NANCY-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NANCY%2D NANCY-'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/ 95 Ways to Spend More Time Outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482293 It's been a long winter. Some of us have been inside due to other reasons. Most of the folks I know here on SP have no problem with getting outside, whether it is going for a run or sitting on the verandah. But for some of us the following blog from REI might be helpful. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.rei.com/blog/social/95-w<BR>ays-to-spend-more-time-outside?cm_mmc=<BR>email_com_gm-_-20180411_FPT_SpringCKic<BR>koff-_-041118-_-img_watch&ev36=9317791<BR>&rmid=20180411_FPT_SpringCKickoff&rrid<B... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:17:18 EST Stupor Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459776 Who won... I did. <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <BR> Hubby is a football fan and wanted the typical excessive grazing. There was no grazing for me. I made a nice chili for dinner. Then only halftime snacks came out. I only had a bit of the spinach artichoke dip and stayed away from the other snacks. That was my plan.... pick one and be mindful of size. <BR> Mon, 5 Feb 2018 08:17:25 EST Vitcim or In Charge of my Destiny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436711 I have been trying to take charge of my actions. Lately I have let myself feel more like a victim,however I control my actions and reactions. I am in charge no matter what life throws at me. <BR> <BR> I succumbed to the post holiday letdown after Thanksgiving with a head cold that is producing copious amounts of mucus. (sorry about the TMI) unfortunately it led to missing a trip to visit the Grands. Spreading germs is not what is desired. So I am tacking some issues that have been sitting b... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 11:03:07 EST It's not about the Food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433714 I am one that prefers to attend rather than host. So stressful. I realize that stress was self-induced because of my wanting everything to be perfect. Perfectly clean house, present the perfect meal, ... etc. <BR> <BR> I did have hosting Thanksgiving foisted upon me, when suddenly we needed to relocate dinner. After doing dinner for a few years, a few healthy changes have been made, which was met with resistance. Yes, my Mom's meat stuffing is gone. Yes, I did downsize Thanksgiving and wo... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:07:05 EST Beck Pink Day 13 - Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421025 There are some really great blogs out there on this day. <BR> I have always been bothered by the "NO CHOICE" aspect of this. The truth, to me, is that I do have a choice. I thought I had "NO CHOICE" when I smoked and then gave into the craving or when I craved something sweet The craving had the power and I had no choice but to give in. <BR> <BR> I love ONEKIDSMOM's "NOT MY FOOD!". If it isn't on my food plan, then it is "NOT My Food." <BR> Distraction worked for me when I quit smoking.... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:07:38 EST Beck Pink Day 12 - Practice Hunger Tolerance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420736 I do this all the time when fasting for a blood test or procedure. But since I am medication, I revisit Day 11 Hunger, Desire and Cravings. I really should practice Day 11 more so I can more easily recognize my hunger level which will allow me to be more attentive to my food intake. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all you helpful comments on pain management. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:40:21 EST Beck Pink - Days 10 & 11 (plus venting) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420373 I'm struggling with the making time for Beck and my meditation. The meditation is only 20 minutes and how much time do I need to devote to Beck. Time spent on SP is a habit, so that is not a problem. Why cannot it be the same for Beck. <BR> <BR> "Failing to plan is planning to fail." - attributed to Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> My young adult son came home from the surgeons and was told to suck it up, there is nothing that can be done for the pain. After two surgeries on his back there is s... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:54:33 EST Beck Day 9 - EXERCISE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419646 "Use it or lose it" is an expression that I have often heard. And Oh my is it true. <BR> September was horrible for me I was ill and had problems breathing. (Head cold settled into my chest.) With almost 4 weeks with no activity, I am slowly regaining strength. Walking is still challenging, but thankfully now I can walk into the doctors office without gasping for air. <BR> <BR> Mostly I will be walking using Leslie Sansone's Mile and doing Classical Stretch. Scheduling it for the morning ... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 08:55:18 EST Beck Day --- oh dear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419379 I do not know what happened to Day 6 ...apparently is it languishing out on the internet somewhere. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Oh well, that is not the end of the world so here is a brief recap of Day 6 and then 7 and 8. <BR> <BR> Day 6 I love doing Beck as a group... my Beck Buddies, you are my coaches. Reading blogs and posts are so helpful to spark ideas and as reinforcement. <BR> <BR> Day 7 Arrange Your Environment <BR> Okay So things slid a little since last time. I was thinking a... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 13:46:12 EST Beck Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418311 Last night I was blessed with the opportunity to eat out with my eldest son. My husband, middle son and I drove up to this lovely restaurant. I do have a dining out rule... drink or dessert. Choose. <BR> I was thinking about a cosmopolitan martini, then decided I wasn't in the mood for a drink. <BR> <BR> During dinner, I slowly ate my meal. Surprise I ate all my lovely string beans first. My baked fish was fine. However the garlic mashed potatoes(a former love) left me wishing I had asked t... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 09:32:10 EST Beck Days 2, 3 & 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418035 Day 2 <BR> Ah my "food plan",, mostly whole foods plant based. I was pleasantly surprised that hubby asked about doing more vegan meals. I will be planning a menu that will be repeatable, drawing from Engine 2. <BR> Back up will be the food plans done with a friend. <BR> <BR> Day 3 <BR> "Eating while sitting" is one I have mastered so that I am annoyed when I see folks standing and eating. Oh my! <BR> <BR> Day 4 <BR> Giving myself credit... this need improvement. I should do something li... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:29:35 EST Day 1: Record the advantages of losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416908 The advantages.... Why? So we can set boundaries. Read the following this morning. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Boundaries <BR> <BR> Fences are built to keep valuable things safe--to keep children and pets from escaping or running headlong into danger. Roadways have painted lines to keep cars in their own lane, and homes have signs to keep interlopers away. Boundaries keep things in place, keep things just so. Keep problems from popping up. Keep things under control. Boundaries are a necessity. <BR... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 11:09:04 EST Head Games - The most powerful tool for losing or maintaining weight is between our ears. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416261 I'm revisiting Beck with the Beck Team. Whether it is your first time through or a repeat, there are a lot of great tools that we can utilize. <BR> Retraining my brain is is an arduous process. Things like to remain the same., but things, habits, choices must change to get different results. <BR> “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” <BR> Uh duh!!! <BR> Time to change things up a bit. What I have been doing recently is an improvement over ... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:39:15 EST The Fourth Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382755 Celebrations are oft laden with indulgent foods. This year's menu is scaled back. Thought of doing a Clambake, but opted for a Lobster dinner instead. <BR> <BR> Lobster <BR> Corn on the cob <BR> Watermelon <BR> Cucumber/lemon infused water <BR> <BR> And yes, there will be butter. My sister offered to bring dessert, "ice cream?" she said. <BR> "After lobster with butter?" I quizzed. "Perhaps some refreshing watermelon" <BR> <BR> What is or was (for our neighbors who celebrated Canada Day... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:56:48 EST ONEKIDSMOM's Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376725 Oh boy!!! Did ONEKIDSMOM give me something to think about in her blogs. <BR> <BR> Interrogating reality <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376325 </link> <BR> The words we chose... and what ... to do next <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376325 </link> <BR> <BR> "... what is one word or phrase that absolutely describes you?" I came up with two words: <BR> <BR> "VIVACIOUS", I love living li... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:35:14 EST Alrighty... Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367244 In my last blog the sky was falling... and it fell a little more as my trust was betrayed by my doctor... What was he thinking??? He stated that he used poor judgement in a prostrate procedure. Poor judgement TWICE??? My whole family is now looking for a new doctor. <BR> <BR> A change of scenery helped me get out of my funk. When to see the grands last weekend. I try to bring healthy treats... grapes, strawberries, Persian cukes. Grandma and Grandpa needed lessons on how to open a packet..... Sat, 27 May 2017 09:59:35 EST “Adversity Training” ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362145 Inspiration comes from all around us if we just look. Here on SP there is so much. I see many folks out for walks/runs. They are not doing it to inspire me, they are caring for themselves, taking action. <BR> Lately I have been stressing a lot. Let us just say I am not fond of or agree with our new President.. Yes, embarrassing as it is, he is our President. His policies have been stressing me out. Build a wall and have Mexico pay for it. Really? Deporting sole providers, employers. <BR> ... Mon, 15 May 2017 08:40:40 EST Where have I been... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357941 Participating in an online stress summit caused me stress. Presentations were only available for that day. There was great information and affirmation for me. But sometimes there is too much going on and something had to go. :( That was my revisit of Beck Pink. Actually it was more like put on hold. <BR> Yesterday I destressed by running away. :) Went to Southwick, MA to get my Mother's Day hanging plant, also picked up some herbs and catnip for Tini and Lila (aka Miss Purrs-a-lot). Found ... Fri, 5 May 2017 08:56:52 EST Not enough hours in the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353657 That's how it feels sometimes. <BR> Writing to me is a craft. I put thought into the written word. There is permanence, especially in the internet. It can be an arduous process, especially for a perfectionist. <BR> <BR> That being said... I am hard on myself. Self-critical, focusing on what is wrong. The same is true about my feelings on my Spark journey. A gratitude journal has been somewhat helpful but ~INDYGIRL suggested another approach that will help me. A Positivity Journal, where ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:29:31 EST Beck Pink - Days 9 & 10 plus "Hello, Universe Calling" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350608 <BR> Day 9 - Pick an Exercise Plan <BR> Working on regaining stamina. Walks and Classical Stretch on PBS. Sometimes we just have to start over. <BR> <BR> Day 10 - Set a Reasonable Goal <BR> Rome wasn't build in a day. <BR> <BR> "Hello, Universe Calling." <BR> Mindset is everything. It directs our responses. <BR> <BR> SparkGuy's Blog <BR> April 18: Small Goals Commitment Challenge Button <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350124 </link> ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:07:45 EST Beck Days 6, 7 & 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349628 Day 6 - Find a Diet Coach <BR> Coming to SP is my diet coach. Actually my lifestyle coach. <BR> <BR> Day 7 - Arrange your Environment <BR> Most of this was done in previous Beck visits. <BR> <BR> I truly needed to see this: <BR> Sabotaging Thought: I shouldn't put my needs above the needs of my family. <BR> Helpful Response: I'm entitled to work toward a goal that's important to me. It's time for me to practice meeting my needs. <BR> <BR> Many changes have been made, but now I really n... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:27:35 EST Beck Pink Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348377 What a good reminder. Savoring our meals. It is amazing what we will wolf down if we don't taste it. This reminded me of using an adaptation of Geneen Roth's exercise "Two raisins, a corn chip, and a small piece of chocolate". <BR> <BR> Below is a link where she guides you through the exercise. <BR> <link>www.oprah.com/spirit/Geneen-Roths-Ra<BR>isin-Chip-and-Chocolate-Exercise-Video </link> <BR> <BR> This exercise also helps me at the Easter Buffet. <BR> I do not pile my plate high a... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:41:24 EST Beck Pink Day 4 - Give Yourself Credit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347887 This was hard at first, not so much. Being able to avoid the snack aisle consistently, now makes it a breeze. Avoiding the checkout siren, was solved by becoming a food snob. Self talk: "Only the Belgian chocolate will satisfy and I have to drive all the way, oh forget it, I really don't need it today." <BR> Micheal Pollan's "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual" is a quick read that helped me establish boundaries. Among my favs is: <BR> <BR> 39. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:46:07 EST Beck Pink Days 1-3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347472 Wanted to post yesterday, however things got crazy busy and my computer decided I should not post anything. <em>198</em> That aside, I did do what was needed to do. <BR> <BR> Here is what I posted on Beck team board: <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> My ARC: <BR> - Live longer. <BR> - Feel better physically. <BR> - More energy to live life. <BR> - Better blood pressure. <BR> - Better blood glucose control. <BR> - Less pain and lighten the stress on my body(hip/back). <BR> - Less prescription-d... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:55:47 EST Today is THE Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346430 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/489b292a-7ed6-4f48-a4dc-cd011f4a6711.png"> <BR> <BR> Beck Pink starts today. <BR> Oprah and Deepak's 21-Day Meditation starts today. <BR> <BR> For me every moment is an opportunity to start anew. The beginning is always filled with optimism. It is when the newness wears off that it becomes more of a challenge. However that challenge is reduced by commitment. I have completed Beck Pink many times and increase my skill each time. The free me... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:17:25 EST Spring Renewal - Think PINK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344062 It is time to renew and hon my Beck skills. Just as one trains for a 5K, I need to train to keep up my skills with living a healthy lifestyle. Each time through I acquire and strengthen my skills. <BR> <BR> If you haven't tried Beck, join us in the <BR> <BR> Pink Beck April Challenge <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes sageboard_thread.asp?board=2491x10071x 66550857 </link> <BR> <BR> I also tried something new at home. It's been rainy so I did an indoor rock garden. Wha... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:43:20 EST Down by the River http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343080 I am quite fortunate that there are many options for scenic walking around here. With my husbands hip and my back, challenging hikes are not in our cards for right now. A nice level short walk is about all we can do. Actually I surprised my hubby by driving him down to the river to show him the options. It is paved, there are benches and picnic tables. As it gets warmer and the sun stronger, the trees will provide shade. Spring clean up hasn't happened yet as there was silt all over the place... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:25:23 EST Two Steps Forward..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338713 It was exciting. My first solo trip to the market and not using the electric cart. Did well. In the evening took my son to visit his friend for dinner. They live in a raised ranch. All was well until about halfway up the drive there was a twinge in my left knee. :( <BR> The visit was pleasant, had a cuppa of a blueberry aloe. Strange I thought , but nice. Hobbled home. Lifted my pant leg to see my left ankle swollen to almost double of the right. Made me forget about the knee for a bit. <... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:57:32 EST More Spring in My Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338260 Wow! After being laid up for most of the winter, it was surprising the energy I had last night after dinner. <BR> Did another Classical Stretch in the AM and only coughed twice, but it was while standing, dialed it back a bit and was able to complete the program. Being able to move more easily and energetic is such a pleasure, one I had taken for granted. <BR> <BR> One thing I did stick with over the winter was coming to Sparkpeople. Thank you all for being here and sharing your journeys,... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:58:51 EST Easing back into Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337719 After being ill practically all winter long, my energy and stamina are zilch. I want to improve, not have a setback. I'm tired of having to sleep in the recliner. I'm tired of having to rest to catch my breath after 10 steps. The elephant has gotten off my chest and it is now time to MOVE. <BR> My favorite workout is Classical Stretch on PBS. It came on I was ready. Did the warm up seated. Felt good to get the blood flowing. The first half I modified and remained seated. It was challenging fo... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:03:24 EST Happy Spring Renewal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335662 Ah Spring! <em>126</em> <BR> Transition time. <BR> Not fond of early Spring as it brings mud season. Later Spring is more glorious with unfolding leaves and flowers buds. <BR> These past few months I have been dealing with issues beyond my control. All I can say is thankfully I have a wonderful husband. Though I am not 100%, it is time to work on regaining strength and getting back out into the world. Routines will help with that. <BR> Does anyone remember Days of the Week underwear? Ther... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:36:13 EST Rewarding Boundaries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297871 Setting boundaries can be viewed as being restrictive. However boundaries actually brings about rewards. <BR> <BR> Define your reward when you set the boundary. <BR> <BR> -Boundary- <BR> No phone calls between 8pm and 9am. <BR> -Reward- <BR> Peace and me time. My sister would call early in the morning, to chat, when I need to get get things done. <BR> <BR> -Boundary- <BR> Dessert or a drink when eating out, not both. <BR> -Reward- <BR> Better blood glucose <BR> <BR> Boundaries can al... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:43:40 EST Welcoming 2017 Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287432 'They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.' -Andy Warhol <BR> <BR> PIXIE-LICIOUS posted this in her feed and it struck me. Sure sometimes stuff happens, but thankfully we get to choose our reaction. <BR> <BR> If I get cut off on the highway, do I get angry and escalate things. No, I give the idiot a wide berth so I can stay out of their way. (if they are really a threat to others, calling 911 would be my choice) <BR> <BR> Out celebrating this Ho... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:45:39 EST A decade in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282900 It is time that I update my Sparkpage. I stated the best is yet to come. Over all it was a good decade, however.... I am disappointed in my lack of progress, in fact over the last year I have gained about 20 pounds. Sure I can offer up excuses. <BR> <BR> Oh yes food has been my medicine; offering comfort and the serotonin high to make me feel better. It has been a upward spiral of a year on the scale. That does NOT make me feel better. Possible being here at SP has helped to keep things f... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:16:39 EST Getting Better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159357 Argh!!!! <BR> The antibiotics mostly worked, still have a pocket about the size of a large marble at the back of my jaw. So another call to the dentist is warranted. <BR> <BR> Mother's Day was fine. Wonderful would have been the descriptor if I didn't have issues. My eldest called and asked how was I doing. I was honest and then said "it appears that 2016 isn't my year." That is still repeating in my head. What am I thinking!!! I do know about self fulfilling prophecies. Yikes. Time to ch... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:36:59 EST Root Canal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151285 All went well though I do look like a chipmunk prepping for winter on one side of my face. That puffy cheek has removed wrinkles too. Now what to do about the other side of my face, hmmmm. <BR> <BR> Novocaine is wonderful and I didn't feel a thing during the procedure. With half my mouth numb, it was quite difficult to eat but especially drink. Needless to say food was not a priority in my mind. The doc did say an infection was present and I will have to go back in a few weeks. (oh Joy! not... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:13:34 EST Daytripping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143439 What wonderful weather for a trip about 40 miles north to Northhampton, MA. Venturing into little shops, getting warming sunshine, temps in the comfortable 60's (16C). Temptations could abound, but they did not. I peered into a chocolate shop and choose not to enter. Nothing there for me. <BR> <BR> Lunch was also filled with choices. I opted for the Black Bean soup and salad. It came with a HUGE whole wheat roll and a lovely green tea. Enjoying the view and the company of my sister, I soon ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:48:50 EST Celebrating Renewal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134077 Today is my son's birthday. (The one that had his pacemaker replaced.) He is enjoying the day/ seeing snowflakes fall (what the...) enjoying the sunshine. Last night we got to see a brilliant rainbow with a faint double. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/66d63b58-6de4-4ca9-84de-65f0c494ca4e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There was a minor complication as the surgeon had to "fish" out the pacemaker. (it had moved out of the pocket and traveled a bit down the left side of his chest.) To ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 15:51:23 EST Home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127864 Yes I said again. Thursday was supposed to be a restorative trip to the shore, however we had a quick trip to the Doctor for my son which ended up with a readmission. Wow! Not even home for 24 hours and we are back. So much for the beach plans. At least I got some rest while I was home. Surgery was a bit more challenging because his pacemaker had traveled down his chest. Apparently since he is a lefty, he may have aggravated the site, because he awoke Thursday morning, it looked like he had ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:18:24 EST Warning: Temptation ... and Triumph http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122114 I love to celebrate! Party!!!! <BR> <BR> Special treat for St. Patty's Day, stop at the smokehouse for smoked corned beef. It is set up cafeteria style. The side of creamy mac and cheese called to me, It was not on my list. <BR> The cornbread and honey butter said "take me, take me", I passed it by. <BR> <BR> At eye level were not one, but three types of NoRA's decadent cupcakes (you know they kind that should be shared) I read the description of each. Why? To torture myself? <BR> <B... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:09:07 EST Working out the kinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119010 I'm not liking 2016 very much. Even though I had a wonderful visit with the Grands, my back went into spasm and said it was time to go home. Never realized how bumpy I-90 is until you are in pain. <BR> <BR> It is amazing what we take for granted, being able to get up from a seat, taking a seat walking, bending over, using the bathroom, navigating stairs. What a rude awaking it is when we lose abilities. When I am still there is no pain. <BR> <BR> WATERMELLEN had a great blog about stress... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:53:45 EST Wishful Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110971 Hope is the thing with feathers <BR> that perches in the soul <BR> And sings the tune without the words <BR> And never stops at all. <BR> --Emily Dickinson <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today I have been pleasantly surprised. There is no rhyme or reason, however my AM blood glucose reading have dropped to under the 120's. Say what!!! Since diabetes can be progressive, I had feared the days of under120 AM readings had gone by. <BR> <em>137</em> <BR> Just goes to show you that we shouldn't giv... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:50:16 EST Not Perfect, but Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109429 Today I felt a bit stronger and did more exercises. Granted it wasn't a whole workout, but it was something. And something is much better than nothing. It seems like each day I am moving forward just a tad and I will take that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf4f9c89-dfd7-4edd-a411-715e5d99961f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just got a call from the doctor about my labs... <BR> Vitamin D - fine <BR> A1c - good <BR> Cholesterol - "textbook perfect" <BR> <BR> Even with all thi... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:39:29 EST Reality Bites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108537 Alrighty.. Blood work drawn. Nuclear stress test is next week. (wonder if I will glow) <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously I do not want to post a tale of woe, however I have been inspired. <BR> Inspired by the guy at the pool, who ignores the stares and continues to come and workout. <BR> Inspired by the woman who walks daily, it is indeed challenging to walk with all those pounds. <BR> Inspired by all those who see possibilities and work around the challenges. <BR> <BR> They do not hide,... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 12:31:17 EST Challenges and the gift you all have given me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107442 Not too sure what is going on, but 2016 is different. I thought I recovered from the virus I got from my then 3 month old granddaughter. I had a few good days then all the energy was sucked right out of me. <BR> I did go to the doctor. Edema is my left leg, slightly labored breathing from just walking a short distance, pressure on my chest, blood pressure all over the place. So off for a nuclear stress test I go. <BR> <BR> Oh my, do I want the comfort food of my youth. I'm trying to bring ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:44:34 EST Sitting Too Long (Work, car, flight) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088359 Soon I'll be heading back up to see the grands. That long drive leaves me a bit stiff,when we stop for a break it is more like I hobble out of the car. <BR> I do some yoga stretches helps get out the kinks and makes me feel better for the next portion of the trip. My son even mimics me as I stretch. The looks I get from strangers as they walk by is more like the admiring thought "smart lady" as I have yet to get the she's a crazy lady look. <BR> <em>387</em> <em>433</em> <em>535</... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:53:46 EST Hibernation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087473 ...but not because I am sick. I am tired. So tired that when I mediate I fall fast asleep. I start to fall asleep sitting up at the computer. What was the end of that tv show? <BR> Just staying awake and getting simple stuff done is quite the challenge. <BR> Hopefully this will pass. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:45:53 EST Regaining Stamina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083677 After being left so weak from being under the covers for so long, I knew I had to go out and reclaim my strength. So a short walk was in order. It was a beautiful sunny morning. The sun kissed my face. and I put on foot in front of the other. I said I would start with an 1/8 of a mile. I did double that. <BR> It took a while to recover, but it was so worth it and I felt good. <BR> I'm on my way back. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a84bf7f-c7d7-4c9f-94e2-93e8f... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:57:53 EST Ground Hog Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082225 Yes I'm talking about the movie. I feel like I have been living it lately. Getting up only to find myself reliving the same ol' over and over and over again. <BR> Someday I will get it right. Sure somethings are within my control and some are not. I must play the hand I have been dealt and move forward. <BR> <BR> Being sick wiped me out physically, cannot stay strong when curled up under the covers. Right now I'm trying to regain my strength. (it is amazing how quickly we can become weak) <... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:51:55 EST The New Year has NOT been pretty, but I found my abs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072465 Talk about being overwhelmed. The holidays were filled with drama, so what else is new. The food was mostly under control and healthy options were in the forefront. My son had a conference to attend, so I was invited up to assist my lovely DIL with the three wee ones. The oldest is three, my grandson turned two on New Years' Eve and the baby, well she just turned three months old. <BR> Both my DIL and I we doing a 5 day clean eating challenge so our food was all planned out for us. My trip ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:30:04 EST