PIR8CHIK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PIR8CHIK PIR8CHIK'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/ The joy of self entertainment....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910865 So last night I was logging my exercise......ok, wait - I must digress for one second.... <BR> You see me saying that sentence makes it sound like logging my exercise is something I do every day. Which it isn't. In fact, I really haven't worked out in any dedicated way for almost 2 years! <BR> Yes, I've gone to the gym a few times, but no committment was involved. The gym and I were kind of like......not seriously dating. We just weren't that into each other...... <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:47:00 EST Checking in again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893352 Well, Hi there my Spark friends! Yes, I'm still alive! <BR> Life has been very busy this past year! <BR> My last blog was pre-deployment and much has happened since then! <BR> 2014 continued to provide our family with many challenges both medically and mentally. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful surprise weekend planned for hubby and me to get away alone before he left the country...BUT, as anyone in the military knows - the best laid plans.....ha ha ha <BR> Their departure date got moved up to th... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:01:30 EST Wow, 1st blog in a year..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733492 I hadn't realized it has been so long since I've posted a blog. 2013 was a tough year for our family. We had a lot of change and a lot of struggles. As the year came to a close...all I kept saying was "I can't WAIT for 2013 to be over....... bring on 2014, it's got to be better!" <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I was wrong. <BR> <BR> 2014 can be worse. And it has been worse...and it still keeps getting worse. <BR> <BR> We've already dealt with medical issues & my father-in-law passi... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 02:42:56 EST IBS/Food Intolerances/FODMAP...a new path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416228 Today I met with a nutritionist in hopes that I could get ANOTHER opinion on possible solutions to my digestive issues (bloating, swelling etc). <BR> After reviewing everything I have done so far and the tests (blood allergy, environmental allergy, ALCAT) she recommended a different food intolerance test and jumping into the FODMAP "diet" for a few weeks to see if that will help. <BR> So, now I have to go through the approved FODMAP foods and eliminate the dairy, soy, gluten and the other fo... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 02:00:15 EST Strangest Food Reaction yet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397310 Yesterday my daughter and her boyfriend stopped by my workplace to have lunch with me. They wanted to go to Portillo's (a Chicago Hotdog place with a location in AZ). I LOVE Portillo's! Well, I should say my heart loves Portillo's but my stomach doesn't. <BR> So, i contemplated what to have, knowing darn well that I really shouldn't eat any of it (full of gluten, dairy, soy etc). Welllllll......... I had a craving for a cheeseburger! I'm not currently eating red meat and I haven't had a chees... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:44:09 EST Such a busy and productive weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384812 As I typed my title for this blog....here's what came out of my fingers... <BR> "Such a busty..." ha ha ha and as I backspaced to fix that OBVIOUS typo I laughed thinking.....how funny it would be to see a "bloopers" reel of typos/auto corrects. I know I've had some REALLY funny ones!!! <BR> <em>198</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway...... I had a super BUSY weekend ....lol <BR> <BR> Friday night I went and played miniature golf (or Putt Putt, as we midwesterners call it!) with my ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:43:02 EST Food Intolerances: 2 years and still so frustrated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377486 It's been 2 years since I changed my diet due to my food intolerance testing. In a desperate attempt to eliminate the bloating, cramping, diarrhea, swelling, hives, weight gain........I completely changed my food choices. <BR> <BR> And while I know that things are much better, I still have daily bloating and my life feels like I spend WAY too much time thinking about how I feel, what I can eat for the next meal, and what foods I'm missing. <BR> ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 02:46:48 EST Dreams of my new schedule..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273732 Well, my new job situation is becoming a reality! I see the light at the end of my tunnel! <BR> Saturday was the last day of my retail job.... Friday night a bunch of us went out and had loads of fun and laughs. It was really nice....I swear they are the nicest people I have met in Phoenix. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1757824017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So just like that my nights are now clear! Wow! And my weekends too! <BR> <BR> Since I get off my other job (that ends... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 02:32:37 EST 2013 is gonna be great!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261988 I'm so excited these days! I just get this vibe that 2013 is gonna be a wonderful year for me and my husband!!!! <BR> <BR> First off.... <BR> I got a new job this week! <BR> For those that don't know......I work 2 1/2 jobs...... 2 part time jobs that equal about 55-60 hours a week and then another little side job that is pretty much whenever I can fit it in. The problem, of course, is that I'm NEVER home. One of my part time jobs was added in October. It was a retail temporary holiday slot t... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:58:06 EST Help! Foods to avoid with mold allergies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222467 So, amongst all my other issues.....I had environmental allergy testing done and was pretty much severly allergic to everything (grasses, pollen, molds, pet hair, feathers, trees, you get the idea.) <BR> So, as I keep trying to figure out what agrees with my stomach and what doesn't I came across some info that my mold allergy may be causing problems with things I'm eating ......like xantham gum? guar gum? Hmmmmm what about that Bio-K fermented rice probiotic I spent a gabillion dollars on? <... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:15:28 EST Whining just a little, kinda down today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218845 I'm gonna have a little pity party for myself. Would you like a cup of tea? Maybe a crumpet? Or maybe some non-dairy cheese to go with that whine? <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> I don't do this very often, but sometimes enough is enough and I reach my breaking point. I'm starting to feel overwhelmed and I have no where to turn. <BR> <BR> Today I found out that a very dear couple I know, that I used to work for, are moving to Texas. What is upsetting is that I worked for this couple, in their home... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:42:02 EST You know you're in trouble when..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217976 you finally admit to yourself that you need some help getting your life lined up if you're ever going to reach your goals.....you swallow your pride and search out some help and then after you email a request to possibly PAY someone to help you...... <BR> they never respond. <BR> <BR> Never even acknowledge the request. <BR> <BR> That's pretty sad. <BR> and more than a little disheartening. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 02:07:41 EST Hoping 2013 turns around quickly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186568 Wow, only 2 days into 2013 and I'm wondering if I want to turn around and run! That's not good! lol <BR> <BR> But I'm going to try to think positively and focus on the good. <BR> i'm not making resolutions because I want to live each day to the fullest and a list of resolutions seems really confining and doomed for failure. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to start a document on my computer labeled Highlights of 2013. <BR> You see, at the end of every year I try to thinkk backk on what happened ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:25:22 EST Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171633 Well, I've been super busy lately....working about 65 hrs a week and gone from 7:15am - 10pm most days. I have every Sunday off though, thank goodness....but the whole day is filled with grocery shopping, laundry etc. <BR> <BR> So much has been going on since my last post. <BR> First off, I got my food intolerance testing back and it was better. Not quite so many foods on the list. Many had moved back to the safe list, but some had moved from safe to intolerant. So, I adjusted my foods aga... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 01:32:34 EST Open Letter from a Food Intolerant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120511 NO Dairy – NO Soy—No Gluten—No Pork—No Tuna—No Chamomile—No Cranberries……….blah blah blah…….and everything else it seems. <BR> <BR> Living with food intolerances can be very frustrating! Here’s what I’d like to say, but rarely do: <BR> <BR> To my friends: <BR> <BR> Yes! I’d love to meet you for lunch! However, my restaurant choices are limited and I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t tease me when I spend a crazy amount of time checking on ingredients with the server and tweaking my orde... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:28:31 EST Crafts, Blood, Stress.....lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109367 Hmmmmmm how can I tie those things together? <BR> <BR> Well, a couple of weeks ago I decided that I needed to take on another part-time job. Hopefully, just seasonal....but who knows. I guess if they really want me to stay after Christmas I might consider it, if the hours work for me. So, I got a job at Hobby Lobby. The CRAFT Mecca . What an awesome place to shop! I picked this company to apply at because they are closed on Sundays and that way I knew, going into the holiday season, that I w... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 02:01:38 EST A crazy week..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043371 Let's see.......how did my week roll last week??? <BR> Tuesday was fun! My boss, who's getting his private pilot's license, flew me from Phoenix to Payson and back (with the instructor, of course). So that was a little scary, but fun and best of all.....it was during work time so I got paid!!! And got fed!!! lol...... <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Wed. was not so good..... hubby had taken the day off and decided to head up north on the Harley for a pleasure ride but before he could get our ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 03:06:10 EST The wonderful bottled dairy free sauces I found! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031978 Ok, I know.....I'm easily thrilled..... <BR> but when life is dairy free you begin to yearn for sauces to pour over your pasta, rice, meat etc...... not using cream, milk, cream cheese, cheese, yogurt...... <BR> tomato sauce can get a little old. <BR> <BR> BUT- at my local Fresh & Easy Market I have discovered a whole stash of dairy free simmer sauces!!! And from what I've tasted so far.....their great! <BR> Get a load of these sauces: <BR> <BR> Cacciatore: "Made the old world way with toma... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 17:16:46 EST At peace with food-what's left of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011280 So, it's been just over a year since I radically changed my food choices due to my food intolerance test results. Wow, what a year it has been! <BR> I started out crying and hungry. Frustrated and mad. <BR> <BR> But now, after a year, I'm looking at things differently! <BR> I've added back many foods as my digestive system healed and over all my stomach is much happier! I still get bloated or swollen and gassy some days....but far less then it used to be. <BR> The initial 12 lbs that I lost... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:44:58 EST Here's my juicing creation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905150 Here's the beast and the bounty of healthy ingredients ! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l539070593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some grinding and spinning and here's what I've got! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l305366288.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Remove the foam and pour! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206078073.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pair it up with a sweet potato and an asparagus chicken rollup and it's dinner time! <BR> <img src="http://p... Thu, 31 May 2012 00:11:02 EST Time for Phase #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871487 The last year and a half has been a little challenging for my body.... <BR> <BR> Phase 1: Dec 2010 <BR> I had a tummy tuck! I was so excited to finally rid myself of a horrid disfiguring scar and stretched out tummy! Yes, it hurt and the recovery was kinda long.....but it was certainly worth it! But at my followup appointments my plastic surgeon was puzzled. It seemed that I was still more swollen than I should have been at that point of the recovery. Hmmmmmm....... <BR> <BR> Phase 2: June... Mon, 7 May 2012 23:28:22 EST How do I find a Doc supportive of homeopathic ideas?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4756783 Ok, I'm so frustrated! I hope you great Sparkers have some good ideas for me! <BR> <BR> I have a primary doctor that I've gone to for years, but I'm ready to find a new one because I was so frustrated with my last visit with him. <BR> I have been seeing a homeopathic doctor on the side that has been helping me with my food intolerances and had administered my ALCAT blood test to guide me. I was excited with the results and progress I had made! But....when I took the info and results to my r... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 16:32:00 EST A Good Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708116 Tonight the house was quiet...the kids aren't here, hubby is fast asleep so he can get up at 3am for work ...and I began gathering and mixing ingredients for a new cookie recipe. I'm still having a hard time dealing with my restricted diet and I really miss having desserts. I keep trying different recipes, some are succesful, some not. Tomorrow I am going to make a gluten & dairy free chocolate chip cranberry oatmeal cookie recipe. I think it will be good, it's based off of my favorite blog "... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 02:28:41 EST "If you win the lottery...." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687414 The other day my husband endured another whine-fest from me telling him that I didn't want to go to work....that I don't like working..... <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> I want to stay home & do what I LOVE - cooking and sewing (quilting to be exact).... <BR> I stuck out my bottom lip and gave him my best sad, puppy eyes and said...."pleaseeeeeee?????????" <BR> <BR> He snickered, said No but then added....."If you win the lottery, you don't have to work." <BR> What?! Really?! <BR> <em>334</em... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:38:34 EST Share blogs on Facebook??No I don't think so! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683215 To remove the ability for people to share your blogs on their Facebook page for ....who knows WHO to see...... <BR> go to your Sparkpage click on the edit button and look at the list of little boxes to check on the upper right corner. Find the one for sharing your blogs and uncheck it. Be sure to save your changes. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you....but if I wanted to share my diet & life issues with people on Facebook, I'd already be doing it. What I put on Spark is very personal and priv... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 23:03:12 EST SOMEONE in our house has gained over 20 lbs!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633565 Luckily it wasn't me!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l432286320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our new puppy Daisy when we got her in October! What a cutie! <BR> <BR> AND now! 22 lbs later...... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l640425063.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Daisy's pushing towards 30 lbs! But she's still quite sure that she's a lap dog! lol... <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 03:02:03 EST My Favorite New Food Products for intolerances! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623540 I've been meaning to do this blog for a long time! As I've traveled this lonely road of dealing with food intolerances I have tried many products and now, after about 6 months of this elimination diet I have some tried and true favorites! <BR> <BR> Most (if not all) of the products I'm going to mention are Dairy, Gluten, Corn, & Soy free. These are the products that I have purchased over and over and have become staple items in my diet. <BR> <BR> I've included a couple pictures cuz I think ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 01:06:18 EST I must have picked the right field to work in.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4596264 When I went to college....way back in the day..... I didn't really know what I wanted to do. So, when I took a couple of Nutrition/food classes.... I decided I really enjoyed them and ended up majoring in Food Nutrition and minored in psychology. <BR> I had a job when I graduated but it was more retail related, even though it was in the food/grocery industry. <BR> I only worked there a year and then I worked other retail and eventually shifted into office work when I started dreaming about s... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 01:35:50 EST Life is Good, regardless of everything...lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575407 So, the good always out weighs the bad, right? Let's take a look.... <BR> <BR> Good: <BR> I have an adorable puppy that hasn't ruined any of my clothing or furniture yet! <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> My oldest daughter is having a great time in her first year of college and is not a CRAZY freshman! (whew! glad she didn't take after me! lol) <BR> <BR> My other 2 daughters are doing great! <BR> <BR> My wonderful husband is still wonderful! <BR> <BR> I added another new company to my cont... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 22:05:45 EST mindless chatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4555247 So I'm frustrated with work....one job is boring and I don't have enough to do.....the other job has plenty to do, but no money. Still waiting to get paid for September work..... <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> grrrrrr...... <BR> <BR> Foodwise....things are going well with the enzyme drops. They seem to be helping me digest the difficult foods (like veggies) fresh garlic seemed to still be a challenge today, but we'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow. Overall I'm hopeful! <BR> <BR> I've realized that... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:08:02 EST Gastric Enzymes! LOVE THEM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553560 Ah! If only I had known long ago..... <BR> So the doc gave me gastric enzyme drops to take once a day. WOW! What an amazing change! <BR> For several days now I have had a steady stomach! I can't believe it! <BR> I had asparagus yesterday.......no bloating! <BR> I had broccoli tonight.....so far, so good! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I can't believe it! <BR> All of this suffering......misery.....pain & discomfort....so much of it could have been avoided if I had known my enzymes just weren't up to... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 01:29:45 EST A quick update! And a ray of hope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545705 Well, it's been about 3 weeks since my last blog... A lot has been going on! <BR> <BR> So, as you can see I got a new puppy! Her name is Daisy and she's so adorable! <BR> She's now about 10 wks old and weighed in at 8.7 lbs at the vet this morning. That's 2.7 lbs gained in a week and a half! lol...... I could tell she was growing! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321934768.jpg"> <BR> Here she is with our Australian Shepherd Gunner. Yesterday was their first day that t... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:03:18 EST Oh that glow???? yep, it's my legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507843 Yes, I will admit it......I'm a little pale. <BR> Ok, maybe a LOT pale. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I'm mostly German and Scandinavian descent....not a real bronzed DNA group. <BR> I could get a little tan if I really tried, but I don't try...because I'm fine with being pale. <BR> I'm heading towards 47 in a couple weeks and with the combo of sunless skin and good DNA I'm often told I look much younger. Which of course is wonderful to hear! <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> What got me to thinking ... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 01:44:46 EST Sweet Potato Bliss......reintroducing my 1st banned food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4491326 After some bloating frustrations this past week. I stripped my food down to the very basics and tried to calm things down. And it has worked well. My tummy has been happy all weekend! <BR> <BR> Last night I added in my very first "banned food" - sweet potatoes. I was nervous and I noted the time I ate it ........and then.......waited.......and watched the clock.....waited......and.... <BR> NOTHING! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I remember when I used to eat them baked in the oven peeled & d... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 16:31:00 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4483911 I went 3 WHOLE MONTHS relatively dairy, gluten, corn, soy, beef, pork, salmon, blackpepper, thyme, and the list goes on and on............FREE! <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to do 100% but I'd give myself a solid 93% !!! I think that's pretty good for someone who LOVES food!!!!! And who dropped a huge list of foods off my radar COLD TURKEY! <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot over the last 3 months and I continue to learn more every day. <BR> I continue to search out new foods that I can eat and I ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 02:00:27 EST Super organized Sparkers please help me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480998 I know I just did a blog this morning....but I've got more. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I need some input, some advice, some help? <BR> <BR> I want to know how some people seem to always be caught up on everything..always have their act together...never have things slip between the cracks ???? <BR> <BR> Is this an in-born trait? Is it learned? Did I miss that class in school? Can I blame my parents? lol...... <BR> <BR> And why is it that everytime I think things will get better...when I ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:35:16 EST Thankful for my grocery stores! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480340 I spent the weekend visiting my brother in Chicago. I had planned a couple of Melissa-safe recipes for the two dinners we'd be sharing and had even brought a few of the ingredients with me. When I got into town I was soooooo hungry! <BR> <BR> Let me tell you....there is nothing more torturous than landing at O'Hare airport, departing your plane at lunchtime and getting immersed in the smells of Chicago food! OMG....that has GOT to be the best smelling airport EVER....ANYWHERE!!!!!! <BR> Sigh... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:15:13 EST Almost 3 mo. intolerance food free....omg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4465720 As I sit here this morning eating my "everything-free" breakfast of pineapple, canteloupe & nectarines alongside a dairy-soy-corn-gluten-eggyolk free Buckwheat Banana Cake...... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I thought of this line from the movie Aladdin: <BR> <BR> "A whole new world <BR> A dazzling place i never knew <BR> But when I'm way up here <BR> It's crystal clear <BR> That now i'm in a whole new world <BR> With you" <BR> <BR> That's really what I'm starting to feel like. Like I'm in a who... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 12:20:39 EST They say, "If you want somethng bad enough you'll do whatever it takes." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354345 Isn't that what we all hear when we whine about trying to lose weight? <BR> I remember my boss once telling me that when I tried to use the "I'm too busy" excuse as to why I didn't work out. <BR> <BR> Well, I've come to realize that it IS true. <BR> And I've also come to find out that I DON'T want it that bad. <BR> <BR> You see.....my food world has been turned on it's head and I'm now eating in a way that I NEVER, EVER in a million years would have thought possible. <BR> I've given up fl... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:39:44 EST What an awesome husband! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349825 You know, husbands get a really bad rap these days. <BR> I get really annoyed when I'm watching tv and commercial after commercial portrays the husband as stupid, helpless, generally clueless. The wife always seems to be the smart one, the one with all the solutions. It's really annoying to me. <BR> <BR> I think men are great! They're smart and funny, they're strong and McGyver'ish, their natural instinct is to protect. Now maybe YOUR guy doesn't fit into that description......but mine does... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 16:08:24 EST Nature's power is amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346221 I have to admit..... <BR> I'm a complete freak. <BR> Not about normal things.....but about the power of the earth! <BR> I am completely enthralled with things like violent weather, volcanoes erupting...things like that. I could watch tv programs on that stuff all the time and continue to amazed at the power of our world. <BR> <BR> Here in Phoenix, Arizona we have horribly hot summers. However, in the midst of the heat we also have monsoon storms in the months of July & August. Many times th... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 01:18:59 EST My "Independence" from misery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341672 Well, I've almost finished up week 2 of my 3 month allergy diet plan. <BR> I'm still not liking it, cuz it's a pain and doesn't allow me to be lazy and eat out.... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I spent some time this weekend actually creating my own 4 day plan based on the one the ALCAT lab sent. I still kept most of the food families together (although I noticed that ALCAT doesn't do that 100% either) and I spread out and matched up foods that will easily go together. That will make it a little e... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 02:10:58 EST My first allergy recipe= success!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4323649 This morning I attempted my first recipe for a baked good that didn't include the usual favorites that I can't have now....like butter, wheat flour, eggs etc. <BR> <BR> Banana Buckwheat Breakfast Cake. It's from one of the cookbooks I got the other day. I was so excited when I looked at the recipe and realized I had everything I needed to make it! Woo Hoo!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have always been a fan of buckwheat pancakes so I was looking forward to using the flour I had bought! <BR> <BR> It tu... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 12:38:07 EST Food Sensitivities Diet Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4321952 Wow! This has been a really interesting 4 days! <BR> <BR> While I enjoyed checking out a new grocery store (Whole Foods) and they had tons of awesome things I could eat.....wow.....what a way to drop a whole lot of cash, real fast. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> But some of the things that I bought, like different kinds of flour, grains and oils are only an occassional purchase since they last a while. <BR> I bought 3 books that have lots of info and recipes in them. It was tough finding books tha... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:46:38 EST Day 1- Changing diet to eliminate food sensitivities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4314879 So here I sit after a long sleepless night....my stomach stressed out and hungry. I was too upset last night to even eat anything. <BR> <BR> Before me sits coconut milk yogurt (I really don't like coconut! But......I'm keeping my options open and I'm REALLY going to try new things.) with strawberries and banana. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Hey! It's good! Ok, a good start! Nutritionally speaking it can't even come close to my favorite Greek yogurt...but that's just the way it ... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 08:13:08 EST followup...oh the day really went downhill fast. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4314562 Wow.....where to start. <BR> <BR> Well first the doctors appt. <BR> Many of the foods that I love and adore and eaten often are now being eliminated for the next 3 months. <BR> <BR> Some of the most surprising foods that I was sensitive to were: <BR> apples,salmon & pork (my 2 favorite protein sources), egg yolks,onion, black pepper (really?! omg what a nightmare! Can I cook without it???), beef, lamb, potatoes....the list goes on and on. <BR> <BR> But the worst thing was the fact that TH... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:25:23 EST Kinda an exciting day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313786 Ok- this blog has NOTHING to do with weight loss. lol <BR> <BR> First off.... <BR> Today is my 3 yr wedding anniversary! Yeah! Oh how time flies when you're having fun! <BR> <em>336</em> <BR> Nothing exciting planned for today but we've booked a 4 day weekend in Lake Tahoe for July! Woo Hoo! I've never been there but it looks BEAUTIFUL and very relaxing & peaceful! I'm counting down the days! <BR> <BR> Today I also found out that my stupid mortgage bank is FINALLY going to release all t... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:15:30 EST Ok it's summer, school's out...now what's my excuse?! lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270404 In my car is a gym bag, it's got everything I need for a good workout! <BR> Well, that is......if I can manage to blow the dust off of it and the zipper hasn't rusted shut! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Ok, it hasn't gotten much use in 2011. I continue to play that mental game in my head..... <BR> 7:00am "Yes! I'm gonna make sure that bag has everything I need in it so I can work out after work today! I can't wait to get in shape! I'm motivated!" <BR> 2:30pm "Hmmm.....gosh, I have so much... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 15:29:51 EST Somedays..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252345 I always love my country <BR> <em>652</em> <BR> I always love my husband <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> But sometimes I don't love being a military spouse. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Every time I try to make plans.....his schedule changes and he has to work. <BR> Every freakin time. I'm getting really tired of it. I can't remember the last time we were able to sneak away for a weekend. We had planned for a nice few days up north while our daughter was at university orientation in June. It happened t... Tue, 24 May 2011 01:41:51 EST Saving money on groceries in Phoenix area & beyond!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247347 I just love food! <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> But I really have a limited amount of money to spend on it. So I've become quite savy in my methods to get the most food into my household for the least amount of money. It's almost become a game to me! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> No, I'm not one of those "extreme couponers" although I do use my coupons wisely and pare them with store sales for my biggest bang for the buck! <BR> No, I have found far easier ways to save and I'm sharing them today. <BR> <... Sat, 21 May 2011 15:04:01 EST