RUTHEY01's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RUTHEY01 RUTHEY01'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/ Feeling Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634403 I am not doing so well emotionally and haven't for the past few days. I don't deal well with death and there has been another in the family. It was one of my cousins who I have known since I was 3 years old. She was 15 at the time. My family has always been very closely knit with cousins- to 2nd and 3rd - as close as siblings. We have family reunions every 2 years and it seems that with each one there is one or 2 missing due to death. At the reunion in 2008 we had over 175 adult, over 3... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:25:53 EST Another Hubby Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494333 Hubby got taken off 2 of his meds!! <em>244</em> One was a blood thinner and the other was one of the 2 he was taking to regulate his heart rate. And both can damage the heart muscle. His left ventricle is still weakened but digitalis is supposed to strengthen it and regulate the heart rate so he is still on that one. <BR> <BR> His heart is still beating in normal rhythm so the doctor doesn't need to see him for 3 to 4 months which I take as a really good sign. They will do another ec... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:37:39 EST FYI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476909 I received an e-mail this morning with a link to an interesting article. I had thought about putting a post on all my SparkTeams but this way is just as good to reach my SparkFriends. Here's the link. <link>www.foodrevolution.org/blog/farmed-f<BR>ish/ </link> <BR> <BR> When I read this article it actually made me nauseous. I am a Vegan and haven't eaten fish for a year now but I live with my carnivore DH and do research on the internet in an attempt to educate him. He does like some o... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 15:18:54 EST Hallelujah!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466192 Okay... Maybe an extreme title for some... <BR> <BR> BUT!! <BR> <BR> I had an awesome day at Church this morning! The Holy Spirit was moving and we were all blessed. <BR> <BR> A young man was waiting for the doors to open to be baptized when our pastor showed up. Pastor asked the young man if he was saved and he said "not yet". But he knew that he wanted to be baptized!! Pastor counseled him and told him about salvation through Christ Jesus. The young man asked to be led in prayer so... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:08:59 EST Another Hubby Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463652 Clyde's cast is off and he has a wrist brace to wear when he is going to be using his hand. The x-rays of his left wrist and forearm show good bone "knitting". No surgery! Praise God!! God is good! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:53:13 EST YAH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463651 My SparkCoach trial was due to end in 2 or 3 days. I love it and the motivation so much that I joined today for a year. It is going to be a great help after reaching my goals and giving me incentive to make higher goals. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:47:09 EST It Worked!! - Hubby Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462440 I want to thank every one for your prayers and encouragement. <BR> <BR> At 11 am this morning, Clyde was anesthetized and the electrical cardioversion was done. He came out of the anesthesia at 11:55 and was in recovery until 1 pm. His heart has been restored to normal rhythm! There is damage to his left ventricle so he is starting a new med to keep his heart in normal rhythm. They are also phasing out the Digoxin and replacing it with Lisinopril. He has a follow-up appointment with the... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:42:40 EST Hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460567 On Wednesday, August 21, my hubby Clyde is undergoing a procedure to try to get his heart out of A-Fib and back in normal rhythm. They are going to stop his heart and "reboot" it. <BR> <BR> I am asking for prayer from all my SP buddies. Not for me. For Clyde and his doctors. I have given this situation, like all my life and those I love, to God for HIS will to be done. I can't take that back by worry or doubt. If it is God's will that it is time for Clyde to go home, I will accept that... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:02:26 EST Spark Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460199 Day 3 of Spark Coach and I am keeping consistent with completing assigned tasks. It feels really good to have this tool for making sure I track daily. It is also helping me to eat breakfast which I used to skip during the week. It's amazing that I don't feel famished by lunch. Gee, the experts were right! Duh. <em>246</em> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:58:54 EST Weigh-In Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374594 On 5/24, I had my first weekly weigh-in at WW. I only lost .2 pound. But it was a loss which is good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, 5/31, I had my second. I was all geared up for a weight gain. With being DH's walking support because of his fractured hip and worrying more about his comfort than my "program" I thought I had blown my "D" word. I got on the scales, ready to cringe. I was told I had lost 3.8 pounds! When I said, "Are you sure??" she said, "Come over and look at the screen. You lo... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:43:27 EST Weigh In Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366101 Okay, I added Weight Watchers to my routine. I thought I'd give it a try since there are weekly meetings, local members to chat one-on-one with and accurate scales. My meetings are on Friday. Hopefully I have lost at least 1/2 pound. My goal is 1/2 a pound a week til 30 pounds are gone. And then keeping it off this time. <BR> <BR> I am not discounting all the help I have gotten from SP and I plan to keep active here too. I just need the "personal" touch just now. I'm going through a ... Thu, 23 May 2013 21:30:03 EST OOPS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361541 Well, I guess I am getting to almost start over on weight loss. I got on the scales on Friday and I have gained back 30 pounds. Mid-life really stinks!! I was going to keep my mouth shut and not admit it, even to myself, but that would be dishonest and counter-productive. SO, time for round 2 of weight loss. Sun, 19 May 2013 21:31:57 EST Merry White Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175882 We received something for Christmas that we usually don't get. It is actually <em>425</em> <em>425</em> . We are getting a White <em>446</em> <em>460</em> !! I know that this doesn't sound all that unusual for most of the Northern 1/3 of the US but for the Pacific Northwest it is. We usually wake up to <em>27</em> <em>257</em> on Christmas. Same weather, different day. For an area that rains 7-9 months out of the year, this is a treat. I'm going to enjoy it while I ca... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 13:18:56 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952305 I am now living in almost constant back pain but I still manage to get on with life. All of my fitness minutes now are from walking. It doesn't cause undue strain on my back and in some cases eases the muscle tightness. I thank God each day that He gives me the strength to do what is necessary and to live with the pain. One of my favorite inspirational quotes is, "I will neither murmur nor repine at what the Lord's providence may permit, because Faith can trust Him, come what may". <BR>... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 17:13:32 EST Goal Met and Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646787 I met my goal 4 days early on Dec 29, goal date was 1/1/12. I am now 100% lacto-ovo vegetarian. My new goal is to be 100% Vegan by 6/30/12, my 58th birthday. <BR> <BR> I have learned a lot this year from all my SparkFriends, Teams and all the helpful articles on SparkPeople. I am truly thankful for SparkGuy for making all this available to us. I had already known about portion control, lowering fats, eating more veggies and fruit before discovering SP. Through reading "The Spark" and th... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:33:09 EST I got my Christmas wish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634257 The cast came off yesterday. My mobility and range of motion for my wrist is, according to the doctor "Better than I would have expected without surgery". It is still a little weak so he gave me a splint similar to the "boot casts" they have for ankles. He wants me to use it for about 2 weeks. I also have a set of exercises to strengthen the muscles and tendons. <BR> <BR> Now to detox my system to purge it of the pain pill residue. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your prayer... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:33:41 EST Praise God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628800 Okay, that may be early... <BR> <BR> I am praying that my cast comes off on the 20th, Tuesday. If not... I will deal with that then. <BR> <BR> I am able to type with both hands, but only at 15 or 20 words per minute, normally I type 90 words a minute on a bad day. It causes discomfort to my arm, palm of the hand, fingers, etc. I am doing what a physical therapist would have me do with a physical therapy ball to strengthen the hand and fingers by typing with the cast still on. Been ther... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 03:07:37 EST Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608868 Faith is: <BR> <BR> Believing before seeing. Heb 11:1 <BR> <BR> Having what we NEED - not our wants - a real biggie. God gives to us so abundantly. Those of us who are blessed more than others should see it as our duty to bless others. <BR> <BR> Not listening to an earthly man (preacher) but searching the scriptures daily for our guidance. "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free". <BR> <BR> Keeping our spirituality and life free from ridicule. The world wants to nega... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 05:15:22 EST Still Healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607133 My wrist is still healing. I have better use of my fingers and thumb so with using them more it explains the "different" pain I feel now. Like my favorite scripture says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". <BR> <BR> I am still in a cast, Dec 20th will be 6 weeks and 3 days since I broke it. I am praying that the cast comes off on the 20th. It would be nice to have total use of the arm and hand before Christmas. <em>30</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 05:26:19 EST Arm Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4596185 I had a doctor's appt today for my wrist. They took 3 x-rays and the bones are mending good, better than any of us expected without surgery. I have a follow-up on Dec 20th. <BR> <BR> I'm still on pain meds but the dr said that will lessen as the swelling decreases. The pain, he explained is from his molding the cast to force the tendons to remain taut while the bones mend so the tiny bones in the top of the hand don't shift toward the wrist. <BR> <BR> I can deal with the pain, it is the ... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 23:55:31 EST Woo-Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4588748 Today is my <em>517</em> . <BR> <BR> A lot has happened in that 3 months. <BR> <BR> I am living a healthier lifestyle, not a total veg yet but working on it. I feel better each day about the positive changes in my life. <BR> <BR> I am getting more exercise, even if it is just a walk. On rainy days I go to the mall and window shop so I can get my steps in without getting soaked or blown away by wind. <BR> <BR> My weight loss has been slow but consistent. The first 15 or so dropped quic... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:28:07 EST Update on Arm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585891 Had a follow-up with the dr today. They took x-rays and found that I will not need surgery. The break is healing and is 3/4 the way to normal. There will be a little dis-figuration but nothing that will keep me from having full use of it. The splint was replaced with a short cast - I chose purple - and I have a follow-up next Tuesday. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l525959659.jpg"> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:17:08 EST Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571673 I will be semi-out-of-commission for a few days, maybe weeks. <BR> <BR> I fell and broke both bones in my wrist at 7:30 last night. On the up-side, it is my left and I am right handed. <BR> <BR> By the time we got to the hospital, I was in shock. One nurse, maybe she was doing her first ER part of training, missed 2 veins for the IV so a different nurse got it in on the 1st try. The x-rays showed a clean break,so hopefully I won't need pins which means 2 surgeries. <BR> <BR> I'm getting... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 19:56:45 EST Yikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569235 OMG - 20 Sparkpoints to start the day?? <em>244</em> <em>345</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 03:37:01 EST It was a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569143 I met my nutrition goals for the day, got in my walk without getting wet, the sun was actually shining all day <em>244</em> and I feel great at the end of the day! <BR> <BR> Ruth Sat, 5 Nov 2011 00:39:37 EST