SADIQAH's SparkPeople Blog SADIQAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Found the phone app Not sure how active i will be on this site at this time but i just found the phone app! I've been away for a few years. Silly, minor for most people probably, but i found running shoes! Two pair at a yard sale for $20. New would have been between $150 & $180 for both. One pair was brand new, the other worn a few times but still almost new. This is big for me because I've been looking for shoes the past year. Turns out I've been wearing the wrong size for years due to standard shoe options... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 02:04:10 EST Tracking Exercises I have absolutely no idea how to track exercises. At least: not what I'm doing with the fitness challenge. <BR> <BR> Everybody has to show up for fitness training at LEAST 3x a week. And it's a 45 minute workout in a group setting. And they work your butt off. One guy said the first week he puked afterwards every single time he went (but only the first week). I guess I've not worked out that hard. Oh: that guy lost 104 pounds since he started (not sure how long ago that was). <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 21 May 2013 21:56:56 EST Where I am now I know some may be wondering, and I hope my silence hasn't worried anybody. I am alive and ... well, alive. Depression and resulting apathy are difficult issues to live with. I'm still suffering sometimes, but it's much much better. For a number of reasons. One: time and, to a point, distance. Two: I self-diagnosed myself with a vitamin B deficiency. (My doctor tested my thyroid: that was fine! My B vit. test came out fine too, but that was after I'd been self treating for a month. I stopped... Sat, 11 May 2013 01:15:18 EST Merry Christmas! Hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with love and laughter, good friends, good food, great family, and hope and joy for a marvelous new year! <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 10:34:49 EST Keep on keeping on I wish I had the money... I would go on a 2 week vacation somewhere I've never been and where I know nobody. Maybe, if I like where I found myself, I would simply move away. Walk away from my life. Sometimes I think that would be less painful. <BR> <BR> My cousin and I are still trying to salvage our friendship. Sometimes all I want to do is hurt her like she (admittedly knowingly) hurt me. Part of me wants to tell her father all that happened. But it would hurt him, damage their rocky relat... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 03:30:36 EST Best Intentions I accidentally went all day yesterday without eating. Headed home around 5pm, sick to my stomach starving and a headache, but I was going to be good. NO eating out. NO spending money. I'm going home to cook a nice, healthy meal. And then... this is what awaited me: <BR> <BR><BR>its-power-pole-in-spokane-valley <BR> <BR> I actually had to park in the library parking lot and walk to my apartment complex, because it was all blocked off. For those not wa... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 02:56:42 EST Mental Re-set For those that read my last post and maybe wondered: I'm still alive. I'm still dealing with the salvaging effort. Sometimes I feel I was the only hurt party; I've been instantly turned into a clingy, needy, insecure creature that needs near constant positive reinforcement just to keep functioning. Okay: not THAT bad, but close enough. I'm trying to balance out; chaos is NOT a norm in my life. I'm drama free, peaceful, laid back, loving, caring, giving. Sometimes I'm good for a fully day, som... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 02:28:57 EST Chaos Sometimes, even the most laid back, calm, drama-free life ... gets shoved over the edge of a rocky cliff. <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy week so far, starting Sunday. Betrayals. Shocking Revelations. Digging through the rubble of shattered relationships to salvage what's left. Secrets kept to protect those that might be devastated by the Truth. And it's only Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Yet somehow... good news in the midst of all that chaos. I got to see my very best friend (she wasn't part of the dra... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 04:11:16 EST Food Tracker... Help? Maybe there's a help section somewhere that answers this but I haven't found anything yet. Sooo.... is there a way to set meals "the same?" For example, breakfast... the food tracker gives new, different options every day. I really don't want to have to re-enter everything every day. Or is there some unknown health benefit of varying the foods every day? For breakfast, I think the best thing is plain yogurt with some fresh fruit, maybe an ounce or two of meat, maybe some oatmeal or granola. F... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:10:25 EST Funky Point Tracking in My Favor Does the Sparkpoints thing track funky for anybody else? I haven't figured out why yet, but today it randomly gave me an extra 500 points after I signed on for the trial at SparkCoach. That's probably not what the extra points are for, but that's where I was when I discovered them. Some days I log in and have points sitting there even before I ever spin the wheel or do anything. <BR> <BR> I don't get it. Thank you, Gremlins. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 03:48:03 EST Giving up addictions Pepsi is bad for you. I know this. And yet... I'm an addict. I grew up on RC Cola. My stepdad worked for 7-up Bottling Company, and we always had cases of soda around the house. He got it free. Diet Rite, 7-up, Dr Pepper, Slice, RC Cola. I remember one time he came home with the bed of his pickup truck full. More than half were bad cans and we just dumped them down the drain and recycled the cans, but we still had dozens of good cases. Us kids spent days jumping on piles of cans and months dr... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 04:31:49 EST Eating Healthy and the Food Bank Being unemployed, I'm taking advantage of the Food Bank... but it's a little difficult to eat healthy that way. Pasta, Beans, French Fries and Bread (they seem to have an overabundance of french fries for some reason). I'm also amazed at how much they give out to a single person. One trip to the food bank will actually feed me for a month. Or could. This time I'm sharing the wealth and passed food on to my neighbor that mentioned she was low on food, and some to another friend that's unemploy... Wed, 23 May 2012 16:59:12 EST Yard Sale Season Normally I don't go all yard-sale crazy. But one of my friends is... and I have a car, and speak English, and am willing to go... so I've been out the last 5 weekends. (As she told her son: she's a stay at home Mom, and is home all week long... this is her chance to get a break and have fun). A crazy friendship... she speaks Arabic with 2% English. I speak English with 1% Arabic. Somehow it works. <BR> <BR> The fun thing is, you never know what you'll find. I now have a vinyl exercise mat a... Tue, 22 May 2012 00:50:55 EST Beautiful Weather and Walking I should add "and a bad sense of time". <BR> <BR> A friend had artwork in a gallery downtown and yesterday was the opening, and a "meet the artists" event. Rather than dealing with traffic, driving around in circles to find a parking space, and paying a ridiculous amount to park (our downtown area is 100% paid parking), I drove about a mile to the valley transit center, parked for free, then hopped a bus downtown. Only $3.50 for a full day pass beat plugging quarters into a meter. <BR> <BR... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 12:28:51 EST Friend Making Monday This just looked fun... plus gives me something to write about :) I saw it on EMWILLBEHEALTHY's blog. <BR> Here's the direct link to original source: <link><BR>ars-ago-today-and-friend-makin-mondays<BR>-when-i-was-a-kid/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: <link> <... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 16:19:08 EST Happy New Beginnings! April 1st, All Fool's Day... but being the 1st... I'm marking it as my "New Year." Starting over. Yes, again. BUT!! The doctor finally figured out what was wrong with me and got me on meds to clear it up (basically: constantly irritated sinuses + exposure to cold virus = misery). My sprained wrist is healed--been healed a while & I've been healthy a few weeks now, but months of relative inactivity is a hard habit to break. <BR> <BR> More unintentional experimentation with my sleeping sched... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 17:18:56 EST Need to reset my internal clock The company I worked for was bought out in November, and I've been unemployed ever since. I came down sick January 6th, and whatever I had ... seemed to be a normal 7-day cold though my sinuses bothered me longer and a couple days after coming down sick I lost my voice for 3 weeks (and it took another couple weeks for it to return to normal). When I first got sick, I was unable to sleep at night--coughing kept me awake until I passed out from exhaustion. My sleep schedule has been messed up e... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 23:21:39 EST Volunteering for T-Shirts At the end of 2009, I was trying to decide what to do in 2010... and I got this crazy idea to volunteer for everything that would give me a "free" tshirt, then donate them to charity at the end of the year, after I saw how many I could acquire. I came to my senses, though, decided that would be a totally ridiculous goal, and scratched it off my list.... <BR> <BR> Until sometime in mid April when there was nothing on TV, nothing on the internet, I couldn't get into any of my books at the time... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 13:35:13 EST Amazing Saturday :) On Saturday I went to the local quilt shop which has the "Free Quilt Block of the Month" pattern which I've been working on since January. I showed the owner my nearly finished quilt top, which I tweaked the design to turn simple X's and O's pattern into a celtic-knotwork piece (I went overboard, and made so many blocks the first few months I had enough for a quilt plus leftover). She was so impressed with it, she took a photograph and asked if she could keep my quilt top to display in the sh... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:02:34 EST Score!! (Fabric Shopping) Score!!! <BR> <BR> I love shopping at second hand stores. Many people hate it, I know. Many can never find anything. My mom complains that she never finds anything, but is always amazed at what I find. Practically brand new (and sometimes really brand new) clothes in cooler styles and design than they sell in stores. Or maybe they only seem cooler due to not being what everybody else is wearing. <BR> <BR> I have often bought fabric from the second hand stores too. Today, however, I found t... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 02:30:04 EST 2010 Night of Writing Dangerously One of my many hobbies is writing. I used to be a poet... I'm even published. Somehow, grown-up life tends to get one bogged down, and often drowns creativity. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I heard of "NaNoWriMo"... National Novel Writing Month... where a bunch of crazy people sign up to write a 50,000 work novel in 30 days, beginning November 1st and ending November 30th. It sounded like too much fun, so I signed up, and have been participating ever since. The goal is not "publishable novel" b... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:25:31 EST First Sunday -- A New Me It's 2010 and I'm starting again. After losing 15 pounds between 2008 and 2009, I somehow regained 25 pounds between Thanksgiving 2009 and present. My body is not happy, I am not happy. In fact, I am angry... a healthy, healing anger to burn up resistance and excuses and get things done. <BR> <BR> I went walking a few times yesterday. Specifically, I had to walk around the city park to get to the volunteer tent for an event I was helping with, then wandered through the event checking out ve... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 14:06:27 EST Sweatsuit to swimsuit Boot Camp Challenge I signed up to do the sweatsuit to swimsuit boot camp challenge. <BR> <BR> My starting weight: 243 pounds (I lost a pound somewhere in the past week or two! Though 1 pound could just be environmental, and not real weight loss). <BR> <BR> My goal? I don't really have a weight loss goal for this challenge, just "get in the exercise habit" and to stick with the program for the month. <BR> <BR> It's proving to be difficult already, because I lost my home internet service, so have to run across... Mon, 4 May 2009 14:22:02 EST