NANCY-'s SparkPeople Blog NANCY-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Beck Reboot Sometimes it takes friends to inspire me to say... "Alrighty, I'm in." <BR> <BR> After reading GABY1948 blog and then SLENDERELLA61's blog: Are You Going to Join Us? <BR> <BR> <link> ge_public_journal_individu al.asp?blog_id=5981677 </link> <BR> <BR> I decided it was time to revisit Beck and hone my skills. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:35:11 EST Our past is not our future. Many dwell in what was lost past. The "what if"s" are not going to change anything. <BR> I truly like my profile quote. Life "IS" about creating yourself. I found that out on my vacation. I also found out that my hubby is supportive. I just have to state what I need to do for myself. He kept an eye on our son while I attended yoga, while I walked along the beach. I did not look back at where I had been, I looked at where I want and need to be. <BR> <em>401</em> <BR> It is all too easy ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:55:19 EST No water, no electricity, no frig Since this was our home last week.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... we did not have a kitchen. The only cooking implements we had were skewers, with all the money saved by not going to a hotel or renting a cottage (which still would have to be cleaned and what kind of vacay would that be), we when out to eat. While my food choices were not always the best choices, I was mindful and did not over consume. ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:38:48 EST Ah .... Vacation! It was nice to have time for reflection. <BR> It was nice that my son had freedom to walk around. <BR> It was nice to walk on the beach. <BR> It was nice to do yoga on the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was nice to do yoga in the garden. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Although it is nice to be back home also, I'... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:21:00 EST Rare Event I haven't been on one since 2002, so it is about time. <BR> <BR> I'll be here... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sand, surf, and salt air. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 12:53:20 EST Bountiful Garden - Zucchini This is the time of year that gardens get blessed with too much zucchini. Thankfully I do like it, but my answer has been to make zucchini bread and harvest while they are tender and small(tiny). <BR> The recent fad of spiralizing had caught my attention. <BR> Zucchini as pasta? Why not! <BR> I used a gadget that possibly had design flaws and switched over to my mandolin. Created enough "pasta" for four. Sauted mushrooms, warmed the garlic spaghetti sauce, then threw in the zucchini to jus... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:44:51 EST Reporting In As I sit here a tiny, invisible Norman Bates is going all "Psycho" on my left big toe. Those stabbing pains are not too pleasant at all. Neuropathy sucks and it seems to be traveling up my legs. Thankfully the pool has stairs and a ramp. So exiting the pool is not a problem. Besides the stabbing, there is the burning sensation. Even very cold lake water doesn't help ease the burning after a nice walk. I was pleased to learn that there would be a "Diabetes & Pain Management" in the dLife®... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:46:01 EST Gotta love all you wonderful people. <em>220</em> <BR> The supportive and caring comments on my recent blogs meant the world to me. Even when things seems to be going backwards... you all help me keep looking forward. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May Sunday's Sun shine many blessings on you all. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:57:29 EST Changes - Where's my Paddle? As one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move. <BR> --Katharine Hepburn <BR> <BR> I have felt like I have been without my paddle. Diabetes is a progressive disease, While sick my A1c was 8.1, thankfully it has returned to my norm of 5.9. It seems like there is always something new to deal with. My stomach issues are hopefully gone forever, but now my legs and feet have betrayed me. <BR> <BR> I try to keep telling myself that change is good. so... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:24:14 EST To Blog or Not To Blog... that is the ? I haven't been blogging because no one wants to hear whining right? <BR> My health issues of late have been soothed by turning to food for comfort. Has that helped? In the moment, it did distract me. And later it just created more weight and issues for me to deal with. <BR> Good news my stomach issues have seemed resolved. But now, my legs, feet and right hip are issues. My legs feel like they are tingling. My feet, sometimes the skin feel tight and the occasional surprising, piercing needle... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 08:46:58 EST Suck it up Buttercup. <img src=""> <BR> Time has a way of getting away from you. It's been over a month since my last post. (Why does this sound like a confession?) <BR> I could offer excuses.... Yes, there have been legitimate reasons, illness, blood glucose running high, pain, etc, etc. But I have just stayed at the pity party and haven't gotten back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> So what is my saving grace? Having rules and routine. Findi... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:19:10 EST "What is YOUR favorite part of your body and why?" 58 Reasons to Feel Good about Your Body (at Any Size!) <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=2007 </link> was this article in the Best of SP email today. <BR> <BR> The article is about body image. I am not too concerned about image, but have been battling a "What's the use" attitude. I feel like I have been betrayed. Oh the pity pot I sit upon. <BR> <BR> This is the question I need to answer. <BR> <BR> 'What is one body part you can feel grateful for, lov... Fri, 15 May 2015 08:26:12 EST Why People Give Up Saw this and boy did it hit me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Give up or not get started, the excuses/reasons can be endless. What it ends up doing is stressing us out. <BR> Here is what is listed and a link to a larger image: <link> </link> <BR> Expect fast results <BR> Stop believing in themselves <BR> Get stuck in the past <BR> Dwell on mistakes <BR> Fear the future <BR> Resist ... Fri, 1 May 2015 08:59:49 EST Reflections - Easter Brunch Buffet It started years ago when we would consume massive quantities of food to get our monies worth, <BR> <BR> More recently my focus has shifted, Eat for health, not monies worth, Mostly protein, fruit and veggies. Fresh pineapple upon my ham, instead of the bourbon sauce, was succulent enough for me to enjoy. After my reasonable first plate, I wandered the buffet only to realize that I was satisfied, a second plate would be foolish. Lest you think I behaved, temptation did come in a slice of ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:35:42 EST It's Complicated. Recently there have been very insightful blogs, that have opened my eyes. I apologize for not providing links. <BR> So much emphasis is placed on just "DO(ing) IT". That focus is mainly on the diet and exercise. Very little thought is placed on our current health and what is going on in our head. Sure there are SMART goals.(Do a search on SparkPeople) <BR> <link><BR>alsWS-NN.pdf </link> <BR> But none of that matters if our perspective is skewed. We bec... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:05:08 EST Regaining Strenght I could choose to be upset about what hasn't happened so far this year, However I am thrilled with the turnabout this week. Things are finally turning around for me. While I am still weak, getting out and about is improving my mood and encouraging me to increase my stamina. <BR> Mucus is still coming out of my body, the quantity is lessening. <BR> It is amazing how we lose our strength and endurance. Now I am looking forward to building it back up again. I feel excited, like one of my grandb... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:48:19 EST Wrong Direction Went to the doctor for a check-in visit. Got some good news. Most of my lab work is right on target. Vit D just needs to be upped a bit, but my diet has it near normal levels. Wow! Blood pressure is a bit high, but with this stuffy head and craving for salt it wasn't too bad. Now for the bad part... my weight. I'm up six pounds!!! <BR> Told my Doctor that the gain was probably due to all the stuff my sinuses are producing. I've already gone though two tissue boxes this week. Over all he is... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:22:48 EST Feeling Green <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May you always have walls for the winds, <BR> a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, <BR> laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, <BR> and all your heart might desire. <BR> <BR> <BR> Not Irish, but I love the way the Irish celebrate life even through there were struggles. Many of us struggle to lose weight, struggle to maintain. It is possible to turn those struggles into success by looking forward to ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:19:59 EST Is it soup yet? WATERMELLEN makes some interesting soups. She sparked my interest and opened my eyes to the soup world. One soup, I found on surfing the web, piqued my palate was a Roasted Sweet Potato and Garlic Soup Recipe. <BR> <link><BR>ato-and-Garlic-Soup-Recipe </link> <BR> The creamy smoothness soothed my sore throat and I think the garlic helped clear a few things up too. <BR> It was a nice soup for a damp deary winter day. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 11:28:39 EST It's the little things that count. <img src=""> <BR> All the little things add up. <BR> Rituals/habits provide a foundation and make it easier for us to stick with it. <BR> Set a time for exercise, mediation. <BR> Plan the weekly menu. <BR> These things are doable for life. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:40:51 EST Planning a Green Menu Wow I didn't realize that it had been that long since I had posted a blog. Let's just say I have had issues (of my own making). <BR> <BR> I love to celebrate and next week there are two things to party about. March 16th I will have been smoke free for six years. To celebrate, my nails painted green. The money saved from a two pack a day habit affords me the opportunity to have my nails done on occasion for occasions. <BR> (And no... I'm not Irish.) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:51:50 EST It's Functioning! After a week and a half I am back on the PC. My talented hubby brought my PC back to life. <BR> The beginning of 2015 had not been kind to me. Oh did I mention a lower molar cracked and a chunk fell off. Alrighty... I just want to hide. I'm not really superstitious but it does kind of make one wonder what is next? <BR> My son has benefited from his Monday Snow Removal workouts, It got moved up a day this past weekend. I wonder when it will go about freezing. <BR> <BR> So what does all of ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:25:57 EST Another Snowy Monday ear hubby brought the refrigerator back to life. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Saturday we were able to use it again. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the contents in our frig has transitioned to healthier fare. Condiments have real ingredients and are minimally processed. Real cheese, not faux cheese. Lean meats. Fresh fruits and veggies. (Organic when possible) <BR> The transition to healthier contents is a success. S... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:09:01 EST Turning Challenges into Blessings. Our refrigerator died during Monday's snow storm. <BR> While determining whether to repair or replace the "Maytag" frig, it is an opportunity to really clean up and clean out what was in there. Since I have have weekly purging routine, there were no science experiments. However we did find some unknown frozen thing in the freezer. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Thankfully the cold temps, an unheated sunroom, and some coolers to keep the food from freezing, I now have a walk in refrigerato... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:36:04 EST Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it Snow! When it rains it pours. That sounds so dreary, whereas "let it snow" sounds more cheery. <BR> <em>257</em> <em>425</em> <BR> In the past 10 days we have received art least four feet of snow with more in the forecast. It is accumulating. <BR> As the snow total piles up, it made me think about my journey. Sure my troubles have abounded, but I can let good things accumulate too. Plus I have felt a bit better so that helps with my perspective and my ability to expand, move forward. ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:57:38 EST Being Real I had thought about not sharing what was posted in my previous blog, trust me there was more that I didn't share. To me, SP is about being honest, sharing both joys and challenges that all of us face. We are human after all and life definitely is not perfect. So I could not come back and blog with only showing a happy face. I had to be real. Mind you it has not been all gloom and doom, but certainly it was overwhelming. Once I felt better, I digressed into emotional eating. I'm still not ou... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:24:54 EST One Hot Mess Okay perhaps the "hot" should have been left out. The last six weeks have been a drama laden, pity party. <BR> <BR> 1. Just before Christmas, hubby got laid off. Oh yes and we were hosting both Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Dinner. So now he has decided to retire he finally wants to figure out what to do with his retirement accounts. Really now? "Oh Well." <BR> <BR> 2. My insurance has gotten really outrageous and with the layoff, now is the time to find something that is afforda... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:34:41 EST Here comes the Stupor Bowl First of all I am not a big sports fan to begin with. I have never understood why massive quantities of greasy and calorie laden food need to be consumed surrounding a sporting event. It's not like the fans will be expending energy like the athletes. Beer flowing to wash all the food down, post game stomach bloat elicits thoughts like "he looks pregnant." Lethargy sets in. <BR> <BR> Glistening greasy wings, dip, chips... my stomach is starting to turn already just thinking about it. I'm goi... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:07:22 EST Ton of Fun Weigh-in! Made it to the weigh-in, it was good to see familiar faces and a bunch of new. There were some new partners for this challenge too. Feeling a bit weak, I just took the info and return home. Still doing mostly the BRAT diet thing, Bland is good, as I really cannot taste anything anyway. <BR> <BR> Okay enough pity pot. I know there are many things that I still need to do and the priority is to establish and ingrain a sustainable healthy lifestyle. <BR> Chicken soup is the soup du jour. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:16:42 EST Oh Crap!!! Weigh is tomorrow! My weight is down three pounds since December 18th, 2015 hasn't been very kind so far, and having tons of mucus, a sore throat and the worst case of conjunctivitis, my doctor has ever seen, has not left me with much of an appetite lately, Okay now that I have probably grossed you out, I do not think any of us want to lose weight that way. <BR> <BR> So why wouldn't I be happy? <BR> I've joined the "Ton of Fun" Challenge and tomorrow is the first weigh-in. When I feel better my weight will... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:57:04 EST Baby New Year's First Steps ... SPLAT!?!? Off to a great start. Not. Nothing planned for today but a cheese tray. All I am interested in is the bland carbs. Perhaps dome apple sauce will help. The Boy Scout motto would have been great to implement, if I only had thought to "be prepared." Actually I was somewhat prepared and had healthier options to select from. <BR> <BR> See how hard I am on myself. Day One of 2015 and I am already expecting perfection?! For the way I was feeling, It was good enough. And I give myself credit fo... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:34:52 EST Closing Out 2014! Welcome 2015! Really another year gone by already?! Oh my! Did I achieve my dreams, no! Have I made progress towards my dreams? YES!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My self-improvement agenda for 2015 is to do Fleet Feet's Ton of Fun Challenge again, that will tale me up to April. I will continue to expand my horizons and what other opportunities come my way. <BR> <BR> I've got some sort of virus (gift from my son) so I will be spending New ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:49:15 EST Tidings of Comfort and Joy! It’s a wonderful time of year to remember that EVERYTHING IS A GIFT. Even if it doesn’t seem that way at the time. - Lorie Marrero <BR> <BR> Well I made it through hosting Christmas and Christmas Eve. <BR> Christmas Eve dinner - Wigilia is the big one. <BR> 1. Rolls/Rye BU&#321;KA / CHLEB <BR> 2. Herring &#346;LED&#377; <BR> 3. cucumbers Mizeria <BR> 4. Salad w/ mushrooms SA&#321;ATKA z GRZYBEK <BR> 5. Beets buraczki marynowane <BR> 6. Broccoli and cheese BROKU&#321; z Serem <BR... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:15:47 EST You have the same amount of hours in a day as ... (Beyonce's name was listed, but I prefer Ghandi, Mother Teresa) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thankfully we do get to choose how we spend those hours. Sure there are parameters we need to work within, but we still have a lot of choice. <BR> <BR> In regard to food and weight: <BR> If we focus on resisting temptations then it is a battle, struggle. <BR> If we focus on maintaining our health, then there is a calm acceptance. Peace. T... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:47:27 EST Sometimes Things can be a bit Overwhelming. being another year older. <BR> That wasn't so bad. Yes I did indulge, but not overindulge. Two celebrations took place, one family which included a decadent boozy cupcake that I split in half. The other was going out my Wine and Whine Mother's From Hell group. I observed my one drink rule, ate until 80% full and was somewhat disappointed with both my drink and meal. No I wasn't impressed. I didn't eat like it was my last supper. What I did enjoy was the company of my wonderful ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:40:05 EST When you're happy and you know it, eat a snack For those of you who haven't seen the new Weight Watchers ad: <BR> <link><BR>uSx_06U </link> <BR> <BR> Usually I'm not a a fan of commercials and marketing hype, however this ad made me smile as it touched on a truth for me. Can we say Emotional Eater? Although I have been getting better, I think this commercial should air multiple times nightly to serve as a reminder not to eat with our emotions. <BR> <BR> ( I have never been to or affiliated with W... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:56:46 EST Declare and Believe.... What Sparktacular inspiration is abounding here on SP. <BR> <BR> First I saw WATERMELLEN's comment about temptation: <BR> "Distraction, avoidance, substitution: all better for me than noble resistance. Resistance is futile!! " <BR> <BR> That says it all in a nutshell. Have a plan to deal with that wretched temptation. <BR> <BR> <BR> Then I read SWEDE_SU's comment on another Sparkpage. <BR> "claim being vegan because then you can convince yourself and the world that you don't eat chee... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 09:31:45 EST Found One More Thing to Be Thankful For WARNING <BR> *If you are in a good mood you may not want to continue reading* <BR> <BR> Now that Thanksgiving is over, all the leftovers are gone, my hosting duties are over until Christmas, my stress level has dropped. <BR> And you know what comes after being on high alert or finishing a big project.... sometimes we get hit with an illness. <BR> Now I am not looking for sympathy, just need to vent. Last night my digestive issues took a turn for the worse, I felt like I was doing a prep ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:15:20 EST My thoughts on Mindless Eating tips Some tips from Brian Wansink, PhD on Mindless Eating: <BR> <BR> 1. Serve meals on nine- to ten-inch plates. Any smaller and you'll be going back for seconds; larger, and you'll pile on more to begin with. <BR> <BR> 2. Take the serving bowls off the table! The only exception: the ones containing vegetables. <BR> <BR> 3. Drink from a skinny glass. Your mind perceives height more readily than width, so you'll think you had more. <BR> <BR> 4. Choose a small serving spoon: In one Cornell study... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:28:14 EST Do we have enough? It was surprising that there were so many leftovers from our Thanksgiving dinner. There was worry about the turkey being small. We had a smoked turkey this year. Uh, turkey shrinks when smoked. but there was more than enough. One request was broccoli with cheese-like product as I like to call it. I would like to find a healthier recipe using real food. <BR> A few tweaks and now to plan our traditional Polish Wigilia Christmas Eve dinner. I will also be planning a smaller Christmas Day Dinne... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 07:02:37 EST What am I Thankful For... What am I thankful for: <BR> <BR> My wise and supportive friends here at SP. EVIE4NOW and DSHONEYC had it right, my sister is caught in hanging on the the past and is a little sad. TRAVELGRRL, she did finally let go the meat stuffing. <BR> <BR> My son and his family will be coming to dinner. <BR> <BR> We will be getting only about 5 inches of snow in the next 24 hours or so. <BR> <BR> The roads should be clear so we can pick up dinner on Thanksgiving morn. <BR> <BR> While the future m... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:31:33 EST Thanksgiving? Alrighty... just need to vent. <BR> Hosting has fallen to me over the past few years... mind you I had skillfully avoided this for decades. There will be 12.5 attending and yes I ordered dinner and planned what else was needed. <BR> My problem lies within my sister. I see it as her trying to hang onto the past, not wanting to let go. She made our mom's meat stuffing for year seven though only two of the crowd ate it anymore. she has a hard time letting go. <BR> We are opposites. I have an ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:43:21 EST Feeding the Soul Instead of the Stomach. Gotta say, there's a connection between the "comfortable life" and "comfort food". - WATERMELLEN <BR> <BR> Ah yes feeding the soul instead of the stomach. Yesterday was a day for that. Special Olympics held the Fall State games, so the mom's had a bit of freedom. Our children are now adults, and it was wonderful to have a respite of the caregiver role, <BR> <BR> It started with breakfast.... some protein, veg. A spinach/feta omelet seemed to fit the bill. It was a lot of food, but the conv... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:57:27 EST Hoping the Storm Will Clear Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we? <BR> --Rose Kennedy <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with digestive issues for over two years now. My A1c has gone from 5,7 to 8. Having a 7 is what is the usual goal. Getting those numbers can be achieved by diet, exercise and medication. <BR> Although my issue is a legitimate challenge, I have been using it as an excuse. There are still things I can do. <BR> <BR> I want to sing. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:48:19 EST Welcoming Change There has been much talk about change lately. And many changes have taken place. <BR> Yet I still cling to the familiar that isn't working for me. <BR> <BR> Like the freshly fallen snow I awoke to this morning, I need a new perspective. I have changed, what I need to do has changed. <BR> <BR> This is not a bad thing... it's just different, My needs are different than what there were when I was a teen in high school. I am now a blessed grandmother. We all can lead a happy, healthy life to ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:15:58 EST Empathy/Focus Thank you for all the kind and supportive comments on yesterday's blog and for that matter on all my blogs. One thing this past Veterans Day taught me was to have a little more empathy, Not only to those that have served, but to to all mankind. That includes myself. <BR> That empathy is not pity, it is a call to action. To show some kindness, extend a hand. <BR> Fortunately neither my husband or I have withdrawn, but we remain open to possibilities. <BR> I have been doing the Oprah/Chopr... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:52:52 EST Veterans Day The day offered many opportunities for expressing gratitude for service by our veterans. My sweetie rarely speaks of his service. Upon his return home he was not welcomed, but was greeted by protests and shunned. Of course this only added to the horrors that those had been in battle needed to endure. After all the years it is still painful for him. <BR> But this year was a break through, I got him to go out. It did help that he was offered a 1/2 rack by his fav BBQ restaurant. (Kansas City ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:28:56 EST I still can do what I can do. It's been a bit of a struggle as of late with my digestive issues. I have fallen back into old ways of eating and adopted adaptive behaviors in order to get things done. <BR> For example: <BR> I'll have breakfast after going out and running errands. This way I avoid gastric distress while I'm out. <BR> The BRAT diet is loaded with carbs. <BR> <BR> However reading WATERMELLEN 's blogs on Back to Beck has reminded me that even through I have challenges right now, I can minimize the "damage"... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:07:50 EST Well that didn't work! Went back to my doctor and have yet another pill. ARGH!!! If this doesn't work it's off to the GI doc. What is infuriating is that usually folks with GI issues lose weight, me not so much. <BR> So ... <BR> What's a girl to do. Exercising has gone to the back burner while I try to quell my abdominal discomfort. The pool is out too. Walking done just a bit. My diet has become laden with mild white carbs. Yuck! <BR> So my life has changed... that means my needs have changed. While relieving pres... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:42:02 EST Pumpkin here, Pumpkin there, Pumpkin everywhere. Whatever happened to moderation! <BR> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <BR> The almighty pumpkin should share it's marketing agent with apples, beets, turnips and all the other bounty of the autumn harvest. <BR> <em>465</em> <BR> Here's one of my Fall Favs <BR> Cider-Braised Cabbage with Apples, Onion and Caraway <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1412745 </link> <BR> <em>465</em> <BR> What's your Fall Favorit... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:36:17 EST