SLIMLILA's SparkPeople Blog SLIMLILA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community long drive tomorrow went to a library Heirloom day, but only a mom and her dd from Ukraine showed up. She had several heirlooms, but it was disappointing that no one else showed... I didn't bring anything cuz I expected there to be lots of others. <BR> Went to grocery store twice, and now I have to pack for trip to hospital tomorrow and have to drop off mil at her house.... she's been very dependent on us the past week and a half, see how she makes out on her own. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:00:59 EST Monday Actually got to sleep in till 10am.... had eggs for breakfast. <BR> Called and was able to get car in for an oil change an hour and a half later. <BR> Picked up pellets for wood stove. <BR> Came home, picked blueberries, and have them cleaned ready to cook into jam. <BR> Made fried potatoes and onions and basa fillets with kale salad for supper. <BR> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:27:02 EST Whew! So busy life. Well mil is living with us since she broke her arm... that's not pleasant. <BR> Dh got his call to go for her second surgery on his other eye this Thurs,. <BR> My mother had back surgery on Friday past. <BR> My friend and I went to PEI to my mom's and there were 14 for Thanksgiving Dinner. <BR> We got to pick apples, potatoes and carrots while there. <BR> And that's barely one week in my life, no wonder I feel exhausted... <BR> But today, I got to have some time away in a field by myself pick... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 23:16:28 EST What a 2 days! MIL fell the other nite and thought the local hospital was hospital was closed so waited till yesterday for me to take her there. She waited a total of 13.5 hours... They did find she had a broken wrist and had to sedate her to cast it and then watch her after the sedation for awhile before they could send her home. So, of course, after sedation she isn't to be left alone for 24 hrs, so rather than have her friend come spend the afternoon with her, she wanted to go with us. <BR> <BR> So, I... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 21:45:44 EST Sunday -took mil to town and then we ate out... that's always a challenge... gotta try to get back on track, fell off the wagon again Sun, 4 Oct 2015 23:48:00 EST Analyze the Week Pluses = What I did right the first week: <BR> <BR> Made a variety of salads <BR> Ate at home <BR> Tracked my food <BR> Was accountable with blogs <BR> Increased water and veggies <BR> <BR> Minuses: What I did wrong: <BR> Too dependent on scale and when it rose, I lost focus and motivation <BR> Let stress of taking mil shopping and eating out control me <BR> Not enough exercise <BR> <BR> As soon as I lost it, I stopped being accountable.... So, the plan should be, keep on with the pluses a... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 13:52:04 EST OOps, gotta get back into this habit Had on off day yesterday and felt discouraged this am, but did bag up my veggie bags. Made a pot of homemade soup. Supper was the Cabbage Roll Casserole I made yesterday. Spent 2 hr. picking blueberries yesterday and almost that again today... imagine October tomorrow, and we can still pick blueberries. Tomorrow I am making those blueberries into jam. No, I am not doing the high sugar one. I will simple cook them up, add splenda and use a little cornstarch and water to thicken, then bo... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:56:59 EST Oops, forgot to post yesterday & yet another delicious salad Well for Day 6, not bad again. Made cabbage roll casserole and shared one with a single man whose been painting the trim on my house and one for our supper tonite after dh's doc appt. Hope that goes well... <BR> <BR> B Italian omelette.=, 1/2 English muffin <BR> L artichoke bean salad, cucumber, OJ <BR> D Cool chick salad <BR> Snack - English muffin with pb&J, lite bologna <BR> <BR> Cool chick Salad ( from Loonspoons Cookbook by Janet & Greta Podleski) <BR> <BR> chopped up cooked chicke... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:21:12 EST Day 5 - Shopping and more shopping & another great salad recipe So who passes up on an invite to go shopping... not me! After breakfast, we went into town and went to a few stores. Took mil out shopping after I got home... different day from yesterday. <BR> <BR> B - coconut bread, margarine, Greek yogurt, apple - ice cream cone w/ friend <BR> L - crab meat, rice cake chips, sausage, cucumber, OJ <BR> S - Artichoke, bean and tuna salad, ginger cookies, hot chocolate <BR> <BR> Artichoke, Bean & Tuna Salad <BR> <BR> artichoke <BR> can of tuna <BR> spin... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 19:47:17 EST Day 4 - down .2 lb today Ok, busy day but I made it through... Went to the old "homestead" to pick blackberries, but someone beat us to them. We did have quite the hike and got to pick handfuls of raspberries, blackberries and apples of the trees. I think we were there about 1.5 hr. then we went to the beach and walked there too and picked up some rocks. <BR> <BR> When I got home, no meals planned, but I ate some leftover chicken and cooked split turkey wings, nuked some broccoli, ate leftover kale salad and stea... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:46:29 EST Day 3 successful and an awesome Kale recipe Weird day, haven't been to 2 funerals in 2 years and today I had to go to 2. Both so very similar. So despite time constraints and rushing around, I did it... I stayed on track. Even went for a walk at the dam, either 2 or 3 laps, was busy talking so I didn't keep track. <BR> <BR> I made Kale and Couscous Salad for supper: (and don't say you don't like kale till you've tried this!) <BR> 1 cup couscous, prepared <BR> feta <BR> strip Kale from stems and rip into bite size pieces <BR> 1/2 c... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 23:05:40 EST Persevered Ok, only Day 2 and of course, life can't be boring, I had to be flexible. Had to take mil to eye doc apt, so I walked to library and did a few other errands, good thing I was walking, I could easily have been hit by a car twice! <BR> Last of the lumber was delivered before I left around 11am, and when I got back around 2pm, there was my neighbor and friend starting to build the last fence. Another neighbor (I only met 2 days ago) showed up and helped and we got a very nice fence built. ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 20:21:31 EST I'm back... again. OMG, have I ever been busy this summer... the goal to take at least one road trip a week was met... and then some... We hiked, we went to parks, museums, beaches, had fun.... This was my best summer ever, ever, ever!!! <BR> <BR> I even climbed that mountain I climbed 2 yrs. ago...I am NOT walking regularly....yet!!! I did the Back to School Backpack purchasing again. I visited PEI for almost a week. My dh had his first cataract/glaucoma surgery.... 5 hr. drive each way and we are still ... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:00:26 EST Oh no, can this be? Really, I havent' been around here since March... where was I and what was I doing? I did make a couple trips... little ones but still. Haven't been exercising regularly or eating healthy. And it has made itself known too. I saw a blood sugar of 26... which for U.S. friends would be the same as having an AIC of 26!!! so you know how bad that is. Finally, I did get bloodwork done and go see doc. he has put me on the new drug Invokana... Believe it or not, when I went to visit my daughter... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:59:16 EST Cape Breton winter Well, we are officially snowed in. On Monday we got 59.2 cm of snow, and as of today, they are talking 80 cm of snow to date... So I have been getting lots of exercise shoveling. <BR> <BR> I only worked 2 shifts last week and none this week... so I had plenty of time to shovel. <BR> <BR> I did get a call asking me to present my history paper at the local Historical Society next month, so that is a real honour... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:55:39 EST Friday Aiyyyy..... they called me in early today, called at 5 to 11, even though I was scheduled for 12 anyway. I did make it for 11:30, and then worked till 8:45. Peak Season. I did my fastest return tonite, the last one, the EASY one, finally... it only took about 20 min. to do!!! WooHoo... <BR> <BR> But I gotta work tomorrow too,at 10am, so an early nite. Just walked 2 miles with Leslie while I was watching a movie. <BR> Nite all Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:28:55 EST Working for a living! Clocked out of work at 10:07pm.... wow... good bad and indifferent... Starting to feel comfy with a few things.... <BR> <BR> Shoveled the ice out of my driveway to get out this am, but didnt' get to walk my 2 mi. <BR> <BR> I did find a burrito in the freezer, makes a great, quick easy to carry and eat lunch. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:25:27 EST into second week at work. Well, it's my second week, still tuff... but lots of helpers. And it is peak season!!! Crazy!!! Was asked to work late a couple times already, but with snow storm happening tonite, I was glad that I was able to go home and two others came in instead... So far, I have managed to do my 2 mi WATP at least every second day before I go to work. <BR> <BR> So, more snow tonite and rain after that. How much longer.... UNCLE already!!! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:30:34 EST Catching up Well, we didnt' get all the snow they were predicting, but we did get the Flash Freeze... and wasn't that a lot of fun.. couldn't move out of the yard one day, was a skating rink out there... even poor Buddy was falling when he went out. <BR> <BR> So, I did do two 5 hr. days at the tax office... Still feeling so incompetent, but everyone is very helpful and patient and I know who to go to for the right answers. It's tiring even doing part time work when you've been off and lazy for a whi... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:02:06 EST The big one's coming tomorrow. Whew! where did 10 days go? I did a 4 hr. shift and have 20 hrs. booked at the tax office for next week, on my own, not shadowing someone else. Hope she gave the manager the all-clear cuz she really thinks I can do it. <BR> <BR> Not back on track with exercise or diet, but life is getting back to normal with brother gone and dh home again. <BR> <BR> Winter has hit us with vengeance... got about 3 ft. piled up yesterday and super bomb nor'easter is coming tomorrow.....about 40 cm of snow... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:33:41 EST End of Training, now waiting for the call So yesterday's two 3-hr shifts did me in, and was so tired today, don't know if I learned anything at the 3 hr. shift today. <BR> <BR> But, it's done. Seems like the long-time people have regular hours and we will only be called to fill in... so no a regular schedule so far. Hope I don't forget everything I learned before they call me. <BR> <BR> Another storm coming tomorrow.... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:45:41 EST Tiring Tuesday Long, tiring day... had hardly any sleep worrying about the storm warnings and the roads, and it was all for naught. <BR> Training class from 9-12, stopped at grocery store, worked with bro on kitchen and back porch, cooked supper, went to staff meeting from 6-9... bro brought storemade pizza, been a long while since I had that... <BR> off to bed, another training session at 9am... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:53:49 EST Made to Crave - devotional by Lysa Terkeurst Thought for the Day: <BR> Food can fill my stomach but never my soul. <BR> From the story of the Samaritan woman - one of the longest discords Jesus has with a woman in the Bible, he starts talking about food. The conclusion drawn is that there are two kinds of hunger, physical and spiritual and we need spiritual food for our soul to thrive. don't think physical food can satisfy the longing of your soul, only Jesus can do this. <BR> <BR> to avoid spiritual malnutrition, here is verse from ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 18:41:30 EST Busy WEd Cleaned house, did 2 mi WATP - took a 93 y.o. to her eye doc apt, and picked up groceries for mil and went to 3 hr. training class... <BR> <BR> even managed a bubble bath in there... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:31:18 EST Made to Crave - devotional by Lysa Terkeurst Let me share the "Made to Crave" devotional for today. This is a book by Lysa Terkeurst. <BR> <BR> def'n - Craving _ something you long for, want greatly, l desire eagerly, and beg for. <BR> "God made us to crave so we'd always desire more of him.... Satan wants to do everything possible to replace our craving for God with something else. from NLT, "do not love this world nor the things it offers you.. for the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:59:37 EST Busy Monday 8:15 the alarm rang, and a bath, glucerna for breakfast and at the diabetic clinic for 9am. But, there was some good news in retrospect. Although my A1C had gone up to 9.8, my HDL is still nice and high, and my LDL and my triglycerides both went down... BP good as always. <BR> <BR> But, I got lots of freebies today while I was there... stretchie band, 6pk glucerna, coupon for another one free and two $5 coupons...woohoo!!! <BR> <BR> Got my dental cleaning done, and had a nice lunch an... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:56:21 EST Rainy and windy Saturday Thought I might be getting a sore throat, slept in till <BR> <BR> Went shopping with my friend, nice relaxed friendly day. <BR> <BR> Heavy rainfall is taking away the snow from our storm the other nite. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:17:44 EST Friday Yes, it does seem like I have been busy lately, but I need to remember to put myself first.. like today, we left at noon, and I took a glucerna with me, knowing we wouldn't be done when I needed to be eating. <BR> <BR> Shopped and went to knitting club today, walked around the stores, but didnt' actually do any exercise.. <BR> <BR> Saw doc and he did up my meds....AIC went really far up,,, past 9!!!! Highest it has ever been... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:28:21 EST Thursday nite Aw Scooter, don't burst my soap bubbles (which do look better in the sunshine) I thought I had a great excuse for not doing dishes at nite... lol <BR> <BR> Busy, busy today. Buddy needed to pee at 8:30, I wasn;'t impressed, but then I made the mistake of lying down again and that got me waking at 10 to 10 and I had to cook my veggie omelette, make my café latte and get dressed and at the H&S Walk by 10:30... But, I just couldnt' seem to wake up and get motivated so two of us only got in 10 ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:15:46 EST mid-week Up early today and did dishes, (prefer to do them with sun shining in the window, than after making supper), cleaned bathrooms, vacuumed up and down, did WATP, bubble bath, and tax training tonite. <BR> <BR> Not bad with food either... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:15:29 EST Tuesday I so appreciate all your support everyone. My 83 y.o. mil asks my dh's advice on everything and unfortunately his advice isnt' always the greatest. <BR> <BR> I am really struggling to not use food as my crutch. I am reading a devotional "60 Days to Crave God Not Food" and that is helping. I am proud to say I am not turning to food as much, and the choices are somewhat better, havent' bought ice cream lately. <BR> <BR> I did get bloodwork done and doc called today to see me, so Friday I... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:24:27 EST broke my good day streak and yes, it has to do with mil and dh.... we went to town and spent 4 hrs. picking up things for her, that she doesn't even say tku for and only complains... she has no one else, he's her only son, and she's 83.... so, of course, to deal with my frustration, I eat... I know it won't ruin my whole week, and I am on here, to avoid eating, so hopefully that damage is over and done with... <BR> <BR> Dh thinks that when I say, she hasn't changed her clothes in over a month and she doesnt' bathe... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:33:29 EST Thursday was another good day I had a healthy diabetic breakfast, but still had a high b.s. Then I walked all alone, no one else showed, but I kept up a steady pace (keeping ahead of the one lady behind me, till the last lap and then I had to cool down, right?!?) 2 miles.... harder than doing WATP... I was really sweating, and it was at the ice rink??? <BR> <BR> Came home and made a boiled dinner and went to my Nursery volunteer job and enjoyed the kids. I have 2 of the shyer kids opening up to me. Today the kids dis... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:53:12 EST A Good Day I feel good about my exercise and diet today..... Did a big houseclean, then 2 mi WATP, and also walked around 2 grocery stores tonite, just to walk. <BR> <BR> B. - leftover chicken soup <BR> L - apple <BR> S - Rueben sandwich with WW bread, veggies, oranges <BR> Snk. (this is the biggie.... bought a jalepeno sausage at Walmart, and usually would eat that on the way home, but tonite, only 3 bites....WooHoo!) bean salad. <BR> <BR> Class tonite, only 5 of us. Also reading a new book I got at... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:08:55 EST Already Tuesday Thank you all so much for your support and kind words of encouragement. They really did help a lot, Knowing others understand goes a long way to helping me not feel so sorry for myself and think I am all alone. <BR> <BR> Good news is even with all the negative that happened last week, I did lose 2 lbs... so some good habits paid off. <BR> <BR> I got to shovel snow today, lucky me... See, it's all in the perspective, isn't it? I got to do it, NOT I had to do it, well that too,but all ab... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:53:13 EST Saturday Well, did my WATP Walk and Kick yesterday, that used to be one of my favorites when I did these videos regularly... was pleasantly surprised to find it not as difficult as I expected. <BR> <BR> Was going to go into the city yesterday but found it was too slippery with the snow and rain coming down so I came back home. Now, today is beautiful, bright and shiny and sunny and white... Not a lot of traffic out and about, think it is still fairly slippery. Still considering going into town, hav... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:07:21 EST Thurs Woke around 15 to 10 and made calls to see if other members of the H&S Walk were going walking and no one was. So I didnt' either...Too cold even inside. <BR> <BR> Did go to my volunteer nursery job and that was fun, kids are so cute... Then skipped last half hour and went to my Senior Book Club. That was fun too, only 4 others there today...Local newspaper came and took our pics. Drove home a 92 y.o. to find her house doors were frozen shut. We were able to locate a neighbor and I left ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 17:24:28 EST Wed. Ok, time to stop talking and start doing... so far today, I got the dishes done and coleslaw made, and the pot of soup is almost done, don't know what you would call it, besides L.O. Soup (Left Over), saw all the things in the fridge that needed using and put them together... <BR> onions, celery, mushrooms, sweet potato, carrots, okra, can 6 bean blend & diced tomatoes, some chicken broth, lots of spices.....garlic, waiting to see what the okra(got on sale, don't normally use it) does and if ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:47:04 EST Tuesday Ok. let's look at the positive things today, cuz there were certainly negative... <BR> Good breakfast <BR> good lunch, even took a bag of veggies with me to eat in the car on way to town <BR> did WATP <BR> Had bubble bath and read for stress relief <BR> Got some errands done <BR> Went shopping, got some good bargains. Had to walk around the stores to do it. <BR> <BR> The bad involved, eggnog, chocolate and I think some others, but I dont' want to focus on them <BR> And even the good in thi... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:36:37 EST Monday... Greetings all... a new week of the New Year on our way to New Us!! <BR> Well another sleepless nite, still saw 4:30 am on the clock... not a great way to start the day and this is what, at least my second sleepless nite in the last week. <BR> <BR> So, I got up and despite all the great ideas y'all gave me I didn't have the breakfast I planned last nite. Actually I wasn't far off, but I opened fridge and saw something that needed to be used. BTW, share any of your great ideas you have now... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:04:09 EST Sunday... We're in the middle of a winter storm here, all types of winter weather... <BR> <BR> After church, I booted around to the sales at the grocery store in my little car with the snow tires...Didn't get back home to stay till 3pm... <BR> <BR> B. - egg mac muffin (with avocado, egg whites, tomato and cheese) Messy but delicious... <BR> L. - hmmmm. who had time? (pork pie at church - nostalgia thing, my grandmother used to make them.... they are actually a little tart with dates and icing) <BR> ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:36:48 EST Day 3 - no chocolate, so far Ok, I am up... didn't sleep all nite, went back to bed at 6:45 am, so am not expecting the best today. Buddy woke me at 10 and again at noon. Posted my breakfast.... been a long time since I did that, and of course, it was a lot more calories than I expected. <BR> <BR> Now, am going to town. walk around the stores... back later <BR> <BR> Too bad I couldn't count the 3-4 hrs in town as walking, but I did get around to doing about 20 minutes of a dance dvd... Kids sure can move a lot easie... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:02:02 EST Who am I doing this for? 1 WATP 2 miles <BR> 2 Read my book club book <BR> 3 Enjoyed a Bubble Bath <BR> 4 ME.... cut back on the Christmas goodies, only one piece of fudge left.... <BR> 5 Get back into healthy eating... spaghetti, with lots of mushrooms and onions and peppers... <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:18:18 EST Happy New year.....2015 is gonna be our year Since 2014 sure wasn't, let's hope for the best. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:59:27 EST I survived the family get together Glad it's done and I was right to be apprehensive, I dont' have a nice family, and I dont' fit in but I did my duty, first all siblings photo in 35 years and it will be that long again before I appear for one. <BR> <BR> I did see a nice Christmas concert....time travel with teens and little kids...very cute. Lovely Christmas dinner with 18 people... way too much sweets as is expected, and they dont' eat the way I do, good it was only a couple days, now I have to see if I can fix this sugar ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:53:52 EST Hallelujah, tis done. The course is finished, I wrote the exam today. And she called while I was out to say I had done very well... Yeah..... Glad I didnt' stress out totally over it. <BR> <BR> Bro is visiting and I have a big long list for him To Do... and he kept me busy running and holding etc. today, so I didnt' have time to study or practice or stress. Getting lots of little odds and ends done. Everyone should have their own Handyman... <BR> <BR> Now life can calm down for a little bit, if I get the job... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:52:57 EST Catch Up No, unfortunately, my b.s. is still not coming in line and it's been 8 days of very healthy lo carb eating... getting quite concerned now. Bean has been educating me that going on insulin is not the be-all and end-all solution and easy way out at all, that there are definitely other concerns to be considered with that too. <BR> <BR> Went to the hospital to visit my friend, whose daughter is back there yet again, poor little thing, only been in school 2 days this school year...Good thing s... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:45:20 EST Good Lila is back As Bear said, when I am good, I am very very good, but when I am bad, I am horrid, and it's been a good 5 days so far... I am watching my b.s. closely and am seeing the scale move, unfortunately I have been off my exercise... Hard to keep it altogether. <BR> <BR> I have been eating such good food and enjoying it along with the cooking, which I also enjoy being able to express my creativity that way. <BR> <BR> Even read a book, woohoo!!! "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Steward if anyo... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:10:22 EST Hey, time to get back on a healthy regime. Yes, I have walked 3 times this week..... not bad.... <BR> I was only up about a pound from all my travels.....not bad <BR> My b.s. was 20.4 the other morning......WHOA!!!!! BADDDDDDDDD! <BR> <BR> So I had gotten back on track with lots of walking before I went on "road trip", but still couldn't that b.s. down, so I started a 12 Day Cleanse, (have done it quite a few times before). It really gets me back in control and clears all that ice cream sugar out of my body. And I can cook so easil... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:18:08 EST I'm back! Well, I was on the road for the last week... we won't talk about what I ate, as I had to be cooperative with what people wanted to feed me, right? I did WATP once... <BR> <BR> I was just in Hfx,.NS, and also Charlottetown & Summerside, PEI, and Moncton, NB... saw lots of old friends, it was a fantastic trip...only problem was my friend and her dd that I took up to the IWK Hospital had to stay there.... got the word today they may be coming in a few days, but I had to get home for class and ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:10:52 EST