SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Baggy clothes, Kids Dying in Hot Cars, Nerve Pain, Misc. When I added the new pic on SP that I had taken at the movies this past weekend, I noticed that I tend to wear larger sizes that are baggy even when I could easily go with smaller ones. For one thing, it's a habit to buy the bigger styles. And for another, sheer comfort. But it's a good visual for me to keep in mind. A huge advantage of posing with a huge statue is that I look so much smaller. (smiling) <BR> <BR> How in the world do you "forget" your child and leave him/her in a hot vehi... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:32:15 EST My Donut Caper It started on Friday morning. I was walking along and ready to cross the street, when a friend drove by and motioned me to stop over at his house. So I turned left and he got out of his work truck with a huge box as his work crew was meeting early and he bought donuts for them. He showed me his new backyard that he did, his new birds, and then offered me a donut. <BR> <BR> Okay, I've been off added sugar for months. I've been in pain for over four months now and have an attitude that I d... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:51:13 EST TO GRANDPA ON FATHER'S DAY Thank you and miss you. Love you so much. <BR> <BR> Heatwave has arrived and I'm off to a movie with a friend. <BR> <BR> Will write about my terrible donut caper in tomorrow's blog. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:03:04 EST Heatwave Coming, Earthquake Insurance, Misc. Wow, if you've ever had the lunch specials at Red Lobster, they have the most AMAZING shrimp tacos. Really, mega-delish. <BR> <BR> Okay, so tomorrow is supposed to bring a big heatwave and we're into a five-year drought which means trouble as we head into fire season. But you really can't sit and worry as we all know how useless and stressful that is. <BR> <BR> After last week's big earthquake that woke me up in the middle of the night, I've been sleeping in my clothes - just in case. I ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:27:33 EST Shingles and Suicide Yesterday, a healthcare provider casually mentioned the correlation between suicide and shingles nerve pain. That there are a high number of suicides resulting from nerve pain. I researched it upon arriving home and found it interesting. <BR> <BR> Not that I've contemplated self-destruction, but over these four months of nerve pain, I've felt like I've been a baby. That maybe I should/could be tougher and it's not as bad as I think. After reading how others have reacted to their shingles... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:13:03 EST When News Coverage Turns Into Maudlin Entertainment I understand covering the facts of a nightmarish event, like the one in Orlando on Sunday, but hearing the footage of the gunshots, seeing the dead bodies, etc. days later is when it crosses the line, in my opinion. <BR> <BR> That's why I limit my news and information intake. I can only take so much violence, which is very little. <BR> <BR> Again, my heartfelt sympathy for family and friends, as well as those departed and in the hospital from the massacre. <BR> <BR> On the health front,... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:48:04 EST Rearranged My Day Yesterday I just wasn't in the mood to go out yesterday with a heavy heart from the Orlando tragedy. I didn't plan to feel that way, it just happened. I'll go another time, no biggie. <BR> <BR> Doing well with less sugar, no caffeine, and less nerve pain from shingles. Feeling very thankful as pain is no fun. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:59:37 EST Heartbreaking News Right Now from Orlando- Largest Mass Shooting in U.S. History I'm in tears over this breaking news; 50 dead and 53 wounded by what they are calling a "ideological motivated" (how politically correct!) shooter. <BR> <BR> Going to light my special candle. I can't stand how violent this country has become. <BR> <BR> Deepest sympathy to all in Orlando. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:49:46 EST I BROUGHT CARROTS W/ME TO THE COUNTY FAIR LAST NIGHT (and didn't eat them) Okay, just a few years ago, I sparked here in a blog about how worried I was about going to the County Fair that night and all of the "tempting" food that would be wafting me in its direction. Fast forward a few years, and I wasn't a bit worried when I planned the evening at the fair last night. <BR> <BR> First of all, I no longer crave yucky stuff. Don't get me wrong, I can (and do sometimes) have dalliances, but I knew I wasn't going to have a tug-of-war with the nutrition good angel sit... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:13:14 EST Shakin' All Over - A Rude Awakening at 1 a.m. Yikes! If an earthquake isn't scary enough during daylight hours, having a strong one wake you up out of your sleep is a super-frightening event. <BR> <BR> It was tough getting back to sleep because you always wonder if there are more on the way. I think I am going to start going to bed in my regular clothes again, as I do whenever I think there will be an earthquake. That way, I won't have to run outside in pj's. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Scary, for sure. My stomach has been hurting since t... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:50:13 EST What's Up with Me I wanted to pop in and say hello to all of you; every time I think I'm going to consistently blog, I wind up not doing so. Honestly, I'm going through another "going to take a break from SP" mentality. It happens every so often when I just get sick of caring about all this. <BR> <BR> I'd started (after four months of Shingles nerve pain) to feel better and a couple of things happened to set me back. I pushed myself with too much physical activity and my body rebelled. It seems that muscl... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:12:30 EST In Memory of My Uncle Sal (Korea) My grandmother heard a knock at her door one day and nearly passed out when she opened it. There stood my Uncle Sal in his new Navy uniform to surprise her. What was so surprising? <BR> <BR> Well, he was just 16 and forged his mother's signature in order to join. Off to Korea went her youngest of nine children and her heart was broken from that point on. <BR> <BR> To my Uncle Sal and all of those who gave everything, words of gratitude are hardly sufficient. Deep in my heart, I've had a... Mon, 30 May 2016 12:45:01 EST My Dearly-Departed Cousin's Birthday & New Things for Her Memorial Garden I just returned with some embellishments to the little memorial garden I've set aside over these years in memory of my dear cousin who was like a sister to me. She's been gone six years now, and although far from my first loss in life, she was the proverbial straw that has changed me in many ways. <BR> <BR> I guess it's like an elastic band and you keep stretching with each loss and trauma until, one day without warning, it snaps. Not that I'm a raving lunatic (smiling), but so many change... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:55:45 EST I "Think" I'm Feeling Better After three months of constant nerve pain from shingles (dastardly!), it has not been a linear healing progression. That is, one day, you might feel a bit better only to revert back into the land of bigtime pain. <BR> <BR> However, in the last few days, I noticed a significant drop in pain level and I am hoping like crazy that this is the sign of this awful stuff leaving town for good. I can deal with intermittent relapses of pain if that's what will remain for awhile. <BR> <BR> I am so... Sat, 28 May 2016 11:28:26 EST Fitbit Lawsuit - Another Perspective (mine) I am not a person who will sue a company because its device is inaccurate. I learned long ago that my FB is not perfect; a friend and I spent the day at Disneyland last year. He tracked steps with his phone and I tracked with my FB. Dear little FB was way off. But it didn't occur to me to run to file a lawsuit against the company. <BR> <BR> That said, in the news are claims of people suing FB over inaccurate sleep and heart monitoring. When I buy a device, I figure it's a ballpark esti... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:06:15 EST Doggy shoes, Dog Owners, Diabetes Debate w/Friend, Pain Meds, Misc. The other day, as I was driving along, I had to do a double-take. There was a service dog wearing shoes! No kidding. They looked like functional, rather than fashionable, shoes. Has anyone encountered this before? Just curious. <BR> <BR> As for dog owners when I'm taking my daily walks, I never interfere in others' business. But sometimes it kills me to see some of the things pet owners do with their dogs. For example, pull their leashes repeatedly while the lovely animal is choking. ... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:43:47 EST Serotonin- Maybe A Horror Hormone, Not a Happy Hormone I blogged this before, from pharmacist Ben Fuchs' Critical Health News daily blog. I think it's so interesting (and misunderstood) that I'm blogging about it again. <BR> <BR> "If you watch the cartoonish commercials on TV about depression and anti-depressants, you would think that that the molecule known as serotonin is a biochemical of bliss and if you’re feeling crappy, you can just take a medicine that bumps up its effects and voilà, you’ll be happy! On the other hand, if you go to webs... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:18:59 EST Cracked Myself Up w/Yesterday's Blog After writing yesterday about my lifelong avoidance of drugs, alcohol, and meds, I had to laugh. It's too bad I didn't think the same way about the two additional poisons that have taken me forever to conquer - sugar and caffeine. Not that I've overcome those addictions, but doing far better than ever before, so that will have to suffice for now. <BR> <BR> I guess I'll have to accept this pain as a way of life as I spoke too soon yesterday. I was elated for 4-5 hours of its absence, but i... Tue, 17 May 2016 10:06:21 EST FEELING SO THANKFUL FOR PAIN RELIEF I am so happy to feel significantly less pain today (first time in three months). And glad that these meds are low dosage and non-addictive. As I've said many times, I am not a pill taker, so it gives me heebie-geebies when I have to put stuff in my body. This has been a lifelong thing with me and that's why I never did alcohol or drugs. Just one of my quirks. (smiling) (one of many) <BR> <BR> Been researching my butt off to find all possible info about shingles. Sometimes ignorance is... Mon, 16 May 2016 10:10:36 EST Reducing Stress & Weight With Posture (Ben Fuchs Blog at Critical Health News) Ben Fuchs is a pharmacist who writes on all sorts of health-related topics. I thought this was a good one and wanted to share. <BR> <BR> In an article that was published in October of 2010 in the journal “Psychological Science”, collaborating researchers from Harvard and Columbia Universities found that humans and animals can up-regulate (i.e. stimulate) the production of healing chemicals by intentionally assuming open, wide, spread out expansive positions and postures. For instance, holdi... Sun, 15 May 2016 11:56:11 EST Sugar Coated (documentary on Netflix) Yet another film about that demon poison - sugar. It does contain some interesting new info, as well as reminders about the stuff we already know. Yikes! I've been doing much better with sugar intake, but still have a way to go. <BR> <BR> As a person who stays as far away from meds as possible, I returned to the doc yesterday after three months of severe shingles nerve pain and practically begged for help. I have a low dosage of something that I am going to research later today. I'm p... Sat, 14 May 2016 10:48:09 EST Headed Back to Doc's This Morning Ordinarily not a pill taker, I need some help with this constant and intense pain from shingles. Rash has been long gone, but nerve pain is beyond belief in three places with some numbness and vibration. Some days it's unbearable. <BR> <BR> BUT, compared with what some of my SP friends are going through, it's do-able. Sending all of you positive energy and hugs with wishes to get well soon. <BR> <BR> Have a lucky Friday the 13th today. Fri, 13 May 2016 09:32:42 EST Thinking of Starting a SP Shingles Healing Team But maybe I'll wind up be a team of one. (smiling) I'm currently trying to form a shingles support group, and that will take some time as I don't think there are that many people out there. BTW, it is no longer an "over 60" malady. <BR> <BR> I've decided to, starting tomorrow, walk less. I find that when I'm tired, I have worse pain flare-ups. So I'll cut down to one walk a day rather than two. <BR> <BR> Hope all are well and having a good day. Wed, 11 May 2016 15:00:31 EST Prescription Thugs (documentary on Netflix) This is an interesting film about how we as a nation are held hostage by big pharma. We have 5 percent of the world's population, but use 75 percent of its prescription drugs. In the past decade, big pharma has made $711 BILLION. Yes, the medical profession is big business; that's nothing new. <BR> <BR> The producer focuses on his own family's use of prescription drugs. Check it out if you have interest in this topic. <BR> <BR> I've researched that I'm in the 5 percent category of those... Tue, 10 May 2016 09:45:04 EST Overweight mothers give birth to fat babies In the news today was this study out of Britain of the correlate between overweight mothers giving birth to fat babies - some of them (the babies) had as much fat around their abdomen as some adults in their 50's. <BR> <BR> The scientists noted that this was the first time they found a direct correlation between obesity starting in the womb as a result of its mother's eating habits. <BR> <BR> Not sure if the radio report was correct, but it also mentioned that women who drank diet drinks ... Mon, 9 May 2016 17:26:45 EST Motherhood - Another Perspective Sure, I've experienced all the joy of motherhood that society proclaims at one time or another. <BR> <BR> But honestly? I never thought it was all that it was cracked up to be and required endless sacrifice, energy, love and commitment. Oftentimes, only to get kicked in the pants. So, sure, its a wonderful thing for many. But for me, a road of loss and pain. I was born a "giver" but the well is now dry, and I am sorry that I was kind to those who were not. <BR> <BR> My own mother has be... Sun, 8 May 2016 13:34:07 EST Beck Newsletter - Getting really, really good at responding to sabotaging thoughts and not giving in For those who've enjoyed and benefited from the Beck Diet Solution, you know that her cognitive therapy tips are helpful. They send out a newsletter, and there's an opening statement in the new one that was emailed the other day. <BR> <BR> Debby (I think that's Judith Beck's daughter) was responding to someone and said that their goal was not to eliminate sabotaging thoughts, as that's not possible. But to get really, really good at responding to those sabotaging thoughts and not giving in... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:24:09 EST "LOSE WEIGHT FAST, EAT MORE FAT" (ebook) I just can't wrap my mind around this short ebook I got free for my Kindle Fire. Eat as much bacon as you like? I've heard of this before, but really not confident that this is heart healthy. <BR> <BR> We are still challenged by a lengthy drought, and have been getting rain in spurts. (get it?) (smiling) Gray skies and some potential wet stuff in the forecast this morning. <BR> <BR> For this remaining nerve pain, just curious what you think. I've done intermittent heating pad and then i... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:41:42 EST Night Eating, Food Tracking, Finished Xmas Shopping, Harry's Birthday I have birthday balloons up to celebrate Harry's 12th birthday and in joyful remembrance of his brother Wills. 12 years of happiness with my furry baby. <BR> <BR> I noticed that food tracking is much easier when I don't eat as much as I was eating. I'm down 7 lbs in the three weeks since getting my blood test results back; even though they were good overall, there was room for cholesterol improvement and I have been working on two of the main culprits - salt and cheese. I used to dread tr... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:23:34 EST Sugar in the News Again It has taken me most of my life to harness sugar; in fact, I often crowned myself sugar queen of the universe. Not very complimentary, but true. <BR> <BR> However, over the past year or so, I really got serious about eliminating added sugar. Not perfect, by far, but doing so much better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's news revealed that sugar is at the root of several diseases they previously were unaware of; duh! Not that hard to figure out, right? <BR> <BR> I've perfected my side braid with int... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:58:40 EST Purple Hair, Fitbit Malady, Prince Harry's (my cat) birthday, Camel Ride Since I haven't been blogging regularly, and have no idea how long my desire to do so will last (smiling), I thought I'd kick out as many topics as possible. <BR> <BR> About a week ago, my new FB died and I thought it was just a battery replacement needed. Tried a bunch of new batteries and no luck. (I have the basic model with the flat, round battery.) So, I put my FB away and tried to convince myself I didn't need it. Well, I really don't. But it's way more fun with it than walking w... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:13:16 EST So Far, 2016 Has Been a Whopper of a Year At the beginning of this year, I had a strong intuition that this year was going to be - something. Not sure how to describe it, but the feeling was of many many happenings of one sort or another. Including, perhaps, life changers. <BR> <BR> February's cold turned into month-long bronchitis, but it could've been worse. Then, end of Feb, I started getting severe pain in my shoulder blade that I wrote off as bursitis since I recently did way too much painting. That morphed into other str... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:43:18 EST R.I.P. PRINCE So many have departed this year; I will miss him. In fact, I do already. Playing his music as I write this. <BR> <BR> Will be blogging again soon, friends. I've been dealing with a tidal wave of stuff, including shingles. Yes, adult chicken pox. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:22:56 EST Condolences, Theft, Misc. My heart goes out to those in Belgium affected by the terrorist attacks. Not sure if the world truly understands what our future is going to look like. <BR> <BR> Today I discovered that some of my beautiful yard ornaments had been stolen last night. Yes, I knew when I put them out that it was a gamble to put things in the front yard and guess I'm surprised they were there that long before this happened. I've learned my lesson. Sad cause they had a special meaning to me. <BR> <BR> Hope a... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:28:03 EST HEADING OUT TO DO A LAKE WALK I live in a big city, so I have to make an appointment with nature to visit it. Sad, but true. In a few minutes I'll be heading out to meet a friend to hike around a lake. It's bittersweet; so nice to commune with nature, but so sad to see how much of the lake has dried up from this ongoing drought. <BR> <BR> Shoulder bursitis is on the downswing - about 75 percent better. I'm looking forward to the rest of the pain leaving town soon. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, friends. Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:02:09 EST D.C. Bald Eagle Cam (live births), Scale Fixed, Etc. What a precious process to watch - the D.C. Bald Eagle live cam and first of two eggs that have hatched the cutest little eaglet. Mama was just up and about with baby fully awake and attentive to its mom. Very adorable. Check it out. I hope the other egg is okay. It's taking a bit longer than the other one. <BR> <BR> Well, I fixed the scale and it didn't reward me as I thought appropriate. (smiling) In fact, the next time it needs batteries, I just may forget about it. Just kidding, o... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:07:29 EST Why Am I So Eager to Replace My Scale? Since I rarely used it, I can't figure out why I'm so eager to run out and get another one. My scale died this week and it makes me smile with the irony of it. Why this rush tor replace it? <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:22:42 EST Scale Died Today, Computer is Dying, What Mega-Painting Last Year Has Caused I weigh myself every couple of months and today was the day. I've been good, but not great. (smiling) So I had to mentally prepare myself with all the platitudes about numbers not mattering, etc. I need not have worried as I stood on the scale and NOTHING. NO NUMBER. Hooray! (smiling) However, I tried changing the batteries with a couple of sets I have stocked and nothing revived it. A friend is going to see if he can operate on it later and bring it back to life. <BR> <BR> My compute... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:37:02 EST Beware the Ides of March Remember your high school Shakespeare? <BR> <BR> Wishing you a wonderful day. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:26:58 EST Avoid Cancer with Proper Nutrition - Ben Fuchs' Blog Critical Health News is a daily blog spot for pharmacist Ben Fuchs' terrific nutrition advice which I often highlight in my SP blog. Love this guy and thought I'd share this one. <BR> <BR> Cancer is a sign of a body, tissues and cells that have been exposed, malnourished and abused for decades. Because cancer cells are OUR very own cells (dysfunctional as they may be) anything that "kills" cancer cells is in essence suicide medicine that ultimately kills the very body it is supposedly heali... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:53:14 EST Springing Ahead This Weekend So happy that longer daylight will return in a couple of days. My psyche never fully adjusts to dark-early days. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a fun weekend. Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:59:21 EST American Addict (documentary) Yikes! Nothing we didn't already know (that we are a nation of addicts - including legal drugs), but it's a harsh reality to see the stats. <BR> <BR> According to this documentary, the U.S. is 5 percent of the world's population, but consumes 50 percent of the world's pharmaceuticals and 80 percent of its narcotics. <BR> <BR> Wow. That leaves me speechless. Big Pharma is a beast. Makes my one small mug of daily coffee look tame as that caffeine is my only drug per se. Unless I have a l... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:14:39 EST Two Soaking Wet Walks Yesterday Yesterday's crazy weather brought thunder, lightning, rain, hail and short bursts of very high winds. The storm blew in, out, then in again, and out again. (and yes, in again) <BR> <BR> In the morning, the radio report said the storm had blown out of the county, and I could see the sun trying to burn through, so I set out for a semi-short walk. I brought my folding umbrella which is a lightweight, but usually suffices. <BR> <BR> Halfway through the walk, I noticed I was walking into an a... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:31:18 EST Postponing Camel Ride Due to Rain. Link to the Camel Dairy Farm. For those of you who are interested, here is the link to the Camel Dairy Farm. Rain today, so no camel ride for me. I have decided to go in April when I can catch the bird show as well. There is also camel milk and chocolate to try. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:26:07 EST Camel Ride Tomorrow (if it doesn't rain) After my hike tomorrow, I plan to go on a camel ride. It's supposed to rain, but I hope it doesn't start until evening. <BR> <BR> Hope all are well and enjoying the weekend. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 15:52:19 EST I HAVE A FEELING IT'S TIME FOR A SPARK BREAK Every so often, I get sick of this whole thing. Maybe it's time for a break. Will check in, but be spending less time here. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 20:45:08 EST Welcoming March I can't believe we're into March already and have to set my goals today. Did well with January/Feb goals, although sidetracked a bit with a couple of weeks of illness. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a great new month. Go get 'em! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 08:40:04 EST Leap Year Day Used to Mean.... could ask a guy to marry you. Wonder what new meaning/s it has... maybe nothing. <BR> <BR> Hope all are doing well today. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:00:39 EST PlantPure Nation (documentary) Each time I watch a documentary like this, I get bummed about how it's becoming more and more difficult to obtain healthier food. Lucky are those who have gardens and are able to be independent in supplying freggies for themselves. <BR> <BR> Haven't blogged in a week, and really haven't had much to say. Doing well with sugarless lifestyle. No added sugar, that is. <BR> <BR> Too early in the year to have such hot weather. I fear we are in for a very hot hot hot spring and summer. <BR> ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:39:58 EST National Margarita Day (if you care) I have no interest in this, other than I live in an area where Margaritas are very popular. And it was on the news just now that it takes eight years for the Agave plant to be ready to be the ingredient for Tequila. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day, and here's a cyberspace toast to us all. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:13:34 EST