SLBBW66's SparkPeople Blog SLBBW66's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This Race So, despite the fact that I haven't strayed since January, and that I log onto Spark People every day like a good little sparkie, and I track my food religiously, and I love and support the bestest little team In Louisiana, I'M NOT LOSING WEIGHT, DADGUMMIT!! <em>234</em> I did dip 1/2 pound a week or so ago, but it's back plus I'm two pounds higher than my tracker weight, and I'M NOT CHANGING IT!!!!! (and, you can't make me) <BR> <BR> I know, from information here and my own personal kno... Tue, 6 May 2008 12:56:07 EST Who knew? In fairness to those who suffered through some pretty emotionally charged rants/complaints/bitching from me about my health and my frustration with the entire medical/pharmaceutical mega-conglomerate-corporate evil empire... here's some news. I'm much much, much improved and thank you so much for sympathizing. :) <BR> <BR> I'm taking less than half the blood pressure medicine I took previously and almost certainly will continue to decrease that amount. My blood pressure is fabulous! I stop... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:08:16 EST This ain't gonna be pretty.. In my last blog entry, I was still in shock from being diagnosed with Stage 3 Kidney Disease. I was also very angry because the lab info that gave me that diagnosis had literally been in my medical files for years. Ok, so I’ve got it and I’m handling it.. But, I hafta say, I’m not getting much help from my healthcare professionals. <BR> I launched myself into a frenzy of fact finding, advice, and diet advice. The diet for kidney disease is difficult and bewildering. Many of the “healthy” ... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 13:54:37 EST Diabetics and Hypertensives NEED this information! I got a shock at my Doctor's office on Tuesday. Out of the blue, I'm told I have Stage 3, Moderate Kidney FAILURE! I'm sorry, but failure to me does not equal = moderate anything! I'm also informed that this is not a new condition; it's been going on for a looooooooooooong time! Huh? I drove home bewildered and stunned. I know a little bit about renal failure because I'm a retired RN. What I remember isn't pleasant, but to be fair, treatments and prognoses have improved. <BR> Once I got t... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 12:18:24 EST Lament for LOL's (secret medical jargon for little old ladies) As everyone in my family and my long-suffering Louisiana team knows, I sustained an injury using my treadmill. I got a bit over-enthusiastic with it and increased the incline beyond my hamstrings ability to put up with it. So, for a whole WEEK.. or more, I elevated my leg, used a heating pad, wrapped it with an ace bandage, tried not to bear weight on it, and took anti-inflammatory meds faithfully. So, it got better. So much better, I stopped all the treatment. This morning as I strode bri... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 10:07:58 EST Payback's a biotch! Literally within one hour after my last smug little blog entry, karma struck back. I was still at my keyboard, when I suddenly got so weak and dizzy, I considered looking up the symptoms of "silent" heart attack. I took my blood pressure. I checked my blood sugar. Soon after, I lapsed into what became a three day semi-coma. So, this little virus happened. Then, my son called to say his work had added Saturday to his work week, so he wouldn't be able to drive up to put together my treadm... Tue, 12 Feb 2008 22:37:54 EST Complacency Not sure if this is good or bad, but it certainly describes how I feel about my experience so far. I've had almost no problem sticking to my food plan. I'm having more fun cooking than I've had in years, and since it has always been a primary hobby, I'm having a lot of fun! My treadmill finally arrived, but needs assembly. That will be finished by the weekend, so I can be more consistent with my cardio goals. I'm enjoying this website a lot, especially as I discover some of its more subt... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 21:02:24 EST Update and my long overdue light bulb moment.. I'm posting because I haven't posted, not because I have any particular problems or questions.. not because I think I have anything enlightening to say (which is danged unusual for me!). Maybe I needed a hobby or something, because I'm frankly having a blast trying out new meal ideas, reading message boards, trying out new recipes and tracking the shipping company for the arrival of my new treadmill. I could kick myself for not doing this years ago when my minor health problems turned into ... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 14:25:48 EST Food Behavior I'm having a terrific time exploring healthier eating and (some) exercising. I still hate exercise and the only exercise I have ever enjoyed for prolonged periods of time is walking. Well.. the weather here is NOT cooperating in the least. I may have a solution. More about that another time. <BR> So, I have wonderful family buddies and support. My second favorite hobby is cooking and exploring new recipes, so I've really branched out. I lost 5 lbs my first week and expect to lose a coup... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 16:53:24 EST Temptation from a 3 yr old? Today I'm babysitting with my youngest grandchild, Ellie. So far, she has delivered as advertised. "She'll watch cartoons, play with the dog and cats and eat... various things." Her regular caregiver has the flu, so we're trying to cover the babysitting deficit. She's been here for a bit over 3 hours now and so far.. so far. She informed me, when I told her, "No, you can't pick up the dog", "My Daddy says, yes!". Ahem. This particular grandchild, even though she's a bit on the tiny side... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 12:01:31 EST I'm so lucky One of the motivational tools Spark urges us to use is talk to a positive friend or family member at least once a day. Mine are ALL family members and 4 of them have joined SparkPeople with me! My 3 daughters and one daughter-in-law signed right on up! We yack on the phone and online several times a day. I'm trying to lure my sister, but she's busy moving to Mexico right now. She promises to join us later in the year. We discuss recipes, exercises, articles, other motivational sites, emo... Sun, 20 Jan 2008 16:31:00 EST Food Fetish On the face of it, the decision to lose weight by reducing food intake (i.e., diet, hereinafter referred to as the d* word) would seem to infer a proportionate reduction at the cash register. After all, I'm eating less, right? Should be saving money, right? My point really has little to do with the proliferation of manufactured foods associated with a "healthy lifestyle"; the low calorie, low fat, low cholesterol, no fat, reduced fat/sugar, high fiber, carb free labels that dominate the groc... Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:38:31 EST Answer to Pray..umm.. Whining! For all of the "foodie" portion of my adult life, which would include the last 25 years at least, I have lived in large urban areas; SFO Bay area, Austin, New Orleans. One of the constants of those 3 areas is access to amazing food and, maybe even more fabulous for me.. grocery stores!! The food snobs in California certainly enlightened me, and their grocery stores, primarily Cosentino's, stoked my gradually increasing interest in recipe creativity. New Orleans boasts a year round open ma... Wed, 16 Jan 2008 21:01:16 EST Motivation This is my first morning of my first day. It's ironic that I had no problem at all measuring out my 4 oz of 2% milk for my 2 cups of coffee, and breezed through measuring my allowed sliver of butter for my whole wheat toast and 1/2 cup serving of grits. I sliced my 7" banana in half with the skill of a ginzu chef! I smiled secretly as I stashed my fat free strawberry Yoplait yogurt in the refrigerator for hunger pangs yet to come. Easy! However... <BR> Somehow, when I began thinking (rat... Mon, 14 Jan 2008 13:20:00 EST D Day! Today, January 14, 2008, is the first day of a healthier me. Yay! Sun, 13 Jan 2008 20:37:53 EST Prejudice How many of you resist the idea that you are obese? Or, how many of you take pains to "hide" that extra pooch or roll? How often do you feel embarrassed.. or worse, ridiculed or humiliated? I'm not talking about your own personal awareness or concern about being overweight. I'm talking about prejudice. <BR> I think one of the reasons it's so psychologically difficult to include ourselves in the ranks of the obese is because of media stereotyping. It's still WAY ok to be prejudiced agains... Sat, 12 Jan 2008 15:09:27 EST Preparation counts too! Soz, I haven't actually started dieting. I'm in "preparation" phase. Preparation phase means, I'm using up all the problem foods currently lurking in my frig/freezer/pantry. Why use them up? Because I paid good money for them, dammit! Also, I am restricting certain foods now. Primarily, I'm no longer consuming foods that are packed with sugar. No more candy, cookies, cake, pies.. stuff I'm not s'posed to eat anyway, cause I'm diabetic, but eat it anyway :p I figure that by the time I ... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 14:33:05 EST Turning point On Thanksgiving this year, I got down on the floor to tend to my doggie's ears. He was getting ear drops twice a day at the time. When I was ready to get up and return to cooking.. I couldn't! My son-in-law had to assist me and it was more than just a "helping hand". I was mortified. I want to improve my numbers (diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure) and I want to be strong enough to kick some old lady BUTT!! Tue, 8 Jan 2008 13:50:32 EST