NIGHTSKYSTAR's SparkPeople Blog NIGHTSKYSTAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community friday wasnt happy with one of yesterdays cakes so got up early early and redid it. hopefully its good now because no time to do it again!!! <BR> grey and threatening rain here..i dont like rain during the day. love it at night..but day..ugh!! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:15:40 EST thursday ahh i believe my wonderful downward trend is now at a screeching halt. I gained today..not much but a gain..and thats what usually happens when i'm going to hit a plateau again..and its ok...i have lost over 20 pounds in a month after a 3 month i'm happy happy!! Wish it had waited till my big goal was met, but this is phenominal as far as i'm concerned!!! <BR> Cakes to do today...still trying to get that #$%! swimming pool steps finished...and thats about it! Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:33:46 EST Weds annnd another half a pound today...i dont know whats going on but i'm not complaining!! I broke the scale jumping habit years ago and went with the general recommendation of only weighing once a week to avoid discouragement..and when i was stalled even that was too much..but when i'm dropping like this!! <BR> so i'm 3 1/2 pounds away from my jan 1 goal. and hoping my body doesnt play its "lets drive her nuts and stall for months again" game..ESPECIALLY now. Why this number is so important i d... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:23:35 EST tuesday... and another 2 pounds today!! for fun i got on the downstairs scale a minute weighs me as less than the upstairs one,,and i'd rather err on the up side so i use that one. but...for fun i got on downstairs and i was under my goal for the end of the year!!!! i'm going to have to adjust again....and thats a wonderful thing!! Keto ROCKS!!! <BR> PS..i have not seen this number since september of 1977. seriously. i'm pre college weight!!! Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:13:13 EST happy monday this keto thing is just a miracle. I'm 6.5 months in...and even now..another 6 pounds gone this week!!! i'm 6 pounds away from the goal i set myself for January 1. 74 pounds down in 6.5 months..its surgery, no pills, no shakes, nothing special to buy, no hunger, no cravings..totally a miracle. And all my labs are doc is happy...i feel good... <BR> thanks to my kid for telling me about this..and my guy for being so totally supportive. now its not i wonder if i can..its... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:26:23 EST Thursday sunny again but way too hot for my liking. i got about 3 hours worth of mowing done yesterday..headed out to try and finish up..but i still have the entire back , part of one side, and part of the front to finish..and with a broken blade that leaves a mohawk of grass i have to go over everything twice. really sucks..but i dont know how to drop the deck to change the blades, and i cant afford the $100 house call to get the mower dude to come do it for me. Blades are $50..and thats going to be ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:23:14 EST sunny weds!! yay the sun is finally out!! woohoo!! but now i have to mow the lawn..LOL!!! <BR> oh well. have to deliver a rush order cake first..then home to do it. Enjoy the day, all!! Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:04:54 EST Rainy Tuesday LOL to my friend Cat...i like rain..sometimes..but this is getting close to biblical proportions....but..better than heat!! <BR> good news..i got weighed this morning and i'm down almost another 2...i guess my binge week at Disney kind of jump started me again...stall is done!!! hoping i can make my new years goal now!! Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:07:17 EST Rainy days and mondays... and even worse when its both together. not a nice day. got the price checking done on a new project. banking done. gas for car and mower. and thats about it...well i did a workout..but i always do a <BR> anyhow. dont want to have any of my bad day rubbing off on anyone else. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 18:29:58 EST sunday up early did a workout at lucy out. and her pills in her...shortly headed for the horse helper will come to stay with Lucy right after i leave so i dont have to be worrying about her all day. <BR> Hopefully the weather holds..we had a horrid season last year with rain every single day of our club shows says the morning will be nice but rain moving in late in the will have to keep things moving along. <BR> then a much easier cake week this week so hopefu... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 06:00:07 EST Saturday 2 cakes picked up..have to go deliver a wedding cake, home get ready for the horse show, deliver another one, print out the show and get everything set. yeesh!! Busy Busy! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:00:52 EST Friday all cakes are FINISHED!! several were picked up today, 2 going out first thing in the morning, then i have to deliver the rest. <BR> chicken last night was wonderful..chicken isnt my favorite, so its nice to find a way i DO enjoy it!! <BR> workout done..i've made my 5% loss for my challenge group...happy!! Fri, 2 Jun 2017 17:10:18 EST Thursday Just put chicken in to brine...smoker will be fired up this afternoon!! I have 19 cakes for the weekend..headed over to flat frost and build the wedding cakes. Tired..stayed up way too late talking but hes worth it! <BR> i am not a chicken fan, but my son assures me that brining for 5 hours, then a rub with salt/pepper and garlic powder, using a mix of hickory and a little mesquite, is going to have me loving it. we shall see...i got a package of 4 leg/thigh quarters, so im gonna have to li... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:03:49 EST weds up really early did a workout and went to the bakery. got 7 cakes baked, an apple pie and a raspberry pie. REALLY busy week, plus the first horse show is sunday, which always is the worst...then i have a couple days this point, anyhow!! Wed, 31 May 2017 12:41:48 EST tuesday long day...had to go a size smaller jeans!! and all the baking stuff for the week and the horse show stuff too. then home, had to do a cake, then worked on another job. now have to take lucy for a walk! Tue, 30 May 2017 18:38:39 EST Memorial Day Please take a moment from your barbecues and festivities to remember the brave soldiers that gave all for our great country, and their families. And then, maybe..another thank you for all the service people that are serving now, and the veterans that have served. <BR> I know i give them all my family members that served through 3 wars. <BR> Thank you. Mon, 29 May 2017 12:15:07 EST sunday lawn is mowed, pool is almost full, grilled a steak for supper, 2 laundries done..great day!! Sun, 28 May 2017 20:29:12 EST Saurday all cakes done!!! all meetings pickup at noon and i have 2 days OFF!! Sat, 27 May 2017 11:34:36 EST friday long, rough day. wasnt feeling well this morning..had cakes to do. got all but one finished will have to get up mega early to get it done, at least it isnt too too difficult..just time consuming. did a half hearted workout..hard when your head is pounding. around 1 or 2 it was like someone waved a wand and it all i brought my girl in, worked on cutting out quilt pieces while she snoozed. about to go cook supper..smoked pork hash with bacon and a big spinach salad...yum!!! Fri, 26 May 2017 18:39:28 EST thursday ugh..yesterday i had horrid vision problems..blurring and double vision. scared me just a headache, so i'm pretty sure it was a migraine. havent had one in ages, thank goodness. <BR> too many cakes to be done to have this problem!! Thu, 25 May 2017 12:17:51 EST wednesday challenge up early to the cupcake and large cake order finished just in time for pickup. all but one other cake is baked for the a used a/c carried in but my helper is coming this evening to help me put it and Lucys in..then shes going to carry all the boxes that are trash down from the attic..i cant carry on the stairs with my knee. <BR> i could go to bed right now..but too much to do!! Wed, 24 May 2017 13:39:14 EST Tuesday agh dentist--my favorite thing..NOT!! <BR> then quick trip for bakery staples, and home to bake and clean. 2 more boxes in attic (i always say 2 then do 4 or 5) its coming along..i almost have one whole wall done!! I will really be able to see the progress when my helper comes to carry all the garbage down the stairs..i have boxes on boxes of stuff going to the trash. then i'll have some more room to work..i'm finding such treasures..a GORGEOUS painting done by my mom...some of my old trophie... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:55:45 EST Monday OMG that smoked pork was pure heaven...and i have plenty for the next bunch of days!! love love love my smoker birthday present!!! <BR> <BR> its rainy and chilly..have a cake to bake and attic to work on-workout is done. and then i may just take it easy for once!! Mon, 22 May 2017 10:11:00 EST Sunday the attic is coming along. I mowed the entire mowable land yesterday..i usually do it in stages but looks like rain the next couple days and its growing like a jungle so i took the 3 and something hours and just did it...acreage is great..till you have to mow it with a mower that needs new blades!!! <BR> cakes are done..last one being picked up in half an hour...and then its back to the attic till smoker start time..i'm smoking a bone in pork loin today. yum!!! <BR> workout already ... Sun, 21 May 2017 09:49:57 EST Saturday First..Lucy. I grilled a strip steak last night. cut half of it up into tiny peices, and mixed it in with some kibble. Sat on the floor with her giant head in my lap and hand fed her bits. At first, she refused..then it got the best of her and she took a nibble..then another. then she left my lap and put her paws around the bowl and nibbled more. she ate most of the meat and a little of the kibble..this morning she is more longer disoriented and her tail is wagging again. big sigh... Sat, 20 May 2017 09:49:47 EST friday busy day. workout..baked cakes, shopped, up to attic got rid of 5 more boxes. back to bakery to flat frost everything. back home to bring Lucy in..she isnt feeling well the heat wreaks havoc with her and even though it cooled off today shes refused to eat for 4 days now, doesnt want walks, just laying there. I'm really worried about her and hope she can snap out of it soon. Fri, 19 May 2017 18:41:35 EST thursday sad of my favorite musicians is dead. Rest in Peace Chris Cornell. We lost a major talent with you... <BR> <BR> Its a sunny, hot day here..thank goodness tomorrow we go back down into the 50s. today i'm taking advantage, though, and giving my girl a bath..shes a smelly doggie right now. plus it will cool her down..she suffers in the heat probably more than me. I always can always put on a sweater to warm up, but theres just so much you can take off. I so hate heat.... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:05:39 EST tuesday ugh. hot here (not as hot as you, clue how you do it). have to finish a cake, but no baking thank goodness..bakery needs a new a/c but i cant afford it yet so it will have to wait and i'll have to suffer. <BR> My wonderful old stone house is still lovely cool, though, so hopefully Lucy and i will survive the 2 days of 80s till it goes back to a reasonable temp. oh how i hate the heat!! <BR> i'll get the pool connected today and start cleaning hopefully it will be ready to swi... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:18:43 EST Tuesday on the scale today..i'm officially 60 pounds down since the first of november!! WOO HOO!! <BR> Keto on people, keto on! Tue, 16 May 2017 09:43:37 EST Monday Cakes are in the oven, the sun is out. NOT looking forward to the heat coming our way for wednesday and thursday. Hope it passes quickly and brings back my cool air... <BR> lots on my list for today..better get to it! Mon, 15 May 2017 10:46:07 EST Happy Mothers Day! A happy day to all Moms, be it human, or if you have a pet, or even just are kind to the neighborhood kids! <BR> I am up early to bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for my stepdads May cookie of the month..they are coming to lunch today. <BR> I'm also doing a quick clean..they most likely wont go farther than the kitchen, but i need it done!! <BR> have a great day! Sun, 14 May 2017 08:09:30 EST Saturday long day coming. i have to run my poor dying car in to town to get some flowers for my mom. clean the downstairs. <BR> bake cookies. <BR> already horked a huge box of old magazines down the attic stairs for someone to pick up..glad to find them a home rather than have to trash them. They are old horse magazines, and i know this is only the first box of many..and this girl said she would like them all...yay!! More room in the bin for the massive amounts of purging i'm doing!! <BR> Then have t... Sat, 13 May 2017 10:08:46 EST friday got the lawn mowed, workout done, and lucy walk yesterday. didnt get boxes in attic and quilt pieces cut. but hey...i got a lot accomplished!! <BR> Todays list is long, too..but i think i can finish this one! Fri, 12 May 2017 00:36:33 EST thursday argh my list isnt going to get done today..had 2 pretty involved cakes and JUST got done, so i have to prioritize. <BR> Beachbody is non negotiable so after Lucy has her lunch and goes out i will do that. May not get anything done in the attic today, or the lawn mowed, or more quilt pieces cut. <BR> Lucy, however, WILL get her long afternoon walk! <BR> So, just have to compromise, right? Thu, 11 May 2017 13:07:49 EST weds Cakes are baked..while they were baking i cut out my quilt pieces for today..and got tomorrows done, too!! so i'm ahead on that. Busy day..need to do a beachbody workout, purge 2 more boxes from the attic, finish my moms mothers day present, and work on horse show stuff....and then get Lucyfur for her walk!! Wed, 10 May 2017 11:05:10 EST Tuesday snow snow snow i love it! Tue, 9 May 2017 10:38:01 EST Monday Such a nice day with Katie and Jamey yesterday!! I love when my kids come here.... <BR> Woke up to snow this pretty....I think its giving me one last lovely morning before the dreaded heat comes. i was going to hook up pool last week, glad i didnt. Wouldnt want frozen lines!! <BR> Lights back on in car..just got off phone with mechanic. he assures me its the stuff through the lines that he had me put in then he'll reset again. if they come on again i need an electrical g... Mon, 8 May 2017 10:21:56 EST sunday rainy, chilly day but the sun is out in my house my daughter is coming for her birthday celebration..i just finished her smells good wish i could have some!! I have the kitchen whipped into shape..just have to pick up the family room and living rooms..bathrooms are clean and her boyfriend is going to change a high bulb for me..i dont dare get up that high with my leg. <BR> when i finish picking up i can just relax...Poor Lucy is filthy even after the bath we gave her a week ago. i s... Sun, 7 May 2017 09:54:02 EST Saturday got a cake in the oven already for my daughters birthday celebration tomorrow. She wants grilled burgers and chips and lucky this year its an easy one!! I was at disney when it was her real birthday, plus she had to work, so tomorrow will be nice to have her for more than an hour!! <BR> still have to do some cleaning..yesterday it was its supposed to be 70..tomorrow and monday snow again. welcome to the Adirondacks!!! LOL!! <BR> also have to do my walking, and run t... Sat, 6 May 2017 10:13:40 EST friday sigh. My dear friend has left. So, so happy for her being done with this ordeal, but i will so miss her!!! Her company was good for me, she got me moving on some things (my yard looks better than it did when i bought the place, and she had me up in the attic wonderful!!) and i really dont like being alone so that was a blessing, too. <BR> for good news...i'm back to my pre-disney weight...wahoo!!! took longer than that at christmas when i only took 3 days off, wasnt even really ... Fri, 5 May 2017 10:32:35 EST thurs Busy day...have to run some porch chair cushions to my mom. then dawn to her cancer treatment...this is her last day with me...her husband picks her up at 7:30 tomorrow morning, then she will have one more on Monday but Greg will bring her to it. I will miss having her here but so, so glad she is done with this ordeal!! Six weeks went by in a flash!!! <BR> Then i have some other stuff to do this afternoon, and maybe another couple boxes in the attic, we will see. Supper is made..leftover keto... Thu, 4 May 2017 09:37:01 EST weds worked really hard in the attic today..purged at least 20 boxes..some things kept, most things tossed..some to garage sale and some to give away. It will take me months even at this pace to finish it..but any headway is good headway, right?? Wed, 3 May 2017 20:54:24 EST tuesday so far so good...its getting easier. By friday i should be done the hunger and cravings and well on my way to my new goal!! Tue, 2 May 2017 10:02:12 EST 5/1 Happy May day! <BR> so so sick of the rain...hoping it moves on SOON, but huge fan of the cooler weather. <BR> Today starts a new challenge for me...trying to lose 28 pounds by the end of the summer. Dont know if i can, my loss has slowed significantly, but i'm sure going to try!! Thats. 4 months for 28 pounds...7 pounds a month. Doable for most but for slow losers not so much... Mon, 1 May 2017 10:21:40 EST sunday starting a new challenge tomorrow..very excited about it!! <BR> After the wonderful Disney trip i'm struggling to stay keto. I'm 2 days in...i know that it might take a week to get back into ketosis and have the cravings and hunger gone. I'm not at all HUNGRY, just craving sweet and starchy. So, i'm eating more of good keto foods to make up for it, and my weight was up some today. I will weigh tomorrow, then not again for a week....and will hope to see a good movement down!!! <BR> Its all in... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:44:24 EST confession ok so. i went to disney. first time ever. vacation of a lifetime. and i took full advantage and ate everything in sight. I was so worried i would gain 30 pounds...i got home and had gained 4. WOW!! and now back on keto its GONE, and i'm even down point 2 from my last weigh in on my challenge team. <BR> Would i suggest doing what i did? NO WAY..but, you see, i am money poor. I cant do fact this is my first one since 2008. so i weighed my options, and know the opportunity wont be... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:37:20 EST Sunday I've not been good with my blogs. I have a friend staying with me during her cancer treatments, and i take her back and forth, then have to work, I dont have much online time. <BR> Its a glorious day here...sun is out its warm..i will miss my beloved snow but its nice to be out in shorts and a t shirt!! hard to believe we got 6" of snow friday night, and today its <BR> My kids bought me a smoker for my son, the experienced smokemaster, is here for the weekend. w... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 12:55:48 EST Sunday Spent the morning organizing everything to do my taxes. Took FOREVER, but now it's just adding stuff up and plugging it in to turbo tax. Maybe someday I'll learn to do it month by month instead!!! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:26:48 EST Sunday Spent the morning organizing everything to do my taxes. Took FOREVER, but now it's just adding stuff up and plugging it in to turbo tax. Maybe s Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:26:21 EST Snow!!! <img src=""> Lucy is buried in it lol..42" is hard to slog through!!! Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:38:18 EST