ROCKINGRANDMA3's SparkPeople Blog ROCKINGRANDMA3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Merlin A year and a half ago my cat, Merlin, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The doctor put him on lassix and benazapril and said he could have a couple months or a couple years. Last night after supper he had a heart attack and died. Very hard to watch, though it only took about a minute. I got him as a tiny kitten 13 years ago. I will miss him very much. <img src=""> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:12:59 EST Learning to Live Well, I'm back. I stopped coming to the site about three months ago. My intentions were good but the result was a complete disaster! I was becoming obsessed with logging everything in and whether or not I was getting all nutrients (vitamins, minerals protein etc.). Also I was stressing over where my food came from and how it was raised (had to be organic, grass fed and pastured, non-GMO, wild caught alaskan and so forth). I was so consumed with all of this that I felt it was (no, I know it... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:28:47 EST Evidence I find it encouraging that God has preserved physical evidence of the truth of His word. In recent years, so much has been discovered archaeologically to support the validity of God's Word for those who might not otherwise believe. He has chosen this generation to reveal these things; we are indeed living in the last days and as 1Pet.3:15 says, we should always be ready to give an answer when asked where our hope comes from and why we believe. Now, finally, science is beginning to back us up. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:38:31 EST I Don't Want To Be Left Behind Okay, so I am a Christian and I see what's going on in the world and how much prophecy has been fulfilled. I really believe we are in the beginning of the last days and that the rapture can happen at any time. I'm finding it increasingly hard to focus on my job, exercising, sparking and most everything else. The bible says when you see these things begin to come to pass to "look up, for your redemption draws near." But All I can think about is if He comes for His church today, will I be inclu... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:27:52 EST Going to regret this. I know I shouldn't have but I have not exercised at all this week. The doctor has me on Prednisone which makes me run around like a speed-demon all day at work (I clean apartments at an assisted living facility). By the time I get home I start crashing and feel totally wiped out. Plus this medicine makes it hard for me to sleep at night on top of my sleep apnea. I only have 9 days of the Prednisone left to do then hopefully I won't have to go back on it. Going to try to get back on track ove... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:06:20 EST I Just Can't Imagine My heart is deeply troubled. My 18 year old grandson was visiting at his aunt's (she is a foster parent to other children) house, when one of her wards (a 16 year old boy) said he was going outside to smoke a cigarette before going to bed and tossed a letter to my grandson and said; "See what you think of this". Everyone thought it was a letter he was writing to his father who is in prison. My grandson started reading the letter and ran out of the house to find the boy hanging from a tree. ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 20:43:25 EST Liar I refuse to believe this lie Satan is trying to tell me. My bible tells me that by Jesus stripes we WERE healed (1 Pet. 2:24) and ARE healed (Is. 53:5) And just like the woman with the issue of blood, I have faith in what my Lord did for me; He told her, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." (Matt. 9:22) Satan is trying to plant the seed of doubt in me by causing my eye to swell again. But I know he is a liar and the father of all lies! I will continue to stand on the t... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:41:42 EST Doctor visit Finished the two weeks of Prednisone saturday and went back to the doctor today. The swelling has not come back (I have faith that it won't). Doctor's diagnosis is "Orbital Psuedo-tumor". In other words, the inflamation of the muscles behind my eye and the swelling of the lids and skin around my eye were in response to a "false" tumor. Any way, the last couple weeks I've been thanking God for my healing, thanking Jesus for bearing the stripes for my healing and standing on the word. Today th... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:34:16 EST I get it now! I'm beginning to get the whole "lifestyle change" thing now. I'm seeing that it for me is not just about the loss of weight. It's about becoming a new person. I joined SP a little over 2 months ago and not only is the weight coming off but I feel better and healthier! I have much more energy, I exercise 6 days a week (from a completely sedentary life), I sleep much better, I have no more acid reflux and indigestion, my joints no longer hurt, my skin looks better, my nails are stronger; all th... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 15:41:09 EST Imagine That! Two months ago I dreaded the thought of exercising. But I realized it was something I needed to incorporate into my life, not just to lose weight but to be healthy and fit as I age. So I committed to exercising 6 days a week; alternating aerobics and strength training. To my surprise, the more I exercised, the more I wanted to. Yes, I feel better physically, but the surprising part was how much better I feel mentally and emotionally. Thanks SP for encouraging me to make this "lifestyle change... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:35:42 EST Feeling my age Think I 've been pushing a little too hard with the exercise this past week; at least in the area of walking. Each night I would go farther and faster than the night before, I went from not exercising for several years to jumping right back in like I had never stopped. Today my hips hurt so bad I could hardly walk. I had to take a Vicodin just to make it though the rest of my work day and I hate taking pain meds unless absolutely necessary. My body was telling me loud and clear..."Hey! You're... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:57:46 EST With Thanksgiving, Make Your Requests Known to God I am so thankful that God hears our prayers. I have two grown daughters that do not serve the Lord; good girls but they have not given their lives to God, YET). Every time I pray, I thank God that He continues to draw their hearts toward Him. I thank Him that they serve Him (calling those things that are not as though they were). Well today I got a call from my youngest asking me which version of the bible she should read (I said KJV or NKJV). She asked me where to start and I told her the Bo... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 20:49:07 EST Hmmm... So I was asked to step in and teach a couple of our bible studies on friday nights, This required stepping out of my comfort zone (I am normally a very shy, quiet person). But I agreed because I love to study and especially love to study the Word; and the more revelation I get, the more I see that from Genesis to Revelation, it's all about Jesus! Anyway, I was told I did a great job and that I had a gift for teaching. I secretly had always wanted to teach the bible to 8-12 year old children. ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 20:50:12 EST Eat more?! Had three balanced, nutrient dense, low calorie meals today plus a snack. Logged it in on nutrition tracker and hadn't met any of my goals so I had to eat more! <em>246</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 22:40:42 EST 10/30/2011 <em>244</em> <em>30</em> Weighed in today and lost another 3 pounds this past week! Very encouraging! Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:13:58 EST Sparkpoints Well, I had said I didn't have time to do everything on the sparkpoints page and that I was only going to track my food and exercise. But I've discovered earning points is somewhat addicting; I,m not satisfied until I've earned as many as possible each day! I just have to make sure it doesn't take away from my time spent with God in the Word and prayer. I know what's most important. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 20:49:28 EST I can't fix this! All my life I've been a people pleaser; always worried about what others thought, not standing up for myself and trying to "fix" things that go wrong in the family. I'm the oldest of four kids and something of a perfectionist. All of us kids are grown and have adult children ourselves. My mom sold her house last year and moved in with my youngest sister against my advise (my sister is very hard to live with). Now my mom is miserable and feels she is not wanted there and stays in her room most... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:14:51 EST Week 3 Well, I'm into my 3rd week since joining SparkPeople. I notice my clothes feel and fit better, that's encouraging. Doing pretty good reaching calorie, fat, carbs and protien goals. Having a harder time getting into the "habit" of exercising. Been kinda tired this week cause my CPAP machine quit working. Gonna be another week before that's fixed. Maybe then the exercising will come a little easier. Three pounds lost during the first two weeks though. Still have a long way to go but I'm committ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:50:11 EST I Heard My Father Say I heard my Father say: <BR> "You are My child, nothing that is good will be withheld from you. <BR> Do not be anxious about anything, with Me all things are possible. <BR> I Am your provider, your healer, your shield and protector; rest in My love. <BR> I know you, and I Am familiar with all your ways. My thoughts toward you are precious, they outnumber the grains of the sand. I will not forget you. <BR> There is nothing too hard for Me. Trust Me, I will not fail you in any way. <BR> I will ... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:29:43 EST Making progress Today was my first weigh-in and I was surprised to see that I actually lost 3 pounds. Doesn't sound like much but slow and steady is good too. Plus my mood and energy level today were better than they have been in weeks! I'm so glad I found SparkPeople! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 23:19:44 EST Ouch! Today was my first day in stage 2 and was doing really well with my nutritional intake...that is until I was taken out to dinner to a small family owned italian resturaunt. No calorie charts to refer to (either online or at the resturaunt) so I was left to "guestimate". Got home to my nurition tracker and entered approximations as close as possible and was stunned to see the results. I completely blew it! Will do my first weigh-in tomorrow. Guess I'll just put it behind me and move on; when y... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 21:57:00 EST Hello Hi! I'm a 52 year old mother of two and grandmother of 6. I've just entered into stage 2 and this is my first blog (ever!). I am divorced and live alone and have tried dieting many times in the past on my own; had some successes only to gain the weight back plus some. My doctor recommended SparkPeople in that I could probably use some support. I want to lose the weight not so I will look good (although that is a great bonus) but to be healthy and fit enough to enjoy being active with my grand... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 14:34:09 EST