TEDDYTEDDY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEDDYTEDDY TEDDYTEDDY'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/ Phil the groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311309 I eschewed my long underwear (flannel pajama bottoms) too soon and my titanium knees super cooled to the point it took two hours to thaw out with 105 degree hot pad. Today I wore the flannel "underwear" while I walked 1 mile round trip to brunch at a fancy restaurant. I had a $20 coupon that came in the mail and got two meals for under $3.00 and left a nice tip for the waitress who boxed up my sandwich which will be my dinner this evening. I leisurely had my breakfast entre' and had 3 cups... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:58:00 EST So many plans. So little ambition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308535 I still am unpacking though I moved on September 30th. Since I need to find important papers and find many other things. I have to stop procrastinating or my apartment is soon to be a hazardous area and I don't need to fall again! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:07:13 EST I fell out of bed this morning (Saturday).... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302869 I was wearing a blindfold to keep the air from my CPAP out of my eyes and my alarm went off and I didn't realize my bed had moved further away from the nightstand. Eventually I reached my alarm but just I got it I landed on the floor falling quite hard on my right knee and right elbow and hand. On landing, my head snapped back and I hit the back of my head on a heavy nightstand which did not budge one bit. <BR> <BR> I was a bit dazed and said, "Oh, S***!) I checked for bleeding and/or pos... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:18:52 EST I fell out of bed this morning (Saturday).... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302867 I was wearing a blindfold to keep the air from my CPAP out of my eyes and my alarm went off and I didn't realize my bed had moved further away from the nightstand. Eventually I reached my alarm but just I got it I landed on the floor falling quite hard on my right knee and right elbow and hand. On landing, my head snapped back and I hit the back of my head on a heavy nightstand which did not budge one bit. <BR> <BR> I was a bit dazed and said, "Oh, S***!) I checked for bleeding and/or pos... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:15:42 EST Have severe edema in both legs...saw doctor today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301105 I have some strange wraps on my legs for compression that I can take off tomorrow evening, then put on every morning until follow-up in 2 weeks with doctor. She made 2 changes in my medications and hope to see improvement soon. Also have to keep legs elevated as much as possible and take a 20 minute rest with legs elevated above heart to help. I also need to walk and swim to help with the circulation. <BR> <BR> I have had edema in the past but not severe like this. I can't even wear m... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:41:22 EST Deep breathing, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300290 Trying to deal with the stress, but so far I have been like an ostrich sticking its head in the sand.....I have been tired and sleeping too much and avoiding the gym. <BR> <BR> I think prayer and meditation will help calm me. <BR> <BR> In addition to prayer and meditation, I am sure exercise at the gym will help reduce the anxiety. I usually just swim for 20-30 minutes and whirlpool for 15 minutes, but I think adding some recumbent bicycling would help, and I will start with 15 minutes o... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:02:02 EST Glad the days are getting longer....ordered 2 items to help me cope with winter in MN.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287716 I ordered a reflective vest that will fit over my winter coat (and other layers when it is -20 to -40) so I won't be quite so afraid to be out around sundown. I ordered on line and it should be here pretty soon. It might look unfashionable, but when it is a cold and wintery night....who cares about fashion? It is only $15 including shipping...excited about that and also have ordered YakTrax which are coils that attach to boots or shoes to give traction on ice. My daughter says she uses th... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:28:14 EST Dreaming of wintering someplace warm.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282525 It is a farfetched hope to live in Minnesota during 3 seasons and the 4th (winter) somewhere much warmer. Not only is it the cold that I want to escape but also the short, dark winter days, the ice and snow (my walker does not operate well in the snow nor ice. I have imagined a walker with skis or even with snow tires with studs or chains! <BR> <BR> But how could I afford to do this? Until I am able to be a snowbird in a warm clime, I have decided that I could spend a bit on extra Uber... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:41:10 EST It was a dark and below zero wind chilled night.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280135 I made a bus ride to the library and when I got there I could not access my outlook email and when I tried to get a text message on my phone I realized I left my iPhone at home. I had planned to go home (after dark) on a cold (5 above zero with 9 mile per hour wind) and I used the courtesy phone at the library to call 10-10 taxi cause without my phone was unable to use Uber......they said they didn't know how long it would take for the driver to arrive. I waited in a slightly heated doorwa... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:40:01 EST I figured out how to come after dark from the gym... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265315 As I was walking home from the gym just before dark, lo and behold a bus came by that goes right to my apt building.....So if I leave the gym about 6:00 I can take the bus to my doorstep for 75 cents. I am going to leave for the gym on foot about 4:00, get there by 4:30 and then come home about 6:00 and I should be able to get to the gym almost every day if I don't spend too much time on my laptop and I-pad..... <em>567</em> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:09:46 EST Can't wait to get in the pools at the gym today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264841 Even though I am tired today I am going swimming to help my back, etc. get stronger. If I get too late of a start I can't go cause I am afraid to walk alone in the dark (1/2 mile). I have joined the senior center and hope to find some members who live near my apartment and perhaps find a swimming buddy.....Sunset is about 4:45 which will keep getting earlier until December 21st. <BR> <BR> Makes one want to live in Ecuador (12 hours light and 12 hours dark daily)...but I should learn Span... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:05:07 EST I walked a mile in my shoes today to go to vote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263987 I am making efforts to increase physical activity. One roadblock is that my gym's swimming pool has been closed for about 5 days and won't open for 2 more days. <BR> <BR> When I walk to the gym and back it is 1 mile. <BR> <BR> I walked there 2 days ago and found out the pool is closed and continued walking to do some errands and ended up walking about 1-1/2 miles that day. <BR> <BR> At present, I have a goal of walking a minimum of 1 mile per day even though my back is so sore I have to... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:03:10 EST Who said retirement means taking it easy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191669 I retired last August and I have not had much time to do things I was looking forward to like swimming a few times a week and spending time on SparkPeople, to name 2 things. If I spent an hour really thinking about things I would like to do I probably would have at least 100 items! Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:15:55 EST Busy filling out applications and getting ready for tax time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089581 Hopefully, I will be getting respite care for my husband who has Alzheimer's and it should be in the next month or two. Lately I have had difficulty getting him to go out with me and have started to feel housebound which is one cause of caretaker burnout and I am on the downward spiral. I am hopeful to be able to get out a couple of times a week to go to the gym and swim (helps my arthritis and improves my mental state greatly) and also whirlpool which feels nearly as good as a message. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:50:43 EST will start PT on February 1st...for deconditioned state and home program... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072244 Orthopedist was a bit alarmed at the degree of disc degeneration in my entire spine. He recommended PT to get me on a home exercise program. I have a nice treadmill at home and know some of the exercises that help my back pain and strengthening my knees. My daughter recommended hulahooping but I have tried in the past year and my uncoordinated movements don't work well enough to even make one hoop circle....but I promised her I will try again. <BR> <BR> Last year I had 3 pretty hard fal... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:08:16 EST No company for Christmas and staying home and relaxing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052338 Don't have to worry about the weather or anything....just having a couple of sloughing off days and sleeping in. Didn't even get dressed yesterday and lounged in my pink flannel PJs. Fri, 25 Dec 2015 03:20:30 EST Back to Spark People after hiatus.... feeling better now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049162 I rejoined the gym and actually went swimming today for 30 minutes and enjoyed the whirlpool after swim, I plan to go as often as I can. Bought membership including my husband and hope to get him to be more active in the pool, too. <BR> <BR> He is looking forward to going tomorrow afternoon. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 02:20:00 EST The budget is done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031622 With present income, I am short $999 a month. My brain hurts from thinking about it. <em>198</em> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:37:06 EST I keep trying to think of ways to earn money at home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030748 I worked at home for 7 years (about 10 years ago) as a home medical transcriptionist. I have to stay home with my husband whose Alzheimer's is becoming severe enough that his doctor's orders were that he couldn't be left alone any longer so I have been nearly housebound and I am hoping to get assistance for respite care as I cannot afford that unless he can qualify for 'veterans benefits. Right now our only income is social security but if I can get some extra income it would mean I could g... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 02:38:08 EST Progress: Heading in the right direction with weight.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029442 I just charted the lowest weight I have had since 2006. I am feeling rather svelte, but have to look at my weight report back to 2004 to see the ghastly trends. I started at about 200 lb and gained about 40 lb in the first year. After that point I wavered between 250 and 230. I am so happy to look down and notice that my legs appear slimmer instead of puffy. <BR> <BR> The important thing to notice is how fast I can gain weight and how slowly I have lost weight. I will not sit on my la... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:22:55 EST A woman's work is never done.....blah, blah, blah.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024956 I have the house under pretty good (not perfect) control but as I am home and not working any more I find that I spend a lot of time picking up things, washing clothes and dishes (thank goodness for our modern machines). <BR> <BR> I am stressed out but not as much as I was when I was working full time and trying to keep the house liveable and I realize how unorganized I have been. I have "converted" my walker into a place to put all my important things: My laptop, my phone and charger, m... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 20:43:18 EST Progress on the plains.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009029 I got a reprieve on the dumpster which is half full. They will pick it up tomorrow (Monday) and since I paid a lot to rent it I have to fill it up today. Will be topping it off with a queen size mattress and hope to get a neighbor to get it up there. There will be an extra $30 charge for a mattress but my trash hauler wanted $60 for a mattress, geesh! <BR> <BR> I still am achy but cannot goof off today. Some of the boxes I don't have time to go through are neatly stacked in the garage ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 10:49:25 EST Making up for being a lazy housekeeper.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004207 It is/was so bad I had to hire a lady who works as a janitor at my previous job. One problem is that we talk too much when we get together and the last few times she was working there was not much progress made. The goal is to get most of the rooms decluttered and livable and after two weeks we still do not have more than the living room, bathroom and kitchen (almost done). There are still 3 bedrooms my "dining room", the back porch and the laundry area in the basement. It is a challenge ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 01:36:59 EST I made it to the gym to swim today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991192 I swam for 30 minutes, mostly backstroke, 2 laps of front crawl. It was so refreshing on a hot, muggy day...heat index of 94. exercised in whirlpool for additional 15 minutes and then took a nice cold shower before going out in the real world again. <BR> <BR> I still am not as organized as I would like to be and have been misplacing things or just putting them in hard to find places (not the fridge). <BR> <BR> Fell asleep last night listening to comedy routines and had a few laughs be... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:43:16 EST I am no longer employed...yea and nay.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981997 Was given choice of resigning, being terminated (really?) and retiring. I chose retiring and will received a $250 gift card for Target for 25 years of loyal service and wearing out my hands and more starting with 18 years as a medical transcriptionist. After 4 hand surgeries (including reconstruction of both thumbs), I took an "easier" job in an area where I did various activities including computer work (typing again), pulling medical billing, scanning various batches of items, opening and... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:52:50 EST ENT doc's diagnosis now is allergic rhinitis.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971616 I do not have a sinus infection at present, but am on generic Claritin (without the D) also known as loratadine. After about 5 days I am much improved without so much sinus pain. She said if I am not improved to go on another antibiotic for 3 weeks and then have CT scan of sinuses to see what's up, but she is pretty certain I have only been having severe allergy symptoms due to pollen and molds. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 20:15:46 EST Slept 12 hours last night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966507 Sinus infection has returned and have serious head pains, headaches, earache, etc, Have appointment to see ENT specialist on Tuesday after work. Hope she can help as I am having trouble working, problems with memory and distress over pains in my head. Hope she orders an ultrasound to see what is going on in my head. <BR> <BR> I also have had problems with memory for about 3 months and hope to see my neurologist to see what his opinion about those problems. I also had a bad fall on Feb 14... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:31:24 EST On a second course of antibiotics for sinus infection... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952500 Since the Z-pak did not work. However, Augmentin is quite hard on the stomach and didn't have enough dinner before taking it tonight. I almost went to the ER but finally got everything out of my system and am feeling much more human now. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:55:57 EST oh, boy...cough, sinus infection...feeling not well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947964 Been sick for 9 days now and finally saw dr yesterday. <BR> <BR> She prescribed 5 medications so I guess I am sicker than I thought. I thought it was just a cold and allergies. She said sinus infection and exacerbation of chronic asthma and bronchitis. <BR> <BR> Thursday my supervisor asked me to stay home on Friday. So I did but actually feel worse now and I called in to let her know I would not be at work on Monday. <BR> <BR> I certainly hope by Tuesday I will be well enough to wo... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:30:40 EST oh, boy...cough, sinus infection...feeling not well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947963 Been sick for 9 days now and finally saw dr yesterday. <BR> <BR> She prescribed 5 medications so I guess I am sicker than I thought. I thought it was just a cold and allergies. She said sinus infection and exacerbation of chronic asthma and bronchitis. <BR> <BR> Thursday my supervisor asked me to stay home on Friday. So I did but actually feel worse now and I called in to let her know I would not be at work on Monday. <BR> <BR> I certainly hope by Tuesday I will be well enough to wo... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:30:39 EST Get off my duff and "Just Do It!" (my to-do list) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945053 My daughter suggested I work on 5 goals at a time instead of looking at a list of 30 or 40 things and then do nothing. <BR> <BR> One thing I did yesterday that I am so glad I did was go swimming for the first time in about 2 months. I feel much better overall. <BR> <BR> Exercise always helps me when I feeling discouraged and overly stressed. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, things will get better as I take care of my to-do list and not let myself feel overwhelmed. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>128... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:29:35 EST Happy Birthday to me, 69 today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937310 Yesterday was a day to remember...played the piano at the nursing home and after talking to a nurse there decided to go the ortho walk-in (or limp-in) clinic. I was there 4 hours. Dr. decided to rule out ruptured disc and/or cauda equina. Was told if it was cauda equina I would have to have emergency surgery right away. So I waited about 2 more hours for an MRI, then another 1 hour for results. It was good news. However, I have a really severe back injury from mowing a week ago because ... Sun, 31 May 2015 13:46:57 EST More really good news (blood glucose readings( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914243 <BR> Finally found my 2 back up blood glucose monitors (MIA for 3 months). <BR> <BR> After a 500 calorie breakfast reading was 120. <BR> Before evening meal it was down to 69. <BR> 2 hours after spaghetti dinner with desert it was at 125. <BR> <BR> I am supposed to check first thing several mornings a week. <BR> <BR> Still have not located the original blood glucose monitor but at least I can keep tabs on my readings now. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:36:39 EST doing very well with eye injections... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912916 "SRF" *subretinal fluid) resolved." Dr. said all the excess fluid in eye is gone which is great news. Eyes tested with glasses at 20-20 left and 20=25 on right (wet macular degeneration). <BR> <BR> Very happy I have such great results, though still getting injections every 4 weeks (for 2 years now). <BR> <BR> I can drive, work at job but have difficulty with close up reading. A third prescription for reading could help. <BR> <BR> Praise the Lord, I have great but not perfect vision. <... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:57:04 EST Went 6 months without fall with injury... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875341 The walk-in clinic I went to yesterday after a bad fall going into eye specialist's office has a very funny phone number : 952-456-OUCH. <BR> <BR> I had eye injection, went home and napped about 5 hours. (Eye doctor hit a blood vessel and I have an eye that looks like it is bleeding and hurts when I blink due to swelling.) <BR> <BR> I had a very hard landing on my left knee and right side of head (probably twisted as I fell) and it knocked the wind out of me. Luckily even though I lan... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:38:27 EST On the zigzag of weight chart.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866500 Was down to 235 this last week but today am up to 238.8. Overate, I assume. Had a smaller breakfast and need to watch the snacking and ice cream! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:03:52 EST Great combo for breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861061 My cereal was 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1 tbs alfalfa powder, 1 tbs psyllium powder, 1 tbs of chia seeds, 2 scoops of egg white powder, sweetened with stevia and topped with a banana and 1/2 cup of almond milk. <BR> <BR> I used hot water (4 glugs from the water cooler) and cooked only 1 minute. <BR> <BR> It was delicious and filled me up pleasantly and since I had a late breakfast will call it brunch. <BR> <BR> 5 hours later I am still not hungry. <BR> <BR> Yummy, too! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:23:19 EST Went back to nursing home to play piano... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857558 Last week I felt exhausted and didn't go but the week before there was a flu outbreak in the unit where I play piano so didn't take chance of getting infection. <BR> <BR> Today some of the people looked a bit dragged out (especially Tony, he is usually quite talkative and an alert 98-year-old). <BR> <BR> I went to a new location of my favorite thrift store and found out there was a sale today for members (of course, I am ) and I went back there and one other store. I scored a beautiful wo... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:54:19 EST Did not go swimming but I did shovel snow today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840041 Finally, I tracked some exercise, 30 minutes of shoveling. I took it easy on my back and tried not to lift but mostly push the snow. I don't think I strained my back too much, but am taking it easy before I cook dinner. I am making spaghetti even though my cranky husband says he isn't 1hungry. <BR> <BR> I am also going to play some scrabble before I start cooking <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:01:11 EST No vertigo..."cured" .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836295 When I thought I was falling out of bed, I was but didn't know it. <BR> <BR> My adjustable bed mattress slides toward the side I am on if I am not in the middle of the bed while moving up and down. <BR> <BR> So after investigating the dizzy effect thoroughly I came to this conclusion: The mattress does not have a box spring, the springs are inside the mattress. When I flopped my head down forcefully the springs continued to vibrate up and down. When adding this effect to the fact that t... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:03:11 EST Falling 2 x last week, vertigo this a.m & lichen planus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828484 Lordy, Lordy. What next, dear God? <BR> <BR> <BR> Two new diagnoses in 2 weeks. I hope the vertigo improves as I had it in bed when turning over and thought the bed was tipping and I was falling out of bed. This is the worst vertigo I have ever had. <BR> <BR> This past week saw ENT and internist for oral lichen planus and possible same condition on legs. Was given Rx for mouth and referred to dermatologist for skin condition. <BR> As far as I know, none of this is contagious and th... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:29:35 EST I can't believe I tripped and fell twice, then next day smashed shin on trailer hitch... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824649 I had a bad fall and had trouble getting up. I tripped over a rolled up rug while carrying a metal basket of laundry. Scraped elbow, bumped chest and twisted left knee(knee replacement). Later in the day I fell on that basket again (on other side of the room but had a softer fall. Then next day ran shin of other leg into trailer hitch of SUV and have a bruise on that leg, too. <BR> <BR> Klutzarama! <BR> <BR> Will get checked out at orthopedic clinic if pain continues just to be sure I ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:31:39 EST Bags under eyes...etc., etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821191 Too much sleeping and resting in new bed lately. <BR> <BR> Have irritated my spine from sitting in bed with computer and have all kinds of nerve pain, numbness in lower extremities, spine and all the way to neck Even have some symptoms in hands. <BR> <BR> Don't know how to use moderately. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:36:20 EST Got my new adjustable bed today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804740 Had a nice nap before dinner which reminds me I forgot to put away the leftovers....bye <BR> <BR> I'm baaack.... <BR> <BR> So glad I put away the chicken in the kitchen... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:10:24 EST Down another lb today! Yeaaaaay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800861 237...down 13 lb since July. I am eating more protein and fewer carbs (when I don't succumb to occasional cookie). <BR> <BR> Having my annual physical this Friday. My doctor should be happy on the weight loss. <BR> <BR> Having a bit of a problem with glucose readings, however. <BR> <BR> Need to cut out the cookies and replace with healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, more non-starchy veggies. <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:01:18 EST Weighed in today...good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800325 I am at 238 which is great news for me. I did not weigh myself all week and am pleased with my result. <BR> <BR> I had a 500-calorie breakfast (high protein, low fat) and checked my blood sugar shortly afterward and was shocked to see a reading of 184, the highest one I have registered since I got my glucose monitor about 6 weeks ago. I plan to measure again on an empty stomach and expect to see a reading of closer to 100. <BR> <BR> Gotta run, the folks at the Masonic Home are waiting t... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:02:40 EST Weight is still hovering .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796289 Today I weighed in at 239.4. I was greatly relieved to see it hadn't gone to 240. I think I will not weight myself until next Saturday. <BR> <BR> Adding swimming and walking to my program is definitely going to help. I can return to swim today. I managed to swim only once last week and I feel much better when I swim 3-4 times a week. <BR> <BR> Had therapy yesterday for my jaw and did some light "weight lifting" with my neck in a special machine. <BR> <BR> In about a week I will get d... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:47:14 EST Lowest weight in over a year this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792768 237.9....Hope the downward trend continues. Plan to swim today. <BR> <BR> My weight chart has been a zigzag line for years. Would like to get a slow gradual downward trend and get to a nonobese level. <BR> <BR> I have joined the Spark Coach program and it keeps me on the computer a good half hour a day and I have gotten lots of spark points and reached a new level last month with a new "trophy." <BR> <BR> I have certainly had problems with getting motivated to move and going to the g... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:39:35 EST Dentist and car repair today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787872 The car work will be over $1000 and who knows how much at the dentist... <BR> <BR> Problem with gums which may have been aggravated by new night guard that does not fit right. <BR> <BR> Jaw pain, ear pains and headaches continue virtually nonstop for about a month. <BR> <BR> Hope to get some relief soon. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:34:49 EST Life goes on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784025 Still headachy. Hard to say cause. This past week had a migraine,1st in over a year. Jaw still hurts, sinuses are bothering to fall pollen allergies. <BR> <BR> Seeing neurologist this week and will ask if any of these symptoms are neurologic. Walking and standing are causing severe back pain and burning of thighs. I have had this before but is worse since bad fall on back on July 19. <BR> <BR> The fall occurred after overdoing it, when I mowed the yard. Since then I have gotten my law... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:34:44 EST