SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fires, Caviar, Food Tracking, Raspberry Pie (pt. 2) According to the last report I’ve heard, there are 8700 exhausted firefighters in SoCal fighting these horrific blazes. If the Santa Ana winds don’t come up today, they have a good handle on getting a grip and making progress. With the winds whipping around on Friday, there was zero containment. It is reported that many homes have been lost; very sad as I remembering having lost everything in the fire I narrowly escaped from long ago. However, yes, the important thing is to escape with yo... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:22:22 EST Raspberry Pie, Muscle-Up Class, Fire Anxiety in SoCal I'll start off with trivial stuff to take my mind off of the heavy stuff. I'm having a very hard time eliminating sugar. I always thought it gets easier with time if you've been off of something in the recent past, but it's actually harder for me with sugar. So far, I'm succeeding. However... <BR> <BR> The other day I held in my hot little hand a Sara Lee Raspberry Pie that was on sale for a ridiculously low price. The good angel on one shoulder said that it didn't matter if the pie was... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:04:26 EST TWO STRONG EARTHQUAKE JOLTS, EMERGENCY WIND/FIRE ALERT, NOT SURE I'LL SLEEP TONIGHT Everyone in this area got an emergency phone alert tonight of extremely high winds and fire danger. Many are on-edge. Added to this are two strong jolts - one at 4:30 this afternoon, and one at 8 tonight. Not sure I'll sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> I had other topics to blog about, but considering what's going on, I think I'll leave the trite and trivial behind for now. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Going to try a new class tomorrow - "Muscle Up." I'll see what's what. Thu, 7 Dec 2017 00:22:50 EST Bundled Up, New Class Yesterday, Whatever Else Pops Into My Head I often marvel at SP friends who live in cold regions and how they got outside no matter what and walk, run, and do a variety of other physical activities. I marvel because, when it gets cold here, I just want to roll up in a ball and come out at Springtime. No kidding. Yesterday I had a hard time showing up for a new fitness class because it was cold. But I did. Whatta whimp my warm climate has turned me into! (smiling) <BR> <BR> So I dreaded my second walk of the day, which was at sun... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:51:24 EST SoCal Fires, Rose Parade, Misc. Please keep SoCal in your thoughts and/or prayers; windy and dry is a very bad combo for this area. <BR> <BR> Just paid for and confirmed my Rose Parade trip. A friend is also going, so it'll be a lovely day. Plus, this is a cosmic connection as my dear cousin went and then we met on the Queen Mary for the day, which is the last time we were together. I feel like she has intervened as I had no idea about going. She loved it. I will feel her vibes that day very strongly - I know. <BR> ... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:23:08 EST Xmas Arrangements Sent, Hip Replacements Science, Super Moon, and Misc. Last night I ordered two lovely xmas arrangements to be delivered to two aunts who are both in their upper 90's and live on the East Coast. The V'day flowers I sent this year brought them such unmitigated joy that I wanted to recapture some of that magic for xmas. These are lovely, good prices, and I'm excited that they'll be delivered this Friday. I love surprising people. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Last week, I ran into a few people who either had or needed a hip replacement. All ages. Wonde... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 11:34:05 EST Finally Braved the Scale After Holiday Pumpkin Pie Overdose I've been avoiding the scale due to the ridiculous amount of pumpkin pie consumed over Thxgiving holiday. <BR> <BR> SO HAPPY TO REPORT THE SCALE INDICATES I'M BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND DOING FINE. (hooray hooray) I've been successful without added sugar for long periods of time before, and will do it again. My friend's drastic diabetes diagnosis this week was a big reminder of why I am making healthy choices for almost nine years now on SP. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy d... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 10:15:04 EST Tai Chi and Gentle Yoga Classes Yesterday On Fridays, these classes are held back-to-back and I tried them both. I've done one of each about a year ago. As I've written before, it really depends upon the teacher as to how much you enjoy them. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to force myself to do yoga, and have always felt that these motions are not natural to my body. But I have to say that I enjoyed both classes and was so peaceful at the end of both, that I felt in a state of nirvana. (smiling) <BR> <BR> But they also made me feel tir... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 10:39:53 EST A Friend's Emergency Yesterday Last night around 5 p.m. I got a text from a friend who was in Urgent Care getting an emergency infusion and was on her second IV. She'd had blood tests done a few days ago, and her doc wanted her back pronto after the results were in. <BR> <BR> Her blood sugar was over 500 and at the point she texted me, it was around 300. They didn't know if they were going to have to admit her to the hospital, but her numbers went down sufficiently and she was released. Her next stop was the pharmacy. ... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 08:48:56 EST Should I Stay or Should I Go (to the Rose Parade) I have the chance to buy a trip to the Rose Parade and sit in the bleachers. Have to decide in the next day or two since it sells out fast. That means waking up at 3 a.m. But a once in a lifetime experience. <BR> <BR> My SP blog has been technologically wonky. Not going through, not alerting me to responses, etc. Not sure what's up. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:13:30 EST Shingles in the News I have mentioned in so many blogs that I'm so thankful to have had a healthy year after 2016 with shingles nerve pain. I would rank it right up there with child birth pain, maybe worse. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, there was a short report with three MD's talking about shingles. The female MD (fmd) said that it's amazing that so little attention is being paid to shingles help/cure, considering a third of the population will experience it. She deals with the "worst of the worst" - and I didn't rea... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:53:24 EST Sweet Lemons (!!!), Blog Honestly, Heatwave Gone (Finally!) I cut some lemons and proceeded to use them over fish I'd cooked. Then I tasted the fish and thought, how did this fish turn out to be sweet? So I added more lemon. Of course, I then smelled the lemon and it was sweet! I'd gotten this from a neighbor during one of my walks; she'd put a box out front for people to take as she had a bunch from her tree. I'd never in a million years heard of a sweet lemon! I'm glad I just took a couple. Not something I'd use again. <BR> <BR> It's so hard... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:40:46 EST Suppressed Sugar Study, Holidays, Misc. Last week, I read about a sugar study done in the 60's that was suppressed because it showed links between sugar and various diseases, including cancer. I wonder if we would have had a head start in eating healthier if we'd have known the detrimental effects of sugar. Or would we have just ignored them? Who knows. Just disgusting that so much is concealed that would be helpful. <BR> <BR> I won't regal you with the gory details of my lack of willpower with pumpkin pie. Or how I let go of... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:05:15 EST David Cassidy, Thankfulness, Hugs to Spark Friends, Misc. RIP David Cassidy. He was part of sweet, simpler times. Another sad passing. Life is tough, and then we die. That used to be said as a joke, but it is a stark reality. <BR> <BR> I have been so thankful for good health this year after last year's shingles nerve pain that lasted almost all year. It was torture. I've worked hard to rebuild my immune system and one of the huge stressors of last year has been removed. Sometimes it's hard to let go of people in our lives, but if they keep m... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:34:59 EST Glad I Never Pack My Summer Clothes Away Weather has been wonky for awhile now; they are predicting record high temps this week. Really? I know it sounds wonderful to all of you buried in the white stuff, but I wanted a bit of respite from summer heat. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:43:08 EST My Lazy Bone Self Almost Won I was waiting for the place to open at 8 this morning, and sitting in my car all ready for a new Zumba class. Suddenly, I got the strongest urge to just leave and go home. Almost had myself convinced when my high self took command and told me that I'd gone through the trouble of getting dressed and showing up. So get my butt in there. <BR> <BR> This class was only 6K steps, but not really much easier than the 10K Zumba class (which I'm going back to tomorrow morning). This instructor did... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:16:05 EST Gentle Yoga, Pool Aerobics, Tai Chi, RIP Malcolm Young I may become a fitness addict. (smiling) Honestly, I'm starting to enjoy these new classes so much. I returned to the pool today after a couple of weeks and decided that I am going to try to do pool moderation. Maybe once or twice a week. Today's instructor was fabulous. <BR> <BR> Took a new and different gentle yoga class yesterday, and I think I'll go back. Even though I still don't feel like I "like"/enjoy it, it may become an acquired taste. The movements just don't feel natural t... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:42:49 EST My Second Zumba Class (different instructor) As with any type of class, so much depends upon the instructor. My first Zumba was lead by one of the toughest at this gym. He was like a back-up dancer for Madonna. No kidding. <BR> <BR> Today was a very different vibe and paced more easily to follow. NOT that it was easy, by any means. But more realistic change-ups. I've just checked my FB and have 10,000 steps from this class alone. I thanked Christina after class and she complimented me on how well I kept up and said that my cons... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:13:24 EST But I Wanna! Will the Child or Adult in Me Win About the Pool Concerns? Honestly, I have a decision to make regarding the pool aerobics class and sometimes I analyze and research a topic endlessly, which can become counter-productive. <BR> <BR> I'm so disappointed about the possibility of chlorine being a trigger for me and not going to the pool for a week now as a result. But then I think that maybe if I go fewer times and be careful I can still do this. I know there are plenty of other classes available, but I love this activity so much. <BR> <BR> Wishing... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:57:38 EST Another Reason I'm Sunk w/My Pool Aerobics I had come to grips with how to deal with the chlorine in the pool since I found several websites indicating how it affects the skin. But what I didn't remember from a couple of years ago was another point. <BR> <BR> My main sensitivity is my respiratory system. Get a cold - it hits my lungs. Get the flu - it hits my lungs. This year, I've boosted my immune system and had a healthy year. However, a couple of weeks ago, I started having slight breathing problems. <BR> <BR> Okay, what'... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:46:52 EST Not Sure Whether to Continue Water Aerobics I've enjoyed the new pool class for the past couple of months, but put it on hold after attending on Monday. After researching the long term effects of chlorine, I just don't know what to do. The list starts simply with itching, rashes, etc. Yes, my skin is sensitive and I've had to use a lot of skin cream and rinsing off after the pool. <BR> <BR> But then the lists goes on and here's one that really caught my eye - <BR> <BR> "According to a report on, an independent news organ... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:32:25 EST Einstein's Secret to Happiness “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest." Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:50:22 EST 4th Sugar Detox Day. Serious Sugar Blues. Some background first: <BR> <BR> I was off sugar for six months until early October, when I bought Halloween candy to save for the 31st. Sure that I was cured of sugar cravings, I didn't even want any for the first couple of weeks. Proud of myself for that, I figured I could have just a couple of the tiny fun-sized candy. <BR> <BR> Then I recently blogged that, although I was doing that, everything was under control. That I wasn't doing as badly as I did in the past with eating candy. ... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 08:44:30 EST Hooray Hooray! Nightmare Neighbors Are Gone Gone Gone!!! Whew, it's been a long, stressful time, but some neighbors and I banned together to do constructive things in resolving an ongoing tyrannical takeover of the neighborhood by miscreants. Pressure on the homeowner forced an eviction and everyone has moved out. However, I have no doubt that they will return at some point and do property damage for revenge to several of us. But I'm not going to live in fear. They've caused too much stress already for many of us who live around that house of h... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 10:24:13 EST Two Interesting "Facts" About Lack of Sleep I heard a scientist talk about sleep deprivation on the radio yesterday. He mentioned two things that really made me sit up and take notice. <BR> <BR> He said that even a couple of hours less sleep can have damaging effects on the body. For one thing, insufficient sleep produces a hormone that makes us crave more carbs. And can also weaken our immune system by up to 25 percent. Wow! <BR> <BR> I'm so relieved now that Halloween candy is out of my house. My neighbor has agreed to take it... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 08:44:13 EST Time Change, Parting w/Fitbit, Misc. Time change tomorrow and this is not my fave with shorter days. Early onset darkness makes my brain think that it's bedtime. I'm a sunshine person and love it when 7:30 p.m. still has daylight. Why not just keep the time the same; there's no point in switching back and forth. <BR> <BR> I received an email reminder that my FB battery is low. Before I changed it, I contemplated just taking it off. The thrill is gone, yet I'm strangely attached to it. Rather, I guess it's attached to me. ... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 08:19:50 EST What My Endless Shrimp Lunch Taught Me Last Week Prior to that lunch last Friday, I had stressed over how I was going to eat at the Endless Shrimp promotion at Red Lobster. I finally decided to relax and enjoy myself. Since August, I have been dazzling myself with food tracking and eating within my calorie range. And eating lots of raw stuff. I'm about 13 lbs down, and a very very slow loser. But thankful for those I've shed already. <BR> <BR> It's been almost a week since I weighed in and this morning I figured I might as well just d... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:06:20 EST My First Zumba Class. And I tried Yoga Again. Okay, as luck would have it, my very first Zumba class was with a reputed most intense instructor in the entire gym. He was like a back-up dancer at a Madonna concert. No kidding. <BR> <BR> Undeterred, I did the entire hour and smiled from start to finish. It was FUN! After the first 10 minutes, I was sure that I'd be toast within a few more minutes. But I wasn't. What always kept me from Zumba was the fear that I didn't know the moves. Well, it doesn't matter. This guy was constan... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:41:11 EST Next Year... <img src="">NOT GIVING OUT CANDY OR BRINGING IT INTO THE HOUSE. (SMILING) ENOUGH ALREADY! Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:12:56 EST Happy Halloween! BOO! Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:06:18 EST Cancelled Future Acupuncture Sessions <img src="">I know that the effectiveness of acupuncture is cumulative. But I've gone to six sessions already and not interested in continuing. For one thing, I don't have the time. Another is a huge language barrier that I thought I was getting through, but it's impossible to discuss anything important about the treatment and I think that's what's needed when working on physical stuff. You have to be able to te... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:21:34 EST Pink/Blue Hair, Ashwagandha followup, Misc. <img src="">I think Waylon Jennings sings this line that sums me up perfectly..."I've always been crazy, but it's kept me from going insane." (smiling) Typing this blog with my pink wig on and it looks darn cute. (If I do say so myself.) I intend to wear it out all day. Tomorrow will be blue and I might go for the purple one on Wed. Halloween gives me an excuse, but I've never really needed one. It's not for ... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:51:09 EST Ashwagandha Has anyone used this? If so, your opinions/experience would be appreciated. I read about it on a SP friend's page and have begun researching it. Sounds interesting. It's inexpensive and readily available in capsule form. Here's the info I got from The Chopra Center website: <BR> <BR> What Is Ashwagandha? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Jenna Saunders <BR> <BR> Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety o... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 12:07:27 EST Red Lobster, New Mouse In Near Future, Hot Weather Yes, I'm going to whine about the heat again today. It's the end of October and I'm clamoring for reasonable temperatures and no a/c. I know it could be worse, but I feel like I'm held hostage indoors and hermetically sealed with a/c. Gives me a headache. There, I feel better for the whine. <BR> <BR> My mouse is dying and fortunately I have a back-up handy. Got this new computer last December and the mouse is limping along 10 months later. But the computer is just fine, which is what c... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:23:50 EST OMG! WOMAN RUNS MARATHON IN HIGH HEELS!!!! You really have to see the stilettos she ran 26 miles in. Just Google it. How can this be physically possible? I'd love to see her in about 10 years because she obviously trained this way. Spine is unforgiving when it comes to high heels. <BR> <BR> Looks like extreme temps have abated. Still above-normal temps, but at least not roasting. Harry is doing better; I worry about his aged body when he has to deal with extreme heat. I melted an ice cube on his head and body when it was over ... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:06:30 EST Sunrise Walks, Last Day of Extreme Temps (I Hope), Heat affecting Fur Baby Harry My a/c is limping along and hardly able to keep up with the over-100-degree temps of yesterday and predicted today. So, Harry has had a very hard time as he's 13.5 years old. This is supposed to be the last day of extreme temps with the rest of the week in the 90's. That's still pretty toasty for this time of year. <BR> <BR> I've been walking at sunrise and it's strange to walk in morning darkness. You can't tell if it's dusk or dawn. It's majestic to see the sun rise and I also beat th... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:49:08 EST Supposed to be over 100 Degrees Today and It's Insanity for End of October I've been looking forward to cooler temps by now, but guess that'll have to wait as we continue to have record high temps here in SoCal. Uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Starting to feel good results from acupuncture and am now able to communicate through a significant language barrier. <BR> <BR> Had a rare disrupted sleep last night and feel the potential for grouchiness. On the positive side, the scale was good to me this morning although progress is very slow. <BR> <BR> I've already skipped m... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:16:06 EST Are Virtual Rewards of Value to You? The answer to this for myself was a surprise. I was recently wondering why I'd not gotten any more awards from Fitbit since I walk my arse off and thought it was time to get another one. Upon checking my FB dashboard, I saw that there are no more awards. I've gotten them all. Okay. So should I just take off my FB now? How silly! No, I still wear it. <BR> <BR> When I first joined SP, nearly nine years ago, I thought the SP points were silly and was sure that they wouldn't matter a bit ... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:59:32 EST The Science of Fasting - documentary. What is Your Experience with Fasting? I have toyed with fasting for a long time, and this was a very interesting film based on scientific findings in Russia, Germany and USC in the U.S. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear from you about your experiences with fasting - positive or negative. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a fun, happy day. Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:31:23 EST Coolness Before Heat Advisory Starting Sunday There's a heat alert from Sunday to Wednesday of next week, and I'm ready to move to somewhere with cooler weather. (smiling) Sick of the heat. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the cooler temps and even walked at sunrise in the drizzles. Felt good. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:11:32 EST Confessions of a Recovering Sugar Addict. The Good, The Bad, and the Misc. I was doing great with sugar for the past six months or so. That's why I figured I could handle getting the Halloween candy early for the trick or treaters. There were no cravings that forewarned. I think you can see where this is going. <BR> <BR> Yes, I started raiding the bag each day. That's the bad news. The good news is that I nipped it in the bud in time and stopped before sugar took control again. Seems that, if I have it in the house, it's always going to be a temptation. <BR> ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:57:35 EST My First Ever Guava A neighbor just gave me some guavas off her tree and if I had to describe the taste of one, I'd say it has the consistency of a pear and slight taste of one, but a bit different. When I went to put it on the food tracker, it said "guava without refuse - 61 cal." I'm assuming they mean skin? <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying my pool aerobics and today tried out my water shoes for the first time. What a boost to my workout as they make mobility a lot easier in the water! Haven't used my web gloves y... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:39:55 EST Gratitude & Prayers for the 9,000 CA Firefighters Out There Right Now As you've probably seen on the news, CA is burning up. Yesterday's report was that there are 9,000 firefighters, some from Canada and the East Coast (USA) arriving here to help out. <BR> <BR> Very sorry for those who've lost their lives or possessions. <BR> <BR> Have just lit my special intention candle that these winds will die down and give you a break in fighting this huge fire. Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:57:57 EST Mushrooms Should Always Be Cooked? This was the advice I recently read, and I was pretty surprised because I've eaten a lot of raw mushrooms. The advice said that, due to potential toxicity, mushrooms should always be cooked before eating. Any advice on this? <BR> <BR> I decided to take a weekend break from the pool. I'm enjoying my new pool aerobics class immensely, but I don't want to burn out. It's been a terrific addition to my life, for sure. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a fun weekend. Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:48:13 EST Friday the 13th - My Lucky Day Seriously. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day and weekend. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:20:28 EST Be Careful of What you Wish For During these past few months of eating super super super well, I've occasionally had fantasies of being at Red Lobster as it's their annual Endless Shrimp promotion. <BR> <BR> Since I helped a family member with ER and doctor visits for his kidney stone recently, he said yesterday that he wants to thank me. He's planning a lunch at Red Lobster at the end of this month for us. <BR> <BR> Uh Oh! (smiling) Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:28:37 EST My Personal Experiment. I Should Have Learned from Pet Food Nutrition. A long time ago, I did demos for a premium pet food company. At that time, potential customers complained that our bags were smaller than those they were currently using, and cost more. I explained that they would actually be feeding less because proper nutrients would satisfy their pet and the pets wouldn't need a lot of food. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to a few months ago when I started reading all of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's books and I'll be darned if he wasn't saying the same thing about the ... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:10:34 EST First Acupuncture Session, New Swim Equipment, Misc. I had wonderful experiences with acupuncture in the distant past and have wanted to go back for a long time. Found a practitioner near me and today was my first appointment. He's from Korea with minimal English, but we somehow understand each other. I had a great session and will be going back on Thursday. Twice a week in October, then once a week in Nov and Dec. He's very good and I'm happy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I blogged that I wasn't feeling anything from my pool aerobics class and on... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:54:17 EST Chlorine Can Ruin Diamonds, Locker Room Shyness, Not Feeling the Aerobics This morning's pool aerobics class was fun, but I'm not feeling the workout. Not that I'm in too great condition that I don't feel it, but I'm just not feeling anything. Maybe not doing the stuff correctly? Well, it's just fun to be in the class and maybe I'll add light weights at some point (we do use water wgts) as this new gym is beautiful and full of great equipment. (a lot of which I have at home) <BR> <BR> Some of the ladies were talking about not wearing diamonds in the pool as ch... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:01:52 EST Hooray for Cooler Temps - Finally! I think the summer hotness is finally over. Frankly, I've had it with hot weather. I know, I know, some people would love to be out of the cold. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my next aqua-fit class and I'm looking forward to it. Tuesday is my first acupuncture session with a new practitioner. Had acu many years ago and it was wonderful. Want to work on a few things with it and hope it works out. <BR> <BR> Looks like there's been some progress with the problem neighbor renters. I think the ow... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 20:20:50 EST