ROXYZMOM's SparkPeople Blog ROXYZMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Prayers needed... My 56 year old cousin was just diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer. She has always been very healthy with none of the pre-cursors. <BR> Her name is Claire - please pray for her. <BR> Thank you. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 19:01:57 EST Who Did This?? After making a big crockpot of soup in the kitchen, I came out to this... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 13:06:36 EST A Quickie... It's not going to be what you think! LOL <BR> <BR> Holidays are very hard for me, so I made sure I was very busy over the holiday to distract myself from the loss of my son. So --- I really didn't have a lot of time for my computer and blogging. Today I notices several of my Sparkfriends have been blogging, and I missed them. <BR> :( I somehow stopped getting the emails which caused me to miss them, since I was relying on my smart phone. Well, I think I updated everyone so I should be b... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:26:50 EST Day 2 of 2017... <img src=""> Headed out to run errands - then a half day at work. Keeping busy and conscience of my food intake. Making a big pot of butternut squash soup for lunches this week...thanks OverworkedJanet! Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:00:21 EST Happy New Year!! <img src=""> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:11:15 EST Merry Christmas! <img src=""> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:28:45 EST Motivational... <img src=""> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:01:51 EST Looming... <img src=""> I am enjoying my looms! I have been busy every night making Christmas gifts. I have completed 6 scarves. Extra bonus: My hands are so busy I never think of after dinner snacking!! Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:00:48 EST Moving my MIL Tomorrow we are moving my MIL to an independent adult senior facility. It is a beautiful place. We showed it to her last year. She loved it but couldn't get over the price. <BR> <BR> She broke her hip 10 years ago while helping at her senior center. She never was able to walk well again. We finally convinced her to use a cane last year. She really needed a walker, but, wouldn't use it. We have noticed a severe decline in walking/standing and memory (because she no longer socializes) this... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 21:41:31 EST Catching Up... Letting you all know I am ok! I haven't been on my computer in a while, I use my smart phone instead. It's not the easiest way to blog. Here is a quick update: We raised $18000. during our first NEDA walk! I am going to organize it again for next year. Everyone enjoyed it and learned a lot about eating disorders. I had a hard time on what would have been my son's 28th birthday. I kept myself real busy on the 2nd anniversary of his death earlier this week. That seemed to go a lot better.... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:09:01 EST NEDA Newark, DE Walk... Saturday was the big day and it was a HUGE success! <BR> <BR> We received a lot of compliments, a lot of people were surprised it was the first one. <BR> <BR> I had over 100 volunteers, and 192 walkers. NEDA gave us the goal to raise $10,000. Right now we are over $17,000.! That was pretty good for 3 months of work! <BR> <BR> My extremely large walking team wore orange (flyers color) shirts with my son's name on the back. His name was brought up all morning in speeches and when people ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:30:51 EST NEDA Newark,DE Walk Added Entertainer... Nadjah Nicole from The Voice 2015 will perform her song "Sunflower" at our Eating Disorder Awareness Walk Saturday! Never hurts to ask! Boy, this event is getting big! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:50:47 EST Where I Have Been... <img src=""> Still working on the NEDA Newark, DE Walk. A little less than 11/2 weeks to go! So glad I have help. I have 4 speakers lined up - a college student (recovered), a 50 year old man (recovered), an eating disorder therapist, and Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund (recovered). I have booked a DJ, yoga instructor (for warmup), a singer for the national anthem and waiting for final confirmation of Nadjah Nic... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:01:22 EST I Am Going To Be On TV Today... <img src=""> <BR> Hubby and I were interviewed for the health segment to be aired on NBC 10 Philly today (Sunday) at 11:30am. It is about our son, who passed away from anorexia and bulimia, and the NEDA Newark, DE walk I organized for Sept 24. It was a nerve wracking experience for me - I was worried I was going to "break down" on the set - I did ramble a bit, but, I did get through it! <BR> I am hoping it looks go... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:57:24 EST Lots of Good News Yesterday... I went to the Doctor for a 2 month check of blood lab work. My overall cholesterol score went from 242 to 203 thanks to Red Yeast Rice (1200 mg/twice per day) and maybe my almost daily oatmeal. My blood pressure went from 145/95 to 111/78 thanks to Hydrochlorothiazide (diuretic for high blood pressure) and strictly controlling salt intake by not buying any foods with more than 5% sodium and requesting "no added salt" at restaurants. And, I lost 7 pounds! <BR> <BR> I do notice a huge differen... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:02:02 EST A Little About A Lot... I have put a lot of time in soliciting potential sponsors for the NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) Newark, DE Walk I am holding in September. I have reached out to over 50 businesses. This is the first year - I have already learned a lot for next year. I spoke at a meeting yesterday at a Chamber of Commerce in front of about 25 business owners. I got a little choked up. It is always so hard to say that I "lost my son" out loud. I got a lot of hugs and a promise for a gift certifica... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:03:57 EST Couples Retreat Signed up for a retreat this Fall for couples who have/had a child with eating disorders. Most couples attending have lost a child. It's being held at a cabin on Lake Superior. We have never been out there. A therapist is running it and she has a couple speakers coming too. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 22:29:11 EST Job Interview and Eating Disorder Stuff and a Trip... I interviewed for a position at Child Protective Services. It was a 2 hour interview. First, I watched a video of a "typical" work day as a case worker. I was then interviewed by 3 people. I think I did very well answering all of their questions. They nodded "yes" a lot, and agreed. <BR> <BR> I won't know for another month if I will be offered the job. And, I am happy about that. I really have to think about it. There will be a lot of stress and drama - walking into someone's home - ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 20:41:20 EST Hard day (may be a hard blog for some of you)... It's been 1 year, 8 months since I lost my 26 yr old son. I just got up enough courage to add the pictures from his old phone into my computer. And, yup, there it was - a shirtless selfie and then shot of his scale -- 96.6 lbs!! Dated March 2013. I figured out this was right about when he checked himself out of the hospital the second time. I also saw copied posted low cal smoothies from a site called "calorie count", lots of other saved nutrition/calorie info on cheese steaks, burgers, etc.... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:25:48 EST Cooking Corn on the Cob the Easy Way... I learned of a new way to cook corn on the cob! I tried it tonight and it went very well. And, an added bonus - no silk on the corn! Here's how to do it... Place the unpeeled corn on the cob in the microwave. Cook on high for 4 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes. Remove leaves - the silk will all fall off. Enjoy!! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:49:38 EST I am officially a CASA... Yesterday, I was sworn-in by the judge as a CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. This is a volunteer position which requires about 15 hours per month. <BR> <BR> I completed 30+ hours of training over a six week period - some at meetings, some on-line, plus observing one day at family court. I will get one child or two siblings at a time and follow them for approximately one year. I am so excited for this opportunity! <BR> <BR> CASA is nationwide. Click on the link below i... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:53:01 EST Newark, DE NEDA Walk is booked... I did it! With perseverance, I reserved "The Green" at University of Delaware for the first National Eating Disorder Association Awareness Walk. I picked Sept 24 - the weekend before what would have been my son, Joey's, 28th birthday. I have a lot of friends and relatives volunteering to help. I have to start visiting grocery stores for free food, book tents and port-a-potties and book the DJ. It's a one mile walk. We are going to have an eating disorder therapist, nutritionist, my hubby and ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:41:41 EST Roxy and Mayzie Meet Their Steps... <img src=""> <BR> Roxy and Mayzie are getting their fair share of steps in during our Florida trip! They are worn out! <BR> We are all loving the weather here - it snowed at home today! Sat, 9 Apr 2016 21:38:11 EST Keeping Up With My Steps... <img src=""> Having a great time on my travels. Just left Punta Gorda, Florida - we visited my parents for four days. Now we are at Siesta Key. Hubby and I are still getting our 5 miles in each day. The dogs are enjoying the nice weather, too. Here's a cool sign I saw in Punta Gorda. Hmmmm - where will we go next?? Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:25:53 EST Florida Update... <img src=""> <BR> We are enjoying the Florida Keys. We have had lots of company - the latest is my son, Ken, and his girlfriend Jackie. We have been out on our neighbors boat multiple times, eating at lots of great restaurants, and visiting Key West. The dogs are enjoying their vacation as well. We throw them in the pool a lot! <BR> <BR> Hubby had to fly home for a job interview. The company paid for his airfare... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:10:59 EST One Year Anniversary of Becoming a Pescatarian... I have eaten meat free for one whole year. I stopped eating meat because I noticed that I was not making the healthiest choices when hubby and I went out to eat - which was and still is a lot! <BR> <BR> What have I noticed? <BR> 1. I don't miss meat at all. <BR> 2. My fingernails are stronger. <BR> 3. Hubby is choosing healthier options at restaurants, and eating a lot more fish. <BR> 4. I have more energy. <BR> 5. My knees are not "crunching" when I walk upstairs, and are not bothering me ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:58:42 EST Never Underestimate The Power Of A Streak... I have completed day 75 of my exercise streak. I have it labeled as "10,000 steps per day", but it means so much more to me. I wish I could re-title it. <BR> <BR> After I lost my oldest son, Joey, I never told you guys, but, frankly, I didn't care. I would go to work or the store with no make-up on, un-matched, hair half done. That might not seem like much to some of you, but, for me, it really was. I ate whatever, didn't exercise, and was happy to make it through one more day. Everyda... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:44:00 EST And, just like that, I am back to running... Well, it wasn't quite that easy! I starting walking five miles per day, everyday, on Dec 25th. As I progressed, I mixed running with walking. Now, I run my 5 miles one day, walk 5 the next day. It feels really good to run again. I am not real fast right now, just taking my time, taking note of how my body feels as I go. I will start adding distance to my runs after I increase my speed. I am on track for the Philly Broad Street 10 miler May 1st. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 07:50:32 EST My Streak Continues... <img src=""> <BR> Made it to Summerland Key! All settled in. Our first round of friends have arrived! Still walking/jogging at least 5 miles per day! <BR> <BR> Checkout this salad! The pink and green round veggies are a watermelon beets! Delicious!! <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2016 22:25:17 EST When Does Eating Clean Becom An Eating Disorder... Just saw this article, and thought some of you may find this interesting. My son referenced this way of eating well into his anorexia.<BR>n-does-eating-clean-become-an-eating-d<BR>isorder (Please copy and paste in your browser) Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:22:39 EST Road Trip... <img src=""> Hubby and I are headed to the Florida Keys. We have been on the road for three days. We have managed to get our speed walk in everyday. Yesterday we got 3 miles in walking up and down the road by the hotel. We found a Veterans park in Florence with trails and incorporated it into our walk. This morning we got 5 miles in in Titusville. We went round and round 4 hotels and a Cracker Barrel parking lo... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:55:54 EST Eating Disorder Video... Today is the last day of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. I want to share a video a mother in my Eating Disorder advocacy group recently made. My son's picture is in it (Joe). It presents various eating disorder facts you may not have known. It also shows various angels, who lost the fight. Please feel free to share. Copy and paste the link below in your browser.<BR>zvU2aqeVg&sns=fb Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:59:20 EST Doctors and Health Insurance on Eating Disorders... <img src=""> Day 6 of Eating Disorder Awareness Week This happened to my son at his Doctor's office - because, he said "only girls get anorexia", and at the huge, local hospital because they did not treat his illness - he weighed 115 lbs at the time both times he went in! ...and I told them what was wrong! Health Insurance is a humongous stumbling block. My advocacy group is working to change this, through aw... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:09:16 EST Ask And You Shall Receive... I asked Heidi Powell to post something on her wall pertaining to eating disorders...she did today :) You can read about her struggle... It’s National Eating Disorder week, and although this is definitely not a week worth celebrating, it is one that deserves more attention than it may get. Eating disorders are a topic so close to my heart, as I’ve opened up a few times about my own battle with conquering my demons and overcoming this life and body destroying disorder. Head to Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:11:04 EST Foster A Healthy Workplace Environment For Those Who May Be Struggling With An Eating Disorder... <img src=""> A successful company takes care of its employees, right? Here are some tips on how to foster a supportive workplace for those who may be struggling with an eating disorder.<BR>isorders-workplace-guide (Copy and paste the above link in your browser) Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:45:07 EST Did You Know?... <img src="" Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:18:43 EST Could You Unknowingly Have An Eating Disorder? It is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. As most of you know, I lost my 26 year old son, Joey, to anorexia/bulimia a little over one year ago. I came across this article yesterday and thought you may find it interesting. The symptoms can resonate with Spark members. It is a slippery slope. If you find yourself sliding, I suggest taking the 3 minute survey. NEDA has great resources. Also: I suggest keeping your kids in mind when reading this. I have read that kids as low as age... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:02:03 EST Nice Day Today... Had a busy, but really nice day today. Started with church, then to a 90th birthday party. It was for my neighbor's Grannie. Grannie is in an assisted living home about one mile from my house. I stop in and see her with Roxy, and check on her more frequently when my friend is out of town. I loved watching her family today. And, I learned a lot about Grannie's life. She is so inspiring! I got home at 4:30, changed into my running shoes, and bolted out the door. It was a fast walk day. ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:46:47 EST Metabolic Rate Testing... Last week, I had my metabolic rate tested. I could not exercise the day before, and had to fast for 12 hours. No problem there - the test was at 8:30 am. <BR> <BR> I sat in a chair and put this clamp on my nose: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then I put this breathing tube in my mouth: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was hooked to this ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:04:58 EST Cauliflower crusted calzone and an update...<BR>lower-crust-calzone-4/ I am going to try to make this - yum, it sounds so good. I will be posting about my metabolic testing tomorrow. I thought of more questions after I left - hubby is going to ask at his appointment tomorrow, then I will fill you in. I have lost 3 lbs since last Friday, am glad I went. I am rockin' my daily walk/run. Today I hit 6 miles! Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:50:43 EST Metabolic Testing... Right before my son passed away, hubby and I had appointments to test our metabolisms. We had to cancel... Tomorrow morning I am getting it done. Even with food tracking and daily exercise, I find myself not losing weight. My metabolism is at a dead hault. I am looking forward to getting advice for a tailored pescetarian nutritional plan. Hubby goes next Tuesday. Today, in preparation for the test, I am not allowed to exercise. I will do regular pace walking to continue my 10000 streak. ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:06:55 EST St Lucia... <img src=""> My parents paid for me, hubby, 2 brothers, and their wife, fiancé to go to St Lucia. We have been having a great time. We went on a boat tour of the island. We came up close to the Pitons, saw the volcano, took a sulfur hot mud bath ( I had a very hard time with the smell), ate an authentic lunch in an actual house (everything was delicious) and shopped (I stood there - hate getting hounded!). The ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:15:39 EST Redneck Sledding... <img src=""> I love where I live! Never know what is next! This is an ATV driver pulling someone in a boat. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:31:35 EST I Am Doing It!... <img src=""> Headed out for day 27 of my walk/run 5 mile streak! I have endured hot 85 degree days, rain, snow, and frigid temperatures! (Anything to avoid my treadmill!) My mind is a lot clearer, I am feeling better :) Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:14:21 EST Hola!... <img src=""> Hi guys! I am enjoying Cancun. The resort has a lot of great choices for pescetarian and vegetarian diets. The above picture is of a Mexicana salad. Cucumber with red leaf lettuce, garlic, corn, peas, prickly pear, mozarella, red onion, avocado and tomato. Last night I ate a veggie cannoli (eggplant wrap with ground eggplant, portobello, tomato and mushrooms in the middle). Very yummy! And, I have lea... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 12:20:21 EST The Gift of Time... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided to focus on my health - mentally and physically for 2016. I have been through hell the past three years and I just don't feel good. I am tired of feeling anxious and literally sick to my stomach. It takes way too much energy to get through the day. <BR> <BR> Most of the anxiety has left since hubby and I sold our business. There were several times in the past year that I felt... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:59:47 EST Merry Christmas... It was a hard day - I made it through! Holidays are so stink in' tough. They will never be the same... <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 22:55:33 EST My Boys Are Taking Care of Me... The trip my hubby carefully planned to St Augustine, Florida was very nice. The house we stayed in was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The Fountain of Youth, St Augustine Light House, and the Great Cross were all filled rich with history. The Ghost Tour was fantastic! And the fish were delicious and so fresh! We wished we had booked a couple of more days - there is a lot to see. We were able to easily track more than 20,000 steps per day. <BR> <BR> I stopped working right before we... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:37:46 EST A great week can be a hard week... Hubby and I sold our business last Friday. I am getting paid as a consultant until Dec 4thish. <BR> I am used to a calm environment. This week it is total chaos. There is no organization. I see what should be done and it is not happening. This is why I am an entrepreneur. I could never work in the corporate world. Anyway, I am enjoying not being responsible. I am trying to coach the girls taking over. There has been a few ethical situations, I am training them on how not to budge the ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:38:08 EST Checking In... Sorry I haven't updated sooner - I have been very busy at work. I am in the middle of training the person who will take over my job. She has worked for me for 18 years. I am really excited for her. Last week we had to go to Exton for a couple days for computer software training. I had to go in to work today to catch up with my normal job responsibilities. <BR> <BR> After dinner every night, I am researching eating disorder facilities, groups, and properties. I attended a meeting at th... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 16:23:02 EST