ROSAMARCELLE's SparkPeople Blog ROSAMARCELLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Continuing saga! Well, I got round to my son's house on Friday to get on with scrubbing as much of the black mould off his walls as possible. It took three hours, and in the end, I had to scrape the mould off back to the plaster. The builder was there to put airbricks into the front living room wall and another in the side wall in the kitchen and as it is open plan so should help keep the condensation down. The problem has proved to be caused by condensation not rising damp, and has been caused by lack of cle... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:47:59 EST A hard week On Monday I went to check out my sons house. He is now working in London and rents it out and the tenant has refused to pay his rent for 2 months and has complained the house is uninhabitable. We were awarethat there has been a problem with the roof and that has been fixed but the builder has been trying to get inside for the last 3 months to replaster the front bedroom and repair the damage to the walls where the water got in, but the tenant has been refusing to let them in because he works ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:00:29 EST February already! Today I had planned to spend the morning preparing dinner for my in-laws. I wasn't looking forward to it as my brother & sister-in-law are very critical, amazing cooks, and have told DH they believe my weight problem is caused by binging. It isn't, but how dare they comment anyway. Dinner was okay. I didn't overcook the veggies, and although pudding was a bit small they enjoyed it, and who needs big helpings of blackberry and apple crumble anyway - it's quite rich. I abstained. I also abstain... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 14:29:45 EST Back on track : week 3 Last week I watched the BBC Horizon research programme "What's the right diet for you?" and then downloaded the ebook which followed. It was full of information which I already know and some I didn't, but everything was backed by research. For example they got people to eat a burger standing up and timed them. Some took slightly under 2 minutes and nobody more than 4 mins. They tested the hormone in the gut which signals satiety to the brain both before and after they ate. The next day they e... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:12:26 EST 2014 As far as this year is concerned it has been an unmitigated disaster. in the first 9 months of 2013 I lost 70 lbs and over the course of the last 10 months I have been yo-yoing up and down with the result I have regained nearly 60 of those lbs. In 2015 I am determined to reverse this downward spiral and begin moving forward again. <BR> <BR> I started my Spark journey in March 2008 and by October had lost over 50 lb and then my father died and I became responsible for looking after my very d... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:28:07 EST Christmas Eve I'm feeling much better today, thank goodness. The coughing attacks are very much less frequent and I was able to get a lot done. Shopping this morning to buy a jumper for my grandson. My sister-in-law knitted one for me, but it was far too small. I also picked up my small leather rucksack which I left for the zipper to be fixed a couple of weeks ago and was too unwell to pick up before and also got some bargain bags of veggies and fruit. Two stems of sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, ... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:47:46 EST Winter lows It's been 5 nights night since I have slept through. I don't normally get coughs and I could count on one hand the times I have had a cold over the last 40 odd years. It seems to have struck now and I am having to live each days as it comes. I'll be heading for the doctor this morning in case it is a chest infection and they feel it is worth giving antibiotics. <BR> <BR> On top of this, we have our youngest son staying and he is very low at the moment, so I am taking him with me to try and ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:24:05 EST Advent - day 2 Monday : stayed on track with nutrition, went to 45 minute SitFit class with my sister. She's amazing. This time 15 months ago I was really worried about my sister's health as she was becoming increasingly disabled. Now she has lost over 100 pounds and is on the list for her knees to be replaced. It seems as she lost her pounds, I regained my lost ones. Hopefully this time next year I will be able to join her in her success. I've paid for next week's class, so I won't be dropping out again. <... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:41:07 EST Wake up call! It's December already and I have, to my shame, done nothing about the weight creeping back on. Now is the time to get that in reverse. No matter what stresses there are in life, and what excuses I can think of to get out of exercising properly, I am determined to put them behind me and get on with it. <BR> <BR> I read this on another friends blog and I am adapting it to suit me so thank you Eve! When I've done I'll print it up and stick it on my fridge. <BR> <BR> D -- Do it now, if I wai... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 04:03:25 EST Another month gone! DH had further tests at the hospital this week and it turns out his anaemia is caused by diverticulosis. Thank goodness it isn't cancer, which is what the consultant at the hospital though it might be. He'll be visiting the doctor next week and presumably she will treat the anaemia now and he will begin to recover a bit of energy. I was really worried, so am feeling greatly relieved now. <BR> <BR> It's not been such a good day, today. 6 hours of teaching, music practice, so I only got a 20 ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:53:58 EST Home again! Back home now. Two buses and a flight from Germany and then 3 trains home from the airport. Nightmare! The second train was so full my rucksack got caught in the door and we were squashed in like sardines, standing room only for the 15 minute journey. Then the escalator was broken and a kind man helped me lug my 19 kg suitcase up while I struggled up to the top puffing and panting like an old steam engine! Once at the top, the loud speaker announced that those with heavy luggage would be safe... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:08:44 EST Relief! DH had his endoscopy this afternoon and they found nothing nasty, but he did have a phyrangial flap, which is probably what is causing the problems with swallowing. They took biopsies and it will be up to 3 weeks before the results will be through. I am very relieved, but not 100% reassured because it doesn't explain why he is so lethargic and lacking energy or why he has anaemia which he has never had before. I suppose the anaemia could be causing the lethargy. I'll be taking him to see his ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:34:57 EST Worries! My new start seems to have fallen by wayside as things have been difficult these last few weeks. DH seemed to have reacted badly to the flu jab, but it proved to be the new medication he was allergic to - at least in part. He stopped taking the meds a week ago and although he is not having nightly bouts of shivering and sweating, he is not feeling any better in himself and his blood test shows he's a bit anaemic. He has now been referred to the hospital for an endoscopy which he'll have next ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:49:21 EST Day 6 & 7 New Start Saturday was hard going. Finished at 6.30 and spent the evening clearing up, getting a meal and then chilling in front of the TV and laptop. Just about got in my 5,000 step. <BR> <BR> Sunday has been more energetic with shopping for the week in the morning, taking Daisy and Will for a walk up the hill and then a bit of gardening. 7,638 steps so far. It's time to take it easy now. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:42:32 EST Day 5 - New Start Done: <BR> <BR> 1. Dug potatoes and weeded a bit. Dug up three parsnips to see how they are coming on. They are gigantic! The sweetcorn are doing well but not ready yet. <BR> 2. Strength training / physio <BR> 3. Updated accounts. <BR> 4. 5,290 steps today <BR> 5. Drank 8 glasses of water, tracked nutrition and fitness <BR> <BR> Couldn't get the cleaning done - ran out of time so it'll need to wait until next week now. Tomorrow I'll be teaching from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm so not planning too ma... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:24:56 EST Day 4 New Start Didn't achieve everything I wanted to, but got more done than yesterday! <BR> <BR> 1. Drank 8 glasses of water, completed nutrition tracking and fitness <BR> 2. Walked 5137 steps <BR> 3. Shopping <BR> 4. Harvested tomatoes and runner beans - probably the last of the beans <BR> 5. Continued tidying up <BR> 6. Teaching and website development work <BR> 7. Practiced violin and flute <BR> <BR> Plans for tomorrow : <BR> <BR> 1. Clean the ground floor - dusting, vacuum and wash floors <BR> 2. C... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:42:48 EST Day 3 New start Spent a lot of time sitting today . unavoidable, but will try to move more tomorrow <BR> <BR> 1. Drank 8 glasses of water <BR> 2. Completed nutrition tracking <BR> 3. Practiced flute for 30 mins and violin for 30 mins <BR> 4. Tracked fitness - 1 hour walking, 15 minute chair exercise + practice above <BR> 5. German class this afternoon <BR> <BR> Plans for tomorrow : <BR> <BR> 1. Track nutrition, water and fitness <BR> 2. Practice piano, flute, violin <BR> 3. Pick tomatoes and beans, dig u... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:56:39 EST Day 2 New star Another good day. <BR> <BR> 1. Drank 8 glasses of water. <BR> 2. Completed nutrition tracking. <BR> 3. Took a car load of scrap and rubbish to the recycling centre. <BR> 4. Harvested tomatoes and spinach. <BR> 5. Tracked fitness - 60 mins clearing out and moving junk, 60 mins playing piano, violin and flute while teaching. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow - must get some practice in on the flute. When I put my front teeth through my lower lip 2 months ago it seemed to heal okay, but it's left a lump of s... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:01:08 EST Day 1 New start I've done it! First day I have managed to stick to my guns: <BR> <BR> 1 Drink 8 glasses of water <em>248</em> <BR> 2 Track nutrition - no cheating! <em>248</em> <BR> 3 Track fitness - 60 mins walking, 60 mins clearing up and moving boxes & furniture <em>248</em> <BR> 4 ST - upper body with resistance bands - physio exercises <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my sister is coming to lunch. She finally got the results for the problems she has with mobilty. S <BR> he has severe... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:00:59 EST September update It's been a really busy 3 months and with the amount of exercise and running about one would think that losing weight would be no problem. Once I get on a downward spiral it seems like it is never going to stop. Last October the slippery slope reappeared and I am just hoping that I have reached the bottom now, before I am back to square one. In 2012 I came back to Spark absolutely determined that I would never, ever again slide down. By October 2013 I had lost 70 odd pounds and had another 50... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:02:03 EST More fun and games! Was out in the garden this morning for the final solution! I spent two hours bending lengths of plastic wire into tunnel shapes and tieing the edges so they would keep out the pigeons. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Once I'd finished them I got the ground dug before planting the kohl rabi and red cabbage. I was hurrying to fetch the watering can and tripped over a long and fell hard on my face. Fortunately the clothes pole was there for me t... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:23:13 EST Fun and games Was out in the garden early this morning - 7 am - planting summer and winter broccoli and cauliflower. I continued this evening when I finished work and found to my disgust that the pigeons had nibbled several so DH suggested putting them to bed with flowerpot hats! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> At least the pigeons won't be at them early in the morning and I'll get some netting over them once I am out there in the morning. <BR> <BR> I went ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:03:03 EST Another new start! Another week gone by and no weight loss despite the huge amount of exercise in the garden. 5 hours most days for the last few weeks. I need to get my act together and really stick to my menu plans for the week. I have eaten healthily today and have decided to give up the many cups of tea and coffee which I drank inbetween the 8 glasses of water. Today I drank 12 glasses of water and only one cup of weak coffee and another of weak chocolate in the evening. <BR> <BR> I am also joining my sist... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:59:47 EST In the garden Have made real inroads into catching up with the garden this week with 5 hours on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and today and a couple of hours Thursday. <BR> <BR> The beans, tomatoes, zuchini, spaghetti squash, cucumbers and borders in the front garden are now planted up. The slugs and snails got some of them, so went to the garden centre on Wednesday to get some replacements and a few more to fill some gaps in the borders in the back garden. <BR> <BR> I have also tackled some of the weeding a... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:11:28 EST Birthday girl! It was my birthday today and it has been a lovely one. Plenty of exercise, phone calls from all of my 4 children, my sister and brother to dinner, and the sun was shining. My sister brought me a birthday cake - her speciality, gluten free, sugar free coffee fudge cake - really delicious, which we had for desert, following the chicken breasts, roast potatoes and roast parsnips (straight from the garden), broccoli and carrots. Yum! <BR> <BR> I had planned to get the bean poles in and the be... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:51:21 EST Last week of the spring 5% challenge We had a lovely day at the Wildlife Park, despite the rain which started soon after we arrived and continued until we headed for home. There have been quite a lot of changes since I was there last and the children really enjoyed themselves, despite the rain. We did a lot of walking - 13,200 steps today - and finished with a trip around the park on the miniature train. <BR> <BR> We'll have a quieter day tomorrow though and then another trip to the Wildfowl trust on Wednesday, so I hope the w... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:42:10 EST Last week of 5% challenge Today started very early! 5.15!!! I wanted to be on the road for 6.30 so I could reach Sheffield by 9 am as I was meeting youngest son, Will there. He has Bipolar and has been in rehab since January and is due for discharge soon. His flat was burgled just after his admission to hospital and they stole a lot of his clothes, recording equipment, furniture, his artwork and his boiler. Unbelievable. The flat was in a terrible state because pigeons had been in and although that was cleaned last we... Sun, 25 May 2014 17:59:07 EST Last week of 5% challenge It's not been a good challenge for me this time. There's been a lot going on and in the 3rd week I put back 4 lbs, which has taken me till this week to lose again. Hopefully by next week I will have a good loss. I am collecting my grandchildren for a week so will hope to get out and about with them and get a lot of exercise in. This is generally what helps me to lose it big time. <BR> <BR> DH is making good progress after his hip replacement . It will be 4 weeks next Tuesday. He planted up ... Sat, 24 May 2014 17:48:24 EST Gardening Today has been hardwork as I decided to do another blitz on the allotment. I spent 12 hours getting the potatoes and onions in last week because, despite rotovating a month ago it was quite hard again after all the rain and very sticky and cloddy. I wtill needed to get the last row of onions in and also parsnips and then cabbage, sprouts and broccoli. Rather than kill myself digging and trying to hack the clods into small pieces, I decided it needed rotavating agian and I also spread compost ... Wed, 14 May 2014 17:11:01 EST Welcome home! DH is home again - thank goodness. He's come with a battery medication, including heparine injections which I'll have to give him for another 22 days, and antibiotics for another week. It seems when a replacement hip is revised there is a much higher risk of infection and the surgeon likes to play it safe. I went to collect him after I finished working at 8pm but it was nearly 9 before he was in the car and we were able to get off so we are both feeling bushed. He is also very pleased to be ... Wed, 7 May 2014 17:45:26 EST Last day of April! I visited DH this evening and found him lying on his bed attached to lines providing pain relief which is now under control. He saw the surgeon this morning and the surgery went very well so hopefully he will have a new lease of life once he is back on his feet. I was worried, because it is 18 years since his first replacement hip and revisions are not always so successful. <BR> <BR> It's been a busy day for me but I managed to get the grass cut this afternoon, do a good bit of clearing up ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:51:34 EST Been & gone! March! March just seemed to have disappeared in a blur. Having come back from two weeks holiday there was so much to catch up on. <BR> <BR> I haven't been doing very well in the last six months and have found it difficult to get back on track regularly. I got started again on Sunday and will hopefully manage to keep going this time. I don't know what it is about me, but I find once I have got a streak going it is easier to keep going, but once I let it slip, it's a slippery slope back. At least no... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 04:34:52 EST Home again and ready to go! We had a truly fantastic two weeks on a cruise to see the Northern Lights and were lucky enough to see them within 4 days of sailing. We left Tilbury Docks, London on 16th February and on Thursday night got our first sighting. On the Saturday it didn't look too promising but by 9pm the clouds had blown away by a fresh wind and we were treated to a wonderful display of them. We were driven to a nature reserve where we were served hot chocolate and chocolate cake to keep us going while we waite... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:12:21 EST Ready to go! This week I have been gradually getting everything together for our early start on Sunday. We travel by coach to London, meeting second son, Phil, who is paying for this wonderful holiday and then we get the coach to Tilsbury Docks where we embark and sail at about 4pm, God willing. At least the weather looks like getting better. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a busy day as I start teaching at 8 am and work right through to 4.30 with a couple of 30 minute breaks. Once I finish I will get the final ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:11:55 EST Making plans! I don't know where the week has gone! My feet don't seem to have touched the ground. <BR> <BR> This morning I was up early to get breakfast for the Italian boys we're playing host parents to for 3 weeks. Once they had gone to school I got myself together to pick up my sister for shopping. She has torn the cartilage in her knee and can't drive or walk far, so I took her to the post office and then we went to do the shopping in Farmfoods and stopped by the Friday meat van to stock up for the m... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:02:42 EST Another manic Monday! Thanks so much for the good wishes and comments. Nearly my bedtime, so no time to answer everyone individually. <BR> <BR> I finally, after two false starts managed to get to the physio this morning for 8 am although I wasn't seen until 9.45. In fact, as I suspected, the exercises are similar to Spark People's upper body workout with band. She says I can do them daily so long as it is regular and the more frequent the quicker I will see results and reduce the risk of injury to my shoulder. I ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:59:10 EST New challenges This week I am beginning and continuing 3 challenges - the 5% Challenge Team which last for 8 weeks and gives me a new healthy challenge each week, plus to aim for 120 minutes exercise every day, a virtual trek around Tasmania with the Chair Exercise Team and also fresh challenges with the winter Hogwarts Challengers. I am going to be busy tracking everything, but have celebrated with the first cold I've had in years. Not something I usually indulge in. I could count the number of colds I hav... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:42:49 EST New Years update I have been working my socks off this week to complete my 2012 accounts earlier than last year and finally finished them, but realise that I need to be far more organised about updating them on a regular basis - definitely once a week, but probably on a daily basis. So this is my first resolution. Be more efficient in the office! Anyway pleased with myself for having got them done at the beginning of January instead of last minute. <BR> <BR> I phoned the physio this week to rebook an appoi... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 04:32:32 EST New start We've had a wonderful Christmas week, mostly on our own but with brief visits from my brother, sister and second son - who is supposed to be living here, but is mostly elsewhere! <BR> The visit to see my oldest son, wife and the grandchildren went very well and youngest son was allowed 3 hours escorted leave from hospital to have dinner with us and that went well too. He seems to have reverted most of the time to being a teenager/child. Much pleasanter than the anger and aggression earlier in... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:49:57 EST Countdown to Christmas! Only two more days and I finish teaching for the year! I am up early this morning to get an early start in and these last two weeks my feet have hardly touched the ground I have been so busy. Two weeks ago yesterday DH had knee replacement surgery and he is looking and feeling so much better. I am so thankful for that and just hope that the replacement hip which he is due will be as effective and take place as soon as possible. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago we started renovations to the house - n... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 01:40:22 EST Counting blessings! Thank you so much for all your replies and comments. Life is so hectic at the moment I just don't have time to reply to each and every which I would like to do. I barely have time to visit my teams at the moment. 11 more days and I finish work until 6th January so will be able to catch up with myself then. <BR> <BR> Spent most of the day filling the cupboards which have now been finished in the office and generally tidying up and cleaning. I did a fast 20 minute walk to get the paper before... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:08:32 EST Welcome Home! Another frantically busy day and when I went to visit DH this evening he was sat waiting to go home. I was over the moon. Yesterday he was struggling to walk to the bathroom and today he is managing at least as well, if not better, than before the op last Thursday. I am so relieved. <BR> <BR> We're having new cupboards built into the office and so I spent yesterday clearing the bookshelves so that the new cupboards could go in today. This morning I did a bit more clearing out and then got o... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:10:04 EST Week end End of another busy week, end of the Winter 5% challenge. I didn't achieve 5% weight loss in 8 weeks, but I didn't gain and I did lose a bit each week even if not a lot - just over 2lbs down. <BR> <BR> DH had his knee operation on Thursday and it was a whole knee replacement not the planned half. He is finding it pretty agonising to stand on so far, so hasn't yet mobilised properly, but he was sitting out of bed today and they are increasing the doses of morphine, so hopefully things will b... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 17:07:27 EST Stressful day over! We were up very early to get DH to the hospital for 7.15 am ready for his knee surgery. He was third in the list so it was 3pm before they operated and 6 before I could call to check that he was okay. He is absolutely amazing. I can't believe how relaxed and happy he looks. They replaced the whole knee instead of just half, and he has a long lasting local anaesthetic which hasn't worn off yet, but they should give him good pain relieve once that wears off so they can get him mobilised. They a... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 16:52:50 EST Feeling Sad It's been another chaotic and busy day. I had a couple of meetings to work on learning how to use google analytics and then pass that information on to my partner, teaching this morning and then had to take DH to the hospital for his physio appointment. It was interesting and answered most of our questions. His knee replacement is still set to take place on Thursday, all being well. <BR> It's been a bit open to question because he had a bleed from a varicose vein in his ankle on Sunday and t... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 17:45:18 EST Another busy week and it's already Friday! 10,636 steps today. Daisy got a good walk after lunch and then another shorter one after I finished work this evening. <BR> <BR> This week I have got myself back on track both with exercise and preparing healthy meals for myself. I cooked up a large pot of pumpkin soup and vegetable soup on Monday, but my hand slipped with the cayenne pepper so I've been toning it down by using it over a variety of different meals - predominantly veggie based and with a serving of chicken or butter beans or... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:14:08 EST Another day! I've done it! Broken through! 10,000+ steps today - for the first time in weeks. <BR> <BR> I took Daisy to the vet this morning because she has been chewing her back paw and it is beginning to look quite sore and swollen. It seems she has an infection in the nail bed of one of her claws, so we've got antibiotics and anti-inflamatories for her which hopefully will sort it out. We walked there - a walk which would have taken a good 30 mins a year ago - today it took us just 20 minutes. Progre... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:36:19 EST Chaos reigns! Life has been pretty chaotic since I got home from holiday 6 weeks ago. Will is still in hospital, now detained under a section 3 - which means he is there for treatment. He is accepting antipsychotics, but still doesn't seem to have any insight into his behaviour over the last months. Must call the socal worker tomorrow and see what is being planned for his rehab. He wants to come home for Christmas so will be pretty upset if they don't allow him to. On the other hand, I am rather apprehensi... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:46:48 EST Date brought forward! Thanks for all the good wishes everybody. Today has been another manic day and I need to get to bed in 30 mins so will keep it brief. I had another call from the admissions office today and an earlier appointment for surgery on 6 December has been offered with the pre-assessment tests set for next Monday. I was worrying that maybe the operation would be cancelled and also worrying about it anyway. It is not a pleasant operation, but on the other hand DH is in so much pain now, he has to take ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:50:33 EST Update Life seems to be permanently manic since I returned from our holiday in Germany 5 weeks ago. I have found it very difficult to maintain my exercise and stay on track with healthy nutrition. I have just had to take each day as it comes and do my best. to eat healthily even when it has been difficult to eat regularly. I wasn't always successful and so I have lost very little weight since I got back, despite doing a month of boot camp. <BR> <BR> This week I am determined to get back on track a... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:09:32 EST