SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 8 Eagle Cams, March Goal, Just Two Legs Okay, I have found eight live cam eagles nests in different parts of the country; some have newly-laid eggs, some newborns, some fledglings, etc. Too bad I don't have all day to just sit and visit with them all. I do have them open and minimized, checking in occasionally as I work on my computer. They are beautiful and fascinating. Interesting how they adapt to such extreme weather conditions in different climates. <BR> <BR> Goodbye, February. I've set just one goal for March, but it's ... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:47:02 EST Okay, Where Did February Go? I say this at the end of each month; totally amazed that Feb. is over in a couple of days. Yikes! It evaporated before my very eyes. <BR> <BR> Pushing myself out the door to strength training class. Wishing all a happy, healthy day. <BR> <BR> p.s. Looking forward to time change on March 11. Now if they'd only keep it that way. (smiling) Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:00:06 EST Cold Weather Wimp, Eagles, Exercise Addicts, Misc. I think about all of you out in Sparkland who live in cold climates. Often and fondly. And am always in awe when there is a cold period in SoCal like there is now with temps in 20's overnight and 62 in the house. I bundle up to sleep and during the daytime as though I'm in Antarctica and really am amazed that all of you in truly frigid constant temps can live your life, even going outdoors to run/walk. As for me, I don't even want to go to exercise classes (forget the pool until it warms ... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:35:50 EST I'VE BECOME AN EAGLEHOLIC! Having found four new live cam eagles nests, I find that I am mesmerized by these beautiful birds. However, I don't want to start becoming glued to my computer screen. All of the nests are at different stages, so it's fascinating to see their development. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:49:09 EST One Eaglet Fell Out of the Nest Last Night This morning, I opened the live webcam to find that one of the eaglets fell out of the nest last night and that eagle mama squawked all night while looking for her baby. Not sure I will continue watching; this is sad. (confirmed dead by the campus professor in charge of the eagles and their nest) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:54:48 EST "It's Not Pain....It's Just Discomfort" There was a lot of silent suffering in strength training class yesterday during arm repetitions with dumbbells. This instructor is tough. Sensing our collective resistance to weight training, she suddenly loudly announced, "It's not pain, folks, it's just discomfort. You can do this." That instantly set things right because it was a great reminder that there certainly is a big difference. Yes, I can tolerate discomfort. Especially since I am starting to see positive results. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:50:28 EST "Forget Counting Calories" (in the news today) The "latest" news this morning (which we know is always iffy as there are so many conflicting opinions on every health topic under the sun), states that we should forget about counting calories. Instead, concentrate on the quality of food we are eating. Primarily, get rid of all processed food. That would be most of the average American's diet. We would starve. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Off to strength training class. Very cold with a front from the north giving us overnight temps in the 20's... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:57:49 EST LOVE YOUR PET DAY I read this in several places, and honestly, I couldn't love my furry little rascal any more than I already do. (smiling) He owns my heart. <BR> <BR> I'm totally loving those live cam eagles nest and usually have it on when I'm working at the computer. They ae beautiful and the eaglets are growing so fast. <BR> <BR> Wishing all (and your pets) a happy, healthy day. <BR> <BR> p.s. Just went outside and there is hard ice on the roof of my car. 37 degrees!!! I'd just planted 5 adorable... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:27:32 EST LiVE CAM OF EAGLETS AND MAMA EAGLE AT BERRY COLLEGE They are all so precious and beautiful. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:20:20 EST Over-Exercising Equals Over-Hungy plus Over-Tired That is my personal equation right now. Gotta figure out how to tailor this equation as I enjoy a lot of the exercise classes I'm taking. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy weekend. Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:25:56 EST Green Hair, Home Massager, Hunger, Misc. Yesterday I bought a surprisingly nice green wig at the dollar store. It's a quality wig that I'll wear on St. Patty's Day. Couldn't resist because I love me different color hair. The more outrageous the better. I just need a reason to wear it. (smiling) It's a deep emerald green and I'll try to post pics. <BR> <BR> My birthday gift card was from Marshalls and some of the items I bought were massagers. Got a foot massage roller that I use while I'm on the computer. And another one for... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:47:36 EST Wishing You A Day of Love, Joy and Smiles You don't have to be in a romantic relationship to enjoy V-Day. Smiles go a very long way in warming others' hearts, as do little kind gestures. <BR> <BR> There is an abundance of love around us, even if alone. No kidding. You just have to watch for it and help create it. <BR> <BR> I've been very lucky in my life to have loved (and still do) and have been loved (and still am) by wonderful people. <BR> <BR> Big hug to all. Happy Valentines Day. <BR> <BR> p.s. This blog was written be... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:48:05 EST I "Forget" There's a Side View Yesterday I went to a strength training class and was surrounded by wall-to-wall mirrors that are set up to keep track of proper form while doing exercises. I glanced over to my side and thought, "yikes, where did all that come from." You see, I usually only get a front view and feel like I'm making good progress. But I forget that there's a side view that needs to be looked at and worked as well. The side view nearly bummed me out until I realized that it is what it is. I have to be rea... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:14:32 EST A FEW THINGS THAT MAKE ME "UNUSUAL" Given that there is really no "normal," there are a few things that have made me a bit "strange" or unusual. <BR> <BR> 1. I have never owned a dishwasher - BY CHOICE. <BR> 2. I have never watched a TV series. (like Friends, Mash, Cheers, Sopranos, etc.) <BR> 3. I have never owned a dog. (one of the tragedies of my life, no kidding) <BR> 4. I have no burning desire to leave anything behind or be remembered. My epitaph would be, "I was born, I lived, I died." <BR> 5. I don't answer my ... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:58:09 EST "I COULD PEE ON THIS - AND OTHER POEMS BY CATS" (BOOK FOR CAT LOVERS) This little book is one of the birthday presents I received. If you love cats, please check it out. It's delightfully filled with gorgeous pics and laughable poems that you will identify with as belonging to your own cat. I love it and it is the gift that will keep on giving. <BR> <BR> I don't know what it is about food tracking that I just can't pull off. I've done it in the past, but find it tedious and annoying to have to jot every single incoming food item. But, yes, I know it's s... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:13:21 EST 3 of MY DEEP-SEATED SABOTAGING BELIEFS First of all, here's my disclaimer. Not all of the three thoughts listed below are present all of the time. And I do know the counterpoints to all of them. But when I recently took a personal inventory on what thoughts pop up most frequently that prevent me from being committed and dedicated to weight loss, these are the three that most frequently arise. <BR> <BR> - I've been thin all my life (until 10 years ago), and can eat anything. <BR> - Food is love. My extended family had a cultur... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:39:38 EST Happy Birthday to Me and My Dear Grandma Even after all these years, I reach out to hug her and miss her so much. Love you, grandma. Was born on her birthday and named after her. <BR> <BR> I am almost giddy with joy and amazement that I am still here after the life I've had. Although many traumas. tragedies, and challenges, there have also been many joys and triumphs as well. <BR> <BR> Have two birthday restaurant meals ahead - one for lunch today and one for dinner tomorrow night. Not worried. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Have a wond... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 08:42:39 EST $3.43 Gal Gas, Nuts, Deli Girl Forces Reality on Me, Tai Chi, Coffee & Cancer Gas will be up to $4. gallon by summer, it's predicted by those in the know. Yesterday's fill-up was painful at the price above. Living in SoCal is getting too expensive in so many ways. I continue to research elsewhere. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I bought a bag of pistachios. I have to admit that I am always surprised at how many calories nuts have, as though I'm reading the label for the first time. I remember the days I ate nuts with wild abandon. Not so anymore, although these are certain... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:40:23 EST Last Night I Dreamt I Had Stage 4 Lung Cancer I wasn't panicked in the dream; I had my first chemo treatment in a jar that I was carrying around with me while asking cancer survivors what they thought of natural treatments as opposed to traditional. Each person responded that it was a personal decision. <BR> <BR> Not to panic, I don't think dreams are necessarily predictive of reality. There have been several SP friends dealing with similar issues lately and I do a lot of personal assessment when I read others' stories. I also know ... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:28:58 EST Ollolai, Italy - Houses for Sale for $1 (yes, that's ONE DOLLAR) Admittedly, years ago I saw the film "Under the Tuscan Sun" and I was immediately in love with the idea of relocating and creating a new life in a foreign land. Of course, when I read the book and facts that were quite different than those in the film, I realized that I'd had my rose-colored glasses on as opposed to the reality of her adventure. <BR> <BR> However, every so often I read articles with the headline like that in my blog and I go through a complete scenario about applying for on... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 16:05:32 EST I WAS SO NUTRITION IGNORANT BEFORE SPARKPEOPLE I often marvel that, prior to my nine years here on SP, I knew virtually nothing about good nutrition. And what little I did know was incorrect. <BR> <BR> How could I have been so ignorant despite having college degrees and being a smart person? For example, I didn't think that liquids had calories. I thought that I take a drink of whatever, and it just goes right through the body and that's that. I didn't count the sweetness in fruit as sugar that affected my body in any way. And the l... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 09:57:02 EST Exercise Can Become Too Much of a Good Thing I have never understood those who over-exercise. Until now. Yesterday I was an unstoppable machine. Walking, swimming, weight training class, etc. I can see how people sometimes become "addicted" to the endorphin buzz. It's quite an experience. <BR> <BR> But I also get super-hungry, and most of all, here comes that word again. That word I seem to be so unacquainted with at times. MODERATION. (SMILING) Every single health topic I've ever blogged about over these 9 years on SP boils d... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 12:04:41 EST WRITING THIS BLOG WHILE LOOKING AT THE BEAUTIFUL ECLIPSED MOON It's 6:30 a.m. and I've periodically checked the beautiful moon since 4 a.m. It's dramatic and powerful. Intense. Never ceases to amaze me when I look up into the dark sky to see celestial happenings. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Zumba was a bust. This instructor was not good. Several people left early, but I made myself stick it out. His choice of music wasn't great and his moves were strange. He's new at this facility and I know they don't last long, so here's hoping for someone better soo... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:32:47 EST It's Too Early in the Year for a Heatwave Yes, it's hot hot hot. Not sure how long this will last, and no, I wouldn't want to be shoveling instead. But this is way too early for high temps. <BR> <BR> Exercised my brains out today, including a solo session at the pool to do my own aerobics. Sometimes my schedule doesn't match with the classes that are offered. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good week. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:27:58 EST Super Blood Blue Moon Coming On Wednesday Next time this will be visible is 2038. Here's the link that'll tell you all about it. I've a lifelong history of being affected by a regular full moon; who knows how this dramatic pull will play out. Yikes! (smiling) <BR> <BR><BR>lood-moon-guide.html <BR> <BR> Best visibility on the West Coast. Wishing all a wonderful day. Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:19:48 EST Salt and Cheese Are My Two Main Saboteurs I've been doing great with sugar and caffeine, but my cheese and salt intake are off the charts. As of today, I'm putting myself on restriction. <BR> <BR> I recently heard a MD on the radio talk about the various foods he helps people with; he said that people seem to do fine when tackling sugar, starches, etc., but when it comes to salt, that is where they falter and fail oftentimes. <BR> <BR> For me, it seems that when I do fine in a couple of areas, others pop up as problematic, almost... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:11:16 EST Why I Celebrate my Birthday from Now Until End of February (Tribute to my funny cousin) I used to celebrate my birthday on the day I was born, which was also my grandma's birthday. I was named after her. Then, at some point, I started celebrating it the entire week of Feb. 8, but then extended it to the entire month of Feb. <BR> <BR> My dearly-departed cousin, right before she died, joked, "It's January... isn't it time to start celebrating your b'day?" We both laughed and now I send it out as a cosmic joke; a kind of tribute to her. <BR> <BR> Celebration doesn't entail mon... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:45:21 EST Fingerprints, Tai Chi Compliment, Double Trouble, Misc. I feel as though I'm just catching up with this being the new year, but in reality we are almost to the end of January. I can tell this is going to be another year that flies by. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, for no reason at all, I smiled to think about my fingerprints. They are almost gone. Years ago, I had to be fingerprinted for a school job. It was a sensitive computer that would pick up every mark on each finger, but they had to keep trying for mine as several were nearly gone! Unreal! It... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:51:47 EST How I've Given Back to SparkPeople During my 9 Years Here Tomorrow is the official day when I joined SP nine years ago. It took me a week or so to come back and actually start using the site after signing up as I felt it was information overload, and that I probably wouldn't stay. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Since those early days, it hasn't just been a one-way street; I've given back to SP in a number of ways. I have <BR> <BR> -bought every product (except Premium) <BR> -referred new members <BR> -encouraged myriad new members with goodies and blog res... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:12:33 EST BANISHING POST-HOLIDAY LAZINESS Sometimes I'm a little lazy brat. (smiling) Pushed myself to Zumba class this morning, and all I could think about was the breaded eggplant I'd made for lunch and was anticipating. That, and watching the clock. <BR> <BR> Yes, I do have fun once I'm there, but have to say that I got mega-lazy during the holidays. Even though I continued to walk a lot, I don't count that as enough exercise anymore. <BR> <BR> I've gone back to aqua aerobics on Saturdays, but think I may add Tues and T... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:51:47 EST I Eat Less When I'm Food Tracking Most of my nine years here on SP, I thought food tracking was a waste of time. Man, was I ever wrong wrong wrong. Last August/September, I began using this valuable tool and saw my weight drop slowly, but surely. I was amazed. <BR> <BR> Enter the holidays and I stopped tracking for the month of December and half of January. Yesterday, I did a totally honest and complete tracking. Today it's like someone flipped a switch and I know I'll be a dedicated tracker now. <BR> <BR> I also know ... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:43:31 EST Doing Well w/Caffeine & Sugar I've got both under control in a major way. Just a half of a small mug of coffee daily is fine since I've tried so many times to kick it completely. <BR> <BR> When I am off added sugar, I feel like a new person. Amazing. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. <BR> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:13:33 EST Hurts So Good My arm muscles are aching from strength training, which I've just begun in the new year. Almost all of '16, I had nerve pain in my arm from shingles that diminished my muscle power. Now I'm catching up. <BR> <BR> This is a very different type of ache, and really does hurt so good. <BR> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:54:11 EST Earth Badge fm FB, Cassava, Appetite from Exercising, and Misc. I tried Cassava chips. Hadn't heard of Cassava before and here's what I found when I researched it: <BR> <BR> "the starchy tuberous root of a tropical tree, used as food in tropical countries but requiring careful preparation to remove traces of cyanide from the flesh. Also called manioc. <BR> a starch or flour obtained from the cassava root. <BR> the shrubby tree from which cassava is obtained, native to tropical America and cultivated throughout the tropics. " <BR> <BR> They were okay, b... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:08:10 EST Why Do Exercises/Yoga on the Floor Make Me Dizzy? I have many exercise classes available, and I've slowly been trying them all. One thing I've noticed lately is that I have trouble when I have to get on the floor. It varies in severity, but I get a bit dizzy. Yesterday it was a good thing these floor exercises were done in the last 10 minutes of the class as I had to leave without doing them after giving it my best effort. <BR> <BR> Upon returning home, my research revealed that some others have the same problem and it can be a number of... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:14:58 EST I Should Have Followed my Gut (literally), Turned Around, and Cancelled the Trip My blog silence is due to my periodic wanting a break from SP and all things health. I get sick of the entire routine. It's been 9 years this month and it's boring. However, this discontent will pass as I know it has been a wonderful tool and all of you have been a terrific support system. <BR> <BR> Well, I try not to think of my NY trip to the Rose Parade. I didn't sleep all night as I had a mild stomachache. Got dressed at 3 and couldn't see through the fog to drive to the bus, so I ... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:17:09 EST Will Wake Up at 3 a.m. for Trip to Rose Parade I'll be starting 2018 at 3 a.m. to leave my house at 3:45 for the bus trip to the Rose Parade with a wonderful friend of mine. Will layer my clothing as 50 degrees is predicted and makes me shiver just thinking about it. (smiling) I usually don't take bus trips, but this saves gas, crowded roads, $50 parking fee, etc. So, it's a wonderful opportunity. <BR> <BR> One of the reasons that this trip is extra-special to me is that my dearly-departed cousin fulfilled one of her trip wishes by co... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:55:06 EST As 2017 Comes to a Close.... ...I want to thank my SP friends for all their valuable support. This is the only social media I do, and the friends I've made here have been wonderful. <BR> <BR> As we head into January of the new year, I realize that will be my 9th anniversary on SP. Who would've thunk it? Wow! This year, I've lost one SP friend who passed away, and two long-timers who departed SP. I miss them. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to my trip to the Rose Parade and wonder how I'm going to stay warm with pred... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:30:52 EST Baffled by Friend's Doc's Diabetes Advice Ever since my friend was diagnosed with diabetes about four weeks ago, her doc has been very nonchalant about her treatment. For example, she went in with her number being 620 and they gave her infusions to bring it down. <BR> <BR> When they reached 320, they released her and said, "see you in a month for your checkup appt." I was amazed by that. They also gave her trouble about her wanting a referral to an endocrinologist which they finally relented and I do hope she keeps that appointme... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:51:06 EST The Gift That Keeps On Giving (HINT: Furry with 4 legs) Of all the presents I received yesterday, the best of all is one that marked his 14th xmas with me - my fur baby, Prince Harry. His brother (William, of course) departed three years ago a week before xmas, and I cherish each day with my Harry. He's the gift that keeps on giving. <BR> <BR> Was going to head out to an exercise class, but tired from all the holiday activities, so I start back tomorrow. Wishing all a wonderful day. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:11:42 EST Have A Happy, Healthy Christmas Wishing you peace, love and joy, in addition to good health and happiness. Merry Christmas. Sun, 24 Dec 2017 12:12:31 EST Star Wars Today in IMAX and 3D - Our New Family Tradition I used to bring my son to Star Wars when he was a kid, and now he gets a kick out of taking me. It's not my fave film, but I cherish this little tradition that we have going on and it's fun. Leaving in a little while to catch the morning show hoping that it may not be overflowing with people. <BR> <BR> I'm doing great with sugar. I knew I'd buckle down. And I can see my body shaping up as I do all of the right things, including these exercise classes that I resist going to so much. My... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:05:13 EST Today's "Muscle Up" Class Instructor was Bigger than I Am And what a relief among skeletal bodies, that there is a realistic-looking instructor who maintains her fitness despite extra weight. I've been foregoing classes for a couple of weeks as I enjoy solo exercise more, but I decided to get back to them because they were really helping me shed these remaining stubborn lbs. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:54:46 EST Plans for 2018 I am not big on resolutions, but today I jotted down some goals that I want to make happen during 2018. <BR> <BR> My list includes three little trips that I have been wanting to do for awhile now. In January, I'll be going to the Rose Parade. Since I celebrate my birthday all month long (smiling), I plan to do a February camel ride. I'd planned to do that last year, but then battled shingles nerve pain for almost the entire year and the last thing I needed was to take myself on a camel.... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:09:17 EST "The Cheese and Pepperoni on My PIzza are Healthy" I try to help two relatives whenever possible by giving them good advice on eating healthy. (without being a meddling busy body) They are the worst eaters in the world and I marvel that they are still above ground due to all the garbage they eat. <BR> <BR> One of them has diabetes and is currently sick with a bad cold that I'm trying hard not to catch. Yesterday I looked at what dinner was for him - huge servings of gunky pizza. I asked him how he plans to recuperate and control diabetes ... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:44:56 EST Raspberry Pie (pt. 3), Sugar Update, Food Tracking I visited the store where the other two chapters occurred and noticed that the temptations were sold out. For those who recommended eating fresh raspberries instead, I do that all year round. Then I turned the corner and noticed that they had been moved to another location in the store. But guess what? My sugar detox complete, I wasn't even tempted this time. So this is probably the final chapter. This time it's been rough to detox after Oct/Nov holidays. I thought it would be easier e... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:25:48 EST "Hi there, Slim" This is how a friend addresses me frequently these days, and it catches me off-guard each time. He then follows it up by telling me that all of my hard work at these various exercise classes is showing. Nothing like a NSV to make my day! <BR> <BR> Of course, I have to be careful not to make this compliment mean that I am done. Or close to being done. Have a way to go. And not that much motivation. (smiling) I realize lately that I prefer solo exercising to groups in classes. <BR> <BR... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:15:50 EST Fires, Caviar, Food Tracking, Raspberry Pie (pt. 2) According to the last report I’ve heard, there are 8700 exhausted firefighters in SoCal fighting these horrific blazes. If the Santa Ana winds don’t come up today, they have a good handle on getting a grip and making progress. With the winds whipping around on Friday, there was zero containment. It is reported that many homes have been lost; very sad as I remembering having lost everything in the fire I narrowly escaped from long ago. However, yes, the important thing is to escape with yo... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:22:22 EST Raspberry Pie, Muscle-Up Class, Fire Anxiety in SoCal I'll start off with trivial stuff to take my mind off of the heavy stuff. I'm having a very hard time eliminating sugar. I always thought it gets easier with time if you've been off of something in the recent past, but it's actually harder for me with sugar. So far, I'm succeeding. However... <BR> <BR> The other day I held in my hot little hand a Sara Lee Raspberry Pie that was on sale for a ridiculously low price. The good angel on one shoulder said that it didn't matter if the pie was... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:04:26 EST TWO STRONG EARTHQUAKE JOLTS, EMERGENCY WIND/FIRE ALERT, NOT SURE I'LL SLEEP TONIGHT Everyone in this area got an emergency phone alert tonight of extremely high winds and fire danger. Many are on-edge. Added to this are two strong jolts - one at 4:30 this afternoon, and one at 8 tonight. Not sure I'll sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> I had other topics to blog about, but considering what's going on, I think I'll leave the trite and trivial behind for now. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Going to try a new class tomorrow - "Muscle Up." I'll see what's what. Thu, 7 Dec 2017 00:22:50 EST