PLAINJANELLEN's SparkPeople Blog PLAINJANELLEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not sure where this came from... but my stress level today is off the charts. If the little mood slider on my Start Page went into the negative numbers I'd probably be at a negative 5 or 6. I even broke down & took a Xanax in hopes of the dark clouds parting, but so far no luck & it's been a couple hours. I need to figure out something for dinner - I'm thinking something easy like Trader Joe's tuna curries over shrimp noodles from the Chinese market on 18 & Rochester along with the leftover green beans. Later, I have to ta... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:13:03 EST Can you say stress? Lots of stress this morning. I knew I had a dental appt. and thought it was at 11:00. Got up about 9:20 & checked email only to find my Yahoo reminder that the appt was at 10:00.. Started to get ready to rush out of the house only to find that the lighter dressing the home nurse had put on DH's ankle had come off during the night. So replace that, make a list of a couple other errands I needed to run while out.. Fortunately, traffic was light & I got to the dentist's office with a few minutes... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:01:01 EST This is going to be the toughest part Blogging three times a week is going to be the toughest part of the stress challenge - This is my first time this week and it's going to be short.. Stress level is fairly high at the moment. My knees, IT band, lower back, neck & shoulders are all hurting. <BR> <BR> The home nurse came today, so I didn't have to worry about changing the dressings on DH's ankle, but it's worrisome that the one incision & the spot where the pin was on his instep are still oozing. We see the surgeon next Monday... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:53:06 EST End of the first week Stress level so far today is low - mostly because I went back to bed & slept until about half an hour ago. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:39:32 EST Stress Diary #2 I'm supposed to blog about stress levels three times a week but some of them will be short. Stress level today is low because there's not much on my plate other than fixing dinner. Yesterday was a bit stressful because I had to grocery shop and that seems to be more stressful as I get older. Partly, it may be because prices are going through the roof but SS doesn't count food or energy in their CPI. I did get a ham but all the shank portions were BIG - the smallest I could find was 11#s. I'm... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:07:46 EST STRESS???? I just joined the Stress Busting Challenge yesterday and so far have taken step 1 - Take the stress test. It came up with "You have Some Vulnerability to Stress." I have to admit that the last year has been pretty stressful with the two TKR surgeries, the trouble with my IT band & back pain, and now dealing with Tom's fractured ankle. In a way, some of the stress has been good for me (this is 20:20 hindsight as it didn't feel good at the time). I learned how to jump start the Prius, how to g... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:28:25 EST Oy Vey & Uff Da too.. I've already told you that I haven't been posting much because last June & October I had my arthritic knees replaced - the left one first & then the right - followed by a painful bout of pain from my IT (Iliotibial) band running from my right hip down through the thigh. Was just starting to get around comfortably when DH fell on the 9th & fractured his ankle. This was the same ankle he broke about 20 years ago and the hardware that was already in there twisted & made the break worse. He insis... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:05:37 EST Fifteen Months????? Yikes! I didn't think that it had been that long since my last blog post, but it's been a busy year +.. I've continued sparking & for the most part logging my food and (surprise) exercise. Remember that I was complaining about knee pain in the last post? Since then I've had TKR (Total Knee Replacement) on both knees - the left one, which was bone on bone, back on June 4th and the right one, which was almost as bad, on October 18th. I think I'm to the point where, while they still hurt from t... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 15:01:31 EST Confession Time It's time to fess up - this summer has not been a Spark success because of serious depression & the resulting "comfort" eating. It started around Mother's Day & then got really bad the first couple weeks in June when I get hit with Father's Day, the anniversary of Dad's death & what would have been his birthday a week later. I found myself snacking more in the evening & even worse pouring "just one more" glass of wine - wine that I wasn't logging on my nutrition page. Add in that my knees hav... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:23:14 EST Dilemma Almost two years ago when I first joined Spark, I had to decide which of two scales in the house I would use to record my progress. Color me vain, but I chose the one (A) that showed I weighed the least - 180. The other scale (B) read four pounds heavier (weights taken about 3 minutes apart). I've been using the lighter scale (A) right along until last month when it gave up the ghost. Aaarrrggg! After three tries to get a scale (C) at Kmart that even worked, the one I brought home weighed 1/2... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:38:26 EST Need To Act My Age It's becoming clear to me that I'm no longer 20, 30, 40, 50 or even 60. Mom told me that as I got older I'd have to take more care. So why did I hop out of bed around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning without taking a moment to sit up & put my feet on the floor before standing up. Guess I still feel like that much younger woman who could do things like that. As it was, I lost my balance, twisted so I'd come down on the bed instead of the floor & on the way down clunked my forehead on the headboard which... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:22:20 EST One Year Sparkiversary Today is it - it's been exactly one year since I joined Spark and what a journey it's been. Looking at what I wrote last month on the 11 month anniversary, things haven't changed much. I'm still sitting at that stubborn 147#s but I think that maybe it's a little more muscle than fat, especially in my legs and upper arms. I'm still watching calories, drinking lots of water, doing my 3x3 every day except Sunday most weeks alternating upper body weights one day with lower body exercises the nex... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 07:08:03 EST Eleven Month Anniversary My 11 month anniversary here at SparkPeople is today (amazing how often I start something new on April 1st) and I want to take the opportunity to reflect on what changes this "almost year" has wrought. I started out at 180#s, size 18 jeans, very little or no exercise & not paying attention to what I was eating. <BR> <BR> My main goal was to get back down to 135#s and I'm not going to be able to do that by the end of next month, but rather than being discouraged, I'm taking pride in what I... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 17:11:02 EST A Trip Down Memory Lane That Didn't Stand The Test Of Time Tonight, I spurged, sort of.. Back in 1980, when I was much much thinner, I loved the McDonald's McRib Sandwich and now they're back. After waiting until the limited time offering was almost over - just in case I still loved them - and with a 2 for 1 offer in hand, DH & I had the sandwiches for dinner. So many calories, so little food! The best part was the bun, the "ribblet" was over sauced, had pickles (eww) on it & the onion kept falling out. Suffice it to say that this trip down memor... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:17:30 EST My Doctor Was Surprised & Happy I had a doctor appointment, the first this year, because I needed a flu shot & refills on a couple of my prescriptions. First thing once you're through the door into the examination area is a trip to the scale. I admit that I kicked off my shoes, but I was wearing jeans & a sweater. The nurse's aide who was recording my weight said: "Wow! You've lost a lot of weight!" They had me down as a 26# loss, but then they didn't see me at my heaviest & my scale is still saying 30#s down. Dr. McC... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:53:29 EST "Fast Fueler" & "Emotional Eater" After reading JediMarri's blog today, I went and took the Diet Personality Profile. Ok, I'm a "Fast Fueler" with "Emotional Eater" next, but so many of the questions didn't have an accurate choice. I haven't eaten breakfast or lunch for decades - mostly because, starting around 1990, I had IBS & eating could set it off for the rest of the day, not good while you're at work. I'm retired now but I'm still not hungry until later in the day and looking back I've had the same eating habits since... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:54:09 EST Good Weigh-In Today But A Reminder For Next Week.. But I suspect that next week's might be static. You see, I weighed myself right out of bed - 166# - then we went to garage sales which meant quite a bit of walking &, given today's warmer weather, a bit of sweating. When I came home, I weighed myself again & the scale read 164#.. I filled in the latter number, but am posting this so I'm reminded if next Thursday morning the scale stays right there.. <BR> <em>246</em> Thu, 20 May 2010 18:08:02 EST Work-arounds Ok, it's no big secret that DH & I are senior citizens on a fixed income. That means that grocery shopping is normally a search for sales & marked down items. It's the reason that I don't follow Spark's meal planner & instead hope to keep calories low & sodium under control while making the most of our grocery store savings. We're lucky in that several times a week we run into mark downs in the salad department - salads greens, mushrooms are fairly normal, tomatoes & onions less frequent. ... Thu, 13 May 2010 00:57:07 EST Mid-week Musings It's Monday & I'm already dreading Thursday's weigh-in. I've read a number of Spark articles that tell me I shouldn't be obsessing about my weight, but sometimes that's easier said than done. I know that the slower the weight loss is now & the more good habits I form during it, the more likely it is that I won't regain the weight. So, slow & steady is the way to go even if I want to be "there" NOW! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 May 2010 17:36:17 EST Disappointment, thy name is "weigh-in" Five weeks in & down 11#s, but the last two weeks have only been 1# for each week which is a bit disappointing as I've been keeping calories down & exercising a bit more. Still, that's 11#s lighter than I started & I refuse to get discouraged - disappointed, yes; discouraged, NO! <BR> <BR> I've made my 8 glasses of water every day & tried to over estimate what I'm eating so as not to underestimate the calories. Except for Tuesday, when I didn't sleep at all the night before (have I menti... Thu, 6 May 2010 19:31:03 EST Achy, Breaky Knees First time out to garage sales this morning & I was on my feet for most of the 90 minutes, but I only logged 30 minutes of walking as part was spent standing around & I was strolling rather than power walking. I came home with my knees hurting like crazy and the walk a couple minutes ago up to the mailbox wasn't any better. Getting old isn't for sissies, but I'm hoping that as my weight goes down that the knees won't hurt as much (wishful thinking?).. I've added a couple new exercises to t... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 14:49:06 EST Four Weeks & Counting Four weeks into this Spark program & I'm down 10#s - only 35 more to go. I'm still having problems with the sodium intake & balancing the other nutrients. Yesterday, a half serving of Pasta Roni Angel Hair with Parmesan Cheese put me over the fat allotment for the day even though it only had 115 calories. I'm keeping up with the 8 glasses of water each day, but still skipping breakfast except for one cup of coffee & skipping lunch most days. As usual, I'm at my hungriest in the evening bu... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:42:44 EST On the other hand... Morning weigh-in was 171 - that's 9# down in 3 weeks!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 21 Apr 2010 12:39:54 EST Who would have "thunk"??? I have a lot of trouble keeping to the recommended range for sodium. But now, thanks to Budcot over on the SparkPeople Fast Break message board, I now know that the "See Today's Full Report" will show all the foods I eat during the day along with the sodium level of each. This has solved a number of mysteries. <BR> <BR> Who would have "thunk" that a 4 oz serving of ham has 1/2 the sodium allowance for the day but only 246 calories? Or that 4 oz of turkey breast meat would have 1100 in it... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 12:37:32 EST OK, that was discouraging Weighed in this morning & only 1# down in the last week. I think I'm going to stay at stage 1 for a while longer. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 09:16:36 EST Adjusting to My Way Ok, from the time I was a child, I only ate breakfast if I couldn't avoid it - I'm just not hungry in the morning. After I developed IBS, I quit eating lunch because at work it was iffy if I could make it from my work station to the ladies room. Then I'd eat a normal dinner (at home) & snack in the evening. I think it was the large snacks in the evening that helped me add on these extra pounds so I've cut down on those drastically, but now the problem is getting the recommended calories, c... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:43:32 EST Oy Vey Start RANT: I just spent a half an hour trying to figure out how to add a recipe to "my favorites" - I think it will be faster next time, but today was frustrating to the extreme. Another irritant is that there doesn't seem to be a link between the recipe page & "my tools", so I needed to keep several windows open. Oh, & I added tracking my nutrition to my goals - despite doing it daily since I joined, I'm not getting any credit for earlier entries.. Ok, rant over.. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 17:11:51 EST One Week I was down 4# when I weighed myself this morning , so I guess that's a start. Sometimes it feels like a lot of water is going in & not that much is coming out. I'm not having any problem with 7 or 8 glasses of water a day & I'm down to 1 cup of coffee in the morning & have skipped my caffine free diet coke a couple evenings. What really surprises me is that I get past dinner & there's not that many calories on the food tracker. I've gone back to snacking in the evening to add a few, but t... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 09:00:54 EST Dreams OK, this is a bit crazy as I've only been a Spark member for a couple days, but last night I dreamed that I ate an entire Cadbury chocolate egg - size large. The rest of the dream consisted of trying to get a computer working so I could log in, add it to my nutrition chart & see how much harm I'd done.. <em>246</em> I don't even have a craving for chocolate but I think I'm going to miss my once a year jelly bean pig-out that only happens when they go on sale for 1/2 price. Maybe I'll pic... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 17:40:42 EST