RANJINI4's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RANJINI4 RANJINI4'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/ Life Is too Short to Be Quiet ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478223 Our lives are too short for not living them to the fulest.I see patients whose lives are cut short suddenly and that too from 3mths of age to 86 yrs of age.People get younger and younger each time! <BR> <BR> We are put on this planet for a reason and this site brings us together in different teams according to our interests to do one common aim-lose weight.We could do the same to do get to other aims-which is what I am aiming to do from now on.This blog is going to be one way for instance!... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 10:19:10 EST Journey Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477059 Hi Everyone!This is the last day left here this year and I have just cooked a lot of food so that they won't have to cook for the next few days,I hope! <BR> However,am really sad that I am leaving.My son also has plans in October and so I can't be back for my board recertification-have to delay that -always playing second fiddle to others' ,that's me.I am trying to be positive though but its hard when I keep hitting hurdles. <BR> Trying to pack 4 extra books-of rEiki and Healing Touch.My Hu... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:58:14 EST ON MY WAY TO THE US! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473088 WE ARE TRAVELLING AGAIN!LOOKING FORWARD TOO COOLER WEATHER AS IT IS UNBEARABLE HERE! <BR> JUST FINISHED A FULL DAY HERE- aND HAD DINNER_GETTING THROUGH THE LAST BIT OF PACKING.THEN I WILL RECHARGE THE COMPUTER AND PACK IT> <BR> I MEAN TO STICK TO MY EXERCISE EVEN WHILE TRAVELLING THIS TIME>WISH ME LUCK! <BR> SEE YOU ALL ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC! Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:49:38 EST HOT,HOT,HOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468758 Guys,It is boiling hot here!However,am going to keep on going! <BR> <BR> I really believe the climate makes us do things-and we must overcome these effects to become healthy! <BR> <BR> Heat makes us increase our fluid intake which is good! Also reduce the food intake!I hope to keep up the protein intake ! <BR> Am excited about going back to see the boys!More news later! Sun, 4 Mar 2018 07:14:35 EST DETACHMENT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464178 THEY SAY THAT AS WE GET OLDER WE SHOULD PRACTISE BEING DETACHED FROM MATERIAL THINGS SO AS TO FEEL EQUIPOSED IN SORROW AND HAPPINESS! <BR> EASIER SAID THAN DONE! <BR> I AM NOW WORKING AMONG PATIENTS WHO HAVE A VERY SHORT LIFE SPAN AND THIS MESSAGE HAS A SPECIAL MEANING AS A RESULT.AM TRYING SO HARD BUT IT HARD. <BR> BEING AWAY FROM MY KIDS IS SO DIFFICULT -AND AM RESPONSIBLE FOR PARENTS AS WELL.BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.WISH LIFE WERE EASY.AM TRYING .WILL KEEP SERVING THE PEOPLE HERE ... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:41:35 EST A New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460168 I decided not to make any resolutions this year because of getting upset when I break them!Now Have put myself upto two challenges-for Fruits and Veggies and Activity! <BR> Had Had a bad fall in december and since then had a large raised bruise left shin which prevented some of my yoga asanas so all I could do was walk.Started back to Yoga today!Yeah! <BR> Feel so much better today! <BR> Now to improve my diet!Which i am going to do by eating fresh food -as fresh as possible daily! <BR> Thank... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 08:03:03 EST End Of A Year!Beginning Of A New One! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443380 Hi Everyone!I am feeling sort of with bittersweet memories of the past but will use the past as a stepping stone to ,hopefully a bright 2018. <BR> <BR> I know its going to be a wonderful year -better than this with more mobity and I am sticking to my eating frequent small meals-will be more careful still.Have to be careful and not injure myself and be more mindful-haste while eating make me sick every time! <BR> Also seem to have developed reactive airway disease-exhausts me but will surmou... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 08:12:39 EST Back in India http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433117 Finally settling back to the old routine. <BR> My mom did get her knee surgery last Wednesday and has been exercising well.No problems so far! <BR> However,am still tired and hot and trying to keep up is tough especially in the evenings .However,am determined to do it!There are a lot of people who are worse off than me! <BR> Thanksgiving is nextweek-am missing half of my family at this time.Can only pray and remind myself that in reality we are all together. <BR> More news next time! Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:45:21 EST Las Vegas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427461 Am here post exams so getting some R&R while DH goes to his meetings.Did some walking yesterday and am going to try to do the same today!Excited! <BR> <BR> Place is buzzing with activity!Never so much gambling!Whole new concept! <BR> <BR> On a nice note saw the Las Vegas Show-wonderful-going over the history of the city in a musical way with gymnasts and dancers and comedy skits! <BR> <BR> Shopping is a bit expensive-so just window shopping for now!Lol! <BR> Had a wonderful time with my bo... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:39:55 EST OVERSLEPT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423512 It rained so much this afternoon that I had to get my nap and OVERSLEPT!Now am in overdrive with catchup work!Stuff happens!lol! Am trying to get my hubby and myself in with lots of vitamins for our trip. Lots of natural vitamins like lime juice etc. Keeps us from crashing in the afternoon. Fruits are God's gifts to US and we need to make the most of them. See you tomorrow. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:04:05 EST Fruity thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423195 Today is Brandied Fruit Day it seems.I love all fruits and vegetables but this is delicious!Must tell my friends. One makes a mean rum cake. Maybe she could adapt and substitute brandy? Coming to my progress,been walking and reading for exams. So busy as well as for the trip on Sunday. See you soon in the US on Monday. Lol. Will post tomorrow if possible. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:02:48 EST Surprise surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421903 Today I had to get my cough checked out and so went to the hospital. After an uneventful exam by the doctor,was able to walk from the hospital about a mile home! So excited! I am so excited and now am thinking of joining the Spice Marathon in November. Can only walk but it's something ,Isn't it? Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:58:52 EST Slowly but surely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421592 Have really been thinking of reasons why I have been craving food and not losing as I should. So the fact that the pounds are slowly but surely inching down is a pleasant surprise! Its an added impetus to a great week end. Finished reading How Big Girls Get Fit written by one of our members. Wonderful book easy to read and encouraging for all of us!Do try it out! Sun, 15 Oct 2017 04:22:44 EST Rainy Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421269 Every time it rains I crave something warm and savory!My brain chemicals are wired that way I guess! At the same time I have been craving cold cuts. Not too healthy due to the salt but go figure! Next Sunday I am heading back to US and exams as well as my boys!Yay!After the exams and visit we have a week in Las Vegas. Never been there before so am all excited!! So far eating better and trying to get better with exercise. Nervous about exams but got to keep going with the flow. Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:41:30 EST Cough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420703 Have been under the weather recently with a persistent dry cough.Allergy vs GERD. Trying to get better soon. Have to travel soon. Meanwhile all else is stable. On the semisolid diet and fruits. Had to show mom to the orthopaedic surgeon as her left knee is really hurting. Helped out a little at home and now back in Kochi. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:08:24 EST Hot weather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419007 It's so hot here and the weather's getting muggy. Don't know how things are going to be! Have started to make breakfast bowls. They are easy to make-oatmeal fruit nuts and seeds. Will try to make noodle soups with veggies next and let you know. Have tried rice congee and veggies -absolutely delicious. Got walking in as well.so a great day all in all. Have a great week end. Sat, 7 Oct 2017 09:45:35 EST SHOPPING THERAPY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418685 Today I was back home helping my mom take care of herself-due to bad left knee-but she has to do everything else. by herself to feel things are OK!Go Figure! <BR> Anyway- as I am travelling to the US later this month-went shopping with my aunt and a bit of retail therapy dd me good!LOL! <BR> NOT exactly what the doctor ordered! <BR> Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:23:40 EST Life's a drama Lets enjoy it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417500 I was just thinking about life especially in view of the terrible things in Las Vegas and those that had to leave so early on in their short life spans due to madness and anger. If there is a a a greater plan God please let us handle the response to the situations better. I wish there was no religious fervour carried over in madness like this May God be with the grieving families. We should remember our issues are so much smaller than this. Till later.Keep up the great work everyone! Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:10:37 EST MYSTERIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415984 No,really!Life is full of mysteries and I don't know when things pop up and show me either miracles or strange questions. <BR> <BR> I guess we have to take each moment as it comes. <BR> <BR> I was at the orthopaedic doctor with my om and in the waiting line chnanced to see some ladies -one in a wheelchair with a left eye tumor and then a child who could not walk due to a congenital abnormality.We have so little to complain about.Each moment is precious. <BR> So I am grateful for all my fin... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:37:16 EST Arthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415451 One knows when Uncle Arthur( as my patients used to say) comes to call-that the barometric pressure is going to tilt in favor of rain! <BR> <BR> Such is today-so I made sure to stretch and do my Yodga and and weights-things that usually help with maintaining my flexibilty. <BR> Have to take my turmeric though! <BR> Hubby got a beautiful bouquet of fall flowers including golden Rod and,would you know it,Moi is allergic to that beautiful flower!Had to dispose of them today-made breathing diffi... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:55:20 EST Juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414735 I sure hope Juicing will improve my absorption-love the taste of proper food but now since my VSG not everything agrees with my stomach.Especially not milk. <BR> Nut milk is my favourite but hard to get here in Kerala.Still where there is a will there is a way. <BR> Spark Guy posted a wonderful write-up about Ms Willow and she is such a wonderful person-and I am sure she is still up there cheering us on as our own personal angel! <BR> As for me-I am trying to get more acclimatised to life he... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:21:11 EST Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414434 Today is one of those days one would dream of-nice blue skies.Few clouds....Nice Winds from the sea. <BR> I did my exercise,cleaning up and boy,am I feeling happy with myself. <BR> Not because of the above but because I have been successful in pulling myself from fried snacks-ate 2 apples (small Kashmiri kind-the size of large tennis balls)and drinking lots of tea and water!its tough but doable. <BR> One of our group leaders suggested a mantra-'Walk away'(OHLALA)Thanks ,it is working! <BR> No... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:41:07 EST Wind and Rain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413451 Fall has set in here!Lots of unpredictable weather.its either hot weather which is dry or humid and rainy weather and then you have rare intervals of cool dry weather as in December-and early January-the best times to visit! <BR> Now I am issing fall in the US and missing my boys over there in the US.Hoever,I have to let go and let them grow up-so difficult to do. <BR> I am glad of their child hood days, <BR> I am glad of my exercise I put in today-have noticed I can do better in the pelvic t... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:54:37 EST Binge Eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412289 I do belong to the binge Eating Team and yesterday and earlier today-was able to get some great tips which I am going to put into practise. <BR> When I get the urge to snack -especially in the evening-try to see if I am really hungry or not-do a body scan or not?If truly hungry-eat and do so mindfully and then don't eat again just because others are doing so! <BR> If not and its just a habit-do some light exercise,reading,craft work-something to make think of something else or drink water as ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:52:36 EST Rain,Rain,Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412056 Truly we have to tank the Rain gods upstairs for today-its been pouring for 3 days-nonstop.No need for the A/C.But the joints do get stiff mind you. <BR> So exercise is on the forefront-I must be thankful to the weather to keep me active in that way! <BR> Wonder what would it do to stop my snacking? <BR> Meanwhile-my other 2 things i am truly thankful for are the food we have to eat in plenty ,and the ability to read and enjoy literature of every kind!Otherwise life ,to me,would have been bo... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:43:54 EST Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411645 I am so blessed with lovely people in my friends-my friends ,like all of you,my family-especially my 2 beautiful sons,and the colleagues at work and all my patients who trust me and honor me to have me in their lives. <BR> <BR> It is so wonderful to wake up each day and be able to breathe and move abut and not think twice about it,isn't it? I was think about refugees in war-torn countries,We are so very lucky. <BR> Then too to have family and friends-a sense of belonging;a feeling of worth a... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:42:22 EST Being in the now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411325 This is very important. Find myself thinking of so many things that are not going to happen and /or have happened in the past. This makes me distracts me and wastes time! So I have to bring myself to get my thoughts in order. My things to be thankful for today are that I have been blessed with eyes, nose, and ears. Also that I have legs and hands to use. Thank you for all this God as there are some of us without these and still are happy. Have a wonderful day everyone! Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:36:13 EST Rains in September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410973 Rains this month are sudden in onset and offset!.Soone has to grab one's chances to get out for walks as often a you can!lol! <BR> <BR> One cannot complain-the rest of the country and the uS really has had tornadoes and hurricanes.Ours is nothing. <BR> Heat is something else.But then we do have current and water so i am so grateful for these simple necessities.I am also grateful for having a roof over my head and food to eat.Am trying remember at least 5 things a day to be grateful for-did t... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:47:09 EST A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409602 Hi there, <BR> My Sis,Janet ,has inspired me to restart my journey once again and as we all know it a journey of stops and starts but each time better than before. <BR> I am healthyr but I want to be healthier. <BR> Trying to recertify for the Medicine Boards-we have to do them even when we are old! <BR> Meanwhile still doing my oncology and that makes me feel so blessed to be alive and helping others.My parents both have cancer-one of the reasons I am here ut they are fighters as is one of m... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:51:20 EST 20 Kilos Down-Where did that Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204825 How Time Flies?My Life is Flying past and now 9 mths have gone since the most important surgery since my knee replacement. <BR> This has meant a radical change in my lifestyle-I eat less and cannot eat more than a tablespoon of rice-with small grains.Need to eat more protein but here in India we eat more <BR> carbs-and I cannot tolerate much of this with fructose of sugar of any kind. <BR> Need to heal emotionally and physically. <BR> I do the sun salutation regularly otherwise movemnts as a... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:40:12 EST 6/9/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179434 Now my weight loss s/p the gastric sleeve surgery seems to have stabilised.I have to find if there are any teams for others like myself-must be as this surgery is for numerous medical issues as in my case.I know how it has helped though I do have so many restrictions. <BR> I have to work on a diet for my self which is leaning to vegetarian + fish or egg-must can't tolerate the latter as much any more.Must be choosy with nuts and grains, however.We will see. <BR> Plan to keep posting as often ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 04:32:33 EST s/p a Gastric Sleeve Operation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036024 Since my last blog,I had a few stops and starts-due to psoriatic arthriatiris but now am quite a few kilos less following a gastric sleeve resection. <BR> It limits my food but that is how it should be-wish I could have done it without surgery.Exercise alone just didn't suffice. <BR> How are all my friends. <BR> I get some news frome Rekha Kakkar and E.J.Heinrich. <BR> Have been busy with a cancer preventive course.Hence this delay.Also my dad has thyroid Cancer-on radio iodine treatment and ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:43:50 EST A New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930640 This is a new start and as i begin again ,I need accountability-hence I start my blogging again. <BR> You all have been so patient and followed me this year <BR> Its time for me to step up and heal and get healthy.So here goes! Tue, 19 May 2015 08:06:56 EST New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607703 Happy New Year everyone-I am starting my resolutions a little late I know but have been pretty busy-My Grandmother just passed away and we have had a lot of customs to go through.Last set will be on the 7th and 8th of February. <BR> So far-was doing good till about a month ago when stress set in,I got more depressed and i started stress eating again.Hence my return to SP.I have to be more faithfful in keeping to a schedule and keeping a journal and tracking food and exercise.Will be restartin... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:08:42 EST New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607702 Happy New Year everyone-I am starting my resolutions a little late I know but have been pretty busy-My Grandmother just passed away and we have had a lot of customs to go through.Last set will be on the 7th and 8th of February. <BR> So far-was doing good till about a month ago when stress set in,I got more depressed and i started stress eating again.Hence my return to SP.I have to be more faithfful in keeping to a schedule and keeping a journal and tracking food and exercise.Will be restartin... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:07:36 EST New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607700 Happy New Year everyone-I am starting my resolutions a little late I know but have been pretty busy-My Grandmother just passed away and we have had a lot of customs to go through.Last set will be on the 7th and 8th of February. <BR> So far-was doing good till about a month ago when stress set in,I got more depressed and i started stress eating again.Hence my return to SP.I have to be more faithfful in keeping to a schedule and keeping a journal and tracking food and exercise.Will be restartin... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:07:04 EST Looking for places! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349427 Am going to move to a town called Kochi about 2 1/2 hrs from here and tomorrow we are going to look for apartments.Am looking for a place with 3 bedrooms and water-scarce at this moment! <BR> We are going searching tomorrow.Luckily I have my aunt with me and that is such a blessing-she is more like a friend than an aunt so its going to be fun as well. <BR> still exercising.Will let you know of any changes-can feeel the change in my dresses-gettting looser.Have to check my weight now.Will... Wed, 8 May 2013 06:44:33 EST Walk and Bike,its too hot otherwise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338891 I never thought I would complain of heat but think of needing to change sweat soaked clothes thrice a day.however,trying to stop snacking in between-that is my next goal and keep on exercising.Must start strength training today afternoon if all goes well.Each day is so busy-which is good but I will be glad when my stress is less. <BR> My aunt is so sweet as is my husband but he isn't here so it isn't quite the same.my other minigoal is to lose 2-3 lilos before he arrive on May 18th!Wish me lu... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:12:15 EST new Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332524 I am back excercising seriously and stresssed out as usual.I decided to blog about how I am dealing with stress.i am guilty about stress eating but am going to make sure i try to curb it and work it off.My dog is with my brother and sister in law-who adore her,and I miss having her too walk with.Walking here is with my aunt and we walk to temples and walk around them.There are no walking paths in our part of town.however,I did get a stationary bike and am using it daily-have to get my afterno... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 05:55:31 EST 4/1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306847 doing better-restarted exercises on ball and with weights.also am walking -all of theses early in am and managing breakfast daily.only fruits and sometimes dark chocolate!So far so good.Hope all of you out there are doing well as well. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:32:53 EST rise and Shine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305918 Am going to be in the challenge for April.Will have to get on the exercise mat and ball.Am already walking! <BR> Meanwhile am glad to be back in action as a Sparker!Talk to everyone again soon! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 01:47:36 EST Settling Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147846 Having a lttle trouble getting this posted?! <BR> its been a week since since I reached here -still getting used to the climate and time change.Missing my family over there but enjoying time with my family here <BR> got to restart my exercises-getting a stationary ball and dumbells today.Will keep walking.There is a gym close by but have to go to work starting day after tomorrrow so its going to be tough!Walking I can do. <BR> How is the SP family ?Did everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving?N... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:19:00 EST Feeling Better About Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132997 On Saturday,a bunch of people gave me a send off party.I loved it.The was an impromptu appearance of an Accapello group -hope I spelt that right.I loved it and felt appreciated.Took lots of photos,and talked of all the old times.now I feel ready to go forward. <BR> Its funny when we need someone else to tell us that we are worth it but I needed it.Now I will go forward.have been feeling misused and miserable but now i can leave the past-the parts that hold me back and go to living ech day -in... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:25:48 EST Only One Day Left For The End Of the Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118138 Boy!Did October fly by-that means only 16 more days for me to go.I feel torn between my boys here and my family needs there.What to do?!one has to accept changes as a part of life. <BR> I saw that Most of our SP friends were spared great damage ,Thank God!The pictures on the News were awful!my prayers are with them. <BR> Still dragging over the packing but getting last things done -bank,etc tomorrow. <BR> More news later!Keep exercising -the weather has cooled somewhat for us here. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:23:40 EST Packing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115749 Today I have to sit and seriously decide what I have to pack and what I will give away-such a lot to do.most of the stuff in the house will go to my elders son's appartment as he only has own place. <BR> I have been here for so long and looking through things bring bittersweet memories at times,happier ones at other times. <BR> May we all keep making happy memories for as long as we can and continueto hold all the East Coast in my prayers! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:39:11 EST FrankenStorm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114480 Today we are having nice winds and stormy weather-just got back from a short walk with Mais due to the weather!The wind is more than the rain! <BR> So inside the house i am going to make a red lentil curry called Sambar-which is on my recipe page. Also will try to do some yoga-after my kneee replacement,my limbs have been less flexible.So little steps,little steps! <BR> No more news for now.I am praying that all my SP friends on the NE coast of the US will only have this much of bad weather a... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:32:04 EST food Sensitivities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112178 I really think there is a lot of truth in saying that we are attracted to things we are allergic or sensitive to..Wheat and artificial sensitivites make my mouth tingle in a weird way.No hives or shortness of breath.And an overwhelming appetitie for these products.So I am going to try to avoid these.Being a vegetarian these days it is difficult but I can try! <BR> meanwhile still exercising and walking,walking,walking. <BR> Also working whenever I get a job!So life goes on!Keep on keeping on! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:04:20 EST True Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111487 today I saw a patient with Multiple Sclerosis -with only eye movements possible.her mom is a strong retired nurse who is the main caregiver and her courage is immense.She explained the code status to me and was upset but told me what the disease had done to her daughter.now I am caught between a brave patient in pain and a brave mother who cared so much for her daughter to let her dye if the occasion should arise.It made me so emotional thinking of that. <BR> I think we all should applaud s... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:36:47 EST Avocadoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108598 I am surely becoming a fan of avocadoes-they are rich in omega -3 FAs ,Potassium and makes you feel full. <BR> Also heres a salad you can try-Chop up 3 avocadoes,2 small cucumbers,2 tomatoes,alittle mint and parsley,radishes-small-a few cut into rounds, <BR> mix all with a little splash of low cal raspberry vinaigrette and add 3 small string chees sticks made of light mozarella cut into 1/4" pieces.Mix and chill before serving .Enjoy! Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:34:20 EST cooking in small portions!!Oh,la,la!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107262 I can never cook in small quantities-with a family of four-it was OK.now its only the two of us!Heavens-I need to reduce in more ways than one. <BR> I am using smaller pans and less veggies which tend to bulk up my stews.Using small sauce pans too is helping. <BR> Any one with similar problems? <BR> Also those edamame are addictive! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:22:42 EST