SIMPLYPATTI's SparkPeople Blog SIMPLYPATTI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Have Epipen, will travel So I got stung last weekend - one week ago yesterday. I was at an outdoor festival in a community park participating in a drum circle. I got stung. Hard, right in the face below my right eye. I am allergic to stings. It was a yellowjacket. Not good. I had my pen and got injected within a minute of the sting. I am thankful for the friend who did that so quickly. I am thankful for the medic they had on staff at the festival that took care of me. Thankful for my family. I was in such ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:46:05 EST We are all hurting now Christina Grimmie gunned down at her concert Friday. Over a 100 people shot and 50 killed at a nightclub Saturday. A man loaded with weapons arrested headed to the LA Pride parade Sunday. This has been a horrific weekend for our nation. Full of senseless violence and hate. I cannot understand the people who kill those that are different than them. Those that want to destroy what they cannot possess. <BR> <BR> All I can do is try to counter this hatred with love. I will not allow the... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:34:46 EST Down but not out Well I am frustrated with myself. I didn't lose anything last week. I ate way too many of the wrong kinds of carbs. It was my own fault. Our fridge broke Sunday and we had to wait until Wednesday for the new one to arrive. So I was buying meals daily because the small wine fridge we were using to get by only could hold so much. I used this as an excuse to not eat nearly enough fresh vegetables. I also fell victim to emotional eating. A friend's mom passed, I ate my way through my fee... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:58:35 EST Scale victories, NSV and feeling so different! So I got a lot to celebrate today! I am down 2.4 pounds this week! It has been a month since I started this! I feel more focused and determined about this than I ever have about getting healthy! I lost 4 inches on my hips in the last month. Here is where it is different. I used to love Rally's (some places call it Checkers) It was a treat that we would have whenever we were in Parma. I went there this week - broke down and said "Man do I want those spicy fries!" So I got a small order... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:18:08 EST My kids are helping me on this journey So I joined a squat challenge on Sunday and I am doing well. My kids and I make a game of doing the squats together every night after dinner. We play music and get them done! <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:46:06 EST Supporting each other for our health! This is the plan that I have sat down and worked with my husband to create. We need to get healthy together! We have been together for 25 years, and married for 22. I want to at least triple those numbers! Can't do it with this weight. So we decided to do it together! We have accomplished every goal we have set together. This is not different. Ready to go for it! We started this yesterday and I cannot wait for this Sunday's weigh in. <BR> <BR> Here is an idea of what my plan is go... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:12:11 EST Stress eating ruled the week - but has not won the war I started my TOM today and I still weighed in, I had some seriously awful family stuff happen in the last two weeks and I can see that I stress ate my way through all of it. I tracked every bite - even when there were way too many bites and it helped me to see the triggers. What was I feeling when I hit the drive - thru - it was not something I dealt with, instead I ate it. Now I have the results in clearly, black and white, no excuses and no more hiding. Today is just the next day in the... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:54:25 EST POsitivity rules the day Yesterday I had the opportunity to have lunch with an exceptional woman. She has battled cancer for the last two years and her positive spirit and sparkling personality are inspirational. She jokes about "Chemo Brain" and has taken the news of her upcoming hysterectomy and the newest news of BCRA with amazing grace and strength. <BR> <BR> I will be working with her now, as I am hiring her to work with me at my company. She was concerned that we would be uncomfortable dealing with her pro... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:03:40 EST NSV - I had the NSV of realizing exactly why I gained weight this week. I stress ate the hell out of myself and since I have been so diligent in tracking the food, I can see the precise moments. I am not proud I gained, but I am so glad that this light bulb has turned on and shown me exactly what I am doing to myself. I deserve better. I need to look at this for me and me only, not what others think, etc. If I don't start giving a damn about myself, I won't succeed. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:51:52 EST Breaking this down to small steps I have been with Sparkpeople for a long time. I have had some weight loss success, but I am still no where near my goals. This year, after my gallbladder surgery, I decided to take a look at what I was doing and see where I was going wrong. So I made a determination to log into Spark every day. A small doable goal. I have hit 55 days - my longest streak ever. Now it is just a habit. I get up in the am go out with the dogs, make coffee, go online and get to Spark. My next goal was to l... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:17:39 EST 100 things in this next year - the list! 100 things for 2016 <BR> <BR> Walk the dogs twice a week for two months straight <BR> Put the Automatic Light in the laundry room <BR> Paint the kitchen <BR> Hang the fan in the kitchen <BR> Make a new front walk <BR> Go on a Tremont Art Walk <BR> Go to Amish Country <BR> Spend the weekend at the Islands <BR> Go on the Goodtime III <BR> Go to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes <BR> Replace 3 of the house windows <BR> Hang hammocks in the trees <BR> Go see the Cleveland Orchestra <BR> Go to t... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:48:33 EST 100 things for the next year So every year on October 31, I make a list of 100 things I want to do over the next year. I may have something as simple as buy new walking shoes or something as challenging as hike all the trails in the large parks by my house. But I have committed to making this list. This year will be the 8th year of lists. I have decided to use this blog to share my list and then I can comment on what I accomplish and how it went. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:39:30 EST Haven't blogged in forever Or at least a month. Been crazy around here - got my gallbladder out yesterday. Full of stones. Seems to be what was making it hard to be consistent with eating and exercise. The vegetables were making it go crazy and causing me to feel awful. When I worked out my stomach would ache so bad. Finally got to the go to the ER stage Wed. Went in, they said call surgeon that gallbladder needs to go. Called surgeon he said come see me now. Went to him and he said it comes out tomorrow. So ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:32:11 EST Dust yourself off and try again! I overate this week. I blame my period but really I have to get control of myself. I had a stressful situation with a customer at my business. Had to get police and a lawyer involved and I ate the hell out of my stress. I feel like a disgusting failure. I am back in the 290's and I am not surprised at all. I could have pulled myself out of the slump at any time in the week and instead I used it as an excuse to eat. I undid all my hard work. <BR> <BR> I am not defeated. <BR> <BR> Th... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 11:28:16 EST Out of the 290's! Need to keep it that way! So glad to be on course and losing weight. Do I wish it was faster? Of course I do!! But I am changing my life here not running a sprint. <BR> <BR> This is a marathon! <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning with my right arm numb, I had slept wrong and it was asleep. But this sent me into a complete panic! It is 6 months since my stroke and any numbness still scares me. I sat straight up in bed and immediately began checking my face and all of my limbs to make sure it was all ok. I then ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:03:25 EST So tired this week - but pressing forward I am dead on my feet this week. Not sure why, maybe a TOM coming thing or the big drop in temperature or who knows. But I am not letting it bring me to a standstill. I am going to take a good hike tonight after work. I went to bed early last night because I was falling asleep every time I sat still. I am feeling really sluggish now, like the afternoon slump thing. But I am not going to miss my walk. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:13:09 EST Drummed so much today! I got to participate in a giant drum circle today with the band Tuatha De Dae and the singer Ginger Ackles. We had a blast leading this two hour circle! My hands ache, my arms ache and I have a bruise on my left hand. But the energy and excitement of such a great event outweighs what ever hurts right now. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:30:16 EST Cedar Point Survivor! We spent the entire day at the park! From Open to Close! I was only turned away from 1 ride! <BR> <BR> Here is a list of what I was able to ride for other people - <BR> <BR> Mine Ride <BR> Corkscrew <BR> Iron Dragon <BR> Gemini <BR> Magnum XL-200 <BR> Mean Streak <BR> <BR> <BR> I did not want to ride the Wicked Twister, Pipe Scream, Top Thrill Dragster, the Millennium, Raptor or the Gatekeeper so I did not try. <BR> <BR> I did the test seat for the Maverick and Rougarou and they wou... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:49:52 EST Cedar point tomorrow - Am I too fat?? I had to work with my daughter's play all this last week. Lost some weight only .2 but it is still down so I will take it. I am going to Cedar point tomorrow and I am terrified that I will not fit on any rides. I am going anyway - time to face the truth about my size and work to better it. I am not really excited to be turned away but I am preparing for it. I also looked online at the meal plan and I also mapped out the healthy eating places and I am doing the drink plan but sticking wit... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 21:33:40 EST Busy busy busy! I have been so busy the last few days I have not had time to blog, but this is fine with me, I have worked out like a champ! <BR> <BR> Monday - After work I got some much needed yard work done. It was hot, but I loved feeling so accomplished. <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Got inside the house scrubbed top to bottom, it was so hot outside, I figured this way I get a workout and I am out of the blazing heat. <BR> <BR> Wednesday (today :) ) - Went into the office early, and then took the kids to th... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:09:35 EST Reunion survived! I planned my day and worked my plan! I hiked, and swam and did not eat a ton of junk! I did have a diet soda or two but it was after all the food was put away so that I was not tempted to eat the cookies or cakes offered. I had watermelon and blackberries instead! <BR> <BR> Today went to a cookout at a friend's house, resisted the lemon cake and had watermelon and pineapple instead! <BR> <BR> I am on a roll. Went to the mall today and walked laps because it was rainy and hot for outsid... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:15:00 EST Today is our family reunion and I am terrified Today is the Repine Reunion. It is an annual tradition in my husband's family for more years than he and I have been alive much less married. It is also a lot of food. I am so concerned that I am going to blow it. I have a plan in place for the whole thing this is it: <BR> <BR> 1. I will have one reasonable plate of food. Not 2 or 3 or even more. <BR> <BR> 2. I am drinking water all day so that diet soda doesn't mess with my head and get me wanting something sweet. <BR> <BR> 3. We a... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:55:39 EST Even in the dark - you gotta work! Was dark when I got to the park tonight, still got out the car, hosed down with bug spray and went for a walk! Wed, 15 Jul 2015 22:30:04 EST So stress eating and I know each other well I am going to go with maybe we know each other too well. I have a friend who lost their mom this weekend. He is a terrific guy and his mom was a sweet and wonderful lady. She died suddenly and it was devastating. I have eaten my way through the emotions that brought up for me. I did okay Friday and Saturday when she was in ICU but Sunday and Monday when it was coming to the end, I just broke down. It was too close to home and the memories of losing my mom came flooding out. I ate junk ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:19:26 EST Movin on and movin forward So have you ever looked around a room and realized that you were not where you should be? I did that today - virtually. I looked around and realized that I was not where I should be and needed to make a change. I have nothing but warm wishes for those who are there, but I just don't feel like it is a positive space for me any longer. I am going to keep up the good fight! Healthy is the goal and I will keep working toward that goal. Love to all and keep sparking. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:45:45 EST So it is three more weeks of this boot I am in a lovely boot for the next three weeks on my left foot. I am guilty of stress eating for the last few days. I am in the middle of wrapping up our IRS audit and then get this injury on top of that is just not what I need in my life right now. Tue, 12 May 2015 21:45:56 EST 21 years and counting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy to say that today marks 21 years with my hubby. I could not ask for a better partner and best friend than the man I married! I love him more each day! <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:26:01 EST So the odds are against me, but... I read an article in Prevention Magazine yesterday that had a very depressing statistic. <BR> <link><BR>t-loss-tips/weight-loss-gastric-bypass<BR>-surgery </link> <BR> <BR> This is a quote from the article : <BR> <BR> "Ninety percent of people who nonsurgically lose more than 5% of their body weight regain it within 5 years. "When you diet, every signal in your body says eat," says David R. Flum, MD, MPH, a gastrointestinal surgeon at the University... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:46:09 EST Three things I love about me! I am trying to stay positive right now, I am part of a 5% challenge group and I feel like I am letting the team down because I am so sick right now. I have had a stomach virus since Friday night. This is day 5 of the 7 days the doctor I went to see said this thing could last, my 14 year old son has it too. We are living in the plague ward at the house, staying away from everyone else. <BR> <BR> So anyway figured I needed some confidence boosting instead of letting myself continue to tea... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:38:08 EST Doing better but not 100% I am able to keep some food down. Tonight will tell the tale. I will go to the doctor tomorrow if anything else bad happens in stomachville. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 22:30:54 EST Hopefully not the trend for this challenge I am so sick right now. Stomach issues with a vengeance. I am hoping they resolve quickly so i can enjoy Easter with my family. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:25:47 EST Ten Reasons I am losing weight <BR> 1. To be healthier. <BR> 2. To be able to go farther, I want to walk, swim and ride farther and faster <BR> 3. To be more comfortable in my own skin. <BR> 4. To go sky diving <BR> 5. For less achy knees. <BR> 6. TO be able to complete a 5K <BR> 7. To be able to bike the Towpath from Cleveland to Akron <BR> 8. To go up stairs without straining. <BR> 9. To dance with out getting worn out <BR> 10. To feel sexy again! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:43:14 EST I have decided that I cannot diet. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Diets will never work for me. I am all about how to get around a problem. I view a diet as a challenge to get around not a solution to the issue. Because diets are temporary in nature, I tend to view them as something to get through, not what I need. I need a way of life change. I need to add activity and exercise to my life because I really like to eat. Not garbage, just food. I love to eat yummy food. If ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:14:45 EST My TIA made me MIA So I have been doing really well keeping up my spark streaks and participating in my Spark Teams and losing weight and feeling happy about my progress. Then a sassy ole TIA decides to come along and mess my progress all up. But you know what? I don't even care! I am so happy to still be here, so happy to be typing these words without any assistance. Heck, I am thrilled to pieces about everything! <BR> <BR> Because it could have been so much worse. Please know the signs for a stroke. ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:15:14 EST Making friends with the tape measure~ I am happy to say that I am getting better at not dreading the tape. I had not measured myself since Nov and that is not good, Non scale victories are important and I need them in my life. So I went on and did it. I lost an inch off my waist! Now that may not seem like much, but I have been at this since August and the tape had not budged. A whole inch is awesome! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:35:44 EST My timer is a great success tool. I have to write and say that it is sometimes the silliest things that really work. For me, I can get lost in the desk work and not move all day. I own my own business and I can spend hours doing the paperwork, entering the bookkeeping and answering emails, (playing online), etc. So it has been the simplest thing, I set a 30 minute timer on my phone with the clock app that came standard. It goes off I get up - if I am at the office, I check the post box across the street and other up and m... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:04:39 EST Twas the night before Thanksgiving... Tonight before the holiday, I am taking them time to write down all the people I am thankful for, the things in life I am thankful for, and the experiences I am glad to have had. Now this list could be a mile long, and I am so happy that I can say that. I do this every year, I write til it feels right. I would urge anyone that is struggling with the day, take this time. If you have the opportunity to share that list, then do so, tell the people on it that you appreciate them. I want to say ho... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:24:58 EST Smile! The world is watching! Today I have worked hard to smile at any stranger I see. The holidays can be so dark and dreary. The smile I share maybe the only one that person saw today. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:34:27 EST Today and Yesterday My goals for yesterday were to talk with a friend or family member - take a trip down memory lane. I talked with my kids, my hubby, my aunt and a friend at work. <BR> <BR> Today was to take the time to appreciate animals. My kids and I stopped today to watch a flock of Canadian Geese going about their morning routine. My daughter pampered our dog with a really thorough brushing when we got home. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:01:08 EST Talk to someone on the fringe Today my goal is this: <BR> <BR> Take time today to engage someone on the outside of your usual circle. Is there someone where you work with whom you would not normally talk? Strike up a conversation. If you know everyone at work, give a smile to someone who looks like they are not having the best day. Sometimes that is the only outside acknowledgement they may receive today. It only takes a moment, but it can mean the world to someone. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:57:04 EST Counting down to wellness Everyday, I am going to try to post something positive for the day. A good thing that I am doing, a thought, etc. Surrounding myself with positive as we go into the winter months and SAD takes it's toll. <BR> <BR> So today, my goal is to make something to give away. I will edit this later to show what happened. <BR> <BR> I made lunch today to share with someone I work with. <BR> <BR> She was very appreciative. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:21:09 EST Could this be the time I get it right? I am actually afraid to type this email. I am doing really well right now. I am in Week 4 of an exercise challenge here in Sparkpeople. I have been consistently walking three times a week with my family since August! I had to buy new walking shoes because I wore the old ones out!! Holy moly! I am so scared of jinxing the whole thing, but so proud of how far it has lasted. I have lost 14 pounds since July. I weigh in every week expecting the yoyo and the scale keeps showing a smaller n... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:29:12 EST Keeping fit is great! I got the Fitbit and I have a lot of good things to say about it. I have had it almost a week. It really makes you think about how much you sit. I think it is making me move more just so I have a happy little face on the silly thing. But if that is what it takes to get there, then I will. I still have not hit my 10k steps in one day. But I was almost there last night. So that is the next goal and then we will work toward a new goal. Good luck and Happy Monday! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:14:59 EST Walking to win My husband and I both have a lot of weight to lose. The kids just went to their annual physicals and they were told that they are getting to heavy and need to break the cycle before it becomes a problem. We sat down as a family, made the hiking schedule. Put it in our calendars as an appointment and stuck to it. We are walking 60 minutes three times a week to start. We will add more days after two weeks of sticking to it. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:44:51 EST Taking a good hard look.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And not liking what I see. This was taken at a friend's house two weeks ago. Man it really helps me to put my size in perspective and not forget how far I need to go. The mind can trick you and help you remember how you used to look. Then a picture like this comes and blammo no more fantasy world for me. Time to get back on it. Need to look at this everyday. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 19:04:06 EST Being wrong never felt so right! I posted last time that I had gained all this weight back and I was feeling horrible and all that work was for nothing! Well, as the week went on last week I still felt back physically weighed in again on Thursday because I could not get my rings on my fingers and my shoes were tight. I had gained even more weight. Well I talked it over with my hubby because i was looking at a 16 pound gain over a two week span. That was crazy. I knew I had not been doing all I could to get healthy but t... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:23 EST Even though I messed it all up, I am still not stopping. So I went and gained all the weight I had lost back. I am trying so hard to not go right back to failure mode. Where I give up and say that I should not even try because I cannot ever do this. I will not give in to the ugly voice in my head that says I am destined to stay this big. <BR> Here is the plan for getting back on track (and how I am doing so far): <BR> <BR> 1. I have to, have to, have to track my food. I get so lost in the day and mindlessly munch. The tracker makes me stop... Thu, 8 May 2014 08:08:52 EST Happy Birthday to me! Today is my birthday, it has started with a bang. Animals sick, hubby sick, cleaning all that associated mess. Cooking my own birthday meal due to hubby being sick. Getting ready to go pick up my own birthday cake. Wow. This year has to have an upswing soon. I am exhausted. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:16:42 EST Wow 2014 can bite me already. This has been a rough start to a new year. Jan 7th I fell off of the back porch and tore my right petellar tendon in my knee. Got well from that and two days after the all clear to regular activity, I got H1N1 flu. I am just now feeling like a human again, even though I am still on meds and an inhaler. It is March people. I have spent the better part of this year on the couch sick! Good news. I am not any heavier than when I first got injured. I consider this a major accomplishment. ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:54:47 EST plans and commitments So I went and bought three sport bras. Big step here. Removing excuses. "Oh I would do that but it hurts." Well not now. These puppies are on lock down. Not moving a bit. Not the most flattering look, but it will get the job done and that is what matters. Hubby and I have discussed getting outside for walks together, after mother nature is finished with her arctic blast. Not walking in below zero. I have not yet reached that level of exercise nirvana. <em>425</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:49:31 EST