PEPPYPATTI's SparkPeople Blog PEPPYPATTI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I HAVE MISSED YOU! I am so sorry to have been away for so long but since I started working, life has been hectic. We have had 4 people quit & there are only 4 of us now & I have been the one they can count on to come in as needed. I have worked split shifts, double shifts & gone in on my OFF days, like today. They needed extra coverage between 5-8 so they called & of course I cannot say no. Larry is still not working, nor is he looking for a job, so we really need the money. Although the other night I did ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:49:05 EST BACK AT IT-LOL! Yep! I seem to be back at everything, including work. I was not scheduled until the 22nd but I have been called in 4 times now. Luckily today I was off as I needed to rest up. My energy level is not quite up to par & I find I tire more easily but I am also back on the treadmill so that is helping build up my stamina. I am just taking it day by day & making sure I do not overdo it. On Monday I go have more blood work done to check out my Potassium levels. I hope they are down so I can ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:16:05 EST Yay! Progress! Well I got to go back to work today & it went great! I was really apprehensive but it was just a matter of confidence after not doing much physical activity lately. I am glad that they did not tell me the Regional Mgr was coming in beforehand or I really would have panicked-lol! But it all went well & I realized how much I really missed it. I even managed to get in 3.8 miles walking. My son Randy came down on my lunch to visit with me. I guess where I felt I was being taken for granted ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:23:17 EST MY BEST DAY SO FAR! <img src=""> <BR> I woke up at 3 this morning as it was hot & I tried to get back to sleep but could not. I go back to work tomorrow & I think I had that on my mind. But it was a good thing as I got quite a bit done already today. Larry was sleeping in the recliner so I cleaned up the bedroom & bath room, then I quietly started on the kitchen. If I do nothing else today, I still got more done than I have in a while. I am starting to... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:31:23 EST HAVING A LAZY DAY-LOL! Yes, I have done absolutely nothing except a little house work. I did intend to wake up early & even set the alarm but Larry turned it off & I did not wake up until 11. I got up & turned my PC on & was back asleep before I even finished my cup of tea. I did not wake up until 2:30. But it is not just me having the lazies today. Larry just now woke up again & it is 7:00! Randy too did not get up until 3-lol! So needless to say it has been a relaxing day. <BR> I got my bloodwork back & my... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:19:29 EST HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! Ok, believe me, I am not losing my mind. This year has just really, for lack of better words "sucked"! Rather than wait till January, I am starting my New Years as of today! Tomorrow will be my 3rd Spark Anniversary & there is no better time for a fresh start! <BR> As far as my health issues, things are still kind of inconclusive. I am back in the Diabetic Range & my Potassium levels are high so they reran the blood work yesterday to double check it. The blood pressure medication does ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:08:29 EST STILL HANGING AROUND.... Well normally, no news is good news, but not so much in this case. I have not blogged as I have been in quite a funk. Since I have seen the DR, nothing else has happened. The Specialist I was to see when he came back from vacation could not understand why I was referred to him as he is a Radiologist & they already did the CT scan so needless to say I did not get to see him. I have tried to locate the Attending Physician I had at the hospital, to see why I was even referred to the Radiolog... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:16:14 EST HANGING IN HERE! Well not much going on here. I went to the DR on Thursday. Larry said I scared him but I think that he could not believe the difference in me from 6 weeks ago, when I was vibrant & my only complaint was dust allergies. He pointed out that my speech has been slightly impaired. A little slower & slurry. I had to turn in my Disability paperwork so I got to go into work & saw a few of my favorite co-workers. I also went & got my hair cut off into a short bob. I did not realize how long it ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:39:46 EST OUT OF THE RUNNING TEMPORARILY Sorry my dear friends that I have been away for so long but I have been sick. At first it was the flu but I was not getting any better & was admitted to the hospital last week. It seems I have a Brain Aneurysm. I was released yesterday I am to follow up at Fort Sanders as Methodist does not have the capability or the Drs to perform the necessary surgery to repair it, if it can be fixed. At this time I am just resting & taking it easy. So I am really in need of all your prayers. I am sca... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:07:07 EST RIP My Baby Buffer! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In Memory of Buffer 1997-2014 <BR> It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of our beloved Buffer. He passed away this morning, while I held him in my arms. Before he left, I told him he would be able to play with his brother Sammie (also in the picture with him who we lost a year ago Christmas) again up in Pet Heaven & that he could have all the pizza, chicken & milk he could ever want. He was m... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:31:14 EST I AM IN NEED OF SOME OF YOUR SPARK! I can't seem to find mine lately & I need some encouragement & support. There are 2 songs running through my head this last week. One is by Simon & Garfunkel. <BR> "I'm empty & aching & I don't know why" <BR> The other is the Gambler by Kenny Rogers <BR> "You've got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em. Know when to walk away..." <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to write this blog for over a week now but just have not have the strength or time. I am working 6 days a week, mostly ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 02:19:26 EST HAVING A REST DAY! I have been off the last 3 days but today has been by far the most relaxing. I have everything done & ready to start on another torturous week-lol! I have to go in at 7 am tomorrow so I plan on going to bed very early tonight! <BR> We managed to get all the storm clean up done. We ended up losing 4 trees in the front out of 6. We lost a LOT of shade-lol! But at least we do not have much to worry about any future trees coming down. I am just thankful my son Randy was not hurt. Traumatiz... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:00:16 EST MY EXCUSE FOR BEING MIA-LOL! We had a storm come through with 80 mph straight winds & this was the result-lol! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We finally have our power on & I did a lot of clean up today. My son Randy was home at the... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:04:55 EST HAPPY SATURDAY!! On this rare occasion that I am awake early, I just thought I would get my Spark on-lol! As I usually work till 11 each night it has been rather hard to stay caught up, but this morning I woke up at 5 from coughing (severe allergies) & just could not get back to sleep. So far I have done the dishes, watered my plants & played a few games. Normally I try to sleep in on the days I work the evening shift, so I guess a nap will be in order for later-loll! <BR> Well I am very proud of myself. ... Sat, 31 May 2014 07:58:15 EST HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE! It has been hard to get caught up this week & blog as I have worked the last 4 nights (3-10:30) but today I worked the day shift so I am having a relaxing evening. Very much deserved-lol! <BR> Today I finally hit my 5% goal in the Spring Challenge of 125.3. Yay! I have bombed the last 3 challenges but it seems the less you have to lose, the harder it is to do it. I love the Challenges but I am at a weight that is good for me. I finally feel comfortable in my own body again. Whenever... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:10:20 EST THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS! Thank you all for all your thoughts & prayers! God listened & everything went great! The Cardiologist said there was enough viability in the heart that he could get to 2 possibly 3 of the blockages depending on how long the contrast dye lasted. Well everything went so well that he found a 4th blockage & was able to stent it as well. So as he says "All the plumbing is fixed!" & Larry is already showing signs of great improvement. He is actually going to go back to work tomorrow although I... Tue, 20 May 2014 19:18:28 EST GOOD NEWS AT LAST! Well last week we went out to Vanderbilt for Larry to get the MRI done for the tissue viability & we found out that the results were good. There is a lot more good tissue than what the previous MRI showed, so he is now scheduled to get 2 to 3 stints put in. They will be doing this Monday at 11:30 am & he will be able to come home on Tuesday & surprisingly may even be able to return to work as soon as Wednesday! So we are both happy campers, especially him-lol! This certainly has been a lo... Thu, 15 May 2014 16:56:18 EST JUST A QUICK UPDATE! Sorry this is late but things have been hectic. Our trip to Vanderbilt turned out to be quite the fiasco. We got there at 9:30 as told but he was not taken back until 4:30. The DR started the Angiogram then realized the blockages were more severe than what the images taken from Methodist showed so they were not able to do any of the stints. He called in a Heart Surgeon for consultation & they want to do another MRI for tissue viability study to see what tissue is good, what is not & what ... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:08:59 EST YAY! SOME GOOD NEWS AT LAST! Well we got a call from Vanderbilt on Tuesday & they feel they can go in & remove 1, 2 or possibly 3 or Larry's blockages. So he is scheduled to go in on Monday. In my last blog I did omit the fact that he had a slight stroke the week before. He did not want his mother to know & a few of his friends are members of Spark & read my blogs & I did not want them to let her know before I was able to tell her. Luckily the stroke was mild & it did no damage. So finally I have some good news to s... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:41:14 EST Needing to Vent! I normally like to write positive, motivating blogs but sorry, I really need to vent right now. I am so mad right now, as Bonnie Tyler puts it "Living In a Powder Keg & Given Off Sparks". That pretty well suits how I am feeling. After working back to back shifts, tonight is the first night I have had to come home & be able to relax. Of course that is, after doing the dishes & laundry. After Sparking I decided to relax & play my beloved Guitar Hero. After 15 minutes Larry came out out of... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:47:15 EST PLAYING CATCH UP-LOL! Well today was my day off, or at least from work-lol! Larry got me up early & he wanted to go to all the grocery stores. I have never seen a man who loves to shop the way he does! But it made him happy, so that was good. Then I took him for his Ultrasound for the blockage in his Corated Artery & right leg. We got home at 3:30 so now I have time to relax-lol! I managed to fracture my rib again so for the rest of the day I am just staying on the couch. Although I am in pain, it is nice t... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:16:06 EST GEE, SPARKING SURE FEELS GOOD! I did not realize it has been a week since my last blog. I meant to keep you all up to date more often but time has been a precious commodity lately-lol! Right now, at this very moment, I am feeling happy & content. I know it could all change in an hour, but I will take Happy anyway I can get it-lol! Tonight has been the first evening where I could really sit down & relax & get my Spark on & get caught up. I work the late shift tomorrow so I get to stay up a little tonight. As far as La... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:45:30 EST SORRY FOR THE LATE UPDATE! I have had every intention of keeping you posted but this week has been an absolute roller coaster. We went to Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Unfortunately the DR was unable to read the discs from the latest EKG's, etc but she gave us a lot of supportive advice & pretty much reiterated every thing I have been trying to tell Larry. Basically, that he needs to be more pro active in his health care, rather than put it all on me. She made me me feel reassured that I have a good sense of what to do ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:26:14 EST QUICK UPDATE... Yesterday I took Larry for his blood work & another EKG. We see the Cardiologist in the morning for the results & I will keep you posted. His coughing has increased again & he was up a lot last night, sleeping in an upright position, so needless to say, I was on alert all night. Sometimes I feel he is not taking this seriously enough but I am staying on him as much as possible. I like my job at Walgreen's & my manager says if I want to work full time, that is not a problem. They are all... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:09:16 EST THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I just finished reading all your comments on my blogs & I so want to thank you all individually but honestly I am exhausted. But do know in my heart I appreciate each & every one of you. You have been my rock. Sorry for all the typos in my last blog but I was so tired I could not even see straight-lol. But things are settling down. I took Larry into his work yesterday after I got off work & that really lifted his spirits. Also it was good for me as as I saw a few people that I used to ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:15:36 EST UPDATE ON HUBBY.. They say that God does not give you more than you can handle. Well he certainly must have a lot of faith in me-lol! <BR> <BR> We got Larry home Sunday afternoon, of course with his buddy PITA. It has gone off twice but he was able to respond to press the buttons to delay the treatment. (It will shock him 5 times if he does not respond). Up till yesterday, he was just grateful to be home but now we is going through the frustrated state. OK this next sentence is XX rated but he is frustra... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:07:55 EST UPDATE ON HUBBY.. Sorry I did not post this last night but I was dead tired. At this point, Larry is stable & may be released tomorrow. The Tissue Viability test showed he has 30% good tissue & his heart is enlarged. There are several blockages but surgery is not an option at this point. They now have him on oral medications & his numbers are looking good. His upper & lower heart are not beating in sync so he is also wearing 24/7 what is called a Life Vest. Should his heart fail, it will shock him & we c... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:39:50 EST AN URGENT REQUEST FOR YOUR PRAYERS! I have been MIA lately as my husband has been ill. We thought it was bronchitis but he got worse & I finally got him to the ER on Monday morning. He has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. His heart is only operating at 10 % capability as of now. Today they did the Angiogram & there is so much blockage & considering his heart is so weakened that are not able to do By Pass Surgery. Tomorrow they are going to do a Viable Heart test to see how mush stress the heart can take & then... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:22:26 EST AN URGENT REQUEST FOR YOUR PRAYERS! I have been MIA lately as my husband has been ill. We thought it was bronchitis but he got worse & I finally got him to the ER on Monday morning. He has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. His hear is only operating at 10 % capability as of now. Today they did the Angiogram & there is so much blockage & considering his heart is so weakened that are not able to do By Pass Surgery. Tomorrow they are going to do a Viable Heart test to see how mush stress the heart can take & then ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:22:26 EST HAS SPRING REALLY SPRUNG? I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning." ~ J. B. Priestley <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day today! We got up to 65 degrees with sunshine. So after cleaning house, I decided to drive to the Lake & walk. Oh it felt SO good! I walked for 5.5 miles. I probably would have gone further but I had to pee & the one Port-A-John was closed down. This makes no sense. It is a major par... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 23:23:10 EST RULE #1 - NEVER DROP PA PHIL! Well it is nearly 6 am & I was awakened by a thunderstorm. Gee a few days ago, 7 inches of snow & now severe thunderstorms. I guess this is what happens when you drop Phil on his head. I do hope he has not suffered irreparable brain damage or we will really be in a mess-lol! And I also wonder, will my floors ever stay clean! <BR> <BR> Today's wake up tune in my head is "Lazy Days" by Spanky & Our Gang <BR> Blue sky, sunshine -Flowers bloomin', squirrels sayin' hello <BR> Rowboats, bird no... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:13:32 EST OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING! "Oh what a beautiful morning - Oh what a beautiful day, <BR> I've got a wonderful feeling - Everything's going my way." <BR> <BR> That song has been running through my head since yesterday morning. I guess it is a good sign. Lately I have been getting a lot of weird songs stuck in my head. Two weeks ago, it was the theme from Gilligan's Island, Casper the Friendly Ghost & Puff the Magic Dragon. I do not know where these come as I have not heard them on anything. Maybe there is a phobia ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:01:39 EST OH BEWARE - THE UNDERWEAR! Quote of the Day: Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there – Will Rogers <BR> <BR> They say you should always wear comfortable loose clothing to work out in. But I have found one exception-underwear! This morning I was up having a great time doing my Beach Body Video when I could feel my underwear slip down. So I had to reach down & pull them up. 2 minutes later, voila! I did not want to stop my work out as I was having such fun so every few minutes ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:13:44 EST ENERGY! Quote of the Day: "Energy Begets Energy" - unknown <BR> <BR> I awoke at 6 am with a headache & went back to bed so I really was not feeling like doing a whole lot. Then I remembered that quote & got on the treadmill & did crunches & some yard work. We got 7 inches of snow last night. It was so beautiful! But surprisingly when I awoke at 6, I let the dogs out & you could already hear the snow melting! The sun came out later & now most of the snow is gone. I can not believe it could disa... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:30:27 EST ANOTHER FANTASTIC DAY! Quote of the Day: "Wellness isn’t about deprivation and it’s not about perfection. It is about pointing yourself in the direction of growth, training yourself to get comfortable with your highest potential, and then taking small steps to support that shift. It’s about showing up for yourself, day by day, and then one day finding that you’ve undergone a transformation." (Kathy Freston) <BR> <BR> Well another good day! I got up, did a few things then got on the treadmill. Did my Beach Body w... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:09:14 EST FINDING MY WAY BACK! "I am the creator of my own thoughts. My mind is filled with positivity. I create wondrous and beautiful thoughts." <BR> <BR> I guess last year just was not my year, or at least since we came back from vacation in August. I have been having a very difficult time trying to routine myself & get back in my groove. A lot has been due to the problems with Larry but things are getting better now. Everything just threw me off balance. Randy & I have both been sick on & off but I think we are bo... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:30:17 EST IT'S SNOWING! Gee, I finally got my snow. It started this morning & has snowed all day. We only have a few inches but it is such a beautiful snow. When the lights hit, it glistens. I find it so amazing! I would take pictures but it is dark now. Hope you all have had a good day! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>425</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:31:49 EST LATEST HIGHLIGHTS! I have not blogged in a while as first I had the flu then now recovering from a stomach virus. But I have thought of you all! <BR> <BR> First of all, my kitty Buffer is still around. That cat is so stubborn, he refuses to give up, which is good. Although he doesn't quite make it to his kitty box, he tries & he is eating & drinking & being his normal pesty self-lol! <BR> <BR> Secondly, things are going better between Larry & I. Yes it is a lot of work & a lot of giving in but it is worth... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:26:02 EST I APPRECIATE YOU ALL! It has been a while since I have blogged. Mainly because things have not been going very well. But I did the one thing I should not have done & that was to isolate myself & shut down. A dear Spark friend reminded me that I should not be doing this to myself & it gave me a kick in the pants. I know I have all of you for motivation & support & I do so appreciate that. Right now my oldest kitty Buffer is dying of old age. There is nothing I can do for him & I feel helpless. All he will do... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:55:54 EST A HEARTFELT THANK YOU! I really want to thank you all for the support & encouragement on my last blog. It warmed my heart & spirits. Things are going a little better. Due to all the stress I have developed a ulcer, which is keeping me from sleeping in but on the plus side I do so enjoy getting up early & starting my day Sparking. I may not be able to do much else right now but Sparking is just what need. Yesterday it rained all day & I awoke at 4 to find it snowing, so I can not say this year that we did not g... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:29:15 EST FEEL MY SPARK ALIVE AGAIN! Sorry I have not been Sparking but there has been a lot of things going on that just had me down right depressed. It is hard to cheer & motivate others when you cannot find it within yourself. Larry & I have been fighting a lot & I was to the point of calling it quits. Whenever he gets mad at me, he attacks Randy who does not deserve it. He made the Honor Roll. He got his fines all paid & he now has a valid Drivers License. So now he is looking for a job but Larry does not believe he is... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:14:01 EST STILL FEELING THIS FLU! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I have had this flu for a good week now. I felt better on Saturday & Monday but have been down since. Yesterday was a little better as I at least got the house cleaned & vacuumed. And poor Randy has had it right along with me. Comrades in misery-lol! On a good note, the other night Randy brought home a Certificate that he made the Honor Roll so I am very proud of him. Else wise, I am just doing what I c... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:46:58 EST A GOOD DAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes I have had a good day today! I woke up & did some Sparking, then I got on the treadmill. Cleaned house then felt like playing with the Leaf Blower until it died-lol! Then I did my Rockin' Body CD. Boy have I missed that. I forgot how much fun it was! I have also spent some down time playing PC games, so all in all a pretty balanced day! I hope yours was as well! <BR> <BR> Affirmation of the Day: I embr... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:22:31 EST THE FALL CHALLENGE! Let me tell you, that was all I needed to get my butt back in gear! I just love these challenges. You meet new friends & have fun setting goals together. I was so ready for this. I doubt that I will make my 5% weight goal but I am not too concerned about it. I am at 128 now & 125 suits me. I think 121 is too low for me. But it is about the fun & comradeship that makes me love the challenges! <BR> <BR> Affirmation of the Day: <BR> I woke up on the right side of the bed today. Hoorah! <... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 19:15:28 EST GOOFING OFF TODAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am taking the day off & just goofing around. Slept in till 11, did some Sparking & then I have just been playing PC games. I figured since it is Larry's day off, I never get anything done when he is home, so might as well just enjoy it-lol! I finally got assigned a team for the Fall 5% Challenge. As I did not participate in the Summer Challenge I did not get to stay on my Cats Team. But that is OK. Change ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 16:20:16 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today would have been my Mother's 85th birthday. I am missing her so much right now, it is hard to breathe. I was having a good day, but Larry went on the ambush on Randy & I had a total meltdown. But I did exercise-lol! <BR> Hope you all have had a great day! <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:29:48 EST TODAY IS A FRESH START! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I have spent the day thoroughly cleaning house. One of the obstacles that has been in my way. I feel ready to start back to exercising tomorrow & have everything in place as well as a commitment to myself. Thank you all for all the love & support you have given me. I could not have come out of this if it were not for all of you! I so appreciate having you all in my life & I feel truly blessed to have you... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:00:20 EST HAVE BEEN TAKING A BREAK <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I do not know why, but ever since I came back from vacation, I just cannot stick with anything. I am doing OK with my food & weight. It is the commitment to exercise that I am failing at. I think with everything that has been going on, I just need a break. I am still Sparking, just not exercising till the Challenge starts. I think that is when I will find my motivation. Larry has been really grumpy lately, Ra... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:26:31 EST A NEW STRATEGY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been having trouble with my motivation as of late. Although I did have a cold, it still did not account my lack of dedication. So this morning, I figured out a new strategy! I got most of my house work done, & did 65 min on the treadmill. I told myself I had to do this BEFORE I could turn my PC on. I think that has been a lot of my problem. I check my email or start Sparking, then I get side tracked. ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:43:54 EST HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well Friday the 13th's have always been my lucky days, so I thought I would pass some of my luck on to you! <BR> Not much going on today. Hubby is off & I am feeling a little off, so I am taking a rest day. Just finished doing the dishes, now off to play some Candy Crush-lol! <BR> <BR> Affirmation of the Day: Today is my lucky day! <BR> <BR> My Positives: <BR> The sun is shining & the temps are cooler <BR> Ta... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:46:45 EST