STLOUISWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog STLOUISWOMAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community October 21, 2015 Today is "Back to the Future" day because October 21, 2015 is the date that Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown travel to in the movie. The classic film makes several fictional predictions about the future, including hoverboards, flying cars, remote-control dog walkers and the Chicago Cubs winning the 2015 World Series. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:46:44 EST The 30 Day Small Changes Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I chose this challenge because of the name. I like small changes. They're much easier to stick to than large changes. Besides, I had just finished the Better Sleep Challenge which required a lot of thought & dedication. That was a huge change for me. <BR> <BR> Just what is involved in making 'small changes' that change your life? That sounds like big changes to me! Let's take a look a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 12:17:27 EST SparkPeople goes to the Doctor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a follow-up visit with the doctor today that was later than it should have been. Last time I went for the follow-up my car died in their driveway so I couldn't see the doctor. He was very thorough & I was there for two hours. <BR> <BR> He was very happy that I was sleeping without any meds. I told him about the SP Fit Food Challenge that I was doing now & a couple of the other chal... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:55:23 EST Better Sleep Challenge is Over <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I started the Better Sleep Challenge, I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't have any high hopes for getting a good nights sleep on a regular basis, but it didn't hurt to try. <BR> <BR> I have completed the challenge & I'm here to tell you........I'm sleeping. I'm sleeping an average of 7.5 hours a night without any pills, etc.. I wake up about 5 times a night & Fitbit shows ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:45:58 EST Reflections on Week 2 of the Sleep Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been two weeks now that I have been sleeping without the assistance of a sleeping pill. That part was much easier than I had expected it to be. I am actually sleeping better without them. <BR> <BR> No I don't go to bed, asleep in 5 minutes, sleep 8 hours & awake full of energy. But there have been nights that I went to sleep in 25 minutes & I am sleeping at least 7 hours m... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:36:26 EST What a morning! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hate cars! <BR> <BR> This started out as an average, everyday morning. Had breakfast, answered emails & logged onto Spark People. I was wishing I could go to the Y, but I had a doctor's appointment so I got ready & left with plenty of time to get there. <BR> <BR> I pulled into the driveway & got right in front of Metro Imaging's driveway & my car died. It wouldn't start & I was blocki... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:54:50 EST Better Sleep Challenge - Week 1 Sleep Journal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There have already been some major changes in my sleep patterns. I have stopped taking sleep aids & I am sleeping better & waking up easier & more rested. <BR> <BR> Background - I had been taking prescription sleeping pills since right before my son died 4 years ago. Because of health warnings from the manufacturer, my doctor had cut the prescription in half about a month ago & then chang... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:39:39 EST Better Sleep Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have trouble going to sleep & then staying asleep. I got sleeping pills from the doctor some time ago, but still have a problem going to sleep. On my last visit to him, he cut the dosage in half because of problems they discovered with Ambien. Now he has replaced it with something else because of the health warnings with Ambien. I want to stop taking the sleeping pills if possible; he woul... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:00:20 EST Not my best weekend What a daySaturday was. I went to give blood in the morning just like I do every couple of months. Usually have no problems. Then I went to the grocery store afterwards to get some bread. While walking across the parking lot to the store, I started feeling very tired. Got my bread & went to to the self serve check out lanes. All of a sudden I started shaking, sweating & thought I was going to faint. The girl working there took me to a chair, got me a bottle of water & some crackers. They want... Mon, 18 May 2015 19:33:20 EST It's springtime in St. Louis It's springtime in St. Louis! What exactly does that mean? <BR> <BR> It means we can expect dark cloudy days as well as bright sunny ones. It means we will spend a lot of time getting rained on, usually cold, hard rain rather than soft, gentle rain. It means hearing the sirens telling us that there are tornadoes headed our way. It means flash floods in both city because the old sewer systems are overloaded and rural areas because the ground is saturated and cannot hold any more water. <B... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:56:09 EST Goodbye Phil <img src=""> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 09:47:06 EST 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople on July 3, 2010 and I'm so glad that I did. No, I haven't reached all my goals but since they keep changing, I guess that's good. <BR> <BR> I don't make New Year's resolutions. To me they are too stressful & unrealistic & I always feel like I'm setting myself up for failure. <BR> <BR> However, I do set goals. These are not new things to do; they are usually revising the goals of the past y... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:45:55 EST A new incentive For the past 6-1/2 years I have been part of a research project on pschylogy & aging. I have been one of the approximate 1,630 participants. A year or so ago, their funding for the project ended so it was discontinued. They recently contacted me to say that the study had been newly re-funded and asked if I was still willing to be a participant & I said sure I would. <BR> <BR> All along the project has been a combination of both surveys and interviews by psych grad students. <BR> <img src... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:53:32 EST It's a good day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All in all, it's been a good day! Well, I guess it's really been a good week so far! What makes it so good? Two things. <BR> <BR> First, was a followup visit with the doctor on Monday. He was happy with my weight loss even though I hadn't reached our goal yet. Then we talked about my mammogram & ultrasound last March that had questionable results. I was supposed to have a followup exam in 6 months. I figur... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:14:39 EST A Day to Remember It isn't much different than the rest of the days. Nothing spectacular happening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While I don't really have a special veteran to remember, there are still the others that come to mind. My family that is gone already. <BR> <BR> I don't usually make many visits to cemeteries. Not that I have anything against them, I just don't usually. Yesterday I spent time at two of them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:14:04 EST My latest miracle As some of you know, several weeks ago my computer crashed & everything was lost. Every time I needed to do something, I thought of one more way I had relied on that computer. <BR> <BR> Now a least I think it is. For several days, God has been pushing me to look at the thumb drive that the Interfaith Ministry material was on. It was just the raw material because all of my Power Points, etc. were on the computer hard drive. Finally I did get it yesterday & plugged it in. ... Mon, 19 May 2014 15:58:24 EST Taming That Sweet Tooth <img src=""> <BR> I have joined the "Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge." I don't eat sweets every day, or at least not much. But I do binge & lately it's been too many binges. I have no excuse. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite goodies. Especially when they are still warm from the oven. However homemade chocolate cupcakes are pretty good ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:29:09 EST Another Lifestyle Change OK, I guess it's time for another lifestyle change. Everything seems to be pointing in that direction. <BR> <BR> I know my diet has been pretty bad recently. Seems to have gotten a little out of hand. When the pastor & I were talking about what our spring emphasis would be, he mentioned "The Daniel Plan." I had heard about it & said "Sounds good to me. Wonder how much we can lose as a church." We didn't know how other people would feel about it, but it's gotten a very positive response... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:09:53 EST Water please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Water! I really try to drink enough of it. I start off every morning ready to do just that.....get my eight glasses or more. But for some reason, I don't do it. I really forget about it. <BR> <BR> This blog is for all of you. How do you make sure you get enough water? This isn't a trick question.....I really want to know. I need your suggestions. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:10:51 EST False accusations I truly believe that if you accuse someone of doing something & then finding out they didn't do it, you owe them an apology. My question is, does that go for things too? Well, better safe than sorry, right? <BR> <BR> Last week, I accused a pair of pants of lying to me. They were fitting loose & a few days later they were pretty snug. When I finally got on the scale, I discovered I hadn't gained any weight. What's going on with that? <BR> <BR> I wore the same pants yesterday & they were... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:35:26 EST What a wonderful idea! <img src=""> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:49:21 EST My Pants Lied to Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who can you believe if you can't even believe your own pants? A week or two ago I wore a pair of pants that were actually pretty loose in the waist, which made me happy. A few days ago I put on the same pants and the waist was pretty snug. That didn't made me very happy. But being reasonable, I blamed the change in fit on all the cookies, etc. that I've been eating. I also wondered how much weight I had gaine... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:45:54 EST Fa La La La La La La La La <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I know it's that time of year, but I really didn't expect to be as happy as I am. It's been many years since I was excited about Christmas, but I am this year. <BR> <BR> I've even found myself singing hymns and carols that I had forgotten I knew in the first place. I wake up with a song and go to bed with a song. When I'm in my car driving, I can sing at the top of my lungs without ruining someone else's ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:19:26 EST Medications and gaining weight I was just reading a SP article on anti-depressants & weight gain. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1805 </link> <BR> <BR> I admit that I just read it for the points, but it did make me stop & think about something my doctor said a couple of months ago. We were talking about weight loss & I was asking him how much more I should lose. I think I need to lose more than he thinks I need to lose, but we'll figure that out when I get to his goal. <... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 22:52:14 EST My Wish for You Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> To all my Sparkfriends who are celebrating Thanksgiving today, I wish you much to be thankful for: shelter, warmth, enough food, family and friends, love, peace and much happiness! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To all my Jewish Sparkfriends who are celebrating Hanukkah today, I wish you much to be thankful for: shelter, warmth, enough food, family and friends, love, peace and much happiness! <BR> <BR> <img ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:48:06 EST The Big Give 2013 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have an annual tradition at church. Well actually we have a lot of them, but the one I'm talking about today is The Big Give. This event always occurs on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. A couple of years ago the National Association adopted the habit & changed the name to Serve Sunday, but it's still the Big Give to me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:36:07 EST The Toolbox I kinda view Spark People as my toolbox. They provide all the tools I need for success, but I have to take them out of the box and use them for that to work. As long as I leave them just sitting in the toolbox they're useless to me. <BR> <BR> What's in my toolbox? <BR> <BR> Tools to manage my nutrition: <BR> Recipes - lots of recipes <BR> Nutrition information articles <BR> Food tracker <BR> Healthy cooking challenges <BR> Teams for and about cooking healthier <... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:46:10 EST Goodbye, Clown <img src=""> <BR> Clown <BR> July 11, 1995 - November 13, 2013 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:09:27 EST Making Excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my main barriers to success is making excuses. You know what I mean - <BR> "Well, just this once won't hurt" <BR> "I'll start tomorrow" <BR> "I'm really tired & grabbing a burger won't do too much damage" <BR> "I'll just finish these Fritos & be rid of them" <BR> <BR> Oh, I'm sure I could come up with others, but today I'm not going to do that. Today I started with a healthy breakfast which isn't usual... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:50:19 EST Did you hear it? Did you hear it last night? The stomping & shouting? The whistles & horns? The fireworks? <BR> <BR> If you heard all the noise, you were probably wondering what on earth was going on. That's easy! The Cardinals put an end to the National League Championship Series by beating LA in game 6 with a score of 9-0. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Way to go, Cards!! Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:43:26 EST 2013 NLDS Off-day Thoughts <img src=""> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:33:26 EST Daily Community Task <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Spark Coach topic for today was eating by the clock. You know, planning what you are going to eat & when you are going to eat it. They even suggest setting the alarm on your phone to remind you. These are all good suggestions, but I don't think they'll work well for me. The Daily Community Tash for today was to blog about how we feel about this. <BR> <BR> First of all, I have enough problems answering a... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:47:35 EST Never Forget! <img src=""> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:18:34 EST A glimpse at the past <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The challenge today was to go back & read some of my past blogs & then write a blog about how it went. <BR> <BR> First, let me say that I was surprised at how many there were. Some happy, some not so happy.....but then that's how life is. I was pleased to see more happy than not so happy. That tells me a lot about me. <BR> <BR> I'm glad that I did go back & re-read some of them. Hope you will try going b... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:45:57 EST Happy Labor Day <img src=""> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:56:58 EST Am I coming? Or going? Or both? Do you ever wonder if you're coming or going? Please say 'yes' so I won't feel all alone in my confusion. <BR> <BR> This week & last week have me pretty confused. I've been working some extra hours, but that really isn't a problem. I like my job a lot! The confusion is a result of my 'other' job. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), representing foster kids through the legal system. It i... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:31:28 EST A day to smile at <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blue skies, puffy white clouds, gentle breezes & temps in the mid 70s. Went to breakfast & then shopping. Came home to pretty much lounge around. <BR> <BR> Who could ask for a better day? Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:39:48 EST Spark St. Louis meet-up July 13, 2013 What a great day Saturday was. Absolutely gorgeous weather, beautiful Creve Coeur Park & three new SP friends - Carol, Debra & DeAnne. <BR> <BR> A guy on a bike came by & happened to stop to say 'hello' & ended up as our designated photographer. He actually thought he was finished after the first one but then we told him that each one of us had a camera & wanted a picture. He was a very good sport & took basically the same picture four times. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:20:56 EST Celebrate growing older! This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio . <BR> <BR> "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever <BR> Written. <BR> <BR> My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: <BR> <BR> 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. <BR> <BR> 2. When in doubt, ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:36:29 EST Three years with Spark People Wednesday was my 3rd year Sparkversary. What have I learned in those three years? I mean, surely, I've learned something. Haven't I? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've learned that "portion" doesn't just mean how much you put on your plate. Or what a restaurant serves you. There really are set "portions" for all foods.....3 ounces of meat.....1/2 cup of rice or pasta.....8 ounces of milk.....etc. OK, I get it. A quarter pound... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 20:09:19 EST Confession is good for the soul <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Confession is good for the soul. At least that's what I've always heard. But it's not really my soul that is my concern's my body. Let's see if confession is good for that, too. <BR> <BR> I'm lazy. OK, I've said it. Worse yet, it's true. Mention exercise to me & I can tell you two dozen reasons why I can't do it right now.....or later........or later still. Some of them really sound good, too.... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:33:03 EST This just doesn't happen here! These pictures were taken today in St. Louis. They weren't taken downtown in a low spot near the Mississippi or along the River Des Peres. These were taken in an area that is too high to flood in southwest St. Louis City. This just doesn't happen here! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:45:00 EST Was that good or was that bad? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finally got my car back from the repair shop today after a week. They finally found the problem & it actually wouldn't start for them. Before that, any time I took it in it started perfectly. They even kept it for two days & it never failed to start right up. I got it back & there it went again. Sometimes I hate cars! Finally, last Wednesday it did it & he told me don't do anything, I'm on my way. When I c... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:32:23 EST What a strange day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is me at 4 p.m. today. <BR> <BR> What a strange day this was. I forgot that the custodian was going to be on vacation. Usually on Mondays it's just him & me there. This morning I got a call from one of the deacons to see how long it was going to be before I got there. He said that the air conditioner repairman was there & he didn't want to leave him in the building by himself. I told him about 15 minute... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 21:38:27 EST Fresh blueberries = stained clothing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided to make "Quick Berry Muffins" the other day. This is a recipe from The Spark Solution. I wasn't too sure about how they were going to turn out because it was dough, not batter. Looked like cookie dough. Anyway, I divided it up in the muffin pans & baked it. They turned out looking pretty good. <BR> <BR> I used fresh blueberries in mine, just like the recipe suggests. I took a bite & they were reall... Sat, 25 May 2013 12:27:05 EST The scale is my friend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The bathroom scale is my friend. Oh, not every day. It's more of a love/hate relationship. Today we're friends. <BR> <BR> I usually weight first thing in the morning & the scale hasn't moved for a while. It's been stuck on 166.4 pounds. When I weighed today, it was up .2 pounds & that didn't make me very happy. Then I looked closer & it actually said 165.6 - down .8 pounds. <BR> <BR> So today the scale & I h... Fri, 24 May 2013 12:05:29 EST Two steps forward, one step back For years, I believed that if I couldn't do something perfect every time, I was a failure. 99 successes our of 100 tries just wasn't acceptable. It was very hard to break that habit, but I'm so grateful that I was able to. <BR> <BR> What is the point of the statement above? Just that I don't do SparkPeople 100% "right" but that's OK. I do the best I can at any given time. No,.....that's not really true. I don't always to the best I can. If I did I'd be at my goal weight & a lot stron... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:15:25 EST The Spark Solution - Week 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I decided to do the Spark Solution mainly for the accountability. Since I live alone, I'm really not accountable to anyone other than myself & I can be kinda hard on me sometimes. Another Spark member who lives fairly close contacted me & we have become "Spark Buddies" for the challenge. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, this first week of the Spark Solution, I've had so many problems with breathing & congestion th... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:36:37 EST A day.....or two Got some things done yesterday & today that weren't exactly fun, but were necesswary. Actually they weren't as bad as they could have been. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took my car to get repaired & inspected. I knew about the repair several months ago, but he said it could wait until inspection time without causing a problem. Well, inspection time was here. Happy to say that it passed the inspection with no problem. Got the inspection, tie rod repair, oil change & new windshield wipers all fo... Fri, 17 May 2013 19:57:47 EST Spark Coach When I started Spark People, I set my weight loss goal at 35 pounds. That was higher than my original goal, but it is what my doctor suggested aiming far. when.....I reach that goal, we can decide if that is what is right for me. <BR> <BR> So far, I've lost 8 pounds......up and down the scale. Then I considered Spark Coach & though I didn't really want to spend the money, I decided to try it. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, just about that time, I got really sick. A major asthma ep... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:26:44 EST