SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Schools Checking to See if I'm Allowed to Make an Appearance as Santa Sad, but true. I contacted a few schools where I know people and volunteered to make an appearance in my new Santa suit. They are currently checking to see if that would be allowed. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I was raised at a time before all this PC crappola. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 10:44:43 EST Nativity Scene from Olive Tree in Jerusalem, Gaseous Santa gift, Starbucks, Misc. I got the sweetest hand-carved wooden nativity scene that is supposed carved from a pruned olive tree branch in the Holy Land. The box says the following: "This unique, environmentally friendly Christmas ornament is made from genuine olive wood branches pruned from olive trees growing in Bethlehem, the birth place of JC. Each part of this ornament has been handcrafted individually by qualified craftsmen. The parts are carefully joined together to represent the nativity scene with its Peace... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:16:02 EST Dress Rehearsal Went Great Thanks to all who encouraged me to give this a fair shot. (smiling) I was discouraged a bit by the couple of challenges I mentioned in last blog. <BR> <BR> I posted some photos, but they distorted so I think I'll have to shrink them down and try again later when I return home. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. (what fun I'm going to have doing the Santa thing a few times this season.) (smiling) Sun, 29 Nov 2015 14:08:56 EST What to Do About My New Santa Claus Costume? Okay, you don't really know me, but I'm a crazy kinda gal. Hopefully, in a good, fun way. I do things that most would not just because I think it's fun. (smiling) I've always wanted a Santa costume and yesterday I found a beauty of one. Professional grade. Has everything from wig, boots, beard, glasses, suit (of course), eyebrow whitener, gloves, etc. <BR> <BR> There are three or four places (including out in public) that I had planned to wear this. HOWEVER, I forgot that I have a cou... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:57:56 EST My 3700 Step Macy's Parade I don't watch TV, except for the Thanksgiving Parade and Rose Parade. I told myself that I had to do steps (ala Leslie Sansone-type routines) while watching. <BR> <BR> I viewed a portion of the show with multiple breaks to get things done around here and thought I had reached a higher number than 3700. Darn! But at least I did that before dinner later. And then went on a longer walk at night. <BR> <BR> If I ever went back to watching TV, I'd definitely do so only with that caveat. (exe... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:33:52 EST Gobble Gobble Gobble How lucky I have been <BR> To have a life of abundance. <BR> Not perfect, by any means, <BR> Nor free of many bumps <BR> In the road. <BR> But blessed with always <BR> More than enough <BR> Of so many things. <BR> I don't need a holiday <BR> For this feeling of gratitude <BR> To flow through my veins <BR> Daily. <BR> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:31:15 EST Thankful for Rain During a Critical Drought Sooo happy to hear and see those raindrops this morning. We are supposed to have a lot of rain this winter due to El Nino. Honestly, it's been a long drought and we need rain so badly. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:56:14 EST My 4,000 Mile Trophy from SP Today Walking (and exercise in general) is my biggest stress buster. It goes way back to when my dear grandfather took me by my little hand and we walked and walked. So I have deep connections to the love and peacefulness of those days with my sweet father figure, long gone and sorely missed. <BR> <BR> So when I opened up the 4000 step SP trophy this morning, it made me smile and filled me with the unconditional love of my grandpa. RIP sweet man. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:24:28 EST Live Longer, Prevent Diabetes - by drinking coffee!!! (today's news report) It never ceases to amaze me how the coffee industry gets all of these health proclamations out to the public with a straight face. Ironic that there are consistent news reports on the doubts that taking vitamin supplements makes any difference, but no doubts at all that drinking coffee prolongs life and prevents diabetes! Go figure. <BR> <BR> I was going to blog about how great I've been doing with sugar until I shopped while hungry early yesterday morning and pumpkin pies were on sale. O... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:18:46 EST I Felt Like I Had (legally) Stolen the Groceries That's what the cashier and I agreed it felt like as I visited the newly-opened store around the corner (okay, a mile or so away). This is a literal example of one door closing and another opening. I'd recently blogged about the agony of my fave store closing its doors this month. <BR> <BR> Yet, here comes one where the produce is abundant, and much of it organic. And for a song. (singing lalalala) Woohoo. <BR> <BR> I came away with seven bags of healthy items for $36! Are you kiddin... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:31:16 EST Serotonin- When a Friend Can Become an Enemy Pharmacist Ben Fuchs writes a blog called "Critical Health News," and often has interesting topics. <BR> <BR> I thought this was interesting about serotonin; I didn't know some of this. I'll share it and since I am crediting him, hope it meets SP rules. <BR> <BR> "If you watch the cartoonish commercials on TV about depression and anti-depressants, you would think that that the molecule known as serotonin is a biochemical of bliss and if you’re feeling crappy, you can just take a medicine t... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:41:57 EST Happy Birthday, my dearly-departed baby boy, Kevin Even after all these years, I can feel the part of my heart that left with him. I'll just paste my books prologue here. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, dear little son. <BR> <BR> TOO COLD FOR CACTI – My Personal Adventures <BR> 10/22/12 - by Jesse D. Seville <BR> Prologue <BR> <BR> <BR> I heard his first little cries from across the hallway, but when they saw my unexpected wakefulness from anesthesia, they quickly shut the doors. The glimpse I caught was of medical people surrounding my... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:12:06 EST My Heart is Breaking Over the Current News about Attacks in Paris The news is unfolding as I write this, and I hope our French SP friends are okay. You're in my prayers. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:54:12 EST Improving Posture Can Reduce Stress (Ben Fuchs, Pharmacist, blog info) I thought his recent blog on "Critical Health News" was interesting and helpful; quoting him here fyi. Since I am attributing the info to him, I hope it meets with SP criteria. <BR> <BR> "In an article that was published in the journal “Psychological Science”, collaborating researchers from Harvard and Columbia Universities found that humans and animals can up-regulate (i.e. stimulate) the production of healing chemicals by intentionally assuming open, wide, spread out expansive positions a... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:25:28 EST What Indoor Temperature Sends you To Thermostat to Turn Heat On? (just curious) Last week, it was 82 degrees in here, and this morning it's 66! I thought that was cold until I took out the garbage just now and saw my breath in the air - 51 degrees. So, returning indoors, 66 feels comfie. (smiling) Yes, Nat, it's relative - for sure. <BR> <BR> Which made me wonder at what indoor temperature do my SP friends turn their heat on; and do cats get cold at 66 degrees? I don't want my baby to be uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> My favorite pharmacist, Ben Fuchs (Critical Health Ne... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:08:19 EST Cold Weather Affects My Motivation to Get Outside After weeks of whining about the record-breaking high temps, it has started to get "cold." Throughout my years here on SP, I've been amazed at my SPfriends throughout the country who bundle up and exercise in rain, sleet, snow, and/or other adverse conditions. <BR> <BR> Me? I bundled up today and out I went. The clouds were mesmerizingly beautiful against an azure sky that had been cleansed by light overnight rain. The wind was mild, but crisp, and it was the kind of walk that makes o... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:48:06 EST Time Change, Hunger at 1 a.m., Red Lobster, Christmas I have to admit that I'm struggling with time change; as soon as it gets dark, my psyche thinks it's time for bed and I'm tired. Ordinarily, I awaken early and go to sleep early - but not 6 or 7 p.m.!!!! (smiling) Miss those sunshine longer days so much. <BR> <BR> Okay, early this morning around 1 a.m. I awoke with hunger that started my mind rolling toward a plan that I was going to get up and eat. Part of me said not to be ridiculous and to go back to sleep. I guess I did because whe... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 08:55:28 EST Apple Cider Vinegar In the distant past, I knew about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but forgot about it throughout the ensuing years. Yesterday, I bought some and am researching how to use it. Not sure whether it should be a tblspn or less in 8 oz of water, but I'll find out. (or my helpful SP friends will let me know) <BR> <BR> I'm eager to start using this again as I read some stuff this morning about how many things it helps in the body. <BR> <BR> I'm off to a long lake walk and then back to... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 11:15:07 EST Red Lobster, Sam-E, Harry, Misc. Yes, I am going tomorrow night with my friend to Red Lobster for the last day of their Endless Shrimp promotion. I will go, enjoy, and try to behave as well as possible. Period, end of story. (smiling) <BR> <BR> I get emails from the Ben Fuchs blog, Critical Health Issues; he's a pharmacist and I've also heard him when he does guest spots on radio interviews. Smart guy who is into alternatives to meds. Not instead of, when needed, but stuff that is kinder and gentler to our bodies. <BR> ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:40:23 EST Need Flea Advice (for my cat, not myself) I'm awaiting a call back from the vet, but am really puzzled. Harry is 11.5 years old and this past March, got fleas for the first time. Since then, I've treated him successfully with the topical application of Advantage. I think he's built up a tolerance to it. <BR> <BR> About a week ago, he started with symptoms again and although I can't see any fleas on him, he is uncomfortable with ears twitching, lots of scratching and cleaning, etc. When he falls asleep, it's only for a short tim... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:14:19 EST The Rainbow in My Rearview Mirror Yesterday morning, as I was driving down the freeway, it went from sunny to rainy, to sunny again as I drove away from the dark clouds. <BR> <BR> For the first time in my life, I saw a rainbow BEHIND me in my rearview mirror. I was fascinated as it was a wide, bright rainbow; I kept looking at it and wondered if I was supposed to make a wish about the past since we often make wishes on rainbows for the future. I smiled as I immediately thought my favorite wish would be to bring my cousin (... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:31:57 EST I GAVE THE REMAINING HALLOWEEN POISON AWAY I do well when I eliminate sugar completely (added sugar), but when I do "just a little," all h@#@ breaks loose. <BR> <BR> A friend volunteered to take the remaining candy to work for the office. I gladly sent it off with a semi-sad goodbye. <BR> <BR> Off I go into the day's activities. Wishing all a happy, healthy one. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 09:16:20 EST Uh oh. The Promotion Ends Friday. I'll have to not think of it all week. I wrote about Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp promotion ending yesterday, and I felt victorious that I resisted and was free of temptation. <BR> <BR> Lo and behold, it ends on Friday! And I do have to admit that I love shrimp sooo much. Perhaps I can go and be moderate. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a great day. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:56:41 EST TODAY IS LAST DAY OF RED LOBSTER'S ENDLESS SHRIMP PROMOTION A friend is almost begging me to go with him, reminding me that we only went once since the promotion started. But, truth be told, when it comes to shrimp, my stomach seems to have an endless capacity. I can put away and enjoy so many of those little babies that it almost qualifies for a World Record. (smiling) Which, of course, is not good. <BR> <BR> So, I have said no. But I know he will make one (maybe more) last plea, including saying that he will pay for mine. Now, rational people ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:55:24 EST TRICK OR TREAT... Happy Halloweenie, SP ghouls. (smiling) Sat, 31 Oct 2015 10:32:33 EST Sitting Here Drinking My Green Protein Smoothie After... ...smelling the strong scent of bacon wafting through the early morning air while I was doing some yard work. (before it gets hot) <BR> <BR> I've always loved bacon. But this smoothie is delish in its own way. I'll just enjoy smelling the bacon, and not feel deprived. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:41:17 EST My Kinda/Sorta Attitude Won't Get Me to Goal Aside from occasional bursts of motivation (aka big push, as I've called it), my attitude toward weight loss is that I kinda want it. Sorta. My overall aim on here has been to stay as healthy as possible by making consistently healthier daily choices. <BR> <BR> But, realistically, if I ever plan to get to goal (I was a few lbs away from it a year or so ago), I have to really want it and be willing to work harder. <BR> <BR> Whether or not that will happen, I don't know. I have a consisten... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:32:03 EST Bacon, New Range, Miscellaneous Last week was the news coverage about cheese, and this week it's bacon. Wouldn't it be easier to just list what we CAN eat without getting sick? That would leave just a few things; yet, when I go to the zoo, the orangutans are happy eating the same thing every day. So, why can't I be? (smiling) <BR> <BR> New gas range arrived a couple of days ago, and I'm thrilled. However, it has unleashed a frenzy of researching kitchen upgrade possibilities and I'm exhausted. I think I'll leave thi... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:13:55 EST Cheese is Being Called "Dairy Crack" in the News So no wonder I've been so addicted to cheese for so long! I thought I was just using the word loosely, but in news reports yesterday and today, they went on at length about why and how cheese is so addictive. <BR> <BR> Wish I could relate the details, but I didn't pay much attention other than to the headline. (smiling) It kinda makes me feel better to understand it rather than to just think it's a matter only of self control. <BR> <BR> I am doing better with my amount, but still a far cry... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:19:58 EST My Favorite Grocery Store is Closing this Weekend I feel like I'm losing my best friend - again. Went through this two years ago when Fresh and Easy's parent company, Tesco, went belly-up and almost closed. Then a buyer came in and kept it on life support for the past couple of years. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful store it has been, but I guess all things must eventually end. Food without chemicals and preservatives, relatively lower prices, convenient, etc. <BR> <BR> The announcement came by email this week, but I didn't expect it to clos... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:12:23 EST Thankful for No Pneumonia this Year A couple of years ago, all of the stress from various major challenges reduced my immune system to zilch. Two years before that (4 years ago), I got lung infections four times in two years. <BR> <BR> Been working hard to rebuild my immune system and feel a lot stronger this year. Very thankful for good health. <BR> <BR> Big hug to all. Have a fun weekend. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:04:56 EST Almost Let Go of My Fitbit for Good Fitbit needed a new battery this morning, but I felt too lazy to replace it even though I have a supply right here at my desk. (How lazy can one get? smiling) I felt that I no longer need it, that it was fun, but I really just want to be untethered. <BR> <BR> Just returned from my first walk of the day. With Fitbit. Yes, I do enjoy this little thing. (smiling) When it comes time to let go of FB and SP, I'll know. <BR> <BR> Every once in awhile, when I ponder why I'm even on SP, I rea... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:58:09 EST Nail Polish Chemical Effects on Hormones, tumors and cancer Today I heard a news report about the chemical that is in most nail polish that can be found in a woman's body mere hours after the polish application. <BR> <BR> It can affect hormone imbalance, which can grow a tumor, which can harbor cancer cells. Also, the polish remover has the same chemical. <BR> <BR> It's so lovely to think of all of the years that I've put hair color into my scalp, and polish on my nails. Add that to all of the other toxic elements in our environment and there's ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:24:38 EST I Ate My Sadness Yesterday Not as bad as it could have been, but worse than usual. Just had a terribly sad day yesterday discovering the loss of my dear SP friend of seven years. Sure, I know better than to do emotional eating, but sometimes I just don't care. <BR> <BR> There you are... plain and simple truth. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:20:48 EST I AM CRYING FOR A DYING SP FRIEND (WHO HAS PROBABLY PASSED BY NOW) I have been her spark friend since on here in 09. Her friend posted on 10/13 that she was in final transition and today is 10/18, so I think she has passed and I'm trying to verify. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I am crying as I write this. Her journey was identical to that of my cousin who (in black top in photo) passed five years ago now. Identical. <BR> <BR> I'm so very sad. R.I.P. dear friend. I miss you already. <BR> <BR> p.s. A SP friend responded that Shari passed away on 10/15. ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:43:19 EST The Chubby Clown My clown costume arrived yesterday and unfortunately "standard" size (one size fits most) is not my size but rather a second skin. Unfortunately, I gave away my other pretty clown costume and am now regretting it. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Should have ordered a bigger size, but too late now as it's from an online vendor. However, since it wasn't expensive, I can donate it without feeling like a lot was lost. But I guess I'm not as svelte as I thought. (smiling again) <BR> <BR> Too bad, how sa... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 22:46:26 EST Same Food Item Can Vary in Calorie Count So Much - Subjective labeling I refuse to believe what I just saw during lunch. I treated myself to an 8-pack of CA sushi from Trader Joe's. As I ate, I casually glanced at the label. As with the pumpkin muffins of a few past blogs, I just couldn't believe my eyes. <BR> <BR> They were saying that an 8-pack is 3 servings. (YEAH, right!) (smiling) And that each 2.5 was 150 calories. Are you kidding me? All of those listed on SP are half of 450 for the same number of CA sushi. How could these be so different? <BR> <... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:42:00 EST Ordered New Stove, Trimming in the Dark, Misc. So, yes, I keep whining about the record high temperatures we are getting that is miserable. I have a/c, but it gives me a headache. To avoid the heat, I decided (yesterday and this morning) to get outside at sunrise to trim the bushes in my yard. The photos I posted last year are only remotely like the mature yards of today. They have grown into lovely works of art - no kidding. But there are some bushes that I may pull and replace with something that doesn't require so much trimming. <... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 13:34:13 EST You Know You're In Trouble When... (yesterday's disastrous eating) stop tracking for the day because you can't bear to see the number of calories you've ingested. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a disaster. I could give you reasons/excuses, but we all know what causes days like these. Fortunately, they are fewer and fewer nowadays. <BR> <BR> Forgiving myself and moving on, I'd like to wish all of you a happy, healthy day. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:35:39 EST The Pumpkin Muffins I Almost Bought I couldn't believe my eyes. After taking a sample of the pumpkin muffin in the store, I picked up a package and thought they looked pretty innocent to have one for breakfast during this holiday season. <BR> <BR> Finding the nutrition label, I thought there was a misprint - 420 calories per muffin!!!!! Are you kidding me? What in the world could be in those things? There was no icing so I thought maybe 200 calories, at most. <BR> <BR> Whew, I'm so glad I put them back. In the old days, t... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:40:06 EST Happy Thanksgiving, Trader Joe's, Food Tracking I want to wish my Canadian Spfriends a wonderful Thanksgiving. As I've often mentioned in blogs, Canadians I've met are such happy, nice people. You must be doing something right up there. (smiling) <BR> <BR> In a recent blog, I mentioned that it was dangerous for me to go to Trader Joe's. I did go yesterday and was delighted by my restraint and good choices. And how half of the food items I bought are not gone already. (smiling) I am determined to show myself that I can become a modera... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:50:17 EST Why Trader Joe's is a Dangerous Place for Me & Happy Birthday, John Lennon I have a serious "addiction" to pumpkin. And in October, Trader Joe's has so many things pumpkin, it's incredible. <BR> <BR> I've told myself that, if I go there to shop on Sunday, I'll be moderate. Is that possible? <BR> <BR> And Happy Birthday, John Lennon. Miss you tons. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:26:53 EST 3 lbs Down, Halloween, Xmas, Hot Weather is Back After a couple of Fall-like days, the hotter weather is back. Thought it had left town for good. Supposed to be very hot this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'd like to wish my Canadian Spfriends a Happy Thanksgiving coming up this weekend. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> I set a goal for 5-8 lbs lost in October and am down 3 this week; so, right on target to continue toward the goal. Very happy about that. <BR> <BR> I've gotten some awesome Halloween decorations hanging on my front porch and have ordered my c... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:28:15 EST Aromatherapy, Shopping for New Stove, Misc. Even though we will still get some hot weather at some point, this temperature break feels wonderful. <BR> <BR> I really respond to scents, but am careful about not making my lungs work too hard by making the air too perfumey. I've found lightly-scented sticks that are supposed to last a long time that I've put in each room. Vanilla-type fragrance and love it. Makes me happy. Simple pleasures. <BR> <BR> Last year, I got the new stainless steel fridge and have wanted the matching stove... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:54:34 EST Shaking-Nearly Attacked by Two Huge Ferocious Dogs - Big Guy in the Sky Was Looking Out for Me This will be short. Just got in and am shaking. I usually carry a heavy flashlight, but not today. <BR> <BR> In the middle of the street yelling and screaming as two huge dogs (looked like Stephen King's Cujo) came at me. My screams startled them, but they stood there salivating. Finally, they were called home at a nearby house. <BR> <BR> My adrenaline hasn't stopped pumping and I'm surprised I didn't have a coronary. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:11:18 EST Caution Ahead - Too Much Grape Sugar I've blogged several times recently about how good (great) I'm doing with sugar intake. But wait, there are these HUGE, red, seedless grapes that are in season and I'm downing them like m&m's. Too much sugar? I think so. I'd better be careful, right? <BR> <BR> Finally some Fall weather. At least, as Fall as we get here in San Diego. Some light rainfall is wonderful in a severe drought and predicted to have a coming wet winter. There go my new yards washed away. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Ok... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 18:36:48 EST Popcorn/Soda vs. Roasted Seaweed/Water at the Movies Yes, I am a strange one. But there I go, bragging again! (smiling) I'm not someone who has to munch at the movies to enjoy myself. However, I knew I'd get hungry in two hours and needed something to stave off the pangs. <BR> <BR> Yes, I brought roasted seaweed and a few peanuts with water. My friend looked over and said, "yummy!" Of course, sarcastically. But it worked wonders. Of course, there were those chronic eaters with wrappers crackling throughout. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a fun... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 21:50:10 EST Mayan Exhibit, Eating Right when at Fun Places, Movie Theater Anxiety Yesterday, I went with a friend who is on vacay to the San Diego Natural History Museum to see the special Mayan exhibit that is here until Jan. '16. It was fun as I haven't been there in years. Funny how we are sometimes the last visitors to local spots that visitors clamor to see. <BR> <BR> During the almost three-hour visit, I had a smiling moment (actually several, but one that centered around food). On one of the levels was an upscale snack bar with all kinds of designer subs. As ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:23:47 EST "If it's not in the house," My Almost Sugar Fiasco, 5-8 lb Goal for October I blogged recently about a neighbor who is melting away to nothing; I encounter her during my walks and a week or so ago we stopped to talk. She mentioned that she is also working with a nutritionist, and ended by saying, "of course, I just don't bring unwanted food (aka junk food) into the house." How simple, I thought. Of course, I've known that, but hearing it really clicked. For example, when I go to Trader Joe's, I always vow to stick to the healthy stuff. And, if I don't, to eat mo... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:12:59 EST My Spoiled Brat Cat, September Success, October Goals My remaining cat, Prince Harry (sitting up in the photo, his brother William died last December before my very eyes. I miss him soooo much), is 11.5 years old and very set in his ways. Yesterday, I put a new bedspread on my bed. He leapt up, complained loudly, and got down. He doesn't like change. I also bought a really nice set of bowls with a cool stand; he refused to use them until I finally put his old bowls down again. What a little brat. (smiling) He's my pampered little angel, fo... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:32:22 EST