SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Scale - Tool or Weapon? Like many other things in life, the scale can be either a helpful aid in giving us a benchmark for progress, or a demon plaguing us with numbers that keep flashing in our brain - WARNING WARNING WARNING. <BR> <BR> I've ignored the scale for several months now, and this morning decided that Fridays will be my weigh-in day. Whenever I get back to weighing, I have to do it for three consecutive days cause my body can vary significantly without any major causes. So, I'd like to get a realistic... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:21:32 EST Burn Fat As You Sleep (Kindle Fire Book) I have to admit that I was curious about the title and downloaded this free ebook. The advice given was basic healthy tips to use during the day, thus making your body more efficient at night. Nothing new under the sun. A short, disappointing book. Just eat healthy, eat more frequently and smaller meals, exercise, fast, etc. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a healthy day. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:39:36 EST Thrilled About My January Goal I have to say that I am giddy with the feeling of success as my January goal has been to eliminate sugar and after three weeks, I can't even stand the thought of it. Unreal! <BR> <BR> February has two goals slated. One is to eliminate (or lessen to the point of almost elimination) cheese/dairy and the other is another behavior. Not that it is dastardly, but just a little personal. And somehow, when I write about it (being a private person), I look like it's a huge unmanageable problem.... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:59:46 EST On this Date, 6 Years Ago.... ...I signed up on the Sparkpeople site; it took another week to actually come back and start using it, determined not to be overwhelmed by the abundance of information. <BR> <BR> Although I've not been one of their stellar success stories, my victories have been varied and I'm proud nonetheless. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, maintaining my initial loss, freeing myself from caffeine and sugar, these are just some of the things I've achieved during my six years here. <BR> <BR> And I'll re... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:59:38 EST The More I Exercise.... ...the hungrier and more tired I get. But it's the best tool for me in staying mentally healthy. And such a stress buster. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:28:43 EST How Do I Introduce A New Cat to Harry? I'm thinking of giving my dear relative's Persian cat a home as her daughter has severe allergic reactions to him. I've read a lot about keeping the new cat in a room and then gradually introducing to the resident cat. <BR> <BR> Any advice on what worked for you would be greatly appreciated. I haven't decided yet, but would love to have this cat. He's precious. <BR> <BR> A SP friend said that my page was set to private. I checked my settings and not seeing it set to private. Anyone els... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:01:11 EST Updates on Sugar, Fleas, etc. It's been quite a roller coaster ride over the past 2 weeks with my remaining fur baby, Harry. For the first time in his almost 11 years, he got fleas. His reaction two weeks ago was scary and it turns out he was hyper-sensitive and perhaps allergic to the fleas. The two vets I visited with him have been monitoring his progress by emails and calls, which is quite impressive caring. Yesterday was the first day he really showed signs of progress after sleeplessness and less eating. I've be... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:15:28 EST Airfryer, Sugar 8X, Harry, Tapping Success/es I stumbled upon an airfryer, which I'd never heard of before. At first, I thought it a possibility for me, but after reading reviews by users and then realizing what air-popped popcorn tastes like, yikes! I could only imagine what meals would taste like if air fried. <BR> <BR> I heard last night that sugar is 8X more addictive than caffeine. Wow, I knew it was addictive, but not to that degree. No wonder I've had such a roller coaster ride with it. <BR> <BR> Harry is just not doing to... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:39:12 EST Exercising Face Muscles I've always been intrigued about how many muscles are in the face and the appearance of those who regularly do facial exercises. Jack LaLanne was a big proponent of this. <BR> <BR> Recently, while pedaling on the exercise bike, I turned on the tv in a rare viewing session and was channel surfing. I paused on one of the shopping networks that had Suzanne Somers on with her Facemaster. It's not the first time I've noticed this item and it piqued my curiosity. After researching, not that ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:05:22 EST Tapping Update, Harry, Golden Globes I'm almost afraid of writing too specifically about this just yet as it may be coincidence, placebo, or suggestibility. But whatever it is, I'm pretty amazed and will reveal in a few days. I'd written a recent blog about the book of getting rid of sugar and chocolate cravings in one hour. To say that I was cynical afterward would be an understatement. However, the results have been, well, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it. Will write more when I have a few more successful days u... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:05:57 EST So I Guess I Over-Reacted. But Better Safe Than Sorry. If I hadn't gone through the recent loss of my dear little Willie right before my eyes, perhaps I wouldn't have been hyper-sensitive about Harry this week. I did panic, which contributed to my decision to go to the ER visit. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday and Wednesday, Harry wasn't sleeping at all. Twitching and shaking his head constantly. But Thursday night, he was frantically running everywhere and crying constantly in distress. I did panic, and even though I had a Friday afternoon appt. with ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:44:27 EST Just Returned from Vet ER with Harry His regular vet will do blood tests and check for ear infection tomorrow afternoon. Will keep you posted after I know more. For now, I'm tired and stress. His basic functions were normal so I don't know what's up. <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 01:22:21 EST Portion Distortion - Shamed By a 6-Year-Old Disclaimer: I don't always eat like this. However, it was special circumstances and after a lifelong "big appetite," I sometimes revert into old habits. <BR> <BR> Okay, so last week when I was out-of-town helping a friend, I'd just arrived and was absolutely famished. I was hungry from traveling, from not having had much to eat before I left home, etc. <BR> <BR> My friend served several different things from a nearby Chinese restaurant and I've always felt that Chinese food goes down so ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:35:08 EST Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 I'd heard this was available, but just found it yesterday and watched. Interesting, as always, Joe Cross seems to be taking a more realistic and healthier approach. BTW, Joe gained back some of his weight and Phil, the truck driver, gained back all of his. <BR> <BR> This film, as well as a recent blog by Scooter, re-awoke my past love for juicing. I guess I replaced it with green smoothies, but I will return and probably get a better juicer as a good investment. I do have a hard time s... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:21:21 EST How to Kick Sugar & Chocolate Cravings in One Hour (Free Kindle Book) Okay, I have to admit that I'm always curious about these how-to books and since this was free, all the better. <BR> <BR> The author introduces the book by saying that the method covered in the book was given to her when the Angel Gabriel came to her. Hey, far be it from me to knock others' reality. <BR> <BR> However, it turned out to be nothing new under the sun. She uses EFT (tapping) and many reviewers say that it worked for them. What the hay, I may give it a try. Many people have... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:12:38 EST Camera, Birthday, Sparkversary, Caffeine, Sugar, Misc. When I was out doing one of my walks this morning, I smiled at something my dearly departed cousin used to joke about; we were total laughing fools together. (smiling) She always got a kick out of the fact that I celebrate my birthday the entire week of February. That is, until I started to celebrate the entire month of February. Then, the last year she was here, she said, "Well, it's January - time to start celebrating your birthday." So wouldn't she laugh hard to know that this year I've... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:19:33 EST 2014= Kicked Caffeine, 2015=Will Kick Sugar I was doing so very well a couple of months ago; a long stretch without sugar. Then, whamo, here I am starting over. <BR> <BR> But I think this is the year I will kick it. In fact, I KNOW this is the year I will kick it. <BR> <BR> Have a good week, friends. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:52:18 EST Migraines/VitD, Kids/Electronics, Cancer/Bad Luck, Misc. I just read an article about new studies being conducted that seem to show that Vitamin D can help lessen the pain of migraines. That D is very necessary for so many things; those who suffer from migraines might want to experiment and take more of that supplement. <BR> <BR> During my recent visit with my friend, I couldn't believe how much of the day the kids spent with various electronic devices. My electro magnetic field was going bananas with so much intrusion - no kidding. I had to co... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:00:18 EST Back Home, New Year, Misc. Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> My three days away to help a dear friend was draining and stressful due to her current situation which involves a stalker ex who is threatening several scary things. Was there to support her in a number of ways. Helped a bit with housework, keeping an eye on her kids for a bit, and going to court with her. It's a grave, sad situation with no end in sight. <BR> <BR> Great timing driving home on Tuesday night because, even though it was teeming rain with bad visibili... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:04:58 EST See You Wednesday. Happy New Year, Friends! Here's to a healthy, happy 2015 for us all. I'm leaving today for my road trip which will take me about an hour's drive to be with a friend during her time of need. I hope to be back on Wednesday, but if delayed, I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> January is my SP anniversary month. Wow, 6 years! I was the one who insisted I wasn't a joiner or group person so I didn't plan to stay. But here I am. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Big hug to all. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:56:45 EST Thank You for The Goodies,Friends To all my friends who sent me a Christmas goodie, thank you. I try to send them all year, so if I've missed you, I'll catch up. Hope all had a wonderful day yesterday. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the season, I didn't think I'd celebrate, but I decorated in honor of all my departed loved ones. Then, two weeks ago, my beloved little furry baby died suddenly while I stood there helplessly watching. It happened so fast, I was in shock. Anyway, that surely added to my lack of spirit. I l... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:28:24 EST The Gift That was Given Back to Me A very strange thing happened yesterday. I got a small box delivered by USPS on Sunday. It was from my sweet departed cousin's (in black top in pic) lifelong best friend. I'd given her one of my cousin's favorite rings and L said she loved it. But yesterday she returned it with a note saying I should keep it in the family. <BR> <BR> What's up with this? She's not a mean-spirited person, so I'm not offended. Just confused as I wanted her to have it. <BR> <BR> But I'll accept that thi... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:17:05 EST Cheese, Bubblebath, Feet, Cat Loss I am a recovering cheese addict, which I write only partly joking. I overdo my cheese intake. However, I was off of cheese for the past three weeks due to chest congestion/bronchitis. The other night, I make a small helping of nachos, with a huge helping of cheese. I immediately felt the difference in the "heaviness" it made me feel. And immediate congestion. So, guess what? I'd normally be tempted to eliminate it completely, but am actually learning moderation. About time! (smiling) ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:27:10 EST My Fitbit 2500 Mile Award Yesterday I received my Monarch Migration Award from Fitbit; they said that the Monarch butterfly migrates 2500 miles to warmer climate. And that I am giving them stiff competition with my now 2500 miles on FB. <BR> <BR> I wish I'd kept track of when I got the FB. Really don't recall. (Sometime this past Feb or March) <BR> <BR> I've thought about walking across the U.S. or doing the Camino de Something walk in Europe. But just dreaming. However, you never know since reality starts wit... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:00:38 EST After A Loss I've had so many thoughts to write about the loss of my dear little fur baby, but now I'm at a loss for words. It's been very difficult and Harry has been looking everywhere for him. <BR> <BR> All of your kind messages have been very helpful and appreciated. <BR> <BR> I'll try to write more as the days go by. <BR> <BR> Hope all have a good week. <BR> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:35:19 EST Devastated and Heartbroken Willie was my shadow. Woke me up each morning for 10 years. A bundle of energy and clown purrsonality. I miss him so much already. Harry is looking everywhere for him. They were very close. I'm still in shock. I was just getting over this bronchial infection, but from all the crying, my chest is hurting and I still have to make a trip to the cremation services place. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all for your kind words. One of my best friends has left me. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:02:42 EST MY CAT, PRINCE WILLIAM, DIED AN HOUR AGO I've been sobbing. It looked like a heart attack. My heart is broken. <BR> <BR> p.s. Is it better for the other one to see William and say goodbye, or not see him. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:31:50 EST Rain, Faulty Thirst Mechanism, Broken Hunger Mechanism Rain is headed from NoCal and due to fall any minute. After such a serious drought, this is another welcomed storm. Hope these keep coming although they are doing damage to my new yards - primarily the front yard. But it can be fixed in the Spring. <BR> <BR> Several articles I've read about water intake mention that many adults have a faulty thirst mechanism and thus don't get the signals necessary to remind them to drink water. That's why so many are dehydrated and don't even realize it... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:46:14 EST Wondering about this scale info I read A couple of articles mentioned that a scale shouldn't be used by multiple people. Just one individual should use each home scale. <BR> <BR> Why would that be? It's not as though it will change accuracy. Just curious. Anyone have ideas on this? <BR> <BR> I've been doing weekly weigh-ins and happy about progress considering I'm getting minimal exercise due to challenges with bronchitis. <BR> <BR> Have a happy day, sparkies. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:47:49 EST Will Calorie Posting Make a Difference to Most People? There's a lot of talk these days about the upcoming enforcement in 2015 of all venues that sell food to post calories. All - hot dog vendors, food trucks, etc. While the theory might be great, I wonder if a population that eats badly will actually care about those postings. <BR> <BR> Not to mention that those numbers are arbitrary and vary considerably, so how accurate they are is a matter of trust. Not only will this be expensive for food sellers, but guess who will absorb those costs ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:15:43 EST Watching Friend's Addiction to Mountain Dew I'm not the type of person who intrudes on others' lives unless my opinion is sought. It's tough to see a friend who is totally hooked on Mtn. Dew - the worst of all poisons to drink. Yikes! I try to provide general info in a tactful way, but have no real control. Sad to see friends destroying their health. <BR> <BR> My other friend who was recently diagnosed with diabetes brought his numbers down to the normal range within days of the diagnosis and has lost 10 lbs in 2 wks. He's encour... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:06:29 EST Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2 (spoiler alert) I was totally blown away after reading a Spfriend's blog that she saw the second film of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. And that both Joe and the truck driver have gained their weight back! Yikes! If you've seen the original, you know why this is shocking. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:35:39 EST Weigh In, Animated Symphony of the Bells After a few months of not weighing, I decided to do so today and weekly from this point on. Happy with results, considering the pumpkin pie caper on Thanksgiving. (smiling) <BR> <BR> The other day, when I got my Christmas shopping done, I saw a lovely music box that fascinated me. It was kind of pricey, so I didn't get it, but when I got home I priced it on Amazon. Wow, it sells for $200-300!!! I went back to Ross and bought it for myself - $36!!! <BR> <BR> It's called Animated Symphony ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:43:41 EST Rain, Cold, Xmas Stuff Done Hooray, we have gotten some rain. Some is better than none in severe drought conditions. <BR> <BR> Fighting a cold and hope like crazy it doesn't lead to where the other colds have lead - pneumonia. <BR> <BR> Got EVERYTHING done - cards out, gifts bought (within budget!!!), decorations up. Hooray for me, considering I wasn't even going to celebrate. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:48:45 EST Toilet-to-Tap Coming; Rain Expected this Morning San Diego is experiencing a horrendous drought and the city powers-that-be have recently passed an approval to begin the toilet-to-tap water process for consumer usage that is working well in Orange County. Although I've seen the extensive purification system used, I still can't wrap my mind around the concept. <BR> <BR> Storm's due to roll in this morning and might bring about an inch of rain. Better than nothing. Northern CA is getting a lot more. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:37:04 EST Pecan Pie, Battling Coffee Cravings, No Xmas Decorations for Me I picked up a few groceries early this morning - on an empty stomach. You know where that could lead. It was bittersweet to see they had no pumpkin pies marked down; yes, I remembered that I am officially off sugar. Then I passed delicious nuts. The only thing was, they were in pecan pie. I thought I was misreading the label - 490 calories per slice. No, I didn't get it. <BR> <BR> Went to Target for a few necessities and the only way I can handle that store during this season is at 8 a... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:12:20 EST I GAVE AWAY ALL OF MY COFFEE SUPPLIES I gave up caffeine over three months ago, but kept all of the supplies "just in case." Yesterday, when I said goodbye to my Thanksgiving guests, I sent them away with my stash of coffee, coffeemaker and filters. It was time. <BR> <BR> Now I've gotta kick sugar's butt - once and for all. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:34:42 EST Happy Thanksgiving To everyone on SP who celebrate this holiday, I wish you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Here's to a wonderful day. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:40:20 EST While I Was Away It'll be six years in January that I've been here on SP, and very rarely took a break. This past month was the longest I've been away and really needed the time back that I spent on the computer. <BR> <BR> I learned that I can do fine now w/o SP. But I did miss you guys and gals, plus it's a lot easier to stay on the healthy track when recording daily nutrition and exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm still caffeine-free (over 3 months now), but have to admit that I miss it. In fact, my energy level... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:21:53 EST Thanksgiving Week Hi SP friends. I have to say that life has been a proverbial roller coaster ride this past month. But we survive and thrive - or do not. I'm still trying to figure out which is accurate for me. <BR> <BR> Another year has been flying by and I can't believe this week is Thanksgiving. I've been very thankful for the simple things in life that mean so much. <BR> <BR> Hope to catch up with your lives, and it'll take some time to check in. And thanks to all who kept in touch, reminding me ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:51:32 EST Taking A Break fromSP Will be taking a break due to several stressful circumstances. Hope to be back soon. Big hug to all. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:58:39 EST Returning the Tracker It's packed up and ready to go back after just one day. Why? It recorded activities I didn't even do. Didn't record activities I DID do. And it took over 20 taps (supposed to be about 5) to wake it up, even though the USB port was green-lighted. Very disappointed. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:33:50 EST Day 64 No Caffeine, New Sp Tracker, 7 lbs Down Even though this is day 64 of no caffeine, I still can't seem to part with my leftover coffee and supplies. I think it's in the back of my mind that it's there if I need it and I really don't want to think like that. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with sugar; I was totally derailed for a little while and was feeling awful about it. Feel so much better without. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, late afternoon, I received the SP Activity Tracker and set up was a breeze. This is my first full day and it'... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:07:11 EST Fence Project Began Today It's been a real ordeal with my neighbor and the shared fence adventure. She finally agreed to pay half upon completion and I hope she keeps her word. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, what should have been a very simple fence built has been a complicated process thanks to the witch. <BR> <BR> However, it'll be nice when it's done and may go until Sunday. If that's the case, I will start painting on the other end while he completes it. (maybe I'll lose another 5 lbs) <BR> <BR> This is the last side... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:43:27 EST Heart Goes Out to Ottawa Spark Friends I'm listening to the news about the entire city being locked down. Very sorry for your loss. <BR> <BR> While crime is a way of life in the U.S and we're largely desensitized to it, it's pretty rare in Canada. <BR> <BR> Hope all are okay. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:58:19 EST Fence Guy Confirmed for Friday However, my neighbor refuses to respond or contribute even though this is her property fence as well. These people have been nothing but a headache, so I don't feel like being charitable. In fact, I feel like calling off the whole thing. Yes, I'm aggravated. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:46:31 EST WILL HE, OR WON'T HE SHOW UP ON FRIDAY? My fence guy has been on vacation; I've called and emailed to confirm the side fence replacement and can only hope it's a go. Getting to this point has been no less complicated than the signing of the Magna Carta. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:42:36 EST Conquered Caffeine, Now Sugar has Revisited My Life Bigtime Was doing so well with little/no sugar for a long time. Got rid of caffeine, but sugar is back. I'd better get this under control. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:18:16 EST Not Coconut Milk, Coconut Beverage I don't know how accurate this info is, but I was shopping at a new store and needed coconut milk for my green smoothies. All they had was coconut beverage and I asked what the difference is. They said that the milk industry is making everyone else call theirs a beverage as theirs is the only true milk. So, in time, everything besides milk will have to be labeled as almond beverage, coconut beverage, etc. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy weekend. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:49:21 EST I Just Ordered the SP Activity Tracker I really like to support SP, but the tracker was pricey until they just lowered the cost by half. So, I ordered it and will use it with my FB to see how it does. This website has been a free tool for almost six years, and I've bought everything SP has come out with to show my support. It's my way of giving back. <BR> <BR> Having another home project done while I do my work on the computer. Three minor things repaired today and tomorrow. Next Friday, the side of the fence will be replace... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:48:30 EST