SCHOOLCOOK2's SparkPeople Blog SCHOOLCOOK2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting back I have been off this site for 2 years. I had back surgery in 2013 and then a hip replacement in November of 2014. I have gained all the weight back so it is like starting over. I had to give up Zumba which I loved and can't walk as much as I use too. I need to get myself back on track and lose. Hoping that getting back on this site will help. Time to get the head straight and the month shut. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:02:22 EST Working to get fit "There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in; the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity." Washington Irving <BR> <BR> I for some reason can not get myself back on the right track. I wake in the morning with good thoughts but end of day it is gone. I feel like I have let my body down. I must dig deep and get the old self back. In the latest Prevention book I am going to post a page... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:57:12 EST Results I have a few brief episodes of rapid heart rate shown on the monitor but they do not think it is a serious problem. So if I have any other episodes then is when they would want me to see a cardiologist. So good news there. <BR> I have cut back on eating and am trying to push the walking. Disappointed that when I get the ok in November that I won't be able to go back to Zumba for the gal is going to stop doing it in November. Lack of money for rent and having trouble getting a building. ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:26:33 EST Having faith I am waiting for the results of my heart monitor. I have faith that there is nothing wrong. Been feeling good and the hip/back is starting to really come around. Now to just get the spirit back to get the health on track. At night I tell myself I will get back to all the things I did before but then come the next day I just don't do it. Sometimes I think I wish that I hadn't done the surgery for I was so active and a go getter. I hope this spirit will soon come back. <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:11:19 EST No more pity party. I have awaken this morning with an outlook of no more pity party. I have one more week of this monitor I have on but things have been going fine and I have only pushed the button twice. I agree that I think it was only my blood pressure causing my problem. Since taking only 1/2 a pill I have been feeling fine. The right hip/back acts up sometimes but that is to be expected. I have been getting out and walking in the early morning for at least a mile if not more. Now to just get the e... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:04:14 EST What next! Was having dizzy spells so went to doctor. She reduced my blood pressure pill to half and that seems to have worked but with having some fluttering in my chest she decided to put me on a patch to monitor for 2 weeks. Precaution she says. I am sure it will come out ok. Just tired having problems. The weight is struggling but she said not to worry about it right now. Told hubby I am falling apart and it is time to trade me off. He laughed at that one. <BR> <BR> No Labor day plans for... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:37:36 EST Fall is fast coming fast. We had a very good time on our trip. The Island was beautiful and so was Door County. Lots of walking and climbing stairs which my hip and leg told me about. The trees are changing already up there. Makes you wonder if there will be a fall or just go into winter. School started this week here in Forest City, where did the summer go. <BR> <BR> I didn't watch my eating on the trip and now have about 5 pounds I have to take off. Spent lots of money when we got home to get the right kin... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:57:57 EST A get away is planned. Haven't blog for awhile but not much going on. We are taking a bus trip starting Monday for 6 days. Headed for Door County and Mackinaw Island. It will be so great to get away and relax. <BR> <BR> I have been doing the exercises for my back and it is getting better. Some times feels good and other times the pain returns. But was told it would take time. November is when I go back for another x-ray to see how it is. I will not be bowling this winter, they start the end of Augus... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:04:48 EST I will fight this We had 4 days of great camping except it turned cold. Only in the 60s and 40s at night. It was great to sit around a camp fire but had to bundle up. Things went fine till we were getting ready to leave on Sunday then I stepped wrong out of the camper and the hip and leg started hurting. Those old nerves are still trying to tell me to take it easy. <BR> <BR> I have to start really working hard at my eating. Haven't been good at that and it is showing on the scale and me. I am going to ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:25:14 EST Cooler Sunday Cloudy today and lots cooler. This is Puckerbrush weekend in Forest City. It is our town celebration so had a big parade and lots going on down town. The baseball team played a district game last night and sorry to say they lost and their season is over. Grandson was very depressed but he has two more years yet. When we got back to town the fireworks were just starting so pulled over and watched. <BR> <BR> Exercise is going pretty good. No problem with the left leg but the right one gi... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:22:31 EST Time to get back on track Appt. yesterday showed my back doing ok. I now will start some strength exercise's and do more walking. I am to do some lying on the floor and pulling my legs up to my chest, twice a day. Left leg does fine but right leg will need a lot of work, but then again that is where all the pain had been. I can get back to doing normal things but to listen to the body when it says enough. In November I go back for one more x-ray to be sure it is doing ok. I will see my regular doctor on the 2... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:08:00 EST July is going so fast July seems to be flying by fast. Wednesday I will go for my x-ray and doctor appt. to see how the back is doing. Hoping good results and I can start doing more. We did ride to the Wisconsin Dells and saw Don Williams perform. He was very good and has a great voice still. On the way back we found a place to stay over night, then went up to Wabasha to the Eagle Center. The birds are magnificent . We got home in the late afternoon and I was worn out, so slept well. Today the leg and... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:23:08 EST Frustation Sorry to say that I have gained weight. The 17th can't get here soon enough so I can start moving more. I know it will be slow going but so need to feel better. The back is really stiff and the right hip is giving me problems but I hope that is just the muscles that I have to loosen up. The long weekend for the 4th didn't help and my eating went out of control. Today is a new day and it is time to start over. So for now I need to make out menus again and follow it strick. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 07:08:07 EST 4th of July A happy 4th of July to everyone. May our freedom always be. I would love to be camping but haven't been able to yet. This is a packed weekend at the grounds so didn't want to push it. Hubby is afraid I may not sleep well in the camper so wants to do only an over nighter some time first. <BR> <BR> I am struggling with the eating some but hanging around the 172 to 174 marks. I am sure a lot of it is not being able to be active like I like to be. I have been getting out and doing some wa... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 09:26:14 EST Onward and upward. Went over and had the staples removed yesterday. That does help make it feel better. Grocery shopped after and then went to a baseball game for grandson so now very tired today. I was told all looked good but still nothing for three weeks and then they will do an xray and we will go from there on what exercise's I will start. I am ready except for wearing down so fast. A little tummy problems but still hanging in there at 172. <BR> <BR> Looks like we will be seeing the sun for awhile n... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:14:22 EST Catch up Things are going slow but sure. I have 19 staples in my back that I hope will come out on Wednesday when I go to the doctor. Everything seems to be going ok except for a little trouble with blood pressure dropping to low. Guess that is common when on meds. So have to watch the dizzy spells. I have stopped taking the pain pills as of Sunday and now only doing Tylenol for pain. So hope that will help with the pressure. Tom is so good and doing laundry this morning. What would I do ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:38:52 EST All is well. Surgery went fine and am home as of Thursday after noon. Removing the bone and putting in 2 rods helped release the nerves and my leg is so much better. I go back to doctor on Wednesday to take out the staples in the back and then it is a matter of being patience to heal. I am walking some with a walker right now and sure will find out what else on Wednesday. I know it will be lots of walking which is fine for me. Just have to watch the distance for awhile. The hose they had in my back... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:26:49 EST The time has come Made my call this morning and have to be at the hospital by 6am in the morning. So surgery I am guessing will be at 8. Will be happy to get this over with. Didn't sleep well last night so tonight will be worse I am sure. Hopefully I will be back on here by the end of the week to check everyone out. Be good, be safe, and work hard on your healthy life style. Life is precious not to enjoy. <img src=""> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:33:26 EST Getting close Only 5 days to go and I will have my surgery. Getting nervous so keeping busy as much as my back will allow, to keep my mind off of it. I hope all are safe after the storms last night. We just had the hard rains. There was to be a ball game last night against Belmond but they were hit with a tornado just before they were to leave to come here. So glad those kids were not on the road yet. It now looks like it will be a nice day today. Have been busy cleaning house and want to run get ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:32:36 EST The waiting game Did my physical today and all things are a go. Now just keep the nerves under control. I have only been in the hospital as a worker, to have my two kids, and had 2 tumors removed from my back in 1977. So not use to this end of the spectrum. I was told to behave after I had said after the surgery I would be back to the diamonds to watch the boys play baseball the next week. So guess it won't be as easy as that. I have worked hard on getting my eating under control and lost 2 of the 6 p... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 20:22:37 EST Surgery to be done Saw doctor today and he is going to do surgery on June 18th for my back. Removal of a bone, small bars and screws put in. In hospital for 2 days then home to recoup. Thought about waiting till fall but hubby says get it done so the pain will stop. Hope it goes well so I can still get out and see games and walk. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:41:40 EST Sun where are you We actually saw some sun yesterday and today sounds like it might be seen again. But they are saying rain again by Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. See the doctor on Monday and hope for relief on the back. <BR> <BR> I get up in the morning and have a plan written down but later in the day the "plan" seems to disappears/ DH doesn't help the problem but then I shouldn't blame him for it is just the lack of control on my part. Later today after church I am going to sit down and make a list... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 09:49:39 EST Rain, rain, go away. I am hoping this rain will come to an end but then of course when it does it will get real hot and muggy. We are all having ant problems now because the ground to so saturated that they are coming up and in. More storms today and then the weekend could be some what nice, they say. Hubby hasn't been able to golf for the course is flooded. I am afraid I have gained a few pounds back since exercise is out right now. The shot did not work for my back and I go see the doctor on Monday to se... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:55:05 EST Another week Well, the sun is finally shining today so that should help the mood start getting better. I have been so down and could cry easy over anything. The back is better but still aches off and on but then that is expected. I am going to try the walking again and get some of this life back on track. Baseball started Tuesday night and that is my favorite sport, so will keep busy watching the grandson play. He is a short stop like his dad. In his sophomore year so will have a couple of years ... Thu, 23 May 2013 09:46:57 EST New day to work on a new me. Still having trouble with the right hip and back but it is time to get up and start moving and ignore the pain. I have another week yet before seeing doctor about it but have a renewed interest in getting my health back on track. The weekend was spent running around to graduation parties and going to the ceremony on Sunday. So great to see the kids that I have helped bring up thru the school system. <BR> <BR> We are having the bad rain and flooding. The golf course is mostly under wate... Mon, 20 May 2013 08:37:57 EST The day after Got my Epidural shot yesterday. Really hurt all day, today it is a little better but will see how it goes. Have to give it two weeks then call doctor on how the pain is. It has to get better. So far I have gained 2 pds back but trying to really watch it close. I am going to try a short walk today or tomorrow to see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Graduation is next week here so have some parties to hit this weekend. Getting two sheet cakes made for one of them. Baseball games start next ... Thu, 16 May 2013 10:58:22 EST Thanks for hugs What would we do without friends. Thanks for all the hugs. I am looking forward to Wednesday for my spinal shot. Its not fun but usually helps for awhile. Happens at a bad time when I have my church circle to serve on Monday and graduation cakes to make on Friday of Memorial weekend. But I will make it. Getting things ready for Monday by making a fruit pizza and French toast casserole ahead of time and putting in frig. I also got my icing mixed up for the Friday cakes. Busy hands... Sat, 11 May 2013 11:04:14 EST Depression I am so down right now. Went to see the doctor today and we are going to try an Epidural shot in my lower back again to see if it will relieve the pain. I can't bend over or squat down right now. Two weeks after the shot I am to call him and see if it helped. He said that he is sure in time I will have to have surgery but want to put off as long as possible. <BR> <BR> So that means no Zumba, which I love and look forward too. I am going to try to keep walking outside and on the threadmi... Wed, 8 May 2013 19:44:46 EST What next Things have been going so well and getting on the right track again. Between the heavy snow and 6 games of bowling for a tournament my back flared up again. This time I can't fight it off. Trouble standing up and sleeping so called the back doctor and have an appointment on Wednesday. Don't know if that means shots in the back again or what. I will have to update when I find out more. <BR> <BR> That means no Zumba (which I love) and no walking the dogs or on the threadmill last week ... Mon, 6 May 2013 15:17:41 EST Mother nature is having fun So much for spring. We got 11 inches of snow on Wednesday and it is snowing again this morning but saying only an inch. It is so heavy and wet. When you dig down into it to remove it has a blue look that is actually pretty. It has taken down a lot of trees and power lines. <BR> <BR> With all the ups and downs I have had in April I did lose another pounds. So really trying hard for the month of May to make it more. There is not much news here for can't get out and do much with the whi... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:38:04 EST Summer has finally got here. The sun is shining which picks up the spirit. I had picked up alittle weight which made me get down on myself. Sunday was a start of a new me again. First church which we had a group called Higher Power perform. They are so good, what a way to start the week off. Then home and got my walking clothes on. I ended up doing 2.25 miles. I also did Zumba at 4. Family was waiting for me when I got home and they grilled Brats. I had one with no bun and french style green beans, then lat... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:54:05 EST Mother nature needs to get a grip Our plans to go to the cities for a little anniversary celebration has been cancelled. Mother nature has other plans. Snow is on the way and the cities are talking about many inches. So decided it is best to stay put. It is said that it is to straighten out the end of the week and maybe finally get to the 60s and 70s. I will believe it when I see it. Hubby has a roll off in bowling on Wednesday nite so plan on taking a cake out and surprising him for some fun with his bowling buddies... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:30:27 EST Sun shining again The sun is shining so far today. Hope it stays that way. We are celebrating our 45th anniversary. Not doing anything special today but plan on going to the cities for a ball game on Monday and staying over night. So far I think that is a bad mistake because of the cold weather but we are northern people and will survive it. Dress warm for sure, and then again they could cancel it for rain or snow. So is the life in Iowa and Minnesota. <BR> <BR> We are helping the family that lost ever... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:38:02 EST Sun turns to gloom Well, one great day to enjoy the outdoors and now back to rain. At least it turned out to be nice for the funeral. When getting home, I changed clothes and went out and picked up the yard and took a walk with the dogs. We even grilled outside and did it ever taste good. <BR> <BR> Trying to push myself more - today was 10 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the threadmill. I even got the ball out and did a few situps. The ball helps support my back so I do not injury it any more. ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:36:21 EST Oh my gosh- is that sun The sun is actually shining so far today. After cancelling many track meets they might have one after school today. Funeral on Monday and now another today. I hope that is the end for awhile. Too much running around yesterday so no excercise but hope today since the funeral is closer that I will get home and get some in. <BR> <BR> I have been watching the eating very close so far this week, probably under eating like before. But with lots of family around that I haven't seen for a long... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:27:56 EST Blues I am feeling under the weather today. I am sure the weather has alot to do with it. Tired of no sun and always raining. Even if the farmers need it. I have gotten off my routine and am gaining weight instead of losing. I need some one to give me a kick in the butt. Will be heading to church in a little bit and hope for a talk to the Lord for kicking the blues and getting my head on straight again. I do not want to fall back into my old habits of food being my comfort. Which seems to ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:14:30 EST Friday and where is spring. Snow on Thursday that melted right away and then this morning woke to some more on the ground. Where is spring? The farmers are happy I am sure for we have drought going on and this will really help but I am so tired of it. I want sun and warmth. <BR> <BR> I am hoping it is all this rainy/snowy weather that is making my back to flare up. I don't want another shot in it or surgery. So am taking it easy on the excercise right now. I am going to try to at least get my walking in on the t... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:14:07 EST Get serious It is time to get real serious on my journey. I feel I am doing ok but when I see pictures from our trip, I know i have so much more to go. I am frustarted on the spare tire around the waist and the fat belly. Too much skin flapping around. Not sure how to work on getting this to disappear. I do threadmill, stationary bike, Zumba, and some sit ups. Hubby said I need to be patient for it took alot of time to put it on and it will take alot to get off. Wishing it didn't cost so muc... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 11:11:52 EST Home again We made it home on Monday. It was a great trip. The worst was driving the distance to Florida and back. The weather was great down there and we only had one day of rain, but it didn't stop us from being out. <BR> <BR> Universal Studio was fun and the grandkids had a ball. I did do some of the rides with them. We walked miles all 4 days. 3 were at the Studio and one day at Sea World. The shows at Sea World were exciting and touching and feeding the animals was great. We did a raft ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:35:25 EST Last thoughts One last blog before we head out on our trip. <BR> <BR> I have learned to worry about me and not feel that I have to make everyone else happy. I am so full of life now and when I don't get in my excercise feel quilty. I am looking so forward to this trip and watching the grand kids have fun but know that I can also keep up with them. They are 16 and 11 so you know how active they can be. I am worried some about the eating but also know that I have the ability to pick the right choices ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:15:38 EST Vacation We will be leaving tomorrow and head out to our daughters in Wisconsin. Then on Friday we will leave after Good Friday service and head for Florida. The plans are to stop at Valdosta, Ga on Saturday afternoon and stay over night for some sleep and then go on to Orlando, FL toarrive at our resort. We have 5 days there and then will return home on April 7th. The kids have to be back to school and work on Monday. We will rpobably come home in Iowa on Tuesday. Excited and know it will be ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:41:21 EST For those who wanted to see the red. <img src=""> <BR> This is the red I put in my hair. Having fun with it. Hubby tought I had hurt my head till I explained what I did. He just smiled. Others have said they like it. <img src=""> A early Happy Easter since I will be on the road on that day. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:28:47 EST The week is closing. It has been a productive week. Eating has gone well and lots of excercise. I treated myself when I got a hair cut on Wednesday and had her put some color in my hair also. I have had white hair since in my 30s (taking after my father) and decided I needed some kind of change, so we put some red streaks in for fun and I love it. Hubby said it looked fine and when I bowl tonight I will see what the girls think. Surprising how something as simple as that can make you feel so good. <BR> <B... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:25:01 EST Mother nature needs to get a grip Snow and wind again! Mother nature needs to look at the calendar and see that spring is just 2 days away. I am still doing my spring cleaning, got the bedroom done, bathroom done and working on the kitchen and living room. I want to leave my house clean when we leave in 10 days for our trip. Son will be good watching the dogs and keeping it nice. He always does. <BR> <BR> I was given a stationary bike that someone wanted to get rid of because it didn't work. Dh tore it apart the f... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:39:05 EST Its hump day The sun is shining today and that can perk anyone up. They are still talking snow showers over the weekend but doesn't sound like it will amount to much. I am so ready to be able to get out and walk outside. The school has its spring break this week so son and grandson are around here alot. Need to get down on my knees today and scrub my hall floor and bathroom. Tried to mop it but think if I get down and do it my hand it will be better. So a cleaning day today. Would also like to ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 09:57:34 EST Snow and more snow Rained all day Saturday and then it started to snow Sunday. We got 8" of heavy wet stuff. So shoveled this morning and DH broke a pin on the snow blower because of being so heavy. Need to go find a new pin so that he can fix it. <BR> <BR> Shovelling wet snow should be good excercise. Have to run and pick up pills for DH. Trying to thaw the car out first. The weight is not dropping. The body must decide it has had enough right now. I will just keep plugging along and hope that it w... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:14:45 EST Week coming to a close The back is feeling a little better. Went to Zumba last night thinking I would not be able to keep up but had no problem. I think it actually helped. This morning I got on the threadmill and was able to do 18 minutes before I had to get errands done. Some groceries bought, gas, and pills picked up. The sun is shining so that helps you feel better also. Dhs truck wouldn't start this morning but thank God it only turned out to be the battery that had to be replaced and it was still ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:52:36 EST Sad Why is it we are late on saying goodbye to friends. I have been so close to my spark friend Tara for we had so much in common. We both dreaded December because of our mothers dying in that month and other such things. We helped each other made it thru the days. Being from Canada I knew i would never meet her being I am in Iowa but we felt like sisters. Not hearing for awhile, I went to her site today to say hi and see why she hadn't been around, what a shock to learn she passed on the ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 09:31:37 EST Another 6 inches today. School is delayed again today for more snow fell last night. So ready for spring. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that it is the weather that is making my right hip and back to start hurting again. It could be I over worked it also with the weights I did on Sunday. So haven't gotten too much tthreadmill in the last two days. Tried this morning but only made it 10 minutes. I am going to fight this one thru for I don't want to go in for the shots in the back again or told surgery. It had been fee... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:02:45 EST Another storm Another storm is hitting us again. So far some rain and a couple of inches of snow but they say more is coming later in the day. School is delayed 2 hours and I will be going in to help out. That will make three days I will work this week. I missed Zumba last night but did go to school when DS and grandson went, to lift some light weights and ride a stationaire bike. Nice when you have a son who is a coach and can get you into the weight room. Anything to change things up abit and ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 08:55:10 EST