SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Heatwave, Shingles pain, NSV's, Halloween, Misc. Today is the start of a heatwave here in SoCal. Frankly, I was hoping the high temps would be gone for the year. Enough is enough already. <BR> <BR> As many of you know and have heard a million times, I've had flare-ups of Shingles nerve pain all year and they are awful. I'm learning to live with them and although they are still very painful, seem to be lessening in duration each time. Last time was a month long, this time it's tapering off after three weeks. Crossing my fingers this w... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:13:33 EST Exercising with Anger Triples Heart Attack Risk That's been the big headline of the week. I'll never have to worry because I don't exercise to the point of stressing my heart. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Guess I may not be able to be the cowgirl clown I'd planned for Halloween since there's this big thing with clowns these days. Who could've predicted this world today? <BR> <BR> I filled out my mail in ballot and it's out in today's mail. I am sick over the choices. That's all I'll say about that. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. <B... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:54:13 EST Not Worried About Sugar During The Upcoming Holiday Season I don't even think of sugar anymore, after a lifetime of being the sugar queen of the universe. Very thrilled about this shift, but aware not to be overly-confident as that poison can intrude at any time without warning. In other words, like any addiction, vigilance is necessary to keep it out of my life. <BR> <BR> Work project didn't work out for me because of severe nerve pain flareup. It was impossible to do at this point with too much stress in that realm to be healthy for me. I'll c... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:25:36 EST New Work Project & Time Commitments, Not Sure How SP Time Will be Affected Tomorrow begins a new work project for me that takes me WAY out of my comfort zone. Not sure if I'll last a day, week, month or year, but it'll take me a minute to figure out how to do SP daily. At least to some extent. I may not be able to respond to blogs the way I usually do, but will catch up eventually. <BR> <BR> Know that I'll be here, but minimally for awhile. And will connect soon. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good week. Sun, 9 Oct 2016 21:59:27 EST Persistent Heat Wave Thinking of those in the path of Hurricane Matthew and hope you stay safe. Several of my SP friends live in other parts of FL and have been spared. <BR> <BR> In SoCal, hot temps persist. But relief is supposed to start on Monday. <BR> <BR> Have a fun weekend. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 13:31:59 EST Happy Thanksgiving and Happy New Year (and prayers for those in the path of H. Matt) To those celebrating the above holidays, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday. <BR> <BR> Have a happy day, friends. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:39:15 EST Shake, Rattle & Roll. If I'm Suddenly Gone from SP, It Might Mean... ...that the ground has swallowed me up. We are on high alert in SoCal with a record number of quakes nearby. That mighty ole San Andreas is WAYYY overdo to blow. Honestly, I've been in a few and I'll have a coronary before anything else because I panic. I try not to, but I do. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Red Lobster trek was a huge success. For a minute, my good angel did a tug-of-war with my rascally angel as I pondered whether to get the Endless Shrimp. I settled for shrimp tacos and a sid... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:34:33 EST GOT MY GREAT WALL BADGE FROM FITBIT Last night, before bedtime, an email surprise came in. It is my Great Wall Badge from Fitbit; I've walked 5500 miles. Yes, I'm proud. <BR> <BR> Okay, today's lunch at Red Lobster will be moderate, not all you can eat shrimp. (although I'm sorely tempted) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a great day. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 09:19:16 EST I've Graduated to Using Deep Greens I never really paid attention to the type of lettuce I was using for myriad salads. Even though I'd read about the nutrients in kale, chard, and similar others, I had a habit of just using iceberg. <BR> <BR> Well, for awhile now, I've been using containers of deep green mixes and my body is appreciating it. I can almost feel the healthy nutrients penetrating every part of me. I love it. <BR> <BR> Looks like a cooler day ahead - finally - after an uncomfortable heatwave. Trying to keep ... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:41:12 EST Welcome October, Pain Flareup, Successful Restaurant Eating Welcome, October. And I'm still amazed that we are entering the last quarter of '16. Just flipping these calendar pages faster than ever and watching time evaporate. <BR> <BR> Yesterday ushered in not only October but also another nerve pain flare-up from shingles I've had all year. I guess I'm learning to just live with these and push through the pain. Makes me feel nuts and drains my energy. As do these high temps that we're still having. <BR> <BR> I met a friend for lunch yester... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 10:34:06 EST Food Tracking, Sugar, Goodbye September, and Misc. I recently got serious about food tracking and what a valuable tool it is! It's so helpful to see the exact calorie intake every day. That way, when I have a night time snack, I know that it's within my range. I'm getting better with consistency in remembering to track all day. As I've said before, the less I eat, the easier it is to track. <BR> <BR> Doing great without added sugar. I don't crave it or think about it. Just in time for the dreaded holiday season that ushers in nothing ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:44:28 EST Always Amazed By Good Attitudes from Those In Chronic Pain There have been several SP friends who have made me shake my head in amazement as their illnesses/pains are intense, yet they remain motivated, pleasant and friendly. I've had some pass away who were beyond belief (including my dearest cousin) in their bravery and kind demeanor despite agonizingly painful situations. <BR> <BR> What brought this to mind was when I went to a store this morning that I haven't been to for awhile. I was greeted by an acquaintance who's always been a real sweeth... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:51:37 EST Scale Isn't Moving, But My Body Is I'm being such a good girl (smiling), but the scale refuses to acknowledge it. But I can see several good changes in my body, including comments from others, and it's encouraging. So, who cares about the scale? Doing great without sugar, less starches, and much less cheese. <BR> <BR> Have you ever done this - returned an item you bought, and after a period of time, realized you wanted it and went back and bought it again? Just curious. <BR> <BR> Supposed to be a bit cooler today and any... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:08 EST September Has Been About Rewiring My Brain I set a goal of five pounds gone in September. I've gotten rid of four. But, more importantly, I've retrained my brain to realize that I'm not going to be eating as much as I have always eaten. It has taken a lot of conscious restructuring to make my psyche aware that I do not need that amount of food every day. Old habits die hard. I think I've got it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a record-breaking 105 degrees. Throughout the night, it was 81 in the house. I can't sleep with a/c on, so ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:32:31 EST Hair Loss from Stress, Heat Wave, Misc. One of the most obvious ways stress continues to affect me is hair loss. I'm steadily losing a lot and wonder if I'll become an old, bald lady. Whatever. <BR> <BR> This extreme heat is so uncomfortable; summer just doesn't seem to want to leave. Please go away now and come back next year. <BR> <BR> Trying to battle grouchiness from a bunch of stuff that is happening to relatives that I have no control of and can't help. Makes me feel so helpless and yucky. <BR> <BR> Another hot day is ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:27:57 EST Watching Relatives Slowly Getting Sicker From Poor Eating Habits I've done what I can to help influence two loved ones, but to no avail. It is very stressful to see them get sicker as they pay no attention to healthy choices. Very sad. <BR> <BR> Have a fun weekend. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:37:43 EST NSV's in Sept, Stress, Misc. I had set a modest goal of five pounds lost in September, but have only lost two so far. However, my clothes are fitting much better and I've received several nice compliments that reinforce that I am on the right track. I'm not going to let the scale get me down. <BR> <BR> The scientists I heard on the radio the other day were talking about the ways that stress blocks weight loss. A light went on for me as I realized that during my entire time here on SP (8 years this coming January), th... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:43:14 EST LET THEM EAT DIRT (BOOK) Yesterday, two Canadian scientists (who authored the above titled book) were on the radio discussing how living in an overly-sanitized world is adversely affecting our health. It was interesting. They said that the scientific community always knew that the brain talks to the gut, but only recently discovered that the gut also talks to the brain. <BR> <BR> For example, gut microbes can cause depression. They had myriad examples of how our gut affects our health and I wish I remembered more... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:03:31 EST Bayer-Monsanto Merger Nightmare As I was falling asleep last night, I heard a radio guest talk about this $66B merger and what it means for our food chain. Although I don't remember the specifics, it is a nightmare of the worst order. Then they mentioned the role Dupont plays in all of this. Yikes! No wonder disease has been rampant over the recent decades. <BR> <BR> For those of you who grow your own freggies, you are the luckiest ducks of all with the fewest chemicals ingested. As for me in my suburban hell, I try t... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:26:52 EST Lysine and Apple Cider Vinegar - Two "Miracle" Remedies Several years ago, my cat Prince Harry started to have eye infection flare-ups from his feline herpes virus. Going to the vet got expensive and the antibiotic drops didn't work very well. Then I researched on the internet and found the recommendation for L-lysine. Several SP friends at that time said that it had worked great for them, so the cat info might just do the trick. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, I found a form of it for cats that Harry eats w/o fuss. (not an easy feat) It works immedia... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:59:59 EST I Dreamt of My Deceased Cat Last Night I don't think I've ever had a dream about a pet that I've lost. William was Harry's brother (both Princes) and died two years ago this December. I miss him every single day; he had puppy personality and even though he looked super grouchy, he was the happiest little soul I've ever seen. <BR> <BR> I awoke with such a feeling of peace and joy as he was laying next to me with his head propped on the pillow in the dream. What a character! <BR> <BR> Dreams are bizarre. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:21:08 EST Visualizing Whenever I'm Hungry I remind my body, whenever I get hungry, that there's a little reservoir of fat it needs to use first before I'm going to eat. I visualize it chomping away on that yucky fat (see my SP pics for a reminder of what it looks like). Yummy! (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:59:35 EST Parched Skin, Mini Facial Massager, Heat Wave San Diego is a pretty city, but in the middle of a five-year drought. So it is brown and dry. Some visitors complain that it isn't green enough and I do understand that. It is so important to stay hydrated when the atmosphere is sucking so much moisture from your body. I also have to use a lot of skin cream so that I don't flake. Combined with hard water, yikes! Our poor skin needs extra TLC. <BR> <BR> I'm a big fan of doing facial exercises and I recently bought a mini Homedics massag... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:02:04 EST Confession of a Cheese Addict, Chromium's "Magic" & Harvest Moon I can only say that I have been a cheese maniac for most of my life. There's no describing how much I've loved it. However, I just started eliminating cheese over the past few weeks. Not totally, just a LOT less. Which is like totally eliminating it for me. It's amazing how the body responds when we are doing healthier things. I crave it less and less, and I feel better without having all that dairy in my body. Doing great. <BR> <BR> Chromium has been an amazing aid with my sugar crav... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:36:38 EST My Most Hated Veggie BEETS. Made me puke as a kid, and just the thought of them makes my stomach start hurting. Quite an extreme reaction to such an innocent veggie. (smiling) Do you have any that does similar to you? <BR> <BR> Food tracking is still a work in progress. I do fine during the first half of the day, but get totally distracted later on. <BR> <BR> Have a nice potential opportunity for a new work project that I'll know after a meeting next Tuesday morning. Keeping fingers and toes crossed. <BR>... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:27:51 EST Repairs, Raspberry Ketones, Red Lobster This past couple of months have ushered in a plethora of repairs that have driven me nuts with their accompanying charges. First, electrical repairs. Then, water heater replacement and plumber. This morning, garage door opener. Yes, it's just part of life, but I still had to whine a bit and get it out of my system. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Okay, even after all this time doing healthier stuff, I sometimes look for a quick fix even though I know there are no magic solutions to losing weight. ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:50:40 EST Survived Yesterday's Extreme Stress Literally from dawn to dusk, I was helping from long distance (by phone and texts) with a relative in extreme distress and a potentially life-threatening situation. Can't go into details here, but suffice it to say, my adrenaline was pumping big time. At the eleventh hour, all turned out fine. I went to sleep early and the rest restored my frayed nerves. Seems like there's always something. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on a peaceful day today, but who knows what life has in store. I may just... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:09:29 EST Frustration, NSV, Food Tracking and Misc. I had a goal of 5 lbs lost in September. After doing all the right things, the scale is not moving. However, clothes are fitting looser, which is a good sign. I realized, after seeing my Ninja pic that I posted here on SP, that I sometimes wear baggy clothes which make me look larger. I need to do some clothes shopping soon. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ran into a neighbor while I was grocery shopping. I rarely see her, and she exclaimed that I "look fabulous." This was wonderful to hear, esp... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:38:06 EST 15 Years Later, I Still Cry I've never forgotten and just lit my huge candle in honor of the 3,000 victims of 9/11, their families, and their friends. <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:37:11 EST Nothing In Particular, Just Checking In I run out of things to say in blogs, but still want to check in to say hello. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:47:19 EST Hiking Poles Every few years I go through this; I read about how they burn more calories when walking and I buy some. I always intend to use them during my regular walks, then realize how ridiculous it looks along the road. Not that I mind looking ridiculous. (smiling) I give them away, and then a few years later (like now), I think I might get them again and use them for my regular walks. But I know I probably won't. <BR> <BR> The theory is great, but for me they are cumbersome and I like to have my... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 14:56:45 EST Sad for My Friend, Huge Prayer Candle, Misc. My dear friend's mother died last week as a result of nursing home abuse and neglect. My friend had gotten a lawyer and kept all of the evidence along the way, and it is indeed a criminal case, per the attorney. The young police officer who went above and beyond in trying to help my friend and her mother was a prime witness in the case. He was gunned down on Friday, blown away. Very sad and tragic on many fronts. <BR> <BR> This morning I replaced my prayer candle with a gigantic one. I ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 13:47:52 EST Post Office Head-Scratcher, Misc The other day I went to the post office and told the rep at the checkout that I wanted the package to get there by Saturday. I spent a fortune on priority mail which is two-day service. As I'm paying a king's ransom, he says, "It's not guaranteed to get there on Saturday, but we try our best." I almost laughed out loud and thought, then why am I paying for two-day? I said, "oh, I know how the post office works it'll get there by xmas." No kidding, the more rates go up, the worse s... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:57:26 EST Goal for September Can it possibly be September already? Yesterday I pondered how much weight I plan to lose this month. At first I was going for a bigger number, but soon realized that I have to be realistic. Since I've been a slow loser, it's unlikely that I'll suddenly pick up steam. So I settled on 5 lbs. Yes, to some this may be laughably small for a goal. To me, it'll mean the world as I don't have much more to lose. <BR> <BR> Same old story... I was almost at goal about a year ago and thought that... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:08:05 EST Weigh-In After Months (!), Ridiculous Things I Sometimes Tell Myself, Misc. I am going in the right direction; my clothes are fitting looser. Haven't weighed for several months and decided that I'm going to do so weekly. Starting today. Am pleased with the number on the scale this morning, and will continue my new-found motivation, which has been in the background this year since dealing with Shingles pain since January. <BR> <BR> Okay, let's see. I smile sometimes at the really silly things I tell myself and am going to share some of these with you. I'll pr... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:47:37 EST The "Habit" of Eating, Posted Pics, Misc. I heard the tail end of a radio segment by Dr. Sanjay Gupta who was saying that eating is a habit. Something clicked inside my brain; yes, an "aha" moment. Stated that way, I realized that I have kicked other habits and can surely kick this eating "habit." I have done great since hearing that simple statement. Funny how the most simple thing can flip the switch and you know that it is happening. I am now very serious about getting the remaining lbs off. <BR> <BR> I've posted pics of my ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:45:37 EST Chromium & Sugar Cravings It really does work wonders for me. I'd been off sugar for quite awhile, but relapsed badly about a month ago. This past week, getting back in the right direction has been greatly helped with chromium. Amazing. <BR> <BR> Still tracking my food. Not perfect, but more consistent each day. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:28:50 EST TRIED CURRY FOR THE FIRST TIME It was okay. Maybe an acquired taste. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Wasn't able to do my lake walk. Pain level was high, and I couldn't push myself through it. I hate to cancel commitments and disappoint friends. <BR> <BR> Took pics of my mature yards (3 years since landscape was done). Will post them in the next day or so. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy coming week. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:22:34 EST Golden (Not Red) Raspberries I was pretty surprised to see a different color raspberry and should have tried them. But I'm loyal to red raspberries. (smiling) Has anyone tried golden? Maybe next time I see them, I'll satisfy my curiosity. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I've eaten half of my calories for breakfast this morning. (smling) I've written before about this - the more I exercise, the hungrier I become. <BR> <BR> We are having a break from hot temps until Monday. Taking advantage of the cooler air, I'm plannin... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:14:30 EST Food Tracking, Mattress Success, Misc. For so long, I've resisted tracking my food intake. Not only being lazy, but afraid to see the actual daily number of calories I'd been ingesting. (smiling) However, this week's consistent logging in and tracking shows me how the number helps me to hone my intake and succeed to stay within range. I have to reinforce this habit and can see that it will be a valuable tool if I continue to do it. <BR> <BR> I've written about my mattress saga and am happy to report that my new selection has h... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:51:11 EST Sunscreen That Smells Like Fried Chicken It's been in the news (and on the internet) that KFC has come out with a sunscreen that smells like fried chicken. I haven't looked into it further, so maybe it's a joke or a marketing tool. Because who would create such a thing and who would buy it? It might make me hungry if I smelled fried chicken on my skin. Maybe that's the point? <BR> <BR> I stumbled upon my Halloween costume by accident yesterday. A cowgirl clown. Cowboy hat. Braids that will be sprayed multi-colors. Big, ros... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:29:55 EST Reiki, End of Mattress Saga (?), and Misc. A friend of mine is having great success with Reiki for pain abatement. I've heard good things from others as well. Although I've loved acupuncture results in the past, I've never experienced Reiki. Anyone else have thoughts on this? <BR> <BR> I've blogged about my expensive mattress mistake about a year or so ago. My sleep has never been the same since getting that thing. Well, I found a wholesaler and bought myself a new one over the weekend. So far, so good. Much better quality of ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:48:43 EST Stress I have many de-stressors in my life - ways to handle situations that cause anxiety and pressure. However, when it comes to relatives I care about, who make decisions that impact me, it's really hard to not get upset. For the sake of privacy - theirs and mine - I have to be vague. Suffice it to say, stress impacts my nerve pain flare-up a great deal. <BR> <BR> Trying to do the best I can with some things that have come my way this week. It's all part of life. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:45:32 EST Zit Cupcakes. Would you Eat Them?<BR>dd741526b0686bc8df313c788ao0&w=163&h=1<BR>05&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&pid=3.1&rm=2 <BR> <BR> Not sure if the link will work, but you can always Google it. These have been in the news lately, giving people a chuckle. So many say "ew, I would never eat those." I was thinking that maybe if all of my food looked disgusting, it would curtail my appetite. (smiling) <BR> <BR> I picked up my walking pace this morning. Hooray for me. Wishing all a happy, he... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:03:15 EST Curious to Hear From Those Who've Had Lasik and Used Raspberry Ketones Not that the two topics are related; I'm thinking of having lasik done and have researched for a long time. I know a good place and doc to go to, so that part of the research is done. I have to admit that the 2 percent failure rate, although tiny, troubles me as I don't like taking risks with my eyeballs. And even though I've read the details from others' experiences, I still have trouble thinking of someone cutting into my corneas. But I wear contacs and really would like to see well wit... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:20:02 EST How Can Whey Protein Powder Brands Vary In Calories So Much? I start my day with a smoothie that contains various fruit, spinach, and a scoop of whey protein powder. Throughout my years, I've used different brands and they vary wildly in calories. I just don't get it; how can a scoop of powdered whey protein contain 160 calories? Just wondering out loud. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Heat continues, as do the heartbreaking stories of loss from the fires and floods raging in Los Angles and Louisiana. Very sad. <BR> <BR> Speaking of things I take for granted... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:35:01 EST I've Thrown Myself into the Arms of A Dangerous Lover (Sugar) I have done so well with sugar this year; so much so that I've felt victorious. However, these past few weeks of a huge nerve pain flare-up (Shingles) have made me run into its clutches as a reward. Yes, I know better. I am correcting it as of today. <BR> <BR> Last week I found meds on the sidewalk and contacted the pharmacy. The owner of the meds left me a message, but never picked them up. Go figure. <BR> <BR> Heat has been awful. Fire season is upon us with a tremendous one blazing... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:42:38 EST Coffee and Me I've written about coffee so often during my time on SP, that it even bores me. I've tried giving it up so many times, even though only one small mug a day has been my only caffeine source. <BR> <BR> For about the past three months (out of the seven I've had nerve pain from Shingles), I've gotten rid of coffee completely. (again) Then, about two weeks ago I began craving it. So for the past few days, I've had what I formerly thought was delish coffee and flavored creamer. Each time I dra... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:25:53 EST I Found Someone's Prescription Meds on the Sidewalk While Walking I called the pharmacy that was listed on the label and gave them my name and phone number to give to the lady whose scrip this is. She just left a message on my phone and will probably be coming over to pick it up. <BR> <BR> Strange to look down on the sidewalk and see a container of pills. I certainly didn't want kids picking it up and experimenting. Or animals, in case they could get it open. You never know. <BR> <BR> Heat wave is arriving tomorrow. Can't wait. (NOT!) (smiling) <BR> ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:08:34 EST To Premiere, or NOT to Premiere - That is The Question Throughout the years on SP, I've bought everything possible to be supportive of the site. I'm happy to hear so many rave about the new Premiere program. <BR> <BR> But, for me, it smacks of manipulation in NOT getting deluged by ads. I feel they've overloaded the pop-ups as a marketing move to encourage people who are fed up with so many ads to join Premiere. <BR> <BR> I'm spending less time here. But maybe I'll change my mind. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:14:40 EST