NANCY-'s SparkPeople Blog NANCY-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Easing back into Exercise 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 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 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 '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 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? 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 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 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. 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=""> <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 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 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 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 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 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=""> <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 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. 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) 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... ...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 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=" Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:57:53 EST Ground Hog Day? 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. 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 Pedaling as fast as I can When things get busy something has to give. Blogging was one of the things. Responding to blogs was spotty. I did show up at SP so my 876 day log in streak is still intact. I have been trying to not stress about hosting as much as I did for Thanksgiving. Stuff is working out okay. <BR> <BR> What has helped is defining things. Having a plan, a to do list, prioritizing. <BR> <BR> Reading my friends blogs here at SP have helped me so much, you guys are truly a gift. <BR> <BR> I am seizin... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:36:17 EST SIP MINDFULLY Holiday Spirits abound. When I read Dr. Susan Albers STEPS TO SIP MINDFULLY it reminded me that we can have flavor without some of those calorie laden drinks. Below are her steps to savor our liquids: <BR> <BR> "STEPS TO SIP MINDFULLY <BR> <BR> S Sit down. Get comfortable. <BR> <BR> I Involve all of your senses. Sniff the aroma. Feel the heat or coolness on your hands. Watch the steam rising. Feel the bubbles on your tongue. <BR> <BR> P Present when you drink. Be-in-the moment. Let go of ... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:04:10 EST Time is Flying! Pressure! So much to do so little time. Something's got to give. And what have been giving up is blogging, time spent her on SP, reading my friends blogs. <BR> <BR> At least Christmas Eve's Dinner is planned. Saved the menu from last year. Tree is up, a faux 4 footer this year so everyone will fit into the living room for dinner. <BR> <BR> I do so love ONEKIDSMOM's daily "Reminders to self". It is simple and maintainable during this busy time of year. <BR> <BR> In order to add a bit of tension, be... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 13:25:58 EST At first I was afraid, I was petrified.... <em>335</em> <BR> At first I was afraid <BR> I was petrified.... <BR> Kept thinking I could never do Thanksgiving <BR> Thank heavens you were by my side <BR> But then I spent so many nights <BR> Thinking how it all could go wrong <BR> And you helped me grow strong <BR> And I learned how to get along <BR> And so now I'm back <BR> From outer space <BR> I just walked in to find you here <BR> With a smile upon your face <BR> I should have not used that stupid lock <BR> I should known you'd ha... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:21:29 EST Que sera, sera.... <em>335</em> <BR> "..... Whatever will be, will be <BR> The future's not ours to see <BR> Que sera, sera <BR> What will be, will be." <BR> <BR> Thank heavens for the blogs here at SP. They definitely help me gain perspective. ONEKIDSMOM wrote of the forecast for her race: "When there's nothing much to be done about it....The weather will do what the weather will do." <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037573 </link> <BR> <BR> MARINGAL wrot... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:20:48 EST Stress is a call to action? ...perhaps. For me right now it is a call to panic. The perfectionist within has visions of the beautiful Thanksgiving table being set. I opted to order dinner, dinner for eight. It was a stretch... but doable. After I ordered, I was informed that my nephews plans fell through and they both would be coming to dinner too. We had invited SIL because I believe no one should be alone on a holiday. <BR> <BR> So back to stress is a call to action. ONEKIDSMOM wrote Spark Chapter 3 - Stress: T... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:43:26 EST Decreasing the Drama ... make a plan This windy weekend was spent in a cabin. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No TV, no computer. Hubby and I laid down plans for Thanksgiving and worked on our Christmas list. Getting dark early meant getting to bed early. However sleeping was another matter. My middle son had difficulties sleeping and keep me up most of the night. At 4 am I told him that it was still dark and we should be sleeping. <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:38:54 EST Drat, I'm hosting again. Talk about creating drama. Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner have yet again fallen to me. <BR> I do not like hosting these festive feasts. <BR> I've only been hosting for about five years or so and managed to update the standard fare to yummy healthier alternatives. <BR> <BR> I do a low key Christmas Day Dinner and invite someone that may be all alone.That was a tradition I started, just setting an extra plate for someone. That is more my style. Low key. Less perfection. Although th... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:06:46 EST Back to the routine? After spending a wonderful week with my grands, I'm back to ... <BR> New 21 day meditation. <BR> November's 5 day clean eating and fitness challenge. <BR> Already got in 25 minutes with classical stretch this morning. <BR> Hmmm. <BR> Being away from home did change my eating habits... plus it helped that it wasn't my kitchen. :) I wasn't that active as I spent much quality time snuggling with the 3 week old. There is nothing quite like a baby sleeping on your chest. I could feel my blood pre... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 09:10:18 EST Up, up and away.... My presence on SP will be limited this coming week as I will be busy playing on the floor with my grands. <BR> Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:41:50 EST Oh my! Always something to fret over. My son's MRI seems to show that his disc is herniated again. My middle son is doing well,and also did well with blood being drawn and getting his flu shot. Hubby is dealing with a mild virus. <BR> As for me, what mother doesn't worry about her children, even if they are now adults. Today I go to the doc and will see how my blood pressure is doing. (think I should meditate first, eh?) And yes get on the scale. Sunday I am supposed to go back to Syracuse to be a mother's helper with my grands. ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:31:16 EST Drama, Drama. Drama I feel like I have fallen off the wagon and into a ditch. <BR> First the good news: <BR> I have a new granddaughter. We went up to stay with with the other grands while mom was recovering in the hospital. <BR> Now for the stressful news: <BR> My middle son's pacemaker will need to be replaced soon. Trying to explain that he will need new batteries is about all he can comprehend. He doesn't know about upcoming surgery. But I still have about 8-11 months to fret over this. <BR> My youngest s... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:58:31 EST Beck Trek ReBoot ... Oh Well! At first I was thinking "Epic Fail" on doing this reboot. <BR> Then I thought what can I give myself credit for: <BR> - I did focus on and manage to be 98 % compliant with a 5 day clean eating and fitness challenge. I am prepping to do another that starts on Monday. <BR> - My two social adventures did not led me down the path of total destruction. Yes I did splurge, but reigned it in so it wasn't excessive. <BR> - Had water with meals (no soda) <BR> - Adhered to my rule of dink or dessert,... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:21:52 EST Beck is Working Yesterday was an adventure to the shore. The salt air and the sound of the waves were very soothing and the gentle breeze cooled the run's rays. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hunger or thirst. It was more thirst. Water... lots of water fit the bill. (plus it saved on the bill.) <BR> Even though my choices were not what I would consider optimal, the sizing of my portions was stellar. I think I would had felt ill had... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:07:40 EST Beck Trek ReBoot Days 11, 12 & 13 - Screeching Halt Say what? Yes I said halt, because this is where I need to focus and practice - Differentiate between Hunger; Desire, and Cravings, and Overcoming Cravings <BR> <BR> Day 11 Gauging my hunger. <BR> This is one I need to practice. being accustomed to casting aside my needs, I have totally lost my ability to gauge my hunger. All I need in the morning is coffee. Perhaps liquids are messing with my ability to to determine my hunger level. Another thing I have noticed is that it is said that we... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:31:53 EST Beck Trek ReBoot Days 8, 9 & 10 Day 8 - Create Time and Energy <BR> <BR> Have to devote time to it I loved CSHULLCSHELLS's perspective: <BR> "make it a job. With a job, it becomes your priority. You don’t tell your boss that you have to stay home today because you aren’t feeling well, or because you just don’t have the energy. You don’t throw your job out the window because ..." <BR> <BR> The 5 Day Cleaning Eating Challenge took effort and commitment. What was the end result success. Just because it is a priority. <BR> <... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:37:23 EST Beck Trek ReBoot Chapters 3, 4 & 5 The characteristics of thin people. <BR> <BR> 1 Confuse hunger with desire to eat. <BR> ( Nope... My bad for giving into my desires, I know I should be hungry.) <BR> <BR> 2.Thin people may feel hunger and cravings but they don't dwell on these feelings. <BR> ( I do dwell on the cravings. Hungry I do not have as much of an issue with.) <BR> <BR> 3. Eat until reasonably full. <BR> (Have had difficulty with feeling fullness. Sometimes would not feel full until up to 40 minutes after a mea... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 13:08:03 EST Beck Reboot - Chapters 1 & 2 Sorry I'm a little late to the party, but doing this is so worth it. <BR> I first did Beck back in September 2009 and revisited it, well this may be my third revisit. So why am I doing it again? It is good to hon skills and expand upon what is already in place. Previously I may not have been ready to master a skill. Believe me it is worth it because these skills empower you. <BR> <BR> Chapter 1 <BR> I was quite pleased that I have put into practice many of the skills that Dr. Beck listed. <B... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 08:58:25 EST Been Working on other stuff than BecK. Just finished a "5 Day Clean Eating Challenge" which included 25 minutes of fitness and drinking half your body weight in ounces. I wanted to focus on this and was glad I did. Now I can turn my attention back onto to Beck. <BR> some good things about the challenge I just completed, <BR> I stayed on plan 95%, had trouble getting all the water in and got moving more. <BR> As for the food I did have to sample the spiked watermelon I made for Wine down Wednesday. And there were other samplings, ... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 11:19:00 EST 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