SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Insanity I continue to do the same things, but expect different results. Unless I change up my program, I really won't lose these remaining pounds. Plain and simple. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:04:19 EST Olympics Are Fun to Watch, Commercials Are Not Not usually a TV watcher, I tried to see some of the Olympic sporting events yesterday. Yikes, the commercials are out-of-hand. Maybe I'll try to find some online instead. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:15:21 EST "Americans Are Growing OUT Faster than Growing Up" Yet another radio headlined report this week regarding obesity among children in the U.S. How many of these reports do we need to remind ourselves that we are a fat, lazy society? Sad, but true. <BR> <BR> If I have nothing good to say, I'll refrain from saying anything at all. Nerve pain has flared terribly; I thought time was supposed to make Shingles nerve pain subside. I'm not letting it interfere with my day and learning to live with it. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 12:27:24 EST Do Your Dog's Paws Smell Like Corn Chips? Health Expert Says That's a Good Thing. I heard an "expert" on the radio the other day saying that if your dog's paws smell like corn chips, that's a sign of good health. <BR> <BR> I'm assuming the same for cats? I've always loved the way my cats "feet" smelled. I called them popcorn paws because that's what they smelled like. Wonder if it's true? <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, between the Disneyland rides that jostled me last week, and the stress of this week, my nerve pain from Shingles has returned full blast. Ouch. I was doing... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 13:33:01 EST "Americans are Eating Themselves to Death" That was a radio report's announcement and I changed the channel. Tell me something I don't already know. (smiling) Tired of hearing that we eat like pigs. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an all-day affair, and I hope I can catch my breath before the next crisis hits. But I was thinking yesterday about all of the world's people who don't even having running water in their homes, let alone hot water. We take so much for granted. <BR> <BR> By evening, my nerve pain had flared significantly, bu... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:43:13 EST Last Week Was The Electrician, Today It's The Plumber No water as I write this as I had a 6 a.m. discovery that my water heater flooded the garage. So you know all that entailed. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, I had a good plumber in advance to call who walked me through turning gas and water valves off on heater. And so forth. New water heater just delivered, but plumber won't be out until anytime between 3-4 this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I rewarded myself with food. Sorry, but that's just how it is sometimes. <BR> <BR> Have a good day. Headed out ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:59:01 EST Body has A Setpoint Weight? It's not the first time I've heard this, but the other day's coverage reminded me to blog about it. The health segment noted that our body has a weight setpoint that it fights to maintain. That is, you lose lbs and it works to get back to the set weight. If you lose weight and maintain it for awhile, the setpoint is then different and fixed. <BR> <BR> Even though we have a good three months ahead that are usually the hottest of the year, I wish the heat would go away right now. <BR> <B... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:05:10 EST Goodbye July, Disneyland Observations, Misc. Greeting August already seems unbelievable that it has arrived so fast. I don't have any goals set for the month yet other than to keep rebuilding my immune system and keep the leftover nerve pain from shingles continuing to diminish. Goodbye, July; welcome, August. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's trip to Disneyland was my second year accompanying a friend who gets the tickets from his job and invites me. It was not as hot as last year, so that's a very good thing. It didn't seem as crowded as la... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:11:41 EST R.I.P. Jerry Doyle I didn't know him from his Babylon 5 days, but from his talk show. Jerry had a combination of wit and intelligence combined with a dynamite personality. He was a rascally dude and I miss him already. <BR> <BR> Hey, Jerry, it was too soon to go. RIP. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:53:19 EST Caffeine, Shingles, Food Tracking, Misc. Well, okay. I've been done with caffeine for a few months now. Even though I had only one small mug of coffee each morning, I am a caffeine-sensitive soul. While dealing with the nerve pain from Shingles over the past months, I decided (again for the millionth time) to give it the ole heave-ho. It's a struggle as I long for it daily. If I go back, I may not admit it here or else one of my SP friends probably won't talk to me ever again. (smiling) She's been a wonderful help and mentor a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:30:34 EST Absurd Rationalizations, 2 OCD Behaviors, Misc. I noticed my recent thoughts on SP that are truly absurd. In one blog, I said that since the brain only uses glucose for energy, I am entitled to eat sugar to enhance my brain power. Man, I've been thinking of that ever since I wrote that and smiled when I read my pal's response that she wasn't going to let me off the hook with that thinking. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Then, a response I wrote the other day startled me. I said that, since life has deprived me of so much (mainly, the deaths/loss... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:46:57 EST Electrical Problem, Disneyland, I Actually Passed Another Walker, Etc. I didn't notice that a circuit of appliances weren't working until 4:15 yesterday afternoon. After problem-solving with the circuit breakers, there was no sign of life. Of course, who knows a good electrician and how easy is it to research after 5? Not. <BR> <BR> I called a friend who lives far away and he narrowed it down, so at least I knew enough as not to get bamboozled. Fortunately, I researched fast and well. Found a good person who came out last night with no extra after-hours ch... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:06:50 EST Hot Hot Hot I'm avoiding talking about issues today because I feel like my stuff is so trivial compared with the heavy duty stuff going down in the world. (another overnight shooting rampage, and more stuff in Germany) <BR> <BR> Even when I talk about my own topics, I try to stay on the lighter side of things. But lately, it's tough to do that. <BR> <BR> Hot weather and very uncomfortable, for sure. Wishing all a great day. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:49:25 EST Rewriting My Deal with Reality I heard this phrase on a Wayne Dyer segment and really feel it describes where I'm at right now. Have lost my patience with trying to fit a round peg (me) into a square hole (life). What that equates to is that I have always had a restless spirit, but have managed to fit into "normal' - yes, whatever that is. <BR> <BR> However, I really want to fly and feel that I may make a new deal with my own reality. A very different person than I was nine years ago, before the second (or third, I'v... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:01:07 EST Glucose & My Brain, Sympathy for those In Munich First of all, I want to extend my condolences to those affected by the ongoing tragedies in Munich, Germany. Very sad. <BR> <BR> I've read that glucose is the only source of energy that the brain uses. No wonder I've been craving sugar; I use my brain so much that it needs glucose. (smiling) How's that for a great rationalization? <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Hot temps, so stay as cool as possible. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:03:02 EST