PCOH051610's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PCOH051610 PCOH051610's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Introduction to Meditation - any suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253408 Hi, <BR> <BR> My gracious, many thanks to all of you who wrote such encouraging messages on blog from yesterday. A few of you suggested I try meditation so I'm going to give it a try. I admit I'm a bit in the dark about meditation and thought I was just too hyper to meditate. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all of you Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:50:43 EST "Living in a dream world" - except it's a nightmare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252887 Hi, <BR> <BR> I know many of you are very anxious to hear about my recent trip to Australia but I'm just not up to it. My mental health is spiralling out of control and I really feel like I'm in a fog. I promise I will write about it, but just not now. <BR> <BR> No, I'm floundering. I can see why (which is helpful) so I'm going to list the reasons here for my own benefit. <BR> <BR> 1) Family doctor retired and new doctor, while nice, is not as familiar as my doctor of 33 years. It really ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:04:32 EST Anxiety, 9/11, leaving the 5% challenge, packing AND a bit of humour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233967 Golly, I just wish my anxiety would just "poof" and disappear into thin air but alas it seems to have made itself a little too comfortable. At least I've never had both anxiety and depression at the same time because that would just be awful. <BR> <BR> Speaking of awful, I cannot believe it's been 15 years since 9/11! As many of you know, I live in Newfoundland, Canada but it did, and still does, affect most of us. Our firehall has been flying the American flag and we watched it being lowe... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:22:02 EST Are you all up for a challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232157 Hi, <BR> <BR> The quarterly 5% challenge is starting again in a few weeks and YOU should join up. It's quite a bit of fun and you get to meet new friends who are in the same boat as you....striving for a healthier lifestyle. Nobody expects perfection and we are all at different stages of our journey so there is always something fun going on. <BR> <BR> This is a sample invitation one of the overall leaders sent to us to try to get more of you all interested: <BR> <BR> <BR> "Fall 5% Challe... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:07:32 EST Latest picture of our dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231000 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88a19fd0-f05e-4a6c-b98e-a0e77c7efab8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was taken last weekend in a seaport town about 40 km away from us. Maddy wasn't too keen on smiling for the camera as his eye caught the seaplane trying to take off....the Pomeranian in him couldn't resist barking! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:54:09 EST I gave myself permission to take a break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226372 Hi, <BR> <BR> A little over a month has gone by since my last blog and at first I felt guilty about that but then my voice of reason spoke up. This has been an "interesting" summer and I have to say that despite the emotional turmoil of my depression/anxiety, I had a good one. <BR> <BR> I returned to work today and usually I detest returning to work after having four glorious months off but this year I am at peace with it. I was actually very excited about it last night and this morning. ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:06:36 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207114 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still here but not as active these days due the very frustrating anxiety/depression that has taken root in my body. Notice I didn't say, my head? That's because, in my experience, both of these things affect your body as a whole. The good news is I'm slowly crawling out of the ditch and am gradually getting back in the driver's seat. Take THAT mood disorders! <BR> <BR> I'm sleeping better than I was over the past three months which is a huge deal in itself. My... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:02:22 EST Thank goodness for my sense of humour (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202025 Hi, <BR> <BR> If you've been wondering where I've been lately I can sum it up in one sentence "I've been knocked nearly flat by the latest change up in my medication for depression - but I haven't lost hope" <BR> <BR> But I'm not going to dwell on that - instead I'm going to post a picture blog of things we've done or images I find particularly humourous: <BR> <BR> Yes, it's a given that I don't run for anything <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10d4d1a4-2ef2-4663... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:13:30 EST 100 years ago today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192904 Hi, <BR> <BR> For those interested I'm going to link an article which I think is well-worth the read. 100 years ago my province of Newfoundland and Labrador was not a part of Canada ( we joined Canada in 1949) so while the rest of Canada celebrates Canada Day many Newfoundlanders view July 1st as a solemn day of remembrance. <BR> <BR> The battle which the article talks about occurred 100 years ago today. Our town had a reading of the those men who went over the top and a candlelight servic... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:15:23 EST A whole lot of nothing - actually some things to make you laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192277 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been collecting some "funnies" to share with you and since I really have nothing to blog about today, here they are: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/588e3e90-4d0c-4b08-ae88-278e9e9d9e46.jpg"> yep, there's a lot of truth to that one. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e92c3feb-38f9-46e2-93f8-df331243a615.jpg"> if you ever find yourself downtrodden and feeling sorry for yourself check out "People of Walmar... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:49:48 EST Anybody out there try Ideal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187682 Hi, <BR> <BR> Over the past year I've watch a co-worker lose an amazing amount of weight with Ideal Protein (IP) so I'd be lying if I said joining hasn't crossed my mind. Really, if we are honest with ourselves, don't we all crave weight loss that is quick and easy? I know I do! <BR> <BR> So, I'm writing this not as an Ideal Protein user or salesperson. I'm writing this as a fifty year old woman who wants to drop 50 pounds. Not only do I want to lose that weight - I want to keep it off, be... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:21:33 EST I've got a new friend and you can have one as well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184637 Hi, <BR> <BR> Actually, I do have TWO new friends and one is probably going to read this and thnk the title is referring to her (hi C!) but, alas, it's about the second friend I'm writing about. <BR> <BR> This friend doesn't have a name, race, sex or religion but is doing more for me than a lot of friends who are actual physical beings. This friend, of course, is me....or should I say "part of me". I'm taking myself under my own control and have an imaginary set of arms wrapped around me i... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:30:19 EST Do you know what happens when you don't eat all day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182210 Hi, <BR> <BR> Do you know what happens when you don't eat all day? You get hungry!!! <BR> <BR> You see, that's my problem. I have somehow lost the concept of eating when hungry because I'm rarely ever hungry! And why am I never hungry, because my eating patterns have been so varied throughout my life that I've even got my brain confused. <BR> <BR> Today, I got up and drank a cup of coffee. Then at 3:00 p.m. I walked 4km with Louisa in the pouring rain. Still didn't feel hungry. At 5, I wa... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:12:44 EST What I learned from watching Miss America and my wee little geranium plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177616 Hi! <BR> <BR> Yes, I hit bottom (again) but there it is and I'm crawling back up. I'm very thankful for my humour, my medications, my dogs, and family/friends who help carry me through these times of despair. Another day punched is another day I'm fighting and, believe you me, I'm in it to win it. <BR> <BR> I watched Miss America last night and you know what struck me? It wasn't the physical beauty of those women nor their outfits or witty rapport. It was that each of those women had a team... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:54:07 EST Lady Louisa needs pawsitive thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171726 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3630cb4-d4e1-4068-8953-17f5c19fb651.jpg"> needs some "pawsitive" thoughts. Brought her to the clinic yesterday for a suspected urinary tract infection and casually mentioned a lump on her hind leg. We've only just noticed this lump, and to be honest, probably wouldn't have given it much initial thought. <BR> <BR> So......surgery scheduled for Wednesday as the needle biopsy showed cancerous cells. Being a diabetic is throwing an added curve i... Sat, 28 May 2016 04:47:37 EST Change - ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170243 So, I logged into Spark after being missing for a few days and discovered SparkPeople have been busy designing new templates for our SparkPages. First impression is UGH! I really enjoyed being able to make my SparkPage a complete reflection of my own unique taste. <BR> <BR> That being said, however, if the only reason you are coming to Spark is to decorate a page, maybe it's time to up your ante. <BR> <BR> Have I told you how much I dislike change? I find the new layout sterile and about a... Wed, 25 May 2016 15:51:58 EST Relapsing into depression - how it physically feels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168084 Really wish I didn't have to write this BUT since this is the only thing that piqued my interest I figured I'd better grab that idea with two hands and cling on. <BR> <BR> Ugh, is there any other illness out there that plays such mind games as depression? I'm truly sorry if there are because the way I feel when I'm slipping back into a depression is truly horrid. And I think the more times it happens the more we approach it with complete dread with disbelief tossed in for good measure. <BR>... Sun, 22 May 2016 11:07:16 EST I am (_____) enough. P.S. So are YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165068 Hi, <BR> <BR> After years of thinking I was never ________enough, I'm realizing it's time to STOP! For me, that blank could be filled in with such words as "smart", "kind", "thin", "pretty", etc. Actually I can easily think up at least 20 more words to fill in that blank and, I'm thinking, so can you. <BR> <BR> At first I thought it was my depression that gave me such self-doubts but take a look around you. We are bombarded daily with messages that we are somehow not good enough. Don't beli... Tue, 17 May 2016 19:18:19 EST When depression comes calling you don't have to put out the welcome mat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160814 Hi, <BR> <BR> I know I might tick off a few people but I really believe that once you've got a good grasp on the whole concept of living with depression, there are a lot of things you can do. Left unchecked, a depressive episode will sneak in and have you in a death grip before you know what's happening. It will be like a plant that's pot-bound...roots will wrap around each other so tightly they'll suck the life right out of the plant until you are left with nothing but a dry, dusty ball of ... Wed, 11 May 2016 12:11:12 EST Have you missed me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157496 Hi, <BR> <BR> Talk about tooting my own horn! Of course, you've all missed me ( <em>211</em> ) because you have nothing better to do than wonder "where is Susan". LOL <BR> <BR> I'm here trying hard to fight off my seasonal depression that accompanies my annual lay off from work. I've had a week off thus far and haven't been real productive. That being said, I haven't been hosting private pity parties either, which is an improvement. <BR> <BR> Highlights of the week included: <BR> <BR... Fri, 6 May 2016 09:32:11 EST You can't compete with the foods you eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149882 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been reading "The Diet Fix" by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (which I highly recommend) and I'm thoroughly hooked. In fact it's the first "diet" book I've ever read that makes sense. Not to steal his thunder but he believes we each have a best weight - the weight which we can sustain the rest of our lives. <BR> <BR> My dietitian loaned me a copy of "The Diet Fix" and I liked it so much I have it downloaded to my iPad AND bought the soft cover version. I'm weird like that - I like a... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:22:47 EST Knowing when it's time to stop, rethink and start over (images) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147169 Hi, <BR> <BR> Are you becoming mired in the mud when it comes to weight loss? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a02af921-83ee-44a5-b042-48a32d0c0434.png">Are you following the same routines and seeing no progress? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e539e102-d453-4a0a-9d97-6384fb204dda.png"> Are you so rigid in your journey that you are putting all of your faith in your dashboard GPS and have left common sense a few miles back? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:33:51 EST I turned 50 today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145505 Hi, <BR> <BR> I was born at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19th, 1966. Apparently my mom had been up late on Monday night ironing (because that's what every woman should be doing at midnight when they were already overdue on their pregnancy <em>246</em> ) and had just gone to bed around 12:30 when her water broke. By the time they got dressed, my brother taken to neighbours and mom to the hospital I was more than ready to be break free. Her doctor is amazed I wasn't born in the elevator. As M... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:37:52 EST I love my husband but.........a little humour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140816 Hi, <BR> <BR> Let me say upfront that I love my husband. Love doesn't mean that I love every single thing he does or words that come out of his mouth. Sometimes that man needs duct tape and believe, you me, today was one of those days. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My psychiatrist called over the weekend and had an appointment free for this morning. This was it my last time seeing her professionally after 12 years as she is retiring. She's a wee bit on the wacky side so I wasn't sad to see this... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:08:03 EST "Into each life some rain must fall" and other musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139785 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said it best, didn't he? <BR> <BR> The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; <BR> It rains,and the wind is never weary; <BR> The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, <BR> But at every gust the dead leaves fall, <BR> And the day is dark and dreary. <BR> <BR> My life is cold, and dark, and dreary; <BR> It rains,and the wind is never weary; <BR> My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past, <BR> But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast, <BR> And t... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:19:06 EST ~ To deny your age is to deny your life ~ Oprah a.k.a. Susan is fast approaching 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136911 Hi, <BR> <BR> Let's go back to last year this same time. Turning 49 filled me with complete dread, to be completely honest. I'm not sure but it was like 49 was a turning point and everything was turning except me. I was definitely stuck in quick sand and I was getting pulled deeper and deeper. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f88a9f4a-f413-4db4-8efb-eaeaedb8c61b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I read my blogs from that time and before, I'm filled with sadness. I wish I could go back and... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 08:00:09 EST Week 3 dietitian, April Fool's Day, and a few pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133906 Hi, <BR> <BR> Confession time. I couldn't meet with my dietitian this past Thursday because she was out of town with her boys at hockey tournaments. Because of that, I felt I loosened up a bit and snuck/sneaked in more of the less "appropriate" foods than I have been. Overall, however, it was a good week as I walked 17 km, tracked my food every day, drank my water and lost 2 pounds. Oh, and I finally nailed off my passport application! Ha! <BR> <BR> It seems I fooled some of you with my Apr... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:19:05 EST Sorry for the short notice but I'm leaving Spark as of today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132310 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4133660 </link> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:01:43 EST Result from professional photo shoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131586 Hi, <BR> <BR> John and I had our pictures done professionally. What do you all think? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8628d5c7-af6d-4a33-8f0d-e1fd46ef12d7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To be honest, I found this on Google and it made me laugh so much I am thinking of putting it on my vision board. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:14:45 EST Why losing a 1/2 pound is not "good enough" - addressing perfectionism. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127307 Dear Self: <BR> <BR> Well, it's been two weeks now and you've been adjusting your eating habits to incorporate more snacks and ensuring you're meeting the bottom limits of your calorie range. it's been much easier than you imagined but you are wondering whether it is sustainable. You were even brave enough to discuss this with C. She then went over your nutrition tracker for the past week and thinks you are doing great but did address your concern about the veggies. You are eating a lot of ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:35:14 EST Week one summary of my experience with dietitian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123430 Hi, <BR> <BR> Are any of you believers in the adage that "things happen for a reason"? I do and this is yet another example why. <BR> <BR> I wrote about starting to see a dietitian, right? Well, did I tell you the story behind it? I was walking into our local drugstore one day and because I held the door open for a slower elderly person I had time to glance at the bulletin board. There, amongst the lost and founds, I found a posting from the dietitian saying her clinic was open. Coincident... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 09:35:15 EST Six months from today.....announcing some exciting news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120673 Hi, <BR> <BR> When I turned 49 last April I had a bit of a panic and after a few "woe is me" moments I decided that 2015-16 were going to be great ones. I basically took a firm hand with myself and decided enough was enough. I truly needed to want to get better to actually get better. <BR> <BR> Knowing myself well enough, I knew I could not do this on my own. I mean, I was talking about both overhauling myself mentally and physically. The first thing I did last Spring was to tell my psychi... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:46:07 EST Experimenting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119101 Hi, <BR> <BR> This week's "homework" from the dietitian was to track everything I eat. I'm doing okay with that, to be honest and that, in itself, is progress. I'm also eating much more frequently which is helping me with the "oh, no! It's after 6:00 p.m. and I have half a days calories to eat". I was still hungry last night so I made some popcorn. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on introducing some new foods (this week it's Melba toast) that I can use as snacks. I also want to use up food we have ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:43:18 EST Are you ready to make a change? Does the word competitiveness scare you....it scares me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117549 Hello! <BR> <BR> Do the words teams, racing and competition make you shiver? They used to have that effect on me. Over the years with SparkPeople I can tell you that some teams just plain intimidated me and as we all know, intimidation is not a pleasant thing. <BR> <BR> The next 5% Challenge begins on March 26th. Okay, so how do you feel? Are you intimidated, scared, interested, or maybe somewhere in between. What is making you feel that way? Do you think you have nothing to offer? Do you t... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 14:51:30 EST My first appointment with a dietitian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116927 Hi, <BR> <BR> Had my first appointment with C. who is a registered dietitian. I'm not sure what that means in all countries but here in Canada it means that this person has at least two university degrees and has to stay practicing to be considered "registered". In short, I think they know what they are talking about. <BR> <BR> As I discussed with her, my problem is not lack of knowledge (I'm not implying I'm a smarty-pants) but rather I self-sabotage by skipping meals which leads to eating... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:20:44 EST Who Rescued Who - great video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115226 Hi, <BR> <BR> Long story short is I subsctibe to a weight-loss specialist's blog and the following video was featured. <link>youtu.be/Rm0qYRWQpZI </link> <BR> <BR> If you can't view the story, it's about an obese, middle aged man who was also suffering from depression, diabetes, etc. It was recommended to him to adopt a shelter dog. The story is beautiful and highly motivating. <BR> <BR> As for me, I'm busy today but am looking forward to talking to the dietitian tomorrow. <BR> <B... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 13:36:21 EST Be brave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113699 Hi, <BR> <BR> Well, I've sent in three days of my food log to the dietitian and she's had a look. I won't know the "results" until my appointment on Thursday. For once, I didn't withhold the truth <em>29</em> so she is quite aware that I consumed a whole bag of miniature Reese's peanut cups AND a large bag of potato chips last Wednesday night. Ugh! <em>46</em> I didn't want any supper (wasn't hungry, I said) but instead asked John to go to the store. Bless him, he went BUT I have to ha... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 18:21:57 EST Six month shakedown, err, shakeup? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112582 Hi, <BR> <BR> Most of us know losing weight and adapting a healthy lifestyle is a mental game. If you've read the Spark success stories, you KNOW it CAN be done but not just to you. Or is this the message that only plays itself in my head? <BR> <BR> I've been around SparkPeople long enough to know that it works. In fact, there are a few like-minded programs out there that actually work. So, what do they have in common? <BR> <BR> RESULTS ARE HIGHLY CORRELATED TO THE PERSONS WILLINGNESS T... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 11:54:53 EST I rescued my first dog 42 years ago today (picture) - you might need tissues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111381 Hi, <BR> <BR> You know they say when your life can change in a minute? Well, my life changed around 12:15 p.m on March 4, 1974. I was walking home from school for lunch when I noticed a young dog being yelled at by nearby construction workers. It was a wet and miserable day and I got down to the ground and called out to it. This soggy and smelly furry blob let me touch it and it followed me home. We had nothing to feed it only bread crusts but we did have towels to dry it's fur. It appreciat... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:24:05 EST Why I joined and QUIT Weight Watchers....all within 72 hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109586 Hello! <BR> <BR> Let me preface this blog by saying I, like many others, do not make good decisions when stressed. If you read my last two blogs you might have got an inkling that my mind was spinning and so, Sunday past, I joined Weight Watchers online. My dear husband didn't even raise his eyebrows when I casually mentioned I had gone ahead and bought a six-month membership for their online program. <BR> <BR> So began Monday morning and I dutifully entered my food into their database. Un... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 15:21:29 EST Well, that came out of the blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107797 Hi, <BR> Yes, this is blog #2 from me today and I just want to say upfront that I'm writing this to me. If you all want to read it, go ahead. <BR> <BR> Dear Susan, <BR> <BR> Today started off normally except you were more tired than most days. You worked until 1:30 p.m. and had a relatively slow morning at work. You used your SAD light for 30 + minutes but could not rid yourself of the building anxiety in your stomach. Not sure where that really came from. <BR> <BR> Called the vet about Ma... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:40:23 EST Calling all of my Sparkies who are taking prescription drugs for mental health issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107493 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm trying to find a workable answer to the question "do prescription antidepressants cause long term weight gain" and whether or not it is possible to lose a lot of weight while on them. <BR> <BR> I guess I'm talking about the people who, prior to taking antidepressants, were always slender and whose weight skyrocketed afterwards. <BR> <BR> I'm in that camp. I was always slender (to the point of being downright skinny most of my life) until I start taking the antidepressan... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:36:24 EST Why the 5% Challenges might not be right for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105219 Huh, yes you read the blog title correctly. It does read "why the 5% Challenges might not be right for you". <BR> <BR> As you read this list pretend to be hearing Jeff Foxworthy's voice in the tune of "you might be a redneck if..." <BR> <BR> The 5% challenges might not be right for you if...... <BR> <BR> - you are dead <BR> - you are not human <BR> - you are a hermit <BR> - you have no desire to meet new people <BR> - you detest fun in any manner <BR> - you refuse to learn new tricks <BR>... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:20:36 EST Are you slipping away from Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100042 Hi, <BR> <BR> Today's blog was inspired by my SparkFriend BOVEY63. She wrote about how she made a revelation - here is the link to that blog <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BO<BR>VEY63 </link> <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark for 5+ years and I'd be lying if I tried to tell you that it's always been smooth sailing. What starts off as a gung-ho attitude sometimes ebbs off to "why bother". We've all been there, right? <BR> <BR> Our reasons for "slipping away" from Spark are... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 19:02:12 EST How do you handle criticism? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098782 Hi, <BR> <BR> If you have been reading my blogs for any length of time you know self-esteem is not one of my strong points. Through therapy, I have been making huge strides in the right direction but the self-doubt is there lingering in the back of my mind like a odor you can't quite find the source of. <BR> <BR> I should clarify that I'm talking about constructive criticism. Like my swimming instructor who, for the life of her, cannot figure out why my hips would rise up in the water when... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 06:58:19 EST Holiday? What holiday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097106 Hi, <BR> <BR> I just realized that for a lot of you yesterday was a holiday. I'm thinking the American holiday was for President's Day, but I'm not too sure. Anyway, for most of my fellow Canadians, yesterday was also a holiday. I think some provinces call it Family Day while others have a "heritage day". Here in Newfoundland, we don't have a holiday in February but usually we get a snow day here or there so it all balances out <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Did I ever tell you guys home much wi... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 07:55:17 EST Happy Day after Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096414 Hi, <BR> <BR> When my husband and I were making the usual "ugh, it's Monday" comments this morning John piped up and said, "Yes, but it is also the day the stores mark down all of their chocolate". Not that we will be buying any but it was funny how quick he was to find something positive to say. <BR> <BR> And, to be completely truthful, Mondays don't really bother me. Yes, it is my longer day to work but I'm thankful to have a job that I really enjoy. <BR> <BR> Oh, and I think you all wa... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:27:41 EST Hello, thank you and a quick catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094451 Hello, <BR> <BR> Well, it's been quite the week! Maddy came home last night and went back to the clinic this afternoon. It's been like this all week.....ugh. Poor wee thing..I really wish they could talk although being a Pomeranian, he does enough talking when he is well! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So the pancreatitis is cleared up and he is now on a low dose muscle relaxant and steroid. We have borrowed a kennel from the clinic (large enough for his bed and water and food bowls) so we have ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:18:56 EST Off the path for a few days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093341 Hi, <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you who have been virtually by my side over the past week...it is very much appreciated. I'm floundering a bit but am trying hard to keep things from totally overwhelming me. I've thrown out my anchor and I'm holding on. <BR> <BR> I'm still getting my water in and I'm getting my sleep. I am not eating the best (but at least I'm fully aware of that and have a healthy meal planned for this evening). <BR> <BR> Probably some of you are shaking your heads as to w... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:35:18 EST And finally a snow day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091700 Hi, <BR> <BR> We've had some weird weather lately but are having our first snow day of the season. It was so nice waking up this morning to hear that my workplace is closed due to the weather. So far this morning it has just been a bit blustery but the winds are supposed to pick up as more snow falls. <BR> <BR> Maddy is sleeping which is good. He ate a little bit of boiled chicken yesterday and didn't have a major attack of pain. He is still having spasms of pain where his little body shak... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:14:03 EST