STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog STRNGNGRNDED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My butt hurts~ Like that catchy title? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm about to head off to bed and I'm sitting at the computer for last minute SP entries and I realized, man, my bum really hurts. It's not like a ran a marathon. Why IS IT hurting? I only walked 30 minutes. WALKED. My bum should not be hurting. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Oh yeah, yesterday I did some leg/butt exercises. When I did them though I really felt my core being worked. yeah baby, that's where I need to trim down, not my butt. Gee, ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:08:12 EST Disappointment, but.... Okay, blast it, I didn't lose a single ounce of weight. <BR> <BR> In microobservation though I think I may have lost inches. I think the blob, called my stomach, is shrinking. It may be wishful thinking. I definitely know my top area has decreased a little. <BR> <BR> At the very least, by replacing my old breakfast through juicing I know that I'm getting more nutrients and consuming less sugar. <BR> <BR> Funny thing yesterday, my son asked me if I had sugar before we left the house, be... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:46:21 EST Third week coming to an end and weigh in is tomorrow The past two days have been a struggle, because I've had seasonal allergies. I haven't had allergies like this in years! It's probably because I moved to a new area and it's apparent <BR> <BR> I'm allergic to something down this way. sigh. It also doesn't help that I have three cats in my sunroom. oh didn't I mention I'm allergic to cats? LOL <BR> <BR> Now this morning I was thinking, "it sure is a good thing I've been juicing and eating more fruits and vegetables. Imagine how bad my aller... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:48:52 EST What a busy day~ As I sat down for breakfast my son said I already had over 5000 steps before 9am. That was just the morning chores. <BR> <BR> Spring has sprung and I need to mow every day (slight exaggeration) to keep the grass and weeds from taking over. <BR> <BR> Swept the front porch. Cleaned north facing windows in the living room and started the breakfast room windows. My windows are double paned, so I have double the work, cleaning the insides of them as well. <BR> <BR> I also planted a few more ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:27:50 EST Doubled up on fruits and vegetables...cost? There's a lot of talk about the expense of eating healthy versus eating processed foods. So far, my grocery bill has decreased substantially. <BR> I'm in my third week of juicing and on Monday I had to double up on the fruits and veggies. <BR> A large bag of organic carrots alone was $16.99. I bought 20 apples. Kale, avocados, etc, etc. <BR> What was the final increase of this bill compared to my last bill? <BR> <BR> Only $30. I rounded up. <BR> <BR> The actual total for just the fruit... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:47:45 EST Getting stronger Carried in two 40lb boxes of kitty litter at the same time today after grocery shopping. Took them from my car in the garage, through the mudroom, the hallway, the kitchen to the sunroom. Yeah baby! I know I couldn't have done that two weeks ago. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:21:16 EST How can the poor afford fast food?! I've been on a documentary kick and today I'm watching Super Size Me. I've seen it already, but it's been years. <BR> <BR> Years ago, there was another documentary I watched, of a family giving excuses about why they couldn't buy their youngest daughter a fruit. Why? Well it was too expensive of course. So they proceeded to the nearest fast food place and gorged their faces on what they claim was cheaper. Because they needed to save their money for all the medication needed for health issue... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:50:02 EST Saturday weigh in; week 2 The scale says I've lost .4 (4/10) of a pound. Of course I wish it was another six pounds, but I have noticed: <BR> my posture is a little better, <BR> I'm not as bloated, <BR> I'm eating smaller quantities of food at a sitting. (I think this is two-fold. One, I'm listening to my body again. Two, I'm eating better quality foods which are more filling). <BR> My facial skin is softer, <BR> my energy level is higher <BR> my thinking is clearer <BR> <BR> Now I'm sure there's a lot more going on... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:20:59 EST Tomorrow will be week 2 Tomorrow is my weigh in day. Just like the first week I do not feel as though I've lost weight. <BR> The first week surprised me though. <BR> <BR> What I've noticed for these two weeks: <BR> saved a lot of money at the grocery store <BR> more energy <BR> stronger <BR> wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables <BR> <BR> What I will be doing for week three: <BR> increase juice <BR> increase water <BR> increase fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend! Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:08:10 EST Day 12 – 4/13 Breakfast: 2 apples, 3 carrots, 4 celery <BR> <BR> Lunch: half a chicken burrito, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, iced tea (I really wanted refried beans, but I refrained) <BR> <BR> Snack: the rest of the burrito <BR> <BR> Dinner: two pieces of sourdough bread toasted, soy spread, English tea. <BR> <BR> Water: 5 bottles <BR> <BR> Activity: moving chickens, laundry/hanging up clothes on the clothesline, chasing dogs, mowing, picking up sticks. Ugh all these sticks! <BR> <BR> On the way h... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:57:22 EST Have you heard? Have you heard of or tried Bullet Proof Coffee? <BR> <BR> This cannot be healthy. Isn't this what Bob the trainer from The Biggest Loser was drinking for his morning workouts before he had a heart attack? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-bulletproof-coffee-is-a-bad-idea/ </link> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:45:14 EST Day 11 – 4/12 Up early again and tried to prepare myself mentally for the LONG day ahead of driving to a near-ish town to have my car looked at. It’s been a long saga that I don’t want to get into. <BR> Drivers were kookoo pants and I was grateful I made it safely as three different people almost side swiped me by swerving into my lane on the freeway. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! <BR> <BR> The auto mechanic company drove me to a local bookstore and shortly after I was there I started to feel heartburn co... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:44:47 EST Alarm clock and waking up calmly <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=2242&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> I was reading this SP article and found it interesting, but not really relevant to me... uuuunnnn-til I got to the alarm clock. I'm grateful I don't need an alarm clock to wake up, but on a few occasions, like this morning, I will use my cell phone as an alarm clock. It has a calming chime that starts out very low and increases the longer it plays. Snooze can be hit, but I don't need the snooze. ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:14:16 EST Water Consumption Not all waters are created equally and if you don’t like water, well, I strongly suggest grabbing a bunch of bottles at your local health food store and having yourself a taste test. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, two of my three children gave me a blind taste test for three waters. I could tell them which was Aquafina, (which I drank at the time), the nasty California tap water, (please do not drink this without a filter), and Evian. <BR> <BR> I’ve been through my fair share of brand bottle... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:48:40 EST Day 10 – 4/11 Up earlier than usual and again, I felt great! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: kale, apple, cucumber juiced <BR> <BR> Lunch: broth of the homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup and lime with POM pomegranate juice/diluted <BR> <BR> Dinner: Homemade Chicken Tortilla soup and added avocado, cilantro, tortilla chips and lime. <BR> <BR> Water: 11111 bottles of 16.9 ounces of water <BR> <BR> Activity: painted my son’s room. I only have trim left and it’s done for the time being. I plan to add crown moulding and... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:47:49 EST Day 9 – 4/10 Wasn’t hungry this morning, but felt great. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 or 3 swiss chard leaves, 1 cucumber, 2 apples <BR> <BR> Lunch: homemade pizza 3/8 of a pizza <BR> <BR> Dinner: strawberries 1 cup, blueberries 1 cup <BR> <BR> Snack: bowl of Lay’s potato chips <BR> <BR> Water: 6 – 16.9oz <BR> <BR> Activities: painting <BR> <BR> Today was a beautiful day and I received an emergency notification that the local area is on a fire ban. Conditions are too dry and considered dangerous. Went g... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:42:21 EST Second week of gung ho Yesterday/Sunday <BR> <BR> Woke up and was a little hungry. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 3 carrots, 3 kale leaves, two apples; juiced. And a pear <BR> <BR> Supplements. I take supplements daily. <BR> <BR> Lunch: baked potato with salt, pepper and Earth Balance soy spread butter <BR> <BR> Dinner: Rice, Asian vegetables, tofu, English tea <BR> <BR> Water: 6 bottles <BR> <BR> Worked in the yard today; shoveling wood chips and putting them around trees and moving branches to the “burn pile”. ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:20:03 EST Day 7 – weigh in Six pounds lost! I was/am still, shocked. I cannot tell that I’ve lost six pounds, but I’m happy I have. It feels as though I’ve finally crashed through the wall and I can make progress now. It has been so frustrating losing two pounds only to gain them back again. <BR> <BR> Today was a great day. My family and I went to some local green event. I bought garden seeds and bought heirloom tomato plants. I bought a book about the history of heirloom seeds in my state. There were lots of very fr... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 20:32:03 EST Day 6 Friday, 4/07 Woke up hungry this morning. I’m glad that I’ve prepped the carrots and celery to save time for the juicing. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 apples, 3 carrots, 4 celery; juiced, pear, English tea, w/3 teaspoons raw sugar and unsweetened soymilk <BR> <BR> Lunch: Asian vegetable package with sauce, added firm tofu. Homemade sweet tea. <BR> <BR> Dinner: broccoli about two cups, mushrooms about 1 cup, evoo for broccoli, and soyspread for mushrooms, a little garlic powder on both <BR> <BR> Snacks: s... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:59:21 EST Day 5, Thursday 4/06 What in the world gives?! I had to wake up twice this morning to go to the bathroom. Could it be the six bottles of water I had last night? Or did I have too much sodium? (I recently read that if you go to the bathroom too much at night/early morning, then you should reduce sodium). <BR> <BR> However, when I woke up I wasn’t hangry like the other few days. I was wondering if I could have just a piece of fruit, but no, I did the juicing. And it took about two and half hours to drink it all. ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 20:50:25 EST Day 4, Wednesday 4/05 Woke up before the dogs woke me up. It’s a beautiful sunshiny day. I was very hungry; stomach protesting feed me now! But the animals get fed first. <BR> <BR> Last night I enjoyed my scrambled eggs with spinach and tomatoes so much that I kept thinking; “oh I’m definitely going to have this for breakfast tomorrow.” Then this morning I remembered, “oh yeah, I’m juicing breakfast. Well, that’s okay, I’ll have it for lunch!” <BR> <BR> My family always goes through fruits and vegetables a lot... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 20:48:10 EST Day 3, Tuesday 4/04 Lots of driving today for my son’s piano lesson. I brought my juice with me. It was a lot today and there was no way I could do that much so soon into this. <BR> <BR> Both my son and I had headaches during his piano and on the drive back home. How weird. (btw, he’s not juicing). <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 8 carrots, 2 apples, 4 small kale leaves (juice) <BR> <BR> Lunch: Goldminer sourdough, 2 slices toasted, Earth Balance Soy Spread, Walnut Creek Boysenberry Jam (I was feeling a little sluggis... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 20:00:24 EST Day 2, Monday 4/03 Good morning and my butt hurts. Was it the butt clenches I did on Saturday? That doesn’t seem right. It must be from the windmills I did last night. Oh man, does my butt hurt! <BR> Okay, let me get to it: <BR> Breakfast: kale, apple, lemon, juiced <BR> Banana with two tablespoons Maranatha crunchy peanut butter <BR> Lunch: 1 cup taco soup <BR> POM Wonderful pomegranate juice <BR> Dinner: vinaigrette broccoli (Alton Brown recipe) <BR> With slivered almonds and shrimp <BR> Snack: sourdough toa... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 16:10:02 EST Fed up and gung ho; day one Sunday Last week I weighed myself and found I had gained back the three pounds I lost. grrrr <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I talked to my son about it and he said the only time I lost weight was when I fasted for a week (it was for church, not for weight loss); losing three pounds, no exercise. He’s right, but what am I supposed to do? Starve myself? That’s not an option. <BR> <BR> Friday I bought some produce for juicing. I will replace or supplement my breakfast meal with juicing. I’m intent on l... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:10:05 EST What Doctor's Don't Tell You I grabbed an old magazine I had in the hall powder room and was thumbing through it as I crawled back into back. There's an article mentioning we should be eating SEVEN servings of fruits and veggies daily, not the recommended five. <BR> <BR> WHO KNEW?! <BR> <BR> I check the date on the front of the mag and it's from 2013! How did I not see that when I bought it? Or perhaps it was one of those many forgotten things? <BR> <BR> It says about 5% of Americans eat the seven and about 20% ea... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:07:36 EST Psychologist Stress Management My ds was looking in the phone book for a security gate company, (more on that later), and came across Psychologist for Stress Management. Really? I need that! <BR> <BR> ds: because people keep coming on our property? <BR> <BR> me: YES! (I repond as my eye switches uncontrollably) I'm curious as to what a conversation would be or what the recommendations for managing stress would be. How about I throw rotten eggs at any trespassing car. Especially when they don't slow down when they see m... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:05:31 EST body aches Hello All~ <BR> <BR> What do you do to ease body aches or <BR> what do you do to avoid the body aches to begin with? <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:04:49 EST Part two; How much water do you drink Thank you all who took the time to read part one and comment. It was good to read that all are doing what works for them and still getting their quota intake. <BR> <BR> For me I've noticed it depends on a few factors: <BR> what am I doing that day-activity wise <BR> what have I eaten-was it extra salty? <BR> what's the weather like?-is it extra hot or humid? <BR> <BR> My water intake fluxuates based on these factors. I've noticed too that I drink anywhere from 8-12 ounces daily of pure wat... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:49:17 EST How much water do you drink? Years ago I was told I probably drink too much water by a woman (at a quilt retreat) whom told me she was a nurse. <BR> <BR> Recently I've been seeing more and more that we are now to take our weight, divide it by 2, divide by 8 and that answer is how many cups you're to drink daily. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else heard this? And how much water do you drink? Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:21:47 EST uplugged Do you unplug anything in your home when it's not in use or when you leave the house? If you do what are your reasons for doing so? <BR> <BR> Thanks for sharing. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:24:39 EST Your own seasonings or a packet? If you read my last blog you saw that I brought up a question about grocery haul videos. Some of the items I've seen people buying are the taco seasoning packets and I wondered do you prefer to buy things like that or do you prefer using individual spices/seasonings to create your own "taco" packet or the like? <BR> <BR> Hope you have a lovely evening~ Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:33:26 EST Videos of people's groceries Have you ever watched a video of a family going over the groceries they bought? Either they're doing it for health reasons or for money saving reasons. <BR> <BR> I have seen a few and think to myself, "that's not healthy at all, what are these people thinking?!" LOL <BR> <BR> Have youo ever watched a video like this and thought the same thing? Or better, have you watched a video and thought, wow, they do eat healthy and I can get some pointers from them. And if it's the latter, could yo... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:55:06 EST what would you like to be able to do? <link><BR>st=27_members_weigh_in_on_weight_loss_<BR>wins </link> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 19:28:51 EST four steps forward, two steps back, sigh I've measured foods, I've counted calories, I've exercised; everything is on point based on the numbers. <BR> <BR> I lost three pounds in the week I fasted; no meat, no sweets. Then another pound followed. (no exercise this week) <BR> <BR> Then the next week I slowly integrated meat while exercising and what do you think happened? Wed, 8 Feb 2017 17:29:50 EST Lamb? Thumbs up or thumbs down? I follow this channel for the homesteading and this is the second cooking video I've seen on this channel. It takes so long, but it did look delicious. <BR> <BR> You'll understand the title if you view to the end. <em>334</em> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Sat, 4 Feb 2017 19:26:08 EST what a LONG week All week I did a fast. In some ways it went easier than expected in one way it felt like a struggle and it just felt LONG. I was also very tired. <BR> Why was I tired? I was eating more fruit and veggies, because I wasn't eating meat. <BR> The final night I ate a baked potato smothered in Earth Balance spread and pepper gravy. I felt like I gained five pounds I was so stuffed. If you had asked me to wager, I would have wagered a dollar, (the only amount I ever wager), that I had gained. <... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:49:05 EST Thinking outside the box How many meatless meals do you eat a week? I've heard some talk of "meatless Monday" and think that's a great idea. <BR> <BR> So how do you think outside the meat box for meatless meals? <BR> Do you have favorite meatless meals you'd like to share? <BR> Do you find it a challenge to go meatless? <BR> Do you notice changes in your body when you go meatless? <BR> <BR> Thank you for reading the blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts and experience. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:49:29 EST are you getting enough zinc? <link>// </link> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:34:46 EST Date day with teen son (trumpet sound) We went to a home improvement store and had a great time. We did a lot of looking, but we did pick up a few items for home projects we have going on. <BR> We went into the garden center and had a chat with a man in that area. Plants will be arriving in April/May. (just in time for garden planting in general). <BR> <BR> Then we went into the Christian bookstore so I could buy a calendar for the school room and a gift for my daughter. <BR> <BR> My son timed me and said it ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:04:58 EST lunch time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Asian flavored pork chop strip, french cut green beans with almond slivers and baked/seasoned red potatoes with my mint tea in the pink cup. <BR> <BR> There are left overs, care to join? Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:39:48 EST Do you? If you're making a meal and realize you are missing an ingredient do you run to the store? <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> If you're craving something do you run to the store to buy it? <BR> <BR> I heard someone mention how they'd get a craving for ice cream or cookies or whatever and drive to the store to buy them. I must be either incredibly lazy or incredibly frugal. LOL I just do not want to be bothered or waste the time and gas to do that. <BR> <BR> How about you? Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:09:29 EST Quick and fun mat exercises <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> <BR> <BR> this video was on the Rachel Cruze channel and it was such a great overall body workout, but quick. Start out with five if ten is too much and work up from there. <BR> <BR> If you watch the vid you can see that Cambria, the instructor, modifies some of the exercises for Rachel. It looks easy, but it really is a great workout. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:13:53 EST aaaaaaahhhhhhmazing dinner I remade the teriyake chicken from earlier this week but instead of rice, we had lettuce wraps. I added shredded carrots and pine nuts. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This picture doesn't do it justice. In person it's quite colorful, smelled delicious and tasted twice as good as it smelled. <BR> Can you say seconds? Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:30:02 EST How many do you eat? <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=2089 </link> <BR> <BR> Faux foods. How many of these foods do you eat or did you eat before making changes? <BR> I used to eat the sliced "cheese" when I lived with my parents. The fake butter movie popcorn and the processed chocolate chip cookies. I haven't had these items in years. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:30:05 EST End of the week First week of 60 minutes for 60 days. Is this crazy? Why not though, nothing else is working. <BR> <BR> My first day was 2.37miles burning approx. 207 calories in 55 minutes. I had to jump off to go to the restroom. I'm not embarrassed, it goes to show that exercise is great for the digestion. <BR> <BR> Today's workout 3.04 miles and approx 380 calories burned. <BR> Improvement of .67 of a mile and approximately 73 calories burned. <BR> <BR> The weeks average: <BR> 6.9 hours 19.7miles... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:15:23 EST An outing with my son Not too long ago, and I think I mentioned it in another blog, my teen son told me he wants to spend more time together. <BR> <BR> Last week we went to a restaurant we had never been to before. We pass it every time we drive to his piano lessons. It was quite good, homemade, reasonably priced, and very friendly employees who make each customer feel as though they're the only table there. It's a local restaurant, not a chain, so I like that. We'll go back. <BR> <BR> Today we visited a loca... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:36:17 EST Three dishes and mentality on foods This morning I was viewing some recipes and a teriaki chicken jumped out at me. Oh my, this was even before breakfast and I wanted to make it. <link><BR>iyaki-Chicken-484451?prm-v1&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_campaign=popular-searches-email </link> <BR> <BR> The recipe is for a slow cooker, but when I told my ds about it he wanted it for lunch. Okay, our menu plan is already altered. (this is why I don't normally plan one) LOL I cooked the meal in a pan ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:15:52 EST Lunch in two days <img src=""> <BR> white corn tortillas <BR> 1tbls ground beef, Laura's extra lean <BR> 1 tbls refried beans <BR> t tbls guacamole <BR> lettuce <BR> tomatoes <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> halibut, pan fried in evoo, 1 tbs organic soyspread, salt,pepper, garlic, crushed rosemary, personal spice, and lemon <BR> Green Giant green beans with ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:18:51 EST Do you? Do you like kale? <BR> <BR> If yes, then please share how you make it not taste like lawn clippings. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:52:25 EST First Week of the New Year So! What did I do? <BR> <BR> I took my car into the shop to get three things fixed. They did a diagostic and told me there were more things needing fixing. Of course there are. sigh <BR> <BR> I removed the wallpaper in my bathroom and worked on removing the wallpaper in one of the bathrooms; almost finished. I'll finish today. <BR> <BR> I completed a book on homeschooling 9th and 10th grade. <BR> <BR> I wrote two friends; one in Florida and the other in Bahrain. <BR> <BR> I caught up ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:17:02 EST