NANCY-'s SparkPeople Blog NANCY-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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.... 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 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