SOFT_VAL67's SparkPeople Blog SOFT_VAL67's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community not a bad day. Was a nice day today, not alot of sun, but warm enough to leave jacket behind. Drove to the track and walked a little over an hour. <BR> <BR> Came home, did a little weight workout, made baked chicken for dinner and put the first notch in summer vacation planning. <BR> Having a little early buyers remorse, but hoping by June I will be over it and all goes well. <BR> Glad to have the first part done. <BR> Rain is now falling. <BR> Hope its all gone by tomorrow. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:55:37 EST and on that note. good news, call from the mechanic and my car is fixed and running right, he says. <BR> so, i will be going to pick it up tomorrow and see for myself. <BR> the good news is it wasnt as bad as it could have gotten, good thing we caught the issue early and it isnt going to break the bank!! <BR> hopefully this rain ends by monday and i will be able to enjoy a good long walk at the track, i have missed all week. <BR> weekend plans are pretty low key, walmart, buy fishing license, get some new dumb... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:56:16 EST stuck I am really looking forward to the weekend, wishing the weather would be nicer, but whateve, I am going to walmart to buy some new weights, kettlebell and my fishing license. <BR> This doesnt seem like such a big deal to those with transportation, but for me, I havent had my car in 8 days and I am about to go a little stir crazy. <BR> I am one step away from getting in the UTV and driving to town, despite having no doors and it being only 25 degrees outside!!! <BR> I want my car back, I want ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:54:46 EST monday, the third. I spoke to the mechanic this morning, his bro in law will be buried on Saturday, but he is going to try to work on some cars this week, mine included. <BR> I told him to keep it until its really fixed, rather not get it back half done just to be getting it back. <BR> With the snow we got last night, I probably wouldnt be going anywhere today anyway. <BR> Tweeking and re-tweeking my menu for the day, it is a job trying to make sure I am sticking to the calorie intake, keeping the sodium and ca... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:41:32 EST re-living a monday..... Ramblins of the morning. <BR> Woke up to a little snow, cold, two days ago, I was sitting on my porch on my lounge chair, soaking up the vitamin d from the sun. <BR> Today this..... <img src=""> <BR> Doesnt matter that much, I cant go anywhere. I took my car to the mechanic last week, went by to check on things yesterday as I hadnt heard from him, turns out, his bro in law went into cardiac arrest, he had to drive h... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:02:08 EST the end of the day not the best monday of all my monday's <BR> but not the worst either. <BR> Honey is working tonight, and I am tired, going to veg on the couch and watch a movie, Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:59:56 EST trying to get somewhere The mechanic hasnt called about my car since I dropped it off Wed morning. <BR> I hope this just means he has been pretty busy and hasnt found some terrible problem. <BR> I wonder if he has even worked on it at all because he didnt call with any kind of estimate. <BR> I am going to call about 3 and ask whats up with that. <BR> <BR> In other news, I continue to use my stair stepper since I cant get to the track, but even if I had my car, it rains. <BR> Possible snow showers this weekend. <BR... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:52:10 EST daydream believer Wishing I was at the walking track today. But my car is in the garage and so, I guess I will workout here on my stair stepper and lift some weights today. Give the dog a groom and bath and clean a little bit. Maybe I will go for a walk to the end of my driveway and back a few times, which is a pretty good steep hill so that I can get in my steps. <BR> The sun is shining nice today but it will soon turn to gray skies and maybe some snow. <BR> Weekend plans are to go see the new King Kong movie... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:52:38 EST get in line and get your number, i will be on the outside looking in.... I posted a blog yesterday, but deleted it after realizing it was way too long. i sometimes forget when to stop typing. But anyway, for those wondering, No, I didnt have the surgery. This was decided upon by both myself for the fact that I was just not feeling ready for the psychological and emotional changes one goes thru after such a major life changing surgery....I have alot of stress and depression that I havent worked thru, some recent life issues that need to be worked thru and dealt wi... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:50:33 EST the stress is taking a toll on me and so...... I love SP. <BR> I love the support I have gotten here over the years and even the advice that is sometimes hard to take. I love the friends I have made here and those who comment on my blogs. <BR> I love reading everyones success stories, and encouraging those who are struggling. and having those who do the same for me. <BR> . <BR> But recently I find myself focusing too much on Sp and other social media to try to work thru my thoughts. <BR> Mentally, I am draining myself. <BR> Yes, I am dep... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 14:23:51 EST whats that you say....? This ear situation has got to change!! Since Christmas I have had a middle ear infection. I have been on antibiotics for strep throat but that didnt help my ear at all. I have seen the ENT twice, had my ear cleaned out and suctioned out twice, and have been using two different ear drops for weeks now. <BR> No relief. My right ear feels like it is full of water or something. Half the time I cant hear anything because it is closed off and all I hear is ringing. <BR> Adding the drops as directe... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 18:34:40 EST when does it end? <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> As you can see..... <BR> I am once again dealing with extremely high bp and trying to decide if I am sick or just what? <BR> I checked it this morning and it was extremely high, took my bp meds, waited an hour, checked again, very little change, in both arms. <BR> I am currently taking three bp meds, i... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:44:13 EST the not so not so maybe so day Not all days are great days. <BR> Not all days are even good days. <BR> There are bad days, then there are really really bad days. <BR> Today was sort of in between good and not so bad, but kinda bad, but not that bad. <BR> I broke down and went off my soft/pre-op diet and had two chicken strips for lunch. <BR> After three days of nothing but protein shakes and sugar free jello and chicken broth.... <BR> I was starving!!! <BR> Then I walked an hour. <BR> Then I was feeling ok about it after m... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:29:56 EST trickery yesterday my great nephew turned 3. we had his party in the park and it was 4pm and everyone was wearing shorts or short sleeves. it was about 70 degrees yesterday. <BR> it has been that way since saturday and i loved it. <BR> today the rain came back and its dreary and overcast out, but not too cold. <BR> i am going to walk later today when the rain chance lessens. <BR> <BR> Scales!!! <BR> Who knows....I know I have been watching what I eat and sticking to a certain soft/nearly full liquid ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:55:36 EST my feet sigh in relief So. its been awhile and I finally finally found some great new shoes!! <BR> After much searching. <BR> New Balance t610v5 trail running shoes. <BR> I went with a trail shoe as my research found that they tend to be a bit wider and the toe box is a bit wider, they land better and the soles tend to have better grip for wet surfaces. <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:16:51 EST what is your kryptonite? The search for shoes continues!! <BR> So, I ordered from zappos a pair of Asics gel venture, I have a pair, that I have had and loved and still get good wear out of since 2012!! <BR> So, I ordered a pair to replace them, and nope!! <BR> 1. They are too stiff. No give at all. <BR> 2. Right foot felt snug, left foot was like a boa constrictor had wrapped around my foot and was squeezing the life out of me. <BR> <BR> So, back they go. <BR> I have had two successes with zappos, and probably 3 fa... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:02:35 EST trying to catch up to that turtle Walked just shy of 3 miles today. I have slowed down. According to my Fitbit, I was doing 3.3 miles in an hour, now I am doing 3 miles in 70 minutes. <BR> I will get back into the groove. <BR> One thing is for sure, I really need to shop for some new walking shoes. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 14:43:47 EST drip drip drip The last time I visited the ENT, they gave me some cream to rub into my ear, they told me all they found was some dermal infection, like just skin inflammation, nothing to do with fluid in my ears or on my eardrum. <BR> But I can feel it there and it drains and drains, until it builds up and forms a huge hunk of some kind of dry skin or dry plug that blocks the drainage, then that breaks loose and my ear begins to drain again. <BR> At night, when I am laying on my right side, the fluid builds... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:23:06 EST extra cold The heart doctor gave me a good bp report. The day I went was the 20th and so far, I have not heard back from the surgeons office. <BR> But I am not going to worry about it, I have been feeling pretty good. <BR> Staying away from spicy foods, trying not to eat late in the evening and havent had any gerd that what you call them....? <BR> Anyway. <BR> My bp is staying good, the new med the heart doctor put me on back in December has been working really well and I feel pretty good.... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:26:08 EST today i caught myself ousside..... Today was a good day. <BR> I turned in my key, and went to the track and walked an hour. <BR> Not breathing second hand smoke for the last 2 days has been good, and I hope how soon it gets better, throat is still sore and ear is still infected, hopefully that will begin to clear up soon. <BR> Going to get my doo done tomorrow before going to my heart doctor appointment. <BR> Hoping for the best. <BR> BP has been staying pretty good and no other symptoms. <BR> Hope the weather cooperates to ge... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:00:56 EST take a deep breath!!! Today has been a good day. <BR> No smoke has invaded my airways!! <BR> I think in a matter of days, my lungs will feel better, my skin and hair will look better and my eyes wont be red and irriated all the time..... <BR> <BR> I am happy with the decision I made and I know when one door closes..... <BR> I got to the walking track today, for the first really good walk I have had in weeks. <BR> Looking forward to this becoming a regular part of my daily routine again. <BR> I think my optimism i... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:38:12 EST cant you read the signs.... Headache today. <BR> Came home, cooking supper. Cleaned a little, very little. <BR> Each day I ask myself, why? and yet I get up and go right back. <BR> But the ball is rolling and its time to do what i knew weeks ago I needed to do. <BR> I cant blame this entirely on one thing, but I know it is contributing.... <em>270</em> <BR> <BR> I made a decision today and tonight I am going to tell the people I need to tell that it is time for me to start focusing on myself and my health. <BR> It w... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:39:28 EST Opinions are like....(what would YOU do)?? Opinions are like....... <BR> Well, I would like to know everyones thoughts on this subject. <BR> Second hand smoke in the work place???? <BR> <BR> If you were a nonsmoker, and had recently had health issues, including your blood pressure suddenly increasing and you were constantly coughing a dry cough, eyes had become dry and you kept an ear infection that wouldnt heal..... <BR> <BR> If you had a job that was pretty easy, (although the pay wasnt especially great), and didnt require a long... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:10:46 EST sitting under a blanket with hot coffee like I have not walked since January 1st!! <BR> I am pretty aggravated with myself. I can lay some of it off on the weather, as we did get about 5 inches of snow here and it has been bitter cold. I can also lay part of it off on my ear infection, and strep throat. <BR> But, even though my ear still aches, the snow has melted. <BR> The temps today will be in the 50s, and I think about all week around 45 ish. <BR> So, even though I hear drops of rain beginning to get heavier outside my door, I hope... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:30:24 EST ears eyes and epic fails My Kingdom for some antibiotic eardrops!! <BR> I went to the clinic the day after Christmas, I was very very sick. <BR> I had strep throat and a very bad middle ear infection. Because it was the middle ear, the NP said it would do no good to give me antibiotic ear drops and told me to buy some sweet oil. <BR> Have they seen the price of sweet oil lately?? <BR> Anyway. <BR> Here I am, 2 weeks later, and my ear is still badly infected and aching. <BR> I took all of the clindimycin antibiotics I... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:59:51 EST its just a glimmer Cold. <BR> That pretty much sums it up folks. I think it is around 16 right now. I am having some coffee and cottage cheese with peaches, anticipating opening that front door, dreading it really. <BR> Dreading even more venturing outside to my car. <BR> Warmer temps will return this week, along with rain. <BR> I have pretty much given up on the idea of walking in the mornings for awhile. Might possibly be able to get in an evening walk, a short one. <BR> I am relying on less calories and he... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:34:07 EST ups but not too many downs So, I had a scope done recently and was determined to have a large esophogeal hernia. <BR> <BR> But I have been dealing with high blood pressure. <BR> For years. <BR> Keep in mind, when reading on, that I have a malabsorption disorder, I have had this since I had my gallbladder removed years ago. <BR> My body doesnt absorp some medications or vitamins properly. <BR> Which lead to my having a vitamin d def, and breaking my foot in 2013, which is when this was all diagnosed. <BR> So, some of t... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:51:31 EST day 1 again So far, so good. Into this new year. <BR> I walked 2 miles this morning, and plan to go again in the morning. <BR> That isnt too bad for someone who has been coughing up both lungs all week. <BR> I have been on antibiotics and cough meds since the 26th and am just now beginning to feel like this is almost gone. <BR> But the cough lingers. <BR> I did the traditional new years food for luck and prosperity, and wealth. <BR> Cooked cabbage, blackeyed peas and porkchops. <BR> Feeling like we are ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:32:00 EST that isnt a dog barking, its me coughing!! So, I am sick. <BR> Yesterday the coughing, and intense pain in my ear and throat became more than i could stand any longer. <BR> My doctors office was closed, so I went to the clinic at Walmart. <BR> I almost left in the first 10 minutes, as I looked around at the 15 or so sitting in chairs waiting, ahead of me. <BR> But I toughed it out and it wasnt so bad. <BR> Only there about two hours, including picking up my medicine. <BR> The nurse practitioner turned out to be very skilled and diagno... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:01:50 EST me and some reasons why Well sparkers, I decided to check in and say Hi and hey. <BR> The 20 lbs I said I lost in my last blog on November now more like 15 lbs, lol. <BR> Lets just say, not ALL weight loss is good and not all weight loss comes from hard work and eating healthy. <BR> November 9th thru the 29th were pretty bad weeks for me. <BR> I lost about 10 lbs but not in a healthy way, so I have gained a little, about 6 lbs maybe back. <BR> But I dont feel that bad about it, because I am actually eatin... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:50:07 EST checking in So it has been two months since I last visited SP and blogged. No reason really, just had other things going on. <BR> Alot of ups and downs have occurred in my life over the last two months and I am kinda still stuck in the middle of the downs. <BR> But that being said, I have enjoyed the last month of my life probably more than I had enjoyed life at all in the last ten years or so. <BR> I have also lost 20 lbs since Sept. <BR> Not really doing much other than I am up and down a 17 step fligh... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:05:22 EST ready for the free fall I have never been a fan of roller coasters. Just like everyone, I like the thrill and fear of coming down, but its the going up that I cant stand. <BR> Same can be said of my weight. <BR> Which has been stuck on a roller coaster for about 2 years now. <BR> But its not one of them big wild twisting upside down roller coasters, its more like the little park coasters for children. <BR> The ups and downs arent all that big. <BR> In the last few weeks I have known the thrill of coming down. <BR> ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:29:11 EST dont look behind me cause it aint there!!! Switched the custom orthotics out of my shoes again this morning, I had a pair here that my mom had given me, they were kinda flat and cheap looking so I didnt know if they would be any good. <BR> But I had a really good walk, turns out they are custom to go into shoes made specifically for people with diabetes. <BR> Which I dont have. <BR> But she had a couple of extra pairs of the inserts and so they seemed to really have a good feel to them. <BR> And no blisters!! <BR> Down another 3lbs th... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:19:40 EST lets try this for awhile The best laid plans, foiled again. <BR> Today the plan was to walk 4 miles. I took some comment advice and put my orthotics back into my shoes and at first, the first two miles were going well. <BR> Only minimal pain in the feet, but around about 2.5 my right arch started aching. Getting more sore with each step. <BR> So, I finished up at 3.1 miles, still a good walk, and now, I have a blister on the inside of my arch. <BR> My left foot, the one I was having trouble with, seems to have none... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:53:42 EST stuff on a monday Down another pound!!! <BR> I am celebrating this little loss. Yet.....the self critic in me says....if you hadnt had that roll with dinner the other night, or those two pieces of bread last night you might be down 2 lbs!!! <BR> I cant disagree. <BR> But, I will take the one pound loss and be happy with it. <BR> What I am unhappy with this morning, waking up, logging onto my laptop and the dang font has changed. <BR> It is smaller and I have had to increase it twice, log off, log back in, but... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:18:17 EST the calm friendly weekend I have been getting to walk every morning, with the exception of one day last week when I had an appt. <BR> And today, due to the rain. <BR> But yesterday was a good walk, while not as long, it was nice, because I went fishing with honey, and while he fished, I walked. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It is in a park area where there are no 4 wheelers, or loud trucks, etc. <BR> I live in a rural area in the hills of Eastern... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:38:57 EST hold your water please!! According to my scale, I am down 1 lb for this past week and that makes 7 since my last doc appointment on August 26. <BR> Seems unreal. <BR> But I dont get my hopes up too high, i have learned the hard way. <BR> But right now, even though its such a small amount, 1 lb is my only recent victory. <BR> I hate to make this announcement, but I am going to have to cut down on my coffee intake. <BR> I am not sure, but lately, the last 3 or 4 days, I have noticed a slightly rapid heartbeat. <BR> I a... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:33:18 EST chop dice steam I am happy to announce I have lost 5 pounds. <BR> I am working really hard to keep that off and lose 5 more before I go back to the doctor in two weeks. <BR> That is my goal. <BR> I am not going to fret if I dont. <BR> I have been adding more time and steps to my daily walks. <BR> And more intensity, taking the streets instead of just staying on the track. <BR> Our little town is built on a hillside and while I am not able to walk to the main top, I do add one or two good steep street climbs ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 05:51:51 EST September I was really looking forward to September. I knew the mornings would be a little cooler and I would get to walk without dying from heat stroke. <BR> But then yesterday, my calender pops up on my phone, and I see how many appointments I have this month. <BR> I am just about tired of running. <BR> I think I have 3 doctors appts and one heart test scheduled. <BR> and no, I am not sick. I just have routine appointments, not to mention I am pretty sure I have a dentist appointment sometime this m... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 05:21:46 EST Off-Ramp!! So, I went ahead and unhooked my new cpap machine and hooked my old one back up. <BR> I have used it the last two nights. <BR> Despite the fact that my doctor ordered the new one so that they could monitor it thru wifi, I did not bother to put it online until a few nights ago when I began having trouble with it. <BR> The reason he changed my machine is that the old one was building pressure too fast and too often, I was constantly having to ramp it thru the night, waking me up. <BR> So, other... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:41:33 EST make my coffee triple strong please I havent blogged in a little bit. Dont know why, just been sticking to Netflix and not getting on SP much other than to track fitness and nutrition. <BR> I am doing a little better, I got my shoes back from the repair shop and walked 4 miles yesterday. <BR> Adding more fiber to my diet and trying to watch my calories. <BR> I can do better. <BR> Every meal is a learning experience, what could I have left out and what will I know to leave out next time. <BR> Trying to stay positive, but I am s... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:39:44 EST no walk for you shoe Well....... <img src=""> <BR> The saga continues. <BR> The search for shoes is back on! <BR> They were pretty on the webpage. The reviews were mostly good. They looked good in the box. <BR> They even looked decent when I put them on. <BR> But, that was not a happy moment. <BR> I had a feeling before I ever tried them on that they were going to be way too small. <BR> And they were. <BR> They werent WAY small, but j... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:59:18 EST blue sky monday There was a time when I would have gotten a letter in the mail like the one I got today, and I would have been so upset, distraught, angry, scared and worried and anxious. <BR> But not now. <BR> I am ready for a change. I am over sitting and worrying about something I have no control over. <BR> I will take whatever comes my way and I will deal with it. <BR> That thing YOU are going thru, that worrisome and scary unsure situation, believe me, it isnt as bad as you might think. <BR> Whatever t... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:04:56 EST and they are grape and pink!!! I did it!!!! <BR> I bite the bullet, pushed order, and ordered me a new pair of running shoes!!! <BR> I may end up sending them back if they arent wide enough because I just couldnt find a pair in wide, but I am currently wearing a regular width and we will see how it goes. <BR> Luckily I ordered from zappos and they offer free shipping and free return shipping. <BR> I have ordered from them before and never had a complaint. <BR> So, in around a week, hopefully I will get the shoes and give t... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:34:37 EST over or under support Over pronate, underpronate. I have read and read up on the subject. <BR> Flat feet you are more likely to overpronate??? <BR> Is this the case, because then I look for shoes made for that issue and I when I read reviews on the shoe, it is the total opposite. <BR> I dont want to end up with the shoe that does the opposite of what I need it to do. <BR> <BR> The last few weeks I have been doing some comparison shopping for some new walking shoes and have had ZERO luck. <BR> I am very choosy wh... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:37:35 EST which shoe shoe shoe making me blue!!!! Ok walking and running sparkers. <BR> I have broken the internet, shut down five websites and confused myself to no end!!! <BR> I cannot decide, which shoes to buy. <BR> I have researched, compared prices, read reviews, and added and removed more shoes from more shopping carts this week than I can count. <BR> This morning I put my gel inserts back into my Saucony cohesion and wore them to the track instead of the asics. <BR> So, even though I was dead set against buying Saucony again, now I a... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:37:00 EST dwelling on the good Philip H. <BR> I don't care what you're wearing, or how much make-up you have on or don't have on; it's just you that makes you so pretty,i know It's quite peculiar for bees and butterflies to not notice a beautiful flower like you,angel you look divine! If I were to present your picture in heaven, so many angels will hide their face in shame. <BR> <BR> This is a message I got on Facebook. It was in my filtered messages and I only just read it last night. I dont know this person, and I am ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 05:59:55 EST and searching for a bathroom. Another day, another no dollar! <BR> Walked a very little amount this morning, due to rain, then heat, then pain in the foot. <BR> I am at my wits end about what to do over my foot. <BR> I am still trying to decide which shoes to go with, and hoping some new gel inserts will help in the meantime. <BR> Getting old!!! <BR> Started out on this new bp med the doc changed me to today. <BR> Chlorthalidone. <BR> A diuretic that I am to use in combo with my aldactone, which is also a diuretic. <BR> S... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 12:50:43 EST makes ya heart go boom boom sighhhhh Today I got good news!!!! <BR> Nothing like WHAM KABOOM, but just a good heart review. <BR> I had an appointment with the cardiologist, and he asked me a leg long list of questions, did an ekg, and then told me he wanted to do a stress test. <BR> We walked down the hallway, me answering questions about exercise, telling him I try to walk daily, when I dont have early doc appts to be at and such.... <BR> He asked me about how long I walk, I told him I try to do 3 miles every day that I walk an... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:52:00 EST cream cheese dreams do come true!! Well, as this day is winding down, I can say, it had its ups and its lows. <BR> First, I went straight to my doctors appt this mornng, and was happy that my blood pressure was under control and that I was actually down 8 pounds since my last visit. <BR> 4 less than the goal I had set, but I will take any weight loss and be happy for it. <BR> Afterwards, I drove to two different shoe stores, and was disappointed, but not surprised that neither of them had Brooks. <BR> But I tried on a pair of ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:25:18 EST