SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Car I've written about the excitement of getting back to running, and the excitement of Natalie's donation of over 12" of beautiful hair to cancer survivors, and the excitement of my new grand-dog. Did I tell you they named him Sebastian Luke Dreyer? I said with those initials we should call him Salad. I don't think they'll take me up on that one. <BR> <BR> There is one other exciting development around our house, an excitement we haven't had since 2001. We traded in our 2001 Honda Accord 2 door... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:59:50 EST Did I Mention There's Excitement in Our Lives? I'm still excited that I ran without any psoriasis pain yesterday -- absolutely no bleeding. It was such an easy run. I was never even breathing hard. But I'm glad I didn't run more because my hamstrings are a little tight today. It makes sense at age 66 to return to running very easily. And it is really good that I get to lead -- and hopefully inspire -- 4 others who are needing to take it slow. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's blog stated there is more excitement in the lives around me. Let me share.... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 06:37:20 EST Running Again! Hey, I ran today, my first group run since December 2014 and my longest run since February 2015. And, guess what? I'm now a leader. Below is my running group which we named today, The Tenacious Tortoises. We ran 2.5 miles today at a really slow pace, but it is just what each of us needed today. Several of the group have had health challenges and are recovering. I am just delighted to get this opportunity to encourage and support some other runners as I am getting back into running shape. I am... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:02:03 EST Don't Need to Be Perfect ONEKIDSMOM's blog really got me thinking. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969048 </link> <BR> <BR> It's a great blog, and I could identify with it to some extent. She says that people tell her things, specifically things about their own fitness and weight loss journeys, positives and negatives. She asks those who have been successful what we tell people who seek us out for advice and support. Most of the people who ask me are Weight ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:25:11 EST Quick Update I tried the new version of SP mobile on my outing this morning and liked everything except I could not find where to add a blog entry. Planned to do a quick update from Starbucks (I had a nice gift card) but I was either overlooking it or it is no longer available from mobile. Adding food to the nutrition tracker did seem faster! Thanks, SP. <BR> <BR> Updates -- <BR> Weight: 126.6 this morning - okay! 85.4 pounds below my all time high weight! <BR> <BR> Psoriasis: looks like honest to goodn... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:01:46 EST Changing Schedule Offers New Opportunities! Celebrate! Celebrate!! Son in law won't be sworn in as a deputy for about a month, but as of today he's done with working/training nights (so I kept kids even on his days off because he needed to sleep) and is back to his day schedule. So I get a day off today. As much as I love and adore the kids, I find it easier to accomplish all the other things I want to do when I don't have them 6-7 days a week. I'll be back to usually 5 days a week and occasionally 4 or 6. It's been a long 9 months of ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:04:12 EST Hope This is True One of the Psoriasis Healing Warriors members posted this to our FB group today. Not sure of the original source: <BR> <BR> Pears, once called the “gift of the gods”, are a juicy, sweet, and easily digested fruit that are rich in vitamins and alkaline minerals such as vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, niacin, copper, and boron. Pears also contain several anti-cancer properties and are known to be especially good in helping to prevent esophageal cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, and colo... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 13:48:44 EST Good Starts I ran -- just a few steps today. I didn't wear my running shoes and socks. I put the Triple Neem Ointment on my feet, followed by a coconut oil/apple cider vinegar soak, and sealed it in with vaseline. I wore my cotton socks and my memory foam tie shoes which probably don't give me quite as much support as my running shoes. I went out for a walk. As I walked up and down our street before the granddaughters came this morning I saw hubby was blowing leaves and cleaning up the yard. I stopped ab... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:29:54 EST Back to Track Thanks for all the supportive comments on my weight graph blog yesterday. Appreciate it more than you know. <BR> <BR> Yes, it is time for me to focus again. Even when I'm following my anti-psoriasis food plan (no alcohol, no junk food, no dairy, no nightshade veggies - tomatoes- potatoes- eggplant - peppers etc, no gluten - wheat -rye - barley, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no chocolate, no citrus except lemon, no red meat, no shellfish, no egg yolks and aiming for half my food to be r... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:21:29 EST What Is It Telling Me? I weigh 85 pounds less than I did in 1998. I have kept off around 80 pounds for over 6 years. But it still isn't easy. <BR> <BR> I started tracking my weight on WeightGrapher 10 months ago for a couple days and then 8 months ago I started tracking pretty regularly, with a few periods of omission. Here's my graph: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's clear that when I am not tracking my weight, shown by the dark... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:17:34 EST Division within the Family The cucumber is on my side; the tomato is on his. His is due to preference; mine due to no nightshade plants on my anti-p food plan. I use extra virgin cold pressed olive oil and Bragg's apple cider vinegar "with mother". He uses ranch or thousand island. I grate some cheddar cheese for him. We might both add almonds, raw and unsalted, and he sometimes has croutons. But I just like sharing a bowl. I'm really glad we both enjoy salad. Wish the kids did. Gwen ate cantaloupe and raisins today a... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:01:13 EST Perplexing Veggie Stats I just heard on the Today Show that only 13% of Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables; and only 9% eat enough vegetables. I've been trying to switch from gluten free oatmeal to a fruit & veggie smoothie with hemp protein powder for breakfast. It seems to suit, although sometimes I miss chewing. In fact this morning I wanted to chew, so I lightly sauteed several cups of broccoli florets. I'd already used the stems in juicing. It was delicious with the amaranth flatbread... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:53:38 EST Wild and Fresh Last evening we had fresh wild salmon for dinner. Delicious! And wild salmon is good for psoriasis, too. I kept thinking of all those bears fishing in the northwest USA, but really glad they don't get them all. Hubby and I went together to the grocery store yesterday, and even though we'd had canned salmon recently, both decided we couldn't miss this fresh salmon treat. <BR> <BR> And Publix had it on sale for $7.99 a pound, $7 per pound below the regular price. I suggested to hubby we get t... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:50:02 EST The Rest of the Story I'm going to try to post those pictures again. <BR> <BR> First I took lots of pictures of the kids yesterday. <BR> Gwen swimming: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's Natalie at gymnastics: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:57:35 EST One Picture Just lost a long blog. Oh, well. <BR> <BR> I took lots of pix of the kids today at swimming, gymnastics, and singing at Vacation Bible School. Then Gwen wanted to take my picture. She told me to bend down so I could look her in the eye. Most of the pictures I took today were blurry. Gwen (4 years old) did pretty good in this one picture she took of me: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Perhaps I'll post some of t... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:02:36 EST Can't Have Tomato? Do I Have a Recipe For You!! This sauce absolutely blew my mind. Somehow sweet potato and carrot with beets turns red-red-red like spaghetti sauce. No kidding! And it tastes really, really good, too. I think I just might like it better than tomato sauce. Here's the recipe cooking on my stove: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had this sauce on gluten free pasta and it was heavenly! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:23:11 EST Remake of A Favorite Recipe Last night I tried adapting one of my family's favorite recipes and I was pleased with the results. On the right is salmon loaf made traditionally with egg, milk, bread crumbs, and paprika on top to help it brown. My remake is on the left. I used chia seeds and water to replace the egg, milk and bread crumbs. Tasted good to me, although my family doesn't want to switch!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I served ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:20:20 EST Patient Food Fight I am seeing healing progress, but it is challenging my patience for sure. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a warrior. My battle is psoriasis. I start my day with slippery elm tea, steeped 15 minutes, and then 30 minutes later it is time for breakfast. I've given up even my gluten-free oatmeal breakfasts and switched to an alkaline veggie (romaine-cucumber-celery-carrot-ginger-kiw<BR>i), fla... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:08:28 EST Fork Power Here's a slightly different take on my current favorite theme: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I do intend to eat myself well!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:26:25 EST Welcome Home Yesterday I took a day off of my Flylady routines. I didn't even make my bed; the first time I skipped that chore in months and months. I didn't clean up the kitchen as I cooked. I left dirty laundry in the bathroom. I didn't load the dishwasher after dinner. I did not address any hot spots, straightening and putting things away. I allowed CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) to take over and does it take over quickly! <BR> <BR> I was really tired last eve after our good party day. This m... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:31:24 EST Good Poster <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm doing my best to fight the good fight. I see healing and that is helping me stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Wishing you a happy, healthy day!! Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:00:48 EST He's a Sweetie Recipe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm taking this casserole dish to a potluck party. Hubby told me there would be plenty for him to eat, just to make something that would help me. What a sweetie!! <BR> <BR> So here's what is in my Gluten-Free Pasta, Beans, and Veggie dish: <BR> <BR> 6 oz. gluten-free pasta <BR> 1 lb 13 ounces of small red beans (mine are Goya brand), drained and rinsed <BR> 2 large zucchinis <BR> 3 medium... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:23:58 EST But Why Don't I Feel Slender? I remember the days of 1000 calorie diets and 900 calorie diets -- and, well, 600 calorie diets -- and that awful "28 day protein-sparing fast." Now I know that those diets backfire; always did for me. But there is one thing from those days that I miss. Back then after a good week or so I felt skinny. I mean, even when I went from size 22 to size 18, I felt -- besides hungry and maybe a little dizzy -- slender. Oh, yeah, to sustain that illusion I had to avoid mirrors that showed my extra chi... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 21:40:47 EST Couch to 5K?? I have been asked by my Galloway running group to lead a group of couch to 5K. That might just be a great way for me to get back into running. The director talked about intervals of run 15 seconds and walk 30 seconds, starting at 15 minute per mile pace for 15 minutes. That would be a very gentle way for me to return to running, and I could focus on helping others. Now if my feet will just hold out! I really want to do it. I've got a couple of weeks before committing. Praying for enough heali... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 07:12:24 EST Food is _______ I'm working to put food in the proper perspective in my life. It seemed like it was my enemy, trying to avoid/impossible to avoid, for years and years. My obsession with food was to try not to eat it, but I'd try and fail (predictably) over and over. And then I learned to focus on the good stuff. Eat your veggies. Enjoy fresh fruit. Drink enough water. Eat the best you know to eat. Learn more. Listen to your body, too. Healthy foods can be a source of joy and pleasure, too. Food is not the en... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:08:37 EST Food is My Medicine I'm juicing today: romaine, cucumber, zucchini, asparagus, parsley, celery, beet root, carrot, and watermelon. Really good! And really healthy -- it's my medicine!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:47:47 EST It's Only Temporary I absolutely know that my psoriasis is healing and that it soon will not stop me from doing anything. I'm trying hard to do everything I can to help it heal, and it is. Here is a great encapsulation of this important way of thinking: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 09:51:30 EST Glorious 4th Here's my nephew's running group, wishing every American a happy 4th of July! He's on the right. So glad he's still running with the group. I hope to get back to running, and perhaps the group, in the not too distant future. Today I'm better -- no bleeding splits, no pain, but still some scale and crunchiness. I have some healing to accomplish before running again. I did walk this morning at sunrise and it was glorious! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 4 Jul 2015 07:49:39 EST "Funnest" Morning Natalie, my 8 year old granddaughter, rode her bike with me this morning over 6 miles on Fort Frazier Trail. It took us a little over an hour, so no speed records here, but she did great. She was ready to go home at that point, though, and we did! I think it is SO COOL to have a granddaughter as an exercise partner, and as she gets speedier it will just get to be more and more fun -- until she passes me!! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:55:28 EST GMO Foods? Interesting info about how to read labels: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I never worried about GMO foods and didn't worry much about pesticides and pollutants until psoriasis started telling me that something I was doing wasn't right. Now I'm much more careful. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:29:56 EST Sharing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saw this one on FaceBook and just had to share. Good sentiment. <BR> <BR> My Triple Neem Cream has arrived and my feet, that were already starting to heal, seem to be getting better and better. Had a good bike ride last eve. Right foot is probably still too sore for a walk today; maybe tomorrow. Gwen and I spent an hour at the park early this morning. I pushed her on the swing for maybe hal... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:16:59 EST Sharing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saw this one on FaceBook and just had to share. Good sentiment. <BR> <BR> My Triple Neem Cream has arrived and my feet, that were already starting to heal, seem to be getting better and better. Had a good bike ride last eve. Right foot is probably still too sore for a walk today; maybe tomorrow. Gwen and I spent an hour at the park early this morning. I pushed her on the swing for maybe hal... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:16:52 EST Healing and the Regimen 12 Week Review Last night's sunset bike ride was very enjoyable. I could pedal with the balls of my feet and had no pain. This morning - hooray -- my left foot is healed enough that there is no pain walking. I'm waiting for the Triple Neem Cream recommended by my psoriasis natural healing group that I ordered. Should come today. In the meantime I'm using aloe out of my yard. Of everything I've tried on my feet, it feels the most soothing. It is an anti-fungal, too. The group thinks I've got fungus that is p... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:50:23 EST Missing the Races I sure am missing running. Here's my niece and nephew-in-law at yesterday's Watermelon 2015 #2 race: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And a better picture of them after Watermelon 2015 #1 race three weeks ago: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here is why I didn't get to run it: (Darn. The best picture wouldn't load. I have 4 blee... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:09:30 EST Setback Thursday I danced pain-free with no blood, no splits, no big cracks in my feet. Oh, I knew my feet weren't normal. The skin felt tight, and crunched a bit as I moved. Still, it was great to have 15 dances that I just really enjoyed. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, today I have blood, splits, big cracks. I walk on my tiptoes very softly, gingerly. Hoping this is just a little setback. <BR> <BR> Edit: My splits are due to psoriasis. I have tried traditional medicine including steroid and other crea... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:58:56 EST Taking My Own Advice I filled out the National Weight Control Registry survey that was e-mailed to me today. Seems that it has been a year since I joined. It was satisfying to answer the questions, thinking about my weight management for the past year. And it was satisfying to know that I'm participating in a scientific effort to learn what maintenance strategies work. If you've lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off a year, I encourage you to join. <BR> <BR> For now, I've decided to leave the Refuse to Regain ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:02:38 EST Finally Resolved The neurologist released me. No surgery. The water on my brain has arrested and requires no treatment as of now. I'm only to go back if I have symptoms. Finally the issue raised by my fall on September 27, 2014, has been resolved. Relief!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:06:06 EST Proud Son in law passed his certification test today. Definitely proud of him! <BR> <BR> Got new crown today and teeth cleaned. No problem. (I used to be a wimp at the dentist.) Proud of me! <BR> <BR> I'm celebrating 3 full months of absolutely zero artificial sweetener after years of overusing it and multiple attempts to cut back. WooHoo. Proud of me again. <BR> <BR> Didn't have my best eating day today. Just a little over on calories. It will be okay. I'll balance it out, not cutting back too ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:44:49 EST Don't Hold Your Breath Busy day. Got Natalie to dance camp this morning and played with Gwen almost all day. Leaving in just a few minutes to go to my son-in-law's graduation from the law enforcement academy. He still has one more state certification test to pass later this week, but tonight Polk State College recognizes his accomplishment of finishing the course. Within a month he should be on a 2 week schedule where I keep the kids 4 or 5 days a week instead of the 6 days I've been doing for the last 9 month, min... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:56:01 EST Glad to Be Back My review of Refuse to Lose got interrupted by a trip to Tucson Arizona to visit my 87 year old mom and younger sister. The trip had some stresses, but overall went very well. I did the best I could sticking to my food plan and did no overeating. I got at least a half hour walk each day at sunrise and most days much more plus a swim. It was hot, 112 degrees one day, but with very little humidity it felt very different than Florida. We were treated to tourist sites - the Desert Museum, Sabino ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:51:35 EST Want to Do It Justice Last eve I was super tired, too tired to blog. The next chapter of Refuse to Regain starts the 12 tough rules and it does not disappoint. The first rule explains why "moderate" just doesn't make it. It all makes a lot of sense. I'm thinking "tough, not moderate" is a great new mantra for me. <BR> <BR> I slept 8.5 hours last night and feel like a new person. I'm just about to get cleaned up for Senior Dance. Most Thursday mornings are hectic, but worth it. (I usually get to DD's house by 7:15... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:59:14 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 10 Chapter Title: Expect Sabotage <BR> <BR> Berkeley states that as you enter maintenance, you will inevitably encounter sabotage. "You are no longer part of the club -- and that will generate friction and negative comments." Even people who care about you may do things to rattle your resolve. Common reasons for sabotage: anger, jealousy, and fear. Sabotage may be blatant or subtle. Berkeley says that maintenance juniors must recognize and defuse sabotage, including the following types: <BR> <... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 16:31:29 EST Maybe I've Just Arrived I went to the doctor on Friday and the nurse called me back to take my vitals and weight. For the first time ever I stepped on the scale with my shoes on - big athletic tie shoes and socks. The nurse smiled. That morning I had weighed 124.4 at home naked, but dressed after breakfast I knew it would be more -- especially with those shoes. I saw the digital display flash. It was 128 point something. No problem. "130," said the nurse and gave me a conspiratorial smile. She thought I'd like to be... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:35:19 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 9 Chapter Title: Staying Afloat in the Food Flood <BR> <BR> "Humans show little evidence of innate nutritional wisdom and individuals learn what to eat primarily through exposure to the eating habits of others. Until recently, most human societies ate time-tested diets, worked out over many generations by their ancestors. Today such diets are largely a thing of the past...." -Anthropologist Katherine Milton. Berkeley comments, "With traditional diets gone, our ideas about how to eat are entire... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:40:08 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 8 Chapter Title: Understanding Your New Metabolism <BR> <BR> "while most overweight people are not too sure about the definition, they remain pretty certain that their own metabolism is sub-standard." <BR> "in reality, it's very uncommon for excess weight to be related to a low metabolism. - Mayo Clinic" - quoted by Berkeley <BR> "Metabolism can be measured by the number of calories your body uses each day." "Metabolism is created by the calories you burn at rest, the calories you use in movi... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 17:31:24 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 7 Chapter Title: The S Foods or That's Not Spaghetti in Your Blood <BR> <BR> The S Foods are starches and sugars. Berkeley says they all turn into sugar, and that POWs (previously overweight) should treat all grains as sugar, even whole grains and those with low glycemic index. She goes on to state that she consider S foods addictive. <BR> <BR> Berkeley shows an interesting chart with nutritional data from one study of those eating only fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, meats, nuts and seeds... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 16:27:07 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 6 Chapter Title: Practical Ancient Eating <BR> <BR> Although I've decided not to follow Berkeley's food plan, I did read chapter 6 and will give you brief highlights in case you are interested. <BR> <BR> WHAT PRIMARIANS EAT: <BR> (ancient foods:) <BR> lean meats <BR> lean poultry <BR> fish <BR> other seafood <BR> eggs <BR> vegetables - any vegetable except potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and corn <BR> fruits <BR> berries <BR> nuts and seeds <BR> (not ancient:) <BR> low fat or non-fat dairy <... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 13:57:20 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 5 Chapter Title: EAting With Your Genes: Becoming a Primarian <BR> <BR> "Living organisms thrive best min the milieu and on the diet to which they were evolutionarily adapted..." - O'Keefe and Cordain, quoted by Berkeley <BR> <BR> Berkeley says: <BR> *As our world becomes more complex, our eating style needs to return to its origins, bringing us back into harmony with our ancient design. <BR> <BR> *Ask kindergarteners how to take care of a lion and they all know to feed raw meat. The lion wi... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:47:11 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter Four Berkeley says that humans were designed for lean times. Our ancestors were unsure of a steady food supply. Our bodies slowly developed to match an environment with periods of deprivation and starvation. But now food is plentiful. <BR> <BR> "When you choose not to eat for several hours, think of yourself as a one-way street with the arrow flipped to 'Release Fat' option." <BR> <BR> For us to thrive in a plentiful food environment, Berkeley suggests that we create our own "scarce food environ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 06:58:27 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter Three I read chapter 3, When Fat is Fatal: Metabolic Syndrome and Other Nasties, right before I went to bed. Not a good idea really. Berkeley states that she is trying to scare you. She tells you all - or certainly a lot - of ways that fat can hurt you. She is simplifying complex biological functions to make her point. I could have skipped this part with no problem; didn't need all that detail. Excess fat is bad. I got it. (pages 26-33) <BR> <BR> Fat can hurt you mechanically (hard on knees, back,... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:35:54 EST