SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Blueberries, Skewed Priorities that Made Me Laugh at Myself this Morning I usually walk twice. Once in the morning before starting work projects, and at the end of the day. This morning I really had to smile at how silly I am sometimes. I was thirsty and forgot to bring my water bottle. I immediately thought, "no biggie. I'll drink when I get home." However, when I occasionally forget my FB or tunes, I almost have to turn around and come home, forcing myself to finish the walk. Where are my priorities? (smiling) Honestly, I don't know how I'd exercise with... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:29:01 EST Blue Monday Theory Is Now Debunked In 2005,the third Monday of January was theorized by a Welsh psychologist to be the gloomiest day of the year. He came up with this using a "scientific" formula. Since then, however, it has been widely discredited as not being Blue Monday since depression can't be calculated with a formula. <BR> <BR> So, Happy NOT Blue Monday. Have a wonderful holiday. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:23:24 EST THINGS I'VE LEARNED (OR RELEARNED) ABOUT MYSELF AFTER 6 DAYS OF FOOD TRACKING It's startling to see intangibles, like the number of daily calories ingested, become tangibles through food tracking. Six days ago I decided to begin this and make it a habit. I'm surprised at some of the lessons it has reminded me of... <BR> <BR> 1. I am a creature who resists hardest those very things that would best help me. Like the nutrition tracker. <BR> 2. That I eat mostly out of habit. I'm a grazer. If it is out in view of my eyeballs, I will munch. I sometimes leave choppe... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:09:37 EST Day 5 Food Tracking, Placebo Effect, Bird Feeding, Shiver the Pounds Off I'm on Day 5 of food tracking and hoping to make this a consistent part of my journey. It really helps to see the total caloric intake for the day. And, the less I eat, the easier tracking will be! (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wow, talking about placebo effect! Last Saturday, I went to the eye doc and heard that there is a hint of developing cataract. I researched and found lutein, ordered it, and started taking it. My eyeballs feel brand new with tangible things I can point to. (but won't he... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:08:49 EST Took Out the Beck Book Again I've really enjoyed reading the blogs by those working with the Beck book. Yes, I'm on the team also. Did the program a couple of years ago. <BR> <BR> Pulled it off the shelf this morning, opened it, and right away I saw how I sabotage myself. I scanned over the page and it dealt with planning ahead. "I don't like to plan ahead," I told myself. Too bad, I will have to start. <BR> <BR> Now that the book is off the shelf, someone has to open, read, and work with the information. I t... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:09:02 EST New Vacuum Arriving Today I go through a lot of vacs and not sure why. I take care of my things, but have had very poor luck with vacuums. <BR> <BR> Hope this one lasts more than two years. <BR> <BR> Day 4 of food tracking. Hooray for me. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Have a good day, friends. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:35:41 EST I Forgot to Check Number of Servings on the Box. Yikes! Well, I love breaded zucchini. Even though I don't have it a lot (yes, I know, I know. NOT a healthy choice, but let's get over that for now.), it's a pain to make it myself. So I found it in the frozen section and thought I'd give it a chance. <BR> <BR> I looked at the calories and thought, "Okay, 140 isn't so bad." As I cooked them and ate them, I pondered how it was a small box and not that many. They were good. Not something I would eat often, but tasty. I was still hungry after e... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:12:28 EST Food Tracking HAS to Be Used For Me to Succeed I've tried before to track food, and never became consistent. I think this tool is the key for me to meet my final goal/s so I started again yesterday. I've read so many blogs by successful users that it has motivated me to make this work. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:59:41 EST After Internet Researching, My Mind is More At Ease Granted, not all of the information on the internet is accurate, but several websites concur that cataracts can sometimes be slowed from growing. And, in some cases, reversed. There are definitely things I can do differently. I used the computer a lot, and have felt the resultant eyestrain. Not that this is a contributing factor to the development of cataracts. Just something I can be aware of for better eye health. I need to do it for my work projects, but can give eyeballs a rest brea... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:59:10 EST Yesterday's Eye Exam - I Can Concentrate on Either the Positive or Negative My vision has actually gotten better with my contact prescription requiring less help for nearsightedness. So, on that front, all looks good with healthy eyeballs. <BR> <BR> However, there is a slight indication of a cataract forming, so that starts the worry machine going inside of me. <BR> <BR> I go for a yearly check-up and my doc is one I trust, so I'll keep an "eye" (yes, pun intended) on this situation. Meanwhile, no sense worrying as there's really nothing I can do about this. ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:51:50 EST 85-Year-Old Marathoner Continues to Set Records For those of us who say we "can't"... <BR> <BR> The following is from MSN's website from People Magazine. (according to SP guidelines, we can post a few sentences and credit the original material.) <BR> <BR> Ed Whitlock ran his first marathon at age 44, and four decades later he is still running marathons — and setting new records. <BR> In October, Whitlock — now 85 — became the oldest person to run 26.2 miles in less than four hours after completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hou... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:54:24 EST Seriously Considering Trying Intermittent Fasting I've read a couple of ebooks and heard from some SP friends who've had success with this system. I think I'm going to give it a try. Any feedback is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Hope your 2017 has gotten off to a good start. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:30:12 EST Full Speed Ahead into 2017 I have a strong feeling that this is going to be a good year. And I will work hard to make it one. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous 2017. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:50:49 EST 2016 Didn't Kill Me, So I Guess It Made Me Stronger. RIP 2016. It's a rainy day here in San Diego; much-needed rain during a very long drought period. I took myself to a peaceful lunch at Red Lobster to say goodbye to 2016. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I don't have starts and ends in my psyche, just one continuum of timelessness. But I go along and play nice in society's sandbox and welcome in 2017. I plan to continue what I started in 2016 in working toward realistic goals. <BR> <BR> WIshing everyone a happy, healthy New Year. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:09:00 EST RIP Debbie Reynolds Probably died of a broken heart as any mother who has lost a child knows. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:16:18 EST Metabolism Suppression, Re-gain Opinion, New Computer, Almost 14 Million Steps The other day I heard the tail-end of a radio report talking about the "fact" (according to them) that the body will go to great extremes to hold onto its set point. Even slowing metabolic rate in order to not lose weight. I thought this was fascinating. <BR> <BR> And they went on to talk more about set point, saying that most people (I think it was like 75%) regain all of the weight they have lost - and then some. Again, the body's determination to stay at the individual's set point. ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:15:12 EST RIP Carrie Fisher Very sad to hear. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:26:06 EST I TOTALLY INTEND TO KICK THE SUGAR MONSTER'S BUTT (FOR GOOD) IN 2017 I've done well for prolonged periods of time, so I know I can do this. I love the way I feel without added sugar and will claim victory in the coming year. <BR> <BR> I've continued working hard to rebuild my immune system after a year of shingles nerve pain. Doing my best to stay healthy and SP helps me with that. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy 2017. (Can you believe how fast 2016 disappeared?) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:43:54 EST Glad It's Over, Intermittent Fasting, Misc. Thoughts I am not a holiday person. I don't like being forced to do anything dictated by society. That's just the way it is. That being said, I do go all out for Christmas as a tribute to my dearly-departed relatives who made my childhood Xmases extraordinary. However, I've been sick of commercialism for over a decade now so I'm happy to see it go away. Maybe next year (if I'm given the time), I will excuse myself from the entire crazy scene. <BR> <BR> Saying all this and then the following wil... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:49:25 EST RIP George Michael This year has taken out so many talented people. <BR> <BR> Hope all are enjoying their holiday. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:29:10 EST HO HO HO, I'm Winning the Sugar Battle One thing is for sure; even though I may fall off the no-sugar wagon sometimes, it is now easier to climb back aboard and stay there for a longer period of time. This morning, I had many opportunities that leapt in front of my cart. (smiling) They even called my name. But I wasn't interested a bit. As I mentioned in my last blog, this battle may be lifelong since I was once the Sugar Queen of the Universe. But my body feels so much better without it. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:36:54 EST Intermittent Fasting (Kindle book I just finished) I downloaded this free Kindle book and just finished it. I've read many Sparkers claim that they have gotten great results from fasting. <BR> <BR> After reading this book, I can see how the body would work with it. But not mine. When I go for a long period of time without eating, I feel sick. <BR> <BR> But that doesn't stop my being intrigued. Anyone have opinions about fasting? <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful, happy holiday season. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:41:12 EST The Sugar Monster Has Arisen Once again, I was doing so well when I encountered...well, no need to go into the gory details. But being off sugar for awhile, and then introducing it again is brutal. At this point, I'm staving off the cravings with some grapes. I don't think I'll ever be free of this battle, no matter what progress I make and for how long. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Stay safe and warm. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:01:39 EST White Stuff in My Yards, Brits Launch Meat Pie Into Space, The Moaning of Life I'm chilled to the bone this morning and what a surprise to see my yards covered in a blanket of white frost. Yikes, it's cold!!!! I know, I know, nothing like other places, but this is SoCal - the land of sunshine. In my years here, it has actually snowed a couple of times. <BR> <BR> Okay, I heard on the news this morning that the Brits has launched a meat and potato pie into space. Didn't hear the details, but will research it further as it made me smile. <BR> <BR> Speaking of Brits, ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:57:54 EST RIP Dr. Henry Heimlich I'm always amazed by people like him who did things that impacted so many people's lives, in this case, saving choking victims. Same with Ralph Nader and seat belts in vehicles. <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a happy, healthy, fun weekend. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:49:07 EST Thoughts on Summer Fruit, Cold Temps, Birds, Shoulder Pads & Other Misc. I've lucked out finding delish kiwis, watermelon and blackberries, which I'm munching on as I type this blog. I don't know where these are grown, but it's great to have summer fruit at this time of year. And for a song. (singing as I type) (smiling) <BR> <BR> Hope all who live within the polar vortex are taking care and staying safe and warm. As for me, I start putting sweaters on at 70 degrees and one morning it was 63 (!!!!) in the house. Yes, on went the heater, for sure. It makes me... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:03:32 EST Don't Miss the Last Super Moon of the Year Best viewed Friday at 2 a.m., but I noticed it today's early morning. Gorgeous - like a flashlight in the sky. <BR> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:40:27 EST Walnuts Could Make Young Men Happier & Help Mood Swings I heard the tail end of a radio report and then researched it. The article I found said the following. Interesting. <BR> <BR> "Eating walnuts may be key to a happier state-of-mind, say scientists who found that the nuts help improve mood, especially in young men. In this first intervention study in humans, researchers measured the effect of walnut consumption on mood. <BR> “In the past, studies on walnuts have shown beneficial effects on many health outcomes like heart disease, diabetes an... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:50:56 EST Handwriting Engages the Brain (More than Keyboarding) & Produces More Creative Ideas I'm listening to a report of research on how beneficial handwriting is and all of the positives from doing it vs. keyboarding. Interesting stuff. <BR> <BR> I've always said that I prefer pen to paper. Now I know why. <BR> <BR> Have a fun weekend. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:18:45 EST Seeking Simple Uses for Garlic and Ginger I started researching these yesterday, but didn't find much. I "think" I like ginger from the pieces I usually put on sushi. So I bought ginger root yesterday and don't have a clue as to how to use it. <BR> <BR> As for garlic, I love it and will probably stink to high heaven if I eat what I bought. I think they are called cloves? Not sure. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any tips on simple uses of either or both, I'd appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:48:21 EST Celebrating Survival Today w/TONS of Gratitude Many years ago on this date I nearly died three times in one night (for different reasons) from a fire. Jumped from 3rd floor window after throwing my then-baby son out without a net below. They thought I'd be paralyzed for life, but I've never had even a bit of back trouble. <BR> <BR> Am thankful on a daily basis, but especially on this anniversary date. John Lennon wasn't so lucky on this date. Miss him. RIP, John. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:42:03 EST When I Pack Away the Christmas Decorations this Year... ...I intend to write and include with the decorations a letter to myself. It'll ask me if I've reached my goals that year, specifying each one. Heard someone talk about having done this for years and that it's a lot of fun. I think I'll try it. Might also include some other thoughts in the letter. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's lunch was delish. Wishing all a wonderful day. Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:46:14 EST Today's Lake Walk was Nice, but a Little Sad The effects of our 7+ year drought are visible on the lovely lake where I walk. Each time I go there, more of it is dried up with the bottom now visible as ground instead of under water like it used to be. While walking today, I stopped a few times in amazement on how much of it is gone. We need rain so badly. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, a friend is taking me to Buca di Beppo. Not looking forward to it as I know there won't be healthy choices on the menu. So, maybe a salad and very small portio... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:14:24 EST My Jingle Bells, Crayon Bank Total, Adopted Bird Family I bought a bag of bells and have attached them to several pairs of shoes. The friends where I shop laughed heartily this morning. Truth is, I only do Xmas these days as a tribute in memory of my dearly-departed loved ones who gave me unforgettable holidays while growing up. The more I miss them, the more I do to celebrate in their honor. The bells make me smile. <BR> <BR> Recently blogged about my 3-foot crayon bank. I start saving change and dollar bills from November to November of th... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:11:07 EST 10 Tips to Not Get Sick (on MSN website). Drink more wine?!! It's not the first time I've read that wine helps the immune system. <BR> <BR> "In moderation, of course—so pour up a glass of Merlot with dinner and enjoy every last sip. A study conducted by the University of Auckland shows that doing so can decrease oxidative stress and bolster your immune system. Cheers to that." <BR> <BR> Does anyone here attest to that? Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:44:14 EST News About High Blood Pressure, Sleeping Position I read in yesterday's local fish wrap (newspaper) that the rate of those with high blood pressure has doubled in the past 40 years. Amazing. <BR> <BR> I also read that the position that is best for your body while sleeping is on your back. I seldom do that. How about you? <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:22:57 EST Taro Chips, Food Tracking, Friends' SP Successes I have no idea what a taro is, but I bought a bag of taro chips yesterday to give them a try. I'm guessing, something like a potato? <BR> <BR> No matter how I try, I can't seem to stick with food tracking. I make it to afternoon and then get busy and distracted. Wonder if I should try to keep on keeping on trying to develop this habit. <BR> <BR> In the past few days, I've responded to a few amazing successes that SP friends have blogged about. I wonder about my own "progress" when I rea... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:40:44 EST SITTING HERE WITH MY ANTLERS ON And thought I'd jot a note to check in. Not at all disgusted with my huge holiday intake. I enjoyed every morsel, to tell the truth. <BR> <BR> I was pondering how, come January, it'll be eight years for me here on SP. When I joined, I thought I'd last - maybe - a year. Well, still here. <BR> <BR> Okay, nothing much to discuss. December and January are going to be my "boot camp" months. I plan on making big progress. <BR> <BR> And I'm amazed to report this is the first November in y... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:29:43 EST Done Done Done! Decorations look beautiful. Gifts are wrapped. Cards are sent. All is calm, all is bright. Which is highly unusual in my life. (smiling) I'll enjoy it while I have it. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:34:18 EST Happy Thankgiving Just a quick note to wish all a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> Big hug. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:56:53 EST Thanking All of My Spark Friends I want to take this opportunity to give all of you a cyber-hug and thank you for your kind support all year. <BR> <BR> You are what keeps me on this site. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:21:34 EST New Fitbit Badge, Sweet Limes, Misc. This morning I received an email from Fitbit awarding me the Russian Railway badge which means I've walked 5,772 miles. And that doesn't include the times I've forgotten to wear my FB. (smiling) I wonder if I'll ever be able to walk without FB as I rely on it so much as a motivator. <BR> <BR> I didn't know that sweet limes existed until I found them last week and thought I'd give them a try. Interesting that they don't taste too much like limes. <BR> <BR> My Xmas decorating looks wonderf... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:31:10 EST Two Days of Decorating & I'm Exhausted I don't even like this holiday, but do it in memory of my departed family members. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:17:33 EST World Toilet Day Today I used to take it for granted - until I traveled to places with no indoor toilet conveniences. I found a few interesting facts on this celebratory day. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Americans use 50% more toilet paper than other Western societies. On average, Americans use about 50 pounds of toilet paper per-person per year, compared to people in other Western countries, who use about 33 pounds per year each. Americans also prefer multi-ply paper, which increases the per-person usage rate. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:57:18 EST Thanksgiving, Year's End, Red Lobster Heading out to Red Lobster to meet my friend for lunch. Had my days mixed up and thought this lunch was for yesterday. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Although I tend to feel thankful daily, I've been contemplating gratitude even more with Thanksgiving on the horizon. I'm thankful for my friends and few family members still left. Thankful that no one has died this year. And that I've survived 10 months of shingles nerve pain. Those are the main things, among others. <BR> <BR> Can't believe the yea... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:03:25 EST Why My Fridge, Freezer, and Cupboards are Bare I'm almost done depleting the food supply I have on-hand, and now planning to grocery shop a couple times a week in a state of acute awareness of what I'm buying and eating. Although I've done well during my time here on SP (8 years in January), there is room for improvement. I'm seeing that this awareness is underscoring how much of a grazer I am. Now I'm keeping veggies cut and available when I have the need to munch out of habit, boredom and/or emotions. <BR> <BR> Have to go get a smog... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:32:16 EST Super Moon Wow, it's beautiful. And won't be this close again until 15 years from now. <BR> <BR> Have a good day, friends. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 01:55:23 EST Grief (perspective from a recent movie) Yesterday I was watching a subtitled foreign film in which one of the lead characters says that grief is an open wound on the heart. And the best we can do is to try to live a noble life despite the pain. <BR> <BR> November is a bit difficult because, even after many years, I had two deaths that gave me wounds that have still not completely healed. One was my son on November 16, and the other was my father figure, my grandfather who died a week later on November 23. In retrospect, I can s... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:00:59 EST WONDERSLIM - HAS ANYONE USED IT AND HAVE OPINIONS? (RESEARCH FOR A FRIEND) I am helping a friend and just came across this line. Curious to know if anyone has heard of it and/or used it. <BR> <BR> Still doing great with sugar. <BR> <BR> God bless our veterans. Have a wonderful day. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:10:10 EST First Arm Weight Workout Since February! Hooray Hooray for Me! February ushered in an entire year of shingles and its accompanying nerve pain. Now the flare-ups seem to be getting less frequent and this morning was the first time I was able to do a modest strength workout for my arms. I've lost a lot of muscle and now am going to rebuild as I also am working hard to rebuild my immune system. <BR> <BR> We are having record high temps today. Yikes! <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 13:48:13 EST