SAL2525's SparkPeople Blog SAL2525's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Change Life is such a journey! I have been spending lots of time visiting with my middle daughter. She is such an excellent example of eating healthily. Once upon a time when the kids were little we only ate from our organic garden and all bread was made at home. Gradually over time, as I started to work more, my diet choices suffered and were not always the best. We still ate from our garden but other foods crept into our lives. Think ores and microwave popcorn and just run of the mill basic JUNK... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 13:08:49 EST Green Beans These days I am out in the garden ALOT! Today I realized that the some of the green beans were going to be in danger of becoming chicken food if I didn't address them ASAP. As I pulled up some of the more mature plants an image of my Mom floated in front of my eyes. She grew up during the depression in a small town in southeastern Massachusetts. Like many families in that era the backyard garden and chicken coop was common. My Mom tells of eating greens beans and carrots everyday for lunch an... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:20:12 EST Oh DEAR the UGLY TRUTH Last week I had ONE Green Light Day! <em>234</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> What happened? That is a very good question! It was not my exercise because I managed to keep that up - water aerobics 5 times last week. (Since I am being truthful my ST and my Pilates were not as good). Anyway it all had to do with stress and how I handle or in this case DID NOT handle it! I am not going to beat myself up because that will be counter productive! I will just move on. <em>343</em> <B... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:01:28 EST Green Light Yellow Light Red Light So I have to admit fellow Sparkers that I am rather archaic when it comes to all the different technology we have today. I have a I MAC (that I can kind of use) and I text on my cell which is NOT a Smart phone and that is the extent of my knowledge. I have a Facebook page but I can't really figure out how to use it and I keep wishing that the Facebook page could work as easily as the SparkPeople site does! <BR> What I do have and use regularly is an old fashion leather date book tha... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:17:48 EST Sal's Simply Superb Sensational Saturday : ) I thought our heat wave would break during the night and since the house was cool I turned off the AC before I went to bed. I woke up at 4:30 am absolutely drenched - the bedroom was stifling and the air outside still hot and humid. I tried for 30 minutes to go back to sleep and finally gave up at 5 am. <BR> I had been feeling a little under the weather lately and had put off doing my normal chores so I had some catching up to do. By 3:45 pm I had accomplished the following: <BR> Vacuumed, ... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:58:25 EST Trigger Foods and Trigger Situations 5% Summer Challenge Assignment 4 In thinking about this assignment I realized an important fact. I need to have the trigger situation occur before I react and begin eating the trigger foods. Oh so complicated!!!! For instance I can avoid the baklava, that a certain but very nice doctor routinely brings in for us as we work the weekend, UNLESS things at work get dicey. Now since I work with opiate addicts, many of whom have co-occurring psych disorders, that happens very often! It is amazing to me just how fast NEGATIVE emoti... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:53:00 EST 5 % Summer Challenge Assignment I want to lose weight so that I can be more comfortable in my own skin! I want to be able to climb sands dunes and mountains seamlessly and with great ease. I want to be flexible and more fit. I want to have more energy, feel calmer and be happier. Most of all I WANT TO HAVE PEACE WITH FOOD! I no longer desire to give food such control over the very essence of my being! If I have a bad day I want to automatically know that I need to exercise and meditate and NOT MEDICATE with a box of Oreos!... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 08:57:25 EST Insanity Challenge Day 1 Today starts the first day of the Positive Vibes Insanity Challenge. My body is definitely not ready for the "real" Insanity Exercise program so I am devising my own. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Water Aerobics 60 minutes 5 times a week <em>237</em> <BR> Strength Training 30 minutes 3 times a week <em>23</em> <BR> Pilates 25 minutes 3 times a week <em>418</em> <BR> Calorie Range 1250 to 1450 <BR> Food lots of veggies <em>267</em> <em>210</em> <em>485</em> and lean protein <BR> Water 96 0... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 06:31:58 EST Woo Hoo I have been working out at least 5 times a week doing water aerobics and despite that the SCALE remains frozen in time! Since I am at the higher end of my weight I have been relying on one pair of jeans to wear. They were just too dirty to put on. With trepidation I reached into the closet and started trying on other jeans. I could not have been more astonished to find a pair that fit beautifully. The last time I wore these I weighed 15 pounds less than what I am weigh today! I am going to wa... Sun, 27 May 2012 14:11:01 EST Gratitude As I was cleaning today I thought of a way to express your thanks and to say a prayer of good wishes. As I dusted my Grandfather's paintings I thought of what an amazing man he was. He was an artist, a poet, ran the YMCA in Middleboro, Ma, and taught my mother to DREAM and to BELIEVE in herself. As my wand gently cleaned my Grandmother's pictures I thought how incredibly AHEAD of her time she was. When my mother left college to go help the war effort in Washington DC she did so with her bless... Fri, 18 May 2012 14:47:06 EST Getting SMART This is the truth - I have to cut my hours back at work. My body can not be any clearer in its message to me. I am praying that reducing my hours to 24 will be something I can handle. Now I just have to get up enough nerve to find a neurologist to go to. The swelling and numbness in both my feet is growing and traveling upwards. I had such a bad experience with a neurologist about 10 years ago that I just can not seem to trust them. Funny isn't it- a nurse that HATES to go to the DOCTORS! Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:42:34 EST Today Today I want to feed my body with healthy foods. I want to use food for nutrition and sustenance not to comfort or soothe my emotions. However I feel right now, up or down, bad or good, I want to experience it as it is. I want to feed my mind and spirit with positive thoughts and experiences enjoying the beauty and newness of the moment. I want to balance my work load with self care which includes time for exercise, time for fun, and especially time to LAUGH! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:25:51 EST Oh Feet! First day back after 11 weeks off for an ankle injury and BOTH my feet and ankles are swollen and throbbing! I thought I heard them say, " PLEASE PLEASE LOSE SOME WEIGHT!" After work I looked at the chocolate chips, then I saw my husband's Oreo's, and then the ice cream. Ah, but I could hear my feet pleading with me. I grabbed a yogurt and a bottle of water. I would say I made it without succumbing to temptation especially since my eyes need tooth picks to stay open and my bed is calling my n... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:07:04 EST PLAN Number One TRILLION : ) Goodness if I had a nickel for every plan I developed I would be independently wealthy. Today, I thought it might be a good idea to come up with some kind of a formal written proposal. I will be returning to the work force tomorrow so my days will no longer be my own with which to leisurely clean, cook or Spark! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> 1. Have a menu for the day <BR> 2. Prepare lunch the NIGHT BEFORE <BR> 3. Track your FOODS <BR> 4. Avoid late night eating like the plague! <BR> 5. Eat within ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:11:44 EST Thinking and Common Sense By now many of you know that I have finally been given the OK to return to work after a pesky ankle injury. In addition to being cleared by employee health I also needed to be cleared by a nurse educator. I had no idea why this would be necessary but I called and informed them of my imminent return sometime last week. I received no call back but at the insistence of my nurse manager called again. They finally called back and informed me that they needed to see me in person. I balked at the id... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:33:43 EST I HAVE SPENT AN ABSOLUTE FORTUNE - HAVE YOU? The other day a good friend came to help me with my computer. He is an interesting kind of guy and is very knowledgeable about lots and lots of different things. He showed me a movie all about juicing fruits and vegetables. In the movie they take the idea to the extreme and their only caloric consumption is through juicing. (Think of a fancy blender COST $350 to $600 dollars that liquifies spinach, kale, grapes, berries, apples, etc.) One man lost 92 pounds and the other 190 pounds both in a ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:40:28 EST Planting! I hope it is not too soon but we planted some of our lettuce plants today. The snow pea shoots are peaking through the earth and a few of the carrot seeds have germinated. Sadly one of the retirement hens figured a way into the back garden and feasted on some of the beets that were poking up. We have 2 retirement hens left and a bunch of younger layers. As the chickens stop laying we just move them into the retirement coop and through natural attrition they slowly pass away. We have had Hener... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:29:22 EST Mom Yesterday was the first anniversary of my Mom's passing. I like to think that she is out exploring the great unknown and finding answers to her many questions. I am so grateful to have been her daughter. I know just how fantastically lucky I was to have been blessed with both my parents. My Mom always talked about the importance of families supporting and teaching their young. She liked to remind me that we came from a long line of ancestors that knew how to love one another and THAT love ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 20:34:50 EST The i Mac Nuddies Team I, who am the quintessential computer dinosaur, am having quite the time getting the hang of this new machine. Today I went for my one on one session at the Apple Store. I was having trouble down loading things that required a Flash something or other so I thought it prudent to bring my desktop computer with me. LOL . I had one problem I could not figure out how to turn off the computer . After 30 minutes I gave up and called them. To their credit they did not miss a beat. Boy did I feel dumb... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 19:43:36 EST By the Light of the Full Moon and Campfire Between the Moon that was shinning so brightly and the flickering camp fire I read the prayer that EnchantedBroom shared in her blog to my husband. <BR> <BR> "Deep within the still center of my being, may I find peace. Silently within the quiet of the Grove, may I share peace. Gently and powerfully, within the greater circle of human kind, may I radiate peace." <BR> <BR> Today I was struggling to remain centered. It was not until I read the prayer that I realized ... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 23:00:24 EST A New Computer My old PC finally succumbed to a virus and right in the middle of my all out battle to take some weight off my sore feet and I mean that literally! I am BACK! I hope that I catch on quick to the I MAC because I took the plunge and spent some serious dough on it. (How like me to think in terms of FOOD)! <em>20</em> I am going to start the log blog and salad challenge tomorrow. Stayed tuned........ Wed, 4 Apr 2012 20:41:56 EST Oh Dear! I used to have a Community Journal that I wrote in. Used to being the operative word here. It has disappeared and I can not even figure out how I started it. Does Spark still have Community Journals and if so how to you start them? (I looked in all the FAQs places but could not find the answer.) Thanks Sal Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:26:37 EST Tough Woman Decides NOT to CRY! Dr. Oz is on and he is encouraging everyone to measure their waist, know their blood pressure and their fasting blood sugar. Since I injured myself Jan 31st every single number has climbed way too high! I wish I could bottle this horrible feeling and save it for when I want to overeat! I could just CRY or I could DECIDE to recommit myself and tackle my fitness issues. I need to be creative because my standby cardio exercise is a big NO NO right now. That leaves strength training and being ext... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:51:08 EST Who Is the Boss of ME ? I recently joined the Spark Team "You're the Boss of YOU!" It made me think of a story my Mom loved to tell. I was about 4 years old and we were coming home from church. I had not been all that well behaved. My Mom was encouraging to think about what I had done and in doing so was giving me some examples of how I could have acted instead. She reports I took a very deep breath looked right up at her and reported in a very polite but authoritative voice, "YOU are not the BOSS of ME GOD IS!" God... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:55:01 EST Too Much Time ALERT WHINE ABOUT TO COMMENCE! I have a problem many of you would probably like to have - TOO MUCH time on my hands. I am - DEEP BREATH - trying to wait for my ankle to heal and although I would love to say I am doing so patiently that would not be the TRUTH. It would be great if I could take a hike, or climb on my treadmill, or do some strength training, or leave town and visit friends. But a las I am tied to PT appointments. Perhaps I am going about this backwards. <BR> <BR> I need to LOO... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:33:37 EST Blessed Be the Books We are a family who loves books! When my Mom came to stay with us she came with her BOOKS. That meant all the books I had needed another place to live. Today, with great effort and ingenuity, (using a wheel chair and rolling desk chair) I carefully moved "my books" back to their original home. My books are not pretty and many of them have ripped pages and broken bindings but they bring back wonderful memories. I was so fortunate to have children who loved being read to. I can close my eyes a... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 13:36:14 EST This is a GIFT! For the past 30 days I have been struggling with trying to stay centered and positive. I still can not get over how a simple roll of the ankle can produce the injury that has followed. I have still not been given the OKAY to return to work. I have decided that I really need to think of this period of time as a gift as I have A LOT of IT on my hands. <BR> I now realize that over time I developed a terrible habit! I was TOTALLY unaware of it and if you called me on it I wou... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 21:24:12 EST Patience for everyone else NONE for ME I am, beyond a shadow of doubt, a terrible patient. I do much better on the other side being a nurse. While walking inside my home I recently "rolled my ankle". Doesn't sound too bad does it? Well, who would have thought that 3/4 of an inch difference in flooring could have resulted in being unable to put any weight on my foot. The xray was negative. Just a ton of pain, swelling and bruising. Today is day nine and I am very tired of sitting around missing work, elevating my foot, icing my fo... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 13:11:13 EST Just To Make You Smile Recently our clocks did the yearly Fall back an hour thing. It was my weekend to work and I decided that I would take advantage of the extra hour by getting in some early morning meditation. My husband was at work finishing up his 24 hour shift so I am HOME ALONE in the house. Of course, I am not really alone as I have my own dog, Teddy, who is a big German Shepard mix and I am watching my DD's dog, Luna, while she is in India. Now Luna is basically my daughter's baby. They go everywhere tog... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 21:28:56 EST Temper Tantrums I have been missing on Spark for these past few days. I have succumbed to stress and lost the battle BUT NOT the WAR on my addiction to food. It started slowly and before I knew it I was in full blown BINGE mode. One bag of jelly beans and 16 fun size bars of snickers later I came to a screeching halt! <em>227</em> It was almost as if I could not get back on track until I had this little temper tantrum with my eating. <BR> I could give you excuses like my back is hurting and ... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 19:11:21 EST Waiting A mother often waits. Today I wait for a phone call that will let me know how my DD is after her surgery. The day is long already - it began very early as my eyes popped open before the sun had even thought about rising. The surgery has not even started and the minutes are slowly, ever so slowly ticking by. My mind springs back to another surgery - one that although it probably started it all, did saved her face from paralysis. Before I know it I am down a path that I NOW know is not hea... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:39:37 EST Inside Out Weight Loss Session Guided Journey to Get What You Want 10/8/10 <BR> <BR> Today I listened to Inside Out Weight Loss Session #3 - Guided Journey to Get What You Really Want <BR> It was right down my alley because I really enjoy guided meditations. <BR> <BR> I imagine myself with a slim torso. My legs, arms and back are strong and getting stronger everyday. I am healthy. I am active, energetic and I move and twist with ease. <BR> <BR> Each day I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I eat in moderation. I eat slowly and STOP when I a... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 14:16:52 EST Today Today I will breath gratitude. It will seep from my pores and with each breath it will permeate every cell of my being. I will see wondrous things all around me and marvel at their magnificence. I will feel cradled in love and know that I am gently held in my creators' hands. I will simply be. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 08:29:58 EST All or Nothing Approach I am being challenged by an unhealthy attitude that goes along the lines of if I can NOT do it 100% then I should not do it! I am shaking my head trying to think of where that way of thinking came from. I really don't think it was from my mother or my father. I guess it is just my own and I have to own up to it, confront it, and put something else in its spot. <BR> Sal that all or nothing approach is going to sabotage you. It is not realistic and it is not helpful one iota! Just becaus... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 16:24:36 EST Attitude - As in not the kind you want to have! It was such an aggravating day Friday that I almost forgot to find the things that I was grateful for. But before you read further I just want to state that I started out the day positive. <BR> <BR> 1. People that fail to pick up YOUR lousy attitude and are pleasant to you even when you are not especially so to them. &#65532; <BR> <BR> 2. The extremely nice assistant bank manager who bent the rules and issued DD a savings passbook with her name and residential address EVEN when there was n... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:27:42 EST Marvelous Monday Today I listened to the Inside Out Weight Loss - IOWL session 2 Dreams of Diet Success <BR> I have thought about what my dreams of the future would be several times since January 2010. At first I was stuck and had a really hard time defining what I wanted but now I KNOW. <BR> <BR> 1. I want to climb the steepest and tallest sand dune with utter ease. <BR> 2. I want my body to be more fit and to feel better with greater flexibility. <BR> 3. I want to feel calm even in Hurr... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:45:06 EST God Is There Listen quietly <BR> Do you hear God in the whisper of the tress? <BR> Watch carefully <BR> Do you see God in the downtrodden homeless? <BR> Caress softly <BR> Do you feel God in the embrace of your lover, child, friend? <BR> <BR> God is all around, inside each and everyone of us, constantly encouraging, ceaselessly loving, demandingly present. <BR> <BR> Can you hear? <BR> Can you see? <BR> Can you feel? <BR> <BR> GOD I... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 08:38:49 EST September 7th Time to ponder LIFE Last night I so wanted to start the Just Do It challenge off right that I exercised much later than I normally do. As a result I was awake way into the night and certainly did not come close to getting 6 or 7 hours of sleep in. I like to be busy when I am at work but today was uncomfortable busy and I had to really concentrate to be sure everything was done correctly. That coupled with little sleep has exhausted me. <BR> <BR> Lots of little issues have been cropping up lately distracting me... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 20:12:11 EST September 6th Marvelous Monday Yesterday was a day of Adventure as DD Roberta and I decided to visit the Blue Hills outside of Boston. The original plan was to climb just using the road which is quite the incline and about a mile up and of course a mile back. After a while the road became a little busy with families and their strollers so we decided to go off down a "path". This meandered a while and we wondered were we ever going to go up? We came a to map which said the path in blue will take you to the summit. Off we w... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 14:49:46 EST Septtember 4th I Have So Much To Be GRATEFUL For The weather today was beyond beautiful and while DH met up with DS to surf the end of Hurricane Earl my daughter and I went for a massage. I managed to get in my cardio and some yoga before leaving and on the way back stopped by to see my Mom. She remains upbeat despite the fact that she can not wait for God to call her home. She has had this ability to be positive her whole life and by osmosis I think her children all acquired this same trait. <em>224</em> <em>334</em> Of all the qualit... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 18:35:01 EST September 3 rd Old Habits Die Hard In this case it is a good thing! I had been doing the August Challenge from Positive Vibes team which entailed log, blog and a salad a day. I was pretty successful and was able to really adapt some new strategies that help me lose both inches and pounds. (I managed to remove 9.5 inches and 9 pounds.) I think I am just going to keep it going. Last night I made myself the most delicious salad of lettuce, mushrooms, craisons, orange tomatoes, turkey breast, feta and shredded cheddar cheese. T... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 09:40:57 EST August Day 29 Oh Good Grief - another instance when it is the height of ridiculousness to worry! <BR> The wedding was fine - it was even fun and very, very interesting. At the risk of sounding politically incorrect the groom was 1st generation Dominican Republic and the bride a WASP. The richness of the Dominican Republic culture shone through as some of the traditions were part of the ceremony and ALL the family showed up. The groom cried 3 times while he was trying to read the wedding vows he had writ... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 18:41:14 EST August day 28 It is a glorious sunny day and the air is not too humid or hot, yet. <em>334</em> Today is the wedding and after spending lots of time shopping I decided to wear an outfit that I already had that I had forgotten about. (My hmmmm chest had gotten too big to fit into the top but it fits wonderfully now!) <BR> I am going to take all of your advice and have a wonderful time. Like SophieJunie says, Fake it till you make it! I have already gotten my exercise in and just need to jump in the shower,... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:54:39 EST August Day 27 Wow this month has flown by. An apology to my fellow August challengers for being MIA. I have been experiencing a very nasty bit of vertigo and it laid me low. It seems to be improving a bit and at least I can stand without holding on to something. <em>224</em> <BR> I am shopping today for an outfit to wear to an evening wedding tomorrow. I absolutely dislike shopping so I have put it off to the last moment. In retrospect that was a poor decision because it has only increased my apprehen... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 08:52:15 EST August Challenge Day 19 HEAR YE HEAR YE <BR> <BR> Sal is shouting from the roof tops!!! <BR> <BR> I have broken the 170 barrier and am now at 167!! <BR> <BR> I am very happy and to boot I can fit into pants that were too tight to wear 2 years ago! This happens to have been the last time I weighed this amount. Clearly I have not just lo... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:01:11 EST August Day 17 When I was growing up my parents taught me to think for myself and to respectfully question authority. I would like to think that this is one reason why I am a good nurse. This past Saturday the two nurses I work with and the MD that was present had a question with protocol. I was NOT in charge and it did not pertain to my patient but we all felt that the answer we got from the Administrator On Call was incorrect. We decided to call our Nurse Manager. She answered the question, which was what... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:31:49 EST Old Farmers - Great Words to Live By August Day 15 Your fences need to be horse high, pig tight and bull strong. <BR> Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. <BR> A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. <BR> Words that soak into your ears are whispered....not yelled. <BR> Meanness don't jes' happen overnight. <BR> Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads. <BR> Do not corner something that yo... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 21:13:01 EST August Day 14 Work was busy so it went by very fast. My experiment of spreading positive energy seems to still be working. It takes a little longer in the morning but the patients really respond to it. <BR> Visited Mom after work and then ate - cucumber salad with a lean cusine spinach mushroom pizza. Climbed on the treadmill for 50 minutes - I have decided that I am now addicted to the feeling of the sweat pouring off me- followed by my ST. The Total Gym makes it much easier for me to follow along with th... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 19:53:31 EST August Friday 13th Wow it really is Friday the 13th. Never mind I had a fabulous day. I paid some bills, hung out with my husband and just plain ole had fun. My husband decided to go up to the camp in the Berkshires to get some more work done. He left in the afternoon and I ate dinner and then decided to go and visit my Mom. I now announce myself as I greet my Mom with something like, "Look your long last daughter Sally has come to visit her Queen Mum." Something silly like that. It identifies me without embar... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 21:41:23 EST August Daty 12 Got in lots of exercise , did some laundry, and picked up around the house. My brother came down and we had a nice visit with my Mom. I picked her up her favorite meal of broiled scallops but she only ate a very little. She seemed to know us but did not know who we were or our names. <BR> Going to take the dog for a long walk in the woods. Time to ponder....... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 19:02:20 EST