SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Big Pharma- The Legal Drug Pusher The news coverage lately has been almost non-stop about the massive numbers of people addicted to opioids and high numbers overdosing. Yet, none of these mention who is to blame for prescribing the drugs in the first place. <BR> <BR> Is it just accidental that Big Pharma has joined hands with the medical monolith to prescribe abundant amounts of opioids only to be later dismayed, "Oh, my goodness. Just look at the numbers of people addicted!" I've even heard them say that they didn't real... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:39:01 EST Why I Had to Stop Feeding My Outdoor Birds For the past few months, I've taken such delight in feeding birds outside. At first, I tried putting the seed in feeders, but no one came to eat. So I wound up putting the seed on the patio and they'd flock around daily to feast. <BR> <BR> Last week, however, Harry (my dear little cat) took a keen interest at something outside at night for a couple of days. I didn't pay much attention until I checked out the object of his attention. Two little mice were eating the bird seed and he was wa... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:00:10 EST Why I'm Getting Fed Up w/ My Fitbit Yes, I've totally loved and enjoyed my FB for a few years now. However, it is because I'm so addicted to it that I really want to let it go soon. <BR> <BR> I don't like feeling that my walks don't count unless they earn FB mileage toward meaningless virtual badges. I don't like being dependent upon electronics of any kind and do my best to stay off the grid. <BR> <BR> FB isn't exactly electronic, but I'm getting tired of being monitored. Yes, I'm a strange one. (smiling) I'll be the f... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:30:35 EST 7/17/17 Isn't this a fun date? (smiling) During my morning walk, I heard a radio report about forest bathing. It's something that is prescribed through some insurance plans and, according to the commentator, is a combination of hiking and meditation in a way that builds immunity and well being. <BR> <BR> They then went on to comment that it's funny that we now have to have a prescription for something that was our natural environment for 99.9 percent of human evolution. As someone who has a lif... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:27:21 EST National Ice Cream Day Lots of freebies advertised for celebrating today. Fortunately, ice cream has never been at the top of my list. I can take it or leave it. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:05:53 EST Sometimes I'm Afraid to Track My Food Because I know I've been super-hungry today, I logged off before entering my food for the day. I'm no coward, but I'm not in the mood to see the numbers of calories today. Fortunately, I moved around sufficiently to not be a total horror of intake. <BR> <BR> Hot hot hot. Will be glad when we're done with the heat. Where to relocate to, that is the big question. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekend. <BR> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:33:44 EST Some Stress Relief from Relative's Diabetes Redirection I've blogged several times about the sadness and stress caused by a relative neglecting his health. About three years ago, after the shock of having the diabetes diagnosis, he took very good care of himself. But over the past year or so, I've frantically watched him become complacent and neglectful. <BR> <BR> I did a lot of hand-wringing over what I could do to help. Just as many of you advised, there is only so much we can do. The rest is up to the individual. But I continued to be a g... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:49:51 EST Heatwave, Sugar, Cheese, Food Tracking, Blogging This heat wave in SoCal has set records. Whew, very toasty. But, yes, it's dry heat so no humidity does make it a bit more tolerable. <BR> <BR> Still doing well with much less sugar intake and it's been about four months now. Cheese, not doing that great. Yes, better, but have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> Still trying to be consistent with food tracking and not too successful. Will keep trying. And it's so easy to get out of the habit of blogging. But I really do find that it keeps ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:17:36 EST Lemon Cucumber, July 4th, 41 Hot Dogs Eaten in 10 minutes. As I was walking yesterday, one of my neighbors had a box on her front yard near the sidewalk for people to take lemon cucumbers that she has grown. I brought one home to try as I've never seen one before. It is yellow, and the size of an big lemon. But has the inner consistency of a cuke. I researched it last night and will be eating it later today. <BR> <BR> Happy 4th, everyone. I'm doing a small Barbie later today. Just hung my large flag outside. May go to fireworks tonight, not s... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 10:59:36 EST I STILL LOOK FOR QUICK SOLUTIONS "SOMETIMES" Even after all these years on SP (8.5), and knowing better, I sometimes research weight loss plans that are regularly advertised. I still fantasize about the quick, easy way. And then I come back to my senses (whatever remains of them), and try to plod onward toward success. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful 4th. Mon, 3 Jul 2017 12:42:26 EST Live and Let Dye (Hair Coloring Quandary) I've been thinking about doing these hair roots of mine, but have been more and more concerned about the dye chemicals seeping into my dome. Especially after seeing how directly the rosemary oil went through my body and effected me, I can only imagine where all those hair dye chemicals are being deposited and the potential damage they will do to my body. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll just do my roots less often. I'll be into three months soon, and it really doesn't look that bad. Or so I'm told. ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 18:27:36 EST A Couple of Surprises About Rosemary Oil About a month ago, I started applying Rosemary oil to a corner of my forehead that was bare from hair loss. Sure enough, it's sprouting fuzzy little hair that is growing in and is no longer a bare spot. <BR> <BR> Of course, me being me, if some is good, more is better. (sure, I know better, but that doesn't stop me) So I got the bright idea of using it all over my scalp to make my hair thicker. <BR> <BR> Then I forgot about the fact that I've sporadically used Rosemary oil, and went abo... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:59:04 EST Do We Really Lose Our Tastebuds As We Age? I've seen several reports stating that older people no longer taste their food. Yikes! What else is there to look forward to? Our noses and ears continue to grow, our thirst mechanism goes whacko, and now I read that we can't taste our food? (among other surprise changes) <BR> <BR> I'm wondering, if this happens to me at some point, if that'll make me eat less or if I'll still eat as though I can taste my food. Yikes! Probably the latter, out of habit. <BR> <BR> July 3rd is a tough ann... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:07:08 EST 2 out of 3 Dogs are Overweight/Obese? I heard this on the news this morning. There was a survey done asking vets about dogs they see in their practice and this was the result. I had just been telling a friend I sometimes walk with that I'm encountering a lot of little dogs with short, stubby legs on very big bodies who are struggling to walk. <BR> <BR> Another hot day out there. Have a good one, friends. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:39:22 EST What the Health? (documentary) & Scary Dog Aggression If you get a chance to catch this on Netflix, I'd be interested to know what you think. I resisted watching it for a long time because I always get bummed out by these types of documentaries that remind me of things like how the food industry adds stuff to hook us into over-eating. But this documentary also had a couple of surprises that were equally as distressing. I think that we are beyond hope; that is, most people are too hooked on junk food to change and will continue to get sicker. ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:54:39 EST Births, Death, Illnesses, and Triumphs Here on SP What a roller coaster ride it is here on SP! Several sparkers are celebrating the births of children and grands. There has also been a death of a dear SP friend that has saddened me in the last couple of weeks. A mutual friend made memorial bracelets and sent them out to us. Talk about kindness! <BR> <BR> Then there are those who have been diagnosed with life-changing illnesses and are just beginning to wrap their minds around it in order to cope. I have a special intention candle tha... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:16:56 EST Heat Wave, Power Outage, Cheese Progress, Sugar Progress I guess that's why they call it Summer. It's hot. In fact, a heatwave. I guess CA residents put a strain on the grid last night as our power went out for a couple of hours. Nothing like a reminder of what it was like in the "olden days" without electricity. I've been researching solar panels for a long time now and really would like to get them soon. <BR> <BR> I'm so pleased with my cheese progress. It's a beautiful thing to take control of a habit/addiction. Now I'm in control rather... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:07:21 EST Cheese Progress For those unfamiliar with my cheese battle, I've been eating way too much for way too long. So, I've recently started to confront my cheese addiction and am doing well. <BR> <BR> Prior to this, I couldn't go a day without it. A SP friend gave me a tip on how she succeeded, and I've been using that. It's been about four days since I've eaten cheese and last time I did, I really didn't enjoy it much. Wow, I can do this! <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. <BR> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:52:40 EST The Father I Never Knew And have never even seen a picture of. Today I feel a bit sad over that empty space that has always been in my heart. Long story, too gory. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, how lucky to have had wonderful father figures in my life providing unconditional love. My grandfather, first and foremost. A kind, loving man who helped raise me for the first five years of my life. Oh, how I miss you, dear grandpa. <BR> <BR> And uncles who treated me as their own. Loving, wonderful men. So today I honor all o... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:09:17 EST My Amazing Results w/Rosemary Oil. Can This be for Reals? Recent years of grieving produced some hair loss and I've been researching ever since. Read about Rosemary oil and thought I'd give it a try. <BR> <BR> My test patch is on the left top side of my bangs at my hairline. It has been blank for awhile - about a half inch or so. I still can't believe what I'm seeing because it's only been four days since I've begun applying the oil. <BR> <BR> There's a patch of fuzzy new hair sprouting, just like plants out of fertile soil! (smiling) I keep... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:29:50 EST 7% People Think Chocolate Milk Comes from Brown Cows (!!), Harry's Test Results It's been in the news all week about how millions of people think chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Can that possibly be true? <BR> <BR> Just got Harry's test results back; everything is within normal range, so these down turns are puzzling. I guess I just have to expect them intermittently and continue to do the best I can. I am relieved that it's not kidney disease. Once again, thanks to all who sent your positive thoughts and prayers out to the cosmos. <BR> <BR> This is a rare tw... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:49:48 EST Awaiting Harry's Test Results and Misc. My fur baby, Prince Harry, was doing better yesterday (and today). So I really didn't have to bring him into the vet. But I did because he is a senior and I need to see what's going on. I suspect kidney something or other since Himmies are prone to problems in that area. He goes through these periods of not feeling well, which started Sunday and I thought this time was IT. Exhausted from stress and worry and sadness, but I feel better that I brought him in. <BR> <BR> Of course, it's se... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:09:35 EST Going to The Vet Today Today Harry is showing signs of feeling better. But I'm still taking him in to see what's up. I've been mega-stressed feeling that it was his time and I have to learn how to let go. I'll make myself sick if I don't. <BR> <BR> Another hot day is in-store and I'm going to head out for my first walk of the day before it gets too toasty. And then, hopefully, get some work done before taking Harry. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a great day and thank you for your kind responses to yesterday's blog. Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:43:17 EST Fur Baby Not Feeling Well, Bummed Out, Little Magic Fairy & Her Wand My 13-year -old Prince Harry Himalayan goes through mini-bouts that I think is the beginning (middle, end?) of the end. My past cat Ewok had this kidney disease that Himmies are prone to. I'll keep Harry as pain-free as possible, but not going to go crazy trying to prolong his life. <BR> Meanwhile, I've been mega-tired, stressed and sad. <BR> <BR> Each day I awaken to a world of daily shooting rampages. And how sad it was to listen to the hearing yesterday and the lack of civility. I'm e... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:49:09 EST It Feels Too Much Like Hard Work Here's what sometimes happens when I get into something new. I've been excited about my run/walk regimen. But then I started to mentally put pressure on myself that I have to do it every day. Before you know it, I'm hating that I have to do it daily because now it feels like work instead of fun and exercise. <BR> <BR> So what if I do it every other day until I decide what's up? As a chronic walker, I can always make sure my walking pace is challenging if I don't really enjoy the runnin... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:18:24 EST 14 Minutes Faster Now I took the weekend off from my new run/walk regimen. Just walked and walked. However, I looked forward to resuming today, which I did. <BR> <BR> Friday's run/walk was completed in - and I didn't believe my eyes - 15 minutes faster time. But today, I confirmed what I doubted. That I knocked off 15 minutes by this new routine. <BR> <BR> Can't believe it. And can't believe I'm enjoying it. We are still cool in the early a.m. so no heat to contend with. Once that starts, I'll have to go e... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:21:25 EST When Does Intended Helpfulness Become Intrusion? A few years ago, a loved one was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. After the initial shock of the diagnosis wore off, he took good care of himself. But as time has worn on, he's slid back into old eating habits and I can see the effects on him. <BR> <BR> I've tried to be helpful in a number of ways, but there are limits as to what you can do for another adult. I know it's a sensitive topic, so I have to tread lightly with him. And I don't know when helpfulness will be viewed as intrusion.... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:25:03 EST Beautiful Full Moon, but...'s been a lifelong thing that I feel totally nuts during this time. Even when I don't know that it's a full moon, I wonder what's going on with me. <BR> <BR> For example, this week - starting Wednesday onward - I felt like an internal mess. Then I looked up last night and there it was in all of its glory. (smiling) <BR> <BR> My next blog is going to deal with something that has been on my mind awhile; how much to intrude upon a loved one who is getting sick from not eating properly.... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:36:06 EST Day 3 Faster Pace, Cheese, 70yrold w/bikini body, Walk/Run, Dumbbells I'm pretty pleased with myself. This is day three of me kicking it up a notch and my psyche is trying to get used to the sound of heavier breathing, a bit of sweatiness, and leg muscles responding to more challenge. My rebellious side is saying, "hey, what's the big idea?" (smiling) Since I walk twice, I'm doing the morning faster pace and then in the evening when I walk with my friend, I can do the lazy pace and enjoy the view. <BR> <BR> Day three of less/no cheese and I'm thrilled with... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 12:22:44 EST Shampoo, Rosemary Oil, Cheese Progress, Misc. I recently blogged and asked for shampoo suggestions. Then I remembered one that I really liked from the past and am using that now. Love it. Aussie. Miraculously Smooth. Inexpensive and treats my hair great. <BR> <BR> I researched rosemary oil as a scalp stimulant for hair loss. I'm not balding, but the extreme stress from grief in the recent past really did a number on my hair. So I'm trying to reawaken those hair follicles. I've researched this topic throughout the years and under... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 11:47:17 EST Day 2 Faster Pace, Day 1 Less Cheese (NOT no cheese) Okay, it's my second day of picking up the pace during my daily walks. Although it's a better workout, I'm enjoying the walk less. Not sure I like that trade-off; I'm all about enjoyment. (smiling) <BR> <BR> As far as cheese goes, the minute I say no to something, my rebellious self starts to protest. Yesterday was a fail in that department, so I am going to try to teach myself moderation. I know how to do this in other areas of my life, so I know it IS possible. (smiling) Was going to a... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:27:54 EST Day 1 Faster Pace and No Cheese Yes, I'm motivated by the 94-year-old, two-time cancer survivor and half-marathoner I wrote about in Sunday's blog. I've decided to get with the program and stop being a lazy daisy during walks. This morning's pace was an improvement; the awareness alone will help get me speedier as time goes on. <BR> <BR> I've written endlessly about my "dairy crack" (aka cheese) addiction, and am going to finally grab the bull by the horns in getting this under control. It's easier for me to go to none ... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:34:56 EST Even the 94-year-old Half-Marathoner is Faster than Me! See yesterday's blog about this amazing lady. I had to laugh out loud when I read that she does a 17 minute mile because that's faster than me. I've often blogged about what a slow poke walker I am. I think it's time to speed up. (smiling. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:50:39 EST Mega-Congrats to Harriette Thompson- 94 Year Old Who Completed Half-Marathon Today I just read about this woman and she is the oldest woman to finish a half-marathon. She took up running at 76!!!! Google her and read her story. She is also a two-time cancer survivor as well. Inspirational? You bet! <BR> Sun, 4 Jun 2017 16:35:26 EST Nose-End Zit, Spark Friends, Cheese Addiction About a month ago, I developed that regrettable little bump that indicates a zit is forthcoming; unfortunately, it's right on the end of my nose. Of course, I tried to self-operate and that only made it worse and last longer. <BR> <BR> During the past month of this spot being upfront and center stage, I had to meet people for the first time in business and personal interactions. I tried to use makeup, which was only a little help in disguising. <BR> <BR> It was interesting to watch peop... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 11:51:54 EST Red Lobster and Welcoming June Today is a dear friend's birthday, and I'm taking him to Red Lobster for lunch. Haven't been there is several months and love the shrimp tacos. Looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> June is here and I'm thrilled that this year has been a relief after last year's (almost the entire 2016) constant shingles nerve pain. I never take being pain free for granted after that. This has been a very healthy year for me and I am thankful. <BR> <BR> Am going to work on cheese intake this month. I've b... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:13:09 EST Goodbye, Month of May Wow, it boggles my mind how quickly this year is blowing away with May coming to an end already. Where did the time go? <BR> <BR> I'll be trying to figure out some goals for June, or at least one. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, friends. Wed, 31 May 2017 10:31:55 EST Remembering and Honoring I don't think I could be as brave as they were. I've never taken their precious gift for granted. <BR> <BR> With gratitude, I start my day. Not just today, but every day. Mon, 29 May 2017 08:36:14 EST Barbecue Panic Panic over the fact that I am the griller. And, although I usually resist in daily life, I LOVE beef hot dogs. (with mustard and sauerkraut) So, once again, it's about moderation. I'll be barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs. (and then veggies) I have a bunch of new utensils that will make my job a lot easier so I'm looking forward to putting my huge flag out and then having the picnic later on in the day. <BR> <BR> Being the cook, it is so much easier to "sample" the food. (smiling) Al... Sun, 28 May 2017 09:48:51 EST RIP Gregg Allman Another talent has departed. Will be missed. Sat, 27 May 2017 16:09:42 EST The "Let's Pretend" Calorie Game I have to admit that I was completely taken by surprise when I finally looked at the package after "munching" on cashews. I mean, c'mon. How can nine little nuts equal 178 calories? And 133 of those calories from fat? Are you kidding me? <BR> <BR> So I did what any mature adult would do. (smiling) I ignored the chart and pretended that it was incorrect information. I know, I know. Totally ridiculous and NOT the way to do this lifestyle change. So I guess all roads lead to moderation.... Sat, 27 May 2017 10:23:54 EST WHOSE NOSE IS THAT IN THE MIRROR? Ever since learning that our ears and nose continues to grow throughout our lives, I have watched my nose gradually change. Not that it's a constant source of attention (smiling), but sometimes I look in the mirror and see a very different nose than I've ever had. Makes me smile. Body changes throughout the years are fascinating from an objective point of view. Not always fun changes, but a metamorphosis nonetheless. <BR> <BR> Thinking about this Memorial Day weekend, I realize that I'v... Fri, 26 May 2017 12:58:12 EST Italy Is Giving Away 100 Free Castles Ever since watching the film "Under the Tuscan Sun" many years ago, I've had a romanticized view of buying something in Italy and transforming it to live in. So when I recently read that Italy is giving away these small castles, I just had to research further. <BR> <BR> Their Dept. of Tourism is giving them away with the condition that you transform them into a place that tourists want to visit. And they give preference to applicants under 40. When I took my rose-colored glasses off, I no... Thu, 25 May 2017 08:57:15 EST Laziness, Shampoo, Watermelon I have been recently hit by a strong wave of exercise laziness which is very unusual for me. I haven't succumbed to it - yet - and am fighting like crazy and continuing to keep moving. I intend to win until this wave passes. It's way too easy to get lazy and give up on regular exercise. <BR> <BR> No matter how much I spend - or don't - I just can't seem to find a shampoo I like. Maybe they are all basically the same. Anyone have something they love that I can try? Maybe it's the wate... Wed, 24 May 2017 08:58:53 EST Watching Space Station Repairs in Real Time this Morning I've been tuning in periodically to watch the repairs on the space station, and it always boggles my mind that I am watching what is so far out in space right here on earth. I forgot the female astronaut's name, but she is the oldest woman who's been up there for the longest period of time. Quite an amazing woman. She's the one doing the repairs this morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> Still trying to get into the food tracking habit. I make it to lunch and then get too busy. <BR> <BR> Wishing a... Tue, 23 May 2017 09:44:43 EST Wearing Out RunningShoes So Fast I have tried a variety of shoes over the years, and they only last about six months. All I do is walk in them. A lot. I guess that's why. But I wonder if there are any brands built to last. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Wishing all a fun day. Sun, 21 May 2017 11:19:55 EST Study on Mens Underwear I heard this on the radio the other day and wondered how in the world they can collect data on this. According to this study, men often have holes in their underwear because they wear them for an average of seven years. Can that be true? They also said that men hesitate to buy new ones because it often indicates that they are cheating when they do. I don't know why it strikes me funny, but it does. That a person can wear the same underwear for seven years. <BR> <BR> As far as food goes,... Fri, 19 May 2017 09:24:57 EST "We Miss You" - Message from my Dr. Office Throughout my time on SP, I've blogged about the main reason I am on this site. That is to boost my immune system through healthier choices. This morning I turned my computer on to find this email from my doctor's office - <BR> <BR> "We miss you. Our records indicate it's been over a year since you've been in. Please call our office to make an appointment. (etc.)" <BR> <BR> Honestly, this makes me smile because I have worked hard to get healthier after last year's shingles misery which ... Mon, 15 May 2017 09:45:26 EST Casino Win, Motherhood, Misc. I'm having a wonderful Mother's Day. Although I've lost two kids, I have a wonderful son who is also a wonderful friend. I've gotten over the gnawing sadness of tragedy, both for my losses, and my own mother lifelong saga. <BR> <BR> Last night, my son and I trekked over to our once-a-year (sometimes twice) casino escapade and I had gotten some money for M's Day. I'm really not much of a gambler and understand the odds when playing the slots. However, after walking around the huge place an... Sun, 14 May 2017 12:22:26 EST Goodbye Bubblebaths, Throwing the Scale Out, and Other Misc. At the beginning of the year, I had what I thought was a rare (for me) yeast infection. However, after doing all of the "right" things to get rid of it, and it stubbornly persisted, I started to eliminate the variables in the equation. Turns out, the bubblebath I've been using all my life (which was very mild for nether regions) was the cause. A lifelong bath lover, I can only say that I miss my bubbles. But not enough to cause that major irritation again. So glad I found the cause. I'd... Thu, 11 May 2017 10:09:21 EST