SUE_2U's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUE%5F2U SUE_2U's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Haven't given up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642399 But today just isn't the best day to exercise. <BR> What do you do when you're feeling sick? <BR> I had a lot of gardening lined up today and I have done a tiny fraction. <BR> Guess I should have taken some wipes with me for the shopping cart handles at the plant store. I've got an ear infection and a cold. Just feel punky and icky. Not that sick, though. <BR> But did get a few things out of the way. Tomorrow is another day. <BR> I don't seem to be losing, right now. Indeed I'm up five poun... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 19:22:05 EST Checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637346 I'm tracking, again... but this time is a bit different. <BR> They switched surgeons on me, thankfully. This new one is very up front and blunt and I appreciate that. Still no pre-ops so I decided to try the post op diet without the surgery until I get it. Today was day one. <BR> Of course it's quite similar to what I eat when the gastritis is really bad, so this puree and shake thing is not unfamiliar to me. <BR> So far I've lost 50 lbs since last May, mostly on Paleo. Hit this plateau a f... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 01:10:24 EST Thursday, Dec 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563139 Turned down tacos. Yay, me! Even though yeah the corn makes me sick. I miss tacos. <BR> <BR> Need to figure out how to make "nutrition notes" for other things than GERD. I do have those, but I would like to have something generalized or for tracking food allergies. I tried to start a note thing on my kindle on a different diet program and it just won't save things properly. I should delete that and get something else. <BR> <BR> Kept to my trackers today. <BR> <BR> Knee was better for lon... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:45:39 EST Another day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562296 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1534104988.jpg"> <BR> Finally, all three chickens are laying. You can't see the green cast to the Arucana eggs very well, but these are the first ones we've had. Odd they both started laying the very first time at the same time! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l623952967.jpg"> <BR> Plus one gratuitous photo of two sleeping cats, learning to tolerate each other. Barely... hahaha! We've come a LONG way with Paws. ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:37:44 EST A quiet holiday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552504 Ron's daughter's mother in law's mother is dying, and Ronnie spent half the day with her and her husband, just visiting and chatting. They're lovely people. It was kind of him. I missed him but he has to work anyway, tonight, and so he would have been sleeping. <BR> <BR> I stayed home to cook, instead, and stay with Raud. I put a small turkey in, and baked it slowly. I was missing the stuffing, yesterday. Then I got an idea... I made my usual paleo muffin recipe without the blueberries or sw... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:59:14 EST Have a blessed and thankful Thanksgiving, everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551902 We had ours a day early, due to family conflicts with Ron's daughter. I'll still be cooking a turkey breast for us, today. It was very nice to go with her. I did eat turkey and green beans, and made a nice pumpkin mousse that was sugarless, grainless and organic. Ron and Raud and I ate it. The grandson was nice enough to say he liked it, but they did have real pie, after all, and I can't compete with that! Not trying to. But I thought it came out really good and I don't feel deprived at all, ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 00:30:50 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550808 I've been invited to the stepdaughter's for Thanksgiving, but I'm not sure what to do, other than bring my own food, I guess? <BR> Allergies are really bad lately. Sticking to organics helps. <BR> Made a great celeric soup last night. <BR> I did upload my grain free banana blueberry muffin recipe They are higher in protein. <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de<BR>tail.asp?recipe=2623247 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78014688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:43:14 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541564 Saw a surgeon today. <BR> <BR> He said that he won't do my hernia repair unless I lose at least 120 lbs. <BR> <BR> He is, naturally, a bariatric surgeon, as well. He wants to do a Bilio Pancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch? <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duodenal_switc<BR>h </link> <BR> <BR> He claimed it is completely safe for old ladies such as myself, and that I won't have any problems absorbing nutrients and won't need supplements. <BR> <BR> Everything I read about it ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:54:50 EST Eating like a cavewoman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537841 No, I've not forgotten SP, or any of you. I just am doing other things. <BR> <BR> It's been a rocky 6 weeks or so. We had a great loss when Ron's brother died unexpectedly in an accident. He's sorely missed, and it's kind of taken a huge toll from all of us. <BR> <BR> My reactions to various foods are getting volcanic, if they are grains. Ate wheat so that I could be tested for celiac, just 4 weeks ago, and oy... it set off some sort of chain reaction so that I could hardly eat. Blisters i... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 01:02:31 EST Bird Seed Warning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376222 Birds face many man-made mortal threats: windows, cats, habitat destruction, even climate change. And now, there's poison—in their bird seed. <BR> <BR> The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company had been in the habit of applying banned pesticides to its wild bird food products. In particular, the company applied a chemical known as Storcide II to its bird food despite a warning label for that product that reads "Storcide II is extremely toxic to fish and toxic to birds and other wildlife." <BR> <BR> Wh... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 02:05:49 EST What a beautiful day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374024 Bless and be thankful, indeed! It's a beautiful day. I love having a hummingbird feeder and a seed feeder hanging with some plants in front of my kitchen window. I can watch the birds while I work, and I usually find them watching me, in return! <BR> <BR> I'm three pounds from my original pre-op weight in 2009. Still morbidly obese, but I'm down 20 lbs and dropping, still. <BR> <BR> I'm feeing better. I know I'm on the right track, for certain, now, by eliminating the grains. I know that i... Fri, 31 May 2013 21:18:16 EST Thank you, everyone! Updating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355331 Thanks for all the birthday wishes, those of you who posted... <BR> <BR> I'm back. A bit differently, this time, but I'm back. <BR> <BR> In April, I didn't think I would ever garden again. I was hardly able to move. I was really sure that I was dying. Honestly. I was in terrible pain all over my entire body, and my thinking was fogged. I was depressed. I was always feeling so sick and just not able to take care of everyone, anymore. Not even myself, really. <BR> <BR> Ended up I had ano... Mon, 13 May 2013 15:17:36 EST Just in to say hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960093 My apologies to those who have been worried about my not logging in and not posting on SP. <BR> <BR> I just have been having migraines every day, sometimes more than one for several hours daily since the 13th of June. The pain has made my b/p go up which is damaging my heart, according to the doctor, as apparently as now I have CHF. I've been to the doctor, (got stronger pain meds), then a week later went to the ER as I was having swelling that was not going down despite Lasix. Got more med... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 06:11:59 EST Not catching up very quickly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938404 Caught a virus last week. I guess at the GI doc's? Ronnie came down with it at the same time. Upper respiratory, and then GI... and a horrible headache. Mine turned into a migraine sometime around five or six days ago and I've been trying hard to get it to go away. The pain has my b/p up and the doctor is worried about that and wants me on Topomax, which has some horrific side effects that are almost as bad as some migraines, so I am also worried about that. Meds and I don't seem to do too we... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 00:34:30 EST Speaking of side effects... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923830 Ron just came in with the medications the doctor ordered for my nausea. He doesn't want me to keep on with the ginger as he feels it may be irritating the stomach more. <BR> <BR> So I have two new drugs he wants me to take. One interferes with Dopamine and can cause a syndrome that is permanent that is very like Parkinson's Disease, which my mother died with. The other interferes with Seratonin, affects heart rhythm, is linked to sudden death syndromes, and I probably can't take that with t... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 20:17:44 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923492 Sorry I haven't been online much. <BR> I haven't been feeling well. Gastritis is worse which gives me pain, headaches and nausea. Had a couple of doctor's appointments, too. They didn't offer much help, which is frustrating. <BR> Plus reading up on the fosamax the doctor is offering me for osteopenia, I find that it can actually cause thigh fractures. So why bother risking all the side effects? Not happy about that. Ronnie already told me that he doesn't want me to take any of the meds for i... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:02:44 EST The Four Agreements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915734 Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: <BR> <BR> Agreement 1: Be impeccable with your word - Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. <BR> <BR> Agreement 2: Don’t take anything personally - Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 04:30:26 EST Believe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914986 This video has me in tears. Good tears. It just fills me up. Watch it all, to the end. <BR> <BR> <link>www.godvine.com/Man-Barely-Able-to-S<BR>tand-on-his-Own-Does-the-Unthinkable-A<BR>mazing-1476.html </link> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 15:42:46 EST Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902113 Last night I tripped and fell in the kitchen, almost right into the dishwasher, which was open. Thankfully I missed the knives... but I could not catch myself and I fell like a Giant Redwood, and oy! I expected to be as stiff and sore as a rough sawn plank this morning, full of splinters. <BR> <BR> I'm not! <BR> <BR> With the recent diagnosis of Osteopenia, I was scared. I think I was more afraid than I realized. I do not want to be frail. I fear frail! <BR> <BR> I must be stronger than I ... Tue, 29 May 2012 03:29:37 EST Honoring those who gave all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901698 <BR> And when the wind in the tree-tops roared, <BR> The soldier asked from the deep dark grave: <BR> "Did the banner flutter then?" <BR> "Not so, my hero," the wind replied. <BR> "The fight is done, but the banner won, <BR> Thy comrades of old have borne it hence, <BR> Have borne it in triumph hence." <BR> Then the soldier spake from the deep dark grave: <BR> "I am content." <BR> <BR> Then he heareth the lovers laughing pass, <BR> and the soldier asks once more: <BR> "Are these not the v... Mon, 28 May 2012 19:36:52 EST Catching up a bit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900582 A few words of catching up here. I've been offline more, until today. I might not be on at all tomorrow, so I figured I'd better say something. Some people are thinking I've gone missing and I'm not. I am mostly spending time trying hard to do several things: <BR> <BR> 1- Search more information on Osteopenia and various supplements. <BR> <BR> 2- Search for more information on allergies, especially oral allergy syndrome, and exclusionary diets, etc. <BR> One interesting thing is, I went t... Sun, 27 May 2012 23:55:53 EST Dreaming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888962 It seems that with my illnesses, I've changed. My dreams are more vivid. I know I spend more time in dreams. I sleep more some weeks than others. I drop off at the drop of a hat, sometimes with no reason or warning, which annoys Ronnie. Sometimes the need to sleep overwhelms me, and I've already slept so long. But it's not quite narcolepsy, I think? Then there are times I hardly sleep at all, usually during those times when I feel somewhat healthier. I don't always sleep long, but often when ... Sat, 19 May 2012 20:22:34 EST Allergies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880069 I'm finding a few interesting links on allergies. Putting them here for my own reference, but some of you dealing with similar problems might find them interesting, and I would love discussing them - and your personal experiences, any time. <BR> <BR> The allergic response engages the body’s inflammatory cascade, and that’s one reason it has such serious health effects. Allergic reactions are recognized as one of the most important causes of illness and disease in America. This article goes o... Sun, 13 May 2012 23:13:20 EST Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879750 Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there who celebrates it today. I know that it is in March in the UK. <BR> <BR> Today is a better day. Yesterday I am not even sure what set off the allergic reaction. I am now wondering if it is something in the spice blend that we use for a salt substitute. (Kirkland Organic). Wasn't pretty. Yet more benedryl and I slept all night and woke up at 6 am, which was great! I'm still up and clearer headed than I've been all week. I do feel better. I just haven'... Sun, 13 May 2012 19:12:09 EST Really Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878675 Well, I am getting over the doctor's behavior at my endoscopy. He's a jerk. That's probably why he has the Clinical Nurse specialist do most of his patient contact. <BR> <BR> I'm still in a lot of pain but it's better than yesterday... except I've gone and eaten something that set off the allergy reaction, and I'm not sure what it is. I took some benedryl and that's helping but it's also making me sleepy. <BR> <BR> 1 - Exercise? I'm on the rebounder, again. Two minutes at a time. At least... Sat, 12 May 2012 20:09:38 EST Endoscopy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877911 I had the endoscopy. The doctor that did the last one came in to do this one, and asked me why I was getting it??? And he's my doctor and his clinical nurse specialist is the one that ordered it. And when I told him it was because I am in pain and the meds are not working, and the prilosec gave me osteopenia, (which I just found is the reason why I get stress fractures and they aren't healing)... and then he laughed at me. <BR> <BR> I don't know if with my hearing I'm missing something here ... Sat, 12 May 2012 06:18:58 EST What should be Wednesday's post... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875045 I'm running a day late and several dollars short, obviously. I am so sorry. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you who have been leaving kind and helpful comments. I deeply appreciate your support. I'll catch up when the benedryl wears off. <BR> <BR> Found another allergy. Gads, I decided to add another food,, so I had a bit of peanut butter on toast. Big mistake! The inside of my mouth just peeled off and I'm in a lot of pain, mostly stomach and esophagus. I've taken enough Benedryl to really knoc... Thu, 10 May 2012 07:22:22 EST Tuesday (OK it's Wednesday but that's only because I fell asleep...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873404 Saw the doctor. He ordered an allergy blood panel. I have no idea how many foods are covered on that but I'll find out more later. It will save some time, at least, and some worry. Hopefully, anyway. <BR> <BR> X ray results were mixed. Arthritis is actually BETTER, thanks to good ol' Osteo Bi Flex. It does work. The osteopath was talking about wanting to do a right knee replacement 20 years ago. The cartilage is only moderately damaged, now. In pretty good shape after all. <BR> <BR> That w... Wed, 9 May 2012 05:48:12 EST Monday Team Challenge summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871532 1 - Goal is 10 minutes on the rebounder daily. <BR> The reality is that today I got in about 1 1/2 minutes before my leg started hurting. I guess the stress fracture is not quite healed. The rebounder is pretty low impact though so I pushed on a bit. Got in 4 minutes. That's about 480 steps. Really not what I wanted to manage, but it's a start. I can remember when I could barely get two minutes in so I am not going to complain too much. <BR> Not sure how much I will get done tomorrow as I h... Tue, 8 May 2012 00:13:46 EST Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869880 #1. My goal is... Going back to the rebounder daily and try to work back up to at least ten minutes a day. <BR> <BR> #2. Making a menu? That is too easy on this exclusion diet. I am back to three things... Apples, rice and chicken. Got chronically strawberried from the probiotic supplements that Ron bought me, so I have to start over on the other stuff that I was getting (hopefully) false positives on. I hate allergies, but I do feel much better, finally, after yet more benedryl. Ronnie wa... Mon, 7 May 2012 06:30:21 EST Almost the weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865737 Fresh strawberries are now on my "no" list. :( <BR> <BR> Tingling rapidly became much worse. Burning throat. Nausea within 20 minutes. Ugh. I got really sick within about an hour. Took benedryl and was still burning and hurting when I woke up. <BR> <BR> I know that strawberries are a very common fruit to be allergic to, but really... I have strawberry plants already setting and ripening fruit, and I won't be able to eat any. Heck my dog probably will eat most of them, anyway. She loves ... Fri, 4 May 2012 04:54:20 EST Hanging in there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860659 Heading into day five on this elimination diet. Feeling better. A lot of my pain is easing off... Not sure if it is from the benedryl or from the meds or maybe, just maybe, from having eliminated something I'm allergic to and didn't realize it. <BR> And I think that it may be the latter. I suspect dairy, though right now I'm not eating too many different foods. <BR> <BR> I just added chicken and avocados today, since I wasn't getting protein on three days of rice bread, rice and apple juic... Tue, 1 May 2012 07:46:05 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855746 Well, the legs are starting to feel a bit better. Had an Xray but since stress fractures rarely show up on them, I doubt if anyone will see anything. <BR> <BR> The GI doc was not really that helpful but I have an endoscopy and bone scan coming up this next month, thanks to the nurse there. She listens. She doesn't always know what to tell me to do but she's darn good. I rarely see the docs there but I am going to ask them to check for mast cells when they do the next biopsy during the endos... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 02:11:34 EST One yesterday. One tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849302 Doctor's appointments, that is. <BR> The nurse practitioner that I saw yesterday did write for another endoscopy and also for a bone scan to see if the proton pump inhibitors perhaps are the real cause of the shin splints and the possible stress fractures. I've also got pain in between my shoulder blades on my spine that started while doing the resistance bands, which kind of leaves me without options for exercise for awhile, until I find out what is going on. I hope I don't have a lumbar fr... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 06:19:12 EST What's up with SP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846102 I'm not getting alerts on SP since it was down the other night. <BR> Anyone else having problems? I hope this is temporary. Is there a fix? <BR> <BR> I'm not avoiding my friends! I'll post more tomorrow. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 03:33:27 EST Celiac, Gluten, Obsesity and food cravings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844915 An excerpt from the article: <BR> "Perhaps the most neglected group is that large portion of untreated celiac patients who are obese. Dr. Dickey found that obesity is more common than being underweight among those with untreated celiac disease. When I ran a Medline search under the terms "obesity" and "celiac disease" 75 citations appeared. A repeated theme in the abstracts and titles was that celiac disease is usually overlooked among obese patients. While obesity in celiac disease may be co... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 03:20:59 EST Busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841884 Had the abdominal u/s this morning, which I had to fast for. I was ok with that though mostly thirsty. And mostly I worried about putting my thyroid med off schedule. The technician did a great job and even let me watch, which was kind of fun, if you like looking at vague outlines of liver and kidneys. Ultrasounds are much clearer than they used to be. <BR> Had quite a list of things I needed to do afterwards, but Ron was exhausted. I'm not sure why as he'd gone to bed long before I did, las... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:36:29 EST My Promise to Never Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836797 From ESILBO's blog of today. <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to Stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am. <BR>... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:36:26 EST The Skinny on Obesity video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836638 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0zD1gj0pXk&<BR>feature=autoplay&list=PLB9BC165392E146<BR>AC&lf=plpp_video&playnext=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Great video posted by DJSHIPS Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:03:44 EST Back to basics... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835556 I didn't even track the last two days. Did log in. Not much else. <BR> <BR> Back to tracking tomorrow... plus I'm going to try the rebounder tomorrow, again. My leg is still pretty sore but better. I still feel it may not be a shin splint under the knee but a real stress fracture, as it just hurts too much and is not really healing when I'm up on it much. <BR> <BR> Did weigh this morning. At least I didn't gain without exercising as much. <BR> <BR> Did enjoy having time with the granddaug... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 02:01:27 EST Shin Splint link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827977 I'm putting this in here for my own reference. It explains a few things. Of course I walked today. I had appointments and I was busy and I shopped a little. I have new high impact shoe inserts. They didn't help a whole lot. Some but I need more support, apparently. <BR> <BR> <link>www.obesitydiscussion.com/forums/exe<BR>rcise-weight-training-and-cardio/how-p<BR>revent-treat-shin-splints-5446.html </link> <BR> <BR> From searching I'm finding that I am not the only obese person who gets ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 23:42:41 EST Busybusybusy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826397 I'm going to try to keep up with tracking but probably won't get in for much else for a few days. The granddaughter is coming, plus I have doctor's appointments. We'll be kind of busy. Have to put together the new cat tree so that Dexter can watch the birds on the fenceline without trying to get out every time we open the door. And then there is the garden. Peas are way tall and just budding up. Strawberries and black berries are flowering, and the latter need weeding. The bush beans and beet... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 02:53:01 EST Happy Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823743 Hope that everyone has a joyous Easter weekend. <BR> <BR> Sharing the wonderful Easter Exaultet by James Broughten, with thanks to VALERIEMAHA, who had the page. I used to read this every year and post it in my other blog. It's such a joyous thing. <BR> <BR> <link>www.panhala.net/Archive/Easter_Exult<BR>et.html </link> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:00:25 EST How are your gums? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822769 Today was a trip to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned. We do it en masse and have the dental assistant all to ourselves all afternoon, which is lovely because she's a wonderful, sweet, fun person to talk to, as well as the best hygenist I've ever met. She's so Zen that my son who has Autism will almost fall asleep when she cleans his teeth. That is phenomenal. She just radiates this calm, peaceful, safe feeling. I have no idea how she does that while chipping away at one's plaque, but she ... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 03:11:51 EST Something new - to me, at least. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819463 Shirataki Noodles! <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirataki_nood<BR>les </link> <BR> <BR> Hungry Girl talks about them quite a bit. She even cooked a dish containing them on Dr. Oz a bit ago. <link>www.drozfans.com/dr-oz-recipes/dr-oz<BR>-lisa-lilliens-shrimp-fettuccine-alfre<BR>do-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> Alas, I was out of some of those ingredients, so I winged it. I used a whole can of tuna for a serving, and fat-free yogurt instead of sour cream, and peas instead of broccoli and ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 23:07:09 EST Happy Sparkaversary To Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814444 <em>507</em> I joined Spark People 5 years ago today. I loved it then. I love it now. <BR> <BR> However, I never got very far in the program. I kept having other things get in the way, medically, to keep me from exercising or even keeping me offline. <BR> <BR> But when I could sign in, I did check in to some of my communities, especially the Thich Nhat Hanh and the Thanksgiving Community Teams. I also kept in touch with a few by email, when I could, but this past two years I lost touch... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 03:20:12 EST Don't read this if you are at all squeamish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812966 On the other hand, if you have an addiction to chocolate, it might just help you break the habit. <em>40</em> <BR> <link>www.livescience.com/19402-chocolate-<BR>allergies-cockroach-parts.html </link> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 23:15:21 EST Persistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809559 The Daily Word for today was very appropriate, very encouraging, for me, today. <BR> <BR> "Great discoveries have been made by persons who kept trying after their initial efforts failed. They proved failure can be turned into success by just one more try. <BR> <BR> No matter how difficult a problem may appear, I do not become discouraged. I am confident and persistent. I know I do not work alone. All things are possible with God, and the spirit of God is within me. <BR> <BR> If I have fal... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:01:19 EST Slowing down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807744 Coach Nicole posted just the right video today on Facebook. How to prevent Shin Splints. A few days too late for me. <BR> I can't believe I have shin splints. I'm not running, but I am walking on concrete when I shop or go outside. I do have inserts and arches in my SAS shoes but they aren't the custom ones, which a dog of mine ate years ago. I guess I have to figure out where to get more. <BR> I haven't even managed rebounding. Probably a good thing. I guess one has to rest for two weeks, ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:33:22 EST First weigh in on new Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803436 First week and I am down all of one pound. <BR> <BR> I do, however, feel pretty good, despite the pollen count, which is way up there. Woke up with my nose slammed shut and had to take a Zyrtec. First time in years. I can BREATHE! Maybe that is why I feel better? Oxygen? hahaha... maybe? <BR> <BR> I did try the BMI calculator, as someone suggested, and apparently my intake could stand to be a few hundred calories higher, and theoretically I'd still lose weight - but boy I don't think so. ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:30:05 EST