41:09 EST Thanks for the support & comments~ I had a busy day today and I was at the store here, running an errand over there, picking up a library book I had on hold, coming home and putting away groceries and paper goods. I cooked dinner, cleaned up from dinner and sat down to watch The Redskins and Browns. A few days rest from football will be nice I must say. I love football but the preseason can be a bit nutty with games from Thursdays-Mondays. Who can get it all in I don't know. After week 2 it gets better but still game times var... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:30:02 EST Thought I'd give it one more...on depression~ I saw this on a website and forgot promptly what site it was! I'll give credit when I recall it. This is so true and this almost says it better than I explained depression the other day. <BR> <BR> "I see a lot of comments everywhere, from people who don't understand how unrelenting depression is. I don't think I can do a better job of explaining it than the author of Hyperbole and Half: but I'll try anyway. <BR> <BR> It's not something you can power th... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:53:00 EST Pink, really now! Robin Williams Yes, I've never done up my page in pink but it was called for since seeing the news about Robin Williams has me in a bit of a tailspin. You see he was one of my favourite people in the world, not just an exceptional actor, humanitarian, comedian and entertainer. I will always remember his appearances on Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show, so frakkin wonderful. He was the only person who could make me laugh down to my soul. He was such a good friend to Christopher Reeve. I've always felt comedian... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:14:54 EST A Very Quick One I feel a bit under the weather tonight, my stomach is a bit off but tomorrow is another day, I'm sure I'll feel better. I think it was dinner, pepper gets my system every time! <BR> <BR> Watched football, Seattle & Denver and 49'ers & Ravens, love August~ Fri, 8 Aug 2014 02:26:13 EST I took a quiz at results lol~ NOTE-so basically I could live to round 82 years, but make some changes and add 16 years and live to be 98 just about lol~My great grandmother (mother's side) lived into her mid 90's and my dad's parents lived into their 80's. So barring any serious health issues I'm on track here! I wouldn't bother with this unless you take it with a grain of salt (or not) since the quiz basically confines the questions and answers to what you did in the last 7 days! If you are a creature of habit and never ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:40:16 EST A montage of things~ Check this article out, a customer went to Best Buy and had a heck of a time just getting out the door with her merchandise. I would of returned my $700 purchase and they would have lost a customer definitely from that location, inexcusable. At the least the employee should be fired, NOW! Never ignore the customer, ever! <BR> <BR><BR>8705/my-receipt-was-not-good-enough <BR> <BR> Its raining right now steadily. No thunder and lightning which is nice. ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:31:39 EST Saturday evening, a little down but I'm alright! Well, settling in after a week back was nice! I tried to ease back in without overextending myself. I kept up here as best as I could but other things took priority which makes sense. I'm a bit tired tonight because I slept poorly earlier but I may take a nap in a little while. Last night my mouse was acting funny and I figured out I needed to change the batteries so now its acting correctly again. <BR> <BR> My dad came back after being over in California and he was very rude coming in. Bla... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 00:15:36 EST Getting back into the swing of things~ Today was pretty decent & my cat woke me a few times but I wasn't mad at him. Most days he sleeps the day away but he woke me to let him out twice. Tonight it acted like it was going to rain with thunder and lightning but it never rained. Such is life in monsoon season. We had enough rain from the weekend that in the front a few of the plants look droopy so we'll see how it turns out. I did forget the mail yesterday which I rarely do but I'll get it in the morning when I pick up the newspaper... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:30:50 EST HI, I'm easing back into life~ Its Monday evening and I have time for a little bit of writing and carrying on! Had a nice dinner earlier and trying to eat healthy and proper, less meat definitely! <BR> <BR> Since we've been home the weather has been overcast almost continuously and rainy at points. Rain is a good thing out here in the desert. Its a good thing to have a monsoon season because even in winter we don't accumulate much rain. It was trying to rain earlier but it could never get past the sprinkling stage. It rai... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:54:30 EST Yes, I made it home sucessfully~ We came in about 8am to Sin City & picked up the 2 young ones and made it home round 10am. Spent the day dealing with unpacking, taking a nap, dealing with the cat, getting some groceries and all that catch up work to being at home. Paolo said that was a fabulous trip but he's glad to be back home lol. Yes, it does seem like the back end of the trip was more hectic and busy than at the start. <BR> <BR> So just a quick update on my brother. His operation was yesterday and he lost his kidney,... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:58:58 EST Leaving Lisbon later, coming home! Its going to be an interesting trip home but I'm ready to get back I do believe. Its been a lovely trip abroad full of fun, learning, a birthday and other interesting musings. <BR> <BR> I think my favourite place on this trip was Milan and then Madrid. Paris I could leave alone but it was fun for a few days. Lisbon I could use more time in but I like it a lot here as well. Its round 730 Friday morning which means its 1130pm Thursday in Sin City. My brother is having his operation sometime Fr... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:09:15 EST So its about 1pm in Madrid right now and it means its 4am where I live! I'm pretty good with keeping up with World Times on this holiday so far! I just had lunch because breakfast was at 730am with Paolo. He's free until next Tuesday for work now which is nice. He's mostly had a holiday but at some points on this journey there has been work for him which didn't bother him all that much. <BR> <BR> Its been a nice birthday so far. (Technically I can avoid my birthday until round 630pm Pacific Standard Time because that was when I... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:49:19 EST Borrowed from another blog, felt like a Q&A & trip notes! What is your go to chewing gum flavour? I don't chew gum! <BR> <BR> For you, what is the best time of the year? Summer is the best time for me. However, fall is great as well! <BR> <BR> What color toe nail polish are you wearing? I don't wear nail or toenail polish! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite pie? I don't like pie! <BR> <BR> What was the 1st record you ever bought? The first cassette I bought was Duran Duran I do believe! <BR> <BR> What current perfume do you use? I use Body Spray... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:00:20 EST A blog entry, yes! Milan has been a blast of wonderful. We will be in France Wednesday evening so I figured I would get in a blog entry now. <BR> <BR> Paolo feels he has gained 5 pounds from the Aunt's great cooking. She has been stunning with the meals. We've only gone out twice for meals. Once was to get away from the family for a few hours and buy Paolo's new suits. The man and his suits, he loves to look good. I love to look at him in his suits, like I said before win-win all round. Yes, it looks like from... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:06:02 EST Ciao, como stai? I said Hi, how are you in Italian. Its what I have been hearing for 2 days now frequently. Paolo says his family speaks crazy Italian so just go with the flow! I figured its the same with my strange hybrid English/Spanish/Russian/Portuguese so its fine. Its round 7pm Tuesday evening and I haven't suffered jet lag which is quite lovely. I really have only suffered the lag when I flew from Seattle to Asia since that was basically a 24 hour flight. <BR> <BR> We had a fairly decent flight to New... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:10:55 EST I'm waiting for a while to go to bed~ It is because I want to sleep most of the flight to NYC away honestly. If I get 5 hours in in a little while then that can occur. If I get 2-3 hours on the flight then I will do well. We are staying near JFK so we can jump over quickly for our flight. We leave at 7am Monday morning so we want to be there by 430am since its an international flight. Paolo knows about flying overseas more than I do so 430 is fine. Fine by me I'm not stressing out over that one and I'll do some walking in the ter... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 05:03:11 EST Hope you had a Happy 4th~ I was fine watching my movies and I DVR'd one from the TV to watch later on. It was blazing hot but overcast and it actually rained late. Actual rain not mist or pretend rain. It is the monsoon season though so it makes sense. Its overcast again today but no rain and it is blazing hot. I had to look up the trash and recycle schedule online last night and they came today so I am glad I looked things up otherwise holding 2 more weeks of recycle would suck because of the small garage we have. <... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 19:23:17 EST Its still hotter than you know where~ 107 today and sunny! A little easier to breathe but its better to be indoors. Its monsoon season but nothing viable yet in terms of precipitation. Yes, tomorrow is the 4th and it should be round 107 but I'm not dealing with the heat or possibly dealing with a sunburn. <BR> <BR> I'm going to watch "Original Sin" and a few other Antonio movies tomorrow and Paolo wants to see his girl Angelina Jolie lol. He digs her lips and she is pretty in that movie. I would dig wearing those types of fashio... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 02:27:22 EST The temperatures this week are insane 105-112 degrees, morning walking is in full effect! Like I said before anything above 105 degrees means no outdoor walking as to avoid heat stroke this summer! <BR> <BR> Yes, its been busy hence the few blog entries these past few weeks and I've been occupied with other tasks so we can leave next week with no worries. <BR> <BR> I have not been paying attention to football (soccer) but I hear the USA is still in it. Its July almost so that means camp for NFL football. Preseason is August a... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:36:32 EST Vacation plans~ So we are leaving July 6th and coming back on the 26th! Italy, France, Spain and Portugal are the itinerary. Basically I will be in Spain on my birthday, Kool Times. Paolo says it will be a birthday to remember. He said this with a mercenary glint to his eyes so I'll brace myself for the surprise. I don't care to be surprised honestly but I'll be a good sport about it. So it will be nice to have an extended break from everyday life, but that is what going on holiday entails. <BR> <BR> The ki... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:44:51 EST Hi all~ I'm feeling much better now thankfully. That was tough to get through for a week~ <BR> <BR> It looks like the revised temps for the week are closer to 100-102 degrees which doesn't seem like that much but there is quite the difference between 107 and 100, especially with a breeze! <BR> <BR> I reset my articles and the calories in my account preferences so there is that for now. I was getting tired of trying to eat too much for my activity level lol. I wasn't really but honestly my weight i... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:17:57 EST So update! Happy Summer time~ This morning the brother called up and said the 25th of July is when the surgery is scheduled for. We'll be back on the 26th so we'll be in range if anything goes wonky. No complications are expected but life being an uncertain thing.... <BR> <BR> I'm still a cranky thing but its getting better. I've felt funky all week but 2-3 times a year the PMS is pretty intense so I just have to maintain until it stops for me. I did exercise today but its getting even warmer now so I am switching the wa... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:56:06 EST I know I've been a bit silent, moody. aloof... I'm an old cranky pants this week, you know why lol. I swear I'm almost looking forward to menopause. Its more emotional than physical this time so I'm hiding for a few days I'm just too moody and aloof. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I didn't realise a few weeks before a trip I would be uber busy with the mundane but better to deal with things now so I'm not playing tear my hair out a few days before the trip comes round. <BR> <BR> I'm eating on the lower end of my calorie range because I feel nasty b... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:35:05 EST Windy Monday Its quite windy here (of course it is) my allergies came up a bit so no walking outdoors tonight its just too dusty! <BR> <BR> Been doing fine with the liquids, food and sodium reduction! Sleep and exercise are suffering slightly but its to be expected in a sense when you have insomnia creep in sometimes. I'm a permanent member of the sleep challenged club it seems. I go along for a good spell and then I get a few insomnia days sprinkled in. <BR> <BR> Smokey tries to go out but the hard win... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:15:01 EST I'm just not chatty lately! What's up with that, I don't know! Its been very warm this week here as you know so maybe it has something to do with it ha? <BR> <BR> Exercise, food, water, sleep, lower stress, being kind to myself is all good. I've been writing a lot so maybe that is why I am less chatty. That's usually the culprit when I feel less chatty. I had red beans and brown rice for dinner, pretty good! <BR> <BR> I haven't been walking as much but I have been working the exercise videos because I'm trying to buil... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:56:36 EST Wednesday~ Hello and I just came back in from my walk. It was a nice breeze and round 100 today, which is a lot nicer than 107-108 which is was a few days back. So Thursday is hair day and every 4 weeks is too much. I am going to switch it to every 6 weeks starting in August when I get back home. <BR> <BR> I'm having pineapple and tea right now to cool off some and then I'll clean up. I didn't mean to make such a short entry last night but the Spark People were doing maintenance so I didn't bother fin... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:52:13 EST Happy Tuesday It was 105 today, a good breeze though. I'm so busy lately with work! <BR> <BR> I did well with water, food, stress reduction, sleep and walking! <BR> <BR> Off I go to work~ Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:58:13 EST It was another scorcher today, way too much fun~ So it was about that 107 I was saying it would be, thank goodness for the breeze outside otherwise I would have been tired a lot faster than I was. Yesterday I had a rest day since there was no breeze and I wasn't doing a walk in that crazy. Tonight I made over 11,000. I wanted to do better but in this heat that will have to do lol. <BR> <BR> I did a Leslie Sansone video, yoga and stretching today so that was good. I'll do ST (strength training) tomorrow since I switched to T/Th/Sat for that... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:34:25 EST Sunday, not walking outside tonight, just no! Its blazing out there with no breeze so I'm not doing it. I will do a Leslie Sansone video in a while and do a mile on the treadmill. It'll be an easy day for me in terms of the exercise. I've had tons of liquid already and I just finished the dishes from dinner and doing some sweeping and taking out the trash. I let the cat out twice already and I just don't know how he can hack the heat even when he is in the shade. He is shedding right now though big time so I am brushing and getting as mu... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:07:03 EST Saturday night I did my exercise, slept well, ate pretty well, drank a lot of liquids because its danged hot here. <BR> <BR> Still need 1200 steps to get to 70,000 but I'll hop the treadmill in a few minutes and reach the goal steps lol. I only took Tuesday as a rest day this last week so I got in 6 days of exercise and I feel good about that. In this heat it may be better to do an hour walk every day and do other forms of exercise to supplement and I'll still get to 70K. <BR> <BR> Its going to be hotter... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 01:38:34 EST Its Friday evening & I just... finished eating after coming in from my exercise. May I just thank the wind & breeze for blowing tonight. Last night was more than rough without one! <BR> <BR> Here's one for the "I don't think so" pile I was listening to Ozzy Osbourne "Crazy Train" and I clicked over to the Osborne's cd on Spotify and Pat Boone was singing a lounge version of "Crazy Train" it was so wrong lol! <BR> <BR> So I need to get in just over 11,000 steps tomorrow to make 70K for this week! No worries there. Tomorr... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 02:13:29 EST You have to write an entry on the best day... of the week, of course, it only makes sense! <BR> <BR> I had a pretty good day even though it was blazing hot like hell, no joke! I wanted to walk this morning but I had no energy for it. I finished work and did a little housework and I went to bed. At 130pm the cat woke me so he could go out for a while. So I stayed up and watched Monte Carlo with Selena Gomez which was not so bad but that's desperation TV right there! <BR> <BR> I couldn't eat much today for it being as hot & humid as it w... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 02:39:57 EST Just a quick note! I'm swamped with work tonight so not much time to chat! <BR> <BR> My parents are going to drive over to Los Angeles in the early evening tomorrow with my brother for his consultation with the Doctors at USC on Thursday. I think all possible questions have been written down. I'm keeping it positive in terms of thoughts until we know different. <BR> <BR> It was a scorcher today and my leg was bothering me so I gave it a rest from my power walking but I did exercise and the leg is fine. It ju... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 02:27:17 EST Monday night Just came in from my 90 minute walk round 9pm and I made it 90 minutes so I am almost at 6 miles for the day. It doesn't take much for me to get in range. We are in very hot weather since it was near 100 degrees today. Upper 90's is projected for the week and the humidity is pretty decent so I'm getting sweaty with the outdoor walking! <BR> <BR> Listening to James Brown and had a fairly light dinner earlier. Broccoli and chicken. Watched Jeopardy and Julia lost after 20 Games. She made over ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 01:16:35 EST June Goals -Changed my Vitamins to a better brand! Added calcium and I have to take more iron, sigh! (I have anemia, dealt with it my entire life just about!) <BR> <BR> -Training for a half marathon! Last week I got in 5 walking days but I'm in the 4-5 miles range now, should be able to get up to 6 miles in a day this week consistently. <BR> <BR> -Eating food! Since Easter food has been as appealing as taking a bath in lime. So I've been trying to regulate my appetite. I go through this once a year us... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:51:11 EST It seemed dusty today so it was indoor exercise for me, period! My cat didn't go for that outdoors stuff today either much. When wind is heavy he's not too keen to go out. <BR> <BR> Not much today to say right now, its one of those I'm not into thoughts about myself. Plus I've been reading and writing a lot today. It means I am thinking exclusively about that and not about general life topics. I finished "Paris Letters" and started reading on the Kindle. I did a bunch of housework today. Laundry, dishes, trash, c... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 01:37:51 EST Vet trip, eating out and it was a warm day~ This morning at 9am Smokey had a vet's appointment! He did well with the vet and he was cooperative until he needed to be prodded in a certain place. He wasn't having it and he looked like a panther with his eyes. We tried to bring a sample for the vet but we could never catch him doing his business. Well, he is quite well off, no issues to be had except for a little tartar on one of his front tooth's but at $300, he's not getting it lol. We don't want him to have the anesthesia because he ha... Sat, 31 May 2014 02:17:30 EST Hello its still Kayah up in here! I decided to change my name because I had been thinking about it for awhile and I needed a different moniker to reflect my new state of being! Paolo calls me Mya so I added it to kayah and there you go, Myakayah. I was going to change it to Miakoda but some other lucky user was using it so I said I like Myakayah instead. <BR> <BR> First things first, I was a bit of a lazy slog today I fully admit to it. I had insomnia but that's no excuse to not go walking. The sleepless times are getting mu... Thu, 29 May 2014 01:43:56 EST Tuesday Evening~ Just came back from cleaning up and drinking tons of water. It was blazing outside tonight so its definitely summer before the official summer begins! I did take a pre walk and decided I wasn't going back out until the sun went down. I just washed my hair because I figured I would get cooler and I do it every 5 days or so. <BR> <BR> I listened to the new Mariah Carey on Spotify, girl needs to knock off the strangeness. Every offering she covers another artists single. This time its George Mi... Wed, 28 May 2014 02:49:41 EST Thanks for the well wishes everybody~ I appreciate it, I feel a lot better now and I am getting back to my regular self. <BR> <BR> I've been considering what is working and what doesn't in many areas of my life! Here on SP, a lot of the site works, but for awhile there it felt like point collecting and not really internalizing what I needed to be doing, its that simple. So no more features that I have no desire for or the ones that just don't help me in any way. I used to track my exercise here in the blog so I'll do that again... Tue, 27 May 2014 02:07:54 EST Saturday Night Update~ Just finished watching baseball and my Angels lost in 13 innings, grrrrrrrrrr! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I decided since I was feeling a bit poorly this last week just to rest and take a little bit of a Spark Break except for tracking purposes. I think its wise to take a break once in a purple moon just to refresh and recharge. Plus the energy to do much just wasn't there for me. <BR> <BR> I feel better and the swelling is gone and I made the decision to basically eat grains, fruits and vegetables ... Sun, 25 May 2014 00:40:48 EST I'm feeling the swelling is going down so its a good thing I think lately I've hit the trifecta of suck in regards to funky stuff but hopefully after this swelling goes away then it will be the end of it! I do feel a little funky but not ill just off kilter! I don't recommend getting swelling, it doesn't hurt but its not all that comfortable either. <BR> <BR> I'm not feeling so chatty today and I've about eliminated any salt from my diet and other things that had me catch hold of this condition. Paolo tells me it didn't look so bad but my feet looke... Mon, 19 May 2014 01:29:23 EST Two blog entries in a day, is it the rapture? The other entry was made by my evil twin Katrina :)~ This entry is made by Kayah, who has returned herself to regular programming. Sometimes its fun to be off kilter for a bit but not quite in this way. Hence, Advil and I have an agreement. I don't take it unless its that time and so it will work for me. I can feel it kickin in. <BR> <BR> My Indian name is Miakoda, meaning power of the moon! When I was born it was the early evening. It has always been my favourite time of the day! The moon h... Sat, 17 May 2014 17:18:37 EST I'm not supposed to be a girl! Other strange Saturday musings~ I like sports, working on cars, being strong & silent, acting puzzled about girl stuff. I'm just not cut for this mess, GO AWAY WOMAN TIME! I'm entitled to my rant here right? I don't mind having it, sometimes but its not supposed to hurt, bloat me out and control my emotions.... <BR> <BR> Annoyance over I think... No advice please, I'm old enough to have tried it all~ <BR> <BR> I was just thinking what if I never moved to Sin City and moved to New York City instead? I was going to move to ... Sat, 17 May 2014 13:04:22 EST Friday its a bit overcast but... its not cold, its pretty hot at round 100 projected for today! I'm hotter than I should be right now because my body temp rises when its that time of the month! (Sorry guys, that's all I'll say about that.) <BR> <BR> I received a notice my library book is in "Paris Letters." I just requested it the other day so I'm surprised it came in so fast. This morning while I was having breakfast I was watching "Sex & the City" when Carrie heads to Paris at the end of the show's run. It's a Paris thing... Fri, 16 May 2014 16:02:11 EST Thursday its here I slept last night from about 11pm-5am with a few breaks from my mom and the cat. I feel pretty decent for now. I should be alright until round 8pm tonight. Then I'll start to feel tired and drag until I fall asleep. <BR> <BR> Usually when I am eating breakfast I watch a program I have taped from the DVR. This morning it was Castle from Monday. I forget that I see who the couple is leaving from the episode from DWTS, I already knew who got booted anyhow so no worries. I just haven't watched ... Thu, 15 May 2014 10:45:03 EST Its a shorty tonight~ My sleep schedule is pretty out of whack so I just sleep when my body tells me to. It was warm today, 86 degrees. Tomorrow is mid 90's and Friday and Saturday 100 degrees. We aren't heading out of town like we thought we would be able to this weekend. My Aunt and Uncle will be here and some other issues popped up so we'll head down to the Long Beach area in a few weeks for a visit. <BR> <BR> I cooked dinner earlier, we had salad, chicken and sandwiches since its so warm. I made dinner for to... Wed, 14 May 2014 23:50:46 EST Hi Tuesday I am awake and dare I say perky! I really dislike the word perky because it reminds me of Katie Couric, lol! <BR> <BR> I slept most of last night away and I couldn't be happier I must let you know. I feel like a human being again. This morning I woke up and my cat was looking at me so it means I want to go outside, NOW! I let him out and after straightening up a little I had breakfast which was salmon and leftovers from dinner last night which was a chicken burrito. I had a cup of fruit with that. I've been drinking water ... Tue, 13 May 2014 11:26:44 EST Insomnia blues~ I was a bit less active this weekend than I wanted to be since I was so sleep deprived. I just had to maintain until I got in enough sleep. There was enough hammering and pounding here to keep me from sleeping more than a few moments at a time it felt like. The only thing positive about it is that I wasn't an old cranky pants. <BR> <BR> I don't celebrate Mother's Day because I don't consider myself a mother. I never birthed any babies (thank you Prissy) and I don't really feel like I am a mo... Mon, 12 May 2014 06:47:33 EST