SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Beck Newsletter - Getting really, really good at responding to sabotaging thoughts and not giving in For those who've enjoyed and benefited from the Beck Diet Solution, you know that her cognitive therapy tips are helpful. They send out a newsletter, and there's an opening statement in the new one that was emailed the other day. <BR> <BR> Debby (I think that's Judith Beck's daughter) was responding to someone and said that their goal was not to eliminate sabotaging thoughts, as that's not possible. But to get really, really good at responding to those sabotaging thoughts and not giving in... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:24:09 EST "LOSE WEIGHT FAST, EAT MORE FAT" (ebook) I just can't wrap my mind around this short ebook I got free for my Kindle Fire. Eat as much bacon as you like? I've heard of this before, but really not confident that this is heart healthy. <BR> <BR> We are still challenged by a lengthy drought, and have been getting rain in spurts. (get it?) (smiling) Gray skies and some potential wet stuff in the forecast this morning. <BR> <BR> For this remaining nerve pain, just curious what you think. I've done intermittent heating pad and then i... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:41:42 EST Night Eating, Food Tracking, Finished Xmas Shopping, Harry's Birthday I have birthday balloons up to celebrate Harry's 12th birthday and in joyful remembrance of his brother Wills. 12 years of happiness with my furry baby. <BR> <BR> I noticed that food tracking is much easier when I don't eat as much as I was eating. I'm down 7 lbs in the three weeks since getting my blood test results back; even though they were good overall, there was room for cholesterol improvement and I have been working on two of the main culprits - salt and cheese. I used to dread tr... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:23:34 EST Sugar in the News Again It has taken me most of my life to harness sugar; in fact, I often crowned myself sugar queen of the universe. Not very complimentary, but true. <BR> <BR> However, over the past year or so, I really got serious about eliminating added sugar. Not perfect, by far, but doing so much better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's news revealed that sugar is at the root of several diseases they previously were unaware of; duh! Not that hard to figure out, right? <BR> <BR> I've perfected my side braid with int... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:58:40 EST Purple Hair, Fitbit Malady, Prince Harry's (my cat) birthday, Camel Ride Since I haven't been blogging regularly, and have no idea how long my desire to do so will last (smiling), I thought I'd kick out as many topics as possible. <BR> <BR> About a week ago, my new FB died and I thought it was just a battery replacement needed. Tried a bunch of new batteries and no luck. (I have the basic model with the flat, round battery.) So, I put my FB away and tried to convince myself I didn't need it. Well, I really don't. But it's way more fun with it than walking w... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:13:16 EST So Far, 2016 Has Been a Whopper of a Year At the beginning of this year, I had a strong intuition that this year was going to be - something. Not sure how to describe it, but the feeling was of many many happenings of one sort or another. Including, perhaps, life changers. <BR> <BR> February's cold turned into month-long bronchitis, but it could've been worse. Then, end of Feb, I started getting severe pain in my shoulder blade that I wrote off as bursitis since I recently did way too much painting. That morphed into other str... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:43:18 EST R.I.P. PRINCE So many have departed this year; I will miss him. In fact, I do already. Playing his music as I write this. <BR> <BR> Will be blogging again soon, friends. I've been dealing with a tidal wave of stuff, including shingles. Yes, adult chicken pox. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:22:56 EST Condolences, Theft, Misc. My heart goes out to those in Belgium affected by the terrorist attacks. Not sure if the world truly understands what our future is going to look like. <BR> <BR> Today I discovered that some of my beautiful yard ornaments had been stolen last night. Yes, I knew when I put them out that it was a gamble to put things in the front yard and guess I'm surprised they were there that long before this happened. I've learned my lesson. Sad cause they had a special meaning to me. <BR> <BR> Hope a... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:28:03 EST HEADING OUT TO DO A LAKE WALK I live in a big city, so I have to make an appointment with nature to visit it. Sad, but true. In a few minutes I'll be heading out to meet a friend to hike around a lake. It's bittersweet; so nice to commune with nature, but so sad to see how much of the lake has dried up from this ongoing drought. <BR> <BR> Shoulder bursitis is on the downswing - about 75 percent better. I'm looking forward to the rest of the pain leaving town soon. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, friends. Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:02:09 EST D.C. Bald Eagle Cam (live births), Scale Fixed, Etc. What a precious process to watch - the D.C. Bald Eagle live cam and first of two eggs that have hatched the cutest little eaglet. Mama was just up and about with baby fully awake and attentive to its mom. Very adorable. Check it out. I hope the other egg is okay. It's taking a bit longer than the other one. <BR> <BR> Well, I fixed the scale and it didn't reward me as I thought appropriate. (smiling) In fact, the next time it needs batteries, I just may forget about it. Just kidding, o... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:07:29 EST Why Am I So Eager to Replace My Scale? Since I rarely used it, I can't figure out why I'm so eager to run out and get another one. My scale died this week and it makes me smile with the irony of it. Why this rush tor replace it? <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:22:42 EST Scale Died Today, Computer is Dying, What Mega-Painting Last Year Has Caused I weigh myself every couple of months and today was the day. I've been good, but not great. (smiling) So I had to mentally prepare myself with all the platitudes about numbers not mattering, etc. I need not have worried as I stood on the scale and NOTHING. NO NUMBER. Hooray! (smiling) However, I tried changing the batteries with a couple of sets I have stocked and nothing revived it. A friend is going to see if he can operate on it later and bring it back to life. <BR> <BR> My compute... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:37:02 EST Beware the Ides of March Remember your high school Shakespeare? <BR> <BR> Wishing you a wonderful day. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:26:58 EST Avoid Cancer with Proper Nutrition - Ben Fuchs' Blog Critical Health News is a daily blog spot for pharmacist Ben Fuchs' terrific nutrition advice which I often highlight in my SP blog. Love this guy and thought I'd share this one. <BR> <BR> Cancer is a sign of a body, tissues and cells that have been exposed, malnourished and abused for decades. Because cancer cells are OUR very own cells (dysfunctional as they may be) anything that "kills" cancer cells is in essence suicide medicine that ultimately kills the very body it is supposedly heali... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:53:14 EST Springing Ahead This Weekend So happy that longer daylight will return in a couple of days. My psyche never fully adjusts to dark-early days. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a fun weekend. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:59:21 EST American Addict (documentary) Yikes! Nothing we didn't already know (that we are a nation of addicts - including legal drugs), but it's a harsh reality to see the stats. <BR> <BR> According to this documentary, the U.S. is 5 percent of the world's population, but consumes 50 percent of the world's pharmaceuticals and 80 percent of its narcotics. <BR> <BR> Wow. That leaves me speechless. Big Pharma is a beast. Makes my one small mug of daily coffee look tame as that caffeine is my only drug per se. Unless I have a l... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:14:39 EST Two Soaking Wet Walks Yesterday Yesterday's crazy weather brought thunder, lightning, rain, hail and short bursts of very high winds. The storm blew in, out, then in again, and out again. (and yes, in again) <BR> <BR> In the morning, the radio report said the storm had blown out of the county, and I could see the sun trying to burn through, so I set out for a semi-short walk. I brought my folding umbrella which is a lightweight, but usually suffices. <BR> <BR> Halfway through the walk, I noticed I was walking into an a... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:31:18 EST Postponing Camel Ride Due to Rain. Link to the Camel Dairy Farm. For those of you who are interested, here is the link to the Camel Dairy Farm. Rain today, so no camel ride for me. I have decided to go in April when I can catch the bird show as well. There is also camel milk and chocolate to try. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:26:07 EST Camel Ride Tomorrow (if it doesn't rain) After my hike tomorrow, I plan to go on a camel ride. It's supposed to rain, but I hope it doesn't start until evening. <BR> <BR> Hope all are well and enjoying the weekend. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 15:52:19 EST I HAVE A FEELING IT'S TIME FOR A SPARK BREAK Every so often, I get sick of this whole thing. Maybe it's time for a break. Will check in, but be spending less time here. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 20:45:08 EST Welcoming March I can't believe we're into March already and have to set my goals today. Did well with January/Feb goals, although sidetracked a bit with a couple of weeks of illness. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a great new month. Go get 'em! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 08:40:04 EST Leap Year Day Used to Mean.... could ask a guy to marry you. Wonder what new meaning/s it has... maybe nothing. <BR> <BR> Hope all are doing well today. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:00:39 EST PlantPure Nation (documentary) Each time I watch a documentary like this, I get bummed about how it's becoming more and more difficult to obtain healthier food. Lucky are those who have gardens and are able to be independent in supplying freggies for themselves. <BR> <BR> Haven't blogged in a week, and really haven't had much to say. Doing well with sugarless lifestyle. No added sugar, that is. <BR> <BR> Too early in the year to have such hot weather. I fear we are in for a very hot hot hot spring and summer. <BR> ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:39:58 EST National Margarita Day (if you care) I have no interest in this, other than I live in an area where Margaritas are very popular. And it was on the news just now that it takes eight years for the Agave plant to be ready to be the ingredient for Tequila. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day, and here's a cyberspace toast to us all. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:13:34 EST Every Time I Fall Off the "No Sugar" Wagon... ... I realize more and more that I want/need/like it less and less. One of these days, it'll stick permanently. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 12:53:29 EST Started My No-Sugar Streak Over Again - 5 Days In Well, I had a streak going of 1.5 months of no added sugar and wasn't even missing it. I've been off this poison for much longer periods of time and know I can do this. <BR> <BR> Valentine's Day hit and I decided to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies to bring to the nearby firehouse. I knew that I could resist the temptation of having some extras around the house for others to enjoy. <BR> <BR> Did fine until I started seeing the yummy cookies dance around on the table (figuratively) ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:25:27 EST A Cluttered Kitchen Can Prompt Us to Overeat? I awoke to a report on NPR about a study showing that those who have cluttered kitchens might be prompted to overeat. Since clutter often signifies being out-of-control, they thought this could carry over to eating as well. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, friends. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:18:49 EST Please Be My Valentine To all my lovely SP friends, I wish you a warm, wonderful, happy, healthy Valentine's Day. Whether alone or with someone special, remember to be your own best friend. <BR> <BR> Love you guys and gals. <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:25:59 EST Unintended Feb. Goal Caused by Getting Sick during Past Week First, I want to thank everyone for their warm, kind birthday wishes. Being on the mend was the best gift of all. <BR> <BR> Any cold or other infection I catch from the cooties currently going around, go straight to my lungs. As such, I have to work fast to do damage control. During this week of congestion, I realized more than ever how addicted I am to cheese. I had to eliminate it during this week as cheese is a congestion factory for the body. <BR> <BR> I was aware of my reliance on ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:02:19 EST Happy Birthday to Me and Grandma Born on her day and named after her, I miss her so much. <BR> <BR> The best b'day present of all - feeling much better from this respiratory infection. <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:25:24 EST Since When Did People Start Wearing PJ's Out in Public? Honestly, all ages, both genders, I'm seeing this more and more. What's up with wearing pajamas out to shop and elsewhere? <BR> <BR> Feeling better; still have a way to go, but much improved. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:19:47 EST Bronchitis, Meds, Feeling Awful I escalate fast and tried dealing with this "cold" for a week. Today it hit my lungs pretty hard and I was lucky enough to get in and get meds. (which I do not like taking, but sometimes need to) <BR> <BR> She feels that I should see a pulmonologist since I've had chronic bronchitis and pneumonia so often. <BR> <BR> Going to bed. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:23:36 EST Snow in San Diego! I awoke this morning to find, not frost, but a layer of snow on my car! Yikes! That's pretty unusual, to say the least. Weather is just crazy as last week I thought we might be getting early Spring weather that would be here to stay. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Fighting a bad cold, and praying it doesn't travel south. I have vulnerable lungs. <BR> <BR> Have gotten off to a great start with goals for February. I know it's only the second day in, but a strong start is heartening. I've decided... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:25:01 EST Welcoming February New goal, re-energized attitude... here we go into February. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, friends. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:11:54 EST Glorious Rain (during a severe drought), Fighting a Cold, Clarification of Last Strange Blog After such a long and severe drought, waking up to the sound of raindrops is a beautiful thing. Looks like the El Nino condition is kicking in, and they say the heaviest rainfall will be during February and March. <BR> <BR> Thank you for sending me celebratory goodies. Yes, I'll be celebrating all month long and, as one SP friend suggested, why not 365 days? (smiling) <BR> <BR> Me fighting a cold is not a good thing. It never seems to stay in my head without traveling to my lungs and cau... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:40:37 EST Is Denial Another Word for Hope? Just wonderin'. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:21:26 EST Early Spring Weather, Funny Birthday Running Joke After several weeks of unusually cold temps, yesterday was like Springtime. Today is predicted to be the same. Could it be that early warm temps are here? I'm looking forward the time to change again soon as I love the longer daylight. <BR> <BR> My dearly-departed cousin always got a huge kick out of the way I started celebrating my birthday all week long, then all month long in February. Before she passed, she joked, "Hey Jess, it's January.... isn't it time to start celebrating your b... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:21:30 EST Looking Over January's Goal & Onto February Yes, this month went fast. Time is flying by. Did great with no added sugar and will continue that while I set a new goal for Feb. It will be a less public one as it's a bit personal and tied to emotional roots. <BR> <BR> At some point, I will try to tackle caffeine again. One small mug of coffee in the morning is my only caffeine, but I'm not happy with it. Very caffeine sensitive. <BR> <BR> Okay, friends, wishing you a happy, healthy day. (Yesterday's almost-crisis in my city tur... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:52:10 EST San Diego Crisis Going on Right Now (p.s. now sounds like false alarm) Active shooter at the Naval Hospital, with very few details available at the moment. <BR> <BR> I have a dear relative who is parked and works nearby. Very scary. <BR> <BR> Praying. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:01:51 EST 7 years ago Today I Joined Sparkpeople Happy anniversary to me! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:44:03 EST "You Can't Start Walking on the Road of Peace Until... cross the bridge of forgiveness." <BR> <BR> "Forgiveness isn't like a light switch, it's more like a dimmer switch." <BR> <BR> I thought these were memorable quotes I heard on NPR this morning when the host was interviewing a former inmate who'd just been released after serving 26 years for a crime he did not commit. She had asked him about anger, and that's when he mentioned the above quotes. <BR> <BR> Thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> Weather today is sunny and warming up after sev... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:15:43 EST 2 LBS DOWN AND CONTINUING TO MOVE SOUTH - (excited!) When I do the right things for my body, it returns the favor. I awoke feeling "lighter" today, but didn't have expectations when embarking on that dreaded scale. <BR> <BR> Delighted to see the fruit of my labor from less cheese, less starch, sticking more closely to calorie range, etc. <BR> <BR> Hoorayyyyy! Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:54:17 EST 5 Planets Visible (Not since 2005), and MY LUCKY DAY (must have had an angel on my shoulder) There are 5 planets visible in the southeastern sky right before sunrise. Missed it today, but plan to take a peak in the next few days. Not since 2005 has this happened. <BR> <BR> Wow, I must've had a guardian angel on duty this morning. During my walk, I stepped off the curb to cross the street and out of nowhere, a car going very fast ran the red light. Another second and I would've bought the farm. I may not have won the Powerball Lottery last week, but this is what I consider the b... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:42:16 EST What Blood Pressure Is & How to Control It Yourself - Ben Fuchs, Critical Health News I thought I'd share this info from my fave pharmacist, Ben Fuchs, from his blog at Critical Health News. <BR> <BR> Later today, heading over to visit another art museum. Sun is out and it seems that the frigid temps we've had for several weeks are gone. At least for now. BTW, news is saying that gas prices are plummeting; yeah? Where? Still close to $3 gal in my town. <BR> <BR> Here's Ben's info - <BR> Blood Pressure <BR> <BR> <BR> The body is always talking to us. We may not listen... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:11:20 EST GLENN FREY R.I.P. Another shocking loss of a musical legend. I'm bummed. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:44:43 EST I Know What to Do, I Know How to Do it.... So, Why Don't I? On January 25, it'll be seven years for me here on SP. I never thought I'd stick it out this long. Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway - I'm glad I did. <BR> <BR> There are so many more things I need to change although these seven years have helped me forge some healthier habits. Immediate thoughts that would reap big rewards if/when acted upon: <BR> <BR> -Eat less breads and macaroni - I've begun to do that <BR> -Eat less cheese - I've begun to do that <BR> -Vary the exercises - I m... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:02:42 EST Day 17 Update - No Sugar To clarify upfront, in my life this means no added sugar. I don't sweat the stuff that's already in food. <BR> <BR> I wrote recently about having done well with no sugar until last October; not only the holidays hit, but also a new wave of stressful situations. So, sugar was back in my life. (still, not to the extent it has been in the past) <BR> <BR> On January 1st, I kicked it to the curb again and it has been great. I feel so much better without that poison. I'll always be a person s... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:53:05 EST Clarification of Yesterday's Blog About Tackling the Scale and Maintaining Lest I mislead readers of yesterday's blog, I AM NOT at goal weight and maintaining. I'm maintaining the loss I had prior to coming to SP, which is still fine for me. <BR> <BR> Old friends have heard this a million times, but I was thin all my life until about 8 years ago when a confluence of factors descended - overwork, less exercise, too much eating, incredible waves of stress, hormonal changes, etc. Up until that point, I never owned a scale because I never gained weight. <BR> <BR> So... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:22:42 EST YAY...I FINALLY TACKLED THE SCALE AFTER MONTHS OF IGNORING IT It had to be done; I had to know where I was after ignoring the scale for months. Fortunately, maintaining, as I've done most of the time during my seven years on SP. So, at least I know and it's a starting point. Not sure how often I'll weigh in. Maybe weekly. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day and fun weekend. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:02:27 EST Ben Fuchs' Info on Viruses Ben Fuchs is a pharmacist who writes a daily blog at Critical Health News. His info is always interesting and informative for me. I thought this blog about viruses was worthy of sharing. <BR> Viruses <BR> <BR> <BR> The universe is filled with a lot really cool things, from neutron stars that are so dense that they are capable of crushing all known matter into one homogenous mass, to quantum substances that flash in and out of existence in nanoseconds, to the cell, the fundamental unit o... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:48:53 EST