SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "Don't Do Your Worrying in Bed" I heard a radio show with a shrink saying that worrying is on the rise. (how does one measure that?) And what indicates when chronic worrying becomes problematic and interfering with quality of life. <BR> <BR> She said that many worriers bring their stressful thoughts to bed with them; that restful time before falling asleep is important. She advises not to worry in bed; to get up and read until the mind settles. Otherwise, one might start to associate bedtime and the bed with worryin... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:11:51 EST Lake Walk, Kindle Reorder, Misc. I'm meeting a friend today to do a long lake walk. I'm eager to see how much the recent rainfall has replenished this lake that was dwindling due to the long drought period. <BR> <BR> My Kindle died a few days ago, and I have to say that I've missed it a lot. I read constantly and watch foreign and independent films on it. So, I found a great deal on Amazon and re-ordered it; will arrive within the week. Hooray! <BR> <BR> Weather has been sunny and warming up nicely. I had a major ex... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:15:30 EST Just Checking In to Say Hey Wanted to check in and say hello to all my SP friends. Nothing much to say, and getting out of the blogging habit is all-too-easy. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day and fun weekend. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:27:48 EST Old Eating Habits Die Hard I am working hard on significantly lessening my cheese and sugar intake. The surprising thing is how often I forget that I'm working on these things and automatically reach for the culprits. I had convinced myself that my choices were not that bad, compared with other similar choices I could be making. <BR> <BR> This morning's shopping was a huge reminder that I have to actually write down my reminders that I'm off these things. They are hard habits (I call them addictions) to break. It'... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:28:36 EST R.I.P. Chuck Berry Another icon has passed. We are losing so many. <BR> <BR> RIP Chuck. Thanks for all the great rock n' roll. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:21:32 EST Luck of the Irish - Wearin' My Green Today Happy St. Patrick's Day, SP friends. <BR> <BR> Haven't had much to blog about this week, but I miss checking in to say hello. I'm still trying to get into the food tracking habit. I hate it, but know how helpful it can be. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy, green day. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:05:41 EST "Don't Feed the Birds," Hanging Clothes my Moonlight, Longer Daylight, Misc. I read on the internet that you shouldn't feed the birds (which I've recently started to do) because it disrupts their natural foraging patterns and can be harmful in that regard. Not sure that's true; I enjoy seeing them so much. If I stop, I'll miss them. <BR> <BR> A year or two ago, I ran an experiment and started hanging clothes out to dry. It really doesn't take me long, and it saves a bit from my exorbitant monthly energy bill. I have a portable umbrella clothesline on my patio and... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:47:54 EST The NSV I Gave Myself Today, Yesterday's Repairs, the New Community Feed I put my shorts on for my first walk of the day, looked in the mirror and surprised myself. I thought, "I'm making progress!" Pleased. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's repairs went smoothly and were miraculously inexpensive. NOT the usual way my life goes. Hooray hooray. <BR> <BR> Took myself to lunch at Red Lobster today to celebrate getting through the day yesterday. Whenever I have workers at my home, in my personal space, it exhausts me. Not sure why. It was six hours worth of other peoples... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 16:36:20 EST Another Home Repair on the Horizon Scheduled for this afternoon, my furnace (that isn't that old) is making noises that require attention. That means a sky-high bill. But I hope not. And I hope it doesn't have to be replaced. <BR> <BR> It's a warm, sunny day and as soon as they are done with my yards in the next couple of hours, I'll go for my first walk of the day. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:31:57 EST "Eating Is All Psychological" Yesterday I heard this casual remark on a radio show about health and dieting. Although I didn't hear the entire show, this comment has stayed with me. I don't think this point is made strongly enough in the weight loss world, especially when people wonder why fad diets don't work. <BR> <BR> They don't realize how much the eating behavior is rooted in the mind; we eat for a variety of reasons. Sometimes hunger is the last reason. <BR> <BR> It's very early when I typing this, so not su... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 08:22:27 EST Last Week -Scarf & Gloves. Yesterday & Today - Shorts. 9 Days Until Time Change! Crazy crazy crazy weather. Can't wait to "spring forward" and change the clocks. Have a fun weekend, friends. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:37:45 EST Exploitation of Morbidly Obese Women In the Movie "Nocturnal Animals" The opening five minutes of this film are something no one will soon forget. It is something that no one has ever seen before. And it capitalizes on how society feels toward immense-sized humans. <BR> <BR> In this case, the women are dancing wildly. Naked. In the movie, it is framed as being part of a living art exhibit. In reality, it made me feel sad as you absolutely know how most viewers will react and thus reinforce negative attitudes that already prevail toward people who have pou... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 12:02:21 EST Welcome, March I still haven't planned my March goal/s. I'm not going to comment on my amazement that we are into March already. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 08:25:36 EST Waving Goodbye to February 2017 Overall, I'm pleased with this month. It's yet another month of boosting my immune system and not being sick. During this time last year shingles began, bronchitis, etc. For me, SP is less about worrying about lbs and more about making healthy choices to keep boosting my immune system. Of course, I know the things to alter that would help immensely when I get around to lbs. One of these days.... <BR> <BR> I've also kicked a lifelong personal habit and I'm quite pleased about that. Woul... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:44:18 EST Rain, Bird Feeding, Fur Baby Better, Food Tracking Another rainy day makes me happy after an eight-year long drought in SoCal. Makes everything green instead of brown. Refills the diminishing lakes. Hooray hooray for rain. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I started putting feed out daily. No one would eat out of the bird feeders, so I just pour it on the patio and tons of (mostly) doves (some smaller birds as well) come to partake. Yesterday I was later than usual. They were sitting on the fence and throughout the yard awaiting my arrival ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:37:37 EST "Fitbit has been hacked. Change your passwords ASAP" This is what a friend told me last night. He said that, if you use the same password for more than one account (and you never should), you need to change your passwords as the Fitbit company has been hacked and user info obtained. Fortunately, I'm okay. I hope. That's the downside of the internet; so much vulnerability with the potential of having identity stolen. <BR> <BR> Okay, let's see. More rain in the forecast for tomorrow. A good thing for SoCal since there's been an 8-year drou... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:50:00 EST Looking forward to Daylight Savings Soon I have missed longer days since the last time change and see that March 12 is the date to "spring forward." I love having sunshine as long as possible each day and am looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Having trouble with my fitbit connecting to its site and recording my daily steps. I really don't want to do it manually each day. May just retire the FB as the thrill is gone. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a great day. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:26:12 EST Tricky Food Labels that Make the Item Look Like a Healthy Choice, but It Isn't First of all, I haven't tried the drink I blogged about last time. It's been a very stressful week with a sick cat and my little physical challenge as well. But I will do so soon and let you know how it was. <BR> <BR> This morning I walked into my favorite store and they had these seemingly "healthy" Chia drinks on sale as a great source of protein. Well, upon reading the label, oh my! It's a 9-oz bottle with 35g of sugar and 160 calories. Okay, I can get my protein elsewhere, thank you... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:25:46 EST Trying this for the 1st time - Organic Apple Cidar Vinegar Pomegranate & Goji Berry (YUM?) There's no sugar in the list of ingredients, so I'm in big trouble with my taste buds already. (smiling) They say it's a refreshing drink. We shall see. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a day of love, health, and happiness. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:06:56 EST Carpets Cleaned, Weigh-In Day, Paint Estimate, Misc. Did the first of my daily walks, then cleaned the carpets. These are the times I'm glad I have a small house. (smiling) I have a great Bissell cleaner that is a real champ and does a great job. The carpet was overdue since having all that shingles nerve pain last year. But now they look and smell wonderful. I'm sure that Harry will barf either this afternoon or tomorrow to christen it. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Did the dreaded weigh-in after about four months and it wasn't so awful. I have t... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:14:48 EST I'll Have to Drag Out that Ole Scale Soon Haven't weighed in about four months, so I think it would be helpful if I know where I am. Nothing has changed, so I don't expect any surprises in either direction. Of course, we know how wrong we can be. (smiling) Maybe tomorrow or Tuesday I'll do it. I always have to weigh about 2-3 consecutive days to get a semi-accurate reading because my body can vary a lot - even with nothing changing externally. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:50:40 EST I Guess My LifeLong Simple Pleasure of Bubblebaths is Over Healing from a very rare (for me) yeast infection, I am trying to eliminate anything that would be negative to the environment in the nether region. (smiling) Although I consider the Avon bubblebath I've always used to be very mild, I want to be cautious and not only get rid of this uncomfortable condition, but also prevent its future occurrence. I took my first non-bubbly bath the other day and it's going to be hard to say goodbye to the bubbles. Bye bye, bubbles. <BR> <BR> Note: I feel... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:22:26 EST Made A Significant Direction Correction this Week It's been a week since I started treating a yeast infection. It's healing nicely. And it was a wake-up call, for sure. <BR> <BR> I used to blog about being a cheese addict. This week, no cheese. Major accomplishment. Dairy is not good for yeast infections. <BR> <BR> Sugar has been an ongoing battle. I do well for periods of time and I recently blogged about having conquered it. Yeah, right. Then went on a huge binge. I think this is what brought on the yeast situation, which I have... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:36:43 EST Happy Birthday to Me and My Dearly-Departed Grandma Happy Birthday, Grandma. I miss you so much. Thank you for all the love. And sharing your name. Love you tons - always. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 08:34:12 EST Any Advice From You Nurses Out there on Y. Infections Besides Avoiding Cheese and Bread? It has been ages since I got a yeast infection and I am a person who understands my body pretty well; I also need to understand cause and effect. For me, this seems to have come out of the blue. I thought it was a minor irritation at first from exercise moisture (trying to be delicate and not do tmi). But then, this week - whamo. <BR> <BR> When I researched the list of causes, of course, stress and immune system were listed. Of course, I try to deal effectively with stress. But not alwa... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 14:01:38 EST How I Plan to Welcome February If my schedule permits, I plan on attending some new exercise classes as a way of welcoming February. And since I celebrate my birthday all month long, it'll serve as a type of celebration as well. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a great day. (I'll even settle for a good one, if not great.) (smiling) Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:48:33 EST My First Yali Pear It came wrapped in mesh and inside a container. The produce guy said they are tastier than regular pears. I was curious. Just had one of the two I bought. Nothing I'd write home about. To each her own, right? <BR> <BR> Weather has been crazy. Last week, record low temps. This week, record highs. Go figure. <BR> <BR> The sunshine feels wonderful after several grey, cold days last week. But the much-needed rain has greened everything up to look extra lovely. <BR> <BR> Usually love my... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:54:49 EST January Overview Overall, I am pleased with my January efforts. I worked hard on a lifelong habit and have "almost" eliminated it. Due to its sensitive nature, I'd rather not get into specifics. But any bad habit eliminated is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I'm also pleased that this is the first January in the past few with no bronchitis. Hooray hooray. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to do the 7-Day Mental Diet that I blogged about yesterday. This is day one. (smiling) I imagine it's going to take a lot of wo... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:34:24 EST 7-DAY MENTAL DIET I heard a brief snippet of Tony Robbins talking about this seven-day mental diet. For seven days, to eliminate negativity. Not that you won't have a negative thought, but just that you don't dwell on it, state it, and switch the mental channel to replace it immediately. His point is that you can get into the habit of becoming more positive. In such a negative society where we are constantly fed bad news, it's very hard to halt that direction. <BR> <BR> He also talked about how much ener... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:56:05 EST RIP Mary Tyler Moore Another's departure once again changes the world by her absence. Sad. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:16:18 EST EIGHT YEARS AGO TODAY, I JOINED SPARKPEOPLE I honestly can't believe it's been eight years since I first joined SP. I think I read a short blurb in a magazine and thought I'd check it out. <BR> <BR> At first, I was overwhelmed by the amount of info and thought I'd never be able to navigate through it all. So I didn't come back to start until about a week later. <BR> <BR> Although my journey has not illustrated any amazing successes, this site has helped keep me healthy by making me consistently aware of my food choices and exercise... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:48 EST Even a PARTIAL Rainbow Thrills Me As I write this, there is a beautiful, wide partial rainbow outside my window for my enjoyment. Does that mean that I can only make a partial wish? (smiling) <BR> <BR> It's a wide one, but doesn't arch to full - yet. Maybe in a little while it'll expand. Made me smile to think that it's symbolic of my life. I'm happy for simple pleasures, like no longer having last year's Shingles nerve pain that encompassed almost the entire year. Thankful for many good things, I am happy for partial ... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:23:38 EST Food Tracking, Rain, Misc. It's been about two weeks since I began to seriously and consistently track food intake. Wow, what a great tool it is to actually see what's going into my body! Tracking is becoming a good habit, one that I resisted for a long time. <BR> <BR> Lots of rain in my drought-ridden area. Love that everything is turning green. <BR> <BR> I guess there's not much to say today. But wanted to check in and say hello. Hello. <BR> <BR> Have a good day, friends. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:34:07 EST If You Don't Need It, Love It, and/or Use It... ...get rid of it. That's the advice I heard from an "expert" on a radio report talking about decluttering. I am not a hoarder, but have accumulated things over the years that I have been gradually letting go of. I no longer feel the need to hang onto things that I once did. So, I am asking myself if I need, use, or love the item before giving it to charity. Sometimes I give it away and regret that I did. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Raining today and going to continue for a few days. We've go... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:46:07 EST Starting to Celebrate My Birthday - Three Weeks Early Yes, I smile each year when I blog about this. My dearly-departed cousin used to tease me that I celebrate my birthday the entire month. But just before she passed, and it was the end of January, she commented that she was surprised that I hadn't started to celebrate yet. <BR> <BR> So, to share the laugh with her in a cosmic way, I have indeed begun. It'll take many forms like where I go, fitness classes, and gifts. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Rain is coming late tonight and supposed to last sev... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:08:19 EST Blueberries, Skewed Priorities that Made Me Laugh at Myself this Morning I usually walk twice. Once in the morning before starting work projects, and at the end of the day. This morning I really had to smile at how silly I am sometimes. I was thirsty and forgot to bring my water bottle. I immediately thought, "no biggie. I'll drink when I get home." However, when I occasionally forget my FB or tunes, I almost have to turn around and come home, forcing myself to finish the walk. Where are my priorities? (smiling) Honestly, I don't know how I'd exercise with... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:29:01 EST Blue Monday Theory Is Now Debunked In 2005,the third Monday of January was theorized by a Welsh psychologist to be the gloomiest day of the year. He came up with this using a "scientific" formula. Since then, however, it has been widely discredited as not being Blue Monday since depression can't be calculated with a formula. <BR> <BR> So, Happy NOT Blue Monday. Have a wonderful holiday. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:23:24 EST THINGS I'VE LEARNED (OR RELEARNED) ABOUT MYSELF AFTER 6 DAYS OF FOOD TRACKING It's startling to see intangibles, like the number of daily calories ingested, become tangibles through food tracking. Six days ago I decided to begin this and make it a habit. I'm surprised at some of the lessons it has reminded me of... <BR> <BR> 1. I am a creature who resists hardest those very things that would best help me. Like the nutrition tracker. <BR> 2. That I eat mostly out of habit. I'm a grazer. If it is out in view of my eyeballs, I will munch. I sometimes leave choppe... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:09:37 EST Day 5 Food Tracking, Placebo Effect, Bird Feeding, Shiver the Pounds Off I'm on Day 5 of food tracking and hoping to make this a consistent part of my journey. It really helps to see the total caloric intake for the day. And, the less I eat, the easier tracking will be! (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wow, talking about placebo effect! Last Saturday, I went to the eye doc and heard that there is a hint of developing cataract. I researched and found lutein, ordered it, and started taking it. My eyeballs feel brand new with tangible things I can point to. (but won't he... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:08:49 EST Took Out the Beck Book Again I've really enjoyed reading the blogs by those working with the Beck book. Yes, I'm on the team also. Did the program a couple of years ago. <BR> <BR> Pulled it off the shelf this morning, opened it, and right away I saw how I sabotage myself. I scanned over the page and it dealt with planning ahead. "I don't like to plan ahead," I told myself. Too bad, I will have to start. <BR> <BR> Now that the book is off the shelf, someone has to open, read, and work with the information. I t... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:09:02 EST New Vacuum Arriving Today I go through a lot of vacs and not sure why. I take care of my things, but have had very poor luck with vacuums. <BR> <BR> Hope this one lasts more than two years. <BR> <BR> Day 4 of food tracking. Hooray for me. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Have a good day, friends. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:35:41 EST I Forgot to Check Number of Servings on the Box. Yikes! Well, I love breaded zucchini. Even though I don't have it a lot (yes, I know, I know. NOT a healthy choice, but let's get over that for now.), it's a pain to make it myself. So I found it in the frozen section and thought I'd give it a chance. <BR> <BR> I looked at the calories and thought, "Okay, 140 isn't so bad." As I cooked them and ate them, I pondered how it was a small box and not that many. They were good. Not something I would eat often, but tasty. I was still hungry after e... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:12:28 EST Food Tracking HAS to Be Used For Me to Succeed I've tried before to track food, and never became consistent. I think this tool is the key for me to meet my final goal/s so I started again yesterday. I've read so many blogs by successful users that it has motivated me to make this work. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:59:41 EST After Internet Researching, My Mind is More At Ease Granted, not all of the information on the internet is accurate, but several websites concur that cataracts can sometimes be slowed from growing. And, in some cases, reversed. There are definitely things I can do differently. I used the computer a lot, and have felt the resultant eyestrain. Not that this is a contributing factor to the development of cataracts. Just something I can be aware of for better eye health. I need to do it for my work projects, but can give eyeballs a rest brea... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:59:10 EST Yesterday's Eye Exam - I Can Concentrate on Either the Positive or Negative My vision has actually gotten better with my contact prescription requiring less help for nearsightedness. So, on that front, all looks good with healthy eyeballs. <BR> <BR> However, there is a slight indication of a cataract forming, so that starts the worry machine going inside of me. <BR> <BR> I go for a yearly check-up and my doc is one I trust, so I'll keep an "eye" (yes, pun intended) on this situation. Meanwhile, no sense worrying as there's really nothing I can do about this. ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:51:50 EST 85-Year-Old Marathoner Continues to Set Records For those of us who say we "can't"... <BR> <BR> The following is from MSN's website from People Magazine. (according to SP guidelines, we can post a few sentences and credit the original material.) <BR> <BR> Ed Whitlock ran his first marathon at age 44, and four decades later he is still running marathons — and setting new records. <BR> In October, Whitlock — now 85 — became the oldest person to run 26.2 miles in less than four hours after completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hou... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:54:24 EST Seriously Considering Trying Intermittent Fasting I've read a couple of ebooks and heard from some SP friends who've had success with this system. I think I'm going to give it a try. Any feedback is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Hope your 2017 has gotten off to a good start. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:30:12 EST Full Speed Ahead into 2017 I have a strong feeling that this is going to be a good year. And I will work hard to make it one. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous 2017. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:50:49 EST 2016 Didn't Kill Me, So I Guess It Made Me Stronger. RIP 2016. It's a rainy day here in San Diego; much-needed rain during a very long drought period. I took myself to a peaceful lunch at Red Lobster to say goodbye to 2016. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I don't have starts and ends in my psyche, just one continuum of timelessness. But I go along and play nice in society's sandbox and welcome in 2017. I plan to continue what I started in 2016 in working toward realistic goals. <BR> <BR> WIshing everyone a happy, healthy New Year. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:09:00 EST RIP Debbie Reynolds Probably died of a broken heart as any mother who has lost a child knows. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:16:18 EST