SOFT_VAL67's SparkPeople Blog SOFT_VAL67's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community sometimes there is just the truth Feeling much better, physcially anyway. <BR> There is a lingering cough and some congestion that just doesnt seem to want to come out. <BR> But the aches and pains are gone. <BR> I just wish now that all the stress in my life, from a broken down car to Honey losing his job due to the company shutting down would go away. <BR> That is the job he got only one month ago, after having been out of work for 7 months and having maxed out his unemployment benefits. <BR> Now, there is no income from wo... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:54:36 EST i have been expecting the grim reaper but he hasnt shown up yet!! So, I am still sick, not as bad as I was but just now starting to get a little less yucky. <BR> Monday, my nose ran as though I had an open faucet, just poured. <BR> Tuesday I was congested and hurting all over, aches and pains to the point of laying in bed moaning and hollering like a wounded animal. <BR> Cough, hack, cough, wheezing noises I cannot even begin to describe have interferred with what little sleep I have had. <BR> But today at least I havent begged for death to come claim me. <... Wed, 25 May 2016 11:13:08 EST sick of being sick Rain has dominated the month of May. According to the local weather channel, the coverage area has seen rain 20 out of 23 days this month. <BR> Finally it let up some and yesterday it didnt rain until late evening. <BR> Then a down pour. <BR> Today the sun seems to be trying to come out and the temps might climb out of the 50s today. <BR> But no walking for me. <BR> I am sick and so is my car. <BR> Not sure what is wrong with either of us. My throat started aching Saturday evening and hasnt ... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:50:04 EST the smell of victory <img src=""> Rain stopped today!! <BR> <BR> So there are these people who walk at my track. Well, our shared track. I dont get to see them as much as I used to as they are very early walkers, and since the weather has been so dreadful, I havent been getting to walk as much. <BR> But once the heat returns I know I will see more of them, as I will also be an earlier walker. <BR> But there is this one man, he lives... Thu, 19 May 2016 12:32:18 EST ownership on a rainy day Things I have managed to do today. <BR> Get out of bed. Dress, wash my face, fix coffee. Eat oatmeal and yogurt. Check Facebook, check SP. <BR> Sit in my chair under my walking dead blanket, listening to the rain hit the a/c unit. <BR> Watch my little dog sit by the front door staring out, probably wishing, as I am, that the rain would end, so she can go outside. <BR> I know there are birds and neighbors and cars passing by that need to be barked at and warned to go away!! <BR> I have been o... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:16:36 EST i can fight this feeling!!! So I walked three times last week while the sweat rolled off my face into my eyes. <BR> Today I was wearing a hoodie!! <BR> The weather here just cannot make up its mind, but the one thing it seems to be clear on, summer is on hold. <BR> Today I am fighting hunger cravings that I just dont understand. <BR> I have eaten. <BR> Why is the food in the kitchen calling my name!! <BR> I am not giving in to cravings today. I am staying true to my plan. <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 14:53:18 EST the rain finally stopped Good day at the track. <BR> Sweat is good for what ails ya!! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 11 May 2016 18:29:21 EST it is just me??? Feeling a lot better today. Woke up with that same headache and body aches, YES I do NEED a new mattress. <BR> But after about 2 hours and 2 cups of coffee, I felt alot better, and I went to the track. <BR> Walked an hour and came home to have a good protein shake and some water. <BR> So, I stopped at the only little market we have here in our town, went in to get some tomatoes and deli chicken breast. <BR> I know prices are higher, but its ridiculous. <BR> I feel bad for anyone who goes the... Tue, 10 May 2016 13:17:24 EST blue gray Such a headache today. <BR> Dont know if it has anything to do with not having any caffeine today. Trying to cut back on drinking so much coffee in the morning, so that I can get back to my routine of early morning walking. <BR> That is if the rain ever EVER lets up!! <BR> It isnt raining at this very moment, but it will start, then stop, and it has been this way for well over a week. <BR> I cant predict the weather, but I can look out and see how gloomy it is and has been. <BR> Maybe that ha... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:52:11 EST a long blog about dealing with my mom who is not dealing with her life! Today my blog is about how I spent my day yesterday. <BR> I stopped by to visit my mom and see if she needed to send for anything from the store while I went to the walking track. <BR> She told me about how Life alert people had been calling and were able to talk her into buying a device to put in her home, and they charged her 96 dollars, and was going to cost 49.99 a month. <BR> Now, I am sure life alert is a good thing to have, I am not sure if its really all they show it to be in the comm... Thu, 5 May 2016 06:23:20 EST accomplishments! What is the one thing I need to achieve today? <BR> What is the one thing I accomplish this week? <BR> What is the one thing I that is important to ME today? <BR> What can I do to remain calm?...........IAMSUNNYHOWARD..... <BR> <BR> I borrowed this from my new friend who commented on my blog yesterday. I hope she doesnt mind. I kept this in my head all day yesterday while i was out running errands. Yes, I finally put on pants and went out doors. <BR> Despite that it has rained here for abou... Wed, 4 May 2016 09:07:44 EST procrastination is making me weight Indecisive. <BR> That is me. Something as simple as making a hair appointment is a struggle for me. <BR> I am just too indecisive. Do I want to really deal with this right now? <BR> I need to get my mind out of my head!!! <BR> I need to just jump in and be spontaneous for once. I need to get back to the walking track and I need to be eating alot healthier. <BR> Going to the grocery store!!! <BR> Something I had planned to do yesterday, but the rains here have been horrible, storms, lighteni... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:48:17 EST i need to drop numbers not names Yesterday was my doctors appointment. <BR> Nothing to report. No change in weight. As expected!! I am stuck in a deep ditch and cant claw my way out. <BR> I gain and lose the same three pounds and have been doing so for a year or longer. <BR> Nothing ever changes. <BR> Walk, eat right, cut out this, cut out that, replace this with that. <BR> Still the same. <BR> My bp was good tho. That was a shock, as it is almost always high when I go to the doctor. <BR> No sun to sit in today. <BR> Overca... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:21:29 EST im walking on sunshine, literally!!! (not a rant). This blog is my own personal thoughts, opinions and personal experience, and I am not suggesting anyone go against their own beliefs, or doctors advice, althought, maybe it will make you listen a little closer to the things your doctors offer you in way of preventative medicines......or the lack thereof!!! <BR> <link><BR>eficiency </link> <BR> <BR> The last four days I have sat outside in the sunshine. I am happy to report this news. <BR> I have a vit... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:44:58 EST what is missing what is found All this food tracking is driving me nuts!!! <BR> I get my protein right, my calcium is too low. <BR> I get my fat right, my fiber is too low! <BR> I cant ever seem to get just the right amount of nutrients in food and still stay under calorie range. <BR> Tweak my menu and still end up having to tweak it again. <BR> But at least I am eating healthy. And walking once again. I walked 3.6 miles on Sunday and 3.4 today. <BR> Saturday I didnt have my tracker, but I walked at the flea market, alot... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:11:31 EST speak into my good ear, if you can figure out which one it is So, I have waited around two months to see the ENT. my ears are clogged or running, running or clogged. <BR> both ears, so what is up with that? <BR> well, here it is, two days til my appointment, and I think I am getting a head cold!!! <BR> I will still keep the appointment, but should I? <BR> Maybe I am not, maybe I am just tired. <BR> I have been taking my claritin and nothing. <BR> Still running clogged running clogged get it. <BR> And back to the doctor tomorrow for my bp and... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:03:00 EST iron woman i am not Adding iron to my diet??? <BR> I am taking the pills, but they turn my stomach into a wild adventure. and not a fun one! <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> I am tired at all the wrong times, such as when I should be working out. <BR> I need energy and I do not want the fake canned kind or the kind in pill form. <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:41:13 EST HELLOoooooooo It is only 8 am and I am already tired. <BR> Maybe I just got out of bed a little early. <BR> Working now and dont have alot of time for SP. and dont even have alot of time for ME. <BR> <BR> I dont get to walk as much as I would like, but that will soon change once the weather does. <BR> And, I get my ears checked out. I dont know what is going on with me, but BOTH ears are constantly draining. When I get up in the morning, both ears have to be flushed. But then during the day, they buil... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:25:57 EST hanging in there I havent been on SP in awhile. <BR> I havent stopped, just been very busy and spend alot of time away from home in a place where I dont have internet access. <BR> But I am still here. <BR> I have walked alot more lately as the weather slowly starts to improve. <BR> I am struggling to get back into a better routine and eating habits. <BR> But I am still here. <BR> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:53:05 EST the lesson i learned as i watched my father die My dad died. <BR> He had been a sick man for a long time. He had gone thru surgeries, heart disease, diabetes, copd. and the thing that finally weakened him to the point he couldnt recover, osteomyelitis. His spine broke down with infection, he had a pic line for antibiotics and pain medicine since April. He had gone into the ER back in April and was put on a ventilator, where he stayed in the ICU for about a week. <BR> He had been back and forth to the hosptial for at least 3 stays since t... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:51:58 EST traditions that need to be changed, what is yours??? Reasons we eat on special occasions?????? <BR> This is the answer I have not found. Why is everything from Valentines chocolates to Christmas fruit cake considered tradition? <BR> We buy, and more than likely toss out, more food on Thanksgiving than most people can even afford to buy in a month. <BR> Or two!!! <BR> Today, thinking about this weekends Superbowl coming up, GOBRONCOS!!!!! <BR> I decided I am going to continue the tradition of having foods, but, I am changing things a bit. <BR> ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:00:29 EST trying to zen it my way I have made a decision about a situation I blogged about recently, where I had a doctor trying to sway me in a direction I didnt want to go. <BR> Now normally, I listen to my doctor and I take any health issue seriously. But in this case, it isnt a matter of life or death and it isnt even a matter of having to make a decision right away. <BR> Physical health is important, but if the decision is causing stress, and if you truly believe in the long run you will not be better off and constantly ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:53:22 EST wish i had listened to the sun!!! Show of hands. <BR> How many have gone into a doctors office and left feeling ganged up on and trying to be talked into something you dont feel is right for you? <BR> This makes me feel like I was listening to an insurance pitch or a pitch from a used car salesman and not getting medical advice. <BR> We arent all medical professionals and maybe we dont know as much, but I think most adults, with the ability to think and research and make educated decisions, can decide what is best for our hea... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:22:55 EST wasnt too bad It was a good day, pretty good anyway. Started out super cold, so I didnt get to the track til later in the day. But had a good hour walk. <BR> Feeling pretty good this evening. <BR> I did eat a reese cup, so, yes, I did. <BR> Highlight of the day, was trying out my new shampoo. <BR> I have alot of breakage. and have been noticing alot more dry skin, and dry scalp lately, I keep the humidifier going now that we are having to use the heat more. I fear my vitamin d is very low right now. <BR> ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:09:57 EST this is so uncomfortable!!! I wonder why there is such a term as comfort foods. <BR> Why do we turn to food for comfort? <BR> Shouldnt we turn to our loved ones? best friends? spirituality? <BR> I am not a religious person, but I guess I follow some sort of thought of finding inner peace and putting out good to others around me. <BR> Well, anyway, what is it with comfort foods and why do we allow ourselves a pass in colder weather? <BR> Why is it considered comforting to eat breads and thick heavy soups just because we ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:45:50 EST begin again day 1. I am starting off the new year trying to decide if I am getting better, or worse. <BR> Have had an awful sore throat since Tuesday, went to the doc on Wed. she didnt think it was anything to worry about. <BR> Prescribed mucinex, which made no sense to me, as I wasnt coughing or congested. <BR> No swab or culture or blood test. <BR> Came home that evening feeling even worse. Yesterday felt even worse. <BR> and as the evening wore on I began to feel some better, so I cleaned my bedroom and kitc... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:28:57 EST the day after Last night, I was home alone, Honey had to spend the night in the hospital with his dad. <BR> So......I decided to clean up Christmas. <BR> I didnt cook way too much this year, and all the candy I made was given out in gift bags. <BR> My son took home the last of the deviled eggs and cake. <BR> What I took to my moms stayed there. <BR> So, the only thing left here is some ham in a tupperware container in the fridge and a small bowl of banana pudding!!! <BR> I took down all of the Christmas wh... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:14:21 EST and to all a good night...... In this last week leading up til Christmas, I will admit, I have really messed up my plan. Baking cookies and sampling. <BR> Making homemade candy, and sampling. <BR> Baking cakes....well you get it. <BR> I havent really OVER indulged but I have tasted things I knew I should have passed on. <BR> The biggest regret so far was the sausage biscuit I had yesterday at Mcdonalds. Because it stayed with me all day. <BR> I was just overall sick yesterday. <BR> Had a fight with Honey, got a screw in... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:18:55 EST and i forgot to mention starbucks. I feel like between my moms dr appointments and my dads, and cleaning and decorating and making out lists for Christmas, I have been neglecting myself lately. <BR> I know I missed my chiropractors appointment last week so I am going to stop by there tomorrow and see if they can see me or make an appointment for next week. <BR> My lower right back and hip is hurting but I really think it feels like the start of a kidney infection. <BR> If you have ever had one you know what I mean. <BR> But on... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:24:34 EST at the end of my rope, but its only the beginning. Tonight I am sick. I am tired. I am sick and tired and my head hurts. My bp is up and I have eaten too much and exercised way too little in the last five days!!! <BR> and tomorrow I have to, once again, take my dad to his doctors appointment. <BR> This is really beginning to take a toll on me. <BR> My sister and brother, without going too much into personal details, both have their own issues and sick family members to care for and are not available to do for my parents. <BR> So, there is me.... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:10:05 EST battles, i fight alone. Still fighting the battles that seem unwinnable. <BR> The battle of cravings. <BR> The battle of cold weather. <BR> The battle fluctuating numbers. <BR> and mostly, the battle of back pain!!!! <BR> Trying in vain to find a decent supportive bra. I have researched and I find one I think is the one and it is out of stock, or it doesnt come in my size. Which is really the problem. <BR> I found out that my local hospital now has two plastic/reconstructive surgeons and so I called the other day t... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:14:14 EST hella good? well, hella fair anyway. Made my way to the doctor yesterday. <BR> Monthly bp and weight check. I am beginning to wonder why this is necessary. <BR> She always gives me 2 refills, so why dont I go once every 3 months? <BR> I am going to ask about this. <BR> But, it wasnt all that bad. My bp was good, and my weight was up by 3 lbs, but that was fully clothed in walking shoes. <BR> I figure that was at least a couple of ounces, lol haha. <BR> Well anyway, i didnt let it get me down. <BR> Got up this morning and did m... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:43:45 EST walking = zen Finally I got a walk!!! I had just about gotten to an hour, 3 minutes to go and it started pouring rain. I barely had time to make it to my car before being drenched. <BR> I sat there and waited it out, and finally it quit and I walked another 15 minutes. <BR> So, I am feeling good about that. <BR> I think going more than 2 days without a good walk makes me blue. <BR> I am feeling more optimistic. <BR> Things could be alot worse. <BR> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:40:46 EST HELP!!!!! that little old ant finally got crushed under her own weight!!!! Ok, Sparkers, I REALLLLLLY need help here. Advice, gumption, new ideas, something. <BR> I was coming off of a really great victory a few weeks ago. Having finally started to lose weight again after such a long hiatus. and then, WHAMBAMSMACKTHUMP, I decide to get on the scale, only to see a huge gain. <BR> I mean, seriously, I was thinking, ok, I might not be surprised to see 1 or 2 pounds back, but 6??????? <BR> Seriously, SIX pounds in like 2 weeks. <BR> WHAT IN THE H E DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS!... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:03:52 EST this is long, aging parents, aging bras, and stress!!! It almost felt like fall just flew by and went straight to winter. We have been having to use the furnace the last few mornings. <BR> So, on Monday, it was sunny and probably around 65. An absolutely beautiful day to be outdoors, exercising, doing last minute fall yard projects. <BR> However, I spent the day sititng in my car, waiting. <BR> Waiting on my mom to go to the doctor, then to pick up her knee brace, then to the grocery store. <BR> By the time I got her home, groceries unloaded, et... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:01:15 EST and no icing on the cake!!! It just feels good to walk. It feels normal to me once again, to wake up at 630 am and get dressed, make my way to the track and get my 3 miles in, and then some. <BR> I have been doing this once, and on several occasions, twice a day for the last couple of weeks. I dont think I have missed a walk since Saturday before last. <BR> I am once again adding some inclines, walking up some very steep hill roads around the town. <BR> Just trying to add some calorie burn and muscle building. <BR> I f... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:23:39 EST a quick how de do. I havent blogged in awhile, since my birthday I guess. Not that I had nothing to say, I just guess I took a little break. <BR> I have been doing fair, walking as much as I can and feeling good about that. <BR> I had a great week, then a not so great week, now I am having a better week, so far. <BR> So, I just wanted to check in and say I am still here, still keepin on keepin on!! <BR> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:07:56 EST hear ye hear ye, while you still can without help!!!! Ok, mini rant. Well, I wont even call it a rant, because I am not angry. I am NOT yelling. <BR> So, tomorrow, I will turn 48. <BR> And I am perfectly happy with that. Has my life turned out just as I would have wanted, probably not, well, really not. <BR> But I have a fair life. I have a roof over my head, etc etc. <BR> If I was offered the chance to go back in time would I? <BR> Of course. But not to change my age, but maybe I would have paid a little more attention in school, and gone farth... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:46:50 EST ONE good thing. So, I have lost 2 pounds this week. And I feel pretty good about that. <BR> I have lost 13 pounds since July. And I am walking more, eating healthier, and not obsessing about the scale. <BR> I normally weigh in on Thursday, but tomorrow is my doctors appointment and I just wanted to get an idea of progress, or the lack of. <BR> Today I went to the walking track and did 45 minutes, cutting it short due to an extreme stomach ache. <BR> Not sure what is going on, but I have just had water, coffe... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:17:02 EST babysteppin I am slow. <BR> I walk slower than almost anyone else at the track. Sometimes I question why this is, since I have been walking pretty regularly for almost 4 years now. <BR> But I am just a turtle. <BR> To me, I feel as though I am walking pretty fast. But people still lap me and get way out ahead of me. I guess I take babysteps too literally. <BR> But it doesnt bother me all that much. I just have to tell myself, my legs are much shorter than most of theirs. I carry alot more weight than s... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:20:51 EST happy i mean new year!! I always see Sept as a new year. For me, it is out with the old and in with the new, since it is my birth month. So many painful and bad memories associated with this month. But some good ones as well. <BR> So, as this month comes closer to closing, I feel it hasnt been too bad overall. <BR> I ate way too much last week and was feeling pretty down and discouraged. But I got on the scale, against my better judgment, yesterday and I havent gained. <BR> So, all the fear and worry I had built up... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:11:59 EST short but not sweet I forgot how much I love walking in the evenings. Now, alot of people will say that morning exercise is best. And I wont lie, there is something great about getting up out of bed super early and going walking. It was better when there werent so many people at the track. I am a selfish walker. <BR> But I really enjoy the evening walk. Today I walked morning and evening. <BR> That makes two days this week I have done so. <BR> I went over calories yesterday, but no junk food. <BR> I have done m... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:50:36 EST hot and steamy blog Very little exercise today. Sitting here with my back pressed against the heating pad for the first time in ages. <BR> Usually a good hot epsom salt soak and a couple of aleve works. But the back is aching overtime this evening. <BR> No muscle pulls or twists or any kind of injury. Just the everyday wear and tear I guess. <BR> I did a few overhead pulls and lateral raises and chest presses. <BR> That wasnt the cause of the back ache. <BR> I look forward to my early morning walk. I already... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:54:00 EST dont wake me from this dream I am so tired. But its a good kind of tired. The cooler temps today really made the difference in my walking. My desire to walk. I walked 45 minutes this morning and then another hour this evening. <BR> They have paved the walking track, partially, they have most of it finished, and it makes a lot of difference as well. No slick spots. <BR> I feel good this evening and havent snacked or gone over my calories. <BR> I wish every day could be like today. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:57:17 EST please allow me to re-introduce myself It has been awhile since I last blogged. My laptop went down on me for a week and I finally got that fixed. <BR> Dont like adding more apps to my phone because the battery runs thru so fast as it is. <BR> I have been walking, as much as I can. <BR> Went to the doctor on the 1st for my regular once a month blood pressure and weight check and of course, no loss!! <BR> I have no one to blame and no excuses to make. <BR> I was just eating so much. <BR> I flipping hate holidays and long weekends!... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:50:49 EST ohhh watch me watch me, with pics. I hate to brag, but I am getting pretty good at doing the whip nae nae!!! <BR> I wouldnt allow a video to be taken. <BR> I hide behind my closed living room door and break my legs break my <BR> <BR> It is a good exercise. I am going to change it up a little and start using a step. <BR> I did pretty good at the track today too. Added five extra minues on my walk and did 3 full miles, in addition to walkiing one of the steep streets that run adjacent to the walking track. <BR> A... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:02:06 EST just slipping and sliding and trying to keep trying. Feeling better. <BR> Last night I kept myself busy. Cleaning, reading, watching tv. and got in a short but good workout with the bands and dumbbells. <BR> I wasnt blue or down and I didnt snack. <BR> Today I made it to the walking track for a good hour walk. and I have felt pretty good all day. <BR> I really do believe the sugars from days ago are leaving my body and I have really improved my diet the last few days. <BR> I have gotten plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. Back to watching an... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:56:27 EST i got the ate too many carbs and sugar, hating the rain, low vitamin d moody blues!! Struggling!!! <BR> <BR> Coming off of a great past two weeks, where I lost a combined 6 pounds, I have really let myself down the last few days. <BR> I hate weighing!!! Because I always celebrate any win with what????? <BR> FOOD!!! <BR> Why is this?? Why are we programmed to celebrate any event with food? <BR> From News Years to Christmas, we eat. <BR> Every holiday has a food theme. <BR> <BR> Graduate high school, lets have cake!! <BR> Get married?? Lets have cake!! <BR> Its your birthda... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:22:30 EST numb but not too numb Got in a really decent workout this evening. <BR> Tried my hand, or I should say my legs, at some deep squats. and tried to hold each one a little longer. <BR> I did 5 in all and the longest hold was for about 15 seconds. <BR> I dont know if that is a thing or not, lol, but I just wanted to try something different. <BR> I do squats all the time, with weights. But never really deep, holding squats. <BR> It was good. <BR> I also did some dumbbell strength workout and some cardio dance. <BR> I s... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:14:14 EST all work and no play...or sleep...or time.... Today my blog is about what is healthier. Sleeping in when you can, or getting up and exercising, even if you really need sleep?? <BR> I know how important sleep is to our health. <BR> This morning, even though weather reports were wrong again, I chose to sleep in. <BR> My weather app said it was going to rain, in fact it was 60 percent and higher. <BR> So, when I woke, I was just so sleepy. <BR> I decided to forgo my walk and get an extra two hours of sleep. <BR> Of course it didnt rain af... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:28:57 EST