SLIMLILA's SparkPeople Blog SLIMLILA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wonderful Wednesday! Started the day with a fried potatoes, onions and eggs. Then off for a 3 lap walk with my friend and Buddy. <BR> <BR> Yes, cleaning got put to the bottom of the pile again. Instead I have been cooking. I made a pot of turkey soup, and now curried chicken for supper and make a jellied salad for snack. Spent a lot of time going to through m recipes...again.... <BR> <BR> Hot and sunny here today but predictions were for thunder showers, so I have put off painting another part of the fence,... Wed, 25 May 2016 15:17:37 EST Tuesday Woke early and called my friend to go walking before 10am... we walked 3 laps, and then in the evening dh and Buddy and I did another lap, so it was 5k again today... tired at the last one though. <BR> <BR> Went shopping and was hurrying home to go to my Chronic Disease Self Management Program only to have a message saying it was cancelled tonite...I have really been enjoying it and looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> really gotta get into cleaning mode around here, but tomorrow nite is the pl... Tue, 24 May 2016 23:39:36 EST long weekend Well our long weekend was warm the first day and we took full advantage... hit 3 beaches and I picked a whole litre bottle of beach glass and treasures... spent about 3-4 hrs. walking, albeit slowly, but it was slippery in that hot sand. <BR> <BR> Sunday, another warm day and I got in the mood to stain the new fence we built last summer... so that lasted till after 6pm, a nice hot epsom salts bath soothed the muscles and I was asleep by 10pm. <BR> <BR> Monday, hmmm. what did I do today...... Mon, 23 May 2016 21:57:24 EST 3 miles with WATP's Leslie Hey, when my niece asked me to drive her somewhere today, I put myself first. I lent her the car and I did the 3 mile WATP with Leslie... I've only ever done the 3 mile (a different one) and I almost passed out afterwards, but this one was fun and I felt fine.... <BR> But hey, why stop there? After supper, dh and Buddy and I walked a further 2.6km <BR> <BR> for a grand total of 7.4K for today...(I have to admit I was dragging my butt though, it might have been a teen tiny bit too much, or... Thu, 19 May 2016 12:35:21 EST Yes, You really can do it! Well a couple days ago I posted that I had walked 5 k. So, yesterday, I was walking with a 72 y.o. friend, and when we were finishing our 3rd lap of the dam where we walk (4 laps makes 5.2 km), I asked if she could do the 5 K. She didn't think so! I suggested we sit on the bench for a few minutes and then decide. So, she went for it.... I don't think she ever walked 5K or even thought she could... but we proved it. <BR> <BR> No, it wasn't a fast, aerobic walk, but we did it.... Fresh air... Wed, 18 May 2016 23:10:57 EST Cause to Celebrate! I walked 5k today!!! 4 laps around the dam made it a total of 5.2k. We sat and had a little break before the last lap, but we did it (Buddy and me)! <BR> <BR> Had our last Weight Wellness class today too... topic was emotional eating. My realization was that even though I had the treats at the Social today, I didn't feel guilty and just went on with my day and started and had a good day today too. That was all a good thing. Mon, 16 May 2016 23:45:27 EST Sunday Well I have downloaded SP app and am trying to figure things out. Went to a senior sing song today and unfortunately they served quite a tempting lunch . was going to walk. But figured I didn't have a day off this so td was it Mon, 16 May 2016 00:07:16 EST thank you all for your comments and support Well, despite still claiming he didn't say what I heard... I do know what I heard.. he just didn't know I could hear him cuz I was in the room. <BR> <BR> Well, today meeting my Little Changes Challenge, I exercised this a.m. My friend and I took Buddy and we got a nice Walk and Talk in before the rain came... 3.9 km... 3 laps around the dam. <BR> <BR> Got my new smartphone yd, so gotta learn a little at a time on that, couldn't figure out how to answer it this am..!!! I am coming from a f... Sat, 14 May 2016 14:50:02 EST Rough incident I took a nice 50 min walk along the ocean overlooking the cliffs as I waited for dh to finish at diabetic clinic. Then I got the credit letter faxed out, picked up a few groceries, delivered to mil and then took dh to dentist, and I got to read for almost an hour. Thankfully, the book which I was going to give up on yesterday has turned around and seems ok now. <BR> <BR> I went to a meeting this afternoon, with a group I joined a year ago. I am having serious second thoughts about it, I d... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:26:09 EST Oops stressful day led to a bit of emotional eating Well, the plan was to simply get a new phone, finally upgrade from flip to Smart.... but, what a shock it was when it came back I didn't pass the credit check... Something had to be wrong. <BR> <BR> Anyway, car was in the garage and I had to wait for them to finish and finish errands and get home to call the Credit Agency. As I spoke with them, I remembered I had put a Fraud Prevention Alert on my account back in 2014 when I had a suspicious phone call and the bank and the police suggested... Wed, 11 May 2016 20:28:37 EST It's becoming a habit My Action Plan was to NOT eat sweets for 2 days, and I made it for 7 days. <BR> My Action Plan was to improve on my walking to 4 or 5 days and I made it 6 days. <BR> <BR> I had to ask 4 people today before I found someone who wanted to come walking, and we walked 3 laps at the dam...3.9 km. <BR> <BR> I couldn't even consider NOT having a walk today!!! <BR> Tue, 10 May 2016 23:24:39 EST New day, new week Nice blue sky out there today and as addictive as my book was, "Pray for Silence" by Linda Castillo, I realized I can read anytime, but I can't walk any time. So I called my friend and 10 min. later we were walking and today we got in 3.5 laps around the dam, so 4.55 km - woohoo!!!! <BR> <BR> Afternoon was my Healthy Weight class and we discussed the Menu Planner we used last week and I seemed to be the only one who used it and was very impressed with it, made my life easier for sure. I ... Mon, 9 May 2016 18:52:06 EST Improved finger Well, the massage yesterday helped, the finger is not as swollen or sore today but still has the pins and needles... <BR> <BR> Lobster was on today's menu for Mother's Day... very low calorie... but the piece of pepperoni I picked up was outrageous for cal, chol and fat.... <BR> <BR> DH and I took Buddy for a quick 2.6 km. walk around the dam just as dusk approached. <BR> <BR> Happy Mother's Day all! <BR> Sun, 8 May 2016 20:08:21 EST Chased the Ace I went and bought 80 chances on the Chase the Ace with a jackpot of $2.9 m..... I didn't win... but the anticipation... <BR> <BR> My niece came and massaged my shoulder and arm to try to get this pins and needles feeling to go away. Today actually my middle finger was swollen and painful... It seems to have eased a bit... wish I knew what it was... similar to when I had the frozen thumb a few years back and I got it resolved with acupuncture.... may look into that again, if we even have it ... Sat, 7 May 2016 22:24:11 EST Friday nite Wow, 511 pages in barely 36 hrs, minus sleeping time.... amazing book, Harlen Coben's "Miracle Cure" about AIDS....thriller <BR> <BR> Well, I have made it 3 days without having a sweet.. .so I have accomplished my goal and got an extra day in for a bonus. And exercise is going great. I tried the Zumba instruction, was fun and fast and even though I was just learning how to do some of the step, I was sweating..... And I also did WATP 2 mi. with a friend tonite too.. woohoo! <BR> <BR> Got a... Fri, 6 May 2016 20:37:44 EST Lazy day reading, but on track with food and exercise Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, please keep praying for those poor people displaced by the wildfire which has destroyed so much of Fort Mac. <BR> <BR> My goal is to have 2 days without sweets, and if I get to bed before I eat something I shouldn't (and it's midnite now), I will have met that goal and can keep working on it till Tuesday nite. <BR> <BR> All day I wanted to exercise, but it was raining and cold outside. And I got into a book I couldn't put down, almost 300 pgs an... Thu, 5 May 2016 23:00:32 EST OK, Vacation over and time to get back to work here It's been a very busy time since I got back, but a few of things I have been doing have been good things.... going to a 6 week Healthy Weight Program at the library and also to a Chronic Disease Management Program at a medical centre. At the latter, we had to make an action plan. The difference between that and a To Do List, is that you make your SMART (Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) goal. And also you list what your Confidence Level is that you will attain that goa... Wed, 4 May 2016 23:16:08 EST Update after vacation.... Yes, I did have fun and even more so since I got back from vacation.... been to a dinner theatre rehearsal and to the another real dinner theatre tonite, did 5 aquacize classes while away, and walked twice and went dancing twice since I got home. I also went to a Weight Wellness class and started a 6 week Chronic Disease Self-Management program since I got back too. <BR> <BR> Biggest news of all, I did NOT gain any weight while away, despite the buffets etc. ... We had a lot of walking u... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:30:38 EST Off on holidays. see ya'all when I get back... Keep sparking! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:35:00 EST Give thanks Well, the predicted snow/freezing rain etc. storm did not materialize at all. Went to church and came home and took dh and mil to the Nursing Home and she saw her sis with Alzheimers and her other sil who is only 61, (younger than me!) and she's already had a couple heart attacks, a TIA, has COPD and cellulitus and is in a wheelchair.... Give thanks for good health or even compromised health that you can still improve with diet and exercise. She has lived in the Nursing Home for 4 years alr... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:37:26 EST Improved Leg is still uncomfortable, but slow walking seems to have worked out the most of the pain. <BR> I went into town today and picked up my 2 Adirondack chairs, and even got them to fit into our little car. <BR> <BR> Got to hold the new baby for a little bit. Unfortunately they smoke at the apt when baby isn't there, so I come home stinking of smoke, poor little guy...he's so tiny and cute... <BR> <BR> Decided to check at Value Village today and bought travel sizes of misc. shampoo etc for ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:48:41 EST Friday - leaving next Weds. WEll, I thought it was a good idea to go for a swim yesterday. I don';t know what I did but my leg is killing me... at the hip area. I hope it is only a day or two whatever it is, whether it is a pulled muscle of whatever....maybe a naproxen is in order. The hot bath and Epsom salts didn't help. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 23:17:28 EST Already Weds. - where's it going? Well each day we have another thing to add to our list of things we must take on our vacation because they won't have it there... well, I looked at the grocery flyers there and I was amazed at all the different countries from which we get our food, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, (could try this A-Z ... lol), and Mexico and Israel, and even US and Canada.... Interesting! <BR> <BR> Well, did get some cooking done today, those tilapia fillets were awesome, we'd been doing basa fillets so often lat... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 23:39:39 EST Busy Day Starting to feel like a personal shopper. I picked up sales for my friend and my niece and my mil.... I know I am good at it, point me at a store and I will find the sales. <BR> <BR> HAd supper at MacD's and it started out with my dh spilling his pop all over my lap, how could it do anything but go up from there? Well, I bought myself a new dress, seeing as any pants ran around $20-$25, the $25 dress on sale for $9 caught my eye instead. And by the time we shopped and then tracked down th... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 23:18:07 EST Late Easter blog OMG, tonite we watched the 2016 musical version of The Passion from New Orleans. <BR> Incredibly Amazing!!!!! To look at the joy in the faces of the people and the tears in their eyes certainly proves that people still seek him and as the words of the old hymns say.... Our God Reigns, Our God Reigns! and HE Lives, HE Lives, you ask me how I know HE lives, HE lives within my heart!!!! <BR> <BR> For anyone who missed it when it was broadcast on TV for Palm Sunday, it is available on Netfli... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 21:10:32 EST Well, that wasn't a good idea! 2 days off my one med and I saw my weight go up 5 lbs... This is crazy, my body is out of control, so best go back on the drug till I at least get back from my trip and see the doc. <BR> <BR> Since I came back to SP and started tracking my foods and doing my exercise, things have been going up instead of down, both my weight and my b.s. (and my fibre - but that at least is a good thing). I even substituted my potatoes for mashed cauliflower last nite. So for the 18 years I have been diabet... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:44:00 EST Sunday WEll, after a healthy breakfast, and only 1 Girl Guides cookie at church, it was a log GI bean salad and a walk at the dam. For some reason we are walking slower, but it was an hour walk. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a veg-out day...did nothing. <BR> <BR> Something is going on with my body these days, I am going up and down over 4 lbs in a day. I hadn't gone any more than 2 lbs. up or down in past 9 months with the new drug, but my b.s. is up in the 13's again too, so I am not impressed and go... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 14:41:44 EST Having a Good Day I turned a bad nite's sleep into a good day. I was up by 8am and with an obvious rain sky I called my friend and invited her to meet me and Buddy at the dam to walk at 9:00. This is 3 days this week we have walked. She lost 50 lbs through TOPS a few years back and is trying to get a creeping on 5 lbs back off. She's the early bird, so she was happy to have me call her at that hour. We did 3.9 km walk today, but I'm sure we burned more calories than usual because the wind was so high and... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 14:44:46 EST LIfe Gets in the Way Well, yesterday and today have kept me busy and without planned foods in my fridge, I am really noticing a change in diet. <BR> <BR> Today a friend called inviting me to walk, I was waiting to see when I was needed to pick up the new baby at the hospital, and then had to take dh to eye doc and his mother to the hospital to see her sis who had broken her hip and had a heart attack. I wasn't getting the call and decided to put myself first. I called my friend and said I could go walking, s... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:54:06 EST OK Enough Already.... this is getting annoying Up another 2.5 lbs overnite.... I know better but that scale still has control over me and I am getting frustrating. I did not have a big turkey dinner by any means. I had that ham... I will be glad when it is gone... pea soup with onions, carrots and turnips coming up and then that is it. I have not gone up that much weight in almost a year, and yet here it is overnite... I had a nice long walk yesterday and have been on program most of a week. Yes, I do know it is the salt and nitrates ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:40:53 EST What a Day! Easter Sunday service and tea. Came home and went for a nice 4.8 km walk with my friend and my little 4 legged Buddy. He got lots of interest over his cute bright red rubber boots!!! <BR> <BR> Came home to find my great great niece was in labor and needed a ride to hospital... a baby boy born about a half hour ago. Stopped at a friend's and her mom and sis were there and I got an impromptu turkey dinner with homemade banana and my favorite date squares... <BR> <BR> Got my ham boiled and... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:37:06 EST Saturday DAncing Nite Well, scale was up still today, but I did not fall for those lies. I am still on track and after going out dancing this evening, do I ever have a lot of calories to use up. <BR> <BR> Happy Easter all! Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:57:27 EST Sometimes you do gain weight - don't give up. Ok, so I tasted that Easter ham last nite. Haven't had ham in so long. I was still within my calories and also my fibre for the day. But, I'm pretty sure the NA was up. So, although I am still weighing daily - that darn old scale said I had gained 2 lbs. I knew this was not the case, and unlike other times when this would have been that last straw that cajoled me into breaking my plan, this time, I was expecting it. I know for a fact I could not possibly have gained 2 lbs of fat just ov... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:41:13 EST Off to a bad start - let's see if I can turn it around Had such a lousy sleep, and that always gets me off on the wrong foot. Dh woke crabby too - not a good combination. I told him I will bite back if he gets on my nerves. <BR> <BR> Was going to try that Pancakes for one recipe I found here yesterday, instead had the last English muffin with peanut butter and triple fruit jam. I can't believe the peanut butter, 2 TBSP has 3 g. of fibre!!! Now to finish off the tuna and artichoke salad. <BR> <BR> Book club later, and I managed to finish the... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:56:36 EST Starting the day off right.... it's later in the day that becomes the problem Breakfast was high fibre: <BR> 1 egg whole <BR> 2 egg whites <BR> 2 TBSB fat free maio <BR> pumpkin melba toast <BR> all bran <BR> yogurt <BR> pineapple and the whole thing (measured) weighed in at only 327 cal and 14 g. of fibre.. <BR> <BR> Going to exercise now... that always get pushed to the bottom of my list when I am too tired or lazy or unmotivated... so off I go... 2 mi WATP and a nice hot soak in tub later <BR> <BR> Lunch: small can tuna salad, Greek salad, toasted coconut bread wi... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:58:47 EST Fridge full of healthy foods Yes, lunch was Tuna and Artichoke Salad - was very good, but that darn old chocolate snuck its way in. Ate all the ice cream yesterday, so no fear of it sneaking into my diet today... <BR> <BR> Tired, hope I am not catching the flu I have heard is going around... must go lie down and read, take some Vitamin C... have 2 books to read for Book Club on Thurs. Has anyone read "My Secret Sister" - true story of twins separated at birth, one raised in extreme abuse and one raised with unconditio... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:45:33 EST Posting my food was a real eyeopener What I found quite surprising was that my NA was very high, like 6000 mg, when about 2300 is ideal. I could see it the day I had A&W and the other day I had pizza, but where did the rest come from. I know how to fix it though... cook at home and non-processed foods... now just to do it. Also my MG was very low (but I knew that and supplement) and so was folate. <BR> <BR> Today was My Cooking Day... I have a big pot of chili on, lots of beans, good for my b.s. And a fridge full of salad... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:08:27 EST Sunday and it's not over yet.... After church I found that we had to return to the house we were cleaning, more "cubby holes" that hadn't been cleared out were found and then we cleaned out the fridge and straightened up ....again. My friend who is very OCD about cleaning, has even been cleaning her own house after all the hours we spend working on cleaning, is losing patience with this, even commented that "after we clean it up, they mess it again". OMG, we havent' agreed on how much we will be paid, but we certainly expe... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 22:33:10 EST Technical Difficulties made it impossible to blog yesterday I did try, but computer did not cooperate, so far so good today. We went for a nice walk at the wildlife park today and then a few other little stops so it was another busy and tiring, but more relaxing day. Diet is completely off track, but at least the exercise is a little bit on track. <BR> <BR> First day of spring tomorrow, maybe that is a good omen and I can get focused. <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 20:07:35 EST so tired I am sooooooooo tired... We are only helping to clean this house and the two sisters are also dealing with the grief of the loss of their mom and the sale of her house, so that has got to be so much more emotionally draining. <BR> <BR> And of course, I am off my food being so busy.I did get a very nice thank you for the purchase of the Senior Brunch food... nice to be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Then had to run mil around town, so an early nite it is. Gonna keep getting this habit established ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19:49:22 EST Too busy but I am still going to check in, to keep part of the habit going Well, delivered the food for the Senior Brunch and dropped off more bags from the house we are cleaning out. Washed and packed and dragged and sorted... Declined on the offer of pizza for lunch and came home and made my own. Even passed up on a chocolate covered donut... that looked so good.... <BR> <BR> Had leftover Turkey Gumbo for supper and then we went to a play.. Dream - A 50's Midsummer Adventure..... a friend won tickets and offered them to me.. You picked them up at the theatre, b... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:36:38 EST Day 3 WEll. I a back but not mastering 1 of my challenges, since I didn't check SP first thing in the am and I was supposed to have a 15 g. of fibre breakfast, And with helping a friend, they provided Pizza for lunch, so not looking good today for being on track. But, the positive is, with all the wall washing, up and down stairs and carrying and bending over, hopefully my b.s. tm won't be 13.5 like today... and the scale won't go up again.... I'm just getting back at it again and I don't need the... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:05:55 EST Those Challenges brought me back Weird day, doc appt. and he had a broken foot, so he was "running" (excuse the pun) 2 hrs. behind... nothing worse to ruin your day than to lose all control of it. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to be helping friend do a house cleaning job, that didnt' happen. Got lots of little errands done. Made a New Orleans Gumbo from the Wheat Belly cookbook for supper... Am going to have my 1/3 cup all bran buds with 35 cal yogurt and 1/2 cup crushed pineapple in it to meet my fibre for the day, and a bo... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 22:29:14 EST where have I been? I don't know, can't believe I haven't blogged or been here regularly since Oct. Keeping busy... adult coloring has been added to my pastimes. Walked on a very cold beach today and found some beach glass. Will have to check how my weight has varied since I last logged in. I'm not too far off, only up about 3 lbs. but time to get back on track seriously.... yet again! <BR> <BR> Ok, getting serious, have joined the Fibre Challenge and the Fit in 10 Challenge.... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:21:16 EST 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