PASTORJO's SparkPeople Blog PASTORJO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 7 am and 80 I'm back to checking my blood sugar pre-breakfast, in prep for a MD follow up visit this Thursday. <BR> <BR> This morning, my blood sugar was 80! That is the lowest it's been in....since one afternoon when it dipped to 50. Most mornings I've been in the low 90's. <BR> <BR> The weight loss strategy is working...I've lost over 10% of my body weight since being diagnosed in August. I'm tracking what I eat, most days. I have a fitbit to track my steps. <BR> <BR> Exercise is still problem... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:14:59 EST Next move.... OK...I'm ending the weekly check in's - feel I am getting a handle on diabetes, and am losing weight on a slow but regular basis. <BR> <BR>'s the end of October and after a week of 70 degrees and sunshine, the 'other' fall has hit Ohio. Rain, wind and 50 degrees. I'm sitting w/my 'grow light' (for SAD) on my right side, but no light coming in from the southern exposed window. Sigh. There will be more days of sunshine, but the truth is we are moving into late fall and winter. <BR... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:52:12 EST WCI # 4 "If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon <BR> <BR> Ran out of meds this week...a reminder it's been a month since my initial diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes <BR> <BR> 1) water +++++++ (dry mouth continues) <BR> 2) logging food ++++++ (a couple of dinners were too complicated, but I used notes) <BR> 3) exercise +++ (getting out walking is a challenge, esp as SAD is coming on ) <BR> 4) education +++++++ <BR> 5) stress eating +++... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:47:15 EST Weeky Check In 3 Good week! Feeling more energy!!! <BR> <BR> 1) water +++++++ (Thank God I love water - I'm noticing more of a dry mouth) <BR> 2) logging food +++++++ (SP mobile isn't the easiest, but I try to use it) <BR> 3) exercise ++++ (used Map My Walk when I was in Col Sat...easy to track distance and time, STILL need to do strengthening 2x a week) <BR> 4) education +++++++ <BR> 5) stress eating +++++++ <BR> 6) weight +++++++ (down a 1b and 4 oz from last week) <BR> <BR> A tablespoon of hummus and... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:04:16 EST Weekly Check In 2 "If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon <BR> <BR>'s been 12 days, not 7. Last Friday, we (DH and DD) were on a college visit. I walked, and walked and walked. :) <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty darn good today. Using my light (SAD) - we are into day 2 of 4 forecast-ed for rain. I got meds and have been using...remembering a pill w/meals 2x a day has been a new habit to learn; I've forgotten some. <BR> <BR> I us... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:01:11 EST Weekly Check In "If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon <BR> <BR> I took the above from another SP's page, and her idea of a weekly check in - not just for weight but for goals. A good idea, esp on days like today, when the scale went up. <BR> (scale will be 1+ to 7+'s) <BR> <BR> 1) water - Lots each day, I'm a water junkie - it's my preferred beverage, other than 2 cups of coffee each day. +++++++ <BR> <BR> 2) logged food - tracked ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:30:49 EST A Half Cup of Ice Cream Ok, so I'm the person who has ice cream at the base of her OLD food pyramid. The girl who's college motto was 'there isn't anything that can't be helped with a half gallon of ice cream." <BR> <BR> So, I'm the person now w/Type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> Last night, for the 1st time in a week, I had ice cream. Regular - w/flecks of chocolate and caramel - left over from the good old days of two weeks ago I had 1/2 cup, in a 4 oz serving bowl I'd bought a couple years ago - just for 1/2 cup des... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:07:57 EST Freakin I'm freaking out today. Maybe the shock is over. I found out 1 week ago that I have Type 2 diabetes. Ok, it's not cancer. Yet, I can't say, "I'm not going to die from it." Cause my mother did. When she was 69 and I was 33. She died of complications from her diabetes, and high blood pressure - from a heart attack and stroke. <BR> <BR> I knew this day was coming, I had the conditions: born late to my mother, who was 36 when she had me, I was a big baby, I used to have low blood sugar, ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:45:01 EST Exhausted Today is my day off. I've slept, ate breakfast, read a bit, slept again, read a bit more and feeling like another nap. <BR> <BR> I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> I'd been on A for SAD, and it worked, keeping me at an 'up and at em' mood for Jan through most of Feb. I never had a down day, no low energy days. I was go, go, go. <BR> <BR> The problem is, it wasn't natural for me. Two plus weeks off A, and I am finally slowing down. Recovering. Hence, today. Napping, recovering sleep. Re-disco... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:33:16 EST Saturday and So-S0 I woke up about 8 am, rested after having a good 8 hour sleep. I'm writing, eating yogurt, fresh strawberries and healthy granola, waiting for the coffee to brew. <BR> <BR> I binged yesterday afternoon - I had subbed at a nearby high school. I was the intervention specialist for math classes. I am 'math challenged' though I'd challenge most 50+ year old to remember how to plot graphs, find the area of a cone or work out cosign or whatevers in trig. Other than the first period, when I hel... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:48:28 EST Emotional Eating I'm disgusted w/myself this am...nothing like waking up w/a case of self loathing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday DH and I celebrated VD, late - he had Pres Day off. We decided on a movie and dinner, invited our DS, living at home post college, looking for work. He's had two rejections lately, one after several steps in the job process....he's bummed. SO, we invited him along. Went out to see The Artist (*****) I had a diet coke and split a small cup of pretzel bits w/my son. After, we walked a ni... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 08:05:11 EST Feb 17 just back from a brisk walk, little over a mile but good breathing rate and a light sweat. I 'binged' today...binging for me. After lunch, I had a piece of peach pie w/vanilla ice cream, then a KitKat right out of the freezer, then a Special Dark choc bar, same right out of the freezer, then a few handfuls of M&M's - plain and peanut, then a string cheese and about 20 light Wheat Thins. Finally quit before I got a sugar buzz or sick. Disgusted w/myself. <BR> <BR> Too much running lately,... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:38:05 EST 37 Questions - to get to know me better 1.Do you like bleu cheese? can take it or leave it. Feta - LOVE <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked? nope, allergic to cigarette smoke <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? NO <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? Cherry <BR> <BR> <BR> 5.Where were you born? A small town in Michigan (Charlotte) <BR> <BR> <BR> 6. What do you think of hot dogs? According to our 26 year old, we used to eat them quite frequently when he was young. Now, gotta be at a baseball gam... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 20:36:23 EST A New Year, A New Me! (Jan goals) Ok...Jan 2nd, 2012 - a day off <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Led worship yesterday and preached; smaller crowd than usual, but from clergy blogs it isn't unusual for a New Year Day Sunday. We celebrated Holy Communion as one table...a rare treat. Plus had a meal afterwards of 'lucky' foods - no black eyed peas though. I made rotkraut but watered it down too much, new pot I need to get used to. After the food we played euchre, then home for a nice nap and hubby time. <BR> <BR> Watched Tr... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:05:46 EST Making a new ending Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” <BR> Maria Robinson quote <BR> <BR> I've been pondering my goals for 2012. If you will be easily offended by what a Lutheran pastor might have as goals, please stop reading here. <BR> <BR> It's not New Year's Eve yet, but it is that in between time of Christmas Day and New Years Day; this year both Sundays so worship opportunities. As a Christian/Lutheran, I am living in that in between time ... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:05:55 EST Spark Grace This morning - a Monday- I got on the scale. Nasty 5 lb gain. Not surprised. I've been eating non stop for a week and have done zero exercises. SAD hit after the time change, and Will flew out for Vietnam early Friday morning <BR> <BR> I've been doing emotional eating. Yeah, I'm measuring servings but two 1/2 cups of ice cream still equal one cup. <BR> <BR> So...this morning I got on the scale. OUCH. got a healthy low fat, low sugar yogurt, added 1/4 cup of healthfood store g... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:28:31 EST Pausing I've been on SparkPeople since early June, 2011 - 5 months. I've lost weight, but stabilized the past 3 months at about 190...up a pound, down a pound. I'd like to lose at least 20 more, maybe 30. It's been so long since I've been in that range, I'm not sure anymore. <BR> <BR> At any rate, I'm ok w/the pause. I'm happy that I'm making good choices, most of the time. Learning to order fast food w/out the cheese or mayo. If I have fries, it is a small order and then I throw about 1/2. C... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:26:40 EST Berry Bar Birthday Late yesterday afternoon I was at the grocery, picking up some fresh fruit and a couple other items. I was at the berry section, hesitating over the blueberries. The cost has gone up, but they are still fresh, still from MI and I so love blueberries, lowfat, low sugar vanilla yogurt and 1/4 cup of granola for breakfast! <BR> <BR> While I was hesitating, a woman was picking out blackberries. I commented about loving the blueberries and she responded how wonderful the blackberries were. Th... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 08:04:05 EST Three Days From a Funeral During my yearlong internship, I learned a phrase; 'you are only 3 days away from a funeral.' <BR> <BR> This morning someone died who I never met; I am presiding at his funeral Sunday afternoon. He died unexpectedly, from a heart attack. <BR> <BR> The news and internet are full of stories about Steve Jobs, who died this week. I read the commencement address he gave at Stanford in 2005. He'd been diagnosed and treated for cancer and was initially given 3 to 6 months to live. Instead, Job... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 16:34:18 EST Plan B This week has been full of plans that haven't happened. <BR> <BR> Most of it has been little stuff; rescheduling meetings because this or that happened. <BR> <BR> Some of the changed plans have been rather nice. I went to the hospital for before surgery prayers with a parishoner and ended up staying and having a great visit w/her adult daughter. The daughter was struggling with making choices about her career, going back to school, and she said our talk was helpful. <BR> <BR> Tuesday ev... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:38:14 EST Meh What a great word - 'meh.' From my teen and young adult children, I understand it to be indifference, a shrug. Both my eldest son and 16 year old daughter recently bought tee shirts showing a cup that would usually be described as half empty or half full. A cloud above the cup shows it thinking 'meh.' <BR> <BR> Maybe 'meh' isn't really accurate for today but I don't want to admit how low I feel. <BR> <BR> Today is Sept 20th, the last day of summer, though it hasn't felt like summer for... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:49:21 EST Me From A-Z I copied the outline from a SparkPeople friend. <BR> <BR> A. Age - 55 the end of Sept. I don't feel it, esp after joining SP this summer and running my first 5K <BR> <BR> B. Books- lots and lots, for work and for fun. Books are good friends, whether in paper form or on my Kindle. <BR> <BR> C. Career – Second-career as a pastor (Lutheran), first as an insurance adjuster, business to business salesperson, recruiter <BR> <BR> D. Dog- Nope, just one cat now....considering adding another. I... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 10:13:27 EST Re-claiming a Can Do Attitude "This is the winningest program in college football. So I hope they understand those expectations that we have as a team & as a program." - Coach Hoke <BR> <BR> Coach Hoke is the new football coach for U of Michigan, for those who may not follow Big Ten football. After three-four? years of losing, not only to Ohio State but losing more games than winning, Michigan has a new coach, a new attitude. <BR> <BR> Coach Hoke is from Ohio (Kettering - Dayton area) but served on Coach Carr's staff, ... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:24:07 EST Healthy Eating Success: Amusement Park Survival Yesterday we (DH, DD and 2 friends, plus me) went to KI for a delayed birthday celebration. The weather was perfect, low 80's, low humidity, blue sky w/a few clouds. <BR> <BR> DD's friends stayed over Monday night and we got a start a bit later than planned but still w/in 30 minutes of the park opening. <BR> <BR> I had my favorite summer breakfast at home - fresh blueberries, vanilla low fat/low sugar yogurt and 1/4 cup of healthy granola (no sugar or fat) on top. <BR> <BR> I carried my... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:37:29 EST Hanson Died Hanson died last night. <BR> <BR> My heart is aching, this morning I am a still tearing up; I am in disbelief. Hanson is dead. <BR> <BR> Five years ago, on Sept 30th, we were living in seminary housing, in an apartment complex near Columbus. I had graduated in June and was waiting for a call, waiting for a congregation to vote to call me as their pastor. September 30th was my 50th birthday; my DH, DD and DS left the apartment to go out to eat. Passing up the walk to the parking lot, my... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 08:04:24 EST The Next Morning Yesterday I began irritated (see blog) but after walking over 2 miles in the sunshine I was feeling so much better...till I got home and walking up the front cement steps to get the mail - fell! Landed on my left knee mainly. Ouch, plus a huge welt began to form. <BR> <BR> <BR> I cancelled plans to trim the yard and got a frozen corn bag, elevated my leg, took aieve, then a nap. Woke up feeling better, w/welt down, mainly just a bruise showing. <BR> <BR> So, drove to meet DH for a night... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:51:55 EST Irritated Friday morning; it's another beautiful, low humidity, blue sky, slight breeze day. <BR> <BR> Yet, I am irritated. <BR> <BR> Was supposed to go shopping w/my DD, 16 - then, because I pushed her to call her adviser, she found out last night that her 4-H projects must be ready to be judged tomorrow. Three breads to bake today. Plus the rug hooking project is only 1/3 done. DD said she'll do it during the school year; I (and DH) are doubtful, DD also has quilting materials for a bed cover th... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 09:58:49 EST Two Month Check-in I joined SparkPeople June 5th - about 2 months ago. <BR> <BR> Since joining, I've logged my food almost every day, except when I've been away from internet. I've drank 8+ glasses of water a day. I've learned (still learning) to make better food choices, to cut emotional eating at the bud, to not beat myself up for mistakes. <BR> <BR> I've worked out w/strength exercises 2-3 times a week the past two months. I can now do 2 sets of modified pushups w/out dying. I've become a runner/walker... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 12:16:03 EST What Now? August 1st - and sorry if this is your birthday or anniversary month, but I hate August. Have for years. Too hot, summer has lasted long enough, thank you. When I was younger I was ready for school to begin, now it is the 'fall season.' <BR> <BR> I ran my first 5K on July 30th. Training, getting in shape was part of the motivation behind me joining SP. <BR> <BR> Now what? <BR> <BR> I'm not a runner really, don't enjoy the running (jogging/fast walking) per se, but I do love the feeling... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:28:07 EST Butterflies in my stomach Tomorrow is the 5K. <BR> <BR> The race that I've never run. <BR> <BR> The race that got me started on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> The race that I am not ready for! <BR> <BR> It is suppose to be 90 degrees, I only ran 1 mile this week in prep, none last week at the mission trip. I pulled a shoulder muscle the night before this, used heat and pain relievers - it is better, but still?!? <BR> <BR> I am almost 55 years old!!!!! <BR> <BR> What am I doing?!?! <BR> <BR> I seriously gave thought t... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:02:44 EST The Gift of Silence Last week was the mission trip w/teens. I left home Monday morning w/K and 2 of her friends, for a few days of being spoiled at my sisters in MI. <BR> <BR> I'd tried to arrange a couple days at a retreat, got a phone call back too, I stayed at my sisters house while she, roommate, K and friends went to Lake MI. <BR> <BR> I had a self-imposed 24 hours of silence, no internet access, no TV, no music - besides birds tweeting outside. Ran just a mile last night, exercised this morni... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:27:25 EST Choices: For the Moment I'm back (about 1:30 am Friday) from a week long mission trip w/youth to West Virginia. <BR> <BR> I'd planned to run 2x - didn't. It was about 80 degrees at 6:15 am, per the teens who did run. The temps hit 99 and my van thermometer showed 100 a couple of times. I did run during dodge ball games; I'd be the back 'clean up person' and would run after the out of bounds balls. I also played air hockey aggressively, to keep up with an 11 year old. And went white water rafting. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 08:17:13 EST Planning Sunday after lunch I leave w/two other adults and 5 youth for a week long mission trip in WV. We will be sleeping in a church (with A/C, thank God!) with about 60 other youth and adults and serving the community during the days. I've participated on mission trips before organized by the organization we are working with; a nice thing is college age leaders take care of the logistics, I can be present w/the youth and not need to worry about what is next or tomorrow's meals. <BR> <BR> Today I... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:18:10 EST I can only do so much. I need to remind myself, I can only do so much. <BR> <BR> There are times - times of no crises in the congregation, no classes to teach, no mid-week services due to Advent or Lent- there are times that my 'work load' is lighter. Yet, I don't enjoy it, I don't enjoy the free time it gives me, to dream, to stand back and take a 'balcony look', I don't take the time to just be. <BR> <BR> Instead, I look at the 'to do' list that is always around and try to check everything off. Then I end up ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:21:49 EST Summer time blessings The first week of July and I am enjoying staying up late, reading novels on my Kindle for pleasure...even enjoying the blessing of AC on these too humid days. Enjoying having L home for his last break before his final college quarter. <BR> <BR> I'm balancing my time with planning for fall services, education programs, ect. Also ignoring my 'study' in the spare bedroom I started just after the first of the year and have worked on with more spits than starts. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that I b... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 11:31:41 EST Romans 7:15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. <BR> <BR> I don't get myself. I don't understand what I do. <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for one month today. I began June 5. I've logged daily, I've worked out - even earned 500 minutes early on for working out. I've worked on the 5k boot camp training. I've lost weight and toned up. <BR> <BR> I don't get myself. I don't do what I want, I do the very thing I hate. <BR> <BR> This ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 20:41:24 EST Today is better! Feeling much better today than yesterday...think I just needed to rest and recover from extra long, hard run Tuesday plus drive up and back from MI, visits and shopping Thursday. <BR> <BR> My DS (21) took me out last night for a delayed Mother's Day present - dinner and a movie. He searched on line and found a great restaurant, nothing fancy but good, healthy food. I had a salad w/their own vinaigrette, plus quinoa w/a mix of veggies reduced (?) in balsamic vinegar -lots of portabella s'r... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 13:52:58 EST Slow & Steady Walking: Learning a New Way The quote today is from Abraham Lincoln; "I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards." <BR> <BR> That is SO not me! <BR> <BR> I am a sprinter: an "ENFP" for anyone who knows Myers-Briggs. I am bored by routine, I am spontaneous, I jump in heart first then rationalize with my head. <BR> <BR> I am so NOT a slow walker. I run, then trip, or collapse, out of breath, or get lost because I am running so fast. <BR> <BR> Sooooo, this SparkPeople way, this is a challenge. A challenge beyond... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 11:19:58 EST Kicking the Diet Habit I took a SparkPeople poll this morning... <BR> Am I in: <BR> Diet mode- quick fix <BR> Making long term changes for a healthy lifestyle <BR> Focusing on healthy living <BR> <BR> The above is my paraphrase of the poll, but you get the idea. I selected the middle, making long term changes...and it was a wake up call. <BR> <BR> I have been focusing on losing the weight! Making choices to get the lbs off, NOT establishing this is the rest of my life habits. <BR> <BR> In a corner of my mind... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:34:10 EST How did that happen! I received a 500 minute exercise trophy last night. How did that happen? I've only been on SparkPeople since June 5th. No way I've exercised 500 minutes! Not me! Right? <BR> <BR> I had to get out my calculator on the trusty 'dashboard' page of my Mac. <BR> 500 minutes is 8.33333 hours. 8.3333 hours is 16.666 30 minute blocks. <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople since June 5th- 16 days total. <BR> <BR> I'm doing a 5K Boot Camp two times a week, about 45 minutes each session. A third... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:33:15 EST Not what I planned It's 1 pm and the day is not what I'd planned- which often happens for a pastor. I am only 4 1/2 years into life as an ordained minister and still learning. <BR> <BR> The youth are ripping up carpet to raise $ for our mission trip - actually for the white water rafting on the way home. My plan was to be working along side them. <BR> <BR> However, I spent the morning helping someone clean up after another person with addictions created damage; I made phone calls, picked her up, went to a f... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 13:12:19 EST Feeling good in the summer time June 14th...a week until the longest day of the year and I am loving it. Here in Ohio we have light until about 9 pm; the fireflies have begun and they are such a delight once it is dark. <BR> <BR> At Boot Camp, we walked/ran a timed mile; each 440 was to be faster than the one prior. My first 440 was 4 min, 1 second, my last was 3 min, 37 seconds - a slow jog but I made it all the way around!!! <BR> <BR> Pete and I walked a mile after dinner - a leisurely stroll. A total of about 4 mil... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:42:32 EST another first I've never kept a blog...journals yes. In some ways, I think of blogs as narcissistic- I mean who wants to read my thoughts? Yet, I've copied something from another SparkPerson's blog and wanted a place to post here I am. <BR> <BR> From By Beth Donovan (~INDYGIRL)'s post about ending binge eating.... <BR> <BR> "Another technique I learned was called HALT. It reminds you to ask yourself if you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired before reaching for food as a comforting tool. These... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:33:15 EST