QUEEN56's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=QUEEN56 QUEEN56'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/ Wow--has it really been so long... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3598759 ...Since I blogged? <BR> <BR> I was determined to stay on track, and I let down after vacation. Does anyone else need a vacation to get over their vacation??? <BR> <BR> I truly must get it back in gear and go FORWARD. I lost 2 pounds on the 10/10/10 challenge and then I heard a (small--but that's no excuse) bag of potato chips call my name... <BR> <BR> ...and I answered the call. But---one bag won't knock me over. I just need to get back to: <BR> <BR> * tracking my nutrition every day <B... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 23:39:11 EST Boot Camp—day whatever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3531649 I am officially on Island Time (even though there is no eye-land in sight). We are on the second day of our cruise, and our status is: <BR> <BR> AT SEA… <BR> <BR> That’s how I feel, too; it is possible to go to the gym and do my cardio and strength exercises, but I am not sure I can follow the boot camp videos in a room the size of a tortoise’s shell. AND—without relentless tracking, I feel a bit unanchored. (Ergo, tracking to follow). <BR> <BR> I also feel the need to read some blogs and... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:35:50 EST Boot Camp-day ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3526911 My 2 sisters and I went on a Carnival cruise two weeks ago to celebrate my mom's birthday. Although she died 4 years ago, we get together once a year to celebrate her life and do something she would enjoy. <BR> <BR> I have been quiet for some time now, just reflecting on this journey (and recovering from my vacation). <BR> <BR> Have you noticed that vacations can sometimes be as strenuous as a 9 to whatever job lately?? <BR> <BR> ...the airport (enough said) <BR> <BR> ...the overbooked pl... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 18:56:29 EST Boot Camp-day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3466053 I can't believe it has been 14 days! I've never stuck to anything H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. that long before. The Boot Camp videos really are doable--I encourage any hesitaters to jump in and go at your own pace. You CAN do it. <BR> <BR> Spark People makes it easier. I read in an article today "It’s tougher to quit when someone else is counting on you. In fact, with a team that’s pulling for you, it’s less likely that you’ll want to quit." It was a Spark article and I don't remember the writer's name,... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 22:16:13 EST Boot Camp-day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3463697 Not my best effort today. <BR> <BR> I woke up with a head ache, a back ache, a stomach ache--if anything could ache, it did today! <BR> <BR> "Work within your own range of motion" as Coach Nichole puts it turned out to be V-E-R-Y limited today! <BR> <BR> But I believe tomorrow will be better. <BR> <BR> You only fail if you quit--and I'm not about to do that!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks, Spark Friends, for keeping me in your thoughts, and for all the goodies and encouragement. I know we're going... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:46:31 EST Boot Camp-day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3459728 Funny thing--after almost 2 weeks of this, it doesn't feel like a chore anymore to do the boot camp videos. They are so short and intense that they go quickly. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I started this, and I can see myself doing it again. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any doubts about their ability to do the Boot Camp challenge--don't!! If I can stick to it, anybody can! So jump on in and try them--go at your own pace and don't stress. If you miss a day, just move on, or do 2 the next day! Just do wha... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:35:47 EST Boot Camp-day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3456706 I am so disappointed! <BR> <BR> I've been going along (fairly) smoothly and today--wham--lupus/arthritis flared up and I couldn't move at all. <BR> <BR> So--tomorrow I'll be doing 2 boot camp videos (at my own pace) plus a cardio workout. Gently and slowly! Hopefully my joints will let me do that. If I have to I'll jog in the pool at the fitness center, because the water takes all the stress off of my joints. At least that's my plan tonight. <BR> <BR> I also ate over my calorie range... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 23:31:52 EST Boot Camp-days 9 & 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3452416 I forgot to blog yesterday, but nothing exciting (or even remotely interesting) happened. I'm a little disappointed in myself, since I made it one of the things I want to do every day. <BR> <BR> I've been doing the 7 day boot camp videos, and they really do provide a good overall workout. So far I feel just enough of a challenge to keep me motivated, and I can make them easier or harder, depending on how I feel. That's a blessing when you have arthritis and diabetes. <BR> <BR> Today I weig... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 21:02:54 EST Boot Camp-day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3444954 <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a very restful day today with family. Looking forward to another week of SP. This really is a commitment to a complete lifestyle change, and I am determined to meet my goals! Thank you, friends, for all the support and advice--it is appreciated more than you know!! <BR> <BR> Step by step... <BR> <BR> Day by day... <BR> <BR> Prayer by prayer... <BR>... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 20:50:26 EST Boot Camp-day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3442128 No ranting <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> No whining <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> No dramatizing <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My weight and my health are my responsibility, and I am taking control of : <BR> <BR> What goes in my mouth <BR> <BR> What moves my body makes <BR> <BR> What thoughts I allow to reside in my head, and <BR> <BR> What words I let come out of my mouth <BR> <BR> Today I heard myself speaking negative words about my progress--I saw my reflection in the glass door of th... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 20:15:51 EST Boot Camp-day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3439473 This was such a loooong day! <BR> <BR> I got up early to get my exercise in and eat a good breakfast, but then I got caught up in a bunch of little errands and chores that take time and have to be done, but are B.O.R.I.N.G. (Can you say “ironing”)? <BR> <BR> I find that I have a bit more energy since I started the Boot Camp challenge, and that’s a good thing. All these diseases and medication can make you depressed <BR> sometimes, and the boost in energy helps me deal with chronic illness... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 19:56:46 EST Boot Camp-day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3436401 <em>198</em> Short and sweet because I am tired today. I met my goals for nutrition and fitness, and except for a little soreness I feel good. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful that the fitness center we joined has: an indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a steam room! It makes it easy to relax after a workout. <em>34</em> And the monthly fee is reasonable; good for the budget. <BR> <BR> Thank you, all my Spark Friends for the encouragement--I couldn't stick to this regimen without your suppo... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 21:07:09 EST Boot Camp-day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3432496 This day started out well: I slept great last night and ate a good breakfast this morning. I feel pretty relaxed and capable. <BR> <BR> I noticed that something good is happening that's not directly related to weight loss. I noticed that I feel more confident in other areas. My brain is changing (for the better). <BR> <BR> Before SP I slept late, gave in to every ache and pain, and wallowed in self-pity because of disability due to multiple ailments. I let the negatives overwhelm me. <BR> ... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:02:27 EST Boot Camp-day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3429138 Somebody please slap me! Have I lost my mind? <BR> <BR> To think I could go from sedentary to boot camp—I must have been hallucinating! <BR> <BR> NOT! I’m loving it. (Note, I said I love it, not I’m good at it; I am totally uncoordinated). <BR> <BR> So today I did my ½ hour of cardio on the bike, my regular full body strength-training routing, AND the boot camp video. (I may collapse tomorrow). <BR> <BR> That means that today I met the following goals: <BR> <BR> • 10 cups water <BR> • 5... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 21:13:55 EST Boot Camp-day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3425217 Oh, boy! Where do I begin? <BR> <BR> This was a rough day--cardio AND boot camp video. I am sore in places I didn't even know existed. Still waiting for those endorphins to kick in and soothe my tired soul. <BR> <BR> Did I meet my goals today? Let's see: I had 6 fruits and veggies; I drank 8 plus cups of water; did my cardio; averaged blood sugar was a little over my goal of 120. <BR> <BR> Overall, pretty good. Haven't lost much weight, but I put on a pair of last year's pants and had a w... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 20:31:58 EST Boot Camp-day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3421616 I just finished day 1 of the 28 day boot camp cardio workout video. I worked up a nice lather in a short time! <BR> <BR> I am too tired to really blog, except to say that it is a challenge for someone who has back problems. I had surgery 2 1/2 years ago for a degenerative disc and it's difficult to keep moving. For anyone who wants to try it but is reluctant because of health issues, I say--go for it. But go at your own pace, pause when you need to, and don't judge yourself by others. Just d... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 21:40:44 EST Surfing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3416668 I was blog surfing today and I realized that I get a lot of enjoyment from the things other people write about. <BR> <BR> It doesn't need to be anything big or important or exciting. Just the ordinary musings of ordinary people doing ordinary everyday things are interesting. <BR> <BR> I also read that people who blog lose more weight and keep it off better than people who don't blog on a regular basis. Why that's so, I don't know, but it's worth trying. <BR> <BR> I guess that means that... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 06:57:05 EST Theme song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3412178 I haven't blogged in a while because I was busy recovering from a week's vacation in Reno. All kinds of issues came up: lupus flared, arthritis flamed, diabetes acted up, and I didn't win a penny!! I even needed a wheelchair to make it through various airports across the country. But, thank God, I made it; I feel better and I had a ball. Then... <BR> <BR> Yesterday my mom-in-law's computer caught a virus. I spent 6 hours operating on it and finally prevailed. All is in order and working well... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 17:52:25 EST One word answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3368820 Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> bedroom <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> yes <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> black <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> rain <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> driving <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> water <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> office <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:33:00 EST Blessed and waterlogged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3350818 Well, by the end of this summer I am going to bear a close resemblance to a dolphin (or a large bronze prune)! Another afternoon spent wallowing in the pool and enjoying the beautiful weather! <BR> <BR> This has been an odd week. I haven't slept well, lots of bad dreams and tossing and turning and waking and wandering around the house at 2 am looking for something to do that doesn't involve chewing (can you feel me??). It was HARD, but I managed. Read some motivational blogs and articles on ... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 17:54:53 EST Uh-Oh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3345252 Uh-Oh! Doctor visit. She's going to talk about my weight, my high blood pressure, sugar, elevated cholesterol,etc, Right? Was I in for a surprise! <BR> <BR> When I saw my endocrinologist today, she surprised me! Even though my blood sugar is inconsistent (high at night, low in the morning, swinging like a pendulum from 50 to 300), my BP was high, and my cholesterol is not where it should be, she said: "you're doing great, keep it up". <BR> <BR> What a shock! I told her about the exercise ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 19:22:37 EST Weightless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3341636 I have never blogged before, and I am not really sure how it’s done or if there is a right or wrong way to do it. But there is something I want to share, and I hope no one minds if it seems unimportant. In a way, I guess it is. <BR> <BR> But it seemed so big to me when it happened. <BR> <BR> For a moment, I was a child again, and I just want more moments like that on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. So--- <BR> <BR> I spent hours in the swimming pool yesterday, but I didn’t swim. I kn... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 18:47:44 EST