SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cheese, Bubblebath, Feet, Cat Loss I am a recovering cheese addict, which I write only partly joking. I overdo my cheese intake. However, I was off of cheese for the past three weeks due to chest congestion/bronchitis. The other night, I make a small helping of nachos, with a huge helping of cheese. I immediately felt the difference in the "heaviness" it made me feel. And immediate congestion. So, guess what? I'd normally be tempted to eliminate it completely, but am actually learning moderation. About time! (smiling) ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:27:10 EST My Fitbit 2500 Mile Award Yesterday I received my Monarch Migration Award from Fitbit; they said that the Monarch butterfly migrates 2500 miles to warmer climate. And that I am giving them stiff competition with my now 2500 miles on FB. <BR> <BR> I wish I'd kept track of when I got the FB. Really don't recall. (Sometime this past Feb or March) <BR> <BR> I've thought about walking across the U.S. or doing the Camino de Something walk in Europe. But just dreaming. However, you never know since reality starts wit... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:00:38 EST After A Loss I've had so many thoughts to write about the loss of my dear little fur baby, but now I'm at a loss for words. It's been very difficult and Harry has been looking everywhere for him. <BR> <BR> All of your kind messages have been very helpful and appreciated. <BR> <BR> I'll try to write more as the days go by. <BR> <BR> Hope all have a good week. <BR> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:35:19 EST Devastated and Heartbroken Willie was my shadow. Woke me up each morning for 10 years. A bundle of energy and clown purrsonality. I miss him so much already. Harry is looking everywhere for him. They were very close. I'm still in shock. I was just getting over this bronchial infection, but from all the crying, my chest is hurting and I still have to make a trip to the cremation services place. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all for your kind words. One of my best friends has left me. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:02:42 EST MY CAT, PRINCE WILLIAM, DIED AN HOUR AGO I've been sobbing. It looked like a heart attack. My heart is broken. <BR> <BR> p.s. Is it better for the other one to see William and say goodbye, or not see him. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:31:50 EST Rain, Faulty Thirst Mechanism, Broken Hunger Mechanism Rain is headed from NoCal and due to fall any minute. After such a serious drought, this is another welcomed storm. Hope these keep coming although they are doing damage to my new yards - primarily the front yard. But it can be fixed in the Spring. <BR> <BR> Several articles I've read about water intake mention that many adults have a faulty thirst mechanism and thus don't get the signals necessary to remind them to drink water. That's why so many are dehydrated and don't even realize it... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:46:14 EST Wondering about this scale info I read A couple of articles mentioned that a scale shouldn't be used by multiple people. Just one individual should use each home scale. <BR> <BR> Why would that be? It's not as though it will change accuracy. Just curious. Anyone have ideas on this? <BR> <BR> I've been doing weekly weigh-ins and happy about progress considering I'm getting minimal exercise due to challenges with bronchitis. <BR> <BR> Have a happy day, sparkies. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:47:49 EST Will Calorie Posting Make a Difference to Most People? There's a lot of talk these days about the upcoming enforcement in 2015 of all venues that sell food to post calories. All - hot dog vendors, food trucks, etc. While the theory might be great, I wonder if a population that eats badly will actually care about those postings. <BR> <BR> Not to mention that those numbers are arbitrary and vary considerably, so how accurate they are is a matter of trust. Not only will this be expensive for food sellers, but guess who will absorb those costs ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:15:43 EST Watching Friend's Addiction to Mountain Dew I'm not the type of person who intrudes on others' lives unless my opinion is sought. It's tough to see a friend who is totally hooked on Mtn. Dew - the worst of all poisons to drink. Yikes! I try to provide general info in a tactful way, but have no real control. Sad to see friends destroying their health. <BR> <BR> My other friend who was recently diagnosed with diabetes brought his numbers down to the normal range within days of the diagnosis and has lost 10 lbs in 2 wks. He's encour... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:06:29 EST Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2 (spoiler alert) I was totally blown away after reading a Spfriend's blog that she saw the second film of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. And that both Joe and the truck driver have gained their weight back! Yikes! If you've seen the original, you know why this is shocking. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:35:39 EST Weigh In, Animated Symphony of the Bells After a few months of not weighing, I decided to do so today and weekly from this point on. Happy with results, considering the pumpkin pie caper on Thanksgiving. (smiling) <BR> <BR> The other day, when I got my Christmas shopping done, I saw a lovely music box that fascinated me. It was kind of pricey, so I didn't get it, but when I got home I priced it on Amazon. Wow, it sells for $200-300!!! I went back to Ross and bought it for myself - $36!!! <BR> <BR> It's called Animated Symphony ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:43:41 EST Rain, Cold, Xmas Stuff Done Hooray, we have gotten some rain. Some is better than none in severe drought conditions. <BR> <BR> Fighting a cold and hope like crazy it doesn't lead to where the other colds have lead - pneumonia. <BR> <BR> Got EVERYTHING done - cards out, gifts bought (within budget!!!), decorations up. Hooray for me, considering I wasn't even going to celebrate. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:48:45 EST Toilet-to-Tap Coming; Rain Expected this Morning San Diego is experiencing a horrendous drought and the city powers-that-be have recently passed an approval to begin the toilet-to-tap water process for consumer usage that is working well in Orange County. Although I've seen the extensive purification system used, I still can't wrap my mind around the concept. <BR> <BR> Storm's due to roll in this morning and might bring about an inch of rain. Better than nothing. Northern CA is getting a lot more. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:37:04 EST Pecan Pie, Battling Coffee Cravings, No Xmas Decorations for Me I picked up a few groceries early this morning - on an empty stomach. You know where that could lead. It was bittersweet to see they had no pumpkin pies marked down; yes, I remembered that I am officially off sugar. Then I passed delicious nuts. The only thing was, they were in pecan pie. I thought I was misreading the label - 490 calories per slice. No, I didn't get it. <BR> <BR> Went to Target for a few necessities and the only way I can handle that store during this season is at 8 a... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:12:20 EST I GAVE AWAY ALL OF MY COFFEE SUPPLIES I gave up caffeine over three months ago, but kept all of the supplies "just in case." Yesterday, when I said goodbye to my Thanksgiving guests, I sent them away with my stash of coffee, coffeemaker and filters. It was time. <BR> <BR> Now I've gotta kick sugar's butt - once and for all. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy day. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:34:42 EST Happy Thanksgiving To everyone on SP who celebrate this holiday, I wish you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Here's to a wonderful day. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:40:20 EST While I Was Away It'll be six years in January that I've been here on SP, and very rarely took a break. This past month was the longest I've been away and really needed the time back that I spent on the computer. <BR> <BR> I learned that I can do fine now w/o SP. But I did miss you guys and gals, plus it's a lot easier to stay on the healthy track when recording daily nutrition and exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm still caffeine-free (over 3 months now), but have to admit that I miss it. In fact, my energy level... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:21:53 EST Thanksgiving Week Hi SP friends. I have to say that life has been a proverbial roller coaster ride this past month. But we survive and thrive - or do not. I'm still trying to figure out which is accurate for me. <BR> <BR> Another year has been flying by and I can't believe this week is Thanksgiving. I've been very thankful for the simple things in life that mean so much. <BR> <BR> Hope to catch up with your lives, and it'll take some time to check in. And thanks to all who kept in touch, reminding me ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:51:32 EST Taking A Break fromSP Will be taking a break due to several stressful circumstances. Hope to be back soon. Big hug to all. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:58:39 EST Returning the Tracker It's packed up and ready to go back after just one day. Why? It recorded activities I didn't even do. Didn't record activities I DID do. And it took over 20 taps (supposed to be about 5) to wake it up, even though the USB port was green-lighted. Very disappointed. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:33:50 EST Day 64 No Caffeine, New Sp Tracker, 7 lbs Down Even though this is day 64 of no caffeine, I still can't seem to part with my leftover coffee and supplies. I think it's in the back of my mind that it's there if I need it and I really don't want to think like that. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with sugar; I was totally derailed for a little while and was feeling awful about it. Feel so much better without. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, late afternoon, I received the SP Activity Tracker and set up was a breeze. This is my first full day and it'... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:07:11 EST Fence Project Began Today It's been a real ordeal with my neighbor and the shared fence adventure. She finally agreed to pay half upon completion and I hope she keeps her word. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, what should have been a very simple fence built has been a complicated process thanks to the witch. <BR> <BR> However, it'll be nice when it's done and may go until Sunday. If that's the case, I will start painting on the other end while he completes it. (maybe I'll lose another 5 lbs) <BR> <BR> This is the last side... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:43:27 EST Heart Goes Out to Ottawa Spark Friends I'm listening to the news about the entire city being locked down. Very sorry for your loss. <BR> <BR> While crime is a way of life in the U.S and we're largely desensitized to it, it's pretty rare in Canada. <BR> <BR> Hope all are okay. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:58:19 EST Fence Guy Confirmed for Friday However, my neighbor refuses to respond or contribute even though this is her property fence as well. These people have been nothing but a headache, so I don't feel like being charitable. In fact, I feel like calling off the whole thing. Yes, I'm aggravated. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:46:31 EST WILL HE, OR WON'T HE SHOW UP ON FRIDAY? My fence guy has been on vacation; I've called and emailed to confirm the side fence replacement and can only hope it's a go. Getting to this point has been no less complicated than the signing of the Magna Carta. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:42:36 EST Conquered Caffeine, Now Sugar has Revisited My Life Bigtime Was doing so well with little/no sugar for a long time. Got rid of caffeine, but sugar is back. I'd better get this under control. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:18:16 EST Not Coconut Milk, Coconut Beverage I don't know how accurate this info is, but I was shopping at a new store and needed coconut milk for my green smoothies. All they had was coconut beverage and I asked what the difference is. They said that the milk industry is making everyone else call theirs a beverage as theirs is the only true milk. So, in time, everything besides milk will have to be labeled as almond beverage, coconut beverage, etc. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy weekend. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:49:21 EST I Just Ordered the SP Activity Tracker I really like to support SP, but the tracker was pricey until they just lowered the cost by half. So, I ordered it and will use it with my FB to see how it does. This website has been a free tool for almost six years, and I've bought everything SP has come out with to show my support. It's my way of giving back. <BR> <BR> Having another home project done while I do my work on the computer. Three minor things repaired today and tomorrow. Next Friday, the side of the fence will be replace... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:48:30 EST Bursitis in My Shoulder I occasionally get these painful shoulder things going on. I figured out it's bursitis. My first thought was that this flare-up was from painting a couple of weeks ago. But I used my other arm and not the one currently in pain. Plus, this has happened before. OUCH! <BR> <BR> Doing ice compacts on it (also tried heat), stretching, and that's about it for now. Google research said it lasts for weeks before subsiding. <BR> <BR> On another note, yesterday I received two final things for m... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:40:01 EST Losing Weight Using Passwords? I recently read an article, not sure if it was here on SP, about someone who used passwords to lose weight. She set all of the passwords to remind herself that she eats healthy and is losing weight. She claims that the constant reinforcement and reminder each time she logged into all of her sites helped her lose weight. Interesting tool. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:19:51 EST Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian Sparkfriends! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:19:43 EST 11,000 calorie Halloween Candy Bags I heard on the news that the average kid who will be out trick or treating will bring home candy that totals about 11,000 calories. <BR> <BR> When I was shopping for a new dentist, I walked into a nearby office and was surprised to see a bowl of candy on the counter. The receptionist said that the dentist allows children to take a piece, BUT only if they brush their teeth in the office bathroom immediately after eating it. (to teach them what they are supposed to do after any candy eating)... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:52:42 EST My Computer is Slowly Dying My trusty computer has been showing signs of uh-oh. And it may be unfixable, and necessitate a purchase. If I disappear suddenly and for awhile, that might be what happened. I do have a laptop and will try to use that to bridge the gap until purchase. This has been a work horse and I'm sorry it is failing. My computer expert friend is trying to keep it alive as best as possible in the meantime. <BR> <BR> Seems like temps are slowly going down and a bit cooler days. Hope so. <BR> <... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:50:35 EST Halloween Zit, Trader Joe's, Portion Control, Weigh-in Loss It never fails; almost every year, I get a big, honkin' zit right at the end of my nose. No kidding, it's hilarious. It's not the kind that you can take care of or cover up with makeup. It's also the kind that gets worse before it gets better. Big, red bump. Hooray for me. Just in time for Halloween. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Trip to Trader Joes this morning and lots of wonderful pumpkin things. Pumpkin breakfast bars. Pumpkin granola cereal. Pumpkin biscottis. (very small) I almost trie... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:57:10 EST Posting a Pic of Backyard My friend came over for lunch today and took a pic but couldn't get the entire yard in; there are more plants, a walkway, and my little bridge. Will try to take other ones after the last side fence is replaced and painted. Will go to post the pic now. <BR> <BR> The tribute bench I ordered just arrived and I put it out in the front yard. My dear cousin is smiling. I can feel it. <BR> <BR> Big hug to all. <BR> <BR> p.s. Can't upload. Will try back later. For some reason, it won't go... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 19:03:23 EST 7 Years Ago on Columbus Day, 6 Years Ago This Coming Jan. on SP Seven years ago on Columbus Day, I embarked on a new journey. Never having had a wgt problem in my life, I was faced with the result of a confluence of factors - overwork, less exercise, hormonal changes, stress, and yes, overeating. <BR> <BR> I started with two months of Nutrisystem, which taught me portion control (still have to learn that one permanently), basics of good eating, etc. But I didn't like it for a number of reasons. However, it kick -started my weight loss adventure. <BR... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 12:52:28 EST HOORAYYYYYYYY....I'M DONE PAINTING! (UNTIL November) Man, am I happy! Done girl, that's me. Until the last side of the fence is replaced on the last weekend of this month, no more painting! WOOHOO! I figure I'll start again on Sat., November 1st. <BR> <BR> By then, the weather will be cooler and it'll go faster on new wood. <BR> <BR> I ordered a few last tribute garden pieces for my yards that'll arrive in a couple of weeks. That's it. Wishing all a wonderful day. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:08:35 EST Updates on Scale, Painting Project, etc. Okay, I switched brands of paint for the fence and it's a world of difference. They matched the color, and this brand not only goes on easier, but also is more forgiving for unevenness. My last section of these two sides will be done tomorrow. Gave myself the day off because I'm wearing myself down and fighting a cold. <BR> <BR> The third side of the fence needs replacing and I wrote about my difficult neighbor not wanting to share the cost. In all fairness, times are tough. But they ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 12:32:59 EST Updates Well, I'm trying to wrap my mind around the fact that it's October 2!!!! Where in the h did this year go? <BR> <BR> Today I finished painting the back side of the fence from h. Started on the side. Went to HD yesterday and they mixed the same color in a brand that is supposed to go on easier. Yeah, right? I've only got a 2-hour window from 6:30-8:30 a.m. before the hot temps come in. Supposed to have record highs the next few days. I'm so looking forward to cooler "fall" weather. <BR>... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 15:50:26 EST This is A Total Comedy, This Fence Painting So, yesterday I went back to Home Depot to get more paint. I discussed my woes with the staff there in the paint dept. She replies, "oh, that brand is hard to apply, no matter what surface." <BR> <BR> Well, gee, I went in there with tons of questions last week as a new painter but left with the hardest to apply paint. Thanks a lot! <BR> <BR> This morning, I had a contractor come out to give me some estimates on future projects and as he was leaving, he gave me some advice. He said to s... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:57:21 EST Painting the Fence Yesterday I started a gargantuan job - painting the backyard fence. I'm limiting myself to a certain length each day so that I don't burn out. There are several challenges that make the job more difficult, but that's the way life is. Plus, this is not my bag, so I'm learning as I go. (smiling) <BR> <BR> I'll check in soon with more details on other things. For example, still off of caffeine but not doing stellar with sugar. Not awful, just not as good as I was recently doing. Again, th... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:48:51 EST Backyard is Finished I'll try to take and post pics this weekend. It turned out great. Very different from front in design. Again, low water and no maintenance needed. <BR> <BR> When weather gets cooler, I am going to start painting the fence. Which is hilarious because that's not me at all. But I plan to pace myself and not overdo it. It's a major undertaking. But the temps are still high and hot days are just exhausting me. <BR> <BR> One neighbor who shares a common fence in the backyard (this is sub... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:08:31 EST Welcoming Back Several Spark Friends In the last few days, about five SP friends returned after a long time away. It was so nice to see them again and catch up on their lives. <BR> <BR> It reminded me that SP is like home. Even when we go away for awhile, we know where to come to find the road back to healthier choices. SP is like coming home again and staying for awhile to hone those better habits. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:01:37 EST Blood Test vs. Physical for Potential Job? Maybe it's just me, but I really think that a blood test is too personal and invasive by a potential employer. I've nothing to hide, and am in good health, but I feel there is too much information that is no one's business that is contained in blood. Any and all opinions, as always, are welcome. <BR> <BR> I also feel that way about credit checks as part of background investigations. I have excellent credit and nothing to worry about, and I realize that some employers feel that your financ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:18:10 EST Woke Up with A Bee in my Bonnet Honestly, when I have a grouchy day, I don't take it out on anyone. But I feel totally off kilter and everything looks yucky. Ever have one of those days? Even walking didn't help. I think I had a strange dream that left me with emotions riled up. <BR> <BR> I thought the hot temps were gone, but nope. Well, that's just the way life is sometimes. <BR> <BR> Not much to say today. Plus, it would all be grouchy stuff like bad drivers and dogs pooping all over sidewalks. (smiling) <BR> <... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:08:14 EST Posted Yard Pics & 5-HTP - Anyone have experience with it? I finally was able to upload a couple of new front yard pics on my photos page. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the entire sections all in one photo and there is a third matching section near my driveway. But it'll give you an idea. I'll post backyard pics when it is done on Friday. Love it already. Beautiful variety of drought-resistant trees/plants. <BR> <BR> Okay, I just read an article this morning on 5-HTP and then did due-diligence in researching. Problems in the 80's were due to m... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:43:54 EST Full of Shrimp, New Carpet Cleaner, Cooler Weather Great lunch at Red Lobster and now full of shrimp. Thanks, Wallahalla! (smiling) She's the one who mentioned it in her blog and I started thinking about the RL that is literally around the corner. Nice time with my son. <BR> <BR> Went to Target early this morning to pick up my new, heavy-duty carpet cleaner. My old one lasted awhile, considering it was a tiny little thing. I want to do my rugs more often and this model should do a much better job. <BR> <BR> Finally, cooler temps tod... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:51:14 EST RL Endless Shrimp, Fitbit, and misc. Updates Well, if it hadn't been for a SP friend mentioning it in her blog, I would've never known that the Endless Shrimp promotion has arrived at Red Lobster. (You know who you are, you little rascal - smiling) Tomorrow I am meeting my son (the only remaining child of three) for lunch. Looking forward to it, but even after all this time on SP, I still have a feeling of dread because I revert to being a piglet sometimes. Shrimp goes down SO easy. But I've already decided what healthier choices I... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:44:57 EST Back Yard Landscaping Has Begun I took pics of the front yard this morning, but having trouble uploading to the SP site. Either my camera or program is wonky. I'll keep trying. My landscaper, Danny, and I are making a minor alteration on the very front section, so that will make me totally happy with the overall look. <BR> <BR> He's got seven jobs going (and he's a small/med size company), so I thought he'd fit my back yard in during the coming months. Nope. Started today and working around others in their schedule, s... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:09:06 EST Yard is Finished and Stunning Once the hot (triple digit) temps are over, I will get out there and take pics. People are knocking at my door already, asking who did this yard. He's putting his sign out front in a little while that I'll keep up for a bit. His work is one-of-a kind, no two yards are the same. He prides himself as an artist. <BR> <BR> Honestly, as a tribute garden to my cousin, it is bringing me so much joy and I'm moved sometimes as I know Carole is smiling down. In fact, just as they finished yester... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:15:47 EST