ROSAMARCELLE's SparkPeople Blog ROSAMARCELLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Busy weekend Two weeks ago in the gale we lost one of the biggest branches of our old apple tree so it was going to have to come down. It was riddled with fungus and overgrown with mistletoe and last year we hardly had any fruit from it. Last week we got the tree surgeon to cut it down, cut the wood into manageable size pieces and shred the smaller branches which would be no use for anything. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:32:50 EST Thank you Thank you so much for all your support. I will take care not to overdo exercise. I rarely do more than an hour a day anyway, often neglect the strength training which is a mistake, particularly the physio for my frozen shoulder. <BR> <BR> I have had a mild headache now for a couple of days and was getting quite twitchy about it - bearing in mind - not severe enough in my view to be a migraine, and the other possibility of a TIA not conforting. However, 2nd son and his partner asked me to a f... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:56:04 EST TIA update I spent the whole afternoon having tests - scan of the arteries in my neck, CT scan of my head, ECG of my heart and blood pressure again and then a thorough exam by the consultant. My blood pressure, thankfully was down to near normal again. However the tests were a bit inconclusive so it could have been a TIA or it could have been a migraine. I don't normally suffer with migraines - the last one being about 10 years ago - and I wouldn't have put the mild headache I had yesterday and today in... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:37:52 EST Wake up call! Life has been pretty frantic these last weeks and yesterday I got the wake up call to slow down a bit and stress a bit less. <BR> <BR> I was teaching an adult in the afternoon and found my speech was a bit slurred and I couldn't get my words out very well and a few got scrambled along the way. Not for long. It went off very quickly and my pupil didn't notice, but coupled with a bit of a headache and rather high blood pressure which I checked after she had gone, gave me a bit of a fright. As... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:37:36 EST Update! I'm feeling very down today. Life doesn't seem to get any easier and in the run up to Christmas I am getting so tired of it all. Our youngest son, Will, has bipolar, and is really struggling at the moment. I am still spending hours on the phone each week listening, and having to bite my tongue so I don't give him unwelcome and unacceptable advice (to him anyway). <BR> <BR> Our oldest son, now Mina, has come out this year as transgender, which has been very difficult to come to terms with. S... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:30:02 EST Walking and other stuff! It is now two months since I have managed to pull up my socks and get back on track both with what I eat and exercise. This has happened before. <BR> <BR> When I first started Sparking in 2008 I stayed on track for nearly 9 months and then fell by the wayside when my father died and I became involved in caring for my stepmother who was really difficult and demanding. My father died because she selfishly didn't telephone for either the doctor or ambulance when his ulcer perforated because sh... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:25:46 EST Gardening and stuff! At long last I finished digging the allotment plot on Friday. I started over a month ago and what with rain and one thing and another only managed a couple of times a week - two to three hours at a time. It is was so sticky plus I had to get out the potatoes from last year which the slugs had munched their way into big time so I gave up harvesting them last autumn and then there were all the dandylion roots to get out, that it was taking me a couple of hours to do 5 foot or so. <BR> <img sr... Sun, 22 May 2016 16:45:41 EST Good Friday Another busy week finished. I spent the morning digging with my sister. We had some rain yesterday so it was a bit easier to dig, but it looks as if today is the last sunny day for a while. Gallons of rain is forecast for the weekend and Easter Monday. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We've made a good start with the first side which will be planted up with potatoes. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:00:02 EST Light at the end of a very long tunnel The last couple of months have been a real nightmare with so much going on I just haven't had the energy to spark at the end of the day. Two weeks ago I thought things were getting easier, but it wasn't too be. <BR> <BR> The biggest worry has been our youngest son who has bipolar and a personality disorder which makes it hard to cope with emotional problems. He's been in an abusive relationship with a woman who also has mental health problems and he's been ringing me every night for suppor... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:27:19 EST End of the week Two more days of work and then I break for the Christmas holiday. It's unseasonably mild for the time of year. There are even daffodils blooming in some places - unheard of before Christmas. <BR> <BR> Our son has got himself playing the piano in a restaurant on a´ Friday and Saturday evenings so we went for a meal there this evening to listen to him. The meal was lovely. The restaurant is in a deconsecrated and decommisioned Church and was pretty full. We sat on the balcony on a table next ... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:59:01 EST December Sorry not to have been around the last week, but I lost my internet connection last week and didn't get back online until late Monday, so it had a lot of catching up to to. <BR> <BR> Today's been manic. I got a wake up call on Sunday when my BP went sky-high. I really have got to get back on track and stay there. I saw the doc yesterday morning and he wants to see me again in a fortnight and in the meantime I had to have a blood test first thing this morning and keep a regular record of my... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:31:29 EST October It's been almost 2 years since I lost momentum and it's been an uphill struggle since then to get back on track. I would manage for a few days, but then slip off again and during that time I regained and lost again all my hard won losses - losing a bit, regaining that and more until I finally ended up more than when I started my weight loss journey with Spark in 2008. It didn't help having my daughter over from Tasmania for 5 weeks in the summer. Sarah is a fantastic cook, and she did the coo... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:42:37 EST Summer Holiday We got back from Cornwall yesterday after an eventful holiday. It began with a long and frustrating journey down with several long traffic jams. We planned to meet our oldest son and his family on one of the beaches and I was following second son. His sat.nav took us down a very, very narrow and steep lane and when I thought it might end in a farm track I reversed back up, burning my clutch as I went. By the time I got back to the entrance to the lane there was black smoke pouring out of the... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 09:38:17 EST Listening Many thanks for all the prayers and good wishes for my last blog. Phil had a word with his Dad when he arrived and I joined in a short while after. DH really doesn't understand why I was so upsset, and in a way, I am beginning to doubt it myself now. Phil told me that while I can be the most patient person he has met with everyone else, he says that at times I can be impatient with poor DH - not without some justification, but in the end, it is never going to be helpful to let my impatiience... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:19:31 EST Feeling down! Still feeling very down because I had a real ding dong with DH over what is probably to him very trivial. I am fairly sure he doesn't have much clue as to what upset me. It is an accumulation over the years and makes me feel as if I am totally useless. I wrote an angry letter to tell him how I felt - straight down the line, no holds barred - and expected an apology, at least for hurting me. It hasn't been forthcoming and we have hardly spoken all week. Second son has seen the letter and has s... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:17:08 EST Finally finished It has been an extremely hard couple of months but today I finished the final clean and DH helped by painting the wall at the front of the decking. We stopped off to buy 3 bags of pea gravel to finish it off first and it now looks pretty good. It just needs the wall topping with paving slabs and a step built, but at least it looks finished now and the step and wall top will be done by the builder next door sometime next week. The new tenants who move in on Monday should be well pleased. <im... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:08:04 EST Backsliding! It's been another month when I have slid off my pathway and gone backwards again and put back all I lost last challenge and more. I am feeling so fed up with myself. Next Saturday a new 5% Challenge begins and I am making a fresh start with the Cloverleaf team. I got on the scales this morning for the first time since the last challenge and was shocked by how much I had regained and put on. I am going to spend this week preparing and planning for the challenge. <BR> I will: <BR> <BR> 1. Pla... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:36:39 EST A relaxing time! After all the hard work renovating our second son's house after getting rid of the tenant who left it in terrrible state on 21st April, I was about ready for a break. Personally I never want to see a scrubbing brush or a mop or a duster again! This week has been free of all that. <BR> <BR> The flight to Germany on Monday was uneventful. It was 30 minutes late departing but this just meant I had 30 minutes instead of nearly an hour to wait at the bus stop in Frankfurt, so no problem. Tuesday ... Fri, 29 May 2015 05:59:07 EST May already! Don't know where the last couple of months have disappeared to! It's been really hard going for me and I fell off the wagon big time and found it really hard to get back on track again. Normally speaking once I get back on track and stick with it, I lost weight regularly, about 2 lbs a week. January was okay, but everything slowed down in February with less than lb a week. By March I had enough and began to slip. Bad move. I can't afford to lose it and I have had to convince myself, kicking a... Fri, 1 May 2015 16:16:23 EST 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