SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community You Know You're In Trouble When... (yesterday's disastrous eating) stop tracking for the day because you can't bear to see the number of calories you've ingested. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a disaster. I could give you reasons/excuses, but we all know what causes days like these. Fortunately, they are fewer and fewer nowadays. <BR> <BR> Forgiving myself and moving on, I'd like to wish all of you a happy, healthy day. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:35:39 EST The Pumpkin Muffins I Almost Bought I couldn't believe my eyes. After taking a sample of the pumpkin muffin in the store, I picked up a package and thought they looked pretty innocent to have one for breakfast during this holiday season. <BR> <BR> Finding the nutrition label, I thought there was a misprint - 420 calories per muffin!!!!! Are you kidding me? What in the world could be in those things? There was no icing so I thought maybe 200 calories, at most. <BR> <BR> Whew, I'm so glad I put them back. In the old days, t... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:40:06 EST Happy Thanksgiving, Trader Joe's, Food Tracking I want to wish my Canadian Spfriends a wonderful Thanksgiving. As I've often mentioned in blogs, Canadians I've met are such happy, nice people. You must be doing something right up there. (smiling) <BR> <BR> In a recent blog, I mentioned that it was dangerous for me to go to Trader Joe's. I did go yesterday and was delighted by my restraint and good choices. And how half of the food items I bought are not gone already. (smiling) I am determined to show myself that I can become a modera... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:50:17 EST Why Trader Joe's is a Dangerous Place for Me & Happy Birthday, John Lennon I have a serious "addiction" to pumpkin. And in October, Trader Joe's has so many things pumpkin, it's incredible. <BR> <BR> I've told myself that, if I go there to shop on Sunday, I'll be moderate. Is that possible? <BR> <BR> And Happy Birthday, John Lennon. Miss you tons. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:26:53 EST 3 lbs Down, Halloween, Xmas, Hot Weather is Back After a couple of Fall-like days, the hotter weather is back. Thought it had left town for good. Supposed to be very hot this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'd like to wish my Canadian Spfriends a Happy Thanksgiving coming up this weekend. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> I set a goal for 5-8 lbs lost in October and am down 3 this week; so, right on target to continue toward the goal. Very happy about that. <BR> <BR> I've gotten some awesome Halloween decorations hanging on my front porch and have ordered my c... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:28:15 EST Aromatherapy, Shopping for New Stove, Misc. Even though we will still get some hot weather at some point, this temperature break feels wonderful. <BR> <BR> I really respond to scents, but am careful about not making my lungs work too hard by making the air too perfumey. I've found lightly-scented sticks that are supposed to last a long time that I've put in each room. Vanilla-type fragrance and love it. Makes me happy. Simple pleasures. <BR> <BR> Last year, I got the new stainless steel fridge and have wanted the matching stove... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:54:34 EST Shaking-Nearly Attacked by Two Huge Ferocious Dogs - Big Guy in the Sky Was Looking Out for Me This will be short. Just got in and am shaking. I usually carry a heavy flashlight, but not today. <BR> <BR> In the middle of the street yelling and screaming as two huge dogs (looked like Stephen King's Cujo) came at me. My screams startled them, but they stood there salivating. Finally, they were called home at a nearby house. <BR> <BR> My adrenaline hasn't stopped pumping and I'm surprised I didn't have a coronary. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:11:18 EST Caution Ahead - Too Much Grape Sugar I've blogged several times recently about how good (great) I'm doing with sugar intake. But wait, there are these HUGE, red, seedless grapes that are in season and I'm downing them like m&m's. Too much sugar? I think so. I'd better be careful, right? <BR> <BR> Finally some Fall weather. At least, as Fall as we get here in San Diego. Some light rainfall is wonderful in a severe drought and predicted to have a coming wet winter. There go my new yards washed away. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Ok... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 18:36:48 EST Popcorn/Soda vs. Roasted Seaweed/Water at the Movies Yes, I am a strange one. But there I go, bragging again! (smiling) I'm not someone who has to munch at the movies to enjoy myself. However, I knew I'd get hungry in two hours and needed something to stave off the pangs. <BR> <BR> Yes, I brought roasted seaweed and a few peanuts with water. My friend looked over and said, "yummy!" Of course, sarcastically. But it worked wonders. Of course, there were those chronic eaters with wrappers crackling throughout. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a fun... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 21:50:10 EST Mayan Exhibit, Eating Right when at Fun Places, Movie Theater Anxiety Yesterday, I went with a friend who is on vacay to the San Diego Natural History Museum to see the special Mayan exhibit that is here until Jan. '16. It was fun as I haven't been there in years. Funny how we are sometimes the last visitors to local spots that visitors clamor to see. <BR> <BR> During the almost three-hour visit, I had a smiling moment (actually several, but one that centered around food). On one of the levels was an upscale snack bar with all kinds of designer subs. As ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:23:47 EST "If it's not in the house," My Almost Sugar Fiasco, 5-8 lb Goal for October I blogged recently about a neighbor who is melting away to nothing; I encounter her during my walks and a week or so ago we stopped to talk. She mentioned that she is also working with a nutritionist, and ended by saying, "of course, I just don't bring unwanted food (aka junk food) into the house." How simple, I thought. Of course, I've known that, but hearing it really clicked. For example, when I go to Trader Joe's, I always vow to stick to the healthy stuff. And, if I don't, to eat mo... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:12:59 EST My Spoiled Brat Cat, September Success, October Goals My remaining cat, Prince Harry (sitting up in the photo, his brother William died last December before my very eyes. I miss him soooo much), is 11.5 years old and very set in his ways. Yesterday, I put a new bedspread on my bed. He leapt up, complained loudly, and got down. He doesn't like change. I also bought a really nice set of bowls with a cool stand; he refused to use them until I finally put his old bowls down again. What a little brat. (smiling) He's my pampered little angel, fo... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:32:22 EST Snow Peas, October, More Full Moon Madness Since I'm a grazer all day long, I've stumbled upon something that makes me feel full while satisfying my psychological need to graze. SNOW PEAS! They are yummy. So glad I remembered to try them again. <BR> <BR> I can't believe (and yes, I'm smiling at myself for saying this so often throughout recent years) it's almost October. Honestly, this year has been an eye blink. <BR> <BR> As I blogged last time, the full moon has always affected me throughout my life. Jumbles my body, mind and... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:36:14 EST Blood Moon Eclipse, Hot Weather, Misc. I'm looking forward to seeing what is predicted to be a beautiful celestial double header tonight. The blood moon will be bigger and redder than normal, and then there will be the eclipse. I have my binos ready; I heard that you can view it that way with no eye damage. <BR> <BR> Wow, I am very much affected by full moon gravitational pull on my body. Yesterday, without real reason, my body and mind were like a Vitamix blender; everything was churning uncontrollably and I felt like a mad w... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:08:48 EST Positive Energy Candle for 3 SP Friends Needing Prayers I want to protect their privacy, so I won't call out names. But I have three SP friends who need prayers and I've lit a candle. That's my way of sending positive energy/prayer out to the cosmos. <BR> <BR> One is having surgery tomorrow and I hope she finds peace before she is put on the operating table. She's anxious about it; I feelhope that things will go well. <BR> <BR> A second has been valiantly fighting an illness for years, but you'd never know she's been sick by her lovely, str... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:35:21 EST Gitmo Prisoners May be Relocated 2 Miles Away from Me! Last week, I found out that the military base close to my home is one of six proposed relocation sites for those (terrorists) at Gitmo, when it is closed. I alerted the media, local Chambers/politicians, citizens' groups, etc. Not one response. Hello, is anyone out there? <BR> <BR> I'll cut and paste the portion of the article at the end of this blog. Perhaps you'll see your city as one of the other five potential sites. Yikes! <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. <BR> <BR> Fresh off rec... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:20:43 EST San Diegans Who've Had Solar Panels Installed on Your House - I Need your Advice I have been researching solar for over a year and instead of being clearer as a result, I'm more confused than ever. <BR> <BR> I've heard there are over 300 competitive solar companies in-town now, and I have read product info, companies' info, reviews, talked to neighbors about their experience, etc. <BR> <BR> My feeling is just to forget about it at this point, yet it would be so beneficial - for sure. If you have any thoughts on how your experience has gone, I'd appreciate hearing from ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:22:12 EST Endless Shrimp Today for Lunch at Red Lobster And no regrets. Enjoyed every last delectable bite. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 17:41:27 EST Proportion Distortion Maybe because I've been thin all my life - up until the past 6.5 years - but when I look in the mirror, I still see the thin version! Yikes! Maybe I have one of those fun house mirrors and don't realize it! (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy weekend. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 20:09:35 EST My Maca Experience A few weeks ago, I asked everyone if they've tried Maca; it's an herb that is supposed to help boost energy. I found a good product and it was inexpensive for capsules. My first- and last - day of using it was yesterday and immediate effects were not positive for me. <BR> <BR> As far as energy, well, here's what happened. I took one capsule in the morning. The label says 1-2 daily and am so glad I erred on the side of caution. Late last night, at bedtime, my mind had that wakefulness th... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:10:47 EST Hot Weather, Eating Cactus, Misc. Update Thought I'd try to blog at least once a week since my schedule is getting busier and my time on SP is limited. I do try to read and respond to friends' blogs, but will catch up at some point. <BR> <BR> We've had record high temps this past week or so. And uncommon humidity which we rarely experience. It's the humidity that's the toughest part for me. 103 degrees on several days in an area where I live that usually doesn't climb over 90. Hope it ends soon as it's so energy draining. <BR>... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:36:22 EST Day 4 is Soooo Much Easier than Previous Days Sure, there will always be more challenging days on this healthy journey of mine. But the first three days of this Big Push were awful. My psyche just didn't want to accept that I'm serious about this stretch from now until February. <BR> <BR> This Day 4, however, things have settled down a lot. It's a beautiful thing to have been on SP for so long that getting back on track seems almost natural. I know all of the things I have to do. <BR> <BR> Now, in previous blogs, I wrote about my... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:00:17 EST WHAT IS THIS STRANGE FEELING IN MY STOMACH? Oh, yeah, I remember... it's hunger! <BR> <BR> I'm hungry, crabby and feeling like a deprived brat. (smiling) FYI, crabby doesn't mean I'm bothering anyone. Just self-crabby. Day 3 of the Big Push. I hate this. <BR> <BR> Have a good day, everyone. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 13:52:21 EST Yesterday's Day 1 Was Truly Sad (smiling) I've started the ultimate big push - September to Feb. '16. As such, yesterday was day one and my psyche was stunned that I am returning to healthy healthy healthy ways that have been successful in the past. <BR> <BR> I counted five times during the day when I was going to habit eat. Yes, I'm a grazer. As such, I've cut up carrots and celery for today's grazing tendencies. Each time I realized that I was going to eat out of habit, my immature inner baby cried "wahhhhhh" at being denied. ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:56:38 EST Weigh-In, Day 1 of Big Push, Misc. I'm starting a big push from September to February and today is the first day (of the rest of my life). As such, I dreaded the ole scale. Even though clothes are fitting the same, I could feel my body telling me it's time to get serious. <BR> <BR> So, that's what I'm doing. I told myself I wouldn't let the number on the scale torment me, no matter what it was. But all I can see now is that number before my mind's eye. I'm paying the piper, for sure. <BR> <BR> It's all about feeling ent... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:40:56 EST RIP Wayne Dyer I was never one for pop psychology, but I've always enjoyed Wayne's thoughts on things. I'm very sad to read of his death over the weekend. RIP Wayne Dyer; you will be missed. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:52:54 EST IT CAN'T BE SEPTEMBER ALREADY (ALMOST) Sometimes I just can't wrap my mind around the fact that this year has one quarter remaining. I feel like I'm traveling at the speed of light and in an eye blink, another September is upon us. <BR> <BR> That said, I have a big push planned for September to February - my b'day month. (yes, I celebrate the entire month. I want to make a few changes and if I don't, I just may be ready to hop a freight train to somewhere. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Summer temps have hit hard now and it's hot hot h... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:24:34 EST Food Tracking, Swimming, Misc. I've been trying to be consistent with food tracking, but I hate it. Still going to keep at it as best as possible, and I know its value, but I feel like I'm wasting my time and effort. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went back for the Aquatic Fitness class only to find that it had been cancelled. But I paid to go into the big people's pool (the class is held in the pool that has shallow parts for exercising). It was a much better workout, cheaper admission, and unlimited use as compared with the... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:37:28 EST Whew, That Was A Close One (almost computer disaster) I'm back to full speed on the computer, and my friend caught the potential destruction just in time. Damage, but all correctable, thank goodness! <BR> <BR> I've done my roots; after writing that blog, I decided to do them more regularly and really glad I did. Nice results. <BR> <BR> Ordered Maca in capsule form. Will report on any results - good or otherwise. <BR> <BR> Going to try the aqua fitness class again. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Have a happy, healthy day. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:33:17 EST Hijacked by a Huge Computer Virus. Limited Use At the Moment. Hi friends, I can't respond to your messages, posts to my blogs, or look at yours. Have limited computer capability while my computer expert friend works on this around his busy schedule. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, going to try to post what I can until computer is completely fixed. Even though I have a Fort Knox anti-viral program, these bugs are getting very sneaky. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a great day. (p.s. I'm not endangering sites I visit as I'm using a protected program.) Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:08:53 EST Maca - Does anyone use it? I read about this ancient Peruvian find yesterday and it was claimed that it gives you energy. Upon further research, the info mostly claimed it energized libido. Reviews for the products verify energy boost for many who are using it. <BR> <BR> Just curious as to whether any SP friends use or have tried it. The only thing is it can cause insomnia, so maybe it's just another energizer like caffeine. In which case, no thanks. As I work on depleting my already-minimal daily caffeine intake... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:33:40 EST To Dye or Not To Dye - That is the question re chemicals into my brain I'm two months out from doing my roots; yes, I lighten my hair and lately I've been wondering about those awful chemicals that seep directly into my brain. My roots are kinda light with some gray, and not that terrible looking. I've thought about foregoing the hair dye for good, but really enjoy the overall look when I do color it. <BR> <BR> More reasons for the delay is if I continue to do the aqua classes; the chlorine really does a number on hair color. (yes, I had trouble with the ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:13:26 EST Garlic in My Omelet. Now I'm Dangerous. (smiling) Thanks to all who responded to my garlic quiz; the answer was "g" btw. (smiling) Now that I've researched garlic uses, I'm dangerous. It'll probably go into everything. I'm an all-or-none gal. <BR> <BR> So this morning I made an omelet and added a bit of feta cheese, salsa, and garlic. It was totally delish. Since I have ripe avocadoes, I'll be making guacamole later and guess what I'll add? Yup! (Lucky duck who kisses me, huh? Or, on the upcoming hot days when I sweat during exerci... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:30:50 EST Update On Weights While Walking - From Ridiculous to Realistic I recently blogged about wearing 5 lbs of arm weights when I walk. (2.5 on each wrist) Swell. Then I added a 6 lb weighted belt and wrote about that. It was challenging, for sure, to have 11 lbs to deal with. <BR> <BR> But what I didn't write about was that I then added another 5 lbs. of weights to my arms. Yes, a total of 16 lbs. Crazy. Yes. Insane. As I walked, I apologized to my body for ever having had put on that many extra lbs, and thanked it for being patient while I lose ano... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:59:46 EST Multiple Choice Question-Why Did I Buy a Bunch of Garlic If I don't Know How to Use It? Because: <BR> <BR> a. It was on sale <BR> b. It looked pretty all lined up in a long bunch <BR> c. It has lots of health benefits <BR> d. I'll research how to use it <BR> e. It will ward off evil spirits <BR> f. All of the above <BR> g. All of the above except e and f <BR> <BR> Those who answer correctly will get a SP goodie. (All in good fun) <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, SP friends. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:15:01 EST MINDBLOWING - A 65-OLD-WOMAN IN GERMANY JUST HAD QUADRUPLETS!!! First of all, I'm trying to wrap my mind around a 65-year-old body that has not gone through menopause. Then, I'm trying to envision carrying at that age. Finally, delivering four babies. Oh, yeah, wait... <BR> <BR> Then there's starting again raising kids at that age. OMG!!!! Who does that? And why? <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:55:34 EST Doesn't Look Promising for More Water Aerobics After a couple of these classes, the chlorine is kinda burning my lungs. Not sure if I should continue, but I think not. <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:39:38 EST Sometimes I Wonder About SP. An Article I read Last Night - REALLY? When I read this article, I thought about my SP friend, MorticiaAddams, who has helped me throughout the years with caffeine awareness. <BR> <BR> Last night, the SP article was 8 Healthy Benefits of Caffeine. Now, I've complained in the past about ads I've seen on this site that were all about sugar, medications, etc. Various things that are known to not be healthy. Yes, I understand it is a "free" site and they have to make money through advertising. <BR> <BR> This particular articl... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:31:04 EST MY FIRST AQUA FITNESS CLASS (OH, THIS IS SO EASY - NOT!) I decided to take my chances about the chlorinated water I posted in another blog; I've wanted to get back into swimming for a long time now. But what held me back, besides an unpredictable schedule, was how I looked in a swimsuit. <BR> <BR> Well, I have to laugh at myself. When I tried on the suit last night, I looked in the mirror and didn't see awful. Honestly, aren't we our own worst critics? Not that I am entirely pleased, but that's why I'm stepping it up. <BR> <BR> Today's is a p... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:06:18 EST What I Said In My Dream Last Night Almost Woke Me Up Smiling On the Spot This week, I've noticed my pants fitting looser. I've begun some new things, one of which I'll blog about if it works as it's a bit up in the air right now. <BR> <BR> Last night, in my dream, I told someone, "Yeah, my pounds are just melting off me." The reason that this is important for me is that weight loss begins in the brain. Unless I change the way I think about food, I will always be at this plateau of maintaining what I've lost already. <BR> <BR> Yes, my pounds are just melting... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:43:58 EST LAUGHABLE HEADLINE - IS A RECESSION COMING? ARE THEY KIDDING? Did we ever come out of the last recession? People still losing houses, housing market limping along, record number of unemployed (publicized stats are misleading), lack of available jobs, etc. C'mon, stop pulling my leg. <BR> <BR> Heat wave has hit SoCal. And CA is burning up with so many fires. My heart goes out to those who've lost their homes, and those firefighters who are exhausted. <BR> <BR> Plus, we are almost out of water. Yes, they've been touting a likely El Nino ocean effec... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:06:49 EST Walking with My New Weighted Belt Okay, I do know better than to wear ankle weights; I learned the hard way. (smiling) And I've read the SP article about not wearing any of these things, but they work for me. <BR> <BR> I've been using 2.5 wrist wgts on each arm with varying movements that have worked well in keeping my muscles strong. And these 5 lbs make me smile to think how significant the added weight is when it is a permanent part of the body in the form of fat. Uncomfortable. So, when we say "I only lost 1, 2, 3, e... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:02:57 EST Pulled Into the Yoga Pkg Lot, Then Pulled Right Out Again I've blogged about this before, my dislike for yoga. But today my schedule allowed me to go to a free class so I looped it into my morning errands. I kept talking myself into it the entire time I left the house. <BR> <BR> By the time I pulled into the parking lot, my good angel on one shoulder was embroiled in a heavy debate (aka argument) with the rascally angel on the other shoulder. I rationally sat there and pondered why I should stay. The pros far outweighed the cons. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:29:36 EST Pool Chlorination and UTI's, Respiratory Infections, and Cancer For several months now, I have been putting off joining a public pool and one at the Y. I am far from being a germo-phobe, but I DO have some major concerns. A friend recently had a UTI and doc visit that gave me a reminder to research this for myself, as I have been prone to UTI's in the past. And I have been working hard to rebuild my immune system from several bouts of pneumonia in recent years. So far, so good. <BR> <BR> This morning I finally got around to researching and it said th... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:46:46 EST Psychodermatology Thoughts by Ben Fuchs As I've blogged before, Ben is a pharmacist whom I've heard on the radio and really liked his natural approach to cures. He has a daily blog of various topics, and I thought I'd share this one. <BR> <BR> For the past several months, just on one side of my face, I've had troublesome skin eruptions. Not the normal kind. I think hormonally caused. Whatever. Even though his thoughts here are a no-brainer, it's a good reminder about handling stress. I have dear ones going through things t... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:59:02 EST Watermelon Calorie Count on SP - I Don't Agree! Well, maybe I'm in denial, but I have always wondered why SP calorie counter projects so many calories for watermelon. (yes, I am a watermelon lover and seldom am lucky enough to pick a tasty one) <BR> <BR> According to the SP counter, I ate 720 calories for breakfast. How can something with only water, and no texture be so laden with baddies? No kidding, that's half of today's allowance! <BR> <BR> Any thoughts on this are appreciated. Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 12:33:20 EST The Best Things in Life... ARE NOT THINGS!! <BR> <BR> Have a healthy, happy day, friends. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:10:13 EST FYI - Colloidal Silver Blog and Turning Blue I recently blogged about colloidal silver and several SP friends mentioned to be careful as you can turn blue. Here is a rebuttal I found to that. Of course, I know better than to do too much, but I did buy some for when flu season hits. They do say on the label to use for no more than 10 days. I am careful about everything I ingest. But I thought I'd share the article I found, fyi. Wishing all a good day. <BR> <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) The case of the legendary "Blue Man" whose entire ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:42:41 EST Viruses and Building a Strong Immune System I heard pharmacist Ben Fuchs on a radio show and was impressed by his vast knowledge and focus on natural remedies. Quite a departure for a pharma guy! <BR> <BR> He has a daily blog and I'm excerpted a couple of paragraphs from his recent blog about viruses. I've been on a mission to build my immune system since my several bouts of pneumonia. Knock on wood, it's been about a year, so I think I'm on the right path. <BR> <BR> Here's some interesting info, followed by a link to his site. I... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:24:08 EST Has My Fitbit Been Cheating Me? Yesterday's Disneyland visit was hot and crowded, but fun. At the end of the day, my friend and I compared steps counted by our devices. This was an identical day, nothing different for each of us. <BR> <BR> His iphone app recorded 16,800, and my FB said 13,774! Wow, what's up with that much difference? Could it be that one is more accurate than the other? Or could it be that where you wear the device could make that much of a difference? I don't know. <BR> <BR> My FB automatically d... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:38:27 EST