SYDLETZIII's SparkPeople Blog SYDLETZIII's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Quick I have the internet for probably about five minutes. Had an interview will know Monday. Will keep my friends informed. I miss you all. <BR> Take care, sleep well and God bless Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:53:50 EST Never left I am in Michigan for now and applying for jobs. I am using borrowed internet service, with permission, from nearby friends. The signal is weak so I usually only have enough time to apply and check on jobs. But all is well and my weight is at least stable. I will try to keep you all up to date when possible. <BR> Take care my friends, sleep well and God bless Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:48:29 EST Need fitbit help I am considering buying a fitbit charge, charge HR, or Surge. I have heard complaints that they fall apart within a year. Does anyone own these and what did you think of it. Which should I get <BR> Mon, 18 May 2015 00:31:51 EST Speed Note Been too busy for anything, even sleep has been elusive. Two more weeks and I slow down as the school year comes to an end. I will go back and reactivate my friends one at a time and back into exercise schedule. But the biggest news is I am going to Michigan to visit my girlfriend. I also plan to apply for substitute teaching and at Costco in the event I am not hired, I do not want to return Illinois and repeat this year. Sat, 16 May 2015 07:51:03 EST Crazy Busy My already busy schedule is now even more so, which is good since i get paid by the hour. Starting tomorrow I will be up at 5am and return home around 7pm, eat, wash dishes, and go straight to bed so I can try to squeeze in 8 hours sleep. I will play catch-up on the weekend <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless. <BR> <BR> PS My SPAT fell apart after eight months, in about two weeks it will be replaced with a fitbit charge. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:12:06 EST Today is a Happy Day I am so very glad spring break is over. Those teachers who love to teach will understand me completely, the rest of the world will think I have lost my mind. I miss teaching for two reasons, the first is that teaching keeps you young, kids make me laugh and they make me happy. Secondly, if you are not at home then you are not where you can eat anytime you want and you are not sitting on your rump watching TV. So I am very happy that today I return to the classroom. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:01:59 EST Needs I walked 3.18 miles today and I stayed with in my calorie range. I need to <BR> 1. Walk more <BR> 2. get to bed by 10 at the latest <BR> 3. eat fewer desserts <BR> 4. NO SNACKS OR FOOD after 8 <BR> <BR> I have been going to bed around two or three in the morning, so I have gotten hungry and had something to eat at a time I am usually asleep. <BR> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:50:31 EST Another recipe: Slow Cooked Sweet and Sour Chicken This recipe when served with one cup white rice has 559g, 2 Fat, 87 carbs, 41 proteins, and 2 fiber. <BR> Slow Cooked Sweet and Sour Chicken (396g) <BR> Submitted by: SYDLETZIII <BR> Slightly modified from the original recipe by <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> My very picky family loved this. It was created so that one serving covers one cup of rice. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 20 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 240 <BR> Number of Servings: 6 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 3... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:52:34 EST Trying to find balance Recently my schedule for teaching changed A LOT. I am up at 6am to go and teach and I am done at 7:30. I spend sometime applying for teaching and administration position and try to get in bed by 10, so far that has not happened. So far other than walking at work and on weekends, I have not figured how to fit it in without cutting into sleep and I have no time to just relax. But with all obstacles I will find a way to turn it into a stepping stone. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:16:31 EST New Soup Recipe with complete Nutrition info Bean and Ham Vegetable Soup (Letz Homemade) <BR> <BR> Makes 12 Servings (1 serving= 353g, 1.5 cups) (1 cup= about 230g) <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 3 cups (432g) Beans, Great Northern: Dakotas Pride <BR> 1 can (14.5 ounces) Tomatoes, Diced: Happy Harvest <BR> 1 Large (211g) Onions, raw (Diced/Chopped) <BR> 20.2 Ounces (574g) Ham, Honey, Cooked: Kentucky Legend (diced) <BR> 2 Tbsp Garlic, Granulated <BR> 4 Medium (226g) Carrots, (chopped and steamed) <BR> 5 Large (907g) Potato, Raw (... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:39:32 EST Stalled I am back from Michigan and I miss my better half already. Missing her has been for a lack of a more appropriate term depressing, I have not been motivated to walk and I seem to lack energy. But today I am going to bed by 9:30pm and I will get my bottom side up for an early morning walk. <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:38:09 EST Back home I returned home safely, but the last 45 miles was is freezing rain. my wipers froze to the glass and I was driving on a sheet of ice. I slowed to around 45 MPH and finally got home. Today I still have not been to bed and tomorrow I am up at 5:30. <BR> Tomorrow Wednesday I will start tracking again <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Wed, 4 Mar 2015 01:12:06 EST New Post on 3/3 or 3/4 Tonight will go to bed very early. Tomorrow after I am done teaching I will go to bed for about 7-8 hours and around 2am Tuesday I will start driving to Michigan. I will return to Illinois March 2, 2015. <BR> I hope all my friends have a wonderful week <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:21:12 EST Exercise, Treats, and a Trip in the Future Shoveled 7 inches of snow for an hour. Washed my car using snow and a towel. Cooked a modified Betty Crocker Oatmeal drop cookies recipe from the 1950's. <BR> <BR> Oatmeal Drop Cookies: Modified Betty Crocker Recipe 1950 cookbook (60-2.5 inch cookies 25g each) <BR> Nutritional Info <BR> • Servings Per Recipe: 60 <BR> • Amount Per Serving <BR> • Calories: 77.2 <BR> • Total Fat: 3.1 g <BR> • Cholesterol: 10.2 mg <BR> • Sodium: 36.0 mg <BR> • Total Carbs: 11.5 g <BR> • Dietary Fiber: 0.3... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:54:55 EST Fog Have you had a day or a week where you just did not know what to say. Well tonight is that night. <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:21:04 EST Hibernation The weather has been most unkind. Although we received only an inch of snow, the bitter cold has been too much for my winter gear, I have had to put off my walks. I continue to modify my eating to make up for the walking and that has helped. I have found that I want to sleep more and the scientist in me wonders if this a seasonal event or caused by decline in walking, a reaction of sorts to conserve energy. I plan to be in bed by 9pm <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:11:40 EST YUM I had a great day. <BR> Breakfast with egg whites, a lunch using Smuckers organic peanut butter and strawberry preserves, but dinner was my best. <BR> I made a casserole: <BR> 12 oz Chicken Baked (cut into pieces). <BR> 1/2 head Broccoli, cut into pieces and steamed <BR> 74g Rice Blend (real rice, NOT the quick cook type) <BR> 2 cups (cooked) Pinto Beans (from dried beans) <BR> all mixed together and put into glass bread pan <BR> Covered with Finely shredded sharp cheddar. <BR> Cooked 30 mi... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:27:58 EST Long day and Long Lines Today I went to Walmart at 4pm (shopping took 1 hour 45 minutes followed by 15 waiting to check out) Standing in line was like being in the emergency room or DMV, it took forever and repackaging the chicken and hamburger along with putting up the groceries took another 4 hours. I am exhausted. <BR> Going to bed soon <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Sun, 8 Feb 2015 03:13:00 EST Plan C and then D A friend told me I might have a plan C and D. Did not get to weight train as planned too much do for family. So plan C was to try to at least get to bed early and as you can see that did not happen. So plan D is to get at least 5-6 hours sleep and that may happen if my cat does not come up to me at 3am whining in my ear. lol <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Tue, 3 Feb 2015 00:58:49 EST Plan B Today went well. I was planning to get up at 4am and go walking, but -9 degrees is just too cold and too risky without a partner, so tomorrow afternoon I will weight train instead, not as good as walking, but it is better than nothing. <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless <BR> <BR> Goal this week- figure out why I no longer get friends notices. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 23:57:21 EST Gray day Today I ate well and walked at least 60 minutes, but my tracker fell apart. I tried to rebuild it, but the damage was too extensive. Indeed sad, but it will not keep me from exercising. <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:01:32 EST What a day This morning I got up at 4:30am and did a 2 mile walk. I taught 1st graders that reminded me I have LOTS of energy and made me thankful that school does end at the end of the day. <BR> Yesterday I decided that all the chocolate fudge my sister and father brought into the house needed a new storage area and I found space in the dumpster outside the house-temptation is gone and no one realized it was gone. <BR> It is time to relax <BR> sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:39:10 EST Onward and downward I was up at 4:30am, out the door by 4:55am to walk two miles in order to be back in time to get ready for work. <BR> Today I taught Chinese (they taught me more than I taught them)at an IB school. I learned how to write the date, and I learned Chinese chess (which) they played. I taught them Chinese customs associated with sports and life. <BR> Ate within the low limits of my calories, but still had some fudge for dessert, which I ate before dinner. But I am back on track with exercise and c... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:55:31 EST A work in progress I ate within my limit, but I could have and should have went for a walk today. I also had chocolate for no other reason than it was there. <BR> I will not stress over the choices I made, but they are areas where I can improve. <BR> Now it is time to relax, then read, then sleep. <BR> See everyone at 4am for a walk <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:57:51 EST A Good Day Got 6 hours sleep. <BR> Ate well within limits (low end) <BR> Walked an hour <BR> and I got my hair cut (The highlight of the day) lol <BR> Relaxed and now it is time to rest <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:36:31 EST Static My weight has frozen, neither going up or down. I have managed to return my eating to normal and balanced, now I need to do the same for my exercise. <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:09:44 EST Better than nothing Today I did not get to walk as planned, the temperature was below 20 degrees and the roads and walkway were ice, but I did eat healthy today and I had 2 bananas so I a happy peacock. I reserve happy roster for walking and eating healthy lol. I also passed on deserts, the chocolates my sister bought, the ice creams, and the doughnuts smothered in chocolate screaming "eat me," all were resisted and avoided. <BR> I will now relax for 1/2 hour and go to bed <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep wel... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:00:23 EST Life is difficult so put on a helmet Weather and family have made my diet very difficult. The temp recently got to a wind chill factor colder than -20, so it was not safe to walk. My well meaning sister has been buying donuts daily. My father brought home 2 pounds homemade chocolate fudge, 2 pound homemade chocolate turtles, 2 pounds homemade chocolate covered peanuts, 2 pounds chocolate covered pretzels. On a positive note, I had a vegetable sandwich for lunch, and a large salad with my spaghetti for dinner. Dessert was Grapes.... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:59:00 EST For all my friends Thanks for the special Goodies Vtoria3, DJ4Health. Tiny67, and Habitatvitality. For the comments from Cat-in-CJ, and Platinum 755. <BR> I am getting better, I am starting to walk further. Keeping up my health and rebuilding my strength has taken longer than expected and my mothers condition while much better still needs to me monitored for a few more months. <BR> While I may not be blogging everyday I thank each person who comments on my blog, my page, or my small successes along this journe... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 00:40:28 EST Whirlwind Walking/exercise is back, but controlling eating is not. This has been a hectic time, I work for two different section of the school district and I have to be extremely flexible with my schedule, next week is finals testing and I have to find a way to make sure all my students have enough time to complete the exam and the times I meet them can change as quickly as 15 minutes before I teach them. My mother returned from yesterday from being in the hospital for 3 weeks and 2 hours ago she had t... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:45:32 EST Soup day Took my Bell pepper and Mushroom Turkey Premavera and turned it into a soup by adding 1/2 pounds Dried Norther Beans (soaked 24 hours) and 8 cups unsalted chicken stock. Also made a large batch of ham and bean soup from scratch add celery, carrots and potatoes. 373 cal for a large bowl 6g Fat 28g dietary fiber and 32g protein also lots of carbs for energy. had lots of fun cooking. <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:37:55 EST Today did not go as planned The day started out wonderfully well with lots of sleep. <BR> I got a call for a full day assignment which is rare, but that good fortune also had some setbacks. They needed someone who could get to the assignment in 15 minutes and that meant I would be buying lunch and dinner on the road. I made good choices, but the fat and calories were still higher than I wanted, because I was not able to exercise today. tomorrow and Friday I have the same assignment so I will be able to work in exercis... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:40:00 EST Today has ended and tomorrow begins Today my stitches came out and I was finally able to regain control of my portion sizes. <BR> Tomorrow I want to start my exercise programs, but a busy day and last minute schedule changes may make that impossible. <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:44:08 EST December 2nd it begins a new Typing is difficult so I will keep this short. On December 2nd the stitches in my elbow and arm come out and I will once again be able and very willing to return to exercising and losing weight. I will also be able to reconnect to friends who may have thought me lost due to the absence of my daily blog, which I look forward to creating. <BR> Have a great day and when you retire for an evening of rest, <BR> sweet dreams my friend, sleep well and God bless <em>30</em> <BR> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:38:59 EST Remove a Part and Gain Weight Surgery went well, everything is being done left handed till December 2. Tomorrow i get to return to work, but I am only allowed to wear pull-over shirts, which I have never done while teaching. For the last two days I have not been allowed to exercise, not allowed to use right arm (the surgery was to remove an unidentified lump in my right elbow). So all day I TRIED to play solitaire on Facebook and I snacked on junk food and I DID gain weight in the last two days, so I am glad to be returni... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:16:18 EST Help with food identifaction My sister misunderstood what I wanted her to make. We had rice, but the sauce was a gravy base using the grease from the steak, the steaks with green and red bell peppers, sweet snap peas and onions. Not sure what terms to use to find something similar. I do not know the amount of any of the ingredients. Any ideas? Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:29:05 EST Still Alive lol I have been overly busy, but today I found an hour to walk and I am back to writing. More later when I find more time. But for now I am doing Okay <BR> Take care my friends, sleep well and God bless Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:03:12 EST Quick-update Doing well weight wise, some small loss and no gains, but I have been very busy with work and unable to get even the smallest amount of walking done because I do need sleep and before my closet friends ask, I have not been able to do what I love most and that is writing my books. I am trying to get everything caught up but medical procedures has been making it difficult. I have the last surgery within the next two weeks and then I can hopefully get my life back on track. <BR> Sweet dreams my ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 00:26:17 EST Another Good Day Could have slept two more hours (needs work-tomorrow will also be less than I want) <BR> <BR> Walked 10000 steps (goal reached) <BR> <BR> Needed 6 more grams of fiber (tomorrow I will be getting some cereal that will help me reach my goal) <BR> <BR> I am now off to bed <BR> <BR> Sweet Dreams my friends, sleep well and God Bless. <BR> <BR> Perseverance is the key to success for losing weight, we must never give up for that is when all is lost. Together we can all succeed. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:51:58 EST It is a new and sunny day Today's goals were simple: <BR> <BR> 1. Eight hours of sleep <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Eat at least 25grams of fiber <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Walk/Jog 3.1 miles (this is less than 10000 steps, but more than doing nothing, so I am happy) <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 4. Eat Healthy <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I met all my goals today <BR> <BR> Success is having the perseverance, strength, and vision to overcome the limitations of the day when everyone including yourself is telling you th... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:33:50 EST Friday's Blog I had my Colonoscopy, Moderate diverticulosis, which means I am not eating enough fiber. I will fix that starting in the morning. They also found two polyps, I will know later the results of the biopsy. But I am not worried. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:11:07 EST Last normal day of eatting Today I did not track and I ate what I wanted. <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow for two days I will be restricted to canned carrots, plain boiled potatoes, egg whites, bananas, banana flavored pop cycles, water, and coffee. <BR> <BR> On Thursday I will only be able to drink water and coffee. <BR> <BR> I can return to regular food on Friday after my medical procedure. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:54:41 EST Ordinary Boring Saturday Today was boring. <BR> <BR> Ate breakfast <BR> Change the blades of a ceiling fan <BR> Created a file for bills and important papers <BR> Ate lunch <BR> fell asleep working on student reports <BR> Ate dinner <BR> Relaxed <BR> Later around 10 I will go to bed <BR> Sweet dreams My friends and God bless <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:36:53 EST New I got new shoes : ) : ) : D . Going to go for walk today <BR> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:10:50 EST Medical day 1 Today I got dental work and was told to eat soft food, so for lunch I had a banana, baked potato (Mashed-nothing added), Spinach, canned carrots. For Dinner Mashed potatos covered with cream corn, spinach, 1 egg over easy fried with Pam and for dessert I had 30g animal crackers and coffee. Every office mentioned the weight lose because of my picture on the Driver's License (Most asked how and I mentioned my friends on <BR> I got new glasses in the evening. At the end of the ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:13:50 EST Morning has broken I awoke at 6am with but a mere 4.5 hours sleep. My eyes hurt, I am very tired and want nothing more then to doze for another few. <BR> <BR> But work beckons me to rise, for I must be ready to teach at 8am for 3 hours and then drop off completed work to the home school. I no not yet whether I will be teaching a half day in the after noon. <BR> <BR> I do have however a second student that I teach between 3:00 and 4:00pm; If I have no after noon assignments, I will schedule the student for an ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:17:19 EST Cold For the last week everyone in the family has been sick and I have been able to stay healthy till last night and today. I will return when I am feeling better, I have the Common Cold <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God Bless <BR> <BR> STAY HEALTHY Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:19:20 EST Productive and Busy This continue to be a very productive yet busy month. I have not gained weight and on a few weeks have lost small amounts, which is good because I have not had time to exercise, it comes down to sleep time or exercise time and sleep is more important because I can control my eating. I will try to blog more, but it is difficult given the lack of time (I am doing this blog at 3:42am and I am going to bed). <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, sleep well and God bless <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:45:27 EST Positive Challenge The song that says it all. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I have faith in all my friends Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:11:46 EST No ordinary day Very Tired, going to bed soon. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> No opportunities to exercise <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am eating in the low end of my calorie range. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I what to re establish my routine, but doctor visits and surgery are making that almost impossible till November <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams my friends, s... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:39:38 EST