ONE6OH's SparkPeople Blog ONE6OH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Double Nickle I was blessed to see another birthday last week. I never thought I would be happy to turn 55, yet I am. Why? <BR> <BR> 1. I am in reasonably good health, despite the excess 50 pounds. My doctor even said so. <BR> 2. I now qualify for a few senior citizen discounts. <BR> 3. I see light at the end of the work tunnel. Retiring at 60. ( Please God?) <BR> 4. I can still do what I want with my life <BR> <BR> I am choosing to keep on Sparking and working towards my goal. I feel discouraged oft... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 00:26:44 EST I'm Baaa-aakkkkk! I have been MIA for a few months for various , though not good reasons. I have been going through the motions and feeling miserable. I missed SP but could not motivate myself to get back into the fold. It seems as if I have been just wandering aimlessly through my journey to a healthier and lighter me. I havent exercised, other than some gardneing and a few days of mall walking, for over a month. Surprisingly, I havent gained more weight. Thats probably because its so hot here and I have bee... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 04:30:57 EST March Madness It took me until March to get some consistency and dedication to this lifestyle change I am so desperately seeking. It took me getting mad at me for my many moments of weakness. I started the month doing the Daniel Fast which was pretty good but after a week I faltered. I got back up and kept chugging. I exercise an average of 5 days a week. I ate better and worked harder. I have lost a total of 6 pounds and I feel great. Anxious to keep it up in April. I know that the more I am engaged with ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:40:16 EST My Weakest January I have no exercise minutes for this month. I have less than 200 points for this month. My SPARK friends have been inquiring as to my whereabouts. I have been feeling yucky and less than motivated. I know my weak showing is in part because I have not been faithful by logging on each day and interacting with SP. I'm back and committed. I really do love me, I just need to do a better job of taking care of me. <BR> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 01:58:08 EST Defies Logic People with Acid Reflux Disease should: <BR> -Avoid greasy, spicy foods <BR> - Avoid eating late or close to bed time <BR> - Eat smaller meals <BR> This weekend, I was out of control. I broke all these rules and I am <BR> now paying dearly for my gastronomical transgressions. <BR> <BR> Why cant I stop this????? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>198</em> <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>198</em> <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>198</em> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 22:19:11 EST Before and After I have become mildly obsessed with Before and After weight loss pictures. I find the blogs, videos and stories to be so motivating. I want so badly to achieve a significant weight loss so that I can post my own success story. This is my new motivator to stay the course. <BR> <BR> All these stories have three common elements. 1) Commitment. They were determined to reach their goal. 2) Challenging. One must understand that the journey will not be easy. 3) Perseverance. You have to be willi... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 20:58:39 EST My Birthday Thank to God I celebrated another birthday today. I am now 54 years old. I have a lot to be thankful for and I begin each day acknowledging this. Today I treated myself to a mani/pedi and got my hair done. I had a sensible breakfast and a very light lunch. We had dinner at Carrabba's Italian grill. I had the grilled chicken and spinach with garden salad. I did indulge a bit much with the hot <BR> bread dipped in roasted garlic and herbs and olive oil. Yum. <BR> <BR> I also received nice gi... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 00:37:58 EST Surgery Update I am feeling a lot better today. I have been on an emotional rollercoaster the last five days. The pain meds probably attributed to much of my ride. I have been having one big ole funky pity party. <BR> <BR> "Poor me, I cant get comfortable, why me lord, I cant rub my feet , my arm hurts, my body is betraying me, I'm getting old and falling apart, I cant exercise, now I'm really gonna get fatter, I cant comb/curl my hair, Oh the pain, I'm bored , yada yada yada!" <BR> <BR> This barrage ... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:44:00 EST Surgery Tomorrow I am having shoulder surgery tomorrow. I tore the rotator cuff of the right arm. I could not stand the pain and limited range of motion any longer. Will have to wear a special sling for six weeks. not sure how it will affect my computing skills. Say a prayer for me. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> <em>198</em> <em>273</em> <em>234</em> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 23:24:06 EST My 35 Year Class Reunion Class reunions are pretty big in my city. My high school no longer exists physically, but in the hearts of the students that graduated from Charlton-Pollard High, the memories of our passage lives on. The school lasted for 75 years, from 1900 to 1975. I graduated in the last class, 1975. <BR> <BR> We reunite every 5 years. We pay yearly dues and throw a big after Thanksgiving Day Dance annually to raise funds to defray the cost of the reunion. <BR> <BR> The actual reunion is a three day ev... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 00:00:16 EST A Short Getaway We went to Galveston Island for a couple of days of sun and fun. The beach was great. The rolling waves of the surf, the balmy air and sea breeze was very calming to me. I soaked it all in and relaxed. I ate light and drank lots of water. <BR> <BR> We left Galveston and went to Houston for two more days. We stayed near the Galleria and literally shopped til we dropped. I have never enjoyed shopping with my husband and sons. This time was totally different. Maybe because the boys are older.... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:19:21 EST So Much for a Daily Blog... I was blindsided, I fell off the wagon, I dropped the ball, I got caught up in life and the holiday hoopla. Well, you get the picture. I did all the things I vowed I would avoid and neglected to do some of the things I said I would do for the past three days. Yet still I rise! Battered but not broken. I know I can never give up or loose hope. I know in my heart that my goals are obtainable, I just have to want them more than I want the food. <BR> <BR> I can do all things through Christ, who... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 00:34:24 EST Day Three Worked over today and it threw a kink in my plans. I guess thats why you shoud have a plan B. I did however log in my food. Even the dreaded fried shrimp ( 6) and ten fries. I managed to still be in my calorie range. I also had my water but did not make it to the gym because I worked over so late. Anyway, tomorrow is another day. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 21:59:23 EST Day Two of Lifestyle Change. Today I completed all my mini goals. <BR> 1. Ate three healthy meals and two snacks. <BR> 2. Kept and accurate food journal. <BR> 3. Consumed 9 glasses of water <BR> 4. Worked out at gym for 60 minutes <BR> 5. Refuted all negative thoughts as soon as they entered my mind. <BR> <BR> I plan to blog daily to keep me accountable. Knowing I have to write about my habits will make me work harder to meet my goals. Good or bad I think seeing my actions in writing will help me stay focused. <BR> <... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:56:50 EST Better Day Today! Well today was much better. I stuck to my meal plan and got in an hour of exercise. I didn't log in my food but, tomorrow is another day. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:56:46 EST Stop the Train! I want back on! I feel like I am chasing a fast moving train, on crutches. My life lately has been in overdrive. I have been consumed with health issues and comfort food. I eat mindlessly then feel depressed because I have little energy and no will power. I realize what is happening, yet I feel powerless to drag my butt out of the situation. <BR> <BR> Today I went to work with my breakfast of fiber one cereal, skim milk and a peach for breakfast. I had fresh spinach and mushrooms salad with balsamic vinaig... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:16:55 EST Just when I thought It was safe to Breath.... As some of you may know, I have been having some medical issues. Anyway, after being poked and prodded I found out that I didnt have some wretched disease and was quite pleased. I still have undiagnosed symptoms however. <BR> I try to take care of myself and do all the things reccomended like, get check ups and pay attention to my body and not ignore certain symptoms. Now I feel that I put too much faith in doctors and modern medicine. It seems I am more stressed about my health than I sho... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 22:49:16 EST Good News I got my results from my temporal artery biopsy today. There was no evidence of temporal arteritis in either artery biopsy. So that means I do not have this disease and should be decreasing the steroids until I am off completely. Praise be to God!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 22:25:03 EST Increased Appetite! I have been having the urge to graze since the holiday. I find myself munching sweets. I really believe that the more sugary stuff you eat the more your body wants. I pulled out the low carb cook books for inspirations. I'm not quite sure if it is in my mind or if this is really a reaction to the prednisone. Anyway I have been trying to stay on my regimen. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have my temporal artery biopsy. Will report more as I know more. <BR> God is in control! <em>40</em> <em>29</em> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 20:08:48 EST A Compassionate Doctor! Although I hate the idea of cloning, The Rheumatologist I met yesterday set a new standard that I wish all doctors followed. He was patient and interested in knowing all about me. Not just my physical maladies but my mental state as well. He wanted to know about my home life, if I felt safe, if I felt supported and if I had help with day to day activities at home. He examined me, held my hand and made me feel that whatever was going on with my body, we would address it . I felt so at ease. ... Fri, 28 May 2010 05:54:09 EST One Prayer Answered! Good news yesterday. I was able to get an appointment with a local rheumatologist. This alone has removed a tremendous amount of stress. I really did not want to travel 90 miles to Houston to see a doctor on a regular basis. There are about 3 million people in that city and they all drive cars............. dangerously. Anyway I go this morning and will keep you posted on my status. <BR> <BR> God is so good to me!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> Thu, 27 May 2010 01:47:01 EST Hard to Focus I have been having a hard time staying on track. I seem to be grazing mindlessly. I have been exercising more and trying to drink more water to sate my appetite. The thing is, I seem to want to eat more. Is it in my mind? Is it really the steroids I have to take? When I am aware that I am doing it I immediately stop and drink a big glass of water. I will be more vigiliant this week. The weekend tends to make me more lax. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>198</em> <em>91</em> <em>29</em> Mon, 24 May 2010 00:45:06 EST No Steroids Please! I am trying to deal with my health issues. I am now taking prednisone for the inflammation. I must take this until I see a specialist next month. I was so worried about the potential weight gain, that I actually considered not taking it. I realized that it would be foolish to jeopardize my health for the sake of vanity. <BR> <BR> I researched steroid use and weight gain and armed myself to fight this battle. I found that the weight gain is from increased appetite and fluid retention. To com... Wed, 12 May 2010 00:27:14 EST Trying to Keep it Together I went to the doctor Tuesday and told him about my head aches. He checked the usual ears nose and throat. Then xrayed my sinus and had blood drawn for a sed rate to determine if there was some inflammation. He suggested that I may have something called temporal arteritis( Inflammation of the temporal artery) although my temples did not hurt. He gave me a Rx for an anti-inflammatory and ordered a CT scan. <BR> <BR> Today he called and said the Sed Rate was high and that he wanted me to see a... Thu, 6 May 2010 00:44:24 EST Falling Apart I worked graveyards last night and came home with a headache. It felt strange because I don't really have headaches. A sinus headache now and then or a tension headache. I took two tylenols, a shower and went to bed after work. When I woke up, the headache was still there and now my head feels like its big and achy in front and back. Since I tend to imagine the worse possible thing when I am sick, I began to freak. Of course this made it worse. It occurred to me to take my blood pressure,... Tue, 4 May 2010 00:19:02 EST Grieving My favorite sister-in-law died unexpectedly today. Our family is numb with grief. Cookie was truly an angel and will be greatly missed. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel to attend her funeral. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <em>39</em> <em>39</em> <em>39</em> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:02:22 EST Celebrating the Little Achievements. I was reminded today to celebrate my achievements no matter how small. I didnt think much about the "Consistency" trophy I recieved today until I read a blog posted by a SP friend. That simple post made me realize that a positive accomplishment no matter how small should be celebrated. <BR> Thanks SP friends for constant support and insight. Mon, 5 Apr 2010 22:15:00 EST Volunteer Overload Well, I have overloaded my plate again with too much stuff. (NOT FOOD) It starts off innocently enough. A request to "HELP" with this committee, to " PLAN" this outing, to " ORGANIZE" this event. Before I realized what was happening, I was in over my head with extra outside activities. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy doing things for my church, my kid's schools, my family and my community. I have over extended myself and now I am trying not to be resentful because I have little time for me. I sac... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:54:12 EST Three Week Hiatus I have worked out three days this week. This is the firs time I got some serious exercise done in three weeks. Its been one thing after another. First the incessant rains. Then it was the heel spur that made walking painful. After you stay out for a few weeks it makes it hard to get back in the routine. I feel great. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous tomorrow and I plan to work my flower beds . Weeding, pruning, planting , mulching, lifting and hauling. Very physical and very fulfilling... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 23:15:33 EST My Abyss I have not been to the gym in over a week. I am craving and eating sweets like there is no tomorrow. <em>29</em> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> I feel myself at the brink of a chocolate drenched decadent dessert abyss. On top of this, my feet hurt. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day and there are no sweets in the house so I am looking forward to a better day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 21:41:29 EST I'm Just Not Into It... I am having a hard time focusing. I Spark almost daily which is good and I exercise at least three times a week. I can not, however, get back in the groove of eating healthy foods daily. I think the weather has me lethargic and craving comfort foods. I have gained back at least 5 pounds. I'm just not into it. <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:41:52 EST Searching for Balance THE GOOD- Exercised at gym and home for four days so far this week. Had lots of fruits and vegetables each day. I drank 8 or more glasses of water each day so far. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> THE BAD- Did not keep food records. Did not blog or huddle like I had planned. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <em>2</em> <em>2</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> THE UGLY- Consumed massive qu... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 20:18:34 EST Last Walk for the Year! I did it. The sky was clear and the air was cold ( for here anyway) I did not make it to the gym but I did put on my new easy tones and an old hooded warmup and walked briskly in the neighborhood for thirty five minutes. My nose was cold and runny but I felt great. Even my husband agreed he felt better after out walk. <BR> <BR> As I walked, I reflected on the multitude of blessings I have to be thankful for. I gave God the glory and thanked him. To my Spark family, I pray your New Year i... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 18:39:23 EST Hiking in Stilettos For the past two months I have been emotionally drained and in the dumps. I have been having anxiety attacks , heart palpitations , heartburn and unexplained aches and pains. I have lost weight simply because I could not eat. I have been so worried about my health ( which probably contributes to the anxiety) that I forget to eat. After several doctors visits and various test, I was told that my heart is fine and I am just stressed. For the first time in my life I have not been excited abou... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 06:41:14 EST The Short Version Been having a hard time lately. Incessant heartburn, belching and reflux no matter what I eat. Loosing weight simply because I do not have much of an appetite. Heart palpitations , stress induced, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Under achieving teen also a stressor. Resolved to take myself to counseling and to put me first. Exercise has been helping. Seeking support from my SP family. Wounded but not broken. Prayers requested. This too shall pass. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:45:50 EST Our Anniversary Yesterday we celebrated our 21st anniversary. It was a quite affair. We went to our favorite resturant, Pappadeaux's, and had a quiet sensible meal. We shared an appetizerof seafood fondu with garlic bread. I had a glass of wine with my grilled salmon and asparagus. We sat for a while on the porch and listened to a jazz band before heading home. It was lovely. Since we were unable to go away this year, we plan on celebrating all weekend long just hanging out together. <em>129</em> <em>12... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 02:11:23 EST Green With Envy. I must admit that I like the color green. It is one of my favorite colors. My wedding colors were dark green and silver. My fifteen year old jeep is hunter green. I have a green thumb and a lovely garden to prove it. I also love spinach, romaine lettuce, guacamole and pistachios. Recently, I have been experiencing another type of green. Yep! I am green with envy. Lately I have been running into women that were once really overweight. They are class mates, former co-workers, neighbors an... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 22:51:52 EST First Day with Trainer. I finally committed. I wrestled with the decision to get a trainer. You know the deal , " Is it really necessary?", " Should I really spend this money on a trainer with all the economic uncertainty?". Well I threw caution to the wind and selected one of the young women who trains at the gym. I was pleased. Today I worked hard and was encouraged every step of the way. I will use her twice a week for a couple of months. I want to feel comfortable with free weights and some of the machines. I ... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:44:45 EST I Got Myself a Trainer! I had been thinking about it and thinking about it. Finally I committed and called the lady recommended by other gym members. Her name is Dee and today was our first session. <BR> I wanted someone to help me strengthen my core muscles and to help me improve my balance. I had a total hip replacement two years ago and my balance has been off since. Anyway she worked me good but did not push me too far. She was patient and explained my course. I will see her twice a week for the next couple o... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 20:59:48 EST Where Did My Summer Go? School started today, and while all my friends with school age children were jumping for joy, I was a little sad. Today marked the end of unstructured summer evenings of grilling on the patio, reading for pleasure, watching TV and kids playing outside until dark or when the mosquitoes become unbearable. Although summer is not officially over until after Labor Day, (actually around November where I live) the beginning of school signals the end of stress free schedules. Oh sure, the weather w... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:56:39 EST Lets Hear it for Neighbors Today we had a neighborhood picnic. Three friends and I, along with our husbands and kids organized the event. It was great to meet and actually converse with some of the many people we see and acknowlege only in passing . The turnout was mediocre but the quality of fellowship was awesome. I now know the name of the couple who live in the curve with the artsy sculpture garden. It was great to sit and talk to the parents of some of the kids that hoop in my drive way with my kids. <BR> ... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 23:29:38 EST Return to the Quest Vacations, panic attacks, heart palpitations, stress and more items on a " To Do List" than lines on the list have caused me to stray. I am slowly making my way back to my previous routine. Today , I walked on the treadmill for thirty five minutes and stretched after. I logged in everything I ate and drank my eight glasses of water. It's a start.I havent had coffee or chocolate in three weeks. I will got for my physical results on Wednesday. One day at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:27:23 EST Back in a Week! We went to Arkansas last week for vacation. I actually did better than I have ever done on vacation. Usually, vacation is like a free pass to eat lots of any and everything. Now I was not a saint but I did remarkably well with making wise choices. Our hotel had free hot breakfast, with cook to order omelets and everything else. There was also a wonderful gym and a full spa. We worked out for 45 minutes four of six days. We also walked a lot during the day. Arkansas is very hilly so walking... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 23:14:37 EST In a Rut and Spinning My Wheels! Since joining SP, I have learned a lot of things about nutrition, exercise and healthy living, but, the most enlightening topic has been me. I have discovered that my quest for healthy weight loss is a vicious cycle. I loose weight, feel great only to get derailed by some event or celebration. The derailment sometimes take a few weeks to correct before I am back on track again. I chug along fine loosing weight only to be derailed again. This cycles through the year. I know that I have to ... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 00:27:11 EST No More Homework, No more Books, No more Kids Clueless Looks Yippee! School is out for the next twelve weeks. I am so happy. No longer will I have to be the homework police. No longer will I have to sheepishly visit the principals office and listen to him tell me how bright yet immature my son is. ( He made the mother of all stink bombs) <BR> <BR> No more reading and editing reports. No emails to teachers inquiring about grades and deadlines. No more stupid excuses, " I thought it was due next week" or " I don't know!" <BR> I can officially rea... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 00:57:24 EST So, I stumbled a little... Day four started out good. I did two ten minute strength training videos, had a sensible breakfast and walked 20 minutes all before I had my last vein procedure. I got home from the doctor's office and had my Chick- Fil - A salad with fat free dressing. The sedatives began to really kick in so I then slept for the rest of the afternoon. For supper, I just ate what my husband prepared. <em>198</em> Smoked sausage on the grill with pork and beans and green salad. <BR> <BR> I should have ... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 00:21:33 EST Oh My Aching Back and Knee. Today was moving day. We have lost three trees in three years because of hurricanes. (Two with Rita and one with Ike) As a result my once shady backyard refuge, is now very sunny and <BR> hot. My shade loving plants are really not happy with this. So, today I moved the bromiliads. <BR> I dug them all up and hauled them to the east side of the garage where they can enjoy the shade. I also hauled six wheel barrel loads of soil to create their bed. I dug, raked, pulled, shoveled and squatted.... Sat, 30 May 2009 23:50:57 EST A Shorter Paper Clip Chain! I had to remove four paper clips from my newly formed paper clip chain. Those four clips represent the four pounds that I gained in the past week. I was afraid this would happen. I am so discouraged. I know I should be positive and keep trying, but I have been a member for almost a year now and I haven't lost 20 pounds yet. I lowered my goal weight to ten percent of my current weight. Twenty pounds! Why cant I loose twenty pounds? I actually heard myself say " You're tall, you don't look that... Thu, 28 May 2009 05:00:12 EST A Very Long Day I attended three different celebrations today and I am very tired. Today is my Mother in law's birthday. It is also my niece/ God child's birthday. We celebrated the two darlings with lunch at Cheddars. I had the grilled chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate half of the honey buttered croissant. Water , two and a half glasses, was my drink of choice. <BR> <BR> Next we attended a lovely wedding. I t was short and sweet. We went to the reception and greeted the bride and groom b... Sun, 24 May 2009 00:59:45 EST Grazing......On A Tuesday Afternoon! I have been eating like crazy all afternoon. I ate a good sensible breakfast.( 2 applesauce oatmeal muffins and a cup of lowfat milk, half cup of blueberries) A light lunch ( romaine garden salad with 3OZ grilled chicken and fat free vinaigrette). Once I left work ... it was on. I felt the need to nibble. At first it was " only a snack" then I became consumed. The first mistake I made was not going to the gym right after work like I usually do. I ran a few errands and it seems I grazed all af... Tue, 19 May 2009 21:49:31 EST