SEATTLE58's SparkPeople Blog SEATTLE58's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Update On Me Hello everyone and here I am, still plugging along and not giving up, just as my motto says. I had my total knee replacement on Dec. 15th, and am trying to get back to exercising and eating right. I have to admit that I've gained 30# through this ordeal. I read somewhere that said that on an average of total knee replacements, a person gains 14#, so that's me plus! I got top honors with my re-hab and last appt. with my surgeon. I was to go to him again in March, but he said that he didn'... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:44:18 EST I can't get my mojo back again! I've gained around 20-25# now and it's like I can't get my mojo back and it's like I don't care, but I know that deep down I do! I've been trying to exercise as much as I can with my RA feet and hands and bum knee. It hasn't been easy, but the two cortisone shots in my knee now, have helped. I will be scheduling an appt. soon for the pre-op appt. and then the total knee replacement. I'm really kind of looking forward to getting this over with and getting on with the p/t and home exercises... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:16:54 EST Getting Help For My Bad Knee I thought that I should let all my buddies know that I've been doctoring with my bad right knee. I was to my doctor last week and x-rays were done and then to the Orthopedic Spec. this morning and when he walked into the room, he said that my knee was shot! And shot he meant too, with how he explained all the damage of OA arthritis and bone spurs and bone chips floating around and a ball of calcium that will have to be taken out. A complete knee replacement down the line and could've actua... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 15:39:51 EST I Feel Like This Journey Is Like Doing A 5K With Having RA! Hello everyone. Yep, that says it. I feel like this journey is like doing a 5K with having RA. It hasn't been easy. What would a 5K look like if everyone was disabled and still doing it? There would be ones in wheelchairs, in crutches, those being helped with walking, some using canes,etc. Just to let you know how I feel on most days and to exercise is pretty much zilch. Sure I can walk, with a limp, and I can get around. I go shopping and other places and things around the house. I ... Wed, 7 May 2014 10:11:52 EST Just For Fun ----- The A - Z Of Me! A. Apples - I love the crisp, crunch of a cold Red Delicious on a hot day. Mmmm! <BR> B. Babies - I love babies. Each and every one! <BR> C. Chips - I crave them because of the crunch, the salt, but I try to avoid them or count them for one serving. The light varieties just aren't the same to me at all. <BR> D. Dogs - They start out as the most precious puppy alive and with the right direction can grow up to be man's best friend. <em>26</em> <BR> E. Eggplant - Almost too beautiful to... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 15:39:46 EST The Truth; I Admit It And Here It Is! Ok everyone, here it is. The truth and nothing but the truth. I know that I could never tell a fib to my dear friends, so with this blog and the last so many, I have to tell that I'm struggling. One day, I know for a fact, that I will actually write a blog that tells how happy I am to reach my final goal! Ya, really!! <em>104</em> It's just that I've been going over one rough patch after another on this journey and I really feel that I've come to a dead end. I have to completely turn... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:30:38 EST Keeping My Head Above Water! Well, here I am again! I'm keeping my head above water and I'll never give up. Even with going around and around with the same numbers, I'm not letting myself sink! With each day, I'm trying to up my exercise and I know that I am little by little. I know that I eat way too many simple carbs and I'm trying to change that big-time. All the candy and goodies this time of the year and beyond always get me a lot fluffier and I vow that I won't let that happen this season. <em>198</em> <... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:46:10 EST Think About Why You Started Think about why you started....I have found that I need to think of this every day because it's what spurs me on to continue down this journey that I'm on. I know that my very own personal story and reason for starting to get desperate to lose weight is so close to my heart that it's hard to write down and hard to think about because it hurts me at the same time of spurring me into action. Back in February of 2010, my dear sister passed away from complications with diabetes. I realized the... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:53:24 EST Good, Better and Best I've been thinking of this old saying of : <BR> <BR> Good, Better and Best <BR> Don't Let It Rest <BR> Until Your Good is Better <BR> And Your Better Is Best <BR> <BR> I've been trying to apply this to my life every day. With taking the good that I have in me with how I've learned to eat more healthy, to actually like and even love to exercise, with trying to find more healthy opportunities with trying to do more, etc. To turn my healthy likes into loves and making my good become better a... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:23:05 EST I Signed The Never Quit Pledge! I signed the Never Quit Pledge <BR> Sunday, July 28, 2013 <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:28:39 EST To My 55+ Females Spark Team Challenge Members and To Whoever Else Wants to Listen Dear 55+ Females Spark Team Challenge Members, and anyone else for that matter. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> As a part of this team and challenge, we've been asked to write a letter to our team and let them know how much we've enjoyed doing the latest challenge. Well, to do that, I'll have to say that I've enjoyed it immensely! Our leader made it so much fun. There wasn't one boring day at all. With doing some of the same things every day, it was always so fun and intriguing to see ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 23:29:31 EST A Letter To Myself Dear Self, <BR> <BR> You've lived many years with this body of mine and I feel for you with all the ups and downs in life. For all you've gone through, thick and thin. You started out being a very skinny child with me and my mother didn't ever think that I'd have a weight problem. Ha! That didn't last long! I started to get chubby when in grade school and then all through school until high school, when I worked hard to slim down and then several years after getting married and then with ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:52:41 EST A Yummy Pizzaria Pizza Meal Today! I just have to share with all my wonderful friends the yummy pizza I made for my family today. Here's a photo and link to the recipe. <img src="">. <BR> <BR> I could eat a whole quarter of that pizza for only 394 calories and 8 g. fat. I didn't think that was too harming and it sure was filling! <BR> <BR> I originally got the recipe from SCTF75 because she ha... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 00:13:41 EST A Tremendous Motivating Thought! This morning I asked myself, "Where do you want to be in six months?" I had no doubt in my mind but to answer, " At goal, of course!!" If I so strongly know that that's where I want to be, then that means that I believe in myself. So that's an amazing realization for myself. At times I question whether I really want this or not because I seem to struggle more than I should every day. I know that alot has to do with weight-gaining meds, but I also know that I'm in control of what I put in... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:53:05 EST Feeling like a failure most days! Each day starts out so good and way into the afternoon and early evening, I'm still doing good and then watch out, I blow it. I can go over my food tracker every day and I hate it and I get so mad when others can eat so many bad, unhealthy things and don't even think twice about it, and here I sit, paying for every single bite that goes into my mouth. Yes, bad and good. It seems that just about everything I eat goes to fat, especially when I can't exercise like the norm. I know this is th... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:30:49 EST Gaining Weight With Being On Strong RA Meds! I've been putting on weight with being on Enbrel and now Humira, for my Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can anyone else say that that has happened to them? Although I do feel that I want to eat all the time and I never had this much of an appetite before the biologics, with even being on Prednisone. Can it be that I have more time on my hands too with not being able to do alot because of the pain? I try to eat healthy with lean protein, freggies, my water and I still feel hungry. All the time. I exerci... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:06:07 EST On A Rollercoaster I feel like I'm on a rollercoaster and don't know how to stop! I keep having bad days. I still exercise as much as I can with my RA. I drink all my water and more veggies and fruit, more than ever and count everything and go over my ranges every day. I eat too much. I don't feel satisfied with healthy food all the time. I find I need a little more fat in my day or I'm hungry all the time. I wonder if this is a time that I have to go through and have a little gain here and there before ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:49:16 EST My Husband Doesn't like Me Cooking Lowfat! Yes, that is my dilemma! I hate to start cooking separate. When I do cook and bake lowfat and lower calorie, he says that he can taste the difference or comes right out and says that I don't have to make that again. I mean, I love him with all my heart, but come on! This is how I've lost so much weight. I've been modifying recipes or using SP recipes all the time and I love them and I can portion mine out accordingly and the rest of the family can eat all they want. My husband's not get... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 12:52:56 EST My New Incentive!! I've always had my eye on the Beetle Volkwagons ever since I was 16 and started driving. My Dad discouraged me from buying one because of the fact that he knew better how to work on American made vehicles more! Well, this went on and with marrying and moving back to MN, they didn't have the best heating system for the MN Winters, so that thought went out the window. Years went by and even with them getting better for MN, the thought of them was pretty well not even in the picture. And th... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:10:29 EST Getting To Know Me Monday, January 8, 2013 <BR> "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you <BR> and help your SparkFriends get to know you." <BR> <BR> A SP friend WINFIELD28 shared this on her page and it was really nice getting to know her a little better. So, I thought I'd share it with any of my friends who would like to know me better, too. <BR> Here goes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> in my pocket. <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Yes, Married to Roger for 31 years. ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:11:59 EST My Happy Holiday Blues Well, here I go again, all my Sparking friends!! Telling you all my woes, but this time I feel that I have more of a handle on my temptations, but not entirely, so that's why I'm calling out to my buddies and letting them know that I will do my best with my SP knowledge but I also know that I will indulge in some of those yummy once-a-year treats because otherwise I will binge and binge! I have already had those binging times and I can feel my clothes being a little more snug and I don't li... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:47:20 EST I Need Help!! I need help! I'm struggling! I thought i'd cry out to all you wonderful Spark friends because I know that you can help me. I've been floundering for several months at the same weight or up and then down and then the same and then up and on and on. Remember I wrote that blog about struggling with the "comfort food" time of year? Well, I'm still having so much trouble. And I think I probably will until Spring! I need motivation so I can have some success before then! I'm exercising alot... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:37:48 EST Sleep Apnea! My husband was recently diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea. It sounds like they caught it just in time! Oh my! He's felt so deprived of sleep for so long now, that he can hardly function in the day and has had to take a couple of good naps each day. He's now on his first bit of rest with the machine. We got trained on it this morning. We're hoping that this will be the answer to his troubles. They say that with Sleep Apnea going on without the machine, it can really cause the heart and l... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:48:46 EST Jumped The Gun!! I think that I jumped the gun with writing my last blog and pledging that I could reach my goal in the nest 15 weeks! ha! Well, not the way I've been going this last while! Eat, eat, eat! It's like I want to eat everything in sight and everything tastes so good. I don't know if it's the change of seasons or being in the middle of Menopause?! I do know that I won't give up and that I'll keep exercising and will try harder every day to choose the more healthy choices. I've been drinking ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:15:08 EST 15 Weeks To My Goal Weight! I see here on SP, that alot of people are writing blogs about their 12-week plan. Well, I sat down and thought about it and looked at the calendar, and thought that I have 15 weeks approximately until the end of the year, the end of 2012! That's 15 weeks to get my rear in gear! If I truly want to reach my goal by then, I have to change my thinking to get alot more serious, especially in the eating dept.! Here's my plan........... <BR> <BR> 1. Track everything - Every little thing and kee... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:43:34 EST Why Today Of All Days?! It seems that I've had the munchies all day long and I felt myself cave into them several times but why today? Of all days, when I weigh in, in the morning?! I do know though that I've done so good mostly all week with the eating and the exercising, so that will show up too, but it just doesn't make sense to have such a struggle on the day before weigh-in. I guess that if we didn't have a struggle, we wouldn't be alive or even care and that wouldn't be good. I do care, the majority of the... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:44:18 EST So SAD after losing our precious doggy, Jack! Jack, our darling doggy, was only a little over 2 yrs. old. I had to go to town to get some groceries, etc., and he couldn't come along this time because it would've been a longer drive. He goes alot of the times on short trips alot of the time, when we need to go somewhere. He'd gotten so good at staying back when we told him that he would have to stay home, but for some reason, this time, he wanted to go so bad with me, that he chased the pick-up and needless to say, I accidentally ran o... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:16:43 EST Learning to love my Veggies! Hi Sparkers! I just have to tell you what I saw written somewhere lately and it's something I want to remember while I'm trying to lose weight, but also for better health for the rest of my life too! Two cups of vegetables are 30 calories and 2 cups of rice is 300 calories! Wow, that was shocking! No wonder I've had such a weight problem. I'm learning to love vegetables and thank goodness for that. I used to eat rice and pasta, alot more than 1 cup! I want this to be a lesson to me of ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:30:32 EST Having A Good Life My Rheumatologist is retiring so I'm in the process of finding a new one and when I last talked to him I told him how sad I was that he was leaving and he said, "You and a lot of others." I told him that I wished him a good life and he told me that he wished me a good life too. I've been thinking of that a lot since, and in my mind, if I'm going to have a good life, I'm going to have to be more healthy. And the way I'm going to do that is to keep trying to eat more healthy every day, and e... Wed, 23 May 2012 12:07:12 EST Buttered Popcorn! I decided that if I would get brave enough and write a blog about this, that maybe then I can get help! I'm doing so well with little by little changing over to good, healthy habits, but this one thing keeps testing me and I fail about every time and I hate it! I LOVE buttered popcorn and of course, it's at night too. My son and husband love it too like everything so there it is at least 3x/week and I try to stay away but don't try enough. And then once I'm at the table I eat to my utter ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:18:38 EST testing testing blog entry Mon, 2 Apr 2012 13:51:00 EST Learning Little By Little Yesterday was my weigh-in day, so I thought I deserved to take the day off and just eat whatever my little heart desired! Well, I sure learned a lesson once again the hard way with doing that. I tossed and turned all night long with heart burn and finally got up at 5:30 am and took a Prilosec and now at 7:00 am, I'm starting to feel somewhat back to normal. I know I can't eat like that any more, but my mind told me that it was a treat. That's not a treat any more! My body's so changed an... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 08:09:28 EST "The Spark" book! = ) A dear friend of mine bought "The Spark" book for me in hoping to encourage me and to help me get motivated. Wow, now I feel if I sit down and read through it word for word, I can get a hold on this going around and around in circles for some time now and I can get going forward again! I've been very frustrated with myself! With writing my last blog of starting over again with the beginning of March, I haven't even been able to fulfill that each day! Now to get my lazyiness up and going a... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:24:29 EST March....a new month & a new start! I'm so looking forward to my goal one day. I just don't know exactly when that day will be. I feel that I need to be more committed and the way that that's going to be possible is to go back to my beginning here on SP and look again at the reasons for wanting to lose the weight and to be more healthy. Back in February of 2010, I watched my sister die from Type 2 Diabetes. It wasn't a pretty sight and it wasn't for several years before. She had symptoms that I've started to have and after ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:32:34 EST I'm back! I'm back after a week,with being gone for my Uncle's funeral out in WA state and then down to WY to see our daughter and husband then back up to MN. We put almost 3500 miles on our car with a very mild winter, with hardly any snow! Alot of eating out, but tried to make wise choices, but I'm afraid the scale is really up because the portions were larger and then having more than I should have at relatives and friends houses too! I didn't track at all with being gone. I know I really have t... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 16:11:31 EST Striving For Better Health Hello everyone! This is my first blog so I'm figuring out how to do this. I've been with SP since Sept. of 2011 and progress has been made. I know that if I keep in mind that I want to have better health, I will strive harder to get it. Food has always been my enemy, but I hope to make it my friend. If I can eat to live and not live to eat! I've been making more healthy choices and watching my portions a lot more. I'm a lot better when eating out. In certain situations I can have the ... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:41:39 EST