PAISLEYOWL140's SparkPeople Blog PAISLEYOWL140's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy May Day The goal for May is to eat out only once, Mothers Day. We made this goal because for the past couple of weeks we have ate out a little too much than usual. Also this is the month that I AM going to go to the gym 3x a week. The plan was to start that last week but because my grandma is in a cast and we both sleep in the living room, I get no sleep. She just can not lay still. <BR> <BR> So starting Monday I plan to get up at 430, eat something small, and then head to the gym for an hour.... Fri, 1 May 2015 23:16:12 EST RE: Screaming Last week was just full of stress. I was mentally ready to go to the Gym in the morning and then my grandma ending up with a cast on her foot. We brought in a daybed to the living room for 2 reasons: 1. we took the carpet out of her room and the loose rug is dangerous for her with the cast, the rest of the house has carpet. 2. so we can keep an eye on her because she doesn't like to follow direction i.e. the cast. Me and my aunt takes turn sleeping in the living room. I take Sunday throug... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:18:08 EST SCREAMING Wednesdays blogs I talked about how ready I am. I still am but now I have more things in my way. <BR> <BR> My grandma has type 2 diabetes so when she has a sore on her feet they take time to heal. Late Jan/early Feb something happened with her toe and it turned into a small hole on the bottom f her middle toe. Well the hole is still there. Its there because SHE CAN NOT LISTEN AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. We've told her time and time again, including her doctors, that she needs to keep her f... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:57:41 EST It's starting I was on Pinterest looking at before and after pics and reading about some of them and I really think Im finally ready. Earlier today I was also writing up what I need to do to reach my goals so looking at the pics along with that really is helping. <BR> <BR> Its going to suck so much. I don't want to wake up at 430 every morning but its something I have to do. My mind right now is going crazy with everything that Ive read today and what I have planned out. Im excited!!!!! Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:11:33 EST Stomach virus In my last post I said that I was going to the Gym later that day. Well I kept my word and we went. Walked a mile but had to cut it short because my grandma was getting tired. I was very happy with myself and we had planned to go again that week but that never happened. <BR> <BR> I woke up Thursday with a stomach virus. Stomach issues till Sunday and lower back pain and headache till Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Now when I eat I don't eat that much. Its like my stomach shrunk half its size in th... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:49:56 EST Discipline Last year I found out that my cousin will be getting married in October of 2015. My goal was to be at my goal weight by then. I had over a year to make it but now I have only 6 months. It is my own fault that I have done nothing to reach my goals. Yes I did join a gym but I haven't been yet. But Im going TODAY!! My aunt will be home around 5 and soon after she gets home we are all heading to the gym. My aunt has knee issues and my gram is a diabetic with a sore on her toe (so she has t... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 11:04:01 EST A nice day An hour or so after an early dinner I decided to go on a walk. I started to walk down the street and saw a guy spraying weed killer on his drive and then kids playing in the street a few houses down. Since I had Tallulah (my dog) I turned around because it was a little windy and I didn't want to walk past the weed killer and the kids are a distraction for her. She loves meeting new people. So I got back home and I really wanted to head back out. I had the energy and Tallulah loves her wa... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:03:54 EST HELL since last post So there was a no go on going to the Gym. That weekend our roof in the room started to leak so we had my dad come over to get up there and clean it off. There was about 5 inches of ice up there. The ice also caused 2 of the panels to come apart. We had to clear out that room and move other things in the other rooms around and it was just a pain. After clearing that room out I got a cold. Dry cough nonstop for a week and then stuffy nose and constant sneezing. The past couple of days I'... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:14:23 EST The Gym Me and my aunt joined the Gym Jan 9th and we still haven't been. We both got that chest bug at the same time which lasted just over 2 weeks. On top of that we got all this snow. We plan to go tomorrow and Sunday, if the weather is okay. I would like to try to go at least 3x a week. <BR> <BR> Here is my plan: <BR> 1. Start out 3x a week to the point of it being a habit. <BR> 2. Get to bed at 830/9 so I can get up at 4 to go to the gym <BR> 3. Eat clean but still eat out 2 or 3 ti... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:39:06 EST Just a little update Yesterday I went to my doctors so he could remove a skin tag/mole and freeze off some other skin tags. Like usual they took my weight and I was at 224. Last month (Dec 10) when I was there for a physical I was at 227. 3 pounds isn't a lot but its something. This is motivating me to really watch what I eat. Like Ive said in the other post, we joined a gym, so once Im healed we really need to get into gear and go at least 3x a week. <BR> <BR> The other day I went to bed at 830, I was dead... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:21:45 EST The BELLY FLAP I was standing in front of the display case that has a mirror in the back while doing plie squats with pull overs and I noticed it. The belly flap. That lovely fat pouch just under your belly button. With my body type it just looks so weird from the side. I hate it with a passion. I think the first areas that I want to really work on it that flap and my arm flaps. I've already been working on my arms all week. Now I just need to tackle the beast of all flaps. <BR> <BR> ::BEAST MODE:: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:36:26 EST Im ready Eddie spaghetti We joined the gym yesterday and I am very over whelmed. Just thinking about all of the machines and all the ''January'' people. Im always nervous about starting new things but things always work out after some time, so it will happen this time too. <BR> <BR> At first Im just going to do cardio there and weights here. When I feel more confident I'm going to do it all there. I'm still going to exercise here at home because I know I cant make it to the gym everyday. <BR> <BR> We joined pla... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:51:45 EST Its a start I just did some yoga, arm and core; mostly arms. I think I only did this for 10 minutes, wasn't paying much attention to time. Im going to start out very slow because I haven't been getting that good of sleep with my grandma waking me up at least 3 times a night. <BR> <BR> I plan to do yoga, adduction, abduction, pull overs, bicep curls, shoulder press, knee to elbow crunch, reverse crunch, Russian twist, plie squats, and the better booty video. <BR> <BR> I'm just doing 1 set of either ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:01:55 EST My last post of 2014 This year has been nothing but a head ache. Furnace goes out in January for a few weeks, electrical issues in kitchen and utility room, grandma in hospital for all of June, and stove goes out a week before Thanksgiving. Then there is watching my cousins little girl while keeping an eye on my grandma who shows signs of dementia (started after hospital stay). <BR> <BR> Im home all the time and I still cant get things done. I cant stand to have someone watch me while cleaning. Or just stand... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 11:27:12 EST Keeping track of things September 11th I started a food journal to help me see just how bad I eat. It works so good. Ive noticed that I dont eat that much fruit or veggies. There were 3 days in a row where I had no fruits. I am doing better though because we've ate out less over the past fee weeks. <BR> <BR> Now I need to work on a "Get up and Move" journal. I want to keep an eye on how active I am. Everything from taking the dog out to house cleaning to actual exercise. Like the food journal I know this wi... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:44:56 EST My last and final plan, Im serious this time! This past week I havent been able to start my plan because I had a 24 hour bug and then pain in my neck because I need new pillows. The pain caused my head to really hurt so I hardly moved around. Since I was still I had time to think. <BR> <BR> The Plan: <BR> yoga twice everyday <BR> November - 30 minute cardio everyday <BR> December - hour cardio plus 30 minute strength training <BR> January - hour cardio plus hour strength training <BR> <BR> This is what I would like to see but sinc... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:06:41 EST Finally ready Today I made a list of the foods that we should be buying at the store and as I was doing so all these meal ideas came to mind. I need to write down all my ideas for veggie burgers too, which I LOVE. Since I dont put money towards groceries we have to slowly adjust our grocery list. I think we should be going by my list by the new year. <BR> <BR> There will be some things that are going to be hard for me to cut way back on. Creamy pasta dishes I love. I tell myself that I can have ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:51:12 EST This and that No shock here but I havent started on anything. I want to work on my cards but Ive been busy with either housework or watching my little cousin. When its neither of those Im just dead feeling. Zero energy. <BR> A cousin of mine, along with her family, are heading to Hawaii this October/November to visit her husbands sister and her family. So she wants to drop the baby weight, which isnt much, before then. She also wants to get more healthy before trying for baby 2. We are trying ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:45:37 EST Ive made a game out of it! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I really need to change! It really is 100% mental. I have been trying to mentally get ready to change my life but it is hard. You need confidence in yourself and that’s hard for me to come by. I need to get out of this funk and move, and I think I have found a way. <BR> <BR> I saw something on Pinterest where they used a deck of playing cards and changed them to ’52 reasons why I love you’ and I figured I can do that we exercises. I wrote d... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:57:23 EST Stress I hate being stressed. These past couple of weeks I have been so stressed that my body is becoming weak and I just want to sleep. My grandmas meds are making her a little weird so she has been sleeping on and off all day and then up all through the night. This wakes my aunt up and her yelling at gram to go to bed is waking me up. I watch my cousins little girl twice a week so when I watch her I also have to keep an extra eye on gram because she feeds her big bites and lets her play with E... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:56:54 EST what a month This past month has been very busy for me, and stressful. <BR> The busy part. Our neighbor has told us that he would let us use his truck to get mulch; a truck load for $37. We were nowhere near ready for the mulch but he came by one morning and said he was ready to take my aunt to get the mulch. It was a miscommunication between my aunt to his wife to him. But we are very glad that he came over because that was the kick that we needed to get to work on the flower beds. We have a t... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:33:49 EST I just have to deal... So my grams is 79 years old with type 2 diabetes and she may have dementia. A few years ago I looked up the symptoms and she has a lot of them but then we talking with my aunt, she said that she has always been like this. Well I have noticed since then she has gotten a little worse. We do plan to talk to her doctor the next time we go. <BR> <BR> Now with her diabetes she doesn't follow the correct diet. Its the complete opposite. She eats a lot of carbs and starchy carbs, fried everythi... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:45:33 EST clean and organized Had a killer headache for 3 days and today I still feel a little funny. Think its because I didn't eat much and my sugar got a little low. My body is just sluggish today but I got the cleaning bug. Ill start something and then have to take a break soon after so about an hour and a half of work took me all day. I washed the windows (2 large ones) and my arms and hands are just so dead. It feel likes I just washed 50 large windows. Ive got baking soda on one couch and load one of curtains... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:43:21 EST Fear is my new motivator It hit me hard earlier today about how I really need to change my lifestyle and the way I eat. It is harder to lose weight when you have PCOS but I wont let that stop me and that isn’t my main issue. The main issue is Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Having PCOS puts me at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, AND add on the fact that they also run in my family. Im so scared that I’ll feel something in my chest and have to be rushed to the hospital. I just need to stay po... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:17:46 EST Spring has sprung me in a positive direction Yesterday I did about 2 and half hours of yard work and it just felt so nice outside. I wanted to head out there today but my lower back was a little sore and I had ideas in my head for my story and I needed to get them all down. There is talk of rain for the rest of the week and I really hope its not true. I want to go out and do more while the weather is nice because I don't want to do a lot when it gets hotter. <BR> <BR> This Spring and Summer I plan to spend a lot of time outside. ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:45:57 EST No excuses! I looked my past plan over and I broke it down to where its not so overwhelming. I have no excuses and I just need to get up and start my days the right way. So If I start tomorrow I'll wake up to some yoga, 10-15 minutes of cardio followed by some lower body after breakfast, then a walk after lunch. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:06:44 EST Tight Pants The other day I put on a pair of jeans and they were a little tight. It was a b!tch slap in the face. I know that I need to change. But for me to change I need to change a lot of small things. I need to write everything out that needs to change and then number them from smallest to largest, meaning, if I need to change this what other change will help me with that change.(Drink more water - stop buying pop) A chain reaction. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE I need to just get up a... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:28:14 EST Stupid Brain This morning I was doing dishes and thinking about why I haven't been trying hard enough to eat better and to exercise. I had this long talk with myself and was thinking about what to put here in this blog. So once I got done I start to type it up and I get nothing but a giant brain fart. Its all in there but it just wont travel down my arms and through my fingers. <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do, what needs to change. There is a lot of things that need to change that I'm kinda frea... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:05:08 EST Apparently I need to repeat myself I've lost count as to how many times I have posted this but maybe the last time I just kicked kick myself hard enough. <BR> <BR> I need to buckle down and really get to work. I haven't been thinking about what I should be and what I shouldn't be eating. I just eat. I love food. I use to enjoy cooking until my grams became a pain in the butt about what I fix. She likes greasy fried foods not healthy foods. she would bitch and complain to the point of my just giving up at fixing things s... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:53:21 EST MY new year starts 1/13/14 Tomorrow I start the new me. I just finished writing up my exercise plan and within time I plan to add on to it. The congestion in my chest feels gone so I will also start my cardio. I'll start with 1 cardio video and work my way up to 1 hour of cardio a day. Walking doesn't fall under cardio. Walking for me is a warm up and time for me to think about things. What my meals will be this week, story ideas, and positive thinking. Im going to stick with this plan and try my best not to mis... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:17:22 EST Lets start the year out sick! During the last few days of December I was excited about the 1st. I wanted to start the year off right. I woke up on the first with a sore throat which later in the day turned raw. I was coughing and sneezing some but it was just my throat that day. Since the 2nd I have been coughing like crazy. Dry coughs with congestion in my chest sucks. <BR> <BR> Im getting a little better but I don't want to exercise yet because of my chest. My cousin has had this cough now for 2 months now. I ho... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:49:02 EST not a good day... in many ways Yesterday was day 2 of my cold. I woke up feeling like hell with the rawest throat I've ever had. I took some Dayquil and I was feeling really out of it BUT I was feeling better. Im feeling better today but Im just so tired. Yesterday I never really had the chance to rest with everything that happened. My grandma started to complain about how she was feeling. She said it hurts to breathe. She says this all the time but her lungs are always fine. Then I got to thinking. Im sick, my au... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:05:11 EST Good Bye 2013 This year I really didn't do anything for my health. Yes I walked during Spring and Summer but gave up when it was chili. I love walks so why did I quit? I give up way to easily. That is one thing that will change in 2014. <BR> <BR> I have made a list of things that need to change. Its a good list and to the point. It isn't all no more this and no more that. I only have NO on it once, no pop unless eating out. <BR> <BR> Right now it is really sad because I want to write a blog but ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:30:15 EST good day Even though the title says 'good day' it wasn't for my puppy dog. We took her to the vet about her ear. For a couple weeks she has been scratching at it and it was looking bad. I cleaned it out and put some cream stuff on the scratches but it wasn't getting better. She got some meds that I have to put in twice a day so it isn't too bad. Doc said we came in at a good time. She most likely just had a itch, scratched her ear, scratched more as it was healing and got a little infection. We... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 21:22:04 EST Sharing goals and plans The other day I told my mom that I plan to really watch what I eat and that I plan to cut some things out, like pop. I told her that I really need to stick with it this time and her reply was, "Heard that before". I told it that I really mean it this time and that its more important because of my high cholesterol and triglycerides. She just smirked and looked away. <BR> <BR> My feelings were hurt but I hate to say this, but Im use to it. I don't know if she just doesn't care or if she d... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:31:22 EST Back issues Since the weekend my upper back has been feeling a little stiff. Yesterday I get off the couch, pick up my 18 pound dog and got a shot of pain through my back. It was the whole left side of my back then moved to my upper back. It feelings like my back is asleep. Like when you sit on your foot too long and you hit it to wake it up. Today isn't too bad but Im taking it easy. Last year at this time it was my lower back which really sucked since I always do the cooking. <BR> <BR> Im goin... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:55:02 EST Stay calm, educate, keep it fun For 3 weeks I have been stressed about what I should be eating to help lower my cholesterol. Its in the 220s and when I looked things up HEART DISEASE was all I saw. It runs in my family so I was just scared. <BR> <BR> Im finally calm and know that what I have to do is just get healthy. I keep telling myself that being healthy is not a hard thing. Its not like its brain surgery. Being more active, tweak some dishes, make smart choices, and educate yourself. That's all! <BR> <BR> Whe... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:06:43 EST Quick Idea I just spun the wheel to get some points and I got an idea. I want to make a bonus exercise wheel. Some of the choices will be: <BR> 300 step ups <BR> cardio videos <BR> walk around block 3x (equals around 3 miles) <BR> 5 minutes jump rope <BR> repeat exercises <BR> <BR> I want to start this on the first because I still have to make it, duh, and there is a lot of stuff I have to do still. Shopping, major cleaning, and planning out meals. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 21:34:44 EST Bad news test results Got a call from the doctors office today and I found out that both my cholesterol and triglycerides levels are high. I looked it up and all I saw was heart disease. I feel nervous but mostly just numb. There is so much I need to change. I think I finally got that kick in the butt. <BR> <BR> This weekend we are having the entire family at my grandparents to celebrate Thanksgiving. There is a part of me that just doesn’t want to go now. There is another part of me that just wants to go... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:09:03 EST NEW-vember We still have a large bowl of Halloween candy and Birthday cake left but I'm not going to let that stop me. Tomorrow I need to really get on track. Eating better, exercise, and writing are the 3 things I need to work on. <BR> <BR> When it comes to writing I panic and I hate everything I write. I come up with ideas and then see it later in a movie or book. BUT last month I entered a writing contest. It was a short one, 750 word count limit, and I was very happy with what I wrote. It w... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:38:47 EST Tomorrow never came... So tomorrow never came. I haven't gotten back on track with my exercise or eating better. Its fall and that's the time of year where I'm nothing but sluggish. I also get a lot of sinus headaches so yeah... Right now I got a headache and all I wanna do is take something and sleep. Also because it has been cold in the house all I wanna do is eat fatty junk food. <BR> <BR> The fall time is the worse time to start eating better. There are the Holidays and the need to just eat more to "hi... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:51:57 EST Small set back but Im not a quitter I had planned to start 2 weeks ago but things change. On the 9th I was my cousins last hope in watching her little girl, 5 1/2 Months old. She lives about 30-40 mins away so she had to be here early to feed her so she could go back to sleep. So I had to get up at 530. I had her 3 times that week and I watched her from 6am to 6pm. I got hardly any sleep. Im the type that if I don't get enough sleep I feel sick all day and I get a migraine. This past Monday and Tuesday I also watched her... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:15:36 EST I need to stick to the plan The plan was to start Sep 9th and now it is the 11th and I still haven't started. I was busy the first half of Monday and had no energy during the second half. Yesterday I had to watch my little 5 month old cousin all day. When her daddy came and got her I hurried to get the housework done and dinner fixed so again when I did have the time I was running on empty. <BR> <BR> Today I have no excuses. Its almost noon and I haven't had the best of energy today. I think its because its rainin... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:48:51 EST My Final Exercise Plan Here is my plan. I worked hard on it and I am very happy with it. <BR> <BR> Monday // Upper Body <BR> <BR> 12 min video - low Impact Cardio <BR> 12 Lateral Raises <BR> 12 Bicep Curls <BR> 12 Shoulder Press <BR> 12 Chest Flys <BR> 12 Chest Press <BR> 12 Tricep Extensions <BR> 12 Reverse Flys <BR> 12 Pull overs <BR> 12 Low mt rows with band on ball <BR> 6 min video - Butt Blaster <BR> 5 min video - booty <BR> 12 incline push ups <BR> 12 lying Adductions <BR> 12 Lying Abductions <... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 15:12:01 EST Think Im doing pretty good For 12 days straight I have gotten up and have taken my dog for about a mile walk. Once I got home I would have a yogurt. Just having this change in my life I have felt better mentally and physically. I have more energy so now I don't have to fight with myself to do house work and yard work. This morning after my walk I went straight back outside and did about an hour and a half work in the yard. It felt so good to move around and not feel sore while having sweat come down your face. I ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:43:03 EST Im ready to change!!! I have never been a normal weight. The last time I remember looking healthy was the 1st grade. My stomach started to come in when I was in the 2nd grade. I guess you can say that is normal. I wasn’t over weight but the belly never went away. The last weight I remember being is 184 when I first started high school. I am now 222. <BR> <BR> During my Senior year I wanted to lose weight but I never sat down and thought about how I was going to accomplish that goal. All I did was eat a s... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:35:20 EST Days 7 and 8 Day 7: <BR> Yesterday I woke up at 6 and got the housework done. I was almost done with the couches when I bent over and twisted the wrong way. I felt this sharp pain in my lower back and butt. I sat down and it felt like the air was knocked out of me. I stood back up and it was still sore. It usually just last a quick second so I was a little worried. I walked around some then finished the couches. Me and my aunt drove up to the school to drop off some magazines then went to Panera to... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:12:37 EST Day 4 is a go My neck is still sore but I can move it around a lot better than before. I have been rubbing it when its bothering me and that helps. I need to stop making my neck be the reason I haven't started to exercise. Last night I start to write my journal and I have decided that at the end of the day I write out goals for the next day. Last night the goals I wrote where: <BR> 1. do a walk <BR> 2. Morning stretches <BR> 3. 1 video <BR> 4. find 5 new recipes <BR> I did the walk and I felt great af... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:06:20 EST Day 2 is also a poo So I woke up this morning and my neck is still sore and stiff. I can move it a little more but that's about it. I also discovered that my upper back is a little tight. I think it has to do with my neck. The neck is also giving my a slight headache. I hope that when I wake up tomorrow I feel better so that I can start to exercise. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:30:04 EST Day 1 is a no go Last night the plan was to go to bed no later than 930. I didn't get to bed till 1130. We all lost track of time because we all got up late that day. The new plan was to just get up when I get up and do as I planned. Well that too didn't happen. I woke up with the stiffest neck I have ever had. I cant straighten my neck or turn to the right. I cant sit up too long because the muscles cant support my head and it makes other muscles sore in my neck. I just took 2 Excedrin back and body ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:08:27 EST